ARM, the little company you didn't know you counted on

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM |

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"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Too Psyko for the Podcast but not for your ears

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 12:30 PM |

We didn't have time to cover a recent review of Steve's on this weeks podcast but

The replacement processors are on their way

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

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

Source: The Inquirer

Spore turns to the dark side in a new expansion

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

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

Source: Ars Technica

Dell server board pre-infected for your convenience

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM |

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

Source: The Register

"How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" Challenge Offers $16,000 in Cash Prize

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM |

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.

Intel expands their roster of CULVs

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM |

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. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Not just a mouse, it's a keyboard and joystick as well

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

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.

Source: Extremetech

A shortcut to taking over your system

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM |

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

Source: Ars Technica

This week all of PC Perspective is in HD, not just half

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM |

One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days.  Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed.  It seems that the our

That neglected old router might just make your life miserable soon

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM |

Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives.  It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model.  As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router.  You just might want to consider upgrading or

Source: Slashdot

Acer Claims Second Place in Global PC Shipments. Asus and Lenovo Closing In.

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM |

Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.

Source: General

Cut physical part out of your PCIe connection

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2010 - 11:32 AM |

We have seen external GPU solutions for laptops, like the MSI GUS, that allow laptops to have the graphical power to play Blu-ray at full definition with no choppiness and even give a boost to your gaming experience.  We've also recently seen what Jon called WiDi from Intel, a technology allowing you to stream video and audio from a PC to a TV wirelessly, though there are a few bug to work out there still.  Now, Th

Battery powered tailgate party sound system

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 01:01 PM |

Measuring 12.5" x 9.5" x 14" the ION Tailgater is a 20 pound all in one audio solution, speakers and inputs included.  There are three completely separate inputs, two mic inputs, one of which can handle an instrument and a third input for component audio in, all with their own volume controls.  An iPhone/iPad dock allows you not only to use that device as an audio source, it can also recharge it as well.  On the back is a plug that will allow you to string multiple Tailgaters together with the correct plug. 

Miss those old games that truly hated you as a player

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:46 PM |

Nowadays, in order to make a platform game difficult the programmers give your opponents ridiculously good aim, or have inconvenient
respawn points, bosses you have to kill multiple times and many other things that feel more like an AI cheat than pure unbridled hatred.  The original Ninjagaiden was evil, it did not want you to win and would go out of its way to try to get you to launch your controller at the TV.  If you miss those days then Demon's Souls might be right up your alley.  Just about everything can kill you in a maximum of two hits and death is a bad thing.  N

Source: 3DCenter

The Sandy Bridge is closer than it appeared

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:09 PM |

You might think that after Intel brought in a total revenue of $10.8 billion
and a net income of $2.9 billion
, that they might take a break and relax for a bit.  If so, you don't know Intel very well as when they see a chance to capitalize on an opportunity, they do it.  In this case we are seeing a bump in the arrival time for Sandy Bridge.  The Inq

Source: The Inquirer

Building a better algorithm to ascertain alien activity

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM |

SETI@Home, the grandfather of the distributed computing programs like Folding@Home has benefited greatly from the continual increase of computational power and is perhaps one of the best reasons to own a multicore processor.  At its heart it has not changed, the search algorithms that are used have not changed and they continue to search the same wavelengths as they have for over a decade.  There is plenty of sky left to search on those wavelengths but there are of course many others to be searched, if only there was a solid algorithm to sort through the noise to find any signal.&nbs

Source: Slashdot

Putting a value on your entertainment

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2010 - 12:13 PM |

At a recent trip to the movies, it occurred to The Tech Report that something was amiss in the value they received for their money at the theatre.  The movie in question was the new 3D version of Toy Story 3, which they hoped would be a great chance for Pixar to show off the evolution of 3D in the theatre.  Unfortunately while the extra dimension did not detract from the experience it also did not add much either.  As they dropped $30 for a pair of tickets and just over an hour of entertainment, TR couldn't help

Consider your self a bit of a musician? Get some tips for your production machine.

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

In the first part of ExtremeTech's series on making a Home Music Production machine they covered some of the basics for set up; suggesting an OS and hard drive were two of the main points.  In this second part they assume the machine is built and running but the job is not yet finished as there are several OS tweaks to consider.  The article focuses on Win7 64bit edition and there are several services to turn of as well as some suggestions on where to get your audio drivers from.  If you are considering using a PC to enhance the music and content you create

Source: Extremetech

The only possible excuse for miming the use of a mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:21 PM |

The aptly named Mouseless is a way to use a mouse without the need for a physical lump o' plastic cupped in your hands.  It consists of an infrared laser beam and an infrared camera which are installed on the computer you will be using.  The beam projects over the surface your hand will be on while the camera keeps track of the motion of your hand and fingers as the way that they break the plane of the beam changes.  MAKE:Blog didn't find any open source plans for th

Source: MAKE: Blog