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Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a hair over $40 the SteelSeries Kinzu
gaming mouse could be considered a gateway mouse. Not too expensive to scare people off, but with just enough features to have them glancing at the more expensive mice with their fancy macro buttons and other features. It is totally driverless and its sensitivity ranges from 400 - 3200 DPI and it has three buttons which can be assigned to three different profiles.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Office are not on the same page when they are talking about nVIDIA's borrowing of RAMBUS technology for their memory controllers on just about every product they are currently selling. According to the ITC, nVIDIA has infringed on 3 patented technologies and that nVIDIA will be unable to import any product utilizing them, again every product nVIDIA sells. On the flip side, the Patent Office thought that the claims were groundless and that nVIDIA should have no restrictions on bringing their products into the US to sell.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The classic PC Perspective podcast crew is back this week in the 90th episode, where the big news we covered was, nVIDIA's long overdue update to its GPU, or GPGPU depending on how you look at it. That is not all that was covered, there is a good 80 minutes of coverage. Those of you who use Chrome can also benefit from a nice little upgrade at Vimeo, an HTML 5 player. Past episodes, such as last weeks can be more easily viewed thanks to the ability to abandon Flash.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2010 Mobile World Congress will be held February 15-18th, in Barcelona Spain and will feature the release of Windows Mobile 6.6, something that hasn't been a secret. That DigiTimes found out the date of the release of WM7 is news. It will first be available to Microsoft's partners in November of this year, so some time in early 2011 you can expect to see the new face of Windows on LGE and HTC appliances in addition to their current customers. The new version will offer support for Z
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a trio of interesting tidbits from the free software world, a pair from the Register, that prove that you sometimes do indeed get what you paid for. To start with the worst bit of news, there is a buffer and integer overflow vulnerability in Shockwave that affects both Mac and Windows versions. Adobe has come up with a patch, but not one you are going to see a lot of people installing. In order to patch you will first have to uninstall your current version, then reboot and finally do a fresh install of the new version.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have probably heard of the notable company titled Arctic Cooling, famous for their muted heatsinks and heralded for their thermal paste. TweakTown is piping up about a hot new component to their business, Arctic Sounds, which promises to radiate cool music into your ears with their E361-WM Earphones. Arctic Sounds distributes several sized silicone adaptors which should be compatible with all current generation ear canal layouts as well as a microphone if you wish to
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FrostyTech still insists that they offer a Top 5 heatsink round up, but as there are 40 spots on the list between best performing and quietest heatsinks, split by AMD and Intel, you see a few more than 5 heatsinks even with the overlap between the 4 lists. Two of the more interesting coolers are from Scythe, the Orochi
and the Zipang which are the quietest coolers FrostyTech has seen. There hasn't been too much change in the top performers apart from the appearance of the new Prolimatech Megahalems that mak
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the most important line in Ars Technica's interview with Jordan Thomas, the Creative Director of BioShock 2, is the first; confirmation that the game is indeed complete. That puts the current release in the hands of the publisher and distributer; February 9, by the way. They discuss how the pre-BioShock 1 story is told via the multiplayer game and how the single player game, which occurs after the first game, uses the story of the first g
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has assembled about an hours worth of video featuring AMD's Justin Hensley discussing the various features of AMD's Open Computer Language. The idea behind OpenCL, if you have not yet encountered it in the wild, is to open up a general computing language for everybody. There are other popular ways to program for GPGPUs, instruction sets that will work on a CPU as well as a GPU, but these programs are licensed and require you to pay before you can get your hands on them. A
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2010 - 05:02 PM | Jonathan Hung
Startech, the makers of hard-to-find and specific need adapters, peripherals, other devices, has added new USB 3.0 products to their already impressive catalog.
Available now are USB 3.0 interface cards, with docking stations, hubs and other products to follow in January and February 2010.
Here's a summary of what Startech is offering to satisfy your USB 3.0 needs:
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 02:13 PM | Jonathan Hung
The latest NPD sales figures are out and it's more doom and gloom for PC gaming. According to the NPD Group, the sales of PC games declined 23% in 2009 to $538 billion total, compared to the 11% decline seen on consoles. It was just a year ago experts were predicting that the game industry is relatively immune to the effects of a global economic decline, obviously this wasn't the case.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a deep look into dynamic power management, what it means and how it is managed with current generation CPUs and systems. Processing power per watt has been a phrase used for a long time in the server room, where it can be hard to hear over the roar of fans and platter based drives. It is now a common topic of conversation among all computer enthusiasts and many motherboards and CPUs are sold with features that enable dynamic performance, which in turn allows the power drain to change as the
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To start off the second week of 2010 at the PC Perspective forums is some rather good news. One of our members, Tim Shadler pulled of second place in the ASUS Xtreme Design Contest with his Eight-Tuner-Ruiner custom build. His thread now has a demonstration video along with some rather creative unboxing videos of the various components that went into his build. Please drop by his build thread to offer your congratulations and
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The name is still a mystery, but the pictures at Elite Bastards tell a story of ASUS' new board. The AM3 socket is obvious and the connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors so you can also be confident that there is onboard graphics, though it is hard to say that it will be a 785G board. The big news that ASUS gave out along with the pictures is that the board will support SATA6 and USB 3.0, features that are very rare right now.
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games
like DiRT 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins. To get the most
out of these games - to play at the best frame rates, at higher
resolutions, and with the most eye candy turned on - a graphics upgrade
might be in order, and, for some of your readers, that prospect may be a
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix. The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles. Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground. It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own. The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons. Currently
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when. The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista. Whether
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look. That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot. The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems. The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts. Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G