Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aion The Tower of Infinity is a new MMORPG with a few interesting twists, the most noticeable is that just about everyone is a flying supermodel. The graphics are impressive for an online game and Aion takes advantage of that when you create the face of your character. They do not skimp on the scenery and atmosphere either, all of which are much more detailed and interesting than others in this genre. The levelling system allows you to avoid grinding, crafting will also help you gain experience to help you reach level 25, when you sprout wings and can start PvP play.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan spotted a bit of news yesterday which places Tegra in the upcoming Nintendo hand held, currently called Nintendo TS. There is more good news for nVIDIA spotted by SemiAccurate, the new Mobinnova
3G Smartbook, named the Beam, will sport a Tegra 650 SoC and run Windows CE. It will be interesting to see if the battery life is indeed as long as they claim; any system that can provide a full days work without a recharge is going to be very popular
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is very important not to lose your sense of play as you work and somehow the tech community has no problems doing so, as evidenced by the amount of easter eggs that have accompanied our hardware and software. Software easter eggs are most often found in games, but there have been a few office applications that either have them in obvious spots or hidden away in the code. Hack a Day wants to gather all of the best hardware hacks, messages on tracings on PCBs or inside cases, but somewhere you wouldn't notice unless you were actually working with the hardware.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 10:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has been about nVIDIA, but not in the way they might want. From the predictions of nVIDIA's complete withdrawal
from the high end market by an infamous member of the tech community to the article
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Oct. 8, 2009 - AMD
AMD) and CyberLink Corp
companies are expanding their existing engineering engagement with a
strategic focus on Microsoft DirectX 11 DirectCompute, taking advantage
of the capabilities of AMD's new DirectX 11-capable graphics
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abandoning the river theme, AMD seems to be looking to the stars to see its future platforms, Dragon being replaced with Leo next year and Scorpius to follow in 2011. Scorpius will feature a 32nm Zambezi CPU
sporting four cores at the very least, along with an integrated DDR3 controller and fit into a Revision 2 AM3 socket, just to make CPU sockets even more confusing. SemiAccurate also touches on their plans for an Accelerated Processor Unit which brings a GPU on board.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is comparing the performance of the mobile versions of the Core i7 processor. The mobile version of the P55, along with mobile 920, 820 and 720 processors are all arriving soon. In this case the 920XM is compared to its non-mobile cousins in their latest article. The 17.1" Clevo's W870CU
is the laptop they are using, plugged firmly into the mains as this 9lb powerhouse is only technically mobile, not really feasibly portable.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions. Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years. Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google. Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill. One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down. There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission. The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun.
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go. DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market. A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR. Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m