Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2010 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whether you buy the full version or just pick up the limited free version, after a few months the once enjoyable benchmarks become a little stale. Even though when they first arrive they are incredible and many wished that FutureMark put out playable versions of their benchmarks, running through it for the 100th time you begin to die a little inside, watching for any screen corruption of the scene you have seen again and again. Rejoice, for 3DMark 2011 will soon be here and it will feature tesselation as well as a very different implementation of volumetric lighting not seen before
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report had a chance to try out OnLive, the subscription gaming service that we have discussed here before. For games, they loaded up Borderlands, Unreal Tournament 3 and DiRT 2 as well as Splinter Cell: Conviction, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Just Cause 2, and NBA 2K11. The first three showed enough lag to effect TR's enjoyment while the others were not diminished as much, still not bad for a notebook. Apart from the experience they also noticed something else that people should keep in mind, OnLive was
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2010 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has plans to drop a chunk of change upgrading existing Fabs and building a new one in Oregon. The D1C and D1D fabs in Oregon and the Fab 12 and Fab 32 factories in Arizona are all being retooled for 22nm production and the new Fab, called DX1 will be designed with research capabilities in mind, more of a testing ground than a production facility. Currently Intel has 3/4 of its production capabilities located in the US and this move may see than number grow closer to 100%. Check o
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2010 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has been busy showing off their new Llano APU, four Phenom II-derived CPU cores on a single die
with a graphics processor on the side. For something new they are showing off some silicon that is actually powering a demo and HyperPi, as opposed to just showing off a shiny wafer or three. You can also see some shots of the new HD6870 and HD6850 at The Tech Report, but no benchmarks for a little while yet. Not too long though.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2010 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Be it a harmless prank or something a little more nefarious the Phone Creeper phone espionage suite offers a way to control someone else's phone via undetectable SMS messages. It is more likely to be useful for pranks as you need access to the phone so that the program can be loaded via an infected SD card. Once you've overcome that hurdle, the program is almost impossible to detect and essentially allows you more control over the phone than the person it belongs to. Take control over
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 10:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who needs the rest of the internet when you have PC Perspective? No matter if you have a question about older tech or buying a system on the cheap or even whiny capacity syndrome there will be someone interested in helping you out.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2010 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a while coming but finally we have a monitor that can support AMD's 3D implementation and nVIDIA will have some competition. Of course there are two big problems with this new monitor; AMD's support for 3D begins with their 6xxx series of cards, which are not available. There is also a larger problem, 3D TV adoption is very low, many people simply are not interested. Take a peek over at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has aimed for quality with its new $100 HS1 gaming headset, using 50mm drivers to provide the sound and a uni-directional noise cancelling microphone. The ear cups are cloth and the drivers themselves are placed on an angle to your ears as opposed to being pointed directly at them and are capable of upscaling a source into 5.1
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica tells you all about the good, the bad and the ugly of the new Medal of Honor game here. Much of the news is good, they describe a game that seems to have some depth to it, as well as impressive explosions. They do have some negatives, calling melee a pale reflection of Bad Company 2 as well as the existence of some portions of the game that leave you feeling like you are passively watching and not actively participating. Check out