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All News for October 2006

Microsoft Confirms No Upgrade To Vista Ultimate

Those of you hoping save a few bucks by just upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft will offer no such plan. The features and functionality set it apart from other versions of Windows Vista, as Microsoft explains, and it will be the only version of Windows Vista that does not offer an upgrade...

Microsoft Releases Media Player 11

Today Microsoft has released the 11th incarnation of their Media Player software. Windows Media Player 11 is built for all versions of Windows XP SP2, and comes with a fresh new look, and features Microsoft and MTV's new music download service, Urge. Click here to download the 28MB installation file. "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows...

Daily Review Roundup

Motherboards: Abit AW9D-Max Intel Core 2 Mainboard @ I4U Abit AB9-Pro 965 Motherboard @ Viper Lair Intel D975XBX2 Motherboard Officially Launched @ Legit Reviews Systems: Dell XPS M1210 12.1-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers.org Dell's XPS 700 @ [H]Consumer Power: Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt PSU @ Modders-Inc Memory: TeamGroup Xtreem DDR2-800 2x1gb...

OCZ Technology Expands Popular SD Dual Product Line

OCZ Technology Expands Popular SD Dual Product Line to Now Offer 133X Speeds Sunnyvale, CA - October 30, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of high-speed 133X parts to the cutting-edge OCZ Secure DigitalTM "Dual" Series. The new memory...

Seagate Announces Encrypted Hard Drives for Notebooks

As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology....

Where Your Old Cellphone Goes To Die -- Or Live Again

How many different cellphones have you yelled into in your lifetime? I remember singing the praises of my bag phone with the battery life of a tse-tse fly. Since then? Dozens. And they were all useful for as long as they lasted and the next big thing came along. For all I know, they're still useful to someone, somewhere; they all worked...

Radeon X1650XT Review Roundup

As many of you saw with AMD's Press Release earlier this morning, ATI has just released their new Radeon X1650 XT GPU. This new budget-oriented graphics card has been reviewed by a wide variety of websites including Hot Hardware, and we've compiled a list for your viewing pleasure. PC Perspective Anandtech Tech Report Rage...

Will Nokia Finnish The i-Pod?

Nokia sells a lot of phones. They sell ten times as many phones as Apple sells iPods. Hot Hardware editor Marco Chiappetta recently examined the evidence that Apple is trying to get a handle on the technology necessary to produce, finally, their own iPhone. They better hurry. Nokia seems to have already produced their own "noPlayer":...

AMD Launches The ATI RADEON X1650 XT

AMD DELIVERS INNOVATIVE GAMING EXPERIENCE AT A KNOCKOUT VALUE WITH THE ATI RADEON X1650(R) XT SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - OCT. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced an innovative graphics card that makes use of its new native CrossFire(tm) technology, the ATI Radeon(R) X1650 XT. With its incredible image quality features and superb performance,...

Corsair Brings Dominator Technology to the Masses

Corsair Brings Dominator Technology to the Masses

Corsair brings the award-winning DOMINATOR heat-sink design and DHX technology to standard DDR2-800 speed Fremont, CA (October 30, 2006) - Corsair(R), a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today unleashed TWIN2X2048-6400C4D DOMINATOR memory targeting value-conscious performance users. Featuring patent-pending...

ATI Radeon X1650 XT with Native CrossFire

Hello All. ATI is taking the wraps off yet another mid-range product offering today, the Radeon X1650 XT.  Like the X1950 Pro that was released a few weeks ago, the new Radeon X1650 Pro features a new GPU with native CrossFire support. Here's a snip from the article... "Today, ATI is adding yet another member to the Radeon X1K family...

Hybrid Assistive Limb Tech Allows For Wearable Robot Suit

Hybrid Assistive Limb Tech Allows For Wearable Robot Suit

You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive...

Sapphire Radeon X1650 Pro Given The Once-Over

The BoxGods (That's right mortal!  Bow and worship the machine!) have a good hard apocalyptic look at Sapphire's Radeon X1650 Pro.  The Gods have spoken and offer... "Building your PC on a budget is a lot more fun when that budget is closer to $3,000 than $1,000; but, sadly,...

Apple + new patent = iPhone speculation

It looks like Apple just won a patent for a new speech recognition technology, and the news has spurred analysts into speculating that Jobs' and crew have a new mobile phone in the works. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Apple Computer Inc. won a patent for a speech-recognition technology earlier...

Seagate Barracude ES 750GB

Hey HH fans.  We're just writing to let you all know that we've posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Seagate's Barracuda ES 750GB SATA Hard Drive. Not only does this drive boast the largest capacity of any other HD currently available, but it uses perpendicular recording technology, and it's...

AMD Quad-Father Wear For Upcoming 4x4 Campaign

AMD Quad-Father Wear For Upcoming 4x4 Campaign

We've told you about the technology here, and featured some pictures of upcoming "4x4"-based systems here. And now we have another aspect of AMD's 4x4 campaign to reveal - the slick promotional T's!     AMD "Quadfather" T-Shirt Check out that guy! I wouldn't mess with that gumba.  And...

Happy Diwali. Want A Cellphone?

If you're a Nokia cellphone salesman in India, take the afternoon off today. You earned it. Nokia sold 400,000 cellphones in India. In ONE day: A new world record has been set in India. On October 19, an auspicious day to purchase new products in the country, mobile-phone maker Nokia...

Why It's Not Just Pets.com This Time

We're in a tech boom. Ask for a raise. And read CNN/Money's article about the reasons it's not going to be just a flash in the pan this time: The tech boom now underway is profoundly different from any that has come before. It is broader and probably longer-lasting in its impact...

A Very Happy Geek Halloween

When did Halloween become the official holiday of the pocket protector set? I don't know, but let's face it: there's a little Tron Guy in everybody in the cubicle and server crowd. Well, if you've got any rugrats around, they need costumes too, you know. Here's a nice selection of downloadable and printable masks...

IBM's Newest Cooling Technology

Claiming up to twice the performance of current standard CPU coolers, IBM has given us a glimpse of their latest cooling technology. The technology concerns the layer of thermally conductive paste between the chip and the heatsink. Taking inspiration from nature, IBM has developed a unique surface design with a series of branched channels...

How Free Is A "Free" Vista Upgrade?

If you're in the market for a new PC right now, but are looking forward to that Vista upgrade, you might be interested in Microsoft's Express Upgrade to Vista offer. From October 26 to March 15 of next year, you can receive a coupon from participating dealers, which will allow you to upgrade from XP to Vista once it's available....

Next Gen Consoles: Pre-orders and eBay Rules

As the latest of the next-gen consoles are getting close to their release date, we should be starting to see pre-order details from various retailers. As Gamespot.com reports, Toys "R" Us has announced that they will be offering pre-orders for Nintendo's Wii starting this Sunday. Rumors are circulating that Playstation 3 pre-orders...

Novell announces PCs preloaded with SUSE Linux

Buying a PC with Linux installed and ready to go -- what an attractive idea. Novell thinks so too, and has announced agreements with four manufacturers to distribute PCs pre-loaded with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. An age of choice in operating systems is upon us and Novell is making sure that choice is becoming easier. R Cubed, a U.S....

Acer Vows to Overtake Lenovo Next Year

Infoworld is reporting that Acer has taken the gloves off and vows to take down number 3 computer manufacturer Lenovo next year.  According to IDC, Lenovo currently has 7.8% market share as opposed to Acer's 6%.  Though Acer holds less market share, they are outpacing in sales at 34.3% in the third quarter as opposed to 10% for...

