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News Archives for December 2006

Review: ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Motherboard

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 07:50AM
Author: sdy284

Motherboards.org - This is a great board for those seeking a workstation class motherboard that has multiple-monitor support. Stability and options are the P5W64 WS Pro’s stand-out features. The lack of any PCI-X slots for 32-Bit SCSI may be daunting to those wanting to do video editing, but with SATA 2 at only a bit slower than the ultimate SCSI transfer rates available it’s not much of a sacrifice. Not the fastest ship in the ASUS fleet, but it does have many things to attract a variety of users.


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Review: AnyDrive 3 Multifunction MP3 Player FM Wireless Transmitter

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 07:54AM
Author: sdy284

Tweaknews.net - Overall, the AnyDrive is a mixed bag. By itself, it's a decent enough player, but very limited. Lack of file support, quirky backlighting, and all but useless instructions knock the Anydrive down a few notches.


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Review: Geeks.com USB 2.0 TV Tuner/Video Capture Box

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 07:57AM
Author: sdy284

BigBruin - The Geeks.com USB 2.0 TV Tuner/Video Capture Box may not be for those with a desktop PC wanting high end performance from a TV card. But, for those who want their TV tuner to be as simple as possible, this may be the ticket. It is portable, sharable between computers, compatible with notebook computers, will not require you to open your desktop computer, and you do not need to have an available PCI slot. It is just very easy to install and use!


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Review: Zalman ZM600-HP 600w Modular PSU

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 07:59AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - The Zalman ZM600-HP accomplished what it set out to do in delivering a solid combination of power (600w), a nicely done modular cable system, and the uniqueness of the first heatpipe cooled power supply interior.


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Review: QNAP Turbo Station TS-201 NAS Server

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:01AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - You may not know this, but there is a fast moving trend among power users which began in the corporate office and will end in your home.  You may not be aware of it yet, but very soon you will be telling others about it.  A few years back, IT directors noticed that it might save their company a lot of money to have a device which did all of the same functions as a file server, but without the cost and overhead of an operating system.  Since licensing costs have soared in the corporate environment, devices known as Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers have started showing up everywhere.  Up until recently, these items were usually somewhat expensive, and very limited in functionality.  With technology evolving at a tremendous rate, it didn't take long for the NAS servers to completely replace the networked file servers and reach prices that even home users could afford.


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News: AMD Demos Native Quad-Core Processor

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:03AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - AMD took a big step today in its efforts to close the gap that rival Intel created when it came out with its line of quad-core processors this fall. AMD on Thursday marked its own spot in the quad-core market by demonstrating the first native quad-core x86 server processor at its annual Industry Analyst Forum in Berkeley, Calif. What will be the next big evolution in AMD's processor family won't be ready to ship until mid-2007, but the company hit a milestone by showing industry analysts and customers that it's moving along in its production cycle. Dan Olds, a principal with the Gabriel Consulting Group, says AMD is trying to tell potential customers not go with Intel, but instead wait until AMD can come out with its quad-core server processor. "This is very important for AMD," he adds. "They're in a position now where they're perceived as being behind Intel, as far as the products they have out there now. AMD needs to show that they're going to be leapfrogging Intel in the future.


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News: Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Handheld

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:05AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - Apple's latest patent filing for a handheld computing device reveals that wireless communications will play a part either in an upcoming revision of the iPod or in Apple's long-rumored mobile phone. The patent application, filed in August and published today, summarizes the invention thus: "The portable computing device includes an enclosure that surrounds and protects the internal operational components of the portable computing device. The enclosure includes a structural wall formed from a ceramic material that permits wireless communications therethrough. The wireless communications may for example correspond to RF communications, and further the ceramic material may be radio-transparent thereby allowing RF communications therethrough." With the introduction of Microsoft's wireless-capable Zune media player, analysts have anticipated Apple would add similar capabilities to its iPod. At the very least, this filing demonstrates that Apple's engineers are working on it.


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News: Company challenges FCC rules on cell phone-jamming gear

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:06AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - A small Florida company is taking on the Federal Communications Commission to change regulations prohibiting the sale of equipment used to scramble cell phone signals to local and state agencies. The company, CellAntenna, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 11th Circuit in Atlanta on November 22 challenging the Communications Act of 1934, which is enforced by the FCC. The 1934 act and the FCC regulations that go along with it prohibit the use of cellular and radio frequency-jamming equipment, except by federal agencies. This means that local and state officials are not permitted to use such equipment, which could be used to help prevent terrorist attacks. CellAntenna argues that the Communications Act and the FCC regulations that interpret the law are unconstitutional because they are in conflict with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, adopted by Congress in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


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News: U.S. warns of possible al-Qaida financial cyberattack

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:08AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - The U.S. government warned American private financial services on Thursday of an al-Qaida call for a cyberattack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning on Friday, a source said. The source, a person familiar with the warning, said the Islamic militant group aimed to penetrate and destroy the databases of the U.S. financial sites. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed an alert had been distributed but said there was no reason to believe the threat was credible. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a "situational awareness report to industry stakeholders," said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke. The warning said the threat called for attacks to begin Friday and run through the month of December in retaliation for the United States keeping terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.


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News: Ericsson to work with Intel on mobile broadband

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:09AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson will work with computer chip giant Intel on applications for mobile computers that will increase their attractiveness in the market, Ericsson said on Friday. Ericsson said the joint effort with Intel would aim to enhance the appeal of mobile broadband and multimedia for consumers and corporations. Both companies will work together on integrating solutions for mobile operators, so they can offer mobile broadband service packages for both enterprises and consumers using the mobile PC. These solutions will be based on Ericsson's HSPA (high-speed packet access) platform for mobile broadband and IMS (Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem) platform for convergence with Intel's mobile technology, Ericsson said.


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News: Dumping e-Waste into Africa Now an International Concern

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:10AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - The United Nations held a conference this week called the 8th Conference of the Parties where UN members discussed primarily issues affecting the environment. The main topic was what they called "e-waste." A byproduct of technology that was once cutting edge, e-waste is basically old technology that has become obsolete and consumers no longer want them. Old televisions, computers, phones and other electronics are getting moved overseas, to third world countries and being "dumped" there for people to use. While the concept of recycling is definitely the idea, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, expressed a high degree of concern over e-waste. During his speech to UN members, Steiner noted "If these were good quality, second hand, pieces of equipment this would perhaps be a positive trade of importance for development." Most people would consider this a fairly positive bit up to this point. Steiner then expressed concerns that most products being shipped over either have malfunctions or are completely non-functioning. "But local experts estimate that between a quarter to 75 per cent of these items including old TVs, CPUs and phones are defunct—in other words E-waste, in other words long distance dumping from developed country consumers and companies to an African rubbish tip or landfill," continued Steiner.


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News: Microsoft's Xbox 360 1080p Update Still Needs Updating

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:12AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Back in August of this year when Sony was touting the 1080p functionality on its PlayStation 3, Microsoft was downplaying the feature saying that it was all hype. Microsoft Director of Technical Strategy for Xbox Live had this to say about 1080p support on the PS3 at the time: The PS3 has roughly the same pixel-pushing capabilities as the Xbox 360. Don't need to take my word for it, it'll be obvious soon enough over the next year. Even if this wasn't the case, consider we now live in a multi-platform development world, and that the current sweet spot developers are targeting is 720p due to the extremely similar system specifications. Simply put, a developer who is planning to release their game for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 will aim for a common attainable ground. In fact, I'll stick my neck out and predict that that you won't see any 1080"x" games for the PS3 this year. Well to the surprise of many in the gaming world, Microsoft did a 180 at the end of September and said that it would indeed support 1080p on the Xbox 360 with a Dashboard update. Adding this feature to the console would at least leave one less bullet-point that Sony could hold over Microsoft's head. As scheduled, Microsoft released its Fall Dashboard on October 31 which added support for 1080p over VGA and component cables. So the Xbox 360 gets 1080p, all is right with the world, and we can all game in peace... right?


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News: Zune Capture 9% of PMP Market During Its First Week

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:12AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Microsoft's Zune portable audio player may not exactly be setting the sales charts ablaze, but it did make a respectable showing during its first few weeks on the market. According to market research firm NPD Group, the Zune managed to capture second place in the digital audio player market in its first four days of availability. For its first week, the Zune managed to grab 9% of the market according to NPD. "Considering it is a new brand, it's a very good first-week showing," said Ross Rubin of NPD Group. Rubin went on to say "For a new brand that received limited to mixed reviews, and which is incompatible with the leading music store (Apple's iTunes,) as well as other music stores, it was a good launch." It's a strong showing indeed by Microsoft, but only time will tell if the Zune has the stamina to make in further inroads on Apple's dominate iPod range. Apple's line of portable audio players which consist of the iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle captured a whopping 63% for the same week period according to NPD.


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OCC Review: LTB Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:14AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - Listen To Believe. Sometimes that’s all you need to do to be sold on a product. This also happens to be the full name of the company LTB Audio, and their newest product is the Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones. LTB, which stands for Listen To Believe, represents a product line focused on providing cutting edge audio headphones designed to meet the demands of the latest digital media in Games and Movies as well as music and discrete 5.1 Audio. LTB was formed in 2002 and released the Mentor Series 5.1 Headphone products. LTB is quickly becoming recognized in gaming circles and game centers around the planet.  The company controls various key technology patents, including Safebass, a safe resonance technology designed to limit bass pressure levels to within responsible limits. LTB engineers are continuously making strides in new technologies to enhance digital audio headphones. This winter, LTB will bring to market a new series of wireless headphones and audio products enabling digital quality audio and full duplex communication.  LTB will showcase these products at the 2007 CES show in Las Vegas this upcoming January.

Click HERE to discuss this review in the OCC forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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OCC Interview: Robert Krakoff, Founder of Razer

Posted: December 1, 2006 @ time: 08:15AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - This interview was a first for Overclockers Club and hopefully the beginning of many not only with Razer but also other major gaming and hardware suppliers. I must say that when I was given the opportunity to interview Robert Krakoff the founder of Razer it not only shocked me but I also saw this as being a great opportunity for everyone interested in learning a little about what drives corporations to produce superior gaming hardware. My conversation with Robert lasted about forty minutes, in which I asked him a total of 8 to 10 questions. Due to the extent of many of his answers I have paraphrased them, please understand most of these answers are not direct quotes and may be in third person.

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Review: Hiyatek CF-6159-1 Laptop Cooler with USB Hub

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:30AM
Author: sdy284

BigBruin - There is a compartment on the bottom side of the Hiyatek CF-6159-1 cooler between the two fan openings. Opening a sliding door reveals a storage area for the included USB power cable which has two full size connectors on the end intended for your notebook computer, while the end intended for the cooler has a single mini USB connector. In some situations it may be necessary to have both connections plugged into the host computer to make sure that enough power is provided and that data can be transferred through the hub connections, but I found that using just one USB connection was more than adequate on my notebook computer.


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Review: Ideazon Reaper Keyboard

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:31AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - Ideazon is a company whose products are specifically designed for gaming purpose.  They have a range of products from keyboard to gamepad and most recently, gaming mice.  Their first product—Zboard is a gaming keyboard that is specifically designed for some of the world’s hottest games: Doom 3, World of Warcraft, and Battlefield 2.  What Ideazon strives to do is design the product that is from the gamer’s perspective.  Today, we’ll be looking at the Reaper, Ideazon’s first gaming mouse.  Join us and see if Ideazon can bring innovation and good performance to the Reaper as with what they have done with their keyboards.


