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AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers released, improvements for SimCity and Far Cry 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 7:31 am

If you're a Radeon user, you might want to check out AMD's latest goodies in the form of the Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers. The new drivers provide some performance improvements in both SimCity and Far Cry 3, as well as improve the latency performance issues in Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution.

 

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Here's a full list of what you can expect:

  • Improve performance in Sim City 5 up to 16 percent
  • Improves performance in Far Cry 3 up to 5 percent
  • Improves latency performance issues seen in Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
  • Resolves slight corruption seen in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for CrossFire and single GPU configurations

 

Download the AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 drivers for Windows, right here.

Microsoft allows companies to buy bulk numbers of Surface tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6:17 am

Microsoft's Surface tablet might not be doing too well in the consumer market, but the enterprise and government purchasing departments will have no problems buying them in bulk. The Redmond-based software giant is reportedly happy supporting big clients.

 

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The process is now much easier to purchase bulk numbers on the Surface tablets - be it the normal Surface, or Surface Pro - where "commercial customers" can opt-in for an Extended Hardware Service Plan that boosts support to three years for North American buyers. Microsoft isn't stating exactly who is eligible for this, but their order system most likely centers around bulk orders of their devices.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator to receive 3D makeover

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:18 am

Fresh from the conversion of Director Alex Proyas' i, Robot, Twentieth Century Fox will next set their sights on converting the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi hit Predator to the third dimension later this year, according to Schwarzenegger fansite TheArnoldguys.

 

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Any 3D Blu-ray release will likely employ the same 3D conversion as afforded to i, Robot; a new algorithm created by JVC which significantly reduces the amount of manual roto-scoping utilised in top-of-the-line 3D conversions such as Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Titanic. Subsequently, this method is substantially cheaper to perform but leads to less impressive results, as my review of i, Robot shows.

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Nexus 4 makes a reappearance in the UK Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:09 am

If you've been itching to get one of the Nexus 4 smartphones and you're based in the UK, you've been out of luck, until now. Both the 8GB and 16GB versions are in stock for 239 and 279 pounds, respectively.

 

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They might sell out quick, so if you wanted one you might want to pull the trigger on it, well, now. You can get the Nexus 4 8GB here, and the Nexus 4 16GB here.

Swype beta 1.4.9 is out, includes a bunch of bug fixes and improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 4:02 am

If you're a Swype user, you might have noticed there was an update today, if not - you might want to do it now. The latest update is in beta form, pushing up the version to beta 1.4.9. The new update includes a bunch of bug fixes and various improvements:

 

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  • Advanced Language Models added for Hindi and Belgian Dutch
  • Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
  • Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
  • Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
  • Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
  • Fixed an issue where default Android voice input ('mic'/'microphone') icon displayed instead of Dragon logo
  • Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
  • Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office
  • And many more bug fixes and improvements!

 

Swype isn't in the Google Play Store, so you'll have to grab it here.

NVIDIA mobile roadmap updated, Logan and Parker will feature Kepler and Maxwell GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 3:07 am

NVIDIA have been doing quite well in the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) department lately, with Tegra 2 and 3 making big splashes in mobile devices across the world. Tegra 4i is nearly here, but what is coming next? Well, NVIDIA have updated their mobile roadmap at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference.

 

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The next SoC we should expect from NVIDIA is codenamed "Logan", and the one after that was previously said to be "Stark", but is now "Parker". Both will use NVIDIA's CUDA technology, with Logan featuring a Kepler GPU and Parker running a Project Denver 64-bit ARM-based CPU as well as packing a next-generation Maxwell GPU. Logan should reach us early 2014, with Parker not being baked into devices until sometime in 2015.

NVIDIA unveils Volta, their next-gen GPU capable of providing the GPU 1TB/sec of bandwidth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 2:09 am

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose earlier today unveiled some interesting developments with the company, with NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun-Huang revealing the next step in their GPU roadmap - Volta.

 

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Volta will arrive after Maxwell, and will provide GPUs with an insane amount of memory bandwidth. Volta-based GPUs will provide up to 1TB per second of bandwidth, made capable by stacking the DRAM on top of the GPU itself, with a silica substrate between them. Then, cutting a hole through the silicon and connecting each layer provides the ability for this insane level of bandwidth. Something Huang has said has the ability to shift "all of the data from a full Blu-Ray disc through the chip in 1/50th of a second."

 

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I don't know what this will do in the consumer space, as even the unreleased next-gen consoles will be holding back a beast like Volta. The future is looking great for NVIDIA, and I'm excited to see what we'll see from these next-gen GPUs.

Adobe CTO steps down, joins Apple's ranks as a VP of Technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 1:18 am

It truly has been the year for shuffles at the top of big companies, with today bringing news that Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch is stepping down. Lynch is taking a job over at Apple, where he'll be titled as the VP of Technology.

 

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Lynch will step down on March 22, with his CTO position not being filled by a successor. Adobe's official statement, below:

 

Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO, is leaving the company effective March 22 to take a position at Apple. We will not be replacing the CTO position; responsibility for technology development lies with our business unit heads under the leadership of Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Bryan Lamkin, who has recently returned to Adobe, will assume responsibilities for cross company research and technology initiatives as well as Corporate Development. We wish Kevin well in this new chapter of his career.

OCZ releases Vector SSD firmware V2.0, said to improve performance

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 7:29 pm

Today OCZ Technology released a firmware update for Vector. The new firmware, version 2.0, is available through OCZ's Toolbox and is a mass production release (not beta). At the time of writing the release notes weren't available but Alan, a long time TweakTown reader provided the benchmarks below from a system in steady state with the Vector 512GB used as a boot drive.

 

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He states that "IOPS are great" and "the performance has definitely increased, you will want to run this against the Samsung 840 Pro and maybe reevaluate which is drive is faster in all capacity sizes."

 

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You can find the thread discussing the new update on OCZ's Forums. Firmware update instructions are located here. Do note that C-States were enabled in this tests. We'll have a full article with all three Vector capacity sizes updated in a few days here on TweakTown.

More details on Raspberry Pi's camera module surface, still aiming for $25 and up to 2592x1944 stills

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Since its release, the Raspberry Pi has been changing the DIY landscape much like the Arduino did in 2009-2011. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been hard at work developing the most anticipated add-on module it has developed to date, the camera module.

 

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Today Raspberry Pi released a blog post detailing how the upcoming $25 camera module was created, and in that document we learn some interesting information about the camera. A fixed focus 5MP sensor capable of 2592x1944 stills, but also 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video is featured. The lens is fixes so that means no auto focus will be present.

 

The camera will connect to the Raspberry Pi via two connections. I2C will handle the basic functions like start, stop, change resolution, and adjust exposure time. The much higher bandwidth CSI bus will handle the pixel data from the sensor back to the processor.

 

Each pixel produced are 10 bits wide compared to the 8-bit pixels you are used to seeing with standard JPGs. Raspberry Pi configured things this way so that they can adjust parts of the dynamic range, which will reduce "gaps" that cause banding in images. In the blog post, the foundation said that they are very close to releasing the camera module now and that the $25 price point is still there.

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