Tech Report's Best (and worst) of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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The Tech Report has developed a split personality.  While looking at what is coming up for 2007 at CES they are also looking back at 2006.  Read on to revisit some of the defining technology from 2006, and some of the worst flops as well.

AMD 'BETTER BY DESIGN' PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 9, 2007 — At CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the Better by Design program, a first-of-its kind initiative highlighting outstanding performance and superior technologies in desktop and notebook PCs designed by leading global OEMs. With the impending launch of Microsoft Windows Vista™, the world is moving to a new level of computing experience with increased emphasis on performance, graphics, and mobility.

Source: AMD

AMD Awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy for Graphics Excellence

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 9, 2007 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award to AMD (NYSE: AMD) for its industry-leading ATI Radeon(tm) 9700 technology. This award for Pioneering Work in Near and Real-Time fully programmable Shading via Modern Graphics Processors will be formally announced during an award ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Source: AMD

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Unveils First Ever High-Definition Digital Cable TV Tuner

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Jan. 8, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner — the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

Source: AMD

Cooler Master invites you to join CM Film Contest and win $1,000USD

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Looking for a global outlet to express your creativity and excitement in life? Cooler Master is now offering you an opportunity for your voices to be heard. No boundaries or language barriers, simply upload your short film to any public vlog and provide us the link, you will be connected to people from all over the world in no time. The best thing is once your film is selected, it will be shown on our 2007 CeBIT booth, talking about maximum exposure!!!

A new year at the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net.  A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.

Razer makes some noise

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card.  Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.

Source: OCIA

GTA - FarCry style

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D