Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Protecting your investments is a good idea in business as well as in your personal life, which was what likely prompted nVIDIA to have their latest graphics card driver disable PhysX in a system with non-nVIDIA cards in it. A sub-set of those gamers who do use PhsyX utilize an AMD card for their graphics with an nVIDIA card to handle the PhysX processing but apparently using the 186 driver version will disable GPU PhsyX processing. PhysX has not had much success penetrating the market, those few games that utilize it do not really gain any benefits from PhsyX apart from a few visua
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
They need a small mouse.
So OCZ, makers of fine mice and occasionally RAM, has developed a mouse that is the Danny DeVito to the Behemoth's Ahnuld. The Eclipse does not have quite the DPI resolution of its larger twin but that didn't detract from the quality of the mouse, Hardware Secrets still found it quite usable. They did discover one or two problems mixed in with the good features so do check out their review before you buy one.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD may have scooped Intel, both in terms of the single GPU performance crown but also successfully dragging attention away from the Intel Developers Forum. If your attention did wander and you missed some of the news coming out of the IDF then The Hardware Zone has you covered. They have pictures of Paul Otellini waving around a 22nm wafer showing off the future of Intel's chip production, which yo
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better. As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that. If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it. You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry. From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously. That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney. We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!! Stay tuned!
UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino. Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today. We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for. The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow. Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music. The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using. Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t