Get a diverse view of CES 2011

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2011 - 06:34 PM |
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The PC Perspective gang is hard at work bringing you all the news from CES 2011, battling our way through hordes of other media to bring you the best of the newest products.  You can catch all of our coverage by visiting our CES page.

CES 2011: Boxee partners with Iomega to create NAS device

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2011 - 11:16 AM |
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Iomega TV (Courtesy of Boxee)
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CES 2011: Smartfish rolls out Engage Keyboard with unique ergonomic features

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2011 - 09:38 PM |
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Courtesy of Smartfish Technologies

Pirates and Vikings and Knights, oh my!

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2010 - 06:17 PM |
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If you are looking for a little fun over the holidays but don't want to ruin any possible surprises by buying a new game then consider modding one you already have.  It could be something old like Freelancer or Half Life 1 but you could also mode HalfLife 2 and change your multiplayer experience from gravity guns to swords and attack parrots with the Pirates, Vikings and Knights II mod up for grabs on ModDB.  Read about that and more over at Rock, Paper,. SHOTGUN!

Chrome OS has few friends

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2010 - 04:58 PM |
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The new prototype CR-48 from Google is not popular among some circles according to this story on The Register.  Richard Stallman has nothing good to say about the idea of storing all of your data on the cloud, as you will never really know where that data is or who is able to get at it. 

Will you join Google in the 'careless computing' movement, or do you have concerns as to the privacy of your personal data like Stallman?

Source: The Moditory

OCZ scores a Tier 1 OEM, most likely Dell

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2010 - 05:22 PM |
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It might not seem terribly exciting, but OCZ landing a deal with a Tier 1 OEM is a pretty good guarantee that they will be around and successful for a while.  If the prediction made at The Register is correct then we will see OCZ replacing long standing HDD providers for HP and there will be Sandforce based SSDs in the Proliant line of servers.  OCZ is also getting inventive as they will be offering various connections such as fibre channel, PCIe, SAS and SATA as well as a variety of 1.8-in

Source: The Register

Get Starcraft II on the brain and in the palm of your hand with branded peripherals

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2010 - 06:27 PM |
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If you prefer form over function then perhaps this review of several PC peripherals branded with StarCraft II will be right up your alley.   You can harvest a headset, keyboard and mouse all proudly proclaiming the existence of one of the best selling games to date.  The keyboard and mouse are from Razer and are recognizable as products from that popular input device maker, so you would assume the quality would be high, with perhaps some leeway given to the headset.  As it turns out,

Sandy Bridges don't come cheap

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2010 - 04:32 PM |
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SemiAccurate has been searching the interwebs for signs of the new P67 and H67 boards and have found a few retailers that have priced them.  With the amazing amount of choice we now have in motherboards, with each manufacturer offering at least a half dozen choices of board for each chipset SemiAccurate did not compile a list of models, simply observed a trend.  You get no points for predicting that the trend is higher prices, that is something we all knew.  What seems to have caught

Source: SemiAccurate

TDK has some new wireless headphones for you

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2010 - 11:10 PM |
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The wireless TDK WR700 Headphones are a step above some of the previous incarnations of wireless headphones but they still have one of the same weaknesses, they need 4 AAA batteries.   The sound quality is the main requirement for those looking to be able to listen to their music or movies without having an umbilical linking them back to their audio source which is something that t-break felt these headphones did well.  They were also impressed with the noise isolation abilities of the headset. 

Source: t-break

Chatting up VIA about their new USB 3.0 controller

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2010 - 04:52 PM |
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SemiAccurate had a chance to talk with Terrance Shih, the current project lead on VIA's USB 3.0 team.  They discuss the hurdles that USB 3.0 presents, which were not so much in the development of xHCI but in making the new interface compatible with EHCI and OHCI/UHCI that handle legacy USB 2.0/1.1
devices, something alluded to on PCPer Podcast #133.  They cover a wide range of development choices, such as why they are implementing the controller to utilize only a single PCI3 lane and why VIA believes th

Source: SemiAccurate

3D movies on the cheap(er)

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2010 - 05:14 PM |
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Plextor has come up with a half way solution for those who have picked up a 3D capable TV or monitor but haven't invested in the rest of the kit necessary to watch media in 3D.  The Plextor PX-B120U won't have you gaming in 3D, it is a Blu-ray player with a USB connection for now, it also has the ability to connect to the as of yet unreleased Plexmedia media centre to act as a stand alone 3D Blu-ray player.  The player is also capable of fudging 3D from a 2D source and upscaling definition, r

Source: The Inquirer

It's Sackenstein3D!

