The new PSP goes on a diet ... and steroids

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The only thing HEXUS didn't get was picture of the new PSP.  They do have a complete listing of the components in it, the interfaces available as well as it's weight.   The biggest thing is the 4.3" monitor that has a 16:9 ratio.  Read what Sony has in store for mobile gaming.

Source: Hexus

A more PC PC

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool will become as ubiquitous as the Energy Star symbol.  It is a US program to indicate that a PC has been constructed with the environment in mind.  From reduced levels of heavy metals, to eco-friendly packaging, there is a list of 11 different requirements that must be met to be certified EPEAT.  Find out more on this new(ish) tool at ECO PC Review.

HTPC lite?

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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The Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player is being sold as an alternative to a full HTPC.  With support for up to a 500GB drive, an RCA audio jack and both RCA and VGA video outputs, it is certainly slimmed down as is the price, with a MSRP of about $100, but don't expect it to act as a PVR.  If that piques your interest, read to full review at Overclock3D.

Source: Overclock3D

ET at E3

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are putting on a show in Santa Monica to start off E3.  ExtremeTech was there, and caught it all from Microsoft's Peter Moore trying out a game of Rock Band, to Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Sega's upcoming games.

Source: Extremetech

Can headgear ever be cool

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The TrackIR 4 Pro POV Headset is a wonderful idea, the point of view in your game is controlled by the movements of your head.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to look cool while wearing a wire thingy attached to headphones.  Read more at [H]ard|OCP, and see if this is the new thing in gaming, or if it's doomed to obscurity like many POV headsets before it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Say it ain't so!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Tech Report has a very dark secret that they have decided to share with the rest of us.  Console gaming is taking over their lives, to the detriment of their PC gaming habits.  If Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis don't come out soon, the only thing that they will be using their PCs for is work.  You can read the shocking news and what has caused this disturbing behaviour here.

Firefox having difficulty remembering what comes after Alpha

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Firefox will still be releasing a new testing version, but it will still be considered an Alpha, as opposed to moving to Beta, as was originally planned.   Making a solid browser comes before meeting imposed deadlines, and the big hurdle is the upgrade to the Gecko engine to 1.9 to allow Firefox3 to pass the Acid2 test.  You can see the updated roadmap, and a bit more detail on what is going on at Ar

Source: Ars Technica

Glue with a shocking secret

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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The next time you are thinking about a mod, and have some features you can't figure out how to keep attached, try glue.  Instead of paying through the nose for conductive epoxy from a specialist store, make your own with the help of a link on MAKE:Blog.  Paint on circuits, use it as solder, or maybe even redo the old pencil trick mod, permanently.

Source: MAKE: Blog

VMware And Intel Capital Announce Investment

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2007 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.  VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture.

Wanna try some untested medicine?

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM |
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In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch.  The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were.  The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and Mecer Join Forces on New Education PC for South Africa

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Beat the summer heat, stay inside and surf the forums

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM |
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It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard.  Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.

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AMD has digested ATI, now hungry again

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design.  They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture.  The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Light on keys, heavy on usage

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard.  As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second.  Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys!   Take a look at this nifty little device.

Crack your iPhone, sort of

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways.  2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T.  You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T.  It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.

"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate

Source: The Inquirer

Starting a Sci-Fi RPG game from a blank slate

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens.  While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.

Source: Hexus

Shuttle's future launches

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products.  Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots.  They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login.  There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.

Source: TweakTown

Moving beyond add on speakers

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM |
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Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out.  There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in.  As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.

Apple's iPhone - now with FUD

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of.  Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords.  Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts.  Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.

Source: Slashdot

Give your PC a good checkup

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance.  Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step.  You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans.  There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!

Source: PCStats