A glimpse into the world of BioShock

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
Tagged:

From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock.  Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited.  Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.

Source: Wired News

The microsoft touch

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
Tagged:

Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system.  It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it.  Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.

Source: PC Mechanic

Beware extensions bearing vulnerabilites

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
Tagged:

[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons.  The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS.  This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.

"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability

exists for some

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Frank Clegg, Corporate Chairman and Director of Navantis, Inc., to Board of Directors

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
Tagged:

SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.

"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.

Source: AMD

The highs and lows of wireless speakers

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged:

ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPaceHotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place.  Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou

Source: HotHardware

Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.

Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

UT2K7: DX10 and PhysX

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
Tagged:

Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish.  The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support.  In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series.   The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o

Source: The Inquirer

Security in an easy to swallow package

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
Tagged:

If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico.  According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU.  A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.

Source: Slashdot

Linux on the run

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
Tagged:

Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage.  What is at issue is the OS, Vista.  On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.