20 hour laptop batteries

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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The Inquirer has spotted some new movement in the quest to extend battery life.  If Casio's plans continue the way the expect, they wil be showcasing a fuel cell that will give laptops about 20 hours of run time, sometime this year.

Source: The Inquirer

Help for freezing manufacturer OC'd 7900GTXs

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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Ryan has managed to get nVIDIA to work on a fix for the freeze issue with the first run of factory overclocked 7900GTXs.  If you bought one, and don't seem to get what you paid for, read this article, and read it now.

Time to spring clean your thermal goop

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 09:41 AM |
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If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be.  Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion.  R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.

Is Electro-Smog really a worry

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies.  The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.

Buy a Motherboard and Processor, get Age of Empires 3 Free!

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 05:22 AM |
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One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web!  Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore! 


Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get

Source: General

The next step in memory

Subject: Memory | April 7, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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HotHardware got a sneek peek at Kingston's upcoming FBDIMM, the newest type of memory almost available to the consumer.  Drop by to see what kind of improvements it will bring.

Or check out Ryan's review of Gigabyte's iRAM, utilizing DDR memory as blazing fast long term storage.

Source: HotHardware

7900GTX is more than just a fast 7800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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Tech-Hounds tested the Leadtek 7900GTX, against a 7800GTX from ASUS.  While the frame rates certainly increase, they focus on image quality and other benefits that the 7900 offers.

Source: Tech-Hounds

Ask more from your monitor

Subject: Displays | April 7, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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CoolTechZone reviews the  Philips 190G6FB LCD Panel.  While it may be sold as a monitor, it is much more.  4 built in speakers, a TV tuner, plugs for just about any connectors and even USB ports make this a review you have to see.  Don't forget the 8ms response either!

Source: CoolTechZone

Become oblivious to the world

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:29 AM |
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Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have.  Don't beleive me?  Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.

Google Earth just got more learnin'

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth.  Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks.  It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content.  Where was this when I was in high school?

Victory is within your grasp

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL.  These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.

Source: GruntvillE

Wasn't this supposed to be everywhere by now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now.  That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it.  Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.

Taking EZ DUB for a test spin

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB.  Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.

Intels newest chip architecture

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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Ars Technica has updated their paedia to include the new Core microarchitecture from Intel.  Make sure you get a fresh cup of coffee, the article is as long and indepth as you would expect, maybe even more so.

Source: Ars Technica

Sneak peek at the ASUS N4L-VM DH

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2006 - 10:39 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; March 24,
2006
— ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
(ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the
micro-ATX-formed, Dolby and Viiv-certified motherboard — the N4L-VM DH, that allows enjoyment to a
growing universe of digital content in the comfort of living room.

Securing Wireless, Easy and Very Important

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network.  You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?

"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?

Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we

can do it quickly and easily!"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Tech ARP

Was the PSU supposed to do that?

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU.  When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened.  Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.

Source: Guru of 3D

Crossfire under the spotlight

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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Motherboards.org put Crossfire to the test.  They set up X1900's, 1800's and 1600's and tested them against an XFX 7900GTX and a Gigabyte 7900GT.  See how they stack up in this performance race.

Get wireless audio without selling blood

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews an interesting product from Logitech, called the Wireless Music System.  For around $130, you get a broadcaster and reciever, that integrate with any PC and stereo system, allowing you to broadcast music from a PC or MP3 player right to your stereo.

Source: TECHGAGE

Heat pipes and water cooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Thermaltake has introduced the Volcano Heat Exchanger, and A True Review will explain exactly what it does.  It looks much like an oversized, fanless heatsink with connectors to use with tubing for water.  Read on to see just how it performs, and how to install it.