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AMD Catalyst 12.3 drivers are now available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 6:10 pm

AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 12.3 driver today for download. It's mainly a support upgrade where is features full support for Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit for the 7000 series. Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series will be made available in AMD Catalyst 12.4

 

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Additionally, the drivers have fixed the following issues:

 

• AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/delays have been resolved

• Elder Scrolls: Skyrim : No longer displays flickering and texture corruption with Anti-Aliasing enabled

• Alan Wake : A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled.

• Far Cry 2 : A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting.

• Tom Clancy HAWX : No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled.

• Furmark Benchmark : No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode.

• Quake 4 : No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode

• XPlane : Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption.

 

You can download Catalyst 12.3 here

3D solar panels can produce up to 20 times more energy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 5:27 pm

Personally, I'm getting a little sick of the 3D trend that is visible everywhere. I mean, 3D printers, movies, and game consoles, it's all starting to become a bit ridiculous. Finally, there's a piece of 3D that I can get behind. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently discovered that a 3D inspired solar panel could produce 20 times more energy than its traditional flat brethren.

 

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Traditional solar panels lay on a roof facing the sun to produce energy. MIT researchers decided to test the hypothesis set forth by 13-year-old Adiean Dywer. He hypothesized that a design based on trees would produce more energy. His testing failed, but MIT's didn't. MIT tried various 3D shapes such as a cube, tall cube, and tower to see which produced the most energy. All three outpaced the traditional panel and the accordion-style tower drew in 20 times more power per square foot.

 

"I think this concept could become an important part of the future of photovoltaics," said Jeffrey Grossman, one of the project leaders. The accordion-style worked so well because it could absorb energy from all angles. It also reduces the foot print of the installation by standing vertically. While MIT is confident with the tower design, they haven't figured out the best distribution for them yet. Since one tower may shade another, they are best used in a urban environment...at least for now.

iPhone password cracking easier than you think

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 4:28 pm

A report was released last fall that claimed using a single repeating digit was a stronger pin code for your iPhone than using unique digits. All bets are off, however, when you are dealing with Micro Systemation, a Swedish security firm that helps police and military around the world crack digital security systems.

 

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Just last week, the company released a video showing just how simple it is to crack an iPhone or Android device that is password protected. The video, which you can see below, documents a process where the company spokesperson uses an application called XRY and accesses the contents of the mobile phone in less than two minutes.

 

Immediately, all user information becomes available. This information includes GPS location, call history, contacts, and messages. The software doesn't use a flaw put there by the manufacturer. Instead it uses a brute-force method to try all of the combinations to guess the correct password. It's more akin to jailbreaking than hacking.

 

"Every week a new phone comes out with a different operating system and we have to reverse engineer them," Micro Systemation marketing director Mike Dickinson told Forbes. "We're constantly chasing the market." The easiest way to make your phone more secure and less susceptible to this is to use a longer password. The longer the password, the longer it takes to guess.

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Facebook asserts trademark on word "book" in new user agreement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 3:11 pm

The word on the street is that Facebook, in all of its glory, doesn't want me to use its name... That's right, in Facebook's updated version of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," its trying to assert a trademark on the word "book." This is pretty ridiculous. It's like someone trying to trademark the work "car."

 

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An excerpt from the revision details the change:

 

You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall)

 

By this, I can no longer "poke" someone, have a "wall," or read a "book" because I have agreed to these terms when I logged into Facebook. I see the need for someone to protect their brand, but at a point, it becomes pretty ridiculous. And in this case, I believe we have hit that point of ridiculousness.

 

It's about time for me to gather up what little privacy I have left and deactivate my Facebook account, and protect myself from being sued for using common words the next time I make a post somewhere. Just remember, don't sign our guestbook, because it contains the word "book," it's now trademark infringement.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for March 28, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 2:23 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 28th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive - Hardware Canucks

Plextor M3 256GB SATA III - PureOverclock

Plextor M3 Pro 256GB (PX-256M3P) - TweakTown

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB - eTeknix

XFX Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition - HT4U.net

Gigabyte HD 7770 OC - t-break

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition - Neoseeker

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Epic to license Unreal Engine 3 for FBI sim, other government 'serious games'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 1:55 pm

Epic's Unreal Engine 3 powers some pretty great games, such as Gears of War 3 and Mass Effect 3. But now, some lucky FBI cadets are going to be getting to use it for a new crime scene sim as part of their training. This is coming about through a newly launched Unreal Government Network. Today Epic announced a long-term licensing agreement with Virtual Heroes.

 

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Virtual Heroes is a interactive learning simulation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of this licensing agreement sees other agencies and units of the United States, and its allies, using the technology. Already, several games are in the works. The FBI has their multiplayer crime scene simulator and a "top-five defense contractor" and a "national laboratory" are using Epic's tech for custom-made model "integrations and visualization."

 

Additionally, Virtual Heroes and Duke University are developing an anesthesiology training application for Army physicians. Along these same lines, a HumanSim platform, which is aimed at medical education and training, is also in development.

Download of the Day: FinalWare AIDA64 v2.30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 pm

Our Download of the Day is FinalWare's AIDA64 v2.30.

 

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AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

The change log is below:

 

  • Enhanced UPS support
  • Revamped Desktop Gadget
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Haswell" APU and Intel "Lynx Point" PCH
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Penwell" SoC
  • Intel 520 and Intel 710 SSD support
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series and nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

 

You can download AIDA64 v2.30 here.

LeakedTT: HTC One X, the Snapdragon S4-sporting smartphone gets leaked benchmarks, smashes the competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 11:28 am

Well, well, HTC. Your new phone is looking like its shaping up to kick some behind, isn't it? Thanks to some leaked benchmarks, it looks as though the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip is coming together well.

 

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Thanks to an AT&T employee from the Android Central forums who has a pre-release version of the One X, and has dumped some benchmarks on the Internet for all of us to get jealous over. When comparing the Snapdragon S4-based HTC One X versus the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it simply kicks its ass. The HTC One X scores 4952 against the Nexus' 2600 or so.

 

The North American HTC One X is set to receive Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 which is a dual-core chip, where international releases will see NVIDIA's 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 SoC. On paper, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 does look pretty impressive, but Qualcomm's 28nm process on the Snapdragon S4 is bloody impressive. I'm now wanting to see how one of these bad boys does in real-world testing.

Opera release Mini 7 for Android, also proud that they now have 160 million monthly Opera Mini users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 10:30 am

Opera Software have launched their latest Android-based web browser, Opera Mini 7 for Android, after they previewed the browser at this years Mobile World Congress. This is perfect timing, as just weeks ago Android's 'robot' browser had overtaken Opera to stake claim to the top mobile Web browser for the first time.

 

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The new release should help propel Opera into some new, uncharted territory as they're already able to brag they have an insane 160 million monthly Opera Mini users now, which is up from the already-great 140 million back in November of 2011.

 

The company also released Opera Mobile 12 for Android recently, which is more of a full-fledged mobile web browser compared to the cut-down Mini. Opera Mini uses the company's proprietary server compression technology to compress content before it gets to your phone, where it renders the websites on Opera's servers before hitting your phone.

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