The Well known Bell Lab scientist who gave birth to the C Language and is a key developer of UNIX OS , Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie has passed away on October 13th, 2011. Unfortunately, this news did not hit the Air as it was should have. The sad news of Dennis Ritchie was first reported by Rob Pike Google+ Page.
Dennis Ritchie has died at 70, suffering from ill health. Reportedly, as per his brother Bill, he was getting treatment for his prostate cancer and heart disease.
Dennis Ritchie is the key person who has modernized the new era programming realm. In 1960, at Bell Labs he designed the C language, thus contributing majorly to the computer science. Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson collaboratively developed the Unix OS which is the base for todays Mac OS X, Android and many other linux powered server and data centers.
So whats the fuzz has been since last few months about iPhone 5. Finally, Apple increment to the line of iPhone is set to mesmerize the world on October 14th, 2011, hopefully.
Apple’s iPhone always has been an innovatory gadget in the mobile industry. This time Apple will surprise you by its new built-in AI to recognize voice commands and respond to its owner. Not to mention the upgraded hardware, here’s the specification:
1GHz Dual Core ARM A9 Cortex(A5 Chipset), Similar to most Dual cores that have been integrated to other phones for example by Samsung, LG and Motorola. So nothing new from 4S.
PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, actually nothing but two cores of SGX543, fully optimized. Apple claims iPhone to render graphics 7x faster than any other Single GPU solution. Android line of phones will get nVIDIA Tegra 2 which theoretically seems faster than iPhone’s Dual-Core GPU. Yet to confirm this from other tech sites.
OS: iOS 5
4S will now support both CDMA and GSM technologies.
Camera upgraded to 8MP, captures 1080p HD video at a remarkable 30FPS recording with enhanced video stability control. So even if your hand shakes a little, iPhone will correct it for you!
First phone with Bluetooth 4.0(+A2DP). In 2010, Samsung Wave was the first mobile that shipped with BT 3.0, though it never never operated as per the BT 3.0 official specification. Wonder what iPhone 4S has to offer with 4.0. By the way 4.0 is all about Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption, and Enhanced range, nothing more than that.
But 4S will definitely amaze you this time with its new in-built AI system which not only talks to the owner of the phone but is a “Humble Assistant“. This is the new software called as SIRI, which comes pre-loaded on the 4S. The SIRI is still in its beta phase, but it does offer a whole lot of amusement to the user.
SIRI : THE HUMBLE ASSISTANT
Siri, your personal assistant can bring whole lot of information to you, it can interpret what you want and bring the exact results to you. This is completely different from any classical/awkward voice recognition command. It uses natural language to interact with its owner, feels like you are speaking to a person. That’s incredible, isn’t it! SIRI can access the internet and can find you information in a jiffy, for example, near by restaurants, find meaning of the words & it can read and spell them for you too, access the GPS to find you a location and route you there, weather forecasting, reply to your email or SMS, prompt you for a call while you are driving, setup meeting time, alarm, geo-based schedulers, recognize your family individuals, and so many others, all you have to do is just ask, naturally as you would as any other person. So you are not a good speaker, don’t worry, SIRI will learn you as you get acquainted with it. SIRI can speak English, French and German currently, but more support may come. Of course some of you might have predicted, Yes SIRI usage may drain up your battery. SIRI can be activated just by pressing a button and definitely you will love it.
For time being, SIRI will not be available for iPhone 4 users. Since this has not been confirmed by both Apple and other Technology showcasing sites, iPhone 4 users have to wait till something gets finalized. According to Official Apple community, SIRI requires a Dual-Core A5 chip to work, which seems little dicey right now. So not discussing it much it now!
So is it worth upgrading to 4S, I guess think a little bit!
Apple iPhone 4S will definitely give the games a complete new feel with its dual core processor. If you are an iPhone 4 user, then I am pretty much sure that you have played the game Infinity Blade on your phone. Apple picked up a very powerful GPU this time for the iPhone 4S which would not only provide high-resolution gaming but this time watch out for the anti-aliased game play, oh yes!
With the launch of 4S, Epic would be soon updating the next version of the infinity blade game for iOS 5.
The pricing you can find it on Apple’s site, starting from 199$.
Yes, Battlefield 3 (Beta) has been released to the world of gamers to try this new and awesome game that is preparing its release by next month[src].
On 29th September this game was released in its beta form, to showcase DICE’s new and optimized game engine. Battlefield 3 game engine is a much advanced game engine to give a direct competition to its counter part CryENGINE 3.
Battlefield 3 : Technology Preview
The engine showcases it advanced GI (Global illumination) in most of the conditions such as during environment destruction. The new 3D Engine of Battlefield boasts its power to fully destruct the environment with realtime radiosity lighting, deferred rendering with robust antialiasing, and richly lit indoor scenes with massively scaled outdoor levels, all combined in one engine. It also claims that none of the engine harbors all these technology in one package, till date, That’s a big claim I must say!
Battlefield 3 will be on DICE’s heavily optimized Frostbite v1.5 (Bad Company 2), a next generation game engine called Frostbite 2
Click on the image to read more about this engine!
Few of the engine highlights are:
Improved high-dynamic range (HDR) audio from that seen in earlier incarnations of the Frostbite engine. Sound effects were recorded from different distances to make the audio as realistic as possible.
Optimized graphics pipelines to scale multi-gpu support in SLI and CrossFire mode.
Intended for use on 64-bit CPUs and OSes(Windows Vista or Windows 7 64-bit editions).
No support for Windows XP or DirectX 9; DX10 will be supported but the engine is intended for DX11 graphics cards.
DirectCompute tile-based deferred shader rendering. Improves performance and graphics.
Destruction 3.0, improving on the destructible environments seen in BC and BC2 (Destruction 1.0 and 2.0 respectively).
DirectCompute Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA). DX11 only; improves performance and graphics.
Real-time radiosity lighting engine, based on the Geomarics Enlighten rendering software. Allows for fully dynamic, fully HDR (high-dynamic range) realistic lighting. [src]
As per the article at GeForce.com[via], the game will perform well in new GeForce cards(400 and 500) as well as old GeForce cards(8,9,200,300-series).
Recommended ATI Radeon 4000 Series and new cards(5000 and 6000-series) for this game.
Unity 3D has powered one more game for the Apple and Android users, Shadowgun by Madfinger, which has been released for atleast Apple users on September 28, 2011.
Shadowgun is the most advanced game that is available for smartphones till date. The quality and performance of the game is very optimised and quite resembles console gaming. Mindgamers did try to bring console gaming experience to smartphone users.
Shadowgun definitely proves the potential of smartphone, iOS devices and tablets in todays market. Shadowgun is reported to support Android mobile devices powered by the NVIDIA Tegra. Availability in Tegra Zone app and Android Market is currently unknown, but expect it to come soon.
“Authored with the Unity development platform, SHADOWGUN combines tactical combat with third person harrowing action, ushering in a new visual standard for handheld gaming. SHADOWGUN puts players into the role of John Slade, a professional bounty hunter in the year 2350. Slade’s mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, renowned geneticist and former employee of the trans-galactic corporation Toltech Enterprises. Players must lead “shadowgun” John Slade as he infiltrates Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fights his personal army of mutants, cyborgs, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant. The story is written by award winning author Micah Nathan who has joined the MadFinger team as executive creative consultant for SHADOWGUN.”