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All News for April 2012

Rare Fraps Update Adds Support for Large AVI Movie Files, Changes System Requirements

Rare Fraps Update Adds Support for Large AVI Movie Files, Changes System Requirements

Beepa's handy-dandy real-time video capture and benchmarking program known as Fraps has just been updated to version 3.5.0. Updates to Fraps are few and far between; the last time the folks at Beepa tweaked their popular utility was six months ago in October 2011. First and foremost, there are new system requirements to run the latest version...

Velocity Micro Rolls Out Ivy Bridge Desktops Starting at $849

Velocity Micro Rolls Out Ivy Bridge Desktops Starting at $849

Intel's Ivy Bridge train is rolling down the tracks at full speed and all the big name boutique system builders are jumping on board. Count Velocity Micro among them. As of early this morning, Velocity Micro began selling three desktop lines infused with Ivy Bridge: Raptor Z90, Edge Z40, and Vector Z20. "Intel’s 3rd Generation Core Processors...

Digital Storm Adds Intel 3rd Generation Core Processors to its Entire Line of Gaming Desktops and Notebooks

Digital Storm Adds Intel 3rd Generation Core Processors to its Entire Line of Gaming Desktops and Notebooks

Count Digital Storm as the latest custom builder to offer Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors (Ivy Bridge). The company isn’t just offering them in a few systems, though; Digital Storm is going whole hog and offering the chips in its entire line of gaming desktops and notebooks. In a press release, Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s...

Maingear's New Vertical Oriented Ivy Bridge Desktops Whisk Heat Up, Up and Away!

Maingear's New Vertical Oriented Ivy Bridge Desktops Whisk Heat Up, Up and Away!

Every system builder that wants to stay in business is rolling out new rigs built around Intel's awesome Ivy Bridge architecture, but Maingear's taking it one step further by using Ivy Bridge as a launching pad for its vertical heat desktops in smaller form factors. This is something Maingear was already doing with its Shift desktops, and...

Panasonic Reveals Detection Technology To Keep Humans Safe

Panasonic Reveals Detection Technology To Keep Humans Safe

Some days, technology comes in the form of a new MP3 player or new GPU.  But new technologies  might not always be directly related to a consumer product, but still have the potential to make a serious impact in our every day world. Panasonic has this week introduced an advanced radar technology for next-generation traffic safety...

Google Drive Support Looks Promising For Chrome OS

Google Drive Support Looks Promising For Chrome OS

Google Drive has already hit the Mac, PC and Android worlds, with iOS, Linux and even Google's own Chrome OS still on the waiting list. Google made clear that iPhone and iPad owners would get served in a couple of weeks, and recently said that Linux users wouldn't be left out, either. But surely, surely Chrome OS is on the list to get a pinch...

NVIDIA Unveils Dual-GPU Powered GeForce GTX 690

NVIDIA Unveils Dual-GPU Powered GeForce GTX 690

Today at the GeForce LAN taking place in Shanghai, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen Hsun Huang unveiled the company’s upcoming dual-GPU powered, flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce GTX 690 will feature a pair of fully-functional GK104 “Kepler” GPUs. If you recall, the GK104 is the chip powering the excellent GeForce...

ORIGIN PC Introduces EON11-S High Performance Laptop With Ivy Bridge

ORIGIN PC Introduces EON11-S High Performance Laptop With Ivy Bridge

ORIGIN PC announced its smallest laptop yet in the form of the new EON11-S laptop. This powerful and lightweight laptop features Intel’s new 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” Core processors along with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics and NVIDIA Optimus Technology. The EON11-S weighs less than 4 pounds. Connectivity options include...

U.S. House of Representatives Takes on Law Governing Employers Asking for Facebook Login Info

U.S. House of Representatives Takes on Law Governing Employers Asking for Facebook Login Info

Following Maryland’s lead in protecting job applicants, Reps. Eliot Engel (D - New York) and Jan Schakowsky (D - Illinois) introduced legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives called the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA). SNOPA actually covers a lot more ground than just protecting job seekers from having to divulge...

Club 3D Shows Its GPU Poker Face

Club 3D Shows Its GPU Poker Face

Kenny Rogers says you have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run. His song, The Gambler, was a metaphor for life, but it could also be the theme song for Club 3D's new PokerSeries graphics cards. What does poker have to do with GPUs, you ask? Well, both are played with 'cards', so to speak...

Do 11.6-inch Gaming Notebooks Still Have a 'Pulse'? You Betcha, Says Maingear

Do 11.6-inch Gaming Notebooks Still Have a 'Pulse'? You Betcha, Says Maingear

Gamers on the go were saddened to learn that Dell plans to discontinue the Alienware M11x, a potent gaming laptop about the size of a netbook but much, much more powerful. Well, wipe away those tears because small size gaming laptops still have a pulse. More specifically, Maingear is getting ready to launch the Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming...

Leisure Suit Larry Remake Fully Funded, Seeks More Cash for Laughs for Charity

Leisure Suit Larry Remake Fully Funded, Seeks More Cash for Laughs for Charity

There are a couple of things to announce here. First and foremost, if you haven't heard the news by now, Al Lowe and Replay Games reached their goal of raising half a million dollars on Kickstarter to fund a complete remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, a classic adventure game largely responsible for corrupting...

Dropbox Eases Upload Woes With Auto Uploader, Gives More Space

Dropbox Eases Upload Woes With Auto Uploader, Gives More Space

What's a Dropbox to do now that the cloud space is also being entered into by Google? Innovate, of course. Just days after Google Drive hit the mainstream, the Dropbox team has revealed something new: you can now automatically upload from just about any camera, tablet, SD card or smartphone — pretty much anything that takes photos or...

Wolfram Alpha Dishes Out A Desktop Application For $2.99

Wolfram Alpha Dishes Out A Desktop Application For $2.99

The Internet is a big, wide place. It's dark, damp, light, enlightening -- it's all of those things. But it's also difficult to wade through, even with something like Google at our disposal. Wolfram Alpha has been cutting through the noise for some time now, and this week they announced a partnership with Intel to bring all Wolfram mobile...

ConsoleWatch:  Nintendo Admits 3DS Sells At A Loss; Calls Mount For a Vita Price Cut

ConsoleWatch: Nintendo Admits 3DS Sells At A Loss; Calls Mount For a Vita Price Cut

Most of the major news in consoles this week was in handhelds, but there are major implications for both Sony and Nintendo. Nintendo broke a record that's stood for almost 125 years and posted the company's first ever yearly loss this week. The company had issued profit warnings as early as November, but the amount—$533 million—was...

Evernote Launching a Business Program, Says CEO

Evernote Launching a Business Program, Says CEO

In remarks made at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam, Evernote CEO Phil Libin indicated that the company will be launching a business program in the coming months, according to InfoWorld. Evernote has proved to be a popular app, making it easy for users to quickly record ideas in a variety of formats, such as notes and photos, and access...

Sharkoon Releases 2-in-1 SATA QuickPort Internal Tray

Sharkoon Releases 2-in-1 SATA QuickPort Internal Tray

Being able to easily swap drives in and out of a system without fiddling with cables is utterly convenient, especially if you swap out drives frequently, and Sharkoon has a new 2-in-1 SATA QuickPort product to make it even easier. The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Intern Multi is a mouthful to say, but it appears laden with features. The device...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, a Trio of SSDs, and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Vostro, a Trio of SSDs, and More

It’s time to close out another week, but not before serving up a nice, healthy batch of HOT deals, by way of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Friday afternoon, we have deals on a Dell Vostro 260 mini-tower w/20" Dell E2011H LED LCD monitor, 240GB OCZ Agility and SanDisk Extreme, and a 120GB Corsair Force Series, SATA III Internal...

Four Gaming Clichés That Absolutely Need To Die

Four Gaming Clichés That Absolutely Need To Die

It's obvious, the PC and console game industry is in desperate need of an overhaul. With skyrocketing costs to develop games, gamers aren't going to accept $80-$100 game titles, especially not with mobile prices in the 99 cent - $4.99 range and with food and gas prices on the rise. In addition, attempts to seize the used game market and turn...

AMD Snags x86 Market Share from Intel Ahead of Ivy Bridge Launch

AMD Snags x86 Market Share from Intel Ahead of Ivy Bridge Launch

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) managed to lessen the gap between it and Intel in the x86 space, even if just by a smidgen. According to Mercury Research's latest data, AMD's x86 market share jumped nearly a full percentage point from 18.2 percent to 19.1 percent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to Intel, which dropped from 81 percent to...

Sony Tablet S Owners Treated to Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony Tablet S Owners Treated to Ice Cream Sandwich

We weren't terribly impressed with Sony's Tablet S performance when we reviewed the device at the tail end of last year (you can read our analysis here), but that was before Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) started making the rounds. As of right now, ICS is available on the Tablet S, and perhaps it will give the uniquely designed slate the...

Hot Selling Kindle Fire Captures Majority Android Tablet Market Share

Hot Selling Kindle Fire Captures Majority Android Tablet Market Share

Fragmentation in the Android camp? Only if you're talking about smartphones. Since the introduction of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, buyers looking for a low-cost Android slate that doesn't suck have had a serviceable option. So serviceable and affordable, in fact, that fragmentation in the Android tablet space could cease to be a problem in...

Opera 12 Beta Launches With New Look, Lots Of Skin

Opera 12 Beta Launches With New Look, Lots Of Skin

Internet Explorer has its television ads, and Firefox has it's fiery fox logo. But Opera has a growing user base of its own, and the latest edition of the browser-that-could is now available. Opera 12 Beta has launched this week, presenting an entirely new look and feel, including new themes that provide some of the most stunning skins yet....

Clearwire Plans 2013 Launch For TDD-LTE In Major Metro Areas

Clearwire Plans 2013 Launch For TDD-LTE In Major Metro Areas

Clearwire may not be the name in wireless that it once was when WiMAX was alive and well in North America, but there's no quit in these folks. The company is moving with the punches, announcing this week plans to launch a TDD-LTE network to serve 4G "hot zones" in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and dozens of other markets....

HH Hot Deals: Lenovo ThinkPads, OCZ Vertex SSDs, D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player

HH Hot Deals: Lenovo ThinkPads, OCZ Vertex SSDs, D-Link MovieNite Streaming Player

It’s time for yet another fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all this today, we have deals on a Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkPad Edge notebooks, OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs, and more.  We've got only the best stuff here and there are some pretty solid price points all around, so check it out and fire-up...

Lenovo Gooses PC Boot Times with Enhanced Experience 3

Lenovo Gooses PC Boot Times with Enhanced Experience 3

One of the most annoying aspects of working with computers is boot times. (Ask your company IT guy how many hours of his life he’s wasted waiting for computers to boot. See if he weeps.) Over the years, boot times have improved a great deal, but there’s always room for improvement. In fact, some note that one of the reasons tablets...

CISPA Bill To Obliterate Privacy Laws Under Guise of Cybersecurity, A Blank Check of Privacy Invasion

CISPA Bill To Obliterate Privacy Laws Under Guise of Cybersecurity, A Blank Check of Privacy Invasion

There's a bill currently up for debate in the US House of Representatives that would give companies and government agencies the right to share information when issues of cybersecurity were at stake. If the first thing you thought after reading that was "Wait, don't we already do this," the answer is "Yes, we do." The Cyber Intelligence Sharing...

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” Launches, Sets Sights on the Enterprise Desktop

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” Launches, Sets Sights on the Enterprise Desktop

Almost two months after Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin hit beta, Canonical announced that the final product is ready for download. Precise Pangolin is a long-term release, so users are guaranteed five years of updates and support. Running the Unity GUI, Precise Pangolin users can opt to run office applications remotely with virtualization,...

NVIDIA Showcases Tegra 3 Optimized Version of Already Excellent Dark Meadow: The Pact Game

NVIDIA Showcases Tegra 3 Optimized Version of Already Excellent Dark Meadow: The Pact Game

NVIDIA has collaborated with Phosphor Games, creators of the iOS title Dark Meadow: The Pact, to bring a special version of the game to Tegra 3 devices. By coincedence, I've been playing the game recently on the iPhone, including during a period when low-resolution graphics were mistakenly being loaded on the iPhone 4S. As a result, I've seen...

Samsung Introduces Thin Optical Disk Drive For Ultrabooks And Tablets

Samsung Introduces Thin Optical Disk Drive For Ultrabooks And Tablets

Samsung announced a new optical disk drive that it's marketing for ultrabooks and tablets. While we aren't sure how many tablet users will actually carry a separate optical disk drive, Samsung's latest drive is designed to work with tablets that have a built-in USB port and run on Android Honeycomb OS 3.1 or above. In all reality, the new...

FCC Approves Transfer Of Spectrum From AT&T To T-Mobile

FCC Approves Transfer Of Spectrum From AT&T To T-Mobile

When the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile fell through, the breakup agreement included plans for AT&T to transfer AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile. This week, the FCC approved the transfer. The spectrum transfer is important to T-Mobile: The wireless carrier plans to use the spectrum to launch LTE in 2013. The transfer gives...

AMD's New Catalyst 12.4 Extends the High End Love to Windows XP

AMD's New Catalyst 12.4 Extends the High End Love to Windows XP

AMD just recently launched a new set of drivers that will be of particular interest to staunch Windows XP users. With the release of Catalyst 12.4, AMD's highfalutin Radeon HD 7900, 7800, and 7700 Series graphics cards will play nice with Microsoft's legacy OS, helping you stave off the inevitable upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 (go ahead and skip...

Netgear's R6300 Wi-Fi Router Wins Race to 802.11ac Compliance

Netgear's R6300 Wi-Fi Router Wins Race to 802.11ac Compliance

Netgear today introduced the availability of what it claims is the world's first 802.11ac Wi-Fi router. It's the Netgear R6300 and it's an 802.11ac dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi router with support for 5th generation (5G) Wi-Fi, and is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n. Powered by Broadcom's 5G Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac chips, Netgear says...

ADATA Adds Jeremy Lin to All-Star NBA Flash Drive Roster

ADATA Adds Jeremy Lin to All-Star NBA Flash Drive Roster

On the basketball court, New York Knickerbocker Jeremy Lin is known for his speed, dishing out assists, and his ability to flash to the basket. Off the court, memory maker ADATA wants Jeremy Lin to tap into those same skill sets as he joins an all-star cast of NBA player themed USB flash drives. Jeremy Lin is the newest addition to ADATA's...

52: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 26, 2012

52: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 26, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss Intel's new Core i7-3720QM Ivy Bridge Mobile and Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Desktop processors, the just released ASUS Transformer Pad 300 tablet, WD's VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive and we give contest details of our new giveaway (starting...

Koss Striva Headphone Platform Brings Wi-Fi To The 'Buds

Koss Striva Headphone Platform Brings Wi-Fi To The 'Buds

Wi-Fi in a PC? Yeah, common. Wi-Fi in a music player? Sure, no problem. But Wi-Fi in a headphone? What? Yep. Koss has just introduced the Strive headphone platform, with a new headphone and in-ear monitor system with Wi-Fi technology that is capable of receiving music directly from the Internet without wires. That's right -- music right to...

Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad Processor Coming To Next Galaxy S Smartphone

Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad Processor Coming To Next Galaxy S Smartphone

The ultramobile landscape just gets more and more interesting by the week. Samsung's next-generation Galaxy smartphone is widely expected to launch next week, but what's a new smartphone without a new CPU? Not much, as it turns out. The famed Galaxy S II will likely see an upgrade, with the Galaxy S III taking the flagship crown. But what'll...

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Ultrabook, Panasonic Tablet and More

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Ultrabook, Panasonic Tablet and More

It’s time for yet another fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all this Wednesday morning, we have deals on an 13.3" HP Folio 13 Core i5-2467M-based Ultrabook, a 10.4" Panasonic Toughbook H1 tablet, a 55" Dynex DX-55L150A11 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV, and a Samsung HT-D4500 Blu-Ray Home Theater setup......

HP Reveals Six Ivy Bridge Desktops

HP Reveals Six Ivy Bridge Desktops

HP is expanding its consumer desktop portfolio with the addition of six models that are powered by Intel's 3rd generation Quad-Core processors. These processors promise consumers twice the HD media and 3D graphics performance over the previous generation of processors. They also offer a significant boost in performance. Three of the new models...

NZXT Introduces Cryo E40 Performance Notebook Cooler

NZXT Introduces Cryo E40 Performance Notebook Cooler

NZXT announced the Cryo E40 notebook cooler for laptops up to 15 inches. Unlike other notebook coolers, the Cryo E40 features two 80mm moveable fans that let you target your notebook's hot spots. The fans use low-powered magnetic clasps to give you flexibility in positioning them exactly where you want them for maximum cooling effectiveness....

Apple's Profits Nearly Double Year on Year

Apple's Profits Nearly Double Year on Year

Apple doesn't have a license to print money, but it might as well have. Everything the Cupertino company touches turns to cold, hard cash, and if you don't believe it, then explain how Apple managed to nearly double profits from last year. The numbers are borderline obscene, as in posting $39.2 billion in quarterly revenue and $11.6 billion...

Sprint to Take Pre-Orders for HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 7

Sprint to Take Pre-Orders for HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 7

Sprint invites you to "fall in love all over again." With whom, you might wonder? A smartphone, of course, and not just any smartphone, but the upcoming EVO 4G LTE from HTC. In anticipation of what looks to be a hot device, Sprint has put up a pre-order page, but don't pull a muscle in your click finger sprinting over there. It's essentially...

TUL Launches 'PowerColor HD7870 Eyefinity 6' Graphics Card

TUL Launches 'PowerColor HD7870 Eyefinity 6' Graphics Card

Remember when LeBron James talked about winning not one championship, not two, three, four, five, six, or even seven? Apparently the number he was looking for was zero, which is half a dozen less than the number of displays TUL Corporation's new PowerColor HD7870 Eyefinity 6 graphics card supports simultaneously. That's right, this spunky...

Sprint Releases Q1 2012 Earnings: 1.5m iPhones Sold, $863m Net Loss

Sprint Releases Q1 2012 Earnings: 1.5m iPhones Sold, $863m Net Loss

With Apple announcing yesterday that well over 30 million iPhones were sold last quarter, surely Sprint had a hand in helping out there, right? Right. But they didn't ship nearly as many as Verizon, AT&T or a lot of other global carriers. According to the carrier's numbers, they managed to sell around 1.5 million of Apple's phones in their...

Apple's WWDC Planned For June 11th, iOS 6 And Mountain Lion Details Likely

Apple's WWDC Planned For June 11th, iOS 6 And Mountain Lion Details Likely

With Apple rolling in a monumental quarter for Q2 2012, everyone seems to be asking the same question: "what's next?" Somehow, Apple managed to double their Q2 profits in 2011 from $3b (in 2010) to $6b, and now, they just about doubled them again in 2012. How on Earth will they keep things heading to the sky in Q3? WWDC will likely reveal...

20% of all Macs Carrying Windows Malware, Says Sophos

20% of all Macs Carrying Windows Malware, Says Sophos

Apple users have generally eschewed anti-malware software and safe online practices, because “Macs don’t get viruses”. We’ve learned that’s a fallacy, of course, and Mac users would be wise to heed some advice about malware safety, but Sophos found that Macs were actually more likely to spread malware than be...

B&N Says NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Shipping Ahead of Schedule, Pre-Order Now for Mother’s Day

B&N Says NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Shipping Ahead of Schedule, Pre-Order Now for Mother’s Day

If you had the forethought to pre-order a NOOK Simple Touch with its gently glowing screen for night or day reading, you’re in luck--Barnes and Noble said in a press release that pre-orders are shipping “over the next week”. The caveat? Supplies are limited, but if you pre-order pronto, you can still snag one in time for...

Tablets Taking Over, Analyst Says

Tablets Taking Over, Analyst Says

Lots of people believe that tablets will replace desktop and laptop computers in the not-so-distant future; count Frank Gillett of Forrester Research as one. But his vote counts for a little more because his job is to forecast tech trends. In a blog post, he ticks off the many advantages of tablets: they’re small and light (but not too...

At Last: Google Drive is a Real Thing

At Last: Google Drive is a Real Thing

It’s official: Google Drive is now a real thing, and Google has released details about the long-rumored Dropbox-like cloud storage service. As expected, Google Drive integrates with other Google services for a seamless experience, and Google Docs is built into it. In fact, the online interface is essentially just the old Google Docs,...

AMD Launches Radeon HD 7000M Series With Enduro Graphics Switching

AMD Launches Radeon HD 7000M Series With Enduro Graphics Switching

New graphics, you say? Yep, AMD's got it, as today they're introducing a new Radeon HD 7000M series with one major leap in innovation that has us tickled: Enduro graphics-switching technology. The new line includes the Radeon HD 7900M, HD 7800M, and HD 7700M, and Enduro allows these cards which automatically and seamlessly switches between...

Microsoft Promises Windows 8 Release Preview In First Week Of June

Microsoft Promises Windows 8 Release Preview In First Week Of June

Well, you can safely say that we're on the home stretch now. Microsoft has already released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 into the world, and as the company gets closer and closer to the anticipated fall / winter launch of their next major desktop operating system, the next major step in that process is upon us. Speaking at an event in...

Sprint Lays Out Plans For Updating Android Cadre To Ice Cream Sandwich

Sprint Lays Out Plans For Updating Android Cadre To Ice Cream Sandwich

If you're hanging tight to Sprint, and you're a fan of Android, you're probably interested in knowing when your smartphone will finally get the gift of Android 4.0. While launched on the Galaxy Nexus way back in the winter of last year, Ice Cream Sandwich has rolled out to an exceedingly small amount of phones. But now, Sprint is coming clean...

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Review

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Review

The 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad 300 boasts a beautiful IPS display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC. Our tablet also came with 32GB of onboard storage plus 8GB of ASUS Webstorage space, along with an SD card slot for expansion (there will be a 16GB option, as well). There’s a 1.2MP webcam on the front...

Google Starts Selling Phones From Google Play Store

Google Starts Selling Phones From Google Play Store

Google just announced a new Devices section for its Google Play web store. With this new section comes the ability to buy the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ directly from Google. That's right, folks, if you've been waiting to get your hands on this smartphone, you can quickly and easily pick one up directly from Google rather than importing it from overseas....

Hot Deals of the Day: HTC One X, HP TouchSmart AIO PC, and More

Hot Deals of the Day: HTC One X, HP TouchSmart AIO PC, and More

It’s time for our daily dose of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Tuesday morning, we have deals on a 21.5" HP TouchSmart 420t All-in-one Multi-touch PC, a 2TB Buffalo LinkStation Live NAS, a 50" Panasonic Viera TC-P50U50 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV, and the slick HTC One X LTE Android Smartphone... 21.5" HP...

G.SKILL Announces DDR3 Memory Kit For Ivy Bridge

G.SKILL Announces DDR3 Memory Kit For Ivy Bridge

G.SKILL unveiled the new TridentX DDR3 memory kit for 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors and the Z77 platform. This new kit is designed with overclocking enthusiasts in mind. To show just what the TridentX DDR3 memory kit can do, G.SKILL has posted some screenshots which show the 16GB DDR3-2800 TridentX memory kit running at DDR3 3320MHz...

Mozilla Toys with Drop Kicking Favicons from Firefox Address Bar

Mozilla Toys with Drop Kicking Favicons from Firefox Address Bar

Favicons may seem harmless enough, but according to Mozilla, they can be pretty dangerous. The problem, as Mozilla explains it, is that pesky Web miscreants intentionally misuse and abuse favicons in order to do harm to your PC. How so, you ask? "While the favicon can represent a piece of a site’s identity, there are some sites that...

Silicon Power Announces SandForce Driven Velox V60 SSD with Sex Appeal

Silicon Power Announces SandForce Driven Velox V60 SSD with Sex Appeal

A company called Silicon Power announced today its new Velox V60 solid state drive for performance applications. With a sexy SandForce controller tucked away inside and a brushed aluminum finish, the Velox V60 crunches through data at high speeds and looks good while doing it. In fact, Silicon Power couldn't say enough about the looks of this...

Samsung Reveals Product Upgrade Roadmap to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Samsung Reveals Product Upgrade Roadmap to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

One of the biggest frustrations in the Android camp right now is sitting around waiting for an update to Android 4.0, otherwise deliciously known as Ice Cream Sandwich. What makes it even worse is simply not knowing when, or even if, your device is going to be updated. Well, if you're rocking a Samsung handset or tablet, you don't have to...

AMD to Throttle Back Support for Pre-HD 5000 Series Graphics Cards

AMD to Throttle Back Support for Pre-HD 5000 Series Graphics Cards

Hold the boat and put away the torches and pitchforks -- despite what you may have heard or read online over the weekend, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) isn't kicking support for pre-HD Radeon 5000 Series GPUs to the curb. To address the concerns of freaked out Radeon HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 Series graphics card owners, AMD sent us an statement...

CyberPower PC Adds Ivy Bridge Chips to Desktops

CyberPower PC Adds Ivy Bridge Chips to Desktops

Now that Intel’s 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge processors are finally here, builders can start offering them as options paired with Z77 chipset motherboards. CyberPowerPC certainly hasn’t wasted any time on that front--the company now offers Intel Core i7-3770K and i5-3570K processors in its custom Fang III Viper, Cobra, Zeus Thunder,...

MSI Releases GT70 and GT60 Gaming Notebooks

MSI Releases GT70 and GT60 Gaming Notebooks

MSI is busting out some spec-heavy gaming notebooks with the GT70 and GT60 series. The notebooks pair the Intel HM77 chipset and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics and rely on an Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3-3.3GHz) processor for most of the systems’ horsepower. The systems also feature Killer E2200 Game Networking Gigabit LAN, Steel Series...

Killer Wireless-N 1202 And E2200 Networking Modules Arrive To Dominate Ping Times

Killer Wireless-N 1202 And E2200 Networking Modules Arrive To Dominate Ping Times

New networking gear? Oh, yeah, we've got that. Actually, Qualcomm Atheros has that, as today they're introducing both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth as well as the Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller. You may remember the 'Killer' name from the prior Bigfoot Networks namesake, but that company has grown up quite...

Microsoft Sells Select Patents To Facebook For $550 Million In Cash

Microsoft Sells Select Patents To Facebook For $550 Million In Cash

Patents seemingly make the world go 'round, particularly in the technology space these days. Android, iOS, Samsung, Google, AOL, Microsoft -- hardly a day goes by without someone's patent portfolio making the (positive or negative) news. Today, Microsoft and Facebook are the ones in the spotlight, announcing an agreement under which Microsoft...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor Review

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor Review

One of the great things about Intel’s “Tick, Tock” release cadence is that it gives us all an early glimpse into the company’s future plans and potential product offerings, especially since they’ve been able to execute so well over the last few years. Seeing Conroe eventually evolve into Penryn, and Nehalem into...

Intel Core i7-3720QM Ivy Bridge Mobile Processor, HH Tested, Burned-in

Intel Core i7-3720QM Ivy Bridge Mobile Processor, HH Tested, Burned-in

You might say Intel has been absolutely killing it as of late.  Whether you consider their recent earnings announcement beating Wall Street's expectations, the Ultrabook craze, their re-entrance into the handset arena with their Medfield platform, or the proliferation of their 2nd generation Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor in the market;...

Asus Ships Quad-Core Transformer Pad 300 Tablet

Asus Ships Quad-Core Transformer Pad 300 Tablet

Asus is now shipping its Transformer Pad 300 tablet which features a starting price of $379.99 for the 16GB model. A 32GB version of this tablet is also available. Both models come with 8GB of Asus WebStorage. The Transformer Pad 300 features a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi-touch display along with a 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra...

Is Apple Getting Ready to Discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro?

Is Apple Getting Ready to Discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro?

The 17-inch MacBook might not be long for this world. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, there's a good chance Apple will decide to discontinue the 17-inch SKU following an upcoming refresh, MacRumors reports. As buyers look to go smaller and lighter, Apple may ultimately decide to stop selling 17-inch models, which...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron Laptops, Logitech Headset, and Sony PS Vita Bundle

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron Laptops, Logitech Headset, and Sony PS Vita Bundle

It’s time for a fresh batch of HOT tech deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Monday afternoon, we have deals on a couple of Dell Laptops (a 17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R with a Core i5-2450M and 8GB of RAM and a 15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R with a Core i5-2450M and 6GB of RAM), a Logitech Wireless Headset F540, and a Sony...

Sprint Gets Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Sprint Gets Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Sprint customers who have been waiting for Android 4.0 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus won't have to wait any longer. The phone is currently available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. As you may recall, the Galaxy Nexus features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED contour display,...

Dell Dishes Up Redesigned Precision Tower Workstations

Dell Dishes Up Redesigned Precision Tower Workstations

Dell decided to don its enterprise cap today and introduced its new Precision tower workstation line. The new Dell Precision T1560, T3600, T5600, and T7600 all boast industrial designs with "superb power, dependability, and manageability" and will be available to purchase worldwide starting next month. More than just an aesthetics change,...

Acer AC100 Micro Server Now Shipping in the U.S.

Acer AC100 Micro Server Now Shipping in the U.S.

Acer today announced that it's now offering its AC100 micro-server commercially in the U.S. The AC100 attempts to squeeze server class performance and features into a compact footprint that's relatively affordable at just $999 (MSRP). Some of the key features include an Intel Xeon E3-1260L (standard), Core i3, or Pentium series processor;...

Samsung Soon to Debut iCloud Competitor?

Samsung Soon to Debut iCloud Competitor?

According to a South Korean newspaper, Samsung’s iCloud/Google Drive cloud storage competitor, S-Cloud, is due to be revealed at the company’s London event in early May. Apparently there will be no restrictions on the type of content you can deposit online, and users may have more than 5GB of storage space. The service may also...

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Draws Twice as Many Curious Folks as Windows 7 Beta

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Draws Twice as Many Curious Folks as Windows 7 Beta

You can probably chalk this one up to the dramatic change Microsoft introduced with its Metro user interface, but for what it's worth, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has attracted twice the number of users as the Windows 7 Beta did after the same amount of time went by. Microsoft made the statement on its @BuildWindows8 Twitter account and...

Asus G55VW Gaming Laptop Spotted Online

Asus G55VW Gaming Laptop Spotted Online

Asus is getting ready to roll out its first 15.6-inch G-Series notebook for gamers. How do we know? Well, the aggressive looking laptop reportedly appeared (briefly) online at HID Evolution, a computer, electronics, and mobile devices e-store that started out by selling products on eBay. According to Laptoping, the Asus G55VW-DS71 went live...

Google Drive Coming Soon To The Cloud Storage Race, Says 'Oopsie' Video

Google Drive Coming Soon To The Cloud Storage Race, Says 'Oopsie' Video

Google Drive. Go ahead and get used to the name, because you'll be hearing about it quite frequently in the coming weeks. Google has largely avoided the cloud storage race thus far, leaving iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox and the rest to tend to their own fields. But soon, that playground will have another rival on it, and Google will be delivering...

Tablets Now Second-Most Used Device To View Full Shows

Tablets Now Second-Most Used Device To View Full Shows

A decade ago, who would've believed that tablets would be all the rage? And more than that, really. These things have taken on a life of their own, replacing new laptop purchases, doubling as presentation tools, and evidently, tripling as TV-watching devices. According to "Tapping Into Tabletomics," a new study released by Viacom, tablets...

First Mozilla Phone to Launch in Brazil Later This Year

First Mozilla Phone to Launch in Brazil Later This Year

Do consumers really need yet another smartphone platform to consider when shopping a mobile device? We're about to find out. Perhaps you've heard of Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' (B2G) project, essentially an open source operating system that puts all its chips into HTML5. Well, it appears that the first phone to run B2G will be released in Brazil...

Nintendo to Clean Up the Home Screen Clutter with Upcoming 3DS Update

Nintendo to Clean Up the Home Screen Clutter with Upcoming 3DS Update

Some Nintendo 3DS owners have complained about the system's Home screen being too cluttered with no real way to clean it up without deleting items. Well, that's about to change. Nintendo is the mood for some spring cleaning and plans on releasing a firmware update later this month that will let 3DS owners wrangle tiles on the Home screen and...

HTC Bids Farewell to Physical QWERTY Keyboards on Smartphones

HTC Bids Farewell to Physical QWERTY Keyboards on Smartphones

For those of you who collect outdated electronics and currently own an HTC brand smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, hold onto the thing, it could very well be the last of its kind. At a press event in Seattle recently, HTC's Creative Director, Claude Zellweger, reportedly told attendees that his company is finished building smartphones...

DISH Network Adds Pandora Music Streaming To Hopper

DISH Network Adds Pandora Music Streaming To Hopper

Pandora's Box just keeps getting wider and wider. As the famed music streaming service stretches to new places, DISH Network is hoping to garner a bit more attention to its own products. This week, DISH expanded its in-home music experience with Pandora, adding the radio service to the Hopper whole-home HD DVR system. Pandora on Hopper gives...

Avenger Elite Adds New Triggers To PS3/Xbox 360 Controllers

Avenger Elite Adds New Triggers To PS3/Xbox 360 Controllers

A new day, a new controller accessory. That's a saying, right? At any rate, N-Control has launched a new Avenger Elite, which is expected to release at the end of this month. The device is designed to wrap around gamepads (on PS3 and Xbox 360)and provide actual levers and triggers, which is generally seen as more intuitive than buttons. The...

NVIDIA Offers Sneak Peek at Two New Tegra 3-Optimized Games, Takes Aim at Consoles

NVIDIA Offers Sneak Peek at Two New Tegra 3-Optimized Games, Takes Aim at Consoles

NVIDIA has made secret of the fact that it believes mobile gaming will meet and/or exceed console gaming in terms of graphics very soon. They even provided a handy chart (pictured below) in a blog post. To that end, the company offered a sneak peek at two new games that are optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 “4-PLUS-1” processor,...

AMD Posts $600M Loss On Weaker Sales; SeaMicro Purchase, Foundry Deal

AMD Posts $600M Loss On Weaker Sales; SeaMicro Purchase, Foundry Deal

AMD's burgeoning profitability took a hammering in Q1 thanks to a $700M deal with GlobalFoundries, its purchase of SeaMicro, and a sequential decline in sales. Total company revenue was $1.59B (down from $1.69B in Q1 2011), but Sunnyvale delivered a $590M net loss. Much of that is attributable to the company's new deal with GlobalFoundries,...

iPhone Launching Today on Five Regional Carriers, Still Not on T-Mobile

iPhone Launching Today on Five Regional Carriers, Still Not on T-Mobile

The folks at CNET have astutely noticed that the iPhone is launching today on Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, nTelos, and GCI. Hm, what’s that? You’ve never heard of those carriers? That’s because they’re small regional carriers, and bully for them for snagging the iPhone. Even better for their...

Hot Deals of the Day: Gateway, HP, and Alienware Systems and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Gateway, HP, and Alienware Systems and More

TGIF folks! Before we bring in the weekend, it’s time for the latest batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have a 15.6" Gateway NV57H48u laptop, an HP Pavilion Elite Phoenix h9se high-end desktop PC, an Alienware X51 SFF gaming PC, a 128GB Samsung 830 Series SSD, and a 120GB Cosair Force...

The Race To ICS Continues With New Updates

The Race To ICS Continues With New Updates

Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) has been available for a little while now, but many carriers and manufacturers are still working hard to roll out official updates. Today, Samsung began rolling out an Android 4.0 update to its unlocked Galaxy S II devices in America. While users of carrier-branded Galaxy S II devices will continue to wait...

Diablo III Goes Open Beta for the Weekend

Diablo III Goes Open Beta for the Weekend

If it's been a long an stressful work week and you're in need of a hack-n-slash fix before starting it all anew on Monday, Blizzard has some good news. Diablo III will be available as an open beta this weekend starting today (Friday, April 20) at 12:01 PM PDT and going until Monday morning (April 23) at 10:00 AM PDT. "We're pleased to announce...

New iPad Ship Estimates Drop as Apple Catches Up with Demand

New iPad Ship Estimates Drop as Apple Catches Up with Demand

Apple is now estimating five to seven business days for online orders of the new iPad to process and ship in the U.S., whereas previously the wait time was pegged at two to three weeks and, more recently, one to two weeks. The significant reduction in wait time suggests Apple is finally starting to keep pace with demand a month after launching...

Shared Data Plans Are Coming To Verizon Wireless This Summer

Shared Data Plans Are Coming To Verizon Wireless This Summer

We've heard mention of shared data plans in the past from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who has said shared data plans will become available by the end of the year, but details concerning the actual plan or release date were relatively sparse. During Verizon's first-quarter earnings call yesterday, we learned a little more about the wireless...

Microsoft Revenue Jumps 6 Percent Ahead of Windows 8 Launch

Microsoft Revenue Jumps 6 Percent Ahead of Windows 8 Launch

Despite Apple's iPad trying to steal Microsoft's thunder and in spite of increasing competition from ARM in the mobile space, Microsoft still managed to drive its quarterly revenue up 6 percent year-over-year to $17.41 billion for the company's third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net income topped $5.1 billion, resulting in $0.60 diluted...

Verizon Wireless Intros New Global Data Package: $25 For 100MB

Verizon Wireless Intros New Global Data Package: $25 For 100MB

International travel is pretty stressful as-is, but when you combine the fact that getting smartphone data while abroad could end up costing more than your flight -- well, that's even less fun. Global data roaming is a major, major expense, and while many savvy travelers attempt to pick up loaner SIMs at their destination, there's no doubt...

Nikon Reveals D3200 HD-SLR And WU-1a Wi-Fi Dongle

Nikon Reveals D3200 HD-SLR And WU-1a Wi-Fi Dongle

It was only a few years ago when 720p video capabilities came to Nikon's D90. Now, 1080p is all the rage, and DSLRs are taking the place of actual camcorders when it comes to shooting music videos, television shows and even movies. Canon has benefited greatly from this shift, but Nikon's hoping to generate some interest of its own. This week,...

Alienware Refreshes Gaming Notebook Line With NVIDIA 600 Series GPUs

Alienware Refreshes Gaming Notebook Line With NVIDIA 600 Series GPUs

Alienware has updated its M14x, M17x, and M18x gaming notebooks, and the marquee feature change is support for NVIDIA 600 series graphics. On the lower end, the stock M14x will come packing the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (1GB GDDR5), and the M18x can be configured with up to dual GTX 675Ms (2GB GDDR5 each), with other graphics variations in between,...

MSI Outs Trio of R7000 Power Edition Graphics Cards With Customizable Cooling

MSI Outs Trio of R7000 Power Edition Graphics Cards With Customizable Cooling

MSI’s latest graphics card include the R7850, R7770, and R7750 Power Edition, all of which support the Triple Overvoltage feature in the company’s MSI Afterburner overclocking tool. The story, though, concerns the cooling features of the cards. The R7850 Power Edition 2GD5/OC features the Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design, which has...

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Laptops, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, Xerox Color Laser Printer

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Laptops, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, Xerox Color Laser Printer

It’s time for another healthy serving of HOT tech deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Thursday morning, we have a couple of HP notebooks, the 17.3" HP dv7t and the 15.6" HP dv6t. We also have a great deal on the recently released OCZ Vertex 4 solid state drive, and a Xerox color laser printer. 17.3" HP dv7t...

HotHardware's Look at the LG Spectrum from Verizon Wireless

HotHardware's Look at the LG Spectrum from Verizon Wireless

LG and Verizon Wireless have brought the same display technology used in LG's premium HD televisions to a new smartphone dubbed the Spectrum. Featuring a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display and a resolution of 1280x720, the LG Spectrum uses Real Stripe subpixel arrangement which LG says is denser and 1.4 times sharper than the PenTile subpixel arrangement...

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Killer Networking Controllers

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Killer Networking Controllers

Qualcomm Atheros today unveiled its new Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless module and Killer E2200 wired Ethernet controller. If you're at all familiar with Killer Technology (previously known as BigFoot Networks), you'll know these adapters are built with network performance in mind and as such include ping reducing technology and advanced QoS...

PowerColor Launches 'Go! Green HD7750' for Tree Huggers and Silent Computing Enthusiasts

PowerColor Launches 'Go! Green HD7750' for Tree Huggers and Silent Computing Enthusiasts

If you're losing sleep at night because you feel as though your choices in computer hardware are offensive to Mother Nature, you might be a candidate for TUL Corporation's PowerColor Go! Green HD7750 graphics card. Armed with a totally silent cooling solution with no moving parts (passive), the Go! Green card won't pollute your living quarters...

Intel's Overclocking Warranty Now Available on iBuyPower Systems, Free on Select Systems

Intel's Overclocking Warranty Now Available on iBuyPower Systems, Free on Select Systems

Back when you had to play with dip switches and before overclocking became vogue, the risk of damaging your processor was greater than it is today. There are so many safeguards built into the motherboard, BIOS, and processor itself that it's fairly difficult to nuke a CPU these days, though not impossible. Intel's 'Performance Tuning Protection...

T-Mobile Will Get The HTC One S On April 25

T-Mobile Will Get The HTC One S On April 25

T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the HTC One S beginning April 25. This sleek new phone is T-Mobile's thinnest smartphone, measuring 7.95mm. The phone will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 4. The One S supports connectivity to T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 42) network. Other key features include a 4.3-inch...

HTC One X Coming To AT&T May 6

HTC One X Coming To AT&T May 6

HTC's anticipated One X smartphone will land at AT&T on May 6 for just under $200 with a contract. This smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity (where available) and runs on Android 4.0 and HTC's Sense 4 user interface. Other key features include a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core...

AT&T Offers Up New GoPhone Prepaid Data Packages

AT&T Offers Up New GoPhone Prepaid Data Packages

Look, not everyone is into the idea of contracts. And for those people, there are plenty of prepaid options on the table. AT&T is hoping to get itself back in the prepaid spotlight soon with new prepaid data packages. It's good news for users, too, as the new packages include "double the data or more for the same price for GoPhone customers."...

Microsoft Names Windows Server 8: It's Now Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Names Windows Server 8: It's Now Windows Server 2012

What's in a name? A lot. Qwikster didn't go over so well for Netflix, and iPhone was so important to Apple that it purchased the rights to use it from Cisco. And instead of rolling with Windows Server 8, Microsoft has decided to go with Windows Server 2012 for its upcoming server operating system. At the Microsoft Management Summit, Corporate...

If You Resell Your Used Games, The Terrorists Win

If You Resell Your Used Games, The Terrorists Win

Game designer Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored antipiracy features in the next-gen PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango. "The real cost of used games is the damage that is being wrought on the creativity and variety of games available to the consumer," Browne writes. "The real cost of used games is the death of single...

51: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 18, 2012

51: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 18, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus small form factor PC, Intel's SSD 910 family of PCI Express SSDs for the enterprise, our Intel Z77 Express motherboard round-up and give...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS, Netgear Router, Xerox Color Laser and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS, Netgear Router, Xerox Color Laser and More

It’s time for the latest batch of HOT tech deals from around the web, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Wednesday morning we have a Dell XPS 8300 Core i7-2600-based desktop system, a NetGear WNDR3800 N600 Wireless-N Dual Band Gigabit Router, a Xerox Phaser 6180MFP/D Color All-in-One printer, and a 60" Samsung UN60EH6000...

Acer Announces ICS Update Timeline For A100 And A500 Tablets

Acer Announces ICS Update Timeline For A100 And A500 Tablets

If you have an Acer A100 or A500 tablet, you may be wondering when that promised update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming. Previously, Acer said the update will be available in April. Now that April is winding down, Acer is getting more specific with a date. On Acer's support page, the company revealed that US owners of the 7-inch...

Sprint & LG Announce Eco-Friendly Optimus Elite Smartphone

Sprint & LG Announce Eco-Friendly Optimus Elite Smartphone

Sprint and LG are teaming up to another eco-friendly smartphone in the form of the LG Optimus Elite. As the successor to the LG Optimus S, the Optimus Elite features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch-screen (320 x 480), 4GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. The Optimus Elite runs on Android 2.3 and features NFC...

NVIDIA's Facebook Page Teases Mystery Product Launch

NVIDIA's Facebook Page Teases Mystery Product Launch

NVIDIA has a message for its Facebook followers: It's Coming. Two simple words, one of which is a contraction (so three words if you want to count it that way), with no accompanying explanation as to what exactly is on the horizon. A new model graphics card perhaps? Possibly. Could it be a computer case? Judging by the faint outline in the...

Biostar'sTZ75B Motherboard is Ready to Cross Intel's  Ivy Bridge

Biostar'sTZ75B Motherboard is Ready to Cross Intel's Ivy Bridge

Before you go crossing over Intel's Ivy Bridge, which the Santa Clara chip maker is ever-so-close to laying down, you have to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. It starts with the proper foundation, and if you're still shopping a compatible motherboard, Biostar hopes you'll give its brand-spanking-new TZ75B motherboard more than just...

Digital Storm’s Marauder Line of Gaming PCs Starts at $799

Digital Storm’s Marauder Line of Gaming PCs Starts at $799

Digital Storm announced its latest line of gaming PCs, the Marauder series, and they start at just $799. There are four models in the line, all of which are wrapped in the Corsair Vengeance C70, and they start at $799 and $999 for the Level 1 and Level 2 AMD FX-based systems and $1,199 and $1,299 for Intel Core i5-2500K-based systems. “With...

Acer Iconia Tab A510 is Now Available

Acer Iconia Tab A510 is Now Available

We learned all about the Acer Iconia Tab A510 last month when the tablet went up for preorder, but now Acer’s website has the device listed as in stock. The kids over at Engadget spotted the A510 on the site, which is being sold as the “Olympic Game Edition” in celebration of the upcoming London summer games. (It has the...

AViiQ's USB Powering Ready Clips Are Simple, Effective

AViiQ's USB Powering Ready Clips Are Simple, Effective

You may not be super familiar with AViiQ, but they're a mobile accessory and design company that tends to crank out some pretty unique products. The latest is the Ready Clips, giving consumers a convenient way of charging or transferring data to and from any USB 2.0. port. AViiQ Ready Clips are said to "eliminate the headaches associated with...

ARM Introduces Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Hard Macro

ARM Introduces Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Hard Macro

ARM's been in the news quite a bit lately, most recently in dealing with Windows RT, but now they're making some waves of their own. They've just announced the new Cortex-A15 quad-core Hard Macro, a power-optimized implementation of quad-core hard macro on 28nm process. In other words, it's a juiced-up version of the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor....

HIS Launches '7870 Fan 2GB' Graphics Card with OC Software Bundled In

HIS Launches '7870 Fan 2GB' Graphics Card with OC Software Bundled In

Hightech Information System (HIS from here on out) added a new AMD Radeon HD graphics card to its lineup today, the '7870 Fan 2GB'. The oddly named card sports a fairly aggressive design that makes up for the card's quirky moniker. More than just eye candy, HIS claims the custom cooler keeps the graphics card running 13C cooler than the reference...

Pebble Smartwatch Raises $3.7 Million (and Counting) on Kickstarter

Pebble Smartwatch Raises $3.7 Million (and Counting) on Kickstarter

When the team behind the Pebble smartwatch launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, they were looking for $100,000. To date, and with just over a month of fundraising time to go, the group has already raised over $3.7 million with over 25,000 backers. They claim it’s the most-funded Kickstarter project ever. The Pebble is a smartwatch...

Halo 4 Launch Date Announced, Game Receives Conan O’Brien Bump

Halo 4 Launch Date Announced, Game Receives Conan O’Brien Bump

In a long, rambling, and entertaining blog post, the Halo team announced a launch date for Halo 4 (er, wouldn’t that actually be Halo 8?). November 6th, 2012 is the big day when the game launches worldwide, and it marks the beginning of a new trilogy in the Halo series. The date was not chosen by accident. According to the post: November...

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Systems, Sandisk SSD, Diablo III and More

Hot Deals of the Day: HP Systems, Sandisk SSD, Diablo III and More

It’s time for our latest batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all this fine Tuesday morning, we have deals on a 27" HP Omni 27 Core i5-2400S-based All-in-one PC, an HP h8xt Core i7-2600-based desktop system, a 240GB SanDisk Ultra (SDSSDH-240G-G25) 2.5" SATA II SSD, a Diablo III pre-order with discount...

Verizon Wireless To Offer LTE To More Than 66% Of US Population

Verizon Wireless To Offer LTE To More Than 66% Of US Population

After Verizon Wireless expands its 4G LTE network to 27 new markets and adds additional coverage in 44 markets on Thursday, April 19, the wireless carrier will cover more than two-thirds of the U.S. population with its fast LTE network, and the company isn't done yet. By the end of this year, Verizon Wireless plans to offer its 4G LTE network...

All-in-One Segment to Drive 2.5-inch Hard Drive Growth, IHS iSuppli Says

All-in-One Segment to Drive 2.5-inch Hard Drive Growth, IHS iSuppli Says

Smaller form factor 2.5-inch hard drives are finally getting their due in the desktop segment, and it's thanks to the rising popularity (and affordability) of all-in-one (AIO) systems. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, worldwide shipments of 2.5-inch HDDs to all AIOs are forecast to reach about 1 million units in 2013, which doesn't...

Hulu Plus Rides the Streaming Wave to 2 Million Paying Subscribers

Hulu Plus Rides the Streaming Wave to 2 Million Paying Subscribers

Online streaming video site Hulu is expected to announce that it has 2 million subscribers for its premium Hulu Plus service, The New York Times reports. Hulu Plus runs $8 per month and is available on a wide range of devices, most recently having been added as an app to the Xbox 360 console. That figure represents 500,000 more subscribers...

MEIZU Introduces First Exynos-Powered Quad-Core Smartphone

MEIZU Introduces First Exynos-Powered Quad-Core Smartphone

MEIZU announced its new MEIZU MX Quad-core smartphone which claims to be the first smartphone in the world to use the brand new Exynos A9 quad-core processor. The MEIZU MX Quad-core will feature a 292 PPI high definition ASV display, 1700mAh battery, an 8 megapixel BSI camera with a lens aperture of f/2.2, and MEIZU's Flyme OS which is based...

The Must-Have Mods of Skyrim

The Must-Have Mods of Skyrim

It's only been five months since Skyrim hit store shelves, but the amount of work done on the game by both Bethesda and an army of modders has been enormous. With the Creation Kit now in the wild for several months, we've rounded up some of the best mods available and brought them for your consideration. We'll also walk you through the modding...

Iconic Apple II Turns 35 Years Old

Iconic Apple II Turns 35 Years Old

If the Apple II was made of flesh, blood, and bone, it would probably be out shopping a sports car today, one of the many rituals that seem to manifest when you reach middle age. The Apple II, you see, was introduced to the world 35 years ago at the West Coast Computer Faire. The 8-bit machine would go on sale to the general public less than...

Sprint Reveals IdeaPad S205s Netbook...With WiMAX

Sprint Reveals IdeaPad S205s Netbook...With WiMAX

Did you know that netbooks were still being sold on contract? Not too many still are, and we're guessing they never really went over too well, but Sprint's taking another whack at 'em with the launch of the WiMAX-enabled IdeaPad S205s from Lenovo. The "mini notebook" boasts an Intel dual-core U5600 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, and an...

Lumia 900 Owners Get Data Fix Update, $100 Credit

Lumia 900 Owners Get Data Fix Update, $100 Credit

Guess what, Lumia 900 users? You've got an update to download. Already, just days after launch, Nokia's new Windows Phone-based flagship has an update, and it's to fix some lingering data connectivity issues that some customers were facing. Nokia knows that they have to nail this launch if they ever want Windows Phone to be a major player...

SoiTec Announces New SOI Roadmap - Industry Uptake Remains Unclear

SoiTec Announces New SOI Roadmap - Industry Uptake Remains Unclear

Leading Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer manufacturer Soitec published an updated roadmap today, detailing how it plans to make fully-depleted SOI technology (FD-SOI) available through the 14nm process node, but there's some question as to the degree of industry support for the company's technology. In theory, FD-SOI could solve some of the...

Intel Ships SSD 330 Line: Starts At Just $89 for 60GB

Intel Ships SSD 330 Line: Starts At Just $89 for 60GB

Intel has long since impressed people with their assortment of solid state drives, and we highly doubt the newest batch will be letting anyone down. With prices finally starting to sink to a point where average consumers may consider an SSD over an HDD, the new SSD 330 series is perfectly positioned to be a part of that revolution. The new...

Instagram Picks Up 10 Million New Users In A Few Days: Sky's The Limit?

Instagram Picks Up 10 Million New Users In A Few Days: Sky's The Limit?

A billion dollars. That sum can buy a lot of things, including a photo-crazy social startup called Instagram. Just days after Facebook plucked down a huge sum of cash to grab the company and its employees, millions more are flocking to it in order to see what the hubbub is all about. Instagram already had around 30 million users before Facebook...

Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS Launch in Canada, Eh

Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS Launch in Canada, Eh

Oh, those lucky Canucks. Today, Roku announced that the Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS set-top streaming players are available in Canada. The Roku 2 XD connects to the Internet via WiFi and offers 1080p video; the Roku 2 XS offers the same, as well as a remote control with motion control, an Ethernet port, and a USB port. The players include over...

HTC One X Launching at AT&T This Week?

HTC One X Launching at AT&T This Week?

BGR has it on good authority that the much-anticipated HTC One X, formerly unavailable in the U.S., will reach our shores as early as this week at AT&T. Reportedly, release details will be available tomorrow. The international One X had a quad-core Tegra 3 chip inside, but the U.S. versions will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU. Other...

Samsung's Latest Galaxy Device Is Coming

Samsung's Latest Galaxy Device Is Coming

We've heard plenty of rumors about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone and now we have a good idea when Samsung might make this phone official. This morning, Samsung sent out invitations to its upcoming Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in London. The event is scheduled for May 3. Although we won't know official specs or details about the...

HP's Z1 All-In-One Is Now Available

HP's Z1 All-In-One Is Now Available

HP's new Z1 Workstation is now available with a starting price of $1,899. This all-in-one features a 27-inch IPS display, quad-core Intel Xeon processors options, and NVIDIA Quadro graphics. The Z1 was designed for computer-aided design, digital media, and entertainment professionals. The display on the Z1 can snap open, making it easy for...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 15z, OCZ Agility 3 SSD, Samsung 3DTV and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 15z, OCZ Agility 3 SSD, Samsung 3DTV and More

It’s time to kick off a new week with a fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Monday morning, we have a 15.6" Dell XPS 15z Core i7-2640M-based laptop, a 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III SSD for under $1 a GB after rebates, a 55" Samsung UN55ES8000 3D 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV, and a Jawbone ERA Headset...

Sony Unplugs PlayStation Network for All-Day Maintenance

Sony Unplugs PlayStation Network for All-Day Maintenance

Surprise, surprise (not really), Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) is down again for more routine maintenance. This has become a regular occurrence that PlayStation 3 gamers have learned (or are learning) to put up with, and this latest bit of downtime is scheduled to last pretty much all day, according to an official blog post by Matthew Harper,...

Galaxy Nexus Landing at Sprint on April 22 for $200, Pre-Orders Start Today

Galaxy Nexus Landing at Sprint on April 22 for $200, Pre-Orders Start Today

Sprint's 4G LTE momentum continues with the upcoming availability of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Galaxy Nexus arrives at Sprint on April 22, 2012 (this Sunday) for $200 with a two-year service contract and qualifying data plan, but if you're feeling froggy, you can jump on a pre-order straight...

Here Come the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Price Cuts

Here Come the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series Price Cuts

Back when the first Kepler cards came out and reviews (including ours) showed the GeForce GTX 680 to be the all-around fastest single-GPU graphics card on the planet, the general consensus was that AMD would have to lower the price of its Radeon HD 7970 series. It didn't make sense to try and continue to sell the 7970 for $550 when gamers...

WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive Review

WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive Review

Although solid state drives have generated the lion’s share of buzz in the storage space these last few years, traditional hard drives with spinning media continue to be a mainstay of the industry and have evolved to offer higher capacities and more performance than ever before. Of course, even the fastest of today’s hard drives...

Laptop Replacement ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Shipping April 22

Laptop Replacement ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Shipping April 22

Remember when they starting billing notebooks as “desktop replacements”? It’s happening again, only this time it’s tablets that are replacing laptops. According to PCWorld, ASUS’ laptop replacement Transformer Pad 300 will begin shipping on April 22. According to previously-leaked specs, the tablet will run Android...

Valve's Mystery Hardware Project is "Wearable Computing," Developer Says

Valve's Mystery Hardware Project is "Wearable Computing," Developer Says

Have you ever had one of those moments where you're bracing yourself for a bang only to end up hearing a soft thud? I have. In fact, it just happened. I was excited when rumors started swirling around a "Steam Box" console Valve was reportedly working on, and while the company's marketing director, Doug Lombardi, essentially told us all to...

Is Your Local Best Buy Closing Down? Check Out this List

Is Your Local Best Buy Closing Down? Check Out this List

A little over two weeks ago, Best Buy revealed plans to shutter 50 U.S. "big box" brick-and-mortar retail locations as part of a larger cost cutting initiative expected to save the company $800 million by fiscal 2015. At the time, the mega electronics chain didn't specify which exact locations would be getting the boot, but has now made that...

Dolby And Philips Team Up For a Glasses-Free 3D Experience

Dolby And Philips Team Up For a Glasses-Free 3D Experience

Glasses-free 3D? For many, it's a pipe dream. The newest 3D revolution, which roughly began around the time that CES 2010 started, has faded somewhat. Yes, it's still booming in cinemas, but having to wear glasses just doesn't seem that appealing in the home. That said, the concept of seeing 3D without any facial intrusions is a bright one,...

XTEX Reveals $150 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

XTEX Reveals $150 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

While both Amazon and Barnes & Noble seem to be holding the lion's portion of tablet market share down at the sub-$200 level, there's probably room for one or two more to make a dent; particularly at $150. XTEX has just announced My Tablet, a simply-titled unit with a 7-inch display, Wi-Fi and Android 4.0.3. That's right; an Ice Cream...

TUL Unveils PowerColor PCS+ Votex II Series Videocards for "Enthusiasts Only"

TUL Unveils PowerColor PCS+ Votex II Series Videocards for "Enthusiasts Only"

TUL Corporation just recently announced a line of PowerColor graphics cards apparently designed for "enthusiasts only." It's the Vortex II series, which is the nomenclature TUL uses to describe PowerColor cards that feature a deluxe "Platinum Power Kit" design for improved power efficiency, stability, and overclocking ability, along with Vortex...

iBuyPower to Start Shipping Systems to a Best Buy Near You

iBuyPower to Start Shipping Systems to a Best Buy Near You

Boutique system builder iBuyPower and mega electronics chain Best Buy have inked to a deal to become BFFs and give the former more mainstream exposure and the latter a bit of street cred. Or in other words, Best Buy is now carrying custom built high-performance gaming systems from iBuyPower, including the immediate availability of no less...

EVGA Announces Availability of GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Edition Graphics Card

EVGA Announces Availability of GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Edition Graphics Card

As you wade through the available Kepler cards trying to decide which one to get, EVGA hopes to sway your decision with its new GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature and Singature+ w/ Backplate edition graphics cards. These sleek and sexy looking cards boast higher base and boost clockspeeds, overclocked memory, and 5 Phase PWM board designs with 8-pin...

Republic Wireless Launching Large-Scale Beta Testing This Summer

Republic Wireless Launching Large-Scale Beta Testing This Summer

The unlimited-mobile-wireless-everything-for-$19-a-month dream is a step closer to reality. Republic Wireless announced in a blog post that a new, large-scale round of beta testing will launch this summer, and if you were one of the thousands who signed up for the Republic Wireless email list, you’ll have the chance to participate. In...

Apple's Latest Java Update Addresses Flashback Malware

Apple's Latest Java Update Addresses Flashback Malware

Apple can't be too happy about having that Flashback malware news hit over half a million Mac users, and on a percentage basis, that's pretty extreme. But now, hopefully, the past can be the past. A new update in OS X Software Update patches Java, enabling the program (on Lion machines) to stop automatically executing Java applets. Users can...

Splashtop Brings Windows 8 Metro Testing Grounds To iPad

Splashtop Brings Windows 8 Metro Testing Grounds To iPad

Windows 8? On an iPad? It might sound bogus at first -- perhaps even dirty -- but it's going to happen, come heck or high water. Splashtop is known for bringing operating systems to places they weren't designed to go, and now they're turning an iPad into a Windows 8 tablet with native Metro UI touch gestures for Win8 app developers. All you...

AMD Launches New Partnership with CAD Developer; Delivers GPU Optimizations

AMD Launches New Partnership with CAD Developer; Delivers GPU Optimizations

AMD is kicking off its weekend with news of a partnership between itself and CAD software developer PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). PTC owns and develops the Creo software family. One of the programs at the heart of the company, Creo Element/Pro, was originally known as Pro/ENGINEER. It's not at all unusual for software developers...

Hot Deals For Friday: Dell LCD, Toshiba USB 3.0 Hard Drives,  Logitech Mouse and Keyboard

Hot Deals For Friday: Dell LCD, Toshiba USB 3.0 Hard Drives, Logitech Mouse and Keyboard

Happy Friday all!  We've got the last of this week's Hot deals here courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy.  From keyboard and mouse combo packs to a 21-inch Dell LCD and speedy USB3.0 drive external storage from Toshiba, there's a little something for everybody today. Enjoy the tech goodness and have a fine weekend! • 21.5" Dell...

Thermaltake Announces Level 10 GT Battle Edition Chassis

Thermaltake Announces Level 10 GT Battle Edition Chassis

Ever find yourself wondering how many variations of the Level 10 chassis Thermaltake can launch? The answer appears to always be 'at least one more.' The newest version of the funktastic case that was first launched in January 2011 is the Level 10 GT Battle Edition, essentially a Level 10 GT with a camouflaged theme to "evoke the 'battle'...

Barnes & Noble Announces NOOK Simple Touch With GlowLight For Night Readers

Barnes & Noble Announces NOOK Simple Touch With GlowLight For Night Readers

Barnes & Noble announced a new E Ink Reader that's designed for people who like to read both day and night without disturbing those around them. Using new lighting technology, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight makes it easy for someone to read in bed without needing to have a light nearby. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight combines...

Valve Looking for Electrical Engineers to Help with "Hardware Design"

Valve Looking for Electrical Engineers to Help with "Hardware Design"

Okay, so Valve isn't building a 'Steam Box' game console as was previously rumored to be the case. Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi pretty much shot the notion down, though he left the rumor on life support by not dismissing the idea outright, saying only that Valve is a "long way from...shipping any sort of hardware." Fine, that's...

MSI Launches CX70 and CR70 Laptops with Next Generation Graphics

MSI Launches CX70 and CR70 Laptops with Next Generation Graphics

MSI today unveiled its new CX70 and CR70 17.3-inch multimedia laptops with Nvidia GeForce 600 series discrete mobile graphics and support for Intel's new generation Core i processors (read: mobile Ivy Bridge), along with cinema-level SRS sound and native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support. Details are fairly light on the specific SKUs MSI will offer,...

MAINGEAR Announces Updated Quantum SHIFT4K Workstation, Chomps at Apple

MAINGEAR Announces Updated Quantum SHIFT4K Workstation, Chomps at Apple

MAINGEAR’s updated Quantum SHIFT4K workstation is built for creative types who need as much firepower as possible under the hood and features 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to twelve SSDs or nine HDDs, and four eSATA ports. For cooling, users can opt for the MAINGEAR EPIC 180 X2 closed-loop liquid cooling...

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2s and Galaxy Players

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2s and Galaxy Players

Although it means that the number of Galaxy Tab iterations is ballooning to unprecedented levels, Samsung will be introducing the Galaxy Tab 2 to the market soon in 7- and 10.1-inch models. The Galaxy Tab 2s appear to have incrementally better features than their respective predecessors, most notably in the area of the newer Android 4.0 Ice...

Canon Caters To Filmmakers With 4K-Capable EOS-1D C Camera

Canon Caters To Filmmakers With 4K-Capable EOS-1D C Camera

DSLRs aren't just for taking photos any longer. The past few years, more and more movie makers have been switching to DSLRs to shoot video, and Canon has gained tons of business because of this shift. But instead of letting folks repurpose their existing shooters, the company is catering specifically to the needs of filmmakers. Hence, the...

Sony Announces SmartWatch, Brings Android to Your Wrist

Sony Announces SmartWatch, Brings Android to Your Wrist

Remember when everyone was strapping those iPod nanos to their wrists? Sony saw an opportunity for a product there, and it’s the Sony Smartwatch. Technically, the SmartWatch is just an accessory, not a standalone device (unless you only want to use it as a watch), but it’s still a sweet little gadget. The device connects to your...

Ematic Unveils 7-inch eGlide Prism Android Tablet

Ematic Unveils 7-inch eGlide Prism Android Tablet

The parade of low-cost tablets continues with Ematic’s eGlide Prism, a 7-inch model that packs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Like a lot of these price-busting tablets, the eGlide Prism has its own special angle to differentiate it from the competition. In this case, it’s 3D; yep, the device comes with special 3D glasses and has...

Fusion-io Reveals Wicked Fast ioFX PCIe-Based SSD

Fusion-io Reveals Wicked Fast ioFX PCIe-Based SSD

Haven't heard too much news from Fusion-io lately, but the company famous for making PCIe-based solid state storage "a thing" is back in a big way. The company has today announced that it is bringing the power of its ioMemory technology to visual effects professionals with the Fusion ioFX. According to the company, the new monster is "designed...

Hot Deals Thursday:  Dell XPS 15 notebooks, Sony PS3 Slim, HTC Radar 4G and More

Hot Deals Thursday: Dell XPS 15 notebooks, Sony PS3 Slim, HTC Radar 4G and More

It’s time for another fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today, we have deals on Dell XPS 15 notebooks, a sweet looking 24-inch Planar LCD, a Sony PS3 Slim 320GB system, the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) sportin' HTC Radar 4G smartphone and more...   15.6" Dell XPS 15 Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz...

Video Details the "Tedious and Boring" Job of Building an iPad

Video Details the "Tedious and Boring" Job of Building an iPad

Steve Jobs created a consumer culture like no other with his company's iDevices, and these days iPhone and iPad launches attract long lines that, in some areas, stretch for blocks. It's pretty insane when you think about it, but what's most remarkable is the amount of people power it takes to pull off these product launches. Foxconn (Hon Hai...

LG Viper To Land At Sprint Stores On April 22

LG Viper To Land At Sprint Stores On April 22

The LG Viper 4G LTE smartphone will officially land at Sprint stores on April 22. This smartphone will be among the first smartphones that will operate on Sprint's upcoming 4G LTE Network. The Viper is expected to sell for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. If you're anxious to get your hands on this phone,...

Nokia's Lumia 900 Smartphone Costs $217 to Build, Says IHS iSuppli

Nokia's Lumia 900 Smartphone Costs $217 to Build, Says IHS iSuppli

After you add up the price of all the parts, Nokia's shiny new Lumia 900 smartphone carries a bill of materials (BOM) in the neighborhood of $209, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. Factor in another $8 for manufacturing fees and the cost to build the Windows Phone device everyone is talking about comes out to $217, or 46 percent...

Verizon Wireless Plans To Charge For Phone Upgrades

Verizon Wireless Plans To Charge For Phone Upgrades

On April 22, Verizon Wireless plans to begin charging users for the ability to upgrade to the latest and greatest phone. In the past, Verizon Wireless has offered an additional $30 discount to customers who wanted to upgrade phones provided they had completed at least 20 months of their two-year contract. After the new policy goes into effect,...

MSI Rolls Out GTX 680 Twin Frozr OC Edition Graphics Card

MSI Rolls Out GTX 680 Twin Frozr OC Edition Graphics Card

MSI's latest high-end graphics card is one cool customer, or at least it's supposed to be. The newly launched GTX 680 Twin Frozer /OC graphics card is a top end Kepler card that's been factory overclocked and custom cooled with MSI's popular Twin Frozr III heatsink/fan combination. According to MSI, the custom cooled graphics card runs 22C...

Intel Drops Low Power 'Centerton' Atom Bomb on Micro Server Market

Intel Drops Low Power 'Centerton' Atom Bomb on Micro Server Market

Just last month, Intel made it crystal clear that it was never in the running to acquire SeaMicro, a server startup that was ultimately snatched up by rival chip maker AMD for a cool $334 million. Intel's Chief Information Officer (CIO), Diane Bryant, basically said that no one at Intel was particularly impressed with SeaMicro's technology,...

D-Link Releases Sub-$50 MovieNite Video Streaming Box

D-Link Releases Sub-$50 MovieNite Video Streaming Box

Roku, Apple, Netgear -- you name it, and it has probably made a movie streaming set-top box. D-Link is now joining that bunch, and while they're late to the game, they may still win people over. Why? Cost. The company's new MovieNite streaming media player is now shipping to Walmart stores, offering instant access to an unlimited amount of...

Intel Announces PCI Express SSD 910 Product Family

Intel Announces PCI Express SSD 910 Product Family

Intel has historically stuck with SATA-based solid state storage solutions, but today the company is taking a difference approach with its first PCI-Express solid state storage device. Like the SSD 710 family of products, the newly announced Intel SSD 910 is based on 25nm MLC NAND Flash. The two product families share a number of other low...

Towers of Power: Thecus Unveils TopTower NAS Series

Towers of Power: Thecus Unveils TopTower NAS Series

The Thecus TopTower NAS Series includes towers with six, eight, and ten bays and is designed to offer big time storage to businesses who don’t necessarily have the infrastructure for a rackmount setup. The TopTower N6850 is the six-bay option and offers a dual-core Intel Pentium G620 (2.6GHz) processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 18TB...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 w/ 27" LCD, Mushkin SSD and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 w/ 27" LCD, Mushkin SSD and More

It’s time for another fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this file Wednesday morning, we have deals on a Dell XPS 8300 Core i7-powered rig with an awesome U2711 27” monitor, a Mushkin 240GB solid state drive for under $1 per GB, a Logitech notebook cooling pad, and a Samsung digital camera......

Best Buy Chief Abruptly Resigns Amid "Personal Conduct" Probe

Best Buy Chief Abruptly Resigns Amid "Personal Conduct" Probe

In what is being deemed as a "leadership transition," Brian Dunn has stepped down as chief executive officer and director of Best Buy. Director G. Mike Mikan will assume the role as CEO on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found, Best Buy announced. "There were no disagreements between Mr. Dunn and the company on any matter...

Intel Eyes $699 Ultrabooks in 2012, Touts 75 New Designs

Intel Eyes $699 Ultrabooks in 2012, Touts 75 New Designs

Don't expect the Ultrabook market to grow stale in 2012. On the contrary, Intel on Wednesday revealed that there are no less than 75 new models currently in the pipeline, not all of which stick with the the run-of-the-mill Ultrabook blueprint. New form factors are en route, including hybrid models that can serve as a laptop or a full fledged...

Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Review

Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Review

Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model we’ll be showing you here today, however, is the smallest yet. The new Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is an AMD E-series APU based small form factor / HTPC system...

Maryland to Ban Employers from Asking for Facebook Login Credentials

Maryland to Ban Employers from Asking for Facebook Login Credentials

One of the things we’ll try (and probably fail) to explain fully to future generations is how ubiquitous and powerful Facebook was at this point in time and yet how so many people just didn’t fully understand how it worked. Case in point: the Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland will become the first state to pass a law banning...

Zotac Thinks Extra Small with New ZBOX Nano XS

Zotac Thinks Extra Small with New ZBOX Nano XS

Zotac is sort of the Zen master of small form factor PCs. The company's ZBOX line of mini PCs are typically stylish, feature packed, and surprisingly powerful considering their small packages, which you can tuck away in a home theater rack or attach to the back of your PC monitor or HDTV. In an attempt to take things to a whole new level,...

Micron Outs mSATA SSDs for Ultrathins

Micron Outs mSATA SSDs for Ultrathins

Micron announced the C400 mSATA drive, which is designed to work as a smart cache in ultrathin notebooks. The caseless C400 is tiny--just 3x5cm--and is designed to be low power to preserve notebook battery life. The drive uses 25nm MLC NAND flash comes in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB, with a speedy SATA 6Gbps interface. These drives...

Western Digital Releases 2.5" (7.5mm) Scorpio Blue Mobile HDD

Western Digital Releases 2.5" (7.5mm) Scorpio Blue Mobile HDD

Right now, the "industry standard" for a laptop hard drive is 9.5mm. Some of the largest desktop replacements can use drives a few millimeters higher than that. But soon, 7mm may be the go-to size, as Ultrabooks become the norm and mobile becomes...more mobile. Today, Western Digital introduced a new 7.5mm 2.5" HDD in the Scorpio Blue family....

Chrysler Bringing Wireless Charging To Vehicles

Chrysler Bringing Wireless Charging To Vehicles

Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where...

Toshiba Adds Tablets, Laptops, And All-In-Ones

Toshiba Adds Tablets, Laptops, And All-In-Ones

Toshiba announced three new tablets, a number of laptops, and two All-in-One desktop PCs today. Included in the list of new tablets are the 10.1-inch Excite 10, the Excite 13 which features a large 13.3-inch HD display, and the Excite 7.7 which features a 7.7-inch AMOLED display. All of the new tablets feature aluminum shells and Corning Gorilla...

 Kingston Adds HyperX 3K Solid-State Drive

Kingston Adds HyperX 3K Solid-State Drive

Kingston announced the HyperX 3K SSD, a high-performance solid-state drive with an affordable price tag. This drive is powered by the second-generation SandForce SF-2281 processor and based on SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface. The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD has sequential read/write throughputs of 555/510MB/s and max random R/W IOPS of 85k/74k....

EVGA Announces Z77 FTW Motherboard and Latest Version of Precision X

EVGA Announces Z77 FTW Motherboard and Latest Version of Precision X

EVGA’s latest EATX enthusiast board is the Z77 FTW, which is built to let users push its overclocking limits. The board supports Intel 3rd-generation processors and has five PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-E 3.0 x1 slot that taken together can handle up to four-way SLI support with graphics cards at x8-x16-x8-x8. You can slap in up to...

Hot Deals of the Day: iTunes Codes, LG 3DTV Bundle, Lenovo DVD Burner and More

Hot Deals of the Day: iTunes Codes, LG 3DTV Bundle, Lenovo DVD Burner and More

The HOT deals continue to roll on in, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all this fine Tuesday morning, we have deals on iTunes gift codes, a Lenovo portable USB 2.0 DVD burner, a Sonly Bloggie Touch Camcorder with accessories, and an LG LM7600 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV with six (yes six!) pairs 3D glasses included... Best Buy:...

ZOTAC Outs Two Intel 7-Series Mini-ITX Boards

ZOTAC Outs Two Intel 7-Series Mini-ITX Boards

There’s a pair of new Intel 7-Series motherboards out from ZOTAC, and they’re both in the mini-ITX form factor. The ZOTAC Z77-ITX WiFi and H77-ITX WiFi support LGA1155 3rd-generation and 2nd-generation Intel chips, and although both are equipped with a PCI-E x16 (3.0) slot, they’re also Intel HD 2500/4000-ready. The boards...

NVIDIA's GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Boost Skyrim Performance By 20 Percent

NVIDIA's GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Boost Skyrim Performance By 20 Percent

If you don't mind rolling the dice with beta software and own a GeForce graphics card, NVIDIA has some new drivers that might interest you. The GPU maker released its GeForce 301.24 beta drivers, calling it an "essential upgrade for all GeForce users" since they enable NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Sync, and NVIDIA Frame Rate Target on all...

Microsoft Starts Two Year Countdown to End of Support for Windows XP

Microsoft Starts Two Year Countdown to End of Support for Windows XP

It may seem silly to start the countdown to the end of support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) a full two years in advance, but given that there are still home consumers and businesses still clinging to the decade old OS, perhaps the early warning is entirely appropriate. Particularly for IT departments, starting the upgrade cycle now ensures...

Apple Reportedly Testing New iPhone Model with 1GB of RAM

Apple Reportedly Testing New iPhone Model with 1GB of RAM

With the rate at which Apple releases new products, it's never too early to start talking about the next iteration of any particularly iDevice. Right now the chatter is centered on the next iPhone model, perhaps to be called the iPhone 5 or simply the 'new' iPhone. Whatever it ends up being called, Apple is said to already have a prototype...

Report: Transformer Prime Getting GPS Fixing Add-On Soon

Report: Transformer Prime Getting GPS Fixing Add-On Soon

The iPad has outsold the lot of Android tablets by a significant margin, but that's not stopping Asus from addressing an issue that has plagued Transformer Prime buyers. If you haven't been following the story, Prime owners first saw GPS as a listed item on their tablets, but soon after that was yanked from the item description. Turns out,...

Wacom Reveals Bamboo Stylus Duo Writing Tablet

Wacom Reveals Bamboo Stylus Duo Writing Tablet

Wacom has made a name for itself in the stylus and writing tablet world, and they're expanding efforts today with the launch of the Bamboo Stylus Duo. It's described as a ual-purpose stylus for the iPad and Android tablets that combines a proven capacitive pen tip for on-screen input at one end, and a premium ball-point ink pen at the opposite...

Philips Reveals 24" ErgoSensor Display, Keeps Posture In Mind

Philips Reveals 24" ErgoSensor Display, Keeps Posture In Mind

Posture. It's an important thing. And for many computer users, keeping it for an extended period of time is very tough. Philips is clearly aware of those struggles, and to deal with them they have introduced the world's first ErgoSensor display. It's designed "for a healthy, productive workplace," boasting an intelligent center and sensor...

64-Bit Blues: Jack Tramiel, Father of Commodore, Dies at 83

64-Bit Blues: Jack Tramiel, Father of Commodore, Dies at 83

It's with heavy hearts that we report the death of Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International, who passed away at the age of 83. Tramiel, born in Poland in 1928, died while surrounded by family on Sunday, April 8, according to Forbes. He is survived by his wife Helen and their three sons, Gary, Sam, and Leonard, along with their extended...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 8300, HP dmz1 laptop, Xerox Color Laser and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 8300, HP dmz1 laptop, Xerox Color Laser and More

Can you guess what time it is folks? Yup, you got it! It’s time for some fresh HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell XPS 8300 Core i7-2600-based desktop system with a 24” monitor, an 11.6" HP dm1z dual-core AMD Fusion laptop, a Xerox Phaser 6500/N Color Laser Printer,...

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone Review

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone Review

Windows Phone is only about a year and a half old in the market at this point but Nokia has a much longer lineage. In the past 12 months though, their two worlds have collided in a fashion that will have repercussions for quite some time to come, with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop firmly committed to focusing his company's turnaround on what Microsoft...

Lenovo's IdeaTab S2109 Revealed On YouTube

Lenovo's IdeaTab S2109 Revealed On YouTube

Over the weekend, Lenovo quietly launched a YouTube video for its new IdeaTab S2109 tablet. This 9.7-inch slate features a 1,024 x 768 IPS LCD and Android 4.0. From the video, we learn the slate is 8.9mm-thick and features a gunmetal-finish unibody shell. Other features include a 1.3 megapixel front camera, microSD card slot, and micro-HDMI...

Adventure Gamers Come Out of the Woodwork to Fund Leisure Suit Larry Remake

Adventure Gamers Come Out of the Woodwork to Fund Leisure Suit Larry Remake

The prevailing wisdom is that adventure games are dead, and maybe they really are, or perhaps there just hasn't been anything to get excited about in a long, long time. Like a new Leisure Suit Larry game. You're probably thinking, "Been there, tried that, and the new Larry games stink," a fair assessment, but it's also worth mentioning that...

AOL Sells 800 Patents To Microsoft In Exchange For Approximately $1.1 Billion

AOL Sells 800 Patents To Microsoft In Exchange For Approximately $1.1 Billion

AOL is planning to sell over 800 patents and their related applications to Microsoft in a deal that is valued at $1.056 billion in cash. AOL has said a "significant" portion of the money from the deal will go to shareholders. The sale is expected to be completed by the end of this year. AOL will keep a patent portfolio of over 300 patents...

Acer Announces Portable C120 LED Pico Projector

Acer Announces Portable C120 LED Pico Projector

Acer’s new ultraportable pico projector is indeed a pocket-sized device at just 4.72 x 3.23 x 1 inches (WxDxH), and it weighs less than half a pound. Designed as a companion for a notebook, The little guy can run off of a USB port (with support for USB 3.0) for convenience or from AC power when a brighter display is required. Any Acer...

Hotmail Conquers Graymail; Market Share May Be Next

Hotmail Conquers Graymail; Market Share May Be Next

Remember Hotmail? Of course you do. Back in the day you had an account, but you stopped using it--even if you could get past the spam overload, the teasing from your friends probably finally put you over the edge. Besides, a few years ago there was really nothing Hotmail provided that you couldn’t get from the likes of Yahoo! Mail or...

Sony Reportedly Plans to Hand Out 10,000 Pink Slips

Sony Reportedly Plans to Hand Out 10,000 Pink Slips

Job cuts are an unfortunate part of doing business, especially when times get lean and investors grow antsy with dwindling profits (or increasing losses). When they do happen, you just hope too many people aren't affected. No such luck for Sony workers. The electronics juggernaut is reportedly getting ready to axe 10,000 workers, which represents...

AVADirect Outs a Trio of Intel-Based Clevo Notebooks

AVADirect Outs a Trio of Intel-Based Clevo Notebooks

AVADirect announced three new Clevo notebooks--the 15.6-inch P150EM, P151EM, and 17.3-inch P170EM--all based on Intel’s HM77 chipset and running a 3rd-generation Intel processor. The notebooks will have options for NVIDIA GTX 670 and 675 in SLI (with Optimus for preserving battery life), as well as eSATA, DisplayPort, HDMI, digital optical...

CyberPower Starts Dishing Up Intel Z77 Flavored Desktop Systems

CyberPower Starts Dishing Up Intel Z77 Flavored Desktop Systems

It's been a long and anticipatory wait for Ivy Bridge, and while Intel's next generation processors are still a couple of weeks away from making their official debut, platforms that support the new chips are already starting to trickle into the market place. CyberPowerPC, for example, just announced that it's incorporating Intel's new Z77...

Self-Repairing Film In The Pipeline For Touch Panels

Self-Repairing Film In The Pipeline For Touch Panels

Gorilla Glass is great, sure, but it's not flawless, and it's still possible to damage and crack. But what if electronics could repair themselves? It sounds like a pipe dream, and indeed it is, but it may not be as far-fetched as you think. Toray Advanced Film Co. will reportedly begin to sell a self-curing coat film, which is said to be able...

HTC: We Aren't Bundling Beats Headphones With Phones Any Longer

HTC: We Aren't Bundling Beats Headphones With Phones Any Longer

Turns out, people don't really buy smartphones based on the kind of headphones included. But hey, it was a valiant effort. The HTC Rezound featured a set of Beats earbuds right in the box, but it seems that the phone sales weren't really up to snuff. Or, at least, they weren't enough to justify the massive cost involved in bundling the two....

Dropbox Adds Browser Drag-And-Drop To Cloud Magic

Dropbox Adds Browser Drag-And-Drop To Cloud Magic

Dropbox is improving once again. The world's favorite cloud-based file sharing and storage service now has looming competition, with SkyDrive, iCloud, Box and soon -- Google Drive -- coming into view. So lately, we've seen the team cranking out many new features. The latest is drag-and-drop, allowing users to simply spot something that they...

AT&T To Start Unlocking Off-Contract iPhone Handsets Starting Today

AT&T To Start Unlocking Off-Contract iPhone Handsets Starting Today

Tired of having to buy a loaner phone for international use? If you're an AT&T iPhone user, and you have been for an extended period of time, you're in luck starting today. Along with the Lumia 900 going on sale today, AT&T is also making a major policy change. They're now unlocking iPhones for those customers who have one out-of-contract....

Former Intel Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Documents

Former Intel Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Documents

In the latest example of crime not paying, a former Intel employee named Biswamohan Pani pleaded guilty this week on five charges of fraud stemming from his theft of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of design documents from the chipmaker. According to Bloomberg, Pani gave Intel his two weeks’ notice on May 29, 2008, and he...

Z77 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel

Z77 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel

In preparation for the impending arrival of the company’s 3rd Generation Core processor products based on its Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. We have already been able to show you a number of Z77 Express-based motherboards, thanks to a handful of sneak peeks while out at CES early...

Maingear's Redesigned Notebooks are Ready to Roll with Ivy Bridge

Maingear's Redesigned Notebooks are Ready to Roll with Ivy Bridge

Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge chipset has arrived, and it should come as no surprise that boutique system builder Maingear is ready to make a run at the new platform. Three of Maingear's popular notebook lines have been upgraded to support Intel's 3rd generation Core processors, including the 15.6-inch ALT and 15.6-inch and 17-inch eX-L series,...

Origin PC Unveils Overhauled EON17-S and EON15-S Laptops at PAX East

Origin PC Unveils Overhauled EON17-S and EON15-S Laptops at PAX East

You may already be familiar with Origin PC's high octane EON17-S and EON15-S gaming laptops, but you've never seen them like this before. Sporting a complete redesign from the inside out, these are some of the first notebooks on the planet to feature Intel's next generation HM77 chipset (mobile Ivy Bridge). The redesigned EON17-S and EON15-S...

Next Amazon Kindle May Light Up Your Night

Next Amazon Kindle May Light Up Your Night

A TechCruncher recently got a sneak peak at a new Kindle under development in Amazon’s labs, and although most of the device was apparently hidden under cardboard, the premier feature was exposed: a glowing screen. In late 2010, it seems, Amazon snapped up lighting technology company Oy Modilis and its many patents (and talent) and is...

Don't Have Any Easter Plans? Play Star Wars: The Old Republic for Free!

Don't Have Any Easter Plans? Play Star Wars: The Old Republic for Free!

If you're not doing anything on Easter weekend, or simply need to take a break from the in-laws who made a surprise visit, you can immerse yourself into Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR from here on out) absolutely free of charge until Monday, April 9 at 2:00AM CDT (7:00AM GMT). It's a 'Weekend Pass Free Trial' being offered by Electronic...

Swiftech Announces Komodo Waterblock for Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Cards

Swiftech Announces Komodo Waterblock for Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Cards

There isn't much to fault about AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Prior to Kepler, it was the fastest single-GPU graphics card on the market, and post-Kepler it's still a high performing part. It can also run a bit loud, particularly if you roll with a Crossfire configuration. What's an enthusiast to do? Cool it with water, of course! Swiftech...

Dell Acquires Make Technology, Gains Leg-Up In Services

Dell Acquires Make Technology, Gains Leg-Up In Services

Dell's been in the news lately for their decision to step back from smartphones -- perhaps, anyway -- but they're quietly acquiring some pretty valuable assets in the background. Now, the company has snapped up Make Technologies, expanding Dell's services capabilities and giving them another leg-up in the enterprise service market. Make is...

Android 4.0 Comes To Nexus S 4G On Sprint

Android 4.0 Comes To Nexus S 4G On Sprint

Android 4.0 is much like a unicorn for many. Even though it's technically out there, it's unavailable for the vast majority of devices. But now, one of the flagship phones on Sprint is finally getting with the program. The Nexus S 4G has started to receive Android 4.0 this week, making it the first Android-powered phone on Sprint to get the...

Corsair Adds To Vengeance Gaming Line

Corsair Adds To Vengeance Gaming Line

Corsair added a new wireless gaming headset and PC case to its Vengeance line. The new Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset uses 2.4GHz wireless and offers a battery life up to ten hours and a range up to 40 feet. The Vengeance 2000 also has a high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone. The Vengeance 2000 7.1 wireless gaming headsets...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron, Dell 27" LCD, Razer Mouse and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron, Dell 27" LCD, Razer Mouse and More

It’s time to close out another week, unwind, and prepare for the holiday weekend (if you celebrate Easter, that is), but not before we dish out another fresh batch of HOT deals, straight from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this Friday, we have Dell Inspiron 570 Triple-core desktop system, an awesome 27" Dell UltraSharp U2711 LCD...

50: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 6, 2012

50: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - April 6, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss Corsair's Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D cases, our Definitive Diablo III Preview, the dysfunctional state of the game console industry, OCZ's Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused solid state drives and we hint at our next contest where...

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Will Address 11 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Will Address 11 Vulnerabilities

This month's Patch Tuesday will plug up less than a dozen vulnerabilities -- 11, to be exact -- in various flavors of Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft announced in a Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2012. Microsoft issued half a dozen bulletins in all, the same number as last month,...

Eurocom Uncages Panther 4.0 with Eight Core Xeon Processor

Eurocom Uncages Panther 4.0 with Eight Core Xeon Processor

If you want to see an Ultrabook wet itself, just plop Eurocom's new Panther 4.0 mobile workstation next to one. Battery life be damned, you can't help but be intimidated by a system packing this much power in a mobile form factor. We're talking about a 17.3-inch notebook that packs up to an eight-core Intel Xeon E5 2690 processor (or six-core...

Samsung's Quarterly Profit Reaches All Time High

Samsung's Quarterly Profit Reaches All Time High

Despite all the lawsuits with Apple and bickering over patent claims, injunctions, and all the other behind the scenes drama, Samsung has hit its stride, posting record quarterly operating profit of 5.8 trillion won ($5.13 billion in United States currency). That's up from 2.95 trillion won ($2.6 billion) from one year ago, and up from 5.3...

MSI Adds GT60 And GT70 Gaming Laptops To Lineup

MSI Adds GT60 And GT70 Gaming Laptops To Lineup

MSI announced the GT60 and GT70 gaming laptops at CeBIT. These laptops feature Intel’s Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M discrete graphics with 3GB of GDDR5 of display memory, the Super RAID Dual SSD, up to 32GB of memory, Bigfoot Gaming LAN, and a SteelSeries gaming keyboard. The GT60 features a 15.6-inch screen while...

TUL Announces Overclocked PowerColor PCS+ HD7850

TUL Announces Overclocked PowerColor PCS+ HD7850

The only thing better than overclocked hardware is hardware that comes overclocked from the factory, freeing you from that pesky voided warranty. TUL announced an overclocked PowerColor PCS+ HD7850 graphics card, which features a 1000MHz core clock and 1225MHz memory speed. In addition to a 92mm fan and SS-Shape heat pipes, the card relies...

LaCie Releases eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

LaCie Releases eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series

LaCie is looking to take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface on new Macs with an eSATA hub. Users can connect eSATA drives to their Macs without relying on an ExpressCard slot (and getting slightly better 3Gb/s performance). The hubs each have two Thunderbolt ports, making daisy-chaining devices possible and apparently without losing performance....

Samsung Starts Producing Ultra High Speed microSD Cards

Samsung Starts Producing Ultra High Speed microSD Cards

With faster and smarter phones, comes the eventual need for faster and smarter media. So, that's what Samsung is delivering. The company has announced that it's now mass producing Ultra High Speed–1 (UHS-1) interface microSD cards that support the highest performance levels required on advanced LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones and...

Report: A Quarter Of Global Homes Have Wi-Fi

Report: A Quarter Of Global Homes Have Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi, it's everywhere. Not exactly "everywhere," but probably in more places than you'd imagine. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, around 439 million homes around the globe have a Wi-Fi base station installed, which is right around 25 percent of all homes in the world. Not surprisingly, South Korea has the highest Wi-Fi household...

11 Arrested Over Dubious Allegations of Allegedly Leaking Samsung Trade Secrets

11 Arrested Over Dubious Allegations of Allegedly Leaking Samsung Trade Secrets

According to Korean news sources, 11 people, including one prominent former Samsung engineer, have been arrested for allegedly selling secrets to one of Samsung's rival firms. The report states that a 46-year-old former SMD researcher, whose name is being withheld, was paid ~$170,000 "from the competitor in exchange for secret data on the...

600,000 Macs Hit With Backdoor.Flashback Trojan

600,000 Macs Hit With Backdoor.Flashback Trojan

While many have dogmatically adhered to the idea that Macs are impervious to malware, some experts have been warning that it was only a matter of time before the Apple systems were hit with significant bugs. Findings like the one from Doctor Web late yesterday confirm that indeed, the malware threat looms large for Mac users. According to...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Laptop, Dekstop, and LCD, WD Live x 2

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Laptop, Dekstop, and LCD, WD Live x 2

Our daily serving of HOT deals is ready, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Thursday morning, we have deals on a 15.6” Dell Vostro 3555 AMD A6-based laptop, a Dell Inspiron 570 AMD Athlon II X3 450-based triple-core desktop, a 21.5" Dell S2230MX ultra-slim LED-backlit LCD monitor, and a deal on two Western Digital...

Corsair Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D Chassis Review

Corsair Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D Chassis Review

We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen recently from Corsair, and we were glad that the company saw fit to send us a couple more mid-tower cases to pore over and test: the Corsair Carbide 300R compact gaming chassis and the Obsidian 550D quiet case. The two are dissimilar from one another in terms of design and purpose, but...

Apple Reportedly Testing Out a 7.85-inch iPad

Apple Reportedly Testing Out a 7.85-inch iPad

Steve Jobs was adamantly against releasing a smaller version of the iPad. He bemoaned the 7-inch form factor as a tweener device that sits between a smartphone and a tablet, and because most tablet owners already have a smartphone, he said it didn't make any sense to give up screen real estate on a tablet in order to build one small enough...

U.S. Cellular’s First 4G LTE Phone, Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, is Now Available

U.S. Cellular’s First 4G LTE Phone, Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, is Now Available

Last month U.S. Cellular got its first 4G LTE device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and today the company announced that its first 4G LTE smartphone is also available. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator will cost $199.99, but “for a limited time”, you can snag one for just $99 in some markets. (Both of those prices are after a $100 mail-in...

Report: About a Million People Pulled the Plug on Cable in 2011

Report: About a Million People Pulled the Plug on Cable in 2011

Couch potatoes are discovering that it doesn't make sense to keep forking over money to cable companies when they can simply stream the shows they want to watch, when they want to watch them. It's not just a handful of TV viewers cutting the cord, either. According to a research report by The Convergence Consulting Group, LTD., around 2.65...

Electronic Arts Unfazed by Being Voted 'Worst Company in America'

Electronic Arts Unfazed by Being Voted 'Worst Company in America'

Which company do you loathe more to do business with, Electronic Arts or Bank of America? They're two very different operations, but nevertheless, both companies advanced to a 'championship' round of sorts in an annual poll by The Consumerist to determine the Worst Company in America. When the dust settled from more than 250,000 votes, Electronic...

Sprint And HTC Announce HTC EVO 4G LTE

Sprint And HTC Announce HTC EVO 4G LTE

We heard HTC and Sprint were planning a follow-up to the EVO line, and now we have more details about what the phone will offer. Sprint and HTC officially unveiled the EVO 4G LTE which is expected to be the first HD voice-capable smartphone available in the US. The phone will be available in the second quarter for about $200. Preorders for...

Dropbox Ups The Storage Giveaway Quantity For Friend Invites

Dropbox Ups The Storage Giveaway Quantity For Friend Invites

Dropbox is taking things up a notch. For years now, the easy-to-use file sharing service has been on top of the world, riding high, roping in new users and charging a substantial amount of money for any additional storage beyond 2GB. But now, with Google Drive potentially looming, Dropbox is cutting loose with the promotions. Starting this...

Amazon Instant Video Comes To Sony's PlayStation 3

Amazon Instant Video Comes To Sony's PlayStation 3

Sony has constantly hawked the PlayStation 3 as being not only a gaming system, but also an entertainment system. First, there was Blu-ray support and DLNA media streaming, and now there's yet another reason to just stay home this weekend and cuddle with your PS3: Amazon's Instant Video is now available on the PS3. his makes the PS3 system...

ConsoleWatch: PlayStation 4 "Orbis" CPU Specs Leak, But Likely Reflect Early Hardware

ConsoleWatch: PlayStation 4 "Orbis" CPU Specs Leak, But Likely Reflect Early Hardware

Inside sources have leaked information to the press claiming that the CPU in the next-generation PS4 (codenamed Orbis) is an AMD Llano A8-3850. The chip will supposedly be paired with an AMD Radeon 7670 GPU with 1GB of integrated VRAM. With all due respect to IGN, this is the sort of report that deserves a considerably better review than they...

Google X Outs Design Concepts for Project Glass, Seeks Input from Users

Google X Outs Design Concepts for Project Glass, Seeks Input from Users

The fruit of Project Glass, a project born from Google X, is essentially a futuristic-looking pair of glasses that probably runs on Android and bring the whole Google experience right up to your face (and left eye, apparently). There have been plenty of rumblings and rumors about these glasses for months, and today the Project Glass group...

Kingston Digital Announces MobileLite G3 with USB 3.0

Kingston Digital Announces MobileLite G3 with USB 3.0

You have to love a portable media card reader for its usefulness and portability, but today, Kingston Digital announced that it has improved on its MobileLite G3 by adding USB 3.0 support for the latest iteration. The new MobileLite G3 is of course backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and also supports SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC/SDXC, and Memory...

Nvidia Rails Against Intel's Many-Core Architecture

Nvidia Rails Against Intel's Many-Core Architecture

Nvidia isn't happy with what it sees as the free pass Intel's upcoming Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture has gotten on the software front, and it's taken to the blogosphere to challenge it. The post begins with a lengthy discussion of what Nvidia is calling its "hybrid architecture," in which a CPU and GPU get together for great fun...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 15, Gaming Peripherals from Razer and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell XPS 15, Gaming Peripherals from Razer and More

It appears the gang at LogicBuy was busy scrounging up some HOT deals on gaming peripherals this morning. In addition to a powerful Core i7-based Dell XPS 15 notebook, we had deals on a Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset, Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse, a Razer Kabuto Gaming Mouse Mat, and a Razer Orochi Bluetooth Laser Gaming...

Yahoo to Cut 14 Percent of Its Workforce

Yahoo to Cut 14 Percent of Its Workforce

Yahoo today confirmed plans to hand out around 2,000 pink slips to its employees, which is roughly equivalent to 14 percent of its workforce. The planned layoffs are an attempt to turn things around at Yahoo in a massive reorganization effort led by the company's new CEO, Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who joined Yahoo in January...

