Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies. At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time? Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck. No guarantees that they make you look stylish.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa. The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square. The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture. ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again. Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name. Time to start making decoder rings! DigiTimes has a bit more info here.
Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market. Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears. Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.
Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer. It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard. These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10. If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for. They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences. Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style. There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox. If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2007 - Intel Corporation and Google joined with Dell, EDS, the Environmental Protection Agency, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric, World Wildlife Fund, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their intent to form the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (www.climatesaverscomputing.org).
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are getting tired of rooting through the snake nest that hides behind your PC, fishing for a dropped microphone or mouse, then drop by The Tech Lounge. They try several products from CableOrganizer, in the hopes of not only cleaning up their space, but preventing the possibility of stepping on any important cabling.
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