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HD games optimized for NVIDIA Tegra tablets arriving in Android Market

With an avalanche of Android tablets powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 on display at CES 2011, it stands to reason that game developers would start releasing titles which can tap the platform's 3D power. A search on the Android Market website shows that's now starting to happen. Several Tegra-optimized HD games are now listed -- including Samurai II: Vengeance, Spectral Souls, Backbreaker...

Windows 8 to support System on a Chip on ARM, x86 architectures

There's been plenty of buzz about Microsoft showing off Windows 8 -- if that is, in fact, what the next version is eventually dubbed -- on an ARM device at CES 2011, and a press release from Redmond has made the news official. The upcoming Windows release will support System on a Chip architectures -- including those from ARM, Intel, and AMD. Windows for ARM is capable of delivering hardware...

NVIDIA unifies desktop and laptop graphics drivers; improved performance incoming!

It's about time! In the next few weeks and months NVIDIA will unify its driver releases. No longer will you have to seek out graphics drivers from your laptop's manufacturer: you'll be able to simply grab the drivers from the NVIDIA website. Dubbed 'Verde', these drivers will presumably tie in with new hardware slowly emerging from the NVIDIA factories. These laptop drivers won't be part of...

Unlimited Detail claims to leave current 3D technologies in the dust

Unlimited Detail is definitely the most interesting technology demo I stumbled on today. In a nutshell: current 3D technology is based on polygons. Each 3D shape you see on the screen is made out of multiple straight facets (polygons). The more polygons (or facets), the rounder and more natural it seems. The current battle is all about polygon counts -- how many polygons can a certain graphics...

Adobe talks GPU acceleration for video apps - is Photoshop next?

We told you a while back about how the latest version of Adobe Flash supports using your computer's graphics processing unit (GPU) to speed up video playback. Well, Adobe has even bigger plans for GPU acceleration in its video apps, and maybe even in Photoshop. Adobe blogger John Nack lays out all the details in a new post, including plans to optimize for specific GPU models. Photoshop is...

Unreal Engine developer kit now freely downloadable

In BIG news -- really, this is the kind of thing that could change the landscape of casual and indie games for ever (and for good!) -- the Unreal Developer Kit (UDK) is now available from Nvidia. The Unreal Engine has historically been very hard to get your hands on with large license fees and other barriers to entry. And now, just like that, it's being made freely available to everyone....

Flash Player 10.1 to support smartphones, NVIDIA powered netbooks... next year

Adobe Flash has become the standard protocol for web video over the last few years. And while Flash is capable of some pretty excellent video quality, it's not exactly light on system resources. In fact, it's kind of a CPU-hog, which is why some computers with slower processors (and most netbooks) struggle to play high quality of high definition video from YouTube, Hulu, and other online video...

Adobe, NVidia working to improve Flash Player performance

I enjoyed my MSI Wind netbook while I had it, but there was one task that always gave it fits: running Flash-based anything. Games stuttered, YouTube clips were choppy, and the system's tiny fan spun like a tin can in a tornado. Owners of newer netbooks featuring NVidia's upcoming Tegra system-on-a-chip or Broadcom's Crystal HD will be glad to hear that Adobe is teaming up with NVidia to produce...

Download Squad Week in Review

Been busy spending the past week telling the press about your extramarital affairs, history of drug use, and misuse of campaign funds? Here are a few stories you might have been too busy to read. Adobe Photoshop Express Beta launches After months of hype, the big day finally arrived. Adobe launched a free, online version of Photoshop, the industry standard in image editing. You won't find all the...

29% of Windows Vista crashes caused by NVIDIA drivers

If you were an early adopter of Windows Vista, there's a pretty good chance you became familiar with one of Vista's coolest new features: an automatic crash reporting utility that will recommend solutions if and when they become available. Or to put it another way, if you tried running Windows Vista on many machines, there was a good chance your computer crashed. A lot. Even if the manufacturer...

Nvidia to build x86 processors, take on Intel, AMD?

The Inquirer says it has "confirmed" that 3D graphics giant Nvidia is hard at work building its own x86 processor with integrated graphics to compete with the offerings of Intel and AMD. Both Intel and AMD--which acquried ATI back in July--have been busy strapping integrated graphics on their own chips, it seems logical that Nvidia would want to play, too. Their efforts would be bolstered by its...

nVidia makes the first 80nm GPU

nVidia, the graphics tycoon, has developed a graphics chip (nVidia GeForce Go 7700) made with the first 80nm manufacturing process, the thinnest to date of any graphics card process used. Nvidia's older chips with very similar specs were made via a 90nm process (nVidia GeForce Go 7600). There isn't a huge increase in performance in the chips yet (that I can tell), but the less energy consumed by...

First look at Volkswagen-Google-nVidia navigation system

What do you get when you take Google Earth and put it in a Volkswagen? Something like this. Volkswagen has partnered with Google and nVidia to create an in-car navigation system based on Google Earth that shows a driver's route in 3D. The touch-screen system is Internet-enabled and goes online to find real-time traffic and weather information as well as other travel information like gas stations,...