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Just this morning I posed a question about the use of the Tegra SoC chip in netbooks. Well the question still stands but the gang over at Engadget has an interesting piece that comes to them from TechVideoBlog. It seems they have a video showing Tegra pumping out some 720p HD content without breaking a sweat.
My issue with Tegra follows in the OS choices and other performance. Right now the only operating systems that Tegra is being used with are Windows CE (which is awful) and Android. The other factor is system performance, it is being reported that you can only have about four tabs of Firefox open before the system slows down. To me in a machine designed for internet usage that is just not enough.
Maybe if nVidia pushes this into portable HD media players it will fit. But in reality HD video on my netbook is not something I can get worked up about.
Read more here.
If you didn't believe the Tegra hype -- 25 days audio, 10 hours of 1080p video on single charge -- already then pull up a stool, son, NVIDIA wants to tell your a story. TechVideoBlog sat down with Gordon Grigor, NVIDIA's Director of Mobile Software to see Tegra's little Atom smasher in action. So sit back while Gordon smoothly streams a 720p MSN HD trailer off the web (over WiFi) then switches over to Firefox to take Flash for a spin at full-screen. Gordon also clarifies earlier confusion over Tegra's ability to handle HD video; see, the Tegra 600 can do H.264 video at 720p while the Tegra 650 can decode 1080p. Gordon also gives some more insight into memory configurations.
Computex Taipei 2009: Earlier on today out in Nangang we visited Nelly from IN WIN who was kind enough to provide us with a video tour of its booth and a couple of their key new products, which have just launched at Computex.
We'll have reviews of these products coming up shortly, so stay tuned!
Computex Taipei 2009: One of the products that OCZ had the spotlight on it suite at Computex this year was the newly announced Colossus SSD which is unique in that it comes in the standard hard disk drive 3.5-inch form factor.
It truck load of 1TB of flash memory claims to hit read speeds up to 250MB/s and write speeds up to 220MB/s using the SATA2 data interface. The bad boy which is expected to set you back over $2500 USD weighs in at a massive 400 grams (huge for an SSD!) and includes not one but three controllers on board since there is some internal RAID 0 going on inside.
It looks like OCZ continues to go crazy with SSDs and just keeps bringing out new ones that keep attracting attention. More from the OCZ suite later on!
Thanks go out to Alex from OCZ for the introduction above.
Computex Taipei 2009: The big IT show hasn't even started yet, but as usual, we've been running around like dogs just let off the leech from Taipei out to Nangang and most places in between.
We've put together an introductory video of the stuff you wouldn't normally see. Watch it below:
We are at the GIGABYTE Reunion Party now and it's about time to kick back and relax a few cold ones.
Wrapping up our coverage from today's press conference held by MSI, we have prepared a video of the lovely ladies showing off MSI's range of new X-Slim series notebooks.
Watch the video below:
MSI managed to put on a good show here and it shows just how much effort they are putting into their mobile line-up of products.
Sadly though the Android based netbook was not to be found, we'll just have to spy it out during Computex Taipei in about three weeks time.
AMD is holding a new contest and wants to demonstrate the link between gaming and learning. According to AMD, this reinforces AMD Changing the Games commitment to advance youth education through digital games.
The A-ha Moment Video Contest asks contestants to create a video explaining how playing video games reinforced something they first learned elsewhere. They also have the My Dream Assignment Video Contest which urges contestants to submit a video with your idea on what would be a gread game to increase learning.
AMD is offering up six 16" HP Pavilion dv6 series notebooks to first place winners of the contests. Each contest has been split into three groups: Middle School, High School, and Post-Secondary education.
"Digital game play as an entertainment vehicle is undisputed, but we believe games can also serve as valuable educational tools," said Andrew Blanco, Director of Program and Business Development for the Learning Games Network. "This contest encourages students to exercise their creativity while sharing their perspectives on games' potential."
"We live in a visual age where gameplay - and game development in particular - can motivate students to learn in ways that can't be matched by non-visual learning mechanisms," said Allyson Peerman, vice president of Public Affairs for AMD and President of the AMD Foundation. "Inspiring youth through social game development is the mission behind AMD Changing the Game and this contest is another vehicle to help advance that mission."
I found this one on Engadget and have to say it is one of the cooler Augmented Reality vides I have seen.
It is a "card trick" performed extremely well and with special real-time effects added. You get to see the actual scene and the augmented one in the same frame which makes the imagery more impressive.
What really takes the cake though is the fact that all of this was done with open source programming tools.
Read more here
Tempest uses AR to demonstrate what's going on in his fertile imagination as he performs a card trick -- cards levitate, Jokers dance, and the birthday cake? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself. The most impressive part is that the whole thing goes down in real time, and utilizes C++ with OpenFrameworks, OpenCV, ARToolkitPlus, MacCam, "and other Open Source goodies." Nothing's done in post-production.
Alien Babel Tech reports that Toshiba is currently working on a product that we can only hope makes it past the research phase that it currently is in.
Dubbed "Video Wallpaper," Toshiba is trying to take OLED technology and put it on a thin and flexible paper that can then be used as wallpaper. Potentially this could turn any wall into a display that could be used to do anything from display television to simply change colors on the wall.
Toshiba said that the project is still several years away from becomming a commercial product, but if they can make it happen, you can add this to the list of science fiction technology that has become a reality.
"OLED is anticipated to become an important light-emitting device for the next generation," Toshiba said in a statement.
The problem that the scientists have had to overcome is increasing the efficiency of existing OLED devices, such as televisions that use the reduced-energy material. To achieve that, the wallpaper uses light that has been redirected by an ultra-fine grating that is fabricated by self-assembled nano particles, said Kaori Hiraki, a Toshiba spokesman.
Also during the NVIDIA and Microsoft joint press conference today, Drew Henry from NVIDIA demonstrated Windows 7 multi-tasking with the ION.
This new low-cost, low-power platform is set to first hit the market as tiny desktop computers and then later find its way into netbooks.
As Drew Henry rightfully stated, you won't see an Intel based Atom and chipset netbook doing anything like this.
After a one week extension, we are proud to announce the winners of our ASRock "Instant Boot" video contest that was held in our forums from late last year.
First prize goes to TweakTown forum user tanka12345 who created an interesting story video, which ASRock decided just had to be the winner, but it was close.
Second prize went to Zenphic for creating a rather action-packed video of shooting up computers in a game with slow boot times. Third place went to shayanxtra for his motherboard "quickie" video.
Here is the winning entry:
Congratulations to you all and you can see more on the contest here over at our forums!