News Archive

All News for December 2010

Toshiba's Portégé R705 13.3" Notebook, Reviewed

Toshiba's Portégé R705 13.3" Notebook, Reviewed

The ultraportable notebook marketplace is hotter than ever before. In years past, buying a sub-14" machine generally meant a couple of things: low power and higher relative price. Today, it's still fair to say that ultraportables are generally less powerful and more expensive than the standard-sized 15" machines that sit above them, but the...

Verizon Makes Connected Home A Reality

Verizon Makes Connected Home A Reality

Verizon is about to test a smart-home automation system that uses its FiOS network in some New Jersey homes. The management system is simply known as Home Monitoring and Control. As you might expect, the system provides real-time access to home controls such as lighting, security cameras, locks, and thermostats. Using the system, you can also...

Skype Outage: Blame It on Users Failing to Upgrade Software

Skype Outage: Blame It on Users Failing to Upgrade Software

Blame it on older Windows clients. That's the verdict, forensically, from Skype's investigation into what caused the recent massive Skype outage. Skype is a P2P service, and relies on supernodes, which exist outside firewalls, for its directory service. The current Windows version of Skype is 5.0.0.156. However, a bug in 5.0.0.152 caused those...

Archos Ships '70' Internet Tablet And '32 / '28' Media Players

Archos Ships '70' Internet Tablet And '32 / '28' Media Players

Why wait for CES? That's exactly what Archos is thinking. The company has just revealed that the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, the first Android tablet with a 250GB hard drive, is now on sale and available to purchase in the United States. This is a unique Android tablet, as it focuses first on being a multimedia tablet. There's plenty of storage...

LucidLogix Multi-GPU Tech (Virtu) Comes To Intel Sandy Bridge Platform

LucidLogix Multi-GPU Tech (Virtu) Comes To Intel Sandy Bridge Platform

LucidLogix is ending the year right. The company is best known for its multi-vendor/multi-GPU technology, which allows mixed GPUs from different companies to come together and work hard with one another in order to improve frame rates to the end user. Today, the company revealed that they have announced GPU virtualization software designed...

DivX Support Makes Its Way Onto Denon Players

DivX Support Makes Its Way Onto Denon Players

DivX is a real feel-good story. Years back, we remember having to search high and low for video players that would recognize and work with DivX files. These days, it's a powerful format that has gained the respect of even major market players. Today, even Denon is coming around. The company has just revealed a new partnership with Sonic Solutions...

HP Cuts Envy 13 Gaming Notebook To Just $999

HP Cuts Envy 13 Gaming Notebook To Just $999

Wow. The 13" ultraportable market just might be the new battleground for price. For months on end, the real price war was ongoing in the netbook sector. Companies kept pushing the barrier lower, with a few machines selling for under $200 at times. But now, the 13" market is heating up. Apple's new MacBook Air, Maingear's Clutch 13, and HP's...

Mini-fridge converted into iOS-controlled beer cannon

Mini-fridge converted into iOS-controlled beer cannon

If you have been running out of cool ways to use your iPhone, check in with Ryan to see if he has any ideas for you. Ryan has turned an old mini-fridge from his days at college days into an iPhone-controlled beer-firing cannon. Among the features are that you can select from 4 types of beer, adjust the temperature, aim via the attached webcam....

LG To Reveal Passive 3D LW56500 Television At CES

LG To Reveal Passive 3D LW56500 Television At CES

LG already announced that they would be introducing a massive 72" 3D LCD HDTV at CES 2011, and now they've announced big television number two: the LW6500. This will also support 3D (no surprise there!), and will fall into the Cinema 3D line. We can only assume based on the model name that this set will run 65" diagonally, and LG has revealed...

Kinect Hacked to Control World of Warcraft

Kinect Hacked to Control World of Warcraft

A sweet gaming system might include the ability to immerse yourself in a gaming world and fight, cast spells, whatever, by making the motions that you would need if you were actually part of the game. This Kinect hack doesn't go quite that far, but we can dream, can't we? Built by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, FAAST, or the...

PlayStation Phone Reportedly Shipping in Spring

PlayStation Phone Reportedly Shipping in Spring

May flowers aren't the only thing Spring showers bring, at least not in 2011. If the latest rumors turn out to be true, look for Sony to launch its highly anticipated PlayStation Phone in the springtime, and not in some far off region of the world, either. As the latest chatter goes, Sony will launch the device simultaneously in North America...

Intel Introduces Ultra Small SSD 310 Series

Intel Introduces Ultra Small SSD 310 Series

Intel has a message for all the NAND-based storage gurus: "Honey, I shrunk the X25 solid state drive!" That's essentially the idea behind Intel's new SSD 310 series, an ultra-small drive Intel claims delivers X25-class performance in a form factor that's 1/8th the size. According to Intel, the new 310 SSDs measure a scant 51mm x 30mm and is...

FCC Reveals Dell Looking Glass Tablet

FCC Reveals Dell Looking Glass Tablet

Thanks to documents posted over at the Federal Communications Commission's website, we now have a sneak peek at Dell's upcoming Looking Glass tablet. The documents cover the testing of the tablet to ensure the device complies with various regulations. Although we certainly can't get every detail about the tablet from the documents, they do...

Technology Helps Consumers Lose Weight, Keep Resolutions

Technology Helps Consumers Lose Weight, Keep Resolutions

If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight and get fit, you might want to invest in fitness technology. According to a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association, fitness technologies are a key tool that helps users stay motivated and keep their resolutions to get fit. According to CEA’s research study entitled Getting Fit...

Samsung Intros NX11 Interchangeable Lens Camera With i-Function Lens Support

Samsung Intros NX11 Interchangeable Lens Camera With i-Function Lens Support

Samsung's NX10 isn't an "old" camera yet, but these days, it doesn't take long for a product to be overshadowed by a successor. The pace of technological innovation continues to hasten, and Samsung's NX11 is proof of that. The company is fighting for a stake in the interchangeable lens arena, where some Micro Four Thirds companies like Panasonic...

Man Hates Spam, So He Sues Companies To Stop It

Man Hates Spam, So He Sues Companies To Stop It

Do you hate spam? Yes. So does everyone. So does Daniel Balsam. He hates spam so much that he's doing something about it. In fact, he has made his life one that just fights spam, all day everyday. Daniel was previously in a marketing career, but now he's a lawyer. He dropped his marketing gig and headed to law school, and he has come out of...

VerbalVictor App Helps Child Communicate, Only $10 In App Store

VerbalVictor App Helps Child Communicate, Only $10 In App Store

Far too often these days, we're bombarded with bad news. Delays, price increases, you name it. But every so often, a truly touching story comes along and makes you wonder why you don't hear about even more positive things. With the holiday season upon us, there's no better time to think about family and realize that's truly important, and...

Samsung WB700 Compact Camera Has 24x Zoom, 720p Movie Mode

Samsung WB700 Compact Camera Has 24x Zoom, 720p Movie Mode

While most camera companies will probably hold their camera releases for next week's Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung would rather not wait around. And it's probably a smart move. They're able to gain more exposure during a week between holidays, and if you have a little cash in your pocket from someone special at Christmas, you may already...

Panasonic Ships Pro Level AF100 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Panasonic Ships Pro Level AF100 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

This is a pretty sizable camcorder, but not nearly as large as some of the camcorders from year's past. And considering what kind of technology is within this unit, it's pretty microscopic. Panasonic's AG-AF100 is a Micro Four Thirds video camera. It's one of the few MFT devices that is tailored for video rather than still photography, and...

MSI Hints At Motherboard With Bigfoot Technology NIC Integration

MSI Hints At Motherboard With Bigfoot Technology NIC Integration

Well, this is sneaky. MSI has just revealed that they will be hosting a press event at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and the funny thing is they aren't telling what will be there. But they are telling who will be sharing the stage with them: Bigfoot Networks. That's the company responsible for creating the Killer NIC card, a dedicated...

Microsoft Talking Tablets; UI Issues Remain Unresolved

Microsoft Talking Tablets; UI Issues Remain Unresolved

Tablets and mobile devices are central to Microsoft's plans for CES 2011. In addition to its demo of an early Windows 8 build running on ARM CPUs, the software giant will be demonstrating a number of tablets running Windows 7. If this sounds familiar it's because Microsoft did much the same thing last year—but very little came of the...

Amazon Helps You Avoid Undesirable Gifts

Amazon Helps You Avoid Undesirable Gifts

If you find yourself frequently disappointed by gifts from Aunt Mildred or Uncle Fred, Amazon may have a solution in store for you. Amazon was recently awarded a patent for a solution that will enable gift recipients to automatically exchange an item before they ever receive it. With Amazon's system, you'll get the chance to choose something...

Sears And Kmart Launch Alphaline Entertainment Movie Download Service

Sears And Kmart Launch Alphaline Entertainment Movie Download Service

RoxioNow really is everywhere these days. As the year draws to a close, Sonic Solutions has announced that their RoxioNow platform licensee Sears and Kmart have started their own online movie download service by the name of Alphaline Entertainment. The world probably doesn't need another movie download service at the moment, but with the winners...

Intel Outlines Tech Predictions for 2011

Intel Outlines Tech Predictions for 2011

No rest for the weary, right? You can apply that saying to Intel, the world's largest chip maker, who upon closing out 2010 is eager to ring in the new year. And who can blame them? With Sandy Bridge just around the corner, 2011 could shape up to be Intel's busiest year yet. Intel spent much of 2010 milking its Atom processor line, and you...

Frankenstein-Sized Nexus S Scaring Villagers at Best Buy

Frankenstein-Sized Nexus S Scaring Villagers at Best Buy

It's unclear if the Samsung Nexus S will be a huge seller, but this particular version of it is definitely a huge device. It's a 42-inch version of the stock Android-powered "Google phone," with a multitouch screen, no less. The device passes all the processing to a real Samsung Nexus S. The giant Nexus S, in a San Carlos, CA Best Buy, has...

AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Hot Zones In New York City, Coming To SF Soon

AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Hot Zones In New York City, Coming To SF Soon

We definitely wish this municipal Wi-Fi initiatives from years past would've stuck, but at least AT&T is now figuring out that installing loads of routers is more effective (and probably cheaper) than installing more cellular towers. As the demand for mobile data catches up with the demand for mobile voice, there has been a shift to get...

Sprint Launches 4G In San Francisco Bay Area

Sprint Launches 4G In San Francisco Bay Area

Is a taste of 4G just what San Francisco needed to ease its reliance on 3G? The City by the Bay is one of the nation's most notorious for having lackluster 3G; usually, there are simply so many people on the networks, that getting anything through seems like a challenge. Many AT&T users in the area, in particular, have complained about...

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review

Western Digital's WD TV Live Hub, which is what we're looking at today, is the company's fourth generation media streamer, and it's the most fully functional to date. Unlike the previous generation WD TV Live Plus, as well those that came out before it, this latest iteration adds several welcome additions, including a built-in 1TB hard drive,...

Asus To Introduce 12" EP121 Windows 7 Tablet At CES

Asus To Introduce 12" EP121 Windows 7 Tablet At CES

The 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show is coming soon, and starting next week, a whole bunch of new gear will be introduced to the world. Some of it will make you upset about your holiday purchases, most likely, but some will get you very excited for what's to come. Asus is definitely going to be on-hand at the event, and as they...

Amazon's Third-Gen Kindle Outsells Harry Potter's Latest, More Holiday Fun Facts

Amazon's Third-Gen Kindle Outsells Harry Potter's Latest, More Holiday Fun Facts

It seems like Christmas must be a great time to be an Amazon shareholder. Last December, the company broke all kinds of sales records at this point in the year. And this year, they're celebrating again. The newest Kindle, which is in its third iteration, has just replaced "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" as the best-selling product in...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 Super Over Clock @ Benchmark Reviews AMD Radeon HD 6950 Review @ Techspot Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ OCIA.net ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AMD 880G mATX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org Memory and Storage: OCZ Technology Vertex 2 3.5-inch 120GB Solid State Drive...

AMD Wants To Party With You AT CES 2011

AMD Wants To Party With You AT CES 2011

AMD is headed to CES 2011 to celebrate the launch of the Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and are inviting 20 Hot Hardware readers that will be in Las Vegas on the evening of Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 to join them! The party will include comic actor Joel McHale, known for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community...

Windows 7 Family Pack Vanishing After Dec. 31st?

Windows 7 Family Pack Vanishing After Dec. 31st?

Is it really coming to an end this time? Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack has been a rather hot seller, if not a very popular talking topic, ever since it was introduced. $150 nabs three licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium, and considering that many homes now have numerous PCs laying around, the value proposition is quite high. But Microsoft...

LG Announces 72" LZ9700 LED-Backlit 3D Television

LG Announces 72" LZ9700 LED-Backlit 3D Television

The Consumer Electronics Show, held annually at the start of each new year in Las Vegas, usually draws the world's biggest and best companies to unveil all sorts of new gear. The list is nearly endless, and a few "world's best" tend to show up year in and year out. This year, LG is going to be one of those companies responsible for a big,...

Jays Releases Stylish a-JAYS FOUR Earbuds

Jays Releases Stylish a-JAYS FOUR Earbuds

Jays is a small headphone company compared to Sony and Shure, but they definitely have a thing for great design. The company has just revealed their latest earbuds, and they definitely look nothing like the pairs that are already out there. They're called the a-JAYS FOUR, and they're black in color. They seem rather simple at a glance, but...

Sony Invests Major Bucks In Camera Sensor Production

Sony Invests Major Bucks In Camera Sensor Production

Tablets and 3D HDTVs have definitely hogged most of the spotlight in the gadget world throughout 2010. But a few other sectors have managed to do very well under dimmer limelight. E-readers and cameras have both had a big year, and with new classes of digital cameras hitting the market, Sony realizes that there's a giant opportunity to take...

Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P Review

Asus EeeBox PC EB1501P Review

Asus is out to prove that big things really do come in small packages with its EeeBox PC EB1501P. This nettop offers an array of I/O ports as well as a slot-load optical disc drive and the ability to play content from your own media library in Full HD. Thanks to USB 3.0, the EeeBox PC EB1501P also supports fast transfers of high definition...

Europe Launches Broadband Satellite

Europe Launches Broadband Satellite

Thousands of homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean will soon have access to satellite-based broadband thanks to the successful launch of Eutelsat's Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Yahoo News reports. This is the third broadband satellite launched in six weeks and is based on the same technology used in...

D-Link Delivers Boxee Box to the Middle East

D-Link Delivers Boxee Box to the Middle East

We're still waiting on peace in the Middle East, but in the meantime, D-Link is coming through with perhaps the next best thing -- the awesome Boxee Box. Starting in January, the Boxee Box will expand its reach into both the Middle East and Africa, letting parts of the rest world know what all the fuss is about. The funky looking Boxee Box...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Diamond Radeon HD 6970 XOC 2GB Video Card @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: Intel LGA 1156 Motherboard 6-Way Roundup @ Neoseeker ASUS Rampage III Formula Review @ OCC Funky Kit - Intel Sandy Bridge Review Kit Memory and Storage: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Review @ t-break  Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866 Review - XSReviews...

