An iMac lookalike that isn't an Mac

Subject: Displays | April 24, 2006 - 03:57 PM |
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CoolTechZone spotted a very interesting merger of a TV and a PC.  The QuaNext from Quataris is a 19 LCD TV and tuner with an Intel Pentium 4 Prescott, an Intel 915GL chipset, a 2GBs of RAM, plus about 200Gb of storage ... and it runs on Linux.

Source: CoolTechZone

Just mount it and you are cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 03:51 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the G-Cooler Liquid CPU Cooler.  It is a closed loop when it arrives, you need not play with tubing or filling the reservoir, just mount it to your processor, and the radiator to the case where you would normally put an 80mm exhaust fan.

Intel will be the death of the BIOS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel is pushing the Extensible Firmware Interface, which is intended to replace BIOS as the most basic component in a working motherboard.  The Register has more information on their plans.

As well, Ryan has finished his review of the Abit A8N 32X, so check out this SLI nForce4 board.

Source: The Register

Common Computer Killing Actions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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PCStats has put together their latest guide on the most common ways that people kill computers.  If you are under the illusion that your PC is invulnerable, you really should give this a read.

Source: PCStats

Make your nano nigh indestructable

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2006 - 06:56 PM |
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Futurelooks introduces you to the OtterBox, a case for iPod Nanos that does more than just protect it from scratches, it makes it waterproof.  It also happens to be transparent, so you can show off any modifications you might have added.

"They're small, they scratch, they're fragile, they're the iPod nanos! OtterBox has created a

solution to keeping these expensive little digital lifestyle accessories safe and sound, even

underwater."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: futurelooks

Video cards are to be seen, not heard

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2006 - 05:32 PM |
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If you are trying to silence a PC, there is little point in buying 120mm case fans and a silent CPU heatsink, if you don't silence the video card as well.  Drop by SPCR for a look at fanless video cards from ASUS and AOpen.

As a bonus, PCPer interviews Regeneration, the creator of the ULI SLI patch.

Silent cooling from ASUS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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Pro-clockers looks at a large, silent cooler from ASUS, the Silent Square.  With the large heatpipes, it bears a resemblance to an engine block and it does perform well.

Blizzard's Ghost is a no show, but Tom Clancy delivers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced was caught and interrogated by Ars Technica.  Drop by to see what secrets were revelead about the newest in this long running series.

Source: Ars Technica

The Stainless Steel Silicon Cyborg Rat is coming

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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According to a link on MAKE:Blog, a rat neuron was able to ping a computer chip.  Cyborg bodies and brain implants would seem to be one step closer!

Source: MAKE: Blog

Quick Interview with Regeneration

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 21, 2006 - 10:10 AM |
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Over the past few days I conducted an email interview with Regeneration. He's the man responsible for modifying the ULI "SLI Driver" (properly known as the PowerExpress utility) to run on chipsets not SLI-certified like VIA K8T890 and Intel 975X.

This PC is a trained killer

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2006 - 06:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has bought a Vicious PC Assassin, and pushed it as far as they could.  Drop by for their full review of the system, and the company that makes them.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Flashing your BIOS for fun and profit

Subject: Motherboards | April 20, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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AnandTech reviews newest BIOS for the infamous A8R32-MVP.  Many people have had many issues with this board, and ASUS has been working with ATI to solve all the probelms.  Check out what to expect when updating your BIOS to 0404.

Source: AnandTech

It's a stealth Razer

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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The Razer Pro|Solutions set is a mouse and mousepad with all the quality and features you expect from their gaming mice, but with a paintjob that makes it almost indistinguishable from a normal mouse.  Read the review at ExtremeMhz, then get one for your office desk.

Source: ExtremeMhz

A capture card to base an HTPC on

Subject: Systems | April 20, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews the VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro MCE Edition, a video capture card and tuner with an impressive name.  Check out the features you can get with this $100 card.

Source: Bjorn3D

2 Gigs of 1 Gig RAM

Subject: Memory | April 20, 2006 - 11:55 AM |
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HEXUS has some very impressive OCZ modules, DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum XTC Extreme.  It is a 2 Gigabyte kit, in 2 1GB DIMM's and it is clocked at 1 Gigahertz.  If you have a system that will run them, it is hard to find anything that will beat the speed.

Source: Hexus

Intel First-Quarter Revenue $8.9 Billion

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced first-quarter revenue of $8.9 billion, operating income of $1.7 billion, net income of $1.3 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 23 cents. Excluding the effects of share-based compensation, the company posted operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.6 billion and EPS of 27 cents.

More info at the Intel Pressroom.

Purchase an XFX GeForce(TM) 7600 GT & get Ghost Recon Advanced free

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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Ready for some serious action? Buy a GeForce™ 7600 GT graphic card between April 17, 2006 and May 7, 2006 and you'll qualify to get Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™ absolutely FREE*! XFX's blistering fast GeForce™ 7600 GT card helps bring the best of the best to vibrant life, making the most of the amazing textures, lighting and particle effects and state-of-the-art-physics that are embedded in this latest of the Ghost Recon series.

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What a lightweight

Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2006 - 07:21 PM |
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Fujitsu announced their new 2.2 lb notebook, the Q2010, and CNET was there.  Check out what this tiny laptop can do, and meet some of it's slightly larger brothers.

Thinking big

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2006 - 07:17 PM |
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Maybe 400 or 500GB hard drives sound big now, but it wasn't too long ago that a 4GB harddrive was huge.  Drop by Tech Spot to see the newest storage drives from Seagate and Western Digital.

Source: Tech Spot

The pick of the 7800GTX litter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2006 - 07:07 PM |
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If you are looking for the best of the best, check out ExtremeTech's review of 3 top 7800GTX models.

Source: Extremetech