The new and improved liveblog from NVISION

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content.  First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there.  If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.

NVISION 08: NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY TO POWER NEW GAME FROM FUTUREMARK GAMES STUDIO

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.

"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

NVISION 08: ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre Univeral Media Player Now Supports NVIDIA CUDA

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).

Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.

Source: NVIDIA

Microsoft's odd mouse aesthetics

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like.  Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt.  The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size.  As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want

Source: Extremetech

Ryan heads to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08.  The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin.  Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose.  Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference.  If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -  August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.

Source: AMD

It's Storm's one year anniversary

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers.  The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but

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.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

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