Much better than squinting and using your imagination

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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nVIDIA card owners now have an application that performs a similar task to AMD's Badaboom, which was released not that long ago.  It is provided by the same company that created FixMyMovie in days gone by, but promises to be more effective.  vReveal harnesses nVIDIA's new CUDA programming environment to offer a magic 2x button, which promises to take your crappy 320x240 phone cam pictures and upscale it to 640x480.  Don't expect to be able to use that on pictures with above 576 lines nor make use of SLI while you are upscaling, but it still beats the fuzzy alternative. 

No, Orcs do not get a health plan

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game.  It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed.  All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth.  There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl

Source: OCMODSHOP

Deworming a router

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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Before you decide to panic over the Psyb0t worm's new ability to go after Linux powered modems and routers, you should read this quick checklist

  • Your device is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
  • Your device also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and
Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA APEX TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATES PHYSICS CREATION PIPELINE FOR CONTENT DEVELOPERS

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC) - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 25, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced NVIDIA APEX, a dramatic new capability to its PhysX technology development software development kit (SDK), that provides artists, level designers, and game developers with a set of easy-to-use tools that streamline the process of implementing scalable physics across multiple platforms for next-generation titles.

With NVIDIA PhysX technology, game developers can design worlds that literally come

Source: NVIDIA

AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 25, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle.

Source: AMD

They called the click wheel crazy too

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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The new 3rd generation iPod shuffle has a number of interesting features, such as it's tiny size and 4GB of storage for the same price as the previous 2GB model.  The battery life is down a little from 12 hours to 10 or more hours.  The biggest change is the buttons, or at least the lack thereof, as the only buttons to be found are on the headset.  What does this mean for your ability to control the music and how will you ever replace the Apple headphones with ones that actually fit in your ear and sound the way you want? 

Source: Ars Technica

MotionDSP VReveal puts "CSI"-style Video Enhancement software in consumers' hands

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - March 24th, 2009 - MotionDSP Inc. today released vReveal, an easy-to-use Windows application for PCs that fixes common problems afflicting consumer-generated video.

vReveal features patented "CSI"-style super-resolution technology adapted from the forensic applications used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Using the massively parallel processing power in NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, vReveal instantly cleans up videos that are shaky, dark, noisy, or blurry.

Source: NVIDIA

You'd best make yourself comfortable

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are curious as to how the public beta of Windows 7 compares to Vista SP1, then Ryan has about 28 pages worth of material that you have to read.  There are four tiers of system that he tested running from the low end of the spectrum to the best money can buy, and compared the performance of both nVIDIA and AMD cards at all tiers.  There is an incredible amount of information and while it may not show the true face of the final Windows 7, you can certainly get a feel for the OS.  Once the release candidate arrives, revisiti

AMD Demonstrates Live Migration between Three AMD Opteron Processor Generations

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 11:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 24, 2009 - Continuing its momentum and leadership in virtualization technology, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Source: AMD

AMD ready to demo Havok physics on its graphics cards

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD.  After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour.  Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process.  Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.

Source: TG Daily

Mutant mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front.  Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode.  Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col

Source: Arm3D

The gift that keeps on giving

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission.  According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back.  Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m

Source: Slashdot

Intel Ships New Tools that Boost Game Performance

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.

Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.

Bigfoot returns; with a new gaming network card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM |
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It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up.  There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz ...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card.  Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix.  If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak.  Give our 49th

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 18

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/) with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now available for you here.  In this episode we discussed the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!

Nothing to see here, move along

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool. 

Source: Ars Technica

Not to be used with Catalyst 9.3

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work.  Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements.  The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now.  You can get more information v

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA In-Vehicle Platform for Driving Next-Generation Car PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.

The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro