AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).

OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.

Source: AMD

EA SIGNED ON TO LICENSE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
interactive entertainment.

"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

H(er)Ding skateboards and cat videos

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion.  Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution.  Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD.  While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums; more fun that Christmas shopping!

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action.  The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter.  The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were.  Together, these two

Evil monkey

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users.  Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions.  The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of contests from Intel

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 06:50 PM |
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The first of these two new contests asks you to guess the number of reinvented transistors Intel has shipped since the beginning of the year.

Orange computer needs input

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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Ryan has been using the

The good, the bad and the WTF?

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards.  (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world.  Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.

AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.

Source: AMD

The third gift from our new sponsor

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:44 PM |
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PC Perspective's new sponsor, Galaxy Tech, has gone all out in providing us with some gifts for you, our members.  We've already given out a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9600 GT.  We're wrapping up the contest with the biggest prize, a 9800 GT, the winner of which will be announced Monday Dec 8th.  You don't have much time left so stop procrastinating! 

It's what everyone is talking about

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Certainly there have been quite a few SSD reviews over the past few months, but as the technology is quickly maturing, it is worth keeping a very close eye on.  As they improve, the read and write speeds keep climbing, leaving platter based storage in the dust.  For another look at just how far ahead these drives are, check out the review of the top three models at X-bit Labs.

For the little psychotic kid in all of us

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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GTA IV has arrived for the PC, allowing all those PC users who haven't picked up a console to see what all the fuss is about.  Eurogamer really enjoyed several features such as the music but what really impressed them was the 32 person multiplayer support.  Doubling the maximum amount of participants can totally change the multiplayer experience and a lot of console fans may pick the PC version up for that reason.  Read the other features that put a smile on their faces here

Source: Eurogamer

A real reason to head to the MSDN

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN.  Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag.  According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Was there something wrong with the Atom?

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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There will be a new Eee Box from ASUS available, using a Celeron 220 CPU as opposed to an Atom CPU.  The main drive behind this seems to be increasing sales by knocking $50 off the price of the Eee Box.  That may not sound like a huge deal, unless you are trying to put together a system on the cheap, in which case the difference between $240 and $290 is a little more important.  According to the story on DigiTimes, tossing in an extra $110 will net you a 19" monitor to go with your Eee Box.

Source: Digitimes

It'll be a busy first quarter for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips.  January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors.  The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.

Source: Digitimes

In this week's podcast is hidden the answer

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 04:54 PM |
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In between football games and feasts, you may have some free time this weekend, so why not see if you can increase the power of your PC with a little overclocking.  Sure, it does tend to void your warranty; the risks must be weighed against the benefits, so it never hurts to have a little help.  The Overclocking Forum can help you out in that respect.  On the other hand, maybe you have a motherboard you are rather proud of and wo

Take the day off and go shopping

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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If you are having problems finding deals online with our Pricegrabber engine, and no one is offering exactly what you are looking for at The Trading Post, head over to TechReviewSource.  They assembled a list of those little tech goodies that everyone could use to help you find the best deals.

Decorate the inside of your ear

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Sleek-Audio's new Custom Earphones have a different focus than their previous SA6s.  The SA6s also involved the use of a mold created from your ear canal, though their particular speciality was to allow you to adjust it's ranges after you have them.  The new customs still require the molding, but it is the aesthetics that can be personalized.  Everything from the colour of the earbuds to the length of the cabling, plus you can have custom logos added.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

A woman this fine needs to be romanced first

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The Tech Report has five different builds, not including the alternate they offer, to get up and running on a new system.  There are even a few Core i7 systems like the Crushinator to keep you at the top of your game.  At the very end they also offer ideas on cooling, displays and even keyboards and mice.  If you don't want to go quite that far, remember that Ryan has recently updated our Hardware Leaderboard, which you can use to help assemble a new Core i7 based system