New features revealed in Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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These new features, according to a link on Slashdot, will really help you out when you are using your computer.  The home versions won't let you install via virtual machines, the migration policies are even tighter than XP's and an equivalent to WGA comes pre-installed.  Read the full article to get a better idea what this will mean, apart from higher sales of Ultimate Edition.

Source: Slashdot

AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES APPROVAL UNDER INVESTMENT CANADA ACT

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has
been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada
Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition.
"We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will
deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada
and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and
CEO Hector Ruiz.

Source: AMD

The new, even more improved PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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Ryan has a brand new 1U server from Tyan with dual AMD Opteron 275 dual cores.  Follow the link to find out what else is in it that has made browsing the forums better recently.

Sapphire Announces new Water Cooled X1950 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards.  Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.

Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel's Woodcrest CPU Still without Chipsets

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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It seems that the Woodcrest processor, the server / workstation version of the ever popular Core 2 Duo from Intel, is having trouble gaining ground without a solid high performance chipset. 

Intel's own Greencreek platform does allow for a single PCI-E X16 slot - sufficient for a typical midrange workstation. But that is far from enough for 3D powerhouse workstation systems, where SLI or CrossFire may be mandatory to get the 3D performance required.

Source: The Inquirer

Dell to Allow Overclocking on Core 2 Duo Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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Well, not on all of them, but on some of them it seems; namely the new XPS M1710 notebook that we reviewed back in July.   This new model will feature the Core 2 Duo T7600G or T7200 CPUs and 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX or 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS cards from NVIDIA.  And if you get the daddy-mack configuration, Dell is going to give you the keys to overclocking that dual core processor all on yo

Source: engadget

Transmeta Suing Intel Over Patents

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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Way back in the day, Transmeta was the first processor company to push performance per watt indicators at the technology leaders.  Of course, no one really listend to them, so look what we have now...  The Crusoe processor was released in 2000 and found mild success with some vendors, but it quickly evaporated.  Now they plan on cashing in on patents, like some other nit-wits we have seen. 

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Transmeta alle

NVIDIA Announces GeForce Go 7950 GTX

Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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DIGITALLIFE—NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 12, 2006— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) has once again raised the bar for notebook graphics performance with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU)—the world's fastest notebook GPU on the marketi. Notebooks with the new GPU are available for order from select top gaming notebook makers in North America and Europe. Gamers can experience the power of this new GPU in Dell notebooks at DigitalLife 2006 in New York City.

Source: 3DCenter

Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:47 PM |
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VIA has a couple of new announcements today, the first on the C7-M processor powered SafeBook notebook


The second is on VIA's partnership with UK system builders for the first carbon-free personal computer


Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Secure SafeBook looks to dri

AGEIA PhysX at Digital Life in New York

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City.  I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology.  They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.October 12, 2006 AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.

What do you get the PSU that has everything?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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SPCR seems to be a little enamoured of Seasonic's M12 700W PSU.  It is very similar to the S12, but has modular cables and a second fan (60mm).  Unless the PSU hits 40C or higher, the second fan never turns on, and doesn't really add any noise to the system.  With an efficiency that stays above 80% in normal operating situations, and less than 3% variance on the voltage, this system will be well at home in a power hungry dual core, dual video card system.

Abits got a pair of Core 2 Duo boards

Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid.  After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards.  The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones.  That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.

Intel Ships its Next-Generation Wimax Chip with Support for Mobile Networks

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
— Accelerating the availability of broadband wireless access, Intel
Corporation today announced the availability of the Intel® WiMAX
Connection 2250
, the company's next-generation system-on-chip and its
first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.

The all new quad-core Barcelon?

Subject: Processors | October 11, 2006 - 01:45 PM |
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ExtremeTech is sharing everything they know about the upcoming quad-core processor from AMD, currently known as Barcelona.  Taking a different aproach than Intel, they did not widen the instruction pipe, instead optimizing the current one with a 512-entry indirect branch predictor, a 32-byte instruction fetch, a sideband stack optimizer and out-of-order load execution.

Source: Extremetech

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations.

Call it a GTA clone and it will knock you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Saint's Row does look very GTA-ish at first glance.  [H]ard|OCP would like to dispel that myth, as they found the game to be better executed that any of the other clones, and feel that calling it an improved sequel to GTA3 might have been a better idea. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google office appears

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Slashdot has a link to the new incarnation of Writely, as a Google product.  The new Google Docs and Spreadsheets allows you to create documents and spreadsheet, which you probably figured out, but it also allows you to upload various formats, including Excel, Word and Open Office.  It also makes it very easy to get at those documents from anywhere you can log into your Google account.

Source: Slashdot

VIA and UK System Partners Launch World's First Carbon Free Personal Computers

Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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IA joins with leading UK-based system providers Evesham and
Tranquil to launch computers ideal for organizations looking to reduce
their Carbon Footprint

London, England, October
11, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced
with partners Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC the world's first
Carbon Free Computers based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7®

Intel Enables Rapid Delivery Of WiMAX Networks with New AdvancedMC-Compliant Baseband Card

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
Intel Corporation today unveiled a new baseband card that helps speed
the creation of WiMAX base stations
. The Intel NetStructure® WiMAX
Baseband Card is Intel's first integrated hardware and software
platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a
standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC)* form factor.