ATT/Cingular Wants To Let You Peek In Your Own Windows

Worried that people are climbing in your windows and stealing all your Hot Hardware while you're at work trying to make enough money to buy a new hi-def flatscreen? Well, ATT/Cingular has announced the availability of their home monitoring system that will work on a computer or their cellphones: Customers would also need to pay a one-time...

Is It Really The iPod Age? Not So Fast.

Does that little mp3 player that made Apple a player again really define a generation? Michael Agger in Slate doesn't think so, even after reading The Perfect Thing, Steve Levy's ode to the iPod: Levy, a senior editor at Newsweek, is a prime example of the boomers who think the iPod...

AMD 4x4 Supports 4 GPU's

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AMD's upcoming "4x4" platform will support no less than 4 discrete graphics cards. Here, AMD has called upon NVIDIA for a chipset to power the platform and has been provided with the nForce 680a. This chipset is comprised of a traditional north and southbridge pairing which...

Dell Launching sub $500 AMD Notebooks

DigiTimes reports that Dell will soon be launching a series of sub $500 notebooks which are using AMD processors. Supposedly launching in the beginning of November, Dell's first AMD notebook will utilize a 15.4" LCD and range in price from $449-$499. A similar 17" model will then follow with the product launching...

Daily Review Roundup

Motherboards: ECS P965T-A @ Overclockers Online GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 @ [H]Enthusiast Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard @ PCStats ECS P965T-A Motherboard @ Viper Lair Systems: Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile On The Desktop @ GamePC Power: PC Power & Cooling SILENCER(R) 750 EPS12V @ PC Apex Memory: OCZ PC2-8800 Gold & Corsair...

Firefox 2 and Microsoft Defender Released

Two highly anticipated applications were released today.  First we serve up Mozilla's Firefox 2. This has been one of the most anticipated browser releases which now includes anti-phishing, Java Script 1.7 support, and a new extension system.  For a complete list of changes hop over to Mozilla's website for a full detailed...

Target Sued For Website Not Being Visually Accessible to Blind

Some of you may have not even thought about it, but the internet is used by many blind folks each day. Special software that has been developed is able to verbalize what most of us are able to see on the screen. Target's site however, isn't able to work properly with the software, and as MSNBC reports, now finds itself the target of...

Gumstix Announces 400xm-cf SBC That Fits In Your Pocket

Gumstix Announces 400xm-cf SBC That Fits In Your Pocket

At 4 x 1.3 inches (103 x 35mm), 400MHz, 64MB of Ram, 16MB CF (upgradeable) and 10/100 Ethernet all for under $200, plus it fits in your pocket, the 400xm is one small but mighty machine. This little wonder is marketed for the Network Administrator or IT professional on the go. Comes with Linux 2.6.17 pre-installed. PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 23...

Sharing iTunes Possibly Legal, Definitely Possible

 "DVD Jon" is back at it. Already a hero with the Pringles and Jolt Cola hacker community-- at age fifteen, no less -- for unscrambling the DVD Content Scrambling System, Jon Lech Johansen returns at age twenty-two with a way to get around the playback restrictions on Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes music products:...

Vista Delayed and Microsoft Express Upgrade Program

Digitimes is reporting that Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista RTM (Release to Manufacturing) by approximately two weeks.  The original RTM release was slated for the fourth week in October but now it appears that has been pushed back until the second week of November.  In addition to the delay, Microsoft announced their Express...

NVIDIA and TSMC Celebrate New Milestone: 500 Million Processors

NVIDIA and TSMC Celebrate New Milestone: 500 Million Processors SANTA CLARA, CA AND HSINCHU, TAIWAN - OCTOBER 24, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Inc. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today celebrated the shipment of the 500 millionth processor designed by NVIDIA and manufactured by TSMC. These...

Why Your Battery Isn't Very Good Even When It's Not On Fire

Moore's Law doesn't apply to batteries. We've been running up against the limits of storing electricity for a while now. Wired's David Hockenberry explains why your battery occasionally bursts into flames like a drummer in Spinal Tap, and what some very smart people are trying to do about it: Lithium-ion technology may be approaching...

AMD Completes ATI Acquisition

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE -Focused to Drive Innovation, Choice and Growth in the Industry with First Platform Solutions in 2007- -Unveils "Fusion" Initiative for Industry's First Integrated CPU/GPU Silicon Solutions- SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the completion...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: MSI Megabook S271 AMD Sempron 3200 Laptop @ Hardware.Info Motherboards: Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 @ PCStats ECS P965T-A Rev1.0B Motherboard @ Futurelooks Albatron KI51PV-754 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Tech Spot Graphics: ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256 MB @ TechPowerUp ATI or NVIDIA - The Battle For Adult Gaming GPU's @ Legit Reviews...

3.5 Inch SBC runs Linux, for those DIYers

Acrosser Technology announces the availability of AR-B1652 a 3.5" Single Board Computer (SBC). It features fanless operation and low power consumption. The integrated VIA S3 ProSavage 4 Graphics core, supports dual independent displays with resolutions up to 1600x1200. The SBC offers numerous peripherals such as 10/100 Ethernet,...

ECS Elitegroup Unveils GeForce6100SM-M For HTPCs

ECS Elitegroup Unveils GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard for the Home Theater PC Builders Fremont, CA (October 24, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today released GeForce6100SM-M motherboard featuring NVIDIA GeForce 6100 graphics processing unit (GPU) and...

AMD Celebrates 10 Years In Dresden

AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits AMD Dresden to Commemorate Significant Corporate Milestone SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany, AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor...

Who Cares What Happens To AOL?

What are you browsing HotHardware with? I bet I could get 10,000 to 1 odds in Vegas that it isn't AOL. But it used to be, for quite a lot of people. The only press AOL can get is the bad kind. But it's still a great big thing. What happens now? When it was the main ISP for Americans,...

Transcend Announces its Ultra-Speed 4GB SDHC card

Transcend Announces its Ultra-Speed 4GB SDHC card

Press Release: Transcend Announces its Ultra-Speed 4GB SDHC (class 6) Card Taipei-Transcend Information, Inc., a world leader in flash memory cards, is very proud to announce its 4GB high-speed SD High Capacity (SDHC) Class 6 card. The SDHC is the new generation of SD cards (Version 2.0) that, formatted in FAT32, can reach up to an enormous...

Dell Debuts first Two AMD Servers

Cnet is reporting that Dell has finally released their first two AMD servers.  The first system is the PowerEdge 6950 which is a quad cpu configuration ranging from 2.0Ghz to 2.8Ghz.  The next system is the PowerEdge SC1435 which is a dual CPU configuration based off of the same speed cpu's.  Both systems will be using the...

MacBook Pro With Core 2 Duo

The wait for many Mac users is finally over as Apple has just released a new wave of MacBook Pro notebooks which feature Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor. Offered with either a 15" or 17" screen, the new MacBooks are claimed to be up to 39% faster than the previous model. With Intel's Santa Rosa mobile platform on...

Google Releases Snobby Search Engine Today

 Google is going to make Microsoft look like a lemonade stand if they keep releasing useful things at the rate they're going. The latest is a customizable search engine: Not satisfied that it has given Web users enough tools to refine data on the Internet, Google will launch Custom Search Engine Tuesday, a product designed to cull...

NVIDIA Securing Capacity at TSMC

DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA CEO Jen-hsun Huang is traveling to Taiwan to meet with TSMC and ensure there is ample fab capacity to produce the company's upcoming G80 GPU. With NVIDIA looking to have a multiple-month head start over rival ATI with the launch of their R600 GPU, the G80 architecture will have the Christmas...

HH Reader Flies Like Super Man

HH Reader Flies Like Super Man

Ever wonder what other HH readers might classify as a "good day"?  Some go fishing and the old adage applies, "even a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work".  Meanwhile others go flying.  And a good day flying is pretty great.  Check our Utah from a few thousand feet up at DerMeister's...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: MSI mPC 945 Barebone SFF @ Viper Lair Vigor Gaming Force Recon L2 @ [H]Consumer Motherboards: Foxconn 975X7AB @ LostCircuits Sapphire Pure Crossfire AM2 @ NeoSeeker Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe Motherboard @ [H]Enthusiast Graphics: ATI Radeon X1650PRO Graphics Cards Comparison @ Tweaktown Powercolor X1650 Pro @ TechPowerUp ASUS EN7950GT...

Five Years Later, iPod Still Driving Apple Forward

Maybe you saw it coming, maybe you didn't, but the music world has seen a drastic change since the birth of Apple's iPod. Five years old on monday, Apple has forever changed the way we listen to music, the way we buy music, and the way music is advertised. Apple has seen enormous growth in its company because of the iPod, and...

IBM sues Amazon for patent infringement

The tech world's latest legal case is between two very big companies. IBM, with its enormous cache of patents, has filed suit against Amazan.com over its use of five patents that IBM claims as their own: US 5,796,967 - Presenting Applications in an Interactive Service. US 5,442,771 - Storing Data in an Interactive Network. US 7,072,849...

Impending CPU Shortage?

Digitimes is reporting that manufactures should expect to see a CPU shortage during 4th Quarter due to rapid surges in notebook sales. Manufacturers are stock piling additional CPU's in expectation of an upswing in holiday notebook sales. Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that unexpectedly...

10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time

Miguel Carrasco has put together an interesting top 10 list of computer related flops. Interestingly enough, such wonderful operating systems as Windows Me and OS/2 Warp made the list (sarcasm).  If you have the time, hop on over and take a gander at the list.  Many of you might find yourself nodding your head much in the same way...

nForce 590 SLI Mobo Round-Up: Gigabyte, Asus, MSI

Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type that like to immediately scroll down the page and jump right to the news, we're wanted to let you all know that we've just posted an NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI AMD Edition motherboard round-up, where we pit Gigabyte's GA-M59SLI-S5, ASUS' M2N32 WS Pro, and MSI's K9N Diamond motherboards...

Intel Launches Software Partner Program

Intel Launches Software Partner Program, Invites ISVs To Access Global Reseller Network Worldwide Program Provides Business, Technical and Marketing Benefits at Key Phases of Software Development and Marketing SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the Intel Software Partner Program, a membership-based...

The Orange Browser Is Coming Out If You Don't Like The Blue Browser

Whatcha looking at Hothardware with? You can use Firefox 2.0 starting on Tuesday, if you like: Firefox 2.0, the foremost rival to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser, is set for release Tuesday afternoon, said its producer, the not-for-profit Mozilla Corp. The free 5-megabyte browser,...

A Laser What? Huge, Bright TV Screens? How's That Again?

Laser TVs are the latest "Hot Hardware" you can't buy yet. Estimates range from one or two years out to vaporware. But if you want a big -- make that huge-- screen, much brighter than any plasma, with more colors and higher contrast than anything currently on the market--DLP, LCD, Plasma, SEP, Cathode Ray Tube, Etch-A-Sketch--this...

Does NVIDIA's G80 Have Problems?

The Inquirer is reporting that NVIDIA's rumored next-generation G80 GPU is experiencing some major issues involving SLI and HDCP support. According to the rumor, editors have already been provided with G80 cards though there are no stable drivers that support SLI. In addition, HDCP is supposedly broken though the "source"...

NVIDIA Bans Overclocking On All Upcoming G80 Boards?

NVIDIA Bans Overclocking On All Upcoming G80 Boards?

Fuad over at the Inquirer is digging around again and seems to have uncovered something of interest for those of you looking forward to NV's next gen DX10 product that is rumored, we-can-neither-confirm-nor-deny, to be around the corner soon. "NVIDIA told all of its partners that it simply won't allow the overclocking of G80...

Recording Engineer Develops Everlasting Glass CD

Recording Engineer Develops Everlasting Glass CD

This one might bring a whole new meaning to one of my favorite discs of all time, Jimi Hendrix's "Smash Hits"... "Information on the glass CD is read by laser. Because existing plastic CDs are not completely transparent, information on them cannot be read perfectly. They are also susceptible to bending or warping if left in sunlight...

Super-Clean Cabling Job - Routing Wires Behind The Mobo

Super-Clean Cabling Job - Routing Wires Behind The Mobo

Recent HH Forum n00b sladesurfer shows us how it is done.  Slade's super clean cabling job would make even ol' BW envious.  Tip number 1 - route those wires and tubes anywhere but over the motherboard... Boy's got some...

5MB Storage Array - IBM circa 1956

5MB Storage Array - IBM circa 1956

Ever really wonder just how far storage has come?  Think about this the next time you strap on your 8GB iPod Nano.  IBM's RAMAC or "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control" had a whole 5MB of disk space on it's 24" platters and hey, it only weighed a little over a ton... "IBM introduced the 305...

Knowing Who You're Not Talking To Reaches New Heights

Tired of not knowing exactly who you're not talking to? Wired News has an interesting read on the latest way to ignore people on purpose: Caller ID everywhere. Today, with his elseed TiVo hack, Gardner can keep staring at the screen when the phone rings. The program ensures that...

Vista, Flash, And The Hybrid Drive Cowboy

Samsung's been working on a mashup of flash memory and a regular old hard drive that takes advantage of Microsoft's new Vista OS. And with up to 256 MB of often used information kept in Flash, you're bound to spend less time waiting and listening to the drive clicking away and looking for the same old stuff over and over....

Limited NVIDIA G80 Supply?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that supply of NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU (rumored to be the GeForce 8800 series) will be severely limited until the end of the year. Specifically, the cards are expected the first week of November with extremely tight supply in the channel for at least six weeks. Just like in economics class, this...

Samsung Announces 50nm DRAM Chip

An industry first, Samsung has developed a new 50nm DRAM chip, which will increase production efficiency by 55% over their 60nm chip. As DigiTimes reports, the new DDR2 chip has quite a bit of new technology in it, including a multi-layered dielectric layer, 3D transistor design, and can be adapted to various types of memory such...

NVIDIA Working on CPU/GPU Combo

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that NVIDIA has begin designing their own CPU architecture. Based out of the new design center in Portland, Oregon the new architecture will serve as the foundation for the company's upcoming merged CPU/GPU products. At this time, the rumor mill expects the first products from these efforts...

Diskeeper Announces A Roomba For Your Hard Drive

When was the last time you defragged your hard drive? Me neither. Diskeeper Corporation has included automated defragmentation functionality in its latest version of its system maintenance software: Diskeeper 2007. The technology, dubbed InvisiTasking, allows system maintenance to run...

Microsoft Working On CPU Architecture?

