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Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As more information slowly bleeds out of Blizzard, we begin to get an idea of what StarCraft II is going to look like. The newest preview movie covers a Terran assault on a Zerg base (choose the HD version or it will look more like gameplay from the original Gauntlet). You can also follow links that discuss how the single player campaign will work, and why you will be limited in troop tech at the beginning and how to get
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
no plans to get into the x86 CPU business according to one of their SVPs, Chris Malachowsky. They are quite happy to be the bigger fish in a pond with only two fish and a few minnows, as opposed to opening themselves up to the fierce competition in the CPU marketplace. See as how they are currently having trouble defending their place at the top of the GPU food chain from
AMD, that seems like a smart plan. Follow the link at Slashdot for more information on this as well a
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content. First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there. If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like. Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt. The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size. As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08. The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin. Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose. Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference. If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers. The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea. It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you. It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer. Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7. If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you. Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form. It's all yours to discover.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games. The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered. Drop by if you are one of them.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan is at it again, giving live updates from the IDF, Day 2. Today is about entertainment and the digital home. Keep your eyes peeled for the news as it happens; if you miss it live, this new format will let you look through what was posted, though you do miss the chance to comment and offer suggestions for Ryan during any Q&A sessions.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation and Emergent Game Technologies have expanded their relationship resulting in NVIDIA PhysX technology being directly integrated into all upcoming versions of the Emergent Gamebryo game development platform.
Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION, GERMANY August 19th, 2008 - Futuremark Games Studio today revealed Shattered Horizon, a new game where players fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.
Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing. Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him. Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there. There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews. They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio. Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS will be the first to get an X58 board with SLI on the market according to Fudzilla. The reps were still under an NDA, so we don;t know exactly when these boards will first appear, the most detail they could give was Q4 some time. See what other little gems of information came up in the full article.