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#1558| source: by maximum3d on Thu Jan 29 2004 
Intel Planning Earlier Price Cuts
According to Nguyen, Intel will release a Prescott-based processor on Monday that runs at clock speeds ranging from 3.0 gigahertz to 3.4 gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second. The 3.4 gigahertz chip will be sold for $417 in large quantities, 35 percent lower than its original list price of $637, Nguyen said. Chips that run at 3.2 gigahertz will be cut in price to $278 in large quantities from a current price of $417, Nguyen said.
#1557| source: by maximum3d on Thu Jan 29 2004 
MS to remove usernames in http urls
A forthcoming update to Internet Explorer will disallow the use of the "@" character in URLs, addressing an issue which has helped fraudsters to obscure the true destination in a web site addresses. Once the update is installed, including the @ symbol in urls will return an "invalid syntax error" message. Microsoft's advisory did not say when the update would be available. Presently, using @ signs in urls is a conventional approach for fraudsters trying to trick bank customers into revealing their account details. including recent attacks on customers of Barclays and Citibank among others. To make the url appear plausible, attackers conventionally put an @ sign in the url, where the text to the left of the @ is the name of the site to which the victim is expecting to connect to, and the text to the right of it is the location of the attackers site. When the http protocol was originally designed, the @ character was intended to denote a username at a particular site, in the style of http://[email protected] where sir.tim.berners-lee is the username, and is the name of the site.
#1556| source: by maximum3d on Thu Jan 29 2004 
IE File Download Extension Spoofing
http-equiv has identified a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, allowing malicious web sites to spoof the file extension of downloadable files. The problem is that Internet Explorer can be tricked into opening a file, with a different application than indicated by the file extension. This can be done by embedding a CLSID in the file name. This could be exploited to trick users into opening "trusted" file types which are in fact malicious files.
#1555| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
Small office printers - roundup
PCMag has posted a roundup of affordable laser printers, they have tested 17 monochrome, color, and multifunction models.
#1554| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
The Athlon 64 Motherboard Shootout
Hardware Zone have posted an extensive Athlon 64 motherboard shootout with boards from Abit, Albatron, AOpen, Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, Epox, Gigabyte, Leadtek, MSI, Shuttle & Soltek.
#1553| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
World Of Warcraft Beta Sign-ups
"The online signup pages for the World of Warcraft Beta Test are now live! Anytime between now and 6:00 pm PST on Wednesday, February 4th, residents of Canada, Korea, and the US can submit their applications for a chance to help test one of the most anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing games of 2004."
#1552| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
Sudhian Media has posted a review on the Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro sound card.
#1551| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
GFX chipsets round-up
The chipsets under comparison today are going to the the high-end and mid-range chipsets from both companies. These are: Bleeding Edge: ATI 9800XT, Nvidia FX5950 / High End: ATI 9800Pro, Nvidia FX5900XT / Midrange: ATI 9600XT, Nvidia 5700Ultra.
#1550| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
WinFast A360 Ultra TDH
The theme of this review is definitely "bang for your buck" because that's what the nVidia GeForceFX 5700 Ultra video card provides. LeadTek has put together a fantastic solution for gamers and people looking to upgrade alike with a very attractive board that won't kill you in the wallet - the price tag should be very popular with gamers used to getting a stroke when wishing to upgrade to a video card with similar statistics to this card.
#1549| source: by maximum3d on Wed Jan 28 2004 
NV40, NV41, NV45 & CO. Information
3DCenter have posted some details on Nvidia's upcoming range of grahics cards NV40, NV41, NV45. Here are the specs for nVidia NV40: 175 million transistors, in 130nm manufactured, 8x2 architecture, however 16 Z/Stencil tests per clock, DirectX 9.0 architecture, supports Shader 3.0, opposite NV38 and Shader doubled more efficient pixels, supports DDR1, GDDR2 and GDDR3, internal AGPx8 interface, exact clock rates: unknown; there is estimated 500 to 600 MHz chip clock and 600 to 800 MHz storing act, Improvements with anti- Aliasing: (at least) a new mode; its SAM polarizing sample is however unknown, Improvements with the anisotropic filter: unknown, Presentation: GDC or CeBIT at the end of March 2004, Market entrance: At the end of April or May, 2004 Sales name: GeForceFX 6XXX.

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