ViewSonic’s latest tablet features a 9.7 inch display, an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB solid state disk. It’s designed to run Windows — but this isn’t a Windows 8 tablet like the upcoming Asus Vivo Tab, HP Envy X2, or Lenovo ThinkPad 2. Instead, the ViewSonic ViewPad97i Pro is a Windows 7 tablet. It’s not widely available in the US yet, but the company has posted a listing for a single unit on eBay with a starting bid price of $488. The ViewSonic Viewpad97i Pro features a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor, a 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. It has a capacitive touchscreen, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and a mini HDMI port. The tablet has a 4900mAh battery, measures 9.7″ x 7.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs 2.2 pounds. Basically, it’s a netbook without a keyboard. It should be able to run Windows 8 at least as well as it runs Windows 7. But since the tablet doesn’t have a 1366 x 768 pixel or higher resolution display, you’ll
Do you use Facebook? Hundreds of millions of people use the social network to connect with friends and family, share pictures and videos, play games, and more. What you might not realize is that everything you do on Facebook is tracked and logged. Facebook also keeps track of your search history. When you use the search bar at the top to see if a specific college buddy is on Facebook so you can re-connect, Facebook remembers that. Facebook also remembers if you search for Kim Kardashian or marijuana. You can see virtually all of your Facebook actions through the Activity Log, and you can change whether things show up on your Timeline, which audience can see the information (in some cases), or delete the action altogether. But one thing you haven’t been able to view or remove until now is your Facebook search history. Facebook is fixing that oversight by rolling out an addition to the Activity Log. It may take a few days before the new feature shows up on your Facebook account...We have the low down on Our Forum.
Microsoft patches IE
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 22 September 2012 19:08
Microsoft today released an emergency patch for Internet Explorer (IE) to stymie active attacks that have been exploiting a bug in the browser, finishing a job it started only Monday. "Let's call it five days from advisory to patch," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security. "I'd like to see anybody pull that off." Today's update, labeled MS12-063, fixes five flaws, including one revealed by a security researcher last weekend that hackers have been using to infect Windows PCs with malware. The so-called "zero-day" vulnerability -- meaning it was leveraged by attackers before Microsoft was aware of the bug, much less able to patch it -- surfaced six days ago. Since then, Microsoft has published an advisory (on Monday), confirmed the vulnerability and issued a "Fixit," one of its automated configuration tools, to block the known exploits (Wednesday)...Complete details and a download link can be found on Our Forum.
Written by Wayne
Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:10
For many newcomers to Linux, Zorin has a deal maker that is unmatched in any other Linux distribution. It comes with several integrated tools that let you modify Zorin's appearance. Look Changer lets you decide how the desktop looks and acts. You can tweak the look and feel even more with Splash Screen Manager, Internet Browser Manager and Background Plus. Zorin Linux 6.0 is a very capable replacement operating system for Microsoft Windows. It is also a bother-free alternative to other Linux distros that suffer from the usability issues of the Gnome 3 or Ubuntu Unity desktop interfaces. The Zorin Linux distro is an offshoot of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux but it has much more of the look and feel of Linux Mint with a few very substantial differences. These make Zorin an ideal choice for Windows users and others who dislike having to learn a new approach to computing. One of these embellishments is a modified bottom panel that has the look and feel of the Windows start menu and task bar. Another key
Microsoft Corp urged Windows users Monday to install a free piece of security software to protect PCs from a newly discovered bug in the Internet Explorer browser. The security flaw, which researchers say could allow hackers to take remote control of an infected PC, affects Internet Explorer browsers used by hundreds of millions of consumers and workers. Microsoft said it will advise customers on its website to install the security software as an interim measure, buying it time to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer. The free security tool, which is known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, or EMET, is available on Microsoft's website. Eric Romang, a researcher in Luxembourg, discovered the flaw in Internet Explorer on Friday, when his PC was infected by a piece of malicious software known as Poison Ivy that hackers use to steal data or take remote control of PCs...Learn more and follow the download links to download this program on Our Forum.
Chinese tablets with quad-core CPU
Written by Wayne
Sunday, 16 September 2012 00:43
It’s been nearly two years since Freecsale introduced its i.MX6 processor. The 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm since then… but there are now a number of inexpensive tablets powered by Freescale’s chip. And the 10 inch tablets are reasonably cheap, with prices around $225 or less. Retailer W2Comp contacted me today to let me know about the Ampe A10, which the store calls the first Chinese quad-core tablet. You can pick one up for $225 plus free shipping. But a quick check of AliExpress shows that the Ampe A10 isn’t alone. Several sellers are offering tablets with virtually identical specifications. They’re selling for as little as $204, but you’ll have to pay around $25 for shipping from China on those models. Interestingly, if you search AliExpress for "Ampe A10," you get a bunch of listings for tablets with single-core Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processors...We have more on Our Forum.
Google to Shut Down China Music Service
Written by Wayne
Sunday, 23 September 2012 04:35
Google Inc. said it will shut down its China-only music-download service, in the search giant's latest setback in the fiercely competitive Chinese Internet market. The Mountain View, Calif., company said Friday it would shut down Google Music Search on Oct. 19, prior to which users can download content. On a company blog, Google cited the disappointing performance of the service. "The influence of this product turned out to be lower than we expected, and as a result we decided to transfer our resources to other products instead," it said, adding that the move is part of "an ongoing effort across Google to bring greater focus to our portfolio of products." A spokesman declined to elaborate. Google hasn't disclosed details of the service's performance. Google launched the service with great fanfare in 2009 in an event that included Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai. At the time, Western media companies considered China problematic because of the easy accessibility of pirated movies, music and television shows...Further details can be found on Our Forum.
128GB smartphones on the horizon
Written by Wayne
Friday, 21 September 2012 05:50
Over the past few years smartphone and tablet makers have ramped up the amount of storage used in their top-of-the-line smartphones. It’s not uncommon to find phones that offer 32GB of storage, and a few models even come with 64GB. But software developers have also been ramping up the size of their apps. Some games can eat up 3GB of storage or more in one fell swoop. So Samsung is preparing for the next stage in the storage wars by building a new 128GB flash storage chip for future smartphones. The new eMMC (embeded multimedia card) will be able to hold 15 full-length HD movies at 8GB each, with 8GB left over for the operating system and apps. In other words, you might not need a microSD card… unless apps continue getting even bigger, or you decide to store some 4K resolution videos on your phone for some reason...Follow more of what could be on the horizon on Our Forum.
Windows Phone 7.8
Written by Wayne
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:53
People who are using Windows Phone 7 on their older Nokia Lumia devices are eagerly waiting for the Windows Phone 7.8 update. This update will bring a lot of Windows Phone 8 features to smart phones which are not compatible for the Windows Phone 8 update, and the list of such smart phones includes a lot of Lumia devices. So, the Windows Phone 7.8 update is very important now. There have been a lot of news about the update coming very soon. And today, we have a proof for that. The admin of the windowsmania.pl has today posted a few photos and a video of a Nokia Lumia 800 running the yet to be released Windows Phone 7.8 operating system. As you can see from the image here, the home screen has undergone a few cosmetic changes. Apart from that, you will not be able to see a lot of changes in the user interface. This is because most of the new update includes changes only under the hood, for example, performance upgrades and new features. One of the features which has been most desperately waited for is the ability to share files between different Lumia smart phones over Bluetooth...More can be found on Our Forum.
Next Photoshop won't support Windows XP
Written by Administrator
Monday, 17 September 2012 18:51
Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, and Adobe said today that the current CS6 version of Photoshop will be the last one to support the operating system. "The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP," Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty said in a blog post. The reason, he said, is that modern performance-sensitive software requires modern hardware graphics interfaces that Windows XP lacks, in particular a way to tap into the power of graphics processing units. Adobe already dropped Windows XP support for the current version of a related product, Lightroom. Google announced it won't support Google Apps on IE8, the most recent version of Internet Explorer that runs on Windows XP. Windows Vista and Windows 7 both can run IE9, and Windows 8 comes with IE10....Read more and view a chart on Our Forum.
Wii U becomes a home media center
Written by Wayne
Friday, 14 September 2012 17:21
Nintendo’s next-generation video game console will launch in the US on November 18th for $300 and up. That makes the Wii U the most expensive game console Nintendo has released to date — but it may also be the most versatile. The Wii U includes a video game console with 8GB of storage, a GamePad controller with a 6 inch touchscreen, and a new media center application called TVii which will let you use the Wii U as a home entertainment console, not just a gaming machine. TVii will let users stream videos over the internet from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video — assuming you’ve got a subscription to any of those services which require a subscription. The software also ties into cable and satellite boxes, letting you view braodcast programming. If you have a TiVo, you can also use the TVii app to access recorded programs. Will that be enough to help the Wii U compete with whatever the next PlayStation and Xbox console bring to the market? I don’t know, I don’t really follow the gaming space all that closely, and in some ways Nintendo is just playing catch up here...We do have more on Our Forum.