Integrated physics processors graphics cardWe suspected this, but now it's clear that NVIDIA's end game when it picked up PhysX-maker AGEIA was to integrate physics processors into graphics cards. Right now, they're porting the PhysX engine over to run on GeForce 8s, and it'll be a simple software download, bringing some additional physics-crunching juice to current cards. The next step is a GPU with an onboard specialized physics processor.

For one, AGEIA's standalone PhysX cards haven't really broken into the mainstream computing. Throwing their chips onto NVIDIA's graphics cards would push adoption, and by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's reasoning,
encourage people to buy even better GPUs. It might—and probably will—encourage people to buy a second GPU for their SLI slot. And for the highest-end gamer, it will encourage them to buy three GPUs. Potentially two for graphics and one for physics, or one for graphics and two for physics.
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Lenovo X300 splayedYesterday, As we have shown you the brief of Lenovo X300 and assure you the full detail explanation of the same. So here it's is. The image contains the details with Hot DVD. Check it out.

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Kosslyn can Improve PowerPoint PresentationsHarvard cognitive scientist Stephen M. Kosslyn, who studies how brains process images, wants to improve the world with his cutting-edge research. And he's starting with four ways to make your PowerPoint presentations more human brain-compliant. This morning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston, Kosslyn spoke in a symposium devoted the visualization of data, explaining how breakthroughs in cognitive science have revealed the best way to present information in the PowerPoint format.

Jumping off from ideas he raises in his recent book, Clear and to the Point, Kosslyn explained that the four rules of PowerPoint are: The Goldilocks Rule, The Rudolph Rule, The Rule of Four, and the Birds of a Feather Rule. Here's how they work.

The Goldilocks Rule refers to presenting the "just right" amount of data. Never include more information than your audience needs in a visual image. As an example, Kosslyn showed two graphs of real estate prices over time. One included ten different numbers, one for each year. The other included two numbers: a peak price, and the current price. For the purposes of a presentation about today's prices relative to peak price, those numbers were the only ones necessary.

The Rudolph Rule refers to simple ways you can make information stand out and guide your audience to important details -- the way Rudolph the reindeer's red nose stood out from the other reindeers' and led them. If you're presenting a piece of relevant data in a list, why not make the data of interest a different color from the list? Or circle it in red? "The human brain is a difference detector," Kosslyn noted. The eye is immediately drawn to any object that looks different in an image, whether that's due to color, size, or separation from a group. He showed us a pizza with one piece pulled out slightly, noting that our eyes would immediately go to the piece that was pulled out (which was true). Even small differences guide your audience to what's important.

The Rule of Four is a simple but powerful tool that grows out of the fact that the brain can generally hold only four pieces of visual information simultaneously. So don't ever present your audience with more than four things at once. This is a really important piece of information for people who tend to pack their PowerPoint slides with dense reams of data. Never give more than four pieces of information at once. It's not that people can't think beyond four ideas -- it's that when we take in the visual information on a slide we start to get overwhelmed when we reach four items.

The Birds of a Feather Rule is another good rule for how to organize information when you want to show things in groups. "We think of things in groups when they look similar or in proximity to each other," Kosslyn pointed out. Translation into PowerPoint? If you want to indicate to your audience that five things belong in a group, make them similar by giving them the same color or shape. Or group them very close together. This sounds basic, but it often means taking your data apart and reorganizing it. Kosslyn's co-panelist, Stanford psychologist Barbara Tversky, explained that one of the fundamental principles of data visualization is, ironically, misrepresentation in order to get at the truth.

Even these goofy names for each rule of PowerPoint follow a principle from cognitive science: it's always easier to remember an unfamiliar idea if it's named after something familiar.

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Brawl snake slide Smash Bros. Dojo has gone into full spoiler mode. More than half of the week's updates focus on hidden characters, secret stages and unlockable goodies. Doesn't make much sense to read the Dojo Dump if you're not willing to have some of these potential surprises revealed ahead of time, does it? Therefore, if you're only only interested in reading about "Quick Techniques" like the Eating While Reclining skill seen above, you may not want to continue. All bets are off in this Dojo Dump!

Monday: A few moves not showcased in Brawl's manual are the Quick Techniques, reflex actions and special tactics that aren't for button mashers.
Tuesday: Warning! Secret Stage approaching! This time, it's the classic Mario Bros. level, full of things to knock your noggin on.
Wednesday: For the stage builder types, Hidden Parts will probably get your blood pumping. Finally,Yoshi's Special Moves are chronicled. Not sure how disturbed I should be by that tongue attack on Samus and Zelda.
Thursday: Another super duper top secret stage! This time it's Sonic's gorgeous Green Hill Zone. It even features guest appearances from some of his shitty friends! Yay!
Friday: You should've seen this unlockable character coming a mile away. It's Luigi!

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Laptop bed standDIY web site Instructables steps through how to build a laptop stand for your supine computing needs for about $15. Once you've bought all the necessary materials, the actual stand won't take more than about 30 minutes to put together, and the end product is virtually the same as the $140 Laptop Laidback stand pictured here.

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Toshiba hd dvd case 2We're not exactly sure what's going on in Toshiba land, but shortly after not-exactly-believable whispers made the rounds of the firm suddenly deciding to try its hand at making a Blu-ray player, we're now seeing reports stating that it will pull the plug on its beloved format "in the coming weeks." Citing unnamed industry "sources," The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that the end may be nigh for the HD DVD format.

Jodi Sally, VP of marketing for Toshiba America Consumer Products, was quoted as saying that "given the market developments in the past month, Toshiba will continue to study the market impact and the value proposition for consumers, particularly in light of its recent price reductions on all HD DVD players."

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Xbox demoWhile Microsoft snagging Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi may not have set the Japanese market on fire, we're still interested to see the games that he's creating for the platform. Lost Odyssey is his studio Mistwalker's latest attempt to make the Xbox 360 an RPG system as classic as predecessors from Nintendo or Sony.

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It's also very, very pretty, with gorgeous cutscenes and in-game models, as well as rich environments and diverse level designs...The opening of the game is literally two hours of cutscenes mixed with a few instances of you making Kaim walk across a pretty environment.

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Combat in Lost Odyssey is about as traditional as you will find in a modern-day game. It is completely turn-based with a menu system that seems taken straight from 1998. Everything you would expect is included. You can attack, use an item, cast magic, or activate a skill. Weapons in Lost Odyssey are pretty boring as none hold any special properties whatsoever -- they are merely an Attack rating and nothing else. And the magic is the same thing you've experienced for the past 20 years.

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Lost Odyssey's excruciatingly, unbelievably, agonizingly slow. A random battle can take somewhere around five to 10 seconds just to get through the opening animation of the battle. This is compounded by Lost Odyssey's rather lengthy loading times, which occur quite often and last for what feels like an eternity. Between the loading times, the pointless camera panning and the incredibly time-consuming animations, combat slows to a crawl.

It's just a shame that the developer, Mistwalker, couldn't get beyond their own limitations. Much like SquareSoft before them, it's clear that they'd rather be making a movie. At heart, Lost Odyssey and the most recent Final Fantasy are interactive movies with character stat-building. Many things in the game are done purely for visual style and to passively push the plot.

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Street fighter iv AbelThe official Capcom blog pointed out earlier today that those earlier posted Famitsu pics of Street Fighter IV, well, they don't quite do the game justice. Nor does a Babelfish translation on details relevant to new fighter Abel. If you want a proper look at the new mixed martial arts star, check out the gallery below. The better news from the Capcom USA folks is that they'll be translating entries from the official Street Fighter IV development blog, currently only in Japanese.

Street fighter iv picsHere you go: "With no memory of his past, this young man has no choice but to move forward, using any clue he can get his hands on to rout out what may be left of Shadaloo. His fighting style represents a mix of multiple martial arts. Though he appears gruff and unfriendly on the surface, he is not the misanthrope he seems to be. His serious and polite nature is easy to misinterpret as indifference, but these still waters run deep indeed."

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Lenovo X300 photographs
Just in case Walt's teaser shot and pages upon pages of specifications weren't enough to satisfy your curiosity about the forthcoming X300, we've got a pretty good idea the photos waiting in the link below just might.

Sure enough, we've come across a number of crystal clear (gasp!) shots of the yet-to-be-released ultraportable, and while it's totally devoid of aluminum, we still maintain that it's undoubtedly sexy in its own way.

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Large brawling previewApparently, a Super Smash Bros. Brawl glitch has been discovered with Jigglypuff's final smash move.

Normally, Jigglypuff's final smash has him turn into a giant puff and push people off the stage, subsequently returning to normal size. Using the collapsed bridge, someone found a way to keep him permanently enlarged.

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Models picsTime writer Lisa Takeuchi Cullen thinks her publisher is obnoxiously proud of its Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which it slipped into everyone's office in the dead of night, and which contains, gasp, pictures of young women in various states of undress.

The women don't even look real, and the bikinis are of no interest to Cullen because she's pregnant, so Cullen shouldn't even have to be bothered to throw away what she accurately describes as "porn." But she'll happily cash her paychecks every few weeks, even though they come from the annoying porn; according to Time Inc. and Cullen's own blog post, the "Swimsuit Edition franchise... is the most profitable of any single magazine-branded franchise."

Basically, the Time writer doesn't want to have to come face to face with how her publisher makes its money. And who can blame her: if she took a hard look and started engaging that topic a bit more closely on her blog, there would be no office to come back to.

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New Android snapshotThe first iteration of Android wasn't the prettiest phone OS by a longshot. However, today's release of the refreshed Android SDK shows a UI that has more than a bit of polish. Good on smooth, animated transitions.

Some have speculated that's where most of the iPhone's charm comes from.

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Nintendo chart with big evolvedWe've seen charts like this before. You know, ones that show how Nintendo characters evolve. That doesn't mean we'll ever get tired of them. No way! Here was have a look at Mario, Link and Donkey Kong over the years. Do yourself a favor, ignore that some of them are out of order! It'll ruin the effect.

Full chart after the jump.
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Youtube video embedFirefox with Greasemonkey: The Videoembed Greasemonkey user script automatically embeds any video from YouTube, MySpace, MetaCafe, and more directly into a web page wherever videos are linked but not embedded.

If you stumble onto a bookmarked YouTube video on or a Google Video on Digg, for example, you'll no longer need to click through to watch the video. Handy! Videoembed is free, requires Firefox with Greasemonkey.

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Apple tv reviewEver since our Apple TV 1.0 review decided that Apple's thrust into the living room wasn't pantsworthy, we've been waiting for them to step up and make a revision that was. Apple TV 2.0 is their answer. (Let's stop calling it Take 2, please!) It's everything Apple TV should have been when it launched, complete with audio and video podcasts, Flickr and .Mac integration and—most importantly—movie rentals without a computer. At $229, it's an essential part of any iTunes user's living room arsenal.

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HDTV using Hot modelWe received many, many fine entries for our HDTV and Media Center contest, but sadly for all the contestants, there can only be one winner. This time that winner is James Cahoon, who sent in this lovely entry of his girlfriend posing seductively next to a fully-functional GE portable 8-track player.

Congratulations to James and his lovely girlfriend—you've now got yourselves a new HDTV and Media Center Extender.

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Haiku OS picsIf you haven't heard of Haiku by now, it's probably for good reason: as of a year ago, the OS could barely connect to the internet, and certainly wasn't anywhere close to replacing your Linux build of choice. Luckily the open source replacement for the gone-but-not-forgotten BeOS of yore is maturing nicely, and it just had a bit of a coming out party at the Southern California Linux Expo this last weekend. There are still plenty of glitches to iron out, with applications like Firefox crashing and glitching frequently, and a shortage of hardware support, but the core elements of BeOS are there and just as lovable as ever.

For instance, that few second start time never gets old, same for that 60MB disk image, and the most excellent processor utilization.

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All platforms: Mozilla has just published the latest iteration of Firefox 3, Beta 3. Intended for testers and early adopters who are willing to live on the edge, Firefox 3 has fewer memory issues than its predecessor, but most likely your most important extensions aren't yet compatible with it. Our previously posted Firefox 3 Beta 1 screenshot tour doesn't include Beta 3 changes, but this in-depth review of Beta 3 does show off Firefox 3's newest look, buttons, dialogs, and features.

Here's a summary of the improvements over Beta 2:
  • One-click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site and to check if your connection is protected from eavesdropping. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. When a site uses Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, the site favicon button will turn green and show the name of the company you're connected to.
  • Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware.
  • New Download Manager: the revised download manager makes it much easier to locate downloaded files, and you can see and search on the name of the website where a file came from. Your active downloads and time remaining are always shown in the status bar as your files download.
  • Podcasts and Videocasts can be associated with your media playback tools.
  • Integration with the Mac: the new Firefox theme makes toolbars, icons, and other user interface elements look like a native OS X application. Firefox also uses OS X widgets and spell-checker in web forms and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates.
  • Integration with Linux: Firefox's default icons, buttons, and menu styles now use the native GTK theme.
  • Star button: quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
  • Location bar & auto-complete: type in all or part of the title, tag or address of a page to see a list of matches from your history and bookmarks; a new display makes it easier to scan through the matching results and find that page you're looking for. New in Beta 3 is an improved search algorithm which calculates the recency and frequency of a visit to come up with a frecency score that is used to determine the most relevant results.
  • Download & Install Add-ons: the Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to download and install a Firefox customization from the thousands of Add-ons available from our community add-ons website. When you first open the Add-ons Manager, a list of recommended Add-ons is shown.
  • Speed: Major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) put foundations in place for major performance tuning which have resulted in speed increases that continue to increase page drawing speed in Beta 3. This release also features over 90 changes that improve performance over the previous beta.
  • Memory usage: Over 350 individual memory leaks have been plugged, and a new XPCOM cycle collector completely eliminates many more. Developers are continuing to work on optimizing memory use (by releasing cached objects more quickly) and reducing fragmentation. Beta 3 includes more than 50 improvements to memory use over the previous beta.
We would like the final release tomorrow, please. The Firefox 3 Beta 3 is a free download for all platforms.
Download Firefox 3 Beta 3 [Mozilla]
A Deep Look into Firefox 3 Beta 3 [Mozilla Links]
Firefox 3 Beta Release Notes [Mozilla]

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Tattoo demo to avoid cancer vaccineIf you've ever considered getting a tattoo, it's probably for aesthetic purposes. That's all well and good, but in the near future getting a tattoo might be the best way to deliver vaccines, so if you go in for a new ink job you could also protect yourself from any number of diseases, including some cancers.

Some vaccines, when injected traditionally, fail to produce the necessary immune response. Researchers in Germany have found that by using a vibrating tattoo needle, they can get the optimal results. In tests on mice, using a tattoo needle produces 16 times more antibodies than by using a simple injection into muscle tissue. It may be tied to the greater damage to the body that tattoo needles produce.

It certainly would be interesting to have a permanent reminder of just when and how you were made immune from terrible, life-ending diseases, it would just suck to be forced into getting a tat in order to get the vaccine. Time will tell whether or not this becomes a viable or widespread technique.

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Microsoft dangerWhile Microsoft was doing little to hide how much it was willing to spend on Yahoo!, the company's been decidedly more coy about exactly how much it dropped to pick up Sidekick-maker Danger earlier this week. The ever-dependable Om Malik now claims to have turned up a figure, however, and while it pales compared to that Yahoo! offer, it's still quite a doozy. According to Om, a "fairly solid source" informed him that Microsoft parted with a full $500 million to bring Danger into its fold, with later-stage investors in Danger the biggest beneficiaries of that payday.

What's more, that hefty price also got Om speculating that Microsoft may be about to "pull an Xbox" with its cellphone business, fearing that its current approach would relegate it to the business market.

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Street Fighter IV- Ryu with Super FireballYes, what you see above is an in-game screenshot of Ryu's super fireball -- along with a look at the power/combo meters.

