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Last Friday Microsoft held its Taiwan Windows 7 launch at the grand Formosa Regency hotel in Taipei City and we just had to go along and check it out and see if there were any surprises in store for us on the hardware side.
Microsoft invited its vast amount of software and hardware partners to showcase their newest products running Redmond's new super doper operating system. There were all-in-one systems, small notebooks (netbooks) and normal notebooks on display for all to see, touch and use.
There was nothing terribly new or exciting on display, but one product that did catch our attention and one that has actually been on the market for sometime already, is the Dialogue FlyBook V5 notebook running Windows 7 Ultimate, of course. We haven't seen it before and haven't seen it covered much online before, so we thought we'd tape it.
It's a super interesting product in that it implements an adjustable hinge for the screen that allows for all sorts of angular adjustments which makes it perfect for the frequent techy air traveler for those long and annoying economy class flights.
Watch our video below - we also managed to throw in some booth babes to spice things up a bit.
Not bad, huh?
Codemasters all excited by the demonstration of its upcoming car racing game DiRT 2 during the recently finished Windows 7 launch event in NYC, sent us over a tech video off the game for us all to see.
The video shows firstly the difference in image quality between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 and goes on to show some of the extra graphics processing ability of DX11 and Windows 7.
Also announced is that you'll be able to buy this game all around the world by around December 4th, depending on where you are located. Of course, right now, you'll need a DX11 video card from AMD to enable the fancy DX11 features.
Check out the video here which we uploaded:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Oct. 22, 2009 - Codemasters® today revealed the DirectX 11-powered Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2 at Microsoft Corp.'s New York Windows 7 Launch Event. Codemasters also announced that the Games for Windows Live version of the highly-anticipated racer will be shipping on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK.
Following the critical and commercial success of the console editions of DiRT 2, Codemasters Studios has integrated the wealth of new performance-enhancing features available in DirectX 11 in the Games for Windows Live edition. DiRT 2 will deliver the definitive off-road experience and its launch will herald a new generation of games powered by the superior DirectX 11 technologies. Gamers can preview DiRT 2 as powered by DirectX 11 in gameplay and tech videos now showing at http://www.dirt2game.com.
"The opportunity to enter into a strategic relationship with Microsoft to fuse key DirectX 11 technologies with Codemasters' EGO Engine and set the new standard in race gaming on home computers was irresistible," said Bryan Marshall, chief technical officer, Codemasters. "By taking advantage of the DirectX 11 feature set included in Windows 7, including hardware tessellation, multi-threading and Shader Model 5.0, we will deliver the most immersive and realistic off-road racing experience yet and set the technical benchmark in the genre."
Codemasters will take advantage of DirectX 11 features to add to the realism of the racing environment. Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations. The performance of Shader Model 5.0 will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features, and many others, combine to deliver the most exciting and visceral racing experience yet.
"By working together with Codemasters to deliver early access to DirectX11 technologies for the Games for Windows Live edition of DiRT 2, we are able to demonstrate the new levels of immersive gameplay and visual performance gamers can experience in Windows 7," said Mike Ybarra, general manager of Windows Product Management at Microsoft. "Through our strategic relationship and the delivery of the DirectX 11 feature set, we are confident Codemasters will lead the way in the development of the next generation of PC games."
DiRT 2 Games for Windows Live edition supporting DirectX 11 technology is set to ship on December 1st in North America and releasing on December 3rd through EPAC territories with a December 4th street date in the UK. Editions for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system are in stores now. For the latest videos and information, accelerate over to http://www.dirt2game.com.
ASUS' Eee Keyboard is almost ready for the masses with word having come in recently that ASUS plan to launch it before the month is out. This is a pretty exciting piece of hardware, reminiscing of the days of Commodore whereby a whole PC is integrated into the keyboard.
The crew over at Netbooknews were invited into the ASUS Eee Home whereby a demonstration took place showing off the EeeKeyboard's very impressive capabilities; streaming 720p content over ultra wide band. Furthermore, it was noted that this model was a final production sample with resistive touch screen and integrated stylus.
If you have any remote interest in this very tidy unit from previous tidbits shared out, I highly recommend you Watch the 7 and a half minute demonstration below. I'm confident this baby will be a real hit.
We just got back from the Viewsonic press conference in Taipei city that concluded only a couple of hours ago.
At the event, Viewsonic launched a slew of new notebooks, but notably missing were any new netbooks or nettops. There was talk of an NVIDIA ION based netbook being launched today, but that wasn't to be either.
We managed to go hands-on with the brand new ViewBook Pro notebook. It is Viewsonic's CULV notebook that comes with an Intel Core 2 SU7300 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the option to upgrade to 4GB of DDR3 memory. Viewsonic claims 8 hours battery life, but that can be extended to a maximum of 12 hours by adding in a secondary battery in the optical drive bay area.
There are two models - a black and silver one. The silver model (Pro S) is supposed to come with a 8x DVD burner for $1099 USD and the black model (Pro B) is supposed to be cheaper at $999 USD since it lacks the optical drive. The standard ViewBook will go on sale around the world next week, but the ViewBook Pro will begin selling next month.
More in our video right here, watch:
We'll push Viewsonic to send us one for review soon!
Today AMD took the covers off its latest ATI video cards - the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750.
Both are mid-range cards designed to complement the high-end 5800 series, but manage to offer quite a punch in the performance stakes for the price. Both GPUs come with DirectX 11 and CrossfireX support.
So far we have reviewed the ATI Radeon HD 5770 in the form of the Sapphire model and later today we'll have our review posted of the 5750. Here are some other reviews to check out:
- Hardware Zone (5770)
- AnandTech (5770 and 5750)
- Elite Bastards (5770 and 5750)
- techPowerUp (5770)
- Hardware Canucks (5750)
- Hardware Canucks (5770)
- NeoSeeker (5770 and 5750)
- Phoronix (5770 and 5750)
- Hot Hardware (5770 and 5750)
- PC Per (5770 and 5750)
- Benchmark Reviews (5770)
- Tech Spot (5770)
- Motherboards.org (5770 and 5750 Roundup)
- PC Games and Hardware (5770)
- AMD Zone (5770 and 5750)
- Techgage (5770)
- Bjorn3D (5770)
- Modders-Inc (5750)
Happy reading and we'll add more as they come in!
Our Download of the Day today is Any Video Converter 2.78.
Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .
World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 2.78
* Supports output profile for Zune HD.
* Supports F4V, TS as input video file formats.
* Updates the language files.
* Fixes bug concerning downloading problem because of YouTube account login error.
* Fixes bug concerning the audio playing back error for the amrnb/amrwb input file.
Yesterday we described to you what new technologies like Intel's Light Peak could mean in the future. But there was no real hard evidence to show just how powerful something like this could be.
Today we have a video take by the gang at Engadget that shows a small sampling of what Light Peak is capable of even at this early stage of development.
What you see is a "hackintosh" system based on an Intel CPU and chipset. They then run 1080p video and a large file transfer over the Light Peak connection at the same time. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me.
Now the next steps will be a method of putting this into a smaller footprint and making it affordable for the consumer. Can you imagine being able to swap out a single cable instead of the mass of cables we currently use? I suppose the next step is sending power of this line, at that point we will have a single step setup of our computers.
Of course the minor news here is that it looks like Intel might be violating Apple's EULA by not using genuine Apple products. Then again this seems like something that Apple would be very interested in and working with Intel on as it can maintain the sterile and clean look they so desire.
Alright, it seems the content distribution market is becoming like the netbook market. Everyone has or wants something to offer for download.
The latest in the game of low priced content is YouTube, fo course this means Google in reality but hey who's checking
Youtube the spawning grounds of more Mind Numbing viedos that just about any other in the history of the internet is looking to ink a deal that would allow they to provide premium (pronounce that new release) video content at a pay per view pricing rate.
This is an interesting change and would put them into competition with people like Netflix. For starters the films will only be Standard Definition but maybe with Google's bank account they can entice the studios into allowing some streaming HD content soon
There are a lot of cool things about the new ZuneHD. One of the biggest is that it is going to use nVidia's Tegra under the hood. It should also have native support for Flash and a few other Codecs that are commonly used for media playback.
These differences have propelled it into the mantel of "iPod Killer" This is really quite a possibility as it certainly has the hardware and the Codec support to back up its bid for the throne. The problem is, how to beat Apple Marketing.
But all that aside one of the things that people are looking to see if can MS improve the interface on the Zune HD. Well someone has managed to get a sneaky little video of the new Zune HD in action. If nothing else we can see some of what we can expect from the new PMP from MS.
Today we had a chance to visit the PhotoFast office here in Taipei to take an exclusive look at one of its upcoming SSD products.
The product in question is the PhotoFast 'Quad'. It has available internal slots for a total of four CFast 32GB SATA cards - and no, they aren't compact flash cards despite how similar they look! They are actually tiny flash cards with SATA connectors. Maximum read and write times inside the video.
Milton from PhotoFast told us that they will go on sale in around 2 or 3 weeks time. We'll have a review of the PhotoFast Quad on TweakTown around that time, too.