Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset represents Sound Blaster's move into other markets now that they no longer have complete domination of the discreet sound card business. They have a more hefty look than many others, with large padded earcups and a slender microphone boom. As well the removable THX USB module that it comes with enables you to turn a headset using SP/DIF into a USB headset, as the module is essentially a self co
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Acer Aspire One 522 is a Brazos 10" netbook with a 720p display, a Fusion APU with Radeon graphics, an HDMI output, and Windows 7 for just over $300. Playback of 1080p and 720p video was flawless, at least until the Tech Report tried streaming 720p YouTube videos with Flash 10.2. They noticed some dropped frames and when they contacted AMD about that issue, AMD r
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In pre-Vista versions of 64bit Windows it seems that not only has a vulnerability using BrowserWriteErrorLogEntry() and the mrxsmb.sys driver be discovered, it is already out there in the wild. As The Register is quick to point out, in this particular case browser refers to how older versions of Windows discovered workgroups, domains, and the computers belonging to them, as opposed to being an IE flaw.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are unsure what the Razer TRON Gaming Mouse and Mat are, you are probably on the wrong page. For those that are still riding the TRON wave, you can get a 290x207x3mm hard mouse pad and with a bioluminescent surface which glows after the mouse light has travelled over it. The mouse, as mentioned, has several blue LEDs and a pattern reminiscent of the circuit paths prominent in the TRON movies. Even the control software s
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've had your head under a rock for this week, then you might not have heard that a version of Crysis 2 is available on torrent sites. While not a finished version it should certainly give you more satisfaction than a YouTube video ...
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2011 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just two weeks after receiving the first silicon back from the Fab, NVIDIA is already demonstrating their new 40nm quad core Cortex A9 SoC called Kal El. They've abandoned Tegra2 3D which was what we had originally believed would be the next generation of mobile chip, which was a faster clocked Tegra2 capable of 3D support in favour of this new(ish) chip architecture. The GPU is also upgraded, AnandTech saw the demo model manage a 50Mbps 1440p H.264
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2011 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The details are sketchy and mostly involve the recent departures of high level employees from AMD, CEO Dirk Meyer in January and the COO Robert Rivet early in February. The lack of current leadership implies to some tech wonks that perhaps AMD is looking for more than just new leadership. The interim CEO is the once CFO Thomas Seifert, who has publicly stated that he does not want to continue in that leadership role. Read the speculation at Slashdot.
A well-known peripheral company, Logitech makes everything from keyboards to webcams to racing wheels, and is generally well regarded. The G series of gaming peripherals has many successful products in its portfolio, and among them is the G13, which Logitech calls an “Advanced Gameboard.” That’s a fancy way of saying “keyboard replacement.”
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2011 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, today is the first day of mass production for the new and improved B3 version of P67/H67 boards, now shipping without the possibly faulty SATA ports. By next week they will be shipping these new motherboards to ASUS and and Gigabyte in small quantities, though apparently not to MSI or others. By April they expect to be in full swing, having replaced the early adopter's boards and filling the channel as well.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2011 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Being a geek is an expensive hobby, from the mental and financial costs of staying on the bleeding edge to picking up the proper tools and software you need to test your machines and keep them running healthily. One way to avoid bankrupting yourself is to keep a close eye on the PC Perspective Hot Deals Forum as well as the Trading Post, but how do you feel about the refurbished component dea