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WikiLeaks Teaches Us No Data Is Safe
s the press and pundits pored over the thousands of documents (cable communications) released recently by WikiLeaks—the non-profit media organization that says it strives to “bring important news and information to the public”—I find myself pondering the other lessons this new breach teaches us. The biggest and most obvious is that the digital world is a porous place. Our secrets are only safe for as long as we share them with no one, in no fashion. I’m not just talking about government and diplomatic secrets. The government’s WikiLeaks problem is really the same one we all face: your digital information could become grist for a rumor mill among your friends, family, co-workers or the world at large. Obviously, there’s a difference between what you store locally (on your home computer) and everything you post online in, say, Facebook, MySpace and your online e-mail provider. It’s harder, though not impossible, for hackers to get at your
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home network. However, if the incentive is there, they might try and do it anyway. according to a report on the BBC, WikiLeaks’ diplomatic data came by way of a government network that was expanded in the early part of this century so government intelligence agencies could more effectively share critical information. Stovepipes of information may have hurt us prior to the 9/11 attacks and it was assumed that these more fluid information-sharing capabilities would protect us from another attack. My guess is that they have, but they also, naturally, leave that data more open to outright theft. networks connected to the Internet can be hacked in many ways. Sometimes it’s malware that comes through e-mail and can surreptitiously mail network-bound data to e-mail accounts without your even knowing it. In the case of the WikiLeaks, it’s unclear if someone physically downloaded the data to a portable drive or accessed it all through the network. What isn’t in question is where the data came from or its veracity.
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If no digital data is bullet-proof, should the feds pull all their data off the network and go back to paper binders with red “ToP SeCreT” stamps?
If we accept that no digital data is truly bullet-proof, what is our government—or anyone for that matter—to do? Should the feds pull all their data off the network and go back to paper binders and giant, red “TOP SECrET” stamps? I’m not sure they’ve done away with that, but I also don’t think an all-paper intelligence system is going to help anyone. Likewise, I don’t think terrified americans should stop posting data online or storing it on their home PCs. Facing Up To Realities of the Digital Age For better or worse we live in the digital age. Perhaps it’s time we started to embrace the benefits and consequences and maybe even modify our behavior. a more transparent government and diplomacy means that whatever people learn from the digital world will essentially support what they’ve heard in the real world. Likewise, people who like to post secrets and compromising images and text could start acting online as they do in the real world. yeah, right. This all makes sense, except when you consider that people purposely compartmentalize (who acts the same in their personal and professional lives?) and that there will always be secrets. People can avoid posting embarrassing information online, but they still need to keep personal, sensitive information about their lives somewhere safe. The home computer should be the spot, but the reality is that system has very little in common with the steel, singlekey-access, safety deposit box. If you store a piece of paper with all your secrets in a bank’s safety deposit box, it’ll be virtually impossible for anyone but you to access it. The boxes are in a guarded location, the box number is known only to you and the bank, and only you have the key. your home computer is accessible to everyone in your home. a password can protect the system, but the reality is that most home computers are not password protected. They’re also usually on the network, which connects out the broader world. The most secure government computers have a bit more in common with safety deposit boxes. They can only be accessed from certain physical locations, they have complex passwords, their ports are either blocked or restrict data downloads. Despite all of that, regular people are now reading thousands of classified documents that came from a government computer. I don’t really have an answer, but I do know the lesson of WikiLeaks: no data, no matter how carefully guarded, is ever truly safe.
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The number of mobile apps has grown to 300. and a report last month from IDC said revenues from mobile app sales are expected to grow more than 60 percent by 2014.magazines for all Front What’s New from the World of Tech The Decade Ahead: An Epic App Explosion Mobile app sales to grow more than 60 percent by 2014.storemags & fantamag .000 in just three years.” IDC said that market growth has been driven by increased demand for devices like tablets and smartphones. “Mobile app developers will ‘appify’ just about every interaction you can think of in your physical and digital worlds. vice president of mobile and wireless at IDC.” said Scott Ellison. with enormous opportunities for virtually every business sector. “The extension of mobile apps to every aspect of our personal and business lives will be one of the hallmarks of the new decade. a personal trainer. or a financial adviser. Mobile apps can transform a phone into a cookbook. growth that is expected to continue with connected TVs january 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 5 .
the number of android apps.19 million iPads last quarter. —Andrew Webster APP sCout RunPee App for the Movies If you have an over-active bladder and always have to “use it” during what seems to be the best part of the movie at the theater. start the runPee timer and it will vibrate to let you know when and for how long you can go potty without missing anything important. reaching 208 million by 2014.5 million in 2010.000 applications in its catalog. and tends to become even more active as the temperature rises. like Lock 2. and this new research explains why the oriental hornet is different: It stays out during the day because there’s more sun. “Xanthopterin works as a light-harvesting molecule transforming light into electrical energy. that helps with the process. Here’s how it works: after you’ve decided what movie to see.9 billion in 2014. app stores for various platforms have reported positive growth this year.—Leslie Horn BEST of our BlogS The insect also features a special pigment. —Terrance Gaines GeArLoG Solar-powered Hornets! The oriental hornet is more active during the day. apple confirmed that the app Store had surpassed 300. Google said that the android Market. The new popularity of tablets such as the apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab have further pushed growth for mobile apps.0. simply open runPee and find the movie in its directory. and that app revenues will surpass $35 billion in the same year. Marian Plotkin told the BBC. are growing steadily.” Dr. Samsung’s Galaxy Android APPs In addition to apps for apple devices. When you return. had hit 100.frontside and connected homes. a Gartner study predicted tablet sales of 19. the runPee app can help you find the best time to take a pee break without missing out. and after its first month. In October. you can read what happened in the summary portion of the movie you are timing.000 apps. Earlier this year. Wasps and hornets tend to be more active during the morning. called xanthopterin.9 billion in 2010 to 76. It turns out that the distinctive yellow stripe on the hornet’s abdomen is actually full of tiny protrusions that gather sunlight and harness it for energy. Tab sold more than 1 million. after the opening credits are done and the movie officially has begun. and now scientists have discovered the reason: the hornets are solar-powered. Last month. apple sold 4. 6 PC MAGAZine diGitAL edition january 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . IDC predicted that the number of downloaded apps will grow from 10. which is soon getting an update.
or the insides of satellites or wind turbines. In turn. Products could be manufactured using the new material within as little as two years. this highlights any loss of light due to cracks in the plastic. according to a report by australia’s IT news. the report said. The u. according to the report. that prevents the MOrPhING PLAsTIC When heated. contains a fiber-optic “nervous system” of sorts that can detect and address cracks over time.storemags & fantamag . The material.S. Microsoft is also working on a shapememory polymer display that offers genuine tactile feedback. called shape memory polymer. Laboratory testing has shown the material is capable of restoring up to 96 percent of an object’s original strength.” When activated via a specific frequency of ultraviolet light. heating the material and making it 11 times tougher. researchers said the material could be used in composite structures that humans can’t normally reach. resarchers at arizona State university have now figured out a way to build plastic material that heals itself. lending the displayed image some physical texture. the plastic material called shape memory polymer retains its original shape.magazines for all Scientists Develop Self-Healing Plastics real-life Transformers just got a little closer to reality. such as the Mars rovers. individual pixels can be raised or lowered. —Jamie Lendino january 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 7 . the journal of applied Physics published the results last month. which could usher in a new generation of touch screens. national Science Foundation funded the work. Its patent covers a touch screen design that includes a “shape-memory layer. Here’s how it works: The fiber-optic network inside the plastic transmits infrared light from a one-watt laser. Extreme Tech crack from spreading. Imagine an on-screen keyboard with individual raised “keys” that depress when you touch them. The surrounding plastic then absorbs the lost light.
