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Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226. Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well. None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses. Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release. If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived. Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City. The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now. Check out the full review.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist. bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview. They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA. They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice." That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come. As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons. A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon. Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face. Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on. It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs. According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected. This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected. Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community. Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago. However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community. Th
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 18.104.22.168 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.