How's that netbook working out for online 1080p HD content? Probably not so well, which gives VIA reason to tout its new VX900 chipset. According to VIA, this full featured single chip solution takes the jitters out of HD videos when coupled with the latest VIA Nano-3000 series processors.
"VIA's trail-blazing VX900 will bring welcome relief to those pining for the best view of HD video online," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies. "The VIA VX900 represents the most complete solution for HD digital content consumption on the market today."
At the heart of the VX900 is VIA's ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine, which features hardware acceleration for H.264. VIA promises smooth playback of 1080p video "without incurring a heavy CPU load."
Other features include support for DDR3 memory up to 1066MHz, a Chrome9 HCM 3D integrated graphics core, DX 9.0 support, and a 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability.
I have Windows Vista on my desktop computer and I’m stuck on what to do about backing up my more than 500GB of videos and music. I’ve read that external is the way to go, but I’m a little iffy because of expense and the fact that the backup drive can crash. DVDs are not a bad idea, but it takes forever to back up that much data. I use these files every day and want easy access to them. The most reliable method, plus easiest to access, would be an online site, but that costs a lot of money. Please help me make a decision so I can install Windows 7 worry-free.
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Thriving online retailers in the U.S. have nothing to worry about, or at least that's the case according to a new report by market research firm Forrester Research.
According to Forrester Research, the online retail business in the U.S. has a good shot at growing 10 percent a year compounded annually, climbing as high as $249 billion by 2014. Things are looking good in Western Europe too, where sales are expected to jump 11 percent annually over the next five years.
So what items are driving this kind of growth? Not too surprisingly, computer hardware, software, and peripherals are the big sellers, accounting for than half for half of U.S. online sales as a percentage of total category sales. Consumer electronics and clothing are two other areas that are also doing extremely well.
This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone with an Internet connection, but according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, online news has supplanted newspapers as the third most popular form of news, trailing only local and national TV stations.
"News awareness is becoming an anytime, anywhere, any device activity for those who want to stay informed," PRC said.
No single site dominates the online news scene, though PRC did say that news aggregators such as Google News and AOL were more popular than other outlets. Even still, over 90 percent of the survey's respondents said they get their news from more than one method, and 57 percent said they browse between two and five websites for their daily dose of world events.
"Americans have become news grazers both on and offline -- but within limits," said Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Music, music everywhere, and a ton of programs with which to organize it. But how will you know which of the many iTunes-equivalents (if not iTunes itself) are going to be right for your needs?
If you're one of the many people using Windows' default music libraries to organize and store your files, stop. Just stop. There's so much more you can do beyond that-which-is-given by Windows Media Player's library features, it's not even funny. Conversely, if you're one of the people who clings to Apple's iTunes with a death grip by virtue of it being one of the first big music organizing tools to really "stick" amongst the general geek population... you might be in good hands. You also might be missing out on a ton of additional functionality, depending on what you're looking for and how you typically go about rocking out on your computer.
To keep the playing field fair, we'll look at three different applications in this ultimate guide to media organizing: iTunes, Songbird, and Zune. For those keeping score at home, that's one big solution from Apple, one big solution from Microsoft, and one big solution from the open-source community. There are certainly other options around--Foobar comes to mind as one such example. None are as comprehensive in their combination of features and/or customizability as these three, however. They're all easy to install and easy to set up, but which application has the features and usability that'll make it a hit?
Sometimes, you have a whole 'lotta people you need to chat with at once. And more often than not, you are all spread across ten different social networks, messaging programs, time zones, and lifestyles. Getting you all together in a single room would destroy your Skype client, not to mention your sanity--wrangling these people up is going to be a lot more complicated of a process than you bargained for.
Or is it?
The Web app Tinychat couldn't make the process of setting up Web-wide chat rooms any easier. You don't need a login; you don't even need customized software. As long as your browser supports Flash, you have scored yourself a ticket to a chat application that not only functions as a text-based room, but as a full-fledge Web cam and microphone gateway for telecommunications as well.
A happy belated birthday goes out to Facebook, the mega-social networking site which turned six years old yesterday. And sure we're a day late in sending along our birthday wishes, but with 400 million users, we probably would have been drowned out in the crowd anyway.
Facebook's rise in popularity during its six-year run is pretty remarkable. In addition to boasting 400 million users, market research firm Hitwise says that the social networking site is a lead news reader, right behind Google, Yahoo, and MSN search. It's no longer just about fun and games.
"Facebook could be a major disruptor to the News and Media category," Hitwise noted. "And with the Wall Street Journal already publishing content to Facebook, perhaps the social network can avoid the run-ins that Google has suffered recently with Rupert Murdoch. We will continue to watch this space. "
It will be interesting to see what the next six years bring.
Do you want space or do you want security? That's the fundamental question posed by this weeks' spotlight Firefox addon, Gspace. If you think about it for a moment, you can probably get a pretty good inkling of what this addon actually does. If not, here are a few clues. It's USB week here at Maximum PC. But not all of us have access to a USB stick (or a Dropbox account) at all times. And it's not like you can just hunker down and email yourself a 100MB file at once--even Gmail itself has a pesky 25MB attachment limit for anything you send.
The point I'm trying to get at is that sometimes you just need a little extra oomph in the online file storage department. And that's exactly where Gspace comes into play. This simple addon opens up a gateway to file storage via your Gmail account, all handled through an FTP-like display directly in your Firefox browser. No longer will you use your Gmail merely for sending and receiving emails. No, it's now its own file server--free for you to grab and take files anywhere you have access to Firefox and the Gspace addon. Of course, you can also access the gmail address you assign to Gspace through a standard Web client and download (as attachments) any files you've uploaded under 19MB in size--anything larger gets split into Gspace-only archives.
Neat, huh? As always, that description is but the tip of the Gspace iceberg. Click the jump to see what else this awesome addon can do!
Having trouble landing a job lately and can't figure out why? You may need to clean up your online shenanigans, or at least hide them better. According to a Microsoft study, 70 percent of surveyed HR professionals in the U.S. have turned down a potential job candidate based solely on online reputation information.
The survey, which was conducted to commemorate Data Privacy Day, pinged 2,500 consumers, HR managers, and recruitment professionals in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France to find out what effect online profiles and activities have in each nation when it comes to job hunting.
Of those surveyed, 63 percent of consumers admitted to being concerned that their online rep might affect their personal or professional life, but at the same time, less than half consider the ramifications when posting online. Less than 15 percent of consumers in any of the countries felt that information found online might hamper or help their ability to land a job.
I'm not sure which of these is a more compelling criticism of the Apple iPad: "They named it what?" or "Where's the Flash?"
It's no secret that Apple harbors no love for Adobe's Flash architecture. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball recently wrote up a wonderful treatise as to why this is the case. If you have a spare hour or so, I recommend giving it a look-see. I'll spoil the ending for the sake of continuing on with this column: Flash is a proprietary architecture that Apple has no control over. Thus, when Flash-based elements wreak havoc on the stability of Apple platforms, Apple can't do much to fix the issue--nor can the company convert the 32-bit Flash binary over to Apple's goal of a system-wide, 64-bit experience.
The enemy of Apple's proprietary enemy might be the company's friend, but it's no friend to the Internet.