Archive for December, 2017
Microsoft Corp. has reiterated its plan to launch Windows Vista in the second half of 2006, five years after the release of its current version, Windows XP. The company is releasing preview versions of its new Windows Vista operating system about once a month in an effort to get more customer feedback than usual ahead of next year’s launch, the company said on Tuesday. Microsoft gave some customers preview versions of Vista in September and October and expects to offer another version with more improvements in December. Early next year, testers will try out a version that integrates all the features expected to be in the final version of Vista.
Gamers might have some trouble trying to get hold of the Xbox 360 when it goes on sale in the UK on Friday. That?s because most shops have already sold out of all their stock, as many people have pre-ordered the new console. The Xbox 360 sold out quickly when it was released in the US last week. Some took the opportunity to make some money by selling the console on eBay.
Mozilla Corp. has released Firefox 1.5. According to the company, the new version of this browser offers the users faster browser navigation, better accessibility and improvements to popup blocking. It also comes with automated update to streamline product upgrades and drag and drop reordering for browser tabs. Firefox 1.5 is meant to come with security improvements, as well as better product usability, which includes descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience. You can grab Firefox here.
Corsair has announced the immediate availability of a new model in the Voyager range which has 4GB of capacity. Enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing and boasting water-resistant/temperature tolerant properties, the Voyager is extremely durable and resistant. The 4 GB model contains the same hardware as the other Voyager models and so the read speed is still 19MB/sec, and the write speed is still 13MB/sec.? Visit Corsair for more details??
A computer disc about the size of a DVD that can hold 60 times more data is set to go on sale in 2006. The disc stores information through the interference of light ? a technique known as holographic memory. The discs, developed by InPhase Technologies, based in Colorado, US, hold 300 gigabytes of data and can be used to read and write data 10 times faster than a normal DVD. The company, along with Japanese partner Hitachi Maxell announced earlier in November that they would start selling the discs and compatible drives from the end of 2006. Follow the link for more info. I’m sure I?remember hearing about this many years back when the technology was?semi-perfected in a lab in some university, i think. It’s nice to hear it could be coming to market as early as 2006.
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G.Skill?s latest budget orientated 2GB dual channel set is here attempting to smash the competition. Review: G.skill F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX (2x1GB 2-3-2-5)
G.Skills latest budget orientated 2GB dual channel set is here attempting to smash the competition
Beyond3D recently interviewed Nicklas Renqvist, Futuremark’s benchmark development architect, and asked him about the next 3DMark release. Here are some of the feature of the upcoming 3DMark: HDR rendering. Complex HDR post processing. Dynamic soft shadows for all objects. Water shader with HDR refraction, HDR reflection, depth fog and Gerstner wave functions. Heterogeneous fog. Atmospheric light scattering. Realistic sky model with cloud blending. Strauss lighting model for most materials. Subsurface scattering shader for some objects (not visible in the shot). Texture & normal map sizes: 1024 x 1024 to 2048 x 2048. Approximately 5.4 million triangles and 8.8 million vertices. Click here for hi-res screenshot.
X-bit has reported that sources close to ATI have said the company has been testing it’s forthcoming R580 part since early July at the very least. According to these sources, ATI has been playing with various clock speeds and then measuring the performance increases. There has been some talk of R580 supporting up to 48 pixel pipelines, 8 or more vertex pipes and ludicrously fast clock speeds, Nvidia be afraid….. The card will also support features already present in R520 such as SM3.0, a 512 bit ring bus, but may also contain GDDR4 memory. It’s unlikely the first R580 part will come with anything like these features.? 48 pixel pipes are simply not necessary to be competitive to Nvidia at the moment. It’s much more likely we will see a 24 pipe part with the usual product refreshes six months to a year down the line which will enable extra pipes as and when needed to stay ahead of Nvidia.
A U.S. court shut down three Internet companies for secretly bundling malicious "spyware" with ring tones, music programs and other free high-tech goodies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. The malicious software tracked victims’ Internet activity, hijacked their home pages and deluged them with unwanted "pop up" ads, the FTC said. According to a complaint filed in district court in Los Angeles, Enternet and Conspy bundled their malicious software with music files, song lyrics and cellular telephone ring tones offered free on a range of Web sites. The software was also disguised as a security upgrade for Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer Web browser. The assets of Enternet Media Inc. and Conspy & Co. Inc., based in California, and Iwebtunes, based in Ohio, have been frozen pending further court action, the FTC said. The court also ordered all three firms to halt downloads of the software.
Google Inc. is scouting out the travel bookings business with a new feature that connects users to travel agencies that offer the cheapest fares. They announced to be testing the feature, putting it in competition with travel search sites like Sidestep and Kayak, which sift through all published bookings information for fares and reservation prices. The new Google`s feature would not compete directly with services offered by online travel agencies Expedia and Travelocity. On Google, users can input specific flight inquiries between two points. The search results feature Web links to the sites that offer fare information.It also allows users to enter their preferred dates of travel before searching.Unlike full-service online travel agencies Expedia and Travelocity, travel search engines do not sell fares. They only locate the fares and give links to sites that offer bookings.
Yep yep, the X1800XT is now in stock and you can grab one at Ebuyer. The price is ?389.96 which is?reasonably competitive to the 7800 GTX, especially as it has 512MB memory instead of 256MB. After yesterdays reports coming from TheInq that the 1800XT was going to be priced higher than the expected RRP, it’s no suprise to see it available today at a decent price, though perhaps people were expecting it a little cheaper? Let me know yours thoughts,?write a comment?below 🙂
IBM have launched a set of software tools it hopes will spur wider interest in its upcoming Cell microprocessor that is key to the computing giant’s return to profitable chipmaking. International Business Machines Corp. has developed Cell jointly with Sony Corp.? and Toshiba Corp., for use in Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game console due out next year.
Microsoft Corp. warned users yesterday of a new flaw in recent versions of Windows that could allow attackers to take control of a system by embedding malicious software code into digital images. The users of Windows XP, Windows Server and an updated version of Windows 2000 would be put at risk by viewing a digital image containning software code that exploits the flaw. That could happen Wind the potencial victims go to a web site or open an infected file. Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc. recommended that users install the Microsoft security patch and avoid opening suspicious e-mail attachments or clicking on any unfamiliar links. Users can download the patches to fix the software flaws at www.microsoft.com/security.