Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

Source: MAKE: Blog

My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |
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At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo

Forget GPU accelerated Flash, time for 3D enabled FireFox

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser.  That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon.  As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves

Source: Slashdot

Patriot displays Project Artemis, a 10TB SSD based system with over 150,000 IOPS

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:00 PM |
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Fremont, California, USA, March 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced a 10TB SSD based Full ATX Workstation, code named Project Artemis, on display at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

Project Artemis is a blazing fast computer built using 40 256GB Patriot Torqx SSD drives offering a combined 10TB of storage and incredible speed.

Bad Company 2 picks up on destructible terrain

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low.  The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them.  In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily. 

Source: Ars Technica

How much do you expect from a sub $100 netbook

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook.  Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net .  It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it.  Drop by Engadget and

Source: engadget

Headphones for those that wish to stay sonically and spiritually pure

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM |
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Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones.  Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic.  That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound. 

More interesting reading that a cereal box

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like.  A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out.  That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect.  1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t

Source: Hexus

Birthday greetings to that Man in Black in the great beyond

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM |
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There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging.  There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.

Time to toss out the i7 920

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM |
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The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement.  It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x.  It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.

Source: The Inquirer