BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 7,
2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in
hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that BioWare Corp.
is integrating AGEIA PhysX™ technology into its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ for PCs and next-generation consoles
. BioWare
chose AGEIA PhysX for its unmatched physics capabilities and its
straightforward implementation across multiple platforms.

Source: AGEIA

Goof thing there's no shortage of virtual Lego

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits back and enjoys some old school Star Wars, with the second installment of Lego Star Wars.  Available on Xbox, Xbox360 and PC, they opted for the Xbox360 version, but the plot can't really change, now can it?  Great screenshots are just a click away.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adobe flashes Mozilla

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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Firefox continues to grow, first working directly with Microsoft on Vista compatibility, and now Adobe has handed them the keys to ActionScript.  Read more at Slashdot, about what this means for Firefox in the near future.

Source: Slashdot

Valve's belief in fully loaded cores

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2006 - 02:31 PM |
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Not content with just one core being run at 100%, Valve now plans to fully utilize 2 or 4 cores in it's games, depending on which chip you have.  [H]ard|OCP has a lot of info on how Valve plans to implement multi-core threading in it's games, and this includes giving entire cores to AIs so your enemies will truly be working in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We thrive on audience participation

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 05:50 PM |
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This week on the forums, a member's computer appeared to have been taken over by a special effect from the Matrix, and now all his games and even his desktop display his video card's cries of pain.  Another member is having some issues with installing WinXP on a RAID-0 on an A8N-SLI after a BIOS update.  Even just a quick visit to our storage forum, and BWM will teach you more about hard drives than you m

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EAX2.0 onboard, or not?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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The Tech Report does some serious investigation into 2 onboard EAX2 solutions, Analog Devices' AD1988B codec and Realtek's ALC882D.  This testing was initiated because of a White Paper published by Analog Devices, based on testing done by Creative.  Find out just how well onboard EAX2 really does work.

Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.