Friday, February 28, 2014

Starting Back Up Again

After being off this blog for a while, I have decided to start this back up again, so give it about a week for some blog posts to start showing up!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Homeless used as Hotspots at SXSW



During SXSW, a marketing firm known as BBH decided to give 13 homeless people T-shirts showing that they were 4G hotspots and gave them 4G hotspot devices. 

The catch though, the 4G hot spots werent free.  You had to pay, via paypal to use the hotspot and you deisgnate which homeless person you wanted to connect to to pay them for it.  BBh says that any and all proceeds made for the hotspot usage will be paid out to the person that the money was paid to when someone connected to the hotspot and paid for it.  They even wore shirts that had their name(the homeless persons name) on it, and instructions on how to connect to their hotspot.

There is alot of backlash about it by almost everyone that was there.  People saying/tweeting how inhumane it is, how wrong it is to be doing that to homeless people.  I look at it this way.  They are down on bad times, and no one put a hotspot transmitter to their head forcing them to wear a shirt with their name on it so they knew who they are and how to connect to them.  They might have just approached them with the offer, and they accepted.  They are living out on the streets, no home, no income, so ofcourse, if someone apporoaches them and offers them a chance to make some money to go buy a hot meal, go get some clothes, they are going to take it.

From the pictures I have seen, the homeless didnt seem too, unhappy that they were just carrying around a 4G hotspot, wearing a shirt, and making money.  Put yourself in their situation, if you were homless and had no money, would you say no to a chance to make some money?  They (BBH), even went through the Austin homeless advocacy group named "Front Steps" to meet with the participants and get it organised. I think it would only be exploiting them if they forced them into doing it.  This also gives the homeless people a chance to be in the spotlight, let people see their stories, talk to them, learn the situations and the hardships they have to go through.

All in all, as some people bash this idea, I think it was a interesting idea, aslong as BBH holds up their end and the homeless get the money that is owed to them.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Unreal Engine 3 in a Flash Enviroment

Epic Games probably just changed flash gaming. The Unreal Engine 3 is now usable in Adobe Flash. I have spent a little bit of time with it and all I have to say is it looks GREAT. It runs smooth and the possibilites with this engine in a flash enviroment is endless. MMOs through flash, FPS games, and more are now more possible then ever with this engine if used right.

Want to check it out for yourself? Well, to do that, you will need to download Adobe Flash 11.2 from Adobe labs or you cvan follow this link to get it. Once you have it installed for the browser of your choice, you can then follow this link and enjoy "Epic Citadel" in your browser!

iPad HD is now the... iPad...

So now apple has decided to rename the next generation iPad, iPad.  Why? I have no idea, because now it is the name of the first iPad.  I actually prefer iPad 3 myself ince it is the next line of iPads, but apple has made up their mind and the new iPad will be rolling out soon I believe.

Keep checking back here incase apple decides to change the name, again.

(iPad 3 and iPad HD were all most likely rumored names, but they had to come out somewhere, so maybe apple really had those names in mind for it but just couldnt decide?)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

iPad 3 is now the... iPad HD



That is right. Apple has changed the name of their new tablet from, what everyone thought was going to be iPad 3 (Only makes logical sense) to... iPad HD. It is still the same iPad the iPad 3 was going to be, but just a name change.

Some of the specs for the iPad HD is a higher resolution screen (2048 x 1536), more ram, a faster CPU and a faster GPU to handle all that HD goodness expected to come from this iPad. It is also said you will be able to wirelessly ransmit video from the iPad to a display/tv, have an SD card slot, and have 4G LTE (on Verizon and AT&T as of now) versions, along with a 3G and wifi version.

Why are they changing the name? I have no idea really, aside from it having an HD display. Atleast they didnt name it iPad 2s... I think the name shoulda been stuck to iPad 3, but what can you do.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Microsoft OneNote for Android, iOS



Microsoft released OneNote for Android and iOS Devices (iPad/iPhone 4/iPod Touch) today.  It is a free download through the Android Market and below you will be able to read up on its features.

