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All News for February 2012

Micron And Intel Expand NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture

Micron And Intel Expand NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture

Intel's not only making mobile news this week at Mobile World Congress; it's also making memory news. The company, along with Micron Technology, announced today that the companies have entered into agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship. The agreements, which are designed to improve the flexibility and efficiency...

Remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray A Huge Leap Forward

Remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray A Huge Leap Forward

There's been no new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise limped off screens in 2005, but the huge success of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the gradual growth of Blu-ray has caught CBS' attention (CBS acquired ownership of the Star Trek franchise in 2006). The broadcast company is preparing to release Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray...

NZXT Announces Premium PSU Cable Starter Kit

NZXT Announces Premium PSU Cable Starter Kit

It certainly can be a pain to get all the right cables lined up when building a new system, including getting the right cable extensions if you’re working with a larger motherboard and case. NZXT announced a cable starter kit designed to give you all the basics in one package of premium-quality PSU cables. The kit includes: • CB...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Crucial M4 SSDs, Dell 27" LCD, Samsung 3D HDTV and More

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Crucial M4 SSDs, Dell 27" LCD, Samsung 3D HDTV and More

Can you guess what time it is? I’m sure the regulars around here can tell from the thumbnail that it’s time for the daily HOT deals courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy! On tap for you all today we have a couple of Crucial M4 solid state drives, and awesome Dell 27” LCD, a 55” Samsung 3D HDTV bundle and a refurb’ed...

Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini PC Review

Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini PC Review

Zotac is emerging as a major player in the mini PC market and you'll find a boatload of ZBOX units if you visit the company's website. The one we have with us today is the ZBOX ID80 Plus, one of the newer units built around Intel's recently released Atom "Cedar Trail" refresh. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3-1066...

Verizon Calls Dibs on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7, Goes on Sale March 1 for $500

Verizon Calls Dibs on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7, Goes on Sale March 1 for $500

Remember the Galaxy Tab 7.7 device Samsung announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year in Las Vegas? Well it's about to land at Verizon Wireless where it will be sold exclusively beginning March 1, 2012 for $500 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying 4G LTE mobile broadband plan (pricing starts at $30/month...

Roccat Announces Savu Mid-Size Gaming Mouse with Stat Tracking

Roccat Announces Savu Mid-Size Gaming Mouse with Stat Tracking

Don't sweat it if you've never heard of Roccat Studios. Based out of Germany and focused on gaming peripherals, Roccat Studios has only recently begun making a push into the U.S. market, where it will go up against established entities like Razer and Logitech. One of the products it plans to take with it into battle is its Savu gaming mouse....

Best Buy Reportedly Increasing Return Policy to 30 Days (Including iDevices)

Best Buy Reportedly Increasing Return Policy to 30 Days (Including iDevices)

If you head over to Best Buy's Store Exchange & Return Policy page, you'll notice that the electronics chain limits the return window for computers, monitors, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, iPads, tablets, and radar detectors to 14 days. All other products carry a 30-day return/exchange windows, and 45 days for all products if...

Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 Is Coming Soon To A Phone Near You

Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 Is Coming Soon To A Phone Near You

Corning has sent the first shipments of its new Gorilla Glass 2 to "key device makers" who will use the new glass in devices planned for release this year. As the next-generation version of the widely used cover glass for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices, Gorilla Glass 2 improves upon the original version by offering the same...

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Announced, Coming Later This Year

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Announced, Coming Later This Year

Qualcomm announced a Pro version of its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip, which features the Adreno 320 GPU instead of the older-generation Adreno 225 and a promised 4x boost in performance. Among the Adreno 320’s features is the ability to access the GPU’s computational capabilities through APIs that open the door to next-generation...

Intel Strikes Partnership Deal With Visa, Mobile Payments Hitting Atom Phones

Intel Strikes Partnership Deal With Visa, Mobile Payments Hitting Atom Phones

Intel knows that the the desktop PC business ain't going to keep on rising forever, and with more and more users shifting to mobile devices, there's a very real need to shift business to that side of things. To wit, Intel and Visa are teaming up in a strategic alliance that will support the advancement of mobile commerce. It's a multi-device,...

Report: Intel Pushes Ivy Bridge From April To June

Report: Intel Pushes Ivy Bridge From April To June

Looks like the Ivy Bridge won't be completed as early as construction workers thought. DOT jokes aside, Intel's next-gen microprocessor range will reportedly be pushed back "eight to ten weeks later than planned," according to Sean Maloney, executive vice-president of Intel and chairman of Intel China. The news comes courtesy of the Financial...

Dell’s New Enterprise Solutions All About End-to-End Speed and Simplicity

Dell’s New Enterprise Solutions All About End-to-End Speed and Simplicity

Dell used to be a company with a clever sales strategy that sold PCs, but it has increasingly focused on the IT/data center market. Dell has proved that as of late with a slew of acquisitions (a dozen just in the last year or so) and a substantial investment in R&D, and today it announced new enterprise solutions based around the idea...

AMD Launches New Bulldozer CPUs At Substantially Higher Clockspeeds, TDPs

AMD Launches New Bulldozer CPUs At Substantially Higher Clockspeeds, TDPs

Ever since Bulldozer's less-than-spectacular debut, enthusiasts and investors have watched to see if the company would follow up with faster chips that improved overall performance. That's finally started to happen; AMD announced two new chips today -- the quad-core FX-4170 with a 4.2GHz base clock speed / 4.3GHz Turbo mode, and the six-core...

Specs Emerge For Samsung Galaxy S III

Specs Emerge For Samsung Galaxy S III

Although Samsung has already made it known that the company won't be announcing the highly-anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone at Mobile World Congress this year, that hasn't stopped specs of this hot phone from leaking onto the web.   One of the reasons Samsung isn't planning to announce the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress is because...

Intel Debuts New Smartphone Chips at MWC Event

Intel Debuts New Smartphone Chips at MWC Event

Intel launched its Medfield platform only six weeks ago, but the company is moving ahead with plans for additional processors based on the 32nm SoC. At Mobile World Congress today, Santa Clara announced plans for two additional system on a chip (SoC) designs to flesh out its product roadmap. The current Z2460 that we covered in January will...

T-Mobile And HTC Announce One S

T-Mobile And HTC Announce One S

It looks like AT&T isn't the only one who will be getting one of HTC's new One-branded phones. T-Mobile and HTC are teaming up to offer T-Mobile's thinnest smartphone (7.95mm) in the form of the HTC One S. This smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED touchscreen along with Beats Audio, connectivity to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 Mbps network,...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, Asus 27" LCD, Crucial M4 SSD

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, Asus 27" LCD, Crucial M4 SSD

Happy Monday, Folks. It’s time to kick off a new week, but before we get down to business, we have a fresh batch of HOT deals to serve up, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this morning, we have a slick Dell Vostro notebook, a beefy Asus 27” monitor, and an SSD from Crucial... 15.6" Dell Vostro 3555 AMD A8-3500M...

Best Buy Knocks $50 Off iPad 2 Tablets, Hints at iPad 3 Launch

Best Buy Knocks $50 Off iPad 2 Tablets, Hints at iPad 3 Launch

Time is running out if you plan to sell your iPad 2 device on Craigslist or eBay and maximize your return in anticipation of Apple's iPad 3 launch. The general consensus is that Apple will announce the iPad 3 in March and possibly start selling the device in April, but if you're looking to unload your iPad 2 for the most money possible, you...

Android Activations Top 850,000 Per Day, Google Says

Android Activations Top 850,000 Per Day, Google Says

In addition to new device announcements and technology reveals, some interesting revelations are coming out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. One of those is the number of Android activations that occur on a daily basis. According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google who oversees the development...

Asus Blitzes Mobile World Congress with PadFone and Transformer Pad Announcements

Asus Blitzes Mobile World Congress with PadFone and Transformer Pad Announcements

Asus lived up to its promise of unveiling its PadFone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The PadFone, if this is the first you're hearing of it, is a hybird phone-tablet device, or as Asus pitches it, a three-in-one device that can be used as a smartphone, tablet, or notebook when plopped into the company's separately sold PadFone...

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 10.1, Mentions the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 in Passing

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 10.1, Mentions the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 in Passing

Ah, there it is. The awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is here, bringing a the big screen experience to the Note family. With the larger screen, users can multitask easily, keeping applications such as a Web browser, notepad, and video open simultaneously and viewing them side-by-side in smaller windows. The tablet also features the intriguing...

Huawei Launches Ascend D Quad Smartphones

Huawei Launches Ascend D Quad Smartphones

It can be a crowded field in the handset market, with the likes of Apple, Samsung, and others duking it out for the hearts, minds, and money of mobile users, but Huawei is looking to make a statement. The company announced the Ascend D Quad line of smartphones, which are quad-core phones designed to compete at the high end of the market. As...

ViewSonic Reveals First Dual-SIM Android 4.0 Smartphones At MWC

ViewSonic Reveals First Dual-SIM Android 4.0 Smartphones At MWC

Not too many folks can honestly take advantage of dual-SIM phones, but for Europeans (as an example) that routinely travel between Germany and Holland, having space for two native SIMs can be a major lifesaver when it comes to roaming costs, and save you a bit of hassle from swapping cards in and out. The planet's first dual-SIM phone running...

HTC Unveils One X Android 4.0 Smartphone, Coming To AT&T

HTC Unveils One X Android 4.0 Smartphone, Coming To AT&T

You can expect plenty of phone news from Mobile World Congress this week, including quite a bit from HTC. The company has teamed with AT&T in order to announce the HTC One X, which will bring LTE, Beats Audio and Ice Cream Sandwich to the U.S. carrier. It'll be exclusive to AT&T in the States, but available on other carriers globally....

First Intel-Powered Android Smartphone Coming To France And UK This Summer

First Intel-Powered Android Smartphone Coming To France And UK This Summer

It's a rumor no longer. Intel has been trying and trying to get a chip ready for smartphone use, and while trade show after trade show brought us demonstrations of Medfield and the like, there's still no smartphone shipping today with Intel Inside. Now, the company's ready to step up to the plate and offer up some serious competition for Qualcomm,...

Sony Unveils Xperia U and Xperia P at MWC

Sony Unveils Xperia U and Xperia P at MWC

Sony took the wraps off of two new phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Xperia U and Xperia P. As reported by GSM Arena, the brushed unibody aluminum P features a 4-inch screen (540x960) with special technology for visibilty in sunlight, NFC capabilities, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and runs on a NovaThor U8500 processor....

LCD Makers Settle Price Fixing Lawsuit for $538 Million

LCD Makers Settle Price Fixing Lawsuit for $538 Million

LCD makers got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak, and now it's time to pay up. The State of California Department of Justice announced a $538 million settlement resulting from a lawsuit filed in October 2010 against 10 companies who allegedly "conspired to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize prices of TFT-LCD flat panels...

Samsung Stuffs a Pico Projector into Galaxy Beam Smartphone

Samsung Stuffs a Pico Projector into Galaxy Beam Smartphone

Pretty much every modern smartphone on the planet can upload videos to YouTube so you can share those impromptu and/or embarrassing moments caught on camera, but what if you want to relive those comical incidents instantly with a group of offline friends and family? One of your few options is to huddle around your phone's 4+ inch display and...

Sprint Came Close To Buying MetroPCS, But Board Walked Away

Sprint Came Close To Buying MetroPCS, But Board Walked Away

Are the consolidating years behind us when it comes to U.S. wireless carriers? Perhaps not. According to CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Sprint -- America's third largest wireless company -- was considering a major deal that would have it paying $8 billion to acquire MetroPCS. MetroPCS may not be a huge name like AT&T or Verizon, but...

NuForce Gives Wireless Audio Streamers Another Choice: Air DAC

NuForce Gives Wireless Audio Streamers Another Choice: Air DAC

If you aren't streaming, you aren't with the program. That's the general mentality these days, and NuForce is stepping in to give you one more option when it comes to wireless audio playback. The new Air DAC Wireless System for personal audio streaming is said to give users the ability to wirelessly transmit their music from a computer without...

ATI HD 7770 and 7750 Graphics Cards Land at AVADirect

ATI HD 7770 and 7750 Graphics Cards Land at AVADirect

AVADirect announced that it now includes ATI HD 7770 and 7750 graphics cards in its product lineup. The company actually has quite a few; there are three 7750s (from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI) and no fewer than eight 7770s (from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, and XFX). AVADirect suggests that the although it’s offering the 7770 and 7750...

T-Mobile to Launch 4G LTE Service in 2013

T-Mobile to Launch 4G LTE Service in 2013

T-Mobile's been having a rough time lately. First it failed to get an iPhone device, leaving it as the only major wireless carrier to offer one. And then the whole AT&T acquisition fell to pieces, which would have negated the iPhone's absence from T-Mobile, since AT&T already carries it. Customers aren't sticking around, either. T-Mobile...

AMD Will Push 'Piledriver' Beyond 4GHz Using Resonant Clock Mesh Technology

AMD Will Push 'Piledriver' Beyond 4GHz Using Resonant Clock Mesh Technology

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to use resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor to push its Piledriver processor line to 4GHz and beyond, the company announced at the International Solid State Circuits Conferences (ISSCC) in San Francisco. Cyclos is the only supplier of resonant clock mesh IP, which AMD has licensed...

Save Your Tokens: Midway Ports 10 Classic Arcade Games to iOS

Save Your Tokens: Midway Ports 10 Classic Arcade Games to iOS

Kids today know nothing of dragging a sagging pants pocket full of quarters or tokens to the local arcade, which means they also missed out on some gaming classics, like Rampage, Defender, Joust, and Spy Hunter. Sure, they're a little lame by today's standards, but if you have a nostalgic itch to scratch, $0.99 and a trip to Apple's App Store...

Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android Handsets

Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android Handsets

Fraunhofer IIS may not be a super familiar name in the consumer realm, but in the world of research, there's hardly a company that comes up with crazier things than these guys and girls. The company has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE network. Verizon Wireless...

VIA Unveils 1.2GHz VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core CPU And VX900H Media Processor

VIA Unveils 1.2GHz VIA Nano X2 Dual-Core CPU And VX900H Media Processor

Small chips can mean big things, you know? VIA's one of the kings of small chips, and the company is this week introducing their COMe-8X90 module, featuring a 1.2GHz VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual core processor and the VIA VX900H media system processor (MSP). The ruggedized VIA COMe-8X90 module targets industrial PC and large OEM customers focused...

New Video Shows Cortex-A15 Decimating Tegra 3; Be Wary of The Kool-Aid

New Video Shows Cortex-A15 Decimating Tegra 3; Be Wary of The Kool-Aid

Texas Instruments has posted a new video at YouTube that claims to show a dual-core OMAP5-based Cortex-A15 at 800MHz beating the snot out of an unspecified "commercially available" 1.3GHz quad-core device. Given that the only quad-core Tegra 3 tablet available is Asus Transformer Prime, it's not exactly hard to put two and two together. The...

AMD Nearly Bought Nvidia, Could Be Building Next-Gen PlayStation GPU

AMD Nearly Bought Nvidia, Could Be Building Next-Gen PlayStation GPU

When AMD held its Analyst Day a few weeks ago, the company focused on how it was fundamentally changing its approach to semiconductor research and product development. Years of attempting to compete with Intel drained company coffers and exposed it to tremendous competitive pressure. Consumers unquestionably profited -- Intel's prices for...

Nokia Becomes World’s Largest Windows Phone Vendor, First Good News in a Long Time

Nokia Becomes World’s Largest Windows Phone Vendor, First Good News in a Long Time

It’s been downright painful to write about Nokia for many months; the company made missteps, suffered ugly losses, slashed thousands of jobs, and made some eyebrow-raising decisions, the most notable of which was going all in on Windows Phone 7. Nokia’s recent smartphone market share freefall was mostly due to ditching its Symbian...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Planar and Dell LCDs, Panasonic Lumix, and a Kingston SSD

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Planar and Dell LCDs, Panasonic Lumix, and a Kingston SSD

It’s Friday, folks! It’s time to close out yet another work-week, but not before dishing out a nice healthy serving of HOT deals courtesy of the team at LogicBuy. On the menu for you this final Friday of February (Wow, that’s a lot of F’s!), we have a few LCD monitors from Planar and Dell, a 16MP Panasonic Lumix digicam,...

Box Gives Android Users 50GB of Free Cloud Storage

Box Gives Android Users 50GB of Free Cloud Storage

How many times growing up did you hear a teacher tell you to get your head out of the clouds and pay attention? She wouldn't have spouted such foolishness if she knew there was 50GB of free storage space sitting in the cloud, just waiting for you to pluck it with your Android device. That's exactly what's up there, courtesy of Box, which is...

Apple Sits Atop Mobile PC Shipments (If You Include Tablets)

Apple Sits Atop Mobile PC Shipments (If You Include Tablets)

Should tablets be including when tallying the number of mobile PC shipments? If the answer is yes, then Apple is dominating the competition with nearly three times the number of mobile PC shipments than its nearest competitor, according to data provided by DisplaySearch. According to DisplaySearch, Apple shipped close to 23.4 million mobile...

Hard Drive Shortage to See Major Relief in Q1 2012

Hard Drive Shortage to See Major Relief in Q1 2012

Severe floods in Thailand in late 2011 left the hard drive industry in a bad spot. It's the place where manufacturers and component suppliers come together, and when flooding occurred, HDD manufacturing came to a near halt. As a result, there was a subsequent shortage of hard drives, which itself led to higher prices that still linger today....

47: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 24, 2012

47: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 24, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the latest announcements from Intel for their Near Threshold Voltage processor technology and full digital radios, AMD's new Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 mainstream GPUs, reports that Flash scaling issues could torpedo its future in the storage market,...

Asus Teaser Video Promises "Twice The Detail"

Asus Teaser Video Promises "Twice The Detail"

What does Asus have planned for MWC next week? It's hard to say, but from the looks of a new teaser video, at least one new device (we're guessing a tablet) will have a higher resolution display. In a short, 17-second video clip, Asus teases us with a clip that says, "Twice the Detail, Twice the Fun." If you head on over to Asus' Facebook...

OnLive Announces OnLive Desktop Plus for iOS, Apple Scowls

OnLive Announces OnLive Desktop Plus for iOS, Apple Scowls

OnLive is on quite a tear. Emerging out of beta less than two years ago with a cloud gaming service, OnLive has already far exceeded its original scope. The initial service rollout was followed by gaming hardware for the TV, mobile capabilities, integration with a number of different types of devices, and even rumors of a Netflix rival movie...

VIA Introduces New Quad Core Mini-ITX Motherboards

VIA Introduces New Quad Core Mini-ITX Motherboards

Look, not everyone needs a sizable motherboard with eighteen PCI slots. And for those in that camp, there's VIA. The company has just launched he world's first quad core Mini-ITX boards featuring the latest VIA QuadCore E-Series processor. The VIA EPIA-M900 and VIA EPIA-M910 are the first two Mini-ITX boards to feature the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore...

Bang & Olufsen Ships Massive 65-inch BeoVision 12 Plasma HDTV: Just $11,350

Bang & Olufsen Ships Massive 65-inch BeoVision 12 Plasma HDTV: Just $11,350

Well, someone has to be the 1%, right? And for those, there's this insanely amazing television -- one that we hope will become affordable in time, thanks to some "trickle down" effect we heard about once. Bang & Olufsen is a name closely linked with luxury goods, and their consumer electronics are certainly deluxe. The company has just...

HP's Profits Plunge as CEO Pleads For Time

HP's Profits Plunge as CEO Pleads For Time

The hard drive shortage, Oracle's assault on Itanium, and highly competitive scenarios in its ink-and-printer business combined to kneecap HP's earnings this last quarter. The company's net revenue fell seven percent, to $30 billion, while overall margins dropped to just 6.8 percent -- a decline of 3.7 percentage points. The steep decline...

Next-Gen WiFi Hotspot Tech Trial Successful, Deployments Coming in 12 Months

Next-Gen WiFi Hotspot Tech Trial Successful, Deployments Coming in 12 Months

For as long as WiFi hotspots have been around, you’d think they would have run their course by now. Instead, they’re shaping up to be the next big thing in mobile wireless. Wireless carriers have been using WiFi deployments to offload data usage from their 3G and 4G networks when customers are in range, and there are plenty of...

MSI’s Z68 and H61 Motherboards Will Support Intel 22nm CPUs

MSI’s Z68 and H61 Motherboards Will Support Intel 22nm CPUs

It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest and greatest tech without updating something every few months, but MSI is throwing us a bone by making sure its Z68 and H61 series motherboards will support Intel’s next-generation 22nm chips via a simple BIOS update. Users just need to use MSI’s LiveUpdate tool to get the...

LG Unveils Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD Smartphone

LG Unveils Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD Smartphone

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition kicks off next week, but some companies are rushing out announcements ahead of the conference. That includes LG, which just couldn't wait to unveil its first quad-core processor smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. It's powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 '4-Plus-1' chip clocked at 1.5GHZ and boasts a 4.7-inch...

Samsung And AT&T Announce Waterproof And Dustproof Rugby Smart

Samsung And AT&T Announce Waterproof And Dustproof Rugby Smart

Samsung announced the Samsung Rugby Smart. This smartphone is made to withstand extreme conditions. In fact, the smartphone is dustproof, waterproof (it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes), and shock resistant. The Rugby Smart runs on Android 2.3 and features a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 4G of internal...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Laptops, SSDs, LCDs, an Xbox 360 and More

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Laptops, SSDs, LCDs, an Xbox 360 and More

Whoa! The folks at LogicBuy must have been working overtime last night! We’ve got a super-sized serving of HOT deals for your all today, loaded up with nothing but PCs and components, except for the Xbox 360 bundle. On the menu this Thursday morning, we have a couple of nice LCDs from Dell and Planar, SSDs from OCZ and Crucial, Dell...

Google Enables Real Time Collaboration On Android Devices

Google Enables Real Time Collaboration On Android Devices

Google announced an update to Google Docs for Android that enables real-time collaboration. With this update, you'll now be able to collaborate using Google Docs for Android just as you would with Google Docs on your PC. Google also updated the interface for Google Docs for Android so it's easier to work on documents from a mobile device while...

AMD Grabbed GPU Market Share from Nvidia, Intel in Q4

AMD Grabbed GPU Market Share from Nvidia, Intel in Q4

There are several interesting takeaways from the latest graphics chip shipments and suppliers' market share data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR). The first one is that Intel continues to dominate the field with a demanding 59.1 percent share of the market, down from 60.4 percent sequentially but up from 52.5 percent one year prior. Intel's...

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

Not long ago, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought back the popular Razr line of cell phones in the form of the all new Droid Razr. Now, the two companies are teaming up again to offer another new Razr known as the Razr Maxx. Although these two Droid Razr smartphones are alike in many ways, there are also a few key differences. The most notable...

Nvidia Rolls with '4-Plus-1' Nomenclature for Tegra 3's Five-Core Architecture

Nvidia Rolls with '4-Plus-1' Nomenclature for Tegra 3's Five-Core Architecture

We're all familiar with the KISS principle, a favorite acronym among teachers who love to tell their students to "Keep It Simple, Silly" (or Stupid, depending on your professor). It's a lesson that wasn't lost on NVIDIA, which has decided to simply dub the unique architecture in its Tegra 3 processor as "4-Plus'1" instead of all the other...

Mozilla Marketplace Opening Up Web App Developer Hub

Mozilla Marketplace Opening Up Web App Developer Hub

Firefox definitely has a ton of competition these days, but there's no question that the browser has largely taken the world by storm. It's up there with IE, Safari and Chrome, and it's one of the most flexible platforms available for those who just love add-ins with their browser. Mozilla, the parent company, knows as much, and this week...

AT&T Cranks Up Push-To-Talk Charter Program

AT&T Cranks Up Push-To-Talk Charter Program

Guess what? Push-to-talk is still alive, and well, apparently. While Sprint (and Nextel) and usually the companies tied to PTT services, it's AT&T connecting to this one. A new charter program will enable participants to experience new PTT communications, and in a world where everyone seems to be leaving the chirp behind, it's a strange...

Sapphire Reveals New Edge-HD3 Mini PC

Sapphire Reveals New Edge-HD3 Mini PC

Sapphire officially announced a follow-up model to its small Edge-HD Mini PC. The new Edge-HD3 packs plenty of power into its small form. Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz AMD E450 APU as well as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. For graphics, the Edge-HD3 utilizes the AMD Radeon HD6320. As a mini-PC, the Edge-HD3 measures approximately 7.6 x 5.83 x...

Intel Announces Additional 22nm Customer -- Is This A Strategic Shift?

Intel Announces Additional 22nm Customer -- Is This A Strategic Shift?

Intel made headlines last year when it announced that it would fab 22nm products for FPGA designer Achronix. This week, the company has unveiled an additional 22nm partner. Santa Clara will also be building parts for Tabula and will build that company's new Spacetime microprocessors. Tabula claims that its new chip "uses time as a third dimension...

SanDisk Puts World’s Smallest 128Gb NAND Flash Memory Chip into Production

SanDisk Puts World’s Smallest 128Gb NAND Flash Memory Chip into Production

To make a dent in the mobile market, companies have to make things smaller, denser, and then do it again. The latest effort along those lines from SanDisk is a 19nm 128Gb NAND flash memory chip that employs the company’s X3 (three bits per cells) technology to hit a reported write performance of 18MB/s. SanDisk is looking to expand its...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell AIO PC and LCD, LG HDTV, Canon PowerShot and More

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell AIO PC and LCD, LG HDTV, Canon PowerShot and More

We’re midway through the week already, and just like clockwork, our friends at LogicBuy are at the ready with a fresh batch of HOT deals. On tap for your all this fine Wednesday morning, we have a slick Dell Inspiron One AIO PC, a giant LG LED-backlit HD TV, a Canon PowerShot Elph, a portable HD from Lenovo, and a killer LED-backlit...

Verizon Now Selling HTC Rezound and LG Spectrum for $100

Verizon Now Selling HTC Rezound and LG Spectrum for $100

If you're in need of a 4G LTE smartphone and don't want to break the bank, you're in luck. Verizon Wireless is now selling two if its newer 4G LTE handsets -- LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound -- for just $100 each, with a requisite two-year service agreement, naturallly. That's a pretty good deal no matter which of these spiffy Android devices...

Hitachi Ships Second-Generation 7,200 RPM, 7mm Travelstar Z7K500

Hitachi Ships Second-Generation 7,200 RPM, 7mm Travelstar Z7K500

Hitachi is now shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z7K500 hard drive. This drive claims to be the industry's first 7,200 RPM, 7mm, one-disk, 500GB mobile hard drive. This 2.5-inch drive features a 6Gb/s SATA Interface and a 32MB cache. With this combination, the Travelstar Z7K500 is able to offer as much as a 33 percent improvement in performance...

Barnes & Noble Will Repartition Your 16GB Nook Tablet (Upon Request)

Barnes & Noble Will Repartition Your 16GB Nook Tablet (Upon Request)

Barnes & Noble kind of shot itself in the foot by releasing a 16GB Nook Tablet that was $50 more expensive than Amazon's Kindle Fire, and then fired off a second round by partitioning the storage so that users could only load up 1GB of non-B&N content. The company's newly released 8GB Nook Tablet addresses both issues by matching the...

PowerColor's 'LCS HD7970' Loves to Play with Water

PowerColor's 'LCS HD7970' Loves to Play with Water

PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the...

SpiderCloud's Network Tech Makes 3G Signals Stronger Indoors

SpiderCloud's Network Tech Makes 3G Signals Stronger Indoors

Ever tried using a cellphone to make a call underwater? Even those waterproof ones can't really hack it, but there's a problem that many, many more people run into on a daily basis: not being able to make a call while indoors. We've all been in those concrete slabs where it's just impossible to get a signal out, and SpiderCloud is hoping to...

More Details on the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Including Availability

More Details on the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Including Availability

Samsung announced the Galaxy S Blaze 4G around CES time, but details were somewhat lacking. Now, the company has unveiled more information about the newest member of the Galaxy S line of mid-range phones. We knew the phone would pop up on T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+42) network and have a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 chip inside, but it also...

Samsung Adds Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 To Android Smartphone Line

Samsung Adds Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 To Android Smartphone Line

Samsung clearly has a good thing going with their Galaxy line of phones and tablets, so why slow down the fun? Prior to Mobile World Congress, the company is introducing two new handsets in the Galaxy line: the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2. Te Ace 2 offers HSPA 14.4 connectivity, 4GB of internal storage, a 1,500mAh battery as well as...

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Android, Makes Your Phone a PC

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Android, Makes Your Phone a PC

“In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out”, says the tagline on Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android page. It’s true that the specs on high-end smartphones these days are impressive to say the least, with more processing cores, better graphics, more storage, and 4G data speeds, but Canonical apparently...

RIM Unleashes PlayBook OS 2.0

RIM Unleashes PlayBook OS 2.0

As speculated, RIM released the long-anticipated update to its PlayBook tablet today. The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is available as a free over the air update. With the update, you'll get a new integrated email client with a unified inbox, social integration with calendar and contacts, an updated BlackBerry Bridge app, the ability to...

Barnes & Noble Introduces 8GB NOOK Tablet For Under $200

Barnes & Noble Introduces 8GB NOOK Tablet For Under $200

There have been rumors suggesting Barnes & Noble was preparing a slightly less expensive Nook Tablet that would better compete with Amazon's popular Kindle Fire tablet. Now, those rumors have been confirmed. Today, Barnes & Noble announced the 8GB Nook Tablet with a price tag of $199. Like its predecessor, the new 8GB Nook Tablet features...

New GeForce Drivers from Nvidia Give Skyrim a Big Boost in Performance

New GeForce Drivers from Nvidia Give Skyrim a Big Boost in Performance

Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by Nvidia, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to Nvidia's release notes. Nvidia...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, Dell LCD, 73" HDTV and More

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, Dell LCD, 73" HDTV and More

The HOT deals continue to roll in, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. We have a health serving of bargains on tap for you all this morning, including deals on a Core i5-powered Dell Vostro notebook, a 21” Dell LED-backlit 1080P monitor, a 73” Mitsubishi HDTV, a Panasonic Blu-Ray player, and a deep discount on a pair of $25 iTunes...

Intel Sets the Record Straight on Ivy Bridge Delay Rumors

Intel Sets the Record Straight on Ivy Bridge Delay Rumors

There's a rumor going around that Intel's initial Ivy Bridge launch will end up stunted by small volume shipments in early April, with mass shipments being delayed until sometime after June. News of the delay was reported by DigiTimes last week after it claimed to have heard from sources in the notebook industry that Intel made the decision...

Lenovo u300e ULtrabook Now Available for Pre-order

Lenovo u300e ULtrabook Now Available for Pre-order

If you've been holding out for Lenovo's U300e Ultrabook ever since it was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, today's the day you can finally order one, albeit it's a little pricier than anticipated. At CES 2012, Lenovo said the U300e would start at $799, and while that might still be true, the configuration...

Nokia Siemens and Qualcomm Announce HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens and Qualcomm Announce HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have announced a new technology called HSPA+ Multiflow that promises to dramatically increase mobile network efficiency and double the data speed on the network edge. The idea is quite simple, really. HSPA+ Multiflow enables a single device to connect to a two mobile base stations at once; when reception...

Foxconn's Factories Visited By Nightline, iDevice Builders Finally Speak

Foxconn's Factories Visited By Nightline, iDevice Builders Finally Speak

Now this, this is pretty insane. For quite some time now, ABC's Nightline has been attempting to gain access to the behind-the-scenes nature where iAnything products are built. But in typical Apple fashion, the company has remained pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing. But there's something even Apple can't ignore: massive public pressure....

LG Introduces Optimus LTE Tag, Complete With NFC Module

LG Introduces Optimus LTE Tag, Complete With NFC Module

Mobile World Congress is just around the bend, and that means a deluge of new smartphones comin' atcha. As if there hasn't already been a waterfall of them for the past few years. At any rate, LG is following up on the Optimus Vu announcement with a little tap-and-go announcement, as the Optimus LTE Tag is going to be the company's newest,...

ZTE Mimosa X Handset is Brimming with Nvidia Hardware

ZTE Mimosa X Handset is Brimming with Nvidia Hardware

Nvidia and ZTE are both giddy as all get-out to unveil the latter's new Mimosa X, purportedly the world's first smartphone to incorporate both an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the GPU maker's Icera modem, which comes fresh off of NVIDIA's acquisition of Icera in mid-2011. "The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons," said Michael Rayfield,...

Flash Scaling Issues Could Torpedo Its Future

Flash Scaling Issues Could Torpedo Its Future

NAND Flash and SSDs have become the darling of enthusiasts in recent years, thanks to a potent combination of improved read/write performance, virtually no latency, and lower power consumption compared to hard drives. A new report from the University of California San Diego, however, casts doubt on the long-term scalability of the format....

Thecus Crams USB 3.0, HDMI, New Atom Processors Into Latest NAS Devices

Thecus Crams USB 3.0, HDMI, New Atom Processors Into Latest NAS Devices

Thecus has launched a couple of new Network Attached Storage devices, powered by Intel’s latest Atom processors. The new Thecus N4800 and N2800 NAS boxes both sport 2.13GHz Atom processors, 2GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI outputs and USB 3.0 ports. In addition to being able to output many video files directly to a monitor through the HDMI outputs,...

ZTE to Unveil Two LTE Smartphones at MWC

ZTE to Unveil Two LTE Smartphones at MWC

ZTE announced a pair new LTE smartphones ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the PF200 and N910, both of which will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1.2GHz PF200 has a 4.3-inch QHD touch screen and 8MP rear-facing and 1080p front-facing cameras as well as Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, A-GPS, DLNA, and MHL for optimal connectivity...

Origin PC Claims New EON17-X3D is Most Powerful 3D Laptop Available

Origin PC Claims New EON17-X3D is Most Powerful 3D Laptop Available

Origin PC makes some astonishingly powerful systems, and the company isn’t shy about making bold claims, either. Origin claims its new EON17-X3D notebook is the most powerful 3D notebook available today. That just might be true; the beastly thing sports a pair of overclocked GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI, in addition to already-strong...

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming Tomorrow?

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming Tomorrow?

We've known for some time now that BlackBerry's PlayBook OS update, known as OS 2.0, is coming sometime this month. With the end of February nearing in a week and a half, there isn't a ton of time. New reports suggest RIM may not wait until the last minute to release this new OS. In fact, it could come as early as tomorrow. New evidence suggests...

Building The SHIFT, Maingear's DIY Kit Explored

Building The SHIFT, Maingear's DIY Kit Explored

When Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout that caused our...

In Case Mars Attacks, Asus Might Cover You Against 'Space Invasions' After All

In Case Mars Attacks, Asus Might Cover You Against 'Space Invasions' After All

If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that aliens will attack us at some point. For every E.T. and Alf, there's a dozen War of the World derivatives. "To Serve Man" was a cookbook, after all, and that dates back to when the world was broadcast in black and white, forget about your fancy HDTV. This inevitable fact is why it was so disheartening...

It's Official: Samsung Decides to Ditch Its LCD Business

It's Official: Samsung Decides to Ditch Its LCD Business

Out with the old and in with the new -- that's the motto driving Samsung's latest business decision. The display maker officially announced its intentions of spinning off its liquid crystal display (LCD) division so it can better focus on the future of display technology, which Samsung feels has everything to do with organic light-emitting...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Laptops, Samsung Galaxy Note, Hannspree LCD and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Laptops, Samsung Galaxy Note, Hannspree LCD and More

It's time to kick off another new week, but before we get down to business this President's Day, we have a healthy serving of HOT deals to send your way, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for today, we have a couple of Intel-based Dell laptops, a Hannspree LCD monitor wit dual HDMI inputs, half off on the brand...

Acer Pushing Android 4.0 To Iconia Tab Slates

Acer Pushing Android 4.0 To Iconia Tab Slates

With Android 5.0 likely on the docket for an introduction at Google I/O 2012, it's high time that existing tablet makers got on the ball and put their tablets on a fast track to Android 4.0. In fact, it's a little unnerving to think about how long Android 4.0 has been out, and how few devices it's on. Acer knows it, and they're planning to...

Archos Announces 8" Arnova 8b G2 Android Tablet

Archos Announces 8" Arnova 8b G2 Android Tablet

Android tablets seem to be a dime a dozen these days, and honestly, ones that are shipping without Android 4.0 probably don't stand much of a chance to gain traction. That said, Archos has always seen success in undercutting the rest of the universe, and we suspect that the Arnova 8b G2 will be priced at a point that makes even the doubters...

Intel at ISSCC Detailing Digital Radios and Solar-Powered CPUs

Intel at ISSCC Detailing Digital Radios and Solar-Powered CPUs

Intel's presentations at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this year are focused on one of the biggest problems facing modern CPU designers—how to improve power efficiency without sacrificing compute performance. Intel isn't just tackling this problem through conventional process shrinks and smaller dies, however;...

Spark Linux Tablet Up for Pre-Order, Dev Discusses Economics of Project

Spark Linux Tablet Up for Pre-Order, Dev Discusses Economics of Project

The upstart Spark Linux tablet is up for pre-order at makeplaylive.com for a target price tag of 200 euros (about $263 USD). You can indicate how many tablets you’re interested in, and your priority number will ensure you’re among the first to receive yours. The Spark folks are hoping to get a strong sense of device demand before...

Angry Birds Flinging into Space on March 22

Angry Birds Flinging into Space on March 22

Those addicting Angry Birds everybody likes to fling at flimsy structures are going where man has gone before, but has yet to truly conquer. We're talking about outer space, folks, Angry Birds Space is a brand new game with some all new gameplay elements, "plus a few surprises," according to Rovio, which promises the latest installment will...

Latest Evidence All But Confirms iPad 3 Will Have a Retina Display

Latest Evidence All But Confirms iPad 3 Will Have a Retina Display

We don't like to throw around the 'C-word' haphazardly, the C-word being "confirmed," of course. So, while the latest evidence strongly suggests Apple's iPad will ship with an ultra-high resolution Retina display, it's still based on unofficial information extracted from a supposed iPad 3 panel that made its way into MacRumors' hands by means...

Georgia Tech iPhone App Could Help Blind Users Text

Georgia Tech iPhone App Could Help Blind Users Text

Sometimes, technology takes the lead in a story, and consumerism falls to nothing. We love stories like that, where technology does more than just reap benefits for a profitable company, but actually goes a long way in improving lives. Georgia Tech has been working up a technological solution to a commonly felt problem, and it's one that we're...

LG's Answer To The Galaxy Note: It's the 5-inch Optimus Vu

LG's Answer To The Galaxy Note: It's the 5-inch Optimus Vu

What if South Korea's own LG had an answer to South Korea's other technology mega-corp? Oh, wait. They do. The answer to the Galaxy Note has arrived, and it's called the LG Optimus Vu. While it remains to be seen if the Note will strike a chord with global audiences, it's clear that the half-phone, half-tablet "thing" is going to be tried...

Stanford Researcher Catches Google, Others Being a Little Bit Evil

Stanford Researcher Catches Google, Others Being a Little Bit Evil

In an age where data is everything, the constant give-and-take over giving up a certain amount of digital privacy in exchange for free services (Facebook, Google products, etc.) can often veer into murky waters. This week, Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer spotted Google neck deep in it, and the Wall Street Journal broke the story wide open....

ASRock, Creative Team Up to Launch Game Blaster Sound Card

ASRock, Creative Team Up to Launch Game Blaster Sound Card

They're not quite the odd couple, but truth be told, we wouldn't have figured ASRock and Creative for BFFs. That's exactly what they've become, however, with the release of the Game Blaster sound card for gamers. Not just any ordinary sound card, mind you, but according to ASRock, it's the first one to combine Creative's 7.1 channel HD Sound...

Download the 25 Billionth Apple App Store App and Win a $10,000 Gift Card

Download the 25 Billionth Apple App Store App and Win a $10,000 Gift Card

Apple's App Store is fast approaching 25 billion app downloads, and when it crosses that threshold, one lucky person will receive a $10,000 App Store gift card. The sweet prize will be awarded to the person who downloads the 25 billionth app, which isn't a totally random process. There's a countdown ticker on Apple's website that shows, in...

Kindle Fire 2 Might Ship in May or June

Kindle Fire 2 Might Ship in May or June

The Kindle Fire turned out to be a popular device largely because of its comparatively low price tag. it was the first sub-$200 tablet (by a buck) that didn't feel like a $25 device you'd expect to find in a Fisher Price catalog, and as a result, Amazon closed out the fourth quarter of 2011 with a 14 percent share of the global tablet market,...

