Help for those looking to set up a home studio

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 02:02 PM |
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If you are looking to get into audio production for the home then ExtremeTech has something of great value to you.  There is now an alternative to purchasing high end audio recording and mixing equipment for those who cannot afford the steep entry price of the high end components.  All you need is your trusty PC, assuming you have set it up with all of the necessary pieces and programs.  It is worth a bit of research before you start as there are incompatibilities; for instance many of the audio mastering programs are not compatible with 64-bit Windows 7. 

Source: Extremetech

A beta driver brings hopes of 1080p to ION

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 12:42 PM |
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AnandTech had a chance to try out nVIDIA's beta driver update, version 257.29 which among other things brings the possibility of playing 1080p quality video without dropped frames and choppiness.  The update is not a perfect solution, it dumps the hard work of playing video onto the back of the GPU thus freeing up the GPU which can lead to issues when there is another element overlaying the video, such as controls or a Youtube popup.  Hulu also still suffers

Source: AnandTech

Need a mouse to match your Ferrari branded laptop?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 05:25 PM |
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Motormouse 2.4G might not look exactly like a Ferrari but it is much more similar than any other mouse you will find.  It would be easy to mistake this mouse for a child's toy car but there is no question that it is a fully functional wired mouse.  The design is obviously more for show than comfort as the review DigitalTrends mentions that hand fatigue becomes an issue fairly quickly thanks to the high back (or roof) of the mouse.  They did take advantage

Is there a StarCraft schism in the works?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 01:09 PM |
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As you should well know the biggest gaming competitions involve an elderly game that goes by the name of StarCraft.  While not quite as big in North America as it is in Asia, that statement aptly describes the population difference as well which is how StarCraft can remain so big while the Western world has moved on for the most part.  These competitive gamers are scary to watch in action as in order to be able to try to compete y

Source: Wired News

MSI's upstart UEFI returns to challenge the elderly BIOS

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 12:33 PM |
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It has been a long time since we heard word of MSI's BIOS replacement, the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI.  We finally have an update which you can read about over at Slashdot about what they have been doing over the past year and a half.  We did see a P45 motherboard from MSI with a click BIOS but we will finally be seeing a true implementation of UEFI on MSI Sandy Bridge motherboards which will be ar

Source: Slashdot

It is zero-day all over again for Adobe

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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This time they've gone for a triple crown as both Acrobat versions, the full and the Reader as well as Flash are all being attacked and your OS will not save you this time, any machine with the vulnerability can be attacked.  For the most part it will simply cause a crash but in some cases Adobe warns of the potential of escalated privileges.  The list of affected software is a little complex, as older versions of Acrobat and the current Release Candidate of Flash 10.1 are not vulnerable so you'd best follo

Source: The Register

If you were waiting for the Service Pack then you can grab Win7 in July

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2010 - 01:34 PM |
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For over a decade the release of a new Windows OS has been met with demands to know when the first Service Pack will arrive, or in some cases Service Pack 2.  They have helped corporate adoption in the past thanks to it having all of the dozens of critical security updates bundled together and tested to see that they play together nicely, thus ensuring far less in the way of repeat testing by their IT departments before it is rolled out.  For the home user it is similar, having the bugs worked out and the extra testing of compatibility is nice when you really don't want to deal with

Source: The Inquirer

Asus' new Xonar makes Xense

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 05:05 PM |
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ASUS has partnered with Sennheiser to create a new discreet audio card solution called the Xonar Xense HD.  Inside you will see the usual suspects, an AV100 audio processor along with Texas Instruments and Cirrus Logic
to handle the digital to audio conversion, though this card's frequency response is a little more impressive than most in the Xonar series.  The package also contains a pair Sennheiser PC350 headphones, fairly high quality and designed with this card in mind.  If you are shopping around for high quality discreet audio then

Source: TweakTown

Make your own 3D videos

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 11:46 AM |
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Using a nice and easy technique called Structured Light 3D Scanning, all you need is a projector, a camera and a bit of software to record 3D images.   By projecting a known pattern onto an object or scene and utilizing imaging software to interpret the geometry of the objects the pattern is projected on.  As you watch the video on MAKE:Blog you can see that this is a work in progress but as the source code is also available from them you might be able to help make this

Source: MAKE: Blog

More EyeFinity eye candy

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM |
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If you already have invested in three or six monitors and a new AMD graphics card then you already know just how impressive EyeFinity can be.  If you haven't been able to do so then you can drop by Techgage for a nice teaser, comparing many modern games on a single display @ 1920x1080, on three displays @ 5760x1080 and on six displays @ 5760x2160.   As there are more than a dozen games of a wide variety of types you really can get an idea just why multiple monitors are so popular, es

Source: TECHGAGE