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Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently. The new 184.108.40.206 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs. Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers? Worry no more.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits. They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds. Yes, ear molds. According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe".
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week. Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again. This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on. Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Interplay is finally doing something right. According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series. Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition. Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements. If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU. Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor. Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos. Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WORLD HEALTH CARE CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare, software that provides an efficient way to exchange healthcare information inside hospitals and with health information networks. The product will allow healthcare providers to more easily connect with one another so that each can provide better care while benefiting from reduced integration costs.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a tumultuous week in the tech world, with Intel and nVIDIA going at it like a group of vi fans going after emacs users. The stakes are big, the future of PC graphics could be decided, but both parties are ignoring AMD, and by extension the old ATI crew. Ryan feels that this is not the brightest move, AMD could well become the major player in the PC graphic industry. Do you think he is right; or do you have a different view? There is
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 17, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million. These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges. First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's Trimon has been a long time in the works. If you are willing to use really old drivers and the older games that are supported by those drivers, you can have a 3D
gaming experience, maybe. The Inquirer has found out that they have a brand new nVIDIA driver to offer, although at 91.31 it is by no means one of the newest. The Trimon is also supposed to be able to add depth to pictures and movies, as long as you are wearing the funky glasses.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Go! Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party? You would be much happier looking at the pictures.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing. The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well. There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well. ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California, 16 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX builder kit has been selected as the platform for the Build Your Own Embedded System track, a new hands-on embedded system development lab at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place in San Jos
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
* Record Server Microprocessor Revenue
* Revenue up 9 Percent Year-over-Year
* Gross Margin up 4 Points Year-over-Year
* Operating Income up 23 Percent Year-over-Year
* Net Income $1.4 Billion; EPS 25 Cents
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb
is about the size and shape of a bowling ball, but is an iPod dock with integral 2.1 stereo sound. At Overclockers Online they were rather impressed by the quality of sound that it produced, as well as the inclusion of USB to allow the use of devices other than an iPod. On the negative side, like most other iPo
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AT&T has, for some bizarre reason, created a web browser and called it Pogo. Pogo wants a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM. Crysis only wants a C2D 2.0GHz or an Athlon 2800+, 1GB RAM and 256MB VRAM. So you have a browser that is almost as resource intense as Crysis, which is capable of crippling any machine going right now.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
I think most people will have my first reaction when reading this headline, but Blockbuster is indeed making a bid to purchase Circuit City. Why? So that they can become the "most convenient source for media entertainment." Uh, sure....