Items tagged with AV

In general, we don't complain about upgrades or revisions. In almost every case, moving forward means bettering something for the consumer, and the HomePlug standard is one standard that we absolutely are thrilled to see moving forward. Version 1 never really caught on, largely due to high prices, lackluster reviews and a bunch of other options (Wi-Fi, for example) useful for transferring content. HomePlug has just revealed their AV2 specification, which promises to support "Gigabit-class Powerline Networking" while greatly boosting the speed at which transmissions take place. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance seems rather proud about the new spec, which will be fully interoperable with current... Read more...
By now you've certainly heard of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), the free antivirus program hailing from Redmond and intended to replace Windows Live OneCare. Looking to capitalize on MSE's brand recognition, there's a rogue program making the rounds called "Security Essentials 2010." If the screenshot above looks at all familiar to you, then your system has been infected with a trojan called TrojanDownloader:Win32/Fakeinit. Microsoft describes this as a "fake scanner that informs the user that they need to pay money to register the software and remove these non-existent threats," but that's not all it does. It also terminates certain processes, alters the registry to cut off access to the... Read more...
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping its high-capacity 64GB DataTraveler® 150 (DT150) USB Flash drive. DT150 offers the largest capacity in Kingston’s entire line of DataTraveler USB drives and allows users the room and flexibility to backup important hard drive contents, and transport and share complete collections of music, videos, photos and documents in one convenient device.“The new 64GB DataTraveler 150 takes transportable storage to the next level with big capacity in a small package,” said Jaja Lin, Flash business development manager, Kingston®. “As file sizes increase with digital media content such... Read more...
After a quick search of Newegg’s site, we’ve found that Intel’s trio of initial Core i7 processors and an array of X58 Express chipset-based motherboards have been made available, just shy of two weeks since our launch article hit the web. The Core i7 920 (2.66GHz), 940 (2.93GHz) and Core i7 Extreme 965 (3.2GHz) are all selling for a small premium at the moment--$319, $599, and 1069, respectively—but the X58 motherboards are priced right in line with expectations. MSI’s offering is the least expensive at the moment at about $220, and ASUS’ flagship Rampage II Extreme is currently the most expensive at almost $400. Coincidentally, we’ve got MSI’s X58 Platinum and ASUS’ Rampage II Extreme in the... Read more...
We’re starting to see more and more smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities these days. Now, thanks to Pharos, we have two more options. But new phones aren’t the only new thing from Pharos: The company recently introduced its new Smart Navigator software in addition to two new unlocked GPS smartphones running Windows Mobile. The new Pharos Traveler 117 and 127 are the first phones from Pharos to incorporate Pharos Smart Navigator, a new hybrid navigational product that was designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. Smart Navigator combines navigation software with real-time location services for traffic, maps, incremental map updates, dynamic POI (points of interest)... Read more...
VMware Enables Project Management Institute to Deploy Virtualized Application Platform for Production and Development Environments. Organization Credits VMware Infrastructure with Helping Deliver Seven-Figure Cost Savings, Migrates Entire Datacenter in Real Time with VMware VMotionVMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading advocate for the project management professional globally, has deployed VMware’s industry-leading management and virtualization platform, VMware Infrastructure, to help control rising IT costs and improve the overall manageability of PMI’s business-critical... Read more...
Many techs will agree: antivirus programs can be a hassle. Mostly, the issues tend to stem from slower performance and similar issues that result from using an antivirus program. Still, it’s a bit of a lesser of two evils deal: you can risk getting a virus, or you can deal with lags in performance. Usually, you can count on well-known antivirus programs to only touch malicious files, but this isn’t always the case.AVG, a free antivirus scanner, recently created problems for some of its users when it mistook user32.dll, a critical Windows component, for a container for the Trojan Horses PSW.Banker4.APSA or Generic9TBN. When the scanner activated, it assumed this critical file was a virus and deleted... Read more...
There are only a select few events in the PC hardware world that get hardcore enthusiasts truly excited. For example, when popular trade shows like Computex, IDF, and CES take place, there is a fair amount of buzz.  Also, anytime the major players in graphics release next-generation GPUs, things definitely heat up; or likewise when a hot new game hits.  Finally, when either of the processor big guns, Intel or AMD unleash new CPU micro-architectures on the world, you can almost bet on the community to come alive with enthusiasm. We're sure we've missed a few other momentous occasions as well, but you get the gist. It takes something new and exciting to get a... Read more...
It’s not everyday that you get a gift that changes your life. This summer, Oprah says she experienced just that. What was the gift, you might ask? Amazon’s Kindle, a wireless eBook reader that is capable of providing instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines. The Amazon Kindle can hold about 200 books by itself, but if you pop in a memory card, you will be able to store more than 4,000 books. Every time you buy a book, an archival copy is stored for you at Amazon. Even if you should lose your Kindle or accidentally delete a book, you can get it back anytime you want for free. "Anyone who knows me knows I'm really not a gadget person at all, but I have fallen... Read more...
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated a number of techniques for listening in on the electromagnetic emanations coming from wired keyboards and interpreting that information into the actual keystrokes pressed. The two researchers, Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini, tested four different versions of this technique on 11 different wired keyboards with PS/2 and USB connections, as well as with... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone, that the submission phase of the Tech Makeover campaign ended yesterday, and it's now time to vote for your favorite entries. The response has been absolutely awesome to this event, and the Tech Makeover website is loaded with some great makeover candidates. Some of the stories are touching and heartfelt, while others are fun and lively. To determine the winners, we need your help to sort everything out! Please point your browser to the Tech Makeover site and vote for your favorite candidates. Remember, we'll be visiting the lucky winners personally, and will be giving them a serious technology infusion! We're also going to be shooting some video of the whole process!... Read more...
Averatec Announces 10.2 Inch Netbook PC to US MarketAveratec's Buddy adds a new dimension to the companion PC Market SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 19 -- Announced today, Trigem USA and its Averatec brand has formally entered the netbook personal computer market. Aptly named the Averatec Buddy, this new companion notebook is the best solution to fulfill the growing need for an ultra portable, daily use computer. The Averatec Buddy is the second offering based on the Intel Atom processor family. Featuring a generous keyboard for its diminutive size, the Buddy boasts 10.2" LCD screen and 160GB of storage memory.The Averatec brand, predominantly known for its style conscious, innovative mobile products,... Read more...
We have just received word that Crysis Warhead is now available for purchase via Steam for gamers in North America.In addition, the original Crysis is now available for purchase and play via Steam by gamers the world over. Outside of North America, however, Crysis Warhead will become available for play tomorrow (Thursday, September 17) via Steam.    ... Read more...
Surprisingly, this apparently isn't the first time this has happened to NASA. They haven't, to this point, been using antivirus software on the laptops astronauts take into space with them. A lesson for us all? Yep. However, the virus wasn't something that would bring the ISS crashing to Earth. The W32.Gammima.AG worm is pretty old: discovered last August. Since it targets passwords to various online games, and the lag from the ISS would be pretty bad, it's safe to say that the astronauts weren't doing anything that the virus would find inviting. NASA believes the virus may have infected the laptops via a flash drive one of the astronauts used. This certainly makes sense, as the virus propagates... Read more...
David Perlmutter (Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Group) delivered the final keynote of the first day of IDF. Perlmutter started out by declaring that notebook shipments are about to surpass desktop shipments. He predicts that within the next 10 years, Intel will be shipping over one billion Intel Architecture-based (IA) mobile devices per year. As to the growth of the mobile platform, Intel had only 35 notebook design offerings in 2002. In 2008, there are 244.       Perlmutter stated that the first notebooks were heavy, slow performers, and had poor battery life. Today's notebooks have good battery life, are high performers, are light weight, and... Read more...
Google's been chomping at the bit over "white space," which is unused spectrum that resides next to broadcast TV spectrum, for some time now. On Monday it, announced the launch of Free the Airwaves, a site promoting the unlicensed use of "white space" spectrum. While definitely not altruistic, it certainly sells itself as such, saying its aim is to "Bring wireless Internet to everyone, everywhere." In their blog post announcing the site, Google said: "For quite some time we've been talking about the potential of the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels ("white spaces") to provide affordable, high-speed wireless Internet connectivity nationwide. For this to happen, the Federal Communications... Read more...
While Craig Barrett delivered a rather non-technical, but socially-charged keynote earlier in the day at IDF, Pat Gelsinger's (Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group) keynote address by contrast was all about the tech. Immediately following Pat Gelsinger was David Perlmutter (Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Group). David delivered the final keynote of the first day of IDF and talk about Intel's mobile offerings. The details of the keynote are available here: IDF Day 1: David Perlmutter: "Where Will 'On-the-Go' Go?"... Read more...
Doyle Drive is the antiquated and dangerous southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's actually a steel-truss bridge and has been rated as the most dangerous span in California. Most in the SF Bay Area are aware of this. And although geared toward rural drivers, SafeRoadMaps.org, a project of the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) aims to help educate drivers as to the safety of their roads. CERS is itself a joint program between the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs State and Local Policy Program and the Center for Transportation Studies, and is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The site integrates statistics from the... Read more...
In an interesting ruling with far-reaching ramifications, a US Court of Appeals in New York has decided that Cablevision was within its rights to offer a network Digital Video Recorder service to its customers. Instead of a hard drive in every home, your set-top cable box would be able to use a cloud computer arrangement to view programming stored centrally. A group of media companies had sued, claiming that showing recorded programs held on a network server is a form of copyright infringement, even though the Cable company would pay for the right to show the programming in the first place. The media companies had prevailed in a lower court, but the reversal means that the producers of media... Read more...
We recently reported on a teenager who is using GPS technology to try to get out of a speeding ticket. Website, Njection wants you to avoid getting speeding tickets in the first place by using your GPS navigation device. Njection features a tool it calls a "Speedtrap Mashup." The tool uses map data from Microsoft Virtual Earth and overlays onto that data with known speed traps and red light cameras. How are the trap and camera locations known? Because Njection users enter the information into the site, which then gets added into the site's growing database. Visitors to the site can search for speed traps and red light cameras in the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe, and see where the traps and... Read more...
Last month CinemaNow conducted a survey on its Website about consumers' viewing habits. One of the more entertaining tidbits to come from the survey was that the majority of those surveyed thought that of all the actors who played Batman, Christian Bale looked the best in his Batman outfit. Keep this in mind, because we'll be coming back to Christian Bale's Batman outfit in a bit... The main finding from the survey, however, that CinemaNow really wants to publicize is:"94 percent of Americans believe that they make a bigger contribution to the environment by downloading a movie online versus renting or buying at a video store."(By the way, we're not just speculating here that this was CinemaNow's... Read more...
One of the great appeals of Apple products is their elegant design. (Elegant enough to entice long-time Segway CTO Doug Field to leave Dean Kamen's brain trust at Segway and move over to Steve Jobs lair as VP for product design at Apple.) Apple's designs have such a unique appeal to them that they frequently invite competing manufacturers to imitate Apple's designs. By now, we've lost count how many iPhone knockoffs are on the market already. But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Apple should be blushing proud at Averatec's just-announced All-In-One PC. (Although we doubt it if Apple is happy about how much the All-In-One looks like an iMac.) Upon first glance, the All-In-One... Read more...
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