Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license. However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does? According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries. The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone. If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage. The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups. Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet. In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection. Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice. The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog mouse bears a remarkable similarity to both the Cyber Snipa and Ace with some individualized tweaks. The overall shape almost appears shortened as the mouse is quite tall and has an rest for your thumb and one for the fingers on the outside of your hand.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's soft launch of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 took place at PAX East, which gave TechREACTION a chance to sit down and chat with Bryan Del Rizzo after the announcement. They talk about the delays and rumours over the past few months as nVIDIA fed out information about Fermi, along with where he feels Fermi will fit into the current market. Drop by and see what nVIDIA feels about their newest processors after the link.
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have big ears, or as OC3D points out, if you played rugby or boxed then the new SteelSeries Siberia V2
headset is worth a look as the headset sports rather large earcups. It sports a retractable microphone which can be pulled out of the left earcup when needed and slides back in when not in use as opposed to swinging up and sticking out from your head at an odd angle like most do. The sound quality made OC3D quite happy, both in au
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future. Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market. In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware. The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive. There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see