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A Changing Audio Landscape

The thirst for High Definition content has now spread to audio on the PC. Asus is hoping to capitalize on this push by releasing a series of soundcards designed to be HDMI passthrough devices able to bitstream HD audio codecs such as TrueHD and DTS-HD. The HDAV 1.3 Slim is designed to be used in HTPCs of any size, and to be as transparent as possible to the user. Now... can Asus succeed there?

Watch out for bored ex-Multics admins up to mischief tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums.  If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters.  It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one!  Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en

Oops, TSMC did it again

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer.  The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth.  For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping

Source: Digitimes

Print yourself a circuit, stick LEDs on your Coors

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius. 
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board.  Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech.  Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.

Source: Hack a Day

Be smug with your smog mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI.  The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic.  Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest.  Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.

A fresh autumn Eve

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW.  Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs.  NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect.  Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview.  Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cable bills too high, internet too slow. Light up your own!

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it.  Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network.  Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network.  That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no

Source: Ars Technica

Open source audio support

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 06:07 PM |
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A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback.  That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers.  The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked.  If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li

Source: TECHGAGE

Let's hear it for liquid powder

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors.  They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines.  Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible.  Take a look at this first over at engadget.

Source: engadget

Pulling 100 cores out of a hat

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now.  They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007.  The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck.  Perhaps the most

Source: Wired News