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Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ATI Radeon HD 5850 @ HardwareZoneAMD Athlon II X3 435 AM3 Processor Video Review @ eTeknix.comASUS EAH5850 Overclocking (LostCircuits)ASUS K50IN @ InsideHWGigabyte GTX 275 1792MB Super Overclock Review @ Hardware CanucksXFX HD 5870 @ NeoseekerGigabyte GTX 260 Core 216 Super Overclock Video Card @ Legit ReviewsXFX HD 5850 Review @ OCCXFX...

iLuv Ships iMM183 Dual Dock iPod/iPhone Alarm Clock

iLuv Ships iMM183 Dual Dock iPod/iPhone Alarm Clock

iLuv has been making iPod and iPhone alarm clocks for as long as we can remember, and so far as we know, they are about the best you can buy. The new iMM183 is taking things to the next level by being the world's first dual dock alarm clock with a weather radio. That's a lot of functionality in a small device, and if you've been looking for...

American Airlines & Lexus To Offer Free Wi-Fi

American Airlines & Lexus To Offer Free Wi-Fi

If you are planning to fly American Airlines from November 1 through November 7, you may be in for a special treat. The airline and Lexus are starting the season of giving early by offering free Wi-Fi in flight on equipped aircraft. The Gogo Inflight Internet service lets customers connect to work or home by offering access to email, social...

ASUS Maximus II Gene Motherboard Review

ASUS Maximus II Gene Motherboard Review

Although the Core i7 and X58 combo is a proven performance leader, there are still plenty of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad CPUs out there in the wild. The Core 2 is still a very capable processor with many models costing less than half the price the cheapest Core i7 processor, the Core i7 920. Thus, systems based around the P45 chipset are still...

RadioShack To Run Target's Mobile Phone Operations

RadioShack To Run Target's Mobile Phone Operations

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that Target plans to outsource its mobile phone operation to RadioShack subsidiary Kiosk Operations. Earlier this month, the subsidiary opened kiosks in about 100 Target stores in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington. The partners plans to roll out...

"Smart Meters" To Watch Over In-Home Energy Usage, Cull Waste

"Smart Meters" To Watch Over In-Home Energy Usage, Cull Waste

You might think that President Obama's stimulus package was worth overlooking for tech enthusiasts, but really, there are more than a few reasons to take notice. Obama clearly understands the power of the Web, and he clearly understands that harnessing technology is a great way to better a country. We've already heard about his plans to roll...

Nintendo's Big-Screen DSi XL Coming To Japan, Europe And America

Nintendo's Big-Screen DSi XL Coming To Japan, Europe And America

Talk about an interesting decision here. As Sony plans to pump up its PSP Go for the holiday season, Nintendo is going to attempt to pedal its existing DSi even though the whole world now knows that a larger version is on the way. That's right, an enlarged DSi. For years, the DS has been slimming down, but now it seems as if Nintendo's research...

Apple TV Gets 3.0 Software Update With iTunes Extras/iTunes LP Support

Apple TV Gets 3.0 Software Update With iTunes Extras/iTunes LP Support

The Apple TV. Remember that? Yeah, that's Apple's little hobby device, or so it said once upon a time. And it's treating it exactly like a hobby, not updating it but once every blue moon. Thankfully for those who actually own one, the company today released the first major software update for it in what feels like forever, but it's a big update....

MSI to Unleash Big Bang Gaming Series Mainboards

MSI to Unleash Big Bang Gaming Series Mainboards

MSI to Unleash Big Bang Gaming Series Mainboards [City of Industry, CA] MSI, a leading high-performance mainboard company, unveil its first gaming series mainboards in Intel P55 platform featuring awe-inspiring graphics and audio functionality to offer serious gamers immersive gaming experience. The state-of-the-art gaming line is inspired...

Ideum's 100" Multi-Touch Table Supports 50 Users: Air Hockey, Anyone?

Ideum's 100" Multi-Touch Table Supports 50 Users: Air Hockey, Anyone?

With the release of Windows 7, a whole lot of talk surrounding multi-touch has surfaced. In fact, most credit Microsoft's own Surface as the catalyst for more consumer-oriented multi-touch applications, and now it's a relatively unknown outfit take the next big step. Ideum, a company you've probably never heard of, is looking to make a name...

Pizza Hut iPhone App Proves To Be A Success

Pizza Hut iPhone App Proves To Be A Success

In the three months since it was released, the Pizza Hut App for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch has helped the company sell more than one million dollars worth of pizza, pasta, and wings. As the featured icon in the iTunes Lifestyle Category, the App provides users with a creative way to order their food from Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut is the first...

App Store Nears 100K Apps

App Store Nears 100K Apps

According to App Shopper, a third-party site that tracks applications in Apple's App Store, while many keep using the last amount quoted by Apple (85,000) as the number of apps in that repository, the App Store is nearing 100,000 apps, and should hit that number soon. In fact, App Shopper, which posts the numbers on their website home page,...

USB 3.0 and SATA 6G Performance Preview

USB 3.0 and SATA 6G Performance Preview

Just the other day, we gave you a sneak peek at a couple of motherboards Asus had coming down the pipeline that featured USB 3.0 and SATA 6G support, the P7P55D-E Premium and the P6X58D Premium. If you haven't seen the original post, be sure to check it out here. In it, we talk about the boards' PLX PCI Express Gen 2 switch implementation...

Sony's Power Problems Continue With Recall Of AC Adapters

Sony's Power Problems Continue With Recall Of AC Adapters

It seems Sony's Vaio power problems aren't over yet. Almost a year after recalling 100,000 notebook batteries and 13 months after recalling almost a half-million notebooks due to overheating concerns, Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 69,000 Vaio AC adapters. Apparently, insulation inside...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Value Meets Performance: HD 4890 Cards from Gigabyte and MSI @ Hardware CanucksSparkle Calibre X265 @ LanOCZotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! Edition 1GB Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.comMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS EAH 5850 (LostCircuits)MSI 785GM-E51 @ HardwareZoneProcessors:AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.8 GHz Energy Efficient Processor...

PowerColor Intros Liquid-Cooled Radeon HD 5870

PowerColor Intros Liquid-Cooled Radeon HD 5870

POWERCOLOR INTRODUCES THE COOLEST GAMING CARD: LCS HD5870 The world’s fastest single GPU comes with PowerColor’s Liquid Cooling Solution Taipei, Taiwan – October 29, 2009 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, is excited to add liquid cooling to the world’s fastest single GPU: the PowerColor Liquid Cooling Solution...

Former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz Implicated in Insider Trading Scheme

Former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz Implicated in Insider Trading Scheme

Hector Ruiz served as CEO of AMD for nearly a decade and guided the company through both its strong success (Athlon 64) and lurching failures (paying $5.8 billion for ATI). He stepped down as CEO in July of 2008, after AMD reported its seventh consecutive quarterly loss, but became chairman of GlobalFoundries. That position could now...

Google Gets In Tune With Music OneBox

Google Gets In Tune With Music OneBox

Google has announced a new service, which is being rolled out slowly, as is typical of cloud-based services. It is called OneBox, and what it aims to do, in concert with Google's music search partners MySpace (and its recently acquired iLike subsidiary) and Lala, is allow users to play limited previews and full songs in their search results....

Logitech Harmony IR Extender Blasts IR Signals Beyond A/V Cabinet Doors

Logitech Harmony IR Extender Blasts IR Signals Beyond A/V Cabinet Doors

Infrared communication has been an integral part of device-to-device talking for years upon years now, but it's growing kind of old with technologies like Bluetooth and RF taking over. But for those still needing IR support, Logitech has a solution.For those in the know, you'll know quite well that IR requires a good line of sight to send...

Sony Ericsson's Fashion-Forward Equinox Phone Hits T-Mobile

Sony Ericsson's Fashion-Forward Equinox Phone Hits T-Mobile

The golden age of the flip phone may be behind us (at least in the USA), but that doesn't mean there's no demand at all. In order to meet whatever demand remains, Sony Ericsson has today pushed out a new flip phone destined for the airwaves of T-Mobile USA, and apparently it's destined for the purses and pockets of those who appreciate fashion.Aside...

Dell's 12.1" Latitude XT2 XFR Is Tiny Yet Rugged

Dell's 12.1" Latitude XT2 XFR Is Tiny Yet Rugged

With Windows 7 out, we're apt to see a whole lot more Dell machines shipping with multi-touch capabilities. One of the best attributes to Win7 is its ability to natively interact with multi-touch applications and hardware, but even before that, Dell was dabbling in the technology with some of its notebooks.Now, the company is mixing two niche...

Garmin nuvifone G60 Falls To $99 On Contract (In A Hurry)

Garmin nuvifone G60 Falls To $99 On Contract (In A Hurry)

Wow, talk about a rapid fall from grace. Of course, anyone with any understanding of the current GPS/smartphone landscape could see this coming from a mile away, but those who were duped into laying out $300 for Garmin-Asus' nüvifone G60 back on October 4th are probably kicking themselves right about now.Merely weeks after the hybrid GPS/phone...

Iraqi Refugees To Receive Food Aid Via Text

Iraqi Refugees To Receive Food Aid Via Text

There truly is an app for anything - even life-saving food vouchers.The United Nations World Food Programme this week announced a pilot project in which Iraqi refugee families in Syria will receive food vouchers via text message. About 1,000 families in Damascus will receive one voucher worth about $22 per family member every two months. The...

Mio Technology Plans Android-Powered MiBuddy

Mio Technology Plans Android-Powered MiBuddy

An upcoming version of Mio Technology’s MiBuddy will be among the latest devices to run Google’s Android operating system. The new MiBuddy joins a list of Android-powered gadgets that fit outside the realm of smartphones. The MiBuddy 4.7-inch touchscreen MIND (mobile Internet navigation device) will offer full Internet browsing capabilities,...

Intel and Numonyx Unveil Stacked, Cross Point Phase Change Memory

Intel and Numonyx Unveil Stacked, Cross Point Phase Change Memory

Intel and Numonyx held a press conference earlier today to discuss a phase change memory (PCM) breakthrough many years in the making. The companies have been jointly exploring the possibilities of multi-layered or stacked PCM cell arrays, and have finally been able to demonstrate a 64Mb test chip that has the ability.These vertically integrated...

Verizon & Motorola Unveil The Droid

Verizon & Motorola Unveil The Droid

After a series of teaser ads that attack Apple’s iPhone, Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially unveiled the Droid smartphone today. The Motorola Droid has a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen that is larger than the iPhone’s display and has a resolution of 480x854 pixels. The phone also offers a slide-out keyboard yet still manages to be only...

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches...

Library Membership Rising Due To Rental E-Books?

Library Membership Rising Due To Rental E-Books?

The e-reader revolution is in full swing--no doubt about that. Barnes & Noble, a bookstore, is turning on the pages that have kept its doors open for decades in order to sell its very own e-book reader, not to mention a Plastic Logic reader right beside it (QUE proReader). But are people really ready to start reading again? Seems that...

Google Adds New Voicemail Service

Google Adds New Voicemail Service

If you are interested in taking advantage of some of the cool new features of Google Voice but aren’t very excited about the idea of getting a new phone number, Google’s latest offering may be of interest to you. Google recently introduced a lighter version of Google Voice that can answer calls to users’ cell phones. Google Voice offers a...

Roku HD-XR and Roku SD Netflix Streamers Unveiled

Roku HD-XR and Roku SD Netflix Streamers Unveiled

The Roku movie streaming set-top box has been a real winner in the grand scheme of things. While units like Vudu have struggled to grab ahold in the consumer market, linking the Roku box to Netflix was a golden idea. There are millions of loyal Netflix users across the US, and with a cheap box giving them access to "Watch Instantly" content...

QUE ProReader To Be Sold At Barnes & Noble, Will The Kindle Stand A Chance?

QUE ProReader To Be Sold At Barnes & Noble, Will The Kindle Stand A Chance?

Can it be? Another e-reader? Yep, afraid so. But we have to say, we're loving the variety and the competition that's surfacing long after the Kindle wrapped the market around its finger, and the all-new QUE proReader is far from traditional. In fact, it's aimed at a different market entirely than the Nook or Kindle, which are both aimed at...

Liquavista's Wicked E-Ink Technologies Could Revolutionize E-Readers

Liquavista's Wicked E-Ink Technologies Could Revolutionize E-Readers

LCDs may be neat, plasmas may be entertaining and projectors may be awe-inspiring, but e-ink is the future. With the e-book reader revolution fully upon us, there's little doubt that e-ink manufacturers will be pumping out mind-blowing new modifications to improve upon the greyscale versions that we're used to.Liquavista is aiming to be one...

Verizon Leaves The Door Open For Apple & The iPhone

Verizon Leaves The Door Open For Apple & The iPhone

Not long ago, Verizon Wireless launched an aggressive ad campaign against the iPhone. That doesn’t mean Verizon is completely moving on and has no interest in the iPhone, however. During Verizon’s third-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, Verizon’s chief executive Ivan Seidenberg said his company would be interested in selling the...

Fox Loses Microsoft Sponsorship of Seth MacFarlane Special

Fox Loses Microsoft Sponsorship of Seth MacFarlane Special

Family Guy has been dumped by Microsoft. After deciding the content of the show "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," scheduled (and heavily advertised by Fox) to air Nov. 8th, is too raunchy, Microsoft decided to drop its sponsorship of the show. In a statement, Microsoft said:"We initially chose to participate in...

Graphics Processors Boomed in Q3; Q4 Sales Expected To Be Strong

Graphics Processors Boomed in Q3; Q4 Sales Expected To Be Strong

Market analysis firm Jon Peddie Research has released its report on graphic processor sales in the third quarter. According to the data, the strong Q2 rebound was no one-time event; GPU sales continued to climb into Q3 and are expected to rise further in Q4. Intel, AMD, SiS, and VIA all saw their market share increase, with AMD leading the...

The Motorola Droid Won’t Be The Only Android 2.0 Handset

The Motorola Droid Won’t Be The Only Android 2.0 Handset

If you’ve been following news and announcements surrounding the Android operating system, you may have picked up on the fact that Google hasn’t announced Android 2.0 or the SDK. An official announcement hasn’t stopped Verizon from talking about this new OS, however. In fact, Verizon has said the upcoming Motorola Droid will run Android version...

HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 1

HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 1

We have just posted our very first video podcast, with a little help from our good friends over at TechVi. In this installment, we talk about Apple’s recent announcements, ATI’s newest DX11 video cards, Windows 7 enhancements, plus a 256GB solid-state drive with built-in raid controller... Sources:Apple Updates iMac, MacBook, Remote, Time...

Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek!

Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek!

If you've been watching our previous coverage of Fusion-io's almost too good be true PCI Express SSD products, you'll know that while the company makes no bones about the fact that their enterprise class cards are ridiculously expensive, they are also planning on delivering an "enthusiast" class card that will align better price-wise with...

InPulse Smartwatch For BlackBerry Brings Notifications To Your Arm

InPulse Smartwatch For BlackBerry Brings Notifications To Your Arm

Remember those Sony Ericsson Bluetooth watches that were all the rage around 5 years ago? We figured that those had all but died out, but it looks like Research In Motion thinks otherwise. The creator of the BlackBerry handset has just commissioned Allerta in order to bring to market the world's first BlackBerry watch. You read that correctly--a...

Sprint To Snag Palm Pixi On November 15th For $99.99

Sprint To Snag Palm Pixi On November 15th For $99.99

Palm made the Pixi official back in early September, but US consumers have been waiting on two important tidbits ever since: a price and release date. Now, finally, both Palm and Sprint have come forward to confirm both of those, and we're a bit perplexed by one.The November 15th on-sale date makes perfect sense. It's just before the holiday...

T-Mobile Launches Even More & Even More Plus Plans

T-Mobile Launches Even More & Even More Plus Plans

T-Mobile recently introduced new no-contract, unlimited use wireless plans. In many circumstances, the new Even More Plus plans are cheaper than offerings from other major carriers and are also among the lowest price prepaid plans we’ve seen yet.The Even More Plus plans offer free nights, weekends, and T-Mobile to T-Mobile calling. The unlimited...

TomTom's Overpriced iPhone Car Kit Now Available In USA

TomTom's Overpriced iPhone Car Kit Now Available In USA

At this point, there are a number of GPS applications available in the App Store. Without a doubt, the iPhone has the most full-featured GPS options out there in the smartphone arena, though it seems as if the TomTom TomTom app is the one getting the most attention. Regardless of whether or not it's superior to the others, it is the one with...

Other Alphabets Coming To The Internet

Other Alphabets Coming To The Internet

The domination of the Latin alphabet on the Internet is expected to come to an end this week.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is meeting this week in Seoul, South Korea, and is all but sure to approve international domain names - i.e., domain names that can be written in alphabets other than the one English uses. ICANN...

Microsoft Announces Help for DVD-less Netbook Win7 Installers

Microsoft Announces Help for DVD-less Netbook Win7 Installers

Microsoft previously announced (or rather, trumpeted) that unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 would run just fine on a netbook, thank you. But what about the fact that most netbooks are DVD-less? Well, there's an app for that, to steal a line from Apple. Microsoft has released the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. This tool will allow you to take...

Students Finding WIndows 7 Upgrade Cheap, But Not Easy

Students Finding WIndows 7 Upgrade Cheap, But Not Easy

The first SNAFU to show up on Windows 7, and it's not even an issue with the software, or even Microsoft. Rather, it's an issue with the installation package provided by Digital River for the nicely discounted student upgrade package that Microsoft has been offering at Win741.com. Now, Digital River is not small potatoes when it comes to digital...

Lenovo Announces New Windows 7-Equipped IdeaPad And IdeaCentre Rigs

Lenovo Announces New Windows 7-Equipped IdeaPad And IdeaCentre Rigs

Most PC makers decided to push their new Windows 7 machines on October 22nd, the day that Microsoft officially launched its next generation OS into the public realm. Lenovo, however, decided to let the world breathe a bit, and we can't say that's such an awful strategy. Now, it has the spotlight to itself in the introduction of its new IdeaPad...

Intel 34nm X25-M Gen 2 SSD Performance Update

Intel 34nm X25-M Gen 2 SSD Performance Update

Intel has just released a firmware update for their 34nm Gen X25-M solid state drives that not only boosts sequential write performance, but adds support for the TRIM feature as well. A performance optimization tool is also being release today, for users of Windows Vista and XP, who won't be able to take advantage of TRIM.We flashed one of...

Kingston Announces 40GB SSD Desktop Upgrade Kit

Kingston Announces 40GB SSD Desktop Upgrade Kit

We just got our hands on a new product Kingston is announcing today, targeted at PC owners in the market for a relatively inexpensive SSD upgrade to boost system performance.Kingston is marketing the new 40GB Desktop Upgrade Kit as a performance upgrade for existing system owners hindered by the performance of their spinning hard drives. Instead...

PhotoTrackr Mini Brings GPS Geotagging To Any Camera

PhotoTrackr Mini Brings GPS Geotagging To Any Camera

For those with cameras that use Secure Digital cards, all that's needed to add geotagging support is an Eye-Fi Geo card. But for everyone else, there's the PhotoTrackr Mini. The original PhotoTrackr was released back in 2007, and while it also added geotagging support to any camera whatsoever, this new version is way, way smaller and easier...

Netflix Hints At Streaming Support For Wii And/Or PlayStation 3

Netflix Hints At Streaming Support For Wii And/Or PlayStation 3

There's no denying the significance of Netflix these days. The once tiny startup is now a monolith in the industry, and it has practically put the likes of Blockbuster on the ropes. What's interesting, however, is that the DVD-by-mail nature of its business isn't getting most of the attention these days. What is? The "Watch Instantly" portion,...

Pentax 'Korejanai' K-x DSLR: A Patchwork Quilt Of A Camera

Pentax 'Korejanai' K-x DSLR: A Patchwork Quilt Of A Camera

Remember Pentax's K-x DSLR that it delivered back in late September? Believe it or not, the camera you're looking at here is that same model--just one with a whole new outfit. Designed as a limited edition bundle exclusively for the Japanese (or import) market, the Korejanai K-x is a colorful version of the HD-video-equipped K-x. A really...

Epson's P-6000 And P-7000 Photo Viewers Gain DSLR Tethering

Epson's P-6000 And P-7000 Photo Viewers Gain DSLR Tethering

Like to toy around with your entry level DSLR? If so, Epson's Multimedia Photo Viewers are probably a bit much for you, but if you manage to make ends meet with your lens, they just might be exactly what the doctor ordered. The P-6000 and P-7000 viewers have just been updated in a pretty major way, and professional photographers are bound...

pureSilicon Intros Rugged Renegade R2 Solid State Drive

pureSilicon Intros Rugged Renegade R2 Solid State Drive

pureSilicon may not be a mainstay like Western Digital or Seagate in the storage arena, but it's a growing force in the world of solid state drives. The company's latest offering is a high-performance, rugged drive that promises blistering transfer rates, densities up to 256GB and a rugged/durable design. For those scared of intrusion, it's...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX Radeon HD5750 Video Card @ BmRATI Radeon HD 5750 - More Mainstream Goodness @ HardwareZoneATI Radeon HD 5870 + 5850 CrossFire - Mixing Video Cards @ Legit ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD5750 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte – GA-G41M-ES2H Micro ATX motherboard @ TechwareLabsMSI P55-GD65 P55 Lynnfield...

Asus Reading SATA 6G and USB 3.0 Intel Motherboards

Asus Reading SATA 6G and USB 3.0 Intel Motherboards

We've just received some interesting images and information regarding a couple of motherboards Asus has coming down the pipeline. The two motherboards you see pictured below are the P7P55D-E Premium and the P6X58D Premium, for Intel's Lynnfield (Core i5, Core i7 800 series) and Bloomfield (Core i7 900 series) platforms, respectively.  ...

Verizon Wireless Joins The 'Don't Text And Drive' Campaign

Verizon Wireless Joins The 'Don't Text And Drive' Campaign

Wait a second, a wireless operator advocating against texting and driving? Is 2012 upon us already? In a move that can only be seen as a ploy to generate some positive PR, Verizon Wireless has just launched a Don't Text And Drive ad campaign, despite that fact that the sending and receiving of text messages is incredibly lucrative for carriers...

Nokia Claims iPhone Uses Its Technology, Wants Big Payback

Nokia Claims iPhone Uses Its Technology, Wants Big Payback

Ugh, this could get nasty. As Nokia's smartphone share is slipping and Apple's is growing rapidly, the former has taken the gloves off and taken the latter to court. What for, you ask? Because Apple's iPhone is utilizing some Nokia technology, and Apple isn't paying Nokia a dime to use it. Or, that's the story according to Nokia anyway. According...

GameFly Launches GameCenter App For iPhone And iPod Touch Users

GameFly Launches GameCenter App For iPhone And iPod Touch Users

GameFly's new GameCenter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you look up information regarding 5,000 video games for all major platforms directly on your handset. With this free app, you can get up-to-the minute news, videos, screenshots, release dates, user reviews, gameplay controls, cheats, codes, and more. To make it easy to find the...

Toshiba's Fuel Cell Phone Charger Uses Liquid As Power

Toshiba's Fuel Cell Phone Charger Uses Liquid As Power

Standard batteries? That's old hat? The Touchstone charger? Even that's so yesterday. Solar powered? Been there, done that. Toshiba's looking to one-up everyone else in the cellphone energy game by introducing a Direct Methanol Fuel Source (DMFS) for mobile devices. You heard that right--it's a fuel cell, for your cellphone. No, it's not the...

"Get a Mac" Ads Target Windows 7 (Already)

"Get a Mac" Ads Target Windows 7 (Already)

Apple isn't wasting any time. It's only been two days, and already they have "Get a Mac" ad all ready to blast Microsoft's just released OS, Windows 7. Naturally, they waited until after the OS was released to spring these on us. There are three, count 'em, three ads. The first is “Broken Promises." It's a series of flashbacks to promises...

GlobalFoundries-Owned Chartered Semiconductor Posts Q3 Results

GlobalFoundries-Owned Chartered Semiconductor Posts Q3 Results

Earlier this month, we covered news that the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) issued a press release confirming that it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chartered Semiconductor. Chartered's business will be rolled into GlobalFoundries, with Doug Grose serving as CEO of the combined entities. Chartered released its...

Polk's HitMaster Speaker Wedge Makes Rock Band More Real

Polk's HitMaster Speaker Wedge Makes Rock Band More Real

Altec Lansing has already busted this market wide open, but now the audio lovers over at Polk are looking to take their shot, too. For those unaware, there's apparently a small movement going on in the rock music game arena where folks are looking for individual monitors to use rather than standard TV speakers. It sure sounds crazy to us,...

Verizon Intros First-Ever Subsidized Windows 7 Netbook

Verizon Intros First-Ever Subsidized Windows 7 Netbook

If it's a subsidized netbook you're after, it's Verizon Wireless that you should be looking at. The wireless operator has a whole slew of netbooks on the cheap (provided you sign up for pricey 2-year data plan), and if the current crop isn't good enough for you, two more are hitting today courtesy of HP. But there's something extra with one...

Best Buy Wants To Ease Your Transition To Windows 7

Best Buy Wants To Ease Your Transition To Windows 7

Now that Windows 7 is officially here, Best Buy wants to help you make the transition to the new operating system. In addition to selling the new platform and many Windows 7-equipped PCs in store, the company's Geek Squad is offering Windows 7 upgrade services for just $39.99, excluding the price of the software. Normally, Geek Squad's operating...

Wal-Mart Busts Out Its Own "Geek Squad"

Wal-Mart Busts Out Its Own "Geek Squad"

As margins on actual wares grow slimmer, many retailers are looking to soak up more cash in the form of services. Granted, that's increasingly tough in the DIY universe that we live in, and even tougher in a retailer that looks to save people money. In an odd move aimed to rival Best Buy's Geek Squad, Wal-Mart has announced plans to offer...

Introducing Kindle for PC

Introducing Kindle for PC

Amazon announced a new (and free!) application for the PC that lets users enjoy Kindle books on their computers. Thanks to the Kindle for PC software, Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC. To make it even easier to read your favorite books on various devices, Kindle for PC uses Amazon’s Whispersync...

Sony's DPP-F700 Digital Photo Frame Also Prints 4"x6" Photos

Sony's DPP-F700 Digital Photo Frame Also Prints 4"x6" Photos

The digital photo frame has obviously run its course and made its splash, but rather than choosing to fade away, it looks like frame makers are deciding to spruce things up. Sony is the latest to join the trend of adding new functionality to digital photo frames, with this one in particular gaining a printer (much like Seiko Epson's Colorio)....

