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XBox (Games)

+ - New Xbox 360 coming down the pipe?

Submitted by
MrKniceGuy
MrKniceGuy writes "Rumors of HDMI support for the Xbox 360 have been floating around for a while now. Now someone has leaked some photos of the HDMI connection on an Xbox 360 enclosure. Apart from the cooler 65nm processor and the larger HDD (120Gig reported in the article), this little puppy should make for some serious gaming down the road. No word on pricing but I can't see that changing much from the current structure. Once the games are out that support it you can be sure I'll be grabbing one. Full article here: Codename: Zephyr"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Fires, rootkits and what it all means for a brand

Submitted by
netbuzz
netbuzz writes "The Sony brand name took a beating last year over all those burning batteries and the rootkit fallout, right? Wrong, at least according to a recent survey of 2,000 adults who are apparently willing to forgive just about anything ... if you give them the right reason. Other technology companies, most anyway, also fare well in the brand survey.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1026 7"
Security

+ - Flaw found in ADOBE PDF reader

Submitted by Englishuk
Englishuk (1047334) writes "Web users are being urged to upgrade their Adobe reader software as a security flaw is found in older versions of the program.

Millions of people use the reader software to view documents prepared in the popular PDF format.

Security researchers said malicious hackers exploiting the flaw could view victim's hard drives or use it to make phishing scams look more plausible.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6234181.stm"
Sony

+ - French court slaps down Sony DRM

Submitted by john-da-luthrun
john-da-luthrun (876866) writes "A French court has ruled that Sony's CONNECT Store infringes French consumer law, reports the TechnoLlama IP blog. Under French law, it is illegal to tie the purchase of a service (such as downloading a music file) to the purchase of a another product, so Sony were held to be breaking the law by selling music files that required a Sony player in order to access them. The court also found that Sony had failed to inform customers that its ATRAC 3 files can only be played on Sony digital players. A similar case in France involving Apple's iTunes/iPod tie-in is ongoing."
Businesses

+ - The 10 Big Tech Stories Of 2006

Submitted by digihome
digihome (997564) writes "CRN.com picks the 10 big stories of 2006, the ones that you followed closely throughout the year and that kept you coming back for more. Some you love to hate, along with the one we've been waiting for so long that its arrival seemed anticlimactic. And more than a few that made you angry. What do you think were the top stories of 2006? http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingn ews.jhtml?articleId=196801036"
AMD/OSTG

Portable Supercomputer Adds Storage Option

Submitted by OSTG Marketing
NextComputing, creators of the flextop, portable supercomputer, has added NextPak , a massive storage option, to their portable NextDimension. "The NextPak option on the NextDimension is ideal for many vertical solutions applications requiring massive data sets and high performance sustained transfers in an all-in-one small footprint, mobile appliance, which could be used as a data recorder and/or data generator, for example." explains Bob
XBox (Games)

360 Achievements More Popular Than Microsoft Imagined 117

Posted by Zonk
from the flaunting-those-sk1llz dept.
GameDaily is hosting an article looking at the phenomenal popularity of Achivements on the Xbox 360. Even the marketing team that came up with the idea is floored by the incredible popularity of what CliffyB referred to as 'nerd cred'. From the article: "Achievement points are changing the way gamers play. While the tendency had been for people to play a game through to the end and then toss it into a closet, many gamers are now going back and playing them again, this time to unlock achievements to boost their Gamerscore. Or if they only played the single-player version, to go back and play the multiplayer or online component. Or to go out and buy games they would not ordinarily have purchased. Or to rent games."
Biotech

+ - Army "Smellcheck" Sniffs Terrorists &

Submitted by
docinthemachine
docinthemachine writes "Cutting edge military R&D from DARPA has developed a way to smell out bad guys- literally. Move over fingerprints and biometrics- this is what I call "smellcheck". Darpa's "Unique Signature Detection Project (formerly known as the Odortype Detection program)" aims to sniff out genetic markers in "human emanations (urine, sweat, etc.)" that "can be used to identify and distinguish specific high-level-of-interest individuals within groups of enemy troops." There is real science behind this. Specific molecules excreted in urine were related to MHC molecules. The MHC (major histocompatibility complex) antigens are molecules on the surface of cells that the body uses to recognize self vs non-self. The MHC genes are the genes that code for these molecules. Whena person is "matched" for an organ or bone marrow transplant these are the factors that are being matched. Therefore- this new military technology being used to sniff out terrorists in a group could be used to rapidly and noninvasively screen large groups of people for potential transplant matches. This medical concept has already been tested in mice and appears to work. Just get ready to have your arm pits sniffed at the border to see if you are a suspected terrorist. That's another bad job for the list. You can read further details at docinthemachine.com at http://docinthemachine.com/2007/01/05/smellcheck/"
Windows

Maintaining Windows 2000 for the Long Term? 110

Posted by Cliff
from the an-EOL'd-OS-on-life-support dept.
MarkWatson asks: "I keep two Windows machines: a Windows 2000 laptop (bought with XP, but installed an old Windows 2000 license and Linux) and a desktop with XP (dual boot to Linux). I would like to avoid ever buying a PC with Vista, a situation that looks good because I believe both my Windows systems are reliable, fast, and will service my Windows needs for the long term. My problem is this: I like Windows 2000 better for a few reasons, but mainly because the license is transferable. I would like to still be using Windows 2000 5 years from now in a secure and reliable way (again, just for when I need Windows). Since I am far from a Windows expert, I would like to know your strategy for archiving Microsoft's latest Windows 2000 updates, and generally dealing with security issues. My strategy is to set my firewall up to run in stealth mode and not use Windows for general web browsing. Any suggestions will be appreciated!" How would you keep an old Windows OS (like Win98, and WinXP in another year or two) running long after official support for it has ended?
Security

Voice Over IP Under Threat? 148

Posted by Zonk
from the keeping-phone-calls-expensive dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The IT Observer is discussing the possible scary future of Voice over IP targeted viruses, and what that could mean for the consumer. The article discusses the likelihood that VoIP is going to become even more popular, and the damage that a targeted 'flash virus' could perpetrate in a very short amount of time. From the article: 'Let's imagine a scenario that could become commonplace in the near future: A user has an IP telephony system on his computer (both at home and at work). In his address book on the computer there is an entry, under the name Bank, with the number 123-45-67. Now, a hacker launches a mass-mailing attack on thousands or millions of email addresses using code that simply enters users' address books and modifies any entry under the name Bank to 987-65-43. ... If any of these users receives a message saying that there is a problem in their account, and asking them to call their bank (a typical phishing strategy), they may not be suspicious, as they are not clicking on a link in an email ... If they use their VoIP system to call the bank, they will be calling the modified number, where a friendly automated system will record all their details. ' "
Wireless Networking

+ - Wireless + Biodynamic Farming in Organic Vineyard

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From Green RFID Guy: Ceago Vinegarden, an organic winery in Northern California, applies biodynamic farming methods to enhance vineyard biodiversity. It also incorporates a mashup of radio frequency identification (RFID), Google Earth and NASA-developed wireless sensor pods to help monitor grapes' growing conditions."
XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox 360 V2

Submitted by
rbf2000
rbf2000 writes "We've known for a while that Microsoft will come out with a new version of the Xbox 360 using a 65 nm processor which should help with heat and noise (from the fan) issues. However, it looks like they are adding in another surprise to the new version of the system, codenamed Zephyr — HDMI support.

Now a lot more people will actually be able to take advantage of the 1080p support that the 360 now supports. Maybe it will even sell a few more HD-DVD drives."
Businesses

+ - A Second Life for Big Business

Submitted by
OldHawk777
OldHawk777 writes "Technology Review — By Lori Kremen: Technology companies are building virtual headquarters in the video game Second Life to win customers and keep employees happy. IBM and Cisco Systems have purchased islands in the video game Second Life (shown above) so that consumers have another way to ask questions and employees can share ideas. http://www.technologyreview.com/BizTech/18016/"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - New Army Web site artificially intelligent

Submitted by
BobB
BobB writes "The U.S. Army's new SGT STAR Web tool is designed to answer possible recruits' every question. It even has answers to smartass questions about invading Iran, being gay and getting girls and guns. Main story: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/010407-go-ar my-sgt-star.html Q&A with SGT STAR: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/010407-sgt-s tar-army.html"

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