ViewSonic tells us its new 24-inch LED monitor (VX2451MHP-LED) is designed to compliment an Apple Mac environment, but is also appropriate "for those who appreciate good design and want something different." What's different about this display is its all white frame and stand complimented by an ultra-slim body that measures just a hair over 1.4 inches (3.6 centimeters if you want to be all metric about it).
We welcome all PC (as in Personal Computer) users to the Maximum PC fold, be they Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X fans. Apple doesn't always make it easy, though. If the Cupertino outfit isn't out in court trying to destroy Google's open source Android platform through lawsuits, it's posting support documents that leave us scratching our heads wondering what the company thinks of its users.
Corsair today introduced a couple of DDR3 SODIMM kits for Apple Mac desktop and laptop PCs, serving as further proof that you can actually upgrade an Apple computer, or at least parts of it. The new kits are guaranteed to work with any Mac desktop or notebook PC that supports 4GB DDR3 SODIMMs, which covers just about every model in the past two years.
No iPhone? No problem! Amazon just scored its first exclusive desktop software courtesy of DistinctDev, makers of the hit iOS game The Moron Test. You can now download the popular title to your PC or Mac, though if you don't own an iPhone to begin with, you may have already passed (Zing!). We jest, and actually, The Moron Test is also available on Android and Windows Phone 7, which still won't come as any consolation if you're rocking a feature phone.
Last month, Intel increased the warranty period on solid-state drives in its SSD 320 range from the original three years to five years, making them the first consumer SSDs to have such a long warranty period. Now, Woodstock, Illinois-based Other World Computing (OWC) has taken a leaf out of Intel’s book and extended the warranty on its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD line to five years. According to OWC, this move has made it “the industry’s first SandForce processor-based 6Gb/s SATA Revision 3.0 SSD offering an enterprise-class level 5 year warranty.” Hit the jump for more.
Adobe has patched an “important’ vulnerability in the recently released Flash Player 10.3.181.16 and all previous versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, the San Jose-based company said on Sunday. It has issued a security bulletin (APSB11-13) to address the important vulnerability (CVE-2011-2107), which also affects Flash Player 10.3.185.22 and earlier versions for Android. Hit the jump for more.
Security firm Sophos has discovered a modified variant of the well known darkComet Remote Access Trojan (RAT) that not only affects Windows PCs, but the Mac OS X platform too. Interestingly enough, the nefarious Trojan readily admits it's not yet finished, which could be indicative of more underground programmers finally taking notice of Mac's increased market share. In its current form, Sophos senior security adviser, Chester Wisniewski, describes the Trojan as "very basic" in nature with a mix of English and German in the UI.
Last month, a rare Apple-1 sold for more than $210,000 at an auction house in London, an exorbitant price tag but one that the buyer felt was justified given that only about 200 Apple-1 machines were ever created, CNet reports. By comparison, it's believed that only around 10 transparent Mac SEs ever came off the assembly line, so surely one of those would command just as much, right?
Unfortunately for eBay user "caw_jmw," who claims he worked in Apple R&D in the 1980s, his rare transparent Mac SE, which was intended for internal use only, couldn't muster a single bid at the starting price of $25,000. If we chalk up the $210,000 Apple-1 to an anomaly, then we suppose the lesson here is that there really is a point where Apple users will cease to pay more for older generation hardware.
For those of you who collect or have held onto old PC parts, what's your most prized possession? An old Voodoo graphics card, perhaps? An AdLib soundcard? Hit the jump and share your stuff!
The said vulnerability, which can be used by an attacker to take control of the affected system, also affects Flash Player 10.1.85.3 (and earlier), but the hole in Flash has already been plugged with the release of version 10.1.102.64 earlier this month. Besides CVE-2010-3654, the updates also addressees a “potential issue” (CVE-2010-4091) in certain versions of Reader.
“Note that these updates represent an out-of-cycle release. The next quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat are scheduled for February 8, 2011,” said Adobe in the advisory.
Adafruit Industries is looking for the first (and probably the only) OK Prize laureate. What’s that you say? The Open Kinect Prize will go to the first person to deliver open-source software drivers for Kinect. Just to make sure that bragging rights and Microsoft’s wrath are not all that the eventual winner gets, the DIY electronics kit supplier has announced a $2,000 prize.
Adafruit has this to say about its maiden “X Prize type project” on its blog: “Anyone around the world can work on this, including Microsoft Upload your code, examples and documentation to GitHub. First person / group to get RGB out with distance values being used wins, you’re smart – you know what would be useful for the community out there. All the code needs to be open source and/or public domain. Email us a link to the repository, we and some “other” Kinect for Xbox 360 hackers will check it out – if it’s good to go, you’ll get the $2,000 bounty!”
Adafruit initially promised a $1,000 bounty, but later doubled it after Microsoft expressed its displeasure at the OK Prize. A MS spokesperson informed Cnet that the device features a number of software and hardware safeguards to reduce the possibility of tampering. Also, the company has vowed to “make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.”
How excited are you about the prospect of using Kinect with a PC?