AMD have just released the fresh out of the oven Catalyst 11.10 driver package for both 32- and 64-bit Windows 7, Vista and XP. It has some Battlefield 3 enhancements, which are very, very cool indeed. Catalyst 11.10 brings five-display Eyefinity configurations to the table, capable of 16000x16000 resolutions. Yes, 16000x16000, there's not an extra 0 there, thats sixteen thousand by sixteen thousand.
A new "bezel compensation" feature is also available, capable of adjusting Eyefinity-linked displays with different pixel densities. Just in case you didn't have your Eyefinity rig with the same monitors and/or resolutions. A bunch of fixes are included, mostly for WIndows 7; Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Lost Planet 2, F1 2010, Dirt 2, Google Earth and Mafia 2 are amongst the games or programs where crashing or corruption issues have been fixed.
Display corruption issues when running multiple monitors with Aero enabled are also fixed. The driver package supports most of AMD's DirectX 10 and DirectX 11-capable Radeon cards. You can grab the new drivers from AMD's website, through the Catalyst's software automatic updater, or through Steam.
ASRock have come out swinging today with some Sandy Bridge-E flavored teasing. ASRock shot off e-mails all across the world announcing they were showing off some X79-based motherboards. No list of specifications or features were included, but we do have some delicious photos to show you.
First up, we have the X79 Extreme9 which sports eight DIMM slots, five PCI Express x16 slots, dual auxiliary 12V power connectors, 12 SATA ports and network connectivity/audio are powered by what looks to be Creative's new Core3D audio chip. The Extreme 9 features a hot-as-hell color scheme and fills out along the rest of ASRock's X79 line.
Jon Peddie Research (JPR) have released their third quarte report for the graphics market. The news brings announcement that there was a 16.7-percent sequential increase in shipments, raising them to 138.5 million. That is above the 10-year average of 13.9-percent, but in line with seasonal expectations as vendors stock up for the holiday season.
Intel saw a 28.5-percent growth in shipments on-quarter and 36.5-percent on-year, which is made up nearly entirely of embedded graphics chips inside their latest-generation desktop and mobile processors. Intel have maintained a huge lead on their competition, gobbling up 60.4-percent of the GPU market share, up 10.1-percent from Q2 2011 and up 9.5-percent when compared to Q3, 2010.
AMD have seen a steady 9.9-percent increase in shipments, this is thanks to their Fusion APU, but they lost market share. Market share for AMD is down to 23-percent, down 5.9-percent on-quarter, and flat year-over-year. Shipments of AMD's desktop and notebook Fusion chips have increased 58.4-percent from last quarter. Now for some big numbers, almost 92 million PCs shipped worldwide this quarter alone, up 8.8-percent sequentially. There were roughly 1.6 GPUs per computer in 2011, up from 1.16 GPUs per system ten years ago.
The shocking flooding in Thailand has not only affected families and citizens of Thailand, but some giant IT companies have factories there such as Western Digital. We've all heard, seen or read about the recent hard disk drive pricing hikes the world over, with prices ballooning to sometimes over 50-percent (or more) and stock levels should be getting quite thin over the following weeks toward the holiday season.
Thanks to Bright Side of News, we have some pictures that show the epic flooding that has hit Thailand. The waters near the WD factory were between 1 and 1.4m deep (4-5 feet) and were an average of about 1m (4 feet) through most of the factory and its surroundings. As you can see in the above shot, the water isn't just in some parts, it's everywhere.
First, HP were killing off their PC unit, then they said they were keeping it, now the group's chief technology officer announced that he is leaving in a statement on his personal blog. December 31st will be his last day and his statement is below in its entirety.
Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.
This is not the traditional retirement. I'm not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy. I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 1st, 2011
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Contemporary Graphics Accelerators in Might and Magic Heroes VI @ XBit Labs
- AMD FirePro V4900 Video Card @ Phoronix
- ScanFX Mini HD Media Box @ eTeknix
- NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones @ TechReviewSource
- SpeedLink Medusa NX 5.1 Headset @ eTeknix
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew by 44-percent annually, with a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung sped past Apple to claim top spot as the world's number one smartphone vendor. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24-percent market share.
Director at Strategy Analytics, Neil Mawston says:
After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple's global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model.
But, numbers are more impressive. Comparing 2010 to 2011, Samsung shipped 7.5 million units in Q3 2010, while shipping 27.8 million in Q3, 2011. Apple on the other hand, didn't really expand that much, with shipped users sitting at 14.1 million in Q3 2010, and this year, just 17.1 million. If we compare marketshare between Q3 2010 and 2011, we see Samsung at 9.3 and 23.8-percent, for 2010 and 2011, respectively. Apple on the other hand slipped from 17.4-percent in Q3 2010 to 14.6-percent in Q3, 2011.
Apple's iPhone 4S may have enjoyed a large start in sales, but those sales are useless if there are various issues with the handsets. Today brings the problem of battery life on the new iPhone 4S. A story on the Guardian reported that Apple engineers have begun contacting certain users who have complained of battery problems.
Apple have reportedly asked those used to install diagnostic programs onto their iPhone 4S' so that Apple can better diagnose what is causing the battery issues. Since the get go, the Internet has been ablaze with people complaining about the battery life. Even as far as reviews from such places like iLounge, which noted their biggest disappointment with the iPhone 4S was its battery performance.
Naughty, iiNet! iiNet's recent ad on TV has been taken down after it was found it breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice as it included a subliminal message. The message in the ad read:
Wow. Impressive. You not only spotted this in our TV ad, you found a way to read it. That can't have been easy. This whole page only lasted two frames. That's less than one tenth of a second. Well done, sir or madam. We're going to reward your awesome pausing powers with a little gift. Type this link into your browser: iinet.net.au/2framefreebie. And yes, you can tell your friends. But let's keep it to a minimum of a hundred, OK? And hey, watch for more two-frame freebies in our next TV campaign.
The link sends you here, but the limit of 100 entries has already been met. You can however, still enter your details for the chance to win one of five iPads. The message itself is fine, it won't make you a zombie for iiNet products, but it was enough of a breach to enable Free TV Australia to take it down. The Code of Practice states that information conveyed in a manner that is "below or near the threshold of normal awareness" is unacceptable.
Google and their "Broadcasting Ourselves ;)" slogan are going hard this weekend, with the announcement that Google will have even more talented creators and original entertainment will soon join YouTube's existing channel lineup. This includes channels created by well-known personalities and content producers from the TV, film, music, news and sports fields, as well as some of the most innovative up-and-coming media companies in the world and some of YouTube's own existing partners.
These channels are set to include something for everyone, no matter what style of media you're after. Google's goal with the channel's expansion is to bring users an even broader range of entertainment to YouTube, giving you more reasons to keep coming back again and again. Advertisers also benefit, with new ways to engage and reach their global consumers.