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Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer. The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in. It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well. The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic. Check them out if you are low on spac
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops. It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s). On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price. The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled. It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs. There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Using the web, or more specifically searching the web, gives your brain a good workout according to some research that Slashdot dug up. More importantly, the biggest benefits were seen among the so-called 'internet-savvy' group, who used the web regularly and were at least somewhat familiar with successful searching techniques. So the next time you are caught idly Googling, make sure to let them know that you are exercising your brain and that you have to do it regularly or you will lose the b
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 01:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been problems with your Flash player, or just want to have the latest version of everything, jump over to Adobe's Flash Player 10 page to get the newest version. What I am HOPING to see if a halt to the very annoying issue I have under FireFox and Chrome where Flash video playback halts after a few seconds in a browser that has been opened for a while.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been looking at the teasers and trailers for the upcoming Dead Space release, Ars Technica may have some bad news for you. Then again, if you are a fan of horror games then maybe it's good news for the review indicates that Dead Space is a nice new take on both killing aliens in space and dealing with puzzles, scarce ammo and character modification. Read through the review and take a look at the screenshots to get a glimpse at what struck such a powerful chord with the reviewer, and
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If, like some owners of PC Perspective, you are a closet Mac fan; the relationship between and your Macbook has probably become a little tense. You both know that there is something younger and better looking out there and that it is the Macbook who will have to pack up and leave. The oh so shiny new aluminium MacBook brings most of the Macbook Pro's features into a 13.3" form, in fact it seems like size is now the only real difference between the two lines. There is also vindication for Ryan's prognostication about nVIDIA and Ap
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a quick movie of the unboxing of an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, with full exposure. There aren't any benchmarks to be had, just lots of shots of the board and all it's accessories. Drop by if you are curious about whether the new model's heatsinks are as big as the preivious model that we have all grow accustomed to.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Audioengine's AW1 Wireless Audio System is a way to provide a wireless transfer of data between two audio systems. Don't let the USB plugs fool you, the receiver can send signal along a usual 35mm analog audio plug. Wireless audio is handy in it's reduction of wires running everywhere, but it's quality tends to be lesser than a wired system. TECHGAGE tested this set out to see how well AudioEngine fixed the problem.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you set up a new Corei7 and X58 platform the same as you set up your current Penryn and X48 DDR3 PC, with 2.0V+ high performance RAM, you can expect to see that new Intel processor go off to the great silicon graveyard in a week, maybe less. Before you start the wailing and gnashing of teeth phase let AnandTech tech tell you about why this is probably not a problem. DDR3 is about to start coming with lower voltage requirements, while still retaining and continuing to increase it's already high spee
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original Deus Ex you were probably utterly disgusted with it's sequel. The third instalment won't be any better from what Slashdot has found out. The original game was skill based, with four levels to each of the various skills, and you never got enough points to max out your character, you had to chose which skills you focused on. If you didn't spend points in sniping, your aiming reticle moved significantly when you tried to zoom in and hitting things was incredibly d
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Baltimore - Oct. 8, 2008 - Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation for the wireless industry and innovation in the way mobile services are accessed and enjoyed.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech was able to get their hands on a beta utility that represents the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion. It's not the finally version of what is supposed to be a marriage of CPU and GPU, it is a software utility that helps make your gaming experience better. One of it's tricks is to hold profiles for overclocking, so you can use Overdrive and and AutoTune to automatically find your PC's sweet spot and save the speeds. It can also disable certain Windows services while you are gamin
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW YORK - October 7, 2008 - AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keylogging is bad ... unless you are doing it to your own PC to find out exactly how your screen gets flipped and random icons are deleted from your desktop by a mysterious someone. It is the perfect way to find out just who is doing what to your PC if it is in an area where a roommate, pet or child can get at. Unfortunately, from what happened during R&B Mod's testing, you might not be the only one with access to the keystroke record. Be warned.
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current scourge of humanity, if the RIAA, MPAA, MicroSoft and others are to be believed is counterfeiting and piracy. Every copied movie or Windows disk is a threat to the very existence of the free world and it's economy. That may well be true on some level, but there are far worse examples to prosecute, like the fake mil-spec chips that are becoming very common purchases for a cash strapped US Armed Forces. Imaging how upset you would be if a CPU you purcahsed for your home PC turned out not to be what it claimed to be. Now imagine that the fake chip is powering a
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You know it is going to be a bad day when all of your folders start going on walkabout, and don't seem to plan on coming back. Drop by and see if there are any gems of wisdom you can offer, or that you might be able to use for yourself and save the sensitive ears of poor unfortunate woodland critters. On the other hand, if you are in the mood for something a little more uplifting, check out the overclock on this Phenom X4!
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweak Guides has just finished updating their Windows Tweaking Companion. Available in both Vista and XP flavoured versions, the guide is a compilation of just about every single tweak and optimization that can be found out there on the net. As always, bear in mind that like any other type of tweaking, there is a chance that things can go horribly, horribly wrong. Make sure you have backups and an idea what it is that you are changing.
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
North America certainly does not have a monopoly on high end system builders. Check out Beast Computers based in the UK for an example of that. CPU3D just finished reviewing their Aphros Reality Gaming PC, with custom watercooling that is good enough to allow a Intel QX9770 to hit 4136 MHz and keep a pair of 4870X2s from cooking themselves. Check out the heavily modified Lian Li PC-P80 B that the entire system is housed in.
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon. According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months. They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz. If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.
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