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.

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Corsair 2.1 Audio: Hold the DRAM!

Corsair is a name well known in the industry for making high quality memory aimed at enthusiasts and high end applications. For the past few years they have expanded into other areas including cases, power supplies, and CPU coolers. The latest push is for computer audio, and the SP2500 is a hefty shot across the bow for the current competition.

Coolermaster continues to expand their lineup of mice with the Inferno

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2011 - 03:45 PM |
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Not to be confused with their Spawn, the Inferno looks a little plainer without the bright red trim which is a good feature for those not wanting a flashy mouse.  It doesn't lack for controls, you can program five different DPI settings between 500 and 4000DPI and all five settings allow you to map the sensitivity of the X and Y axis separately along with support for both scripts and macros to be programmed to the 11 buttons. 

Source: Bjorn3D

An ARM roadmap from TI

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2011 - 12:12 PM |
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Drop by AnandTech if you want a complex diagram of the new OMAP 5, a SoC which will be using a pair of 28nm Cortex A15s.  According to TI you can expect a 50% increase in processing power at the same clock speed compared to the previous generation A9.  The new OMAP 5 will also sport a pair of ARM Cortex M4 which should help speed video encoding and decoding.  If you are into these tiny stand alone systems then head over for a look under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

Bluetooth powered speakers

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:37 PM |
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With a Bluetooth enabled laptop you can use that earpiece that normally talks to your phone to listen to audio, but it mostly remains underutilized.  A company by the name of iui Design has another idea for you, their BeLive Bluetooth portable speaker will let you share your audio and not have to use the built in speakers that are often not the best way to listen to a movie or song.  Techware Labs had a chance to check them out and were quite impressed with the quality, specificall

SandyBridge continues to improve over Linux

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:25 PM |
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Fans of Linux have some good news today from Phoronix involving Advanced Vector Extensions the successor to the SSE4 instruction set.  We are still waiting on AMD's first part to arrive on the market while not only has Intel released a part that can handle the new technology, Linux is now able to take advantage of that with the new GCC 4.6.  You can see how well the support has been implemented by reading through the variety of benchmarks in the full article.

Source: Phoronix

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 06:31 PM |
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The Tech Talk Forum abounds with mysteries this week, from an ECS motherboard with some issues and far too many BIOSes to choose from to an attempt to recover some unpartitioned space on a HDD.  The Motherboard Forum is more concerned about how a single transistor can ruin an entire motherboard family.  The Graphics Forum is also pretty busy, though in a

2011, the year of socket madness

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 11:32 AM |
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In case you were feeling on top of things and feel that you can tell the difference between a Core i7 on LGA1366 versus LGA1156 accurately and aren't overly concerned about discerning an LGA1155 or yet to arrive LGA2011 SandyBridge part, Intel has made things more confusing.  The server room has avoided most of the socket ecosystem flourishing but that is not going to last according to SemiAccurate

Source: SemiAccurate