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Press Release Source: Sony of Canada Ltd. On Wednesday August 31, 2011, 10:30 am EDT
Optimally Designed Android Device Delivers Portability, Easy Handling and an Immersive Entertainment Experience
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TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Sony today announced the market launch of its first Sony® Tablet device. The Android-powered Sony Tablet S combines unique hardware, content and network services with seamless usability to create a world of engaging networked entertainment experiences.
Available for pre-sale today and on shelves in September, Sony Tablet S is optimized for rich media entertainment on its 9.4-inch touchscreen display. With a powerful NVIDIA®Tegra™ 2 CPU processor, Sony Tablet S allows consumers to enjoy the web and their favourite content and applications on its large high-resolution screen. Weighing in at just about 590 grams, its unique asymmetric design allows for hours of comfortable use. Built-in Wi-Fi® compatibility allows for Internet connectivity virtually anywhere there is a hotspot.
The Sony Tablet S runs on the latest version of Android™ – version 3.1. This model features front and rear facing cameras that allow for video recording and capturing still images. The device also supports USB (micro A/B) interface and SD card for transferring files and data.
The device is distinguished by four key features that set them apart from any other tablets on the market. these include: optimally designed hardware and software, a “swift and smooth” experience, embedded network entertainment services and cross-device functionality.
“The Sony Tablet S delivers digital content, rapid performance, and remote access functionality in a unique and convenient product,” said Doug Wilson, President & COO of Sony Canada. “This device demonstrates a seamless Sony entertainment experience offering consumers smooth access to videos, games, books, and more by combining Sony’s premium network services.
Unlike other tablet devices, Sony Tablet S has an ergonomic, asymmetric design which allows it to be easily held or carried – in portrait or landscape mode – for long periods of time. The unique form factor shifts the device’s weight closer to one’s palm, making it feel lighter and more comfortable while reading a book or watching a video. The screen is sloped when placed on a flat surface, enhancing visibility and allowing typing to be more comfortable. Placing Sony Tablet S onto a specialized cradle (sold separately) converts the device into a digital photo frame or a digital clock that displays customizable information.
The Sony Tablet S is equipped with Sony’s TruBlack™ technology. By controlling the refraction of light between the LCD and the screen, the TruBlack panel provides more vibrant colors, deeper blacks and a crisp picture. It also reduces reflection and glare from sunlight or fluorescent light for high-contrast visibility both indoors and outdoors.
Swift and Smooth
A combination of Sony technologies, quick View and quick Touch, allow for faster loading of web pages, a highly responsive and fluid touch screen, and an exceptionally intuitive user interface. The large keys of the virtual keyboard take full advantage of screen real estate while automatically adjusting to the task at hand. A numeric keypad pops up when inputting passwords and word suggestions while auto word complete makes email and texting simple.
The Sony Tablet S comes complete with a full suite of Sony’s network entertainment services.
- Sony Entertainment Network Services: Video Unlimited is your ticket to the latest releases from every major movie studio to rent or own. A partial service will be available at launch with full service available in October.
- PlayStation® Certified: Sony Tablet S is the first PlayStation® Certified tablet providing out-of-the-box gaming with included favorites Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes. Consumers can also download more classic PSone™ and PSP™ game titles online.
- Reader™ Store: Access bestsellers, new releases, classics, magazines, comics and more from more than 2 million titles at Reader Store by Sony. The Sony Tablet S’s intuitive reading interface is ideal for on-the-go reading, allowing book lovers to set bookmarks, make highlights and adjust font sizes as they read. A free eBook download is included with the purchase of the device.
- Personal Space™: This free service allows consumers to easily share pictures and videos captured on the Sony Tablet S. Consumers can access albums that were previously uploaded from other devices.
Cross Device Functionality
Control your home entertainment system and enjoy content in new ways. The Sony Tablet S allows consumer to “throw” personal pictures and video to DLNA compatible televisions such as BRAVIA with the touch of a button. Consumers can also throw music to wireless speakers such as Sony’s Homeshare. The Sony Tablet S which is equipped with infrared technology and can act as a remote control for multiple home entertainment components such as TVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, receivers and more at once. The Sony Tablet S is also compatible with “Media Remote” allowing consumers to control Sony devices, including BRAVIA televisions, through Wi-Fi®.
Wide Range of Applications
A variety of applications add to the entertainment options. With access to the android Market™, consumers can browse thousands of useful time-saving and fun apps. The Sony Tablet S provides instant access to Google™ mobile services and applications, including 3D maps and easy web search with Google Voice Search. to make app discovery even easier, Sony offers its Select App site which highlights new and unique Android applications in a number of categories, many of which have been customized or optimized for the Sony Tablet S. More than 20 applications will be spotlighted at launch with more to come in the following weeks and months.
The Sony Tablet S will also feature a number of pre-installed applications, including few exclusive offers. at launch, the Sony Tablet S will be the only Android tablet with full-length movies and TV shows from Crackle and the only with the Foursquare Android tablet app.
Accessories, Pricing, Availability
A range of optional accessories includes a cradle, AC Adaptor, LCD screen protector, carrying case and USB adaptor cable for the Sony Tablet S. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available.
The Sony Tablet S is available in both a 16GB and 32 GB and will be available at Sony direct and online stores and authorized dealers across Canada for about $500 and $600, respectively. for more information, please visit sony.ca/tablet.
*Editor’s Note:Press releases are available for news media on the Sony of Canada news and information website at sony.ca/presscentre.
About Sony of Canada Ltd.
Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in High Definition. Sony provides end-to-end solutions through products that include the market-leading Blu-ray Disc™ players, BRAVIA® televisions, Cyber-shot® digital cameras, Handycam® Camcorders, VAIO® computers, broadcast cameras, IPELA security cameras and video conferencing and many more products that deliver the true entertainment experience.
Sony is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world with a portfolio that includes electronics, music, movies, games and online businesses. With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,000 employees support a network of more than 500 authorized dealers and 52 Sony retail locations across Canada.
Sony Canada is devoted to the betterment of children, the environment, and the community. through the Sony Canada Charitable Foundation (SCCF), Sony Canada aims to maximize its support of charitable and philanthropic organizations, including Make-A-Wish® Canada, the United Way of Canada and Earth Day Canada.
Last week AMD revealed that the 16-core server version of its new 32nm Interlagos Opteron Bulldozer CPUs had started shipping. the so-called Opteron 2600 chips had been delayed, but will still make it into servers before the end of 2011.
So what of the desktop variant of Bulldozer? they were expected to arrive this month, but with the 6200 getting delayed it was widely expected AMD would announce a delay for the FX desktop processors too.
Those FX chips are now expected in the fourth quarter, so next month at the earliest. if that’s disappointing to hear, you’ll be glad to know the price of the FX chips looks likely to be a lot lower than anyone expected.
The FX Bulldozer chips are expected to launch in 4-, 6-, and 8-core variants, with the FX-8120 and FX-8150 being the top performance offerings. the 8120 operates at 3.1GHz with 16MB of cache and 125W TDP. the 8150 pushes the operating speed up to 3.6GHz and maintains the 16MB cache and 125W TDP.
We’d expect both those chips to be $300+, but that’s definitely not the case. Pre-order pricing has revealed AMD wants $221 for the 8120 and $266 for the 8150. CPU World believes by the time those chips get to retail they’ll be no more than $200 and $245 respectively. and don’t forget, these are the high-end 8-core chips, so expect the 6-core and 4-core variants to carry much lower prices. for example, the 6-core FX-6100 is available on pre-order for $188.
If we compare that pricing with the current prices of Core i7 chips, in the same price range, you’ll get a quad core 3.06GHz chip running at 130W TDP. the closest Intel gets in terms of operating speed and cores is the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition at 3.46GHz and six cores. but then you’ll be paying around $1,000 for that chip.
We won’t know how Bulldozer performs next to the latest generation Sandy Bridge Core chips until after release and some real world tests are performed. However, an 8-core 3.6GHz processor for under $250 sounds like fantastic value to me, even if it does fall short of the Core-i7s in performance.
Last week Sony’s new Android tablet, the Sony Tablet S went up for pre-order here in the UK, and now it looks like it is available to pre-order in the US from retailer Best Buy, and should be available within the next few days.
As with the UK there are two models available, the 16GB Sony Tablet S retails for $499.99 whilst the 32GB model retails for $599.99, and it comes with a 9.4 inch multi-touch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, processing is provided by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and it comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4 inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, processing is provided by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and it comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
Other features include a front facing camera for video chat and a rear facing camera which can record video in HD at 720p, plus WiFi, plus an SD card slot, and it comes with 1GB of RAM.
Source : geekygadgets
This article will run through each of these factors to help you avoid the many pitfalls that one may stumble across when purchasing a PC.
Some sample desktop computer systems
What do you intend to use the computer for? This is one of the key considerations when purchasing that desktop system. The main goal here is to get a system that will suit your computing needs. If you’re using the computer for professional or business purposes, you’ll want to factor stability and service support into your purchase decision. On the other hand, if you intend to use the system at home, you may want a more well-rounded PC that can handle multimedia applications, web surfing easily.
You’ll certainly need to consider your budget buying that PC. Low-end budget systems will save you a lot of money and are suitable for most home users. High-end systems with the latest Athlon 64 or Intel Pentium 4 processors will cost more and will be more suitable for those who want to play the latest 3D games or do heavy video or graphics editing.
OK, here’s where it gets complicated. A typical desktop PC has got so many components, it’s hard to decide which system is good or bad. We’re talking about a whole plethora of components from memory, video cards, sound cards, optical drives and so on.
Here’s a stab at the most essential components in the PC and what you should look out for:
The CPU is the brain of your system – so it’s a key consideration when buying that PC. The older chips like Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium 3 chips are now starting to become obsolete. If you want your system to last for some time, go for newer processors like the Intel Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon 64.
System memory is also very important – you can never have enough of it. Typically, look for at least 512 MB of memory in the desktop you want to buy. Anything less while pose a problem for business or graphics applications.
If you’re buying the system off the shelf from vendors like HP, Dell or eMachines, the motherboard brand will usually not be an issue. In fact, most PC manufacturers don’t publish the type of motherboard used in their desktops. The motherboard brand is of greater importance if you are building your own PC.
My advice to you here is – get as much hard disk space as you can afford. A typical hard disk by today’s standards would be about 80 GB at least. If you do a lot of downloading off the Internet, or edit videos or have a huge collection of MP3s, you’d be better off with at least a 160 GB hard disk.
A CD-ROM drive is now a standard feature in all computers. Make sure you’re getting at least a 40X CD-ROM read speed. an additional consideration these days would be whether you want read-write capability – many computers now come with CD-RW drives. DVD-ROM drives are also being bundled in desktops. even better, some come with DVD-RW drives which will save you the cost of buying a separate DVD writer later on.
I guess the key consideration here is whether you want a CRT or LCD display. My opinion is to go for at least a 17 inch monitor if you want a CRT display, and at least a 15 inch monitor for LCD displays. Good brand names here are: NEC, Samsung and ViewSonic.
Computer systems come with either integrated video on the motherboard, or a physical video card. If you play a lot of games, especially 3D games like Half-Life 2, you will not want to rely on integrated video. Make sure the system has a physical video card with at least AGP 8X and 256 MB of video memory.
Again, it is common for computers to come with integrated sound on the motherboard these days. However, if you’re a computer audio buff, go for a separate third-party sound card like the Creative Audigy Sound Card.
USB ports are almost standard features in desktop computer systems today. In fact, you’ll want to check that the system comes with support for the latest USB 2.0 specification. even better if it comes with FireWire ports (which are essential for video capture and editing).
The majority of computer systems these days ship with Windows XP Home Edition, which is suitable for home users. Business users should look for Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional to be bundled in the package.
After-sale support and warranty periods are a prime consideration especially you have no experience in troubleshooting computers. Most basic warranty periods last for a year or two and are sufficient for the average user. Don’t go for an extended warranty period without reading the fine print. Most of the time, it’s not necessary to have overly long warranty periods as the reasonable lifetime of your computer will be about 4 to 5 years at most.
Recommended Desktop Computers
Now let’s take a look at some of the desktop computer systems I’d recommend to a prospective buyer. Take note that the systems below do not include a computer monitor.
This is one hot desktop. Running on a AMD Sempron 2 GHz processor, with 512 MB of RAM and a 120 GB hard disk, the eMachines W3052 is a top seller. Also comes with a media card reader, LAN support, a DVD+/- RW drive and a pre-installed copy of Windows XP Home Edition. Really incredible value at an affordable price.
The eMachines W3052 desktop computer
Another great value for money system. The Gateway 552GE comes with an Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz DVD+/- RW drive, in-built audio / video and LAN support, as well as Windows XP Home Edition to round off the package.
The Gateway 552GE desktop computer
Hewlett Packard Pavilion a1130n
The Hewlett Packard Pavilion a1130n is a spectacular machine and definitely my option, if I had enough cash It comes with a AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz CPU, 1 massive GB RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. It includes a DVD+/- RW drive, in-built audio / video, Firewire support, as well as a LAN adapter. A really powerful machine.
The Hewlett Packard Pavilion a1130n desktop computer
In summary, buying a good desktop PC is a matter of doing your research and homework by considering each of the factors above. If possible, go to the manufacturer’s website to source for more in-depth material (read the fine print too). Good luck
In many ways, the trade press seems to have met the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with a scratch of its collective head.
On one hand, after the long period of under-the-hood transition from the PowerPC architecture to Intel-based Macs that Apple undertook with 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard, it’s good to see Apple focused, once again, on features that have a more tangible impact on the way we users interact with the operating system.
On the other, there is no doubt that Lion asks a lot of its users — sometimes with little in the way of explanation. Many have commented negatively on features like the reversal of the scroll direction, user interface tweaks, Mission Control’s changes from Spaces, and so on (see “Subtle Irritations in Lion,” 17 August 2011). and like Matt Neuburg’s experience in “Lion Is a Quitter” (5 August 2011), I’ve found myself wondering where my apps have disappeared to, and my first hour of work with the latest release of Pages was punctuated by frantic attempts to figure out what had happened to the File menu’s “Save As…” item.
