Virgin Launches UK's Fastest Broadband Internet
Nice speed ... Brittish television and telephony company Virgin Media Inc said Monday it is launching the U.K.'s fastest broadband Internet service. The company, which operates in the U.K. but is U.S.-listed, launched 50 megabit broadband Monday, which will allow albums to be downloaded in 11 seconds and films in just over three minutes.
The service will cost as much as GBP51 a month for new subscribers, or GBP35 a month when taken with a phone line, the company said. At a press conference in London Monday, Chief Executive Neil Berkett said that, by the end of the year, 40% of its customers will have access to the new high-speed broadband, and by summer 2009 all of the 12.6 million homes covered by its fiber optic network will have access to the service.
"Customers need and want faster broadband and are willing to pay for a great service," Berkett said. "In November 2008, at the beginning of what we all know are tough economic times, over 55% of our customers are paying for premium 10 megabit of 20 megabit broadband."
He added that Virgin Media has the ability to expand to provide up to 200 megabit broadband in future.
Top 10 PC Games December
We'll keep posting these as well .. it's just interesting to follow week by week. Here are the best selling PC games in the USA for the week ending December 6.
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $36
- Spore / EA Maxis / $40
- The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $9
- Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $44
- Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $34
- The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $15
- Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar Games / $38
- Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48
- Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $48
- The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $19
Grand Theft Auto IV Patch #1
- A fix to the crash after legal screen that some German customers were reporting.
- Numerous improvements to the video editor: Smarter naming of videos, improved rendering quality, better fx during replays.
- Fix to bowling while using certain sensitive mice.
- Fix for ATI 1900 shadows.
- Overall savings to memory.
- Graphic improvements to particle systems and mirrors.
- Multiplayer character settings are preserved.
- Support for DirectInput controllers.
Intel preps Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7
It will be a long time before they are introduced, in fact Q3 of 2009 is the word on that. But Intel is prepping yet another processor socket. We mentioned this in our Core i7 review already but Intel plans Socket H1 for mainstream Core i7 processors. The mainstream products that will go with is will be Havendale and for the quads, Lynnfield. The new socket is needed because the mainstream processors will not have a triple channel memory controller but a dual-channel controller and as such has less pins.
Socket H1 is in fact also known as Socket 1160/1156. This means that current Core i7 processors on LGA 1366 will not be compatible with the new Socket model. So mainstream Core i7 processors are coming .. but they for sure are far away, meaning that Core 2 Duo and Quad processors will be arround for much longer.
Point of View bundles Prince of Persia 08
Prince of Persia is one of the oldest and most well-known gaming franchises in PC history. Being found in 1989, the original game series was renewed by Ubisoft in 2003 with an all new concept and gameplay. The Sands of Time trilogy is still considered one of the best gaming franchises in modern gaming.
Now in 2008; from the game studio that brought us the Sands of Time trilogy and Assassin
Iiyama announces 16:9 Prolite LCDs
Iiyama Japan just announced a pair of 16:9 LCDs monitors to their new line up. Available in both white and black color, the Prolite series Iiyama features a TN panel full HD 1920
Swiftech Caldera 4870X2 waterblock released
- Base plates: C110 copper with Diamond Pin Matrix
- Housing body: Black Delrin
- Housing lid: Clear Acrylic
- Cover: Black anodized Aluminum
- Inlet/outlet port threads: 1/4" BSPP (G 1/4)
- LED: white, 12v, connects to graphics card fan plug
- Thermal joint installation: thermal grease
- Dimensions (Inch): 5.4 " (L) x 4 (W) x .86" (H)
- Dimensions (Metric): 136mm (L) x 103mm (W) x 22mm (H)
- Weight: 14.5 oz (411 g)
- Material: black anodized 6061 Aluminum
- Dimensions (Inch): 8.2" (L) x 3.6 (W) x .47" (H)
- Dimensions (Metric): 208mm (L) x 93mm (W) x 12mm (H)
- Weight: 6.4 oz (181 g)
- Thermal joint installation: high thermal conductivity pad
Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO Trailer
AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE review [Guru3D]
Today we have a test on the Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition processor. Anyone thinking Phenom X2 ? The product we are reviewing today is exactly that. AMD developed a new K10 dual-core processor based on the TLB bug-free (B3) revision, under the codename KUMA.
And quite frankly... it's a really interesting product, as for less than 79 USD/EUR you get to have quite a nice performing product with fairly nice clock frequencies. Yeah... 79 USD.
You can read this review at this URL:
IE Zero day Vulnerability. Work arounds available.
Microsoft issued a security advisory with workarounds for dealing with hacker attacks targeting a zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer 7. Users await word as to when to expect a patch or an update to fix the IE 7 browser security issue.
Microsoft has issued an advisory to help users deal with a zero-day flaw affecting Internet Explorer.
In an update, Microsoft stated the flaw affects not only Internet Explorer (IE) 7 as originally thought, but also versions 5 and 6. However, as of Dec. 11, Microsoft had only seen attacks against IE 7. "The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference in the data binding function of Internet Explorer," according to Microsoft. "When data binding is enabled (which is the default state), it is possible under certain conditions for an object to be released without updating the array length, leaving the potential to access the deleted object's memory space. This can cause Internet Explorer to exit unexpectedly, in a state that is exploitable."
The vulnerability itself is a memory corruption error in the handling of DHTML data bindings. The attacker does a "heap spray" and then an invalid pointer dereference in an array of data binding objects. They don't exactly give proof of concept code, but this is more than they usually say.
The workarounds fall into three classes, those that:
(A) block access to the vulnerable code in MSHTML.dll via OLEDB, protecting against current attacks
(B) apply the most secure configuration against this specific vulnerability.
(C) make it much harder to heap spray.
|1. Set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to "High" to prompt before running ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones||X||X|
|2. Configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone||X||X|
|3. Restrict Internet Explorer from using OLEDB32.dll with an Integrity Level ACL||X|
|4. Disable Row Position functionality of OLEDB32.dll||X|
|5. Unregister OLEDB32.DLL||X|
|6. Use ACL to disable OLEDB32.DLL||X|
|7. Enable DEP for Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista and on Windows Server 2008||X|
|8. Disable Data Binding support in Internet Explorer 8||X||X|
The (A) workarounds, are more desirable because they disable the least functionality, and some of them are very targeted. The (B) workarounds, if you ask me, may be necessary but are undesirable. Breaking scripting breaks a lot of software and prompting for it is of dubious value because users won't know which prompts to say yes to. The only (C) entry that's really interesting is to enable DEP and you should do that irrespective of this issue. Microsoft recommends one from column (A) and, to be really comprehensive, one from column (B). I guess they have to say this.
TN Games HTX Helmet lets you feel headshots
Ohw dear ... A bit more than a year ago TN Games gave gamers the 3rd Space force-feedback FPS Vest to get a shock when someone shot at you in a FPS game and soon they will release the HTX Helmet, a product that will let you feel the impact of getting shot in the head.
The HTX Helmet is the next product in development for TN Games using its 3rd Space
The Dark Knight selling 600,000 Blu-ray copies in first week
In hopes that the Batman summer blockbuster would generate unprecedented sales, Warner Home Video shipped one million Blu-ray copies for the release of the DVD.
OCZ Technology Gold Series SDHC Cards
OCZ Technology announced the launch of its new Gold Series Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) flash memory cards, to offer professional photographers and videographers unbridled performance combined with ample storage capabilities for high-resolution pictures and video. These premium memory cards offer photography enthusiasts incredible speeds and capacities to deliver the tailored storage they demand.
GeForce 180.84 Beta driver revision 3 released (download)
It seems that NVIDIA moments ago released a new Beta of their 180.84 GeForce drivers. This is tagged with Beta 3 opposed to the previous Beta 2. It also seems that a lot of stuff for GTA 4 users was fixed. If you play the game, definitely check out this batch.
There's a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
United Keys shipping OLED gaming keyboards
Rumors about this new keyboard from United Keys doing an OLED gaming keyboard date back quite a awhile.
But Yeah here it is, in reality, ready to simplify your life. The keyboard features 103 regular old, everyday keys, and boasts nine monochromatic OLED display keys on the left side which can be custom mapped and identified by text or images -- really giving the Optimus Maximus a run for its money, huh?
This bad boy is 20.5-inches long and 7.25-inches wide, but the good news is that if you don't want the full keyboard (and who can blame you?), you can order just the keypad of nine OLEDs. They're taking orders now, and apparently shipping within two weeks. The full keyboard is going to run you $259.99, while the OLED keypad is $199.99 [via engadget].
NVIDIA 12 Days of NVIDIA promotions
NVIDIA started a new campaign fighting, obviously the horrible economic crisis. Starting December 11TH and continuing all the way through December 22ND, NVIDIA will feature 12 offers that you at the very least need to check out.
Check back each day to discover what new holiday bargains are in store for you. Each offer is good from the day is revealed through December 23RD.
This first day started with a 10% price cut on all games. Well check it out yourself I'd say.
Google Chrome browser nearly out of Beta
NetGear readies media hub with 1080p, 500GB
NETGEAR hopes to lead the increasingly crowded networked media hub field with a new flagship, the company tells Wired. The Digital Entertainer Elite or EVA9150 will focus on brute hardware superiority to compete against rivals such as the Apple TV and will be one of the few in the category to play 1080p video. Appropriately, it will also carry a 500GB hard drive in an accessible bay that lets owners upgrade themselves if the storage is lacking.
Significantly, however, NETGEAR has declined to tie the Elite directly to any paid online video services and is instead relying on transfers from locally networked PCs to load commercial content. Free Internet content is available from Flickr for still images and YouTube for videos. Expansion and networking haven't been completely revealed but should include USB, component or HDMI for video, and at least Wi-Fi for its data link.
The new Digital Entertainer isn't due to start shipping until the early portion of 2009 and will cost $400 due to its feature set.