Ryan's foray into Web 2.0 at the IDF

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing.  Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him.  Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there.  There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective. 

Quick and easy MP3 integration

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews.  They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio.  Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.

Source: Tweaknews

First post

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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ASUS will be the first to get an X58 board with SLI on the market according to Fudzilla.  The reps were still under an NDA, so we don;t know exactly when these boards will first appear, the most detail they could give was Q4 some time.  See what other little gems of information came up in the full article.

Source: Fudzilla

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, August 15 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Black Diamond

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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The usual specs for an HD4870 are 750MHz in the core and 900MHz for the RAM (aka 3600MHz) the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition's core runs at 800MHz and the RAM has been bumped to 1100MHz, or 4400MHz.  The overclocked card does require a bit more juice, but not excessively so; it also won't be that much more expensive than the vanilla card once it becomes available.  You can see how well it does against the 280 over at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

SIGGRAPH gets touchy-feely

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The big theme at this years SIGGRAPH seems to be haptic interfaces, both as a control interface for software and as a way to provide direct physical feedback to the user.  That isn't all though, nVIDIA's ray-tracing demo was shown there, as well as Intel's Larrabee getting a lot of focus.  Drop by ExtremeTech to see what was shown, and get a peek at some nice pictures.

Source: Extremetech

AMD and Blizzard Entertainment Join Forces in Strategic Global Agreement

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 12, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blizzard Entertainment that will allow AMD to bundle Blizzard’s best games across all ATI Radeon graphics products, to deliver a superior gaming experience. As the exclusive graphics sponsor for BlizzCon 2008 in Anaheim, Oct. 10-11, AMD will treat gamers to the unparalleled graphics capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series in all PCs for game play at BlizzCon.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Showing Interactive Ray Tracing on GPUs at SIGGRAPH

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:35 PM |
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Another industry first is in the works this week during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles - NVIDIA is demonstrating the world's first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer.

Based purely on NVIDIA GPU technology, the ray tracer shows linear scaling rendering of a highly complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application.

Source: NVIDIA

Physical Impule Activator

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:42 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 - 11:31 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 - 04:07 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 - 02:45 PM |
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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 - 12:04 PM |
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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 - 11:29 AM |
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If you listened to the

Source: TECHGAGE

A different flavour of network

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2008 - 11:50 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 - 03:53 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 - 02:50 PM |
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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 - 11:52 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 - 11:17 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 - 11:31 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