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Video: HIS Radeon 6770 IceQ X Turbo @ PureOverclock ZOTAC GTX560 1GB AMP! Edition SLI Review @ Vortez HIS Radeon HD 6770 IceQ X Turbo 1GB Video Card Review @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews Processors: AMD Llano A8-3850 Review...

Google Aims To Improve Search Experience For Tablet Users With Changes

Google Aims To Improve Search Experience For Tablet Users With Changes

Google is working to improve the search experience for tablet users. Recently, the company rolled out changes that were made with tablet users in mind. First up, the company simplified the layout of search result pages and increased the size of the contents on a page. Most notably, text, buttons and other touch targets are now larger. Google...

Verbatim Adds Color To SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives

Verbatim Adds Color To SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives

If you're looking to add a little color to your life, Verbatim has the answer. The company recently announced the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable hard drive with two new color options: Caribbean Blue and Hot Pink. These 500GB hard drives come with Nero BackItUp & Burn Essentials software. The drives also work with the optional Green Button...

Facebook-Integrated Skype v5.5 Exits Beta, Available To Download For Windows

Facebook-Integrated Skype v5.5 Exits Beta, Available To Download For Windows

Just as soon as Facebook and Skype announced their major integration deal a few weeks back, Skype for Windows v5.5 Beta hit the download page. Now, the final version is here: Skype 5.5 for Windows is available for download, and based on user feedback since the June beta, there have been a number of updates that the company says warrant an...

Amazon Inks Distribution / Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal

Amazon Inks Distribution / Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal

Let the media wars begin! With iTunes firmly in the lead on the music front, the race is wide open when it comes to streaming media. There are Netflix, Hulu, Boxee, Amazon and countless others, all gunning to be your at-home favorite when it comes to streaming entertainment (and of course Redbox, but they certainly haven't divulged any real...

Nintendo Cuts 3DS Handheld Price From $249 To $169 Starting August 12

Nintendo Cuts 3DS Handheld Price From $249 To $169 Starting August 12

The Nintendo 3DS was, at least in part, an experiment. The company had never launched a 3D-enabled console or handheld of any kind prior to it, so there was no baseline for how it would do in a market still curious about the true, tangible benefits of 3D. In fact, Nintendo has made reference in the past to avoid a 3D at-home console until...

Some Impressions of HP's Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse

Some Impressions of HP's Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse

Back in May, HP announced availability of a Wi-Fi enabled mouse, targeted at mobile users. The aptly named HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse uses a systems’ Wi-Fi controller as its interface, eliminating the need to plug in a dedicated USB transceiver dongle. On USB starved notebooks, not having to plug in a dongle means freeing up a valuable port...

Apple Now Has More Spending Money Than USA

Apple Now Has More Spending Money Than USA

It's no surprise to anyone that Apple is doing well, but it may be surprising to many that the company is doing better financially than its own home country. Latest figures from the US Treasury Department show that the country has an operating cash balance of $73.7 billion, while Apple's most recent postings show a balance of $76.4 billion....

Gamestop Now Offering Pre-Orders on Digital Downloads

Gamestop Now Offering Pre-Orders on Digital Downloads

In a surprising change of pace, it appears that GameStop will be returning to the PC games market with an announcement that customers can now place pre-orders for digital downloads. Seemingly following EA's lead, the brick-and-mortar retailer has begun shifting the some of its focus off of packaged goods sales and onto digital distribution....

iBUYPOWER Introduces New Professional Series Workstations

iBUYPOWER Introduces New Professional Series Workstations

iBUYPOWER announced a new Professional Series line of workstations that feature 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processors, RAID cards and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. These systems are designed to run demanding applications from companies such as Adobe, Autodesk, RTT, Dassault Systemes, and Bunkspeed. Like other iBUYPOWER systems, the new line...

A Terabyte For Notebooks: WD's Scorpio Blue 1TB Drive

A Terabyte For Notebooks: WD's Scorpio Blue 1TB Drive

It seems like we never have enough space.  Sure, a 1TB notebook drive might be more targeted to the mobile workstation market but we're willing to bet there are more than a few pack rats in the mainstream as well. Recently, Western Digital  stepped out and announced their new 1TB 9.5mm Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook drive. ...

Dell Breathes Fresh Air Technology into "Chiller-less" Data Centers

Dell Breathes Fresh Air Technology into "Chiller-less" Data Centers

Data centers have a tendency to get hot under the collar, and businesses spend big bucks keeping all that hardware running cool. They'll be happy to know that Dell's new integrated data center solution has not only been validated to operate within the highest current temperature and humidity guidelines issued by ASHRAE (American Society of...

Nielsen: Android Tops in U.S. Smartphone Market, Apple Still Top Dog in Mobile Device Manufacturing

Nielsen: Android Tops in U.S. Smartphone Market, Apple Still Top Dog in Mobile Device Manufacturing

According to the most recent data from market research guru Nielsen, Google's mighty Android platform stands tallest in the U.S. smartphone space with a majority 39 percent share. That leaves Apple in an almost distant second place with 28 percent, and RIM clinging to relevance with a 20 percent stake. Credit Android's success to Google's...

Throttling Coming to AT&T Wireless in October

Throttling Coming to AT&T Wireless in October

AT&T is rumored to be implementing a data throttling program set to begin in the first week of October. The change would apply only to its top users, and would in that way be similar to the program already in place at Verizon Wireless (.PDF). That could point to potential timing for an iPhone 5 launch: last year, AT&T implemented data...

Pegatron Wins Exclusive iPad 3 Manufacturing Contract

Pegatron Wins Exclusive iPad 3 Manufacturing Contract

Pegatron has won a bidding war with Foxconn, and will be the exclusive manufacturer that Apple uses for the iPad 3. It was announced earlier this month that Pegatron had won an order for 15 million iPhone 5s from Apple, as well. The report comes from the Taiwan Economic News. The report used the word "outbid," which might mean that Pegatron...

Samsung TouchWiz UX Update Coming Soon To Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung TouchWiz UX Update Coming Soon To Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung's Mobile team has just announced that the first major software update to the hot-selling Tab 10.1 will go out early next month, with the company's homegrown TouchWiz UX (with Live Panel) interface making its debut in New York City. The Tab will be the first majorly overhauled Android 3.1 tablet, and the company also promises their...

Acer Reveals Long-Last Timeline 8573 And 8473 Notebooks

Acer Reveals Long-Last Timeline 8573 And 8473 Notebooks

If there's one thing Acer isn't lacking for, it's model numbers. The company has just introduced two more notebooks in their quickly expanding Timeline series, the Timeline 8573 and 8473. Both of these promise up to 8+ hours of battery life, and they ship with Acer ProShield security, a suite of essential security and manageability tools that...

Sony PS3 Sales Decline, Revenues Drop

Sony PS3 Sales Decline, Revenues Drop

Sony has posted financial results for the first fiscal quarter 2012, and the company has been hurt by a decline in PS3 sales. Fiscal Q1 revenues from game hardware, software and online services dropped 11.9% from the previous year to $1.5 billion, while unit sales of the Playstation 3 dropped to 1.8 million compared to 2.4 million the year...

Ubisoft Proclaims Restrictive "Always On" DRM a Success

Ubisoft Proclaims Restrictive "Always On" DRM a Success

Well, this is some news that is sure to frustrate gamers: Ubisoft has decided that it will continue implementing its special constant-connection anti-piracy measures because, to nobody's surprise, it works. The company's restrictive digital rights management (DRM) system, which was recently announced to be included in upcoming release Driver:...

Passware Kit v11 Snatches OSX Passwords In Minutes

Passware Kit v11 Snatches OSX Passwords In Minutes

Whether true or not, Apple’s Mac OSX is typically perceived as being more secure than Windows. But according to Passware, Inc., a leading maker of password recovery and e-Discovery software for Federal and State agencies, law enforcement, and military organizations, among many other corporate clients, OSX has its fair share of vulnerabilities...

Kingston Ships Wi-Drive Wireless Storage Solution

Kingston Ships Wi-Drive Wireless Storage Solution

Kingston is now shipping its Wi-Drive wireless storage device for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This device uses a built-in Wi-Fi signal and is capable of streaming movies, music, and other content to your iOS device. The Wi-Drive comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities. The drive is compatible with the Apple iPad; iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4G (3G...

Bieber Brings Awareness to Safe Driving Smartphone App

Bieber Brings Awareness to Safe Driving Smartphone App

What do you get when you mix Justin Bieber with a distracted driving campaign? PhoneGuard is hoping you get a whole lot of teens downloading its Drive Safe smartphone app. The app automatically disables texting when the phone is moving 10 miles per hour. Last week, the makers of PhoneGuard started a campaign featuring the teenage heartthrob...

Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review

Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review

Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's Sandy Bridge-based second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed all that much in the year or so it took...

Sprint And LightSquared Ink 15-Year Deal

Sprint And LightSquared Ink 15-Year Deal

Sprint and LightSquared recently announced a 15-year deal that will give Sprint $9 billion in cash in exchange for spectrum hosting and LTE network services as well as LTE and satellite purchase credits it will provide LightSquared. The deal is expected to speed up the completion of LightSquared’s 4G LTE network. Under terms of the agreement,...

Apple Overcharges Customer Almost $4,000 for OS X Lion!

Apple Overcharges Customer Almost $4,000 for OS X Lion!

Depending on who you talk to, Apple overcharges its customers all the time. It's known as the "Apple Tax," an unofficial designation given to the perceived markup Apple applies to its products. This isn't about the so-called Apple Tax and whether or not it exists -- been there, done that -- but an Apple fail of near epic proportions. According...

Humble Indie Bundle is Back with Five New Games

Humble Indie Bundle is Back with Five New Games

Contrary to what DRM-obsessed publishers would have everyone believe, gamers aren't a bunch of pilfering pirates looking for a free ride. Put out a solid software title and game players will happily reach into their pockets, even when they don't have to. That's the lesson game publishers should take from the Humble Indie Bundle project. The...

LulzSec, Anonymous Urge Supporters to Join #OpPayPal

LulzSec, Anonymous Urge Supporters to Join #OpPayPal

On the same day a high-level LulzSec "operative" was arrested, Anonymous and LulzSec announced #OpPayPal, a method to get back at online payment service PayPal without hacking, and legally. #OpPayPal might be called an offshoot of the previous #AntiSec movement by Anonymous and LulzSec. Posting on their site of choice, pastebin, the two hacker...

EA CEO Says Time for Game Console Cycle to End

EA CEO Says Time for Game Console Cycle to End

EA CEO John Riccitiello said in a quarterly earnings call yesterday that the game console cycle, that is, the 4-5 year long space between console development and launches, is over. Between this and recent statements that physical storefronts will be disappearing in the near future, it sounds like EA has it all figured out. During the conference...

U.K. Authorities Claim Arrest of LulzSec's 'Topiary'

U.K. Authorities Claim Arrest of LulzSec's 'Topiary'

U.K. authorities arrested one of the higher-profile members of LulzSec on Wednesday, a 19-year-old known as "Topiary" online, in Scotland's Shetland Islands.  LulzSec is a hacker group that announced it was quitting in late June, but which then resurfaced in the middle of this month.  Back in June, Topiary said he wasn't worried...

Clearwire Launches Clear Spot 4G Apollo Hotspot

Clearwire Launches Clear Spot 4G Apollo Hotspot

WiMAX seems to have hit a stumbling block in the U.S. Not a single new market has opened up during 2011, while Verizon's LTE network seems to be expanding by the week. But Clearwire and Sprint aren't giving up, and in fact, they're producing some fairly great hardware and plans. The newest is the Clear Spot 4G Apollo, a new personal mobile...

Turtle Beach Gets Bargain-Friendly With $60 Ear Force X12

Turtle Beach Gets Bargain-Friendly With $60 Ear Force X12

Turtle Beach is on the offensive in the headset wars once more with yet another new set of cans, the Ear Force X12 gaming headset for Xbox 360 and PC. It's a stereo headset, slightly retooled from the existing build. It features oversized 50mm speakers, an in-line amplifier, variable bass boost, and a USB connector. It gets all the power it...

Nokia, ZTE And Others See ITC Complaint From InterDigital

Nokia, ZTE And Others See ITC Complaint From InterDigital

Lawsuits, lawsuits, and a few more lawsuits. That really does seem to be the order of the month. With Apple, Samsung, HTC and countless others currently battling it out over Android, IP and all manner of patent troubles, InterDigital has found an opportune time to get into the mix. The company has recently announced that it will be filing...

Google+ Changing Naming Policy to Quell Doubts, Anger Among Users

Google+ Changing Naming Policy to Quell Doubts, Anger Among Users

This past week has been a busy one for Google. Users of the company's Google+ social networking service have been up in arms over the deletion of several accounts for violating the service's "real name" policy, and the company is now backtracking to quell the rage.  The service's support teams, which apparently were the final word...

iBUYPOWER Announces Two New AMD Phenom II X6 Systems

iBUYPOWER Announces Two New AMD Phenom II X6 Systems

iBUYPOWER unveiled the new AMD II X6 powered Gamer Power 579Q6 and Gamer Extreme 520SLC PCs. The iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 579Q6, available at Newegg, features an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 1.5 TB of storage space, an AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card and a 700W power supply. This system is housed in the XION ECHO...

First Smartphone with Native Windows Mobile 7.5 “Mango” Unveiled

First Smartphone with Native Windows Mobile 7.5 “Mango” Unveiled

Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications has unveiled the first smartphone that will ship natively with Microsoft’s upcoming “Mango” build of Windows Phone which was just release to manufacturers a few days ago, also known officially as Windows Phone 7.5. At events in Tokyo at the KDDI Designing Studio and at the Aichi...

Apple Reportedly Working on Ultra-Thin 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple Reportedly Working on Ultra-Thin 15-inch MacBook Pro

Imagine having the power of a MacBook Pro crammed into a notebook chassis about the size of a MacBook Air. Sounds pretty crummy if you're a Windows die-hard, but for those of you who fancy yourself an Apple fan, such a design would be nothing short of a win. As it turns out, Apple isn't just imaging a razor thin MacBook Pro, the Cupertino...

Motorola Xoom 4G Upgrade Finally Getting Close

Motorola Xoom 4G Upgrade Finally Getting Close

Verizon Wireless has confirmed a free 4G LTE upgrade is coming to the Motorola Xoom in September. According to an email from Verizon Wireless, users should expect to receive an email at the end of the summer telling them more about the upgrade process. When the Xoom was revealed in January, one of the highly touted features was the tablet’s...

Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed

Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed

Toshiba historically has been know for building notebooks that perhaps aren't as thin and sleek as other machines but rather have a build quality and feature set that is best-of-class. On the tablet front, Toshiba's first effort with an Android-based 10-inch slate looks to be cut from the same cloth. The Thrive doesn't make any apologies for...

Sprint Serves Up Monthly Protection Plan for Your Netbook and Other Mobile Gear

Sprint Serves Up Monthly Protection Plan for Your Netbook and Other Mobile Gear

Without protection, your little 'oopsy' can turn into a costly mistake, that is unless you can take a mulligan. Settle down happy parents, we're not talking about accidental procreation, but precious electronics gear. Bad things happen to good electronics, and rather than be bilked by Best Buy or some other retailer offering a pricey warranty...

RadioShack to Dump No. 4 T-Mobile for No. 1 Verizon

RadioShack to Dump No. 4 T-Mobile for No. 1 Verizon

Radioshack announced yesterday that it will be dumping T-Mobile for Verizon, causing another blow to the nation's #4 wireless carrier. With Verizon being the nation's No. 1 carrier (at least until AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is complete), the move makes sense. Verizon's customer base is 3x that of T-Mobile's. In addition,...

MSI Announces Subdued GE620DX Gaming Notebook

MSI Announces Subdued GE620DX Gaming Notebook

MSI has just announced its latest high performance gaming notebook, the GE620DX. Unlike the vast majority of other high-end mobile gaming machine manufacturers, however, MSI took a different tact with the GE620DX. Instead of adorning the notebooks with an assortment of funky lighting or wild-looking angles, the GE620DX has a much more subdued...

Psychologists Find Smarthpone Users Increasingly More Attached to Devices

Psychologists Find Smarthpone Users Increasingly More Attached to Devices

It appears that there are more problems to worry about with smartphones than just data protection or simple thievery. Nowadays, even attachment to a gadget is cause for worry. "Watching people who get their first smartphone, there's a very quick progression from having a basic phone you don't talk about to people who love their iPhone, name...

China Orders Two Fake Apple Stores in Kunming Closed

China Orders Two Fake Apple Stores in Kunming Closed

Chinese officials have ordered the closure two "counterfeit" Apple stores in Kunming, after investigating all the shops in the southwestern China city.   Originally, it was reported that three elaborately camouflaged fake Apple Stores existed in the city, however after officials performed inspections it turned out there were a total...

Garmin Completes Navigon Acquisition

Garmin Completes Navigon Acquisition

Is the GPS world big enough for both Garmin and Navigon? Apparently not. It's official: Garmin has just completed their historical acquisition of Navigon, bringing together two of the biggest names in satnav history. Cliff Pemble, chairman and COO of Garmin, had this to say: "We are pleased to have the Navigon team join the Garmin family....

Apple Hoping To Build Retail Shop In NYC's Grand Central Terminal

Apple Hoping To Build Retail Shop In NYC's Grand Central Terminal

One has to wonder if Apple can keep this up. They've been knocking it out of the park for years now, with quarter after quarter of record growth. At this point, it's doubtful that any other technology company is capable of stopping them. Their stock price is way up, sales are way up, and market share is way up. And when things are going so...

Viber Brings Another VoIP Calling Option To Android

Viber Brings Another VoIP Calling Option To Android

VoIP services have skyrocketed as of late, with Skype being purchased by Microsoft for a whopping $8 billion. It's fairly clear that communications are moving towards Internet-based solutions (at least in part), and a new app from Viber is evidence of that.   Viber is yet another VoIP app, but this new Android build (iOS already exists)...

Microsoft Launches Avatar Kinect On Xbox LIVE

Microsoft Launches Avatar Kinect On Xbox LIVE

Readers probably don't need any extra encouragement to stay plopped on the couch this summer, but Microsoft is providing some anyway. The company has just launched Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler this week, tucked into the Kinect Fun Labs on Xbox LIVE. Avatar Kinect captures facial expressions and voice so when users smile, nod...

Analyst Suggests Samsung Smartphones Outsold Apple and Nokia in Q2

Analyst Suggests Samsung Smartphones Outsold Apple and Nokia in Q2

According to a London-based analyst with research firm Strategy Analytics, which itself is based in Boston, MA, Samsung may have sold more smartphones than both Nokia and Apple globally in Q2. The analyst, Neil Mawston, claimed in an e-mail response that Samsung sold an estimated 18 to 21 million smartphones this past quarter due to Samsung’s...

Intel Preps Firmware Upgrade to Address SSD 320 Bug

Intel Preps Firmware Upgrade to Address SSD 320 Bug

We have some semi-good news for Intel 320 Series solid state drive owners who might be suffering from the notorious 8MB bug. No, we don't have a fix, and neither does Intel. However, the Santa Clara chip maker is fully aware of the problem and is promising a new firmware update that will supposedly stomp out the annoying bug for good. "Intel...

Onkyo Lets You Use Your Android Handset as a Remote

Onkyo Lets You Use Your Android Handset as a Remote

Tired of fishing for your remote control in the confines of your couch? Take a break from looking for it and fire up your Android handset instead. It's a viable option, provided you own a compatible Onkyo receiver and download/install the company's new Remote App for Android. "Operating over a wireless local network, the application will allow...

Sprint Unveils Handsets That Will Launch With Sprint Direct Connect

Sprint Unveils Handsets That Will Launch With Sprint Direct Connect

Sprint revealed the phones it will deploy in the fourth quarter when it launches its next-generation push-to-talk service. The new service will be known as Sprint Direct Connect. The new service will be available in a much larger area than the company's current push-to-talk offering. In fact, the new service will reportedly cover almost triple...

Verizon Wireless Gets LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1

Verizon Wireless Gets LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1

Can consumers handle another flavor of the Galaxy Tab 10.1? Verizon Wireless thinks so. Verizon has another model on the way -- a couple of them, actually. The first LTE-enabled Tab 10.1 will ship to VZW on July 28th, bringing 4G speeds to a white or grey 16GB/32GB slate. Other than the LTE radio, the specs and shape remain the same, but we...

SanDisk Offers New SSD For Old Computers

SanDisk Offers New SSD For Old Computers

SanDisk recently launched a new line of SSD drives that is designed to breathe new life into aging computers. The SanDisk Ultra SSD is a SATA II-based drive that supports both TRIM and SMART. The drive offers up to 280 MB/sec sequential read and 270 MB/sec sequential write speeds. The Ultra SSD is available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, and...

Could As Few as 1.3 Million Android Tablets Been Sold in Q2?

Could As Few as 1.3 Million Android Tablets Been Sold in Q2?

In a quarter where Apple gleefully sold 9.25 million tablets, some folks are now suggesting that Android tablet makers may have sold less than 1.35 million. That's 21 times more iPad tablets than Android, at least according to one analysis of the numbers. The question is, is the glass half empty or half full for Android? This figure was derived...

PittPatt Recognition Firm Swallowed By Google

PittPatt Recognition Firm Swallowed By Google

It seems Google is on the acquisition warpath again, because the search giant has just snapped up another small unknown and imaginations are already running wild just thinking about the possibilities. The newest company to get swallowed up: Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, or PittPatt. The company started at Carnegie Mellon University's...

AT&T Prepares Employees for iPhone 5 Launch

AT&T Prepares Employees for iPhone 5 Launch

The latest information on an iPhone 4S / 5 launch seems to be pointing to an announcement toward the end of August, with a launch by mid-September. The timeline, which BGR implies comes from an AT&T source, says that AT&T has has begun communicating launch plans internally within the company. It has also told employees to complete...

AT&T: Gingerbread Coming To All 2011 Post-Paid Android Phones

AT&T: Gingerbread Coming To All 2011 Post-Paid Android Phones

One of the biggest gripes from customers who purchase phones directly from a U.S. carrier (as opposed to unlocked) is that carriers aren't always so quick to push out Android updates. Case in point -- the unlocked Nexus One received its Froyo updates long before any other phone, and the Nexus S has seen updates faster as well. AT&T is...

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.5, iOS 4.2.10 to Fix Security Issue

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.5, iOS 4.2.10 to Fix Security Issue

Out of the blue, Apple has released iOS 4.3.5 and iOS 4.2.10. The new versions fix another security hole, and have been released only about a week after Apple patched other security holes with iOS 4.3.4 and 4.2.9. iOS 4.3.5 is available for iOS 3.0 through 4.3.4 for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (GSM), iOS 3.1 through 4.3.4 for iPod touch (3rd generation)...

Qualcomm Acquires "Certain Assets" From GestureTek

Qualcomm Acquires "Certain Assets" From GestureTek

Qualcomm: a name that most average consumers probably weren't even familiar with just five or ten years ago, but these days, is impossible to ignore. The Snapdragon processor platform has taken over the tablet and smartphone space, and a huge percentage of today's hottest devices run with Qualcomm silicon inside. It's still tough being...

Anon+ Devs Say Site Will Give Users Options Others Don't

Anon+ Devs Say Site Will Give Users Options Others Don't

Earlier this week, hacker collective Anonymous decided that it would found its own social networking site after being shut down on Google+. The site, which is (temporarily) named Anon+, will give users freedoms that sites like Facebook and Google+ will not, according to developer/hacker "Higochoa." Higochoa is part of a team of 12 to 15 other...

Apple Begins Hard Drive Replacement Program For Select iMac Systems

Apple Begins Hard Drive Replacement Program For Select iMac Systems

After discovering that some of the 1TB hard drives used in some iMac systems could fail under certain conditions, Apple has started a replacement program. The replacement program affects 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between May 2011 and July 2011. For users who are affected by this recall, Apple or an Apple Authorized...

Sony's 16.2MP Cyber-shot TX55 Captures Video, Stills At The Same Time

Sony's 16.2MP Cyber-shot TX55 Captures Video, Stills At The Same Time

Sony added the DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot digital camera to its lineup. This camera is capable of capturing 12 megapixel-level still photos and Full HD video at the same time thanks to its 'Dual Rec' mode. The camera also captures 3D photos with a single lens, taking two images consecutively. According to Sony, the DSC-TX55's 'By Pixel Super Resolution'...

HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review

HTC EVO 3D Smartphone Review

Touted as America's first glasses-free 3D-capable 4G device, the HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, qHD (Quarter High Definition) 3D display as well as dual rear-facing cameras, that can capture 3D images and video. Even if you're not interested in this phone's 3D capabilities though, its specs and horsepower may still be attractive. The EVO...

Sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Notebooks Surface Online, Netbooks Wimper in the Corner

Sub-$400 Sandy Bridge Notebooks Surface Online, Netbooks Wimper in the Corner

Fancy yourself a cheapskate in need of something decidedly more powerful than an Atom-powered netbook? Lucky for you Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is still kicking tail and taking names, and if you look hard enough, you can find a handful of notebook PCs going for less than $400 (and we don't mean $399.99). Head on over to Best Buy, for...

Spotify Surges to 70,000 Paid Subscribers, Should Pandora Fret?

Spotify Surges to 70,000 Paid Subscribers, Should Pandora Fret?

Spotify doesn't yet have rival streaming music services shaking in their boots, but give it time and that could very well change. Having now (and at long last ) officially launched in the United States, Spotify has been able to attract more than 70,000 paying subscribers in a little more than one week. That's according to Billboard, which...

Judge Blasts Google, Oracle In Patent Dispute Case

Judge Blasts Google, Oracle In Patent Dispute Case

District Court judges are no strangers to outlandish demands or absurd claims, but Google and Oracle have jointly managed to push their case past Ludicrous Speed and into Plaid ("They've gone into plaid!"). In a hearing late last week, District Court Judge William Alsup informed both sides that they are "both asking for the moon and should...

Researcher Claims Apple Batteries A Potential Security Risk

Researcher Claims Apple Batteries A Potential Security Risk

Of all the hundreds of thousands of computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms that have been written since 'Elk Cloner' first appeared in the wild in 1981, the overwhelming majority of them have targeted computer software. Attacking computer hardware directly isn't impossible now (and wasn't then), but it tends to be extremely difficult...

Gerber Steady Multi-Tool To Include Flip-Out Tripod

Gerber Steady Multi-Tool To Include Flip-Out Tripod

Pocket-sized tripods were needed years ago. Fortunately companies like Joby have emerged and stepped up to the plate. The problem with a portable tripod, however, is that it's only a portable tripod. They really serve no other purpose, so you're lugging around yet another "unitasker" in your travel gear. So, how to change that? Attach...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: TechREACTION.net Review: ASUS 6870 DirectCU [Tech ARP] Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.5  Visiontek Radeon 6950 2GB @ PureOverclock Visiontek Radeon 6950 2GB @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: Jetway H109-Z (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 Motherboard Review @ Vortez Memory...

Personal Audio, LLC Goes After Apple Again

Personal Audio, LLC Goes After Apple Again

Apple's a huge target. No question about it. And patent trolls have a thing for going after monumental companies -- companies that they know will simply settle out if really put to the fire. We aren't making any accusations against Personal Audio, but after winning $8 million in a case against Apple related to playlists, the company is hitting...

Habey USA Unveils 12" Touchscreen Atom-Powered PC

Habey USA Unveils 12" Touchscreen Atom-Powered PC

Here's an... interesting one. Habey USA isn't exactly known for pumping out vanilla machines, and the company's keeping it weird with their latest idea. The new 12" Touchscreen Intel Dual Core Atom Nvidia ION Panel PC doesn't have much of a name (the model number is PPC-6512), but that long-winded title tells you most everything you'd need...

Dell Streak Pulled for Upgrades, Not EOL

Dell Streak Pulled for Upgrades, Not EOL

Dell has quietly pulled the Streak 5 tablet from its website and from any retail stores, as well. It's not a recall per se, but it's believed that Dell is making changes and improvements to the product, unrelated to the software (i.e., hardware). For a while, consumers could still find the item on Dell's site, but if they tried to order it,...

Intel Details Option To Move Antialiasing To The CPU

Intel Details Option To Move Antialiasing To The CPU

When AMD launched the Barts GPU that powers the Radeon 6850 and 6870 last year, it added support for what it described as a new type of antialiasing—Morphological AA (MLAA). Intel, who originally developed MLAA in 2009, has released a follow-up paper on the topic--including a discussion of how the technique could be handled by the CPU....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Benq BL2400 24" Monitor Review @ t-break Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Dirt 3 Edition 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org Motherboards and Chipsets: MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA1155 Mainboard Review @ XBitLabs ECS HDC-I Review @ OCC ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard - BCCHardware...

China Begins Inspecting All Kunming Electronics Stores

China Begins Inspecting All Kunming Electronics Stores

After three unauthorized "clone" Apple Stores (or Stoer, as one spelled its name) were uncovered by an expat American blogger, authorities in Kunming, China have begun to inspect all of the electronics shops in the city, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. A worker with the city's industrial and commercial department said...

Microsoft Profits Climb, Despite Flat Windows Sales

Microsoft Profits Climb, Despite Flat Windows Sales

Microsoft's own second quarter was a good one; the company reported total sales of nearly $70 billion ($69.94B). Operating and net income stood at $27.16B and $23.15B, up 13 percent and 23 percent over the same period in 2010. Interestingly enough, the company's major growth areas were in the combined Entertainment / Mobile division where...

Los Angeles Angels To Offer Tablet Rentals

Los Angeles Angels To Offer Tablet Rentals

The Los Angeles Angels and T-Mobile are teaming up to offer a whole new experience at the ballpark. Now, you can rent a tablet at Angel Stadium that is designed to give you an "out-of-this-park experience." Fans can rent either a T-Mobile G-Slate or Samsung Galaxy Tab for $10. With the rental, you'll get a game-day program, content from the...

New 3-D Study Finds Evidence of Consistent Eyestrain, Headaches

New 3-D Study Finds Evidence of Consistent Eyestrain, Headaches

A study funded by Samsung and discussed in the Journal of Vision may have found the reason why so many individuals experience eye strain while watching 3D content. According to the article, problems arise when our eyes are asked to simultaneously focus on the screen while simultaneously adjusting to the distance of the content. "When watching...

Wikitude Drive AR Navigation App Hits American Streets

Wikitude Drive AR Navigation App Hits American Streets

Sometimes, getting from point A to point B really is the all that matters. Usually that involves a long haul, where all you want to do is sleep. But what if there was more to navigation beyond that? What if the journey was more exciting? That's what Wikitude promises to provide. The world's first AR (augmented reality) navigation app has just...

Turtle Beach Pushes Out Modern Warfare Gaming Headsets

Turtle Beach Pushes Out Modern Warfare Gaming Headsets

When it comes to gaming headsets, a few companies are recognized as being a cut above the rest. One of those companies just so happens to be Turtle Beach, and they just so happen to have a new line of gaming headsets that'll surely please Modern Warfare fans. The latest version of Call of Duty now has matching handsets, with support for Xbox...

M700 Disc Value Auto-Loads DVDs / Blu-ray Discs Into Kaleidescape Server

M700 Disc Value Auto-Loads DVDs / Blu-ray Discs Into Kaleidescape Server

Robots have found their way into all sorts of things: hospitals, cars, the list goes on and on. And now, robots are finding their way into even stranger places, like disc loaders. The Kaleidescape Value is the company's newest product, and it automatically imports CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into a main server in order to easily digitize things...

Sony Insurer Files Lawsuit To Dodge PSN Outage

Sony Insurer Files Lawsuit To Dodge PSN Outage

The PlayStation Network outage and customer data thefts from earlier this year cost Sony an enormous amount of lost revenue and have spawned a veritable fleet of lawsuits. At least one of the company's insurance providers has panicked and is asking for a court ruling that would confirm it has no responsibility to cover any of Sony's expenses....

Blockbuster To Close More Stores, But Saves Majority

Blockbuster To Close More Stores, But Saves Majority

Dish Network's eleventh hour Blockbuster purchase saved a number of stores from imminent closure, but the company still intends to close additional properties. Blockbuster has spun this into a victory; the company's blog claims to have "saved" stores as opposed to liquidating them. "We’re pleased that we will continue to operate more...

Sony Ericsson Cuts Gaming Phone Price In Half Two Months After Launch

Sony Ericsson Cuts Gaming Phone Price In Half Two Months After Launch

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has been on the market in the US for just under eight weeks; reviews of the combined cell phone / gaming handheld have been mixed. The Android experience has been generally good, but the screen is exceptionally dim, certain hardware functions are limited, battery life is lower than average, and the device's game...

T-Mobile USA Offers Micro SIM: Perfect For Jailbroken iPhone Handsets

T-Mobile USA Offers Micro SIM: Perfect For Jailbroken iPhone Handsets

Well, this is... strange. Or, is it? T-Mobile USA has been somewhat open in the past about the fact that many iPhone users unlock / jailbreak those devices and hop onto a T-Mob plan (albeit with EDGE speeds when it comes to data), but this is something else entirely. The carrier is now offering up a free Micro SIM card, which the iPhone 4...

BlackBerry PlayBook Voted In For U.S. Federal Use

BlackBerry PlayBook Voted In For U.S. Federal Use

Guess who is suiting up for battle? RIM. And we're not just talking about fighting the critics off; we're talking about actual battle. Granted, the BlackBerry PlayBook has yet to be approved for use on the battlefield, but it has been granted a stamp of approval for use within U.S. federal government agencies. RIM has a long history of providing...

