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Super Talent Launches New Family of Personal Media Players San Jose , California - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a new line of VIDEGO personal digital media players. These new players support MP3/WMA music playback, as well as FM stereo and voice/FM recording. They are packed with audio features including FM presets, various repeat modes and equalizer settings. But VIDEGO players are much more than just music players. These new VIDEGO players are designed for video on the go, sporting full color 2.4-inch or 2.8-inch screens... Read more...
It's been nearly two years since since Sony got into the rootkit business. Not intentionally, but the DRM installed by Sony BMG CDs when you tried to play them on your PC had rootkit qualities. Not only that, but in a real-life example of the vulnerability, hackers used it to hack World of Warcraft.Unfortunately, it seems Sony did not learn its lesson. According to F-Secure Corp., the fingerprint-reader software included with the Sony MicroVault USM-F line of flash drives installs a driver that hides in a hidden directory under "c:\windows". That directory, and the files within it, are not visible through Windows' usual APIs (application programming interface), said F-Secure researcher... Read more...
We first took a look at Intel's P35 Express chipset back in May, when it was released into the wild to supplant the still relatively youthful P965 and usher in the era of DDR3 memory and 1333MHz FSB Intel processors. The P965 is a tough act to follow. Despite its intended mid-range market placement, Intel didn't hamper the P965 in any way except for the lack of official Crossfire support. With its excellent feature set and good performance, the P965 presented an excellent value and became many people's first choice for all of their single-GPU needs. For the P35, Intel has wisely chosen not to change the formula. Actually, the P35 Express is an even better value than the P965 was with its official... Read more...
It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with Toshiba laptops pose a fire hazard. There have been three reports of models with those batteries overheating in other countries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC. The good news, if there can be any, is that the numbers keep going down.  The second recall was 10,000 batteries, this time only 1,400.  The model numbers for... Read more...
Panasonic System Solutions Company has created the so called “Walkthrough Iris Identification System,” which is a device that can scan a person’s iris while he/she walks through. As we may have already seen in the movies, iris identification is a highly advanced type of biometric authentication technology that does not use ID cards or passwords, which users could lose or forget. A drawback to biometric authentication technologies is that they are not always accurate. Nevertheless, at a verification failure rate of less than 1/1,200,000, the Walkthrough Iris Identification System is quite formidable. “To enable verification of a person walking (at 1 m per second) from a distance of more than... Read more...
Perhaps signalling another nail in the coffin of DRM, Universal Music Group has announced that it will begin a test program of DRM-free music sales, starting August 21st and lasting through January 31st of next year.  Surprisingly, the songs will not be available through iTunes, which has already been selling DRM-free music from EMI, though for a higher price than normal ($1.29 vs. 99¢). Universal, the world’s biggest music conglomerate, said it would offer albums and songs without the software, known as digital rights management, through existing digital music retail services like RealNetworks and Wal-Mart, nascent services from Amazon.com and Google, and some artists’ Web sites.The... Read more...
Sony’s PlayStation 3 has experienced a huge problem with sales ever since its release in late 2006. Just when things were starting to look up with the price cut on the PS3 and the widespread backing of Blu-ray technology, the PS3 has managed to get itself in a bind again. U.S. company Parallel Processing has filed a lawsuit against Sony on the basis of a patent infringement. PS3s are fitted with IBM-built Cell processors, which Parallel Processing contends infringes on its October of 1991 hardware patent, “Synchronized Parallel Processing with Shared Memory.” “The patent explains how new processor architecture could break a program ‘into smaller concurrent processes running in different parallel... Read more...
Halo 3, due to be the last installment in Bungie’s wildly popular franchise, is going to support 4 player cooperative play mode: “So you were probably wondering why we didn’t want to commit to two player co-op online over Xbox Live. We certainly got plenty of mail asking, no, demanding that we make it happen. Of course we were working on it, but we were also working on something better. Not two player co-op. Not three-player co-op, but up to four player co-op. Online. On Xbox Live, or sure, System Link if you prefer. That is correct – up to four player co-op in Campaign mode on Xbox Live or System Link.” Despite the technical issues that had to be overcome, the real story here is the game... Read more...
Apple recently made an announcement that its iTunes online music service has reached the 3-billion-downloaded-songs mark. In fact, Apple’s iTunes Store recently outshined both Amazon and Target and took the number three spot in the list of America’s largest music retailers. Apple’s vice president of iTunes, Eddy Cue, stated, “‘We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milstone.’” Some may feel that the 3 billion mark isn’t such a big deal. After all, iTunes was started about many years ago, and at 99 cents per song, the revenues generated would be a little under $3 billion over a period of about 6 years. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget that iTunes... Read more...
While Gordon Gekko (from the movie Wall Street) might have argued that greed is good, excessive amounts of it aren’t always conducive to effective business relationships.Enter Steve Jobs and Sony CEO Howard Stringer.  Both of them are running corporations that sell music, and it appears that friction has developed as a result.  Jobs called record label execs greedy, Stringer responded that Jobs was a greedy and a hypocrite: “Stringer made the comment in response to Jobs' own comments on record industry executives being greedy over the price of music downloads. Moderator Anderson Cooper tried to change the subject, but Diller interjected, repeating the Sony CEO's comments. When Cooper went back... Read more...
It might seem like a foregone conclusion that using personal electronics during a lightning storm isn’t the brightest of ideas, but apparently nobody told these guys: “Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires.Last summer, a Colorado teen ended up with similar injuries when lightning struck nearby as he was listening to his iPod while mowing the lawn.Emergency physicians report treating other patients with burns from freak accidents while using personal electronic devices such as beepers, Walkman players... Read more...
The third installment in the Bourne Trilogy, "The Bourne Ultimatum," will open in theaters on August 3rd.  Part of the appeal of the character is his casual, savvy use of technology as he breezes through far-flung exotic locations.  He'll reconfigure your phone after he punches you with it, while driving like a madman.  Universal decided to hype the film with an online game, " The Ultimate Search for Bourne with Google," that allows fans to search for Jason Bourne using clues scattered on Google tools like Search Map, Images and YouTube. Universal worked with Web design and marketing firm Big Spaceship to build the "Bourne" game, which is part of a promotional partnership with Google... Read more...
Sony has lowered the price of their Playstation gaming console by $100.  Or they'll sell you  a new model with an improved 80 GB drive at the old $ 599 price point. While Microsoft is busy going through the couch cushions looking for a billion dollars to fix all the Xbox 360s with the "Red Ring Of Death," this move will probably jumpstart lagging sales of the Sony unit. If nothing else, it's an inexpensive Blu-ray player that plays games. At US$499, the PS3 is once again the equal [of the] cheapest Blu-ray player on the market. The Blu-ray factor has definitely helped PS3 sales in Australia where HD flat panel TV sales are ramping up in a big way. Staff at two of the biggest Australian... Read more...
It seems that we are starting to see something new brewing in Yahoo’s cauldron after Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, replaced Terry Semel as the new CEO. Yahoo has just launched a new display advertising tool known as SmartAds today. The new platform allows marketers to modify ads according to the Internet surfer’s characteristics, such as online activities, location, age, and gender. The new product allows customized ads to be created in real time. "For instance, instead of just seeing a generic ad for a Toyota Prius, a woman in San Francisco who conducts research on hybrid cars on Yahoo Autos could be served an ad for a local San Francisco dealer, along with information on the types of Priuses... Read more...
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