SteelSeries' new headphones have big cans

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 01:34 PM |

If you have big ears, or as OC3D points out, if you played rugby or boxed then the new SteelSeries Siberia V2
is worth a look as the headset sports rather large earcups.  It sports a retractable microphone which can be pulled out of the left earcup when needed and slides back in when not in use as opposed to swinging up and sticking out from your head at an odd angle like most do.  The sound quality made OC3D quite happy, both in au

Source: Overclock3D

Microsoft has its head firmly in the clouds

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future.  Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.

Source: Ars Technica

Jon Peddie acknowledges the Enthusiast segment

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM |

Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market.  In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware.  The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive.  There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see

ASUS First to Offer USB 3.0 across Multiple Product Lines

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 09:05 PM |

Fremont, CA (March 24, 2010) - Today’s devices like Digital Cameras, HD Camcorders, Multi-Gigabyte Media Players, Digital Video Recorders, and external Storage Devices along with the rapid rise in consumer needs for portable High-Definition media content place an ever increasing demand on data transfers. USB 2.0 has been the interface standard for years between peripheral devices and host platforms but is no longer fast enough for the growing demands of these bandwidth hungry devices and future hardware.

Source: ASUS

Metro 2033 dissected before your very eyes

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 01:25 PM |

There are two major questions in the minds of everyone looking to pick up the PC version of Metro 2033.  The first being what kind of CPU power you need and the second involving the class of GPU needed to see all the bells, whistles and sparkles.  Thankfully there are sites devoted to answering just those questions, saving you from having to buy numerous CPUs and GPUs just to find out yourself; feel free to do so if you wish however.

About those unlockable Intel CPUS and the many cores of Opteron

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 12:46 PM |

Yesterday's slip by Gigabyte in a compatiblity list, which hinted at the existence of an unlockable Intel CPU, the Core i7-875K.  DigiTimes has also heard this from their sources, though they heard tell of a pair of processors, as the 655K accompany the 875K in a release scheduled some time in June or July. 

VIA Takes the Jitters Out of Online HD Video

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 01:39 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX900 media system processor, a full featured single chip solution that will be coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 Series processors to bring truly stunning video playback to the latest HD online video services.

"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," sa

A better way to wearable computing

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

A prototype being developed in a joint project between Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University called Skinput might have found a way to make wearable computers a little less obvious and difficult to use.  Previous attempts have been made varying from strapping miniaturized keyboards to arms to new ways of gestural based input involving odd finger contortions and connections.  This particular incarnation consists of a wristband sporting arrays of 5 grouped sensors for a total of 100, and an optional pico-projector all of which work together to allow you to type on your hands and wris

Source: Extremetech

The mysterious Core i7-875K, could K be the new black?

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:03 PM |

There is a piece of news and links to some speculation about a little something that was spotted in a Gigabyte BIOS support list, the Core i7-875K.  Its specs parallel the Core i7-870 and since Intel seems to have already settled on a naming scheme for its six core processors it is unlikely to be an i7-870 with an extra pair of cores.  The current belief is that like the Core 2 Duo E6500K which had a very limited release, that it will be an unlocked processor, making K the equivalent to an AMD Black Edition CPU.  

Able Planet's headphones allow you to choose what vibrates your ear drum

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 06:01 PM |

Able Planet's NC300B feature active noise cancellation so make sure you bring extra batteries if blocking out the sounds of the world around you is your primary motive for wearing full earcup headphones.  The noise cancellation means that ventilation has been excluded so you might find your ears growing a little warm and not just because people are talking about you; extended use might be uncomfortable for that reason but not because of the band res

Source: Tweaknews