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Internet Explorers Market Share Drops Below 70%

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:08 PM | Thursday, January 1, 2009 | (url: http://www.tgdail...)

Last month, Microsofts market share in the browser dropped below 70% for the first time in eight years, while Mozilla broke the 20% barrier for the first time in its history. Initial data sets provided by Net Applications suggest that the Internet Explorer will drop once again significantly in December to below 69% and Mozilla will climb above 21%. IE8 is just around the corner, but current market share data suggests that Microsoft has no effective tool to stop the bleeding at this time - and Mozilla can pick up two out of every three users Microsoft surrenders.

Year In Review: 2008 Computer Hardware Industry Failure

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 02:55 PM | Thursday, January 1, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Every technology starts with a motivation, and throughout the past year Benchmark Reviews has watched the computer hardware industry follow trends that seem all too familiar of yesteryear. In this article by Executive Editor Olin Coles, the past 2008 calendar year is summarized for it's accomplishments, but the real focus is on the coming year ahead. Will 2009 be the year that component computer hardware becomes important again, or will it be relegated to a niche hobby for enthusiast?

Microsoft outlines vision of pay-as-you-go computing

Submitted by: Stilgar @ 12:06 PM | Monday, December 29, 2008 | (url:

Microsoft has applied for a patent on metered, pay-as-you-go computing.

Under a Microsoft proposal, consumers would receive heavily discounted PCs, then pay fees for usage.

U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.

Microsoft notes in the application that the end user could end up paying more for the computer, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but argues the user would benefit by having a PC with an extended "useful life."

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RIAA axes file-sharing lawsuits

Submitted by: Stilgar @ 12:26 PM | Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | (url:

Those of you who regularly share music over the Internet, legally or illegally, have by now heard the news that the Recording Industry Association of America is shelving the practice of filing lawsuits against most individuals it suspects are pirating copyrighted music online.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the RIAA will send a letter to an ISP when it thinks one of its customers is illegally sharing copyrighted music. The ISP will either forward the letter to the alleged offender or ask him to stop.

If the file-sharer ignores the warning, he risks having his Internet service terminated or his bandwidth squeezed to the point where it takes watching the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy before all 10 tracks of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” are illegally in his possession. Ouch.

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ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP 512MB Video Card

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 10:45 AM | Tuesday, December 23, 2008 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Benchmark Reviews is no stranger to the Radeon HD 4870 and today we add one more to the ranks: the ASUS EAH4870 Dark Knight Top. This 'DK TOP' model comes equipped with ASUS' famed Dark Knight cooler and claims of a 9% performance lead over stock 4870's thanks to an impressive factory overclock. In today's review, we'll put this claim to the test and find out what kind of performance the EAH4870 DK Top brings to the table.

Australia To Block BitTorrent

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 10:24 AM | Monday, December 22, 2008 | (url:

"Censorship Minister Stephen Conroy announced today that the Australian Internet Filters will be extended to block peer-to-peer traffic, saying, 'Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial.' This dashes hopes that Conroy's Labor party had realised filtering could be politically costly at the next election and were about to back down.

Worlds First hybrid Blu-ray and DVD Disc Combo

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:06 PM | Sunday, December 21, 2008 | (url: http://antondrive...)

Great news for those who have both Blu-ray and DVDs in the house; Infinity Storage Media has released the first hybrid Blu-ray and DVD disc in Japan.

The new media has a total storage capacity of 33.5GB and is compatible with existing DVD and Blu-ray players. The biggest advantage of the new media is backward compatibility - you can play it on your DVD or Blu-ray player.

Category: Hardware | 6 Comments
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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 12:35 PM | Sunday, December 21, 2008 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

The Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026 is a limited edition product, and comes packaged in a stylish aluminium case with a host of accessories aimed at the gaming enthusiast, The list of included tools include an HDMI adapter, HDMI cable, CCL UV lamp, two Sapphire USB flash drives, as well as driver and utilities software and benchmarking tools. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests Sapphire's fastest Radeon HD 4870 X2 video card against the best graphics products available.

Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards 2008

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 12:27 PM | Sunday, December 21, 2008 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Benchmark Reviews tests a lot of very good computer hardware, which is a result of our selection process for product reviews. Although it would be most ideal for a hardware review website to test each and every item sold on the retail market, it's just not feasable due to limited staff and budget. As a result, many of the products featured here are among the best consumers will find. This year Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles delivers his nominations for the 2008 Editors Choice Award for each category: CPU Coolers, Desktop Processors, Solid State Drives, Desktop Graphics Cards, Computer Cases, System Memory, and Desktop Motherboards.

Toshiba to Release 512GB SSD in '09

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:02 AM | Friday, December 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.comput...)

Toshiba said today that it will soon offer samples of 512GB solid-state drives (SSDs), which could make their way to laptops and other devices by mid-2009.

Storage capacities of SSDs are doubling every few months, but Toshiba's 512GB version is the highest storage capacity announced for SSDs intended for consumer devices like laptops. Most PC makers today offer 128GB SSDs for laptops, and competitor Samsung recently said it put into mass production 256GB SSDs, which will become available in a few months.

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Play Crysis Wars free for ten days

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:17 PM | Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Christmas is the season of giving, and EA is getting into the holiday spirit by offering ten free days of Crysis Wars, the multiplayer suite from Crysis Warhead. From December 19 to December 29, you'll be able to give the game a try, along with the new holiday map pack that will be released this week.

How do you participate? "Starting today, gamers can take advantage of this great offer by registering online at and by downloading Crysis Wars," EA said in a statement. "After registration, players will receive a unique key generated on the site that will be saved to their profile, allowing them to play on all online multiplayer servers from Friday, December 19 at 9:00 AM PT to December 28 at 11:59 PM PT."

Stop Using Internet Explorer

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:19 AM | Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | (url:

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say. Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser. Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME Core i7 Motherboard

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 10:32 AM | Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

The GA-EX58-EXTREME is the latest high performance X58-Express Series motherboard from GIGABYTE, designed from the ground up to unleash the awesome power of Intel's new Core i7 processors. Equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3-channel DDR3 support, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, Ultra Durable 3 technology and the industry's most extensive range of overclocking features, the EX58-EXTREME is bringing excitement back into the high performance motherboard industry. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the EX58-EXTREME to Intel's DX58SO Smackover and last-generations X48T-DQ6 motherboards.

Google, Microsoft & Others Abandon Network Neutrality.

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:34 AM | Monday, December 15, 2008 | (url: http://online.wsj...)

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic the same -- nobody is supposed to jump the line.

Separately, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have withdrawn quietly from a coalition formed two years ago to protect network neutrality. Each company has forged partnerships with the phone and cable companies.

Guy tracks down his stolen 360 with still connected controller

Submitted by: Beren @ 03:42 PM | Sunday, December 14, 2008 | (url: http://www.kotaku...)

Now I had noticed my controller still worked if I was in the bath etc.. but this is certainly kicking it up a notch to be able to track down the 360 once its stolen by seeing when it is within range. Shame they had already formatted the guys HDD though.

Category: Console Gaming | 10 Comments
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