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Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying. The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not. For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio. If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard to keep track of just how many incarnations of Aliens Versus Predator there has been, from the days of the stand up arcades to the Atari Jaguar version that Gaming Heaven mentions straight through to the more recent PC versions, but most gamers and movie fans still get a chill when they hear the distinctive ping of that motion sensor. In the latest version, the demo of which is available on Steam, all of your favourite races return; the soft and squishy marine, the vertigo inducing Xenomor
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The oddly named BenQ Joybee GP1 is a slight larger than a 120mm fan at 136x54x120mm (5.3x2.1x4.7") and can project an 858x600 image up to 2m across. It uses an LED backlight as opposed to a lamp like you would find in a regular projector which means that the little Joybee does not produce quite as bright an image as would a model with a bulb; it only manages 100 lumen. This also means that significantly less heat is produced, something of great benefit for a device this small and mobile.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2010 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cloud computing has been poised to change the world now for almost as long as Web 2.0 has been.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2010 - 11:01 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The BSoD is coming to a phone near you thanks to the efforts of Microsoft who has made a 90 degree turn from their previous mobile efforts, ditching their mobile OS for Windows 7. The GUI looks like a ZuneHD (if anyone has actually seen one of those in the wild) as opposed to Windows 7 but there is more to this cellphone than that. Not only can the Windows Phone 7 do everything a Zune can do, you also get a 'Bing Button' will get you searching on the web, from XBox you get LIVE games, avatars, and profiles all built into the phone, plus social networking integration.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At some point once you have become learned in the ways of the computer you will run into something that makes you have second thoughts about what you know to be true. Case and point is the deal that a forum member spotted on Newegg, which features a DDR2 socket AM3 board with a deal for an AM2+ processor bundled with it and that is not even mentioning the RAM.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you go out shopping for headphones you may end up flabbergasted at the amount of choice you have. Before even thinking about a brand you need to decide what type you want. Are you a fan of the classic earbud style, or do you prefer the newer ear canal type or perhaps you are a purist and prefer the cans. Once you have decided on your preferred style then there is the small matter of picking out which of the 100s of brands you want. Digital Trends tries to help out by offerin
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Like some sort of bad horror movie villain that keeps coming back from the dead, another phone-home validation program is arriving from Microsoft. Back in the days of Windows 98 it was the Critical Update Notification Tool that checked for updates but also opened up the possibility of serious security breaches, not to mention that checking every 5 minutes was a little excessive. With Windows 2000 and XP, we saw the beginning of the Windows Genuine Advantage program, which was intended to keep people honest and drive them to purchase Microsoft's OS instead of pirating it. Unfo
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2010 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new server benchmarking tool may not come in handy the next time you are testing a family PC, but if you run servers or clusters of servers then you may be visiting that page quite a bit. What everyone will like to see is the results AMD has published from these benchmarks detailing the performance of six core processors and soon to be eight core processors. The benchmarks may or may not be biased, it is hard to tell without the hardware in hand to test ourselves but they certainly are impressive. It is also quite nice to see dual socket systems included;
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To celebrate Valentine's Day, MSI is giving you the chance to win one of three U135 Ruby-colored 10” netbooks, each worth $329!
To enter, follow these three simple steps:
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The rumours of Google's plans to become a service provider have gained some veracity with this announcement from the Google Blog. They are requesting applications from US cities to participate in a test roll out of a 1 Gb/s fiber-to-the-home
service. Eventually they plan to offer this service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, so the space is fairly limited. They are looking to hear from local governments as well as priva
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are any number of gamers in Rapture right now, both emotionally and virtually, as the sequel to BioShock hits the stores. If you have been hiding with the rock crabs, then you won't know that BioShock 2 puts you in the boots of the original Big Daddy in Rapture 10 years after the events of the first game took place. There are still Little Sisters, but now some of them have grown up with a bad attitude and an armour suit and are looking to make your life miserable. Seeing as how you are in the biggest, baddest diving suit ever you can expect to see a more close up view o
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MaximumCPU has taken a break from reviewing silicon based products in favour of a handy tool that belongs in anyones kit. If you do not yet have a Dremel, the new Dremel 4000 will run you less $100 which is not a bad investment for a tool you are likely to fall in love with. At that price
you also pick up 55 various cutting wheels, grinders, polishers and drill bits, enough t
Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has named their hybrid CPU-GPU with on-die graphics an APU, and the first chip family is named Llano. It is being fabbed at Global Foundries and it turns out to be a 32nm high-k + metal gate, SOI process chip. The first model we will see will be a quad-core processor, along with the on-die graphics of course.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2010 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to try out HTML 5, through Vimeo, YouTube or other sites you really should give it a go. This is the new improved version of HTML that Steve Jobs has bet the farm on with the iPad and iPhone. Streaming video is the most common way to encounter this relatively new standard and you benefit from a better caching system and reduced CPU utilization but there is far more to it than that. The Tech Report explores some of these uses, from bringing Wolfenstein3D to the web to an image editor with t
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you get to know more about PCs and are comfortable with the various components you begin to realize that there is a lot more to learn. If you've decided to put together an AMD based system, you might stumble upon a term you haven't before, like TDP. Right now many of AMDs parts are 125W or 140W, but do you know what that means, or more importantly what effect will it have on your system overall? Maybe you are building an Intel machine and stumble upon a term like PAE when you are trying to determ
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HDMI 1.4 is going to be a nice upgrade from HDMI 1.3 and one that people will notice. With support for ethernet communication, it is going to add a noticeable extra to this popular connector. As well we have heard that it will support resolutions of 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz and 4096x2160 @ 24Hz. You will also see different versions coming out, they will add an automotive standard as well as a micro HDMI connector. Now we hear via [H]ard|OCP that there will be an additional feature added in HDMI 1.4a, the ability to support 3D visuals.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest Mionix mouse is aiming for a different target than most, instead of looking for incredibly high DPI, the Naos 5000 is designed with comfort of use as the top priority.
The sensitivity is still top notch with a 5040 dpi laser sensor, what stands out is the wing on the mouse. It is wide enough and specifically contoured to support your ring and pinkie fingers instead of leaving them dangling. There are thumb buttons and changeable weights for the gamers but office workers might want to think about the mouse as well.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a number of Microsoft OSes about to undergo changes, which you should be aware of. The one you have probably heard the most about is the upcoming semi-expiration of the Windows 7 Release Candidate on March 1st, when it will start shutting down every 2 hours. If you haven't taken the hint and switched your OS by June 1st, then you will find your box is not bootable anymore.