Insignia Little Buddy Child Tracker Keeps Tabs On Your Offspring

Insignia Little Buddy Child Tracker Keeps Tabs On Your Offspring

Oh, wow. What in the world is this? Insignia's Little Buddy Child Tracker, which absolutely has the worst product name we've ever seen, it a GPS tracker that's designed specifically to track kids and help parents keep their worrying in check. Of course, there are plenty of benefits to having this, but it's the approach here that bothers us....

Seagate FreeAgent DockStar NAS Device Review

Seagate FreeAgent DockStar NAS Device Review

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices come in all shapes and sizes; some even come without hard drives--with the intention that the users will add the drives themselves. There is even a relatively new category of NAS devices that don't have any internal drives at all, and instead use USB-attached drives as their storage source. These NAS...

ARM Launches New Cortex-A5 As A Bulkward Against Future Atom processors

ARM Launches New Cortex-A5 As A Bulkward Against Future Atom processors

Historically, ARM isn't a company we talk about much. The company's processor designs power a huge number of devices worldwide, but its architectures have focused on the embedded, ultra-low power, ultra-low cost markets where high-end performance simply wasn't a requirement. ARM's target market hasn't changed all that much in the past 18 months,...

Canada Okays Data Throttling In "Last Resort" Cases - Is America Next?

Canada Okays Data Throttling In "Last Resort" Cases - Is America Next?

Oh, Canada. What are you teaching those American regulators? While most consumer-oriented Americans (as in, the consumers themselves) are doing everything they can to resist the evil known as "data throttling," Canada's main telecommunication agency has just okayed the process. We're hoping this doesn't set some sort of precedence, but honestly,...

Psystar To Sell Its Mac OS X Enabling Software

Psystar To Sell Its Mac OS X Enabling Software

Psystar, obviously not satisfied with the hot water is already in with Apple, has announced it will begin selling the software it itself uses to install the Mac OS X operating system on generic Intel hardware. According to company, the software, called the "Rebel EFI suite," allows users to easily install any OS on a computer. Psystar has...

Harry Potter Bows Down To Windows 7 Pre-Orders

Harry Potter Bows Down To Windows 7 Pre-Orders

Man, we knew Windows 7 would be a hit, but we definitely didn't see this coming. The proverbial giant has been toppled, as Microsoft's newest OS--which launched today, by the way--has beaten the mighty Harry on Amazon UK's pre-order charts. What Harry, you ask? Harry Potter, of course! As of yesterday, Windows 7 was the outfit's best-selling...

MSI Ships GT640, GT740 and CR610 With Windows 7

MSI Ships GT640, GT740 and CR610 With Windows 7

Hey, it's Windows 7 day! And do you know what that means? Lots and lots (and lots!) of new Windows 7 machines, including a trifecta from the crew at MSI. Today, alongside Microsoft's release of its newest OS, the company is issuing its GT640, GT740 and CR610 machines with Win7. Of course, the company's entire range of machines has received...

CyberPower Adds To Lineup With Windows 7 & DirectX 11 Systems

CyberPower Adds To Lineup With Windows 7 & DirectX 11 Systems

CyberPower is rolling out its latest Windows 7 machines today. The new series of gaming rigs feature Intel’s Core i5/i7 processors and DirectX 11-ready graphics. Thanks to Windows 7, gamers will enjoy new features and performance enhancements, including faster boot up times and improved multi-threaded performance. CyberPower is now offering...

Employees Plan To Spend Two Days Shopping Online From Work This Holiday Season

Employees Plan To Spend Two Days Shopping Online From Work This Holiday Season

Those who plan to sneak in a couple hours here, a couple hours there to do some holiday shopping while at work can, perhaps, take comfort in the fact that they're not alone.Not even close.Apparently, employees, on average, plan (plan!) to spend nearly two full working days — 14.4 hours — shopping online while at work. One in 10, in fact, plans...

Acer Aspire 5738DG Turns 2D & 3D Content Into 3D Entertainment Experience

Acer Aspire 5738DG Turns 2D & 3D Content Into 3D Entertainment Experience

Acer announced its new Aspire 5738DG notebook with the unique TriDef 3D solution. This solution includes a 3D screen, software, and glasses to enable 3D visuals. It can also take 2D content and replicate a 3D experience. The notebook has a 15.6-inch Acer CineCrystal HD display coated with a special 3D film. The 3D polarizer glasses filter...

The Top Windows 7 Features That Vista Should Have Had

The Top Windows 7 Features That Vista Should Have Had

This week may be as big a week in the company's history as Microsoft has ever had. We know, that's a pretty bold statement, but there is a lot of evidence to back that up. Microsoft has been drowning in negative press and negative vibes for most of Vista's life; it has tried for years to spit-shine the image of its "Wow!-inducing" operating...

GM's OnStar Used to End High Speed Chase

GM's OnStar Used to End High Speed Chase

OnStar, the General Motors service that most people equate with getting into a car you have been locked out of, has been used to end a high speed pursuit. OnStar only began offering remote disabling in this manner earlier this year. Jose Ruiz's 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe was carjacked at gunpoint, but OnStar was used to both find the vehicle, and...

Comcast's Online Content Experiment Set To Begin By Year's End

Comcast's Online Content Experiment Set To Begin By Year's End

The long-discussed Comcast online television experiment will launch before year's end, allowing viewers to — legally — watch certain shows online for the first time. A couple dozen networks - including HBO, Showtime, TNT and AMC - have agreed to allow Comcast to provide access to their most popular television shows online to existing cable...

Jabra STONE Reshapes Bluetooth

Jabra STONE Reshapes Bluetooth

Jabra has introduced a new Bluetooth headset, which is quite understandably called the STONE. The STONE looks very much like a smooth, polished rock, when the actual headset is plugged into the charger / carrying case, hence, we're sure, the name.  It's difficult, at first, to conceptualize how the headset fits on a person, but once you...

RIM Introduces Updated BlackBerry Bold 9700

RIM Introduces Updated BlackBerry Bold 9700

Research In Motion plans to roll out an updated version of its high-end BlackBerry Bold smartphone in time for the holidays. Targeted at the company's base of professional users and wealthy consumers, the latest Bold handheld is thinner and lighter than its predecessor which hit the market last year. The new Bold 9700 also has a new touch-sensitive...

Fear, Excitement and Loathing Seen In Questions Surrounding Windows 7 Launch

Fear, Excitement and Loathing Seen In Questions Surrounding Windows 7 Launch

Heads-up, PC enthusiasts! Windows 7--Microsoft's self-proclaimed "best OS ever" is launching to the public tomorrow. Tomorrow, junior! It hasn't even been three full years since the launch of Windows Vista, but already Microsoft is looking to put the past behind it and get on with the new. A recent survey by iYogi has taken a look at what...

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2010 Results

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2010 Results

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2010 Results Quarterly revenue of $2.66 billion  Establishes long-term gross margin target of 22-26%  Fiscal year-to-date debt reduction of $685 million SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 20, 2009 - Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended...

Intel Says Parents More Comfortable Talking Drugs Than Science

Intel Says Parents More Comfortable Talking Drugs Than Science

Parents More Comfortable Talking Drugs than Science Intel Survey Reveals Majority of Parents of Teens Find it Difficult to Help their Kids with Math and Science The News: A recent Intel Corporation survey found that parents feel more equipped to talk about drug abuse than math and science with their children.  The Context: Despite a perceived...

Albatron Umveils 42" Optical Touch Monitor With Win7 Support

Albatron Umveils 42" Optical Touch Monitor With Win7 Support

Albatron 42" Optical Touch Monitor Bring Amazing Touch Experience Albatron Technology recently released 42-inch Albatron Optical Touch Monitor (OTM). Adopting optical touch technology that put a camera on the screen above left and right to detect the movement of fingers, Albatron OTM has no problem for the limit of touch panel size. Compared...

Lenovo Expands Portfolio With Windows 7 Models

Lenovo Expands Portfolio With Windows 7 Models

Lenovo announced its latest portfolio of Think and Idea-branded PCs running Windows 7. Included with the announcement are the new ThinkPad SL410 and SL510 laptops. These laptops feature 16:9 high definition screens with VibrantView and Anti-glare technology and Intel Core2 Duo processors. Select models come with 3G connectivity. Wi-Fi, Ethernet,...

enTourage eDGe Dual-Screen E-Reader Looks To Topple Nook And Kindle

enTourage eDGe Dual-Screen E-Reader Looks To Topple Nook And Kindle

Just when you thought the e-reader market couldn't get any wilder, it does. We've got Amazon's Kindle, Sony's Reader, Barnes & Noble's Nook, a host of other smaller devices and now this: the Entourage eDGe. The self-proclaimed "Dualbook" is sort of a e-reader/LCD book in one, with two screens that fold open and shut just like a real book.The...

U2 To Stream Live Concert Over YouTube: Will The Internet Break?

U2 To Stream Live Concert Over YouTube: Will The Internet Break?

There's no denying that YouTube is big. Really big. But is it this big? The video streaming site that Google picked up a few years back for a handsome sum is still struggling to become profitable, but handling events such as this may be exactly what it needs to do. Just last month we heard that YouTube was in talks to stream films from studios--something...

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader Ready To Rival Kindle

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader Ready To Rival Kindle

Watch out, Kindle. You've got some competition--real competition. While the market gets saturated with e-book readers, Barnes & Noble has stepped in to shake things up in a big, big way. Until now, every other e-reader that hit the market was just another subpar offering. No other reader has really threatened the Kindle's dominance, but...

TomTom Takes The Double-DIN Approach With Go I-90

TomTom Takes The Double-DIN Approach With Go I-90

TomTom's dedicated GPS business has thrived for years, but things are changing. Navigation applications are now moving to smaller devices, and oftentimes to devices that aren't made by the same company as the one making the software. Even TomTom has a navigation app for the iPhone, along with loads of other rival firms. And you can bet that...

NVIDIA's Reality Server Aims to Deliver Real-Time Rendering On Your Next Netbook—or iPhone

NVIDIA's Reality Server Aims to Deliver Real-Time Rendering On Your Next Netbook—or iPhone

It's hard to pin down exactly what cloud computing is—the term is as vaporous as its proverbial namesake—but to date, the majority of cloud computing applications have emphasized storage, group collaboration, or the ability to share significant amounts of information with specific groups of people. In business IT, the concept of renting server...

Canon Introduces EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR

Canon Introduces EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR

Canon announced the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras. The new EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR targets professional photographers with its redesigned 45-point autofocus system, 10 frames per second burst speed, 16-megapixel resolution, HD video capabilities, and weather-resistant camera body. The new EOS-1D Mark IV features Canon's most advanced...

Apple Updates iMac, MacBook, Remote, Time Capsule And More

Apple Updates iMac, MacBook, Remote, Time Capsule And More

There's launching products for the holiday season, and then there's launching products for the holiday season. Apple pulled off what we imagine only Apple could pull off this afternoon, launching an incredible amount of new wares for the world to enjoy as shopping season kicks into full gear. From updated NAS drives to ground-breaking new...

New CoolIT GPU Liquid Cooler Designed For Current, Future Video Cards

New CoolIT GPU Liquid Cooler Designed For Current, Future Video Cards

One of the annoying realities of buying aftermarket coolers for CPUs or video cards is that the heatsink component of the cooler can end up with a relatively short lifespan, particularly if you prefer to upgrade at a fairly quick pace. This is arguably more of an issue for GPUs than CPUs, and the cost of keeping one's system temperatures and/or...

AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs

AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs

With the current price war going on between Intel and AMD at the lower-end of the market, consumers are left with more affordable options than ever before. One can argue that there has never been a better time to build a computer or upgrade an aging system, especially with the cost of relatively high-performing hardware finally reaching attainable...

Scottsdale, AZ To See First Microsoft Retail Store

Scottsdale, AZ To See First Microsoft Retail Store

Microsoft has previously said that the Microsoft Retail Stores would open this fall, but been rather vague about the whole project. We knew of a Paris-based Windows "Cafe" that is opening on Oct. 22nd (Windows 7 D-Day), and that Microsoft was hiring away Apple Retail Store managers. Now we know of at least one retail site that's opening on...

Unwritten Rules Of Cellphone Use: Okay At Dinner, Not At Church Or On A Date

Unwritten Rules Of Cellphone Use: Okay At Dinner, Not At Church Or On A Date

Just a decade ago, mentioning the phrase "cellphone etiquette" would probably get your laughed at. Today, it's a reasonable conversation to have. Just as the world has taken to an unofficial list of inflight Wi-Fi rules, the mobile community is also largely abiding by an unwritten set of rules that guide cellphone users on what to do (and...

Virgin America And Google Offering Free In-Flight Wi-Fi For Holiday Season

Virgin America And Google Offering Free In-Flight Wi-Fi For Holiday Season

Aircell's Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi has found its way into quite a few planes, though we can safely say that finding Internet on a plane is much like finding a needle in an ocean. But, to be fair, finding Internet on planes when flying Virgin America is a cinch--after all, it's one of the few airlines in the world to equip every last one of its...

Plastic Logic QUE: The Super-Sized e-Reader

Plastic Logic QUE: The Super-Sized e-Reader

If 2007 was the year of the notebook, and 2008 was the year of the HDTV, we think it's pretty safe to say 2009 is the year of the e-reader. Weird, right? Not in a million years would we have guessed that Amazon's highly covered foray into the e-ink market cause such a huge stir, but at this point, it's hard to think of all the e-readers on...

Gateway's EC Series Notebooks Boast Windows 7

Gateway's EC Series Notebooks Boast Windows 7

Whenever Microsoft decides to push out a new operating system, PC makers--like clockwork--push out all new systems in order to showcase new wares on a new OS. Take Gateway, for instance, who has just released three new machines that are based on none other than Win7. The trifecta includes an 11.6" machine, which Gateway insists is an "ultraportable"...

Acer Offers Affordable Ultraportable Computing With The Aspire AS1410 Series

Acer Offers Affordable Ultraportable Computing With The Aspire AS1410 Series

Acer is looking to bring affordability to the ultraportable notebook arena this holiday season with its latest Acer Aspire AS1410 Series. These new notebooks feature an 11.6-inch widescreen display with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. Other key specs include an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB DDR2 memory (upgradeable to 4GB), up...

Ultra Products Unleashes X4 Modular Power Supplies

Ultra Products Unleashes X4 Modular Power Supplies

Ultra Products has just announced a new line of fully modular power supplies, dubbed the X4. We have actually had one of the 1050W units in house for a couple of weeks now and think it is a solid product. Our Ultra X4 has been used to power Core 2, Lynnfield, and Bloomfield test-beds for recent articles, and we really took it to task on an...

AMD's Third Quarter Results Excellent, Company Is Bullish On Q4

AMD's Third Quarter Results Excellent, Company Is Bullish On Q4

Last week, we predicted that Intel's strong product mix and fabulous Q3 results could have negatively impacted AMD's own numbers at a time when the company is struggling to return to profitability. While AMD has yet to return to the black, the company's third quarter results are very good. Company executives weren't willing to flatly predict...

Spring Design Unveils Alex, A Dual-Screen, Android-Powered eBook Reader

Spring Design Unveils Alex, A Dual-Screen, Android-Powered eBook Reader

Spring Design introduced a unique eBook reader today called Alex. Alex is based on the Google Android platform and features full browser capabilities as well as two screens. By offering two displays, Alex is able to provide the efficiency of reading on a monochrome EPD (electronic paper display) while also providing dynamic hyperlinked content...

AMD Introduces ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

AMD Introduces ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

AMD is rolling out two more graphics cards—the HD 5770 and 5750—that are designed to put the company's ATI Radeon technology in lower cost devices. Both cards support Microsoft's DirectX 11 technology which will arrive with the upcoming release of Windows 7 on October 22. The AMD GPUs offer more than 1 TeraFLOPS of compute power, support AMD's...

Rogue Security Software Infects Millions of PCs: Symantec

Rogue Security Software Infects Millions of PCs: Symantec

Symantec has released a report (.PDF) on what it calls "rogue security software." According to the report, Symantec has detected over 250 distinct rogue security software programs, and during the timeframe of the report, July 2008 - June 2009, 43 million attempted downloads of such rogue programs. The company was unable to determine exactly...

Microsoft Expects Xbox 360 To Outsell PS3 Across "Entire Generation"

Microsoft Expects Xbox 360 To Outsell PS3 Across "Entire Generation"

You know us--we'll never turn a blind eye to a good megacorp vs. megacorp battle. Be in Intel vs. NVIDIA, AMD vs. Intel or Dell vs. HP, we love to watch the shots from the sidelines. And folks, this is a good one. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg, director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, recently sat down with Game Informer in...

OCZ Z-Drive m84 PCI-Express SSD Review

OCZ Z-Drive m84 PCI-Express SSD Review

An interesting thing about NAND Flash SSD (Solid State Drive) technologies, beyond the fact that the market is flush with competitive product offerings, is that the technology itself is very flexible and adaptable to a number of different design approaches, other just the straight-forward SATA-based SSDs. Take for example the RAID 4-pack configuration...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Review @ Rage3D.comAtlona AT-HDAir Wireless USB HD Video Adapter Review @ TechwareLabsSapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 Video Card Review @ Benchmark ReviewsATI Radeon HD 5770 in CrossFire @ HardwareZoneAMD's Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 graphics cards @ The Tech ReportSapphire HD 5850 Review @ OCCATI Radeon HD 5770 and...

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 Bundle: 11/10 For $400

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 Bundle: 11/10 For $400

Still haven't picked up an Xbox 360? Man, where have you been all these years? All kidding aside, we're pretty sure some of you are still getting by on your Super Nintendo, and while that's definitely fine (F-Zero for life!), but the time to get with the here and now has arrived. Microsoft's Xbox 360 has arrived in a variety of bundles over...

Verizon's Motorola Droid To "Do" What the iPhone "iCan't"

Verizon's Motorola Droid To "Do" What the iPhone "iCan't"

Motorola's CLIQ hasn't even shipped to T-Mobile USA customers, and already the outfit's "comeback phone" (not to mention its first-ever Android phone) is being greatly overshadowed. And by another phone in the Motorola family, no less. In a rather odd move on Moto's part, the company has seemingly tied the knot with Verizon Wireless for its...

Memorex MyVideo HD Pocket Camcorder Shoots On The Cheap

Memorex MyVideo HD Pocket Camcorder Shoots On The Cheap

What comes to mind at the mention of "Memorex?" Blank optical media? A flash card maybe? A pocket camcorder? Unless you've somehow already heard of the all-new MyVideo, we're guessing the last option isn't the one you chose. Joining the likes of HP, Sony, Flip Video and a host of other companies out there looking to make a splash in the blossoming...

CEIVA Pro 80 Digital Photo Frame Gets Pics From Your Cameraphone, Wi-Fi PC

CEIVA Pro 80 Digital Photo Frame Gets Pics From Your Cameraphone, Wi-Fi PC

It's almost the holiday season--do you know what that means? It probably means that you'll be giving at least one digital photo frame away as a gift, even though that person either a) won't use it or b) will re-gift it soon after. For whatever reason, these frames have become the "fruitcake" of the digital era, largely because they've remained...

ASUS Produces World's First Notebook Computer to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate

ASUS Produces World's First Notebook Computer to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate

ASUS Produces World's First Notebook Computer to Receive Carbon Footprint Certificate Taipei, Taiwan, October 16, 2009 – ASUS, the global IT industry leader in green innovation, today announced that its N51V notebook computer is the world's first notebook to receive both Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and carbon footprint (PAS 2050:2008)...

Samsung Introduces Secondary Display For Laptops

Samsung Introduces Secondary Display For Laptops

Samsung is making it easier for laptop users to enjoy the benefits of having dual displays with its latest Lapfit offerings. The new Lapfit monitors, LD220G & LD190N, require minimal set up. The LD190N installs quickly with a standard VGA cable while the LD220G provides the added benefit of USB connectivity with Samsung’s UbiSync technology....

Acer's Aspire One AOD250 Netbook Boots Windows XP And Android For $350

Acer's Aspire One AOD250 Netbook Boots Windows XP And Android For $350

Ah, the elusive Android netbook...well, sorta. We've been hearing for quite some time now that mainstream PC makers were looking to shove Google's phone-centric operating system onto netbooks to give buyers another option when it came time to select a mini PC, but to date, few have shown interest in actually coming through on those promises....

Sony's PlayStation 3 Gets A 250GB Model For $50 Premium

Sony's PlayStation 3 Gets A 250GB Model For $50 Premium

Sony's PlayStation 3 "Slim" has only been on sale for a few months now, and while Sony has stated that sales are way, way up, we still didn't expect a 'round 2' to be available this soon. For those not content with the single "Slim" offering on the shelf (a 120GB model for $299), Sony will soon deliver a higher capacity model to US consumers...

Firefox Users Exposed to Vulnerability Via MS Stealth Install

Firefox Users Exposed to Vulnerability Via MS Stealth Install

Earlier this year, Microsoft released the .NET Framework 3.5 update. At the same time, as an added bonus, end users would get an extra Firefox extension, the "Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce)," without being asked. That's bad enough, but at the same time the extension made Firefox vulnerable to attack.  Additionally, let's...

BlackBerry Storm 2 Slips Out, Could Hit Verizon Next Month

BlackBerry Storm 2 Slips Out, Could Hit Verizon Next Month

Whether or not Verizon Wireless wants it that way or not, RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 is as good as official. The long-awaited successor the universally panned Storm is finally out, with the first carrier to come clean about it being Vodafone...way across the pond. Walt Mossberg (among other outlets) has also confirmed that the handset will soon...

Microsoft Security Essentials Downloaded 1.5 Million Times in First Week

Microsoft Security Essentials Downloaded 1.5 Million Times in First Week

While Symantec and other antivirus firms may make gibes at Microsoft's free Security Essentials antivirus, Microsoft reportedly offered the product in order to increase AV coverage in regions where people can't afford to pay for one. At least, that's the reason they gave, and at first glance it appears MSE is making some headway. According...

Amazon To Provide Same Day Delivery In Seven Cities, Expanded Saturday Delivery Options

Amazon To Provide Same Day Delivery In Seven Cities, Expanded Saturday Delivery Options

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is launching Local Express Delivery, a new shipping option that will provide customers with same-day delivery of their orders in seven major cities. The service will initially be available in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Washington D.C. and will expand to Chicago,...

Custom Cooled Video Card Shootout: ASUS & MSI

Custom Cooled Video Card Shootout: ASUS & MSI

One of the sub-categories cropping up amongst OEMs are videos cards which feature highly customized cooling along with special controller chips or other functionality that help facilitate tweaking the card's performance. These cards all have a few things in common. First, they all mount beefy and often very radical cooling designs which are...

HAVA Mobile Player Brings Live TV, DVR Control To iPhone

HAVA Mobile Player Brings Live TV, DVR Control To iPhone

The SlingMobile application for the iPhone may be great for some, but for everyone else there's Monsoon's HAVA. The highly anticipated app, which was already launched on other platforms, has finally made its way past Apple's app security patrol and onto the App Store. What's it do? Put simply, it allows allows HAVA customers to view and control...

Wi-Fi Direct Brings P2P Transfer To Wi-Fi Devices, Rivals Bluetooth

Wi-Fi Direct Brings P2P Transfer To Wi-Fi Devices, Rivals Bluetooth

There was once a time where the Bluetooth SIG was looking into pairing BT devices with Bluetooth, and even now, Bluetooth 3.0 relies on 802.11n for high-speed transfers. But we get the feeling that Wi-Fi wouldn't think twice of stabbing that "other" short-range communication protocol in the back, as evidenced by a new release by the kind folks...

Best Buy Opening First 24/7 Location In New York City--Game On!

Best Buy Opening First 24/7 Location In New York City--Game On!

It's a crazy world we live in. While some industries are shutting retail locations down to cope with a slower economy, the consumer electronics realm seems to be ramping up for growth. While Apple has already made the (smart) decision to open a 24/7 location in the Big Apple, Best Buy still has yet to open a single store that remained open...

Logitech's G110 Gaming Keyboard Lights Up Your Life

Logitech's G110 Gaming Keyboard Lights Up Your Life

Look out, folks--we've got a feeling that a new stream of new Logitech gear has just begun flowing, with the MK605 notebook bundle hitting earlier this week and now the G110 gaming keyboard. The oddly named successor to the G11 is a straightforward 'board, but clearly the extras are aimed at those who spend more time fragging than typing emails...

Acer Unveils AspireRevo Nettop

Acer Unveils AspireRevo Nettop

Acer announced the extremely compact AspireRevo R3610-U9012. This "one-liter nettop" is a small and energy-efficient computer that is about the size of a book. The AspireRevo R3610-U9012 features NVIDIA ION graphics and Microsoft DirectX, enabling you to view 1080p HD movies and play DirectX 10 games. The AspireRevo R3610-U9012 is powered...

Danger Den Unveils Radeon HD 5870 Water Block, X2 News

Danger Den Unveils Radeon HD 5870 Water Block, X2 News

Danger Den just sent word that their Radeon HD 5870 water block is ready and about to ship--the official press release is posted below. Perhaps more interesting than the news about the 5870 water block, however, is the little detail Danger Den mentions at the end of the release. It looks like the dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 5870 X2 (if that...

Thecus Announces N7700PRO, Next-Gen Advanced NAS Storage

Thecus Announces N7700PRO, Next-Gen Advanced NAS Storage

Thecus N7700PRO, Next-Generation Advanced Storage World’s First 10GbE SMB NAS 10/15/2009 – Thecus Technology is always pushing the boundaries of what NAS devices are capable of. Today, Thecus is proud to introduce the N7700PRO, the follow up to the award winning N7700. While the original N7700 made its mark by being the world’s first seven-bay...

Finland Makes Broadband Access a Legal Right

Finland Makes Broadband Access a Legal Right

Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications has made 1 mbps broadband access a legal right, according to YLE, the country's national broadcasting company. This makes Finland the first country to take this step. Even better, 1 mbps access is just an intermediary step. Earlier, Finland had set a goal of 2015 for 100 mbps broadband access...

Microsoft Provides Hope To Sidekick Users With Lost Data

Microsoft Provides Hope To Sidekick Users With Lost Data

At the beginning of this week, T-Mobile informed Sidekick users that their personal data and photos "almost certainly has been lost." Now, Microsoft is coming back with some good news to affected users, saying the company believes it has recovered most of the data after all. "We are pleased to report that we have recovered most customer data...

G.Skill Launches 1.35v, Eco-Friendly DDR3 Memory Kits

G.Skill Launches 1.35v, Eco-Friendly DDR3 Memory Kits

G.Skill Announces its ECO Memory: DDR3 at just 1.35V Taipei, Taiwan - 15th October, 2009 - G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released its ECO low voltage, 1.35V dual channel DDR3 memory for Intel Lynnfield Core i5 and Core i7 platforms. Compared...

Acer Announces Liquid A1, "The World’s First Snapdragon & Android 1.6 Smartphone"

Acer Announces Liquid A1, "The World’s First Snapdragon & Android 1.6 Smartphone"

Acer officially announced its first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid A1. The Liquid A1 is also the first handset running the Android platform that will use Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  The Liquid A1 features Acer's own proprietary UI, a WVGA touchscreen, HSPA connectivity, and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging,...

Adesso's SlimTouch Bluetooth Keyboard Is An HTPC Lover's Dream

Adesso's SlimTouch Bluetooth Keyboard Is An HTPC Lover's Dream

By and large, any 'ole keyboard will do for working in a traditional desktop environment. If it's got the right QWERTY layout and a numeric keypad, you're set. But what about those awkward situations where having a full size keyboard and mouse tandem just don't make sense--say, when using a living room PC/HTPC? Enter Adesso, an accessories...

Blockbuster On Demand Movie Rentals Finally Live On TiVo

Blockbuster On Demand Movie Rentals Finally Live On TiVo

Both Blockbuster and TiVo confessed that a partnership was in the works, and now we've finally got the confirmation we so desperately yearn for. Starting right now, TiVo owners (that includes Series2, Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL users) can access Blockbuster's growing library of On Demand films right from their set-top box. No extra boxes...

SanDisk Ships X4 Flash Cards: SDHC Capacity Limit Now In Question

SanDisk Ships X4 Flash Cards: SDHC Capacity Limit Now In Question

We know--most of you think "AMD" when you hear "X4," but there are actually more than one X4 technologies that you should be aware of. In a quiet, but remarkably excited announcement made this week by SanDisk, it has made clear that actually products are now shipping based around the revolutionary X4 memory technology, and while it doesn't...

Logitech Notebook Kit MK605 Provides Keyboard, Mouse And Riser

Logitech Notebook Kit MK605 Provides Keyboard, Mouse And Riser

Logitech has been on somewhat of a roll here lately, particularly in the travel accessories department. After pumping out a fresh new keyboard within the MK700 desktop combo and creating a mouse that would actually work on glass, the outfit has now bundled up a few travel necessities and called it the MK605.Essentially, this kit helps those...

Intel's Third Quarter Results Break Records, Smash Expectations

Intel's Third Quarter Results Break Records, Smash Expectations

At a time when economists and TV pundits are still more likely to characterise the economy as "coasting along the bottom" rather than "recovering," Intel's Q3 results have rocketed past the predictions of even the most optimistic Wall Street analysts. The company's Q4 predictions are similarly rosy—if there's ever been a time when it's been...

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family - New high-speed USB Flash Drives in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity - FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup. The new product suite includes USB flash...

Nikon Targets Professionals With New D3S Digital SLR

Nikon Targets Professionals With New D3S Digital SLR

Nikon announced the new FX-format D3S DSLR today. This new professional-grade camera inherits many of the quality and speed performance features from the D3. The D3S provides photographers with shutter speed and aperture freedom thanks to a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 12,800. Expanded ISO equivalent settings up to 102,400...

Acer Launches Aspire Z5610-U9072 All-in-One Desktop

Acer Launches Aspire Z5610-U9072 All-in-One Desktop

Acer introduced the Acer Aspire Z5610-U9072, an all-in-one desktop PC with multi-touch technology and Windows 7 Home Premium. This all-in-one features a 23-inch HD display with 1920x1080 pixel resolution, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, and Intel Pentium Dual Core processing. The Aspire Z5610-U9072 supports multi-touch technology and comes with...

Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review

Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review

Hard-core gamers are all about squeezing the best performance they can out of their rigs, while ensuring that the visual quality of the games they play are at the highest settings possible. As desktop PCs typically have access to higher-end components than notebooks--and are also far more configurable, upgradable, and tweakable--the vast majority...

Polaroid Makes A Comeback: New One Step Cameras Coming Next Year

Polaroid Makes A Comeback: New One Step Cameras Coming Next Year

Remember 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back?' We're not saying this comeback is anywhere near that monumental, but Polaroid is a pretty huge brand in the grand scheme of things. It's an icon in the consumer electronics/digital imaging industry, and while it certainly peaked years ago, there's nothing like a second wind to get consumers buzzing...

QNAP's 2-Bay TS-210 Desktop NAS Adds Pro-Level Features

QNAP's 2-Bay TS-210 Desktop NAS Adds Pro-Level Features

QNAP has been on somewhat of a hot streak here lately. Nearly every month it has delivered something new to us, and with October halfway over, the latest from company is being introduced. Like clockwork, we tell you. The new desktop-centric NAS deviates from the outfit's traditional all-black, all-business attire and instead slips into a sleek...

Dyson Re-Invents The Fan With Air Multiplier, Charges Dearly For It

Dyson Re-Invents The Fan With Air Multiplier, Charges Dearly For It

Dyson. It's a name generally linked to wild (and wildly expensive) vacuum cleaners, but today the company is doing something a little different. Er, a lot different. The only other diversion for Dyson in recent memory from its core product group was the Airblade, a commercial hand dryer that blasted water from your hands without requiring...

Snow Leopard Could Eat Your Data, But Apple's Working On A Fix

Snow Leopard Could Eat Your Data, But Apple's Working On A Fix

Apple prides itself on providing operating systems that "just work," though some are saying OS X 10.6 (its latest version) "just works against you." Too harsh? Maybe, but there's no denying that the latest bug is one that's simply too large to stay quiet about. For years, OS X was as stable a consumer OS as the world had ever seen; by and...

Toshiba Announces Windows 7 Notebooks, Netbooks, & Touch Models

Toshiba Announces Windows 7 Notebooks, Netbooks, & Touch Models

Toshiba is planning to offer various Satellite and Qosmio laptops with Windows 7 beginning October 22. Toshiba's range of laptops with Windows 7 Home Premium will include the Satellite U500 Series, Satellite M500 Series, Satellite A500 Series, Satellite P500 Series, Satellite L500 Series, Satellite T100 Series, and the Qosmio X500 Series....

LG Unveils Solar-Powered e-Book Reader

LG Unveils Solar-Powered e-Book Reader

LG Display has unveiled a solar-powered e-book reader. Given the fact that the electronic paper these readers use already provide really long battery life as they draw power only when the page is being turned, this could mean no recharging necessary --- ever. All right, all right, on sunny days, anyway. That's because the solar cell in the...

Updated Flip MinoHD Pocket Camcorder Doubles Its Recording Time

Updated Flip MinoHD Pocket Camcorder Doubles Its Recording Time

One of the hottest new product categories of late is the inexpensive, high-definition (HD) pocket camcorder--and sometimes it feels as though  almost every day another company  starts making them. Pure Digital Technologies--manufacturer of one the very first pocket camcorders to come to market--isn't resting on it laurels while the...

BFG Aims For Mars; Launches 18.4" Ultra-Gaming Laptop

BFG Aims For Mars; Launches 18.4" Ultra-Gaming Laptop

If you're in the mood for a laptop that more than fits the phrase "desktop replacement" but isn't built by an OEM like Dell (or if a system from Round Rock simply doesn't pack enough awesome from your tastes), the folks at BFG Technologies have built a laptop to complement their high-end "Phobos" desktop system. Unlike Phobos, Deimos isn't...

Google Docs Add Shared Folders

Google Docs Add Shared Folders

Still want the cloud to be your only repository of data despite the recent Sidekick fiasco? Well, on Monday Google made sharing of Google Docs easier with the introduction of (finally) Shared Folders. Shared Folders are just what it sounds like: rather than having to share individual files, you can set up a folder to share with a colleague...

JVC Enters Pocket Cam Market With PICSIO

JVC Enters Pocket Cam Market With PICSIO

JVC introduced its first pocket flash memory camera, the PICSIO GC-FM1. This portable camera can capture 8 megapixel still images and 1080p Full HD video. To help minimize camera shake, the PICSIO offers image stabilization. The camera itself is about the size of a small cell phone. It comes in three colors: Black Ice, Blue Steel, and Purple...

Nokia Introduces Nokia Booklet 3G With Up To 12 Hours Battery Life

Nokia Introduces Nokia Booklet 3G With Up To 12 Hours Battery Life

Together with AT&T, Best Buy, and Microsoft, Nokia is introducing the Nokia Booklet 3G today. This mini-laptop runs Windows 7 and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. The Intel Atom-powered Nokia Booklet 3G features an ultra-portable aluminum chassis that measures slightly more than two centimeters thick (approximately 0.79 inches)....

SuperTalent Partners With Toshiba On Super-Secure UltraDrive DX SSDs

SuperTalent Partners With Toshiba On Super-Secure UltraDrive DX SSDs

SuperTalent has generally stuck to its own label when it came time to pump out a new slate of solid state drivers, but this time the company is tapping Toshiba for a little help. Just this past week, the company launched its co-branded UltraDrive DX SSDs that offer two levels of security to prevent unauthorized data theft or loss. The drives...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Palit GeForce GT 220 Sonic 512 MB @ techPowerUpXFX HD 5750 Review @ OCCXFX Radeon 5750 and 5770 - Reviewed @ Bootdaily.comPowerColor HD5770 Review @ OCCSapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB and Radeon HD 5750 1GB video card review @ Elite BastardsAMD Radeon HD 5750/5770 @ PhoronixSapphire Radeon HD 5750 1GB Graphics Card @ Modders-Inc.comAMD Radeon...

MSI's 17" GT740 Equipped With Core i7, GTS 250M GPU

MSI's 17" GT740 Equipped With Core i7, GTS 250M GPU

Another week, another MSI laptop pushing the boundaries. This time, we've got the rather large (we're being politically correct here) GT740, a beast of a gaming machine with an Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 7 operating system and a 17" cinema-grade LCD panel.Other specifications include an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 3D discrete graphics card...

Dell Gives Baseball Lovers A Chance To Personalize Their Next Notebook

Dell Gives Baseball Lovers A Chance To Personalize Their Next Notebook

Anyone that considers themselves a sports fan will recognize that the MLB playoffs are in full swing, and we're guessing that the timing here is more than coincidental. Shortly after Dell rolled out a fleet of notebooks with 26 different design options, the company has now issued a slate of laptops with 30 Major League Baseball team logo options....

WD TV Live HD Streams HD Video to Your Widescreen TV

WD TV Live HD Streams HD Video to Your Widescreen TV

With the near ubiquity of widescreen high-definition TVs (HDTVs) in so many homes, the desire to consume media on them that was traditionally relegated to computer displays is starting to gain popularity--especially since a growing proportion of this media is HD video. To meet this growing desire, Western Digital has just released the WD TV...

Eye Control Coming To iPods And Music Players...One Day

Eye Control Coming To iPods And Music Players...One Day

Here's the thing--having a phone that plays music, or even an iPod, is great. And it's really great if you've got the time to establish playlists that you never need to touch once you hit "play" that first time and head out for the morning. But what about for everyone else? Everyone else is stuck fiddling with volume controls, back/forward...

Amino Communications Announces Soda-Powered Set-Top Box

Amino Communications Announces Soda-Powered Set-Top Box

When we discussed the launch of Intel's Atom-based SoC CE4100, codenamed Sodaville, we remarked that the company's vision of "smart" televisions had yet to materialize—the same "Widget Channel" and Yahoo partnership that had marked the launch of Intel's CE3100 back in 2008 were still hanging around in 2009. At least one company, however, is...

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Mainstream DX11 GPUs

ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 Mainstream DX11 GPUs

A little less than a month ago, AMD unveiled the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards to much fanfare. And for good reason. Not only is the Radeon HD 5800 series the first to offer full DirectX 11 support, among other unique features like Eyefinity, but the flagship ATI Radeon HD 5870 signifies the first time since AMD acquired ATI...

HP Launches New Laptops, All-In-Ones, Business Desktops, and More

HP Launches New Laptops, All-In-Ones, Business Desktops, and More

Four weeks ago, HP announced a bevy of new products that were arriving for the fall season. It turns out, that announcement was just part one of HP's fall lineup, with part two arriving today. Today, HP is announcing a number of new laptops, docking stations, all-in-one desktop PCs, a few more-traditional form-factor desktop PCs, and a 42-inch...

AT&T Adds Unlimited Prepaid Plan

AT&T Adds Unlimited Prepaid Plan

Today, AT&T launched its first unlimited-use prepaid plan for GoPhone prepaid customers. Under the $60/month plan, users get unlimited talk, text, instant messaging, and video messaging to anyone within the U.S. The plan also offers unlimited texting, IM, picture, and video messaging to anyone in Mexico, Canada, and more than 100 other...

PNY Launches GeForce GT 220 & GeForce 210

PNY Launches GeForce GT 220 & GeForce 210

PNY announced the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB and GeForce 210 512MB graphics cards today. For the first time in PNY's history, the cards now come with a native HDMI port, giving users the flexibility to connect both audio and video using a single cable. The GeForce GT 220 will cost about $120 while the GeForce 210 runs approximately $70. Additional...

Dell Leaks Two More Adamo XPS Images: Thin Is Definitely In

Dell Leaks Two More Adamo XPS Images: Thin Is Definitely In

Remember Dell's Adamo XPS that was teased back in early September? Almost a month later, Dell is looking to grab some more attention by introducing two new shots of the 9.99mm-thin notebook. We're still not given much to think on, but the two new images of the Adamo XPS confirm that a 3.5mm headphone jack is present, at least one full-sized...

Update!  HH/Intel Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Winner Announced!

Update! HH/Intel Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Winner Announced!

Cue lights, Rock Star sound track, and drum-roll please...  Check, check, is this thing on?  Ladies and Gents, we have ourselves a winner for the HotHardware.com and Intel Core i7 For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes!  This new-found Core i Guy has been with us here at HotHardware since April this year and it's good to have...

For All The Hype, Cloud Storage May Be Mostly Vapor

For All The Hype, Cloud Storage May Be Mostly Vapor

It's impossible, these days, to swing a dead cat more than about six inches without running into "the cloud" in one form or another. Whether we're discussing cloud computing as a storage concept, server provisioning, or consumer appliance, moving data into or out of the cloud has been a major topic over the past year. For all the traction...

Conan Interviews The Real Intel USB Port Rock Star

Conan Interviews The Real Intel USB Port Rock Star

Ah, those USB ports. From 1.0 to 2.0 to the upcoming 3.0, they are near ubiquitous, so much so that Firewire has taken a back seat. And speaking of back seats, since Jay Leno left the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien has taken a back seat to David Letterman as well. In an attempt to raise his ratings, O'Brien interviewed one of Intel's rock stars,...

Mitsubishi Sticks To The Basics With New 23" 1080p LCD Monitor

Mitsubishi Sticks To The Basics With New 23" 1080p LCD Monitor

Mitsubishi isn't a name you generally associate with LCD monitors, but nevertheless, that very company is stepping into the ring with the likes of HP, Samsung, BenQ and Dell with its stylish, power-sipping RDT231WLM-S. No, we don't ever expect you to fully recall that name, but just knowing that it's the outfit's latest 23" monitor should...

Acer Aspire Timeline 1820P To Boast Convertible Multi-touch Tablet Design

Acer Aspire Timeline 1820P To Boast Convertible Multi-touch Tablet Design

Acer may be dealing with some lingering issues on its standard Timeline series, but evidently the company's R&D labs are whirring in an effort to pump out what will amount to being the first-ever Timeline tablet PC. The Aspire Timeline 1820P has yet to be officially confirmed or announced by Acer itself, but the always knowledgable Macles...

No, Video Tweets Not Coming to Twitter

No, Video Tweets Not Coming to Twitter

On Sunday, the Telegraph posted a story that stated that Twitter was about to introduce video tweeting. However, it looks like this can be filed under unfounded rumor, as noted by a quote from Twitter founder Biz Stone. In fact, the Telegraph story is pretty sparse, mostly being about Twitter in general and some high-profile celebrities who...

Dell Goes A Little Crazy With Color Options: 26 New Notebook Hues

Dell Goes A Little Crazy With Color Options: 26 New Notebook Hues

It's hard to say where it started. Maybe it was the XPS line. Maybe it was the Adamo range. Or maybe it was Dell's Design Studio. Whatever the origin, there's no denying that the Dell of today is far more fashion-forward than the Dell that sold those patended "beige boxes" of yesteryear. This past week, Dell introduced its most vivacious family...

Gorilla Glass Toughens Up Motion's Tablet PCs

Gorilla Glass Toughens Up Motion's Tablet PCs

Never heard of Gorilla Glass? That's a shame, and if we had our druthers, we'd like to see it on every notebook out there. Of course, it's pretty darn expensive, so maybe we'd only like to see it when prices sink down a bit. At any rate, Motion Computing has decided to offer the extremely durable screen on its C5 and F5 tablets, both of which...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:[Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 18.5ATI Radeon HD 5870 CrossFireX Analysis @ HardwareZoneAMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity Performance Testing @ PC PerspectiveHIS Radeon HD 5850 Review @ The TechspotXFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Review @ Hardware CanucksRoundup: Three ATI Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Cards @ XbitLabsProcessors:AMD...

Sidekick Data Service Disruption Shows Dark Side Of Cloud Computing

Sidekick Data Service Disruption Shows Dark Side Of Cloud Computing

After a major server outage occurred with Microsoft's Danger servers last Friday, users across the country have reported lost address books, weird text messaging problems, and other forms of data loss. Now, T-Mobile is informing Sidekick users that their personal data and photos "almost certainly has been lost." While service outages have...

HDTV Makers Look To Make 3D The "Next Big Thing" - Will It Work?

HDTV Makers Look To Make 3D The "Next Big Thing" - Will It Work?

It's a question worth asking, but the answer is still probably a couple of years out, at best. Will 3D finally make a lasting impression? Unless you've been living under a rock over the past year, you will have noticed that the movie industry, the consumer electronics industry and big time TV makers have all been pushing 3D with an almost...

How to Destroy Your Palm Pre and Improve Your Beer

How to Destroy Your Palm Pre and Improve Your Beer

This is somewhat akin to those experiments where people try to run over iPhones or iPods with a car, just because they can do it. One would have to ask, are you that dissatisfied with your Palm Pre that you want to drop it in beer? According to the video, this was the third Pre this person owned, as the screen kept cracking. His boss said...

The Future of The Internet:  Mind to Mind Communication?

The Future of The Internet: Mind to Mind Communication?

Not long ago we gave you a look at a product manufactured by OCZ that made use of brainwaves as a futuristic but in-the-here-and-now game controller.  Dubbed the NIA, for Neural Impulse Actuator, instead of buttons and joysticks, this device gave user the ability to control in-game movement with their mind.  At the time, it sounded...

European Union Approves Microsoft "Choose Your Browser" Option

European Union Approves Microsoft "Choose Your Browser" Option

Microsoft and the EU are finally close to an agreement on how Windows 7's browser should be configured after months of negotiation. Initially, Redmond's idea was to ship the OS without a browser at all, a move the EU nixed, as it felt this would result in consumers being offered less value, rather than more. Microsoft's new idea, unveiled...

Sony's 1.6lb. VAIO X Is World's Thinnest Notebook, Starts At $1300

Sony's 1.6lb. VAIO X Is World's Thinnest Notebook, Starts At $1300

Here goes Sony claiming another world's first. If you'll recall, the company made a pretty big fuss over its VAIO P when that launched back at CES. It refused to call it a netbook (probably due to the fact that Windows Vista was loaded on), but most everyone else assumed it really was the planet's most expensive (and oddly shaped) netbook....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:HIS ATI Radeon HD4770 Graphics Card Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.ukGigabyte GTX 260 Super Overclock Review @ NeoseekerXFX HD 5870 Review @ OCCATI RADEON HD 5870 1024MB Graphics Card @ iXBTMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme LGA 1366 i7 Motherboard Review @ PC PerspectiveASUS P55M Pro Motherboard @ PCShopTalkAsus Maximus III...

Acer Recalls Handful Of Aspire Laptops

Acer Recalls Handful Of Aspire Laptops

Acer has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Aspire laptops. The affected models include the AS3410, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ, and AS3810TZG. Apparently, some of these laptops are experiencing an overheating of the microphone cable after repeated and extreme pressure is applied to the left palm rest. As a result, the unit case may...

Dr. Dre Tag Teams With HP For Limited Edition ENVY 15 Notebok

Dr. Dre Tag Teams With HP For Limited Edition ENVY 15 Notebok

With HP's dedicated Voodoo PC line pretty much in the tank (or just phased out), it looks like Dr. Dre will be stepping in to fill the superstar void. Both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have jointly worked with HP in order to issue the HP Beats Limited Edition notebook, which is little more than a highly styled ENVY 15 with a thing for multimedia....

Sony's VAIO L All-In-One PC Boasts 1080p Resolution, $1300 Starting Price

Sony's VAIO L All-In-One PC Boasts 1080p Resolution, $1300 Starting Price

Sony's VAIO PC lineup has been growing larger over the years, and while the standout products are almost always within the notebook category, the newest is an all-in-one PC. A stylish all-in-one PC, might we add. The VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV is obviously designed to be multifaceted. On one hand, it's a standard touch-screen PC; on the other,...

AT&T's Long Wait for iPhone Break-Even

AT&T's Long Wait for iPhone Break-Even

A new report by the Yankee Group focuses on the subsidies wireless carriers pay to device manufacturers. In particular, as C|Net found, despite the fact that AT&T's bottom line has been heavily boosted by the iPhone, it takes a long time for the company to make back it's money from the bandwidth-sucking Apple device. The report is titled...

FCC To Examine Google Voice Service

FCC To Examine Google Voice Service

According to people familiar with the matter, the Federal Communications Commission plans to open an inquiry into Google's Voice service, looking into how the service works and whether or not the Internet giant is restricting calls. Earlier this week, a group of 20 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who mostly represent...

Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.5 Armani Smartphone Sells For Over $1000

Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.5 Armani Smartphone Sells For Over $1000

Up until a few years ago, it was essentially unheard of for a major fashion label to associate with a cellphone. After all, would you really want your fall lineup partnered with one of those big, blocky bag phones of the early 1990s? Nowadays, everything has changed. Phones are fashion statements in an of themselves, so it's no surprise that...

Sophos Undercuts Rivals With Free Data-Loss Prevention Software

Sophos Undercuts Rivals With Free Data-Loss Prevention Software

Although still in its infancy, data loss prevention software is becoming increasingly important for companies who wish to protect the accidental and intentional release of sensitive information. To assist, Sophos introduced free programs that will prevent sensitive data from getting outside of corporate firewalls. In a move that will take...

Belkin's Easy Transfer Cable Makes WinXP/Vista-To-Windows 7 Upgrade Painless

Belkin's Easy Transfer Cable Makes WinXP/Vista-To-Windows 7 Upgrade Painless

You've heard horror stories from your pals who attempted to handle data migration processes on their own, and you're scared to death to make the leap to Windows 7. Thankfully, Belkin knows just what a tough spot you're in, and it has devised a dedicated cable to solve the problem that worries you most: upgrading. Of note, this cable won't...

AMD Names Thomas Seifert Chief Financial Officer

AMD Names Thomas Seifert Chief Financial Officer

AMD Names Thomas Seifert Chief Financial Officer20-year semiconductor industry veteran with proven financial, operations and management experience SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the appointment of Thomas Seifert as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Seifert, 46, will report to Dirk Meyer, AMD president...

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Puts Pro Tools Into Consumer Hands

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Puts Pro Tools Into Consumer Hands

Iomega may not have the name recognition that Western Digital and Seagate share, but it's gaining serious ground in the storage marketplace. Hot on the heels of its four-bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS introduction, the company is issuing a smaller, green version for home users and small businesses. The compact StorCenter ix2-200 aims to put...

Kingston's MobileLiteG2 USB Card Reader Redefines Tiny

Kingston's MobileLiteG2 USB Card Reader Redefines Tiny

HDTVs just keep growing larger and larger. So do prices on data plan rates. But we can think of a few things that just keep shrinking: CPUs, GPUs and USB card readers. Frankly, it's amazing just how small some USB flash drives and card readers are these days. Some of 'em just seem too small for your own good, and some of 'em seem more likely...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1024MB Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.comGigabyte GeForce GTX 260 Super Overclock @ Techgage.comXFX Radeon HD 5870 Review @ Digital TrendsMotherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn Flaming Blade Motherboard Review @ NinjalaneProcessors:AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Socket AM3 Triple Core Processor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgIntel...

Microsoft Ditching Works for Ad-Supported Office Starter 2010

Microsoft Ditching Works for Ad-Supported Office Starter 2010

Microsoft Works, which is frequently offered as part of new PCs, is about to meet its end. Instead, in an interesting move, Microsoft announced it will allow OEMs to install the entire Office 2010 Suite on new PCs in a free, ad-supported form, but with much functionality disabled unless an activation key is purchased.The new version will be...

Text Messages Could Help Smokers Kick The Habit

Text Messages Could Help Smokers Kick The Habit

If you're looking for support while trying to stop smoking, an international study suggests text messaging could help. Four trials conducted in New Zealand, Britain, and Norway found that programs to help people stop smoking that included text messages with advice doubled the chances a person would be able to quit smoking for up to a year....

Samsung Announces Ultra-Slim LED Monitor

Samsung Announces Ultra-Slim LED Monitor

Samsung introduced a premium LED monitor, the SyncMaster XL2370 today. This monitor offers 1080 HD quality, a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, and a 2 millisecond response time. The XL2370 also has a thin profile, measuring 3/4 inch at the top and weighs less than eight pounds. The SyncMaster XL2370 is expected to cost just under $300...

Case in Point: The Best CPU under $300

Case in Point: The Best CPU under $300

I’ve recently built up two midrange Core i7 based systems, which I discuss on my blog at Improbable Insights. One is based on Bloomfield, more specifically, the popular (among performance enthusiasts, anyway) Core i7 920. The other is the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 860. What’s interesting is the similarity in pricing between the two systems....

A Phishing Reminder, As The FBI Director is Banned From Online Banking

A Phishing Reminder, As The FBI Director is Banned From Online Banking

FBI Director Robert Mueller, while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, gave an example of why everyone should be wary of cybercrime. He related the story of the head of one of America's domestic agencies. This person, Mueller said, received an email, purportedly from his bank, which looked "perfectly legitimate."...

Amazon Agrees To Sell PlayStation Network Tokens -- A Sign Of Things To Come?

Amazon Agrees To Sell PlayStation Network Tokens -- A Sign Of Things To Come?

Sony and Amazon have an interesting relationship. On one hand, they're enemies. The Kindle rivals the Sony Reader, and vice-versa. On the other, they're best of friends, with Sony now being able to sell digital downloads codes for its PlayStation wares through the online mega-retailer's website. A newly formed agreement between the two enables...

Samsung's SH-B083 Internal Optical Drive Reads Blu-ray, Burns CD/DVD

Samsung's SH-B083 Internal Optical Drive Reads Blu-ray, Burns CD/DVD

Blu-ray adoption may slowly be growing, but that's not stopping Samsung from trying to hasten the process. Today, the company introduced its first-ever internal Blu-ray Disc combo drive, with the ability to read BD-R and BD-ROM discs at 8x. It'll also read CDs at up to 40x and DVDs at up to 16x. With Samsung’s fast dual layer jumping algorithm,...

AT&T CEO Mentions Data Management When Speaking On iPhone - Oh No!

AT&T CEO Mentions Data Management When Speaking On iPhone - Oh No!

Ugh. It's things like "managing" and "crowded out" that we don't like to hear from CEOs of wireless operators, and that's exactly what was overheard during an AT&T keynote speech at CTIA in San Diego this week. CEO Ralph de la Vega didn't go so far as to introduce some sort of throttling program to the world, but you can tell he has something...

Dell Bringing Android Smartphone To AT&T Next Year

Dell Bringing Android Smartphone To AT&T Next Year

Well, we guess it's fairly safe to say now that those Dell cellphone prototypes weren't being constructed for no good reason. In a somewhat surprising announcement made today, high-ranking sources have confirmed that Dell will introduce its first-ever smartphone on AT&T's network. With Sprint snagging the Pre, T-Mobile having a wide array...

FLO TV Personal Television Brings Mobile TV To Dedicated Screen

FLO TV Personal Television Brings Mobile TV To Dedicated Screen

We got a glimpse at FLO TV's future plans at a CES pre-show event in June, and now everything's really coming into focus. FLO TV provides mobile television services for US carriers--you may have heard of it if you have an AT&T smartphone or Sprint TV. But generally speaking, adoption on mobile TV on cellphones has lagged behind in the...

Amazon Introduces Global Kindle -- Just $20 More Than US Version To Roam Internationally

Amazon Introduces Global Kindle -- Just $20 More Than US Version To Roam Internationally

Just when you thought Amazon may be falling behind in the e-reader race, this happens. The Kindle, which is widely viewed as the #1 e-book reader here in the USA, is finally making its international debut. If you'll recall, the Kindle has always relied on Sprint's EV-DO network to give owners wireless access to digital content wherever they...

Samsung's $180 Moment Becomes Sprint's First Android Smartphone

Samsung's $180 Moment Becomes Sprint's First Android Smartphone

Sprint may have the world's first webOS device in the Palm Pre, and it may have some of the best pricing plans available in America, but you know what it's missing? An Android phone. Er, it was missing that--until today. The long-rumored InstinctQ has today been revealed as the Samsung Moment, an oddly named Android smartphone that's destined...

myTouch 3G Fender Edition Gives Guitar Players A Smartphone To Love

myTouch 3G Fender Edition Gives Guitar Players A Smartphone To Love

T-Mobile's myTouch 3G may not be the latest and greatest of the Android bunch, but it definitely falls within the "oldie but goodie" category. If you always loved the design, but never bit on buying one for whatever reason, HTC is providing you another reason to take one more look. In a sweeping announcement of new holiday handsets, the one...

Gateway Introduces One ZX Series All-in-One PCs

Gateway Introduces One ZX Series All-in-One PCs

Gateway announced a new line of all-in-one series computers called the Gateway One ZX Series. This new line offers multi-touch screen technology and ranges from entry-level to high-performance systems. At the high-performance end, you'll find the Gateway One ZX6810-01 with a 23-inch 1080p widescreen display priced at $1,399.99. This model...

Long-Awaited KOTOR II Mod Restores Missing Content, Faith in Humanity

Long-Awaited KOTOR II Mod Restores Missing Content, Faith in Humanity

Bioware's original Knight's of the Old Republic (KOTOR) was a smash hit on both the XBox and PC when it launched back in 2003. Anxious to mint fresh cash from its Star Wars IP, LucasArts commissioned the second title: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Obsidian Entertainment was tapped for the task and given just a year to develop...

CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 Core i7 860 System

CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000 Core i7 860 System

The enthusiast scene is filled with consumers with do-it-yourself attitudes who regularly build their own systems from scratch. In fact, some feel that part of the fun associated with a new build is comparing prices online and asking for advice on tech forums in order to configure the ideal system. Although there are obvious benefits of going...

Foxconn to Manufacture Apple Tablet PC: Report

Foxconn to Manufacture Apple Tablet PC: Report

Foxconn, the company responsible for manufacturing a number of products for Apple, including the iPhone, has been slated to be the manufacturer of the much-hyped and much-rumored Apple tablet PC, according to reports. The Apple tablet PC has previously been rumored to be hitting the market in the first quarter of 2010. According to Digitime's...

WD Launches My Book Studio External Hard Drives With E-Label Display

WD Launches My Book Studio External Hard Drives With E-Label Display

WD announced its new high-performance My Book Studio desktop external drives. The new drives feature a customizable e-label that is visible even when the unit is unplugged, so users can easily see what's on the drive. The e-label uses e-paper technology similar to that found on the Amazon Kindle. The label shows available storage capacity...

Dell and OPI Partner to Deliver a New Polished Laptop Collection

Dell and OPI Partner to Deliver a New Polished Laptop Collection

Dell and OPI Partner to Deliver a New Polished Laptop Collection Deal Adds 26 Exclusive Color Choices for Dell Inspiron Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops with New OPI Partnership, Clever Names and Colorful Lids Deliver New Style to the PC, OPI Nail Polish Colors Now Exclusively Available on Dell Laptops Round Rock, Texas - 10 / 7 / 2009 -...

PowerColor Working With EK On Liquid-Cooled Radeon HD 5870

PowerColor Working With EK On Liquid-Cooled Radeon HD 5870

POWERCOLOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH EK FOR THE COOLEST GAMING EXPERIENCEPartnership brings Liquid Cooling Solution (LCS) to the HD5870 series Taipei, Taiwan –October 7, 2009–TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, is proud to announce the collaboration with award-winning liquid cooling solution provider, EK. The partnership...

Verizon Wireless & Google Partner To Develop, Sell Handsets

Verizon Wireless & Google Partner To Develop, Sell Handsets

Calling it a "groundbreaking agreement," Verizon Wireless and Google announced today that they would work together to produce mobile devices based on the search giant's Android platform. Certainly the deal is a breakthrough for Google, considering Verizon serves more than 87 million customers and is the biggest service provider yet to join...

Maingear Adopts NVIDIA's "Power Of 3" Configuration On Select Gaming PCs

Maingear Adopts NVIDIA's "Power Of 3" Configuration On Select Gaming PCs

Hardcore PC enthusiasts may argue that "building your own" gaming rig is the only real way to go, but for those without enough spare time/know how or the patience to deal with their own troubles in the future, there's Maingear. A lesser-known PC maker compared to the likes of HP/Dell, this outfit is notorious for keeping up with technological...

Palm Opens Up to Developers

Palm Opens Up to Developers

Palm, realizing that the difference between 85,000 apps in the App Store, 10,000 apps in the Android Marketplace, and 100 apps in the App Catalog may be a lot of Palm Pre sales, has decided to spur application development and approval in a much more open manner than, say, the iPhone App Store does. As opposed to requiring submission to the...

LaCie Partners With Philippe Starck For Stunning New HDD Line

LaCie Partners With Philippe Starck For Stunning New HDD Line

For the longest time, LaCie has looked to Neil Poulton to provide design inspiration for the company's stylish line of hard drives, external media burners and USB drives. Now, the company is branching its design efforts out once more thanks to a partnership with Philippe Starck. It's tough to say why snazzy storage is attractive; after all,...

Ultrasone Caters To High-End Listeners With $329 HFI-2400 Headphones

Ultrasone Caters To High-End Listeners With $329 HFI-2400 Headphones

Ultrasone may not be a household name in the headphone arena, but for those with lots of dough and a thing for pristine sound quality, we're sure they know the label well. The company's latest high-end effort is the open-backed HFI-2400, a member of the HFI series that is doused in black and silver and equipped with an "airy tone." Within,...

Super Talent Launches Co-Branded Toshiba SSDs

Super Talent Launches Co-Branded Toshiba SSDs

Super Talent announced the new UltraDrive DX SSDs with two levels of security. Co-branded with Toshiba, the new drives will be sold through Super Talent's North American retail and distribution channels. The first level of security in the UltraDrive DX supports password protection with an encrypted password. For additional protection, the...

ARM and Global Foundries Form Strategic Partnership

ARM and Global Foundries Form Strategic Partnership

ARM AND GLOBALFOUNDRIES ESTABLISH A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE APPLICATION OPTIMIZED SOC PRODUCTS ON 28NM HIGHK METAL GATE (HKMG) PROCESSRelationship leverages synergies between ARM’s leading low power processor architecture, optimized physical IP and partner Eco-system with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology, design and manufacturing...

Corsair Launches TX950W PSU

Corsair Launches TX950W PSU

Corsair launches 950 Watt power supply for gamers and PC enthusiastsCorsair TX950W raises the bar for high-quality, affordable power supplies, thanks to massive 78A +12V rail, NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire support and 80 PLUS Bronze certification FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 6, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance memory and...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Zotac GeForce 9500GT 512Mb Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.comPowerColor Radeon HD 5870 @ NeoseekerXFX GeForce 9600 GSO review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI P55-GD65 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsProcessors:AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz @ techPowerUpMemory and Storage:Vantec NexStar Vault 2.5" SATA Enclosure...

Nokia In-Depth Demo Shows Off N900's Web Browsing Capabilities (And A Little More)

Nokia In-Depth Demo Shows Off N900's Web Browsing Capabilities (And A Little More)

We've always considered ourselves fans of Nokia devices. In fact, we're not even ashamed to admit that we used one of those Nokia candybars back in the day (you know, one with 'Snake'), and we'd probably still use it today if not for things like "web browsing" and "Twitter." As times have changed, so have the engineering efforts at Nokia....

CTERA Launches Two Cloud-Attached Storage Devices

CTERA Launches Two Cloud-Attached Storage Devices

Israeli-based CTERA Networks is adding its new CTERA CloudPlug and CTERA C200 products to the growing list of devices that let you easily convert external hard drives into network-attached storage (NAS) devices and make them remotely accessible. Unlike other devices that perform similar functionality, such as the Pogoplug and the Seagate FreeAgent...

VMare Fusion 3 Allows Even More Windows 3D Games To Run on Macs

VMare Fusion 3 Allows Even More Windows 3D Games To Run on Macs

Today VMware announced the latest release of its virtualization application for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3. VMware Fusion allows Windows and Windows apps to be installed and run on Macs. While the release of the third official version of Fusion--with its "more than 50 new features"--might seemingly be meaningful to only a small group of Mac...

AT&T Adds Four Full Web Browsing Phones

AT&T Adds Four Full Web Browsing Phones

If AT&T's latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phones don't suit your fancy, perhaps you'll be interested in one of the company's four other new phones announced today. The Pantech Reveal and Impact will join the Samsung Mythic and Flight in AT&T's phone portfolio. All four new models feature full Web browsers as well as physical and virtual...

Man Threatens iPhone With 9-Mil Destruction

Man Threatens iPhone With 9-Mil Destruction

It's no secret that iPhone owners, while in general happy with their devices, are not so happy about the AT&T network. Still, is that any reason to shoot your iPhone? A Westwood, OH man went to an Apple Store late last week in the Kenwood Towne Centre. Angry over his broken iPhone, he apparently flashed a gun at one of the store's employees....

NVIDIA Clarifies Chipset Positioning; Product Focus

NVIDIA Clarifies Chipset Positioning; Product Focus

There's been a rumor buzzing around, in the wake of NVIDIA's GPU Technical Conference last week, that the company intends to shut down its chipset division. After a bit of sleuthing, Hot Hardware has confirmed that this is not the case. NVIDIA fully intends to continue designing its own core logic, but the scope and purpose of its chipsets...

Kiosk From ecoATM Pays You For Used Phones

Kiosk From ecoATM Pays You For Used Phones

We all have old cell phones lying around collecting dust. Now, thanks to a new automated kiosk from ecoATM, you can recycle your old cell phone and get a reward for doing so. The self-serve eCycling station from ecoATM electronically inspects your phone, assigns it a real-time secondary market value, and then provides an in-store trade-up...

Here We Go Again: Modders Reenable ATI/NVIDIA PhysX Combination

Here We Go Again: Modders Reenable ATI/NVIDIA PhysX Combination

Last week, we covered NVIDIA's decision to disable PhysX support if the NV drivers detect the presence of an ATI product. Jump ahead seven days, and the utterly predictable has happened—end-users have found a way around NVIDIA's lockout and have re-enabled the one-two punch of ATI graphics and NVIDIA PhysX. Quick, kids: Can any of you guess...

GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose Declares Sky-Rocketing Costs Slow Product Innovation

GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose Declares Sky-Rocketing Costs Slow Product Innovation

The far-reaching effects of the global economic downturn could make it easy to blame the IC industry's problems on short-term market effects, but Doug Grose, CEO of GlobalFoundries, believes the fundamental problem confronting the industry is economic, not technical. According to Grose, "Only a handful of providers can afford the costs and...

AT&T Nabs First Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphones: HTC PURE And Tilt 2

AT&T Nabs First Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphones: HTC PURE And Tilt 2

October 6th may still be officially a day away, but that's not stopping AT&T from getting the party started early. What party, you ask? The Windows Mobile 6.5 party, of course. In a joint announcement made today with HTC, the Tilt 2 and PURE will be the carrier's first two WinMo 6.5 handsets, and both are pretty stout on paper. The PURE...

