Smooth moves from Project Natal

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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If you don't recognize the name Johnny Chung Lee, get thee self to You Tube for some background, like this video, or this one

Source: engadget

AMD lowers prices for ATI Radeon HD 4000-series GPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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Right now on NewEgg you can grab a 512MB version of the HD4870 for $125, the 1GB model for a whole $20 more. 
If that isn't enough power for you, go all the way up to $185 and you can

Source: Digitimes

Boy, the way Glenn Miller played ...

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:45 PM |
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Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media.  The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile.  Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace.  If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re

Source: TweakTown

Not a laptop!

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs.  According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has

"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"

A new hit from an old master

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom.  If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes.  The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras.  For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n

Source: TECHGAGE

Form, function and the HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers. 
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers.  As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought.   They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.

It really is super speedy

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC.  They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device.  Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.

Source: engadget

Video: This Week in Computer Hardware #27 and PCPer Podcast #59

Subject: Editorial | June 10, 2009 - 09:44 PM |
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Last week I was in Taipei for Computex 2009, which you can read all of our coverage about here, but we still attempted to record our weekly shows, This Week in Computer Hardware and the PC Perspective Podcast.  If you missed those shows (shame on you) I have them posted below in their live VIDEO versions below.  Of course, if you haven't subscribed to our podcast feed, you definitely should do so RIGHT NOW!

Bigger than you think

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM |
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If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Pine Trail could arrive as quickly as October

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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According to a very brief report on Digitimes, the Intel Pine Trail platform could arrive as soon as October.  You might remember our first look at the Pine Trail technology last month; Intel is essentially updating the Atom processor to including an on-die memory controller and graphics core. 

Source: Digitimes

Stratified silicon

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 04:18 PM |
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Choices for CPUs to power your boxen are not limited right now.  To prove that point, The Tech Report picked up over a dozen different processors to test on various scales.

Know your codenames: AMD 40nm DX11 is Cyprus and Juniper

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM |
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Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong.  We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already. 

EVGA looks to be planning on joing Intel for Larrabee

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM |
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There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010. 

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Good things come in pairs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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At $420 the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid case is a serious investment, but one which will not disappoint the hardcore overclocker.  Built right into the case is an aluminium box which houses a pump and a reservoir, and there are two big radiators included as well.  Everything you need to set up a cooling loop comes with the case, and there are quite a few fans as well to ensure everything stays nice and cool.&

Source: Bjorn3D

Thank you for calling Ghostbusters, to ensure quick service please remain on hold ...

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers.  If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version.  Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try.  Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso

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AMD grabs the mobility market from under Intel

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD.  AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self.  The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern.  Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

New Hyperion Pro driver out

Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.

Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:

INF V3.10A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85

VIA and ArcSoft Bring Full HD Audio to Home Theatre PCs

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 11:15 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.

With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo

Source: VIA Arena

Power supply autopsy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2009 - 05:23 PM |
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Hardware Secrets stumbled upon the Akasa Paxpower 500 W
PSU, a company they had never heard of before offering a PSU who's statistics make it attractive to most users.  The pair of 12V rails offering 18A each will power most graphics cards and the 500W peak power should keep the rest of the system content.  First they dissected the PSU and checked each component for quality, then they proceeded to test the PSU in a system.  They did run into an interesting snag when they fully loaded both 12V rails at 500W, the PSU would not switch on until they removed the load from one of th

All the cool kids have them

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now.  They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ.  They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases.  Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.

Source: AnandTech