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What's the greatest tool the world has ever known? The lever? Bah! The wheel? Handy, it's true. The gun? Great for taking away other people's levers and wheels, but of doubtful utility in many settings. C'mon you know exactly what the most important tool, and the pinnacle of human achievement is: Duct tape. But science never sleeps; they've made the ultimate even more ultimater: 3M Nuclear Grade Duct Tape 8979N - Nuclear Grade is designed for both permanent and temporary applications both indoors and outdoors. 8979 provides clean removal with little or no adhesive residue from most opaque surfaces up to 6 months after application.... Read more...
In addition to TSMC, UMC, and IBM, NVIDIA will now be adding Chartered Semiconductor to their list of current foundry partners. The driving factor behind this new business relationship is to provide NVIDIA with more leverage in terms of pricing with key foundry partner TSMC. This will be accomplished by having NVIDIA allocate a certain percentage of GPU production away from TSMC and towards UMC and Chartered. The first NVIDIA product manufactured at Chartered will be a GeForce 7100 GS with no other products currently slated for production at this time. With Chartered also manufacturing AMD processors and likely ATI GPU's, it will be interesting to see how NVIDIA manages... Read more...
While you can't draw any conclusions based on a single, isolated instance like this, it is still interesting to see what happened to the underside of a Maxtor hard drive that seemed to have spontaneously combusted.  We're talking charbroiled here folks.  Actually, now that I look really close, it looks like something my wife could have cooked. "Dell batteries you say catch fire? Well don't worry about that Dell battery, look inside your PC case at your HDD, mine just went up in smoke and flames..."... Read more...
It looks like Graeme Philipson from TheAge.com has made the switch from a PC to a Mac and he couldn't be happier. I get a kick out of articles like this because they always seem to point out Windows' glaring deficiencies and shine the spotlight on the Mac OS' strengths.  As someone who spent a good part of the last 5 years doing software functionality testing and QA work on a variety of Windows and Macintosh machines, I can say from my experience, that the Macintosh platform is no panacea.  It's got its own set of problems and to assert that it's simply "better" is just plain wrong. Having used and owned both platforms for a number of years, you couldn't... Read more...
It seems that the banding issue affecting some of the early Dell 2407WFP 24" flat panel monitors is now fixed. The folks at PC Authority just took a look at a new sample and the problem was resolved. "While this was easily the best all-round LCD monitor we'd ever tested (for value, features and support as much as picture quality) we did point out that where its predecessor, the 2405WFP, displayed some of the best colour gradients we'd ever seen on an LCD, there was noticeable banding in gradient tests on the new model."  ... Read more...
AGEIA PhysX Powered Add-in Cards Now Available Worldwide AGEIA's PhysX Processor is Available Now on PC add-in Cards from ASUS and BFG MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 9, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced the availability of its PhysX processor on add-in accelerator cards from ASUS Computer International and BFG Technologies, Inc. The first physics processing unit (PPU) designed to power pervasive real-time physics in PC gaming can now be purchased by consumers worldwide, thus delivering true physics interaction on a massive scale to serious gamers everywhere. Click Here to read more...  ... Read more...
OC Workbench reports that NVIDIA's Forceware 84.43 drivers can enable SLI functionality on Intel's i975X platform. There are some rumors that ATI's RD580 and Uli1697 can also be "unlocked" to have SLI functionality though those boards have not yet been tested fully. The irony here is that Intel's own chipset seems to be the most flexible in terms of multi-GPU support with both SLI and Crossfire natively supported. Our reader send us a note that the latest Forceware 84.43 now enables SLI to Intel 975X board. The screen shot below shows that it can be done. Looks like the i975X can run CrossFire, SLI... Read more...
Foreign website PC Inpact reports that various vendors have been informed that ATI is changing the name of the Xpress 200 (RD480) chipset. Dubbed Xpress 1600, the new name will better illustrate the differences between itself and the new Xpress 3200 (RD580) chipset. Here, the Xpress 1600 is equipped with 16PCIe to distribute between two cards. Similarly, the Xpress 3200 offers 32PCIe channels to split between two cards.  ... Read more...
 An exploit has become publicly available for a newly disclosed critical -- and as yet unpatched -- vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser.The exploit has been posted on several Internet sites and gives even relatively novice hackers an easy way to take advantage of a flaw in the way IE processes information using the createTextRange () method, according to Secure Elements Inc., a Herndon, Va.-based security firm. "It's just a matter of time before the exploit gets turned into a virus or a worm" capable of creating considerable damage on unprotected systems, said Scott Carpenter, director of security labs at Secure Elements.... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA's recent final acquisition of ULI might be leading to some interesting scenarios in terms of chipset names. Here, sources have told DigiTimes that NVIDIA might be renaming either current or newly released chipsets to reflect the new ownership. In one example, the ULI M1697 was rumored to possibly be renamed the NVIDIA M1697 chipset. On the surface, this seems like a painfully bland naming convention. However, can you image the irony and marketing stress ATI would face if the M1575 southbridge used for most ATI-based motherboards was renamed the NVIDIA M1575? Without question, it would certainly be interesting to see both logos on the same motherboard box.... Read more...
So how much do we know about AMD's AM2? Other than DDR2 support(PC2-6400), still not all that much. Today Techgage.com gathers up the information available, also providing an interesting shot of a motherboard supporting the new technology. "One major thing many people are interested in, of course, is whether in fact the DDR2 will perform better on the AM2 than on current Intel's. Even with DDR1 as it stands, Intel sometimes does have a hard time keeping up in term of bandwidth and latency. With AM2's memory controller, there's no real doubt that it will indeed perform better. That's not a fanboi comment either, it's obvious that DDR2 does not... Read more...
S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com S3 Graphics branded PCI Express add-in graphics cards offer great value with screaming 700MHz core clock and performance DDR3 memory Fremont, CA, February 8, 2006 – Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America. Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128. With the highest core clock on the market at 702Mhz,... Read more...
Gmail Mobile is out and ready for use. Gmail Mobile is the latest addition to Google's ever expanding range of e-mail services. Heading to https://m.gmail.com on your mobile phone will let you access your Gmail from anywhere. If you've never surfed the web with your phone, Google will help you get started. Now you can access your Gmail messages from the web browser on your mobile phone or device. Read and reply to your Gmail messages any time, anywhere. * It's free. (But your wireless plan might still charge, so you might want to check with your provider first.) * It's smart. It can handle attachments like photos and .pdf files.... Read more...
AOpen miniPC available now San Jose, CA - November 1, 2005 - AOpen, an award-winning global leader in PC component and system design and manufacturing, continues its miniaturized personal computing innovation with a cool new twist to PC computing, the most affordable and compact PC ever, the AOpen miniPC. The launch of the unique miniPC testifies the strong R&D capability of AOpen and demonstrates that the product development expertise of the company takes the leading position in the world. "AOpen's R&D expertise has progressed from desktop platforms to small form factor platforms," said Chris Liu, VP of Product and Marketing of AOpen America. "Now we are taking a giant... Read more...
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