A new beta driver for NVIDIA cards has been made available over at GeForce.com today in the R280.19s. It promises a ton of fixes along with new and updated 3D Vision profiles as well as a couple new features.
Furthermore, while it isn't mentioned in the release notes, these drivers are recommended for testing the BattleField 3 Alpha release as they are said to address a number of in-game glitches seen in previous driver releases while helping in the performance dept.
If you happen to be running an SLI rig in conjunction with a 3D Vision kit, these drivers are also recommended to enable 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube 3D video support. On that note, the 280.19s will also give you the ability to enable Window mode in the most recent version of the 3D Vision player.
For a complete rundown on the release notes, head over to this page on GeForce.com folks.
Following repeated rumours recently that point towards an early September release date for Apple's iPhone 5, another has popped up this week that reiterates the period of launch, specifically indicating the second week of September.
This ties in with another rumour that Apple has a late August event planned ahead of the launch itself, giving the company about two weeks lead time to ensure all goes smoothly.
A seperate tip mentioned in the China Times claims that the iPad 3 is still on track for launch sometime this fall, but has been pushed back to Thanksgiving in November due to a parts shortage. But it's hard to put much trust in this when looking at recent launch patterns (Apple usually avoids launches later than October in a given year) and also since Steve Jobs has pushed the point already of 2011 being the "year of the iPad 2" when it was launched.
It's been said that Apple is apparently producing four million iPhone 5 units in its first batch to support the initial launch in what is now looking to be more and more like early to mid September.
Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 14.0.835.2 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.
Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private 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.
Deal of the Day: 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 + 97c Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - 15.6" LED-backlit Dell Studio 15z Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 500GB HD, Slot DVD Burner, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, and 2 Year Warranty for $498 plus 97 Cents Shipping!.
Offer: Walmart has an excellent deal on Dell's Studio 15z laptop. This ultra-thin (0.71" thick front to 0.996" thick back) lightweight (5.52 lbs including a 9-cell Prismatic battery) laptop features a 15.6" HD WLED TFT, 2.4Ghz Intel Core i5-480M processor (with Turbo Boost to 3.06Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, slot-loading DVD+/-RW DL, Intel 6200N 802.11b/g/n wireless, 10/100/1000 networking, 2MP HD webcam, 7-in-1 media card reader, Bluetooth, HDMI out, Intel WiDi capable, backlit keyboard, 9-cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty!
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Smartphones are set to hit 420 million units sold this year, with a big chunk of the increased market share estimates going to players like Samsung and HTC with big increases, with Apple only expected to see a 20-percent increase in market share. IMSResearch says:
Of the traditional handset manufacturers, Samsung has demonstrated the best results in recent years. Capitalizing on its diverse portfolio - which includes devices using the company's own bada operating system along with Android and Windows Mobile - as well as its highly popular Galaxy series, Samsung smartphone market share increased from about three percent in 1Q 2010 to over 13 percent in 1Q 2011. At the same time smaller, dedicated smartphone vendors such as HTC have seen their position rise dramatically.
As you can see from the above chart, Nokia are dropping from a whopping 40-percent down to a paltry 24-percent, Apple only increase from 16 to 19-percent, where Samsung have climbed up the ladder considerably from 3-percent up to an amazing 13-percent. LG have done well, increasing from 1 to 4-percent.
Eidos Montreal have unveiled the greatest news I've read in a while, that Deus Ex: Human Revolution has gone gold and will be released on August 23. Yes, it's actually coming out - it's not another delay or problem with the game, it is finished, complete, golden. Here's a quote if you don't believe me:
We couldn't be more excited that Deus Ex: Human Revolution has gone gold and will soon be in the hands of expectant gamers," said Eidos-Montreal's general manager Stephane D'Astous. "As the first release for Eidos-Montreal, it's impossible to express how extremely proud we are of the final product and all of the hard work that went into its creation.
A member of both "Anonymous Operations" and "Lulz Security", 'Topiary' has been arrested on Wednesday, news coming from the Metropolitan Police Service. 'Topiary' served as the publicist of both hacker groups and often posted press releases and statements via Twitter. He had an apartment in Shetland Islands, Scotland and the apartment is currently being searched. A second 17-year old person in Lincolnshire, England is also being interviewed by has not yet been arrested.
The FBI began raiding apartments and arresting a number of people believed to be involved with Anonymous and LulzSec starting on July 19th. The hacker groups have said in response to the arrests that there is "nothing - absolutely nothing - you can possibly do to make us stop." During that time, Topiary is said to have tweeted "Arresting people won't stop us, FBI. We will only cease fire when you all wear shoes on your head. That's the only way this is ending," which is from the official LulzSec Twitter account.
ASUS posted on their Twitter account that their super-sexy ASUS Eee Pad Transformer will receive Android Honeycomb 3.2 tomorrow, July 28. The new update will bring several features such as more customization options, zooming within apps and media syncing with an SD card. This will be the second update to the Transformer in 30 days. This is the last update before we see Ice Cream Sandwich arrive.
Just before the end of the month and in keeping with AMD's new Catalyst driver every month thing, we get word of Catalyst 11.7 as well as a bonus driver Catalyst 11.8 preview.
As you would expect, there are a long list of resolved issues.
All issues experienced with mouse cursor lag have been resolved
Log event (Event ID 62464) issues when playing video content have been resolved
Resolves system hangs seen in the AMD Catalyst 11.6 driver on specific HDMI and DP displays
Bluray playback using PowerDVD 10 under High Performance mode no longer randomly displays a blank screen.
Some Divx format files no longer display video corruption using WinDVD.
AMD SteadyVideo is now applied to Home Video clips using WinDVD 10.
Chequerboard corruption is no longer displayed intermittently when playing DirectX 10 titles in a Crossfire configuration and Eyefinity enabled.
Shogun II now renders the cinematics correctly when run in various Eyefinity configurations.
Video playback now works correctly when Hardware acceleration is enabled with VLC Player version 1.1.9.
Crossfire now functions correctly when playing Hamilton's Great Adventure.
PowerDVD now correctly handles 3D Bluray content.
Portal 2 no longer displays flickering on water surface textures with Medium and Low Shader detail settings.
And in the 11.8 preview driver you can look forward to the following...
Our App of the Day today is Google Shopper 1.5 for iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G with iOS 4.0 or later.
Google's Shopper app for the iPhone was updated last week to include localized deals. Check this out for sure to find the best deal!
Google Shopper helps you find information on millions of products. Google Shopper recognizes products by cover art, barcode, voice and text search. You can find local and online prices, reviews, specifications, videos, and more to help you make the best purchasing decision. With one click you can save items to your shopping list and share with your friends.
The latest version of the app includes the following changes:
What's New in Version 1.5
Fixed mysterious crashes on certain iOS versions
Nearby offers giving users great deals around them
Map view for nearby offers
Redemption of Google Offers from your phone