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Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the most important line in Ars Technica's interview with Jordan Thomas, the Creative Director of BioShock 2, is the first; confirmation that the game is indeed complete. That puts the current release in the hands of the publisher and distributer; February 9, by the way. They discuss how the pre-BioShock 1 story is told via the multiplayer game and how the single player game, which occurs after the first game, uses the story of the first g
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has assembled about an hours worth of video featuring AMD's Justin Hensley discussing the various features of AMD's Open Computer Language. The idea behind OpenCL, if you have not yet encountered it in the wild, is to open up a general computing language for everybody. There are other popular ways to program for GPGPUs, instruction sets that will work on a CPU as well as a GPU, but these programs are licensed and require you to pay before you can get your hands on them. A
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2010 - 05:02 PM | Jonathan Hung
Startech, the makers of hard-to-find and specific need adapters, peripherals, other devices, has added new USB 3.0 products to their already impressive catalog.
Available now are USB 3.0 interface cards, with docking stations, hubs and other products to follow in January and February 2010.
Here's a summary of what Startech is offering to satisfy your USB 3.0 needs:
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 02:13 PM | Jonathan Hung
The latest NPD sales figures are out and it's more doom and gloom for PC gaming. According to the NPD Group, the sales of PC games declined 23% in 2009 to $538 billion total, compared to the 11% decline seen on consoles. It was just a year ago experts were predicting that the game industry is relatively immune to the effects of a global economic decline, obviously this wasn't the case.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a deep look into dynamic power management, what it means and how it is managed with current generation CPUs and systems. Processing power per watt has been a phrase used for a long time in the server room, where it can be hard to hear over the roar of fans and platter based drives. It is now a common topic of conversation among all computer enthusiasts and many motherboards and CPUs are sold with features that enable dynamic performance, which in turn allows the power drain to change as the
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To start off the second week of 2010 at the PC Perspective forums is some rather good news. One of our members, Tim Shadler pulled of second place in the ASUS Xtreme Design Contest with his Eight-Tuner-Ruiner custom build. His thread now has a demonstration video along with some rather creative unboxing videos of the various components that went into his build. Please drop by his build thread to offer your congratulations and
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The name is still a mystery, but the pictures at Elite Bastards tell a story of ASUS' new board. The AM3 socket is obvious and the connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors so you can also be confident that there is onboard graphics, though it is hard to say that it will be a 785G board. The big news that ASUS gave out along with the pictures is that the board will support SATA6 and USB 3.0, features that are very rare right now.
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games
like DiRT 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins. To get the most
out of these games - to play at the best frame rates, at higher
resolutions, and with the most eye candy turned on - a graphics upgrade
might be in order, and, for some of your readers, that prospect may be a
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix. The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles. Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground. It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own. The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons. Currently
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when. The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista. Whether
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look. That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot. The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems. The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts. Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset. Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies. That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular. PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS. TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change. VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago. Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build. Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 04:19 PM | Jonathan Hung
Update: 4:45pm ET. It's all over now. The guys will be back on the show sometime soon. Still 2 more days of CES.
Ryan is on TWiT Live at CES 2010.
Hit this link:http://live.twit.tv/
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much. One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay. They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago. Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele