hardware

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27
Apr
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Microsoft Active in Windows 8 Ultrabook Design

Microsoft is reportedly taking a more active role than ever before in the development of hardware for planned touchscreen Windows 8 ultrabooks. It's a change of strategy for a company that usually keeps to the software side of the business. ... Ultrabooks are slowly emerging as a popular new form factor for consumers who are showing remarkable interest in a light, portable laptop but who are not willing to compromise on performance and storage space. Although Apple's MacBook Air fits the description, the term 'ultrabook' is most often associated with Windows-based computer systems. Clamshell ... (view more)

Mon
03
Oct
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Infopackets Back Online; New Server, and More!, Part 2

... continued from Part 1: Infopackets Back Online; New Server, and More ! Once XenServer was installed on my machine by my hosting company, I had to install a program called 'XenCenter' on my Windows machine which allowed me to access my XenServer ... using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) over an encrypted virtual private network (VPN). Once I've got access to my XenServer, I could install virtual machines running any operating system I want (Linux, Windows, for example) and connect them to the Internet and use them as servers. The Old Server Setup vs The New Server Setup The old server setup ( ... (view more)

Tue
20
Sep
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'Koma-Mail 3.82', and 'Hardware Freak 1.0'

Koma-Mail 3.82 With Koma-Mail you can send and receive mails, encrypted via SSL (secure sockets layer), through POP3, IMAP (including synchronization), SMTP and WebDav. To stay informed you can use the integrated RSS viewer. For safety reasons ... Koma-Mail blocks scripts and ActiveX in your mails. You can also encrypt your user account. To remain protected against web bugs you can use Koma-Mail in offline mode. http://www.koma-code.de Hardware Freak 1.0 Hardware Freak is a free system information utility designed to present you a lot of information about the hardware found inside your PC. This ... (view more)

Fri
09
Sep
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Windows 8 Turns 1 PC Into 5, 10, or 5000

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will allow users to create multiple virtual machines on a single computer. It's a feature that's previously only been available on Microsoft's server version of Windows. The tool, which is referred to as ... Microsoft's "Hyper-V," allows users to make virtual copies of PCs -- all within 1 PC (hence, it's "virtualized"). Virtualization, more importantly, addresses major security issues in that it separates the host hardware (your computer) from the operating system (Windows) and the applications which run within Windows. Run 5, 10, 5,000 ... (view more)

Tue
12
Jul
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DHS: Imported Tech Devices May Contain Spy Tools

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) source has confirmed that technology made overseas and imported to the US has been known to contain spy tools. There's also a threat from counterfeit hardware. The confirmation came during a hearing by a House ... of Representatives committee into cyber security. It was discussing ways in which private companies can be encouraged to work alongside the government in tackling security threats. Damage, Spying Both A Threat Greg Schaffer, who works in the National Protections and Programs section of the DHS, did not go into great detail about the spying tools, ... (view more)

Fri
10
Jun
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Microsoft to Make own Windows 8 Tablet-PC: Report

It's rumored Microsoft may soon launch its own iPad-style tablet device. The gadget would run Windows 8 and be specifically marketed as a Microsoft machine. Such a measure would be a major change in Microsoft's business strategy. In the past it has ... steered clear of producing its own computers, the polar opposite of Apple's strategy of having a monopoly on its hardware and software. According to Digitimes, a Taiwan-based technology newspaper, the device would be made in association with Texas Instruments and hardware manufacturers based in Taiwan. Their report is based on sources from the " ... (view more)

Fri
03
Jun
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Microsoft Demos Windows 8 at First Public Event

On Thursday, Microsoft gave its first major public demonstration of Windows 8, and showed how it would be used to bridge the gap between PCs and mobile devices. To the surprise of many guests attending the event, Microsoft says that the new ... operating system's hardware requirements will actually be less than the requirements to run Windows 7. Windows 8 Optimized for Varying Screen Sizes and Processors Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows 8 would run on the ARM processor : a low-powered CPU (central processing unit) commonly used on mobile devices such as tablets, and mobile phones. In ... (view more)

Fri
06
May
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Microsoft, RIM Partnership Prompts Acquisition Rumors

Microsoft and Research in Motion (RIM) have announced a partnership that will see the Redmond-based firm's Bing search engine used on the BlackBerry. It's a surprise move that some are speculating might indicate an even deeper relationship in the ... future between the two tech giants. The Bing announcement was made at the recent BlackBerry World trade show, when RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis shocked the crowd by introducing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Together, the two revealed that Bing will soon be found on both the BlackBerry (and its various iterations) and the newly-released RIM PlayBook ... (view more)

Sat
05
Feb
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SpeedUpMyPC 2011 Review

Update 2012/01/16: : The 37% discount expires this coming Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 @ 11:59PM EST. Reserve your copy before the deadline and you'll also receive System Tweaker software as a free bonus! Satisfaction guaranteed for 30 days or your ... money back. Details at the end of the review. Are you looking to speed up your computer, but are on a tight budget? Do you enjoy learning about computer hardware and how it interacts with software? If so, you'll find this software review highly informative. -- I get asked all the time, "Dennis, what can I do to make my PC faster?" The simple answer ... (view more)

Fri
21
Jan
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Microsoft Embraces Motion Control for Windows

Ever since Microsoft released Kinect , its hands-free motion control system for the Xbox 360 console, enthusiasts have been trying desperately to use it on the Windows operating system (OS). Given their determination in the matter, it appears ... Microsoft has concluded that if you can't beat 'em, you may as well join 'em. The Kinect system uses what is effectively a robotically-mounted camera to identify humans and track their movements. This allows players to take part in games without the need for any controller: the player simply makes the appropriate movement for the game situation. Using ... (view more)

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