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Friday, August 27, 2010
We initially wondered if Google was planning to rename its rumoured upcoming attempt at social networking, Google Me, to Speedbook. As a kind of middle finger up to Facebook over its recent lawsuit against teaching community TeachBook.
But that was just a flight of fancy on our part. The category Google filed the "Speedbook" trademark in was "computer hardware" - which gives a pretty big hint at what it might be planning to use the name for.
The Chrome OS is a fast-boot Linux-based operating system which gives the bear necessities for getting online - offering a faster boot-up time and overall experience. Given the super-fast speeds Google is saying Chrome OS will deliver, it seems just about right that it may plump for "Speedbook" as a name for its range.
Google has already confirmed that it plans to release the Chrome OS in Autumn of 2010. There has been speculation that it will target the netbook market first before going for tablets, letting its Android OS take the fight to the tablet market instead.
Acer is rumoured to be the first company that will deliver a Chrome OS device, with some early speculation that it would have released a netbook as early as June. This was quashed by Acer, but we're half holding our breath and expecting it to ship a Chrome netbook some time this year.
Dell also signed a partnership with Google to deliver Chrome OS on a range of laptops, suggesting that it will have a broader market than just netbooks. Given how stripped down we hear Chrome is in comparison to Windows it could be a limiting experience.
The truth is we don't really know. It's not clear if either of these third-party devices will utilise the "Speedbook" name. The fact that Google has trademarked it suggests that it may attempt a foray into the hardware market as it did in the mobile sector with the Nexus One.
The smartphone was technically good and received positive reviews but poor marketing led to poorer sales until finally it was rebranded as a developer phone.
Google didn't make the phone itself - it teamed up with HTC. We wonder then, if a netbook is on the way, who it might team up with for its Google Speedbook offering. Acer is a likely candidate.
That said, in early July Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Google most likely won't need to launch its own Chrome device. Circumstances may have changed since then. There could be a surprise product launch some time soon.Source: http://www.techeye.net/hardware/is-google-planning-a-chrome-netbook
LG Display has said that it is developing a new generation of colour and flexible e-paper. It hopes that these may go into future products such as e-readers or tablets.
According to an SEC filing the company expects to begin mass producing 9.7-inch colour and 19-inch flexible e-paper, which is the display used in e-readers on which text appears as it would on printed paper.
The company's 9.7-inch IPS LCD screen is already used in Apple's iPad, and LG also supplies the 9.7-inch e-paper display for the Amazon Kindle DX e-reader. It is thought its new creations could go into future generations of e-readers or tablets and the 19-inch could possibly used for e-readers the size of traditional newspapers.
Another avenue LG may be considering is how an interactive, larger sheet of e-paper could work with progressing advertising - think interactive posters.
Competition for e-paper is going to heat up. Each company realises it must do something interesting and innovate in a way others aren't, and excel while they're doing it. Earlier this year Samsung showed off colour e-paper, which it said was capable of displaying video (although it now seems the company has pulled out of the market) and Fujitsu also announced a colour panel this year.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Fabless chip company AMD has disclosed more details of its up and coming cores, codenamed Bulldozer and Bobcat.
Bobcat will be the core AMD uses when it releases its first Fusion chip, codenamed Ontario, in early 2011.
The other Fusion chip, Llano, will use a K8 related core.
AMD in a briefing for journalists, said that Bulldozer is the "heavy lifter" aimed at server and high end desktops, while Bobcat is aimed at the netbook and notebook market.
Bulldozer pairs two integer execution cores with components that can be shared, while there are instruction set extensions. A single core is usually used for hyperthreading. Bulldozer includes better power management. It will be built on 32 nanometre process technology. This will be the first processor to use high gate k metal. SMT forces two threads into one core, with threads competing for resources. Core multiprocessing (CMP) has dedicated cores for each thread.
Bulldozer's separate CPU integer act as two "strong threads". Sharing resources dynamically switches between shared and dedicated components. The FP operations are shared between the two integer units. On an eight core Bulldozer chp the L3 cache is shared with divisions transparent to hardware, OS and applications.
Bobcat is an efficient low power X86 core, aimed at the netbook and notebook market. It is a sub one watt capable core, with an out of order execution engine, uses SE1-3 and virtualisation. AMD claims it will deliver 90 perfence in less than half of the silicon area.
Bobcat will be the CPU element of Ontario Fusion, using a high speed bus architecture and a shared low latency memory model, and will appear early next year, ahead of schedule.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The FX600 comes with a 15.6-inch LCD LED backlit display with 1366x768 resolution, along with a built-in high definition webcam. It comes with four built-in speakers with THX TruStudio PC.
The standard version is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, but an upgrade to an i5 is also available. It also comes with Intel's Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technology, designed to boost performance without impacting battery life too much.
It comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and contains an Nvidia GeForce GT 325M discrete graphics card with 1GB of memory. It comes with 500GB of hard drive space as standard.
Connectivity-wise it comes with built-in 802.11b/g/draft n WLAN, Bluetooth, a four-in-one Card Reader, three USB ports, one e-Sata port, and one HDMI port.
