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China has been instituting controls to prevent marathon gaming sessions like this, but apparently they aren't secure enough. A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline. The man from the southern boomtown of Guangzhou, aged about 30, died on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, local authorities were quoted by the Beijing News as saying. "Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide," the newspaper said, adding that exhaustion was the most likely cause of death. It did not say what game... Read more...
You won't have to say "cheese" any longer with this new Sony camera feature.  Using face detection technology, the camera won't snap a high-definition picture until a selected subject smiles."Using the smile recognition shutter function selected by the touch panel, you can pick which of up to eight people is the key smile," said Akira Tokuse who works in Sony product development. "In a parents-and-baby shot, you could select the baby." The "Say Cheese" technology has three setting levels, from a slight grin to a belly laugh. I can see this making child photography easier - just set the camera and concentrate on getting the child to smile -... Read more...
The short answer is: yes, Microsoft is updating/changing software in a stealthy fashion.  Microsoft's own Nate Clinton has acknowledged that the Redmond juggernaut is indeed updating computers regardless of the preferences set by the user in the 'automatic updates' settings menu.According to Nate, here's what's happening:“So what is happening here?  Windows Update is a service that primarily delivers updates to Windows. To ensure on-going service reliability and operation, we must also update and enhance the Windows Update service itself, including its client side software.  These upgrades are important if we are to maintain the quality of the service.“So they're updating the update service.... Read more...
Rich Skrenta now has the dubious distinction of being recognized as the first person to write a self-replicating boot-sector virus.It'd be easy to criticise Mr Skrenta for his choice, but keep in mind that he was a high school student at the time, and will never really be able to complain when somebody infects his PC and swipes his eBay account information.So how does he feel about his place in computer history?  We'll let the man answer that for himself: "It was some dumb little practical joke," Skrenta, now 40, said in an interview. "I guess if you had to pick between being known for this and not being known for anything, I'd rather be known for this. But it's an odd placeholder for (all... Read more...
When will people learn?  If you have a laptop with sensitive data on it, you should encrypt it.  So many laptops or hard drives have been lost or stolen.  And here we go again. A laptop containing unencrypted personal data on current and former employees of the AT&T Corp. was stolen recently from the car of an employee of a professional services firm doing work for the company. That theft prompted the company to notify an unspecified number of individuals about the potential compromise of their Social Security numbers, names and other personal details. As is typical in these incidents, employees whose data may be compromised will be offered a year of free credit monitoring.  Also typically,... Read more...
If you are a user in the United States, you can no longer use TorrentSpy.  However, that's not necessarily a bad thing as the site had been ordered to start tracking users.  Citing privacy, TorrentSpy now gives an error message if a user with a U.S. IP address tries to search. US users of the popular Torrent search site TorrentSpy can use the site no more—at least not for now. TorrentSpy has begun to block all searches by US visitors, instead redirecting search requests to a page with the headline "TorrentSpy Acts to Protect Privacy." The page says that TorrentSpy has chosen to block US visitors because of an "uncertain legal climate in the US regarding user privacy and an apparently... Read more...
We don't know about you, but we're getting tired of headlines with "(fill in the blank) Killer" in them. It's pointless anyway, if you're talking about Apple, for instance. It's useful to remember that Apple could sell poison popsicles at the North Pole with a 400% profit margin and there's be a line for them, so let's forget about killing the iPod for now. But SanDisk, the second largest seller of MP3 players in the world is out with their new, powerful, cheap and tiny player, and it's going to be a... be successful. Model   Expected Suggested Retail Price... Read more...
About a year ago we decided our living room furniture was on its last legs.  It had been a cheap sectional set, and it was badly in need of replacement.  We had never tried buying furniture online before, except for small items such as TV stands or footstools.  With the trend toward lower prices on the Internet, and looking at a retail price of $4000 or so for a decent set, we decided to try the Web.  A little searching found something that really suited us, with delivery and assembly for reasonable prices, and satisfaction guaranteed as well.  They even sent swatches for free.Well, the sectional not only met our expectations, it surpassed them.  In fact, it didn't need assembly at all except... Read more...
The sheer number of recalls for Chinese toys has placed a burden not just on retailers and toy companies, but on consumers as well. Parents have quite a long list to go over if they want to be sure the toys they have purchased for their children are safe.  But online toy companies are making things easier on parents. Online stores -- like eToys.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com -- are taking the sting out of the recent run of recalls by sending e-mail notices to customers who bought an affected item on their sites. The notices point out exactly what the product is, when it was purchased and offer detailed online information about the recall and what a consumer should do with... Read more...
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance Optimization for Software Applications -- AMD “Light-Weight Profiling” is the first specification under AMD’s Hardware Extensions for Software Parallelism initiative; targeted to helping developers fully leverage the benefits of multi-core processing -- SUNNYVALE, Calif -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today made available a new specification describing “Light-Weight Profiling” (LWP), a technology designed to increase the performance of software applications by providing a mechanism that allows software to more effectively leverage the benefits... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Closes $1.5 Billion Offering of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 SUNNYVALE, Calif – August 14, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) today announced the closing of its offering of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012. The notes were privately offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. AMD received net proceeds from the offering of approximately $1.48 billion after deducting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses. AMD used the net proceeds, together... Read more...
Google is a very powerful thing, whether you're referring to the search engine or the company that offers it. Microsoft feels Google's breath on its neck now, and is purchasing web-based companies to help them get into the lucrative online advertising business that is Google's strength. And Google continues to  buy companies that can help it assemble a web-based alternative to Microsoft's  lucrative suite of office applications. But while they were busy clawing and scratching at each other, Yahoo snuck up on the outside. Data from the University of Michigan American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) showed Yahoo had seen its customer satisfaction score rise 3.9 percent from a year... Read more...
For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc failed to gain a large enough foothold.Both of the new formats have support from different coalitions of movie studios, which means that if you want to watch high definition movies you could very well end up needing to buy two devices or a more expensive combo-device. “Until recently, many consumers were able to defer the choice because players have been so... Read more...
Microsoft continues to push its Open XML standard, the default file format of Office 2007, as an alternative to the Open Document Format.  This week, it met a setback in a vote by the INCITS. The executive committee of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) fell one vote shy of the nine required to approve Microsoft's Open XML standard. It voted 8 to 7 in favor of approval with one abstention, the group announced last week.ODF was approved as an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard last year, a sign that it could gain traction with organizations that give preference to standards-based technology.But recently, Microsoft has been... Read more...
Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 – Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers today in support of the new Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) industry specification for modular server platforms. The Modular Server Specifications simplify and lower the cost of product development by providing design guidance that enables server builders to develop compliant and interoperable building blocks at the blade, chassis and manageability software level. The Modular... Read more...
EBay has been ordered to take stronger measures to prevent cases of certain types of fraud by the German Federal Supreme Court.All this trouble started with customers selling fake Rolex watches with starting prices under 800 Euros.  Whatever happened to caveat emptor? “The ruling by the German Federal Supreme Court came in an appeal by plaintiffs Montres Rolex SA and affiliates in a six- year-old dispute over the sale of counterfeit Rolex watches on eBay's German site, according to an eBay financial filing.EBay had won successive court rounds leading up to the appeal before the country's top court. The suit alleges unfair competition. Rolex was seeking an order enjoining the sale of Rolex-branded... Read more...
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, recently announced to members of the European press that the company expects to phase out the Linksys name. Chambers considered the Linksys brand as having reached “end of life,” and is to be replaced by new products that wear a redesigned Cisco emblem. “‘It will all come overtime into a Cisco brand,’ Chambers said. ‘The reason we kept Linksys' brand because it was better known in the US than even Cisco was for the consumer. As you go globally there's very little advantage in that.’” Here’s a little history lesson on Linksys. It was established as a separate company in 1988. By 1999, it had evolved from a basic Ethernet equipment company to one that specialized... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Releases the World’s First Production 1800MHz DDR3 Solution Sunnyvale, Calif—July 19, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, the worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the next step to achieving maximum performance on the latest PC platforms with the launch of the World’s first production PC3-14400 DDR3 modules. These OCZ kits are meant to set industry performance standards as well as accelerate the development of next-generation enthusiast platforms. Tested and qualified to reach DDR3-1800 with ample overclocking capability and aggressive latencies, the OCZ PC3-14400 Platinum... Read more...
Super Talent Ups the Ante with DDR3-1600 CL7 And Ships World's First 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Module San Jose, California - July 3, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched three significant new DDR3 kits. The W1600UX2G7 is a 1600MHz PC3-12800 2GB Kit (2x 1GB) that is tested at very aggressive 7-7-7-18 latencies at 1.8 volts. The W1600UX2G9 is a 1600MHz PC3-12800 2GB Kit (2x 1GB) that is tested at 9-9-9-21 latencies at 1.8 volts. Super Talent tests both these kits as a matched pair on a dual channel Asus P5K3 Deluxe motherboard. These kits are built with... Read more...
ATI has released a new driver and Catalyst Control Center software package for all flavors of Windows XP and Vista.  There are a number of bug fixes incorporated into this release for both XP and Vista users and some performance tweaks as well. "Performance Improvements:  Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic performance improves on the ATI Radeon HD2900 XT Crossfire configurations. Improvements of 16% or more can be seen with HDR enabled." Early reports also claim nice OpenGL performance improvement in Windows Vista as well.  You can grab the drivers right here.... Read more...
The Church of England is up in arms after discovering that Manchester Cathedral made its video game début in "Resistance: Fall of man," a title which the church claims promotes gun violence. The game in one particular level sends the player through Manchester Cathedral to continue his adventure of slagging aliens and saving the world. The Church of England has been battling rising gun violence in Manchester and as a result, sees Sony's inclusion of the cathedral in a violent videogame as directly undermining the church's efforts.  The Church is not only requesting that the level be modified or completely removed from the game, but that Sony also make a donation to the church to help aid its battle... Read more...
We hardware fanbois at HotHardware observe which  processor  is chosen by computer manufacturers  like an old man at a racetrack watches the horses. Hewlett-Packard surprised us a bit by skipping right past Intel and AMD and using chipset maker Via Technologies of Taiwan for the processor in their new desktop, aimed at the mainland Chinese market. Via brings some novel characteristics to HP. The processor consumes only 20 watts of power, relatively low for a desktop chip. IT managers around the world are trying to curb power consumption by buying more energy-efficient servers and desktops. Reducing energy consumption has been a particularly acute issue in China where much of the electricity... Read more...
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