Oh, Yes: The Next 3DMark For Gamers Is Coming To PCs

Oh sweet merciful Skyrim.

The next 3DMark will be releasing soon, built to truly test the awesomeness of your so-called “PC gaming rig”. It will be built around Windows 8 (!) and will be useful i just about any device that supports and that uses Windows 8 (like a tablet to a laptop, for example). As the CEO of Futuremark said, “With Windows 8 gamers will be able to enjoy their games on a wide range of devices from lightweight tablets to heavy-duty desktop rigs. Faced with so much choice it will be hard to work out which devices offer the best value for the money. Fortunately 3DMark for Windows 8 will be our most wide-reaching 3DMark ever, able to accurately measure and compare gaming performance across all devices and graphical feature sets available with Windows 8.”

The new benchmarking software will use real-time analysis to test systems, will work in both Metro and traditional Windows UIs, and will be released sometime in 2012.

Intel Core i7-3960X Is An Extreme Edition, Starts Popping Up In Desktops, Is $990

For the first time, a 2nd-gen Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor has an Extreme Edition. The specs include a six-core, 12-thread processing beast that breathes 3.3GHz of computational firecrackers. It supports four channels of DDR3 memory, has 15MB of L3 cache, and goes up to 3.9GHz using Turbo Boost (Intel’s automatic overclocking). The drawbacks include the need of a new socket, the LGA-2011, and a bulk price of $990 that will be well above $1,000 at retail, and a pretty large 130W TDP. In fact, it’s already appearing in Maingear desktops.

Too expensive of a proposition? Then there is the Core i7-3930K,  on a 3.2GHz base clock speed, 3.8GHz Turbo, the same six cores of the latter, but only 12MB of L3 cache. It should retail for $555 when it releases. Via: ZDNet

iPhone 4S Now Available In Unlocked Versions, Starting At $649

It’s now a possibility for someone living in the US of A to snatch a iPhone 4S without a contract. For $649, a 16GB model, 32GB model for $749 and a 64GB variant for $849. Just for your information, this unlcoked iPhone 4S allows you to use any micro SIM from almost any GSM carrier worldwide, but not on CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint. Both the black and white versions are up for order, as well. Check out the link below to say goodbye to your cash. Via: Apple

iOS 5.0.1 Released Via OTA: Fixes Battery Life Issues And Bug Fixes

Want to get the new iOS 5.0.1? Just use the over-the-air function, this being the first time that the general public has had access to an iOS 5 update, over-the-air. Now all of your battery life woes will be addressed, alog with several other bug fixes. What are you waiting for? Get it!

iOS 5.0.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Adobe Flash For Mobile Devices: It’s Dead

It is dead. Adobe has officially abandoned Flash for mobile devices, including Android. According to Adobe, they are going to “aggressively contribute” to HTML5, a platform with much broader support and more capabilities than Flash (in any version) was ever able to deliver, anywhere. As for AIR, they will continue to work on that for mobile devices as well. So I guess HTML 5 is winning this battle, eh? However, it has not yet won the war.

Via: Adobe

Meet The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime: A Quad-Core Tegra 3 Device

This is a supercomputer tablet with a quad-core processor, made by NVIDIA called the Tegra 3. It has a 10.1-inch Super IPS Gorilla Glass display (and a brightness of 600 nits), 8.3mm-thick body, mini-HDMI output, microSD slot and an update to Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year, if not sooner, when it debuts in December of this year. It will cost $499 with a beefy 32GB of storage, moving up to $599 for a 64GB model. The keyboard dock you see up there will cost $149, separately. There’s also 1GB of RAM, GPS, a gyroscope, SonicMaster audio and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera (an 8 megapixels CMOS sensor is on the back with 1080p HD video recording). And as for battery life, ASUS claims it is 12 hours thanks to a 22Wh battery included with the tablet (huzzah!). See press release after the break.

NVIDIA Launches The Tegra 3, And States It’s A ‘PC-Class CPU’

The Tegra 3 is official. A quad-core CPU for Android devices, it has more than doubled the detail in existing Tegra devices in terms of computational ratios, and as for GPU performance, well, it’s out of this world. Smartphone versions of the Tegra 3 will be unveiled next year, and deployment of devices with this technology will also occur next year. All of NVIDIA’s long posts on the Tegra 3 are available, at this source link.

Via: NVIDIA Blog