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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2008Archive Listing


Sunday August 31, 2008

120GB and 16GB Zune PMPs Pictured

Zunited.net has some fuzzy shots of the updated Zune players that come in 120GB and 16GB flavors. Follow the jump for a few more shots.

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[H] Gaming News

Command & Conquer: Red Alert available as free download @ ShackNews

Resident Evil 5 for PS3 preview @ CVG

Crysis Warhead multiplayer info @ VE3D

Is accessibility killing gaming? Discussion @ bit-tech

LittleBigPlanet for PS3 Adventures of Sackboy HD trailer @ GameTrailers

A Look At Scaling Challenges of WLANs

College campuses are considered ground zero for WLAN scaling issues and discussion due to the large number of clients and high bandwidth usage for both wired and wireless users. Network World took a look at the challenges of scaling WLANs and what some colleges are doing about it.

Early WLANs focused on growing the number of access points to cover a given area. But today, many wireless administrators are focusing more attention on scaling capacity. That focus is a broad one, calling for a deeper understanding of what access points are capable of, and paying more attention to scaling back-end systems, servers and networks.

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[H]ardware Roundup: Sunday Edition

Cooling

Thermaltake PW850i ProWater watercooling kit @ BurnoutPC

NoiseBlocker MultiFrame Series fans @ DriverHeaven

Input Devices

Microsoft Sidewinder X5 gaming mouse @ MaximumPC

Razer Salmosa gaming mouse @ ExtremeTech

Memory & Storage

Patriot Viper DDR2 1150 2GB kit @ B3D

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD @ TheTechReport

Power Supply

Coolmax CUG-950B 950W @ jonnyGURU

Topower PowerBird 1100W @ TweakTown

Case Mod Video Gallery from IFA

Gizmodo has a cool, though short, case mod video gallery from IFA. My favorite is the Unreal Tournament rocket launcher just cuz it’s freakin’ wild. Follow the jump to check out the video.

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Google Market Share Passes 60%

Both Comscore and Nielsen Netratings posted search engine market share numbers for Google that exceed 60%, the 2nd time this has happened in 2008. Google’s share is more than 3 times over that of distant second place Yahoo.

While the market research firms have come up with substantially different numbers for their July report, both agree that Google now runs more than three times the numbers of searches of its closest rival and more than twice the searches of Yahoo and Microsoft combined.

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Riding Along with Hydrogen Powered Test Cars

GM and other makers have been testing their next-gen hydrogen-powered vehicles in a very limited fashion at markets that have a hydrogen fueling facility. This article takes a look at the programs and how some of the participants are faring.

Automakers say the tests show the cars can perform like a conventional vehicle, bolstering their argument that a network of fueling stations are needed. There are 61 operational hydrogen fueling stations in the United States, according to the National Hydrogen Association, and nearly half are located in California.

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Mobo pr0n

We are finally seeing Gigabyte’s EP-45-Extreme show up in large quantity in North American retail. Is that northbridge water/air cooler in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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Next-gen Xbox Speculation Summarized

There’s been a lot of speculation around Microsoft’s next version of the Xbox. Techradar took some of the rumors and summarized them nicely in this article. What do you think?

We look at whether the 'Xbox 720' will feature a return to Intel chips, the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive, and more storage than you can ever fill. ...The next question isn't necessarily 'what will the next Xbox look like?' but 'will there even be one?'

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Consumer Electronics Makers Brace for Slow Market

At the IFA electronics show in Berlin, company representatives from some of the largest gadget makers talked about the slowdown in the overall industry and their opinions on what will happen. The worldwide economic outlook isn’t pretty but some of the makers expect that sales will be ok in the gadget segment.

"We have not seen an impact on consumer spending yet," [Sony CEO Howard] Stringer said, adding people often sought solace in entertainment during uncertain economic times -- citing the popularity of cinemas during the depression of the 1930s.

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Enterprises Migrating to 802.11n, Study Finds

Looks like a decent number of enterprises aren’t waiting for full IEEE ratification for 802.11n. A study conducted by BT North America found that one-third of responding companies are migrating to the draft standard within the next 12 months.

The Web-based survey was completed by IT professionals from 226 companies. Forty-three percent of those companies had 1,000 or less IT employees; 28% had 1,000 to10,000; and one-quarter had more than 10,000.

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HTC Android-powered Dream in Pics

Engadget has some photos of the Android-powered HTC Dream in action. Branded by T-Mobile, the photos confirm a lot of rumors such as the design spied in the FCC docs, T-Mobile’s support of the phone, and what Android looks like. Check it out if you’re curious.

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