Microsoft Porting Windows to ARM But Drivers Will Take Time

Microsoft Porting Windows to ARM But Drivers Will Take Time

One of the big announcements at CES this year will be from Microsoft; the company plans to announce (and possibly demonstrate) a consumer-centric version of  Windows running on ARM processors. The company's decision is a powerful endorsement. Other Microsoft products like Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile support ARM products but the...

Adamo Sees Simultaneous Price Cut and Spec Increase

Adamo Sees Simultaneous Price Cut and Spec Increase

Dell's Adamo laptop, which hasn't matched the MacBook Air in terms of popularity or sales, has just seen its price dropped from $999, a Christmas present for ultra-thin laptop lovers who also love Dell. The $999 version had a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo chip and 2GB of memory. The $899 model carries a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of memory....

Synology DiskStation DS1511+ NAS Holds Up To 15TB

Synology DiskStation DS1511+ NAS Holds Up To 15TB

When it comes to networked storage, "big enough" never really is. Synology is a well-know name in the higher-end NAS realm, and the company is pushing the boundaries of consumer/prosumer NAS drives with their latest unit, the DiskStation DS1511+. This unit is designed for home business users and small business owners who don't feel like forking...

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules

We have to believe that most of the suits in Washington, D.C. were in a hurry to get back home for the holidays, but an FCC ruling was able to be hammered out just before the Christmas break. Net neutrality has been one of the biggest issues in the FCC circle this year, along with rural broadband. As the Internet has grown, so has concern...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org Hanns-G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD Monitor Review @ Benchmark Reviews Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte X58-USB3 Review @ Neoseeker Memory and Storage: Zalman S Series 128GB SSD Review @ OCC OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800/ 1600MHz Reaper Edition Ultra Low Voltage CL7 4GB...

Google Spends $1.9 Billion To Expand New York Operations

Google Spends $1.9 Billion To Expand New York Operations

Who says real estate isn't booming? It is if you're Taconic Investment Partners, Jamestown Properties and the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Google has just announced that they've purchased the former Port Authority Building at 111 Eighth Avenue, at a cost of $1.9 billion. That's a huge, huge amount of money, and it's clear that "Investing...

Mozilla Expands 3D Support, Adds Revamped Add-On Manager In Firefox 4 Beta

Mozilla Expands 3D Support, Adds Revamped Add-On Manager In Firefox 4 Beta

Slowly but surely, Mozilla's Firefox continues to grow into more and more of a respectable opponent to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. As the years have passed, more people have grown tired of IE's nagging and security holes, and Firefox has been able to capitalize like no other. The company's newest version of Firefox 4 Beta adds even more...

Hedge Fund to Use Twitter to Predict the Stock Market

Hedge Fund to Use Twitter to Predict the Stock Market

And people wonder why making money in the stock market is a crap shoot. A hedge fund will open in February that uses "Twitter sentiment" to predict the stock market. The British hedge fund is named Derwent Absolute Return. Its founders say they have an algorithm that can analyze sentiments on Twitter. Here's how its described: The Derwent...

Expedia Hides American Fares After Orbitz Pullout

Expedia Hides American Fares After Orbitz Pullout

There's a new battle ongoing, and it's one heavy on the politics. Not unlike the internal software wars between Apple and Microsoft, Expedia is waging war against American Airlines shortly after AA cut their fares out entirely from Orbitz. This past week, American decided that they'd rather not sell tickets through Orbitz. The reasons are...

Rovi Acquires Sonic Solutions: Two Media Delivery Firms Become One

Rovi Acquires Sonic Solutions: Two Media Delivery Firms Become One

Don't be ashamed if you've never heard of Rovi. Unlike Sony, Microsoft and Apple, Rovi isn't exactly a household name in the consumer electronics universe. But they're taking one step more to becoming just that with a purchase agreement to pick up Sonic Solutions. Sonic is best known today for their content delivery technologies and content...

BenQ To Reveal 10.1" R100 Android Tablet At CES

BenQ To Reveal 10.1" R100 Android Tablet At CES

Who else could possible get into the tablet game at this point? Maybe the question should be who couldn't possibly get in. BenQ, a company that has traditionally focused more on monitors and accessories, has announced plans to unveil a tablet at CES 2011. When the show kicks off from Las Vegas next month, BenQ will be on hand to reveal their...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with...

IBM Racetrack Discovery Could Boost Battery Life

IBM Racetrack Discovery Could Boost Battery Life

We've all seen the commercials: IBM is working on building a smarter and faster planet, but what exactly does that mean? A recent release from the company gives a little insight into answering that, with IBM's Research arm becoming the first to measure the movement and processing of digital data as a magnetic pattern on nanowires 1,000 times...

Kinect Sees Experimental Use as ASL Tool

Kinect Sees Experimental Use as ASL Tool

People are using the Kinect Xbox 360 add-on in ways that transcend the idea of a video console accessory. It was this type of development that was hoped for when a bounty was put out for open source Kinect drivers, and look what the latest possibility is: using Kinect to help people learn American Sign Language. >Researchers at Georgia...

Skyfire iPad Web Browser Brings Flash Support And More

Skyfire iPad Web Browser Brings Flash Support And More

A few years ago, a lot of iPhone users were frustrated by Apple's refusal to allow apps into the App Store that duplicated the efforts of apps that were built into iOS. Thankfully, Apple has bent a bit on that over the years, and while there's still no good way to remove the Stocks app from your device, and still no great third-party solution...

Ambarella Reveals iOne Camera Applications Processor

Ambarella Reveals iOne Camera Applications Processor

The world of smartphone optics has been getting a lot more attention in recent years. Just three or four years ago, a 3MP camera on a cellphone was a huge deal. Now, that doesn't really cut it on a modern, high-end smartphone. People expect more, and lots of people are using their phones in place of their point-and-shoot cameras. Ambarella...

IN Media Introduces $399 10" Tablet PC

IN Media Introduces $399 10" Tablet PC

If you blink, you'll probably miss out on another tablet announcement. IN Media is releasing one this week, but unlike the bulk of them, this one is using Windows 7. Few Win7 tablets have been released on the market, and there definitely needs to be increased competition in that area. The company's Windows 7 Tablet PC has a 1.66GHz Atom processor,...

MSI Releases R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition GPU

MSI Releases R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition GPU

Looking for a new graphics card to spruce up your holiday season? No one wants to play laggy titles, particularly with all of this time off, and MSI is looking out for the Elves who are interested in making those FPS numbers head sky-high. The company has just released their R6850 Cyclone 1GD5 Power Edition card, which uses the AMD Radeon...

Westone Introduces W4 High-End Earphones

Westone Introduces W4 High-End Earphones

Shopping for headphones? Obviously a lot of other folks are as well. With the proliferation of digital audio players, there has been a huge boom in people looking for aftermarket headphones that'll actually sound decent. If you're interested in buying headphones that may actually cost more than your media player, Westone has a new pair that...

Pioneer Ships Blu-ray 3D Player Lineup In U.S.

Pioneer Ships Blu-ray 3D Player Lineup In U.S.

Blu-ray, and 3D. Like peas in a pod, they go together. If you've invested in a 3D HDTV and now just need to make the leap to Blu-ray, Pioneer has a new Blu-ray player line that bring your home theater system to completion. The company has announced this week that they're shipping their first line of Blu-ray 3D players in the U.S. These were...

iPad 2 to Be Smaller Via Thinner Bezel, Maintains Screen Size: Report

iPad 2 to Be Smaller Via Thinner Bezel, Maintains Screen Size: Report

The iPad 2 will get some ergonomic tweaks, according to a report in a Japanese tech blog, MacOtakara. The report cites an anonymous Chinese source, which could mean a worker at one of Foxconn's plants. The report states that the screen size of the iPad 2 will remain the same, which is logical since Steve Jobs famously said that 10 inches is...

Fandango Movie App Comes To iPad

Fandango Movie App Comes To iPad

The iPad's app store continues to flourish. With many tablet makers still scrambling to catch up with Apple's bombshell, the iPad's app store is showing no signs of slowing down. The amount of applications available for the 9.7" version of iOS is impressive, and now, there's even a customized version of the Fandango app. Fandango is a movie...

HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm Winner!

HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm Winner!

To get you all into the holiday spirit, we joined up with our friends from Digital Storm and put together yet ANOTHER monster sweepstakes give-away! This time around we gave you all a chance to win an Intel Core i7 950-infused gaming rig with 6GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, a Radeon HD 6870 graphics card and water cooling...

Scientifically, You Probably Are in the Slowest Moving Line

Scientifically, You Probably Are in the Slowest Moving Line

As you wait in the checkout line just before Christmas, your observation is correct. That other line is moving faster than yours. That's what Bill Hammack (the Engineer Guy), from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois - Urbana "proves" in this YouTube video. The video was released just in...

Another Carrier Billing Option for the Android Market

Another Carrier Billing Option for the Android Market

Another carrier billing option has come to Android. Until Wednesday, among U.S. carriers, only T-Mobile allowed carrier billing for the Android Market, but that is no longer the case. Google announced on their Android developer blog that AT&T carrier billing is rolling out the the Android Market. Rolling out is the key phrase: you may...

Ford AppLink Brings Smartphone Control To 2011 Fiesta

Ford AppLink Brings Smartphone Control To 2011 Fiesta

If there's one automotive company that's really making a play to integrate with those on the cutting-edge of tech, it's Ford. The company made a big stand when they announced that Microsoft's SYNC system would be behind their in-car NAV and entertainment options, and that has been rapidly branching out ever since. This week, the SYNC AppLink...

Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited Service Launches

Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited Service Launches

The online music business is booming. The success of iTunes is proof of that. Companies are flocking to get a piece of the pie, particularly subscription-based services. Sony is no different, with the company's Qriocity hoping to grab the attention of those who have previously relied on iTunes, Napster or Rhapsody. First announced earlier...

ZigBee Alliance Reveals New Human Interface Wireless Protocol

ZigBee Alliance Reveals New Human Interface Wireless Protocol

Wireless standards are confusing. There are so many to consider, and a lot of them do very similar things. It's tough to wade through what's what, and it's tough to know what is compatible with what. Home automation is a particularly sticky subject, with a few players in the market and hardly any that are compatible. ZigBee is a standard that...

Rahul Sood Moves To Microsoft

Rahul Sood Moves To Microsoft

Well that didn't take long! A month after Rahul Sood resigned his post at HP, he has now found a home at a rival company: Microsoft. Rahul Sood is a major figure in the PC gaming world. He founded VoodooPC, which was then swallowed up by HP and woven into the "Envy" line of computers. But HP never really felt like a great fit for Sood, at...

FCC Approves Net Neutrality, Lawsuits Will Ensue

FCC Approves Net Neutrality, Lawsuits Will Ensue

Yesterday, a sharply divided FCC voted to 3 to 2 to approve new Net Neutrality rules. The vote went down as expected with Democrats voting in favor of rules intended to prevent broadband service providers from blocking content, and Republicans opposed, claiming that such rules are an unjustifiable (and potentially illegal) power grab by the...

Sure You're Not Addicted:  Smartphone Usage By The Numbers

Sure You're Not Addicted: Smartphone Usage By The Numbers

The cell phone has almost become an extension of the human body as of late. Whether it's texting, tweeting, Facebooking, web-surfing, picture-taking, it has become more and more evident that Americans use their phone to do just about anything and everything. Ubiquitous would be a word that comes to mind but that doesn't quite capture the situation...

Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with NVIDIA Optimus Review

Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with NVIDIA Optimus Review

Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute. Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware...

Amazon's Kindle Blows Past Sales Expectations

Amazon's Kindle Blows Past Sales Expectations

It's time to officially retire the notion that Apple's magical iPad is capable of casting a death spell on Amazon's Kindle. We're not saying the iPad isn't popular -- because it is -- but any fears that it would spell doom for the eBook reader market, and Amazon's Kindle in particular, can now be put to rest, and here's why. According to reports,...

Aluratek Reveals "Bump" Line Of Wireless Speakers

Aluratek Reveals "Bump" Line Of Wireless Speakers

Speaker wires are never fun to deal with. It's never a joy to deal with a surround sound installation that involves running wire over your entire den, so anytime a new wireless speaker setup emerges, it obviously attracts our attention. Aluratek has just introduced the new "Bump" wireless speaker line, which includes four new products: the...

More PlayStation Phone Rumors Emerge

More PlayStation Phone Rumors Emerge

It was once said that loose lips might sink ships, but in today's day and age, loose lips, leaked slides, and a bevy of rumors have drummed up nothing but excitement for the upcoming PlayStation smartphone that's almost destined to be a hit. So what's the latest being heard around the water cooler? For starters, it looks like the phone could...

FTC Approves Intel's Acquisition of McAfee

FTC Approves Intel's Acquisition of McAfee

Intel, the largest chip maker on this or any other known planet, cleared at least one major hurdle in its attempt to acquire security firm McAfee. That hurdle? The Federal Trade Commission, which has given the proposed $7.68 billion deal its stamp of approval. "The Federal Trade Commission has concluded its review of the proposed McAfee transaction...

Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Sold By Manufacturers

Microsoft: 1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Sold By Manufacturers

Well, at least Microsoft has spoken. They haven't said an awful lot that we didn't already expect, but it's something. Despite the fact that Windows Phone 7 went on sale to consumers weeks ago, Microsoft has yet to come forward with any near-term sales figures. Contrary to that, they were quick to point out 2.5 million Kinect sales in just...

N-Trig DuoSense Multi-Touch Solution Gains Android Support

N-Trig DuoSense Multi-Touch Solution Gains Android Support

N-trig has found a home on Android. Those who don't pay very close attention to underlying technologies may not even be familiar with the N-trig name, but they're responsible for a multi-touch technology by the name of DuoSense. Currently, it's only available on slates like the Dell Latitude XT and the HP Slate, enabling users to use both...

Samsung Reveals New MLC-based Solid State Drives for Enterprise

Samsung Reveals New MLC-based Solid State Drives for Enterprise

You could say the standard hard drive's days are numbered, and it may be true. Samsung has been blazing an SSD-based path for the past few years, and particularly of late they've really shown efforts to innovate the solid state family. Today, the company announced that they have developed and started sampling 100, 200 and 400 gigabyte (GB)...

NavFree Launches US Turn-by-Turn Map App with 1.6GB of Offline Data

NavFree Launches US Turn-by-Turn Map App with 1.6GB of Offline Data

NavFree has launched an iOS navigation app, which isn't in and of itself unusual. However, the app is free, and includes 1.6GB of offline data, which is unusual, particularly for gratis. NavFree USA (Europe is coming; U.K. and Ireland are already in the App Store) will also provide crowdsourced monthly map updates, also completely free of...

Motorola's Tablet Evolution Video is Buzz-Worthy

Motorola's Tablet Evolution Video is Buzz-Worthy

Motorola showed off the evolution of tablets in a YouTube video just released. The company went all the way for Egyptian stone tablets and forward to its upcoming tablet, which will be unveiled at CES in January. The history lesson takes us through several museum displays. The first one shows a huge slab inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics,...

Steam Slashes Prices, Offers Killer Holiday Deals

Steam Slashes Prices, Offers Killer Holiday Deals

If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping or need a few virtual stocking stuffers, Steam's massive holiday sale may contain exactly what you're looking for. There are a number of excellent titles offered at anywhere from 30-70 percent off, including recent games. Have you ever gotten so angry...you started swinging someone else's arm?...

TRENDnet Offers First 450Mbps 802.11n Wireless Access Point

TRENDnet Offers First 450Mbps 802.11n Wireless Access Point

TRENDnet has an insatiable need for wireless speed and so has brought forth the first 450Mbps wireless access point. Earlier this year, it released a 450Mbps wireless router. The new, super-fast WAP, dubbed the 690AP, can work as a repeater for the 450Mbps router, extending its range to 100 meters indoors (328ft.) and 300 meters outdoors (948ft.)....

HTC EVO 4G Review

HTC EVO 4G Review

Sprint's marketing campaigns over the past few months have focused on the fact that the carrier was the first to launch a 4G network in the U.S. Building on that, the company has focused on the various things you can do with a 4G connection that weren't possible (or at least weren't very usable) without a fourth generation high-speed mobile...

05: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 21, 2010

05: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 21, 2010

In this episode of Two and Half Geeks Iyaz and the crew from HotHardware talk about upgrading the Dell Streak to FroYo—and the huge performance gains that come with it--AMD's brand new "Cayman" based Radeon HD 6900 series, the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 Android-based tablet, and NVIDIA's discrete GPU design wins and Sandy Bridge. We also mention...

Digital Storm Reveals XM15 Gaming Notebook With Optimus

Digital Storm Reveals XM15 Gaming Notebook With Optimus

Is it too late to consider a new notebook for Christmas? Not if you're asking Digital Storm's opinion! The custom PC maker has just revealed their newest machine, the XM15 laptop. It's a new "hybrid" breed of gaming machine, which also sips power when you aren't taxing the GPU. NVIDIA's Optimus graphics solution is at the helm here, offering...

NEC Reveals Two Tablets, Home Gateway Solution For CES

NEC Reveals Two Tablets, Home Gateway Solution For CES

Were tablets the "it" device of 2010? Some would say so. But is possible for tablets to also be the "it" device of 2011? That's also impossible to say for sure, but CES 2011 is shaping up to be a show where a load of new slates and tablets make their debut. Up until now, there have been numerous Android tablets to compete with the iPad, and...

Kno Starts Shipping 14.1" Education Tablet

Kno Starts Shipping 14.1" Education Tablet

Will your Kno arrive in time for a Christmas unwrapping? Maybe! Kno, Inc. just announced that their educational tablet will start shipping this week, with some early arrivals also scheduled for this week. You had to order pretty early in order to have yours ship already, but at least the gears are now turning. The Kno is one of the most unique...

Navmii Announces Free Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation For iPhone & iPad

Navmii Announces Free Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation For iPhone & iPad

Navmii, a publisher of GPS location-based applications, announced a free navigational app for the iPhone and iPad. The new NavFree USA provides many of the features you'd expect from a turn-by-turn navigational app including the ability to search for an address, view points-of-interest, automatic re-routing if you miss a turn, and more. The...

ViewSonic Promises G-Tablet Software Update This Week

ViewSonic Promises G-Tablet Software Update This Week

In recent days, there has been quite a lot of talk surrounding the ViewSonic G-Tablet. Specifically, Staples put up a sign saying that due to a manufacturing defect, the units would no longer be sold or stocked in stores. That's a pretty bad thing to happen to a company that's already fighting an uphill battle for recognition against Samsung's...

eBay Goes Shopping In Germany

eBay Goes Shopping In Germany

eBay has agreed to buy brands4friends, a German online fashion shopping club, for 200 million dollars in cash. The Berlin-based brands4friends provides its members with goods from well-known brands such as Buffalo, Calvin Klein, and Diesel at reduced prices through daily offers. brands4friends currently has 3.5 million members in Germany....

Swype Beta Opens to All; Unclear for How Long

Swype Beta Opens to All; Unclear for How Long

Swype comes pre-installed on a number of devices, but there are many that were in existence before that started, and ... it doesn't come installed on the stock Android Nexus S (although Pulse and NoLock do, surprisingly). However, it appears the beta is open again. Grab it while you can. Swype allows you to "swipe your finger" from key to...

Bumped.in Social Networking Site Aligns Avid Travelers

Bumped.in Social Networking Site Aligns Avid Travelers

Social networking is huge. No one will dispute that. But we're still seeing the category as a whole grow, and it's probably nowhere near its peak. There's Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, and now, Bumped.in. This particular networking site is geared towards avid travelers, particularly business commuters. The company claims to offer travelers...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: AMD Radeon HD 6950 & HD 6970 2GB @ Techgage Nvidia GeForce GTX 570: Modern Remake of an Existing Fairy-Tale @ XbitLabs Funky Kit Review: Zotac Geforce GTX 570 AMP! (1280Mb GDDR5) Processors: iXBT Labs Review: Intel Core i5 Processor Series Memory and Storage: OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCI-Express SSD Review @ Techspot Corsair Vengeance...

Sprint fires up 4G in Denver, Bridgeport

Sprint fires up 4G in Denver, Bridgeport

Colorado has two new reasons to celebrate. On Sunday, it witnessed a spectacular first start by rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. The next day, Sprint announced it is rolling out 4G service to cities statewide. Sprint also launched 4G in Bridgeport, Conn. With these two additions, Sprint 4G is available in 70 markets. While the Broncos didn't...

Samsung Suede Loves Unlimited Music, Debuts On Cricket

Samsung Suede Loves Unlimited Music, Debuts On Cricket

Cricket's new mobile plan that was introduced today made a lot of waves. It's the first plan in America to include a music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone, and it definitely is making consumers consider Cricket as a carrier. The company has maintained a fairly low profile up until now, but having unlimited access to voice,...

ZOTAC Reveals GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition Overclocked GPU

ZOTAC Reveals GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition Overclocked GPU

In a gamer's world, the fastest GPU is only the fastest for a small period of time. The technology behind graphics today is moving insanely fast, and it seems that a new GPU hits the shelves every month or so. If you have been in the market for a GeForce GTX 570, Zotac has a new card out. The GeForce GTX 570 AMP! Edition takes over where the...

Best Buy Eliminates Restocking Fees For Most Items

Best Buy Eliminates Restocking Fees For Most Items

Call it an early Christmas gift. As of this weekend, Best Buy has eliminated most restocking fees for returns. That's right folks, now you'll be able to return things to Best Buy without having to pay a pesky fee. The exception to this new policy is special order items, which will have a 25 percent restocking fee. In addition to removing the...

Verizon Offers Businesses Faster Broadband

Verizon Offers Businesses Faster Broadband

Verizon is now offering small businesses an even faster way to connect via its FiOS Internet for Business service. The service provides up to 150 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload in 12 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia) as well as...

Smartfish Whirl Mini Mouse Ships In Multiple Colors

Smartfish Whirl Mini Mouse Ships In Multiple Colors

Smartfish doesn't make typical mice. They make unique mice, and now, they make colorful mice. The new Smartfish Whirl is one of the more colorful travel mice out there, with a laser sensor, an "anti-gravity comfort-pivot" technology beneath it and a bunch of new colors to choose from. Users use hand gestures, tilting it forward and back, in...

TomTom Adds Map Share To iPhone GPS App

TomTom Adds Map Share To iPhone GPS App

TomTom's GPS app was the first third-party navigation application to be revealed for the iPhone, and having that leg-up on everyone else has definitely helped the company out. Over time, lots of rivals have appeared, but the "original" has done a lot to keep itself current. The newest update, pushed out today to iTunes, takes the TomTom iPhone...

AT&T To Buy Qualcomm's FLO TV Spectrum For $1.925 Billion

AT&T To Buy Qualcomm's FLO TV Spectrum For $1.925 Billion

A couple of months ago, FLO TV announced that they were pulling the plug on their standalone mobile TV efforts in America. After marketing like crazy, they simply weren't able to attract the kind of consumer adoption needed to keep things running. It was also reported that Qualcomm, who owned FLO TV, was considering everything, even down to...

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet PC Review

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet PC Review

ViewSonic is a household name that many consumers can identify with in terms of their lineage in the LCD market. So, at least on the surface, it would make sense that a panel manufacturer would have solid leverage in components and materials, to compete in the white-hot tablet arena. We gave you a preview of their 10-inch Tegra 2-based g-tablet,...

Connection Woes Prompt Microsoft to Pull Outlook 2007 Update

Connection Woes Prompt Microsoft to Pull Outlook 2007 Update

Ruh roh, Shaggy. It appears a recent update for Outlook 2007 wasn't quite ready for prime time, causing all sorts of connection and performance problems for those who tried to install it. It was issued as part of the monthly Patch Tuesday collection, and has now been pulled following several user complaints. "On Tuesday, December 14, we released...

Cricket's New Wireless Plan Appeals to Music Lovers

Cricket's New Wireless Plan Appeals to Music Lovers

Cricket apparently has a fetish for firsts. The wireless carrier claims it was the first one to introduce an unlimited wireless rate plan, and now the company is announcing the first wireless rate plan with unlimited music included. It's part of an "innovative new digital music service called Muve Music," and was designed specifically with...

Microsoft Quietly Sunsets the Office Genuine Advantage Program

Microsoft Quietly Sunsets the Office Genuine Advantage Program

Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage program (OGA), is no more. Reportedly, Microsoft has quietly retired the program, which formerly was used to validate an Office installation before add=ins or templates could be downloaded, without fanfare. In fact, Ed Bott discovered that Microsoft mentioned the shutdown in a KB article, 917999. One sentence...

Hacked Sites Notifications Added to Google Search Results

Hacked Sites Notifications Added to Google Search Results

Google has served up noticed for malware-infested sites for years, but they've gone one better with their latest feature. The company has altered its search results notifications with a “This site may be compromised” link to help in safer searching. According to Google's blog post, the company uses "a variety of automated tools...

Galaxy S Receives Unofficial Gingerbread Build

Galaxy S Receives Unofficial Gingerbread Build

The Samsung Nexus S is no longer the only device to sport Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It remains the only device to carry the latest Android officially, but the Samsung Galaxy S now has an unofficial build, thanks to the hard work of xda-developers. Some functions like voice (oops), wi-fi, camera and GPS aren't working. Thus, unless you want...

iBuyPower Brings Radeon HD 6900 GPUs To Gaming Desktops

iBuyPower Brings Radeon HD 6900 GPUs To Gaming Desktops

AMD's Radeon HD 6900 series of graphics card are really making a mark on the gaming world, as evidenced by loads of custom PC makers leaping at the chance to offer them across their gaming PC lineups. Now, iBuyPower is doing the same, offering two systems with these new GPUs just in time for the holiday break. The company's Gamer Mage D335...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Inno3D Geforce GTX460 OC Review @ XtremeComputing XFX HD 6970 Graphics Card Review @ Tweaknews Zotac GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card in Crossfire @ Tweaktown Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Processors: Intel Core I7 950 3.06GHz Quad Core Processor...

Paramount and Microsoft Team Up For Windows Phone 7 Movie Releases

Paramount and Microsoft Team Up For Windows Phone 7 Movie Releases

Do you watch movies on your phone? We have found the answers to that question to be fairly mixed, with some people saying that it just gets too cramped over time, and others really enjoying the portability. But there's no question that multimedia is booming on phones, and there's not much hope of slowing down the revolution at this point....

Sceptre Reveals 42" 1080p X420BV-FHD HDTV

Sceptre Reveals 42" 1080p X420BV-FHD HDTV

Well, well, here comes Sceptre yet again to do battle with the big outfits like Vizio, Samsung, Sony and LG. The company has just released a swivel capable 42-inch LCD HDTV in a stylish glossy finish, and it has a 1080p panel, curved front frame and a rapid 5 ms response time to handle fast-action content. There's also a SPDIF digital audio...

Super Talent Debuts Second-Generation DuraDrive 2.5"/1.8" SSDs

Super Talent Debuts Second-Generation DuraDrive 2.5"/1.8" SSDs

Could there possibly be anything better than a first-generation SSD? Probably a second-generation SSD. As interface changes take place and companies are able to fine tune their products, there's only benefits to be had for consumers eager to upgrade. Super Talent has been in the solid state drive business for a long, long time, and this week...

Word Lens Promises in-Image Translation

Word Lens Promises in-Image Translation

There are plenty of applications and websites that can translate text to other languages, but if you're looking at a sign or something, you'll have to type it into a translation app. What if, instead, you could take a snapshot and have an app translate the text in the image? That's the idea behind Word Lens, and it seems to work. The caveat...

Has The Web Become As Important To Kids As TV?

Has The Web Become As Important To Kids As TV?

For years, parents have punished misbehaving kids by banning them from watching TV. Now, a new report shows that Internet access is on the same playing field as TV in many parents' eyes. According to a report from researchers at the University of Southern California, more and more parents are limiting Internet access as a form of punishment...

Razer Announces Scarab Hard Gaming Mat With Fractal 2.0 Coating

Razer Announces Scarab Hard Gaming Mat With Fractal 2.0 Coating

Looking for a little gaming cheer this holiday season? Razer has you covered. The company has just released the successor to the Destructor, and it's a pretty awesome looking gaming mat. The Scarab is an all-new hard mousing surface for use with high DPI mice, and in general, hardcore gamers. Featuring a Razer Fractal 2.0 surface coated in...

Kinect Competitor To Bring Gesture Control To Linux, Windows And TV

Kinect Competitor To Bring Gesture Control To Linux, Windows And TV

SoftKinetic developed a 3D gesture recognition platform long before Microsoft released Kinect -- and it supports Linux as well as Windows. Despite the head start, the promised consumer gaming and television controllers have yet to appear. That should change in 2011, a company spokesperson says, thanks to an influx of venture cash, some big...

Vizio Intros 65" Theater 3D HDTV With Passive Glasses

Vizio Intros 65" Theater 3D HDTV With Passive Glasses

3D HDTVs are obviously all the rage these days, right along with tablet PCs. The jury is still out on whether there's enough traction for them to truly stick around and make an impact in the grand scheme of things, but there's no question that companies are trying their best to market and promote them. Vizio is no different. The company's...

Hitachi GST Debuts 500GB 7mm Slim Profile Hard Drive

Hitachi GST Debuts 500GB 7mm Slim Profile Hard Drive

With the amount of smartphones, slates and UMPCs on the market today, the use of smaller hard drives is growing. 3.5" internal HDDs are fine, but won't fit in anything other than a desktop. Even the standard 2.5" HDDs that are used in most laptops have grown too large for products like the MacBook Air, which uses a pure Flash storage setup....

HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System!

HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System!

To get you into the holiday spirit, HotHardware.com and our friends at Digital Storm have teamed up to put together yet ANOTHER monster sweepstakes give-away!   This time we're giving you a chance to win an Intel Core i7 950-infused gaming rig with 6GB of DDR3, a 1TB hard drive an all new Radeon HD 6870 graphics card and water cooling...

Will RIM's PlayBook Be Delayed Until March?

Will RIM's PlayBook Be Delayed Until March?

Earlier this year, RIM got some good attention when it announced its upcoming PlayBook tablet computer, but despite the high hopes the company has for the device, it's looking like the PlayBook won't be available for sale until the end of the first quarter. Originally, RIM planned to launch the PlayBook tablet in the U.S. in the first calendar...

NEC Plans To Reveal A Dual-screen Android Tablet At CES

NEC Plans To Reveal A Dual-screen Android Tablet At CES

NEC plans to show off a dual-screen tablet running on Android at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. According to reports, the new tablet will resemble the LifeTouch tablet that NEC announced last month for the Japanese market. The original LifeTouch tablet has a single 7-inch touchscreen. The new tablet will have a pair of 7-inch touchscreens...

Nexus S Now Available at Best Buy

Nexus S Now Available at Best Buy

Coming out just in time for the holidays, Google's Nexus S smartphone is now available for purchase at Best Buy. In case you're wondering what the big deal here is, the Nexus S is the first smartphone to ship with Android 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread. And as a Google-branded phone, there isn't any funky custom UI marring the Android...

Sony Announces PlayStation App for iPhone and Android

Sony Announces PlayStation App for iPhone and Android

In a recent blog post, Sony said that it plans to launch the official PlayStation App "very soon." The upcoming app will work with iPhone and iPod touch devices running OS 4 and above, as well as most Android devices with OS 1.6 and above. Sony didn't go into a whole lot of detail, but did say you'd be able to track your PlayStation Network...

iTwin USB Wireless File Sharing Stick Goes On Sale

iTwin USB Wireless File Sharing Stick Goes On Sale

For whatever reason, file sharing is just difficult in many ways. Either your flash drive is too small, or your network is too slow. It just seems like there's no "good way" to reliability get files from one PC to another when you need them there the most. Many companies have created new and interesting solutions to an old problem, but we're...

Android 2.2 (FroYo) Breathes New Life Into Dell Streak, Benchmarks Ensue

Android 2.2 (FroYo) Breathes New Life Into Dell Streak, Benchmarks Ensue

Dell's fairly recent entrant into the tablet market certainly made a splash when it hit the scene a few months ago, with the company's CEO and namesake randomly making cameo appearances with the device in hand, like one of his one personal private stock toys.  Of course, once we got our hot mitts on it for a proper man-handling, we became...

Hannspree Ships New Line Of 28" HDTVs: Apples & Basketballs Included

Hannspree Ships New Line Of 28" HDTVs: Apples & Basketballs Included

Well, it's just about time to box up those last gifts, but if you still need "something special" for that "special someone," how about a totally insane looking television? Hannspree has been known to create some pretty wild electronics in the past, and the company's newest line of HDTVs are definitely wild. This new line of 28" HDTVs are tailor...

Nokia Sues Apple Again, This Time In Europe

Nokia Sues Apple Again, This Time In Europe

Nokia has been under a great deal of pressure lately to perform strong. The company has lagged behind major smartphone vendors, and they're starting to lose their massive grip on the worldwide cellphone market. Their low-end phones still dominate sales in many developing nations, but in North America, the iPhone and lots of Android phones...

LG Announces Optimus 2X Smartphone With Tegra 2 And Froyo

LG Announces Optimus 2X Smartphone With Tegra 2 And Froyo

LG has a new smartphone, and it's actually one of the most powerful smartphones to debut in 2010. It's called the Optimus 2X, and it's the company's first dual-core phone. In fact, it's the world's first dual-core smartphone to be announced for public consumption. The phone uses a high-end Tegra 2 platform that is mostly reserved for tablets,...

Yahoo! Shuttering del.icio.us, other services in wake of layoffs

Yahoo! Shuttering del.icio.us, other services in wake of layoffs

In the wake of the layoffs that hit the company earlier in the week, Yahoo! is cutting a number or products. Among them are the social bookmarking service del.icio.us, MyBlogLog, AltaVista, and Yahoo! Bookmarks. In fact, the slide above has been confirmed to have come directly from an employee meeting Webcast. It was first posted to Twitter...

Navigon MobileNavigator Update Brings Universal iPad Support And More

Navigon MobileNavigator Update Brings Universal iPad Support And More

The iPhone has become a GPS replacement for many, and smartphones in general are quickly becoming powerful and smart enough to handle navigation duties. But if you have someone riding shotgun, there's obviously a lot of benefit to having a map on a larger display. The iPad already has a couple of GPS options, but one of the best on the iPhone...

Maylong's $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed

Maylong's $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed

About a month ago, we ran a story on how Walgreens was selling the Maylong M-150 tablet for $99, $30 below the regular price. While the M-150 is an obvious iPad knock-off that would never pass muster in the US, we were curious to see what sort of product $99 could buy... Maylong's $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed...

Apple's Mac App Store Opens in Three Weeks

Apple's Mac App Store Opens in Three Weeks

Apple practically wrote the book on the app store business model, and come January 6, 2011, the Mac App Store will be open for business, the Cupertino company announced today. The new app portal will launch in 90 countries on Day 1 and include both paid and free apps. "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO....

All U.S. Cellular Phones Free, Dec.17 - 24

All U.S. Cellular Phones Free, Dec.17 - 24

U.S. Cellular is No. 6 among the U.S. carriers, but it's received accolades of late. And, they just announced a promotion that's hard to pass up: all their phones will be free from Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve. That's right, every phone, including their five Android phones are free. Their Android phones are: Samsung Acclaim HTC Desire Samsung...

Nvidia Fears Not Sandy Bridge's "Basic" Graphics

Nvidia Fears Not Sandy Bridge's "Basic" Graphics

Sandy Bridge is coming! Sandy Bridge is coming! Given all the hoopla surrounding Intel's next-generation processors with built-in graphics that promise to decimate today's integrated chipsets, discrete videocard makers should be trembling in their knickerbockers, right? Not so fast, Johhny Come Lately, maybe Sandy Bridge will prove to be all...

Google FIber Community Pick Delayed

Google FIber Community Pick Delayed

Those communities hoping to "win" Google Fiber service, which Google announced earlier this year and which is being tested at Stanford University, will have to wait longer for a decision. Although when Google first announced the service, it said it would decide on which communities would receive the experimental service by the end of 2010,...

GammaTech D12C Rugged Convertible Notebook Can Take A Beating

GammaTech D12C Rugged Convertible Notebook Can Take A Beating

There's no shortage of tablet PCs out there these days, but most of them look just like the other. There's not a lot of variety just yet, but that should change as more and more Windows 7-based tablets hit the market in 2011. But GammaTech isn't waiting for that to happen. The company has just issued their latest machine a 12.1" rugged convertible...

Surc iPhone Case Adds IR Control For Home Cinemas

Surc iPhone Case Adds IR Control For Home Cinemas

Apple's iPhone has grown into something far more robust than just a smartphone. Thanks to the blossoming App Store, nearly anything is possible with it now. Using it as a remote control has been a concept embraced since the early days of the app store, even by Apple themselves. But to really control an entire home cinema setup, you need external...

Tablet Gaming, Mobile Social Networking On The Rise

Tablet Gaming, Mobile Social Networking On The Rise

A new report shows that gaming on tablets and social networking on mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular activities. According to the study, over half (52%) of tablet owners are playing games on their device. In fact, gaming is the second most popular activity on tablets (surfing the Internet was No. 1). The study also shows that...

MetroPCS Gives Boston, New York City, And Sacramento Residents 4G LTE Service

MetroPCS Gives Boston, New York City, And Sacramento Residents 4G LTE Service

MetroPCS launched its unlimited, no annual contract 4G LTE service in the Boston, New York City and Sacramento metropolitan areas. With this launch, MetroPCS' 4G LTE services are now available in nine metropolitan areas. MetroPCS also plans to expand its 4G services into more metropolitan areas later this year and early 2011. Users can connect...

Google Adds Gmail Email Delegation To Ease Multiple Account Usage

Google Adds Gmail Email Delegation To Ease Multiple Account Usage

Google has today solved a problem that has plagued avid Gmail users since the very start of the service. If you were the owner of two different Gmail accounts (one for business and one for personal use, as an example), you used to either have to check them in different browsers or sign in/out each time you wanted to switch from one to the...

Synology Ships 2-Bay DS211+ NAS Server

Synology Ships 2-Bay DS211+ NAS Server

Synology may not have the name recognition that Seagate and Western Digital have, but that isn't stopping them from introducing their newest NAS drive. The DS211+ NAS Server is a full-featured 2-bay NAS designed to allow small businesses to hare files, centralize backup, and protect critical data quickly and efficiently. The DS211+ comes with...

CyberPower Brings AMD Radeon 6900 GPU Series To Gaming Desktops

CyberPower Brings AMD Radeon 6900 GPU Series To Gaming Desktops

In need of a new gaming rig? Don't have time to build your own before the holidays hit full-swing? Let CyberPower do the work! The custom PC building company has just revealed that they are teaming up with AMD to offer the new Radeon HD 6900 Series GPU across their lineup.  CyberPower will offer the new Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 graphics...

Newfound OEM Interest Teases At Tegra Turnaround

Newfound OEM Interest Teases At Tegra Turnaround

2010 wasn't Tegra's banner year the way we thought it might be after seeing the Tegra 250 platform demo'd at last year's CES. There are signs, however, that 2011 may turn out differently. According to DigiTimes, multiple PC OEMs are warming up to Tegra after watching consumers ardently embrace the iPad. The success of Apple's tablet, according...

Hitachi Launches New 3TB Storage Offerings

Hitachi Launches New 3TB Storage Offerings

Hitachi revealed three new storage offerings with capacities up to 3TB. The new 3TB, 7,200 RPM Hitachi Deskstar Internal Hard Drive Kit comes with software that enables 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux systems to utilize the full capacity and power of the 3TB drive as a single, massive data drive. The new Hitachi Internal...

SSD Upgrade Halves GT5 Load Times

SSD Upgrade Halves GT5 Load Times

PS3 gamers have been less than happy about Gran Turismo 5's load times since the long-awaited game launched a few weeks ago. Beyond3D forum member Phil was fed up enough to install a Corsair F120SSD in place of the system's traditional SATA hard drive and the performance difference is significant. We've graphed the data from Phil's load time...

ooVoo Connects Smartphone, PC, And Mac Users With 4G Mobile Video Chat Service

ooVoo Connects Smartphone, PC, And Mac Users With 4G Mobile Video Chat Service

ooVoo launched a new mobile video chat service for Android that will compete with Qik. The new mobile service lets up to six users connect simultaneously.  ooVoo Mobile also offers free ooVoo-to-ooVoo voice calls, text chat, contact list integration, and video calls to any person not on ooVoo via a web browser. The new mobile client is...

Belkin Expands KVM Multi-Platform Product Line

Belkin Expands KVM Multi-Platform Product Line

Belkin dabbles in a little bit of everything these days, including a fairly robust lineup of KVM products. Poke around Belkin's website and you'll find everything from 16-port KVM switches to 17-inch LCD rack mount consoles, and a whole lot more. Now the company has gone and announced its new KVM multi-platform solutions, which include a trio...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org Processors iXBT Labs Review: Intel Core i7-800 Processor Series Memory and Storage: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate3.0 @ HardwareBistro ioSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review @ OCIA.net Akasa Baymaster AK-ICR-10 @ techPowerUp Western Digital VelociRaptor...

Unhappy Holidays, Nokia to Axe up to 800 Jobs

Unhappy Holidays, Nokia to Axe up to 800 Jobs

Yahoo isn't the only one handing out pink slips in place of holiday bonus checks. According to a Bloomberg report, Nokia plans to cut as many as 800 jobs in Finland after completing talks with unions. Those getting axed will have the option of voluntarily resigning in exchange for a severance package equivalent to 5 to 15 months worth of salary,...

Stanford Researchers Use Wireless Sensors To Track The Flu

Stanford Researchers Use Wireless Sensors To Track The Flu

With the help of wireless sensors, Stanford researchers confirmed what most of us suspected. When it comes to infectious viruses, human beings are toast. The researchers outfitted an entire high school population with IEEE 802.15.4 sensors for one day to model what they call a "human contact network." The devices tracked how often people came...

OCZ's PC Power & Cooling Debuts 760W Silencer PSU

OCZ's PC Power & Cooling Debuts 760W Silencer PSU

Power supplies are a dime a dozen these days, and it's a little intimidating to go shopping for one if you aren't well-versed in who offers what. OCZ Technology is a trusted name in this sector, and a spin-off of that company is introducing a new PSU today. PC Power & Cooling, OCZ’s PSU (power supply unit) subsidiary, has just launched...

OWC Offers DIY Solid State Drive 2.5" Upgrade Kits

OWC Offers DIY Solid State Drive 2.5" Upgrade Kits

In the mood for an upgrade? Feeling like doing it yourself rather than paying for someone else to do it? Other World Computing has the answer. The company has just revealed new do-it-yourself SSD kits, enabling customers to upgrade to SSD while using their "old" HDD in an external enclosure for backup. This way, you aren't stuck with an HDD...

Super Talent Debuts USB 3.0 Storage Pod For $99

Super Talent Debuts USB 3.0 Storage Pod For $99

At this time last year, USB 2.0 hard drives were all the rage. Just 12 months later, and now a whole bunch of new external HDDs have USB 3.0 support. And it's about time! Throughout the year, we have wondered why laptop and desktop makers weren't supporting USB 3.0 with any real frequency. Even today, loads of new notebooks are shipping with...

Toshiba Introduces New Enterprise-Class SSD Series

Toshiba Introduces New Enterprise-Class SSD Series

The growth in solid state drive adoption has been impressive, but it's probably not even close to finished. There are still loads of HDDs that need switched over to SSDs (in a perfect, performance-oriented world), and Toshiba is trying to take SSDs to a place where they have rarely been welcomed. The enterprise. In more recent months, enterprise...

Seagate Ships 3.5" Low-Power Barracuda Green Hard Drive

Seagate Ships 3.5" Low-Power Barracuda Green Hard Drive

Like it or not, "green" is still a buzzword with a lot of traction, and regardless of your thoughts on the matter, there's no doubt that saving energy and money is a win-win. Particularly if there's no performance hit. Seagate has just shipped a drive that they are calling the "industry's highest performance 'green' desktop hard drive." The...

Gmail Gets a Contacts Restore Safety Net

Gmail Gets a Contacts Restore Safety Net

Your Gmail contacts are a lot more important due to the connection between them and your Android device (assuming you have one). Thus, it might be nice if you can UNDO some sort of screw-up you might have done, and that's a feature Google has just announced. The feature allows you to revert your contacts up to 30 days in the past. There are...

Researchers Agree: Cloud Computing Is Greenest Choice

Researchers Agree: Cloud Computing Is Greenest Choice

Data centers are notorious energy pigs. Can cloud computing be the cure? Yes, according to a growing body of research. A new study released by Pike Research shows that if businesses were to adopt cloud computing instead of building out their own data centers, by 2020 they could cut data center energy consumption worldwide by one-third over...

AMD Radeon HD 6970 & 6950 Graphics Debut

AMD Radeon HD 6970 & 6950 Graphics Debut

As many of you may be aware, Cayman is the codename given to AMD’s newest flagship GPU, which will power the Radeon HD 6900 series (Antilles, aka the Radeon HD 6990, will uses a pair of Cayman GPUs when it arrives sometime next year). Cayman is the successor to the Cypress XT that was employed on the Radeon HD 5800 series, and while...

Corsair Does the Math, Says High Frequency + Low Voltage = Dominator GT

Corsair Does the Math, Says High Frequency + Low Voltage = Dominator GT

People always say how you can't have your cake and eat it too, but what good is a slice of delicious cake if you can't cram down your throat? Not any good at all if you ask us, and though we don't recommend feasting on sticks of RAM (not in the literal sense, anyway), Corsair's latest memory kit is a prime example of why you shouldn't pay...

Panasonic Ties Up Avatar 3D Blu-ray Rights Until 2012

Panasonic Ties Up Avatar 3D Blu-ray Rights Until 2012

We can't help but wonder if someone at Panasonic has some dirt on one of the higher ups working for Twentieth Century Fox. Either that, or Panasonic should really consider giving a raise to the sweet talking, silver tongued rep who managed to talk the film studio into giving it exclusive rights to distribute the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar...

YouTube Gets Trend-y

YouTube Gets Trend-y

On Monday, YouTube announced YouTube Trends, which is similar in format to Google Trends. Naturally, it makes sense, since Google is YouTube's parent company. The idea is for YouTube Trends to spotlight some of the 35 hours of video now uploaded to YouTube every minute, which makes it difficult to discover new content. The company described...

HotHardware Takes A Detailed Look At iOS 4.2

HotHardware Takes A Detailed Look At iOS 4.2

As far as iOS releases go, this is just about as big as they come. Not since the iPhone OS revision that introduced Apple's App Store to the original iPhone has there been a buzz surrounding one of Apple's iOS releases, and for good reason. Much in the same way that Android 2.2 had significant impact on the path of Android's future, iOS 4.2...

Social Media Affects Purchases

Social Media Affects Purchases

Attention all kids: if you're trying to drop hints to your mom about what to get you for Christmas, you might want to try dropping those hints on Facebook or another social networking site. According to a recent study by Child's Play Communications from The NPD Group, 23% of moms with children under the age of 18 who are active in social media...

Amazon Outage Due To Failed Hardware, Not Cyber Attacks

Amazon Outage Due To Failed Hardware, Not Cyber Attacks

Holiday shopping at one of the web's popular retailers was impossible for some European users over the weekend. Amazon's websites in Europe were down for more than half an hour on Sunday night. Although a group of activists by the name "Anonymous" had encouraged an online attack in an attempt to crash Amazon.com by overwhelming it with requests,...

LG's E90 LED Monitor Is As Thin As They Come

LG's E90 LED Monitor Is As Thin As They Come

A few years ago, LCD TVs were the "in" thing. Much like tablets are today, in fact. HDTVs were coming out of every pore in the consumer electronics universe, with most companies fighting to see who could produce one thinner and lighter than the next. That race has slowed dramatically since, with most companies shifting focus to 3D and other...

Sony Reveals New Lines Of Secure Digital Cards

Sony Reveals New Lines Of Secure Digital Cards

Sony has made a name for themselves by relying a lot on proprietary formats. ATRAC and MS Pro are just a couple that Sony has created over the years, and many consumers have expressed dissatisfaction with the move. But in more recent years, even Sony has bowed to pressure and relied more heavily on industry standards. The company's Cyber-shot,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Goes Like Hell Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown Sparkle GTS450 Video Card Review @ DragonSteelMods AMD Radeon vs NVIDIA GeForce: Desktop Graphics Last Stand @ BmR ASUS GeForce GTX 570 @ PureOverclock Memory and Storage: Corsair F40 40GB SSD Review @ OCModShop Samsung's 470 Series solid-state drive @...

Huawei's Ascend: Android 2.1 Smartphone For A Song

Huawei's Ascend: Android 2.1 Smartphone For A Song

Huawei's Ascend probably wouldn't have caught an eye just a few years ago. That name just doesn't really ring a bell. But these days, the smartphone landscape is broader than ever, and people are definitely paying attention to anyone who dares go up against the iPhone, DROID, Nexus One, etc. Huawei is best known internationally, but the company...

eLocity A7 Android Tablet Ships For $399

eLocity A7 Android Tablet Ships For $399

Tablets, tablets, and a few more tablets. That seems to be the story of the year, and the flow of new slates isn't slowing soon. With CES 2011 around the corner, the world is really expecting a load of new Windows 7-based tablets, but with future builds of Android likely to be more feasible for use on larger screens, Android tablets like the...

Google Launches Website To Help Parents Learn Tech

Google Launches Website To Help Parents Learn Tech

Are you pretty good with technology? Do you hate the holidays due to your parents and relatives always asking you for tech advice? You probably aren't alone! Google has created a new website that aims to point these "simple" Q&A sessions to a more prominent portal, hopefully easing the sting and helping your not-so-tech-savvy relatives...

Kaleidescape Blu-ray Movie Server Costs A Small Fortune

Kaleidescape Blu-ray Movie Server Costs A Small Fortune

Kaleidescape just recently released their most budget-based movie server ever. And now, back to their old ways! The company is famous for providing very high-end movie servers to affluent individuals who can afford to unload thousands on their home cinemas, and that's what it'll take to get a Blu-ray movie server. The Kaleidescape System stores...

Google Latitude Gets iOS Support

Google Latitude Gets iOS Support

Google Latitude is now available on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 3G. After waiting for months, iOS users are now able to download and enjoy an app that Google has made available already on Android, Symbian and BlackBerry. Latitude is an app that constantly pays attention to where you are, and then puts your location on a map for those...

Verizon Wireless Works To Fix 4G Speed Bump

Verizon Wireless Works To Fix 4G Speed Bump

Just a week after Verizon Wireless launched its high-speed LTE (long-term evolution) network, the wireless carrier is already having problems. It's been reported that owners of the LTE modems have discovered a handoff lag any time the modems switch from an LTE connection to Verizon Wireless' more widespread 3G network. As a result of this...

Dell Acquires Compellent As Cloud And Enterprise Grows

Dell Acquires Compellent As Cloud And Enterprise Grows

Major corporations have been picking up smaller companies at a really rapid pace these days. Google has been on a buying spree, as has Apple. And now Dell is on the move as well. The computer maker has just agreed on a deal to acquire Compellent, a provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including...

Kingston Intros Colorful DataTraveler Mini Fun G2 USB Keys

Kingston Intros Colorful DataTraveler Mini Fun G2 USB Keys

USB keys have been around nearly as long as real keys, or so it seems. But that doesn't mean that the industry is stopping soon. Kingston has been producing USB flash drives for as long as we can remember, offering some tough ones, some huge ones, and some playful ones. The new DataTraveler Mini Fun Generation 2 (G2) is definitely a playful...

Dialog Semiconductor Brings 3D To Smartphones And Tablets

Dialog Semiconductor Brings 3D To Smartphones And Tablets

If you've shopped for a TV lately, you know 3D content is hot right now. This 3D experience generally requires special glasses and a special TV. Soon, you may be able to enjoy a similar 3D experience on your smartphone or tablet thanks to Dialog Semiconductor.   Dialog Semiconductor introduced a real time 2D to 3D video conversion chip...

MSI Readies New Laptop Models for CES

MSI Readies New Laptop Models for CES

We're getting close to the end of the year, and that means the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner. This is the time when companies gather to show off their new and upcoming products, and you can bet we'll be in attendance. So will MSI, which today announced it plans to unveil a bunch of new notebooks at the show, including...

EA Confirms Mass Effect 3 Launch, Due Out in Holiday 2011

EA Confirms Mass Effect 3 Launch, Due Out in Holiday 2011

Electronics Arts confirmed what most of us had already heard through the grapevine: Mass Effect 3, "one of the most anticipated games of 2011," will launch simultaneously on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in holiday 2011. "At BioWare, we are always driving ourselves to improve and I firmly believe our best work is still ahead of us,"...

Futuremark's New 3DMark 11: Performance Explored

Futuremark's New 3DMark 11: Performance Explored

Last week, Futuremark released the latest version of 3DMark.  We've taken the new benchmark for a spin using CPUs from Intel and AMD as well as GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. The new version, dubbed 3DMark 11 (in reference to its level of DirectX support, not the upcoming year) includes a fresh set of tests, a game demo sequence, and measures...

Seagate Reveals 1TB 2.5" Enterprise HDD: Constellation.2

Seagate Reveals 1TB 2.5" Enterprise HDD: Constellation.2

The hard drive war continues to wage on, particularly in the 2.5" space. This mobile sector is becoming more and more important as devices shrink and desktop use continues to slowly fade. Today, Seagate is making a big mark on the sector, introducing the first 1TB 2.5" enterprise HDD. The new drive is called te Constellation.2, and it's designed...

04: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 13

04: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 13

This week on Two and A Half Geeks, Iyaz, Marco and Dave cover the pilot of Google's first Chrome OS based notebook, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 570 high end graphics card, ViewSonic's new GTab and ViewPad Android Tablet PCs, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor and our monthly sweepstakes where you can win a killer new gaming rig!...

Bethesda Unveils Oblivion Sequel: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda Unveils Oblivion Sequel: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda Softworks has officially unveiled Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next installment in their very successful Elder Scrolls series. Bethesda unveiled the game exactly 11 months prior to its release date, which is 11/11/11 or Nov. 11, 2011. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which was rumored previously. Thus far in the Elder Scrolls RPG series,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: LG Flatron W2340VG 23-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Bigbruin.com NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 @ Techgage.com HIS Radeon 6850 1GB graphics card @ eTeknix.com Fermi Ultra-Light: Nvidia GeForce GT 430 Review @ XBitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS P8P67Pro Intel P67 Mainboard Review @ OCWORKBENCH Memory and Storage: TechwareLabs Review:...

Droid 2 Dropped, Didn't Explode: Motorola

Droid 2 Dropped, Didn't Explode: Motorola

Earlier this month, a man claimed he was injured by an exploding Motorola Droid 2. There's word from Motorola on their investigation into the matter, and their pretty clear: the Droid 2 was dropped. Here's what GearLog (PCMag) said: We got word this morning from a Motorola employee involved with Droid development that the phone may not have...

Jawbone THOUGHTS Puts A Voice-Related Twist Into Texting

Jawbone THOUGHTS Puts A Voice-Related Twist Into Texting

Have you ever wished you could send a text, without typing anything? Texting and driving is a huge distraction, and there are lots of times where only a text will do, but actually stopping to type something out just isn't convenient. What if you could simply speak, and a text would be created and sent? That's now possible so long as you have...

Navy's New Railgun Zaps Old Record

Navy's New Railgun Zaps Old Record

A railgun is the stuff of science-fiction and video games. Instead of firing an explosively fired projectile, a railgun uses an electromagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet to several times the speed of sound. On Friday, at 11 AM today, the Navy set a record, by producing a 33-megajoule firing, more than three times the previous...

Pandigital 8" Connected Digital Photo Frame Joins AT&T Network

Pandigital 8" Connected Digital Photo Frame Joins AT&T Network

Digital photo frames just don't have the buzz that they once did. A couple of years ago, they were *the* holiday gift to give. Now, just about everyone that needs or wants one has one, so the hype surrounding them has died down. But now, companies are trying new tricks to market old devices. Pandigital's new photo frame is joining AT&T's...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: MSI GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown iXBT Labs Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB Roundup Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org Asus ENGT430 Geforce GT 430 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews Legion Hardware - (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570) Processors: TechwareLabs Review: AMD Phenom II X6...

Novatel Sues ZTE And Franklin Over MiFi Patents

Novatel Sues ZTE And Franklin Over MiFi Patents

Ever heard of a Mobile HotSpot? Chances are you'll be familiar with the MiFi if so, which has sparked a new revolution of devices. Novatel Wireless is the company that created the MiFi, and now they're upset that a couple of other companies have come out with products that are just too similar. These days, companies are suing the pants off...

Google Instant For Mobile Leaves Beta, Goes Worldwide

Google Instant For Mobile Leaves Beta, Goes Worldwide

If you haven't noticed, it's a big week for Google. A really, really big week. They re-introduced Chrome OS, shipped the first Chrome OS notebook (CR-48) and revamped Gmail for Android. And now, they are revealing that Google Instant is available worldwide for Mobile devices. Last month, Google Instant (which is a new feature that pops up...

T-Mobile Plans To Release 4G Tablet In 2011

T-Mobile Plans To Release 4G Tablet In 2011

Recently, we told you about Sprint's plan to expand its tablet offerings, including plans to introduce a tablet with WiMAX service sometime next year. Not content to let Sprint steal all the thunder, T-Mobile wants its customers to know it has plans to release a 4G tablet sometime next year as well. "T-Mobile is working closely with the majority...

DZDOCK One iPad Stand Created By 11-Year Old

DZDOCK One iPad Stand Created By 11-Year Old

An 11-year old by the name of Dino Zaharakis is making a lot of news this week, and we suspect it's just the start of what will end up being a nice design career. The kid has apparently (with the help of his faimly, we're guessing) designed a new dock that can be used to hold the iPhone, Kindle or almost any other portable/handheld gadget,...

Patriot Introduces Supersonic USB 3.0 Thumb Drive

Patriot Introduces Supersonic USB 3.0 Thumb Drive

USB 3.0 just keeps getting better, and faster. Patriot, which is probably best known for their solid state drives and memory modules, has just revealed a new USB 3.0 thumb drive. The Supersonic USB 3.0 lives up to its name, offering a native single-chip USB 3.0 controller as well as quad-channel technology that helps better take advantage...

Gmail For Android Updated With Priority Inbox And Better Compose Features

Gmail For Android Updated With Priority Inbox And Better Compose Features

When we first reviewed Android 2.2 (Froyo) back in the summer, we found a lot of reasons to love it. It was a highly revamped OS, and it really put Android into a serious position against iOS. And ever since, Google has been working to make a good OS even better. With Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) set to debut next week on the Samsung Nexus S,...

Matrox DualHead2Go And TripleHead2Go GXMs Get Mac Friendly

Matrox DualHead2Go And TripleHead2Go GXMs Get Mac Friendly

You know what they say? Mac users need multi-monitor attention as well! Matrox has been extending displays for years and years now, though the company has focused mostly on helping PC users. But now, they're introducing a new Mac-friendly  set of adapters, the DualHead2Go DP and TripleHead2Go DP. These Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs)...

Power Outage Could Affect Price Of Smartphones & Tablets

Power Outage Could Affect Price Of Smartphones & Tablets

Toshiba was forced to suspend production on its line of NAND flash memory chips at its Yokkaichi factory in Mie prefecture earlier this week due to a power failure. This factory is used solely to produce chips that are used in smartphones and other gadgets. This outage will likely affect the company's output of NAND flash memory used in tablets...

Google Ships First Chrome OS Notebook: CR-48

Google Ships First Chrome OS Notebook: CR-48

It took Google right around a full year, but this week, a dream was realized. Google made some pretty big promises last year when talking about a new operating system: Chrome OS. It takes a lot of nerve to willingly tackle both Apple and Microsoft in the OS realm, but Google is definitely big enough to take a swing. After announcing that Chrome...

Sprint Looks To Expand Tablet Offering As Businesses Ditch Notebooks For Tablets

Sprint Looks To Expand Tablet Offering As Businesses Ditch Notebooks For Tablets

Sprint is planning to expand its tablet portfolio next year in an effort to attract business customers who want to replace laptops with lower cost, more portable tablets. "There's a lot of interest in tablets, a greater degree of interest and faster adoption than I've seen in any other product," Paget Alves, Sprint's business markets President,...

Gogo & SkyMall Partner To Offer Holiday Shopping Experience From The Air

Gogo & SkyMall Partner To Offer Holiday Shopping Experience From The Air

Gogo Inflight Internet and SkyMall are teaming up to make your Christmas shopping a little easier. Thanks to a partnership between the two companies, you'll be able to access to SkyMall.com at no charge from Gogo-equipped aircraft on AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines. The service is available...

Overclocked GeForce GTX 480 Shoot-Out: MSI vs. Gigabyte

Overclocked GeForce GTX 480 Shoot-Out: MSI vs. Gigabyte

A funny thing happened during the course of this article—life got in the way. And in the few weeks that things were delayed, the PC graphics landscape changed dramatically. A couple of weeks before NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 580 onto the world, MSI and Gigabyte readied a pair of the most innovative GeForce GTX 480 cards to hit...

Could Google Still End Up Purchasing Groupon?

Could Google Still End Up Purchasing Groupon?

If you owned a deal-of-the-day website, how hard would it be to turn down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google? Probably really difficult, but Groupon didn't bat an eye when it told Google to take a hike. That's hard to fathom. According to reports, each board member would have received millions, if not hundreds of millions by signing on...

Google: We're Activating 300,000 Android Phones Each Day

Google: We're Activating 300,000 Android Phones Each Day

It's official ladies and gentlemen, Google's Android platform is stupid popular. We can say that because, according to an engineering VP for the sultan of search, the Android army grows stronger by more than 300,000 smartphone activations every 24 hours. That comes out to 2.1 million activations a week, or more than 109 million a year, assuming...

ZOTAC Reveals Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition

ZOTAC Reveals Overclocked GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition

NVIDIA's been in the news quite often this week, primarily due to the release of the newest GPU in the GeForce Fermi desmtop series. Now, ZOTAC is offering another new graphics card: the GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition. As with all of the AMP! cards, this one is also turbocharged and ready to crank through today's latest titles. It is overclocked...

Google Messaging Continuity Service Will Back Up and Sync with Exchange

Google Messaging Continuity Service Will Back Up and Sync with Exchange

Google has turned its Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts into a backup system for your Microsoft Exchange data. Called Google Message Continuity, the service is meant not just to back up, but to sync in real-time your Exchange data on Google's servers. The service is based on technology from Postini, which Google acquired in 2007. Here's how Google...

Lite-On Ships eNAU608 8X External Slim DVD Writer

Lite-On Ships eNAU608 8X External Slim DVD Writer

LaCie may be offering a portable Blu-ray drive for those who own ODD-less notebooks, but not everyone is ready or willing to invest in BD. Lite-On, which is a company that has made a name for themselves in the storage sector over the years, is catering to that group with the new eNAU608 8X External Slim DVD Writer. They're also catering to...

Sceptre Delivers 37" 1080p HDTV For $499.99

Sceptre Delivers 37" 1080p HDTV For $499.99

Sceptre may not have a prescence like Sony, Vizio or Samsung, but if you need a new HDTV for your bedroom or office, they definitely have an option to think about. The company has just revealed a new 37" 1080p HDTV, with a glossy black bezel, a rounded stand, silver trim and a 6.5ms response time. Of course, the panel has a native 1080p resolution,...

YouTube 2.1 Enters the Android Market

YouTube 2.1 Enters the Android Market

Google has unbundled another part of Android from the OS itself, and has put a new version of YouTube, 2.1, into the Android Market. The company earlier said it was going to continue to do this, so that important but not central portions of platform functionality no longer need be tied to Android OS releases. In this case, the bad news is...

Lenovo Reveals IdeaPad Y460p And Y560p, IdeaCentre K330

Lenovo Reveals IdeaPad Y460p And Y560p, IdeaCentre K330

It's the holiday season, and it's the season for giving. And if you're Lenovo, the best way to do that is to give us new hardware to mull over! The company is today introducing two new notebooks and one new desktop, the IdeaPad Y460p, IdeaPad Y560p and IdeaCentre K330. The IdeaPad Y460p and Y560p feature a sleek design and a familiar look...

HTC's Windows Phone 7-Based HD7 Impresses:  Video Demo

HTC's Windows Phone 7-Based HD7 Impresses: Video Demo

HTC let fly with their Windows Phone 7 lineup a month or so ago but to date we haven't gotten much in the way of hands-on time with the devices.  Monday night in NYC, home of yet another disappointed New York Jets team (Go Pats), we got a little up close and personal with HTC's sexy new HD7 smartphone.  The HD7 is currently offered...

LaCie Debuts Slim Blu-ray USB 2.0 External Drive

LaCie Debuts Slim Blu-ray USB 2.0 External Drive

On thing that could bother some netbook buyers is the lack of an internal hard drive. Even Apple's MacBook Air line lacks them. Many machines are shipping these days without an optical drive, partly because more and more things are streaming and partly because it's a cost/space savings. But sometimes, there's just no good alternative for having...

Crucial Intros New Ballistix RAM Kits

Crucial Intros New Ballistix RAM Kits

If you've taken a look at our holiday gift guide, you probably had your hands full with RAM options. But Crucial has a last-minute entry to think over if you are still taking your sweet time when it comes to purchasing gifts. The company's Ballistix line is growing, and the speeds are soaring as well. The new Crucial Ballistix with Thermal...

iPad Internet Traffic to Nearly Triple in 2011

iPad Internet Traffic to Nearly Triple in 2011

Steve Jobs and the entire Cupertino gang can officially stick out their tongues and waggle their tail ends in the direction of Adobe. Why? Even without Flash support, Apple's magical tablet will account for three times as much Internet traffic in December, 2011, as it does today, according to Chitika Research, the market research arm of Chitika,...

Samsung's Hot, New 470 Series 256GB SSD Burned In

Samsung's Hot, New 470 Series 256GB SSD Burned In

In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space.  Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning out their own SSDs for some time (as well as the actual NAND Flash chips themselves of course), only up until now they've come pre-packaged with OEM notebooks or rebadged under another company's branding....

Peel Turns Your iPhone Into A TV Universal Remote

Peel Turns Your iPhone Into A TV Universal Remote

Peel is about to turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a souped-up universal remote. With Peel's new Wi-Fi "fruit", your iOS device will be capable of finding your favorite TV shows, recommending programs to you, operating your home theater system and posting your review to Facebook and Twitter. Peel is the maker of a free iPhone app launched...

Lian Li Announces Tyr PC-X500FX Case

Lian Li Announces Tyr PC-X500FX Case

Lian Li released the new Tyr PC-X500FX computer case. This new case is an upgrade to the Tyr PC-X500 case released in 2008. The case supports ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards and can accept graphics cards up to 315mm long. You'll find six tool-less HDD mounting racks inside the case. Other highlights include four USB 3.0 multimedia...

MSI Blends Power With Green Technology In F Series Laptops

MSI Blends Power With Green Technology In F Series Laptops

MSI is attempting to combine power with environmentally friendly features in its F Series line of notebooks. You'll find various models within this family. The 14-inch MSI FX400 offers an Intel Core i5 processor, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M discrete graphics card, and MSI’s Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) and GPU Boost technologies. The 15.6-inch...

DivX TV Brings More Content To LG Products

DivX TV Brings More Content To LG Products

Does the world really need another content portal? There's already cable TV, Netflix, Hulu, VUDU and Boxee. And now this? Why, sure! There's never enough when it comes to alternative content viewing options, and now DivX TV is coming to select LG products. DivX TV is Sonic Solutions' new comprehensive entertainment service that enables retailers...

OnLive Reportedly Considering Movie Streaming Service

OnLive Reportedly Considering Movie Streaming Service

Could OnLive get any bigger? Maybe. This start-up company has been all over the tech news with the release of their MicroConsole, which enables games to be played from anywhere that a broadband connection and HDTV is available. But it looks like the company may not be satisfied with stopping there. Gaming is a big industry, no doubt, but there's...

Blockbuster Express Testing $2.99/Night DVD Rentals

Blockbuster Express Testing $2.99/Night DVD Rentals

Ever heard of Redbox? Probably so. It's the company who puts movie rental kiosks in various stores, giving customers the ability to rent their favorite new release DVD for just $1 per night. This, along with Netflix's cheap monthly rates, have seriously hurt Blockbuster, and movie studios are concerned that they could be hurting the purchase...

Sewell Direct Debuts USB-To-HDMI External GPU Adapter

Sewell Direct Debuts USB-To-HDMI External GPU Adapter

With the recent explosion in internet content, many people are considering hooking their computers to a television. But if your video card doesn't have an HDMI output, the options get tricky. Converters and adapters get involved, and there's generally a loss of quality or worse: some material won't output at all if the right safeguards and...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

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RIM CEO Says Tablet Software Headed To BlackBerries

RIM CEO Says Tablet Software Headed To BlackBerries

RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis recently spoke about his company's plans to use the QNX operating system in the company's smartphones. QNX is built for multi-core CPUs and will be used on the company's upcoming PlayBook tablet. "By focusing on the tablet market, we see an opportunity to free where the smartphone can go. When we have multi-core...

MSI Launches Mini-ITX Motherboard With Intel Atom Pineview

MSI Launches Mini-ITX Motherboard With Intel Atom Pineview

MSI announced a new mini-ITX motherboard, the IM-PV-C. This motherboard is designed to meet the requirements of a low power platform with support for Intel Atom processors and the Intel ICH8M chipset. The motherboard offers two DDR3 800 MHz So-DIMM sockets and supports up to 4GB of memory depending on the processor used. The board also offers...

Chrome-Powered Notebooks Coming Soon

Chrome-Powered Notebooks Coming Soon

Don't go taking that Red Ryder BB Gun off of your Christmas wish list and replacing it with a Google Chrome notebook, the latter won't be out in time for the holidays. But don't go pouting, either -- according to reports, notebooks infused with Google's Chrome operating system will start trickling out next year. "For us, it is a long journey...

Comcast Shies Away from Usage Based Billing

Comcast Shies Away from Usage Based Billing

Comcast hasn't exactly been one to avoid bad PR. We need only think back to the whole BitTorrent throttling fiasco, or more recently, Level 3's accusation that Comcast is essentially putting an extortion charge on whisking Netflix traffic down to its subscribers. But here's one bit of good news coming from the Comcast camp -- the ISP reportedly...

Greenpeace Applauds Cisco, Ericsson, Wags Finger At Dell, Oracle

Greenpeace Applauds Cisco, Ericsson, Wags Finger At Dell, Oracle

Greenpeace on Tuesday updated its Cool IT Leaderboard in conjunction with the climate negotiations in Cancun occurring this week at the COP16 conference. Cisco retained its top spot at the greenest IT company, earning 70 out of 100 points from the ecology watchdog organization. Oracle was a new entry on the list and came in dead last, with...

Download2Go Digital Music Stations Make Music Renting Easy

Download2Go Digital Music Stations Make Music Renting Easy

Judging by the success of iTunes, which has leaped past Walmart as being the largest seller of music in the United States now, it's pretty clear that the future of music buying is online, or at least not the traditional CD. But now companies are emerging to challenge iTunes and other online sales outlets, like MOD Systems. This company has...

ZOTAC Reveals New GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card

ZOTAC Reveals New GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card

Did you hear? NVIDIA introduced a new GPU this week! It's making the rounds, and now companies are jumping at the chance to be first on the block with new products based around the GeForce GTX 570. ZOTAC is one of the first to jump, with a new GTX 570 that uses a 732MHz engine clock, 480 unified shaders, a 1464MHz shader clock and 1280MB of...

LaCie Tank: A Rugged Case For Portable Gadgets

LaCie Tank: A Rugged Case For Portable Gadgets

LaCie is no stranger to making products that can take a beating. Not only are the company's drives stylish, some of them are about as rugged as they come. But now LaCie is creating something that lets you choose what's inside. The Tank, which definitely has a simple name, has a pretty simple purpose as well. It's designed as a rugged, rain-proof...

Google Gives Chrome OS Update

Google Gives Chrome OS Update

As expected, Google on Tuesday showed off the Chrome Web Store, as well as introducing an "always connected" limited edition Google branded netbook. The Web Store was announced in May at Google I/O. Since Chrome OS is built on the Chrome browser, it made sense for Google to start with an overview of Chrome, the browser. Google announced Crankshaft,...

Visa Gives Older Smartphones Mobile Payment Support Via MicroSD Card

Visa Gives Older Smartphones Mobile Payment Support Via MicroSD Card

Is mobile payment the future? It might be. Samsung's Nexus S is already equipped with NFC, a common protocol for mobile payment systems. And now, Visa and DeviceFidelity could be delivering similar support to phones that lack an NFC module from the factory. The two companies today the commercial availability of mobile contactless payments...

With Donation Milestone Made, Celebrities 'Arise' From Digital Deaths

With Donation Milestone Made, Celebrities 'Arise' From Digital Deaths

We haven't heard much from those celebrities who signed off from Twitter and other social networking sites in a sort of digital death to promote "World AIDS Day." That was last Wednesday, but the problem is that they were having trouble raising the $1 million necessary to resurrect themselves. They probably assumed things would be over much...

Garmin's OpenCaching.com Encourages GPS Hide-And-Seek

Garmin's OpenCaching.com Encourages GPS Hide-And-Seek

Have you ever heard of "caching?" You probably have, but you may assume we're simply talking about the caching of files, or perhaps an L2 cache on a CPU. But when speaking about GPS units and outdoor activities, caching refers to something else: a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. And now, Garmin is stepping up to the challenge and inviting...

