Your audio files are driving you away from music

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 08:58 PM |
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It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think...  Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???

Source: Slashdot

Far Cry still worth $5

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 08:50 PM |
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An interesting discussion in our forums: is buying Far Cry today worth that $5 you found in your jeans pocket?  Stop in our forums to see everyone's thoughts on the issue...

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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.

(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )

32 nm by Committee

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 10:19 AM |
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One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel.  The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined.  Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel.  It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer.  But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&

Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.

What is AMD thinking

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day.  They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see.  Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.

Mega Patch Thursday?

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 08:57 AM |
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Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date.  The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get.  If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3.  Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs

Source: Microsoft

The new latin craze

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 09:26 AM |
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One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa.  While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling.  They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.

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A warning of YouTube content to come

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 08:49 AM |
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Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera.  While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember. 

Source: Dan's Data

Timeshifting your satellite radio

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time.  Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Funny, I don't remember ordering that Javascript

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 09:00 AM |
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Rogers, a Canadian ISP, is testing out a little something from PerfTech; who are specialists at web marketing.  Currently Rogers is injecting Javascript directly into their users browser as a way to display nastygrams about account usage.  As Ars Technica points out, this is an incredibly small step away from delivering ads straight to you, or removing content they don't want making it to you.  The

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Marks 60th Anniversary of the Transistor

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 08:35 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).

A different style of keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 10:19 AM |
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Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers.  This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre.  X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard.  One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,

Source: Gamepyre

Some confusion for your Monday morning

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods.   It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it.  So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes? 

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 03:40 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Find fabulous forum facts fast

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 03:38 PM |
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One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience.  Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible.  Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another.  One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a

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They're only good cards if you can buy them

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 10:22 AM |
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The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers.  This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards.  So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost.  See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.

Will they be bright enough to firewall Skype?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 08:51 AM |
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Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services.  What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it.  It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging.  More on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York.  AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses.  Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.

Source: AMD

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech