IDF takes a look at Westmere

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 09:36 AM |
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Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one.  This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot.  As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects.  Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.

Source: Extremetech

Intel Announces Organizational Changes

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 08:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2009 - Intel announced a number of important organizational changes today and expansion of some key executive responsibilities.

The changes align the business around the core competencies of Intel Architecture and world class manufacturing, placing operating responsibility for them in three senior executives.

Never let the marketing department name your silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 04:03 PM |
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This week has been busy, mostly with the release of Lynnfield finally upon us.  Ryan has done an outstanding job explaining how some Core i7s now fit LGA1156 motherboards while others are on the older LGA1366.  We also delved into the repercussions of losing the third memory channel and
moving the PCIe controller directly onto the processor, along with many other tech topics in this weeks PC Perspective Podcast.  There are still other CPU discussions of interest, f

It shouldn't give you PAX Mouse Pox

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo.  While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect.  It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common.  The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Chances are you won't even notice

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out.  They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins.  No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire.  If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i

Source: Slashdot

Matrox was so ahead of its time

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2009 - 01:48 PM |
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Ryan is not the only one impressed by the new multi-display technology AMD was displaying today, may sites had the exact same reaction.  Take The Tech Report's initial thoughts on Eyefinity, for instance.  They watched Dead Space being played on six Dell 30" monitors, @ 2560x1600, or in another way of speaking, more than 24 megapixels of 3D action @ 7680x3200.  No details forthcoming on the GPU or memory yet, but it won't be long before we get to see some sol

Something to kill while you are waiting

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2009 - 01:08 PM |
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Those anxiously awaiting the announcement of the release date for Diablo III might want to take a look at Torchlight.  At PAX it was announced that the game will ship October 27th, giving dungeon crawlers everywhere a chance to feed their need.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun
are hosting a trailer which you can see right here
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Blast away at your TV

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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If you have gone out of your way to set up a nice HTPC system in a case that looks like a high end stereo component, pulling out a wireless mouse and keyboard ruins the illusion.  A device like the Logitech Harmony 1100 which is a high tech remote doesn't quite capture the feeling that some HTPC enthusiasts desire.  Why not pick up a controller that wouldn't look out of place in

YANAS - Yet another Atom smasher

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 11:24 AM |
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In what some may see as a twist and others as to obvious to have talked about, the next low power processor to displace some of the Atom's market share will come from Intel.  It is hard to know if this will be a case of Intel competing against its self or will the new SU4100 ULV
represent a different portion of the Atom's market that AMD's Yukon platform is aimed at until it is released.

Source: Ars Technica

ATIC bids to buy Chartered Semiconductor; GlobalFoundries smiles politely

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2009 - 08:23 PM |
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How is your holiday weekend going?  Would you like to spend it reading about how some companies are spending $3.9 billion?  As being reported on BusinessWire, and discussed earlier in the evening by SemiAccurate, ATIC, the company that owns GlobalFoundries (which used to be the manufacturing arm of AMD), is making a bid to pu