Archive for November, 2010

Psst, come here. You aren’t supposed to know this, but according to a Palit Product Information slide posted online, it appears Nvidia is readying its GeForce GTX 570 videocard for a December 7, 2010 launch date, the same day as World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

That’s also just a few days ahead of AMD’s Cayman launch, barring any last minute surprises. Regardless of how it all shakes out, Nvidia’s GTX 570, according to the posted spec sheet, will come with 480 CUDA cores and 1280MB of memory clocked at 3800MHz on a 320-bit bus. The GPU will race along at 732MHz and the shaders at 1464MHz.

The GTX 570 will come with a pair of 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors and carry a 225W TDP, compared to 244W on the GTX 580 and 250W on the GTX 480.

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You already know Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors will come with integrated graphics, but there’s more to this architecture than just a fused GPU. According to CNet, Intel VP and Director of PC Client Operations Stephen L. Smith confirmed the existence of special media accelerators.

“The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration,” Smith said in response to a question at a Wells Fargo Securities conference earlier this month. “All of us in our daily use, whether it’s home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats…all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge.”

In addition, Smith said Sandy Bridge should allow for slimmer form factors “and potentially longer battery life” on the notebook front.

Looking beyond Sandy Bridge, Smith reiterated that Intel is on track to deliver its 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture by the end of 2011. According to Smith, Ivy Bridge will be a shrink of Sandy Bridge “with some enhancements.”

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In 2011, Android will claim more market share than any other mobile OS, including Symbian. You hear that? Symbian will finally fall from its top spot, shoved aside by Google’s little green robot. Or at least that’s the future DigiTimes research is predicting.

If nothing else, we have to give DigiTimes Research credit for predicting what few, if any, other market research firms have been willing to say. It’s not that analysts have been overlooking Android by any stretch of the imagination, but for the all praise, we can’t remember another firm predicting the fall of Symbian, at least not so soon.

By the end of 2010, DigiTimes Research sees Android jumping from fifth to second place, while Symbian will fall to 35.5 percent, still enough to claim the No. 1 spot. But in 2011, Android will slip ahead, edging out Symbian with a 29.7 percent share compared to 28 percent. Coming in third will be iOS at 16.7 percent, followed by Blackberry at 14 percent and Windows Phone at 5.1 percent.

Security firm Sophos is warning Facebook users about yet another app that supposedly lets you see who’s been viewing your profile. Like many before it, this one is a scam.

“As we’ve described a couple of times before, plenty of Facebook users would *love* to know who has been checking them out online, but unfortunately scammers are aware of this, and use the lure of such functionality as a way to trick you into making bad decisions,” Sophos said.

If you see someone posting a testimonial about one of these apps along with a link, run in the other direction. Not only do they fail to work, but by clicking the “Allow” button you’re giving the app permission to pull your personal data and post to your wall, which is how they spread in the first place.

“Ever wondered how many people fall for a scam like this? Well, the figures can be shocking,” Sophos says. “This current campaign is using a variety of different links — but via we can see that at least one of them has already tricked nearly 60,000 people into clicking.”

Image Credit: Sophos

This LCD impresses across the board

One of HP’s most recent display offerings, the 2310e, takes a number of current trends—super-slim size, LED backlighting, environmentally conscious materials—and wraps them up into one impressive package.

Physically, the 2310e is sleek, sophisticated, and incredibly shiny. Between the piano-black finish on the frame and the glossy TN active-matrix panel, this 23-inch, 1080p display can pick up a ton of smudges and fingerprints, so get those soft cloths ready. The rear of the display has standard DVI and HDMI inputs as well as a bonus input—DisplayPort. Ironically enough, the 2310e lacks a VESA mount on the rear, instead opting for a CD-size HP logo that lights up enough to illuminate your surroundings in low light. If this annoys you, you can turn it off.

Thin is in: The 2310e is nearly notebook-monitor slim.

The bottom of the frame holds five capacitive touch buttons that light up when pressed; the onscreen display menus are nicely organized and easy to navigate. The 2310e maintains the trend of increasingly slim displays—it’s only about one inch thick— but gives up some features in exchange: mainly built-in speakers, which isn’t that big a loss in our book, as they’re usually not that great.

The 2310e features HP’s BrightView technology, which is supposed to increase sharpness, reduce glare, and offer a 70 percent color gamut. LED backlighting seems to have come of age with the 2310e as well, and makes it a more environmentally conscious product since mercury is eliminated; the display uses BFR/PVC-free plastics, arsenic-free display glass, and recyclable plastics on the rear cover, base, and packaging.

That’s all well and good, but how does it perform? Beautifully, for a TN panel. Although TN panels are generally considered inferior technology to IPS, the 2301e excelled in our video tests. While watching V for Vendetta, it reproduced exceptional levels of details (we could literally see specs of dust floating in the air in some scenes) and incredible black-level detail even in dark or shadowed scenes. Likewise, while playing the game Arkham Asylum, we were impressed by the crisp, clean feel of the game. It did suffer some white-level saturation in our DisplayMate tests, but excelled in the color-tracking, gray-scale, color-purity, and multiple intensity tests. Overall, an admirable display if you can handle a reflective screen and don’t require speakers.

Amber Bouman


Impressive and crisp detail; good performance in black levels; pristine colors.

Chris Angel

No speakers; picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily.


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