S3 improves in leaps and bounds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 03:42 PM |
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PC Stats reviews S3's latest PCI Express card, the Chrome S27.  At only $80 US, it is a very affordable solution to anyone looking to run Vista and mid-range games.  It is a far superior card to their last offering, even coming close to a 6600GT in some cases.  Keep your eye on their upcoming projects.

Source: PCStats

Increase your modding potential

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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3DVelocity took on the task of rounding up some of AC Ryan's best modding tools and add ons, and gathered them together for your pleasure.  All you need is a case you like to start with, and with the help of AC Ryan, it can look like almost anything, and you can add funcionality as well.

Source: 3DVelocity

One clock to rule them all

Subject: Motherboards | May 4, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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DigiTimes reports on Cypruss Semiconductors newest invention, a universal clock generator.  This will allow mulitiple motherboard manufacturers to make multiple types motherboard chipsets, both Intel and AMD, all with the same clock generator.  This will certainly make it easier for them, but it may also improve the ability of BIOS modders to determine the exact values of the clock cycles.

Source: Digitimes

Double check the Fox is secure

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Firefox got a small update this week, pushing the version up to 1.5.0.3.  They have switched to automatic updating, so it is likely that you are already updated, but double check, as this is one of those nasty remote code execution issues.

"Malicious attackers could exploit the flaws to cause a denial-of-service attack, which in turn may allow them to take remote control of a user's system, according to an alert from security research company Secunia, which rates t

ATI and Nokia Announce Strategic Relationship

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:58 AM |
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Nokia and ATI have announced a working relationship that will help bring better multimedia to your cell phone. Cell phones seem to be doing a lot more than just making calls these days, so strategies like this will likely benefit the consumer.

"Nokia today announced a long-term strategic relationship to bring enhanced mobile multimedia experiences to Nokia customers.

Whacky Wednesday in the Laptop Industry

Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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Yesterday I read two of the most illogical laptop stories - Apple's decision to legally threaten Something Awful, and professors who are banning laptops from the classroom.


The story behind the Apple vs. Something Awful blows my mind. The issue is a thread in the Something Awful forum that links to a manual hosted at Apple. Apple lawyers, apparently, think this is illegal since it violates their client's IP. SA isn't even hosting said file!

Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People'

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 07:52 PM |
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AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 — The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits worldwide in the next 5 years, Intel Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said today in a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology.


'We're close to achieving Andy Grove's vision of a billion connected PCs — and the economic, social and personal gains that come with them,' said Otellini, referring to the Intel co-founder and former CEO.

Keep that iPod hidden in your pocket

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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Think Computers explorers the world of Bluetooth iPod accessories.  Globalsat's tiny transmitter and reciever allow you to keep the iPod somewhere safe, while you are listening to it.

Keyless Entry System

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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Extremetech takes Das Keyboard II for a test type.  Like it's predecessor, this black keyboard has no labeling, and variable resistance on it's keys.  Are you ready for it?

Source: Extremetech

Get your PhsyX card with Ghost Recon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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If you have seen the GRAW videos PC Perspective has posted, you know why you want this card, and this game. If not, take a break and watch them, then read the good news over at The Inquirer.

"The biggest problem is of course the content.

Source: The Inquirer

ECS Elitegroup Jumpstarts the Summer Gaming Season

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2006 - 11:37 AM |
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Fremont, CA (May 3, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, today announced sponsorship of a series of large scale LAN parties in North America this spring/summer. As a part of the efforts to support the gaming community, ECS Elitegroup has been involved in gaming events of various sizes in the past 2 years.



'When we decided to launch the Extreme series of motherboards, we were also ready to engage with the gamers immediately.

Source: Email

17" On a Budget

Subject: Mobile | May 3, 2006 - 10:40 AM |
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Blazenews is reporting this morning that Acer will be launching a new 17" laptop line that will feature Core Duo CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics. Toss into the mix Blue Tooth, and a 1.3 MP web cam and you have yourself a very affordable yet fully-featured desktop replacement.

Source: Blazenews

The new benchmarkers game

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2006 - 07:15 PM |
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Bethesda's newest installment to the Elder Scrolls has taken the lead in video card abuse.  It pushes even the newest hardware to it's limits, when you enable all the bells and whistles.  AnandTech takes it for a spin to see what the current generation of cards can do.

Source: AnandTech

OCZ's golden child

Subject: Memory | May 2, 2006 - 07:06 PM |
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3DXtreme looks at OCZ's newest and fastest DIM, the DDR500 Gold GX XTC 2 GB kit.  Thanks to the new heatspreader desigh, these modules can be pushed pretty hard before you see problems.

"OCZ has pulled it off again, offering a kit that performs as well as one of their pricier kits

and featuring the new XTC heatspreaders. If you are looking for memory, look no further than

OCZ..."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

Source: 3DXtreme

A different type of storage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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The Tech Zone begins a series of articles on Magneto-Optical storage technology.  Not many have heard of it, and even less use it; but that is no excuse not to learn about it.

Intel Commits $1 Billion To Further Emerging Markets Strategy

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 2, 2006 — Intel Corporation will invest more than $1 billion over the next five years in a broad new program to speed access to uncompromised technology and education for people in the world's developing communities.


The Intel World Ahead Program, which extends the company's existing initiatives for developing regions, integrates Intel's efforts to enhance lives by driving progress in three areas: 



  • Accessibility: Creating opportunities for widespread ownership and use of PCs through affordability, access and content, including the

PC Perspective Increases Laptop Coverage

Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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Over the past few years, we have experienced a fundamental shift in the way we use at personal computers. No longer is it enough to have access to information and communication, we want it NOW and in our hands. Our thirst for information has lit a fire in the mobile computer industry and today, for better or worse, we're bombarded with countless ads, products, and opinions on the latest laptop.

What makes our understanding of all this worse are the constant innovations and sometimes competing technologies vying for your hard-earned money. Does Blu-ray or HD-DVD make sense?

Can Co-Processors Co-opt server dominance for AMD

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Gideon Tech takes a look into Opteron's future, and the consequences of the amount of bandwith HyperTransport3 will provide. They feel it heralds a return of the co-processor, like the K-6's of old and their math co-processors.  Read on to see what tasks they expect to see passed onto it.

Source: Gideon Tech

The Nintendo Developers System

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Nintendo DS, with it's dual screen and WiFi abilities and a good selection of games.  It must have something going for it if [H] will admit to playing with it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP