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Archive for November, 2008

MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPU

Sunday, November 30th, 2008
arcticstoat writes “In what could be seen as an easy answer to the Vista-capable debacle, Microsoft has introduced a ‘fully conformant software rasterizer’ called WARP (Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform) 10, which does away with the need for a dedicated hardware 3D accelerator altogether. Microsoft says that WARP 10 will support all the features and precision requirements of Direct3D 10 and 10.1, as well as up to 8x multi-sampled anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering and all optional texture formats. The minimum CPU spec needed is just 800MHz, and it doesn’t even need MMX or SSE, although it will work much quicker on multi-core CPUs with SSE 4.1. Of course, software rendering on a single desktop CPU isn’t going to be able to compete with decent dedicated 3D graphics cards when it comes to high-end games, but Microsoft has released some interesting benchmarks that show the system to be quicker than Intel’s current integrated DirectX 10 graphics. Running Crysis at 800 x 600 with the lowest quality settings, an eight-core Core i7 system managed an average frame rate of 7.36fps, compared with 5.17fps from Intel’s DirectX 10 integrated graphics.”

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Hard times for magazines

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

The Conde Nast magazine empire has curtailed its employees’ once-lavish expenses. Once fatter than many phone books, PC Magazine is going online only. Other periodicals, including Oprah Winfrey’s O at Home, are closing up altogether. What other changes are in store as the magazine world adapts to new economic realities?

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Web site notice

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Long story short, that address is not functioning and I don’t know when it will again.

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Christmas hits heading to ‘SingStar’

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

A set of festive tracks will be available for SingStar next week.

The Festive Fun SongPack features five tracks, including ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens and Celine Dion’s ‘Christmas Eve’.

Priced at £4.49, it can be downloaded from the SingStore from November 27 and is available in all three PlayStation 3 volumes.

The pack includes:

Babyface: ‘Sleigh Ride’
Celine Dion: ‘Christmas Eve’
Paul McCartney: ‘Wonderful Christmastime’
Shakin’ Stevens: Merry Christmas Everyone’
Toni Braxton: ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’

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