Tech Style Goes Tactile

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 12:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2005 — The laptop PC is finally ready for its close-up. Previously confined to a world of monotone grays and blacks, touchable laptop PCs are now poised to break into the fashion spotlight.


Intel Corporation and Toray Ultrasuede (America), Inc., innovative leaders in technology and fashion, today unveiled 'ultrafashionable' concept laptop PCs.

Duel of the Dual-Cores

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a showdown hosted by News.com between AMD's and Intel's dual core CPUs.  The results were a little one sided.

"News.com pitted AMD versus Intel dual core CPUs and tested areas including day to day computing,

gaming, multitasking, photo editing, MP3 encoding, video encoding and bangs per buck, or price

performance as others call it. That's seven rounds of the "prizefight".


According to this, out of a total points of 100, AMD got 100 and Intel got zero.

Source: The Inquirer

Friday Game Roundup

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 02:23 PM |
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"I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for

Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it

a try.

Source: Tweak Guides

Play your Xbox for more than 360 seconds

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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A simple workaround to the crashes on the Xbox360 has been discovered, and The Inquirer is there to tell you about it.  The power is once again a problem, though hopefully not to the extent of the original release.


"Dan, from Duluth, or 'goldeneyemaster' as he is known, told the game spot forum here that he

thinks the main reason that the xBox 360 freezes is because the power supply overheats.

Source: The Inquirer

MP3 Sunglasses 2: The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:58 PM |
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Oakley has just put out the Thump2, the followup to the original MP3 player in a pair of shades.  If you completely missed the first release, The Tech Lounge takes the time to compare the originals to the new edition.  Love 'em or hate 'em, you should probably at least be able to recognize them.

"From California -- Lil' John's Thump sunglasses have been combined with Arnold Schwartzenegars

Terminator shades in Oakley's sequel of their original smash hit of MP3 playing eyeware in Thump

2, Revenge of the

ATI announces another uncoming chipset

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer caught ATI talking about a new chipset that might be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2006, called the RS485.  It will be made to handle the upcoming M2 AMD processors, though it will not support Crossfire, it will support DDR2.

"The chipset is called the RS485 and it supports one single graphic slot only. It's designed over

a new reference motherboard as it has to accommodate new AMD DDR 2 CPUs. Those CPUs will bring a

lot of memory and socket changes but they won't surface before sometime in Q2 next year.

Source: The Inquirer

When good mice go bad

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 05:47 PM |
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Try high accuracy mice on a variety of surfaces and you may smell a rat.  The manufacturers are not trying to weasel you out of your money, they are trying to find a solution, so try not to be too shrewish, and constantly badger them with complaints.  In fact, you otter head to CoolTechZone, to read up on their findings from 2 compaines, Logitech and Razer, to see just what is up.

"In a brief commentary, Razer confirmed that the current variant of laser technology does indeed

Source: CoolTechZone

Physics 101 for PCs, starts in February

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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The ASUS Ageia PhysX card should be available in February, according to this article by CoolTechZone.  Still no word on the bus it will use, or an actual date though.

"We are all aware of AGEIA and its desire to bring a PhysX processor for physics processing in

order to make games look and feel more realistic. We all want the characters to move and act

realistically, and that's exactly what AGEIA's PhysX will accomplish once it debuts.

Source: CoolTechZone

Intel Brings Home Extreme Multicore Gaming For The Holidays

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2005 — The era of multi-core PC gaming is here and at the Intel-sponsored Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) World Tour Grand Finals some of the best players, hardware and software come together.


'We have spent the last year empowering more than 10,000 software developers with thousands of multi-core development platforms,' said Bill Kirby, director of planning in Intel's Software and Solutions Group.

We're doomed I tell you! Doomed!

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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Ok, I guess we've all heard it before, and we're still here, so the sky probably isn't falling.  A javascript exploit has been found on the web, which can allow code execution on your machine, when you use IE.  The Inquirer has a story up, as well as a link to a site which has posted the code used in the exploit, so you can see what is going on.

"UK group of hackers has published a zero-day exploit which puts means IE users only have to visit

a site to be attacked.

Source: The Inquirer

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Well you may not have anyone who loves you enough to buy a present from Tech Zone's list, it is definitely worth drooling over for a bit.  Seriously, $250,000 is cheap for 10 ft * 30ft of screen, isn't it?

"What do you give the techie who has everything? That's the ultimate question. If you have an

impossible person to buy for, then this is the list for you.

Corsair Expands Flash Voyager Line Up, Begins Shipment of New 4GB Ultra-Durable USB2.0 Drive

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 21, 2005) — Adding to its award-winning Flash Voyager USB2.0 drives, Corsair Memory today announced immediate availability of a new capacity — 4GB.

Squeezing more from an audio stream

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 06:20 PM |
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Streaming any media to anything that can play music just got a lot easier.  The Squeezebox can connect through wires as you'd expect, but you also get to stream on 802.11g, as it will accept that signal as well.  Designtechnica has all the details.

"Slim Devices' newest Squeezebox network music player is turning heads with a stylish look and the

ability to stream digital music and Internet radio stations to a stereo.

Intel Launches High-Performance 90-Nanometer Multi-Level-Cell Nor Flash Memory For Multimedia Handse

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 01:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced it is shipping in volume the industry's first 90-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NOR flash memory device.

Intel Chairman Addresses United Nations

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 01:09 PM |
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TUNIS, TUNISIA — Nov 16, 2005 — Acting as the ambassador for the global information and communications technology industries, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today spoke at the opening ceremony of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (UNWSIS) about a new era in economic history marked by 'ideas as the new source of wealth.'


'Technology enables businesses and individuals to participate in the global information society,' said Barrett, who as Chairman and former CEO of Intel visits more than thirty countries a year.

First generation replicator

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Dan of Dan's Data has posted a look at the state of 3-D printing.  If you can afford one of the printers, you can have just about anything you can imagine.  Or if it works out like he is thinking, a trip to Kinko's or Office Depot may be a bit more interesting in the future.


"In The Beginning of "additive" 3D printing (as opposed to the old "subtractive" milling machines

that cut a shape out of a block of source material), there were stereolithography machines, that

UV-lasered a slowly growing resin prototype o

Source: Dan's Data

AMD ADDED TO DOW JONES INDEXES THAT TRACK PERFORMANCE OF SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - November 16, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has been added to the recently launched Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North American) and the Dow Jones Sustainability


United States Index (DJSI United States). These indexes track best-in-class companies in the U.S. and throughout North America based on social, economic, and environmental criteria, such as corporate governance, climate change, eco-efficiency, and labor practices.

Source: AMD

3 Million Teachers Help Students Learn To Develop 21st Century Skills

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2005 - 12:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2005 — A major milestone was reached by Intel Corporation today in its worldwide effort to help students and teachers develop 21st century learning skills. Three million teachers have now completed training through Intel® Teach to the Future, a professional development program designed to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning.

Mice get firmware upgrades too

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 03:09 PM |
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CoolTechZone has published a brief article on what Razer has done to their mice to fix a tracking problem found in their mice, and Logitech's response to the same issue.

"If you've read our interview with Logitech, you'll realize that Razer remedied much of the

surface tracking problems by issuing a firmware upgrade, which is currently not possible with

Logitech mice due to quality assurance issues, according to Logitech.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD in supercomputing

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 02:53 PM |
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As you know, this is a big week for High Performance Computing and Supercomputers.  With the release yesterday of the most recent list of TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, Bill Gates' keynote this morning at SC|05, and a host of companies making announcements from the show, I'd like to provide you with some interesting points that concern AMD in Supercomputing




    • Sun and AMD announced today a major supercomputing win
Source: AMD