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[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2010Archive Listing


Thursday April 29, 2010

Gaming [H]eadlines

Dead Space 2 "Dementia" Trailer @ Blue’s News

Halo: Reach Marketing Buzz Takes Bald New Step @ Joystiq

The First Alan Wake Add-On Is Free @ Kotaku

Xbox 360 Adding Live TV Streaming, Video Recording @ Shacknews

Hybrid PhysX Mod Package Contained Trojan

It has come to our attention that the Hybrid PhysX Mod from NGOHQ.com posted earlier this month contained the Infostealer.Gampass trojan. According to Symantec, Infostealer.Gampass specifically targets video game credentials, log-ins and passwords. I would recommend uninstalling this and doing a full scan on your computer. I would also recommend that you avoid downloading anything from sites that do not scan files before offering them to the general public. We apologize to anyone that may have downloaded the Hybrid PhysX Mod after we posted that link. Thanks to Theron E. for the heads up.

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Microprocessor Shipments Experience Modest Sequential Decline

A new report from International Data Corporation says that worldwide processor shipments experienced a "modest sequential decline" in the first quarter. The good news is that IDC's forecast for worldwide PC processor unit growth in 2010 is just over 15%.

In 1Q10, Intel earned 81.0% unit market share, a gain of 0.5%, while AMD earned 18.8%, a loss of 0.6%, and VIA Technologies earned 0.2%. In 1Q10 by form factor, Intel earned 87.8% share in the mobile PC processor segment, a gain of 0.5%. AMD finished the quarter with 12.1%, a loss of 0.6%, and VIA earned 0.1%. In the PC server/workstation processor segment, Intel finished with 90.2% market share, a gain of 0.4% and AMD earned 9.8%, a loss of 0.4%. In the desktop PC processor segment, Intel earned 71.7%, a gain of 0.6%, AMD earned 28.0%, a loss of 0.7%, and VIA earned 0.3%.

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Steve Jobs List Reasons Why Apple Hates Adobe

Steve Jobs took a considerable amount of time out of his busy schedule to sit down and put his thoughts on Flash down on paper. If you think this is going to be just some long drawn out list of reasons why Apple "hates" Adobe, well…you’d be right.

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Memory/ Storage

Corsair Force F100 vs. OCZ Vertex 2 vs. OCZAgility 2 @ PC Perspective

Cooling

Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink @ Ninjalane

ETC.

AMD Athlon II 440 x3 3.0GHz @ TechwareLabs

Motherboards

ASRock 890GX Extreme3 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews

MSI 890GXM-G65 Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

F16 + 9Gs + iPhone = Fail

What happens when you pull 9Gs in your F16 with your iPhone onboard? The text literally melts off the screen. Looking at this picture, it looks like the pilot was banking hard…really hard.

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Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking

A New Jersey principle is asking parents to join a voluntary ban on social networks for school age children. The guy seems pretty serious about the whole thing, check out this quote:

Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.

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Dirty Dozen Spam-Relaying Countries Revealed

Sophos has posted a list of the biggest spam-relaying countries in the world. The U.S. tops the list (go USA!), three countries tied for 9th place and China has dropped completely off the list.

IT security and control firm Sophos has published its latest report into the top twelve spam relaying countries, covering the first quarter of 2010. The United States of America continues its unpopular reign as the king of spam, relaying more than 13 percent of global spam, accounting for hundreds of millions of junk messages every day.

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Corsair Components Power NVIDIA Demo PCs in Europe

Corsair, a worldwide supplier of high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that Corsair components have been selected to power NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 demonstration PCs throughout Europe. The components for this Dream PC include Corsair Obsidian Series™ 800D chassis, HX1000W power supplies, Dominator® GT DDR3 memory, Nova Series solid-state drives, and Hydro Series H50 CPU cooling solutions.

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Bungie Partners With Activision

Bungie has signed an exclusive ten-year contract with Activision for worldwide publishing and distribution rights for all future Bungie games.

"We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise," said Bungie president Harold Ryan, who oversaw Bungie's split from Microsoft in 2007, in the announcement. "From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences."

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U.S. Broadband Access is Even Worse Than You Think

Guess what? The Slate says that, despite recent claims made by major telecom executives , the U.S. broadband adoption rate (and penetration) is actually far worse than you think.

In the same way that it's useful to know the processor speed, screen size, amount of RAM, and hard drive space of a computer before you buy it, broadband measures such as latency, jitter, and uptime are key pieces of information needed to know whether you can run a growing number of online applications, even if they sound complicated at first. For example, if you use Skype, stream NetFlix movies, play World of Warcraft, or use any other of the countless real-time applications, metrics like latency and jitter affect your quality of service.

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HP Acquires Palm for $1.2 Billion

According to the Associated Press, Hewlett-Packard plopped down a huge chunk o’ change yesterday to buy Palm. Thanks to [H] forum members BillR and Badcaps for the heads up.

Neither RIM nor Lenovo will be putting Palm in its pocket. Rather, it's computing giant Hewlett-Packard, which is snapping up the company in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.2 billion — $5.70 for each outstanding share of Palm stock. That's a healthy premium over the $4.63 the stock closed at Wednesday, valuing the company considerably higher than the $781 million it was worth at the end of the Wall Street trading day.

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