NVIDIA Brings PhysX to PS3, Wii

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 20, 2009 12:36 AM CDT

NVIDIA has decided to bring PhysX to both the PS3 and the Wii, making the two announcements just a day apart from each other.

NVIDIA Brings PhysX to PS3, Wii

Licensed and registered developers will be able to download the SDK from NVIDIA, bringing more realistic game environments to those on both consoles. NVIDIA says that adding the SDK for the Wii is going to be the key to its cross-playform strategy, most likely because of massive install base around the world.

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Acer Predator Desktops Get Recalled

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 19, 2009 10:59 PM CDT

The U.S. Concumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Acer America Corp. has issued a recall for Acer Predator desktop PC's.

Acer has received two reports of the computers short circuiting, causing melted components and external casing. Both events occurred outside the U.S. Apparently some of the insulation on the computer's internal wiring can become bent or stripped, causing the wires to overheat while the product is in use.

Acer Predator Desktops Get Recalled

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NZXT Panzerbox Gaming Chassis Released

Zac O'Vadka | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Mar 19, 2009 9:24 PM CDT

NZXT has released the Panzerbox Gaming Chassis. The new case is lightwieght yet welded for strength with the LAN partying gamer in mind.

NZXT Unleashes Compact Panzerbox Gaming Chassis for LAN Enthusiasts

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The Panzerbox has two 190mm fans and a single 120mm fan that flow 300 CFM through the case to keep everything inside nice and cool. It also has support for dual radiators, room for high performance 10.5" cards, 4 hard drives, and has 3 5.25" bays.

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Microsoft IE8 Now Available

Zac O'Vadka | | Mar 19, 2009 7:18 PM CDT

Microsoft announced that the much anticipated Internet Explorer 8 browser is now available for download.

Microsoft IE8 Now Available

The new browser incorporates Web Slices and Accelerators to make your intenet experience faster and easier. It also features improved security including the new ability to completely remove all traces of any use of the browser including history, cookies, and other misc. data generated by browsing the web, which was often very difficult to do with previous versions of IE.

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nVidia Kills HybridPower on the Desktop

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 19, 2009 1:07 PM CDT

nVidia is planning to kill off HybridPower in future desktops according to the TechReport.

In an article TechReport says that HybridPower (which was released with the 780a SLI) is not supported on the GTX 285 and 295. TR Asked Sean Cleveland about this and he replied saying that it will indeeded be pulled but due to the latest cards ability to use much less power at idle.

I am not sure if I buy the claim that nVidia's current crop of GPUs idle so low that HybridPower is not a help anymore.

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Radeon HD 4890 gets run through 3DMark

Sean Kalinich | Video Cards & GPUs | Mar 19, 2009 12:02 PM CDT

OCHeaven have what they claim is the first 3Dmark tests on the Radeon HD4890. The results are based on testing done by an unnamed source and are, as of this writing, yet to be verified.

The test system had an Intel Core i7 930 and 3 GB of RAM, although other details are not known.

The scores that the HD 4890 achieved (P10996 in 3DMark Vantage and 16096 in 3DMark06) are from testing with an Unknown and possibly beta driver.

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AMD claims Intel wants them Dead

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 19, 2009 11:07 AM CDT

AMd would have you believe that Intel wants to destroy them. Well ok not AMD directly but chief counsel for AMD, Harry Wolin, said that to CNet in a phone interview.

Wolin said that it is Intel's goal to wipe them out, he counters Intel's claim that they need AMD for competition saying "I think they would absolutely like us dead"

Those are strong words from AMD at this time and have been viewed as attention seeking by some analysts.

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Safari hacked in seconds at Pwn2Own 2009

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Mar 19, 2009 8:10 AM CDT

Browser security is always a hot issue and of course all sides claim their browser is better (like kids in a playground). The security of three popular browsers was put to the tech recently at Pwn2Own 2009, a competition where hackers attempt to break system security in the fastest time.

Charlie Miller took home the top prize ($10,000) when he hacked a fully patched MacBook Air in a matter of seconds. He did this by exploiting a know vulnerability in Safari. The hack was performed by the MacBook's user clicking a simple link. Miller also made predictions before the competition that are shown below. They are surprisingly accurate.

The second place winner showed off a second Safari Hack and was able to hack both IE8 and FireFox but not as quickly as Safari and Miller. Apple has a long standing history of claiming to be more secure than Windows especially Vista; I wonder how they are taking this news.

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What is really new in iPhone OS 3.0?

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 18, 2009 11:51 AM CDT

Yesterday was the big day for the iPhone OS 3.0 sneak peak. Many sites were all a buzz with live blogging and Twitter links covering the event.

The funny thing is that what was all the excitement about? From where I am sitting iPhone OS 3.0 only gives us things that have been on other smart phones for years, Copy and Paste, MMS, and finally a landscape keyboard.

Yet in true Apple fashion this is touted as a huge and revolutionary advance for users.

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