nVIDIA responds to the 6800 series from AMD by slashing prices

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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DigiTimes has put together a table detailing the price changes nVIDIA is implementing to ensure their share of the market:

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Original price

A new X-Fi Titanium HD

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 05:56 PM |
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The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
card
has been available for a while at $150 and a few fans are sure to have purchased one but there are those, especially among the audiophiles, that want nothing to do with a card branded by a professional gamer. 
For those discerning users there is a more powerful, though more expensiv

Smartfish looks to reinvent the mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 03:43 PM |
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You will have to learn a new mousing technique to benefit from the design of the Smartfish ErgoMotion Wireless Laser Mouse but if you do decide to your wrist might thank you.  It is designed to be used with a straight wrist, the mouse its self can pivot under your hand as you move it to let your arm move naturally.  TECHGAGE will happily recommend this mouse to anyone as long as they stay away from twitch games as the lack of extra buttons and 800DPI sensor will frustrate you in an FP

Source: TECHGAGE

A new year, a new 3DMark

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 12:18 PM |
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Whether you buy the full version or just pick up the limited free version, after a few months the once enjoyable benchmarks become a little stale.  Even though when they first arrive they are incredible and many wished that FutureMark put out playable versions of their benchmarks, running through it for the 100th time you begin to die a little inside, watching for any screen corruption of the scene you have seen again and again.  Rejoice, for 3DMark 2011 will soon be here and it will feature tesselation as well as a very different implementation of volumetric lighting not seen before

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Gaming on the Cloud; a look at OnLive

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 01:01 PM |
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The Tech Report had a chance to try out OnLive, the subscription gaming service that we have discussed here before.  For games, they loaded up Borderlands, Unreal Tournament 3 and DiRT 2 as well as Splinter Cell: Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Just Cause 2, and NBA 2K11.  The first three showed enough lag to effect TR's enjoyment while the others were not diminished as much, still not bad for a notebook.  Apart from the experience they also noticed something else that people should keep in mind, OnLive was

Intel has 8 billion dollars worth of fab plans for the US

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 11:55 AM |
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Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon.  The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility.  Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%.  Check o

Source: The Register

The big new from AMD, meet the 68xx series

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side.  For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three.   You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet.  Not too long though.

Super secret spyphone program

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 11:29 AM |
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Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages.  It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card.  Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to.  Take control over

Source: The Inquirer

Viewsonic has 3D for AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 02:16 PM |
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It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition.  Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available.  There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested.  Take a peek over at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer