Google buying Valve? Will the Combine have access to your gmail?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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We love us some rumors - and no one stirs them up better than Charlie at the Inquirer.  Today's big story: Google buying Valve.  At first glance that might sound pretty odd, until you consider that Valve's Steam product is the most successful and profitable digital gaming distribution system in the world.  Google would LOVE to be able to control the future of gaming, put some AdWords on those many pages you see before your game launches and control just ONE MORE aspect of your compu

Source: The Inquirer

Proof of concept

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The engineers at ASUS had enough free time to create the Trinity, a triple 3850 card and one that you won't getr to play with.  It simply exists to prove that it can be done, this card won't make it to retail.  DriverHeaven was lucky enough to get a chance to play with the card as well as trying out some synthetic benchmarks against three 3850s in Crossfire.  The performance is about equal to the Crossfire setup and shows up a single GPU, not bad for one oversized PCI-e card.

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The new sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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The newest discrete soundcard from ASUS is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe,
still based on the AV200 HD audio processor but with added support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  This card goes far beyond what is required for an immersive gaming experience and heads deep into audiophile territory.  You can find out just how much ASUS packed into this card at Elite Bastards.

Moore's law got you down?

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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Are you sad to see that the next process size shrink is so far away?  Don't despair, many researchers are simply following a different path.  Systems on a chip have been around for a short while now and have gone through a few revisions, each more powerful than the next.  Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are the next big thing and may successfully lead
to 3D processors.  Learn more about how they are trying to connect these stacks of silicon at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Sado-mouseochism

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Somewhere in the world is a gamer who want their mouse to do degrading things to them, and OCZ is willing to cater to that market with the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse.

Source: TweakTown

Look ma! No glasses!

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses.  The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses.  It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.

Source: The Inquirer

Danger, danger, Will Wright!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews.  Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats.  The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness.  Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place. 

Source: Ars Technica

Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google is gone to swim with the fish

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres.  Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters.  Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig.  Drop by The R

Source: The Register

X-Fi Titanium, now available on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty  and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them.  No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio.  This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot.  Testing audio devices really does boi