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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
We have a
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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