Chieftec debuts three HTPC cases
Chieftec has released three HTPC cases. CHIETEC's Hi-Fi series have clearly more to offer than the typical HTPC chassis. 3 different stack types in combination with brushed and anodized aluminum in black or silver are provided in an exquisite packaging. Operating Timelessly and luxuriously with its already equipped components like a complete hi-fi system.
All relevant interfaces (2 x USB, 1 x IEEE1394, Audio, including a 56 in 1 card reader) are integrated in the front of the chassis behind a dust protecting cover. A distinctive turning-knob allows an easy handling of the device such as the volume and general navigation.
Dependent on the stack type, the HM allows an installation of either mATX and/ or ATX mainboards. In addition up to 3 internal hard disks can be built-in to the chassis.
Windows Vista security rendered useless by researchers
Many of the defenses that Microsoft added to Vista and Windows Server 2008 are designed to stop host-based attacks. ASLR, for example, is meant to prevent attackers from predicting target memory addresses by randomly moving things such as a process's stack, heap and libraries. That technique is useful against memory-corruption attacks, but Dai Zovi said that against Dowd's and Sotirov's methods, it would be of no use.
"This stuff just takes a knife to a large part of the security mesh Microsoft built into Vista," Dai Zovi said. "If you think about the fact that .NET loads DLLs into the browser itself and then Microsoft assumes they're safe because they're .NET objects, you see that Microsoft didn't think about the idea that these could be used as stepping stones for other attacks. This is a real tour de force."
Microsoft officials have not responded to Dowd's and Sotirov's findings, but Mike Reavey, group manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, said Wednesday that the company is aware of the research and is interested to see it once it becomes public.
Dai Zovi stressed that the techniques Dowd and Sotirov use do not rely on specific vulnerabilities. As a result, he said, there may soon be similar techniques applied to other platforms or environments.
"This is not insanely technical. These two guys are capable of the really low-level technical attacks, but this is simple and reusable," Dai Zovi said. "I definitely think this will get reused soon, sort of like heap spraying was.
Sexy Red Alert 3 Gemma Atkinson wallpaper
Earlier this week we already mentioned that Gemma Atkinson is to feature in the new Red Alert 3. EA released two sexy 1920 x 1200 Red Alert 3 wallpapers, and what a horrible kind of a man would I be if I'd not share them with you ? You can click on the image to enlarge her ... um photo!:
Inno3D i-Chill GeForce 9800 GT Hurricane | Twin Turbo
Inno3D has issued two new GeForce 9800 GT based graphics cards with custom coolers slapped on top of them. The first one has the Hurricane cooler from ZeroTherm and the other one is equipped with Artctic Cooling's Accelero Twin Turbo cooler.
Both cards feature a 700MHz core, 1500MHz shaders and 512MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 2000MHz. The cards have a 3-year warranty and should be much better at cooling than the reference card.
NVIDIA licenses Transmeta power technology
The creator of the GeForce and nForce lines also gains access to the original LongRun technology as well as to all of Transmeta's existing and submitted patents, additional power management technology, and "other computing technologies" unnamed as part of the grant.
Neither of the involved companies has described any future products likely to use the technology, though NVIDIA has regularly had to maintain or even decrease clock speeds for its graphics cores as it moves to higher chip densities for the sake of additional features. The firm is also increasingly involved with cellphone and handheld processors through its Tegra line, which is more sensitive to power issues.
The company is also launching into complete notebook platforms in the near future, and is speculated as a possible supplier for new Mac mainboard platforms that would require more efficient components.
Fujitsu Atom-based U2010 UMPC official
Fujitsu today used Singapore as the venue for its next most recent update to the LifeBook U series. The 5.6-inch convertible tablet switches from the A110 processor to a faster and more efficient 1.6GHz Atom that gives it as much as eight hours of battery life with an optional extended battery and 64GB solid-state drive. In an unusual addition, the ultra-mobile PC also has its own FM transmitter to pipe sound to a nearby radio and save the trouble of porting external speakers.
The very small size also finds room for a 1.3-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader for security.
No prices or ship dates have been posted for the U2010, though it will start out with a 60GB rotating hard drive and a standard-capacity battery. The new LifeBook ships in five colors for Singapore but is likely to arrive in the US in a single color and at a price close to the $999 for the U810.
MS preps 12 fixes for August Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is preparing 12 security fixes - seven critical - as part of the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
The seven "critical" fixes due out next Tuesday (12 August) cover flaws in Windows, Media Player, Internet Explorer and Office. All supported version of Windows - including Vista - will need patching.
The five less serious "important" flaws cover vulnerabilities in Windows, Outlook Express and Windows Messenger. With so many client systems needing patching it is tempting to think that some sysadmins might be recalled from the beach to handle the workload, which is unusually heavy for this time of the year. Neither June or July were particularly busy, bringing just one critical bug between them against seven in this month alone.More details on the upcoming updates can be found in a pre-alert notice from Microsoft here.
GPS tracking slapped on laptop recovery service
Absolute Software has added GPS tracking to its laptop theft-recovery and asset-tracking service.
The availability of geolocation tracking for Computrace will allow asset managers to track GPS-enabled laptops to within ten metres and view their location using Google Maps technology. The technology will also speed recovery of missing or stolen computers, being easier to use than previous IP address-based tracking technology.
The technology uses embedded GPS receivers to acquire latitude and longitude location information from remote computers. This data, sent when the machines are connected to the internet, is then displayed on Absolute's web-based IT asset management portal, showing the current or historical location of a piece of kit.
Use of the technology means that salesmen may no longer be able to claim that they are visiting client premises rather than sneaking down the pub. The upside is that the lives of managers - particularly in the increasingly frequent cases where laptops are lost or stolen - is made a lot easier.
Other aspects of Computrace allow the remote deletion of sensitive information for regulatory compliance and the detection of hardware changes or prohibited software installations. Absolute's investigative team can be wheeled out to physically recover lost or stolen computers, and to work out what changes have been made to purloined PCs once they are recovered.
Computrace software is embedded in the firmware of computers from the the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Fujitsu. The agent is designed to withstand operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging. Subscriptions run for terms ranging from one to four years.Geolocation tracking is available to Computrace customers at no extra cost on supported GPS receivers (list here). Use of a Qualcomm UNDP-1 (Gobi) wireless module is listed as a system requirement.
Download: AMD Overdrive 2.1.2
This version of AMD OverDrive Utility supports systems with the AMD RD790/RS780/RX780/RS780D serials boards.
AMD OverDrive Utility (AOD) in general provides user the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the AMD chipset products; it allows user to tune parameters to ensure system stability, optimize performance, and control cooling/acoustic characteristics. Our target is to provide an all-in-one utility which can deliver all-around stellar operation.
AMD OverDrive Utility 2.1.2 (2008-06-11)
- Added SidePort memory overclocking feature
- Added fan control feature for SB700 boards with EC enabled
- Disable fan broken detect settings if this feature is not available
- Changed to new skin system
AMD FirePro line of workstation graphics
The FirePro is also the first mid-range offering at AMD to come with DisplayPort connectors, with a top-end V5700 (shown) coming with two of the next-generation display outputs on top of one dual-link DVI output for attaching as many as three 30-inch displays to a single card.
The V5700 is the fastest of the group with 320 shader processors for pixels and vertices and 512MB of onboard video memory. AMD in turn positions the V3700 as an entry-level model for basic workstations with 40 shader units, 256MB of memory, and a simpler two-port dual-link DVI setup for output. Both cards support hardware acceleration of certain 2D video formats and will also accelerate general math written to the company's Stream Computing format.
Shipments of the V3700 have already started at a price of $99, which AMD claims is the least expensive price for a workstation card to date. The V5700 appears in September and carries a $599 price for its more advanced features. AMD publicly lists support for Linux and Windows systems but is known to be promoting the OpenCL standard for on-GPU general computing proposed by Apple.
