Get your game on with AMD

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere.  It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them.  There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans.  They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.

Source: AMD

For when you aren't gaming until 4am

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you.  They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines. 

Source: PC Mechanic

Auzentech's take on the X-Fi

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 PCI Audio Card offers you a way to get creative with your sound card sources.  This is a modified X-Fi with all the connectors on the card, they are RCA jacks, with an adapter to change them to optical.  Hardware Canucks loved this card and could only fault it in one area, the lack of proper digital surround sound.

So the news is out...

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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Okay, I am so angry right now, that I'm going to leave this as short as possible lest I end up getting PCPer put on any corporate filters.

So, Apple announced some new iPods and then...dropped the price of $599 iPhone to $399.  Just 2 months after I spent 50% more on it.  Apple has officially lost all credibility for me and the new iMac I recently bought will be going back.

A different kind of MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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Based on the Unreal Engine 3, Fury combines the speed of a FPS with a MMO game, or as the creator puts it, "Unreal Tournament with swords and auctions".  OCMODSHOP took a look at this game, and the various unique features that it offers, up to and including it's fee structure.  If you like the online play of Guild Wars and WoW, but need a little excitement, or just want to try a team based fighting game, this might be right up your alley.

Source: OCMODSHOP

A surprise from Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight.  It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all.  Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |
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It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:



The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature. 

Sorting your needs from your wants with the help of our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC.  Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.


You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

AVG and BioShock don't play well together

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early.  Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed.  AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus. 

Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.

Source: Boot Daily

Has Logitech gone overboard

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes.   The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on  with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.

Source: TECHGAGE

Cooler Master Opens MyCOSMOS Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.

DX10 must be good for something

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez.  There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks.  There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily.  It makes th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Targeting the iPhone, or the $100 laptop?

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September.  Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service.  According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile multimedia on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM |
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Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points.  While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage.  The good news is that it's price is well under $100.  If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.

Trusted Computing finally makes an appearance

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium.  The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day.  Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.

"Today's launch of the latest version of Inte

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's giving us the quiet treatment

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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After the non-launch of Athlon 64 X2 Black Edition CPU, AMD held a quiet press event in Singapore.  The speculation ran from Phenom information to Bobcat and Fusion.  TechARP can tell you just how bizarre this conference ended up being.

Source: Tech ARP

Taking it to the limits

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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A great way for PC enthusiasts to get extra bang for their buck is by purchasing a slower, and cheaper CPU, and then overclocking it to the point where the PC would make a great EZ-Bake oven.  It's not always easy, but there

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Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech