You can't keep a XFi down

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular.  The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown.  Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has. 

Source: TweakTown

Even more motherboards

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex.  Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses.  On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.

Source: Digitimes

Harness the power of The Fonz

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out.  The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around.  Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
automotive

Source: The Inquirer

Do not meddle in the affairs of geeks ...

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative.  The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar.  The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.

Speak up!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226.  Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well.  None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses.  Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.

Source: Extremetech

Mayday! Mayday! This is the S.S. Blockbuster ... we are in trouble!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release.  If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.

Source: The Inquirer

It's classy 'cause you play an Eastern European

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived.  Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City.  The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now.   Check out the full review.

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It's the quiet ones you have to watch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist.  bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview.  They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA.  They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies. 

Source: bit-tech

Promises, promises

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM |
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If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice."  That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come.  As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o

Industry Creates HomeGrid Forum to Develop Technology for Enjoying Multimedia Anywhere in the Home

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.