ATi and Havok, one standard for all

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 6, 2009 1:33 PM CDT

ATi's demo of Havok Physics on an ATi GPU was not the most impressive ever seen. The demos were not staggeringly fast, they were pretty much stock stuff.

What was impressive was the speed with which the code was written to be usable with OpenCL. The turnaround on this was pretty impressive coming in at a matter of a few weeks.

AMD has also brought the fight to nVidia's PhsyX in a different manner. Instead of going head to head with an ATi proprietary implementation, AMD has banked on a standards based open implementation.

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2nd Round of Microsoft Ads Make Mac Users Angry

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 6, 2009 9:26 AM CDT

Although we talked about this before; it seems the new Microsoft Ads are really getting under the Apple fan's skin.

The latest one features Giampaolo, a self proclaimed engineer looking for a laptop. He looks at the Macs and then chooses an HP based on the hardware inside and the price.

This coupled with the other ad featuring the Red Headed Lauren has really created a stir with the Mac fans. Reading a couple of articles on CNet showed massive replies from the Mac fans, as well as reports from the press.

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ASUS GTX 275 Features Fuse Protection Technology

Zac O'Vadka | | Apr 6, 2009 1:14 AM CDT

Manufacturers that aren't offering simply a reference design video card seem to be having a great time with all sorts of little tweaks and changes to both the Radeon HD 4890 and GTX 275. ASUS has introduced the ENGTX275 which features Fuse Protection Technology.

ASUS GTX 275 Features Fuse Protection Technology

The new card comes with 3 sets of Fuse Protection which ASUS claims to double the defense against over-current and offers "Completely Risk-Free Computing".

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Microsoft Losing Ground on Netbooks

Sean Kalinich | Laptops | Apr 3, 2009 11:30 AM CDT

I think I will file this one in the very funny drawer. Internetnews.com is saying that Microsoft might be losing ground in the netbook market as the OS of choice.

When I first read that I thought it would be an interesting read; then I got to the part where it is all about the manufacturers looking at Android and Linux to replace Windows. This had me laughing as it was the very same manufacturers (Dell, HP, Asus) that asked Microsoft for XP due to large customer returns of the Linux based models.

Ok, yes Linux and Android are free, this will enable netbooks to sell for the same price and have more margin of profit. But the issue is that the majority of people buying netbooks right now are not Linux Savvy. They are going to get it home (after the Best Buy Clerk tells them what a great deal it is) and be completely lost with the OS.

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FBI looking for Wolverine Leaker

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 3, 2009 9:47 AM CDT

The other day I read about a VERY early release of the new movie X-Men Origins, Wolverine. I was surprised it was out as this new movie is not set to be released until next month sometime. Now just to be sure I checked to see if it had an early release date for the EU, but found that the dates are pretty much the same for the EU as for here in the US.

Intrigued I looked into the copy and found that it is a very early work print. In fact there are scenes where the CGI has not been skinned and even one that I saw where the harness had not been edited out. Now just to be clear I have not downloaded the film, I went looking for images and found a couple that were pretty funny.

20th Century Fox does not find this funny at all and has put in a call to the FBI to help find the person responsible for releasing this. According to CNet the FBI and Fox are pretty confident that they will be able to find this person due to Digital Water Marks embedded in the film.

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Sweden Introduces New Anti-Piracy Law

Zac O'Vadka | | Apr 2, 2009 7:33 PM CDT

Just a day after introducing a new anti-piracy law, Sweeden's total internet traffic is down 33% reports BBC News.

The new law is based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Direction (IPRED). Under the new law, copyright holders obtain a court order forcing ISPs to fork over IP addresses that are sharing copyrighted materials.

Sweden Introduces New Anti-Piracy Law

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185.65 Beta Drivers out from nVidia

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 2, 2009 12:13 PM CDT

nVidia has punted a 2nd driver out the door today 185.65 Beta. This new driver includes support for the just launched GTX 275 among other things.

The new driver is the second one today as nVidia released WHQL 185.50 earlier this morning. The new drivers also offer performance improvements for Cuda enabled applications.

The timing of the release of these is brilliant as it gives a couple of new offerings from nVidia over ATi's single launch of the HD4890. The PR guys at nVidia gave this some close thought.

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