A new sound in PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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It's a coprocessor conspiracy

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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What if Ageia wasn't really trying to make things clow up prettier, but instead had a plot to create high-performance computing with off the shelf parts ... namely their physics card.  At the GDC, a company called Codeplay talked about their new auto-parallelizing compiler.  It's called Sieve and it is target to run on three different platforms, multicore x86, Ageia's PhysX, and IBM's Cell.  Read on to hear the rest of the secrets Ars Technica has discovered, before someone silences them.

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use at the Green California Exposition @ VIA Technolog

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 12, 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, will showcase a range of highly power efficient partner products for enterprise at the Green California Summit and Exposition taking place in Sacramento, California from 13-14 March 2007, booth 1030.

Wii've got a Winner

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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We at PC Perspective would like to congratulate Jimmy N. from Texas! He is the winner in the PCPerspective and Newegg Win a Wii contest.

Thanks to everyone that participated, and keep your eye out for more contests, like the NCAA Tournament.

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March Madness @ PC Perspective

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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All you need is a CBS SportsLine.com free membership, and a few picks!  Join up here, if you don't already have a membership, for a chance at bragging rights and a prize of undisclosed nature. 

Join the tournament here, and use this thread for your trash talk.

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A little lube for your mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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BurnOutPC reviews 3 mouse enhancement products from XTracPads, MouseGrips, MouseDotz and Instaglide.  The Grips adhere to the top of the mouse, to increase the friction between the mouse and your hand, and the Dotz are Teflon and replace the old beat up pads on the bottom of your mouse.  As for the Instaglide, think ski wax.

Source: BurnOutPC

Waiting to get in the game

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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ExtremeTech has wrapped up their GDC 2007 coverage with a big slideshow, covering some interesting new peripherals and systems, as well as a long writeup on the presentations they saw.  Get a look at what is coming up for 2007/8.

Source: Extremetech

What's up with PC Perspectiveers

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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Some congratulations are in order for our 2 new forum mods, Scruff35 in our BOINC forum and Harryc  os modding in our LINUX forum.  Drop by and cheer them on, and look for their interviews with UncleBob on the front page.  As well, a certain simian member has convinced our Wise admin to make it possible to embed video on the forums.

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AMD and Architecture for Humanity Announce World's Largest Architecture Prize at TED 2007

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:25 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 9, 2007 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year's TED Prize and founder
of Architecture for Humanity, today announced the first ever Open
Architecture Prize at the annual TED Conference. The $250,000 Open
Architecture Prize is the largest prize in the field of architecture and
is designed to be a multi-year program that will draw competition from
design teams around the world.

Each year, a winning design will be selected from a field of low-cost,
sustainable design projects and built in a selected community.

Source: AMD

Taking a peek at the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hanging out at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.  They've collected all that they have seen and heard onto this page, covering keynote addresses, vendor presentations and pictures. Check out what's coming up in the world of play.

"Our ace tech analysts are at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco snooping up all the tasty morsels, product

releases, and hot news stories."

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Source: Extremetech

When 4,294,967,296 just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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If you haven't really heard anything about IPv6, the new improved TCP/IP protocol, apart from the fact that it exists and Vista can use it, Ars Technica can help you out.  The reason for the switch is due to the growth of things with IP addresses, it's not just computers anymore; fridges, phones and coffeemakers all want them too.  According to the article, the total addresses possible number 4,294,967,296 with over 500,000,000 unusable, there are 3,700,000,000 usable addresses.  About 2,400,000,000 are in use right n

Source: Ars Technica

The Walkman never stops

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 01:17 PM |
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Hardware Zone had a chance to see the new Sony Walkmans that are to be released soon.  The NW-A800 series comes in 3 flavours; 2, 4 and 8 GB, with a sleek design and 2.0-inch LCD.  The NW-E010 series comes with the same 3 varieties, but sacrifices the LCD for it's tiny size.  This little player is 3.3" by 0.9" by 0.6" and weighs about one ounce (29g).

Jonesing for a Google Answer?

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:40 PM |
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Get your fix from Uclue, a new service by the researchers involved in what once was Google Answers.   One of the first questions they answered is how Uclue will differ from Google Answers.  It is currently in beta, so it is hard to get a perfect grasp of what the service will do.  This article on Ars Technica may help you to figure out what it is all about.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Drives Industry Efforts to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handheld Devices

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- March 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and multimedia content optimized for handheld devices powered by AMD's next-generation graphics technologies.

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Saitek's new Pro Gamer

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Saitek has released a new input device for the gamer in you, the Pro Gamer Command Unit.  Offering 20 buttons, plus a shift button, as well as a tiny joystick under your thumb.  Head to techPowerUp to get the full review, but be careful ... they liked this device so much they've tossed away the keyboards on their gaming machines.

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Duke Nukem ... Arena?!?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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No, pigs haven't sprouted wings, nor has the permafrost extended that far down ... it's not DN4ever.  The Inquirer has seen a port of Duke Nukem 3D onto portable phones, allowing to you lay the mighty foot down old skool style.  If you have a BREW compatible phone, this is worth checking out, and the port of Prey as well.

Source: The Inquirer

30 days of Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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A great experiment has taken place at [H]ard|OCP.  A member has just spent 30 days using the 32- and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on 2 different computers on fairly new and one a year old.  Everything from the installation to normal everyday use like email, IM and DVD burning, as well as a foray into getting a graphics editor like Photoshop to work, and even a little gaming.  Take a look, you might be tempted to switch, yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's second annual game demo contest

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including:      

Short and simple security

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Take a run through Tech ARP's Security Boot Camp.  There are some very handy tips for detecting, removing and preventing malware, and it is done in a very easy to understand method.  See if there is anything there the will give you a few tips, and save yourself some time cleaning your computer later.

"If you are always worrying about the security of your computer but do not know what to do about it, then this is the boot camp

for you."

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PCPerspective forums - informative & informal

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Another Friday is here, and it's time to take a peek at the forums. A KVM switch can be a very handy device if you are running a Distributed Computing farm, or just have more PCs than you do monitors.

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