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Apple’s Co-Founder Steve Jobs Died At The Age Of 56

According to a statement released by Apple this Oct 5th, co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs has died.


The statement is as follows:

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

The company has replaced Apple.com with the image above and created a page where fans can email the company, sharing their thoughts and condolences.

May the great visionary in technologies Rest In Peace.

Courtesy: ign

Windows 8 The Next Windows Is Announced!

Good news for all Windows users and Microsoft fans. The next installment of Windows Operating System ” Windows 8 ” successor of currently available Windows 7.

The new Windows OS now have over-hauled its GUI to something more of an Tablet or Gaming console GUI. Well this is an great move? Well, Yes it is specifically for Tablets and its really been promising. I wish this OS will merge the distance between the PC and Tablets. This new OS is now being demonstrated only on Tablets so an PC version of this OS is not shown yet.

There is also some rumor that this UI will come to the PC version with the help of Microsoft Console sibling the Kinect camera. If that comes it will be soo easy for some Users who don’t have any OS working knowledge.

This is an great step by Microsoft but if they sacrifice all the customizing options on PC. Well this is an utter disaster. Do tell us your thought below by commenting and do follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/Sudharshan_Hi5

Want To Make Your PC Faster?

If you one of those people suffering from an gradually slowing PC from the day you bought it. Well guess what it is due to unwanted apps and shortcuts may slow your PC with other factors contributing from the side. Well we actually found out an answer for you guys. It is called GlaryUtilities.

GlaryUtilities is an freeware developed by Glarysoft. GlaryUtilities finds out your problems and sort them out in a jiffy. GlaryUtilities has three tabs in it. The first one is the status bar where it tells you about any new updates for the freeware. The second is One-click-maintenance tells up an few simple procedures in the form of check boxes to fix up your machine, it also give options that will actually will speed up your PC with one click. And no it is not just an gimmick. The third tab is the modules tab where all the various tools are kept in it. Its like one category is Clean Up & Repair, in that category it has Disk Cleanup, Install Manager and more. There are many categories which will guide you through various needs to speed up your PC.

This freeware is actually an piece of jewel to your PC’s performance. So give it an try and leave an comment below for your updates on this freeware.

To download click here.

Microsoft’s Free Anti-Virus Software That Actually Works

Well is your looking for an clean check up of your PC HDD and you want it for free without losing credibility you might wanna check Microsoft security essentials. It is both Anti-virus and an  Anti-malware program as well. It provides real-time protection to your computer that means it will warn you about the program that you are about to install on the fly itself. If it has any defects.

It also downloads updates automatically and its system is up-to-date in all information on viruses. you can also schedule an system wide or an specific drive scan once an week or which time you want it to be done. You can also specify the maximum CPU usage for scanning that it can use. It come pretty handy when your doing multi-tasking. It can scan even removable drives with as much as flexibility you want.

So if your the person that has no Anti-virus protection and surfing the internet? STOP and download Microsoft security essentials and save your PC.

To download ??Microsoft security essentials click here.

Do comment below about this freeware and what you think of it.

nVidia’s Fastest Dual-GPU Graphics Card Released

Finally we have the dual-GPU variant of the nVidia’s GTX series. We also have done some benchmarks of the GPU done as well with the Radeon HD 6990. The nVidia’s dual-GPU card beats the AMD’s currently fastest GPU ( HD 6990 ) with an considerable margin in some games. But in some games the AMD stands out as well.

This result is kind of even at the mark, because some game utilizes the nVidia’s technology like SLI, Physx etc;. Where as in AMD, Direct compute, Eye-Finity etc;. But both cards also have 3D display features to. So it is kinda hard to tell which card to buy and both cards are priced at the same level to. So it depends upon which games you play and the games you play utilizes the either of these cards technologies. So its up to you guys to decide.

The GTX 590 has two GTX 580 GPU, it has 1024 CUDA cores. It has 3GB DDR5 Memory, Dual 8-Pin Power connector, 11″ inches long and consumes power of 365W. The GTX 590 is priced same as the HD 6990. So buy the card and enjoy Crysis 2 like anyone never will.

Give us your thoughts on either cards by commenting below.

All New nVidia’s Dual-GPU Card Has An Release Date

The new graphics card from nVidia will be the dual-GPU GTX 590. It consist of dual GPU processors of the GTX 580. This card from nVidia comes in for the competition for AMD’s HD 6990 Antilles. Which is currently the fastest card on the planet ( period ). Will the GTX590 be faster than the HD 6990? Well we must have to wait until March 22.

And for the releasing date, it releases as the same date when one of the most anticipated game of this year releasing. Yes, it is Crysis 2. Crysis 2 is releasing on the same date when GTX 590 is releasing. We might even expect an Crysis 2 special edition bundle for the GTX 590. If that was the case many gamers would be happy. But I wish they give that offer on GTX 580 & 570 as well.

So finally this generation of graphics card wars are really heating up. Last time nVidia was behind but for now things changed drastically. And readers if you any new info on this news do comment below.

img source: crunchgear.

Want To Record Gaming Videos From PC? Get FRAPS.

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.  In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:

Benchmarking Software – Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen.  Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points.  Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

Screen Capture Software – Take a screenshot with the press of a key!  There’s no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot.  Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.

Realtime Video Capture Software – Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game?  Come join the Machinima revolution!  Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy!  Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560×1600 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second!

Source: fraps.com

To download Fraps click here.

Check this application out and comment below. If you have any difficulties also comment below, so I can help you with what I can.

World’s Fastest Graphics Card By AMD ( HD 6990 )

AMD has just come up with their Antilles type of dual-gpu cards. This is the first dual-gpu card to debut in the 6 series cards. This card have an neat design as of like in previous 6 series of cards. This also has something new to the AMD camp vapour chamber cooling system similar to that of nVidia counterparts. This card also has the fan in the center of the card, which I think is way more effective that keeping it in the sides. This card makes good looks come into an practical way for cooling purpose also.

This card has an caution sticker on its top, why? Because it enables the BIOS overclocking process. This helps gamers to overclock the GPU to an equal power to the 2XHD6970. This is used because this card actually underclocked by stock. This card has an massive 4GB GDDR5 memory. For an commercial GPU this makes me go completely nuts. The specs of this card is given below.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Default (BIOS1)
    • Up to 830MHz Engine Clock
    • 5.10 TFLOPs Single Precision compute power
    • 1.27 TFLOPs Double Precision Compute Power
  • Overclocked (BIOS2)
    • Up to 880MHz Engine Clock
    • 5.40 TFLOPs Single Precision compute power o 1.37 TFLOPs Double Precision Compute Power
  • 4GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 1250MHz Memory Clock (5.0 Gbps GDDR5)
  • 320 GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
  • TeraScale 3 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 3072 Stream Processors
    • 192 Texture Units
    • 128 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 64 Color ROP Units
    • Dual geometry and dual rendering engines
  • High Speed 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • “Eye-Definition” graphics
    • Second generation DirectX® 11 graphics
      • Full DirectX® 11 support
      • Scalable geometry processing technology
      • Shader Model 5.0
      • DirectCompute 11 support
      • Quad advanced programmable hardware tessellation units
      • Accelerated multi-threading
      • HDR texture compression
      • Order-independent transparency
    • OpenGL 4.1 support
    • Image quality enhancement technology
      • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
      • Adaptive anti-aliasing
      • Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA)
      • Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA)
      • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
      • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology1
    • Native support for up to 5 simultaneous displays
      • Up to 6 displays supported with DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport
    • Independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping
      • Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • AMD EyeSpeed visual acceleration technology2
    • OpenCL 1.1 Support
    • DirectCompute 11
    • Double Precision Floating Point
    • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling
    • UVD 3 dedicated video playback accelerator
      • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
      • VC-1
      • MPEG-2 (SD & HD)
      • Multi-View Codec (MVC)
      • MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, Xvid)
      • Adobe Flash
    • Enhanced Video Quality features
      • Advanced post-processing and scaling
      • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
      • Brighter whites processing (Blue Stretch)
      • Independent video gamma control
      • Dynamic video range control
    • Dual-stream HD (1080p) playback support
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
  • AMD HD3D technology4
    • Stereoscopic 3D display/glasses support
    • Blu-ray 3D support
    • Stereoscopic 3D gaming
    • 3rd party Stereoscopic 3D middleware software support
  • AMD CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology5
    • Dual card performance scaling
  • Cutting-edge display support
    • DisplayPort 1.2
      • Max resolution: 2560×1600 per display
      • Multi-Stream Transport
      • 21.6 Gbps bandwidth
      • High bit-rate audio
    • HDMI 1.4a with Stereoscopic 3D Frame Packing Format, Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
      • Max resolution: 1920×1200
    • Dual-link DVI with HDCP
      • Max resolution: 2560×1600
  • Integrated HD audio controller
    • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
    • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • AMD PowerPlay™ power management technology3
    • AMD PowerTune technology7
      • Intelligent power management hardware
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations