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 05:15 PM |
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Somehow, even with the questionable image quality, the construction of the original Wolfenstein3D using Little Big Planet 2 is unbelievably cute.  Shooting Nazis and being shot in return seems more satisfying somehow when LBP2 is involved and even the slow fade to red when you take too many hits just doesn't seem as sad as it did in the original.  Drop by Ars Technica to see what one fan did with the LBP2 demo and just imagine what will be done with the ful

Source: Ars Technica

The DMI fight is over; SLI on P67 guaranteed

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 04:40 PM |
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DigiTimes has had confirmation from the major motherboard manufacturers that they have indeed written license agreements with nVIDIA for SLI support on their Sandy Bridge motherboards.  For a quick refresher on just what it was that had nVIDIA attempting to take on Intel you can visit CNET; to try to put it succinctly, the death of the FSB and the rise of QPI and DMI has allowed Intel to take the position that the cross license ag

Source: Digitimes

MSI unveils the N570GTX-M2D12D5 graphics card and 3DMark11

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 05:14 AM |
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City of Industry, CA – December 7, 2010 – Following the release of the N570GTX-M2D12D5, the fastest single GPU graphics card in history, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card maker MSI today unveiled the second member of the GeForce 500 series, the N570GTX-M2D12D5 graphics card. Using NVIDIA's latest 40nm process, the MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 features a 480 CUDA core GeForce GTX 570 GPU, support for DirectX 11, and NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology.

Source: MSI

A new CPU and GPU needs new benchmarks; enter a 3DMark that goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2010 - 04:42 PM |
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3DMark 11 is not just named like a new car model, labelled for the coming year not the current one, it is also a way to benchmark DX11 features.  Tessellation
is tested, along with volumetric lighting performance and physics performance using the open source Bullet engine, not nVIDIA's PhysX so don't expect to see AMDs cards fall behind on that particular test.  The other thing you should not expect to see are pre-DX11 cards completing the tests, Futuremark recommends sticking with Vantage as the new 3DMark 11 is designed specifically for DX11 cards.  TECHGAGE did find some fr

Source: TECHGAGE

TSMC has some good news about their 28nm production schedule

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2010 - 04:43 PM |
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On Friday Josh posted a look behind the scenes of the changes in production processes by the companies that make the chips we all love so much and the effect it is having on the release schedules of their clients.  While process shrinking is certainly a good thing, allow transistor density to increase and generally lowering power consumption and heat production.  As he has pointed out, all is not necessarily peaches and cream when a Fab switches as they are generally starting not only a new shrunken process bu

Source: Digitimes

Neon lights, bothering eyes for a full century now

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 10:43 PM |
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It is the time of year when our Forums begin to fill up with gift ideas and dilemmas, as our members try to decide which SSD makes the best gift, if there is a perfect eBook reader or even how to get the sound working on an early present
This member is likely to find something heavy

Kinect and Wii and now the Gyration Air Mouse

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 07:56 PM |
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Why should console users get all the cool controls, get your own motion sensing controller in the form of the Gyration Air Mouse Elite.  At $70 the price is in line with high end gaming mice though a little steep for those just wanting to experiment with a new way of interacting with their PC.  X-Bit Labs tired Left4Dead 2 with the mouse and were not impressed, but when they used it for Office productivity type tasks they were a

Source: X-Bit Labs

Chrome is putting a leash on Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 04:57 PM |
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Soon we shall see the arrival of the 8th main iteration of Chrome which will include a rather useful security feature.  They will be incorporating their own pdf reader into the browser and running it it what is termed a sandbox environment.  You can think of it in the same way as a sandbox game, in that you can do whatever you feel like inside the sandbox but there are invisible walls surrounding the entire area in which you are and no matter what you try you cannot affect anything outside of the defined area you are playing in. 

Source: The Inquirer

More even than it ought to be; a $550 GPU versus a pair @ $350

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2010 - 11:17 PM |
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Depending on how well you are at finding bargains, a pair of 1GB GTX460's can run you less than $350 while a GTX580 will cost over $500.  You might think with that price differential that there would be a significant difference in performance, but you would be wrong.  [H]ard|OCP just finished testing the performance and found practical parity, apart from some frame rate spikes in CivV and a lowered MSAA setting in F1 2010.  Apart from that, it is hard to justify buying the GTX580

Source: [H]ard|OCP