Powerful new SandyBridge notebooks hitting the market

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2011 - 12:24 PM |
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ASUS and Gigabyte have some new SB based notebooks hitting the market soon, or in ASUS' case already on the market.  Their flagship model sports a discreet GTX460 so you can expect some impressive 3D performance though the battery life will by lowered accordingly.  DigiTimes also reports on a lower powered all-in-one PC from ASUS that will be built into a 23" touchscreen LCD.

 

"Asustek Computer has recently started selling its latest PC products with Sandy Bridge chipsets in retail channels, and Gigabyte Technology is also set to release its Sandy Bridge notebooks in March.

Asustek has launched three new notebook models based on improved Sandy Bridge chipsets including the flagship CG8350 with an Intel Core i7-2600 processor, 6GB DDR3 memory and a Nvidia GeForce GTX460 discrete graphics card at NT$46,900 (US$1,597), targeting the high-end market; and the mainstream CM6650 with an Intel Core i5-2300 processor and 4GB of memory plus support of USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB at between NT$17,900-26,900.

Asustek also launched a new all-in-one PC, the ET2400 IGTS, adopting an Intel Core i5-2400s processor and a 23.6-inch touchscreen display with USB 3.0 support at about NT$40,000.

Meanwhile, Gigabyte is also set to launch its in-house-designed 15.6-inch P2532 notebook featuring improved Sandy Bridge platform in March.

Gigabyte also announced February revenues of NT$2.74 billion, down 45.36% from NT$5.01 billion in January."

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Source: Digitimes

Adobe will get 'em in the end; Wallaby converts Flash to HTML5

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2011 - 11:25 AM |
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No matter the reason the Jobs-ian crew decided to abandon support for the most popular way to stream video over the web, today it was proven that there really is no escape from Adobe.  Their new converter is called Wallaby and will convert .FLV files into HTML5 for display on iThings, though not in real time.  This is a developer tool which not only will allow you to convert existing Flash content into HTML5 but also to let you edit it afterwards.  The tool is not perfect, you can read about the limitations by following the link at Slashdot.

"Adobe has released its Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool, codenamed 'Wallaby.' Wallaby is an application to convert Adobe Flash Professional CS5 files (.FLA) to HTML5 and its primary design goals were to get the best quality and performance on browsers within iOS devices like iPhone and iPad."

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MEElectronics M9 Earphones, maybe not the best but certainly a great deal

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2011 - 01:18 PM |
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At under $20 the MEElectronics M9 Earphones are certainly not priced in the range an audiophile would look for, but what about those just looking for sound quality that is just "good enough".  You can even pick up a different package with a microphone for an additional $5.  Think Computers rated the sound quality of these haeadphones on par with $80 models they have reviewed in the past, so if you want decent headphones without investing a lot check these ones out.

"There are a lot of contenders in the earphone market. The prices range from $10 up into the $200s or more for those simple little speakers folks plug into their ears for a few hours at a time, listening to a variety of forms and genres of music. Some folks can’t tell the difference between the low-end ones and the high-end ones, and prefer affordability over demonstrable sound quality. After all, if you can hear something, the earphones are working well, right? Clearly, we audiophiles know there is a difference. However, we, too, fancy ourselves frugal, so we’ll find the highest-quality au dio devices we can afford. Enter the MEElectronics M9 earphones, a $20 set of earphones which sound like $80 earphones."

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The second wave of SandyBridge is very security conscious

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2011 - 12:08 PM |
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Palladium, Trusted Platform Management and all of the other hardware based security solutions Intel and others have demonstrated will arrive with vPro which will be included in the new batch of SandyBridge chips that will be hitting the shelves by April.  The Vpro Core i5 and i7 and Xeon E3 processors are targeted more towards business applications with advanced support for virtualization and supposedly more compatibility with cloud computing.  The speed improvements Intel told The Inquirer about guarantee that these chips will find a home with some enthusiasts.

"CHIPMAKER Intel has announced its Vpro Core i5 and i7 and Xeon E3 processors that use the Sandy Bridge architecture and are designed to support virtualisation and cloud computing.

The first Vpro powered products from the likes Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo are expected with the next month, Intel told The INQUIRER."

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Source: The Inquirer

A big day for Constitutional law and exploding vehicles

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2011 - 06:51 PM |
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If you are looking for a cheap way to build a home NAS or file server then there is a thread over in the Networking forum you should keep an eye on as there are already several suggestions to help you on your way.  Predictably the Motherboard Forum is all about the new non-broken B3 versions of SandyBridge boards.  You will be able to keep up to date on which companies are shipping them out and where you can find them.  That little problem has made the Processor Forum fairly quiet, with only overclocking existing systems or speculations on AMDs upcoming Bulldozer platform as the topics of the day.  That is not a problem that the Graphics Forum is experiencing, new GPUs are coming out at an incredible pace. 

Those who'd rather give their mousing finger a break and still keep up on the latest and greatest news will be glad to hear that PC Perspective Podcast #144 is up a ready for you to stream.  Grab a beverage sit back and enjoy.

SteelSeries Xai Laser, a serious no-frills gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2011 - 01:39 PM |
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If you are not a fan of LEDs glowing between your fingers or strange pinkie finger rests on mice but are a fan of high DPIs and macro support then check out the SteelSeries Xai Laser gaming mouse.  It is capable of quite a bit thanks to some very deep software support and lacks any fancy features that do not impact its performance.  Avoid silly marketing tricks with the SteelSeries; find the full review on Hardware Canucks.

"Gaming mice are usually known as feature rich yet slightly tacky looking peripherals which sometimes cost a small fortune. SteelSeries’ attitude towards this niche is slightly different since they offer the same features as their competitors’ products but do so without resorting to designs that stick out like a sore thumb. Their newest Xai laser mouse takes a wonderfully understated approach but can it be successful in such a competitive market?"

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Poulson Pictures and Particulars

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2011 - 12:54 PM |
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The Register got a good look at the Poulson die and had a chat with Reid Riedlinger, the chief chip engineer for the processor, to get a good idea what the technology behind the chip.  From transistor counts to closeups of the die and the breakdown of tasks, you can feast your eyes on some new eight core silicon.

 

"ISSCC Intel has released some additional about its future eight-core "Poulson" Itanium processors.

The Poulsen chips are the first Itaniums to have a new microarchitecture and core redesign since the "McKinley" cores a decade ago. As previously reported, the processor has a total of 3.1 billion transistors and is implemented in Intel's current 32 nanometer wafer baking technologies, which includes strained silicon."

 

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Browser spoofs for the rest of us

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2011 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not very convincing if you are browsing the web with Firefox and suddenly have an Internet Explorer themed window pop up and inform you that your PC is infected.  The chance of you clicking on that malware is fairly low but now the nasty folks out there have broadened their horizons with new personalized looks.  According to The Register you can get personalized fake anti-virus pop ups in Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

 

"For years, ads pimping malware disguised as legitimate antivirus programs have gone to great lengths to mimic the look and feel of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and Windows operating system. Now Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are getting the same treatment."

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Source: The Register

A little Battlefield 3 eye candy for your morning?

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 01:09 PM |
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Ars Technica is hosting a 3 minute gameplay preview of Battlefield 3, which was shown at an EA event.  While it is beautiful to behold, don't take what you see as an indicator of what your screen will look like.  This was presented on a very large screen and the sound system was customized to the point where the floor was a part of it.  It sure is pretty though.

 

"EA's Battlefield 3 event was everything wonderful and terrible about gaming journalism. I waited in line, herded like a cow until I put on a name tag, was shown the open bar, and was handed a piece of meat on a stick to eat until the game was shown. The crush of crowd was fantastic; EA seemed to have underestimated the amount of people who would be interested in the game. At one point they separated those who were press and those who weren't; those without a press badge were asked to leave the main floor, and they had to be content with a lesser seat while still enjoying the free drinks."

