Computer Hardware

Windows XP Vulnerability Will Not Be Patched By Microsoft

So it appears the first major bug to hit since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP is here. PC World reported that hackers have discovered a Windows XP vulnerability that can put users of Windows XP at risk. It has been only three weeks since Microsoft ended support for the mature operating system.Windows XP

Many users are reluctant to make the change to a newer operating system and are now at risk of this new drive by infection. The bug affects Internet Explorer versions 6-11 and Windows XP runs versions 6-8 but there will be no patch from Microsoft for Windows XP. Windows Vista and above will receive security patches but if you are still running XP, you're effectively on your own.

Sony Announces Playstation 4

Sony have announced the long awaited [easyazon_link asin="B00BE4HOIM" locale="UK" new_window="default" tag="pcguard-21" add_to_cart="no" cloaking="default" localization="default" nofollow="default" popups="default"]PlayStation 4[/easyazon_link] at an event in New York. The new console is to be built around a x86 CPU from AMD. The new console will also feature graphics powered by a GPU from AMD. The Playstation 4 appears to be a high end PC dressed up as a console. Sony say that the PC based console is "supercharged" and will make it easier for programmers to produce content.

A new feature that allows gamers to share recorded clips of their gameplay to social networks was also announced. Everything is becoming social it would seem. I have to admit the gameplay videos that swamp Youtube are more than a little tedious. Obviously some viewers must enjoy them but I am not amongst them. The Playstation 4 will also feature a new dual shock controller with upgraded features such as a share button (for the social sharing), and a light bar that allows a camera to track its movements.

Also announced is a new game title from Gungie called Destiny. Other titles being developed for the Playstation 4 include Killzone Shadowfall (first person shooter), Driveclub, Infamous and Diablo 3. Ubisoft is also said to be working on a new title called Watchdogs, where a hacker takes control of a smart city's systems.

 

External Portable Hard Drives To Back Up Your Data

Protect Your Data With A External Portable Hard Drive

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When did you last back up your data? Getting a external portable hard drive may just save you a lot of trouble. Virtually everyone is creating data, masses of data. Do you know how much data you have on your computer hard drive? I'm guessing the answer is no. Think about it, you probably have a music library in itunes, you may well have DVD's copied to your hard drive for easy viewing and who hasn't got folders full of digital images.

These three alone can take up many gigabytes of space on your hard drive. There are a few things you should consider where your data is concerned. First, it is gobbling up the free space on your drive and will eventually fill it up completely. If you fill a computer hard drive to bursting, it will have an effect on your computer performance. This lack of space can slow down your computer considerably.