How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 

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Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):

A Computex news deluge

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is.  Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen.  Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista.  TweakTown was there with a camera, check

Source: TweakTown

Did you see the pig that just flew past the window?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The end is nigh!

"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.

Jace Hall hosts his own show at Crackle.com, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)

it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.

Source: Extremetech

Free CALL OF DUTY 4 Map Pack on nZone

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.

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Cooling the next generation of chips

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water.  They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers.  They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.

 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No mutants allowed!

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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FarCry 2 already has two things going for it, no mutants and no aliens.  The game really doesn't have anything to do with FarCry at all, apart from dropping you into a lush sandbox, giving you guns and a mission and then sitting back and letting you do whatever you want to complete the mission.  It is a little early to tell, but the lack of mutants may help make the latter parts of the game actually fun, as opposed to the exercise in frustration that the last few levels of FarCry became.  C

Source: bit-tech

Become your own record label

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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TuneCore is a rather interesting new way for up and coming musicians, and well established ones, can become their own record label so that people can hear their music.  For $19.98 a year per album, plus one time fees of $0.99 per song on the album, and $0.99 for each music store that you want them to make it available on, your music is as easily accessible as any other band on iTunes.  Check out how well it worked for Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

The absolute opposite of a slow news week

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report had a very busy first day at Computex, they must have run the whole time to get as much done as they did.  From nVIDIA's new GeForce 9M-series notebook GPUs and their new Tegra system on a chip to ASUS Showing off their new Eee and Eee Box, it's a long list.  Head over and see what els