ATIC bids to buy Chartered Semiconductor; GlobalFoundries smiles politely

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2009 - 11:23 PM |
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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

To labour, or to labor? Take Monday off and decide.

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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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

Releasing in reverse

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 4, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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We know all about the P55 motherboards that will support the upcoming Lynnfield processor, from features to retail price.  On the other hand we officially know nothing about the performance of the Core i5 series yet, though unofficially there have been a few leaks.  Now, Hardware Bistro has published a review of a family of Socket 1156 coolers from Arctic Cooling, extending our knowledge of this unreleased chip.  Lucki

I could tell you about this motherboard, but then I would have to kill you

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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Instead of an FTW or a Rampage, EVGA has opted to name its new motherboard the X58 SLI Classified.  This is their flagship board, with 4 PCIe 16x slots, a total of 9 SATA channels and 1 eSATA and 8 channel Realtec Audio along with a host of other extras.  It does lack 2oz copper shielding, 32 phase power and other features we have seen with the competitors high end x58 boards, something which may have contributed to the host of problems [H]ard|OCP encountered with this board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Luxa's luxurious enclosure

Subject: Systems | September 4, 2009 - 01:16 PM |
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A small brushed aluminium box that resembles a high end receiver hides inside of it just enough space for an HTPC.  The Luxa LM100 has a simple front panel with a small LCD display and a cover hiding firewire and other connectors.  Cooling comes in the form of several 50mm fans and any CPU heatsink you desire, as long as it is shorter than 10.2cm.  Check out SPCR's final v

Killing off SSDs before they get established?

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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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

Source: Slashdot

eBay Inc. Signs to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing Communications Business at $2.75 Billion

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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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.

Source: Skype

Eyewear extravaganza

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 3, 2009 - 02:48 PM |
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Active shutter technology for glasses to enable 3D displays were covered earlier, when discussing the upcoming 3D TVs from Sony.  There is another way you can choose to display your content, with glasses that you cannot see through.  The Vuzix iWear AV920 glasses convince your eyes you are watching a virtual 65" screen. 

Source: 3DCenter

Not your normal SSD

Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 12:48 PM |
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You would not commonly associate ExpressCards and SSDs, but that is exactly what Wintec decided to do with their FileMate SolidGO 24GB ExpressCard Ultra SSD.  If you have an ExpressCard slot on your PC or laptop, this device will provide you with read speeds of 115MB/s and write speeds of 65MB/s.  Bizarrely, that is exactly what the manufacturer claims, as well as what the testing at ModSynergy found, showing W

Source: ModSynergy

Shrinking those pixels for portability

Subject: Mobile | September 3, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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The Acer Aspire One 751h-1192 model that AnandTech will set you back $399, but there are other models out there on the attractive side of $350.  As they reviewed it, an Atom Z520 provides the processing power, the chipset is an Intel US15W + SCH LPC and 1GB of DDR2-667 rounds out this 11.6", 1366x768 netbook.

Source: AnandTech

Activate the glasses

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 3, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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The anaglyph style 3D glasses that failed to impress Ryan at Computex this year seem to have gone out of style in favour of active solutions like the nVIDIA 3D Vision glasses that Ryan preferred.  It looks like this technology will be spreading beyond the handful of 120Hz displays that are compatible with nVIDIA and other active shutter glasses as Sony announces plans to release 3D TVs in 2010. 

Source: Slashdot

Newegg decides they like to take advantage of our readers

Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 02:03 AM |
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I try not to get up in arms about pricing of particular components at different online retailers, but I really felt the need to bitch about this one.  Newegg, whom I usually recommend whole heartedly, simply decided to screw over the consumer this week on the nifty new Intel X25-M G2 SSDs that Allyn reviewed last month.

First time lucky

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 2, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Cool Age are based in Korea and are looking to build a reputation for quality heatsinks with their X120TF cooler.  It comes without a fan, which can be a blessing if you happen to have a preference in 120mm fans.  The fan choice will have an effect on the performance of the heatsink, but you will be building from a solid base.  Tech-Reviews managed to get an i7 920 up to a rock solid 4GHz and never saw 80C.  It looks like this is a company to watch.

Source: Tech-Reviews

Streaming without wires

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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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

Source: ModSynergy

ASUS has a new ION and a new slogan

Subject: Systems | September 2, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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The ASUS AT3N7A-I is Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection and will Perfectly suit your digital lifestyle.  It is also an Atom based system with 8 USB ports,1 PS2 port, HDMI and  VGA out, coax/optical out, eSATA, Ethernet and has six 1/8” jacks for analog audio out.  ASRock also has as new Ion machine out, a complete system with a mini-ITX case, power supply, 2GB of memory, DVD drive and a 320GB hard drive.  Find out how they compare to each other, as well as a Zotac unit over at AnandTe

Source: AnandTech

A puzzler with a split personality

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 01:08 PM |
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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. 

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The final results of MSI's MOA

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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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.

Source: TweakTown

It's not a nuclear wessel, but you should still head to Alameda

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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Ryan will be attending the AMD Experience Event on Sept. 10th on the deck of the USS Hornet and would love some company.  If you are anywhere near the San Fransisco Bay area and think that a trip to an aircraft carrier to see unreleased hardware and games as well as hanging out with AMD engineers sounds like a great time then you should head to this thread to find out how to attend for free

The happy lappy

Subject: Mobile | September 1, 2009 - 01:46 PM |
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The new PROLiNK netbook has a very happy name, the Glee TA-009.  An Atom N270 is paired with the Intel 945GSE
chipset and 1GB of DDR2 in a 10.1" form.  When VR-Zone cranked up Battery Eater, the tiny 3-cell LiON battery managed 1hr 41min 37sec
of running time, which is not too bad for the size of the battery.  See what you think of it after reading the whole review.

Source: VR-Zone