It's a game about a game about a designer ...

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers for a very odd concept in gaming ... it's Game Tycoon!  Instead of taking time off your gaming schedule to work on Quake X, travel back to the heady days of the early 80's, when coders were real coders, and cassettes and 51/4" diskettes ruled the earth.

Why read your news, when you can listen to someone do it for you?

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out.  Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics.  Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.

Samsung's take on the UMPC

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone.  It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself.  With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.

"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.

How quickly the mighty have fallen

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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The X1600 XT sat near the top of the video card pack fairly recently, and has fallen to the point where you can buy one for less than $200.  Drop by [H] for a look at how the new PowerColor Radeon X1600 XT BRAVO performs.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

My, what big fans you have!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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The most noticable things on the ICute 0502ULA case are the 140mm fan on the front panel and the 250mm fan on the side.  Head to Overclockers Club to see what effect an enclosed tornado has on running temps.

"Captain, we need MORE power! Hurry men fire up that extra turbine. The latest addition to a large

line of cases from ICute the astutely named 0508ULA Series. While the name may not be very appealing,

the looks are.

Born to RAID

Subject: Storage | July 6, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The Western Digital Caviar RAID Edition is up for review at TweakTown.  It comes in various sizes between 100-500 Gb, has a 8.7ms seek time, and is designed to be run in RAID 0.  Find out if it gets a benefit, and if running it as a single drive might not be a good idea.

Source: TweakTown

What's in a sticker anyway?

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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3 of the systems that [H]ard|OCP reviewed over the past while bear a 'Windows Vista Capable' sticker somewhere on thier case.  Armed with a Vista Beta 2 disk, they decide to find out if that is true.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clearwire Secures $900m In Financing With Intel Capital, Announces The Sale Of NextNet To Motorola

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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KIRKLAND, Wash., SANTA CLARA, Calif., and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 5, 2006 — Clearwire Corporation, a high-speed wireless broadband services provider founded by Craig McCaw, today announced a series of transactions with Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, Motorola and Motorola Ventures to accelerate the development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

Aspire becomes Apevia, releases new PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The recently rebranded Aspire sent their new As550w-bk PSU to R&B Mods for testing.  With an LED switch to change the colour of the 120mm fan and a blck finish you can have power and style.

If you feel function trumps form, then check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU.

A hard case for your laptop

Subject: Mobile | July 5, 2006 - 03:19 PM |
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If you feel paranoid about bumps and spashes when you are carrying your laptop in a soft case?  Drop by Think Computers to see their review of the Otterbox, a hard, water resistant case that comes designed for 3 laptop sizes, 13", 15" and 17".

It's three reviews in one

Subject: Memory | July 5, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews GeIL's DDR2 Ultra Series - 1066 PLUS Multi-spec Dual Channel Kit and a pair of Corsair's CM2X1024-8500C5, both on the brand new An9 32x SLI Fatality mobo from ABIT.  Go on and see how they run.

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ABIT offers a peek at their new P965 chipset based motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 5, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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AnandTech recently received an AB9Pro from ABIT for Socket775.  While this evaluation version does not yet support Core Duo processors, you can have a look at the performance with a single core chip.

Source: AnandTech

Stand in the place where you are

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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With the NOVOGO V30 voice command SatNav system, you have a "You are here" dot everywhere you go.  Visit UK Gamer for a look at this GPS system.

"The V30 is the most basic of the four "V" series range which comprises of the V30, V50, V70 and V90.

The main unit remains the same throughout the range with the differences being down to the inclusion

of a TMC traffic report function and a remote controller on some models."

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Source: UK Gamer

The next big thing in mousing

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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So you've bought the highest DPI mouse you can find, and a high quality mousing surface for it to run around on, but you still want more?  Drop by XYZ computer for a look at the next step in gaming dominance, the Razer Armadillo cable management system.

Home theatre in a small box

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 04:22 PM |
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A True Review looks at the new Soundmatters FULLstageHD Audio System, which is composed of a reciever and a subwoofer.  It claims to provide High Definition 2.1 sound with  only that subwoofer needed.  Read on to find out if they managed to do it.

"Some time ago, I reviewed an impressive single piece audio system — the MAINstage from Soundmatters.

A physics scandle brewing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 4, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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An anonymous discussion has lead The Inquirer to report that ATI and nVIDIA's phsics engine, designed to run directly on thier cards is nowhere close to the technology Ageia uses in their dedicated PPU.  Mind you, we are still waiting for DX10, which may change that.

Source: The Inquirer

Low profile heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2006 - 12:52 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout has  a review of the Zalman CNPS8000, a powerful cooler that is only 62.5mm tall.  This makes it perfect for HTPCs and other slim cases, but still keep an eye on the sides, it is as wide as most current heatsinks.

Have a blast on Independance Day

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has several links on how to have a bit o' fun making or photographing fireworks.  Drop by and see if any of their tips can make your holiday brighter, and maybe safer too!

"Spark it up for the Fourth with your own home brewed sparklers! United Nuclear has the goods you'll

need & Wired has a geek fireworks guide, from detonators to taking photos"

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Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The Summer of Defeat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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Techgage will take you through the improvements offered by the summer update of Day of Defeat.  Read the article while you are waiting for Steam to finish the download.

"Valve has unleashed a new DoD: Source update, and this one is a winner. Included is a brand new mode, Detonation, which will be familiar to some CS players. Two new maps and the film grain graphic effect are also included. We give our first impressions inside."

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Source: TECHGAGE