More Malware for Mac

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 05 July 2012 23:39 | Web and Industry News

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It looks like Apple removed their no-virus claims from their website just in time, as Kapersky just discovered more malware for OS X. It looks like this is a backdoor that infiltrates through an e-mail attachment. Inside of the e-mail, a .zip file extracts to a JPEG file and an OS X program which is a form of MaControl backdoor. Once the victim runs the program, it sets up a backdoor that reports to a Command & Control server, which can then give access to files to the C&C server operator as well as allow him to run commands on the Mac. Read on for more.


NVIDIA Releases GeForce 304.79 Beta Drivers

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:35 | Web and Industry News


There are those among us who like to stick with official drivers, and that's fine. But for those of us who like to get every bit of performance (no pun intended) out of our GPUs, we know that beta drivers are a good place to start. NVIDIA has recently launched their GeForce 304.79 beta drivers, which adds a few new SLI profiles, some bug fixes, and NVIDIA's TXAA anti-aliasing. Read on for links and more.


AMD FX 8350 'Zambezi' Expected in Late October

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:22 | Web and Industry News

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With the Trinity mobile APU released last spring, we've seen the power behind AMD's Piledriver platform. Although still based on a 32nm process, Piledriver brings lower power consumption, improved integrated graphics performance, and over-all better performance than the Bulldozer line of processors. We all knew Piledriver for desktops, "Zambezi," was coming, but no one new when until now. Production samples for the FX 8350, which will replace Bulldozer's FX 8150, should be around in August, and sources are saying that it will be launched publicly in late October. Read on for more.


Electronic Arts to be 100% Digital

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:22 | Web and Industry News

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In a recent interview with, EA Labels (EA Studios and development teams) has said that they will eventually become 100% digital. According to Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels, it's inevitable. It won't happen tomorrow, but it's going to happen in "the near future." He said that EA is more focused on the customer, and they'll keep going the way that the consumer will have the most benefit. More and more, though, that's becoming digital. Read on for an excerpt and the link to the original interview.


The Declaration of Internet Freedom

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 10:10 | Web and Industry News

Declaration of Internet Freedom

Internet freedom has recently been a major issue. With Congressional bills like CISPA, SOPA, and PIPA that threaten our security, privacy, and freedom on the internet, digital rights groups have been trying to come up with things like the "Digital Bill of Rights" which give legislators rules, similar to the United States' Bill of Rights, that they must never break (although we've all seen how that's been working lately). Another recent launch on this front is the Declaration of Internet Freedom. Read on for more.


'Six Strikes' ISP Anti-Copyright Plan Goes Into Effect

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 02 July 2012 10:15 | Web and Industry News

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As a reminder to everyone out there, multiple ISPs launched a "six strikes" program yesterday in collaboration with content groups like the RIAA and MPAA. If caught by a copyright holder, the ISP will try to contact the account owner of the IP address in a similar way to how a credit card company contacts you if fraud is detected on your credit card. If caught more and more times, notifications such as popups, pages failing to load, slowing down your internet speed, "or other measures that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter." Read on for more. 


Windows RT Tablet from HP is no More

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 02 July 2012 10:01 | Web and Industry News

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At the beginning of last weekend, rumors were floating around the Microsoft's Surface was causing OEMs like HP, Asus, Dell, etc., to back out of Windows 8 tablet production. Well, it looks like that rumor is (kind of) true, at least for HP. Later on Friday after the rumors were posted, HP announced that they will not have a Windows RT (Windows 8 ARM) tablet ready for Windows 8's launch. Instead, HP will focus on x86 products as they do now. Apparently the decision was made before the Surface launched, but that's difficult to believe. Hothardware's sources say that the Surface was a big reason HP decided to drop it, so who knows what's really going on. Read on for more. 


AMD Releases Catalyst 12.6 Driver Suite, Catalyst 12.7 Beta Drivers

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 29 June 2012 15:51 | Web and Industry News

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Two new drivers all in one day? It's like Christmas! Except not so much. AMD has released their Catalyst 12.6 Driver Suite as well as the Catalyst 12.7 beta drivers. The Catalyst 12.6 update doesn't do all that much, just fixes a few bugs and adds Crossfire profiles for more games. The Catalyst 12.7 beta drivers, however, do quite a bit. Performance in games is up as much as 25%, according to the release notes. Read on for liinks and more.


(Rumor) Microsoft Surface Making OEMs Leave Windows on Arm RT

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 29 June 2012 15:43 | Web and Industry News

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Last week Acer's founder Stan Shih said that Microsoft's Surface tablet was a ploy, that it was just to drive competition to drive Windows 8 adoption, and that Microsoft would drop the Surface fairly shortly after its release. The reason he thinks this is because Microsoft is a software company, not a hardware company, and they could make more money off of licensing Windows 8 RT than by selling their own tablet. Well, new rumors out of SemiAccurate (the "semi" coming from the site's focus on the semiconductor industry) say that OEMs are doing the exact opposite of what Stan Shih said, and they're getting off of the WART (Windows on ARM RT) bandwagon because they can't compete with the Surface. Read on for more.


Search Warrants for Dotcom's Estate Ruled Illegal

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 28 June 2012 13:57 | Web and Industry News

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The controversy in the Kim Dotcom case never ends, so it seems. A New Zealand High Court Judge has ruled that the search warrants used in the raiding for Dotcom's mansion were illegal. The reason for the ruling was that the warrants were too vague, and didn't properly describe what was to be searched or taken. Sources didn't say what this ruling will do for Dotcom's case as a whole, but it's sure to cause an upset of the whole thing. I'm not a lawyer, but if the warrants were illegal, then I imagine any information gained in the search and seizure would not be permissible in a court of law. The charges against Kim Dotcom would hold, but the evidence taken from his mansion could not be used against him. You can read more about the High Court Judge's ruling here and here


Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:16 | Web and Industry News

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The release date for the long-awaited Guild Wars 2 has been announced. Also with this announcement comes the dates for the Beta Weekend Event. Guild Wars 2 will be released on Tuesday, August 28. The Beta Weekend Event will happen on July 20-22. The announcement can be read here.


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