VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design wins Gold at Computex

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 2 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of ultra-mobile, power efficient x86 processor platforms, proudly announced today that the VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design has won the impressive Computex Taipei design and innovation Gold Award for 2008.

Source: VIA Arena
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Manufacturer: NVIDIA
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Its not X86, but who cares?

NVIDIA is releasing its new "system on a chip" product which promises to bring industry leading visual performance to handheld and mobile internet devices. Utilizing an Arm 11 processor to power the chip, NVIDIA has added a fully functional graphics part with 3D and video encode/decode functionality. The combination is one that NVIDIA hopes will lead the mobile revolution once 3G hits the streets en masse.

FIXED! Forums down for a bit

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2008 - 02:25 AM |
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Thanks to all who wrote in - yeah the forums are down for a bit of UNscheduled maintenance. But no worries, we have people on the job and they will hopefully be back Sunday sometime.

UPDATE - the forums are back up!  A huge thanks goes to our friends at eicomm.net and moreweb.com for helping me with the problem while I was flying across the globe!

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Time to break out that summer cooling gear

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 06:50 PM |
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While new technology is almost always a good thing, getting rid of old tech is not.  The parallel port still has not died, nor the 3.5" floppy or the PS-2 port.  There are probably even ISA slot holdouts, I know for a fact that there are still AGP addicts.  The newest forced obsolescence is causing a lot of FUD, so to properly understand the new Cable TV standards drop by this thread.  It won't help make your grandmother feel better about her old TV no longer receiving a signal, but it can help yo

MSI is showing off in Taipei

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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bit-tech was shown some interesting little previews by MSI.  You can see their planned new X58 chipset based motherboard and the Nehalem that will go into it, all 1366 pins of it.  Hard information on this pair of next generation silicon from Intel is still rather rare, but the pictures do tell a lot.

Source: bit-tech

Is the new Zune more in tune?

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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The new Microsoft Zune is 80GB, giving you plenty of space for videos to watch on it's 3.2" screen.  The large storage capacity and screen do make the Zune larger than the iCompetition, but not so much as to make it unattractive for many users.  The Zune Pass is also a new way to get your music, you are essentially renting it as opposed to buying it outright.  Drop by Digital Trends to see how well Microsoft managed with this new generation.

Be safe out there

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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Slow day on the computer, and maybe it seems like a good idea to kill some time with some random flash game?  Be very careful where you click today; there is a brand new flash vulnerability out there and it is spreading.  Slashdot offers some advice on avoiding the issue, some of it actually useful, and provides a link to more info on the vulnerability.

Source: Slashdot

They really are full of magic smoke though

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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There are a lot of myths about hard drives that many have come to believe are facts.  Have you ever heard someone say that to use a hard drive vertically, you have to format it in the vertical position?  Those are just some of the myths that TechARP busts in their new article.

Source: Tech ARP

Cutting back a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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If the rumours at DigiTimes are true, the P45 models will be the last time you see Universal abit motherboards.  This does raise the question of what abit will be selling if they do discontinue their motherboard line.  Is it possible they will go back to making graphics cards, or is something else on the horizon for them?

Source: Digitimes

The future of TV remotes is now

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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You knew it would happen sooner or later.   Having a half dozen universal remotes, each with 50 plus buttons just isn't enough to control a real multi-media system anymore.  Every component will find some way to make you use their remote, all they need to do is ensure one function doesn't have a button.  LogiTech has the answer, a full keyboard in a clamshell case.  Check out this remote to end all others at Overclockers Club.