Lion, in other words, is asking us to change habits that we have formed over twenty-five years of graphical user interface usage — and, true to form, Apple hasn’t told us why we would ever want to do this.
This is particularly hard on power users (who, I would guess, comprise the majority of the trade press), who have learned to maximize productivity by anticipating Mac OS X’s behavior at every turn. Decades of consistency have created a muscle memory that Lion confounds at every turn, from scrolling to saving and switching between apps.
The history of computing doesn’t lack for oddities and bad decisions — some of which have come from Apple itself. In the past few years, however, the company has had a remarkable streak of successes that reveals a methodical approach to innovation. as a result, it seems overly simplistic to simply say “Apple has biffed it” and chalk Lion’s strangeness up to incompetence — or, perhaps, to an obscure form of brain fever caused by having nearly $80 billion in cash. (No matter how realistic we try to be, we can’t shake the feeling that Apple has, somewhere in the depths of 1 Infinite Loop, a Scrooge McDuck-like money pit for executive wallowing.)
It seems to me that a more likely explanation for Apple’s decisions with Lion requires additional analysis, with particular attention paid to where Apple is today and to where it might be charting its own future. The answer to Lion’s quirks, I believe, lies in a disconnect between Macs and the company’s mobile strategy.
There is much to like in Apple’s iOS devices, but one of their killer features is their combination of portability and longevity. The iPad may not replace a laptop, but it provides an excellent balance between functionality and battery time; it is still the only general-purpose computer that can make any intercontinental flight between America and Europe on a single battery charge.
What’s interesting is that the technology behind this remarkable feat is not related primarily to the device’s hardware; there is little inside an iPad that wasn’t available to other manufacturers before its introduction, and yet none of them (including Apple) has ever been able to create a laptop with a comparable balance between features and power consumption.
The iPad’s real achievement is in its software; iOS is not just a beautifully responsive operating system that has revolutionized the way we interact with mobile apps, it’s also an environment whose unique constraints have made it possible for Apple to create devices with unrivalled battery life.
For instance, you may recall that, when the iPhone was first introduced, Apple was widely derided for the lack of “multitasking” capabilities, something that practically every other operating system — including Mac OS X — had been offering for years.
Even the first version of iOS was, of course, fully capable of running more than one app at the same time — and, in fact, did so with a subset of Apple’s own apps. Apple had just chosen to prevent users from keeping multiple apps active because allowing only one app to run at once allowed the iPhone to use less RAM and power, resulting in both lower manufacturing costs and higher battery performance.
Fast forward a few years, and the hardware had evolved to the point where Apple decided to allow multiple apps to run concurrently. Even then, however, the company did so in a highly controlled manner: each app would be allowed to perform one of only a handful of officially recognized actions while in the background. All other activities are stopped by iOS’s watchdog process as soon as the user switches away from the app.
You can see, therefore, that the real breakthrough that made the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch such amazing traveling companions wasn’t a new chip or kind of battery — it was the software itself.
Now consider Apple’s other mobile platform: the laptop. According to the latest numbers out of Cupertino (see “Apple Reports Q3 2011 Record Financial Results ,” 19 July 2011), MacBooks now outsell the company’s desktop models nearly three to one, making them Apple’s most important non-iOS line of products.
It’s not surprising — as our lifestyles have become increasingly mobile, MacBooks have evolved considerably. faster processors, better screens, and amazing new construction technologies have contributed to making them the best portable computers on the market.
One feature that hasn’t improved dramatically, however, is the battery life. Even the introduction of the unibody models, in which the battery is built into the laptop’s chassis, has given us only “up to 7 hours” of advertised longevity (and the 11-inch MacBook Air gets less than that, at “up to 5 hours”). plus, while Apple surprised the press when the iPad’s advertised battery life turned out to be shorter than what practical tests revealed, the MacBook turns in highly variable results depending on the kind of testing performed.
Short of an unexpected breakthrough in battery technology, therefore, Apple has probably realized that they’ll have to rely on software to give MacBooks the same battery life that has helped make the iPad so popular — and this is where many of the new features of Lion come into play. Also, although improved battery life is something that every MacBook user would appreciate, reduced power consumption for desktop Macs would be welcome at least at a societal level, even if it wouldn’t make a big difference in any individual user’s power bill.
Many of the under-the-hood changes that have been introduced in Lion are meant to shift the control of apps from the user to the operating system. Thanks to features like Automatic Termination, Auto Save, and Resume, Lion is increasingly the arbiter of when and how an app gets to run.
We certainly are not there yet, but it’s possible to imagine a future in which all these technologies work together to provide users with notably improved battery life. For example, if Mac OS X detects that an application is simply idling, it could cause it to save all its data automatically, quietly terminate it, and then transparently bring everything back when requested. That works in iOS today, and could work in Mac OS X soon.
Similarly, apps that currently use background threads for everything from checking mail to keeping your Internet chats going could take advantage of push notifications to delegate much of their workload to the operating system, reducing both their CPU usage and power requirements.
Better yet, the entire world of computing could return to a time when we all ended our workdays by turning off our Macs. Combining Lion’s Resume feature with the speed of an SSD, the time difference between a cold boot and waking up from sleep could be so small as to be irrelevant. and although the power difference may not seem large, recent research shows that appliances in standby mode are responsible for hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon emissions every year.
As is often the case, each individual power-saving feature may have a small impact on a Mac’s overall power usage, but together they could result in much longer battery life — and in batteries that last longer before needing to be replaced. It’s a little like a hybrid car that turns its engine off while idling at a light and uses regenerative braking to charge its batteries; neither is huge in its own right, but the cumulative effects add up.
Obviously, not all the pieces of this puzzle are there today: most developers haven’t yet figured out how to integrate all of Lion’s new features; hardware changes — like switching to solid-state drives and possibly even more-efficient processors like Apple’s A5 — will have to be made across the entire MacBook line; and, judging from the early reactions to Lion, Apple itself still needs to figure out exactly how some of the lessons it has learned from iOS apply to a desktop environment.
For instance, although there are some who have seen improved battery life after upgrading to Lion, a large number of people are complaining in a lengthy Apple discussion thread that Lion has noticeably hurt battery life. There are some basic fixes, such as resetting the SMC and using Cody Krieger’s gfxCardStatus to make sure that MacBook Pros use the more-efficient integrated graphics when possible. But the hardware site AnandTech found that while Lion performed slightly better than Snow Leopard in terms of battery life on an SSD-equipped early-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro, it was about 20 percent worse on an early-2008 15-inch MacBook Pro. Even some Lion features that could eventually result in less power usage in the future aren’t working properly now, so, for example, when Lion automatically terminates what it considers to be an unused application, removing its icon from the Dock and the app switcher, the app’s process continues to live on, as you can verify in Activity Monitor. Apple would seem to have this backwards from both the user interface and power savings standpoints — the process of an automatically terminated app should exit, but its representation in the Dock and app switcher should remain.
Nonetheless, even after Apple fixes the parts of Lion that are broken and continues to evolve the concept of software-based battery life improvements, we users will still need to adjust. my suspicion is that that’s Apple’s goal with Lion — to help Mac users become comfortable with the idea of documents that save themselves, apps that are running but not running, and an operating system that attempts to anticipate our usage patterns. We may not see the full effect of Apple’s power-saving strategy until later releases of Lion, or even until the next big cat. But it is coming, and while we long-time users may have some trouble understanding this new approach toward saving power, it also took some time for many people to become comfortable with the Mac itself, with its paradigm-shifting graphical interface. Life is change, and the means may not always be the most comfortable way of achieving the ends.
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Computer processors or central processing units (CPUs) are what execute programs on computers. a powerful CPU can get more things done than a slower processor. There are two leading CPU manufacturers in today’s computer market: AMD and Intel. both are pretty popular with a large following so it is a difficult decision to prefer one over the other. some factors that are helpful to consider when comparing the two large brands are price, performance, life span, and overclocking potential.
Price differences between Intel and AMD are constantly fluctuating so this can only be a reliable factor to consider if you are actively following computer trends and developments. Every time a new CPU technology is discovered and introduced by either Intel or AMD, the prices of the previous generation of their processors go down. Price battles between Intel and AMD are as much technology wars on who gets to develop a better and improved CPU first.
CPU performance largely depends on the generation of the processor. There was a time when AMD ruled the PC gaming niche and offered more value for the dollar. ever since Intel released the Core 2 Duo processor, however, the company has been offering faster and more stable processors than AMD at very affordable rates. Intel is currently king when it comes to high-performance CPUs, especially with its newest technology: the Quad Core technology. AMD still offers high-performance CPUs but they are usually more expensive than their Intel counterparts. this could change in the near future.
AMD processors usually build up a lot of heat when performing intensive user applications like games and multiple graphics software. Oftentimes, standard cooling features are not enough to protect AMD processors from damage due to overheating. Intel’s Core 2 Duo line of CPUs, on the other hand, show remarkable tolerance to heat even with a standard heat sink and fan. nonetheless, if overheated, processors from both AMD and Intel can be damaged beyond repair. The life span of a CPU is not really such a big issue since the average computer user generally upgrades his or her computer every three or so years.
* Overclocking Potential
Only hardcore gamers and heavy multimedia users can relate with CPU overclocking. Overclocking involves running the CPU at speeds greater than its specifications. For example, it is possible to overclock Intel’s E6600 from 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz. That is a whopping speed increment of 800MHz Generally speaking, overclocking a CPU can increase overall system performance. For now, many Intel processors have greater overclocking potential than AMD processors.
