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Been meaning to explain the awesomeness of XBMC to the family? Let us help

"XBMC is software that lets people watch movies and tv shows, listen to music, and look at photos all from the comfort of their couch. This means you always get to watch the shows you want to watch. You get to listen to the music you want to listen to. And you get to force Uncle Phil to watch the picture slideshow of your first vacation and/or your baby’s first diaper changing. So many beautiful memories!.."

Huge number of Windows patches tomorrow

"Microsoft has warned that it will release 16 security bulletins tomorrow, nine involving critical vulnerabilities. In total, it plans to patch 34 vulnerabilities.

Redmond will patch critical vulnerabilities in all supported versions of Windows for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Critical vulnerabilities as bugs "whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm without user action."

3DMark 11 updated

3DMark 11 version 1.0.2 release notes..

  • Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
  • Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
  • SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
  • Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted"

Mozilla Labs Bring The Webian Shell – A Full Screen Web Browser Concept

"Mozilla Labs has introduced its concept of a desktop replacement called Webian Shell. The Webian Shell basically consists of a browser which will replace the traditional desktop, and where the web applications are given more importance than the native applications. Right now, the prototype of the Webian Shell is nothing more than a full screen browser with a dock which holds the tabs and the clock.

Download WHQL-Certified GeForce R275 Drivers Now

"Today we posted our first WHQL-certified GeForce R275 drivers. You can download GeForce 275.33 drivers on GeForce.com. Notebook users on Windows 7 or Windows Vista can download the equivalent Verde 275.33 drivers on GeForce.com.

Sony can't guarantee PlayStation Network won't get hacked again

"Sony knows how - but not who - hacked into its PlayStation Network last month in possibly the biggest Internet security breach in history. And despite beefing up its system to prevent another cyberattack like the one that exposed the personal information of 100 million users, Sony can't guarantee that it won't happen again. In a letter sent this week to members of Congress, the Japanese tech giant said it boosted security measures through added firewalls, new policy changes and increased monitoring of its PlayStation and Qriocity systems.

Lady Gaga is a Chrome User and YouTube Lover

"In the world of browsers, where they're all free, companies like Microsoft, Mozilla and Google have to find ways of differentiating their offerings. While each browser has its own unique features that attract different types of users, only one can stake claim to Lady Gaga. This is Lady Gaga using Chrome and YouTube to speak to her Little Monsters."

Happy Geek Pride Day

Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film on 25 May 1977, but shares the same day as three other similar fan 'holidays' - Towel Day, for fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams, one possible date of Star Wars Day, and the Glorious 25 May, for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

DiRT 3 free with HIS IceQ X Video Cards

TODAY HIS is pleased to bring you an exciting game bundle for our valued customers who purchase HIS IceQ X Series graphics cards.  Starting in Mid-June 2011, any customer who purchases qualifying HIS IceQ X Series graphics cards will receive a DiRT® 3™ full game coupon (US$59.99 value). 

To thank you for our customer’s continued support, our HIS 6770 IceQ X to 6970 IceQ models will be bundled with DiRT® 3™ game coupon while other HIS 6000 models will be released in game version and standard version. Enjoy your immersive game experience with our HIS IceQ X Series graphics cards.

Windows will run on ARM by Christmas

"Word on the street is that Windows based tablets which can use ARM processors will be in the shops by the end of 2011. According to Digitimes the lack of system performance will mean that the platform will be mainly used for targeting the tablet PC market. Quoting sources from notebook players, Digitimes said that there are several problems which need to be solved with the idea and most notebook makers are wary about it."

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