Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2010 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having your car tell you when your tire pressure is low is a rather handy little feature and saves you from having to bend over slightly on the odd occasion to do a visual inspection. That convenience needs to be balanced with security, as tends to be necessary. It seems that the wireless signal that the tires send to the car's processor every 60-90 seconds can be used to hack into the electronic control units of various systems on the car ranging from the windshield wipers to the brakes. Some of the hacks can be simply annoying, turning on a variety of warning lights or star
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2010 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2010 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not exactly the first virus to hit Android phones as Vodaphone did ship some HTC Magic handsets with one preinstalled, the first trojan targeting Androids
has been spotted in the wild. It is disguised as an innocuous looking media player in .APK format but it is no media player, it is a nasty little Trojan that will start making rather expensive calls using your phone, raising your bill and probably ruining your day ...
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2010 - 01:06 PM | Steve Grever
Courtesy of Razer
Courtesy of Razer
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2010 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having just patched a vulnerability tied to how Windows handles Control Panel icons and a day before a rather heavy Patch Tuesday arrives we have a new and nasty kernel vulnerability that affects all Windows versions. This one seems a little odd but is no less threatening because of its target. It would seem that pasting a large number of colour values, more than 256 specifically, into an improperly allocated buffer could allow one of those nasty net denizens to sneak in something malicious that will get to run its self with kernel level privileges.
Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are more than a few decades of cumulative knowledge available to our members in the PC Perspective Forums, so if you have a general question, such as a query about the quality of a certain brand of GPU reseller, the chances are very good you will have a few replies to let you know how well they do their jobs. More specific questions might take a while but be patient, your chances are good that someone knows.
Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to The Inquirer it is official, the next breed of Apple iMacs and Mac Pros will be using the AMD instead of switching to an nVIDIA Fermi based GPU. For the Mac Pro the standard will be the HD5770 with an optional upgrade to the HD5870 for those looking for more rendering power. The iMacs will feature an HD5750 for the largest 27" model with the smaller versions using the HD5670 or HD4670 in some 22" models. Looks like Apple still hasn't forgiven nVIDIA for B
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Acer is going to release a $375 dual boot laptop sometime in the near future, though they have not yet specified when. The first OS is the familiar and aged WinXP and the second is the very young and unfamiliar Chrome OS from Google. This should give you a chance to get to know Chrome and its capabilities while still being able to switch to a more familiar OS. The Atom N450 processor and 1GB of RAM offer enough processing power for simple tasks, it sports a 10.1-inch screen and has a 160GB hard drive, so don't expect performance miracles but do expect it to be light.
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New around the pad is the CM Storm Inferno Laser Gaming Mouse a debatably
scaled down version of their Sentinel mouse. Its buttons go all the way to 11, though they are in a rather unique configuration that should be viewed before you rush out to buy this mouth. It sports CM's 4000 DPI Storm Tactical Laser Sensor
with five different customizable sensitivities and the buttons can be customized in a rather impressive variety of ways. Head on over to Benc