Archive for Nov 28, 2008

Windows 7 WARP makes for DirectX10 acceleration

Windows 7 WARP makes for DirectX10 acceleration

It looks like we're in store for a serious speed up when it comes to Windows 7. While previous talk revolved around GPU acceleration, Microsoft is now implementing something called the WARP system, which will make it so DirectX 10 acceleration can occur on the CPU alone.

Apparently, part of the reason for the WARP is to stave off some of the problems Vista occurred when some systems couldn't run the OS, even though the spec list said they could. WARP stands for Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform. This system will work fine on systems with just an 800MHz processor.

Microsoft has already performed some Crysis benchmark tests on the new system and the results were quite impressive with 7.36fps frame rate with 800 x 600 on a PC running Core i7. This is better than the current Intel integrated graphics have been able to produce. And while this certainly isn't an alternative to a dedicated GPU, it is a decent built-in solution.

JVC DLA-Hd750 Projector gets White Christmas Release

JVC DLA-Hd750 Projector gets White Christmas Release

I never liked the idea of a white finish audio video device. Call me old fashion, but a matte or shiny Apple-white gadget looks strangely odd on my conventional all-black component shelf. It’s not just the color mismatch, it reflects light greater than the conventional darker or gun-metal components in a dim home theater environment. What do I know? We’ve seen more audio video devices caught up with Apple-white fever; JVC is the latest manufacturer to join the bandwagon.

Netbooks not suited to daily use, claims Intel VP

Netbooks not suited to daily use, claims Intel VP

Given the usual refrain that accompanies any new netbook announcement - "under the hood there's Intel's N270 1.6GHz Atom processor..." - you'd think the silicon company would be happy with their lot in life.  However it looks as though they're not so sure; Stu Pann, vice president in the sales and marketing group at Intel, has described netbooks as "not something you're going to use day in and day out."

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balens Lens Cap has Built-in White Balance Tool

balens Lens Cap has Built-in White Balance Tool

Face it, your in-camera auto white balance feature works poorly in condition like indoor lightings source from various color temperatures. Despite shooting in Raw format, uncorrected color setting often results in higher digital noise and wicked color cast after post-processing. A great white-balance tool comes in handy for critical photography assignments.

LINN MAJIK DS networked media player

LINN MAJIK DS networked media player

High-end audio specialists LINN have announced the MAJIK DS, a digital media player that integrates with the company's DS range and offers streaming of WAV, FLAC, MP3, AIFF and ALAC audio across a standard wired ethernet. UPnP compatible, the MAJIK can play content from networked computers or NAS media servers.

 

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MSI Windbox: VESA-mounted fanless nettop

MSI Windbox: VESA-mounted fanless nettop

MSI have announced their rival to the ASUS Eee Box, the predictably named MSI Windbox.  A 300 x 240 x 65mm slab, the fanless Windbox contains a 1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom processor, 1GB or 2GB of RAM, either 160GB or 250GB hard-drive, WiFi b/g and gigabit ethernet.  While MSI demonstrated it with a desk-stand, it's actually intended to be fixed to the VESA mount on the back of a flat-panel monitor.

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 on death row; bargains ahoy!

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 on death row; bargains ahoy!

Intel are preparing to axe the 65nm Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, phasing it out in the first quarter of 2009.  According to a Digitimes report, Intel will officially announce a discontinuance notice in Q1 2009, with the Q6600 going into end-of-lifecycle the following quarter.  As a result, PC vendors are planning to cut prices on systems based on the chip by the end of 2008 so as to clear stock.

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