Tech News June 2008

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PC Buying Guide – June 2008
Tech Spot :: Friday, June 27, 2008
Whether you are a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast lacking the time it takes to compare the seemingly endless pit of hardware available, we’ve got you covered. Our buying guides provide an in-depth list of today’s best hardware, ranging between three unique and yet typical budgets.

Microsoft TechEd 2008 Developer Week
Techware Labs :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Today, Michael Lynch and Dan Shannon take a look at the Microsoft TechEd 2008 conference – Developer’s Week. After a Key Note by Bill Gates, free t-shirts, and even flying monkeys, could this conference get any better?

Dawn of the Megazooms
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
For many, a powerful optical zoom may be more valuable than a mountain of megapixels. These advanced point-and-shoot cameras pull in a tight shot from very far away.

First Look at Mint.com’s Investment Beta
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Today I got into the investment account private beta at Mint.com. Here’s what I found.

Computex 2008 – The Roundup
Techgage :: Monday, June 23, 2008
In our last Computex article, I am taking a look at a slew of products from a few different companies that had a lot to offer, such as OCZ, Thermaltake, ECS, Gigabyte, Foxconn and others. Included is a look at numerous motherboards, video cards and even some power supplies.

Take Control of Your PC
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Seize command of your desktop, train your Firefox tabs, and tour the stars.

Incredible Shrinking Laptops
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Pint-size mini-notebooks are set to make a big splash.

ASUS U6E 12.1″ Notebook
Techgage :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Mobile computing doesn’t have to be boring – the U6E from ASUS proves that. Within its 12-inch frame is some of the best styling around and very competent hardware, along with a full-sized keyboard, fingerprint reader and four USB ports. Does this small notebook win big time?

Get Your Free Music Online
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Here’s a roundup of free and legal music sites you may not know about, plus some art projects for the summer.

HDT Cooler Shootout!
Icrontic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Mike puts two new “Heatpipe Direct Touch” heatsinks through their paces in the Icrontic labs. Two different approaches to the technology will be compared and then ranked against the other eleven heatsinks we’ve tested to date.

For RoadRunner Internet Users: A Quick Cheat Sheet
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
If you’re using Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse or Insight internet service, you most likely are using RoadRunner. At times it may be difficult to find basic information, such as “How do I create an e-mail address?” or “What’s the newsgroup server address?” or the like. This mini cheat sheet will get you to the info you want […]

Solve Wireless Lag and Disconnects on XP
Icrontic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
A long-standing flaw in the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) WiFi client causes frequent disconnects and periods of high latency. Figure out how to tackle one of XP’s oldest problems!

Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Inexpensive entry-level digital SLR camera offers advanced features and great image quality.

Digital Photo Tip: Location, Location, Location
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
You can be the worst photographer armed with the cheapest digital camera and still get great shots if you’re willing to seek out subjects that look interesting. Here’s a few examples of what I’m talking about. (click any image for larger size) This is the prop car from Back to the Future, taken at Universal Studios in Orlando […]

How Much Money Can You Make Online?
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Making money on the Internet, to many people, conjures up images of the gold rush. You put up a website and out pours money. This was, no doubt, the image conjured up in the 90’s with the dot-com boom. Today, this attitude has evolved into one of skepticism with a little dose of confusion mixed in. […]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Digital Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Its Carl Zeiss telephoto lens and manual features are strong, but the focus-lock is erratic, and startup is slow.

Kingwin Revolution RVT-9225 CPU Cooler Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Kingwin has been around for quite while making many products from cases and accessories to CPUcoolers and power supplies and they've got a good reputation overall for making quality products. They may have been around for a while but they're new to us at DragonSteelMods, this will be our first review of their products, actually it will be three of them, they've sent me three of their newest CPU coolers for review and today will be the first of those three reviews. On the review block today I've got the Kingwin Revolution RVT-9225 CPU Cooler, it utilizes what Kingwin calls H.D.T, or Heat Pipe-Direct Touch cooling technology. H.D.T is just a fancy term really, the cooler does not have a base as other coolers do, the heat pipes directly touch your CPU to provide maximum heat transfer efficiency. In my time with this cooler I tested in on both C2D and C2Q processors and found that it performs very well, its performance rivals that of many of the top coolers on the market today. So read on to learn more about this great little CPU cooler…

Samsung Instinct PDA Phone
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
At $130 with a two-year contract, the Instinct is a good handset and a great deal. But this iPhone look-alike is unlikely to slay Apple’s upcoming 3G handset.

OCZ OCZ600SXS 600W StealthXStream Power Supply Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, June 23, 2008
I recently took a look at a Foxconn motherboard that I used for a recent system build, I also needed a reliable power supply for it as well and choose an OCZ 600Watt StealthXStream PSU. I choose this PSU for two main reasons, quality and efficiency, since I know and trust OCZ products it was one of my first choices, but since the system would be running 24/7 at full load I was also looking for a way to possibly save a little money. So I choose this particular power supply because of the known quality, the fact that it is 'green' and also because it was relatively inexpensive compared to the others that were available at time of purchase. I've had this power supply installed for almost two months now running 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at almost 100% load all the time and have not had one problem. Even at 100% load in conditions that are not the greatest, this power supply has remained stable and quiet working to keep the system up and running.

Casual Friday: Metal Gear Solid 4 vs. The Movies, Spore, and More
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
It’s time to go see summer blockbusters on the big screen–or to play them on your PS3.

Firefox 3 Web Browser
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
New features and improved performance make Firefox 3 the Web browser to beat.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Arctic Cooling ( Freezer 7 LP CPU cooler, it's very small, and virtually silent. The Freezer 7 LP is aimed at the media center or HTPC crowd with silence and compact size as it's main features, but how does it perform? Read on to see how it compares to other CPU coolers when tested on C2D and C2Q processors…


5 Reasons to Ditch Your Cable Box or Satellite Dish
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Why spend $50 to $100 a month for video entertainment when there’s so much good, free stuff on the Web? Good-bye, couch potato, and hello, mouse potato.

The Mini-Laptops of Summer
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
You’re not the only one losing weight for beach season. The latest and least expensive breed of slimmed-down mobile PC–the mini-laptop–is ready for summer travel.

First Look: Nvidia GeForce GTX 200 Series
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Nvidia unveils a pair of fast new GeForce graphics processors that tackle a CPU’s job.

ASUS at Computex 2008
Techgage :: Monday, June 23, 2008
One of the dominating companies at Computex was ASUS, and because of the sheer amount of products on display, we’ve decided to dedicate an article to the most interesting ones. Included inside is a look at their new motherboards, audio cards, Eee PC accessories and much more.

Silver 1.5 inch Digital Photo Keychain
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Digital Photo Keychain ( from Wholesale Keychains (. It's got a 1.5 inch display that has a 128×128 pixel resolution and it can hold up to 43 pictures and even includes software built into it to transfer and crop your pictures easily. It can make a great gift, or even a nice give away for a company to show off their products and for a few dollars more they'll even engrave it for you to make it more personal.

Acer Aspire One Mini-Notebook (Preview)
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
A hands-on peek at the next big mini-notebook.

How To Balance Your Checkbook With GnuCash
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
A few weeks ago, I wrote about GnuCash being available on Windows which now means the open source accounting product is available for the vast majority of computer users. I then followed up this a with a guide on how to get started using it for your small business, but what about if you just […]

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
The $100 Vado pocket camcorder lets you shoot and upload YouTube clips with ease. Just don’t expect great video quality.

HP SimpleSave Photo Backup Software
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
This software-and-disc package is a drop-dead simple way to protect priceless photos and videos.

Is There A Software Upgrade For Your GM Car Or Truck?
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Oh sure, we all know about updates for computers. Updates for Windows, updates for OS X, updates for Linux and so on. But how about a software upgrade for your car or truck? General Motors cars have had PCMs (Powertrain Control Modules) for a very long time. In fact, the first GM car to get it was […]

Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Digital Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
This model shoots full-resolution bursts at up to 60 frames per second.

Casual Friday: Stream Crysis on an Eee PC
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
You can play your PCs games wherever and whenever you want–even on an underpowered mini-laptop–thanks to streaming (and one day, cloud computing).

How-To: Make A Quick Weather Checker (Firefox)
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Using Weather.com: 1. Go to www.weather.com. 2. Right-click inside the “Local weather” field and select “Add a keyword for this search” 3. Enter the name as “weather.com search” and keyword as “w”, then click the “Add” button. 4. Type “w” followed by your ZIP code in the location bar then press Enter. Ta-da! Fast weather.com report. Using Weather Underground: 1. Go […]

14 Vital Internet Tools
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
These downloads, mostly free, will help you optimize your communications with others, improve security, and generally improve your online life.

What Is The Future of Yahoo?
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
There has been enough disappointment to go around when it comes to Yahoo of late. When Yahoo refused the buy-out offer from Microsoft, there was upset. When they subsequently turned around and inked an agreement to run Google ads on Yahoo, it irked shareholders and confused tech pundits. It seems like a complete sell-out […]

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K Digital Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Decently priced megazoom is a great learning tool for point-and-shoot graduates.

Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd Digital Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
This lightweight model has a zoom lens that plays well at both wide-angle and telephoto extremes.

TAO 1.4 inch LCD Digital Photo Keychain Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Digital Photo Keychain ( from our friends at Wholesale Keychain (, it's called the TAO and it features a 1.4 inch Lcd screen, large memory capacity, and even an included AC adapter to make charging the battery easier.

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Pen with digital capabilities is a truly innovative and fun way to take notes and record audio.

Top Digital SLR Cameras for Summertime Shooting
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
New designs make digital SLR cameras more accessible than ever.

Another Rootkit Test Utility
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
There are many security tools out there which test for rootkits in your Windows system, so today I’m going to point you to another one: Sysinternal’s RootkitRevealer. Like all the great Sysinternal tools, this free utility does not require any installation. Just accept the license agreement and start your system scan. To ensure accuracy, it is […]

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Powerful and versatile entry-level digital SLR camera offers terrific image quality.

Free Remote Connection Software
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
When it comes to remote connection (either attended or unattended), there are several choices you have: Terminal Services (for Windows users), VNC, commercial services, etc. just to name a few. If you do not have something in place already, take a look at TeamViewer. This free service (for non-commercial use) allows you to both share your […]

Olympus SP-570 UZ Digital Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
The king of the high-zoom cameras offers sharp long-distance pics and quality ergonomics.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Digital SLR Camera
PC World :: Monday, June 23, 2008
The A300’s versatile, real-time Live View LCD eases the transition from point-and-shoot to digital SLR.

Links to Reviews for June 19-22
PC Mechanic :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Google Android Preview “Google’s Android platform isn’t a life-like robot that most people would assume it to be on first hearing the name. Instead, what you get is something that may change the current mobile phone landscape that we’re all too familiar with. Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect.” Intel’s Desktop CPU Roadmap “We have once […]