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Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills. You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game. In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you. It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions. All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile
sound card is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems. At barely 2" wide and 6" long, as well as lacking EMI shielding
the card looks minuscule
next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Another ActiveX vulnerability has reared its ugly head on the net, this time a specific exploit targeting Microsoft Video ActiveX Control
which can give the attacker the same rights as the current user of the target PC. If you are running Windows 7, Vista or Server 2008, you are perfectly safe as both immune as they do not pass data via this particular ActiveX control is protected, users of previous OSes might want to take a look at the workaround. More information is available t
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has been sniffing around Taiwan trying to track down more information on the upcoming AMD rs880 chipset. While it is fairly certain that this will herald the arrival of the onboard DX10.1 HD 4200 graphics core, the actual performance numbers are up in the air. If what they translated is correct, you can expect to see performance about the level of a 6800GT or an ATI X800XL. On the flip side,
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Meridian, one of our forum moderators is
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that. 18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse. Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130. It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you. This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets. One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later. As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law.
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind. Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged. Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ghostbusters is a game with a message, and that message is that you don't need Quad-SLI to run a 30" LCD all of the time. In a way that is really good, as Ghostbusters does not seem to support multiple GPUs very well; that may be because it just isn't demanding enough to need them very much. [H]ard|OCP had a 1GB HD4870 and a GTX260 running the game @ 2560x1600, with every option on its highest setting and were still averaging 40fps. That is not to imply that this is a bad
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Relative newcomer to the streaming content business Hulu has displaced Joost in the hearts of internet users as the favourite way to grab
online TV series and movies. The original concept of Joost might have been a bit too broad, using bittorrent to distribute the content was certainly a great idea, but their concept of content was so broad they never managed to find a core group of users to depend upon to spread the good word. Switching to a browser model put them in direct competition with Hulu, a content provider that does have a huge amount of users preaching the gospel of Hu
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Wired for a look at some interesting search sites that are neither Google nor that new one from Microsoft. Some are simply a different twist, such as Good Search which donates money every time you search to ChaCha which is much faster than Google on a mobile device. Others are more specific, like IceRocket, OneRiot, Scoopler
and Collecta all of which search Twitter, blog posts and news stories. For the traveller there is Voyij and for the commuter Parkingspots.com will probably be a favourite.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Clancy's HAWX seems to be showing up in a lot of bundles, from graphics cards to joysticks. Perhaps they are hinting that with better hardware you will enjoy the game more. Think Computers, not usually into flight sims, decided that that bundleware would be the perfect way to test out the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick. For the price of a usual game, you get a joystick with some serious stats as well as the game its self,
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been seeing demos of Microsoft Surface at most trade shows for the past while. Microsoft is rightly proud of this new multi-touch interface; they've come up with a complete replacement for the mouse and keyboard. This does present a lot of challenges when designing a GUI for the Surface if you intend to do more than just offer a virtual keyboard and mouse. Ars Technica has an interview with a design team that is using Surface and goes over some of the obstacles
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system. You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia. This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive.
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches. This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago. The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support. Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering. Each card
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple. Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it. It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early. Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99. Nor