Games for Windows closes print mag, moves online only

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there.  I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well.  This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though

Source: Shacknews

Behind every pink slip is a silver lining?

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 09:02 AM |
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Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them.  If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently.  Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.

Source: The Inquirer

Ars Technica predicts the future of Windows

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 08:37 AM |
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Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future.  Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites.  As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS.  As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen

Source: Ars Technica

EA decides to not release Madden 09 on PC

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 10:21 AM |
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Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market.  Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc.   Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:

Source: The Inquirer

ITunes Overtakes Wal-Mart in Music Sales

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.

Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with Amazon.com and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.

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Squint your eyes and you can see Saturday from here

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3?  If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced.  There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t

Creative customer service

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently.  Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista.  Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card. 

Consistency is not necessarily a virtue

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 08:41 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 - 10:13 AM |
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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 - 09:00 AM |
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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