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All News for November 2006

Futuremark Releases Vista Supported 3DMark and PCMark

Futuremark, the creator of the popular benchmarking suites 3DMark and PCMark, has updated their site with new versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The updates bring not only a few bug fixes, but added support for Windows Vista. Benchmarks native to Windows Vista should be out in 2007, and will take advantage of the latest DirectX features....

Prey Teams Up With Steam Service

Along with the plethora of Valve developed games that can be found on Steam, various publishers are turning to Steam to sell their own games. As announced on the Steam homepage, 3D Realms' Prey will be available November 30th for $49.95. If you already own the game, you can download Steam and use your existing product key to register...

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Launches Public Linux Toolkit

LightScribe gives Linux support but a color-capable version is still in resesarch This week, LightScribe announced a new toolkit for Linux that allows users to install and use (PDF) LightScribe-enabled disc burners to create laser-printed, direct-to-disc designs and labels. The new release is publically available and is free as a SDK. The...

Outsourcing Spam

We're making this up as we go along, this internet thing. We stumble from one massive data breach to another software patch and back, and try to keep up with all the clever people--all of whom seem to be trying to send us spam. According to ars technica, it's only going to get worse when low cost computer hardware hits the third world....

You Know Your Grad School Thesis Is Good When Sony Gives It An "A"

Jenova Chen was a graduate student at USC. He wanted to design an immersive computer game that would appeal to people who don't generally consider themselves gamers. He got three indications that his game "flOw" was a great idea. First, it got 100,000 hits in a just a few weeks when posted online. Second, Sony hired his...

YouTube Videos Heading To Verizon Cell Phones

Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it will soon be bringing select videos from YouTube to its customers. A smaller than expected number of users have signed up for Verizon's advanced services, and this deal is a way for Verizon to spur interest in its streaming video service. The videos should start arriving sometime this December....

Digg Snubs Elite Digger 3monkeys AKA Stacy Doss

It appears that the top-brass at Digg have banned one of their most prominent members, Stacy Doss AKA 3Monkeys, for no apparent reason.  We want to bring this story to your attention because Stacy Doss also happens to be one of our valued team members here at HotHardware. TH: Why do you suppose you've been given the snub...

Intel Sampling 45nm Core Microprocessors

There's some news out of Reutrers today that states Intel is already sampling 45nm Core Microarcitecture-based processors. Although not stated in the article, the 45nm core being sampled, codenamed "Penryn", is likely to incorporate more L2 cache than current Core 2 Duo processors, and will also have support for SSE4. Other details...

AMD Altair FX Rumors

The Inquirer has posted some information today regarding AMD's upcoming quad-core "Altair" FX processor.  According to the rumors, the Altair FX will sport a total of 6MB of cache, spread out amongst the four cores, and it will be manufactured on AMD's 65nm process node....

OK, I'll Carry It Around, But I Refuse To Watch It

At a speech given to the FT World Communications Conference, Google's VP of European operations Nikesh Arora predicted that the ever increasing storage capacity of devices like the iPod is going to allow you to carry around enormous amounts of media. Maybe all the video or audio there is. That's a lot....

Your Hot Hardware Makes Lousy Bonfires

Will someone please explain to me why I have to paw through my trash like a drunken raccoon to sort out recyclables like paper and glass and plastic bottles - stuff that costs more energy and resources to recycle than it's worth, and is essentially chemically inert-- while we just heave tons of little CPU Chernobyls into the landfill?...

Are Online Video Sites Responsible For Content?

Online video sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and SoapBox, with their seemingly endless supply of free videos to download, have exploded in popularity since their creation. Like the rest of the internet though, there's plenty of questionable content that's been appearing on those sites, sparking debate as to whether or not the...

Group Estimates 9 Out Of 10 E-Mails Are Spam

U.S. e-mail security company Postini estimates that nearly every 9 out of 10 e-mails that are sent, are nothing more than spam. We're sure many of you already assumed as much, and we at Hothardware see not shortage of it ourselves. According to the company, 7 billion spam e-mails were sent worldwide this month, compared to just 2.5 billion...

High-End PSU Shoot-Out: Thermaltake & Tagan

Hello Everyone. Now that the long holiday weekend is behind us, and we've all woken from our involuntary tryptophan naps, we thought it was time to get some fresh content posted! Today at HotHardware, we have an article posted where we evaluate the features and performance of two high-end power supply units, the modular Thermaltake Toughpower...

65nm AMD Processors Next Month?

According to a report on DigiTimes, AMD is planning to launch some new Athlon 64 X2 processors on December 5 that are built using the company's 65nm process node. The report also states that AMD is making the move to 65nm sooner, rather than later, to satisfy the additional demand brought on by Dell now selling systems with AMD processors....

ATI R600 GPU Spotted?

It looks like some spy photos of ATI's upcoming R600 DX10-class GPU have hit the web. Zol.com has some photos posted of a chip that is allegedly an R600. According to the site the chip is comprised of over 500 million transistors and it's manufactured on TSMC's 80nm half-node. If this information is correct, that would make the...

Have A Safe And Happy Cyber Monday. Now Buy Something

Well, "Black Friday" has come and gone. But we who live on the cutting edge don't pay attention to such outdated calendar occasions. We go to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving, boot up the web browser, and buy, buy, buy. Nothing evokes the holiday retail season more than shoppers lined up outside of department stores at 4:59...

Plasma Or LCD? Get Your 50 Inch Plasma Betamax Now!

The winner in the plasma/LCD wars to supply you with a television is coming to a head. Big, high resolution LCD screens are forcing plasma televisions into the huge screen corner. And the price of all of it is coming down --way down. It is technologically difficult and often costly for plasma makers to give a full high-definition function...

Intel IGP Supports HDMI/HDCP

HKEPC reports that Intel's upcoming G35 (Bearlake G+) IGP chipset will have complete support for both HDMI connections and HDCP. With Vista and high-definition formats such as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray promising to utilize HDCP, the inclusion of this technology is surely a necessity for Intel should they wish to hang onto...

Playstation 3 Problems and Second Batch

DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack...

The Last Games You'd Play - RigorMorty Whines...

We can't help but offer this pathetic excuse for a human being up for your amusement and pity, perhaps.  Ol' Morty asks the folks at Slashdot what games he should play, if he had to pick and choose.  See ol' Morty, at the ripe old age of 44, is getting old and arthritic... (from too much gaming?) "I am an older man (44),...

A Wii Workout - Flabby Couch Potatoes Get In Fighting Shape

This has to be the most ironic twist to ever come out for the gaming console industry.  And it makes perfect sense when you stop to think about how the folks at Nintendo have utterly nailed this release of their latest console with the most disruptive and groundbreaking innovation this market has seen in years.  Go figure... Now...

Computing Through A Porthole? Dell, HP, Samsung To The Rescue!

Throw away your scroll mouse. They're not cheap, but the big screen manufacturers are starting to offer big ol' 30" LCD screens for this holiday season. DigiTimes has a nice rundown on the latest and greatest from the big three. First-tier LCD vendors such as Dell, Samsung Electronics...

Power Producing Chip Technology?

Power Producing Chip Technology?

Semiconductor sales types will get a boot out of this one.  How many times have you asked an engineer "What's your power budget for this design?"; only to be met with a chuckled response along the lines of, "We have no power budget.  Your chip needs to generate power... hahahah!". Yeah right.  Come back...

Your Password Manager Might Be Ratting You Out Automatically

A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users' passwords...

Misspelled Wizpy Beats Oddly Capitalized iPod

iPods are nifty. But you are immune to their charms if you don't want to stick in earbuds and listen to music. They don't do anything that isn't fun. The Wizpy does what the i-Pod does, and a whole lot more. Sporting a 256,000-colour OLED screen, the Wizpy looks like any of of...

Silicon becomes a superconductor

Silicon -- the archetypal semiconductor -- has at long last been shown to demonstrate superconductivity. By substituting 9% of the silicon atoms with boron atoms, Physicists in France have found that the resistance of the material drops sharply when cooled below 0.35 K (Nature 444 465)....

Linux as a Media Centre

Linux has been enjoying a wealth of publicity on the Desktop at the moment with Canonical, Novell, and Co pushing an image of professionalism for Linux that has been lacking up until now. Down at ground zero however, change moves very slowly and in unexpected (to most of us at least), usually money orientated directions. The Linux Desktop...

No Playstation 3 For You!

This seems to happen with every next-gen console launch, but things are getting ridiculous with regard to Playstation 3 pricing and availability. This article on CNN Money states that the PS3 is even scarcer than originally predicted. "Gamers knew getting their hands on a PlayStation 3 was going to be hard last weekend, but they probably had...

AGEIA Allows Developers to Create PhysX Apps Royalty-Free

AGEIA Empowers Professional Software Developers to Create Even More PhysX Applications Royalty Free New End User License Agreement Terms Brings Every Developer the Power of PhysX MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - November 22, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that it has implemented...

Dell Discontinues Dreadful Dimension Desktop Discounts

Dell's discovered that prospective customers are doing a kind of discounting of their own: They're discounting the likelihood of ever seeing their mail in rebates, due to the complexity and hassle of applying for them. So Dell is simplifying pricing of their Dimension Desktops and skipping the rebate coupon route....

Would You Love Spam - If You Got Paid To Read It?

The reason spammers send out all those e-mails that no one in their right mind will respond to is that it's essentially free to do so. If one person in a billion sends them dough, they're golden. But e-mail advertisers would tailor their messages more closely to their prospective customers if you told them about yourself and agreed...

Daily Review Roundup

CPU & Motherboard: Abit AN9-32X AM2 NVIDIA 590-SLI Motherboard Review @Virtual-Hideout ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium @ Bjorn3D Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core Processor @ GamePC Labs Sound: BlueGears b-Enspirer Sound Card @ A True Review Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card Review @...

Blizzard Sued By Botting Program Creator

Some of you may play World of Warcraft, and out of that bunch we're sure some of you have also heard about Glide, one of the "botting" programs used by many folks to power level their characters, and amass staggering amounts of gold. Glide is strictly against the WoW terms of service, and folks caught using the system can face...

Samsung Reveals World's Slimmest Mobile LCD Screen

 Samsung's new display is just 0.82mm thick Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels announced today that it has developed the thinnest reported LCD panel, one no thicker than a credit card at 0.82mm, which is 0.07mm thinner than the panel previously...

Synopsys Breaks Into Supercomputing Ranks

Synopsys Builds Electronic Design Automation Industry's First Supercomputer to Claim 242nd Spot on Top500 List Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in semiconductor design software, today announced it is the first electronic design automation (EDA) company to be included on a list of sites operating the world's most powerful supercomputers....

Mash Blackberrys And Palms With Your Dumb Phone

Hey look, just in time to get Thanksgiving recipes from faraway mom: Berggi announces e-mail service for your cheap, dumb cellphones.   Babur Ozden, the head of Berggi Inc., said his company plans to offer a simplified alternative to the Blackberry e-mail delivery service from Canada's...

Wii Are The Champions

I don't expect the X-Box/Playstation 3 argument to go away anytime soon. It's almost as bad a Brady/ Manning arguments. (Brady's much better, by the way) Chris Suellentrop over at Slate took a look at the new consoles, and decided the big, expensive ones have lost sight of the potential of plain old virtual reality in a game. But...

AMD Congratulates Nintendo on the Launch of Wii

AMD Congratulates Nintendo on the Launch of Wii, a Revolution in Gaming -AMD's Hollywood Graphics Processor delivers the next-generation gaming experience for innovative new video game console- SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- November 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary WiiTM video gaming...

NVIDIA Launches The SLI Marketplace

NVIDIA LAUNCHES THE SLI MARKETPLACE - THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR CONSUMERS LOOKING TO BUY, BUILD, OR SELL PC GAMING PRODUCTS SLI Marketplace is the Largest Consolidation of NVIDIA SLI Gaming and Computing Products, Offering More Than 500 Different SLI-certified Products SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA)...

Bigfoot announces First Linux-based FNApp

Bigfoot announces First Linux-based FNApp for the Killer NIC; posts bounty for more To Drive FNApps Development Bigfoot Launches FNApp Bounty Program with more than $15,000 in Cash and Prizes for Linux Developers AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 21, 2006 - Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company announced the first Flexible Network...

Record Shipments of Widescreen Notebooks

DigiTimes reports that widescreen notebooks have reached an impressive 79% of total market share for mobile systems. North America has fallen in love with wide-aspect notebooks as the market share for that region is an overwhelming 85%. In stark contrast however is the market in Japan where the traditional 4:3 aspect screens still hold...

No Factory Overclocked G80 GPU's?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have learned NVIDIA will not allow any board vendors to offer a factory overclocked version of the new GeForce 8800 series GPU's. For vendors such as BFG, XFX, and Gainward which have used factory overclocking to help differentiate them from other card vendors this is certainly less...

A Developers Take On PS3 vs XBOX 360

With the millions of people arguing over the XBOX 360 vs the Playstation 3, it's always interesting to get a game developers take on the issue. One of the major points of argument, is that even though the PS3 has better hardware specs on paper, its lack of programming flexibility will hamper its performance. While the anonymous interviewee...

Court Upholds Web Libel Immunity Law

Today the California Supreme Court has ruled that a San Diego woman can not be sued for a libelous e-mail posted on two web sites. The Court agreed with the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provides immunity to those who publish information on the net that was gathered from other sources, and is seen by many as a victory for...

Antec Introduces Green Power Supply to Prevent Environmental Blues

Antec Introduces Green Power Supply to Prevent Environmental Blues FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE)-- November 14, 2006 -- Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, is now shipping EarthWatts, its most environmentally friendly power supply unit (PSU) yet. EarthWatts...

OCZ Technology Unveils the PC2-9200 FlexXLC with Hybrid Cooling Solution

OCZ Technology Unveils the PC2-9200 FlexXLC with Hybrid Cooling Solution

OCZ Technology Unveils the PC2-9200 FlexXLC Modules The World's fastest memory now integrated with a Premium Hybrid Cooling Solution Sunnyvale, CA - November 20, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, a revolutionary...

Modding the Wii While It's Still In The Box

Well, no one's shot one another over a Wii yet, but it's still early. The media might run out of Playstation 3 horror stories, so you never know. Nintendo's new Wii gaming platform launch  is kind of flying under the radar. But it's cheap, and new, and innovative. And you can buy add-ons for its motion sensing "Wii-mote"...

Look What We're Dropping On Vietnam Instead Of Napalm - A Billion Dollars

Intel was wandering around the world with a billion dollars burning a hole in their pocket, looking for a place to build a semiconductor factory. My, how times have changed. Intel could have selected any country to build its largest chip assembly and testing plant. But the world's biggest...

Gamers Line Up For Wii Debut

Nintendo's latest gaming machine made its debut today as gamers packed store lines just to get their hands on one. The Nintendo Wii has caught the interest of gamers thanks to it's innovative motion sensing controller, and affordable price(when compared to Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360). Unlike the Playstation 3 launch...

Optimus OLED Keyboard On Sale Soon

Optimus OLED Keyboard On Sale Soon

This has to be one of the coolest innovations in keyboards that we've seen in a long time.  Let's face it, keyboards aren't exactly sexy but the Optimus OLED keyboard is looking pretty hot! "Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment. ...Optimus...

300Gig Holographic CDs Coming Soon

300Gig Holographic CDs Coming Soon

Talk about a great back-up solution, if and when they get the price down... "It's expected that one holographic disc will cost somewhere between $100 and $125, and the optical drive that will be able to operate them will go up to $15.000! And wait, there's more for the future. In 2008, InPhase plans a second-generation 800GB rewritable optical...

Excuse our appearance...

Sorry about the random ugliness around the site folks.  Obviously our ads server is having major issues right now, so think of it as an ad-free day!  OK, so we know it looks nasty with all those broken images.  We'll hopefully have things under control again shortly with service fully restored. In the mean time, at least...

Samsung Gets Perpendicular With Freefall Sensing Hard Drives

Hard drive shuts itself off after detecting the laws of gravity Samsung introduced today two new lines of hard drives featuring an optional free-fall sensor. The M80 SATA Series and M80 Series drives can optionally be fitted with a free-fall sensor that will park the drive and turn it off upon sensing a drop of 30cm or about a foot. Both lines...

Intel Core 2 Quad - Future Part Numbers And Speeds

Intel Core 2 Quad - Future Part Numbers And Speeds

We've been poking around at a new version of SiSoftware's SANDRA benchmark suite and came across some data that we think many of you will be interested in.  Recently we gave you a look at the fantastic performance of Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor.  In that launch article we couldn't confirm...

iPod Doesn't Let You Copy Your Own Music. Or Does It?

It's easy to load your music onto an iPod. It's that ease of use that made the little player the industry standard. But you're locked out if you want to transfer your music off your iPod. Wired News examines a half dozen software solutions that allow you to retrieve your goodies from your iPod....

It's Dead, Jim!-- VHS R.I.P.

Variety has a mildly amusing obituary for the Vertical Helical Scan format. After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old. No services are planned. The format had been expected to survive...

Microsoft's Zune Has Lackluster Debut

Loaded with features like an FM Radio, wireless connection, and video screen, Microsoft's Zune music player was positioned to compete directly with Apple's iPod. Unfortunately the player hasn't had the strong debut Microsoft was hoping store, as folks seem to want to stick with the proven and familiar iPod....

EDA People: Footprints on the Sand of Time

EDA, or Electronic Design Automation, is perhaps the single most important component of the semiconductor industry. With out EDA tools it would be impossible to develop the CPUs, GPUs, ASICs, and assorted chips that power everything from personal computers, iPods, mobile phones, game console and so on. EDA Cafe posted an article today that...

AMD Fusion - CPU & GPU Integration

The guys over at [H]ard|OCP have gotten their hands on some AMD roadmap slides. The slides make for an interesting read. AMD has given us some more information about Fusion, albeit still a little vague on specifics as to exactly how a stream processing on the GPU would be leveraged....

HD-DVD Or Blu-Ray? Doesn't Matter.