Verizon Bumps Lowell C. McAdam To President And CEO

Verizon Bumps Lowell C. McAdam To President And CEO

Ch-ch-changes. They're happening, that's for sure, and now just with companies that are down in the dumps. Even Verizon, which has been doing quite well of late, has seen fit to make a few alterations at the top. The Verizon Board of Directors has named Verizon President and COO Lowell C. McAdam as president and chief executive officer of...

Verizon's 4G LTE Network Now Covers More than 100 Markets

Verizon's 4G LTE Network Now Covers More than 100 Markets

Looking to upgrade your smartphone? If fast Internet is what you're after, don't get swindled into locking yourself down to a two-year contract with a 3G-only device. All the major wireless carriers are aggressively rolling out 4G to more areas, including Verizon, which just expanded its 4G LTE network to 28 more markets. New areas include...

Mac OS X Lion Roars to 1 Million Downloads in First Day

Mac OS X Lion Roars to 1 Million Downloads in First Day

It took but 24 hours for Apple's latest operating system -- Mac OS X Lion -- to claw its way onto over 1 million systems, Apple announced on Thursday. Lion is the eight major release of Apple's OS and was made available through the Mac App Store for $29.99 when it launched on Wednesday. "Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry...

29: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - July 22, 2011

29: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - July 22, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and our resident ¼ Geek Apprentice Michael (Dave's son) build a custom, high-end Gaming System for the winner of our totally awesome Dads and Grads sweepstakes! Enjoy this bad boy, Lamar! And a BIG thanks for entering the sweepstakes everyone! We’ll be announcing...

Google Plans To "Wind Down" Google Labs

Google Plans To "Wind Down" Google Labs

Google is making some changes to Google Labs. As part of the company's efforts to prioritize product efforts, Google announced that it will "wind down" Google Labs. Google says this will result in ending Labs experiments in many cases. In other situations, Google plans to incorporate Labs products and technologies into other product areas....

Employee at 'Counterfeit' Apple Stores Speaks to WSJ

Employee at 'Counterfeit' Apple Stores Speaks to WSJ

An employee at one of three counterfeit Apple stores (not product, stores) in Kunming, China that we wrote about earlier admitted the store was fake, and that he knows it. Earlier reports were that the employees were under the mistaken impression that they were actually working for Apple. The stores, one of which had a sign that misspelled...

CEA Says TVs Are Growing Lighter and Greener 

CEA Says TVs Are Growing Lighter and Greener 

We all know that today's flat-screen TVs weigh far less than old-style CRTs, or they wouldn't be able to hang on the wall. New research from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that this translates into a massive savings of electronics waste. The report found that today’s flat screen TVs are 82% lighter and 75% smaller than cathode...

Sprint Targets Businesses With New Plan Options

Sprint Targets Businesses With New Plan Options

Sprint launched new wireless and voice data plans that are designed with the needs of businesses in mind. These new plans waive the long-term contract and let businesses pool minutes. The plans also enable customers to choose from a selection of business-grade handsets. Businesses can also pool Business Freedom and other Sprint plans on the...

Microsoft Reveals "Touchy" Explorer Touch Mouse

Microsoft Reveals "Touchy" Explorer Touch Mouse

Touchy, touchy! Microsoft has just unveiled a new mouse that's just begging to be touched, the Explorer Touch Mouse. This one is a sleek, glossy device in the same family as the Arc Touch Mouse, with an advanced scroll strip for vertical and horizontal navigation on your PC or Mac. There's also support for side-to-side swipes and five customizable...

LaCie Reveals Tiny Rugged HDD In Up To 1.5TB Sizes

LaCie Reveals Tiny Rugged HDD In Up To 1.5TB Sizes

Neil Poulton is back and once again lending his design talents to LaCie, with the introduction of yet another rugged drive showcasing his latest work. The LaCie Rugged Mini offers a 40% size reduction compared to the prior model, and it includes shock-, rain- and pressure-resistance and a full software suite with 10GB of Wuala secure online...

HTC's Wildfire S Coming To T-Mobile USA For $80 On Contract

HTC's Wildfire S Coming To T-Mobile USA For $80 On Contract

T-Mobile may not be T-Mobile for much longer if the proposed AT&T merger goes through, but the carrier is still pumping out a nice array of handsets in the meantime. This week, the company added another HTC smartphone to their lineup, the Wildfire S. The phone actually debuted in Europe a few months ago, but now it's making its way to...

AMD In The Black, Still Facing Upward Struggle

AMD In The Black, Still Facing Upward Struggle

AMD released its results for Q2 2011 today and the news was generally good, though not as strong as investors might have preferred. Sales revenue was $1.57B, down two percent from Q1 and five percent year-on-year. AMD notes that Q2 was a 13 week quarter as opposed to the 14-week Q1, but that's not something that hurt Intel's results. Operating...

Sprint Considering Family Plans for Data

Sprint Considering Family Plans for Data

Sprint Nextel is considering rolling out family-plan type subscriptions for data services, according to an announcement yesterday. "You'll see this from us," said Fared Adib, Vice President of Product Development for Sprint, at a roundtable discussion with reporters. Adib said that the reason tablets haven't taken off is because there haven't...

EA Predicts End of Buying Games In Stores

EA Predicts End of Buying Games In Stores

Video games publisher Electronic Arts says that the end is coming for brick-and-mortar video games stores. Speaking to Eurogamer in an interview yesterday, EA Sports Vice President Andrew Wilson made clear his thoughts on the future of game purchases. "There will come a day where I think that people will stop going into GAME and GameStop....

Sony Calls on Game Devs To Use 3D Wisely, 3DS Titles Delayed

Sony Calls on Game Devs To Use 3D Wisely, 3DS Titles Delayed

There's news from the 3D sphere of both Sony and Nintendo today and neither company sounds particularly cheery. On the Sony front, 3D development chief Mick Hocking has advocated that developers only use 3D when it actually improves the title as opposed to tacking it on as a bullet point feature. "It's been a good first year," Sony's 3D chief...

Acer Announces Next-Generation TravelMate Timeline Notebooks

Acer Announces Next-Generation TravelMate Timeline Notebooks

Acer revealed its latest series of TravelMate Timeline notebook PCs. Targeting business customers, this line measures one-inch thick and offers a variety of display sizes including the 14-inch TravelMate Timeline 8473 and 6495 and the 15.6-inch TravelMate Timeline 8573 and 6595. The TravelMate Timeline series features second-generation Intel...

Sapphire Swings Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard for AMD Fusion

Sapphire Swings Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard for AMD Fusion

Sapphire's showing AMD some love by supporting its A-series Fusion APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) platform with the company's new Pure Platinum A75 motherboard. It's a full-size ATX board that makes full use of the A75 chipset and A-series APU. It has four dual-channel memory slots with support for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory (and up to 32GB...

Corsair Introduces Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs

Corsair Introduces Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs

Corsair announced the Enthusiast Series Modular line of power supplies. As the name suggests, the Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs feature a modular cabling system with an attached, fully-sleeved ATX 12V cable and a set of flat detachable cables. The Enthusiast Series Modular PSUs deliver at least 85% efficiency at 50% load. These PSUs are rated...

Samsung Nexus S Lands at AT&T, Costs a C-Note with Activation

Samsung Nexus S Lands at AT&T, Costs a C-Note with Activation

We just received word that Samsung's Nexus S smarphone from Google is landing at AT&T this weekend. Starting Sunday, July 24th, you'll be able to trot into your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar store and pick one up for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation. Feeling impatient? You can place your pre-order today in Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Zotac GTX 550Ti AMP! @ LanOC Reviews Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: ASRock H61M/U3S3 @ Phoronix ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown AMD 990FX Review: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX vs ECS A990FXM-A @ t-break Memory and Storage: Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Edition...

T-Mobile Touts Unlimited Data Plans, But There's A Catch

T-Mobile Touts Unlimited Data Plans, But There's A Catch

T-Mobile recently revealed new Value plans that claim to give users unlimited data, but there's a catch: after you reach your allotment, you'll surf the Web at reduced speeds for the rest of the billing cycle. The good news however, is that you won't be limited to the amount of surfing you can do (provided you have enough patience) and you...

OCZ Technology Unveils Indilinx Everest Series Solid State Drive Controller

OCZ Technology Unveils Indilinx Everest Series Solid State Drive Controller

OCZ Technology unveiled the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The new Indilinx Everest platform combines a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core ARM CPU, and support for MLC NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The Everest platform supports maximum capacities up to 1TB. The Indilinx Everest...

Intel's Q2 Smashes Records—Again

Intel's Q2 Smashes Records—Again

Intel's results for the second quarter of 2011 are a model of strong execution, high performance, and continued market dominance. So much so, in fact, that writing these reports has actually become a teensy bit boring. (Note to Intel: We expect precious little sympathy.) The nature of some of the records has changed, and a few key figures...

Counterfeit Apple Store (Yes, Store) Found in China

Counterfeit Apple Store (Yes, Store) Found in China

China is well-known for its knock-offs of devices, DVDs, CDs, and more, but they've outdone themselves this time. They've gone and cloned Apple retail stores. A pair of Americans in the Kunming province in southeastern China wandered into one, because hey, it looked like an Apple store - it even had what appeared to be Apple products. Judging...

Cisco's Dual-Band Wireless Bridge Boosts Home Theater Connectivity

Cisco's Dual-Band Wireless Bridge Boosts Home Theater Connectivity

Quick ... how many Internet-access devices do you have in your family room? There's the HDTV, the Wii or Xbox or Playstation, the Slingbox or Roku or Boxee, the Blu-ray player and DVR ... probably a few others when you really think about it. Yours is the family room that Cisco was envisioning when it built its dual-band Linksys Wireless-N...

iSuppli Claims ARM To Hold 23 Percent Notebook Share By 2015

iSuppli Claims ARM To Hold 23 Percent Notebook Share By 2015

Windows 8's primary feature (at least thus far) is its ability to run on ARM processors and, by extension, its tablet-centric UI. According to analyst firm IHS-iSuppli, official Windows support will give the ARM architecture the ability to do what no other CPU design has ever done: break the x86 monopoly. "Starting in 1981, when IBM first...

Apple Unveils Fruit Basket Filled with OS X Lion, Updated MacBook Air and Mini, and More

Apple Unveils Fruit Basket Filled with OS X Lion, Updated MacBook Air and Mini, and More

Today is shaping up to be a big day for Apple. It was just yesterday that the Cupertino outfit announced yet another record quarter, bragging about revenue being up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent, and today marks the launch of a bevy of products and technologies that will keep all those Apple exec pockets lined with cash for the foreseeable...

Revisiting the Origin Genesis Gaming Desktop

Revisiting the Origin Genesis Gaming Desktop

One of the downsides to system reviews is that it's usually impossible to evaluate system reliability or performance over an extended period of time. Since boutique builders typically assemble rigs with a focus on solid warranties or top-level components, not being able to properly grade long-term reliability is an area of product coverage...

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Founds Social Networking Site

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Founds Social Networking Site

After having its Google+ profile removed for community standards violations, hacker collective Anonymous has decided to try the social networking thing for itself. The site, currently running under the temporary name of AnonPlus, is only a splash page at this point, with a message explaining the intent and goals of the site. Primarily, Anonymous...

WD Slims 1TB Hard Drive to Fit Mainstream Notebooks

WD Slims 1TB Hard Drive to Fit Mainstream Notebooks

Western Digital announced today that the company's new WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Mobile Hard Drive is now shipping. The 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch hard drive comes packed with a 1TB capacity squeezed into a tiny package to fit most mainstream notebook computers. The drive utilizes a 500GB-per-platter areal density and can claim the crown as the highest...

Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access iOS App Teases You For Real Product

Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access iOS App Teases You For Real Product

The official Star Wars collection on Blu-ray is nearly here, but for those who can't wait, the Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access App will be available for free download at the App Store store on July 20th. According to LucasFilm's press release, the app will be available for all iDevices including the iPad and iPhone, although this conflicts...

HTC Puccini Passes FCC: AT&T's First LTE Tablet?

HTC Puccini Passes FCC: AT&T's First LTE Tablet?

HTC's Flyer came and went fairly quietly. It's a top-tier tablet, for sure, and it's one of the only 7" tablets on the market today with a significant amount of clout (the original Galaxy Tab notwithstanding). So, is this HTC's next attempt in the wide-open tablet market? Looks like it! This is an FCC image of the HTC Puccini, a 10" slate...

Google Nabs G.Co URL Shortener For Their Own Links

Google Nabs G.Co URL Shortener For Their Own Links

Well, this is clever. Google has just pulled off what may be the biggest URL acquisition of the year. URL shortening applications have become a hot commodity, as micro-blogging tools like Twitter only give people a limited amount of characters to get their points across. Even though ICANN announced a few months ago that consumers and...

Adobe Acquires EchoSign Digital Signature Solution Outfit

Adobe Acquires EchoSign Digital Signature Solution Outfit

One of the most annoying things for business travelers has to be the difficulty when it comes time to print something. The advent of e-mail has certainly helped this, but there are still too many occasions where a users simply have to print something, sign it, scan it, and send it back. It's a tedious process and usually is needed immediately....

Splashtop Brings Remote Access Luxuries To Windows PCs

Splashtop Brings Remote Access Luxuries To Windows PCs

Remote access is a beautiful thing, and Splashtop has been enabling it for a long time. Today, the company has announced the release of its Splashtop Remote Desktop for Windows that will enable PC-to-PC and PC-to-Mac remote access from a private network or across the Internet, free of charge. SplashTop currently enables millions of iOS...

Apple Earnings Show 183% Increase in iPad Sales

Apple Earnings Show 183% Increase in iPad Sales

Apple released its fiscal Q3 2011 (calendar year Q2 2011) results on Tuesday, and the results were not just great, but also showed a rather shocking statistic: after only 1 1/2 years of sales, the iPad is now worth more to Apple than its Mac computers are. During the quarter ending on June 25, 2011, Apple sold 9.25 million iPads for $6 billion...

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Brings Full-Size USB, Keyboard Case

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Brings Full-Size USB, Keyboard Case

Looks like the Eee Transformer has company. While many tablets are slimming down (and in turn, losing valuable ports), Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet remains a bit on the bulky side in hopes of business professionals appreciating it. The Tablet is a business-oriented slate with a 10.1" panel, a Tegra 2 (1GHz) chip, and most importantly, a full-size...

Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet P1 To Ship With Windows 7

Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet P1 To Ship With Windows 7

Lenovo won't be sticking to just a single OS on their new line of tablets. The IdeaPad P1, which looks a lot like the K1, was also introduced this evening, but unlike that one, this slate uses Windows 7 instead of Android 3.1. Windows 7 hasn't had the easiest go on the tablet market -- it was never really engineered to work well with stylus/finger...

Lenovo Reveals IdeaPad Tablet K1 With Android 3.1

Lenovo Reveals IdeaPad Tablet K1 With Android 3.1

It's tablet night, and Lenovo's the one picking up the tab. For the Android fans, Lenovo has announced a new IdeaPad with Honeycomb (Android 3.1, to be exact): the IdeaPad Tablet K1. It will ship with a 1.0GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chip, a 10.1" (1280x800) display, up to 1GB of DDR2 memory, up to 64GB of SSD storage, integrated Bluetooth, 3G and...

OnStar Coming To Non-GM Vehicles On July 24th Via "FMV" Mirror

OnStar Coming To Non-GM Vehicles On July 24th Via "FMV" Mirror

OnStar may be an excellent service for owners of General Motors vehicles, but what about those that just aren't hip on the idea of buying a Chevy? There have been no real alternatives to date, but that is changing this month. The OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) is now slated to hit Best Buy store shelves on July 24th, with pre-orders starting...

Nook2Android Turns B&N Reader Into Full-Fledged Tablet

Nook2Android Turns B&N Reader Into Full-Fledged Tablet

Rumors that Amazon is planning a tablet of its own have sparked concerns over whether or not the company can properly differentiate between Kindle and a tablet without inadvertently cannibalizing or obviating the former--but what if readers didn't have to choose? Thanks the thinking behind the Nook2Tablet software, which allows readers to...

Onetime Reddit Engineer Arrested For Data Theft

Onetime Reddit Engineer Arrested For Data Theft

Programmer/activist Aaron Swartz has been arrested for data theft in connection with an incident that occurred at MIT in late 2010. Swartz is accused of downloading nearly five million documents from JSTOR, an online, non-profit academic journal archive system. The particulars are as follows: Swartz, who has a history as a political advocate...

Amazon Gets OK to Pursue Sales Tax Referendum

Amazon Gets OK to Pursue Sales Tax Referendum

California voters prepare: Amazon.com Inc. has announced that the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that will let voters decide whether or not to overturn a new law that forces online retailers to collect sales taxes in the state. There has been a large amount of criticism pointed towards...

Sony's Latest External Drive Works With Consumer Electronics Devices

Sony's Latest External Drive Works With Consumer Electronics Devices

Sony Electronics recently announced a new external hard drive for home entertainment use that will be compatible with a range of electronic devices. Initially, the 2.5-inch drive drive will come with 500GB of storage capacity and will offer USB 3.0 compatibility, password protection and easy data backup. Select models will have an A/V feature...

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Laptop Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Laptop Review

There's a time and place to act a fool, like at a Ludacris concert for example, or when entertaining your in-laws during a holiday function in which you're trying to encourage a hasty departure. Likewise, there are situations where showboating simply isn't appropriate. Wondering what this has to do with a laptop review? Well, the same concept...

Corsair Introduces Limited Edition 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT Kit

Corsair Introduces Limited Edition 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT Kit

Corsair announced recently that they will be releasing a limited edition 1.5V 8GB Dominator GT DDR3 memory kit. The company stated that the new kit will run at 2133MHz at a memory voltage of 1.5, and will also feature a timing specification of CL9-11-9. The kit will be hand-assembled and tested rigorously to ensure reliability, and will...

Microsoft Posts $250K Bounty on Rustock Botnet Operators, Where's Wyatt Earp?

Microsoft Posts $250K Bounty on Rustock Botnet Operators, Where's Wyatt Earp?

It's like the wild west all over again, only this time we have the Internet, modern technology, and plumbing. Oh, and Microsoft isn't asking anyone to bring back a head on a platter. The Redmond sheriff is simply asking for "new information that results in the identification, arrest, and conviction" of those responsible for propagating the...

New Study Finds No Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

New Study Finds No Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

The same group of international health researchers who warned the world in May that mobile phones might cause cancer have a bit of good news to share: cell phones apparently don't cause certain non-cancerous brain tumors. As published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer...

Super Talent Touts New MasterDrive KX3 SSD for Ultrathins and Tablets

Super Talent Touts New MasterDrive KX3 SSD for Ultrathins and Tablets

Laptops like the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9 are redefining what it means to be a thin and light laptop, sort of in the same way Hollywood redefined what it meant to be skinny (only not as gross -- seriously, does anyone find Nicole Richie attractive anymore?). Combined with the emerging tablet market, there is a strong need for good...

Seagate Pushes Pulsar XT.2 SSD Into The Sales Channel

Seagate Pushes Pulsar XT.2 SSD Into The Sales Channel

Seagate and solid state drives go hand-in-hand these days, and to wit, the company has recently begun shipping out its brand-new Pulsar XT.2 SSD. The XT.2 is a high-performance drive, designed to meet stringent business needs, and it's the first Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash-enabled SSD from an enterprise hard drive maker. The drive is hitting...

Orb Networks Launches $10 Streaming App For iPhone And Android

Orb Networks Launches $10 Streaming App For iPhone And Android

Does physical media really have a future? The world seems to be rapidly moving away from discs and DVDs, and streaming media is swooping in to take their place. Orb Networks has just launched a service that can provide free streaming of premium online TV shows, sports, movies, and more. The new offering, named Orb Live, is the first service...

CNN Becomes First News Network To Stream 24-Hours Online And Mobile

CNN Becomes First News Network To Stream 24-Hours Online And Mobile

Not getting enough news in your day? With a 24/7 news cycle spinning around these days, there are plenty of options for learning about the goings-on in any locale. For those that can't get their CNN fix in enough ways, however, the company has announced that it will be the first news network to stream 24-hour coverage online and on mobile...

Amazon Announces Kindle Textbook Rental Program

Amazon Announces Kindle Textbook Rental Program

On Monday, Amazon.com announced a program that might help students defray their textbook costs: Kindle Textbook Rental.  According to Amazon.com, students can save as much as 80 percent off the purchase price of a textbook. The rental can be as short as 30 days, or as long as 360, and the rental period can easily be extended in increments...

Apple Tests New LG, Samsung LCDs

Apple Tests New LG, Samsung LCDs

Readers may recall rumors of a double-pixel density iPad from earlier in the year. According to the Korea Times, Apple may indeed be testing new hi-res displays. The Times claims that the iPad 3 will feature a Samsung or LG LCD display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, which would quadruple the number of pixels in the iPad 2, and that Apple...

Motorola Titanium Coming To Sprint July 24 For $150 On Contract

Motorola Titanium Coming To Sprint July 24 For $150 On Contract

Believe it or not, the Nextel network lives on. Nextel Direct Connect (also known by old-timers as "the chirp") is back in Sprint's latest Android phone, the Motorola Titanium. It's an Android 2.1 device, so not the freshest OS-wise, but it offers more durability than most other smartphones on the market today. Outside of offering push-to-talk...

Acer Reveals Aspire 5755 Notebook With Clear.Fi And WiDi

Acer Reveals Aspire 5755 Notebook With Clear.Fi And WiDi

Another new week, another new Acer. The company seems capable of pumping out new notebooks at an alarming rate, but for those who love options, there's little to complain about. The newest is the Aspire 5755, which utilizes Intel's Core family of CPUs and ships with a glossy cover in brown, red, blue or black. Underneath, there's a FineTip...

iOS Update to Fix Jailbreak Exploit Gets Jailbroken

iOS Update to Fix Jailbreak Exploit Gets Jailbroken

It seems that no matter what steps Apple takes to prevent people from jailbreaking their devices, within no time at all enthusiasts have bypassed those steps. A few days ago Apple released the iOS 4.3.4 update to stop hacking and jailbreaking, specifically an exploit in the way PDF files handle fonts. This exploit could potentially allow a...

Sprint Now Throttling Virgin Mobile Data Plans

Sprint Now Throttling Virgin Mobile Data Plans

All good things must come to an end. With Sprint being the last major oasis for unlimited data plans, the news that subsidiary Virgin Mobile is going to begin throttling users is indeed negative. With competitors Verizon, and AT&T killing off their unlimited data plans and T-Mobile throttling users, customers desperate...

RIM to Take On Competitors With TV Box

RIM to Take On Competitors With TV Box

Blackberry developer Research In Motion is reportedly working on a media box that connects to televisions and streams content from Netflix, Youtube, and other nearby media devices. The box, which is code-named the Blackberry Cyclone, is intended to compete with similar products from Apple, Google, and others. The specs for the box, which come...

Kinect's New Trick To Be In The Operating Room?

Kinect's New Trick To Be In The Operating Room?

The next proving ground for Microsoft's Kinect? It might not be where you expect. After taking over the living room and exciting gamers across the world, the Kinect has made the move to all sorts of other categories. Everything from making music videos to PC-based hacks have been seen, but for the most part, nothing on a professional level...

Coming This Summer: The Droid Bionic

Coming This Summer: The Droid Bionic

In April, we learned that Motorola's hot new Droid Bionic smartphone for Verizon Wireless might not be available as early as initially hoped. At that time, all estimates pointed to a summer launch. Now, summer is in full swing and sure enough, Verizon Wireless has launched a special sign-up page for the Droid Bionic. Although we still don’t...

MSI Giving Away Loads of Hardware in Tower Defense Contest

MSI Giving Away Loads of Hardware in Tower Defense Contest

Play a casual game for the chance to win some swank hardware? Count us in. Here's the deal -- MSI is giving away several goodies over the next three months, including a dozen testing platforms, several Z68A-GD80 and Z68-GD65 motherboards, and 15 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game coupons. All you have to do is trade some Farmville and/or...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD 6970 MIX 2GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com HIS HD6970 2GB IceQ MIX (Lucid) Review @ Vortez Motherboards and Chipsets: Legion Hardware - (Asus Rampage III Black Edition) Processors: Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review @ Hardware Canucks [Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.6 Memory...

Ideum Reveals 55" 1080p "Platform" Multi-Touch Table

Ideum Reveals 55" 1080p "Platform" Multi-Touch Table

Are you looking for a new dining room table? What about a new dining room tablet? What about a combination of both? Ideum has just revealed what may be the most incredible table your home could ever imagine, but it's likely overkill for most. Packed within the MT-55 (also known as "The Platform) is a full-blown PC, with a Core i5/i7 CPU, RAM,...

China: We Shut Down 1.3 Million Websites in 2010

China: We Shut Down 1.3 Million Websites in 2010

China isn't exactly known for fostering open opinions on the Internet, but hey, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China boasts a "high level of freedom of online speech." The research organization that sits under the State Council then goes on to brag about China dropping the axe on 1.3 million websites in 2010, which effectively...

Versetta Handbag Protects/Hides Your iPad, Rolls Down The Catwalk

Versetta Handbag Protects/Hides Your iPad, Rolls Down The Catwalk

Since when are handbags considered gadgets? Starting now! Versetta handbags have just introduced a new line of bags, and what makes 'em special isn't the material or the design, necessarily. Instead, it's the fact that you can stuff an iPad into it. There's a folding flap and an insert that's big enough to hold/cover an original iPad or the...

Gogo Adding In-Air Content Streaming Platform

Gogo Adding In-Air Content Streaming Platform

Wi-Fi in the skies. Is there really anything more amazing, or more "futuristic?" The company responsible for much of that is Aircell, or as it's called now, Gogo. Aircell has officially become just "Gogo," mostly to signify the real driving purpose of the company. Aside from changing names, the company also announced a new in-air multimedia...

In-Traffic Driving Time Estimate Removed from Google Maps

In-Traffic Driving Time Estimate Removed from Google Maps

If you've used Google Maps and used the time estimates it gives to help you figure out how long it will take you to get someplace, you might have found that feature useful. Half of the information has been removed, however: the esimate that Google Maps used to give for "in traffic" situations. Search Engine Roundtable was among the first to...

Chevy And Spotify Team Up For Giveaways; Integration In The Future?

Chevy And Spotify Team Up For Giveaways; Integration In The Future?

Well, no one can blame Spotify for making too small of an entrance into the U.S. market. Americans have been begging for the service to make the move from Europe, and as of last week, that's exactly what has happened. But as Spotify invites shuffle out to new users, major corporations are lining up for partnership opportunities. Chevrolet...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard and Core i5-2390T Review @MissingRemote AMD E3850 + GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Motherboard Review @ Vortez Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 mainboard Review @ OCWorkbench ECS HDC-I E350 @ PureOverclock ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi @ techPowerUp Processors: Testing Different Memory Speeds on...

Google+ Tops Ten Million, Makes Lots of Money

Google+ Tops Ten Million, Makes Lots of Money

Google+ may be on track to be the fastest-growing social network in history, after an announcement Thursday by CEO Larry Page. As previously predicted by Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen, the service has had skyrocketing numbers, gaining as many as 2.2 million users within a period of 32-34 hours earlier in the week. The news of the...

Refurbished iPhone 3GS Now $9 at AT&T

Refurbished iPhone 3GS Now $9 at AT&T

If $49.00 for a new iPhone 3GS on AT&T's network isn't inexpensive enough for you, AT&T has a deal for you. The wireless carrier is offering refurbished iPhone 3GS smartphones "while supplies last" for only $9. While the models are refurbished, refurbished doesn't mean they were banged-up. Sometimes it means they were returned after...

Google Adds Live Traffic To 13 European Nations

Google Adds Live Traffic To 13 European Nations

For the road warrior, there's not too many things worse than hitting a traffic jam at an inopportune time. But over the past few years, users of Google Maps have been able to avoid those jams when relying on the GMaps Navigation feature on Android devices. In the U.S., most roads are now covered with live traffic updates, signifying where...

Netflix Rumored To Expand Services To Spain/UK

Netflix Rumored To Expand Services To Spain/UK

Is Netflix about to make their next major international leap? Recently, the streaming service expanded from their U.S. roots and hit up Canada and Latin America. But as James Bond would say, the world isn't enough. And North American isn't enough for Netflix, according to a new report over at Variety. Reportedly, Netflix is gearing up to launch...

Google Releases Android 3.2 SDK To The Masses

Google Releases Android 3.2 SDK To The Masses

Android 3.2 isn't unheard; the OS was first introduced with the MediaPad tablet a few weeks back, and a few days ago, the Motorola Xoom started receiving the update. But it's been a mostly quiet release. Google has just released new details on what exactly v3.2 adds to the Honeycomb mix, and more importantly, they've released the updated SDK...

Mozilla Aims To Make Passwords Obsolete

Mozilla Aims To Make Passwords Obsolete

Mozilla is working on a project that could eliminate the need for passwords and the sign-up/verification processes on websites. Mozilla's BrowserID is an experimental way of logging in to websites. BrowserID uses the verified email protocol and aims to offer a streamlined user experience. After a user proves ownership of an email address,...

Nokia's S40 Getting Improved Foursquare App, N9 Getting Its Own Build

Nokia's S40 Getting Improved Foursquare App, N9 Getting Its Own Build

If it isn't Twitter, it's Facebook, and if it's not Facebook, it's Google+, and if it isn't that, it's probably Foursquare. There's too many social networks to count these days, but the one that has become famous for showcasing where people are at any given time is about to expand to new platforms. Starting now, the 600+ million Symbian...

Comcast Shuts Down Customer That Exceeded Bandwidth Cap

Comcast Shuts Down Customer That Exceeded Bandwidth Cap

For Comcast customer Andre Vrignaud, the internet is an important part of everyday life. Vrignaud, a 39-year-old gaming consultant in Seattle and a former Microsoft technology evangelist for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE, has a lot of data: he has a 12TB basement server that he uses to store all of his music, which is ripped...

Breaking the Rules on Google+ Gets You Google -

Breaking the Rules on Google+ Gets You Google -

Google+ may be a brand-new service, but there has already been at least one case of a user breaking the rules and getting the banhammer. Google, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, requires its users to be at least 13 years old. Last week, Alex, a 10-year-old boy from the Netherlands, created an account on...

GScreen SpaceBook Notebook Has Dual 17.3" Displays

GScreen SpaceBook Notebook Has Dual 17.3" Displays

Notebooks have largely remained the same for years. They have become smaller and more powerful, but the clamshell design is definitely one that's tried and true. A few companies have deviated from time to time, including Lenovo with their W700ds a few years back. But that "pull-out" monitor never really made it to another Lenovo model; hard...

Microvision Adds HDMI Port To SHOW WX+ Pico Projector

Microvision Adds HDMI Port To SHOW WX+ Pico Projector

Pico projectors haven't exactly had the easiest time gaining ground. They're still around, sure, and new ones are still coming out, but they haven't been the second-coming of mobility in the same way that super-power smartphones and tablets have. That said, Microvision is moving in the right direction, adding an HDMI output to their newest...

Trade Commission Preliminary Ruling: HTC Infringes Two Apple Patents

Trade Commission Preliminary Ruling: HTC Infringes Two Apple Patents

The International Trade Commission (ITC) of the United States issued a ruling today that HTC's Android devices infringe of two of ten Apple patents. The ruling could cause major problems for HTC, given that Apple has asked the court for an injunction prohibiting the phone manufacturer from shipping any Android devices to US shores. HTC's counsel,...

Hulu Plus Comes To Four More Android Phones, World Tour Continues

Hulu Plus Comes To Four More Android Phones, World Tour Continues

Hulu may well be on the auction block at this point, but that doesn't mean its current owners are slowing down on the innovation front. Just this week, the company has added four more Android smartphones to the list of Hulu Plus-enabled devices, bringing the total to 10 supported devices. And it doesn't look like they're slowing down anytime...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 @ Phoronix HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo & HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X Review @ Hardware Canucks Motherboards and Chipsets: Futurelooks News Flash - ASUS Sabertooth P67 (B3 Revision) LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard Review Processors: [Tech ARP] CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.7 Memory and Storage: Crucial...

Hotmail Strives to Eliminate 'Password' Passwords

Hotmail Strives to Eliminate 'Password' Passwords

By any measure, end users are still using passwords that are far too simple. The Gawker Media hack from 2010, in fact, showed "123456" was the most common password in Gawker's database. Well, Microsoft's decided that if folks aren't going to pick strong passwords, at the very least Microsoft can keep them from picking the most egregious, easy...

TSMC Reportedly Taking Orders For Next-Gen Apple A6

TSMC Reportedly Taking Orders For Next-Gen Apple A6

Up until now, Samsung has handled all of Apple's CPU manufacturing needs, including the A4 and A5 processor. New rumors, however, suggest that TSMC has been tapped for the company's next-generation A6. Apple hasn't committed to actually purchasing chips at this point, but has handed the Taiwanese foundry what it needs to test product yields....

SwiftKey Turns One, Introduces New Features

SwiftKey Turns One, Introduces New Features

Using a third-party Android keyboard is pretty common these days. Whether you chose SWYPE, SwiftKey, or another keyboard, most users will agree that these third-party keyboards have much more to offer than the stock Android keyboard. Recently, Touch Type introduced two new keyboards that are sure to catch the attention of some Android users....

Acer Intros 14" TravelMate 8481: Stylish And Biz-Minded

Acer Intros 14" TravelMate 8481: Stylish And Biz-Minded

The ultimate road-smart companion? So says Acer! The company has just unveiled their newest mobile machine, the TravelMate 8481. It's a rig that Acer calls a "true road warrior," mixing a slim-and-light body with fairly stout innards. It's a fairly understated design; classic and classy, as they say. It features a 2nd-gen Intel Core processor...

Sony Introduces Slim New Portable DVD/CD Drive

Sony Introduces Slim New Portable DVD/CD Drive

Sony Optiarc revealed a new dual USB bus powered slim portable DVD/CD rewriteable drive designed for use with notebooks, netbooks, and desktop PCs. The new DRX-S90U drive features a lightweight design. The drive supports up to 8X DVDR recording speeds. The drive can also record to 8.5 GB DVDR Double/Dual layer and 4.7 GB DVD-RW discs at 6X...

Sony Continues Walkman Line With Washable NWZ-W260

Sony Continues Walkman Line With Washable NWZ-W260

There are iconic brands, and there are really iconic brands. Sony's Walkman line is easily one of the most famous of all times, and the new NWZ-W260 keeps the lineage alive. It's a new one-piece, water-resistant W Series Walkman MP3 player for sports enthusiasts, which weighs around 24% less (and is around 2/3 smaller) than the prior model....

Netflix Streaming (In 2D) Comes To Nintendo's 3DS Handheld

Netflix Streaming (In 2D) Comes To Nintendo's 3DS Handheld

Netflix took a beating this week as they raised prices without actually providing a fundamental improvement in their offerings, but at least there's some bright news in the Netflix camp to focus on. Netflix streaming is now available on one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles out there: Nintendo's 3DS. Starting now, 3DS owners in...

Blockbuster Seeks To "Rescue" Upset Netflix Customers

Blockbuster Seeks To "Rescue" Upset Netflix Customers

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And while Blockbuster isn't exactly "out" just yet, they're definitely "down." At least compared to companies like Redbox and Netflix. But if there's ever a time to take advantage of a man being down, this is it. Netflix had to know full-well that the pricing changes would cause a major backlash,...

Video Game Sales Slump For Second Month Straight

Video Game Sales Slump For Second Month Straight

The launch of multiple high-end titles wasn't enough to reverse declining sales trends in June. That's the latest from the NPD group, who found sales in June 2011 fell 10 percent compared to June 2010. Sales were down in virtually every area, with games down 12 percent, console sales down nine percent, and accessories down 11 percent. Nintendo's...

EA Shuts Down 13 Game Servers, Including Recent Titles

EA Shuts Down 13 Game Servers, Including Recent Titles

EA has announced it intends to shut down a number of game servers, thus terminating online play for a total of thirteen titles. The company's justification for the move is that it allows the game publisher to focus resources on the most popular products. The recent service update reads: The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. ...

Righthaven 'Masquerading As A Company,' Fined For Behavior

Righthaven 'Masquerading As A Company,' Fined For Behavior

Copyright troll firm Righthaven is bidding fair to replace TV reruns as a source of summer entertainment. Since the company's case against Digital Underground was tossed in mid-June, the firm's lawyers have turned to increasingly amusing court filings in an attempt to justify their own legal fees. This week scarcely disappoints. Judge Roger...

U.S. Army Tests Smartphones, Has Same Problems as Everyone Else

U.S. Army Tests Smartphones, Has Same Problems as Everyone Else

The U.S. Army is finishing a program to test the viability of smartphones in combat this weekend, after a rigorous six week course in the desert. The program, which began on June 6, took place at the White Sands and Fort Bliss training areas in New Mexico and Texas and tested over 300 iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The program has proven...

Logitech Squeezebox Players Are Compatible With Spotify

Logitech Squeezebox Players Are Compatible With Spotify

Spotify, a digital music service, recently launched in the U.S. This music on demand service has been widely popular in Europe. The service offers millions of tracks that are ready to play instantly from your computer or phone. Thanks to the Logitech, you'll also be able to enjoy Spotify music in your living room by means of the Logitech Squeezebox...

Pentagon Says Cyberspace Now an 'Operational Domain'

Pentagon Says Cyberspace Now an 'Operational Domain'

It's not as though the Pentagon has militarized cyberspace in the mode you might think of in some sort of anime like "Ghost in the Shell," but they are going to look at cyberspace differently. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced it would begin treating cyberspace as an operational domain, like land, sea, and air. Deputy Defense Secretary William...

AVADirect Grabs Pocketful of Radeon HD 6990M Chips, Shoves Them in Clevo Notebooks

AVADirect Grabs Pocketful of Radeon HD 6990M Chips, Shoves Them in Clevo Notebooks

First there was the novel Shoeless Joe and then came the movie adaptation Field of Dreams. In each one, the protagonist hears a voice whispering, "If you build it, he will come." In this case, "he" refers to Shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball player idolized by the main character's father. AMD must have taken some inspiration from that story,...

Asus Launches ROG G74SX Gaming Notebook

Asus Launches ROG G74SX Gaming Notebook

Asus today added another model to its growing Republic of Gamers (ROG) notebook line, this latest one being the G74SX. The G74SX sports the same overall aggressive design as previous models, but according to Asus, it features certain improvements to give users an easier way to upgrade, as well as a better gaming experience. Towards the latter,...

Netflix Fully Expected Backlash Over New Pricing

Netflix Fully Expected Backlash Over New Pricing

If you were wondering if Netflix went into their recent announcement of a price change ... splitting DVD from streaming, thus making a combined unlimited DVD + streaming subscription cost $15.98 instead of $9.99 ... with blinders on, the answer is no. The company fully expected the negative backlash it has received. The change, effective immediately...

Spotify Music Service Finds Partner in Motorola

Spotify Music Service Finds Partner in Motorola

The Spotify music streaming service announced yesterday that they will be partnering up with Motorola Mobility for their debut on smart devices in the U.S.  This announcement comes back-to-back with their official and much-anticipated U.S. launch yesterday. The service, which claims over 10 million users and 1.6 million paying subscribers...

Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte’s G1 Killer series of X58 Express-based motherboards are specially designed for gamers. There are three products in this particular line up: the G1 Assassin, G1 Sniper, and G1 Guerrilla. In a military motif, all three come with a black and green color scheme, along with heat sink designs that resemble gun barrels and magazine...

28: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - July 15, 2011

28: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - July 15, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's Llano A8-3850 APU for the desktop, Dell's Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop, Acer's Iconia Tab A500, and our recent SATA III SSD Round-Up with drives from OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, and Crucial, we have a little fun showing off an old Intel...

Amazon To Take on iPad With Android Tablet Of Its Own

Amazon To Take on iPad With Android Tablet Of Its Own

We've seen a number of prominent tablets launch so far this year, including the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Hp TouchPad. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but none has managed to hold a candle to the iPad / iPad 2. Whether measured in terms of sales or consumer anticipation, the iPad continues to outsell...

Sony Teases With 3D Experience Portal On BRAVIA HDTVs

Sony Teases With 3D Experience Portal On BRAVIA HDTVs

Sony and 3D go together like two peas in a pod. From the very beginning of 3D's recent rise, Sony has been there to push things along. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that the company has today launched the 3D Experience, a new, free of charge on-demand streaming service offering a range of promotional video clips and trial content...

Sony's VAIO Z: World's Slimmest Standard-Voltage 13" Notebook

Sony's VAIO Z: World's Slimmest Standard-Voltage 13" Notebook

Say hello to the most beautiful Windows-based laptop ever built. Or, at least that's what some would say. Sony's VAIO Z is easily one of the most stunning machines that we have seen in some time, and it's a modern-day feat of engineering, too. It's quite amazing how much Sony was able to shove into such a thin case, and there's a price premium...

Sprint Adds Motorola Photon 4G Android Smartphone To Line On Jul y31

Sprint Adds Motorola Photon 4G Android Smartphone To Line On Jul y31

Another week, another 4G-enabled Android phone for Sprint. It feels like just yesterday that the first WiMAX phone that Sprint ever had was launching, and now the selection is blossoming at a rapid rate. Motorola's Photon 4G is the latest phone to launch, and it's hailed as the carrier's first international 4G smartphone. You probably won't...

AT&T Revises International Data Rates, But They're Still Pricey

AT&T Revises International Data Rates, But They're Still Pricey

Using data overseas is an expensive endeavor. A remarkably expensive one. It's one that only the bold will journey into, and even those with expense accounts will think twice about using it when they don't have to. International roaming remains a class-A ripoff from every angle you see it, and there's no just great way for anyone on a U.S....

With Sale Price Below Cost, RAM Manufacturers Mull Production Cuts

With Sale Price Below Cost, RAM Manufacturers Mull Production Cuts

The tendency of DRAM to become cheaper over time is generally considered a good thing—at least, in the consumer market—but evidence suggests prices may have fallen a bit too much. Current manufacturing costs using 40nm technology is about US $1.50 while the selling price for a 2Gb part is currently $1.17 - $1.31. This is less a...

Something Cool For HH Fans

Something Cool For HH Fans

A few years back, when Intel launched its enthusiast-class, dual-CPU powered behemoth, codenamed Skulltrail, we were among the small group of tech publications that were given an opportunity to evaluate the platform before it hit the market. At the time, when two of Intel’s fastest quad-cores were installed in the D5400XS motherboard...

New Bulldozer Benchmarks Leak, Mostly Miss the Mark

New Bulldozer Benchmarks Leak, Mostly Miss the Mark

With Bobcat and Llano launched, AMD has one more major product overhaul set for this year. The company's Bulldozer CPU will launch in the next few months, and after years of waiting, enthusiasts and IT industry analysts are both curious to see what AMD has in its high performance pipeline. A Turkish website, Donanim Haber, recently got its...

AT&T to Offer Sony S2 Exclusively in the U.S.

AT&T to Offer Sony S2 Exclusively in the U.S.

AT&T announced on Wednesday that the wireless carrier will have exclusivity on the Android-based Sony S2 tablet. The S2 was introduced, along with the Sony S1, in late April. The Sony S2 offers a unique folding form factor. It has dual 5.5-inch 1024 x 480 displays. The S1 has a 9.4-inch touchscreen and another unique form factor, which...

Gartner: PC Shipments Up 2.3 Percent, Apple No. 3 Vendor in U.S.

Gartner: PC Shipments Up 2.3 Percent, Apple No. 3 Vendor in U.S.

Market research firm Gartner put together some preliminary figures on the state of the PC industry with mixed results. On one hand, worldwide PC shipments jumped past 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 2.3 percent increase from the same period a year prior. However, the growth is somewhat marred by failing to meet Gartner's...

Netflix Subscribers Riled Up, Up to 41 Percent Plan to Cut Ties

Netflix Subscribers Riled Up, Up to 41 Percent Plan to Cut Ties

Netflix is in the business of making money, not friends, and it's a good thing too. If Netflix were trying to make friends, it would be safe to say the hybrid DVD-by-mail rental / streaming service failed miserably when it jacked up prices by as much as 60 percent earlier this week. News of the updated pricing tiers sent immediate shock waves...

Google Updates Android Market For Phones

Google Updates Android Market For Phones

Not a day goes by that we don't hear something out of the Google camp. There's hardly a harder working company in the tech-biz, truthfully, and regardless of whether it's Chrome OS or Android (or something else entirely), something's always changing in the land of Google. This week, they're dishing out a monumental overhaul for the Android...

AT&T To Get HP TouchPad 4G

AT&T To Get HP TouchPad 4G

HP is teaming up with AT&T to offer the HP TouchPad 4G in time for the back to school season. The TouchPad 4G features a 1.5-GHz processor, 32GB of storage, GPS, and AT&T mobile broadband capabilities. This tablet also comes with support for Adobe Flash Player Beta, video calling capabilities, wireless printing capabilities, Quickoffice,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor Radeon AX6850 SCS3 @ Benchmark Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 FleX Edition Review @ Techgage Sapphire Radeon 6670 Ultimate @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Motherboard Review @ APH Networks GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews GIGABYTE A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Motherboard...

T-Mobile Expands 4G Network

T-Mobile Expands 4G Network

T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network in 56 additional markets. With this announcement, T-Mobile's 4G network will be available to more than 170 million people in 152 markets. In addition to a faster network in select locations on compatible devices, T-Mobile is also increasing its network capacity and reliability. Not long ago,...

AT&T Reveals First LTE Devices: Two WWAN Products

AT&T Reveals First LTE Devices: Two WWAN Products

AT&T has announced their first LTE products.  But, contrary to popular belief, neither product is a phone. To be fair, this is actually fairly straight-forward. The first WiMAX devices that took advantage of Clearwire's services were network adapters, and the first LTE devices for Verizon Wireless were also WWAN devices. So, following...

BlackBerry App World Surpasses 1 Billion Downloads

BlackBerry App World Surpasses 1 Billion Downloads

When you think about apps on phones, you probably think first about Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market. But there's a few other major players. HP has the webOS marketplace, and RIM has the BlackBerry App World. And while RIM's taking a beating lately, that doesn't mean that they're lacking for users. The company just announced that...

Toshiba's New Fab5 Memories Plant Opens Up In Japan

Toshiba's New Fab5 Memories Plant Opens Up In Japan

Memory: can we really ever have enough of it? It's doubtful, and that's why innovative approaches to ReRAM and NAND are making the rounds this week. Toshiba has just announced that they have completed the construction of their Fab5, a new manufacturing wing for NAND flash memories. The plant is located at their Yokkaichi facility in Japan,...

AT&T Sponsors Discounted, Ad-Supported Kindle 3G

AT&T Sponsors Discounted, Ad-Supported Kindle 3G

Amazon introduced a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle a few months back, but now it looks like things are being taken next-level. AT&T just announced that they'll be sponsoring the Kindle 3G. Evidently, people don't really seem to mind having ads on their Kindle in exchange for up-front savings. With this one, Amazon takes care of the monthly...

RIM Job Cuts Coming, Company Under Fire

RIM Job Cuts Coming, Company Under Fire

About two weeks ago, BGR.com published a letter allegedly written by a Research In Motion (RIM) executive criticizing the current state of the company and asking the dual CEO team of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to consider how the company has gotten into the jam it's in, (it announced job cuts last month) and what strategies will best...

LinkedIn Shoves Past MySpace as No. 2 Social Network in the U.S.

LinkedIn Shoves Past MySpace as No. 2 Social Network in the U.S.

The sexiest social network on the block right now has got to be Google+, and you probably spent the last several days either trying to secure an invite, or tossing friends and family into Circles. Facebook is still the most popular social hangout, and MySpace recently made headlines for changing hands for a much lower price than News Corp....

SuperTalent Announces SandForce-based TeraDrive CT3 SSD

SuperTalent Announces SandForce-based TeraDrive CT3 SSD

Just in case you found yourself lamenting the lack of SandForce-driven solid state drives (SSDs), what with there only being about a million different options and all, SuperTalent this week added another one to the pile. It's the TeraDrive CT3, a SATA 6Gb/s drive designed to fill the gap between SuperTalent's PT3 and CT2 products and take...

Future PS3's Will Require HDMI For HD Video

Future PS3's Will Require HDMI For HD Video

Sony will release a new PS3 SKU in the near future, but the upcoming console revision will remove a current feature. According to a leaked (but confirmed) memo, the new "K" series PS3 will no longer output Blu-ray HD video over anything but HDMI. All previous PS3 consoles have been capable of outputting all 1080P content over component out....

WiFi Hacking Earns Crazed Neighbor 18 Years In Jail

WiFi Hacking Earns Crazed Neighbor 18 Years In Jail

A federal court handed Barry Ardolf, a Minnesota resident initially accused of sending threatening emails to Vice President Joe Biden, a nearly twenty year prison sentence today based on multiple additional charges of identity theft, trafficking in child pornography, and generally being the kind of psychotic neighbor that only exists in horror...

Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Reviewed at HH

Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Reviewed at HH

There's something about the allure of a gaming notebook. Even mainstream users, not necessarily hellbent on frame rates and decked-out designs, can relate to a powerful notebook with striking good looks. It's no wonder that products like Asus' G73 series of notebooks and Alienware's M series, have been some of the most viewed pages of our...

Netflix Users Howl Over Company's Price Hike

Netflix Users Howl Over Company's Price Hike

Netflix unveiled major changes to its pricing plan today, much to the dismay and disgust of the company's customers. Up until now, Netflix has offered a $7.99 unlimited streaming plan with a $2/month DVD plan available as an add-on. As of now, Netflix will offer two separate plans, one for DVDs and another for streaming. The company's blog...

Amazon Seeks To Let Voters Decide On California Tax Issue

Amazon Seeks To Let Voters Decide On California Tax Issue

A few weeks ago, Amazon.com dropped associates in California due to a new sales tax law. Needless to say, this action made many loyal Amazon users and sellers unhappy. Many people blamed the state of California while others placed blame on Amazon. Regardless of which party you chose to blame, the fact is, the accounts for Amazon associates...

HP Appoints Stephen DeWitt To Replace Jon Rubinstein In WebOS-Land

HP Appoints Stephen DeWitt To Replace Jon Rubinstein In WebOS-Land

Timing is everything in life, and the timing here is particularly strange. Just a few days after HP's TouchPad launched to ho hum reviews, the company has decided to make a few major strategic changes in the ranks. Jon Rubinstein, the visionary behind webOS, came over from Palm to lead up the group. After championing the Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad,...

Samsung ReRAM Innovation Could Make Flash Memory Look Slow

Samsung ReRAM Innovation Could Make Flash Memory Look Slow

ReRAM? Yep, it's real, but it's not the kind of stuff you slap into a DIMM in order to run Photoshop with less lag. Samsung's working on a new and improved version of their rewritability and speed of resistance random access memory (ReRAM), which is said to be a next-gen nonvolatile memory. The real standout feature is that it can switch as...

EA Buys PopCap for $750 Million

EA Buys PopCap for $750 Million

PopCap Games has been acquired by Electronic Arts (EA), as had been rumored some time ago. Originally, the offer was thought to be $1 billion, but the actual deal price turns out to be $750 million. PopCap had previously said it was looking toward an IPO, in the October timeframe. The two companies, quite naturally, lauded the other party...

Logitech Reveals Business-Minded Webcams For Office 365 / Lync Online

Logitech Reveals Business-Minded Webcams For Office 365 / Lync Online

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is going on this week in LA, and while Steve Ballmer's keynote was the perfect event to kick things off, future days are seeing related releases from a whole slew of companies. Logitech just so happens to be one of those, with the company today announcing that their business-class webcams and headsets...

Western Digital And Microsoft Enter Small Biz Storage Sector Together

Western Digital And Microsoft Enter Small Biz Storage Sector Together

Western Digital's about to get bizzy. Silly pun and all, the real deal is that WD is about to enter the small business market in a big way, with small office storage servers leading the way. They'll be teaming with Microsoft in order to "simplify workgroup sharing and data protection," and of course, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials...

'Facebook for Every Phone' Allows Feature Phone Users to Network, Too

'Facebook for Every Phone' Allows Feature Phone Users to Network, Too

Facebook's acquisition of developer Snaptu has produced its first results: on Wednesday, Facebook released the "Facebook for Every Phone app," a Facebook app for feature phones, frequently forgotten in the race to smartphones. “Facebook for Every Phone” is a downloadable native mobile app which Facebook says is compatible with...

Survey Says 35% Of U.S. Adults Own A Smartphone

Survey Says 35% Of U.S. Adults Own A Smartphone

Who owns a smartphone? The better question may be: who doesn't own a smartphone? The Pew Research Center has just conducted a poll, and they found that one-third of American adults own a smartphone. Actually, a bit more: 35%. And that's just adults; based on the amount of kids we see walking around NYC with smartphones, that number would likely...

Microsoft Crows Over Windows 7, Talks Windows 8

Microsoft Crows Over Windows 7, Talks Windows 8

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Tami Reller, the company's CFO and Corporate VP of Windows / Windows Live, spilled the beans about Windows 7's adoption rates and some of what the industry should expect from Windows 8. Windows 7, according to Reller, has sold at three times the rate of Windows XP with the result that...

Legal Battles Continue Over ISP Spying, Digital Self-Incrimination

Legal Battles Continue Over ISP Spying, Digital Self-Incrimination

The National Sheriffs' Association has announced it supports mandatory logging provisions incorporated into a proposed federal law that would require ISPs to store all customer data for 18 months. The bill (HR 1981) is intended to amend title 18 of the USC and is known as the "Protecting Children From Internet Pornagraphers Act of 2011," At...

SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial

SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial

With all of the new products to hit the SSD market recently, we thought it was a good time to pull together a varied sampling of cutting edge SATA III solid state drives to see how they stack up. We’ve got six drives on tap for this piece, two apiece from OCZ and Corsair, one from Patriot and another from Crucial. On tap are the Corsair...

Google Rolls Out Google Shopper 2.0

Google Rolls Out Google Shopper 2.0

Google introduced a new set of features for Google Shopper for Android that are designed to make it easier to research products and find good deals directly from your smartphone. In an effort to help you perform common tasks more quickly, Google has rearranged some features. Now, you’ll find the Starred and History buttons at the top...

RIAA Bets On Cloud Service Despite Dubious Data

RIAA Bets On Cloud Service Despite Dubious Data

New sales data from the RIAA indicate that record sales are up 1 percent for the first half of 2011 as compared to 2010. Total album sales in the first half of 2011 totaled 155.5 million, up from 153.9 million in 2010. A one percent gain might seem meaningless in any other industry, but we're talking about music sales, which have been declining...

AMD Rolls Out Radeon HD 6990M, Bills It the Fastest Mobile GPU in The World

AMD Rolls Out Radeon HD 6990M, Bills It the Fastest Mobile GPU in The World

Not everyone was on board with AMD's decision to scoop up ATI for some $5.4 billion back in 2006. There were some who thought it was a brilliant acquisition, and many who questioned whether or not AMD had fallen off its rocker, perhaps for good with such a hefty investment. We now know that those in the former camp had the better hindsight,...

LG's Latest 3D Display Tracks Your Eyeballs

LG's Latest 3D Display Tracks Your Eyeballs

We'll give you a moment to get over our thumbnail picture of some dude's eyeballs seemingly popping out of his skull. Like you, we're a little grossed out by it, and for some reason, can't stop staring at it. Thankfully, LG's upcoming DX2000 display with eye-tracking technology doesn't require your eyeballs to bulge out of your eye sockets...

Globalfoundries to Start Shoving Manufacturing Equipment into New York and Dresden Fabs

Globalfoundries to Start Shoving Manufacturing Equipment into New York and Dresden Fabs

It was only a year ago that Globalfoundries announced plans for a major global capacity expansion. And now? Globalfoundries today said it's ready to start moving 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment into its newly constructed cleanrooms in New York and Dresden. The technical term for this milestone is called "Ready for Equipment,"...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DirectCU II Review @ Neoseeker Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 Review @ TechReviewSource.com PNY Verto GeForce GT 520 @ PureOverclock PowerColor HD 6870 X2 2 GB @ techPowerUp Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS F1A75-V Pro (AMD A75) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Gigabyte A75M-UD2H FM1 Llano Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com Memory...

Microsoft Ships 400m Licenses Of Windows 7

Microsoft Ships 400m Licenses Of Windows 7

Windows 7 is big. Really big. Huge. In fact, Steve Ballmer announced today that Microsoft has shipped 400 million licenses of Windows 7. The company has been seriously rolling since the OS was launched two years ago. The statement was made today as Steve opened up the annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), a four-day event that celebrates...

Next Android Release To Offer New Mode For Large-Screen Tablets

Next Android Release To Offer New Mode For Large-Screen Tablets

Got a big-screen Android tablet coming your way? It's not unlikely. With 7" tablets all but extinguished, it's clear that 10+" tablets are the future. And in order to address that, Google's announcing that there's a new mode for use with apps on large screens. To keep the few apps that don't resize well from frustrating users with awkward-looking...

New Anonymous Hack Exposes 90,000 Email Addresses of U.S. Military Members

New Anonymous Hack Exposes 90,000 Email Addresses of U.S. Military Members

Anonymous' latest AntiSec hack centers on Booz Allen Hamilton (AKA Booz Allen). Booz Allen's core business is "contractual work completed on behalf of the US federal government, foremost on defense and homeland security matters." Guess what Anonymous leaked? The login information of 90,000 members of the military. Typically, the hacker group...

HTC Status Shipping On AT&T Starting July 17

HTC Status Shipping On AT&T Starting July 17

That Facebook phone? It's coming, and it'll be arriving to AT&T later this month. Just in time for the wild, wild high school summers, HTC's Status will be landing on AT&T starting July 17. The phone is up for pre-order starting today, offering a 2.6" touch panel, a dedicated Facebook Share button, Android 2.3.3 and a "Sense" UI overlay....

Chip Inventories Rising On Hopes of H2 Demand

Chip Inventories Rising On Hopes of H2 Demand

Analyst firm IHS reports that chip supplier inventories have risen for the seven consecutive month. The continued rise in inventories reflects a general belief that consumer demand for electronic products will soon increase, though economic indicators are somewhat sketchy on this point. "Increases in stockpiles during the first quarter reflect...

Adler Planetarium Completes Massive NV-Powered Digital Projector

Adler Planetarium Completes Massive NV-Powered Digital Projector

The Adler Planetarium has finished a major two-year upgrade project that's replaced the facility's forty year-old Zeiss Mark VI projector with a "Digital Starball" system designed by Global Immersion Ltd. The new digital system is powered by an array of Nvdia Quadro GPUs and was designed to provide an update that could power the planetarium's...

New Study Looks At Effects Of Digital Distractions While Driving

New Study Looks At Effects Of Digital Distractions While Driving

Most of us will agree that it's important to keep our eyes on the road while driving. Even so, the majority of people will admit to doing other things while driving including texting, eating, talking on the phone, or punching directions into a GPS. A new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) calls attention to some of...

AT&T To Get Pantech Pursuit II

AT&T To Get Pantech Pursuit II

AT&T and Pantech introduced the new Pantech Pursuit II smartphone. This phone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. The phone also has the Brew Mobile Platform, a full HTML browser, and social media widgets. The Pantech Pursuit II will be available on July 17 for $49.99 after...

Clickfree Intros C6 EASY Imaging No-Touch Backup Drive

Clickfree Intros C6 EASY Imaging No-Touch Backup Drive

Backup hard drives are a dime a dozen these days, but Clickfree has something that none of those others have: guaranteed no-click backups with some of the slickest software doing it. These drives probably aren't the best for power users who love to manually initiate every process that happens on their PC, but for average consumers who just...

iRiver Story HD Becomes First Google Books-Integrated E-Reader

iRiver Story HD Becomes First Google Books-Integrated E-Reader

iRiver's Story HD e-reader isn't the newest e-reader on the block; it's been around, as they say. But starting on July 17, it will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com, and more importantly, it will become the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform, through which you can buy and read Google...

Bigfoot Networks Adds Killer NIC Technology To Alienware Laptops

Bigfoot Networks Adds Killer NIC Technology To Alienware Laptops

Bigfoot Networks has quietly gone from a niche startup that only targeted hardcore gamers, to a company that seems to be cracking into new parterships all the time. They've already managed to get their products into mainboards and GPUs, and now they're taking them to the most sophisticated spot yet: Alienware notebooks. Bigfoot's "Killer"...

Element5's Solar iPad Case Gets Some Sun-Lovin'

Element5's Solar iPad Case Gets Some Sun-Lovin'

iPad case, anyone? How about one with a built-in solar panel? It's possible to have the both of those with Element5's newest product, the Mini L Solarbag. It's a Swiss-made case that'll hold your iPad, iPad 2 or any other iOS device with a Dock Connector. There's also a bit of room for accessories and peripherals, and there's a solar panel...

HTC Thunderbolt Teardown Sheds Doubt on iPhone 4G Support

HTC Thunderbolt Teardown Sheds Doubt on iPhone 4G Support

iSuppli has published their findings from a recent teardown of HTC's Thunderbolt and come to some interesting conclusions therein. The Thunderbolt, which is currently Verizon's top-end Android phone, has an estimated bill of materials (BOM) of $262. That's the cost of the phone's components, not the total cost of manufacture, and much less...

Nyko Zoom Enables Kinect Play In Cramped Quarters

Nyko Zoom Enables Kinect Play In Cramped Quarters

There's good news, and bad. The good news is that a new Nyko accessory (the Zoom) will be shipping on August 23rd, and it aims to reduce the amount of room you need for Microsoft's Kinect to pick up moves effectively. As it stands, you need around 10' of space for it to work properly. But the Zoom cuts down on that space requirement by zooming...

'Honeycomb' Uptake Shows Less Share Than 'Cupcake'

'Honeycomb' Uptake Shows Less Share Than 'Cupcake'

If you want a graphic view of how poorly Android tablets are selling, look no further than Google's own graph of Android version distribution. The company occasionally updates a dashboard that breaks down the "market share" of all known versions of Android, and the latest one shows that most folks are running 2.2, as we would have expected,...

Microsoft Reveals Explorer Touch Mouse

Microsoft Reveals Explorer Touch Mouse

Microsoft's cooking up a new mouse? It sure looks like it! Without any fanfare to speak of, the Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse has popped up across the pond at a Christmas in July event. First snapped by Pocket-lint, this new touch/haptic-sensitive mouse was seen first at a showcase, and even still hasn't officially been announced. The real...

HTC Announces Bootloader Unlock Schedule

HTC Announces Bootloader Unlock Schedule

We've seen that companies who actively listen and respond positively to their customers always end up winning. It's the companies that ignore the obvious feedback that end up having to worry. HTC is one of those companies who have gone out of their way in order to address some of the loudest concerns of their users. Most recently, that has...

Google+ Already Serving Millions of Users

Google+ Already Serving Millions of Users

How many people are in your Circles (assuming you are in Google+ already)? There should be plenty:  Paul Allen (not the Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, but the founder of Ancestry.com) believes there are 4.7 million users in Google+ (as of Saturday night, around 11 p.m., when he posted his estimate). Allen describes his methodology as "based...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Review by Ultimate Hardware AMD Radeon 6570 512MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review @ OCC Samsung C27A750 27” Central Station Wireless Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX @ PureOverclock Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD vs ASUS...

Hulu Reports Strong Q2; Disney Executives Confirm Sale

Hulu Reports Strong Q2; Disney Executives Confirm Sale

Earlier this week, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar posted a blog entry on the joint venture's second quarter. Overall results were good, with Hulu Plus ramping significantly more quickly than anticipated. Kilar notes that Hulu Plus, the website's paid subscription service, "added more paying subscribers in June than we did in April and May combined."...

NOOK Color Passes the Kindle Among e-Readers

NOOK Color Passes the Kindle Among e-Readers

Those Amazon.com Android tablets which are continually speculated upon can't come soon enough for the company. For the first time ever, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, an Android-powered tablet, but one that's not a general tablet unless hacked, has overtaken the Kindle (now in second) as the most popular e-reader. Amazon.com is expected...

Maingear Brings Optimus To Clutch-15 Gaming Notebook

Maingear Brings Optimus To Clutch-15 Gaming Notebook

Updates, updates. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. The world's full of 'em, and Maingear is giving one of their flagship gaming notebooks yet another burst of power if you're willing to spring for it. The company's new Clutch-15 series notebook can now be ordered with NVIDIA's graphics-switching Optimus technology, boasting a 15.6"...

Spotify Rumored To Be Launching This Week

Spotify Rumored To Be Launching This Week

Is Spotify making their U.S. debut as early as this coming week? That's the word on the street. After opening up an invite page and officially announcing that they're coming to the States after years of doing well in Europe, the company (which is based in London) will reportedly launch the music-streaming service in America "as early as the...

Google Improves Google Docs For Mobile

Google Improves Google Docs For Mobile

Google recently rolled out a few changes to its Google Docs for mobile browsers. With the changes, you'll now get the ability to sort, narrow, and share multiple documents from your mobile docs list. These new features are designed with tablets and other mobile devices in mind. Assuming your device uses a supported browser, you should be able...

Kobo eReader Gains New Fonts, Adjustable Margins, Line Spacing, Justification

Kobo eReader Gains New Fonts, Adjustable Margins, Line Spacing, Justification

Not sold on the Kindle? If you're head over heels for the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, there's actually a good bit of good news to share. The company's continuing the update process surrounding the device, with a new v1.9.5 firmware update that allows substantial customization with new font, margin and layout options.  Below are highlights...

HTC Thunderbolt Gets New Froyo Update, But It Kills Mobile Hotspot

HTC Thunderbolt Gets New Froyo Update, But It Kills Mobile Hotspot

Good news and bad news this weekend for HTC Thunderbolt owners on Verizon Wireless. The good news, per usual, shall come first. That involves a new firmware update (still Froyo) that's being pushed to handsets as we speak. It improves data connectivity, enhances the Call History view, reduces the amount of device power cycles / resets, improves...

Apple Paying $8 Million To Personal Audio LLC In iPod Playlist Suit

Apple Paying $8 Million To Personal Audio LLC In iPod Playlist Suit

Ouch. We know Apple has tons and tons of spare cash on hand, but no one's really interested in handing over $8 million of it for no good reason. This weekend, the Cupertino, CA-based company was asked to pay Personal Audio LLC a whopping $8 million after a federal jury in Taxes determined that they had infringed patents for downloadable playlists....

The Sharks Are Circling: Microsoft, Oracle Target Android Manufacturers

The Sharks Are Circling: Microsoft, Oracle Target Android Manufacturers

Android's rise to dominance as a smartphone/tablet OS has reshaped the mobile OS market--but recent actions by both Microsoft and Oracle could damage the operating system's appeal. Oracle and Google are locked in an ongoing lawsuit over Android's alleged infringement on certain Java-related patents, while both Oracle and Microsoft are negotiating...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor HD 6850 1GB SCS3 Passive Review @ Hardware Canucks Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Motherboards and Chipsets: asdfasdfasdf Processors: [Tech ARP] Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2 Memory and Storage: ADATA S511 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews TechwareLabs Review: Synology DS411+...

Western Digital Expands My Book Studio Line With 3TB Model

Western Digital Expands My Book Studio Line With 3TB Model

Western Digital's newest generation of the My Book Studio external hard drive is now available with 3TB of storage. This line of drives is designed for use with Mac computers and Apple Time Machine. To compliment the design of a Mac computer, the drive features a brushed aluminum casing. This aluminum exterior also keeps the drive cool while...

MightyText Pushes Android Texts/Calls To Chrome Browser

MightyText Pushes Android Texts/Calls To Chrome Browser

Here's a great concept: integrate messaging services that are on your phone, with your PC. That way, whenever a message comes to your phone while you're on your PC, well, you'll be able to reply without having to reach down and mess with your handset. MightyText is enabling that kind of functionality with Android phones, by sending both texts...

U.S. Album Sales Up For First Time Since 2004, Lady Gaga Takes A Bow

U.S. Album Sales Up For First Time Since 2004, Lady Gaga Takes A Bow

My, oh my. Is the world ending? Is the sky falling? What, exactly, is going on here? New data from tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan has proven that U.S. music album sales are up for the first six months of 2011, compared to a year ago. That's the first time this has happened since 2004, over a half-decade ago. It's pretty wild to think that...

Google+ To Be Tailored For Businesses Later This Year

Google+ To Be Tailored For Businesses Later This Year

Google+ (or Google Plus, if you're saying it aloud) has taken the social networking world by storm. It's certainly not the next Facebook (it's actually quite different), but there's no doubt that people are anxious to join in and see what the hubbub is all about. One that that social networking has really revolutionized is the way we advertise...

Pokemon Coming To Android And iPhone This Year

Pokemon Coming To Android And iPhone This Year

One of the most storied characters ever will soon be coming to one of the most storied mobile platforms ever. And then, coming to another one. Reportedly, Nintendo is gunning to bring Pokemon where it has never been before: iOS and Android. That's right, the two biggest smartphone platforms in the U.S. will soon host the cartoon character...

Sony's PSN Pass Latest Tech To Block Secondhand Sales

Sony's PSN Pass Latest Tech To Block Secondhand Sales

A few weeks back, we covered Capcom's decision to limit Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3DS to a single save-game slot. That move was widely condemned as an attempt to hamper the game's attractiveness on the second-hand market, despite Capcom's assurances that being unable to restart the title and log their own achievements wasn't something players...

MSI Expands X-Slim Series With Two New Models

MSI Expands X-Slim Series With Two New Models

MSI introduced the newest additions to its X-Slim Series of notebooks in the form of the X460 and X460DX. The 14-inch X460 measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs about 4.37 pounds. Both models offer an optional second internal hard drive for increased storage capacity. Configuration options for the X460 include Intel’s second generation...

HTC Stock Falls On S3 Purchase

HTC Stock Falls On S3 Purchase

Phone maker HTC is taking heat from investors over its decision to purchase S3 Graphics. Citigroup cut its rating on HTC citing corporate governance concerns. There's a definite connection between the two--S3 is partly owned by HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, a fact that raises concerns over just how necessary the deal was. Normally, HTC might have...

Sony to Kill Off MiniDisc Walkman, Grief Counseling Not Needed

Sony to Kill Off MiniDisc Walkman, Grief Counseling Not Needed

It's the end of an era for Sony's MiniDisc Walkman player, an era you may not have realized was underway. It doesn't matter now anyway, because Sony is reportedly stopping shipments of its soon-to-be-defunct music player that was never very popular in the U.S. to begin with. Turns out that you crazy kids were more interested in cassettes,...

Newcomer Verizon Snags 33 Percent of iPhone 4 Market

Newcomer Verizon Snags 33 Percent of iPhone 4 Market

Yes Verizon, we can hear you now. And so can AT&T. Loud and clear, as a matter of fact, which is what happens when one wireless company steals market share from another in convincing fashion. And that's what Verizon did which, according to market research firmLocalytics, now accounts for a third of all iPhone 4 devices in the U.S., despite...

Nintendo Not Going All-In With Smartphone Gaming

Nintendo Not Going All-In With Smartphone Gaming

Nintendo may see companies like HTC, Google, Sony Ericsson and Apple as the real rivals in the mobile gaming space, but the whole 'can't beat 'em, join 'em' phrase doesn't apply universally. Yasuhiro Minagawa, a spokesman for the company, recently told Bloomberg that their strategy to develop software only for their own hardware "hasn't changed...

Webcam-based Spyware Used to Generate Art, Secret Service Visit

Webcam-based Spyware Used to Generate Art, Secret Service Visit

Artwork via spyware has caused the Secret Service, after apparently being contacted by Apple, to seize a man's two computers, an iPod and two flash drives. That's what happens when you install what essentially amounts to a spyware program on 100 computers at Apple retail stores. Kyle McDonald, 25, installed software that took pictures using...

Amazon Brings Unlimited Music Storage For $20/Year

Amazon Brings Unlimited Music Storage For $20/Year

iCloud, Google Music, Rhapsody -- where to turn? There seems to be a sudden influx in cloud-based music storage and streaming services, and while we aren't complaining about the competition, it's getting tougher to weed through and figure out what's actually worth honing in on. Amazon has just announced a major blow to Apple and Google efforts,...

Panasonic Opens Up VIERA Connect Program To Develop For TVs

Panasonic Opens Up VIERA Connect Program To Develop For TVs

Well, there's an app store for just about every major mobile platform out there, so why not an app store for televisions? It's actually a segment of the market that has been lacking for some time; there are TV app stores, but who is developing for them? In a bold effort to get their name out there and potentially entice developers to share...

OCZ Intros Second-Gen Virtualized Controller Architecture

OCZ Intros Second-Gen Virtualized Controller Architecture

Average consumers may see OCZ Technology for little more than their solid state drives, PSUs and memory modules. But the company's actually got some really sophisticated stuff going on in the backroom. Just this week, they announced the release of the second generation of its proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA).  Leveraged...

D-Link's Boxee Remote Ships With Full QWERTY Keypad For $50

D-Link's Boxee Remote Ships With Full QWERTY Keypad For $50

There's the Apple remote, the Roku remote, and just because you need another remote in your life, the Boxee Remote. As with the Boxee Box, this device is actually built by D-Link, featuring a two-sided design, a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear and seamless integration with the Boxee software. It's compatible with both PC and Mac platforms,...

MotionDSP GPU-Powered Technology Tells Friend From Foe

MotionDSP GPU-Powered Technology Tells Friend From Foe

Being absorbed in the consumer tech world, it's easy to overlook some of the more far-reaching things that companies like NVIDIA do on a daily basis. They build GPU supercomputers to handle things our puny Alienwares could never dream of, and wilder still, they assist in battlefield operations. It is definitely not the first thing you may...

White House Endorses New 'Six Strikes' Agreement Over Copyright

White House Endorses New 'Six Strikes' Agreement Over Copyright

A number of major ISPs have signed on to a new agreement seeking to regulate the pursuit of users who allegedly download copyright-infringing material. In an unusual step, the White House has added its own voice to the discussion. US IP Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel posted an entry to the White House Blog today, saying:* The Administration...

HTC Purchases S3 Graphics—It's More Important Than You Think

HTC Purchases S3 Graphics—It's More Important Than You Think

VIA announced today that it's signed an agreement to sell its share in S3 Graphics to the mobile phone manufacturer HTC. S3's GPU technology (dubbed Chrome) powers VIA's various chipsets and is paired with the company's Nano processor as part of its CPU platform. Given VIA's relative sliver of market share, this might not seem like an important...

Blu-ray Playback Now Available For OS X, Albeit Unofficially

Blu-ray Playback Now Available For OS X, Albeit Unofficially

Apple may have a nominal member of the standards group that developed Blu-ray, but the company has shied away from supporting Blu-ray playback for years. Blu-ray disc authoring, in contrast, was added to Final Cut Studio 3 / Final Cut Pro 7 back in 2009. Jobs has previously commented on Apple's decision. In 2008, the CEO told listeners: "Blu-ray...

Verizon Wireless Introduces Droid 3 From Motorola

Verizon Wireless Introduces Droid 3 From Motorola

Verizon Wireless is continuing to expand the Droid smartphone lineup. Today, the wireless carrier introduced the DROID 3 by Motorola. This smartphone claims to be the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone. In addition to its keyboard, the DROID 3 features a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3, 4-inch qHD display,...

AT&T Announces Free USB Modem With Contract

AT&T Announces Free USB Modem With Contract

Later this month, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the USBConnect Force 4G modem for no charge. As you would expect, this offer is tied to a two-year agreement. If you’d rather not agree to a contract, you can also opt for a pre-paid DataConnect Pass and pay $89.99 for the modem. The modem supports 4G speeds and also features...

Apple App Store Tops 15 Billion Downloads

Apple App Store Tops 15 Billion Downloads

Whether you think of Apple as makers of the trendiest and best performing mobile products on the planet or view Steve Jobs' 'Evil Empire' with the same contempt that Boston Red Sox fans have for the New York Yankees, Apple's doing well either way. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. Despite a growing army of Android users, Apple today...

AVADirect Jumps on the Llano A-Series Bandwagon

AVADirect Jumps on the Llano A-Series Bandwagon

Find yourself enamored by the prospect of having a CPU and GPU integrated into the same slice of silicon? You have options, friend, one of those being AMD's newfangled Fusion-powered Accelerated Processing Units. These APUs require a new socket -- FM1 -- which won't be a big deal if you're starting from scratch anyway. For those of you not...

Steve Jobs' Official Bio Already Revised

Steve Jobs' Official Bio Already Revised

The first official biography for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, one which has both his blessing and cooperation, has a new name. The publisher, Simon & Shuster, liked the name "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." The author had a different opinion. In reality, so did the family of the author, Walter Isaacson. He was already never quite sure about the title,...

Gateway's ID and NV Series Notebook Lines Boast a New Wardrobe

Gateway's ID and NV Series Notebook Lines Boast a New Wardrobe

Call it vanity or simply getting with the times, either way Gateway scores some major style points for revamping its ID Series and NV Series of laptops. Both strut their stuff with attractive new chassis designs on the outside, and come powered by the latest in mobile technology in and around the hood. First up is the 14-inch ID47 series priced...

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review

As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets. Like many other Android-powered tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a...

Sony's PlayStation 4 Rumored To Ship In 2012

Sony's PlayStation 4 Rumored To Ship In 2012

Here's one you should definitely take with a grain of salt, but then again, a grain of "well, duh" wouldn't hurt either. Sony has built three PlayStation consoles to date. History would tell us that a fourth is on the way, the only question being "When?" Now, leaks and rumors are starting build surrounding the next generation PS console, with...

Analyst Believes Sprint iPhone Imminent

Analyst Believes Sprint iPhone Imminent

Folks have been wondering if we would see a Sprint iPhone now that a CDMA iPhone is available, and it seems the bad news coming from Verizon may mean some positive news for Sprint. Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin wrote on Wednesday that Verizon's announcement that, as of Thursday, it will no longer offer unlimited data plans will give...

Nintendo's Wii U To Ship Later In 2012

Nintendo's Wii U To Ship Later In 2012

As with any new product that's as major as a new home gaming console, there's rarely a time where it's launched with all of the details filled in. That was definitely the case with the Nintendo Wii U. The console launched at E3, but only a handful of details were known. We knew that it would ship with a controller that could have video streamed...

Spotify's Music Streaming Magic Is Coming To America

Spotify's Music Streaming Magic Is Coming To America

Spotify is coming to the place that seems to want it most: America. After taking Europe by storm, the music streaming application has finally slid the necessary pieces into place to launch in the United States. Reportedly, disagreements with labels kept it from becoming available in the U.S., but it looks like those kinks are ironed out at...

AT&T Bringing iPhone Insurance Plan To Life On July 17th

AT&T Bringing iPhone Insurance Plan To Life On July 17th

Tired of wondering if today's the day you're going to drop and shatter your AT&T iPhone 4? Thankfully, that sweating can all be over. For the longest time, the iPhone was the one phone that AT&T wouldn't offer typical monthly insurance on. They'd do it for every other phone, even Android smartphones, but not the jewel of Apple's eye....

Skype And Facebook Get Integrated

Skype And Facebook Get Integrated

Facebook, meet Skype. And Skype, you should probably meet Facebook. The two met in a major way today during a Facebook "Something Awesome" press event, where a grand total of three new Facebook features were introduced. One of those was a revamped design for chatting. Evidently, a good many of the 750 million Facebook users enjoy the chat...

HP Intros LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw Printer, Deems It Very Small

HP Intros LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw Printer, Deems It Very Small

It's a little strange that the same company responsible for the TouchPad is also responsible for one of the most compact laser multifunction printers of all time. But hey, that's what happens when a huge enterprise company takes over a company like Palm. This week, HP is introducing the LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw, a compact printer...

Jailbreak Arrives for iPad 2 (and Other iOS 4.3.3 Devices)

Jailbreak Arrives for iPad 2 (and Other iOS 4.3.3 Devices)

If you've dreamed of a day when you could jailbreak your iPad 2 tablet and reap all the benefits that come from shaking off the shackles Apple put in place (for your own good, of course), today is the day you've been waiting for. The popular browser-based jailbreak service -- JailbreakMe.com -- is back, and it now supports any iOS 4.3.3 device!...

Verizon Confirms an End to Unlimited Data Coming July 7

Verizon Confirms an End to Unlimited Data Coming July 7

Verizon has confirmed that as of July 7, it will be ending unlimited smartphone data for new customers. It's been known for a long time that Verizon would make the move, and it's been known since the third week of June that July 7 was the date, but this is the first time Verizon has confirmed it. Spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless...

Taco Bell To Bring Free WiFi, TV To All 5,600 Restaurants

Taco Bell To Bring Free WiFi, TV To All 5,600 Restaurants

WiFi and fast food seem to go together like a greasy entree washed down with a Coke. Taco Bell is the latest to promise its patrons free WiFi in all of its U.S. restaurants -- that's 5,600 locations. And, if that weren't reason enough to linger in those lovely plastic chairs over a plate of Chalupas, Taco Bell is also throwing in a free side...

Sony To Restore PSN Access In Japan, Make Things Whole Again

Sony To Restore PSN Access In Japan, Make Things Whole Again

Sony's had a lot of ups and down lately. A lot of downs when it comes to keeping information private, and keeping their online services online. And while they've been doing everything they can to get things back in order, the days have dragged on and on. When you get used to a service working without question each and every day, a couple of...

Google's Chrome Lands At 20% Browser Market Share

Google's Chrome Lands At 20% Browser Market Share

Congrats, Chrome! You've just reached an insane milestone. 20% of the browser marketshare is nothing to sneeze at, and that's exactly what Google has nailed down. According to new reports on web usage, one in five browsing sessions now happens with Chrome, with Microsoft's long-dominant Internet Explorer finally slipping before 50%. The information...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD 6950 Dirt 3 Edition @ LanOC Reviews MSI N560GTX TI Twin Frozr Review @ XSReviews.co.uk Sapphire HD 6770 FleX Edition Review @ OCC MSI GTX580 3GB Lightning 'Xtreme Edition' Review @ Vortez Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane Foxconn H67A-S Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com Gigabyte...

Google to Rebrand Blogger, Picasa, in Google+ Push

Google to Rebrand Blogger, Picasa, in Google+ Push

As part of its push to unify its brand for the public launch of its Google+ social networking service, Google will rebrand two of its oldest services, Picasa and Blogger, Mashable has learned. The changes will result in Picasa becoming Google Photos, and Blogger becoming Google Blogs. In addition, several other Google properties are likely...

Lenovo and NEC Create PC Powerhouse In Japan

Lenovo and NEC Create PC Powerhouse In Japan

While many Americans were chowing down on backyard grub, NEC and Lenovo were busy in Japan nailing down a rather substantial agreement. They have announced today the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, which becomes Japan’s biggest PC provider. According to recent analyst figures, the new group will total nearly 25 percent of Japan’s...

Low 3-D Uptake Worries TV Manufacturers

Low 3-D Uptake Worries TV Manufacturers

For the past few years, display manufacturers of every stripe have been singing the praises of 3-D displays and their various levels of support for the nascent standard. Consumers, unfortunately, haven't been playing along. Despite marketing initiatives, high-profile film releases, and prominent support for 3-D gaming from the likes of Sony...

Hasselblad Gets New Owner, Aims For New Markets

Hasselblad Gets New Owner, Aims For New Markets

Hasselblad is a monster of a name in the camera business. Those who know cameras know Hasselblad, and they're well known for producing some of the highest quality cameras this world has ever seen. Of course, they're primarily used by professionals, so many consumers don't even recognize the label. In other words, these guys produce cameras...

Corsair To Ship Force GT 120 SSD For $149 And Up

Corsair To Ship Force GT 120 SSD For $149 And Up

An unfortunate trend related to SSDs: companies announce them, but they don't tell us anything about an expected price and release date. That's no way to be! But for whatever reason, getting specific details surrounding solid state drives has been am occasional challenge. Corsair is a company known for cutting-edge gear, and thankfully,...

