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All News for February 2009

Intel Helping Japan Try To Cover Itself In WiMAX

Intel Helping Japan Try To Cover Itself In WiMAX

Forget LTE. Forget HSUPA. Intel's still thinking WiMAX, and so is the entire nation of Japan. Shortly after hearing confirmation that Intel was still dead-set on its WiMAX investments being viable, along comes news suggesting that Japan could soon be the first nation to "unwire its entire country with WiMAX." And, you guessed it, Intel's chipping...

NVIDIA Picks New CFO And VP Corp. Comm.

NVIDIA Picks New CFO And VP Corp. Comm.

For whatever reason, a whole lot of new top brass is showing up at NVIDIA this year. Not even a full month since the acquisition of Bill Dally as the company's chief scientist, NVIDIA has now added two more executives to its roster. First up is Bob Sherbin, who has been selected to fill the newly created role of vice president, corporate communications....

White-Hat Hacker Competition Targets iPhone

White-Hat Hacker Competition Targets iPhone

Those white-hat-wearing, security-exploit-finding folks over at TippingPoint Digital Vaccine Laboratories are at it again. At the CanSecWest 2009, digital security conference to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, next month, TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) team will be sponsoring their third annual Pwn2Own contest. This time...

Projects From The Intel Research Laboratories

Projects From The Intel Research Laboratories

Intel held an event on the west side of New York City this week, where the company showed off some of the interesting projects being worked on in a few of the Intel Lablets that are scatted throughout the United States, at various company and university campuses. We were in attendance at the event and snapped off a number of photos to give...

Hearst Corp. To Rival Kindle With Own E-Reader

Hearst Corp. To Rival Kindle With Own E-Reader

Look out Amazon (and Sony), there's about to be a new e-reader in town! During the same month that Amazon launched its revamped Kindle 2, Fortune has announced that another opponent will join the ring sometime this year, and it's an unlikely opponent at that.Hearst Corporation is the company behind all of this, and if you're curious as to...

Swedish Youth Group Says WOW is Like Cocaine

Swedish Youth Group Says WOW is Like Cocaine

In what is sure to cause great debate (and probably a healthy stream of jokes and parodies as well), the founder of a Swedish youth organization is singling out World of Warcraft as a very addictive game. How addictive? He has labeled World of Warcraft as "the cocaine of the computer games world." This claim comes from Sven Rollenhagen, founder...

Cooler Master's Engineers Build 5-in-1 System

Cooler Master's Engineers Build 5-in-1 System

Cooler Master's engineers put themselves to the test by building a 5-in-1 system that has to be a first of its kind in the industry. Today, they are proud to announce that with a single Real Power M1000W they were able to power up 5 full mini-itx systems in a closed ATCS 840 chassis. A full tour and demonstration will be available in Cooler...

Computer Shopper to Cease Print Publication

Computer Shopper to Cease Print Publication

We still remember the days when we would flip through an issue of Computer Shopper and put together our dream systems. Now, you’re more likely to find us doing the same thing on the net. In keeping with the digital trend, Computer Shopper has decided to cease print publication with its April issue, which is due off the press next week. Some...

ID Theft On The Rise, 20-Somethings Hit Hardest

ID Theft On The Rise, 20-Somethings Hit Hardest

Identity theft has been in the news for some time now. It’s certainly not something any of us want to deal with, but it seems more and more people are becoming victims. In 2008, the Federal Trade Commission reported a surge in the number of cases. In fact, 26% of all complaints received by the FTC involved identity theft. This category involved...

Asus Announces WVGA P835 PDA Phone

Asus Announces WVGA P835 PDA Phone

Images of Asus' P835 surfaced as early as December of last year, but it has taken a few months for Asus itself to come clean about its new powerhouse cellphone. Or as Asus calls it, "PDA phone." The potent P835 is designed with multimedia and Web lovers in mind, bringing with it an eye-popping 3.5 inch touch panel that features a practically...

Facebook Democratizes Its Terms of Service

Facebook Democratizes Its Terms of Service

Facebook is doing something unheard of, announcing at a press conference on Thursday that it is giving its users the right to weigh in on changes to its policies and Terms of Service (ToS), in effect creating what some have called a virtual "Bill of Rights." You probably remember the massive explosion that happened when Facebook modified its...

TRENDnet Ships 300Mbps Wireless N Adapter

TRENDnet Ships 300Mbps Wireless N Adapter

 TRENDnet Now Shipping the PC and Mac Compatible 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announced the availability of the 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-664UB, which offers unsurpassed Dual Band Wireless N performance for both PC and Mac computers....

Newsday to Begin Charging for Online Content

Newsday to Begin Charging for Online Content

On the same day that the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado's oldest newspaper, announced that it would fold after Friday's edition, Newsday announced that plans to begin charging for access to its online content. The newspaper industry is facing major problems, with the aforementioned Rocky Mountain News, and even the storied San Francisco Chronicle,...

Asus Showcases Marine Cool Concept Motherboard

Asus Showcases Marine Cool Concept Motherboard

Asus already lit up the LAN party section with its mATX ROG Rampage II GENE motherboard, but now it's appealing to the masses with this wicked cool (in more ways than one) concept motherboard. In the days leading up to CeBIT's launch in Germany, Asus has decided to remove the veil covering its Marine Cool Concept Motherboard, a beauty in its...

Buffalo Delivers SHD-NSUM Line of External SSDs

Buffalo Delivers SHD-NSUM Line of External SSDs

Slowly but surely, we're witnessing the capacity levels of external solid state drives creep up. While internal drives have been shipping at 128GB for some time now, the external world is in dire need of matching alternatives. Japan's own Buffalo has stepped in to do the honors, offering up a new SHD-NSUM series of small, pocket-friendly SSDs...

BMW Working On Adaptive Navigation System

BMW Working On Adaptive Navigation System

We may not have cars that drive themselves yet, but BMW is working on a navigation system that can learn your driving habits and improve the efficiency of the car. The BMW system is called ILENA, which stands for Intelligent Learning Navigation. The system records data during your typical daily commute to learn your route, road gradients,...

OWC Announces Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles

OWC Announces Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles

OWC ANNOUNCES VOYAGER HARD DRIVE DOCKING BUNDLES WITH FIREWIRE 800/400, USB 2.0, & ESATA INTERFACESIncludes NewerTech Voyager Q “Quad Interface” or Voyager S2 “Dual Interface” Hard Drive Dock, Highest Capacity, Most Energy Efficient SATA Hard Drive Options up to 2.0TB,& Intech/Prosoft/NovaStor Disk Utility Software February 26, 2009,...

Asus Debuts mATX ROG Rampage II GENE Motherboard

Asus Debuts mATX ROG Rampage II GENE Motherboard

Who says space-constrained gamers have no allies in the motherboard world? Not Asus, that's for sure. In response to "overwhelming demand for a mATX gaming and enthusiast motherboard," the company today released the new X58-based ROG (Republic of Gamers) Rampage II GENE. The card falls softly within the Rampage II lineup, boasting premium...

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Dual-Screen Notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Dual-Screen Notebook

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is a rather unique product, targeted squarely at mobile professionals who require the power, features, and performance of workstation-class machine on the go. We previously evaluated the standard ThinkPad W700 and praised the system for its performance and stand-out integrated features, like a Wacom Digitizer Tablet...

A New Laptop…From Nokia?

A New Laptop…From Nokia?

Nokia is “very actively” considering entering the laptop business, according to its Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. There have been rumors surrounding Nokia’s possible plan to enter the notebook industry since late last year, but Kallasvuo’s comments are the first official confirmation of such plans. In an interview with Finnish national...

Google links Blogger to Friend Connect

Google links Blogger to Friend Connect

Google's taken the next step in linking together all its services to make it an absolutely unstoppable force online as opposed to the virtually unstoppable force it currently is.Google owns Blogger (in case you didn't realize this), and always had a follow feature where you could, from your Blogger page, follow all the blogs you wanted to...

Verizon Wireless Adds LG Versa to Lineup

Verizon Wireless Adds LG Versa to Lineup

Verizon Wireless announced the LG Versa, a modular touchscreen phone with different attachments that let you customize the phone to your liking. One attachment of note is a QWERTY keyboard for easier texting. Of course, the phone can also be used without the keyboard, thanks to the phone’s 3-inch touchscreen display. The Versa boasts of a...

Zotac Intros NVIDIA GTX 285 Infinity Edition

Zotac Intros NVIDIA GTX 285 Infinity Edition

Well, well -- it sure looks as if those water-cooled GeForce rumors from late last month were spot-on. Just weeks ago, BFG called "first!" with its liquid-cooled NVIDIA GeForce 295 GTX, and now Zotac is stepping in to complete the puzzle with its watercooling-ready GTX 285.The GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition pairs up NVIDIA's famed GPU with...

Google Lauds Transparency With Status Dashboard

Google Lauds Transparency With Status Dashboard

Perhaps getting its inspiration from President Obama's joint address to Congress and the American people this last Tuesday, Google has decided to also increase its transparency with the public. In actuality, Google's decision probably has more to do with Tuesday's Gmail outage, which lasted for about two and a half hours. (The fact that both...

Google Blocks Protected Apps from Unlocked G1s

Google Blocks Protected Apps from Unlocked G1s

An unlocked Android G1 for $400, to anyone? That sounded like a great deal, when Google started offering developer G1s. Anyone who registered as a developer (and anyone could do so) could buy one. But Google is blocking unlocked G1s from viewing copy-protected Apps in the Android Market.  Not much of a bargain when you can't get access...

Dell Launches New Studio XPS 435 Desktops

Dell Launches New Studio XPS 435 Desktops

Dell Blends Performance, Expandability and Design With The Bold, New Studio XPS 435 Desktop Powered by Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology Investment protection with room to grow including support for up to 24GB of memory and 4.5TB of storage Clean and sophisticated “tilt back” design is visually striking blending pure...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 GDDR4 & HD 4830 @ TechgageDiamond Radeon HD 4870 1GB @ TheTechLounge               PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P6T Intel X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgASUS P6T6 WS Revolution @...

Blu-ray to Be Less Expensive Soon

Blu-ray to Be Less Expensive Soon

Blu-ray might have won the high-definition (HD) disc format wars, but it still has a long way to go before it wins a place in our living rooms... If it ever does. In fact, physical media is seeing increasing competition for our eyeballs from Internet streaming and download sources, such as Netflix and Vudu. Further complicating matters is...

Antec Debuts TruePower New Power Supplies

Antec Debuts TruePower New Power Supplies

Looking for yourself a new power supply, huh? If so, Antec has a new series that just might be what the PC doctor ordered. The new additions in the TruePower lineup of power supplies improve upon their predecessors by introducing several advanced features for improved system efficiency, stability and reliability.As expected, Antec has crafted...

Could Atom-based Servers Save Energy?

Could Atom-based Servers Save Energy?

Green technology has generated a lot of buzz lately. Regardless of your views of global warming and going green, we can all agree there are financial benefits to products that require less energy to run. Realizing a lot of energy is wasted on idling servers, Microsoft has revealed a new research and development project named Marlowe. This...

$100 MS SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse Available

$100 MS SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse Available

Microsoft's latest gaming mouse, the SideWinder X8, is about to hit the physical store and virtual online shelves for an estimated price of $99.95. Microsoft originally announced the 4,000-dpi, wireless, Microsoft BlueTrack Technology-based, gaming mouse last September, and promised that it would be available by February 2009--it looks like...

IBuyPower Unleashes Bargain Gamer Fire 600 PC

IBuyPower Unleashes Bargain Gamer Fire 600 PC

Just about the time that you were going to make up your mind between all those other IBuyPower rigs announced this month comes this: yet another one added to the mix. The Gamer Fire 600 is a gamer-centric PC with loads of horsepower and a case that's just as menacing. Thankfully, the rig is of the "bargain" type, with an easy-to-swallow price...

Could Texting Improve Kids’ Language Skills?

Could Texting Improve Kids’ Language Skills?

We’ve heard of studies that suggest texting could lead to the deterioration of English skills in children. Some teachers will even tell you they’ve seen text lingo such as shortenings, contractions, acronyms, symbols, and non-conventional spellings appear in homework assignments. A new study published in the British Journal of Developmental...

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Netbook Evaluation

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Netbook Evaluation

Today we’ve got a detailed look at the latest revision of the Asus line of Eee PC 1000 series netbooks – the Asus Eee PC 1000HE.  Asus continues to refine their hugely successful 10” netbook family.    Here’s a snip: The fit and finish, build quality and overall allure of this machine isn't all that different versus its closely...

Phishing Scam Targets Google Talk

Phishing Scam Targets Google Talk

It seems Google can’t catch a break. Just hours after Google’s Gmail service was hit by an outage that lasted several hours, Google Talk became the victim of a phishing scam. Users of the instant messaging service received a TinyURL link that appeared to be from friends on their buddy lists. When a user clicked the link, it would take him...

VIA Intros First Pico-ITX Box With AMOS-3000

VIA Intros First Pico-ITX Box With AMOS-3000

If you thought Shuttle's idea of "small form factor" was small, wait until you wrap your mind around this. Today, VIA has introduced the first Pico-ITX fanless embedded box computer with its AMOS-3000. The hand-sized computer was designed to handle industrial environments, but this could also be tweaked in order to fit within a vehicle, a...

AMD Demos Six-Core Istanbul CPU, Plans 2H Launch

AMD Demos Six-Core Istanbul CPU, Plans 2H Launch

Here recently, all the buzz surrounding AMD has involved its Dragon platform or newly spun The Foundry Company. Needless to say, it's about time we got back to the basics. Advanced Micro Devices has today announced that it recently completed live public demonstrations of its upcoming six-core 45nm AMD Opteron processor, which is currently...

Search Term Stats Show Sad State of the Economy

Search Term Stats Show Sad State of the Economy

You don't have to search hard to find signs of the economic downturn. Just look at the newspaper, or your favorite website. But a new report on Americans' search behavior by market research firm comScore emphasizes the FUD of Americans during this recession. Check it out. Searches for: Coupons, up 161%Unemployment, up 206%Bankruptcy, up 156%Unemployment...

Apple, EMI Intro the iTunes Pass

Apple, EMI Intro the iTunes Pass

Until this year it's been $0.99 for all tracks at iTunes. However, at Macworld, Apple announced tiered pricing was coming soon. And now another option has been announced: the iTunes Pass. According to the iTunes Store description page: Get an iTunes Pass from a hand-picked selection of your favorite artists. iTunes Passes can include songs,...

OWC Intros 8x External Quad Interface BD Burner

OWC Intros 8x External Quad Interface BD Burner

If you're thinking that this one sounds familiar, it's because it is. Other World Computing just announced last October that it would be selling a quad interface external Blu-ray drive, and while its 4x BD-R burn speed was fine for most, those with time that's extraordinarily precious may long for something quicker. Now, there's the 8x version...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS VH242H 24-inch 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ PCSTATS.comDell's S2209W 22-inch Full HD LCD Monitor @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:Sunnytek ST-2320 S/UESR Two Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ TweaknewsKingston HyperX DDR3-1866: 3GB Overclocker Memory Kit...

Search Behavior to Dictate Yahoo Ads

Search Behavior to Dictate Yahoo Ads

At a time when many advertisers are cutting spending, Yahoo is making changes to its core revenue engine in order to make it more powerful and hopefully keep the attention of advertisers. The new ad targeting features announced today could mean you’ll be seeing more and more advertisements based around your searches at Yahoo in the future....

Sony Debuts Lilac PSP, Loads Of New Software

Sony Debuts Lilac PSP, Loads Of New Software

We can't say we saw this coming. After hearing that Sony's only dedicated PlayStation Store in America would be closing up this year, the company has come forward with a barrage of new material for its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles. From new software to new hardware, Sony's doing it all today.At its annual retail and publisher...

Oops! Gmail Goes Down For Extended Period

Oops! Gmail Goes Down For Extended Period

When's the last time you remember your Gmail being down for longer than one or two seconds? And who's to say that glitch wasn't just your router acting up? Today, Google experienced a Gmail outage that was remarkably widespread and lengthy for its standards. It was so "severe," in fact, that the company actually made the outage public and...

Square Enix Agrees To Distribute Via Steam

Square Enix Agrees To Distribute Via Steam

Slowly but surely, Steam has been chugging along and adding partners for years. But this is a big one. Today, Valve Corporation's online game delivery portal has announced that Square Enix is coming on board, giving PC gamers the promise of snagging The Last Remnant whenever their heart desires. The agreement will enable Square Enix titles...

ZOTAC Expands NITRO Features and Compatibility

ZOTAC Expands NITRO Features and Compatibility

New ZOTAC FireStorm software adds new features and enables compatibility with all NVIDIA-based graphics cards  HONG KONG – Feb. 24, 2009 – ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes the award-winning ZOTAC NITRO hardware-overclocking controller for use with all NVIDIA GeForce...

Olympus Raises the Bar for Entry-level DSLRs

Olympus Raises the Bar for Entry-level DSLRs

Targeting consumers who are looking for an entry-level DSLR with a lot of extras, Olympus announced the new E-620 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. The E-620 inherits quite a few in-camera shooting effects previously found on the $1,299.99 E-30 announced in November, but at a much lower price. Some of these creative features include...

Safari 4.0 is way faster; downloads for PC, Mac

Safari 4.0 is way faster; downloads for PC, Mac

Apple today announced the beta release of Safari 4.0, and it's promising blazing fast browsing, for Mac or PC users.It has a new "Nitro Engine," that Apple says executes JavaScript up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and more than 3 times faster than Firefox 3. (Side note: Firefox is THAT much faster than IE7?) It also loads pages...

Asus Eee Top ET1602 All-In-One Touch Screen PC

Asus Eee Top ET1602 All-In-One Touch Screen PC

The Eee Top ET1602 builds upon Asus' popular line of Eee-branded products by introducing an all-in-one desktop form factor, complete with a 15.6" touch screen. Like the Eee PC netbooks that preceded it, the Eee Top ET1602 is built around Intel's low-power Atom platform, with the 945 GSE chipset. Other features include an integrated webcam...

First Flexible Touch-Screen Display Created

First Flexible Touch-Screen Display Created

Arizona State University (ASU) announced today that its Flexible Display Center (FDC) has created what it claims is the first flexible, touch-screen display. The prototype is a thin active-matrix display with grayscale support, laid out on a "flexible, glass-free substrate." The display is capable of "real-time user input" via finger touch...

Vudu to Offer HD Movie Download Purchases

Vudu to Offer HD Movie Download Purchases

Vudu, a movie and TV show download service provider, has just given us yet another reason why we never need to leave the house. Vudu announced today that it is making high-definition (HD) downloaded titles available for purchase. A number of online movie and TV show sources, such as Apple, Amazon, CinemaNow, as well as Vudu, currently offer...

Sandisk Ships Next Gen Memory Card Readers

Sandisk Ships Next Gen Memory Card Readers

SanDisk ImageMate Memory Card Readers Transfer Files Quickly and Conveniently Across Wide Variety of Memory Card Formats  SanDisk Corporation today announced that it has shipped the latest editions of its popular SanDisk ImageMate® memory card readers, which provide enhanced user experience through increased efficiency and faster...

Marvell Introduces Plug Computing

Marvell Introduces Plug Computing

Marvell Introduces Plug Computing - High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computers for Managing and Storing Digital Media AssetsMultiple companies adopt SheevaPlug development platform to showcase new network-based applications that are simple to install and easy to use Santa Clara, California (February 24, 2009) - Marvell...

Rah!  The U.S. is #1 (Sort of) in Broadband

Rah! The U.S. is #1 (Sort of) in Broadband

While many have griped, complained (you name it) over the sad state of U.S. broadband, particularly when compared with other countries, some have said it's all a bunch of "hooey." A report released by economic consulting firm LECG, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks would tend to agree with that, putting the U.S. at #1 in broadband ---...

Microsoft Backtracks on Overpaid Severance

Microsoft Backtracks on Overpaid Severance

As we wrote previously, Microsoft over --- and underpaid --- a number of the 1,400 workers it recently laid-off. After a wave of criticism which occurred after Microsoft asked for the, ahem, overpayment back, Microsoft caved in. Microsoft human resources chief Lisa Brummel said the company had changed course. Twenty-five workers were overpaid...

Xbox Live Gold Members to Receive More Benefits

Xbox Live Gold Members to Receive More Benefits

There are plenty of reasons to be an Xbox Live Gold member—you can game online, get demos early, etc. Now, Microsoft is now offering yet another incentive to attract new Xbox Live Gold-level members and to keep existing members: There will be weekly sales on content for Gold members. To kick off the promotion, Braid will be sold for 800 points,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD Monitor @ Techgage.comGeForce GTS 240 Card Exposed - VR-ZoneSapphire Ultimate Radeon HD4670 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comSapphire's ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Toxic graphics card @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5Q3 LGA775 Intel P45 ATX Motherboard @ BmRMemory and Storage:Corsair Dominator GT 3x2GB PC3-15000...

Samsung Intros TL320 And HZ15W 12MP Cameras

Samsung Intros TL320 And HZ15W 12MP Cameras

Samsung just got done introducing four new point and shoot models last week, and now it's already busy again announcing two more. Both new ones are 12 megapixel shooters that can easily slip into your pocket, and while the styling is classically Samsung, the features here are somewhat unique.The TL320 features a Schneider lens along with a...

Could the iPhone become A Geotagging Assistant?

Could the iPhone become A Geotagging Assistant?

As it stands right now, the GPS capabilities of the iPhone can only be used by active applications. This prohibits the iPhone from being used as a geotagging assistant or tracking device. However, Apple may be working on functionality for the iPhone that can track your location in the background. A hint that this functionality may be in the...

DDR3 Round-Up: Memory Performance With The Core

DDR3 Round-Up: Memory Performance With The Core

There's quite a lot of variance in DDR3 modules today, which can certainly be overwhelming for potential new buyers. While the Core i7 processor is officially rated to run at only DDR3-1066 speeds, modules that can run at DDR3-2000 or even higher are available for the Core i7, and many new motherboards support speeds even greater than these....

TV & Video Viewing on the Rise

TV & Video Viewing on the Rise

The numbers are in for Americans' TV and video consumption, and The Nielsen Company reports that our TV and video watching habits have reached new heights. Whether this is the natural progression of a long-standing trend, a byproduct of more people staying home because of the recession, or perhaps a combination of the two, Nielsen states that...

Trimble Tablet Is Mighty Rugged

Trimble Tablet Is Mighty Rugged

Ever had the desire to place a standard UMPC-type computer within a rugged chassis and check your email while trudging through mud, rain and sleet? Trimble has, and it's making sure that those of you needing a rugged portable computer don't go away empty handed. The all new Trimble Tablet is described as a rugged, versatile and fully connected...

Phenom II X3 Triple to Quad-Core Mod Possible?

Phenom II X3 Triple to Quad-Core Mod Possible?

There are some rumors circulating this morning that it is possible to enable the fourth hidden / disabled core in a triple-core Phenom II X3, by simply enabling Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) in the system BIOS on motherboards outfitted with SB750 southbridges and AMI BIOS derivatives.So far, a couple of stories have surfaced that claim...

World's Highest-Resolution Satellite Imagery

World's Highest-Resolution Satellite Imagery

If you ever have that nagging feeling that you are being watched, you might not be wrong. But with your watcher being 423 miles above you, you might have a hard time confirming your suspicions. And while being spied upon from such a distance may seem like not much detail can be realized, you might be in for a surprise--the GeoEye-1 Satellite,...

Lenovo ThinkPad Lineup Deemed "Semi-Rugged"

Lenovo ThinkPad Lineup Deemed "Semi-Rugged"

When you think ThinkPad, what do you think? Plain, classic, traditional, all-business, etc.? Probably, but the word "sturdy" is apt to be throw in that mix as well. Lenovo has made it a point of focus to always ensure that the business-minded ThinkPad line was well equipped to handle dozens of airport transfers, being dropped in airport security...

Cortex-M0 Is ARM's Smallest, Lowest Power CPU

Cortex-M0 Is ARM's Smallest, Lowest Power CPU

While we would expect a barrage of new CPU announcements from someone like Intel or AMD, it's been ARM of late pushing out the new silicon. Just days after showcasing its first 32 nanometer chip, the company responsible for the Cortex line has announced the smallest, lowest power and most energy-efficient ARM processor available. The Cortex-M0...

Seagate Drops Patent Suit Against STEC

Seagate Drops Patent Suit Against STEC

Last April, Seagate sued SSD manufacturer STEC, charging that STEC had violated four of its patents relating to error correction, memory-backup systems, and storage interfaces with computers. However, late last week STEC announced that Seagate had dropped its lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit was dropped after "extensive discovery and...

MS: You're Laid Off.  Oh, You Owe Us Money, Too

MS: You're Laid Off. Oh, You Owe Us Money, Too

Perhaps Microsoft used Excel when they calculated the severance packages of some of the 1,400 workers they recently laid off. At any rate, apparently they made some errors, and are now asking some of those laid-off workers for some of their severance package back.According to a report by TechCrunch, the letters have been sent to more than...

Skype To Come Loaded On Future Nokia Phones

Skype To Come Loaded On Future Nokia Phones

The world's favorite VoIP calling application is making a beeline for your next Nokia handset, and believe it or not, that's perfectly okay with Nokia. During last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Skype and Nokia teamed up to jointly announced a new partnership that would bring the planet's "leading Internet communications experience...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX Radeon HD 4870 512MB XXX @ InsideHWSapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsATI All-In-Wonder HD @ Viper LairMotherboards and Chipsets:Intel X58 Motherboard roundup @ CDRInfoJetway X-BLUE P45 Motherboard Review @ PCShopTalkAsus-P5Q3-DeluxeWiFi-AP-n @ t-breakMemory and Storage:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB HDD...

BBuy Reward Zone Members to Get iPhone Discount

BBuy Reward Zone Members to Get iPhone Discount

Best Buy is offering a significant discount to members of its Reward Zone loyalty points program, for one week only. From Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, those who were members prior to Feb. 21st can get $50 off an iPhone 3G, or $100 off if you are a Premier Silver Member. Premier Silver Members are those who have spent $2,500 at Best Buy during a single...

Sony Shutting Down San Fran PlayStation Store

Sony Shutting Down San Fran PlayStation Store

It's the end of an era, so to speak. With Sony suffering a Q4 that even the most bitter rival wouldn't wish on its competitors, the company has seen fit to shut the doors on its US flagship PlayStation store in San Francisco, California. With company sales in the dumps and some 16,000 Sony jobs already on the way out, the corporation has decided...

Norway Tries to Get IE6 Dumped

Norway Tries to Get IE6 Dumped

Whenever we look at browser stats from various market research firms, we're surprised by the number of Internet Explorer 6 users there still are. Apparently annoyed by all these users who seemingly still having joined the "tabbed" browser generation, a prominent Norwegian Web site is fostering a movement kick IE6 to the curb. FINN.no, which...

Power-Saving Pixel Qi LCDs Ready To Ship

Power-Saving Pixel Qi LCDs Ready To Ship

You may have never heard of Pixel Qi, but we'll wager that you've heard of One Laptop Per Child. Mary Lou Jepsen, the company's founder and CEO, left OLPC in 2007 in order to focus on creating her own $75 laptop using technologies she invented at OLPC. Needless to say, the departure was quite controversial in its day, but now the company has...

Vizio Jumps Sony For #2 In US Flat-Panel Sales

Vizio Jumps Sony For #2 In US Flat-Panel Sales

Vizio showed up in style at CES 2009, and we're not just talking about the HDTVs it brought along. The company's balance sheet is looking about as healthy as any outfit's could possibly look these days, with it using momentum from the third quarter of last year to propel it right past Sony in Q4. No need to check your set -- we really just...

iPhone Apps Often Abandoned

iPhone Apps Often Abandoned

Most people stop using iPhone applications downloaded from Apple’s App Store after the first day according to analytics firm Pinch Media. The firm discovered only about 20% of people who download a free application from the store were still using it the following day. Paid apps had a slightly better return rate, with nearly 30% of people still...

Could Netbooks Take Hold In The Corporate World?

Could Netbooks Take Hold In The Corporate World?

Considering that so many corporations are in the business of making netbooks, one may assume that netbooks may be good in the business. InfoWorld took a look at the viability of using netbooks within the traditional corporate infrastructure, and it got us to thinking about the subject. Today, few -- if any -- companies use netbooks as their...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Palit GTX 260 Sonic Review @ OCC Motherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G @ Benchmark ReviewsPower:OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PSU  @ CPU3DSystems:HP Compaq 6730b @ InsideHWShuttle Prima SP45H7 Intel Barebones System Review @ ThinkComputers.orgCases,...

Fed. Appeals Court Rejects California Game Law

Fed. Appeals Court Rejects California Game Law

We feel like we've been here before, and in fact, we have. Sort of, at least. The same hotly debated video game law in California has come to the forefront of attention once more, with a federal appeals court striking down the law that sought to bar minors from purchasing or renting games that were deemed too violent. The 9th United States...

Microsoft To Research Education-Gaming Link

Microsoft To Research Education-Gaming Link

It's a well known fact that puzzle games and other brain training exercises actually enhance mental stimulation, but what about titles such as Crysis and Gears of War? Microsoft, of all companies, is looking to find a definitive answer to that by sinking $1.5 million into a research initiative that will, at its core, explore the educational...

Is Hulu Changing Its Distribution Strategy?

Is Hulu Changing Its Distribution Strategy?

Earlier this week, Hulu announced decisions to pull out of TV.com and Boxee. According to sources close to the company, Hulu’s managers were motivated by very different reasons in each case. Regardless of the reasons, these announcements deliver a blow to online video. Another potential blow came yesterday when we heard how cable companies...

GOP Outlines Data Retention Law for You and Us

GOP Outlines Data Retention Law for You and Us

The bills (one in the Senate, one in the House) have nice names, but they would require you and us, assuming we have routers in our houses, as well as ISPs and hotspots, to maintain records on users for two years. Yes, you read that right, you and us, as well. The bills, Senate Bill S-436 and House Bill HR1076 are both named the "Internet...

Gigabyte Lays Out CeBIT 2009 Showcase

Gigabyte Lays Out CeBIT 2009 Showcase

Gigabyte, which just unveiled its next generation AMD AM3 "Dragon" motherboard, has big plans for next week's CeBIT expo in Germany. Aside from showing its latest range of high performance, low working temperature motherboards featuring its proprietary Ultra Durable 3 Technologies, it's also planning a sneak peek at the first AMD platform...

Apple Quietly Kills 20" Cinema Display

Apple Quietly Kills 20" Cinema Display

It's not often that a piece of technology, particularly one dealing with PCs, lasts six full years on the market. Amazingly, that's exactly how long Apple's 20" Cinema Display made it before receiving the inevitable axe this week. First introduced on January 28, 2003, the 20" Cinema Display provided a happy medium for consumers looking for...

3DFusion Unveils Glasses Free 3DFMax Display

3DFusion Unveils Glasses Free 3DFMax Display

These days, just about everyone is dipping their toes in 3D. From NVIDIA to Intel to Maingear, 3D is definitely the bandwagon to be on right now. To that end, we've got yet another company trying to make its name in the newly popular arena: 3DFusion. At the Digital Signage Expo in Last Vegas, Nevada, said company has debuted what it's calling...

Staccato Proclaims That UWB Isn't Dead

Staccato Proclaims That UWB Isn't Dead

Earlier this month, UWB mainstay TZero closed its doors, leaving the once hopeful format in limbo. One of the few ultra wideband supporters still hanging around is Staccato Communications, and not surprisingly, its CEO is stepping up to address the overall situation and assure the general public that the wireless format it supports is far...

The Camera Phone Megapixel Race Heats Up

The Camera Phone Megapixel Race Heats Up

There’s been a decent amount of talk lately surrounding the megapixel race on camera phones. At Mobile World Congress, the only cell phone manufacturer to actually show proof of a 12 megapixel phone was Sony Ericsson. That doesn’t mean Sony Ericsson is the only manufacturer in the race, however. Not long after Sony Ericsson announced its 12.1...

Quake Live Beta Open to All on Feb. 24

Quake Live Beta Open to All on Feb. 24

Few gaming franchises have been as popular as id Software's Quake series has. For some time now, Quake fans have know about the pending release of the next Quake iteration, Quake Live. In fact, some lucky players have been fortunate enough to play the still-in-development game as they participated in id's closed-beta testing program. But in...

QNAP Brings Debian Lenny To Turbo NAS Drives

QNAP Brings Debian Lenny To Turbo NAS Drives

For those looking to add a little Linux to their QNAP Turbo NAS device, now you can. The company has just announced that Debian Lenny (version 5.0) is now available on all of its QNAP ARM-platform Turbo NAS drives including the TS-109, TS-209, TS-409 series and TS-409U. We've heard pretty good things about the default system on QNAP devices,...

The Future of Netflix is All About Streaming

The Future of Netflix is All About Streaming

A great debate is raging as to what the future of movie distribution will look like. On one side of the debate are those who claim that physical discs like DVDs, Blu-ray, and whatever format will eventually supplant Blu-ray, will always deliver a superior viewing experience than anything that will be available via streaming or on-demand...

Google Adds Full Gmail Color Customization

Google Adds Full Gmail Color Customization

Google added themes to Gmail in November, but for some, that wasn't enough. They wanted full customization of their color scheme, and now they have it. On Thursday Google added a new option to the Themes settings section of Gmail (as shown above), "Choose your own colors." To find it, go into Settings, Themes, and it's the last option on the...

Cable Companies Seek to Limit Online Content

Cable Companies Seek to Limit Online Content

As it stands today, there are quite a few television shows available online for free via Hulu and broadcast websites, provided you’re willing to sit through a few ads. The cable companies are losing out on customers because of this content, so now they’re looking for a way to strong-arm customers into paying for cable. Their solution? To offer...

Nanotechnology Leaps Forward

Nanotechnology Leaps Forward

This week brought news of two advances in nanotechnology that could bring us ever-smaller devices with ever-increasing capacity.One brought us transistors a mere fraction of the size of most the advanced currently used on silicon chips. The other gave us the ability to store 250 DVDs worth of data on the area the size of a U.S. quarter.First,...

Lian Li Launches Flashy PC-V351 HTPC Chassis

Lian Li Launches Flashy PC-V351 HTPC Chassis

If you're looking for a new PC case, and you tend to prefer things with a flair for the dramatic, your PC case maker is Lian Li. Shortly after announcing its PC-Q07 Mini-ITX Chassis, the company has just revealed its newest HTPC enclosure. The PC-V351 HTPC Chassis is an all aluminum box with dual front mounted 120mm fans along with a rear...

Sprint Nextel Soars Over Pre Exclusivity

Sprint Nextel Soars Over Pre Exclusivity

Sprint released their Q4 2008 results on Thursday. It wasn't pretty. Yet their stock soared nearly 20%. Why? Sprint lost 1.3 million net wireless customers in the quarter. Overall, in 2008, Sprint lost 4 million customers. At the same time, in Q4 2008, Sprint had a net loss of $1.62 billion, or $0.57 a share, on revenue of $8.43 billion. Yet...

BenQ Goes All-In-One PC With nScreen i91

BenQ Goes All-In-One PC With nScreen i91

One could argue that the past 12 to 18 months have been all about netbooks, but all-in-one PCs sure are making a comeback here lately. Following up on efforts from Lenovo, MSI, Dell, Averatec and countless others is BenQ, who has just unveiled its stylish nScreen i91. As you'd expect, this is the company's very first all-in-one PC, and clearly...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:XFX GTX285 Black Edition Review @ OCCXFX Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB video card review @ Elite BastardsSapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI Memory Lover Motherboard Review @ PCShopTalk Processors:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Processor Review @ OCIA.netMemory and Storage:QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo 5-Drive NAS Server...

Verizon Launching LTE Trials This Year

Verizon Launching LTE Trials This Year

Although we’re not quite there yet, 60Mbps wireless high speed Internet isn’t too far from reality. This week at the Mobile World Congress show, Verizon Wireless confirmed details of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) roll out, which is set to begin later this year as trials in two yet-to-be-named cities. Through these trials, Verizon Wireless...

Ricoh Brings HDR to Cameras

Ricoh Brings HDR to Cameras

High dynamic range enables impressive graphics while gaming. It can also create incredible photographs from your still images. Traditionally, photographers would take multiple images at varying exposures and then use a program to merge them together using HDR. While photographers have used this set of techniques for years to produce eye-catching...

Silicon Power Reveals 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA II SSD

Silicon Power Reveals 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA II SSD

Solid state drives just keep getting bigger, better, faster and more abundant, and for tech enthusiasts who have been watching those sky-high prices remain above their budgets for far too long, that's a good thing to hear. Silicon Power has stepped up today to introduce a spacious 256GB 2.5-inch SATA II SSD, which doubles up on its previously-largest...

Gateway Introduces TC Series Notebook Line

Gateway Introduces TC Series Notebook Line

GATEWAY’S NEW TC SERIES NOTEBOOK LINE DELIVERS STYLISH MOBILITY, ECONOMY New Line Serves Range of Mobile Customers Looking for Portability, Style and Latest Technology at Incredible Value IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009 – Gateway today extends the popular design and features of its MC Series and MD Series notebook lines to its new compact and...

A New Excuse To Skip Class: Lecture Podcasts

A New Excuse To Skip Class: Lecture Podcasts

College students are always looking for new and creative reasons to ditch class.A new study has just given them teflon ammo: New psychological research suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person.The reasoning behind it, according to...

OCZ Announces a Budget Illuminated Keyboard

OCZ Announces a Budget Illuminated Keyboard

OCZ Technology's products gets covered a lot at HotHardware.com and on other enthusiast sites, as OCZ regularly churns out high-end system components, such as high-speed system memory, flash memory-based devices, power supply units, and CPU cooling solutions on a regular basis. With all these components devoted to speeding up the innards of...

Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme Gaming Rig

Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme Gaming Rig

Since you are here, reading this and potentially some other articles and news about PC hardware, you've probably attended or at least heard of LAN parties. The main point of LAN parties is, of course, to play video games with your peers on networked PCs. Another fun aspect of LAN parties, especially big events like QuakeCon, is that you get...

Hulu Pulls Its Content Off Boxee

Hulu Pulls Its Content Off Boxee

If you use your computer for watching TV shows and movies or listening to music--especially when this media is streaming to your PC from over the Internet--there is a good chance that you've at least heard of boxee, or perhaps you even use it. Boxee is a free, open-source, cross-platform, media center application that has quickly become very...

Shuttle Debuts XPC Barebone SX58H7 Case

Shuttle Debuts XPC Barebone SX58H7 Case

You won't find liquid cooling here, but Shuttle's latest barebones kit is still mighty impressive. The small form factor (SFF) box has the potential to be just as powerful (if not more so) than many full sized towers, thanks mostly to the high-performance Intel X58 Express chipset with ICH10R Southbridge. Those looking for a potent LAN party...

IBuyPower Intros Three New Budget Gamer Desktops

IBuyPower Intros Three New Budget Gamer Desktops

IBuyPower just began offering up Dragon-based gaming machines earlier this month, but now it's announcing three new machines for those with tighter budgets. The newest desktops in the Gamer series will all be made available exclusively through NewEgg.com, and none of them will break the $1000 barrier. Starting things off is the Gamer Power...

Google Wins Street View Privacy Lawsuit

Google Wins Street View Privacy Lawsuit

In April of 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring (yes, that's really their last name) sued Google over an alleged privacy violation after a Street View image of their property was posted to the web. They had what seemed to be a flimsy case, and the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania agreed, as it dismissed the case on Tuesday (.PDF). Ironically,...

ZOTAC Ships GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi SFF Board

ZOTAC Ships GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi SFF Board

Blink twice, and chances are you've missed something in the whirlwind world of graphics. For instance, ZOTAC's Mini-ITX GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi was just pushed out around three months ago. Today, the same company is announcing that its GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi board is shipping to retailers and distributors worldwide. So much for staying on the...

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Launch Imminent

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Launch Imminent

We have just received word from Dell that their highly anticipated Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will be available for sale starting tomorrow. Initially, QVC will be selling the Mini 10 with a proprietary software and accessory bundle, but the Dell website will have units for sale starting on February 26 as well.The unit QVC will be offering tomorrow...

Maingear's Prelude 2 Includes GeForce 3D Vision

Maingear's Prelude 2 Includes GeForce 3D Vision

MAINGEAR Unleashes Prelude 2 Equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 3D VisionNew System Offers PC Gamers Tremendous Value with NVIDIA’s Cutting-Edge GeForce 3D Vision Technology, Intel’s Core i7, and Samsung 22” LCD Monitor for 1999.99 Union, New Jersey – February 18th, 2009 – MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of high performance custom computers...

A Summary of Canon’s Pre-PMA Announcements

A Summary of Canon’s Pre-PMA Announcements

Although the show doesn’t start for another 12 days, Canon (like other manufacturers) is taking advantage of the PMA show to attract attention to its new digital cameras. Most of the ten new cameras feature Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which improves camera performance and image quality. One of the new features made possible by this chip...

A-DATA Debuts 32GB Class 6 SDHC Card

A-DATA Debuts 32GB Class 6 SDHC Card

32GB SDHC cards have been around for some while, but A-DATA's promising the fastest of the fast with its new 32GB Turbo SDHC Class 6 Memory Card. This here card tops out at the high-end of what's regulated by the 2.0 specification of SDHC, and it provides plenty of speed and agility for handling high definition video captures and quick burst...

Nintendo DSi to Reach U.S. Shores April 5th

Nintendo DSi to Reach U.S. Shores April 5th

The Nintendo DSi, which was announced in October, is set to hit U.S. shores on April 5th, according to a Nintendo press release. The DSi, which launched in Japan in November, is about 12% thinner than the DS Lite. The screens are slightly larger, at 3.25", and the DSi also has an SD card slot. Photos can be synced with the Wii Photo channel....

Fujifilm Announces Five New Cameras

Fujifilm Announces Five New Cameras

The PMA tradeshow is always a hot spot for digital imagining manufacturers to introduce new products and new technologies. In preparations for the PMA show, Fujifilm introduced its first waterproof camera, the FinePix Z33WP. The 10MP FinePix Z33WP can be submersed up to 10 feet. It features a 3x optical Fujinon zoom lens and a 2.7-inch, 230,000...

Samsung Adds Four New Cameras, HD Capture

Samsung Adds Four New Cameras, HD Capture

Samsung extended its popular SL-Series line by introducing four new models. The new 12.2MP SL820 and SL620 have 3-inch LCDs with a 5x optical zoom. The SL820 utilizes a 28mm wide angle lens, while the SL620 offers a standard 35mm lens. Both of these new cameras have Optical and Digital Image Stabilization to help reduce blur and ensure a crisp...

WD Launches an Easy-to-Use NAS Device

WD Launches an Easy-to-Use NAS Device

Perhaps the second-most prevalent reason why people don't back up the data on their computers is that they think it is too difficult or time-consuming. (The main reason why users don't back up their data is that they don't realize that they should--until it's too late--but that's a discussion for another time.) If backing up was truly seamless,...

AMD Gets Final Approval For The Foundry Company

AMD Gets Final Approval For The Foundry Company

AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company Secure Final Approval Necessary to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company - AMD stockholders approve additional stock, warrants to Mubadala Development Company - - Parties committed to transaction close, expected by March 2, 2009 - AUSTIN, Texas - Feb. 18, 2009 - AMD...

NVIDIA Responds Boldly To Intel Court Filing

NVIDIA Responds Boldly To Intel Court Filing

NVIDIA and Intel have always had an interesting relationship, consisting of a dash of mutual respect and a whole lot of under-the-collar disdain. And with situations such as these, it's easy to understand why. NVIDIA today has come forward with a response to a recent Intel court filing in which Intel alleges that the "four-year-old chipset...

Universal Mobile Phone Charger By 2012

Universal Mobile Phone Charger By 2012

It might be difficult to believe, but 17 different mobile phone manufacturers and mobile service providers all agree on something that will actually make your mobile life a little easier in the coming years. Unfortunately, it is nothing as earth shattering as agreeing on a standard mobile operating system or reducing handset or service costs...

MSI's AM2+ Motherboards Support AM3 Processors

MSI's AM2+ Motherboards Support AM3 Processors

Obviously, MSI's latest AM3 Gaming Series Motherboards are completely ready to handle AMD's Phenom II processors, but what about those of you still limping by with one of the company's AM2+ mobos? In an announcement that will undoubtedly make your day, MSI has made absolutely clear that its AMD AM2+ series of motherboards will indeed support...

Facebook's New TOS to Earn an FTC Complaint

Facebook's New TOS to Earn an FTC Complaint

Facebook's Terms of Service (TOS) changed a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't noticed until brought to people's attention by the site Consumerist. Despite some fast tap-dancing by Facebook, the cat's out of the bag, and it's not going back in. In fact, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is preparing a formal complaint to be sent...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS Extreme AH4870X2 TOP @ Legion HardwareNVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI @ [H]Sapphire 4670 Ultimate HD Review @ Club OverclockerPalit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP 896 MB @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 @ t-breakMSI G41M-FIDP Motherboard @ CPU3DDFI LANParty DK 790FX-B M2RSH motherboard @ bit-techProcessors:AMD's...

Fujitsu & Toshiba Agree on HDD Business Transfer

Fujitsu & Toshiba Agree on HDD Business Transfer

Fujitsu and Toshiba Agree on HDD Business Transfer Tokyo, February 17, 2009 - Fujitsu Limited and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The companies plan to conclude a transfer contract at an early date, and...

ARM Shows First 32nm Cortex Processor

ARM Shows First 32nm Cortex Processor

Just a week ago, Intel made waves by talking up its forthcoming 32 nanometer Westmere family of processors, and now ARM is vying for a little bit of that 32nm attention with an all new Cortex. The company has just announced the world's very first ARM processor produced on 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology, and it will be showing...

Sony Introduces Five New Cyber-shot Cameras

Sony Introduces Five New Cyber-shot Cameras

In an attempt to make taking good pictures even easier, Sony announced five new Cyber-shot cameras (models DSC-T900, DSC-T90, DSC-W290, DSC-W230, and DSC-H20) with intelligent technologies that will sense surrounding conditions and adjust camera settings accordingly. The T900, T90, W290, and H20 models incorporate intelligent auto mode, which...

ASUS Promises WiMAX-Enabled Eee PC 1000HG

ASUS Promises WiMAX-Enabled Eee PC 1000HG

The big news from ASUS during this year's Mobile World Congress was undoubtedly its partnership with Garmin on two Nuvifones. But hidden from the spotlight was this gem -- news of a forthcoming Eee PC that would handle Windows 7 and feature integrated WiMAX. The company is scheduled to actually demonstrate a pair of 3.5G, Win7-based netbooks...

Acer Enters Smartphone Market

Acer Enters Smartphone Market

Acer announced plans to enter the smartphone market at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009. Several Acer executives, including CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci, announced the company’s plans to bring more than 10 smartphones to the market this year. Acer showed off eight of those devices at its press conference in Barcelona. Collectively...

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 Gaming Notebook

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725 Gaming Notebook

Toshiba’s Qosmio X305 is the company’s flagship gaming notebook line, with configurations that include dual graphics cards, dual storage drives, and the latest Intel Core 2 quad-core processors. At CES, Toshiba introduced a new Qosmio X305, the X305-Q725, which competes with the company’s higher end X305-Q708, but at a much better price ($2,699.99...

Yahoo! Mobile for iPhone and Other Smartphones

Yahoo! Mobile for iPhone and Other Smartphones

Move over Google, Yahoo! is looking to compete for prime real estate on the iPhone's home screen. Today at the Mobile World Congress 2009 show in Barcelona Spain, Yahoo! announced the launch of its new Yahoo! Mobile service, which will be available as an application and Web service, for not just the iPhone, but for a slew of different smartphone...

HTC Magic is the World's Second Android Phone

HTC Magic is the World's Second Android Phone

Despite all the hoopla surrounding Google's Android open-source operating system for smartphones, so far only one phone is available to date that actually runs the Android OS--the HTC Dream (also knon as the T-Mobile G1). The HTC Dream is finally going to get some company in the form of only the second official Android phone to be announced--also...

Sirius XM Saved From Bankruptcy By Liberty Media

Sirius XM Saved From Bankruptcy By Liberty Media

Talk about cutting it close. Just as many pundits were expecting the recently united Sirius XM to file for bankruptcy today as it stared down a huge loan payment, John Malone's Liberty Media has swooped in to save the day. The company, which just so happens to be the parent of DirecTV, has signed a last minute agreement that will prevent the...

Sony Adding Qualcomm's Gobi Chip To Select VAIOs

Sony Adding Qualcomm's Gobi Chip To Select VAIOs

When Sony's VAIO P was unveiled here in America, many lamented the fact that it's onboard mobile broadband chip was locked to Verizon Wireless. Over at Mobile World Congress, Sony has announced plans to remedy that, though -- oddly enough -- it never mentions if these problem-solving machines will ship to the USA. Sony Electronics and Qualcomm...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon 4670 Video Card Review @ OCModShopEVGA GeForce GTX 295 Review at NVNews.netGigabyte 512M 9800GT Video Card @ TWLMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58SuperComputer in Quad CrossFire set up @ OCWProcessors:AMD Phenom II X3 720 / X4 810 / X4 920 @ iXBTMemory and Storage:Kingwin Big Drive KM-TB235 RAID Enclosure Review @ OCIA.netOCZ...

Casinos Warned About iPhone App

Casinos Warned About iPhone App

Just to be clear, it's not illegal to count cards. If you start taking too much of the casino's money, they will toss you, however. What is illegal (a felony), at least in Nevada, is counting cards with the aid of technology. Despite that obvious deterrent, Nevada casinos have been warned about a pretty sophisticated iPhone card counting app....

CyberPower Announces Windows Home Server 100

CyberPower Announces Windows Home Server 100

CyberPower Announces Energy-Saving Windows Home Server 100Gain Easy Access to Files, Photos, Videos and Music from Anywhere BALDWIN PARK, CA (February 16, 2009) – CyberPower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Windows Home Server 100 – a small form factor...

BiTMICRO Ships 416GB E-Disk Altima ATA-133 SSD

BiTMICRO Ships 416GB E-Disk Altima ATA-133 SSD

A good deal of SSD innovation has gone down at International Solid State Circuits Conference, but for those looking to slap a solid state drive into their machine right about now, BiTMICRO has you covered. Announced at the West 2009 event in San Diego, California, the company has achieved its first customer shipment of its E-Disk Altima ATA-133...

In a Down Economy, LinkedIn's Traffic Soars

In a Down Economy, LinkedIn's Traffic Soars

When we look at our email nowadays, the most popular domain name we usually see is linkedin.com, as people we know either try to recover from a layoff, or try to prepare, in case of a layoff. That's actually a little bit of hyperbole, as it's not really the most popular domain we receive email from. But we have been receiving a ton of LinkedIn...

Lenovo Introduces Constant Connect

Lenovo Introduces Constant Connect

Today, Lenovo and Research In Motion introduced a new mobile solution that will enable tighter integration between Lenovo ThinkPad laptop computers and BlackBerry smartphones. Called Lenovo Constant Connect, this new solution will automatically synchronize enterprise email on your BlackBerry smartphone with your ThinkPad laptop via Bluetooth.Although...

LG To Deliver Moorestown-Based 3G MID

LG To Deliver Moorestown-Based 3G MID

Although a Mobile Internet Device isn't technically a cellphone, we'll let Intel and LG slide with its MID-related announcement at Mobile World Congress. The two have come together to jointly announce a future MID -- which we were sort of expecting --  based on Intel's next-generation MID hardware platform, codenamed "Moorestown." In...

SPARKLE Announces Diamonds Sputtering Technology

SPARKLE Announces Diamonds Sputtering Technology

SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today proudly announced Diamonds Sputtering technology for video cards, which raise the bar for video card cooling technology. Now with more and more advanced relative technologies, the performance of  video cards is getting stronger and stronger, there will...

Nokia Readies Its Ovi App Store For Smartphones

Nokia Readies Its Ovi App Store For Smartphones

Nokia has officially announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is launching an app store for its smartphones, which Nokia is calling the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store will be open to developers to upload content starting next month, and it will be ready for users to start downloading content beginning in May....

HTC Intros Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

HTC Intros Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

Samsung already showcased its goods at Mobile World Congress 2009; now, it's HTC's turn. The company that delivered the Touch Pro and Touch Diamond has introduced successors to both of the aforementioned phones, and while neither of the new ones are drastic improvements, it's the little things that count. Both models seek to "balance function,...

Samsung Debuts Ultra Touch, OMNIA HD and BEAT DJ

Samsung Debuts Ultra Touch, OMNIA HD and BEAT DJ

Mobile World Congress is on in full force over in Barcelona, and Samsung is enjoying the spotlight. Outside of its solar powered cellphone and the eight megapixel Memoir that was launched earlier this month, the company has introduced three more newcomers: the Ultra Touch (S8300), OMNIA HD (i8910) and BEAT DJ (M7600). All three phones proudly...

BlackBerry Storm 9530, Tested and Burned In

BlackBerry Storm 9530, Tested and Burned In

Touchscreen smartphones are certainly a big hit right now. If you consider Apple’s ever-popular iPhone, HTC’s well-liked Touch lineup, and many others, touch is a high-demand feature. Manufacturers are certainly taking note of this fact. Traditionally speaking, the BlackBerry line of smartphones share a common layout with a QWERTY keyboard...

Advanced Flash Lite Coming to More Smartphones

Advanced Flash Lite Coming to More Smartphones

Adobe has announced today at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is working on a new version of its Flash Lite Distributable Player, which is designed to bring Adobe Flash 10 functionality to smartphones. The Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player is available now as a beta for 11 Windows Mobile and 11 Nokia...

NVIDIA Enables Worlds First $99 HD Mobile Device

NVIDIA Enables Worlds First $99 HD Mobile Device

Today’s users want an always-connected device for social media applications such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as great multimedia performance for recording and watching HD movies and videos on the go. NVIDIA Corporation, the inventor of the graphics processor, today introduced a new platform, based on the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 600...

Sandisk Accounces Service Deliver Card

Sandisk Accounces Service Deliver Card

The inventor and world’s largest supplier of flash storage cards, today announced the SanDisk® Service Delivery Card (SDC), a high capacity custom memory solution based on a microSD™ card and designed specifically for the Mobile Network Operator (MNO). The unique capabilities of the SanDisk Service Delivery Card enable MNOs to configure...

Companies Sue Apple Over iPhone Screen Tech

Companies Sue Apple Over iPhone Screen Tech

Two Scottish companies, Picsel (Research) Ltd. and Picsel Technologies Ltd. have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. District Court of Delaware.  The lawsuit claims that the iPhone and iPod Touch use screen rendering technology that infringes on their patents. Picsel (Research) Ltd. is the owner of the entire...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:SAPPHIRE HD 4670 GDDR4 at Modders-IncMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsECS GF8200A Black Edition @ t-breakGigabyte Mainboards for Core i7 Processors: GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme @ XBitLabsProcessors:AMD Phenom II 810 & 720 BE Processor Dry Ice Overclocking @ Legit ReviewsMemory and...

Lenovo Ships 16 Inch IdeaPad Y650 Notebook

Lenovo Ships 16 Inch IdeaPad Y650 Notebook

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lenovo's IdeaPad Y530, which we found to be solid, though not without its annoyances. For those looking for something just a pinch different (and by "different," we mean "bigger and more powerful"), there's the IdeaPad Y650, which has long been announced but just recently available for ordering....

YouTube Begins to Kill Off Video Download Tools

YouTube Begins to Kill Off Video Download Tools

When we wrote about YouTube's paid download initiative, currently being tested, it should have been obvious that there are plenty of ways to download YouTube videos for free, so why would anyone pay for this? Thing is, when we wanted to download a video earlier, the downloader I tried (TechCrunch's, which has been around for years, and which...

mCubed's RipNAS Combines CD Ripper And NAS

mCubed's RipNAS Combines CD Ripper And NAS

Here it is, the box you've always wanted. The one with a NAS and a built-in CP ripper, all tightly integrated into a single, convenient box. Okay, so maybe there won't be a huge market for this, but it's still pretty unique in the wide world of "me-too" network-attached storage devices. Designed by mCubed, the RipNAS is described as the world's...

Cypress Turbo-MTP Hastens PC-To-Mobile Transfers

Cypress Turbo-MTP Hastens PC-To-Mobile Transfers

You know those products that you never think you need until you try? Here's yet another one for the list. Cypress Semiconductor has improved upon something that the vast majority of us probably take for granted, as we simply assume that our phone is just "doing the best that it can," and that "it'll be done soon enough." Rather than continuing...

Shuttle Unveils Liquid-Cooled SDXi Carbon SFF PC

Shuttle Unveils Liquid-Cooled SDXi Carbon SFF PC

Shuttle Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories, today announced the availability of the new custom liquid-cooled SDXi Carbon extreme gaming solution showcased earlier this month at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.As an extreme performance system for gamers, enthusiasts, and even...

BFG First With Water-Cooled NVIDIA GTX 295 GPU

BFG First With Water-Cooled NVIDIA GTX 295 GPU

At the back end of last month, we heard a juicy rumor that seemed, well, perfectly good enough to be true. Sure enough, the whispers of a water-cooled GTX 295 have led to a real, honest-to-goodness product, though it's not being produced by either of the vendors we expected. Instead, it's being delivered by GPU mainstay BFG Technologies.The...

Rape-Based Video Game Pulled From Amazon.com

Rape-Based Video Game Pulled From Amazon.com

Amazon.com has halted sales of a Japanese video game that simulated the rape of a mother and her two daughters. The Rapelay game had been offered, not directly by Amazon.com, but rather through its third-party Amazon Marketplace service. The seller specializes in "hentai" — sexually explicit anime and manga. The description of the game, obtained...

Lian Li Introduces PC-Q07 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian Li Introduces PC-Q07 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian Li is traditionally know for deploying big, beastly cages with lofty price tags and enough room for at least two whole computer setups. Clearly, the company is coming back in touch with its softer side, as the latest chassis to flow from its doors is one designed specifically with space savings in mind.The PC-Q07 Mini-ITX box is ready-made...

Nokia Comes With Music Goes On World Tour

Nokia Comes With Music Goes On World Tour

Although Nokia isn't the hippest brand in America -- in large part due to its reliance on unlocked sales rather than subsidized sales like with the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm -- it does have one differentiator that sets it apart from the competition: "Comes With Music." Said service launched in the UK just months ago, and generally speaking,...

Android Bug Exposed, Not as Bad as Feared

Android Bug Exposed, Not as Bad as Feared

Earlier this week, Charles Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, discovered a bug in the multimedia subsystem Android uses for its browser. Initially, Miller warned that the bug could be used to run arbitrary code in the phone’s Web browser. As a result, he urged users to use the browser on the T-Mobile...

Sirius Teeters On Bankruptcy

Sirius Teeters On Bankruptcy

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Just months after sat radio powerhouses Sirius and XM merged, the singular entity is teetering on collapse. The company (and formerly, companies) have always been pretty strapped for cash, but it appears that its leverage has almost expired. According to a recent report from the Associated Press, it's expected...

Jailbreaking is a Crime: Apple

Jailbreaking is a Crime: Apple

We know how protective Apple is with the iPhone, going to great lengths to make sure users can only install "approved" applications, but a way around that is to jailbreak the phone. Given that, Apple has filed comments (.PDF) with the U.S. Copyright Office, as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking, claiming that jailbreaking an iPhone...

Did You Party Like It Was 1234567890?

Did You Party Like It Was 1234567890?

Only technophiles would recognize this event, but at 3:31 PM PST on Friday the 13th, 2009, Unix time reached 1234567890. Unix time is the number of seconds since the beginning of the "Unix Epoch" at midnight UTC on January 1st, 1970 (not including leap seconds). Celebrations abounded (seriously!), but now(!) there is the dread of the Epochalypse....

Garmin-Asus Debuts Two Nuvifones

Garmin-Asus Debuts Two Nuvifones

Last week, we told you about Garmin and ASUS’s new partnership that will result in co-branded, location-centric mobile phones. Now, the pair is revealing two new Nuvifones a few days before the Mobile World Congress trade show that begins on February 16th. The two new models include a consumer-focused G60 and the more business-minded M20....

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Asus GeForce 9600 GT review at Ultimate HardwareAsus VW226H Review @ Digital TrendsXFX GTX 285 XXX @ NeoseekerZotac GeForce GTX 295 1792 MB @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme Motherboard Review @ TechwareLabsProcessors:AMD Phenom II AM3 X4 810 2.6GHz Quad-Core CPU @ TechwareLabsMemory and Storage:Long-term...

Twitter Accepts More Funds, Looks To Make Cash

Twitter Accepts More Funds, Looks To Make Cash

It's like a boy taking the training wheels off for the first time. Or a young lady going on her first date. Or a senior heading off to college. So far as we can tell, this is Twitter's coming of age party. Yep -- after receiving a very generous $250 million valuation late last month, the microblogging phenomenon has locked down even more capital.In...

TeleNav Announces Navigator for Android Phones

TeleNav Announces Navigator for Android Phones

Later this month, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to navigate their destination using a new full-color, 3D, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service from TeleNav. The new service will be available February 24 and will include speech recognition, traffic alerts with one-click rerouting, more than 10 million business listings, gas prices, weather...

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome 540 GTX

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome 540 GTX

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI unite on the Chrome 540 GTX to offer the ultimate in affordable HD playback S3 Graphics announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome...

The App Store Competition Cometh

The App Store Competition Cometh

There is no denying the popularity of Apple's App store, which offers free and paid applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. By some reports, almost 21,000 apps are currently available for download from the App Store--a very impressive metric, considering that the App Store is only seven months old. But the iPhone is not the only smartphone...

TZero Shuts Down, UWB Format Left In Limbo

TZero Shuts Down, UWB Format Left In Limbo

It's a sad day, friends. Or, a happy day, if you're a devout supporter of AMIMON's WHDI technology. For those who have been following the ultra-wideband protocol -- which was sparsely used in a variety of wireless HD and wireless peripheral-related products -- you'd know that TZero was pretty much the only company still keeping it alive. Late...

Wireless Technology Reduces Clutter Within SSDs

Wireless Technology Reduces Clutter Within SSDs

If you're into SSD advancement, International Solid State Circuits Conference 2009 is the place to be. Shortly after hearing of a new power system designed to save energy and cut production costs comes this, a discovery involving wireless communications and a solid state drive composed of 64 (yes, sixty-four) three-dimensionally layered NAND...

QNAP Brings 8-Bay TS-809 Pro NAS To Enterprises

QNAP Brings 8-Bay TS-809 Pro NAS To Enterprises

QNAP just revealed its Atom-powered TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS to us last week, and already the company's hitting back with yet another new one in the TS Series. The TS-809 Pro comes stocked with a potent Core 2 Duo processor and eight bays to hold upwards of 16TB of storage. Hailed as an enterprise-grade device, this high performance and high volume...

IBuyPower Delivers Dragon-Based Gaming Desktops

IBuyPower Delivers Dragon-Based Gaming Desktops

Just a week after CyberPower introduced its own line of Dragon-based gaming PCs comes this clip from IBuyPower. The custom gaming machine maker has just announced two new Dragon-based systems, both of which include AMD's latest Phenom II processors, the 790GX Crossfire chipset and ATI's Radeon 4000 series graphics cards. The new machines go...

Samsung Introduces a Solar Powered Mobile Phone

Samsung Introduces a Solar Powered Mobile Phone

Samsung has just introduced a product that Al Gore should love. Actually, anyone who cares about the environment and wants to wear their "green" concern on their sleeve--or in this case, in their hand or next to their ear--should find Samsung's new solar-powered, "Blue Earth" touch-screen phone an appealing way to stay connected in style,...

Microsoft To Open Its Own Chain of Retail Stores

Microsoft To Open Its Own Chain of Retail Stores

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced plans to open its own stores despite the economic downturn that has left many retailers struggling. The company hired David Porter, a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as its corporate vice president of retail stores. Porter was head of worldwide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation SKG...

Microsoft Offers $250K for Conficker Worm Info

Microsoft Offers $250K for Conficker Worm Info

Microsoft and nearly 20 other organizations and firms have joined forces to formulate a coordinated, global response to the Conficker (AKA Downadup) worm. At the same time, Microsoft announced a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the hackers behind Conficker. The last time Microsoft offered a reward was in 2004,...

Samsung Mass Producing GDDR5 Memory

Samsung Mass Producing GDDR5 Memory

We're beginning to wonder who isn't innovating on the flash memory front this month. First was SanDisk, then Micron, and now Samsung. If not for Spansion Japan filing for bankruptcy, it too would likely have something to share. Announced today, Samsung has begun mass producing GDDR5 graphics memory using 50-nanometer class process technology....

New SSD Power Supply System To Save Energy, Cost

New SSD Power Supply System To Save Energy, Cost

We sure have seen a lot of advancements in the NAND Flash realm announced of late, and we suspect much of that has to do with the 2009 edition of the International Solid State Circuits Conference. The University of Tokyo and its partners unveiled a new power supply system for SSDs at that very conference, which promises to not only lower power...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX Graphics Card @ HardwareLogicSapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR4 @ PhoronixMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI DKA790GX Motherboard @ iXBTFoxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard Review @ NinjalaneASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS.comProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition CPU HDZ940XCGIBOX...

Intel Still Confident About WiMAX Investments

Intel Still Confident About WiMAX Investments

Intel seemed pretty jovial when it locked itself into a WiMAX-based future with a smattering of partners last year, and despite everything that has happened in the industry (and the economy) since, the company is still pretty elated about the whole deal. Publicly, at least. After talking up its 32 nanometer processing technology this week,...

YouTube Enables Video Downloads

YouTube Enables Video Downloads

YouTube has announced that after over three years of streaming user-uploaded video, it is shutting down... Or at least that is what we thought when we first saw the headline of the blog entry that went up today on YouTube's official blog. The headline read: "YouTube Goes Offline." No, YouTube is alive and strong and isn't going anywhere (at...

Micron Makes Advancements In Mobile Memory Space

Micron Makes Advancements In Mobile Memory Space

With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, not to mention rival SanDisk pumping out a few self-flattering press releases regarding NAND memory earlier this week, Micron has dropped a bomb of new information in the mobile memory space.For starters, Micron is introducing a suite of NAND software solutions for mobile handset designers...

Many Worldwide Mobile Phone Users Surf the Web

Many Worldwide Mobile Phone Users Surf the Web

With the iPhone, HTC G1, and Palm Pre garnering all the mobile phone headlines lately, sometimes it's easy to forget that these aren't the only smartphones in existence (actually, the Palm Pre isn't even available yet). The number-crunchers over at AdMob have just reminded us of this fact with the release of its latest AdMob Metrics Report,...

Pioneer Will Exit TV Business, Cut Jobs

Pioneer Will Exit TV Business, Cut Jobs

Last week, we told you Pioneer was considering an exit from the flat panel TV market due to increasing losses. Now, it’s official: Pioneer will in fact exit the TV business by March 2010. It will also cut 10,000 jobs worldwide and direct its focus to car electronics and other home electronics businesses. The announcement came as Pioneer posted...

CyberPower Intros Gamer Infinity 9515 Desktop

CyberPower Intros Gamer Infinity 9515 Desktop

CyberPower's on a serious roll of late, as just days after its Dragon series was introduced, the company is serving up its Gamer Infinity 9515 for those intent on finding a good deal. As the economy forces gamers to take a more serious look at their budget, CyberPower is hoping that this Intel-based desktop will hit the sweet spot between...

Verizon Wireless Announces Friends & Family

Verizon Wireless Announces Friends & Family

After Verizon Wireless formally completed its purchase of Alltel last month, many users were wondering what would happen to Alltel’s beloved My Circle calling plans in the long term. Today, Verizon Wireless announced its own version of My Circle, called Friends & Family. Starting Sunday, February 15th, Verizon Wireless customers will be...

Palm CEO Details Pre, Patent Issues

Palm CEO Details Pre, Patent Issues

Wednesday at the Thomas Wiesel Technology and Telecom Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Palm president and CEO Ed Colligan spoke to investors about the Palm Pre, as well as "veiled" threats by Apple against the multi-touch feature in the Palm Web OS. Here's what Colligan said with regards to a potential patent dispute:The...

ASUS Matrix & Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4870,4850

ASUS Matrix & Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4870,4850

It's been over half a year since the Radeon 4800 series of graphics cards first arrived, but there are still very much in the limelight. Manufacturers continue to produce new takes on the Radeon 4800 series and there is a 4800 series product aimed at every consumer segment, from low cost reference designs to premium solutions with custom cooling....

Two Satellites Collide Over Siberia

Two Satellites Collide Over Siberia

Two large communications satellites, one American and one Russian, collided in space 490 miles over Siberia, NASA reported Wednesday. The collision involved an Iridium commercial satellite, launched in 1997, and a Russian satellite, Cosmos 2251, which was launched in 1993 and believed to be non-functioning.The Iridium satellite weighed 1,234...

CPU Market Decline To Continue Through 1H 2009

CPU Market Decline To Continue Through 1H 2009

We know -- huge shock, right? As with the GPU market right now, the CPU market is also struggling, and a recent report from research firm IDC suggests that it'll continue to do so throughout the first half of 2009. With both Intel and AMD reeling from tough Q4s, it wouldn't take a full blown report for the layperson to assume that chip demand...

ASUS Revamps Router Management With EZ UI

ASUS Revamps Router Management With EZ UI

Consumers generally don't have to setup or tweak router settings but once or twice a year, if that. But for those who find themselves locked into WLAN GUIs for work or pleasure with any semblance of regularity, you'll understand just how wonderful it is to see someone working on a better way. ASUS has recently introduced its EZ UI, which it's...

NVIDIA's SLI Tech Now On Intel X58-Based Mobos

NVIDIA's SLI Tech Now On Intel X58-Based Mobos

We heard this compatibility was coming way back at NVISION 08, and at long last, it has finally happened. Today, Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on the DX58SO motherboard for the Core i7 processor, which means that consumers waiting to pull the trigger on an Intel X58-based motherboard, Core i7 CPU and four...

Google Adds Location Info to Gmail Signatures

Google Adds Location Info to Gmail Signatures

Time stamping is a standard feature in all email systems. With a time stamp, we know exactly when an email was sent, but we don’t know where it was sent from. Marco Bonechi, a Software Engineer with Google, loves to travel and is often asked via email, “Where are you?” This got Bonechi thinking, so he utilized his 20% time at Google to develop...

Prince Albert of Monaco Digs GeForce 3D Vision

Prince Albert of Monaco Digs GeForce 3D Vision

It appears that Prince Albert II of Monaco is a fan of NVIDIA's new stereoscopic 3D technology, judging by his reaction to 3D Vision at a recent event. Prince Albert visited the Imagina Trade show in Monaco, where NVIDIA was showing off their 3D Vision, Quadroplex and CUDA technologies.  And he seemed to enjoy the effect produced by GeForce...

Fennec Comes to Windows Mobile

Fennec Comes to Windows Mobile

Remember when we told you about Fennec’s upcoming availability for Windows Mobile? Now, it’s here.  Yesterday, Mozilla released a pre-alpha test build of the Windows Mobile port. This release is designed to work on an HTC Touch Pro and might not work on other devices just yet (though there’s nothing to stop you from trying.) Fennec’s...

ZOTAC Goes Green at CeBIT 2009

ZOTAC Goes Green at CeBIT 2009

ZOTAC Goes Green at CeBIT 2009See new low-power ZOTAC components and demo systems at CeBit 2009HONG KONG – Feb. 11, 2009 – ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, invites attendees of the 2009 CeBit show in Hannover, Germany to visit the ZOTAC booth and think green. ZOTAC will have eco-friendly...

AMD Forced To Postpone Vote On Abu Dhabi Spinoff

AMD Forced To Postpone Vote On Abu Dhabi Spinoff

This deal has been spinning on the back burner for years now, but unfortunately for AMD, the whole thing is going to be drawn out just a wee bit longer. If you'll recall, AMD had struck a number of deals that would essentially enable it to spinoff its manufacturing plants. Agreements had been made that would see Advanced Technology Investment,...

SanDisk Develops 32nm NAND Flash Technology

SanDisk Develops 32nm NAND Flash Technology

SanDisk Corporation and Toshiba Corporation announced the co-development of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory using 32-nanometer (nm) process technology to produce a 32-gigabit (Gb) 3-bits-per-cell (X3) memory chip. The breakthrough introduction is expected to quickly bring to market advanced technologies that will enable greater capacities...

VIA Announces C7 Based 8-Bay 2U Rackmount Server

VIA Announces C7 Based 8-Bay 2U Rackmount Server

VIA Announces Power-Efficient 8-Bay 2U Rackmount ServerThe VIA NSR7800 expands VIA's family of storage and server solutions to include a radically more energy-efficient rackmount server product that uses at least 50% less energy Taipei, Taiwan, February 11 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms,...

Sandisk Announces High Performance X4 memory

Sandisk Announces High Performance X4 memory

Building on its leadership in multi-level cell (MLC) technology, SanDisk Corporation announced that it will begin mass-production of the world’s first high performance 4-bits-per-cell (X4) flash memory. Using 43-nanometer (nm) process technology, this breakthrough enables 64-gigabit (Gb) memory in a single die – the highest capacity in the...

D-Links Enhanced D-Life Security Camera System

D-Links Enhanced D-Life Security Camera System

Do you need a video monitoring system for your home, but are not sure if you can afford it? Or, maybe you just didn't want the hassle of installing one. D-Link has a solution that boasts ease of use.The leading computer networking solutions provider for consumers and business today announced its easy-to-install, easy-to-use D-Life® Web-based...

NVIDIA and Microsoft Collaborate On Ion SFF PCs

NVIDIA and Microsoft Collaborate On Ion SFF PCs

NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft to make premium, low-cost PCs a reality Microsoft Certifies NVIDIA ION to Deliver a Premium Windows Experience on PCs Starting as Low as $299 SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION...

Large Hadron Collider Restart Delayed Yet Again

Large Hadron Collider Restart Delayed Yet Again

The Large Hadron Collider, damaged by a liquid helium leak relatively soon after being started for the first time, had already had its restart date pushed back from a few months, to spring, to June, to late summer. Now it is being pushed back to the end of September - over a year after the world's largest particle accelerator was knocked offline....

$99 iPhone Rumor Resurfaces

$99 iPhone Rumor Resurfaces

According to a note by RBC analyst Mark Abramsky on Tuesday, he sees a $99 entry-level iPhone coming this summer. Not because Apple reduces cost or comes out with nano version though; he believes it will be a result of crippling (my words) the device. So what exactly did he say? Well, according to his note, perhaps: a lower-resolution camera...

ASUS N81Vg Appears With NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M

ASUS N81Vg Appears With NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M

Earlier this month, ASUS became the first PC maker to ship a laptop with Intel's latest Atom (N280) within. Now, the company is becoming the first to introduce a notebook with NVIDIA's GeForce GT 120M graphics processor. The 14-inch N81Vg is equipped with a LED-backlit display and is available with an array of Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs.Further...

RIM issues security warning on some BlackBerries

RIM issues security warning on some BlackBerries

Research in Motion issued a security alert today for its customers who use the BlackBerry Application Web Loader and Microsoft Internet Explorer.Basically, the web loader's ActiveX control has a vulnerability that can allow someone to attack the device remotely or cause the browser to crash.In the company's own words: An exploitable buffer...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:XFX Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsSapphire Radeon HD 4670 (512Mb DDR4) @ CPU3DMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 X58 Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksProcessors:AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition & X4 810 Review @ Sharky ExtremeIntel Atom 330 Dual-core Processor Review @ PC PerspectiveMemory...

ZOTAC Intros Two New GeForce 9400GT Cards

ZOTAC Intros Two New GeForce 9400GT Cards

Considering just how sluggish GPU sales have been and are expected to be throughout the first half of 2009, it makes sense to see ZOTAC aiming low. NVIDIA's GeForce 9400GT is far from being the most powerful card on the block, but it's close to being the cheapest acceptable one on the market today. To that end, ZOTAC is introducing today its...

Did Apple Coerce Google to Skip Multi-touch?

Did Apple Coerce Google to Skip Multi-touch?

If not for an Apple intervention, Google’s G1 Android smartphone may have been a little smarter. Many people have wondered why the G1 lacks multi-touch capabilities, even though the phone has been shown to be multi-touch capable. As a legal battle between Palm and Apple wages on over Palm’s use of multi-touch in its new Pre smartphone, more...

Dell Launches the Ultra-Mobile Wasabi Printer

Dell Launches the Ultra-Mobile Wasabi Printer

If you are old enough to remember Polaroid's instant cameras, then the concept behind Dell's new Wasabi PZ310 "ultra-mobile printer" will look very familiar to you. The Wasabi is a small printer that fits in the palm of your hand that can print color photos in less than a minute from digital cameras, mobile phones, and other mobile devices....

Spansion Japan Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Spansion Japan Files For Bankruptcy Protection

You may have never heard of Spansion, but we'd be willing to wager that you've heard of Fujitsu and Advanced Micro Devices. As it turns out, Spansion was jointly set up by AMD and Fujitsu, who own 8.7 percent and 11.4 percent of the company, respectively. Also of note, Spansion is the world's largest maker of NOR-type flash memory with a market...

Intel Details 32nm Westmere Family Processors

Intel Details 32nm Westmere Family Processors

Hot on the heels of the Core i7, Intel disclosed some details regarding the acceleration of their 32nm product ramp today in a press conference. Dubbed Westmere, the new processor family will have a smaller die geometry, increased performance across single and multithreaded usage scenarios (as compared to today's Core 2 product family),...

Dell Releases Latitude XT2 Multi-touch Tablet

Dell Releases Latitude XT2 Multi-touch Tablet

Dell updated its Latitude XT convertible tablet with the new XT2 model featuring more than 11 hours of battery life (6-cell plus battery slice.) Like its predecessor, the XT2 incorporates multi-touch screen technology making it possible for you to use natural gestures like a pinch or tap for scrolling, panning, rotating, zooming, and more....

Google's Power to the People Project

Google's Power to the People Project

Google wants to empower you with the knowledge of how your home appliances consume power. Combining grassroots efforts, "policy advocacy," "developing consumer tools, and even investing in smart grid companies," Google is looking to find ways to make consumers more informed about how they consume power. With this knowledge, Google hopes that...

MIcrosoft to Drop Extras from Windows 7 Ultimate

MIcrosoft to Drop Extras from Windows 7 Ultimate

In a decision that's bound to cause some chucking around the blogosphere, Microsoft has confirmed that although it's going to have an Ultimate version of Windows 7, it will be ditching the much-derided "Ultimate Extras" it used as a selling point for Vista Ultimate. "Ultimate Extras" were supposed to be exclusive add-ons for Windows Vista...

Intel Plans $7 Billion Investment On Chip Plants

Intel Plans $7 Billion Investment On Chip Plants

We've always heard that the best way out of recession is to innovate through it, and it looks like Intel has heard that very same message. Amidst economic turmoil that led to sharply decreased sales (down 23 percent) and net income (down 90 percent) during Q4 2008, Intel is determined to continue its tradition of innovation in order to be...

Don't Forget: Win7 Beta Downloads End This Week

Don't Forget: Win7 Beta Downloads End This Week

As they said earlier, Windows 7 beta downloads will be ending this week. In fact, if you haven't already signed up for the beta, it's already too late to sign up. You can, however, continue an in-progress download until Thursday. In a reminder posted on the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft noted that new download availability ended at 12:00 PST...

EVGA's GeForce GTX 295 Plus Tested and Burned In

EVGA's GeForce GTX 295 Plus Tested and Burned In

A few weeks back, we took an in-depth look at the dual-GPU powered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295. Just to recap a bit; the GeForce GTX 295 is NVIDIA's current flagship graphics card that couples a pair of 55nm GT200 GPUs with 1792MB of frame buffer memory, culminating in what is ultimately the fastest, single graphics adapter on the market at this...

Trident's Rugged Triton SSDs Can Take Abuse

Trident's Rugged Triton SSDs Can Take Abuse

Generally speaking, all solid state drives are pretty rugged. Or, at least they're designed to withstand more severe shock and vibration than rivaling hard disk drives. But even in the SSD space, there's a need for drives that can operate under extreme conditions, and that's exactly where Trident Space & Defense comes in.Said outfit will...

Mexico to Fingerprint Cell Phone Users

Mexico to Fingerprint Cell Phone Users

In an effort to catch criminals and kidnappers, Mexico plans to start a national register of all mobile phone users. Under a new law published today, mobile phone companies will have a year to build up a database of their customers, complete with fingerprints. The law is due to be in force in April. Sadly, hundreds of people are kidnapped...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

 Motherboards and Chipsets: MSI X58 Eclipse Motherboard @ Viper Lair Gigabyte EX58 UD4 Motherboard @ CPU3D ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition Motherboard @ iXBT Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 Express Motherboard Review @ PCStatsProcessors: Q9400S & Q8200S: Intel's 65W Quad-Cores @ Techgage.com AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE Black Edition CPU...

MSI Reveals Wind NetOn AP1900 All-In-One PC

MSI Reveals Wind NetOn AP1900 All-In-One PC

Apple has its iMac, Dell has its XPS One and MSI has its Wind NetOn AP1900. You heard right -- MSI is jumping feet first into the all-in-one PC game, strategically adding the "Wind" moniker that has served it so well in the netbook arena. And we must say, the design here isn't all that bad considering that it's MSI's first shot at getting...

Lite-On Announces Speedy New DVD Drives

Lite-On Announces Speedy New DVD Drives

Lite-On Announces New Internal DVD Writers with 24X DVD Writing Speeds New drives offer 24X DVD writing speeds and unique LabelTag and SmartErase features for data erasing and labeling Fremont, CA - February 9, 2009 – Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, today announces a new line of internal DVD writers that deliver a maximum...

Glacier's Everest E4000 Touch PC Is Ultra-Rugged

Glacier's Everest E4000 Touch PC Is Ultra-Rugged

Difficult though it may be to believe, the product you see enlarged below is actually a computer. Not a bloated GPS device, not a rough and tough digital photo frame, but a bona fide PC. Glacier Computer's new Everest E4000 is quite the unique beast, acting as a touchscreen-based computer for specialized, rugged environments that can't afford...

OpenDNS and Kaspersky Take On Conficker

OpenDNS and Kaspersky Take On Conficker

Internet security and infrastructure service provider, OpenDNS, and security software provider, Kaspersky Lab, have collaborated to help alert users that their systems are infected by one of the "most widely-spread" worms to come our way, the Conficker worm. The Conficker worm, which is also called Kido and Downadup, first popped up "in late...

Amazon Confirms It: Welcome The Kindle 2

Amazon Confirms It: Welcome The Kindle 2

Back at the end of January, we told you about the expected announcement today of the Kindle 2, the next-gen e-book reader. This morning, Amazon.com confirmed the news at a media event at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. The upgrades on the Amazon Kindle 2 include:• slimmer design - .36 inches thick, weighing less than 10 ounces•...

Toshiba Makes Progress On Super Fast FeRAM

Toshiba Makes Progress On Super Fast FeRAM

What would life be like if you had access to random access memory that coupled the fast operating characteristics of DRAM with flash memory's ability to retain data while powered off? Pretty darn amazing, we imagine. Believe it or not, such a contraption is already in the works, and it has been for quite some while. Today, Toshiba is announcing...

Woz To Be a Contestant on Dancing With the Stars

Woz To Be a Contestant on Dancing With the Stars

Steve Wozniak is famous for many things, including co-founding Apple Computer with Steve Jobs, creating the Apple I and Apple II computers, bringing the first universal TV remote control to market, crashing an airplane, teaching high school, organizing the US Festivals, and even playing Segway polo; but perhaps one of few things he is not...

BlackBerry "Storms" Onto Amazon.com At $99

BlackBerry "Storms" Onto Amazon.com At $99

The BlackBerry Storm is currently available for $99 on Amazon.com's website, with a two-year service commitment. No rebate forms or other shenanigans to go through, either. There are some restrictions, per the site, besides the 2-year plan (emphasis ours): The purchase price listed above reflects a $250 instant discount based on your agreement...

WebKit-Based Azingo Browser Coming To Cellphones

WebKit-Based Azingo Browser Coming To Cellphones

If all you were expecting at Mobile World Congress this month was new mobile phones, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that software vendors should be there en masse as well. Take Azingo, for instance, who will make the trek to Barcelona in order to showcase two new WebKit-based products compatible with a litany of cellphones.If there's...

OLPC to Halt Attempts to "Change the World"

OLPC to Halt Attempts to "Change the World"

The struggling One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation, which cut staff by 50% in January is dropping their "Change the World" program. Previously people could buy groups of from 100 to 1000 of the XO-1 laptops and donate them to places of their choice. But that option no longer exists on the OLPC site, although the "linked" page still does...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & X4 810 Socket AM3 CPUs

AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & X4 810 Socket AM3 CPUs

Last month, AMD launched the Phenom II X4 processor line-up, and with it ushered in the first desktop processors built using the company's 45nm process node. While the first two Phenom II processors to arrive, the 3.0GHz X4 940 and 2.8GHz 920, were clearly superior to previous Phenoms in terms of performance and power efficiency, and they...

