News Archive

All News for October 2008

Trouble In DNS Land

Trouble In DNS Land

If you’re looking to register a domain name, you might want to stay away from EstDomains. ICANN, the net’s authority over domain names is ready to pull the plug on this Estonia-based seller of domain names. Security experts have long accused EstDomains of being a refuge for cyber criminals for years. On Tuesday, ICANN told EstDomains that...

Apple Releases Over 25 Fixes for MobileMe

Apple Releases Over 25 Fixes for MobileMe

Since launching the MobileMe syncing service in July, Apple has been working on various fixes. Earlier this week, Apple revealed that 27 changes were made late last month. MobileMe is a hosted service, so you don’t have to do anything to get the updates—Apple made all of the changes on the servers. All components of the service were affected...

OCZ: First 15” DIY Notebook on Intel Centrino 2

OCZ: First 15” DIY Notebook on Intel Centrino 2

OCZ Technology Announces the first 15” DIY Notebook SolutionBased on Intel® Centrino® 2 Platform Sunnyvale, Calif.—October 30, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled their latest 15”Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook...

Sprint HTC Touch Diamond Smartphone

Sprint HTC Touch Diamond Smartphone

It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking...

Dell Announces New Version Of The XPS One

Dell Announces New Version Of The XPS One

Fresh New Version of the Iconic Dell XPS One Kicks Off a Season of Design and Discovery XPS One 24 Is Bigger, Brighter, Bolder -- Beautiful Each XPS One 24 (PRODUCT) RED Purchase Contributes $50-$80 to Fight AIDS in Africa New Dell.com/Everyday Site Serves Up Hot Deals for Holiday Shopping ROUND ROCK, TEXAS, OCT. 30, 2008 – Dell today kicked...

AMD Appoints Former HP Exec to Head EMEA Region

AMD Appoints Former HP Exec to Head EMEA Region

AMD Appoints Former HP Exec Alberto Bozzo to Head EMEA Region- Industry veteran brings more than 20 years of commercial and consumer PC experience - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct. 30, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the appointment of Alberto Bozzo as corporate vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa...

MTV, Beatles to Join Forces with NEW Game

MTV, Beatles to Join Forces with NEW Game

It was all very suspicious, an email in our inbox from MTV and the Beatles' Apple Corps.  It seemed to point to a "Rock Band" link.  But it was the Wall Street Journal that solidified things.  According to the all too familiar anonymous sources, we have a deal a-cooking.This is a major coup for MTV, getting the Beatles to sign...

Asus and Intel Launch WEPC.com, HH Joins Forces

Asus and Intel Launch WEPC.com, HH Joins Forces

We simply must chalk this one up in the totally cool column.  After all, how many times have you been asked to specify your own dream product by top-tier manufacturers?  The world's first "crowd-sourced" personal computer is the vision and goal of the new Asus and Intel WEPC campaign and web site.  What are your top five...

SanDisk Marches To Its Own Drum

SanDisk Marches To Its Own Drum

Remember SanDisk’s new SlotMusic format that we told you about last month? Well, the world’s four largest music companies will begin shipping almost 40 music albums in this format this week. Additional albums are planned for the Christmas season.Although we initially heard prices in the $7 - $10 range, recent news is saying a 1GB microSD memory...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 Review @ Club OverclockerHIS HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX @ Overclockers OnlineGalaxy GeForce GTX 260+ 896MB Graphics Card Review @ PC PerspectiveMemory and Storage:Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3-10600 2Gb Kit @ CPU3DSanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus USB Flash Drive Review @ FuturelooksSystems:Dell Studio 1735 @ InsideHWCases,...

VIA Unveils Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O

VIA Unveils Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O

VIA Unveils First Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion at ESC BostonVIA EPIA-P710 utilizes new SUMIT connectors for the modular addition of advanced serial connectivity including PCI Express, offering developers more flexible and cost effective design options for compact embedded systems Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies,...

Intel Makes Three New Investments in China

Intel Makes Three New Investments in China

Intel Capital Announces Three New Investments in China Including its First Chinese Cleantech InvestmentsUS$20 Million Investment in Trony Aims to Accelerate Renewable Energy Generation and Drive China's Sustainable Development BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2008 -- Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, announced today three new investments...

Dell Studio Hybrid Small Form Factor Desktop

Dell Studio Hybrid Small Form Factor Desktop

Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines. Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded...

HP Gets More Bookish

HP Gets More Bookish

Correction: HP has gotten more netbook-ish.  Today HP announced a new line of netbooks, and as opposed to the HP 2133 Mini-Note, which they were adamant was for the educational market and not to compete with the Asus Eee PC, this one is targeted squarely at that market.Why the big change?  Well, according to HP, the 2133 Mini-Note...

Oprah’s New Favorite Thing: Kindle

Oprah’s New Favorite Thing: Kindle

It’s not everyday that you get a gift that changes your life. This summer, Oprah says she experienced just that. What was the gift, you might ask? Amazon’s Kindle, a wireless eBook reader that is capable of providing instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines. The Amazon Kindle can hold about 200 books by itself,...

Super Talent Announces 18K Solid Gold USB Drive

Super Talent Announces 18K Solid Gold USB Drive

Super Talent Announces 18-Carat Solid Gold USB DriveLimited Edition 8GB Pico-C Drive is the Ultimate Executive GiftSan Jose, California – October 28, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a limited edition 18-carat solid gold USB drive that comes with a serialized...

MTV Puts "Vintage" Music Videos Online

MTV Puts "Vintage" Music Videos Online

If you are old enough to remember what MTV was like back in the 80's, then somewhere in the far recesses of your mind--sandwiched between memories of Pet Rocks and scrunchies--you once knew that when MTV first launched, "MTV" actually stood for "Music Television." With seemingly back-to-back reality shows and teen dramas now, you'd think that...

SRS Introduces Premium Sound Suite for PCs

SRS Introduces Premium Sound Suite for PCs

SRS Labs Introduces the Much Anticipated Premium Sound™ Suite for PCs Advanced audio solution delivers a high-quality, immersive audio experience for playback of music, video and game content over any speaker configuration Platform and development support available for immediate implementation on PCs SANTA ANA, CA, October 28, 2008 --...

Intel Recognized as EPA Green Power Partner

Intel Recognized as EPA Green Power Partner

Intel Recognized as EPA Green Power Partner of the Year SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008 - At an award ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last evening, Intel Corporation received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award and was also named a Green Power Partner of the Year. The EPA recognized the company's voluntary...

AMD Demonstrates Cloud Computing Platform

AMD Demonstrates Cloud Computing Platform

Global Cloud Computing Customers, Partners Leverage Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors to Increase Business Opportunities, Enhance Service Quality and Deliver Energy-Efficient Solutions- AMD Demonstrates Optimum Cloud Computing Platform at Microsoft PDC 2008 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- October 27, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB video card review @ Elite Bastards22" HP Debranded DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ OCIA.netiZ3D Stereoscopic Monitor Review @ X-bit LabsGainward GeForce GTX 260 Standard Version @ MVKTechMSI N9800GT GeForce 9800 GT 512MB Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsZotac GTX280 AMP! Edition Review @ OCCPanasonic...

Android Isn’t Good Enough Yet, Says Sprint CEO

Android Isn’t Good Enough Yet, Says Sprint CEO

We’re not so sure what to think of this: According to recent reports, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse reportedly made a comment to the National Press Club in Washington, saying that Android (in its current form) is not “good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.” Although we can’t weigh in on Android’s usefulness with much personal experience quite...

