The console wars of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP looks back at the past year, which has been great for console fans.  From the release of new platforms, to some of the most innovative games ever developed for console it has been a big year.  They have taken on the daunting task of determining what was the best in today's article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Developing the Dashboard DVD of Doom

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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DigiTimes reveals the stats behind AOpen's Multimedia Car.  Going far beyond the small DVD players you can find for sale, this is a full multimedia PC.  Your next car may be a Mitsubishi.

Source: Digitimes

At long last, Jobs unveils Apple phone

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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CNET has coverage of Steve Job's speech at MacWorld.  As most people had supposed, he was not there to announce iTV, but instead to announce and demonstrate the iPhone.  There are pictures of the iPhone in the sideshow planted in the middle of the article to show you what it looks like. 

There are probably lineups forming outside of Best Buy and Apple stores as you read this, even though the iPhone will not be available until June.

Tech Report's Best (and worst) of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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The Tech Report has developed a split personality.  While looking at what is coming up for 2007 at CES they are also looking back at 2006.  Read on to revisit some of the defining technology from 2006, and some of the worst flops as well.

AMD 'BETTER BY DESIGN' PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 9, 2007 — At CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the Better by Design program, a first-of-its kind initiative highlighting outstanding performance and superior technologies in desktop and notebook PCs designed by leading global OEMs. With the impending launch of Microsoft Windows Vista™, the world is moving to a new level of computing experience with increased emphasis on performance, graphics, and mobility.

Source: AMD

AMD Awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy for Graphics Excellence

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 9, 2007 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award to AMD (NYSE: AMD) for its industry-leading ATI Radeon(tm) 9700 technology. This award for Pioneering Work in Near and Real-Time fully programmable Shading via Modern Graphics Processors will be formally announced during an award ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Source: AMD

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Unveils First Ever High-Definition Digital Cable TV Tuner

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Jan. 8, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner — the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

Source: AMD

Cooler Master invites you to join CM Film Contest and win $1,000USD

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Looking for a global outlet to express your creativity and excitement in life? Cooler Master is now offering you an opportunity for your voices to be heard. No boundaries or language barriers, simply upload your short film to any public vlog and provide us the link, you will be connected to people from all over the world in no time. The best thing is once your film is selected, it will be shown on our 2007 CeBIT booth, talking about maximum exposure!!!

A new year at the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net.  A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.

Razer makes some noise

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card.  Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.

Source: OCIA

GTA - FarCry style

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitachi's storage heavy weight

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work.  Get more information at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with Intel® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.

Money for nothing, and your clicks for free

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!

Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.

"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox

web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell

you."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Guarantee your Halo 3 Beta

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 04:07 PM |
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Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta?  Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game

On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Game of the Year Awards at Shacknews

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Head on over to Shacknews to get the scoop on their picks for this year's game awards.

It is December 31st, and that means its time to tally all the votes and present to you the Shacknews Game of the Year 2006 Winners as voted on by our audience. As we switched voting formats this year, results are based on total points per category where a game got 3 points for a first place vote, 2 for a second place and 1 for a third place vote. 

Source: Shacknews

PS3 Ebay Pricing Followed and Drops

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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This is a really interesting look at the "grey" market for PS3s -- mainly on Ebay. 

Within two days of the system's launch the going price dropped by over $1000. eBay prospectors across the country were stunned at the rapid depreciation of their investment. While they were still looking at $600 profit on average, it was a far cry from the windfall everyone had been expecting.


The smart thing to do in that situation would be to wait, right?

PS3 Demo Lock Ups are a "Feature"

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2006 - 03:55 PM |
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You have GOT to love it when idiot sales reps are left explaining away problems!

"So dude over there," I said pointing to the busy clerk, "says he keeps the kiosk off because it keeps freezing up."

"Nope. No it doesn't."

"Well, actually, yeah. It does. I've seen it happen myself."

"No. It doesn't. We did that on purpose," he said.

"You make the entire console lock up on purpose because ...