According to Sean Cooper over at Slate, the current footrace to see what format will become the industry standard for next generation Hi Definition entertainment is a moot point, before it really even begins. Hmm... I hope he realizes you can only watch Hudson Hawk on Betamax for so long before you get the urge to upgrade your hardware....

If You Can't Trust The Ready Teller, Who Can You Trust?

Well, as is often the case, the criminals aren't all that smart, but they sure are clever. These fellows in Manchester, England, grabbed transaction information right off the telephone line that connects cash machines to the telephone system: Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted...

OCZ Technology Launches System Elite Memory Series for System Builders

OCZ Technology Launches System Elite Memory Series - the Elite Solution for System Builders and Integrators Sunnyvale, CA - November 15, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new OCZ System Elite memory product family, a clear-cut means for system...

Catalyst 6.11 Drivers Released

November's version of the latest Catalyst drivers are out and about. Catalyst 6.11 brings some performance improvements with it, along with a few bug fixes, and CrossFire software support for any X1900 and X1950 product installed in a system using Windows XP or XP 64. Click here for the download page, and here for the release notes....

Lite-On Has A 20X DVD Burner.

Sony just started selling an 18X DVD Burner. But when you've got your ripper software workin', you don't have time to waste. Lite-On ups the ante with 20X Lite-On launched two 20x internal models: the LH-20A1P and the LH-20A1H, the latter equipped with LightScribe to burn...

Cray, "30,000 AMD dual-core Opterons = Petaflop Supercomputing!"

Cray XT4 Supercomputer Debuts With Petascale Capability Significant Backlog of Large Orders System Built on Cray XT Infrastructure Represents a Milestone for Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing Vision... SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the availability of its next-generation massively...

ATI R600 Rumor Mill

The Rumor Mill is working hard over at The Inquirer as they report that ATI's next-generation R600 GPU faced yet another bug which helped attribute to the lengthy delay to market. Aside from the initial bug which locked core frequencies at a ceiling of 500MHz, the second issue found disabled Multi-Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MSAA). Regardless,...

Foxconn to Make Apple Handset

DigiTimes reports that Foxconn will be handling the production of Apple's first handset which is slated to debut sometime in the first half of 2007. Although the cellphone has been a hot rumor for the last year or so, overseas component vendors are supposedly receiving orders and a BOM has obviously been created which seems to provide...

Big Brown Strange Thing That's Not An iPod Now Available

Well, this kind of make it official. Here's a review of Microsoft's Zune player, and it's featured on a news outlet with Microsoft in its name: msnbc, and they no likey much. Lately I've been playing with the fruits of that insomnia: Zune, due for sale on Tuesday. I should say,...

HP Enhances High-Performance Computing Cluster Portfolio

For when you have some serious work to get done... TAMPA, Fla. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - November 14, 2006 - HP today announced enhancements to its Unified Cluster Portfolio for high-performance computing (HPC) at Supercomputing 2006. Product updates include support for new HP servers and workstations powered by Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5300 series...

EVGA Announces 'Zero G' nForce 680i SLI Contest

FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest Want to Fly Like Superman? EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years, but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without...

Intel Ignites Quad-Core Era

INTEL IGNITES QUAD-CORE ERA The World's Best Microprocessor Gets Even Better SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2006 - Intel Corporation today kicked off the computer industry's multi-core PC era by delivering four computing 'brains' inside a single microprocessor with the introduction of the Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 and Intel...

Alienware Announces New Desktops with QX6700

ALIENWARE ANNOUNCES NEW PERFORMANCE-DRIVEN DESKTOPS EQUIPPED WITH INTEL'S GROUND-BREAKING QUAD-CORE PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Ratchets Up Gaming, Multimedia and Multitasking Capabilities on Alienware's Area-51 7500 and Area-51 ALX MIAMI - Nov. 14, 2006 - Alienware - the leading manufacturer of high-performance...

Mobile G80 Ready for Santa Rosa Launch?

X-Bit Labs reports that NVIDIA's CEO is indicating that the company will likely have a mobile variant of the new G80 architecture ready for the launch of both Windows Vista and Intel's new Centrino Pro platform in January 2007. An interesting tidbit from the article is the possibility that NVIDIA might make the upcoming GPU's exclusive...

Learn To Do Keg Stands On Your Own Time

More and more people are picking up on the opportunity to get their education without sitting in a classroom. 3.2 million people, according to ars technica: According to a new report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education, more students than ever before have been taking...

What The Halo Should I Buy?

Nintendo and Sony will have their hardware on shelves in a week or so. X-Box has had a year's running start. The safe bet is nearly no one is going to purchase all three of the major gaming consoles. Too much dough. So which box is your box? Microsoft's Xbox 360 has enjoyed an entire...

Moore's Law is dead, says Gordon Moore

For all you computer engineers out there, this may come as a shock:  Moore's Law is dead according to the man himself.  All those years of "the number of transistors on a die will double every 18mo" beaten into your heads is all for naught.  Truth be told, the real reason for the death of Moore's Law has to...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: Lenovo 3000 V100 Notebook Review @ XYZ Computing Puget Systems Quiet Gaming Custom Build @ [H]Consumer CPU & Motherboard: Intel Socket B vs AMD Socket AM3 @ VR-Zone Albatron KI51PV-754 @ Overclockers Online Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 @ t-break Abit FATAL1TY AN9 32X Motherboard Review @ [H]Enthusiast Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ...

New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor

New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor

New Quad-Core Dell XPS 710 Gaming Desktop and 92% Color Gamut 30-inch Monitor Make for Intense Entertainment Experience    ROUND ROCK, Texas, Nov. 14, 2006 - Dell today announced two new high-performance technology platforms for gamers and enthusiasts: the company's most powerful and expandable consumer desktop and its first...

The New Tech Friendly Congress

With the 2008 mid-term elections over with, many folks are hoping for a change for the better in everything from the economy, to immigration. As CNN reports, we may also see a welcomed new approach to the growth and governing of technology in this country. "Fourteen bills related to technological...

The Darkside Of The PS3 Launch

The Playstation 3 has launched in Japan, and now 80,000 gamers are happier than ever, right? Nope, that doesn't appear to be the case as a Kotaku reader is reporting. Some live coverage of the event reveals a few somewhat shocking aspects of the console's launch. Could people really be paying poor chinese folks money to stand...

Cingular to sell slim Samsung phone with keyboard

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service, said on Monday it would sell a slim cell phone from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with a computer-like keyboard and a music and video player aimed at attracting both business and consumer customers. The BlackJack, the latest device with both entertainment and business...

IBM / Lenovo Thinkpad Z61p Evaluation

Hello Everyone.  We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of IBM / Lenovo's Z61p wide-screen mobile workstation. Here's a snip from the article... "In 2005 IBM sold the Thinkpad line to Chinese...

ATI Reworking R600 GPU?

The folks at VR-Zone have posted a rumor that ATI is currently reworking the already delayed R600 GPU in an effort to minimize PCB size and get a better handle on thermals. Supposedly already at a staggering 12" in length, the original PCB layout is easily one of the longest graphics cards in history. The obvious goal here...

Sell Your Copper Stocks And Mail The Money To The Phone Company

Why would you want the telephone company to replace your copper wires with fiber-optic service? Duh. "It's insanely better," he said. "I downloaded Microsoft SQL Server Service Pack 1, a 252MB file, in two minutes, 30 seconds. It's to the point where the speed of your throughput is gated...

Google Wants To Annoy You And Give You A Phone

Not really. But Google has pioneered the business model of giving away a service for the privilege of showing you a small advertisement. They think the time is about right for cell phones to do the same. Web search leader Google Inc.'s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching...

ECS Elitegroup Unleashes PN2 SLI2+ Extreme

ECS Elitegroup Unleashes PN2 SLI2+ Extreme Motherboard for PC Gamers and Overclocking Enthusiasts   -- Available immediately, the new Extreme motherboard offers a solid platform for anyone building an ultimate gaming PC or an ultra high performance system --   Fremont, CA (November 13, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS),...

Sun to Open-Source Java Under GPLv2

Early in 2004 IBM challenged Sun to co-develop an open-source implementation of Java. Sun did not immediately warm to the idea. Though IBM has its own implementation of Java and could easily have open-sourced it, IBM believed that any open source version of Java should have Sun involved. At the same time Eric Raymond, president of the Open...

Dell Tech Support In A Slump?

Dell Tech Support In A Slump?

Dell made a reputation for themselves as a result of their high quality products but more importantly perhaps, their top-notch customer service.  Unfortunately that may be changing, which might explain their slip in market share as well... "When the CD drive on Peter Ulyatt's Dell desktop computer failed this summer, he called the support...

AMD and a Chip Shortage

There is a lot of talk going around about AMD CPU shortages. DailyTech, Ars Technica and Tech Report are a few sources weighing in on the matter. A shortage for AMD during the critical year end cycle will mean lost sales and potential defections to Intel based machines. However, it is good news for AMD that its offerings have been well received...

Video Overview of PS3- Don't Worry, He Brought A Screwdriver

Excellent video report from CNET's Rich DeMuro on the PS3. Great piece of theater as he whips out a screwdriver and takes the console out of the glass box Sony was displaying it in. And finally, someone remembers to point a camera at the screen the video game's playing on. Short answer: I want one!...

Putting Gasoline In Your Horse - Windows Vista Tested On Old Hardware

Finally someone asks the correct question about Microsoft's new Vista OS. It's not "How well does it work?" It should be: "How well will it work on the musty old rig I'm going to try to run it on?" Arstechnica does us all a favor and tests Vista on three different computers, including "Momma's five...

NVIDIA Conference Call Results

Strong Segment Share Gains in Core Business Units Produce Record Revenue SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 ended October 29, 2006. "The third quarter was one of the best in NVIDIA's history," said Jen-Hsun...

Asus Announces the Striker Extreme nForce 680i Boards

Asus Announces the Striker Extreme nForce 680i Boards

  ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard Incorporates Unique Features For Both Easy DIY and Stylish Gaming Taipei, Taiwan, November 9, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the Striker Extreme motherboard, which are specifically designed to simplify the DIY process and add style to gaming systems....

Broadcom Gives Skype Users Freedom From the PC

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the Broadcom(R) Wi-Fi(R) phone platform now supports Skype(TM) software and will be available to consumers in new Wi-Fi phone handsets from Buffalo. In the past, Skype users needed...

Making It Mainstream: Dell Adopts Opteron

On the heels of its announcement yesterday of adding Quad-Core Intel Chips to their lineup, Dell is now announcing systems based on the AMD Opteron processor. This looks like a major push from the PC manufacture to expand its line and offer a wide variety of solutions to fill a variety of market opportunities....

Windows Vista In No Need Of Antivirus?

Windows isn't exactly known as the most secure OS at the moment, which is why Microsoft has gone to great lengths to improve all aspects of security in Windows Vista. Microsoft has coded Vista in such a way that traditional viruses would have a tuff time of compromising multiple machines, thanks in part to the new ASLR (Address Space [Layout]...

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Gets Release Date

WORLD OF WARCRAFT(R): THE BURNING CRUSADETM IN STORES JANUARY 16, 2007 Street date set for the expansion to Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s massively multiplayer online role-playing game as subscriber base reaches 7.5 million players worldwide IRVINE, Calif. - - November 9, 2006 - - Blizzard Entertainment(R) announced today that World of Warcraft(R):...

TI Single-Chip Cell Phone Technology eCosto Announced

DALLAS and BEIJING, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During a summit of wireless industry leaders held today in Beijing, China, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced a new OMAP-Vox(TM) single-chip solution to foster development of lower-cost multimedia-rich feature phones. Codenamed "eCosto," the new single-chip...

Got 8,181 PS2 Games? Better Buy A PS3 Right Away. Or Get A Life

Sony Computer Entertainment wanted to make sure you could play your PS2 games on a PS3. So they put PS2 hardware right in it. That won't last, and an emulator will eventually replace it. So will all your PS2 games work on the PS3 emulator? Beats me. Beats them too: SCE has so far set...

How You Saved The World By Playing Overclocked Computer Games

If all you needed was a spreadsheet and Word, all computers would have an inch of dust on them and would have yellowed to the color of smoker's teeth. But computer gamers were never satisfied. They demanded ever more powerful GPUs to run their games. And now a funny thing has happened: GPUs are more powerful than CPUs....

abit Launches IN9 32X-MAX

abit Launches IN9 32X-MAX

abit Launches IN9 32X-MAX "Tame the beast within this OC motherboard"   09 November 2006- Universal abit launches the IN9 32X-MAX motherboard. Based on the NVIDIA NFORCE 680i SLI/SPP190 chipset, it combines into one of the most overclocking friendly motherboards money can buy. We have left nothing to chance and insist that every...

Dell To Sell Machines With Quad-Core Intel Chips

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc., the world's second-largest personal computer maker, said on Wednesday it started selling machines with microchips from Intel Corp. that have four processing cores, delivering faster performance and better energy efficiency. Dell said it was offering Intel's quad-core version of its Xeon chip for...

OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series

OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series

OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series, a customized high performance memory solution for NVIDIA Gamers and Enthusiasts Sunnyvale, CA - November 8, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new and improved OCZ NVIDIA(R) SLITM-Ready...

Corsair Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kits

Corsair Sets a New Standard in Performance Memory, Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kits Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) - Corsair(R), a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 memory, the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATORTM. Designed for the new NVIDIA(R) nForceTM...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX & 8800 GTS

Hello All. NVIDIA has officially launched their new high-end 3D Graphics card that has full support for DX10 and Shader Model 4.0. The GeForce 8800 series is fully tested and showcased at HotHardware and its performance is nothing short of impressive. With up to 128 Stream Processors under its hood, up to 86GB/s of memory bandwidth at its...

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI

Hello All. In addition to our G80 coverage for today, we've also got full analysis of NVIDIA's new nForce 680i SLI platform on tap! Here's a snip: "In case you haven't caught on by now, the "i" and "a" designations signify which platform the chipsets are designed for - i for Intel, a for AMD, obviously....

Apple MacBooks With Core 2 Duo

Apple has just released the latest version of the new MacBook notebooks with complete support for Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor. Initially only available on the MacBook Pro, the more economical MacBooks can now enjoy the benefits of Intel's latest and greatest mobile architecture. Starting as low as $1099, you can now purchase...

It's Official: Nintendo's Wii Is A Mickey Mouse Console Gamer

Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September...

It's The Keyboard, Stupid

Samsung is really tearing it up with new hardware. And they've figured out the one thing that matters with a portable computing device: The keyboards are too small. The Mobile Intelligent Terminal was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry conference on Mobile WiMax, which is just coming...

Gigabyte Working Closer with ASUS?

DigiTimes reports that Gigabyte will be transferring its motherboard and graphics card division over to the new joint venture with ASUS called Gigabyte United Incorporated. From January 2007 on, the joint venture will avoid competition between the two Tier-I vendors and allow the joint venture to utilize the resources of each company....

Google Intent On Expanding Radio Presence

Looking to expand their presence on the airwaves, Google has been hiring folks for their radio sales department in an attempt to expand their advertising in offline media. There's also been some rumor of a possible Google buyout of Clear Channel, though Clear Channel has declined to comment on the issue. This all comes as Google plans...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: Velocity Micro Gamers' Edge PCX Desktop Evaluation @ [H]Consumer Display: InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Projector @ TheTechLounge Memory: Buffalo FireStix PC2-9200 1GB DDR2 Memory @Virtual-Hideout Cases: Antec Nine Hundred @ OverclockersOnline Koolance PC4-1020BK Watercooled Case @ [H]Enthusiast Thermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower @...

Intel Announces Collaboration to Launch Web 2.0 Business Internet Suite

Intel Announces Collaboration to Launch Web 2.0 Business Internet Suite SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced at the Web 2.0 Conference today that it is collaborating with several software companies on the launch of SuiteTwo, a business Internet suite. The integrated suite, a family of interconnected services combined...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Still Alive And Kicking

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl has been one of the most anticipated games out there since its announcement years ago. Facing constant delays to the point where some didn't expect the game to ever be released, the game appears to still be on track for a release early next year. A major reason for the delay stems from fact that...

Samsung FED/LCD To Displace SED, LED, LCD, CRT TV. E I E I O

Samsung is trying to marry nanotube technology to LCD displays and make great looking, inexpensive screens. They're in a footrace with all the other manufacturers to determine what kind of technology will ultimately sit in your living room and bore or entertain you: The prototype essentially...

Watch Bugs Bunny In Hi-Def On Your X-Box

Because your X-Box has a big hard drive and is likely wired to both your television and the internet already, Microsoft figured they could make some cake selling you downloadable video entertainment for it: Console owners with a broadband Internet connection can download the videos directly...

Microsoft Completes Office 2007

Microsoft has finished coding their next install of the Microsoft Office series. Office 2007 is ready for its "release to manufacturing", and hopes to have it ready for corporate users by November 30th. As Yahoo! News reports, Microsoft also hopes to release Windows Vista and 2007 Exchange on the same day to their business customers,...

MSN Music Not Compatible With Zune Music Player

You would think that Microsoft's online music download service would be fully compatible with their upcoming Zune music player, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. The Plays For Sure initiative was developed to ensure compatibility between various music downloading services, and music playing devices, and MSN Music...

Daily Review Roundup

Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ TechArp Display: Hitachi 37LD8600 37in LCD TV @ TrustedReviews Memory: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 @ ClubOC Crucial 10th Anniversary 2GB PC2-5300 @ ThinkComputers Video: 3 High End Affordable Graphics Cards @ t-break HIS X1300 XT IceQ Turbo @ XYZComputing NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT HDCP Compliant...

Startup Boston-Power to ship novel notebook batteries by June

With all of the recent Sony battery problems, this just might be a step in the right direction. Battery technology is slow to advance, Lithium Ion having only quadrupled since its introduction 15 years ago. The new battery seems to have the support of many OEMs and Texas Instruments is already producing and delivering charge circuits for it....

