The new dynamic duo duke it out

Subject: Memory | July 6, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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In one corner ...

Source: Neoseeker

AMD has digested ATI, now hungry again

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design.  They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture.  The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

The Swiss Army knife of card readers

Subject: Storage | July 5, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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PCApex has posted a review of the Aero Cool Infinity 25-in-1 card reader.  It is designed much the same as most fan controllers, and sits in an unused 5.25" bay, and offers more than just card reading capabilities.  It sports 2 USB ports and hides a 2.5" notebook HDD in it's interior.  It's not as easy to remove as some devices, but it is more semi-portable than fully portable, and it will solve any card reading problems you might have, and more.

Source: PCApex

The other end of Dell

Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP recently put the high end $5600 710 H2C Dell, and now they are examining their value end, with the $1000 Dimension E521.  Not only do they put the machine, as configured by Dell, through the wringer, they also scoop up a few higher end video cards to see if they can beef up the performance after the fact.  That testing lead to a few interactions with Dell's tech support.  Head over and get the full story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Light on keys, heavy on usage

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard.  As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second.  Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys!   Take a look at this nifty little device.

What DX10 can give you

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9.  While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them.  In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit.  At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just

Source: AnandTech

Crack your iPhone, sort of

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways.  2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T.  You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T.  It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.

"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate

Source: The Inquirer

The Silentator: it's name speaks for itself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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At 153mm x 126mm x 85mm and 640g, the Coolink Silentator has a rather large presence.  With it's prepackaged fan, it moves 90CFM @ 24dB making it essentially silent in most systems.  OCC expected performance similar to other heatsinks that focus on noise reduction, and received a pleasant surprise.

A motherboard for all operating systems

Subject: Motherboards | July 4, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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Phoronix revisits the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi, with a focus on open source OSes.  We have seen how this board performs under various flavours of Windows, but this is a new look that we don't get too often.  Read on to see just how well ASUS has allowed these two OSes to recognize and use all of the extra hardware onboard.

Source: Phoronix

ASUS' sleek new tablet

Subject: Mobile | July 4, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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The ASUS R1F is a tablet, with a 13.3" rotatable LCD screen, an Intel C2D T5500, 1GB DDR2 and and an 80GB HDD.  As a tablet, it is set up to be controlled by a stylus, and does accept handwriting, but also has a mouse and keyboard if that is your preference.  Read the full review at X-Bit Labs before you dismiss this as not a real PC.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Starting a Sci-Fi RPG game from a blank slate

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens.  While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.

Source: Hexus

Shuttle's future launches

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products.  Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots.  They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login.  There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.

Source: TweakTown

Gaming with DDR3

Subject: Memory | July 3, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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The new kid on the block is DDR3, with high frequencies, but also high timings.  TweakTown tries out a set of 1066 DDR2 and DDR3 DIMMs by overclocking the DDR3 to 1333 and 1500 with the best timings they can manage, and going gaming.  You can get a good idea as to whether the technology is mature enough that you want to switch, or stay with high speed DDR2.

Source: TweakTown

Moving beyond add on speakers

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM |
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Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out.  There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in.  As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.

Recycle your old mobile storage

Subject: Storage | July 3, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the perfect device for anyone with old 2.5" HDDs lying around, ICY DOCK's MB448UR Removable HDD Rack.  Designed to take 2.5" drives, and slide into the external 5.25" bays on your PC, or even into the internal 3.5" ones.  Either way, it makes those old drives useful again, and with USB connectivity they are useful in most places.

Time for a new king of the hill?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP put PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR into their new PSU torture chamber, and came away with some interesting findings.  Until recently, they have always had the most powerful PSUs on the market, but as the power demand from high end PCs has grown, other manufacturers are entering the upper end of wattage.  Read on to see how PC P&C stands up against today's competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Apple's iPhone - now with FUD

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of.  Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords.  Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts.  Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.

Source: Slashdot

Not dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Stuck with an out of date system, that needs a complete overhaul to be brought up to speed?  Can't quite manage an entire system replacement, but you do want to see some of the graphical bells and whistles in todays games?  Drop by Tweaknews to see how well the AGP version of the X1950 Pro performs against the competition.  Maybe all you need is a $200 investment to revitalize your gaming experience.

Source: Tweaknews

Get your own Black Pearl

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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In the form of a case from Tagan.  A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze.  Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.

Source: Bjorn3D

Give your PC a good checkup

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance.  Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step.  You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans.  There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!

Source: PCStats