Cinegames must mean they are longer, right?

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil.  They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games.  Read on at Wired.

Source: Wired News

ReadyBoost tested

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost.  As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs.  As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then.  It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New from Joo Janta

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds.  A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose.  A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material.  It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency.  The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n

Source: Slashdot

Penryn and Nehalem, new from Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn.  Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.

Intel Honors 10 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.

Intel Honors 44 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

THE WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE (Chance to win schwag!)

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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Event Date & Time:March 30th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. PST
Duration:60 minutes
      
Sign up today for a chance to win prizes during the webcast! (must be present to win)
1 Winner will receive an Intel Quad-core 6600 CPU     

2 Winners will receive a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

REQUIREMENTS:
 To attend this Web conference event you will need:
• A computer with access to the Internet to view the visual portion of the event.

Source: newegg

The sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:07 PM |
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VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT.  It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording.  They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.

Source: VR-Zone

Break out the Geiger counters, we're headed for Chernobyl

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development".  The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.

While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good.  It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.

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Trade your piece for a PC

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence.  If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money.  The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.

Source: The Inquirer

Folding on the PS3

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold.  The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s.  So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro

Source: hardCOREware

Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.

Intel-Powered Classmate PCs First To Ship In Volume To Emerging Markets

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that Intel-powered classmate PCs are shipping in volume to emerging markets. These affordable yet fully functional PC based on the Intel® Celeron® M processor is the first education-oriented mobile computer to ship in volume to Brazil and Mexico.

A fancy set for your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 gives you a nice way to control your HTPC without resorting to remotes better suited for TV viewing.  Gamehelper reviews this totally flat keyboard and small rechargeable mouse that also holds batteries for back up.  Both are wireless and easy to carry around, as well as hide when they aren't in use,

Source: Gamehelper

A graphic conversation with AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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X-bit Labs chats with John Byrne of the AMD Graphics Product Group, as in the old ATI.  They talk about being king of the mid-range graphics cards, and the difficulty they've had overcoming the new nVidia series.  They also discuss the new GPU series soon to hit the market, DX10 and General Purpose GPUs.  Drop by to get to know this new part of AMD a little better.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A picture is worth 1000 words (minus exchange rate)

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff.  Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer.  Keep

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Bioware's Jade Empire

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Gamepyre has been spending some time in the Jade Empire, a game originally for the Xbox that has been ported to PC.  There are several different styles of character to choose from, allowing you the ability to replay the game and still get some enjoyment out of it.  They found it better than your average ported game, so head over and see what you think.

Source: Gamepyre

Dissecting an Apple TV

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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AnandTech has cut open a brand new Apple TV with only their fingernails and a Torx bit.  Get a good peek at the hard drive, motherboard, wireless card and other goodies they've hidden under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

Guess who's 14

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference.  The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time.  Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.

Source: The Inquirer