Windows 7 Coming October 23rd

Zac O'Vadka | Software & Apps | May 1, 2009 12:19 AM CDT

Micrsoft has been pretty vague as to when Windows 7 will hit the shelves, with information pointing at sometime between late 2009 and early 2010.

Windows 7 Coming October 23rd

However Bobby Watkins, Acer's UK managing director, said, "23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available." He also said that there will be a 30 day upgrade period beforehand, allowing consumers to purchase computers leading up to the launch and get a free upgrade once Windows 7 is launched.

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Adobe admits JavaScript flaw in Acrobat

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 30, 2009 1:41 PM CDT

I talked about the flaw that allowed Vista to fall in the Pwn2Own competition this year very briefly but I never did get into much detail. But since Adobe has admitted the flaw exists in another Adobe product it is worth bringing up again.

The issue is JavaScript and the way that Acrobat and Flash (the plug-in for Flash and Flash Player) handle it. They just do not do so very well at all. Because of this little problem arbitrary code can be executed by Malicious JavaScript (applets) on a system through these two 3rd party applications. It was this exact flaw in the way JavaScritpt is handled by Flash that allowed Vista to be hacked. It seems that in addition to poor handling it also allows the UAC feature in Vista to be bypassed for code executed by the plug-in and the application.

Adobe, although they have admitted to the flaw, has not given a time line for fixing the affected applications with include Acrobat (Reader as well) 9.1, 8.1.4, 7.1.1 and earlier.

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New 785 Chipset to have DX10.1 support

Sean Kalinich | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Apr 30, 2009 12:11 PM CDT

There is more AMD/ATi good news today. We hear that there may be a new chipset hitting the market soon in the form of the 785.

This will up the IGP processor from its current HD 3200 to an HD 4200 adding more processing power for HD content and light gaming but also bringing DX 10.1 support to the chipset as well.

Availability could begin as early as Q3.

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XFX to make 1GB HD 4770 cards

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 30, 2009 11:44 AM CDT

The Radeon HD 4770 is looking to be one of the lead cards this year. It is the first Desktop 40nm card available and a great overclocker to boot.

What could be better? Well how about 1GB of GDDR5 memory? That is what XFX is looking to do. It is not secret that more and faster memory means extra eye candy available in your gaming.

So we have a great overclocking GPU and now just after its launch we will see the first of the 1GB GDDR5 cards. The HD4770 is looking to be a very big hit.

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MSI and Asus might Skip ION

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 30, 2009 9:52 AM CDT

Over the last couple of days there has been quite a bit of press about the ION from nVidia. It seemed like everyone had jumped on the bandwagon and ION was going to be in Nettops galore.

Well the gang over at Fudzilla might have some information to the contrary. From what they are hearing MSI and Asus, two of the main players in the "net" market are skipping over ION at least for now.

The reason, no one is completely sure but it is most likely due to the economy. Buying Atom with an Intel chipset is cheaper than buying Atom and Ion. When you are selling the net appliances like Aus and MSI are you really do not want to add more to your manufacturing costs.

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Apple hiring Chip Designers

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 30, 2009 8:35 AM CDT

Apple is on a hiring spree for silicon designers. The Cupertino based company has been amassing some impressive talent in the upper management field

Why is Apple doing this? Well they are only following in their usual paranoid development and control pattern. You see they feel that some of their designs and developments for the iPod and iPhone have been leaked out from the third party company that designs their current chips.

This would make Samsung the guilty party as they are the ones that design and produce the ARM based chips. I wonder when Apple will buy a foundry and a place to build their toys...

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New PSP may pop up at E3

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 29, 2009 11:03 AM CDT

If you are a fan of the PSP there is good news for you today. It is looking like Sony will be launching a new version of the popular handheld gaming console at E3 this year.

This time around there will not be the UMD to deal with, as all of the games will be available through online content distribution. There could be as many as 100 classic titles as well as some new ones at launch time.

The controls for the PSP will slide out from the bottom but otherwise will remain the same layout as the current PSP.

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Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 goes RTM

Sean Kalinich | Computer Systems | Apr 29, 2009 10:13 AM CDT

There may be good news in VistaVille, It looks like the 2nd Service Pack for the much maligned OS has gone RTM (Release to Manufacturer).

Although there is not a firm release schedule quite yet the RTM stage means that the new update is finalized and ready to go. One nice improvement over previous SPs is a single installer for both Vista and Server 2008 making distribution easier.

Fixes in the new pack include full support for Via's 64 Bit CPU, ability to record directly to BluRay media and other improvements for performance and compatibility.

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ATi's HD 4770 can hit 900MHz

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 29, 2009 9:03 AM CDT

The new HD 4770 with the 40nm golden GPU is getting some attention today.

It seems that after the Asus announcement of their overclocked reference cards some of the gang over at Fudzilla took a look at the new ATi darling and deiced to see what could be done with it.

With a few simple changes using Rivatuner you can clock your HD 4770 up to around 900MHz with no extra voltage. There was no long-term stability toasts to show off but the card was able to complete a 3DMark Vantage run.

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