AMD shows some love for Flash Player 10.1

Starting with Radeon HD 3000 IGP. In order not to give Nvidia too much breathing room, AMD has announced that the new Flash Player 10.1 beta will make use of ATI Stream technology for some neat hardware acceleration.

Hardware acceleration for Flash Player 10.1 beta will include both notebook and desktop platforms which run on Radeon HD 4000, 5700 and 5800 series graphics cards, Mobility Radeon HD 4000 and HD 3000 IGP, as well as bunch of FirePro cards starting from V3750 to V8750 and higher.

Geforce GT 240 launch price is $99

We finally managed to get some finalized specification of Geforce GT 240 card and we can even share some performance estimates.

As far as we know, the card launches tomorrow, November 17 and the 40nm GPU will work at 550MHz. The shader clock is set to 1360MHz and the chip has 96 shader units.

The memory of choice is GDDR3 at 2000MHz or GDDR5 at 3400MHz and the card will come with either 512MB or 1024MB. The emory interface is 128-bit wide and the card will sit between Geforce GT 220 and Geforce 9800GT in terms performance.

Radeon HD 5970 dual-GPU launches Nov. 18th

ATI / AMD has finalized the Radeon HD 5970 spec. First and foremost, the card is scheduled to launch on the 18th, or this coming Wednesday and it will without a doubt be the fastest card for this Christmas.

It has two RV870 GPUs clocked at 725MHz, which is some 125MHz less than on the single GPU Radeon HD 5870, but both chips have kept 1600 shaders. This means that Radeon HD 5970 has 3200 shaders and comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory.

Maximum Board Power is 294W and the total GPU compute performance for the card is 4.64 TFLOPs.

PC version of COD MW2 has hacks

So much for IWNet curbing cheating. One of the main excuses that developer Infinity Ward used to explain the lack of dedicated server support for the PC release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was that it would be able to curb the hacks and cheating with the new system. It would appear that although it was only released a couple of days ago, the first batch of hacks and cheats are already hitting the PC version of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Microsoft pulls the plug on a million Xbox Live users

Microsoft has banned more than a million players from its 20 million-strong Xbox Live gaming service. The move, which effects one in every 20 Windows Live users, comes about because Redmond is convinced the users have modified their consoles to play games illegally downloaded from file-sharing sites. In a statement Microsoft said that all consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use.

No bugs in Windows 7

While other operating systems in Microsoft's stable were given security patches yesterday there was one important one that was considered still fine to run. Most people expected a few things to be found wrong with the newly released Windows 7, however there were no patches for the operating system.

Steam users lose out on Modern Warfare 2

Those people who pre-ordered a copy of Modern Warfare 2 through Steam, will be miffed that they will have to wait a few days.

Yep while the game hit the shops unofficially several days ago, Steam which should have been able to release it straight away still hasn't. Valve has delayed the availability of the online-bought Steam version until tomorrow despite the fact that the retail versions available yesterday.

HIS working on new Radeon HD 5750

HIS has revealed its new custom designed Radeon HD 5750 card that will feature stock clocks and Arctic Cooling's L2 Pro dual slot cooler previously seen on some HD 4850 cards like the recently tested Mushkin, or Sapphire's HD 4670.

The new HIS HD 5750 iCooler IV features a non-reference blue PCB, 720 stream processors and stock core and memory clocks of 700 for the GPU and 4600MHz for 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

Denser battery to be built

Arizona State University's spin off outfit Fluidic Energy plans to build a new battery with an energy density 11 times greater than that of lithium-ion batteries for just one-third the cost.

Fluidic Energy uses ionic liquids as its electrolyte, which could help it overcome some significant problems faced by previous metal-air batteries. Currently metal-air batteries have usually used water-based electrolytes, but due to water evaporation, the batteries tended to fail prematurely.

Windows 7 outsells Vista by 234% in the US

While any user who's had "the pleasure" of running Vista knows this from personal experience, NPD's statistics now shed some light on just how bad the market needed Windows 7.

The NPD Group reports the initial Windows 7 (boxed) sales figures have exceeded those of Vista by impressive 234 percent in the US. Revenue growth on the other hand wasn't that great, although 82 percent better than Vista is still nice. Such revenue is reportedly a result of pre-order discounts and a "lack of promotional activity" for the Ultimate version.

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