Palm hit by patent suit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company NTP Inc. said on Monday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palm Inc., maker of the Treo mobile phone, in a U.S. court, sending Palm shares down more than 7 percent. The suit alleges that Palm's products and services infringed NTP's patents and seeks recovery of monetary damages...

AMD Brings Next-Generation Graphics to the Apple" Power Mac G5® Quad

AMD Brings Next-Generation Graphics to the AppleTM Power Mac G5(R) Quad SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- November 6, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon(R) X1900 G5 Mac(R) Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition...

Intel and Micron Announce Advancements in NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture

Intel and Micron Announce Advancements in NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture SANTA CLARA, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 6, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc., today announced they are ahead of schedule on their development of the NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies. Since the formation of IM Flash in January,...

NVIDIA to acquire iPod chipmaker PortalPlayer

It looks like NVIDIA has made a strategic move and purchased PortalPlayer, a company that has historically developed semiconductor, firmware and software platforms for portable multimedia products such like personal media players, like the iPod, and personal wireless entertainment devices. "NVIDIA Corporation said Monday it has signed...

ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition News

AMD BRINGS NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS TO THE APPLE POWER MAC G5 QUAD - ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition PCI Express upgrade combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge game performance - SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 6, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition, a next-generation graphics card that...

Quantum Physics Encryption Is The Next Big Thing

I know you slept through quantum physics class. Your snoring woke me up. Luckily, Someone at Magiq Technologies, among other people, was sitting up straight and taking notes. And they think they can make the next generation of data encryption essentially impregnable by using those pesky photons from page 234 in the textbook we didn't read...

A Million PS3s Promised By Year End; One Swims As Far As Hawaii

Well, we've determined that Sony can make at least one Playstation3. So we've got that going for us: Thousands of lucky gamers tested the PS3 over the weekend at the 2007 Sony Expo in Honolulu, two weeks before the debut. Almost all were males - from boys with braces and baggy jeans to gray-haired baby boomers. They crowded around...

Corsair Premium Module YTD Shipments Surpass One Million Units, Celebrates With Contest

Corsair Premium Module YTD Shipments Surpass One Million Units, Celebrates With Contest

Corsair Premium Memory Module YTD Shipments Surpass One Million Units, Celebrates Accelerated Growth of the PC Enthusiast Market by offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits -- Ranked #1 performance module maker and 8th largest global DRAM module maker, Corsair worldwide unit shipments leap in 2006 -- Fremont, CA - Corsair, a worldwide...

FTC Fines Zango $3 Million

The latest victim of the FTC's Spyware crackdown is the well known Zango software. Zango, formally known as 180solutions, has been charged with installing advertising software along with its free games without proper notification to users and will be fined to the tune of $3 million. We're sure most of you recognize the name as...

Matrox TripleHead2Go - WOW On Three Panels, Impressive

Matrox TripleHead2Go - WOW On Three Panels, Impressive

Matrox has some pretty swank technology in their offerings, when it comes multi-monitor output and spanning for applications across multiple screens.  Those of you that are WOW junkies might want to check this out but break out the drool bucket before you go here... Three Panel Spanning - World of Warcraft "This is especially...

How To Correctly Configure Multiple Supported GPUs For Folding

Have a pair of ATI Radeon X1900 series cards and want to put them to good use when you're not gaming? FAHInfo.org has the g2 on maximizing your WU processing... "Now you need to get the GPU ID in order to tell the GPU client which GPU to send the cores to. The GPUs are numbered...

Creative Labs THX Certified Speakers - Look Ma No Wires!

Creative Labs THX Certified Speakers - Look Ma No Wires!

OK, this is pretty HOT. We've been waiting for a set of good quality wireless speakers and it looks like we just might have found them. Speaker Power: 36 Watts RMS per channel (5 channels) 130 Watts RMS subwoofer Frequency Response: 35Hz ~ 20kHz THX Certification assures ultimate performance in games and movies Wireless technology eliminates...

AMD Makes Price Cuts, Announces New Processor Pricing

AMD released its latest processor pricing guide earlier this week. The new pricing marks cuts of close to 50% in some cases. The highest priced processor listed is the AMD Opteron 8220 SE at $2,149 in lots of 1000, while the Sempron 3000 (64-bit, 1.8GHz, 128KB L2 cache, 1600MHz HyperTransport bus, 754-pin) came in at a mere $56. Let the...

Microsoft, Novell reach agreement on Linux

Is this a good or bad development for Microsoft? Novell? Linux? Certainly it is a power grab for Microsoft. After years of discounting open-source alternatives, Microsoft finally admits Linux is not only for real, but that they need to work with it. And what better way than to align with one of the top corporate distributions? And as an added...

Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire Pick Out Drapes Together For The Death Star

Microsoft and Novell have announced a truce in their ongoing war over Windows based proprietary and Linux open source compatability: Large businesses and organizations typically have complicated computer systems that run both open-source software, such as Linux, and closed- or proprietary-source...

Matsushita Plasma Screens Now Safer To Eat

Plasma TVs are all little environmental catastrophes waiting to happen when you dispose of them. Matsushita's doing their bit to make them a little less toxic by getting all the lead out of the screen. And they did it despite being granted an exemption for that lead. Bravo, I say. Matsushita,...

HIS delivers the HIS X1950XT 2x Dual Link DVI VIVO 512MB

HIS delivers the HIS X1950XT 2x Dual Link DVI VIVO 512MB Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov 3, 2006 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1950XT 2x Dual Link DVI VIVO 256MB card, a radically new 3D performance architecture technology delivers superior image quality. HIS X1950XT 2x Dual Link DVI VIVO 256MB card delivers 12% faster...

NVIDIA Speeds up 80u Production

DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA is currently rushing to manufacture 80u variants of the company's G73-B1 and G72. Doing so will allow NVIDIA to better compete with rival ATI in the mainstream and entry-level GPU markets as the die-shrink will allow NVIDIA to run cooler, consume less power,  and allow for higher frequencies....

Daily Review Roundup

Quad Core Roundup #2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ Gameprye Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core @ Adrian's Rojak Pot Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ Motherboards.org Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ SharkyExtreme Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ Legit Reviews Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core @ Bootdaily.com...

