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

Play your PS3 on the go...in your house

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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Do you ever have the need to play your Playstation 3 while walking around your house?  Perhaps you need to take a bio break during a heated match of Modern Warfare 2: what's a dedicated gamer to do?  The answer of course is to get one of these things: a remote display and control for the Playstation 3.

Source: General

Tech News Bento Box, Post Christmas Edition - Dec. 29, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM |
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The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?

Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at jon@pcper.com and tell me about it.

OnLive gaming technology demonstrated at school

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Just not YOUR school.  In this case, some students at Columbia University got to hear from CEO Steve Perlman about OnLive's upcoming game streaming technology.  Someone was able to grab some video from the event and shared it with the world so we can all see how the tech works, what the user interface is like and how the iPhone will likely integrate into it.