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Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of. While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change. Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums. It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything. Give it a shot and see who's on right now.
Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on". AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching. There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO. They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU. You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes. In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans. In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you. The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles. ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station. The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours. There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size. The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse. With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to. It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g. The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco. While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java. Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson. There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL). Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures. For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade. If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone. At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for. It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere. At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with. The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black. Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code. Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it. Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
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Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. â€” May 3, 2007 â€” 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.