The recently announced 10.1″ Windows 8 Samsung ATIV Tab 3 tablet takes its design cues from the popular Samsung GALAXY design but its stand-out feature is its low profile 8.2mm (0.3″) depth and 550g (1.2 lbs) weight.
Comparisons to the Apple iPad are inevitable particularly as the Tab 3 is lighter and slimmer than the latest iPad.
Hands on reports are uncovering more information about the new tablet. Features include an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, a microUSB port, microHDMI, and microSD slot, 1366 x 768 resolution, and proper Windows 8 (Not Windows RT) operating system.
The ATIV Tab 3 also sports the S Pen, and S Note application, with 1024 levels of sensitivity. Microsoft Office Home & Student edition is also pre-installed.
The Geeks received an invitation to test Anonymizer, Inc.’s new consumer-based online privacy and identity protection service called Anonymizer Universal which was released in June. Anonymizer Universal creates a secure and encrypted VPN tunnel between the user and The Anonymizer Network to prevent interception of identifiable information, or “packet sniffing.” The technology protects the user by replacing their personal IP Address with an anonymous IP Address daily. One of the differentiators from other anonymizer’s that are browser-based, Anonymizer Universal works for all Internet activity including accessing the web, obtaining email, streaming music, instant messaging and playing online games.
In addition to traditional Windows and Mac Operating Systems, Anonymizer Universal also protects a user’s mobile Internet activities. For example Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices use a “Connect/Disconnect” interface that runs silently in the background to establish and tear down the VPN session. The service only requires a simple download, and can be up and running immediately. Anonymizer Universal’s retail price is $79.99 (U.S.) per year, and is available via the company’s website (www.anonymizer.com) and select Anonymizer Authorized Resellers which provides a license good for one computer and one mobile Apple device.
This video was created to demonstrate the service:
Here’s a good piece of news for those of you running Windows 7 or worried about migrating to it. Microsoft has just put out a patch so you can run apps in Win7 Pro’s XP Mode without specialized hardware.
Prior to this patch, Win7’s XP mode needed a PC with hardware-assisted virtualization.
Of course, most XP applications will run just fine under Windows 7, but there are still others that require this mode.
This is welcome news, as most Windows know the pain of having to migrate to a new OS and leave your favorite apps behind. Heck, I’m still running great apps from Win95 and Win2k days.
PCmover by Laplink is a software migration utility that helps you move your programs, files and settings from your old PC to your new PC, and your old PC can be a WinXP box and your new PC can be a Windows 7 machine.
By now if you’re in the market for a new Windows PC, you should be thinking Windows 7, because Windows XP is nearing end-of-life, and you don’t want to be running a computer that never gets security updates.
There are multiple editions of PCmover, including the in-place PCmover Upgrade Assistant which will upgrade your 1 machine. To migrate data from 1 PC to another, you will need PCmover Home at a minimum. There is also an edition geared for netbooks.
MSI continues to be a leader in the Netbook market, now with their MSI Wind U110 ECO. The #1 selling point is has to be its extensive battery life – this one claims over 14 hours! And all this is from a regular six cell battery.
The Wind U110 runs on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU, 1GB RAM and with Windows XP Home (in case you’re afraid of Windows 7 too). It sports a 10″ 1024×600 WSVGA screen on top of an Intel GMA500 graphics card, a 160GB SATA drive and weighs in at 3.2lbs.
It is 1.24” at its widest, the 10” LCD screen is backlit, it has a high-res web cam, double speakers, a built-in microphone and Bluetooth.
Buy now! Price: $394.99 (Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)
According to 1 market research outfit, Windows 7 has outsold Windows Vista by 234% in their first few days of sales. Not surprising is it? The question is whether or not this is sustained and makes significant inroads into the business market where Microsoft makes a great deal of its income from operating system and productivity software.
Oh Microsoft. It’s really not a good sign that your launch celebration of Windows 7 with cascading dominoes had ‘bugs’ in it!
(If you don’t feel like watching the whole way through, I’ll give away the ‘bugs’ – there were sections where the dominoes didn’t fall and in one case, someone had to manually push them to finish the sequence.)
After pulling my hair out for a while, I discovered that the Skype client needs to be run as a user with administrative privileges (I’m using version 4.x). I don’t see why this is necessary, but oh well, I’ll live. I’m not happy with Skype as I’d rather not have to run my applications with admin privileges.
While some security experts will disagree with me on this, I’d rather run my account with lower security privileges to at least ‘sandbox’ my account somewhat and prevent (at least some) malicious processes from getting away with too much. My user account is a member of the Power Users group.