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#1234| source: zdnet by maximum3d on Wed Jan 22 2003 
Via puts "Padlock" on PC data
The chipmaker, best known in the United States for its Apollo chipsets, will announce on Tuesday a new C3 processor that includes a data security feature, dubbed Padlock. According to Via, the C3 will ship by month's end. The 1GHz processor incorporates a random number generator, a tool used in file encryption. Software makers can use a programming tool from Via to write applications that, in turn, use the generator to encrypt their files.
#1233| source: zdnet by maximum3d on Wed Jan 22 2003 
Nvidia adds special FX for workstations
The Quadro FX (PR) initially will come in two versions - the FX 2000 and the FX 1000 - in video cards made by manufacturing partners PNY for the North American market and Leadtek for Asia, according to Jerry Chen, an Nvidia product manager. Recent innovations that have made their way into the Quadro FX cards include DDR-II memory, much more precise pixel-by-pixel control of images and enhanced support for processor-intensive effects such as anti-aliasing, which selectively redraws parts of an image at higher resolutions.
#1232| source: Futuremark by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
3DMark03 Teaser
Futuremark have posted a teaser trailer (requires Windows Media 9 codec) for their benchmark program 3DMark03.
#1231| source: xbitlabs by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
eVGA e-GF4 Ti4600 /w ACS3 Cooling System
The unique peculiarity of graphics cards from eVGA is the unusual cooling system the company calls ACS - Asymmetric Cooling System. This idea has evolved to its third generation now. The ACS3 is installed in new "exclusive" graphics cards from eVGA based on the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600 GPU.
#1230| source: demographix by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
Do You Read PC Gaming Magazines?
We want to hear your views on a couple of the leading gaming magazines - PC Zone and PC Gamer. Complete our brief survey and you'll be entered into a free prize draw to win a brand new GeForce FX graphics card!
#1229| source: Dreamix by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
Project Dreamix announced
Project Dreamix will turn the Microsoft Xbox into the ultimate home entertainment center. Here is a list of features they plan to complete before Beta release: PVR Features (Scheduled recording, fast forward, rewind, pause Live TV), Video Playback (Based on Linux MPlayer - all popular file formats), Audio/Music Playback (Based on Linux MPlayer - all popular file formats), Image Viewer (Slideshow + Photo album), Setup Menu (All configuration will be done with the Xbox controller and/or DVD Remote with the use of a graphical keypad). Although Dreamix will be based on Debian Xbox-Linux, all necessary libraries will be included in the distribution of the CD image and will auto-excecute upon being inserted into the Xbox DVD drive. This will allow for a friendly install by the average user.
#1228| source: by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
HD Speed v1.2.0.29
HD Speed is a Freeware tool (download) to measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms and floppy.
#1227| source: `codingworkshop` by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
Coding Workshop Ringtone Convertor 3.9.5
The Ringtone Converter is a software program for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac systems that allows you to add new ringtones to your mobile phone without the need for cables or expensive premium rate SMS services. The Ringtone Converter supports most makes and models of phone including Audiovox, Alcatel, Ericsson, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, Nokia, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, Sony, Sendo, Sharp and Siemens handsets, with more added every month.
#1226| source: PC Home by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
Barton 2500+ Pictures/Info/Benchmarks
Taiwan PC Home website has posted some info&pictures and benchmatks of Barton 2500+ CPU. The whole site is in Chinese.
#1225| source: xbitlabs by maximum3d on Mon Jan 20 2003 
NV31/NV34 Won't Support All DX 9.0 Features?
The situation around the GeForce FX-based products is finally more or less clear: the first graphics cards should start to appear in February, while in March there will be a lot more of such solutions, as Nvidia's partners will finally get more cards to sell. Now we should talk a bit about the derivatives from the NV30 architecture, namely the code-named NV31 and NV34 VPUs.

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