It also comes with a Blu-ray or Super Multi optical drive and Cinema Pro, making it a viable multimedia machine.
The main focus of the F Series of notebooks, however, seems to be its design. MSI said that it wants these notebooks to be "a symbol of vogue" as well as a "luxury item". It has a sheek black exterior, but this is not really any more impressive than other notebooks on the market, including in other ranges by MSI.
The standard version of the notebook will be available to buy from Argos for £599.99 from early August.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Details for the new model posted on Engadget show that it sports a 3.7-inch SLCD touchscreen, which it recently announced would be making its way onto the HTC Desire, and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, very similar to the Desire, so this is clearly HTC's Windows Phone equivalent to the highly-successful Android model.
It features an 8 megapixel camera and comes with three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom: Back, Search, and Windows Home. Considering some complaints about these buttons not being very receptive on the Nexus One, this may have been a bad choice.
Other features which have not been confirmed, but which should come as standard as per Microsoft's requirements for devices running its latest operating system, include 256MB RAM, which may be double that to come closer to the Desire's offering, and 4GB of built-in storage. Wi-Fi, GPS and an accelerometer should also be included.
The phone, which has not been named, will run Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's latest offering into the growing world of smartphone operating systems. Surprisingly, however, there won't be HTC's Sense UI overlay to differentiate the user experience from other Windows Phone 7 mobiles.
Sense creates a more intuitive and user-friendly skin for the operating system of a phone, bringing it closer to the successful UI implemented on the iPhone.
Without this users will have the bare knuckles Windows Phone 7 experience, but this seems to be an intentional design by Microsoft which wants "firmer control" of how people use their phones, an effort that mimics the approach taken by Apple with its own devices.
That said, HTC is promising that while it will not be able to offer a full Sense skin, it may be able to alter things slightly to provide some additional features to its phones that sport Windows Phone 7.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The tablet, which was unveiled by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal, will cost around $35. However, this price is said to gradually drop to $20 and possibly $10 in the future if companies invest in further development in quality and lower cost features.
Companies expected to do this are IIT Rajasthan and technical institutions, and it is hoped that these tablets could eventually be used to give connectivity to all colleges and universities.
Before this can be done the Indian government must find a manufacturer for the Linux based tablet, which offers features including word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing.
There is also a solar power feature and it is supported by a two-watt backup source for places where power supply may be poor. There is also 2-gigabyte memory but no hard disk.
"This is our answer to MIT's $100 computer," Kapil Sibal told the Hindu when he showed off the device yesterday.
According to the paper the concept device was started by the ministry last year after it had spoken to a range of professors, experts at IISC, and institutions such as IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.
Students studying B.Tech and M. courses at Indian universities were asked to produce the motherboard for the device but were told to allow for flexibility to change components. One motherboard design was generated under the Ministry's guidance in the B.Tech project of a student at VIT, Vellore. At the time the material costs came to $47. However, this was amended and bought into a cheaper price bracket later on.
This isn't the first time India's human resource development ministry has got excited by a low cost laptop. Last year it announced a $10 laptop, which caused disappointment when it was found that the "laptop" was merely a handheld device, with an unspecified price tag, that never materialised.
The company has now said it will be issuing a new version of the browser about every six weeks, which according to Anthony Laforge, a Chrome program manager, will put a a new "stable" version of the browser in users' hands roughly twice as often as in the past.
The company said it had a few more hopes in mind for Chrome, which included giving users new features at a faster rate, and releasing updates within a more structured schedule.
It also said that the new updates would take the pressure off programmers who will no longer have to rush a feature as they'll know when the new updates are coming.
Laforge said in a blog post: "With the new schedule, if a given feature is not complete, it will simply ride on the next release train when it's ready.
"Since those trains come quickly and regularly there is less stress.
"Over the next few months, we are going to be rolling out a new release process to accelerate the pace at which Google Chrome stable releases become available. Running under ideal conditions, we will be looking to release a new stable version about once every six weeks, roughly twice as often as we do today," he added.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Humane Reader, which can be seen here, is designed to provide low-cost computing solutions to places without Internet access.
It basically stores the books so they can be read on a TV screen.The beast is made using eight bit technology to keep costs down, and instead of a monitor, it just needs a TV with a composite input to display information.
It has a 2GB SD card, and it has a USB and a PS/2 port. You will still need to get your paws on a keyboard too.Still if people buy it, they will get access to 500 books which could solve many problems about the distribution of information.
The outfit said that televisions are far more common in the developing countries than computers or internet connections.
The Humane Reader has been developed from the ground up with cost in mind. The basic unit can be produced for less than $20 in mass quantities.
Thus for less than the cost of a single textbook the Reader can provide the equivalent of a five thousand book library. Wikipedia is the first content provided for use with the Humane Reader.
A single memory card can hold most if not all of Wikipedia text in a variety of languages. The device provides search capabilities, and can be connected to an optional keyboard for more fluid text input.
The list, which was found by Hexus , said that there are the new top-end CPUs for the Core i7 and Core i5 families. The Core i7-870 has seen its price halved.
There's also a new low-power version of the 870 - the 870S.
This is the category that Intel insists on calling "nettops" which sounds to us like something a stripper would wear.
What is interesting in this price list is that it should give AMD, with its coming launch of its 'fusion', a reason to be happy.
It looks like Intel is not really that interested in stopping AMD getting its elbows into the mobile computing space with a serious price war.
However it looks like Intel may be looking to consolidate its position in the desktop market which is something that AMD may not be too happy about.
Monday, July 19, 2010
The disc, called VR-100BR1, is a triple-layer single-write Blu-ray disc which conforms with the BDXL format specifications defined by the Blu-ray Disc Association for high-capacity Blu-ray discs.
Current Blu-ray discs can store up to 50GB of data, so this latest product from Sharp doubles current capacity to allow recording of up to 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV.
The new discs also include a "hard coat" protective coating, which helps protect from scratches, dirt and fingerprints, which may damage the disc and lead to errors.
Other companies have been working on developing 100GB Blu-ray discs for some time, with Sony even developing an eight-layer 200GB disc, but none of them have managed to actually get them into production. Now that Sharp has started the ball rolling, however, we hope to see others joining in.
Sharp has not revealed pricing, but rumours suggest a hefty price tag of $60 (£40) which could drop as other companies develop the technology and help drive prices down.
The new discs will be in available in Japan from July 30 with an international release date yet to be decided.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Dirk Meyer, CEO of AMD, speaking at an analyst conference call, said that Ontario, an APU which includes the Bobcat CPU core, said "Ontario will be a game changer". He said that AMD expected Ontario to be the first Fusion product to come to market, will ship in the fourth quarter of this year, ahead of schedule.
But AMD is delaying its Llano Fusion offering - that's because of insufficient yields on 32 nanometres. Llano, Meyer said, will be pushed back a couple of months but shipments will happen in the first half of 2011.
He said that AMD had switched its efforts to Ontario with its timeline "changing quite dramatically"
AMD, said Meyer, has three different Fusion designs in four packages for notebooks and desktops. Ontario is targeted at low cost, low power netbook and small form factor category. There will be two designs under the Llano codename. Ontario will ship for revenues in the fourth quarter.
There's still robust demand for enterprise servers, said Meyer. But Magny Cours only became available in June. On the client PC side, that's AMD's lowest priority, said Meyer.
Meyer said demand for GPU offerings in the quarter were very strong, but were constrained by supplies. He said that in the second half of the year, demand will remain healthy and AMD expects GPU constraints to ease.
He said that AMD expected to see server products start to deliver serious revenues in the third quarter.
AMD, he said, had more than tripled the number of Vision branded products. He claimed that Vision was the most successful launch in AMD's history with 130 design wins across multiple prices.
He said that the Bulldozer core will sample second half of this year on track for launch next year.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
In efforts to get people to upgrade to SP3 or, more preferably for Microsoft, Windows 7, the software giant is ending support for XP SP2 users, which amounts for nearly half of the PCs in most organisations according to a recent survey by Softchoice.
This will leave a substantial number of computers exposed to attack. Microsoft is simultaneously fixing the vulnerability in XP which a Google employee discovered, saving potentially thousands of computers from attack. Is it just us or are these two things a little antithetical?
Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to support SP3 until April 2014, but with such a large volume of people still on SP2, and with such gaping holes found recently in XP overall, is it really helping to ensure its older operating system is secure?
Today's patch will see the CVE-2010-1885 Windowx XP vulnerability mended, along with another in 64-bit versions of Windows 7, and two holes in Office. It will be the last patch XP SP2 users will see, which means any further vulnerabilities and exploits will not be addressed by Microsoft, making that version of XP very risky to use.
In fact, it effectively completely disables the security update feature for SP2 users, meaning that other software, such as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player will also not receive any updates - even when critical patches are available for the same software on SP3, Vista, or Windows 7. And should a certain Google employee find another flaw in XP, SP2 users will not receive a fix for it.
Microsoft is obviously urging users to upgrade to SP3, but when SP3 originally launched in May 2008 it caused more problems for people than it solved. Numerous reports revealed complete computer crashes or looping reboots, while others had problems getting their web browsers and other software to work. It caused such an uproar that many users decided it was a much safer bet to simply not upgrade.
Two years on and it seems that the bad taste from the original SP3 launch is still very tangible, but wary XP users will need to upgrade now or risk a volley of attacks aimed at the unsupported service pack.
Obviously it is early days yet but there are some pointers. Be aware that some of these will not work, or will be dropped at the last minute.
1. Log in to your PC with your face
Who needs passwords when you computer can just look at your face and decide that you can look at your own files? Of course making a computer look at your face every morning might make it decide that it does not like the look of you. If you have a tragic disfigurement you might also not be able to get into your PC which would be a bummer.
2. Windows 8 will follow you across devices. To do this Windows 8 would have to be on a cloud. If you connect to other gear it does not really matter where you are. It does solve the problem of multiple licences.
