Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future. Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market. In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware. The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive. There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 09:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (March 24, 2010) - Today’s devices like Digital Cameras, HD Camcorders, Multi-Gigabyte Media Players, Digital Video Recorders, and external Storage Devices along with the rapid rise in consumer needs for portable High-Definition media content place an ever increasing demand on data transfers. USB 2.0 has been the interface standard for years between peripheral devices and host platforms but is no longer fast enough for the growing demands of these bandwidth hungry devices and future hardware.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two major questions in the minds of everyone looking to pick up the PC version of Metro 2033. The first being what kind of CPU power you need and the second involving the class of GPU needed to see all the bells, whistles and sparkles. Thankfully there are sites devoted to answering just those questions, saving you from having to buy numerous CPUs and GPUs just to find out yourself; feel free to do so if you wish however.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday's slip by Gigabyte in a compatiblity list, which hinted at the existence of an unlockable Intel CPU, the Core i7-875K. DigiTimes has also heard this from their sources, though they heard tell of a pair of processors, as the 655K accompany the 875K in a release scheduled some time in June or July.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX900 media system processor, a full featured single chip solution that will be coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 Series processors to bring truly stunning video playback to the latest HD online video services.
"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," sa
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A prototype being developed in a joint project between Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University called Skinput might have found a way to make wearable computers a little less obvious and difficult to use. Previous attempts have been made varying from strapping miniaturized keyboards to arms to new ways of gestural based input involving odd finger contortions and connections. This particular incarnation consists of a wristband sporting arrays of 5 grouped sensors for a total of 100, and an optional pico-projector all of which work together to allow you to type on your hands and wris
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a piece of news and links to some speculation about a little something that was spotted in a Gigabyte BIOS support list, the Core i7-875K. Its specs parallel the Core i7-870 and since Intel seems to have already settled on a naming scheme for its six core processors it is unlikely to be an i7-870 with an extra pair of cores. The current belief is that like the Core 2 Duo E6500K which had a very limited release, that it will be an unlocked processor, making K the equivalent to an AMD Black Edition CPU.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Able Planet's NC300B feature active noise cancellation so make sure you bring extra batteries if blocking out the sounds of the world around you is your primary motive for wearing full earcup headphones. The noise cancellation means that ventilation has been excluded so you might find your ears growing a little warm and not just because people are talking about you; extended use might be uncomfortable for that reason but not because of the band res
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has posted an unofficial timeline for releases over the coming year and most of the news is about AMD. Sure, Intel's new dual and quad core i5's and i3's are interesting, but we have been waiting for AMDs new line of chips for a long time now. The second quarter will see three Phenom II X6 models which will probably not quite match the Core i7 980X but it is expected to hit the streets at a price about 20% of the Intel part. That difference in price is going to make a big impact on enthu