The NY Times has posted an extremely interesting article regarding Microsoft's new efforts to design their own CPU. To this end, Microsoft has formed what is tentatively known as the "Computer Architecture Group" and will utilize resources from both the Redmond headquarters and Santa Clara campus. Although many will be quick...

D-Link Announces Entry Into WiMAX CPE Market With 802.16-2005-Compliant Router

WiMAX, while similar to WiFi, has both higher speed transmission and greater coverage area - as much as 3,000 square miles. With WiMAX in the early adopter phase, devices such as the D-Link router will become a hot topic in the months to come. Users in such cities as Chicago and Washington D.C. will soon have the opportunity to use these routers....

Enormous Beast Awakens; Vomits Forth Web Browser

What do you have loaded on that Hot Desktop Hardware you're netsurfing with? If it's Internet Explorer v.6, you might want to head on over to virtual Redmond and get your hands on the authorized version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 The Internet Explorer 7 frame is reorganized...

F.E.A.R Extraction Point Performance Preview

X-Bit Labs have managed to get their hands on the demo for the add-on for the popular game F.E.A.R and run it using the latest crop of hardware to illustrate what hardware will provide the best possible performance for this title. Using the Jupiter EX graphics engine and Havok physics engine, the title demands some significant resources...

Intel Preparing Centrino Pro Campaign

DigiTimes reports that Intel is preparing to spend $300 million on their campaign to promote the new Centrino Pro (Santa Rosa) platform. Timed around the launch of Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system, the Centrino Pro platform will also introduce an 800MHz FSB, 4MB of L2 cache, Gigabit and wireless 802.11a/g/n, as well as...

NEC LCD Technologies introduces new highest resolution LCD module for medical use

17 Oct 2006 , Tokyo : NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd. today announced the development of a new monochrome, 21.3-inch (54-centimeters-diagonal) amorphous silicon thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module. Boasting the industry's highest resolution in the category of monochrome LCDs for medical use, this LCD is ideal for...

HP Surpasses Dell In PC Shipments

Dude, your getting a... HP? That's right, for the first time in three years Hewlett-Packard has passed Dell in world PC shipments. As Yahoo! News reports, HP's computer shipments have jumped 15% from a year ago, while Dell has only gained 4% in total shipments. From questionable deals to battery recalls, both companies have...

Nvidia Releases Vista Ready Drivers

With Microsoft's Windows Vista getting closer and closer to its final release, we're starting to see more support popping up for it. NVIDIA has given its users a head start by releasing a couple of different WHQL approved drivers on its site. Now available are the Vista x64 RC2 drivers, and the Vista x86 RC2 drivers for your downloading...

Video iPods Infected With Windows Virus

No, the headline isn't a mistype. Apple as revealed that a small number of video iPods contain the Windows RavMonE.exe virus, which they say found it's way onto iPods shipped after Sept. 12th. This virus won't be any trouble for Mac customers, and can be removed by using free Anti-Virus software found on Apple's site, and also...

Print in Three Dimensions

You'd think twice about copying your butt for a prank at work if it came out of the printer in three dimensions, wouldn't you? The James Bond sounding Z Corporation's printers can print in three dimensions. Z Corporation 3D Printers operate like a 2D desktop inkjet printer, allowing for the use of multiple print-heads to support...

Sleeping Employees Will Have Sleeping Vista Desktops

Windows Vista is configured to reliably put your desktop to sleep during periods of inactivity. Now, besides quickly minimizing screens showing women that aren't dressed, or Fark when your boss walks by, you'll have to worry about the screen being blank while you're sleeping at your desk, too: With Windows Vista, Microsoft...

Intel Opens Up Key Server Acceleration Technology to Industry

Intel Opens Up Key Server Acceleration Technology to Industry INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Oct. 17, 2006 - Intel Corporation announced today that it will encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server product lines earlier this year. A component of...

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Gold Rev. 2 GX for Gamers

OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Gold Rev. 2 GX for Gamers Sunnyvale, CA - October 17th, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of PC2-6400 Gold Rev.2 GX DDR2 to the popular gaming oriented Gold XTC series. OCZ Technology now offers...

Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo ThinkPad Notebooks Launch Ironclad Security Solutions

While the article suggests $16 million in losses for unauthorized access and theft for 2006, the actual amount is likely much greater since many violations go unreported. A single violation could easily result in losses of this magnitude when the loss is associated with confidential data from a Fortune 500 company. While some IT managers circumnavigate...

Sony to Recall up to 300,000 of their Own Batteries

Another day, another Sony battery recall.  Sony today announced that it would be recalling up to 300,000 of their Vaio laptop batteries under intense industry pressure. Sony initially stated it would not be recalling its batteries, however, it appears that is not the case.  Sony has joined an ever increasing list of laptop manufacturers...

RIAA Files 8000 More Lawsuits

The RIAA has launched a fresh wave of 8000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers world wide. This brings the total to more than 18,000 in the US and another 13,000 world wide.  In this most recent wave 17 countries were affected, including Brazil, Poland, and Mexico which had previously avoided lawsuits.  The music industry...

Football Doesn't Look Best On A 1-1/2" TFT Screen

Other niche cellphone marketers are saying "move along people, nothing to see here," but Mobile ESPN is folding its tent after less than a year. On the face of it, it seemed strange right away. If you're crazy enough about sports to pay attention to them all the time, you're unlikely to settle for seeing it on such a small...

ATI Radeon X1950 Pro Reviews

This morning, ATI is launching the new Radeon X1950 Pro GPU which is based off of the highly anticipated 80u RV570 core. Beyond a handful of differences with the R580 architecture, the new Radeon X1950's most desirable new feature is native support for Crossfire. In short, this implies a sharp departure from the days of...

ATI Launches Radeon X1950 Pro

ATI brings enthusiast-class features and performance to the mid-range with the new Radeon(R) X1950 PRO MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Oct 17, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that it is introducing new levels of performance at a mid-range price point with the new Radeon(R) X1950...

Microsoft Wants To Turn You Into Raymond Babbitt

What if you could recall everything you'd ever said, or had been said to you, or search through a database of every life event, no matter how mundane? Researchers for Microsoft think computers could act as a sort of back-up for your brain: There are two parts to the project. The first...

Navicore Brings GPS Navigation to Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

With the growing support of geo-tagging, I can see many uses for this type of device. A friend of mine is a service technician for a communication company. He is routinely called out on "locates", which means he must drive to a site and mark the locations of buried cable. Imagine, if you would, being able to geo-tag these locations, such that...

NEC Sends Packard Bell Packing, Sells Division to eMachines Co-Founder

With such a small market share (2.8%), I'm suprised the Packard Bell Division is still around. Since Lap Shun Hui sold eMachines, I can not imagine his motovation for this purchase. NEC, Japan's third-largest electronics conglomerate, said it sold its holdings in Packard Bell BV to Lap Shun...

Cooler Master Annual Case Modding Contest is now extended for two weeks!

Cooler Master Annual Case Modding Contest is now extended for two weeks!

Cooler Master Annual Case Modding Contest is now extended for two weeks! Don't forget to submit your Mods to enter in Coolermaster Annual Case Modding contest. This year they have an awesome list of prizes to give out. Retail value is worth over $3000 USD. So hurry and enter your Mod's today! You never know, Christmas can come a bit...

