New Screen Shots of Windows 7 Pop up

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Feb 11, 2009 10:17 AM CST

Another Build of Windows 7 Beta has been spotted and photographed.

The new build number is 7022 (the Original Beta 1 was 7000) and offers very little under the hood improvement but has some GUI changes. The Home Group has received a new Icon, the Control Panel has been dulled down as well as other minor changes to the looks for the OS.

Microsoft has declared that Windows 7 is feature complete so the next few builds will really be nothing more than UI refinements and bug fixes. The next public release should be RC1 around April; this puts us in line for an early 2010 release.

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NVIDIA ION gets Windows Premium certification

Cameron Wilmot | | Feb 11, 2009 7:59 AM CST

Earlier today in Taipei, NVIDIA and Microsoft held a joint press conference that saw the small HD loving ION platform getting certified and endorsed by Microsoft's Jack Huang, Senior Director chap for OEM Asia. The endorsement stated that the ION platform is able to provide a "premium" Windows experience.

NVIDIA ION gets Windows Premium certification

The ION platform running an Intel Atom 230 processor at 1.6GHz gained Windows Logo Verification approval as a desktop system on both x86 and x64 Windows Vista operating systems. NVIDIA also today announced that it released its first ION Windows 7 BETA drivers, but we couldn't find them online - they are probably hiding somewhere.

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nVidia tapes out Three new GPUs

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 11, 2009 7:46 AM CST

There is possibly some trouble over in the nVidia camp. It seems that while the green team has taped out three new GPUs (GT218, GT216, GT215) the long awaited GT212 is not on the list.

This omission has lead Charlie Demerjian to conclude that is has been killed off and will not see the light of day. While this may seem harsh there are some supporting facts. TSMC has recently admitted that its 40nm process is extremely leaky. This is compounded the large die style of GPUs that nVidia likes to make as the larger the die the more leakage occurs. Next is the fact that nVidia likes to put out the highest end parts first and work down from there, which makes good sense as you can always take away but it is hard to add to.

So when you put these together it does seem likely that the GT212 will not see silicone (at least not any time soon). As for the rest of the lineup; they should see general availability around the first part of May for the 218 and 216, with the 215 coming out roughly 30 days later.

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Large Hadron Collider restart delayed again

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 11, 2009 7:31 AM CST

The Atom smashing LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has hit another delay and now will not restart until September of this year.

When the LHC when live back in September of 2008 there was talk that it would create miniature black holes, the end of the world, and rice pudding...ok so I made that last bit up. In reality no one seems to know exactly what will happen when they shoot beams of lead atoms into each other at speeds approaching the speed of light. Scientists at CERN hope to gain a better understanding of matter by observing the results of these collisions.

The LHC was put out of action shortly after its initial launch by an electrical malfunction in a cooling system. The malfunction caused a helium leak and required the system to be taken offline as all of the 53 magnets used needed cleaning and repairs.

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ASRock soon to offer cheaper X58 Deluxe mobo

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Feb 11, 2009 12:52 AM CST

Alongside the release of their X58 SuperComputer motherboard for the Core i7 platform, ASRock has just added another X58 based offering into its lineup which is calls the X58 Deluxe.

ASRock soon to offer cheaper X58 Deluxe mobo

This variant is a more cost-friendly alternative to the SuperComputer with very slight trimmed down features and accessories that many people probably wouldn't use anyway. The changes include just a single Gigabit Ethernet interface and no (2S) SLI interconnect bridge which is now redundant for common two-card SLI setups anyway.

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Galaxy 9600GT Green Edition has voltage jumper

Steve Dougherty | | Feb 10, 2009 9:35 PM CST

The folks at Expreview have caught a glimpse of Galaxy's first "Green Edition" 9600GT graphics card. We first learned of these more efficient 9600GTs last month when specifications were leaked which showed a voltage reduction of 0.1 down to 1.0v and decreased GPU/shader clockspeeds to maintain stability.

Galaxy 9600 Green Edition has voltage jumper

Galaxy's 9600GT Green Edition card seen above includes Zalman's VF703 Al for its cooling power and has a 625MHz core clockspeed, 25MHz slower than standard 9600GT's but 25MHz faster than what the reference "Green Edition" cards were first said to use.

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FAA hacked, Looses 45,000 workers personal data

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 10, 2009 11:36 AM CST

It looks like Kaspersky is not the only one that Hackers have been messing with. Unfortunately while the group that Hit Kaspersky was not malicious the ones that hit the US Federal Aviation Administration were.

The hackers managed to access two servers, one containing personal data for some 45,000 FAA employees and retirees. The second server contained encrypted medical records.

While the FAA is maintaining the claim that this is the first attack of its kind the Unions that represent the FAA workers claim this has happened before (although not on this large of a scale).

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Intel to invest $7 Billion on US factories

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 10, 2009 11:06 AM CST

Intel is looking to dump around $7 Billion (yes with a B) into manufacturing plants in the US.

This investment will be the single largest investment for a new manufacturing process. Intel will spread the $7 billion over two years and will cover existing plants in New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona.

The move will allow Intel to quickly ramp up to the 32nm manufacturing process while utilizing existing assets in the US.

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Microsoft stop Windows 7 beta downloads soon

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | Feb 10, 2009 12:44 AM CST

A quick heads up for those of you who haven't nabbed a copy of the Windows 7 public beta yet but would like to give it a run and see if you like where Microsoft are going with it.

Microsoft stop Windows 7 beta downloads soon

Microsoft will be putting a stop to any new downloads from the 10th of Feb (12am Pacific time) and any remaining downloads still active by the 12th of Feb at 9am Pacific time will be cut off for good. Only TechNet and MSDN subscribers are able to get a hold of it beyond this time and Microsoft will still leave product key registration open for a while longer.

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