The wild and wacky world of ... mice?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM |
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Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute?  If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse?  As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.

Source: Extremetech

I'm a Survivor!

Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive.  Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive.  They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car.  The Survivor now has a couple of small s

The cost of onboard sound

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on.  The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage.  As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact.  They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not all Computex right now

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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There is also the VIA Technology Forum, and VIA Arena is there.  The focus is on low power consumption, less size and weight and a lower cost, something they call PC 2.0.  There are slides from the keynote speeches, the new Mobile-ITX form factor and looks at the future of mobile, and ultra mobile, computing.

Source: VIA Arena

Vista or drivers, who is to blame?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently.  What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card.  Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well.  The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Group Makes Ground-Breaking Solutions a Reality at Computex 2007

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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Computex 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan - June 5th, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is exhibiting a number of exciting prototypes and live technology at this year's Computex.

Alienware launches Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center

Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.

Source: Email

AMD's new efficient take on power

Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors.   The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the

BE-2300 at 1.9GHz

both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core.  The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there.  Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to

Source: HotHardware

Lenovo goes Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2007 - 03:50 PM |
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The ThinkPad series has been updated with new models, the T61 & R61 as well as the X61 & X61s.  XYZ Computing has had the pleasure of trying out both the ultra mobile X61s as well as the larger X61.  They include all of the features you would expect the successor of the X60 series to have, as well as some handy new features.  Not to mention updated hardware.

Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex

Subject: Chipsets | June 5, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.

The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect

New Intel Products Simplify and Speed Software Development for Multi-Core Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.

Source: InsaneTek

Giving the Ultra a boost

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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The EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked has been pushed to a 650MHz core, and 1125MHz memory.  It is a case of nVIDIA competing with it's self, so it's no surprise that nVIDIA still has the fastest card out there.  If you are dying to be able to enable those last few settings like 16xQAA at huge resolutions, then the review at PureOverclock is right up your alley.

Your virtual tour of Computex begins

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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Start off your look at what everyone who could make it to Taipei gets to see at HotHardware.  This particular look focuses on ASUS and MSI, and some pretty snazzy looking motherboards.  You also get a look at a nice dual GPU AMD 2600 card.

Source: HotHardware

First they tried Vista, then Linux, now it's OSX's turn

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year.  They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try.  They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it.  If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD LIVE! Home Cinema Brings Home Stunning Digital Entertainment

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

AMD Validated Server Program Partners Unveil First Platforms Demonstrating Upcoming Quad-Core

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced three leading vendors attending Computex Taipei are unveiling their server platforms demonstrating the industry's first native x86 quad-core solution, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed "Barcelona"). "Barcelona" processors are expected to deliver up to 50 to 80 percent performance and performance-per-watt improvements on a broad range of server applications over similar current generation AMD Opteron processors.

Source: AMD

AMD Empowers PC Industry to Deliver Innovative Small Form Factor Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - Further advancing the availability of energy-efficient platforms, at Computex today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the finalization of the DTX specification, an open standard initiated by AMD to enable the development of small form factor PCs. AMD also introduced new 45-watt energy-efficient processors based on 65nm technology, the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2350 and the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2300.

Source: AMD

WD SHIPS 750 GB DESKTOP HARD DRIVES INCORPORATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Subject: Storage | June 5, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced it is shipping in volume high-capacity 750 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD
CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Ideal for data-intensive
applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD
Caviar SE16 750 GB drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer
rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

"WD knows that there is nothing more important than our customers'
data," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop
storage.

INTEL INTRODUCES 3-SERIES CHIPSETS AT COMPUTEX

Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.

The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data.

Passive power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Over at MADSHRIMPS they're reviewing a passively cooled 400PSU from FSP.  While it may not have the power of the liquid cooled 1200W PSU from OCZ that Lee just reviewed, MADSHRIMPS didn't have any problems with their test system.  Read the full review if you are interested in getting rid of a bit more noise from your system, or if you

Source: Madshrimps