Apple's 27-inch iMacs have been quite popular, but have also had a fair amount of problems with the LCD monitors and video output, including displays flickering, discoloration, cracked screens, and issues with massive CPU usage when running some multimedia programs. Not all systems have been been affected by these issues, but enough have for Apple to be aware of them and start issuing fixes.… Read more
In an initial determination, U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Friday that graphics chipmaker Nvidia has violated three patents belonging to Rambus.
Nvidia was cleared of infringement by the ITC judge on two other Rambus patents under examination, however. The litigation involves memory controllers--which handle communications between memory chips and other silicon--related to graphics processors.
Rambus first filed patent claims against Nvidia in July 2008. In November of that year, it asked the ITC for an injunction on the import and sale of anything using Nvidia's memory controllers.
"We are pleased with the initial determination from … Read more
Cylekx is a free graphic design program, and it proves that sometimes the best things in life aren't free. Graphic design programs typically have a steep learning curve, but Cylekx's curve is so steep that you'd better saddle your yak.
Familiarity with industry standard graphics programs suggested figuring out this program would be a breeze, but Cylekx's interface is confusing and cluttered. There's a Help menu, but nothing about this program is intuitive. Most graphics programs have common features and tools, with similar toolbars and palettes. Cylekx has a toolbox, but instead of icons, it … Read more
A number of MacBook users have been experiencing a problem in OS X where the system shows areas of graphics corruption around windows. The corruption appears to be a black area of blocky lines in no particular pattern, and seems to be in the area of the window's shaded region, moving with the window when it is moved.… Read more
Apple has released an update for the firmware of the Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 chipsets that are present in the new 27-inch iMac systems. A number of people have reported problems with the displays flickering and images appearing distorted and corrupted. This update addresses these issues.… Read more
Intel on Thursday previewed new Core processors and graphics technology that will become the pillar of its mainstream chip offerings.
As reported previously, Intel said it will roll out new Intel Core i processors on January 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the new i3 chip. These will be based on 32-nanometer technology for the first time. The smaller the geometry, the faster and more power-efficient the processor. Intel's main CPU processors are currently based on 45-nanometer technology.
Intel will introduce 17 new processors in all.
And the chipmaker restated the Core i series lineup. … Read more
Intel is about to roll out some pretty impressive mobile processors, finally bringing its "Nehalem" Core i architecture to the mainstream mobile space. So, what can we expect from Apple?
First, a little recent history. Apple, so far, has elected not to use the Core i7 quad-core mobile processors announced back in September in its MacBook Pro line. Which isn't that surprising. The first crop of laptop i7s barely qualify as mobile processors: they have a desktop-like TDP (thermal design power) of 45 watts that wreaks havoc on battery life.
That said, as an example of what … Read more
On December 17, Intel will preview new processors for laptops, among other chip technologies.
The preview is significant because it will be Intel's first chance to show off its ready-to-ship, commercially viable next-generation 32-nanometer technology. Almost all Intel processors are currently built on a 45-nanometer process. Generally, the smaller the geometry, the faster and more power efficient the processor is.
Intel's Core i series of processors will be the focus of the San Francisco event that will serve as a venue to preview and demonstrate products to be rolled out at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The &… Read more
3D graphics became ordinary first in games, then in operating systems, and on Thursday, it took a significant step toward being built into Web browsers as well.
The group now wants commentary from Web developers and others who might be involved with WebGL so it … Read more
Last week, Microsoft showed off some browser technology that could help Internet Explorer leapfrog the competition. But if Mozilla succeeds in its hope, Microsoft could be playing catch-up instead.
The technology in question is hardware-accelerated graphics and text using interfaces called Direct2D and DirectWrite that provide an easy way to use graphics cards' computing power. They're built into Windows 7, and Microsoft is bringing them to Windows Vista but not Windows XP.
The performance boost from Direct2D and DirectWrite was the centerpiece of Microsoft's demonstration of Internet Explorer 9 goodies shown last week. Online maps flashed on the … Read more