News Archive

News Archive

Search 2014

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Search 2013

Search 2012

Search 2011

Search 2010

Search 2009

Search 2008

Search 2007

Search 2006

Search 2005

Search 2004

Search 2003

Search 2002

Search 2001

Search 2000

Search 1999

Search 1998

Search 1997

Search 1996

Search 1995

All News for November 2008

Motorola Finally Admits It’s Time to Move On

Motorola Finally Admits It’s Time to Move On

Motorola has been riding the success of the RAZR for quite some time now. Enough so, in fact, that the company was starting to look a bit like a one-hit wonder. Finally, the company is realizing that it’s time to move in a different direction. In September, it was reported that Motorola was working on a successor to the RAZR, codenamed Ruby....

Robots to Replace Low-Skilled Jobs?

Robots to Replace Low-Skilled Jobs?

How would you feel about a robot asking, “Would you like fries with that?” when you ordered a Big Mac? Well, if the National Intelligence Council’s recent Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World is correct, we could be experiencing just that by 2025. Granted, it’s a few years down the road, but the idea that robots could be so capable to replace...

Black Friday Pales, CyberMonday Cometh

Black Friday Pales, CyberMonday Cometh

Like many of you who are smart enough to know better, we tend to steer clear of the insanity of the crowd and resist the temptation to go deal shopping on the busiest day of the retail calendar.  Why on earth would you subject yourself to all that needless stress and anxiety anyway, when you can squander your holiday pesos online from...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire HD 4830 Graphics Card @ Modders-Inc.comASUS Radeon HD 4830 Video Card EAH4830 @ Benchmark ReviewsSapphire 770 PURE CrossFireX @ t-breakMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock G43Twins-FullHD Motherboard @ CPU3DFoxconn A7DA-S Motherboard @ iXBTGigabyte EX58-UD5 @ Techgage.com Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Review @ OCCGIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS5...

Intel: Netbooks "Fine for an Hour"

Intel: Netbooks "Fine for an Hour"

Despite creating a line of CPUs seemingly targeted precisely for the netbook market, the Atom, Intel seems as though it just might be having second thoughts. Speaking at a Raymond James IT Supply Chain conference last week, Stu Pann, an Intel VP of sales and marketing admitted some problems with the new notebook form factor: "We originally...

Corsair launches modular Professional Series PSU

Corsair launches modular Professional Series PSU

Corsair launches modular 'Professional Series' 450W PSU- HX450W delivers the performance and features that technology enthusiasts demand, including industry-leading 7-year warranty - Fremont, CA, – Corsair a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the HX450W, part of the newly-established Corsair...

Clearwire and Sprint Close Deal

Clearwire and Sprint Close Deal

This one has been a long time coming, but Clearwire and Sprint Nextel have officially announced the combination of their next-generation wireless Internet businesses. Under the terms of the combined agreement, Sprint will hand off all of its 2.5GHz spectrum and WiMAX-related assets (including XOHM) to Clearwire. In addition, Clearwire also...

Netgear EVA9000 Media Streaming Box Leaked

Netgear EVA9000 Media Streaming Box Leaked

In the technology business it is often difficult to keep secrets--especially when products require legal protection for intellectual property as well as government-regulated certification. Some news hounds scour U.S. patent applications to see what potential products might be on the horizon for key manufacturers; others examine recent submissions...

DICE Uses NVIDIA PhysX in Mirror's Edge

DICE Uses NVIDIA PhysX in Mirror's Edge

DICE Puts Faith In NVIDIA PhysX Technology For Mirror's EdgeHighly Acclaimed First-Person Action Adventure Game Utilizes NVIDIA PhysX Technology to Take Gamers on an Awe-Inspiring Adventure SANTA CLARA, CA-NVIDIA-In the award-winning videogame Mirror’s Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith....

Elpida Develops 50nm DDR3 SDRAM

Elpida Develops 50nm DDR3 SDRAM

Elpida Completes Development of 50nm Process DDR3 SDRAM Features include lowest available power consumption, 2.5Gbps ultra high speed and 1.2V low voltage operation all based on the industry's smallest chip size TOKYO, JAPAN, November 26, 2008 – Elpida Memory, Inc., Japan's leading global supplier of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), today...

Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Now Available

Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Now Available

Nokia's highly anticipated 5800 XpressMusic, which was codenamed the "Tube," is now available, according to a Thanksgiving Nokia press release. The 5800 XpressMusic also supports Nokia's "Comes with Music" service, which allows users to download an unlimited amount of music to their phones for a year --- and keep it, even after the year has...

Micron Demos Blistering 1GB/s Solid State Drive

Micron Demos Blistering 1GB/s Solid State Drive

When it comes to memory technologies, there are a few major names in the industry that are essentially the primary sources of the chip-level technologies that drive the market.  When it comes to DRAM and Flash memory, Samsung, Intel and of course Micron, are a few of the big names.  Lately, though DRAM technologies have taken a sleepy...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, a time of year when we all pause to reflect on how fortunate we all are. Thanksgiving is a great tradition when you stop and think about it. This holiday isn't about rushing around and buying gifts. The day after Thanksgiving certainly has become over-commercialized, but not today--11/27/2008--Thanksgiving...

Online Resources for Black Friday Bargains

Online Resources for Black Friday Bargains

The beginning of the holiday shopping season for many involves rising at ungodly hours to stand in lines, packed like sardines, to pick your way through items with prices slashed lower than you will see them any other time of the year. This day, the day after Thanksgiving, is known as Black Friday. This year, instead of hours standing...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:HP TS-22W7H Debranded 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputersSapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 @ InsideHW RADEON HD 4850 / 4870 from Palit and PowerColor @ iXBTMotherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TA790GX A2+ Motherboard @ IXBTECS 790GXM-A Review @ AMDZoneSapphire 780G Hybrid CrossFire @ t-breakMemory and Storage:OCZ Reaper...

VIZIO Beats Retailers to Black Friday Specials

VIZIO Beats Retailers to Black Friday Specials

A number of retailers are planning to offer special deals on VIZIO HDTVs on Black Friday, but it appears that the company itself is beating them to the punch by announcing price cuts just a few days before the retailer’s big day. Costco will offer the 19-inch VA19 HD LCD HDTV for $199.99 through December 7th with a Member Only MVM coupon....

Seagate Issues Fix for Barracuda 1.5TB Issues

Seagate Issues Fix for Barracuda 1.5TB Issues

Seagate issued a fix for the Barracuda 1.5TB issue reported in the blogosphere and several shopping forums. In a statement, Seagate said: Some Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming...

Lenovo Launches IdeaPad S9e and S10e Netbooks

Lenovo Launches IdeaPad S9e and S10e Netbooks

Lenovo Launches IdeaPad netbook PCsParis, France – November 25th 2008: Lenovo today introduced its “e” netbooks, the IdeaPad S9e and S10e netbooks. Designed for mobile users from all walks of life, the new netbooks combine the portability of a small and light PC device starting under 1.2kg with Internet and multimedia functionality at an affordable...

OMG: A Keyboard for Blondes!

OMG: A Keyboard for Blondes!

The keyboard as we know it just got a makeover. What started initially as gag, apparently got so much positive feedback that the creators of the Keyboard for Blondes decided to turn it into a real product. First of all, the Keyboard for Blondes is a real keyboard. It has all the normal functionality you would expect from a traditional keyboard....

Google Admits to Sidestepping App Store Rules

Google Admits to Sidestepping App Store Rules

An earlier analysis of the new version of the Google Mobile App for the iPhone showed that in order to achieve some of its functionality, the ability to detect when the iPhone is raised to a person's head to perform a voice search, it had to use undocumented APIs. On Tuesday, Google admitted that it's been caught with its App Store rules down....

