Archive for Nov 25, 2011

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't due out in full until fall of next year, but security researcher Peter Kleissner has already found a way to exploit the platform. Kleissner created a Windows 8 bootkit that can bypass the User Account Control using just 14KB of exploit code. It's said to be the first proof-of-concept to find a vulnerability in Windows 8 and he's posted a demo video of the process.

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Tascam iM2 stereo microphone for iOS products official

Tascam iM2 stereo microphone for iOS products official

So you've got a desire to record that lecture at school or the Wu-Tang concert you're about to attend, but you just don't trust the mic on your iPhone to do the full trick - how about a stereo mic device that pops in with ease from Tascam? Just in time for the holidays, Tascam has revealed and put up for sale the iM2, a stereo microphone attachment for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch - and it looks so sweet! How we've just got to figure out what we're going to do with the sound once we've got it.

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Volkswagen eT! mail van follows its user down the road

Volkswagen eT! mail van follows its user down the road

The German Postal Service and Volkswagen have teamed up to bring forth a new concept in electric-powered mail delivery here in the eT! mail van, one that not only reduces the amount of fossil fuels the postal service in the country will use, but will be able to follow the mailman down the street should he need to call upon it to bring him a package. The models being shown this month include "come to me" and "follow me", these still in a sort of beta phase from what it appears, the technology still not perfected enough to make sure they vehicle doesn't clobber dogs and the mail carrier his or herself in the process.

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GfK Group finds one in five iPhone owners would rather change banks than smartphones

GfK Group finds one in five iPhone owners would rather change banks than smartphones

A survey has surfaced this week courtesy of the fine folks at GfK Group which had one in five consumers who owned both an iPad and an iPhone saying that switching to a new smartphone would be more difficult than changing their bank account. Of course with how often they use their devices, the fact that each application's data sits on that device or in many cases does not exist on other mobile OS platforms, the switch to a new iPhone is the only realistic choice. This research was conducted across nine countries including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, UK and the US, and had an aim at finding consumers barriers to switching between types of smartphones and "the impact of their attitudes towards the overall user experience."

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SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic Limited Edition mouse and 7H headset official

SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic Limited Edition mouse and 7H headset official

This week over at Dreamhack Winter in Jonkoping Sweden, the folks at SteelSeries have revealed two lovely black, white, and merigold (or orange, if you prefer) pieces of equipment, one limited edition Fnatic Sensei mouse and one 7H Fnatic limited edition headset. You'll find first of all that both of these devices have an interestingly unique look to them, then you'll find that their quality in attacking the gaming world is of course second to none. Inside the headset you'll find 50mm dynamic driver units and SNDBlock ear cushions for sound isolation. Inside the mouse you'll find a 32 bit ARM processor for its ExactTech settings and full customization abilities.

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Batman: Arkham City PC Review

Batman: Arkham City PC Review

When you speak about Batman: Arkham City, you speak about not only the next chapter in a line of games that've redefined the superhero genre of video games, but have taken the ultra-immersive nature of the detective / puzzle solving game and have made it intuitive enough to be enjoyable for all - and the graphics are absolutely unmatched. What we've got here is a rig provided by NVIDIA to test this game specifically, an Alienware M17xR3 gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 580 DirectX 11 GPU inside, this along with the newest set of NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 wireless 3D glasses. It's a very GREEN situation, needless to say, and playing the most advanced game on the market with the most impressive graphics processor on the planet, this is almost a no-brainer.

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BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

The BBC has developed a WiFi-enabled toy Dalek that can mimic the on-screen actions of the Doctor Who arch-villain, though fans hoping for a living room invasion will be disappointed. The "synchronised Dalek" project, the BBC's R&D team reveals, is a proof-of-concept intended to demonstrate the Universal Control system, a way of getting internet-connected devices to perform specific functions in time with TV shows on-screen.

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Zinio lands $20M in new financing

Zinio lands $20M in new financing

If you like to read digital publications you will like this news. Digital magazine firm Zinio has raised some new funding that will help it to launch a digital newsstand. Zinio has apps for computers and just about every mobile device out there. The cool part is that the digital magazines are pretty much exactly like the print counterparts.

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Netflix price-fixing suit tossed out of court

Netflix price-fixing suit tossed out of court

Netflix has been involved in an always dating back to allegations in 2004 that alleged it and Walmart had colluded to fix prices in the online movie market. Walmart had apparently decided the case was lost and had sent out emails telling subscribers they would receive payment over the suit settlement. It appears not that Netflix will not be paying after all.

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AT&T and T-Mobile USA flounder as disaster deal crumbles

AT&T and T-Mobile USA flounder as disaster deal crumbles

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom's decision to withdraw their FCC merger application yesterday is a sign that the deal is dead in the water, analysts and industry agrees, with the final question not whether the acquisition goes ahead but how much pain each carrier suffers as it fails. Deutsche Telecom is expected to in effect sink T-Mobile USA rather than commit the investments the carrier needs in order to remain competitive in the US market, though the exact way in which the company would be shuttered is unclear.

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