Hackers have cracked the algorithm that Apple uses to generate its gift cards for iTunes and a key generator has been made for it. Chinese site Taobao is selling them for less than 3% of their face value.
Chinese market researcher Outdustry has confirmed that the fake gift cards do indeed work by buying one and were able to add it to an iTunes account. You can get $200 cards for about US$2.60.
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Please be careful searching for information about PIFTS.exe; malware writers have caught on to the panic and many search results only attempt to download malware onto your system
There is a new fear on the Internet and its name is PIFTS.exe. This file has been that has caused such a stir only appears on systems with Norton Anti-Virus that have the most current update.
Have you ever heard of Photofast? Well I haven't either but I have a feeling we will all come to know and love this company. While taking a stroll around CeBit Charlie Demerjian found them and some of their new gadgets.
The first one is something I am sure many people have been waiting for. It is an SDcard raid controller with a SATA interface called the Photofast CR9200. Yup that is right you can toss up to 8 fast SDCards into this device which has about the same dimensions as a 2.5" drive. With 128MB of built in cache it gives some impressive speed.
Photofast was also showing what is more than likely a complete godsend to PSP hackers everywhere. We all know that Sony memory sticks are overpriced, slow and a large pain in the butt. Photofast was a pair of Memory Stick adapters; one bolts to the back of your PSP and allows for up to 64GB of SDcard storage, while the other holds up to 2 micro-SD Cards and fits in the MemoryStick slot.
We told you yesterday that Digitimes was flogging a rumor about a new Mac Netbook. Well it seems that Dow Jones has gotten a hold of the story and gotten more confirmation on it.
This does not make it a certainty but it would make it more likely. As Digitimes claimed Apple will be using touch screens from Wintek and Quanta will build them.
While none of the companies would comment on this news it does seem rather odd after Steve Jobs made his statement "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." That Apple would build a netbook.
Intel has finally made an official statement about the GN40 chipset and its ability to reproduce HD content.
According to Intel the new GN40 chipset will do 1080p HD resolutions but will not be able to decode BluRay. This means that most of your Internet based HD content will work perfectly on the new GN40 but don't count on hooking up your BluRay player.
Of course I still keep going back to the issue with the size of netbooks.
There is bad news on the security front as the persons responsible for the Conficker Virus have sent out an update to all infected systems.
The new update now uses a list of 50,000 domain names for the bots to talk to. Last month a group of technology companies and organizations set up a system to preemptively register the addresses used by Conficker to free systems infected.
This new list makes the current countermeasures put in place last month by Microsoft, Symantec, VeriSign, ICANN and others almost impossible to maintain. The update does show that the Conficker authors are aware of and want to protect their vast Bot Net.
While browsing around on the Intel processor finder, Alien Babel Tech uncovered the Intel Pentium Dual Core E3200.
The E3200 will have 1MB of L2 cache, 800MHz bus speed, and a TDP of 65W. Although the chip is listed with a clock speed of 2.6GHz, it is also listed with a multiplier of 12.
The Hard Disk Drive has been one of the major sources of power consumption and performance bottleneck for some time now. Even with the advent of the SSD and SATA 6Gbps the drives themselves still consumer power and still are not as fast as the rest of your system.
Adaptec wants to solve some of those issues at CeBit they were showing off some new technology that should go a long way to helping.
The first up was a smart form of power management that was able to slow and even stop drives attached to the same RAID array. The adapter is programmable so that you can have the drives powered through certain hours and has a battery backed-up cache system to hold small amounts of Data so that the drives are not always spinning up and down.
Seagate and AMD have put together the first 6Gbps SATA setup. The demonstration was shown at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans.
The new interface was developed after it was realized that current SATA standards were not enough to keep up with the emerging solid state drives.
It is interesting to note that Intel's X25 was a major factor in the creation of the new standard but that AMD is the first to adopt it.
Based on conversations between ATI and PCGH, it seems that ATI might be thinking about a Radeon HD 4890 X2 to compete with the GTX 285.
The Radeon HD 4890 is expected to be between 8%-20% faster than the 4870. This will leave the 4890 competing with the GTX 260 instead of the GTX 285 as predicted. As such, if ATI wants to compete with the fastest card on the market, it will have to implemnt the RV790 chip in a dual-GPU card.