Live from IDF: Maloney keynote and first Larrabee demonstration!!

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney.  We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!!  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.

The three flavours of Fiorano

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino.  Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today.  We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for.  The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb

Source: The Register

It needs to come with a magnifying glass

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow.  Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music.  The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using.  Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t

Source: Ars Technica

Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full

Intel's take on the P55

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves.  The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors.  6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously. 

Can Larrabee's B0 make it to IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned.  The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now.  If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear.  Drop by SemiAccurate for information.

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse in a storm needs a maximum acceleration stat

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member.  It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal.  Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.

It's Darkest of Days, the half a game

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun.  Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip?  In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire.  Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.&nbsp

Source: Bjorn3D