Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG. Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing. Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display. Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to the first official version of OpenCL, the programming API that promises to run on just about any modern processor, be it CPU, GPU or DSPs. It is open source and royalty-free and with AMD already fully on board and nVIDIA designing CUDA to play nicely with OpenCL you are likely to see a lot of new programs utilizing it. The GPGPU may become much more of a reality once this standard spreads to those programming for AMD and nVIDIA GPUs. Get on board before the discussion leaves you beh
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2009 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ISPs across the globe are working to provide bandwidth to their customers in a way that does not let a small number of heavy users degrade the internet experience of
the remaining users. For the most part, this is done by filtering packets at the application level, occasionally via deep packet inspection, but for the most part at the application level. For instance, Skype and bittorrent clients are often targeted, but you can be sure that HD quality YouTube videos and other media will also start to experience Homer's usual way of disciplining Bart.
The ISP may or ma
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2009 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that everything is on the web, from your refrigerator connecting via uPnP and printers that can order your ink, it is time for a change in vectors of attack. VoIP phone systems will certainly come up soon, but it is the juicy cellphone with all its open ports that is the current target. Black Hat took a sniff at smart phones, as with what is already out there in the wild, communication can be a little scary. Hack a Day, being the folks that they are,
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future. eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss. That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100. There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5. If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong. Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets. That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday. Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages. Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal. You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper. Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.