Finally, a decent look at the returning original eight from Street Fighter II. We saw Famitsu's pics the other day, but now we have crystal clear shots of the latest from Street Fighter IV, in glorious 720p resolution,

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Ziphone iPhone cap including 1.13 versionEngagdet is not yet entirely sure how it works, but iPhone hacker Zibri's just released a new app he's calling ZiPhone, which claims to jailbreak any version iPhone -- including new 1.1.3 phones right out of the box -- without messy downgrades and baseband changes.

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Apple Mac OS X Leopard update imageLeopard finally gets its second patch, and boy does it fix a lot of stuff. The first patch hit back in November, with test builds of the second making it out a month later.

Here's a list of the major things the 10.5.2 patch fixes (including menubar transparency and Stacks).
  • Airport connection reliability and stability
  • Back to my Mac for third-party routers
  • Dashboard widget performance improvement
  • Stacks fix! List view, Folder view, and updated background for Grid Vid View
  • Menubar transparency disabling
  • Less translucent menus
  • Several iCal recurring meetings supports, bug fixes overall
  • iChat Bugfixes
  • iSync support added for Samsung D600E and D900i phones
  • Finder bugfixes
  • Mail bugfixes
  • AFP network volume hanging fixed
  • RAW support improved
  • Preview bugfixes
  • Time Machine bugfixes (some external drives not being recognized)
Plus lots of various other fixes. We'll have a full list shortly.

There's also a Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 that comes after you install the 10.5.2 update, which according to Ars, it's just a set up updated graphics card drivers.

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Sony Touchscreen G700 Mobile phoneSony's sleek G700 phone features a 2.4-inch touchscreen display, 3.15-megapixel camera, 160MB of built-in memory, an M2 card slot, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0 support. It measures 106 x 49 x 13mm and weighs in at 99g.

Catch out the cool video also.

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Vaio TZ demoSomewhat lost in Sony's massive CES VAIO spec bump was an update to the super hot (but generally overlooked) top-end VAIO TZ that features both an SSD and HDD, which allows you to speed up booting and other system tasks that rely on quick random reads by running Windows off the SSD while still being able to lug all your data around on the traditional hard drive. The no-compromises model got bumped to 64GB of SSD and 250GB of HDD, up from 32 and 160, but we didn't know a ship date until now -- looks like Sony's taking preorders now on for delivery in March.

The new model also includes 2GB of RAM, a Sprint EV-DO card, fingerprint sensor, and external dual-layer burner, as well as the TZ's usual 11.1-inch XBRITE screen and 1.33GHz U7700 Core 2 Duo processor.
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Nokia S60 in 2H 2008After Sony Ericsson's big move into Windows Mobile territory (with help from HTC) you can be forgiven for thinking that Nokia might follow suit. Nevertheless, Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, brought down the hammer on those rumors by saying, "We don't have plans to do Windows in mobile at the moment." Read into that time-boxed, English-as-a-second-language statement what you will.

Better yet for S60 series fans, he committed to launching the S60 touch-screen platform in the second half of the year. More on the S60 Touch interface as the Mobile World Congress unfolds.

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Dell xps m1330 with built-in wireless usbWe not sure when Dell's XPS M1330 learned the new Wireless USB trick, nevertheless, it's sporting that option as of this morning. The $150 add-on integrates a Wireless USB module into Dell's slick 13.3-inch laptop while netting you a short-range Belkin 4-port USB hub for all your peripherals. See, it's not just phone news today.

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Nokia N96 phone demoThe N96 is pretty similar to the Symbian 60 powered N95 we've all come to recognize as Nokia's 5MP GPS finest, but with 16GB of internal memory and a 2.8-inch screen. This model also has a built in DVB-H receiver for digital TV signals in Europe and Asia, and a kickstand for desktop viewing. Also new are the backlit touchbuttons on the face, dialpad and top slider section of the phone.

Nokia N96 phone snapshotWhen playing media, they show the typical play/pause/ff/rr functions; when gaming on the N-Gage gaming platform, they show control pad buttons. Approx $800, but likely no US 3G support.

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