Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ARM Cortex, especially the more recent models like the A8, are showing up just about everywhere. HTC, Apple, Samsung and just about any other company producing smart phones depend on ARM for their processing power. It is estimated that there is around 20 billion ARM processors in use when you count them all, almost putting the x86 and x86-64 architectures to shame. ASUS was showing off an ARM based tablet running Win7 at Computex so running Windows on an ARM has been done. Perhaps that is why it is not much of a surprise that Microsoft is now licensing ARM architecture, bringing the two companies three year relationship to a new level. [H]ard|OCP can fill you in.
"ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sony's Blue-Violet Laser the Future Blu-ray? @ Slashdot
- FreeTrack, an open source head-tracking program @ Make:Blog
- Internet will soon be running on IPv4 address fumes @ Ars Technica
- Apple iPad 2: What the Next Generation iPad Should Be @ Digital Trends
- VBulletin 3.8.6 Forum Vulnerability Discovered @ PCSTATS
- Which Is Faster: Debian Linux or FreeBSD? @ Phoronix
- $35 tablet from India looks to be worth every paisa @ Engadget
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Facebook Fan Page Sweepstakes @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs. Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing. What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change. From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet. We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS. Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games. Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why waste time waiting for a random user to infect your server with malware when Dell will ship you a board that comes pre-infected. The PowerEdge R410 Rack server comes with spyware built into its system management software which is embedded on the hardware. Security experts have been warning about this sort of hardware infection, though it is not clear if the spyware is truly embedded in hardware. According to The Register, a small number of boards were affected and they have been
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA -- July 19, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a "How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" video contest. The contest (for U.S. residents only) asks entrants to come up with the most creative way to demonstrate how using a solid-state drive can change one’s daily life. Entries will be judged on creativity in presenting an idea or story in a video format.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While MSI's 3D notebook is rather interesting for those who want to game and watch movies, there are many who are looking for a notebook with a little difference focus. Intel has been trying to fill that niche with their CULV platform and they have recently refreshed their offerings in hopes of tempting a few more consumers. SemiAccurate has a breakdown of the various Arrandale powered CULVs, ranging from a rather small, Celeron U3400 powered CULV up to larger Core i7 powered models.
Introduction and Specifications
Psyko AudioLabs is bridging the gap between the benefits of a stand-alone 5.1 surround sound setup and standard gaming headphones with their Psyko 5.1 headphones. These $300 headphones were previewed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and were even recognized with a 2009 CES Innovation Award. We will see if these high-end cans give us an edge in our favorite FPS games.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The $79 WarMouse Meta
is not just a mouse with a high DPI, it sports a joystick and 19 buttons. The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it. Each and every button can be programmed as a mouse button itself, a key stroke or a held keypress, a macro, a combo or a special command. Drop by ExtremeTech to find out exactly what all that means.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The attack takes a little doing to complete successfully but it is very effective. A malformed shortcut, usually present on a USB drive can install a rootkit on your PC, simply by displaying the shortcut icon. The exploit lies in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons and is helped by the fact that part of the malware payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked. To make matters worse Ars Technica reports, there is a specific target, Siemens' SIMATIC WinCC software whi