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Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available. This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed. 10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $70 you can get hold of Razer's new Imperator gaming mouse, able to change from 100 up to 5600 DPI and it does not use drift control ensuring that how you move your mouse is exactly how the mouse moves. Seven customizable buttons ensure you can choose the most comfortable configuration for yourself. It even has drives for Macs. Techware Labs has the scoo
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 01:55 PM | Jonathan Hung
Microsoft is revealing more details about its IE9 Platform today and the improvements you can expect to see when IE9 is finally released.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot adds a little FUD to your morning with this report (and tool) from ElcomSoft about the efficiency of utilizing an AMD GPU to crack iPhone and iPod passwords. It would seem that not only is a Radeon HD5970 twenty times faster than a Core i7 960 it is almost twice as fast as a Telsa S1070. Putting aside the security issue for a moment to focus on parallel processing power, it seems a bit embarrassing for nVIDIA to have their supercomputing, mass
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700
combines two peripherals into one and does it in a rather competent manner. Firstly it is a laptop stand, putting your notebook on a slight incline, making typing a little more comfortable than a flat keyboard about an inch above the surface it is resting on. It also contains a fan to keep the laptop operating cooler than it would if it was flush with a flat surface. Add to that a battery
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For 50 years now the SETI project has been searching the heavens for signs of an signal with an intelligent source. There are plenty of signals out there on every bandwidth possible but so far they all have natural sources as opposed to being generated artificially by an intelligence. So far there has been no sign, though a few new pulsars and quasars have been spotted and located. Slashdot links to information about the project and proposed changes to the scope her
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you drop by The Tech Talk forum you will bump into a bit of discussion about AMD and what they are doing in the near future, such as a sneak peek at an MSI board that seems to have a Lucid Hydra chip on it, something which makes Ryan's news post even more interesting. You can also grab some information and a bit of snark in this thread about AMD finally bringing developers out of the cold
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heat is of course the number one unwanted byproduct of semi-conductors and getting rid of it is becoming harder and harder. You can see the effects of this on the industry, as they try to create CPUs that require less power to do more calculations but we have already passed the point when strapping a kilogram of copper to a CPU is not unusual. Exotic solutions like peltiers and watercooling have become much more popular and is not limited to those brave few who wanted to build an entire cooling loop from scratch.
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2010 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has done a little bit of math and pointed out a little problem that will hit us by the end of the year. With the new CPU's coming from both companies and the fact that they will have several dozen cores or threads, that 4Gb/s connection will be split up so many ways that it will no longer be fast enough to feed those CPUs. We will be seeing servers with such incredible density that 100Gb/s services are no longer a dream, they will be a necessity to anyone wanting to take advantage of Magny-Cours or Nehalem EX.
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is. For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science. Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free. Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration. Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound. For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound. The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.
Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes. Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks. If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor. An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM | Jonathan Hung
It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.
Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive. The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place. In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft. You can see som
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf. It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control. All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor.
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser. That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon. As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, USA, March 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced a 10TB SSD based Full ATX Workstation, code named Project Artemis, on display at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.
Project Artemis is a blazing fast computer built using 40 256GB Patriot Torqx SSD drives offering a combined 10TB of storage and incredible speed.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low. The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them. In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook. Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net . It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it. Drop by Engadget and