Intel has 8 billion dollars worth of fab plans for the US

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 11:55 AM |
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Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon.  The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility.  Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%.  Check o

Source: The Register

The big new from AMD, meet the 68xx series

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side.  For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three.   You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet.  Not too long though.

Super secret spyphone program

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 11:29 AM |
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Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages.  It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card.  Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to.  Take control over

Source: The Inquirer

Viewsonic has 3D for AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 02:16 PM |
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It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition.  Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available.  There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested.  Take a peek over at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair makes quality headphones now, too

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 12:58 PM |
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Corsair has aimed for quality with its new $100 HS1 gaming headset, using 50mm drivers to provide the sound and a uni-directional noise cancelling microphone.  The ear cups are cloth and the drivers themselves are placed on an angle to your ears as opposed to being pointed directly at them and are capable of upscaling a source into 5.1

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Global Foundries shows off at its own conference

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 11:24 AM |
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SemiAccurate has been busy with the news coming out of the new Global Foundries Technology Conference, where GF has been

Source: SemiAccurate

Mixed reviews for the new Medal of Honor

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:19 PM |
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Ars Technica tells you all about the good, the bad and the ugly of the new Medal of Honor game here.  Much of the news is good, they describe a game that seems to have some depth to it, as well as impressive explosions.  They do have some negatives, calling melee a pale reflection of Bad Company 2 as well as the existence of some portions of the game that leave you feeling like you are passively watching and not actively participating.  Check out

Source: Ars Technica

WiFi on the highway

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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For the most part, when someone is on the move in a fast moving vehicle they depend on the 3G cell network (or 4G if they're lucky) to provide their data connection.  The problem is one of pricing, as utilizing the cellular network to move any amount of data tends to add up to a noticeable expense over time whereas WiFi tends to be free.  Enter Wiffler, a "prediction based offloading"
program that is intended to allow you to offload at least some of your data transfers onto WiFi.  The program will hopefully allow a WiFi/3G combo neteork while you are driving or otherwise non-s

Source: Slashdot

A Rat is simply a well adjusted mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM |
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If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice.  At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...