Yesterday Microsoft released more details on their upcoming Zune player, the mobile device that it hopes will compete head to head again Apple's iPod. Does it have what it takes to be an iPod killer or will it get slaughtered like all the other contenders?
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.
Windows Vista might be delayed until the end of January 2007, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft doesn't have anything coming out in the interim. Yesterday the Microsoft Hardware division launched a huge array of new peripherals in an attempt to lure us away from the traditionally drab keyboards and mice that most PC users are faced with.
Yesterday saw Steve Jobs unveil some serious upgrades to all three of the Apple iPod line, putting them in a strong position to compete with Microsoft's Zune. In fact, it sounds like Apple has listened to criticisms and and taken the opportunity to make some core changes to the iPod, iPod nano and iPod shuffle. Oh, and they introduced the iTV.
Yesterday Samsung announced a working prototype of what it calls Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) flash memory, nicknamed "Perfect RAM", amid claims that they expect PRAM to replace high-density NOR flash memory within a decade.
Michael Dell sees computer gaming becoming a $4 billion per year industry by 2010, but does Dell have a future in computer gaming?
Windows Vista has a new feature that's designed to give users a quick, simple and cheap way to boost the performance of their Vista-powered PC - it's called ReadyBoost. But what is ReadyBoost? How does it work and how effective is it? Let's take a look.
Here we go. The first hint that Sony's PS3 production has serious problems. Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony's global computer entertainment division, has just announced that the European and Australian launch of the PlayStation 3 games console will be delayed until March 2007.
On August 25th, security firm Symantec engineers announced they had discovered a virus that leveraged a flaw in the AMD64 CPU. This virus, called W32/W64.Bounds, was capable of binding itself to Windows executables in such a way that made it hard to detect. However, it's now been shown that this virus doesn't have anything to do with in AMD CPUs, but instead with the X86-64 instruction set itself. But could this be a sign of things to come?
Any product that Microsoft brings out generates a high level of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt). Windows Vista (or Longhorn as it was called before that) has created a greater frenzy of FUD than any other product that I can recall. One myth that just won't seem to go away is that some sort of super PC is needed to run Vista. Garbage!
A few weeks ago I blogged about how Vista's Windows Experience Index was fatally flawed. I'm pleased to say that under the latest Vista build (pre-RC1, build 5536) things are a lot better. In this post I'm going to take a detailed look at the Windows Experience Index and see how it is used to judge the performance of your PC.