Samsung's New MicroSD And SD Cards Are Waterproof, Shockproof

Samsung's New MicroSD And SD Cards Are Waterproof, Shockproof

SSDs may make out heart skip a beat, but enhanced SD cards aren't half bad, either. Samsung is introducing (and now shipping) a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The seven new models of SD and microSD cards are now available as part of either the High Speed Series or the Plus Extreme...

Microsoft Unveils New Windows Logo: Bold Moves, Metro-Inspired

Microsoft Unveils New Windows Logo: Bold Moves, Metro-Inspired

Microsoft knows the times are changing, and change they will. With Metro taking over in Windows 8, it's about time we saw the refreshed logo for the next major step in the evolution of Windows. This is it. This is the redesigned Windows logo, and honestly, it looks almost nothing like the prior "flag." In fact, this one isn't designed to be...

Swype Update Brings Support For Android 4.0

Swype Update Brings Support For Android 4.0

We knew the Swype team was working on updating this popular keyboard for Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich but we didn't know exactly how long we'd have to wait to enjoy one of our favorite keyboards on this latest and greatest OS. Now, the wait is over. That’s right, folks. Swype has officially been updated to support Android 4.0 Ice...

Asus Transformer TF300T Specs Leak

Asus Transformer TF300T Specs Leak

After images of Asus' next-generation Eee Pad TF300T leaked onto the Internet earlier this month, we wouldn't be too surprised if this upcoming tablet made its debut at Mobile World Congress later this month. Considering this tablet uses the same naming conventions as previous Transformer tablets, we're expecting the TF300T to be part of the...

Acer Updates Iconia Tab Line With Android 4.0

Acer Updates Iconia Tab Line With Android 4.0

If you’ve been wondering when your Acer Iconia tablet would be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment, wonder no more. The company announced that the update to Android 4.0 is on the way--for the A-series tablets, anyway. Specifically, it’s coming via an OTA update this week for the Iconia Tab A200 and sometime in April for the...

Leaked AMD Roadmap Reveals Three New Bulldozer Processors on Tap for Q1

Leaked AMD Roadmap Reveals Three New Bulldozer Processors on Tap for Q1

We've heard rumors that AMD will release CPUs based on its Piledriver architecture sometime in the third quarter of this year, around the same time Trinity makes its debut, but before that happens, it looks as though the Sunnyvale chip maker will flesh out its Bulldozer line. Word on the Web is that AMD is getting ready to release three new...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Notebook and Desktop, Dell LCD x 2, Samsung Camera

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Notebook and Desktop, Dell LCD x 2, Samsung Camera

It’s time to close out another week, but not before serving up a fresh batch of HOT deals courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Friday morning, we have a couple of Dell machines—a Core i3-based notebook and a dual-core slim tower—a couple of Dell, LED-backlit monitors, a Samsung digital camera, and just...

Google Mulls Launching Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) in Second Quarter of 2012

Google Mulls Launching Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) in Second Quarter of 2012

With a few exceptions, most Android users are still patiently waiting for their device manufacturer and/or wireless carrier to unwrap Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Be that as it may, technology marches on and the sweet toothed engineers at Google are hard at work cooking up code for Android 5.0, which will be known as Jelly Bean. According...

Samsung's 15-inch Series 9 Ultrabook Now Available for Pre-order

Samsung's 15-inch Series 9 Ultrabook Now Available for Pre-order

Now might not be the best time to buy a higher priced Ultrabook with Intel's Ivy bridge looming somewhere around the corner, and with it a batch of second generation Ultrabook models, but if you simply can't wait, Samsung's new Series 9 model is up for grabs in pre-order form. It's available at J&R for a cool $1,500 and is "coming soon,"...

Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Test Kits to Devs and Universities

Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Test Kits to Devs and Universities

OpenXC is an open source connectivity platform developed in tandem by Ford and open source hardware maker Bug Labs. Announced this fall, the platform is designed to allow developers the ability to use an Android- and Arduino-based module to interact with a vehicle’s in-car tech, such as vehicle sensors and GPS units. The OpenXC website...

Clearwire Reports Q4 2011 Earnings, Aims For TD-LTE Network In 2013

Clearwire Reports Q4 2011 Earnings, Aims For TD-LTE Network In 2013

Wondering what's next for Clearwire? You probably aren't alone. The company that launched with WiMAX, and then sided with LTE, is still in a state of transition, and the Sprint tie-in makes things even more complicated / interesting. In the company's Q4 2011 earnings report, they notched greatly improved revenue and subscriber counts, but...

Apple Reveals OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Developers Able To Download

Apple Reveals OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Developers Able To Download

Has Lion really been out that long? It sure doesn't feel like it, but evidently Apple's already working up what's next for their desktop OS platform. With 10.7 inching close to maturity, it's 10.8 that's popping up on the scene this week. Apple's next version of OS X (by the way, they removed "Mac" from "Mac OS X") is being called Mountain...

Is Nikon Intentionally Killing the Camera Repair Business?

Is Nikon Intentionally Killing the Camera Repair Business?

There's been some criticism over a letter Nikon started sending out recently to independent repair shops in the U.S. in which the camera maker announced that "it will no longer maker repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs," a policy that goes into effect...

Maingear Debuts New Thermal Interface Material: Meet the T1000

Maingear Debuts New Thermal Interface Material: Meet the T1000

It's been a long time since we saw much innovation in thermal interface materials. Back ten years ago, when OEMs tended to use pads made from camel hair, companies like Arctic Silver burst on the scene with compounds that offered significantly improved performance compared to stock solutions. As CPU TDPs increased and die sizes shrank, manufacturers...

Apple Competing with Itself in the Tablet Market, IHS iSuppli Says

Apple Competing with Itself in the Tablet Market, IHS iSuppli Says

Amazon sold nearly 3.9 million Kindle Fire devices in the fourth quarter of 2011, enough to come roaring out the gates and grab a 14 percent share of the media tablet market, according to data released today by market research firm IHS iSuppli. But believe it or not, it's Apple's own iPhone 4S that's been giving the iPad a run for its money,...

Razer Rolls Out Mass Effect 3 Themed Peripherals

Razer Rolls Out Mass Effect 3 Themed Peripherals

As BioWare's highly anticipated Mass Effect 3 draws closer to launch, Razer today unveiled a fairly robust product line specifically aimed at fans of the upcoming game. The peripherals themselves aren't entirely new, but include a heaping handful of gaming gear outfitted with a Mass Effect 3 themed makeover. "BioWare is pulling out all of...

Hot Thursday Deals: Dell HDTV, Logitech MK550, LG 42PT350 Plasma TV and More

Hot Thursday Deals: Dell HDTV, Logitech MK550, LG 42PT350 Plasma TV and More

The deal wagon just pulled up for lunch time here.  It's kind of like the chuck wagon at work but without the heartburn-inducing burrito and Mountain Dew to help the day pass a little quicker.  LogicBuy is offering up a bit of screen real estate today, with 24-inch LCD panels and 42-inch plasma TVs.  Logitech and LG are in on...

Lancool Announces PC-K56N Mid Tower Chassis

Lancool Announces PC-K56N Mid Tower Chassis

Lancool announced a new mid-tower PC chassis that's part of the company's Dragon Lord Series. The PC-K56N is designed for ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. This case features a side panel with 140mm or 120mm fan holes as well as a rear 120mm fan and a 140mm front fan.  The PC-K56N has easy-to-remove, washable air filters in front...

Acer Reveals S271HL Ultra Slim LED Monitor

Acer Reveals S271HL Ultra Slim LED Monitor

Acer announced the new S271HL S1 series LED monitor that features a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. This monitor also touts a response time of 2 ms and features HDMI and DVI ports with HDCP support. As you might guess from its model number, the S271HLA is a 27-inch monitor. It features an ultra-slim 24 mm profile. The S271HLA utilizes...

Antec Announces EarthWatts Platinum, Energy-Conscious Mainstream PSUs

Antec Announces EarthWatts Platinum, Energy-Conscious Mainstream PSUs

With the release of its EarthWatts Platinum line of PSUs, Antec is offering more efficient versions of its EarthWatts lineup. The new PSUs are 80 PLUS Platinum certified and come in 450W, 550W, and 650W models. Features include a 120mm ball-bearing fan (designed for minimal noise with Thermal Manager, Japanese capacitors, and CircuitShield...

AOC Outs 27-inch LED Monitor

AOC Outs 27-inch LED Monitor

Coming this April to a retailer near you will be the AOC e2752Vh monitor, which features a 27-inch display, 2ms response time, and a 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The device also features built-in 2.5-watt speakers with SRS sound in an effort to relieve the user of the need for external speakers while gaming or watching movies. With a 1920x1080...

Sony's Ericsson Buyout Is Complete, Sony Mobile Communications Rises

Sony's Ericsson Buyout Is Complete, Sony Mobile Communications Rises

Welp, so long Sony Ericsson. The mobile partnership that probably should've never been is coming to a formal close. Months after Sony announced that SE would be dissolved in favor of a Sony-led mobile effort, the company finally has the particulars in place. The main change is the final name. Instead of just "Sony," the new company will be...

NVIDIA's Q4 2011 Earnings Are In: Revenue Up 12.8%, Net Income Of $116 Million

NVIDIA's Q4 2011 Earnings Are In: Revenue Up 12.8%, Net Income Of $116 Million

Numbers, and more numbers. NVIDIA's pushing out their latest quarterly earnings report, and earn they did. The company has some pretty spectacular Q4 2012 figures, with revenue for the year increasing 12.8% to $4 billion compared to fiscal 2011. GAAP gross margin for the year was 51.4 percent, up 11.6 percentage points; non-GAAP gross margin...

Motorola Reveals Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Roadmap

Motorola Reveals Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Roadmap

Every Android fan wants a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and those ICS updates can't come out fast enough. Even worse is not knowing when your phone or tablet will receive an upgrade, forcing you spend more time that you'd like scouring the Web looking for any hint of new information, substantiated or not. Well, if you own a Motorola...

Sapphire Readies AMD Fusion-Powered Edge-HD3 Mini PC

Sapphire Readies AMD Fusion-Powered Edge-HD3 Mini PC

It's amazing what you can discover by digging around the Web. Head over to the FCC's website, for example, and you might stumble upon an intriguing Fusion-powered nettop from Sapphire. Rather than release another pint-sized system with an Intel Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics running the show, Sapphire's upcoming Edge-HD3 Mini PC will...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro and LCD, Lenovo DVD Drive, Canon MFP

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro and LCD, Lenovo DVD Drive, Canon MFP

We’ve got a fresh batch on HOT deals on tap for you all today, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Wednesday, we have an Intel-based Dell Vostro desktop system, a 24” LED-backlit, FullHD Dell monitor, an external DVD drive from Lenovo and a Canon multi-function printer. Dell Vostro 260 Core i5-2400 3.1GHz...

LaCie 4TB And 6TB 2big Thunderbolt Series Now Available to Purchase

LaCie 4TB And 6TB 2big Thunderbolt Series Now Available to Purchase

At long last, LaCie's 2big Thunderbolt Series has arrived and is up for sale on the company's website, provided you have the scratch. Initially available in 4TB and 6TB sizes, these big drives command equally big price tags, with the lower capacity model costing $649 and the larger size drive going for $799. That works out to about 16 cents...

SanDisk Promises Faster, More Responsive Computing Experience With New Extreme SSD

SanDisk Promises Faster, More Responsive Computing Experience With New Extreme SSD

SanDisk announced the new SanDisk Extreme SSD, which claims to be 10 times faster than a 7,200 RPM hard drive. According to SanDisk, the new SanDisk Extreme SSD can boot a PC in less than 16 seconds, offers faster application launches, and reduces in-game delays. The SanDisk Extreme SSD delivers up to 83,000 maximum random write IOPS and up...

CyberPower Targets Gamers With New Zeus Desktop Systems

CyberPower Targets Gamers With New Zeus Desktop Systems

CyberPower unveiled its Zeus series of desktop computers that feature Intel’s new i7-3820 CPU, AMD FX CPUs, NZXT’s Switch 810 chassis, and Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling. Initially, the Zeus series will include six models. The Zeus Thunder 1000, 2000, 300 and MAX will feature Intel’s latest CPUs, such as the 2nd Gen. Core...

Alcatel-Lucent Announces lightRadio WiFi, Smooths Handoffs Between Cell and WiFi Networks

Alcatel-Lucent Announces lightRadio WiFi, Smooths Handoffs Between Cell and WiFi Networks

It’s no secret that cell carriers are constantly fighting to keep up with the increasing data demands on their networks, and with projections indicating that mobile data usage will continue to skyrocket over the next few years, providers need to offload any workloads they can. Bumping network activity from cellular networks to available...

MAINGEAR Now Offering Affordable HD 7700 Series Graphics Cards in Systems

MAINGEAR Now Offering Affordable HD 7700 Series Graphics Cards in Systems

It’s HD 7770 and HD 7750 day here on the Internet, and MAINGEAR turned out to celebrate by offering the AMD Radeon HD 7700 series graphics cards in its systems. The HD 7770 occupies two slots and features 1GB DDR5 memory and a 1GHz core clock with DVI, HMDI, and two mini-DisplayPorts, while the single-slot HD 7750 has the same memory...

HP WebOS Open Source Releases Begin

HP WebOS Open Source Releases Begin

WebOS may be "dead," but it's far from gone and buried. HP noted that the software would live on in some form or another, with open source coding to be released into the wild so that device lovers could do with it what they wanted. As 2012 hits full stride, WebOS is poking its head out of the door once more, with deliver of quite a few things...

