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Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience. techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass. Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten. The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC. If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.
"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Laptop overclocking has never been easy, if you didn't get one with a desktop CPU in the first place. From the first step of figuring out how to disassemble the laptop, to getting under the cooling solution to the CPU to swap it with a desktop model to assembling the whole back together can be time consuming and frustrating. Newer mobile CPUs offer useful features not found in desktop purposed chips, which you will lose when swapping it out for a desktop processor, but at least you can overclock now.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers. Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper. They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes. Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beyond3D has captured slides from an Intel presentation about the future of the CPU and GPU. The slides give you a very good idea of Intel's plans to retaliate against AMDs current move towards a GPU, and Beyond3D highlights out some very interesting points.
Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's not quite a Star Trek replicator, but the Fab@Home project will let you make 3D objects for ~$2,500. It can handle many types of material, from silicone to chocolate, letting you build lego bricks or chocolate forms. Ars Technica has more on this first venture into affordable fabrication at home.
"Malone's goal was to build something cheap and reliable, something that hobbyists could use to kickstart a "home fabbing
revolution" that would have analogues to the personal computer revolution that h
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news. This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 04:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to some inside source, The Inq is reporting that current iPhone models are only getting about 40 minutes of talk time! The iPhone is scheduled to be released in early June.
During Episode 93 of the spodcast this Week in Tech (TWiT)Dvorak said he received information from "a guy at Cingular who's testing the product." The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak "there's lots of issues" with the iPhone.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 12:04 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know we have been behind on this for a while now, but we are finally rolling out the much-asked-for RSS feeds for you all to add to your daily reading lists. We are going to have two lists: one for news and one for reviews and articles:
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MAKE:Blog is a link to a very interesting mod for iPods. It's not easy, nor is there a full explanation of how it worked, but it is do-able. If you have the time and skill you can upgrade any iPod to use Compact flash cards. They go up to 128Gb, and it will remove all the moving parts in the iPod so your battery life will soar.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game. GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game. Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse. After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience. They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works. Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4. As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor. Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors. Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM. Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads. They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke. If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here. It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past. Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.
"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Catalyst 7.3 Causes BSOD in Vista @ ExtremeTech
- Vista's Speech Recognition @ ExtremeTech
- Microsoft extends empire with Vista coffee brand @ The Inquirer
- MTV to launch an 3D world @ The Inquirer
- ATI's Vista Killing Driver @ TechARP
- AMD LIVE! Uncovered - Part 2 @ HEXUS.tv
- LG Electronics 2007 Road Show Coverage @ Futurelooks
- Windows Continues to Be a Security Threat @ OSWeekly
- The Sorry State of WiFi Support with Feisty Beta @ OSWeekly
- Apple's Arrogance with iPhone @ CoolTechZone
- Apple TV @ TheTechLounge
- Why Doesn't Anyone Care About Overclocking Anymore? @ HCW
- Actiontec MegaPlug 85Mbps 4-port Hub and Ethernet Adaptor @ Hardware Pacers
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta Review @ WindowsAtoZ
- Why ATI Delayed The R600 @ TechARP
- Super Talent April 2007 Ram Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
- ASUS Commando Contest @ Techgage
- Modders-Inc Anniversary Giveaway
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity. It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention. The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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