Update!  HH/Intel Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes!

Update! HH/Intel Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes!

We thought it was high time to temp and tease you all a bit, with our latest Sweepstakes courtesy of our friends at Intel.  Yes, even you could win a fully equipped Core i7 870 (2.93GHz) system built by CyperPower PC.  There's still time to get into the drawing that will be closing this Friday, October 9th!  Let's roll the Ts...

Netgear's USB-Equipped WNR3500L 802.11n Router Goes Linux

Netgear's USB-Equipped WNR3500L 802.11n Router Goes Linux

Caught yourself looking for a new Wi-Fi router here lately? Netgear's new RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) is certainly worth a look, particularly if you value flexibility and have an inkling to make on your favorite USB peripherals go wireless. The router is built around a powerful open source Linux platform, giving...

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review

In the last year, a handful of camera manufacturers have added HD video recording capabilities to their DSLRs. Nikon initially beat Canon in this race by introducing the $999, 12.3 megapixel D90. Canon wasn’t too far behind, though, with its $2,699, 21.1 megapixel EOS 5D Mark II that is capable of capturing 1080p (better than the D90’s 720p...

Samsung's Behold II Brings Yet Another Dose Of Android To T-Mobile

Samsung's Behold II Brings Yet Another Dose Of Android To T-Mobile

AT&T may have the iPhone, and Sprint may have the Pre. You could argue that Verizon Wireless has the BlackBerry Storm, but you can definitely say that T-Mobile USA has the Android devices. While most of the other carriers are slowly picking up Google-powered units, T-Mobile is snagging yet another in the Samsung Behold II. Boasting a 3.2"...

Adobe and NVIDIA Deliver GPU-Accelerated Flash Player

Adobe and NVIDIA Deliver GPU-Accelerated Flash Player

Adobe And NVIDIA Deliver Rich Web Experiences On Netbooks And Mobile DevicesGPU-Accelerated Netbooks from HP, Lenovo and Samsung Support full Flash Player LOS ANGELES - Oct. 5, 2009 - At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) today announced that...

GlobalFoundries Charters a New Course, Delays 32nm

GlobalFoundries Charters a New Course, Delays 32nm

September was a busy month for GlobalFoundries, the pure-play foundry AMD spun off earlier this year. For now, AMD remains the company's only customer; GF won't begin shipping STMicro products until the fall of 2010 at the earliest. Its current lack of customers hasn't deterred the company from thinking big, even as its slowed the pace on...

XP Mode's Ready to Go

XP Mode's Ready to Go

More than just a setting, XP Mode, which we wrote about earlier, consists of a Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). This is Microsoft's "solution" for those concerned with possible issues with compatibility with older software. On Thursday, Microsoft announced the software...

HH Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal  Sweepstakes - Win A Lynnfield System!

HH Core i For The Mainstream Guy/Gal Sweepstakes - Win A Lynnfield System!

It's that time again folks!  In conjunction with our friends at Intel and various etailers, we have assembled one hot rig to give away this month!  We're announcing yet another new sweepstakes where you could win a full Intel P55 chipset and Core i7 870 gaming system (aka Lynnfield), outfitted with a GeForce GTX295, 8GB of RAM, both...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 2443BWX 24 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ Bigbruin.comEnvizen Duo Box Pro – 7 inch Portable Digital TV + DVD Player – 2nd Generation @ TestFreaksMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA1156 ATX Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks10 Low-Budget AMD Motherboards @ InsideHWGigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboard...

McAfee Launches New, Unlimited Capacity Online Backup Service

McAfee Launches New, Unlimited Capacity Online Backup Service

McAfee recently launched an online backup service that lets you store and encrypt photos, videos, music, emails, and other files. To make things even easier, McAfee Online Backup is a completely automated service that provides unlimited capacity. After installation, the backup process is automatic and takes place in the background at regular...

Forget Your Glasses? There's An App For That

Forget Your Glasses? There's An App For That

It seems as if there's an iPhone application for everything these days. A new application called iMagnify can even substitute for a pair of eye glasses. Simply put, iMagnify transforms your iPhone into a powerful magnifying glass. With the application, users can enlarge an image from 1x to 4x. The magnification is controlled by a slide on...

Haleron Adds Two Atom N270s To Swordfish 102 Netbook

Haleron Adds Two Atom N270s To Swordfish 102 Netbook

Tired of waiting for Intel to serve up a proper successor to the aged Atom N270 and N280 netbook processors? So was Haleron, a foreign PC maker who has suddenly shot to fame after equipping its own netbook with not one, but two Atom N270 CPUs. Yes, a dual-CPU netbook. Is the world coming to an end? We're not quite sure, but we'd surmise that...

Sony's PSPgo Goes On Sale In North America For $249.99

Sony's PSPgo Goes On Sale In North America For $249.99

Sony's PSPgo has really taken it on the chin. Reviewers around the Web have criticized the new gaming handheld for being too expensive, too limiting and just too backwards to be taken seriously. Of course, we also think the physical disc will soon die in favor of digital downloads, but obviously the PSPgo is just a few years ahead of its time.The...

Dell's Vostro 430 Desktop Gets Core i5/i7 And $699 Starting Tag

Dell's Vostro 430 Desktop Gets Core i5/i7 And $699 Starting Tag

By and large, Dell's Vostro range is still largely unappreciated and under the radar. The Latitude line seems to get way more attention in business uses, and the Inspiron line gets way more love from consumers. And of course, the XPS/Alienware line gets all the attention from gamers. The Vostro line, however, still stands out as offering a...

Nissan's EPORO Concept "Cars" Avoid Collisions Like Fish

Nissan's EPORO Concept "Cars" Avoid Collisions Like Fish

Here comes still more technology based on fish. As opposed to the earlier tech, autonomous robotic fish built to detect pollution, Nissan has developed a system that emulates schooling behavior of fish to avoid auto collisions.Nissan's new "EPORO" robot car concept is designed to travel in a group of "cars" while avoiding obstacles (including...

TXTBlocker Lets Users Disable Texting & Other Features While Driving

TXTBlocker Lets Users Disable Texting & Other Features While Driving

AAA and the government are working on plans to ban texting while driving. Now, there's a new product for cell phones that lets you ban yourself, employees, or kids from texting while driving. Mobile technology developer TXTBlocker has created a product for cell phones that lets owners disable texting and other functions while the user is driving....

HTC Imagio Brings Windows Mobile 6.5 To Verizon On October 6th For $200

HTC Imagio Brings Windows Mobile 6.5 To Verizon On October 6th For $200

Waiting patiently for Windows Mobile 6.5 before buying your next smartphone? If so, and you just so happen to prefer Verizon Wireless' airwaves, you're in lucky. Starting October 6th--just a few days from today--America's Big Red carrier will begin selling a striking new HTC handset by the name of Imagio. The direct rival to Sprint's own Android-powered...

Government Seeks Ban To Prevent Interstate Bus Drivers & Truckers From Texting

Government Seeks Ban To Prevent Interstate Bus Drivers & Truckers From Texting

AAA recently declared a goal to ban texting while driving. The automobile club is not alone. Yesterday, the Obama administration said it would seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and would encourage states to pass their own laws against driving cars while distracted. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,...

iGo's New Transportable Outlet Lets You Charge Anywhere

iGo's New Transportable Outlet Lets You Charge Anywhere

iGo unveiled a new travel-friendly charger called the iGo Charge Anywhere. This new charger has an internal battery that let you charge your devices in any location, even when an outlet is not available. Using iGo’s interchangeable power tips, the iGo Charge Anywhere is compatible with nearly every mobile and gaming electronic device on the...

GPU Tech: NVIDIA Talks Fermi, Unveils Nexus

GPU Tech: NVIDIA Talks Fermi, Unveils Nexus

If you've followed the early announcements concerning Fermi, NVDIA's next-generation GPU architecture, you should already be aware that the new GPU core is both an evolution of the existing GT200 architecture and a significant new design in its own right. NVIDIA made it clear early on that they weren't going to be talking about GeForce products...

TDK Creates 320GB Disc With Blu-ray Technology

TDK Creates 320GB Disc With Blu-ray Technology

TDK has always been one to push the limits. Back in August, we heard that the company's roadmap included 960GB laptop drives and 3.2TB desktop drives. Now, we're also hearing that it's looking to push the same boundaries in the optical media realm. How does a 10-layer, 320GB disc sound? Sounds like Blu-ray whimpering.Reportedly, the media...

Gateway LT2016u Netbook Comes To Verizon For $150 On Contract

Gateway LT2016u Netbook Comes To Verizon For $150 On Contract

We've known since late March that Verizon Wireless was thinking hard about offering subsidized netbooks that ran on its data network, and while it has been offering a single model for a few months now, this is probably the most attractive one yet to find its way into a carrier store.Gateway's LT2016u is the first Gateway of any kind to snake...

Microvision's SHOW WX, World's First Laser Pico Projector, Finally Ships

Microvision's SHOW WX, World's First Laser Pico Projector, Finally Ships

Optoma may have ushered in the age of the pico projector, but it seems like Microvision is forging ahead with round two. The hotly anticipated SHOW WX pico projector is finally about to make its way into the hands of consumers, as the company has just revealed that it has received a purchase order from its Asian marketing and distribution...

Joby's Gorillamobile Flexible Tripod Caters To iPhone 3G & 3GS

Joby's Gorillamobile Flexible Tripod Caters To iPhone 3G & 3GS

If you ever had any doubts about just how important the iPhone 3G and 3GS is in the grand landscape of consumer electronics, let them be admonished. Joby, the company famous for producing small, mobile, flexible tripods for those on a budget, has just introduced the newest critter in its lineup. The target product? Not a camera. A cameraphone.Yep--Joby's...

Sony Develops High Frame Rate Single Lens 3D Camera Technology

Sony Develops High Frame Rate Single Lens 3D Camera Technology

Not to be outdone by FUJIFILM's recent announcement of the new FinePix REAL 3D system, Sony announced its own 3D development today in the form of a single lens 3D camera technology that is capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images at 240fps (frames per second). Sony's technology combines a new optical system for single lens 3D camera...

FUJIFILM Brings FinePix REAL 3D System To U.S.

FUJIFILM Brings FinePix REAL 3D System To U.S.

FUJIFILM announced the US price and availability of its new FinePix REAL 3D system. Introduced this summer, the FinePix REAL 3D system is a three dimensional (3D) digital imaging system that can capture 3D still photographs and movies that users can view without special 3D glasses. The FinePix REAL 3D system includes a 3D digital camera—the...

ASUS Unveils first TUF Series Motherboard

ASUS Unveils first TUF Series Motherboard

ASUS Unveils first TUF Series Motherboard-- SABERTOOTH 55i Offers Exceptional Utility, Stability, and Durability -- Fremont, CA; September 30, 2009 - ASUS today unveils the first in its newly-developed “TUF” (The Ultimate Force) Series motherboards, the SABERTOOTH 55i - meeting power users’ heavy computing demands and operating under the harshest...

Case In Point: THX on Wheels

Case In Point: THX on Wheels

When Graham McKenna, the PR guy at THX, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to borrow a new Lincoln MKT SUV for a few days, I jumped at the chance. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t care a whit about the MKT itself. I wanted to check out how THX and Ford engineered the sound system in the vehicle. When McKenna arrived with the MKT, I was...

iPhone Owners Most Satisfied of Smartphone Users - But Not With Their Network

iPhone Owners Most Satisfied of Smartphone Users - But Not With Their Network

iPhone users have probably the most conflicted customer satisfaction rates of all smartphone customers. When it comes to the device itself, they are far and away the most satisfied, according to a new survey. But when it comes to their service provider? Not so much.The CFI Group Smartphone Satisfaction Survey, in which more than 1,000 smartphone...

SanDisk Ships Memory Cards Tailored For Handheld Gamers

SanDisk Ships Memory Cards Tailored For Handheld Gamers

We've always heard that wherever there's a will, there's a way. That's exactly what SanDisk believes, as its newest memory card lineup targets gamers who actually think a specially labeled flash card will work best in their new handheld. Of course, we can't fault the marketing here--we're sure it'll work to some extent, but largely this is...

Pioneer's New Blu-ray Burner Hits 12x Before BD-Rs Do

Pioneer's New Blu-ray Burner Hits 12x Before BD-Rs Do

Looks like we've got ourselves quite the conundrum. Today, Pioneer has unleashed the planet's first-ever 12x Blu-ray Disc writer. Problem is, all writable Blu-ray media available on U.S. shelves is still at 6x. In other words, you can now buy a writer that'll toast media twice as fast as the media that's currently available. Like we said,...

mSpot Brings Live Movie Streaming To Smartphone Users

mSpot Brings Live Movie Streaming To Smartphone Users

Despite the fact that broadband providers are doing their best to cap monthly Web use and charge us for every kilobyte we consume, we highly doubt streaming is going anywhere. And with a huge push for Net Neutrality currently going on in Washington, you can bet you'll hear of more options similar to mSpot.For now, however, mSpot looks to be...

Wi-Fi Alliance Serves Up New 802.11n Logo, Testing Program

Wi-Fi Alliance Serves Up New 802.11n Logo, Testing Program

802.11n finally became an official, finalized protocol in mid-September, and already the Wi-Fi Alliance is making sure that new wares abide by the new standards. Granted, draft-N gear is still good to go, but the new certification program takes a few other points into account.The new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n program takes the place of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED...