The latest happenings from around the web - August 31st, 2010
- Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 @ Techreviewsource
- Toshiba's Nile-powered Satellite T235D notebook @ Tech Report
- Desktop PC Platform - Saved By Overclocking @ Benchmark Reviews
- AMD offers low cost Eyefinity adapter, kills off ATI brand @ PC Perspective
- AMD Updates Us on Eyefinity & Announces $30 Cable @ Techgage
- ATI Eyefinity Active DisplayPort Adapter @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 5970 4 GB @ Hardware-Mag
Think that the Kindle 3 can't be THAT much better than previous versions? Want a reason to upgrade? Take a look at this side by side shot posted by an avid Kindle fan who owns both the second(left) and third(right) generation of Amazon's e-reader:
The Kindle seems to be taking serious strides when it comes to screen clarity and contrast. With the WiFi only version starting at a comparatively wallet friendly $139, it seems that the Kindle is making a serious sales play for those who don't want to plop down serious coin for the more expensive tablets coming around the corner.
Motorola has tried their best to keep the Droid X from being accessible to custom ROMs, rooting, and other OS bypasses, but the hacking community is a pretty persistent lot and it seems that more and more backdoors are appearing all over.
The alternate firmware "Sapphire," originally designed for the first Droid, and Birdman's "FlyX" ROM are just a couple of the custom ROM's that have begun peeking out from the underground scene. Custom ROMs allow hardcore phone users to access alternative apps, install new versions of Android like Froyo, and even unlock functions like mobile hotspot usage for free.
Addicted to StarCraft II? Can't stand to leave your computer and stop playing? You may be able to play it on an iOS based device soon. Developer Daniel Hellerman and a team of enterprising individuals are working on an app that will allow a user to play a version of the popular RTS on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
The app works by interfacing through a program with a copy of StarCraft II running on the user's PC. The app then acts as a remote control, giving in-game control through a specially designed interface for touchscreen devices. Mid-September is the expected release time for the app which is expected to go for $2 USD.
Fans of Xbox Live are soon going to have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to continue playing online. Starting November 1st, Xbox live is getting its first price increase in its eight year history.
In the United States, one-year Gold memberships are bumping up ten dollars to $59.99 USD. Monthly subscriptions will rise from $7.99 to $9.99, and three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99. Microsoft is running a special deal right now for U.S. customers that will allow them to lock in a year for $39.99 to give them a little buffer before having to pay the higher price.
Google purchased YouTube for a huge sum of money in part because of the massive amount of traffic the video site has. So far, Google hasn't been able to come up with a way to monetize all that traffic ideally. That means that Google is leaving money on the table.
Advertisers are not flocking to place adds on the videos streamed from YouTube because most of the videos on the service are made by individuals and big advertisers aren't keen on putting there brands with content that might be poorly made or in poor taste. One of the ways that Google hopes to lure more advertisers is with higher quality content made by pros.
Intel is the largest CPU maker on the planet and is one of the biggest companies operating in other technology segments. Recently Intel gobbled up McAfee, the company famous for anti-virus and malware protection. Intel has now announced that it intends to acquire the Wireless Solutions Business arm of Infineon called WLS.
WLS will continue to operate as a separate company from Intel and will continue to serve the customers it currently has, including those using ARM tech. The deal has been approved by the boards from both companies and is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.
Most video cards have fans that keep the GPU and other heat generating components on the card cool. Some of the lower power video cards are passively cooled making them silent. A very quiet video card is very desirable when you are putting the card inside a computer that will be in a living room for a HTPC or in a bedroom where noise can be a bother.
Gigabyte has announced the market's only passively cooled Radeon HD5770 video card. The card supports all of the features that the standard 5770 card support like DirectX 11, Eyefinity, ATI Stream, CrossFireX and more. The card is officially called the Gigabyte GV-R577SL-1GD.
I know many people who can't function without music to listen too. If they are outside grilling, playing with the kid's, or at the lake swimming they want music to listen too. If you are the sort that spends a lot of time outside and you want music to listen to while you are out there Grace Digital Audio has unveiled a new line of waterproof speakers that you can use outside without worrying about getting them wet.
The new line includes the Rock Speaker, which looks like a rock unsurprisingly. It has a 1x1" tweeter and a 1 x 4" full range speaker inside. The overall dimensions are 12.13" x 15.51" x 14.29". The speakers are powered by an AC adapter or an internal rechargeable battery and the whole thing is IPX7 approved. Wireless range is 150-feet and the battery is good for 7 hours.
The murmurs you have been hearing are now officially true; the ATI branding is being retired by AMD later this year. Products that have been sporting the ATI and Radeon/FirePro co-branding will now simply drop the ATI.
ATI has cited some extensive market research as the catalyst for the change, stating that "AMD preference triples when respondent is aware of ATI/AMD merger" and the "AMD brand is stronger than ATI vs. graphics competitors." This indicated "permission" to dump the ATI branding from video cards and fly them under AMD's flag. The change is expected to roll out with the new AMD cards coming out later this year; current cards on the market will not be renamed.