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

6 cores and more, what CPUs you should expect to see in the coming months

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM |

DigiTimes has posted an unofficial timeline for releases over the coming year and most of the news is about AMD.  Sure, Intel's new dual and quad core i5's and i3's are interesting, but we have been waiting for AMDs new line of chips for a long time now.  The second quarter will see three Phenom II X6 models which will probably not quite match the Core i7 980X but it is expected to hit the streets at a price about 20% of the Intel part.  That difference in price is going to make a big impact on enthu

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

AMD for the Common Gaming Good?

AMD is pushing for a new level of cooperation between game developers and hardware vendors - specifically in the areas of stereoscopic 3D (or S3D) and in-game physics. AMD's strategy is to open up the APIs so that any developer can take advantage of S3D and physics regardless of their choice of hardware underneath.

Source: Joystiq

GRB 080319B, aka the Clarke Event; the greatest light show you might have seen

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 07:05 PM |

The joys of the PC, building your own rig, cleaning off strange crud, customizing a watercooling setup for it, diagnosing random crashes when you game on the PC, the fun never endsEven your virtual hardware can drive you batty.

Gigabyte's slip is to the gain of anyone wondering about 6 core AMD CPUs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 12:10 PM |

The quick eyes at The Inquirer spotted a nice tidbit of information released by Gigabyte accidentally.  They revealed the clock speeds of two of AMD's upcoming 6 core CPUs in a BIOS update that were enough to determine the clock speeds with the help of the leaked CPU list. Unfortunately what was not leaked were MRSPs for the CPUs so the pricing is still a bit of a mystery.  We can be sure that it will be less than the $999 Intel is charging for the Core i7 980X.

Source: The Inquirer

Can Google make it on the small screen?

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2010 - 12:21 PM |

Microsoft tried and failed miserably with their WebTV/MSN TV
initiative to bring the functionality of a PC to the TV.  AppleTV did a little better but never really caught on.  Now Google, in association with Intel and Sony, are trying out set top box technology on the Dish Network.  They hope to make hitting sites like Twitter and Picasa as easy as changing the channel.  Of course, hitting those sites is as easy as that on a PC, and services like Hulu or the actual network stations themselves make getting your TV shows just as easy.  The question seems to be if anyone

Source: Wired News

Yet another not yet released Blizzard game teaser

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM |

Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased.  From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities. 
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can

Source: The Escapist