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15% off all Antec Products for Students & Teachers

Whether attending online classes, pulling all-nighters, procrastinating by playing MMORPG games, or catching up with friends on Facebook, today’s students and educators are spending increasingly more time connected to technology. Antec believes all educators and students work hard, so they deserve a reliable computer to keep up with their demands. Starting November 2nd, Antec would like to relieve a bit of stress by offering students and educators a discount of 15% off all products ordered through the Antec online store.

Geforce 195.39 beta released, supports OpenCL 1.0

Nvidia recently released its first desktop drivers to support the OpenCL standard, beginning with Geforce 195.39 beta. These drivers are dated October 27, 2009 and feature improved SLI and multi-GPU support for several recent popular titles and include over 200 various bug fixes.

In particular, the drivers add support for the OpenCL 1.0 specification on all Geforce 8-series or later GPUs supporting CUDA. The drivers also add support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0, which will be made available to developers sometime within the next few weeks.

AMD believes Nvidia is no longer focusing on gaming

In a chat with Hexus, AMD's Senior Manager of Developer Relations, Richard Huddy said that Nvidia is apparently abandoning the gaming market to some extent.

Huddy compared Nvidia's and AMD's strategy, saying: "it appears NVIDIA is in a kind of sneering mode towards game players at the moment," adding that it was possible to diversify without abandoning gaming. He went on to say that gamers are good people and "well rounded individuals." We're not sure whether he was referring to their physique or character.

Unidentified bug causes massive CPU spike on 27-inch iMacs

Owners of the recently introduced 27-inch iMac have encountered an unidentified bug that reportedly causes massive spikes in CPU usage.

"I just upgraded my 24-inch iMac to the new 27-inch iMacs that just came out. Well, now EVERY Flash-based site like YouTube or Hulu runs unbelievably slow," a user named Subcide wrote on the Apple forum. "Looking at activity monitor, Flash is hitting about 100-110 percent of my CPU. It basically makes the browser unresponsive and the video is choppy."

Forum participant PenSilveltMEKY reported similar performance issues.

Fermi GF100 to launch by early December

Fermi, Nvidia's GF100 40nm DirectX 11 chip is selling great even though Nvidia still has to officially launch it. Sources confirmed that Nvidia is taking pre-orders like there is no tomorrow, but at this time Nvidia offers no guarantees when the chip will hit the market. Everyone expects shortages due to heavy demand from day one.

The original schedule of late November might skip in the first week(s) of December, but from what we learned over the last few days, it was always late November to first days of December.

HD 5970 dual RV870 to come this month

AMD partners are working on a dual-core R800 card, codenamed Cypress and from what we learned, the card should launch in late November. Samples are in the works and cards are in development and the Radeon 5970 should be the brand for the top card, but since we are not aware of any boxes with this brand, this can easily change.

Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthrough

Xerox on Tuesday announced a new silver ink (among other things) that it's calling, and apparently is, a breakthrough in printable electronics, a leading edge concept that's generated a lot of discussion but few actual products to date, largely because of the issues that Xerox's new technology addresses.

Intel Claims Memory Research Milestone

Intel (NSDQ: INTC) and Numonyx say they have achieved a research milestone in computer memory that could one day lead to a less expensive and higher-performing alternative to the technology used today. The accomplishment stems from the work the two companies have been doing together on a type of non-volatile memory called phase-change memory, or PCM. The research partners say they have successfully stacked multiple layers of PCM arrays within a single 64 Mb die.

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!

On October 29, 1969, the Internet came in not with a bang, but with a "lo." Letter by letter, UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from his school's host computer to another computer at Stanford Research Institute. Kleinrock was trying to write "login," starting up a remote time-sharing system, but the system crashed after two letters, and lo! The Internet was born with the first data message sent between two networked computers...

Hemlock is here: ATI Radeon HD 5970

The most powerful graphics card in the world is coming to our stores. Some reviewers already have the card in their mašinách, but traditionally about it can not yet say that's that. We will first bring the world at least the first image of a presentation of AMD, where you can see the new official version of the cooler. If you are interested in the expected output, then as yet unofficial frequency (GPU 725MHz, 1GHz GDDR5) that looks at 1.6x ATI Radeon HD 5870th. We need to take into account the drivers and scaling "Crossfire.

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