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  • Launch Date: Final Fantasy X Debuts in Japan, Helps PS2 Overtake N64
    By on July 21, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    It’s the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy X (in Japan)! In today’s Launch Date column, we look at the history of Square’s famous RPG, the hype surrounding it, and how FFX helped the PS2 overtake the Nintendo 64.


  • Chrome Feature Helps Shield Websites From DDoS Attacks
    By on April 18, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Google has an interesting idea on how to take the edge off denial of service attacks. The latest developer builds of Chrome 12 have an option called ‘http throttling,’ which will simply deny a user access to a website once the browser has received error messages from the URL. Chrome will react with a ‘back-off interval’ that will increase the time between requests to the website. If there are enough Chrome requests flooding (more…)

  • After Japan’s Quake, Taiwan Helps Fill iPad 2 Supply-Chain Gaps
    By on April 1, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    RedEaredSlider writes “Like many device manufacturers, Apple cannot seem to escape supply concerns in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Japan. The company is hoping that AU Optronics will fill the void left by companies like Hitachi and Toshiba, both of which have been affected by the series of disasters that have rocked Japan. Damage to many factories from the earthquake and an ongoing nuclear disaster has disrupted supply chains and caused large (more…)

  • Microsoft Helps Adobe Block PDF Zero-Day Exploit
    By on September 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    CWmike writes “Microsoft has urged Windows users to block ongoing attacks against Adobe’s popular PDF viewer by deploying one of Microsoft’s enterprise tools. Adobe echoed Microsoft’s advice, saying the Enhanced Migration Experience Toolkit (EMET) would stymie attacks targeting Reader and Acrobat. Called ‘scary’ and ‘clever,’ the in-the-wild exploit went public last week when security researcher Mila Parkour reported it to Adobe after analyzing a (more…)

  • Research: Gaming helps military personnel to better focus
    By on January 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    We have discovered that video game players perform 10 to 20 percent higher in terms of perceptual and cognitive ability than normal people that are non-game players. …We know that video games can increase perceptual abilities and short-term memory. They allow the player to focus longer and expand the player’s field of vision compared to people…


  • Disturbing Bacteria’s Communication Helps Fighting Infection
    By on December 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Researchers have clarified the structure of an enzyme that disturbs the communication processes between bacteria. By doing so they have laid the foundations for a new method of tackling bacterial infections such as cystic fibrosis.


  • Thermochromic Ink Swine Flu Mask Helps Alert Others
    By on November 29, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Inspired by the swine flu pandemic, Hoorshnia’s early warning systems—for other people, at least—span the design gamut, from the traditional medical mask to a rather fetching wrap-around scarf. In addition to full-face sinus masks that detect temperature increases around the forehead or mouth.