Androids and Apples, just $200

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price.  The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA rumored to cut 6.5% of work force

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter.  With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.

Source: bit-tech

How many channels can you keep track of

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP?  You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience.  AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.

Source: AnandTech

Every end is a new beginning

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons.  You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January.  As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good.  Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand with the Power of "Fusion"

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:07 AM |
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Source: AMD

The skies are not clear

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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There seems to be a swarm of bugs occluding the newly arrived prequel to STALKER, which ruined the day of a bit-tech member who pre-ordered it quite a while ago.  The new engine may improve the lighting and shadows, but it also seems to have brought a swarm of small (and not so small) issues with it.  The news is not all bad, weapon customization and join-able factions will add to your experience and may help the games replay-ablility.  The only question is whether you will wait for the patch,

Source: bit-tech

Google buying Valve? Will the Combine have access to your gmail?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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We love us some rumors - and no one stirs them up better than Charlie at the Inquirer.  Today's big story: Google buying Valve.  At first glance that might sound pretty odd, until you consider that Valve's Steam product is the most successful and profitable digital gaming distribution system in the world.  Google would LOVE to be able to control the future of gaming, put some AdWords on those many pages you see before your game launches and control just ONE MORE aspect of your compu

Source: The Inquirer

Proof of concept

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The engineers at ASUS had enough free time to create the Trinity, a triple 3850 card and one that you won't getr to play with.  It simply exists to prove that it can be done, this card won't make it to retail.  DriverHeaven was lucky enough to get a chance to play with the card as well as trying out some synthetic benchmarks against three 3850s in Crossfire.  The performance is about equal to the Crossfire setup and shows up a single GPU, not bad for one oversized PCI-e card.

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The new sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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The newest discrete soundcard from ASUS is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe,
still based on the AV200 HD audio processor but with added support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  This card goes far beyond what is required for an immersive gaming experience and heads deep into audiophile territory.  You can find out just how much ASUS packed into this card at Elite Bastards.

Moore's law got you down?

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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Are you sad to see that the next process size shrink is so far away?  Don't despair, many researchers are simply following a different path.  Systems on a chip have been around for a short while now and have gone through a few revisions, each more powerful than the next.  Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are the next big thing and may successfully lead
to 3D processors.  Learn more about how they are trying to connect these stacks of silicon at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Sado-mouseochism

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Somewhere in the world is a gamer who want their mouse to do degrading things to them, and OCZ is willing to cater to that market with the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse.

Source: TweakTown

Look ma! No glasses!

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses.  The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses.  It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.

Source: The Inquirer

Danger, danger, Will Wright!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews.  Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats.  The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness.  Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place. 

Source: Ars Technica

Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google is gone to swim with the fish

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres.  Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters.  Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig.  Drop by The R

Source: The Register

X-Fi Titanium, now available on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty  and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them.  No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio.  This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot.  Testing audio devices really does boi

Big Blue rears it's head

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Since IBM changed the focus of their business toward providing 'solutions' rather than hardware, they have slipped into a quiet role providing data centres with their expertise, while the regular user hears nothing about them.  While that will most likely remain the case, you will probably be seeing a lot more advertising from IBM in the near future.  You can read this article on The Inquirer to learn a bit more about "the Internet of things", silos and the New Enterprise

Source: The Inquirer

Troubles getting started first thing?

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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When it is your brain that has trouble starting up in the morning it is usually fairly easy to fix, with a massive influx of caffeine.  When it is the PC that has trouble starting up, things can be a little more complicated, but is usually fixable with a little help from your friends.   While you are fiddling around with your BIOS, and happen to hav

Can't you just do one thing really well anymore

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Computer mice are getting population density that would make one think there was silo full of grain in every PC store.  It seems that every company even slightly related to PCs have to release a mouse, keyboard or high quality mat.  The newest is NZXT with their NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse.  The stats certain match up with other gaming mice, 6469 FPS, 650-2600 DPI, 5.8 Megapixels/second and up to 1000 USB reports/second, as well as claiming to be ambidextrous.  Check out the rev

Googling the crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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Google's release of the Chrome browser has sparked a huge amount of prognostication from the tech community, much like Android when it was first announced.  Tie that in with their win in the broadcast spectrum wars, ensuring that they, and other ISPs, have access to the C-block portion of the spectrum.  Things are happening for Larry and Sergei, there is no doubt about that, but what the plan looks like in it's entirety is.  The Tech Lounge has one plausible theory you can re