Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon, has passed away, aged 82. Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati. Discussion here.
Apple have scored a major victory in their patent battle with Samsung in the USA, with over one billion dollars damages awarded. In a landmark ruling in the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, the jury has just awarded damages to Apple for Samsung's violation of its various software, hardware design patents, and trade-dress dilution. For its various violations, Samsung must pay Apple $1,049,343,540 in damages, the jury determined. Discussion here.
PowerColor have a dual GPU Radeon 7990 card - before the official one. PowerColor Devil 13 HD7990 graphics card features two Radeon HD 7970 "Tahiti XT" GPUs operating at 925MHz with default settings and at 1GHz once a special setting inside the BIOS is activated. The board carries 6GB of GDDR5 memory operating at 5.5GHz (3GB of memory with 384-bit memory bus per chip) and has DL DVI-I, SL DVI-D, HDMI, two miniDisplayPort connectors. The most powerful AMD Radeon HD-based graphics card requires 850W power supply unit that has three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.
Tech Report meanwhile look into CPU gaming performance. We bring our signature latency-focused game testing methods to bear on the latest crop of desktop CPUs. In the process, we learn a some things and shatter a few popular myths.
Gunna spotted a new wonder material - wood pulp. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. IBM is using it to create components for computers. Even the US army is getting in on the act, using it to make lightweight body armour and ballistic glass.
From Skymaster: This is old news (3 months!) but I was thinking about it tonight, and couldn't find reference on OCAU news archives. Good old Wolfenstein 3d turned 20 recently, and they've released a free flash version! I remember having this back on the old 386 :) Somewhat worth mentioning - seeing it pioneered the whole 3D FPS concept!
Tweaktown report on a new world record on an upcoming Gigabyte motherboard. HiCookie was able to clock in a speed of 7102MHz (1 core / 1 thread) with his Intel Core i7 3770K processor at 1.968 volts and -188 degrees Celsius.