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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,09 2007 - tech 
TechNews - Athlon 64 X2 6000+ costs only $178! - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,07 2007 - tech
Weekend Reading - 2900 XT 512MB vs 8800 GTS - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,05 2007 - tech
TechNews - 'DVD Jon' Cracks iPhone Activation - tech
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Real World DirectX 10 Performance: It Ain't Pretty - tech
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With the first three DX10 games out there in the wild, the chaps over at AnandTech take a close look at what we can expect from the current DX10 implementation. Here's an excerpt:
For now, AMD does seem to have an advantage in Call of Juarez, while NVIDIA leads the way in Company of Heroes and Lost Planet. But as far as NVIDIA vs. AMD in DirectX 10 performance, we really don't want to call a winner right now. It's just way too early, and there are many different factors behind what we are seeing here. As the dust settles and everyone gets fully optimized DirectX 10 drivers out the door with a wider variety of games, then we'll be happy to take a second look.

The more important fact to realize is that DirectX 10 is finally here. While developers are used to programmable hardware after years with DirectX 9, there is still room for experimentation and learning with geometry shaders, more flexibility, lower state change and object overhead, and (especially) faster hardware. But DirectX 10 isn't an instant pass to huge performance and incredible effects.

Let's look at it like this: there are really three ways a game can come to support DirectX 10, and almost all games over the next few years will ship with a DX9 path as well. The easiest thing is to do a straight port of features from DirectX 9 (which should generally be slightly faster than the DirectX 9 counterpart if drivers are of equal quality). We could also see games offer a DirectX 10 version with enhanced features that could still be implemented in DX9 in order to offer an incentive for users to move to a DX10 capable platform. The most aggressive option is to implement a game focused around effects that can only be effectively achieved through DirectX 10.

Games which could absolutely only be done in DX10 won't hit for quite a while for a number of reasons. The majority of users will still be on DX9 platforms. It is logical to spend the most effort developing for the user base that will actually be paying for the games. Developers are certainly interested in taking advantage of DX10, but all games for the next couple of years will definitely have a DX9 path. It doesn't make sense to rewrite everything from the ground up if you don't have to.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,04 2007 - tech
TechNews - Happy 4th of July! - tech
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Happy 4th of July! It's Independence Day today and that usually means a day filled with family, food, and fun. Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday!
  • Super Talent unveils high-density, high-speed DDR3 - Super Talent today unveiled a trio of new DDR3 memory offerings that feature higher speeds and greater densities. The flagship is the new W1600UX2G7 memory kit, which packs two 1GB modules rated for a speedy 1600MHz with timings of 7-7-7-18 at 1.8V. Super Talent also has a similar W1600UX2G9 kit with slightly looser 9-9-9-21 latencies, also at 1.8V.
  • XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty Edition Tested - The Fata1ty Geforce 8600 GT graphics card comes with it's GPU core pre-overclocked at 620 MHz and 256MB memory clocked at (2x) 850 MHz. That's not that special, yet it's doing that while being passively cooled!
  • Anti-Piracy Gang Launches their own Leech Site to Trap People - The sole purpose of the site is to trap people into uploading copyrighted material, and bust them for doing so.
  • Meebo Now iPhone Friendly - It looks like the Meebo team has made the appropriate changes, so Meebo now works from the iPhone. The 'Go' button appears on the iPhone keyboard and submits your messages.
  • Apple launches battery replacement program for iPhone - If your battery goes flat Apple will replace it for $79.95 plus $6.95 for shipping, with turnaround time expected to be about three business days
  • Creepy High Voltage Installations in Russia - Russian countryside yields sometimes most improbable sights - abandoned artifacts and installations from bizarre military/scientific research, strangely futuristic forms left to rust and decay - to be found by a curious photographer
  • Paris Hilton, It’s Sure Good to Have You Back - Yes Indeed… a picture truly is worth a thousand words, eh?
  • Mysterious "Transformers" Trailer Leaked - check it out
  • Can you remember all the US Presidents? - Pretty cool web game. You have 10 minutes to guess/remember all the U.S. Presidents throughout history.
  • Jessica Alba Uncensored and Fantastic for You! - Alba ...yes! :-)
  • Michelle Marsh For The 4th Of July! - Oh yeah!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,03 2007 - tech
TechNews - Gates No Longer World's Richest Man - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,02 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD Phenom Delayed Until Q1/08? - tech
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  • AMD Phenom Delayed Until Q1/08? - AMD denies these rumors and claims the Phenom is indeed on schedule for the second half of 2007. But who knows...
  • Intel's Budget Chipset Evolves ECS G33 - TweakTown takes a look at Intel's Budget Chipset - without any digital video features or TV out, it's designed for the office environment, pure and simple.
  • Samsung Q1 Ultra Problems? -  It seems that Samsung may be in the process of revising the specs and prices for their upcoming UMPC, the Q1 Ultra. Sadly, it might be that the specs are going down and the price is going up :-(
  • RivaTuner v2.02 released - In this release they have included a huge number of stuff to keep you busy, obviously GeForce 8800/8600 and some experimental Radeon HD 2400/2600 support is here as well.
  • nCleaner 2.3.3 - nCleaner (download) contains an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning items available, a Registry Cleaner, a Tweak Manager, an advanced Startup Manager, a Junk Finder, a Free Space Shredder, a System Resource Monitor, a System Adviser, supports logging and statistics as well as advanced Scheduling.
  • MessengerDiscovery Live 1.3.0322 - MessengerDiscovey Live is a free Windows Live Messenger add-on
  • Harry Potter Worm - Rather than getting a sneak preview of the book, impatient muggles who click on the file will instead find their PC infected by the W32/Hairy-A worm.
  • Upcoming MacBooks to have multi-touch features? - CrunchGear's source claims MacBooks with multi-touch, er, touch pads will come out in October. The machines are expected to be manufactured using new materials and to be significantly thinner than existing models.
  • AT&T Trying To Fix iPhone Problems - Any of you having problems activating your new iPhone? Despite it, some analyst claim that sales should top 500,000 for the first weekend
  • VoIP must support disabled users, pay fees - The FCC recently ruled that VoIP operators must pay into the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund and must support 711 dialing for users who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired
  • N-Gage games to equal PC games - Nokia has started development on at least one cross-platform game, codenamed "Project White Rock", which will offer an identical experience on PCs and N-Gage mobile phones, Pocket Gamer reports.
  • Forza 2 crashes Xbox 360? - The thread in Forzamotorsport.net was talking about fairly widespread claims that Forza 2 is causing Xbox 360 units to crash. Some of the reports claimed that the game could actually kill the XBox deader than a Dodo.
  • Nine Cool Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Wikipedia - Wikipedia is great encyclopedia, but did you know you could also use it as a future planner, TV guide, zeitgeist trend tracker, and more?
  • Why can't a blonde get a drivers license?  - check it out :-D
  • Playboy's PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR Kara Monaco uncensored - check it out!
  • KamaSutra... with 2 babes teaching (pics) - Hey that's not strictly kamasutra... but who cares about details! :-D
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,30 2007 - tech
TechNews - iPhone Mania - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,28 2007 - tech
TechNews - ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT tested - tech
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  • Intel Reveals 'Larrabee' Teraflop Processor - Intel's code-named Larrabee processor, which seems to be an array of computational arithmetic logic units (ALUs) with caches as well as memory controller, will be capable of processing 'well in excess' of a teraflop of data, according to Justin Rattner, Intel Corp.'s chief technology officer. The processor is set for release in 2010, but could show up in 2009, Mr. Rattner is quoted to have said.
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT tested - These cards are obviously not geared to hardcore gamers - the Radeon HD 2600 XT, performed about on par with or markedly behind a GeForce 8600 GT.
  • Mid-range 65nm GeForce 8 coming in November - The card will feature a new G92 graphics processor that will be based on 65nm process technology, just like the RV630 and RV610 GPUs in AMD's new Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 cards. The G92 will feature a 256-bit memory interface and will support the PCI Express 2.0 specification, which offers twice the bandwidth of first-generation PCIe. Performance of G92-based products will lie somewhere between that of the 8800 GTS and 8600 GTS.
  • Foobar + FofR = awesome audio player configuration -  It seems I'll have to give Foobar2000 a try again.
  • Cool Google Search Trick - This is a pretty simple search trick that makes it very easy and efficient to search for files that are often more difficult to find
  • Fake Microsoft Security Bulletin Alert! - If you get an e-mail warning you about a Microsoft Outlook zero-day exploit just delete it. It is simply another phishing scam.
  • Vista Transformation Pack 7 -  WindowsX has released a brandnew version of the Vista Tranformation Pack for Windows XP. There are some nice new features like Vistart and the Vista Sidebar 2.0
  • How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less - Hold down the Windows key and the letter "E" for 10 seconds or so. After opening up Windows Explorer windows ad infinitum, your system will stop responding.
  • Torvalds attacks Microsoft: Show us the 235 Linux patent violations - Torvalds has a simple solution. Microsoft should put or shut up. Microsoft should list the patents it claims Linux violates, so that the open source community can either rewrite the offending code or test the legitimacy of Microsoft’s claims in court.
  • New PS3 buyers to get five free Blu-ray titles -The five movies will come from a list of 21 titles, including choices like Pearl Harbor, Black Rain, Underworld, and Transporter 2.
  • Critical Consensus: The iPhone scorecard - A chart of the top-rate reviewers who examined the Apple iPhone and what they thought.
  • Roman Candle Battle (video) - These guys have a roman candle fight in there backyard.
  • Jay Leno Gets A Sneak Peek At The All-New '08 Cadillac CTS (video) - The new 2008 Cadillac CTS will prove once and for all whether GM's luxury division can truly deliver on the promise of its radical "Art & Science" styling revolution and run wheel to wheel with the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.
  • Megan Fox Gets Ready for Transformers Debut! - If you've outgrown Optimus Prime, Megan Fox is the best reason to watch Transformers the Movie!
  • Kayleigh Pearson Sexy Photos - Kayleigh was the winner of FHM's High Street Honeys competition back in 2003 and was voted into FHM's list of the 100 Sexiest Women in both 2004 and 2005. Do you like this girl? :-D
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,27 2007 - tech
TechNews - ForceWare 162.15 BETA - tech
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  • Intel G35 chipsets will not support DirectX 10 until 2008 -  Intel's G35 chipset was originally planned to support DirectX 10 at launch time.
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT benchmarks (in German) - check it out
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 162.15 BETA (Windows XP) - The new beta driver improves compatibility for Lost Planet.
  • iTunes Anonymizer - The free software allows consumers to erase their name and e-mail addresses from their iTunes Plus files. The software, which can only anonymize one file at a time, also offers to make a backup of the original file.
  • Windows Live Folders and Photo Gallery announced - Windows Live Folders, which we showed you when it briefly popped up back in May, is the first attempt at a "storage in the cloud" service for Windows Live. The beta will provide 500mb of online storage at no charge, with a 50mb individual file size cap. Windows Live Photo Gallery is a new product, an "upgrade" from the Windows Photo Gallery that comes with Vista, and which will be available as a free download for Windows XP SP2 as well.
  • Controversial BBC iPlayer launching this fall; open beta on July 27 - The BBC finally spills the details on the launch of iPlayer, a standalone software application that allows UK residents to download full TV shows up to a week after they air on TV.
  • New algorithms to make parallel programming easy - Researchers have put together a prototype system made up of 64 parallel processors they claim is 100 times faster than current desktop PCs.
  • Walt Mossberg reviews the iPhone (video) - The first official iPhone reviews are out, and everyone loves it!
  • Change TV Channels Without A Remote! (video) - This hack shows you how to change TV channels without a remote control, and annoy your family!
  • Brookstone kicks out anti-snoring Sona pillow - The secret lies in the patented Sona Pillow's shape. Users place one arm comfortably under the pillow's sleeping surface in a recessed space and remain in a naturally comfortable side-sleeping position thanks to the pillow's triangular design and raised center
  • LEGO Aircraft Carrier - This LEGO aircraft carrier is one of the most detailed models I have ever come across.
  • NASA publishes spectacular images of the recent mission - STS-117 Atlantis mission's rendezvous with Expedition 15 of the International Space Station
  • MSNBC anchor tears up Paris script! Must see! :-) - Give that anchor a raise!
  • Sexy Shay Laren Pics - check it out!
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,26 2007 - tech
TechNews - iPhone Service Plan Rates Revealed - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,25 2007 - tech
TechNews - ATi Catalyst 7.6 Drivers - tech
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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Beta Performance - tech
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The chaps over at AMDZone have tested the Enemy Territory Quake Wars beta with GeForce 8800GTX, GeForce 8800GTS 640MB, GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, GeForce 8600GTS, GeForce 7900GTX, GeForce 7900GT and GeForce 7600GT  at 1280X864, and 1600X1200:
Clearly from our initial numbers ETQW loves the GeForce 8 cards particularly if you have an 8800 of any type. They can handle full on eye candy and maintain frame rates much higher than their GeForce 7 counterparts. Sure they are DX10 cards, but in this DX9 game they shine. Now results may vary, and in fire fights expect the performance to drop as more units are rendered. However from play testing experience there is a marked advantage to using an 8800 card versus a 7900 that you certainly notice as we experienced during several hours of play.

As for the gameplay itself clearing there needs to be some balancing and tweaking done. Head to head with Battlefield 2142 it does not yet stand up. Vehicles behave too much like toys. The tank is far to easy to destroy. If you are trying to shoot a Strogg hovering with the pack in the sky good luck. There is a lot of potential of course, and with Team Fortress 2 not out till October we hope that we can have a nice alternative squad based shooter to Battlefield this Summer.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,24 2007 - tech
Sunday Reading - New iPhone Details leaked - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,22 2007 - tech
TechNews - Want to fly? For $200K, You Can! - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,21 2007 - tech
TechNews - Tesla GPU For High End Computing - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,20 2007 - tech
TechNews - Gateway recalls 14,000 batteries - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - AT&T launches $10 ADSL service - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,18 2007 - tech
TechNews - Norton AntiVirus is A Virus-well sort of - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,15 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel Pentium E2140 & E2160 tested - tech
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