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News Archives for October 2006

Review: Noctua NH-U12F CPU Cooler & NF-S12-1200 Fan

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 03:28AM
Author: Silverfox

Bjorn3d - "Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascoms long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users needs. The use of Kolinks advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance at a fair price."


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Review: Koolance EHX-1050SK External Water Cooling Kit

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 03:33AM
Author: Silverfox

Virtual-Hideout - "Before we could revel in the opportunity to review a brand new product that extreme users will appreciate, Koolance was in the midst of releasing yet another water cooling system, the ERM-3K4U5, which breaks in to a whole world of possibilities. Today, we will be installing and getting a closer look at their infamous 1000kw cooling system mounted externally as the EHX 1050SK with the very much improved RP-1000SL Reservoir and Pump that has so many features, it almost belongs some place other than a computer, such as the space shuttle."


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Review: Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT Overclocked Edition 256Meg

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 03:38AM
Author: Silverfox

Tweaknews - "When Sapphire first contacted me to review this X1300XT, I`ll have to admit I was not looking forward to it. All my previous budget videocard reviews have been predictably slow and boring to review. This card to say the least has been a surprise. Think of this lower end and cost effective option to be that little kid in your neighborhood that you have picked on only once, had your ass kicked and learned your lesson. That is what this card has done to me. I underestimated it."


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Review: Icy Dock MB124E Ext. Firewire 2.5 Inch Enclosure

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 03:42AM
Author: Silverfox

Big Bruin - "Although the aesthetics and acoustics earn it high marks, the Icy Dock MB124E falters when it comes to performance. Two reliable benchmarks indicate that the transfer rates provided by the MB124E are about half of what a USB 2.0 enclosure was capable of. Despite numerous attempts to improve the results with different conditions, configurations, and all-together different test systems, the results were consistently and unexplainably poor."


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News: Five Reason Zune May Kill iPod

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 06:51AM
Author: sdy284

TechNewsWorld - "While many pundits don't expect Microsoft to make much of a dent in Apple's share of the MP3 player market -- rather, the company is expected to cannibalize sales of other competitors -- Computerworld's Mike Elgan believes that the Zune "scares Apple to the core." He offered five reasons: a consumer media "perfect storm" launched by Microsoft; Zune's social and viral aspects; the ultimate availability of more programming than iTunes; a better screen for movies; and the "cool factor."


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News: Gaming in Windows Vista

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 06:52AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "For all the talk about the security features of Windows Vista and the controversy surrounding its inclusion of a number of utilities and file formats that have some up in arms, there's one aspect of Vista that hasn't gotten much attention -- gaming. Microsoft looks to take a new approach to gaming with Windows Vista and is using the operating system as a launch pad for its new "gaming centric" focus. With Vista, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on DirectX 10 technology which will offload all rendering to the graphics card as well as most computational functions. DirectX 10 will be a Vista-only proposition making Vista the only choice for a number of hot titles launching in the coming months including the much-hyped Crysis from Crytek. "


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News: Zune vs iPod in the Real World

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 06:53AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "A lot of comparisons have been made between the new 5.5G 30GB iPod and the Microsoft Zune on paper. The two players share the same hard drive capacity, but the Zune throws in a larger 3" screen, FM tuner and limited WiFi capabilities. And as we just recently found out, the two players also share the same $250 price tag. Now we have the images that we all have been waiting to see -- the two devices side by side. Not surprisingly, the Zune is the larger device in every dimension and its matte finish makes it look rather, shall we say, drab in the eyes of some. The Zune does have the advantage in weight, however. Jake Lundington reports that the Zune weighs "considerably less" than the iPod. This is most likely due to its all plastic construction whereas the iPod features a metal backing."


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News: Latest MP3 players come equipped with songs

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 06:57AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Customers picking up the latest MP3 players this fall are getting much more than just a device. Increasingly, they're getting free music as well. To set themselves apart from the pack, manufacturers are preloading content into their players to increase sales--and the music industry is only too happy to oblige. The Zune from Microsoft, expected this fall, will contain up to 30 free tracks donated from major and independent label partners. While the economics of the deal vary a bit from one manufacturer to another, they're all basically quid pro quo arrangements in which labels provide the free tracks and reap the promotional rewards in distribution and marketing support. "


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News: Hackers claim zero-day flaw in Firefox

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 06:57AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon. An attacker could commandeer a computer running the browser simply by crafting a Web page that contains some malicious JavaScript code, Mischa Spiegelmock and Andrew Wbeelsoi said in a presentation at the ToorCon hacker conference here. The flaw affects Firefox on Windows, Apple Computer's Mac OS X and Linux, they said. "Internet Explorer, everybody knows, is not very secure. But Firefox is also fairly insecure," said Spiegelmock, who in everyday life works at blog company SixApart. He detailed the flaw, showing a slide that displayed key parts of the attack code needed to exploit it. "


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News: Researcher Defends Mac Wi-Fi Hijack

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 07:43AM
Author: Encrypted_God

c|net - "David Maynor, a researcher at SecureWorks, was a no-show Saturday at the ToorCon hacker event here, just as his employer said on Friday. However, his Black Hat partner Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch did get up on stage. "I can not give this talk without Dave," Ellch said. "Dave very much wanted to be here. The fact that SecureWorks and Apple managed to compel him not to, means that they must have had something very compelling to stop him."

Very interesting. I love reading about this type of stuff. Specially when he/she or whoever chickens out at the last minute...LOL Just beautiful! Here is the original story if your not up to speed on this on-going dispute CLICK HERE. Enjoy! -Psycho_Active *Lead News Editor/Forum Moderator*


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News: Swiftech MCW-Ramcool, VGA Memory Liquid Cooling

Posted: October 2, 2006 @ time: 09:20AM
Author: sdy284

Swiftnets - "Swiftech announced the release of the MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block for nVidia® GeForce™ graphics cards. "The design concept was to physically separate the memory cooling from the GPU cooling solution in order to get the best possible thermal joint and therefore superior overclocking performance; universal compatibility was also a must, so we had to invent a new type of fitting to allow for this and thus were born the patent pending "F" fittings, which I am sure will also have numerous applications in other fields; this was a creative challenge, but we are all quite proud of the result!" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. These new products will be available thru Swiftech’s reseller’s network this month."

This is a very interesting product from Swiftech that should definately allow for higher memory overclocks on your GPU. I'm really looking forward to reading some reviews on this product. -sdy284 *News Editor*


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Guide: Extreme Guide to LightScribe Labeling

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:23AM
Author: sdy284

ExtremeMHZ - "As more LightScribe enabled drives hit the market, and drive's reaching an all time low in terms of cost, many more users are purchasing these drives and taking advantage of what this technology has to offer. However, it may be the first LightScribe drive for most, and after receiving a number of emails with help on getting the feature to work properly, I found it was time for another "Extreme Guide" here at ExtremeMHz. This Extreme Guide to LightScribe Labeling will cover basically everything, including media, software, performance and tips. It should give many novice users a jump start and get them burning quality labels with ease. Also, for those wondering if the new "Ver. 1.2" discs are indeed faster, I will definitely cover this in the article and compare the difference in burn times over first gen media."


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Review: Biostar Sigma Gate 7300GT 256MB DDRIII

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:24AM
Author: sdy284

Overclockers Online - "This is the second 7300GT I have reviewed in as many months and since the last was a DDRII model, I was expecting better performance out of the DDRIII model. Not only was the memory faster but the core also comes clocked higher out of the box. Despite this elevated expectation, the Biostar Sigma Gate 7300GT 256MB DDRIII never let me down in the slightest bit."


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Review: Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Mobo

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:25AM
Author: sdy284

PCstats - "The Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard is built around the newly Core 2 Duo compatible Intel 945G Express northbridge and ICH7 southbridge chipsets. The solution is ideal for cash-strapped consumers and not so great for AMD... The microATX board accommodates a maximum of 4GB of DDR2 400/533/667 memory in a dual channel configuration. The GA-945GM-S2 supports all existing Socket 775 processors on a 1066MHz FSB. On the short list of the GA-945GM-S2's hardware goodies we find an integrated Gigabit network card, Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1-channel audio codec, four USB2.0 jacks, four 3GB/s SATA connections and of course the onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 videocard at the rear I/O."


