Sourceforge takes Anonymous-OS offline

March 15, 2012 by  
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Less that twenty-four hours since it’s upload, the now famed ‘Anonymous-OS‘ has been taken offline from SourceForge.net.

In a blog post, the company clearly states that though SourceForge remains committed to making open-source projects successful, it would not allow a potential security risk to be hosted.

The blog post notes that the Anonymous-OS is supposedly filled with various trojans and security risks and that “…as the day progressed, various security experts have had a chance to take a look at what’s really in this distribution, and verify that it is indeed a security risk, and not merely a distribution of security-related utilities, as the project page implies.”

It’s a no-brainer that SourceForge would want to keep the community risk-free and open to everyone, but let’s hope that by taking this project down they haven’t incurred the wrath of Anonymous.

Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer

March 15, 2012 by  
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Quote:
“Up for review today I’ve got another Epson printer that’s called the Stylus NX430 small-in-one, it’s a play on words of course as it’s an all-in-one printer that’s very small. It’s meant for those that are limited on space, but still want a decent printer. The NX430 is basic yes, but it does include wi-fi and USB connectivity along with a full-size flatbed scanner and even a built-in card reader along with a nice 2.5” LCD display and touch controls. ”

Main site link: http://www.testfreaks.com

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard

March 15, 2012 by  
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Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ASUS-Maximus-IV-Extreme-Z-Motherboard/1505
Let’s take a look at the most high-end motherboard from ASUS for the Intel socket 1155 platform based on the Intel Z68 chipset.

Here is a snippet:
“We are going to take a look at the highest-end socket 1155 motherboard from ASUS, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z, which offers four PCI Express x16 slots supporting high speeds and a myriad of advanced options for the extreme enthusiast. We already wrote about its predecessor Maximus IV Extreme, which has pretty much the same features, but uses the Intel P67 chipset. The Maximus IV Extreme has a simpler voltage regulator circuit, also.”

Antec Three Hundred Two Midtower Case Review

March 15, 2012 by  
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“The Three Hundred Two has received several new updates. The interior has been updated to be similar to what Antec did with the Eleven Hundred. Some of the updates include making the hard drive and 5.25″ bays to tool-less, upping the expansion slots from 7 to 8, adding wire routing holes to help improve cable management, front USB3 with internal header connection, and adding mounting points for 2.5″ drives. Antec also added some changes to the cooling aspect of the Three Hundred Two…”

Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1875/1/

Enermax Fulmo Mid-Tower Case

March 15, 2012 by  
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The Enermax Fulmo model ECA892AG comes with an SATA Dock port, USB3.0 ports, and 5 installed fans, three of which are cool to look at, but can it keep a multi GPU system cool.

http://www.bjorn3d.com/articles/Enermax_Fulmo_Mid-Tower_Case/2196.html

Google will soon start answering your questions

March 15, 2012 by  
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We have all asked Google questions. Even though its only a search engine. We still type in that little ‘?’ in the hopes that an answer will materialize instantly and you won’t have to waste much time looking for it. The search engine doesn’t directly answer that question, of course, but merely provides links to other websites that may have the answer. But that might be changing soon.

According to Wall Street Journal, Google are preparing to harness the power of semantic search to, whenever it can, answer questions asked be users directly instead of only presenting a list of links. To give you an example, if you search for the names of the emirates of the UAE, Google will first try to answer the question itself and then present a series of links of relevance.

Apparently, Google has been collecting a database for the past two years in order to power such search intelligence. Once the changes are placed in, the report claims that websites that depend on Google to bring in visitors and page views could be slightly affected. The changes will affect at least 10-20 percent of all search results.

Google’s plan here is to increase the stay-time of each individual users on the search result page, which will invariably improve it’s advertising prospects.

ZOTAC Announces GeForce GTX 560 SE

March 15, 2012 by  
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ZOTAC International, a global innovator of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today announces the GeForce® GTX 560 SE. The new ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE gives gamers a taste of stunning 1080p gaming on a budget.

“1080p resolution displays and Microsoft® DirectX® 11-enabled titles are affordable and become quite popular among gamers. Our new ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE provides an excellent value for gamers that want to get their feet wet with 1080p and DirectX® 11 gaming,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

Packing 288 unified shaders and 1GB of video memory, the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE shreds through the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 11 titles with blazing-fast frame rates and dazzling eye-candy for an out-of-this world gaming experience on a budget.

It’s time to game with the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE.

General details
- New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTX 560 SE graphics card
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 SE GPU
- Engine clock: 746 MHz
- 288 unified shaders
- Shader clock: 1,492 MHz
- 1GB GDDR5 memory
- Memory clock: 3828 MHz
- 192-bit memory interface
- Dual DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
- DirectX® 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
- OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
- Hardware-accelerated Full HD video playback
- Blu-ray 3D ready
- Loss-less audio bitstream capable
- TrackMania 2 Canyon 3-Day Game Pass included

How Real People Will Use Windows 8

March 15, 2012 by  
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A video is rapidly making the rounds demonstrating that Windows 8 might not be as user-friendly as Microsoft wants to make it to be.

Uploaded by tech guru Chris Pirillo, the video shows Chris’ dad trying to use Windows 8 for the first time. The chaos of course ensues once his dad launches the Windows Explorer app and then can’t figure out how to get back to the Metro-style dashboard. Yes too I was shouting ‘PRESS THE START BUTTON ON YOUR KEYBOARD!’ at my screen, but the video does highlight something important – how accessible is Windows 8 going to be for non-power users?

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While Windows 8 is still in Consumer Preview mode, we’re hoping that there’s either going to be a killer tutorial for new users or the resurrection of the Office Assistant. Actually, scrap that last bit – I’m happy trying to figure stuff out the hard way.

AIRE Mask – recharge your phone by breathing

March 15, 2012 by  
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An inventor from Brazil has released a concept image for a device known as the ‘AIRE Mask’, which would power your devices by just breathing. Well, your phone to be exact.

The device may make you look like a cross between Darth Vader and a Sith Lord, but the tiny wind turbines hidden in the mask helps convert your breathing into power for your iPod or phone. The device can be used when you are walking, running, sleeping, or just sitting around doing nothing. Though I’d hate to wake up in the middle of the night and be greeted by someone wearing this contraption.

Inventor Joco Paulo Lammoglia says that the device aims to save energy and reduce standard electricity consumption – it’s unclear how much ‘breathing time’ is needed to provide sufficient recharge, but at least it’s a bold idea in reducing carbon footprint.

2012 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 Review

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Tech, MINO, Reviews, Spotlight

The Volkswagen Phaeton is a car rarely seen on the roads of UAE, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. In the past, I guess, it was a mixture of underwhelming external design and a high price point, which when competing against the likes of the Mercedes S class or Audi A8, seems like an uphill battle. However, with the 2012 redesign of the Phaeton, Volkswagen hopes to breathe new life into this platform that seemed destined to wither away with time.

The new 2012 Phaeton carries over the same corporate design on other Volkswagen vehicles, like the Touareg, Tiguan, Jetta, Golf, etc. Ironically the Golf GTI, which started this design phase, remains the most distinct from all the other 2012 redesigns, whereby the SUVs and sedans look too close to each other.

Coming back to the Phaeton, the second thing you’ll notice is how big the car is. Well, it is an executive luxury sedan, so it’s supposed to be big. Accordingly our long-wheelbase V8 model was stretched out to an impressive 5.2 meters.

The rest of our tester Phaeton had a piano black finish which looked beautiful with the rather minimalistic look of the car. There are chrome trim lines on the door, on the window linings, the front grill and the tailpipes. The only other color on the Phaeton are the silver colored wheels and the red LED tail lights, also inspired by the half curve from the GTI, except upside down.

All in all there’s not much to talk about the exterior of the Phaeton. It looks simple, it looks big, but more importantly it looks suave. The new Phaeton was engineered to deliver an exceptional experience while being driven, so there’s no need to flaunt sporty or aggressive looking designs outside.

Two more external features I’d like to mention are the solar paneled sunroof, which keeps a ventilation fan running at minimum when the Phaeton is off, as well as its insulated windows. Combined, these two features kept the inside temperature absolutely normal, despite the car’s pure black color. I wasn’t gasping for air, afraid of touching the hot leather seats as I do in other cars when they’re parked out in our lovingly baking sun of UAE.

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