Apple's medium for your messages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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The Tech Lounge have spent enough time with their iPhone to give it a full review, 14 pages worth.  If you haven't picked one up because you aren't sure it can do what you want, then read on.  Ther's lots to cover from the bad, like the battery and EDGE problems, to the great UI.

Can headgear ever be cool

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The TrackIR 4 Pro POV Headset is a wonderful idea, the point of view in your game is controlled by the movements of your head.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to look cool while wearing a wire thingy attached to headphones.  Read more at [H]ard|OCP, and see if this is the new thing in gaming, or if it's doomed to obscurity like many POV headsets before it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Say it ain't so!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Tech Report has a very dark secret that they have decided to share with the rest of us.  Console gaming is taking over their lives, to the detriment of their PC gaming habits.  If Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis don't come out soon, the only thing that they will be using their PCs for is work.  You can read the shocking news and what has caused this disturbing behaviour here.

Firefox having difficulty remembering what comes after Alpha

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Firefox will still be releasing a new testing version, but it will still be considered an Alpha, as opposed to moving to Beta, as was originally planned.   Making a solid browser comes before meeting imposed deadlines, and the big hurdle is the upgrade to the Gecko engine to 1.9 to allow Firefox3 to pass the Acid2 test.  You can see the updated roadmap, and a bit more detail on what is going on at Ar

Source: Ars Technica

Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 11, 2007 - 11:04 AM |
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Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows Vista operating system.

Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback

Source: Albatron

Another graphics company moves to motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2007 - 05:29 PM |
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Hot on the heels of eVGA, XFX has released a pair of motherboards, the 680i LT and the 650i Ultra.  Both are C2D boards, and are capable of supporting a 1333MHz FSB, and have all the onboard goodies you would expect, although only the 680i supports SLI.  The full review at Legit Rev

Big time backup

Subject: Storage | July 10, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The Maxtor 750GB OneTouch III makes sure you have no excuses to not have a backup.  Connect it to yo PC via USB or Firewire, and with the touch of one button you can back up selected files, or your whole harddrive.  Overclockers Club couldn't find a single disappointing thing about this drive in their review.

Time to kiss your heatpipes goodbye?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The new hotness in cooling is the self-contained watercooled heatsink.  With no risk of spillage and no more complex to install than a normal heatsink, they are much easier to setup than a full watercooling system.  AnandTech reviews the Xigmatek AIO and the Evercool Silver Knight, to see if this new cooling technique has what it takes to compete with Thermaltake and Scythe's top of the line air coolers.

Source: AnandTech

Room for improvement

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 10, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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With the disappointing launch of the 2900XT a few driver revisions behind us, [H]ard|OCP revisits the card to see what improvements have been made, and if it can start to challenge the 8800 series.  They set up a Crossfire rig to benchmark against a single 8800 GTS OC.  With the falling price of overclocked 8800's, can the Crossfire setup and new drivers make the 2900XT the better choice?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Glue with a shocking secret

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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The next time you are thinking about a mod, and have some features you can't figure out how to keep attached, try glue.  Instead of paying through the nose for conductive epoxy from a specialist store, make your own with the help of a link on MAKE:Blog.  Paint on circuits, use it as solder, or maybe even redo the old pencil trick mod, permanently.

Source: MAKE: Blog

VMware And Intel Capital Announce Investment

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2007 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.  VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture.

Hot roddin' HTPC

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Shuttle's brand new HTPC, the SDXi is based around the Intel 975X
with a ICH7-R
southbridge.  Handling up to 8GB of RAM, and any C2D Extreme, you get a lot of power for your HTPC, a philosophy they complete by offering custom watercooling setup for an X1950 Pro.  HotHardware reviews this flaming hot HTPC barebones kit and it's paint job, which is the only way you will see it until Shuttle starts making them available.

Source: HotHardware

Decoding power states

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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TechARP presents the PC Power Management Guide, a perfect primer on figuring out what exactly is going with power in your PC, beyond how many amps to expect from your 12W rail.  If you are confused between ACPI and APM, or trying to figure out what a C4 State is and why your CPU went there, then read on, and all shall become clear.

Source: Tech ARP

Getting what you paid for

Subject: Displays | July 9, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Samsung's 226BW is a very cheap 22" monitor, and a very nice one ...

Source: BCCHardware

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.

Wanna try some untested medicine?

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM |
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In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch.  The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were.  The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and Mecer Join Forces on New Education PC for South Africa

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Beat the summer heat, stay inside and surf the forums

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM |
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It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard.  Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.

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PNY shows up the Ultra

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads.  HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price.  It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.

Source: HotHardware

TEC and watercooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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TechwareLabs grabbed the CoolIT Freezone, a CPU waterblock, attached to a TEC radiator that is to be attached to one of the rear outake fan grills at the back of the case.  Unfortunately, they used a 92mm fan, rather than opt for the 120mm, but as the pictures show you, it is a tight squeeze and the 120mm might not have worked in many cases.  The technology is sound and the performance is great, but Techware Labs thought there were a few improvements to be made to this powerful cooler.