Now that is the way it was meant to be played

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill.  It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t

Gentlemen, start your lawyers

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:20 PM |
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In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on.  In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans

Source: The Inquirer

Absolutely Fabulous

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 12:46 PM |
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Source: AMD

Last time to see?

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong.  One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content.  Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product.  With Bill gone, a lot of tho

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Closes "Asset Smart" Transaction

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for the formal launch of the world's only U.S.

Source: AMD

New Specialized Intel Atom Processor Targets Cars, Internet Phones

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2009 - Advancing innovation around the Intel Atom processor with a goal to target additional market segments, Intel Corporation today announced four unique versions of processors and two new system controller hub additions to the company's "embedded" business division product line-up.

Asus and MSI's P55 boards gets pictured

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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PC Games Hardware has managed to snap some pictures of both Asus' and MSI's P55 motherboards and although neither company seems to be quite ready at this point in time, we have a feeling that Computex could well be the launch time for socket 1160 processors and motherboards.

Asus is showing off two models, the P7U and P7U Pro, with the difference between the two being that the Pro model has a pair of x16 PCIe slots.

Source: Fudzilla

Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC Solutions

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 - Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows.

TSMC will put out for anyone

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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TSMC has a voracious appetite for company.  It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI.  The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load.  Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner.  DigiTimes and other industry sources don't

Source: Digitimes

Ryanair can be bad for your bladder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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You might be surprise just how much information piles up on your PC over time, from your browsing history and passwords straight through to credit card information for you online shoppers.  One of our members is constructing a series of articles to increase your knowledge of networking, and to help you protect your vital information.  Give the article a read and let Slayerhawk know what you think.

Computer Shopper uploads its self

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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It looks like Computer Shopper Magazine will soon only be available online, according to our sources.

Source: Email

Announcing new user fees

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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How can charging money for free content not be the most brilliant idea since the BLINK tag?  Cablevision Systems Corp has recently bought Newsday and has announced it will begin to charge for access to the online version of the newspaper.  They seem to have some bizarre idea that
by changing the site into a "a locally focused cable service" people will be falling over themselves to get a hold of content that is most likely free on any other newspaper's online site.  Let's all watch how well that works out for them. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Don't over estimate the power of the Atom

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Paul Otellini took the stage at a recent conference to discuss how he sees the world and the electronics industry.  Perhaps one of the most interesting comments pertained to the Atom processor; saying "You'll be underwhelmed" with the performance of netbooks using Windows 7.  He is not implying that the Atom is going to become useless; he is simply confident that while the netbook is useful in many circumstances, it will never replace desktops or full laptops.  Drop by The Inquirer for other interesting phrases,

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech grows stronger

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 05:40 PM |
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Elite Bastards is still a little traumatized from the poor performance that the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude showed during their review back in 2007, but they overcame their anguish to review the

Afraid of steep requirements?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2.  Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps.  Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stay away from the humorous spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be.  Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it.  According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1.  Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a

Source: Slashdot

The VIA AMOS-3000: The Strong, Silent Type of Industrial PC

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.

A disturbance in the force

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 05:28 PM |
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If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks.  To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics.  This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI.  X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma

Source: Guru of 3D

Not the safest thing to try

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla.  It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0

Source: Fudzilla

Meet the new card, same as the old card

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires.  The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time.  Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour

Source: The Inquirer