Bored of the Wii controller? Pick up the T-Freestyle NW.

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 03:36 PM |
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If you are wanting a non-standard input device and cannot wait for Project Natal or Kinect or whatever name the motion sensing device Microsoft is working on bears when it hits the market then just maybe Thrustmaster can help you out.  They have on offer the T-Freestyle NW, a skateboard control for the Wii.  The number of games that you will be able to successfully use device with are limited, but

Putting the onus of 3D on the CPU and not the bridge of your nose

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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Microsoft is showing off their own take on a 3D display and it is one that people may find preferable to alternatives that require you to wear glasses.  By varying the thickness of the display and uses tracking cameras to steer the LED light to your eyes directly.  The processing power prohibited this type of 3D display until recently when newer generations of processors arrived that could handle the load.  It is also a very small solution, no bulky projectors needed as this will fit in a normal TV/display from factor.  The viewing angle is a little thin right now, but

Source: Ars Technica

That ole Google browser

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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As Google's Chrome arrived on the scene many installed it and tried it out to see how it compared to their browser of choice and many seem to have acknowledged its existence and then gone straight back to their usual web browser.  Their reasons vary but there are two main causes for people to stick with their original choice, the lack of extensions and that persnickety
little requirement in the tech world; a killer app. 

Source: InsideHW

Footballers try to kick between the posts; we get our kicks from trying to POST

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 06:05 PM |
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Visiting the PC Perspective forums for help is always a good idea, even if your question is not technically about a PC, since at least one of our fine members will know at least a little about what you need more information on.  For instance this thread will put you in the know for picking an inexpensive drawing pad to doodle on.  Of course if you do have a question involving PCs and their components you will get more people answering

Danamics tries their electromagnetically motivated liquid metal cooler again

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 01:20 PM |
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Fresh out of Denmark is the Danamics LMX Superleggera,
a heatsink which uses liquid metal and an electromagnetic pump to move heat around as opposed to the more common wicked heatpipes that we see.  This is their second try at this type of cooler, the first one was prohibitively expensive and did not give an impressive performance.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Google versus Microsoft - Security and semantics

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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A Google researcher has released to the world an exploit that uses the Help Center in Windows XP to take remote control of your system.  Some security experts and most of Microsoft are rather upset about this as they only received notification of this vulnerability on June 5th, giving them 5 days to work on a fix.  The Google researcher has pointed out that without an actual exploit in the wild, Microsoft is not going to move quickly to stop a rather nasty exploit and instead will just add it to the list.  The researcher has also provided enough information on how exactly the ex

Source: Slashdot

Help for those looking to set up a home studio

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 02:02 PM |
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If you are looking to get into audio production for the home then ExtremeTech has something of great value to you.  There is now an alternative to purchasing high end audio recording and mixing equipment for those who cannot afford the steep entry price of the high end components.  All you need is your trusty PC, assuming you have set it up with all of the necessary pieces and programs.  It is worth a bit of research before you start as there are incompatibilities; for instance many of the audio mastering programs are not compatible with 64-bit Windows 7. 

Source: Extremetech

A beta driver brings hopes of 1080p to ION

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 12:42 PM |
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AnandTech had a chance to try out nVIDIA's beta driver update, version 257.29 which among other things brings the possibility of playing 1080p quality video without dropped frames and choppiness.  The update is not a perfect solution, it dumps the hard work of playing video onto the back of the GPU thus freeing up the GPU which can lead to issues when there is another element overlaying the video, such as controls or a Youtube popup.  Hulu also still suffers

Source: AnandTech

Need a mouse to match your Ferrari branded laptop?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 05:25 PM |
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The
Motormouse 2.4G might not look exactly like a Ferrari but it is much more similar than any other mouse you will find.  It would be easy to mistake this mouse for a child's toy car but there is no question that it is a fully functional wired mouse.  The design is obviously more for show than comfort as the review DigitalTrends mentions that hand fatigue becomes an issue fairly quickly thanks to the high back (or roof) of the mouse.  They did take advantage

Is there a StarCraft schism in the works?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 01:09 PM |
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As you should well know the biggest gaming competitions involve an elderly game that goes by the name of StarCraft.  While not quite as big in North America as it is in Asia, that statement aptly describes the population difference as well which is how StarCraft can remain so big while the Western world has moved on for the most part.  These competitive gamers are scary to watch in action as in order to be able to try to compete y

