Vibro; an audio trick in a box

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM |
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The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers.  Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers.  You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk.  The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho

Overclocking is a breeze with the EAH5750 Formula

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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For $140 you can pick up the 1GB ASUS EAH5750 Formula and BattleForge over at Newegg, not the cheapest of the HD5750s but certainly worth a look.  The Formula portion of its name denotes the fact that it sports a large cooler, supposedly 13% better than the stock parts.  The card is not factory overclocked, the frequencies are stock;

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Google polishes up their Chrome

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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Google Chrome has turned 4 (.0.249.78) and Ars Technica tried it out so they could tell you what's new.  An Extension Manager now exists for keeping track of and modifying your installed instructions; you can pick some up here if you haven't.  The extensions may seem limited compared to Firefox now, but it will grow as people develop more, for both Google's browser and its op

Source: Ars Technica

Probably not far from the truth

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 10:51 PM |
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Apple brainstorms a new product the night before a big press conference.
It's the night before the big announcement, and what if Apple's product development was managed like my old student projects? I suppose this is why I'm not working for Apple.

This will just lead to you getting hooked on a harder, more expensive mouse

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 02:06 PM |
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At a hair over $40 the SteelSeries Kinzu
gaming mouse
could be considered a gateway mouse.  Not too expensive to scare people off, but with just enough features to have them glancing at the more expensive mice with their fancy macro buttons and other features.  It is totally driverless and its sensitivity ranges from 400 - 3200 DPI and it has three buttons which can be assigned to three different profiles. 

Source: techPowerUp!

nVIDIA and RAMBUS aren't done with each other yet

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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The US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Office are not on the same page when they are talking about nVIDIA's borrowing of RAMBUS technology for their memory controllers on just about every product they are currently selling.  According to the ITC, nVIDIA has infringed on 3 patented technologies and that nVIDIA will be unable to import any product utilizing them, again every product nVIDIA sells.  On the flip side, the Patent Office thought that the claims were groundless and that nVIDIA should have no restrictions on bringing their products into the US to sell. 

Source: The Register

A 10 year old that is fun to hang out with

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 06:05 PM |
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The classic PC Perspective podcast crew is back this week in the 90th episode, where the big news we covered was, nVIDIA's long overdue update to its GPU, or GPGPU depending on how you look at it.  That is not all that was covered, there is a good 80 minutes of coverage.  Those of you who use Chrome can also benefit from a nice little upgrade at Vimeo, an HTML 5 player.  Past episodes, such as last weeks can be more easily viewed thanks to the ability to abandon Flash. 

Microsoft on the go has some new flavours

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM |
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The 2010 Mobile World Congress will be held February 15-18th, in Barcelona Spain and will feature the release of Windows Mobile 6.6, something that hasn't been a secret.  That DigiTimes found out the date of the release of WM7 is news.  It will first be available to Microsoft's partners in November of this year, so some time in early 2011 you can expect to see the new face of Windows on LGE and HTC appliances in addition to their current customers.  The new version will offer support for Z

Source: Digitimes

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Free Software Edition

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM |
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There are a trio of interesting tidbits from the free software world, a pair from the Register, that prove that you sometimes do indeed get what you paid for.  To start with the worst bit of news, there is a buffer and integer overflow vulnerability in Shockwave that affects both Mac and Windows versions.  Adobe has come up with a patch, but not one you are going to see a lot of people installing.  In order to patch you will first have to uninstall your current version, then reboot and finally do a fresh install of the new version. 

Source: The Register

The price is unknown, but the earphones come with high recommendations

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 05:17 PM |
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You have probably heard of the notable company titled Arctic Cooling, famous for their muted heatsinks and heralded for their thermal paste.  TweakTown is piping up about a hot new component to their business, Arctic Sounds, which promises to radiate cool music into your ears with their E361-WM Earphones.  Arctic Sounds distributes several sized silicone adaptors which should be compatible with all current generation ear canal layouts as well as a microphone if you wish to

Source: TweakTown