Physical Impule Activator

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 08:42 AM |
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Just in case the OCZ NIA doesn't catch on quickly, the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard could fill the needs of gamers until they are ready to blink and twitch their way to the top of the scoreboard.  It certainly doesn't hurt that the keyboard is over $100 less expensive than the headband, not that they keyboard

Source: TECHGAGE

USB 3 : Revenge of the Interface

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 08:31 AM |
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USB should be getting a bump in speed soon, as Intel presents version 0.9 of the USB 3.0 draft specs.  Capable of handling up to 50Gb/s, attached storage should receive a nice bump in speed.  They plan to first release it as a modified version of the familiar USB plug, but soon hope to include optical transmission as well.  The Register has more here.

Source: The Register

Ask, and ye shall receive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 01:07 PM |
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There is a new bit of action going down in our trading post, thanks to the efforts of PC Perspective members and the fine folks of Tiger Direct.  We are pleased to bring new exclusive deals, starting today. 

NVIDIA MAKES PHYSICS A REALITY FOR GAMERS

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.

Source: NVIDIA

Our new benchmark is also a game

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 09:04 AM |
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Starting with his review of the HD4870 X2, Ryan has included Race Driver: Grid in the PC Perspective benchmarking suite.  Until he gets some screen shots up, you can see some at AnandTech, along with a full review of the game.  The game is a mix of rally and street racing, with some features to make it less frustrating compared to some of the other racing games that are currently available.  Add multiplayer and impressive physics to those features and you have an interesting combination.

Source: AnandTech

What we have here, is a failure to communicate

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 08:29 AM |
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If you listened to the

Source: TECHGAGE

A different flavour of network

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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Depending on the construction materials being used in your home, wireless networks can be almost useless thanks to interference, and not everyone will agree that drilling holes and dragging cables all over the house is absolutely necessary
for one's peace of mind.  The 200Mbps Powerline AV Fast Ethernet Adapter Kit may be your solution, allowing you to turn your main power into network ca

Source: TweakTown

Check out the Hot Deals Forum: Specials from TigerDirect!

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2008 - 12:53 PM |
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If you didn't know already, in our very popular PC Perspective Forums we have a Hot Deals and Sponsor Special section where you can see deals that our advertisers have put together especially for our readers.

Like: TigerDirect!  Check these out!

Source: 3DCenter

Turn up the stereo

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to.  In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly. 
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.

Jump button! We don't need no stinkin' jump button!

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 08:52 AM |
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48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons.  Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando.  You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen.  Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Open source barbarians at the Express Gate

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 08:17 AM |
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SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked.  At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine.  SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.

Source: Phoronix

Now it makes more sense

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 08:31 AM |
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This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported.  HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista.  Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for

Source: The Inquirer

Didn't see that coming

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 09:01 AM |
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It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth.  The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update.  The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not

Source: The Inquirer

Can't we all just get along

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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Some days it can be downright frustrating to work with PCs, from external

The rumour mill strikes again!

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 08:36 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards.  DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.

Source: Digitimes

Get more from your MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones.  The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around.  Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone.  The display it's self is rather impressive as well.

Intel Outlines Plans for New Category of Smarter, Purpose-Built 'System on Chip' Designs, Products

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 10:00 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 24, 2008 - As Internet access continues to be added to all kinds of computers and devices, Intel executives outlined a plan to use its chip design expertise, factory capacity, advanced manufacturing techniques and the economics of Moore's Law to usher in a new category of highly integrated, purpose-built and Web-savvy System on Chip (SoC) designs and products.

Launch acceleration

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 08:26 AM |
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Strap yourself in, the accelerated releases we have been seeing in 2008 are not slowing down anytime soon.  Next is Nehalem and the new X58 chipset, both of whom we will be seeing in September and not just before Christmas according to DigiTimes.  The socket is changing, so don't worry about investing in a top of the line LGA775 board, though AMD fans will be safe with the AM3, whenever it arrives.  Let us all hope that these truncated development times reflect the opinions of the engineers more tha

Source: Digitimes

Maybe it's best if you don't know what the excitement is about

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 09:13 AM |
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More information about the upcoming Bethesda release of Fallout 3 has appeared; this time from Wired.  While there is not that much information on the VATS system that will be used to incorporate real time and turn based combat into one seamless system, we at least hear that it incorporated canned movies, making one think of the latter games in the Final Fantasy series.  Read on to hear about Wired's take on the dialogue, one of the biggest fears of old time

Source: Wired News

Tell us something we didn't know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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As most were well aware they would, Microsoft took the opportunity that Gamefest offered them to announce DirectX 11.  They talked about the CPU becoming a general purpose GPU, sort of like AMD and nVIDIA have been touting for years now.  The Inquirer even heard them bring up that paradigm word.  About the only thing new that came out of the announcement was a promise to make DX11 run on DX10 equipment, so that you won't have to buy new hardware.  Of course, if you

Source: The Inquirer