RadiSys Enters into Agreement to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms ATCA, cPCI, &

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.

AMD's new graphics card lines

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual.  If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant.  The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Updates Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.

No problem, mon

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA.  Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit

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Something to do on Monday night

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday.  We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card.  Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.

iFury

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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In what seems to be a move to divert the rage of early adopters of the iPhone with something new and shiny, Apple has released the iPod touch ...

A perfect Storm

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Storm Worm that  has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there.  It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever..  It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do.  Check out more about this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Why should FPS player get all the good toys?

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one.  With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage. 

Get your game on with AMD

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere.  It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them.  There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans.  They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.

Source: AMD

For when you aren't gaming until 4am

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you.  They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines. 

Source: PC Mechanic

Auzentech's take on the X-Fi

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 PCI Audio Card offers you a way to get creative with your sound card sources.  This is a modified X-Fi with all the connectors on the card, they are RCA jacks, with an adapter to change them to optical.  Hardware Canucks loved this card and could only fault it in one area, the lack of proper digital surround sound.

So the news is out...

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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Okay, I am so angry right now, that I'm going to leave this as short as possible lest I end up getting PCPer put on any corporate filters.

So, Apple announced some new iPods and then...dropped the price of $599 iPhone to $399.  Just 2 months after I spent 50% more on it.  Apple has officially lost all credibility for me and the new iMac I recently bought will be going back.

A different kind of MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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Based on the Unreal Engine 3, Fury combines the speed of a FPS with a MMO game, or as the creator puts it, "Unreal Tournament with swords and auctions".  OCMODSHOP took a look at this game, and the various unique features that it offers, up to and including it's fee structure.  If you like the online play of Guild Wars and WoW, but need a little excitement, or just want to try a team based fighting game, this might be right up your alley.

Source: OCMODSHOP

A surprise from Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight.  It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all.  Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |
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It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:



The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature. 

Sorting your needs from your wants with the help of our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC.  Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.


You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

AVG and BioShock don't play well together

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early.  Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed.  AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus. 

Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.

Source: Boot Daily

Has Logitech gone overboard

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes.   The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on  with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.

Source: TECHGAGE