This is an promising step by AMD, but still nVidia has the rumored GTX590 up in its sleeve so lets see. so if you are an PC gamer and have an load of money this is the card for you.

MSI New Revamped GTX580 Twin Frozr II High End GPU

Nvidia has released an Gtx 580 sometime in November 2010. Up to this time all manufactures came up with nVidia’s reference PCB. But now MSI stepped up to its reference PCB to its own. And it show some really new attractiveness to Overclockers with suitable cooling systems with some warranty to back you up.

This card has more difference to the original card and this, the appearance is similar to the Gtx 480 Twin Frozr. It has everything that the reference card provides and it packs even more punch to it.

The Twin Frozr II has many elements to it. They are as follows ;

  • Twin Frozr II Thermal Design
    - Nickel-plated Copper Base: Large size of Copper Base can dissipate the heat of GPU faster.
    - Dual 8CM PWM Fans: Dual fans provide double air flow. Air flow from dual fans can cool down whole module at once.
    - Five heat pipes with SuperPipe Technology: Five heat pipes can provide faster heat dissipation.
    - Form-in-one heat sink: Form-in-one heat sink covers the memory and power module
    - 19ºC cooler and 8.4dB quieter compared to reference design
  • MSI Afterburner overclocking utility
    - Support Over Voltage function of GPU.
    - 2D/3D profile switch support
  • All Solid Capacitor
    - Ultra long lifetime & top stability.
    - Lower ESR and Temperature.
  • PhysX & 3D Vision Surround technology
    - Support PhysX technology effects for realist physics effect.
    - Support 3D Vision Surround technology to provide 3 monitor output simultaneously and real 3D image experience in SLI mode.

It has 2XDVI output nad 1XHDMI output used for nVidia’s 3D surround features.

Its price is around $506.99 USD. For this price you get more performance than the reference card. So this is an must buy for gamers who have the money and will to buy an GTX 580.

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MSI GX660R Overview


The MSI GX660R is a fast 15.6-inch gaming notebook that features a powerful Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor and a high-end ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 graphics card. Combine these components with a full HD display and Blu-ray drive to create a top-notch multimedia machine as well. Gamers will also appreciate a spacious 640GB 7200RPM hard drive and an abundance of ports. While the system is a bit bulky for its screen size, the premium components and $1,400 street price make the MSI GX660R a top pick for gamers.

Pros

  • Excellent Value
  • Fast Processor and Powerful Video Card
  • Great Multimedia Capabilities with Blu-ray Drive and HDMI

Cons

  • Larger Than Typical 15.6-Inch Notebooks
  • Keyboard Isn’t Backlit
  • TrackPad Takes Some Getting Used To

Description

  • Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz Processor
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD 16:9 1920×1080 LCD Panel
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB DDR5 VRAM
  • 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Combo Drive
  • 720p HD Webcam
  • Two USB 2.0, Two USB 3.0, HDMI-Out, Bluetooth
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • 10.2″ x 15″ x 1.8″ @ 7.7 Pounds
Conclusion: Nice product for gamers but still not perfect than the other brands.
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