Apple iPad 2 Reportedly Shipping in February

Apple iPad 2 Reportedly Shipping in February

It doesn't appear Santa's elves (or Apple's engineering team) will come up with an iPad 2 in time for the holidays, but according to the latest rumor mill chatter, the Cupertino outfit is planning to release its second generation tablet perhaps by the end of February in 2011. That's according to DigiTimes, which managed to extract quite a...

iPad Locking Case Keeps Thieves Away

iPad Locking Case Keeps Thieves Away

Your notebook probably has one. Your monitor might, and your desktop might as well. We're referring to a lock slot, and if you work in a corporate environment, it's almost a safe bet that your equipment is all locked down by these common locks and cables. But what about tablets? They're so thin and so small, and that makes them the perfect...

CyberPower Adds Fermi GTX 570 GPU To Custom PCs

CyberPower Adds Fermi GTX 570 GPU To Custom PCs

A new GPU? You know what that means: new custom PCs! CyberPower PC has been quick to jump at the chance to install NVIDIA's new Fermi GTX 570 GPU into their newest gaming desktops. If you had been waiting to pick up a new rig for Christmas, the time looks about right, particularly if you're blown away with the 570's performance. The new GTX...

VMware Brings LG Smartphones Into The Enterprise

VMware Brings LG Smartphones Into The Enterprise

VMware has been around mostly in the desktop software field, but now the company is branching out, and can you blame them? The mobile space is hotter than ever, and that's not going to change anytime soon. Today, VMware has announced a partnership with LG to help enterprises of all sizes improve security and control of sensitive corporate...

Ubuntu streams MP3 music through iPhone and AirPlay

Ubuntu streams MP3 music through iPhone and AirPlay

If you have an iPhone or iPod, a large collection of MP3s and a great home theater system, Ubuntu has an app for you. The Linux distro maker has introduced a way to stream the music from its cloud to your home system using Apple's AirPlay. You'll also need an audio/video component that supports AirPlay such as an Apple TV, or one of the...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 DirectX 11 GPU Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 DirectX 11 GPU Review

Hot on the heels of the arrival of their flagship GeForce GTX 580, NVIDIA is launching another new graphics card today, based on the GF110 GPU. As we’ve come to expect from NVIDIA, and AMD for that matter, when a new GPU arrives, derivatives based on pared down version of the chip typically get introduced at some point, but with somewhat...

Falcon Northwest Smitten with OCZ's RevoDrive X2 SSD

Falcon Northwest Smitten with OCZ's RevoDrive X2 SSD

In case you missed it, we spent plenty of hands-on time with OCZ's new RevoDrive X2 Solid State Drive device and posted our evaluation last month (you can check it out here). Short and to the point, we walked away "completely and thoroughly impressed," and it looks like we weren't the only ones. Falcon Northwest, makers of high end gaming...

Google Launches eBookstore

Google Launches eBookstore

Google launched an online electronic bookstore in an effort to compete in the booming market that's been dominated by rival Amazon. According to Google, the Google eBookstore lets you browse and search through the largest eBook collection in the world. There are over three million titles available including some of the latest bestsellers such...

TRENDnet Introduces 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge

TRENDnet Introduces 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge

TRENDnet launched a 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge. This bridge can connect up to four devices to your wireless n network. It is compatible with network-enabled Blu-ray players, televisions, DVRs, and gaming consoles. If your router has a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button, setup will be even easier since the 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge...

Samsung's Green Memory Uses Advanced Chip Stacking Technology

Samsung's Green Memory Uses Advanced Chip Stacking Technology

The "green" movement isn't going quite as strong as it used to be in consumer electronics, but Samsung is definitely still onboard. The company today announced the development of an eight gigabyte (GB) registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) based on its advanced Green DDR3 DRAM. The new memory module, which has just been successfully...

AT&T the Worst US Carrier: Consumer Reports Survey

AT&T the Worst US Carrier: Consumer Reports Survey

So many cell phone users complain about AT&T service that you might assume the beleaguered iPhone carrier is the worst in the nation. You'd be right, at least according to Consumer Reports. More than half of the AT&T respondents to Consumer Reports' survey were iPhone users. Because of the issues that iPhone users have had with AT&T's...

NXP Semiconductor Plants NFC Chip Into Samsung Nexus S

NXP Semiconductor Plants NFC Chip Into Samsung Nexus S

The second Nexus phone is out, and rather than being built by HTC, the new Nexus S is built by Samsung and Google. The highlights have already been covered, and it's bound to do well in sales. Those who prefer a pure Android experience won't do much better, and if you can't wait for Android 2.3 to ship, it's the fastest way to get into Gingerbread....

Amazon Creates Wikipedia-linked Shopping Pages

Amazon Creates Wikipedia-linked Shopping Pages

Amazon.com has quietly begun a project to duplicate Wikipedia content and use links in the content to point to books that can be purchased on Amazon.com. The so-called Shopping-enabled Wikipedia Page was reportedly created in November. Amazon spokeswoman Anya Waring told CNET the following: "Shopping-enabled Wikipedia pages are a new introduction...

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review

Just in time for the holidays, AMD is refreshing it’s line-up of desktop six-core processor offerings with a brand new flagship CPU, dubbed the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition. As you can surmise from its name, the 1100T is clocked higher than the 1090T it will be supplanting at the top of AMD’s line-up and its “Black Edition”...

Mo-DV Facilitates The Distribution Of Movies To Android Devices Via microSD Cards

Mo-DV Facilitates The Distribution Of Movies To Android Devices Via microSD Cards

Soon, you may be able to pick up a microSD card with a movie preloaded on it to enjoy on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Mo-DV is now offering its Universal Player on microSD cards for the Android operation system (version 2.1 and later). Movie studios are generally pretty protective over their content, so that's where the Universal...

Samsung & Google Announce Nexus S

Samsung & Google Announce Nexus S

Samsung and Google announced the Nexus S, the first smartphone to feature Android 2.3 also known as Gingerbread. With Android 2.3, you'll get a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, support for VoIP/SIP, and a new user interface. Touting a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, this smartphone also features Near Field Communication...

Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales Surpass 1 Million Units

Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales Surpass 1 Million Units

Watch your back, Apple, the iPad is no longer the only game in town. Enter Samsung's Galaxy Tab -- you can read our evaluation of it here -- which might not qualify as a self-proclaimed "magical tablet," but has managed to entice over 1 million buyers all the same. That's an impressive number for such a short period, made even more so by that...

Sour Lemons for Limewire, P2P Service Shutting Down

Sour Lemons for Limewire, P2P Service Shutting Down

Limewire users are going to have to find another way to pirate music and movies download and share legal copies of software, such as Linux distributions and game demos, as well as freely available indie music, because the peer-to-peer service is going belly up by the end of the year. "As a result of our current legal situation, we have no...

Nvidia Unveils GeForce GT 540M Laptop GPU

Nvidia Unveils GeForce GT 540M Laptop GPU

Out with the old and in with the old, but with new clockspeeds and a new name. That pretty sums up Nvidia's newly unveiled GeForce GT 540M notebook GPU, which kicks off Nvidia's GeForce 500M family of mobile graphics. The new part comes built on a 40nm manufacturing process and boasts 96 CUDA cores, up to 1.5GB of memory, a 128-bit memory...

03: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 6, 2010

03: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - December 6, 2010

This week on Two and A Half Geeks, we muse on the latest gadgets and gizmos we recommend in HotHardware's Holiday Gift Guide, what's hot and not about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, why playing video games at work can be good for employee productivity, Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processor for desktops and notebooks and we field HH reader questions...

Looxcie LX1 Lifecasting Camera/Bluetooth Headset Works With iOS

Looxcie LX1 Lifecasting Camera/Bluetooth Headset Works With iOS

There's a saying in the computing world that your new computer is usually already outdated before you can fully get it out of the box and setup. It's only funny because it's partly true. Technological innovations move rapidly these days, and anything "new" doesn't stay too "new" for long. Looxcie's lifecasting camera is a good example. The...

U.S. Senators Push For Wi-Fi In Federal Buildings

U.S. Senators Push For Wi-Fi In Federal Buildings

If there's one place you'd expect to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, it's probably within the White House. And beyond, you'd probably expect those same hotspots to be found in federal office buildings where all sorts of very important work occurs. But clearly not every building occupied by government employees is equipped with Wi-Fi. U.S. Senators Olympia...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

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Kaleidescape Cinema One Is Company's Cheapest DVD/CD Server Yet At $4995

Kaleidescape Cinema One Is Company's Cheapest DVD/CD Server Yet At $4995

Kaleidescape is not a company name that goes hand-in-hand with "inexpensive." It's a company that caters towards high-end home cinema owners who would like to place their entire film and content collection on a hard drive, versus having to sort out discs. It's one of the few factory systems that can rip DVDs and store them with full metadata...

Man Claims Exploding Droid 2 Injured Ear

Man Claims Exploding Droid 2 Injured Ear

A Cedar Hill, Texas resident claims that his brand-new Motorola Droid 2 exploded next to his ear, when he was trying to make a call. Aron Embry reported hearing a "popping sound" come from his Droid 2, although he felt no pain at first. He did, however, being feeling blood dripping onto his neck. Embry then drove to his wife Kara's place of...

Playstation Phone Shown in (Non-blurry) Leaked Videos

Playstation Phone Shown in (Non-blurry) Leaked Videos

Leaked video of the still-unannounced Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone emerged on Friday. There have been images of the Playstation Phone leaked as well, but this is the clearest footage we've seen. According to Engadget, the codename for the phone is the Zeus Z1. We already know the phone is expected to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Take...

Google Chrome Event This Week: The Browser, Or The OS?

Google Chrome Event This Week: The Browser, Or The OS?

Is there something new brewing at Google? It sure seems like it, but maybe it's just following up on something that's new exactly "new." Various media outlets have received an invitation from Google to attend a Chrome-related event on December 7th. The event will be hosted in San Francisco, where Google plans to "share some exciting news about...

Updated RedEye Gives Users More Setup Options From The Web

Updated RedEye Gives Users More Setup Options From The Web

ThinkFlood has been making a name for themselves in the iPad/iPhone/iPod accessory market, which seems to get more and more crowded with each passing day. The company's RedEye IR dongle stood out, however, as it gave Apple's line of devices the ability to control pretty much any home component that accepts IR, which is an awful lot of components....

AbMob Using Angry BIrds as $1 Million Success Story

AbMob Using Angry BIrds as $1 Million Success Story

What difference does it make if Angry Birds on Android is free? Apparently, not much, since Rovio is nearing $1 million a month, just from AdMob advertising in the app. It's been something that's been noted for a while: most of the Android apps are free, as opposed to iOS apps. With results like these, does it really matter? Rovio continues...

Lufthansa Offering In-Flight Internet On Intercontinental Flights

Lufthansa Offering In-Flight Internet On Intercontinental Flights

The friendly skies are looking more and more friendly by the day! Thanks to Aircell, many U.S. fliers have been able to enjoy in-flight Wi-Fi services through the Gogo technology, but that's only for use in the 48 continental U.S. states. Outside of that (and a small part of Alaska), there's no way to stay online when you head out over an...

Viber Allows 3G VoIP Calls For Free On iPhone (Soon On Android)

Viber Allows 3G VoIP Calls For Free On iPhone (Soon On Android)

VoIP mobile applications have been around for nearly as long as app stores have existed, and Skype alone has seemingly taken over that industry. But there are other options out there, like Fring. Today, another new alternative has come to light, and it may be the most powerful and attractive of all. The app is called Viber, and while it's...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Inno3D GeForce GTX 580 OC @ Legion HW [DreamWare Computers] Samsung BX2350 LED Monitor Motherboards and Chipsets: GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0): Contemporary Second Generation LGA1366 Mainboard @ XBitLabs Processors: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz Socket AM3 6-Core Processor Review...

Internet Retailers Set Sites On Local Services

Internet Retailers Set Sites On Local Services

Some of the Internet's biggest retail players are setting their sights on the flourishing business of local services. Google is reportedly interested in buying local coupon site Groupon for as much as $6 billion and Amazon.com is planning to invest $175 million in online coupon company LivingSocial, a Groupon competitor. eBay is buying Milo.com,...

Perfect World Introduces Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber MMORPG

Perfect World Introduces Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber MMORPG

Perfect World is adding a new martial arts MMORPG known as Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber to its lineup. The game is adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same name. Players will be immersed in a virtual realm of martial arts fighting where they can choose from three different factions and experience combat in five fighting modes. In addition,...

PhoneSuit Primo Power Pack Can Recharge An iPad

PhoneSuit Primo Power Pack Can Recharge An iPad

Batteries, batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly cannot live without 'em. They're a necessary evil in mobile computing, and while they always seem to die before you'd like them to, having portable, backup batteries around can help ease that sting. PhoneSuit has been offering portable power packs for awhile now, but the company's...

Google Pays $1 After Losing Street View Case

Google Pays $1 After Losing Street View Case

It's not often that lawsuits end in $1 payouts, but that's what has happened with Google and a Pennsylvania couple. Back in 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google because a Street View car, which drives around takes 360-degree shots of street surroundings in order to show on Google Maps, invaded their privacy. According to the couple,...

Mophie Debuts Juice Pack Plus iPhone 4 Battery Pack + Case

Mophie Debuts Juice Pack Plus iPhone 4 Battery Pack + Case

There aren't too many people who own iPhone 4 handsets and yet still have no case; Apple was handing them out for free for a couple of months, after all. But if you need something different, or just a case that does a little more than your average case, Mophie has something of the sort. The company has just introduced the juice pack plus,...

Microsoft Rewards Xbox Live Users

Microsoft Rewards Xbox Live Users

Microsoft introduced its free Xbox Live Rewards program to give loyal customers recognition and rewards for using Xbox Live. Members of the program will earn Microsoft Points—the same currency used by Xbox Live—when they use the service to renew a membership, activate Netflix, purchase merchandise, and more. According to Larry...

Samsung Sees 1 Millionth HDTV App Downloaded

Samsung Sees 1 Millionth HDTV App Downloaded

Are connected HDTVs here for the long haul? That has been a legitimate question for some time now, as televisions with apps have been shipping for well over a year at this point. Do people really want televisions with applications in them? Are people actually stopping to utilize them? Today, a release from Samsung has shed a little light on...

Clearwire Ships Clear 4G Home Modem With Wi-Fi Router

Clearwire Ships Clear 4G Home Modem With Wi-Fi Router

Did you know that Clearwire provides internet services for the home? They do. Aside from offering mobile 4G access, the WiMAX company also delivers Internet service to homes, and there's a new modem out for those who are considering the service. It's called the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi, and basically, it's a Clearwire 4G modem + WLAN router...

