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Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a fan of a little 3rd person mayhem then Just Cause 2 has probably been on your radar for a bit. A game that shows off the maturity of the DX10 engine with native support for most of nVIDIA and AMD's anti-aliasing
features which comes in handy when you consider that most terrain is deformable. That means that the question in your mind is not whether to pick up the game or not, but which card is your better choice to get the most out of the games visua
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adobe is not the most popular of companies right now. Apple is calling loudly for the death of Flash and many end users are a little ticked at the ongoing delays in the release of security patches for serious vulnerabilities in their Acrobat suite. Why not follow the advice offered by The Inquirer and switch to Foxit; it won't cost a dime and it will make you more secure. As of the 3.3 release you will be running Foxit in safe mode by default, you won't have to change your
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2010 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is confirmed that the Win7 ROM that will be present in for any phones that will be based off of Microsoft's new mobile platform can be jailbroken. In keeping with Microsoft's general image, the unlock gives you access to Mobile Office 2010. That is perhaps not as fun as what you can get a hold of on a jailbroken iPhone but it certainly fits the target audience. There are currently some similarities between the iPhone and a Win7 phone, for instance no multitasking on Win7 based phones similar to all but the new unreleased 4th iteration of Apple's mobile OS.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no question that the G.Skill PIS Series DDR3-2400 4GB
kit is among the fastest of DIMMs on the market and as such has a rather high price. At $56/GB, you really need to have a strong desire to have the best speed your system can manage, and this kit will help you do that. Out of the box it runs @ 9-11-9-28 2T and with a little coaxing Think Computers managed to drop the frequency a tad and get much tighter timings but the Intel Core i7 870
on the test rig simply could not go fast enough to determine
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a long road for those hoping for a touchable surface interface; an input device reminiscent of those seen in Star Trek or more recently on Minority Report. Microsoft's Surface has been talked about for a long time and appearing in various places more recently, like cell phone stores and in experimental gaming groups, but it is still a rarity. Sony has seen an opportunity for competition and are releasing the atracTable interactive surface this June. There will
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2010 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If it wasn't for spyware, malware, trojans, protean viruses and the rest of the nasties running around on the web today, you would probably actually be able to get your work done on time though there would probably be a lot of out of work techies and PC repair shops. Unfortunately that is not the case and visiting a web page that was secure yesterday doesn't mean you won't be hit with a drive by vulnerability today. If you do end up getting infected and spend time cleaning off the machine you should remember one mantra, "
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ARM is in the news again and this time they have their sites set on the server room. AMD and Intel are both firmly entrenched but this attack on their market share is coming from their flank. The race to lower power consumption is on and ION, Neo and Atom are certainly proof of this. VIA has never made much in the way of inroads into the server market even though their Nano and C7 lines have always had fairly low power consumption so ARM is up against a tough opponent. However, VIA never offered a low power quad core CPU running at 2GHz which is what the ARM A9 is.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2010 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 890FX chipset is hitting the market in many different forms and from many different manufacturers. Since this is the high end version of their new chipset the prices seem high for an AMD motherboard but consider it against the high end X58 Intel boards and you see that they are still reasonably priced. The MSI 890FXA-GD70is one example of these new boards and it j
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2010 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would seem that the Nintendo Power Glove was not a big enough fail to scare a company called Iron Will Innovations from attempting to repeat their mistake. The Peregrine is a neoprene glove with five contact points on three of your fingers, the pinky has only three. You touch one of those contact points to your thumb, or the pad on the palm of your hand to indicate a keystroke. Ars Technica tried it out and found it ranged from awful to bea
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 06:25 PM | Josh Walrath
Now that the dust has settled after the avalanche of Phenom II X6 reviews have hit the web, it is time to move on to greener pastures. Which means more AMD news.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 06:16 PM | Josh Walrath
Though NVIDIA has had a rough road with the GF100 chip, which powers the GTX 470 and 480 graphics cards, it seems as though they may be having some better results with the upcoming chip which powers the GTX 460 (not currently announced). This will be a cut down version of the GF100 chip, though details are sketchy if this is a new design or if these are just scavenged GF100 chip with portions fused off.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soundcards are slowly going extinct as onboard audio improves to the point where just about any feature the casual audio user could want becomes available. This has refocused the soundcard makers toward the audiophile card as they are the only ones with standards high enough to desire a discreet soundcard. This means that many of the soundcards on the market are around the $200 mark and sport features most gamers aren't even aware of. The
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blizzard is swinging away with the Nerf bat, most smacking around the Protoss as they are having difficulty determining what to do with Zerg that seem more powerful depending on what culture they are from. This is based on studies of the multiplayer beta that has been out for a while now, but Ars Technica will tell you about the single player side to StarCraft II. The good news is that what they played felt entirely different from multiplayer. From the Hub between missions to upgrading troops and especially the hiring of mercenaries, the mechanics feel very different from the
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The arrival of the 800 series chipset from AMD marks a happy time for anyone looking to build a decent machine at a modest price. The reviews of the high end version of this chipset, the 890FX, have been positive and one of the big winners has been the totally redesigned SB850. Now that AMD's southbridge must handle a serious amount of bandwidth from not only SATA2 channels but also SATA 6Gbs, there needs to be the ability to share resources when that much data transfer saturates the pipe. Unfortunately,
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might have noticed there is a jump in price with boards sporting USB 3.0, as the controller that is provided by NEC/Renesas
is a tad expensive. There is currently a cheaper alternative on the market but it is limited to PCIe 1x, it really is not a good alternative. SemiAccurate now reports ASUS has confirmed that one of their subsidiary companies, ASMedia, will be producing a full speed USB 3.0 controller and at enough of a reduced that ASUS is switching ne
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just a few months ago we saw the first 2nd generation Atom parts from Intel, the Atom N450 and N470 both single core dual thread 45nm parts with 612KB cache, the N450 clocked at 1.66GHz and the N470 at 1.83GHz and using DDR2.
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA-April, 26 2010 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced today its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier's market share for Q1'10.
The year, 2009 came in above expectations with an 11% year to year growth, an amazing comeback. Q1 of 2010 showed traditional seasonal slowdown with everyone except Nvidia and SiS showing decline.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading can be a bit of a hassle, sometimes the problem is hardware related but more often it is software as your programs are updated more frequently than your hardware unless you are very very hard on your components.