We need faster NAND if we want SSD performance from mobiles

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2010 - 11:47 AM |
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Samsung's new 8 Gigabit OneNAND won't be speeding up SSDs soon but it may well be bringing more performance to small devices with embedded flash memory.   The name tells it all, this is about bits not bytes; speed not size.  Traditional NAND hits 17Mb/s and Samsung claims their new NAND hits 70Mb/s which might not be a true Gb/s but certainly ramps up the speed.  Read on at SemiAccurate to see how fast it could do the Kessel Run.

Source: SemiAccurate

Intel Light Peak technology is demonstrated, we want it yesterday

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:42 PM |
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Yes, you hear me rant and rave about how awesome USB 3.0 is - and I still think that is the case.  No doubt we should be trying as much as possible to move away from legacy USB 2.0 crap and move into the world of USB 3.0 that is about 10x faster.  But at PC Perspective we are always looking ahead (except when we are looking behind us for that guy with the knife) and the light at the end of the connectivity tunnel might just be Light Peak.

Source: engadget

TESLA has been trimmed, in a way that hurts performance

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:19 PM |
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If you heard about the 1U servers that utilize nVIDIA's new Tesla cards and were wondering just how they managed that without creating a fire hazard, The Inquirer will let you in on a well known secret.  What happened was an 18% cut in clock speed and trimming 64 stream processors and the card are still pulling 10% more than they were originally billed as pulling.  It will be interesting to see what this does to nVIDIA's attempted break into high performance computing.

Source: The Inquirer

Let your drivers run free with a set of Halo Headphones

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 05:51 PM |
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Not to be confused with the game popular in college dorms, Halo headphones are simply a pair of discs with drivers enclosed and a cord.  They stay on your ears through the use of a headband, either the one enclosed in the packaging or if you have a stash left over from the 80's you could use that ...

Source: TweakTown

The evolution of your mouse's footrest

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 02:12 PM |
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SteelSeries have released a new generation of hard surfaced mouse pads with their 4HD Gaming Mouse Pad.
as well as the larger 7HD.

More features or more performance, which is better for Just Cause 2?

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are a fan of a little 3rd person mayhem then Just Cause 2 has probably been on your radar for a bit.  A game that shows off the maturity of the DX10 engine with native support for most of nVIDIA and AMD's anti-aliasing
features which comes in handy when you consider that most terrain is deformable.  That means that the question in your mind is not whether to pick up the game or not, but which card is your better choice to get the most out of the games visua

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Practice safe PDFing for free with Foxit

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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Adobe is not the most popular of companies right now.  Apple is calling loudly for the death of Flash and many end users are a little ticked at the ongoing delays in the release of security patches for serious vulnerabilities in their Acrobat suite.  Why not follow the advice offered by The Inquirer and switch to Foxit; it won't cost a dime and it will make you more secure.  As of the 3.3 release you will be running Foxit in safe mode by default, you won't have to change your

Source: The Inquirer

Microsoft intends to remain businesslike with their new phone

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2010 - 11:44 AM |
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It is confirmed that the Win7 ROM that will be present in for any phones that will be based off of Microsoft's new mobile platform can be jailbroken.  In keeping with Microsoft's general image, the unlock gives you access to Mobile Office 2010.   That is perhaps not as fun as what you can get a hold of on a jailbroken iPhone but it certainly fits the target audience.  There are currently some similarities between the iPhone and a Win7 phone, for instance no multitasking on Win7 based phones similar to all but the new unreleased 4th iteration of Apple's mobile OS. 

Source: Ars Technica

The high cost of high speed memory - G.Skill hits 2400MHz

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 12:36 PM |
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There is no question that the G.Skill PIS Series DDR3-2400 4GB
kit
is among the fastest of DIMMs on the market and as such has a rather high price.  At $56/GB, you really need to have a strong desire to have the best speed your system can manage, and this kit will help you do that.  Out of the box it runs @ 9-11-9-28 2T and with a little coaxing Think Computers managed to drop the frequency a tad and get much tighter timings but the Intel Core i7 870
on the test rig simply could not go fast enough to determine

Sony will have a more empathic touch interface table

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 11:56 AM |
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It has been a long road for those hoping for a touchable surface interface; an input device reminiscent of those seen in Star Trek or more recently on Minority Report.  Microsoft's Surface has been talked about for a long time and appearing in various places more recently, like cell phone stores and in experimental gaming groups, but it is still a rarity.  Sony has seen an opportunity for competition and are releasing the atracTable interactive surface this June.  There will

Source: Gizmodo