3. Touch screens. This is practically with us anyway. However, Redmond wants to make the OS aware of the light so that you can actually see the screen when in the sunshine. The iPad is like a vampire. It can only be seen at night.
4. Watch HD movies on your wireless TV. Well not entirely wireless, you still have to plug it into the mains. But the idea is that Windows 8 will let you stream anything from the computer to the fridge onto your telly screen.
5. Download apps from the Windows App Store. Haven't we seen this somewhere? It is clear that Microsoft is copying Jobs' Mob.
6. Resetting things without having to wipe your data. If a virus takes out the OS then you have to do a re-install. After so many years Microsoft has never worked out a way around this that did not involve wiping your hard-drive. Windows 8 will, apparently, manage it.
7. Faster start up times. A March 2010 Windows Planning Survey polled 545 customers about 21 user activities, and found that starting the computer tops the list when it comes to "highest importance/lowest satisfaction in terms of speed and performance." On average, Windows 7 takes 27 seconds to boot up. Vista was 40 seconds, although it felt a lot longer. Windows 8 will probably be about 15 seconds with the wind behind it. Although this might be done by using a "new off state combining the best of hibernate with a boot/shutdown look and feel."
8. Better resource control for those who know what they are doing. There are shedloads of things in Windows 7 which require you to read the manual to find out what they do. Microsoft wants these functions to be easier to find. It should also be easier to kill off software which will not go away.
9. Er, that's it.
Monday, July 12, 2010
While Jobs' Mob's closed garden of delights might appeal to the more intellectually challenged crim, your average mastermind should not allow one in his island volcano powered retreat.
Apparently coppers are using information gathered by the Jobs Mob to track criminals.
Coppers have had to rely on locating a crim's position via conventional mobile phone towers, but iPhones offer far more information.
The phones are also dead easy to hack, er, retrieve personal data from. This is because the geniuses in Apple decided that every cough and spit of a users life should be recorded somewhere on the phone.
Jonathan Zdziarski,who now teaches US police how to retrieve data from mobile phones, told AP that the iPhone organises people's lives and, if you're doing something criminal, something about it is going to go through that phone.
Zdziarski said security had been neglected on the iPhone which made it wide open for anyone in comparison to the more secure BlackBerry.
Coppers could target the iPhone's keyboard logging cache, which was designed to correct spelling but means that an expert could retrieve anything typed on the keyboard over the past three to 12 months.
Every time an iPhone's internal mapping system is closed down, the device snaps a screenshot of the phone's last position and stores it.
Armed with several hundred such images from the iPhone and to establish its user's whereabouts.
iPhone snaps include so-called geotags so that, if posted online, they indicate precisely where a picture was taken and the serial number of the phone that took it.
While it is impossible to feel sympathy for a criminal iPhone user, the ease at which the coppers can get the gear to grass up their owners should scare the willies out of companies who plan to use them for business.
Friday, July 9, 2010
It's got heavyweights behind it already: partners include publishing company Pearson and venture capital legal advisory Orrick. Aaaand, the biggest gun of them all has just announced it's throwing its weight behind TechHub - Google's getting involved. Although we heard from a source in the know that this could, possibly, be an agreement to provide the coffee.
Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe, is lending his support too. And why not? TechCrunch Europe has been backing start-ups from the beginning as well as putting on great events and TechHub aims to provide both affordable office space and a community to the scene.
TechEye will be there tonight at the launch party, weighed down with a camera and probably dressed provocatively. We're looking forward to meeting everyone who's going to be involved from the beginning and wish it every bit of luck down the line.
It's located just off Old Street tube station on the city road, a quick walk from Liverpool Street and an even quicker walk to the pubs and bars of Whoreditch, er, Shoreditch just down the road. We're wondering if the rest of the technology scene is into mid-day Hoxton Square boozey picnics as much as we are.
While today's launch day, it'll be opening for business on Monday 12th July at:
76-80 City Rd
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The chip hit the shops for $79 earlier this year and stopped many people in their tracks. This was mostly because it actually had the ability to play games if you were prepared to make some compromises on resolution and detail.
The card managed a decent performance at lower and middle resolutions to basically meet sufficiently modest expectations.
Now it appears that AMD thinks there is more cash to be made from this market and is increasing the spec.
It's provisioned a new version of the 5570 that will have the same price, and same spec but will come with a 1GB of GDDR5 RAM instead of the original DDR3.
While it will still not be super powerful it can handle DirectX 11 and AMD's multimonitor Eyefinity technology for up to three displays. Nothing from Nvidia can manage that for the price.
Extreme Tech have got their paws on one of the prototypes and claim that sometimes the GDDR5 card's gains are quite dramatic. The performance gains were obvious in every title the reviewer tested it on if you want to play at 1280 by 1024 resolution.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The tablet is called the Cisco Cius and weighs a mere 1.15lbs (0.52kg). Cisco is touting it as ultra-portable and as the first HD video-capable business tablet.
It features a seven inch, high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-target display, a little smaller than the iPad's 9.7 inches.
Video conferencing will be one of the big focuses, with the Cius including a front-mounted 720 pixel HD camera with a refresh rate of up to 30 frames a second. It also has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, and dual noise-cancelling mircophones for audio conferencing.
It features single-button TelePresence interoperability for when the tablet is docked or being used through Wi-Fi.
For connectivity, the Cius supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB. It also supports 3G, with plans to offer 4G over time.
Details for its processor, memory, and storage were not revealed, suggesting that Cisco is still working on these elements.
The battery should allow up to eight hours of on time.
The Cius will support a full range of Cisco software products, such as Quad, Show and Share, WebEx Connect, WebEx Meeting Centre, Presence, and TelePresence. It will also work with Cisco's Unified Communications Manager and businesses can make use of AnyConnect for VPN security.
Since it runs the Android operating system it will also have access to a wide range of Android applications, with Cisco offering new support to the Google OS through its Collaboration APIs, which it will be making available to developers in a Software Developer's Kit.
Customer trials will begin towards the end of the year, while the finished product is planned for launch in early 2011.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Doesn't believe in ones and twos
Acer, not content with a single announcement, has revealed several new Aspire notebooks today.
First up from the lap-top-dog is the Aspire AS8943G, which Acer is touting as a powerful multimedia machine.
It features an 18.4-inch CineCrystal LED back-lit display with HD 1080 pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost and comes with 4GB or 8GB or RAM, with support for an upgrade to 16GB.
It also features a 500GB SATA hard drive and an ATI Mobility Radeo HD5850 Graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory. The graphics card also supports DirectX 11, allowing the latest and greatest in graphics goodness.
It is expected to retail at $1,549.99.
The Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 are Acer's new "cinema" models, advertised for their HD and Blu-ray capabilities.
The former features a 15.6-inch HD widescreen display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, while the latter features a 17.3-inch HD widescreen display with a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels.
Both feature an Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost, but both series have models running Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, for those with a lower budget or less need for resource intensiveness. The AS5745G houses an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card and the AS7745G sports an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card.
Both feature 500GB of hard drive space, with expansion possible up to 1TB.
Prices for these series start at $699.99, with the AS7745G going for $1,399.
Acer is also offering a new line of powerful entry-level Aspire notebooks with a wide range of options, including Intel i3 or i5 processors, or AMD Phenom II, Athlon II, Turion II, or V Series processors.
The new models will feature 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays. They will also feature 4GB of DDR3 RAM.
Prices will range from $429.99 to $899.99.
Read More On: Acer announces new notebooks
Monday, June 21, 2010
Partnership with Google grows
Dell is to deepen its growing relationship with Google by adopting the latter's Chrome OS on a new range of Dell laptops, reports Pocket-lint.
Google is planning to release its web-based operating system some time in Autumn this year and Dell is in negotiations with the giant to be one of the first laptop manufacturers to house what some are touting as the new rival to Windows.
In an interview with Reuters, Amit Midha, president of Greater China and South Asia at Dell, said: "We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years, three years down the road, so we continuously work with Google on this."
Dell has already partnered up with Google by offering the Android OS on its Streak tablet, its competitor to Apple's highly successful iPad. There are growing rumours that it may be dropping its partnership with Microsoft for Google, but while Chrome will see success, it seems more likely to us that Dell will offer both platforms and look for more profitable deals with either party as the competition grows stronger.
"There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront," Midha waffled. "So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders."
Read more: http://www.techeye.net/hardware/dell-to-adopt-chrome-os-on-laptops?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+techeye+%28Tech+Eye%29#ixzz0rYHojysc
New system for reporting net fraud
Microsoft has teamed up with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and several other organisations to form Internet Fraud Alert, a system designed for reporting and recovering account credentials that were stolen online.
The other companies participating in the new scheme are Accuity, the American Bankers Association, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, Citizens Bank, eBay, the Federal Trade Comission, the National Consumers League, and PayPal.
Microsoft has developed new technology specifically for this program which will swiftly inform any of the above companies about stolen account details, allowing the insitutions to take the necessary action to lock or close accounts and inform customers of the fraud.
Researchers working for the security industry have been spotting stolen credentials on the internet for ages, but there is no single system in place for reporting them to the relevant bodies. Internet Fraud Alert is intended to bridge the gap and ensure that phishing attacks and other means through which people's credentials are stolen are spotted and dealt with as early as possible.
Phishing attacks are on the rise, with over 410,000 unique phishing e-mail reports received by the Anti-Phishing Working Group in 2009 alone. With the Internet Fraud Alert system in place that means a substantial number of people's details will be reclaimed as soon as the fraud is discovered - in theory.
TechEye talked to Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant of Sophos, about the new endeavour. He believed it was "a great initiative", saying that he "hoped the new system will make it easier to report securely information about online fraud and share data with the relevant authorities and institutions when stolen information is stumbled upon by security researchers."
"Our hope is that systems like this will help to shut down security holes quickly and limit the amount of information about innocent individuals that cybercriminals are able to steal," he added.
However, he was quick to state that users should not rely solely on this as a defence against online fraud. "Both consumers and online businesses have to invest in protection mechanisms to reduce the threat - but this initiative certainly has a part to play."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Slimmer, faster, lighter, powerfuller and 3D
Japanese electronics company Toshiba today announced a slew of new laptops to compete for consumer's money. One of the new top models, the Satellite A665, is able to run 3D content thanks to the Nvidia shutter glasses and tech packed inside.
Discerning consumers can don the glasses and watch Avatar or play 3D games on a 15.6 inch, backlit Trubrite widescreen display. The laptop naturally features a rewriteable Blu-ray drive and is powered by an Intel Core i7-i740QM quadcore CPU. Apart from being bundled with Nvidia's shutter glasses, it also features a Geforce GTS 350M packed with 1GB DDR3 memory.
Memory is four gigabytes, it of course runs on Windows 7 booting from a 640GB HDD, has an eSata/ USB combo part and three regular USB 2.0 ports - sorry, no USB 3.0 on this one, yet. The compulsory memory card reader and express card slot is also on board, alongside a webcam, wireless card, ethernet socket and bluetooth. The A665 will set punters back $1,599.99 and higher, although the actual street price can be expected to be lower. No statement was made about battery life.
People who like it thin and slim could feel more at home with the Satellite T200 series. Toshiba's T200 series is available with either a 13.3 or 11.6 inch display and calculate using either AMD or Intel CPUs. Consumers can opt for either a single or dual core AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion II Neo equipped with ATI graphics, or a low voltage Intel dual core. The T215 has a backlit 11.6 inch screen, runs on an Athlon II Neo and a platter of up to 320 GB and 2 GB of DRAM. Its relative, the T235, either packs a Turion II Neo or an Intel dual-core, has a 320 GB HDD and comes with up to 4 GB of memory. Both notebooks feature a HDMI port and a webcam, and are RoHs compatible, making them oh-so green and environment-friendly. Prices start at $469,99.
Read more: http://www.techeye.net/hardware/toshiba-shows-off-new-laptops?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+techeye+%28Tech+Eye%29#ixzz0r1zJce9z
Friday, June 11, 2010
Microsoft starts to lean on manufacturers
Apparently Redmond has been having a quiet word with different hardware makers and asking them ever so nicely to kill off XP by October.
Microsoft has sent out a reminder to OEMs that, as of October 22nd 2010, they won't be able to use XP Home and must instead look to Windows 7 Starter Edition.
The outfit has helpfully pointed out that sales stats indicate 81-percent of new netbooks in the US actually use Windows 7 rather than any other OS.
Redmond has said that it will support XP SP3 which is supported up until April 2014. Windows XP Service Pack 2 shall end on July 13, 2010.However it is fairly clear that it is doing its level best to make sure that few people will be running the OS by that date.
TechEye has pointed out how Redmond is doing everything it can to shift people off XP. This includes refusing to write a new version of Internet Exploder that will run on XP.
OEMs are not happy at all of this. Windows 7 is a bit more expensive and may increase the cost of the final product which is a knee to the bottom line. They are a bit worried that tablets will eat into notebook revenues.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Nam Yong must not be wrong - LG needs to sort out weak profits
LG is planning to make 20 new smartphones toting the Android OS by the end of the year, according to the Korea Times.
LG has been performing weakly recently, particularly with its 3D TVs, but CEO Nam Yong hopes to turn things around with this latest plan to flood the smartphone market.
The company has been a loyal advocate of the Windows Phone operating system and plans to ship a number of new phones with the Windows Phone 7 version when it launches later this year.
However, its focus is clearly now on Android devices. It previously said that it hoped to have half of its models running the Google operating system by the end of the year, and this new push of 20 models will certainly go a long way towards achieving that goal.
Analysts believe that the mobile market is where LG is performing best and that focusing on this should increase its revenue significantly. LG said it needs some more time to turn around its weak financial position and expects poor results for the second quarter of this year while it changes its focus.
20 models is quite a lot to release within a six month period and may create a situation where LG is competing with itself by spreading itself too thinly. Clearly it sees the recent growth in Android's market share as a potential money-maker, but with so many models to choose from consumers may end up not making any choice at all.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
ARM'd and dangerous
Technology analyst group UBM TechInsights has today announced its discovery that the Samsung Wave S8500 will have have exactly the same ARM Core processor as the iPad.
The shared processor is the 1GHz ARM Cortex A8. This Core is based on the ARMv7 architecture and is aimed at power-optimised mobile devices that need to operate in less than 300mW.
"By investigating the Samsung S5PC110A01 application processor and comparing it to the A4 application processor found in the Apple iPad using our specialized lab techniques, we were able to confirm that not only is Samsung the manufacturer of both application processors, but both application processors feature the same 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 core manufactured using a 45-nanometer low-power fabrication process," said Young Choi, Senior Manager of the Technical Intelligence Group.
Clearly the success of the iPad has Samsung rushing to ride on its coat-tails. Not only is it enploying the Cortex A8 in its Wave S8500, but UBM TechInsights believes Samsung will also use it in the Android-based Galaxy S smartphone. If this is true then it may also be stuffing it into the recently announced Galaxy Tab, Samsung's direct rival to the iPad. That would mean that its smartphones are just as powerful as its tablets, however, which may not sit well with consumers looking for something portable, but with a bit more punch than a mobile.
UBM TechInsights found that Samsung maintained its dominant position in the application processor market in recession-ridden 2009 and that it will continue to assert its dominance in the years to come with current and new application processor models.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sources close to Intel at Computex last week spoke frankly about the chances it had about making design wins for its low power designs aimed at the smartphone and little gizmo market.
The source told TechEye - on conditions of anonymity - that Intel had a steep hill to climb to persuade phone makers to adopt its technology.
She was responding to remarks made by ARM president Tudor Brown, the previous day.
While she believed that Intel had the technology to compete with ARM and other designs, she said that the company needed to create an "ecosystem" that would appeal to the manufacturers.
The remark by the Intel person underlines the fear and loathing of ARM inside the chip manufacturer. But the official line is that its chips will take over the smartphone world.
Source: Intel far from confident about phone market
Apple launches the iPhone 4
It's better than 3, obviously
Cupertino company Apple duly went ahead and introduced its iPhone 4 today, with CEO Steve Jobs hailing it as a breakthrough.
It's a thinner phone than previous phones and its battery is better, said Apple.
But there was a bit of a nightmare because one of Jobs' demoes failed. He said there was a bit of a problem but managed to fix the dilithium crystals and carry on with his presentation.
People who have bought previous models of the iPhone are probably feeling a little miffed, although carefully calculated leaks have told the world and its dog most of what they need to know about the iPhone 4.
He's also very pleased with himself about the iFad - Apple has sold a couple of million of those things since it was launched.
The Next Box didn't sell that well, but Jobs has shown himself to be a real survivor, and has to be given fair credit for that.
Earlier today Apple was sued for allegedly breaching patents on its microprocessors by Microunity.
Source: Apple launches the iPhone 4
Friday, June 4, 2010
The iPad is not just a tablet PC. It's a humanitarian, a saver of lives, as vital to doctors and surgeons as those gross latex gloves and scalpels. Your iPhone may be able to stop criminals, but the iPad can save lives.
Japanese surgeons working at the hospital run by Kobe Univeristy used an iPad as the display for a surgery. Clearly Apple fanboys are not prevented from getting a medical degree, and while Japan is well known for the weird and wonderful, flaunting your iPad while cutting someone up has to rank high on the list.
All we can say is: what a combination of fruits and nuts.
The device is covered by some plastic film. Some may think this is to protect the person going under the knife, but it's more likely that the doctors wanted to keep their Precious sparkly clean.
We have attached a video of the docs in action and it looks like they spend more time prodding and pressing the touchscreen on the iPad than they do fixing the poor soul who had the misfortune to visit the hospital on Bring Your iPad To Work Day.
If you're a doctor that flys a lot then you might be interested in getting your hands on an iPad during a flight from low-cost Australian airline Jetstar. The cheapskates who wouldn't buy some TV screens for its customers are offering the iPad to rent for 10 Australian dollars, which works out at about 50p.
Jetstar will be providing 30 iPads on each plane, clearly anticipating a Japanese doctors' conference, and is loading them up with all forms of media, including books, movies, and music. Jetstar hasn't confirmed if they'll be putting surgery software on them yet, but we expect it's only a matter of time.
So if you're a doctor and your plane crashes on a strange island with polar bears and others, at least you'll have an iPad to perform surgery on the victims of the crash.
A final strange and spectacular use for the iPad is to turn off your other Apple devices. One fruity fanboy found that placing his iPad on top of his Macbook Pro caused the latter to turn off. It could have been a case of the Macbook getting jealous of its little brother's popularity and switching off in a huff, but clearly it's just another feature of the amazing iPad. It can save lives and save you from having to push the power off button on other devices, resulting in much less finger strain. Brilliant.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The motherboards are the P55A Fuzion and 870A Fuzion, which are a collaborative project with Israeli company Lucidlogix. MSI is touting them as a follow-on from its Big Bang-Fuzion motherboard and said that they will support both Intel and AMD platforms.
They come with a Lucidlogix Lucid LT24102 processor and what is being sold as a "unique" X-Mode, that allows a lot of flexibility for choosing graphics cards. They also come with USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s ports, adding to the small number of motherboards that support the next form of USB.
The components are all made with military-grade material for added durability, while MSI has also thrown in its OC Genie feature, which allows a user to automatically overlock at the touch of a button.
Lucidlogixco-founder and president, Offir Remez, seemed particularly excited about the partnership: "This series of mainboards are powered by the unique Fuzion Technology, whether you are an Intel or AMD supporter, you will be spoiled for choices!" he said. "Not only can you choose your processor platform, we guarantee you an enhanced gaming performance and image quality! We will continue our highly successful partnership with MSI, and together we will develop more new products to fulfill our customers' needs. Our gamers will definitely enjoy more exciting gaming experiences!"
