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Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess. Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player. Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider. Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from. The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick. Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick. Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources. One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs. If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down. After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes. Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect. Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new. The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble. The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well. Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.
"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."
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Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience. Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience.
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel. The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80. This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100. If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage. The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people. With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional. Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away. If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer. Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings. Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well. AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory. You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers. StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers. The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated. Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct. For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply. You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology. If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition. nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well. These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips. We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction. Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion. As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic. This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling. Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy