Items tagged with Mag

It's the hot new thing, don'tcha know? Reading magazines on a tablet -- paper is so last year. And now, Google is joining the ranks of Flipboard, Hearst, Amazon, etc. with a new initiative called Google Currents. For now, it's a US-only product, but it's a really impressive one. It's available for both Android and iOS, and it'll work on both tablets and phones. It's a free app that's graphically-heavy, and it supports offline viewing to boot. Naturally, Google+ integration is alive and well, allowing for easy sharing so long as you're linking up with Google's Facebook rival. There's a video here for those who are still unsure, but it's free -- so why not give it a whirl?... Read more...
Zotac announced its upcoming next-generation-based Ion system at the beginning of March and has firmed up its launch plans and final system price. The ZBox (model number HD-ID11) is going to be a bit more expensive than what we were initially quoted; instead of $209.99, the ZBox will sell for $239.99. That's still significantly lower than the Zotac MAG HD-ND01 we reviewed (and liked) last winter; it's only $5 more than the lower-end HD-NS01 which is selling for $235.99 at Newegg after a $25 manufacturer rebate. It's important to remember that the Zbox is not a direct update to the MAG products. The two series use the same chassis, but the feature sets are different. The two MAG systems currently... Read more...
We remember (and this will date us) when the first issues of PC Magazine, founded in 1982, came out. As time progressed, the magazine because huge, pushing 600 pages at the max if we remember correctly (and it's been a while), much of which was advertising. We recall looking at the tome once and trying to figure out how much was actual content. That was then, this is now. I'm assuming you don't need anyone to tell you how sour recent times have been for newspapers and all forms of print media. Blame it on the Internet. With many consumers simply going online for information, most of which is free, the age of print media is dying. On Wednesday Ziff-Davis, which recently exited bankruptcy, announced... Read more...
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google-sponsored GeoEye-1 satellite, which was launched on September 6, has begun capturing image data from its orbit 423 miles above Earth. The satellite had been undergoing calibration and check out since launch, but transmitted its first, full color half-meter ground resolution images yesterday.Although the first images released from the Satellite are half-meter ground resolution, GeoEye-1 is actually capable of capturing much more precise images. Due to U.S. licensing restrictions, commercial customers--like Google--can only be given access to imagery that has been processed to half-meter ground resolution. But the GeoEye-1 satellite actually... Read more...
If an image is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand images worth? What they're not worth is your time waiting for them to load on a Web page. While the Web is primarily a visual medium, the more image-heavy a Web page becomes, the longer it takes to load before you can see its entire contents. Even pages with just a few images can take a seemingly inordinate amount of time to load if the images aren't properly optimized for Web viewing. Everyone from professional Web page designers to casual bloggers walk the delicate line between including relevant content on a page and causing download bloat. Smush it smushing the People.com front page Some have tools like Photoshop and GIMP and are... Read more...
It appears that a bug in a network driver used in the kernel of the latest alpha release of the popular Ubuntu Linux distro is damaging Intel network controllers, sometimes irreparably.In bug #263555 on the bugs.launchpad.net website titled, "[intrepid] 2.6.27 e1000e driver places Intel ICH8 and ICH9 gigE chipsets at risk", it is noted that the NVRAM on Intel 82566 and 82567 based LAN controllers is being corrupted, but the bug seems to have affected only notebook users at this point..."In some circumstances it appears possible for the 2.6.27-rc kernels to corrupt the NVRAM used by some Intel network parts to store data such as MAC addresses.This is limited to the new e1000e driver, and reports... Read more...
Crowdsourcing just got a new outlet today with the social polling site, millionheads. The millionheads site is positioning itself as a sort of magic eight ball of personal indecision. But instead of relying on the random, one-in-twenty, and often out-of-context responses of the Mattel toy, responses to millionhead user questions are open to anyone with an Internet connection, a keyboard, and an opinion--albeit, hopefully, an informed opinion. All questions are posted on millionhead starting with the words, "Should I..." The question asker then provides details on what s/he is seeking to decide, such as these recent queries: "Which laptop should I buy?," "When should I give my kids the talks about... Read more...
We recently got a chance to get some hands-on time with ASUS' upcoming Eee Box PC and snapped off a few pictures we thought you'd all like to see.  If you're unfamiliar with the Eee Box, it's a play off of ASUS' popular Eee PC, but designed for desktop users.  Take a look...        Asus Eee Box We're not able to disclose the actual specifications of the final version just yet, but a full review is forthcoming, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you'd like to check out some of the information that has already been released regarding the Eee Box, our news post unveiling the external design is available here and the inital specifications of... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii console game is an interesting piece of technology, and a fascinating business phenomenon as well. While Nintendo's competitors produced consoles as powerful and versatile as they could, charged a small fortune for them, and still didn't make much money on them, the Wii concentrated on simple, fun, intuitive gameplay, introduced an innovative controller, and made money hand over fist even though they had the cheapest console. But let's face it. The minute you saw that controller, everybody had the same idea: I want a lightsaber! LucasArts has finally decided to make themselves and Nintendo even richer, and all of us living room Jedis happy, with Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber... Read more...
Google has a pretty reliable algorithm for determining page rank on text searches. All sorts of attempts are made to game the system, by both legitimate and unscrupulous Search Engine Optimization schemes alike, but those strategies always seem to fail in the long run. But put a search query into Google Images, especially with safe-search turned off, and you'll get a bizarre assortment of pictures to look at. That's because image searches generally just comb through the associated text appended to images. It's the reason why if you're an ornithologist looking for pictures of birds with bright blue feet, you might see a different sort of boobies if you search for them. Now Google says it's got... Read more...
A massive volume of telecommunications data flows through undersea cables.  We've seen the havoc that's created when one of them is severed, and it looks like the middle-east and western Asia are now experiencing the trouble created when 4 of them are damaged in a little less than a week.Having one cable damaged is unusual, 2 or more in the same time period is very odd, but 4 is virtually unprecedented.“Most telecommunications experts and cable operators say that sabotage seems unlikely, but no one knows what damaged the cables or whether the incidents were related.One theory - that a wayward ship traveling off course because of bad weather was responsible for cutting the first two cables... Read more...
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two scientists who discovered "giant magnetoresistance." If that doesn't ring  a bell, it should. It's the method used to read and write information on high density hard disks. Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany share the 1.5 million dollar prize, and get to hang the neat medal up with their bowling trophies. This phenomenon is where weak changes in magnetic resistance give rise to big differences in electrical resistance. This is one of the core principles that allows for the development of sensitive reading tools for retrieving magnetically sorted data in devices from computers to portable media players. The Nobel Foundation... Read more...
When DirectX 10 was first introduced to the market by graphics manufacturers and subsequently supported by Windows Vista, it was generally  understood that adoption by game developers was going to be more of a slow  migration than a quick flip of a switch. That said, nearly a year later, the  question is how far have we come?In this HotHardware article, we showcase  many of the most popular DX10-capable games, like Bioshock, World In  Conflict, Call of Juarez, Lost Planet, and Company of Heroes, and feature current image quality comparisons versus DX9 modes with each.  The article also  details the associated performance levels across many of the more popular... Read more...
DirectX 10 (DX10) has been one of the hottest topics for discussion and news coverage since the first DX10 compliant hardware appeared in the second half of last year. Touted as the biggest milestone in games development since programmable shaders were introduced with DirectX 8, nearly seven years ago, DX10 has generated a lot of buzz. Unlike the older versions of DirectX which were each built on top of the previous version, DirectX 10 is a completely new beast. With Windows Vista, Microsoft fundamentally changed the way drivers are designed, and they also completely redesigned DirectX from the ground up. Before DirectX 10, each new version of DirectX was an incremental improvement over the previous... Read more...
Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a type of liquid that has the ability to change color when treated with a magnetic force. The liquid is composed of iron oxide particles, each about 100nm in diameter, coated with plastic and suspended in water. Leading researcher Yadong Yin and colleagues argue that the liquid could replace the color components of conventional LCD monitors as a more economic alternative. "'It is cheap and easy to make, and could also be used in flexible, rewritable, electronic paper, the researchers says.'""'We see applications in various areas, including sensors, optical switches and flexible colour displays…... Read more...
The least Hot Hardware in the world might be your set-top cable box. It unscrambles your signal and changes the channel. The FCC thought it would sex up the lowly technology and spur competition by requiring set-top boxes be configured to allow the end user to purchase the box, with an installable card supplied by the cable provider to make it go.  But the law of unintended consequences kicked in. The retail market for set-top boxes is essentially non-existent, and now cable companies say they must raise prices on all those rented boxes to cover the cost of the more expensive hardware. Cable-trade groups have said consumers would see $2 to $3 more in monthly rental rates for the new boxes,... Read more...
Google saves too much information about you, and keeps it too long. At least that's the general consensus among privacy watchdogs and various governmental agencies. But Marissa Mayer, VP of Search for Google, said Google is trying to find a way for Google to allow you to explicitly consent to archiving your search data for longer than the current standard 18 months, in an effort to more finely tune search results to the user and return them faster. Speaking at a press event in Paris, Ms Mayer said: "Personalised search tracks and shows you in your search history the clicks and trends of your searches. "Based on what we see as your searching pattern it ultimately can enhance... Read more...
Remember those hidding images on the Windows Vista DVDs we talked about just the other day? If not, you can check them out right here.  Well, it turns out the images are a mix of images from the public domain and pictures of the team that worked on the Windows Vista hologram.  Nick White from the official Windows Vista Blog talks about the images and explains why they're on the discs in the first place... "The real story is interesting, but conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to learn that it is not the result of a deliberate attempt to deceive.  The photo displays members of the team who worked on the Windows Vista DVD hologram design.  Microsoft’s Anti-Piracy Team designed a counterfeit-resistant... Read more...
I spy with my little eye something that doesn't belong!  Here's a clue, it's big, square, and green.  Yep, you guessed it.  It's the oddly placed, lone AMD umbrella flanked by dozens of Intel umbrellas outside of an eatery at this year's Computex... Now if that image isn't reminiscent of AMD's current situation with Intel I don't know what is. :)  This had to be such a funny thing to see for all of the hardcore geeks out in Taipei this past week.... Read more...
It shouldn't come as any big surprise that catching Robert "Spam King" Soloway hasn't had any major impact on the volume of spam going around.  Of course he was just arrested, but the impact of his actual removal from day to day spamming operations might never be felt by end users according to InformationWeek: "Even if a judge and jury lock up Robert Alan Soloway for the rest of his natural born life, your Inbox will still be inundated with tons of offers for HGH, porn, and penny stocks.Government prosecutors are surely chomping at the chance to present evidence against Soloway. The so-called Spam King (perhaps we should call him Spam Solo?) is accused of identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud,... Read more...
Dell has announced  it will be offering a version of the open-source operating system Linux, called Ubuntu, on a small number of desktop and laptop models. They apparently announced it by sending an e-mail on Friday from an un-named Dell employee to a blogger named Jeremy Garcia who runs a Linux advocate site. John Hull, manager for Linux OS technologies for Dell followed up today on Dell's website: Dell will offer only add-on peripherals and hardware options "that have the most mature and stable Linux driver support," Hull wrote. "These hardware options have been thoroughly tested by the Linux team here at Dell." The company will configure and install open-source drivers... Read more...
EMI music announced today that their catalog of digital music will be made available, starting with Apple's iTunes download service, without Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. Apple's iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) is the first online music store to receive EMI's new premium downloads. Apple has announced that iTunes will make individual AAC format tracks available from EMI artists at twice the sound quality of existing downloads, with their DRM removed, at a price of $1.29/¬1.29/£0.99. iTunes will continue to offer consumers the ability to pay $0.99/¬0.99/£0.79 for standard sound quality tracks with DRM still applied. Complete... Read more...
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