Intel has 8 billion dollars worth of fab plans for the US

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 11:55 AM |
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Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon.  The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility.  Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%.  Check o

Source: The Register

The big new from AMD, meet the 68xx series

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side.  For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three.   You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet.  Not too long though.

Super secret spyphone program

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 11:29 AM |
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Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages.  It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card.  Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to.  Take control over

Source: The Inquirer

Viewsonic has 3D for AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 02:16 PM |
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It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition.  Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available.  There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested.  Take a peek over at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair makes quality headphones now, too

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 12:58 PM |
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Corsair has aimed for quality with its new $100 HS1 gaming headset, using 50mm drivers to provide the sound and a uni-directional noise cancelling microphone.  The ear cups are cloth and the drivers themselves are placed on an angle to your ears as opposed to being pointed directly at them and are capable of upscaling a source into 5.1

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Global Foundries shows off at its own conference

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 11:24 AM |
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SemiAccurate has been busy with the news coming out of the new Global Foundries Technology Conference, where GF has been

Source: SemiAccurate

Mixed reviews for the new Medal of Honor

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:19 PM |
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Ars Technica tells you all about the good, the bad and the ugly of the new Medal of Honor game here.  Much of the news is good, they describe a game that seems to have some depth to it, as well as impressive explosions.  They do have some negatives, calling melee a pale reflection of Bad Company 2 as well as the existence of some portions of the game that leave you feeling like you are passively watching and not actively participating.  Check out

Source: Ars Technica

WiFi on the highway

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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For the most part, when someone is on the move in a fast moving vehicle they depend on the 3G cell network (or 4G if they're lucky) to provide their data connection.  The problem is one of pricing, as utilizing the cellular network to move any amount of data tends to add up to a noticeable expense over time whereas WiFi tends to be free.  Enter Wiffler, a "prediction based offloading"
program that is intended to allow you to offload at least some of your data transfers onto WiFi.  The program will hopefully allow a WiFi/3G combo neteork while you are driving or otherwise non-s

Source: Slashdot

A Rat is simply a well adjusted mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM |
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If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice.  At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...

The 6800 leak is more confusing than exciting

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 01:02 PM |
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On the internet you can find some benchmark results that may well show the current performance levels of the HD6850 and HD6870, ones that are not terribly encouraging.  The results were purportedly generated from tests of using 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 and both cards seem to have scored lower than the HD5800 cards that preceded them.  If the leak is valid it raises some interesting questions about the drivers, benchmark integration and performance of the cards in games. 

Source: bit-tech

XFX gives up on nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2010 - 04:43 PM |
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The rumours about XFX seem to be true, especially after a chat Kitguru had with XFX seems to confirm all the other evidence that XFX will be focusing solely on AMD cards in the future.  This move does seem to have inspired their creativity a little bit, as evidenced by some of their new packaging.  The troubles between nVIDIA, who have yet to comment on the situation and XFX predate the decision by nVIDIA to undercut the middle man by selling their own cards a

Source: Kitguru

Turkey Day, eh? Even if you aren't Canadian the bird is still the word

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 06:16 PM |
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One thing we are good at here at PC Perspective is producing a complicated answer to a simple question.  That is the nature of the beast as it were, where a simple question about the maximum number of connections a wireless router can handle generates a rather informative post on how much it can handle in theory versus how many it can handle in reality, if you can understand the rather technical reply.  That is not the only thing we are good at however, the tricky part is finding a way to explain the techni

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Microsoft is eyeing Adobe

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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Microsoft has a bit of a problem when it comes to mobile products, historically that was not a big issue but as more and more people are looking for serious mobile power and they are finding it offered by other companies, Apple for instance.  The mobile war is going poorly, the Zune did not really catch on and had a very limited release and we are still awaiting for a phone or tablet running Microsoft's new mobile OS. 

Source: Ars Technica

Confusion in the server room as Xeon model names get more obscure

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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Intel has always had a fondness for making Xeon processor model numbers a little hard to interpret, something they have now shared with the average user with the Core series of desktop CPUs.  With Sandy Bridge around the corner it is time for them to rename everything once again and SemiAccurate has the list of the server parts.  Many will be unsurprised to see three family lines, the E3, the E5 and the E7
but it is the four numbers or more after the dash that really tell you about the processor.  The first digit indicates how many CPUs it will be able to work in tandem with on

Source: SemiAccurate

If you don't know what it takes to play Civ V yet ...

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 08:44 PM |
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Tech Spot would be happy to show you just how over a dozen video cards perform as well as , the loads experienced by dual, quad and hexa core processors.  One of their last tests focused on the performance scaling of a Core i7 that was clocked initially at 2.0GHz and then ramped up in 200MHz steps all the way to 4.0 GHz which displays just how GPU dependent Sid's newest creation is.

Source: Tech Spot

It's nVIDIA rumour day

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 12:30 PM |
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The rumours and facts about nVIDIA are just flying today and [H]ard|OCP can start you out with the biggest.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston Digital Announces SSD Destructo Challenge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Up to $3,000 Awarded for Best Ideas to Destroy Kingston’s Ultra-tough Drives

Fountain Valley, CA -- October 5, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SSD Destructo Challenge. Kingston® wants contestants to submit ideas on how to destroy one of its solid-state drives.

Everybody's mousing now; Arctic Cooling joins the game

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 03:35 PM |
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It will probably come as no surprise that Arctic Cooling is following the likes of Coolermaster in producing their own series of mice.  Currently they have two models, the Arctic M551 and Arctic M571 of which the M551 is up for review at ThinkComputers.  It has three sensitivity settings, 800, 1600 and 2400DPI and a pair of thumb buttons to give you some extra abilities.  Along with those features you expect from a gaming mouse it also has a nice braided cord and a readt for your pinkie finger. 

Meet the new Flash

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 11:34 AM |
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JEDEC (the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council if you were wondering) has spent the last three years hammering out a Universal Flash Standard which they are preparing to release on the world.  SemiAccirate is hoping for more specific details at the Flash Storage Summit in San Jose which starts today but they did find out some facts to share.  The new standard will apply to both CF cards and to solid state storage applications so you might see UFS compliant flash

Source: SemiAccurate