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Sony

Submission + - World's first full review of the Sony NW-A800

softmint writes: CNET has reviewed the soon to be released video walkman from Sony, the 8GB model in the A800 series.

The Sony NW-A808 is the most stunning flash MP3 player we've seen since the iPod nano — if anything, it's better in many significant areas. It's one of the only MP3 players around to make music sound great out of the box — plus video clips look lush and the battery life is superb.

The only drawbacks are the SonicStage software, as ever, and the relatively high recommended price. You'll have to learn to live with the awkward software, but the nice people at Advanced MP3 Players tell us they're planning to sell the NW-A808 for less than the price of a nano — if this happens, it's well worth snapping up.

There's also a video review on the same site.
IBM

IBM Doubles CPU Cooling With Simple Change 208

Ars Technica is reporting that IBM has discovered a new cooling breakthrough that, unlike several other recent announcements, should be relatively easy and cost-effective to implement. "IBM's find addresses how thermal paste is typically spread between the face of a chip and the heat spreader that sits directly over the core. Overclockers already know how crucial it is to apply thermal paste the right way: too much, and it causes heat buildup. Too little, and it causes heat buildup. It has to be "just right," which is why IBM looked to find the best way to get the gooey stuff where it needs to be and in the right amount, and to make it significantly more efficient in the process."
Security

Submission + - Can a MacBook Pro Survive the Hacker Jungle?

b0mp writes: At this year's CanSecWest 2007 conference in Vancouver, BC, a "PWN to OWN" contest will pit security researchers against a MacBook Pro in an experiment to see how well a default Mac OS X install can survive hacker scrutiny. The contest is the brainchild of CanSecWest organizer Dragos Ruiu, who was motivated in part by Apple's general anti-disclosure stance and the Mac commercials that trivializes security to the masses with humor. From the article: Ruiu plans to set up two loaded MacBook Pro machines on this own access point with default installs and with the latest security updates applied. "[Hackers] will be able to walk up to it and connect to the AP ethernet or go in over WiFi. If you exploit it, you get to go home with it," Ruiu said.

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