and mouse buttons offer a nearly flawless typing and navigating experience. Covered in luxurious aluminum. and every wireless technology imaginable.53-GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor.6-inch widescreen. Intel GMA HD and nVidia GeForce GT 420M graphics. INSIDE 8 HARDWARE 14 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 18 BUSINESS 22 SOFTWARE First Dell XPS 15 $1. as it’s based on RGB LED technology. The XPS 15 also has a Skype-certified HD webcam—a laptop first—as well as floorthumping speakers. or priced to meet a certain budget.0 combo port).53-GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. It is simply one of the best laptops I’ve tested. so the XPS 15 can be completely over-the-top if you want. such as a dual-core 2. And it can fit like a glove.11n Wi-Fi. The 6-cell battery alone won’t cut it.115 direct L l l l h Dell XPS 15 Groundbreaking. including 802. Bluetooth. 500GB hard drive.0. providing a wider color gamut. 802. is a wonderland of lavish features and cutting-edge components. touchpad. HDMI and DisplayPort. 4GB DDR3 memory. Excellent keyboard.3 pounds.11n wireless. Long list of processor options. Nvidia GeForce GT 420M graphics chip is also a first. WiMAX (4G). Top-of-the-line components. 15. complement many of these high-end features. and mobile broadband (CDMA and GSM 3G technologies). the other an eSATA/USB 2. PROS 1080p resolution. and an HD Webcam. Many Times Over The Dell XPS 15. with its 1080p resolution. and undoubtedly contribute to the XPS 15’s I SPECS 2. The XPS 15 comes with 3 USB ports (two of which are USB 3. a desktopreplacement laptop. The screen itself can take images into another color space. First HD webcam on a laptop. HDMI. Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Reasonably priced. Its keyboard. 6. DisplayPort. 8 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . CONS Thick and heavy. the XPS 15 has a 15. Has Optimus technology. There’s no shortage of wireless features either. most of its parts are customizable.6-inch widescreen that will blow you away.
The XPS 15 takes the cake when it comes to features. components and customization.—Cisco Cheng >> CLICk HERE FOR MORE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 9 . It also earned top marks in PCMark Vantage (6. an overall performance test that takes advantage of yet another component—graphics. It emerged the victor in tests like Handbrake (2:45) and Cinebench R11. It’s as impressive as desktop replacements laptop gets.426).magazines for all Our raTINGS kEy: l l l l l EXCELLENT l l l l m VERY GOOD l l l m m GOOD l l m m m FAIR l m m m m POOR strong performance.3).storemags & fantamag .5 (2. and that’s why it’s our new Editors’ Choice pick.
11n wireless. the new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch has added features and performance this time around that set the precedent for what’s to come. With its extra USB port. Dell V130. and the Sony Z1390X. 802. But if your demands aren’t outrageous. Twice as much battery life as its predecessor.86-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L9400 processor and just 2GB of DDR3 memory. The 13-inch version adds an extra USB port and an SD slot—features it desperately needed to compete as a laptop. it takes a lot longer to transcode a video using Handbrake (4:28) or render a photo with Adobe Photoshop CS5 (10:50). the MacBook Air 13-inch isn’t going to set the world on fire in terms of performance.86-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L9400 processor. But the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch $1. or working in Microsoft Office. playing a high-definition movie.FIRST LOOKS HARDwARE Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Sleek. and bigger battery. It completely transitions to flash storage (SSDs). Apple has addressed the complaints Air users have had for the last two years. But for those bound by a budget. nVidia GeForce 320M graphics. yet Apple still found a way to shave some extra fat off the frame.9 pounds. Starting memory configuration only 2GB rather than 4GB. With a 1. 2GB DDR3 memory. Thin And Full of Features W hile its predecessor was thin and beautiful but a disappointment in terms of features. Intel Core 2 Duo processor based on two-year-old technology. the Editors’ Choice Toshiba Portege R705-P35 doesn’t cost nearly as much and is a better overall ultraportable. 2. Best clickpad implementation. it’s fast enough to tackle any number of tasks.6 10 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . CONS Pricey.—Cisco Cheng >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE I SPECS 1. Stunningly beautiful design. differences are negligible when it comes to surfing the Web. Zippy wake-from-sleep times. 13. an SD slot. which made room for a bigger 50Wh battery and its over 5 hours of battery life. Compared with laptops like the Toshiba R705-P35. 128GB hard drive. period.299 direct l l l l m PROS Added SD slot and extra USB port. Mac OS X 10.3-inch widescreen.
366-by-768 resolution. It offers a great user experience. 802. for the same price.—Cisco Cheng >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE I sPECs Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition Processor Speed: 1. and an SD slot.5-GHz Intel Atom N550 processor. netbooks are still key products.9 pounds). VGA. three USB ports.8 pounds. a webcam.storemags & fantamag . The NF310-A01 ships with a great keyboard that is 95 percent of full size. which measures overall performance. it is lighter than the HP 5103 (3 pounds) and Toshiba NB305-N410 (2.magazines for all FIRsT LOOKs HARDwARE samsung NF310-A01 The Best Netbook Experience Around Despite claims that tablets are eating into sales.5 score (0. a rare find in the 10-inch space. 250GB hard drive.1-inch widescreen. 2. but the NF310-A01 is our new netbook winner because of its dual-core Atom processor and high-resolution screen. 1GB RAM. Battery life lasted 7 hours 5 minutes—nice for a small laptop. Wide touchpad and soft mouse buttons. Standing out from the latest batch of dual-core. Its Cinebench R11.” spruced-up marketing lingo to describe its reflective plastic.48) matched that of the Asus 1015PEM and Acer AOD255-1203.11n wireless. Reasonably priced. Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 11 . High-resolution screen. CONs Glossy top is a little dated. Intel GMA 3150 graphics. At 2. Ethernet. Easy to upgrade memory. a high-resolution screen. The 10-inch widescreen has a 1.400-rpm) hard drive.8 pounds. and is as comfortable as typing on a full-size laptop. The Toshiba NB305-N410 is still a great netbook. The NF310-A01’s lid is dubbed “Titan Silver. 10. Features are fairly standard: a 250GB (5. Samsung NF310-A01 $400 street L l l l h PROs Dual-core Atom. On SYSMark 2007 Preview. and a nice price. Over 7 hours of battery life. Atom-processor netbooks is the Samsung NF310-A01. more than 7 hours of battery life. Full-size keyboard. the NF310-A01 scored as well as every other netbook in this group (with 38).
Only 60-day Norton Internet Security. ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics. Therefore it is our new winner for entry-level all-in-one desktops.066 on our PCMark Vantage test. A bit of bloatware. Wired keyboard and mouse. Tool-less. The Omni 100 is fast enough to keep up with the general PC user. a 6-in-1 digital media card reader. nettops like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 and Giada Slim-N20. And Under $600 The HP Omni 100 has something that most other all-in-one desktop PCs lack: a price under $600. and on Photoshop CS5. Ethernet port. easy-to-access chassis. scoring 3. bright 20-inch LCD panel. it scored a respectable 5:31. If you’re looking to stay below $600. Unlike the iMac.0 ports. if not all. it topped the 2. a Webcam. the HP Omni 100 is an attractive all-inone entry level PC with a large hard drive. Great bang for the buck.600-by-900 resolution—not quite 1080p “True HD” but enough to display 720p online videos and 480p videos from DVDs. 500GB hard drive. which is made of aluminum.000-point scores of Intel Atom-powered HP Omni 100 $559. It has most. Like the Apple iMac. built-in speakers. On the Handbrake video-encode test. Speedier than Atompowered desktops. the Omni is made of black plastic. the Omni 100 is a screen suspended by an arm with a single tilt point. it held its own at 10:48.99 direct l l l l h PROs Compact all-in-one. Attractive design. Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW optical drive. the features you’d want in an affordable all-in-one PC. 3GB RAM.FIRsT LOOKs HARDwARE HP Omni 100 All In One. and decent performance. —Joel Santo Domingo >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE I sPECs AMD Athlon II X2 processor. 20-inch LCD widescreen. CONs Not true 1080p HD. and audio ports on the system. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 12 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . 500GB hard drive. The Omni 100 has adequate. six USB 2. and it doesn’t feel like an underpowered nettop. The system’s widescreen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1. The Omni 100 is well-equipped at this price point: 3GB of memory. and a dual-core processor.
It has a quad-core processor. and that’s why it earns our Editors’ Choice for compact PCs. the system becomes the perfect HDTV companion. and a plethora of ports in the back. Discrete graphics. The only thing missing is a TV tuner. Blu-ray player. the Zino HD has an HDMI-out port for connections to large monitors or HDTVs. a large 750GB. Quiet and compact.99 direct l l l l m PROs Wireless keyboard and mouse. Included MCE remote. and a Blu-ray drive. and Blu-ray movies.—Joel Santo Domingo >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE I sPECs AMD Phenom II processor. 6GB of DDR3 memory. a tray-loading optical drive and 4-in-1 media card reader in the front. Not user serviceable. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 13 . CONs Only 30-day trial to McAfee SecurityCenter. Dell Inspiron Zino HD (Inspiron 410) $849. 7. Two eSATA ports. Quadcore power. This compact desktop takes up about as much shelf space as the recent Apple Mac mini. 6GB RAM. integrated IR sensor for the remote. 6GB of memory. It has a full-sized wireless keyboard and mouse. Blu-Ray Disc optical drive. The Zino HD’s outer appearance is essentially unchanged from the Inspiron 400 version. it’s more powerful on the Web and more flexible than Google TV adjuncts like the Logitech Revue or Sony’s Blu-ray player with Google TV.storemags & fantamag . decent discrete graphics.200-rpm hard drive.11a/b/g/n. Most notable. 802. Thicker than Mac mini. and two eSATA ports for external hard drives. HDMI port. DVDs.4-GHz/5-GHz WiFi. The Zino HD (Inspiron 410) is certainly fast enough to support HD viewing on an HDTV or large-screen monitor. a VGA port. so the system can work as a DVR. 750GB hard drive. The system smoothly displayed Web videos. a S/PDIF port for digital audio. External power brick.magazines for all FIRsT LOOKs HARDWARE Dell Inspiron Zino HD (Inspiron 410) The Perfect Companion To HDTV Here’s the ideal centerpiece to your home-theater setup. And since it has full Windows compatibility. No HDTV tuner. It is the best compact entertainment PC available to hook up to an HDTV or large-screen monitor. MCE remote. Built-in IR receiver. ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics. 2. Assuming that you already have a cable-company DVR. even though it’s a bit taller.
It also has Wi-Fi 802/11 b/g/n. but voice quality on the earpiece isn’t great. Reception on the Droid 2 Global is fine. the Motorola Droid 2. you may want to shop around. The Droid 2 Global is very similar to our previous Editors’ Choice. though it’s a touch heavier. this is the cell phone you need. at 6.1 ounces. There’s a SIM card slot and MicroSD memory-card slot under the 14 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 sliding metal back. The handsets have almost exactly the same body. If you’re picky about your voice quality. Attaching an Aliph Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset helped. Motorola has clocked the TI OMAP 3640 processor from 1 GHz up to 1. True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . the Global is a sliding-keyboard smartphone with a 3.2 modem without making the phone any larger. and voice dialing worked through the headset as well. But it isn’t perfect. The Droid 2 Global connects to Verizon’s CDMA EVDO Rev A network here in the States and to CDMA. but the Droid 2 is more powerful. If you’re a corporate customer and your company doesn’t require you to get a BlackBerry. The four-row QWERTY keyboard is quite good. Voices sounded muddy and indistinct in my tests. GSM or HSPA 900/2100 networks abroad.fIrsT LOOks CONsuMEr ELECTrONICs Motorola Droid 2 Global (Verizon Wireless) Verizon’s Premiere Business Phone The Motorola Droid 2 Global is Verizon’s premiere business phone.2 GHz and folded in a world-ready HSPA 7. Just like the Droid 2. which was frustrating.7-inch. 854-by-480 screen.
no-nonsense business folks will still want to go for the global BlackBerry Bold 9650. and higher voice quality. That said. a better camera. The Motorola Droid X has a bigger screen. Truly old-school.storemags & fantamag .99 direct l l l l m PrOs Global capability. with its unparalleled battery life and excellent voice quality.—Sascha Segan >> CLICk HErE fOr MOrE Motorola Droid 2 Global (Verizon Wireless) $199. Long battery life. It is pretty much like the Droid 2 but better.magazines for all The Droid 2 Global is our Editors’ Choice as the top smartphone with a keyboard on Verizon Wireless. JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 15 . but you lose the keyboard and global capability. CONs Muddy voice quality. Fast processor. there are reasons you might want other Verizon smartphones. Good keyboard.
just Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s still light enough to tote easily. The color and contrast on the Nook Color’s LCD blows monochrome E-Ink (used on the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi and the original Nook) away.— Dan Costa and David Pierce >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . the Nook Color is both bigger and heavier than the Kindle or the original Nook. You can move forward or back in books by swiping the touch-sensitive screen or tapping. CONs No 3G.FIRsT LOOKs CONsuMER ELECTRONICs Barnes & Noble Nook Color More Than Just An eBook Reader Ever since the ebook reader boom began. and it needs to be charged frequently.5-pound Apple iPad. because the LCD is backlit. Runs third-party apps. Now Barnes & Noble has released the Nook Color with a 7-inch color LCD display to satisfy this need. Deep social integration. The one significant downside is the battery life—Barnes & Noble rates the battery life at “up to 8 hours. you can read it without a light. Also.1 by 5 by 0. Reading on the Nook Color is very intuitive. 7-inch LCD screen with 16 million colors. consumers have been begging for color displays.” Pretty weak compared with the weeks of use you can get out of one charge with most E-Ink-based ebook readers. though. but overall. Rapidly flipping through pages is possible in a way that would be unthinkable on E-Ink displays. Battery life is short for a dedicated ebook reader. the $250 Nook Color occupies a place right in the middle. sive. and we were able to comfortably use the Nook Color with one hand.5 inches (HWD) and nearly a pound (15. the Nook Color makes a perfectly amiable reading companion. At 8. With the original Nook and Kindle selling for just under $200 each (less than $150 each if you forgo 3G) and the Apple iPad starting at $500. and the display is pretty respon16 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook Color $249 direct L L L L m PROs Bright. which really isn’t possible for long periods with the 1. Intuitive touch-based navigation. It’s not a tablet. Proprietary AC adapter.8 ounces). Lots of periodicals available.
Besides automatic shooting mode. Panasonic slows down zooming during recording so the noise is extremely faint. competitors like the Sony Cyber-Shot WX1 and Canon PowerShot SD4000 actually deliver better highISO performance. fast for any compact camera.magazines for all FIRST LOOKS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Impressive Camera With a Hefty Price he 14. shutter priority.95 list L l l l m PROS Great still images.2 lens with a 5x optical zoom. The FX700 can power up and shoot in an average of 2 seconds. You can tap your subject on the touch screen to focus.2). The 3-inch touch screen is a joy to use. Automatic and manual shooting. Powerful video recording options. The drawback is its hefty price tag ($399. Fast burst mode. CONS Expensive. and spends an average of just 1. strong video-recording capabilities. the FX700 features manual. Proprietary USB port. Marginal high-ISO performance. You can use optical zoom and refocus while recording. If you can’t. many digital cameras don’t allow because of noise from the lens motor.storemags & fantamag .4 seconds of shutter lag. If you want good-looking pictures. speed. Negligible shutter lag. —PJ Jacobowitz >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 17 . and aperture priority modes. you’ll have to move to a D-SLR. If you want something faster. go with the Sony WX1 or the Canon SD4000.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 is extremely fast and can deliver great still images and surprisingly high-quality 1080i HD video. and even shoot using the touch screen instead of the standard shutterrelease button. don’t hesitate to pick up the FX700—if you can afford it. And with a bright f/2. Recording video is one of the areas where the FX700 shines. an option T Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 $399. Touch-screen interface. Bright lens (f/2. and a bright lens.4 seconds between shots (without flash). you have to be really listening for it. it shoots very well without a flash. Dull LCD.95 list). It also averages just .
and HP ProtectTools. our I sPECs Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It has the power to produce everything from Web sites to Word docs to digital photos. a high-resolution collaboration tool that combines video conferencing. The Apple iMac 21. just like on the iMac. Ethernet.5-inch (Core i3). audio. then take a long hard look at the HP Compaq 6000 Pro. The desktop comes with HP’s sourced and customized software. The desktop has the usual businessfriendly ports. Sony VAIO VPC-J113FX/B. Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 18 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . The screen has tilt movement on a single-piece arm. The open design of the arm allows you to place the wireless keyboard under the screen for easy storage. It handily beat competitors Lenovo IdeaCentre B305. Encased in a black plastic chassis. 320GB hard drive. There’s no doubt that the Apple iMac (Core i3) and its brothers have affected allin-one desktop design. most of which should be useful if your business regularly buys HP Compaq business systems. If you’re looking for an all-in-one desktop to spruce up or save space in your office. PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. Among the software are HP SkyRoom. dual-layer DVD+/-RW optical drive.fIrsT LOOks busINEss HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One business PC An All-in-One PC That’s Fit For An Enterprise T he HP Compaq 6000 Pro is an attractive.5-inch widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio.5-inch widescreen. and screen sharing. The HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One Business PC takes some of the iMac’s most distinctive design features. and a DisplayPort. and HP TouchSmart 310 on our Handbrake video-encode and Photoshop CS5 tests. 4GB RAM. instant messaging. thanks to the system’s Core 2 Duo E7600 processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. the 6000 Pro sports a 21. which manages your network and client security. including seven USB 2. The 6000 Pro was a solid performer on our multimedia benchmarks. Intel GMA X4500 graphics. coupled with great performance. all-in-one business PC with enterprise-class features. 21.0 ports. and puts it on an enterprise-class PC.
Back port cover. 3-year warranty. and HP business software. the HP Compaq Pro 6000 should be first on your list. thanks to faster performance and a higherresolution screen.storemags & fantamag .109 direct l l l l m PROS Attractive all-in-one form factor. including FireFox for HP Virtual Solutions. is still our reigning champion.—Joel Santo Domingo >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 19 . anti-malware. Integrated graphics.). Editors’ Choice for mid-priced all-in-one desktops.magazines for all HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One Business PC $1. However. etc. if you’re looking to equip your workers with an all-in-one desktop that takes advantage of HP’s enterprise-class business features. CONS Only 60-day McAfee Total Protection (Antivirus. Easy serviceability. TPM. vPro.
The metallic top is made of a hardened magnesium alloy. Fairly priced.3inch widescreen. Fantastic keyboard and mouse buttons. Dell calls it a 6-cell. is that the V130’s small 30WH battery lasted a mere 3 hours.3-inch. but its watt-hour rating is a mere 30. the V130 is the first to get the latest Intel Core i5-470um processor instead of the dated Core 2 Duos. Battery is not removable. The Vostro V130 is a light 3. Intel GMA HD graphics.366-by-768 resolution. Fast hard drive. The Vostro V130 lasted 3 hours 2 minutes in MobileMark 2007. so we can’t recommend this laptop over our current Editors’ Choice ultraportable.33-GHz Intel Core i5-470um processor. 802. Sturdy. The 1. or the equivalent of a small netbook battery. Though previous models in this line suffered mediocre performance. which will give you a lot more mileage and power. 13 in Handbrake (4:37) and PCMark Vantage (4.6 pounds.33-GHz Intel Core i5-470um processor is a major leap forward for the Vostro line. Three hours of battery life simply isn’t enough for a business ultraportable. The 13. though. Its full-size keyboard is comfortable to use.11n wireless. CONs Small battery yielded short battery life. matted screen offers 1. the Toshiba Portege R705-P35. Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 20 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag .—Cisco Cheng >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE I sPECs 1. 13.228) tests.FIRsT LOOKs BUsINEss Dell Vostro V130 Its Battery Could Break The Deal ell’s Vostro V130 is a razor-thin ultraportable geared toward small-business professionals with an interest in style. 4GB DDR3 RAM. but that’s what you’d expect from a new generation of processors.6 pounds and is as thin as two magazines stacked on top of each other. The potential dealbreaker. Better-than-expected feature set. It’s thinner than the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 and Sony VAIO VPC-Z1390X. and its pair of soft mouse buttons and wide touchpad make the navigating experience one of the best in the laptop world. As for the battery. and the V130 powered past the Latitude D Dell Vostro V130 $928 direct L l l m m PROs Exquisitely thin. 500GB hard drive. 3.
so the overall speed for a 50-page file was a much slower 12.—M. The claimed cost per page for the 8870DN is 1. the savings in running costs will cover the entire initial cost of the printer. paper handling.9 cents per monochrome page and 3.9 ppm. That’s a savings of at least 6. can fully pay for the printer itself. It’s A Bargain his color laser printer is Xerox’s latest answer to anyone who complains that printers follow the razor industry’s model: give away the razor to sell the blades.storemags & fantamag .5 cents per color page.magazines for all FIRsT LOOKs busINEss Xerox ColorQube 8870DN For Heavy Printing Needs. More than half the fonts in our text suite were both well formed T Xerox ColorQube 8870DN $2. however.499 direct L l l h m PROs Low cost of printing. which don’t need much processing time. and easily readable at 8 points and smaller. Print enough pages and the savings on ink will make the printer itself effectively free. As for the 8870DN’s print quality. For text files. the first page in every test run took more than 80 seconds. Print speed. However. the 8870DN asks you to lay out a lot of money for the printer in exchange for cheap ink. text is a touch below what I expect to see from a typical laser. particularly for color. David Stone >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 21 . is another issue. the printer came appropriately close to its 19 page-per-minute rated speed in my tests. Conversely.6 cents per color page compared with other color laser printers. and low running cost. CONs Text quality is below par for a laser class printer. if you print just 250 color pages per week for three years. Based on that per-page savings. Even with the speed issue. which may have been a problem specific to the particular printer I tested. although good enough for most business needs. but it has the same crisp edges and is fully waterproof. the 8870DN is worth considering for its combination of output quality.
As for maintaining your browsing privacy. and so much more make it a compelling choice for everyday use. though we’re still eager to see how and when Internet Explorer 9 comes out in a final version. Chrome’s Incognito mode (much like IE8’s InPrivate feature) lets you move around the Web without leaving traces of your activity.magazines for all MINIMAL INTErfACE BOOkMArk MANAGEr MENU sTrUCTUrE sECUrITY IN ADDrEss BAr matically update it. Chrome’s blazing speed. and it’s our new Editors’ Choice for Web browsers.—Michael Muchmore >> CLICk HErE fOr MOrE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 23 . built-in Flash and PDF reading.storemags & fantamag . it may give Chrome a real run for its money.
it is second to none. No search for effects. Fast interface. Or if you just want the program to create a wrapped-up movie for you without much fuss. making it our consumer-level video editing software Editors’ Choice. using a 4:34-second movie.FIRsT LOOKs sOFTWARE CyberLink PowerDirector 9 Breaking New Ground In Video Editing PowerDirector 9 includes nearly every video effect and output option you could ask for. 64-bit native code. Once it’s done. For basic video editing. including a capable sound editor. Blu-ray and AVCHD authoring. Fast rendering. overlay. If you’re looking to do more professional editing. And as the first full. and time codes. We tested rendering performance on a 3. and Nero Vision. And by being the first consumer video-editing software to support 64-bit Windows. its response. Advanced editing features such as keyframes and time codes. PowerDirector was also one of the fastest to start up: A cold start after a reboot took just 15 seconds. CyberLink’s PowerDirector has all the speed and all the advanced features an enthusiast video editor could want. use the Magic Movie feature.and renderingspeeds are the best among consumer video-editing software. 64-bit Windows videoediting app. PowerDirector 9 makes it easy to fix lighting and color. keyframing. erDirector beat Premiere Elements. you can dump the movie into the timeline for further tinkering. Pinnacle Studio. Pow24 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 CyberLink PowerDirector 9 $99. Up to 100 simultaneous video and audio tracks. Tons of effects and transition.—Michael Muchmore >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE True PDF release: storemags & fantamag .95 list l l l l h PROs Fast startup. At 4:07 minutes.16-GHz dual core with 4GB RAM. CONs No tagging or face tagging. PowerDirector 9 offers all the techniques you could hope for in a consumer video editor—up to 100 video and audio tracks that avail you of picture-in-picture. In terms of sheer features. Uses graphics card acceleration and multiple CPUs. and to stabilize your video. PowerDirector is taking a lead in the field.
Wii. I Hulu Plus $7.storemags & fantamag . and some Internet-enabled TVs.000 episodes of rich content. Wilson and Errol Pierre-Louis >> CLICK HERE FOR MORE JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 25 . go with Hulu Plus. in which you can watch episodes instantly on your computer. But Hulu Plus doesn’t offer these things. But if easy navigation and better video quality is more important. TV. Works beautifully on iPhones and iPad. you’ll love Hulu Plus. including full seasons of shows. Hulu Plus removes most of the content limits you face with the regular Hulu service. PS3. and other media devices. Family Guy. iPad. Doesn’t work with Hulu Desktop. as it lets you watch a full-season or series worth of episodes for some of your favorite shows.—Jeffrey L. CONS Netflix offers a better variety of content for a dollar less. however. Lets you watch Hulu on a growing number devices.magazines for all FIRST LOOKS SOFTWARE Hulu Plus More Shows On More Devices f you love the free streaming-TV service Hulu. Competitor Netflix has a similar streaming option for $8. Since Hulu Plus is a paid service. and Glee. It doesn’t offer content from premium cable providers like HBO or Showtime. 720p HD quality video. It also offers a lot of content. If deep content is your top priority. This includes current shows like 30 Rock. You can stream content to your iPhone 4.99. as opposed to a day later.99 per month L l l h m PROS Deep catalog of content. from providers including HBO and Showtime. PlayStation 3. Same amount of ads as in the free version. in up to 720p. Xbox 360. and full series or multiple seasons of classic shows such as X-Files and Lost. Netflix is probably a better fit. Subscribers enjoy over 120 seasons and 2. a subscription service that offers a deeper catalog of shows and compatibility with more devices. we were hoping for fewer ads and quicker access to shows—episodes available an hour after they air on TV.
after all. The idea of regulating the Internet is evolving more and more. Twenty years earlier. What would change for the average Internet user if the content was all licensed by the government? There has always been complaining in the united States about the press and its special True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . This attitude has actually evolved into a worldwide theme. with better and better arguments 26 Pc MaGaZInE dIGITaL EdITIon january 2011 G against the free-for-all nature of the net. and you can see the concern. everyone would have been up in arms. that is what China does. a Takeover: not So Far-Fetched I think the Internet is more susceptible to government take-over than cable TV because people will stand up for their TV viewing habits with more enthusiasm than they will the Internet. Combine the WikiLeaks site with government meddling. right? and if the Internet is anything. Ten years earlier. The number of people who are pushing back on regulation and eventually policing the Internet is diminishing day to day. it is something of a nuisance. The Chinese censorship stories abated in 2010. it looks like 2011 will be a turning-point year for the Internet. the world seemingly had grown to accept China’s censoring the Internet. it is a communications mechanism. For one thing there is no “mustwatch” anything on the Internet. Why should anyone have to put up with the Internet? Except for the e-commerce aspect of the net. and misguided hacker retribution on top of out-of-control botnets. as weird as that sounds. Onerous spyware and the incessant tracking by advertisers trying to get an edge just adds to the mess. a universal conspiracy to throttle the Internet began in earnest in 2010. boycotts and condemnations would have been underway. the FCC is about regulating communications. no big deal. In the united States the agency that wants to get its mitts on the Internet is the FCC.john c. after all. There are Web sites and e-mail and youTube clips and other forms of non-linear shotgun entertainment. dvorak Creeping Ever Closer To Regulating the Net iven the events of 2010.
You can download back episodes whenever you like. the viruses will still be there. So will the denial-of-service attacks and the botnets. which is embodied in the Internet.com.magazines for all The idea of regulating the internet is evolving. and no WikiLeaks. Having a free press is not the greatest thing in the world when you are running a corrupt operation. It’s a virtual printing press. except there will be fewer bloggers. they’d say. though if someone told them it is a series of tubes that need licensing. with better and better arguments against the free-for-all nature of the Net. Problem solved. and everything in between. scaling anything back is just step one in a process. since they will get the first licenses and it will help them beat the competition.storemags & fantamag . let’s license these tubes and stop all the crazy WikiLeaks and viruses and denial-of-service attacks. OK. rights contained in the first and foremost amendment to the Constitution. Getting words on paper or words on a screen are the same thing. january 2011 Pc MaGaZInE dIGITaL EdITIon 27 . In the end. How hard would it be to push back on the First amendment just to minimize the showcasing of government idiocies and stupidities? Of course. The interesting thing about the WikiLeaks drama for the past few months is that it showed the true colors of a lot of politicians who apparently have something to fear. DvoRak LivE oN ThE WEb John’s Internet TV show airs every Wednesday at 3:30 ET on crankyGeeks. nobody in government even understands how the Internet works. which is part of the Bill of rights. that’s for sure. Even a mediocre media such as we have in the uSa can prevent that from happening with little effort. The Government and the Inner Webs It was years go when the old-timers said that the worst thing that could ever happen to the Internet would be to let the government boneheads get involved. nothing much will really change. I can assure you that when the FCC decides to begin a process of licensing people to post on the Internet. pretty much every TV show ever produced supports terrorism. But a more aggressive press is necessary to reveal petty corruption. It was at the top of the list of the Bill of rights for a reason. tamer content. More than a few grandstanding Congressmen and women actually stood up before Congress and condemned WikiLeaks and terrorist organizations as if they were blowing up buses in jerusalem. the major media will hardly squawk about it. hypocrisy and the rest. that is no reason to end the First amendment. By their logic. They ranted about how the operation supports terrorism. and while some people do not like the news. incompetence. The Internet itself is today’s free press. The process usually leads to no free press.
But I’m not convinced the Venue Pro actually exists. But Dell is not alone. with a killer. sure. HP has basically blown a lot of smoke at us but not shown any impressive new products. Dell’s attempts to build phones were marked by high ambitions and really. under ron Garriques. When announced. no traditional PC company other than apple has so far been able to lead in mobile. acer struggles. as it agreed to approve the device but wouldn’t commit to selling them in T-Mobile stores. That sells in China. To the company’s credit. portrait-sliding-QWErTy form factor. after acquiring Palm. the aero got awful reviews. T-Mobile certainly doesn’t. Toshiba’s mobile business is a rounding error.000 units to its own employees. The Streak was a stab at an android tablet. and that Dell has in fact built enough of them to sell. asus’s joint venture with Garmin just imploded. all of the top PC makers are having serious trouble cracking the fast-growing mobile market. it looked like the best of the Windows Phone 7 units. The aero was designed as an android phone that could be built completely to a mobile carrier’s spec. PC Makers Fail in Mobile Dell knows that to be a big player in the 2010s.SASCHA SEGAN Can Dell Sell Cell? re Dell’s mobile aspirations doomed? The head of Dell’s mobile division was kicked out yesterday and the whole thing was folded into the company’s various PC groups as Dell faced one too many failures in the cell-phone biz. True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . and then there’s the Dell Venue Pro. That’s the way the market is going. Dell even committed to handing out 25. but the real question is: where does Dell go from here? Dell’s mobile products so far were all visionary.S. really bad execution. and ran 28 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION january 2011 A an unforgivably ancient version of android. Truly embarrassing execution. you’re going to have to be a big player in mobile.. too early. but the Streak was too small. as opposed to what Google or consumers wanted. Except for apple. but the visions were often bad. Garriques obviously needed to go. but in the u. I still want one. abysmal execution. Lenovo has decided to hunker down in China.
First the aero tried to fulfill carrier demands too slavishly.S. Then Dell started distributing Streak review units before aT&T had fully approved the product.. Give Them What They Want Dell needs to fix its execution. That guarantees the sort of dull. and people like to try them out in person. a big part of the problem is acquiring competencies. mobile phones are usually sold through carriers. If Dell really wants to. do right? It’s the only major PC vendor that controls a powerful brick-and-mortar retail channel. PCs are sold at retail or online. I hear Motorola’s phone division is for sale. the apple Stores. it’s still early days for smartphones. Sales channels are also very different between PCs and mobile. Knowing x86 product design doesn’t translate into comfort with arM chipsets. What Dell can’t do is just retreat into making mobile phones a poor cousin. But the company also needs to clean out its tin ear. lackluster smartphones we saw HP barely bring to market before it got wise and bought Palm. possibly showing some sort of tension in the relationship. I’m not convinced Dell has the internal competencies to do this. now Dell and T-Mobile seem to be in an edgy standoff over retailing the Venue Pro.com/segan.storemags & fantamag . The Venue Pro looked like a product hitting its stride. of course. So what’s its best bet? I’d say it should start by going back to where it got Garriques from. Knowing Wi-Fi PCs doesn’t translate into knowing cellular rF engineering—see apple’s perpetual struggle with antenna design. it’s still early days for smartphones. a subsidiary product created by PC-centric teams and then tossed out into the market because of a sense of obligation. If Dell really wants to. STAY PHONE-SMART Keep up with the latest on smartphones by reading Sascha’s column at go. once again. As Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer said recently. that’s obvious. What did apple. Dell’s three products show a very uncomfortable relationship with the carrier sales model. and especially for tablets. One of apple’s brilliant moves there was to create an arM-based OS that had elements in common with its PC OS. Dell’s engineers may have had to fail a few times before they could succeed—and as Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer said recently. The aero and Streak were drastic misreadings of what the market wanted. although we won’t truly know until there are enough Venue Pros to test out. it can start over. at least in the u.pcmag. sure.magazines for all Dell may have had to fail a few times before it could succeed. january 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 29 . it can start over and produce some great phones.
The “trend” is based on two bad examples. “Exploding smartphone market and growing tablet demand lead to more mobile malware. but it wasn’t genuinely signed. M86 notes this and suggests that command and control structures will become more layered and complex and the botnets themselves smaller (“botiques”?). involved two legitimate certificates in which the genuine private keys had been stolen.LArry sELTZEr Computer Security: How It Looks for 2011 ooking back on 2010. Stuxnet is not a trend. in which Kaspersky’s certificate was attached to the executable. I think we had a generally good year in terms of computer security. because it does. We’ve moved past the era when PC users seemed to be in a constant state of panic over one vulnerability or another. smaller botnets will become more prevalent.” The population with Internet access in places like Brazil is growing so large that spam in True PDF release: storemags & fantamag .. FrOM M86 sECurITy LAbs L “Malware will increasingly use stolen digital certificates to bypass whitelisting and code-signing requirements.. any idiot can do the Stuxnet trick and look idiotic doing it. and my thoughts on their predictions. perhaps through physical theft. so the hash didn’t match and the file generated conspicious errors. not that the prediction doesn’t make sense.” There were takedown attempts against botnets last year. it’s sui generis. some were successful. Stuxnet. The second was a version of Zeus. “the year of mobile malware” has reached running joke status in the computer business.” actually. but it also made sense last year and the year before that and. FrOM syMANTEC “Spam will become more global.” There’s something to this. “Botnets will thwart future takedowns. you get the idea. The first. and such private key 30 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION january 2011 theft is beyond the capabilities of all but a very small number of malware writers. but not a whole lot. So how about 2011? Here are what security vendors predict.
pcmag. and it only makes sense that it will continue to grow. “64-bit Malware.” There has already been some of this going on. “Human mules will be replaced by malware that does the equivalent job of transferring balances between accounts using keystroke-logged credentials. Watch out for your own webcam! FrOM TrEND MICrO “Increased Global Collaborative Takedowns. and I can see it happening. Zeus will end . “Rogue Marketplace Vendors Exploit Online Digital Currencies. but Symantec says attackers will get more ambitious and perhaps take over an entire service.” They expect to see malware-abusing known vulnerabilities in Internet-facing routers. Makes sense.” Has this already happened? If so.magazines for all Internet access in places like Brazil is growing so large that spam in languages other than english will rise above 10 percent of the total. resulting in scams and black-market trading of the currencies. Why now? They don’t say.” Fortinet also predicts an increase in coordinated efforts to take down botnets and other organized Internet crimes.” Symantec says that social networking sites will introduce virtual currencies. “Hackers Exploit Router Vulnerabilities. rootkits and other malware targeting these systems should be more common in 2011. I can see it being a good change of tactics. “Cybercriminals Usurp URL Shortening Services. There is a lot of old malware still circulating.” The number of 64-bit systems has grown quietly.” This is a fascinating idea. but I don’t know how they can predict such a thing.” It certainly sounds possible. Webcam-logging and audio-logging will become just as popular as keystroke-logging.” This is not completely new of course. FrOM FOrTINET up winning and holding its ground against other botnets that try to attack it.storemags & fantamag . FrOM NEIL DAswANI OF DAsIENT “Some security vendors will run into trouble with their inability to store all the threat information with local signatures. abusing link results. but sharply. I don’t think I’ve heard it before.com/securitywatch. languages other than English will rise above 10 percent of the total. a la gaming sites. The growth of spam from developing nations will also grow. They will retire old signatures which will lead to infections from old/outdated malware. january 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 31 “A large botnet cyberwar. Keep up wItH Larry Read his security posts at blogs. although I would think the aV companies know what it is. “There will be more advanced IM threats directed at the use of webcams and audio.
graphics. networking. GPS is in everything. and they take not only the world by storm but also the hearts and minds of your humble editors and analysts here at PC Magazine. its time is coming. powering those products. and social networking. multiple-core chips are the norm. and while we don’t yet have a full-blown computer that projects its display. Sometimes the best doesn’t even make it to end users. the staff at PCMag. Innovation in graphics. By Eric Griffith and the PCMag. This is the 27th year we’ve given out our Technical Excellence Awards. software. Now. We’ve definitely come a long way from the dot-matrix printers 32 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 that made an appearance in the first year of these awards. and be sure to let us know what you think the most promising computing strides were of 2010.Technical Excellence Awards Our 27th annual look at the best advances of the year includes amazing innovations in wireless. traverse through these pages for a look at this year’s Tech Ex Award winners. But sometimes. True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . and design continue. That’s why every year we take a breather from the hardware and software testing to consider what we’ve seen as a whole and compile a list of the year’s most amazing inventions and creations in computing. the very coolest technology is behind the scenes. design. the industry has come a long way since the dual-core processors. displays. and pocket-sized projectors we found so thrilling just five years ago. A very long way.com Staff Throughout the year. So without further ado. but it’s still well worth talking about. GPS chips. com tests the newest and best technology in our labs and then tells you about all the juicy product details in our reviews. Expect it before you get your jetpack. In fact.
its next-gen microprocessor architecture. codenamed Llano. was demoed in October. It takes everything that worked for the iPhone and iPod touch and puts it on a grand scale.magazines for all Apple iPad What more is there to say about the Apple iPad? How about this: It’s a triumph of design that single-handedly established tablets as a worthwhile platform.storemags & fantamag . The first APU for notebooks. Releasing an APU (accelerated processing unit) that combines the graphics with the CPU is a natural progression after the company bought ATI. JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 33 . AMD Fusion AMD will soon debut Fusion.
