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Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 10:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo. While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect. It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common. The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 08:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out. They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins. No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire. If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2009 - 08:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan is not the only one impressed by the new multi-display technology AMD was displaying today, may sites had the exact same reaction. Take The Tech Report's initial thoughts on Eyefinity, for instance. They watched Dead Space being played on six Dell 30" monitors, @ 2560x1600, or in another way of speaking, more than 24 megapixels of 3D action @ 7680x3200. No details forthcoming on the GPU or memory yet, but it won't be long before we get to see some sol
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2009 - 08:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those anxiously awaiting the announcement of the release date for Diablo III might want to take a look at Torchlight. At PAX it was announced that the game will ship October 27th, giving dungeon crawlers everywhere a chance to feed their need. Rock, Paper, Shotgun
are hosting a trailer which you can see right here.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 07:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have gone out of your way to set up a nice HTPC system in a case that looks like a high end stereo component, pulling out a wireless mouse and keyboard ruins the illusion. A device like the Logitech Harmony 1100 which is a high tech remote doesn't quite capture the feeling that some HTPC enthusiasts desire. Why not pick up a controller that wouldn't look out of place in
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what some may see as a twist and others as to obvious to have talked about, the next low power processor to displace some of the Atom's market share will come from Intel. It is hard to know if this will be a case of Intel competing against its self or will the new SU4100 ULV
represent a different portion of the Atom's market that AMD's Yukon platform is aimed at until it is released.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 03:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
How is your holiday weekend going? Would you like to spend it reading about how some companies are spending $3.9 billion? As being reported on BusinessWire, and discussed earlier in the evening by SemiAccurate, ATIC, the company that owns GlobalFoundries (which used to be the manufacturing arm of AMD), is making a bid to pu
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 09:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you head on over to our Tech Talk Forum, you can get some hints on what our forum members consider the must have software for a PC. Once you have Windows installed, which programs do you have to have? If you are in the mood for something a little more light hearted, what is the strangest thing you have done to a PC or gadget? Dropping by the Processor forum will have you embroiled in a storm of AMD speculation and predi
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has lined to an article about Intel's upcoming flash memory add-on that calls its self Braidwood. The analyst who wrote the article speculates that it will be between 4 to 16GB of NAND memory will appear on motherboards in 2010, only raising the price of those boards by $20. Seeing as how Braidwood will be a new feature on motherboards that will speed up boot and load times, assuming it works properly of course, Intel is not likely to add it onto high e
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2009 - 07:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, California, eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Skype communications unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. The buyer, who will control an approximately 65 percent stake, is an investor group led by Silver Lake and includes Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 07:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Audio streaming from a PC to a stereo system is no longer an uncommon practise, especially if your system has HDMI out so that you can display HD video from your PC to your TV. A side effect of that is the appearance of a PC in close proximity to your TV and/or a profusion of wires running between the two. A company called Audioengine wants to solve your cable clutter with their AW1 Wireless Audio Sender/Receiver, a handy little USB based broadcaster and receiver. Check out the various configurations available
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trine gives you a chance to play three characters at one, a fighter, a thief and a mage that are all trapped in one body. You switch between them to progress through the game as each have different abilities. The fighter comes with a large sword suitable for bashing through hostiles and physical objects. The thief has a bow and arrow which can be used offensively or combined with a rope to give you access to otherwise impossible to reach areas. The mage has the most interesting ability, he can move objects and summon blocks and bridges.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what was the 2008 Olympic city
in Bejing the MSI sponsored 2009 Master Overclocking Arena took place. Tweaktown has reduced the competition to a 32 minute
video of extreme overclocking. The fastest parts on planet were combined with LN and the experience of the 20 teams that took place in the competition. Drop by and see what the record overclock is now.
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2009 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seems to be a lot on the way in the second half of 2009, with most of the attention on AMD and nVIDIA. AMD has just announced their 6 core Opteron EE is available and as it is a 40W processor it also counts as a low energy CPU. 6 cores without the power draw or temperature gain is good news for a lot of people, so DigiTimes' story will be music to a lot of ears.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world. They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye. They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system. Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things? Read on
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 10:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs. The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking. You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them. The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day. In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC. The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces. The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router. The problem is security. It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe. Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating. The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture. Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows. A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen. If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein. What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second. Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU