The Sci-Fi shoot 'em up RPG; now with less RPG and quicktime events

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 01:16 PM |
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You are likely to have heard it before, if you loved the story, characters and reading about the history of the setting and races of Mass Effect, you should go into Mass Effect 2 realizing that most of your preferences have been surgically removed from the game with a rusty chainsaw.  The bias is now towards action, with story elements taking a second seat.  That is not to imply that the game is receiving bad reviews, for instance GamingHeaven gave a 93/100 and other sites have given higher.&nbsp

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Make anything react to your touch

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 12:56 PM |
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Engagdet is
featuring an article on a great idea on how to implement touch capability
to PCs as well as just about anything else.  Instead of building it into a device at great expense, Displax has created a membrane that can respond to up to 16 touches concurrently.  Treating this more like a peripheral such as a high end mouse ought to keep the cost reasonable and all you need to do is plug it into something compatible and start touching!

Source: engadget

A new OS needs a new system restore disk

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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Much to the dismay of companies like Acronis and Norton, every single version of Windows 7 comes with a built in system image disk utility.  Hidden away in the Control Panel, under System and Maintenance is a Backup and Restore icon which gives you access to the utility.  The first time you use it you run the Set up backup to create your first image and specify its location, after that the back up is incremental, Windows 7 will back up the changes to your system, not require you to invest the time needed to make a new image.  You can also create a system repair disk from the sam

Be Thermaltake's Valentine and get a chance to win one of 3 pink SFF systems

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:32 PM |
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If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you.  They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.

Source: Thermaltake

This receiver will run you more than your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM |
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If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment.  If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components.  Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr

A change of process; it is all about trimming off those nanometres

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing.  The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah.  You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory.  If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ

Celebrating 124 years of traffic

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM |
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At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen.  Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component.  For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it?  The point of our forums is to offer you a place where

Intel tries a fast one: Diamondville and Pine Trail

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM |
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We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip.  AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.

Source: AnandTech

These kids and their mulit-touch gaming Surface

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking.  Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform.  For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you.  Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi

Source: Vimeo

AMD's mobility 5830 has some troubles making it out the door

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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The new mobile graphics chipset from AMD, the 5830 has a small problem with the circuitry on its PCB according to DigiTimes.  This explains the delay in its launch as the scheduled date of release was earlier this week; they are now hoping for a February launch.  The problems source seems a bit of a surprise, the 5830 is a 40nm process chip after all.  This is not going to apply to discreet graphics cards, it is only the mobility boards based off of the new chip that are having issues.

Source: 3DCenter

EVGA Launches PC Gaming Site

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 10:00 PM |
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Today EVGA has done the PC gaming community a service by launching a site dedicated to just that - PC gaming! Right now they are hosting a TF2 tournament where you will be able to win (presumably) EVGA gear and other good stuff.

They also host game servers playing TF2, L4D 1 and 2, CS:Source, and Shattered Horizon. For your voice chat needs, they also have Ventrilo and Team Speak servers.

Visit http://www.evga.com/gaming/ for all the information.

Source: EVGA

Vibro; an audio trick in a box

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM |
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The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers.  Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers.  You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk.  The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho

Overclocking is a breeze with the EAH5750 Formula

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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For $140 you can pick up the 1GB ASUS EAH5750 Formula and BattleForge over at Newegg, not the cheapest of the HD5750s but certainly worth a look.  The Formula portion of its name denotes the fact that it sports a large cooler, supposedly 13% better than the stock parts.  The card is not factory overclocked, the frequencies are stock;

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Google polishes up their Chrome

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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Google Chrome has turned 4 (.0.249.78) and Ars Technica tried it out so they could tell you what's new.  An Extension Manager now exists for keeping track of and modifying your installed instructions; you can pick some up here if you haven't.  The extensions may seem limited compared to Firefox now, but it will grow as people develop more, for both Google's browser and its op

Source: Ars Technica

Probably not far from the truth

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 10:51 PM |
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Apple brainstorms a new product the night before a big press conference.
It's the night before the big announcement, and what if Apple's product development was managed like my old student projects? I suppose this is why I'm not working for Apple.

This will just lead to you getting hooked on a harder, more expensive mouse

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 02:06 PM |
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At a hair over $40 the SteelSeries Kinzu
gaming mouse
could be considered a gateway mouse.  Not too expensive to scare people off, but with just enough features to have them glancing at the more expensive mice with their fancy macro buttons and other features.  It is totally driverless and its sensitivity ranges from 400 - 3200 DPI and it has three buttons which can be assigned to three different profiles. 

Source: techPowerUp!

nVIDIA and RAMBUS aren't done with each other yet

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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The US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Office are not on the same page when they are talking about nVIDIA's borrowing of RAMBUS technology for their memory controllers on just about every product they are currently selling.  According to the ITC, nVIDIA has infringed on 3 patented technologies and that nVIDIA will be unable to import any product utilizing them, again every product nVIDIA sells.  On the flip side, the Patent Office thought that the claims were groundless and that nVIDIA should have no restrictions on bringing their products into the US to sell. 

Source: The Register

A 10 year old that is fun to hang out with

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 06:05 PM |
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The classic PC Perspective podcast crew is back this week in the 90th episode, where the big news we covered was, nVIDIA's long overdue update to its GPU, or GPGPU depending on how you look at it.  That is not all that was covered, there is a good 80 minutes of coverage.  Those of you who use Chrome can also benefit from a nice little upgrade at Vimeo, an HTML 5 player.  Past episodes, such as last weeks can be more easily viewed thanks to the ability to abandon Flash. 

Microsoft on the go has some new flavours

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM |
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The 2010 Mobile World Congress will be held February 15-18th, in Barcelona Spain and will feature the release of Windows Mobile 6.6, something that hasn't been a secret.  That DigiTimes found out the date of the release of WM7 is news.  It will first be available to Microsoft's partners in November of this year, so some time in early 2011 you can expect to see the new face of Windows on LGE and HTC appliances in addition to their current customers.  The new version will offer support for Z

Source: Digitimes

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Free Software Edition

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM |
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There are a trio of interesting tidbits from the free software world, a pair from the Register, that prove that you sometimes do indeed get what you paid for.  To start with the worst bit of news, there is a buffer and integer overflow vulnerability in Shockwave that affects both Mac and Windows versions.  Adobe has come up with a patch, but not one you are going to see a lot of people installing.  In order to patch you will first have to uninstall your current version, then reboot and finally do a fresh install of the new version. 

Source: The Register