IBM’s 4.7GHz CPU

ibm.jpgIBM recently unveiled a new dual-core processor that can hit 4.7GHz without sucking up so much power. The new processor, dubbed the Power6, was described as being fast enough to “download the entire iTunes catalog” in a single minute. The CPU, however, will be used mainly for high-end servers.

Source: Gizmodo

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xplorer²

x2.pngxplorer² is a greatly enhanced version of Microsoft’s Windows Explorer. It’s a tabbed, dual-paned file manager that outclasses the Windows version in all ways. You can download the free version or buy the Pro version for 29.95$ here. Before using it, I recommend you take a quick tour here.

Source: BARRY’S BEST BLOG

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Firefox Tips

ff2.pngHere’s yet another list of Firefox tips to help you save time and get things done a lot faster.
Enjoy!

  1. To quickly find any word in a web page type /word it will highlight the word and press Ctrl+G to find that word again.
  2. If you wish to remove an item from your Address Bar drop down menu, highlight it without clicking and use Shift+Delete.
  3. Clear your Download history to make the download manager more responsive (Tools -> Options -> Privacy).
  4. Type about:cache?device=disk in your address bar to view/save items that you have in your Firefox disk cache.
  5. Type about:cache?device=memory in your address bar to view/save items that you have in your Firefox memory cache.
  6. Drag any link to the Download Manager Window to add and download the link.
  7. If you accidentally delete a bookmark and want to recover it, open the “Bookmarks Manager” and use Ctrl+Z, or Edit -> Undo.
  8. Double clicking empty space on the Tab Bar will open a new tab.
  9. Holding down the Ctrl key when you right click to “View Image” or “View Background Image” will open the image in a new tab or new window.
  10. A bookmark in the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder can also be dragged & dropped in order to change its position but you must hold down the Shift key while dragging.
  11. To prevent a website from replacing/changing your rightclick context menu go to Tools > Options > Web Features then click Advanced and deselect “Disable or replace context menus”.
  12. You can work offline in Firefox just go to File -> Work Offline. This means that you can browse your previously visited pages even when you’re offline.
  13. You can bookmark the current page by dragging the icon from the location bar to your Bookmarks folder. You can also drag it to the desktop to make an icon for that page.
  14. To stop animated gifs from moving, press Esc.

Source: CyberCapital

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E3 Schedule

e3.jpgE3 will be held this year from July 11th to the 13th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

For those of you interested, here’s the schedule:

7/10/07:

* 8:30pm – Microsoft Press Conference

7/11/07:

* 9:00am – Nintendo Press Conference
* 9:00am-5:30pm – Meeting suites open at the Fairmont Hotel
* 11:30am – Sony Press Conference
* 1:00-6:30pm – Barker Hanger open to view games
* 2:00pm – Electronic Arts conference
* 3:15pm – Activision conference
* 4:30pm – Midway conference
* 5:45pm – Konami conference

7/12/07:

* 8:00am – Take-Two conference
* 9:00am-5:30pm – Meeting suites open at the Fairmont Hotel
* 9:15am – THQ conference
* 10:30am – Ubisoft conference
* 1:00-6:30pm – Barker Hanger open to view games
* 1:00pm – Namco Bandai conference
* 3:30pm – Disney Interactive conference

7/13/07:

* 9:00am-3:30pm – Meeting suites open at the Fairmont Hotel
* 11:00am-3:30pm – Barker Hanger open to view games

On the hangar floor, booths will be set up for over 30 companies. Some notables who won’t have formal conferences include Capcom, Square-Enix, and SEGA, among others.

Source: GameWad

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AMD Phenom

amdp.PNGUntil now it’s been called Barcelona or Agena, but AMD have finally announced the official name of their latest processor: Phenom. AMD hasn’t updated us on other details for Phenom; either AMD is doing its best to hide a rough ramp of Phenom or it’s sitting on a very powerful weapon to combat Intel with, and we can’t get any indication of which it is. The core is an evolution of the current K8 architecture, with a lot of attention placed on SSE performance and other general IPC enhancements. Phenom will also be the first monolithic quad-core x86 processor to hit the market.

Source: AnandTech

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StarCraft 2

sc2.png“We’re pleased to announce our latest project: StarCraft II! The epic interplanetary battle between the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg will take on new dimensions in this sequel to the classic real-time strategy original. With new units and functionality for each race, upgrades to several familiar units, and a powerful 3D engine that supports explosive fast-paced combat between massive armies, StarCraft II will be the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game.

