Posts Tagged ‘HD’
AMD Readies the Southern Islands GPUs
Last Updated on Friday, 6 January 2012 04:23 Written by Nick McD Friday, 6 January 2012 07:00
After its time in the sun, the AMD Radeon HD 6000 series is being quietly put to bed. Paper-launched last month, the HD 7970 has been released to card manufacturers, and won’t officially hit the market until January 9th, but of course AMD couldn’t hang on to it and their own reference cards have been circulating the tech sites for the last couple weeks. And this one doesn’t seem to be quite the winner the last generation was… or is it?
The 7970 is approximately 22% faster than the last generation’s 6970, but the 6970 held nearly 40% over the 5970, and this has a lot of head-shakers calling AMD lazy. Despite the fact that the 7970-based cards will be the fastest single processor graphics cards on the market at launch. But it seems AMD may have had a reason for not bumping the performance up a bit. More after the break… Read more: AMD Readies the Southern Islands GPUs
Netflix Suffering From Qwikster Madness, But Still On the Go
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 03:13 Written by Nick McD Wednesday, 26 October 2011 07:00
Netflix is one of those rarities, a tech company growing so fast that the people behind it all have no clue what they are doing. With the rate hike, and the announcement that the disc rental service that started Netflix would be spun off from the streaming service as a new company called Qwikster (and the quick reversal and apology when they realized that customers were pissed), they knew that there were going to be losses of customers, especially considering Dish Network‘s new Blockbuster service and others were stepping into the market.
Netflix’s Q3 losses turned out to be worse than expected, with nearly 800,000 customers quitting the services, yet things aren’t bleak yet as nearly 21.5 million of us (me included) have remained behind as subscribers. Netflix is expanding service in Canada, expects a Q1 2012 launch in the UK and the Irish Republic, and intends to offer iOS and XBox streaming for Latin America as well, so don’t count them out. Even I understand a rate hike (which I actually didn’t get as I was on the beta rate scale from start-up), as you won’t run a successful business if you don’t make money. And given the fact that Netflix seems to be running somewhere in my house, whether on the big screen, PCs, laptops, or phones almost 24-hours a day, I think I’m still getting a lot more than my money’s worth. Read more: Netflix Suffering From Qwikster Madness, But Still On the Go
Microsoft Waves “Bye-Bye” to the Zune, How We Knew Thee……
Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 12:26 Written by PieceOfSith Friday, 18 March 2011 07:00
Microsoft vs. Apple, the battle has been going on since the early 80’s and is still going strong today. Since the 80’s and 90’s, Microsoft and their Windows OS was the system of choice and you saw very few users on the Apple side. It is amazing what can happen in just a few years, since around 2001, Apple has regrouped and has now become the “cool” OS and their products and devices fly off the shelves. This includes their desktop and laptop computers, flat panel screens, and of course, media devices including what started it all off, the iPod.
Over the years, the iPod has gone through technological evolution, making it more affordable and favorable to consumers. So what is Microsoft’s answer to this growing phenomenon? It was the Zune, a device similar to the iPod to hold all of your songs and photos/videos on one device. There is a very strong loyal Zune fan base out there, but unfortunately it isn’t quite enough. Due to lack of consumer loyalty, Microsoft has decided to discontinue the Zune, effective sometime this year. Read more for full story… Read more: Microsoft Waves “Bye-Bye” to the Zune, How We Knew Thee……
Bored Of LTE Already? Start Looking At LTE-Advanced
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 11:03 Written by Adam Warren Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:00
Very few people have actually gotten to use the new “lightning fast” LTE, but there is already a new and faster version of LTE being worked on, LTE-Advanced. A few guys from Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute have been working on this new type of internet. With LTE-Advanced it is possible to have 600Mbps, that’s 6 times faster than current LTE and 40 times faster than 3G. You’re able to download a full 700MB in 9.3 seconds and even stream a full 3D HD video without having to stop and buffer. This was all made possible inside a modified RV/van these guys designed, talk about the ultimate geek cave? Any feelings on this?