Security company pokes hole in WinXP SP2

Patch is available, but some experts advise against installing it. “Russian security company Positive Technologies has released a patch to a security hole it said it discovered in Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 2 last year. “We found two small flaws that a programmer could use to go around the SP2 mechanism Data Execution Protection …more

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Chip sales hit by high gas prices

“THE SEMICONDUCTOR Industry Association (SIA) reported that global chip sales amounted to $213 billion, fuelled by high demand. But George Scalise, who is head of the trade association, said that high gas prices could damage sales this year. PCs, wireless chips and DRAM were the major contributors to the massive figure of chip sales. China …more

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Why Tivo will thrash HP, Microsoft

“ HP HAS been trying to launch an “entertainment center” platform since 2000. Someone call Carly and tell her it’s time to shoot the dog. Its first attempt launched in 2001 was a Linux-based device dedicated to playing music, hooked into an HP-proprietary “walled garden” for content and listed out at $1000 for a Celeron-based boxed …more

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Socket 939 Has a Good Lifespan Ahead

“While Advanced Micro Devices is reportedly preparing a new socket for 2006 introduction, the company?s current 939-pin infrastructure is likely to live a long life, the company says. But it is unclear how long processors in current form-factor continue to evolve. ?We strive to provide our customers with a stable computing platform for as long …more

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Firefox 1.1 to be delayed

“THE LEAD developer on Firefox, Ben Goodger, has told fans that the next version of Firefox is going to be a bit late. Version 1.1 was set for a March release, however on Goodger?s blog, here, he says this is a bit unrealistic. There is apparently too much needs to be done and he has …more

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Steam comes out of Half Life 2 players’ ears

“Recent downtime on Valve’s Steam Subscriber service has caused aggravation for Counter Strike players and increased calls for a change in the way Half Life 2 authenticates its single-player mode. Currently, players of Half-Life 2 must log in to the Steam service when playing single player. If the service is down, Half-Life goes with it. …more

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Sunday Night Reviews

Today’s Must Read Review: Looking for a new game? Bored with HL2, Far Cry, and Doom3?  Bytesector.com  has a trio of reviews covering Prince of Persia : Warrior Within, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, and Mario Power Tennis.  “Prince of Persia : Sands of Time marked a tremendously successful andequally surprising rebirth of an age-old …more

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World’s First PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller Makes It to Retail

“Leading graphics chip companies ATI Technologies and NVIDIA Corp. adopted the PCI Express x16 interconnection type rapidly and were able to ship their products for Intel?s latest PCI Express platforms immediately after the giant chipmaker formally lifted the wraps off the i915- and i925X-series chipsets nearly half a year ago. However, designers of other add-in …more

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Intel Corp. Says Vanderpool Can be Enabled on Single-Core Chips

“While dual-core and eventually multi-core processors can do a lot in terms of making multitasking and virtualization more-efficient, dual-core chips are not required for Intel?s forthcoming desktop virtualization technology called Vanderpool.” X-Bit Labs

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ASRock to start marketing graphics cards in June

“Motherboard maker ASRock plans to venture into the production of graphics cards in June, aiming to ramp up output to 100,000 units a month in the second half of 2005, said company president Sterling Wu. However, details of the plan, including the exact amount to be rolled out per month, will be realized after a …more

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Google introduces video search service

“Now users can use video.google.com to search for transcripts and screenshots of a particular show and find the information in a simplistic format. Users will have the ability to search using a keyword or a key phrase, which will fetch the relevant search results” Cool Tech Zone

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New Ad Attacks

“Think you’re downloading a new song or video? Watch out–that file may be stuffed with pop-ups and adware. PC World has learned that some Windows Media files on peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa contain code that can spawn a string of pop-up ads and install adware. They look just like regular songs or short videos …more

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Yet more weekend reviews….

Today’s Must Read Review: Danger Den, the standard bearer for high end water cooling, has introduced something that should interest anyone who wants W/C but is afraid of mixing water and electricity. Non-conductive cooling fluid? And it’s even fluorescent? “Danger Den has partnered with Midwest Cooling Technologies to bringtwo non-conductive cooling liquids for the H20 Enthusiast: …more

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Woman sells advertising on cleavage

“A GREENOCK QUINE is touting the skin above her cleavage as a swell way for people to advertise their wares. She will host the advertising for 15 days and is willing to display company logos, slogans or web sites, using a supplied temporary tattoo. You can find the advertising offer, here. “ The Inquirer

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