Decorate the inside of your ear

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Sleek-Audio's new Custom Earphones have a different focus than their previous SA6s.  The SA6s also involved the use of a mold created from your ear canal, though their particular speciality was to allow you to adjust it's ranges after you have them.  The new customs still require the molding, but it is the aesthetics that can be personalized.  Everything from the colour of the earbuds to the length of the cabling, plus you can have custom logos added.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

A woman this fine needs to be romanced first

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The Tech Report has five different builds, not including the alternate they offer, to get up and running on a new system.  There are even a few Core i7 systems like the Crushinator to keep you at the top of your game.  At the very end they also offer ideas on cooling, displays and even keyboards and mice.  If you don't want to go quite that far, remember that Ryan has recently updated our Hardware Leaderboard, which you can use to help assemble a new Core i7 based system

They always cancel the popular ones

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The Q6600 is on it's way out, Intel will be giving it the kiss of death in the first quarter of 2009.

Source: Digitimes

Check out the new guy

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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There is a good chance you have never heard of Ace, at least as a company that designs and sells PC mice, as opposed to the hardware store chain.  Red & Blackness Mods tried out their MLUC100 Laser 1600DPI gaming mouse which has been at least partially inspired by the Logitech MX Revolution.  There are three big differences, the first two are positive and the third isn't so great.  Read this quick review to see what they were.

Therapeutic gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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If lack of socializing is getting you down, pick up Left 4 Dead, which will have you bonding with 3 other people in a much deeper way than you will on Team Fortress 2.  The anti-social loner won't last too long in Valve's new cooperative multiplayer game.  Don't worry about not having top of the line hardware either, [H]ard|OCP's testing shows that every new card can support the highest in game options with full anti-aliasing and anisotropic filters at ~40fps at a resolution of 2560x1600.  If you are using a lower resolution, even the low end cards should allow you to max out ev

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, no you're not

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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There has an new treatment focus at a European addiction clinic for the last little while; video game addiction.  Well, apparently 90% of their patients are not addicted in any way, they just don't get out much, according to people who would truly know.  Using video games as an outlet probably isn't anything but a criteria that the clinic has selected for, successful treatments were not focused on treating an addiction so much as improving social skills, using a similar treatment to the ones used

Source: Slashdot

Your coffee grinder wants net access

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results.  Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house.  If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s.  If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply

Moving down a step

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule.  They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year.  Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players.  More at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Still time for a few practice feasts before the big day

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM.  If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it.  Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb

Who doesn't want a musical pebble

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod?  Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players.  They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod.  Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.

LongRun; winding road

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more.  Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world.  Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors.   You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft takes another shot at the gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again.  Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up.  It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features.  In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d

Source: futurelooks

It's not just Chrome, it's Chromotion

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT.  They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.  There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance.  Fin

Source: The Inquirer

This isn't Rock Band

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends.  Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game.  From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go.  Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie. 

Source: Ars Technica

DICE PUTS FAITH IN NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY FOR MIRROR'S EDGE

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.

Source: NVIDIA

Tesla GPUs Enable Cluster Class Performance On The Desktop at 1/10th The Power

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM |
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Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer".  What actually constitutes a PSC?  Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course!  NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education. 


Source: NVIDIA

That's a lotta FLOPS

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores.  All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration.  Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party.  Get all the electrifying details at The I

Source: The Inquirer

This new Nehalem kid is awfully popular

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines. 
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared.  Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas

It sounds like ASUS is up to something

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release.  The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card.  They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.

Wrapping up AMD's Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday.  There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company.  Click on over and see what the fuss was about.

Source: AnandTech