Mouse reviews taken to the next level

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark.  Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds.  His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy.  Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.

"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse

benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...

Source: Hexus

Killer NIC for Christmas, or not?

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it.  At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience.  It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another good week to be a PC Perspective member

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 06:53 PM |
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This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad.  Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out.  Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server.  If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG.  Grounding and static

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Crysis fly through

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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Tanks and chainguns on a tropical island, what more do you need?  Check out HEXUS.tv for a good look at the world of Crysis.

"Following our recent Crysis gameplay and interview videos on HEXUS.tv, we bring you a fly through video of the

game world."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

Source: Hexus

Sony's got the blues

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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Blu-Ray isn't doing so well.  Sony's new format seems to have reminded people of previous failed attempts by the company to introduce new formats, and they aren't buying it.  Add to that Microsoft and HP's backing of HD DVD, dual sided/dual format DVDs and a cheaper price, and it isn't looking good for Sony.  Digital Trends has gathered more information into an article.

AMD TO HOLD FINANCIAL ANALYST DAY

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 7, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET
(5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management
team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's business.

Source: AMD

Music, on a diet

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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Coming next year from Panasonic is the worlds smallest speaker.  They shrunk from 2.5mm to 1.5mm, and claim no loss in audio quality.  How much longer before we are buying MP3 pants that play music on their own?  CoolTechZone has some pictures and a bit more information.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD's Quad-Core revealed?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Tech Report has encountered some success in tracking down specs on the new native quad-core chips from AMD.  They boil down the translated source page very well, but you may still want to click to the original to see the translated comments.

Major U.S. Employers Join to Provide Lifelong Personal Health Records for Employees

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2006 -- As
the cost of providing health care continues to rise, Applied Materials,
BP America, Inc., Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Wal-Mart
are funding an independent nonprofit institute to develop 'Dossia,' a
Web-based framework through which

What's another Word for hole?

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Keep an eye out for any Word attachments you get until patch Tuesday, unless Microsoft releases an interim update.  MS Word 2000 and up, including Mac versions and even more recent Works versions all suffer from a vulnerability, according to this article on CNET.

Sling Media talks placeshifting

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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It sounds fancy, but it really just means streaming media you have stored in one spot to wherever it is that you are currently, over a network or the internet.  Sling Media is currently the tops in doing that, and Digital Trends has an interview with one of the founders.

Time to get Medieval

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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The newest in the Total War series takes us back to medieval times, but it isn't just the same game as the first.  Along with significant graphics improvements, there are new gameplay features that expand your experience.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look.

Source: Gamepyre

Another use for your Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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TweakTown offers an easy way to get an Xbox 360 to play XVID and DIVX videos, without cracking open the shell.  Just a simple tool called TVersity and a bit of time and you are ready to go.

Source: TweakTown

Palm de-sweater

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 05:35 PM |
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The Logitech Chillstream Gamepad has 2 things going for it.  It is USB based, making it work on both platforms, and the 40mm fan inside will keep your hands cool.  Head over to Techgage to see how it performed.

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel® Core(TM) Microarchitecture-Based Processor Line-Up Expands to Communications Solutions

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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ITU TELECOM WORLD, Hong Kong, Dec.
4, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced building blocks for
communication servers that deliver enhanced performance
, value and
choice for telecommunications equipment manufacturers and computing
tasks such as call control, mobile location services and subscriber
billing.

The [H]ard|OCP Christmas Systems Guide

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has designed a Consumer Best of the Best Awards, to help you with your Christmas shopping.  They don't tell you what to buy necessarily, but they have a lot of recommendations on the best places to shop for systems online.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Board Elects William Holt Senior Vice President; Three Others Named Corporate Officers

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 04:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has promoted William M. Holt to serve as senior vice president, and also elected Sohail U. Ahmed, Stacy J. Smith and Richard G.A. Taylor as corporate officers.

'These four individuals who've been elected by the board of directors are key to Intel's success,' said Paul S. Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

Steam provides a little surprise

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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The Tech Report noticed something interesting available via Steam this morning, Prey.  If you haven't picked this game up yet, you might find it pretty easy to get now.

Looking to buy an electronic friend for Christmas?

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Robots are big for kids and adults right now, and futurelooks took it upon themselves to try out some of the robots that are on the market currently.  They even found the original Robbie the Robot, though that will set you back $50,000.

Source: futurelooks

The sound of gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2006 - 01:24 PM |
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It's hard to recall the days when audio in games barely existed, now that even a PC POSTing has something to say, but they were real.  ExtremeTech takes a quick look back, and then focuses in on the current state of PC audio and what is coming soon.

Source: Extremetech