As mentioned before, you have to keep up with the latest updates from Intel and AMD to get the best processor in the market. The moment either CPU manufacturers release a new product, you can expect a big drop in the prices of the displaced line of CPUs.
EA promised us a Battlefield 3 beta in September, but they neglected to mention just when in September it would be. Well, it is coming in September.. just at the tail end of it.
That’s right, Battlefield fans; EA announced today that the Battlefield 3 beta will kick off on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 simultaneously on September 29.
If you’ve pre-ordered your copy on the PC through Origin, you’ll be able to get your hands on it 48 hours earlier on September 27. The same goes for those who own the limited edition of Medal of Honor, provided you didn’t manage to lose your voucher by now.
That’s not the only bit of news to come out of this announcement. For PC gamers eager to learn just what it’s going to take to run the FPS all maxed out, EA also revealed the game’s system requirements on the Battlefield 3 beta FAQ site – which, by the way, you should check out if you have any questions about the beta. Anyhow, onto the system requirements.
Fair warning, PC gaming enthusiasts should probably read this sitting down. And you should probably take your heart medication. Wouldn’t hurt to have EMTs on standby, either.
Minimum system RequirementsOS: WINDOWS VISTA (SERVICE PACK 2) 32-BITPROCESSOR: 2 GHZ DUAL CORE (CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR ALTHON X2 2.7 GHZ)MEMORY: 2 GBHARD DRIVE: 20 GBGRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DIRECTX 10.1 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, WITH ATI RADEON 3870 OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DIRECTX 10.0 COMPATIBLE WITH 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 SERIES WITH NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER PERFORMANCE)SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLEKEYBOARD AND MOUSEDVD ROM DRIVE
Recommended system RequirementsOS: WINDOWS 7 64-BITPROCESSOR: QUAD-CORE CPUMEMORY: 4 GBHARD DRIVE: 20 GBGRAPHICS CARD: DIRECTX 11 COMPATIBLE WITH 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 OR ATI RADEON 6950)SOUND CARD: DIRECTX COMPATIBLEKEYBOARD AND MOUSEDVD ROM DRIVE
Microsoft was forced to reissue its DigiNotar certificate update for Windows XP users on Monday.
The software giant had to adjust the update for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003-based systems after a mistake in the original update meant users were left unprotected against certificates known to have been in use in recent cyber attacks. Microsoft’s original Patch Tuesday update only removed additional certificates issued to DigitNotar by GTE and Entrust, but failed to remove the original root certificates used to compromise SSL traffic in Iran recently.
Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar issued a number of fraudulent certificates for Google, Microsoft Yahoo, Mozilla and WordPress domains earlier this year. The first reports of the DigiNotar certificate misuse were discovered publicly on August 28 after a number of GMail users in iran reported issues accessing the service. Subsequently, it was revealed that DigiNotar issued a certificate for google.com to individuals in Iran. Microsoft took steps to protect Windows users from the fake certificates. The software giant released a security advisory on August 29 and removed the DigiNotar root certificate from the Microsoft Certificate Trust List. The update was made available to Windows Vista users above via the company’s Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft also provided a patch to revoke Windows DigiNotar certificates from the operating system. Sophos Security report that the patch was made available to XP users in the latest Patch Tuesday. Microsoft’s previously security advisory (2607712) has now been updated to refer to an updated advisory (2616766). Microsoft admitted the mistake in its latest security advisory:
Before September 19, 2011, the versions of update 2616676 for Windows XP and for Windows Server 2003 contained only the latest six digital certificates cross-signed by GTE and Entrust. these versions of the update did not contain the digital certificates that were included in update 2607712 or 2524375. Update 2616676 also incorrectly proceeded update 2607712. therefore, before September 19, 2011 if you installed updated 2616676 and had not already installed update 2607712 or update 2524375, your system would not have been protected from the use of fraudulent digital certificates as described in security advisory 2607712.
On September 19, 2011, we rereleased update 2616676 to address this issue. if you are running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 and you have not applied updates 2524375, 2607712, and 2616676, you should install cumulative update 2616676.
In separate news, DigiNotar filed for bankruptcy on Monday following the recent hack attacks. “Although we are saddened by this action and the circumstances that necessitated it,” said T. Kendall Hunt, VASCO’s Chairman and CEO. “we would like to remind our customers and investors that the incident at DigiNotar has no impact on VASCO’s core authentication technology. The technological infrastructures of VASCO and DigiNotar remain completely separated, meaning that there is no risk for infection of VASCO’s strong authentication business.”
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Adobe has launched updates to its popular photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The new version 10 of these software titles are available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
For Windows users, both Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE) and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 (PRE) are now 64-bit programs, while the Mac versions remain limited to 32-bit operation.
In Adobe Premiere Elements 10, new colour correction tools aim to adjust tone and vibrancy in footage with people, without affecting skin colouring. There’s also a function to globally adjust parts of motion video, the Adobe example being to turn a grey day into one with a blue sky.
A series of photos can be animated into video in conjunction with face recognition. When presented with a group shot of people, a pan and zoom effect moves slowly around the group, zooming in and out on every face it finds as it goes.
Video can now be exported in AVCHD format, a subset of the MPEG-4 toolset that’s in widespread use in modern camcorders.
Predictably, the upgrade to the video program means Adobe is boasting it’s now even easier to post your footage to Facebook and YouTube.
In the revision to Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe adds some new tools that echo those seen in regular Photoshop.
Smart Brush effects are added to let you add cheesey backgrounds to portrait shots, for example.
Visual search applies a similar approach to face recognition, to help you find photos with similar objects in the frame.
Guided edits is a hand-holding function to tweak pictures such as defocused backgrounds for depth-of-field simulation; or a fuzzy ‘dreamy’ filter, named the Orton Effect after a portrait photographer who uses similar treatments.
If you want to add text over your photographs, Photoshop Elements now lets you do so on a curved line.
On the social media side, Adobe wants to let its users tag people’s faces on Facebook even faster, using the network’s own Facebook Friends list.
For both applications, the dark interface remains, despite proving unpopular with some user for its drab and gloomy environment.
Photoshop Elements 10 costs £79.10 for a physical boxed copy, or £79.76 if you’d rather download it direct from Adobe.
If you already bought last year’s version – or have any previous version for that matter – and would like to upgrade, Adobe is offering version 10 for £64.81, or £65.35 to download from its site.
Adobe Premier Elements 10 follows the exact same pricing structure. or you can buy both software titles together for £119.41 boxed, £120.13 download.
As with last year’s version 9, if you buy the boxed edition you receive two installer discs, for Windows and Macintosh use, and Adobe’s license terms allows you to install on both machines concurrently.
The Photoshop Elements 9 port for OS X has been criticised for its impact on computer resources, with the app found to be often consuming more than 75% CPU even when left idle in the background.
PC Advisor asked an Adobe representative at the products’ unveiling last month if the slow and resource-intensive version of Photoshop Elements for Mac OS X has been fixed, to improve upon its poor responsiveness or unwarranted appetite for processor time.
‘We’ve addressed some performance issues,’ replied Adobe.
No explanation was given for the non-standard interface which breaks Macintosh interface standards, although it was conceded that elements of the app are coded in Adobe Flash.
Finding the right laptop to buy can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience for many people. there are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing the perfect laptop, such as its processor, memory, weight and accessories. Sometimes, prioritizing these features in order to make an informed decision that is within your budget can be difficult.
It’s important to remember that a computer is often the backbone of your daily activities. It may be your source of entertainment, your personal assistant, your confident and your friend.
It’s often your connection to friends and family and the hub of your digital life. when determining what kind of laptop is best for you, a good starting point is to ask yourself:
“what am I going to do with my computer?”
The answer to this question will help determine the answer to the more detailed areas below.
For example, are going to primarily keep your laptop at home or will it goes places with you? this may impact the how highly you prioritize the size and of your computer.
Do you travel frequently?
Again, this may be impact your ideal laptop’s size and weight.
Do you primarily just surf the Internet and do-email, or are you capturing and sharing lots of photo, it’s, downloading music and watching videos online?
Your answers to these questions could impact the type of processor, amount of RAM, and graphics you choose. in the end, it’s most important to keep in mind your intended use of laptop, and that will help make the laptop buying process easier. find additional tips below:
Tips to consider when Buying a New Laptop
• Processor – The brains inside the computer. Choosing the right processor is very important because it plays a major role in the style, battery life, responsiveness and weight of the laptop. the processor also helps determine how fast the computer runs and adjust to your activities. Intel’s latest family of processors is called the Intel Core processor family. in early 2011, Intel is coming out with the 2nd generation Intel Core TM processor family. Specifically, the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. the higher the number, the better and more powerful the processor. But how powerful of a processor you need depends entirely on what you want to do with your computer.
• Battery Life - how long the computer keeps its charge. the term “battery life” refers to how long a computer can function away from its power source after it’s charged. Some laptops have better battery lives than others. a number of factors affect the battery life of a laptop, including processor, screen size and multimedia activities. the Intel Core processors can actually aid in longer battery life because they are smart enough to know when extra power isn’t needed, so they slow down to conserve battery during those times. if you plan to travel with your laptop, then battery life is something you should be pay attention to when you purchase your computer.
Look for a laptop that has at least two hours of “standard battery life” and an Intel Core processor. And if you’re really concerned about battery life, you can usually purchase a larger battery when you buy the laptop. Larger batteries tend to mean more weight, so that’s something to keep in mind. Check out Intel’s tips for “External Battery Life” and getting the most out of your battery, whatever its size.
• Graphics – How images appear on the screen. Graphics is the word used to describe anything that you see on your computer’s screen other than text. It can include pictures, photos, windows, video and games. Traditionally, to display graphics you needed a special chip or card was that was separate from the computer’s main processor. Beginning in 2009, Intel took the separate graphics chip and integrated it into the main Intel Core processor.
Today’s laptops with Intel Core inside will give you excellent performance for watching Blu-ray* or high definition Internet video. Intel will introduce its 2nd Generation Intel Core processor in early 2011 and they suitable for all tasks including watching high definition video, 3D Blu-Ray*, and even running popular games like ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Starcraft 2′.
Intel’s graphics technologies also offer other benefits such as Intel Wireless display, a feature that allows you to wirelessly project the contents of your laptop screen onto you big-screen TV. However if you are a hard core gamer, you may still want to buy a separate add-in graphics chip along with the more powerful Intel processor, as together they allow for an even better gaming experience.
• Networking – ability to connect to the Internet. most people want wireless Internet connected laptops these days ad there are a few ways to do that. most laptops come with Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect to the Internet wirelessly at hotspots or if you have a WiFi network at home.
Intel WiMAX is 4G mobile broadband access technology that comes with certain laptops. WiMAX wireless broadband covers large areas, often entire cities, so instead of having to go to a coffee shop to get connected to the Internet, you could be anywhere in a WiMAX service is available, but the technology is spreading quickly. Service agreements are offered as day passes and for longer-term plans. Several Intel Core processor-based laptops come with WiMAX technology built right inside the computer. be sure to look for this in the product description.
Some Intel Core processor-powered notebooks can also come with a new wireless technology, Intel’s Wireless display (WiDi), for projecting the content of your laptop wirelessly onto your HD television screen. It’s very simple to set up and allows for easy video watching and multimedia enjoyment. an additional adapter is necessary to make this work and its typically sold at the same place as the Intel WiDi-enabled laptops.
• RAM – How much memory is available on your computer. Random Access Memory (RAM) is measured in gigabits (GB). your computer uses RAM to temporarily store information while you’re using it (before you manually save it to your hard drive). the amount of RAM affects how your computer performs, particularly while running multiple applications simultaneously. the higher the number of gigabytes, the more temporary memory you have. However, that doesn’t mean you need to have the highest number of GB possible in order to have a computer that suits your needs. what you want to do with your computer determines how high GB you need.
• Hard Drives and Solid-State Drives (SSD) - Computer data storage. Traditionally, when you purchase a laptop, it comes with a hard drive that stores your data. However, one of the single most significant improvements you can make to the performance of your computer is to replace a conventional hard disk drive with one of the new solid-state drives from Intel.
Traditional hard drives have mechanical parts and a spinning platter that takes longer to access data and make you vulnerable to a hard disk crash. Solid-State Drives (SSDs) have no moving parts, so are more rugged, consume less power and can improve your overall system responsiveness by upto 56 percent. a laptop with an SSD will boot up faster and open files quicker than a laptop with a conventional hard drive.
• Weight- How much laptop can you carry? Standard laptops weigh about five to seven pounds. Some laptops designed of r gaming can weigh up to 15 pounds.
Weight is determined by a number of factors: screen size, power, keyboard and more. if you’re willing to spend a little extra money, you can get a full functioning laptop that is ultra slim and in turn, ultra light. To go down in weight without going up in cost, you can still get a laptop in a smaller size, but you may have skimp on few features. what is most important to you? Functionality? Gaming? Light Weight? Price?
• Screen Size- The laptop screen measured in inches. Laptop screens usually range from 12 to 20 inches, measured diagonally from one corner to other. Screen size usually comes down to personal preference.
Some people prefer to watch movies and play games on larger screens. Larger screens also usually have higher screen resolutions, making images appear clearer. However, larger screens also take up more space, weigh more and can decrease the computer’s battery life.
• Keyboard and mouse – Attached to the laptop’s keyboard is usually a variation of a “mouse” called a track pad or a pointing stick (some laptops have both).
Before you buy a laptop, try out whichever mouse replacement the computer comes with and make sure it’s something that is going to be comfortable for you to work with. if not, you can always purchase a wired or wireless external mouse that will work with the laptop. the size of the keyboard will depend on the size of the laptop. again the perfect size usually comes down to personal preference so its god to try typing on the keyboard before you purchase the computer.
If you can’t live with a small keyboard there is also the option to purchase an external keyboard that you can use for your laptop.
Published in @Internet Magazine, September 2011