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A likely rumour; AMD's new Hudson chipset will be fabbed by TSMC

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 11:45 AM |
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The fancy new Fusion APUs that AMD is in the process of releasing to market were sourced from TSMC, both the C-series and E-series coming off of their production lines.  They will also be fabbing the new Ontario APU as it will be a 40nm process chip, while Global Foundries is focusing on the 32nm Llano parts.  As well, since the current 800 series chipset for AM3 CPUs is also processed at TSMC it is very likely that the rumour DigiTimes picked up on today is correct; the Hudson chipset to support Brazos will also be coming out of TSMC.

 

 

"AMD has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson- series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The paper did not name its source.

AMD has announced that its Brazos platform is available in two APU variations: E-series (Zacate) and C-series (Ontario), with the former designed for mainstream notebooks, all-in-ones and small form factor desktops and the latter for netbooks and other emerging form factors. These APUs are paired with Hudson southbridge chipsets.

TSMC has grabbed contract manufacturing orders for one of AMD's Fusion APUs. Codenamed Ontario, the chips are built on 40nm bulk technology supplied by TSMC."

 

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Source: Digitimes

Intel and McAfee finally tie the knot

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:55 AM |
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Intel's $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee passed its final hurdle today as both the US and EU have approved the sale.  There was a chance that at least one of the two bodies would decide against the legality of the purchase, mostly due to the possibility of the unfair advantage Intel would be in to provide specific improvements running McAfee software on Intel hardware.  As of now McAfee will be a subsidiary under the auspices of Intel's Software and Services Group. Drop by

Source: Slashdot

NVIDIA GeForce.com World Exclusive Single-Player Crysis 2 PC Benchmarks, PC Demo Mirror & US/CA

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:01 AM |
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NVIDIA's GeForce.com has put together the world's first Crysis 2 single-player benchmarking article: http://www.geforce.com/#/Optimize/Guides/crysis-2-benchmarks

 

Source: GeForce.com

New CUDA 4.0 Release Makes Parallel Programming Easier

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 01:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/2011 -- NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit for developing parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs.

The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features:

Source: NVIDIA

Want to encode video and play Metro 2033 at the same time? Lucid wants a word with you.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 12:39 PM |
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Ryan has finally had a chance to play with the Lucid technology we saw at CES 2011, now that Lucid has had a chance to improve their software.  He saw exactly what we wanted to see from a performance perspective, encoding took advantage of the improvements SandyBridge offers and let the discreet GPU handle gaming responsibilities.  Unfortunately all was not perfect and there were a few specific flaws Ryan points out in his

The Colt revolver; 175 years of packing patented heat

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 06:17 PM |
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It is currently calm in the PC Perspective forums, with few people looking to build new systems as

Taking the light out of LightPeak

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 01:56 PM |
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The only real shocking thing about Thunderbolt is the name change, apart from that we have seen demo models for over a year, even the switch to copper was known in advance.  That reduction in bandwidth has made the initial implementation of Thunderbolt limited to PCI Express based data transfers and DisplayPort high resolution display output, all wrapped up into a single controller and a single cable.


Stick a bluetooth enabled Stone into your ear

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 05:26 PM |
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The second iteration of the Jabra Stone is up for review at t-break.  The model they received was covered in leather, not plastic which gives it a very unique look and feel.  It is a little more than a headpiece as it can accept limited voice commands though the volume remains a physical switch.  Drop by to see if this is your next must have accessory for your cellphone.

Source: t-break

Intel looking to launch Light Peak tomorrow; Apple brands "Thunderbolt"

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 04:55 PM |
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Earlier this week we got a cryptic note from Intel with only the following information:

On Thursday, Feb. 24, Intel will host a “Views at 10” press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market. We can’t provide you with more details at this time, but we believe this is an event that you won’t want to miss.

Bulletstorm: better on the console apparently

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 01:08 PM |
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Ars Technica does not offer praise when examining Bulletstorm on the PC.  From requiring a Games for Windows Live account even for Steam versions, to a lock of 62fps maximum and very limited graphics options, the entire game thumbs it's nose at high end gaming machines.  Even better is the encryption on the .ini files, which are the files that advanced users edit to allow for advanced changes to the games settings.  It is fairly easy to unencrypt them

Source: Ars Technica