Bad Company 2 picks up on destructible terrain

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low.  The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them.  In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily. 

Source: Ars Technica

How much do you expect from a sub $100 netbook

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook.  Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net .  It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it.  Drop by Engadget and

Source: engadget

Headphones for those that wish to stay sonically and spiritually pure

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM |

Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones.  Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic.  That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound. 

More interesting reading that a cereal box

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like.  A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out.  That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect.  1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t

Source: Hexus

Birthday greetings to that Man in Black in the great beyond

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM |

There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging.  There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.

Time to toss out the i7 920

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM |

The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement.  It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x.  It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a long, long road to 22nm; but TSMCs heart is there

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM |

Fall 2012 might seem like a long way especially if you are an executive at TSMC, but that is the target for the switch to a 22nm process.  There is good news as well for 2010, we will see silicon oxynitride based 28nm at the end of June, its first high-k metal gate at the end of September and they hope to introduce low power HKMG before the end of the year.  This does put them behind Global Foundries, who were showing off actual 28nm product to Josh and Allyn

PC Gaming Update - Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2 Demo, and DRM

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM |

While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.

Source: General

RiiZE, LLC. Announces that its Industry First Gaming Service has entered the Free Open Beta Phase

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.

So you didn't get a beta key

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM |

There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously.  From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind.  Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer.  Wired talks about the new and how they will match you according to the skill

Source: Ars Technica