Coming soon to an overclocker near you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel.  The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80.  This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100.  If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.

Source: The Inquirer

Power assisted packing

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage.  The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people.  With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr

Das CLICKY CLICKY

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional.  Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away.  If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.

Source: Extremetech

Now that's timing

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer.  Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings.  Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well.  AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month. 

Source: The Inquirer

Alone with your iPhone

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory.  You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.

Source: I4U News

Diablo turns 11, makes gamers feel old

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:27 PM |
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Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers.  StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers.  The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated.  Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne

Source: Ars Technica

Come back zinc, Come Back!!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct.  For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply.  You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology.  If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le

Source: Slashdot

Visible war

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition.  nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well.  These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips.  We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati

Source: Hexus

Summer heat is good for the user; not so much for the hardware

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 06:22 PM |
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Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction.  Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po

A torrent of FUD

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion.  As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic.  This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling.  Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy

Source: The Inquirer

A handy way to share what you play

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto.  It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that.  circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn

Source: circuitREMIX

Those minor inconveniences

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them.  Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version.  [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.

Source: OCMODSHOP

No, the video game version

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it.  Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb.  Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".

Source: Hexus

You think you're upset

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7.  This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons.  Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.

Source: Slashdot

Lycosa psychosis

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot.  With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard.  As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?

Source: Bjorn3D

Tiny capacitor, big capacity

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium.  The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach.  If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.

Source: Ars Technica

Need a new security robot?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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Rememer Dr. Who?  What?  Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers?  Are they also fans of Dr. Who?  If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley.  ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...

Source: General

Should've remembered the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3.  The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem.  Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."

Source: Tech ARP

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them.  Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do.  That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers. 

Source: The Inquirer

The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM |
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There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on