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All News for December 2006

The Sopranos in Taiwan? Hynix DDR Shipment Hijacked

Digitimes is reporting that a batch of about NT$20 million (US$306,000) worth of DDR chips from Hynix Semiconductor was stolen yesterday in Taoyuan, Taiwan. "The 20 boxes filled with DDR chips were robbed while in transit, with sources saying most of the chips were 400MHz frequency parts....

Solid State Hard Drive Versus HDD WinXP Boot-up Time

Solid State Hard Drive Versus HDD WinXP Boot-up Time

In our recent fall IDF coverage we told you about Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform for Notebooks that employs something known by its code name as the "Robson" module, that incorporates NAND Flash in a solid state disk-cache design.  Here's a little demo of Fuji Siemens notebooks loaded with Windows XP...

BigFoot Killer NIC Reviewed

The gang over at PC Perspective have taken a look at Bigfoot Networks new Killer NIC ethernet card to see if it is worth the hefty $250 price of admission. Although the Killer NIC showcased some impression performance gains on an Intel 975X platform, the performance gains seen on an old nForce2 platform were the largest and easily...

Pay Me Now, Or Pay Me Later. Google Decides It's Later

Google's search engine has begun placing their own properties atop search engine results in the form of "Tips," ending its protocol of keeping advertisements and search results separate. Blake Ross of Firefox no likey: After all, Google is predicated on the idea that the democratic structure of the Web will push the cream to...

Nope. Uh Uh. Nah. Not That One. Not That One Either. Ixnay...

What's likely going to be the largest selling console gaming platform in the coming year, and probably the year after that? If you said ____________, you'd be wrong. Because I doubt you said: The Playstation 2. The PS2's direct rivals, Microsoft's original Xbox and Nintendo's...

OCZ Launches Hand Selected GeForce 8800 GTX

OCZ Technology Launches the Highly Anticipated OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX GPU, Hand-Selected for the Extreme Enthusiast and Gamer! Sunnyvale, CA - December 28, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards. Leveraging...

Top Ten Apple Rumors of All Time

There's a fun article posted over at CNET today outlining what they thing are the Top 10 Apple rumors of all time.  Some light reading for you folks still recovering from the Christmas Holiday. "What do you get when you cross a notoriously tight-lipped computer company with rabidly...

AACS DRM Cracked?

Engadget has a story, complete with a short video, on-line that claims the AACS (Advanced Access Content System) DRM technology incorporated into HD-DVD has been cracked. Before anyone in the HD-DVD camps starts boo-hooing, or anyone in the Blu-Ray camp starts cheering, I'd wager this actually helps boost the popularity of HD-DVDs over...

A Fistful of NFORCE 590 SLI Mobos Compared

Our friends at the Tech Report have a 5-board NFORCE 590 SLI motherboard round-up posted today. They cover performance, features, overclocking and even nTune support... "THE NFORCE 590 SLI is easily the most feature-rich core-logic chipset available for Athlon 64 processors. Nvidia takes...

Microsoft Zune Giveaway @ HotHardware!

Microsoft Zune Giveaway @ HotHardware!

Hello HotHardware Fans! We have something exciting in store for you, just in time for the holiday season. We've hooked up with the good folks at Microsoft and Webcast Magic, and will be giving away a pair of slick new Zune media players to two lucky forum members! All you have to do to win is be a registered member in HotHardware's...

Sell, Mortimer! Sell!

Dear lord, there are still scalpers trying to hoard Playstation 3 consoles and sell them at a premium. The demand for the system is still high, but few people seem willing to pay the large premiums the scalpers want. eBay prices have also normalized much quicker than many expected, with systems going for only a little over retail. This is...

I'll Take One Of Each, Please

PC World is out with their list of the 20 Most Innovative Products Of The Year. A PC that's half desktop, half notebook. An operating system that runs entirely on the Web. A radically made-over office suite. A thin, superstylish handheld with both Wi-Fi and a usable QWERTY keyboard. Our Innovations...

FiringSquad's 2006-2007 Game Developer Q&A

The folks over at FiringSquad.com have gotten some comments from a few game developers concerning their thoughts for 2006, and what 2007 might bring. What was Michael Capps, President of Epic Games, favorite game of 2006? "FiringSquad: What do you think was the most important trend or issue...

Asus EAX1950CrossFire and EAX1950Pro

Good Evening All. We've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of two Asus-built, ATI-based graphics cards, the Radeon X1950 XTX-based EAX1950CrossFire and the X1950 Pro-based EAX1950Pro. Click the link below and take a look......

Speeding Up Uploads

There is a story posted at CNN's technology news page today that explains what many companies are trying to do to speed up the pace at which users can upload files. It's not just a simple matter of flickin' a switch. "At first, most people viewed Web pages but did little to create...

Vaporware '06: Return of the King

Wired has their Vaporware '06 awards on-line today, and you'll never guess what makes its triumphant return to the top of the charts.  Here's a hint, the main character first appeared in an Apogee title way back in 1991... "Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights. It's...

Google Is A Stupid Search Engine. Can Wikiasari Search Smarter?

Jimmy Wales, founder of the immensely popular Wikipedia, has decided to build a rival search engine to compete with Google. He calls his new search engine Wikiasari. Like Wikipedia, the new search engine will rely on the support of a volunteer community of users. The idea is that Web surfers...

Ixnay Usingay Ebsitesway Ithoutway Afetysay Omfray IshingPhay

In an effort to combat phishing attacks, the CA/Browser forum has come up with an extended validation certificate for websites. You'll have to verify your business isn't just a Post Office box and a server in Russia to get validated. The Forum has developed guidelines for Extended...

AmigaOS 4.0 Released

This probably won't affect many of you, but its interesting news nonetheless (especially for nostalgic older geeks like me).  Hyperion Entertainment has released the final build of AmigaOS 4.0. "Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich...

New Crysis Screenies - Wow

Want to see some more screenshots of what is probably the most hotly anticipated PC game on the horizon?  Yeah, we do too!  Thankfully, incrysis.com has a trio of new screenshots of Crysis on-line for our viewing pleasure. "inCrysis & Crytek have a small Christmas present :) Three...

Should We Be Giving Your USB Port Last Rites?

Your hard drive is talking to your PC chassis in eSATA, and the manufacturers of computers have gotten the idea you'd like to talk that way too without climbing inside the box. Hello eSATA port! Goodbye USB? "Definitely in 2007, you'll see this populated as a standard feature on high-end...

There's Bad, There's Evil, And Then There's Infecting Santa With Malware

There are some very bad people out there in the world. But it goes beyond bad to put malicious code onto Santa Claus' .net webpage. "Nestled all snug in the bottom of his home page was a nice little bit of code containing a badware link," he added. The problem was soon resolved, but alas,...

Console for Christmas?  PC Gaming dead?  Guess again...

Console for Christmas? PC Gaming dead? Guess again...

Got that Xbox 360 Santa dropped down the chimney revved-up on Gears of War?  Or perhaps your tennis elbow is acting up again, after years of dormancy, due to a little too much Wii-laxing? It's all about the consoles this year it seems.  And if you weren't careful you might dismiss the PC as a solid gaming platform.  Au...

Merry Christmas! Tell a Martian Too!

Hello everyone!  And a Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating the holiday, from all of us here at HotHardware.com.  Most of the crew will be spending time with family and friends tonight and tomorrow, but we'll check in with a tid-bit or two to keep your appetite for technology satiated. For now, we've got something fun...

Printer Ink Like Liquid Gold

Having just gone out for some last minute stocking stuffers for my significant (very significant if I know what's good for me) other, I can totally relate to this headline and story.  I purchased 6 cartridges in total for an HP Photosmart 8450 printer and it cost me over $170.  Now mind you, the printer itself, almost a...

DX10 to take off in 2H07?

The folks at DigiTimes had a conversation with Edward Chow of AMD/ATI, who seems to think that demand for DX10-class graphics cards won't pick up until mid-to-late next year. "With no boost from DirectX 10, the graphics card market will stay put in the first half of 2007, while watching Vista's acceptability, according to Chow. In the...

Happy Holidays. Now GBTW

Expect "not much" to happen after noontime in the cubicle farms. In office parks and skyscrapers all over the map, this afternoon is an opportunity for companies to disappoint and anger their employees with crummy gifts and alcohol-free office parties. Slate magazine asked for entries for their Corporate Scrooge contest, and boy,...

Have A Merry High-Tech Christmas

What good is your HotHardware if you don't use it for nifty stuff? Bah spreadsheets! Hooray for Santa! And other than frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads, nothing is more high-tech than NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. You can track Santa's progress on NORAD radar right on your...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet Review @ XYZ Computing Sony Vaio VGN-SZ3XP @ TrustedReviews CPU & Motherboard: ASRock 775Dual-VSTA @ Phoronix ASUS M2R32 MVP Motherboard @ LostCircuits Memory: PC2-6400 OCZ Special OPS Urban Elite Review @ hi-techreviews.com Buffalo Firestix PC6400 2x512MB RAM @ APH Networks Sound: Auzentech X-Meridian...

America's Army Level Designer Released

The latest version of the Army's own FPS, America's Army, is out, bringing with it a tool to make your maps and missions. Along with the 2.08 update being released, the new Mission Depot is also available, allowing aspiring map creators to submit their work for review, with the chance of it becoming the next official mission distributed...

AMD 65nm Athlon 64 X2 Processors with Slower L2?

Our friends at the Tech-Report have followed up their initial coverage of AMD's new 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors with a deeper look into their performance. It turns out, the 65nm processors have higher latency access to their L2 cache, which hinders performance in some situations. "After...

HIS Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo

Hello Everyone. We're just writing to let you all know that we've posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of HIS' Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo. Here's a snip from the piece: "Today, we will be looking at HIS' take on ATI's mid-range beast, the Radeon...

Siemens Cranks Up The Speed On The Internet Autobahn

Siemens AG has more than doubled the speed at which information can be sent over fiber-optic cable. And they did it in the real world; so it actually might translate into something useful almost right away for us poor, content hungry internauts. Siemens said in a statement it had processed...

Sony Announces PS3 Games Aren't Very Good, But The Machine Is Swell

Phil Harrison of Sony was interviewed by MTV, and had a lot of interesting things to say about the PlayStation 3, and gaming in general. Harrison's not shy; he says the PS 3 architecture is so powerful, no one will ever use all the pixel horsepower it's packing. Ars technica has the skinny:...

Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC 30 Inch LCD

"Today, we have our take on Dell's new UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC, a 92% color gamut capable LCD monitor. With a full thirty inches of screen real estate and a new W-CCFL (wide cold-cathode florescent lighting) backlight, the new HC revision of the 3007WFP is targeted at increasing image quality in an LCD that has already earned high marks in the...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 On The Horizon

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 On The Horizon

It looks like Intel will make their lower priced follow-up to the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor available soon. Like it's higher-clocked counterpart, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 will feature a 1066MHz FSB and 8MB of L2 cache (4MBx2). The processor will require 1.325v and it will have a 105W TDP.  The 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600...

All IU Wants For Christmas Is Printable Nanoscale Components

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a process for printing all sorts of components right on a substrate, one right over another, that could be used to fabricate electronic and optical devices inexpensively. And it works on flexible or curved surfaces, too. The method...

Cascading Style Sheets Made Me Do It , Your Honor

eeTimes has a fascinating look at whether bad web pages are bad for your physical and mental health. It seems that if the internet was a Post Office, poorly designed web pages would have us all "going postal." Or having "Mouse Rage Syndrome," anyway. What's the root cause...

Judge Stops Spammer From Selling e-mail Lists

A U.K. court has ruled that Paul Martin McDonald can no longer sell lists of Hotmail addresses. McDonald had been selling the addresses through his company Bizads, and Microsoft claimed that his actions have damaged the reputation of Microsoft's e-mail service, which the court seemed to agree with. Bizads claimed that those who were on...

Nintendo Faces Lawsuit Over Wii Controller Strap

Nintendo's new console has been a blast for the lucky few folks who were able to get their hands on one of them, however the new technology isn't without a few teething problems. The strap that is supposed to secure the controller to your wrist has been having some problems, and of course, someone has decided to try and sue Nintendo...

4GHz Intel Processors Looming?

VR-Zone is reporting that Intel will finally break the 4GHz barrier with their Nehalem core, which is to be manufactured using a 45nm process node. "Based on the 45nm Nehalem architecture, Intel aims to bring Bloomfield clock speed above 4GHz in 2008. It is a speed that Intel never get to...

Vista to Change PC Gaming Landscape?

The crew over at Joystiq.com recently sat down and talked with Games for Windows (GFW) Marketing Director Kevin Unangst and PR Manager Michael Wolf about the affects Windows Vista, and the "Games for Windows" initiative will have on PC Gaming. "By making gaming a priority in the...

Typing And Putting Out A Battery Fire Is Not Multitasking

Panasonic has been working on a new approach to the design and production of litium-ion batteries that seems to have solved the pesky problem of having them burst into flames from time to time. The battery is protected from overheating by the addition of a heat-resistant insulator to...

No Glove, Plenty Of Love; How The Wii Controller Works

The Wii controller is sweeping the nation, while a portion of the nation is sweeping up the glass from broken things when you accidentally let go of it. But how do they work? Scienceline explains the advances in accelerometer technology, and how the Wii controller made them work for fun. The accelerometers used in the Nintendo controller are...

GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS SLI Performance Explored

Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article where we explore the performance of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS cards running in dual-card SLI configurations. Here's a snip from the piece... "NVIDIA has released a couple of fresh sets of Forceware drivers for the GeForce 8800 series, so we thought it was a good...

Intel To Slash Core 2 Prices

With AMD's new chips expected to be out in Q3 2007, Intel has decided to cut prices for their Core 2 Duo and Quad models in the second quarter of 2007. For example, Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 will be reduced from $851 to $530, and the Core 2 Duo E6700 will go from $530 to $316. Those aren't the only price cuts however, as a...

NVIDIA Contest and Demos

NVIDIA just sent word of a contest they're running on SLIZONE.com.  Here's the scoop direct from the source... Contest: Today NVIDIA launched a year long contest on SLIZONE called the SLI Component a Day Giveaway. We are giving away $100,000 worth of prizes from our partners. Every day for a year, we're drawing a name out...

Ray Traced Graphics Explored

PCPer has a very interesting article on-line today dealing with Ray Traced graphics. Guest writer Daniel Pohl has created new rendering engines for both Quake 3 and Quake 4 that use ray tracing as the draw method instead of the standard rasterization techniques used in all games today. The Q3 and Q4 engines don't run incredibly fast,...

nForce 680i SLI SATA Problems Solved?

Remember those nForce 680i SLI SATA problems [H] reported on last week? Well, it looks like there was definitely an issue with some boards and EVGA/NVIDIA have posted a potential fix in the form of a beta BIOS. The P23 BETA BIOS is now available, this BIOS addresses SATA issues. Please keep...

Intel Chairman Unveils Egypt's First Digital Village

Intel Chairman Unveils Egypt's First 'Digital Village' Effort Concludes Intel Chairman's 100-day Trek to Bring Technology to People from the Amazon to Africa OSEEM, Egypt, Dec. 18, 2006 - In a small city near the Nile River where cars compete with cattle and modern conveniences are scarce, Intel Corporation is using computers...

It's The Software, Stupid

Sony worked for a long time on the Playstation 3 with the idea that machine itself would be so powerful that it would carry the market. Microsoft got the X-box 360 to market as fast as it could, and relied on the software -the games- to bring you into their customer base.  If you managed to beg, borrow, or maybe steal a Playstation 3...

First Factory OC GeForce 8800

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that XFX will be the first graphics card vendor which has NVIDIA's blessings to offer a factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 series graphics card. The flagship GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition will ship with a core frequency of 630MHz and memory running at 2GHz. In contrast, stock GeForce 8800 GTX cards operate...

Megapixel Arms Race Over; You Won

The crummy camera in your phone would have been considered a multi-megapixel wonder just a few years ago. But advances in cramming megapixels into cameras have run up against the limits of what's usable. Wired has some suggestions about how to choose a digital camera, now that they're all powerful enough....

Coolin It Like a Master

Coolin It Like a Master

Good cooling is pretty much an art form.  It takes exotic mechanical and aero-thermal engineering to design a cooler with maximum heat transfer and a quiet acoustic signature.  3DGameMan has a look at a universal CoolerMaster HSF that gets the job done pretty and looks good doing it... "The Cooler Master Eclipse cooler has a...

Weekend Blasts From The Past: Unreal & Second Reality

Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a good weekend so far.  I was gearing up for some benchmarking and writing, and thought I'd poke around the web for something fun before getting down to business.  I stumbled across a couple of videos at YouTube that I just had to share. I'm probably showing my age a...

New 65nm Athlon 64 X2s Coming Soon

New 65nm Athlon 64 X2s Coming Soon

Since this information is technically not under NDA embargo, we thought we'd share with you that AMD is soon releasing volume to the channel of their new 65nm process-based Athlon 64 X2 dual core chips for socket AM2.  The features and performance of these new cores will remain unchanged versus current 90nm models but...

GeForce 7 Series Round-up with Asus & MSI

Just a heads up here to let you know of our latest launch...  GeForce 7 Series Round-up with Asus & MSI "Shopping for a GeForce 7 card is akin to stopping at Baskin Robbins these days, with so many flavors to choose from.  We decided to grab one of those little plastic spoons and do a little of the sampling for you.  Up for today's...

Declude Security Suite - Keeping The Riff Raff Out

Declude Security Suite - Keeping The Riff Raff Out

As you can imagine we get a ton of email here at HH and of course way more than our fair share of spam, viruses and junkmail.  We've been looking around for a long time for a package that does a good job of clearing out the crapola that comes in and let's the good mail through.  We think we've found a winner with...

Is WiFi Radiation Safe For Tinfoil?

Ars technica examines the available information about the dangers of exposure to WiFi radiation. Short answer: Yes it's possible that Vampire JFK might have assassinated Princess Di to keep the Illuminati from using her to spawn an alien baby to start the Rapture, and WiFi radiation might be making your joints ache.  It's...

A Hacking Wii Will Go...

A PS3 or an X-Box 360 is a great big powerful thing. But it's Nintendo's inexpensive Wii that seems to be capturing people's imaginations. Its simple, intuitive controller has already spawned all kinds of little hacks. But some of the more interesting uses of the controller...

MySpace More Popular Than Yahoo?

Well, whether or not it's more popular is debatable, but it MySpace has recorded more page views than Yahoo last month. A few factors could skew those numbers a bit, but it does show the kind of rapid growth MySpace is seeing. Once just a little known online profile sit, it has exploded in popularity and is now one of the most popular...

AMD Outlines Plans For Future Processors

Our friends at the Tech Report sat in on AMD's four hour financial presentation today and gathered some information regarding AMD's future plans to introduce custom "Accelerated Processing Units" in next-gen multi-core processors. "During its four-hour Financial Analyst...

nForce 680i Troubles?

[H] has posted an alert outlining some possible issues with NVIDIA's flagship nForce 680i SLI chipset.  They site reports from around the web and explain some of the issues they've experienced in their own lab. "Some of the nForce 680i motherboards have some serious storage issues...

Score One For The Technophiles

There is an interesting story posted at CNN today that explains how a businessman travelling in Germany was able to use his laptop to nab a burglar that was robbing his house. He logged on to his laptop and via the Internet saw live images of the burglar at work. He then phoned his wife,...

The Real iPod Killer

Mark Cuban's kind of an interesting jerk. Let's give him his props: the man can do real world arithmetic. And he did some to test the viability of a business model that Microsoft and/or Google could use to make the the iTunes business model as dead as disco: There has been speculation that Google is offering 100mm dollar or more licensing...

My Password RoXXors!!!

Bruce Schneier got his hands on a listing of MySpace user passwords that were the result of a phishing attack. He analyzed them for difficulty in cracking them. Guess what? Kids really are dumb. Just not as dumb as you, me, or the average corporate user when it comes to choosing a password: I'm impressed that less than 4 percent were dictionary...

Daily Review Roundup

CPU & Motherboard: Abit IL9 Pro 945P @ Virtual-Hideout Abit AB9 Pro 965P @ PCPerspective Abit SG-95 @ Bjorn3D ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA 680i SLI @Virtual-Hideout Abit IL9 Pro @ Motherboards.org Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H @ Overclockers Online ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Motherboard @ Legit Reviews Sound: Bluegears b-Enspirer @ Penstarsys Auzentech...

University Researchers Develop Multi-Terabyte DVD-size Disc

Technology shows great promise but still under long term research DailyTech reports -- "Researchers at the University of Central Florida announced this week that they have developed a way to store massive amounts of data onto a disc roughly the size of a typical DVD. This sounds like another competitive format to Blu-ray or HD-DVD, but in...

The Future of Hardware and Technology

Departing a bit from the hardware you are used to, Robert Dunham gives an interesting read in his "The Future of Hardware and Technology".No harddrives, CPUs, motherboards or monitors here. Just good old bionics, robots and androids. Technologically, we live in an ever-evolving...

Vista=Trouble For Mobo and Graphics Card Manufacturers

DigiTimes is reporting that the impending release of Windows Vista has some motherboard and video card manufacturers worried that their excess inventory of low-end products that don't support Vista will be completely devalued. "With Windows Vista up and coming, makers of motherboards and VGA cards are now worried they will incur losses...

Are LCD Makers Fixing To Lower Prices, Or Fixing Prices?

Are LCD manufacturers colluding to keep prices artificially high? If they are, they're doing a crummy job; LCD prices are plummeting. Regulatory agencies in Japan and The US are looking at Samsung, NEC, Sharp, AU Optronics, LG Phillips, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics anyway: The companies...

Google Is Smarter Than You. But You Knew That.

People type all sorts of bizarre things into their search engines. Not all of them involve someone naked. But what exactly does Google know? Rather a lot, really, and not exactly what you might expect. Informit has a fabulous fifteen things Google knows, and it's fascinating. Here's one: Google Knows Mathematical Constants In addition...

HotHardware Holiday Buyer's Guide

Hello everyone!  We've just posted a Holiday Buyer's Guide here at HotHardware.com, outlining what we think are some of the best components for a no-holds-barred, high-performance Flagship system, an Overclocker's Dream Machine, and a Low-Budget Screamer. Click the link below and check it out... Read The Article Right...

Tech Power Up announces Reference Wiki

Tech Power Up has announced the Tech Power Up Reference Wiki. The wiki, like wikipedia, allows users to contribute original content on a number of technical categories. Categories include Guides General Computing Processors Video Cards Cooling Memory Motherboards Storage Networking Software Companies Cases & Modding Along with the wiki,...

Consumer Electronics and EDA

Consumer electronics is becoming the largest single driver of the semiconductor industry. Consumer Electronics are semiconductor devices that are incorporated into products, which are purchased by individual consumers, such as desktop & laptop computers, home networking, printers, audio-visual entertainment, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras...

AMD and IBM Detail Results With 45nm Chips

AMD AND IBM DETAIL EARLY RESULTS USING IMMERSION AND ULTRA LOW-K IN 45NM CHIPS -- Advanced technologies provide improved performance and efficiency while reducing complexity in microprocessor design and manufacturing -- San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE:...

What's That Big Off-White Box On Your Desk, Grandma?

If you're not running a state of the art gaming rig, or looking at pictures of your grandchildren, you're not interested in a desktop computer anymore. With overall PC sales expected to slow sharply next year, the biggest action is shifting to the smallest machines. Just look at...

CORSAIR 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives

CORSAIR 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives

Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of the New 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) - Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products,...

Did IBM Kill Flash Memory Yesterday?

IBM partnered up with Macronix and Qimonda to design what they see as the logical successor to flash memory: "Non-Volatile Phase Change Memory."  Betterfastercheapersmaller. Working together at IBM Research labs on both U.S. coasts, the scientists designed, built and demonstrated...

Gamers Annoyed With Blu-ray?

Sony took a gamble with using Blu-ray as the Playstation 3's primary format, and at the moment, it doesn't seem to be paying off. Research group Cymfony surveyed 18,000 posts on blogs, discussion forums, and review sites, and found that a large number of folks aren't to happy about the new format being force upon them. A spokesman...

Valve Introduces Steam Guest Passes

For their latest marketing scheme, Valve is using the tried and true 'Free Trial' method. Valve has announced their new Steam Guest Pass system, which allows owners of certain Valve games to send out free trial passes to their friends. Day of Defeat: Source should be the first game available once the open beta starts....

Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro

Hello All, We recently got our hands on one of Sapphire's Radeon X1950 Pro cards, so we put it through the wringer with a number of popular games and benchmarks. Click the link below and take a look... Read the article right here. Please Digg this article to share with others....

Dell Offers Blu-Ray in Notebooks

Dell Offers Blu-Ray in Notebooks

DELL MOVES BEYOND HIGH DEFINITION WITH BLU-RAY ENABLED MULTIMEDIA NOTEBOOK ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 11, 2006 - Dell today introduced Blu-ray Disc technology into its product line, offering the next-generation optical disc format as an option on the extreme-performance XPS M1710 consumer notebook computer. This enhancement furthers Dell's...

IE7 Is So Marvelous, You Should Keep IE6 Around To Compare It To

Microsoft's latest web browser, Internet Explorer 7, is a large improvement from IE6. The problem is, it's only an improvement if it works. Operability problems with some sites that aren't compatible with the latest version have prompted Microsoft to offer a free piggyback version with IE 6 to let you look at most anything on the...

XM Or Sirius Or Both Or Neither

When technology moves the goalposts, business plans that sound like Ponzi schemes make sense. For a while. Lots of established businesses like Amazon started out by hemorrhaging cash to establish market share, in the hope of turning a profit later. Well, time might be running out for satellite radio. Sooner or later, someone's going to...

Shaken, Not Stirred: Cocktail Robots

Now this is my kind of technology! :)  Perfect fodder for a Sunday evening jaunt across the web. During a recent Robot expo in Vienna, home-brew Robots were invited to demonstrate their skills in categories like mixing cocktails, serving drinks and snacks, bar conversation and smoking cigarettes and cigars. Staring with glowing...

Kingston Launched 1.2GHz DDR2 Memory

Kingston Technology First with Fastest 1.2 GHz Memory High Frequency PC9200, PC9600 HyperX Modules Take Performance Computing to New Levels. Fountain Valley, CA -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the immediate availability of 1.150 GHz and 1.200 GHz DDR2 HyperX memory modules....

2006 HDTV Round-up

Looking for the best HDTVs out there this holiday season?  Wired has your 411 from 32 inches to the mondo 62" DLP sets from Toshiba. "Everything-in-a-box systems don't usually inspire superlatives, but Sony's unprecedented TV-home theater combo is a real showstopper. When closed, the TAV-L1 plays audio through a superstylish flat-panel...

AMD To Hold Financial Analyst Day

AMD To Hold Financial Analyst Day SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- December 7, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will...

QNAP Turbo Station TS-101 and TS-201

Hello everyone.  If any of you are in the market for some type of NAS device, an article we've just posted will be of interest. We've just put up an article that details the features, installation, and performance of a pair of Linux-based, barebones NAS servers, the QNAP Turbo Station TS-101 and TS-201. These little boxes not...

AMD/ATI RD690 Chipset For Quad FX?

The Inquired has a story posted today that talks about an upcoming chipset from AMD / ATI, codenamed RD690, that is supposedly Quad FX ready - it just wasn't ready in time for launch. You had to know this was in the works. "AMD has an in house chipset that can support its "4x4" microprocessor. We suspected this for a long time but now...

CPL Reserves Right To Drug Test

Much of the professional sports world has some kind of drug testing system in place, but there hasn't really ever been talk about drug use in the Cyberathlete Professional League. While drugs and alcohol have always been banned from the league, there wasn't much in the way of what to do with suspected abusers. The new 2007 terms have...

Chip closes distance to real-time 3-D images

The problem with machine vision is that the cameras are two-dimensional recorders of three-dimensional scenes. Objects in an image may be obscured by lighting, occluded by obstacles or camouflaged by similar colors in the background. Sophisticated software can sometimes piece together objects from subtle cues, such as when two camera positions...

NEC Successfully Demonstrates Dynamic Partitioning

Hot-Swap/Plug of CPU and Memory Resources NEC Corporation today announced it has demonstrated the world's first dynamic partitioning of CPU and memory resources on the Beta 2 version of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server, code-named "Longhorn," using NEC's enterprise server Express5800/1320Xf. Express5800/1320Xf is a large-scale,...

Can Zune catch iPod?

Can Microsoft's Zune media player catch the iPod?  That's the question being asked in this article, which states that Microsoft hopes to sell 1 million Zune players by mid-2007.  That number doesn't even come close to the iPod, but the Zune is brand new and is only available in U.S. for now. MS plans to expand shipments...

NVIDIA Introduces the nForce 680a SLI

NVIDIA Introduces the Heart of the Definitive "Megatasking" Computing Platform New NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP-based Motherboards with New AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 Series Processors Redefines the Ultimate PC Category SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 6, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor...

ATI RS690T Has Dedicated RAM

The Inquirer reports that AMD/ATI's upcoming RS690T IGP chipset will have its own local memory to increase performance. The main issue being overcome here is the latency between the IGP and memory. On the AMD platform, this latency is extremely small thanks to the integrated memory controller for the CPU. By comparison, the latency...

Nintendo Issues Wii Saftey Tips

People have been breaking Nintendo controllers for years now, though now it isn't always out of anger. The Wii's wireless remote-style controller can be as much of a hazard as it is fun, slipping out of hands and into just about anything in the area. TVs, laptops, and even a few faces have all found themselves victims of flying Wiimotes....

Bethesda Releases More Oblivion Content

Bethesda has released some new content for their top selling game, adding a new faction with some new quests, a few extras enemies, and some new items. The Elders Scrolls: Oblivion - Knights of the Nine costs $9.99, a little more than Bethesda's previous content releases, and can be downloaded in multiple languages from here....

CNET Editor James Kim Found Dead :(

Sad news tonight, folks.  CNET Editor James Kim was just found dead.  He and his family were on a holiday trip when their card was stranded in blinding snow.  James left his wife and kids in the card while he went on foot for help, but he never made it. More details are available in this story on CNN. "The body of a San Francisco...

Intel and TSMC on 32nm Development

DigiTimes is reporting that both Intel and TSMC are in good shape with their respective 32nm node development, and that both companies have already tested prototypes. Of course, it will still be some times before the nodes have matured to the point where commercial products will be produced on them, but they are "on the way";...

Computers 2, Grandmasters 0

First Gary Kasparov loses his match with IBM's Deep Blue, and now Vladimir Kramnik loses to Deep Fritz... "BONN, Germany (AP) - World chess champion Vladimir Kramnik lost his final game in a match against computer program Deep Fritz on Tuesday, ceding a hard-fought Man vs. Machine series...

Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip

Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip Next Step Toward Integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi Technology for Future Laptops, Mobile Devices SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HONG KONG, Dec. 6, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced design completion of its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Combined with the company's previously announced single-chip,...

How Vista lets Microsoft lock users in

What if you could rig it so that competing with your flagship product was against the law? Under 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, breaking an anti-copying system is illegal, even if you're breaking it for a legal reason. For example, it's against the law to compete head-on with the iPod by making a device that plays Apple's...

Google Ends Gmail Beta, Now Fully Available

Google's Gmail has been available for some time now, though up until now it's always held onto the Beta tag. Google has ended their long Beta test of Gmail, and now anyone can sign up for the service without the need for an invitation or cell registration. If you're still one of those folks without a Gmail account, head on over...

Motorola Receives 2006 Corporate Award from the IEEE Standards Association

Motorola, Inc., has received the 2006 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Award in recognition of its "outstanding contributions to IEEE standards, which allow people to be mobile and connected across the globe." Motorola has been a leader in the creation of many IEEE standards. Most significantly, it has contributed substantially...

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will Re-examine '438 Magma Patent

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will reexamine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the'438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now...

AMD rolls first 65 nm CPUs, sees fast shift to 45 nm

EETimes reports: Executing on its goal of keeping pace with archrival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first 65-nm x86 CPUs Tuesday (Dec. 5). The new Athlon 64 X2 cuts die size in half and power by a third in existing 90-nm desktop processors. AMD is maintaining its position as a fast follower of giant Intel with plans to...

EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 Review

Hello All! We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of EVGA's e-GeForce 7950 GX2 card. Here's a snip from the piece: "As you would expect form a card with a pair of G71 GPUs and 1GB of...

Supercomputers Crunching Potato Chips, Proteins & Nuclear Bombs

If you've ever wondered what some of today's top supercomputers are up to, this article on CNN explains many of the more common applications.  Some of them are used for tasks like forecasting weather, designing safer more fuel-efficient cars, mapping DNA, exploring the cosmos and even calculating the curvature of Pringles potato...

ASUS Motherboard Turns House Phones into Skype Phones

TeleSky and 60 SkypeOut Minutes Now Available With Purchase of Two New ASUS Motherboards Taipei, Taiwan, - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today announced that the ASUS TeleSkyTM telecom adaptor will now be included in the package of the M2N/TeleSkyTM and P5B/TeleSkyTM motherboards. The TeleSkyTM telecom...

AMD Launches Full Scale Production Volumes At 65nm

AMD Launches Full Scale Production Volumes At 65nm

AMD DRIVES NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPUTING WITH 65NM TECHNOLOGY TRANSITION AMD continues track record of on-schedule process technology transitions with rapid conversion to 65nm SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the transition to 65nm...

Deal Struck Over .com Future

Verisign has been the administrator over the .com address since 1999, and will continue to be until at least 2012. The new deal which has been approved by the US Government will give Verisign complete control over the .com address, and has the right to manipulate .com prices to a certain degree....

Cadence donates power format to Si2r

Attempting to bridge the divide between two competing standards efforts, Cadence Design Systems will announce Monday (Dec. 4) that it has contributed its Common Power Format (CPF) to the Silicon Integration Initiative's (Si2) Low Power Coalition ahead of the anticipated date of January 31, 2007. A statement from Cadence and Si2 cites "significant...

LSI Logic and Agere Systems to Merge

LSI Announces $500 Million Stock Repurchase Program LSI Logic Corporation and Agere Systems Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will be combined in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $4.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Agere shareholders...

Inside Windows Vista's New Image-Based Install

Microsoft's Windows Vista is only weeks away from public consumption, so it's time to start getting informed on all of the new features and intricacies of the new OS, if you haven't already done so that is.  APC Magazine has an informative article on-line today dealing with Vista's new image-based installation process....

Corsair Expands FB-DIMM Family

Corsair Expands FB-DIMM Family with Immediate Availability of 2GByte DDR2-667 Fully Buffered DIMMs -- The latest Corsair FB-DIMM solutions are designed to support the new dual-core Intel Xeon servers and workstations -- Fremont, CA (December 4, 2006) - Corsair a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Fully...

MSI K9N SLI Platinum

Hello Everyone.  Today at HotHardware.com, we're looking at a budget-targeted SLI equipped motherboard from MSI, the K9N SLI Platinum. While this motherboard was originally targeted at high-end gamers when it initially launched (and still can work quite well in this environment), the plummeting prices of SLI gear and the introduction...

AMD Slashes Prices

If you've been waiting for the next round of price cuts to buy a new processor, get your credit card ready. According to the Inquirer, AMD quietly slashed prices on a number of popular desktop and Opteron processors. "The 754 pin Sempron 3000+ will cost $44 from $50, the Sempron 3200+ AM2 will cost $56 from $66 and fall to $51 on...

Online Game Items Taxable?

This will probably sound absurd to most of you, and rightfully so, but there's some question as to whether items obtained in an online game can be taxed. Even if there is no real world financial gain, player to player item transfers may one day be taxable. You know the saying, the only assurances in life are death and taxes, and without...

Crysis HD In-Game Footage

Crysis HD In-Game Footage

If you are in need of a little motivation to convince you to upgrade that aging graphics card of yours, this nugget of information will be of interest.  The folks at incrysis.com have a high-def video of in-game Crysis footage available for download.     Crysis As good as the video looks, it still doesn't...

AMD, NVIDIA Receive Subpoenas From U.S. Department of Justice

SEATTLE, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. as part of a probe into potential antitrust violations involving graphics chips, helping to send shares in the companies lower. Nvidia, the largest independent maker of graphics chips for computers and other devices,...

How About Some Vista? Eh. Maybe Later

"When Microsoft's two most important products become available for businesses (the consumer version of Vista will be ready in January), adoption is likely to be modest at best. To some extent, that's because companies are cautious about adopting new technology. They want to make sure new products work with existing systems. And they don't...

You'll Have More Time To Play Madden 2007, Now That You're... Er...Promoted

Sony announced that they're so pleased with the performance of Ken Kutaragi in bringing you the Playstation3 late and over budget, that they're not going to  let him manage the unit that makes it any more. You or me? We'd be fired. He gets a big raise and a new office. On...

Latest R600 Rumor Mill Rumblings

The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating that ATI...er...make that AMD...will be strictly offering the next generation R600 GPU with GDDR-4 memory. Initially, two codenames were developed to distinguish between a GDDR-3 variant (UFO) and a GDDR-4 model (Pele). On top of news that the GPU will launch in February instead of...

Now Our Imaginary Friends Are Real. And It Is Good.

Jacqui Cheng over at ars technica examines the latest results from the sixth-annual report of the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. It tracks changes in Internet usage and attitudes about that usage in the United States. And it says that the internet is allowing people to make new friends while...