Intel's planned releases and price breaks

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2010 - 03:01 PM |

DigiTimes got the low down on what new desktop processors we are going to see from Intel over the coming months as well as what those releases should do to the prices of existing CPUs.  Check out that Core-i7 950 price drop!

If you are more curious about the mobility side, Jon recently posted that list as well, which you can see here.

Source: Digitimes

Call shotgun with a directional microphone

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:39 PM |

When you get sick of having lousy audio on recordings you make for live broadcast or for prosperity, and start researching good audio solutions one particular style of microphone will come to your attention.  The Audio-Technica ATR 6550
is a good example of a shotgun mic, a style of mic that is a little more directionally accurate than its name might suggest.  As far as a these mics go, the ATR 6550 is very well priced and offers s

Looking for another Carmaggedon or Death Track; Blur ain't it

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:01 PM |

Blur: Twisted Metal has been making news for a while now as a mix of Need for Speed and Twisted Metal, combining a racing game with a bit of good old destructive mayhem.  Most of the destruction is based off of on track pickups, five different weapons and three car power-ups
are available and none stack so don't bother picking up multiples.  It lacks the realism of many racing games and while the destruction is a little more extreme than Mario Cart, overall Techgage found it lacking in b


YouTube speaks up for Flash

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 02:12 PM |

The Flash versus HTML5 debate, started before Jobs or the pr0n industry spurned Flash, rages on.  For the most part we hear about the problems Flash is so good at creating and the benefits that HTML5 offers, but one should wonder why it is that Flash has had such staying power.  YouTube spoke out recently about that, covering the benefits that Flash currently offers over HTML5, though considering the general youth of HTML5 they do not mean to imply that these features can never be incorporated into HTML5, these are the things it cannot do currently. 

Source: Slashdot

Bored with Win7 already; take a peek at Win8

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2010 - 03:57 PM |

There is a sneak peek over at Engadget of some of the features that will be included in the new version of Windows.  There is little information on what improvements will be made to the kernel or the file system but they do have some goodies to share.  USB 3 and Bluetooth 3 are more integrated, facial recognition will be the norm and new states like logoff and hibernate will appear.  There will even be more leeway for OEMs to customize the version of

Source: engadget

Great Plains Batman! Microsoft's BSG turns 29 today.

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 06:54 PM |

As PC Perspective's Forums age, like a fine blue cheese, it is nice to be reminded of past posts that are still solving problems for people today.  There is of course Ned's world famous AHCI post but
recently a newcomer was asking about improving their routers signal strength which revived an old thread that details how to build a directional antenna to extend the range of your WiFi.&

Adobe bumps its critical patch up by two weeks

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM |

Earlier this month we learned that quite a few of Adobe's products come bearing an unwelcome gift, no matter which OS you use.  A critical vulnerability that is already being used in attacks.  The vulnerability would allow specially crafted pdfs and flash content to either crash your computer or in some cases allow an attacker to take control of your system.  Adobe has bumped up their patching schedule and will now release a fix for this next Wednesday and have already dealt with the flash vulnerability with the release of the

Source: The Inquirer

In case you thought Apple was the only one with lines today, Microsoft has them too

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 03:06 PM |

I know that some people are all excited about the lines wrapping around city blocks for some Apple device that was released today, I wanted to show our unbiased coverage of the tech world with this EXCLUSIVE video of the opening of Microsoft store in San Diego!  There were literally TENS OF PEOPLE on site waiting for the ribbon cutting and the confetti to enter.

