A groundbreaking trip to up-state New York; Global Foundries new Fab

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM |
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It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month.  As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building.  ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou

Source: Extremetech

AMD, Updated AHCI Drivers, OpenGL 4.0, and Gigabyte Pulls a Fast One

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM |
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The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD.  The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap.  The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige.  In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da

Source: AMD

Teasing the StarCraft fans

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM |
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Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same.  While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg.  If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.

Source: The Escapist

Psst, hey buddy! Wanna free PC?

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...

More information about KB971033 - Windows 7 anti-hacking update

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM |
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KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license.  However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does?  According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan  for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing

Source: Tech ARP

Going to paint your Bluetooth green

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM |
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It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries.  The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone.  If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.

Source: futurelooks

As if we weren't jealous enough; [H] plays with 3x2 EyeFinity

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage.  The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups.  Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet.  In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New nasties on the web

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection.  Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice.  The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't

Source: The Register

The Ozone Smog mouse; an obvious choice for any nature lovers

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM |
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The Ozone Smog mouse bears a remarkable similarity to both the Cyber Snipa and Ace with some individualized tweaks.  The overall shape almost appears shortened as the mouse is quite tall and has an rest for your thumb and one for the fingers on the outside of your hand.