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Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2010 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes Taiwanese based vendors Acer and ASUStek have left themselves vulnerable to a royalty fee from Microsoft based upon several patents that Microsoft holds and are used in netbooks or tablets. This is reported to have stemmed from worries on Microsoft's part that those companies would adopt Google's OS in preference to Windows. That royalty would hit the companies rather hard if they decide to go with Android or Chrome and had to charge at least an additional $10-$15 per unit.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2010 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn got his hands on OCZ's new storage solution and proprietary connector just a little while ago, but it was not one that was picked up from a retail outfit. Funky Kit did pick up an OCZ IBIS 160Gb SSD with the new HSDL
interface and while they don't mention a specific price they do mention it is in the region of $600.00, or ~$3.75/GB. On the plus side, their review shows this drive is every bit as
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It was bound to happen sooner or later, a way of sniffing out your login, password and other unencrypted data you send to social networks has hit the main stream. Techniques for grabbing unencrypted packets has for the most part remained underground and relatively user unfriendly but Firesheep changes that.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2010 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ah, the never ending curiosity of
the geek, no longer do you have to worry about being chased out of the house to find something to do outside; instead if you find yourself bored there are no end of projects to start up. Even if you are stuck trying to determine what it is exactly you want to do, just fire up the PC Perspective Forums and you will find something to do, unless your PC decides to give you something all on its own.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has put together a table detailing the price changes nVIDIA is implementing to ensure their share of the market:
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
card has been available for a while at $150 and a few fans are sure to have purchased one but there are those, especially among the audiophiles, that want nothing to do with a card branded by a professional gamer.
For those discerning users there is a more powerful, though more expensiv
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You will have to learn a new mousing technique to benefit from the design of the Smartfish ErgoMotion Wireless Laser Mouse but if you do decide to your wrist might thank you. It is designed to be used with a straight wrist, the mouse its self can pivot under your hand as you move it to let your arm move naturally. TECHGAGE will happily recommend this mouse to anyone as long as they stay away from twitch games as the lack of extra buttons and 800DPI sensor will frustrate you in an FP
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whether you buy the full version or just pick up the limited free version, after a few months the once enjoyable benchmarks become a little stale. Even though when they first arrive they are incredible and many wished that FutureMark put out playable versions of their benchmarks, running through it for the 100th time you begin to die a little inside, watching for any screen corruption of the scene you have seen again and again. Rejoice, for 3DMark 2011 will soon be here and it will feature tesselation as well as a very different implementation of volumetric lighting not seen before
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report had a chance to try out OnLive, the subscription gaming service that we have discussed here before. For games, they loaded up Borderlands, Unreal Tournament 3 and DiRT 2 as well as Splinter Cell: Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Just Cause 2, and NBA 2K11. The first three showed enough lag to effect TR's enjoyment while the others were not diminished as much, still not bad for a notebook. Apart from the experience they also noticed something else that people should keep in mind, OnLive was
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon. The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility. Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%. Check o
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side. For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three. You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet. Not too long though.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages. It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card. Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to. Take control over
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who needs the rest of the internet when you have PC Perspective? No matter if you have a question about older tech or buying a system on the cheap or even whiny capacity syndrome there will be someone interested in helping you out.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition. Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available. There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested. Take a peek over at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has aimed for quality with its new $100 HS1 gaming headset, using 50mm drivers to provide the sound and a uni-directional noise cancelling microphone. The ear cups are cloth and the drivers themselves are placed on an angle to your ears as opposed to being pointed directly at them and are capable of upscaling a source into 5.1
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica tells you all about the good, the bad and the ugly of the new Medal of Honor game here. Much of the news is good, they describe a game that seems to have some depth to it, as well as impressive explosions. They do have some negatives, calling melee a pale reflection of Bad Company 2 as well as the existence of some portions of the game that leave you feeling like you are passively watching and not actively participating. Check out
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the most part, when someone is on the move in a fast moving vehicle they depend on the 3G cell network (or 4G if they're lucky) to provide their data connection. The problem is one of pricing, as utilizing the cellular network to move any amount of data tends to add up to a noticeable expense over time whereas WiFi tends to be free. Enter Wiffler, a "prediction based offloading"
program that is intended to allow you to offload at least some of your data transfers onto WiFi. The program will hopefully allow a WiFi/3G combo neteork while you are driving or otherwise non-s
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice. At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the internet you can find some benchmark results that may well show the current performance levels of the HD6850 and HD6870, ones that are not terribly encouraging. The results were purportedly generated from tests of using 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 and both cards seem to have scored lower than the HD5800 cards that preceded them. If the leak is valid it raises some interesting questions about the drivers, benchmark integration and performance of the cards in games.