Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A prototype being developed in a joint project between Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University called Skinput might have found a way to make wearable computers a little less obvious and difficult to use. Previous attempts have been made varying from strapping miniaturized keyboards to arms to new ways of gestural based input involving odd finger contortions and connections. This particular incarnation consists of a wristband sporting arrays of 5 grouped sensors for a total of 100, and an optional pico-projector all of which work together to allow you to type on your hands and wris
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a piece of news and links to some speculation about a little something that was spotted in a Gigabyte BIOS support list, the Core i7-875K. Its specs parallel the Core i7-870 and since Intel seems to have already settled on a naming scheme for its six core processors it is unlikely to be an i7-870 with an extra pair of cores. The current belief is that like the Core 2 Duo E6500K which had a very limited release, that it will be an unlocked processor, making K the equivalent to an AMD Black Edition CPU.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Able Planet's NC300B feature active noise cancellation so make sure you bring extra batteries if blocking out the sounds of the world around you is your primary motive for wearing full earcup headphones. The noise cancellation means that ventilation has been excluded so you might find your ears growing a little warm and not just because people are talking about you; extended use might be uncomfortable for that reason but not because of the band res
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has posted an unofficial timeline for releases over the coming year and most of the news is about AMD. Sure, Intel's new dual and quad core i5's and i3's are interesting, but we have been waiting for AMDs new line of chips for a long time now. The second quarter will see three Phenom II X6 models which will probably not quite match the Core i7 980X but it is expected to hit the streets at a price about 20% of the Intel part. That difference in price is going to make a big impact on enthu
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2010 - 03:49 PM | Jonathan Hung
AMD is pushing for a new level of cooperation between game developers and hardware vendors - specifically in the areas of stereoscopic 3D (or S3D) and in-game physics. AMD's strategy is to open up the APIs so that any developer can take advantage of S3D and physics regardless of their choice of hardware underneath.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The joys of the PC, building your own rig, cleaning off strange crud, customizing a watercooling setup for it, diagnosing random crashes when you game on the PC, the fun never ends! Even your virtual hardware can drive you batty.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The quick eyes at The Inquirer spotted a nice tidbit of information released by Gigabyte accidentally. They revealed the clock speeds of two of AMD's upcoming 6 core CPUs in a BIOS update that were enough to determine the clock speeds with the help of the leaked CPU list. Unfortunately what was not leaked were MRSPs for the CPUs so the pricing is still a bit of a mystery. We can be sure that it will be less than the $999 Intel is charging for the Core i7 980X.
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2010 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft tried and failed miserably with their WebTV/MSN TV
initiative to bring the functionality of a PC to the TV. AppleTV did a little better but never really caught on. Now Google, in association with Intel and Sony, are trying out set top box technology on the Dish Network. They hope to make hitting sites like Twitter and Picasa as easy as changing the channel. Of course, hitting those sites is as easy as that on a PC, and services like Hulu or the actual network stations themselves make getting your TV shows just as easy. The question seems to be if anyone
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased. From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities.
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available. This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed. 10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr