A breath of fresh audio

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788.  The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno.  Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.

Internet killed the magazine star

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 09:25 AM |
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E-books are having a hard time catching on.  Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use.  You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time. 

Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly.  Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Douglas Grose to Lead Worldwide Technology Development and Manufacturing Operations

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 08:53 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Feb. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Douglas Grose has been appointed to the role of senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain at AMD.  In this role, Grose will have global responsibility for AMD's global manufacturing and process technology operations as well as overall supply chain management.  Manufacturing responsibilities include AMD-owned facilities as well as all current foundry relationships.

Source: AMD

Use our forums as your pregame show

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 04:04 PM |
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First off, we at the PC Perspective forums want to make sure you have a safe SuperBowl weekend, so don't go getting a Trojan.

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Look at the pretty pictures!

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 09:51 AM |
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HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10.  Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like.  With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.

Source: Hexus

Not your father's Superbowl

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday.  Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players?  Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux?  Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi

Source: AnandTech

Codec Talk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC?  Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference?  Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what.  Get over there and get in the know.

Source: Big Bruin

A BSOD for your Smart Phone

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 09:34 AM |
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CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash.  The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.

Early adoption blues

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 09:13 AM |
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So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition.  Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together.  As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.