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Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The philosophy behind Ars' publishing of their system rescue guide is ... "Never ask "should I be paranoid about losing my data?" Ask "just how paranoid should I be about losing my data?"
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Josh Walrath
The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD. The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap. The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige. In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same. While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg. If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license. However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does? According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries. The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone. If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage. The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups. Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet. In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection. Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice. The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog mouse bears a remarkable similarity to both the Cyber Snipa and Ace with some individualized tweaks. The overall shape almost appears shortened as the mouse is quite tall and has an rest for your thumb and one for the fingers on the outside of your hand.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's soft launch of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 took place at PAX East, which gave TechREACTION a chance to sit down and chat with Bryan Del Rizzo after the announcement. They talk about the delays and rumours over the past few months as nVIDIA fed out information about Fermi, along with where he feels Fermi will fit into the current market. Drop by and see what nVIDIA feels about their newest processors after the link.
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have big ears, or as OC3D points out, if you played rugby or boxed then the new SteelSeries Siberia V2
headset is worth a look as the headset sports rather large earcups. It sports a retractable microphone which can be pulled out of the left earcup when needed and slides back in when not in use as opposed to swinging up and sticking out from your head at an odd angle like most do. The sound quality made OC3D quite happy, both in au
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future. Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market. In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware. The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive. There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 09:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (March 24, 2010) - Today’s devices like Digital Cameras, HD Camcorders, Multi-Gigabyte Media Players, Digital Video Recorders, and external Storage Devices along with the rapid rise in consumer needs for portable High-Definition media content place an ever increasing demand on data transfers. USB 2.0 has been the interface standard for years between peripheral devices and host platforms but is no longer fast enough for the growing demands of these bandwidth hungry devices and future hardware.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two major questions in the minds of everyone looking to pick up the PC version of Metro 2033. The first being what kind of CPU power you need and the second involving the class of GPU needed to see all the bells, whistles and sparkles. Thankfully there are sites devoted to answering just those questions, saving you from having to buy numerous CPUs and GPUs just to find out yourself; feel free to do so if you wish however.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday's slip by Gigabyte in a compatiblity list, which hinted at the existence of an unlockable Intel CPU, the Core i7-875K. DigiTimes has also heard this from their sources, though they heard tell of a pair of processors, as the 655K accompany the 875K in a release scheduled some time in June or July.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX900 media system processor, a full featured single chip solution that will be coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 Series processors to bring truly stunning video playback to the latest HD online video services.
"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," sa
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A prototype being developed in a joint project between Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University called Skinput might have found a way to make wearable computers a little less obvious and difficult to use. Previous attempts have been made varying from strapping miniaturized keyboards to arms to new ways of gestural based input involving odd finger contortions and connections. This particular incarnation consists of a wristband sporting arrays of 5 grouped sensors for a total of 100, and an optional pico-projector all of which work together to allow you to type on your hands and wris
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a piece of news and links to some speculation about a little something that was spotted in a Gigabyte BIOS support list, the Core i7-875K. Its specs parallel the Core i7-870 and since Intel seems to have already settled on a naming scheme for its six core processors it is unlikely to be an i7-870 with an extra pair of cores. The current belief is that like the Core 2 Duo E6500K which had a very limited release, that it will be an unlocked processor, making K the equivalent to an AMD Black Edition CPU.