MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News


Let’s take a look at this mid-range socket 1155 motherboard from MSI based on the Z77 chipset.

“The MSI Z77A-GD65 (a.k.a. MS-7751 Ver 2.1) is a mid-range socket 1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current “Sandy Bridge” models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let’s see what the MSI Z77A-GD65 will have to offer.”

AMD Versus Intel Integrated Graphics w/ Ivy Bridge

April 26, 2012 by  
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“As you can see from out test results today, Intel has managed to come really close to catching AMD in terms of integrated graphics performance. Intel Ivy Bridge processors with Intel HD 4000 graphics are able to compete with AMD’s Llano APU featuring the Radeon HD 6550D graphics engine. Intel was able to do this thanks to numerous architecture improvements, faster clock speeds and updates to their supported API’s…”

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VooMote Zapper Universal Remote Review

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

“If you’re like me and pretty much everyone else these days then you’ve got several remotes for all of your entertainment devices. I’m also sure that you too have lost a remote or two in your time as I’ve done. Having all of these remotes can be complicated and honestly a bit annoying so the thing to do is go buy another remote, a universal one, but that’s just adding another remote to your collection. many people have an iDevice like an iPad, iPod or iPhone these days so instead of buying another remote you can buy what I have today for review which is a small little attachment called the VooMote Zapper. This little gadget about the size of a quarter and just plug right into your iDevice and turns it into a full fledged universal remote. Does it work? Yes. Is it perfect? Almost. ”

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Lian Li PC-V353A Aluminum Silent PC Case Review

April 26, 2012 by  
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Looking back less than 5 years ago i really can’t remember of anyone who owned an HTPC system and i can’t really say that i remember that many HTPC enclosure solutions either. Today things have obviously changed and so many people choose to have a single HTPC system to use both as a normal Desktop system and as a Hardware Media Player while at the same time skipping the cost of an LCD screen which would in most cases be a lot smaller than their main TV (naturally). Up until today i have to admit that although i do have an small HTPC system i never did like them much mainly because of the tiny interior space which doesn’t really allow you to install large and many components. Lian Li has been amongst the very few PC Case manufacturers who have actually designed and manufactured medium-sized HTPC enclosures and their latest PC-V353A might just be one of their best ones to date.

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AMD Q1 2012 Earnings Analysis: Looking Back and Looking Forward

April 26, 2012 by  
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Quote: “It does feel like AMD is back on track and is working to be a
strong competitor to Intel once again. But that particular journey has
just started and is filled with pitfalls, and AMD has a lot to prove
between now and their first 28 nm APU release in 2013. Still, the
numbers are overall very positive, and AMD looks to have some very
competitive products throughout the rest of the year in terms of APUs
and GPUs. Time will tell if the Piledriver based units for AM3+ and
the server space will live up to expectations though.”

Nokia launches Asha series of phones in the Middle East

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, Interviews, News, Spotlight

Nokia launched their Asha series of phones in Dubai yesterday. With the Asha set of handsets, Nokia plans on making data services available to the lower end of spectrum. With four models released that range in prices between AED 288 to AED 539, the Asha is certainly very affordable and with different form factors such as keypads, keyboards and touch screens, it should appeal to a wide range of consumers.

Present at the launch was Mr. Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf. I would like to thank him for taking some time off to talk to me and explain what the Asha range means to Nokia and where they’re headed with it. Following the interview is the press release for the new series.

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Press Release

Dubai, UAE: Nokia today announced the launch of the Asha range devices in the UAE which includes four new affordable smartphones that feature a stylish design and a rich social experience for people who want to work, play and connect. ‘Asha’ – derived from the Hindi word for ‘hope’ – will allow consumers to have access to a smartphone experience by being able to download apps, surf the web, check email, play games and chat at an affordable price point starting from AED 288.

“Nokia continues its mission to deliver high quality, stylish devices that provide the best access to social networks, the Internet and information, and also offer a great overall experience and value proposition for the next billion mobile phone users. These consumers want access to innovations such as easy-to-use dual-SIM, variety of engaging local apps, attractive and colorful designs and the superior user experience for which Nokia phones are known for,” said Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf.

The Asha range, comprising of Nokia Asha 200, 300, 302 and 303, offers features such as QWERTY keyboard and ‘touch and type’ experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and many relevant applications from the Nokia Store.

The Asha range includes:

Nokia Asha 200:
The Nokia Asha 200 is Nokia’s latest dual SIM phone with Easy Swap functionality, allowing consumers to easily change their second SIM without switching the device off. It is a fun and colorful QWERTY phone designed to meet the needs of young, urban consumers who want to constantly stay in touch. The Nokia Asha 200 features integrated social networking, email and IM, adding Orkut and Flickr support. Nokia Asha 200 makes it possible to carry thousands of songs with support for 32 GB memory cards and providing a battery for an amazing 52-hour playback time.

The retail price for the Nokia Asha 200 will be AED 288/- and is currently available at all leading electronic retail outlets including Nokia branded stores in the region.

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Nokia Asha 300:
The beautifully designed Nokia Asha 300 is a touch device which also offers the convenience of a keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 has a powerful 1GHz processor and 3G to deliver a faster Internet and social networking experience. The Nokia Browser allows for fast, affordable and localized Internet access by compressing web pages by up to 90%.
Users will have fast access to messaging, email and instant messaging from the home screen and can swipe to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store. The Nokia Asha 300 also arrives preloaded with the popular Angry Birds Lite game.

The Nokia Asha 300 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and can handle memory cards up to 32GB. The retail price for the Nokia Asha 300 will be AED 397/- and is currently available at all leading electronic retail outlets including Nokia branded stores in the region.

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Nokia Asha 302:
The Nokia Asha 302 is Nokia’s first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, giving people access to their emails, contacts and calendar on an exchange server, delivering a true mobile office experience. That and a stylish QWERTY keyboard make it ideal for young entrepreneurs and professionals seeking a beautifully designed phone. Additionally, the Nokia Asha connects to popular social networks and enables chatting through Whatsapp and other IM services. The Nokia Asha 302 is powered by a 1-GHz processor and supports 3.5G data speeds. It is available now at all leading electronic retail outlets including Nokia branded stores in the region for AED 425/-.

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Nokia Asha 303:
The Nokia Asha 303 is a stunning phone designed with sophisticated materials and metallic finishes. It combines a large 2.6” capacitive touch screen with a high quality QWERTY keypad. The Nokia Asha 303 is built with Internet and social networks ease in mind. The device harnesses a powerful 1Ghz engine, 3G and WLAN to deliver a fast Internet experience. Social networks, email and IM are at the center of the experience, easily accessible from the home screen. The Nokia Asha 303 is powered by the cloud-based Nokia Browser, which by compressing the web by up to 90%, provides higher speeds and a more affordable access to the Internet.

Entertainment and applications are also a core part of the Nokia Asha 303 offering. Angry Birds Lite, the popular mobile game, comes preinstalled, together with support for other globally relevant applications such as Facebook Chat, Whatsapp messaging and the latest release of Nokia Maps for Series 40 . The retail price for the Nokia Asha 303 will be AED 539/-, and is currently available at all leading electronic retail outlets including Nokia branded stores in the region.

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RIM launches Blackberry Mobile Fusion

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Enterprise, News, Smartphones, Tablets

Research In Motion today announced the availability of Blackberry Mobile Fusion in the region for the enterprise market. Mobile Fusion aims to provide administrators with greater control over devices in their organization, including the Blackberry, iOS, and Android platforms.

The Mobile Fusion platform consists of three services that can be run simultaneously or independently – Blackberry Enterprise Server provides familiar BES security and policies to secure Blackberry handsets, Blackberry Device Service allows for the management of Blackberry Playbooks and future Blackberry 10 devices, and Universal Device Service controls iOS and Android devices (both smartphones and tablets). The system also allows for enterprise OS upgrades and App deployment, and included Blackberry Balance for Playbook devices to allow both personal and corporate information and apps to run side by side without compromising on security.

Local ISPs du and Etisalat are gearing up to offer the Blackberry Mobile Fusion services to enterprise subscribers in coming weeks, along with pricing plans.

Kaspersky CEO says Apple 10 years behind Microsoft on security

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News, Security

In a recent interview during the Info Security 2012 event, the CEO of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky talked about Apple’s current state of security, or lack thereof.

I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR. “For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.

Kaspersky’s statement comes at the heels of the Flashback malware that infected up to 600,000 Macs worldwide. And Apple wasn’t exactly the first ones out of the gate to get the fix up, even 3rd party security firms like Kaspersky deploying the fix for Flashback before Apple.

Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on,” said Kaspersky. “We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.

They will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago. They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software.


Turn your iPad into a MacBook Air with Brydge

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

There are plenty of covers for the iPad, some of which bundle with full size keyboards. But none of them are as ambitious as the Brydge, which aims to mimic the look and feel of a MacBook Air.

While Apple CEO Tim Cook may have dismissed the idea of merging a touchscreen interface with a MacBook laptop, the brains behind the Brydge iPad case seem to think it’s a great idea. The case is made from aerospace-grade aluminum, and comes with an optional speaker to boost the iPad’s sound.

The Brydge has a patent-pending hinge that uses a combination of magnets and friction to firmly hold your iPad in place. It also allows for up to 180 degree positioning, just like a regular laptop. The only downside from this is that it exposes the back of your iPad, and like with most other cases if you drop it there’s no guarantee that your iPad won’t get a nice couple of dents in it.

The Brydge will retail for around $170 without speakers, and $210 with speakers – check out the project here.

Sophos to protect Facebook users from malicious links

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under News

IT security company Sophos has announced a partnership with Facebook to help protect users from malicious links. The company is also offering free anti-virus software for Mac users.

“We are pleased to begin partnering with Sophos to better protect our users both on and off of Facebook,” said Joe Sullivan, chief of security, Facebook. “We believe incorporating Sophos’s industry-leading computer security intelligence, and expertise, will help us provide even more security to those using Facebook.”

How this will work is when Facebook users click a link, information pertaining to that website will be sent to Sophos’s database where it will be cross-referenced to see if the website has been marked safe or not. If the website is unsafe, it will redirect users to a warning page and offer them the choice to either continue at their own risk, or return to the previous website.

“For many hundreds of millions of people, Facebook has become the default forum for sharing and consuming opinions, news and personal content. Because content is typically posted by a trusted source – a friend – many users incorrectly assume links are safe. Scammers often take advantage of the trust relationship to fool users into clicking malicious links,” said Mark Harris, vice president, SophosLabs. “Our partnership with Facebook will educate users to make more informed decisions regarding what they click on and will help reduce the spread of malicious links.”

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