LightSquared Keeps The Good Fight Going Against GPS, Says Network Won't Interfere

LightSquared Keeps The Good Fight Going Against GPS, Says Network Won't Interfere

Not really surprising, but things aren't looking so good for LightSquared. The company has been fighting for what feels like ages to get their wholesale LTE network approved despite staunch opposition from naysayers who contend that the network will interfere with GPS usage, and they've seemingly been losing more and more ground by the day....

AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPU Reviews

AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPU Reviews

AMD is launching two more Radeon HD 7000 series products today, the Radeon HD 7770 and 7750, but unlike the 7970 and 7950, these two new cards are based on a fresh GPU codenamed “Cape Verde”. Cape Verde has essentially the same feature set as the more powerful Tahiti, but is pared down to target a totally different market segment,...

Microsoft Office Announcement Leaves ARM Community Wondering What's Going On

Microsoft Office Announcement Leaves ARM Community Wondering What's Going On

Last week, Windows 8's head developer, Steven Sinofsky, published an 8,600-word blog post describing virtually every facet of Windows 8's development, including the hardware Microsoft has used for system testing and simulation. One of the major bullet points of the announcement was the following: WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft...

HP Announces “World’s First” 27-inch AIO Workstation

HP Announces “World’s First” 27-inch AIO Workstation

“All-in-one” and “workstation” are generally not terms one would use in the same sentence (unless that sentence was “I wish I could get an all-in-one that’s as powerful as a real workstation computer”), but HP is trying to change that with the release of a 27-inch AIO with impressive specs. The HP...

OCZ Introduces Z-Drive R4 CloudServ Solid State Storage System

OCZ Introduces Z-Drive R4 CloudServ Solid State Storage System

OCZ announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe flash storage solution. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD uses OCZ’s integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ’s SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be used...

AMD's Graphics CTO Leaves Company

AMD's Graphics CTO Leaves Company

AMD has confirmed that Eric Demers, AMD's graphics Chief Technology Officer and head of the graphics business unit, has left the company to "pursue other opportunities." His job will be taken over by Mark Papermaster until a replacement is found. AMD notes in a prepared statement that it "remains fully committed to our critical graphics IP...

Cooler Master Rolls Out Silent Pro M2 Power Supply Series

Cooler Master Rolls Out Silent Pro M2 Power Supply Series

You often hear computers being compared to cars, especially when it comes to tinkering and overclocking, but whereas there's nothing sweeter sounding than the loud roar of a big block engine, PCs are most admired when they run silently. That's not always easy to accomplish, and to help you towards that goal, Cooler Master just launched its...

Hot Deals Tuesday with Love: Planar 27" LCD, Sony Dash, Canon EOS Rebel and More

Hot Deals Tuesday with Love: Planar 27" LCD, Sony Dash, Canon EOS Rebel and More

We're back again on this day of love and remembrance with a little techno-romance from our friends at LogicBuy.  There are an assortment of sweet treats available today so we'll just tee 'em up and let Cupid strike you down with geek desire... 27" Planar PX2710MW 2ms 1080p LCD Monitor for $210 with free shipping (normally $299 - use coupon...

Noctua's DH-14 CPU Cooler, Sandy Bridge-E Tested and Burned In

Noctua's DH-14 CPU Cooler, Sandy Bridge-E Tested and Burned In

A few months back, we examined the performance of four liquid coolers for the Sandy Bridge-E socket LGA 2011 platform: Corsair's H80 and H100, Maingear's Epic 180, and Intel's own reference cooler. Liquid coolers are popular with high-end OEMs and some enthusiasts, but they aren't cheap -- and there's a certain group of enthusiasts who aren't...

High-Tech Handymen at iFixIt Hack and Slash Motorola's Droid 4 Smartphone

High-Tech Handymen at iFixIt Hack and Slash Motorola's Droid 4 Smartphone

The only people who concern themselves with non-removable batteries are those who are afraid to get their hands dirty and/or anyone who gets squeamish when thinking about prying open pricey electronics gear. Luckily for them, and for the rest of use who appreciate a good old fashioned teardown, the folks at iFixIt are never afraid to crack...

Google, Motorola Deal Gets Green Light of Approval, Let the Patent Wars Begin

Google, Motorola Deal Gets Green Light of Approval, Let the Patent Wars Begin

Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission gave Google their respective blessings to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, the two agencies said in separate announcements. Taking it one step further, the DoJ also said it would allow Apple, Microsoft, and Research In Motion (RIM) to purchase certain Nortel patents,...

Chinon Rolls Out Low-Cost Android Tablets

Chinon Rolls Out Low-Cost Android Tablets

The quest for a good low-cost tablet continues with Chinon’s announcement of a pair of Android tablets called the Swtich 7 and Switch 10. The 7-inch model starts at $159.99, while the 10-inch version starts at $279.99. "There is no reason why consumers who want to experience the excitement of tablets should be priced out of the market....

U.S. DoJ Okays Purchase Of Nortel Patents By RIM, Apple, Others

U.S. DoJ Okays Purchase Of Nortel Patents By RIM, Apple, Others

Nortel Networks crashed and burned in spectacular fashion a few years ago, and ever since the company's remains have been hanging around and sniffed out by other major technology companies. Apple, Microsoft and RIM in particular have been on the hunt for the valuable Nortel patents that remain, and the United States Department of Justice's...

AT&T Brings U-verse TV Watching To The iPad

AT&T Brings U-verse TV Watching To The iPad

AT&T's U-verse TV service may not be everywhere, but for the folks that can get access, there's one more reason to also snag an iPad. As the Apple ecosystem slinks into even more corners of the entertainment universe, AT&T has announced this week that its AT&T U-verse for iPad App, which makes it easy for users to connect their...

Mozilla Preps Metro Friendly Version of Firefox for Windows 8

Mozilla Preps Metro Friendly Version of Firefox for Windows 8

Get ready to see Firefox like you've never seen it before. Mozilla is working on an all new version of its popular browser for Windows 8, which will include a new Firefox front end and system integration points that will better integrate with the Metro UI environment. It will be a full-screen browser focused on touch interactions, and it will...

Mario Converse Sneaks Might Be the Coolest Kicks Ever

Mario Converse Sneaks Might Be the Coolest Kicks Ever

Forget about your classic Air Jordan sneakers from Nike, or your Kobe 7 kicks and Lebron 9 shoes (both also from Nike). Arguably the coolest pair of sneakers ever were the Converse Weapons, which could be bought about two-and-a-half decades ago in obnoxious yellow or garish green, depending on whether you favored Magic Johnson or Larry Bird....

iBUYPOWER Now Offers Intel Core i7-3820 in Desktop Lines

iBUYPOWER Now Offers Intel Core i7-3820 in Desktop Lines

Custom PC maker iBUYPOWER is now including the Intel Core i7-3820 (3.6GHz) processor a an option for its Chimera 4, Paladin XLC, and Erebus Custom Liquid Cooling systems, replacing the X58-based CPUs the company was offering. In the emailed press release, Vice President of iBUYPOWER Darren Su, said, “We are excited to offer these speedy...

Hot Deals Are Back: Lenovo's ThinkPad X130e, Alienware Aurora Gaming PC, Dell 22" LCD, OCZ Agility SSD, More

Hot Deals Are Back: Lenovo's ThinkPad X130e, Alienware Aurora Gaming PC, Dell 22" LCD, OCZ Agility SSD, More

After a short hiatus, our daily HOT deal posts are back, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on ThinkPad X130e AMD-based laptop, the Alienware Aurora Core i7-based gaming desktop system, an OCZ Agility 3 SSD, an LG HD TV and a Dell LED-backlit, FullHD LCD... 11.6" Lenovo ThinkPad X130e AMD E-300 1.3GHz...

MediaTek Launches Platform for Entry- and Mid-Level Smartphones, Includes ICS

MediaTek Launches Platform for Entry- and Mid-Level Smartphones, Includes ICS

The leap from a so-called “dumbphone” to a smartphone is huge; unfortunately, so is the cost in most cases. There’s a growing market domestically and worldwide for entry- and mid-level smartphones, and MediaTek has a platform designed for those smartphone market segments. In a press release, MediaTek quotes Neil Mawston,...

Apple Launches Investigations Into Supplier Conduct, Work Environments

Apple Launches Investigations Into Supplier Conduct, Work Environments

Apple recently took a PR hammering after the New York Times published a report claiming that labor conditions at the company's Chinese partner Foxconn continued to be poor--and that Apple knew about it and chose to do nothing. CEO Tim Cook blasted the allegations at the time, but has followed up nonetheless. Apple announced today that the...

New Study Documents Relationship Between Ticket Sales, Movie Piracy

New Study Documents Relationship Between Ticket Sales, Movie Piracy

The impact of piracy on the music business has been studied in detail, but the relationship between illegal downloads and film revenue hasn't been explored to nearly the same degree. A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Wellesely College has examined the impact of BitTorrent on domestic and foreign ticket sales and...

Samsung Reveals 7-inch GALAXY Tab 2

Samsung Reveals 7-inch GALAXY Tab 2

Samsung is expanding its Galaxy Tab line with the introduction of the new GALAXY Tab 2. This 7-inch (1024x600) tablet will be available in 3G and Wi-Fi only versions. The GALAXY Tab 2 is Samsung's first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet. Key hardware features include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of onboard...

Apple Share Price Tops $500, Officially Cheaper to Buy an iPad

Apple Share Price Tops $500, Officially Cheaper to Buy an iPad

Shares of Apple rose to above $500 for the first time ever on Monday, continuing a rally that began over two weeks ago when the Cupertino outfit reported record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share. Those and other positive figures weren't lost on investors, who...

46: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 13, 2012

46: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 13, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the MainGear SHIFT do-it-yourself case kit and the recently released Intel SSD 520 series solid state drive built on SandForce controller technology. The guys also discuss the used game debate and game devs locking down DLC content for new game...

Origin Debuts Powerful New EON17-X Desktop Replacement Laptop

Origin Debuts Powerful New EON17-X Desktop Replacement Laptop

Origin announced a powerful new laptop for gamers, artists, and professionals in the form of the EON17-X desktop replacement laptop. The EON17-X features an Intel X79 chipset along with 2nd generation Intel hexcore processors and overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI. This laptop is also the first laptop from Origin to...

Apple Now Asking For Galaxy Nexus Sales To Be Barred

Apple Now Asking For Galaxy Nexus Sales To Be Barred

Well, this just got even more interesting. Last October, it was reported that Samsung's Galaxy Nexus was designed to be "Apple-proof." Basically, it was engineered specifically to step outside of those bounds that has drawn fire from Apple's legal team. Guess they missed the market. Apple has just upped the ante in the Apple vs. Samsung spat...

Google Bringing Better YouTube Integration Into Google TV

Google Bringing Better YouTube Integration Into Google TV

Google TV's getting even better. With 2012 being the year that Google finally tries to really hone in on making Google TV a product with a serious amount of traction, massaging YouTube into the mix seems like a sound idea. After all, billions of hours of content are consumed in what feels like a blink of an eye on YouTube, and making the whole...

Google-Motorola Acquisition Reportedly Close to EU, U.S. Approval

Google-Motorola Acquisition Reportedly Close to EU, U.S. Approval

Google has been trying to acquire Motorola Mobility and its thousands of patents for months. Soon, according to a Reuters report, the acquisition should receive approved from the European Commission and U.S. Justice Department. A decision about whether to approve the deal or ask for more review is expected as early as Monday. Even so, Google...

Microsoft's Valentine's Gift is a Series of Security Updates (Patch Tuesday)

Microsoft's Valentine's Gift is a Series of Security Updates (Patch Tuesday)

The second Patch Tuesday of 2012 falls on February 14, otherwise known as Valentine's Day, and instead of a box of chocolates or flowers, Microsoft is giving its users the gift of security via nine security bulletins. Four of the updates are rated Critical and other five are labeled Important by the Redmond software giant. All but one of the...

Acer Aspire One D270 Netbook Pops Up for Pre-Order

Acer Aspire One D270 Netbook Pops Up for Pre-Order

Remember netbooks? If you haven't already been bitten by the Ultrabook bug and don't want to spend upwards of $700 on a higher end machine, next-generation netbooks built around Intel's Cedar Trail platform are finally starting to trickle out. Acer was one of the biggest players during the netbook's original run, and the company's all-new...

ComScore's 2012 Digital Future In Focus Report Shows Shifts In Email, Online Viewing

ComScore's 2012 Digital Future In Focus Report Shows Shifts In Email, Online Viewing

The times, they are a-changing. It's an old saying, but it's still proving true. ComScore's latest figures are the crux of that in the tech world, with the 2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus report showing a monumental shift in e-mail usage amongst the youth in the U.S. This annual report examines how the prevailing trends in social media,...

Oregon Scientific Gets Into Kids' Tablet Game With MEEP! Android Slate

Oregon Scientific Gets Into Kids' Tablet Game With MEEP! Android Slate

If you're late to the game, you might as well bring some serious naming heat to get noticed. That's what Oregon Scientific are doing, with the unveiling of the "MEEP!" Android tablet. That's correct; there's now a tablet named MEEP! It's pretty tough to believe, but true nonetheless. Not surprisingly, it's designed for children, and will reportedly...

Eurocom's Panther 4.0 Uses Ultrabooks as Chew Toys

Eurocom's Panther 4.0 Uses Ultrabooks as Chew Toys

The current trend in laptops is towards smaller, slimmer, and lighter devices, hence why Intel gave birth to the Ultrabook form factor. But if you think anything less than a full-fledged desktop replacement is for mobile wimps, Eurocom has a new system that might be right up your alley. It's the Panther 4.0, a beast of a system built around...

