The Wrath of Crom

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Drop in for a quick visit to Hyboria with [H]ard|OCP.  Armed with 6 graphic cards, they decided to see which would give you the best way to experience your inner barbarian.  Drop by to find out, and for a good look at what to expect from this game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Phenoms benched!

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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If you were waiting with baited breath for the two dual core Kuma CPUs from AMD, you are going to be waiting for a while yet.  It's not all bad news over at DigiTimes for you; when they do arrive they will be 45nm processors.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled its first-ever gaming event in North America. Named after its successful line of gaming-focused products, the Republic of Gamers, the Republic of Gamers Convention (ROGCon) will bring gaming sizzle to Dallas, Texas this July. The ROGCon is the first joint gaming initiative by ASUS and Intel in North America.

The goal of ROGCon is to bring classic LAN gaming back, and to honor the gaming enthusiasts who help fuel technology advancements.

Source: ASUS

For those who speak in analog

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 06:47 PM |
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If you need to change your digital signal into high quality analog, then look no further than the SilverStone Ensemble.  Hardware Canucks found
it to produce very accurately in certain applications, but don't expect EAX support, that's not really what the Ensemble is for.  On the other hand, if you have some old, high quality speakers that only accept analog signals, then the Ensemble may fit right in.

The hardy heron is on the move

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Ubuntu has had a version designed for use in mobile devices, and it has received a significant upgrade thanks to Canonical.  Phoronix took a look at Netbook Remix, you can see pictures of the interface in their article.  It will be a while before we see mobile devices shipping with it, but they will arrive and Phoronix is looking forward to testing at least one Intel Atom-powered device in the near future.

Source: Phoronix

How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 

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Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):

A Computex news deluge

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is.  Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen.  Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista.  TweakTown was there with a camera, check

Source: TweakTown

Did you see the pig that just flew past the window?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The end is nigh!

"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.

Jace Hall hosts his own show at Crackle.com, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)

it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.

Source: Extremetech

Free CALL OF DUTY 4 Map Pack on nZone

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.

Source: Email

Cooling the next generation of chips

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water.  They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers.  They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.

 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No mutants allowed!

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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FarCry 2 already has two things going for it, no mutants and no aliens.  The game really doesn't have anything to do with FarCry at all, apart from dropping you into a lush sandbox, giving you guns and a mission and then sitting back and letting you do whatever you want to complete the mission.  It is a little early to tell, but the lack of mutants may help make the latter parts of the game actually fun, as opposed to the exercise in frustration that the last few levels of FarCry became.  C

Source: bit-tech

Become your own record label

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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TuneCore is a rather interesting new way for up and coming musicians, and well established ones, can become their own record label so that people can hear their music.  For $19.98 a year per album, plus one time fees of $0.99 per song on the album, and $0.99 for each music store that you want them to make it available on, your music is as easily accessible as any other band on iTunes.  Check out how well it worked for Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

The absolute opposite of a slow news week

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report had a very busy first day at Computex, they must have run the whole time to get as much done as they did.  From nVIDIA's new GeForce 9M-series notebook GPUs and their new Tegra system on a chip to ASUS Showing off their new Eee and Eee Box, it's a long list.  Head over and see what els

Now that's a naked Nano

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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Legit Reviews had a chance to visit the Centaur Technologies fab that was responsible for the creation of the Nano.  Not only did they get to see the Nano, there were wafers of C7 chips and rooms filled with games, for testing purposes.  They even got some benchmarks for the Nano, so check it out.

StreamMyGame Launches Broadband Player: Play games installed on your home PC remotely

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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Streaming software by StreamMyGame that enables the latest games and software applications to be used remotely, was publicly demonstrated for the first time today during the opening keynote address by an Intel Corporation executive at one of the world's largest technology trade shows.

Online streaming of video and audio has radically changed the broadcast and mobile industries re-inventing the way consumers purchase and watch media. StreamMyGame takes this evolution one step further.

Source: StreamMyGame

VIA Nano Processor Platform Earns Prestigious 'Best of Computex' Award

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 11:14 AM |
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Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 3 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Nano processor and the VIA VX800 all-in-one digital media IGP chipset received the coveted 'Best of Computex' award by the Taiwan Computer Association and the Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA), during a morning ceremony today.

Get your neural impules firing

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 03:30 PM |
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Drop by Overclock3D for a look at the OZC Neural Impulse Actuator in the wild.  As opposed to all the demos we have seen set up at various computer shows, they are trying to use it on a real system.  Read on to find out just how useful this device is.

Source: Overclock3D

One take on anti-spyware

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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At ExtremeTech you can read about their top 10 antispyware programs.  The list is short, and they offer a quick overview on which offer better protection, and which are not worth the money it would take to buy it.  If you have been hit by malware and are considering a new
programs to protect yourself then give this article a peruse.  There is also a lot of advice in our networking forum.

Source: Extremetech