The third annual Chimp Challenge kicks off today, in which Maximum PC's Folding at Home team will once again try to claim victory in the race for more points than the competition. If successful, this will mark the third victory in four attempts, but it won't be easy. More teams have entered this year and it's going to take a massive effort if we're to claim back-to-back bragging rights.
For those of you not familiar with Stanford's Folding at Home distributed computing project, you can get up to speed here. In short, the project relies on the computing horsepower of many in hopes of finding cures to common diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and many more. Stanford's Folding client taps into your PC's unused CPU and/or GPU cycles, and can even be run on a Playstation 3 console.
A bigger version of Amazon's Kindle eBook reader is expected to debut this week, possibly as early as tomorrow, that will be tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines, and college textbooks. The big mystery is what exactly will the supersized Kindle look like, and Engadget appears to have solved it by posting several leaked photos of what will reportedly be known as the Kindle DX.
According to Engadget, the new Kindle will bump the screen size up from 6 inches to a 9.7-inch display, and at long last, it will come with a built-in PDF reader. Users will have the ability to add notations, as well as notes and highlights, which should prove popular on college campuses. The DX also looks to come with an improved web browser, but no other details are yet available.
Still no word on price and whether or not it will come with a touchscreen.
Today is Tuesday, May 5th, and that means you can now officially download Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC). Microsoft had previously made the RC available to Technet and MSDN subscribers, and it didn't take long for the newest release to find its way onto Torrent sites.
Microsoft says the RC will expire on June 1, 2010, and starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. You'll be given a two-week reminder ahead of time.
The RC that's being made available is a full-featured edition, similar to Windows Vista Ultimate, Microsoft says. Those of you running the Windows 7 Beta can continue to do so until August 1, 2009, at which time you'll need to a clean install of the RC - an upgrade option is not available.
Windows 7 RC will be available at least through July 2009, and while that means there's no rush to go grab your copy right now, there have been no reports of a 'Server is too busy' error message like there were with the Beta release.
So much for the element of surprise. After not-so-subtly hinting at its new project last month, Deus Ex 3 developer Eidos Montreal is just about ready to let whatever remains of the cat out of the bag.
The latest tidbit comes from an ad in a recent issue of Edge magazine, which boasts of accolades from GameSpot and GameSpy and tastefully clothes what appears to be the Thief logo in some kind of sticker-like frock. In other words, all roads lead to Thief.
According to the ad, all will be revealed on May 11. We’ll enter a hat eating contest if it’s not a new Thief game. And the hats? They won’t go down too badly, because they’ll be flavored with our tears.
Looks like the proverbial kitchen sink of World War II games has finally been thrown into the mix. Developer Tripwire Interactive has officially announced that Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad – sequel to realistic mod-gone-commercial Red Orchestra: Osfront 41-45 – will do, at this point, the only thing no other World War II game has done before: Add a German single-player/co-op campaign.
Fear not, however; Red Orchestra isn’t setting its sights on needless controversy. As with its predecessor, this trip into the trenches gives utmost priority to “accuracy and detail.” Looks like our dream of slipping into the biomechanical boots of mecha-Hitler will have to wait.
No word on a release date just yet, but Tripwire’s only just begun to inform. Expect more news on Heroes of Stalingrad in the coming weeks.
Sure, you could always play it safe and have your wife shack up in a hospital when she’s in the beginning stages of childbirth, or, you could whip out your iPhone and begin to search YouTube for instructional videos on how to deliver it yourself! This is one Marc Stephens did, and it worked out well for him.
According to the BBC, “Marc Stephens watched the videos as a precaution when his wife Jo started to feel some discomfort. Four hours later, his wife went into labour and started giving birth before an ambulance could arrive at their home in Redruth. ‘I Googled how to deliver a baby, watched a few videos and basically swotted up.’”
Admittedly Mr. Stephens does have some very limited prior experience, given that this is his fourth child. “For our first I spent most of the time at my wife’s head, now I’m not afraid to go down to the business end.”
SolidLogic’s latest release, the GS-L10 is completely covered in heat sinks. Why? Well, to put it simply, it features no fans whatsoever.
The GS-L10 is built off of a Serener case and features an MSI MS-9818 motherboard. It’ll also support up to three different Intel Montevina processors, with the highest available model being the 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo T9400, can pack up to 4GB of RAM, gives you the option of HDD or SDD storage, and provides the choice of Windows XP, Vista or Ubuntu.
The base model will only run you roughly $860, but if you’re looking to deck this bad boy out with all the fixings, it can go up to $1,900.
While book scanning has become a pretty common process, one problem that still remains is that the scanned images are slightly distorted where the spine of the book meets the page. It looks like Google has done their very best to fix this error, with a pretty nifty camera setup.
Their book scanner, which was recently revealed in patent pictures, paints a book with infrared light, and then two infrared cameras generate a 3D model of the book, which can be used to correct scans. On top of this, Google has implemented camera technology that detects the three-dimensional shape and angle of the book’s pages when the book is in the scanner. This is then transmitted to the OCR software, which adjusts for any distortions, and allows the OCR software to read the text more accurately.
Everyone seems excited about the upcoming launch of Windows 7, and with good reason. By many accounts -- speed being the primary one -- Windows 7 is what Vista should have been all along. So where, then, does that leave Vista once Windows 7 starts shipping?
"We are still not sure if [computer makers] will be able to ship Vista once Windows 7 is made available," said Richard Francis, general manager and Windows client business group lead at Microsoft Asia-Pacific. "Having said that, an enterprise customer that purchases a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed is allowed to downgrade to Vista should they desire, similar to what we have today on Vista to XP."
Francis went on to reiterate that Microsoft will stop support forVista in April 2012. And it's probably a safe bet that Vista won't see anywhere near the same user outcry that XP saw, which helped the OS avoid a stay of execution more than once. After stumbling out of the gates with performance hampering bugs, most are looking forward to moving on.
"It's been a long time since we've had a version of Windows that will actually run better [than a previous version] on the hardware that most customers have," Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Windows product management group at Microsoft, told reporters during a conference call.
Windows 7 recently went into Release Candidate (RC) form and will be available to the general public for download tomorrow, May 5th.
According to a report in The New York Times, Amazon is thinking big (literally) with its Kindle eBook reader and plans to introduce a larger version later this week tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines, and possibly textbooks.
"We are looking at this with a great deal of interest," said John Ridding, the chief executive of the 121-year-old, salmon-colored British newspaper The Financial Times. "The sever double whammy of the recession and the structural shift to the internet has created an urgency that has rightly focused attention on these devices."
Larger eBook readers like the upcoming Kindle could prove game-changing in how media outlets do business. The current business model calls for newspapers and magazines to offer up content on the web for free, which The New York Times said is being viewed by many as a "critical blunder that encouraged readers to stop paying for the print versions." But not everyone sees a black-and-white eBook reader saving the day.
"I don't think we would be anywhere near as excited about anything in black and white as we about high-definition color," said Tom Wallace, the editorial director of Condé Nast, who publishes magazines like Vogue and Wired. "But technology changes at a pretty high clip these days, and if we are now in the Farmer Gray days, it will be only a very short while until we are in the video game era."
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