Gothic 3 traumatizes reviewer

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Gothic 3 sounded like an incredible game.  It was to be a lot like Oblivion, but with a world you could influence in a much larger way than in the Elder Scrolls.  It also seems to have driven one reviewer in grief counseling from the appearance of certain problems when trying to play, and the crushing disappointment of not being able to play.  Read the full article at Gamehelper to see what happened.

Source: Gamehelper

Closer to the 4x4

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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HotHardware got a sneak peek and some pictures of the monstrous Radeon X1950 Pro Dual card, combining 2 GPUS and a total of 1GB of RAM in SLI, on one card.  With one, you will have good graphics, and Sapphire is working on getting a pair to work together, giving you one half of AMD's upcoming 4x4 systems.

Source: HotHardware

Going shopping for graphics company

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Inquirer has discovered the 3 main reasons that AMD bought ATI.  The reasons the AMD VP mentioned give credit to an earlier story, which mentions that AMD was looking at buying either nVidia or ATI in 2005.  The Core 2 Duo and significant price drops in processors have hurt AMD this year, lets hope that "Fusion" can wow people in 2008.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 11, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced revenue, excluding ATI-related segments, for the fourth quarter ended
December 31, 2006
is expected to increase approximately three percent from the
$1.33 billion reported in the third quarter of 2006.

Source: AMD

ASUS Bundles Corel's New InterVideo WinDVD HD with its W1J Notebooks

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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LAS VEGAS, NV, January 8, 2007 — Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading provider of digital media software, announced today that ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357), (ASUS), a worldwide leader in notebook computers, is bundling InterVideo® WinDVD® HD, the world's leading DVD playback software, with its new ASUS® W1J series notebooks.

Source: ASUS

Solid State Storage coming mid 2007

Subject: Storage | January 11, 2007 - 06:11 PM |
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DigiTimes reports on upcoming SSD's that wil be available soon.  In addition to the speed and Mean Time Before Failure benefits, these drives will be compatible with Vista's ReadyBoost.  These guys aren't just for laptops!

Source: Digitimes

This one goes to 11

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2007 - 04:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the ASUS EN8800GTX, which blows away the competition.  This card essentially allows you to turn all the graphics settings up as high as they go, and it will still give you smooth game play.  [H] managed to get a 74 MHz core /100 MHz memory overclock, without having the heat priduced pass the less powerful X1950XTX.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

1080i, unplugged

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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The Netgear EVA700 takes streaming digital content a step up.  Like most of the other wireless media streamers, it supports MP3, MPG, WMA, WMV Xvid, DivX 4 and 5.11, OGG and more, but it can send a wireless 1080i picture as well.  Read on at Hardware Zone to find out more about this handy wireless multimedia streaming device.

CES 2007 - Part 4

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Tech Spot has posted a CES 2007 gallery that will give you a glimpse of the size of the expo, and lots of juicy pictures of new tech.  They also get a look at Crysis and some immersive games from Intel.

"With 2,700 exhibitors, filling 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space, and over 140,000 attendees, CES is simply the

largest consumer electronics show in the world.

Source: Tech Spot

IE7 and Vista flaws Wanted: Dead or Alive

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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VeriSign offers you the chance to become a bounty hunter.  They are offering $8,000 per hole reported, in response to Trend Micro researchers finding Vista flaws for sale at $50,000 per on black hat sites.  Make sure you are fast, for VeriSign will only pay out for the first 6 people to report a particular flaw.

Source: Slashdot

DIRECTV and Intel Bring Connectivity to TV, PC

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 04:06 PM |
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LAS VEGAS, Jan.10, 2007 — DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announces that the DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR has been verified with Intel® Viiv™ technology. With this certification, DIRECTV becomes largest supplier of Viiv-verified digital media adapters (DMAs).


DIRECTV customers who have a DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR can now access and enjoy their pictures and music on their TVs directly from Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

Look at all the pretty colours

Subject: Displays | January 10, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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ExtremeTech has posted a review of the HP LP3065, a nice 30" widescreen display.  It boasts a lot of unique features, but runs about the same price as a pair of 24" displays, so you may want to think carefully before you run out to buy it.

Source: Extremetech

CES 2007 - Part 3

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The Tech Report continues to run around CES, checking out

The console wars of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP looks back at the past year, which has been great for console fans.  From the release of new platforms, to some of the most innovative games ever developed for console it has been a big year.  They have taken on the daunting task of determining what was the best in today's article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Developing the Dashboard DVD of Doom

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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DigiTimes reveals the stats behind AOpen's Multimedia Car.  Going far beyond the small DVD players you can find for sale, this is a full multimedia PC.  Your next car may be a Mitsubishi.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users.

Source: AMD

HEXUS captures the ASUS Commando

Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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HEXUS has managed to get a glimpse of the newest member of ASUS' Republic of Gamers motherboard.  The Commando is based around a P965 chipset, and includes some very nice features, like a reset CMOS button (not a jumper).  Tied in with these features is support for blazing fast bus speeds, in the neighbourhood of 2.28GHz!  Head over and take a long look at these pictures.

Source: Hexus

At long last, Jobs unveils Apple phone

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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CNET has coverage of Steve Job's speech at MacWorld.  As most people had supposed, he was not there to announce iTV, but instead to announce and demonstrate the iPhone.  There are pictures of the iPhone in the sideshow planted in the middle of the article to show you what it looks like. 

There are probably lineups forming outside of Best Buy and Apple stores as you read this, even though the iPhone will not be available until June.

Fast RAM you can't even buy ... yet

Subject: Memory | January 9, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Legit Reviews has more information on the newly announced Corsair Dominator DIMMs that run at 1250MHz.  There are some really impressive looking benchmarks, and they finish off with a quick look at Corsair's new ReadyBoost compatible TurboFlash.