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Symantec, McAfee and Norton. What do all three of those have in common? A little something with Microsoft, now. For years upon years, the first three companies have been ruling the PC security roost, all while Microsoft scrambles to patch its own operating systems when new exploits are discovered and reported. At long last, the OS maker has decided to give itself some of the medicine rather than taking it from the spoons of other vendors. A spokesperson for the company recently stated that it would soon reveal an anti-virus service to compete with the solutions already dominating the market; the difference, however, is that Microsoft's alternative will be completely free of charge. It's expected... Read more...
When microprocessor manufacturers ran into increasing complications as they tried to make chips runs faster, they shifted gears, and started building more powerful processors using multiple cores. We're still at the early part of the multi-core revolution, but researchers at the University of Rochester claim that microprocessor manufacturers will eventually run into similar challenges with today's multi-core processor design because of the "limits of miniaturization." So what comes next? The answer still lies with multi-core processors; but instead of just packing cores in next to each other on the same plane, the cores will be stacked on top of each other vertically. The concept of a three-dimensional... Read more...
On Sunday, June 1st, the so-called "Amazon Tax" will go into effect in New York state. While formerly only retailers with brick-and-mortar stores in a state were required to collect sales tax, New York has enacted a law which forces etailers to collect tax on sales, if they have affiliates which redirect traffic to their sites (e.g., Amazon.com affiliates).Starting June 1, Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) will charge a sales tax to shoppers who live in New York, even though the retailer maintains no physical operations in the Empire State.Why the crackdown? With the economy in the tank, the State of New York was getting desperate to fill its budget gap. So it expanded its rules about what constitutes... Read more...
If you're a gadget person, really petite, or a British MI6 operative, you'll really appreciate Intel's new UMPC platform: "Today, Intel officially confirmed its new platform at IDF. The McCaslin platform, which is now called the Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 (IUMPC2007), will be used on both UMPC and MID platforms. Given their smaller size and lower price, MIDs will more than likely use the 600MHz A100 processor while UMPCs will use the faster 800MHz A110.   The A100 and A110 are built using a 90nm manufacturing process and feature 512KB of L2 cache. The processors are a derivative core based on Pentium-M technology and feature a 400MHz FSB. Both processors have a thermal design power (TDP)... Read more...
An interesting tid-bit just came in over the wire and I thought I would share this with you all. Someone was kind enough to point me in the direction of Voodoo PC CEO, Rahul Sood's blog that has an interesting post about Intel's launch event tomorrow and the inevitable lack of ATI hardware. "...and now AMD seems to have pulled the biggest chess move of all time - I'm totally shocked that Intel didn't see it coming. I don't want to seem disrespectful but it's almost like a feisty David is toying with Goliath - this after Goliath just kicked the living crap out of David in retaliation for poking Goliath in the eye and beating him with a stick. It's funny and not so funny... Read more...
Digging around for a good movie on a rainy weekend, like we've been having up here in the Northeast recently, can be a challenge for sure.  Team Ars thinks brick and mortar movie rentals are going the way of the dino and we'd have to agree.  Netflicks sent me an application in the mail recently... Think I'll check that out fo-sho because Comcast's OnDemand selection is pretty dang weak... Video stores are outdated and video-on-demand has a lot of growing up to do. I brought a list of 70 movies to two local stores and started checking titles off. It was a somewhat eclectic mix of Orbiting HQ favorites, quality anime, Oscar winners of various kinds, and a few international... Read more...