Nvidia is preparing to roll out full support for hardware accelerated physics on its high end graphics cards including the 9800 & 200 series. New beta drivers which enable this functionality can now be found using the advanced driver search tool. Version 177.39 installs PhysX drivers that will enable the graphics card to emulate Ageia hardware. Physics acceleration is part of Nvidia’s new CUDA initiative aimed at convincing gamers that graphics hardware is more capable and valuable then CPU’s. Games of note that currently support PhysX include Gears of War, Mass Effect, Rainbow Six Vegas, and Unreal Tournament 3. The list of supported titles is expected to grow exponentially as Nvidia rolls this feature out to older hardware in the coming months.
Hit the jump to learn how to really put PhysX to the test.
The government of the small island nation of Fiji is not too pleased with Microsoft’s purported use of the country’s name for the upcoming revision of Windows Media Center. According to reports, Fiji’s government is still trying to convince Microsoft that it needs to seek official permission first – and impute more respect to the tiny country, before going ahead with its plans to launch Windows Fiji.
The country’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum wants the dispute to be resolved cordially. Interestingly, Microsoft’s annual turnover is many times Fiji’s GDP. But something could be more interesting then the economic disparity between the two: Microsoft’s possible obsession with the name Fiji, which might eventually cost it a few million dollars.
USB flash drives have registered a huge surge in popularity with their constantly plummeting prices and sundry uses. Imation has launched its new small-as-a-paperclip Atom flash drive, which the company proudly identifies as its smallest yet. But the forgetful and clumsy types are advised against purchasing the Atom which weighs less than an ounce, and only 1.5 in length and 0.5 inch in width.
Imation’s Atom flash drive comes in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB sizes with prices beginning at $18 and going up till $100. It is Vista ReadyBoost compliant.
Bill Veghte, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President has laid out the official roadmap going forward for the Windows Product Line. In his address to the public he makes it pretty clear that Vista isn’t going away and neither is XP. Additionally he reveals some interesting facts about Windows 7, and what people should expect.
Prepare thy frozen orbs. Blizzard unveiled one additional feature at this year's Worldwide Invitational to absolutely no fanfare whatsoever. The company of the hour has now updated its direct-download service to include both Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Simply head on over to the Blizzard store, search your closet for the old CD box, and input the accompanying key. You'll unlock the ability to download both Windows and Mac versions of the game as many times as you desire. And the store itself now keeps track of your CD key.
Blizzard has officially announced its long anticipated sequel in the Diablo franchise to great fanfare at the Worldwide Invitational Event in Paris. This finally puts to rest the flurry of rumors that Diablo would be the next Blizzard property to enter the MMO arena. Blizzard’s decision to return to it’s roots is a pretty safe bet, but early game play footage reveals that this new iteration of the cult classic is far more then just a simple graphical update.
Click through to the jump to learn more about the game play and technical changes you can expect.
ESPN's "Ultimate Remote" looks nothing like the one Adam Sandler wielded in the move Click, nor can it manipulate time. It can't mute your girlfriend, and no matter what combination of buttons you push, you won't be able to call an audible and change the outcome of the SuperBowl. So can it still live up to its moniker and be the last remote you'll ever buy?
To learn what nifty tricks the Ultimate Remote can do, click through the jump.
Piracy is a global pandemic which is taking heavy toll across various industries. The music entertainment industry being one of them, the mere mention of piracy to a musician should elicit a morbid facial expression. But English R&B singer Joss Stone doesn’t flinch at the mention of piracy. She recently told an interviewee that she thinks piracy is brilliant. She perceives piracy as a wonderful way of sharing music.
"Yeah, I love it. I think it's brilliant,” Stone proclaimed. She further said that it doesn’t matter to her how people listen to her music “as long as you hear it.”
Stone comes across as an intellectual and philosophical artist and not as the archetypical entertainer – the ilk that frequents rehabs even when not on an addiction. Having given her a bit of credit for her rosy-eyed perspective, no philosophy can vindicate piracy.
Bill Gates, who gave up his executive responsibilities at the helm of Microsoft today, forthrightly told NBC that he doesn’t think a deal with Yahoo is likely. Coming from Bill Gates – retired or not, this comment sums up the mood at Microsoft.
Yahoo’s brazen snub has sunk in and there seem to be no delusions of even the slightest possibility of a deal now, although Icahn is still interested in the deal. Someone will soon have to don Bill Gates’ mantle and devise strategies to stymie Google’s upsurge.
Looks like Maximum PC isn't the only one sporting an overhauled site these days. AtomFilms, owned by MTV Networks (who in turn is owned by Viacom), relaunches today as simply Atom.com. More than a name change, the redesigned site will focus exclusively on comedy because, well, the web apparently isn't funny enough already.
Click through the jump to find out about the many other changes, and how you can not only be a part of it, but perhaps profit from it too.