It sounded like a good idea at first

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea.  It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you.  It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer.  Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.

Source: techPowerUp!

Can we please have a new letter

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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Nehalem has
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7.  If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you.  Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form.  It's all yours to discover.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Pico-ITX at the Heart of Modern Robots

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo

Diabolically good?

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games.  The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered.  Drop by if you are one of them.

Source: Hexus

Live at the IDF ... it's Ryan Shrout!

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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Ryan is at it again, giving live updates from the IDF, Day 2.  Today is about entertainment and the digital home.  Keep your eyes peeled for the news as it happens; if you miss it live, this new format will let you look through what was posted, though you do miss the chance to comment and offer suggestions for Ryan during any Q&A sessions.

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EMERGENT'S GAMEBRYO GAME ENGINE TO INCORPORATE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation and Emergent Game Technologies have expanded their relationship resulting in NVIDIA PhysX technology being directly integrated into all upcoming versions of the Emergent Gamebryo game development platform.

Source: NVIDIA

Futuremark Games Studio Reveals Shattered Horizon

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |
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LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION, GERMANY August 19th, 2008 - Futuremark Games Studio today revealed Shattered Horizon, a new game where players fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.

Source: FUTUREMARK

Ryan's foray into Web 2.0 at the IDF

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing.  Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him.  Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there.  There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective. 

Quick and easy MP3 integration

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews.  They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio.  Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.

Source: Tweaknews

First post

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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ASUS will be the first to get an X58 board with SLI on the market according to Fudzilla.  The reps were still under an NDA, so we don;t know exactly when these boards will first appear, the most detail they could give was Q4 some time.  See what other little gems of information came up in the full article.

Source: Fudzilla

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, August 15 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Black Diamond

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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The usual specs for an HD4870 are 750MHz in the core and 900MHz for the RAM (aka 3600MHz) the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition's core runs at 800MHz and the RAM has been bumped to 1100MHz, or 4400MHz.  The overclocked card does require a bit more juice, but not excessively so; it also won't be that much more expensive than the vanilla card once it becomes available.  You can see how well it does against the 280 over at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

SIGGRAPH gets touchy-feely

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The big theme at this years SIGGRAPH seems to be haptic interfaces, both as a control interface for software and as a way to provide direct physical feedback to the user.  That isn't all though, nVIDIA's ray-tracing demo was shown there, as well as Intel's Larrabee getting a lot of focus.  Drop by ExtremeTech to see what was shown, and get a peek at some nice pictures.

Source: Extremetech

AMD and Blizzard Entertainment Join Forces in Strategic Global Agreement

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 12, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blizzard Entertainment that will allow AMD to bundle Blizzard’s best games across all ATI Radeon graphics products, to deliver a superior gaming experience. As the exclusive graphics sponsor for BlizzCon 2008 in Anaheim, Oct. 10-11, AMD will treat gamers to the unparalleled graphics capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series in all PCs for game play at BlizzCon.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Showing Interactive Ray Tracing on GPUs at SIGGRAPH

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:35 PM |
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Another industry first is in the works this week during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles - NVIDIA is demonstrating the world's first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer.

Based purely on NVIDIA GPU technology, the ray tracer shows linear scaling rendering of a highly complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application.

Source: NVIDIA

Physical Impule Activator

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Just in case the OCZ NIA doesn't catch on quickly, the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard could fill the needs of gamers until they are ready to blink and twitch their way to the top of the scoreboard.  It certainly doesn't hurt that the keyboard is over $100 less expensive than the headband, not that they keyboard

Source: TECHGAGE

USB 3 : Revenge of the Interface

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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USB should be getting a bump in speed soon, as Intel presents version 0.9 of the USB 3.0 draft specs.  Capable of handling up to 50Gb/s, attached storage should receive a nice bump in speed.  They plan to first release it as a modified version of the familiar USB plug, but soon hope to include optical transmission as well.  The Register has more here.

Source: The Register

Ask, and ye shall receive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 04:07 PM |
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There is a new bit of action going down in our trading post, thanks to the efforts of PC Perspective members and the fine folks of Tiger Direct.  We are pleased to bring new exclusive deals, starting today. 

NVIDIA MAKES PHYSICS A REALITY FOR GAMERS

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.

Source: NVIDIA