How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 08:40 AM |
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Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 02:56 PM |
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With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 

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Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 10:33 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):

A Computex news deluge

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 08:58 AM |
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Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is.  Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen.  Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista.  TweakTown was there with a camera, check

Source: TweakTown

Did you see the pig that just flew past the window?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 08:43 AM |
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The end is nigh!

"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.

Jace Hall hosts his own show at Crackle.com, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)

it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.

Source: Extremetech

Free CALL OF DUTY 4 Map Pack on nZone

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 08:13 AM |
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Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.

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Cooling the next generation of chips

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water.  They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers.  They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.

 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No mutants allowed!

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2008 - 10:37 AM |
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FarCry 2 already has two things going for it, no mutants and no aliens.  The game really doesn't have anything to do with FarCry at all, apart from dropping you into a lush sandbox, giving you guns and a mission and then sitting back and letting you do whatever you want to complete the mission.  It is a little early to tell, but the lack of mutants may help make the latter parts of the game actually fun, as opposed to the exercise in frustration that the last few levels of FarCry became.  C

Source: bit-tech

Become your own record label

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 10:26 AM |
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TuneCore is a rather interesting new way for up and coming musicians, and well established ones, can become their own record label so that people can hear their music.  For $19.98 a year per album, plus one time fees of $0.99 per song on the album, and $0.99 for each music store that you want them to make it available on, your music is as easily accessible as any other band on iTunes.  Check out how well it worked for Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

The absolute opposite of a slow news week

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 09:33 AM |
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The Tech Report had a very busy first day at Computex, they must have run the whole time to get as much done as they did.  From nVIDIA's new GeForce 9M-series notebook GPUs and their new Tegra system on a chip to ASUS Showing off their new Eee and Eee Box, it's a long list.  Head over and see what els

Now that's a naked Nano

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 09:22 AM |
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Legit Reviews had a chance to visit the Centaur Technologies fab that was responsible for the creation of the Nano.  Not only did they get to see the Nano, there were wafers of C7 chips and rooms filled with games, for testing purposes.  They even got some benchmarks for the Nano, so check it out.

StreamMyGame Launches Broadband Player: Play games installed on your home PC remotely

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 08:23 AM |
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Streaming software by StreamMyGame that enables the latest games and software applications to be used remotely, was publicly demonstrated for the first time today during the opening keynote address by an Intel Corporation executive at one of the world's largest technology trade shows.

Online streaming of video and audio has radically changed the broadcast and mobile industries re-inventing the way consumers purchase and watch media. StreamMyGame takes this evolution one step further.

Source: StreamMyGame

VIA Nano Processor Platform Earns Prestigious 'Best of Computex' Award

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 08:14 AM |
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Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 3 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Nano processor and the VIA VX800 all-in-one digital media IGP chipset received the coveted 'Best of Computex' award by the Taiwan Computer Association and the Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA), during a morning ceremony today.

Get your neural impules firing

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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Drop by Overclock3D for a look at the OZC Neural Impulse Actuator in the wild.  As opposed to all the demos we have seen set up at various computer shows, they are trying to use it on a real system.  Read on to find out just how useful this device is.

Source: Overclock3D

One take on anti-spyware

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 09:07 AM |
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At ExtremeTech you can read about their top 10 antispyware programs.  The list is short, and they offer a quick overview on which offer better protection, and which are not worth the money it would take to buy it.  If you have been hit by malware and are considering a new
programs to protect yourself then give this article a peruse.  There is also a lot of advice in our networking forum.

Source: Extremetech

AMD Foundation Launches "AMD Changing the Game"

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 08:30 AM |
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New York -- June 2, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the launch of AMD Changing the Game, the first initiative of the newly formed AMD Foundation. The AMD Changing the Game program is intended to improve critical technical and life skills by teaching kids to develop digital games with social content. The program is rooted in AMD's commitment and experience in supporting education with the company's passion and expertise in the gaming industry.
Source: AMD

VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design wins Gold at Computex

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 08:27 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 2 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of ultra-mobile, power efficient x86 processor platforms, proudly announced today that the VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design has won the impressive Computex Taipei design and innovation Gold Award for 2008.

Source: VIA Arena

FIXED! Forums down for a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2008 - 11:25 PM |
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Thanks to all who wrote in - yeah the forums are down for a bit of UNscheduled maintenance. But no worries, we have people on the job and they will hopefully be back Sunday sometime.

UPDATE - the forums are back up!  A huge thanks goes to our friends at eicomm.net and moreweb.com for helping me with the problem while I was flying across the globe!

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Time to break out that summer cooling gear

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 03:50 PM |
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While new technology is almost always a good thing, getting rid of old tech is not.  The parallel port still has not died, nor the 3.5" floppy or the PS-2 port.  There are probably even ISA slot holdouts, I know for a fact that there are still AGP addicts.  The newest forced obsolescence is causing a lot of FUD, so to properly understand the new Cable TV standards drop by this thread.  It won't help make your grandmother feel better about her old TV no longer receiving a signal, but it can help yo

MSI is showing off in Taipei

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 08:36 AM |
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bit-tech was shown some interesting little previews by MSI.  You can see their planned new X58 chipset based motherboard and the Nehalem that will go into it, all 1366 pins of it.  Hard information on this pair of next generation silicon from Intel is still rather rare, but the pictures do tell a lot.

Source: bit-tech