Get a free full copy of Mafia II thanks to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2010 - 06:49 PM |

Starting this week across the US and Europe, you can get a free copy
of the smash hit game Mafia II with the purchase of a GeForce GPU, GTX
465 and higher! That’s right, a copy of Mafia II for free!

We here at NVIDIA are super excited about the incredible experience
that can be realized when playing on a GeForce GPU.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel's buying spree might continue, with Infineon being next

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

According to sources from Bloomberg, Infineon might be Intel's next purchase at a price of $1.9 billion; less than McAfee but still not chump change.  Specifically they are targeting the wireless division, which currently supplies the processors in phones from Samsung and others focuses on the communications side of the phone as opposed to powering the OS and extra functions.  This could mean that Intel has a ready made communications chip and can simply pair it with one of their low power CPUs to provide the muscle for the extra apps.  You can read more over at The Inquirer.

No wonder Intel is predicting it will miss revenue targets this quarter.

"CHIPMAKER Intel is getting close to splashing out the cash once again as reports are claiming that the firm is close to buying Infineon's wireless division.

Fresh from announcing that it will spend $7.68 billion to buy insecurity outfit McAfee, it seems that Intel wants more. Bloomberg reports that Chipzilla will have to fork over around $1.9 billion for Infineon's wireless division. Though it isn't a done deal, three people directly involved in the negotiations said that both parties are "close to an agreement"."

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Source: The Inquirer

What was old is new again, force feedback headphones

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 04:26 PM |

A few years ago we lived through an age of force feedback devices.  Not just mice and joysticks, there was the infamous Buttkicker, which placed a subwoofer in a chair to give your whole body a shake during gaming.  There were also numerous headphones which offered a similar experience, pummelling your head when the bass soared.  It seems that ASUS would like to revive that fad, as their soon to be released CineVibe headset.  See the preview at

Source: OCIA

Catalyst 10.8 arrives and slips a secret out

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 11:30 AM |

Catalyst 10.8 hit the streets today with a number of enhancements such as complete support for OpenGL ES 2.0, tweaked default video settings, AA for StarCraft II and improvements to EyeFinity in a number of games.  You can read about the specifics in the release notes

Source: The Inquirer

Neverwinter goes MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:18 PM |

Fans of a classic party based D&D game on the PC, either alone in charge of the party or cooperatively online are probably not terribly impressed with the news that the next Neverwinter game will be an online roleplaying game.  While it seems they are tiptoeing around the owlbear in the room, it is obvious that their biggest competition will of course be WoW, with its long history of being at the top of its genre.  It is certainly to be hoped that the strict definition of a party along with well known character classes will be enough to differentiate it from the teeming online ro

Source: Hexus

Bulldozer and its risqué internet slideshow

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:02 PM |

The Tech Report has posted quite a few of the slides from AMD's HotChips presentation, which gives an overview of the way this architecture has been put together.  No one got any sweet die shots but AMD has done a very good job at tantalizing us with enough information to make informed guesses about their soon to be released processors but still leaves us guessing at specifics, for example what the real world effects of fused multiply-add
units will be.

AMD talks about the chips we've been waiting for

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

Bulldozer and Bobcat are not that far away and to help us prepare AMD has released information on the two architectures.  They both share a design that focuses on modularity, with cores able to be added or subtracted in pairs with no mention of a single core CPU for either.  Bobcat will be the low powered version, poised to take on the niche that the Atom has carved out for its self and with Bobcats ability to run out of order instructions it stands a good chance of beating Intel's offering. 
Bulldozer will be for the full systems and sports a number of very interesting featur

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More on the Intel - McAfee purchase

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2010 - 11:52 AM |

Ars Technica has weighed in on their understanding of why it is that Intel made the surprise purchase of McAfee and it all boils down to Intel CTO Justin Rattner's new focus on security.  Intel has a blend of products that goes by the name of vPro which are designed specifically to provide security at a level below the OS.  It resembles its predecessor, TPM or Palladium, and consists of a Core 2 or more modern processor, a motherboard with enough onboard features that no daughter cards need to be added to the system and several necessary features including Intel Active Management Technology(AMT) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT).  Together these ensure a PC or laptop is fairly well protected against rootkits and more importantly is able to make a secure connection to another PC so that, in a business environment, remote management, updates and security statuses can be communicated without risk of infection.  Ars feels that the purchase of McAfee is likely to bring these types of security to the home user in the future and that there is no need to speculate about a competition with ARM for embedded security in mobile devices.

Others disagree.

"There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus-fighting processors, the chipmaker's motivations for the purchase are actually fairly straightforward. First, Intel's management has decided, in the wake of Operation Aurora, to move security up to the top of Intel's priority list. Second, secure systems require a lot more than just hardware support—security is about the whole stack, plus the network, plus policies and practices. Third, Intel has waited for ages for its ecosystem partners to come up with ways to give consumers access to vPro's security benefits, and little has really panned out so now they're just going to take vPro (and any newer security technologies) directly to consumers via McAfee."

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Get your mod on with the help of the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2010 - 06:06 PM |

Before you start browsing the forums you should ask yourself just how many berries your LEDs should have, it could have a big effect on your next modding job.  You should also get in the habit of examining the fans that come with your coolers, for instance the Corsair H50 comes with a fan of questionable quality so you could swap it out with one that is more effective.  Modding can be done to just about every component in your mac

Reactions to Intel's purchase of McAfee

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

It is obvious that a lot of reasons went into Intel's acquisition of McAfee, not even Intel tosses around $7.68 billion on a lark.  The reasons are not apparent right away as the news came out of the blue and was not talked about long before hand like many other acquisitions such as Havok.  ExtremeTech feels that this is obviously about a focus on security, perhaps signalling the interest of Intel to mimic what they have done bringing graphics onboard the CPU and merging security and antivirus