Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers. Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers. You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk. The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $140 you can pick up the 1GB ASUS EAH5750 Formula and BattleForge over at Newegg, not the cheapest of the HD5750s but certainly worth a look. The Formula portion of its name denotes the fact that it sports a large cooler, supposedly 13% better than the stock parts. The card is not factory overclocked, the frequencies are stock;
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google Chrome has turned 4 (.0.249.78) and Ars Technica tried it out so they could tell you what's new. An Extension Manager now exists for keeping track of and modifying your installed instructions; you can pick some up here if you haven't. The extensions may seem limited compared to Firefox now, but it will grow as people develop more, for both Google's browser and its op
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 10:51 PM | Jonathan Hung
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a hair over $40 the SteelSeries Kinzu
gaming mouse could be considered a gateway mouse. Not too expensive to scare people off, but with just enough features to have them glancing at the more expensive mice with their fancy macro buttons and other features. It is totally driverless and its sensitivity ranges from 400 - 3200 DPI and it has three buttons which can be assigned to three different profiles.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Office are not on the same page when they are talking about nVIDIA's borrowing of RAMBUS technology for their memory controllers on just about every product they are currently selling. According to the ITC, nVIDIA has infringed on 3 patented technologies and that nVIDIA will be unable to import any product utilizing them, again every product nVIDIA sells. On the flip side, the Patent Office thought that the claims were groundless and that nVIDIA should have no restrictions on bringing their products into the US to sell.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The classic PC Perspective podcast crew is back this week in the 90th episode, where the big news we covered was, nVIDIA's long overdue update to its GPU, or GPGPU depending on how you look at it. That is not all that was covered, there is a good 80 minutes of coverage. Those of you who use Chrome can also benefit from a nice little upgrade at Vimeo, an HTML 5 player. Past episodes, such as last weeks can be more easily viewed thanks to the ability to abandon Flash.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2010 Mobile World Congress will be held February 15-18th, in Barcelona Spain and will feature the release of Windows Mobile 6.6, something that hasn't been a secret. That DigiTimes found out the date of the release of WM7 is news. It will first be available to Microsoft's partners in November of this year, so some time in early 2011 you can expect to see the new face of Windows on LGE and HTC appliances in addition to their current customers. The new version will offer support for Z
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a trio of interesting tidbits from the free software world, a pair from the Register, that prove that you sometimes do indeed get what you paid for. To start with the worst bit of news, there is a buffer and integer overflow vulnerability in Shockwave that affects both Mac and Windows versions. Adobe has come up with a patch, but not one you are going to see a lot of people installing. In order to patch you will first have to uninstall your current version, then reboot and finally do a fresh install of the new version.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have probably heard of the notable company titled Arctic Cooling, famous for their muted heatsinks and heralded for their thermal paste. TweakTown is piping up about a hot new component to their business, Arctic Sounds, which promises to radiate cool music into your ears with their E361-WM Earphones. Arctic Sounds distributes several sized silicone adaptors which should be compatible with all current generation ear canal layouts as well as a microphone if you wish to