New CUDA 4.0 Release Makes Parallel Programming Easier

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 01:03 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/2011 -- NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit for developing parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs.

The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features:

Source: NVIDIA

Want to encode video and play Metro 2033 at the same time? Lucid wants a word with you.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 12:39 PM |

Ryan has finally had a chance to play with the Lucid technology we saw at CES 2011, now that Lucid has had a chance to improve their software.  He saw exactly what we wanted to see from a performance perspective, encoding took advantage of the improvements SandyBridge offers and let the discreet GPU handle gaming responsibilities.  Unfortunately all was not perfect and there were a few specific flaws Ryan points out in his

The Colt revolver; 175 years of packing patented heat

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 06:17 PM |

It is currently calm in the PC Perspective forums, with few people looking to build new systems as

Taking the light out of LightPeak

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 01:56 PM |

The only real shocking thing about Thunderbolt is the name change, apart from that we have seen demo models for over a year, even the switch to copper was known in advance.  That reduction in bandwidth has made the initial implementation of Thunderbolt limited to PCI Express based data transfers and DisplayPort high resolution display output, all wrapped up into a single controller and a single cable.

Stick a bluetooth enabled Stone into your ear

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 05:26 PM |

The second iteration of the Jabra Stone is up for review at t-break.  The model they received was covered in leather, not plastic which gives it a very unique look and feel.  It is a little more than a headpiece as it can accept limited voice commands though the volume remains a physical switch.  Drop by to see if this is your next must have accessory for your cellphone.

Source: t-break

Intel looking to launch Light Peak tomorrow; Apple brands "Thunderbolt"

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 04:55 PM |

Earlier this week we got a cryptic note from Intel with only the following information:

On Thursday, Feb. 24, Intel will host a “Views at 10” press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market. We can’t provide you with more details at this time, but we believe this is an event that you won’t want to miss.

Bulletstorm: better on the console apparently

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 01:08 PM |

Ars Technica does not offer praise when examining Bulletstorm on the PC.  From requiring a Games for Windows Live account even for Steam versions, to a lock of 62fps maximum and very limited graphics options, the entire game thumbs it's nose at high end gaming machines.  Even better is the encryption on the .ini files, which are the files that advanced users edit to allow for advanced changes to the games settings.  It is fairly easy to unencrypt them

Source: Ars Technica

Second thoughts about upgrading enterprise servers to SSDs

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2011 - 11:52 AM |

Being a techie for a major company can be interesting, in that they are able to purchase kit you would never be able to afford on your own, which you can do 'stability testing' with.  On the other hand you have to comply with various regulations enforced by both your company and your clients.  One of the least enjoyable of those can be the safe destruction of data once a machine is retired, unless you are lucky enough to have an enjoyable way of doing it, as opposed to the tedium of a governm

Source: The Register

Trade in your mouse for an FPS gun?

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 04:02 PM |

The Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun is an attempt to change the world of gaming peripherals and at ~$50 it does not require a huge investment to experiment with.  As you can infer by the name, this will not replace a mouse for casual use, but for shooters it is a way to control your character in a different way.  Check out the full review at eTeknix to see

Source: eTeknix

Redoing SLI math with the 560GTX

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 01:13 PM |

With the release of the relatively inexpensive 460GTX, NVIDIA introduced an interesting choice for those looking for high end graphics, as in many scenarios it was cheaper and more effective to pick up a pair of 460GXTs that pay the price for the 480GTX.  Now that they have trumped that card with the new 560GTX as well as upping the stakes on the new 580GTX it is time to revisit the previous choice.  [H]ard|OCP paired two of MSI's $250

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel focusing on US manufacturing

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 12:42 PM |

Back in November Intel announced plans to build a new Fab in Oregon as well as upgrading the four existing Fabs in Oregon and Arizona to their new 22nm fabrication process.  Now they are planning on breaking more ground in Arizona, with a brand new facility called Fab 42 which will be producing a new generation of chips, down to the 14nm level according to DigiTimes.



Source: Digitimes

L. Ron hasn't had to pay taxes in 57 years!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 06:39 PM |

Isn't it awful when your PC appears to be playing Freeze Tag with someone who is not you?  Or when you are new to building machines and you can't shake the feeling you've forgotten someone?  In fact the entire Motherboard Forum is still awaiting SandyBridge's return after she stormed off earlier this month and a poor fellow who went

March Madness will actually be a run on P67 and H67 boards

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 02:46 PM |

DigiTimes has more good news for the early adopter, not a week after first hitting the production line, SandyBridge motherboards are headed to the major manufactures.  Some are so confident that they are releasing details on new laptops that will be using these B3 boards, including Toshiba.

Source: Digitimes

SoundBlaster diversifies; heads into the headset market

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 05:49 PM |

The Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset represents Sound Blaster's move into other markets now that they no longer have complete domination of the discreet sound card business.  They have a more hefty look than many others, with large padded earcups and a slender microphone boom.  As well the removable THX USB module that it comes with enables you to turn a headset using SP/DIF into a USB headset, as the module is essentially a self co

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD is splitting the Atom's market share

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 12:34 PM |

The Acer Aspire One 522 is a Brazos 10" netbook with a 720p display, a Fusion APU with Radeon graphics, an HDMI output, and Windows 7 for just over $300.  Playback of 1080p and 720p video was flawless, at least until the Tech Report tried streaming 720p YouTube videos with Flash 10.2.  They noticed some dropped frames and when they contacted AMD about that issue, AMD r

Another Zero Day Flaw to worry about

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 11:57 AM |

In pre-Vista versions of 64bit Windows it seems that not only has a vulnerability using BrowserWriteErrorLogEntry() and the mrxsmb.sys driver be discovered, it is already out there in the wild.  As The Register is quick to point out, in this particular case browser refers to how older versions of Windows discovered workgroups, domains, and the computers belonging to them, as opposed to being an IE flaw.

Source: The Register

Can't get enough TRON? Try a matching mouse and pad from Razer!

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 03:58 PM |

If you are unsure what the Razer TRON Gaming Mouse and Mat are, you are probably on the wrong page.  For those that are still riding the TRON wave, you can get a 290x207x3mm hard mouse pad and with a bioluminescent surface which glows after the mouse light has travelled over it.  The mouse, as mentioned, has several blue LEDs and a pattern reminiscent of the circuit paths prominent in the TRON movies.  Even the control software s

Did you know Crysis 2 is part of the "PC packaged goods market"

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 01:47 PM |

If you've had your head under a rock for this week, then you might not have heard that a version of Crysis 2 is available on torrent sites.  While not a finished version it should certainly give you more satisfaction than a YouTube video ...

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA is putting the super into superphone with Kal-El

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 12:44 PM |

Just two weeks after receiving the first silicon back from the Fab, NVIDIA is already demonstrating their new 40nm quad core Cortex A9 SoC called Kal El.  They've abandoned Tegra2 3D which was what we had originally believed would be the next generation of mobile chip, which was a faster clocked Tegra2 capable of 3D support in favour of this new(ish) chip architecture.  The GPU is also upgraded, AnandTech saw the demo model manage a 50Mbps 1440p H.264

Source: AnandTech