New 32-inch LCD panel uses 50 percent less power
AUO explained that it has reduced the numbers of cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) used in a traditional backlight unit (BLU) from 16 tubes to 4 u-type tubes, and the content of mercury in each tube is reduced by 82%.
In addition to the power-saving CCFL panel, AUO is looking at LED backlighting as another energy saving strategy for its LCD panels. By 2010, AUO will adopt LED backlighting for all of its notebook panels, according to the company.
Guru3D: PhysX by NVIDIA - A review of what to see next week
Next Tuesday NVIDIA will introduce a new set of GeForce drivers, PhysX driver and a PhysX pack. All GeForce series 8 and newer cards will get full PhysX support with a little help of the guys from Ageia and NVIDIA's CUDA team.
We take a peek at what is released next week, what can you expect, what combo's are possible and obviously our opinion on the entire PhysX experience.
Find the article right here ...
review: Passively cooled Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT
I'm sorry but that's just a heck of a lot more value than the 9500 GT will offer gaming performance wise. And next to that, as this review will show .. the product has a few surprises ready under it's sleeves, it's passively cooled, overclock like a beast and looks drop-dead gorgeous !
Check that out man:
Microsoft to share vulnerabilities much faster
Microsoft announced it will roll out a new program in October that will inform security vendors much sooner about security flaws:
Starting in October, Microsoft will start sharing details on software vulnerabilities with security vendors ahead of Patch Tuesday under a daring new program aimed at reducing the window of exposure to hacker attacks.
The new Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), which will be formally announced at Black Hat USA 2008 here, will give anti-virus, intrusion prevention/detection and corporate network security vendors a headstart to add signatures and filters to protect against Microsoft software vulnerabilities.
The idea is to provide detection guidance ahead of time to help security vendors reproduce the vulnerabilities being patched and ship signatures and detection capabilities without false positives.
According to Mike Reavey, group manager in the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center), the new vulnerability sharing program was created to address the situation today where weaponized exploit code is being released to the public before Windows users can test and deploy the Patch Tuesday fixes.
Radeon HD 4870 X2 Cards Shows up in EU stores
The dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 that is called to outperform leading NVIDIA cards for the first time in a few years, is to go on sale on August 12. Nevertheless, in some European countries (Austria, for example) these cards can be already ordered. At that, some stores claim to have Sapphire-branded products in stock.
The local product search engine Geizhals.at shows prices ranging from 402 to 457 EUR (620-710 USD). I can already tell that higher than the suiggested retail price. So .. that price will go down for sure, don't worry.
Gemma Atkinson to act in Red Alert 3
She will be filling the uniform of familiar character Lt Eva McKenna, an Allied communications officer with a "sexy twinkle in her eye and a British stiff upper lip", according to the statement.
"I'm a gamer and the chance to act in one of the best loved videogames was an opportunity I was really keen to explore - especially as Eva is such a strong female character," said Gemma. "The worlds of gaming and film are getting ever closer and as an actress I wanted to explore this exciting new area of drama, broaden my acting skills and continue the active, outgoing side of my personality that I showed in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!" She's showed plenty more than that, and has a full photo shoot of her as McKenna plastered in the pages of Zoo magazine this week. Red Alert 3 will be out on PC and Xbox 360 this autumn, with the recently halted PS3 version to follow.
We have some nice Guru3D Wallpaper of her right here as well. She's the one to the bottom right with the ATI logo.
Official: GTA IV on PC, gets expanded multiplayer
As far as we can tell from the official press release, the game will be exactly the same as the console versions but with "newly expanded multiplayer just for the PC". Whether that's just a few new modes or something else entirely, we'll have to wait and see.
"We are very excited to be releasing the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV," said Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games. "The whole team is dedicated to bringing an amazing gaming experience to the PC. The game looks and plays beautifully on PC and we can't wait for people to play it."
Thanks lmimmfn for pointing it out.