Sharp 3D Phones You don’t see a lot of phones made by Sharp in the U. on its own. With a pair of these. it created this peer-to-peer wireless protocol (in other words. Wi-Fi Direct lets newer devices automatically find and communicate with each other—no router needed. You can forget about SSIDs and passwords. They may even come with a 3D camera built in.S. 34 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . it didn’t wait for some muchdelayed IEEE spec). maybe watching Avatar on the phone wouldn’t be so bad. yet it will be inherently secure.Technical Excellence Awards Wi-Fi Direct Feel like connecting portable devices to Wi-Fi is more hassle than it’s worth? The Wi-Fi Alliance agreed and.. but that could change in 2011 when the company brings its glasses-free 3D screens to handsets. Think of it as Bluetooth on steroids.
Nvidia Optimus This automatic-switching graphics technology is a clever way of bypassing Intel’s restriction of having third-party integrated solutions on its platform.magazines for all Content-Aware Fill Hard to believe a product as mature as Photoshop could have any surprises left. JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 35 . Intel Sandy Bridge Intel and AMD think it's time the CPU and graphics processor (and even power management) all live on a single die. This technology is similar to Apple’s Automatic Graphics Switching (AGS) that’s found in the MacBook Pro. It relies on the application the laptop is running. a method of (almost magically) removing certain items from an image while leaving the background preserved.storemags & fantamag . That should mean four or five times faster throughput when data is in the cache. If an Nvidia chipset isn’t in use. Version CS5 came out this year and featured Content-Aware Fill. but indeed it does. the laptop reverts to the Intel integrated graphics for power savings. Intel promises it will "revolutionize PCs again." The desktop and laptop versions of Sandy Bridge should be out early this year.
the Ultra65 edition is a steal for serious HD video-philes. and have 80 percent less sunlight reflection glare.Technical Excellence Awards Samsung’s Super-AMOLED Screens Since its debut on the Wave phone. For $99. is the first to go native 64-bit. Samsung has moved its Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (Super-AMOLED) screens to the entire Galaxy S line (our choice for best smartphone of the year. and for good reason). coupled with its use of graphics hardware and multiple CPU cores. They’re 20 percent brighter than the first AMOLEDs. 36 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . means it leaves competitors in the dust with its encoding speed. and that. CyberLink PowerDirector 9 CyberLink’s consumer-based video editor.95. PowerDirector 9. use 20 percent less power.
It will be hard to ignore.magazines for all Power-Aware Cord This design by Static Energy+ Design Network for a Swedish nonprofit organization uses light to show you exactly how much power you're consuming. and it might clue people in to their power usage enough to get them to unplug vampire appliances. The cord glows and pulses when it’s plugged into your electronics. The number of things it can fix—from shoes to sinks to USB drives and even the cracked case on your laptop or phone—may be as infinite as the imagination it took to create it. JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 37 . pulsing brighter when more power is consumed.storemags & fantamag . Here’s hoping it becomes more than just a concept. a polymer that sticks to almost anything and cures into a flexible silicon overnight. Sugru One designer’s quest to have a material suitable for “hacking” products that needed a fix or patch has led to Sugru.
Intel showed WiDi. notably Wisair. While other companies have done something similar. sans cables. 38 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . Intel’s WiDi would come built in to computers rather than requiring a dongle to send signals to a receiver on a monitor or HDTV. Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) We’re still waiting for this sleeper technology to hit it big: At this year’s CES.Technical Excellence Awards Sony NEX Cameras Micro Four Thirds changed the way we look at digital cameras by giving us interchangeable lenses on small body cameras. which uses a larger APSC size image sensor—the kind used in mid-range D-SLRs from Canon and Samsung—in a camera body that’s half the size and weight of Sony’s own D-SLRs. the screen instantly becomes your super-sized monitor. This year. short for Wireless Display technology. When activated. Sony one-upped that tech with NEX.
they're only going to get more visually dazzling on future handsets and tablets. But it lives on as a server-based development by Apache Software Foundation for good reason: It’s a paradigm of a new communications platform for the Internet. combining XML documents with conversations about and around them.magazines for all Apple’s Retina Display The display experts say that Apple’s new screen tech (currently available on the Apple iPhone 4) may have exaggerated specs. it’s the best mobile display currently available. but nevertheless. Considering that both are in their first generations.storemags & fantamag . JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 39 . It just didn’t catch on. By August. even compared to the amazing SuperAMOLED screens. Google said it was no longer going to develop it as a standalone product. Google Wave Google Wave went public in May of this year.
But you can still try to maximize your privacy on the leading social network by following these tips. click View Settings under Connecting on Facebook. but everything else can be limited so apps can’t get the data (nor can your friends. if you post something on the Internet. and that includes Facebook. not on a phone) and look for Block Lists at the bottom. so your data doesn’t become available to apps you’re not even playing—it happens when your friends use them! 3) Limit Who Finds You At the top of the Privacy Settings page. and best of all. block applications you never want to hear from again. This page lets you control who can 1) Create Block Lists Go into your Privacy Settings from the Account menu (this is easiest on a desktop or laptop system. This also prevents that app from using your information. And let’s face it. or Pandora to instantly know you based on your Facebook settings. or friends of friends). the Instant Personalization feature is great if you want sites like Bing. Click the Edit Settings button for “Info accessible through your friends” and uncheck most of those. there’s no guarantee it will stay private. For example. 2) Limit Application Data Use On that same Privacy Settings page. name. other people can pass on what you said (just bask in the glory of Lamebook for proof). click the edit link for Applications and Websites. gender or networks you belong to. Here you can block individual users by name or e-mail. block invites to applications from certain users. 40 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . You can’t limit who can see your picture.Solutions S Your Facebook Privacy Toolkit By Eric Griffith ure. you like to share. But maybe not with everyone. Rotten Tomatoes. invites to events from certain users.
and you can limit who sees your status updates and photos. who can send you messages or friend requests.storemags & fantamag . and even whether they can see what town you live in.but maybe you don’t want any more friends. or friends and other members of your network. friends only. And of course. that’s the smallest group that can interact with you and limits people finding or asking to be your friend. even pictures you’ve been tagged in by others.. Click the Custom button under Sharing on Facebook (still on the Privacy Settings page). If you go with friends only. it limits who can comment JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 41 . but it’s possible you don’t want everyone to read or see everything you post. 4) Make Your Sharing Private It flies in the face of the social aspect of social networking. friends of friends. The choices are to let everyone see these things. your biographical and contact information..magazines for all 1) CREATE BLOCK LISTS 3) LIMIT WHO FINDS YOU 2) LIMIT APPLICATION DATA USE 4) MAKE YOUR SHARING PRIVATE find you on Facebook through search.
SOLUTIONS SOCIAL NETWORKING on all of the above. or can tag you in videos and photos. or e-mail—if they’re really your friends. with either third-party applications or ads on Facebook. under Things Others Share. 6) Limit Your Contact Info Chances are slim that anyone outside your circle needs your phone numbers. unless you want to be wide-open to contact by anyone and everyone. Friends of Friends. True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . for example). from everyone down to Friends Only. 8) Don’t Advertise for Facebook In the past. However. You can make sure this doesn’t happen. Again. You can also make that a default setting. Go to Account Settings and click the Facebook Ads tab. and take the time to edit the “Friends can check me into Places. The less they can. they already have it. 7) Pick Viewing Permissions Per Post When you update your status in Facebook. choose “no one” from the drop-down menu. If you click customize. Make sure all of the above are set to Friends Only.” This is also where you specify whether others can post on your Facebook wall. all the way down the scale to Friends Only. 5) Don’t Let Them Say Where You Are Places is for Facebook users to specify where they are when updating (a la FourSquare). you can set it so Everyone can see them. there were some controversies when people found their pictures from Facebook showing up as part of advertisements on the service. It’s all fun and games until someone says you were at a brothel when you were actually visiting your grandmother. they can also tag you as being with them—even if you’re not. the less exposed you are to non-friends. Then click Save Changes for each selection. or block individual people from seeing it (so that your ex who said you had commitment issues doesn’t read that you’re engaged. IM name. or at most. street address. Go to the Customize Settings page. you can 42 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION JANUARY 2011 5) DON’T LET THEM SAY WHERE YOU ARE 6) LIMIT YOUR CONTACT INFO 7) PICK VIEWING PERMISSIONS PER POST specify that it also gets shared with certain networks you belong to. For both choices. below the box you fill in there’s a little icon of a padlock with a down-arrow next to it. This is a dropdown menu that lets you choose who can see this status.
Deactivation can be handy when you’ll be away from the online world for an extended period of time. you can download your whole Facebook history with the new downloader tool. and click “change” next to Account Security. Go to the Account Button. When your account is deactivated. Click the “deactivate” link on the Account Settings page and your Facebook account is put in stasis. it can happen. no one can find you. which is right above the Deactivation link—it’s not necessary. to Account Settings. When you’re ready to come back. you can track if and when other devices and computers access your account.magazines for all 8) DON’T ADVERTISE FOR FACEBOOK account. This page also provides a rundown of recent account activity. you simply reactivate the account. 10) Temporarily Deactivate This is the ultimate security step short of totally doing away with your Facebook account. no one can friend you. but it’s a good idea. ■ JANUARY 2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 43 9) LOOK FOR TRESPASSERS 10) TEMPORARILY DEACTIVATE 9) Look for Trespassers Of course you know how to create a strong password and use one on your Facebook . after all. the only true safety is never taking a chance. someone might have figured out you “cleverly” used the name of your dog or your birthday as your password and is accessing your account. Fortunately. no one can see anything you’ve posted (albeit some pictures and videos with others tagged in them will likely stick around). Deactivation doesn’t delete anything. First. You can set it so you get an e-mail or SMS message when a new device signs on with your Facebook credentials. If not. and it’s like you never left.storemags & fantamag . Unlikely as it may seem.
and naSes. True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . the price is $43. and you'll have Ethernet cables exactly the way you want them in no time. If you’re up for the challenge of making cables yourself. Ethernet cables (also known as rj-45. you’ll also need “heads. you can quickly make the exact size cable you want.000-foot spool of Cat5e online for between $65 and $120. what if you need a super long cable that you just can’t find in the store? The answer is simple: Make your own cables. usually measuring no more than 4 feet. and the crimping tool you’ll also need will cost you anywhere from $10 to $50. patch. switches. only to find that it is far too short—or too long—for your needs. you can purchase longer Ethernet cables from Best Buy and other electronic/computer stores. Cat5 network cable costs $19. a 6-foot. But what if you are responsible for a large network. These prices are for just one cable. a crimping tool. at Best Buy. and for a 50-foot cable. you can buy one online or at a store like radio Shack. Most cables are at a fixed length. servers. That length doesn’t present many placement options for devices that aren’t portable and are usually hard-wired to a network. a 25-foot cable is priced at around $33. and modular plugs. you can reach the break-even point and pay off the small investment you’ll need to make your own Ethernet cables. But this is a one-time startup cost. By Samara Lynn t happens too often: you unbox the networking device you just bought and pull out the included Ethernet cable. or several networks. such as routers. as a small-business tech con44 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION january 2011 I sultant? Or. Of course. Buying pre-made Ethernet cables is the most practical option if you have just a couple of devices to set up on a small or home network. and network cables) are easy to make with a little practice and the right tools. a 50-count bag will cost you under $10. Follow these fairly simple steps. for example. Even with modest cabling needs.” the modular plugs used to terminate an Ethernet cable.sOLuTIONs NETwOrkING Make Your Own Ethernet Cables Tired of paying through the nose for cables that are either too long or too short? with a spool of Cat5e. you can buy a 1. depending on the quality and additional features you want the tool to have.
but unlike plenum. cable and plugs from a slew of online stores or radio Shack. This is the type of Ethernet cable that generally ships with today’s networking devices. naSes. thanks to a technology known as auto-MDIX. so some building codes prohibit it. which can automatically sense on network ports whether a straight through or crossover connection is needed and will make the appropriate connection. you’ll also need rj-45 heads that terminate both ends of the cable. if you want to link older equipment. for example). a wire stripper. newer networking hardware. you will need a spool of Cat5 (Cat5e is now the standard) o r C at 6 ( i f yo u r n e t wo r k i s G i g a bit Ethernet) cable. check your device’s documentation to see if the connection requires a cross-over cable.storemags & fantamag . it releases a toxic smoke if it catches on fire. sharp pair of scissors). The crimper is used to secure the heads at each end of the wire. you can purchase crimpers. In some cases you’ll need a cross-over cable for connecting older devices or connecting two hubs (a technique called daisy-chaining). january2011 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION 45 . PVC cable is cheaper. a wire cutter (or a good. sTEP 3: Cut the wire to the desired length and strip about an inch of the jacket off. sTEP 2: Get the right tools. switches and routers are connected with what’s called a straightthrough cable. or connecting two older laptops to each other (for file transferring. However. It’s easier to work with because the wiring is not as soft as a Plenum cable’s.magazines for all sTEP 1: Determine which type of cable you need. Cat5 or Cat6 cable can have plenum or PVC jackets. But if you’re new to making Ethernet cables and your building allows it. Cross-over cables are rarely needed for networking hardware that’s only about three or fours years old. your best bet is to start with PVC-coated cable. and an rj-45 crimper. adapters.
white-brown. on both ends as you are holding and looking at the cable. Trim the wires down evenly to about a quarter of an inch. arrange as you would for a straight-through cable: white-orange. you don’t want to see any wires between the plug and the jacket. from left to right: white-orange. green. white-brown. 46 PC MAGAZINE DIGITAL EDITION january 2011 True PDF release: storemags & fantamag . Don’t try to jam the wires in. Take the crimper and crimp down on the plug. For a straight-through. orange. and middle fingers. white-brown. white-green. Do this at both ends of the cable. white-blue. they should slip inside the clip and fit snug.sOLuTIONs NETwOrkING at both ends. brown. white-orange. This should expose the four twisted pairs of inner wiring. blue. Get the wires as close to one another as possible. pressing the crimper firmly. white-blue. arrange your wires based on whether you need a straight-through or crossover cable. Straighten the wires out as much as possible. arrange as follows: white-green. but not too hard. For a crossover cable. be careful not to nick the wires. which may take some practice: Slip the wires inside of the rj-45 plug with the clip side down. at one end. you want just a bit of the jacket going into the plug. blue. white-blue. orange. brown. it will make them easier to place inside the rj-45 plug. holding them sTEP 4: Prepare your wire for termination. or “crimping. white-green. arrange the wires. index. the wire arrangement is different between your thumb. sTEP 5: Terminate the cable at both ends. brown. This can cause problems with the connection. at the other end. you also want to make sure each wire is making contact with the gold leads in the plug. Here’s the tricky part. blue. green. orange. When stripping the cable. green.” untwist the wire.
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