Did you know Crysis 2 is part of the "PC packaged goods market"

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 01:47 PM |
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If you've had your head under a rock for this week, then you might not have heard that a version of Crysis 2 is available on torrent sites.  While not a finished version it should certainly give you more satisfaction than a YouTube video ...

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA is putting the super into superphone with Kal-El

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 12:44 PM |
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Just two weeks after receiving the first silicon back from the Fab, NVIDIA is already demonstrating their new 40nm quad core Cortex A9 SoC called Kal El.  They've abandoned Tegra2 3D which was what we had originally believed would be the next generation of mobile chip, which was a faster clocked Tegra2 capable of 3D support in favour of this new(ish) chip architecture.  The GPU is also upgraded, AnandTech saw the demo model manage a 50Mbps 1440p H.264

Source: AnandTech

Attention Rumour Mongers: Dell might want to buy AMD

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2011 - 02:28 PM |
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The details are sketchy and mostly involve the recent departures of high level employees from AMD, CEO Dirk Meyer in January and the COO Robert Rivet early in February.  The lack of current leadership implies to some tech wonks that perhaps AMD is looking for more than just new leadership.  The interim CEO is the once CFO Thomas Seifert, who has publicly stated that he does not want to continue in that leadership role.  Read the speculation at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot
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Manufacturer: Logitech
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Introduction

A well-known peripheral company, Logitech makes everything from keyboards to webcams to racing wheels, and is generally well regarded. The G series of gaming peripherals has many successful products in its portfolio, and among them is the G13, which Logitech calls an “Advanced Gameboard.” That’s a fancy way of saying “keyboard replacement.”

Intel offers some Sandy Bridge love to their partners

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2011 - 01:11 PM |
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According to DigiTimes, today is the first day of mass production for the new and improved B3 version of P67/H67 boards, now shipping without the possibly faulty SATA ports.  By next week they will be shipping these new motherboards to ASUS and and Gigabyte in small quantities, though apparently not to MSI or others.  By April they expect to be in full swing, having replaced the early adopter's boards and filling the channel as well.

Source: Digitimes

Wake n Bacon, making mornings bright

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2011 - 06:43 PM |
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Being a geek is an expensive hobby, from the mental and financial costs of staying on the bleeding edge to picking up the proper tools and software you need to test your machines and keep them running healthily.  One way to avoid bankrupting yourself is to keep a close eye on the PC Perspective Hot Deals Forum as well as the Trading Post, but how do you feel about the refurbished component dea

Antec jumps into the audio biz with their soundscience rockus3D 2.1 Speakers

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2011 - 12:52 PM |
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Antec's new soundscience rockus 3D  2.1 Speaker set is comprised of a control pod, a subwoofer sporting passive radiator technology and a pair of interesting looking anodized aluminium satellites, combined with some proprietary DSP algorithms.  [H]ard|OCP contrasted their performance against Klipsch's Promedia 2.1 system as well as Corsair's recently released SP2500 2.1 system (

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The IE9 Release Candidate is here

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2011 - 11:29 AM |
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Microsoft has been advertising the release of the IE9 RC to the world via many channels this morning.  Most will lead you to a site called Beauty of the Web where you can grab the RC in either a 32bit flavour or a 64bit flavour.  Download and install, wait through the inevitable reboot and you will be surfing the web with their newest browser.  It will not coexist peacefully with IE8 nor with WinXP and you can expect a few glitches, but happily it is uninstallable.

Source: Ars Technica

FUD News: Hacking with superphones edition

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2011 - 11:12 AM |
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The Register looks at the downside of the miniUSB plug on the side of your superphone, which they define as the current generation of phone that is in all essences a shrunken but fully functional PC and not just something that can sort of browse the web.  That handy plug that lets you recharge your phone and copy files back and forth from a secure network to your very vulnerable phone.  Even better, with the power of a Tegra chip, one of the new ARM processors and their like, you ca

Source: The Register

Not counting expansions or Bad Company, Battlefield is beyond 3

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2011 - 11:58 AM |
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Don't even count The Road to Rome and skip the game before it was officially Battlefield Something or other, even skip the online only version and you still end up with far more than 3 games bearing the Battlefield moniker than 3.   Regardless, that is the name of the new game and HEXUS has a trailer.

Source: Hexus