Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake. Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game. Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had a chance to check out MSI's new production facility in Shanghai. Get a sneak peek at the new laptops for 2008 and a glance at the production of motherboards and laptops. This is only day one, so keep an eye out for the rest of the tour. And stuffy stuff!!!
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 17, 2007 --Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world's first PC processors to integrate three computational cores on a single die of silicon, can help deliver the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of true multi-core technology to a broader audience.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models. Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times. This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today. Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years? The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers. They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible. Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them. The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes. It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch. The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV. Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.