Source: Wired News

MSI's upstart UEFI returns to challenge the elderly BIOS

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 12:33 PM |
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It has been a long time since we heard word of MSI's BIOS replacement, the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI.  We finally have an update which you can read about over at Slashdot about what they have been doing over the past year and a half.  We did see a P45 motherboard from MSI with a click BIOS but we will finally be seeing a true implementation of UEFI on MSI Sandy Bridge motherboards which will be ar

Source: Slashdot

It is zero-day all over again for Adobe

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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This time they've gone for a triple crown as both Acrobat versions, the full and the Reader as well as Flash are all being attacked and your OS will not save you this time, any machine with the vulnerability can be attacked.  For the most part it will simply cause a crash but in some cases Adobe warns of the potential of escalated privileges.  The list of affected software is a little complex, as older versions of Acrobat and the current Release Candidate of Flash 10.1 are not vulnerable so you'd best follo

Source: The Register

If you were waiting for the Service Pack then you can grab Win7 in July

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2010 - 01:34 PM |
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For over a decade the release of a new Windows OS has been met with demands to know when the first Service Pack will arrive, or in some cases Service Pack 2.  They have helped corporate adoption in the past thanks to it having all of the dozens of critical security updates bundled together and tested to see that they play together nicely, thus ensuring far less in the way of repeat testing by their IT departments before it is rolled out.  For the home user it is similar, having the bugs worked out and the extra testing of compatibility is nice when you really don't want to deal with

Source: The Inquirer

Asus' new Xonar makes Xense

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 05:05 PM |
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ASUS has partnered with Sennheiser to create a new discreet audio card solution called the Xonar Xense HD.  Inside you will see the usual suspects, an AV100 audio processor along with Texas Instruments and Cirrus Logic
to handle the digital to audio conversion, though this card's frequency response is a little more impressive than most in the Xonar series.  The package also contains a pair Sennheiser PC350 headphones, fairly high quality and designed with this card in mind.  If you are shopping around for high quality discreet audio then

Source: TweakTown

Make your own 3D videos

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 11:46 AM |
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Using a nice and easy technique called Structured Light 3D Scanning, all you need is a projector, a camera and a bit of software to record 3D images.   By projecting a known pattern onto an object or scene and utilizing imaging software to interpret the geometry of the objects the pattern is projected on.  As you watch the video on MAKE:Blog you can see that this is a work in progress but as the source code is also available from them you might be able to help make this

Source: MAKE: Blog

More EyeFinity eye candy

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM |
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If you already have invested in three or six monitors and a new AMD graphics card then you already know just how impressive EyeFinity can be.  If you haven't been able to do so then you can drop by Techgage for a nice teaser, comparing many modern games on a single display @ 1920x1080, on three displays @ 5760x1080 and on six displays @ 5760x2160.   As there are more than a dozen games of a wide variety of types you really can get an idea just why multiple monitors are so popular, es

Source: TECHGAGE

Something fun to do with Intel's new unlocked CPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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Overclockers HQ recently received a package from Intel containing a Core i7 875K, an Intel DP55SB, 8GB Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3-19200 DDR3 and a challenge.  They spend some time with the parts, assembling and overclocking them and do it in a video so you can follow along and see for yourself how overclocking one of these new unlocked processors is.  You should also keep an eye out for a contest that will be evolving from their experiments.

Computex: Thermaltake shows mechancial keyboards with fans

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 05:30 AM |
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Thermaltake is well known for their high-end enthusiast chassis (like the Level 10), power supplies and coolers but it would seem the company isn't content with that and is making a move into the world of keyboards.  They will have two distinct lines of keyboards, one aimed at a lower price for the mainstream user and another higher-end option that is aimed at those of us that remember the days of mechanical keyboards. 

Google looks at company wide defenestration

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Windows is out at Google as the company cites security concerns and offers its employees the choice of either Mac or Linux for their main computer.  This move is prompted by security concerns as they hope to avoid the many viruses and other nasties targeted at the much more popular Microsoft platform by moving to ones where the malware is less common; a different kind of security through obscurity.   Of course one has to wonder if Google's adoption of these platforms will not inspire those who originally make the viruses to start going after the other two platforms.  Even a

Source: Daily Tech

A peek at the road ahead for Intel

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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The Inquirer have managed to find a slide that was posted to the net covering the next 12 months of Intel's mobile chips.  Six new processors will arrive by the end of the year to keep you occupied until Huron River comes out in the beginning of 2011, if all stays on track.  Not too much new technology has been associated with this chip refresh though Zero Power ODD and the incorporation of on-die Intel HD graphics is generating interest.

Source: The Inquirer