Low Crysis framerates got you down? There's a good chance that your graphics card needs an update, and while some of the newer cards are finally able to play on “High” settings, you may want to consider a dual-GPU configuration. Elitegroup Computer Systems has just announced their GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Pack which looks to smash the competition.
I remember back when I first installed a second graphics card in my gaming rig. I thought that I had achieved greatness. Of course these days it's not all that uncommon to find multiple GPUs in a gaming system (be it on a single card, or separate ones), however, I can't say that I've ever heard of 16 GPUs running in a single system. That is until I heard about a few MIT grads that decided to do just that.
Let's be blunt, you'd have to be a brave person (or entirely lacking in self-awareness) to wear these out in public. Yet after reviewing the Myvu Crystal 701 video glasses, Gear Diary's Dan Cohen seems surprisingly impressed. Promising the effect of a 4:3 aspect display viewed from 2m at 640 x 480 VGA resolution, the 701 glasses hook up to standard AV connections or, in Dan's case, your iPod to stop you from squinting at the relatively tiny screen.
I love my laptop. My cell phone is great and all the software I have is super helpful. I enjoy getting text messages, instant messages and e-mails. The occasional phone call is nice, too. And while all of these technologies are helpful and a lot of fun, they can prove to be a real distraction throughout the day.
It's funny how the things that are meant to help us do our work faster and more efficiently are the very same things that cause distraction and delays. I mean, how many times have you found yourself on the phone with someone for a half an hour, just to get the answer to a simple question? Or what about the never-ending e-mail reply chain? Yeah, I've been there too.
Latest nugget from the Apple rumor train comes courtesy of Seth Weintraub, who has been collating the various rumors from "insiders on the new MacBooks". Most people are assuming that the "product transition" the Cupertino company was referring to in their recent financial conference call indicates a Q4 refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, and Seth is saying no different; apparently the new designs will be thinner than the existing models, and borrow some of the more rounded design language seen on the coveted MacBook Air. The trackpad, too, is in for a change, sounding like an LCD-free version of the iPhone's interface: glass, multitouch and supporting gestures.
An article in the NYTimes this past Saturday is sparking controversy. You know how everyone's been speculating about Steve Job's health? Did the cancer come back? Why is he so thin? He owes stockholders the answers to these questions. Or, at least, that's what some are posturing.
Even so, it seems like an invasion of privacy. And while PR reps for Apple continuously said, "Steve's heath is a private matter," Jobs set the record straight himself, though off the record, with NY Times columnist Joe Nocera. Jobs called up the columnist and said:
This is Steve Jobs,” he began. “You think I’m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.
Yikes. I don't know what I'd do if I got a call like that. But nevertheless, Nocera seemed to have kept his cool and reports that while Jobs had more than a "common bug" his condition was not life threatening and he was cancer free. This is all good news, right?