CES 2007 - Part 1

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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The Tech Report kicks off CES 2007 with a look at ATI's newest TV Wonder, which features some nice HD capability.  Using OCUR (Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver), a standard for digital cable tuners that cable companies use, you will be able to plug in a CableCard and record or watch.  Most interestingly, this is not really designed as a standard graphics card, it sits in it's own case and connects via USB 2.0.

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Unveils First Ever High-Definition Digital Cable TV Tuner

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Jan. 8, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner — the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

Source: AMD

Cooler Master invites you to join CM Film Contest and win $1,000USD

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Looking for a global outlet to express your creativity and excitement in life? Cooler Master is now offering you an opportunity for your voices to be heard. No boundaries or language barriers, simply upload your short film to any public vlog and provide us the link, you will be connected to people from all over the world in no time. The best thing is once your film is selected, it will be shown on our 2007 CeBIT booth, talking about maximum exposure!!!

Ready for some CES Action

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2007 - 03:55 AM |
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I am sitting in my hotel room now, overlooking the Las Vegas convention center, preparing for the next day's meetings.  I have already seen quite a few things that are pretty interesting, but rather than throw something up that is full of nearly-asleep errors, I'll save them for tomorrow afternoon.  :)


Keep checking back here at PC Perspective for news from CES!!!


 

A new year at the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net.  A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A PSU that ought to last you a while

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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While I can't imagine what made Ultra design a 2kW PSU, they have, and Legit Reviews is there to examine it.  The +12V rail is rated at 1800W ... 150A load, about twice the power draw of a pair of 8800GTXs.  Head over and check this monster out!

Razer makes some noise

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card.  Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.

Source: OCIA

GTA - FarCry style

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitachi's storage heavy weight

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work.  Get more information at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Solid storage for notebooks

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has some information on SanDisk's newly announced 32GB Solid State Drive, designed primarily for notebooks.  Not only do they give you information on the SanDisk drive, but they also provide links to info on the competitors drives.

It looks pretty, but you can't push it too hard

Subject: Motherboards | January 4, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo.  It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset.  However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte's 7950 GT is a bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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HotHardware reviews Gigabyte's 7950 GT, a nice alternative to the 7900 GTX.  This particular model comes with a full version of Civ4 and a large Zalman cooler which allows some nice overclocking possibilities.

Lee also offers you an alternative to buying a new VGA, with the Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler, which cools hot graphics cards well without a fan, and even better with one.

Source: HotHardware

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with Intel® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.

The winds of change blow cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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Ionic cooling is a little known way of cooling PCs efficiently and silently.  The Future of Things gives you an overview of how the technology works, and an interview with 3 very knowledgeable scientists in that field, one of whom is the CTO of Kronos Advanced Technologies.

Money for nothing, and your clicks for free

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!

Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.

"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox

web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell

you."

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EVGA Announces Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2007 - 01:22 AM |
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EVGA is announcing four new GeForce 8800 cards, all of which are overclocked.  The new 8800 GTXs run at 626MHz/621 MHz core and 2.0 GHz memory speeds while the 8800 GTS will run at 580MHz/576 MHz core and 1.7 GHz memory.


EVGA, a leading provider of performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO w/ ACS³ (P/N:


768-P2-N837-AR) and 8800 GTS KO w/ ACS³ (P/N: 640-P2-N827-AR) NVIDIA® technology-based graphics card.