MSI has also been showing off its GT760 and GT660 laptops, the latest in its gaming line. Both feature Dynaudio and Turbo Drive Engine Plus technology for what MSI believes will make an amazing audio-visual experience.
They come packed with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card with 1GB GDDR3 memory. They also come with USB3.0 ports.
As part of its unveiling, MSI got gaming champions "FNatic" and "Evil Geniuses" to battle it out on some GT660s. The battles have been ongoing since the start of Computex and members of the public will be invited to try their luck against the gamers on June 4 and 5.
The duo announced the invention of the Entangled Light Emitting Diode and plan to release a paper on it in the science journal Nature later today.
The head of the project at Toshiba Research Europe, Dr. Andrew Shields, said: "Although entangled light has been produced previously by shining an intense laser beam on crystals, the new simple device is the first voltage-powered source. The discovery is significant because it will allow electrical addressing of many entangled light emitters on a single chip, opening the path to ultra-powerful semiconductor processors based on quantum computation."
The ELED is based on standard LEDs used in current technology, such as traffic lights and the power indicators on most computers, meaning they can be produced quickly and cheaply for a mass market. The big difference, however, is that the ELEDs contain a nanometer-scale region of semiconductor which scientists call a quantum dot. This turns the conventional current into entangled light, opening many new avenues for quantum computing.
"For successful operation it was essential to optimise the thickness of the semiconductor material surrounding the quantum dot to control the supply of current to the dot," said Senior Research Scientist Dr. Mark Stevenson. "In addition the properties of the dot itself had to be carefully tailored to produce entangled emission."
This entangled light is necessary to make a quantum computer, which will be able to perform tasks well beyond the scope of current computer technology. Examples given by the scientists include modelling new pharmaceuticals or materials, communicating securely via quantum cryptography, and producing higher storage on optical disks.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Posted: 30 May 2010 11:31 AM PDT
So what have we got up and coming in summer in the UK? We've got the wretched ball games at Wimbledon, we've got the wretched ball games called the World Cup in SA.
And we've also got Toto.In Old Taipei.
You might well have your own ideas on Toto, but in the Fu-Xing road in Old Taipei they have massively simplified the bogs they had in Kyoto, the first time we saw an automated bog.
Toto has only a few options as a bog goes, but we think it's saying cold water, hot water, waves of water and then stop.
It's a classic Taiwanese simplification of the very over complicated Japanese bog and we don't want to go too far on the explanation but actually it's not bad having warm water cleaning your bum. We've heard.
So here's Toto Extraordinaire. The icons say it all. So vastly easier than Windows 7, we'll sure you'll agree.
Monday, February 22, 2010
In addition to the discrete graphics accelerator, the configuration netbook includes up to 2 GB of RAM. Disk subsystem may consist of a hard drive capacity of up to 1 TB or solid state drive (SSD) up to 256 GB. The role of the processor performs the Intel Atom N450 (1,66 GHz) or N470 (1,83 GHz).
Resolution 11.6 inch diagonal display is 1366 x 768 pixels. Furthermore, the netbook is equipped with Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), web-resolution 1.3 megapixel camera and a device to work with memory cards "4-in-1". Optionally available installation Bluetooth module and 3G-modem.
To date, the company's website before netbook DreamBook Lite U11a on a platform of Intel. The cost of such a model in its basic configuration is $ 449. It is expected that the opportunity to choose the chipset NVIDIA ION as an option will appear in the next month.
Compared with the previous model U-300 Powered by the more advanced element base. It allowed to make the modem is easier and improve the quality of the connection. Work in CDMA provides processor Qualcomm QSC6085, support for WiMax is vested in Beceem BCSM250. Both devices are manufactured according to the norms of 65 nm.
The modem is able to develop a speed of up to 10 Mbps in the downlink direction and 4 Mbit / s - in the outgoing, working in a network WiMax. For CDMA limits are 3,1 and 1,8 Mbit / s, respectively.
Device is compatible with OS Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Conceptual design called eVouse represents another attempt to empower the familiar computer mouse for more functionality.
According to the author ideas manipulator in the form of a letter V can be used as a mouse or as a kind of pen.
This is the ability to track the mouse movement in space. Appropriate technology base is already there - just think of mice running without relying on any surface.
Another feature eVouse are touch buttons and scroll wheel.
To the user saw that the mouse reacts to his actions, in case the device (remember, while it exists only on paper) with a green LED.
Source: Yanko Design
Monday, February 8, 2010
Size WXGA-display LifeBook T900 is 13.3 inches diagonally. In the configuration of the new items on the chipset Intel QM57 Express can be enabled processor Intel Core i5-520M, i5-540M or i7-620M. In addition, it includes integrated graphics processor, 2 GB of RAM (expandable to 8 GB), HDD 160 GB (HDD capacity is possible to install 320 or 500 GB SSD, or a 64 or 128 GB) and writer optical drive DVD.
Amid the usual set of interfaces, including Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth v2.1, attract the attention of such items of equipment, like fingerprint scanner and a light sensor. Price "transformer" in the base configuration is $ 1889.