Which flavour of Linux do you prefer?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 01:29 PM |

Phoronix has grabbed five of the latest and greatest versions of Linux to see how they compare and which is best at various tasks.  Most of their testing compares the performance of common tasks in Linux, such as compressing and uncompressing as well as taking a look at multimedia performance.  As some of these distros are sepcifically designed with certain task in mind it seems that choosing the distro that fits your desired usage makes more sense than just grabbing the

Source: Phoronix

Rage will rock on either console

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:45 PM |

id Tech 5 is the name of the engine that will drive Rage and the new instalment of the DOOM franchise and there has been some speculation as to whether that game engine will favour the XBox or the PlayStation.  The specific concern has to do with hitting the magical 60fps and keeping the game at that rate throughout the players experience.  John Carmack has spoken with Beyond3D and has assured them that while the challenges these two consoles differ, there is a solution for both.  The PC version's perfo

Source: Beyond3D

The new VLC launches with improvements and a beef

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:15 PM |

VideoLAN has released a new version of their popular VLC Player, an open source and very flexible media player.  It became popular for its versatility in being able to play just about any media file it came across and has built quite a name for its self on the online community.  This new version brings extends support to Blu-ray MPEG-4 lossless and VP8 and it also incorporated GPU decoding on


Integrated circuits are gaining a new dimension

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2010 - 12:16 PM |

A team consisting of Elpida Memory, Powertech Technology and United Microelectronics Corporation are working together to bring a big jump in storage density into integrated circuits.  This brings together a DRAM designer, an IC assembler and a logic company which does build confidence in the success of the project.  The technology used to unite the layers of storage/logic will be called Through Silicon Via (TSV) and apparently there now exists an 8Gb DRAM chip so the theory behind this has been put into practice.  We have been waiting a long time for stacked chips and hopefully

Source: Digitimes

LN on a video card

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 12:47 PM |

In and of its self the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock is not the best deal out there, effectively you are paying and extra $90 for an overclock of 150MHz GPU and 50MHz on the memory, plus a proprietary cooler. thought that while that was a nice bump in speed it needed something more.  In their case that was LN cooling, which involved de-soldering and re-soldering resistors on the PCB as well as voltage tweaks.

The new Nintendo 3DS gets a new GPU

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM |

Move over Sony, powerVR and nVIDIA because Nintendo has gone with a company called DMP to provide graphics for the new 3DS.  The chip is the 400MHz PICA 200 and it is an evolution of their established Ultray architecture that knows a few tricks, including a rather unique use of hardware based parametric engines in place of what competitors use computational shader engines for.  That probably had a huge impact on Nintendo's decision as the hardware solution does the same job with less power requirements as well as less heat. 

Dual socket motherboard return to the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 06:07 PM |

When new tech arrives on the scene it is always a good idea to check around to see what it is good for before you run out and buy it,

Taking apart the new Xbox 360 live on UStream

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 05:12 PM |

UPDATE: Obviously we aren't live any more but you can view the recording at this link.  Also, we have recorded a time lapse of the reconstruction process as well as a noise test comparing the new "Slim" and the older model that will be posted in a short article later this weekend. 

Anand just can't stop buying Xboxes

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 12:51 PM |

The new improved and thinned Xbox, codenamed Valhalla has arrived and one major benefit is that you will no longer have to fear the Red Ring of Death as they changed the colour of the ring to green.   Anand is quite familiar with the RRoD as he has seen three of his five Xboxes die in that particular way.  He picked up one of these new Xboxes, with its new look and reduced power consumption and tore it open to see what was inside.  You can find out what he dis

Source: AnandTech

Flash memory in 3D; the major makers make some changes

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2010 - 11:37 AM |

The big three NAND makers, Toshiba, Macronix and Samsung are loving the surge of popularity of their products.  It isn't just the SSD market that is making their accountants smile, the ever growing need for more capacity embedded in mobile products is helping as well.  All three had something new to announce to The Inquirer when they were asked.  With

Source: The Inquirer

Wondering what games are being displayed at E3?

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 01:02 PM |

Wired has assembled 10 trailers for the games generating the most buzz at the E3 conference for your viewing pleasure.  Most of the trailers are a little light on the gameplay video and we haven't seen much in the way of that so far from E3 but the trailers are definitely heavy on the tease.  Drop by to see the games most likely to be absorbing all of your free time in the near future.

Source: Wired News