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Review: Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 High Performance HDD Cooler

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:33AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - Listen! Heat damages computer components... Bottom Line. No IF's, AND's, or BUT's about it. Heat can and will damage them. As end users, we have tried all sorts of tricks to keep the computer cool, from the early days of creating a multi switch fan, bay buses that can control 20 fans, to water cooling setups that have the potential to leak and keep your system dead cold. This is where Sytrin comes in to play with the KuFormula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler. Made up of a steel and aluminum top plate with heat spreaders, these HDD coolers come in several colors and each includes dual 40mm fans. For the noise conscientious people, the fans can be left disconnected and the SHF1 Ultra can be used as a passive style cooler.


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Review: Zalman FATAL1TY FC-ZV9 Videocard GPU Cooler

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:35AM
Author: sdy284

Tweaknews.net - When Zalman and Fatal1ty team up, you expect some special results. The FC-ZV9 graphics card cooler combines good cooling performance, great looks and wide compatibility into a product that any gamer would be proud to have in their case. The nickel plating and red LEDs give it a distinctive look that many folks will find appealing. The price, however, may deter some potential buyers.


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Review: Cooler Master Eclipse

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:36AM
Author: sdy284

Overclockers Online - The Cooler Master Eclipse isn't just a futuristic off the wall design, the ability to cool a pretty intense processor is most definitely there as well. I was able to overclock both the Intel and AMD dual-core processors quite a bit while still maintaining more than acceptable temperatures with the Eclipse, even on the low fan setting.


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Review: Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: sdy284

GideonTech - A first look at the keyboard shows that the shape has become more traditional; the feet no longer stick out as much as they used to, and media keys have been added on the top right hand side.  Additionally, there is also a new dial to adjust the brightness of the backlighting.


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Review: mobiBLU US2 Ultra Slim Digital Multimedia Player

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:38AM
Author: sdy284

ExtremeMHz - mobiBLU has been busy releasing some impressive new players.  The Cube 2, reviewed here just recently, was an excellent upgrade from the original Cube, which gained the interest of many over the past year.  However, some of their other flash-based players were simply not as impressive in terms of overall design.  Tom did take a look at their B153 a while back and while its highly impressive battery life of 150hrs certainly stomps the competition, its bulky design was just not appealing.  While battery life is key when considering a new MP3 or PMP player, its design always outweighs any other feature one looks for.  Slim and small is in, and is why so many manufacturers are focusing more on overall design.  mobiBLU has done just that with their brand new US2 digital multimedia player.  With its ultra-slim body, "razr-like" controls and dual headphone jacks, the US2 is one unique and sexy looking player.


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Review: Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 AM2 Motherboard

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:40AM
Author: sdy284

OCModShop - Gigabyte's GA-M61PM-S2 is geared towards the user who just wants everything to work right away and get the job done without breaking the bank.but at the same time, getting the job done comfortably, because as you will see there are some things that make this board special. It is the Honda Accord of motherboards if you will - not pretentious or glamorous, but just a cut above the Honda Civic. The board is based around Nvidia's GeForce 6100/nForce 430 chipset, and has on-board everything: Nvidia graphics, 8 channel High Definition Azalia audio with a header for optional S/PDIF output, gigabit ethernet, 4 USB ports with 3 internal headers for a maximum of 10 USB ports, 1 firewire port (IEEE 1394) with 2 internal firewire headers, 1 IDE/ATA 133 connector (kind of a bummer since a lot of people still use many parallel ata devices), 4 SATA II ports, and RAID (0,1,0+1,5).


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Review: Mushkin XP2-8500 2x1GB DDR2 Memory

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:42AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - Mushkin Enhanced is a world leader in the PC memory market. I've recently reviewed both their EM2 and HP2 DDR2 memory kits and I'm back with the hat trick. Today I'll be looking at Mushkins newest kit; the XP2-8500. It's so new in fact that it's not even on their website just yet, but it should be soon. The IC's used in this kit are the undisputed kings of "must have" modules: the Micron D9GMH. These Micron IC's are highly regarded as the best there is in the market and all the best kits out there today currently use these high end IC's, including those killer PC2-6400 kits that'll do 1100MHz!


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Review: Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 Motherboard

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:44AM
Author: sdy284

PC Stats - The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget. Best suited to the upcoming 'Conroe-L' Celeron processor, the GA-945PL-S3's system bus runs at 800/533MHz FSB. The list of features here is a short one, but all the major must have's for a modern day computer are ticked off: USB2.0, multi-channel audio, 3GB/s Serial ATA support and Gigabit networking. Anyhow, keep an eye out for those Conroe-L CPUs, they will be the best processors to use with the GA-945PL-S3.


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News: Nomadic herders go high-tech

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:45AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - Satellites, cell phones and spectrometers: Probably not the first things you think of when you picture sheep and goat herders in Afghanistan. But those modern tools may soon make the lives of nomadic families a little more stable. Afghanistan is the latest location for projects coordinated by the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University, to provide early warning systems about animal health and to help pinpoint the location of the healthiest grazing areas. A $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's Mission to Afghanistan will fund the effort for four years.


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News: FBI Activates Cell Phones Remotely for Wiretapping

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:49AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - They can see us, read our emails, watch our IM conversations, and now even hear us whether we want them to or not. It seems as though George Orwell hit it the bullseye again when he wrote about Big Brother and the government's way of keeping track of the general public. It has been recently revealed that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has a way of tapping a cell phone and using the microphone to listen in on nearby conversations. The method used for listening in on conversations held by alleged members of Cosa Nostra is called a "roving bug" and was ruled to be a legal method of wiretapping by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The bug was alledgedly used on two Nextel phones. It looks like all cellular phones are vulnerable to this sort of wiretapping according to CNet's findings...


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News: Intel Announces New Servers and Xeon LV Processors

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:50AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Intel today announced its new NetStructure MPCBL0050 single board computer blade server, new low voltage dual-core Xeons and Intel Carrier Grade Server TIGW1U at ITU Telecom World. The new NetStructure MPCBL0050 is Intel’s first Core micro architecture powered blade server and are equipped with dual dual-core Xeon LV processors. The NetStructure MPCBL0050 is catered towards companies that require telecommunication tasks. Telecommunication tasks include everything from call control to billing customers. Also announced at ITU Telecom World were new dual-core Intel Xeon LV 5138 and LV 5128 processors. The new Xeon LV 5138 and LV5128 processors are based on Intel’s Core-derived Woodcrest. The processors are clocked at 2 GHz and 1.86 GHz respectively. The Xeon LV processors offer lower thermal data power ratings compared to regular Xeon 5100 series processors. Intel doesn’t reveal the TDP of the Xeon LV 5138 or LV 5128 disappointingly. Nevertheless, if the higher clocked Xeon LV 5148 is used as a reference, expect the TDP to be similar to the 40 watt TDP of the Xeon LV 5148.


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News: Apple May Release Keyboard with iPod Docking

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:50AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - According to a report over at ThinkSecret, Apple may be on the verge of announcing a keyboard with integrated iPod docking. The details come from sources close to Apple who have identified several recent cases where Apple had sent the new prototype keyboard out to customers who were waiting for regular replacement keyboards. Customers who were waiting for their keyboards that were out for repair or replacement ended up receiving a different keyboard than what they were expecting. Integrated iPod docking was definitely not part of the original repair checklist. Apple of course has not confirmed that such a keyboard exists as the company itself has been traditionally tight-lipped about unannounced products. DailyTech originally broke news about Apple's bluetooth Mighty Mouse. Apple officially announced the mouse a day after our initial report.


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News: Vista & Office 2007 Now Available for Volume Licensing

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:53AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Microsoft is beaming after the official launch of Vista and Office 2007 to business customers. Microsoft is betting heavily on its two latest software releases and an estimated 90 million copies of Vista worldwide within the next year. The simultaneous launch of Vista and Office 2007 also marks the first time that Microsoft has launched two flagship applications together since Windows 95 and Office 95 over 10 years ago. Microsoft notes that Windows 95 brought TCP/IP to the mainstream allowing for a huge surge in Internet activity while Windows XP made wireless networking and mobility prevalent throughout the computing industry. With Vista, Microsoft looks to push the boundaries of graphics technology and XML.


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News: Stephen Hawking Says Humans Must Leave Earth to Survive

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:54AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - In a rare interview, Stephen Hawking said to the BBC that humans must move to another solar system in order to ensure the survival of the species. “Once we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe,” he said. Hawking made a similar suggestion back in June. He believes that life on Earth could be wiped out by a nuclear disaster or a massive asteroid hitting the planet causing Armageddon with its Deep Impact. He said that, since we have no similar planets on our solar system, we would “have to go to another star” to find a suitable habitat.Before humans could even dream of such a move, we would need to develop a viable means of transportation. Hawking proposed “matter/anti-matter annihilation” propulsion. He explained: “When matter and anti-matter meet up, they disappear in a burst of radiation. If this was beamed out of the back of a spaceship, it could drive it forward … It would take a lot of energy to accelerate to near the speed of light.


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News: AMD & NVIDIA Receive Subpoenas From U.S. Department of Justice

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 11:56AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Both AMD and NVIDIA have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in connection with the DOJ’s investigation into potential antitrust violations related to graphics processors and cards. The root of the AMD subpoena is its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies last month, which was approved according to Canadian antitrust laws. The DOJ has not made any specific allegations against AMD, ATI, or NVIDIA. Both AMD and NVIDIA said that they intend to cooperate with the DOJ in its investigations. Together, AMD and NVIDIA hold just over half of the entire graphics market, each with about an equal share. Following the news, NVIDIA shares fell 3.6 percent on Nasdaq trade, while AMD shares fell 2.1 percent on the New York Stock Exchange.


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News: LTB Audio Systems to Launch new Wireless Audio Technology

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 12:48PM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - LTB Audio Systems, the leading manufacturer of true digital 5.1 headphone technology is ready for the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with several new and exciting technology breakthroughs in Digital Wireless Audio. The New ARIO series of SoundJet enabled wireless headphones will be on display to promote a new interactive wireless technology that has strong benefits over Bluetooth. The cutting-edge features uniquely brought about by SoundJet include uncompressed audio for stereo and voice channels well suited for PC applications, and the multichannel sonic drivers in the headphone to present unparallel sound effects for thrilling listening experiences.


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Review: Asus P5NSLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard

Posted: December 4, 2006 @ time: 09:43PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Overclockers New Zealand - All in all, the Asus P5NSLI provides a good base for a solid gaming platform with Nvidia's SLI and First Pocket technologies. On the flip side, overclockers may need to look else where for the ultimate tweaking board.


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Review: ECS PN1-SLI2 NVIDIA 590-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:31AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - Finally, an ECS motherboard that dares to challenge the competition with much better results leaving days of average performance behind and truly ventures in to the 'Extreme'. We definitely appreciate that the color scheme has been evolving..


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Review: XFX 8800 GTX: SLI Performance

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:33AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - Let's cut to the chase, as those of you that have read my reviews know is my style: I thought it might be fun to do a short addition to the first review as since writing it I have made some rather significant upgrades to my test rig and also added a second XFX 8800 GTX running in SLI. Now that I have your attention, just a few words on what to expect. First, this addendum will only contain the outline for testing the SLI configuration and the test results as anything more would be a rewrite of the article I've already published.


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Review: EPoX's Socket AM2 MF570 SLI Motherboard

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:34AM
Author: sdy284

Tweaktown - Its also been some time since we have seen a motherboard in our labs from EPoX. This company really made a name for itself when Socket A was the big thing with boards that packed features and overclocking into a affordable package, proving you don’t have to spend the earth in order to get a good board. Today from EPoX we have our first board in quite some time. Designated the MF570 SLI, it makes use of nVidia’s nForce 570 SLI chipset, how does it stack up? Come find out


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News: Supercomputers crunching potato chips, proteins and nuclear bombs

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:37AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - The chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue in 1997 was the showdown of man vs. machine: the world's greatest chess player verses the world's greatest chess-playing computer. Deep Blue, a supercomputer that could calculate more than 200 million moves a second, defeated Kasparov 2 games to 1, with three games ending in a draw. Deep Blue's match win was the first by a chess-playing computer in a traditional format over a reigning world champion. Fast-forward nine years and supercomputers -- systems with multiple processors, huge memories and storage, and special software for performing the world's most complex calculations -- are doing far more than checkmating grandmasters. Today's supercomputers are ensuring the nation's nuclear stockpile, forecasting weather, designing safer more fuel-efficient cars, mapping DNA, exploring the cosmos and even creating potato chips.

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News: FBI computer system short on funds

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - The FBI faces a $56.7 million funding gap as it builds a new computer system to replace a problem-riddled database of investigation files, Justice Department auditors said Monday. With careful oversight, the Sentinel program still could be successful, auditors from the department's inspector general's office concluded. Even so, the Bush administration's funding request for this year's share of the $425 million system, set for completion in 2009, falls short of what the bureau said it needs keep it on track. The FBI asked for an estimated $150 million in the fiscal year that began October 1; the White House approved spending $100 million. Congress is not expected to approve the FBI's funding until next year. A 112-page audit of the Sentinel system's progress "found that the FBI faces uncertainty" over how to meet the funding needs to continue building it.


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News: AMD Ships First Athlons Following 65nm Tech Transition

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:46AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - AMD chips made on the 65-nanometer process will consume about 30 percent less energy than the same ones produced on the 90-nanometer process when running at the same speed. In the first chips shipped on this process, virtually all of the benefit comes in reduced power consumption, said Nick Kepler, vice president of logic technology development at AMD.Later, the company will balance energy conservation and performance gain, depending on what the designers want to achieve with various desktop, notebook and server chip designs, he said. The improvements in part come because AMD is straining the silicon in the transistors inside its chips with a silicon germanium film to improve performance, a first for the company. Straining silicon improves the performance of transistors because the larger germanium atoms slightly rearrange the silicon atoms and thereby allow electrical carriers to move more rapidly. In the N-channel transistors, which carry negative electrons, germanium spreads out the lattice of the silicon; electrons flow more freely, sort of like a deer running through a forest that's been thinned of trees. In P-channel transistors, which carry positive charges, the germanium compresses the silicon atoms.

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News: NASA plans permanent moon base

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 08:57AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - NASA announced plans on Monday for a permanent base on the moon, to be started soon after astronauts return there around 2020. The agency's deputy administrator, Shana Dale, said the United States would develop rockets and spacecraft to get people to the moon and establish a rudimentary base. There, other countries and commercial enterprises could expand the outpost to develop scientific and other interests, Dale said. Dale and other officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the agency envisioned a base at one of the lunar poles, to take advantage of the near-constant sunlight for solar power generation. It would have an "open architecture" design to which others could add the capabilities they want. Scott Horowitz, NASA's associate administrator for exploration, said crews of four astronauts would make weeklong missions to the moon starting around 2020.

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Article: Ten things to consider before taking the Vista plunge

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 09:04AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - While Windows Vista is now available for big businesses, organizations vary widely in their plans for adopting the new operating system. Some have plans to aggressively move to Vista, while others are taking a far more wait-and-see approach. Here are some things you need to consider before taking the plunge.

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News: AMD to Make Top 10 List of World's Largest Chip Makers

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 09:11AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - After years of coming close to breaking into the top-10 global semiconductor rankings, AMD may finally hit the big time before the end of 2006, according to a preliminary ranking from iSuppli Corp. AMD's semiconductor revenue is expected to explode by a stunning 90 percent in 2006, which will cause the company's ranking to jump eight places, making it the world's seventh-largest chip maker for the year. Memory maker Hynix also cracks the list just behind AMD at number eight. Hynix set to achieve a 32.5 percent increase in revenue, pushing its ranking up three positions to take the eighth position in 2006.


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News: TiVoToGo DRM Protection Cracked

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 09:12AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - According to reports, the digital rights management (DRM) mechanism on TiVoToGo has been cracked, allowing users to use their TiVo to record video content for playback on other platforms and any devices. DRM protection on TiVo devices currently only allow recorded movies to be played back on specific Windows devices but now it appears that users are able to use a small tool to unlock the restrictions. The report suggests the tool used to remove the DRM system is coded in C and available to compile on various platforms such as Linux and Solaris. TiVo originally announced TiVoToGo so that users could record programs and watch them through a network connection using the HTTP protocol. Currently there exists a wiki dedicated to the development of the DRM removal tool.


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News: Folding@Home GPU Client Updated

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 09:14AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - Folding@Home has released a new Folding@Home GPU client. This brings the GPU client up to version 5.91 beta2. While previous Folding@Home GPU clients only supported ATI Radeon X1900 series graphics cards, the latest beta2 adds support for more GPUs. This release adds support for ATI’s Radeon X1800 and X1600 series of graphics processors. As the Folding@Home GPU client relies heavily on pixel shader performance, the performance differences between the X1900-series and other ATI GPUs is tremendous. The Folding@Home GPU FAQ claims:

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OCC Review: NZXT Zero Crafted Chassis Review

Posted: December 5, 2006 @ time: 09:17AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - Neither flashy nor plain, the Zero weighs in with a whopping 8 fans, seven of which are 120mm! Along with its “ultimate cooling solution” it is dead quiet and is quite an eye catcher without the fancy lights and gizmos that many people hate. NZXT is a new company, established back in 2004, but since then, it has pumped out some very beautiful cases and power supplies designed for the gamer and enthusiast. The company has been rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best chassis manufacturers out there.

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Article: Christmas 2006 Gaming PC Buying Guide

Posted: December 6, 2006 @ time: 04:26PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Tech ARP - Christmas is very close now. Don't settle for yet another t-shirt or more free kisses under the mistletoe. Get yourself a brand-new gaming PC! If you think it's too expensive, think again. We will show you how to get it all for only $1010! Heck, we will show you how to get an SLI gaming PC for less than $1200.


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Review: Antec SpotCool Flexible Fan System Cooler

Posted: December 6, 2006 @ time: 04:32PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Virtual-Hideout - "I can easily recommend this SpotCool for anyone with a motherboard that's looking for that perfect cooling system to fit into tight spots and cool that certain hot area (yea, that's just about everyone!)."


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Review: MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard

Posted: December 6, 2006 @ time: 04:37PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

PCStats - The MSI Computer P965 Platinum motherboard is one such candidate with a healthy dose of enthusiast friendly features to match. The MSI P965 Platinum utilizes the Intel P965 Express Northbridge and Intel ICH8R Southbridge chipsets. It supports all Socket 775 processors that operate on a 1066/800/533MHz FSB. This includes the Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, Pentium 4/D/XE and Celeron D to name just a few. Standard equipment includes an Intel PCI Express based Gigabit network card, IEEE 1394a, a Realtek 7.1 channel Intel Azalia High Definition audio controller and an additional Serial ATA II/IDE RAID (0,1,0+1) controller. There are seven 3GB/s SATA connections and one IDE channel. Expansion is possible through a PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express Lite slot (in yellow, PCI-E x4 transfer rates), two PCI Express x1 slots and two 32 bit PCI slots for legacy devices.


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Review: Seasonic M12 Modular 600W Power Supply

Posted: December 6, 2006 @ time: 04:39PM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Madshrimps - Gone are the cheapo power supplies of yesteryear. Processors today from both Intel and AMD require a power supply that can deliver a steady diet of power. The Seasonic name has become the standard of barrier in power supply from a distant land, China. We are looking into one of the new M12 Modular series today rated at 600 watts from Seasonic.


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