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Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RPG fans have been waiting for Drakensang for quite a while now, with teasers making the wait seem even longer. Now that it is available, the feedback has been quite good from those who have tried it. The graphics may make it look more like an Elder Scrolls type game but it is much more like Baldurs Gate. Along with the increase in graphics quality comes a rather intricate leveling system. Get the details at Gamepyre.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer feels that while the Nehalem processor is impressive, we haven't really seen what it is capable of. We will need to see some new motherboards to handle the amount of bandwidth available from the processor, especially if you want to use more than one in your system. Of course, those who have tried to set up dual processor systems in the past may have something to say about how feasible this is for a gaming rig, especially if you are planning on overclocking.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2009 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, the low price of the Phenom II processor has made the company a lot more popular. So popular that motherboard manufacturers are expecting a big jump in market share, their prediction is 30%. Computex will also bring about some more interest in AMD, with the rumoured release of the 780G+ chipset. They will pair that with the new Athlon II processors in a platform named Pisces, which undoubtedly will be cheaper than a Dragon platform.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Behemoth Large Gaming Mouse is, as the name implies, a rather large mouse you would use for gaming. The size isn't a complete gimmick, the mouse sports two lasers allowing 3200 dpi accuracy and it sports a weight compartment as well; both features require a bit of extra space. Even more attractive is the price of this mouse, at $30, it is one of the least expensive gaming mice around.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is piecing out the portions of information on Larrabee in tiny little tastes, trying to whet the appetite of an already well fed crowd. The Corei7 launch is barely in the past, the Core2 launch is also still fresh in peoples memories and the Phenom II is offering fair competition in certain scenarios on AMD's side. That rich feast of new architecture lies heavy on the belly so Intel has a bit of work ahead of them to get users hungry for more. If you feel you have the space, you can see the newest information on the structu
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the most popular threads in the Cases'n'Cooling forum is the making of an incredible case mod, both in video form and still pictures. The case its self is jaw droppingly amazing for anyone who doesn't feel an instinctual revulsion to anything designed by H.R. Geiger, and the details in the making of may lead you toward some modding ideas of your own. You will also spot some nice finds for those looking for a unique case, without the metal and Styrofoam work.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is a good time to be an IP lawyer in the semiconductor industry; there is a legal free for all going on. The newest case is Intel versus nVIDIA and nVIDIA versus Intel, as they are both suing
each other over the cross licensing agreement that may or may not be changed. As it stands, Intel is planning on denying nVIDIA access to the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the Nehalem processor, while nVIDIA feels that Intel's current IGP as well as Larrabee both
utilize nVIDIA patents. Follow
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA card owners now have an application that performs a similar task to AMD's Badaboom, which was released not that long ago. It is provided by the same company that created FixMyMovie in days gone by, but promises to be more effective. vReveal harnesses nVIDIA's new CUDA programming environment to offer a magic 2x button, which promises to take your crappy 320x240 phone cam pictures and upscale it to 640x480. Don't expect to be able to use that on pictures with above 576 lines nor make use of SLI while you are upscaling, but it still beats the fuzzy alternative.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game. It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed. All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth. There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you decide to panic over the Psyb0t worm's new ability to go after Linux powered modems and routers, you should read this quick checklist.
- Your device is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
- Your device also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC) - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 25, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced NVIDIA APEX, a dramatic new capability to its PhysX technology development software development kit (SDK), that provides artists, level designers, and game developers with a set of easy-to-use tools that streamline the process of implementing scalable physics across multiple platforms for next-generation titles.
With NVIDIA PhysX technology, game developers can design worlds that literally come
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 25, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 3rd generation iPod shuffle has a number of interesting features, such as it's tiny size and 4GB of storage for the same price as the previous 2GB model. The battery life is down a little from 12 hours to 10 or more hours. The biggest change is the buttons, or at least the lack thereof, as the only buttons to be found are on the headset. What does this mean for your ability to control the music and how will you ever replace the Apple headphones with ones that actually fit in your ear and sound the way you want?
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - March 24th, 2009 - MotionDSP Inc. today released vReveal, an easy-to-use Windows application for PCs that fixes common problems afflicting consumer-generated video.
vReveal features patented "CSI"-style super-resolution technology adapted from the forensic applications used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Using the massively parallel processing power in NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, vReveal instantly cleans up videos that are shaky, dark, noisy, or blurry.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are curious as to how the public beta of Windows 7 compares to Vista SP1, then Ryan has about 28 pages worth of material that you have to read. There are four tiers of system that he tested running from the low end of the spectrum to the best money can buy, and compared the performance of both nVIDIA and AMD cards at all tiers. There is an incredible amount of information and while it may not show the true face of the final Windows 7, you can certainly get a feel for the OS. Once the release candidate arrives, revisiti
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 24, 2009 - Continuing its momentum and leadership in virtualization technology, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD. After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour. Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process. Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front. Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode. Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission. According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back. Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.
Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.