Valentine's Day U135 Giveaway

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:26 PM |

To celebrate Valentine's Day, MSI is giving you the chance to win one of three U135 Ruby-colored 10” netbooks, each worth $329!

To enter, follow these three simple steps:

1) Join the MSI Computer U.S. Facebook group

2) Become a follower of msiUSA on Twitter

Source: MSI

Google wants to give you Gigabit internet

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:16 PM |

The rumours of Google's plans to become a service provider have gained some veracity with this announcement from the Google Blog.  They are requesting applications from US cities to participate in a test roll out of a 1 Gb/s fiber-to-the-home
service.  Eventually they plan to offer this service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, so the space is fairly limited.  They are looking to hear from local governments as well as priva

You can go home again, if your Daddy is Big enough

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 12:17 PM |

There are any number of gamers in Rapture right now, both emotionally and virtually, as the sequel to BioShock hits the stores.  If you have been hiding with the rock crabs, then you won't know that BioShock 2 puts you in the boots of the original Big Daddy in Rapture 10 years after the events of the first game took place.  There are still Little Sisters, but now some of them have grown up with a bad attitude and an armour suit and are looking to make your life miserable.  Seeing as how you are in the biggest, baddest diving suit ever you can expect to see a more close up view o

Source: Ars Technica

Warning: do not attempt to use the new Dremel 4000 as Kleenex

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

MaximumCPU has taken a break from reviewing silicon based products in favour of a handy tool that belongs in anyones kit.  If you do not yet have a Dremel, the new Dremel 4000 will run you less $100 which is not a bad investment for a tool you are likely to fall in love with.  At that price
you also pick up 55 various cutting wheels, grinders, polishers and drill bits, enough t

Source: Maximum CPU

More information on Llano. Thank you; come again.

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2010 - 12:03 PM |

AMD has named their hybrid CPU-GPU with on-die graphics an APU, and the first chip family is named Llano.  It is being fabbed at Global Foundries and it turns out to be a 32nm high-k + metal gate, SOI process chip.  The first model we will see will be a quad-core processor, along with the on-die graphics of course.

Source: AnandTech

Can HTML 5 inflict a critical on Flash?

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2010 - 03:25 PM |

If you have yet to try out HTML 5, through Vimeo, YouTube or other sites you really should give it a go.  This is the new improved version of HTML that Steve Jobs has bet the farm on with the iPad and iPhone.  Streaming video is the most common way to encounter this relatively new standard and you benefit from a better caching system and reduced CPU utilization but there is far more to it than that.  The Tech Report explores some of these uses, from bringing Wolfenstein3D to the web to an image editor with t

Since when do professionals that are wrong far more than they are right get their own day?

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 06:39 PM |

As you get to know more about PCs and are comfortable with the various components you begin to realize that there is a lot more to learn.  If you've decided to put together an AMD based system, you might stumble upon a term you haven't before, like TDP.  Right now many of AMDs parts are 125W or 140W, but do you know what that means, or more importantly what effect will it have on your system overall?  Maybe you are building an Intel machine and stumble upon a term like PAE when you are trying to determ

HDMI coming to you in lifelike 3D

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 01:48 PM |

HDMI 1.4 is going to be a nice upgrade from HDMI 1.3 and one that people will notice.  With support for ethernet communication, it is going to add a noticeable extra to this popular connector.  As well we have heard that it will support resolutions of 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz and 4096x2160 @ 24Hz.  You will also see different versions coming out, they will add an automotive standard as well as a micro HDMI connector.  Now we hear via [H]ard|OCP that there will be an additional feature added in HDMI 1.4a, the ability to support 3D visuals. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fetch the comfy mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 05:57 PM |

The latest Mionix mouse is aiming for a different target than most, instead of looking for incredibly high DPI, the Naos 5000 is designed with comfort of use as the top priority. 
The sensitivity is still top notch with a 5040 dpi laser sensor, what stands out is the wing on the mouse.  It is wide enough and specifically contoured to support your ring and pinkie fingers instead of leaving them dangling.  There are thumb buttons and changeable weights for the gamers but office workers might want to think about the mouse as well. 

End of support, and other finales coming to Microsoft products in the near future

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 12:41 PM |

There are a number of Microsoft OSes about to undergo changes, which you should be aware of.  The one you have probably heard the most about is the upcoming semi-expiration of the Windows 7 Release Candidate on March 1st, when it will start shutting down every 2 hours.  If you haven't taken the hint and switched your OS by June 1st, then you will find your box is not bootable anymore. 

Source: Microsoft

The Sci-Fi shoot 'em up RPG; now with less RPG and quicktime events

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 01:16 PM |

You are likely to have heard it before, if you loved the story, characters and reading about the history of the setting and races of Mass Effect, you should go into Mass Effect 2 realizing that most of your preferences have been surgically removed from the game with a rusty chainsaw.  The bias is now towards action, with story elements taking a second seat.  That is not to imply that the game is receiving bad reviews, for instance GamingHeaven gave a 93/100 and other sites have given higher.&nbsp


Make anything react to your touch

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 12:56 PM |

Engagdet is
featuring an article on a great idea on how to implement touch capability
to PCs as well as just about anything else.  Instead of building it into a device at great expense, Displax has created a membrane that can respond to up to 16 touches concurrently.  Treating this more like a peripheral such as a high end mouse ought to keep the cost reasonable and all you need to do is plug it into something compatible and start touching!

Source: engadget

A new OS needs a new system restore disk

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2010 - 12:16 PM |

Much to the dismay of companies like Acronis and Norton, every single version of Windows 7 comes with a built in system image disk utility.  Hidden away in the Control Panel, under System and Maintenance is a Backup and Restore icon which gives you access to the utility.  The first time you use it you run the Set up backup to create your first image and specify its location, after that the back up is incremental, Windows 7 will back up the changes to your system, not require you to invest the time needed to make a new image.  You can also create a system repair disk from the sam

Be Thermaltake's Valentine and get a chance to win one of 3 pink SFF systems

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:32 PM |

If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you.  They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.

Source: Thermaltake

This receiver will run you more than your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM |

If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment.  If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components.  Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr

A change of process; it is all about trimming off those nanometres

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing.  The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah.  You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory.  If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ

Celebrating 124 years of traffic

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM |

At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen.  Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component.  For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it?  The point of our forums is to offer you a place where

Intel tries a fast one: Diamondville and Pine Trail

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip.  AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.

Source: AnandTech

These kids and their mulit-touch gaming Surface

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
Tagged: surface

Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking.  Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform.  For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you.  Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi

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