... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |
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That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Extra storage space, and cheats

Subject: Storage | May 15, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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The Lexar Gaming Edition 2GB SD Card and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is for console gamers looking for some extra space and a few cheats tossed in as a bonus.  They will work with the PS3 and Wii, and with the Xploder Lite software you can even get some save games for a few popular titles.  Check it out at Red & Blackness Mods.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D

XFX does DDR3 right

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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The XFX 790i Ultra is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, and they are impressed.  The new MCP made overclocking a breeze, and totally changed their opinion on recent nVIDIA chipsets.  If you are planning on a new system with DDR3 and support for 3 way SLI, this board will give Intel's newer chipsets a real run for their money.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

TSMC will be part of the AMD asset light strategy

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM |
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While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking.  According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors.  AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue.  It

Source: 3DCenter

Possible RV770 and GT200 Details show up...again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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While it's hard to really put faith in information when the provider openly admits their LAST article on these GPUs was dead wrong, why not just report it to you anyway?!?  This article over at TGDaily details what they think are the specifications and launch periods for AMD's upcoming RV770 parts, commonly referred to as the Radeon 4800-series. 

Source: TG Daily

A change in the matrix can cost you

Subject: Displays | May 15, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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BCC Hardwares takes a look a pair of 24" monitors from Samsung, the (hard to find) ~$380 245B and the ~$560 245T.  The price difference really jumps out at you, and the two monitors reflect that in their technology.  The 245T has a 6ms response time, the 245B a 5ms, they both offer 1920 x 1200 resolution and can be calibrated to

Source: BCCHardware

VIA Isaiah details, going 45nm with dual-core Isaiah

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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Sure, VIA may be a fabless CPU and chipset designer, but that isn't stopping them from one-upping AMD when it comes to process technology on their next CPU release.  According to Digitimes, the new Isaiah core processors are set to transition to 45nm process technology by the end of 2009 with the move to dual-core products. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Atom in upcoming ASUS Eee PC 901

Subject: Mobile | May 15, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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Even though its only an exterior image, apparently the new Eee PC 901 is being showcased as using the Intel Atom processor and platform.  The exterior is slightly modified and spiffed up but don't expect too much. 

Source: engadget

Some computer company launched a chip with lots of gibblehertz

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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In other news, Hanna Montana thinks computers should all be mauve and smell nice.

Tech news may be changing for a lot of people, as CNET just got bought by CBS.  There is probably a small chance that CNET might still cover at least some IT related news, but Slashdot's cynics probably have this one right.  CNET may not have been the best source of news for techies, but it did do a good job of aggregating a lot of disparate stories for the time-challenged geek.

Source: Slashdot

Every keyboard should have a shotgun key

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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The Cyber Snipa Warboard is not quite as cool looking as the box implies, but it still has some serious style to it.  It has so many buttons it may feel overwhelming to first pick up, but Pro-Clockers ended up in love with it.  There are even removable keys and a baggie of various non-standard keys you can put on the board, if you are so inclined. 

PC2-9136?

Subject: Memory | May 14, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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DDR2 is getting some rather oddly clocked modules as it matures, like Aeneon's newest XTune 2GB kit which is clocked at 1142MHz.  It is built to DDR2-800 CL5 specs, but is able to go faster if your board can handle it.  Big Bruin's could handle those speeds and more, the kit toped out at 1242MHz with the default 5-5-5-15 timings.

OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 14, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled their pioneering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook Program. Under this program, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream gamers can partake in configuring and building their own gaming-grade mobile solution.

The littlest big case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 14, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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The In Win Metal Suit GD has a lot of nifty things hidden inside it, at the cost of space.  The pair of 120mm fans are placed normally, the swing arm with a pair of 80mm is not but they are intelligently placed to move air out of the case.  Overclockers Club was a little disappointed with the cooling power of this case, but they did point out that

VIA's UMPC

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The Sungju TangoX Nano is one of the first VIA Nanobooks that VIA Arena has had a chance to look at.  It runs Windows XP Tablet edition, has a touch screen for those who have trouble with miniaturized keyboards and even comes with a Skype/VoIP phone.  It is going to be available in Korea soon, no word on anywhere else.

Source: VIA Arena

You will anti-alias and you will like it!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support.  In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game.  [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance.  It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 Processor on the World's Smallest Board

Subject: Systems | May 14, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 14 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board that features the extremely power efficient 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, offering embedded developers an uncompromisingly compact, highly integrated board.

nVIDIA Releases GeForce 175.16

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 05:28 PM |
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  • WHQL Certified for Windows XP
  • Supports GeForce FX, 6, 7, 8, and 9 series GPUs including these newly released GPUs:
    •  GeForce 9800 GX2
    •  GeForce 9800 GTX
    •  GeForce 9600 GT
    •  GeForce 9600 GSO
    •  GeForce 8300
    •  GeForce 8200/ nForce 730a
    •  GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology* on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
  • Adds new PureVideo HD features for GeForce 9800 GX2, 980
Source: NVIDIA

MSI answers all your questions about the new Wind UMPC

Subject: Mobile | May 13, 2008 - 02:39 PM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – May 13 - MSI Computer, a
leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is
ready to clear up some of the questions surrounding the MSI Wind (Wi-Fi Network Device). 
MSI Computer will offer both Linux and Windows (XP Home Edition) based
configurations, for under $500 starting in early June on www.msimobile.com

Source: MSI

The evils of 'desk bounce'

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product.  The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable.  TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.

Source: TECHGAGE