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Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future. Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market. In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware. The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive. There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 09:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (March 24, 2010) - Today’s devices like Digital Cameras, HD Camcorders, Multi-Gigabyte Media Players, Digital Video Recorders, and external Storage Devices along with the rapid rise in consumer needs for portable High-Definition media content place an ever increasing demand on data transfers. USB 2.0 has been the interface standard for years between peripheral devices and host platforms but is no longer fast enough for the growing demands of these bandwidth hungry devices and future hardware.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two major questions in the minds of everyone looking to pick up the PC version of Metro 2033. The first being what kind of CPU power you need and the second involving the class of GPU needed to see all the bells, whistles and sparkles. Thankfully there are sites devoted to answering just those questions, saving you from having to buy numerous CPUs and GPUs just to find out yourself; feel free to do so if you wish however.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday's slip by Gigabyte in a compatiblity list, which hinted at the existence of an unlockable Intel CPU, the Core i7-875K. DigiTimes has also heard this from their sources, though they heard tell of a pair of processors, as the 655K accompany the 875K in a release scheduled some time in June or July.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX900 media system processor, a full featured single chip solution that will be coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 Series processors to bring truly stunning video playback to the latest HD online video services.
"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," sa
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A prototype being developed in a joint project between Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University called Skinput might have found a way to make wearable computers a little less obvious and difficult to use. Previous attempts have been made varying from strapping miniaturized keyboards to arms to new ways of gestural based input involving odd finger contortions and connections. This particular incarnation consists of a wristband sporting arrays of 5 grouped sensors for a total of 100, and an optional pico-projector all of which work together to allow you to type on your hands and wris
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a piece of news and links to some speculation about a little something that was spotted in a Gigabyte BIOS support list, the Core i7-875K. Its specs parallel the Core i7-870 and since Intel seems to have already settled on a naming scheme for its six core processors it is unlikely to be an i7-870 with an extra pair of cores. The current belief is that like the Core 2 Duo E6500K which had a very limited release, that it will be an unlocked processor, making K the equivalent to an AMD Black Edition CPU.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Able Planet's NC300B feature active noise cancellation so make sure you bring extra batteries if blocking out the sounds of the world around you is your primary motive for wearing full earcup headphones. The noise cancellation means that ventilation has been excluded so you might find your ears growing a little warm and not just because people are talking about you; extended use might be uncomfortable for that reason but not because of the band res
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has posted an unofficial timeline for releases over the coming year and most of the news is about AMD. Sure, Intel's new dual and quad core i5's and i3's are interesting, but we have been waiting for AMDs new line of chips for a long time now. The second quarter will see three Phenom II X6 models which will probably not quite match the Core i7 980X but it is expected to hit the streets at a price about 20% of the Intel part. That difference in price is going to make a big impact on enthu
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2010 - 03:49 PM | Jonathan Hung
AMD is pushing for a new level of cooperation between game developers and hardware vendors - specifically in the areas of stereoscopic 3D (or S3D) and in-game physics. AMD's strategy is to open up the APIs so that any developer can take advantage of S3D and physics regardless of their choice of hardware underneath.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The joys of the PC, building your own rig, cleaning off strange crud, customizing a watercooling setup for it, diagnosing random crashes when you game on the PC, the fun never ends! Even your virtual hardware can drive you batty.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The quick eyes at The Inquirer spotted a nice tidbit of information released by Gigabyte accidentally. They revealed the clock speeds of two of AMD's upcoming 6 core CPUs in a BIOS update that were enough to determine the clock speeds with the help of the leaked CPU list. Unfortunately what was not leaked were MRSPs for the CPUs so the pricing is still a bit of a mystery. We can be sure that it will be less than the $999 Intel is charging for the Core i7 980X.
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2010 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft tried and failed miserably with their WebTV/MSN TV
initiative to bring the functionality of a PC to the TV. AppleTV did a little better but never really caught on. Now Google, in association with Intel and Sony, are trying out set top box technology on the Dish Network. They hope to make hitting sites like Twitter and Picasa as easy as changing the channel. Of course, hitting those sites is as easy as that on a PC, and services like Hulu or the actual network stations themselves make getting your TV shows just as easy. The question seems to be if anyone
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased. From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities.
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available. This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed. 10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $70 you can get hold of Razer's new Imperator gaming mouse, able to change from 100 up to 5600 DPI and it does not use drift control ensuring that how you move your mouse is exactly how the mouse moves. Seven customizable buttons ensure you can choose the most comfortable configuration for yourself. It even has drives for Macs. Techware Labs has the scoo
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 01:55 PM | Jonathan Hung
Microsoft is revealing more details about its IE9 Platform today and the improvements you can expect to see when IE9 is finally released.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot adds a little FUD to your morning with this report (and tool) from ElcomSoft about the efficiency of utilizing an AMD GPU to crack iPhone and iPod passwords. It would seem that not only is a Radeon HD5970 twenty times faster than a Core i7 960 it is almost twice as fast as a Telsa S1070. Putting aside the security issue for a moment to focus on parallel processing power, it seems a bit embarrassing for nVIDIA to have their supercomputing, mass
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700
combines two peripherals into one and does it in a rather competent manner. Firstly it is a laptop stand, putting your notebook on a slight incline, making typing a little more comfortable than a flat keyboard about an inch above the surface it is resting on. It also contains a fan to keep the laptop operating cooler than it would if it was flush with a flat surface. Add to that a battery