A preview of the new Pico-ITX standard

Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 08:08 AM |
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The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.

Source: VIA Arena

TV on the go

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950.  On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Chairman Begins New Projects To Help Revitalize Lebanon

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

Subject: Memory | April 18, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-9600 Flex XLC series. The latest edition to OCZ's esteemed
enthusiast lineup implements the proprietary Flex XLC design and is
engineered to produce extreme speeds with rock-solid stability. The PC2-9600
Flex modules are guaranteed to run at 1200MHz with ease thanks to the
supreme component screening and thermal management of "Flex."

Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 18, 2007 — Describing the latest trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel Corporation executives said that personalization and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

Aim for high mid range, or low top range?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 18, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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The Tech Report puts the 8600 GT and GTS through the paces on a Vista system.  These DX10 cards can certainly hold their own and push well past the 7950, that used to be the top of nVIDIA's mid range line, and trump ATI's offerings as well.  However they point out a fact that cannot be avoided ... by shopping around you can pick up a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB for about $80 more.

Talking silicon at the IDF

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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The Tech Report has boiled down the major chip news out of IDF 2007 into this article.  From the new and impressive Penryn chip that is soon to arrive, to System-on-a-Chip to their answer to AMD's 4x4 with Skulltrail, allowing two quad-core processors and four PCI Express graphics slots to work together.  Get on over and see what other surprises were revealed.

Break out the steering wheels, you're going for a test drive

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:59 AM |
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Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited.   Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims.  On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment.  If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.

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A brief look at Sugar

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar,  that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute.  There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.

Source: Phoronix

Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Intel System-On-A-Chip Media Processor Powers New Generation Of Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.

Intel Provides Details On New Products

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure.

Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the USD$1 million Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, a contest designed to spur industry innovation in new, stylish and high-performing PC designs based on the Intel Viiv™ processor technology featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Microsoft and Razer are at it again

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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First it was the Microsoft Habu, a mouse co-designed by the two companies.  Now it is a keyboard that bears the moniker Reclusa.  With USB hubs, a backlight, and customizable keys that can accept macros or commands.  Even better it will support up to 5 profiles for those keys.  Check out the review at techPowerUp!, it's the only way to see the keyboard, as it isn't for sale yet.

Source: techPowerUp!

The ASUS Commando is anything but brief

Subject: Motherboards | April 17, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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Not only is it one of the fastest Intel P965 Express ICH8DH based boards out there, you get a full copy of GRAW and 3DMark06 with the ASUS Commando.  With a fully featured BIOS, it is good for overclocking, but the lack of support for 1333MHz FSB processors needs to be addressed.  Head to motherboards.org for the full review.

The new mid-range DX10 monster from nVidia

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 10:41 AM |
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The new 8600 series has hit the internets, and there are plenty of different manufacturers to rank.  Start off with HotHardware's review of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards from Asus and XFX.  Even thought the GTS has a higher clock speed than even the 8800 series, the performance doesn't come close, and is outpaced by the 1950 Pro and XTX.  They do offer full DX10 support, and are cheaper than the 2 Radeon cards, so don't dismiss them out of hand.

Source: HotHardware

The hunt for a better Vista

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 09:46 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista.  From customization to performance increases, it's all there.  Don't let their hard work go to waste!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA BRINGS CUTTING-EDGE DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS AND HD VIDEO TO ALL PC USERS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 17, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning Microsoft® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 10 GPUs include:

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THREE NEW DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 08:29 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (April 17, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced three new BFG NVIDIA GeForce® graphics cards supporting Microsoft's DirectX® 10 API and Windows Vista™ operating system.

Supersized monitors

Subject: Displays | April 16, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews Samsung's SyncMaster 275T and 305T, as well as Dell's 3007WFP.  All three monitors cost more that $1000, so before you invest that kind of money, you want to make sure you get the best. 

Source: X-Bit Labs