If you have to take it all with you

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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If you are a data pack rat, and can't imagine reducing the size of your absolutely needed data to a mere 64GB so that it will fit on a thumb drive then Seagate has your answer.  The

The next big thing in digital cameras?

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment.  The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR.  A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses.  Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).

OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.

Source: AMD

EA SIGNED ON TO LICENSE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
interactive entertainment.

"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

H(er)Ding skateboards and cat videos

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion.  Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution.  Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD.  While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums; more fun that Christmas shopping!

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action.  The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter.  The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were.  Together, these two

Evil monkey

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users.  Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions.  The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of contests from Intel

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 06:50 PM |
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The first of these two new contests asks you to guess the number of reinvented transistors Intel has shipped since the beginning of the year.

Orange computer needs input

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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Ryan has been using the

The good, the bad and the WTF?

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards.  (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world.  Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.

Source: Ars Technica