AMD lifts the veil

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day.  Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a  mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

European Commission Charges Intel with Antitrust Violations

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.


Source: AMD

AMD Executive Presentation

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:

Source: AMD

The direct touch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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XIGMATEK is a company that has some interesting ideas, but hasn't really caught on with enthusiasts. X-bit Labs is going to try to undo that by reviewing their HDT-S963, a cooler with Heatpipe Direct Touch.  They find that it is efficient enough to compete with the major brands, especially at lower fan speeds.  At higher speeds the fan noise becomes a problem, but that could easily be rectified by replacing the stock fan with a quieter model.

Source: X-Bit Labs

PC Power & Cooling PSU Powers the Maximum PC Dream Machine for the Ninth Consecutive Year

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 26, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability PC components, today announced that the Silencer 750 Quad power supply from PC Power & Cooling has been chosen by leading technology publication Maximum PC to power its 2007 annual "Dream Machine." The famed "Dream Machine" is a high-performance computer system built each year by Maximum PC to represent the ultimate in cutting-edge hardware and performance.

Glamour; by Shuttle

Subject: Systems | July 26, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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Shuttle has added the SG33GH to their popular G-series, and added a lot of new features to take advantage of the recent advances in HDTV.   The usual suspects all make an appearance, HDCP-compliant HDMI onboard video and full support for Dolby Digital Live and DTS encoding.  Shuttle adds one of the best integrated graphics controllers The Tech Report has seen on an HTPC, although it isn't enoug

Intel's shines a light on the CPUs possible future

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons.  This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to.  If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC.  Slashdot has the news flash.

Source: Slashdot

Overclocking nVIDIA cards for fun & profit

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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The newest graphics review at [H]ard|OCP is MSI's overclocked 8800GTS 320MB card.  They pushed the GPU from 500 MHz to 575MHz and the RAM from 1.6GHz to 1.7 GHz, but they didn't push the price up by much.  When put up against the 640MB version, the higher clock speeds pushed this card ahead, at least up to 1920*1200, and pushed past the 2900XT as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Oh goody, another security hole

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled.  Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly.  A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register.  This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's

Source: The Register

Power that doesn't feel the need to announce it's self

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 25, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Six 12V rails, two of which are 28A, the other four are 18A, at a combined maximum power of 960W, coupled with two 6 pin PCI-E and two 8 pin PCI-E connectors make the Coolermaster M1000W PSU perfect for multiple GPU systems.  The most shocking surprise for R&B Mods was how quiet this PSU was, something they did not expect to go hand in hand with such a powerful PSU.

A Patriot triple play

Subject: Memory | July 25, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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BCC Hardware compares 3 Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB kits, the PC2-6400 Eased Latency and PC2-6400 Low Latency Kits
and the PC2-8500 Eased Latency Kit.  You get an idea from the review that while the Eased Latency kits are much cheaper, with a little overclocking they end up a better deal than their low latency cousins.

Source: BCCHardware

A big laptop shopping list

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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XYZ has compiled a list of 9 notebooks, each of which they rate as a dream machine.  Some, like the Alienware, you will have a hard time getting your company to pay for, but others are very light and have extended battery power.

The curse of the movie game

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes.  After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end.  The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.

Source: Gamepyre

Open source party

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite.  You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems.  This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.

Source: Phoronix

New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.

JPMorgan Spills Beans on AMD Outsourcing?

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?

While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Offers 8GB Memory Kits!

Subject: Memory | July 24, 2007 - 05:29 PM |
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If you need a kick in performance with some additional memory, OCZ has the goods for you.  The 8GB memory kits (4 x 2GB modules) tweaked for the AMD AM2 platform:

Sunnyvale, Calif.—July 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today expanded their memory lineup for AMD enthusiasts and power users with new high-density 8GB “Quad Kits.” The new PC2-5400 Titanium 8GB (4x2GB) Quad Kits were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2

Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stealth USB Drive

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 05:36 PM |
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Mikhailtech has spotted one of the most useful forms I have seen a USB drive take.  Not a humping dog or Star Wars character, although those certainly have their place, but instead it is a neck strap.  If you've worked in an environment with ID tags, key card access, or even just needed multiple keys to access your areas, you have probably seen these neck straps with the detachable end that holds all the keys & cards for easy access.  What if someone stuck a 2GB thumb drive in that snap?

"Unlike other U

Source: Mikhailtech

At least one new gadget for Christmas

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0.  Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player.  Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive.  Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo

Source: Slashdot