Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226. Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well. None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses. Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release. If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived. Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City. The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now. Check out the full review.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist. bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview. They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA. They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice." That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come. As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons. A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon. Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face. Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on. It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs. According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected. This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected. Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.