AT&T to Double Upgrade Fee to $36, Says It's Covering Costs

AT&T to Double Upgrade Fee to $36, Says It's Covering Costs

If you're looking to upgrade to a new handset with AT&T and re-up your contract, you'll save a few bucks by making a decision today rather than waiting until tomorrow. Effective Sunday, February 12, AT&T is reportedly going to double its upgrade from $18 to $36, a move the company says is necessary to cover overall costs associated...

Amazon Might Launch New 7-inch and 9-inch Kindle Fire Tablets Mid-Year

Amazon Might Launch New 7-inch and 9-inch Kindle Fire Tablets Mid-Year

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet continue to sell like hotcakes, assuming hotcakes sell like, well, Kindle Fire devices. The point is Amazon successfully launched a 7-inch competitor to the iPad and all the also-rans in the tablet space, so if you're Amazon, what do you do for a second act? Launch a bigger version, of course. According to Pacific...

Bluetooth SIG Pushing Low-Energy Tech With Fitness-Minded Working Group

Bluetooth SIG Pushing Low-Energy Tech With Fitness-Minded Working Group

Bluetooth devices have been playing an increasingly important role in our lives, and with BT 3.0 and BT 4.0, low-energy devices are getting in on the fun as well. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is announcing the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group, and members are being accepted as we speak. This group will work...

Wolfram Alpha's Computational Search Engine Goes Pro, Hopes You'll Pony Up

Wolfram Alpha's Computational Search Engine Goes Pro, Hopes You'll Pony Up

Wolfram Alpha doesn't have the buzz of a Google or Bing, but the unique search company still has some serious life left in it. Aside from being chosen as the go-to source for Apple's Siri, the company's launching a new "Pro" service that builds on its already-expanding computational knowledge engine. "Wolfram|Alpha Pro is a major step forward...

Hitachi Claims Industry-First 25nm Enterprise-Class SSDs

Hitachi Claims Industry-First 25nm Enterprise-Class SSDs

With the release of the Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S.B family, Hitachi lays claim to an industry first with a 25nm SLC NAND flash design. The company teamed up with Intel to develop the 2.5-inch enterprise-class drives, which are available in capacities of 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB and feature a 6Gbps SCSI (SAS) interface. The Ultrastar SSD400S.Bs...

Rumor: Apple to Revamp Entire MacBook Pro Line in 2012

Rumor: Apple to Revamp Entire MacBook Pro Line in 2012

According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple will be revamping its entire MacBook Pro line this year. In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs. The new Pros will feature the Air’s all-aluminum unibody design and slim down by eliminating ODDs and HDDs in favor of reliance upon Apple’s...

Sprint May Launch An Early Upgrade Buyout Program

Sprint May Launch An Early Upgrade Buyout Program

According to a memo obtained by SprintFeed, Sprint is planning a promotion that will let customers upgrade phones even if they're still under contract. The new program is designed to help boost customer morale and provide a way for customers to buy themselves out of their current contract in order to get a new handset. The memo suggests the...

More From TUL: PowerColor HD7970 With Dual Fans

More From TUL: PowerColor HD7970 With Dual Fans

Hot on the heels of its announcement of a pair of HD7950 graphics cards, TUL unveiled the PowerColor HD7970, which features a dual 92mm fan design like its PCS+ HD7950. The card also features a SSU-shape heat pipe to aid in cooling and noise reduction, which the company claims can cut excess sound by as much as 15%. The PowerColor HD7970 has...

Raspberry Pi Sets Record Straight on $25 PC

Raspberry Pi Sets Record Straight on $25 PC

Despite what you may have read or heard recently, Raspberry Pi Foundation's much anticipated $25 PC will be available to purchase by the end of this month, the company said in a statement today. There had been some confusion as to when consumers would be able to get their hands on one after snippets of an upcoming interview with Raspberry...

Valve Confirms Encrypted Credit Card Info May Have Been Swiped in Last Year's Steam Security Breach

Valve Confirms Encrypted Credit Card Info May Have Been Swiped in Last Year's Steam Security Breach

Gabe Newell, head of Valve, has begun emailing Steam users today to let them know he and his company continue to investigate last year's security breach in which hackers vandalized Steam's forums. He also wants to give users a heads up that a backup file containing encrypted credit card details and other personal information was likely stolen....

New Sony CEO Discusses Future As Ratings Agencies Savage Company's Credit

New Sony CEO Discusses Future As Ratings Agencies Savage Company's Credit

Sony's new chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, has a monumental task in front of him. He's been charged with reversing Sony's years of losses, even as problems continue to pile up in the wake of ex-CEO Howard Stringer's departure. The road back to profitability got even steeper today, with news that Standard and Poor's has slashed its long-term...

First Photos of Likely Droid Incredible 3 Hit the Web

First Photos of Likely Droid Incredible 3 Hit the Web

Here we thought HTC was going to slow things down a tick after announcing another round of comparatively disappointing financial results, but so far that hasn't been the case. HTC said it was going shift its strategy from bombarding the marketplace with a bevy of devices to concentrating on a just a few well polished handsets, and while that...

Comprehensive Testing Illustrates AMD's Strengths, Weaknesses In Servers

Comprehensive Testing Illustrates AMD's Strengths, Weaknesses In Servers

AMD's Financial Analyst Day last week made it clear that while the company is primarily focused on consumer products and SoC design, it still wants to be a player in the server market. The various presentations were a bit unclear as to how AMD thought it would make that happen -- there was plenty of mention of "the cloud", but few details...

DirecTiVo HD DVR Boxes Now Rolling Out Nationwide

DirecTiVo HD DVR Boxes Now Rolling Out Nationwide

TiVo. What a brand. Everyone with a DVR has probably slipped up and called their generic DVR a "TiVo" at some point, and now the company's hoping to replace some of those black boxes with genuine TiVo boxes courtesy of a deal with DirecTV. The company announced this week the nationwide availability of the TiVo HD DVR from DirecTV, better known...

Dell Dipping Their Toes Into VoIP With "Dell Voice" Offering

Dell Dipping Their Toes Into VoIP With "Dell Voice" Offering

What exactly is Dell these days? A PC maker? A smartphone maker? A tablet maker? Dell's been trying a little bit of everything the past few years in an effort to see where traction could be gained, and so it's hardly a surprise to see them delving into yet another market: voice over IP. This week, Dell Canada and Fongo announced the launch...

Report: Google Close to Launching Cloud Storage Service

Report: Google Close to Launching Cloud Storage Service

Although Google is the reigning king of online services with offerings such as Gmail, Google Docs, and an ever-fluctuating lineup of myriad other products, the search giant has not yet introduced a straightforward cloud storage service. According to a report from the Wall street Journal, that’s about to change. Citing “people familiar...

Buying New Games No Sure Way To Support Developers, Either

Buying New Games No Sure Way To Support Developers, Either

Over the past 10 days, we've discussed the question of used games and how revenue is divided. One of the few points that both GameStop and game developers agree on is that buying a used game doesn't directly benefit the publisher or developer in any way, though there's reason to think that a strong secondary market boosts gaming sales in general....

Gigabyte and CyberpowerPC Partnering to Offer Intel OC Warranty for Free

Gigabyte and CyberpowerPC Partnering to Offer Intel OC Warranty for Free

Intel recently unveiled a special warranty plan that allows users a one-time replacement for a processor they inadvertently cook while overclocking, but it cost a (relatively) small fee--between $20-35, depending on your particular CPU. Gigabyte and CyberpowerPC have partnered to offer Intel’s plan, called the Intel Performance Tuning...

Lenovo Makes Bank in Third Fiscal Quarter, Raises Share to All-Time High

Lenovo Makes Bank in Third Fiscal Quarter, Raises Share to All-Time High

Lenovo's been on a roll as of late, and as a result, it's been rolling in the dough. The PC maker reported pre-tax income of $192 million for its third fiscal quarter ended on December 31, 2011, a whopping 59 percent year-over-year increase and a record high, along with record quarterly sales of $8.4 billion. Those aren't the only personal...

Micron Launches New Category of Low Power DDR3 Solutions for Mobile Devices

Micron Launches New Category of Low Power DDR3 Solutions for Mobile Devices

It doesn't take a detective to figure out that today's mobile devices are getting smaller, slimmer, and more powerful, which means less room for heat dissipation and potentially lower battery life. To help with both of those side effects, Micron today introduced a new product category of low-power DDR3 solutions targeted at the tablet and...

Apple Reportedly Plans iPad 3 Event for Early March

Apple Reportedly Plans iPad 3 Event for Early March

Apple iPad launch events are arguably less exciting these days now that Android has picked up its game with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the emergence of low-cost tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, but if you've been itching for a new tablet to come out of Cupertino, it looks like you'll get some relief next month. John...

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review

When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who...

Kodak To Exit Digital Camera Market

Kodak To Exit Digital Camera Market

Eastman Kodak announced plans to stop selling digital cameras. Considering Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection last month, this announcement isn't entirely out of the blue. According to the announcement, Kodak will phase out all digital camera sales within the first half of this year. With this phase out, Kodak will then focus on its online...

Vonage's New Mobile Calling App Lets iPhone And Android Users Communicate For Free

Vonage's New Mobile Calling App Lets iPhone And Android Users Communicate For Free

Who doesn't like free? Vonage, which is still around helping people who love home phones, is finally taking a serious leap into what's next: mobile. The company just announced the new Vonage Mobile iPhone and Android app, which lets users make free high-definition calls and send free texts to all users of the app, worldwide. It works over...

Microsoft Unveiling Windows 8 Consumer Preview On Feb. 29th

Microsoft Unveiling Windows 8 Consumer Preview On Feb. 29th

Doing anything special for leap year? Now you are. Microsoft just announced that a Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be made available to the public starting Feb. 29th, between 3PM and 5PM, presumably local time. Oddly, the move is being made in conjunction with the Mobile World Congress trade show, which is obviously focused on mobile, not...

Taiwanese Manufacturers Complaining about Intel's Prices. Again

Taiwanese Manufacturers Complaining about Intel's Prices. Again

Fresh news out of Taiwan is that Intel and AMD, despite their keen interest in the tablet market, "cannot compete with solutions from ARM in terms of price." The statements, purportedly from various notebook manufacturers, are meant to imply that the two manufacturers (especially Intel) must reduce costs if they ever hope to gain any traction...

Windows 8 Designed To Improve App-level Power Efficiency

Windows 8 Designed To Improve App-level Power Efficiency

For most of the 27 years since the first portable computer was announced, computer power use has been treated as a function of the underlying hardware. Even today, OS-level power optimizations are discussed in terms of whether or not the operating system properly supports the low-power operating modes of the CPU. The idea of optimizing the...

Cooler Master Launches Rotatable Elite 361 Mini Tower

Cooler Master Launches Rotatable Elite 361 Mini Tower

Your PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles can stand upright or lay on their sides, so shouldn't your home theater PC (HTPC) be able to do the same thing? That depends entirely on which computer case you choose. Cooler Master's new Elite 361 mini tower is one of just a handful of cases that have been designed to work their mojo in either...

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Now Available to Order

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Now Available to Order

You can only tease so long before it's time to put up or shut up, and after creating a bit of buzz over its glass-covered Envy 14 Spectre laptop with sneak peeks dating back to before CES, Hewlett-Packard has made its newest Ultrabook available to purchase online starting at $1,400. That's well above the sub-$1,000 price point Intel would...

AMD Quietly Rolls Out a Pair of Athlon II X4 Processors

AMD Quietly Rolls Out a Pair of Athlon II X4 Processors

AMD apparently isn't finished attaching its Athlon II moniker to Llano parts, as evidenced by a couple of new Athlon II X4 processors the chip maker quietly introduced this week. Specifically, AMD added the Athlon II X4 638 and 641 to its official product price list. Both of these are based on AMD's Llano architecture and ship without an integrated...

G.Skill Keeps a Low Profile with Ares Extreme Performance Kits

G.Skill Keeps a Low Profile with Ares Extreme Performance Kits

G.Skill’s new Ares DDR3 memory kits are DIMMs with low-profile heat spreaders (measuring a total of 3.2cm in height) and are designed to accommodate bulky coolers and small form factor cases. They’re Intel XMP-compliant, sport orange or blue color schemes, and come in a variety of configurations (8GB-32GB, 1333MHz-2133MHz) as seen...

Antec Announces “One” Budget-Friendly Gaming Case

Antec Announces “One” Budget-Friendly Gaming Case

Antec announced the Antec One enclosure, a gaming case designed to offer solid features and performance for those on a budget--even a small budget, as the street price looks to be around $60. (Two special versions of the case, the One S and One S3 are forthcoming and will cost a bit less.) For cooling, the One can accommodate a total of 5...

Droid 4 Lands On Verizon Wireless Network This Friday

Droid 4 Lands On Verizon Wireless Network This Friday

We've heard about the Motorola Droid 4 for a while now, but only recently did we get an official release date for this phone. This new smartphone will be available this Friday, February 10. As you may recall, the Motorola Droid 4 claims to be the thinnest and most powerful 4G smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The Droid 4 measures less than...

Logitech's New Mouse Eliminates Buttons, Uses Touch-Friendly Controls

Logitech's New Mouse Eliminates Buttons, Uses Touch-Friendly Controls

Logitech introduced a new mouse that takes some notes from the way we navigate on smartphones and tablets. The new Touch Mouse M600 is a gesture-based mouse that lets you scroll, swipe, and surf wherever your fingertips rest on the mouse. The mouse doesn't care which hand you use, and the click areas can be reassigned using the Logitech SetPoint...

Should Next-Gen Consoles Be Upgradeable? The Pros and Cons

Should Next-Gen Consoles Be Upgradeable? The Pros and Cons

With all the recent discussions of future consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we've decided to tackle one of the most significant questions--should future consoles be upgradeable? Historically, console add-ons that boosted the performance of the primary unit haven't done well. Sega's Mega-CD and 32x additions to the original Genesis both failed;...

Elevate Becomes Latest MVNO Mobile Provider To Use Sprint's Airwaves

Elevate Becomes Latest MVNO Mobile Provider To Use Sprint's Airwaves

If there's one thing Sprint's good at, it's leasing their network space to others. Virgin Mobile, Common Centers and tons of MVNOs that have come and gone select Sprint for their services, and it looks like American needs one more option. Elevate is the newest company to sign an agreement with Sprint Nextel, whereby Elevate will sell mobile...

Microsoft And 24/7 Partner To Bring Improved Customer Support

Microsoft And 24/7 Partner To Bring Improved Customer Support

Customer service. It's hugely important, but oft goes unchecked. In many cases, it's just outright overlooked. The amount of CSR complaints revolving around technology companies in general is staggering, and honestly, it's tough to find a single company with overwhelmingly positive remarks regarding service to the end-user. Microsoft knows...

Chinese Company Seeks $1.6 Billion and Apology from Apple for iPad Trademark

Chinese Company Seeks $1.6 Billion and Apology from Apple for iPad Trademark

Apple may have bitten off more than it cares to chew when it purchased the iPad trademark from Taiwan's Proview Technology for a mere $55,000 back in 2006. There's now a dispute over whether Apple was granted permission to use the trademark in mainland China. Proview says that was never part of the deal, Apple says it was, and the former is...

Bethesda Launches Skyrim Creation Kit; New High Resolution Textures

Bethesda Launches Skyrim Creation Kit; New High Resolution Textures

Bethesda Softworks released a one-two punch today; simultaneously debuting the Skyrim Creation Kit and a surprise -- new, high-resolution textures for its smash hit. The Creation Kit gives modders access to the same tools the game developers use for updating and creating Skyrim. The Creation Kit is integrated into the Steam Workshop--for those...

Chrome for Android is Finally Here, for ICS Only

Chrome for Android is Finally Here, for ICS Only

Today is a good day for Android users with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, and a great day for Android users who prefer the Chrome web browser for their desktop browsers. Google announced Chrome for Android today, and of course, it’s technically in beta. The current default Android browser is fine, but it’s nothing special,...

Best Buy Downplays Apple TV Survey after Getting Hopes Up

Best Buy Downplays Apple TV Survey after Getting Hopes Up

Best Buy recently sent out a consumer survey that, among other things, asked participants a series of questions about a 42-inch Apple TV for $1,499 with iOS baked in. This being the age of the Internet and all, it didn't take long for a screenshot of the survey to leak online, which prompted speculation that such a TV not only exists, but...

Amazon Drops S3 Prices Worldwide

Amazon Drops S3 Prices Worldwide

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) is cloud storage at its most strighforward, offering a simple (hence the name) way for individuals and enterprises alike to stash files on Amazon’s massive data centers. Today, Amazon told customers in an email that prices are going down. “With this price change, all Amazon S3 standard...

MAINGEAR Tweaks Its TITAN 17 Notebook

MAINGEAR Tweaks Its TITAN 17 Notebook

MAINGEAR has given its TITAN 17 Notebook a little facelift as well as some new parts under the hood. It now sports an Intel Core i7 3930K or 3960X Extreme Edition, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M (with SLI support) or Quadro 5010M, and a full-size backlit keyboard and numpad. Other specs include up to 32GB of DDR3 system memory, up to three HDDs...

U.S. Online Shopping Falls Just Short of $50 Billion in Q4 2011, comScore Says

U.S. Online Shopping Falls Just Short of $50 Billion in Q4 2011, comScore Says

Online shopping continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. where retail e-commerce sales totaled a whopping $49.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone, according to data from comScore. That's a 14 percent increase over the same quarter one year prior, and the ninth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth. It was also...

Microsoft Confirms April 3 Release of Star Wars Themed Xbox 360 Console

Microsoft Confirms April 3 Release of Star Wars Themed Xbox 360 Console

Is there anything more rad than a Star Wars themed Xbox 360 game console? Had you asked us that question three decades ago, we would have looked at you funny, asked what the frak an Xbox 360 is, and then inquired if they make a Star Wars version of the Atari 2600, the coolest game system on the planet back then. It's a testament to the Star...

NEC MultiSync EA273WM-BK 27-inch LED Monitor Review

NEC MultiSync EA273WM-BK 27-inch LED Monitor Review

As the premiere model in NEC's next generation MultiSync EA Series of desktop displays for high-performance enterprise users, the EA273WM-BK brings a big 27-inch, LED-backlit display to the workplace and is ready to impress with a completely redesigned chassis that's up to 30 percent thinner and 25 percent lighter than previous models. It...

Nokia's Lumia 800 Arriving This Month In White

Nokia's Lumia 800 Arriving This Month In White

Nokia's Lumia line of Windows Phones are still gaining traction around the globe, and as Apple found with the white iPhone, there's a market to be tapped with light-hued smartphones. The Lumia 800, starting later this month, will also be available in white. It'll have Windows Phone 7.5, a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, a 1.4 GHz...

Nikon Releases D800 And D800E Full-Frame DSLR Cameras

Nikon Releases D800 And D800E Full-Frame DSLR Cameras

The D700 finally has a replacement. As one of the oldest, still-current full-frame cameras on the market, the D700 was an oldie-but-goodie. But there's nothing like a major replacement to make us move on to what's next. Nikon just introduced the D800 this evening, with an astounding 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution), a...

AMD Launches New Entry-Level FirePro V3900

AMD Launches New Entry-Level FirePro V3900

AMD's Financial Analyst Day last week contained very little information about the company's plans for its workstation graphics division, but Sunnyvale remains committed to professional graphics. That was the emphatic message from the FirePro personnel we spoke to about this launch; we'll have a review of the card up in the not-too-distant...

The Other Side Of The Used Games Debate: Gamestop Manager Responds

The Other Side Of The Used Games Debate: Gamestop Manager Responds

Our coverage of the content lockout in the just-released game Kingdoms of Amalur and whether or not studios deserve a cut of used games sales kicked off quite a debate last week. We heard from a number of you with strong views on the topic, both pro and con, including an irate GameStop manager who was willing to give us his perspective* on...

EMC Unveils VFCache Enterprise Flash Storage Solution

EMC Unveils VFCache Enterprise Flash Storage Solution

EMC announced its new VFCache (formerly known as “Project Lightning”), a PCIe-based enterprise flash storage solution that uses both hardware and intelligent caching software to deliver speedy access to data. EMC claims that it can reduce latency by 60% and increase performance threefold. VFCache works with EMC’s own FAST...

HotHardware and Gigabyte New Year's Giveaway Winners!

HotHardware and Gigabyte New Year's Giveaway Winners!

The time has come to announce the winners our of latest giveaway! As most of you probably know, this time around, we teamed up with our friends at Gigabyte to give away a few of pieces of HOT hardware. Up for grabs, we had a Z68 series, Z68XP-UD3P motherboard, a GeForce GTX 560 N56GOC-IGI graphics card, and a Force K3 keyboard and M6900 mouse...

False Positive from Avast Labeled Steam as a Virus

False Positive from Avast Labeled Steam as a Virus

Security software maker Avast sike'd out scores of Steam users over the weekend when its antivirus program identified the gaming platform as being infected with a Trojan virus. Gamers flocked to Steam's forums in the wee hours of the morning last night trying to figure if the warning was a false positive, which is exactly what it turned out...

Asus Unveils Triple Slot Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Top Graphics Card

Asus Unveils Triple Slot Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Top Graphics Card

The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP is a factory overclocked graphics card being pitched as the coolest and quietest 7970 money can buy. It's also the biggest. To keep thermals and noise in check, Asus slapped an ultra-wide cooling solution that, along with the PCB, takes up three three -- yes, THREE -- slots in your computer case. All...

AVADirect Now Offering X79 Gaming Notebook

AVADirect Now Offering X79 Gaming Notebook

Sandy Bridge-E chip? Check. X79 chipset? Check. Customizable gaming notebook? Check. AVADirect is clearly pleased to be offering systems based on the Clevo P270WM gaming notebook. The notebook replaces the Clevo X7200 and features the above CPU and chipset along with a trio of hard drives (with RAID options), the NVIDIA GTX 580M (2GB) or Quadro...

Best Buy Survey Hints at 42-inch Apple TV Selling for $1,499

Best Buy Survey Hints at 42-inch Apple TV Selling for $1,499

Best Buy has been sending out consumer surveys asking for people's opinions on potential products and services that could be released. It's a common practice for retailers to do this and normally no one would bat and eyelash at such a survey, but the fact that Best Buy is gauging customers, in detail, about an Apple brand HDTV has people wondering...

Verizon And Redbox Plan Streaming And Physical Media Service

Verizon And Redbox Plan Streaming And Physical Media Service

Verizon and Redbox are teaming up to offer physical media as well as streaming content to subscribers. Although details are still a bit sparse at the moment, Verizon and Coinstar have said the service will offer the convenience and value of Redbox new release disc rentals along with a new content-rich video on-demand streaming and download...

ORIGIN PC Offers Overclocking Up To 5.2GHz Using Affordable New Liquid Cooling System

ORIGIN PC Offers Overclocking Up To 5.2GHz Using Affordable New Liquid Cooling System

ORIGIN PC announced the FROSTBYTE 360 maintenance free liquid cooling system. Using the FROSTBYTE 360, ORIGIN's professional overclocking teams have reached speeds up to 5.2GHz on multiple cores. The system features silent pumps and a high efficiency triple 120mm radiator. Other key features include a micro-channel copper CPU block, 360mm...

Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive Review

Intel SSD 520 Series Solid State Drive Review

Intel is launching a brand new line of solid state drives today, built around SandForce’s popular SF-2200 family of storage processors. The new SSD 520 Series solid state drives, as they are known, will supplant the Marvell-based 510 series at the top of Intel’s consumer-targeted SSD lineup and be offered in capacities ranging...

Micron Appoints New CEO, Promotes CTO Mark Durcan

Micron Appoints New CEO, Promotes CTO Mark Durcan

Following the tragic news that Micron's CEO since 1994 perished late last week in a plane crash, the company has now promoted D. Mark Durcan as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Durcan will also serve as a Director on Micron's Board of Directors. Mark has been the company's CTO in the past, making it a natural step-up. It's surely a bittersweet...

EyeIO Teams With Netflix To Lower Bandwidth Usage

EyeIO Teams With Netflix To Lower Bandwidth Usage

Data consumption is on just about every mind in the mobile realm these days, and increasingly, on the minds of people with ISPs who have data tiers. Streaming Netflix whenever, wherever sure sounds fun, but it eats up gobs of data. Now, there may be a solution to help you use less. EyeIO has announced a new commercial agreement with Netflix...

Details Emerge About the Spark Linux-Based Tablet

Details Emerge About the Spark Linux-Based Tablet

There’s a new tablet in town (well, on its way to town, at least) called the Spark. The Linux-based tablet, based on the Zenithink C71, was announced several days ago, but the fellow behind the project, KDE developer Aaron Seigo, released more details on his blog in a convenient Q&A format. He revealed that the tablet (about $265...

Fujitsu's New Stylistic M350/CA2 Android Tablet Gives Japan the Business

Fujitsu's New Stylistic M350/CA2 Android Tablet Gives Japan the Business

Fujitsu is chasing after business users living in Japan with its new and weirdly named Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet. It's a 7-inch slate Fujitsu recommends for a variety of enterprise applications, such as a portable tablet for pitching business presentations to clients, a digital display terminal for retail stores, or for use in schools,...

PlayStation Network Accounts Will Merge with Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) on February 7

PlayStation Network Accounts Will Merge with Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) on February 7

Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) will cease to exist as of February 7, 2012, but fear not, the service isn't going belly up. It is, however, being renamed Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) which, along with a name change, will bring about changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement, as well as tweaks to the Privacy Policy, all of which...

Ting: Another Contract-Free Mobile Carrier In The U.S.

Ting: Another Contract-Free Mobile Carrier In The U.S.

Does America really need another mobile provider? Perhaps. You may remember the name "Tucows" from early downloading days of the '90s. Now, you'll be familiarizing yourself with a slightly different project of theirs. The company just introduced "Ting," a new mobile service that'll run on Sprint's network and enable yet another option for...

Corning And Samsung Tag-Team On New OLED Glass Venture

Corning And Samsung Tag-Team On New OLED Glass Venture

New OLEDs? Oh, yeah, we'll take that. Corning (the makers of Gorilla Glass) and Samsung have teamed up on a new mobile display venture in order to build a new OLED glass. It's called an "equity venture," where the two will work to make specialty glass substrates for the rapidly expanding organic light emitting diode (OLED) device market. The...

Super Talent Outs Overclocked Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory

Super Talent Outs Overclocked Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory

Another day, another monster memory kit. Super Talent announced the Quadra series of DDR3 memory, which is designed to complement Intel Core i7 six-core processors. The overclocked kits, which total 32GB (8 x 4GB DIMMs) are validated with the X79 chipset and are available in 1600MHz or 1866MHz. Super Talent says the kits are available now,...

