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Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS. TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change. VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago. Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build. Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 04:19 PM | Jonathan Hung
Update: 4:45pm ET. It's all over now. The guys will be back on the show sometime soon. Still 2 more days of CES.
Ryan is on TWiT Live at CES 2010.
Hit this link:http://live.twit.tv/
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much. One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay. They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago. Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:10 AM | Jonathan Hung
Razer, the company best known for their PC peripherals for gamers, has announced two new products for the XBOX 360: the Onza gamepad, and the Chimera headset. The Onza is particularly interesting as it is a wired controller and does away with the D-Pad in favour of a 4-way button set. Being a USB peripheral, I wonder if it will work successfully on Windows?
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so. The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history. So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs. It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 12:32 AM | Josh Walrath
Since being able to successfully split from AMD, we have not heard a whole lot from GF these days. While their process tech looks to be the most advanced out of all the other contract Fabs, their list of partners have been small...
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whilst playing through Dragon Age Origins a quest appears which seems to be offered by a beggar. While having your own keep is cool, the quest is not unlockable until you leave the game and shell over a few more bucks to Microsoft. If you don't bother to buy those Microsoft points then the fellow just follows around your entourage and offers disparaging looks. There are more paid downloadable quests planned, such as the Return to Ostagar.
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While probably not quite as powerful as Roy, Zhora or Pris at least we won't have to hire Decker to hunt down rogue Nexus phones. We could have used him to kill some of the hype that Google's phone created in the lead up to the release. Engadget has posted the most complete preview of this phone so far, which you can find here. It is a tiny HTC-like phone with a 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8250 processor theoretically offering better speed than the i
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:57 AM | Steve Grever
Media, analysts, and bloggers got a preview of some of the product debuts and CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honorees at this year's CES Unveiled event. Vendors from more than 50 companies were on hand showcasing their latest gear and gadgets that will hit the streets in 2010.
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype is delving into HD video for it's VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream. Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required. The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB. Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous
DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available.
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Do you ever have the need to play your Playstation 3 while walking around your house? Perhaps you need to take a bio break during a heated match of Modern Warfare 2: what's a dedicated gamer to do? The answer of course is to get one of these things: a remote display and control for the Playstation 3.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM | Jonathan Hung
The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?
Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Just not YOUR school. In this case, some students at Columbia University got to hear from CEO Steve Perlman about OnLive's upcoming game streaming technology. Someone was able to grab some video from the event and shared it with the world so we can all see how the tech works, what the user interface is like and how the iPhone will likely integrate into it.
Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2009 - 04:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
In what must come as an unwelcome stocking gift to CEO Steve Ballmer this holiday, a Federal Circuit Court has upheld a ruling that will prevent the software giant from selling new copies of its Word word processor (ugh) due to a patent infringement. From the engadget posting:
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2009 - 03:25 PM | Jonathan Hung
After posting the first Bento Box on Thursday, someone asked me what a Bento Box was. A Bento Box is a traditional Japanese lunch where the meal is compartmentalized into different portions. This way you get a variety of distinct flavours in one meal. So with that backgrounder, it's time for another installment of the Tech Bento Box.