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News: Quad-Core Processor Forecast

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:27AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - "Dual-core processors are barely out of the starting gate, and already Intel and AMD are racing to see who can be first to market with quad-core CPUs. Both chip vendors have spewed forth a blizzard of announcements, though no actual quad-core microprocessors have yet shipped. Intel disclosed at its late-September developer forum that it's giving its four-way devices the brand name "Core 2 Quad." As for AMD, it has touted the tape-out of a quad version of its Opteron server CPU as well as the launch of a new quad-ready socket. "


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News: AOL Offers Parental Controls Software To All Web Users

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:28AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - "AOL on Monday started offering its parental controls software to all Web users, the latest step in the Internet service provider's transition to an entertainment portal. AOL, a unit of Time Warner, has always made the software available to subscribers of its proprietary service, which was mostly used by dial-up subscribers. The tools provide parents with age-based access controls to Web sites, as well as controls on instant messaging and chat. In addition, parents can get email reports on their children's online activities. "


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News: Microsoft Appeals $356.4 Million Fine

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:28AM
Author: sdy284

InformationWeek - "Software giant Microsoft has filed an appeal against a 280.5 million euro ($356.4 million) fine the European Commission imposed in July, holding it defied a 2004 antitrust ruling. "As Microsoft said in July, we would appeal the fines imposed on the company at that time. The deadline for the appeal was October 2," a Microsoft spokesman said on Tuesday. The appeal was lodged with the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, the second highest European Union court. Microsoft says it has been trying to comply with the 2004 decision but the Commission said the company has dragged its feet."


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News: Toshiba unveils HD DVD writer for mobile PCs

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:30AM
Author: sdy284

EETimes - "Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) has unveiled an HD DVD writer for integration into mobile PCs, enabling notebook PC users to write high-definition video content, while enjoying backward compatibility with all DVD and CD formats. Toshiba's SD-L902A integrates a blue-violet laser diode to read and write HD DVD-R discs. It supports high-density HD DVD-ROM discs, including high-definition movie and video images. The drive can also read and write standard DVD and CD discs. Measuring 12.7 mm high, the SD-L902A has the same physical structure as standard DVD technology. The HD DVD writer uses an optical pick-up head with a single objective lens."


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News: HP Consortium Wins Multimillion-Dollar EU Contract

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:30AM
Author: sdy284

VarBusiness - "A consortium of Hewlett-Packard and France Telecom's Equant has won a 210 million euro ($266.8 million) contract to supply a secure communications infrastructure for the European Union. The executive European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday the network would provide increased capacity for classified information exchange among European and national administrations. The new network, replacing several other structures, would be used by authorities ranging from the Commission itself and the Council of EU member states, to the Europol police agency and the European Railway Agency. Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said the system would provide a secure backbone to connect the new Schengen Information System on border security and law enforcement, including biometric data."


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News: Sony Once Again Talks of a Disc-Less Future

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:32AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Sony's vice president of SCE Worldwide Studios Europe, Jamie McDonald, stated that within a span of five years, the majority of game content will be delivered digitally. McDonald points to rising production costs and a societal shift to an "always connected" atmosphere accelerating the move to widespread digital distribution. While McDonald believes that a significant portion of gaming content will be delivered, he is quick to point out that first-party titles which bank on high definition graphics will still be a Blu-ray-only proposition."


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News: Microsoft Responds to XBOX 360 Price Cut Rumors

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:32AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "As long as it's cheaper than PS3, it'll be status quo. Even before the XBOX 360 launched last year, Microsoft openly stated that it planned to reduce the price of its newest console on a yearly basis. Now, a year later, some gamers are waiting for that forecasted price-cut, despite constant denials. Rumors of a price drop recently surfaced on the ‘Net, perhaps fueled by consumer expectations of a reaction to competition, and by a DigiTimes story claiming that a $100 drop would be possible. DigiTimes cites sources stating that Microsoft “has negotiated reduced production costs for the XBOX 360 with Taiwan-based manufacturing partners” and “total production cost can be reduced by 15-20% due to diminishing costs for most components along with increasing production scales and decreasing defect rates."


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News: PSM3's PlayStation 3 Hands-on Impressions

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:33AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "A couple of UK Sony reps dropped by PSM3 magazine for a little demonstration of what could be near-final retail PlayStation 3 hardware and the PSM3 blokes blogged several early observations from seeing the unit in action. First of all, the PS3 is quiet. We’ve heard that Sony was targeting the noise level heard from a PS2 Slim, which is practically silent if you are accustomed to the sounds from a XBOX 360. The new console is also very heavy, which is said to be “impossible to pick up with one hand.” The controller, conversely, is “very light and the tilt system is very responsive.” The PS3 was demonstrated to boot-up to a media browser that looks very similar to the one found on PSP. PSM3 described load times as “amazingly fast” and comparable to PSP load times. "


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News: Windows Vista RC2 Coming This Friday

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:33AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "According to Windows IT Pro, the final interim release of Windows Vista before release to manufacturing (RTM) will come this Friday. Microsoft released RC1 to testers in early September and the last interim build released was 5728 in late September. Windows Vista RC2, aka build 5743, will be released to the usual suspects which consist of beta testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers. After Vista RC2 goes through its paces, the final product will be set in stone somewhere between October 18 and November 8. Windows IT Pro reports."


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News: U.S. Government Bans Online Gambling

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:34AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Relax, your World of Warcraft addiction is safe. Your Party Poker addiction, however, is in a bit of peril as U.S. Congress passed legislation to end Internet gaming (gambling). More specifically, the House of Representatives and Senate over the weekend approved a bill that would make it illegal for banks and credit-card companies to make payments to online gambling sites. International online gaming companies PartyGaming Plc, Sportingbet, and 888 Plc are likely to pull out of the United States. According to this Reuters report, PartyGaming generates about 78 percent of its revenue from the United States, while Sportingbet gets about 62 percent there. More details from this Citywire story..."


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News: AMD Issues Discontinuation Notice for 939 Opterons

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:34AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "AMD has sent out a new product change notification issuing the discontinue date of a couple Opteron 140 series single-core workstation and server processors. The products affected this time around include socket 939 Opteron models 144, 146, 148 and Opteron HE 148 processors. March 25th, 2007 will be the last day to place an order on these processors with September 30th, 2007 being the last ship date. AMD states the discontinuance reason is the products will no longer be manufactured. "


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News: In Washington, a Net protector or predator?

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:36AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Mark Foley, who abruptly resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives last week after disclosures of inappropriate conversations with a teenage page, had spent years positioning himself as Congress' leading defender of children on the Internet. Foley, a Republican who represented the area near Palm Beach, Fla., had spearheaded a legislative crackdown on Internet sites that post provocative photographs of teenage and preteen youth. He had pushed to open FBI databases to track sex offenders. He tried to force sexually explicit Web sites to label themselves accordingly. "


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News: IBM warms to social networking

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:37AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "IBM is building social networking tools into its collaboration software in an effort to bring the concepts of Web 2.0 and online communities inside corporations. In the coming weeks, IBM's Lotus division will announce updates designed to encourage ad-hoc communications among a customer's staff, Michael Rhodin, the general manager of IBM's Lotus division, told CNET News.com. The guiding idea behind the effort is to help people tap into the collective knowledge of their co-workers, in much the way consumer social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook connect people online. "


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News: Japan says no to Blu-ray & HD DVD recorders for U.S.

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:38AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Blu-ray manufacturers and supporters of HD DVD high-definition DVD technology don't see eye to eye on a lot of issues, but there is one thing that they agree on: They don't want to sell high-definition recorders in the United States. This week at Ceatec, a high-tech trade fair near Tokyo, Sony and Panasonic announced Blu-ray players that can also record shows. Toshiba, the leader of the competing HD DVD camp, also showed off its home player-recorder. These devices will be sold only in Japan for now. All three companies said they don't have current plans to bring these products to the states. Why? History is one reason. "In Japan, 80% - 90% of the demand for DVD players is for player-recorders," said Keisuke Ohmori, group manager of the international media relations group at Toshiba. The figure is a lot lower in the United States. "In the U.S.A., you record on TiVo," he added."


