It’s iPhone 4S release day!

October 14th, 2011

The day has come that Apple fans have been waiting for! It's iPhone 4S release day!

It might look (exactly) like an iPhone 4 on the outside, but on the inside there are some key differences:

Three prices and three different capacities (assuming contract): 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399.

Queues at Apple retail stores around the world seem to have been subdued today, but given that Apple got over 1 million pre-orders on the first day, maybe people decided to have them delivered.

I'm hearing that AT&T customers are having problems activating their new handsets (seems like it's been a busy day for AT&T) ... not much they can do beyond wait.

Hey, Firefox 3.6 users, look out for Firefox 7.0.1!

October 6th, 2011

Today Mozilla will start pushing Firefox 7.0.1 onto people who are still using Firefox 3.6.

It's all part of the plan:

* We will be offering an advertised update (also sometimes called a “major update”) for Firefox 3.6.x -> Firefox 7.0 on 2011-10-06 (1 week and 2 days after Firefox 7’s release)

* The advertised update has no bearing on support levels. It does not mean Firefox 3.6 is end-of-life

* The advertised update has no bearing on the Firefox ESR proposal[3]

* This is part of the old release process and is unchanged from what we have been doing for the past 3+ years

* The prompt is opt-in…if users decline, they stay on 3.6.x and get security updates until the next time we decide to prompt

So don't freak out if you see it!

iPhone micro USB adapter

October 5th, 2011

This is cool:

It's a micro USB adapter for the iPhone.

The downsides - It's currently only available in the UK and costs £8/$12 (pretty pricey for an adapter) and ships October 14.

Apple rates the adapter as compatible with iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS and 3G. Not sure why it wouldn't work with iPods and even iPads for just syncing.

AMD’s FX CPU overlcoked to record-breaking speeds

September 13th, 2011

Overclockers Brian Mchlachlan and Sami Maekinen take an AMD FX processor to a whopping Guinness Book of World Record breaking 8.429 GHz, beating the current record of 8.308 GHz.

All you need is some liquid helium for cooling!

I bet this would run Crysis!


Windows 8 to have built-in antivirus protection

September 13th, 2011

Microsoft will be shipping antivirus protection as standard with the Windows 8 operating system.

This is cool. Very cool.

Features from Microsoft's Security Essentials program, which is currently available as a separate download for Windows users, have been ported to the Windows Defender package already built into Windows. This means that Windows 8 users will get out-of-the-box protection against malware, along with firewall and parental controls from within Windows - no separate download required, no need to buy new software.

Another new security feature being baked into Windows 8 is protection from bootable USB drives that are infected with malware.

Awesome news ... but I think that this will severely upset the antivirus industry.