Porn / Spyware Case Closed; Injustice Served

Porn / Spyware Case Closed; Injustice Served

We have previously railed against people who are silly enough not to install some sort of antivirus program on their system (We have signed up to clean out one such system). We are also amazed by organizations such as the Pentagon who, rather than installing up-to-date AV software, ban USB drives to prevent infection by an old (and thus easily...

Blockbuster Introduces Set-top Box

Blockbuster Introduces Set-top Box

Blockbuster is finally putting its Movielink service to work by delivering a set-top box that will deliver movies straight to your living room. Unlike its competitors, Blockbuster is not planning to charge subscription fees for access to the streaming service, instead choosing to follow an à la carte model with prices starting at just $1.99...

Survey Suggests Mixed Forecast for Tech Sales

Survey Suggests Mixed Forecast for Tech Sales

On Eve of 'Black Friday,' Survey Suggests a Mixed Forecast for Consumer Technology and Media Sales Outlook grim for many electronic devices, as consumers prefer to delay purchase rather than buy cheaper versions now Sales of next-generation products including HDTVs, smartphones, DVRs, and Blu-ray players still predicted to grow Many consumers...

OCZ Technology Introduces New Fatal1ty PSUs

OCZ Technology Introduces New Fatal1ty PSUs

OCZ Technology Introduces New Line of Fatal1ty Power Supplies  Stable and Reliable performance addresses unique needs of GamersSunnyvale, Calif. November 25, 2008) – OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today revealed the first power supply models...

Samsung Omnia Becomes DivX Certified

Samsung Omnia Becomes DivX Certified

Samsung Omnia™ Becomes First DivX Certified® Mobile Phone Released in the U.S.DivX, Inc., a digital media company, and Samsung Electronics Co., LTD, today announced that the Samsung Omnia™ is the first DivX Certified® handset to be released in the U.S. market. The Samsung Omnia, a CDMA phone, will be available to consumers...

Program Your TiVo Free From Any Mobile Phone

Program Your TiVo Free From Any Mobile Phone

ANOTHER REASON TO GIVE THANKS – A FREE, NEW MOBILE WEB SITE PUTS TIVO SCHEDULING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, YOUR NEIGHBOR'S HAND, EVERYONE'S HAND New TiVo Mobile web site allows TV fans to browse, search, discover, and record television shows on the go, adding another great value to the already invaluable TiVo service Alviso, Calif. November...

ASUS offers Premium Service for High End Boards

ASUS offers Premium Service for High End Boards

For the customer and system builder seeking peace of mind with their motherboard investment, ASUS, the industry-leading motherboard manufacturer today announces the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program for their enthusiast-class motherboards. This program entitles users requiring RMA to cross-ship defective boards for replacement free of charge,...

YouTube Videos Go Widescreen

YouTube Videos Go Widescreen

In the unlikely event that you've gone more than a day watching a YouTube video, the next time you see one you'll probably notice that it's going to look a little different. Yesterday, YouTube switched all of its videos over to a larger-sized player window with a widescreen format. In a blog post announcing the new look for YouTube, "The YouTube...

Police Look for Culpability in Web Suicide Case

Police Look for Culpability in Web Suicide Case

Police are investigating the suicide of a teenager on Justin.TV, specifically looking into any possible culpability for those watching --- and goading him on. Abraham K. Biggs killed himself on camera last Wednesday night. Some watched in disbelief, and some watched and egged him on, saying "Do it, do it" in forum postings. One response to...

Samsung Demos Folding-Screen Cell Phone

Samsung Demos Folding-Screen Cell Phone

A Samsung concept cell phone was shown off at Japan's Flat Panel Display show recently. Shown in a video (below), it looks oddly square, and if you didn't know it was a cell phone, you might think it a portable media player. Watch the video, though, and you see the secret: the screen folds in half, revealing a cell phone with a more typical...

Western Digital Clarifies Position on SSDs

Western Digital Clarifies Position on SSDs

At a time when many hard drive manufacturers are looking into producing SSDs (solid state drives) as a way to create a new market opportunity, Western Digital is dragging its feet. Claiming the company is open to entering the SSD market when it presents "appropriate opportunity," Richard Rutledge, Western Digital's SVP for marketing, recently...

Random House to Digitize Thousands of Books

Random House to Digitize Thousands of Books

NEW YORK (AP) — With e-book sales exploding in an otherwise sleepy market, Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was making thousands of additional books available in digital form, including novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the Magic Treehouse children's series. Random House CEO Markus Dohle said in...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB Review - GTX 280 killer @ PC PerspectiveGaming Today: GTX 260 V Radeon 4870 @ DriverHeavenMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI's LANParty JR P45 T2RS motherboard @ bit-techECS G45T-M2 Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogicProcessors:Intel Pentium E5200 Processor @ IXBTMemory and Storage:Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB...

BFG Offers Free Upgrade From AGP to PCIe

BFG Offers Free Upgrade From AGP to PCIe

BFG Offers FREE Upgrade to PCI Express from AGP cardsFor a limited time graphics card maker BFG Tech is offering registered BFG AGP Video card holders an upgrade to the equivalent BFG PCI Express version. If AGP card holders want to shell out an additional $50 they can upgrade to a higher level card as specified by BFG.BFG, states on their...

Asus Wins "Green" Award For its Notebooks

Asus Wins "Green" Award For its Notebooks

ASUS Receives World's First EU Flower Eco Certification for Computers Awarding of EU Flower Certification to N Series Notebooks Bears Testament to ASUS’ Unwavering Commitment to Preserving the Environment Taipei, Taiwan, November 22, 2008 – ASUS, a company that is as committed to environmental conservation as it is to innovation and quality,...

Amazon's "Customer's Vote" Returns; PS3 Bundles

Amazon's "Customer's Vote" Returns; PS3 Bundles

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Actually, while it is the holiday season, it really sucks. Look at the economy, the stock market, job losses, and earnings reports for many companies. But it is the time of the year for tne annual Amazon.com Customers Vote promotion. How does it work? Step 1: Vote. Browse our six rounds of great products,...

Plextor Announces New Optical Drives

Plextor Announces New Optical Drives

Plextor Announces New Lineup of Optical Drives with PlexUTILITIES Advanced Application & Diagnostic SoftwarePlextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announces new products as a part of its new 2008 lineup. Featured in the new offering are 6x Blu-Ray Combo drives, 22x Super Multi DVD±RW...

SpaceX Successfully Test Fires Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Successfully Test Fires Falcon 9 Rocket

If space truly is the final frontier, then one company just took another small step toward the eventual giant leap toward reaching space. SpaceX, (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation), a privately-held space-transportation company, just conducted a successful test of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle's first-stage rocket booster. This comes...

How to Make Gaming Consoles Suck Less (Power)

How to Make Gaming Consoles Suck Less (Power)

Humans like to use energy. We also waste a ton of it, sometimes without realizing. The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) released a study last week, one that looked into just how much energy our gaming consoles are using. The study (.PDF), titled, "Lowering the Cost of Play: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Video Game Consoles,"was...

Windows Vista Kernel Flaw Found

Windows Vista Kernel Flaw Found

When pimping Windows Vista prior to its release, Microsoft called it "the most secure OS ever." Of course, software is just software, and there are bugs in anything. And on Friday, security firm Phion AG announced they had discovered a TCP/IP stack buffer overflow. As researcher Thomas Unterleitner indicated: Since this buffer overflow overwrites...

Cyth Guitar Hero Bot Rox 98% Accuracy On Expert

Cyth Guitar Hero Bot Rox 98% Accuracy On Expert

This one would make Vernon Reid proud -- or maybe not?  Regardless, here's a little something for Sunday night kick-back and amusement.  If you've ever played Guitar Hero and attempted Living Color's song, Cult of Personality on any setting but easy, you'll know why some axe-slinging musicians are called "heroes".  With...

Instant Product Lookup from the iPhone

Instant Product Lookup from the iPhone

Imagine being able to take a picture of a CD, DVD, book, or video game on your cell phone and then receive ratings and pricing information within just a few seconds. Now, with the new SnapTell Explorer application for the iPhone, you can do just that. This free application is now available from the AppStore. Jason Kincaid over at TechCrunch...

Maingear Selects Asetek To Cool F131 Gaming PCs

Maingear Selects Asetek To Cool F131 Gaming PCs

Maingear Selects Asetek To Cool New, Powerful F131 Gaming PCsIntel Core i7-based Custom Gaming PCs Deliver Outstanding Thermal Performance at Extremely Low Noise LevelsSAN JOSE, Calf. November 20, 2008 – Asetek announced today that its popular LCLC liquid cooling solution has been chosen by MAINGEAR Computers for their latest generation of...

Virgin America Launches "Gogo" In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin America Launches "Gogo" In-Flight Wi-Fi

On Saturday Virgin America launched its Gogo in-flight wi-fi service, showing it off by filing the press release from 35,000 feet, and with the first ever "air-to-ground" video stream to YouTube Live, YouTube's first official real-world user event. The "fleet" will consist of one wi-fi enabled plane to start, with Virgin saying fleet-wide...

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 500 Graphics Cards

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 500 Graphics Cards

S3 Graphics recently announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors and new Chrome 530 GT card. This new line comes with all of the A/V goodies you're after, including an on-board Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor and support for Blu-ray and streaming HD playback. These new cards also support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL...

Weekend Project, Storage Media Server Completion

Weekend Project, Storage Media Server Completion

As we've mentioned previously, Marco has been working on a Storage Media Server build for a project showcase at Symantec's Security with Speed site.  The purpose of the site is an effort by Symantec to create awareness that their new Norton Security 2009 product has been completely engineered from the ground up with speed and low system...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:XASUS GeForce EN9800GT Matrix @ Techgage.comMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard @ TweaktownGigabyte's GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard @ bit-techGigabyte EX58-Extreme Motherboard @ CPU3DMemory and Storage:Wolfking Warrior Xxtreme Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews.netLexar JumpDrive Solo Vault 4gb USB Drive @ TestFreaks.comEagle...

OCZ Adds Intel Extreme Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Adds Intel Extreme Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Technology Introduces Intel Extreme Triple Channel Memory SeriesQualified by Intel for the Core i7 Processor and X58 Chipset Sunnyvale, Calif.—November 21, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first of its Intel® Extreme triple channel...

Samsung Now Mass Producing 256GB SSDs

Samsung Now Mass Producing 256GB SSDs

Samsung Now Producing 256GB Solid State Drive; Substantial Performance Gains Make it Best Overall Performing SSD for PCs Seoul, Korea - November 20, 2008: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing 256 gigabyte (GB) solid state drives for use in notebooks...

Neuros Link Brings Internet Video Back To the TV

Neuros Link Brings Internet Video Back To the TV

It used be that if you wanted to watch a specific TV show, you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. Those who were born in the sixties and seventies probably have memories of rushing home after school to catch their favorite cartoons. Not long after that, a major tipping point in how we consume television happened with the arrival...

Google's Mobile App Breaks iPhone SDK Rules

Google's Mobile App Breaks iPhone SDK Rules

While Google's new version of its Mobile App for the iPhone has been warmly received, it appears, according to a report, that it uses an undocumented API, which would be a no-no in Apple's book. However, the use of the API results in a great user experience, so one has to wonder: did Apple let the app into the App Store because it was great,...

Teen Commits Suicide on Justin.TV

Teen Commits Suicide on Justin.TV

A 19-year-old has apparently committed suicide while filming himself on the online live-video streaming service Justin.TV. According to NewTeeVee, not only has the suicide been confirmed, but he was apparently egged on by commenters at both Justin.TV and BodyBuilding.com. Abraham K. Biggs killed himself on camera Wednesday night. His handle...

AMD Sneak Peeks Phenom II, Overclocks To 5+GHz

AMD Sneak Peeks Phenom II, Overclocks To 5+GHz

**Update:  We have just added new images that were taken live at the event. - We’ve been spending some quality time with the folks at AMD today in sunny Austin, TX.  The team here has been giving us a run-down on their upcoming Phenom II processor along with the enthusiast platform they’re calling “Dragon”.  In short, the Dragon...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:HIS ICEQ4 Radeon HD 4850 TurboX (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DAcer F-22 Monitor @ InsideHWMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard Review @ PCStatsASRock's K10N78-1394 motherboard @ AMDZoneProcessors:AMD shows Phenom II running over 6.0 GHz! @ PC PerspectiveIntel Core i7-920 Processor BX80601920 @ Benchmark ReviewsIntel...

PC Magazine's Print Edition Folds

PC Magazine's Print Edition Folds

We remember (and this will date us) when the first issues of PC Magazine, founded in 1982, came out. As time progressed, the magazine because huge, pushing 600 pages at the max if we remember correctly (and it's been a while), much of which was advertising. We recall looking at the tome once and trying to figure out how much was actual content....

AMD Maui HTPC Video Spotlight

AMD Maui HTPC Video Spotlight

Synopsis:  AMD's "Maui" home theater PC platform consists of a combination of AMD hardware and software.  Systems built around the platform feature an energy efficient Phenom or Athlon processor, ATI Radeon graphics, ATI TV tuners, and AMD LIVE! software elements.  The current foundation of the platform is MSI's somewhat unique...

Kingston Boosts Data Traveler 150 to 64GB

Kingston Boosts Data Traveler 150 to 64GB

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping its high-capacity 64GB DataTraveler® 150 (DT150) USB Flash drive. DT150 offers the largest capacity in Kingston’s entire line of DataTraveler USB drives and allows users the room and flexibility to backup important hard drive...

Kanguru Releases a Combo USB+eSATA Flash Drive

Kanguru Releases a Combo USB+eSATA Flash Drive

  Kanguru Solutions Releases First Of Its Kind eSATA + USB Flash Drive November 19, 2008 09:17 AM Eastern Time - MILLIS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kanguru Solutions, announces the release of the Kanguru e-Flash™, a cutting edge flash drive with both eSATA and USB connectivity. Utilizing eSATA (External Serial ATA) technology allows...

Half-Life 10th Anniversary Deal

Half-Life 10th Anniversary Deal

About 10 years ago, in mid-November 1998, Valve Software released the first installment of one of the greatest and most enduring gaming franchises in history; Half-Life. The original Half-Life won Game of the Year awards in over 50 publications and set the bar for story-driven first-person shooter for years. It was also quite the technological...

Yahoo! Glue Visually Organizes Search Results

Yahoo! Glue Visually Organizes Search Results

You might not realize this, but Yahoo quietly launched a new way to provide search results last night. This new paradigm is called Yahoo! Glue, is currently in beta in the U.S., and is based on a similar program Yahoo! has already been experimenting with in India for the last few months. If you perform a search on Yahoo! you are not going...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: MSI R4850 review @ Neoseeker XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsASUS EN9800GT Matrix 512MB Review @ PC PerspectiveZOTAC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB AMP Video Card @ TheTechLoungeHannsG HG221AP 22-inch widescreen monitor @ bit-techAsus EAH4850 HTDI/512M/A Radeon HD 4850 Videocard Review @ PCStatsSapphire HD...

MSI Launches Colorful New VR220 YA Notebook

MSI Launches Colorful New VR220 YA Notebook

MSI LAUNCHES COLORFUL NEW VR220 YA EDITION NOTEBOOKAvailable in Denim Blue, Coral Pink, Wasabi Green and Empire Black, the VR220 combines the latest mobile technology with style CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - November 19, 2008 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the release...

HP Introduces Multi-touch Laptop

HP Introduces Multi-touch Laptop

Ever since Apple developed its multi-touch controls for the popular iPhone, many manufacturers have been taking notes. HP is one of them. Today, HP unveiled its first touchscreen convertible laptop that targets consumers. The new HP TouchSmart tx2 Notebook PC incorporates multi-touch technology, which lets you manipulate applications,...

LIFE's Photo Collection Goes Online With Google

LIFE's Photo Collection Goes Online With Google

In the almost seventy years that the photojournalism magazine LIFE magazine was published, the publication amassed a huge collection of images. Some of the images in this collection even date back to eighteenth-century etchings and nineteenth-century photographic glass plates. The total collection of images in the LIFE archive numbers approximately...

Seagate Adds Color Options to Go Drives

Seagate Adds Color Options to Go Drives

Seagate Brightens This Holiday Season With New Colors for the FreeAgent® Go Portable Storage SolutionWith Six New Colors and a Special Offer on Movies, Music and Photos; the FreeAgent Go Portable Hard Drive is a Gift Loaded with Joy Seagate, the world's leading provider of storage solutions, unveiled today a gift idea that will keep on...

Phone Makers Monitor Charger Energy Consumption

Phone Makers Monitor Charger Energy Consumption

Mobile manufacturers launch star rating system comparing the energy consumption of chargers November 19, 2008 - Espoo, Finland - A group of mobile manufacturers has launched a common energy rating system for chargers, making it easier for consumers to compare and choose the one that saves the most energy. The star rating system developed and...

Microsoft Slashing Zune Prices

Microsoft Slashing Zune Prices

Microsoft introduced its latest Zune models, as well as the version 3.0 update of its software in September. And here we are, already facing a price cut, and a pretty good one at that. Although Microsoft would like to call it a holiday price cut, one would have to wonder if the difficult economy, which has led to some pretty sad forecasts...

Microsoft to Drop OneCare Security Product

Microsoft to Drop OneCare Security Product

Malware writers sobbed Tuesday as Microsoft announced that it will cease sales of its security product, Windows Live OneCare, as of June 30th, 2009. Instead, Microsoft announced that it would begin shipping a free product, codenamed "Morro," in the second half of 2009. The new offering will be less of a resource hog, according to the press...

Korea Remakes the Soldier of the Future

Korea Remakes the Soldier of the Future

It appears that the military brain trust over in Korea might have seen Iron Man or Star Wars: Clone Wars too many times. It's difficult to say exactly where the inspiration came from for their concept for a new battle-dress uniform (BDU), but it definitely looks like something right out of the realm of science fiction. The Korea Times reported...

iPhone Glitch Excuse for Email Affair Falls Flat

iPhone Glitch Excuse for Email Affair Falls Flat

Well, as we discussed previously, if you don't know the answer, if you are not a technophile, ask one.A woman's husband told her that a raunchy photo which had been sent via email from his iPhone was the result of a glitch.  Not the photo itself; he admitted to that.  No, the pic was automatically attached, addressed and sent because...

Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Core i7 Gaming System

Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Core i7 Gaming System

Like many enthusiast system manufacturers, Velocity Micro makes hand-built, high-end gaming rigs using the latest components, such as Intel’s Core i7 processors. Velocity Micro claims that they pride themselves on their extensive customization options, meticulous assembly procedures, a technically trained staff, and in-house US-based...

VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC

VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC

VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC Affordable, intelligent and durable, the ultra thin VIA VIPRO VP7710 supports dual displays for today's sophisticated industrial and commercial applications Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA...

Google Mobile App for iPhone Gets New Features

Google Mobile App for iPhone Gets New Features

Searching for useful information on a mobile phone isn't always easy or convenient. To help, Google's Mobile team released the Google Mobile App for the iPhone, complete with Voice Search and My Location features. With the app's voice search capabilities, you can perform a Google Web search using--you guessed it--your voice. To use this...

Jerry Yang to Step Down

Jerry Yang to Step Down

Surprised?  You shouldn't be.  This was inevitable once Carl Icahn got his Board seat. After all, he had once said that if he could oust the complete Yahoo! Board, the first order of business for a new Board would be to: "Move expeditiously to replace Jerry Yang with a new CEO with operating experience."On Monday, Yahoo! announced...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Motherboards and Chipsets: ECS A790GXM-A Review @ OCC ECS GF9300T-A Review @ OCCProcessors: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Processor @ BmRMemory and Storage: Patriot Viper PC3-16000 4GB Memory Kit Review @ HardwareLogicPower: Chill Innovation CP-700M PSU @ DriverHeaven Asus U-75HA 750W Power Supply @ CPU3DSystems: HP 2133 Mini-Note PC @...

Confused Over Tech?  Welcome to the Club

Confused Over Tech? Welcome to the Club

If you are a technophile, what's the first thing your wife / friend / relative does when they can't figure out something, or when there's a problem, no matter how small, technology-wise.  Yep, they come to you. Now, yes, most of us here are technophiles, but besides that a new Pew Internet & American Life Project study (.PDF) which...

Netgear's Powerline Adapters for HD Streaming

Netgear's Powerline Adapters for HD Streaming

NETGEAR’s Award-Winning Powerline Adapters for HD and Multimedia Streaming Now Available Innovative Powerline Devices Offer Consumers 200 Mbps Speeds with Broad Options in Technical Design SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 17, 2008 –NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions,...

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler Receives CES Nod

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler Receives CES Nod

Thermaltake today announced their new CPU cooler, SpinQ received CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award as officially announced earlier on CES website. Judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press, SpinQ was commented as an outstanding design and engineering in cutting...

TiVo Offers On-Demand Domino's Pizza

TiVo Offers On-Demand Domino's Pizza

It's time to score another win for the couch potato generation. With TiVo's most recent partnership--this time with Domino's Pizza--you can now order a pizza directly from your TiVo without ever leaving your couch or even picking up the phone. "This is the first time in history that the 'on-demand' generation will be able to fully experience...

ASUS N10Jc, A Performance Netbook

ASUS N10Jc, A Performance Netbook

Today we take a look at Asus’ N10Jc Netbook – a netbook with a bit more juice going on under the hood versus the standard fare. Based on Intel’s Atom N270 processor and sporting a switchable, discrete NVIDIA graphics engine to bolster multimedia performance and provide some level of gaming capability, the N10Jc is a standout netbook to be...

Dell Announces XPS 730x Gaming System

Dell Announces XPS 730x Gaming System

Here at Hot Hardware, we are big fans of the XPS 700 series of gaming desktops. Over the last two years, they have consistently earned our coveted Editor's Choice award time and again. We thought the last incarnation of the 700-series, the XPS 730 H2C, was the best yet in the series. It seems Dell isn't quite done with the XPS 730. Today Dell...

Does iPhone Taiwan Deal Foretell a China Deal?

Does iPhone Taiwan Deal Foretell a China Deal?

Late Friday Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest wireless carrier, signed an agreement to become the sole distributor of the iPhone in Taiwan. While this in and of itself is great for Apple, which continues to want to expand its iPhone 3G presence across the globe, the more interesting question is: will this mean a possible iPhone expansion...

Intel Core i7 CPUs & X58 Motherboards Available

Intel Core i7 CPUs & X58 Motherboards Available

After a quick search of Newegg’s site, we’ve found that Intel’s trio of initial Core i7 processors and an array of X58 Express chipset-based motherboards have been made available, just shy of two weeks since our launch article hit the web. The Core i7 920 (2.66GHz), 940 (2.93GHz) and Core i7 Extreme 965 (3.2GHz) are all selling for a small...

Gigabyte Announces Overclocking Contest

Gigabyte Announces Overclocking Contest

Do You Have What it Takes to Beat the Pros? Top 1508MHz Dual Channel DDR2 and win some cash Taipei, Taiwan, GIGABYTE – Wanna win some cash? From November 7TH to Dec 30th, 2008, GIGABYTE would like to invite you to show off your overclocking skills in order to beat the pros and win USD$ 1,500 CASH. Fugger and Vapor (Freestyle Champions...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Zotac AMP Graphics Card Round Up @ Virtual-HideoutProcessors:Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Processor Review @ TechARPMemory and Storage:Samsung Super-WriteMaster 22x DVD Burner SH-S223Q Review and Comparison @ TestFreaks.comSystems:Lenovo IdeaPad S10 10.2-inch Laptop Review @ ThinkComputers.orgCases, Cooling & Misc.:Logitech...

AMD Passes On Netbook Possibilities

AMD Passes On Netbook Possibilities

Any of you holding your breath for the possibility of Advanced Micro Devices announcing its own version to Intel's atom processor for use in netbooks better have large lungs. AMD's Chief Executive Dirk Meyer announced Thursday: "We're ignoring the Netbook phenomenon--just thinking about PC form factors above that form factor." That is, AMD...

Sweden's Ultra-Modern Underground Data Center

Sweden's Ultra-Modern Underground Data Center

Underneath Stockholm, deep in the bedrock exists a data center better than any high tech lair Hollywood could probably dream up. Bahnhof, one of Sweden's largest ISP's has created a bunker of high tech goodness that is surely to astound. The facility is called Pionen and once you get past the 16 inch thick entrance doors into the once nuclear...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ Black Edition 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsViewsonic's VLED221wm 22" widescreen LCD monitor @ bit-techSapphire Radeon HD 4550 @ Modders-IncPalit 9800GTX+ Review @ OCCASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard @ PCStatsMSI R4870 T21G ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Review @ MotherboardsMotherboards...

ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

The Classics Deserve First-class Treatment ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCI-e Audio Card with 124dB SNR Audio and Built-in Headphone Amplifier for Extraordinary Audio Performance Taipei, Taiwan, November 12, 2008 – Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers...

Obama's Transition On YouTube For All To See

Obama's Transition On YouTube For All To See

According to the Washington Post, President-elect Barack Obama's campaign team uploaded more than 1,800 videos to YouTube, which were viewed over 110 million times. And apparently, even though Obama has already won the election, he will continue to use YouTube as a primary means of connecting with the American People. This coming weekend's...

Trainingless Voice Dialing Arrives on the iPhone

Trainingless Voice Dialing Arrives on the iPhone

It was really annoying, despite all the snazziness of the iPhone 3G, that it didn't include a voice dial application built-into the OS. After all, most of the smartphones we had been using of late (mostly Windows Mobile) had voice dialing built-in.And while some never use voice dialing, in reality, for safety reasons, voice dialing is the...

Pharos Intros Smart Navigator & New Smartphones

Pharos Intros Smart Navigator & New Smartphones

We’re starting to see more and more smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities these days. Now, thanks to Pharos, we have two more options. But new phones aren’t the only new thing from Pharos: The company recently introduced its new Smart Navigator software in addition to two new unlocked GPS smartphones running Windows Mobile. The new...

Woman Taken for $400K in Nigerian Email Scam

Woman Taken for $400K in Nigerian Email Scam

Sweet Home, Oregon. Janella Spears, a registered nurse by trade, fell victim to one of the oldest tricks on the internet by responding to one of the millions of emails that have long since been outed as scams in the press, and on network television in expose' segments. Everyone with an email account by now has surely seen one of these emails...

VMware Virtualization Saves PMI Seven Figures

VMware Virtualization Saves PMI Seven Figures

VMware Enables Project Management Institute to Deploy Virtualized Application Platform for Production and Development Environments. Organization Credits VMware Infrastructure with Helping Deliver Seven-Figure Cost Savings, Migrates Entire Datacenter in Real Time with VMware VMotionVMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions...

Office Web to Be Multi-Platform, Multi-Browser

Office Web to Be Multi-Platform, Multi-Browser

A blog post on the Microsoft-run Channel 10 site has verified that the upcoming Office Web product, which we wrote about earlier --- Office in the browser, in other words --- will work on Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, on multiple platforms. As we previously wrote, this is finally a real answer by Microsoft to Google Docs, an application...

ISP Busted, Spam Drops

ISP Busted, Spam Drops

Here’s the type of headline we all like to see. ISP McColo was taken down on Tuesday by upstream provider Hurricane Electric, rendering McColo’s downstream ISP without most of its Internet traffic. Hurricane Electric terminated McColo’s service shortly after a group of notable security researchers and vendors released a report showing that...

Electronic Arts takes on Nintendo's Wii Fit

Electronic Arts takes on Nintendo's Wii Fit

The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western"...

Sony Announces Xperia X1 to Hit US Stores

Sony Announces Xperia X1 to Hit US Stores

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X1 Available in U.S. for 2008 Holiday Season     Pre-orders for the premium converged device begin today at SonyStyle.comSony Ericsson North America announces the arrival of the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 to the U.S. marketplace. The Xperia™ X1 delivers a range of multimedia and communication...

Google Earth Steps Back in Time to Ancient Rome

Google Earth Steps Back in Time to Ancient Rome

There's a lot more to history and archeology than just uncovering the past. Sometimes recreating the past in our present time is the best way to understand how people lived thousands of years ago. One such project, the Rome Reborn project of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, seeks to digitally...

Microsoft announces major Windows Live update

Microsoft announces major Windows Live update

In an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in internet "cloud", Microsoft has revamped their Windows Live services with new applications and third-party integration. By providing a hub for web access to e-mail, instant messaging, photos, and other web applications, Microsoft hopes to enhance the consumer experience by consolidating...

CyberLink Launches PowerCinema 6

CyberLink Launches PowerCinema 6

CyberLink Launches PowerCinema 6: Media Entertainment Center for the Home PC Taipei, Taiwan—November 13, 2008—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), an innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today launched CyberLink PowerCinema 6, a software solution that enables users to turn a home PC into a high-definition TV and multimedia...

BlackBerry Storm Comes to Verizon Wireless

BlackBerry Storm Comes to Verizon Wireless

It’s been rumored for a while, but Verizon Wireless just made the official announcement that the BlackBerry Storm (model 9530) from Research In Motion will be available beginning November 21 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online. The first ever BlackBerry smartphone with a “clickable” touch screen will run $199.99 after a $50...

Belkin Makes the PC to Mac Switch Simpler

Belkin Makes the PC to Mac Switch Simpler

You may recall the "Off the Air" Apple ad, which reminded consumers that if necessary, a Mac Genius at an Apple store could transfer their files from their PC to a Mac for them. After all, the ad said, "fear of switching is the foundation of customer loyalty for PCs." Well, now Belkin is adding fuel to the fire with a cable that purportedly...

AMD ATI Stream Computing Update

AMD ATI Stream Computing Update

AMD is revealing a new technology brand today to highlight some recent advances made in the company's stream and GPU computing initiatives.  The new brand is aptly named ATI Stream.ATI Stream is essentially a amalgamation of all of ATI's previous initiatives like Close To Metal (CTM), Compute Abstraction...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Palit Radeon 4870 Sonic Dual Edition CrossfireX @ TechwareLabsSapphire Radeon HD4550 512MB Review @ Overclockers OnlineMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock 780FullHD Review @ AMDZoneAsus M3A79-T Deluxe @ NeoseekerProcessors:Intel Core i7 Overclocking @ t-breakMemory and Storage:Mushkin HP3 10666 2x2GB Review @ OCCEagle Tech iNeo NA305J Review...

MSI Announces Gaming Notebook for Under $800

MSI Announces Gaming Notebook for Under $800

Gaming notebooks and an affordable price tag generally don’t go hand in hand. Today, however, MSI announced its newest GX630-028US gaming notebook with a price tag of just $799.99. So just what do you get for this price? Well, the GX630-028US comes with an AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor, 15.4-inch WXGA display, NVIDIA GeForce 9600...

New Drone Hi-Power USB Bluetoooth Adapter

New Drone Hi-Power USB Bluetoooth Adapter

Callpod Introduces the Hi-Power Drone USB Bluetooth AdapterThe Drone is a Plug-n-Play Bluetooth Adapter Ideal for Skype, VoIP Calls and Stereo Music via Bluetooth, Stereo Headphones, and High-Speed Data Transfer at a Range of up to 100 meters.Callpod, Inc., an emerging leader in the mobile electronics industry introduces the Drone, a plug...

Google Launches Video and Voice Chat for Gmail

Google Launches Video and Voice Chat for Gmail

Google will roll out its new voice and video chat inside Gmail over the course of the next two days for both Windows and Mac OSX. The new service was created in a joint effort between the Google Sweden and Google US teams, and hopes to promote and assist global collaboration for businesses while also providing an easy to use interface that...

Kingston Launches HyperX T1 Series Memory

Kingston Launches HyperX T1 Series Memory

Kingston Technology Launches HyperX T1 Series MemoryHyperX Thermal Xchange Technology at Core of New Look, Taller Heatspreader Fountain Valley, CA -- November 12, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping select DDR3 and DDR2 HyperX® memory modules with new...

Seagate Announces New SoHo NAS Device

Seagate Announces New SoHo NAS Device

Seagate Unveils Latest Storage Solution for Small Business - New Central Axis(TM) Business Edition Dual-Drive Network Storage Server Delivers 'Hassle Free' Network Storage with Secure Remote Access SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), the world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the Maxtor(R)...

iPhone is the Hardiest Smartphone of Them All

iPhone is the Hardiest Smartphone of Them All

Kudos to the folks over at the independent product warranty company, SquareTrade, for not just offering warranties beyond that of merchants and manufacturers, but for also actually analyzing the failure rate data from over 15,000 new cell phones they covered. Their recent analysis, which is available as a PDF report here, compares the failure...

Headphones Can Interfere with Pacemakers: Study

Headphones Can Interfere with Pacemakers: Study

It should be common sense that electronic devices can cause interference with other electronic devices (remember the old pacemaker / microwave problem?). After all, an earlier study about RFID tags interfering with medical devices has been released, and a new study released on Sunday shows that headphones might throw off pacemakers and implantable...

Hotels Partner with Tech Companies

Hotels Partner with Tech Companies

Generally speaking, many travelers, especially business travelers, are somewhat tech savvy. To cater to this audience, some hotels are teaming with tech companies to keep pace with their gadget-obsessed guests.Sheraton, for example, teamed with Microsoft to create its new Link@Sheraton lounges where guests can surf the Internet, email loved...

Jaduka offers free group calling

Jaduka offers free group calling

Jaduka Offers Free Group CallingDallas, Texas - Jaduka®, a leading provider of Web-integrated communication technologies, has launched dukaUS®, an easy-to-use group calling application that dials out and connects up to 6 participants by phone for free. dukaUS group calls are easy to start and moderate, enabling friends, family,...

Oops! AVG Virus Scanner Crashes Computers

Oops! AVG Virus Scanner Crashes Computers

Many techs will agree: antivirus programs can be a hassle. Mostly, the issues tend to stem from slower performance and similar issues that result from using an antivirus program. Still, it’s a bit of a lesser of two evils deal: you can risk getting a virus, or you can deal with lags in performance. Usually, you can count on well-known antivirus...

SGI Helps Keep Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Safe

SGI Helps Keep Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Safe

We all know Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) as the company that has historically made high-end workstations for creating and rendering 3D animations for games and movies. But there is a whole other side to the company that many are probably less aware of. This very lucrative part of SGI feeds high-performance computing (HPC) solutions to the government...

Dell Unveils New Product Red Artwork

Dell Unveils New Product Red Artwork

BOLD NEW DELL (PRODUCT)RED ARTWORK FOR STUDIO LAPTOPS EXPRESS PASSION FOR ART, DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Dell expands the palette of its Art House series with three exclusive (PRODUCT)RED designs  Dell spotlights (RED)-inspired artists and their visions in global gallery on Dell.com  For each Dell (PRODUCT)RED design purchased...

Fujitsu Launches Half Terabyte Mobile HDDs

Fujitsu Launches Half Terabyte Mobile HDDs

Fujitsu Launches Half-Terabyte Mobile Class Hard Disk Drive Series World's Highest Capacity Disk Drive with Green Policy Innovation Program and Available AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption Sunnyvale, CA, November 11, 2008 — Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives,...

Overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 Shoot-Out

Overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 Shoot-Out

NVIDIA’s and AMD’s graphics board partners usually take differing approaches when releasing factory overclocked variants of each company’s respective high-end GPUs. When NVIDIA launches a new part for example, their board partners typically have factory overclocked versions at the ready, and at launch, it’s sometimes easier to find overclocked...

Full-length MGM films to air on YouTube

Full-length MGM films to air on YouTube

YouTube, the world's largest video site, has partnered with MGM to begin showing full-length films from the studio's archive. Recently the video giant has been trying to play catch up to video site Hulu. The partnership hopes to boost revenue to both Youtube and MGM along with giving more direct competition to Hulu, the NBC owned site that...

Cisco Announces new "Mega-Router"

Cisco Announces new "Mega-Router"

Cisco Systems announced today a new router that is designed to handle the load of current and future burdensome network traffic like Video, IPTV, and the increased demands of a growing internet population. The Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000, or ASR 9000, has "six times more capacity and is four times faster than any other router in...

Coming to a GPS Device Near You

Coming to a GPS Device Near You

Soon, your GPS device might be useful for much more than just getting directions and finding the nearest coffee shop. NAVTEQ will become one of the first GPS services to provide flight status information to GPS users. The company is also adding fuel price information to its dynamic content portfolio. Both features are currently available in...

Google CEO not interested in Tech Czar position

Google CEO not interested in Tech Czar position

Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt has declined the opportunity to be the "Tech Czar" for the Obama administration. While Schmidt helped campaign for the new President Elect, and has been advising the Obama campaign on technology and energy as part of his 17-member Transition Economic Advisory Board, the prospect of becoming the first Chief Technology...

NVIDIA Shows Quadro Plex 2200 D2

NVIDIA Shows Quadro Plex 2200 D2

Although this is not a consumer qraphics platform, the coolness factor alone warrants a peek. Developed on the Quadro side of NVIDIA it is designed for high end CAD and 3D applications. The Quadro Plex 2200 D2 features two of NVIDIA's top of the line Quadro FX 5800 GPUs with a combined frame buffer (memory) capacity of 8 GB.Available in a menacing...

Allio 42-inch HDTV with  PC and Blu-ray Player

Allio 42-inch HDTV with PC and Blu-ray Player

It use to be that the big buzz word going around the industry was convergence.  In the multimedia living room of tomorrow, a melding of the capabilities of various entertainment center components, along with the computer functionalities, is the end goal that will culminate into a more intelligent, connected entertainment center. ...

ASUS and Sam’s Club Canada Join Forces

ASUS and Sam’s Club Canada Join Forces

ASUS and Sam’s Club Canada Join Forces to Deliver Green Computing to Canada-- World’s first bamboo notebook to be sold exclusively at Sam’s Club Canada -- Fremont, California (November 10, 2008) – ASUS, a world leader in the notebook design and one of the fastest growing notebook brands, today announced that Sam’s Club Canada will give eco-friendly...

Android bug executes typed text on G1

Android bug executes typed text on G1

The Android based G1 (or Google) phone sold exclusively in the states by T-Mobile apparently executes typed text entered in any text entry box including on a web page or in the address book. Handsets running Android release 1.0 TC4-RC29 or earlier are affected by this flaw. What makes matters worse is the fact that the commands are executed...

Circuit City Files for Bankruptcy

Circuit City Files for Bankruptcy

America’s third largest electronics retailer with 721 stores in the U.S. and 770 in Canada, has petitioned for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond. After losing money in five of the last six quarters and announcing last week it would close 155 stores, Circuit City is seeking bankruptcy protection amidst fears that it...

VUDU leads the pack in VOD HD Titles

VUDU leads the pack in VOD HD Titles

Vudu, a Video On Demand (VOD) service with a claimed over 1,100 HD titles available, supposedly leads Apple TV, Netflix, and Xbox Live for the broadest selection of HD movie content.  We just like the looks of their player on its own but there's more to like here.As a Vudu user you have the option of viewing your selections streamed to...

Facebook Reaches 120 Million Users

Facebook Reaches 120 Million Users

Social-networking giant Facebook is continuing to grow like mad. In fact, the company grew its active membership total from 90 million users in early July to 120 million now, according to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer. While speaking at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference, Sandberg also noted, “We got more (members)...

SharePod Frees Your Music From Apple's Clutches?

SharePod Frees Your Music From Apple's Clutches?

We haven't played with this yet but it looks pretty promising.  Those of you that struggle with Apple's rather restrictive practices when it comes to taking your music that is on your iPod to another machine, might want to check out the freeware package, SharePod.  An intuitive utility for the iPod, iTouch and iPhone, SharePod gives...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2048MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comPalit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownSparkle GeForce 9500GT 1GB @ PhoronixECS Hydra 9800 GTX+ @ t-breakSapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Dual-GPU Graphics @ Benchmark ReviewsProcessors:Intel i7-965 XE Extreme Edition Nehalem Processor Review @ Tweaknews.netAMD...

Weekend Project, Storage Media Server Build

Weekend Project, Storage Media Server Build

Our man Marco BigWop Chiappetta has been doing a little bit of moonlighting on us, at the Symantec Security with Speed site.  One of his projects there has been to put together a Storage Media Server build as a showcase of sorts that takes a DYI approach.  In one of his first episodes, Marco steps us through component selection and...

Google Patches Android Jailbreak

Google Patches Android Jailbreak

As many T-Mobile G1 users are waiting for the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago to hit their phones, Google is already in the process of releasing another update.Generally speaking, people welcome updates with open arms, hoping that the update will improve their phone’s functionality. This update has a few people upset, however....

AT&T To Offer 18Mbps U-verse Service

AT&T To Offer 18Mbps U-verse Service

AT&T Customers Connect Faster with New 18 Mbps U-verse High Speed Internet Service AT&T Offers More Speed, More Choices with Its Fastest Broadband Service Ever For millions of consumers with a need for more speed, the broadband choices just got better. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced it will launch AT&T U-verseSM High Speed...

ArmorSurf Launches First Privacy-focused Browser

ArmorSurf Launches First Privacy-focused Browser

There's been talk recently over private browsing features in upcoming browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.1 (Safari already has this feature).  Privacy, of course, is an important subject for many end users (despite the somewhat pejorative term "porn mode" frequently used for it).  Well, a new browser has been recently...

ZOTAC Announces Far Cry 2 Game Bundle

ZOTAC Announces Far Cry 2 Game Bundle

ZOTAC Announces Far Cry 2 Game BundleZOTAC GeForce GTX 200 series ship with Far Cry 2HONG KONG – Nov. 07, 2008 – ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today kicks off the Christmas season with a new premium software bundle featuring Ubisoft’s Far Cry 2. It’ll be available with the award-winning...

Circuit City Baits-And-Switches Close-Out Prices

Circuit City Baits-And-Switches Close-Out Prices

If you are thinking of taking advantage of Circuit City's closing of 155 retail store locations to score a sweet deal on a new HDTV, the folks over at HD Guru warn that not only are deals not to be had, but that you might actually wind up paying more for it and potentially taking home a lemon. HD Guru visited a Circuit City in Massapequa,...

Phoenix & Opera Bring Browser to Hyperspace

Phoenix & Opera Bring Browser to Hyperspace

When traveling, it can be a bit of a nuisance to boot one’s laptop and wait for it to load the OS and connect to the Internet, just to check a quick email or two before a flight. Soon, we may be able to have this same functionality, but without the wait: Phoenix Technologies and Opera Software have partnered to bring the Opera Browser to the...

AT&T Confirms Tethering Coming to iPhone in 2009

AT&T Confirms Tethering Coming to iPhone in 2009

It was rumored earlier that AT&T and Apple were in discussions over tethering. And at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega indicated in an interview with Michael Arrington that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of tethering (using the iPhone as a 3G modem) is on the coming "soon." There are already some tethering...

Wi-Fi WPA Encryption Protocol Cracked

Wi-Fi WPA Encryption Protocol Cracked

We've always been warned to be vigilant about what information we provide when online. Between phishing, malware, and DNS spoofing it's difficult to blindly trust any online entity these days. But if we have a secure connection to a known site, we're okay then, right? Not always... Someone might still be listening in. Just because you think...

Lenovo Ideapad S10 Netbook Full Evaluation

Lenovo Ideapad S10 Netbook Full Evaluation

Every sign we've seen thus far leads us to believe that netbooks are going to be very popular this holiday shopping season. With good reason, too – they fill a void which has existed since the dawn of mobile computing. Truly cost efficient, rugged, little notebook computers with enough processing power and screen resolution to get basic tasks...

Toshiba Launches a Laptop With Three Nvidia GPUs

Toshiba Launches a Laptop With Three Nvidia GPUs

Toshiba Introduces The World’s First Laptops With Three NVIDIA GPUs GeForce 9400M GPU + Two GeForce 9800 GTS GPUs = No Compromises SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008—When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing....

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:GeForce GTX 260 with 216 Stream Processors @ Digit-LifeHD4850 Sonic Review @ FusionModsLeadtek GeForce GTX 260 Extreme+ 216 Shaders @ techPowerUpSapphire Radeon HD 4830 Review @ AMDZonePalit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition Video Card Review @ OCIA.netXFX GTX 260 (216S.P) Black Edition @ NeoseekerMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus M3A79-T...

Olympus Announces E-30 Digital SLR

Olympus Announces E-30 Digital SLR

Today, Olympus announced a new D-SLR that rounds out the company’s E-System lineup and offers new features that the company expects to be particularly appealing to users who are looking for artistic gratification. The new E-30 fits in Olympus’s E-System lineup above the E-520 as a mid-range D-SLR, while remaining below the flagship E-3 model....

AMD Maui Platform Bundles Hit Newegg

AMD Maui Platform Bundles Hit Newegg

Over the past few months, we have shown you sneak peeks of AMD’s Home Theater PC platform, codenamed Maui, on a couple of different occasions. Essentially, Maui consists of a low-power AMD Phenom or Athlon X2 processor, an AMD 780-series (or higher) IGP, an ATI TV-Tuner and AMD’s Live media center software elements. Currently, MSI’s Media...

Fake Calls for the iPhone Rescue Bad Dates

Fake Calls for the iPhone Rescue Bad Dates

Ever had a bad blind date? Or, here's a different way of looking at it: have you ever worried about a blind date and set up a call from your friend, just in case it was bad, so that you had an excuse to leave? Well, with Fake Calls, an iPhone app, you don't need to infringe on your friends' spare time any longer. The idea is the application...

Thecus Announces N8800 Rackmount NAS Server

Thecus Announces N8800 Rackmount NAS Server

Thecus Announces N8800 Rackmount NAS ServerUnbeatable performance, security and capacity in a 2U form factor 11/05/2008 – The 1U4500 from Thecus shook the world of rackmount storage by bringing fast and affordable SATA storage to a 1U form factor. Today, Thecus is pleased to release its latest rackmount NAS device, the N8800. Offering massive...

SanDisk Claims To Speed Up SSD Write Speeds

SanDisk Claims To Speed Up SSD Write Speeds

SANDISK INTRODUCES ExtremeFFS – NEW FLASH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING SSD PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY SanDisk Also Proposes Two Metrics for End-Users to Measure Performanceand Endurance: virtualRPM (vRPM) and Long-Term Data Endurance (LDE) ExtremeFFS™ greatly accelerates SSD random write speeds and endurance vRPM allows consumers...

Palit Steps Out With OC'ed Radeon HD 4870 X2

Palit Steps Out With OC'ed Radeon HD 4870 X2

Palit came across the wire this morning with a pretty spiffy looking new Radeon HD 4870 X2 card and apparently they threw everything in there but the kitchen sink.  Well, maybe the sink is in the bundle?  Regardless, this card looks well endowed with a factory overclock of 750MHz at its core and a 3800MHz DDR5 memory speed. ...

Netflix to Stop Selling Used DVDs

Netflix to Stop Selling Used DVDs

What might come as a surprise for many people is not that Netflix will cease selling used DVDs, but that Netflix was actually selling used DVDs in the first place. Selling "previously viewed DVDs" (as Netflix calls them--sort of like how used car salesmen sell "previously-owned vehicles"), has been part of the services that Netflix has offered...

FCC Votes to Allow "White Space" Access

FCC Votes to Allow "White Space" Access

In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the FCC late Tuesday approved public access to the "white spaces" of the wireless spectrum. "White space" in telecommunications refers to unused frequencies in the radio waves portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the FCC's decision followed months of lobbying by Google, Microsoft, and other Wireless Innovation...

Engineer Crashes the iPhone

Engineer Crashes the iPhone

Although most of us will admit that no one is perfect, Apple fanatics love to poke fun at Microsoft’s many patches designed to fix holey and buggy software. Now, Italian systems engineer Piergiorgio Zambrini has found a bug that can crash the iPhone and other devices such as the iPod and Apple computers. Zambrini isn’t releasing the technical...

AMD To Launch 45nm Phenom Processors This Month?

AMD To Launch 45nm Phenom Processors This Month?

Although the lion's share of news these past couple of days pertains to Intel's Core i7 unveiling, information about AMD's next salvo of desktop processors has slowly been leaking as well. According to a story posted today on the Digitimes website, AMD will be launching a pair of new 45nm quad-core Phenom processors sometime this month..."AMD...

Wal-Mart Becomes the Top Gaming Retailer

Wal-Mart Becomes the Top Gaming Retailer

Well, Wal-Mart may be having trouble keeping up with iTunes as far as being the top music retailer, but it doesn't have iTunes as a competitor among video games.  Thus, we are where we are ...eMarketer.com conducted a survey of 2,000 gamers aged 12 to 54, dubbed "Are You Game?" It found that Wal-Mart was the most visited retailer for...

Hardware Roundup: Core i7 Edition

Hardware Roundup: Core i7 Edition

Video: Sapphire HD 4650 OC Edition 512 MB @ techPowerUp Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB video card review @ Elite Bastards Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 512MB TOXIC Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLounge Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB Low Profile Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets: NVIDIA SLI Technology for Intel X58 Motherboards...

Alienware Unveils M17 Notebook With CrossFireX

Alienware Unveils M17 Notebook With CrossFireX

AMD Powers World’s First ATI CrossFireX High Performance Notebook by Alienware- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics and ATI CrossFireX technology pack an unprecedented 640 stream processors into a single notebook - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 4, 2008 - High-performance gaming notebook manufacturer Alienware is putting two powerful...

NVIDIA Announces 2009-2010 Fellowship Program

NVIDIA Announces 2009-2010 Fellowship Program

NVIDIA Announces 2009-2010 Fellowship Program SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 3, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, announced it is accepting applications for the NVIDIA Fellowship Program for the 2009-2010 academic year.Dr. David Kirk, Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, stated: "The NVIDIA Fellowship...

MTV & MySpace Team with Auditude

MTV & MySpace Team with Auditude

Media corporations have been fighting the battle to regain control of their content for years. They’ve sent out countless DMCA notices, but it seems as soon as they succeed in taking down one video clip, five more have already appeared. A quick glance at sites like YouTube or MySpace reveals countless videos that were published without proper...

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"

OMG, finally! We're glad to see a retailer as large as Amazon.com has taken some initiative. How many of you are frustrated by blister or clamshell style packaging such as above? The dang things are so annoying that "how-tos" have been written about them. It's easy to get a cut from their sharp edges, so we're not surprised that articles about...

iZ3D and SC Offer Custom Painted 3D Monitors

iZ3D and SC Offer Custom Painted 3D Monitors

iZ3D and Smooth Creations Team up to Offer a Limited Edition of Custom Painted 3D MonitorsEnjoy Dazzling Effects On-Screen and on the Outside of your Monitor Too! San Diego, Calif., November 3, 2008 -- iZ3D, LLC, designer, developer, and pioneer of advanced 3D visualization systems, is pleased to announce that the company is once again teaming...

S3 Graphics Chosen by Fujitsu

S3 Graphics Chosen by Fujitsu

S3 Graphics Ultra Low Power GPUs Chosen by Fujitsu Asia and Pacific Give Users True Mobility and Application FlexibilityS3 Graphics Chrome ULP GPUs Redefine Notebook Graphics Market for 14" and Smaller Mobile Computing Platforms FREMONT, California, November 3, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and multimedia technologies...

Intel's New Core i7 Processor, Video Spotlight

Intel's New Core i7 Processor, Video Spotlight

In addition to our in-depth article coverage of Intel’s new Core i7 processor and platform architecture, we also have a video spotlight up that gives the viewer a hands-on look of various new Intel Core i7 hardware as well as a Core i7 system in action on the test bench. Direct Link:http://hothardware.com/Articles/Getting-To-Know-Intels-New-Core-i7-Video-Spotlight/...

Intel Core i7 Processors and X58 Chipset Tested

Intel Core i7 Processors and X58 Chipset Tested

There are only a select few events in the PC hardware world that get hardcore enthusiasts truly excited. For example, when popular trade shows like Computex, IDF, and CES take place, there is a fair amount of buzz. Also, anytime the major players in graphics release next-generation GPUs, things definitely heat up; or likewise when a hot new...

Circuit City to Close 155 Stores?

Circuit City to Close 155 Stores?

A number of rumors were circulating around the web on Sunday, with more than one site saying that on Monday Circuit City will be announcing the closure of 155 stores around the nation. It's just another bad news item for the struggling retailer, which according to a form filed with the SEC Thursday, has been warned by the NYSE that its stock...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: ATI HD 4830 @ t-breakAsus LS221H @ InsideHWATI Radeon HD 4830 (Sapphire, Powercolor and HIS) @ DriverheavenMemory and Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB Hard Drive Review @ Club Overclocker Vantec NexStar 3i HDD Enclosure @ techPowerUpPower: bgears b-Tarantula 650Watt Power Supply @ TestFreaksPrestigio Power Bank 501 @ InsideHWCases,...

Windows 7 Scalable Enough To Support 256 Cores

Windows 7 Scalable Enough To Support 256 Cores

Though obviously Microsoft has taken a fair amount of heat regarding Windows Vista, there's probably a directly proportional level of hype on their next mainstream OS, Windows 7.  Projected by some to be the OS that Vista should have been, and still by others to be nothing more than Vista on steroids (perhaps just a six-pack of Red Bull,...

$99 Netbooks In Your Future

$99 Netbooks In Your Future

From pre-paid calling cards to minute plans with so-called "free phones", sometimes it's painfully obvious that, although we hate to admit it here, it's not always completely about the hardware.  More than a few industry analyst have predicted that the mainstream PC of tomorrow will be nothing more than a thin client connected to...

HP Opens Up TouchSmart

HP Opens Up TouchSmart

HP recently released its TouchSmart Application Developer Guidelines to third party developers. In doing so, the company is allowing anyone to create touch-friendly applications that will run within the TouchSmart Software suite on popular HP TouchSmart PCs. As a means of distributing guidelines to developers and providing a way for TouchSmart...

Asus Announces VENTO Foldable Computer Chassis

Asus Announces VENTO Foldable Computer Chassis

Ever have the need to pack up your computer for that roadtrip back to college but there's just no more room left in that '72 AMC Gremlin of yours?   Or perhaps you're a small PC reseller with serious space constraints in your inventory warehouse area?  Asus has your back it apparently with the what has to...