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Microsoft is promising far speedier boot times with Windows 8

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2011 9:24 am

A new episode of Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" details significant efforts made to give considerable improvements in boot time with its next-gen consumer level OS. A new 'fast startup' mode being worked on combines elements of typical cold booting with resume from hibernate.




Where Windows 7 and earlier OS' shut down both the user sessions and kernel session, Windows 8 will hibernate the kernel session which will allow it to kick back into action much faster than usual. Microsoft promises that between 30 to 70% faster boot times will be seen using this method, depending on the system's hardware characteristics.




A newly added multi-phase resume capability will also be made use of by the fast startup mode, allowing it to use all cores in multi-core PCs in parallel sequence for the reading of the hiberfile and decompression of contents. There will be the option to bypass the fast startup mode and shut down in traditional, full fashion, but assuming this fast startup method works as well as Microsoft says and that we all seek faster everything in this day and age, there should be little to no reason not to use it.

First official trailer of Max Payne 3 premieres this Wednesday

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2011 7:46 am

The excitement behind Max Payne 3 is already building and while it's still a while from release (said to be March 2012), we're all itchin' to see where Rockstar is at with it and to see some long overdue Bullet Time goodness.


Up 'till now, all we've seen are some screenshots, but Rockstar's own site has just announced that the first trailer of the game is scheduled for release on Wed Sept 14th at Noon (Eastern U.S. time).




Just head over to this link anytime after noon Eastern on Wednesday and you'll find it available in high definition goodness folks.

More details leaked on HD 7000 Series - 7900 family will sport XDR2 memory

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 10, 2011 6:55 am

Following leaked details on AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards earlier in the week, some new slides (said to be straight from AMD) have since popped up which add some more meat to the equation.




We are assured that the HD 7000 family will use the first VLIW4 circuits at 28nm. In usual fashion the series will be rolled out in steps, with each sub-series based off different base architectures. Looking at the latest leaked roadmap, we can ascertain that AMD is initially planning the launch of four different GPUs making up three series, said to be scheduled for a Q4 2011 launch.




There will be the Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850, HD 7670 and HD 7570. They will be equipped with GDDR5 memory across the board and sport 768 to 1536 Radeon cores (stream processors).

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Saturday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 10, 2011 4:49 am

The latest happenings from around the web - September 10th, 2011




- ASUS P6X58-E Pro @ Pureoverclock

- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD: LGA1155 Mainboard Fully Ready for Intel Smart Response @ XBit Labs

- P67 Roundup Part Two @ Overclockers Club

- ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- PCI Express 3 - Gigabyte vs MSI @ Overclock3D




- Intel Sandy Bridge Acceleration On Non-SNB Hardware @ Phoronix

- Bulldozer First Release and the State of 32nm AMD Parts @ PC Perspective

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TechEye's Week In Review: Top Picks

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Roundups | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 3:46 pm

Hello again, TweakTown. It's us at TechEye with a round-up over last week's news round-up.




Matthew Finnegan takes a look at the Semiconductor Industry Association's latest chip forecasts, and it's not all good news. Although worldwide sales for July alone tallied up to an impressive $24.9 billion, analysts tell us there are a few points to look out for. July is generally a weak point in the season, but "the real question is whether it will sustain a low level of growth in general," which is a possibility because of overall economic worries. We looked into it further, as the double dip recession looms over the entire industry.

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 15.0.874.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 12:26 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 15.0.874.0 Beta.


Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


One box for everything


Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.


Thumbnails of your top sites


Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.


Incognito mode


Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.


Safe browsing


Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.


For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.



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Deal of the Day: 14MP Olympus Stylus 7030 Digital Camera with 2.7" 230K HyperCrystal II LCD, 7X Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide Angle Lens for $59.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 11:17 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - 14MP Olympus Stylus 7030 Digital Camera with 2.7" 230K HyperCrystal II LCD, 7X Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide Angle Lens for $59.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Use coupon code: EMCKAKB23 to drop the price of this Olympus Stylus 7030 digital camera down to just $69.99, and an additional $10 mail in rebate takes the price down to $59.99. Shipping is FREE. This camera features 14MP resolution (4288 x 3216), 2.7" 230k pixel LCD, 7x optical zoom lens, and SD/SDHC storage. Expires 9/14/11.






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The Nike Air Mag - the closest you'll get to the auto-lacing Back to the Future II shoes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 5:53 am

Nike have unleashed their Air Mags and wow, they look amazeballs. The upper of the shoe is made of reinforced mesh, the outer sole is lined with LED panels that will light up like futuristic shoes should. The Air Mag is rechargeable and will stay lit for 5 hours - just enough time for the dancefloor in case you're the type of guy who likes shuf, shuf, shufflin'. These shoes are the closest replica to the shoes Marty McFly wore sans the auto-lacing tech.



The shoes aren't just pretty, the proceeds of sale go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in the hopes of finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Only 1500 pairs will be made and there are auctions for the Air Mags on eBay with the auction starting at 11:30 EST at

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Sony tease 4k projector for home cinema, 4 times the resolution of 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 4:00 am

Enjoy your 1080p screen? Well, maybe it's time for an upgrade. Sony have released their VPL-VW1000ES projector that has a 4k resolution - that's 4096x2160 pixels folks! More than four times the resolution of a 1080p picture. What would you do with it? Well, Sony Pictures has more than 60 theatrical releases shot in native 4K resolution, but there is no way of getting that onto a disc and into customers hands right now with current technology.




Sony reps do claim however, that they're in talks with the Blu-ray Disc Association to iron out a standard compression method to squeeze 4K movies onto discs and they have already promised that the upcoming Spider-Man movie will be the first one. But, Spider-Man has a release of July 2012 which should tell you that Sony don't want to talk specific dates and their calendar definitely doesn't have any definitive strikes on it.

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NVIDIA CEO says Quad-Core tablets will see a release this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2011 3:00 am

NVIDIA CEO, Jen Hsun Huang has said that there will be quad-core NVIDIA-powered tablets by years end and said that the Kal-El range of quad-core processors would be featured in upcoming tablets. Huang elaborated by saying: "We're the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm, we're really the only two active players (in the tablet PC marketspace)".




Huang also expects NVIDIA's revenue to grow as a result of their dominance in the tablet market, currently NVIDIA generate revenues of $2 billion and he says by 2015 that number should be at around $20 billion. NVIDIA's dominance is also shown in market share, with 50% of Android-based smartphones and 70% of Android-based tablets sporting NVIDIA chips.

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