PCMOS Microchip Puts Errors To Good Use

PCMOS Microchip Puts Errors To Good Use

Didn't you hate when your college calculus processor insisted that an answer had to be "exact," and that "close enough" just wouldn't cut it? Clearly, you should have attended Rice University or Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A team of researchers from both institutions have come together in order to create a revolutionary...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI RADEON HD 4830 Video Card Review @ PCShopTalkATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI on Intel Core i7 Platform @ XBitLabsLeadtek Limited WinFast GTX260 EXTREME+ Video Card Review @ Bigbruin.comProcessors:Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsAMD Phenom II X4 810: DDR3 vs. DDR2 @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:Western Digital's...

Mapping the Australian Wildfires, with Google

Mapping the Australian Wildfires, with Google

By now you are probably aware of wildfires that have ravaged the southern state of Victoria in Australia. 108 people are dead at the time of this writing, over 700 homes destroyed, with 850 square miles (2,200 square kilometers) burned.Google engineers have pulled together a Flash map that shows the extent of the tragic wildfires happening.The...

Robotic Einstein Head Has Empathy, Creepy Smile

Robotic Einstein Head Has Empathy, Creepy Smile

It's slightly disturbing to look at a robotic reincarnation of one of the world's greatest scientists, but it's the technology behind the rubberized face that's of interest here. At last week's Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, Albert Einstein reemerged as part of a awe-inspiring demonstration which proved that robots could...

$10 Indian Laptop Is Just A Computing Brick

$10 Indian Laptop Is Just A Computing Brick

The old adage proves true once again: if it sounds too good to be true, well, we'll let you finish the rest. The so-called $10 laptop that was expected to be unveiled in India has turned out to be a complete letdown. For starters, it's not a laptop at all. Furthermore, it could cost two to three times more than the "intended" $10. Needless...

Software Tracks Peoples' Location in Buildings

Software Tracks Peoples' Location in Buildings

Many times, we focus on technology that strives to make our lives easier or that’s just plain cool. Too often, it’s easy to take the technology that helps to keep us safe for granted. One new software system, called BEAM 3D, is a safety application that could prove to be invaluable for firefighters and other people in emergency situations....

Google Opens Online Book Library To Mobile Users

Google Opens Online Book Library To Mobile Users

Is the e-reader revolution finally upon us? Now, we know that demand for Amazon's Kindle has been remarkable, but it would still be a stretch to say that e-books were all the rage amongst the general populace over the past year or so. As Amazon apparently prepares to unveil its next generation Kindle on Monday at a New York City library, the...

"Project Match" Outsources N.A. IBM Employees

"Project Match" Outsources N.A. IBM Employees

IBM has laid off several thousand people during this recession. However, according to a internal IBM document obtained by CNNMoney, some of the North American employees can still save their jobs --- if they choose to move to another country and work at the local pay rate. In other words, according to the document, these American or Canadian...

NVIDIA's GTX 260 Getting New PCB To Save Costs

NVIDIA's GTX 260 Getting New PCB To Save Costs

Make no mistake -- NVIDIA has certainly pushed out a few new powerhouse graphics cards since the introduction of its GTX 260, but there's obviously plenty of demand left for what was the company's most impressive GPU to date in June of last year. As money gets tight and cutting edge boards become less of a necessity, NVIDIA's banking on selling...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Samsung Syncmaster 2243BW 22" LCD Display Review @ PCStatsSapphire Toxic HD 4870 512MB Video Card Review @ TweaknewsZOTAC GeForce 9500 GT AMP! 512MB Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeASUS GeForce ENGTX285 TOP Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 SuperComputer tested in 3 way SLI and Quad CrossFire @ OCWMemory and Storage:Kingston...

Intel Ships 1.66GHz Atom N280 Processor

Intel Ships 1.66GHz Atom N280 Processor

Intel may be placing its quad-core Itanium server chip back in the oven, but it's having no issues whatsoever shipping the latest iteration of its white-hot Atom CPU. The Intel Atom N280, which should arrive in ASUS' Eee PC 1000HE before any other mainstream machine, is now making its way to PC makers across the globe. Reportedly, the processor...

Cuba's Internet Limits To Remain Post-Cable

Cuba's Internet Limits To Remain Post-Cable

Really, there's nothing to do here but sigh and hang one's head. Just days after Britain promised that all of its citizens would be provided broadband Internet access by 2012 and South Korea set forth a plan to implement 1Gbps Internet connections within its borders, Cuba has shamed the trend. And in royal fashion, no less. According to a...

Smartphones to Get Kindle E-Reader Software?

Smartphones to Get Kindle E-Reader Software?

We're already aware that on Monday Amazon.com will most likely be announcing Kindle 2. But will they also be announcing software for smartphones that will allow users to download, buy, and read Kindle books? The New York Times says that Amazon.com has confirmed that they are working on such software. According to Drew Herdener, a spokesman...

Pioneer May Leave TV Market

Pioneer May Leave TV Market

Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer is considering various options regarding its flat panel TV business as a result of increasing losses. One option is for the company to terminate in-house TV production entirely. Even after Japan's Nikkei newspaper claimed Pioneer plans to pull out of the television market entirely, a Pioneer spokesman...

Digital TV Transition Date Moved To June 12th

Digital TV Transition Date Moved To June 12th

Like it or not, the deed has been done. The digital TV transition in America has officially been put on hold until June 12, 2009, but sadly, things still aren't cut and dry. After the new date was proposed, then rejected, then finally pushed through, a provision was included that would allow broadcast stations to still switch off their analog...

Amazon's Next-Gen Kindle Seen Early

Amazon's Next-Gen Kindle Seen Early

February 9th is still hours away, but there's little doubt about what Amazon will unveil this coming Monday at a library in New York. A whole gaggle of rather official looking press images have surfaced in the run-up to the event, and they sure look convincing. At this point, it would actually be a shock if Jeff Bezos didn't introduce the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS P5N7A-VM GeForce 9300 mATX Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.comXFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB XXX Edition @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme Motherboard and Pulse Smartpen @ iXBTAsus M3A78-T (AM2+) Motherboard @ CPU3DMemory and Storage:Western Digital Velociraptor @ t-breakCorsair Dominator 3x2GB PC3-12800 C8 DDR3...

Gmail Adds Multiple Inboxes For Easier Viewing

Gmail Adds Multiple Inboxes For Easier Viewing

Those who swear by Gmail are probably still reveling from the addition of Offline support, and while we're certain that those responsible for making the application better could've taken a rest for at least a fortnight or so, they'd rather keep the hits coming. Announced this week, Google has added Multiple Inboxes, which is described as a...

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series Sneak Peek

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series Sneak Peek

One of the ways AMD tests ATI Mobility Radeon GPUs, without having to design and build numerous mobile reference cards that fit in multiple notebook form factors, is to produce fully-loaded, custom reference cards that'll fit into standard PCI Express x16 slots. The cards won't be used in any actual retail product, but they allow AMD to test...

Intel Cuts SSD Prices

Intel Cuts SSD Prices

In an effort to compete with manufacturers such as OCZ and G.Skill, Intel has announced price cuts for its lineup of SLC (Single Level Cell) and MLC (Multi Level Cell) Solid State Drives.  The global economic slump and lower sales are key reasons for the price cut. However, decreases in NAND flash prices are also helping to lower the...

CyberPower Announces New Dragon Gaming Desktops

CyberPower Announces New Dragon Gaming Desktops

CyberPower Announces AMD Phenom II X4-Based Dragon Gaming Desktop PCs BALDWIN PARK, CA (February 6, 2009) – CyberPower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Gamer Dragon series - a family of custom-built, high-def desktop workstations based on AMD’s new Phenom...

Microsoft Previews SkyBox, Calls It My Phone

Microsoft Previews SkyBox, Calls It My Phone

Microsoft has provided the world with a sneak peek at its upcoming online synchronization service for Windows Mobile. Some know this service as SkyBox. The service won’t be called SkyBox, however. Instead, it will be called My Phone. The website for the service (getskybox.com) was live earlier but appears down now. The site isn’t fully functional...

Asus G50vt Gaming Notebook Video Spotlight

Asus G50vt Gaming Notebook Video Spotlight

As Gaming Notebooks go, there are always going to be trade-offs to make and a balance to strike between performance, weight, and cost.  The Asus G50Vt strikes a happy medium, weighing in at 7.5lbs and around $949 at retail outlets like Best Buy with higher-end SKUs online.  Our system, powered by a Core 2 Duo P8400 at 2.26GHz and...

MS KB Articles Get a "Fix It" Button

MS KB Articles Get a "Fix It" Button

Microsoft has quietly begun adding Fix-it buttons to some of their Knowledge Base articles. The Fix-it buttons run a script which will automatically fix the problem associated in the KB article, according to a Beyond Binary report. There are only a limited number of KB articles which have such a button; around 100 or so. But assuming you trust...

Fujitsu To Discontinue HDD Head Business

Fujitsu To Discontinue HDD Head Business

While many may gloss over this discontinuation while focusing on the plethora of other pullouts in the industry, this one's pretty significant in the world of hard disk drives. Fujitsu, a long time player in the HDD head business, has recently decided that it would be best if it let its rivals forge ahead without it jockeying for position....

One Million Xbox LIVE Members Stream Netflix

One Million Xbox LIVE Members Stream Netflix

Who knew? Netflix -- the company famous for its by-mail DVD rentals -- is surging ahead of competitors, and while the tried and true red envelope approach is certainly to thank, it's the online streaming that has really taken the world by storm. In an effort to instantly gratify those looking for entertainment inside the home, Netflix has...

DIY medical record keeping?

DIY medical record keeping?

Imagine, if you will, having a basic checkup without even having to go to your doctor's office.It's not quite so extreme, but a partnership between IBM and Google makes that concept seem, perhaps, not so far-fetched. With software deveoped by IBM and Google Heath's medical record database, a patient's vital stats - heart rate, blood pressure,...

Hitachi Announces Eco-friendly Hard Drive

Hitachi Announces Eco-friendly Hard Drive

Whether you’re looking for a way to cut costs or you simply want to do what’s right for the environment, going green certainly seems to be a hot topic in today’s society. Not to be left out of the earth-friendly party, Hitachi is the latest hard drive manufacturer to go green. Hitachi recently announced the fourth-generation of its CinemaStar...

South Korea Wants 1Gbps Internet By 2012

South Korea Wants 1Gbps Internet By 2012

Not even a week after Britain promised to provide its entire nation with broadband access over the next few years, South Korea has introduced a similar plan in order to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. According to a new plan from the Korea Communications Commission, it's looking to improve the nation's already stellar IT infrastructure....

XFX Releases Their Radeon HD 4870 X2

XFX Releases Their Radeon HD 4870 X2

Power Tools.  Just in Time for Valentine’s Day. XFX Releases the Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card. Ontario, Calif., – Love is power, if you’re a gamer, that is. Which is why if you—or the object of your affection—is into speed, power, or better yet, the most amazing combination of both, the new XFX Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card is truly...

Intel Delays Quad-Core Itanium To Add Features

Intel Delays Quad-Core Itanium To Add Features

Intel's Itanium processor has been around for what feels like ages, but clearly the chip maker isn't ready to retire the name and move on to something different just yet. We've just learned that the latest iteration of the Itanium, which has been codenamed Tukwila, won't begin shipping as soon as previously expected. According to a company...

Potential Security Issue in Google Latitude

Potential Security Issue in Google Latitude

Only one day after Google has released its social networking, location-aware application, Google Latitude, a privacy advocacy group is claiming that Google Latitude has "a fundamental design problem that could substantially endanger user privacy." Even though Google Latitude is designed to minimize privacy risks, Privacy International claims...

Time Warner to Expand Bandwidth Caps

Time Warner to Expand Bandwidth Caps

Last year, Time Warner Cable became the first major U.S. Internet service provider to charge customers depending on the amount of bandwidth they used each month. Although initially just a trial, the test in Beaumont, Texas apparently went so well that the company is looking to expand the test to four more undisclosed markets in order to better...

Corsair Introduces Dominator GT DDR3 RAM Modules

Corsair Introduces Dominator GT DDR3 RAM Modules

Corsair has a good thing going with its high-performing Dominator line, so it's no shock to see the family staying alive in the form of the Dominator GT. Hailed as the fastest DDR3 memory modules for Intel Core i7 systems, these devices feature a new racing red color scheme and the next-generation of Corsair’s patent-pending Dual-path Heat...

Parking Violation Notices Lead to Malware

Parking Violation Notices Lead to Malware

Using a combination of social engineering and malicious software, an innovative new way to get people to install malware on their computers has recently popped up, and it all starts with finding a flier on your car's windshield stating that your car is illegally parked. The fliers are fake, but they prey on people's fears by stating, "PARKING...

Samsung Launches 8 Megapixel Memoir On T-Mobile

Samsung Launches 8 Megapixel Memoir On T-Mobile

It's no G1, but it's not trying to be. Samsung's Memoir (more formally known as the SGH-t929) has just launched, making it the first eight megapixel handset to come to T-Mobile. The cellphone / digital camera hybrid boasts a full touchscreen display enabled by the company's TouchWiz user interface, 3G support, a photo widget for direct uploads...

ASUS Rampage II Extreme vs. MSI Eclipse

ASUS Rampage II Extreme vs. MSI Eclipse

If the recent release of Intel's X58 chipset has taught us anything, it's that change can be good. In our first two forays with these new boards and Intel's Core i7 processor, we've been firmly impressed by the performance gains seen over legacy Core 2 architectures, much less AMD's recent advancements and new offerings. Now, with some time...

Steve Wozniak To Be Fusion-io's Chief Scientist

Steve Wozniak To Be Fusion-io's Chief Scientist

Steve Wozniak, the Segway-riding co-founder of Apple, has found himself deeply entangled in yet another company other than the Cupertino powerhouse that he helped build. Just 1.5 years after Woz decided to back a startup dubbed Hotswap, the technophile has decided to accept a new role at storage specialist Fusion-io. Said firm, which is based...

Free Press Warns Against More Metered Broadband

Free Press Warns Against More Metered Broadband

Last year Time-Warner Cable began a metered use trial in Beaumont, TX, with tiered caps of 5 - 40GB. On Wednesday's earnings call Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs said that the cable operator would be expanding the experiment into additional cities this year. Time-Warner didn't say which cities will be "lucky," but TWC has to be thinking...

ASUS External Slim SDRW-08D1S-U DVD Burner

ASUS External Slim SDRW-08D1S-U DVD Burner

While not nearly as intriguing as ASUS' recent tie-up with Garmin, the outfit's newest external optical drive is still a looker. The stylish External Slim SDRW-08D1S-U measures in at just 6.1- x 5.5- x 0.8-inches, arrives in black or white and burns both writable CDs and DVDs. The unit also comes bundled with a stand for those intent on showing...

QNAP Intros Atom-Powered TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS

QNAP Intros Atom-Powered TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS

Just days after QNAP announced that its Turbo NAS devices would be gaining XDove Mail support, now it's introducing an all new unit for storage junkies to swoon over. The TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS is admittedly aimed at business users, though there's nothing in stone that says enthusiastic consumers can't find a lot to love. The device features...

Digital TV Transition Delay Passes House

Digital TV Transition Delay Passes House

After the Senate approved a delay for the Digital TV Transition in January, the House of Representatives blocked it in a vote of 258 to 168. Now, the House of Representatives is rehashing the issue and has voted to delay the switch to digital television after all. In case you were wondering, the initial House vote was in a special fast-track...

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 Coming Soon

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 Coming Soon

Garmin and ASUSTeK announced a partnership that will combine the companies’ navigation and mobile phone expertise to create co-branded location-centric mobile phones. We’ve heard about the nüvifone before, but this is the first comment we’ve heard about an official Garmin and ASUS partnership on the device. According to the announcement, Garmin...

FUJIFILM Launches Super CCD EXR, New Cameras

FUJIFILM Launches Super CCD EXR, New Cameras

Yesterday, Nikon announced eight new point and shoot cameras. Today, FUJIFILM is entering the spotlight with three new models that should be available just before the big PMA (Photo Marketing Association International) show in early March. Here’s a look at the new cameras and the features they offer. FinePix F200EXR The first new model, the...

7 tech companies join to fill in spectrum blanks

7 tech companies join to fill in spectrum blanks

All those blank spots in the broadband spectrum where no signals are being broadcast are known as white spaces. They're all over the place and all kinds of providers want to take advantage of them.So seven major tech companies — Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft, Motorola and NeuStar — have joined together to basically catalog all these...

USB-Based 7-Inch Secondary Displays

USB-Based 7-Inch Secondary Displays

Sometimes one screen is just not enough to display everything you need or want to see. This is especially true for users who have lots of apps open at once or users who need a lot of screen real estate, such as for video or image editing. For such users, a second display is often the answer; but a second display can sometimes be overkill,...

S1Digital Updates ProLine Media Center Servers

S1Digital Updates ProLine Media Center Servers

S1Digital, manufacturers of high-end Media Centers, revealed their new Media Center and Server lineup for 2009. Updates to the ProLine Series Media Centers add additional features and refresh hardware to bring more powerful digital entertainment capabilities to customers. S800 Media Server ($10,999.00 list) - Updating the already powerful...

Know Where Your Friends Are With Google Latitude

Know Where Your Friends Are With Google Latitude

Google Maps has been able to display your approximate location since November of 2007. Starting today, Google's location feature has been expanded to allow you to also see where your friends and family are as well with Google's new Google Latitude feature. As this can be seen as a potential privacy issue (stalkers need not apply), Google has...

EMC and Microsoft Extend Strategic Alliance

EMC and Microsoft Extend Strategic Alliance

EMC and Microsoft Extend Strategic Alliance Through 2011 to Deliver Efficient Information Infrastructures and Empower Workers EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showcase deep technology collaboration at New York CIO Summit. NEW YORK -- Feb. 3, 2009 -- EMC and Microsoft Corp. today announced a three-year extension...

Transcend Delivers 192GB 2.5-inch SATA II SSD

Transcend Delivers 192GB 2.5-inch SATA II SSD

Given that 192GB solid state drives aren't exactly everywhere, Transcend's latest offering sure caught our attention. Just days after introducing a new pair of external storage devices, the company has officially announced its 192GB high-speed 2.5-inch SATA II SSD. Said drive is made of reliable NAND flash memory and includes a powerful new...

UAE iPhone Launch Info Points to New iPhone

UAE iPhone Launch Info Points to New iPhone

A story covering the upcoming (Feb. 15) launch of the iPhone 3G in the United Arab Emirates seems to confirm the suspected launch date of the next version of the iPhone. The story, in Business24-7, states (emphasis ours): The latest 3G model will become available on February 15 according to Dow Jones, and etisalat will be targeting private...

Microsoft to Offer XP -> 7 Upgrades

Microsoft to Offer XP -> 7 Upgrades

Tacitly acknowledging the problems its had getting people to adopt Windows Vista vs. Windows XP, Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will be selling upgrade versions from Windows XP to Windows 7. However, the upgrade will really only apply to pricing; there won't be a way to do an in-place install of Windows 7 over Windows XP. Instead, the end...

EA Announces New Ship Date for The Sims 3

EA Announces New Ship Date for The Sims 3

EA Announces New Ship Date for The Sims 3 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 3, 2009 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that The Sims 3, the highly-anticipated flagship game from the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims will launch across the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch and mobile devices summer 2009. The Sims 3 PC will ship...

Voice completion software? Beware of Skynet

Voice completion software? Beware of Skynet

Is Skynet nearly upon us?A Japanese program has been created that finishes people's sentences, according to a report in New Scientist.A team from the National Instititute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba developed it and they claim it's virgin territory. There have been plenty of speech recognition software programs...

MSI Launches X58 Pro for Core i7

MSI Launches X58 Pro for Core i7

MSI, one of the world's leading mainboard manufacturers, today announced its most affordable X58 based mainboard, the X58 Pro. It offers an innovative new architecture adopting the latest Intel® X58 Express chipset that supports Intel® Core i7 processors along with an ultra-high bandwidth QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) transmission...

Nikon Announces Eight New COOLPIX Cameras

Nikon Announces Eight New COOLPIX Cameras

Nikon is refreshing its COOLPIX line with eight new point and shoot models. Of the eight new cameras, four are Style Series models, one is a Performance Series camera, and the final three are Life Series models. All eight COOLPIX models feature Nikon’s NIKKOR lenses and Nikon’s EXPEED digital image processing concept. The COOLPIX line also...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Two ATI Radeon HD 4830s against One ATI Radeon HD 4870 @ XbitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:NVIDIA ION Platform Review: Death (and Life) of the Netbook @ PC PerspectiveASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsIntel i7 965 Processor & DX58SO "Smackover" Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4...

Windows 7 To Come in Six Different Versions

Windows 7 To Come in Six Different Versions

Microsoft has announced that When Windows 7 is released, it will be available in six different versions, ranging from Windows 7 Starter up to Windows 7 Ultimate. The different versions are somewhat similar in name and function to the different versions of Windows Vista. While many were hoping that Microsoft would abandon this tiered approach,...

IBM Raises the Bar on Security Testing

IBM Raises the Bar on Security Testing

IBM Raises the Bar on Security TestingIBM Internet Security Systems Challenges the Security Industry to Support Monthly Testing for Consistent, Pre-Emptive Security Against Evolving ThreatsATLANTA, GA - 03 Feb 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today it is the first vendor to commit to monthly testing to measure the security effectiveness across...

Google Text Message Spams End Users

Google Text Message Spams End Users

Google is having a bad few days. First it labeled the entire Internet as malware, then it sent legit mail to the Spam folder as a side effect of the first issue. But things continue to go wrong for Google, as last night users of the SMS Search feature received message after message ... after message in return. The SMS Search feature allows...

Seagate Announces a 2TB SAS 2.0 Enterprise HDD

Seagate Announces a 2TB SAS 2.0 Enterprise HDD

Seagate Technology is now the second hard drive manufacturer to announce a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 2TB capacity. Western Digital got the honor of being the first to announce its 2TB drive last week, the WD Caviar Green (WD20EADS) SATA drive. Seagate's 2TB drive is actually part of a new family of enterprise-class hard drives called Constellation....

NVIDIA Ion Ultra Small Form Factor Reference PC

NVIDIA Ion Ultra Small Form Factor Reference PC

In early January, back from our road trip to Vegas with CES show buzz and bewilderment still fresh in our minds, we brought you a video interview with Drew Henry, General Manager of NVIDIA's MCP products. Drew gave us a first-hand glimpse at a new small form factor PC platform that NVIDIA was developing based on their recently released GeForce...

Yahoo! Briefcase to Close

Yahoo! Briefcase to Close

While rumors of a Google online storage offering named GDrive continue to swirl, Yahoo! is abandoning its online storage service, Briefcase. A message on the Yahoo! Briefcase site warns users that they have until March 30th to move their files to a different provider. Yahoo! Briefcase will be closing on March 30, 2009. You must download or...

Google's Malware Fiasco Spreads to Gmail

Google's Malware Fiasco Spreads to Gmail

On Saturday, Google labeled the entire Internet as malware, but in addition, because of the same issue, Gmail sent some legitimate email to its Spam folder. According to a blog post on the Official Gmail Blog, This morning there was a problem with the implementation of Google's malware filters. Gmail's spam engine uses those filters (among...

IBM Develops Realistic Computerized Voice

IBM Develops Realistic Computerized Voice

It’s easy for us to distinguish a computerized voice from that of a real person.  Even though we can generally figure out what the computer is trying to convey despite poor pronunciations and bad phrasing, understanding doesn’t eliminate the frustration many of us feel when trying to deal with an automated human substitute. Now, thanks...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsHIS Radeon HD 4670 IceQ graphics card @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:BIOSTAR TPower X58 @ InsideHWMSI X58 Eclipse SLI Core i7 Motherboard @ TweaktownProcessors:Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Processor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgIntel Core i7 In Detail - Hyper-Threading...

Mac's OSX gains ground on Windows

Mac's OSX gains ground on Windows

Nearly 10 percent - 9.9 percent, to be specific. That's how much of the market share Apple's Mac OS X has captured, even as tech journalism has been rife with stories about the impending Microsoft Windows 7.Let's face it - Windows is still the 400 lb. gorilla, with 88.3 percent of the market, according to stats from Net Applications. And some...

Rambus Announces Mobile Memory Initiative

Rambus Announces Mobile Memory Initiative

Today, Rambus demonstrated a new RAM technology that could be used to enable more advanced visuals on smartphones and other mobile devices. Called the Mobile Memory Initiative, the technology focuses on high-bandwidth, low-power memory technologies with the intentions of achieving data rates of 4.3Gbps while using best-in-class power efficiency....

AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders

AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders

AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- February 2, 2009  --  AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold a Special Meeting of Stockholders at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin, Texas. AMD will provide a real-time audio webcast of the meeting...

Super Bowl Broadcast Momentarily Shows Porn

Super Bowl Broadcast Momentarily Shows Porn

Some Comcast customers in Tucson, Arizona, who were watching the Super Bowl last night, received a very unexpected program interruption during the last few minutes of the game. Just moments after Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown that momentarily gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left on the clock,...

Netflix Hints at Streaming Premium HBO Content

Netflix Hints at Streaming Premium HBO Content

Netflix recently sent a survey to some of its customers asking if they would be willing to "pay an additional $9.99 per month" to "watch HBO original series and movies streamed from the Internet to your computer or TV." As this was a survey designed to gauge potential customer interest, there is no definitive indication as to whether Netflix...

ASUS Announces Atom N280 Eee PC 1000HE Pre-Order

ASUS Announces Atom N280 Eee PC 1000HE Pre-Order

ASUS Announces the Upgraded Eee PC 1000HE, Available Now for Pre-Order-- First netbook to feature Intel Atom N280 processor, the new Eee PC offers more power, 9.5 hours of battery life, and comfort and style -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (February 2, 2009) - ASUS, the innovator who revolutionized the mobile computing landscape with the original Eee...

Sony Develops New Finger Vein Authentication

Sony Develops New Finger Vein Authentication

Sony Corporation today announced the development of a finger vein authentication technology called "mofiria." The user-friendly technology offers quick response and high accuracy and comes in a compact size for mounting on mobile devices such as a personal computer or mobile phone.With the increase of networked products and services, a user-friendly...

Crackulous Gets a Public Beta

Crackulous Gets a Public Beta

Crackulous is a one-click iPhone / iPod Touch app cracking tool. Previously it was only available to a select few, but it's now been released as a public beta. Obviously not good news for developers, it adds yet another reason to the list of reasons to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch. Some of them are legitimate, such as being able to...

Hulu: An Evil Plot to Destroy the World

Hulu: An Evil Plot to Destroy the World

Hulu.com anted up for some prime Super Bowl viewership with a deliciously evil commercial featuring NBC sitcom 30 Rock's Emmy award winning actor Alec Baldwin.  The ad, called "Alec and Huluwood" starts with the star stepping into the Hollywood sign and taking an elevator below to what appears to be an underground laboratory.  "...

Flash Development for the iPhone is Hard: Adobe

Flash Development for the iPhone is Hard: Adobe

Well, duh. In a Bloomberg Television interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen admitted that developing Flash for the iPhone was "hard." Specifically, he said: "It's a hard technical challenge, and that's part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating. The ball is in our court. The onus...

Google Earth: Terrorism's not our fault

Google Earth: Terrorism's not our fault

Should cell phones, GPS devices and, heck, even cars be banned just because the bad guys use them?John Hanke, the man in charge of Google Earth and Google Maps, invoked those three pieces of modern technology in defense of his company's satellite imagery application, which has been blamed by some for helping terrorists plot their acts of destruction.A...

Britain Promises Broadband Access For All

Britain Promises Broadband Access For All

While US lawmakers hew and haw over providing Internet expansion tax credits to telecommunications outfits willing to bring broadband to the outback, British officials are doing them one better. Believe it or not, every last home in Britain will be "guaranteed access to broadband Internet under plans unveiled by the government on Thursday,"...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:BFG Tech's GeForce GTX 285 OCX graphics card @ bit-techASUS 9800GTX+ Dark Knight @ t-breakMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 Motherboard @ CPU3DMemory and Storage:SimpleTech [Re]Drive - 500GB External Hard Drive @ TechwarelabsCSX 3GB DDR3-1600MHz Memory @ PhoronixRAID 1 for the time-challenged @ TR-NewsThecus N4100PRO...

BART Signs Deal for System-Wide Wi-Fi

BART Signs Deal for System-Wide Wi-Fi

Last year SF's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) began talks with startup Wi-Fi Rail, Inc. to provide system-wide wi-fi service, after successfully running three phases of trials. It's taken more than six months, but on Friday a 20-year deal between the two was announced. Tests on the BART line were run on 2.2 miles of Hayward track and in the...