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Palm Pre official demo video: Fandango & Pandora

Palm Pre official demo video: Fandango & Pandora

In case you've not been keeping track of our sister site My Pre - and shame on you if that's the case - you may have missed Palm's latest official Pre demo video.  After the first video's run-through of the basic Pre calendar, email, internet and messaging functionality, this new piece  - called "This Weekend" - showcases some of the freshly-announced apps: Fandango and Pandora.

Palm Pre video after the cut

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Samsung UltraTOUCH and BEAT DJ hands on

Samsung UltraTOUCH and BEAT DJ hands on

We grabbed some hands-on time with Samsung's new UltraTOUCH flagship feature phone and the BEAT DJ music phone today, and there's some seriously impressive AMOLED action going on in both devices.  The UltraTOUCH S8300 looks pretty certain to be a hit in Europe, where it will go on sale as the Tocco Ultra Edition.  TouchWiz may be on top of Samsung's generic own-brand OS, but it's reasonably responsive and the whole thing feels sturdy and solid in the hand, despite the slender dimensions.

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NVIDIA demo GPU-based Interactive Ray Tracing

NVIDIA demo GPU-based Interactive Ray Tracing

NVIDIA is demonstrating its latest efforts in interactive ray tracing at SIGGRAPH 2008, using four next-generation Quadro GPUs in an NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2100 D4 Visual Computing System to show linear scaling during rendering of a complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application. The images here are taken from the demo, which managed 30fps 1920 x 1080 High Definition video for an image-based lighting paint shader, ray traced shadows, reflections and refractions.

USB 3.0 demo coming as early as next week

USB 3.0 demo coming as early as next week

Intel's xHCI is set to debut with USB 3.0 and will most likely appear at IDF in San Francisco next week. This puts to rest the idea that Intel would be withholding the specs for USB 3.0. xHCI "provides hardware component designers, system builders and device driver developers with a description of the hardware/software interface between system software and the host controller hardware for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (previous versions are not supported)."

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Danger Planet demo released

Danger Planet demo released

A new demo has been released for the upcoming Fantasy Labs title Danger Planet. The third person action adventure game uses a new technology called RadiumSDK which allows global illumination to be added by developers to real-time 3D applications.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo coming next month

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo coming next month

One of the games I'm looking forward to the most this year is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Thankfully it seems that we'll only need to wait until August to get our first real hands-on look at the title, as LucasArts recently announced that the demo will be coming next month.

Intel demo MID remote server ‘Second Life’ gaming

Intel demo MID remote server ‘Second Life’ gaming

Intel are working on a new client/server model for their Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform, which would take advantage of high-speed wireless networking to make up for the relatively low-power processors fitted to the touchscreen devices themselves.  Demonstrating the system with a mobile Second Lifeapp, Intel's solution is to host its own servers on which the heavy processing work is done, funneling the data through 3G or WiMAX-style connections to the MID. 

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Lego Indiana Jones demo now available

Lego Indiana Jones demo now available

Last night I decided that I needed to pick up the new Indiana Jones Special Edition DVDs. Upon looking at the box I realized that the demo for the new Lego-themed game had been released. Naturally I popped in the DVD and fired it up to get some demo action.

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