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Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go. There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough. Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech.
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's Soprano Aluminum Keyboard offers a feature that wasn't really touched on in Think Computers review, as it is made of aluminium it should be sturdy enough to physically discourage spawn campers at LAN parties. That certainly isn't it's only feature, it has sturdy keys that will hold up to punishment. It's shortcut keys are tiny; neither taking up huge amounts of room nor sitting in a place where you will accidentall
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
I know as well as anyone that new phones are all the rage in recent months (years) since the release of the first iPhone last summer. Now that the iPhone 3G is out, Blackberry's touchscreen phone is coming next month and with today's T-Mobile G1 Android announcement, the market is going to get more and more interesting.
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PDFs are everywhere, from game manuals to technical papers on the web to documents sent between businesses. They are also becoming a very popular attack vector for malware distributors. You can read more about the types of attacks at Slashdot, and some of the other oftware that is being targeted with similar attacks, but the prevention is fairly easy ... patch early and patch often and use a different PDF viewer that doesn't auto execute scripts.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes. That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 - GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world's top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.
The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan?
Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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,
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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