Consistency is not necessarily a virtue

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS.  Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions.  The Tech Report tested that theory out

Intel and Epic Games Launch '$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.

One of these chips is not like the others

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors.  The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper.  However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into.  That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours.  You have been warned.

Source: Tech ARP

Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.

Play a different kind of predator

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about.  It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang.  [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel is thinking small at IDF

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you.  There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices.  You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.

A real shoot 'em up

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Zalman wants to make your FPS gaming a little more fun with their FPSGUN FG-1000 Gun Style Gaming Mouse.  Just like it sounds, it is a mouse with a vaguely pistol like grip, and rather uniquely placed buttons.  At first glance it seems built to satisfy those gamers who feel a joystick is the best way to control and FPS, but Digit Life's testing show that this mouse may garner a bit more attention. 

Source: Digit Life

Today it's more like 10 to 30%

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an absolutely shocking story; the intertubes are chuck full of cholesterol.  Arbor Networks analyzed the data from about 1,300 routers over 18 months, and found between 1% to 3% of the network traffic was consistently garbage.  Even better, it appears that you can rent that garbage from shady characters on a monthly basis, and use it to launch DDOS attacks.

Psst, buddy ... wanna buy some bandwidth?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

This means war

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well.  Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either.  With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating.  TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.