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Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake. Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game. Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had a chance to check out MSI's new production facility in Shanghai. Get a sneak peek at the new laptops for 2008 and a glance at the production of motherboards and laptops. This is only day one, so keep an eye out for the rest of the tour. And stuffy stuff!!!
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 17, 2007 --Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world's first PC processors to integrate three computational cores on a single die of silicon, can help deliver the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of true multi-core technology to a broader audience.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models. Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times. This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today. Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years? The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers. They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible. Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them. The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes. It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch. The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV. Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy. It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot. This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails. It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear. Ready to order DDoS attacks. According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go. It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse. There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it. You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one. Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers. They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...
Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual. If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant. The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.
The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA. Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday. We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card. Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.