A laptop that offers a little more

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 02:02 PM |
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Laptop overclocking has never been easy, if you didn't get one with a desktop CPU in the first place.  From the first step of figuring out how to disassemble the laptop, to getting under the cooling solution to the CPU to swap it with a desktop model to assembling the whole back together can be time consuming and frustrating.  Newer mobile CPUs offer useful features not found in desktop purposed chips, which you will lose when swapping it out for a desktop processor, but at least you can overclock now.

Source: Extremetech

The keyboard is done, time to try mice

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers.  Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper.  They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes.  Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.

Intel's take on the GPU

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Beyond3D has captured slides from an Intel presentation about the future of the CPU and GPU.  The slides give you a very good idea of Intel's plans to retaliate against AMDs current move towards a GPU, and Beyond3D highlights out some very interesting points.

Source: Beyond3D

If you make it, they will come

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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It's not quite a Star Trek replicator, but the Fab@Home project will let you make 3D objects for ~$2,500.  It can handle many types of material, from silicone to chocolate, letting you build lego bricks or chocolate forms.  Ars Technica has more on this first venture into affordable fabrication at home.

"Malone's goal was to build something cheap and reliable, something that hobbyists could use to kickstart a "home fabbing

revolution" that would have analogues to the personal computer revolution that h

Source: Ars Technica

Halo 3 Beta coming May 16 - only lasts 21 days

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news.  This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.

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Apple's iPhone Sporting only 40 minutes of talk time!

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 04:35 PM |
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According to some inside source, The Inq is reporting that current iPhone models are only getting about 40 minutes of talk time!  The iPhone is scheduled to be released in early June.

During Episode 93 of the spodcast this Week in Tech (TWiT)Dvorak said he received information from "a guy at Cingular who's testing the product." The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak "there's lots of issues" with the iPhone.

Source: The Inquirer

RSS Feeds Coming

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 12:04 AM |
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I know we have been behind on this for a while now, but we are finally rolling out the much-asked-for RSS feeds for you all to add to your daily reading lists.  We are going to have two lists: one for news and one for reviews and articles:


iPod flashing

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 03:37 PM |
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Over at MAKE:Blog is a link to a very interesting mod for iPods.  It's not easy, nor is there a full explanation of how it worked, but it is do-able.  If you have the time and skill you can upgrade any iPod to use Compact flash cards.  They go up to 128Gb, and it will remove all the moving parts in the iPod so your battery life will soar.

Source: MAKE: Blog

More of what you want

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game.  GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.

Source: Gamepyre

Not yet ready for Prime Time?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse.  After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience.  They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

His future's so bright ... he's gotta ray trace shade

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works.  Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4.  As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level. 

Source: The Inquirer

How many processes can a processor process if a processor processed with 80 cores?

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor.  Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors.  Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM.  Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf

Source: Ars Technica

Very accomodating keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads.  They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,

Source: OCIA

Stranger than fiction

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM |
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Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke.  If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here.  It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past.  Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.

"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."

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If you squint, you can see the weekend from here

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity.  It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention.  The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of

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Cinegames must mean they are longer, right?

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil.  They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games.  Read on at Wired.

Source: Wired News

ReadyBoost tested

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost.  As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs.  As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then.  It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New from Joo Janta

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds.  A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose.  A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material.  It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency.  The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n

Source: Slashdot

Penryn and Nehalem, new from Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn.  Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.

Intel Honors 10 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.