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Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the days of 3DMark03, many gamers who used the benchmark to compare their current tweaks to their own previous results as well as the results of others, there have been many who wished that some of these benchmarks were playable. Finally that wish can come true and in a rather interesting game concept, free fall. Shattered Horizons has been demoed and talked about for quite some time now but finally we are approaching the release date. If you are interested in multiplayer combat without the restriction of a gravity well,
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would seem that Intel chipsets will not be natively supporting USB 3.0 until sometime in 2011, according to a confirmed rumour you can read about on Engadget. nVIDIA has stepped out of the chipset business, only supporting their current platforms, so you can count them out as well. ALi, SiS and VIA have pretty much backed out of the enthusiast market; which leaves AMD to fill the needs of USB 3.0 fans that want native support. There are no licens
Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CES 2010 is just a hair over 2 months away and is the prime time for nVIDIA to show off Fermi and its processing capabilities
alone or in parallel. Fermi A2 silicon has taped out according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, raising hopes that at least some silicon, perhaps even working, will be shown off sometime between now and the end of CES. We know that TSMC has had yield difficulties with the 40nm process that have not aba
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again. It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating. The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling. For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs. AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550.
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.
"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums. If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters. It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one! Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer. The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth. For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius.
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board. Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech. Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI. The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic. Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest. Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW. Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs. NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect. Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview. Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it. Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network. Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network. That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback. That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers. The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked. If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors. They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines. Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible. Take a look at this first over at engadget.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now. They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007. The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck. Perhaps the most
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest. The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC. If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed. Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple. Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI. This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required. What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad. The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers. You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you. The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it. Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders. At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements. You can also se
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.