GTA - FarCry style

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitachi's storage heavy weight

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work.  Get more information at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with Intel® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.

Money for nothing, and your clicks for free

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!

Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.

"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox

web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell

you."

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Guarantee your Halo 3 Beta

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 04:07 PM |
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Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta?  Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game

On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Game of the Year Awards at Shacknews

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Head on over to Shacknews to get the scoop on their picks for this year's game awards.

It is December 31st, and that means its time to tally all the votes and present to you the Shacknews Game of the Year 2006 Winners as voted on by our audience. As we switched voting formats this year, results are based on total points per category where a game got 3 points for a first place vote, 2 for a second place and 1 for a third place vote. 

Source: Shacknews

PS3 Ebay Pricing Followed and Drops

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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This is a really interesting look at the "grey" market for PS3s -- mainly on Ebay. 

Within two days of the system's launch the going price dropped by over $1000. eBay prospectors across the country were stunned at the rapid depreciation of their investment. While they were still looking at $600 profit on average, it was a far cry from the windfall everyone had been expecting.


The smart thing to do in that situation would be to wait, right?

PS3 Demo Lock Ups are a "Feature"

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2006 - 03:55 PM |
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You have GOT to love it when idiot sales reps are left explaining away problems!

"So dude over there," I said pointing to the busy clerk, "says he keeps the kiosk off because it keeps freezing up."

"Nope. No it doesn't."

"Well, actually, yeah. It does. I've seen it happen myself."

"No. It doesn't. We did that on purpose," he said.

"You make the entire console lock up on purpose because ...

Taiwan Quake Cuts Phone and Web Off

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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If your favorite Taiwanese website isn't accessible for a while, you'll know why

TAIPEI, Taiwan Dec 27, 2006 (AP)— Telephone lines and Internet service went dead across much of Asia on Wednesday after two powerful earthquakes damaged undersea cables used by several countries to route calls and online traffic.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Subject: General Tech | December 24, 2006 - 10:53 PM |
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I would just like to take this chance to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays throughout the winter.  But don't think that the season is going to keep us from working; oh no!  We have plenty of content lined for your through December and into the new year!  If you have some extra time and need a place to hang out, I'd recommend the PC Perspective Forums where you can chat with other hardware geeks and see what the holidays are bringing them!

Game of the Year Honors Passed Out

Subject: General Tech | December 24, 2006 - 10:17 PM |
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Go see what Gamespot views as the best games of 2006 for consoles and PCs. 

This is it: our highest honor, presented to the one game that blew us away most of all in 2006.

Source: General

Nintendo Wii can Now View PCPer.com

Subject: General Tech | December 24, 2006 - 10:14 PM |
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I am sure that most of you with Nintendo Wii systems already know this, but the Opera browser is now available.  You can now get to PC Perspective even easier!   

Given that the Wii has a maximum resolution of 480p, on-screen text normally meant for computer monitors would be difficult to read on a standard or enhanced definition TV. To offset this, the Opera browser has 'Intelligent Zoom' technology that enlarges objects on the page with the + button.

Source: Daily Tech

HELP! PS2 Controllers on the PS3?

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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I was hoping the PS3/PS2 controller adaptor would allow me to finally put away my PS2 by allowing me to play Guitar Hero on the PS3.  Well after two small release date push backs, I got an email that it was going back to Februrary now! 


I have one of these from RedOctane them selves: http://www.redoctane.com/universaladapter.htmlBut hooking it up the PS3 with the guiter only allows a single button to work...


Is there any ho

You know you're spending too much time on Google Earth when ...

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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When you buy a controller specifically to make navigation easier.  ExtremeTech reviews 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a device perfect for moving around in 3D spaces like Google Earth.  It won't do you much good in X3:The Reunion, but for other, less action packed galaxies, it makes a very interesting controller.

Source: Extremetech

May the luck of the Intel be with you

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset.  They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause.  Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A new dimension of sound

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian.  With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options.  Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.

"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.

Source: Guru of 3D

Why we want Wii

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation.  Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves.  Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Set a fire underneath your tree

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems.  Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.

Source: HotHardware

VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Robotics Studio

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards.  Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development

Source: VIA Arena

Futuremark comic strip competition

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition.  Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like.  You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th.  First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.

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Source: FUTUREMARK