A glimpse into the world of BioShock

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock.  Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited.  Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.

Source: Wired News

The microsoft touch

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system.  It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it.  Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.

Source: PC Mechanic

Pentium isn't ready for the cart quite yet

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2007 - 06:51 PM |
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Intel's Pentium E2140 is a stripped down Conroe with a cut rate price.  The L2 cache becomes 1MB, and is shared between the 2 cores, and the FSB is reduced to 800MHz.  HotHardware's testing showed it to be about 10% slower than the C2D E6300, and about half the price.  They also pushed the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.9GHz with stock cooling.

Source: HotHardware

What can Vista do for your HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 03:24 PM |
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OCMODSHOP builds an HTPC running on Vista Home Premium, to see how it does at replacing the Media Center edition.  You also get some good recommendations on what hardware to include in an HTPC.  Read on to find out why Vista may be your new best friend when it comes to HTPCs.

Source: OCMODSHOP

BFGTech strains the 8800 GTS's silicon

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2007 - 02:04 PM |
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BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB has it's memory speed pushed faster than the GTX, at 580MHz, and the clock speed is almost as good at 1.7GHz.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out against it's big brother and foudn it to be running in a nice mid ground between a normally clocked GTS and the GTX.  Even better, they found this to be the best overclock on a card from BFGTech, putting it in competition with the competitors factory overclocked cards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Give your case some flash

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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Get attention and distract opponents at LAN parties with the help of Techware Labs, and their recently published guide on how to put strobe lights in your PC.  Just pick up a strobe kit at your friendly neighbourhood auto store, and with a little bit of soldering people will be raving over your PC.

Beware extensions bearing vulnerabilites

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons.  The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS.  This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.

"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability

exists for some

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fanless Embedded Designs Can Now Take Advantage Of AMD64 Technology

Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2007 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced an expansion of its Embedded Solutions offerings to include the new AMD Sempron Processor Model 2100+ and the AMD Geode LX 800 @ 0.9W Processor, which can now support designs to be deployed in harsh temperature environments. The addition of these new features in AMD's broad embedded product portfolio showcases AMD's commitment to delivering processor options that address the expanding and often unique needs of the embedded market.

Source: AMD

AMD Appoints Frank Clegg, Corporate Chairman and Director of Navantis, Inc., to Board of Directors

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.

"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.

Source: AMD

Doing figure 8s around the competition

Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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Those lucky souls over at the Tech Report got their hands on a V8 system from Intel.  An 8 core Xeon X5365 3.0GHz, Intel's S500XVN motherboard, 4GBs of RAM and a whole suite of benchmarks await.  As you might expect from a Xeon, you don't see a huge jump in gaming performance (though a 3DMark06 CPU score of

The highs and lows of wireless speakers

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPaceHotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place.  Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou

Source: HotHardware

Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.

Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

How much is extra mobility worth

Subject: Storage | May 30, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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The LOTIS PMO 12GB Pocket D is very small, at 1.5" x 2.3" x 0.4", and the 12Gb of storage does offer you enough space for DVD images, programs, or just about anything else you want to bring with you.  On the other hand, for about the same price you could get an external 60-100Gb 2.5" drive.  If you are more interested in the mobility, check out the full review at the Hardware Zone.

UT2K7: DX10 and PhysX

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish.  The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support.  In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series.   The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o

Source: The Inquirer

Security in an easy to swallow package

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico.  According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU.  A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.

Source: Slashdot

System on the cheap

Subject: Motherboards | May 29, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The ECS AMD690GM-M2 is available for under $100.  With the price cuts on AM2 processors, it's onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 and LAN, all you need is a case and a monitor and you are ready to go.  It even has a 16X PCI Express slot if you want to upgrade your graphics.  All in all, PC Stats was rather impressed at what this board delivers.

Source: PCStats

Toshiba Taps AMD Platform for New Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 29, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced that Toshiba will launch three Satellite notebook PCs based on an AMD mobile platform. Combining advanced mobile processor performance with outstanding graphics, Toshiba will offer systems in the popular Satellite product line based on AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology and the AMD M690 Series Chipset.

Source: AMD

Big power, small price

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Overclockers Online spotted the CoolingWell V14 Vortex 800W, a PSU maker without much of a reputation either way.  When they put it through their tests, it passed with flying colours.  If you are looking for 800W of solid power, and care less about modular cabling than you do about price, check this PSU out.

For even more extreme power, Lee has finished his review of the Koolance 1200W PSU  ... the one that is liquid cooled!

Tightening up DDR3

Subject: Memory | May 29, 2007 - 01:06 PM |
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Kingston has announced it's new lineup of low(er) latency DDR3.  The timings available on DRR3 will take some getting used to, as even these tightly timed DIMMs look sloppy compared to high end DDR2, but the as the actual clockspeed increases, those timings won't seem so bad.  The modules AnandTech tested are rated at DDR3-1375 @ 7-7-7-20, and when they were clocked up to 1520 @ 8-8-8-22 they left Corsair's Dominators in the dust.

Source: AnandTech