Tim Cook Brings Philanthropic Attitude to Apple, Donates $100 Million to Charities

Tim Cook Brings Philanthropic Attitude to Apple, Donates $100 Million to Charities

All eyes are on Tim Cook since assuming the role of Apple's chief executive officer after Steve Jobs' health took a turn for the worse, and now that the co-founder is gone, the world is eager to find out how Cook intends to fill those shoes. Perhaps ironically, Cook has chosen to fill the mighty big shoes Jobs left behind by putting a bigger...

New EPA Rankings Dub Intel Greenest of the Green

New EPA Rankings Dub Intel Greenest of the Green

Intel landed itself on the top spot of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new list of companies using the most renewable energy to power their business. According to the list, the Santa Clara chip maker uses more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy sourced from solar, geothermal, low impact hydro, and biomass...

Motorola Accidentally Ships Some Xoom Tablet Refurbs With User Data Onboard

Motorola Accidentally Ships Some Xoom Tablet Refurbs With User Data Onboard

Well, at least the truth is out there. We often wondered just how well refurbished devices are scrubbed before being resold, and while we've heard of smartphones being sold with contacts still pre-loaded, Motorola's having to chew on some tough leather with their Xoom tablet stash. The company announced hat it has recently learned that approximately...

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies In Plane Crash At Age 51

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies In Plane Crash At Age 51

Micron has grown to become one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, and a lot of the company's success is due to the leadership of Steve Appleton. On Friday, the company's CEO perished in a plane crash at the age of 51. Mark Durcan, Micron President and Chief Operating Officer, said the following: "Steve was...

RIM Attempts To Attract Android Developers With Free PlayBooks

RIM Attempts To Attract Android Developers With Free PlayBooks

RIM recognizes that apps are one of the ingredients to success if you're going to compete in the tablet market today. In an effort to try to woo Android developers, RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who will repackage their app for the BlackBerry AppWorld. The free tablet promotion was announced by RIM's VP of developer...

Skype Rolls Out New Features With Version 5.8 for Windows

Skype Rolls Out New Features With Version 5.8 for Windows

Windows-based Skype users have reason to be enthused with the unveiling of version 5.8. New features include full HD video calls, Facebook audio and video calling, push to talk functionality, and group screen sharing. Assuming you have a capable webcam such as the Logitech C920 (so suggests the blog announcement), users can now make video...

Smartphone Shipments Overtake PCs, Says Report

Smartphone Shipments Overtake PCs, Says Report

In a development that is truly notable yet shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, more smartphones (487.7 million) than PCs (414.6 million) shipped globally for the first time, according to a report by Canalys. Indeed, smartphones gained lots of ground, enjoying 62.7% annual growth from 2010 to 2011. The PC market is also growing, although...

Nokia Lumia Goes Up for Pre-Order, but Only in Microsoft Store

Nokia Lumia Goes Up for Pre-Order, but Only in Microsoft Store

Nokia's hotly anticipated Lumia 900 smartphone built around Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 platform isn't scheduled to launch for another month and a half, but if you want to reserve yours now, all you need is $25 and you're good to go, assuming you live nearby a Microsoft Store. If not, you'll also need a tank of gas to make the trek to one...

Android Malware Downloads are Decreasing, Google Says

Android Malware Downloads are Decreasing, Google Says

Google on Thursday revealed a new service that's been working behind the scenes to protect Android users from malware. It's called "Bouncer," which Google developed to automatically scan the Android Market for potentially malicious software without getting in the way of the end-user. It's Google's way of juggling an open marketplace where...

Apple Patent Hints at Touchscreen iMac Model

Apple Patent Hints at Touchscreen iMac Model

A new iMac Touch model could be in the works over at Apple. Maybe. That's the speculation after the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that describes a desktop system with virtual control on a touchscreen. It's far too early to tell if that's what Apple is up to, but with so many all-in-one (AIO) PCs...

ConnecTV Brings Social TV Viewing To iPad, PC And Soon To Android

ConnecTV Brings Social TV Viewing To iPad, PC And Soon To Android

Is it any wonder that the iPad owns the lion's share of the tablet market? It's all about the apps, and the apps are making the iPad look better and better these days. ConnecTV just launched a highly comprehensive social TV service into public beta, and naturally, the iPad is at the forefront. The iPad already has a number of TV viewing options,...

AT&T Gains Another Tablet: Huawei's 7" MediaPad

AT&T Gains Another Tablet: Huawei's 7" MediaPad

Is 2012 the actual year of the tablet? Looks that way. Even Huawei, a company that's still trying to make a real name for themselves in the U.S., is getting in on the subsidized action. This week, the company announced that the MediaPad tablet will soon be arriving on AT&T airwaves. Beginning February 3, the MediaPad will be available...

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter Available Now

Seagate Thunderbolt Adapter Available Now

There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution,...

Sony’s Annual Net Losses Double Prediction

Sony’s Annual Net Losses Double Prediction

Maybe brand new Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai is rethinking his decision to take the reins of legendary Japanese electronics maker; a day after announcing its new CEO, Sony delivered its financials for the quarter October-December 2011, and the results were less than stellar. The company lost $2.1 billion in the quarter and predicts losses $2.9 billion...

Apple Reportedly Eying Up March Instead of February for iPad 3 Event

Apple Reportedly Eying Up March Instead of February for iPad 3 Event

A Japanese blogger had previously reported Apple would hold an iPad 3 event in February, a prediction he made based on a source in the Asian supply chain and another in the U.S. Now he's saying the event will probably take place in March, a time frame that jibes with other reports around the Web. Let's have a look at some of them. For starters,...

Sprint Readies $100 'ZTE Optik' Android Tablet with Dual-Core Processor

Sprint Readies $100 'ZTE Optik' Android Tablet with Dual-Core Processor

In all likelihood, this will turn out to be the year of the low-cost tablet, a move that was set in motion when Amazon launched its $199 Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble its $249 Nook Tablet. Continuing the trend is Sprint, which is planning to release a sub-$100 (by a penny) Android tablet on Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, for you folks...

AMD's Financial Analyst Day: Brazos 2.0, 28nm CPUs, Future SoC's

AMD's Financial Analyst Day: Brazos 2.0, 28nm CPUs, Future SoC's

Today is AMD's Financial Analyst Day -- and it's been a long time coming. Questions about the company's future have been piling up since Bulldozer launched and AMD layed off much of its PR/marketing teams. Today, the company lifted the veil on what it's planning for 2012. In graphics, the roadmap is straightforward -- AMD's recent 7970 and...

Cooler Master Nicks Price of CM Storm Trooper to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Cooler Master Nicks Price of CM Storm Trooper to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Cooler Master's been doing its thing for two decades now, and as part of its ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, the peripheral maker today announced a temporary price reduction for its CM Storm Trooper computer case. Effectively immediately, the CM Storm Trooper will be available for $150 through all of Cooler Master's U.S. and Canadian...

MSI Introduces Wind U180 Netbook With Cedar Trail

MSI Introduces Wind U180 Netbook With Cedar Trail

MSI revealed a new Wind U180 ultra light netbook with Intel's latest Cedar Trail Atom processing platform. This netbook features twice the processing and display performance as the previous generation netbook. It also touts a battery life of eight hours. The Wind U180 measures less than one inch thick and weighs about 2.2 pounds. In addition...

NEC Adds To AccuSync Series With 24-Inch LCD Display

NEC Adds To AccuSync Series With 24-Inch LCD Display

NEC expanded its AccuSync Series of desktop monitors with the introduction of the new 24-inch LCD AS241W. This LED-backlit monitor features a 5ms rapid response time, 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, and 300 cd/m² brightness.  You'll find DVI-D and VGA inputs on the monitor. The AS241W is NEC's first...

45: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 2, 2012

45: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Feb. 2, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Asus Transformer Prime Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update, AMD's A8-3870K Black Edition unlocked Llano APU, Dell's Alienware X51 small form factor gaming PC, the brand new AMD Radeon HD 7950 and details our most recent contest where...

Sony Names Kazuo Hirai As New President And CEO

Sony Names Kazuo Hirai As New President And CEO

Sony has a new lead man. Howard Stringer will be heading out (probably to play a few rounds of golf), while long-time Sony exec Kazuo Hirai will take over as Sony's President and Chief Executive Office. Sir Howard won't be leaving entirely; he'll be moving over to become Chairman of the Board of Directors in June. The move isn't entirely unexpected,...

Vizio's 58" VXT CinemaWide 21:9 HDTV Arriving At $3,499

Vizio's 58" VXT CinemaWide 21:9 HDTV Arriving At $3,499

How much would you pay for a 21:9 CinemaWide LCD TV? Or, maybe we should ask: how little would you pay? Philips already revealed one of these sets in the past year for TV owners who just love watching ultra-wide movies, and now Vizio -- the low-cost TV king -- is getting into the same game. The XVT 3D CinemaWide will soon arrive as a 58" beast...

HotHardware and Gigabyte New Year's Giveaway

HotHardware and Gigabyte New Year's Giveaway

Now that the holidays and CES craziness are over, we thought it would be a good time to launch our latest giveaway! This time around, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Gigabyte to give away a few of pieces of HOT hardware. Up for grabs, we have a Z68 series, Z68XP-UD3P motherboard, GeForce GTX 560 N56GOC-IGI graphics card, and...

MSI Rolls Out R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Graphics Card with Chilly Temps

MSI Rolls Out R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Graphics Card with Chilly Temps

MSI this week announced a handful of its own brand Radeon HD 7950 graphics, including the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC, which brings more to the gaming table than just a funktastic model number. Sharing the spotlight with AMD's 7950 GPU is a custom air cooler MSI claims is up to 10 percent chillier and produces 13.7dB less noise than the reference...

Seagate Says Hard Drive Shortage Will Continue Through 2012

Seagate Says Hard Drive Shortage Will Continue Through 2012

Seagate this week reported financial results for the quarter ended December 30, 2011, in which the company said it shipped 47 million disk drives and collected $3.2 billion in revenue. For the six months ended on the same day, Seagate says it collected revenue of $6 billion and returned $151 million to shareholders in the form of a dividend....

U.S. Cellular Outs Its 4G LTE Devices, Network Rollout Coming Next Month

U.S. Cellular Outs Its 4G LTE Devices, Network Rollout Coming Next Month

If you’ve been patiently waiting for U.S. Cellular to get around to launching its 4G LTE network, your wait will soon be over--in March, the carrier will roll out 4G LTE to some cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma, covering about a quarter of U.S. Cellular’s customers. U.S. Cellular also unveiled...

Intel's Updated Price List Reveals More than a Dozen New Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel's Updated Price List Reveals More than a Dozen New Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel has posted an updated processor price list with prices that went into effect at the end of January, but if you were hoping for any big drops, you're going to be disappointed. In fact, there weren't any price reductions at all, big, small, or in between. Intel did, however, add seven new processors to its Sandy Bridge lineup. From top...

Judge Dismisses Oracle Fraud Claim; Filing Shows HP "Strategically Screwed" by Itanium Cancellation

Judge Dismisses Oracle Fraud Claim; Filing Shows HP "Strategically Screwed" by Itanium Cancellation

In the ongoing HP/Oracle lawsuit, the judge has dismissed Oracle's fraud case against HP and decided to allow the unredacted version of Oracle's claim to be published, and it's chock full of juicy bits and choice quotes. None of the newly revealed portions change Oracle's claim that HP and Intel have unnaturally extended Itanium's life, or...

Antec Unveils High Current Gamer M PSUs

Antec Unveils High Current Gamer M PSUs

Antec is replacing its High Current Gamer PSU line with the High Current Gamer M series, with the primary difference being that the latter has hybrid modularity. Available in 400W ($89.95), 520W ($99.95), and 620W ($119.95) models, the series of PSUs will be available in “early February” (which is technically now). Antec revealed...

Kinect For Windows Arrives

Kinect For Windows Arrives

As promised, Microsoft has released Kinect for Windows. You may recall that Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft's plans at CES to ship Kinect for Windows on February 1st. Now, that day is here, and Microsoft is making good on its promise. With version 1.0 of the SDK and runtime, you'll get full support for up to four Kinect sensors that...

Alienware's X51 Lands at HH, Autopsy and Benchmarks Ensue

Alienware's X51 Lands at HH, Autopsy and Benchmarks Ensue

On the test track, Alienware notebooks have racked up some of the best performance numbers we've seen and the company's desktops rank right up there as well.  One shape the Aliens have never assumed previously, however, is the small form-factor desktop.  And let's be honest, systems in this weight class generally aren't known for...

Genius Announces DeathTaker Laser Gaming Mouse

Genius Announces DeathTaker Laser Gaming Mouse

Genius introduced the DeathTaker professional laser gaming mouse. This mouse is designed for MMO and RTS gamers. The DeathTaker is the first product in the GX Gaming Series. Genius plans to unveil addition products for this line in the coming months. The DeathTaker mouse features nine buttons which gives users the ability to customize their...

Mozilla Releases Firefox 10 To The Masses, Massive Changelog In Tow

Mozilla Releases Firefox 10 To The Masses, Massive Changelog In Tow

Milestones come and go, but hitting the big ten is always a feat worth applauding. It seems like just yesterday that the first beta of Mozilla's Firefox was rolling out, but today -- millions of users later -- the tenth iteration is available for download. Firefox 10.1 is now ready to be used by Mac, Linux and PC advocates, with a number of...

LaCie Announces 5big Office Series, Powered By Windows Home Server 2011

LaCie Announces 5big Office Series, Powered By Windows Home Server 2011

After all these years, LaCie's storage hardware still looks better than storage hardware from pretty much any other vendor. And if you're starting up a small business, you may be interested in what the company's got on offer now. This week, LaCie announced the 5big Office Series, its latest five-bay network attached storage solutions. The...