The latest graphics rumor making the rounds for the past month was that Nvidia would be releasing a single-PCB version of its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 videocard, however it was unclear what other changes the design alteration would result in. At least until now.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the slimmer, single-PCB GTX 295 looks to be more about cutting costs than adding performance. Following in ATI's footsteps, Nvidia will place both GPUs on a single circuit board, which should help the company save a bit on manufacturing.
However, only the memory is said to getting a small boost, with Nvidia increasing the reference design's frequency from 1000MHz on the dual-PCB version to 1100MHz on the single-PCB. Both the core and shaders clockspeeds will remain the same at 576MHz and 1242MHz, respectively, and despite shelving the second PCB, it will still be a dual-slot card. It will also be half an inch longer, Fudzilla says, measuring a full eleven inches.
If the rumor holds true, look for the revised card to show up by the middle of May with no change to its price point.
Originally thought to be an April Fool's Day prank posting, apparently Mitek Systems really did develop software that lets customers deposit paper checks using their cell phone. All that's required is a cellphone with a 2-megapixel or higher camera.
The way it works is customers must first download the app from their bank. Once installed, they'll log in, enter in the amount of the check, and then take a snapshot of the check they're trying to deposit and wait for the software to optimize and validate the pic. Do the same for the back of the check and all that's left is to transmit the data to the bank.
Not a bad way to do your banking for those without Direct Deposit, assuming you're okay with sending your bank account information through the airwaves.
Two new nettops based on Nvidia's Ion platform have been unveiled in Taipei this week, one by ASRock and the other by Pegatron Technology. ASRock's Ion 330 trades in the oft-used single-core Atom processor for a dual-core variant, the Atom 330 CPU (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus). Not much else is known about the PC, other than it comes with an integrated DVD optical drive.
Taking up a slimmer form factor, Pegatron's Cape 7 comes encased in white plastic and has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a power connector for an external power brick. It doesn't come with an optical drive, nor are there any details regarding the processor.
While these are some of the first dual-core Atom 330 based nettops to be spotted in the wild, they won't be the last. According to web rumblings, Nvidia expects around 40 Ion platforms to show up on the markt by the end of the year, some of which are bound to come with dual-core Atoms.
A lot has changed in the browser landscape over the past 15 years, including some, like Netscape Navigator, going by the wayside. During that time, Opera has grown into one of the most web compliant browsers around, was one of the first to implement tabbed browsing, and introduced mouse gestures way back in 2001.
"Geir and I knew the web would forever change how people live, work, and play -- the web browser would be the tool to enable that transformation," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "Today, I am humbled by what our company, together with the worldwide community of Opera users, has achieved. In the next 15 years, billions of people will jon the web. I am confident we will give them even more reasons to choose Opera."
Outside of the desktop, Opera has been used in both the Nintendo DS and on the Wii. A mobile version of the browser -- Opera Mobile -- has also found a home on several smartphones and PDAs, as well as Opera Mini being used on many mobile phones.
You can read more about what makes Opera tick in our recent Browser Battle feature, right after you wish it a happy 15th birthday.
After nearly three years of development, Panda Security today released the public beta of its Panda Cloud Antivirus, which the company claims is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. By taking AV duties to the cloud and combining it with local detection technologies, Panda says it can do a better job at protecting your PC than a traditional virus scanner.
"Thanks to Panda Security's Collective Intelligence malware and goodware online database, Panda Cloud Antivirus detects more malware than traditional signature-based solutions which take longer to detect the most recent, and therefore most dangerous, variants," Pedro Bustamanta, Panda Senior Research Advisor, wrote in a blog entry.
The local portion of the program takes up roughly 50MB of hard drive space while consuming about 17MB of RAM, according to a Cnet report. By the time Panda Cloud Antivirus exits the beta stage, Bustamante hopes to have the RAM consumption down to 12MB.
One potential downside to relying on the cloud for antivirus protection is that your PC would be left vulnerable without an internet connection. But not to worry, says Bustamante, who clarified that a local cache copy of Collective Intelligence is kept on the PC for just such scenarios.
One step forward, two steps back. After talking up reality-based shooter Six Days in Fallujah as its next big thing – not to mention potentially opening the door for other games to actually sneak behind the lines of wars that aren’t WWII – publisher Konami came down with a case of cold feet. The publisher’s reason for the startlingly snappy about-face? Controversy.
“After seeing the reaction to the videogame in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and email, we decided several days ago not to sell it,” said a Konami rep.
