Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to
enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets
through Intel® Viiv
™ technology-based PCs, making the games more
enjoyable and accessible than ever before.

Vista's release is just over the horizon

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.

Source: The Inquirer

The Tech Report turns 7

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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Believe it or not, seven years have passed since we first started
serving web pages to the world here at TR. Since then, we've seen a
tremendous amount of change and growth. It's taken some time, but we
have essentially reached our initial goals of growing a successful
publication devoted to core PC hardware and building a solvent business
that can support our inclination to play around with such PC hardware
all day. I'm constantly grateful for that fact.

Horror action games have you beat?

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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Futurelooks comes to the rescue with a handy guide on surviving horror action games.  This is a perfect guide for those who can dance through Quake or Halo, but stall out in a game where health and ammo can be severely limited.

Source: futurelooks

Collaborative Spyware

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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US Intelligence agencies have a new tool, their own top-secret version of Wikipedia.  Allowing 16 agencies to share information between each other, this could be a major help to investigators.  CNet has some more information on this project, which should be more reliable than it's open submission cousin.

Corsair offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMS™, XMS PRO™, XMS XPERT™ and the newly released XMS DOMINATOR™ line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position as the world's largest performance module maker, and the 8th largest DRAM module manufacturer, according to iSuppli.

It's not just the candy you should be checking tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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There is a brand new threat that can disable your Windows Firewall with a malformed packet.  It attacks using ICS, which means you will likely loose your internet connection as well as the firewall.  Slashdot has links to more information.

Source: Slashdot

Making it easy to get your MP3s onto your player

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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Best Buy's online music store is similar to iTunes in some ways, but it hasn't received the notice that Apple's site has.  The SanDisk Sansa e280R may change that, as it is to be the iPod for Best Buy's music site.  Drop by I4U to find out more about Best Buy's site, and their MP3 player.

Source: I4U News

A look at AMD-ATI's future

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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Overclock3d has posted a bunch of captures from an AMD slide show.  They cover their plans on uniting the GPU and CPU, as well as more info on Torrenza.

Source: Overclock3D

PCPerspective Forums: Feel the heat!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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When you pick up OEM processors, you don't even get the option to use a stock cooler, and have to wade through all the 3rd party choices, which is something our members know about.  It matters even more when you are overclocking a Conroe, or just consulting the Overclocking Bible.  You also want to make sure that the case you use has good airfl

Look Ma! They like me!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 02:46 PM |
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Asustek just broke their record for profit, according to this story on DigiTimes.  The vast majority of the sales were motherboards, as you might suspect, but they have plans to expand their laptop line as well, to make sure they can stay on top.

Source: Digitimes

Steam is building up a head

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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Regardless of the initial reaction to Steam, the online game distribution/download service from Valve, it is definitely growing.  Newest is Take-Two interactive, and there have been many game publishers that have joined recently.  Ars Technica takes a look at Steam's success.

Source: Ars Technica

A handy list of ways to pass the day at work

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Zone has kindly gathered every web video site into a list, to make it easier to spend the entire day watching streaming video.  Everything from viewer created shows to independent films to old TV shows.  It's all out there for you to see.

Gyroscopic mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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Well, the motion of your head as you duck and try to peek around corners still doesn't work as a game input, but the e-Dimensional G-Pad Pro being reviewed at Tech ARP may be the next best thing.  For 3rd person shooters and racing/flying games, when you tilt the gamepad, it is translated into movement in the game.  Available for PC and Playstation 2, it ought to be fun try try out a few times.

Source: Tech ARP

That's not a bug, and thanks for the cake

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Mozilla has informed CNET that the 2 issues identified are non-issues.  One has already been patched, and the second didn't include enough code for any exploit to be found.

and according to Slashdot, the IE7 team sent Firefox a cake.

Oracle and Intel to Collaborate on Enterprise Computing

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO,
Oct. 25, 2006 - Oracle and Intel Corporation today announced a joint
effort
to help accelerate deployment of solutions based on Oracle and
Intel technology. This effort builds on a longstanding enterprise
computing relationship and is expected to deliver a new level of
performance and reliability to customers using Oracle solutions running
on industry-leading Intel® Core® microarchitecture-based Linux servers.

What's cool about Vista & Office 2007; a newegg webcast

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Find out what the next generation Microsoft Windows and Office 2007 can do for you. Learn about
the newest features and understand how you can safely and easily complete everyday tasks; enjoy
the latest in entertainment using the seamless media integration of Media Center, Media Player 11,
and Windows DVD Maker with your photos, video, television and music; check out the latest
Internet Explorer 7; and much more.

Source: newegg