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Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 25, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 3rd generation iPod shuffle has a number of interesting features, such as it's tiny size and 4GB of storage for the same price as the previous 2GB model. The battery life is down a little from 12 hours to 10 or more hours. The biggest change is the buttons, or at least the lack thereof, as the only buttons to be found are on the headset. What does this mean for your ability to control the music and how will you ever replace the Apple headphones with ones that actually fit in your ear and sound the way you want?
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - March 24th, 2009 - MotionDSP Inc. today released vReveal, an easy-to-use Windows application for PCs that fixes common problems afflicting consumer-generated video.
vReveal features patented "CSI"-style super-resolution technology adapted from the forensic applications used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Using the massively parallel processing power in NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, vReveal instantly cleans up videos that are shaky, dark, noisy, or blurry.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are curious as to how the public beta of Windows 7 compares to Vista SP1, then Ryan has about 28 pages worth of material that you have to read. There are four tiers of system that he tested running from the low end of the spectrum to the best money can buy, and compared the performance of both nVIDIA and AMD cards at all tiers. There is an incredible amount of information and while it may not show the true face of the final Windows 7, you can certainly get a feel for the OS. Once the release candidate arrives, revisiti
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 24, 2009 - Continuing its momentum and leadership in virtualization technology, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD. After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour. Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process. Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front. Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode. Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission. According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back. Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.
Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up. There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card. Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix. If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak. Give our 49th
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/) with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now available for you here. In this episode we discussed the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature. The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down. In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that John J. Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc., and Frank D. Yeary, vice chancellor of the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have been elected to serve on Intel's board of directors. The company also announced that Carol A. Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work. Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements. The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now. You can get more information v
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.
The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery. Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards. There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve. Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good. Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while. Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more. Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities. See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model. At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample. It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down. There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network. It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse. For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86