Revolutionary New 'Cockpit' for UAVs?

Revolutionary New 'Cockpit' for UAVs dramatically improves operator performance November 2, 2006 Raytheon has unveiled what it calls its Universal Control System (UCS) - a first of its kind unmanned aerial system (UAS) "cockpit" that revolutionizes operator awareness and efficiency, while providing the ability to control...

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Titanium Series

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Titanium Series with EPP Technology Sunnyvale, CA - November 2, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the PC2-6400 Titanium Series, the first-ever EPP-ready modules rated with a 1T command rate. Optimized for the...

NVIDIA Enables an Outstanding HD DVD and Blu-Ray Movie Experience

NVIDIA Enables an Outstanding HD DVD and Blu-Ray Movie Experience

There has been a lot of news from nVidia lately; the latest is its support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats through the ForceWare(R) drivers and PureVideo HD technology. While nVidia is the first to offer HD DVD and Blu-ray GPU support, you can expect similar offerings from ATI and others in the near future....

September Chip Sales Remained Strong at $21.4 Billion

SAN JOSE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - November 2, 2006 - "Worldwide sales of semiconductors in September once again achieved a new high as electronic equipment manufacturers geared up for the fourth-quarter holiday season," said George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). "Global chip sales rose...

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs Collaboration to Include Verizon Games on Demand Experience for Intel Viiv Technology-Based PCs, New PlayLinc Game Messenger NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets...

ATI Bug or Something More Sinister?

Ryan over at PC Perspective has stumbled across a very controversial discovery when testing a Radeon X1950 XTX graphics card for another review. Here, Ryan found that the standard Radeon X1950 XTX was really using 2xAA when the user selects 4xAA in OpenGL games such as Prey, Doom3, and Quake 4! The interesting...

Google Announces New Ways For People To Bug You On Your Cell

Pretty soon we're all just going to have to admit we got the message, and do our jobs. Google isn't making plausible deniability any easier;now it's a snap to get Gmail on our portable gizmos: Gmail for Mobile Devices is a free, downloadable Java application that will work...

When Four Dimes Can't Make A Penny- Multicore Processors

Multi-core processors are here, and the amount of cores are bound to increase fast. That's good. There's bound to be problems, of course. That's bad. How do you get the things to talk to one another without crashing the whole system? Technology Review examines the challenges faced by programmers when dealing with multiple...

Kentsfield Quad-Core Review Roundup

Today, Intel has thrown the gauntlet so to speak and has launched the first Quad-Core consumer processor. With the launch of Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 based on the new Kentsfield core, the company is removing all doubt that multi-core is here to stay and developers need to begin making applications and games multi-threaded. To see...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core CPU

Hello All. Here we are, less than 4 months after the release of their excellent Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, and Intel is ready with a new animal -- a quad-core processor dubbed the Core 2 Extreme QX6700. We've taken the new QX6700 and put it through the wringer with a barrage of multi-threaded tests. Here's a quote from...

OCZ Announces GameXStream 850W Configuration

OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream Family with the Addition of the Ultra-Powerful 850 Watt Configuration Sunnyvale, CA - November 1, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the...

Samsung Says It Was Raided In SRAM Antitrust Probe

Yet another development in the ongoing Department of Justice antitrust investigation. Yesterday Sandy Drew reported on the Departments Probe of Sony. Last month Toshiba was contacted by the DOJ. Exactly what will happen from this investigation is yet unknown. Stay tuned for more detail. "We...

Abit Fatal1ty A9N 32X Motherboard

Hey All. We've just posted a new review of Abit's well apointed Fatal1ty A9N 32X motherboard for AMD's Socket AM2 platform. This motherboard is based on NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI chipset and features a number of unique ammenities not found on more mainstream motherboards. Here's a snip from the article... "When news first...

AMD-Based Notebooks from Dell

Those who are browsing through Dell's website will find that the company has just released a new notebook which is using an AMD mobile processor. Dubbed the Inspiron 1501, the notebook platform utilizes a 15.4" WXGA display and incorporates AMD's Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2 mobile processors along with ATI's...

How To Turn Your Stolen Laptop Into A Snitching Doorstop

I look forward to the future, when laptop computers are so cheap they aren't worth stealing. As bad as having to buy a new one is, it's all the sensitive information on your machine that keeps you up nights if yours is stolen. Business Week uses Seagate's new drive encryption capability as a jumping off point to examine the ways...

U.S. Justice Dept. Probing Sony Unit

And the hits just keep coming for Sony.  On top of the whole battery fiasco, now the US Justice Department has subpoenaed information from Sony with regards to their SRAM business.  After several charges and fines in recent years regarding allegations of price fixing in the DRAM industry, the DOJ does not appear to be taking any...

Top Ten Portable Flops

Being an avid PC gamer, I have never had much interest in consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS2, etc with the exception of a few games.  Handheld consoles, however, are another story.  Over the years I have owned many handhelds including the original Coleco and Mattel handheld Football games, Sega GameGear, Gameboy Color, Gameboy...

What Does eBay Buy? Storage.

How do you know that eBay is important? It's getting to be a verb. The only way to become a verb is to not only become big, but always be prepared to become bigger. Where does eBay put all their ones and zeroes? eWeek has an interesting look at how eBay solves their data storage problems:...

ATI Releases Catalyst 6.10 Drivers

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI has finally releases Catalyst 6.10 drivers for all ATI GPU's. Nestled within this driver are a number of performance fixes and additional functionality. For one, users can finally have official HDR with FSAA in Oblivion without being forced to use the "Chuck" patch. In addition,...

Daily Review Roundup #1

Motherboards: Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H @ Ninjalane Abit SG-95 Micro-ATX LGA775 @ Virtual-Hideout Abit AW9D-Max @ Motherboards.org Systems: HP M7590n Media Center PC Video @ Digital Trends Asus Lamborghini VX1 @ PCPerspective Power: SilverStone ST75F 750W Modular PSU @ 3DGameMan Dark Power Pro 430W @ Bjorn3D Memory: Crucial 10th Anniversary...