It really is super speedy

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC.  They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device.  Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.

Source: engadget

Thank you for calling Ghostbusters, to ensure quick service please remain on hold ...

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers.  If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version.  Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try.  Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso

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AMD grabs the mobility market from under Intel

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD.  AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self.  The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern.  Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and ArcSoft Bring Full HD Audio to Home Theatre PCs

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 11:15 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.

With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo

Source: VIA Arena

Tips for the preoccupied

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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As a gamer, you don't necessarily want to read through a 15 page article on tweaking the Windows 7 RC from boot to shutdown.  Some of the tips do help, but a lot have to do with usability, security or other mundane improvements; what you want is tips on making your games go faster and you want them quick.  ExtremeTech has what you need in a quick three pager on getting the most from your gaming experience on Windows 7.  Little gems like the return of msconfig will trim the background tasks to

Source: Extremetech

Open Patent Alliance Expands 4G WiMAX with Addition of Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans, UQ Commun

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2009 – Building on worldwide 4G WiMAX technology momentum, Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans Communications and UQ Communications have joined the Open Patent Alliance (OPA).

Formed in June 2008, the OPA is dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX around the globe, further boosting the open industry standard approach to 4G wireless broadband.

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Notebooks

ASUS usually has one of the larger display areas at Computex and this year was no exception. On hand they were displaying new Eee PC designs, motherboards coming later this year and some of the most innovative new graphics cards we have seen in a long time. Stop by and see what ASUS is cooking up for the rest of 2009 and 2010!

GIGABYTE Announces GO OC 2009 Champions

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2009 - The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009, the world's largest Overclocking competition, successfully took place June 3, 2009.

Onboard isn't always enough

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 01:21 PM |
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If you have a good ear, the difference between onboard audio and audio from a high def source over a high end sound card stands out enough that the entrance price is worth it.  Others might not hear much of a difference, but that may also be because they've never heard high def audio.  A Blu-ray disk is capable of providing incredible audio quality, assuming the sound card is Advanced Access Content System compliant, otherwise it downgrades the signal to quality even onboard sound can handle. 

The near future for Global Foundries

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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The ground breaking for Fab 2 is scheduled for next month and once it is completed in 2011 it will be the lead on 28nm process and smaller.  This leaves Fab 1 to handle current 45nm and 32nm process based chips, with it's main focus being on ramping up production.  If Fab 1 can get a solid amount of production coming out to finance their R&D, then Tom Sonderman's plan to beat Intel into sub 45nm processes may become reality. You can see some of the planned timetable at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes