The TR Podcast 42: Tech rockstars, awesome ultraportables, and the day Duke died


Plus a slew of AMD stories, a TV show roundup, and more
— 5:04 PM on May 9, 2009

The Tech Report Podcast Date: May 9, 2009
Time: 1:42:13

Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Matt Butrovich, Geoff Gasior
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Show notes
This week, we kick things off with a quick listener comment and our thoughts on the world of TV, specifically sci-fi shows. Scott isn't impressed with Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Jordan wants to see Summer Glau in Terminator Salvation, and Scott loves the science of Fringe. We then move on to our obituary of 3D Realms, mourning the Nukemness that may never be.

Both Intel and Microsoft have been busy making new TV ads recently, and our editors go on to discuss the pros and cons of Intel's 'rock star' approach and Microsoft's fixation with desktop-replacement notebooks. Speaking of laptops, both Geoff and Scott are excited with the new and shiny (sometimes overly so) ultraportables from Samsung and HP. Can these slender new arrivals unseat our favorite netbooks for price, usability, and size?

This show includes many AMD stories, as well, including talk of the newest Radeon GPU and Scott's visit to GlobalFoundries.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - jdrake@techreport.com

Tech discussion:

    Listener comment: 1080p only on Ion? (0:02:10)- Read comment

    TV show roundup: Life, Dollhouse, Fringe, Terminator SCC (0:05:00)

    It's over: 3D Realms shuts down (0:19:15)- Read more

    New Intel ad: Our rock stars aren't your rock stars (0:22:56)- Read more

    Laptop hunters? More like desktop replacement hunters (0:32:25)- Read more

    HP's Pavilion dv2 ultraportable notebook (0:40:55)- Read more

    Samsung's NC20 ultraportable notebook (0:51:29)- Read more

    GlobalFoundries gears up (1:04:44)- Read more

    AMD shakeup combines CPU, GPU businesses (1:11:12)- Read more

    Apple hires another former AMD graphics CTO (1:16:45)- Read more

    AMD's Radeon HD 4770 graphics processor (1:28:00)- Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.
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