Secret plans revealed: The AM3

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Once again, those Chilehardware fellows have managed to sneak some pictures of upcoming products, this time the reference design for the AM3 chipset from AMD.  Slashdot has a link to both there and an English site that is easier to understand than using Babelfish to translate the Spanish forums.  AMD is certainly looking at expanding their onboard audio and video solutions with the reference board used to make the diagram.

Source: Slashdot

I could have sworn there were people who's purpose was to think of the children

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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It looks like even though you are old enough to legally vote while drunk, you are going to have a tough time buying Manhunt 2.  At some point the idea has become commonplace that it is the retailer or service provider that has responsibility for raising children, not some other person, like say the parents ...

Source: CoolTechZone

Bad apple in the barrel

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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As if the grief that has been plaguing early adopters of Leopard wasn't bad enough, now Quicktime has run into some serious problems as well.  The Inquirer has a link to upgrade to the newest version which will do the job of plugging the holes that are currently wide open.

Source: The Inquirer

One X38, with everything please

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 05:32 PM |
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The Asus Maximus Formula (Special Edition) sports a list of features as long as it's name and a price to match.  The cooling for the chipsets takes what we have seen on P35 and 680i to a whole new level, both from the complexity of the heatsinks and the fact that it has built in watercooling nozzles.  It also comes with an LCD display to give you POST information, no more will you be straining your ears for beeps or the faint voice of Bi

Source: TECHGAGE

Crysis pulls a Homer

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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If you consider unlocking all of the guns and vehicles, but not all the maps cheating and a way to ruin your gaming experience, then go browse the forums until more news gets posted.

Source: Extremetech

A leaky weekend

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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A few interesting tidbits have leaked out over the weekend, touching on ASUS, AMD, nVIDIA and Crysis.  One of the biggest is the accidental revealing of product boxes for upcoming graphics cards from AMD.  The link that [H]ard|OCP has doesn't really provide much in the way of new information, but it is nice to have the specs that we have heard out be confirmed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Powers Up AMD LIVE! Home Media Server Introducing Easy, Universal Control of a Home Network

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- November 5, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of home servers based on the AMD LIVE! Home Media Server solution. First to market is the HP MediaSmart Server, which is powered by AMD64 technology and Microsoft Windows Home Server software. This new category of home media servers offers consumers a simple way to access, share and enjoy their PC files, digital photos, movies and music throughout the networked home and on the go.

Source: AMD

Put down that leftover candy, and get posting on the forums

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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Our new Hardware Leaderboard has attracted a few followers, looking for recommendations on Best Bang for the Buck systems and specific parts as well.  If you are looking for advice on a build, want to brag about the build you recently did, or just have some opinions on parts then head on over and give them a piece of your mind.

SPCR opens Pandora's Box

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Thanks to the Music Genome Project, we have a new personalized music stream service, called Pandora.  The fellows over at SPCR are quite impressed with the quality of choices that the service makes, even though it is definitely not quiet.  It's way of choosing music differs from Last.fm, and unfortunately it is not free.

Rumours of it's demise have been greatly exaggerated

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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nVIDIA has pulled a fast one on us ...

Source: The Inquirer

Building a better mouse for the office

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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Dragon Steel Mods has a look at a mouse that may help your productivity or just confuse your fingers.  It is wireless and sports 9 buttons, including 4 set in a circle just above the scroll wheel.  You may find some of the default button settings useless, but the software allows you to customize the setup so you can get it just the way you want.

One cheap PC

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Wal-Mart seems to be the current winner in the drive to provide cheap PCs.  The Green GPC that they currently have on sale is $199, $299 with a 17" LCD.  You aren't going to be impressed by it's benchmark scores, but being able to buy a full PC for cheaper than an iPod is certainly an accomplishment on it's own.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Opens Software Technology Innovation Support Center in China's Zhejiang Province

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 31, 2007 - Reinforcing its commitment to foster innovation through local technology companies, Intel Corporation today opened a software innovation and support center in Hangzhou, the capital of East China's Zhejiang Province.

Intel Expands Digital Accessibility and Education Initiatives in Nigeria

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 31, 2007 - Marking his first visit to Africa's most populous nation, Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett announced a comprehensive set of digital inclusion projects aimed at improving education, healthcare and economic development for Nigeria's 140 million people.

This game requires star power

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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Start your finger exercises, Guitar Hero 3 is on stage and not worried about Rock Band.  Ars Technica has risked embarrassment and finger cramps to bring you this review of a revamped favourite.  It isn't just the songs that have changed, you will notice changes in the interface and the way you play.  It looks as though you may need to get your friends all in the same room, Ars found the online play to have some difficulties.

Source: Ars Technica

Camera buffs untie!

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Gizmodo has spotted what is probably the most useful SD card on the planet.  For just $100 you get a whole 2GB of storage ... and Wi-Fi!  There is a completely enclosed Wi-Fi chip that will let you upload pictures directly to your PC, without having to hunt down the wires, or the dock, that were sitting in front of you 5 minutes ago, and have since gone walkabout.   The only downside is no HotSpot connectivity.

Source: Gizmodo

Does it come in a Fatal1ty model yet?

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The newest online gamer target product will be arriving thanks to D-Link, their Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router.  With an onboard packet processing unit, and full compatibility with X-box and Playstation, it is designed to make the most of your internet connection, presumably with the help of a Killer NIC.  Drop by The Inquirer to get a look at this new router and it's MSRP.

Source: The Inquirer

First person slide show

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM |
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Crysis has certainly lived up to it's promise of redefining the FPS genre ... unfortunately for most gamers, it has redesigned it as a slide show.  The difference between high quality and medium quality goes far beyond just the turtles and other wildlife that appear at high, but the speed takes a huge impact as well.  Very High textures can only be chosen on a DX10 machine, but unless you are planning to play the game at 800x600, chances are you won't be cranking this game to maximum.

Source: Tech Spot

nVIDIA has a big day today too

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The 8800GT has finally arrived, and it is probably going to upset people who invested in a 640MB GTS.  The Tech Report's testing shows that this ~$200 card can compete with the 8800 GTS at a lower price.  This card pretty much obsoletes the 320MB version, and puts a big damper on the 8600 series, as you will get a better deal for your money by saving just a little extra.

The evolution of a kernel

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS.  They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.

Source: Phoronix