Home theatre in a small box

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 04:22 PM |
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A True Review looks at the new Soundmatters FULLstageHD Audio System, which is composed of a reciever and a subwoofer.  It claims to provide High Definition 2.1 sound with  only that subwoofer needed.  Read on to find out if they managed to do it.

"Some time ago, I reviewed an impressive single piece audio system — the MAINstage from Soundmatters.

Have a blast on Independance Day

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has several links on how to have a bit o' fun making or photographing fireworks.  Drop by and see if any of their tips can make your holiday brighter, and maybe safer too!

"Spark it up for the Fourth with your own home brewed sparklers! United Nuclear has the goods you'll

need & Wired has a geek fireworks guide, from detonators to taking photos"

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Source: MAKE: Blog

Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Yes, you still have to brush them

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Over at Slashdot, there is an article about some very Sci-Fi testing that has completed at the University of Alberta.  Using ultrasound and an implanted wireless device, they have regrown diseased and damaged teeth to perfect health.  Eventually they figure to be able to use it on any bone in the body.

Source: Slashdot

Antibacterial keyboard

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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The Fellowes Split Design Keyboard that XYZ Computing tested looks like many split design keyboards, but with an extra feature.  It has "Microban coating is designed to prevent microbe growth in order to stop
the growth of the bacteria which can ultimately cause stains, odors,
and hurt the life of the product
".  This may keep it clean and smelling fresh(?), but they also warn that it is NOT designed to "p

Hexus presents their Computex Best of Show picks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Drop by for a look at the winners in 10 different categories, and even more pictures of the show, and the winning products of course.

Source: Hexus

Has Creative managed to wound Apple?

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Hardware Zone has written a review of the brand new Creative Zen 5.  There are 2 main varieties, the Zen and the Zen Plus, with the difference being the Plus' ability to recieve FM radio.  Available in 1, 2 and 4 GB models, this could certainly be an alternative to the iPod Video.

"Creative has launched the latest ZEN V PLUS - an extremely small and hardy audio player that features

video playback on a rich 1.5-inch OLED screen."

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Getting a look behind the scenes of DX10 development

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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ExtremeTech sits down with Chris Donahue and David Blythe to talk about Vista's new Direct X.  Take a peek at the power behind Shader Model 4, which will be used in DX10, the graphics pipeline model, and more.

Source: Extremetech

Sneaking out of Computex to see ECS' factory

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done.  Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.

Take to the skies

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action.  Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.

"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in

planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a

battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP