Being a gamer has never been so good, and it stands to only get better this summer as AMD and Nvidia continue their GPU chess match. Nvidia went for the checkmate by announcing the new 9800GTX+, which features a die shrink and faster clockspeeds than the original 9800GTX, but AMD was quick to respond by releasing the HD 4850 a week ahead of schedule. Now it appears AMD is telling its graphics board partners to go ahead and overclock the new part, who are all too happy to oblige with a second wave of HD 4850 videocards expected to debut by the second week of July. Combined with the recent rumor that the new 4xxx series GPUs will play nice with last generation's 3xxx series in a CrossFire configuration, could this mean we're finally witnessing a more aggressive AMD? Either way, it's your move, Nvidia.
E3 is rapidly approaching, which means game publishers are squirreling away their biggest announcements until the fabled trade show. However, that doesn't mean they aren't tossing out a few crumbs of info here and there. Huh? What's that? Diablo 3? Oh yes, you know you want to read more.
Despite all the Web 2.0 rhetoric the internet still has no sure-fire answer for rampant phishing frauds. Microsoft, PayPal and Google – the who’s who of the internet – have laid the cornerstone of the Information Card Foundation to confront some of the most daunting and taunting online security challenges. The organization has as its immediate goal to replace each individual’s myriad of online passwords with a single ID card.
Such an ID card will be a person’s key to the internet and will only transact information absolutely necessary for accessing a website. It can certainly put a lid on phishing fraud. The technology required for these information cards is present as we speak but there aren’t enough compatible websites. Also don’t forget it is easier to treasure – or even venerate - a single all-purpose ID card than innumerable passwords. Did You Know: eBay-owned online money transaction major PayPal has been offering a cheap security device called Security Key, which is effectively a key generator, since early 2007 to its customers. Security is paramount for PayPal as any lapse or breach can result in serious monetary damage to its users. PayPal offers this device for $5 to all its users except business members for whom it is free.
D-Link's new DIR-628 offers support for 802.11n 5GHz as well as 2.4GHz support with a street price of around $100. 5GHz support enables 802.11n networks to escape the channel congestion inherent in 2.4GHz networks (where only three of the 11 channels theoretically available do not overlap) and achieve faster throughput through the use of double-width (40MHz) channels. Find out what's included, as well as what features hit the cutting room floor to help the DIR-628 make its price point.
TV manufacturers are literally contesting every inch and when most gadgets are shrinking – in keeping with the dominant small-is-beautiful spirit of our times, TV manufacturers are spending millions on adding extra inches to LCDs and Plasmas. Now Sharp has unveiled the largest LCD TV in the world, a 108” behemoth.
The Sharp LB-1085 108” LCD is now on sale across Europe, and an outrageous sum of $185,000 and a ridiculous 16 weeks of delivery time is all that separates European consumers from it.
It is certainly not the TV you can move around your house at will as it weighs a staggering 430 pounds. It features Full HD, 400 CD brightness, 1200:1 contrast ratio and 6 ms response time. Its U.S launch is slated for September.
Fox, NBC, and CBS are already playing in the Internet TV pool, and now ABC is jumping in with a major deal with Veoh Networks. ABC's taking a different approach than its competitors with a high-quality video player that supports Streaming HD. Find out how much better the results are, what shows are being broadcast in Streaming HD, and the best sites to find lots of your favorite TV programs past and present.
Starting in January 2009, French users bittorrenting the latest film or music from singer Carla Bruni can get the guillotine -- from the Internet at least. That's the plan approved by the French presidential cabinet last week. It goes to a vote in the French Parliament later this year.
Under the 'three strikes plan', individuals who do not cease their illegal downloads after 2 (very official) warnings will be have their broadband service disconnected for 1 year. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said "There's no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone."
According to Wikipedia, Scotland occupies the northern third of Great Britain and shares a land border to the south with England. Looking at a map confirms this. Wikipedia also indicates Scotland consists of over 790 islands with a varied flora incorporating both deciduous and coniferous woodland. All true and not a bit slanderous. So what's Scotland's beef with Wikipedia? Read on to find out.
Playing the waiting game often means your proposed upgrade stays stuck in a perpetual limbo, except for those rare times when the next best thing truly is right around the corner. It appears we've reached one of those junctures, and a trifecta of new Nehalem procs already have one foot nudged out the door and ready to run. Keep reading to find out what Intel has planned, and when.
Handheld gadgets continue to get more powerful and expand upon their capabilities, but don't let anyone try and tell you PCs are dead. On the contrary, over 1 billion computers are being used worldwide, and according to research firm Gartner, that number is expected to double by early 2014. So why shouldn't PC fans celebrate just yet? Click through to find out.