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By March 5, 2013 Read More →

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is Official- Details and Screenshots

Assassins creed 4-7It has finally been announced! After the successes of Assassin’s Creed 3 Ubisoft announced last week that they would announce their new game with a trailer today Monday 4th of March, and they have done so much more than simply announcing the game they have brought us information about their new character, the settings and even how many development teams have been working on the game.its a huge 8 studios by the way! and they have been hard at work since 2011 so this game should be flipping good, and if Assassins creed 3 is anything to go by then gamers should be in for an incredible game.

In Assassins Creed 4 black flag you will play as Edward Kenway, Father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather to Connor Kenway the main character in Assassins Creed 3, now Edward is what you would call a ‘Loveable rogue’ he is a Pirate first and foremost but he is a Pirate who has evidently been trained by Assassins, but he is still a pirate at heart and such he is a womaniser also and he is also (oddly i might add) friendly with Blackbeard who in turn is scared stiff of Edward.  Edward carries 4 pistols, hidden blades and who can forget the two swords he carries too! So this Pirassassin (like what i did there?) is someone you don’t want to mess with.

The game is going to focus on around a 60/40 split between land gameplay and naval gameplay which will come as great news to those gamers (including myself) who absolutely loved the naval gameplay in Assassins Creed 3, but from what i can muster this naval gameplay will be much harder and there will be much more of it in the game which can only be a good thing, considering that the main character is a pirate after all!

By October 21, 2008 Read More →

Tixeo launches appliances for 3D video and web conferencing

Now then, I’m not one for this whole new 3D Web Conferencing, not because I’m old or stuck in the past but I believe that meetings should be face to face. Having said that this newly launched product from Tixeo does slightly impress me. It’s like second life taken to a whole new level.

For instant diffusion: 09 / 10 / 08
Montpellier, France

Tixeo launches appliances for 3D video and web conferencing

Tixeo launches its new offer WorkSpace3D Enterprise Edition Appliance, solution for video and web
conferencing to be installed on companies’ network. This solution gives full control to companies
willing to manage their infrastructure, respect network policies and keep autonomy regarding hosted
service providers. WorkSpace3D Enterprise Edition Appliance is the richest video conferencing and
collaboration solution provided by Tixeo. Sharing applications during a voice and video
communication (over IP) with dozens of other participants, exchanging documents in real-time inside
a 3D virtual meeting room, all of this is now made possible with WorkSpace3D EE Appliance.
Hardware or virtual appliance for video and web conferencing
Tixeo’s appliances are designed for a fast and efficient setup of companies’ web conferencing
services. Two appliances offers are available:

The first one, a hardware appliance that you just have to plug to start meeting, is designed to be
upgradable. This appliance is sized to host up to 100 people distributed in different meetings at the
same time. Tixeo indicates that 100 seats can fit online meeting usage of about 2 000 users. For any
wider deployment, these appliances are clusterisable and distributable, allowing to increase with no
limit the amount of meetings.


The second offer is for all companies having opted, or forecasting to opt for server virtualization.
Tixeo proposes its video and web conferencing appliances as ready-to-use virtual machines, which
are available for VMware and Xen.


About Tixeo

Tixeo is a video and web conferencing solution editor since 2003.
The solution WorkSpace3D, soon available in its version 2.7, allows communicating with up to 30
people at the same time with voice and video over Internet. This solution embeds rich collaboration
capabilities like application sharing, document sharing, slide shows or whiteboards.
One of the unique features of Tixeo’s solutions is to make possible online meetings in 3D virtual
environments. The third dimension sharply enhances communication and collaboration.
Tixeo has many SME and corporate customers as Airbus, Raytheon, Flagstar Bank, BNP Paribas,
Conforama, Sogeti, DGAC…


For those of you with a business or the really techy guys out there who live for things like this why not pop over to for more info or contact them directly:

Renaud GHIA, CEO
Cap Omega – CS39521
Rond Point Benjamin Franklin
34960 Montpellier
Phone: +33 467 750 431
Fax: +33 467 130 010
E-mail: [email protected]

Posted by: John

By March 23, 2007 Read More →

DSL Router with 3G HSDPA Backup

Sarian Systems has announced the launch of the first enterprise router to offer compatibility with both the very latest broadband networks and HSDPA, 3G, EDGE and GPRS mobile networks.

DR6000 Series Router

The DR6000 Series, which is designed for enterprise use and can be offered as part of a service provider’s managed service, provides future-proof, high-speed broadband, and is fully compatible with all ADSL, ADSL 2 and ADSL 2+ broadband services. In addition, the router can be equipped with built-in automatic failover to wireless networks – including HSDPA – to ensure business continuity in the event of a wired connection failure.

While the battle to secure new broadband customers continues to rage – with many mobile operators now offering their own broadband packages – a large number of businesses are still reluctant to migrate due to concerns about day-to-day performance and reliability. The DR6000 Series helps remedy these issues by offering service level agreement (SLA) policing, whereby the router is able to log and record details about real-time broadband performance. For the enterprise, this means that it is possible to tell whether the service provider is meeting the SLA; for the provider, the router can be configured to give advance notification in the event of any performance issues, so that immediate action can be taken to resolve them.

“While most companies recognise the benefits of broadband, there’s still continued anxiety over its reliability, which is proving to be a major barrier for broadband service providers,” said Andy Hood, managing director at Sarian Systems. “By incorporating the DR6000 Series into their broadband offering, service providers will not only be able to respond to user issues at greater speed, but they’ll be able to overcome one of the biggest barriers to broadband adoption, by demonstrating that they can provide accurate, trustworthy and transparent SLAs.”

The DR6000’s multiple serial ports make it capable of supporting legacy serial devices including point of sale terminals and telemetry devices and is compatible with all known future ADSL updates, with a physical download capability of more than 50Mbits/s as networks advance.

The router is also able to effectively migrate ISDN users over to ADSL, without upgrading their existing ISDN lines, whilst the integration of an HSDPA compatible GSM module means that with the DR6000 Series even bandwidth-hungry business applications will continue functioning if the broadband connection fails.

“It’s vitally important that organisations have a viable business continuity strategy – if their mission-critical systems go down, it can mean saying goodbye to both sales and customers,” continued Hood. “The DR6000 Series provides peace of mind, offering multiple back-up options so that communication is never compromised. In fact, such is the speed and reliability of HSDPA that in the event of a fixed line failure, companies probably won’t even notice any degradation in performance.”

As with all Sarian products, the new router contains several unique security and redundancy features to ensure the smooth running of mission-critical communications. These include dual SIM card slots to provide automatic failover in the event of mobile coverage issues and the ability to simultaneously transmit data while monitoring/controlling real-time router performance, so that business-critical data transfer is not interrupted. As it is built on Sarian’s own operating system, SAR/OS, the DR6000 Series can also be customised to support bespoke business applications.

The DR6000 Series is available worldwide, from Sarian partners or direct from Sarian. Prices start at approximately 500 GBP per unit.


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By January 28, 2007 Read More →

Intel’s Transistor Technology Breakthrough

In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors — or switches — will be inside the next generation Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Xeon families of multi-core processors. The company also said it has five early-version products up and running — the first of fifteen 45nm processor products planned from Intel.

The transistor feat allows the company to continue delivering record-breaking PC, laptop and server processor speeds, while reducing the amount of electrical leakage from transistors that can hamper chip and PC design, size, power consumption, noise and costs. It also ensures Moore’s Law, a high-tech industry axiom that transistor counts double about every two years, thrives well into the next decade.

Silicon dioxide has been used to make the transistor gate dielectric for more than 40 years because of its manufacturability and ability to deliver continued transistor performance improvements as it has been made ever thinner. Intel has successfully shrunk the silicon dioxide gate dielectric to as little as 1.2nm thick — equal to five atomic layers — on our previous 65nm process technology, but the continued shrinking has led to increased current leakage through the gate dielectric, resulting in wasted electric current and unnecessary heat.


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By January 14, 2007 Read More →

What is Super 3G?

I’ve been asked a few times lately ‘What is Super 3G?’ so here is a quick summary!

Super 3G is an upgrade to existing third-generation “FOMA” technology, which is derived from the globally dominant GSM wireless standard, though not identical to the 3G technology used by most GSM carriers, known as UMTS.

Super 3G will have speeds of roughly 100 megabits per second, making it about 260 times faster than existing 3G services.

High Speed OFDM Packet Access (HSOPA) is a proposed part of 3GPP’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) upgrade path for UMTS systems. HSOPA is also often referred to as Super 3G. If adopted, HSOPA succeeds HSDPA and HSUPA technologies specified in 3GPP releases 5 and 6. Unlike HSDPA or HSUPA, HSOPA is an entirely new air interface system, unrelated to and incompatible with W-CDMA.

Originally proposed by Nortel, HSOPA uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology to support up to 10 times as many users as W-CDMA based systems, with lower processing power required on each handset. Still in development, experimental performance is 37Mbps in the downlink over a 5MHz channel, close to the theoretical maximum of 40Mbps.

One carrier, DoCoMo of Japan, plans to launch new network based on HSOPA technology by 2010. The network upgrade will cost $1.7 billion USD or 1.3 billion euros!

HSOPA (Super 3G) competes directly with WiMAX technology and is said to be the one of the last 3G technologies before the launch of 4G.

See also “What is HSDPA“.


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By August 26, 2006 Read More →

Shuttle Struck by Lightning?

The launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which was due to lift off on Sunday 27th August, has been posponed until Monday at the earliest to allow more time for teams to assess ground and flight systems following a strong lighting strike to the lighting protection system at the launch pad on Friday afternoon.

Shuttle Atlantis Lightning Strike

If it is determined that all systems are go for a Monday launch, the weather presents only a 20 percent chance of “no go” according to U.S. Air Force First Lt. Kaleb Nordgren of the 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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By August 24, 2006 Read More →

Atlantis Crew arrive in Florida

[color=#6200aa]The Crew for STS-115 arrived at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida this afternoon ready for scheduled launch on Sunday 27 August at 4.30pm EDT (9.30pm BST).[/color]

Mission STS-115 Shuttle Atlantis

[color=#6200aa]The offical countdown began at noon EDT at T -43 hours and will hopefully conclude at 4.30pm EDT Sunday with the sucessful launch of Atlantis. The Offical countdown includes build in hold times varying in length from 10 minutes upto 12 or more hours.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]NASA’s weather officer is currently predicting a 30% chance of the weather stopping the launch on Sunday – which is very good for Florida at this time of year as afternoon thunderstorms are the norm.[/color]


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By August 20, 2006 Read More →

Atlantis ready for STS-115

[color=#6200aa]At a press conference late Wednesday, following the two-day flight readiness review at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s senior managers announced an Aug. 27 launch date for mission STS-115, resuming construction of the International Space Station. Launch is slated for 4:30 p.m. EDT.[/color]

Atlantis STS-115 Crew Photo

[color=#6200aa]NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said, “This was another great review and I’m looking forward to a great launch.” [/color]

[color=#6200aa]The Shuttle Mission Management Team conducts the review two weeks prior to the opening of the launch window for each space shuttle mission. The group conducts a comprehensive evaluation of all activities and elements necessary for the safe and successful performance of shuttle mission operations — from the prelaunch phase through post-landing — including the readiness of the vehicle, flight crew and payloads.[/color]


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By August 3, 2006 Read More →

Atlantis on launch pad

After its overnight rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building, Space Shuttle Atlantis rests on the hard stand on Launch Pad 39B. The shuttle sits on top of the mobile launcher platform. The crawler, which transported it, is still underneath.

Atlantis on the launch pad


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By August 1, 2006 Read More →

Atlantis rollout postponed

[color=#6200aa]The rollout to the launch pad of the Space Shuttle Atlantis has been postponed for a second time due to unfavourable weather conditions.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]The rollout is now schedule to start no earlier than Wednesday at 2am EDT.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]The launch window for this mission to resume construction of the International Space Station opens Aug. 27. During their 11 days in space, the astronauts will install the integrated P3/P4 truss segment with its two large solar arrays that will provide one-fourth of the total power generation capability of the completed station.[/color]


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