CoolerMaster spawns a new mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 03:30 PM |
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The Cooler Master Storm Spawn has 7 customizable buttons, a sleek red and black color scheme and an adjustable 3500 DPI sensor.  The software it comes with will be familiar to anyone who has used a gaming mouse, with perhaps a bit more depth as the mouse is capable of macros with a maximum of 10 key presses and releases.  Overall it received a positive review from Neoseeker, though the reviewer would have liked it to be a bit larger so those with big hands be warned.

Source: Neoseeker

No BulletStorm demo, but how about a tongue in cheek Call of Duty

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 12:53 PM |
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Drop by Rock, Paper, Shotgun for a free look at The Duty Calls, which is what Epic Games is offering up instead of a BulletStorm demo.  While you can't kill with style yet, you can see a nice movie setting you up for a free download of The Duty Calls.  It is 765MB, so Canadians should grab it now before UBB kicks in and it counts against your limits.

More fun with the B&N Nook; this time it's honeycomb

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 11:55 AM |
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Rooting your Nook colour is nothing new, various projects have been underway for a while to allow more control and functionality on the device.  The newest project involves the new Android Honeycomb platform and you can get the details on how this was done at Hack a Day.  This is a successful project in its early stages so while they have enabled a lot of the features not all are quite up to snuff.  Try it out for yourse

Source: Hack a Day

The cause of the SandyBridge kerfuffle

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2011 - 01:28 PM |
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Via AnandTech we received some information on what caused the issue with SandyBridge's SATA 3Gb/s controller, in fact a legacy hardware issue.  While it is possible that the single transistor mentioned could be the root cause, Charlie from SemiAccurate does not believe that to be the case, he sites several problems with Intel's explanation of how the root cause was discovered.

Anyone remember F-DIV? Intel made another booboo

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2011 - 12:55 PM |
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The big news today is Intel's reporting of a flaw in their new SandyBridge 6-series motherboards.  It seems that the SATA 3.0 Gp/s ports have rather short life time and some users will have drives drop off as too many bit errors result in the connection to the drive being cut.  That does not mean the board you bought is unusable, simply that the failure rate of the older SATA controller is unreasonably high, and those using only the SATA 6 Gb/s ports won't even notice.  Intel has an  interesting

Remember the Challenger

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 05:23 PM |
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There is a wide variety of threads on out Forums that range from questions about new system builds to obscure tech references to accusations of government corruption.  Of course, your first encounter with them is the title of the thread and sometimes the title migh

Big booming speaker from Corsair

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 03:03 PM |
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The Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kitdoes not seem like an expected product from Corsair, but that is exactly what Legit Reviews just finished testing.  At 232W there is a lot of power to drive the two satellites and subwoofer and you control that power via an included the 1.8" colour TFT display, which you use to adjust levels and other fine variables.  Legit Reviews love

The AMD Fusion APU gets an SDK

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 10:56 AM |
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The hardware portion of AMD's new Fusion lineup has arrived but what we really want to see is the software portion of it.  That has finally arrived with the new update to the ATI Stream SDK so programmers can start to take a look at how to best take advantage of the parallel processing that the new chips are capable of.  It will take a while to implement the new features in code form, something which should be moved ahead by the planned Developer Summit that will take place later this year. 

Source: The Register

In case you aren't nervous enough, here's a roundup of USB vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2011 - 12:25 PM |
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The simple introduction of a USB drive onto a network by a user unaware of a virus installed during the manufacturing process is worrisome enough, once the user is really trying to compromise a system via a USB device it gets rather scary.  Those USB's using U3 autorun to appear as a CD-ROM can hold nasty secrets and keyloggers built with a photosensitive sensor could perform a variety of tasks based on the amount of illumination in a room. 

Drop by Hack a Day for a look at the possible attacks you could face as well as some possible defence strategies.

"This very informative talk given at Shmoocon 2011 has been posted over at IronGeek. Covering all kinds of angles that a person could attack someones computer through the USB port, this should be read by anyone who is security minded at all. No matter which side of the port you tend to be on, this article has great information. They cover some common attack methods such as keyloggers and fake keyboards as well as some common methods of securing your system against them. We’ve actually seen this in the news a bit lately as people have been using the keyboard emulation method in conjunction with android phones to hack into systems."

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Source: Hack a Day

Dead Space 2, survival horror done well ... again

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2011 - 01:18 PM |
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As far as Ars Technica can tell the sequel to Dead Space picks up immediately after the first ended.   You play the same character, trying to survive in less than friendly conditions without much in the way of resources.  Fans of the original will be pleased to know that the game has not morphed into a shooter, it retains the same survival horror focus while trying to improve on the atmosphere (or lack thereof).  Some of the enemies ha

Source: Ars Technica