Windows 7 already cracked before release ?
There are reports on the web that a crack for the Ultimate Edition of Windows 7 is already available on the Internet. Reports indicate a leaked Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD ISO from Lenovo made the hack possible.
Reports from various forums and websites (which we will not link to because they offer the proof-of-concept of the Windows 7 RTM Ultimate crack, along with the activation product key, which is illegal) indicate that the cracked client can bypass Windows genuine Advantage validation with no problems whatsoever. A Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD ISO from Lenovo has reportedly made the hack possible. Leaked on a Chinese forum, complete with the download links, the ISO allowed for hackers to grab the OEM-SLP (System-Locked Preinstallation) product key as well as the OEM certificate for Windows 7 RTM Ultimate via boot.wim.
The bypass designed for Windows 7 RTM involves abusing OEM activation 2.1, and in this regard the circumventing process is nothing more than an OEM hack.
Microsoft makes search and ad deal with Yahoo
After two failed attempts to acquire Yahoo last year, Microsoft has struck a 10-year deal with the Internet company to take on Google. Under the deal, Microsoft will power Yahoo's search engine while Yahoo will take care of both companies' premium search advertisers. The deal must still pass regulators and the companies expect it will take a year or two to fully get the partnership up and running. Full details including the financial side can be found over at CNET.
Less expansive than the all-out, $44 billion acquisition Microsoft proposed last year--and even than some of the search partnerships once discussed--the deal does allow the companies to share resources and combine their engineering efforts. Even together, however, the two companies have only about 30 percent of the search market compared to Google, which has more than twice that amount.
"This agreement gives us the scale and resources to create the future of search," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "Success in search requires both innovation and scale. With our new Bing search platform, we've created breakthrough innovation and features. This agreement with Yahoo will provide the scale we need to deliver even more rapid advances in relevancy and usefulness."
China bans mafia and gangs games
Chinese state media People's Daily announced the country has banned online games featuring mafia and street gangs, claiming such a ban is necessary because these games are harmful to the youth.
The Ministry of Culture has issued a notice prohibiting such games, which have thrived on the Internet recently, said the People's Daily, the Communist Party's mouthpiece.
The games "highlight the anti-social gangster behaviour of beating, killing, looting, raping and cheating, and they promote bloodshed and violence", the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Monday.
They must be banned because they "gravely threaten and distort society's efforts to build a lawful society and moral codes and will easily harm the youth", the statement said.
Corsair launches Dominator GT family for AMD Phenom II Processors
Corsair announced the new Dominator GT line of ultra-high performance DDR3 memory modules, designed specifically for AMD Phenom II processor-based platforms using Socket AM3 motherboards.
The new 4GB (2 x 2GB) Dominator GT memory kit has been precision engineered to operate at a frequency of 1600MHz with ultra low-latency timings of 6-6-6-18 and a Command Rate of 1T. These settings are a perfect match for the latest, high-performance Socket AM3 AMD Phenom II processors, which feature an advanced, low-latency, integrated DDR3 memory controller.
Testing in the Corsair Lab using an AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition processor and Asus Crosshair formula motherboard has shown average performance memory improvements of up to 20% when using the 1600MHz CAS 6 Dominator GT memory, when compared to standard 1333MHz DDR3 memory.
The 1600MHz CAS 6 Dominator GT kit for AM3 platforms with AMD Phenom II processors also utilizes the new DHX+ heatsink, which uniquely cools both the memory ICs and PCB, and includes removable cooling fins that allow for advanced cooling devices to be fitted. These include the recently announced Corsair Cooling
ATI might prep radeon HD 4860
The colleagues from TPU found out through it168 that AMD is working on a Radeon HD 4860 graphics card. This part is expected to arrive for around $130.
The Radeon HD 4860 seems to have been already taped out, sampled, and pictured by sections of the Chinese media. At the heart of it is the RV790 GPU in a different configuration codenamed RV790GT. It has 640 stream processors instead of 800 on the HD 4850, except that it uses a 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface, and effectively higher clock speeds.
The core is clocked at 700 MHz, and the memory at 750 MHz (3000 MHz effective). The PCB shows the card to powered by a single 6-pin power connector.
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Intel RS2BL080 RAID controller with 6Gb/s SAS drive support
Samsung has 2 platter 1 TB drive in the works
Samsung tonight advanced hard drives in cautious form by upgrading the density, not the capacity, of its Spinpoint line. The Spinpoint F3 reaches a maximum 1TB of space but does so using only two 500GB platters instead of the usual three or four; the move significantly increases the speed of accessing data as much as 30 percent by reducing the seek time for data. It moreover improves the reliability of the drives by reducing the number of moving parts.
Every F3 turns at 7,200RPM and plugs into SATA or SATA II interfaces. The 1TB drive ships in August and will have a 32MB buffer, but a 500GB, single-platter version is available now with a 16MB buffer. Prices of the drives haven't been made public.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme HSF next month
Tuniq will release the Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler in August, this tower heatsink features five direct-touch heatpipes and is cooled by a 120mm fan.
Tower 120 Extreme measures 131
The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition Trailer
Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Video
The first glimpse of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer gives us a quick look at the AC-130 gunship's appearance in online play. Players will be able to unlock the reward for earning killstreaks in the game.
Modern Warfare 2 crushes the holiday season on November 10.
ATI FirePro V8750 released with CrossFire Pro
AMD have announced the latest in its high-end professional 3D video cards, the ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation accelerator, promising four times the processing power over rival systems. The FirePro V8750 boasts 2GB of memory with range-topping 115.2GB/sec bandwidth, together with 800 shader processing units, full 30-bit display pipeline and stream computing compatibility.
Outputs include two DisplayPort and a single dual-link DVI-I, with maximum resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600. The FirePro V8750 has two, independent display controllers, together with the Unified Video Decoder (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1 and MPEG-2 footage, and compatibility with both ATI CrossFire Pro and ATI
PowerColor working on new design 4890
Recently we reviewed PowerColor's PCS+ 4890, which was a little noisy. But PowerColor is now working on yet another Radeon HD 4890.
The new custom-designed Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards should free itself from the good old fashion reference design completely. This new SKU is tagged under label name AX4890-1GBD5 seems to concentrate on a more simple and value targeted design.
What seems to be weird is while they overhaul the design, they keep all specifications reference, thus an 850 MHz core clock frequency, and 975 MHz for the memory (1 GB of GDDR5). This product will likely end up as PowerColor's HD 4890 PCS+, PCS++ series, apart from the common reference design. It is expected to be positioned around the US $200 mark.
A-Data launches super fast DDR3 memory
A-DATA today announces its new XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 dual channel kit, which is the highest speed of DDR3 DRAM module in the industry.
The XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 DRAM module is designed and guaranteed to run on future dual-channel platforms at incredible 2,200MHz killer speed with tight CL8-8-8-24 timings at a voltage of 1.65V, and are available in 1GBx2 and 2GBx2 dual-channel kits.
Through the latest Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module is built with the superior cooling design, which able to provide greater cooling environment for both DRAM IC and PCB (printed circuit board), to improve the performance and greater stability. Moreover, the doubling amount of copper in the PCB delivers low temperature and also improves the power efficiency for the XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200 v2.0 DRAM module.
- All DRAM IC are verified by overclocking criteria.
- High-quality 2oz copper 8 layers PCB (Printed Circuit Board)
- Optimized for 64-bit OS (operating system)*
- Backward compatible with DDR3-1866, 1600, 1333 and 1066
- Lifetime limited warranty
* 32-bit OS environment has 4GB memory addressing barrier which results in 2.5~3GB memory accessibility.
- 2GB/4GB dual channel module kits are tested at 2200MHz
- Test at latency setting 8-8-8-24 at 1.55V-1.65V
- SPD (Serial Presence Detect) programmed at JEDEC standard DDR3-1333 with latency settings at 9-9-9-24 for basic system booting
NVIDIA launches geForce GTS 240 for OEM
Well, what do you know. After denying it's existence NVIDIA relased the GeForce GTS 240, a new graphics card intended for OEMs only. This part features 112 stream processors, 256-bit memory bus, 675MHz core, 1620MHz shaders and 1GB GDDR3 memory clocked at 1100MHz.
The GeForce GTS 240 has a TDP of 120W and is cooled by a single-slot cooler that spans only about three fourths of the card.
And yes, of course this is a rebranded 2007 / 2008 model GeForce 8800 and then 9800 GT and thus now GTS 240.
GPU market showing recovery, AMD gaining marketshare
Most vendors had a good quarter but JPR notes it will take until 2010 before the market is again at 2008 levels.
After the channel stopped ordering GPUs and depleted inventory in anticipation of a long drawn out worldwide recession in Q3 and Q4 of 2008, expectations were hopeful, if not high that Q1
Western Digital releases 1TB laptop hard drive
Western Digital announced Monday two laptop drives that offer "extreme" amounts of storage: the Scorpio Blue 1TB and the Scorpio Blue 750GB. Prior to this announcement, the largest laptop hard drive available was 500GB.
Currently, the largest desktop hard drive on the market is 2TB. The Scorpio Blue 1TB drive, though half the capacity, is still very impressive, considering the fact that a 2.5-inch laptop drive is much smaller than a 3.5-inch desktop drive. The new WD laptop drives are the first that use 333GB per platter technology. The Scorpio Blue hard drives support the SATA2 (3Gbps) standard but have a thickness of 12.5 millimeters, as opposed to 9.5 millimeters in other 2.5-inch drives.
This also means the new drives would not fit in all 2.5-inch slots in laptops.
MSI Radeon 4890 Cyclone SOC (1GHz edition) review
Today we will test and review the all new MSI Radeon HD 4890 Cyclone SOC edition (Super OverClocked), and oh-my-gosh ... for the money this thing is going to be fairly spectacular. As it runs on a 1000 MHz core clock frequency. Several improvements have been made to the board design. You'll of course notice the huge phat heatpipe based cooler, this cooler is called the Cyclone.
The design incorporates no less than four heatpipes with a thermally controlled (PWM) 10CM fan. Two of the heatpipes are actually 8mm thick (!).
You can read the full 20 page Guru3D.com article right here.