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Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone. It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality. If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add. You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX. If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bumpy ride downhill for the IT industry has picked up a little more speed today. Slashdot has linked to three very similar stories of woe for three major tech players. Microsoft is going to spend the next 18 months laying off up to 5,000 employees, with no specifics on where these jobs will be lost.
As we saw yesterday afternoon, Intel is shutting down two elderly U.S.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. The company will consolidate and streamline some older capacity without impacting the deployment of new, leading-edge 45-nanometer and 32-nanometer manufacturing capacity.
The company plans to close two existing assembly test facilities in Penang, Malaysia and one in Cavite, Philippines, and will halt production at Fab 20, an older 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a graphics professional, you have probably had your eyes on the Wacom Cintiq, and if you have just started in on the idea of tablets, you are more likely to be looking at the Graphire. For those who have graduated from the Graphire, but aren't ready to invest in a Cintiq, there is the Intuos. MaximumCPU tried out the tablet, pen and mouse, so drop by for a look.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has reduced the price of its quad-core Phenom II X4 940 and 920 CPUs from US$275 and US$235 to US$225 and US$195 in thousand-unit tray quantities, respectively.
In addition to reducing the price of current CPUs, AMD also plans to launch the Phenom II X4 950 in the second quarter with a core frequency of 3.1GHz.
AMD commented that the price drop provides consumers products with a better price/performance ratio.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is an undead monster in the closet which is having some serious issues. For quite a while now, the license to the Ghostbusters franchise has been possessed by a number of different companies, each sucking a little more life out of it, either doing nothing with it, or worse, by releasing pathetic games or. Now unless Atari can trap the spirit of the game it may never be anything but a phantom release. Ars Technica has details on the whole sordid story.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel still isn't saying that they will be taking a loss, but they aren't suggesting it will be a positive quarter either. The Register's coverage suggests that Intel employees are worried about job security at this point, and are advocating a solution like AMD has recently adopted; salary cuts for everyone.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our next virtual Chicken Little is Conficker, a voracious and evolving worm spreading thanks to unpatched Windows systems. Unfortunately for those responsible people who have patched their systems, it can still infect you via an infected USB drive and a little time to brute force your password. If you are infected, you may not notice as the little bugger is being polite, for the moment. Slashdot's story covers the invetible outcome, at some point this worm is going to go active as a
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX. Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile. Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC syst
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to The Register, AMD will be cutting 1,100 more workers, as well as reducing the wage of anyone who still finds themselves with a job. A lot of these jobs will be in the handheld and TV chip portions of the ATI purchase, which AMD is looking to sell to a nice home. There will also be cutbacks in benefits, such as the companies matching of 401K/RRSP contributions. The news on Thursday, January 22 does not look to be very positive.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps it is not the best sign for your safety that the Virus Alerts/Security Warnings/Solutions in our networking forum has been very active over the past few weeks, but you can be assured that the advice you find in the thread will keep you from being sorry. Several dedicated members are continually vigilant for the latest nasties running amok on the net, as well as the best ways to avoid them. They can't do it alone, there are
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica recently took a look at the slowing economy and how it will effect the IT industry in general and PC sales in particular. Intel is not immune to that in any way, as you can see in their reported earnings at DigiTimes. One of the biggest hits was thanks to Clearwire; falling just short of $1 billion in costs. Atom based netbooks were good news for Intel's
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is something funny going on in the DRAM industry and it is probably not good news for computer users. Back in September, it was announced that worldwide DRAM production had dropped by 22% and by 55% in Taiwan. That slowdown was reflected in the price of DDR2 rising by 75% over this past month. That will really eat into the profit margins of anyone involved in the memory business, as consumers are unlikely to deal well with a price hike to ageing
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2009 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech's review of Mirror's Edge on the PC could be summed up as 'better than the console version', though that wouldn't be fair to the full review. The game was intended to be a showcase of what PhysX can do, and while the effects are certainly evident, the physics have a lesser impact on the game than games lik eHalf Life 2. The single player game is relatively short, expect 7-8 hours, with a fair amount of fun to be had before the end.
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP took advantage of the chance to speak with Jonathan Schmidt, an Intel employee, about his experiences with the new SSD drives being manufactured by Intel. The questions cover a lot of ground, from the environmental impact of SSDs to the tendancy of flash memory to degrade over time. Defragmentation is also discussed, as the storage techniques used in SSDs do not benefit from standard defragmentation. Take a look at the interview here.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In only three short years the mouse attached to Apple computers has undergone a complete revolution. Back in 2005, the first two button mouse for the Mac appeared on the market, offering an alternative to the single button mouse that has been used since the Mac's inception. Now Razer has released a gaming mouse for the Mac, from it's DeathAdder line. Five buttons and an 1800 dpi sensor are now available with this new mouse and
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the new Seagate 7200.11 drives, particularly those with the terabyte model, have something to worry about. There is a new firmware update to
fix the problem before it occurs, but because of the thoroughness of affected drives death, you cannot update the firmware after the fact. Also, it looks like many customers are seeing high failure rates due to other issues with the disk that have nothing to do with the 'self-bricking' feature. Read more at The In
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica gets up close and personal with the current build of Windows 7. It shares a lot in common with Vista, the hardware requirements are not any lower and the UI is very much the same as Vistas overall look. Other components have undergone changes, such as UAC and the way Windows 7 will organize your media files. UAC is now bright enough to determine whether a program was activated by the user or via software, reducing the annoyance of telling Vista that you do inded want to run th