Highlights of StarCraft II include:

  • Tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game
  • New units and gameplay mechanics that further distinguish the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races
  • An all-new 3D engine that supports fast-paced play with realistic physics, massive units, and massive army sizes
  • A groundbreaking single-player campaign that continues the epic StarCraft story
  • A powerful map editor that puts the tools used by the game’s designers into the hands of players

We’ll be revealing much more information about our plans for StarCraft II in the months ahead, so please stay tuned to www.starcraft2.com for the latest updates.”

Check out the StarCraft 2 page for news, screenshots, artwork and trailers. From what I’ve seen, I really think SC2 will be a hugely successful game. I sincerely hope Blizzard doesn’t let us down, we’ve been waiting for this game for quite some time now. Let’s hope for the best!

Source: Blizzard

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Splinter Cell: Conviction

scc.pngUbisoft is proud to present the latest Splinter Cell in the series, Splinter Cell: Conviction. Ubisoft says “This is Splinter Cell as you’ve never seen it before.” The plot of the game has also been revealed:

“With a new role as fugitive rather than special operative, Sam Fisher will drop his black suit and gadgets in favor of a more civilian appearance. After all, Sam Fisher creeping through the center of Washington D.C. in a black bodysuit carrying a multipurpose gun wouldn’t exactly blend in as a fugitive would need to.”

The release date, however, is unknown. All we can do now is wait. Here are some screenshots of the game, as a trailer has yet to be released.

Source: Ubisoft

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Windows Server 2008

ws2008.jpg“Spend less time on day-to-day tasks, and more time adding value to your business with this next-generation server operating system.” This is the headline for Microsoft’s latest Windows Server. Formerly code-named “Longhorn”, Windows Server 2008 has made its appearance and is currently in a BETA stage. Microsoft says it helps you increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure while saving time and reducing costs. Another thing they’re bragging about is the new management tools and security enhancements. Here are some of Windows Serves 2008’s highlights:

• Increase Control and Manageability

Windows Server 2008 allows you to get more control over your server and network infrastructure, allowing you to focus on your most critical business needs.

Server Manager accelerates server setup and configuration, and simplifies ongoing management of server roles via a unified management console.

Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell with more than 130 tools and an integrated scripting language that enables an administrator to automate routine system administration tasks, especially across multiple servers.

Server Core is a new installation option for selected roles that includes only the necessary components and subsystems without a graphical user interface, to provide a highly available server that requires fewer updates and less servicing.
• Flexibility for Changing Business Needs

Windows Server 2008 provides you with the flexibility to create an agile and dynamic datacenter to meet your changing business needs.

Terminal Services Gateway and Terminal Services RemoteApp are designed for easy remote access and application integration with the local desktop, enabling secure and seamless application deployment without the need for a VPN.

Internet Information Server (IIS) 7 and .NET Framework 3.0 provide a comprehensive platform for building applications that connect users to each other and to their data, enabling them to visualize, share, and act on information.
• A Solid Foundation on Which to Build Your Business

Windows Server 2008 hardens the operating system and helps protect your environment to provide a solid foundation on which you can run and build your business.

Windows Server 2008 helps protect against failure and intrusion for servers, networks, data, and user accounts.

Network Access Protection gives you the power to isolate computers that don’t comply with your organization’s security policies, and provides network restriction, remediation, and ongoing compliance checking.

Active Directory Rights Management Services provides persistent protection for sensitive data; helps reduce risks and enables compliance; and provides a platform for comprehensive information protection.

Read-Only Domain Controller allows you to deploy Active Directory Domain Services while restricting replication of the full Active Directory database, to better protect against server theft or compromise.

Download BETA 3 here.

Source: Microsoft

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Google Buys FeedBurner for $100M

feedburner.jpgIt’s confirmed: Google is buying FeedBurner for 100 million dollars! What big G will do with this new super-acquisition we can only guess. New features for Google Reader are expected once the deal goes through.

FeedBurner was founded in 2003 and has raised just $10 million in capital over two rounds. Portage Ventures funded their $1 million Series A round in 2004. The $9 million Series B round was closed in mid 2005 (second close in 2006), from Mobius Venture Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Source: TechCrunch

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Need for Speed Revolution

1.pngOn the 21st of May, EA Games released a teaser of the next Need for Speed installment. The game is set to be released on the 31st of May and there have been absolutely no details revealed. The only things we do know are that the graphics engine is absolutely amazing and serious damage can be inflicted on cars, as seen in the teaser. On the official site there is a countdown to the 31st and on the left we see Need for Speed: Next written. Could that be the game’s name? Or could it be Pro Street or Legacy Beach, as some speculate? We’ll just have to wait and see. Click here to see the official site and download the teaser (or you can see it below).

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