Another peek at Intel's coming year

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2010 - 11:33 AM |

As is usual, Intel declined to comment on the information that DigiTimes has uncovered about the plans Intel has for 2011 but don't let that shake your confidence that DigiTimes is probably right on the money.  The upcoming Waimea Bay platform will consist of a Sandy Bridge E-based processor in conjunction with the Patsburg chipset and will handle the upcoming generation of DDR3 as it will support RAM speeding up to 2666, though it may be a while before we see that RAM.  Bromolow will be giving some love

Source: Digitimes

That game that came out yesterday

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM |

It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing.  Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair. 

Intel's illuminating new transfer technology

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start.  Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams.  They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.

More news about AMDs upcoming chips

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM |

DigiTimes has some news on AMD's release plans for the near future.  We should see an integrated USB 3.0 controller on the upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge chipsets that will be arriving before the end of the year.  Along with that release a number of processors including the Phenom II X6 1045T; dual-core X2 560; a pair of quad-core Athlon II X4s and triple-quad Athlon II X3's and even a single-core Sempron 150.  Hopefully those releases will keep AMD's CPU business going until the release of Llano ear

Source: Digitimes

Believe it or not, set up a hardware file quickly, cheaply and easily

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive.  Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously. 

Source: Extremetech

Franz Ferdinand ain't just a band you know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 06:18 PM |

While you can get lost in the complexities of the tech world, especially if you listen to the PC Perspective Podcast, but on the forums you will be welcomed be you totally new to the wide weird and wonderful world of PCs or a seasoned old salt.  A basic question about the fundamentals of networking will never bring a demeaning reply, instead at least one of our members will take you through the steps required to fix your problem.  If you have been lurking in the forums

ARM, the little company you didn't know you counted on

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM |

The ARM Cortex, especially the more recent models like the A8, are showing up just about everywhere.  HTC, Apple, Samsung and just about any other company producing smart phones depend on ARM for their processing power.  It is estimated that there is around 20 billion ARM processors in use when you count them all, almost putting the x86 and x86-64 architectures to shame.  ASUS was showing off an ARM based tablet running Win7 at Computex so running Windows on an ARM has been done.  Perhaps that is why it is not much of a surprise that Microsoft is now licensing ARM architecture, bringing the two companies three year relationship to a new level.  [H]ard|OCP can fill you in.

"ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products"

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Too Psyko for the Podcast but not for your ears

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 12:30 PM |

We didn't have time to cover a recent review of Steve's on this weeks podcast but

The replacement processors are on their way

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs.  Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing.  What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change.  From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and

Source: The Inquirer

Spore turns to the dark side in a new expansion

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet.  We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS.  Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games.  Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod

Source: Ars Technica