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James Cameron still wants Avatar sequels filmed at 60 fps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 5:00 am

Ah, James Cameron. I really hope you can make this happen. The infamous director of such movies as Terminator, Aliens and Avatar, is pushing the film industry toward using higher frame rates than the current industry standard of 24 frames per second. Cameron wants to see digital cinema projectors enabled for higher frame rates. He started pushing for higher frame rates at CinemaCon earlier this year where he argued for the use of 48 and 60 fps.

 

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Cameron talked to THR about his need for higher frame rates, saying he would favor 60 fps:

 

The reason I went down that path is because I believe it makes for better 3D...There were lots of arguments for why 48 and why 60. My feeling is if it is a software upgrade (for digital cinema projectors), do both. It doesn't change anything at the projector; you don't have to change the lamp house or the lenses. If you are uploading software you can upload it for 48 and 60 and let the filmmakers decide.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango rolls out over the next week or two

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:46 am

Microsoft has announced that Mango, or Windows Phone 7.5 will roll out in the next week or two. Microsoft have said that Mango has been "painstakingly tuned" for every device from every manufacturer so that the update and all the new features work as planned once its pushed out to everyone. Microsoft have not given an exact date of when people can expect to receive Mango, but they will refresh the "Where's My Phone Update?" page to reflect the worldwide rollout status.

 

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The only downside is that Mango won't be pushed to your phone over-the-air, so download the latest version of Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, or if you're on a Windows-based machine, Zune. Mango will also need proper firmware on the device to function as designed, so Microsoft have warned users against installing unofficial or leaked copies of Windows Phone software.

Eee Pad Transformer 2 benchmarked, Kal-El stands proud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:00 am

The Kal-El-powered second-generation ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer has not been shy from the news lately and now the benchmarks for the "ASUS Transformer TF201" have floated up from the depths of the unknown and onto the Internet. The results have been taken down, but the magic involved in Google's cache have bought them back to life and they paint a glorious picture. When benched against the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which sports a Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, the Transformer 2 scores 40.6 fps versus the 17 fps of the A500 in the "Egypt Standard" test in the GLBenchmark site.

 

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Not only that, the "Offscreen 720p test" saw the Transformer 2 score 65 fps versus 21 fps which is not too bad at all. Considering that Kal-El's power consumption is meant to be lower than the Tegra 2, it offers much more performance as well as better battery life.

Microsoft ditches the 80's style boot, instead uses streamlined UEFI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 2:00 am

I'm sure you dear readers don't like the old-school, 80s style boot-up sequence that has plagued Windows since, well, forever. This is all set to change with the old BIOS system being replaced by a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) which gives users a high-resolution logo and graphical menu to look at whilst booting up their PCs. Not only does it look pretty, but the menu will allow booting to a different disc, OS or USB drive with pictures and words as prompts.

 

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The command prompt will still be there if you would like to get your black and white, text thrashing on. For everyone else, they get the super-pretty, super-fast boot up sequences we've all been dreaming of for a very, very long time. Microsoft will continue to support the legacy BIOS interface, but systems using the UEFI interface will have "significantly richer capabilities". Other nifty things built-in is ease of use for performing troubleshooting in Windows RE.

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Bing has cost Microsoft $5.5 billion since 2009

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 22, 2011 12:52 am

Microsoft's two-year old search engine, Bing, is losing close to $1 billion per quarter. Since Bing launched in 2009, Microsoft have lost $5.5 billion, but their losses actually pre-date that. And while we're at it, did you know that Microsoft's online services division has never made money? Since Microsoft began breaking out that unit's finances in 2007, they've lost a total of $9 billion. In the past 27 months, Microsoft has proudly claimed that it has gained search market share from Google.

 

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Bing as it stands, has 14.7% of the search share market, up from 8.4% when it launched. Google currently has 64.8% down just two-tenths of a percentage point from the 65% it had when Bing launched. Microsoft has clawed market share traction from third-place rival, Yahoo. The rest of it has come from Ask.com and AOL. Also remember that Yahoo's search is Bing-powered, meaning that half of Microsoft's share growth has come from its search partner.

 

Microsoft President of Online Services, Qi Lu, said that Microsoft could not and would not try to "out-Google" Google. Instead they must "change the game fundamentally".

Adobe set to release Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 in early Oct

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 4:12 pm

An announcement from Adobe today lets us know that significant new versions of its Flash Player and AIR platform are on the verge of release, Flash Player 11 and AIR 3; these both scheduled to become available to the masses early next month.

 

The new browser plug-in of Adobe Flash promises massive performance improvements over the 10 release using full hardware acceleration. Adobe also rolls in full, native 64-bit web browser support which should make the switch over to 64-bit web browsing less of a problem with there already being HTML5 and Java 64-bit plugins available.

 

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Here's a detailed rundown on all the new goodies coming with the new versions :-

 

- Accelerated 2D/3D Graphics: Full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics enable 1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2.

 

- 64bit support on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

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ASUS' slim and sexy U46SV ultra-thin reaches the U.S. market

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 2:58 pm

ASUS' sexy U46SV ultra-thin laptop has been spotted in the U.S., with a pre-order listing now up over at ExcaliberPC. Having been out in Europe for a short while already, it's been quite the popular little number at its respective price point and certainly catches one's eye with its champagne-colored brushed aluminum casing.

 

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With a price tag of $879 in the states at the aforementioned etailer, the U46SV-DH51 measures just 1.08-inches thick and is based on Intel's Huron River platform. It sports an LED-backlit display running at 1366x768 and is powered by a Core i5-2410M processor (2.3GHz) with 4GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, 3-in-1 card reader, GeForce 540M 1GB graphics, 0.3MP camera, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, SonicFocus audio, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 8-cell battery.

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AMD FX processors are even cheaper than we thought!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 1:44 pm

After a long, drawn out wait, we're finally getting some rock solid details on AMD's upcoming FX processor range with recent confirmation of the initial run of models and an October launch pretty much set in stone.

 

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A new report has come out that should gather more smiles all around and that is the pricing on these parts. It appears the three FX models coming out at launch will be even more aggressively priced than previous reports have indicated. What we're now hearing is that the eight-core FX-8150 and FX-8120 will carry pricing of just $245 and $205, respectively. As for the six cored FX-6120, that is expected to come in at $175.

 

The other tid bit of interest we can gather from the latest report is a supposed release date of October 12th - just a few weeks away now folks.

OCZ releases some cache-happy SSDs with the Synapse Cache series

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 12:12 pm

Helping fill the void between expensive, large capacity SSDs and slow, but cheap high capacity mechanical drives, OCZ has just outed a new range of cache happy SSDs it calls the Synapse Cache. The new series includes two capacity drives of 64 and 128GB, certainly more than enough for caching purposes.

 

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The Synapse Cache drives include Dataplex cache software from NVELO which will dynamically cache the most recently, and frequently accessed files from your large capacity platter drive to the SSD; thus increasing overall performance in accessing those files thereon. It's essentially how Intel's Smart Response Technology works, but in this case it's all handled via the SSD combined with the Dataplex cache software as opposed to the motherboard chipset, meaning you are not limited to Z68 for this type of setup.

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Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.8

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 21, 2011 9:38 am

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.8.

 

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

 

Main features:

 

• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 1.1.8

 

- Various known regressions from the beta versions have once again been addressed.

 

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