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Nvidia Reveals Mother of Any Mobile Processor “Tegra 4” at CES 2013

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American technology company NVIDIA known for its graphic cards and mobile processors has finally announced successor of Tegra 3 with the next generation of their mobile processor the NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC codename ‘Wayne’  at Consumer Electronic Show 2013 at Las Vegas, Nevada.

It is claimed to be the world’s fastest mobile processor. It’s 28nm HPL (28nm low power with high-k + metal gates) with max 1.9GHz frequency. Tegra 4 uses four ARM Cortex-A15 cores, that include a second generation battery saver core same like predecessor Tegra 3 of 2012. The output of CPU & GPU claims to be 2.6x and 6 times respectively of the predecessor. Yea! right 6 times graphic improvement of Tegra 3 thanks to its 72 custom GPU cores with CUDA and PhysX technology that helps to run and play apps and games in lightening speed with best quality of graphics.  Not impressed? It is also capable to play 4K (4 times resolution of 1080) videos like a charm, that is spectacular.

Previous Tegra 3 was not able to find that much success in its way into as many devices as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 not for lack of power, but because of poor battery life. NVIDIA says that it consumes up to 45 percent less power than Tegra 3 and provides up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones. Despite its companion core setup, Nvidia couldn’t manage to integrate LTE in its chip, which negatively impacted battery life when compared to Qualcomm’s integrated setup in dual-core Snapdragon S4.  Unfortunately, the same story again The Tegra 4 doesn’t have an LTE chip integrated but it support for an optional 4G LTE modem in the form of NVIDIA’s new Icera i500 chipset. So this means smartphones and tablets with Tegra 4 inside will require an additional cellular modem. Although the latest quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro smartphones don’t have LTE integrated either. Qualcomm is expected to release a chip that does this Spring, while Nvidia is unlikely to manage that until later this year.

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For all photography enthusiast who love to take shots from smartphone and new hipsters with their tablets. It’s a legendary new for you. Although Tegra 4 is claim to be fastest for gaming, graphical and uber performance. It comes with technology called “Computational Photography Architecture” that significantly reduces the time for camera related functions such as HDR (High Dynamic Range Imaging), which requires taking two images one with bright other with dark at exactly the same time. Tegra 4 works to reduce the time duration between these shots resulting in better clearer pictures of moving objects. Practically speeds up the process of taking HDR photos by 10 time over Apple iPhone 5. Woop!!

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Though Xbox 360 uses nvidia chips in their consoles, for the first time NVIDIA launches their first own gaming console initially called “Project Shield” a handheld console that will be powered by Tegra 4. There’s no clue for the pricing or release date for either Project Shield and other Tegra 4 devices but you can expect to hear about some more devices over the coming days of 2013.

The Walking Dead

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Since I use to watch the walking dead TV show. I was interested to play the walking dead game PC version. The game format is similar to the American TV shows that include seasons and their episode. Here is my review of season 1 which included episode 1 to 5.

The game is developed and published by Telltale studio. The first episode was launched on 24th Arpril 2012 and the last episode of the season on 20th November 2012. The game  is an episodic point-and-click adventure role-playing video game, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series The Walking Dead. The gameplay keep changes as per you choose options as your wish. I mean the story is made to be different as per the player. The game a person would not be the same as for some other. That I personally like about the game. You can play as clever, lair, rude and smart or truth, honest, sacrificial and sensible as you wish. I recommend you to be judicious and do behalf of innocent kids.

The first main thing you notice about this game is the unquie comics style of graphics and story. Unlike high requiring hardware games with DirectX11, Tessellation, Anti-Analysing with a particular story this game is kept simple and capable to run it smoothly in a typical PC. Also the comics style of 2D graphics gives the game more authentic as it is based on comic book series. But the game is not totally 2D you can see graphics partially in some areas like water bodies and some places where it is logically required.

The plot of the game is developed in a  zombie apocalypse in the state of Georgia, USA. The main character which is being played the user is on a university professor of History Lee Everett. It is voiced by Dave Fennoy who is popular by voicing the character of Tetrax Shard in cartoons of  Ben 10. Initially Lee is characterized as unknown convicted killer. Later you will found the reason that one day came home to find his wife sleeping with another man, and in a fit of rage, killed him. He is is subsequently tried and sentence to prison for murder, long since coming to regret his actions. This story reminds of American athlete O.J. Simpson may be it is being little bit inspired by this.

Lee’s main objective in the zombie apocalypse is to help to to survive mainly Clementine and other fellas. She is the real emotional heart of this game. An innocent yet brave eight year old girl from Savannah who is looking for her parents with Lee. The relation between Lee and Clem is really emotional. He always take care of her as a guardian and a father-figure for her. There are many occasions in the game in which you have to be a sensible care taker whether to be with Clem’s need or make her understand what is better for her.

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