Steve is going to be peeved

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Palm Pre has been heralded as the second coming of the iPhone and has had gadget freaks squealing in anticipation of its arrival.  It has arrived and already rumours are flying, shells are being stripped off and all of the wonderful engineering inside is exposed to the world.  It was thought that hiding in the code somewhere was a little something special and Hack A Day has confirmed it.  The Pre can pretend to be an Apple iPod and connect to iTunes.

Source: Hack a Day

Pure clicking satisfaction

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM |
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If you have fond memories of the sound and feel of the IBM Model M keyboard, R&B Mods has a treat for you; the rest of you membrane fans can pretty much skip their review of the i-Rocks Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard.  This 97 button keyboard uses mechanical switches for key depression, but not a buckling-spring keyswitch, so it isn't quite the same but still offers feedback.  It is a shiny black USB board however, and it sports a pair of USB plugs and blue LEDs under the three lock keys, which does make it a lot more modern looking.  Take a look and

Petrified Computer

Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent.  There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink.  An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.  The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed.  Drop by for a look at t

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


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It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Taipei is your tech target

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 4, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Ryan isn't the only one running back and forth between Nangang and the Taipei 101 tower, though he did post two new videos for you to check out.

Somebody is going to be awfully upset

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Back in March, former AOL head Jon Miller was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Hulu and has he got an announcement for you!  He "envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu ... are available only to subscribers.".

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel to Acquire Wind River Systems for Approximately $884 Million

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4, 2009 - Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.

Computex 2009: ASUS demos a possible future vision of technology and communication

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:30 AM |
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In what can be compared to the work Microsoft is doing with Surface devices, ASUS was demonstrating a mock up of a tabletop system that the company envisions the direction of technology and ubiquitous communication between cell phones, notebooks, cameras and even your dinner plate!

Computex 2009: Thermaltake Level 10 Chassis on Video

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2009 - 05:23 AM |
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Earlier this week I posted a photo preview of the new Thermaltake Level 10 chassis - a very unique design that you will either completely fall in love with or ...not.  I personally am pretty much in love with the looks and am curiously hesitant on the performance and function of the unit.

Now you can see a walk through on the design on video with help from Thermaltake's Ramsom Koay.

LIVE! This Week in Computer Hardware with Ryan Shrout and Leo Laporte

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Every Thursday at 6pm ET you can watch me, Ryan Shrout, host a show with Leo Laporte of TWiT and The Screen Savers fame on PC hardware.  You can watch it at Leo's site of you can click here and watch it right here on PC Perspective!

Corsair's powerful new flagship

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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Corsair has finally filled the gap between their 620W and their 1000W PSUs with the release of the Corsair HX850W
Not only does that fit them into the sweet spot for enthusiast power needs, it also signals a change in the internals of the PSU.  Previous models failed to impress [H]ard|OCP very much, they did the job but at a lower level than other PSUs of similar wattage.  Now we are seeing CWT's DSG platform inside, as opposed to t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

At least the technology is mature

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2009 - 01:46 PM |
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It has been going on long enough to have become a new tradition.  Intel has new chips to release, but they sit on them until AMD is scheduled to announce a new CPU and within hours of that announcement Intel is trying to steal back everyones attention by finally letting those chips loose.  The X2 250 and X2 550 were big releases, they are a big improvement from the previous architecture.

Holy monkey bladders, it's Monkey Island!

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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Guybrush Threepwood is back in two completely different ways, three including a cameo in a certain Civ4 mod. The first of the games being release is The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which is a remake of the 1990 classic.  Updated graphics, music and voice-overs from the original cast should keep those with no memories of the Island of Melee interested while the rest enjoy a little nostalgia.

Source: Offworld

Titillating Tessellation

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 3, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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At first glance, more news about tessellation in games raises very little interest; we have been hearing that it is just around the corner for almost a decade now.  A second look reveals that not only are they right this time, but AMD has the fully DX11 compliant 40nm silicon to prove it.  Sure the current generation of GPUs from AMD can do tessellation in benchmarks, but no games support the technology.  With DX11 we will finally see the arrival of tessellation as well as some other interesting improvements.  You can find pict

A good gaming case for around $100

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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Comparing the Antec 900 gaming case to the AZZA Solano 1000 seems fair, as both will run you the same amount of money, barring rebates.  The outside look is very similar, with top mounted buttons and inputs as well as a fan, but inside you can't help but notice some differences, like the 230mm side fan.  The intake fans are b

Great idea; lousy follow through

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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At first glance the ASUS W90Vp looks like one incredible laptop; you get a Q9000, dual 320GB HDD, and 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM @ DDR2-667. The LCD is a high quality 1080p display
which makes sense as there are a pair of mobility HD4870's in Crossfire inside this beast.  Unfortunately, those cards will lead you to discover something horrible about the state of AMDs mobile driver, as AnandTech realized when testing this laptop.  Check out this 12lb powerhouse here.

Source: AnandTech

Say goodbye to an old friend

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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The Brisbane core has been with us for quite a while now, powering the majority of new AMD builds and now it is finally time to retire.  New on the stage is the 3GHz Athlon II X2 250, the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X2 550 (Black Edition), and last but not least is the Phenom II X4 905E.  Not only are we seeing new chip designs; we are also seeing a new manufacturer, as this is our introduction to chips fabbed my Global Foundries.  To get the bad news out of the way, when Josh tested it against the 3.16GHz E8500, the Intel chip still maintained a performance lead.

Sing along with Jen-Hsun

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 2, 2009 - 12:49 PM |
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"C is for CUDA, that's good enough for thee!"

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Nano Processor Powers New Tongfong Thin and Light Notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform by Tongfong, one of China's leading notebook providers, for their new Tongfong S30A 13.3" thin and light notebook.

The Tongfong S30A includes the high performance yet power efficient 64-bit 1.3GHz+ VIA Nano U2250 processor coupled with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics for an HD video proficient, DirectX 10.1 certified notebook.