Hot gaming on a cold planet

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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HEXUS has heard that the port of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is actually a total rewrite of the game.  While this may not satisfy those cynics who have played many a console game that has been ported to the PC, only to be terribly disappointed, the screenshots do show improvements to the graphics.  Capcom is planning on releasing a demo, so you will be able to test the game out before committing yourself.
Source: Hexus

OQO Model 2, take 2

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station.  The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours.  There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size.  The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse. 

Source: VIA Arena

A weighty mouse

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse.  With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to.  It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g.  The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.

Source: BurnOutPC

Conference, just in time

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 08:45 AM |
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In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco.  While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java.  Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.

Source: Phoronix

The anticipation grows

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 09:04 AM |
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The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson.  There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL).  Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures.  For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.

Source: The Inquirer

Delaying an extinction event

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 08:48 AM |
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The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade.  If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.

Source: The Register

An almost disposable MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 10:38 AM |
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Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone.  At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for.  It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere.  At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.

UMPC goes Pro

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 08:46 AM |
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VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with.  The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black.  Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.

Source: VIA Arena

Competition in an open source world

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code.  Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it.  Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.

Source: Mad Penguin

Lend us your ears

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think.  We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview.  Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.

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