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Intel Talks Hourglass Syndrome ''Computer Rage''

"As performance computer users, we hate to feel held back from accomplishing a task because our hardware is too slow. The little hourglass (or the spinning rainbow wheel) can sometime drive us insane when we perceive that we're able to work faster than our computers." | more

Fans Make Awesome Duke Nukem Movie Teaser

"Duke Nukem Forever will finally be a reality thanks to Gearbox Software picking up the pieces, so be prepared for a Duke revival. Some very ambitious and talented fans in Finland decided to shoot a short film with Duke Nukem spending some quality time inside a strip club before the alien invasion. It was all done in a day with a single Red One HD camera." | more

Man Quits Job; Now Makes Millions Fighting Spam

"We all hate spam. At one time or another, it feels like the bane of our existence. Most of us just hit the delete button (or first tag it as junk) and the move on with our lives. Not Daniel Balsam, though, who quit his day job to take on spammers full time. Balsam was working as a marketer eight years ago. After one too many pitches to enlarge one part of his body or another, he had enough. He quit his job and went to law school. Now he makes a living by suing companies that send him spam mail. Now he takes spammers to court in California.

Do Not Ever Steal a Hacker's Computer

"It goes without saying that you should never mess with a hacker. Stealing a hacker's computer would be like stealing his or her children. Want to know what happens when a hacker gets his computer stolen? Check out this entertaining story that was relayed at DEF CON. Skip ahead to 3:15 in the video to jump to the start of the story." | more

GeForce GPU Will be Inside 200 Sandy Bridge PCs

"One of the big things about Sandy Bridge is its integration of a GPU directly in the same die as the CPU. While the graphics prowess of is Intel’s best yet, it’s not enough to elbow out discrete graphics makers like Nvidia. In fact, Nvidia is boasting that it has scored 200 design wins that will pair its GeForce GPUs with next generation Core systems. Part of that is due to the integrated Intel graphics not being a DirectX 11 part.

Google's Donating Money for Every Tab You Open

"Google has partnered with five charities for Chrome for Cause. These are The Nature Conservancy, Doctors without Borders, Charity: Water, Room to Read, and Un Techno para mi País. To contribute, all you have to do is download the Chrome for a Cause extension for Chrome and start opening tabs. Google is only running the program from December 15 through to December 19 and it's capped at $1 million so be sure to get moving on this as soon as possible for maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

Initial Chrome OS Cr-48 Hardware Impressions

"We finally got our hands on Google's "reference design" Chrome OS Notebook called the Cr-48. To be clear, the Cr-48 isn't ever going to be a commercial product like the Nexus One (or S) is for Android, but rather the notebook pilot program is for Google to gather feedback data in preparation for when Chrome OS hits stores in 2011 with products from Acer, Samsung, and others." | more

Nvidia Says More CPU Cores are Better (and Why)

"Essentially, having two cores splitting the work puts less strain on each individual core as compared to having a single core shoulder the entire load. This not only allows for greater performance potential but also a generally lower power draw – provided that both cores aren't under a greater load..." | more

Crankshaft Accelerates Chrome 10

"Google has almost quietly upgraded the nightly builds of Chrome 10 with a new JavaScript engine. Version 3.0.0.1 is, in some applications, twice as fast as the predecessor 2.5.9.1." | more

Adobe Flash 10.2b Makes Better Use of Your GPU

"The current version of Adobe Flash at 10.1 offloads some of the internet video rendering to the GPU, but not all of it. Flash 10.1 offloaded H.264 decoding to hardware, and now in the next iteration at 10.2, now in beta, Adobe is moving the entire video rendering pipeline to the GPU." | more

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