Onboard isn't always enough

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 01:21 PM |
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If you have a good ear, the difference between onboard audio and audio from a high def source over a high end sound card stands out enough that the entrance price is worth it.  Others might not hear much of a difference, but that may also be because they've never heard high def audio.  A Blu-ray disk is capable of providing incredible audio quality, assuming the sound card is Advanced Access Content System compliant, otherwise it downgrades the signal to quality even onboard sound can handle. 

The near future for Global Foundries

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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The ground breaking for Fab 2 is scheduled for next month and once it is completed in 2011 it will be the lead on 28nm process and smaller.  This leaves Fab 1 to handle current 45nm and 32nm process based chips, with it's main focus being on ramping up production.  If Fab 1 can get a solid amount of production coming out to finance their R&D, then Tom Sonderman's plan to beat Intel into sub 45nm processes may become reality. You can see some of the planned timetable at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Capital Invests $43 Million in UQ Communications

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:21 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 7, 2009 - Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, invested $43 million (JP4.15 billion) in Japan-based UQ Communications, a provider of WiMAX mobile services.

Apple has been keeping the sun away for 22 years now

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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One thing that is often missed when overclocking is the actual effect on system performance.  The raw numbers are always bigger, for instance a Q9450 bumped up to 3.2GHz is faster than stock, but what happened to the system.  It might feel more zippy, or maybe you have just fooled yourself because of the time you spent watching it hang during unsuccessful settings.  Here at PC Perspective our reviews give hard numbers as opposed to subjective feelings, and you can do the same at home.  That is not to say simply run 3DMark over and over, but instead to pick a game and benchm

Steve is going to be peeved

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Palm Pre has been heralded as the second coming of the iPhone and has had gadget freaks squealing in anticipation of its arrival.  It has arrived and already rumours are flying, shells are being stripped off and all of the wonderful engineering inside is exposed to the world.  It was thought that hiding in the code somewhere was a little something special and Hack A Day has confirmed it.  The Pre can pretend to be an Apple iPod and connect to iTunes.

Source: Hack a Day

Pure clicking satisfaction

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM |
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If you have fond memories of the sound and feel of the IBM Model M keyboard, R&B Mods has a treat for you; the rest of you membrane fans can pretty much skip their review of the i-Rocks Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard.  This 97 button keyboard uses mechanical switches for key depression, but not a buckling-spring keyswitch, so it isn't quite the same but still offers feedback.  It is a shiny black USB board however, and it sports a pair of USB plugs and blue LEDs under the three lock keys, which does make it a lot more modern looking.  Take a look and

Somebody is going to be awfully upset

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Back in March, former AOL head Jon Miller was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Hulu and has he got an announcement for you!  He "envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu ... are available only to subscribers.".

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel to Acquire Wind River Systems for Approximately $884 Million

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4, 2009 - Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.

Computex 2009: ASUS demos a possible future vision of technology and communication

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:30 AM |
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In what can be compared to the work Microsoft is doing with Surface devices, ASUS was demonstrating a mock up of a tabletop system that the company envisions the direction of technology and ubiquitous communication between cell phones, notebooks, cameras and even your dinner plate!

LIVE! This Week in Computer Hardware with Ryan Shrout and Leo Laporte

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Every Thursday at 6pm ET you can watch me, Ryan Shrout, host a show with Leo Laporte of TWiT and The Screen Savers fame on PC hardware.  You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Holy monkey bladders, it's Monkey Island!

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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Guybrush Threepwood is back in two completely different ways, three including a cameo in a certain Civ4 mod. The first of the games being release is The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which is a remake of the 1990 classic.  Updated graphics, music and voice-overs from the original cast should keep those with no memories of the Island of Melee interested while the rest enjoy a little nostalgia.

Source: Offworld

More about Microsoft's Starter pack

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The 3 application limit that has been a part of Starter versions of Windows has been confirmed to have been dropped for Windows 7, as we expected from last weeks rumour.  Even more interesting is the fact that you will actually see netbooks running the Starter Edition as Microsoft plans on releasing it to the world at large as opposed to just certain markets.  It won't be a perfectly replacement for the full version however, many features like DVD Playback are not enabled. 

Source: The Inquirer

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ADDS NEW POWER SUPPLY TRADE UP PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 11:24 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG 100 Day Power Supply Trade Up Program. The program is designed to give BFG customers a one time opportunity to exchange their current BFG power supply within 100 days of the original date of purchase for an upgraded model and only pay the difference in price, plus applicable shipping and taxes.

Hillary just can't get any higher

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 06:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP may have started this particular trend but it takes a PC Perspective Forum member to test CPUs to destruction to determine what other common household items work best. 

How can you resist it?

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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Available in yellow, red or white gold with white or black trim and with 59 diamonds in either a flower pattern or a scattered pattern, this Swiss made mouse is really something else.  So what if it only has an 800dpi resolution and a total of three buttons, at over $20,000 it's the most expensive mouse on the planet!

Follow the link over at TechFragments to order yours now.

More cables to sort through

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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HDMI cables are getting even more fun to identify with the advent of the 1.4 revision.  Five different types will now exist for various applications, for instance the High Speed version will support up to 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz or 4096x2160 @ 24Hz and will support 3D applications.  Another interesting version has the ability to pass data over a network connection at up to 100MB making transfers of data or browsing much easier.  For more information head straight to the source, HDMI.org.

Source: HDMI.org

Sounds like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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We have all heard great things about in ear headphones, and how the sound quality and noise isolation are worth every penny it costs you to get a hold of them.  Of course, they work better if the rubber nub that heads into your ear canal is custom fitted, and being able to pick your own colours and styles is nice as well.  The drawback is that it will cost you several hundred dollars to try them out.  techPowerUp has a review of some less expensive in-ear headphones which might make trying out t

Source: techPowerUp!

Recording LIVE NOW!! PC Perspective Podcast #58

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 10:06 PM |
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Update: Thanks to all who tuned in for the (longer than normal) show!!

Thursdays at 10pm ET you get to us record the PC Perspective Podcast LIVE!!

Toss in an extra 24, just in case

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 01:28 PM |
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The brilliant white finish on this Sparkle GTX260 isn't the most unique thing on this card, it is the 216 shader processors, 24 more than a standard GTX260 that stands out.  The heat management isn't anything to laugh at, PC Stats hit a rather impressive overclock, reaching 682MHz core and 1221MHz memory.  It doesn't qui

Source: PCStats

800 in 1

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined.  It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th.  About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to. 

Source: Ars Technica