Still Waiting For My iPod For Books; Flying Car

Is Sony's portable text display gadget called the "Reader" poised to become the iPod for books? Sooner or later, text displayed on some sort of handy portable screen is bound to make ink-on-paper books obsolete. The question always is, just like a long car ride: "Are we there yet?" Blake Wilson at Slate.com doesn't...

Your Hot Hardware Is Making Post Office Hardware Obsolete

Not everything in your e-mail inbox is a winning lottery notification from a deposed Nigerian dictator selling Cialis. You're getting a lot of messages that the US Postal Service used to deliver. And the USPS is waking up to reality, and removing tens of thousands of those ubiquitous blue drop-off boxes from city streets because they're...

Multiple AGEIA PhysX Cards?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AGEIA's latest drivers have been found to reference system configurations which utilize multiple PhysX discrete physics cards. A key aspect of the driver called the Hardware Scene Manager (HSM) now uses compartments allowing for the presence of multiple PhysX cards. On the surface, it sounds...

Asustek Forms Partnership with C-Media

DigiTimes reports that Asustek and C-Media have formed a strategic partnership which will have the motherboard vendor using C-Media's audio IC chipsets from 2007. C-Media's Dolby/Digital Theater System (DTS) audio IC solutions will be used on motherboards with some variants being solely available to Asustek....

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Sneek Peek

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Sneek Peek

We got an interesting e-mail from an NVIDIA representative earlier, that we thought you'd all be interested in.  Here's what it had to day: "We thought you might appreciate a sneak peek of our next generation NVIDIA nForce platform for current and upcoming Intel processors - the nForce 680i SLI - that will be the foundation...

AMD-ATI to Cut 2,000 Jobs

With all the positive talk of the AMD acquisition of ATI, there has to be a downfall.  The Inquirer is reporting that about 1200 jobs will be cut from ATI and approximately 800 from AMD.  The report states that the majority of the ATI cuts will be coming from the now defunct All In Wonder division. The numbers we hear back up the...

Kitty Litter and Computers

Do you own a cat/s and have computers?  If you do, then you may want to take a look at this interesting article which talks about the dangers of litter dust near computers. Dust, especially clay dust, is a very real threat to electronics. Clay is naturally capacitive and conductive. In addition to its ability to short or damage electronics,...

Sharp Recalls Sony Batteries, Fujitsu Expands theirs

Sharp has announced that it is recalling 28,000 Sony Lithium-Ion laptop batteries that could be prone to overheating and subsequent fire.  Sharp has stated that the affected batteries are from 7 different models.  Fujitsu has also expanded their recall to include 51,000 more batteries on top of the already 287,0000 they recalled...

Ask A Ninja, Thr33 - The Original L33t

Three little letters separate "bye" and "die".  Happy Saturday night folks.  We thought we would share with you one of our personal favorite episodes of "Ask A Ninja".  Here we get a good ol' fashion history lesson on the number "3".  Why is it the magic number anyway?...

Fujitsu to introduce flash-drive laptops

I have been expecting a slow switch to solid-state storage for a while now. NAND flash is lighter and requires less power that conventional hard drive storage. Its one draw back is price, however, NAND prices have been dropping over the past year due to higher yields and better processing techniques as evidenced from ever dropping thumb-drive...

Dell And Nvidia Move Faster Than A Hell Knight

If you're not wasting all your time playing Doom3 on your desktop now, Nvidia announced Thursdaythey're teaming up with Dell to put their GeForce Go 7950 GTX in Dell's laptops, allowing you to waste all your spare time looking for ammo while away from your desk, too: Nvidia's...

Arrrrr...Ayyye...Avast! Google Is Expelling Pirates From YouTube

YouTube has been a marvelous success. That's why Google paid 1.65 billion dollars to get their hands on it. Well, Google has decided to try to identify copyrighted material on their shiny new toy, and in a very serious way: A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm...

AMD's Proposed Aquisition of ATI Receives Approval

AMD'S Proposed Acquisition of ATI Receives Approval Under Investment Canada Act SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has been approved by the Minister of Industry under...

ATI R600 To have External 512-bit Bus?

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's next-generation R600 GPU is rumored to have an external 512-bit bus. Should the rumor prove true it might go a long way in explaining why the industry won't see ATI's flagship DX10 GPU until Q1 2007. Here, the use of an external 512-bit memory bus requires a significantly more...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC @ [H]Enthusiast Voodoo Hexx @ [H]Consumer Motherboards: Abit AB9 Pro @ NeoSeeker ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X @ Motherboards.org ECS KA3MVP Extreme @ LegitReviews Graphics: ATI's Radeon X1950 XTX Crossfire Edition @ GamePC MSI Geforce NX7900GT-VT2D256EHD @ ViperLair EVGA e-Geforce 7900GS KO Edition @ Gamepyre ATI...

Microsoft and Intel Get Ready For Windows Vista and Office 2007

Microsoft and Intel help System Builders get ready for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Intel Core 2 Duo processors REDMOND, Wash. - October 12, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced the Ready 2 Rock Road Show, a series of day-long, hands-on events designed to help system builders make the most of myriad business...

XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook with XPS LightFX

It looks like Dell is announcing new updates to the XPS M1710 gaming notebook at Digital Life in NYC. The new XPS M1710 will feature the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics card, Intel's Core 2 Duo T7600G which gives customers the option of overclocking, Media Direct 3.0, LightFX technology, and a new silver keyboard with red backlights....

AGEIA Shows Off Exclusive Pre-Release PhysX Titles

AGEIA Shows Off Exclusive Pre-Release PhysX Titles And New Hardware at Digital Life Physics leader ups the ante on realism in games; offers a show special on PhysX boards and PhysX powered Dell gaming PCs MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 12, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC, today announced...

Transmeta sues Intel claiming power patent breach

I am very interested in power principles with respect to the semiconductor industry, so imagine my surprise when the following popped up on my desk this morning. Transmeta Corp. on Wednesday said it sued Intel Corp., claiming that the world's biggest semiconductor manufacturer infringed patents covering computer architecture and power efficiency...

30 Inch Monitor Please, Boss; I'll Go Faster

Hot Hardware brought this idea to your attention in September, but now Apple has sponsored a study that comes to the same conclusion: A big monitor will increase your productivity. Providing employees with 30-in. computer monitors can boost worker productivity at companies where 17-in. or 19-in. monitors are typically used, according to a...

NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX

NVIDIA has officially announced their latest high-end killer mobile GPU, branded the GeForce Go 7950 GTX. With 24 pixel shader engines, a core speed of 575MHz, and memory speeds of up to 1.4GHz with 512MB on board, this new MXM form-factor card offers a ton of Graphics horsepower for the DTR Notebook crowd. This preview of the technology goes...

The Drive-In Movie Theater In Your Basement

When you think of "discovery," you think of new inventions. But there's another kind; people using existing technology and hardware in new and interesting ways. HotHardware readers are constantly innovating with existing hardware -- you magnificent overclocking techies you. What could you accomplish with about $100,000 and a...

Santa Rosa Chipsets On-Track

DigiTimes reports that Intel's PM96 and GM965 chipsets for the upcoming Santa Rosa platform are on track and aligned with the scheduled March 2007 debut. As Intel's fourth-generation of the wildly popular Centrino platform, "Santa Rosa" brings a host of new performance features such as an 800MHz FSB as well as DX10-caliber...

AMD Describes Quad-Core Design

K8L, as it's called, is AMD's quad-core baby. Ars Technica has the lowdown on some of the features the chip will contain, including 128-bit floating-point and SSE units, improved branch prediction, dedicated stack engine, and memory disambiguation. The four cores will share 2MB of L3 cache, and each core had a dedicated 512KB L2 and...

Valve Released Update for CS:S Money System

Dubbed "Dynamic Weapon System" by Valve, Counter-Strike: Source's economy has been changed. For better or worse, the new system changes the prices of weapons based on their popularity. Think you'll still be getting that DEagle during pistol round? Think again....

DirectX 10 Interview with Microsoft

There is an interesting interview posted at BootDaily (formerly GDHardware) in regard to DirectX 10 and what it means to the future of gaming on the PC. Lots of good information and insight into what's in store for us all once Windows Vista ships. "We recently had the chance to sit down...

AMD Introduces More LIVE! PC Digital Media Solutions

AMD INTRODUCES MORE CHOICE TO THE AMD LIVE! PC DIGITAL MEDIA SOLUTION - AMD LIVE! PCs from Dell, Alienware Now Available; New Applications, Enhancements for AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - October 11, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE! PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection...

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks -- Tailored for the NVIDIA GeForce 7800, 7900 GT/GTX, and 7950GT Video Cards, the new Nautilus GPU blocks provide extreme cooling performance -- Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) - Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water...

Cute Korean Girls Get All The Cool Gear

Cute Korean Girls Get All The Cool Gear

There have always been benchmarks you watch to gauge the march of technology --Processor speed, number of channels available on cable, maximum screen size, etc. I must have fallen asleep for ten minutes, because they're putting 10 megapixel cameras into phones now. Camera Phone Plaza has pictures of the little wonders: "Samsung made a...

Got Patches?

It's autumn, and that means that it's time for Microsoft security flaws to turn red and fall from your computer. Phishers and scammers and hackers are worried that you'll become bored with assaults on Microsoft Internet Explorer and phony Paypal notifications, so they're attacking Microsoft Word and Powerpoint programs, among...

Forthcoming IBM Power6 chip cranks up speed to 5.0GHz

5GHz is screaming fast as it is, many will say clock cycles do not really matter. However, the fact-of-the-matter is that they do within a particular architecture. And we already know the Power architecture is very efficient. What the Power6 brings to the board is a top end 2x plus frequency boost over the popular Power5 series. This...

AMD Opteron Price Cuts

Thinking of a new Opteron to beef up your slugish desktop? Might want to wait a few weeks. AMD will be announcing 17-47% price cuts across the board. The price drops affect AMD's server and workstation Opteron products for Socket 940, 939, AM2 and 1207 platforms. AMD Opteron 800 series models 870, 875, 880 and 885 receive hefty 20-30% price...

Wanna Talk To Some Aliens? Yahoo Can Help

If you believe the notion that we're not alone in the universe and are feeling the need to chat to some Aliens, Yahoo may be able to help. On October 25, they'll be beaming some info into space via laser from atop an ancient pyramid.  Sounds spooky.  "Mexico's Teotihuacan,...

Abit P965 abd 975 Mobos Reviewed

Our friends at the Tech Report have a review on-line today detailing Abit's P965-based AB9 Pro and their 975X Express-based AW9D-MAX Core 2 compatible motherboards. As usual, the crew at TR does a bang-up job covering all of the finer points of each product. "Abit has beenon the comeback...

AMD To Launch 65u "Tyler" in Q2 2007

Digitimes reports that AMD will be launching the 65u "Tyler" mobile CPU in the second quarter of 2007 with the single core "Sherman" CPU arriving in Q3 2007. As the latest revision to the mobile Turion 64 X2 and mobile Sempron CPU's, these latest cores offer some significant improvements. Here,...

If You're Renting To A Blockbuster Video, Sell The Building Now

Sonic Solutions (duplicating software) and Macrovision (encryption) announced Monday their partnership to offer retailers and movie studios the technology to download films and sell DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. The software could also be beneficial to movie studios....

Ageia Releases RealityMark Benchmark

The folks over at Ageia have informed us that they have just released their new RealityMark physics benchmark utility. Based on the highly popular CellFactor technology demo we utilized in our initial review of the Ageia PhysX card, the benchmark runs through a timedemo of sorts which is run both with and without the discrete PPU enabled....

Unified Shaders Not Required For DX10 Support

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that Microsoft will not be making Unified Shaders a strict requirement in order to have complete DirectX10 support. With NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU rumored to have its Vertex, Pixel, and Geometry Shaders still somewhat segmented into different parts this is certainly a sigh of relief for the gang in Santa...

Microsoft Makes A Video Move

Google sure got a lot of publicity by buying YouTube. And YouTube sure is a lot of fun. Well as usual, the big software company in Redmond Washington isn't sitting on its hands, and has made its own video search engine agreement. Microsoft has inked a deal with Blinkx to drive traffic from its MSN and Live customers to Blinkx. And...

Sony to Ship First 50GB Blu-ray Movies This Week

With HD DVD and Blu-ray fighting much like VHS and Betamax in the 1980's, Sony is trying to win a previously lost war by releasing Blu-ray titles starting today with the release of Click, the highly popular Adam Sandler movie in released theaters earlier this year. "Sony has announced that Click, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,...

The Emptiness of Internet Communication

CNN news has a good write-up of just how empty internet communication can be. While the internet is a great way to keep in contact with distant friends or relatives, and even have a quick chat with people close to you, there is still the lack of depth that face to face interaction presents. Those of you with a fading interest in MySpace...

Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC

Hello Everyone. We've just posted a review of Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC here at HotHardware.com. We explore framerate performance and ping times and discuss the underlying hardware and technology employed on the Killer. Here's a snip from the piece: "By now, we're all familiar...

Microsoft To End Support For Windows SP1 Tuesday

With Windows XP Service Pack 2 having been out for some time now, and Windows Vista on the horizon, Microsoft is announcing their end of support for the old Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and most problems have been ironed out of it, so Microsoft sees no reason to continue support for SP1 which was released back in 2002....

OCZ Technology Launches the EvoStream Power Supply Series

OCZ Technology Launches the EvoStream Power Supply Series Sunnyvale, CA - October 9, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a...

Free Admission to DigitalLife

If any of you are going to be in the New York City area this week and would like to attend this year's DigitalLife event at the Jacob Javits Center going on from October 12 - 15, organizers are giving away free tickets if you register using the code "INSIDER".  Here's what event organizers had to say to us via e-mail......

Google Purchase of YouTube Official

Hot off the presses from both MSNBC and Fox News, it appears that the acquisition of YouTube by Google is official.  Google, in its largest purchase in its 8 year history, agreed to buy YouTube for an estimated $1.65 billion dollars.  YouTube has yet to turn a profit, but no doubt they did today.  Under the agreement, YouTube...

IBM Cutting 400+ Developers and Engineers

VarBusiness is reporting that IBM is "quietly" laying off approximately 400 engineers from their Bladecenter development group.  The move comes as IBM is trying to restructure and cut cost due to a lower than expected 2nd quarter earnings in the Systems and Technology Group.  The job cuts are expected to affect engineers...

YouTube Strikes 3 Content Deals

In a surprise move, internet video sensation, Youtube, has struck content deals with 3 additional record labels to stream video/music content.  Universal Music, Sony BMG, and CBS join Time Warner (who signed a deal back in September) in this venture.  This news comes as a kind of shock considering it was just recently...

Intel Unlikely Suitor For Nvidia, Analysts Say

Though speculation of an nVidia acquisition by Intel has been circulating since the AMD ATI merger, such a deal may not provide sufficient financial incentive. No matter how beneficial technically, financial analyst are questioning the rumors from a business sense, and it may be that nVidia will be acquired by other interested parties....

Shoulder Surfers Put On Notice

As far as your Cash Machine is concerned, we'd all be better off if we were blind. "Shoulder Surfers," i.e. people that watch over your shoulder to capture your pin numbers,are a fact of life. Well, they won't like researchers at Queen's University Belfast's new tactile security system:...

Comcast Wants To Send You Movies

Comcast knows you hardly every leave the house. They're already selling 23 million customers like you cable television and broadband internet and VoIp phone. They've decided to take up the remaining few minutes of your waking life by selling on-demand movie downloads right over the wire they already have running into your house....

ATI RV570 Preview

DailyTech has managed to get their hands on a preliminary sample of ATI's upcoming mainstream RV570 GPU and has posted some early performance results for your viewing pleasure. Based on a 80u process, this new GPU features 36 Pixel Shaders and 12 pipelines and is said to run with a core frequency of 580MHz and memory running at 700MHz....

HIS launches the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition 512MB Card

HIS launches the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition 512MB card Hong Kong, Monday, Oct 9, 2006 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition 512MB card, pairing with any Radeon X1950XTX to form the ultimate gaming platform! With the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition, your graphics performance will never be compromised....

Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals

Saitek has been been a solid player in online flight sim gaming peripherals since 1997 with the intoduction of the X36F HOTAS system.  This system consisted of a programmable stick with separate throttle/rudder combo which gave over 250 different programmable options.  I bought this setup in 1998 and have stayed with Saitek...

Micron Sampling New 1/5-inch, 1.3-Megapixel Image Sensor

With shrinking feature sizes, smaller and smaller form factor devices are coming to market. Imagine this little image processor coupled with bluetooth embedded in such devices as key chains, pens and other small form factor devices. James Bond would have a ball with this type of technology. I wonder what the power requirements will be? The...

Interview with Amiga CEO, Bill McEwen

Here's one for the "Blast from the past" department.  Well, at least the name of the company is a blast from the past.  Current CEO of Amiga Inc., Bill McEwen, has been interviewed by the folks at the TempleOfTech.  He answered questions about the state of the next AmigaOS and even talks about running it on the...

VCs Want To Give You Money

If you're reading HH, you're obviously part of group of some the smartest people on-line, so why not take those collective smarts and snag some big VC money for your next business venture? Just check out this article on CNN Money and you'll know just what some of the richest folks in the world want to throw their money at... "Asking...

Google slated to buy YouTube

CNN Money is reporting that Google has entered talks with Youtube about a potential purchase agreement.  Youtube has become an internet sensation over the past year with users from around the world posting random videos for viewing.  With viewership ranging in the hundreds of millions, Youtube is not without its own controversy....

Windows XP SP1 Support Ends in 4 Days

This is a friendly reminder to those of you who still haven't upgraded to Windows XP SP2 that Microsoft will end support for SP1 on Tuesday. This means that after Tuesday, users running SP1 will no longer be able to receive security updates unless they upgrade to SP2. I know many of you have stayed away from SP2 because some of the new...

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards Announced

Popular Mechanics is out with their "Breakthrough Awards," and it's an interesting bunch of people and things ranging from cheap space travel to learning to ride a bike. To beat out the hundreds of candidates we find each year and win a Breakthrough Award, an advance has to...

Hitachi to recall 16,000 Sony-made batteries

And the hits just keep on coming for Sony.  Hitachi has announced that they will be recalling 16,000 Sony made lithium-ion batteries.  Hitachi has joined an increasing list of computer manufactures over the past two months who have recalled batteries.  Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo have all participated in recalls...

Hot Hardware News Spooks Market; Large Screen Prices Plunge

Earlier this week, Hot Hardware mentioned that Canon and Toshiba had announced their deal to build a factory in Japan to build great big SED widescreens, and predicted it would put pressure on other screen prices. Now the latest  Business Week outlines the coming race to the bottom for prices on LCD and Plasma screens, just in time for...

Nvidia's G80 Requires 450W+

You need to give power to get power, as DailyTech has learned about Nvidia's G80 GPU. While most expected some hefty power requirements for Nvidia's next high-end cards, the actual requirements weren't exactly clear. DailyTech is reporting that a single GeForce 8800GTX will need a hefty 450W PSU, while the GeForce 8800GT will...

Analyst: Vista will Ship on Time

After months of delays, analysts are now stating that Microsoft will ship Windows Vista on time. ETA for RTM (release to manufacturing) will be sometime on November with retail release some time in January.  Head on over to Reuters for the details. Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund...

Ultra's Power Protection Units with AVR

Hello Everyone. We're popping in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article detailing the features and performance of Ultra's new Power Protection Units with Automatic Voltage Regulation. Here's a snip from the piece... "A few members of the crew here at HotHardware...

Vista View introduces the Saber 2020 dual analog PCIe tuner

Vista View introduces the Saber 2020 dual analog PCIe tuner

Vista ViewTM LLC introduces the Saber 2020tm dual analog PCIe tuner card (PRWEB) October 3, 2006 -- Vista ViewTM introduces the Saber 2020 TM TV Tuner card. This card fills the need for a high quality dual analog PCIe TV tuner that Media Center enthusiasts have been waiting for. The Saber 2020TM is a multi-system analog card able to tune NTSC/PAL/SECAM...

Google Launches Search Engine For Computer Code

Well, the life of the pocket protected just got a little easier. Google has gone live with a search engine for computer code. Google is applying the same machine-driven techniques it uses to help consumers search the Web for text, images, video and books to help professional programmers as well as computer enthusiasts overcome stumbling blocks...

NVIDIA Quantum Physics?

DailyTech also has managed to uncover news regarding NVIDIA's upcoming Quantum Physics Engine. Slated to be released alongside the G80 GPU, NVIDIA will be announcing a new dedicated layer on the GPU which will be reserved for physics processing and be referenced as the "Quantum Physics Engine". Essentially, this new engine will...

Set Your Financial Information On Stun

The most mundane store has doors that open when you approach. We all have personal communicators now, but ours take pictures, play music, and have GPS. My PDA puts a tricorder to shame. Full body non-invasive scans? Check. All that was left really, from Star Trek's original kit of technology was teleportation. Well, the scientists...

"Solid" NVIDIA G80 Details?

DailyTech has once again navigated around NDA's to bring word that they have managed to get their hands on NVIDIA"s upcoming G80 GPU and are sharing some details. Dubbed the Geforce 8800 series, the first two initial flavors will be a GTS and flagship GTX version. Supposedly, these two cards will each have 768MB of...

Power consumption and Vista's Aero Interface

Our friends at the Tech Report have an interesting article on-line tonight (or this morning depending on where you're from!) investigating the effect Windows Vista's Aero interface has on power consumption.  As most of you probably know by now, Aero required a DX9 class video card to render properly, so even while sitting...

Will Online Gaming Ban Fuel Crime?

No, not those kind of games, we're talking about online gambling here. A recent bill that aims to ban online gambling may sound like a good idea to some, but John J. Farmer, New Jersey's attorney general, says the ban has the potential to drive folks to unregulated web sites for their gambling needs. Farmer not only feels that the...

