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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2010Archive Listing

Saturday May 29, 2010

3 Indicted in $100m Rogue Antivirus Ring

The guys behind AntiVir 2009 and other fake antivirus programs have been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud.

Three men have been indicted in what the FBI described as an international cybercrime operation that sold $100 million in rogue antivirus software to victims in more than 60 countries.


Fan Recreates Final Fantasy Battle Inside StarCraft II

I used to be a pretty big fan of the Use Map Settings games in the original StarCraft, but this is just downright amazing. It really does show how scalable and customizable the new Blizzard engine is. I can’t wait to see what kind of mod games and maps users create.


Foxconn Raising Pay for Workers

Foxconn has stated it will raise the pay of workers by an average of 20 percent to help cut down on the rampant suicides in their factories.

But the official said the big jump in pay could help to lift worker morale. "Feeling sad is contagious, and so is feeling happy," he said. "We hope the workers will have a positive attitude toward their lives."


DIY Mobile Xbox Setup

Nothing screams [H] like modding for the purpose of gaming on-the-go.

Their finished getup--which took six weeks to complete--features an Xbox 360 Premium Edition, a 22-inch wide-screen HD lid-mounted monitor, integrated power so that only one outlet is needed, Wi-Fi for connecting on the road, Turtle Beach 5.1 Dolby Digital wireless headphones, and extra controllers for one-on-one jams. It's all housed in a Pelican 1600 carrying case.


Norton Goes Mobile

Symantec is developing two mobile security apps and a cloud based DNS service. The first, Norton SmartPhone Securty Beta for Android, is scheduled to be available next month and offers some pretty neat features: antimalware protection, call-blocking, and the ability for users to remotely lock or wipe their device via text message in case it gets stolen.

There are more than 10 billion non-PC devices that connect to the Internet right now -- and that number is expected to grow to almost 20 billion by 2014, according to IDC.

Typically, these devices have little or no security built into them -- nor are users conditioned to think of them as a vector for attacks like those that plague personal computers.


One Laptop Per Child Project Switches to Tablets

The OLPC project has hit a few snags upon the way with their $100 laptops, and has decided to move on. The project will now shift focus to Marvell’s Moby tablet computer.

The Moby tablet is powered by a 1GHz Maxwell Armada 610 application processor that can encode and decode video at resolutions of up to 1080p and speeds of 30 fps (frames per second) using the H.264 codec.

The XO tablet will also have a multi-lingual soft keyboard with touch feedback. It will have an application that will let users access more than 2 million free books from the Internet.


Friday May 28, 2010

The Average Gamer Is "Old"

According to a new study, the average age of gamers is 32 while avid PC gamers and offline PC gamers are 42 on average. Take that all you whipper snappers…now get off my lawn!

The average age of gamers increased slightly over last year from 31 years of age in the 2009 study to 32 years in this year’s study. Avid PC Gamers and Offline PC Gamers, comprising 11 percent and 8 percent of the gaming population, respectively, are the oldest segments with an average age for both of 42 years.


DIY 13.4" Carbon Fiber Touchscreen Tablet PC

This DIY carbon fiber touchscreen tablet is awesome. This thing puts half the retail tablets to shame. Thanks to Lucy P. for the link.


Man Stabbed Over Counter-Strike Stabbing

You should probably think twice about who you stab in a video game, they might come stab you in real life.

The 20-year-old, armed with a real-life kitchen knife, went to the man's house and brutally stabbed him in the chest. The victim, identified only as Mikhael, survived the assault after the blade missed his heart by less than an inch.


GIGABYTE Bringing Extreme Performance and Flexibility To Computex

GIGABYTE will showcase a wide range of new technologies at Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. From June 1st to June 5th, the IT manufacturer will exhibit the latest gear and explain the benefits that end-users can expect. The newly released GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard shows GIGABYTE’s innovative approach to research and development. The new flagship motherboard is considered the most premium motherboard available on the market and already owns numerous overclocking and benchmark world records.

In addition to the Intel-based GA-X58A-UD9, GIGABYTE will release the 800 series motherboards powered by AMD 870, 880GX, 890FX and 890GX chipsets. These new motherboards will support the latest high-end AMD Phenom II X6 six-core processors. GIGABYTE has also added a new premium graphics card to its product lineup for Computex 2010


Gaming [H]eadlines

BioShock 2 Patch @ Blue’s News

Call of Duty: Black Ops First Look @ Shacknews

Dear Apple, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft @ Kotaku

StarCraft 2 Beta Extended to June 7 @ Joystiq

AMD to Webcast Press Conference Live from Computex 2010

AMD will hold a live webcast from Computex 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan on June 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET. During the press conference AMD plans to preview PC technology that delivers cutting-edge processing and video power, and allows users to experience vivid web and video content, sharp photos and crystal-clear music. The 90 minute press conference will also feature strategic partners, exciting videos and cutting-edge technology demonstrations, as well as top AMD executives, including:

  • Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Products Group, AMD
  • Leslie Sobon, corporate vice president, Product Marketing, AMD
  • Billy Wang, corporate vice president of greater China sales, AMD