Two company, two very different headlines ... why?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.
Today I'm going to be spending some time fitting up a new system on the test bench - this one is an AMD "Spider" Phenom 9000-based system. I've read the reviews and been through the benchmarks but I want to get beyond that and find out how this platform feels and performs under real-world conditions.
The other day I reported that I was getting emails in from disgruntled Xbox Live users who had been banned by Microsoft for allegedly connecting to the online service using modded consoles even though the consoles were totally unmodified. Today I'm hearing that some of those affected are finally getting somewhere with tech support.
That never ending quest for better and better frame rates means that gamers will spend their money on pretty much anything that will allow them to get the edge on their opponents and frag them just that little bit faster. However, not everything leads to better performance. 2007 saw two technologies aimed specifically at gamers which have turned out to be about as effective as herbal viagra - PhysX and DirectX 10.
Face it - Elvis is dead and both Vista and Leopard failed to make grab the hearts of users in the way that their makers hoped they would.
The other day I was on the Apple Store website researching a gift (you know how it is at this time of year, someone asks for your opinion on a tech gift for someone else ...) and came across something I didn't expect to see for sale at the Apple Store.
Well, it's that time of year again? So what geeky tech is on your holiday wish list this year?
If my email inbox is anything to go by, Microsoft has once again gone on a Christmas Xbox Live banning spree, and once again innocent users are caught up in the crossfire.
What are the companies and products that analysts and enthusiasts should be keeping an eye on in 2008? Here's what I'm going to be keeping my eyes on ...
I've long held the belief that antivirus software can be almost as bad as the malware it's trying to protect you from. In fact, I believe that it's a lot worse.