Microsoft attempts to limit Acer and Asustek's choice of OS with royalties

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2010 - 11:42 AM |

According to DigiTimes Taiwanese based vendors Acer and ASUStek have left themselves vulnerable to a royalty fee from Microsoft based upon several patents that Microsoft holds and are used in netbooks or tablets.  This is reported to have stemmed from worries on Microsoft's part that those companies would adopt Google's OS in preference to Windows.  That royalty would hit the companies rather hard if they decide to go with Android or Chrome and had to charge at least an additional $10-$15 per unit. 

Source: Digitimes

Expensive storage hits the market with the new IBIS from OCZ

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2010 - 12:24 PM |

Allyn got his hands on OCZ's new storage solution and proprietary connector just a little while ago, but it was not one that was picked up from a retail outfit.  Funky Kit did pick up an OCZ IBIS 160Gb SSD with the new HSDL
interface and while they don't mention a specific price they do mention it is in the region of $600.00, or ~$3.75/GB.  On the plus side, their review shows this drive is every bit as

Source: Funky Kit

We weren't kidding about HTTPS for social networking

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM |

It was bound to happen sooner or later, a way of sniffing out your login, password and other unencrypted data you send to social networks has hit the main stream.  Techniques for grabbing unencrypted packets has for the most part remained underground and relatively user unfriendly but Firesheep changes that.

Source: Slashdot

It's Fechner Day!?

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2010 - 06:45 PM |

Ah, the never ending curiosity of
the geek, no longer do you have to worry about being chased out of the house to find something to do outside; instead if you find yourself bored there are no end of projects to start up.  Even if you are stuck trying to determine what it is exactly you want to do, just fire up the PC Perspective Forums and you will find something to do, unless your PC decides to give you something all on its own.&nbs

nVIDIA responds to the 6800 series from AMD by slashing prices

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

DigiTimes has put together a table detailing the price changes nVIDIA is implementing to ensure their share of the market:

Code name

Original price

A new X-Fi Titanium HD

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 05:56 PM |

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
has been available for a while at $150 and a few fans are sure to have purchased one but there are those, especially among the audiophiles, that want nothing to do with a card branded by a professional gamer. 
For those discerning users there is a more powerful, though more expensiv

Smartfish looks to reinvent the mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 03:43 PM |

You will have to learn a new mousing technique to benefit from the design of the Smartfish ErgoMotion Wireless Laser Mouse but if you do decide to your wrist might thank you.  It is designed to be used with a straight wrist, the mouse its self can pivot under your hand as you move it to let your arm move naturally.  TECHGAGE will happily recommend this mouse to anyone as long as they stay away from twitch games as the lack of extra buttons and 800DPI sensor will frustrate you in an FP


A new year, a new 3DMark

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 12:18 PM |

Whether you buy the full version or just pick up the limited free version, after a few months the once enjoyable benchmarks become a little stale.  Even though when they first arrive they are incredible and many wished that FutureMark put out playable versions of their benchmarks, running through it for the 100th time you begin to die a little inside, watching for any screen corruption of the scene you have seen again and again.  Rejoice, for 3DMark 2011 will soon be here and it will feature tesselation as well as a very different implementation of volumetric lighting not seen before


Gaming on the Cloud; a look at OnLive

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 01:01 PM |

The Tech Report had a chance to try out OnLive, the subscription gaming service that we have discussed here before.  For games, they loaded up Borderlands, Unreal Tournament 3 and DiRT 2 as well as Splinter Cell: Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Just Cause 2, and NBA 2K11.  The first three showed enough lag to effect TR's enjoyment while the others were not diminished as much, still not bad for a notebook.  Apart from the experience they also noticed something else that people should keep in mind, OnLive was

Intel has 8 billion dollars worth of fab plans for the US

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 11:55 AM |

Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon.  The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility.  Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%.  Check o

Source: The Register