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Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soundcards are slowly going extinct as onboard audio improves to the point where just about any feature the casual audio user could want becomes available. This has refocused the soundcard makers toward the audiophile card as they are the only ones with standards high enough to desire a discreet soundcard. This means that many of the soundcards on the market are around the $200 mark and sport features most gamers aren't even aware of. The
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blizzard is swinging away with the Nerf bat, most smacking around the Protoss as they are having difficulty determining what to do with Zerg that seem more powerful depending on what culture they are from. This is based on studies of the multiplayer beta that has been out for a while now, but Ars Technica will tell you about the single player side to StarCraft II. The good news is that what they played felt entirely different from multiplayer. From the Hub between missions to upgrading troops and especially the hiring of mercenaries, the mechanics feel very different from the
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The arrival of the 800 series chipset from AMD marks a happy time for anyone looking to build a decent machine at a modest price. The reviews of the high end version of this chipset, the 890FX, have been positive and one of the big winners has been the totally redesigned SB850. Now that AMD's southbridge must handle a serious amount of bandwidth from not only SATA2 channels but also SATA 6Gbs, there needs to be the ability to share resources when that much data transfer saturates the pipe. Unfortunately,
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might have noticed there is a jump in price with boards sporting USB 3.0, as the controller that is provided by NEC/Renesas
is a tad expensive. There is currently a cheaper alternative on the market but it is limited to PCIe 1x, it really is not a good alternative. SemiAccurate now reports ASUS has confirmed that one of their subsidiary companies, ASMedia, will be producing a full speed USB 3.0 controller and at enough of a reduced that ASUS is switching ne
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just a few months ago we saw the first 2nd generation Atom parts from Intel, the Atom N450 and N470 both single core dual thread 45nm parts with 612KB cache, the N450 clocked at 1.66GHz and the N470 at 1.83GHz and using DDR2.
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA-April, 26 2010 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced today its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier's market share for Q1'10.
The year, 2009 came in above expectations with an 11% year to year growth, an amazing comeback. Q1 of 2010 showed traditional seasonal slowdown with everyone except Nvidia and SiS showing decline.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading can be a bit of a hassle, sometimes the problem is hardware related but more often it is software as your programs are updated more frequently than your hardware unless you are very very hard on your components.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' is looking at releasing a product to compete with Apple's iPad by the end of the year according to the information at DigiTimes. They have adopted Google's Android as a platform, will be Tegra based and should cost about $500. It will have some features the iPad is missing, such as as USB connectivity, an integrated webcam, and Adobe Flash. We should get our first glimpse of the Eee Pad at Computex and may see MSI's planned M Pad there as well.
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even just a quick peek at Psyko's 5.1 PC Gaming Headsettells you this is not your average headset, and that doesn't count the kit it comes with. The headset is an eye catching orange with serious padding on the headband as well as the cups. Those cups have a transparent plastic outside which can be flipped up to allow some fresh air into your sweaty earholes after a long gaming session. The headphones are not all that you will g
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An Australian fellow by the name of Bruce Dell has started a company called Unlimited Detail which is working on a very different way to display graphics; one that has caught the eye of professionals like John Peddie. He is abandoning polygons and the graphics hardware required to pump them out, but not by adopting ray tracing. Instead he uses voxels, or pixel clouds to render objects, or at least their surfaces so as to avoid the performance hit of rendering internals that are never seen. That has been the big hurdle to bring voxels to the PC or console and he has overcome
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2010 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Left 4 Dead has been collecting a little virtual dust in your Steam account it might be time to brush it off and fire it up. Ars Technica has some information for you not only about the new downloadable mission with new weapons and a beastie but also information on what Valve is calling Weekly Mutations. This sounds similar to the mutations in Unreal Tournament and every week there will be something a little different about the game.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn, LOTES and Tyco AMP must be jumping for joy at the news about Intel's upcoming SandyBridge CPUs as it turns out they are not socket LGA1156 chips but are instead a brand new socket type, LGA1155. The main motherboard partners with Intel are probably considering burning down warehouses full of Nehalem boards and making an insurance claim since Intel is not going to emulate AMD's strategy with socket AM2+ offering an upgrade path without having to completely replace your motherboard. On the other hand, the new socket does allow for the changes that are reported to be in Sandy
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2010 - 10:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is going to take a while to finally start to see actual products for testing but the information about Intel's new platform is coming out slowly and from the naming scheme it seems Intel knew it would be taking time off. We know a bit about their plans for the mid to low range market but the real question is their plans for the high end. As you can read at VR-Zone the platform is called Waimea Bay and would consist of a socket LGA1156
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2010 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is something deeply wrong with making the selling point of your mouse the coating of gel it comes with, but yet that is exactly what the Jelfin Gel-covered Mouse sports. Thankfully they did not refer to it as 'organic' gel, as the possibilities are already too nasty. The brave fellows of Think Computers not only received one of these mice, they actually touched it; a terrifying thought when you realize this mouse comes in a sealed can. Follow the link, if you dare.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2010 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech gives a good breakdown of this experimental technology that the tech world has been abuzz about. HP has been working hard on this project that is trying to build the replacement for flash memory, which might be hitting a scaling problem. Trying to reduce the process size of flash memory is taking a long time, we don't expect to 20 or 30nm for about a year which is really impacting storage density. If memristors transition to the Fab smoothly then the density will be attractive as HP has made parts of 3nm in their labs. As if that wasn't enough to put a smile on the faces of those needing high speed, high density storage it turns out that memristors have an interesting and unique trick. Not only can they function as storage, they can perform logic functions as well. The speculations of them being able to learn are perhaps a little exaggerated in the media, but the theory that the speculation comes from is sound.
"Last week, I read a lot about HP's advances with the memristor. This is a new class of tiny switch that could eventually change some of the fundamental ways computing devices are designed, and I am very intrigued. In theory, at least, the new technology could allow for a replacement for NAND Flash memory, maybe for DRAM and hard drives, and maybe even for logic at some point. It's fascinating technology—but of course, the path from theory to commercial product is often longer and more complex that it initially appears."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Making ISPs common carriers: just a simple "error correction" @ Ars Technica
- Cisco Flip SlideHD Review @ Digital Trends
- Samsung builds world’s first 20nm semiconductor chips @ The Inquirer
- Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants @ Wired Magazine
- Makerbot clone @ Hack a Day
- Cool Tech For Your Pet: Dog-e-Minder Review @ Legit Reviews
- Opera Mini vs. Safari on the iPhone @ Digital Trends
- Kodak EasyShare Z950 Digital Camera Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Campus Party 2010 in Spain - Day 2 @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 06:11 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD announced yesterday that they had a record Q1 with revenues of $1.57 billion and a net income of $257 million. The previous quarter saw revenues of $1.65 billion, with a $1.1 billion net income due primarily to the $1.25 billion settlement that Intel paid AMD. Considering the typical weakness of Q1, AMD has done very well. This stronger than usual quarter was not unexpected as Intel also saw a very profitable Q1.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is rightly proud of it Optimus technology, a rather smooth way to save battery life and still offer graphical performance when needed thanks to a GPU that can disable its self. They also had reason to be proud to be supplying GPUs to Apple for their various systems. But then suddenly Apple releases their new Macbook Pro which features a GPU that can be enabled and disabled on the fly that does not use nVIDIA's Optimus Technology. It would seem that Apple's antipathy towards exclusive relationships with suppliers is still strong.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
that Josh just finished reviewing is a fine soundcard. It can pas through protected HD audio via an HDMI 1.3a cable letting you shatter your ear drums watching the newest Michael Bey movie. It has switchable OPAMPS for the audiophiles to colour their music with. Dig into the control panel and you will find no end of things to tweak, up to and including telling the s