Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0. Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player. Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive. Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We saw a bit of this type of behaviour last week, spurned on by a certain German hurler, and it has spawned a popular new way to interface with your PC. BCCHardware had some fun working over a few old systems they had lying around, and a BBQ too. Check out the video on their site.
Shoot 'em up indeed.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like me, old media formats seem to accumulate faster than dust bunnies. Old audio tapes, 3.5" disks, even a few 5.25" disks are hiding in corners and flat surfaces everywhere, some that even have data I want to keep. By far, the media that consumes the most space is old VHS tapes. If you want to update those old movies you could buy a new version on DVD, or you can copy them onto new media yourself. Of course, for others, it is the vinyl tha
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone finds themselves much more impressed with Microsoft's Surface after watching an episode of DL.TV. The "coffee table" PC has an interface that has been very popular in movies for a while now, but hard to find in reality. The first time you run into Surface it will likely be in a retail store, possibly T-Mobile, and used as a selling aid. When you place a
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 19, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. AMD reported second quarter 2007 revenue of $1.378 billion, an operating loss of $457 million, and a net loss of $600 million, or $1.09 per share.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Novel tried holding a Hack Week, and Ars Technica spoke with Novell's chief open-source
strategy officer, Nat Friedmam about it. It involves Novel employees temporarily abandoning their current projects in favour of a free form week of writing open source software. Letting a bunch of programmers creativity loose was intended not only as stress relief, but also a chance to let the programmers work on projects that they would otherwise have difficulty justifying to their bosses.
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next Quakecon may be filled with a lot of new people who've never been there before ... console players. Id Software has decided to switch their focus. Now they won't be focusing on PC Games, but instead on consoles, to the point where every PC will have gamepads/controllers attached for testing, not the keyboard & mouse combo that defines PC gaming. Nor will they be pushing the limits of graphics cards anymore.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Professional audiophiles have had little say in the benchmarking suites we see during reviews, even when a sound card is under review. D.A.W. Bench aims to fix that, offering a way to compare audio quality and performance across multiple OSes. The Inquirer can give you an earful on this topic, if you let them.