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Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 10:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When a PC goes bad sometimes it is not terribly obvious what happened and you end up investigating in odd ways. Often your ears clue you in, as you hear a fan die or a head crash on a HDD. Other times
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's plans for 2010 and likely even 2011 do not seem to include any plans to support USB 3.0 at the chipset level. There may be boards released over the coming months with an add on USB 3.0 controller chip but it will not be made by Intel. Many are a little upset and confused over this choice and those that are OK with it tend to be those who are waiting to see Light Peak arrive. They may not have to wait long according to AnandTech who have just seen what the current state of Light Peak is.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2010 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can now get a hold of the new IE9 beta to try out what will be the new browser from Microsoft, assuming you've moved on from XP. A lot of sites are impressed by the speed of the new version of the venerable browser. AMD is trying out GPU acceleration of HTML5 and according to The Inquirer there will be an update to Flash player called Square that will enable hardware acceleration with the IE9 Beta as well.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The beer and pretzels game of choice has been Halo for a lot of people for quite a long time. Mostly a multiplayer experience, though some enjoy playing through the game multiple times on higher difficulties, it seems that Reach has a lot to make up for as ODST was apparently not very popular. Ars Technica takes you through an overview of the game; perhaps you can read it while standing in line waiting for the release.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: parade, amd, Intel
Similar to young siblings, AMD and Intel like trying to steal enthusiasts attention the moment the other company does something interesting. This particular time it is AMD showing off its low voltage and high powered Zacate chip while most are focused on IDF. AnandTech have updated their article with everything that they have found out about the chip, including their perceptions of how well the chip could run City of Heros compared to a Core i5-M 520.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 10:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolerMaster is now offering an interesting little device for those sick of lousy quality laptop speakers, the Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom. It is not for everyone, it will set you back $25 and the improvement is very slight. It is an improvement however and with such a small form factor it is easy to carry around if you want to impress friends more interested in volume than esoteric differences in audio quality. Take a look over at Legit Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to information shared by Paul Otellini during the IDF about Intel's security plans after the purchase of McAfee, Ars Technica has a new allusion to attempt to describe what they may be doing and oddly it does not involve cars. Instead of trying to describe Palladium and Trusted Platform Management, two terms which describe technology that never caught on and many have not heard of, Ars turns to iTunes and Apple's sales models. Apple can control what software is allowed to run on their mobile hardware to a degree unseen in the PC ecosystem and that control offers a high degre
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2010 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Developers Forum is one of the best places to see how Intel plans to affect the near future of computing. Ray Tracing has been one of the hot topics of the past few years and even though Larrabee has run into a brick wall, you can see that Intel has not given up on Ray Tracing in Ryan's coverage. Sandy Bridge is also a big draw as we grow ever closer to its launch we see more and more hints as to its performance and architecture.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2010 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has a bit of information on several projects currently being funded to find a way to improve the basic protocol on which the web works, to allow it to continue to function. The first looks at Named Data Networking (NDN) which plans to move the current model of shifting data from secure store to secure store and instead simply making the data its self secure and ignoring the store upon which it resides. Another called NEBULA tries to make sure that data follows a cryptographically confirmable secure path so that data can be verified as unchanged from its pre-transmitted
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2010 - 09:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ROCCAT ARVO Compact Gamer Keyboard
makes what seems to be an odd assumption, that shrinking the keyboard will have an effect on your gameplay. They've trimmed off the arrow keys and delete, end, page down, etc ... from between the main keys and the numpad, which makes sense unless you have a game you need the pause/break key for. Madshrimps thought it was an interesting take on a gaming keyboard, perhaps you will too.
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2010 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you caught the PC Perspective Podcast live last night you would have heard Josh talk about the ARM Cortex A15, otherwise keep your eye on this spot and you can catch it once it has been posted. The recent release of their dual core Cortex A9 brings significant performance increases to mobile platforms but the A15 looks even more impressive. Starting off with Long Physical Address Extensions to give greater than 32bit addressing and moving through improvements to the cache in both size and speed, this new Cortex could allow ARM processors to
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
13 long years ago we were promised a new and improved Duke Nukem and we have been waiting ever since. The game has gone through a long and twisted history, leaving game engines behind, ruining careers and even destroying the occasional
game design company. Unfortunately the long sordid story behind the development of the game, which you can catch a summary of on Ars Technica, has a good chance of being more entertaining than the game its self.&n
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2010 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The old A8 Cortex chip is looking rather dated compared to the new Tegra 2 chip featuring a pair of Cortex A9 chips, bringing dual core to mobile phones everywhere. Along with the second processor that will be helping handle the load this is also ARM's first chip that can handle out of order instructions, a feature which will bring significant performance improvements. AnandTech could tease much information about the graphical performance though, apart from a va
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2010 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Where Legit Reviews found the SoundRacer V10 Engine Sound Effects
gadget may be a mystery but not as big a mystery as who would spend almost $50 for it. By plugging it into your car you can broadcast the sound of a high performance engine over FM radio, turning the sound of your rust bucket to a more impressive roar. Of course that will only help if you can get it to work, something Legit Reviews failed at on many cars. Once the novelty has worn out, at least you can also use it to stream audio from a
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 08:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have noticed a few changes to our Forums over the past few months as Joe does a yeoman's job of restructuring and updating the Forums organization. You will notice that our long list of motherboard forums, which were broken down by brand as well as divided between AMD and Intel motherboards have become a single mega-forum that should be able to solve just about any problem you could find with its combined wisdom and
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Zacate does seem imply that AMD is making Spanish Hay it is equally likely they are continuing their Age of Aquarius and referencing a certain creek that runs through Laredo, Texas.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking into the near future and what we know about Sandy Bridge and its integrated graphics AnandTech tries to determine what we will be seeing. We do know that there will be two types, the single core GT1 and the dual core GT2 with the GT1 parts having 6 execution units and the GT2 doubling that to 12. Though he cannot confirm the fact, the assumption is that the CPU tested was a GT1 part, leaving us to wonder what the performance of the GT2 will be, the chip that will be found in all Sandy Bridge laptops and some desktops.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is quite a bit of news that came out of the Global Foundries Global Technologies Conference that shows what the future of GF looks like. You may have heard of Freescale, whose thin film storage technology is found in non-volatile flash memory called FlexMemory are partnering with GF to start to produce 90nm EEPROM flash memory. This represents another non-AMD contract that AMDs semi-detached manufacturing arm will be working with.