Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Here at PC Perspective we have often recommended Badflash.com and BIOS Saviour as the two main ways to recover from a bad BIOS flash. It is easy to tell if you have done a bad BIOS flash as the component you've just updated has become about as useful as
Introduction and Specifications
Hardcore gamers know the importance of quality sound when they are playing online or during gaming tournaments. Plantronics has always had their back and their new GameCom 777 headset gives them Dolby 7.1 virtual surround to add depth and clarity to their gaming experience. The GameCom 777 features a lightweight frame, noise cancelling technology, and 7.1 sound to make any movie, Skype conversation, or gaming match sound like your in a virtual surround sound theater.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2010 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting this week across the US and Europe, you can get a free copy
of the smash hit game Mafia II with the purchase of a GeForce GPU, GTX
465 and higher! That’s right, a copy of Mafia II for free!
We here at NVIDIA are super excited about the incredible experience
that can be realized when playing on a GeForce GPU.
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to sources from Bloomberg, Infineon might be Intel's next purchase at a price of $1.9 billion; less than McAfee but still not chump change. Specifically they are targeting the wireless division, which currently supplies the processors in phones from Samsung and others focuses on the communications side of the phone as opposed to powering the OS and extra functions. This could mean that Intel has a ready made communications chip and can simply pair it with one of their low power CPUs to provide the muscle for the extra apps. You can read more over at The Inquirer.
"CHIPMAKER Intel is getting close to splashing out the cash once again as reports are claiming that the firm is close to buying Infineon's wireless division.
Fresh from announcing that it will spend $7.68 billion to buy insecurity outfit McAfee, it seems that Intel wants more. Bloomberg reports that Chipzilla will have to fork over around $1.9 billion for Infineon's wireless division. Though it isn't a done deal, three people directly involved in the negotiations said that both parties are "close to an agreement"."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Everything You Need To Know About USB 3.0 @ Slashdot
- Having trouble getting parts? Electronic component shortages may last through 2011 @ MAKE:Blog
- Triple-Boot Your Mac @ ExtremeTech
- Car Audio 2.0: Listen to Pandora, MP3s and iPods in Your Car @ Digital Trends
- New Apple iPod Touch: What to Expect? @ TechReviewSource
- Lite-On iHBS112 12X Blu-ray Disc Writer @ Overclockers Online
- x264 HD Benchmark 3.19 @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A few years ago we lived through an age of force feedback devices. Not just mice and joysticks, there was the infamous Buttkicker, which placed a subwoofer in a chair to give your whole body a shake during gaming. There were also numerous headphones which offered a similar experience, pummelling your head when the bass soared. It seems that ASUS would like to revive that fad, as their soon to be released CineVibe headset. See the preview at
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Catalyst 10.8 hit the streets today with a number of enhancements such as complete support for OpenGL ES 2.0, tweaked default video settings, AA for StarCraft II and improvements to EyeFinity in a number of games. You can read about the specifics in the release notes.
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of a classic party based D&D game on the PC, either alone in charge of the party or cooperatively online are probably not terribly impressed with the news that the next Neverwinter game will be an online roleplaying game. While it seems they are tiptoeing around the owlbear in the room, it is obvious that their biggest competition will of course be WoW, with its long history of being at the top of its genre. It is certainly to be hoped that the strict definition of a party along with well known character classes will be enough to differentiate it from the teeming online ro
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has posted quite a few of the slides from AMD's HotChips presentation, which gives an overview of the way this architecture has been put together. No one got any sweet die shots but AMD has done a very good job at tantalizing us with enough information to make informed guesses about their soon to be released processors but still leaves us guessing at specifics, for example what the real world effects of fused multiply-add
units will be.
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bulldozer and Bobcat are not that far away and to help us prepare AMD has released information on the two architectures. They both share a design that focuses on modularity, with cores able to be added or subtracted in pairs with no mention of a single core CPU for either. Bobcat will be the low powered version, poised to take on the niche that the Atom has carved out for its self and with Bobcats ability to run out of order instructions it stands a good chance of beating Intel's offering.
Bulldozer will be for the full systems and sports a number of very interesting featur
Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2010 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has weighed in on their understanding of why it is that Intel made the surprise purchase of McAfee and it all boils down to Intel CTO Justin Rattner's new focus on security. Intel has a blend of products that goes by the name of vPro which are designed specifically to provide security at a level below the OS. It resembles its predecessor, TPM or Palladium, and consists of a Core 2 or more modern processor, a motherboard with enough onboard features that no daughter cards need to be added to the system and several necessary features including Intel Active Management Technology(AMT) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). Together these ensure a PC or laptop is fairly well protected against rootkits and more importantly is able to make a secure connection to another PC so that, in a business environment, remote management, updates and security statuses can be communicated without risk of infection. Ars feels that the purchase of McAfee is likely to bring these types of security to the home user in the future and that there is no need to speculate about a competition with ARM for embedded security in mobile devices.
"There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus-fighting processors, the chipmaker's motivations for the purchase are actually fairly straightforward. First, Intel's management has decided, in the wake of Operation Aurora, to move security up to the top of Intel's priority list. Second, secure systems require a lot more than just hardware support—security is about the whole stack, plus the network, plus policies and practices. Third, Intel has waited for ages for its ecosystem partners to come up with ways to give consumers access to vPro's security benefits, and little has really panned out so now they're just going to take vPro (and any newer security technologies) directly to consumers via McAfee."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD appoints Donald Newell as server CTO @ The Inquirer
- Gigabyte and ASRock announce profits for 1H10 @ DigiTimes
- Even better Fallout 3 replica weapons @ MAKE:Blog
- Pictures of Toshiba's Tegra tablet tip up @ The Inqurier
- Top 5 YouTube Videos of 2010 (So Far) @ Digital Trends
- Can an eReader Replace College Textbooks? @ Digital Trends
- AXIS M3204 IP Camera @ TechwareLabs
- HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One D110a Review @ TechReviewSource
- Craig Connell reveals the inside scoop on AMD @ KitGuru