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Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 09:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS and Creative just can't get along nicely right now, and need to spend some time in the corner thinking about what they've done. Creative's new tactic of attacking anyone that even looks at one of their cards a little funny started about the time people started using Vista and it's new audio processing stack.
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 08:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Clearflow is a new online service at Live.com that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams. Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets. The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know. That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway. Read on
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2008 - 09:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much like William Black in a certain Kevin Smith movie, I just can't see the DX10 sailboat, even if I squint. Sure, if you take hundreds of screenshots and go over them with a light meter and pantone pallet, you might find some lighting differences. You won't notice it in a crisis, while aliens are trying to eat you and freeze your planet. You will notice the frame rate hit easily, especially on AMD's cards. Don't believe it? Read what [H]ard|OCP found when testin
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there. I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well. This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 09:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them. If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently. Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 08:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future. Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites. As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS. As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 10:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market. Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc. Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.
Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with Amazon.com and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3? If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced. There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently. Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista. Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 08:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS. Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions. The Tech Report tested that theory out.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 10:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 09:00 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors. The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper. However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into. That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours. You have been warned.
Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 08:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 09:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about. It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang. [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 08:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you. There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices. You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman wants to make your FPS gaming a little more fun with their FPSGUN FG-1000 Gun Style Gaming Mouse. Just like it sounds, it is a mouse with a vaguely pistol like grip, and rather uniquely placed buttons. At first glance it seems built to satisfy those gamers who feel a joystick is the best way to control and FPS, but Digit Life's testing show that this mouse may garner a bit more attention.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 09:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has linked to an absolutely shocking story; the intertubes are chuck full of cholesterol. Arbor Networks analyzed the data from about 1,300 routers over 18 months, and found between 1% to 3% of the network traffic was consistently garbage. Even better, it appears that you can rent that garbage from shady characters on a monthly basis, and use it to launch DDOS attacks.
Psst, buddy ... wanna buy some bandwidth?
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 10:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well. Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either. With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating. TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 08:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.