Get the lag out

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming.  They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive.  If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.

"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be

prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre

Source: Tech-Hounds

New Hardware for Sale

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 04:45 PM |
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Well, I got from CES 2006 last week, and got a couple of quick articles up that look at the latest in PC technology.  Turns out you can actually buy some of this stuff too!


The AMD

Oblivion is coming, find out how it works

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Beyond3D had a chance to chat with Gavin Carter about the upcoming release of the next chapter of Morrowind, Oblivion.  If you are waiting impatiently for the release, you can at least glean a few more tidbits out of this interview.

"Bethesda's Morrowind was one of the "big three" computer roleplaying games released in 2002,

along with Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. Sporting an advanced engine many high end systems

buckled under the pressure and gamers delighted at what they saw.

Source: Beyond3D

CES 2006 - That's a wrap

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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X-bit Labs wraps up their coverage of CES2006 with a look at some of the stuff they haven't covered yet.  After that, kill some spare time making a CNC machine, or converting your barbeque.

"CES 2006 is over. But although we have been sharing with you all the news hot from the show floors on a daily basis, there were still quite a few interesting things left that are worth mentioning.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Shake that booty

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods reviews an odd product that could increase the 'realism' of your gaming experience.  The  Buttkicker Gamer is, as the name implies, a big subwoofer that makes your chair, and butt, vibrate.  Read the whole review before you burst out into laughter.

"We review everything computer based and I mean everything! Today we got a cool little gadget for

you that we will share our thoughts on. Buttkicker sent us their latest gamer product.

What Microsoft has up it's sleeves

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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Think Computers has posted their take on the Microsoft Keynote speech at CES 2006.  If you are curious as to what Billy's bunch plans for this year, it is worth a read. 

'Microsoft has been on the leading forefront of advancing technology, and the Consumer Electronics

Show is one place they have consistently showed an intriguing outlook on what the future could

hold.

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Named

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 07:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 —— Today 300 teens may well be on the road to becoming tomorrow's elite scientists as they have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Often considered the 'junior Nobel Prize,' the Intel STS is America's oldest, most highly regarded pre—college science competition and heir to more than six decades of science excellence.

Makin' your own mousepad

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The MAKE: Blog points to a quick and dirt cheap way to make yourself a high performance gaming mousepad, using hard to find high-tech items ... namely wax paper and cellotape.  This is probably the easiest and cheapest way on the planet to try out a low-friction mouse pad for yourself.

"If you're anything like me, you just spent your last bit of cash on a wicked gaming mouse and

didn't leave any money for a mouse pad.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Intel Outlines Software Programs for Apple Developers to Boost Multicore, Threaded Application Desig

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 04:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced new software development tools and resources through its Intel® Software Network. These tools and resources will help Apple developers take advantage of Intel® Core™ Duo processor technologies to maximize application performance on the new Intel—based Mac platforms.


The special beta versions of the Intel® Fortran Compiler, Intel® C++ Compiler, Intel® Math Kernel Library and Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives are available now.

PC Perspective 2005 Hardware Reader's Choice Awards

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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Now is your chance to vote on the best hardware of 2005!  There are 12 different categories to vote on, and everyone at PC Perspective is invited to participate.   Love a particular manufacturer?  If you don't vote, no one will know how you feel but you.


For a sneak peek at the coming year, Ryan has posted his CES 2006 experience, in pictures and HD video!


Get your hands out of your pants!!

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Levi's has announced the unpcoming release of jeans with their own built in joystick ...

A new species of bug to infest your box

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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Windows Meta File vulnerabilities are being focused on by many right now, even with the patch Microsoft released on the 5th.  The reason is mostly because of the nature of the flaw, and how easy it is to infect an unpatched machine.  You do not have to interact at all, no installation, not even a pop-up box; simply viewing a picture on a website

The Commies are coming back!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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If you thought you had suffered enough with the Commodore64, think again.  Commodore is coming back, and Think Computer had a sit down with them to find out what their plans are in the latest attempt to take over the computing world.

'Some of you may not know the name Commodore, but for me it brings back many memories. I really

got my start in all this computer stuff with the Commodore Vic-20; I can say that it changed the

way I looked at computers and how I felt about them.

Televisa Chooses Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology to Deliver Premium Content to World's Largest Hispanic

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Grupo Televisa, S.A. (NYSE: TV), the largest media company in the Spanish—speaking world, today announced a joint effort to provide consumers, for the first time, with a wide choice of on—demand, Internet—delivered Televisa content through Intel® Viiv™ technology—based PCs.

Intel, Google Announce Plans to Bring Video Search Technology to the Living Room on New Intel® Viiv

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Google today announced plans to bring Google Video to the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.

Intel and MTV Networks Bring Array of Content to New Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology Platform

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and MTV Networks today announced that MTV Networks is optimizing its COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, VH1 and mtvU broadband networks for the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.


Viewers will be able to display content from COMEDY CENTRAL's 'MotherLoad,' MTV's 'Overdrive,' VH1's 'VSPOT' and mtvU's broadband networks directly on Intel Viiv technology—based PCs. Intel Viiv technology is designed to enhance and manage digital entertainment in the home.

Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement to Deliver Content to Intel® Viiv(TM) technology-based PC

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2006 — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel® Viiv™ technology. Yahoo!

Toshiba HD-DVD Player Spotted

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:08 PM |
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The Inquirer got a glance at the first HD-DVD player of the year!

It looks thick to us but so did the first DVD players. This device should probably see the light of the consumer shelves sometimes in summer time but we will try to learn more. Its called HD XA1 and it has support for HD content up to 1080I trough HDMI and can also scale down to 720P and 1080P. It plays conventional old DVD's.

As you can see it has lot of connectors at the back including multi channel decoder with 5.1 out.

Source: The Inquirer

No Playstation 3 at CES 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:02 PM |
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ShackNews discusses the lack of anything PS3 at CES this year...

More time was spent talking about the success of PS2 and PSP. While there was understandably no actual news about PS2, with most of the talk about the machine being on its continually strong sales and continued market dominance, Sony did seem very interested in bolstering the media capabilities of the PSP.

Source: Shacknews

HardOCP Water Cools the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2006 - 11:52 PM |
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Those nuts at HardOCP have ripped apart an Xbox 360 and water cooled it -- and they say its easy to do!!!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with our Xbox 360 H20 project. We met most of the goals we set forth four years ago with our original mod, and we are — once again — the first people to water cool an Xbox.

In the end, we set out to water cool an Xbox 360 simply 'because we could' but it turned out to be a fantastic venture, and overall a huge benefit to the Xbox 360 cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP