Angry Researchers Disclose Windows Zero-day Bug
PC World reports that an anonymous group of security researchers published last week information about an unpatched flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
The flaw in Windows Vista and Server 2008 could be used by attackers to gain unauthorized access to a PC or cause it to crash. Microsoft downplayed the threat, saying that the vulnerability required an attacker to have physical access to the computer or have compromised it with another exploit. Danish vulnerability tracking firm Secunia agreed with Microsoft that the bug was relatively minor, classifying it as a "less critical" threat, the second-lowest ranking in its five-step system. According to Secunia, the bug affects fully patched versions of Windows Vista Business SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Enterprise SP1 and SP2, and possibly other editions of operating system.
CoreTemp 0.99.7.3 released
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.<br />Now Windows Vista and Windows 7 ready!
- "Start Core Temp with Windows" feature on Windows Vista and 7.
- Taking a screenshot would not capture the whole window in Vista/7 with aero mode.
- Windows 7 taskbar Cycle mode only shows up after the first interval has elapsed.
- Overheating protection UI bug.
- The Mini-mode menu was not checked when Mini-mode was activated.
- Corrected the placement and size of the load label on Phenom based processors.
- Order of appearance of the system tray icons in Windows 7.
- The appropriate G15 menu is now checked depending on the status of the G15 plug-in.
- Added support for 12 core processors to temperature offset adjustment window
ASUS ARES Review
ASUS ARES gets tested !
We test and review the worlds fastest single graphics card on the globe, the ASUS ARES. An uber-high-enthusiast targeted product intended to create a lot of buzz and potentially to have a lot of marketing value. But face fact is also that there is a small group of end-users actually really interested it in, regardless of price and deficits. So with this round of realizing something fun, extra ordinary and sure prices very steep ASUS went back to the drawing board. They came up with a dual-GPU design solution based off Radeon 5970, but an overall better design, new PCB, higher clock frequencies on GPUs and more memory (2GB per GPU).
Then they threw improved voltage regulation management into the mix and added a new cooler with the weight of a small baby on top of the GPUs to deliver something really special.
Wanna meet the world's fastest graphics card ? You can read our full Guru3D review right here.
Asetek Liquid Cooled All-In-One PC
Asetek, the industry leading supplier of liquid cooling systems for computers, today demonstrated how liquid cooling enables all-in-one PCs to deliver performance on par with the best performing desktop systems while maintaining attractive price points & near silent operation. The sleek all-in-one (AIO) prototype features a 24" display and uses a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-920 desktop processor and nVidia GTX280M graphics card in an enclosure that, at 58mm, matches the slender profile of Apple's iMac. This prototype shows how liquid cooling overcomes the thermal limitations that have historically forced PC manufactures to use more costly, lower performance mobile processors in their all-in-one designs.
"The all-in-one segment of the desktop market is projected to see an annual growth rate of 13% over the next 5 years," said Ben Bajarin, Consumer Technology Analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc. "Achieving the full potential of this attractive form factor requires PC manufacturers to deliver greater performance at ever more attractive price points. Utilizing desktop processors in these devices is a key strategy for improving price and performance. We see liquid cooling as an enabling technology for OEMs seeking to implement this strategy."
Asetek's AIO prototype takes advantage of liquid cooling's inherent ability to efficiently capture and transport large amounts of heat to a location where it can conveniently be exhausted from the system. Heat generated by the 130W CPU and 75W graphics processor is captured within the main enclose and transported to the stand of the all-in-one. A small radiator and a pair of fans easily remove heat from the liquid and a pump returns cooled liquid to the main enclosure to capture more heat.
"Driving more performance from within thin profile computers such as all-in-ones, 1U servers, blade servers and performance notebook PCs means increasing thermal density," notes Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. "This all-in-one prototype demonstrates one way that liquid cooling overcomes the thermal challenges that arise when squeezing high performance into thin form factors. The engineering team at Asetek continues to innovate and expand the liquid cooling options for cooling thin form factor PCs."
Magnetic Thinking Putty Makes Silly Putty Awesome Again
Ahw, who does not remember Silly Putty when you were a kid, but a few high school chemistry classes later and you realize it
ASUS boost PC speed by 37%
Researchers exploit USB flaw to steal data
If you went to your home or office computer, would you be able to tell if someone had swapped your keyboard for one exactly like it? Many people probably would not be able to. A team of researchers has shown that a shortcoming in the way USB standards work could be used to steal data.
The exploit reportedly allows just about any USB device to be used to steal data. That means anything from your keyboard to your USB pole dancer could be a data theft tool. The team claims that if for example you take the exact same keyboard someone is using on their computer and modify it to steal data and replace the existing keyboard the computer would not know anything has changed.
The exploit takes advantage of a weakness in plug-and-play functionality where the USB protocol automatically trusts what is being plugged in to report what it is correctly. The team demonstrated the hack by making a keyboard that would get data from a HDD and transmit it as a flashing light using Morse code or by making a warbling sound from the computer sound card. The team points out that they could have used other methods to send stolen data such as email.
AMD to release Faster Dual-Core Athlon II
AMD is already making rounds around the marketplace selling an Athlon II X2 dual-core unit with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz. While noteworthy, the company's plans appear to have already grown into something more. According to a report made by Fudzilla, the same entity that end up behind most of the rumors concerning new CPUs and GPUs, a 3.3GHz Athlon II Series chip is inbound.
The CPU goes by the name of Athlon II X2 265 and will overshadow the Athlon II X2 260, a 3.2GHz part with 2MB cache (1MB L3). The upcoming creature has the aforementioned higher speed of 3.3GHz, the same amount of cache memory and a TDP of 65W.
It is unknown just what price this chip will sport, but it shouldn't be too much higher than that of the 260, available for pre-order, on a significant number of online vendors, at 72.90 Euro.
According to the report, AMD will start shipping the product worldwide sometime during the third quarter of the ongoing year, probably during August. This would put the part right on track to best take advantage of the back to school period. Still, one should take this news, as any rumor, with the obligatory grain of salt, especially considering that, at the very least, launch dates often change [via softpedia].
GeForce GTX 460 listed at etailers
Though the GeForce GTX 460 is not to come out until the 12 of July some retailers decided to create hype by listing the new graphics card.
The GF104 has a major advantage over the GF100 because it is much less expensive to manufacture. As such, the video boards based on it should prove quite formidable and reasonably affordable for the performance market. Currently, it is the ASUS ENGTX460/2DIS/768MD5 that has been spotted.
Check it out here at a Dutch etailer
The ENGTX460 will measure up to the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and 5830 models. It boasts 336 shaders, 42 texture units and clock speeds of 675 MHz for the graphics processor, 900 for the memory and 1350 for the shaders themselves.
Currently, the GTX 460 has a price point of roughly 200 Euro, but it may drop once good volume availibility kicks in.
MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard gets tested
MSI 890FXA-GD70 motherboard gets tested
Of course we were already fond of the 890GX chipset when it got released, but the FX chipset upped the ante a tiny bit more as next to the integration of SATA6G we see an increase in available PCIe lanes allowing 890FX motherboards to become very flexible in their bandwidth needs versus component usage. PCI-Express is key in the AMD 890FX release as we get PCIe 42 lanes at our disposal. Next to that, the chipset will be paired with the SB850 which we already covered in the 890GX review, it supports up-to 14 USB 2.0, up-to six SATA 6G ports and an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller.
This is the basis and infrastructure of your PC, the 890 FX chipset. It's that kind of flexibility that allows ODMs like MSI to make little gems motherboards out of that chipset. MSI's 890FXA-GD70 is loaded with features like the aforementioned, but also USB 3.0, automated overclock options and even five (physical) PCIe x16 slots and even core unlock functionality from within the BIOS.
You can read the full Guru3D.com review right here.
A-Data NH03 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
A-DATA introduced yhe NH03 -- its first 3.5" external hard drive with the new-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, adding yet another high-performance storage solution in its complete USB 3.0 lineup. With the actual transfer rates reaching up to 140 MB/s, NH03 takes data transfer performance on external HDD to a whole new level.
The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface on the sleek-looking NH03 3.5" external hard drive is designed to deliver exceptional data transfer rates that was never seen on hard drives. With the addition of built-in TurboHDD USB software, the transfer performance is further accelerated, reaching up to 140 MB/s based on real-world test results. Users will able to experience a significant performance upgrade of at least 400% in terms of transfer speed compared to devices with conventional USB 2.0 interface. Meanwhile, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is backward compatible with previous versions for greater flexibility and convenience in daily computing use.
Other than speed, NH03 includes 256-bit AES encryption to keep personal data safe and confidential while protecting against any unauthorized intrusion. Design-wise, NH03 is stylishly designed with innovative heat vents, which are located on both the front and back of the enclosure, for improved air flow and heat dissipation. Its unique frame allows it to sit either vertically or horizontally according to users' different needs. Available up to 2TB, NH03 also comes with a one-touch auto backup button, making it a high-capacity, blazing-fast backup solution which enables users to back up systems or to synchronize all data between platforms fast and easy right at their fingertips.
Users of ADATA external hard drives are able to download value-add software HDDtoGO, OStoGO (no registration required), Norton Internet Security 2010 (60-day trial) for free and experience enhanced mobility and security with just few mouse clicks away. All ADATA external HDDs are backed by 3-year product warranty.
Thermaltake NVIDIA certified chassis
Thermaltake announceda NVIDIA certified full-tower chassis for next-generation ultra-high performance graphics cards, the Thermaltake Element V NVIDIA Edition with support for the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 GPUs.
Thermaltake Element V NVIDIA Edition chassis is a full-tower gaming chassis offering low-noise operation with excellent air-flow. With full-array of innovative designs such as 11 5.25
Scythe Ninja 3 CPU cooler
Weighing a full 1,040 grams, the device makes use of M.A.P.S. -> Multiple Airflow pass-through structure. This boosts heat dissipation significantly compared to competing products.
The heatsink itself has a nickel-plated copper base, which draws heat out of the central processing unit. Said caloric energy is subsequently led away by eight U-shaped copper heatpipes and dispersed among the many fins. Those fins are then cooled by a Slip Stream fan that has a diameter of 120mm and a rotary speed of 1340 RPM to 1900 RPM. Furthermore, the product features the Super Flip Mount Back-Plate 2. All in all, the Ninja 3 should be more adept at eliminating excess heat than any of its predecessors, even as it never goes over 37 dBA in noise output.
The Scythe Ninja 3 is slated to start shipping sometime towards the middle of July and will have a price of roughly $49, the equivalent of 35.90 Euro. As for CPU support, sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2(+) and AM3 from Advanced Micro Devices are supported, as are Intel LGA 775, 1156 and 1366.
Another MSI X58 mobo in the works
MSI has reportedly been working on the so-called X58A-GD65, whoch would be a more affordable X58 moptherboard, yet with USB 3.0 and SATA 6G.
The board comes with 'just' three PCI Express slots, has support 3-way SLI and CrossFire X setups. Budghet or noy , it didn't shy away from including six DDR3-2133 memory slots, six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, two USB 3.0 ports and two SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors.
Other specifications include Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, 7.1 channel audio, coaxial SPDIF connectors and dual eSATA.
As for the chipset, it is the Intel X58 and, thus, will support socket LGA 1366 central processing units, not just the quad-core but also the hexa-core models. The motherboard also boasts an 8-phase VRM and 4+6 USB 2.0 ports.
It will supposedly become available for pre-order shortly priced at 210 EURO. Click on the thumbnail for a full-sized photo.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots
Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to be released on November 9 for the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii (though the Wii version won't look like this alright).
Fable 3 combat video
Passmark BurnInTest 6.0 Build 1023
Tests CPU, hard drives, CD-ROMs, CD burners, DVDs, sound cards, 2D graphics, 3D graphics, RAM, network connections, printers, and video playback. Test specialized hardware with BurnInTest 'plug-in' tests.
Changes in version 6.0 build 1023:
Improvements to the CPU frequency measurement on startup.
Improvements to the raw disk test (physical disk number test) to avoid
sharing violation errors during the random seek cycle. Also, the raw disk test
can now be configured with 32-bit BurnInTest, when running on 64-bit Windows.
Improvements to the Sound Loopback test when the CPU is under load.
Corrected an "Out of Memory" error for the Sound loopback test. Improved the
Sound Loopback test window display.
Change for Turbo capable CPU's when run under WinPE 3.0 to correct a
When running on WinPE, F10 now launches the Windows command window
Lenovo 3D HD laptop series
Lenovo Group Limited is a well known china-based manufacturer for desktops, notebooks, servers, storage drives and other IT related services. This time Lenovo demonstrates theirs first 3D HD laptop. Definitely this portable-theatre notebook that comes in 3D technology along with 3D polarizer glasses, it is the dream of every entertainment-seeker.
Using TriDef 3D technology, a movie can be transformed into a life-like 3D experience and you won