Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2009 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, California, eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Skype communications unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. The buyer, who will control an approximately 65 percent stake, is an investor group led by Silver Lake and includes Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Audio streaming from a PC to a stereo system is no longer an uncommon practise, especially if your system has HDMI out so that you can display HD video from your PC to your TV. A side effect of that is the appearance of a PC in close proximity to your TV and/or a profusion of wires running between the two. A company called Audioengine wants to solve your cable clutter with their AW1 Wireless Audio Sender/Receiver, a handy little USB based broadcaster and receiver. Check out the various configurations available
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trine gives you a chance to play three characters at one, a fighter, a thief and a mage that are all trapped in one body. You switch between them to progress through the game as each have different abilities. The fighter comes with a large sword suitable for bashing through hostiles and physical objects. The thief has a bow and arrow which can be used offensively or combined with a rope to give you access to otherwise impossible to reach areas. The mage has the most interesting ability, he can move objects and summon blocks and bridges.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what was the 2008 Olympic city
in Bejing the MSI sponsored 2009 Master Overclocking Arena took place. Tweaktown has reduced the competition to a 32 minute
video of extreme overclocking. The fastest parts on planet were combined with LN and the experience of the 20 teams that took place in the competition. Drop by and see what the record overclock is now.
Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seems to be a lot on the way in the second half of 2009, with most of the attention on AMD and nVIDIA. AMD has just announced their 6 core Opteron EE is available and as it is a 40W processor it also counts as a low energy CPU. 6 cores without the power draw or temperature gain is good news for a lot of people, so DigiTimes' story will be music to a lot of ears.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world. They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye. They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system. Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things? Read on
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs. The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking. You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them. The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day. In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC. The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces. The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router. The problem is security. It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe. Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating. The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture. Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows. A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen. If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.