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On your PC, phone, or the web, OneNote goes everywhere
Microsoft OneNote Mobile for Android is a note-taking app for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.
Create notes with text, pictures, and bullets. Make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes. Then keep your notes in sync using free Microsoft SkyDrive® online storage to access, edit and manage them from virtually anywhere, from your PC or almost any web browser. Access your notes online at www.skydrive.com.
**** With the free version of OneNote Mobile for Android you can access, create and edit up to 500 notes. Once you reach this limit you can still view, delete, and sync your notes. To continue taking and editing notes, you can upgrade OneNote Mobile for Android to unlimited use through an in-app purchase.****

Requirements:
▪ Must have Android 2.3 or higher.
▪ A free Windows Live ID is required to use OneNote Mobile for Android - use an existing ID or let OneNote help you sign up.
▪ Web functionality uses the free OneNote Web App available on SkyDrive, which requires a supported web browser.
▪ OneNote Mobile for Android opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App.

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To download the app follow THIS link to the app on the Android Market and get it for iOS devices through the iTunes App Store!

(Check back later for my thoughts on this new app from Microsoft.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

nVidia Releases 295.73 WHQL Drivers



Today, nVidia released the 295.73 drivers for their videocards.  With this new driver, Skyrim is getting up to a 45% boost in performance, along with ambient occlusion added to the effects in-game. Below is the release higlights for the driver and you can get the driver for yourself by following this link.

Release notes are HERE.

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 RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS :
This is the first WHQL-certified driver from the R295 family of drivers. It is the recommended upgrade for all NVIDIA notebook users, especially those playing the latest hot PC games like Battlefield 3, Diablo III, Mass Effect 3, or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These drivers come packed with GeForce-exclusive performance and quality enhancements and are now Microsoft WHQL-certified. Read the full GeForce 295.73 driver article on GeForce.com.

Product Support
This driver supports the following NVIDIA notebook GPUs (please refer to the Products Supported tab for exceptions):

  • ION notebook GPUs.
  • GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, 200M, 300M, 400M, and 500M-series notebook GPUs.
  • Quadro 5010M, 5000M, 4000M 3000M, 2000M and 1000M notebook GPUs.
  • Quadro NVS-series notebook GPUs (only those that support DirectX 10 or higher).
  • Quadro FX-series notebook GPUs (only those that support DirectX 10 or higher).
  • NVS-series notebook GPUs (only those that support DirectX 10 or higher).

R295 Highlight Summary
New features and performance since last WHQL-certified driver

  • Game-changing performance boost of up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, “the fastest selling title in Steam’s history”
  • Up to 2x performance Mass Effect 3 with SLI technology.
  • GeForce-exclusive quality enhancements with ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Diablo III, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • New 3D Vision and SLI profiles for over 50 titles.
  • New PhysX software for the best experience in top PhysX titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Batman: Arkham City.

R295 Highlight Details

Performance

  • Increases performance by up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (measured with GeForce GTX 560 at 1080p Ultra settings in indoor scenes vs. 285.62).
  • Updates the NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to a higher performance profile.
  • Boosts Mass Effect 3 SLI performance to up to 2x.

Ambient Occlusion


NVIDIA SLI

  • Adds or updates SLI profiles for:

    • Mass Effect 3
    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
    • The Darkness II
    • F1 2011
    • Oil Rush
    • Red Faction: Armageddon
    • 7554
    • Trine 2
    • WRC 2: FIA World Rally Championship 2011
    • Afterfall: InSanity.
    • ArcheAge
    • Core Blaze

NVIDIA 3D Vision

  • Adds support for 3D Vision windowed mode on DLP HDTVs and on Optimized for GeForce passive 3D monitors.
  • Added new 3D Vision laser sight /crosshair options to better match Skyrim crosshairs.
  • Adds or updates 3D Vision profiles for:
    • The Adventures of Tintin – rated Good
    • Afterfall: Insanity – rated Fair
    • ANNO 2070 - rated Not Recommended
    • Apache: Air Assault – rated Fair
    • Black Prophecy – rated Not Recommended
    • Chaos Online – rated Fair
    • Choplifter HD - rated Good
    • Cities XL 2012 - rated Good
    • Da Vinci Online – rated Fair
    • Dino D-Day - rated Good
    • DotA 2 – rating upgraded to Fair
    • Dungeon and Dragons: Daggerdale – rated Fair
    • Edge - rated Excellent
    • Ferrari Project – rated Not Recommended
    • The First Templar – rated Fair
    • Fractal – rated Excellent
    • FreeStyle 2 – rated Good
    • The Haunted Halls Reach – rated Excellent
    • Insane 2 - rated Excellent
    • King Arthur II – rated Not Recommended
    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – rated Fair
    • Kong Fu Ying Xiong – rated Fair
    • Love Beat – rated Good
    • Marvel Super Hero Squad Online – rated Good
    • Microsoft Flight – rated Fair
    • Perpetuum – rated Fair
    • Post Apocalyptic Mayhem – rated Fair
    • Prototype 2 – rated Fair
    • Q.U.B.E. – rated Excellent
    • Quan Qiu Shi Ming – rated Excellent
    • Red Bull X-Fighters - rated Excellent
    • rFactor 2 (mod mode) – rated Good and updated convergence
    • Risen 2: Dark Waters - rated Fair
    • Saints Row: The Third – Rated Not Recommended
    • Shadow Company: Left for Dead – rated Not Recommended
    • Special Force – Rated Good
    • Tera – rated Good
    • Top Gun: Hard Lock – rated Not Recommended
    • Tropico 4 – rated Good
    • Worms Blast – rated Good
  • If you are using 3D Vision with the 3D Vision USB emitter, please read this FAQ for more details on installation.

NVIDIA PhysX


HD Audio

  • Updates HD Audio to version 1.3.12.0.

Battlefield 3

  • Fixes instances of texture corruption/artifacts in Battlefield 3 when memory constrained (typically 1GB or less graphics cards running Ultra settings and high resolutions).

Other Details

  • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL.



Supported Products

GeForce 500M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce GTX 580M, GeForce GTX 570M, GeForce GTX 560M, GeForce GT 555M, GeForce GT 550M, GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 525M, GeForce GT 520M, GeForce GT 520MX

GeForce 400M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce GTX 485M, GeForce GTX 480M, GeForce GTX 470M, GeForce GTX 460M, GeForce GT 445M, GeForce GT 435M, GeForce GT 425M, GeForce GT 420M, GeForce GT 415M, GeForce 410M

GeForce 300M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce GTS 360M, GeForce GTS 350M, GeForce GT 335M, GeForce GT 330M, GeForce GT 325M, GeForce GT 320M, GeForce 320M, GeForce 315M, GeForce 310M, GeForce 305M

GeForce 200M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce GTX 285M, GeForce GTX 280M, GeForce GTX 260M, GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, GeForce GT 220M, GeForce G210M

GeForce 100M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce GTS 160M, GeForce GT 130M, GeForce GT 120M, GeForce G 110M, GeForce G 105M, GeForce G 103M, GeForce G 102M

GeForce 9M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce 9800M GTX, GeForce 9800M GTS, GeForce 9800M GT, GeForce 9800M GS, GeForce 9700M GTS, GeForce 9700M GT, GeForce 9650M GT, GeForce 9650M GS, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 9600M GS, GeForce 9500M GS, GeForce 9500M G, GeForce 9400M G, GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9300M GS, GeForce 9300M G, GeForce 9200M GS, GeForce 9100M G

GeForce 8M Series (Notebooks)
GeForce 8800M GTX, GeForce 8800M GTS, GeForce 8800M GS, GeForce 8700M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce 8600M GS, GeForce 8400M GT, GeForce 8400M GS, GeForce 8400M G, GeForce 8200M G, GeForce 8200M