Squint your eyes and you can see Saturday from here

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:21 PM |
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There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3?  If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced.  There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t

Creative customer service

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently.  Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista.  Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card. 

Consistency is not necessarily a virtue

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS.  Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions.  The Tech Report tested that theory out

Intel and Epic Games Launch '$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.

One of these chips is not like the others

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors.  The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper.  However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into.  That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours.  You have been warned.

Source: Tech ARP

Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.

Play a different kind of predator

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about.  It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang.  [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel is thinking small at IDF

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you.  There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices.  You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.

A real shoot 'em up

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Zalman wants to make your FPS gaming a little more fun with their FPSGUN FG-1000 Gun Style Gaming Mouse.  Just like it sounds, it is a mouse with a vaguely pistol like grip, and rather uniquely placed buttons.  At first glance it seems built to satisfy those gamers who feel a joystick is the best way to control and FPS, but Digit Life's testing show that this mouse may garner a bit more attention. 

Source: Digit Life

Today it's more like 10 to 30%

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an absolutely shocking story; the intertubes are chuck full of cholesterol.  Arbor Networks analyzed the data from about 1,300 routers over 18 months, and found between 1% to 3% of the network traffic was consistently garbage.  Even better, it appears that you can rent that garbage from shady characters on a monthly basis, and use it to launch DDOS attacks.

Psst, buddy ... wanna buy some bandwidth?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This means war

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well.  Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either.  With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating.  TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.

We were all new here at one point

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 05:55 PM |
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At one point or another, all of us have strayed into unknown territory with our PCs.  For some it was the switch to Intel from AMD, and the different ways that the system was set up.  Others might be poking around at the strange beast bearing the name Linux, or teaching their brain how to parse HTML tags for the first time.  Whatever it was that triggered it, we went searching through the internets for the information we needed, and we ended up in the PC Perspective forums.  Most of us have stayed and we can repay the kindness of strangers by doing the same in turn, and hel

Intel decides not to push their luck

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45.  Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards.  The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.

Source: Digitimes

Xonar soundcards and EAX Support

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.

The solution involves:

1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games

2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core

3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.

The updated engine:

Source: ASUS

Sounding the death knell for audio cards

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card.  Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included.  Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way.  What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?

Source: Extremetech

Long live the lesser of two evils

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence. 
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day.  In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil

Source: Tech ARP

Addicted to Nod

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven.  In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline.  There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp

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A return volley from the PC side

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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The recurring theme of the upcoming death of the PC for gaming has another participant, Alex. St.

Source: Extremetech

It's not a rumour

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer.  Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors.  It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.

Source: NVIDIA