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Ina Fried from the CNET Beyond Binary blog was able to catch up with a couple folks from Microsoft at the Professional Developers Conference last week.
Ina has a quick hands-on look at the latest build Windows 7 desktop and its features including the new taskbar, "Jump List" mini menus and some other stuff which make the upcoming OS that little bit different than Windows Vista.
Take a look at it below and there is another below when you're done.
Inside the Windows 7 desktop, part 1 (CNET)
Inside Windows 7 desktop, part 2 (CNET)
You can read more over at CNET.
Alongside this posting earlier in the week, more coverage in the way of some hands on time with Windows 7 surfaces, with Gizmondo sharing an extensive amount of information with us all that includes some videos comparing startup / shutdown times side by side with Vista and a thoroughly written walkthrough which sheds light on many of its unique features and general interface improvements.
You can check it all out here.
We've seen plenty of pictures/previews of ASUS' dazzling Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard floating around the web in recent times and normally I would try not to bore you all with more of the same.
However, HardOCP has gone to the effort of posting up a video preview allowing us a better look at it, whilst also discussing some of the unique features on tap including ASUS' ProbeIT which should be a much welcomed addition for overclockers.
Check out the video below :-
GIGABYTE's GO OC 2008 overclocking championship in Taipei concluded a couple of weeks ago but due to typhoon storms passing through Taiwan and other issues, it's only now that we can get some coverage of the event online.
We were at the event with cameras in hand and managed to put together a six minute video of the event show the good, bad and ugly (look for the dancing in the video!)
You can download the HD high-definition version of the video here - it weighs in at 354MB.
I wasn't personally able to attend NVISION, but luckily the folks over at Modders-Inc have published a rather good recap event of the first IDF-like event held by NVIDIA a little while back.
The video has great coverage of the GeForce LAN, case mod competition and the famous Mona Lisa rendering by paint ball and more.
Have a look for yourself below:
If you love HD (and who doesn't?), you can check out the high def version of the video over here.
Lynn from VIA sent us a link to a video they've uploaded which features robots using VIA Embedded parts such as systems based on the Pico-ITX form factor.
The video was shot at the Taipei International Robot Show which was held last week. We weren't able to make it but lucky VIA had a camera in hand and took some pretty cool video for us all to see.
Taiwan hosted the Taipei International Robot Show this past week and it was certainly an exciting event, with over 60 international academic and industrial developers attending.
VIA's commitment to the development of extremely compact form factors, such as the VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards has placed the company at the cutting-edge of technological progress within the robotics industry. As the world's most compact x86 mainboard, VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards have become an essential component in modern robots due to the remarkable heat dissipation and robust performance engineered in to the compact design. From hobbyists building kits to military robots, VIA processor platforms can, quite literally, be found at the heart of these amazing machines.
Here's a short video featuring the already very well-known "Johnny 5" building kit robot from Lynxmotion and BEAR, a highly intelligent military robot the Vecna Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot . BEAR has been designed to rescue military personnel out of combat situations and pushes military robotics to new heights of intelligence and mobility.
AMD displayed some jaw dropping photorealistic characters at a press conference in New York yesterday, using the power of a Radeon HD 4800 series GPU with their latest Cinema 2.0 technology.
The folks at PCGamesHardware have since posted up a bunch of exclusive screenshots as well as a video showing off AMD's latest tech demo in action. The video shows Ruby having it out with a nasty big Robot on a mission.
This is the first time we see Ruby doing her thing in some all-black attire.
You can view the video and the rest of the images here.
VIA have kindly forwarded us a link pointing to a new video they have produced which demonstrates the raw power of their latest VIA Nano processor when playing intensive 1080p HD video content.
With Intel's Atom being its direct competitor, the video shows the 1.3GHz Nano up against an Atom-based ASUS EeePC 1000H (1.6GHz) playing the same 1080p video. The outcome is quite conclusive with the VIA Nano based mini-note hammering through the playback at a smooth pace whilst the Atom shows signs of being brought to its knees.
Video playback is an excellent indicator of the performance of a CPU and 1080p HD video is an especially taxing format for mini-notes to play. We wanted to make it easy for end users to "see " the actual performance differences so we put a VIA OpenBook Prototype mini-note, powered by the new VIA Nano processor, up against an Intel Atom-Bassed Asus EeePC, 1000H. Both devices are playing the same 1080p HD video and the results are conclusive. The VIA Nano processor by far out-performs Intel's Atom, processing the HD video format very smoothly, while the Atom stutters and staggers along!
UK e-tailer eXpansys has performed a 10 minute video presentation covering both the MSI Wind and GIGABYTE M528 Atom-based UMPCs. Like the ASUS Eee PC before it, the MSI Wind has been generating a lot of interest, and it doesn't disappoint. The GIGABYTE M528 is more like an OQO model e2 with a touch screen and slider keyboard, running Linux instead of Windows.
Check it out below :-
Lynn Shapiro from VIA Tech sent us an email to let us know that they've uploaded a video showcasing the internals of a VIA OpenBook mini-note.
Tim Brown pulls the thing to bits and shows off some of its expansion capabilities with a HSDPA card as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth card.
Take a look!