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News: Exploit released for Mac OS X flaw

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:39AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Computer code that exploits a flaw in Apple Computer's Mac OS X was released publicly over the weekend. The code takes advantage of a weakness in core parts of Mac OS X and could let a person with limited privileges gain full system access. Apple provided a fix for the error-handling mechanism of the kernel last week, but the exploit appears to have been authored before then. "It appears to have been written well before the vulnerability was fixed," said Dino Dai Zovi, a researcher with Matasano Security who was credited by Apple with discovering the flaw. "It appears to be a zero-day exploit." He added that it may even "have been distributed before the patch was released." Apple representatives did not immediately return calls for comment. "


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News: Google takes a bigger bite of Big Apple

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:39AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Google, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is hoping to make it big in New York City. After a year of speculation, the company on Monday officially opened a new, bigger and more Google-y office in the Big Apple in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. The company, which has had an advertising sales presence in Manhattan since 2000, moved its more than 500 New York City employees into the new office at 111 Eighth Ave. and invited the press to take a sneak peek at its new digs. The office, specially designed and built for Google, houses the company's largest advertising sales team. And it's also home to the largest engineering group outside of the main office in Mountain View, Calif."


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News: Chip sales rise to record $20.5 billion

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:40AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Global sales of semiconductors rose 10.5 percent to a record $20.5 billion in August from the year-ago period, and increased 2.1 percent from July, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Monday. The previous record for one-month worldwide chip sales was $20.4 billion in November 2005. "Semiconductor devices for consumer applications showed strong sequential growth, as manufacturers began gearing up for the holiday season. (And) a sharp decline in gasoline prices appears to have boosted consumer confidence," SIA President George Scalise said in a statement. Consumer end markets for chips--such as mobile phones, hard disk recorders, LCD televisions and digital cameras--now take up more than half of all chips being produced. "


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News: Sony adds Blu-ray Disc to more PCs

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:43AM
Author: sdy284

InfoWorld - "Sony announced Tuesday at the Ceatec show in Tokyo the addition of Blu-ray Disc to more PCs in its Vaio line. The Vaio Type-R master is an Intel Core 2 Duo-based machine loaded with high-definition editing and authoring software. With the new computers, Blu-ray Disc is now available in four of Sony's Vaio product lines. The systems will be available from Oct. 28 at prices between $1,952 and $4,664 depending on system configuration. A Blu-ray Disc drive will also be offered as a build-to-order option with Sony's Type-L computer. Sony also will launch a pair of Blu-ray Disc video recorders in Japan this December, the company said Tuesday. The machines both feature hard-disk drives for day-to-day recording and a Blu-ray Disc drive for longer term storage. The BDZ-V9 has a 500GB drive and the BDZ-V7 has a 250GB drive. There are two digital tuners in each recorder so that two high-definition programs can be recorded simultaneously. "


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News: Fujitsu shows a larger paper-thin display

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 08:44AM
Author: sdy284

InfoWorld - "Fujitsu has made progress in its development of flexible, paper-thin displays that consume very little power. The company unveiled its latest prototype on Tuesday, a 7.8-inch panel that can display up to 4,096 colors. The display, which is the same size as a sheet of A5 paper, was built into a thin case in the form of an electronic book reader. It was on display at the Ceatec show, which opened on Tuesday. The e-book reader was rigid, but the flexibility of the displays could offer an advantage in other types of applications. Fujitsu offered the example of an electronic advertising panel that could curve around the top of a train or subway car. The display area of the prototype shown at Ceatec was about four times as large as that of another prototype Fujitsu showed in the middle of last year. "


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Review: Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 10:00AM
Author: Encrypted_God

Madshrimps - "This huge heatsink from Thermalright with 120mm fan support fits both AMD K8, AM2 and Intel S775 system, in this review we compare it against the best out to see if Thermalright can reclaim the CPU air cooling crown. Read on to find out if they have succeeded."


