The re-rebirth of the iPod

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch.  The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV.  Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.

Source: Ars Technica

Strap on your parachute

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 09:28 AM |
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The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy.  It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot.  This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails.  It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.

One DDoS to go, and a side order of fries

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear.  Ready to order DDoS attacks.  According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.

Source: Ars Technica

A mouse that thinks it's a joystick

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 01:56 PM |
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The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go.  It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse.  There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it.  You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.

The new face of Commodore

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one.  Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers.  They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...

Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors To Play a Lead Role In Lucasfilm's Datacenter

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 08:15 AM |
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San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
and entertainment.

Source: AMD

RadiSys Enters into Agreement to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms ATCA, cPCI, &

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.

AMD's new graphics card lines

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 09:10 AM |
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DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual.  If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant.  The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Updates Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.

No problem, mon

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 03:10 PM |
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When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA.  Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit

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Something to do on Monday night

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday.  We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card.  Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.

iFury

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 10:27 AM |
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In what seems to be a move to divert the rage of early adopters of the iPhone with something new and shiny, Apple has released the iPod touch ...

A perfect Storm

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 08:42 AM |
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The Storm Worm that  has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there.  It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever..  It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do.  Check out more about this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Why should FPS player get all the good toys?

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 02:17 PM |
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The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one.  With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage. 

Get your game on with AMD

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:13 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 - 09:22 AM |
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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 - 11:48 AM |
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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 - 11:37 AM |
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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 - 09:31 AM |
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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 - 09:10 AM |
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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