Eizo have unveiled their latest beast of a monitor, the 36-inch DuraVision FHD3601. The FHD3601 spots a native resolution of, wait for it, 4096x2160. The monitor is LED-backlit, features a 10-bit panel supporting 1074.74 million colors, 700cd/m2 brightness and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The viewing angle is 176 degrees which suggests that Eizo are using a Sharp ASV panel.
The DuraVision FHD3601 includes all the advanced technology Eizo has been developing for the past few years, inclusive of their human presence sensor and the Digital Uniformity Corrector (DUE) that ensures perfect light homogeneity. Eizo plan to launch this puppy in Japan on September 7, 2011 at a price of 2.88 million Yen, or approx US$36,000. Eizo hope the FHD3601 appeals to example flight control centers, oh and me.
Gabe Newell spoke to Joystiq at the 2011 Games for Change Festival and gave some thoughts on the upcoming next-gen Nintendo console. Gabe said that the Wii U console "sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance". He added that the advantages can help 'fit it' into Valve's own model for development scalability. I'm guessing this has something to do with the newly-released Intel Sandy Bridge-based tech, which is surprisingly powerful and when coded right (especially for a company like Valve) can help increase the minimum specs enormously.
What Gabe meant exactly is not known, but it looks like he would like to start (or has started?) developing a game for the Wii U. Will it be a new game, or a port of a current game we don't know. It could even be an exclusive for the Wii U. Nintendo's goals of winning the hearts of game developers is paying off, there's not many bigger than the Gabenator himself!
Below is a video presentation by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in which he shows off a "super confidential" device codenamed Sea Ray. Sea Ray looks virtually identical to the just-announced Nokia N9 and now includes a dedicated camera button and altered flash for the Windows Phone 7-based handset. There's not much info on the OS itself apart from Sea Ray is running Mango, which includes multitasking, IE9 browser and deeper third-party app support with more advanced home tiles and camera support.
In the video, Elop is adamant that the presentation not get out to the "blogosphere", but how would a video of this quality not get noticed and were the people not on NDAs or anything? Staged leak? Trying to drum up hype for the new Nokia built, Windows Phone 7-based handset? We have no idea, but whatever it is, it's out and on the tubes.
Our Download of the Day today is IrfanView 4.30.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative Freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows.
IrfanView features include:
Many supported file formats
Multi language support
Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
Drag & drop support
Fast directory view (moving through directory)
Batch conversion (with image processing)
Multipage TIF editing
Change color depth
And much more...
Deal of the Day: Corsair XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Kit - $52.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free
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The newly-released NVIDIA 275.50 Beta Driver is now out and includes just a few small changes for two of the latest games, new 3D Vision profiles and the addition of SLI support for compatible AMD-based motherboards:
3D Vision performance in Duke Nukem Forever has been improved when using a 3-Way or Quad SLI setup.
3D Vision in Alice: Madness Returns is now rated as 'Good.'
3D Vision profiles for the following titles have been implemented:
VESA have popped their heads up quickly to announce an update to the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. The updates include video connections that can be stretched up to 100 feet - five times that of what is out now and will use thinner gauge wire for more flexible cords. The one backlash is the cables are directional, but the new logo should help the confusion over which end goes where.
For those of you with DisplayPort hardware, and for those who over time will end up going DisplayPort, this is good news. Longer cables mean more options!
Duke Nukem Forever has so far received pretty 'meh' reviews, in this day and age people like to try before they buy and now with a demo of Duke Nukem Forever available, it gives you the choice to play it and make up your own mind. The demo is available to anyone with a Steam account and available right now! Go get some!
Just in time to make Crysis 2 relevant again, the DX11 patch is coming June 27. MyCrysis reveals that both the DX11-enabling 1.9 patch will also include the "High Res Texture packages" and will be available on Monday, June 27. The patch includes hardware tessellation support, which DX11 players will have to download. In order to see these spruced up textures, users will require 1GB of VRAM and a 64-bit OS.
The official change log is looking good;
Added Contact Shadows
Added DX11 benchmark level
Added DX11 support for Crysis 2 (the following features only work when downloading the optional DX11 package here):
Tax time is nearly here, but this year is a bit different - smartphones. There are now numerous apps out there to help you all by using your fingers to do the work. First up we have my Tax which was developed by a chartered accountant. my Tax allows you to calculate your annual personal tax for 2009, 2010 and 2011; PAYG, GST and FBT; and salary sacrificing. my Tax also includes a loan calculator, a tax rates summary, pay calculator, a BAS calculator and a CGT calculator. PDF reports can be generated and printed directly from your iOS-based device.
Next up is Aussie Tax Calculator for Android-based smartphones. It is not as feature-laden as my Tax, but is is free. With Aussie Tax Calculator, you'll be able to calculate your annual tax and PAYG on up to four incomes.