Intel-sponsored game developer contest for best threaded game demo--$80K in prizes...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Your game demo could earn you serious cash, powerful PCs, software tools, and great exposure.


On March 22, 2006, Intel will launch a contest to find the best game demos that showcase the features and performance of Intel platforms.


Enter in one or both categories:


    * Best Threaded Game
    * Best Game on the Go (Mobile Gaming Technology)



To win your share of over $80,000 in prizes, including top-of-the-line PCs and Intel Software Products!


The contest will be launched officially at the Game Developers Conference

DTS comes out of the theater and into your PC

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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A True Review examines the first DTS card for PC's, the HDA X-plosion 7.1 DTS.  DTS lets you encode any stereo source to 5.1 or 7.1, so even badly ripped MP3s will come out of your speakers in true surround.  Dolby Digital's successor has come.

"With DTS becoming nearly as common in home theatre receivers as Dolby Digital, it was only a

matter of time before the DTS equivalent of Dolby Digital Live became available in a sound card.

Well, that card is here.

Recognize your favorite Open Source Authors

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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SourceForge is having it's first ever Community Choice Awards, giving you a chance to vote for your favorite projects.  There are 14 categories you can vote in, so spend a minute to reward the projects you love.  Newsforge has all the links and info you will need to get you headed in the right direction.

There are well over 100,000 open source projects on SourceForge.net, a site owned by OSTG, the

same company that owns NewsForge. Now you can vote for your favorites in 14 categories.

Source: Newsforge

Independant Gaming Festival

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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If you find your self getting upset at the choices of games you can find on the shelves of your local stores, and wish you could find something different to play, take some advice from MAKE: Blog and check out the IGF.  Almost all of the games that will be there are downloadable from Fileplanet or Gamespy, and range from child-safe games, to well ...

Source: MAKE: Blog

Microsoft's answer to Google Earth

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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It has taken a while for Microsoft to challenge Google head on, but it seems like it is coming soon.  Along with their new search engine, The Inquirer reports on their purchase of a satellite imaging company, Vexel.  There are few details as of yet, but Vexel seems to bring some interesting 3D imagery to the deal.


Happy St.

Source: The Inquirer

Someone put my keyboard on their game controller

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Ars Technica is playing with a very odd PC device, the AlphaGrip AG-5 handheld keyboard and mouse.  It combines both a keyboard and mouse in a device that is shaped sort of like a console gamepad.  While it takes a while to learn, they find it is actually usable, check it out.

"Although the peculiar shape and seemingly incomprehensible button placement make the device look

like a haphazard amalgamation of keyboard and gaming hardware, the layout feels relatively

natural right from the start and aft

Source: Ars Technica

Shannon Babb of Utah Named Top High School Scientist

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today awarded Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Intel Science Talent Search.

What kind of A/V cable is that?

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 05:42 PM |
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If you have ever been stuck trying to figure out the plethora of A/V cables that are commonly in use today, you are not alone.  eCoustics comes to the rescue, with a handy guide describing all the common connectors you are liekly to come across, so keep it as a handy bookmark.

"Got the Home Theater system connection blues? It's always a bit frustrating to newcomers and

seasoned audio-video enthusiasts alike when you're faced with that array of input and output

connectors.

Source: eCoustics

CeBIT in a day

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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R & B Mods only had a day to pack in everything they could about CeBIT.  There are 9 pages of photos that cover almost every area of the show, and give you a great tour.  A warning, if you are still using dial-up, it may take you a day to see their whole tour as well.

"Everyone that has some type of computer interest knows that Cebit is one of the worlds biggest

exhibitions. I had the pleasure to go down to Hannover Germany this year to take a part of this

huge event.

IPTV, coming to the small screen near you

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Sure we have all streamed video over the net using TCP/IP, but webTV with the same technology has never seemed to catch on.  The newest incarnation is IPTV, and Ars Technica can explain how it is supposed to work, and just why the Telco's are interested in broadcasting it.

"IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of

Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an

IPTV system in its broadest sense.

Source: Ars Technica

Giving an old game a new look

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are.  Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors?  The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.


"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and

managed to get a game of Quake Three runn

Source: The Inquirer

Intel has plans of domination for 2006

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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While AMD has held the performance crown for a while now, Intel has never been out of the game.  At the IDF they revealed the core architectures they hope will regain the speed title for them.  Designtechnica has posted their views on the IDF, and what it is that they took away from it, drop by and see what you missed.

"Clearly, Intel has been in a funk lately. AMD has been hitting them so regularly that the old

Intel Bunny Men are looking more like punching bags than mascots.

Meet America's Brightest Young Scientists at the Intel Science Talent Search

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition. Take a glimpse into the future of science in America as 40 of the brightest young scientists assemble in Washington, D.C. to showcase research that examines human audio processing, which can be applied to speech recognition technology and cochlear implants; a study of mosquito-borne equine illnesses; development and optimization of a remotely piloted Micro Air Vehicle; and a new method for determining the age and mass of brown dwarf stars.

If you don't buy it, it won't come

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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In an editorial on Malware, PC Mechanic hits on the real solution to spam and adware.  Those pop-ups appear because someone is hoping to make money, and if everyone stops buying from spammers and pop-up ads, they just wouldn't exist.

" "My computer is running really slowly and I'm getting tons of pop-ups." It probably wouldn't be

hyperbole to say that this is the most commonly uttered computer-related comment.

Source: PC Mechanic

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel NextGeneration Enterprise Platforms

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership.

Intel & Microsoft Outline Plans for Advancing Benefits of New Management and Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:24 AM |
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NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation today outlined plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance promising virtualization technology that will bring businesses new capabilities and cost savings.


In a move to bring unique management benefits to the broad number of users of Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) for the first time, Intel plans to connect its new Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel®

Intel and Vmware Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and VMware, Inc. today announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments. In a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger and VMware President Diane Greene announced expanded product support and a global joint marketing campaign to increase awareness and adoption of the technology.

S1 and AM2 and F, Sockets galore from AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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If you have no clue what the title means, the quick and dirty is, S1 (754 pins) is aimed at notebooks, AM2 (940 pins) is the new desktop socket and F (1207 pins) will be targeted at server applications.  Read a lot more about them at AnandTech.

"The Intel Developer Forum doesn't officially start until later today, but we hit the ground

running with a handful of meetings shortly after landing in San Francisco.

Source: AnandTech

That's not a subwoofer ... this is a subwoofer!

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 06:34 PM |
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There is such a thing as a 5 foot tall subwoofer.  You might want to consider getting it before your neighbour does, or you will lose every stereo fight you get into.  If you haven't seen this monster floating around the web yet, head over to Digital Grabber to get the scoop.

"The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB.

Nut'n'Honey

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the Stealth Switch Desktop Cloaking Device.  It is a USB device with a kind of enhanced ALT-TAB, which hides that important program you were writing when someone comes snooping by and starts shoulder surfing. (Cause that's the only thing you could possibly be hiding, right?)  Read the full review to see if it can get you in even more trouble than you would be without it.

"Maybe the boss walked by as you were playing Solitaire?

Source: Big Bruin