Verizon Wireless Reveals Pantech UML290 Launch Date

Verizon Wireless Reveals Pantech UML290 Launch Date

Yesterday, we told you about Verizon Wireless' plans to launch its 4G LTE network. Initially, it appeared the LG VL600 modem may be the only model available at launch. Now, it's clear the Pantech UML290 will also be available on Sunday, Dec. 5. This 4G USB modem supports both 4G and 3G speeds and offers a rotating USB connector that folds...

Flix On Stix Brings Movies To USB Drives Via Rental Kiosk

Flix On Stix Brings Movies To USB Drives Via Rental Kiosk

Is Redbox working well for you? We suspect it is for most, as sales have been fairly high so far, and the popularity of the kiosks has risen significantly in the past year. They're popping up everywhere, and they're probably destined to be around for quite some time. But what if there were an alternative to Redbox? Would you listen? AVT Inc....

BlackBerry-Maker RIM Purchases TAT UI Design Squad

BlackBerry-Maker RIM Purchases TAT UI Design Squad

Rat, a tat-tat! RIM buys TAT! Not the most glamorous of headlines, but it's true. TAT, otherwise known as The Astonishing Tribe, a UI and design company that has become quite popular recently. They were known for their work on the first Android interface that appeared on T-Mobile's G1, and now they've moved on to other projects that are making...

Dell Venue Pro Smartphone Sports a Vertical QWERTY Keyboard

Dell Venue Pro Smartphone Sports a Vertical QWERTY Keyboard

Dell this week announced the launch of its new Venue Pro, the only Windows Phone 7 device with a vertical QWERTY keyboard, at least thus far. It's also equipped with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.1-inch multi-touch AMOLED display, 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 8GB or 16GB of storage, and 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooh connectivity options....

AVG Update Borks Windows 7, Here's How You Can Fix It

AVG Update Borks Windows 7, Here's How You Can Fix It

If you're an AVG user having trouble booting into Windows 7, you have our condolences. Perhaps it might come as a small consolation that you're not alone, and chances are you did nothing wrong. The culprit, AVG says, is that the latest virus database -- 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292) -- released earlier this week is bricking systems with a STOP code....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 PCS+ Review @ Neoseeker Roku XD Media Player @ Techgage.com Quad SLI GTX 580 OC graphics cards being powered by Antec HCP-1200 PSU @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Sabertooth X58 @ PureOverclock Processors: AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Processor Review @ PCSTATS Memory and Storage:...

Time Warner Defends Comcast In Level 3 Dispute

Time Warner Defends Comcast In Level 3 Dispute

A big battle is happening over Internet service so, naturally, people have added large dollops of fear and misinformation and are shouting about it on Facebook. On December 21, the FCC will finally vote on adopting net neutrality rules. This may (or may not) have been caused by Comcast's spat with Level 3 now that Level 3 won a big contract...

OnLive MicroConsole Ships For $99 With $10/Month Gaming Plan

OnLive MicroConsole Ships For $99 With $10/Month Gaming Plan

Is there a future to online game streaming? Maybe. InstantAction was recently forced to shut their doors after their embedded gaming platform didn't catch on, but OnLive seems to be onto something. The idea of being able to plug a simple box into a broadband connection and then stream any major title available is definitely appealing, but...

ZOTAC Reveals Two AMD 800 Series Mini-ITX Mainboards

ZOTAC Reveals Two AMD 800 Series Mini-ITX Mainboards

Need a new system? Not willing to buy a full-size tower? Don't sweat it, as ZOTAC has just what you need. The company has just introduced a new pair of AMD 800 Series Platforms, including the planet's first AMD mobile-on-desktop platform -- M880G-ITX WiFi and the socket AM3 compatible 880G-ITX WiFi.   Both of these mainboards will...

Samsung Reveals Industry’s Highest Density LPDDR2 DRAM

Samsung Reveals Industry’s Highest Density LPDDR2 DRAM

Recently, Samsung demonstrated their very own NFC module. Reports are suggesting that future Samsung smartphones could integrate the feature in order to convert their phones into mobile payment devices. But that's not all; the company is today announced the industry's highest density LPDDR2 DRAM using 30nm-class technology. As you might expect,...

Super Talent Offers Creedo Software With Express RAM CACHE USB 3.0 Drive

Super Talent Offers Creedo Software With Express RAM CACHE USB 3.0 Drive

USB 3.0 thumb drives aren't anything revolutionary at this point, but they're still new enough to be novel. And Super Talent has been active in the industry from the very beginning. The company recently released a $15 Express DUO flash drive, which is probably the cheapest USB 3.0 USB key out there. But their newest product does something...

LastPass Acquires Xmarks, Will Add Freemium Service

LastPass Acquires Xmarks, Will Add Freemium Service

LastPass, the online password manager that stores your passwords in the cloud and syncs them to browser plug-ins and mobile apps, has acquired Xmarks, the troubled online browser bookmark sync service. Xmarks went under for a short time in September. Xmarks quickly came back to life after user outcry. The company has since tried to stay afloat...

Verizon Wireless Launching LTE Network On Dec. 5th

Verizon Wireless Launching LTE Network On Dec. 5th

Verizon already displayed that their LTE network would launch this month, and now the details are backing it. Verizon Wireless has revealed that "the world's largest 4G LTE wireless network" will launch in just a couple of days, starting on Dec. 5, 2010. There's a lot of debate in the sector over what's truly 4G, but there's no question that...

PNY Gives Customers Free Movie Downloads

PNY Gives Customers Free Movie Downloads

PNY has partnered with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to offer customers a free movie download. When you purchase a specially marked PNY product, you'll get a full-length movie download from Sony Pictures. Some of the specially marked products include HDMI cables, 8GB and higher SDHC memory cards, USB flash drives, DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 memory...

Corsair Expands Force Series SSD Line

Corsair Expands Force Series SSD Line

Corsair added two new models to its Force Series SSD family. The new F90 and F180 Force Series SSDs offer storage capacities of 90GB and 180GB respectively. These latest drives use the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Processor and offer read speeds of up to 285MB/sec and write speeds of up to 275MB/sec, with a 4K random write throughput of up to 50,000...

Toshiba Launches Two New Netbooks, One Harmon Kardan Audio

Toshiba Launches Two New Netbooks, One Harmon Kardan Audio

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- the netbook market isn't going anywhere, tablet PCs be damned. In fact, the netbook sector grew by two models today, courtesy of Toshiba, which just released the Mini NB500 and NB520. The more exciting of the bunch is the NB520, which features "the world's smallest Harman/Kardon speakers on a...

Avatar 3D Blu-ray Finally Ships (Sort Of)

Avatar 3D Blu-ray Finally Ships (Sort Of)

You can blame James Cameron's Avatar for all the 3D ballyhooing that's taking place, an awesome flick admittedly well served by the extra dimension, which is more than we can say for the spate of 3D movies that have come out since then. Given that Avatar kicked off the whole 3D revolution, it's a little ironic that the flick is taking its...

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

There's no doubt the Apple iPad has taken the market by storm. Although tablets have been around for some time, no other manufacturer has managed to create the same level of demand for a tablet like Apple has created for the iPad. These days, it seems everyone wants an iPad—kids included. Of course, other manufacturers aren't going to...

Video games are good for you, especially at work, study says

Video games are good for you, especially at work, study says

A recent study by the University of Colorado has found that video games create better employees. There's also new research that shows games work as well as aspirin on pain. Both projects came to light through the Entertainment Software Association -- an organization dedicated to proving that gaming is very, very good for you. The University...

Motorola Splitting Into "Solutions" And "Mobility" Next Month

Motorola Splitting Into "Solutions" And "Mobility" Next Month

Motorola isn't the same company you once knew, or they won't be shortly. After bringing their cellphone unit back from the grave in recent years, the company is planning to finalize a split on Jan. 4, 2011. The company's board recently approved the separation of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (“Motorola Mobility”) from Motorola,...

doubteTwist goes wireless (syncing)

doubteTwist goes wireless (syncing)

doubleTwist has unveiled an updated Android app and desktop client. The announcement came shortly after Winamp's announcement that its own Android app has exited beta, and doubleTwist added a feature that Winamp just added as well: wireless sync. doubleTwist is a company founded by Monique Farantzos and Jon Lech Johansen (or DVD Jon). DVD...

New FlipShare Gives Flip Video Greeting Card Creating Support

New FlipShare Gives Flip Video Greeting Card Creating Support

Cisco's Flip Video line of camcorders have continued to evolve, with their latest iterations just released in September. On Thursday, the company announced still more improvements, this time to its software. The FlipShare software, pre-loaded on all Flip Video camcorders, is getting a holiday upgrade. The latest version of the software, which...

New MSI Mainboard Meant For Atom-Based, Low-Power Solutions

New MSI Mainboard Meant For Atom-Based, Low-Power Solutions

Atom-based, you say? MSI has you covered. Historically, Atom CPUs have wound up in netbooks more often than not, but we're starting to see more and more Atom-based desktop solutions as well. The MSI I3-945GSE-D is a fanless motherboard that's designed for Atom-based layouts, with this one in particular using an Atom N270 and the Intel 945GSE...

DISH Turns iPad Into TV Viewer And Remote Control

DISH Turns iPad Into TV Viewer And Remote Control

The DirecTV and DISH Network battle is becoming more heated by the month. Not only are the two competing hard on price and content, but now DISH has another reason to choose their services. Well, if you own an iPad. The pay-TV provider has announced today that DISH Remote Access, the free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability...

Netflix And FilmDistrict To Stream Movies Soon After DVD Release

Netflix And FilmDistrict To Stream Movies Soon After DVD Release

Now we're onto something! One of the complaints that has surrounded Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming platform since the very beginning was the lack of new content. There are plenty of old releases and classic titles on Netflix, but where's the new stuff? A lot of it has to do with movie studios not really wanting their content onto streaming...

Prototype Workstation Throws An Ergonomic Curveball

Prototype Workstation Throws An Ergonomic Curveball

In the thirty-plus years since the first personal computers hit the market system capabilities have increased by multiple orders of magnitude. The ways in which end-users access these capabilities, on the other hand, has scarcely changed at all. The last major innovation was the mouse, first popularized by Apple in 1984. In the 26 years hence,...

JPR Claims AMD Tiptoes Towards Workstation Exit

JPR Claims AMD Tiptoes Towards Workstation Exit

We've talked about AMD's server roadmap on multiple occasions this year while simultaneously covering the company's ramp of its FirePro graphics cards. With all the Bobcat, Llano, and Bulldozer chatter, the quiet passing of AMD's workstation offering has gone all but unnoticed. That, at least, is the argument from John Peddie Research, which...

ViewSonic Offers VPC220T Touch PC And VX2258wm LCD Monitor

ViewSonic Offers VPC220T Touch PC And VX2258wm LCD Monitor

Touch 'em all! It used to be a baseball saying when talking about a home run, but now it's just as meaningful in the LCD and PC market. ViewSonic just can't resist the urge any longer, today introducing their latest updates by bringing out a multi-touch monitor and a touch-panel all-in-one PC. The VX2258wm display comes first, with a 22" Full...

PeeWee PC Ships Power 2.0 Children's Notebook

PeeWee PC Ships Power 2.0 Children's Notebook

PeeWee PC is a name linked closely to lower-priced, child-friendly laptops. Not long ago, the company introduced their Pivot laptop, and now they're announcing the compact PeeWee Power 2.0. This is basically a Classmate PC with a new label, and it's being marketed as an entry-level laptop for children 3-12 due to its ultra-compact design and...

VisionTek Killer HD 5770 GPU Also Uses A Bigfoot Network Card

VisionTek Killer HD 5770 GPU Also Uses A Bigfoot Network Card

Now this is the definition of convergence! A graphics card, and a network card, all wrapped up in one nice, neat package. The package is being co-delivered by Bigfoot Networks (providing the NIC) and VisionTek (providing the GPU). The end result is the VisionTek Killer HD 5770, which is a PCIe x16 card that only takes one slot in your motherboard,...

We Call Shenanigans on Sony's 4.1 Million Move Controller Sales

We Call Shenanigans on Sony's 4.1 Million Move Controller Sales

Microsoft on Monday announced it had sold 2.5 million Kinect motion controlled cameras in just 25 days and is on track to reach its goal of selling 5 million by the end of the year. Not to be outdone, Sony a day later issued a press release claiming it had sold 4.1 million of its Move motion controllers since it was released two months ago....

iPad Quickly Encroaching on Kindle's Territory

iPad Quickly Encroaching on Kindle's Territory

One of the big unknowns surrounding the emerging tablet market is whether or not slates would supplant dedicated eBook readers. Following the release of Apple's iPad, it didn't take long for eBook readers to drop in price, which made the proposition of buying a $500+ tablet to read electronic books seem far less appealing, color screen be...

BitFenix Intros Colossus Venom Edition And Colossus Window PC Cases

BitFenix Intros Colossus Venom Edition And Colossus Window PC Cases

When it comes to PC cases, the choices are endless. You could hunt for days and days and not run out of options, but only a few really rise to the top in terms of flexibility and design. BitFenix is hoping to join that elite group with the new Colossus Venom and Windows cases. These are two new variants of the Colossus full-tower PC chassis,...

Toshiba's New 2.5" HDD Is Self-Encrypting

Toshiba's New 2.5" HDD Is Self-Encrypting

When you're talking hard drives, a couple of things really matter: size, reliability, and security. When you're in the enterprise, security matters more than most, and Toshiba understands that. The company has just revealed a new self-encrypting drive that's designed to Trusted Computing Group's "Oval" specification. The drive will have a...

Winamp for Android exits beta

Winamp for Android exits beta

Just over a month after launching a beta version on Android, Winamp has reportedly exited beta (although the app in the Android Market still says beta, at the time of this writing). The new version adds wireless syncing and ShoutCast support. The new Winamp requires Android 2.1 or higher. It also requires the latest version of WinAMP for wireless...

Microsoft Sells 2.5 Million Kinect Cameras In 25 Days

Microsoft Sells 2.5 Million Kinect Cameras In 25 Days

No one actually doubted that motion gaming was popular. Nintendo sold through tons of Wii consoles, and for over year there was a consumer shortage. In fact, the movement was so noticeable that both Sony and Microsoft decided to embark on a journey of their own to embrace motion gaming. Sony chose the Move, and Microsoft chose Kinect. They're...

VISA Europe to Minimize False Positive Fraud Alerts with Location-Based Services

VISA Europe to Minimize False Positive Fraud Alerts with Location-Based Services

Location-based services and GPS can be used for a number of things, but have you considered them being used for fraud prevention? That's an idea just announced by Visa Europe. It's pure common sense: the assumption is that if the smartphone and your credit card are in close proximity, you are most likely using the card, even if you normally...

Asetek Introduces New 92mm CPU Coolers

Asetek Introduces New 92mm CPU Coolers

If you live in the northern part of the U.S., nature is doing the bulk of the cooling these days. But what about inside of your PC case? Unless you're funneling snow into there (safely, if that's even possible), the area in and around your CPU/GPU is probably still toasty. If you've been looking to overclock, but need some better cooling options...