Mushkin Reluctantly Closes Online Shop, Concentrating on Distributors

Mushkin Reluctantly Closes Online Shop, Concentrating on Distributors

Coming just a tad too late to be an April Fool's prank is an announcement by Mushkin saying that it will no longer sell individual parts direct to the customer on its website. It's a bit of bummer to see Mushkin close its online shop, especially when the occasional coupon/promotional code would roll into view and trump any third-party sellers,...

Cooler Master Launches $99 CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard

Cooler Master Launches $99 CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard

Is there anything better to type on than a keyboard with mechanical key switches? The correct answer is 'No', though we'd also accept 'Hell no, are you crazy!?'. We're big fans of mechanical keyboards for a number of reasons, and thanks to Cooler Master, we now have one more option to consider when shopping high performance planks. The latest...

OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused SSD Review

OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx Everest 2-Infused SSD Review

OCZ Technology’s Vertex series of solid state drives have been consistently popular with enthusiasts since their initial arrival in 2009. OCZ has made significant changes with each successive generation of Vertex solid state drives, but generally speaking, each one has offered strong performance and was considered among the best overall...

Sprint Announces Affordable LG Viper 4G LTE

Sprint Announces Affordable LG Viper 4G LTE

Sprint announced a pre-order availability date for the new LG Viper 4G LTE. This smartphone will be the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features from Sprint. Starting Thursday, April 12, customers can preorder the phone from sprint.com/viper. The phone will sell for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement and after a mail-in rebate. The...

LaCie Reveals Scalable 5big Network 2

LaCie Reveals Scalable 5big Network 2

LaCie is looking to keep your business connected, and more importantly, locked and loaded when it comes to storage. Today, the company announced its professional 5-bay RAID server is now available in a diskless model. Now, users can get all the benefits of the 5big Network 2, designed by Neil Poulton, but with the flexibility to scale their...

ConsoleWatch: Developers Unhappy With Wii U Restrictions, Xbox Durango, and PlayStation 4

ConsoleWatch: Developers Unhappy With Wii U Restrictions, Xbox Durango, and PlayStation 4

The rumor mill is still churning out quite a bit of information on new consoles this week, including new data on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. According to unnamed developers, the Wii U actually isn't as powerful as the Xbox 360 or PS3, despite boasting HD graphics and significantly improved hardware. According to Nintendo's public statements,...

WD Introduces 2TB Portable Hard Drive For Mac Users

WD Introduces 2TB Portable Hard Drive For Mac Users

Western Digital announced a 2TB portable hard drive that is designed especially for Mac users. The new My Passport Studio drive features Apple Time Machine compatibility along with hardware-based encryption and password protection software. For connectivity, the drive offers a USB 2.0 interface along with two FireWire 800 ports which makes...

Lenovo Expands ThinkStation Lineup With Three New Workstations

Lenovo Expands ThinkStation Lineup With Three New Workstations

Lenovo announced three new workstations that feature the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors. The new ThinkStation S30, C30 and D30 workstations feature faster memory and enhanced energy efficiency. Options available within each model include Intel Xeon E5 1600/2600 processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards and Maximus support utilizing NVIDIA...

Instagram Finally Arrives For Download On Android

Instagram Finally Arrives For Download On Android

Instagram has taken the iOS world by storm, giving iPhone owners the ability to neatly tweak and adjust photos before sharing them with the world. It's a painfully simple concept, but it has caught fire like no other. Also, it's free. And now, it's on Android. Worldwide, there are certainly more Android smartphones in use than iPhones, and...

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron 11z, Samsung 3D HDTV, LG Smartphone and More

Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Inspiron 11z, Samsung 3D HDTV, LG Smartphone and More

It’s time for another fresh batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Tuesday morning, we have deals on a slick 11.6" Dell Inspiron 11z Core i3-330UM ULV-based laptop, a 51" Samsung PN51E6500 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV with glasses, an LG Lucid 4G Android Smartphone, and a HP Pavilion h9t Core i7-2600-based...

Hitachi GST Announces 4TB Ultrastar Enterprise-Class Hard Drives

Hitachi GST Announces 4TB Ultrastar Enterprise-Class Hard Drives

It seems like only yesterday (actually, it was less than a month ago) that Western Digital acquired Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and made it a full subsidiary. The new management should be pleased with HGST’s announcement today of the 4TB enterprise-class Ultrastar 7K4000 hard drives. Optimized for space, the Ultrastar 7K4000...

HIS Launches Factory Overclocked 7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB Graphics Card

HIS Launches Factory Overclocked 7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB Graphics Card

The Holy Trinity of computing involves parts that manage to run cooler, quieter, and faster than reference designs call for, and that's exactly what HIS promises with its new 7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB graphics card. The 7950 IceQ Turbo is a factory overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7950 videocard with a custom cooler that allows it to run up to 10C cooler...

Stealth.com Unveils Intel Core-Based Mini PC

Stealth.com Unveils Intel Core-Based Mini PC

Stealth.com is pumped about its latest mini PC, calling it “the most powerful and advanced small form PC we have offered to date.” There’s a case to be made there, as the tiny LPC-680 LittlePC (6.5 x 6 x 2 inches) supports Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy Bridge processors and sports 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 2.5-inch 750GB HDD...

Fractal Design Flexes Silent Series R2 Computer Case Fans

Fractal Design Flexes Silent Series R2 Computer Case Fans

Next to power supplies, computer case fans are arguably the least glamorous part of a PC build. Granted, some ship with flashing LEDs, and there was a time when laser cut fan grills were all the rage, but for the most part, they just sit there largely unseen, spin around all day long, and thanklessly keep your computer parts nice and chilly,...

EVGA Unveils New 'Global Warranty' Policy, Now With Less Red Tape

EVGA Unveils New 'Global Warranty' Policy, Now With Less Red Tape

EVGA is rolling out a new and improved 'Global Warranty' policy designed to make it easier to have your graphics card or other EVGA brand computer part serviced without having to wade through a ton of red tape or jump through hoops, regardless of where you live. The big change is that the warranty no longer belongs to the purchaser, but is...

NTT DoCoMo Joint Venture To Build 4G LTE Chips Is Killed

NTT DoCoMo Joint Venture To Build 4G LTE Chips Is Killed

Looks like there will be one less player in the semiconductor market meant to shape up 4G LTE chips. With LTE becoming more and more important from a global perspective, companies that craft LTE radio chips will undoubtedly make loads of money if they can land deals with phone OEMs. But it sounds like one that was destined to work at the end...

Philips Transitions TV Business Into New Joint Venture

Philips Transitions TV Business Into New Joint Venture

There's plenty of moving and shaking in the television / display business these days, with everyone from Samsung to Hon Hai to Sharp to Sony making significant changes in recent months. Now, Philips is joining that crowd. Display profits have been largely sinking over the past few years, making it harder and harder for companies to turn a...

Foxconn CEO: “You work fewer hours, but get more pay”

Foxconn CEO: “You work fewer hours, but get more pay”

After news broke that the Fair Labor Association found numerous working condition violations at Foxconn plants in China, there was some worry that when the factories reduced working hours to more humane levels, workers would see a deep dropoff in pay. At least in word if not yet in deed, Foxconn spoke out to alleviate those concerns. Last...

Samsung Officially Spins Off Display Business, World’s Largest

Samsung Officially Spins Off Display Business, World’s Largest

Although it came as no shock, Samsung Electronics announced today that it has officially spun off its display business into a new corporation called Samsung Display Co., Ltd, with operations under the new arrangements beginning tomorrow. At the moment of its birth, Samsung Display became the world’s largest display manufacturer, with...

Another Two AMD Executives Head Off To Greener Pastures

Another Two AMD Executives Head Off To Greener Pastures

It's been six weeks since Eric Demers, AMD's CTO of graphics, left the company to pursue other opportunities, and another former ATI employee has followed his example. Godfrey Cheng, who recently served as one of AMD's Director of Client Technologies, has left the company. Cheng was part of AMD's high-profile Llano launch and reportedly chose...

Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx To Get ICS On April 4

Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx To Get ICS On April 4

According to a leaked Best Buy image obtained by Android Police, Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx Verizon Wireless users won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on an OS update to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. The leaked image reveals the update for these two smartphones could arrive in a just a few days, with...

Dell Plans To Acquire Wyse Technology

Dell Plans To Acquire Wyse Technology

Dell announced plans to acquire Wyse Technology, a leader in cloud client computing. Wyse’s portfolio includes thin client solutions, desktop virtualization, and cloud software. The acquisition will expand Dell’s desktop virtualization capabilities and boost its enterprise products such as servers, networking, storage, and services....

Despite Heatgate, New iPad Owners Overwhelmingly Thrilled with Latest Apple Tablet

Despite Heatgate, New iPad Owners Overwhelmingly Thrilled with Latest Apple Tablet

Say what you want about the new iPad's propensity to run a little bit warmer than previous generation models, iPad owners don't appear to be all hot and bothered over what some have dubbed 'heatgate." On the contrary, a new survey suggests that nearly every single iPad 3 owner is at least partially satisfied with their tablet, and more than...

Premature Listings Hint at Affordable Prices for Intel's 330 Series Solid State Drives

Premature Listings Hint at Affordable Prices for Intel's 330 Series Solid State Drives

Have you been waiting for a performance oriented solid state drive with a price-per-gigabyte ratio that doesn't make you want to throw up a little bit in your mouth? Sure you have, because up to this point, good deals have been hard to come by, especially if you rule out any that require doing the whole mail-in-rebate ritual. Well folks, while...

Security Breach Prompts Visa to Ditch Global Payments

Security Breach Prompts Visa to Ditch Global Payments

After what's being described as a "massive data breach" at Global Payments, Visa has decided to part ways with the payment processor and try its luck elsewhere, Global Payments CEO Paul Garcia said, according to a report in the Associated Press. MasterCard, meanwhile, is either willing to give Global Payments the benefit of the doubt that...

Seeking Sanctuary: The Definitive Diablo III Preview

Seeking Sanctuary: The Definitive Diablo III Preview

Diablo III is the sequel to one of the most popular games of all time; its launch on May 15 could cripple college graduation rates, triple the number of insomniacs worldwide, and slash national productivity. Believe us--we know. We've spent about six weeks with the beta and have just recently escaped from Khanduras to detail our findings....

Hot Deals of the Day: HP 6-core Desktop, Dell 22" LCD, External HD and More

Hot Deals of the Day: HP 6-core Desktop, Dell 22" LCD, External HD and More

It’s time to kick off a new month, with a healthy serving of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this first Monday morning of April, we have deals on an HP Pavilion h8m AMD FX-6100-based 3.3GHz six-core desktop system, a 22” Dell LED-backlit LCD monitor, a 1TB Clickfree C6 external hard drive, and a 73"...

Sprint Won't Be Launching More WiMAX Devices

Sprint Won't Be Launching More WiMAX Devices

Once a champion of WiMAX technology, Sprint is quickly doing its best to forget it ever happened. Despite launching a number of successful smartphones with WiMAX radios, it didn't take long for LTE to become the clear winner in the 4G race. Sure enough, Sprint's 4G partner (Clearwire) has announced that LTE and LTE-Advanced is the technology...

Sony Bringing Android 4.0 To Most Xperia Phones In The Next Two Months

Sony Bringing Android 4.0 To Most Xperia Phones In The Next Two Months

Just because Sony Ericsson is no more (that morphed into Sony Mobile a few months ago), doesn't meant that existing Xperia owners are being left to fend for themselves. With Android 4.0 slowly making the rounds, Sony has announced that Ice Cream Sandwich will be making it onto a number of Xperia phones...just a few months later than expected....

LSI Reveals PCIe-Based Nytro Enterprise Storage Solutions

LSI Reveals PCIe-Based Nytro Enterprise Storage Solutions

Solid state storage is no doubt in many of our futures, but the pricing right now means that it's almost exclusively used in enterprise or high-end workstation applications. And that's exactly who LSI is targeting with its new Nytro application acceleration portfolio. It's a solution that combines PCIe flash technology with intelligent caching...

Canadian Developer Building Open Source Tricorders

Canadian Developer Building Open Source Tricorders

We swear we are not making this up. We know, we know, this is April 1st, the worst day of the year to try and persuade you to believe us, but this is the real thing. A Canadian developer, Dr. Peter Jansen, has been working on making tricorders. Yes, tricorders, as in the fictional devices that Star Trek writers used as convenient foils for...

iOS Users Spend More Per App than Amazon Appstore Users, But Just Barely

iOS Users Spend More Per App than Amazon Appstore Users, But Just Barely

Mobile apps are a huge source of revenue, and not just for developers, but owners of app stores as well. Apple rakes in the most loot with its highly popular iOS platform, however Amazon is quickly closing the gap, at least in terms of revenue per active user. This is something that Flurry, a mobile analytics firm and monetization platform,...

Sega Falls on Tough Times, Scraps Development of Some Games

Sega Falls on Tough Times, Scraps Development of Some Games

Sonic the Hedgehog could use a big hug right about now, and so could everyone else at Sega. After holding a meeting with the company's Board of Directors, Sega this weekend decided it was time to restructure its operations in order to cope with a "challenging economic climate" and adapt to "significant changes in the home videogame software...

Raspberry Pi Shipments Delayed A Bit, But Boards Are Coming In

Raspberry Pi Shipments Delayed A Bit, But Boards Are Coming In

Raspberry Pi is one of the biggest little names of 2012, promising a Linux-based micro PC for as little as $35. A $35 PC could obviously do wonders for the world at large, in developing nations and beyond, but there's just one problem: shipping. It's turning out to be fairly tough for a company to create a Linux-based PC en masse for as little...

Google Maps Goes 8-Bit For April 1st

Google Maps Goes 8-Bit For April 1st

Take one look at the Google Calendar ahead of you. Yes, it's April 1st, and no one does April 1st better in the technology world than Google. Every single year, these guys spend a significant amount of time creating extremely clever jokes that usually make the collective tech universe smile. This year is no different. The joke this year surrounds...