Why read your news, when you can listen to someone do it for you?

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out.  Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics.  Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.

What's in a sticker anyway?

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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3 of the systems that [H]ard|OCP reviewed over the past while bear a 'Windows Vista Capable' sticker somewhere on thier case.  Armed with a Vista Beta 2 disk, they decide to find out if that is true.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clearwire Secures $900m In Financing With Intel Capital, Announces The Sale Of NextNet To Motorola

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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KIRKLAND, Wash., SANTA CLARA, Calif., and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 5, 2006 — Clearwire Corporation, a high-speed wireless broadband services provider founded by Craig McCaw, today announced a series of transactions with Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, Motorola and Motorola Ventures to accelerate the development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

Stand in the place where you are

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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With the NOVOGO V30 voice command SatNav system, you have a "You are here" dot everywhere you go.  Visit UK Gamer for a look at this GPS system.

"The V30 is the most basic of the four "V" series range which comprises of the V30, V50, V70 and V90.

The main unit remains the same throughout the range with the differences being down to the inclusion

of a TMC traffic report function and a remote controller on some models."

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Source: UK Gamer

The next big thing in mousing

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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So you've bought the highest DPI mouse you can find, and a high quality mousing surface for it to run around on, but you still want more?  Drop by XYZ computer for a look at the next step in gaming dominance, the Razer Armadillo cable management system.

Home theatre in a small box

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 04:22 PM |
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A True Review looks at the new Soundmatters FULLstageHD Audio System, which is composed of a reciever and a subwoofer.  It claims to provide High Definition 2.1 sound with  only that subwoofer needed.  Read on to find out if they managed to do it.

"Some time ago, I reviewed an impressive single piece audio system — the MAINstage from Soundmatters.

Have a blast on Independance Day

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has several links on how to have a bit o' fun making or photographing fireworks.  Drop by and see if any of their tips can make your holiday brighter, and maybe safer too!

"Spark it up for the Fourth with your own home brewed sparklers! United Nuclear has the goods you'll

need & Wired has a geek fireworks guide, from detonators to taking photos"

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Tech Talk

Source: MAKE: Blog

Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Yes, you still have to brush them

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Over at Slashdot, there is an article about some very Sci-Fi testing that has completed at the University of Alberta.  Using ultrasound and an implanted wireless device, they have regrown diseased and damaged teeth to perfect health.  Eventually they figure to be able to use it on any bone in the body.

Source: Slashdot

Antibacterial keyboard

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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The Fellowes Split Design Keyboard that XYZ Computing tested looks like many split design keyboards, but with an extra feature.  It has "Microban coating is designed to prevent microbe growth in order to stop
the growth of the bacteria which can ultimately cause stains, odors,
and hurt the life of the product
".  This may keep it clean and smelling fresh(?), but they also warn that it is NOT designed to "p

Hexus presents their Computex Best of Show picks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Drop by for a look at the winners in 10 different categories, and even more pictures of the show, and the winning products of course.

Source: Hexus

Has Creative managed to wound Apple?

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Hardware Zone has written a review of the brand new Creative Zen 5.  There are 2 main varieties, the Zen and the Zen Plus, with the difference being the Plus' ability to recieve FM radio.  Available in 1, 2 and 4 GB models, this could certainly be an alternative to the iPod Video.

"Creative has launched the latest ZEN V PLUS - an extremely small and hardy audio player that features

video playback on a rich 1.5-inch OLED screen."

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Getting a look behind the scenes of DX10 development

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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ExtremeTech sits down with Chris Donahue and David Blythe to talk about Vista's new Direct X.  Take a peek at the power behind Shader Model 4, which will be used in DX10, the graphics pipeline model, and more.

Source: Extremetech

Sneaking out of Computex to see ECS' factory

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done.  Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.

Take to the skies

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action.  Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.

"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in

planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a

battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Opens Third High-Volume 65nm Manufacturing Facility

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.

Getting to know services.msc

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Windows XP has a lot of services the run by default, many with names you may not recognize, or understand what they do.  While disabling svchost is not the best of ideas, maybe you don't need UPnP running in the background.  Drop by PC Stats, they've just published a guide on understanding and tweaking the services WinXP runs.

Source: PCStats

Intel Helps Expand Use Of Technology In Turkey Through Intel's World Ahead Program

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced that Intel will increase efforts in Turkey to drive greater technology accessibility, Internet connectivity and enhanced education to advance knowledge and skill development, job growth and quality of life.

Through its World Ahead Program, Intel, together with several local technology companies, will make available a new type of low-cost, fully featured desktop PC to first-time computer users, and the company will significantly increase its work with educators to improve teaching and le

Intel And VMware Launch Virtualize ASAP To Accelerate And Fuel Virtualization Into Data Centers

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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PALO Alto, Calif., June 21, 2006 — Intel
Corporation and VMware*, Inc. announced the launch of the Intel-VMware
Virtualize ASAP*, a global program to further accelerate IT customer
deployment of applications in virtual environments using VMware
Infrastructure on Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms. The program
also strengthens the collaboration between Intel and VMware around
optimizing Intel platform support for virtualization.

Get a Gremlin in your ear

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at a new music service called Gremlin and the MP3 player that goes with it.   By using WI-Fi, you aren't tied to a PC to change the music on the player, by paying the monthly subscription fee, you can connect to their database of songs from anywhere the player can get a wireless signal.