An HTPC your stereo might be jealous of

Subject: Systems | May 17, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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Kingwin's HTPC box, the Supernova gets a full examination at MODTHEBOX.  It has a well designed LED display, and the total stereo aesthetic has been executed perfectly, read the review to see how it performs.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Do it yourself extreme cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2006 - 01:26 PM |
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If you have more spare time than spare change, and have avoided phase change cooling because of the price, then this guide will eat up some of that time.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an article describing how to build your own phase change cooling system.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Mayhem in the mainstream

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2006 - 09:05 AM |
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This is no battle of the titans, but the 2 mainstream cards that [H]ard|OCP pits against each other are more commonly bought than the ultra high end models.  BFGTech's GeForce 7600 GT OC versus an ATI Radeon X1800 GTO, see who can claim victory.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Need a fatter pipe?

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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hardCOREware looks at an alternative to buying your own T1 line, the Hawking Technology HBB1 Broadband Booster.  It might not provided as big an effect as they claim in all situations, but less lag is always good.

Source: hardCOREware

Controversial Anti-Spam Start-Up Closes Doors

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2006 - 08:12 AM |
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Blue Security, the little start-up company in Isreal that touted some innovative anti-spam technology, has officially closed its doors. After the massive DoS attack unleashed by a spammer in early May that shut down servers around the Internet, including those of Tucows, Blue Security decided it can not morally take the burden of indirectly causing the collateral damage resulting from escalating spam retaliation.


While it appears that the spammers have won this round, the technology developed by Blue Security proves that it is possible to effectively shut down a spammer.

Source: Wired News

ATI Announces Radeon Xpress 1100 Notebook Chipset for Turion 64 X2

Subject: Mobile | May 17, 2006 - 07:02 AM |
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ATI is announcing their latest mobile chipset the Radeon Xpress 1100 which supports AMD's latest Turion 64 X2 and DDR2 memory. The Xpress 1100 boasts a graphics core that is 33% faster than the Xpress 200M. More interestingly is the 5th generation Powerplay scheme which now adjusts graphics voltages and clock speed in additon to CPU frequency and voltage.

Buffalo's non-standard DIMMs are on fire

Subject: Memory | May 16, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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PCStats reviews some very fast RAM, Buffalo's FireStix FXZ1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000, 1 Gb DDR2 DIMMs. They manage to push them up to 1020MHz, and would have gone further, if the board would have allowed it.

Source: PCStats

Announcing the Perfect Partnership: XFX and Fatal1ty

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2006 - 02:56 PM |
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Ontario, Calif., May 3, 2006—XFX, a worldwide presence in the manufacture of nVIDIA®-based graphics cards, today announced a partnership with Auravision, Inc., the master licensor for Fatal1ty Brand Products. Under the agreement, Fatal1ty will collaborate with XFX on the design and technical specifications of a series of graphics cards with a special focus on the needs of competitive PC video gamers. Future products will be designed for maximum performance and stability.

Source: Email

What the nForce 500 can do for you

Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2006 - 12:21 PM |
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Hardware Zone looks at the feature rich ASUS M2N32 SLI-Deluxe.   ASUS has managed to utilize almost every available feature in the nForce 500 chipset, drop by and see all the bells and whistles that includes.

AM2 prices revealed

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2006 - 10:21 AM |
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The Inquirer reveals the pricing structure of AMD's new socket AM2 low power consumption CPUs.  Athlon64 and X2 Dual Cores, as well as the mobile Semprons are all listed.

"The chips will be available in May and AMD gave the prices it's charging. The 64 X2 DC chips will

cost $671 for the 4800+; $601 for the 4600+, $514 for the 4400+, $417 for the 4200+; $353 for the

4000+; and $323 for the 3800+."

Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

It's ALIVE!!! It's ALIVE!!!

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 09:14 AM |
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Auphan Online will teach you how to bring an iPod back from the dead.  Learn how to open one up, and replace the peices that have given up the ghost with newly unburied parts.  Just be careful which brain your assistant hands you.

"Your iPod. Its sleek, its sexy, and now... its not working. Is your iPod giving you the Apple

equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death? Don't throw it out! You can fix it yourself, I'll show you

how."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

FrontPage gets the boot

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Microsoft has given up on FrontPage, replacing it with 2 new tools.  The Expression Suite is supposed to allow standards-based website creation, and as well it is designed to play nice with ASP 2.0.  Read more about this at CNET.

VTF2006 to Feature Prominent Keynote Speakers and Technology Leadership in Fast-Growing Markets

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2006 - 08:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 16 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced an outstanding array of top executives from leading industry players to address the seventh VIA Technology Forum (VTF2006), taking place in Taipei from Wednesday, 7th June to Friday, 9th June.


VTF2006 will be opened by Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA, who will expand upon VIA's leadership in developing exciting new technologies that are driving the proliferation of digital intelligence.

New MacBook Finally Launched

Subject: Mobile | May 16, 2006 - 08:27 AM |
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Better late than never! Apple finally released the new MacBook laptop product line after some delays.

Introducing Viiv

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 12:54 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews a Viiv system, based around an ASUS N4L-VM DH and a socket 479 processor, Intel's Core Duo T2600 clocked at 2.16GHz.  While it is essentially a mATX board, it contains far more built in features than you would expect.  Drop by for a sneak peak.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Corsair teached their Nautilus new tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Think Computers has posted a dual review, both reivewing the new GPU/VGA waterblock from Corsair, and examining the effect of adding more components to an existing watercooling loop. 

Cooling solutions balanced for your bank account

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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Overclockers Online reviews 2 budget coolers from Spire, the VertiCool II and the DiamondCool II.  While neither will win prizes for extreme cooling, they are certainly powerful enough to use in a normally clocked PC.

AMD and nVIDIA have some big plans for your office

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 09:34 AM |
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IBM and Dell need to watch their backs.  AMD and nVIDIA are working together to get a foot in the office door.  The Inquirer has more info on their plans to become the choice of business PC's.

"NVIDIA AND AMD are readying to give Intel a bloody nose in the business market, confirming our

earlier reports it's readying a full frontal attack on Chipzilla.

According to Echannel Line, Nvidia has signed up the top 20 system integrators worldwide to take a

chunk out of Intel's arm and Dell's leg.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair Announces Immediate Adoption of Enhanced Performance Profiles

Subject: Memory | May 15, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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Fremont, CA (May 15, 2006) — Corsair®

E3 2006 Pictorial Pick of the Show

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 15, 2006 - 08:50 AM |
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VIA Arena has utilized the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words to capture the spirit of E3 on a single page of photos.

Source: VIA Arena