Lend us your ears

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think.  We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview.  Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.

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Get up and game

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns?  Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times?  Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks.  Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can.  The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress.  Plus

Maybe we will get a wire free office

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction.  The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged.  Slashdot has a link to the original story.

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PC Perspective Launches a Podcast

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM |
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I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today.  Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation.  You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php


You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss


We have a

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AMD to Present at UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 3, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Las Vegas.   

A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at www.amd.com/InvestorRelations.   A replay of the webcast will also be available for 10 days after the event.

Source: AMD

Dropping hints about IE8

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The buzz at Mix'07 is focused on Silverlight, that Microsoft hopes will replace Flash; but there have also been some hints dropped about IE8.  As you might have suspected RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all high on the list of features.  As well, there will be no interim versions of IE7 ... apart from security patches, the next big jump will be straight to IE8.  Ars Technica has more.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone to Gondor

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar.  If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man.  With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete.  It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.

Source: Hexus

DDR3 is on it's way

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic.  Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison.  The Inquirer shares a bit more here.

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Soft mod your iPod

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has posted a review of some add-on software for iTunes from Avanquest called TransferMy Music.  Designed to fit right into iTunes, it offers a user friendly way to music from iTunes to your iPod and back again.  It also lets you make text notes and other interesting customizations to your iPod.  The warning messages might scare you a little, but there were no problems durin

Silverlight - the new web hotness or just a flash in the pan?

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer.  Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python.  With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.

"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele

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Form over function?

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed.  In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well.  Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.

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[H]ard|OCP jumps on the soapbox

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address.  There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU.  nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone.  Head over and read the full editorial

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We've got the answers, all you have to do is supply the question

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM |
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For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.

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When is a WW2 RTS not an RTS?

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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TweakTown reviews Theatre of War, a new World War 2 RTS with a bit of a twist.  This game is not based around starting a base from scratch and climbing troop tiers, or on the fly research.  You are forced to use strategy and terrain, not simply reflexes in order to win the battles.  The army you battle with in a campaign is slightly modifiable, but once you take the field you aren't going to get to build more troops.  If you are aching for an RTS that relies more on careful planning th

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The low down on Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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Ars Technica has put some effort into finding out more about Larrabee that what was revealed in the PR from Intel.  One of the first things they try to do is kill the rumour that Larrabee has anything to do with the Terrascale project ... they are not related.  Read on to see what they did manage to find out.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD To Webcast Annual Meeting Of Stockholders

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 06:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 26, 2007 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

A real-time audio webcast of the meeting will be available at
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=74093&ev
entID=1499479

Source: AMD

A sinister mouse

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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Lefties of the world rejoice, Logitech has designed an MX 610 just for you.  It is cordless, and sports 10 programmable buttons and scroll wheel in total, including volume controls and a mute button.  Join in the celebration at Overclockers Club, where the resident lefty is quite satisfied that this isn't just a bad gimmick.

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