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Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 09:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better. As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that. If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it. You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry. From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously. That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 08:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney. We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!! Stay tuned!
UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino. Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today. We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for. The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow. Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music. The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using. Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 10:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button. While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build. It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version. As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts. The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example. Head over for the full
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves. The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors. 6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned. The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now. If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear. Drop by SemiAccurate for information.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member. It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal. Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun. Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip? In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire. Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
IDF is all about 32nm and according to Intel, 32nm is all about mobile usage. Ars Technica delves into the minds of Intel's mobile division in an attempt to divine when we might see x86 based System on a Chip based smart phones. Their belief is that we shall see two separate families of 32nm processors, a fast but electrically leaky version and a significantly slower version that will not leak. It is not hard to determine which version will be
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.
The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features. Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice. The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner. Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 04:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one. This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot. As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects. Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2009 - Intel announced a number of important organizational changes today and expansion of some key executive responsibilities.
The changes align the business around the core competencies of Intel Architecture and world class manufacturing, placing operating responsibility for them in three senior executives.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 11:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has been busy, mostly with the release of Lynnfield finally upon us. Ryan has done an outstanding job explaining how some Core i7s now fit LGA1156 motherboards while others are on the older LGA1366. We also delved into the repercussions of losing the third memory channel and
moving the PCIe controller directly onto the processor, along with many other tech topics in this weeks PC Perspective Podcast. There are still other CPU discussions of interest, f
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 10:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo. While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect. It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common. The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 08:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out. They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins. No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire. If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i