AMD and Valve are teaming up to make the most current video card drivers available through the Steam platform. Gamers will be able to detect, download, and install Catalyst drivers directly through Steam instead of having to go to AMD's site.
With Steam being one of the biggest online gaming platforms with over 25 million accounts, this was a nice decision on both teams parts to keep gamers up to date not only on their games but with their video card drivers as well. The first update that will be available will be Catalyst 10.9, and updates will only require a single click to get going.
AMD has just released its ATI Catalyst 10.9 drivers and they are available for download on its AMD Game website over here for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux.
Besides the usual bug fixes and game performance increases, the big news with this driver release is that 10.9 comes with support for the Internet Explorer 9 beta that was released today.
IE9 includes not only HTML5 support, but also hardware GPU graphics acceleration. AMD has a HTML5 game called AMD Space Command to demonstration how a GPU in a browser can help accelerate and improve visuals using Direct2D. Give it a try over here and compare the difference with GPU acceleration on and off.
Update 14:18 US PST: Not only will the 10.9's provide GPU acceleration to IE9, but all browsers with HTML5 / Direct2D support. Such as Chrome and that is evident as Chrome v6 also saw an improvement in performance under AMD Space Command. It performs much better than IE9 in my opinion, but that is probably because IE9 is still in beta.
Years ago, most of the Kmart stores in my part of Texas went out of business and I haven't missed them until today. An interesting new netbook has turned up at Kmart from a company called Augen that is very cheap and runs the Android operating system. If you have been dying to get a netbook with Android, this may be the cheapest way to do that.
The little rig sells for $189.99 and has a 10.2-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 600. The operating system is Android 2.1 and the CPU inside the little rig is an ARM11 at 800MHz. Augen crams 256MB of RAM into the machine and storage is to 2GB of internal flash with a SD card slot for expansion.
It's time for developers (and jailbreakers) to get ready for the latest build of iOS to hit the internet. The beta builds for iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are now available for download if you've got super-duper developer access.
New features hinted at in the new beta are multitasking for the iPad, as well as a new "printing experience" for iOS devices dubbed "AirPrint." AirPrint is set up to automatically find local printers over WiFi and print text, photos and graphics without the need to install drivers or software. AirPrint will work over PC or Mac devices, although HP's ePrint enabled devices will be the only printers able to take advantage of this technology initially. AirPrint and iOS 4.2 are expected to be released to the public in November.
External storage drives are available in all sorts of configurations. If you need a mobile storage device, you are generally limited to a single drive with no RAID functionality due to the size of most systems. NewerTech has launched a very cool new mobile storage device that offers RAID and quad interface tech called the Guardian Maximus mini.
The new storage solution has a pair of storage drives inside and supports RAID 1 or RAID 0 functionality. The mini can be had with normal HDDs inside or for those needing more performance SSD versions are offered as well. The mini has FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connectivity for Mac and PC use.
Even before the start of Microsoft's "Beauty of the Web" press event due to start in under 30 minutes from now, you can download and try out the very latest version of Internet Explorer.
On Microsoft's IE9 Beta micro site they are claiming new features like hardware acceleration, a cleaner UI putting focus on the web, seamless integration with Windows 7 and of course HTML5 support.
I am downloading the beta now and it would seem like plenty of pressure is being applied to Microsoft's servers right now. As I type the download just finished and it says Internet Explorer 9 is now installed and I need to reboot now before I can use. I'll report back with some screenshots shortly.
There are a huge number of docks on the market today for the iPhone. Many of those docks require the iPhone or iPod to be physically plugged into the dock for music to play. There are also a number of systems that allow you to stream music to the device using Bluetooth. The catch is that the Bluetooth wireless systems don't charge the iPhone and your battery can drain quickly.
XtremeMac has unveiled a new audio solution that works with the iPhone and the iPad that combines features of a normal docking station with a wireless Bluetooth dock. The audio system is called the Tango TRX and it uses a 2.1 configuration. The device offers high quality Bluetooth streaming from a remote docking station that can be connected to the AC outlet for charging the iPhone while it plays. A second dock is built into the main device.
Yesterday we wrote about how the Intel AppUp app store for netbooks went out of beta and was released to the world. While initially we had some issues logging in, those problems have gone away today and now we can provide a first impressions look at the software, how it works and what we think of it at this stage of the game.
When you first launch AppUp (it'll run on most Windows XP and Windows 7 systems as well as MeeGo devices) you are greeted with a basic and lightweight program with a simple white GUI. Keeping in mind that Intel designed AppUp for lower powered netbooks, this is a good sign. You don't want some intensive program running on a netbook at a snail's pace - that would just be an unpleasant experience. First check mark ticked - performance is great. Before you can download and use any apps, you need to register and login to AppUp. Once you have logged in the first time, it saves your details and keeps you logged in even when you close AppUp and launch again.
Now that you are logged in, you are greeted with the main store area as you can see above. It lists some featured apps with a large scrolling image to see what's hot. Below that you also have 'Staff Picks', 'What's Hot' and 'New Releases'. On the right of the screen you can browse apps by category......
OCZ has all sorts of computer hardware that it offers that ends up inside the computers of lots gamers and enthusiasts. OCZ first made a name for itself in the memory market with some high performance memory kits that are offered for just about any platform out there. OCZ was among the first companies to offer RAM to support the Intel Core series with the low 1.65V max when the CPUs first surfaced.
OCZ has now announced that it has a couple new RAM kits that comply with the latest JEDEC DDR3L low-voltage standards designed to make the RAM run cooler and more efficiently during high demands. Less heat may also mean that the RAM kits are more overclockable than standard offerings.
Welcome to TweakTown's newest daily addition, the Mobile App of the Day. Our Mobile App of the Day today is Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.
The Windows Live Messenger for iPhone app has been out since June, but had not been updated since its initial release. Now, version 1.1 has been made available and a few useful new features have been added to enrich the experience.
Facebook integration has been added to the app, allowing you to chat with friends, view updates, and control who sees your updates through the Windows Live Service account page. A friends list filter has been added so you can view all of your friends or sort them by group. Windows Live Messenger for iPhone also now supports iOS4's fast switching feature, and has added support for 31 additional languages including Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Turkish.