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News Archives for October 2008

Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 03:36AM
Author: Nemo

ATI has just released the latest in its video card lineup with the HD 4350 and HD 4550 cards. Yesterday our roundup included a couple of reviews on the new cards and we also saw announcements from PowerColor and Sapphire about their versions of the new cards. Today we have two more reviews along with a look at a GeForce 9800 GTX+ card. Noctua and Zalman are two well-known names in the cooling arena. Noctua is back with a new Opteron-only cooler for the workstation market. Zalman's latest offering is the CNPS-9300 AT which looks like a scaled down version of its venerable CNPS 9500/9700 brethren. Our roundup also includes Gigabyte's 3D Mars case, the Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5" drive enclosure (also reviewed by OCC here) and lots more.

Cases
Gigabyte's 3D Mars enclosure @ Tech Report

Cooling
Noctua NH-U12DO Workstation CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Zalman CNPS-9300 AT CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D

Input Devices
Das Keyboard Professional Premium Mechanical Keyboard @ Tweaknews

Motherboards
ASRock AOD790GX/128M AMD 790GX Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

Mousepads
Nova Master 8000dpi Professional Mousepad @ OCModShop

Storage/Hard Drives
Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5” HDD Enclosure @ RBMods

Video
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9 @ Tech ARP
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT @ motherboards.org
Gainward GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Graphics Card @ TweakTown


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No Gears of War 2 for the PC

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 08:05AM
Author: Nemo

If you don't release a game for the PC then pirates can't steal it, or at least that seems to be the conclusion Epic has reached when it comes to the Gears of  War sequel. Citing piracy and integrated graphics chips not powerful enough to run the game, Epic has announced GoW2 will be console only. And if you're competent enough to be able upgrade your computer with a discrete graphics processor able to run the game, then apparently you're also the kind of customer Epic can do without. Why? Because "the person who is savvy enough to want to have a good PC to upgrade their video card, is a person who is savvy enough to know BitTorrent to know all the elements so they can pirate software." says Epic's Cliff Bleszinski. So there you have it matey, no GoW sequel for you PC enthusiasts because we're all a bunch of pirates anyway. Arrgghhh!


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EA Halts Work on Tiberium

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 08:41AM
Author: Nemo

After working on the FPS shooter follow on to its Command & Conquer series for over a year and a release date that had been pushed back at least once, EA has announced it is stopping work on the Tiberium game project. Originally slated for release for both PCs and consoles in its current fiscal year ending in March, EA subsequently pushed that date into fiscal year 2010. Yesterday that delay turned into a permanent one as the project has been deep-sixed due to quality issues. According to an EA spokesperson "The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label."


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Windows Coming Soon to a Cloud Near You

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 10:24AM
Author: Nemo

Cloud computing is a hot buzzword these days. In a nutshell, it refers to applications accessed via a web browser with the heavy lifting done some where in 'the cloud', usually a data center somewhere unknown to the user. The benefits arise from the fact the user can access the programs anywhere there is Internet access without having to install the programs locally. In a talk given at a conference in London, Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, disclosed that his company is getting ready to announce a new operating system designed to assist developers in writing cloud-based applications. Referring to it as "Windows Cloud", Ballmer gave up few details saying he didn't want to spoil the thunder of the announcement due in a month or so.


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Samsung NC10 Netbook Launching At £299

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 11:59AM
Author: jammin

Samsung let some details slip on its upcoming NC10 netbook last month. It now appears that the NC10 will launch at a price lower than expected, potentially giving it a value edge over some current offerings. The UK release later this month should see it priced at £299 rather than the originally believed £329. While the specs have much in common with other machines, it would still bring it in for a cost less than other 10" models with 6-cell batteries. I would also seem that you may get a hard drive of decent capacity for that price, as well as a sensible keyboard (though no draft N wireless). How that price would translate for a stateside launch can only be speculated upon for the moment.


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Microsoft Offering Rewards to Use it Search Engine

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 02:32PM
Author: Nemo

Microsoft wants to make using its LiveSearch service as much fun as a trip to Chuck E Cheese's by offering tickets for searches that can be redeemed for prizes. Called 'SearchPerks!', the program is for Internet Explorer users only and is open to the first million people in the U.S. who sign up (you must be 13-years of age or older). The program lasts through April 15, 2009 and you can earn up to 25 points per day. Too bad the top prize costs 5,500 points - you should've signed up last Saturday in order to have been able to accumulate the maximum number of points. All searches must be entered manually to count. Microsoft has seen it share of the search market dip slightly to about 8.3% compared to Google's 63%.


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Western Digital to Buy Fujitsu's Hard Drive Business

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 03:44PM
Author: Nemo

The world of hard disk drive makers is about to get a little smaller if reports out today are correct. According to a Japanese business publication, Western Digital and Fujitsu are fairly far along in the negotiation process for WD to acquire Fujitsu's hard drive business. With just over 7 percent of the world-wide drive market share, Fujitsu is one of the smaller players in the market at #6 behind Toshiba and Samsung. The acquisition would leave WD in second place in terms of market share behind Seagate and in front of Hitachi. As negotiations are still under way a final price has not been announced but is expected to be in the $661 - $944 million (US) range.


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Movie Studios Sue RealNetworks Over RealDVD

Posted: October 1, 2008 @ time: 04:05PM
Author: jammin

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), along with a number of studios have sued software company RealNetworks over its RealDVD software, which allows consumers to make copies of DVDs they own. The RealDVD does however, encrypt the copies it makes, with the intent of preventing file sharing (as well as conforming to Hollywood rules on DVD protection). The music industry has somewhat wised up as of late that consumers of digital music value the usability of the media they purchase. Because of that you can now purchase songs with little worry they will come packaged with restrictive DRM (digital rights management). With this move, it would appear that the movie industry is less concerned with providing that kind of flexibility to the consumer.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 03:27AM
Author: Nemo

Keeping your system cool without having your rig sound like it's ready to take off can be a challenge. Our roundup includes a pair of offerings from Arctic Cooling that will help cool your CPU and your GPU. The NZXT Sentry fan controller (also reviewed by OCC here) can help keep all the fans in your case under control. We also get a chance to look at a couple of top-end boards for both Intel and AMD processors including AMD's 790GX/SB750 chipset and the ASUS Rampage Formula (reviewed by OCC here). Lian Li needs no introduction when it comes to cases. Today we get a look at its $600 Tyr PC-X2000 full-tower chassis. If you're looking for something a bit more compact, there's always the Guardian 921 case from NZXT (also reviewed by OCC here).

Cases
NZXT Guardian 921 Mid Tower Case @ ThinkComputers
Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 case @ TechSpot

Cooling
NZXT Sentry LX @ XSReviews
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1/S2 Turbo Module @ Tweaknews
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME CPU Coole @ TweakTown

Gaming
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Gameplay Perf and IQ @ [H]ardOCP

Mobile
Yubz Talk Mobile Bluetooth Handset @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards
ASUS Rampage Formula Intel X48 Motherboard @ PC Perspective
790GX and SB750 explored and reviewed @ Madshrimps

Operating Systems
How to fix your Hard Drive when Vista Won't Boot @ OCModShop

Power Supplies
Tuniq Ensemble 1200w Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout

Video
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.5 @ Tech ARP


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Nintendo DSi to Include a Digital Camera

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 07:17AM
Author: ClayMeow

Say what you will about Nintendo, but one thing's for certain; it's always been dominant in the mobile gaming market. The Nintendo DS is no exception, with 77.5 million sold worldwide, nearly 23 million in Japan. Compared to only 41 million Sony PlayStation Portables worldwide, with 10 million in Japan, the Nintendo DS is the sure winner thus far. However, for five straight months, the PSP has outsold the DS in Japan, and that trend is not sitting well with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Iwata is hoping to reverse that trend with its newsest iteration, the Nintendo DSi. Not only is the DSi thinner with a bigger screen, but it also sports a digital camera and an audio player. The DSi will go on sale in Japan on November 1st for 18,900 yen ($180), but won't be abvailable overseas until next year. Nintendo is hoping these new features will give the device a much broader appeal; time will tell.


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Steve Fossett Plane Wreckage Located

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 09:46AM
Author: Nemo

A light plane with the same tail number as the one last flown by adventurer and millionaire Steve Fossett has been discovered in a remote area of the Inyo National Forest. Fosset was last seen September 3, 2007 after he took off in a light plane from a ranch in Nevada for what was supposed to be a brief flight. The ensuing search for Fosset, the largest ever in U.S. history, failed to turn up anything. Earlier this week, a hiker discovered several items belonging to Fossett including several $100 bills, his FAA-issued pilot's license and some clothing. That discovery triggered a new search in the area where the items were found. Although the area had been covered in the original search, the rugged terrain and dense forest make spotting any wreckage very difficult. The remains of Mr. Fossett have been not been located yet, but searchers plan to comb the area on foot today with 50 searchers and five cadaver dogs. Time is of the essence because the area is located at over 10,000 ft above sea level and it expected to get its first snowfall of the season at any time.


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Private Space Flight Firm Turns Down $1 Million Adult Movie Offer

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 10:12AM
Author: Nemo

With the unveiling of its WhiteKnight Two aircraft, Virgin Galactic is set to begin offering paying customers a chance to experience sub-orbital space flight sometime in 2009 or 2010. At a cost of around $200,000 per person, customers with be ferried to the outer reaches of Earth's atmosphere where they will experience about five minutes of weightlessness before beginning the return trip back to the ground. The company says it has already taken around $40 million in deposits from 280 people but disclosed it had to turn away a different kind offer from one party. That must have been a difficult business decision as it was for $1 million dollars up front to shoot an adult-oriented film while the cast floated free from the constraints of gravity.


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Blizzard Awarded $6 Million in Damages

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 10:20AM
Author: ClayMeow

Running an MMO may not be easy, but it's hard to feel sorry for a company with 11 million customers and one of the most successful games in history. Still, third-party companies try to get a piece of the action, and Blizzard doesn't exactly appreciate that. In fact, the EULA for Blizzard's World of Warcraft specifically prohibits third-party add-ons from being used. So it should come as no surprise that Blizzard filed suit against MDY Industries for its WOWGlider add-on, and it should equally be as no surprise that Blizzard won the suit. The US District Court of Arizona awarded Blizzard $6 million in damages.


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Royalty Increases Would Threaten iTunes Music Store?

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 12:08PM
Author: jammin

A royalty increase for music tracks distributed online is being ruled on today would see rates increased from 9 cents to 15 cents a track. According to a recently released statement that was originally made in April 2007 by Apple vice president Eddy Cue, such a rate increase could potentially push the iTunes store into operating at a loss, leaving the company in a difficult position. If you believe that actually would be the case if rates were to increase, then it would probably be even harder to consider that Apple may shut down the iTunes music store because of it. Stranger things have happened (particularly if you look at recent economic events), but does this hold water or is it simply Apple aiming to get the public on side before any changes are made?


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Nokia Music Service Coming To The UK 16th October

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 12:25PM
Author: jammin

The Nokia "Comes With Music" service will be launched in the UK on the 16th of October, with the £129.95 (around $230) netting you twelve months of unlimited music downloads on pay-as-you-go mobiles. All the major record labels are on board, with Nokia also saying they are partnering with several independent labels. That means over two million tracks, that will be available first on the company's 5310 XpressMusic handset. As there is no DRM involved, any music downloaded during the 12 month period will be able to be kept and played indefinitely.


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Game Storage On SD Cards For Nintendo Wii

Posted: October 2, 2008 @ time: 02:33PM
Author: jammin

Nintendo has a problem with the Wii. That problem is that you currently can't store and play downloaded games on anything but the consoles limited internal memory. One of the announcements Nintendo made today (which included details on a new DS model) included the fact that you will be able to store and play games using the SD card slot starting in Spring next year. That means that those consumers who have already used up the internal storage with WiiWare and Virtual Console games will no longer have rely on the process of deleting and re-downloading games.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: October 3, 2008 @ time: 03:30AM
Author: Nemo

When it comes to cooling an overclocked rig using an air-cooling solution, Thermalright's Ultra 120 Extreme is recognized as one of the top CPU coolers and is often held up as the standard against which other coolers are measured. Cooler Master has introduced a new contender with its V8 CPU cooler (also reviewed by OCC here) - does the TRUE have anything to be concerned about? Check out the reviews to find out. Let's play a word-association game. I'll mention a computer component manufacturing company and you tell me the first word that comes to mind. Ready? OK - "Lian Li". If the first thing that popped into your mind was "power supply" then you already know about the firm's Ps-a750gb PSU. If not, check out the link below for a review of the 750W unit.

Cooling
CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D

Input Devices
Lachesis Razer Mouse @ Bjorn3D

Motherboards
Foxconn Digital Life ELA P45 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
J&W X48D2-EXTREME Motherboard @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
Lian Li Ps-a750gb Powersupply @ RBMods

Video
Gigabyte and Palit GeForce 9800 GT Face Off @ HotHardware
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic 512MB Factory Overclocked Video Card @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
Why the PSP is Better than the iPhone @ OCModShop


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Thief Uses Decoys Recruited on Craigslist

Posted: October 3, 2008 @ time: 11:13AM
Author: Nemo

This is definitely one for the books. A thief pulled off an armored car heist in Monroe, Washington using decoys recruited on Craigslist, a can of pepper spray and an inner tube. Earlier this week, a man dressed as a construction worker in a blue shirt complete with yellow vest, safety goggles and a respirator mask approached an armed guard as money was being unloaded outside a bank. The thief disabled the guard with pepper spray, grabbed a bag of money and took off. To help in his escape someone, apparently the thief, had placed an ad on Craigslist for road maintenance workers at $28.50/hour. The recruits were asked to meet near the bank wearing, you guessed it, a yellow safety vest, goggles, a respirator mask and a blue shirt. When police responded to the robbery they found lots of people meeting the suspect's description because 12 workers responded to the ad. So where does the inner tube come in? That was the getaway 'vehicle'. The thief hopped on the inner tube and floated down a creek toward the Skykomish River and made good his escape. The police are still looking for the real suspect and hope to track him through the Craigslist posting.


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Huge Pool of Compromised Web Site Credentials Discovered

Posted: October 3, 2008 @ time: 04:10PM
Author: Nemo

With the apparent return of the hacking tool Neosploit even more disturbing news surfaced today with the announcement of the discovery of admin log-in credientials for more than 200,000 web sites. The pool of data was found on a server belonging to a long-time Neosploit customer and looks to be the work of three different criminal groups. The credentials were used to modify 80,000 sites to serve up malicious code to visitors whose Windows systems were not fully patched. The researcher would only name one compromised site - the U.S. Postal Service -  but other site were said to include governments, universities, Fortune 500 companies and even several weapons manufacturing firms. Over half of the sites were those of European entities.


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AMD to Release Nine 45nm Processors in First Wave

Posted: October 3, 2008 @ time: 06:38PM
Author: Nemo

AMD is counting on its Shanghai processors to help regain some of the server market share it gave up to Intel after the problems it encountered in getting the Barcelona Opterons to market. In the first wave, AMD is expected to release nine 45nm processors targeted at the mid-range server market with core clock speeds ranging from 2.3- to 2.7GHz. The mix will include four processors for the 8-way 8000 series and five more in the 2-way 2000 series. The average power consumption for the first round of processor looks to be around 75 watts with lower power 55-watt processor due in January.


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McCain Campaign Has Laptop Stolen

Posted: October 3, 2008 @ time: 07:16PM
Author: Nemo

The McCain campaign in Missouri has suffered a loss of what is considered sensitive information after a laptop was stolen from a field office. The laptop contained information on how the campaign was going to approach the Kansas City area. The laptop seemed to have been targeted in the theft. The thief gained entry by tossing a brick through a front window on the office. There were twenty-plus Eee PCs used by phone staff which were ignored by the thieves. The stolen laptop was in a bag carried by a regional campaign representative so staffers are concerned the theft may have been politically motivated.


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Hardware Roundup: Weekend Edition

Posted: October 4, 2008 @ time: 03:40AM
Author: Nemo

If you have a large collection of optical discs, whether CDs or DVDs, lying about finding the right one can be a hassle sometimes. Nowadays most of us probably rip the contents to our hard drives if we're talking about music or video discs. But maybe you've archived a lot of your digital content and need a  way to catalog and access the data. That's where the DACAL PowerDrive comes in handy with it's ability to store and access 100 CD/DVD discs and catalog them for easy reference. Speaking of storage, you need to check out the Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5" drive enclosure (also reviewed by OCC here). Our roundup also includes some interesting tidbits in the video department with Pinnacle's movie-making studio, a USB HD TV receiver and graphics card reviews.

Digital Photography/Video
Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Ultimate @ OCModshop

Optical Drives
DACAL PowerDrive @ 3DVelcocity

Power Supplies
XSpice Croon 750w @ XSReviews

Storage/Hard Drives
HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 PCI-E SAS Controller @ TweakTown
Thermaltake Vi-ON 3.5-inch External Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers

Video
AMD Radeon HD 4670 512MB @ PC Perspective
ASUS My Cinema U3100Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Receiver @ Legit Reviews
ATI Radeon HD 4870 Overclocking Guide Rev. 3.0 @ Tech ARP
Gigabyte 9800GT 512MB Video Card @ motherboards.org


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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 03:52AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup managed to snag several different USB devices. The Audioengine AW1 wireless audio system is a device that pugs into a USB port and allows you to share music wirelessly between two devices. Next up is the HIS Multi-View USB Adapter that enables you to connect up to six additional monitors to your computer. The final USB device today is a review of the Keelog USB keylogger. Take a moment to browse through the rest of the reviews by following the links below.

Cases
Apevia X-Sniper G-Type Mid-tower Case @ Virtual-Hideout

Cooling
Thermaltake PW 850I Pro Water CPU Liquid Cooling System @ Tweaknews

Soundcards
Audioengine AW1 Wireless Audio System @ Techgage

Storage
Sans Digital MobileSTOR MS2UT+B Dual Bay Hard Drive Enclosure @ ThinkComputers
ICY DOCK MB672SKGF-B Internal SATA HDD Enclosure with LCD Display @ Bjorn3D

Tradeshows/Conventions
Video coverage of the GIGABYTE GO OC 2008 event @ TweakTown

Video
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 15.0 @ Tech ARP
HIS Multi-View USB Adapter @ Overclocker Cafe
Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Card @ TweakTown

Miscellany
Keelog USB Keylogger @ RBMods


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New Sanyo Blue-Laser Diode Makes 12x Speed 100GB Blu-ray Discs Possible

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 11:28AM
Author: Nemo

Sanyo Electric is touting its new blue-laser diode that is almost twice as powerful as the most powerful laser in today's Blu-ray systems. That increased power will translate into faster speeds and the ability to burn more data layers. The fastest Blu-ray disc systems today run at 6x speeds and can burn two data layers. With the more powerful laser that will increase to 12x speeds and four data layers. With 25GB per data layer, a four-layer disc can hold 100GB and would only take about 10 minutes to burn at 12x speeds. Don't expect to see systems with the new technology in stores anytime soon as the development lead time involved with creating new systems means there's a 1- 2-year lag.


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eBay To Cut 1,000 Jobs

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 11:31AM
Author: jammin

As part of moves to streamline its operations, the largest online auction site, eBay will be cutting around 1,000 jobs (which amounts to 10% of its current workforce). The move may also see a number of those temporarily employed losing their jobs. Along with the streamlining plan comes the announcement of new acquisitions for the company, including payment site Bill Me Later and Danish classified advertising sites dba.dk and bilbasen.dk.


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RealDVD Sales Put on Hold

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 11:47AM
Author: Nemo

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order after several Hollywood studios sued RealNetworks over its RealDVD ripping software. The order went into effect over the weekend and RealNetworks pulled the software from its web site blaming Hollywood for the shutdown. Real has claimed that its software allows users to make a legal copy of their DVDs as it does not remove the studios' encryption from the copies. RealNetworks is fighting back having already filed a counter-suit against several of the studios. In addition to the restraining order, RealNetworks was placed under a gag order by the court preventing them from further commenting on the matter.


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T-Mobile Lost Data on 17 Million Customers

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 11:54AM
Author: Nemo

T-Mobile may be riding high on customer demand of its G1 Android phone, but right now it may be facing a public relations disaster with the recent news that it lost 17 million customers records. The fact that the loss occurred is bad enough, but the loss occurred early in 2006 and the company is just now owning up to the loss over two years later. T-mobile is a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom and the loss apparently affects customers in Germany including many notable residents in that country. The loss finally came to light after one of country's leading news magazines, Der Spiegel, published a report saying the data was being offered for sale on the Internet. The data includes personal information such as names, addresses, mobile phone numbers and dates of birth.


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Google Details Sustainable Data Centers

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 01:20PM
Author: jammin

The information made available by Google about its data centers may be a little on the vague side, but what it does illustrate is how it employs strategies for reducing energy consumption and conserving other resources. A lot of it is probably what would be thought of as common sense, with practises such as carefully thought out fan placement and avoiding the use of graphics chips. Other measures go a little further, such as employing waste water to cool data centers and re-purposing any retired equipment. Google claims that it saves $30 per server/ per year by compared to its competitors by adopting these measures, as well as reducing the environmental impact of its data centers. Read the full details here.


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Diamond Multimedia Launches 1GB HD 4670 Video Card

Posted: October 6, 2008 @ time: 06:00PM
Author: Nemo

What go you get when you combine "high-end" and "mainstream" together? Throw in 1GB of GDDR3 memory and you have Diamond's new HD 4670 1G graphics card. Targeted at the mainstream user, Diamond's new card comes in a single-slot design built around an ATI RV730 GPU. The 55nm process core is clocked at 750Mhz and features 320 stream processors. The 1GB frame buffer memory comes clocked at 900MHz. The HD 4670 features PCIE 2.0 and full DirectX 10.1/Shader Model 4.1 support and can be configured up to four GPUs in CrossFireX mode. Diamond expects the card to be available locally at Fry’s, Micro Center, Best Buy Canada, and Future Shop immediately and online by the third week of October. Pricing was not announced.


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 03:26AM
Author: Nemo

Today's roundup includes a full slate of reviews for you to peruse. Kicking things off are a pair of cases from Hiper and NZXT. Next we move on to a pair of high-end motherboards for both AMD and Intel platforms, topped off with a peak at DFI's X58-based Lanparty board. Our affiliates have been busy with graphics card reviews as well where we have a trio of ATI's 4000-series cards including the Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot Fansink (also reviewed by OCC here). That just leaves us with two power supplies and a CPU cooler which you can check out using the links below.

Cases
Hiper Osiris Mid-Tower Enclosure @ PC Perspective
NZXT Khaos Full Tower Enclosure @ TweakTown

Cooling
OCZ Gladiator MAX Heatsink @ FrostyTech

Motherboards
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
ECS X48T-A Black Edition Motherboard @ motherboards.org
DFI exclusively shows us its LANPARTY UT X58 mobo @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection UCP-900WATT Power Supply @ Tweaknews
Thermaltake Toughpower 850W Modular ESA Compliant Power Supply @ ThinkComputers

Video
Zotac 9500GT @ XSReviews
ASUS EAH4870 TOP Radeon HD 4870 @ HotHardware
Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition @ Techgage
Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot Fansink @ Bjorn3D


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AMD Shedding Manufacturing Units

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 09:39AM
Author: Nemo

AMD made an announcement this morning it is splitting of it manufacturing units into a separate company. While many see this as a long-expected move, details about exactly which form it would take were unclear. Further uncertainty centered on the proposed new manufacturing  facility AMD had promised to build in upstate New York in light of AMD's financial difficulties and the rumored sale of existing fabrication facilities in Germany.

The past year has been tough for AMD. The company has been struggling financially since its acquisition of ATI and the initial launch of its Barcelona quad-core processors was plagued by delays and the now infamous TLB erratum. Its struggle to return to profitability has led to AMD replacing its CEO and to pursue a strategy of returning to its core strengths. AMD recently sold off its digital TV unit to Broadcomm but speculation still remained on what was to happen to the rest of AMD's manufacturing plants. Earlier this year rumors began surfacing about AMD outsourcing its chip fabrication and with AMD denying subsequent reports it was selling is fab plants analysts where wondering just what direction AMD would take and what future role ex-CEO Hector Ruiz would have in the leaner, meaner AMD.

With today's announcement, AMD will join with Advanced Technology Investment Co. to form a new company to be initially known as The Foundry Co. ATIC, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, will invest $1.4 in the new venture and give $700 million to AMD to buy added shares in The Foundry. This leaves AMD owning 44.4% of the venture and ATIC controlling the remainder. AMD will also get a $314 million cash infusion from another Abu Dhabi firm as well as transfer $1.2 billion in debt off its books which The Foundry will assume. Doug Grose from AMD will be the new CEO of The Foundry and Hector Ruiz, the former AMD CEO, will relinquish his job at AMD and become chairman of the new company. ATIC has also pledged to invest additional funds to expand capacity at the former AMD fabs in Dresden, Germany and The Foundry will also begin construction on a new facility in New York state. The Foundry will manufacture chips for AMD as well as other customers.


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Google Mail Goggles Handy For Those Drunken Moments

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 12:19PM
Author: jammin

There are times when having technology always at our fingertips can be dangerous. One of those times is when you've been out with your friends for the evening and have had one (or a few) too many drinks. Yes, this is when regrettable decisions can be made, particularly if you happen to take it upon yourself to write a few emails. Telling your boss what you really think of him, or an incomprehensible email declaring your love for a close female friend you've had a crush on for ages may have you looking for the nearest hard surface to hit your forehead against come the next morning. Fortunately, GMail has a potential solution to such problems in the form of Mail Goggles. This Google Labs GMail add-on, when enabled (it defaults to late at night on weekends), will ask you to solve a series of math problems in a time limit before allowing you to send that fateful message. For those who like to party more often, you can change the times Mail Goggles come into effect.


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Apple and AT&T's Antitrust Lawsuit to Proceed

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 02:29PM
Author: ClayMeow

Filed on behalf of two iPhone owners, the lawsuit seeking $1.2 billion in damages is moving forward. Apple and AT&T are being sued for the iPhone being locked to AT&T's wireless network and because Apple's 1.1.1 update specifically targeted unlocked SIM cards, disabling the iPhones entirely. Apple and AT&T attempted to get the case dismised, but the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that there is sufficient evidence of monopolization and thus denied the motion to dismiss. The judge also denied the motion to compel arbitration, so unless Apple and AT&T decide to settle, it looks like they will be heading to court.


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Intel Challenges AMD Spinoff

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 06:18PM
Author: Nemo

Intel says it has "serious questions" concerning today's announcement by AMD to divest itself of its chip fabrication units. Intel and AMD have an agreement to share technology that requires AMD to pay Intel for the right to use certain Intel patents. Intel says the transaction may violate the licensing agreement. Intel is calling on AMD to make the agreement public.


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Intel Warns of Overvolting RAM With Core i7 Processors

Posted: October 7, 2008 @ time: 09:01PM
Author: Nemo

If you're an overclocker eagerly waiting the upcoming release of Intel's Core i7 processors you might want to pay attention to reports out warning that applying too much voltage to the memory can damage the CPU. The report originated when a Taiwanese web site posted pictures of the Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard based on the new X58 chipset. A sticker placed across the DIMM slots on the board warns than increasing memory voltage above 1.65V can permanently harm the CPU. With some current enthusiast memory requiring well above the 1.5V JDEC standard for DDR3 memory, overclockers may be facing a dilemma when trying to get the most out of the Nehalem processors.


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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 03:27AM
Author: Nemo

NAS appliances offer a great way to store large amounts of data and the ability to share that content over a network. The Thecus N5200BR is one example and offers the safety of multiple RAID options as well. Today's roundup also gives us a look at a pair of the newest HD 4670 cards along with a comparison of HD 4850 GPUs. We also collected a trio of power supplies from the likes of Topower, InWin and Antec. As usual, feel free to wander through the rest of the reviews using the links below.

Cases
Lian Li PC-A7010 All Aluminum Full Tower Case @ Legit Reviews

Cooling
Zalman CNPS9300 AT CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

CPUs
The Intel Core i7 Processor & Intel X58 Express Chipset Are Ready For Launch @ TEch ARP

Motherboards
Gigabyte EP45-T Extreme @ Neoseeker

Peripherals
Epson Artisan 700 Multifunction Printer @ ExtremeMHz

Power Supplies
Topower PowerBird Series Power Supplies @ [H]ardOCP
InWin Commander 750w @ XSReviews
Antec Signature 850 Watt Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout

Storage/Hard Drives
Thecus N5200BR NAS Server @ motherboards.org

Video
HIS and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Face Off @ HotHardware
MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card @ TweakTown
Sapphire HD 4670 @ Bjorn3D

Miscellany
Top 15 Best Ever PCSTATS Guides @ PCSTATS


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Blackberry Storm Makes Official Debut , Coming In November

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 06:32AM
Author: jammin

Last month we saw the unveiling of a possible strong competitor for the iPhone in the shape of the T-Mobile G1. This month it is the turn of Blackberry, with the official debut of the Storm, the company's first touchscreen phone. The touchscreen in question is a little different from normal, being a "clickable" touchscreen. This means a user has to press down to activate functions. Other important features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with zoom, autofocus and flash as well as 1GB of onboard storage (expandable with SD or SDHC cards). You'll be able to get hold of a Storm on Verizon in the U.S. or Vodaphone in Europe and elsewhere. Though pricing details aren't readily available at the moment it does appear you will be able to pick one up for free on a £35 monthly contract in the UK (though you will be tied in for two years). Naturally, the Storm has been getting plenty of media attention, and you'll be able to find plenty of further details around the web, with Gizmodo already having a quick hands on walk through with the device.


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Google Launches AdSense For Games

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 12:15PM
Author: jammin

Google has announced that is launching the Beta of its AdSense for Games program, which will initially focus on ad placement in Flash based casual games, as well as some larger titles such as Konami's Dance Dance Revolution. There are already some established players in the in-game advertising market, such as Microsoft owned Massive, but the introduction of Google highlights that this is a growing sector with long term potential. One of the keys to how well Google can expect to do will be how they integrate ads into targeted games, with strategies that don't impact gamers experience of game play negatively while generating revenue potentially being a careful balancing act.


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UT Student Indicted in Palin Email Hack Case

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 12:50PM
Author: Nemo

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a University of Tennessee student for allegedly hacking into the Yahoo email account of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The indictment was issued on Tuesday and the suspect, David Kernell, turned himself into the court today. Kernell appeared in court in handcuffs and shackles where he plead not guilty. The court released the student without requiring him to post bond but imposed several restrictions including prohibiting him to leave eastern Tennessee without the court's permission, he is prohibited from possessing a computer but can access email and use the Internet for class work. The court set the trail date for December 16. If convicted, Kernell could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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Foxconn Launches New Green Series Motherboard

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 07:25PM
Author: Nemo

Foxconn today announced the second motherboard in its Green Series. Based on Intel's G45 chipset, the G45MG offers several power management technologies to reduce overall power consumption without significantly impacting overall system performance. The G45MG includes integrated graphics based on the Intel X4500HD graphics core and supports the latest Core 2 quad- and dual-core processors. That means the motherboard is ready to play play Blu-ray and HD DVD content out of the box. Foxconn claims its proprietary 3G technologies can reduce typical power consumption by up to 68%. Designed to work in conjunction with its GPS300AB Green Series PSU, the board can dynamically cut power consumption based on usage whether in standby mode, light loading or heavy usage. The G45MG should be available around the end of October/beginning of November.


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Be Wary of Clickjacking

Posted: October 8, 2008 @ time: 07:40PM
Author: ClayMeow

There's a new threat making its rounds across the Internet. Dubbed "clickjacking," it's when a web site dupes surfers into revealing confidential information while clicking seemingly innocent links. The vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome, and Adobe flash player; in other words, practically everyone is at risk. Unfortunately there's no clear solution. According to Giorgio Maone, author of Firefox extension NoScript, "there are literally infinite ways to implement such an attack." As such, he predicts that until existing web standards are changed, we won't see any real solution. For now, you may want to disable your webcam and microphone while browsing the web...taking control of those devices is one of the things a clickjack can accomplish. Or, if you're a Firefox user, you can get the newest version of NoScript, which includes the new "ClearClick" feature. When enabled, it'll display a warning message if it detects a hidden, embedded element withint the web page.


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 02:25AM
Author: Nemo

The proliferation of external hard drive enclosures has left users with a bewildering array of choices. One company that stands out from the rest is Icy Dock with its sleek designs and ease-of-use features. The MB664US enclosure is a single drive unit that makes installing a hard drive as easy as inserting a tape into a video machine. Video cards are still making news with Nvidia fighting back against the ATI onslaught by launching the GTX 260 Core 216. ATI meanwhile has countered with the HD 2870 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory making the competition in the $300 GPU market pretty fierce. Check out the reviews below to see how all this shakes out.

Cooling
EKL Alphenfohn GroB Clock ner Heatsink @ FrostyTech

Hard Drives/Storage
Icydock MB664US eSATA/USB External Hard Drive Enclosure @ PCSTATS

Music/Video Players
Samsung S3 MP3 Player @ TweakTown

Notebooks
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 13.3-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers

Video
GeForce GTX 260 reloaded vs. the Radeon HD 4870 1GB @ Tech Report
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 15.1 @ Tech ARP
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 1GB of GDDR5 @ [H]ardOCP

Miscellany
Iron Man HD Movie @ TweakTown


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Thecus Introduces 7-Bay NAS Server

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 04:05AM
Author: Nemo

When it comes to storage it seems users manage to expand their needs to whatever space is available. With the increasing popularity of digital media in the form of photographs and video, terabyte drives don't seem all that unreasonable any more. It you're working in an environment where that storage space needs to be shared among multiple users or you want to make the data available to different computers across the network, then a network attached storage (NAS) appliance is a great solution. Thecus has been a premier player in the home and small office market with its products and has solutions ranging from dual-drive direct connect enclosures up to 5-bay NAS appliances for the small business segment. Today Thecus announced its latest product in the N7700 NAS tower offering a whopping 7TB of storage. Geared more toward the enterprise and workgroup markets, the N7700 has advanced features such as support for iSCSI initiators and multiple RAID levels including RAID 0, 1, 5,6,10, and JBOD. With RAID expansion and RAID level migration, users can start out small and expand their storage capacity as their needs increase. Powered by an Intel Celeron M 1.86GHz processor and a full gigabyte of DDR memory these units can support multiple connections without sacrificing speed. They can be stacked and daisy-chained with an additional five units if 7TB just isn't enough. Pricing is expected to come in at $1,099US and the units should be available by the end of October.


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Unbreakable Quantum Encryption System Unveiled

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 11:11AM
Author: jammin

Encryption in popular use today is generally based on complex mathematical procedures, which although difficult to break, can be defeated provided you have enough computing power or time to do so. A computer network which makes use of quantum encryption has now been unveiled in Vienna. Quantum encryption technology is 'unbreakable' as it is based on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which dictates that you can't measure quantum information without disturbing it. What this means in networking terms is that if an outsider attempts to listen in, it is automatically detected by the system and the link is shut down without being compromised. That link can then be re-routed so that secure transmission is not interrupted.


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Geode Firefox Add-On Lets Your Browser Know Where You Are

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 11:37AM
Author: jammin

Those at Google Labs have been busy again and today introduced Firefox users to Geode, an add-on which can allow websites you visit to detect your location and then provide you with information more tailored to your needs. Example cited are a website you might visit both at home and at work being able to tell the difference between the two and serve up content suitable to each location, or a news site that can provide you with stories which are truly local. Geode uses a technology from Skyhook called Loki, which maps WiFi signals (so you'll need a WiFi enabled computer) in your area to determine your location (with a claimed accuracy of 10 to 20 meters). Geolocation Services are planned for the upcoming release of Firefox 3.1, so the release of Geode should help users get accustomed to the possibilites involved.


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Micron To Shut Flash Memory Plant, Cut 15% of Workforce

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 06:22PM
Author: Nemo

The world's flash memory makers have been struggling as the prices for NAND chips used in flash memory has been in a continuing oversupply situation. That oversupply has led to reduced prices which, while good for consumers, has severely affected profits at many firms.  The ongoing economic crisis has further exacerbated the situation, leading to reduced consumer demand. The combination of these factors has led Intel and Micron to shut down their joint venture that made NAND flash memory at Micron's Boise, ID facility. Micron plans to layoff 15% of its total workforce over the next two years with most of that reduction coming at it's Boise plant.


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Next Patch Tuesday to be a Big One

Posted: October 9, 2008 @ time: 06:33PM
Author: Nemo

Microsoft announced it plans to push out 11 security patches next week affecting a host of products including Internet Explorer, Office, Active Directory and Windows. This ties the number released last month, which had been the largest number released in 18 months. Of the 11, four are rated 'critical',  six are 'important' and one 'moderate. The Active Directory patch will not affect consumers as it only relates to a problem in Windows Server 2000.As of this release, Microsoft announced it will no longer issue fixes for Office 2003 SP2 and will only support Office 2003 SP3 in the future.


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Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Posted: October 10, 2008 @ time: 03:31AM
Author: Nemo

Earlier this week when pictures of the new Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard based on the X58 chipset appeared on the web, there was quite a stir over a sticker seen placed on the DIMM slots warning of going over 1.65V on the memory. Today's roundup includes a further look into the issue to see what the memory manufacturers have to say on the issue. While we're talking motherboards, our roundup includes several AMD boards based on both Nvidia and AMD chipsets. There's lots more to read by checking out the links below.

Cases
Tagan A+ Seenium Case @ Bjorn3D

Cooling
Evercool Transformer 6 CPU Cooler @ RBMods
Danger Den Custom Water Loop @ Bjorn3D
Gelid GC-1 Thermal Paste/Compound @ Tweaknews

Digital Photography/Video
Pinnacle PCTV HD Mini @ OCModShop

Input Devices
Genius Luxemate 525 @ XSReviews

Motherboards
Intel's G45 Express chipset @ TEch Report
Foxconn A79A-S - 790FX SB750 Motherboard @ [H]ardOCP
Will Current Performance Memory Kill New Intel Core i7 CPUs? @ Legit Reviews
ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard @ motherboards.org
BIOSTAR TPower N750 AM2+ Motherboard @ TweakTown

Power Supplies
SilverStone OP1000-E 1,000W Power Supply @ PC Perspective

Prebuilts
Acer Aspire X1200 SFF system @ TechSpot

Video
Palit HD 4870 Sonic @ Neoseeker


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Walmart Does An About Turn On DRM Server Shutdown

Posted: October 10, 2008 @ time: 08:19AM
Author: jammin

Walmart made an announcement at the end of last month that it would be shutting down its DRM servers, which was planned to come into effect yesterday. The recommendation made back then was for customers with DRM tracks to burn them to CD to enable them to continue to be played on various platforms. Walmart has now announced that it will be keeping its DRM servers operational for the foreseeable future (however long that may be), which means customers with DRM protected files will still have support from its customer service team. The recommendation to burn your tracks to CD still stands however, so I wouldn't expect that support to be there for an awful lot longer.


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YouTube to Begin Showing Full Length TV Shows

Posted: October 10, 2008 @ time: 07:44PM
Author: Nemo

Google's YouTube announced it will begin showing full length TV shows in a move to boost its ad revenue. The first set of shows will be in partnership with CBS and will include advertising before, during and after the shows. The shows from CBS will include '90210', 'Dexter' and 'Californication'. The shows owners will have the option of selling the ads with YouTube sharing in the revenue stream. Google has long struggled with how to turn a profit on its investment in YouTube and this move show they are still searching. YouTube also said it is discussing partnership arrangements with other providers but chose not to elaborate further.


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