It felt like only yesterday that Windows Vista was released, it only felt like a few hours ago that Windows 7 was let out of the bag - but now we're hearing the early rumbles of Windows 8 and rumor has it, it's less than 2 years away.
We all know they're working on it - it is no surprise, but there something great about knowing it's on it's way. Microsoft said in a blog post on it's Dutch web site that Windows 8 is about two years from being on the market.
The comments were made on Sunday and were made at the end of a post celebrating Windows 7 first birthday.
After a long break and a somewhat uncertain future, Neo of The Overclocker online magazine brings us good news. They're back and Issue 11 is now online for your reading pleasure folks.
Looking better than ever by design and layout, Issue 11 is also jam packed with all the latest in the overclocking community; including an exclusive head-to-head between two motherboard giants in the GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 and ASUS' Rampage III Extreme, a look at how the overclocking community is going in Malaysia with SUP3RFLY, reviews on ASUS' Crosshair IV Formula, WD Velociraptor 600GB HDD and much more.
Click here to catch all the action in the latest edition of The Overclocker.
NVIDIA, following their just recently (as in 24 hours ago) big price drop on GTX460 and 470 GPU's because of the AMD Radeon 6k series launch have shocked everyone again by dropping Quadro card prices by 50%.
CEO of NVIDIA, Jen Hsun Huang had a few things to say, "We have delivered excellent results in Quadro professional graphics". "We expect to drive revenue and grow market share with new products that are gaining momentum in each of our businesses".
But, any company will say that - can't remember the last time I heard "we expect revenue to drop heavily and our share price to plummet, because we are losing market share". Enter tongue face, :P
Although there's still no official word as to when AT&T will start officially supporting LTE, their choice of flavor for 4G, it looks like they're getting their devices ready for the jump. According to a leaked slide, new LTE-friendly SIM cards are already on the way.
The new cards look to be recognizable by an SKU ending in 53 instead of 47, but probably not much past that. The iPhone 4 has been left out for now due to requiring a micro SIM card to work, unlike most other devices. Sometimes it's not so great being different, is it Apple? Anyways, AT&T fans that are still waiting on an official rollout announcement still have to wait, but it's nice to see some baby steps being taken to get to LTE.
It's seems that HP's long rumored Slate tablet has risen from the ashes of being left for dead and is going to hit the market, but not how everyone originally thought. HP has officially announced the Slate 500 will be squarely pointed away from the consumer market, instead being sold "through HP's small-business, enterprise and government-sales Web storefronts."
Aimed at markets which Tablet PCs have currently been aimed at like hospitals, boardrooms, and restaurants, this Windows 7 based tablet originally saw the light of day at CES, but after the Palm acquisition the Slate seemed to be dead in the water. Specs are suitably high end: an 8.9-inch screen, 1,024-by-768 display powered by a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, an SD card slot, dual cameras (VGA in front, 3 megapixels in back) and a USB port. The price is just as high end, expected to be $799. Check out the promo video after the break.
For those of you who get hyped up about numbering systems, an Android engineer may have given you a little freak out today. While posting in the Android code forum, the engineer made reference to the next major Android build being version 2.3, not 3.0 like everyone has believed.
It's not like the jump from 2.2 to 2.3 can't be as large as the jump to 3.0, it's just an unwritten rule that generally the farther apart the version numbers are, the bigger and more groundbreaking the update will be. Whether Gingerbread will be version 2.3, 3.0, or 5,785.243 really doesn't matter as long as it continues moving the platform in the right direction.
It may be a day later than the official release of the 6800 graphics card lineup, but AMD has today made Catalyst 10.10, their latest driver release, official. Along with optimization for the new graphics cards, the new driver release includes support for Linux versions openSUSE 11.3 support (production) and Ubuntu 10.10 support (early look). AMD's HD3D Technology is also introduced with this driver release, giving Blu-Ray and Stereo 3D support. Check out the full list of updates after the break, and grab the new drivers at the Source Link.
The pros and cons of an SSD versus a HDD are well documented. No one will argue that the SSD offers more speed than your average HDD, but most will agree that the amount you pay for an SSD versus the storage space leaves a lot to be desired. However, users that want outright speed in their computers know that the SSD is the way to go.
SSDs that connect directly to the SATA port have bottlenecks inherent in the SATA design and to avoid those bottlenecks there are a few SSDs on the market today that plug into the PCI Express slot. A new SSD storage device has surfaced from a company called Angelbird that is a combination of a traditional SSD and one of the PCI Express SSDs.
There are many music games on the market today with offerings like Rock Band and Guitar Hero at the top of the market. There are other smaller and lesser-known music games though and some of them have some awesome controllers. Power Gig is a music game that works sort of like Guitar Hero in that you have a wireless guitar controller to play with, but Power Gig uses a real six-string guitar.
Seven45 Studios is the company behind Power Gig and it has announced an awesome new guitar controller is available for the game in versions for the Xbox 360 and for the PS3. The controller works just like the basic six string controllers for the game, only these limited edition controllers are handmade for gamers wanting the best controllers out there. The controllers are made by First Act and look more like real electric guitars than game controllers.
Word has quickly started to get around regarding the AMD Radeon HD 6850 carrying with it 1120 Shaders. This afternoon when I was testing for my HD 6850 OC article, I noticed that in GPU-Z my HD 6850 was listed as 1120 Shaders. When I realized I double checked the video card to see if it was actually the HD 6850 and it was.
I had a look at my Sapphire card and noticed that it also showed 1120 Shaders. With the version of GPU-Z being brand new, I put it down to nothing more than a software error since both cards showed it. It's becoming widespread that the cards actually have all 1120 Shaders enabled.
While it doesn't skew our opinion of the HD 6850, it does affect the overall performance. At the moment, though, we don't have a BIOS for the HD 6850 that's only 960 Shaders. Next week when everyone starts to get back to work, namely AMD and its partners we've got samples from, we will speak to them about the situation.
What we want to really find out is can we enable 1120 Shaders on all HD 6850s. We will keep everyone in the loop regarding this and let you know what's going on. Who knows we could be making the 1120 Shader HD 6850 BIOS public next week.
It has got us wondering, though, marketing stunt by AMD? You can kind of imagine it. Oh, people found out about the HD 6850 being able to have all the Shaders unlocked, how terrible the value looks so much better and it makes NVIDIAs cards look worse. Who knows? CONTINUED...