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Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As most were well aware they would, Microsoft took the opportunity that Gamefest offered them to announce DirectX 11. They talked about the CPU becoming a general purpose GPU, sort of like AMD and nVIDIA have been touting for years now. The Inquirer even heard them bring up that paradigm word. About the only thing new that came out of the announcement was a promise to make DX11 run on DX10 equipment, so that you won't have to buy new hardware. Of course, if you
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Connexion have released a higher end 3D controller called the SpaceExplorer, which sports some interesting improvements over the SpaceNavigator PE. You won't really use it for gaming or even normal desktop apps, but CAD designers and Google Earth addicts are not going to want to miss Mektu's review of this nifty little device.
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the beginning of the overclocking portion of a review is usually a disclaimer, not only letting you know that you will be voiding your warranty but also that it is possible for Bad Things to happen. Hopefully you have never experienced anything awful while overclocking, but it does occasionally happen and when it does it is never pretty. Take the results of this ill fated memory review over at ExtremeTech for example.
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is easy to figure out what the H2O Waterproof Headphones are for and from [OC]ModShop's testing, they do actually work. Of course, it is recommended that you purchase a waterproof case for your MP3 player, but the choice is up to you. Pick up a pair and you can listen to your favourite music, and our Podcast, while swimming, boating or just taking a shower.
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is getting one up on AMD, without having to even lift a finger. NGOHQ has received support from nVIDIA to get PhysX working on AMD graphics cards. AMD, a little late to the race has now started to also help coders try to get PhysX to run, but The Inquirer makes it sound as if the NGOHQ guys are having great success. It does make one wonder how specialized Ageia's hardware in the original release of the PhysiX card, if AMD's cards can support it with the help of
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role. The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all. According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip. Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives. There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB. See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here. Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action. It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's. nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those. Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved. On t
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess. Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player. Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider. Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from. The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick. Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick. Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources. One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs. If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down. After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes. Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect. Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new. The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble. The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well. Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.
"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."
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Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience. Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience.
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.