New Toy allows you to use the Force

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 9, 2009 1:44 PM CST

This one goes into the "why couldn't they have that when I was a kid" category.

Finally for all of us that wanted to be a Jedi when we were little (I still want to be one ;)) there is a new toy that will let you explore your hidden force potential.

Ok so not really but it is a very cool idea and is one of the first mass marketed brain impulse controlled games out.

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Windows 7 Public BETA 1 available

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Jan 9, 2009 12:58 PM CST

As we reported yesterday Windows 7 Public Beta 1 has gone live today.

Well sort of live; as with many eagerly anticipated things there have been some difficulties. Many are reporting that they servers are slow, or not responding at all. Others can get the page to load but do not see the Download links.

But speaking as someone that grabbed it from a Technet account (last night) I can see hang in there it will be worth it.

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Ultra Thin Dell Adamo Pictures

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 9, 2009 12:21 PM CST

Dell has pushed its Adamo out the door and Engadget has had some alone time with one.

This book will immediately elicit cries from the Mac fans that it is nothing more than a Black MacBook with a Dell Logo. I even thought that myself when I first saw it.

Unfortunately the gang from Engadget was not allowed to boot the system and no specs were given. In the end they call it another pretty face until some more information is released

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WebEx comes to the iPhone 3G

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 9, 2009 11:30 AM CST

Well it has finally happened; WebEx is coming to the iToy. Although I am not surprised I do wonder how effective it will be.

The new client for iPhone will leverage WiFi and 3G connections. I would hate to see it over an Edge connection though. The application will be free from the App Store and will support audio, texting in a messenger like method and the ability to view content shared from other attendee's desktops. As of the current release video is not supported.

Read more here.

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CNN e-mail may contain SSL Stealer Trojan

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 9, 2009 9:02 AM CST

There is a new Phishing attack that can result in your system becoming a zombie.

According to Nick Farrell in an article over at Fudzilla; people that receive regular CNN news e-mail are finding an e-mail offering a video related to the Israel-Hama conflict actually contains a Trojan.

This Trojan steals personal data by detecting secure communications with known financial institutions and redirecting them to a third-party site.

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Google Street View used to find Kidnapped Girl

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 9, 2009 8:36 AM CST

People (including myself) have been critical of Google's Street View and with good reason. Since its introduction there have been privacy issues, reports of Criminals and even terrorists using this service to plan robberies and attacks.

On the privacy side Google's hired photographers (the ones getting the street shots) have driven into gated communities, down privately owned streets and even onto private property protected with a locked gate to get the images Google asked of them.

However in what I think is a first; authorities used Google Street View for something good. This was to help find and recover a girl that had been kidnapped by her own grandmother.

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ASUS first to launch notebooks with Radeon HD 4600

Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Jan 9, 2009 12:46 AM CST

ASUS had today announced the first notebooks to make use of AMD's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600 series GPUs, also released today.

The two models include ASUS' N81Vp and N51Tp and along with leveraging the latest in GPU technology, they also include other advanced features in the way of efficiency with the use of the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) being said to preserve battery life by up to 35% more than standard notebooks running identical specs. The built-in Express Gate operating system is also implemented along with ASUS' SmartLogon facial recognition system.

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NVIDIA ready up new family of mobile GPUs

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 9, 2009 12:05 AM CST

NVIDIA has posted up a media alert on their website which indicates the imminent launch of a new series of GPUs for notebooks at CES today.

NVIDIA ready up new family of mobile GPUs

Dubbed the GeForce 100M series, this includes the G105M, G110M and GT 130M GPUs which are said to offer significant performance improvements over their predecessors. The G105M is over 55% quicker than the 9300M GS it replaces and features 8 shader cores, whilst the G110M takes over the reigns from the 9500M GS and features 16 shader cores; said to be around 35% faster.

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Razer showcases new gaming peripherals at CES

Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Jan 9, 2009 12:04 AM CST

Razer has unleashed a real treat for gamers today; well, two treats. Now on display at CES is the new Razer Mamba gaming mouse and Carcharias headset.

Looking over the Mamba, this is decked out with a highly impressive feature-set that's sure to have most any gamer pleased. It sports a long detachable braided cord and can be operated wirelessly if desired. Either way, it's said to be completely lag free with a 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response rate, 5600DPI Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and boasts up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration.

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