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Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes. After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end. The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite. You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems. This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?
While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.
Subject: Memory | July 24, 2007 - 05:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you need a kick in performance with some additional memory, OCZ has the goods for you. The 8GB memory kits (4 x 2GB modules) tweaked for the AMD AM2 platform:
Sunnyvale, Calif.—July 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today expanded their memory lineup for AMD enthusiasts and power users with new high-density 8GB “Quad Kits.” The new PC2-5400 Titanium 8GB (4x2GB) Quad Kits were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores. This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.
Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mikhailtech has spotted one of the most useful forms I have seen a USB drive take. Not a humping dog or Star Wars character, although those certainly have their place, but instead it is a neck strap. If you've worked in an environment with ID tags, key card access, or even just needed multiple keys to access your areas, you have probably seen these neck straps with the detachable end that holds all the keys & cards for easy access. What if someone stuck a 2GB thumb drive in that snap?
"Unlike other U
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0. Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player. Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive. Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2007 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's Z-Machine GT1000 offers a lot, which helps justify the price you have to pay to own one. Every case has been inspected to ensure the parts fit perfectly, and combined with the 4-5mm thickness of the sides, it offers stability, and good airflow while remaining relatively quiet. The tool-less assembly philosophy is carried to extremes, even the front panel can be removed with thumbscrews. Read on a Pro-clockers to see what
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We saw a bit of this type of behaviour last week, spurned on by a certain German hurler, and it has spawned a popular new way to interface with your PC. BCCHardware had some fun working over a few old systems they had lying around, and a BBQ too. Check out the video on their site.
Shoot 'em up indeed.
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower
family of WD
CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities
from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power
consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like me, old media formats seem to accumulate faster than dust bunnies. Old audio tapes, 3.5" disks, even a few 5.25" disks are hiding in corners and flat surfaces everywhere, some that even have data I want to keep. By far, the media that consumes the most space is old VHS tapes. If you want to update those old movies you could buy a new version on DVD, or you can copy them onto new media yourself. Of course, for others, it is the vinyl tha
Subject: Shows and Expos | July 20, 2007 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WHEN: Sept. 18-20, 2007
WHERE: Moscone Center West, San Francisco
WHAT: Spanning the worlds of mobility, digital home, digital enterprise and technology and research, IDF will focus on Intel Corporation's directions for the next year and beyond.
Vision: IDF brings together top Intel technical experts, Intel Fellows, industry thought leaders and leading technology companies. A strong slate of Intel keynotes is one source for insights and inspiration. Keynoters are:
Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2007 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ThinkPad series is billed as a rugged laptop that is able to survive whatever it might encounter in the day to day life of a mobile employee. Tech ARP witnessed a demonstration of the technology that allows it to survive everything from liquid spills to drops, and tests of how well they work. By the end of the demonstration, the laptop did end up a bit worse for wear, but fun was had by all.
Subject: Motherboards | July 20, 2007 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to get a QX6850 to work, at full speed, on a 680i motherboard proved a challenge for many, including AnandTech. Using an EVGA 680i board and the brand new P30 BIOS, as well as the new ASUS Blitz and P5K Deluxe, they tested the overclocking ability for the CPU and RAM. One of the key points in the article is that this new BIOS makes it very easy to push a 1066 processor to 1333, but they have much more than that to report on.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone finds themselves much more impressed with Microsoft's Surface after watching an episode of DL.TV. The "coffee table" PC has an interface that has been very popular in movies for a while now, but hard to find in reality. The first time you run into Surface it will likely be in a retail store, possibly T-Mobile, and used as a selling aid. When you place a
Subject: Memory | July 19, 2007 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and GENEVA, July 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners unveiled today the company name of "Numonyx" for the pending independent semiconductor company announced on May 22.