Comcast Fights Back Against Mass Bit-torrent Litigation Subpoenas

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 20:12 | Web and Industry News

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In the past few years, the number of bit-torrent law suits has grown extraordinarily. The way it usually happens is that a company (or a collaboration like the RIAA) starts torrenting their copyright work, and from there gets all of the IP addresses that are currently connected to that torrent. After it gets the IP addresses, the company/collaboration goes to the court to get them to subpoena the internet service provider (ISP) for the personal information behind the IP address. With over a quarter million law suits in the past several years, Comcast has grown tired of these subpoenas and has started to fight back. Read on for what Comcast is doing to fight the subpoenas. 

 

Sandy Bridge to Start Being Phased Out in September

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:22 | Web and Industry News

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With the release of Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, pretty much every major laptop manufacturer has started gearing up for selling laptops with those processors inside of them. Now, according to "sources from notebook players," Ivy Bridge's predecessor Sandy Bridge will start being phased out in September. They hope to capitalize on Ivy Bridge with the back-to-school crowd, hoping that the phasing out will encourage more people to by Ivy Bridge. Read on for more.

 

VIA's APC Goes up for Pre-order

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:04 | Web and Industry News

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Back in May, VIA announced a $49 Raspberry-Pi-esque Android-powered computer. There wasn't any word on availability, now there is. Pre-orders are up, sort of. They sold out almost immediately. They're hoping to start shipping in early July, which is earlier than I was expecting. Apparently subscribers were supposed to be notified of the pre-order availability, but I never received an e-mail (just checked to make sure I was subscribed, and I was). Not sure what was up with that, but hopefully those of you who subscribed faired better. If you want to learn more about VIA's APC, as well as see more pictures, check out this article. The APC pre-order page can be found here, and a short blog post about the pre-orders can be read here

 

Sapphire Shows Off Passively Cooled Radeon HD 7770

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 11 June 2012 16:15 | Web and Industry News

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Personally I'm a big fan of passively cooled video cards. Although they run hotter, they're silent. They're almost a must for those trying to build a quiet PC, but they're nice to have in any computer case, especially for those with mesh-like cases. If you don't know, passive cooling is basically a big radiator with no fan. Video cards are actively cooled when they use both a radiator and a fan. Active cooling is usually more common because it just plain works better than passive cooling. Sapphire has recently announced a passively-cooled Radeon HD 7770. It remains fully-clocked with a 1GHz core clock, but they had to redesign the board to fit the massive cooler on it. Read on for more.

 

Smartphone-powered Laptops to Become Reality

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 11 June 2012 16:02 | Web and Industry News

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In the past, we've seen the idea of a smartphone-powered laptop. If you don't quite understand what I'm talking about, it's basically a keyboard and a screen in a laptop's body, with all the processing done in the smartphone. The phone hooks up to the "laptop" so you can use a keyboard, mouse, and a larger display on your phone. With how powerful phones are getting these days (what with quad-core CPUs and everything), some people don't need full-fledged computers. The only implementation of this idea so far was done with the Motorola Atrix 2, but that flopped for quite a few reasons. Mainly it didn't get popular because they didn't implement it well. The dock (laptop-looking part) was not well made or designed, and because the idea was limited to only a select couple of (badly-reviewed) phones, no one bought it. Clamcase, the company that makes iPad keyboard docks, is designing a laptop-like dock for a broad range of Android and iOS smartphones. The company is trying to make it work with as many Android smartphones as possible. Read on for more.

 

AMD Pushing Lower Priced Ultrathin Laptops

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 08 June 2012 15:55 | Web and Industry News

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At Computex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan, AMD 's director of Global Marketing, John Taylor, blamed Intel's very specific guidelines for a laptop to be called an ultrabook for the ultrabook's relatively high price. Currently ultrabooks range from $749-$1,499. AMD is hoping to bring ultrathin prices down a notch with their E-series platform of APUs to $599 at the low end and $899 at the high end. We've already seen HP's yet-to-be released "Sleekbook" idea, which is basically an ultrabook but changes a few things around like an AMD processor instead of an Intel processor and an HDD instead of an SSD. This is the idea that AMD wants to move forward with. Hopefully performance can be up to the ultrabook's standards, so the "sleekbooks" don't turn into a second-rate utrabook. 

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The Difference a Symbol Makes

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 08 June 2012 15:47 | Web and Industry News

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In the wake of the eHarmony and LinkedIn hacks, many people have been thinking about the strength of their own passwords. A secure password isn't difficult to come up with. The harder part, from what most people tell me, is trying to remember it. Well, the difficulty of cracking a longer, more secure password makes the difficulty of remembering it worth it. To get an idea of how much a more secure password really secures you, an interesting "interactive brute force password 'search space' calculator" from Gibson Research Corporation will tell you just that. One of the most common passwords, ("password" without quotes), a web-attack based attack assuming 1000 guesses per second would take 6.91 years to guess. Sound high? An offline attack, assuming one hundred billion guesses per second (not too far-fetched), would take all of 2.17 seconds to crack it. If you had a massive parallel processing array devoted to cracking the password at one hundred trillion guesses per second, it would take a mere 0.00217 seconds to crack it. Not so secure after all, it would seem. Read on for more, and for a link to this interesting password calculator. 

 

HDD Prices to Remain Inflated until 2014

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 07 June 2012 18:03 | Web and Industry News

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Back in May, there was a story released about how HDD prices are staying high even though production and shipments are up to pre-Thailand-floods levels. Well, a new ISH iSuppli Memory & Storage Market Brief report backs up last month's story, and predicts that prices are likely to stay inflated until 2014. Shipments are expected to return to pre-flood 2011 status in Q3 2012, which shows how much supply has rebounded. Read on for more.

 

Head of EA's Origin Talks about the Future of Origin

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 07 June 2012 17:49 | Web and Industry News

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David DeMartini, who's the head of Origin, recently had a Q&A with GamesIndustry and talked about Origin's first year and where he hopes to take the digital downloading service. He says that int their first year, Origin was trying to set up all of the standard services that are to be expected from a digital download service. Over the months they've kept adding things here and there, like cloud-saves and friends/chat. Now that Origin is in their second year, they're going to start doing things that will distinguish themselves from their peers (Steam, Impulse, etc). Read on for more.

 

Netflix Announces Open Connect

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 17:14 | Web and Industry News

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A big problem Netflix has been having lately is with how they deliver their data, movies and TV shows, to end-users. The way it usually ways is that they pay for a certain amount of data to be transferred through a content delivery network, or CDN, which brings the data directly to the ISPs. With how many terabytes of information Netflix transfers, this can add up to quite the hefty bill. Well, Netflix is working on overcoming that problem, and they announced recently their very own CDN called Open Connect. Not only will this allow ISPs to have the data delivered wherever they want it at no cost to them, but Open Connect is making their software open source and giving the public the hardware design information. Read on for links.

 

Corsair Announces Neutron and Neutron GTX SSD Series

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 17:05 | Web and Industry News

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Corsair has recently announced their newest series of SSDs, the Neutron and the Neutron GTX (which is the higher-performing version). Featuring Link_a_Media Devices (LAMD), the drives can hit up to 90,000/85,000 read/write IOPS for the Neutron series, and 90,000/90,000 read/write IOPS for the Neutron GTX series. The Neutron GTX series is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB sizes while the regular Neutron series comes in 120GB and 240GB sizes. Read/write is said to be 555/500 MB/s for the Neutron GTX series and 555/370 MB/s for the Neutron series. Read on for more.

 


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