Posts Tagged ‘ research ’

Inside Nvidia’s 3D Goggle Gamble

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Nvidia wants to reinvigorate the 3D market by developing its own glasses hardware and driver software, which they hope will avoid the pitfalls of previous efforts. Do we have the technology to make stereoscopic 3D tech practical? And more importantly, is this something that, as a gamer, you’d be open to embrace?



IE8’s ‘privacy’ mode leaks your private data

Sep 2nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

The InPrivate Browsing feature in Microsoft’s latest browser is designed to delete a user’s browsing history and other personal data that is gathered and stored during regular browsing sessions. The feature is commonly referred to as ‘porn mode’ for its ability to hide which websites have been visited from nosy spouses or employers.



Do Zebras Get Less Spam Than Aardvarks?

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Email spam got you down? Is your first name Aaron? A study by Cambridge University security expert Richard Clayton shows that the first letter of your email address has a lot to do with the amount of spam you receive.



Tracking the Terrorists Online

Aug 30th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

For years, al-Qaida and other terror groups have set up shop in the Internet. Those who track them have covertly followed. The companies SITE and IntelCenter have penetrated even deeper into the terror Web than most intelligence agencies.



Survey: 88% of IT admins would steal secrets if laid off

Aug 30th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

A staggering 88 percent of IT administrators admitted they would take corporate secrets, if they were suddenly made redundant. The target information included CEO passwords, customer databases, research and development plans, financial reports, M&A plans and the company’s list of privileged passwords.



New attack against multiple encryption functions

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Adi Shamir, who is the S in RSA, has presented material at the Crypto 2008 conference that has promised a new form of mathematical attack against a broad range of cryptographic ciphers, including hash functions (such as MD5, SHA-256), stream ciphers (such as RC4), and block ciphers (such as DES, Triple-DES, AES).



Poor earning virtual gaming gold

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat, Technology

Large numbers of people in developing nations now earn a wage by making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a Manchester University study has found. The industry, of which about 80% is based in China, employs about 400,000 people, who earn £77 per month on average.



Brain will be battlefield of future, warns US intelligence report

Aug 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

A Defense Intelligence Agency report found several areas in which neuroscience research could have a profound impact, including behaviour-altering drugs, scanners that can interpret a person’s state of mind and devices capable of boosting senses such as hearing and vision.



The sky isn’t falling: a look at a new Vista security bypass

Aug 13th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Even with the attacks described in the paper, Windows Vista has many worthwhile security improvements compared to Windows XP. Stories suggesting that Vista’s security is now irredeemably broken are far off the mark; the truth is merely that some of its automatic security protection is less effective than it was before.



Endorsement From Winfrey Quantified: A Million Votes

Aug 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The economists, Craig Garthwaite and Timothy Moore of the University of Maryland, College Park, contend that Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama last year gave him a boost of about one million votes in the primaries and caucuses.