The big new from AMD, meet the 68xx series

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 12:04 PM |

AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side.  For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three.   You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet.  Not too long though.

Super secret spyphone program

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 11:29 AM |

Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages.  It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card.  Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to.  Take control over

Source: The Inquirer

Viewsonic has 3D for AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 02:16 PM |

It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition.  Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available.  There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested.  Take a peek over at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair makes quality headphones now, too

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 12:58 PM |

Corsair has aimed for quality with its new $100 HS1 gaming headset, using 50mm drivers to provide the sound and a uni-directional noise cancelling microphone.  The ear cups are cloth and the drivers themselves are placed on an angle to your ears as opposed to being pointed directly at them and are capable of upscaling a source into 5.1

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Global Foundries shows off at its own conference

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 11:24 AM |

SemiAccurate has been busy with the news coming out of the new Global Foundries Technology Conference, where GF has been

Source: SemiAccurate

Mixed reviews for the new Medal of Honor

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:19 PM |

Ars Technica tells you all about the good, the bad and the ugly of the new Medal of Honor game here.  Much of the news is good, they describe a game that seems to have some depth to it, as well as impressive explosions.  They do have some negatives, calling melee a pale reflection of Bad Company 2 as well as the existence of some portions of the game that leave you feeling like you are passively watching and not actively participating.  Check out

Source: Ars Technica

WiFi on the highway

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

For the most part, when someone is on the move in a fast moving vehicle they depend on the 3G cell network (or 4G if they're lucky) to provide their data connection.  The problem is one of pricing, as utilizing the cellular network to move any amount of data tends to add up to a noticeable expense over time whereas WiFi tends to be free.  Enter Wiffler, a "prediction based offloading"
program that is intended to allow you to offload at least some of your data transfers onto WiFi.  The program will hopefully allow a WiFi/3G combo neteork while you are driving or otherwise non-s

Source: Slashdot

A Rat is simply a well adjusted mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM |

If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice.  At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...

The 6800 leak is more confusing than exciting

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 01:02 PM |

On the internet you can find some benchmark results that may well show the current performance levels of the HD6850 and HD6870, ones that are not terribly encouraging.  The results were purportedly generated from tests of using 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 and both cards seem to have scored lower than the HD5800 cards that preceded them.  If the leak is valid it raises some interesting questions about the drivers, benchmark integration and performance of the cards in games. 

Source: bit-tech