Microsoft warns of critical Windows flaw

Microsoft have acknowledged and released an security patch last Tuesday. There are two seperate patches. LR as always encourages all of our readers to keep themselves safe. Windows Update should be your first port of call, otherwise you can download from Microsoft’s security update site. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday warned users …more

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AMD Drops Socket M2 for the Socket AM2, Because it Sounds Better

It seems that AMD didn’t like the media calling their upcoming socket “Socket M2” and have changed the name over to “Socket AM2”. Be sure to out geek your fellow buddies today at work by talking up your Socket AM2 platform that is going to run the Athlon64 X2 FX-62 Processor with a 333MHz HTT …more

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Microsoft has no plans to add HD-DVD technology to the Xbox 360

One day after Japanese reports came out talking about the future of HD-DVD and Xbox 360, Microsoft has issued an official response saying they have no plans to support HD-DVD. “Microsoft, in both America and Japan, has not announced anything regarding the possibility of a next-generation DVD drive being placed in the Xbox 360,” a …more

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Kazaa owners may face time in jail

Australian record industry initiates contempt proceedings against the masterminds behind the file-sharing software. Looks like the legal system might make an example of the owners by putting them in jail for a short stint. Record companies allege that Sharman Networks, the owner of Kazaa, didn’t comply with an Australian Federal Court order to modify the …more

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Video game-software sales plunged 18% in November

What is going on with video game sales these days? Video game-software sales plunged 18% in November, according to a new research report, marking the third straight month of weak sales! I’m sure sales will pick this month though as the Xbox 360 was launched and it is the holiday shopping season after all! Coupled …more

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GUS buys Pricegrabber for $485 Million

I’m sure that if you are reading this you have used our shopping.com pricing service or pricegrabber.com at least once as every hardware review site uses them. It turns out that UK retail group GUS has bought US online cost-comparison firm Pricegrabber.com for $485m. No word on what changes if any are going to take …more

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Vonage releases WiFi Phone

Vonage, a VoIP company, has released a mobile WiFi phone that resembles a cell phone. You can connect to WiFi hotspots anywhere in the world with the internet phone via an 802.11b wireless connection. Vonage Marketing Inc. has partnered with telecommunications equipment designer UTStarcom Inc. to produce Vonage’s first portable Wi-Fi handset, the companies announced …more

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Quanta to build the $100 laptop

Quanta, the world’s largest laptop manufacturer, will make the low-cost $100 crank laptop designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is no suprise that Quanta got the contract as the only other company with a real shot at it was Compal. Looks like 2006 will be the year for the global $100 laptop! Quanta …more

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NVIDIA to Acquire ULi Electronics For U.S. $52 Million

NVIDIA has announced plans to acquire ULi electronics, a leading developer of core logic technology. This is amazing news and I find it ironic that at lunch yesterday I was talking about how Nvidia is up to something since things at the NVIDIA camp were too quiet. As we now know it turned out that …more

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Tuesday Reviews from Around the Web (update)

Also, today [H]ardOCP has posted 2 reviews, one is the ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer Video Card Evaluation, and the other is New Valve Source Engine Rendering Effects. Check them out by visiting the LegitForums! The ASUS Silencer is built for people that demand absolute quiet along with good gaming performance, and that is exactly what …more

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Intel Researchers Find Hardware Fight Rootkits and Malware

Could the first line of data security be in hardware? Intel researchers have developed a way to detect rootkits and other malware. Although still in the research stage, it could be added to future Intel hardware platforms. Seems that the key is in the memory after all! By watching a computer’s main memory, the System …more

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Is the TPM chip the end of anonymity on the Internet?

Did you know that over 20 million PCs worldwide are equipped with a tiny security chip called the Trusted Platform Module (TPM)? The TPM will do something never before seen on the Internet: provide virtually fool-proof verification that you are who you say you are. Looks like things are coming together for the industry and …more

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Intel’s CSI to outperform AMD’s Hypertransport

Intel has an answer for AMD’s Hypertransport and thinks its technology stacks up pretty well. In fact, Intel is telling customers that it has AMD beat, starting in 2008. While this is still over two years away at least Intel has something planned to compete with AMD! Intel’s CSI high-speed serial interconnect was first meant …more

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AMD Claims Victory Over Intel in The Dual-Core Duel

AMD has sent out a press release saying that Intel has lost their dual-core duel as Intel refused to step into the ring. AMD originally issued the challange back in August and Intel said they would not play with AMD and their marketing methods. I hope all those in the industry got a smile on …more

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