Intel Planning To Buy NVIDIA?

Speculation that Intel is planning to make a bid for NVIDIA caused NVIDIA shares to surge by over 8% today. AMD's planned purchase of ATI was the catalyst for the renewed speculation, but there's been no official announcement yet, even though an analyst quoted by Reuters was under the impression something would be said tonight... "Investors...

Vista to take hard stand against piracy

Yahoo News is reporting that Microsoft will get even more aggressive in their efforts to curtail piracy with Vista. As if product activation and the WGA program weren't bad enough, MS now plans to restrict access to a system if the company "believes" it's running a pirated version of Vista... "The world's largest software...

Blog and Get Sued

If you are a fan of blogging, then it is recommended that you do so with caution.  Several prominent lawsuits are making their way through the US court system ranging from claims of defamation of character to gross negligence due to blog postings.  Yahoo has a rather interesting and in depth look at the very thin line of blogging...

More Sony Battery Recalls

Another day another Sony battery recall, this time by Fujitsu in the amount of 280,000 batteries. Fujitsu joins the ranks of other manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing massive battery recalls and replacements. Surprisingly enough Sony has yet to recall these batteries from their own laptops, however a report...

The Greatest Invention Since The Fur Sink

Well, Christmas is coming, and you need to find that gift for that avid DVD watcher. Here's the perfect item: A DVD rewinder: Too many DVDs, and CDs and not enough time to rewind? Are your DVDs running a bit too slow? The DVD rewinder is the perfect solution! This novelty rewinder comes with the exclusive Centriptal Velocity Spindle...

Canon Trains Big Guns On Cheap Flatscreens

Canon and Toshiba found two old men to shake hands like they hate each other in front of a big old newfangled SED flatscreen TV, and everybody took their picture. They also found $1.7 billion dollars in one of their desk drawers and decided to build a great big factory in Japan and crank out enormous cheap flatscreens by 2008....

nForce 6-Series for Intel Platform

DailyTech reports that NVIDIA is preparing to phase out the current nForce 5 series of chipsets to make way for the "new" nForce 6 products. Despite the new name, this new series of chipsets is supposedly a more refined version of the nForce 5 series it replaces. Dubbed the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 680i SLI, the chipsets will...

Google Providing "Gadgets" To The Masses

Once just a search engine, Google has become so much more over the years. From providing video services, to e-books, to even an e-mail service, Google has become a part of our everyday lives. Google's latest web contribution to the internet is in the form of "gadgets", pieces of HTML and Java code that can be inserted into web...

Far Cry 1.4 Patch Released

The highly popular jungle shooter, Crytek's Far Cry, has a had a new patch released for it. The latest patch brings the game to version 1.4, and adds Joystick support, as well as a few changes to some assault maps. This patch is mostly a patch for the multiplayer portion of the game, no singleplayer changes have been made....

Windows Vista RC2 Friday?

WindowsITPro is reporting that Microsoft is planning on releasing Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2) on Friday!  This release should be the last version before RTM (Release to Manufacturing) which is slated for late October or early November.   Microsoft will ship the final prerelease...

OCZ Technology Announces PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules

OCZ Technology Announces PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Modules Sunnyvale, CA-October 3, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the next addition to OCZ's line of NVIDIAR certified Platinum DDR2 memory modules. The new PC2-8500 series is SLIT certified...

Electronic Arts Buys Digital Illusions

TechWeb is reporting that software publisher Electronics Arts has purchased Digital Illusions CE (DICE). DICE is well known for their role in the development of the widely popular Battlefield series of games.  This was a strictly cash offer by EA with the acquisition taking place immediately. Shareholders will be paid a cash value...

AMD Validated Solutions Program Empowers Channel...

AMD Validated Solutions Program Empowers Channel To Deliver Best-Of-Breed Commercial Platforms SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- October 2, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled AMD Validated Solutions (AVS), a new initiative that represents a significant evolution of the company's channel offerings. Designed to help solution providers deliver competitive,...

What Do Women Want?

I don't know, either. But popgadget -personal tech for women -usually clues me in. And color coded caller ID seems cool, whether you prefer the toilet seat up or down: I don't know why I still fly across the room -- endangering life, limb and dog -- when the phone rings, even though 95% of the time I end up not picking it up because the...

Integration Of CPU/GPU On The Horizon?

Hello everyone. We've just posted an article that deals with Intel's recent investments in Imagination Technologies, and what it could mean for the future of CPU/GPU integration. Here's a snip from the article... "Intel moved in on a quiet little investment of a UK-based company against the backdrop of IDF the other day. And if...

Teens Hate e-mail

Well, the future is always now. Remember that guy at the office that asked you to explain e-mail to him last week? The guy in the Member's Only jacket? Well, tell him to skip e-mail and go right to social networking sites, Instant Messaging and chatting on his cell phone. Because that's the way of he future, it appears....

Socket AM3 Delayed Until 2008

Industry sources have informed DigiTimes that AMD will be delaying the launch of the company's AM3 processors until mid 2008. With the first quad-core K8L processors slated to launch in the third quarter of 2007, the change to mid 2008 is a rather significant delay. To avoid the situation where Intel is the only quad-core processor...

SATA Optical Drives Coming in Force

DigiTimes reports that industry sources are expecting SATA to replace standard IDE as the format for optical disk drives in 2007. SATA has been extremely popular the last few years as the connection of choice for the vast majority of consumer hard drives. However, cases which were cleaned up through the use of the smaller cable were...

Microsoft Attempting to Hamstring Security Software Companies?

Though Microsoft is touting their new operating system, Windows Vista, as the most secure incarnation of Windows yet, some major players in the security industry see otherwise. The folks at Symantec, McAFee, and other security companies are claiming that Microsoft is hampering their efforts by denying them access to the core of Windows...

Imagination Technologies Announces Collaboration with Intel

Imagination Technologies Announces Expanded Multimedia Collaboration with Intel and Investment from Intel Capital 2 October 2006 - Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG; "Imagination") - a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property ("SoC IP") - today announces that it has reached a new major collaboration agreement...

DFI LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR Motherboard

Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article at HotHardware.com where we evaluate the features and performance of DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR motherboard. Here's a snip from the piece... "DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple...

Brussels Sprouts Disagreement About Vista Security

Microsoft's Vista OS is going to almost instantly transform the market for all things OS, if the market share of all the other Windows operating systems is anything to go by. Businesses like Symantec and McAfee have made tidy little businesses out of protecting people from holes in Windows security. Well, they think they've been frozen...

AMD'S Proposed Acquisition of ATI Receives Merger Control Clearance in Taiwan

AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES MERGER CONTROL CLEARANCE IN TAIWAN SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 2, 2006 -Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the Fair Trade Commission of Taiwan has cleared the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD. The...

A Billion Here, A Billion There, Soon It Adds Up To Real Money

Daniel Gross at Slate.com has an interesting look at the rush by big, established internet companies and others to buy social networking sites - for big money.  Me, I still can't get used to typing the words "Big, established internet companies" without thinking of Pets.com or Duke Nukem vaporware:...

NVIDIA G80 To Launch in November

DigiTimes reports that graphics card vendors have informed them that NVIDIA will be launching the industry's first DX10 compliant GPU in mid-November. Codenamed G80, this new GPU will have complete support for Shader Model 4.0 as well as for Microsoft's new Vista Operating System. Given the fact that DX10 will be available only...