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Leadtek to Launch PlayStation 3 Graphics Chip for PCs

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297w ago - Leadtek has announced that it will start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor next week.

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the CELL that powers the PlayStation 3 and was partly developed by Toshiba.

To quote: Leadtek will next week start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor, it announced today.

The WinFast PxVC1100 will hit stories in Japan's Akihabara electronics district from November 19 and will be cost about 29,800 (£199).

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the Cell Broadband Engine microprocessor that powers the PlayStation 3 console and was partly developed by Toshiba. While the Cell contains a Power PC core and eight "Synergistic Processing Elements" cores, the SpursEngine contains only four of the SPE cores.
 

ASUS Recalls Eee Box PCs in Japan due to Virus Alert

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301w ago - ASUSTek has issued a recall of its Eee box PCs sold in Japan as they contained a dangerous virus. The virus makes the computer run slow and download damaging malware programs from the internet.

Asus' PR department noted that the virus entered the machines while they were downloading the Japanese version software to the computer.

To quote: Taiwan's ASUSTek Computer has announced a recall of its Eee Box PCs that were sold in Japan because they contain a virus.

The virus, known as recycled.exe, resides on the D drive of the machine and once opened, the virus will be activated and copy itself to the C drive as well as any other removable or USB drives. Affected by the virus, the running of the computer will become slow and it may download harmful malware programs from the Internet.

Li Yusheng, a representative from ASUS's public relations department, says that the virus entered the computers while they were downloading the Japanese version software to the computer. However, the anti-virus protections on Asus' other production lines are free from the bug and the software of Eee Box products sold to other countries are reportedly safe.
 

AMD: We Turn Bad PCs into Super PCs!

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305w ago - The first bit of "Fusion" that AMD is releasing today is an in-house designed software utility that was described to us as being able to "turn a mainstream PC into a lean, mean gaming machine."

Essentially, this Fusion Gaming tool is a utility that automates many of the tweaks that hardcore enthusiasts carry out in order to free up system resources for the purpose of maximizing gaming performance. The utility works by temporarily disabling background services and processes, freeing up memory and CPU cycles in an effort to make games run more smoothly.

AMD demonstrated the application to us clicking the gigantic "Fusion" button on a Windows Vista desktop, which immediately shut down usually active applications such as Skype, Google Talk, as well as many other background services. The utility will not, however, override any applications that have a shutdown or save dialog, meaning that clicking the button will still allow Microsoft Word to prompt if you wish to save before closing.

This utility would be of great use to those who use shared computers, whose family members may have installed many unwanted, useless programs that clog up the system. Those with prebuilt machines with preloaded bloatware may also find that the Fusion button does wonders to free up system resources. AMD told...
 

Microsoft helps police crack PCs via USB device

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325w ago - We're all for the end of evil things like child pornography and terrorism on the Internet. But news that Microsoft's latest piece of hardware allows the police to quickly break through a PC's security to scan through the hard drive has to be described as a little Orwellian.

The USB device can be plugged into a PC and used to break through password and decrypt protected files, allowing the police to do quick on-site scans of suspects' computers for insidious files, conversations and emails.

Not for profit

"These are things that we invest substantial resources in, but not from the perspective of selling to make money," Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith told the Seattle Times.

"We're doing this to help ensure that the internet stays safe."

Of course, Big Brother is here to protect us all - but we can't help but worry that this technology would be a little problematical in the wrong hands.

The device was apparently rolled out to a handful of police forces in June last year, but we have yet to ascertain if they have made it across the pond to the UK yet.
 

PCSX2 - Online Network Support and keyboard support.

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360w ago - The new PCSX2 plays PS2 games close to full speed and now supports online play! The authors and beta testers have successfully played Monster Hunter online on the official servers with people playing on real PS2s. Keyboard support was then added for chatting.

There is no release with these features yet and please do not bug the authors about one. You can however play with the latest released version.
 
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