Archive for July, 2009

Microsoft block Windows 7 OEM key hack

Microsoft block Windows 7 OEM key hack

Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage team have responded to this week's news that a Windows 7 Ultimate licensing hack had been identified.  After a Lenovo OEM Windows 7 image leaked and was used to extract a license key, Microsoft have worked with the manufacturer to blacklist the rogue key and replace it - on genuine Lenovo PCs bought with the new OS - with a working version.

iriver Android iPod touch rival, plus ebook reader & internet tablet tipped

iriver Android iPod touch rival, plus ebook reader & internet tablet tipped

Details of iriver's upcoming range have leaked, courtesy of an Australian distributor, including such fancies as an Android-based iPod touch rival, an ebook reader and an internet tablet.  The iriver K2 is expected to launch in 2010, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth and a digital TV tuner; it will also, according to C.R. Kennedy iriver product manager Danny Bejanoff, use Google's open-source Android OS.

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Skype could shut down over licensing threat, claims eBay

Skype could shut down over licensing threat, claims eBay

Never one for understatement or avoiding mass-panic, eBay have thrown the legal cat among the VoIP pigeons by claiming it may have to shut down Skype.  The threat comes as Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - who sold Skype to eBay for $2.6bn back in 2005 - have revoked the licensing agreement for the core P2P software that the VoIP software relies on. 

eBay is apparently developing new P2P software so as to be free from licensing Zennstrom and Friis' company Joltid, but have warned that they may not be able to roll that out as soon as may be required.  In that case, Skype would have to be shut down, leaving 480 million registered users without VoIP service.

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WildCharge add iPhone 3GS wireless charging

WildCharge add iPhone 3GS wireless charging

Having tested - and loved - WildCharge's wire-free charging system last year, we're pleased to see that the company has updated their range of "skins" cases to fit the iPhone 3GS.  WildCharge allows you to recharge your handset without actually plugging in a cable, similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone; when we caught up with WildCharge this week, they confirmed their intentions to move toward broader licensing of their wire-free system.

Acer Predator ASG7710-A41 gaming PC shows up in Japan

Acer Predator ASG7710-A41 gaming PC shows up in Japan

Acer Japan have announced a new version of their Predator desktop gaming PCs, the ASG7710-A41.  Fitted with Intel's 3.06GHz Core i7-950 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory (with up to 12GB supported) and twin NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB video cards, the Aspire G Predator comes bundled with Acer's G15 keyboard and G9 mouse.

Intel cuts netbook Atom Z-series supply claim insiders

Intel cuts netbook Atom Z-series supply claim insiders

If there's one thing the past few days have shown us, it's that speculation about processor plans can get confusing - witness Intel's supposed Pine Trail delay and subsequent denials - but that certainly won't stop the rumors from coming.  Latest leaks from "industry sources" suggests that Intel has told its customers that no more Atom Z processor orders for netbook devices will be accepted, which if true would mean that products such as the Sony VAIO P and ASUS Eee PC T91 would have to find different core components.

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