“We were informed on Thursday night that Konami had decided to pull out of Six Days in Fallujah,” Atomic Games president Peter Tamte said in an official statement. “This caught us by surprise. Development of the game had been progressing very well and on schedule.”
Six Days in Fallujah has not, however, bitten the big one. As of now, it’s merely without a publisher, though finding one with the stones to take a jog through the PR minefield that this game presents probably won’t be an easy task.
Our guess: Six Days in Fallujah will end up spending a smidge more than six days in publishing purgatory. Maybe that’ll give Atomic Games some time to think about giving Fallujah a slight revamp. We can only hope.
For Street Fighter IV on the PC, phase one of the “Are we allowed to get excited yet?” cycle is complete. After a quick trip through the rumor mill, Capcom has officially confirmed the port. Now, if it can just replicate that sterling success with the other phases – the most pressing of which places an “Is it plagued by crippling bugs?” in the Q column – then we’re golden. Especially since patient PC players can lord a few bonus features over the heads of their console rivals.
Those features include, most notably, expanded visual options, with new artistic effects like sumi-e ink (think SFIV’s rad announcement trailer) and watercolor shaders joining the typical PC suite of graphical bells and whistles. Also putting a bit more punch behind SFIV’s PC edition is Games For Windows Live support, which brings with it in-game messaging, friends lists, voice chat, and achievements.
Unfortunately, Xbox 360 combatants won’t be able to join PC pugilists in the ring, as cross-platform play has been ruled out by Capcom’s Christian Svensson. It’s just as well, though; punching console fanboys is far more satisfying in real life anyway.
Game’s out this summer. Check out the first link for a bunch of screenshots comparing the game’s new visual effects.
This week, Seagate announced its latest backup devices, the Replica backup appliance family. Replica is available in two versions: a single-computer 250GB model ("Single PC") and a 500GB version ("Multi-PC") that also includes a dock.
Replica's 'plug it in and forget it design' is intended to make it a close hardware equivalent to online backup services in terms of ease of use, but it's not designed to be as flexible - or as fast - as a traditional USB hard disk. Seagate refers to Replica as a "backup applicance" for good reason: the included software makes a backup copy of your entire system, and you get a bootable recovery disc that helps you restore your system in case it dies.
While you have the option of restoring the entire PC, or just dragging individual files from Replica back to your PC in case you deleted your latest draft of the Great American Screenplay, Replica won't do drag and drop copying from your PC to Replica. Seagate's reasoning: if you want an external hard disk, get yourself a Seagate FreeAgent or FreeAgent Go, or a Maxtor OneTouch or OneTouch mini. By contrast, Replica is designed for users who don't want to think about anything after installing the software and plugging the drive into a free USB port.
So, how much will Replica cost? To find out, and for your chance to sound off, join us after the jump.
Google Earth has already been used to find Atlantis (sort of), help British looters, and even allow you to explore Mars. But, thanks to a determined rescuer, it’s now been used to track down previously hidden airplane wreckage.
Volunteers searching for the wreckage of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett’s airplane had come up empty handed in all previous attempts to find his whereabouts. However, shortly after the team had given up hope, one of the rescuers found a picture of a forest fire that had been taken the same day as the crash on Google Earth, and thought that it was in the similar area. After alerting the family and setting up a website, they were able to find the exact area where the picture was taken, and the wreckage.
Sadly there wasn’t a happy ending for the families of the two that were lost in the crash, Marcy Randolph and William Westover, but it does provide closure.
No other manufacturer's power supplies have been used more times in Maximum PC's annual Dream Machine configurations than PC Power & Cooling, and with good reason. We've yet to be let down or otherwise underwhelmed with a PCP&C unit, which is not something we can say about all PSU makers.
Adding to its Silencer line, PCP&P this week announced the Silencer 910 PSU, an 80+ Silver Certified power supply the company says completes the Silencer family line. The new PSU offers 910W continuous at 40C with a 1000W peak and boasts an 88 percent efficiency rating. As with all PCP&P units, the Silencer 910 comes with a single +12V rail, this one supplying 74A. The Nvidia SLI Certified unit comes with quad PCI-E power connectors (2 x 6-pin and 2 x 6/8-in), 12 SATA connectors, 7 peripheral connectors, and a floppy connector for those who still roll old school. It also comes with automatic fan speed control and a 5 year warranty.
The Silencer 910 is available now direct through PCP&P for $199.
There was some confusion regarding the future of PC Power & Cooling's Silencer series. Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management for OCZ (which owns PCP&P), has assured us that not only is the Silencer line alive and well, but they are working on new models for Q1 2010.