PCI-Express 2.0 has been here for us for what seems like an eternity in the tech world - so much moving past us in terms of cores on a CPU, the amount of system ram and at the moment the apocolyptic GPU wars between the great AMD and NVIDIA.
PCI-Express 3.0 is the next gen champion to be on your motherboard. It is rumored to be clashing it's hammer with the Sandy Bridge E 'Patsburg' on LGA2011 which is slated for 2011. Depending on whether the LGA2011 becomes the consumer-targetted replacement. The closest definite for PCI-Express 3.0 is for early 2012 when Ivy Bridge hits.
Sure, it feels like most game console makers are looking to get your butt off the couch and into motion when it comes to gaming. PS Move, Kinect, the Wii; active gaming is becoming all the rage. But prizes for getting active? That will definitely grab some attention. HopeLab, a non-profit game lab founded by Pam Omidyar, has introduced Zamzee; a point based system designed to track your amount of activity and give you points that can be redeemed for virtual goods or real world goodies like gift cards.
Zamzee, which is looking towards a beta launch in Q2 next year, is providing a game that tracks how much activity the wearer has been through during their day. The more active you are, the more points you score. Zamzee's early research is showing a 30% increase in activity for Zamzee users which they state is the equivalent of running an extra marathon in a month. It's an interesting idea; kind of like a pedometer that pays you back? Check out TechCrunch's interview Richard Tait of HopeLabs at the Source Link for more info.
Obviously Kinect hacks have been the new "cool thing" to do - the applications they're being used in at the moment is expanding quite rapidly, which is great. Intel on the other hand has something new from their Seattle research lab - they have been working on a range of projects using what it describes as "Kinect-style" cameras.
There's an augmented reality video below which shows Intel bringing Lego to life - while the second video shows a whole new degree of interactivity with everyday objects. This tech is very new, but with the right nurturing - it could become tomorrow's technology very easily, especially with Windows 8 approaching in the next two years.
Things have obviously changed since 2008, when surveys stated that around 90% of Japanese consumers would not buy an iPhone. The iPhone 4 seems to have changed opinions and has become a big hit in the tech-savvy country and for mobile carrier Softbank. It's become such a hit that rival NTT DoCoMo, the country's largest mobile carrier, has turned to Darth Vader in their latest anti-iPhone campaign.
Yes, that Darth Vader. Vader's signing bonus for promoting the Galaxy S phone was undisclosed, but in one commercial he waves his hand and states, "there is no iPhone." It's quite a battle being fought, as The Wall Street Journal's Japan Realtime blog as stated that "The iPhone accounts for about two-thirds of the domestic smartphone market, making DoCoMo's efforts even more challenging in image-conscious Japan, where the iPhone is starting to become a must-have personal accessory among many young people." Funny; you'd have thought Apple would be the company resorting the the Force Choke to get people to buy their products.
People who are in the know when it comes to Ubuntu are familiar with their fairly regular alphabetical bi-yearly updates. This all may be changing as Ubuntu's founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth is reportedly pondering daily updates to the operating system.
During a conference call last month, Shuttleworth is quoted as stating that daily updates would help Ubuntu "keep pace with an increasingly complex software and platform ecosystem as Ubuntu goes on more devices and syncs up Android and iPhones." Daily updates, while a ton of work for the developers, may also keep the OS up to date as more and more mobile platforms take advantage of the simple and lightweight functionality of Ubuntu.
Well - just as I was losing faith in the high end PC phenomenon, my socks have just been blown off and my hair looks like I've just stuck a fork in an electricity socket. Crytek have announced "Warface" - it will use Crytek's proprietry graphics engine, CryEngine 3 and will be a PC exclusive multiplayer shooter.
Coop missions will be a key-feature, right now there's no mention of a single player campaign. More interesting though - is that they plan to release Warface as a free-to-play shooter and is looking to target the Korean and Asian markets specifically.
When things get hard (not being able to supply stock for a popular card) tactics change - things get nasty. There have been complaints of AMD lowering Image Quality in certain games to gain extra frame rates (and in turn, making their cards seem like they're performing better than the competitions cards).
But, most people either forget, or remember back in 2003 NVIDIA pulled the same stunt by tuning drivers to perform better in benchmarks.
I really love Google Chrome - and more so now, a group of students from MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group have turned the Kinect motion controller into a tool for browsing the internet.
They have written an extension for Chrome called DepthJS - which allows you to use the internet with gestures. Interestingly, making a fist is used for selecting while a swatting motion is used for scrolling.
I've posted previously about this, but the rumors aren't dying... obviously there could be something happening, but until it does it stays in rumor land for now.
NVIDIA don't have a CPU, they only have dedicated GPU's/Tegra range - this puts them between a rock and a very, very hard place come next year when AMD launches their Fusion APU range. With the integrated graphics exploding like there's no tomorrow, it is paving the way for a completely different market than we're used to.
Mitsubishi Electric makes LCD screens for all sorts of gadgets from portable DVD players and TVs to phones and computer monitors among others. The company has announced a new LCD TFT panel that is 9-inches in size and has some nice specifications. Tag screen is set to ship on December 1 to OEMs and it should work very well for all sorts of uses.
The screen has a resolution of 960 x 540, which is exactly half of what the resolution for a full HD screen is. The aspect ratio for the little screen is 16:9 and it is aimed at mobile devices like TVs and DVD players among other things. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the thing has 170-degree viewing angles. The LCD is part number AA090AA01.