PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2010 - 03:49 PM |
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AMD for the Common Gaming Good?

AMD is pushing for a new level of cooperation between game developers and hardware vendors - specifically in the areas of stereoscopic 3D (or S3D) and in-game physics. AMD's strategy is to open up the APIs so that any developer can take advantage of S3D and physics regardless of their choice of hardware underneath.

Source: Joystiq

GRB 080319B, aka the Clarke Event; the greatest light show you might have seen

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 07:05 PM |
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The joys of the PC, building your own rig, cleaning off strange crud, customizing a watercooling setup for it, diagnosing random crashes when you game on the PC, the fun never endsEven your virtual hardware can drive you batty.

Gigabyte's slip is to the gain of anyone wondering about 6 core AMD CPUs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 12:10 PM |
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The quick eyes at The Inquirer spotted a nice tidbit of information released by Gigabyte accidentally.  They revealed the clock speeds of two of AMD's upcoming 6 core CPUs in a BIOS update that were enough to determine the clock speeds with the help of the leaked CPU list. Unfortunately what was not leaked were MRSPs for the CPUs so the pricing is still a bit of a mystery.  We can be sure that it will be less than the $999 Intel is charging for the Core i7 980X.

Source: The Inquirer

Can Google make it on the small screen?

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2010 - 12:21 PM |
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Microsoft tried and failed miserably with their WebTV/MSN TV
initiative to bring the functionality of a PC to the TV.  AppleTV did a little better but never really caught on.  Now Google, in association with Intel and Sony, are trying out set top box technology on the Dish Network.  They hope to make hitting sites like Twitter and Picasa as easy as changing the channel.  Of course, hitting those sites is as easy as that on a PC, and services like Hulu or the actual network stations themselves make getting your TV shows just as easy.  The question seems to be if anyone

Source: Wired News

Yet another not yet released Blizzard game teaser

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM |
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Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased.  From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities. 
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can

Source: The Escapist

AMD has a different sort of new driver in the works

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available.  This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed.   10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Razer is at it again, behold the Imperator

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 03:51 PM |
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For $70 you can get hold of Razer's new Imperator gaming mouse, able to change from 100 up to 5600 DPI and it does not use drift control ensuring that how you move your mouse is exactly how the mouse moves.  Seven customizable buttons ensure you can choose the most comfortable configuration for yourself.  It even has drives for Macs.  Techware Labs has the scoo

Microsoft Reveals Plans for IE9

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 01:55 PM |
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Microsoft is revealing more details about its IE9 Platform today and the improvements you can expect to see when IE9 is finally released.

Source: Ars Technica

Need an iPhone password? Ask your Radeon not your Tesla.

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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Slashdot adds a little FUD to your morning with this report (and tool) from ElcomSoft about the efficiency of utilizing an AMD GPU to crack iPhone and iPod passwords.  It would seem that not only is a Radeon HD5970 twenty times faster than a Core i7 960 it is almost twice as fast as a Telsa S1070.  Putting aside the security issue for a moment to focus on parallel processing power, it seems a bit embarrassing for nVIDIA to have their supercomputing, mass

Source: Slashdot

Why get a separate laptop stand and speakers when you can have both

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 06:38 PM |
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The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700
combines two peripherals into one and does it in a rather competent manner.  Firstly it is a laptop stand, putting your notebook on a slight incline, making typing a little more comfortable than a flat keyboard about an inch above the surface it is resting on.  It also contains a fan to keep the laptop operating cooler than it would if it was flush with a flat surface.  Add to that a battery

Source: OCIA