This hard drive bares all

Subject: Storage | January 9, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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Legit Reviews got a hold of Western Digital's Raptor X HDD, 150 gigs of storage on a 10,000 RPM SATA drive, with a very special feature.  The casing is see-through, and will fit great into a case with a lot of windows!  Not only can you see the inner workings of your hard drive, it provides great ESD protection too!

"While at CES 2006 we got a chance to see the the revolutionary WD Raptor X SATA hard drive, the

first ever drive with a view.

Professional Heatsink Abusers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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Heatsink manufacturers are proud of the way they accuratly test heatsinks to ensure that they are sufficient for the various types of processors out there.  In fact they are proud enough to show the various ways they test heatsinks and Thermal Interface Materials to FrostyTech.

"Have you ever wondered how a heatsink manufacturer tests its new heatsinks to ensure what you buy

will do the job?

Source: Frosty Tech

The Commies are coming back!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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If you thought you had suffered enough with the Commodore64, think again.  Commodore is coming back, and Think Computer had a sit down with them to find out what their plans are in the latest attempt to take over the computing world.

'Some of you may not know the name Commodore, but for me it brings back many memories. I really

got my start in all this computer stuff with the Commodore Vic-20; I can say that it changed the

way I looked at computers and how I felt about them.

Televisa Chooses Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology to Deliver Premium Content to World's Largest Hispanic

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Grupo Televisa, S.A. (NYSE: TV), the largest media company in the Spanish—speaking world, today announced a joint effort to provide consumers, for the first time, with a wide choice of on—demand, Internet—delivered Televisa content through Intel® Viiv™ technology—based PCs.

Intel, Google Announce Plans to Bring Video Search Technology to the Living Room on New Intel® Viiv

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Google today announced plans to bring Google Video to the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.

Intel and MTV Networks Bring Array of Content to New Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology Platform

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and MTV Networks today announced that MTV Networks is optimizing its COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, VH1 and mtvU broadband networks for the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.


Viewers will be able to display content from COMEDY CENTRAL's 'MotherLoad,' MTV's 'Overdrive,' VH1's 'VSPOT' and mtvU's broadband networks directly on Intel Viiv technology—based PCs. Intel Viiv technology is designed to enhance and manage digital entertainment in the home.

Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement to Deliver Content to Intel® Viiv(TM) technology-based PC

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2006 — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel® Viiv™ technology. Yahoo!

CES 2005/06 - Wish I'd been there

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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This year's CES had something for every enthusiast, and a lot of great sneak peeks at the newest things coming out this year.  Start at Techware Labs for their look at the final day, and then scroll through all the news that was published over the weekend.

"Another year has passed, and another CES is complete. Don't be too sad, though; the final day did

include visits to some exciting booths and events.

G71 Well Behind X1900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:43 PM |
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According to the The Inq, ATI has a big lead of next-gen GPUs as the R580 is supposedly nearly ready and the G71 is still some time off.

IT SEEMS that Nvidia might not be out with its G71 as soon as expected. We heard that it might sample as soon as next week, but major OEMs and partners confirmed that they still haven't seen the hardware and that they've all had R580, Radeon X1900 XTX for some times now.

Source: The Inquirer

GeForce 7800 GTX 512 Stock Coming Back

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:40 PM |
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According to sources at CES, NVIDIA will have much more quanitity of hte 512 parts in the coming weeks. 


I CAN sell as many 7800 GTX 512 as I can get and that's a very good product for us," an Nvidia partner told us at the show. He, she or it wants to remain incognito but the very big partner said that it actually sold all of the cards and still has back orders to fulfil.
Source: The Inquirer

Some CES Coverage

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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Here are some links to some other CES coverage from the last couple of days below.  I am still working on mine, but since I was trying some new thing with video this year, uploading is taking quite a bit longer than expected.  :)


Source: General

Toshiba HD-DVD Player Spotted

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:08 PM |
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The Inquirer got a glance at the first HD-DVD player of the year!

It looks thick to us but so did the first DVD players. This device should probably see the light of the consumer shelves sometimes in summer time but we will try to learn more. Its called HD XA1 and it has support for HD content up to 1080I trough HDMI and can also scale down to 720P and 1080P. It plays conventional old DVD's.

As you can see it has lot of connectors at the back including multi channel decoder with 5.1 out.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel's Core Duo Notebook Performance

Subject: Mobile | January 5, 2006 - 09:05 PM |
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Anandtech has a review up today of the recently announced Intel Core Duo technology behind the Yonah processor. 

Today's article is very much a look at Yonah and Centrino Duo as they were intended to be viewed - as members of a mobile society.  The primary point of comparison here today will be Dothan and the previous generation Centrino.  While we would like to compare to AMD's Turion 64, we only had a very limited time with the notebooks in this review and we could not get a Turion 6

Source: AnandTech

No Playstation 3 at CES 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:02 PM |
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ShackNews discusses the lack of anything PS3 at CES this year...

More time was spent talking about the success of PS2 and PSP. While there was understandably no actual news about PS2, with most of the talk about the machine being on its continually strong sales and continued market dominance, Sony did seem very interested in bolstering the media capabilities of the PSP.

Source: Shacknews

Clear WD Raptor HDD Announced

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2006 - 09:01 PM |
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Western Digital announced another new addition to the Raptor family -- this one with a clear cover on it for case modders!

http://www.wdraptorx.com/

HardOCP Water Cools the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2006 - 11:52 PM |
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Those nuts at HardOCP have ripped apart an Xbox 360 and water cooled it -- and they say its easy to do!!!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with our Xbox 360 H20 project. We met most of the goals we set forth four years ago with our original mod, and we are — once again — the first people to water cool an Xbox.

In the end, we set out to water cool an Xbox 360 simply 'because we could' but it turned out to be a fantastic venture, and overall a huge benefit to the Xbox 360 cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Already Ready with G71?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:51 PM |
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NVIDIA apparently has the new G71 up its sleeve and ready for ATI's X1900 product...

NVIDIA'S latest graphic offering should start sampling as soon as next week. It's all in the promises now but we have a reason to believe that Nvidia is on the schedule with this one. We also heard that the chip should work around 700 MHz frequency and as we reported before it should feature 32 pixel pipelines.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's Upcoming Chipset to be Dubbed 3200

Subject: Chipsets | January 4, 2006 - 11:49 PM |
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ATI's upcoming X16 chipset is going to be called the XPress 3200 according to the InqWell.

The 3200 number is there because the chipset features 32 lanes for dual PCIe 16X graphic cards and the rest of the name is logical.

Motherboard manufacturers are making these boards as we speak and there should be some retail boards at launch time. The boards are scheduled for a double jeopardy launch with the new graphic chip R580, known as Radeon X1900XTX.

Source: The Inquirer