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Nvidia Chipsets are now History!

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334w ago - There are a ton of 'rumors' floating around about Nvidia giving up the ghost on its ailing chipset division. Nvidia is desperately trying to deny it, but don't believe the spin, the division is deader than an Nvidia mobile GPU.

Just over a week ago, Nvidia's maximum leader, Jen-Hsun Huang, held a meeting with Taiwanese mobo partners. He directly asked them if there was a reason why Nvidia should stay in the chipset business. You could hear the crickets chirp.

In mainland China. No one came up with a reason, so the division was officially killed, and the teams will be rolled into GPU projects.

Nvidia PR is having the proverbial hissy-fit, but ignore it, they do that a lot. The INQUIRER has talked to people who were at the meeting, and they confirmed the reports, and are dead convnced that Nvidia chipsets are a thing of the past.

This is not to say that there will be no new chipsets from today. Things currently done or almost done will be out, but new designs won't be started, and early-stage projects are not likely to continue. Deep breaths people, projects on the near term horizon are safe, or at least safe from that paticular axe.

This mercy killing was strongly hinted at during Cebit in March, and was likely a done deal back then. If you look at the abysmal performance...
 

Sony Confirms Licensed Bluetooth Headset for PS3

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339w ago - Internet reports purported of an official, licensed Bluetooth headset made specifically for the PlayStation 3 back in March. Turns out it's real, as Sony confirmed today that the headset in question will be packaged with the retail-exclusive Blu-ray version of SOCOM: Confrontation and also will be sold separately.

Unlike most standard run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headsets, this one in particular will feature a mute button. Additionally, it will ship with a handy USB powered charging dock.

The product is slowly exiting the prototype phase, so pricing details have yet to be finalized, but expect more information to come to light as Confrontation nears its scheduled mid-September release.

More pics available from the link above, courtesy of PS3FanBoy!
 

Insider reveals XMB Firmware v2.40 features, set for E3 launch

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339w ago - Update: Since the original story went live, further information regarding the inclusion of trophies in the 2.40 update became available. As expected full 2D trophy support will be in the XMB update and there will be four types: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Platinum is only awarded when you have collected all other trophies in a game. Also there are no gamer points, it's all done via a levelling up system. Think Call of Duty 4 leveling up system, we reckon.

According to Future Publishing, an insider has dropped by to tell them that firmware v2.40 is set to launch in around three weeks time and has also revealed all the features.

The XMB features that you will be able to access in game include - friend category, messages, manage downloads, set vibration, sign in to PSN, register friends, bluetooth devices, music category, use system BGM, work system BGM operation panel, settings, assign controllers, view profiles, game category, set audio devices and use the voice channel. The update will allow you to play back custom tracks in-game from XMB music column although it's not sure if this is only compatible with new titles.

To quote: A quick look at the diary reveals that E3 is just under three weeks away. It doesn't take a genius to see that Sony's pre-E3 conference would...
 

Complete Song Set List for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

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340w ago - Here's the new 41 songs list from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii music-rhythm game will launch in America on June 29th, in Europe on July 27th, and in Australia on August 6th, 2008.

The list under the video is ordered by alphabetical song title and followed by band name.

Also, below is also a video of how the ingame set will appear:





Tier 1: "Getting the Band Together" (Nipmuc High School)
1. "All the Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople (cover)
2. "Draw the Line" by Aerosmith
3. "Dream Police" by Cheap Trick
4. "Make It" by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
5. "Uncle Salty" by Aerosmith

Tier 2: "First Taste of Success" (Max's Kansas City)
6. "All Day and All of the Night" by The Kinks (cover)
7. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett
8. "Movin' Out" by Aerosmith (re-recorded)
9. "No Surprize" by Aerosmith
10. "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith

Tier 3: "The Triumphant Return" (The Orpheum)
11. "Complete Control" by The Clash
12. "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith
13. "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith
14. "Personality Crisis" by New York Dolls (cover)
15....
 

Infosys: Holograms on handsets by 2010

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340w ago - Holographic mobile handsets capable of projecting, capturing, and sending 3D images have been developed by Indian tech giant Infosys.

By 2010, the devices will routinely beam 3D films, games, and virtual goods into our laps, according Infosys, which has patented the handset.

The portable machines will capture and send 3D snapshots of the surrounding world, helping accident investigators, teachers, and doctors work remotely by instantly relaying realistic depictions of car damage, injuries, medical scans, or educational aids.

The powerful onboard processor on the Infosys machine would build a series of 2D shots taken, for example, from a digital camera, into 3D holograms using algorithms called 'Fourier' transformations to calculate the extra third dimension.

The patent, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, says this allows complex 3D holographic images to be squeezed through the narrow pipes of existing communications networks by sending only the unprocessed data to be translated into the 3D hologram at the other end.

Infosys' device will be able to both send and receive these 3D images, displaying them using a projector with a laser source and micro holographic optical elements lenses.

The global 3D screen market is forecast by the industry...
 
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