NVIDIA is really pushing their Tegra line and for a good reason - it quite simply kicks arse. NVIDIA's currently sampling a quad-core Tegra chip that is going by an internal name of Kal-El (otherwise known as The Son of Krypton, aka, Superman).
Kal-El will most likely turn into NVIDIA's Tegra 3 once it hits the market, but is capable of quite a bit of muscle. It was shown off by NVIDIA running a 2560 x 1440 stream that was being decoded on a developmental device, scaled down to the slate's native resolution of 1366 x 768 and also displayed on a 30-inch display pushing 2560 x 1600 - the workload was being handled in real time, all by Kal-El.
In amongst the leak of Crysis 2 and the inevitable tears of rage Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli would've had this week, he has stepped out into the spotlight that is the internet to release a statement.
He assures everyone that PC gaming is still very important and will always be important to Crytek (that must be why the Xbox 360 had an exclusive multiplayer demo) and that they are still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. He says that he hopes everyone enjoys Crysis 2 as they think it's their best PC game yet.
INQ and HTC are hard at it releasing "Facebook phones" but Twitter will not be joining the fight with their own "Twitter-branded" phone. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said at the Mobile World Congress that although 40-percent of all tweets come from mobile phones, Twitter does not want it's own handset.
Costolo said he'd like to see deeper Twitter integration on mobiles, but at somewhat of a limit: "I believe there is a need [to better integrate] Twitter in existing platforms for phones, but not for a Twitter-branded smartphone," he told an audience of people more used to seeing operators, handset makers and network vendors than they are social media juggernauts keynoting the event.
February has rolled along and with it comes another driver release from AMD for their Radeon graphics cards. AMD has changed its Catalyst AI texture filtering scheme as well as some new tessellation controls for 5000 and 6000-series Radeon cards.
AMD haven't stopped there, Radeon HD 5000-series owners are now able to access morphological anti-aliasing. AMD has also let users have the chance to change video quality settings for Blu-ray 3D media playback on 6000-series GPU's. COD: Black Ops performance is also increased for 5000-series owners, by 11% with anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering enabled. Disabling anti-aliasing and anistrophic filtering will gain 4-percent in performance for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
For the second week in a row, the TweakTown System Builders Guides have been updated with some pretty significant changes.
Besides the usual round of price updates for the products that don't have their prices updated automatically, the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) is the first to get the treatment. Out is the OCZ memory since it is out of stock and may never return due to the recent announcement of OCZ quitting the RAM business during CES. In its place is a Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Dual Channel Kit. Yes, 8GB of RAM now in the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC!
Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD), the previous set of Logitech speakers have been removed since they are no longer being sold and in place of them is the Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers. A really solid choice considering the price range we have to play with in this system for this component.
And finally we meet up again with the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost).
Our Download of the Day today is WinPatrol 20.0.2011.0.
WinPatrol alerts you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a multipurpose support utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.
WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshots of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.
You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.
Deal of the Day: 2TB Fantom GD2000EU32 GreenDrive eSATA/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - 2TB Fantom GD2000EU32 GreenDrive eSATA/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $89.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Buy.com has the Fantom GD2000EU32 GreenDrive 2TB eSATA/USB 2.0 external hard drive with 32MB cache and 2 year warranty for just $89.99 with FREE shipping. There's no rebate to send in this time too.
MWC 2011 - Today HTC announced its first tablet at MWC called "Flyer". It is a 7-inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 display running Android and maybe most notably with HTC Sense for Tablets. Many will know HTC Sense on HTC's range of mobile phones, a kind of overlay on the OS which includes a range of easy to use widgets and such. HTC Sense for Tablets is much of the same thing, but has been optimized for the larger screen.
Next up is HTC Scribe Technology which implemented a "scribble" feature which allows the user to jot down notes or mark certain sections in books or even on Facebook and other applications that they want to remember or to easily show to a friend. Using the included multi-function pen, you can select different pen thicknesses and colors and just start writing in many different areas. If you want to make changes, you can adjust the pen setting and use it as an eraser.
From the looks of things, you use the pen to tap in a certain area of the screen and it quickly snaps a screenshot and launches the "Scribble" application. Basically, it seems like you are editing a saved screenshot image in a very simple graphics editor. Then if you like you can share the Scribble image using a range of different methods.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 15th, 2011
- Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC @ Hardware Heaven
- Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC @ Neoseeker
- Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC @ Pureoverclock
- Sapphire Edge Mini PC @ Overclockers Club
- Sapphire PURE Black P67 Hydra Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Gigabyte G1 Assassin Motherboard Video Preview @ Overclock3D
- ASUS Sabertooth P67 @ Ocaholic
- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 @ Overclock3D
MWC 2011 - The next product stop for Miss Scooter after checking out the 10.1-inch tablet from Samsung was the latest smartphone to be introduced by Samsung, the Galaxy S II (GT-I9100).
This is yet another Google Android device based on Gingerbread 2.3. Different from the first Galaxy S is the new and slightly larger 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen which has a better contrast ratio and .3-inch more of screen to enjoy. Other hardware specs to change is the inclusion of a dual-core 1GHz processor which is said to provide the key advantage of offering mobile download speeds of up to 21MBit/s compared to 7.2MBit/s on the original Galaxy.
On the back of the device is a very impressive 8 megapixel camera with a flash which provides video recording at 1080p as well as playback at 1080p. In the video above we get a demo of the Readers app where you can download over 2000 newspapers from around the world. You get full page views of each page and then you simply tap on a headline to read each story in its own view.
Nicole quizzed the Samsung rep on when it might be going on sale, but lips were sealed and we do not know when it will be going on sale. Looks pretty darn impressive, though!