The newly kindled lust for electronic ink

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much.  One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay.  They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago.  Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Announces new XBOX 360 Peripherals - More Evidence of PC Gaming Decay?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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Razer, the company best known for their PC peripherals for gamers, has announced two new products for the XBOX 360: the Onza gamepad, and the Chimera headset. The Onza is particularly interesting as it is a wired controller and does away with the D-Pad in favour of a 4-way button set. Being a USB peripheral, I wonder if it will work successfully on Windows?


Source: General

Keeping up with the nVIDIAns

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM |
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If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so.  The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.

Source: NVIDIA

Who ever would have guessed developers put shortcuts in for themselves?

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history.  So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs.  It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.

Futuremark Sells Mobile Division to Focus on PC Performance Software and Games

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.

Source: FUTUREMARK

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Gets a New, Big Partner

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 12:32 AM |
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Since being able to successfully split from AMD, we have not heard a whole lot from GF these days.  While their process tech looks to be the most advanced out of all the other contract Fabs, their list of partners have been small...

Better than downloadable content

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM |
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Whilst playing through Dragon Age Origins a quest appears which seems to be offered by a beggar.  While having your own keep is cool, the quest is not unlockable until you leave the game and shell over a few more bucks to Microsoft.  If you don't bother to buy those Microsoft points then the fellow just follows around your entourage and offers disparaging looks.  There are more paid downloadable quests planned, such as the Return to Ostagar.

Source: Joystiq

Google designs a mobile replicant

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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While probably not quite as powerful as Roy, Zhora or Pris at least we won't have to hire Decker to hunt down rogue Nexus phones.  We could have used him to kill some of the hype that Google's phone created in the lead up to the release.  Engadget has posted the most complete preview of this phone so far, which you can find here.  It is a tiny HTC-like phone with a 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8250 processor theoretically offering better speed than the i

Source: engadget

CES 2010: CES Unveiled Press Event

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:57 AM |
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Media, analysts, and bloggers got a preview of some of the product debuts and CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honorees at this year's CES Unveiled event. Vendors from more than 50 companies were on hand showcasing their latest gear and gadgets that will hit the streets in 2010.

 

A rush towards 1MB+ upload speeds

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2010 - 01:25 PM |
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Skype is delving into HD video for it's VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream.  Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required.  The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB.  Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous
DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available.

Source: The Inquirer