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Guide: Printer Sharing on a Home Network For Beginners

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 10:08AM
Author: Encrypted_God

pcstats - "Printers are essential modern conveniences, connecting with your computer to offer you the power of a small copy shop in your living room. However, printers can rapidly become inconvenient if the other members of your household have to transport the files they want to print to a certain computer in order to print them. Wouldn't it be much better if every computer in the house or office could print directly? In this short but sweet guide, PCstats will look at how to make a printer available over your home network using Windows XPs built-in sharing abilities. Since most of us use USB or parallel connected printers, we are going to assume that this is the same for you. This article assumes that you have a printer correctly installed on a Windows XP computer and a working network connection to at least one other computer."


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News: McAfee to Capture Citadel Security

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 10:12AM
Author: Encrypted_God

c|net - "McAfee announced on Tuesday a $60 million deal to acquire Citadel Security Software, as the former seeks to expand its efforts in the regulatory-compliance market. The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, calls for security company McAfee to pay $56 million in cash, in addition to $4 million in working capital."


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OCC News: Donate Your Spare CPU Cycles to Folding@Home

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 10:14AM
Author: sdy284

We at OverclockersClub have always been advocates of Folding@Home. In an effort to boost awareness for Folding, we at OCC would like to ask our members & even our non-members to join the OCC Folding team. In a nutshell, F@H uses your spare computing cycles to crunch numbers for important research on Alzheimer's Disease, various cancers, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and many others.

With the popularity of dual core cpu's and now the ability to run F@H on your x1900 series ATI gpu's, it's now possible to run up to four F@H clients on one machine! To fold for OCC just enter 12772 as your team number when setting up the F@H client & you're ready to fold! If you'd like to see various stats on the OCC F@H team, you can go Here to see OCC's daily production, most productive members, how close we are to overtaking the next team and other fun stats. Questions about Folding can be directed to our General Teams Forum.


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News: Computer Worm Grounds Flights, Blocks ATM's

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 10:22AM
Author: Encrypted_God

CNN - "A fast-moving computer worm snarled business and government computers Saturday, slowing some corporate systems to the point of inaccessibility. Internet security experts said the worm does not appear to have done any serious damage."


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News: Cell Phones Scream For Attention

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 11:01AM
Author: Encrypted_God

"Mark Whiteman of Remote XT Systems designed a technology, primary for the business market, that may deter thieves. If the cell phone gets stolen, the phone will release an audible scream. At 10 pounds per month this may not be for everyone. Go see the video for more details on this amazing technology. When you get to the page look under "more news". Click on the Second link.


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News: Sony plans its own battery recall

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 11:16AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Sony is planning to announce a massive battery recall of its own, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed. The recall, expected this month, will encompass all possibly defective batteries, including those previously announced by manufacturers for specific notebook computers, according to Julie Vallese, director of the Office of Public Affairs at the CPSC. But it is not expected to extend to batteries for devices other than laptops. Sony supplies lithium ion batteries for an array of electronics devices, including camcorders, portable DVD players and video game consoles. Contrary to a blog of Consumer Reports, which first reported the potential recall, though, only notebook batteries are currently covered. "


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Review: Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H P965 Express Core 2 Duo Mobo

Posted: October 3, 2006 @ time: 03:56PM
Author: sdy284

PCstats - "The Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H is one of least expensive P965 Express motherboards out there. Onboard goodies include a PCI Express x1-based Gigabit network card and an Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1 channel audio codec. Upgrades are possible through a PCI Express x1, x4 and x16 slot, and three 32 bit PCI slots. You can install a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-800 memory into the system while running in a dual channel configuration, and the motherboard supports all Socket 775 processors, from the lowly Celeron D to the flagship Core 2 Extreme and can run with FSB's of 533, 800 and 1066 MHz."


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Review: ICY Dock MB454SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 07:14AM
Author: Silverfox

Bjorn3d - "A few months ago, I reviewed ICY Dock’s 5.25’’ removable enclosures, I liked the fact that the enclosure is really easy to use and the cool looks. However, the enclosure only houses one hard drive (which I bet many of us do), so if you got a lot of hard drives, you would need to purchase many enclosures. It it not only impratical to do so, but also quite costly. Luckily ICY Dock also has the multi-bay enclosure to solve this problem. Today, we’ll be looking at ICY Dock’s MB454SPF-B, a multi-bay backplane module that allows to mount multiple hard drives. ICY Dock actually sells other multi-bay backplane modules that can accommodate 3, 4, or 5 hard drives. The MB454SPF-B that we are looking at today utilizes the space of three 5.25’’ to house 4 SATA I or SATA II hard drives."


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Review: BFG Tech 650W PSU

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 07:18AM
Author: Silverfox

GideonTech - "The days of the meager 300W PSU are most certainly over. The advent of multicores and power hungry graphics cards have sent the minimum power requirements for systems soaring to levels that were unthinkable just a few years ago. To this end, today we will be taking a look at a new Power Supply Unit (PSU) from BFG Technologies. BFG is a company traditionally known for their high end graphics cards and close relationship to nVidia. If anyone knows about power requirements in a gaming enthusiast system, it’s these guys."


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Review: Thermaltake Bigwater 735 Water Cooling System

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 07:20AM
Author: Silverfox

Tweaknews.net - "The Bigwater 735 liquid cooling system represents the latest stage in the evolution of the Bigwater series. Thermaltake has increased tubing size, nearly quadrupled the flow rate and added another channel in the waterblock. And what rewards did they reap for these improvements?"


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Article: Why Vista means Get-a-Mac

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 07:23AM
Author: Silverfox

Virtual-Hideout - "Heres another stupid feature of `Search` in Vista. Say you are searching for some music (opera for example), but you also have a program called `Opera` that you happen to use as your internet browser. Vista will just assume that you want to run Opera.exe when you hit enter, and not do a search for it.."


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Review: Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 07:24AM
Author: Silverfox

Virtual-Hideout - "If you regularly play around with multiple HDDs in a test environment, or otherwise, and often need to transfer data from one to another but find yourself bogged down by having to install and reinstall drives, then this small Vantec adapter is perfect for you."


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Review: Ultra Products MicroFly SFF Case

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 08:54AM
Author: sdy284

PCapex - "Taking the case out of the bag, I was initially surprised by how light the case was. It's very small, but well designed for structural integrity. The paint job is superb; both cases have a glossy finish, unlike the orange peel paint of most cases. The paint is even glossy enough that finger prints may become a problem if you are not careful."


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News: Ricky Online Behavior Is Back Door to Cybercrime

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 08:57AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - "Social-networking sites could give hackers a backdoor into corporate IT platforms and databases, putting businesses at risk for malicious cyber attacks as more adults access these sites from computers at work., according to a study released Wednesday by CA (the former Computer Associates) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). "We are already seeing hackers take advantage of community Web sites," Ron Texeria, executive director of NCSA, said in a statement. "


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News: EU Weighs Charges Against Intel: Source

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 08:57AM
Author: sdy284

InformationWeek - "A European Commission review panel weighed evidence against Intel Corp. this week to decide whether to bring formal antitrust charges for competing unfairly against rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. The Commission has been investigating Intel INTC.O to determine if it used illegal techniques such as unfair rebates to prevent smaller AMD AMD.N from expanding its market share. There is no deadline for the commission to decide whether to take the case further. All of the central processing units for the world's one billion personal computers -- most of the computers there are -- are manufactured by either Intel or AMD."


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News: HP Warned Phone Record Retrieval Could be Illegal

Posted: October 4, 2006 @ time: 08:59AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - "At least three Hewlett Packard employees repeatedly expressed concerns about the legality of methods used to obtain people's private phone records during a probe into media leaks from the company's board. "I am VERY concerned about the legality of this information," HP investigator Fred Adler wrote in an e-mail during the probe. Documents released after a congressional hearing last week show that HP employees were aware and concerned that investigators working on behalf of the company could have been using illegal means to obtain personal call information. They also show that in 2005, the company's former board chairperson Patricia Dunn provided phone numbers of people to spy on. "


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