Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce Edition
We just reviewed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black with that magnificent WindForce cooler. And we are giving it away for free in a contest. To participate, you need to do is "Follow" our Facebook page (if you haven't already) and answer a simple question on ther corresponding Facebook item. Good Luck!
FIFA 09 PC to get 'Next Gen' graphics
Probably the most interesting piece of information to come out of these fact sheets is the announcement of a PC version of FIFA 09 that "now features leading-edge visuals that deliver graphics that exploit the power of hi-spec gaming PCs". Turns out PC sports gaming is not completely dead at EA after all.
PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 Feature More Than 250 Core Gameplay Enhancements That Deliver Most Responsive, Intelligent and Realistic Action Ever
Apple's fourth Leopard spits out 25 patches
Apple has coughed up 25 security updates that come bundled with yesterday's release of Mac OS X 10.5.4.
The firm said its latest Leopard release addresses operating system and application performance issues and fixes a heap of security flaws.
The update affects operating system components that include CoreTypes, c++filt, Net-SNMP, Ruby, Tomcat, VPN, Alias Manager and Webkit.
Six of the vulnerabilities affect the Ruby programming language. Apple said: "Multiple memory corruption issues exist in Ruby's handling of strings and arrays, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution."
The company said the update fixes the bug
Photos fool cigarette age-verification software
A Japanese reporter has used family photos and magazine cut-outs to
fool face-recognition software currently used in some of the country's
cigarette vending machines into selling him smokes.
From July, Japan
Windows XP stops selling
Microsoft will still offer support for the six-year old operating system through 2014 but users are now forced to buy Windows Vista.
Once computers loaded with XP have been cleared from the inventory of PC makers such as Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., consumers who can't live without the old operating system on their new machine will have to buy Vista Ultimate or Vista Business and then legally "downgrade" to XP.
Microsoft will still allow smaller mom-and-pop PC builder shops to buy XP for resale through the end of January. A version of XP will also remain available for ultra-low-cost PCs such as the Asus Eee PC.
Sony Elevated Standard audio video receivers
Engineered for high-end home theaters, the new Sony STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers feature sophisticated A/V technology supporting 1080/24p video signals, the latest audio codecs (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio) and Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology for upscaling all video sources to 1080p when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television.
The Sony ES receivers are all designed around a unique construction platform, digital board and a wide band power amplifier to maintain the purity of the audio and video signals by minimizing external vibrations and internal jitter. Sony
AMD launches three more Phenom X4 processors
It's good to see AMD getting back on it's feet. today they reelase a trhee-fold of new processors.
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX announced
Review: ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard tested
ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard review
Silicon-Power 128GB 2.5-inch SATA II Solid State Disk
Guru3D VGA charts updated
Here at Guru3D we have something that is called the VGA charts. The VGA charts is simply put a selection of games in which we will show you performance numbers (measured by average framerate). The distinct difference review results and these charts is two-fold, in our reviews we can only show you 5 maybe 6 comparative graphics card results due to limitation. In the VGA chart you can see all the reference cards we have tested in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
Though not finished (the charts are a lot of work) I've just updated the bigger part of the charts with the newly released cards. Obviously there is still a lot of work in progress and after this week we hope to produce and include a nice selection of Crossfire results for the new Radeon series.
The VGA charts landing page can be found here:
Creative's 1st Wi-Fi player, iTunes rival being made
The device's wireless access will also be trumpeted for its media sharing features, which are still relatively rare among its competitors. On a local network, the ZEN X-Fi will have access to a host computer's own content to play it in another room. An Internet-based media pool, described as a Public Home Server, should also give access to at least some content at virtually any other Wi-Fi hotspot.
Reflecting its name, the portable player will have X-Fi audio technology borrowed from the company's sound cards and will use it either to restore lost detail in MP3s and other compressed files, as with most X-Fi devices, or to create a concert-like audio effect that puts the sound at the front of the user, even with earbuds or headphones.
An SD card slot will carry over from the original ZEN, but a built-in speaker will be new, according to Creative. Notably, not every ZEN X-Fi will have wireless abilities, suggesting a model range split that gives more expensive models the wireless option.
The release of the ZEN X-Fi should further mark the release of Creative's first jukebox software that plays more than audio. Named Creative Centrale, the software will also play and manage photos and videos and is considered integral to the ZEN X-Fi's sharing feature. Although details are still unclear at this stage, Centrale will allow users to rip DVDs and will create a home server for wireless music sharing similar to iTunes' sharing ability; it's also expected to play into the creation of the Public Media Server.
A release date for the new player is uncertain, though the now on-again ZEN X-Fi was recently hinted by a Creative official to appear no later than July, while epiZENter itself alludes to the possibility of an announcement within two days.
Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler launched
Taking center-stage with its rugged industrial design, this wicked V8 monster has enough horsepower to perform its duties with any high-performance CPU while under the most critical heat conditions.
On top of its stylish design, the V8 Cooler includes some very rich features. For heat dissipation it is a smart 180W cooling solution, which is modularized by 4 separate sets of aluminium fins linked by 8 diagonal up-rise heat pipes. The V8 structural design allows for speedy heat transfer from its mirror-finished base to a large heat dissipation surface.
For optimal performance, Cooler Master placed a center mounted 120mm fan which blows cool air through the fins of the modularized heat sink, enabling ultimate cooling of the heat created by the CPU.
As an added value feature, the V8 comes equipped with an adjustable fan speed controller which allows you to adjust the fan speed manually from the back of the chassis, providing the most favorable balance between performance and noise level. The fan adjustment allows differentiation from 7V to 12V and fan speeds of 800-1800 RPM, allowing peak performance during game time and silent cooling while watching your favorite movies.
Camouflage Extreme Gaming Laptop
Pretty cool to see honestly, available in a variety of skins, the Cizmo CX1730M features a "2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 160GB SATA hard drive, WSXGA+ panel, a 2-megapixel webcam, NVIDIA's 512MB GeForce 8800M GTX and a plethora of ports." Prices start from $2249.
This one tips the scales at "only" 8.7-pounds, which actually isn't half bad for a unit this potent. Additionally, it looks as if you can order this puppy in a variety of flavors, including this camouflage version.
Download: GPU-Z 0.2.5
- Fixed BIOS Reading on HD 4870. Please do not flash non-128K BIOSes to GDDR5 cards
- Fixed GDDR5 bandwidth calculation
- Fixed texture fillrate on RV770 and RV730
- Added three extra on-die temperature sensors to RV770 monitoring
- Removed states.dmp file creation
- Fixed GPU activity readings on RV770
- Changed devices list order to be more intuitive (by bus number now)
- Added Shared Memory support, see the forum for more info
- Fixed more 190
Google going from desktop to your TV with media server
In he old days, we used to watch a simple device called a television. Nowadays, all the stuff worth watching and listening to tends to be stored on or accessed through a computer. To help remedy this, google releases the Google Media Server.
Requiring at least Google Desktop 5, the Windows only Google Media Server lets users connected their PC with a UPnP-enabled device (works with the PlayStation 3) , thus making stored videos, music, photos, that are stores on the former, viewable via your TV.
Google Media Server is a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV. It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google Desktop Search to locate media files. All you need is a PC running Google Desktop and a UPnP-enabled device (e.g. a PlayStation 3). At the touch of a button, you can then:
- Access videos, music, and photos stored on your PC
- View Picasa Web Albums
Play your favorite YouTube videos
It's easy to install, so please try it out.
PhysX on ATI Radeon
The results didn't take long. With PhysX support enabled, he achieved a CPU score of 22,606 that resulted in a final 3DMark Vantage score of P4262. A similar system without the PhysX support should land at P3800. A significant difference.
Alas, Badit doesn't have access to a card from the Radeon HD 4800 family. We will keep an eye on the development over at NGOHQ, especially how AMD and NVIDIA will respond to this.
Radeon HD 4870 X2 photo's
The Radeon HD 4870 X2 R700 prototype card is out and definitely will beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage.
The R700 card is basically made up of two RV770 GPUs with 2x256-bit memory interface and will likely cater GDDR5 memories. We asked our sources about R700 in Computex and apparently AMD is going to let AIB partners to decide the specs themselves.
Board partners will set their own clock speeds, PCB design, memory types, cooler solutions etc. It seems there will be Radeon HD 4850 X2 and 4870 X2 cards differentiate by the memory type. The R700 card apparently doing pretty well at this stage scoring about X5500 in 3DMark Vantage Extreme preset while the GeForce GTX 280 card is scoring X4800. Both sides are still working hard on optimizing their drivers for the new architecture so probably we will see the performance to improve over time.
The black PCB of the HD 4870 X2 shows the RV770 couple, a PLX PCI-Express 2.0 bridge chip (look between the GPUs) and, front plus back, 1GB of Qimonda GDDR5 via 16 memory chips.
The Radeon HD 4870 X2 should be released in August.
photo's are courtesy of chiphell
19-year-old 'fast flux' botnet agrees to plead guilty
The author of a Trojan that broke new ground in botnet circles has
agreed to plead guilty to secretly infecting thousands of victims'
machines so that he could steal their personal data and launch attacks
Jason Michael Milmont, 19, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, admitted to creating the so-called Nugache Worm, a Trojan that spread through AOL instant messenger and modified Limewire installation programs. Once clicked on, the malware made unwitting users part of a botnet, which Milmont used to steal user names, passwords and account numbers of those who were infected.
Nugache was being circulated as early as early 2006 and spawned one of the first botnets to use a decentralized system to send instructions to drones, according to security researcher Dave Dittrich. Rather than relying on a single command and control channel, the zombie network used a peer-to-peer mechanism to communicate. Such fast flux technology, as it eventually came to be called, fundamentally changed the cybercrime landscape by making it much harder to shut down botnets. (Other botnets such as Storm also use fast flux.)
Over time, Milmont added new features to Nugache. A graphical user interface made it easy to access infected machines from his home server. It allowed him to issue a command to a single machine, which would then transmit the command to other machines, until it had spread through the entire network. The program contained a keylogger and was also capable of sniffing sensitive information stored in Internet Explorer to spare users the hassle of having to remember passwords for online banks and other sensitive websites.
The software was invisible to the Windows task manager in versions NT, XP and 2000. At any given time, Milmont had anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 machines under his control.
According to a plea agreement signed by Milmont, he used his botnet to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against an unnamed online business located in the Los Angeles area. The agreement went on to document the way he used personal information he lifted from his victims to fatten his wallet.
After sending a command that instructed infected machines to transmit captured passwords and other information, he would order items online and take control of victims' accounts by changing the addresses and other details that were associated with them. In April 2007, for example, he used stolen credit card information to make a $1,422 purchase from Hinsite Global Technologies and had items shipped to a vacant resident in the Cheyenne area.
To prevent victims from discovering his scheme, Milmont replaced phone numbers associated with compromised accounts with Skype numbers he created and purchased using credit card data he had harvested from his botnet.
Milmont faces a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. He's also agreed to pay almost $74,000 in restitution. Milmont has agreed to appear in federal court in Cheyenne, where he will plead guilty to one felony charge. The case was brought in Los Angeles and was investigated by the FBI.