Thecus Technology Announces the N3200PRO

Thecus Technology Announces the N3200PRO

Thecus Technology Announces the N3200PROThe RAID 5 Home NAS Retuned for Extreme Performance10/28/2008 – The N3200 from Thecus has been finding its way into living rooms and home offices around the world thanks to a ton of friendly features, large capacity, and RAID 5 security. Today, Thecus is pleased to announce a successor to this groundbreaking...

GPU Shipments See Largest Q2Q Growth in 6 Years

GPU Shipments See Largest Q2Q Growth in 6 Years

You'd never know we were in a worldwide recession by looking at the GPU market. According to numbers just released by Jon Peddie Research, the estimated number of GPUs shipped during the third quarter (Q3) of 2008 represent the "largest increase in quarter to quarter shipments in six years." In Q3, over 111 million GPUs shipped, which is a...

MSI P45 Platinum and Diamond Motherboards

MSI P45 Platinum and Diamond Motherboards

A few months back, Intel released the P45 Chipset -- at the time it was considered to be their mainstream offering, playing second fiddle to the X48 Express.  With official support of a 1333MHz FSB, PCI-E 2.0, ATI CrossFire, and support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, there's a lot of roads to go down with the construction of one of these...

Dell Introduces the Inspiron Mini 12

Dell Introduces the Inspiron Mini 12

SLIM, STYLISH AND WELL-CONNECTED: INTRODUCING THE DELL INSPIRON MINI 12 New Addition to the Dell Inspiron Mini Line Expands Personalization Options Available First in Japan Through Bic Camera, Kojima and Sofmap Stores Includes Windows Vista Home Basic, Webcam and BluetoothROUND ROCK, Texas, Oct. 26, 2008 – Dell today introduced the Inspiron™...

Netflix Streaming Finally Coming to the Mac

Netflix Streaming Finally Coming to the Mac

Windows PC owners have been able to enjoy Netflix's Watch Instantly movie and TV streaming service since January 2007. The service even significantly expanded the quantity and quality of its streaming content recently by partnering with CBS Television Network, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Starz Entertainment. But Netflix customers who...

The iPhone Gets Earthier

The iPhone Gets Earthier

In May, Google Earth came to the browser, with a browser plug-in. It's great to be able to use a browser rather than have to install a separate app. Well, that may be something for the future, but at least for now, you can finally use Google Earth on your iPhone. You can download it from the App Store --- yes, for free. Peter Birch, Google...

Colleges Now Embracing Video Game Development

Colleges Now Embracing Video Game Development

It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent...

Stephen Hawking To Retire From Post

Stephen Hawking To Retire From Post

So, this isn't exactly tech related, but anytime one of the greatest minds of our, or any, generation makes news, I figured you'd want to know.  After almost 30 years in his post a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking plans to finally step down."Famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking...

Qik Brings Mobile Streaming To Mass Markets

Qik Brings Mobile Streaming To Mass Markets

A new service from Qik makes it possible for you to stream live audio and video from feature phones to PCs. Claimed to be the first mobile live streaming service on mass market, or feature, phones (meaning not smartphones or PDA-phones), Qik is now available in its first public alpha release for a slew of J2ME phones.Currently supported phones...

Gmail for Mobile Gets Faster

Gmail for Mobile Gets Faster

If you try to check your Gmail from your phone using a spotty connection, you know this can be a big problem. Now, thanks to Gmail for mobile 2.0 for J2ME-supported and BlackBerry phones, those on-again off-again connections should be less of an issue.In this version, Google says that they changed their assumptions about a network being always...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Review @ NVNews.NetReduce Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD4870 Fan Noise @ Bigbruin.comBlu-Ray Performance - Intel X4500HD Versus Radeon HD 4830 @ Legit ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB @ PhoronixECS Hydra and Zotac Zone @ Digit-LifePalit HD 4870 512MB Video Card Review @ MotherboardsDesktop Graphics...

Dell Pre-Installs CinemaNow Flicks Onto Systems

Dell Pre-Installs CinemaNow Flicks Onto Systems

It looks like Dell is moving forward with its somewhat bizarre idea of pre-bundling movies starting at $25 a pop onto new systems. Dell's first foray into this new business model was a few weeks ago when you could order Iron Man pre-installed on a Dell system. Now that it has partnered with CinemaNow, the selection of titles grow. The press...

HotHardware is Hiring

HotHardware is Hiring

Have an affinity for all things geek?  Stay up far too late (even on weeknights) tinkering with clock speeds, voltages and latencies?  Does your better half threaten litigation if you can't get a hold on your random impulse tech spending sprees?  We're right there with you.  And frankly, if you've got the gift...

CEA: DTV Transition Video Contest on YouTube

CEA: DTV Transition Video Contest on YouTube

How would you like to be the unofficial spokesperson for the U.S. transition to digital television (DTV) and win a home entertainment system in the process? All you need is a video camera and a YouTube account. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)--sponsor of the yearly consumer electronics circus, CES, in Las Vegas--is promoting a contest...

RIM Finally Announces Its Own Application Store

RIM Finally Announces Its Own Application Store

Although an application store on a mobile phone isn’t exactly new, the idea of having this functionality on a BlackBerry is. At the BlackBerry Developer Conference, RIM announced a new online application storefront and a new on-device application center for BlackBerry smartphones. RIM plans to launch the application storefront in March 2009....

ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Kit

ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra Kit

When we think about ECS and their product lines, we typically expect a budget-minded approach. Solid products at reasonable prices that don't exactly wow the consumer, but don't hit them hard in the wallet either. The ECS X48T-A motherboard that we looked at a few weeks ago was one of the first steps by ECS to change that image, although a...

Virtual Divorce = Virtual Murder = Real Arrest

Virtual Divorce = Virtual Murder = Real Arrest

It's no secret that online gamers are crazy over MMORPGs in Asia.  Sometimes, it seems, as in this case, they are crazy period.A Japanese woman, 43, committed virtual murder after her virtual husband (yes, only in the world of the game Maple Story) virtually divorced her.  Yep, in reality, it was all a simulation, as is what she...

USI Boasts Of Thinnest MID

USI Boasts Of Thinnest MID

At the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, USI showed off what they’re calling the world’s thinnest Mobile Internet Device based on Intel’s Atom processor. Weighing about 8.82 ounces and measuring just 0.59 inches thick, the MID160 provides a PC-like Internet browsing experience with Flash and the latest Web technologies in a portable...

ATI Radeon HD 4830 Mainstream GPU

ATI Radeon HD 4830 Mainstream GPU

Since the RV770 GPU's initial arrival, we have seen the technology used in the GPU creep up and down AMD's product stack. At first, the RV770 powered only the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4870, but soon thereafter two RV770's were linked together to form the current flagship Radeon HD 4870 X2, and then the GPU was scaled down to form the Radeon...

Samsung Blu-ray Disc Players to Stream Netflix

Samsung Blu-ray Disc Players to Stream Netflix

Netflix and Samsung Partner to Instantly Stream Movies on Next Generation Blu-ray Disc Players Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players Transformed into Gateways that Give Consumers Access to More Than 12,000 Choices of Movies and TV Episodes from Netflix Partnership will Include Streaming to a Range of Home Entertainment Products LOS...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:22 inch Wide TFT Roundup @ InsideHWATI Radeon HD 4830 @ AMDZoneZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP²! Edition @ Benchmark ReviewsHD4830 versus MSI N9800GT article @ NeoseekerHIS Radeon HD 4830 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsPowerColor Radeon HD 4830 512 MB @ techPowerUpAMD Radeon HD 4830 512MB @ PC PerspectiveAMD Radeon HD 4830 512MB...

Researchers Steal Passwords From Radio Waves

Researchers Steal Passwords From Radio Waves

The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated...

Rock Off: Wii Wireless Guitar Recalled

Rock Off: Wii Wireless Guitar Recalled

Whoops, don't start strumming yet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Performance Designed Products (PDP) announced on Thursday a voluntary recall of the Rage Wireless Guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii. As the CPSC announcement says: Hazard: A circuit board defect can cause AA batteries used in the guitar to leak if...

Mouseing Around On a Smartphone

Mouseing Around On a Smartphone

AT&T and Samsung recently released the Samsung Epix, a new smartphone with a 2.5-inch touch screen and an optical mouse. This new smartphone, powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, boasts of the first-ever optical mouse on a phone sold in the U.S. The optical mouse is located between the right and left soft keys, where you’d typically find a four-way...

G1 Update Already in the Works

G1 Update Already in the Works

T-Mobile sure isn’t wasting any time: The G1 has only officially been available in stores for just a few hours, and the company is already talking about an update, albeit a small one.Users who purchased via pre-sale should start seeing a notification alerting you to the availability of the over-the-air update tomorrow, with other users getting...

Gmail Gets "Canned Responses"

Gmail Gets "Canned Responses"

Aha, here's a Gmail Labs option that we don't need to joke about. The last one, Mail Goggles (we don't know about anyone else, but we keep typing Mail Googles) we felt was worthy of an April Fool's Day launch. But this one could be pretty useful.It's called "Canned Responses." To access it, go into your Settings, then Labs, and scroll down...

EVGA Lets Fly With X58 SLI Core i7 Mobo Details

EVGA Lets Fly With X58 SLI Core i7 Mobo Details

This week there seems to be a subtle (or not so subtle) leaking of Intel Core i7 "ecosystem" supporting products from Intel's various manufacturing partners.  In keeping with the buzz that will soon culminate into the launch of Intel's next gen platform, EVGA sends word and a few choice snaps of their HOT new X58 SLI FTW motherboard....

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 180 Series Drivers

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 180 Series Drivers

NVIDIA has just recently released a fresh set of beta drivers from some GeForce cards with plenty of noteworthy changes and updates. The GeForce 180 series drivers as they are known are still currently in the beta phase, but NVIDIA wanted to get them out the door ASAP because these new drivers incorporate significant FarCry 2 performance enhancements...

A Multitouch Table For The Kids

A Multitouch Table For The Kids

Borrowing from Microsoft's Surface concept, Canadian-based SMART Technologies has designed a multi-touch table designed specifically for the preschool to sixth grade primary educational sector. The SMART Table features a multi-touch-enabled, tabletop 27-inch screen, with an internal projection system and integrated PC. The idea behind the...

Asus Shows New, Swank Eee PC S101, Sexy's Back?

Asus Shows New, Swank Eee PC S101, Sexy's Back?

Yesterday, at a posh New York hotel suite in Manhattan, Asus held a coming-out event that we decided to attend, mixing it up a little with the glitz-n-glamor set if you will.  With a Jazz band droning in a Miles Davis sort of groove permeating the air, some Champagne, and a sprinkling of model-quality hotties tip-toeing about showing...

Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives

Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives

Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for Hard Disk Drive Replacement 0.85-Inch and 1.0-Inch SSD Uses Intel® NAND Flash-based Solid-State Drive technology SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced two new ultra-small...

Intel Need A Tech Makeover Winners Announced!

Intel Need A Tech Makeover Winners Announced!

The community has spoken, the judges have weighed in, and we have three deserving winners who will soon be made over with $5000 each in fabulous new technology courtesy of Intel and HotHardware.com!  We have to say that our three finalists are some of the most deserving, amazing and colorful people and small businesses that you'd...

OWC External Blu-ray Drive with "Quad Interface"

OWC External Blu-ray Drive with "Quad Interface"

OWC ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST BLU-RAY EXTERNAL DRIVES WITH “QUAD INTERFACE” OWC Mercury Pro Features Quad Interface for FireWire800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA – for Mac and PC 4X Speed Writes up to 50GB, Reads/Writes HD-DVD, DVD/DVD-R, CD-R/RW Discs October 22, 2008 -- Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS EN9800GTX+ 512MB Dark Knight @ TechgageDiamond HD4870 1GB Review @ OCCSapphire Toxic Radeon HD4850 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.netMotherboards and Chipsets:Intel DX48BT2 (X48) Motherboard Review @ Sharky ExtremeGigabyte GA EP45 DQ6 Motherboard @ TechwareLabsBiostar TP45 HP Review @ X-bit LabsASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition Preview...

Tagan Unleashes EL Diablo Advance

Tagan Unleashes EL Diablo Advance

Tagan’s best-selling case is soon going to become even better. The new EL Diablo Advance uses the same cooling system from the previous Diablo and adds two 180mm fans on the top and a temperature display panel on the top front. For added convenience in connecting external peripherals, Tagan also included an eSATA port. This super tower...

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory For Core i7

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory For Core i7

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory modules for Intel® Core™ i7 processors New High Speed DDR3 Memory is Optimized for Intel® Core™ i7Triple-Channel Memory Controller   Fremont, CA, October 21st, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it...

ASUS Eee PC Running Windows 7 in the Works

ASUS Eee PC Running Windows 7 in the Works

In an interview with Laptop, ASUS' CEO, Jerry Shen, confirmed that ASUS will introduce a new Eee PC sometime in the second half of 2009 that will have a touch screen and run Windows 7. Given that Microsoft has said it plans general availability of the new operating system around January 2010, there’s a bit of a discrepancy here. Promising...

Super Talent Rolls Out Luxio 64GB USB Drives

Super Talent Rolls Out Luxio 64GB USB Drives

Super Talent Rolls Out Luxio™ 64GB USB Drives High Capacity USB Flash Drives with Premium Style and FeaturesSan Jose, California – October 21, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new family of high performance, feature rich Luxio USB drives in capacities...

Far Cry 2 Ships

Far Cry 2 Ships

Yes, Far Cry 2 has shipped. Another highly anticipated game, like Spore, but in this case a first-person shooter. And like Spore, you're going to be saddled with SecuROM DRM. However, they seem to have learned their lesson by watching the criticism EA took over Spore; here are the DRM details:You have 5 activations on 3 separate PCs. Uninstalling...

New Sharkoon Stereo Headset (Not Just) 4 Gamers

New Sharkoon Stereo Headset (Not Just) 4 Gamers

Sharkoon "Rush" Headset: Versatile stereo-headset for use with analogue audio sourcesSharkoon is expanding its "Rush" product line designed specifically for gamers with a versatile stereo gaming headset. The Sharkoon Rush Headset has a stylish design and high-quality workmanship. In addition to the striking Rush-Logo on top of the headband,...

Nvidia SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms

Nvidia SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms

World’s Leading Motherboard Manufacturers Turn to NVIDIA SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms 3-Way SLI Will Deliver the Fastest Gaming Solution for Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 21, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation today announced that the world’s preeminent motherboard manufacturers, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, and DFI,...

Google Helps You Reduce Energy Costs and CO2

Google Helps You Reduce Energy Costs and CO2

Many are familiar with Google's "don't be evil" philosophy of serving the best interests of it users and maintaining a moral-guided internal code of conduct. But not as many might be aware that Google often tries to go beyond just not doing evil, by activey trying to do good deeds. This is evident with Google's philanthropic endeavors and...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:XFX GeForce 9600 GSO XXX 384MB video card review @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI DKA790GX Platinum Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsGigabyte EP45-EXTREME @ TechgageDFI Lanparty JR P45-T2RS mATX Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksASRock A780GXE/128M AMD 780G AM2+ Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMemory and Storage:Eagle...

Fennec Mobile FireFox, Closer to a Release

Fennec Mobile FireFox, Closer to a Release

Mozilla’s mobile Firefox browser, dubbed Fennec, just got one step closer to launch. Last week, Mozilla formally released the alpha version of the mobile browser for developers. At release, the alpha version is only available to Nokia N800 and N810 Internet Tablets, but it’s also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs so developers and...

Comcast to Launch New Speed Tiers, Prices

Comcast to Launch New Speed Tiers, Prices

According to reports, Comcast is set to unveil new speed tiers and prices to go along with them. This will go well with the new metered use that went into effect on Oct. 1st: it will mean you can reach your 250 GB cap faster. At any rate, DSL Reports says they have exclusive info about the new tiers, which will be the following: Economy: Unchanged...

Cell Phones Bring Families Closer Together

Cell Phones Bring Families Closer Together

According to a new poll published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, American families are just as, if not more, tight-knit than in previous generations. Part of the reason for this? Technology.Instead of weakening family ties as was feared, technology has brought us closer together by letting us chat, email, and text family even...

New Linksys by Cisco Powerline Product Portfolio

New Linksys by Cisco Powerline Product Portfolio

Cisco releases new Linksys by Cisco Powerline product portfolioNew Linksys by Cisco Powerline AV and Powerline Turbo products offer space saving design and enhanced connectivityIrvine, Calif. – October 20, 2008 – Cisco today revealed its renewed line-up of Linksys by Cisco Powerline adapters that are designed to allow consumers to extend their...

A Netbook That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

A Netbook That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

The folks over at COMsciences' IMOVIO might have taken the concept of the netbook a bit too far. They have just announced the iKIT, a 0.6 x 2.6 x 3.7-inch, 0.25-pound, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi-enabled, "Pocket Mobile Companion" with "a full QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard, an 8GB SD card slot and a [260K color] 2.8 inch QVGA display." They are...

Microsoft Patents Real-Time Profanity Filter

Microsoft Patents Real-Time Profanity Filter

It's no secret that most radio talk shows have a slight delay before a caller's audio reaches the air. The obvious reason: to make sure no "f-bombs" reach the sensitive ears of the public --- or the FCC. Well, Microsoft has been awarded a patent that might eliminate the need for that delay. The patent, 7437290, is for "Automatic censorship...

New NVIDIA Motherboard GPUs, Small, Powerful

New NVIDIA Motherboard GPUs, Small, Powerful

NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE With 5x More Performance in One-half the Size, New GeForce 9-Series mGPUs Tap Parallel Processors for More Than Just Graphics   SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 20, 2008— NVIDIA’s engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and...

Synchrotech Launches SD to CF Media Card Adapter

Synchrotech Launches SD to CF Media Card Adapter

At initial glance, you’re probably wondering why an SD to CF adapter is cool. Well, until recently, cameras and other devices that accepted SD had this cool little card called the Eye-Fi that brought Wi-Fi capabilities to the device. Now, thanks to Synchrotech’s new adapter, CF users can get in on the fun too. Best of all, it’ll only cost...

LittleBigPlanet Game Delayed by Quran Reference

LittleBigPlanet Game Delayed by Quran Reference

In a somewhat similar flap to that over Wikipedia and pictures of the prophet Muhammad, Sony has delayed the hotly-anticipated PS3 game LittleBigPlanet due to the discovery of background music tracks containing two expressions found in the Quran. The game had been scheduled for North American release Tuesday. Instead, Sony says it will start...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:NVIDIA GeForce 9300 Launch Roundup @ MotherboardsMSI ATI Radeon RX2400 Pro Video Card Review @ OCModShopMemory and Storage:Vantec Nexstar MX Dual Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.orgKingston 2GB HyperX DDR3 1600MHz KHX12800D3K2/2G @ TestFreaks.comPower:Xigmatek NRP-MC851 850w Power Supply Review @ [H]Systems:Acer Aspire...

Panasonic Firms Up Pricing for LUMIX DMC-G1

Panasonic Firms Up Pricing for LUMIX DMC-G1

PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR LUMIX DMC-G1, THE WORLD’S FIRST MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM CAMERA Secaucus, NJ – Panasonic today announced pricing for the world’s first Micro Four Thirds System camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1 – available in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $799.95, which includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA...

Samsung Adds DivX Playback to TVs

Samsung Adds DivX Playback to TVs

Beginning early next year, you’ll be able to buy a Samsung TV with built-in support for DivX movies. The DivX Certified Samsung devices will be able to play DivX media files via an Ethernet connection that is certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance or directly through a USB port. DivX developed video codecs that compresses digital...

Intel SSDs RAID 0, A Case Study In Speed, Take 2

Intel SSDs RAID 0, A Case Study In Speed, Take 2

We recently showed you how Intel was intent on upping the ante in Solid State Disk performance, with our evaluation and performance analysis on the release of their X25-M series SSDs.  Though offerings from other SSD manufacturers like OCZ and Samsung have come to market with better performance since then, there was no question...

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement ApplicationFremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro™, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome...

CherryPal Cloud-Based Desktop Ships Election Day

CherryPal Cloud-Based Desktop Ships Election Day

Remember the CherryPal, cloud-based, thin client we reported about in July that was supposed to be available by the end of that month? The ship date obviously slipped a few months, but it looks like the CherryPal desktop is finally gearing up to make its real-world debut in only a few weeks from now. The CherryPal site announced that the CherryPal...

Apple's PC Market Share Nears 10%

Apple's PC Market Share Nears 10%

A company on the brink?  That's what Apple was before it made its dramatic comeback.  Now, in the latest Gartner report, on Q3 PC shipments (note, these are preliminary numbers), Apple's market share in the U.S. has grown to 9.5%, up from 7.7% last year, a growth of 29.4%.  Nearly double-digits.IDC's numbers were similar to...

Nvidia Introduces Quadro CX GPU for Adobe CS4

Nvidia Introduces Quadro CX GPU for Adobe CS4

NVIDIA Introduces NVIDIA Quadro CX - The AcceleratorFor Adobe Creative Suite 4 SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 16, 2008—NVIDIA today introduced its new accelerator for Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 software, the NVIDIA® Quadro® CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their...

Blu-ray For Macs: A Bag of Hurt

Blu-ray For Macs: A Bag of Hurt

Following Tuesday's press conference where Steve Jobs announced the new MacBooks, Jobs assembled the press corps and fielded a few questions. When the topic came around to why Apple still doesn't offer Blu-ray drives as an option for Mac, this was what he had to say:"BluRay is a bag of hurt... The licensing of the technology is so complex...

Android Has a Remote Kill Switch, Too

Android Has a Remote Kill Switch, Too

Heads-up: Apple isn’t the only one implementing remote kill switches for applications in their phones. According to recent reports, the Android platform has one, too. The thing is: At least Google owns up to it up front (instead of allowing a developer to discover it like Apple did) by including a mention in the Android Market terms of service,...

OCZ Announces Triple Channel Memory Kits

OCZ Announces Triple Channel Memory Kits

OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the World’s First Triple Channel Memory Kits Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 16, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the industry’s first triple channel memory kit designed specifically for the impending...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Palit HD4850 Sonic Review @ OCCSamsung SyncMaster 2493HM 24 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ FuturelooksMSI Radeon HD 4850 Video Card R4850-512M @ Benchmark ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:nForce 730i MSI P7NGM Digital @ NeoseekerNVIDIA's GeForce 9400/9300 Chipset Review: IGP for Intel @ PC PerspectiveZotac's GeForce 9300 (MCP7a) Motherboard...

Coming to a Car Near You

Coming to a Car Near You

Adapters, cables, and chargers are just a few of the many things that accompany us on our travels. Inevitably, we end up with a tangled mess of cords. If iSuppli is correct, however, the days of untangling cords before we can connect our iPod to the car is coming to an end. For years, consumers have demanded better connectivity between...

AT&T and Option Launch USBConnect Quicksilver

AT&T and Option Launch USBConnect Quicksilver

High-speed browsing on the go just got a little better with AT&T and Option’s launch of the new USBConnect Quicksilver. Sporting full High Speed Packet Access speeds (where available, of course), the USBConnect Quicksilver is the first USB mobile broadband device worldwide to use the Icera Livanto chipset. This new device weighs just 1.2...

New "Unibody" MacBook Pro Dissected

New "Unibody" MacBook Pro Dissected

The enterprising lads over at iFixit sure like to take stuff apart. Then again, that's at the heart of their bread-and-butter--they take the risks with potentially broken parts and lost screws so that they can assemble comprehensive DIY guides for instructing you how you can repair your own Apple products, such as MacBooks and iPods. If you...

Security Suites Get Exploited

Security Suites Get Exploited

Traditional antivirus (AV) testing, such as that done by organizations such as AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org, uses collections of malware to demonstrate the capabilities of security products. Secunia, on the other hand, focuses on exploits. For example, it has a scanner at its site that will search your system for unpatched vulnerabilities...

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Netbook Video Spotlight

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Netbook Video Spotlight

Lenovo's IdeaPad S10 is a 10" Netbook that sports low power consumption, ultra-portability, respectable performance and a well rounded feature set. It's built on Intel's new low-power Atom processor. Taking on such challengers as Asus' Eee PC and the MSI Wind, Lenovo offers this svelte machine for a modest $399 entry price point. While the...

Intel Ships Enterprise-Class Solid-State Drives

Intel Ships Enterprise-Class Solid-State Drives

Intel Ships Enterprise-Class Solid-State Drives New Drives Break Performance Barriers, Lower Storage Infrastructure, Cooling, Energy Costs SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel® X-25E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation...

Sharp Debuts TVs With Built-In Blu-Ray Recorders

Sharp Debuts TVs With Built-In Blu-Ray Recorders

Sharp claims that its new AQUOS DX series of LCD TVs are the world's first LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders. The new DX series TVs will be available in Japan starting in November and will come in sizes ranging from 26 inches to 52 inches. The TVs will include dual-digital tuners and can record high-definition video to Blu-ray Discs...

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now ShippingMilestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, the highly-anticipated...

NVIDIA GeForce 9300 Motherboards: Asus and Zotac

NVIDIA GeForce 9300 Motherboards: Asus and Zotac

With all of the recent hoopla surrounding Intel and NVIDIA as of late, today's announcement may come as a bit of a surprise to many of you. To say that there has been some tension between Intel and NVIDIA lately would certainly be putting it mildly. But the fact of the matter is, for now at least, the two companies share a somewhat symbiotic...

Apple Desktops Affected by Bad NVIDIA GPUs?

Apple Desktops Affected by Bad NVIDIA GPUs?

We wrote earlier about HP's announcement about NVIDIA GPU failures in 38 of its slimline desktop PCs.  While that's bad enough, The Inquirer says it has memos from allegedly from an internal knowledge base at Apple which states that all of NVIDIA's parts based on its G92 architecture sent to Apple have had to undergo the same change in...

Trapster, Like Social Networking for Speeders

Trapster, Like Social Networking for Speeders

Besides being a low-ranking Marvel Comics super-villain, Trapster is a free application that went live on the App Store last Friday, allowing users to share information real-time on speed traps.Besides the iPhone (naturally the highest-profile device in the bunch), the app runs on GPS devices like Garmin and TomTom, as well as on smartphones...

AT&T Releases Four New QWERTY Phones

AT&T Releases Four New QWERTY Phones

Text-heavy users rejoice: AT&T just released four new phones just for you. Sporting QWERTY keyboards, these phones are designed for text-heavy users who don't need corporate e-mail access and other features you'd typically see on a smartphone. Here's a closer look at each of the new phones:  Pantech MatrixThe Pantech Matrix comes...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI RADEON HD 4670 512MB Graphics Card @ Digit-LifeECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI Video Card Kit @ Legit ReviewsATI Radeon HD 4350 versus EVGA GeForce 9400GT @ MotherboardsGigabyte GV-R487X2-2GH-B @ CPU3DPalit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic @ bit-techMSI N9800GT Review @ OCCPalit GeForce 9800 GT Super+ 1GB Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsSapphire...

Apple Announces New MacBooks

Apple Announces New MacBooks

Steve Jobs unveiled a slew of new Apple notebooks only a few moments ago... So without further ado, here are the juicy tidbits: Apple is using a new manufacturing technique that actually carves the MacBook's frame from a single slab of Aluminum. What starts out as a 2.5-pound metal slab becomes a "unibody" notebook frame that weighs less than...

Corsair Launches New Power Series PSU Line

Corsair Launches New Power Series PSU Line

Corsair Launches New Power Series Power Supply Line- Quiet, Energy-efficient, Economical 400 Watts Unit Kicks Off New Series - Fremont, CA, October 14, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today a new line of economical, quiet, and energy-efficient desktop computer power supplies....

Windows 7 Gets Named: "Windows 7"

Windows 7 Gets Named: "Windows 7"

Since the codename for the next release of Windows was announced, many of us have wondered what the actual name would be. Well, it turns out that the codename for the next version of Windows, Windows 7, is going to be the actual name for the product. And in what is somewhat of a passing of the torch, the announcement was made not on the Windows...

HP Slimline Desktops Hit With Nvidia GPU Defect

HP Slimline Desktops Hit With Nvidia GPU Defect

It was just a matter of time, but the defective Nvidia mobile GPUs that keep coming to light in a growing number of laptops models have finally made the unfortunate leap to desktops. Hewlett-Packard (HP) is reporting that 38 different models in its Slimline Desktop PC line are potentially affected by possibly defective Nvidia-based GPUs. HP...

VIA Nano Processor Cryptography Performance

VIA Nano Processor Cryptography Performance

VIA Nano Processor: World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based ComputersNew SiSoftware Sandra 2009 benchmarking software includes measurable cryptographic tests showing the VIA Nano processor using only 5% of the power and almost double the speed of competing CPUs Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies,...

The Latest Flip: A BlackBerry

The Latest Flip: A BlackBerry

Although the word has been out for a while, T-Mobile and RIM finally announced a price and shipping date for the first ever BlackBerry flip phone, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. Launching today in black for $149.99 with a two-year contract, the Pearl Flip 8220 features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, a SureType keyboard, 2MP camera with video, and a 2.4-inch...

nia Gets Vista 64-bit Drivers: OCZ

nia Gets Vista 64-bit Drivers: OCZ

OCZ Announces Availability of Vista 64-bit Drivers for the nia (neural impulse actuator) gaming peripheral After much anticipation from Gamers and Enthusiasts, the 64-bit Windows Vista drivers are now available for OCZ’s ground-breaking Neural Impulse Actuator (the nia). New drivers have been in constant development since the release of the...

Thinkpad W700: A Match For The Macbook Pro

Thinkpad W700: A Match For The Macbook Pro

Against the backdrop of rumors swirling around the net that Apple will announce a new Macbook Pro tomorrow, amongst a smattering of other notebooks, we have a thorough and detailed look at Lenovo’s counter-strike assault in the mobile workstation arena.The Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is targeted as a graphics professional’s dream machine and even...

1.8M Get Computer Lab Time Via Virtualization

1.8M Get Computer Lab Time Via Virtualization

How do you roll out computer access to 1.8 million students at $70 per seat? The answer: Virtualization. The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is undertaking a "massive 5,000-school educational computing initiative" to build computer labs and give computer access to almost two million Indian children. But instead of requiring one computer per...

Keep Your Hat, er Shoes On, With New Scanner

Keep Your Hat, er Shoes On, With New Scanner

Obviously all the extra searches and scans at airports which have followed 9/11 mean that getting through an airport has become a marathon process.  One such part of an airport visit may be reduced in duration, thanks to technology.It all began with Richard Reid.  Reid was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a...

Windows Mobile OS Running on an iPhone

Windows Mobile OS Running on an iPhone

We're not quite sure why anyone would want to do this, but a Norwegian programmer claims to have created an application that allows you to run the Windows Mobile operating system on your iPhone. The programmer, Erik Kristiansen, showed off his app in action at the recent myPhone2008 convention in Las Vegas. Kristiansen's application operates...

Lian-Li launches all new Classic PC-9 Mid-Tower

Lian-Li launches all new Classic PC-9 Mid-Tower

Lian-Li launches the all new Classic PC-9 Midi Tower Chassis - Classic Innovation 13 October 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-9 midi-tower incorporating outstanding quality with a clean simple style. Standing at 209 x 435 x 488mm (W,H,D), with removable front panel around front bezels consisting of 5x...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Crysis: Warhead Gameplay Perf and IQ @ [H] PowerColor HD 4870 @ TechwareLabs Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 @ TestFreaks.com Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS P6TDeluxe X58 Motherboard Preview @ OC3D ASUS P6T Deluxe X58 Express Motherboard (OC Palm Edition) @ TechARP Memory and Storage: Thermaltake Blacx Docking Station N0028USU...

ASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards

ASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards

Enjoy Extreme Cooling and 109% Performance with ASUS Designed Graphics CardsASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Dark Knight Fansink and Luxurious Components Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS - In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading...

Spore "Creepy & Cute Parts Pack" Confirmed

Spore "Creepy & Cute Parts Pack" Confirmed

DRM (and lawsuits) aside, Spore has sold a ton of copies. In late September Electronic Arts (EA) said it had already sold 1 million copies (combined PC, Mac and Nintendo DS) sales since shipping on September 7th, despite DRM "Protest Creatures" and critical end user reviews at stores like Amazon.com.Slightly over a week ago listings for something...

Russian Firm Uses NVIDIA GPUs To Crack WPA, WPA2

Russian Firm Uses NVIDIA GPUs To Crack WPA, WPA2

We're not sure what's more frightening about this, the fact that the Russians figured out how to do it or that WiFi networks are effectively now completely insecure.  ElcomSoft claims they can "recover" WPA and WPA2 encypted passwords using any NVIDIA-based graphics subsystem in a workstation, desktop or even a notebook, to crack WPA...

Starcraft 2 to Be a Trilogy: Bilzzard

Starcraft 2 to Be a Trilogy: Bilzzard

Rob Pardo, executive vice-president of game design at Blizzard announced at BlizzCon 2008 that they realized during the design of Starcraft 2 that the campaign was becoming so large, they faced the choice of delaying the game or scaling it back. Instead, the campaign version of the game will be a trilogy, with each part focusing on a separate...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:GeForce GTX 260 reloaded vs. the Radeon HD 4870 1GB @ TTRAMD's ATI Radeon HD 4550 passive 512M @ techPowerUpECS Hydra Watercooled 9800 GTX+ SLI pack @ bit-techPalit HD 4870 Sonic @ NeoseekerMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsAsus M3A79-T Deluxe @ AMDZoneBIOSTAR TPower N750 AM2+ Motherboard @ TweaktownDFI...

OpenOffice 3.0 To Be Released on Monday

OpenOffice 3.0 To Be Released on Monday

It's difficult to function productively in a professional or educational environment without access to Microsoft Office. Many offices supply the software to its employees at work and some universities even give copies of it to incoming students. But if you don't fall into either camp and you require a legal copy of the software, you could...

Thecus Unleashes N7700 7-Bay NAS Server

Thecus Unleashes N7700 7-Bay NAS Server

Thecus Unleashes N7700 7-Bay NAS ServerStorage leader reveals no-compromise enterprise class NAS device 10/10/2008 – Beginning with the venerable N4100 to the legendary N5200, Thecus NAS devices have established the company as a worldwide leader in digital storage. Today, Thecus is proud to release details about its latest NAS breakthrough...

Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect in MacBook Pros

Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect in MacBook Pros

The bruhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, even months after the initial headlines have faded. Despite Nvidia's promises to Apple that its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT-based MacBook Pros had dodged the bullet and were immune from the defect, Apple now counters that it wasn't, in fact, so lucky: "In July 2008, NVIDIA...

Microsoft Dares Developers to Dream Different

Microsoft Dares Developers to Dream Different

Microsoft Kicks Off Competition for Developers Who “Dare to Dream Different”Contest provides developers with opportunity to create simple yet powerful embedded devices based on the .NET Micro Framework. REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. today announced a call for entries for the Microsoft Dare to Dream Different challenge, a skills-based competition...

YouTube Comments Gain Audio Preview

YouTube Comments Gain Audio Preview

It's hardly a game-changer, but it's pretty cool. Anyone who's looked at the comments on YouTube posts know that they are certainly not works of literary art. Well, if you heard your comment read back to you, would you still post it, with all its grammar and spelling errors? Perhaps not. YouTube has added an audio preview feature to its comments....

Hawking Intros First Wireless-300N Range Booster

Hawking Intros First Wireless-300N Range Booster

Hawking Technologies Introduces The First Wireless-300N Range Extender Compatible With All 802.11 b/g/n Access Points And Routers HWREN1: Double the Effective Distance of your Wireless 802.11b/g/n Network and Eliminate Wireless Dead Zones IRVINE, CA – Hawking Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of innovative wired and wireless networking...

GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite Goes Online

GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite Goes Online

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google-sponsored GeoEye-1 satellite, which was launched on September 6, has begun capturing image data from its orbit 423 miles above Earth. The satellite had been undergoing calibration and check out since launch, but transmitted its first, full color half-meter ground resolution images yesterday.Although...

XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate 4G

XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate 4G

XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate New 4G Broadband Era in Baltimore4G mobile service provides XOHM customers a city-sized hotspot. New Intel-based notebooks, other WiMAX-ready devices on roadmap. XOHM retail push includes Web, area Mall kiosks and select Best Buy stores. Symbolic "wire-cutting" event signifies Internet freedom and mobility....

EU Directive to Force iPhone Battery Changes?

EU Directive to Force iPhone Battery Changes?

One of the criticized "features" of the iPhone since day one has been the lack of a user-swappable battery. For any heavy user, the fact that you can no longer rely on being able to carry a spare battery for a long day of use, but rather, a charger, has been a sore point. Of course, with the device's amazing popularity, many have overlooked...

Is "Windows Strata" Microsoft's Cloud OS?

Is "Windows Strata" Microsoft's Cloud OS?

Earlier this month Steve Ballmer spoke about a cloud-based development environment, though he wouldn't go into detail, saving it for the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) at the end of this month. However, a look at the PDC sessions on Wednesday would have revealed a possible clue to the name of it: Windows Strata. There were eight...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire HD 4870 Toxic Review @ Club OverclockerGigabyte vs. Palit Radeon 4850 Duel @ BootDailyMSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-T Extreme Review @ NeoseekerBiostar TPower I45 @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:Thecus N5200BR NAS Server Review @ MotherboardsIcydock MB664US eSATA/USB External...

Intel Will Defend Patent Rights Against AMD

Intel Will Defend Patent Rights Against AMD

Intel says will defend patent rights against AMD SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it has "serious questions" about a deal announced by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to spin off its manufacturing business and focus on chip design,...

Acer Lauches WiMAX Enabled Aspire Notebooks

Acer Lauches WiMAX Enabled Aspire Notebooks

Acer Leads the Industry with the Introduction of the First Wireless 4G WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks for the U.S. MarketAspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 unveiled at first U.S. WiMAX network launch in Baltimore SAN JOSE, Calif. and BALTIMORE -- Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PC company (source: Gartner data, 2Q 2008), today...

Toshiba Building WiMAX Into Laptops

Toshiba Building WiMAX Into Laptops

Baltimore is the first city to get full-on WiMAX deployment, and other U.S. cities are slated to come online soon, such as Chicago and Washington D.C. Using Intel's WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 "Echo Peak" chipset, Toshiba will soon start selling the Satellite U405-ST550W with integrated WiMAX support. The Satellite U405-ST550W Laptop will come configured...

Peter Cleveland Joins Intel

Peter Cleveland Joins Intel

Peter Cleveland Joins Intel SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 8, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that Peter Cleveland, chief of staff to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) since 2006, will join the company as its new vice president for global public policy and head of the chipmaker's Washington, D.C., office. Cleveland will join Intel immediately...

Open the Refrigerator Door, HAL

Open the Refrigerator Door, HAL

We had to do a double take when we saw that a company called Cyberdyne recently demonstrated a "cyborg-type" "robot suit." Our double take was quickly followed by yet another double take (would that be a quadruple take?) when we saw that Cyberdyne was calling the robot suit, "HAL." (For those who are missing the Sci-Fi cultural references:...

Prevent Drunk Emailing with Mail Goggles

Prevent Drunk Emailing with Mail Goggles

We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this.  We keep typing Mail Googles. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank.  That said ...Anyone remember when on Friends Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had "closure" over their non-existent relationship?...

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCs

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCs

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCsUp to 64GB Mini PCI-Express Cards Give Eee PC Users New Upgrade Options San Jose, California – October 7, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB...

Vote For Your Favorite Tech Makeover Entries NOW

Vote For Your Favorite Tech Makeover Entries NOW

Just a reminder everyone, that the submission phase of the Tech Makeover campaign ended yesterday, and it's now time to vote for your favorite entries. The response has been absolutely awesome to this event, and the Tech Makeover website is loaded with some great makeover candidates. Some of the stories are touching and heartfelt, while others...

HIS and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Face Off

HIS and Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Face Off

With the recent run of newer and more affordable graphics cards from ATI, it's almost easy to forget that there's already a sub-$200 frame-rate cruncher called the Radeon HD 4850. Based on the same RV770 chip as the more powerful, yet more expensive HD 4870, the HD 4850 ships with the same 800 stream processors, 40 texture units, and 16 ROPs...

Weezer Breaks World Records With Video Premier

Weezer Breaks World Records With Video Premier

Weezer has done it again in a stroke of viral genius.  With their recent exclusive Yahoo! video release of the song "Trouble Maker, they offer a encore show-stealing performance.  Just as they did with the ground-breaking YouTube release of their hit "Pork and Beans", where they featured a number of viral internet...

Razer Fuses Form and Function with New Keyboards

Razer Fuses Form and Function with New Keyboards

RAZER™FUSES FORM AND FUNCTION WITHRAZER LYCOSA MIRROR SPECIAL EDITION™ AND RAZER ARCTOSA™  The Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition is a high-gloss mirror finish gaming keyboard while the Razer Arctosa is a stylish stealth black on black gaming keyboard Carlsbad, Calif. – October 07, 2008 – Razer™, the world’s leading...

Diamond Releases 1GB Radeon HD 4670

Diamond Releases 1GB Radeon HD 4670

High-End Graphics for Mainstream Consumers - Meet the first 1 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card CHATSWORTH, CA - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Card @ TweaktownAMD Radeon HD 3300 / 790GX @ PhoronixSapphire HD4870 Toxic Review @ OCCATI Radeon HD 4550 @ DriverheavenPalit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition @ Techgage.comSapphire Toxic Radeon HD4870 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe Motherboard...

Ford Wants Your Teen to Hate It

Ford Wants Your Teen to Hate It

How would you feel if you couldn't drive faster than 80, or couldn't raise the volume on your car radio above a certain point?  OK, maybe you wouldn't care so much, but your teenage son or daughter might.  Ford is going to introduce a new system, MyKey, on its upcoming 2010 cars, starting with the Ford Focus.  It will enable...

AMD Spins Off New Global Foundry Company

AMD Spins Off New Global Foundry Company

As we reported to you late last night, news of AMD's wafer manufacturing operations has been announced...    AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Mubadala increases investment in financially-stronger AMD, which is simultaneously unlocking the...

AMD Wafer Fab Spinoff Announcement Imminent?

AMD Wafer Fab Spinoff Announcement Imminent?

It looks like the rumored spin-off of AMD's manufacturing operations is just hours away now and reports are starting to ping across the wire of a "significant announcement" that AMD CEO Dirk Meyer will be making shortly.  In fact, we've been invited to a press web cast at 8AM EST that AMD will hold in the morning.  Historically,...

AMD Launches Online Fusion Campaign and Site

AMD Launches Online Fusion Campaign and Site

AMD may have seemingly taken a back seat to Intel, in terms of the desktop processor performance crown but you can be sure they plan a whole lot of catch-up in the race for the future platform evolutions that will meld general purpose compute architectures with specialized core engines.  A few weeks ago, we told you about AMD's plans...

Kingston's Limited Edition Black HyperX Memory

Kingston's Limited Edition Black HyperX Memory

Kingston Technology Releases Limited Edition HyperX Modules with Black Heatspreaders -- Available Only at Newegg Fountain Valley, CA – October 6, 2008 – Kingston Technology Co., Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its popular 1066MHz HyperX DDR2 memory modules are available with limited edition black heatspreaders,...

MySpace Music Streams a Billion Songs

MySpace Music Streams a Billion Songs

MySpace Music was expected to be successful, but this successful? It was launched at 12 AM EDT on Sept. 25th, and despite that short period of time, it has already streamed over a billion songs (and yes, we have contributed to that streaming). In comparison, (though obviously not fair as iTunes is a pay service, while MySpace Music streams...

ASUS EAH4870 TOP Radeon HD 4870

ASUS EAH4870 TOP Radeon HD 4870

Although the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 were launched nearly four months ago, they are both still exciting cards and we look forward to testing each and every one that enters our labs. For our latest article, we have another "TOP" card from ASUS in house, in the form of the EAH4870 TOP, which of course is a factory overclocked Radeon HD...

Sharkoon Releases QuickPort Duo HD Dock

Sharkoon Releases QuickPort Duo HD Dock

Plug in two drives: Sharkoon has endowed its popular QuickPort with a second hard drive slot, now offering its docking station for externally housed mass-storage in the model "SATA QuickPort Duo".With the Sharkoon QuickPort, a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drive can be quickly and easily connected to computers without permanent installation in an...

No Debate: Palin, Obama Spam Wins

No Debate: Palin, Obama Spam Wins

This isn't a political post.  It's a security post.  While spam in general is an annoyance, spammers tend to pick those subjects they feel will get people to open up email. According to online security company Secure Computing, the election contains just those sorts of subjects  Their study indicates that spam referring to Barack...

Do you need a Tech Makeover?  Intel can help...

Do you need a Tech Makeover? Intel can help...

Just a reminder everyone--tomorrow October 6, 2008 is the last day for entries into the Tech Makeover giveaway! Contest details are below!Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills...

Intelligent Computers Put To The Test

Intelligent Computers Put To The Test

Researchers are planning to conduct an experiment at the University of Reading to see if humans can be fooled into thinking they are talking with another human, when in fact they will be talking with a machine. The experiment is a homage to mathematician, logician and cryptographer Alan Turning, who originally proposed the Turing Test, in...

T-Mobile Triples G1 Fact. Order, Still Sells Out

T-Mobile Triples G1 Fact. Order, Still Sells Out

Pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile Android G1 is so high that according to T-Mobile, they have sold out all their units. While we don't know exactly what the number of units is, which makes it hard to just just how impressive this may or may not be, according to T-Mobile, this happened after they tripled their original factory order. Sorry to...

IBM and Partners Push For Mainframe Education

IBM and Partners Push For Mainframe Education

IBM and Business Partners Collaborate to Further Mainframe EducationNew Scholarship Program Supports Increased Channel Demand in Mainframe Computing ARMONK, NY - 03 Oct 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is collaborating with Business Partners and universities to launch a jointly developed scholarship program for students focused...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:PowerColor PCS HD4670 512MB GDDR3 Graphics Card: Light-Weight Champion @ X-bit LabsSapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic 512MB Factory Overclocked Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgGigabyte GV-R4850MC-1GH Graphics Card @ CPU3DGigabyte 9800GT 512MB Video Card Review @ MotherboardsAMD Radeon HD 4670 512MB Review - Good gets cheaper @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards...

HandshoeMouse is Not a Pain in the Neck

HandshoeMouse is Not a Pain in the Neck

A Computer Mouse Breaks New Ground Working with a mouse for many years can cause pain in the hands, arms and in the neck and shoulders. Scientists at the medical universities of Rotterdam and Maastricht have therefore developed a new mouse called 'HandshoeMouse'. But what can this mouse do that others can't? The mouse – invented as early as...

Smush Your Images For Speedier Web Page Loading

Smush Your Images For Speedier Web Page Loading

If an image is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand images worth? What they're not worth is your time waiting for them to load on a Web page. While the Web is primarily a visual medium, the more image-heavy a Web page becomes, the longer it takes to load before you can see its entire contents. Even pages with just a few images can take...

ASUS Unveils TA-8G and TA-8H Chassis

ASUS Unveils TA-8G and TA-8H Chassis

ASUS TA-8G and TA-8H Chassis Integrates Stylish Design with Exceptional Ventilation and Convenient Hardware AccessRevolutionary Chassis Design with Advanced Front and Rear Fan Ventilation Delivers Maximum Thermal Efficiency for More Stable Operations Taipei, Taiwan; October 02, 2008 ASUS, producer of top-quality chassis, has today announced...

Apple Tanks; Fake Steve Jobs Heart Attack Story

Apple Tanks; Fake Steve Jobs Heart Attack Story

Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may...

Contestants Vie For Couch Potato World Record

Contestants Vie For Couch Potato World Record

Forget David Blaine's recent antics of hanging upside down for 60 straight hours in New York City's Central Park. The real challenge of human endurance commenced yesterday morning about a mile south of Blaine's stunt, in the middle of Times Square. There in a makeshift "plexi-glass living room" for the world to see, eight brave souls commenced...

Is XP Getting Another Six Month Extension?

Is XP Getting Another Six Month Extension?

Emblazon this with a big "rumor" label, but according to The Register, Microsoft may be caving into OEMs.  As we know, OEMs can offer users of certain versions of Windows Vista a downgrade to XP.  For some OEMs, this can mean they will actually downgrade the PC for you, prior to shipment.  For others, this means an XP install...

Undergrads Develop and Commercially Release Game

Undergrads Develop and Commercially Release Game

A new commercial PC game came out two days ago from a brand new game development and publishing company. The game is called CellZenith and the company is called Faramix Enterprises. What make this a unique story is not actually the game (full disclosure: we've not played the game, so we cannot comment intelligently about it), but the story...

Gigabyte and Palit GeForce 9800 GT Face Off

Gigabyte and Palit GeForce 9800 GT Face Off

NVIDIA's current list of graphics products reads like a mathematician's crib sheet; there are no fewer than 10 active SKUs in their GTX 200- and 9000-series of graphics cards. It's generally understood that higher model numbers typically mean better peformance, but the subtleties behind the GSO / GT / GTX / GX2 monikers are enough to confuse...

Major Industries Drop The Ball On Data Security

Major Industries Drop The Ball On Data Security

Data breaches are becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated, putting consumers' personal information and financials at risk. Not only can these data breaches lead to identity theft, but some can even lead to money being siphoned out of bank accounts and illegal purchases made on credit cards. The responsibility for preventing these...

Nintendo Announces "Wee" Changes to the DS

Nintendo Announces "Wee" Changes to the DS

On Thursday, Nintendo announced a new Nintendo DS "platform" as it called it, the Nintendo DSi.  Similar in look to the DS Lite, it has some evolutionary changes.  Nothing revolutionary, though.  And the company will continue to ship the DS Lite.For example, the screens are slightly larger, at 3.25".  The device is slimmer,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review @ Motherboards4850X2 - MultiGPU Solution for Masses? @ InsideHWSamsung's SM2693HM 25.5" widescreen monitor @ bit-techGainward GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Graphics Card @ TweaktownMSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard Review @ PCStatsSapphire HD4850 Dual Slot Heatsink Review...

Microsoft Hints at "Windows Cloud"

Microsoft Hints at "Windows Cloud"

At a conference in London on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told attendees that Microsoft later this month will show off its new development environment for Internet-based applications dubbed "Windows Cloud."Now, it was already expected that Microsoft would show its cloud-based developer platform at the Professional Developer's Conference...

EVGA Unveils 790i SLI Mobo With Digital  PWM

EVGA Unveils 790i SLI Mobo With Digital PWM

EVGA 790i SLI FTW DIGITAL PWMThe Mainboard for the Champions – Engineered For The WinHolding 4 new world records - http://www.futuremark.com/community/halloffame/ Brea, California and Munich, Germany - October 01, 2008 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturer, announces the latest EVGA-designed addition...

Trends: Vista Gains Ground, While Cuil Flatlines

Trends: Vista Gains Ground, While Cuil Flatlines

The metrics-happy folks over at Net Application have updated their data on a number of industry trends for browser, search engine, operating system (OS), and Internet service provider (ISP) usage to include the latest numbers for the month of September. There is a mountain of interesting information about how people are using their computers--albeit...

Kingston Launches 2GHz HyperX DDR3 Memory

Kingston Launches 2GHz HyperX DDR3 Memory

Kingston Technology Launches 2GHz HyperX DDR3 MemoryEPP Frequency, Timing Tested Peak-Performing 2000MHz Modules Ready to Enhance Enthusiast PCs, Gaming Rigs Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of 2GHz HyperX DDR3 memory modules, the fastest-performing DDR3 available...

WD Ships Second-Gen Green Power Hard Drives

WD Ships Second-Gen Green Power Hard Drives

WD SHIPS SECOND-GENERATION GREEN HARD DRIVES WITH SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED POWER EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE WD’s Best Selling Eco-friendly WD Caviar Green Drive Continues to be the Most Power-Efficient, Coolest and Quietest 3.5-inch Hard Drive in the Market LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 1, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the second-generation...

Netflix Beefs Up Its Online Streaming Content

Netflix Beefs Up Its Online Streaming Content

Most of us still watch movies the old fashioned way: on DVD. Okay, maybe watching movies on DVD isn't that old, but for every $10 U.S. consumers spend on movie and TV entertainment, $8 of it goes to purchasing or renting DVDs... Which certainly makes us wish we bought Netflix stock when it first starting trading publicly in 2002. But DVDs...

No, It's Not a Split: GOOG Tanks Due to Errors

No, It's Not a Split: GOOG Tanks Due to Errors

Many would love it if Google (GOOG) would split their stock.  After all, the price it currently sits at makes it difficult for the average Joe to buy 100 shares.  Given that, some many have read their stock ticker yesterday when this all started and thought "great!"But one should not believe everything one reads.  While that...