The highs and lows of wireless speakers

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPaceHotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place.  Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou

Source: HotHardware

Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.

Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

UT2K7: DX10 and PhysX

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish.  The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support.  In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series.   The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o

Source: The Inquirer

Security in an easy to swallow package

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico.  According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU.  A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.

Source: Slashdot

Linux on the run

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage.  What is at issue is the OS, Vista.  On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.

Get on your feet

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen.  As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each.  These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons.  If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.

Fallen in love with Google's calendar?

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar.  According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone.  You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again.  It should tie in well with the

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective offers you a smorgas-Board

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 04:50 PM |
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Our motherboard forums were the original starting point of what has now grown into PC Perspective, and are still one of the best places to go for support on the web.  Even if you are using a less popular manufacturer, you will find knowledgeable members ready to help you out.  Everything from inexpensive AM-2 boards from ASRock, or Biostar's T-Force series, or a Chaintech board that has some re-occuring p

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The CUDA cometh

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer.  It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release.  As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.

Source: The Inquirer

An unpretentious media player

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed.  Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install.  It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space.  Read on

Source: PC Mechanic

Incredible shrinking RAM

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process.  This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography.  DigiTimes has a bit more, here.

Source: Digitimes

When aliens attack

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's.  While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days.  Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.

Looking for a fall guy?

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time.  If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.

Source: The Inquirer

A first for OpenOffice

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice.  Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty.  The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.

Source: The Inquirer

The newest in gaming accessories

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year.  A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.

Source: Bjorn3D

Garbage Mining

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 02:54 PM |
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You may remember in a previous PC Perspective podcast, Jon bringing the topic of e-waste up.  Slashdot has a link to a story that follows up that topic with a look at why it is done.  The actual people in the electronic waste dump get contaminated water and a couple of bucks a day, to harvest waste in which the density of precious metals recovered is higher than in ore mining.  Read on for a very interesting slide show.

Source: Slashdot

It's been a busy week on the forums

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 06:28 PM |
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Home networking has certain grown in the past few years, both in popularity and in complexity.  This thread over in the Networking & Associated Security forum gives you a good tip on how to arrange a network so that you can easily keep track of what is connected, and how it is protected as will as helping you understand how a popular security program, IPCop, works.  You can also get some great tips on troubleshooting a problematic wireless connection.&nbs

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When Griffins and Pumas attack

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out.  We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details.  The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized.  The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats.  Start by look

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