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All News for April 2009

iBuyPower Announces LAN Warrior Gaming PC

iBuyPower Announces LAN Warrior Gaming PC

If you’re a fan of multiplayer gaming but hate the hassle of packing up your computer in order to go to a LAN party, iBuyPower has you covered with its latest PC. The LAN Warrior is a Core i7-based powerhouse in a small form factor case. The LAN Warrior’s included carrying strap and harness system make hauling this PC to and from your LAN-loving...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4770 RV740 DDR5 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews AMD Radeon HD 4770 @ techPowerUpHD 4770  @ NeoseekerGIGABYTE HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 Graphics Card @ TweaktownHIS Radeon HD 4770 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsATI Radeon 4770 Review @ AMDZoneATI Radeon HD...

MSI Launches R4770 Graphics Card

MSI Launches R4770 Graphics Card

We took a look at AMDs ATI Radeon HD 4770 GPU earlier this week, and MSI isn't missing a beat by announcing its first card based on the new chip. The simply titled R4770 is the company's latest graphics card to be based on a 40nm chip, and with comes GDDR5 high-speed memory -- something that was previously reserved for the R4870 and R4890...

Chip Developed To Roam Between Wi-Fi And WiMAX

Chip Developed To Roam Between Wi-Fi And WiMAX

There's WiMAX, and then there's Wi-Fi. And now, there's a chip that understands both wireless languages. As you well know, the former is a burgeoning next generation wireless data technology that operators such as Sprint have begun to roll out, and while LTE is largely believed to the true next gen data protocol for cell phones, it's hard...

NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs Transform China Oil Industry

NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs Transform China Oil Industry

And here you were thinking that NVIDIA was stretching its bounds by dabbling in the CPU and nettop arenas. Today -- out of nowhere, really -- NVIDIA has jointly announced with GeoStar that its hardware and software solution will "transform seismic computation for oil and gas companies in China." Bold words, huh?As the story goes, GeoStar is...

Imation Ships M-Class and S-Class SSD Drives

Imation Ships M-Class and S-Class SSD Drives

Another week, another news clipping involving SSD shipments. As the demand for solid state drives creeps up, more and more companies are joining in to snag a piece of the increasingly lucrative pie. This go around, we're seeing Imation -- you know, that company that makes all those CD-Rs you never got around to using -- ship its M-Class and...

Panda Offering Free, Cloud-Based Antivirus

Panda Offering Free, Cloud-Based Antivirus

Panda Security released the public beta of its Panda Cloud Antivirus today. The company claims this is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. Panda Cloud Antivirus consists of a lightweight antivirus agent that is connected in real-time to PandaLabs’ Collective Intelligence servers. PandaLabs’ Collective Intelligence servers work...

Metered Broadband Pricing Coming Soon

Metered Broadband Pricing Coming Soon

One of the key messages that members of the American Cable Association (ACA) are trying to get out is that we will definitely see metered bandwidth pricing at some point in the near future. ACA members are meeting this week outside of Washington, D.C., and they want us all to know that consumption-based billing for broadband usage will be...

Spammers, Scammers Use Swine Flu to Advantage

Spammers, Scammers Use Swine Flu to Advantage

Typical of any such crises, whether its the aftermath of an even such as an earthquake, or in this case, the swine flu, phishers and spammers are taking advantage of the situation. Symantec reports on spam that seems designed to simply gather email addresses and phone numbers for a future campaign perhaps. As shown above, one example contains...

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 Motherboard

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 Motherboard

While AMD's new Phenom II chips support DDR2 and are compatible with existing AM2+ boards, their full potential is only realized when equipped with a few sticks of fast DDR3. Unfortunately, so far, the pool of available AM3 / DDR3 capable boards has been rather small with only a few choices. The majority of available DDR3 equipped AM3...

Windows Vista SP2 Releases to Manufacturing

Windows Vista SP2 Releases to Manufacturing

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it has released Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to manufacturing. The new service pack, combined for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, will be released sometime in Q2 2009, Microsoft indicated. Highlights of the changes, many of which have already been delivered separately,...

GE Technology to Enable 500-Gigabyte Disc

GE Technology to Enable 500-Gigabyte Disc

Researchers at GE have made a major breakthrough in holographic storage technology that will help to usher in the next generation of optical storage. The researchers have developed a DVD-size disc that can hold 500GB of data. This is roughly equivalent to the capacity of 20 single-layer Blu-ray discs, 100 DVDs, or the hard drive of a desktop...

ARM's Cortex-M3 CPU Used In Ember's ZigBee Chips

ARM's Cortex-M3 CPU Used In Ember's ZigBee Chips

ZigBee may still be foreign to many consumers, but it's a growing wireless transmission technology that has especially taken hold in the home automation realm. To that end, ARM has decided to hitch its wagon to one Ember in order to delve gently into what could be a promising partnership.Announced today, Ember will rely on ARM's own Cortex...

Time Magazine's Top 100 Poll Hacked For the Lulz

Time Magazine's Top 100 Poll Hacked For the Lulz

In what some might consider the most visible Internet-based prank to date, frequenters of the 4chan image-based bulletin board site's "/b/ - Random" imageboard claim to have rigged Time Magazine's Top 100 online poll, so as to render 4chan's founder, "moot," the winner. And even though some fairly convincing circumstantial evidence points...

NVIDIA PhysX Coming To Some Hot New Games

NVIDIA PhysX Coming To Some Hot New Games

Ever since NVIDIA acquired Ageia's PhysX technology last year, the company has been aggressively working to drum up additional developer support. While NVIDIA has had a lot of success in recent months and a number of high-profile developers have begun integrating PhysX technology into their games, today NVIDIA--in conjunction with a number...

OWC Lets You Add a Monitor via USB

OWC Lets You Add a Monitor via USB

OWC INTRODUCES USB 2.0 DISPLAY ADAPTER -- EASILY ADD ADDITIONAL DISPLAYS TO MACS & PCs Increases Productivity up to 50% For Spreadsheets, Multi-Tasking, Photoshop, Presentations, Research, TV/Video Viewing, & Emails Bus Powered -- Connects to any USB 2.0 Desktop or Laptop Computer Other World Computing, a leading Mac and PC technology...

Ennova Direct Patents Biometric OLED USB Drive

Ennova Direct Patents Biometric OLED USB Drive

You know, now that we really sit back and think about it, USB flash drives have been around for ages. Somehow, these minuscule storage devices have survived (and even thrived) for years while chip technologies have arrived and vanished, optical media formats have been born and buried and DRAM prices have precipitously fallen. Now, rather than...

NEC And Renesas Merge, Create Huge Chipmaker

NEC And Renesas Merge, Create Huge Chipmaker

For those familiar with consumer electronics at all, we're certain that NEC isn't a name lost on you. Renesas Technology, however, is likely to be entirely less familiar. Nevertheless, it's about to get a lot closer to being a household name -- even if it's name isn't the one being used. What gives, you ask? NEC and Renesas have just announced...

Dell's Studio One 19 Now On Sale: Starts At $699

Dell's Studio One 19 Now On Sale: Starts At $699

Dell's Studio One 19, which officially broke out of its shell back in March, is now available to consumers in the United States and Europe. Starting today, folks in the market for a swank new all-in-one PC can look Dell's way, as this here system is certainly amongst the most stylish and well polished that we've seen.Aside from the totally...

U.K. Wants All Internet, Phone Use Tracked

U.K. Wants All Internet, Phone Use Tracked

The good news is the U.K. has decided against a government database tracking all Internet and phone use. The bad news is, they still want it done, but by the private sector. Cost is the issue with the government doing it itself; why bother when you can simply require the private sector to do so, right? Research from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's...

HP announces new line of business notebooks

HP announces new line of business notebooks

Hewlett-Packard announced a new line of notebook PCs that "merge business functionality with sophisticated design." In other words, a notebook computer that's a bit pricier than some, but gives you what you need for business use.The HP ProBooks start at $529 and weigh starting at 5.7 pounds and come with:• Windows Vista Business 32,...

Acer Aspire Revo NVIDIA Ion SFF PC

Acer Aspire Revo NVIDIA Ion SFF PC

We have been talking about NVIDIA's Ion since late last year when news first broke of the ultra small form factor platform. At the time, NVIDIA's tiny Atom-powered prototype system wasn't even called Ion yet, but images of the miniscule motherboard that would eventually be used in the reference platform had already surfaced and the community...

Kaiser Permanente Offers Med. Record USB Drives

Kaiser Permanente Offers Med. Record USB Drives

Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit HMO based in California, has begun offering its Northern California members USB flash drives containing a portion of their medical records that can be carried with them on business trips and vacations. Kaiser Permanente undertook a major computerization of their medical recordkeeping in the past few years. As...

AMD Announces The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition

AMD Announces The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition

In addition to launching the new Radeon HD 4770 this morning, AMD is also taking the opportunity to announce a new value-priced desktop CPU, the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition. The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition should be available for about $69 when it hits store shelves today. It is a 2.8GHz, socket AM2+ processor manufactured using AMD's 65nm...

ATI Radeon HD 4770 Debuts

ATI Radeon HD 4770 Debuts

AMD is launching yet another new ATI Radeon graphics card today. And in light of the current worldwide economic conditions, along with the performance and power consumption data we'll be presenting you on the proceeding pages, we suspect it's going to be a welcomed addition to the company's already potent graphics card line-up.You see, the...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Lenovo L215P Review @ Digital TrendsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Thecus N7700 7 Drive NAS Server @ TweaktownOCZ USB 2.0 Rally2 64GB Flash Drive @ TestFreaksSeagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB ST9500420AS Review @ HWLThe Mammoth 20 Terabyte Custom MEGA-NAS Project @...

Seagate Introduces Replica PC Backup Appliance

Seagate Introduces Replica PC Backup Appliance

In an effort to help make backing up one’s data easier, Seagate introduced the Replica backup appliance today. Seagate claims the Replica completely eliminates the need to manually learn, manage, or dedicate any time to the backup process. The Seagate Replica backup appliance is a complete PC backup system that can automatically and continuously...

Averatec Launches 12-inch N2700 Ultraportable

Averatec Launches 12-inch N2700 Ultraportable

If you’re looking for a relatively low price ultraportable with a classic design and plenty of power to handle everyday tasks, then the Averatec N2700 might suit your needs. The N2700 is powered by a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 dual-core processor and comes with 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive, 8x SuperMulti dual-layer DVD writer,...

PC Power & Cooling Introduces the Silencer 910

PC Power & Cooling Introduces the Silencer 910

PC Power & Cooling Introduces the Silencer 910 PSU, 80+ Silver Certified for the Ultimate Balance of Power and Efficiency OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling. The Silencer...

IBM's Watson To Compete On Jeopardy! Game Show

IBM's Watson To Compete On Jeopardy! Game Show

We know it's cliché, but really, what will they think up next? Just last month, researchers at IBM developed a supercomputer that could track some of the oldest English words to ever be uttered, and now another powerful machine will be tasked with taking on some of the quickest minds this planet has to offer... on one of America's most adored...

Flip Ultra Pocket Camcorder Now in HD

Flip Ultra Pocket Camcorder Now in HD

Small, point-and-shoot video cameras have become increasingly popular recently, not just for their small form-factor and ease of use, but also because of their relatively low price tag. Perhaps no line of products exudes the aesthetic of these palm-sized camcorders more than that of Pure Digital Technologies' Flip Video pocket camcorders....

Time Warner Pushes Caps With Customer Education

Time Warner Pushes Caps With Customer Education

Time Warner is still on the bandwidth cap crusade and believes that customer education is what is needed to convince customers to see it their way.  Time Warner identified Rochester, New York as a hot spot for customer dissatisfaction and negative media coverage. Their remedy for this, send customer service representatives to homes for...

Lite-On iHES208 8X Blu-ray Reader/DVD Writer

Lite-On iHES208 8X Blu-ray Reader/DVD Writer

New Blu-ray reader and DVD writer combo provides all-in-one PC solution for hi-def movie playback and writing DVDs Fremont, CA. – April 2009 – Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, announces the availability of the iHES208 8X internal Blu-ray Disc Combo.  The Blu-ray Disc reader, plus DVD writer, provides consumers an...

MSI Launches New X58 Pro-E Mainboard

MSI Launches New X58 Pro-E Mainboard

MSI Launches new X58 Pro-E Mainboard with DrMOS and True Blu-ray Audio playback supportTaipei, Taiwan –Since the release of the Eclipse mainboards which won wide acclamation from gamers everywhere, World renowned mainboard and graphics card producer, MSI International, has now launched the new X58 Pro-E to satisfy the top-category of gamers...

Microsoft Touts Progress On Safer Internet

Microsoft Touts Progress On Safer Internet

Let's face it -- Microsoft has struggled with security, particularly on its operating systems and its Internet Explorer browser. Even as recently as this month, the Conficker virus was making its way around to Windows-powered machines as security experts scrambled to find a fix. Thus, it makes perfect sense to see Microsoft introducing a dedicated...

Verizon, Apple, in iPhone Talks: Report

Verizon, Apple, in iPhone Talks: Report

While AT&T definitely wants to keep the iPhone to itself for as long as possible, that doesn't necessarily mean Apple echoes that desire. Source close to Verizon and Apple say the two companies are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with a target of next year. However, the 2010 date as posited by the USA Today...

NanoWatt XLP Microcontrollers Sip Power

NanoWatt XLP Microcontrollers Sip Power

It wasn't too long ago when we were expecting next generation GPUs to require external power bricks just to ensure that one's PSU didn't melt while trying to survive an hour-long Crysis session. Now, it seems that the all-encompassing 'green' initiative is pushing the power saving mantra all the way down to the smallest components known to...

iPods = A Must Have. Microwaves? Not So Much.

iPods = A Must Have. Microwaves? Not So Much.

Rich Morin, co-author of an interesting new study in the world of consumer electronics, probably said it best when he concluded that there is "nothing like hard times to focus the minds of the public on what they need and don’t need." The aforementioned study polled one thousand Americans via landline and cellphone in early April regarding...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:EVGA X58 SLI Classified 760 (Non NF200) Run-Through - VR-Zone.comTwinTech GeForce GTS 250 XT OC 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownZOTAC GeFORCE GTX 275 896MB Video Card Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI 790FX-GD70 (AM3) Motherboard @ CPU3DASRock X58 SuperComputer @ PhoronixProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition @ Legion...

At Last, the RealDVD Trial Begins

At Last, the RealDVD Trial Begins

The trial in the case of RealNetworks' RealDVD product has finally begun. When it was first introduced we knew it was going to face legal challenges, and it only took about a month for a temporary restraining order to be put in place. Real Networks has maintained that its RealDVD software is legal, and that it not only maintains the original...

Nokia's 6216 Classic Ships With NFC Capability

Nokia's 6216 Classic Ships With NFC Capability

Not sure if you've heard, but NFC is all the rage these days. At least it is in countries not named "USA." As America largely shuns the short-range communication technology, Nokia's looking to take advantage of NFC-friendly nations elsewhere with its new 6216 classic phone. The phone is Nokia's first SIM-based Near Field Communication device,...

Ubuntu Linux 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' Out Now

Ubuntu Linux 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' Out Now

After a long, long wait, Ubuntu Linux fans have been testing out the latest flavor all weekend. Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop, which is more affectionately known as "Jaunty Jackalope," has just been made available. Also of note, the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix -- which is obviously tweaked to work best on low-power netbooks -- can be downloaded today....

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Radeon HD 4890 CrossFireX vs. GeForce GTX 285 SLI @ XBitLabsASUS EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5 AMD Radeon HD 4890 graphics card @ OCWMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus M3A78-T AMD AM2+ DDR2 Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksASUS Rampage II Gene micro-ATX motherboard review @ Elite BastardsGigabyte MA790XT-UD4P Review @ XBitLabsAsus M4A79 Deluxe @ NeoseekerASUS...

Windows 7 RC Adds Virtual Windows XP Mode

Windows 7 RC Adds Virtual Windows XP Mode

A recent announcement from Microsoft should make it easier to convince Windows XP users to upgrade to the latest version of its operating system. For a while now, the company has been working on a Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 that will enable Windows 7 to run applications that were designed for Windows XP using virtualization. Sources familiar...

RamSan-620 Is 'World's Largest SLC Flash SSD'

RamSan-620 Is 'World's Largest SLC Flash SSD'

We keep wondering when we'll finally stop seeing new SSD players on a near-weekly basis -- not that we're hoping that flow stops or anything, but it's definitely getting a little crazy. This week, we've got little-known Texas Memory Systems introducing the very enterprise RanSan-620. Explained as a complete, high-performance, reliable Flash...

Estonia Aims For Broadband For All By 2015

Estonia Aims For Broadband For All By 2015

At this point, we're wondering if there is any nation in the world who won't get caught up in the race for complete bandwidth domination. Shortly after Britain, South Korea and Australia all publicly confessed to plans to expand broadband access (and speeds) in their respective nations, Estonia has come forward to do the same. Of course, the...

Google Plugs Major Security Hole in Chrome

Google Plugs Major Security Hole in Chrome

Google recently updated its Chrome browser in order to fix a major security problem. The problem affects the mainstream stable version of Chrome and is fixed in the new version 1.0.154.59.  Chrome is built to automatically update itself, so users should receive this update without having to do anything. The update will require the software...

Asus Intros Potent G Series Power Supplies

Asus Intros Potent G Series Power Supplies

Need a beefy power supply for your next DIY rig? No, we mean seriously beefy. If you're still adamant that you're fine with blasting your energy bill sky high for the sake of high frame rates, have a look at Asus' latest PSUs. The G Series lineup, which is currently comprised of a 1000-watt and 850-watt version, is obviously aimed at power-hungry...

PowerColor Brings Arctic Cooling To Its GPUs

PowerColor Brings Arctic Cooling To Its GPUs

Tired of cards with serious cooling being reserved for the "hardcore crowd" willing to pay extra? If so, this tie-up should make your day. TUL Corporation (or PowerColor, as it were) has just landed a deal with Arctic Coling to bring the latter's heralded cooling solutions to the former's AMD-based graphics cards. Specifically, it's 92mm cooling...

Conficker Virus Resurfaces

Conficker Virus Resurfaces

Weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm, the Conficker virus is slowly being activated. Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, is quietly turning thousands of personal computers into email spam servers and installing spyware. It does this by installing a second virus known as Waledac that can send out email spam without the PC owner’s...

AMD Debuts Low-Power Opteron EE Processor

AMD Debuts Low-Power Opteron EE Processor

While most of the buzz surrounding AMD of late has focused on its all new Phenom II X4 955 processor and its plans for 12- and 16-core processors in 2011, the company celebrated Earth Day earlier this week with a less notable, less energy-intensive option. The newly introduced AMD Opteron EE processor includes the company's lowest x86 quad-core...

MSI Unveils N285GTX SuperPipe 2G Graphics Card

MSI Unveils N285GTX SuperPipe 2G Graphics Card

Huge diameter, extra-large memory, and cooling to match MSI unveils N285GTX SuperPipe 2G graphics card Leader in graphics card cooling technology, MSI International is always inventing new, better thermal designs to give our customers the most efficient products. Launched today, the N285GTX SuperPipe 2G is not only powered by one of the most...

Asus Express TV USB Stick Includes 4GB Memory

Asus Express TV USB Stick Includes 4GB Memory

Love TV? Love being on the road? Regardless of whether or not your answer to that second inquiry is "yes" or "no," Asus is looking to help avid travelers stay connected to their favorite over-the-air dramas with its all new Express TV Stick. This minuscule USB TV tuner enables notebooks and desktops alike to tune into any local OTA station...

Tomorrow's Computers Might Talk In Their Sleep

Tomorrow's Computers Might Talk In Their Sleep

With the increased focus on managing energy costs and reducing human impact on the environment in the form of carbon emissions, we're being encouraged now more than ever to turn our PCs off or let them sleep when they are not in use. The problem is, our digital lives are increasingly dependent on maintaining active network connections for...

Judge in Pirate Bay Case Biased: Lawyer

Judge in Pirate Bay Case Biased: Lawyer

Judges are expected to recuse themselves in the event of a conflict of interest, and this is the basis of attorney Peter Althin's filing for a new trial. Althin represents one of The Pirate Bay founders, Peter Sunde. Althin told the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter: "In my appeal, I will urge that the verdict of the district court will...

PowerColor Unveils Fastest Radeon HD 4890

PowerColor Unveils Fastest Radeon HD 4890

PowerColor Unveils The Fastest Radeon HD 4890Powercolor’s PCS+ HD4890 feature card’s overclocking ability Taipei, Taiwan – April 24, 2009 – TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announced a powerful addition to the PowerColor HD4890 series: PCS+ HD4890. PowerColor’s Professional Cooling System PLUS...

Asus Intros K Series Entertainment Notebooks

Asus Intros K Series Entertainment Notebooks

Hot on the heels of Asus' P30A introduction comes this, the K Series Domino Collection. Armed with a lengthy name and a knack for hitting the multimedia sweet spot, this new line contains the K40IJ and K40IN, both of which get powered by a Core 2 Duo T6400 or Core 2 Duo T4200 processor (or an AMD chip, if that's your thing) and come loaded...

In-World Tasers Earn Second Life a Lawsuit

In-World Tasers Earn Second Life a Lawsuit

A virtual world, but a real lawsuit. Taser International has sued Linden Labs, creator of the virtual world Second Life, for $75,000. The reason: in-world tasers. According to Bloomberg, Taser, which manufactures the well-known stun games, filed a 102-page complaint asserting that Linden Labs is damaging the company’s reputation and hurting...

The App Store Passes One Billion Downloads

The App Store Passes One Billion Downloads

Move over, McDonald's; Apple is gaining on you!  On Thursday, the App Store reached one billion downloads. Apple thanked we consumers for the downloads, and now we're on to the next billion, right? Palm can only hope that its upcoming App Catalog will be even slightly as successful. The fact that the Palm Pre will be exclusive to Sprint...

Yahoo Pulls the Plug on GeoCities

Yahoo Pulls the Plug on GeoCities

A few days after Yahoo announced it would lay off nearly 700 workers, Yahoo is shutting down GeoCities, which it acquired in 1999 for $4 billion. GeoCities is the latest casualty in Chief Executive Carol Bartz's campaign to close duplicative and underperforming products. Last week, Yahoo announced the closing of Jumpcut, an online video-editing...

Samsung Ramps Up DDR3 Memory Production

Samsung Ramps Up DDR3 Memory Production

Intel's new Xeon 5500 series CPU launched earlier this year within Apple's Mac Pro (of all systems), and has since filtered out to other computer makers and the retail market. Despite an overall contraction in demand for microprocessors, demand for this particular one has evidently remained strong. So strong, in fact, that Samsung Electronics...

OCZ Technology Announces the Z-Drive PCIE SSD

OCZ Technology Announces the Z-Drive PCIE SSD

OCZ Technology Announces the Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD for Enthusiastswith up to One Terabyte of Storage San Jose, Calif.—April 23, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express based SSD solution designed...

Asus Introduces 13.3" P30A Business Notebook

Asus Introduces 13.3" P30A Business Notebook

Asus sure is firing on all cylinders of late, producing one of the largest gaming notebooks we've ever seen, one of the longest-lasting netbooks we've ever used and now, one of the most business-minded intermediate machines that we've ever come across. Regardless of your needs, it seems Asus is making a machine for you.Described as an everyday...

Apple Gets Hit By Trojan Virus

Apple Gets Hit By Trojan Virus

For years, many people have believed that Macs are immune to malware, viruses, and worms that have wrought havoc on PCs. In reality, however, OS X is potentially just as vulnerable to harmful programs. The difference lies in the fact that hackers generally go after what will give them the biggest bang for their buck. Traditionally, that has...

G-Technology's G-Speed SAS Expansion Unit

G-Technology's G-Speed SAS Expansion Unit

New G-SPEED eS PRO XL Brings Blazing Performance, Huge Capacity and Low Cost to High-End HD and 2K Film ProductionLas Vegas – G-Technology by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced its new G-SPEED eS PRO XL, a rack-mount, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expansion solution, with mini-SAS connectivity, providing high-performance,...

Samsung Debuts N110 And N120 Netbooks

Samsung Debuts N110 And N120 Netbooks

Chi Youngcho, head of the recently created digital media and communications unit at Samsung Electronics, told us in January to expect a few new netbooks, and clearly, he's a man of his word. Today, the company has come forward with not one, but two new "mini notebooks," the N110 and N120.Checking in at 10.27'' (W) x 1.19'' (H) x 7.3'' (D)...

PBS Launches Online Streaming Video Portal

PBS Launches Online Streaming Video Portal

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a little late to the game, but it has just launched an official online video portal where users can watch streaming video from a wide selection of PBS shows. Not that PBS hasn't offered some of its shows online before this, such as NOVA, but this marks the first time that PBS has consolidated a significant...

AMD Plans 12-/16-Core CPUs For 2011

AMD Plans 12-/16-Core CPUs For 2011

History has shown that Advanced Micro Devices doesn't have the greatest track record for delivering chips as promised (at least right on schedule), but the company's looking to make a change for the better starting with its highly anticipated six-core Istanbul. Said CPU, which falls in the Opteron family, promises to provide up to 30 percent...

ASUS Revamps Eee PC 1000HA with New Keyboard

ASUS Revamps Eee PC 1000HA with New Keyboard

ASUS Revamps the Best Selling Eee PC 1000HA with New Chiclet Keyboard-- Available immediately through ASUS authorized resellers, the new Eee PC 1000HA offers a supremely comfortable keyboard and 7-hour battery life for true all-day computing -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (April 23, 2009) - ASUS, a world leader in the mobile technologies, has updated...

Notebook Study Reveals Security Implications

Notebook Study Reveals Security Implications

Notebook Computer Study Reveals Security Implications of Mobile Workforce Study Uncovers Surprising Financial Repercussions of Lost and Stolen Notebooks SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22, 2009 – An independent study on notebook security, commissioned by Intel Corporation, analyzes the potential business costs of stolen or lost notebook computers,...

Jawbone PRIME: Better, Stronger, Faster

Jawbone PRIME: Better, Stronger, Faster

Aliph has just released a new headset, the Jawbone PRIME, which replaces the eleven-month-old Jawbone 2. Realistically, it hasn't changed that much in terms of looks or size or price ($129.99 MSRP), but it has changed inside. For one, the Jawbone PRIME offers Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, which means multipoint and easier pairing. NoiseAssassin has...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor

Over the course of a few months in late 2007 and early-to-mid 2008, AMD unveiled their Spider platform, consisting of AMD-built desktop processors, chipsets, and graphics cards, and refreshed said platform with faster processors and graphics cards. Fast forward to today, and AMD is doing the same thing, but this time with the newer, more powerful...

Seagate Ships Barracuda LP Hard Drives

Seagate Ships Barracuda LP Hard Drives

Many companies are taking advantage of Earth Day to call attention to the green products they offer. Today, Seagate is capitalizing on the Earth Day buzz by announcing shipment of a power-thrifty desktop hard drive family that combines large storage capacity with the best power efficiency and performance in its class. According to Seagate,...

MSI Debuts N280-Equipped Wind U100 PLUS Netbook

MSI Debuts N280-Equipped Wind U100 PLUS Netbook

Not much has changed about the Wind U100 PLUS compared to the U100 we burned in earlier this year, but when something's hot, you might as well strike (again), right? MSI's certainly agreeing with that mantra, pushing out a mildly refined version of its hit netbook that takes advantage of Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 and adds a few other small...

Warner Offers HD-DVD to Blu-ray Title Upgrades

Warner Offers HD-DVD to Blu-ray Title Upgrades

Early adopters get to sample new products and technologies long before everybody else. But the price they pay for the opportunity and the bragging rights is often spending a lot more money than if they had only waited longer, potentially problematic hardware that hasn't had all the bugs worked out yet, and (in a worst-case-scenario) sometimes...

Western Digital Boosts My DVR Expander Capacity

Western Digital Boosts My DVR Expander Capacity

Just a day after TiVo and Amazon announced HD video downloads, Western Digital is adding a 1TB storage option to its My DVR Expander so you can store all of those movies and TV shows you’ll be downloading. By attaching a My DVR Expander to your TiVo, you can instantly and seamlessly expand your TiVo’s recording capacity. TiVo has verified...

HP’s Pavilion dv3t Makes Its Debut

HP’s Pavilion dv3t Makes Its Debut

HP’s HP Pavilion dv3t is officially available. This lightweight Intel-based pavilion notebook boasts of a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, Core 2 Duo processor (2.0GHz T6400), and up to seven hours of runtime on the optional 9-cell battery. The Pavilion dv3t is about 1.25-inches thick and weighs just under 5 lbs. The base model comes with 2GB...

Firefox issues security update

Firefox issues security update

Mozilla released Firefox 3.0.9 yesterday, fixing more than nine security flaws - some of which were termed critical, causing crashes in Firefox 3 and, occasionally, in Firefox 2. Some of the crashes corrupted memory.One of the issues dealt with JavaScript running in mail programs on Firefox and Thunderbird (which shares the Firefox browser...

Netgear Ships MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit

Netgear Ships MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit

Just a day after Netgear announced that its Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer was shipping worldwide, the company has issued a similar announcement for its MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit. Said kit, which was launched to much fanfare earlier this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, enables high performance home networking (up...

New Taica Material Improves LCD Performance

New Taica Material Improves LCD Performance

Can't say we've ever heard of Taica Corporation, but apparently that very company has developed a so-called shock absorber that somehow boosts LCD performance. Sounds crazy, we know. Reportedly, the outfit has crafted a resin material that is based on a soft gel made primarily from silicon. As the story goes, that very substances helps to...

U.K. Mobile Broadband Operators Block TPB

U.K. Mobile Broadband Operators Block TPB

Citing a new (?), voluntary Code of Practice, mobile broadband providers in the U.K. are blocking access to The Pirate Bay. But the Code of Practice has been around since 2004 (according to the date on the PDF file), so why start blocking now? Answer: the verdict against The Pirate Bay from last Friday, obviously. Why block period? It seems...

Cisco To Safeguard Cloud Computing Clusters

Cisco To Safeguard Cloud Computing Clusters

Anyone paying close attention to the computing industry would realize that a few trends are picking up steam. Netbooks, smartphones and cloud computing -- and that's just to name a few. Cisco Systems, which definitely isn't immune to security breaches, is keying in on the latter one with a new network security lineup engineered to "help protect...

For a Price, Searching for "Me" is More Relevant

For a Price, Searching for "Me" is More Relevant

We've done it before, and admit it, so have you. You've typed in your name into the Google search box, just to see what comes up. Starting on Tuesday, if you enter just the word "me" in their search box, users will be given an opportunity to create or modify their Google Profile. To be clear, however, the prompt (shown above) which will appear...

Google Labs Gets Similar Images & News Timeline

Google Labs Gets Similar Images & News Timeline

Google employees have certainly put their “20% time” to good use creating lots of helpful features and additions to various Google products. In keeping with the company’s tradition of rolling out new features early in the development process, Google has added two new offerings to Google Labs: Similar Images and Google News Timeline. Similar...

TiVo Offers HD Video Downloads Via Amazon

TiVo Offers HD Video Downloads Via Amazon

TiVo has partnered with Amazon.com to make HD movies and TV shows available for download from Amazon’s Video on Demand service. The new service is available to all broadband connected subscribers with a Series3, TiVo HD, or TiVo HD XL box. The service will offer hundreds of selections for purchase. This will include high-definition episodes...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo @ Legion HardwareAsus EAH4870 Dark Night Review @ OCC22-Inch PVA: NEC MultiSync P221W Monitor Review @ XbitLabsASUS LS221H and LG Flatron W2284F Monitors Review @ XbitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M4A78T-E 790GX AM3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksPower:In Win 850W Commander Series Gaming Power...

AT&T Boosting 3G Network Speed

AT&T Boosting 3G Network Speed

Now that AT&T is taking on iPhone 3G customers by the truckload, not to mention its endeavor to sell all sorts of data-using netbooks, it only makes sense to push some of that subscriber revenue back into the network. Recent reports are suggesting that the nation's largest GSM carrier is looking to double the capacity of its high-speed...

Samsung Introduces "Rugged" 500GB 2.5" Drive

Samsung Introduces "Rugged" 500GB 2.5" Drive

Samsung Introduces New “Rugged” High-capacity 500-Gigabyte 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive for Mobile ComputingSEOUL, South Korea--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today introduced their new 500-Gigabyte (GB) 2.5-inch hard disk drive with a shock operation tolerance of 400G/2ms....

Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite Now Available

Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite Now Available

Powerful and Flexible Digital Media Player with Dual-Band 802.11n, Integrated 500GB Hard Drive, Blu-Ray Quality Video Playback and Broad Platform and Video Codec SupportSAN JOSE, Calif. — NETGEAR, Inc, a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the worldwide availability of the Digital...

Nanovision Mimo 7" USB Powered LCD Monitors

Nanovision Mimo 7" USB Powered LCD Monitors

DisplayLink support has been showing up in a growing collection of display products, such as monitors, projectors, docking stations, and adapters (such as DVI-to-USB adapters). One of the display types that DisplayLink folks have been talking about for a while now, are small, 7-inch LCD panels--similar in size and shape to a digital photo...

$399 Xbox 360 Elite Bundle Adds Halo 3/Fable II

$399 Xbox 360 Elite Bundle Adds Halo 3/Fable II

If you've been holding out on buying yourself an Xbox 360, you may want to procrastinate just a few weeks more. Microsoft has just announced that beginning next month, the Game of the Year Xbox 360 Elite Console will hit US shelves. The bundle will include the stylishly colored Xbox 360 Elite console along with two highly-acclaimed titles...

MSI Ships Wind Top AE1900 To US For $529

MSI Ships Wind Top AE1900 To US For $529

It took awhile, but MSI has finally come clean with a ship date and price for its iMac-like Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one PC. The machine, which packs an 18.5" panel that's completely touch-friendly, is making its way out onto the US market as you read this, with pricing for the base model set at just $529.Unlike HP's pricey TouchSmart, MSI's...

Sharp's New Netbook Has a Touch-Screen Trackpad

Sharp's New Netbook Has a Touch-Screen Trackpad

If you thought the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds laptop was an impressive design win with its secondary, slide-out display, then you ain't seen nothing yet... Today, Sharp has announced the latest addition to its Mebius line of portables--the Mebius PC-NJ70A netbook--which features a trackpad that also happens to function as a 4-inch multi-touch-capable...

VIA Sponsors WiMAX Launch With OpenBook Netbooks

VIA Sponsors WiMAX Launch With OpenBook Netbooks

Frankly, many technology pundits have already brushed WiMAX aside as a failed attempt to become the next high-speed mobile data protocol. With LTE gaining massive support, it's hard to envision WiMAX -- a technology that is already deployed in many areas of the world -- hanging around for too long. If VIA has anything to say about it, however,...

Pleo to Go Extinct

Pleo to Go Extinct

Ugobe, the maker of Pleo, the robotic dinosaur (pictured), has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Yes, Chapter 7, not Chapter 11, so unless someone decides to buy the company's assets, Pleo is doomed to extinction. Ugobe's CEO, Caleb Chung, also created the Furby, which when launched in 1998 became the "must have" toy of the holiday season. According...

Appeal Already Filed by The Pirate Bay

Appeal Already Filed by The Pirate Bay

No time wasted here. The Pirate Bay has announced on their website that only days after a guilty verdict in their copyright infringement case, they have filed an appeal. Last Friday, the founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, were each sentenced...

Google CEO Says 2009 A Good Year For Android

Google CEO Says 2009 A Good Year For Android

While Google still has a long way to go before it seriously begins to chip away at market share owned by Windows Mobile, Symbian S60 and OS X, there's no denying that Android has already made an unmistakable mark on the mobile industry. The newfangled mobile operating system was largely praised with the HTC-built G1 launched last year on T-Mobile,...

OCZ Announces Vertex EX 2.5-inch SLC-based SSD

OCZ Announces Vertex EX 2.5-inch SLC-based SSD

OCZ Technology Announces Vertex EX 2.5” SLC-based SSD, Delivering Reliability and Performance for Enterprise Applications including Servers and Workstations OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled OCZ Vertex EX 2.5” Solid State...

MSI Releases N260GTX Lightning Video Card

MSI Releases N260GTX Lightning Video Card

Today, MSI released the N260GTX Lightning graphics card. This latest offering from MSI looks to be aimed squarely at the hardcore graphics card overclocking enthusiast. Noteworthy features of the N260GTX Lightning include "Military Class" components, 1792MB of memory, Twin Frozr cooling, and MSI's "AirForce Panel" that allows access to overclocking...

Caustic Releases CausticRT Raytracing System

Caustic Releases CausticRT Raytracing System

Caustic Reinvents Raytracing for Interactive, Cinema-Quality 3D GraphicsCompany Releases Caustic RT - Flexible Development Platform for No-Compromise Raytracing SAN FRANCISCO - April 20, 2009 - Today Caustic Graphics released CausticRT, the worlds only massively accelerated raytracing system for achieving breakthrough levels of quality in...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Memory and Storage:OCZ Vertex 120GB v1.10 MLC SSD Review @ Legit ReviewsOCZ Blade Series DDR3-2000 6GB Low Voltage Triple Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.orgPower:Corsair TX850W Power Supply Review at Overclockers OnlineEnermax Revolution85+ 950 Watt @ Tech-Reviews Systems:HP EliteBook 6930p @ InsideHWCases, Cooling & Misc.:Sunbeam...

ASUS Gets EPEAT Gold with VH Series LCD Monitors

ASUS Gets EPEAT Gold with VH Series LCD Monitors

Five VH Series LCD Monitors Join ASUS Bamboo Series and N Series Notebooks as EPEAT Gold Rated ProductsFremont, CA (April 20, 2009) – Five ASUS VH Series LCD monitors with screen sizes ranging from 20” to 24” have been certified by EPEAT at the Gold level, the highest environmental rating possible. EPEAT is an international organization that...

Adobe's Flash Platform Coming To TVs, STBs

Adobe's Flash Platform Coming To TVs, STBs

Adobe seems to be having a tough time getting its nearly-ubiquitous Flash onto Apple's iPhone, but evidently the same struggle won't be faced when looking at the television marketplace. Today at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Adobe Systems announced the extension of the Flash platform to connected digital home devices with an optimized...

Washington D.C. to Receive Free Mobile TV

Washington D.C. to Receive Free Mobile TV

Later this summer, customers in the greater Washington, D.C. area will be able to take advantage of free digital TV broadcasts designed for viewing on mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers, and in-car entertainment systems. Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metro area will become the first U.S. metro region to receive the free...

FBI Uses Spyware to Capture Cyber Criminals

FBI Uses Spyware to Capture Cyber Criminals

It doesn't carry quite the same weight as the Warren Commission report and it might even contain more redactions than the Nixon tape transcripts, but recently-released FBI documents obtained by Wired News via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) prove that the FBI has been using its own version of spyware for years to catch cyber-criminals....

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro FX 4800 for Mac

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro FX 4800 for Mac

NVIDIA BRINGS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED QUADRO FX 4800 TO MAC MARKET Advanced Graphics Capabilities Redefine Visual Quality and Application Performance for the Mac Community NVIDIA today brings to Mac Pro users its award-winning NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 4800, the market's most advanced professional graphics card. With its sophisticated GPU architecture...

Zotac Liquid-Cooled GTX 285 Infinity Edition

Zotac Liquid-Cooled GTX 285 Infinity Edition

Water-cooling has seen greater mainstream acceptance in recent years. As a result, manufacturers have acknowledged the trend and expanded their product lineups to include these more exotic parts. But what's the big draw for videocards, motherboards, or memory pre-installed with liquid cooling options? Simply put, increased cooling potential...

Sun Microsystems Acquired By Oracle For $7.4B

Sun Microsystems Acquired By Oracle For $7.4B

Just over a month after IBM was rumored to be moments away from acquiring Sun Microsystems, lo and behold, Oracle has swooped in as the suitor. In a rather unexpected move, the sinking Oracle has just procured the sinking Sun Microsystems, obviously hoping that two laggards can somehow succeed rather than simply sink each other faster.Announced...

G.Skill Intros 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Falcon SSDs

G.Skill Intros 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Falcon SSDs

The more the merrier -- isn't that the saying? As the solid state drive market continues to expand, G.Skill is introducing a few new ones to choose from. The Falcon SATA II 2.5" MLC-based Solid State Drive (SSD) Series based on the latest, cutting edge Indilink controller, and they'll be shipping in capacities between 64GB and 256GB.The drives...

D-Link Now Shipping Ethernet Over Coax Kit

D-Link Now Shipping Ethernet Over Coax Kit

Easy-to-Use Adapter Kit Enables Fast Transfers of HD Video, Music, Gaming; Quick Solution for Connecting Devices in Multiple RoomsFOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 20, 2009 — D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, announced today that it has begun shipping the easy-to-use HD MediaBridge® Starter Kit...

WD Ships 2TB Enterprise Class RE4-GP Hard Drive

WD Ships 2TB Enterprise Class RE4-GP Hard Drive

WD Ships 2 Terabyte Enterprise-Class Hard Drives With Next-Generation GreenPower TechnologyWD RE4-GP Hard Drives Further Reduce Power Consumption For Data Centers and Digital Video Production Facilities LAS VEGAS, Nev. – (NAB Show Booth No. SL12809) -- Apr. 20, 2009 -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today expanded its enterprise...

Study: H1B Visas Lower US Programmer Pay

Study: H1B Visas Lower US Programmer Pay

Globalization is wonderful, and does no harm anywhere, that's what we've been told. But a new study, titled "H-1B Visas, Offshoring, and the Wages of US Information Technology Workers" by Prasanna B. Tambe of New York University - Stern School of Business and Lorin M. Hitt of University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School aims to dispel "the...

Protests Erupt Over Pirate Bay Verdict

Protests Erupt Over Pirate Bay Verdict

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Saturday following Friday's conviction by a Swedish court of key members of the BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay. The founders of The Pirate Bay, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde, as well as Carl Lundstrom, who provided financing, were each sentenced to a year in prison and...

Hulu App Reportedly Coming to the iPhone Soon

Hulu App Reportedly Coming to the iPhone Soon

According to recent reports, a dedicated Hulu application could be available for the iPhone in just a few months. The application will reportedly work over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 3G network, thereby enabling users to view programming anywhere a fast data connection is available. There were rumors of a similar application about this time last...

MSI Unveils StarCam Flip Webcam

MSI Unveils StarCam Flip Webcam

MSI StarCam Flip Webcam Taipei, TW - Worldwide high-end graphics card and professional motherboard brand-manufacturer, MSI International, today unveils the company's flagship StarCam Flip webcam. With a built-in glass-lens with a "true" 2.0 megapixel high quality sensor and highly sensitive USB microphone, MSI StarCam Flip ensures the best...

Iomega's 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS

Iomega's 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS

Sure, Iomega has plenty of options for consumers needing a bit more storage, but this one's for the big boys. Or, the medium boys, anyway. The company's newest NAS sports a rather unorthodox shape, coming in rack-mount form versus the typical desktop cube that we're grown accustomed to seeing. The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r Rackmount Server is...

Google Re-Orients CAPTCHA

Google Re-Orients CAPTCHA

After all these years, we're still trying to find the perfect CAPTCHA technique, something that will protect against automated system signups, but still be easy and not annoying for humans. Google has just released a report on what we can only hope is a step in that direction, which they call image orientation CAPTCHA. CAPTCHA (or "Completely...

Shuttle Intros Atom 330-Powered X270V Nettop PC

Shuttle Intros Atom 330-Powered X270V Nettop PC

Generally speaking, Shuttle has stuck to the tried-and-true barebones "XPC" enclosure. That said, the company is trying something a little different with its newest product, the X270V. While certainly not the firm's first nettop, it's still a relatively new category for it. We can't help but be impressed with the differentiation here, but...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 1GB Passive Review @ Hardware CanucksASUS Extreme NGTX260 Matrix @ Legion HardwareDisplayLink USB Graphics Adapter Review @ OCModShopASUS RADEON HD 4850/4870 and GeForce GTX 285/295 @ ixbtGalaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card @ TweaktownSapphire Vapor-X HD4850 512MB Videocard @ TweaknewsASUS ENGTS250...

iBuyPower Debuts Gamer Supreme 928i Desktop

iBuyPower Debuts Gamer Supreme 928i Desktop

Hot on the heels of our iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 evaluation comes this: the Gamer Supreme 928i. Said machine is decidedly mid-range in terms of price and specifications, and if you're jonesing for one, you'll have to point your browser to NewEgg.com, as that's the only e-tailer certified to sell it.Strategically designed for the "recession-minded...

Enermax Announces Galaxy Evo PSU Series

Enermax Announces Galaxy Evo PSU Series

ENERMAX is proud to announce the availability of “GALAXY EVO”, as its newest PSU series. City of Industry, April 17th 2009 -- GALAXY EVO is complementing the recently launched and all-records breaking REVOLUTION85+ series as an 82 PLUS certified version.Especially for 115VAC countries, users will be delighted to have a 1250W model available...

IBM And Company Announce 28nm Process Technology

IBM And Company Announce 28nm Process Technology

Intel, ARM and AMD have all touted their own 32-nanometer process technology over the past few months, but it's a gaggle of lesser-knowns sneaking in to one-up that trio in the race to infinitely minute. A team comprised of IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.,...

Lian Li Launches NC-09 Notebook Cooler

Lian Li Launches NC-09 Notebook Cooler

Lian Li launches latest NC-09 Notebook Cooler Stylish and Effective Aluminum Design Cooling for Notebooks Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the NC-09 Notebook cooler pad. The brushed all aluminum black anodized structure has a huge 220mm 5V silent DC Fan with a blue LED and a large steel mesh which allows extra air-flow under the notebook....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Video Card Review @ I4UHIS Radeon HD 4890 Turbo Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H Motherboard @ iXBTMemory and Storage:Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB Hard Drive Review @ I4UKingston HyperX 6GB 2000 MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review @ FuturelooksSystems:Gateway's...

OCZ Technology Introduces MiniPCI–Express SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces MiniPCI–Express SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces MiniPCI–Express Solid State Drives to meet the Growing Need for Mobile Storage Solutions OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled their first miniPCI-Express Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the affordable...

T-Mobile USA Launches Sidekick LX For $200

T-Mobile USA Launches Sidekick LX For $200

While the HTC-built G1 has undoubtedly become the face of T-Mobile, the long-standing Sidekick line is getting a new face of its own today. T-Mobile USA has just launched the Sidekick LX, which features a long-awaited 3G radio and the same iconic swivel design that has made the form factor so appealing over the years.Additionally, prospective...

Gmail Now Tells You Who You Should Email

Gmail Now Tells You Who You Should Email

Gmail continues to get better and better. Within the last month, we’ve seen additions such as an Undo Send feature and YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Yelp Preview capabilities as well as many other previous additions. Today, Gmail added a “suggest more recipients” feature which is useful but also a tad creepy. You see, the suggest more recipients...

Facebook's Terms of Service Vote Begins

Facebook's Terms of Service Vote Begins

We wrote earlier that Facebook was going to allow site users to vote on its new Terms of Service. Well, the polls are now open, and users can start voiting. You probably remember the massive explosion that happened when Facebook modified its Terms of Service (ToS) such that it implied Facebook owned all your content, forever. They eventually...

Netbooks Doing Well In Recession

Netbooks Doing Well In Recession

While we're still unsure if netbooks are ready to dabble in the corporate world, they're clearly ready to take on pretty much every other sector. In fact, they already have. According to new research from ABI Research, netbook sales really haven't been adversely affected during the recent credit crunch. Sure, the extra low price tags are mostly...

Panasonic Expands Lumix FS Line

Panasonic Expands Lumix FS Line

Just three months after announcing two new Panasonic FS-Series cameras, the company is at it again, this time with three new additions to the point-and-shoot Lumix family. Unfortunately, the DMC-FS12, DMC-FS42, and DMC-FS62 won’t be released in the U.S., but they will be available in Europe and Japan. DMC-FS12 Panasonic’s DMC-FS12 is a 12.1...

Cactus Technologies Intros 2.5" Industrial SSDs

Cactus Technologies Intros 2.5" Industrial SSDs

Maybe we're just cursed with short memories, but it sure feels like the SSD market place is exploding. Every week or so we're being introduced to a company we'd never heard of before, and while we can't say that solid state drive prices are anywhere close to reasonable yet, adding new competitors to the field certainly can't hurt things. Cactus...

Pirate Bay Founders Face Jail Time And Fines

Pirate Bay Founders Face Jail Time And Fines

Some might say it's the end of an era. Just so we're clear, Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom are definitely not among that group. The four men most tightly linked to torrent hosting site The Pirate Bay have been found guilty in a Stockholm district court and sentenced to one year in prison. Not to mention...

Samsung First to Offer SSD Full Disk Encryption

Samsung First to Offer SSD Full Disk Encryption

Full Disk Encryption Comes to Solid State DrivesLee, MA and San Jose, CA: Wave Systems Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have collaborated to give professionals on the go the ultimate in hard drive security. Along with blazing speed, ultra-fast boot-up and silent operation, Samsung's new self-encrypting SSDs automatically encrypt information...

YouTube vs. Hulu: Fight!

YouTube vs. Hulu: Fight!

YouTube on Thursday took aim at its biggest competitor, Hulu, announcing it would begin offering movies, TV shows and content from studios such as Crackle/Sony Pictures, CBS, MGM, Lionsgate, Starz, the BBC, Anime Network, Cinetic Rights Management, Current TV, Discovery, Documentary Channel, First Look Studios, IndieFlix, National Geographic...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Inno3D GeForce GTX 275 Overclock @ Legion HardwareInno3D GeForce GTX 275 OC 896M @ techPowerUpVuzix iWear AV310 Widescreen Headset Display Review  @ OverclockersHQProcessors:Intel Core i7 920 and 940 CPU review @ Elite BastardsMemory and Storage:Koutech XRev 3.5” Hi-Speed USB 2.0 + eSATA External Enclosure + Card Reader Review @...

HP Takes #1 Spot From Dell In US PC Shipments

HP Takes #1 Spot From Dell In US PC Shipments

It's not like Hewlett-Packard has never trumped Dell before in PC shipments, but the back-and-forth has continued today with the newest computer shipment reports. According to Gartner Incorporated's freshest analysis, HP has snagged the number one spot in domestic PC shipments from Dell, who had most previously held the crown.The report noted...

Toshiba Unveils Self-Encrypting Drive Technology

Toshiba Unveils Self-Encrypting Drive Technology

Toshiba’s Self-Encrypting Drive Technology will make its debut at the RAS conference in San Francisco. The conference begins April 21st. The new technology supports the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Storage Architecture Core Specification, as well as the Storage Security Subsystem Class (SSC) Opal Specification. Toshiba’s encryption package...

Business IT - Efficiency Through Innovation

Business IT - Efficiency Through Innovation

Given the current economic climate, businesses have had to trim the fat in every way possible. One of the key areas of concentration for quite some time has been a growing need to make the most efficient use of technical resources, in the form of increased output with less energy consumption and a smaller footprint. This has attributed to...

Verizon To Launch Hub App Mart This Year

Verizon To Launch Hub App Mart This Year

Back in February, Verizon sought to revolution the home phone with the introduction of its Hub. Half telephone, half Internet tablet, the Hub really was a huge departure from the norm for Verizon Wireless and a unique device overall.Today, we're learning that the carrier is hoping to add a bit of oomph already by preparing an application market...

Time Warner Will Delay Tiered Pricing in Texas

Time Warner Will Delay Tiered Pricing in Texas

After Time Warner proposed what would amount to a $150/month unlimited Internet plan, the company has received a massive influx of complaints from customers. As a result, Time Warner has decided to delay the rollout of the tiered pricing plan in both Texas cities by a few months. Originally, Time Warner planned to roll out tiered pricing tests...

Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R & EX58-UD4P

Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R & EX58-UD4P

Many positive commentaries have been written about Intel's current flagship Core i7 processors and its companion X58 Express chipset, due to the solid performance gains offered by the platform. In addition to the increased performance offered by Core i7 processors though, the X58 chipset also brings with it native support for ATI CrossFireX...

Study States Spam Contributes to Global Warming

Study States Spam Contributes to Global Warming

We knew that spam e-mails drained our time, resources, and productivity, but apparently spam is also contributing to global warming. Security-technology company, McAfee, and the technology-research company, ICF International, have just released a joint study that claims that the 62 trillion spam e-mails sent in 2008 generated approximately...

MSI Announces X340 Ultra-Slim Notebook

MSI Announces X340 Ultra-Slim Notebook

MSI officially announced the X340 Ultra-Slim notebook. According to MSI, the X340 is the world’s lightest and slimmest 13-inch notebook. To back that claim up, the X340 measures just 6 mm at its thinnest point and 19.8 mm at its widest point. The notebook weighs 1.3 kilograms (approx. 2.87 pounds) with the battery installed. The notebook incorporates...

Nero Adds NVIDIA CUDA Acceleration

Nero Adds NVIDIA CUDA Acceleration

Nero Adds NVIDIA CUDA AccelerationNero Move it utilizes NVIDIA CUDA architecture to accelerate video encoding time, decrease CPU usage Nero, creators of liquid media technology, today previewed the latest version of Nero Move it, which now features support for the NVIDIA CUDA architecture, at the CeBIT trade fair. Available as a free update...

HH & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes Winners!

HH & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes Winners!

We've had a chance to sift through all of the entries in our AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes and have chosen our five lucky contestants!  Before we announce the lucky folks who'll be battling it our for a bunch of AMD-based goodness, we want to take minute to thank everyone who participated.  Good to have you ALL with us -- and...

MSI Launches StarCam Flip Webcam/Biz Card Reader

MSI Launches StarCam Flip Webcam/Biz Card Reader

MSI's spent the bulk of its time of late pumping out new graphics cards and drool worthy notebooks. We have to say, it's latest product is somewhat of a letdown in comparison to those other items, but it's still interesting to say the least. The flagship StarCam Flip webcam handles all the typical webcam tasks -- video chats, quick mugshots,...

Intel Shows $647m Profit In Q1 2009, Down 11%

Intel Shows $647m Profit In Q1 2009, Down 11%

We knew the first quarter of 2009 wouldn't be fantastic for chip makers. Frankly, so did they. But somehow or another, Intel managed to escape the vicious first three months of the year with quite a few dollars in its pocket, which -- in our opinion -- deserves applause in its own right given the circumstances.The company's Q1 2009 filings...

More States Look to Tax Digital Goods, Web Sales

More States Look to Tax Digital Goods, Web Sales

We've previously written about the so-called "Amazon Tax," New York State's move to expand the definition of a physical presence in a state so as to be able to force a retailer to charge sales tax. WEe also wrote that this was just the beginning, and as we expected, things are accelerating. As many states face budget crises, they are looking...

HotHardware's Daniel Begun Talks Up Zune HD

HotHardware's Daniel Begun Talks Up Zune HD

After images of Microsoft's supposedly forthcoming Zune HD leaked out to the web this past weekend, many technology critics have spent the past few days debating whether or not the mythical device has the chops to knock Apple from its throne. Or to even give it a scare, really.Our very own Daniel Begun sat down with TechVi's Randall Bennett...

Sony Shipping OLED Walkman In Japan

Sony Shipping OLED Walkman In Japan

Somewhere, someday, we'll see OLEDs everywhere. You can pretty much bank on it. Unfortunately, you may be wearing inch-thick glasses and struggling to read your medicine labels before such a prophecy comes to fruition. That said, Sony's slowly but surely working towards that goal by first introducing a mega-expensive OLED TV, and now, by shipping...

Acer Introduces Two New Aspire Notebook PCs

Acer Introduces Two New Aspire Notebook PCs

Acer announced U.S. availability of the Aspire 3935-6504 and the Aspire 8935 today. The Aspire 3935-6504 is a thin-and-light notebook with a distinctive style. The Aspire 8935 is part of the next generation of large-screen Gemstone notebook PCs. The Aspire 3935-6504 features a 13.3-inch frameless, widescreen CineCrystal LED display with a...

Microsoft Details Dates, Versions of Office 2010

Microsoft Details Dates, Versions of Office 2010

Microsoft plans to release its Office 2010 software suite in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, making it the first Office suite to support both versions. As its name suggests, both versions will be available sometime next year. In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson said "Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio...

A-DATA Intros DDR2-1066 XPG Gaming RAM

A-DATA Intros DDR2-1066 XPG Gaming RAM

Right around this time last month, A-DATA announced a new slab of memory in its XPG G Series. Now, the company's reverting back to its desktop tactics with a new speed in the XPG Gaming Series. Starting today, users can start hunting down the company's XPG Gaming Series DRAM module in DDR2-1066.The sticks will be offered up in Dual Channel...

StudioGPU and AMD Start Strategic Relationship

StudioGPU and AMD Start Strategic Relationship

StudioGPU and AMD Enter Into Strategic RelationshipAMD Bolsters its Commitment to the Professional Graphics Workstation Market with Investment in Real-time 3D Workflow Innovation Los Angeles, Calif., - StudioGPU, a pioneer in real-time 3D CG workflow solutions today announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with AMD (NYSE: AMD)....

LaCie's Stylish 1TB Rugged XL External Drive

LaCie's Stylish 1TB Rugged XL External Drive

Rugged XL: A Resilient, High Capacity, Hard Disk for Creative DesktopsPORTLAND, OR - LaCie is proud to announce the Rugged XL, a super-sized expansion to LaCie’s award-winning line of Rugged hard drives. Showcasing more than just its extra-large exterior, the Rugged XL doubles capacity to 1TB. The Rugged XL leverages the design and durability...

Dlink Now Shipping Next Generation Powerline Kit

Dlink Now Shipping Next Generation Powerline Kit

Equipped with D-Link Green Technology to Detect Data Transmissions and Power Down When Not in Use, Saves Energy and Costs FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 15, 2009 — D-Link, the end-to-end solutions provider for consumer and business, today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit, an ideal solution for connecting computers,...

Microsoft Will Push IE8 as High Priority Update

Microsoft Will Push IE8 as High Priority Update

If you’ve tried Microsoft’s latest browser—Internet Explorer 8—and haven’t been impressed, or if you simply haven’t felt the need to give it a spin, you’re not alone. Even though IE8 offers a significant speed increase, better web compliance, and a handful of other new features, the browser hasn’t been received with the warm welcome that Microsoft...

Asus Delivers Stylish VENTO TA-M2 Chassis

Asus Delivers Stylish VENTO TA-M2 Chassis

Asus' VENTO chassis line has been around for years, and with the introduction of the TA-M2, we're led to believe that it's still going strong. Like many gaming enclosures today, this one also sports a translucent side panel and plenty of LED lighting, but unlike most, there one has a touch of class to go along with all that pizzazz.Right away,...

Sanyo Prototype Projector Is Bigger Than You

Sanyo Prototype Projector Is Bigger Than You

You're probably pretty proud of that 24" LCD that you use to play the hottest titles at 1080p or above, but what if we told you those same games (and those same resolutions) could be seen on a 150" screen -- and you wouldn't even need a home theater space to make it happen? Now that we have your attention, take a close look at the coffin-like...

ATT Wants to Hang Onto iPhone Exclusivity

ATT Wants to Hang Onto iPhone Exclusivity

Rumors circulated earlier this year that the iPhone might be headed to Verizon, but it looks like the hopes of people hoping to get off AT&T have been dashed. According to the Wall Street Journal, not only does AT&T have iPhone exclusivity through 2010, it wants to add another year, through 2011. Of course, no one has publicly stated...

eBay to Spin Off Skype; IPO in 2010

eBay to Spin Off Skype; IPO in 2010

Recently, it was reported that the founders of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, were attempting to buy the company back from eBay. They can forget about that, however. eBay announced on Tuesday it will spin off Skype into its own company, beginning with an IPO in the first half of 2010. They said, however, that: Specific timing of...

Super Talent Launches 6GB & 3GB DDR3-2000 Kits

Super Talent Launches 6GB & 3GB DDR3-2000 Kits

San Jose, California – April 15, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new Chrome Series of extreme performance triple channel DDR3 kits for Intel Core i7 based enthusiast motherboards.  The new Chrome Series is Super Talent’s highest performance line...

Pioneer Shipping $250 8X BDR-2203 Blu-ray Writer

Pioneer Shipping $250 8X BDR-2203 Blu-ray Writer

Just a few weeks back, Lite-On introduced its very own 8X Blu-ray Disc reader; today, Pioneer is one-upping that with its 8X Blu-ray Disc burner. The BDR-2203 picks up where the others have left off by adding in 8X BD writing (the fastest currently available for the format) as well as the traditional CD-R and DVD-R burning capabilities. Aimed...

Sony Releasing Patapon 2 For PSP As Digital-Only

Sony Releasing Patapon 2 For PSP As Digital-Only

UMD movies -- remember those? Yes, they're the little discs that slide into the rear of Sony's PlayStation Portable, and it's been ages since a major motion picture was released on the format. In a crazy, wild world just years from now, we could be saying the very same thing about games.In what Sony is describing as a "one time test case,"...

HotHardware & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes!

HotHardware & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes!

It's that time again folks! In conjunction with our friends AMD we have assembled an assortment of cool prize packages, including five AMD Phenom II X3 720 processors and a complete gaming system built around one of the CPUs!   As usual, we’ll be giving away the prizes and full rig away to randomly selected...

Dell To Launch Smartphones In China This Year

Dell To Launch Smartphones In China This Year

Not long ago, we heard that Dell's smartphone prototypes were being frowned upon by an undisclosed amount of carriers. Today, Reuters is reporting that Dell is taking its phones elsewhere in hope of gaining ground, impressing pundits and eventually moving into the US and Europe in the future. If a pair of apparently in-the-know analysts are...

CyberPower Announces Power Mega 1000 Workstation

CyberPower Announces Power Mega 1000 Workstation

CyberPower Announces Power Mega 1000 Graphics Workstation Features NVIDIA Quadro NVS420 Quad-Display Graphics Solution CyberPower Inc., a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Power Mega 1000 – an Intel Core-i7-based desktop workstation, which features NVIDIA’s Quadro...

OWC Intros Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 RAID Box

OWC Intros Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 RAID Box

OWC has been on a roll of late with system upgrades, but today it's introducing a standalone product that will definitely catch the eyes of storage junkies everywhere. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is a quad interface plug-and-play desktop hardware RAID solution which easily handled FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA. Like most average,...

Ambidextrous SideWinder X3 Budget Gaming Mouse

Ambidextrous SideWinder X3 Budget Gaming Mouse

Microsoft has just announced its new SideWinder X3 gaming mouse, which marks Microsoft's first SideWinder mouse that can be used by both right and left-handed gamers. Not only is the mouse ambidextrous, but it also comes in at the relatively inexpensive price of $39.95, which should make gamers on a budget very happy. The SideWinder X3 shares...

Nikon Announces D5000 DSLR with HD Video

Nikon Announces D5000 DSLR with HD Video

Nikon introduced the D5000 DSLR today. This new camera targets photo enthusiasts and new DSLR users with its multitude of features including a new 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor and HD video recording capabilities. The D5000 also incorporates many technologies found in Nikon’s pro-level DSLRs such as Nikon’s EXPEED image processing system...

Nintendo Shipping MotionPlus Dongle In June

Nintendo Shipping MotionPlus Dongle In June

Nintendo is gearing up to breath new life into its already wildly successful Wii this summer with the launch of its MotionPlus Wii accessory. The device, which will attach to the bottom of the Wii Remote, where the Nunchuck accessory currently affixes, aims to provide a more 1:1 physics ratio when interacting with motion heavy games. Specifically,...

BFG Interview With John Malley On Phobos

BFG Interview With John Malley On Phobos

We recently had the chance to have a conversation with John Malley, BFG Tech's Senior Director of Marketing, regarding the company's recently released Phobos line of high-end gaming systems. We asked about the current state of the Phobos product line and its unique features and service options, and John also spoke about future possibilities...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:AMD's RADEON 4890 - LostCircuitsGalaxy GeForce GTX 275 Overclocked Tri-Fan Graphics Card @ TweaktownAsus ENGTS 250 Review @ OCC Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ: 120Hz LCD Monitor Review @ XBitLabsSamsung T240 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgZOTAC GTS 250 AMP! Edition @ InsideHWMotherboards and Chipsets:News: Four...

"Never-Locked" iPhones Offered by Buy.com

"Never-Locked" iPhones Offered by Buy.com

An inventory clearing tactic? Undoubtedly. If you need any more reason to expect a new iPhone this year, here it is. Buy.com is offering "never-locked," meaning not jailbroken and unlocked, but totally legal and updateable, 16GB iPhone 3Gs for the primo price of $799. The site says there are very few left, however. Here's what else Buy.com...

Windows XP Set to Leave "Mainstream Support"

Windows XP Set to Leave "Mainstream Support"

Windows XP is set to enter the Extended Support phase of its life, moving out of Mainstream Support, as planned, Microsoft said on Monday. In an email, Microsoft said: "On April 14, Windows XP will transition from the mainstream support phase to the extended support phase, as planned and previously announced."Mainstream Support usually only...

Time Warner's Tiers May Prompt New Legislation

Time Warner's Tiers May Prompt New Legislation

Time Warner's planned implementation of a bandwidth cap on broadband usage has received negative reactions nationwide and now may be the impetus of new legislation limiting such measures. U.S. Representative Eric Massa of New York was none too pleased when Time Warner announced that it would be rolling out the new tiers in his district. Massa...

OCZ Introduces Memory for AM3 Platform

OCZ Introduces Memory for AM3 Platform

OCZ Technology Introduces AMD Optimized Memory for the AM3 Platform that Meets Low-Voltage Requirements for a Future-Proof System OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today expanded their memory lineup for AMD enthusiasts and power users with new DDR3 kits qualified and...

83% Of Businesses Won't Go Windows 7 Next Year

83% Of Businesses Won't Go Windows 7 Next Year

Nothing here we haven't heard rumored before, but given just how concrete this data is compared to theoretical assertions of the past, we figured it prudent to pass along. A study that polled over 1,100 IT professionals recently found that a staggering majority of companies are likely to skip right over Windows 7 -- just like so many did with...

GameStop Selling Used Games as New

GameStop Selling Used Games as New

The world’s largest video game retailer may be in some hot water as a result of some recent investigative reporting by Kotaku’s Brian Crecente and Michael McWhertor. After speaking to unnamed GameStop employees at locations around the U.S., the popular game blog has exposed GameStop’s practice of selling employee-played games as new copies....

Intel Issues Firmware Fix For X-25M / X-18M SSDs

Intel Issues Firmware Fix For X-25M / X-18M SSDs

A few weeks back, Intel took some flack for shipping its X-25M and X-18M SSDs with a syndrome that caused their performance to slowly degrade under certain conditions. Intel responded by saying it was highly unlikely that end users would be affected under real-world conditions, but they were still left wondering whether or not their solid...

HP Adds iPhone Streaming To MediaSmart Server

HP Adds iPhone Streaming To MediaSmart Server

If you weren't lucky enough to win one of HP's newest MediaSmart Servers, the company's newest firmware update just might convince you to plunk down for one anyway. Announced today, the version 2.5 software for the EX485 and EX487 MediaSmart Servers provides remote video streaming and video conversion of unprotected content. Interested in...

SandForce Delivers Quick SF-1000 SSD Processors

SandForce Delivers Quick SF-1000 SSD Processors

This may be the first and last time you hear of SandForce, but if you're looking to finally buy into the solid state drive arena within the next few months, you'll probably get acquianted one way or another. You see, SandForce is leaving its self-described "stealth mode" today with the introduction of its unique, hasty line of SSD controllers....

Asus W90Vp 18.4" Gaming Notebook

Asus W90Vp 18.4" Gaming Notebook

As of late, much of the spotlight on Asus products has focused on the company's diminutive Eee PC netbook line. With a near constant stream of new models to fit nearly any possible set of requirements, it's easy to see why the Eee brand has become Asus' most recognizable. That said, the company's mobile product offerings are definitely about...

Twitter Hit With Four Worms Over Weekend

Twitter Hit With Four Worms Over Weekend

Just when you thought it was safe to tweet again, another Twitter worm has reared its ugly head. In case you were busy hunting for Easter eggs or biting the heads off chocolate bunnies this weekend, and didn't have a chance to tweet or read other folks' tweets on Twitter, the micro-blogging social-networking site was hit with no less than...

NVIDIA's Bill Dally Joins In The Intel Hating

NVIDIA's Bill Dally Joins In The Intel Hating

It's like a disease, really. You come to NVIDIA , you get a few paychecks and you start bashing Intel. Even the astute, politically correct Bill Dally -- which NVIDIA picked up from Stanford University as its Chief Scientist earlier this year -- is breaking out from his shell in order to slam Intel and promote his own view of the future of...

Zune HD Images Leak to the Web

Zune HD Images Leak to the Web

Leaked images by anonymous sources have reached the web, revealing what appears to be a touchscreen version of Microsoft's Zune portable media player, dubbed the Zune HD.According to enGadget, not only do the images seem to represent a marketing campaign for a new player, and a high-definition one to boot. Technologizer has also confirmed...

Study: Facebook Users Have Lower GPA

Study: Facebook Users Have Lower GPA

While one study indicates that a little Internet leisure time at work can increase productivity, a second study now shows college students who regularly use social networking site Facebook have lower GPAs than those who do not. My comment, or rather question: they actually found college students who didn't use Facebook? Researcher Aryn Karpinski...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gigabyte GTS 250 1GB review @ NeoseekerMotherboards and Chipsets:GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksASRock A780GMH/128M AMD 780G+SB710 Mainboard Review @ OCWMemory and Storage:Seagate Momentus 5400.4 SATA Notebook Hard Drive Review @ TechARPSolidata X2-256 MLC 2.5-inch Solid State Disk @ TweaktownTranscend...

Search Google Images By Color, Type and More

Search Google Images By Color, Type and More

Sometimes when searching for images on the web, you have a very specific look in mind. A color, a drawing vs. photograph, only extra-large images.With that in mind, Google's rolled out several filters on its image searches that allow users to do just that.Need photographs of purple orchids? Got it:How about only photos of orchids that have...

Apple Issues VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1 For New Shuffle

Apple Issues VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1 For New Shuffle

It hasn't even been a full month since Apple launched the first iPod Shuffle with speech capabilities, and already the diminutive player is seeing its first software update. Announced late in the day on Friday, the VoiceOver Kit 1.0.1 (which bumps things up from 1.0.0) is the first update for both the player and its talking capabilities. The...

Intel Confirms Moorestown Launch For 2010

Intel Confirms Moorestown Launch For 2010

While 2010 still seems forever away, at least Intel isn't looking to delay things further with regard to its Moorestown platform. At the company's Developer Forum in Beijing, China, it confirmed that the MID platform would indeed launch sometime next year. Unfortunately, it failed to lock down a specific month or quarter, but we get the feeling...

Is Amazon Developing A Larger Screen Kindle?

Is Amazon Developing A Larger Screen Kindle?

Reports indicate Amazon is working on a new version of its Kindle e-book reader that will have a larger screen. According to sources who say they have seen versions of the device, the new Kindle could make its debut before this year’s holiday shopping season. By offering a Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen, Amazon would be better positioned...

QWERTY Cellphones Displacing Numeric Models

QWERTY Cellphones Displacing Numeric Models

What does your current cellphone look like? What did your prior cellphone look like? Better yet, what did your phone look like in 2000? If you suddenly realized that you've transitioned from a standard numeric keypad-based candybar phone to a touchscreen-based or slide out QWERTY keyboard-based phone, you definitely aren't alone. According...

Bluetooth 3.0 Coming April 21

Bluetooth 3.0 Coming April 21

It’s official: Bluetooth 3.0 is coming. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) will officially launch Bluetooth 3.0 on April 21st. Previously called Bluetooth UWB, the new Bluetooth 3.0 standard is expected to deliver faster short-range wireless speeds that are at least 18 times faster than the current 2.0 + EDR version. More specifically,...

Protests Over Silencing of Kindle 2

Protests Over Silencing of Kindle 2

The Reading Rights Coalition, an advocacy group that represents the blind as well as disabled readers, held a protest outside the offices of The Authors Guild on Tuesday. The organization hopes to get the Guild to reverse its stance on the Kindle 2's "Read-to-Me" functionality. The Authors Guild earlier placed a lot of pressure on Amazon.com...

HAL Exoskeleton Suit Hits Mass Production: $4200

HAL Exoskeleton Suit Hits Mass Production: $4200

With all this talk of the new Terminator flick, we can't begin to think of a more timely announcement for this particular news bit. The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit, described as an exoskeleton and designed to give average humans superhuman abilities, is just about to hit mass production. If you'll recall, we first caught wind...

Microsoft, Yahoo! Start Talking Again

Microsoft, Yahoo! Start Talking Again

Talks between Microsoft and Yahoo! over a possible search advertising partnership have begun anew, according to multiple reports. The reports came from sources familiar with the situation. Yahoo! Chief Executive Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met last week as part of the discussions. Discussion are still in early stages, but do...

Can GSM/Satellite Hybrid Phones Go Mainstream?

Can GSM/Satellite Hybrid Phones Go Mainstream?

While satellite phones were last hot during the original Jurassic Park, there's apparently still a market out there for folks who find themselves in some of the world's most remote locales. TerreStar Corporation and SkyTerra are attempting to do what rivals Iridium and Globalstar haven't been able to: launch a serious sat phone service without...

Time Warner Suggests $150/Month Internet Access

Time Warner Suggests $150/Month Internet Access

After having been stung by negative public reaction to the Internet data caps it is trialing in several markets, Time Warner has issued another public statement. The statement from Landel Hobbs, Chief Operating Officer at Time Warner Cable, explains how bandwidth consumption is growing exponentially. While more content on the Internet and...

Apple Soon to Hit 1 Billion App Store Downloads

Apple Soon to Hit 1 Billion App Store Downloads

If there is any doubt as to the popularity of iPhone Apps, then the fact that Apple is about to mark the one-billionth iPhone App download should put any potential skepticism to rest. At the moment, Apple estimates that over 929-million apps have been downloaded since the App Store first launched less than a year ago, on July 10, 2008. This...

HH Deal of The Day, GeForce GTX 280:  $259

HH Deal of The Day, GeForce GTX 280: $259

For some of you, today is what's known as Good Friday.  And we'd offer that for all of you, it could very well be "gooder" than you think.  If you've been following our coverage of NVIDIA's new line of GeForce GTX 285 cards, you'll note that we were optimistic that the migration of the GT200 GPU to a new 55nm process for the GTX...

96% Of Netbooks Run Windows XP--Surprised?

96% Of Netbooks Run Windows XP--Surprised?

These days, specifications on netbooks are almost predictable. Without looking, we'd say there's an 85% chance that any given netbook you look at has a 1.6GHz Atom processor, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and no optical drive. Oh, and Windows XP -- it probably has Windows XP. In fact, the vast majority of netbooks today have Microsoft's not-exactly-newest...

Conficker Reveals Its Purpose

Conficker Reveals Its Purpose

Since the April 1st Conficker target date came and went, people have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. And on Wednesday night, Conficker downloaded the update that people were expecting, via the P2P functionality that's part of the malware.Dubbed Conficker.e, the new version appears to focus on that all-too-familiar item that malware...

Lian Li Launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Gaming Chassis

Lian Li Launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Gaming Chassis

Lian Li Launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Gaming Mid Tower Chassis Feature Packed Stylish Aluminum Chassis Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50 Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front (1x 120mm@1200RPM), plus...

iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 System Evaluation

iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 System Evaluation

Let’s face it; buying a gaming machine with today’s latest components is anything but inexpensive. iBuyPower’s Gamer Paladin F970, which is designed to make the most of its powerful Core i7 processor and other high-end components, is proof of that fact. When the Gamer Paladin F970 was first released, the standard configuration initially had...

Nintendo Won't Drop Wii Price, Sells 600K DSis

Nintendo Won't Drop Wii Price, Sells 600K DSis

We know this is going to simultaneously take you by surprise and crush your dreams, but the price of Nintendo's Wii isn't going down anytime soon. Sure, there's some sort of a "recession" going on (or so they say), but video game sales haven't been hurting. Especially not in Nintendo's world. If you'll recall, the company just shipped its...

Virgin Mobile Offers $50 Unlimited Voice Plan

Virgin Mobile Offers $50 Unlimited Voice Plan

Recession got you down? Thinking of canceling that cellphone contract? Need a bailout in order to keep that texting habit alive? Virgin Mobile USA is looking to make the most of a bad situation (not to mention rival Boost Mobile's completely attractive $50 unlimited plan) by offering up a $49.99 Unlimited Plan that's sweeter than most similar...

Flash Memory Order Hints At 32GB Apple iPhone

Flash Memory Order Hints At 32GB Apple iPhone

Rumors that Apple is preparing a 32GB iPhone are heating up as a result of reports that indicate Apple has purchased a large quantity of flash memory chips. According to a DigiTimes report, Apple ordered 100 million 1 gigabit NAND Flash chips, mainly from Samsung Electronics. In fact, Apple has scooped up so many chips that some smaller players...

OCZ Technology Introduces XMP SODIMMs

OCZ Technology Introduces XMP SODIMMs

OCZ Technology Introduces Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) SODIMMs San Jose, Calif.—April 9, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, is pleased to be one of the first to offer Intel® Extreme SODIMM modules to the enthusiast market. These memory solutions implement...

Intel Phases Out Conroe & Yorkfield Xeons

Intel Phases Out Conroe & Yorkfield Xeons

Intel is in the process of spring cleaning: After updating its product portfolio this week, the chipmaker is phasing out five Xeon processors built around the Conroe and Yorkfield cores in order to make room for its Nehalem core-based Xeons. All of the Xeons on the chopping block have 1333MHz front side busses. The two parts with X in the...

Acer Delivers Two New All-In-One Desktops

Acer Delivers Two New All-In-One Desktops

Make no mistake about it -- Acer came out swinging this week. Between the AspireRevo, its new Timeline series of notebooks and these two all-in-ones, we're wondering what the company has left in store for the rest of 2009. The latest newcomers to emerge from Acer are the Aspire Z5600 all-in-one PC and the all-white eMachines EZ1600, both of...

FCC Seeks To Improve U.S. Broadband Access

FCC Seeks To Improve U.S. Broadband Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is working on a plan to solve the problem of nationwide access to high-speed Internet service.The three main issues the agency is tackling first are, figuring out how to improve availability, quality and affordability, according to the Washington Post. Acting FCC Chairman Michael J. Copps held a meeting...

Kingston Releases Certified DDR3 XMP SO-DIMMS

Kingston Releases Certified DDR3 XMP SO-DIMMS

Kingston Technology Releases Intel-Certified DDR3 XMP SO-DIMMSModules Support Latest Generation XMP-Ready Notebook Computers Fountain Valley, CA - April 9, 2009 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its first XMP-ready HyperXR DDR3 SO-DIMMs for notebook PCs using...

Sparkle's 1GB/2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPUs

Sparkle's 1GB/2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPUs

While not quite out in time for our GTX 285 round-up, Sparkle's making sure you have just one more option when it comes time to lay out for a new NVIDIA GPU. The company's non-extravagant GeForce GTX 285 arrives in just two forms: a 1GB version and a 2GB version. According to the company, this card provides up to 30% faster performance than...

New Conficker Worm Variant Spotted

New Conficker Worm Variant Spotted

We had all been warned: April 1 was the day that the infamous DOWNAD/Conficker worm was supposed to activate and do its dastardly deeds, whatever they might be. The day came and went without a whimper of Conficker-initiated destruction, although that didn't stop countless media outlets from reporting on it (HotHardware included). Conficker...

Google Releases Video Tour of Data Center

Google Releases Video Tour of Data Center

Earlier this month Google sponsored a conference on data center efficiency where they showed by example how to achieve the most processing power while consuming the least amount of electricity. This is quite an about-face for Google as previously they have been notoriously secretive about their data centers and server infrastructure. Since...

Acer Intros Thin, Long-Lasting Timeline Laptops

Acer Intros Thin, Long-Lasting Timeline Laptops

Not content with jointly announcing the world's first commercial Ion-based nettop, Acer also delivered an all new line of notebooks this week. The suitably named Timeline series aims to take on the likes of Adamo (from Dell) and the X-Slim family (from MSI). The standout features on the Timeline rigs are excellent battery life, stellar design...

VIA Debuts NSD7200 2-Bay Windows Home Server

VIA Debuts NSD7200 2-Bay Windows Home Server

While many in the chip making and consumer electronics business are contracting, VIA's expanding. Today, the company has just announced its entry into the design manufacturing service business, which will enable it to provide flexible system hardware solutions, starting with the NSD7200 home storage and media server pictured below.Now, VIA's...

2.2.1 iPhone FW Updates Kills Some Users' Wi-Fi

2.2.1 iPhone FW Updates Kills Some Users' Wi-Fi

We haven't seen this with my iPhone 3G and the 2.2.1 firmware, but apparently some users lost wi-fi connectivity after applying that firmware update. The problem seems to affect iPhones and older iPhone 3Gs, and it seems to be heat-related, as some users say putting the affected iPhone into the freezer for a short time temporarily restores...

AP Files Takedown Notice -- With an AP Affiliate

AP Files Takedown Notice -- With an AP Affiliate

AP recently announced that it was going to "develop a system to track content distributed online to determine if it is being legally used." As we know from last year's dust-up over fair use of AP articles, AP doesn't really understand the word fair. And it appears, AP doesn't understand the word affiliate, either (or YouTube, for that matter)....

Cox Announces Wireless Network Plans

Cox Announces Wireless Network Plans

Cable operator Cox Communications is getting closer to launching a new cell phone service. The company has been interested in wireless for some time. Previously, Cox had been involved in a joint venture with Comcast, Time Warner, and other cable providers to offer cell phone service through a partnership with Sprint Nextel. The joint venture,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gainward 295 GTX Graphics Card review in MetkuBFG 9800 GT 512MB ThermoIntelligence Passive Cooling Review @ Hardware CanucksMotherboards and Chipsets:M4A78T-E Socket AM3 Mainboard Review @ XbitLabsMemory and Storage:Mtron MOBI 3500 32GB SSD @ HWLPower:OCZ’s ModXStream Pro 600W Review @ XtremeComputingAntec Signature 650 Watt Power Supply...

Apple Fixes Cracks on White MacBooks

Apple Fixes Cracks on White MacBooks

Apple is finally acknowledging the existence of small cracks in older white plastic MacBooks. According to AppleInsider, the Mac maker issued a bulletin to its authorized service providers last month that identified four key areas of the case that are prone to hairline cracking. Although Apple admits to the flaw and is willing to cover some...

Facebook's 200 Millionth User Signs On

Facebook's 200 Millionth User Signs On

200 million. Just let that sink in. That huge, immense number is how many Facebook members the social networking site has, and it took less than half a decade to make it happen. CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly proclaimed that his site would meet and exceed the 200 million member mark today, and if you just so happened to finally jump in after...

Intel's Anti-Theft Tech Comes To Asus P Series

Intel's Anti-Theft Tech Comes To Asus P Series

Here lately, Asus has spent the bulk of its time pumping out all sorts of new GPUs. Today, however, it's going back to its roots -- and by that, we mean, back to the notebook arena. The outfit's P Series, which was just showcased at CeBIT in Germany last month, will soon be equipped with Intel's own Anti-Theft Technology in an effort to curb...

The iriver P7 PMP Transcodes Video For You

The iriver P7 PMP Transcodes Video For You

This last January, iriver made quite a splash when it showed off its 2009 lineup of portable multimedia players (PMPs) at CES. Tech journalists swamped the iriver booth like a fast-moving school of fish, trying to get a closer look at the prototype models that were on display--especially the P7, which is the flagship of the line. Pricing and...

Super LoiLoScope, CUDA-Enabled HD Video Editing

Super LoiLoScope, CUDA-Enabled HD Video Editing

New Version of Super LoiLoScope Makes HD Video Editing Quick And Easy With NVIDIA CUDA-Enabled GPUsSuper LoiLoScope Editing Software Edits, Plays and Outputs Full HD Movies at Incredible Speed on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs April 8th, 2009 - LoiLo Inc. (Kanagawa, Fujisawa City, CEO: Koji Sugiyama) has released Super LoiLoScope MARS, a new version...

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Power Drive

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Power Drive

The green technology movement is obviously in full swing now. Better efficiency through technological innovation has a trickle down effect to many facets of life style, technology and the environment. Whether motivated by cost or environmental reasons the benefits of eco-minded innovation will eventually be felt by all. When products can be...

Super Talent Announces First 2.5 inch 512GB SSD

Super Talent Announces First 2.5 inch 512GB SSD

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that it is now shipping the MasterDrive RX family of Solid State Drives (SSDs) in capacities up to 512GB.The MasterDrive RX features Super Talent’s proprietary RAIDSSD Technology to enable extremely fast sequential read and write...

Intel Debuts Atom Z515 And Z550 Processors

Intel Debuts Atom Z515 And Z550 Processors

Man, we like how Intel parties. Rather than standing around in front of all manners of junk food just waiting for presents, the aforementioned chip maker has decided it best to give us -- the loyal consumers of the world -- a gift on Atom's 1 year birthday. Over at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, the company is joyously celebrating the...

BFG Tech's Phobos Performance System Updated

BFG Tech's Phobos Performance System Updated

BFG Technologies, a leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards announced today that the Phobos Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI. In addition, Intel solid-state drives are now available as an upgrade option.BFG...

Game Consoles Eating Away Prime Time TV Viewing

Game Consoles Eating Away Prime Time TV Viewing

It was bound to happen, was it not? With Netflix flying onto all sorts of unorthodox devices and Internet TV emerging as a legitimate source of entertainment, we just had to see a report like this. Recent statistics from research firm Nielsen have shown that video games (and consoles, naturally) are luring more and more individuals than ever...

Update Your Windows 7 Beta?  It Will Be a Pain

Update Your Windows 7 Beta? It Will Be a Pain

Microsoft will soon (?) offer a release candidate (RC) version of Windows 7, and those are testing the product already will most likely want to move from the current beta version to the RC version. That said, it's not going to be easy. The reason is that in real-life, the upgrade path will be from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (Microsoft has...

Amazon MP3 Joins iTunes with Variable Pricing

Amazon MP3 Joins iTunes with Variable Pricing

It's not exactly the type of price match people think of when they hear the words "price match," and it sure wasn't something we had expected so soon, but it's here. Amazon MP3 has price-matched iTunes, so to speak.  On the same day that Apple rolled out variable, tiered pricing on iTunes, Amazon MP3 did the same. Take a look at the Best...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 5.6 @ TechARPASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Videocard Review @ PCSTATS.comSapphire Radeon HD 4890 1GB OC Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeSapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X (1Gb GDDR5) @ CPU3DXFX Radeon HD 4890 review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5Q PRO Turbo...

OCZ Launches Mac Edition SSDs & Notebook SODIMMs

OCZ Launches Mac Edition SSDs & Notebook SODIMMs

OCZ Technology Launches Mac Edition Vertex Series Solid State Drives and Notebook SODIMMs OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled OCZ Vertex Mac Edition Solid State Drives and mobile memory solutions qualified by OCZ for ultimate...

Corsair Ultra Fast 256GB SSD Sneak Peek

Corsair Ultra Fast 256GB SSD Sneak Peek

We just received a package by way of Corsair that contained a brand new product we're certain many of you will be interested in checking out. Inside a non-descript, little, white box was a shiny Corsair-branded 256GB SSD (solid state drive), that the company will be releasing sometime in the not too distant future.If you remember back to January,...

First NVIDIA Ion Win Announced, Acer AspireRevo

First NVIDIA Ion Win Announced, Acer AspireRevo

NVIDIA and Acer collectively took the wraps off the very first NVIDIA Ion-based design win, with a sleek new SFF PC (Small Form Factor PC) called the AspireRevo.  Built on the NVIDIA Ion platform, the AspireRevo consists of NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 chipset with integrated graphics in support of Intel's Atom processor.  Specifically,...

Apple Goes 100% DRM Free

Apple Goes 100% DRM Free

Apple has rolled out the 100% DRM free iTunes, otherwise known as iTunes+. With this change also comes variable pricing; songs now cost $0.69, $0.99, or $1.29. Most albums still cost $9.99. Users who have purchased music via iTunes prior to the upgrade have the option to upgrade their songs, albums, or their entire library for a cost of $0.30...

Australia Aims For Massive Broadband Network

Australia Aims For Massive Broadband Network

Britain wants Internet for all, South Korea wants 1Gbps Internet by 2012, and Australia wants to make both of those initiatives look like child's play. According to a new report from Down Under, the Australian government is planning to create a "publicly owned company to build a national high-speed broadband network worth 43 billion Australian...

Google Improves Gmail for iPhone & Android

Google Improves Gmail for iPhone & Android

Google released a new Web-based version of Gmail that will provide iPhone and Android phone users with faster access to messages and offline access. "You'll notice that it's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an email, navigating, or searching. And if the data network drops out on you, rest assured that Gmail won't. You'll still...

Google Goes Ultra-Local

Google Goes Ultra-Local

Google knows where you live (approximately) and it's not afraid to use that knowledge in your search results.The search engine/e-mail/aggregator giant announced on its blog that it's finished its "worldwide rollout of local search results on a map." Even if you don't type in a location with your search — i.e., "restaurants in Dallas" — Google...

AMD Launches Opteron Processor Upgrade Program

AMD Launches Opteron Processor Upgrade Program

Here's a tactic you don't see used everyday. Rather than just slashing prices across the board, AMD's taking a different approach in an attempt to sell chips despite a worldwide recessions. The newly announced AMD Opteron Upgrade Program includes 2000 series and 8000 series dual- and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors along with the upcoming...

G.Skill's Trident Series Memory for Core i7/X58

G.Skill's Trident Series Memory for Core i7/X58

G.Skill International Co. Ltd., a world leader in extreme performance memory, has launched Triple Channel DDR3 2000HMz “Trident” series memory kits at timings of CL 9-9-9-24, designed for Intel Core i7 processors using Intel's X58 Express Chipset.   The “Trident” series provides the high performance and speed for enthusiasts,...

Powercolor Adds Liquid Cooling to the HD4890

Powercolor Adds Liquid Cooling to the HD4890

TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, has announced a new custom liquid cooled solution for the HD4890 series. The PowerColor Liquid Cooling Solution or LCS, will be available on the most powerful single GPU graphics card currently available from ATI. With EK Water Blocks cooling solution, PowerColor’s LCS HD4890 provides...

Fusion-io Lands New Funding and CEO

Fusion-io Lands New Funding and CEO

Fusion-io, the company responsible for bringing some of the fastest SSD solutions on the planet to mission-critical applications and affluent consumers, has just landed a new round of funding in order to further dominate the market. Just after launching its ioDrive Duo and naming Steve Wozniak as the firm's Chief Scientist, it has just...

Must-have gadget? A portable barcode scanner

Must-have gadget? A portable barcode scanner

Imagine being able to keep track of everything in your pantry, in your CD collection and in your DVD cabinet.For just (just?) $250, you can. The Portable Barcode Scanner holds up to 250 (ironically) barcodes at a time and fits right in your hand.If you're one of those folks who's always lending out books or movies or games to friends and have...

Segway and GM Unveil a Two-Person Urban Vehicle

Segway and GM Unveil a Two-Person Urban Vehicle

Just because General Motors (GM) might be hurting from the recession, does not mean that the company still can't invest in R&D and pursue future technologies. The company's latest endeavor, however, is a bit of a departure from its popular SUVs and other gas-guzzling vehicles. GM is partnering with none other than Segway to develop an...

Intel Core i7 Overclocking--A HotHardware How-To

Intel Core i7 Overclocking--A HotHardware How-To

Intel's Core i7 processor offers a significant performance increase over previous generation Core 2 processors. In addition, like the legacy Core 2 architecture, the new Core i7 also has a bunch more headroom for wringing upside performance out of the chip, maximizing value, power and return on your investment with overclocking. In fact, Intel...

Apple Brings Nehalem Xeon CPU, SSD To New Xserve

Apple Brings Nehalem Xeon CPU, SSD To New Xserve

Apple's newest Mac Pro was the first machine on the planet to ship with Intel's Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 and 3500 Series processors, and now those very chips have made their way over to the company's line of rack-mount servers. The long standing Xserve line has been updated today with "twice the performance" of prior models, bringing with them...

Howard Stern Picks BB Bold Over Palm Pre

Howard Stern Picks BB Bold Over Palm Pre

Howard Stern has been a Palm Treo user for a long time, but (sorry, Palm) he hasn't migrated to a Centro, and he's been looking for a new smartphone. He's been considering the BlackBerry Bold, but Palm (who has been really tight about giving out Palm Pres to anyone) shipped him a Pre for a short demo over the weekend, but ... But, at least...

T-Mobile to Bring Android into the Home

T-Mobile to Bring Android into the Home

The New York Times is reporting that T-Mobile is planning to release a home phone and a tablet PC powered by the Android operating system. The home phone should be available by early next year, while the tablet PC will come later. The phone is said to have a docking station and will come with another device that will synchronize data while...

Comcast Email Hit By Server Issues Again

Comcast Email Hit By Server Issues Again

If you had difficulties accessing your Comcast email over the weekend, you weren’t alone. The cable provider’s servers suffered some technical problems on Saturday that took the SmartZone email system down for several hours. Potentially millions of subscribers were without email during the outage. Comcast suffered a similar outage in October....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS EAH4890 TOP Radeon HD 4890 RV790 @ Benchmark ReviewsSparkle Calibre P980X+ Review @ OCCRadeon HD 4890 vs. GeForce GTX 275: Battle at two-fiddy @ TTRGainward GeForce GTX 275 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ECS A790GXM-AD3 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsJetway ATOM-GM1-330-LF motherboard Review @ FusionMods.NetMSI...

Netgear's SMB ReadyNAS Adds Time Machine Support

Netgear's SMB ReadyNAS Adds Time Machine Support

NETGEAR Expands Award-Winning ReadyNAS Storage for SMBs with ReadyNAS NVXNETGEAR’s 4-Bay Desktop Model Brings Double the NAS Performance, iSCSI Support and Support for Time Machine in Mac OS X SAN JOSE, Calif. -- April 6, 2009 -- NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions,...

PC Power & Cooling introduces the Pro-Source UPS

PC Power & Cooling introduces the Pro-Source UPS

PC Power & Cooling introduces the Pro-Source UPS for Ultimate PC Power Protection San Jose, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the Pro-Source 1500, the first Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) from PC Power...

Netflix Adds Comedy Central and Nickelodeon

Netflix Adds Comedy Central and Nickelodeon

As the competition heats up in the online video watching realm, Netflix is making sure it stays one step ahead (or in lockstep, worse case scenario) with all those rivals. Starting today, those with Netflix subscriptions can instantly watch popular Comedy Central and Nickelodeon programming on computers (via Netflix.com) and on TVs via the...

Brando HDD Dock Adds USB Hub and Stereo Speakers

Brando HDD Dock Adds USB Hub and Stereo Speakers

Chances are that just about any type of USB peripheral you could possibly image--and perhaps even a few that defy description (such as a USB Ferris Wheel Phone Stand?!?)--are already being made by the wacky creative brains at Brando Workshop. Some of their products are not the most practical, while others are designed to serve useful needs....

ATI FirePro Cards Found In HP Z Workstations

ATI FirePro Cards Found In HP Z Workstations

In an effort to get its ATI FirePro 3D cards into the hands of more and more prosumers and creative professionals, AMD has today announced that said graphics accelerators will be offered up on a wide range of HP workstations. Specifically, the entire "top-to-bottom" line of FirePro GPUs can now be ordered within HP's new Z Workstations, and...

More Next-Gen iPhone Rumors Highlight 'Cameras'

More Next-Gen iPhone Rumors Highlight 'Cameras'

If you thought the iPhone rumors would die down awhile after hearing that the next version may wind up with 802.11n support, you thought wrong. A new report from Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes has fueled the raging fire further, asserting that Apple looks to be shoring up iPhone 3Gs to sell off before the introducing of something new...

Ben Heck Unveils Commodore 64 Laptop

Ben Heck Unveils Commodore 64 Laptop

For a long time geek like me, who got his start in computing by spending countless hours in front of a Commodore 64, Ben Heck's latest mod is about as cool as it gets. Using the original parts from a working C64, Ben crafted a fully functional laptop, complete with a custom enclosure and 15" LCD screen."This project somehow has the distinction...

Pogoplug Connects External HDD's to Internet

Pogoplug Connects External HDD's to Internet

Cloud Engines today announced that the Pogoplug, a small device that connects external hard drives to the Internet, is now shipping. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving their orders this week. The Pogoplug makes all content on a hard drive instantly shareable and accessible with no uploading or special network configuration. The...

Use Your iPod to Learn a Foreign Language

Use Your iPod to Learn a Foreign Language

Penton Overseas is taking language learning to the next level with products made specifically for the iPod, iTouch and iPhone, with compatible formats supported by other video players and cell phones.  With the most foreign language learning titles for Apple's popular iPod format out of any other foreign language audio book Publisher,...

GeForce GTX 285 Round-Up, Asus, BFG and Zotac

GeForce GTX 285 Round-Up, Asus, BFG and Zotac

NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 285 about three months ago, and in our launch article, we found it to be a very strong product. As you are no doubt aware, the GTX 285 is a replacement for the GTX 280. The GT200B GPU at the heart of the GTX 285 is nearly identical to the GTX 280's GT200 GPU. The most significant difference between the two GPUs...

Next-Gen iPod Touch, iPhone to Have 802.11n

Next-Gen iPod Touch, iPhone to Have 802.11n

Earlier reports indicating faster Internet access for the new iPhone were vague as to exactly what that meant, cellular or wi-fi, and now it appears to be both. AppleInsider reports that resource files for a third-generation iPod Touch included in the beta iPhone 3.0 firmware indicate a new Broadcom chip, BCM4329 (changed from the current...

Demi Moore Tweet Saves a Life (More or Less)

Demi Moore Tweet Saves a Life (More or Less)

A series of tweets on Demi Moore's twitter feed help saved a 47-year-old San Jose, California woman's life, according to reports. One of the hundreds of thousands of followings of Demi Moore's Twitter stream, mrskutcher, sandieguy, wrote a message to Moore early Friday morning. "Getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm...

Nintendo Launches $170 DSi In North America

Nintendo Launches $170 DSi In North America

Gamers across the pond (meaning Europe and Japan, specifically) have been able to handle Nintendo's smallest and most powerful DS system yet for some time now, but at long last the pleasure is finally coming to those who call North America home. Starting this week, gamers with a thirst for more on-the-go fun can part with $170 in order to...

NVIDIA Gives Fellowships To 10 Graduate Students

NVIDIA Gives Fellowships To 10 Graduate Students

NVIDIA Provides Fellowships To 10 Top Graduate Students In Visual Computing SANTA CLARA, CA. – NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced that 10 graduate students have received grants under the eighth annual NVIDIA Fellowship Program, which is intended to fund work to solve complex visual computing challenges.More...

MIT Researchers Develop Batteries from Viruses

MIT Researchers Develop Batteries from Viruses

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may have created the ultimate green battery technology: They’ve engineered a virus that could potentially form a battery that would outlast and out power those available today. The batteries could be used to power small electronic devices such as cell phones and MP3 players. In the future,...

Donya's HDMI Cables Light Up Your Home Theater

Donya's HDMI Cables Light Up Your Home Theater

We're not able to speak for everyone, obviously, but we certainly don't go out of our way to make sure our HDMI cables are visible to house guests. In fact, we go to rather extreme lengths to make sure the cabling in our home theater systems is concealed. Rather than trying to hide something as natural as an HDMI cable in a high definition...

Sony Exec Rips On Nintendo's DSi Handheld

Sony Exec Rips On Nintendo's DSi Handheld

Um, what? Frankly, that's the reaction we have after digesting an absolutely absurd -- and borderline comical -- new PR snippet from Sony. Given that April 1st is well behind us, we're left to believe that John Koller's statement regarding Nintendo's DSi launch is completely legitimate. For those unaware, the smallest and most powerful DS...

Swedish File Sharing Law Decreases Internet Use

Swedish File Sharing Law Decreases Internet Use

Well, what have we here? Just days after officials in Sweden passed a new law that sought to crack down on online piracy and copyright infringement, Internet traffic in the nation has suddenly fallen off a cliff. Now, some may argue that Torrent hosting site The Pirate Bay is actually located in Sweden, though purists will undoubtedly argue...

Puget Intros Deluge-i7 And Deluge-i7 Mini PCs

Puget Intros Deluge-i7 And Deluge-i7 Mini PCs

To say it has been awhile since we've seen a compelling new system from Puget Systems would be an understatement, but maybe we just haven't been looking hard enough. Either way, it's hard to ignore the company's latest: a pair of Core i7-based rigs that don't come cheap but promise top-notch performance from top to bottom.The firm's popular...

Villagers Block Google Street View Car

Villagers Block Google Street View Car

Google’s Street View feature hasn’t always received the most positive reception. For instance, we’ve heard plenty of stories of people asking Google to remove images of their homes from the feature because of privacy concerns. This is a new one, however: Angry residents in Buckinghamshire village have chased a Google Street View car out of...

AT&T Backtracks on TOS Changes, Apologizes

AT&T Backtracks on TOS Changes, Apologizes

AT&T Wireless has backtracked on changes to its Terms of Service (TOS), which were modified earlier in the week in such a way as to pretty much gimp anything from SlingPlayer to Skype, and more.As noted by the Public Knowledge Policy Blog, the changes (in bold) were: This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the...

Conficker Eye Chart Developed

Conficker Eye Chart Developed

April 1st has come and gone, but researchers are convinced we haven't seen the last of the Conficker worm. While there are ways to determine if you are infected, the Conficker Working Group has posted a simple and visual aid to help as well. The Conficker Working Group is a group of organizations that have joined forces to fight the Conficker...

New Auction Site Rockybid.com Launches

New Auction Site Rockybid.com Launches

Watch out eBay: there’s a new Web auction in town. Rockybid.com launched its unique online auction service earlier this week. This auction service has a business plan that’s like no other auction service we’ve seen to date. In traditional auction fashion, Rockybid starts auctions with a set price (in this case, $0) and sets a time limit for...

Elpida Begins Production On 50nm 2Gb Mobile RAM

Elpida Begins Production On 50nm 2Gb Mobile RAM

Remember that 50 nanometer DDR3 SDRAM that Elpida developed late last year? Good news -- production is underway on it. For those of you just dying to get more memory into the netbooks, notebooks and UMPCs of today, Elpida Memory has begun mass producing what it's calling the industry's highest density 2Gb Mobile RAM using 50nm process technology.The...

AT&T Changes TOS to Limit Mobile Video

AT&T Changes TOS to Limit Mobile Video

Just one day after announcing plans to subsidize netbooks, AT&T wised up to the fact that those netbooks and connections could be used to download movies and enjoy other bandwidth-intensive applications. To avoid bogging down their network, the company revised its data plan service terms to single out and prohibit “downloading movies using...

Dell Brings SSDs To Refreshed Vostro Family

Dell Brings SSDs To Refreshed Vostro Family

With all the hubbub surrounding Dell's growing Inspiron Mini family and the flashy new Adamo, we had practically forgotten about the all-business Vostro line. Dell has just jarred our memories by giving the 13", 15" and 17" versions a slight makeover and throwing in a few upgrades that definitely make our mouths water. 1720 all come bundled...

Asus Delivers GTX 275 / HD 4890-Based GPUs

Asus Delivers GTX 275 / HD 4890-Based GPUs

With the introduction of NVIDIA's GTX 275 and ATI's Radeon HD 4890 yesterday, almost everyone in the graphics card business has pushed out a variant of their own. Asus, however, is making sure to make its versions a good bit different than the rest, and we'd argue these two are unique enough to possibly sway you from whatever card you were...

OCZ Z-Series PSUs Grab Energy Efficiency Crowns

OCZ Z-Series PSUs Grab Energy Efficiency Crowns

Looking for a dependable, energy sipping power supply for your next gaming rig? Look no further than OCZ Technology, which has just announced that its heralded Z-Series PSUs have achieved 80 Plus Gold and Silver Efficiency. Engineered to deliver top-notch performance for today's most demanding components, all while inhaling as little energy...

Netflix Delivers 2 Billionth Movie

Netflix Delivers 2 Billionth Movie

Netflix has delivered its two billionth movie. To commemorate the milestone, Netflix is giving the lucky recipient of the DVD a complimentary lifetime membership. The 2-billion mark was officially hit yesterday, when Netflix shipped a Blu-ray version of the romantic comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist to Clay Shannon in Birmingham, Ala....

AT&T Subsidizes Netbooks

AT&T Subsidizes Netbooks

AT&T is applying a cell phone-like pricing model to netbooks on a trial basis in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Through this offering, you can pick up a netbook for as little as $49.99. Of course, there’s a catch: You’ll need to sign up for one of AT&T’s Internet at Home and On the Go plans in order to get this special pricing offer. AT&T’s...

MSI Debuts GTX 275 / HD 4890-Based GPUs

MSI Debuts GTX 275 / HD 4890-Based GPUs

If you thought NVIDIA and AMD would develop and launch new GPUs today without letting 'ole MSI know about it, think again. Much like Zotac (and countless others) have done, MSI is letting loose its newest graphics cards based on NVIDIA's fresh GTX 275 core and ATI's HD 4890.First, we're looking at the company's N275GTX Twin Frozr, a beastly...

Workers Are More Productive When Surfing the Web

Workers Are More Productive When Surfing the Web

In today's uncertain economic climate, many are looking over their shoulders, wondering if they're next on the list to get sacked as their employers continue to downsize. So not only are workers typically on their best behavior at work these days, but they're also looking for an edge that can make them even more productive, and therefore that...

GIGABYTE Extends SLI Support on X58 Motherboards

GIGABYTE Extends SLI Support on X58 Motherboards

GIGABYTE Extends SLI Support on Entire X58 Series MotherboardsUnlocking the Ultimate in Graphics Flexibility and Performance City of Industry, Calif., April 02, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to announce their entire range of Intel X58 chipset motherboards now officially...

NVIDIA Names Harvard a CUDA Center of Excellence

NVIDIA Names Harvard a CUDA Center of Excellence

NVIDIA Names Harvard University a CUDA Center of ExcellenceHarvard Recognized as a CUDA Center of Excellence for Its Pioneering Work Using GPU Computing SANTA CLARA, CA-APRIL 2, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation, inventor of the GPU, today announced that Harvard University has been recognized as a CUDA Center of Excellence for its commitment...

MSI Specs X-Slim X320, X340 and Wind U123

MSI Specs X-Slim X320, X340 and Wind U123

We had a clue as to what MSI's ultra thin X-Slim duo would look like, but beyond that, most everything else was veiled in mystery. Until now. This week at the CTIA Wireless Expo in Las Vegas, MSI has taken the wraps off the full specification list on the X-Slim X320, X-Slim X340 and Wind U123, all of which we'll detail below. As for the X320,...

Zotac Adds GTX 275 To GPU Lineup

Zotac Adds GTX 275 To GPU Lineup

Moving in lockstep with NVIDIA, Zotac has decided to also taking NVIDIA's newly launched GTX 275 core and slap it into a new card; so convenient, no? Just a day after it expanded its low-profile arrangement with a new GeForce 9600 LP, the same company is pushing its GTX 200 Series crew one step further. Today we're being formally introduced...

Software Vendors Rally Around NVIDIA's Ion

Software Vendors Rally Around NVIDIA's Ion

Really, there are only a few things a hardware company needs when it fires up a brand new initiative. Time, money, knowledge and support from software vendors. While we had no doubts about NVIDIA's ability to capture the first three, the company is making very, very clear that the latter bit is well taken of as well. As the world at large...

Pre SDK Distro Expands; Palm OS Emulation Touted

Pre SDK Distro Expands; Palm OS Emulation Touted

Eschewing CTIA for their announcement, Palm spoke at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday night, and announced a number of things, including the fact that Palm OS emulation will be available on the Palm Pre, via third party developer MotionApps. Of course, you'll have to pay for the emulator, which they call Classic. There's no pricing or release...

ATI Radeon HD 4890: The RV790 Unveiled

ATI Radeon HD 4890: The RV790 Unveiled

As anyone remotely in tune with the tech sector can attest, the rivalry in the PC graphics card market between AMD / ATI and NVIDIA is as intense as ever. It used to be that one of the two companies would release a new product, only to have the other release a competing offering a few weeks, or maybe a few months later. But even in these gloomy...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Unleashed

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Unleashed

This will no doubt be an exciting day for graphics card aficionados. As we've shown you here, AMD has literally just launched a brand new more powerful, single-GPU based Radeon, dubbed the Radeon HD 4890. However, arch rival NVIDIA has something on tap as well, in the form of the GeForce GTX 275. And wouldn't you know it, the GTX 275 is positioned...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeGigabyte Geforce GTS 250 OC (1Gb GDDR3) @ CPU3DSamsung SyncMaster 2263UW LCD Monitor w/ Webcam Review @ TweaknewsAsus GeForce ENGTX285 TOP review @ TechspotMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 reviewed @ NeoseekerMemory and Storage:Thecus N3200 Review @ BootdailyPower:PC...

High Tech Foolery

High Tech Foolery

Today is traditionally a day of harmless pranks and hoaxes. Of course, these pranks aren’t limited to offline activity. It seems everyone from Google to Kodak was getting in on the April Fools fun today. Here’s a look at some of the foolishness: Google showed off CADIE - a Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity that's a cross...

Conficker's Big Day Passes Quietly

Conficker's Big Day Passes Quietly

The Conficker worm has generated a fair amount of buzz in the media recently. Today, April 1, was suppose to be the worm’s day of attack. As of this evening eastern standard time, the doomsday some were predicting as a result of the Conficker worm did not materialize. That doesn’t mean Conficker is a bust, however. The worm still did what...

Zotac's 9600GT LP GPU Aims At Low-Profile Crowd

Zotac's 9600GT LP GPU Aims At Low-Profile Crowd

Zotac is back on the offensive again after just a few days off, this time announcing its GeForce 9600GT LP for low-profile rigs and slim HTPCs. Granted, the 9600GT isn't the most powerful GPU core or anything, but it's certainly a good choice for space constrained cases given its cool operation and its low overhead design.The card is powered...

Zer01 to Offer $70 Unlimited Voice and Data Plan

Zer01 to Offer $70 Unlimited Voice and Data Plan

Zer01 Communications is a new mobile phone service provider that promises to offer a nationwide unlimited voice and data plan for $69.95 per month (including taxes and fees), with no contracts and using unlocked phones. These are truly unlimited plans, without any qualifying quotation marks around the word "unlimited"--you won't find any data...

Clearwire Introduces Portable WiMAX HotSpot

Clearwire Introduces Portable WiMAX HotSpot

WiMAX has definitely had a difficult time taking off here in the US, but with Sprint hoping to expand the service to around a dozen major metropolitan areas before the dawn of 2011, there's still hope for a late surge in adoption. And honestly, it's devices like this that'll make it happen. Clearwire has just announced an interesting new...

RIM Gets Its BlackBerry App Store, At Last

RIM Gets Its BlackBerry App Store, At Last

As expected, and despite the fact it did so on April 1st, RIM on Wednesday launched the BlackBerry App World, the RIM answer to Apple's own App Store. BlackBerry App World, besides being the store itself, is an app you download from RIM's site. System requirements for the app: BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.2 or higherBlackBerry...

Sony Cuts PlayStation 2 Price To $99.99

Sony Cuts PlayStation 2 Price To $99.99

It's not quite as delicious as a PlayStation 3 price cut, but if you've been waiting years upon years to get your hands on a decade-old game console, now's the time. This week, Sony has officially lowered the MSRP of its long standing PlayStation 2 console to $99.99, which marks the first universal price drop on it since March of 2007 (when...

Super Talent Debuts PCI Express SSD RAIDDrive

Super Talent Debuts PCI Express SSD RAIDDrive

Please Super Talent, let this not be a joke. Here on the always comical first day of April, Super Talent has announced its reaction to Fusion-io's ioDrive and OCZ's Z Drive: the patented RAIDDrve. Put simply, this is Super Talent's own PCI Express-based SSD solution, designed to bring quick, durable SSD functionality straight to the motherboard...