CyberPower Introduces Gaming PC Series Powered By AMD A-Series Desktop Platform

CyberPower Introduces Gaming PC Series Powered By AMD A-Series Desktop Platform

CyberPower is now offering desktop gaming PCs that incorporate AMD’s new A-series desktop platform. With this platform, you'll get the latest APU which integrates the CPU with the fastest onboard GPU and memory controller into a single die. The new A-series APU features Radeon 6000 series graphics and DirectX 11. CyberPower is offering...

MSI Announces World's First PCI-E Gen 3 Motherboard

MSI Announces World's First PCI-E Gen 3 Motherboard

MSI today launched its Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard for Intel's snazzy new Z68 chipset, but that in and of itself isn't MSI's claim to fame. With the release of the Z68A-GD80, MSI is touting its newest slice of silicon as the planet's first and only motherboard to support PCI Express Gen 3, which provides a data transfer rate 200 percent faster...

Canon Rumored To Join The Mirrorless Camera Ranks

Canon Rumored To Join The Mirrorless Camera Ranks

No surprises here. With Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm and a slew of others making fistfuls of cash from their Micro Four Thirds and interchangable lens cameras, we've since heard that Nikon was also considering jumping into this market. And now, Canon will evidently be joining them. According to new reports, the world's largest camera-maker will...

Toshiba Launches Glasses-Free Qosmio F750 3D Laptop

Toshiba Launches Glasses-Free Qosmio F750 3D Laptop

Toshiba's latest addition to its Qosmio laptop line -- Qosmio F750 -- jumps on the 3D bandwagon, but without those dorky looking (and sometimes uncomfortable) 3D glasses. Instead, the F750 laptop comes armed with a 15.6-inch screen (1920x1080) that uses a "state-of-the-art lenticular screen" that beams images at slightly different perspectives...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Gets Update To Android 2.3

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Gets Update To Android 2.3

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is still widely regarded as a fantastic tablet, and it remains one of the few 7" tablets worth owning. For whatever reason, companies began to look to bigger form factors soon after the original Tab shipped, but that's made this early fellow one that still has a following. And Sprint knows that. The carrier just announced...

iRiver P8 Media Player Looks Mighty Fine

iRiver P8 Media Player Looks Mighty Fine

You might think we're living in an iPod world, but while that unit may rule the roost in terms of sales, there are still plenty of alternatives popping up for those who aren't onboard the Apple bandwagon. iRiver is a major player overseas, and the company's slick and sleek design language translate well on this site of the ocean. The company's...

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Review

Google’s Chrome OS hit the ground running well over a year ago with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a handful of early adopters who put the very first Chrome OS builds through their paces. It was new. It was refreshing. It was different. But was it cut out for mainstream use? In Google's mind, the...

Google+ Demand Used to Spread Spam

Google+ Demand Used to Spread Spam

Hackers are taking advantage of another highly publicized event to push spam on end users. In this case, Google+. Invitations to the new service are no long available, but even though the new social networking service is in "field test mode" (meaning somewhat imcomplete), an invitation to the service is a hot item. Pharmaceutical spammers...

Google's Realtime Search Goes Dark

Google's Realtime Search Goes Dark

If you're wondering why Google's Realtime Search has gone offline, the answer is simple: the deal between Google and Twitter that allowed Google to display real-time results for Tweets has expired. Here's what Google said with regard to its disappearing Twitter feed: “Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include...

Samsung Sells 3 Million Galaxy S II Smartphones Worldwide (In Just 55 Days)

Samsung Sells 3 Million Galaxy S II Smartphones Worldwide (In Just 55 Days)

There's reason for Samsung to celebrate the 4th of July. The company just recently crossed the three million mark for units sold on their Galaxy S II smartphone. That happened in just 55 days, compared to the 85 days it took the original Galaxy S to sell that many units. It's a wild milestone. It means that a Galaxy S II device was sold every...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition Review @ Neoseeker HIS Radeon 6970 IceQ Turbo @ PureOverclock ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II Edition @ OCC [Tech ARP] Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.4 Motherboards and Chipsets: MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Processors: AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor @ Benchmark...

AMC Theaters Rejects MoviePass, Stings The Whole Idea

AMC Theaters Rejects MoviePass, Stings The Whole Idea

As a company who plans on relying on other companies to make a program work, there are usually a few necessary steps to take before telling the public about your scheduled program. The first of which would involve clearing your ideas with your partner companies. It'd pretty looney to expect partner companies to just go along with whatever...

AT&T Customers Get BlackBerry Bridge

AT&T Customers Get BlackBerry Bridge

AT&T users are now able to use the BlackBerry Bridge application to tether their BlackBerry smartphone with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry Bridge app is available from the BlackBerry App World. With the BlackBerry Bridge application, you’ll see a mirror of the messages, contacts, calendar, memopad, tasks, and BlackBerry...

Download the Delcaration of Independence (and Other High Res Documents)

Download the Delcaration of Independence (and Other High Res Documents)

Today is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means, right? Of course you do, which is why the burgers are prepped (Protip: make a small indentation with your thumb in the middle and they won't balloon up on the grill, tempting you to flatten the flavor out with your spatula), Ladder Ball is setup in the backyard, and your big box of...

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  It's Independence Day here in the United States, and that usually means a day filled with family, lots of food, and fun.  Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday.  And from all of us here at HotHardware, Happy 4th!...

iPhone 5, iPad 3 Set for October Launch?

iPhone 5, iPad 3 Set for October Launch?

Most of the recent rumors about the upcoming next-generation iPhone have focused on September for its release, but a new DigiTimes report is pushing it out a month to October. However, iDevice fans might be appeased if another piece of the report is true: an iPad 3 coming at the same time. We've said before that the iPad 2 was more of a stopgap,...

TRENDnet Creates Mobile Hotspot From Older 3G USB WWAN Modems

TRENDnet Creates Mobile Hotspot From Older 3G USB WWAN Modems

There comes a point in the life of every laptop computer where an Internet connection becomes a necessity. It's all grown up. It's no longer just a viable option; it's a requirement. And TRENDnet is helping notebooks everywhere "get their grown-man on," with the shipment of the ultra portable 3G Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-656BRG....

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Continues To Grow

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Continues To Grow

According to one report, Microsoft’s app store known as the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace may now have 25,000 applications. In comparison to Apple’s App Store, this figure may not sound like much. The Windows Phone App List claims the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has 25,076 applications. According to WP7applist, however, the Windows...

4K Magazine Landing On PlayStation 3 Store

4K Magazine Landing On PlayStation 3 Store

1080p is "high-def enough" for most people. What's the rush to find the next best thing? In the technology world, that race never ends, and Sony's already doing everything they can to push 4K. "4K" is short for 4K x 2K, which is the next major step-up in resolution. RED camcorders already film natively in 4K, and many high-end / cinema projectors...

Microsoft's Kinect Getting More Accurate With Time

Microsoft's Kinect Getting More Accurate With Time

At Google's I/O Conference this year, the company claimed that their Chromebooks would actually improve with time, as Google pushed out speed and security updates that the end-user would benefit immediately from. It's not often that you purchase a product that eventually gets better, but Microsoft is claiming that the Kinect is actually now...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD 6850 Review by Ultimate Hardware Motherboards and Chipsets: Llano motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI @ The Tech Report Biostar TZ68A+ LGA1155 @ techPowerUp ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Processors: AMD A8-3850 Llano APU Review @ OCC TechwareLabs Review: AMD Llano A8-3850 APU AMD A8-3850...

Circle Hack Brings Google+ Group Creation to Facebook

Circle Hack Brings Google+ Group Creation to Facebook

Google+, the Internet giant's new social networking project, is still in "field test" mode, but Facebook is already learning from it. A group of Facebook engineers has apparently been inspired by the method that Google+ uses to create groups of friends, Circles. In Google+, to add a friend to a Circle, which is just a group of friends, you...

Gmail Gets First Major Facelift With New Themes

Gmail Gets First Major Facelift With New Themes

Remember when Gmail escaped Beta? Doesn't feel like that long ago, but it definitely took Google a really, really long time to finally cross that milestone. And now, the company's finally giving their Mail application the first major facelift that we can remember. For now, the company's leaving these new themes in the "optional" folder, and...

B&N Offers "$315" Worth Of Free NOOK Books To Upgraders

B&N Offers "$315" Worth Of Free NOOK Books To Upgraders

Ever seen one of those television commercials that convinces you that you'll be getting something "valued at" some absurdly high price. This isn't exactly one of those cases, but in a way, it's a lot like that. Barnes & Noble has just revealed that customers who bring their "old eReader" to a B&N store and "upgrade" to a NOOK will...

Last Chance To Snag Your PlayStation "Welcome Back" Bonus

Last Chance To Snag Your PlayStation "Welcome Back" Bonus

Stellar news for Sony gamers. For loyal PlayStation users who stuck with Sony throughout their massive PSN outage period, the Welcome Back Program is now available, but you may want to go ahead and grab it soon. Sony first announced their "Welcome Back" program a month ago, but if you happened to be totally preoccupied, you may have forgotten...

iPad Reaches 100,000 Apps

iPad Reaches 100,000 Apps

The iPad has reached a notable milestone: There are now over 100,000 applications made specifically for this tablet. Considering the iPad has been available for less than a year and a half and developers have only had access to the iPad's software development kit since January 2010, this is a noteworthy accomplishment. Although the iPad launched...

GSM Phone Technology Turns 20: Mobile Callers Show Their Thanks

GSM Phone Technology Turns 20: Mobile Callers Show Their Thanks

It may be a holiday weekend, but Americans should be celebrating more than the 4th this weekend. They should also be celebrating the technology that helps them make every single mobile call this weekend. Recently, GSM technology turned 20 years old, which is wild. 20 years! GSM is a constantly evolving technology that has turned into the basis...

Vizio's 8" Tablet WiFi Up For Pre-Sale At $400

Vizio's 8" Tablet WiFi Up For Pre-Sale At $400

Guess what? It's another tablet, but this one's got something different going for it: a low, low price. The Vizio 8" Tablet is now being offered for pre-order, with just $399.99 putting you in line for the slate itself, a 16GB microSD card and event a folio / case. Not a bad offer, compared to what else is out there. The current estimated...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus' P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard @ The Tech Report Asus F1A75-M Pro Llano Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com Processors: AMD A8-3850 (Llano) APU and A55/A75 Chipset Review @ Tweaktown AMD A8-3850 Llano APU & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Review @ Neoseeker AMD A8-3850 APU Review: Llano Hits the Desktop @ Hardware...

South Korea's SK Telecom Announces LTE Support

South Korea's SK Telecom Announces LTE Support

South Korea is well known around the world as a country with absolutely outstanding Internet access. But that's fixed broadband. America's broadband ain't bad given the sheer size of the country, but there's definitely improvement to be made on the wireless side. Speaking of wireless (and South Korea), we know you're probably wondering how...

World Of Warcraft Trial Expands In a Major Way: Game On!

World Of Warcraft Trial Expands In a Major Way: Game On!

It's a bit difficult to think about a certain "new" thing ever getting "old," but that's happening to some extent with World of Warcraft. While it's still frequently talked about and used as a benchmark reference, the title itself is growing a bit long in the tooth. And as time passes, it grows further and further from the minds of new potential...

Apple Files for Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Products

Apple Files for Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Products

The battle between Apple and Samsung has just been escalated. On Friday, just before a long holiday weekend, Apple filed a preliminary injunction against Samsung with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking to block sales of four of Samsung's latest mobile devices. Those four devices include three smartphones...

Sprint Lets Users Remove Bloatware

Sprint Lets Users Remove Bloatware

In many smartphone reviews here at HotHardware, we've said we wish carriers would leave bloatware off of the phones or, at the very least, allow users to uninstall the bloatware. It appears Sprint has heard our (and many others') request. The new HTC EVO 3D from Sprint actually lets users uninstall many (but not all) of the programs that come...

Cisco's AppHQ Bringing You-Know-What To Cius Enterprise Tablet

Cisco's AppHQ Bringing You-Know-What To Cius Enterprise Tablet

It's pretty amazing when you think about: just five years ago, the word "app" was probably shorthand for application, otherwise known as something like Microsoft Word. These days? Oh, everyone knows what an app is. Even Cisco, a company steeped in enterprise technology. But even a company that's catering mostly to businesses can't just stand...

Google And Virgin America Bring Series 5 Chromebooks To Select Flyers

Google And Virgin America Bring Series 5 Chromebooks To Select Flyers

Well, if there's one way to really showcase your product, it's doing something radical to get it in the hands of consumers. And this, is radical. Virgin America has just teamed up with Google (and presumably, Samsung) in order to get Series 5 Chromebooks onto Virgin America flights. The test run gives flyers the ability to "test-fly" the Chromebook...

Tag Heuer Launches $6700 "Link Phone" With Wild Exterior, Android 2.2

Tag Heuer Launches $6700 "Link Phone" With Wild Exterior, Android 2.2

When you think about a company like Tag Heuer, you're probably familiar with their watches. After all, they're a watch company. But they also do something else: phones. The company has just revealed one of the wildest, most expensive smartphones that we've ever seen, the stunning "Link Phone." It's sporting an outlandish design; something...

Ricoh Picks Up Pentax Camera Business For 10 Billion Yen

Ricoh Picks Up Pentax Camera Business For 10 Billion Yen

Consolidation in the photography industry? It's happening. It's starting on a smaller scale, but it's likely to expand in due time. Ricoh has just announced they will be the ones picking up the Pentax camera business from Hoya, with a company known for copiers and scanners evidently wanting access to Pentax's SLR technology. What's a company...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: MSI Radeon HD 6950 Twin Frozr III Review @ Techgage Futurelooks News Flash - Iogear Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit (GUWAVKIT2) Reviewed PCTV Nanotech T2 Review - XSReviews Sapphire HD 6450 1 GB Passive @ techPowerUp [Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 23 OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD 120GB and 240GB Review @ [H] Motherboards...

Farmville Maker Files for $1 Billion IPO

Farmville Maker Files for $1 Billion IPO

Zynga, the online gaming company responsible for Farmville and other Facebook games that once littered your social networking wall with dorky updates, is the latest tech company to file for a ridiculously large IPO. How large, you ask? Just in case you thought that's a typo in the title, it's not; Zynga really and truly expects to raise $1...

Steam Summer Camp Sale Beats Getting a Sunburn

Steam Summer Camp Sale Beats Getting a Sunburn

We're well into summer now, and that means lounging in the backyard in your hammock, catching a tan (and some eye candy) at the beach, bar-b-ques, and all that other stuff that's fun to do in nice weather. And then reality hits -- you live in the midwest or some other locale that constantly interrupts your summer plans with rain and other...

Samsung Targets Back To School Shoppers With Five New Models

Samsung Targets Back To School Shoppers With Five New Models

Samsung expanded its Series 9 laptop line with five new models that are set to hit store shelves in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The new 13.3-inch models offer the same 2.89 lb, 0.62-inch form factor of the previous models and offer increased storage capacity and increasing speeds. For an even more portable option, the new...

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Is Planning “Something Awesome” For Next Week

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Is Planning “Something Awesome” For Next Week

Hot on the heels of the Google+ announcement, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently told reporters his company is planning to “launch something awesome” next week. Speculation around the announcement primarily surrounds the mobile or tablet space, though Zuckerberg didn’t reveal specific details. Over the past few...

Dangerous Prototypes: An Open Source Hardware Project A Month

Dangerous Prototypes: An Open Source Hardware Project A Month

Dangerous Prototypes is a two-year old organization with the stated mission of producing "one new open source project every month." In its nearly two years in existence, DP has created about 30 projects, such as the Flash Destroyer. All are being sold by another interesting company, Seeed Studio. Seeed is a contract manufacturing/sales channel...

Razer Introduces Transformers 3 Line Of Peripherals

Razer Introduces Transformers 3 Line Of Peripherals

Razer has a thing for pumping out a pretty wild amount of peripherals these days. But that's good, given that we're fond of pretty much all of them. A few months back, Razer also produced a few accessories that were labeled specifically for the TRON film, and a similar thing is going down this week. With the release of Transformers 3, Razer's...

Amped Wireless Intros Wireless High Power Wireless-300N Smart Access Point

Amped Wireless Intros Wireless High Power Wireless-300N Smart Access Point

If we were ever looking to start up a router company, we'd probably call it Amped Wireless. Just seems to click, doesn't it? Too bad, though, because that company name is already taken. Amped has just unveiled the AP300 High Power Wireless-300N Smart Access Point for adding long range, high speed wireless access and additional wired ports...

Aspire One Happy 2 Netbook Line Happily Comes to America

Aspire One Happy 2 Netbook Line Happily Comes to America

Happy, happy, joy, joy! While calling a notebook "Happy" may seem odd, there's no way you can say it without smiling. Just try. Acer's Aspire One Happy line of netbooks have already shipped in Europe, but now people in the U.S. will be getting the good vibes as well. The Aspire One Happy 2, a series of stylish netbooks in four pastel colors,...