When Griffins and Pumas attack

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out.  We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details.  The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized.  The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats.  Start by look

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobile gaming just took a big leap forward

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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After having great success yesterday playing WoW on their new OQO, VIA Arena is pulling out old games to see what else they can play.  Today it is StarCraft, and it plays just fine.  The screen is small, but certainly on par with a PSP or other gaming devices.  The big thing is that you aren't playing console games, this little device runs a full version of Windows, and therefore these are full versions of PC games. 

Source: VIA Arena

PC Self Defense Course

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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In Part 5 & 6 of TechARPs continuing Boot Camp series they will show you tricks on keeping yourself safe from the virtual nasties on the internet.  By just sticking with simple tips to achieve security, they are creating a guide that anyone can understand and follow, so send it on to those who have difficult understanding just how their PC ended up full of spyware or worse.

Source: Tech ARP

Save me Barcelona, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Without much hard information about AMD's new chip, the speculation runs wild.  With the release of the 2900XT, we saw a card that may be poised to take a share of the mid-range graphics market away from nVIDIA, but not the high end range.

Source: Ars Technica

They fell off the back of the truck

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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GamePyre risks their money buying a Kirsch speaker set out of the back of a truck, just to see what they got for their money.  The set consisted of a subwoofer, 4 stand up speakers and 1 front speaker, plus assorted wires and a remote.   The setup was easy, and everything did work, although perhaps not perfectly.  Find out if you want to lay down the full $2500 to buy this set straight from Kirsch.

Source: Gamepyre

New DirectX, old accusations

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves.  It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization.  It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity.  [H]a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The visible PCB

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface.  It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Give your cubicle some style

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment.  The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space.  The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate.  Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.

Source: TECHGAGE

Gimmie that new-time radio

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of.  While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change.  Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.

Source: Extremetech

FlashChat with your fellow PCPers!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums.  It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything.  Give it a shot and see who's on right now.

Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!

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AMD drops the ON

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on".  AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching.  There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.

Source: AnandTech

AMD talks about it's game plan

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO.  They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU.  You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you haven't learned anything new yet today, now's the perfect time

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM |
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If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes.  In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans.  In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you.  The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill

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Make sure you talk the talk with the best

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles.  ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand. 

Source: Extremetech

Hot gaming on a cold planet

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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HEXUS has heard that the port of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is actually a total rewrite of the game.  While this may not satisfy those cynics who have played many a console game that has been ported to the PC, only to be terribly disappointed, the screenshots do show improvements to the graphics.  Capcom is planning on releasing a demo, so you will be able to test the game out before committing yourself.
Source: Hexus

OQO Model 2, take 2

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station.  The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours.  There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size.  The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse. 

Source: VIA Arena

A weighty mouse

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse.  With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to.  It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g.  The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.

Source: BurnOutPC

Conference, just in time

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco.  While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java.  Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.

Source: Phoronix

The anticipation grows

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson.  There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL).  Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures.  For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.

Source: The Inquirer

Delaying an extinction event

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade.  If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.

Source: The Register