IE 0-Day Exploit Allows Remote Code Execution
A new Internet Explorer exploit in the wild that will allow a malicious website to run malware on your computer. The IE vulnerability stems from an invalid pointer reference that when exploited allows an attacker to execute malicious shell code on underlying machines. The malware caused exploited machines to download further malicious scripts that installed a backdoor.
Microsoft remains committed to taking the appropriate action to help protect our customers. We released Security Advisory 979352 to provide customers with actionable guidance and tools to help with protections against exploit of this vulnerability. Microsoft has not seen widespread customer impact, rather only targeted and limited attacks exploiting IE 6 at this time. Our teams are currently working to develop an update and we will take appropriate action to protect customers when the update has met the quality bar for broad distribution. That may include releasing the update out of band.
It is important to note that complex attacks targeting specific corporate networks are becoming more prevalent in the threat landscape, therefore organizations should follow defense-in-depth best practices, and deploy multiple layers of protection to improve their security posture. In addition, Protected Mode in IE 7 on Windows Vista and later significantly reduces the ability of an attacker to impact data on a user's machine. Customers should also enable Data Execution Prevention (DEP) which helps mitigate online attacks. DEP is enabled by default in IE 8 but must be manually enabled in prior versions.
Customers can also set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to "High" to prompt before running ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones or configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone. You can find details on implementing these settings in the advisory.
Laser TVs may use up to 75 percent less energy
A new Laser Phosphor-based Display (LPD) technology from Prysm that promises 75 percent less power consumption than conventional displays, while offering superior image quality as well. The technology will initially be geared toward commercial use (stadium scoreboards, signage, etc.), but it may eventually arrive for HDTVs as well.
The LPD technology is powered by a combination of laser diodes (similar to the ones in your DVD and CD drives), mirrors, and a phosphor screen. The diodes send a laser signal to the mirrors where it is then projected onto the phosphor screen, exciting the necessary RGB imaging sequence. It works essentially like a laser printer, except--needless to say--the image is being refreshed at a much higher rate.
Prysm claims that LPD screens will use up to 75% less energy than conventional displays. This impressive ratio is possible because of the lasers that light up only what is necessary. The technology is very similar to the local dimming capabilities of current LED-backlit LCDs. This capability allows the LPD screen to produce deep contrast ratios (dark, inky blacks) while maintaing low power consumption - pcworld
Guru3D Folding at Home Top 20 January 2010
Time for a new update on Folding@home from Team Guru3D.
We are moving up again ! The team is folding really steadily at an average of quarter million points per 24 hours. We are at position 77 and competition certainly is getting fierce. Unfortunately we have been overtaken by our friends from legion hardware but We have overtaken FutureMark.com's folding team, MSI's folding team and we tackled Tom's Hardware as well.
Here's an overview of the top 20 Guru3D crunching heroes, and guys .. we'd just love it if you could joins us.
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Would you like to help out ? If you have an ATI Radeon series 3000 or newer or GeForce series 8 or newer graphics card and like to help fighting diseases, please join our team, we have Team ID number 69411.
You can download the latest GPU or CPU clients here. Should you need help / want info check out our Folding support forums here where anyone will help you with any questions you might have. Team 69411 -- join the club. Thanks to all who are participating in this project, and a special thank you to our top 20 contributors.
NVIDIA GF100 (Fermi) Technology preview
NVIDIA GF100 (Fermi) Technology preview
Last week we arrived at Sin City not only to cover CES but there was something else going on as well. In Las Vegas, NVIDIA had organized a briefing for a select group of the press. From Europe perhaps ten to fifteen people where invited for this somewhat privileged preview -- the topic, a technical overview of project Fermi.
Fermi is of course the family name of the latest generation of GPUs from NVIDIA. The first chipset deriving from Fermi will be called the GF100 GPU which will likely be used on what we think will be called products like GeForce 360 and GeForce 380. Join us in a nice technology preview.
Creative launches SoundBlaster Titanium HD
- RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 122dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
- RCA Line Input for recording up to 118dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)
- 0.001% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N)
- Headphone output for audio listening up to 115dB 33 Ohms, and 117dB, 330 Ohms, at 24bit/96kHz
- Replaceable Op-amps
- Hardware-accelerated 3D positional audio and EAX
Enermax Desktop PSU II Series
ENERMAX is proud to announce an update of their running desktop PSU series
Auzentech X-Fi Bravura Released
X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Sound Card Released
Auzen X-Fi Bravuara 7.1, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express sound card for audiophiles and HomeTheater PC enthusiasts, available now.
Auzentechannounced the immediate release of the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card, a full-height, custom designed PCI Express
ATI Catalyst 10.1 Beta download
This is a beta version of Catalyst 10.1 as released on MSI. We have no extensive release notes, should you want to try out this driver then please be sure to check out the discussion thread we have going on it right here.
- CrossFire X profiles per application will now be in a separate XML file that it will be possible to update independently of the driver itself
- ATI CrossFire X with PowerPlay for the Radeon 5
Gigabyte to offer overclocked Radeon HD 5670
Gigabyte introduced its Radeon HD 5670 graphics cards, this includes an overclocked model with 785MHz core, a paltry 10MHz more than the reference model.
Gigabyte today is pleased to announce their latest GV-R5600 series graphics cards. GIGABYTE
ASUS shows EeeTop ET2010PNT with ION2
Asus released some specifications on a new EeeTop all-in-one computer called the ET2010PNT and it looks pretty nice.
The machine sports a 20-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 and it runs Windows 7. The machine uses an Atom D510 dual-core processor and has graphics via NVIDIA Ion 2. That makes this the first machine I have seen that uses the new Ion 2 platform.
ION in fact seems to be a GeForce G310 GPU which on its end is identical to the G210, which definitely is better than the 9400M series. The G310 has 16 shader cores clocked at 625MHz with a 14W TDP. The screen supports multi-touch and while it
Scythe Grand Kama Cross CPU cooler
Scythe releases its Grand Kama Cross, a new CPU cooler with an X-shaped design. The cooler has four heatpipes and two aluminum heatsink units, along with a large 140mm fan. It is compatible with all recent Intel and AMD processors, full specifications can be found over here. The Grand Kama Cross will be available in retail stors for $45 (29.50EUR, excl. VAT).
Grand Kama Cross TOP-Flow CPU Cooler is based on the x-structure which allows easy mounting and additional cooling of surrounding components. New Slip Stream 140 mm PWM fan is supplied with PWM feature which supports flexible fan controlling by the motherboard. Thanks to Multiplatform Socket Mounting Clips, compatibility to all current sockets is complied.
JVC Everio GZ-HM550 HD Camera with built-in Bluetooth Wireless
The new JVC Everio GZ-HM550 HD camera
Mushkin Blackline DDR3 for LGA1156 and LGA1366
The number of high-end memory for LGA1156 and LGA1366 motherboards certainly is on the rise. Now Mushkin has launched three memory kits with considerable overclocking abilities as part of the Blackline series.
"These new memory products we are introducing give our customers superior flexibility with their systems. Whether they are looking for a high density 8GB or 12GB kit with fast DDR3-1600 CL7 performance, or a lower density kit that allows them to overclock their machines to levels they never dreamed possible, Mushkin Enhanced has their needs covered," Brian Flood, director of product development, said.
The company's new kits are are made up of memory modules of 2GB or 4GB, all of which operate on 1.65V. The products boost performance to very high levels through their combined memory densities of either 8GB or even 12GB. The 996801 CL9 is set to become a strong presence on the DDR3-2000 2x2GB performance segment.
"The 996801 kit will be of unrivaled value in the DDR3-2000 2x2GB performance segment. Adding to the value of this high performance memory kit are its considerable overclocking abilities, allowing enthusiasts to increase their clock speeds without dropping the memory ratio and thereby sacrificing performance," the press release noted.
The other two kits, the CL7 996798 and 998798 are, respectively, made up of two 4GB modules and three 4GB modules. They "provide free slots for future memory expansion while boosting memory performance to exceptional levels."
The 996801, 996798 and 998798 DDR3 memory kits are designed with Frostbyte heatspreaders and come with a lifetime warranty. Prices have not been mentioned, but they will become available sometime during the following weeks.
Intel books Q4 2009 profit of $2.3 billion
Intel announced its fourth quarter 2009 results and the numbers are better than expected. The chip giant recorded a net income of $2.3 billion on a revenue of $10.6 billion. Earnings per share were 40 cents, significantly better than the average analyst expectation of 31 cents. For the current quarter the company expects a revenue of $9.7 billion, plus or minus $400 million, versus analyst expectations of $9.35 billion.
Intel Corporation today reported fourth-quarter revenue of $10.6 billion. The company reported operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $2.3 billion and EPS of 40 cents.
For 2009 Intel posted revenue of $35.1 billion. The company reported full-year operating income of $5.7 billion, net income of $4.4 billion and EPS of 77 cents. The company generated more than $11 billion in cash from operations and paid cash dividends of $3.1 billion.
Point of View launches new ATOM based mobo's
The heart of the board is formed by the Intel dual core processor, the Intel Atom D510 CPU. Powered by a very diverse Intel NM10 chipset, the system offers a huge range of functionality. The new energy friendly Atom solution really opens up the door for many low powered computers such as browsing PC
HIS releases Radeon HD 5670
HIS released its Radeon HD 5670 lineup, these cards feature the stock clockspeeds and are available with 512MB and 1GB GDDR5 memory.
The cooling solution of these cards features a large UV-reactive plastic shroud.
HIS unleashed the revolutionary new HIS RadeonTM HD 5670 IceQ 1GB/5121MB GDDR5, featuring the award-winning IceQ cooling technology. With full DirectX 11 support you can enjoy eye-popping visuals, astonishing realism and fast frame rates gaming. It has the power and premium features you need for fully immersive gameplay while consumes less than 75 Watts under full load, eliminating the need for an external power connection for easy installation.
We have a sample already at the lab and will take a closer look at this one real soon.
MSI Radeon HD 5670 comes with Afterburner voltage adjustment
MSI is showing off its Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. This model features DisplayPort, military class components and support for MSI's Afterburner tweak utility.
World renowned manufacturer of graphic card and mainboard, MSI releases R5670-PMD1G graphics card today to fulfill mainstream players
PowerColor Radeon HD 5670 unveiled
PowerColor released Radeon HD 5670 graphics cards with non-reference cooling, there's a model with 512MB GDDR5 memory and also one with 1GB GDDR5 memory. Both models feature a 775MHz core and 4000MHz memory.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announced the latest in DirectX