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In keeping with the recent theme of censorship around the globe the Sydney Morning Herald, has a fun read a proposition by the UK to rate websites.
The rating system would, in theory, help prevent children from being exposed to inappropriate content. Now on paper this sounds like a great plan but in reality there is very little a rating system would do unless you can prove the age of the person sitting at the system.
Maybe they can start encouraging parents to be more involved with their children and get them to do the policing of their internet behavior. But perhaps that is asking too much.
Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Andy Burnham, the Culture, Media and Sports Secretary, was quoted as telling The Daily Telegraph newspaper that "clearer standards" are needed online because of the variety of offensive material available.
He said, for example, that it is easy to "view a beheading" on the Internet.
"You can still view content on the Internet which I would say is unacceptable," he said, adding that it would not restrict free speech to limit the viewing of Internet content.
A Melbourne-based software developer called ExitReality has created what they are calling the world's first 3D browser.
After you install the 4MB plug-in software that works in IE or Firefox, you simply visit the ExitReality website and type in a web address and within a minute or so, you can walk around that website in 3D. No kidding - this is for real!
While we haven't tried it much yet, it's a little hard to see the point of it. You can create special MySpace profiles which convert the 3D profile into an apartment - same with Facebook and others.
If you walk through TweakTown in 3D, it just looks like an empty hall with a bunch of links to reviews. While we couldn't get YouTube working in 3D, apparently each video is setup like a movie theater.
Maybe it's a little bit of fun but we can't really see it taking off. If you are interested, head on over to the ExitReality website.
It appears as if somebody forgot to tell Amazon the launch date for AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.
Amazon has gone ahead and listed Diamond's ATI Radeon 4850PE3512 PCIE 512MB GDDR3 graphics card for $199.99 USD with shipping expected in one to two months. Amazon states that the card has PCI Express 2.0 support, 512MB of 256-bit GDDR3 memory, Support for Microsoft Direct X 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 2.0 and Built-in HDMI support (even though the provided pictures don't show a HDMI port).
We actually started testing this graphics card today and while we are bound by NDA, we think this is going to be a very good product for AMD - that's about all we can say on the matter and we have probably already said too much.
If you are interested in getting in on the HD 4850 early, you can head on over to Amazon at this website and preorder now or until AMD makes them pull down the page.
The highly documented Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer of late has just launched its Intel P45 Express promotional website and it's interesting to say the least.
They say a picture says a thousand words and this theme park motherboard has loads of peace, love and freedom about it.
You will get a close up look at ASUS' full lineup of P45 based motherboard along with the key features such as improved EPU technology with full 16 phases on some of the boards and supposedly all Japanese made solid capacitors, Express Gate instant-on OS, Drive Xpert and more.
Take a look right here for yourself.
This morning we discovered that some of our reviews and articles were missing. We were able to restore them and they are now back online.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
Though we're not entirely certain about its authenticity, chinese website PCINLIFE has come into contact with a supposed "8800GS" graphics card with 768MB GDDR3 memory onboard. The brand of the card is by a mob most of us wouldn't have heard of before, "Yeston".
There's stacks of images looking at all angles of the card at this link. Unfortunately any more specifics about the card haven't yet been disclosed.
You have already seen how Nvidia's upcoming G92 based GeForce 8800GTS 512MB graphics card performs in stock and overclocked conditions in the past week here at TweakTown.
Nvidia has gone a step further and confirmed its specs a full one week ahead of its launch. Below is a screenshot from the Nvidia website in case they take it down.
As you already know, default clock speeds put its core clock at 650MHz with memory clock at 1000MHz and shader clock at 1625MHz which is a full 125MHz faster than the uber high-end 8800 Ultra.
For more details, visit the GeForce 8 series product page here.
Motherboard maker FOXCONN have recently begun to show signs of taking things more seriously in the enthusiast market segment; the recent release of their tweaked up P35 "MARS" motherboard is the first that comes to mind when thinking about some of the more spiced up products we've seen from them lately.
Now they've taken things a step further again and set up a website dedicated to their new Quantum Force product line which the MARS motherboard is proudly a part of.
Dubbed Quantum-Force.net, the website includes a product registration function, access to exclusive downloads including BETA BIOS updates and special OC utilities, video content, competitions, OC tutorials and much more.
One of the first utilities made available at the site is their exclusive CrossFire Overclocking tool, this of course a free utility which isn't retricted to FOXCONN's products alone. QF engineers are also offering especially modified BIOS updates for enthusiasts to flash onto their CrossFire HD 2900 XT graphics card setups, which with adequate cooling can help give your system a nice boost in performance as well.
There's also some useful overclocking and tweaking tutorials online for those who arn't too sure what they're doing, as well as some interactive tutorials and video interviews etc.
Furthermore, FOXCONN are going to be rewarding people with a PC makeover who are able to top their "Power Wall" chart which comprises participants overclocking results using the new MARS motherboard.
Users submitting their score before 1st December could win up to US$1,000 to spend on upgrading their PC, with the top three 3DMark06 scores awarded US$1,000, US$500 and US$250 respectively.
FOXCONN's official press release on the launch of Quantum-Force.net can be read here. It's all fantastic stuff over at the newly launched Quantum-Force website, so definitely head on over and check it all out.
Beijing, China, October 31st 2007 - FOXCONN today launched a new website dedicated to its Quantum Force product line. Quantum-Force.net (http://www.quantum-force.net) is without doubt the most comprehensive product and enthusiast website to be launched by a hardware manufacturer.
Quantum-Force.net is designed to support both enthusiasts and overclocking novices who want to get more from their computing experience. The website will feature a range of regularly updated content, including...
- Overclocking and "how to" tutorials
- Interactive and video tutorials
- Video interviews with industry personalities, gamers, engineers and others!
- Detailed interactive guides to special Quantum Force features
- Forum for technical support and sharing performance tips
- Downloads - BIOS, utilities, wallpapers and more!
- The latest product information and news
- and more
Futuremark have officially kicked off a new website dedicated to gamers, with a new team hired to maintain the site with stacks of content in the way of non-biased reviews of games, on-line shops to buy game related goodies and also an online performance tool which will allow you to check the specs of your system up against the requirements by the game in question.
Game Developers Conference 2007, San Francisco California - March 7, 2007 - Futuremark Corporation, developers of 3DMark, the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking went live today with the beta version of YouGamers, the World's First Intelligent Gamer Website. YouGamers (www.YouGamers.com) is a new destination site for PC gamers offering original game content, previews, gaming industry news, exclusive interviews, and full game reviews.
YouGamers initially launches with an English website, with localized language options in the future. In Version 1.0, YouGamers will provide a full gamer community with forums and blogs, offering users' homepages, personal profiles, game lists, and game hardware details.
Our mate Gabriel Torres of Hardware Secrets let us know something which if proven true is very disturbing. He claims in his blog that GeCube send out fine-tuned (overclocked) samples to media. He continues to say that these overclocked samples never actual reach the retail channel.
We knew full well that the cards were overclocked (Radeon X800GTO in this case) but we figured that *ALL* graphics cards from GeCube would carry the same clock speeds. Apparently this is not the case but I'll do some more digging on Monday as business is closed in this part of the world now.
Both GeCube and ATI have been made aware of this already and we're waiting for some answers. Updates to come - this is a serious issue and it will be taken very seriously from our end.