There is no doubt about it; gaming represents one of largest, if not the largest entertainment business in 2015. The growth in this market has been underpinned by innovation and technological advancement, as new hardware is developed to refine the gaming experience across multiple platforms. With modern-day hardware also enabling cross-platform gaming experiences, this sector is set for even further growth in the next decade. Software is also a key component of the modern gaming experience, and there are several must-have programs for aspiring designers and developers. Here are five of what I believe are the most important tools you need for flawless gameplay: Graphic Drivers
While some view commercial airplanes as ‘boring’, given that their only role is to safely transport humans and cargo (or just cargo), realities are that the planes are safer because they can go through incredible challenges and still land safely at the destination. This is why airshows are such a precious events, because we get to see those planes without tens or even hundreds of tonnes of passengers, cargo and fuel. Once their weight is reduced, these planes – which have to take off with a single engine even if packed to the brim, become acrobatic masters. Boeing thrilled the visitors of Paris Air Show 2015 by showing off an almost vertical
Adam Sandler is back in Pixels. Is it his best movie yet?
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In its way to say good bye and good riddance to Vista, Microsoft released Service Pack 2 Release Candidate for Windows Vista and Server 2008. This DVD image file weighs in healthy 1.31 GB, so prepare to get your DVD burner from the dust bin, and burn the image to an empty media. Given the fact that this is a Release Candidate, and not a final release, one might ask “why bother?”. The final version of SP2 should come to market in mid-April, so if you don’t want to wait, you can head to Microsoft’s official Vista SP2 download page.
Expanding on its role as CUDA Center of Excellence, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is launching a 13-week seminar with focus on parallel computing. Well, GPU Computing, that is. Parallel@Illinois is the name for the whole project of GPU Computing, and this seminar was organized by prof. Sanjaj J. Patel and Wen-mei Hwu. Under a not-so-scientific moniker Need For Speed Seminar Series, this 13-week course will feature domestic alumni such as Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Dan Roth, Narendra Ahuja, Stephen Boppart, John C. Hart, Tom Huang and Seth Hutchinson, and guests such as Keith Thulborn (UI Chicago), Sam Blackman (Elemental), Nikola Bozinovic (MotionDSP), Mark Johns (Tapulous) and
Nvidia 3D glasses to cost $199… incredibly expensive.
Upcoming week is a key week for all members of the press – Christmas press conference season is at its highest, with companies sending in more invitations than ever before. Personally, I should appear on at least eight of them, which is not so nice in possible five nights between Monday and Friday. Yet, financial industry is still feeling terrible, and even a $700 billion bailout from the US Government wasn’t enough to help the mis-managed sector. Well, to all the stockholders that believed their overpaid “wealth managers” when they said “buy GOOG at $520, it’ll hit $1000“, “buy AMD at $10, it’s a
When criticized over issues that many PC users have with Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar representatives answered that for high details
With the troubles express carriers experienced recently, an all-out war between FedEx and DHL started to happen in front of our eyes. In the past week, I received several “reminder” e-mails from both FedEx and DHL about just how great their service is, with FedEx leading the way in showing its cheeky face. That cheeky face was there for a reason, since DHL stopped all of its inter-US flight operations. By the looks of it, it also seems that DHL will have to fire 9500 of its staffers. The company was hit hard by economical turmoil, and it looks like Lufthansa and UPS will take
Following leaks on Chinese website Iworkstation, the time has come for Nvidia to officially unveil their entrance into the world of Quadro motherboards. Quadro FX 470 features all the specs of GeForce 9400 parts, enhanced with workstation-class components for guaranteed 5-year work cycle. Besides the motherboard, Nvidia also released Quadro FX 370 LP, low-profile card that essentially, brings the same tech specs, but in a low-profile format. In short, both feature 16 shaders, 16 processors, 16 CUDA-enabled processors, you name it. Quadro FX 470 is currently available from ASUS in a form of P5N-VM motherboard and TW100-E5 iQuadro workstation computer (it seems that ASUS is
“They” say 3rd time is a charm. If you ask OCZ, you couldn’t be more right. The company was toying around SSD world for quite some time, but pictures from legendary Akihabara now confirm that OCZ scored a pot of gold. With their V3 line of MLC (not SLC!) disks, OCZ now offers read speeds of 235.1 MB/s, while write speed is set at 160.8 MB/s. This absolutely demolishes SATA-I standard and is very close to exceeding SATA-II specifications. But the clock does not stop there – random read is massive 102.1 MB/s, with random write being the only disappointment: 23.5 MB/s. First three scores
Two weeks ago, a very high, S-level exec from the automotive industry asked me about upcoming technologies, since he didn’t understand the importance of new interfaces that are coming in mainstream computing. I was shocked, since operating the car interface while driving should require minimum attention. Drive on the highway in Germany at 150 mph and play with BMW’s i-Drive, Mercedes’es non-touch COMMAND or Audi’s Futuremark-designed MMI3D and you’ll see where you feel the safest (hint, the one that cannot be benchmarked, but still comes from a benchmark maker ;-). There is an obvious need for development of true user-friendly computer interfaces. In this long
Recently, I managed to get a sit-down with Roy Taylor, Nvidia’s “go to guy” when it comes to gaming. Roy is a well-known advocate for The Way It’s Meant To Be Played development program, and Roy isn’t afraid to shout out his opinion. In this unedited interview, you can see what thoughts are coming out from Nvidia and the direction TWIMTBP is taking. GPU Physics unleashed Theo: The PhysX pack had an excellent response since its launch in August. Recently, 178.24 drivers were released, containing a new PhysX library (btw, installation of the driver can occasionally hang due to PhysX v8.09.04.exe not loading up). Did
Back in May 2008, Nvidia’s Editors Day hosted a presentation by young guys from Elemental Technologies Inc (ETI). The demonstrated software was Badaboom, CUDA-powered video transcoder that demolished Intel’s Core 2 Quad processor when used in conjuction with GeForce 8800GTS. Months have passed, and guys worked hard on developing Badaboom in order to be ready for August release. But, their second project, RapiHD encoder for Premiere CS4 Pro needed some engineering help. So, the guys pushed back the release of Badaboom and Badaboom Pro until after the launch of CS4. It was a tough call, but with the release of Adobe Creative Studio 4 over
Ever since AMD/ATI took over FireGL, the company was the only manufacturer of professional graphics cards. FireGL, FireStream, and now FirePro – they were all coming out with ATI logo on the box. But not anymore – AMD is going the Nvidia route and starting to introduce partners who will manufacture and sell the cards in a higher-standard program than is the case with consumer cards. As logic dictates, Sapphire Technologies was the first company to release a non-AMD manufactured professional card – FireStream 9250. We expect that more companies follow suit – I remember that Diamond introduced their FireGL cards in the Radeon 2900