Battery powered tailgate party sound system

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 01:01 PM |

Measuring 12.5" x 9.5" x 14" the ION Tailgater is a 20 pound all in one audio solution, speakers and inputs included.  There are three completely separate inputs, two mic inputs, one of which can handle an instrument and a third input for component audio in, all with their own volume controls.  An iPhone/iPad dock allows you not only to use that device as an audio source, it can also recharge it as well.  On the back is a plug that will allow you to string multiple Tailgaters together with the correct plug. 

Miss those old games that truly hated you as a player

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:46 PM |

Nowadays, in order to make a platform game difficult the programmers give your opponents ridiculously good aim, or have inconvenient
respawn points, bosses you have to kill multiple times and many other things that feel more like an AI cheat than pure unbridled hatred.  The original Ninjagaiden was evil, it did not want you to win and would go out of its way to try to get you to launch your controller at the TV.  If you miss those days then Demon's Souls might be right up your alley.  Just about everything can kill you in a maximum of two hits and death is a bad thing.  N

Source: 3DCenter

The Sandy Bridge is closer than it appeared

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:09 PM |

You might think that after Intel brought in a total revenue of $10.8 billion
and a net income of $2.9 billion
, that they might take a break and relax for a bit.  If so, you don't know Intel very well as when they see a chance to capitalize on an opportunity, they do it.  In this case we are seeing a bump in the arrival time for Sandy Bridge.  The Inq

Source: The Inquirer

Building a better algorithm to ascertain alien activity

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM |

SETI@Home, the grandfather of the distributed computing programs like Folding@Home has benefited greatly from the continual increase of computational power and is perhaps one of the best reasons to own a multicore processor.  At its heart it has not changed, the search algorithms that are used have not changed and they continue to search the same wavelengths as they have for over a decade.  There is plenty of sky left to search on those wavelengths but there are of course many others to be searched, if only there was a solid algorithm to sort through the noise to find any signal.&nbs

Source: Slashdot

Putting a value on your entertainment

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2010 - 12:13 PM |

At a recent trip to the movies, it occurred to The Tech Report that something was amiss in the value they received for their money at the theatre.  The movie in question was the new 3D version of Toy Story 3, which they hoped would be a great chance for Pixar to show off the evolution of 3D in the theatre.  Unfortunately while the extra dimension did not detract from the experience it also did not add much either.  As they dropped $30 for a pair of tickets and just over an hour of entertainment, TR couldn't help

Consider your self a bit of a musician? Get some tips for your production machine.

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

In the first part of ExtremeTech's series on making a Home Music Production machine they covered some of the basics for set up; suggesting an OS and hard drive were two of the main points.  In this second part they assume the machine is built and running but the job is not yet finished as there are several OS tweaks to consider.  The article focuses on Win7 64bit edition and there are several services to turn of as well as some suggestions on where to get your audio drivers from.  If you are considering using a PC to enhance the music and content you create

Source: Extremetech

The only possible excuse for miming the use of a mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:21 PM |

The aptly named Mouseless is a way to use a mouse without the need for a physical lump o' plastic cupped in your hands.  It consists of an infrared laser beam and an infrared camera which are installed on the computer you will be using.  The beam projects over the surface your hand will be on while the camera keeps track of the motion of your hand and fingers as the way that they break the plane of the beam changes.  MAKE:Blog didn't find any open source plans for th

Source: MAKE: Blog

Something a little different in the form of Puzzle Agent

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2010 - 04:47 PM |

At just $10, Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent isn't much of an investment and it is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes point and click puzzle games.  The hook is the storyline that you follow and the characters that you will be clicking on, this type of game really allows dialogue to come through in a way unique to this genre.  From the reaction Ars Technica had to the game it might not be perfectly appropriate to play with young offspring it will at least kee

Source: 3DCenter

If you absotively posilutely have to have Flash on your iPad

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2010 - 04:31 PM |

If you can't give up your Flash apps Engadget can tell you about the Frash app, available to install on jailbroken iPads.  Once you've unlocked the iPad and have installed software able to communicate between your machine and iPad and installed Frash then you will get an 'F' icon on embedded Flash elements and clicking that will enable playback.  The app is still very young and the Flash playback is a little less smooth than you might want but at least you won't be

Source: engadget

A brief history of the second most used processor architecture

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

ARM thinks small but has grown larger than you might realize, there are an estimated 20 billion of the tiny processors in use.  Growing from a small co-processor that would happily work with several existing processors already available on the market to it's current status of comprehensive System on a Chip.  Strangely on of the biggest secrets of their success, the incredibly low power required to run these chips was not even a consideration in the original design of the chip but they have since realized and capitalized on that to ensure dominance in the embedded chip market.&nbsp

Source: The Inquirer