Eighteen Schools Named Finalists For Intel Schools Of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 24, 2007 — Eighteen schools have been named as finalists for the Intel® Schools of Distinction Awards. The annual program honors schools for implementing innovative and replicable math and science programs that produce positive educational results. Schools compete for $1 million in grants and awards from the Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies. The winners are announced in May 2007.

It's not over for Tom Clancy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taking his games even further, Tom Clancy is preparing End War for release.  If you have been a fan of GRAW and his other games, this will take you into the field of WWIII and showcase physics and AI that will make full use of the latest hardware.  HEXUS has a bit more, and will certainly be keeping an eye out for new developments.

Source: Hexus

Warning: contains pictures of Clippy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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Wired News takes a look at some of the more (in)famous mascots of the recent, and not so recent history.  Clippy makes an appearance at the top of course, but were you aware each Windows OS received it's own manga style mascot?

Source: Wired News

I'm not dead yet

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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At some point in the recent past, Apple's iPod became THE MP3 player to beat.  Many have claimed to have created an iPod killer (including Apple with their iPhone), but so far no one has delivered.  Microsoft's attempt is the Zune, and it has been on the market long enough to mature and get the early kinks out of it's software.&

Easy HD through USB

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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The AutumnWave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a high def TV Tuner that connects via a USB cable, and allows you to watch HD programming on your PC.  It also comes with a nice software suite allowing control over channels, recording times as well as image tweaking.  While HotHardware was reviewing the tuner, they were very impressed by the proper display of the image, but found the

Source: HotHardware

Mousepad madness

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM |
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Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of.  Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end.  If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.

Source: Madshrimps

DX10, coming to an OS near you?

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread.  The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries.  The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit.  While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.

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Linux gone wild

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.

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Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP

I think we all knew that already

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista.  It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.

Source: The Inquirer

Logitechs new, and affordable, 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound.  It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm

Source: Tweaknews

It's all about the size

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF.  From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai.  Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.

Intel Chairman Begins New Projects To Help Revitalize Lebanon

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 05:11 PM |
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.

Break out the steering wheels, you're going for a test drive

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited.   Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims.  On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment.  If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.

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A brief look at Sugar

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar,  that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute.  There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.

Source: Phoronix

Intel System-On-A-Chip Media Processor Powers New Generation Of Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.

Intel Provides Details On New Products

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 05:22 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure.

Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 05:21 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the USD$1 million Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, a contest designed to spur industry innovation in new, stylish and high-performing PC designs based on the Intel Viiv™ processor technology featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Microsoft and Razer are at it again

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 03:00 PM |
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First it was the Microsoft Habu, a mouse co-designed by the two companies.  Now it is a keyboard that bears the moniker Reclusa.  With USB hubs, a backlight, and customizable keys that can accept macros or commands.  Even better it will support up to 5 profiles for those keys.  Check out the review at techPowerUp!, it's the only way to see the keyboard, as it isn't for sale yet.

Source: techPowerUp!

The hunt for a better Vista

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista.  From customization to performance increases, it's all there.  Don't let their hard work go to waste!

Source: [H]ard|OCP