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All News for March 2011

New Nvidia Drivers Pack Performance Boosts, Automatic Updates

New Nvidia Drivers Pack Performance Boosts, Automatic Updates

Nvidia released its new 270 driver series today, with a full set of new tools and performance improvements. Users can now configure the Nvidia control panel to automatically check for and apply driver updates or can simply choose to be notified when new updates are available. Update frequency and beta update notification can also be set separately....

Music Industry Unhappy With Amazon's Cloud Drive

Music Industry Unhappy With Amazon's Cloud Drive

Earlier this week, we covered Amazon's announcement of its new 5GB Cloud Drive service. Amazon is pushing the free service as a "upload once, access anywhere" option that allows users to play the music they want, wherever they are. When questions of licensing were raised, Amazon spokesperson Cat Griffin told Ars Technica: "Cloud Player is...

MS Claims Link Between Browser Choice, Battery Life

MS Claims Link Between Browser Choice, Battery Life

Reducing mobile power consumption has been a top priority of the PC industry for years. Much of the work in this area has focused on hardware, but a recent post from Microsoft's IE blog raises the question of whether or not browser choice can make a difference in battery life*. It's not a question people would've considered for most of the...

Netbook Navigator Reveals Windows 7-Based NAV7 Slate PC

Netbook Navigator Reveals Windows 7-Based NAV7 Slate PC

The world's getting more and more crowded when it comes to tablets, but one sector that's still lacking is that containing Windows 7 tablets. Microsoft's desktop OS just hasn't integrated well into the tablet side, and many non-Apple companies are siding with Android, particularly Honeycomb, which scales to tablets in a far superior way. But...

MSI Resumes Shipments Of Sandy Bridge Notebooks

MSI Resumes Shipments Of Sandy Bridge Notebooks

It's one of the final companies to make this public, but it's good to hear nonetheless. While Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu is largely history, companies were scrambling for weeks to fulfill orders, satisfy customers and get "fixed" parts in from Intel. It's not a juggling match that we envy, that's for sure. MSI obviously ships quite a few Sandy...

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Announce 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

Verizon Wireless And Samsung Announce 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

Starting tomorrow, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot from Verizon Wireless will be available for purchase in stores. If you can’t wait, you can order it online today. The hotspot will cost for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan. With the hotspot, you’ll be able...

Need a Cheap Alternative to the MacBook Air? HP Laptop Goes for $399

Need a Cheap Alternative to the MacBook Air? HP Laptop Goes for $399

If you're a diehard Apple fan, move along, there's nothing to see here but a low-priced Windows PC that can't possibly compare with your swank new MacBook Air. For everyone else, keep reading, because with a little coupon magic, you can own a pretty decent alternative to Apple's ultra-thin and light notebook for just $399. The PC in question...

MSI Rolls Out Ultra Slim X370 Laptop

MSI Rolls Out Ultra Slim X370 Laptop

Thin is in, playa, and everywhere you turn someone's touting an ultra-slim notebook. That includes MSI, which just announced its new X370 laptop with a super thin profile and long 10-hour battery life. This thing measures a scant 324 (W) x 227 (D) x 22.8 (H) millimeters, or for those of you who shake an angry fist at the metric system, that's...

AT&T Announces Smartphone Price Cuts

AT&T Announces Smartphone Price Cuts

These days, phones seem to be getting cheaper and cheaper in the U.S., while plans creep higher and higher in price. International data packages are being hacked, and data limits are being applied. But it's sure enticing; AT&T has just lowered the initial barrier to entry quite significantly on a number of phones. AT&T customers can...

President Obama Owns An iPad And Computer, Thank Heavens!

President Obama Owns An iPad And Computer, Thank Heavens!

You can now rest easy, gentlemen and ladies. President Barack Obama owns a computer. Phew! Oh, and he owns an iPad, too! Double phew! As if there was any question about the man who owns a $3,000, specialized BlackBerry owning a computer, let us put that to rest. During a brief trip to South America, Obama admitted on Univision that he owns...

Nokia Shows New Face: Nokia Pure Typeface

Nokia Shows New Face: Nokia Pure Typeface

Nokia is turning over a new leaf. The company has been taken over by an ex-Microsoft vet, and they're largely ditching Symbian in order to focus on Windows Phone 7. It's a fresh start for an old company and there's better no way to say that to the public than by changing how they perceive you. For Nokia, that starts with their famed font....

WWDC 2011 Tix Being Scalped at eBay

WWDC 2011 Tix Being Scalped at eBay

WWDC 2011 sold out in hours. That said, you might expect to see some eBay scalping, and you'd be right. At the time of this writing, there are 9 auctions for WWDC tickets on eBay. To be clear, the official price for a single ticket was $1,500. One auction has a bid of $1,100, with a BuyItNow price of $3,900. Ah, but there's free shipping....

Nintendo 3DS BOM Estimated to be $100.71: iSuppli

Nintendo 3DS BOM Estimated to be $100.71: iSuppli

iSuppli did its typical teardown of a hot electronic device, and it's preliminary estimate on the Nintendo 3DS came up with $100.71. If you add in the obligatory $2.54 manufacturing cost of the 3DS, the total cost to produce the portable gaming system rises to $103.25, said iSuppli. This is about a 33 percent increase over the BOM for the...

TomTom Intros  PRO 7150, PRO 9150 and PRO 7150 TRUCK Navigators

TomTom Intros PRO 7150, PRO 9150 and PRO 7150 TRUCK Navigators

In need of a new GPS? Everyone needs to get where they're going, and TomTom is out to help. The company has just introduced three new units today, all of which carry 5" panels and plenty of businesses who are considering rolling out a fleet of navigation devices. The TomTom PRO 7150, PRO 9150 and PRO 7150 TRUCK are all available today, and...

Canuckclysm: Canadian ISP Throttling World of Warcraft

Canuckclysm: Canadian ISP Throttling World of Warcraft

The Canadian ISP, Rogers Communications, admitted yesterday that it throttles games like World of Warcraft in its bid to maintain QoS for all customers. The issue came to light when a Rogers subscriber filed a complaint against the company in February. The author details why she believes Rogers is filtering WoW via deep packet inspection ,...

AT&T Admits To  Purposefully Capping Uploads On Atrix, Inspire

AT&T Admits To Purposefully Capping Uploads On Atrix, Inspire

One of the persistent criticisms of the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire is that the devices don't deliver anything like the wireless speeds AT&T claims they're capable of. AT&T has been coyly playing cat and mouse over the question of whether or not its phones consistently deliver "4G" speeds but has finally admitted that it had capped...

Radio Shack Starts iPad 2 Sales Today

Radio Shack Starts iPad 2 Sales Today

If you've been looking for iPad 2, you've probably come up empty thus far. Both Apple and Best Buy stores have been running low on stock, but a newcomer is starting to sell the newest Apple slate starting today. Radio Shack is throwing their hat into the ring, with 500 Radio Shack locations to stock the tablet. At least, for a little while....

Intel SSD 320 Series 300GB Solid State Drive Review

Intel SSD 320 Series 300GB Solid State Drive Review

Intel officially announced the new SSD 320 Series drives yesterday, which feature proprietary Intel SSD processors paired to cutting edge 25nm NAND flash memory. This new family of drives, however, isn’t geared for ultra-high performance. While still fast, the overarching goals with the Intel SSD 320 series were increased reliability...

What Deal?  T-Mobile Ads Mocking AT&T Continue to Air

What Deal? T-Mobile Ads Mocking AT&T Continue to Air

It was assumed that, since AT&T is in the process of acquiring T-Mobile, those snarky commercials that T-Mobile has been running criticizing AT&T and its network would end. Apparently, the answer to that assumption is no. To be honest, we watch almost no live TV, and skip ads. In this case, we were tipped by a friend, who noticed the...

Samsung's Series 9 Goes Up Against MacBook Air

Samsung's Series 9 Goes Up Against MacBook Air

In one corner, we have Apple's 11.6-inch MacBook Air checking in at 0.68 (H) x 11.8 (W) x 7.56 (D) inches and starting at $1,000 with a 64GB SSD, or $1,200 with a 128GB SSD. And in the other corner, we have Samsung, which is now shipping its ultra-thin 11.6-inch Series 9 notebook for $1,200. How does it compare to the MacBook Air? Let's have...

Amazon Cloud Player Lets You Play Your Music From Anywhere

Amazon Cloud Player Lets You Play Your Music From Anywhere

Amazon launched Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. These new will services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, regardless of where they are. Customers can upload their own music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and...

Intel's Third Generation SSDs Scale to 600GB

Intel's Third Generation SSDs Scale to 600GB

It can be argued that Intel essentially kickstarted the performance-oriented solid state drive (SSD) market with the introduction of the X25-M, which at the time of its release was one of the faster drives on the market. Since then, the SSD market's been flooded with enthusiast SSDs boasting scorching fast read/write speeds and highly tuned...

Facebook Now Home To Even More Movie Rentals: Is This The Future?

Facebook Now Home To Even More Movie Rentals: Is This The Future?

Is Facebook really a place people will go to check out feature-length movies? Only time will tell, but clearly the initial test has gone well, otherwise we highly doubt Warner Bros. would continue to pursue it. And pursue it they are. The company has just revealed that they will start to offer five new movies for rent directly on the social...

The New York Times Completes Its Paywall

The New York Times Completes Its Paywall

As promised, the New York Times paywall was erected on Monday, March 28. It seems to already be working, in fact. End users can read 20 articles per month on the site. Pass the limit, and you are asked to subscribe to be able to read more, via a pop-up message. As you close in on the limit, as well, you should see a pop up that tells you that...

3D: Does It Make Your Head Happy ... or Ache?

3D: Does It Make Your Head Happy ... or Ache?

Nintendo has quasi-acknowledged that its 3DS can cause headaches and should not be used by children under 7. The glasses-free 3D handheld gaming device launched this week. Meanwhile, new research commissioned by the Blu-ray Disc Association is trying to improve the health image of 3D. It's research shows that the brain is more attentive...

Google Reportedly Diving Into Mobile Payment Space

Google Reportedly Diving Into Mobile Payment Space

It took a really long time to get popular here in the United States, but mobile payments are finally starting to take off. Other nations, particularly in Asia, have been using similar techniques for years to pay for groceries and subway rides, but near-field communication (NFC) has taken a great deal of time to mature here. Now, Google is...

Acer Iconia Touchbook Dual-Screen Tablet Presales Begin

Acer Iconia Touchbook Dual-Screen Tablet Presales Begin

Starting today, you'll be able to preorder Acer's highly anticipated Iconia dual-touchscreen 6120 Touchbook. As the world's first and only tablet to feature two touch-enabled 14-inch high-definition widescreen LED backlit displays, the Iconia Touchbook gives you a whole new way to interact with digital content. Each LCD is a full touchscreen...

Sony Suffers Setback In PS3 Hacking Case

Sony Suffers Setback In PS3 Hacking Case

It's been several months since news of the PS3's core vulnerabilities hit the news, but the case remains stuck in judicial limbo. Sony wants to move the case to California on the grounds that Hotz accessed the PlayStation Network (PSN), which is physically located in that state. Hotz's lawyers have counter-claimed that since Hotz is not a...

Microsoft Talks Up, Apologizes For, and Prevaricates Regarding Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Talks Up, Apologizes For, and Prevaricates Regarding Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 devices haven't hit the sales targets Microsoft hoped for when it launched the OS late last year. The users that have purchased WP7 smartphones, meanwhile, don't seem all that happy at the rate MS has rolled out new features thus far. Microsoft recently published a video interview with Joe Belfiore, the general manager of WP7,...

London's Underground Platforms To Get Wi-Fi Prior To Olympics

London's Underground Platforms To Get Wi-Fi Prior To Olympics

One thing is for sure: when the Olympics come to town, so do lots of citywide improvements. Cities that are chosen to host the world's games are also majorly responsible for beefing up infrastructure to handle the influx of tourists, and that extends well beyond hotels and eateries. Things like Wi-Fi also matter these days, and it's vital...

Disco, The Group Texting Application, Now Available For iPhone

Disco, The Group Texting Application, Now Available For iPhone

What's this? A new Google application, but for Android? No? For iPhone? It's a pretty crazy thing to understand, so hang with us here. A couple of years back, Google acquired a company by the name of Slide, and before this week, there had really been no mention of how the company would be sliding into Google's grand plan. But now, it seems...

Apple Sets WWDC Date, Sells It Out In 12 Hours

Apple Sets WWDC Date, Sells It Out In 12 Hours

Well, that was quick. Apple's WWDC, which has been the launching pad for the newest iPhone the past few years in a row, was both announced today and sold out today. As the company has become increasingly important in the technology world, the Worldwide Developers Conference has become a hot bed for product launches, software overhauls and...

Lenovo Unleashes ThinkStation E30 Workstation & ThinkCentre M81 Desktop

Lenovo Unleashes ThinkStation E30 Workstation & ThinkCentre M81 Desktop

Lenovo is adding the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop to its lineup. Thanks to Lenovo’s RapidBoot technology, Lenovo says both PCs are able to boot up 20 seconds faster on average than a typical Windows 7 computer. The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on its predecessor, the E20, and offers choices of 2nd generation...

Intel Announces Third-Generation Solid-State Drive 320 Series

Intel Announces Third-Generation Solid-State Drive 320 Series

Intel officially took the wraps off their third-generation solid state drive, the follow-up to the company’s popular X25-M G2. The Intel SSD 320 Series drives, as they are known, feature a proprietary, Intel-built drive controller, paired to cutting edge, 25nm NAND flash memory. The drives also feature a number of security and reliability...

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Review

The new MacBook family is available in five different models: two 13.3-inch units, two 15.4-inch versions, and a 17-inch behemoth. The base prices for these models range from $1,199 up to $2,499, but with configuration options such as faster processors, more memory, and larger-sized hard drives or SSDs, you can easily boost the cost considerably....

iPad 2 Owners Report Various Issues

iPad 2 Owners Report Various Issues

The iPad 2 is essentially a thinner, lighter, faster version of Apple's first generation slate with a few new features sprinkled in for good measure (you can read our full review here), but some early adopters are getting more they bargained for. Complaints have begun to surface on a number of issues seemingly affecting  the iPad 2, some...

Is There Any Hope for MySpace?

Is There Any Hope for MySpace?

Let's face it, all the cool kids are using Facebook these days. Heck, with over 500 million members, even the uncool kids are using Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg's baby is exactly what MySpace wanted to be, at least in terms of numbers, and at this point it's tough to see MySpace sticking around for too much longer. Here's the thing. MySpace has...

Ericsson And AT&T Team Up On Two New Embedded Mobile Broadband Modules

Ericsson And AT&T Team Up On Two New Embedded Mobile Broadband Modules

Embedded 3G clearly has a future, and embedded 4G beyond that. We really saw a major explosion in embedded 3G when U.S. carriers began to sell netbooks on contract last year, and while we haven't really noticed that trend continuing, it's obvious that people want access to a mobile data network in their handheld electronics. From Sony's NGP...

Super Talent Releases Tablet-Sized mSATA SSD

Super Talent Releases Tablet-Sized mSATA SSD

Tablet PCs are clearly the next big thing when it comes to mobility, and while quite a few on the market already use Flash storage, having a few tablet-sized SSDs would certainly be a boon to the industry. SuperTalent has been producing SSDs for some time now, and just this week they announced a new mSATA interface SSD that conforms to new...

Chumby Reveals 'Chumby 8' Widget Display For $200

Chumby Reveals 'Chumby 8' Widget Display For $200

Remember Chumby? Of course! These guys are back with a new platform and device, and while it doesn't look too different than the Chumby displays that we have seen in the past, the new Chumby 8 is both bigger and "better." This new one has an 8" LCD touch panel, complete with over 1500 free applications and a personalized stream of your favorite...

Maingear Adds GTX 590 GPU To SHIFT And F131 Desktops

Maingear Adds GTX 590 GPU To SHIFT And F131 Desktops

If there's one thing you can count on, like clockwork, it's the prescence of new desktop rigs each time AMD or NVIDIA launches a new flagship graphics card. Companies like iBuyPower, Cyber Power, Digital Storm, HP, Dell and Maingear all jump at the chance to get something fresh into their lineups, and the latter is doing so now. The company's...

FYI: the Oxford English Dictionary adds FYI, LOL and More

FYI: the Oxford English Dictionary adds FYI, LOL and More

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added a set of acronyms from text message speak into its compendium of the English language. WTF? Among the new inclusions are LOL, OMG, and FYI. With those additions, we can now freely toss those terms around anywhere we like. The OED calls these "initialisms." As much as these terms are associated...

Apple's Latest 'If You Don't Have an iPhone' Ad Touts the Retina Display Again

Apple's Latest 'If You Don't Have an iPhone' Ad Touts the Retina Display Again

Apple's continuing its series of "If you don't have an iPhone" ads with one trumpeting the benefits of its so-called retina display. While it may be the highest resolution screen on a smartphone (for now), it's hardly a retina display: that was debunked last year by a display expert. Dr. Raymond Soneira runs DisplayMate Technologies, which...

High-Tech Hot Potato: AMD, Asus Clam Up On AM3 Compatibility Questions

High-Tech Hot Potato: AMD, Asus Clam Up On AM3 Compatibility Questions

Two weeks ago, we discussed Asus' claim that certain AM3 motherboards would function properly when paired with AM3+ processors. We've since spoken with both companies and have a (slightly) clearer idea of what to expect. Asus' announcement is not, in any way, a refutation of AMD's previous comments on Bulldozer support. According to Sunnyvale,...

Sticky, Sweet, And Gooey: Google Delays Open-Sourcing Honeycomb

Sticky, Sweet, And Gooey: Google Delays Open-Sourcing Honeycomb

Only a few months ago, Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was a much-hyped fundamental improvement over previous Android releases like FroYo or Gingerbread. Thus far it's been mostly sizzle, rather than steak. Reviews of Motorola's Xoom often discuss persistent software bugs that are almost certainly caused by the half-baked Honeycomb rather than by...

Nook Color To Get Android App Store & Flash Support

Nook Color To Get Android App Store & Flash Support

Plenty of users have rooted their Nook Color eReader with custom firmware in order to gain access to the Android Market and download applications. However, the majority of people have stuck with the official firmware that comes with the device. If you're in the latter camp and have longed for the day when you could download apps to your Nook...

Digital Storm Adds GeForce GTX 590 To New Desktops

Digital Storm Adds GeForce GTX 590 To New Desktops

As so many other pre-fab PC makers have, Digital Storm is also unleashing a number of new / refreshed rigs this week showcasing NVIDIA's blazing fast new GeForce GTX 590 series GPU. In fact, the company's offering up two of these cards in SLI for those with the cash to spend, and there's also a Core i7-2600K processor if you're really looking...

OCZ Technology Ships One Millionth Solid State Drive

OCZ Technology Ships One Millionth Solid State Drive

When it comes to milestones, this is definitely one that hits home in our industry. Solid state drives have been around for years at this point, and while they're hardly more affordable than they once were, and definitely not nearly as sizable (in terms of capacity) as HDDs, people are splurging on them. OCZ Technology has been a major SSD...

iBuyPower Introduces Erebus Desktop, Adds GTX 590

iBuyPower Introduces Erebus Desktop, Adds GTX 590

Looking for a new system? Looking for one with a brand new GPU? This weekend is a good one to be looking, as NVIDIA has just produced a new GPU and iBuyPower has just issued a refreshed range of systems that feature that very card. The company has just announced immediate availability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 dual GPU card, which will...

Apple Mulling AirPlay License Expansion To Include Video

Apple Mulling AirPlay License Expansion To Include Video

Apple's AirPlay service has really taken of, and it looks like it may continue to do so in a slightly different way. While the service has been mostly used for audio streaming, and exclusively so in partner devices, there are new rumors that Apple may give partner companies the ability to add video streaming. It's reported that Apple's partner...

ZOTAC Reveals GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card

ZOTAC Reveals GeForce GTX 590 Graphics Card

Another week, another new GPU. NVIDIA took the opportunity recently to introduced the GeForce GTX 590, and now ZOTAC is taking a similar opportunity to sell new GPUs based on the new NVIDIA core. The company's calling this their fastest DirectX 11 graphics card, with a pair of Fermi graphics processors, a combined 1024 unified shaders, 3GB...

Potential Chip Shortages Emerge in Earthquake's Aftermath

Potential Chip Shortages Emerge in Earthquake's Aftermath

The Japanese earthquake of two weeks ago has had a significant impact on the country's output of manufactured goods in every sector. As a result, the business markets are watching the company's silicon wafer and IC production carefully, with an eye towards foreseeing off any shortage-related price shocks. Easy answers and clear predictions...

'Frisbee Forever' Coming to iOS

'Frisbee Forever' Coming to iOS

The Wham-o Frisbee is about to fly from your fingertips into the App Store. Indeed, that fabulous flying disc will launch with an iOS app in May. The app is being developed for Wham-O by software developer Kiloo. The Frisbee Forever app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is said to offer iOS gamers "unique challenges and obstacles in a rich complete...

Report: Verizon Wireless Getting Xperia Play In May

Report: Verizon Wireless Getting Xperia Play In May

When will Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play finally come to the U.S.? If the latest reports stemming from CTIA 2011 are correct, that time would be May. As has been the case lately, SE has delayed yet another phone well beyond what it should have been. Rather than just announcing the phone and shipping it within a few weeks (or even months), the...

Motorola Is Investigating Voice Issues On Atrix Smartphone

Motorola Is Investigating Voice Issues On Atrix Smartphone

Motorola is looking into voice quality issues on its Atrix smartphone.  Some Atrix users have reported that the people they talk to say their voices sound muted. Mark, a Motorola employee and forum manager, recently wrote on the Motorola Owners' Forum, "We've been looking into it for some time however we've only recently gotten phones...

Samsung Intros External 3D Blu-ray Combo Optical Disc Drive

Samsung Intros External 3D Blu-ray Combo Optical Disc Drive

Not long ago, we saw some of the newest external Blu-ray drives hit the market. Those were useful for adding BD support to machines that lacked it, particularly smaller netbooks and ultraportables that lacked an optical drive altogether. Now, Samsung is taking it the next level with the addition of 3D. The new SE-406A optical disc drive is...

High-Tech Grandmaster-level Chess Olympiad Cheating Uncovered

High-Tech Grandmaster-level Chess Olympiad Cheating Uncovered

Computers have reached the point where they can beat chess champions. So is it hard to believe that a chess champion might cheat by using a chess program and an elaborate scheme using text messages? That's what happened last year in Siberia, during the 2010 chess Olympiad. At least, that is what authorities believe happened last year in a...

MSI Ships AE2050 AIO PC And CR650 Notebook, Both Based On Fusion

MSI Ships AE2050 AIO PC And CR650 Notebook, Both Based On Fusion

AMD's Fusion platform is easily one of our favorite silicon innovations, and compared to the Atom, we see lots of performance reasons to choose AMD. Now, MSI is issuing two new machines based on that very platform, one laptop and one desktop. First, the former. The CR650 media notebook is one of the few 15.6" notebooks out there shipping with...

Aircell Smartphone Brings Android OS Into The Actual Clouds

Aircell Smartphone Brings Android OS Into The Actual Clouds

It's certainly not designed for use by the average passenger, but we're now one step closer to being able to make legitimate cellular telephone calls on planes. Calling from midair has been possible for years; in fact, many large jets used to offer a headrest handset that passengers could use to phone home with just the swipe of a credit card....

AT&T Mobile Connection Makes Ford Focus Electric More Web-Savvy

AT&T Mobile Connection Makes Ford Focus Electric More Web-Savvy

Broadband Internet has definitely moved into the wireless world in the past few years, and the next logical step is into the automobile. Some cars already have Internet access, and some are getting it soon. Very soon. Cars like the Ford Focus. What's crazy is that the Focus isn't really a luxury car, but still, Internet is coming to it. This...

AMD Directly Challenges NVIDIA In New Blog Post

AMD Directly Challenges NVIDIA In New Blog Post

Over the last couple of weeks, the two most powerful graphics cards released for the PC to date made their respective debuts, the dual-Cayman GPU powered AMD Radeon HD 6990 and the dual-GF110 GPU powered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590. Without a doubt, both of these cards offer performance that puts any current-generation, single-GPU powered graphics...

New PS3 "Condor" Supercomputer Now Fully Online

New PS3 "Condor" Supercomputer Now Fully Online

We've discussed Sony's decision to shut down Other OS functionality and abandon the supercomputing market several times in the past 12 months. One of the expansions in progress even as Sony killed these programs, dubbed Condor, is now fully online for the first time. This new cluster is composed of 1,716 PS3s and, if it delivers as promised,...

RIM Confirms BlackBerry PlayBook Will Run Android Apps But There's A Catch

RIM Confirms BlackBerry PlayBook Will Run Android Apps But There's A Catch

For a while now, there's been a rumor claiming RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android apps. Now, RIM has given us some confirmation this is true. In a recent press release, RIM confirmed Android apps will run on the PlayBook tablet, though not in the way you might expect. You see, the Android Market won't be...

Lightning Strikes MSI's N580GTX and R6970 Videocards

Lightning Strikes MSI's N580GTX and R6970 Videocards

NASA tells us that "contrary to popular misconception, lightning often strikes the same place twice." This would certainly explain why MSI is launching not one, but TWO 'Lightning' videocards, the N580GTX Lightning and R6970 Lightning. These cards play for different teams obviously, the N580GTX representing Nvidia and the R6970 entrenched...

15: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 25, 2011

15: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 25, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the iPad 2, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor for notebooks, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU powerhouse graphics card, see through LCD prototypes from Samsung, and we discuss details of our latest amazing contest in which someone can win...

Google To Launch In-App Billing On Android Market Next Week

Google To Launch In-App Billing On Android Market Next Week

Starting next week, Android application developers will be able to charge for updates and other extras from within their apps. Eric Chu, who is part of Google's Android Developer Ecosystem, recently explained in a blog post that developers will be able to upload and test apps to ensure the service is working. Testing begins this week, with...

Asus Introduces Two-Part Eee Pad Transformer Tablet

Asus Introduces Two-Part Eee Pad Transformer Tablet

What's the next major step in mobility? Having a tablet to go, and then a snap-on keyboard for situations where you need to input a lot more text than is easily inputable on a tablet. Asus has you covered in that area, with the introduction of the Eee Pad Transformer. It's an interesting name for an interesting product, and it may be the next...

Add 3D to Any HDMI-Capable TV or Projector

Add 3D to Any HDMI-Capable TV or Projector

If you've invested thousands into an HDMI theater system for a home or business, you will soon have multiple options to preserve that investment and still go 3D. That's the promise from companies like Video Innovation Products (VIP), Just Add Power (JAP) and Optoma Technology. Earlier this year, startup VIP announced a line of affordable 3D...

Novatel's MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot Approved For DLNA Streaming

Novatel's MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot Approved For DLNA Streaming

Even in the mobile space, sharing multi-media and content is becoming a trend that simply cannot be ignored. More and more users are expecting to video chat, watch streaming TV and having Netflix at their fingertips, wherever there is a 3G or 4G data connection. Novatel Wireless, which is a company best known for their mobile hotspot products,...

Toshiba Introduces 14" USB-Powered Mobile LCD Monitor

Toshiba Introduces 14" USB-Powered Mobile LCD Monitor

The onslaught of mobile monitors has calmed somewhat of late, but there's still a very real market for them and still lots of demand. While Mimo made a name for themselves by creating a stockpile of 7" and 10" USB monitors for those needing just a little more screen real estate on their laptops, Toshiba has just introduced one that's even...

Razer Opens Technical Research Lab In Austin, Texas

Razer Opens Technical Research Lab In Austin, Texas

Who says Razer's stuck with just doing speakers, keyboards and mice? The high-end gaming peripheral company is clearly on the move, recently shipping a number of audio-related products and introducing the game-changing Switchblade portable gaming machine at CES 2011. Now, it's clear that innovation won't be just a fluke for the company, as...

T-Mobile G2x Announced By LG, Brings Tegra 2 And Froyo

T-Mobile G2x Announced By LG, Brings Tegra 2 And Froyo

If you haven't noticed, T-Mobile USA is taking part in this week's CTIA Wireless 2011 event, and while AT&T will likely become the new parent, the carrier has to simply continue on for now until the deal is passed. At the show, the company is introducing a new phone courtesy of LG, the T-Mobile G2x. It's T-Mob's first smartphone to feature...

Record Labels Claim Limewire Liable For $75 Trillion in Damages

Record Labels Claim Limewire Liable For $75 Trillion in Damages

It's been nearly a decade since the music industry declared war against file sharers via its controversial policy of suing individuals supposedly identified via their IP addresses. After all this time one would expect the various companies to present a consistent, united front. As a recent court filing against Limewire shows this is absolutely...

Opera Mini 6 And Mobile 11 Browsers Hit The Web

Opera Mini 6 And Mobile 11 Browsers Hit The Web

Mobile, mobile, mobile. Is there anything else? 2011 is most certainly shaping up to be a year where mobile is focused on intently, and it's not just from a hardware standpoint. It's also from a software standpoint. Particularly in the mobile browser world, there's an intense level of competition shaping up, and even names like Opera (which...

AnyDATA's Honeycomb Tablet Looks Just Like A Galaxy Tab

AnyDATA's Honeycomb Tablet Looks Just Like A Galaxy Tab

We can't say we have ever really heard of AnyDATA, at least not as a tablet manufacturer, but the company is diving into the highly competitive tablet universe headfirst with a new 7" tablet. In seriousness, this unit looks almost identical to Samsung's original Galaxy Tab, so if you enjoyed that form factor, you'll probably enjoy this one....

New Photo Sharing App Called Color Launches

New Photo Sharing App Called Color Launches

Color, a new free app for iPhones and Android devices, launched today. This new app lets people in close proximity capture and have real-time access to photos, videos, and text simultaneously from multiple smartphones. Color uses a patent-pending technology that identifies nearby smartphones. Using Color, you can share your photos, videos,...

MSI Launches GX680 Gaming Laptop

MSI Launches GX680 Gaming Laptop

MSI announced its new generation GX680 notebook with an Intel second generation Core i7 quad core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics, four DDR3 memory slots, accelerated dual hard disk architecture, and more. According to MSI, the notebook also features "the best wrap around sound available" thanks to Dynaudio and THX TruStudio...

SCEA Claims geohot Has Fled to South America

SCEA Claims geohot Has Fled to South America

Renowned jailbreaker George Hotz, AKA geohot, has fled to South America, according to court documents filed by SCEA in the matter. Hotz is well known for jailbreaking the iPhone, but his issues with Sony Computer Entertainment America stem from jailbreaking the PS3. Not only is Hotz in South America, according to the filing, although he has...

Samsung App Store Passes 100 Million Downloads

Samsung App Store Passes 100 Million Downloads

Samsung has reason to celebrate today. The company announced that its app store, called Samsung Apps, has logged more than 100 million downloads. What's even more impressive is that it took Samsung less than a year to reach the 100 million milestone, with Samsung Apps launching in June 2010. Samsung Apps is filled with some 13,000 apps and...

Latest Kinect Hack Creates All-Seeing 'Eye of Sauron'

Latest Kinect Hack Creates All-Seeing 'Eye of Sauron'

The latest snarky Kinect hack is this one, by The Technology Studio. The company took a Kinect unit and the Puffersphere, a spherical display by Pufferfish. Basically, they were able to create the Eye of Sauron, from Lord of the Rings. The eye even follows you around the room as you move. Considering that Sauron was supposed to be all-seeing,...

CyberPower Launches New Gaming Desktops with GeForce GTX 590

CyberPower Launches New Gaming Desktops with GeForce GTX 590

It didn't take long for the system builders over at CyberPower PC to pounce on Nvidia's brand new dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590. This is the card gaming enthusiasts have been waiting for, the one Nvidia touts as the "fastest graphics card on the planet" (be sure to read our in-depth review of the GTX 590, in which we put that claim to the test),...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual GF110s, One PCB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Review: Dual GF110s, One PCB

Over the years, we have consistently been impressed by cutting-edge dual-GPU powered graphics cards, not only for their relatively high performance, but because of the engineering involved to design, build, and bring the cards to market, in form factors not much bigger than their high-end, single-GPU based counterparts. From the GeForce 7950GX2...

Publishers Invest In iPad e-Textbooks Despite Uncertain Future

Publishers Invest In iPad e-Textbooks Despite Uncertain Future

Two major textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw-Hill, announced today that they've invested substantially in a company that creates iPad-specific interactive texts. The company, Inkling, believes that it delivers a better comprehensive textbook 'experience' that takes much better advantage of the multimedia capabilities of a modern tablet...

Verizon Wireless CEO Shows No Interest In Buying Sprint

Verizon Wireless CEO Shows No Interest In Buying Sprint

The mobile bombshell that was dropped this past Sunday is still having aftershocks throughout the industry. Even as CTIA Wireless 2011 chugs along, there's an overriding notion that the top mobile story of the week involves AT&T and T-Mobile USA. What's really interesting is just how quick Sprint was to condemn the deal, so we expected...

Qik Video Apps Come To iPhone And iPod Touch

Qik Video Apps Come To iPhone And iPod Touch

If you've heard of video calling, you've probably heard of Qik. It's a rapidly expanding startup, looking to catch up with Skype and take advantage of the sudden urge to video chat now that 4G services are becoming more available. But to dominate the world, you need to be available on the iPhone. That's where Qik's new application comes into...

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 RC For Android And Maemo

Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 RC For Android And Maemo

It's a big, bit week for Mozilla. Despite the fact that Microsoft also introduced Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 has also launched this week, but the war of the desktop browsers is just the start. There's also a growing battle on the mobile side, and with more and more browsers creating new versions for mobile operating systems, consumers...

Senators Ask Google, Apple, RIM to Remove DUI-Checkpoint Avoidance Apps

Senators Ask Google, Apple, RIM to Remove DUI-Checkpoint Avoidance Apps

U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) are co-signers on a letter to Apple, Google, and RIM, in which they ask the companies to remove any apps from their respective marketplaces that allow users get around DUI checkpoints. We know that your companies share our desire to end...

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab 8.9 And New Tab 10.1

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab 8.9 And New Tab 10.1

CTIA Wireless 2011 is underway in sunny Florida, but this year's show is a good bit different than shows of the past. Why? Because mobility is expanding. Rather than just focusing solely on cellphones and smartphones, this year, we're seeing a lot of tablets debuting as well. Many of today's big tablets ship with integrated 3G services from...

Site Outages Still a Thorn in Netflix's Streaming Side

Site Outages Still a Thorn in Netflix's Streaming Side

If you were unable to access your Netflix streaming service last night, don't feel bad, you weren't being singled out by a higher power. Instead, Netflix suffered yet another service outage on Tuesday night, this latest one lasting roughly four hours, according to reports. "Netflix is up and on as usual," Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said...

Intel Core i5-2520M and Asus' K53E 15-Inch Notebook - The HH Review

Intel Core i5-2520M and Asus' K53E 15-Inch Notebook - The HH Review

With their Sandy Bridge wrinkles firmly tucked away, Intel is continuing to flesh out their mobile offering with a new, more moderately priced dual-core CPU that brings all of their latest technologies to bear in a 2.53GHz chip called the Core i5-2520M.  With Turbo Boost technology available for bursts of performance on demand, this four-thread...

Nokia Astound Brings More Symbian To T-Mobile USA

Nokia Astound Brings More Symbian To T-Mobile USA

It's a very interesting time for Nokia. They brought in a Microsoft exec to be their CEO, and then they switched operating systems to Windows Phone 7. But there's still a few Nokia phones that were already in the pipeline, and you can't just cancel all of those as you wait for the WP7 integration to take place over the course of the year....

Firefox 4 Leapfrogs Internet Explorer 9 in Downloads, Usage

Firefox 4 Leapfrogs Internet Explorer 9 in Downloads, Usage

The world still loves Firefox. That's what we learned from the launch of Firefox 4, which in a single day managed to grab hold of nearly 2 percent of the worldwide Internet browser market, according to StatCounter's statistics. That's more than both Opera 11 and IE9, the latter of which was released last week and claims a 0.87 percent share...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: AMD HD 6990 Review @ t-break ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP @ TechREACTION [Tech ARP] Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2 Motherboards and Chipsets: Futurelooks News Flash - GIGABYTE G1-Killer Assassin X58 LGA1366 Gaming Motherboard Review Memory and Storage: Intel's 510 Series solid-state drive @ The Tech Report Seagate Barracuda Green...

NZXT Reveals H2 Classic Silent Chassis: Super Quiet, Super Sleek

NZXT Reveals H2 Classic Silent Chassis: Super Quiet, Super Sleek

One of the more serious issues with most full-size gaming towers is noise. Not really heat -- there's plenty of room for fans -- but those fans end up making a ton of noise. NZXT has just released their H2 Classic Silent chassis, which is one of the sleeker cases that we have seen. It provides a layer of noise dampening foam that keeps internal...

A Hands-On Look At Amazon's New Appstore

A Hands-On Look At Amazon's New Appstore

Amazon rolled out a new Appstore that is designed to compete with the Android Marketplace for Android smartphones. Through the store, Amazon promises you will find, discover, and have the ability to test new applications using a similar experience to what you're already accustomed to using on Amazon.com. It's certainly interesting to see a...

HTC Introduces 7" EVO View 4G Tablet

HTC Introduces 7" EVO View 4G Tablet

A new tablet, at a cellphone show? That's the truth! Sprint and HTC not only launched the EVO 3D today, they also launched the EVO View 4G, one of the first WiMAX tablets. It's a 7" 1024x600 display, with a powerful 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the latest version of HTC Sense, dual cameras (5MP HD camera + 1.3MP camera) and an aluminum...

HTC EVO 3D To Ship On Sprint With Blockbuster On Demand

HTC EVO 3D To Ship On Sprint With Blockbuster On Demand

CTIA 2011 is in full swing in Florida, and lots of new phones and tablets are being announced. Sprint has introduced one of the wildest at the show, with the HTC EVO 3D to become America's first 4G "glasses-free" device with a QHD 3D display. The phone's set to debut this summer, bringing with it WiMAX support, a 4.3" display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm...

HTC Announced HD7S Windows Phone 7 Smartphone On AT&T

HTC Announced HD7S Windows Phone 7 Smartphone On AT&T

T-Mobile received one of their first Windows Phone 7 phones with the HD7, and now a similar phone is coming to AT&T. AT&T has been a bit slow to adopt phones with WP7 and Android, but things are changing quickly now that Verizon Wireless has the iPhone as well. The company today announced that the HD7S smartphone would be coming to...

Valve Publishes Portal 2 Game Trailer

Valve Publishes Portal 2 Game Trailer

Valve. Just mention the word in gaming circles, and a conversation is bound to start. The company has a long history of producing amazing software titles, many of which are legendary. Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and more recently, Portal. And with the great success of Portal, there's obviously opportunity for a second version....

Cobra Tag Bluetooth Location System Keeps Your Valuables Around

Cobra Tag Bluetooth Location System Keeps Your Valuables Around

Having trouble keeping track of your keys? It's a problem that most everyone has had at some point, and with all of our lives getting busier by the minute, it's a problem that deserves a solution. Cobra Electronics, a company usually linked to in-car radar detectors, is branching out this week at CTIA with an all new tracking/location service...

AT&T Announces Glasses-Free 3D Smartphone, The LG Thrill 4G

AT&T Announces Glasses-Free 3D Smartphone, The LG Thrill 4G

AT&T introduced a new smartphone that will offer a glasses-free 3D experience. The new LG Thrill 4G will feature a dual-core, dual-channel 1 GHz processor and will run Android 2.2. In addition to delivering a glasses-free 3D experience, the phone will also let users shoot 3D video and 3D stills with the dual 5-megapixel stereoscopic camera....

Apple Sues Amazon.com Over 'App Store' Trademark

Apple Sues Amazon.com Over 'App Store' Trademark

Apple has sued Amazon.com over the use of the name "App Store." Amazon.com just today launched a new Android marketplace called the Amazon Appstore. However, Apple applied to register "App Store" as a trademark in the U.S., and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the application. That said, Microsoft has appealed to the USPTO Trademark...

Wireless: What A Difference a Decade Makes

Wireless: What A Difference a Decade Makes

The year is 2001. Alas, videoconferencing hasn't replaced the home phone (and neither Dave nor Hal have embarked on a manned mission to Jupiter). Instead 2G wireless networks, running at 0.006 MB/second, are the best Earth has to offer. Fast forward one decade and 4G LTE networks are the rage, promising speeds of up to 100 Mbps (and reliably...

Super Talent Promises USB3.0 Performance At A USB 2.0 Price

Super Talent Promises USB3.0 Performance At A USB 2.0 Price

Super Talent announced the new USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH flash drive. This drive features a cap-less industrial design as well as a black piano finish housing that twists to hide and reveal the USB 3.0 port. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, Super Talent says the 2-channel design of the Express Duo 2-CH can hit speeds over 67MB/s. The drive...

Gateway Debuts New NV Series Notebooks With Latest AMD Processors

Gateway Debuts New NV Series Notebooks With Latest AMD Processors

Gateway is adding new models to its Gateway NV Series line of notebook PCs that will feature the latest AMD processors. The new line delivers a full-sized keyboard, large 15.6-inch HD widescreen Ultrabright LED-backlit display, three USB ports, an HDMI port, and more. The new line starts at $399.99 for the NV51B08u with an AMD C-Series processor...

T-Mobile Not Getting iPhone Anytime Soon

T-Mobile Not Getting iPhone Anytime Soon

This one is about as cut and dry as they come: there's still no T-Mobile iPhone around the corner. Over the weekend, AT&T announced their intentions to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, and immediately, some began to wonder about the obvious: would this mean that the iPhone would have yet another new home? Not so fast. A Q&A form...

Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Storage Drives Released

Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Storage Drives Released

It's not unusual these days to see an aftermarket car stereo with a USB port. Most of these players have USB sockets in order to give users the ability to easily load up MP3 files that they may have stored on a thumb drive, but the issue that most run into has nothing to do with the player -- it's the drive. A typical USB thumb drive is pretty...

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble Over Patent-Infringing Android Devices

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble Over Patent-Infringing Android Devices

If you thought the tax preparers were the only folks staying busy this time of year, you should reconsider. Microsoft's legal team has plenty on their plate of late. Just months after the company sued Motorola for infringing Microsoft's patents in select Android devices, the company is now going after even more manufacturers of Android products....

Apple Fixes Display Issues, Other Bugs With OS X 10.6.7 Release

Apple Fixes Display Issues, Other Bugs With OS X 10.6.7 Release

Not too long after Apple started to ship their newest MacBook Pro models (the ones with Intel's Thunderbolt I/O port), forums began to populate with comments stating that their screens were having flickering issues. There were reports shortly thereafter noting that Apple was looking into the matter, and that this was an issue that would eventually...

Samsung Epic 4G & Samsung Galaxy Tab Get Sprint ID

Samsung Epic 4G & Samsung Galaxy Tab Get Sprint ID

Starting today, Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Sprint ID-enabled. An over-the-air software update for the two devices will roll out this week that will give Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab users the Sprint ID functionality, which lets you download "a complete mobile experience" known as an ID pack. These ID packs include apps,...

Sprint To Get Nexus S 4G

Sprint To Get Nexus S 4G

When we reviewed the Nexus S 4G, we said we wish the phone would be available through additional channels (at the time, it was an unlocked phone that had T-Mobile service sold through Best Buy). Now, our wish has been granted: Today, Sprint and Google announced plans to bring the Nexus S 4G from Google to Sprint this spring. The phone will...

Google Voice Experience Coming To All Sprint Phones

Google Voice Experience Coming To All Sprint Phones

Sprint and Google plan to make the Google Voice experience available to all Sprint customers. Today, the two companies announced plans to allow users to set their existing wireless phone number from Sprint as their Google Voice number. With this announcement, Sprint customers will get the benefits of Google Voice without the hassle and fees...

Futuremark Announces PCMark 7 Benchmark for Windows 7 Systems

Futuremark Announces PCMark 7 Benchmark for Windows 7 Systems

Getting tired of running the same benchmarks and staring at the same screens every time you upgrade a component or build a new system? Futuremark feels your pain and just moments ago announced PCMark 7, the latest version of its PC performance analysis software. PCMark 7 is intended for Windows 7 platforms equipped with at least a DirectX...

Apple iPad 2 Tablet Review

Apple iPad 2 Tablet Review

The magic is back for a second act, baby, and it doesn't play for the Lakers (that's the other Magic). The magic we're talking about plays for team Apple, and while the competition tries to come up with a so-called "iPad killer," Apple may have beat them to the punch. How's that for irony? We're of course referring to the iPad 2, Apple's second...

Sprint Voices Opposition to AT&T's Proposed T-Mobile Acquisition

Sprint Voices Opposition to AT&T's Proposed T-Mobile Acquisition

AT&T announced its intent to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion from Deutsche Telekom, a deal that would marry the world's second and fourth largest wireless carriers. It would also reduce the wireless playing field to just three, with AT&T on top followed by Verizon and Sprint. Would this be a good thing for consumers? Not according to...

Sony Hybrid PC And Chrome OS Notebook Rumored For Arrival

Sony Hybrid PC And Chrome OS Notebook Rumored For Arrival

This all has to be considered a rumor for now, because there's nothing coming directly from Sony to support the claims. That said, Sony Insider has a solid track record, and at this point in time, Sony may actually be crazy enough to produce something this wild. The word is that Sony will be producing a "VAIO Hybrid PC," which sounds like...

HP Releases WebOS 2.1 SDK For Developers

HP Releases WebOS 2.1 SDK For Developers

Don't count WebOS out just yet. The mobile operating system started by Palm, and now being handled by HP, has struggled to reach critical mass in recent years, mostly due to inadequate Palm hardware and a rough ride as it has changed families mid-course. But in a recent press event, HP revealed three new WebOS devices, indicating that they...

RIM And Carriers Gear For NFC Payment Information Battle

RIM And Carriers Gear For NFC Payment Information Battle

Is RIM gearing up with a fight with carriers regarding mobile payments? That's the latest on the street, and based on the facts, we too agree that a battle is in store. The reason? Money, as always. As NFC chips become more and more popular, mobile payments are set to boom in North America. Near Field Communication is a widely used technology...

Mitsubishi Pulls Plug On LCD TV Business, Focuses On Larger DLP Sets

Mitsubishi Pulls Plug On LCD TV Business, Focuses On Larger DLP Sets

Is this the start of a wild and unforeseen trend? Things in the television world tend to follow a pretty distinct path; when one company began to phase out CRT tube displays, it didn't take long before others did the same. Before long, LCDs were not only all of the rage, but the only option on store shelves. Same with 3D. Just a few years...

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Rooted, But It Wasn't Easy

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Rooted, But It Wasn't Easy

Times are getting tougher for those attempting to root Android phones. While originally thinking that rooting the HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon's first LTE smartphone) would be a snap, it didn't turn out that way: HTC locked it down with a signed kernel, signed recovery image and a signed bootloader. It's reminiscent of what Motorola has been doing...

AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion

AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion

The Big 4 Wireless Carriers in the U.S. have suddenly become the Big 3, but not in the way many were expecting. It has been said that No. 3 Sprint was discussing a possible deal with T-Mobile USA's parent, but instead, AT&T has announced it has acquired the No. 4 largest wireless carrier in the U.S. for $39 billion. The deal makes sense...

CRISP Demonstrates Self-Repairing Chips

CRISP Demonstrates Self-Repairing Chips

Processors have been getting smaller and smaller (while also faster and faster) for decades. In fact, that progression has never changed since the microprocessor was born. In general, they have been consuming less power as well, but everyone knows that there will be limits. One of the troubles with chips getting smaller and more powerful is...

AT&T Targeting MyWi Users For Unpaid Tethering

AT&T Targeting MyWi Users For Unpaid Tethering

Looks like those days of free-spirited tethering on AT&T may be over. AT&T has been known to really crack down on those trying to manipulate data on an iPhone. If you take a normal AT&T SIM and pop it into an iPhone, for example, you'll quickly be alerted that you are being switched over to an iPhone data plan. The company clearly...

Asus Claims Certain  Boards AM3+ Compatible, Says Zilch About Bulldozer

Asus Claims Certain Boards AM3+ Compatible, Says Zilch About Bulldozer

One downside of the upcoming Phenom II - Bulldozer transition is that the new processors won't be compatible with current AM3 motherboards. This news disappointed certain AMD enthusiasts, given that Sunnyvale typically focuses on chipset longevity, but the company justified the mood by stating that the only way to fully exploit the power of...

ColorWare Paints The Town With MacBook Pro And Beats Pro

ColorWare Paints The Town With MacBook Pro And Beats Pro

Ever heard of ColorWare? If you've been around the modification area of consumer electronics at all, that name has probably surfaced in conversation before. Basically, it's a company that does tremendous paint work with everyday gadgets, from phones to laptops and everything in between. The latest gadgets to land in their paint labs is Apple's...

How Will Amazon's App Store Compare To Rivals?

How Will Amazon's App Store Compare To Rivals?

A recent leak at Amazon.com has many people wondering if Amazon will undercut the Android Market with its new app store. Not long ago, Amazon's upcoming app store was leaked to the Internet. Although it wasn't working to the point that you could purchase apps, a German Android site was able to see some of the apps the store will offer as well...

D-Link Ships Dime-Dized USB Wireless N Module

D-Link Ships Dime-Dized USB Wireless N Module

This is a pretty interesting situation. Had this shipped a decade ago, we suspect D-Link would've sold out in record time. But today, we aren't sure how many people will even give these two new products a passing glance. Much like Logitech's new Unifying USB nub, the Wireless N 150 Pico shown here is probably the smallest external Wi-Fi dongle...

Dell Adds 12 Hour Battery Life, New Intel CPUs To Vostro 3000 Notebooks

Dell Adds 12 Hour Battery Life, New Intel CPUs To Vostro 3000 Notebooks

As the laptop onslaught continues, Dell has a new series to introduce. But these aren't your average laptops: these are business-minded machines that should be taken very, very seriously. Are you in a serious mood? Good. Actually, the Vostro 3000 series probably isn't quite that serious, but there's no question that the Vostro name has generally...

General Motors To Ship OnStar FMV Mirror For Any Vehicle

General Motors To Ship OnStar FMV Mirror For Any Vehicle

The integration of technology in vehicles is just staggering. A decade ago, just having power windows, locks and a cassette deck was worth paying an upgrade fee for. Today, consumers are expecting fancy automatic transmissions, sensors that tell them if they're going to hit anything and a navigation system that talks to them. Crazy how expectations...

Google TV Remote App Released For iPad, iPhone And iPod Touch

Google TV Remote App Released For iPad, iPhone And iPod Touch

You may have forgotten about Google TV. We can't really blame you, nor can we say that Google TV has really been able to gain traction in the market. Google has shown a willingness to push things out into the market without actually knowing how it'll turn out; Android has taken off and become a huge success, while things like Buzz, Wave and...

Magellan Launches eXplorist 610 For The Outdoorsmen Out There

Magellan Launches eXplorist 610 For The Outdoorsmen Out There

Need to get out more? Have the urge to explore? Magellan's newest has you covered. The eXplorist 610 is a new outdoor navigator, and the latest model is shipping with a waterproof casing, a rugged design and Summit Series topographic maps. There's an optional World Edition map includes coverage to over 200 countries, and users can create waypoints,...

Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 Brings Free Music Streaming To Android

Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 Brings Free Music Streaming To Android

If you're against pop culture, you should turn your nose up and dash away as soon as possible. Virgin Mobile has just debuted a new free music app in the Android Market, but it probably won't appeal to those who aren't in tune with the Top 40. At least not yet. Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 is the app's name, and it will give all Android users who...

Retrevo Takes On Amazon And BestBuy.com With New Marketplace

Retrevo Takes On Amazon And BestBuy.com With New Marketplace

Retrevo.com, an online gadget review aggregator, recently launched its own online store that is designed to compete with the likes of Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Retrevo marketing vice president Manish Rathi touted the new online store as a combination of product reviews with a virtual shopping cart. One of the unique features of the new marketplace...

Asus Rumored To Have Sub-$250 Chrome OS / Android 3.0 Netbook On Deck

Asus Rumored To Have Sub-$250 Chrome OS / Android 3.0 Netbook On Deck

This one is definitely considered a rumor for now, but the rumors are starting to align themselves in a way that makes it all so much easier to believe. Asus has already been pegged as one of the first laptop makers that'll be shipping Chrome OS netbooks, and now Digitimes is reporting that we could see that notebook as soon as June. Google...

TeleNav Navigation App Comes To Android For Free

TeleNav Navigation App Comes To Android For Free

This is an interesting proposition, particularly when you consider the mobile platform. Google's Android OS ships with Google Maps Navigation, which is widely viewed as the best mobile GPS app in existence, has some more competition. MapQuest recently came to Android, and this week a new TeleNav app is joining the group. It's called Navigation...

LaCie Reveals Wuala Cloud Storage App For iOS

LaCie Reveals Wuala Cloud Storage App For iOS

As if it weren't clear enough, cloud storage is a blossoming segment. As the Internet finds more and more homes (and mobile devices), storing things on a remote server is becoming a more viable option. LaCie has recently gotten in on the action, with the company's Wuala Online Storage platform. This week, that platform is expanding out to...

14: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 18, 2011

14: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 18, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about NVIDIA’s just released GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card and Lucid’s Virtu GPU Virtualization software for Intel’s Sandy Bridge platform, in addition to HotHardware’s coverage of PAX East which just took place in...

Dell Targets Small Businesses with New Vostro 3000 Series

Dell Targets Small Businesses with New Vostro 3000 Series

In addition to the Inspiron R Series of notebooks Dell announced today, the company also revealed the new Vostro 3000 Series of business laptops.  According to Dell, these laptops deliver more than 12 hours of battery life on select models and are the first small business laptops to feature SRS Premium Voice Pro. The Dell Vostro 3000...

T-Mobile Rumored to Release 4G Tablet on April 20

T-Mobile Rumored to Release 4G Tablet on April 20

After being teased for most of 2010, we're finally at a point where worthwhile tablets are starting to appear, with several imminent releases on the horizon. One of those is LG's G-Slate, which according to Internet chatter, will come out on April 20th. That's about a month later than was initially planned, so hopefully T-Mobile and LG can...

Sprint & Sierra Wireless Deliver Upgraded Overdrive Pro Mobile Hotspot

Sprint & Sierra Wireless Deliver Upgraded Overdrive Pro Mobile Hotspot

Sprint and Sierra Wireless announced the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. With this second generation of the popular Overdrive device, you'll get the ability to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously to a 4G network. You'll also get a 45 percent larger LCD screen. The new generation of Overdrive also features a 35 percent...

Dell Introduces Inspiron R Series Of Notebooks

Dell Introduces Inspiron R Series Of Notebooks

If there's anything in the world that's true, it's that there is a near-constant flow of new notebooks flowing out these days. It's clear that the world is becoming more and more mobile, as the ratio of laptop to desktop releases has to be around 5:1 at this point. Every week now, it feels as if one laptop maker or another has a new machine...

Shameless Online Scammers Exploit Japan Quake

Shameless Online Scammers Exploit Japan Quake

We're continually surprised at how low online scammers will go to make a quick buck. We suppose we shouldn't be; after all, these folks are some of the scum of the earth, and if you need any more proof of that, just take a look at how they're exploiting the devastating earthquake in Japan. According to security firm McAfee, within hours after...

Smartfish's Engage Keyboard Ships, Protects Your Wrists

Smartfish's Engage Keyboard Ships, Protects Your Wrists

Smartfish is definitely an interesting name for a company, but there's no question that the design of their newest keyboard is indeed "smart." The company has a thing for producing ergonomic devices, and the new Engage keyboard is definitely one that's friendly for the wrists. It's priced at $150, and has just recently started to ship in America....

Samsung Shows See-Through LCD / Notebook Panel Prototypes

Samsung Shows See-Through LCD / Notebook Panel Prototypes

Over the years, we've seen some pretty unusual notebook designs. There have been large ones, small ones and ones with tilting/swiveling screens. A few have even shipped with two LCDs, and Lenovo even created one with a slide-out LCD. But by and large, the general notebook design has remained constant over the years. Is it time for a major...

HTC Arrive Coming With Copy-And-Paste Functionality

HTC Arrive Coming With Copy-And-Paste Functionality

It's sort of surprising that this one feature gets so much traction, but it's true: copy and paste is a big deal. It's something that computers have had for years, but some of the most modern smartphone operating systems still lack it. Windows Phone 7 didn't ship with copy and paste, but it looks like that's changing. The HTC Arrive, which...

Internet Explorer 9: Hands On, First Impressions

Internet Explorer 9: Hands On, First Impressions

Note:  This is not a full review of IE9 in all its puissant glory but a quick tour of the new browser, its additional features and UI changes, and a quick check of its performance vis-à-vis the other major browser options. Internet Explorer 9 debuted this week into a flourishing browser market; Microsoft's new browser will have...

iBuyPower Breaks Into Retail With Gamer Extreme 966 In Tiger Direct

iBuyPower Breaks Into Retail With Gamer Extreme 966 In Tiger Direct

Another fine day, and another new machine to consider. iBuyPower has just teamed up with Tiger Direct to launch an all-new system, the Gamer Extreme 966 with Intel's new Core i7-960 CPU. It's a big more for a company that has primarily resided solely online, and by getting their machines into retailers, a great deal of new consumer eyes will...

Valve Previews Portal 2 TV Spot, HH Has The Goods

Valve Previews Portal 2 TV Spot, HH Has The Goods

Our preview of Valve’s upcoming puzzle-platformer Portal 2, at PAX East this past weekend, proved to be quite popular. If you liked that preview, you’re definitely going to get a kick out of this one. Valve just gave us early access to a new Portal 2 TV spot that is about as cool a commercial as you’re ever going to see......

Western Digital Expands My Book Line With 6TB Model

Western Digital Expands My Book Line With 6TB Model

Western Digital announced the new My Book Studio Edition II. This dual-drive storage system features 6TB of storage yet still maintains the same footprint as previous editions. The My Book Studio Edition II drive supports eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The drive comes with backup software and features a capacity...

Lucid Virtu and Intel Quick Sync: Pairing GPUs

Lucid Virtu and Intel Quick Sync: Pairing GPUs

Intel's Sandy Bridge processors have won acclaim for their hardware-accelerated video transcoding capabilities, dubbed Quick Sync, but there are significant limitations in the current iteration. LucidLogix, a company that's heretofore been known for its multi-GPU Hydra hardware, has developed a software-only solution named Virtu that it claims...

Verizon Nabs 12 Percent Share of U.S. iPhone Market, Should AT&T Be Worried?

Verizon Nabs 12 Percent Share of U.S. iPhone Market, Should AT&T Be Worried?

AT&T may have downplayed the significance of losing its exclusivity grip of the iPhone, but you have to imagine the wireless carrier's sweating bullets now that Verizon has gotten off to such a fast start. According to statistics by Chitika, more than 12 percent of all iPhone web usage in the U.S. is going through Verizon's network. "For...

Pentax Lets You Customize Your Next Camera

Pentax Lets You Customize Your Next Camera

Pentax announced the new Optio RS1500 digital compact camera. What's unique about this camera is that it features a removable faceplate system with a screwless faceplate design and interchangeable lens ring snap that will hold custom skins of your design in place. The camera ships with 10 skins, and you can always create your own using the...

Samsung Introduces Android-Based Galaxy Player

Samsung Introduces Android-Based Galaxy Player

Samsung is adding to the Galaxy family with the addition of the Galaxy Player. These Android-based ultra-mobile devices feature 4- and 5-inch screens and have many of the same features and capabilities as Samsung's popular Galaxy S phones, just without cellular connectivity. The Galaxy Players feature Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity, front...

G.Skill Launches Sniper Series Memory For High-Performance Rigs

G.Skill Launches Sniper Series Memory For High-Performance Rigs

A high-performance gaming rig is only as strong as its memory, and G.Skill is one of the world leaders when it comes to high performance RAM. If you're in need of a memory boost, or you're building a new machine with performance in mind, the company's new Sniper series is worth a look. It's designed in ultra-low voltage, particularly 1.25V....

Lexar Media Ships 64GB And 128GB Professional SDXC Cards

Lexar Media Ships 64GB And 128GB Professional SDXC Cards

We're getting closer and closer to living in a world where 1TB memory cards are commonplace. Just a few years ago, having a 1GB flash card in your camera was a big deal. Now, even the simplest of cameras can acquire a 1GB card for just a few dollars. The technology is advancing, and larger capacity cards are growing easier to find, and cheaper...

Internet Explorer 9 Notches 2.3 Million Downloads in 24 Hours

Internet Explorer 9 Notches 2.3 Million Downloads in 24 Hours

Note to Microsoft: Put out a browser that doesn't suck and people will download it. That's the lesson Microsoft should take away from the recent release of Internet Explorer 9, arguably the first version of IE that's truly able to compete with Firefox and Chrome. Perhaps because of this, IE9 was downloaded more than 2.3 million times in its...

Harman Audio Ships Stylish AKG GHS-1 Gaming Headset For $80

Harman Audio Ships Stylish AKG GHS-1 Gaming Headset For $80

We've said it before, but at this point, it bears repeating. The gaming headset game has really cranked up of late. Razer, Logitech and Turtle Beach are now just three of many companies out there with great headsets, and newcomers like ASTRO Audio and Harman Audio are now coming through with compelling options. This week, Harman debuted the...

Intellinet Ships Wireless 450N Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Intellinet Ships Wireless 450N Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Need some serious power in your next router? Look no further. Intellinet Network Solutions isn't really a household consumer name, but that's because their gear isn't toned down in the least. The company's newest device is described as their fastest and most powerful wireless router yet, with the Wireless 450N dual-band Gigabit router promising...

Netflix to Not Just Stream, But Create: Report

Netflix to Not Just Stream, But Create: Report

Netflix is about to move from playing, or streaming, the content of others to becoming a player in the content industry itself. According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the company is on the verge of finalizing a deal for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards," for as much as $100 million. The...

NextComputing Reveals Rugged Vigor EX All-In-One Workstation

NextComputing Reveals Rugged Vigor EX All-In-One Workstation

These kinds of desktops aren't for everyone. In fact, they aren't for too many people at all. But if you're in need for a hardcore desktop to take on crazy field missions, NextComputing offers some of the best around. These things are truly huge and rugged, specifically designed to withstand all sorts of hardcore/extreme conditions. The Vigor...

Motorola Gives Official Word On Xoom Wi-Fi Availability

Motorola Gives Official Word On Xoom Wi-Fi Availability

Motorola has finally given the official word on the Wi-Fi only version of its Xoom tablet. In an announcement today, the company let us know that the Wi-Fi only Xoom will launch on March 27 for $599. If you're interested, you'll have plenty of store options to choose from, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples,...

Samsung Introduces New Business Laptops

Samsung Introduces New Business Laptops

Samsung is expanding into enterprise computing with the introduction of the new Series 2, Series 4, and Series 6 business laptops. With these laptops, Samsung says you’ll get enhanced security features such as anti-shock hard drives and pressure-resistant casings. The new laptops feature the 2nd generation Intel Core processor technology...

Digging Into The iPad 2: Costs, Components, and Capabilities

Digging Into The iPad 2: Costs, Components, and Capabilities

When Steve Jobs launched the iPad 2 recently, he was even more close-mouthed about its enhancements than usual. With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 starting to ship en masse and tablets on the hot seat for 2011, there's a tremendous amount of interest in the iPad 2's nuts and bolts. Much of that interest has focused on the tablet's new A5 processor and...

MSI Rolls Out CX640 And CR640 Multimedia Notebooks

MSI Rolls Out CX640 And CR640 Multimedia Notebooks

MSI introduced its new generation of C Series notebooks in the form of the CX640 and CR640. Both of these notebooks utilize Intel's 2nd generation Core i processor and Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. In addition to what’s on the inside, MSI focused on the look and feel of these notebooks, incorporating a crystal diamond finish touchpad,...

NPD Group Concludes Netflix Rules the Streaming World (Duh!)

NPD Group Concludes Netflix Rules the Streaming World (Duh!)

Netflix may have started off as a DVD rental-by-mail business, but the company has since evolved into a dominant streaming service. And when we say dominant, we mean that six out of every 10 digital movies streamed originate from Netflix, according to figures by NPD Group's VideoWatch Digital tracking service. "Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs...

Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up

Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Round-Up

Today we're looking at a handful of high-end graphics cards made specifically for enthusiasts that accept no compromises. These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 580 cards from Gigabyte, MSI, and ZOTAC, the GV-N580UD-15I, the N580GTX M2D15D5/OC, and Amp! ZT-50102-10P represent the most powerful single GPU boards currently available... Overclocked...

Nvidia CFO David White Calls It Quits

Nvidia CFO David White Calls It Quits

David White, Nvidia's Chief Financial Officer, will have all the time in the world to sunbathe at the beach and sip on piña coladas this summer. Or at least that's what we would do if we handed in our resignation papers, as White recently did. White, who is leaving the GPU maker "for personal reasons," will remain with Nvidia until...

Google Purportedly Testing NFC Payment Machines In NY/SF Stores

Google Purportedly Testing NFC Payment Machines In NY/SF Stores

Google may be opting out when it comes to joining the social networking game, but they're saying yes to mobile payments. The Samsung-built Nexus S was one of the first NFC-enabled smartphones to ship in America, and now Google is reportedly ready to start testing a mobile payment trial at stores in NY and SF. The Bloomberg article on the matter...

Dell Announces 14" And 15.6" Latitude E3 Notebook Series

Dell Announces 14" And 15.6" Latitude E3 Notebook Series

It's the early beginning of Spring, which means one thing: it's notebook season. Lenovo recently issued a slew of new machines, and now Dell is doing the same. The company's tossing a bone in the direction of their business lineup, with the E3 Latitude series being introduced this week. There are a number of styles and form factors, with all...

AMD Gloats About Major ODM Wins With Fusion APU

AMD Gloats About Major ODM Wins With Fusion APU

When you finally ship a product you've been teasing for years, you can brag a little. It's okay. No one will be upset. In fact, we're still pleased that AMD finally came through with Fusion, and if they now need to gloat a bit on how much everyone likes it, well...go ahead! After the Fusion APU found its way into a number of nettops and notebooks...

TWCable TV App Launches For iPhone: Download It Now

TWCable TV App Launches For iPhone: Download It Now

Well, that was quick! Just a couple of days after reports started flooding out that Time Warner Cable would be introducing a live streaming application for the iPad, that very application has now launched. It's called TWCable TV, and for now, it's exclusive to iPad. It's a free app for those who subscribe to TWC's high-speed Internet and pay-TV...

Microsoft Confirms That Zune HD Isn't Quite Dead Yet

Microsoft Confirms That Zune HD Isn't Quite Dead Yet

So, wait. The Zune HD isn't dead? Hmm. After hearing that Microsoft was transitioning away from the Zune HD hardware and focusing more on software, it seemed easy to assume that the Zune as a standalone hardware icon was dead. But that may not quite be the case yet. Microsoft made it pretty clear that Windows Phone 7 would be their focal point...

Intel Announces Atom Micro Server Products, Discusses Xeon's Future

Intel Announces Atom Micro Server Products, Discusses Xeon's Future

Today, Intel formally announced a new class of low-power Xeon processors meant to fill the growing demand for cloud computing servers. Intel has dubbed such servers micro servers, and believes they'll be the major source of server market growth in the next four years. Micro servers are defined by the company as follows: "Micro servers are...

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 Now Available To Download

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 Now Available To Download

Microsoft has been very thorough in their approach to launching Internet Explorer 9. The browser has been in beta for quite some time now, but it's clearly that the company is eager to get a new build into the wild to take on Firefox, Safari and Chrome -- all of which are gaining serious momentum as IE8 falters. Right on schedule, Microsoft...

T-Mobile Intros 10GB Data Plan with No Overage Fees

T-Mobile Intros 10GB Data Plan with No Overage Fees

Why T-Mobile isn't on top of a mountain shouting at the top of its lungs, we don't know, but the company should be. What for? Well, T-Mobile just launched its new 10GB Web Access + Unlimited T-Mobile HotSpot plan, which in and of itself doesn't sound like anything special. But here's the kicker -- there aren't any overage fees, even if you...

Nvidia Updates 3D Vision Wireless Glasses Kit, Knocks $50 Off

Nvidia Updates 3D Vision Wireless Glasses Kit, Knocks $50 Off

Imagine that you're sitting there watching a 3D Blu-ray flick and you're in the middle of an intense scene. Bullets, shrapnel, and chickens are flying off the screen when the bad guy is finally about to get what he deserves, and then...blurriness. Say what? Sorry sport, your 3D glasses just lost their charge, time to plug them in and pick...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Debut With Zotac, MSI and Asus

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Debut With Zotac, MSI and Asus

NVIDIA continues to flesh out their GeForce GTX 500 series line-up, this time with a new GPU targeted at more mainstream, budget conscious gamers. The new GeForce GTX 550 Ti which is being introduced today, like the other members of the GeForce GTX 500 series, is based upon a refinement and update to a GeForce 400 series GPU (in this case...

PLX And Texas Instruments Team On PCIe-Based DSPs

PLX And Texas Instruments Team On PCIe-Based DSPs

Have you ever heard of a DSP? Chances are you have. Digital Signal Processors are found frequently in various audio products, and increasingly, in more and more mobile products. Texas Instruments is now looking to expand the reach of their DSPs in a big way. Just as solid state storage struck new ground by becoming compatible with PCI Express...

SySDSoft IP Solutions Company Acquired By Intel

SySDSoft IP Solutions Company Acquired By Intel

Cairo has seen their fair share of struggles in recent months, and with a regime stepping down, they'll be plenty of growing pains in the months and years ahead. But that doesn't mean that innovation is halting. This week, Intel announced that they would actually be buying up a Cairo-based software company, called SySDSoft. It's currently...

Seagate Launches Handful Of New Enterprise HDDs And SSDs

Seagate Launches Handful Of New Enterprise HDDs And SSDs

Nothing like a few new storage solutions to really get your blood pumping in the morning. This fine morning, Seagate hasn't just one new drive to showcase, but several. The company today announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments. That's a fancy way of talking, but...

Google Not Launching A Social Network

Google Not Launching A Social Network

Google may still be considering a dive into the music realm, but they aren't considering going head to head with Twitter or Facebook, despite rumors. Google has shown in the past that they aren't scared to battle with the best. Google TV challenged the entire DVR model, and Android has obviously done well against iOS. And some were suggesting...

Sprint To Ship Kyocera Echo For $200 On Contract This Month

Sprint To Ship Kyocera Echo For $200 On Contract This Month

Earlier in the year, Sprint made quite a big deal about the first dual-screen Android smartphone. But the Kyocera Echo was quickly overshadowed by the Atrix 4G, Verizon's iPhone 4 and a slew of other devices from HP, Samsung, and LG. Now, the phone has one last chance to shine before becoming yesterday's news, as it is going on sale this week...

Zune Hardware to End, But Software May Continue

Zune Hardware to End, But Software May Continue

She's dead, Jim. According to a report in SAI, Microsoft has decided to kill off the Zune music player.  To be clear, the company will continue to sell existing models. It will not, however, be developing new ones. The original source of the information was Dina Bass, Bloomberg News Tech Reporter. In two Tweets, she said first that Microsoft...

T-Mobile And Samsung Upgrade Sidekick With Faster Data

T-Mobile And Samsung Upgrade Sidekick With Faster Data

T-Mobile and Samsung announced the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung. This new Android-powered smartphone combines many of the features Sidekick users have come to love (including a hardware keyboard) with the faster speeds available on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network. The new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download...

Amazon AppStore Scores Coup with Angry Birds Rio

Amazon AppStore Scores Coup with Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio, the Angry Birds tie-in to the movie "Rio" which we have been talking about for some time, will launch soon, but don't go looking for it in the Android Market. Instead, you'll have to go to Amazon.com's soon-to-launch competitor, as the online retailer has scored a huge exclusive for the grand opening of the Amazon AppStore....

Time Warner Cable To Launch Live Streaming iPad App

Time Warner Cable To Launch Live Streaming iPad App

It's becoming more and more common: iPad apps from pay-TV providers that allow users to stream television that is saved on their DVR. Pay-TV companies are facing the future of a connected universe that can easily get most of the content they want from the Internet. So, to combat that and prevent users from leaving all at once, they've started...

Breaking: OCZ Technology to Acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd

Breaking: OCZ Technology to Acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd

The big news for this afternoon just came across the wire.  OCZ Technology, the SSD manufacturer that has virtually been lighting up the market with SandForce-based SSD products as of late, has made a move to acquire the SSD controller semiconductor manufacturer, Indilinx.  Clearly this is a move to position OCZ against competitive...

Two Different Screen Issues Being Seen by iPad 2 Users

Two Different Screen Issues Being Seen by iPad 2 Users

It's an undeniable fact that every time a new Apple iDevice comes out, a day or two goes by and then a number of reports always come in about issues that early buyers find. On the iPhone 4, it was "Antennagate," which exploded into an issue that lasted months. The iPad 2 has not escaped the "effect." There are two issues, both related to the...

China Plans Supercomputer Using Its Own Chips

China Plans Supercomputer Using Its Own Chips

The Chinese have been climbing up the supercomputing staircase for some years; the country's upgraded Tianhe-I system is currently in the lead out of the TOP500. Despite Tianhe-I's success, it may be the last supercomputer China builds using both Intel and NVIDIA parts. (The Tianhe-I originally used 2,560 Radeon 4870 X2 cards, these were later...

Will HTC Finally Launch Thunderbolt On March 17?

Will HTC Finally Launch Thunderbolt On March 17?

HTC's upcoming Thunderbolt smartphone is hot, and many people are wondering when they'll be able to get their hands on Verizon Wireless and HTC's latest 4G device. Although the companies haven't announced an official launch date, all signs point to March 17. Currently, Verizon Wireless has a page on its website that says the device will "strike...

AT&T Confirms That ATRIX 4G Speeds Are Slow

AT&T Confirms That ATRIX 4G Speeds Are Slow

It’s been reported that the hot new Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphone has been hit by slow data speeds. As some owners have discovered, the upload speeds on the ATRIX 4G when using the phone’s HSUPA radio is slower than one would expect. Now, AT&T is admitting to some of the data slowdowns, though it is doing so in a roundabout...

PAX East 2011: HotHardware On Location

PAX East 2011: HotHardware On Location

The PAX East show has really started to gain traction with a number of major brand manufacturers and this year's event had, dare we say, stellar support and turn-out from the community.  We've grown pretty fond of its smaller, more manageable venue, with its casual, laid-back atmosphere sans the stuffed shirt marketing pitch that gets...

iPhone 4 Still Has Trouble Telling Time

iPhone 4 Still Has Trouble Telling Time

The iPhone 4 can make phone calls. It can track your location and upload that information to your favorite social networking site for all your family and friends to see. It can start your car remotely, fire off emails, play music and movies, and take pictures, to name just a few of things it's capable of. But when it comes to keeping tracking...

The iPad 2 is a Sell Out

The iPad 2 is a Sell Out

Chilax Apple fans, we're talking about Apple's iPad 2 tablet selling out, as opposed to being a sell out like _____ (insert your own celebrity here). According to Piper Jaffray analyst, Gen Munster, Apple sold some 400,000 to 500,000 of its second generation magical devices during its launch weekend. Compare that to the iPad 1, which sold...

Google Adds Electric Vehicle Charging Station Data To Maps

Google Adds Electric Vehicle Charging Station Data To Maps

While we still have a very long way to go before electric vehicles are "the norm," Google is already one step ahead of most. The company has just added a network of electric vehicle charging stations to Google maps, which will enable those with EVs to more easily find stations to recharge their cars. It's a vital addition to Maps, and it should...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Shown On Video

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Shown On Video

The next generation of the Galaxy Tab is taking a step up, in size we mean. Rather than sticking with the smaller form factor, Samsung decided to match Apple (and others) by revealing a 10.1" Galaxy Tab at Mobile World Congress last month. While the Tab 10.1 was revealed, it hasn't really been seen much since the unveiling. So, what does this...

AT&T Makes Calling And Texting To Japan Free For March

AT&T Makes Calling And Texting To Japan Free For March

There's nothing pretty about the situation going on in Japan right now, but the good news is that there seems to be plenty of people reaching out to help. It will be a long while before the nation is fully restored, and the massive loss of life will haunt residents forever, but in dire times like these, it's the small things that tend to add...

Google Ships Final CR-48 For Now, Acer / Samsung Products Coming In 2011

Google Ships Final CR-48 For Now, Acer / Samsung Products Coming In 2011

It's bittersweet, this ending. Google Product Management vice president Sundar Pichai has just confirmed via Twitter that the last CR-48 netbook has shipped out for now, and we have our doubts on the production line restarting. The CR-48 was always a strange launch. Google never "sold" them. You had to apply for one and get lucky enough to...

AT&T Implementing Home Internet Caps Starting May 2nd

AT&T Implementing Home Internet Caps Starting May 2nd

Well, isn't this a bummer. AT&T isn't just changing up their data plans on the mobile side, but also restructuring things on the home Internet side. AT&T currently provides DSL and U-verse services, providing high-speed broadband to a great many homes across America. But soon, they'll follow Comcast down the dark hallways of Internet...

Amazon ends affiliate program in Illinois

Amazon ends affiliate program in Illinois

Recently, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that will require in-state affiliates to collect state sales tax on purchases made by Illinois residents. Shortly after this bill was signed, Amazon.com announced that it intends to end its affiliates program with Illinois residents. Amazon has previously opposed similar efforts in other...

Fandor: Streaming Movies For Indie Lovers

Fandor: Streaming Movies For Indie Lovers

We honestly have never had an issue with Netflix's legacy library. It's the new release library that is oftentimes a disappointment. It's tough for rental companies like Netflix to nab discs early, particularly with movie studios quietly rebelling against these cheap alternatives to buying a movie on disc. But some hardcore independent film...

FCC Program To Provide Take-Home Internet Access To Students

FCC Program To Provide Take-Home Internet Access To Students

A lot of people forget just how much money the government spends when it comes to school improvements and technology, and while the budget crunch has definitely hurt some of that, a new program is about to get kicked off with $9 million of support. The Federal Communications Commission announced 20 pilot programs that are slated to receive...

AT&T Adds MLB Network To U-verse TV

AT&T Adds MLB Network To U-verse TV

Baseball fans who are AT&T U-verse customers will be happy to know that AT&T is adding the MLB Network to its U-verse TV channel lineup. Like other dedicated sports channels, MLB Network promises to bring you closer to the game with opinions, insights and analysis from the best in the business. This 24-hour dedicated network features...

Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse Touts His Truly Unlimited Plan In New TV Ad

Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse Touts His Truly Unlimited Plan In New TV Ad

Sprint's Simply Everything plan has been around for years. It has always allowed unlimited web, texting and calling for a flat rate. Nothing special there. But in recent months, many other carriers have begun to tweak their unlimited plans, transforming them from unlimited plans to "unlimited*" plans. There have been instances of throttling,...

Could The iPad Be Used To Help Autistics?

Could The iPad Be Used To Help Autistics?

The iPad is definitely a well-liked gadget, and now parents with autistic children have one more reason to like this handy little tablet: it may help reduce the number of violent meltdowns their children experience each day. According to experts, the iPad actually can reduce the symptoms of the disorder by helping kids deal with life's sensory...

Adobe To Launch Flash Player 10.2 To Mobile Devices On March 18

Adobe To Launch Flash Player 10.2 To Mobile Devices On March 18

With the launch of the iPad 2, the roar for having Flash on mobile devices seems to be weakening. It was viewed as a major pitfall for the first iPad, but things are a bit different now. For one, there are a lot of Android devices already on the market that support Flash viewing, and also, a lot of websites have switched to HTML5 for video...

Intel Suggests That Canon May Soon Support Thunderbolt I/O Port

Intel Suggests That Canon May Soon Support Thunderbolt I/O Port

Intel's Thunderbolt has the chance to be the break-out technology of 2011, but only if you have support. But support is growing. The kickstart came when Apple decided to add the Thunderbolt to their line of new MacBook Pro machines, despite the fact that no actual hardware is available now to truly support it. But that will change soon. LaCie...

Apple's iPad 2 Now Shipping In "3-4 Weeks"

Apple's iPad 2 Now Shipping In "3-4 Weeks"

Did you avoid the iPad 2 rush this weekend? Or did you just miss out unintentionally? If you were trying to hunt down an iPad 2, but came up empty-handed, there's more bad news in store. Apple's online store currently shows a 3-4 week wait for the newest iOS slate, and loads of Best Buy stores, Target locations and Walmarts have sold out of...

Researchers Hope To Extend Battery Life For Phones And Mobile Devices

Researchers Hope To Extend Battery Life For Phones And Mobile Devices

Is there life ahead for batteries, or are we doomed to live with heavy, clunky cells that die far too soon? We have seen gentle increases in battery life over the years, with some more modern notebooks gaining 10+ hours when combined with low-power chipsets. But we're still a long, long way from having every single notebook able to stay on...

Portal 2 Sneak Peek From PAX East

Portal 2 Sneak Peek From PAX East

We spent some time at PAX East today, checking out the sights and sounds on the show floor and have some fun stuff to show you, courtesy of the good folks at Valve. Valve was showing off some in-game footage from the highly anticipated puzzle-platformer Portal 2, due to hit store shelves and Steam next month... Fans of the original Portal...

Leaked In-Game Footage: Duke Nukem Forever

Leaked In-Game Footage: Duke Nukem Forever

This morning  at the PAX East show in Boston, MA -- though slightly forbidden, we were able to steal some video footage of the infamous and forever anticipated Duke Nukem Forever.  Finally set to release in May 2011, the folllowing is early in-game footage of actual game play.  Ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum ("and yeah,...

Verbatim Introduces New Wireless Computer Accessories

Verbatim Introduces New Wireless Computer Accessories

Verbatim announced the company's latest computer accessories in the form of the Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse, the Wireless Optical Touch Mouse, and the Wireless Mini Travel Mouse. All three of these new accessories feature 2.4GHz performance as well as a leave-in USB Nano receiver. The new Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse...

Google Adds Calling And Smart Label Features To Gmail

Google Adds Calling And Smart Label Features To Gmail

Google recently added the ability to call phone numbers directly from Gmail. With this new feature, you won’t have to get out your phone and retype a number; instead, any phone number sent to you via email or chat message will appear as a link. Once you click the link, Gmail’s dialpad will automatically pop up. The feature uses...

Stealth Introduces A New Line Of Rugged AIOs

Stealth Introduces A New Line Of Rugged AIOs

Stealth has introduced a new line of rugged All-in-one computers that are designed to withstand industrial environments. The new Stealth Panel PC products are available with screen sizes of 19-, 17-, and 15-inches.  The new AIOs are powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.  Each panel features a resistive touch screen interface...

Sharp Ships Three Blu-ray 3D Players

Sharp Ships Three Blu-ray 3D Players

Funny how quickly 3D found its way into just about everything. Blu-ray players seemed sufficient for awhile, but it didn't take long for movie companies to realize just how profitable 3D could be if you allowed it into the home. The BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U, and BD-HP25U, all from Sharp, start shipping this month. All of these players have one major...

Klipsch Speakers Find Their Way Into Alienware M17x

Klipsch Speakers Find Their Way Into Alienware M17x

Klipsch was acquired by Audiovox earlier in the year. Many wondered how that would change their products and their mission, and honestly, that remains to be seen. But Alienware has a thing for only partnering up with high-end companies, and they're choosing Klipsch for their new M17x. Starting this month, the M17x gaming notebook will ship...

Fractal Design PC Cases Come To Newegg

Fractal Design PC Cases Come To Newegg

Fractal Design cases have been popping up a lot more frequently these days, but not all of them have been easy to locate. If you're a custom PC builder in need of a new case, the company is now offering them on Newegg. Easy enough? This launch marks the US debut of their Define R3 and Define XL Silent PC Cases. The Define series offers high-quality...

AOL Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Workforce

AOL Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Workforce

As AOL looks to the future following its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, a good chunk of the old regime will be left behind. AOL is in the process of handing out around 900 pink slips, which represents 20 percent of the company's workforce. All affected employees have already been notified, who according to All Things Digital,...

Microsoft Confirms: IE9 Final Version Coming March 14th

Microsoft Confirms: IE9 Final Version Coming March 14th

Are you ready for a "more beautiful web?" It's coming soon, according to Microsoft. The company who invented Internet Explorer is nearly ready to release the finalized version of IE9, and Microsoft has just officially announced that it will launch to consumers on March 14th. That's during SXSW, a festival in central Texas that's becoming more...

When and Where to Buy the iPad 2, Does It Matter?

When and Where to Buy the iPad 2, Does It Matter?

Today's date is Friday March 11, 2011. Do you know what that means? An end to the work week and the beginning of a weekend of partying, for some of you. For others, this is the day you decide between a black or white iPad 2, between 3G or Wi-Fi, and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity. But before you settle which version of the iPad 2 you plan...

13: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 11, 2011

13: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 11, 2011

In this latest episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the all new AMD Radeon HD 6990 monster dual-GPU graphics card, the new Core i7 990X Extreme Edition six-core processor, Intel's SSD 510 Series Solid State Drive, Apple's Reality Distortion Filter (RDF) at the iPad 2 launch and hints of our latest contest and killer...

Microsoft Sells 10 Million Kinect Units, Bringing Motion To Netflix And Hulu

Microsoft Sells 10 Million Kinect Units, Bringing Motion To Netflix And Hulu

Well, this doesn't happen every single day. Microsoft's Kinect was just awarded a Guinness World Record for being the world's fastest consumer electronics device ever. Just let that sink in a bit. What makes this feat even wilder is just how well so many devices have sold in the past. iPods, Nintendo consoles, CD players. The list goes on...

Aircell Announces Next-Gen In-Flight Wi-Fi Plans: Speed And Expansion

Aircell Announces Next-Gen In-Flight Wi-Fi Plans: Speed And Expansion

If we had to name one technology innovation of the past 10 years as one that really stood out, it would probably be in-flight Internet. Or, at least it would be in the Top 5. It's a technology that many thought we'd never see in our lifetimes, and it's here today. It isn't everywhere; it isn't on every plane. But airlines know that it's an...

Apple Makes Changes to Prevent Kids from Accidental In-App Buys

Apple Makes Changes to Prevent Kids from Accidental In-App Buys

Apple has changed its in-app purchase policy, in wake of criticism over the ability of kids to rack up huge bills via in-app purchases. The changes come in iOS 4.3, which was released on March 9. The new version of iOS adds another layer of security: in the past, in the first 15 minutes after an app was purchased, you didn't need to enter...

Eurocom Adds Xeon X5690 CPU To Panther 2.0 Mobile Workstation

Eurocom Adds Xeon X5690 CPU To Panther 2.0 Mobile Workstation

Eurocom has made a name for themselves over the years, primarily for producing some of the wildest, most cutting-edge notebooks out there. Of course, most of the baddest are all the biggest, but if your primary goal is to get a powerhouse, who really cares about size? The company's Panther 2.0 mobile server / workstation is one of those big...

Forbes Rich Folks List Now Includes Six Facebookers

Forbes Rich Folks List Now Includes Six Facebookers

The Forbes Rich List for 2011 is out, and not only has Carlos Slim retained his title as the world's richest person, he's extended his lead of his closest rivals. Once again in second place is former Microsoft CEO BIll Gates, and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway is in third. Carlos Slim easily holds the Forbes Rich List #1 slot with a...

Three Clearwire Execs Leave, Including The CEO

Three Clearwire Execs Leave, Including The CEO

Is something afoot at Clearwire? To many, WiMAX has been a dying technology. LTE clearly has the Lion's share of the support globally, and many carriers (like Yota in Russia) have already switched their 4G service loyalty from WiMAX to LTE. But Clearwire is still a big deal, and Sprint's growing 4G consumer base relies on those airwaves. But...

Cyber Snipa Reveals Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset

Cyber Snipa Reveals Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset

The competition has most certainly heated up over the years in the headphone space, and while Turtle Beach and Logitech (among others) still maintain a high profile, smaller companies are swooping in and grabbing their own slice of attention. Cyber Snipa is one of those companies, with a clever name and a pretty impressive product. The Sonar...

iBuyPower Offers Radeon HD 6990 In High-End Desktop Configs

iBuyPower Offers Radeon HD 6990 In High-End Desktop Configs

A new GPU comes out, and PC makers jump at the chance to offer it in their systems. It's a cycle that we have become all too familiar with, but we can't complain. At least we aren't stuck waiting for outfits like iBuyPower to get their integration tactics in gear. Instead, the company has decided to offer the new AMD Radeon HD 6990 in their...

Intel And Lenovo Team Up On Classmate+ PC Notebook

Intel And Lenovo Team Up On Classmate+ PC Notebook

Long live the Classmate PC! It really started as a dream many years ago, mostly in the shape of the OLPC. The dream of a $99 laptop for kids to learn on still hasn't truly come to life, but that doesn't mean that "low-cost laptops" don't exist. The Classmate PC has lived on in many forms, shipping to various schools around the world and putting...

All HP PCs From 2012+ To Be WebOS-Capable

All HP PCs From 2012+ To Be WebOS-Capable

Leo Apotheker has a tall order ahead of him. HP as a whole as doing quite well, make no mistake. The company is selling a ton of PCs to consumers and businesses alike, but ever since the company acquired Palm, mobile pundits have been watching to see what the future would hold for such an iconic brand. At HP's latest press event, they basically...

Will the iPhone 5 Sport a Dual-core Processor? Bank on It

Will the iPhone 5 Sport a Dual-core Processor? Bank on It

Apple all but confirmed the iPhone 5 will run the same dual-core A5 processor as found in the iPad. Not intentionally, mind you, but the so-called proof lies in the iOS 4.3 code. It gets just a tad confusing, but follow along and we'll help you make heads or tails of what has everyone convinced of the iPhone 5's hardware. In sifting through...

iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow, Who's Getting One?

iPad 2 Arrives Tomorrow, Who's Getting One?

Lest you might have forgotten, Apple sent out an announcement today reminding the world that its second generation magical device (and yes, Apple revived that term) -- the iPad 2 -- will be available tomorrow evening at 5 PM local time in each of its 236 Apple retail stores in the U.S, 1 AM PST online at www.apple.com, and 5 PM local time...

MSI Introduces GE620 And GR620 Gaming Laptops

MSI Introduces GE620 And GR620 Gaming Laptops

MSI announced new additions to its G Series of gaming notebooks. The new GE620 and GR620 feature Intel's second generation Corei7 quad core processor along with the nVidia GeForce GT 540M discrete graphics card. You’ll also find Intel's latest generation Turbo Boost 2.0, THX TruStudio Pro smart wrap around sound, and MSI Cinema Pro technology...

Google Enables Instant Preview For Mobile, New Emergency Calling Display

Google Enables Instant Preview For Mobile, New Emergency Calling Display

It's the small steps, Sally! Some say big things come in tiny packages, and in this case, a big plus has come in the form of a small magnifying glass. Google's latest subtle tweak to the mobile browsing experience is shaping up to make a major difference in how people surf, and save them an awful lot of time along the way. Back in November...

7digital's Music Store Coming To BlackBerry PlayBook

7digital's Music Store Coming To BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook remains a big X-factor in the tablet world. Will RIM be able to knock off the iPad and the slew of Android tablets with a new OS designed on QNX? It's a system that people aren't familiar with, and we have seen in the past, it's pretty difficult to get people attached to something that they are not familiar with....

Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Software Update

Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Software Update

Apple's iPad 2 is coming, and that means iOS 4.3 is coming. Oh, wait. It's here already! Consider it an early gift from Apple, but those with iPhone 4s and newer iPod touch devices (as well as the first iPad) can now download iOS 4.3, the company's latest version of the highly popular iOS mobile operating system. The software update went live...

Microsoft Posts New Hardware / Xbox Related Jobs: What's Next?

Microsoft Posts New Hardware / Xbox Related Jobs: What's Next?

So, what's Microsoft up to? Isn't that a question that you'd love an answer to! Rumblings have been all over the place lately, with "Ventura" targeted as a replacement for the Zune, a future Windows Phone 7 update possibly pushed out, and now, lots of new hardware development jobs. Microsoft has just listed a handful of Xbox-related job listings...

64GB iPhone Prototype Caught on Video

64GB iPhone Prototype Caught on Video

Few things are sure bets in life. Among them are the government will collect income taxes, the Boston Celtics will hoist banner #18 this year, and Apple's going to come out with a 64GB iPhone 4. What isn't known is when exactly Apple plans to release an iPhone 4 with double the capacity of the current 32GB top-end model, but if a new video...

Addonics External CipherChain Encrypts Your Storage

Addonics External CipherChain Encrypts Your Storage

Addonics announced the External CipherChain, a hardware encryption product that can encrypt nearly any external storage device with an eSATA or SATA connection, including external RAID storage devices, SSDs, and flash media. With CipherChain, you’ll get added peace of mind knowing that if a drive is stolen, it will appear as a blank...

Fusion-io Files IPO, Could Definitely Shake Up Flash Storage Market

Fusion-io Files IPO, Could Definitely Shake Up Flash Storage Market

Well, this isn't completely unexpected. Fusion-io, a company that has been on a rapid growth pattern for years now in the flash storage market, has just reached the end of their term as a privately held company. Or, they will soon. Today, the outfit announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and...

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme AMD 890FX Motherboard

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme AMD 890FX Motherboard

One of the unfortunate consequences of AMD's inability to match Intel's performance at the ultra high-end of the CPU market over the past few years is that there's been a substantial decline in the number of high-end AMD motherboards. NewEgg presently stocks just two AMD motherboards in the $200-$300 price range compared to 36 Intel products....

ViewSonic Delivers ViewPad 10 Tablet

ViewSonic Delivers ViewPad 10 Tablet

ViewSonic’s new ViewPad 10 tablet is now available. This 10.1-inch dual-boot tablet offer users a choice between Windows 7 and Google Android. The ViewPad 10 is powered by an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor and 2GB of memory. The capacitive touch panel supports a resolution of 1024x600 and supports multi-touch functionality. We mentioned...

Not a Blessing, But Motorola Will Give Rooted Xooms LTE Upgrade

Not a Blessing, But Motorola Will Give Rooted Xooms LTE Upgrade

There's been some concern that rooted Xooms would not be eligible for the free LTE upgrade that will come later this year. Motorola has taken to its support forums to clear up the matter. Xooms that hve been rooted will be eligible for the upgrade, with caveats. It's not a blessing by any means, and we know that Motorola is famous for its...

Adobe Gives Devs Access to Wallaby Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Adobe Gives Devs Access to Wallaby Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Adobe showed off a prototype Flash-to-HTML5 converter last October, and now it's released an experimental Labs version for all to try. The tool, called Wallaby will enable developers to convert their Flash code in HTML5, which will get around that nasty "no Flash on iOS" issue. Released at Adobe Labs, not all Flash features are supported,...

At Long Last, Logitech Z-5500 Speakers Have a Successor, the Z906

At Long Last, Logitech Z-5500 Speakers Have a Successor, the Z906

Like us, you might have thought Logitech forgot all about 5.1 surround sound speakers and that the popular (and awesome) Z-5500 was the end of the road. Looks like we were all wrong on that one. Logitech today announced a long overdue successor to the Z-500, the multi-talented Z906. We say "mulit-talented" because the Z906 isn't designed primarily...

HP Releases Lower-End Omni Pro 110 Business All-In-One PC

HP Releases Lower-End Omni Pro 110 Business All-In-One PC

A business-centric all-in-one PC in your future? HP's signs are pointing to yes. The company has just introduced the Omni Pro 110 PC, which is a 20" machine with an HD anti-glare display, integrated stereo speakers, a webcam, microphone and an Intel CPU. There are options of a Core 2 Duo or Pentium, proving that this one's no powerhouse. But...

Samsung Reveals HM1610, HM3600 And MODUS 6450 BT Headsets

Samsung Reveals HM1610, HM3600 And MODUS 6450 BT Headsets

Bluetooth headsets aren't nearly as huge as they once were, but they aren't dead yet. Samsung Mobile has been pretty reliably releasing new ones over the past few years, and this week they're introducing three more. The HM1610, HM3600 and the dual mono/stereo Modus 6450 are available today at www.samsung.com/accessories for $39.99, $59.99...

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Films On Facebook

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Films On Facebook

Now this is an interesting twist on things. Digital downloads have been on the rise in recent years, that's for sure. But streaming has been reserved mostly for set-top boxes and Web Browsers. Starting this week, Warner Bros. will begin to offer movies through Facebook. Facebook feels like a pretty random place to hawk movies, but then again,...

Opera Opens Mobile Storefront In 200 Countries

Opera Opens Mobile Storefront In 200 Countries

Is your mobile browser in need of a storefront? Possibly not, but Opera thinks so anyway. This week, Opera announced the opening of the Opera Mobile Store, which is available in over 200 countries. This storefront is a featured Speed Dial link in the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, which makes the storefront immediately accessible by...

CyberPower Adds Radeon 6990 GPU To High-End Desktop Range

CyberPower Adds Radeon 6990 GPU To High-End Desktop Range

As of this week, there's a new champion when it comes to world's fastest graphics card. AMD's Radeon 6990 blew through our benchmarks in testing, and if you were holding out for a card just like this to buy in a new pre-fabricated PC, CyberPower has the option for you. The company today announced that their line of high-end desktops would...

iSuppli: Western Digital to Rule the HDD Universe

iSuppli: Western Digital to Rule the HDD Universe

In the chase for first place among hard drive makers, Western Digital's acquisition of Hitachi should pay off handsomely. Market research firm iSuppli reckons the purchase will net WDC a commanding 49.6 percent share of global HDD shipments, increasing its lead over Seagate (29.4 percent) from just 2 percentage points to 20.2 percentage points....

Cisco Umi And TelePresence Link Up; Umi Connect Coming Soon

Cisco Umi And TelePresence Link Up; Umi Connect Coming Soon

It's interesting to watch the interaction between consumer and enterprise. At some points, they each go decades without interfering with one another. But in other cases, the natural evolution of the product cycle makes one more viable than the other, or even viable in both arena. That's what is happening with telepresence solutions. At first,...

Share Your Plug With EV Owners With PlugShare

Share Your Plug With EV Owners With PlugShare

One of the concerns of owning a full electric vehicle (not a plug-in hybrid like the Volt) is finding a charging station when necessary. Released to the App Store on Monday, March 7, there's an app for that. It's called PlugShare. Available free in the App Store, it was developed by Xatori. Xatori co-founder and chief executive Forrest North...

Kingston HyperX Sheds Old Digs, Comes Dressed in New Heatspreader

Kingston HyperX Sheds Old Digs, Comes Dressed in New Heatspreader

Kingston's HyperX memory line has been sporting those trademark blue heatspreaders for as long as we can remember, and they still are, only now they've been updated a tad. The new look HyperX Genesis line now boasts a blue color heatspreader with a military/ballistic trim running across the top, similar to what you'd find on the Genesis Special...

AMD Sees Massive Software Support For Fusion APU

AMD Sees Massive Software Support For Fusion APU

Sure, it's partially gloating, but it's also factual, and it speaks volumes about the bright future ahead for AMD's long-awaited Fusion platform. Consumers have literally waited years for Fusion to become a reality, and now that the Zacate APU is finally shipping in notebooks, it's still tough to believe this is all really happening. And now,...

Google Maps Navigation Gains Real-Time Traffic Re-Routing

Google Maps Navigation Gains Real-Time Traffic Re-Routing

Traffic. Just the mention of the word makes some city folk cringe, and for most everyone, it turns a good day into a bad one. It's a dreadful thing, and it's something that some people have to deal with on a daily basis. But technology has been coming to the rescue lately, with many personal navigation devices adding real-time traffic alerts...

JVC Ships GS-TD1 Consumer 1080p 3D Camcorder

JVC Ships GS-TD1 Consumer 1080p 3D Camcorder

The 3D boom is shaking the entire consumer electronics universe. First it was TVs, now it's gaming, and soon it'll be cameras and camcorders everywhere. JVC is claiming a world's first this week with the shipment of the GS-TD1, which is described as the planet's first Full HD 3D consumer camcorder. It uses two camera lenses and two imaging...

Globalshareware Launches Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0

Globalshareware Launches Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0

If there's one thing none of us want, it's a computer virus. There are plenty of antivirus options available; one of the newest options is Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0 which was recently announced by Globalshareware.com. This new version comes with an improved antivirus and anti-spyware engine. With version 6.0, you'll get real time anti-root kit...

ASUS Updates P67 And H67 B3 Revision Motherboards

ASUS Updates P67 And H67 B3 Revision Motherboards

Asus announced a series of P67 and H67 B3 revision motherboards with Intel’s latest update to its 6 Series (Cougar Point) chipset. These motherboards feature the second-generation Dual Intelligent Processors 2 architecture with ASUS’ DIGI+ VRM power delivery system. The AiSuite II with DIGI+ VRM gives users control over the fine-tuning...

Samsung Introduces Business-Minded Galaxy Pro Froyo Smartphone

Samsung Introduces Business-Minded Galaxy Pro Froyo Smartphone

Another Galaxy, so soon? Samsung knows when they have a hit on their hands, and the Galaxy line of products are most definitely "hits." The Galaxy S has sold over ten million units worldwide, and the company just unveiled the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a larger version of the hot-selling Galaxy Tab. Now, it's time for a slightly different spin on things....

Lenovo Reveals X220 Laptop And X220 Convertible Tablet

Lenovo Reveals X220 Laptop And X220 Convertible Tablet

Another new day, and another new notebook. Lenovo has two new machines coming out today, so we'll get started with the first one. The ThinkPad X220 is a jack-of-all-trades, offering a nice combination of low weight, long battery life and a better-than-average CPU. You'll get a 720p webcam, a Mil-Spec enclosure, an option for a second-gen Core...

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Antilles Has Arrived

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Antilles Has Arrived

The product we’ll be featuring here today, the AMD Radeon HD 6990, should come as no surprise to anyone that even remotely stays on top of the PC graphics scene. News of the Radeon HD 6990’s arrival has been circulating for many months now, although back in the early days it was referred to by its codename—Antilles. Antilles...

Samsung Unfazed by iPad 2 Announcement, Still Plans to Ship Galaxy Tab 10.1 As-Is

Samsung Unfazed by iPad 2 Announcement, Still Plans to Ship Galaxy Tab 10.1 As-Is

Steve Jobs and company made sure to present the iPad ecosystem in the best light possible when announcing the iPad 2, and may have distorted the facts a bit in the process (we'll let you be the judge of that, see here). But while Jobs was busy misquoting Samsung and painting a decidedly different picture of the Galaxy Tab's position in the...

Sony Packs Performance Into New VAIO S Series

Sony Packs Performance Into New VAIO S Series

Sony announced the new VAIO S Series laptop, a thin and light model that features a one-inch profile design and 13.3-inch screen. This line boasts of offering the performance of a larger full-sized PC thanks to the second generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, Hybrid Graphics, and dual channel solid state drive options available...

Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Western Digital plans to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion. The resulting company will retain the Western Digital name. By combining these companies, WD says the end result will be a “customer-focused storage company” that will offer the industry’s...

Sam's Club to Carry Xoom Tablet at Discounted Price

Sam's Club to Carry Xoom Tablet at Discounted Price

Who would have thought that Apple's trump card in the emerging tablet war would be price? Starting this Friday, you'll be able to pick up an iPad 2 starting at $500, and if you simply can't wait, Apple's getting rid of existing iPad 1 stock starting at $400. By comparison, you'll have to fork over $600 for Motorola's Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet,...

Gigabyte Ships New Mainboards To Address Sandy Bridge Issue

Gigabyte Ships New Mainboards To Address Sandy Bridge Issue

As the Intel Sandy Bridge snafu continues to work itself, more and more companies are announcing plans to ship revised products based on the redesigned B3 stepping chipsets. Gigabyte is a major motherboard player, and obviously ships a ton of boards that support Intel CPUs. At the CeBIT 2011 trade show, the company has revealed new 6-series...

Intel's Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Tested, Burned-in

Intel's Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Tested, Burned-in

Intel recently launched a speed bump of their flagship Extreme Edition Core i7 processor, known as the Core i7 990X.  It's unlocked and clocked at 3.45GHz stock speed with a Turbo Boost top-end speed of 3.73GHz.  Intel claims its the fastest desktop chip on the planet; like geek tiger blood for your PC. The new Core i7-990X is also...

OWC Announces HDD And SSD Upgrade Kits For 2011 MacBook Pros

OWC Announces HDD And SSD Upgrade Kits For 2011 MacBook Pros

Do you know how much better the world would be if every single hard drive were replaced with an equally large SSD? It's a far-fetched fantasy, and we're decades out from that being even close to true, but baby steps are getting us closer to that ideal computing society. Other World Computing has just revealed a new HDD upgrade kit that is...

Panasonic Adds Skype Capabilities To VIERA Blu-ray Players

Panasonic Adds Skype Capabilities To VIERA Blu-ray Players

Skype is just blowing up. It's easily the most popular VoIP service on the market today, and it's trickling out to products that Skype founders probably never assumed it would from the get-go. Just a year after Skype came to HDTVs everywhere, Panasonic is now expanding their service by revealing that Skype will also come to Blu-ray players....

Amped Wireless Makes Wi-Fi Signals Easier To Catch

Amped Wireless Makes Wi-Fi Signals Easier To Catch

It's one of the most frustrating things for a computer user: being just barely out of range from a Wi-Fi signal. But thankfully, there are a few new products that help solve that, one of which comes from Amped Wireless. The company's made a business out of range extension, and now there's a new couple that extends wireless range to your Mac...

AT&T to Allow Grandfathering of Unlimited iPad Data Plans to iPad 2

AT&T to Allow Grandfathering of Unlimited iPad Data Plans to iPad 2

AT&T is doing its grandfather thing, which it has been doing historically, at least of late. Those iPad owners who were able to get unlimited data plans prior to AT&T removing it as an option, in 2010, will be able to keep those plans if they move to an iPad 2. It's not really a new idea: AT&T did the same thing when the iPhone...

Touchtunes Makes Remotes A Thing Of The Past For Music Lovers

Touchtunes Makes Remotes A Thing Of The Past For Music Lovers

What we're seeing happen right in front of our eyes is really impressive. Just a couple of years ago, the universal remote was all the rage. Today, there's hardly a need for one. The iPhone, iPad and a range of Android devices have stepped up to take over those duties, and who wouldn't want to use one device for multiple things? The same kind...

Software Developed to Match Police Sketches, Mug Shots

Software Developed to Match Police Sketches, Mug Shots

It is cool enough that the authorities can match DNA or fingerprints in national databases, but here is something just as cool. Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a set of algorithms and software that can automatically match police sketches to mug shots in law enforcement databases. MSU doctoral student Brendan Klare,...

Puget Systems Now Shipping Corrected Sandy Bridge Systems

Puget Systems Now Shipping Corrected Sandy Bridge Systems

Just for the sake of completeness, we felt it important to mention that Puget Systems -- one of the smaller system builders out there -- is also shipping corrected Sandy Bridge PCs now. At this point, we'd be surprised if your favorite PC maker wasn't shipping the new kit. Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu seems to be almost over, and that's great...

iOS 4.3 Mobile Hotspot to Only Support 3 Wireless Connections

iOS 4.3 Mobile Hotspot to Only Support 3 Wireless Connections

It's been known for some time that iOS 4.3 would bring mobile hotspot (as opposed to tethering) functionality to iOS, but it turns out that the new feature will not support the five devices that the Verizon iPhone currently has, but only three. Is AT&T to blame? Not so fast. Although the Verizon iPhone's hotspot feature, which is similar...

LSI Ships New MegaRAID SATA+SAS RAID Controller Cards

LSI Ships New MegaRAID SATA+SAS RAID Controller Cards

Need to add some serious speed and flexibility to your desktop or workstation? If you have a spare PCIe slot, LSI has the tool for you. It's the second-generation MegaRAID SATA+SAS RAID controller card, based on 6Gbps SAS technology. The new line of controllers include the MegaRAID SAS 9265-8i, featuring eight internal ports, and the MegaRAID...

Verbatim Ships BD-RE DL Discs For Avid Archiving Types

Verbatim Ships BD-RE DL Discs For Avid Archiving Types

If you're the type that archives everything, heads-up. And if you're the type that archives everything, only to want to re-write it days later, double heads-up. In reality, we see limited use for re-writeable discs that cost an arm and a leg, but Verbatim is pushing ahead with these units anyway. The company has just started to ship Blu-ray...

Comcast's Xfinity TV Remote App Comes to Android

Comcast's Xfinity TV Remote App Comes to Android

If there's a trend that's really on a roll in 2011, and it's one we're definitely into. The idea of having 20 remotes to handle everything that goes on in the living room is a tired one, and one that isn't really necessary now that smartphones are taking over. Comcast's Xfinity TV app has just made the shift to Android; prior to this, it was...

Sony Reveals New 3D-Compatible Line Of A/V Receivers

Sony Reveals New 3D-Compatible Line Of A/V Receivers

It seems that the high-end home theater trend has started to fizzle somewhat, but those that have already invested in a home cinema of their own are obviously interested in keeping it up. Sony has been a big player in this particular market for some time now, and with this very company being a huge proponent of 3D from the start, it's no surprise...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: [Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 22.0 Motherboards and Chipsets: GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews iXBT Labs Review: Sapphire Fusion Mini E350 Motherboard Memory and Storage: MEGATech Reviews – Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case and Virtual Drive Akasa DuoDock 2S USB 3.0 Docking...

GoPro BacPac Is A Removeable Battery For Your GoPro, Adds 5+ Hours

GoPro BacPac Is A Removeable Battery For Your GoPro, Adds 5+ Hours

Got a GoPro? Keep it going longer! One of the most popular helmet cam companies on the market has just come out with a great new accessory, one that long-distance skiers and such will surely appreciate. The new Battery BacPac is a removeable, long-runtime battery and charger module for the 1080p HD HERO camera, providing 5+ hours of video...

Asetek Re-Introduces WaterChill Cooler Line

Asetek Re-Introduces WaterChill Cooler Line

Remember the WaterChill cooler brand from Asetek? It's back! The line may have vanished in recent years, but at the CeBIT trade show in Germany, Asetek has re-released it. We're guessing that hardware overclocking fans just missed the range of products, and now an ultra-extreme liquid CPU cooler is being launched in the WaterChill line. It's...

Turtle Beach PX5 Headset Gets Custom Audio For Dead Space 2

Turtle Beach PX5 Headset Gets Custom Audio For Dead Space 2

Turtle Beach had a good thing going with the PX5 headset, and they still do. In fact, good is getting even better. The company has just announced the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor, and Dead Space 2 by Visceral Games is the first title to receive a custom developer-made preset list. The idea is simple: the PX5 accepts customized presets based on...

SmartShopper Kitchen Minder Could Give Your Memory A Break

SmartShopper Kitchen Minder Could Give Your Memory A Break

It's quirky, and it's weird. And it's not exactly a new CPU. But it's so off-the-wall, that it really has managed to capture our interest. It's sort of amazing to think about how archaic note-taking still is today in many instances, including the art of grocery shopping. The vast majority of people still pen lists to take down to the market,...

D-Link Ships $130 Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320)

D-Link Ships $130 Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320)

Why buy a plain 'ole router when you can have this? D-Link's latest device is a whole lot of things in one, with the Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320) handling both wireless Internet distribution and PowerLine networking. It's an IPv6-ready solution that merges PowerLine 200 Mbps technology with a Wireless-N router and Ethernet ports,...

AVADirect Now Shipping Desktops With Fixed Sandy Bridge Chipset

AVADirect Now Shipping Desktops With Fixed Sandy Bridge Chipset

And just like that, another company is assuring customers that future machines are 100% cleared to be perfectly a-okay. Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu earlier this year really put vendors in a pinch; they didn't want to stop selling systems, but they also didn't want a ton of defective units going to unhappy customers. But now that the revised...

Super Talent Taps TeraDrive SSD with 2nd Generation SandForce Chip

Super Talent Taps TeraDrive SSD with 2nd Generation SandForce Chip

If you're thinking about picking up a solid state drive to make your system scream, you'd be silly to pull the trigger before SSDs built around next generation controllers start shipping. One of the more anticipated upgrades is from SandForce, whose SF-2000 series chipsets you'll soon find on a number of shipping SSDs, including Super Talent's...

Toshiba Adds Dual-Core Cell Processor To Z2 HDTVs

Toshiba Adds Dual-Core Cell Processor To Z2 HDTVs

HDTV evolutions have slowed somewhat. A few years ago, during the transition from CRT to LCD, there was a period of crazy rapid innovation, but now, it seems like every major TV maker is just waiting for the next big thing. 3D is definitely gaining steam, but that doesn't require too much retooling, particularly with active sets where the...

Sony Drops PSPGo Price To $150

Sony Drops PSPGo Price To $150

Well, at least no one can complain about the price tag on Sony's PSPgo any longer. Or wait... can they? When Sony's disc-free PlayStation Portable launched, the reactions were mixed. But almost everyone had a reaction of some sort. Some said it was the future of gaming. Others said physical media wasn't dead yet. Over the years, it has been...

Gefen Reveals Dual Link DVI To Mini-DisplayPort Converter

Gefen Reveals Dual Link DVI To Mini-DisplayPort Converter

Intel's Thunderbolt I/O port is the buzzword right now, but DisplayPort still has a long life ahead of it. Gefen has stepped up with a new dual-link DVI to Mini-DisplayPort, which is designed to work with many of today's new monitors that utilize mini-DisplayPort. Most legacy laptops only support DVI, but if you buy a new monitor (like the...

Intel SSD 510 Series SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive Review

Intel SSD 510 Series SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive Review

The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you two hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance, thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native SATA 6Gbs support. And now, it...

Was the 'Reality Distortion Field' in Force at the iPad 2 Event?

Was the 'Reality Distortion Field' in Force at the iPad 2 Event?

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has been accused of reporting only the facts that support his products, and ignoring those that do not. Since Apple is a corporation, and needs to maximize the value of the company for its shareholders, there's nothing wrong with that, but there were quite a few inaccuracies in his presentation on March 2. Watching the...

AT&T Reveals Monthly Billing for Tablets, First Month Free

AT&T Reveals Monthly Billing for Tablets, First Month Free

As wireless carries wrestle with how to integrate tablets into their data consumption schemes, AT&T this week introduced new postpaid billing options for slates. Effective immediately, AT&T subscribers have the option of choosing between the new postpaid pricing or sticking with prepaid billing. The charges are effectively the same...

MSI Announces Wind Top AE2210 All-in-One PC with Sandy Bridge

MSI Announces Wind Top AE2210 All-in-One PC with Sandy Bridge

Find yourself jonesing for an all-in-one PC? MSI's new Wind Top AE2210 might be just the ticket. The AE2210 is a 21.5-inch machine built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, and don't worry about those early warts that affected Intel's 6-series chipset -- you won't find any of those in the AE2210. What you will find is an Intel Core i3 2100...

Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes Winner!

Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes Winner!

To bring some much-needed heat to this chilly winter, we joined up with our friends at OCZ, Intel, WD, Gigabyte, and Xigmatek, and assembled another <HOT> rig to give away to a lucky reader. This time around we gave you all a chance to win an Intel Core i7-870-infused gaming rig with 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 600GB, 10K RPM hard drive, an...

Sega To Bring Multiplayer Gaming To iOS With Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Sega To Bring Multiplayer Gaming To iOS With Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Don't look now, but iOS has a huge share when it comes to mobile gaming. The App Store has become a giant in the industry, and now even Sega is taking notice. The hardware-gone-software company has just announced Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS, a game that should become an instant hit on Apple's iPod touch and iPhone. The iOS version...

Google Enables Additional Storage Purchase For Google Apps

Google Enables Additional Storage Purchase For Google Apps

Google's reliability level definitely took a hit over the past week. The company managed to lose the emails of around 150,000 clients, but if you still trust the Big G with your data, you now have more options than ever when it comes to hosted apps. Enterprise and business users who have turned to Google for Google Apps now have the ability...

Kingston Releases HyperX Black DDR3 Memory Kits

Kingston Releases HyperX Black DDR3 Memory Kits

Lookie here, more RAM! Earlier in the week, Kingston dished out new mobile memory. Today, it's the desktop side getting some attention. The company has just released their HyperX T1 Black DDR3 triple-channel memory kits, which are designed to work flawlessly alongside the Core i7-990X chipset and X58-based motherboards. The kits are available...

Major League Gaming To Push Xperia PLAY Android Smartphone

Major League Gaming To Push Xperia PLAY Android Smartphone

There's no question that Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY is a revolutionary device. It's the gaming smartphone of the decade until something else proves otherwise. But the fact is, Apple already has a huge share of the gaming market in the smartphone realm, and it's going to take some serious marketing power from SE in order to change that. But...

Google Adds More Street View Imagery From Off-Road Locales

Google Adds More Street View Imagery From Off-Road Locales

Recently, Google's Street View expanded to all seven continents. Where could it possibly go next? To places that aren't accessible via car. While Street View has done a tremendous job of providing an up-close view of locations by sending camera-equipped cars to record images, the one thing that cannot be recorded by car is anything off of...

Olympus Unveils "Crush Proof" Tough TG-810 Camera

Olympus Unveils "Crush Proof" Tough TG-810 Camera

Olympus has been kicking out cameras left and right lately, one of which is the company's "Tough TG-810." You might think Olympus is being a bit presumptuous by putting "Tough" on this camera's birth certificate, but you'd be wrong. The TG-810 was designed to withstand all kinds of abuse, whether you intend to go snorkeling or snap photos...

iPad Gen 1 on Sale for $100 Off, Now Starting at $399

iPad Gen 1 on Sale for $100 Off, Now Starting at $399

In terms of the iPhone, Apple's latest practice has been to lower the price of the prior year's model to $99 while at the same time reducing its storage capacity. This being the first year that the iPad has a refresh, it's unclear if Apple will do some sort of similar practice, but for now, the iPad 1 is on sale for $100 across the board....

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Review

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition Review

The product we’ll be looking at today is the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III. As its name suggests, the R6950 Twin Frozr III is powered by AMD’s Radeon HD 6950 GPU and the card sports MSI’s third-generation Twin Frozr cooler. MSI did more with the R6950 Twin Frozr III than swap the reference cooler with one of their own design,...

Charlie Sheen Busts Onto Twitter; Already Past 1M Followers

Charlie Sheen Busts Onto Twitter; Already Past 1M Followers

Charlie Sheen has said that his multiple appearances on various talk shows like "The Today Show," "20/20" and "Piers Morgan Tonight" have all been about spreading the "truth." What better way, however, to spread it, than via Twitter. In fact, the Charlie Sheen Twitter account, which was created on March 1st, already has over 1.2M followers,...

Skyhook Geolocation Services Integrated Into Sony's NGP

Skyhook Geolocation Services Integrated Into Sony's NGP

Location-based apps and gaming is surely the "next big thing," and Sony looks to be riding that wave right along. The company, along with Skyhook, has this week announced that Skyhook's Core Engine will be embedded in the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) from Sony Computer Entertainment. The NGP shook up the gaming...

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Launch Reportedly Set for April 10

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Launch Reportedly Set for April 10

In this latest edition of "As the Tablet World Turns," Apple's iPad 2 announcement is immediately followed up by word of an imminent launch for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Boy Genius Report claims to have heard from "multiple sources" that RIM's first tablet will launch on April 10, 2011 in retail locations, while the...

ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Brings Fusion To The SFF HTPC Realm

ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Brings Fusion To The SFF HTPC Realm

Zotac clearly has a thing going with their ZBOX series. The company has been cranking them out like nobody's business lately, and the ZBOX AD02 mini-PC is the latest. They've been doing great things with the SFF form factor, and particularly with the HTPC crowd, these space saving machines have really hit the spot. The newest series is powered...

Corsair Releases Cerulean Blue Vengeance DDR3 RAM Kits

Corsair Releases Cerulean Blue Vengeance DDR3 RAM Kits

'Tis the season...for new memory modules? Hot on the heels of a new HyperX release by Kingston, Corsair has just announced that their Cerulean Blue Vengence high-performance RAM modules are now on sale. These are DDR3 kits designed to make your system scream (and your wallet too), with blue heat spreaders that beg for a clear enclosure to...

VIA Eden X2 Packs A Might Embedded Punch

VIA Eden X2 Packs A Might Embedded Punch

Embedded computing hardly gets the credit it deserves. Many, many of the devices that make all of our worlds tick runs on an embedded system, and VIA Technologies is at the forefront of it all. The company has just used Embedded World 2011 to launch what they are calling the "world's most power-efficient dual core processor." That processor...

MSI Launches New Wind Top AE Line Of All-In-One PCs

MSI Launches New Wind Top AE Line Of All-In-One PCs

MSI always seems to make a splash at CeBIT, and this year is no different. The company is using the trade show to launch a slew of new machines, including a handful of All-in-One PCs. The 24" AE 2410, the 22" AE 2210, AE 2211 and AE 2240, as well as the 20" AE 2050 and AE 2070 are the latest Wind Top AE models, and they all utilize Intel's...

3M Reveals Two Capacitive Styluses For Touch Panel Users

3M Reveals Two Capacitive Styluses For Touch Panel Users

It's kind of crazy to think just how vital touch panels are in our lives today. Hardly a smartphone is launched in today's world without some form of touch support, and 3M has been a big player in the movement. You don't hear too much in the consumer space about their involvement, but they're there. At CeBIT 2011, 3M Touch Systems has announced...

Kingston Ships 4GB/8GB HyperX Mobile Memory Kits

Kingston Ships 4GB/8GB HyperX Mobile Memory Kits

Kingston -- always looking to one-up the competition. Nothing wrong with that of course, but you best stay away from these guys if you hate things like "best, fastest and greatest." The company's newest memory modules aren't modest in the least. In fact, these newly released modules are hailed as the fastest notebook memory for Intel's Core...

Motorola: All Future High-End Smartphones Will Work With Docking Station

Motorola: All Future High-End Smartphones Will Work With Docking Station

Are we seeing the next big (or even small) trend in mobile technology? Motorola recently shook up the space with their Atrix 4G, an AT&T smartphone that did something that no other smartphone had done before. Rather than shipping by its lonesome, the Atrix 4G shipped with an optional docking station, which is really a brain-less netbook...

Archos Shows Color E-Reader and 7" Arnova Android Tablet At CeBIT

Archos Shows Color E-Reader and 7" Arnova Android Tablet At CeBIT

Another new month, another trade show. Archos, a France-based portable media player company, has chosen Germany's CeBIT show to announce their newest products: a color e-reader and an Android tablet. Color e-readers are a bit of a holy grail. But unfortunately, there's no magical color E Ink or Pixel Qi display here; it's relying on an LCD,...

Apple iPad 2 Announcement is Black and White

Apple iPad 2 Announcement is Black and White

Earlier today we told you there was still time to post your iPad 1 up on eBay or Craigslist before it goes out of style. Hopefully you took our advice, because if you didn't, it might be too late. During a press event in San Francisco today, Apple officially launched the iPad 2, so now the mainstream is up to speed on what technophiles had...

New AMD Demo Shows Llano Outperforming Sandy Bridge

New AMD Demo Shows Llano Outperforming Sandy Bridge

Much of the talk about AMD products has centered around Bulldozer of late, but Llano is on track for launch this year as well. AMD has released a new video pitting Llano against Intel's Sandy Bridge, with results that (un)surprisingly favor AMD's own solution. According to Godfrey Cheng, AMD's director of Client Technology, Llano was designed...

MSI Launches R6950 Twin Frozr III Graphics Card

MSI Launches R6950 Twin Frozr III Graphics Card

MSI is rarely content to stick with reference designs and prefers to march to the beat of its own drum. This is evidenced yet again with the release of thier R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card. What makes this card different from all the other Radeon HD 6950 parts is the cooling solution, which MSI claims offers 11C lower temps...

Second Generation iPad Launch Imminent, Best Buy Prepares

Second Generation iPad Launch Imminent, Best Buy Prepares

Quick! There's still time to list your first generation iPad tablet on eBay or Craigslist before its value crashes faster than Lindsey Lohan's career. That's assuming Apple really is getting ready to unveil the iPad 2 at a press event later today, and every indication suggests it's going to happen. Even Best Buy has reportedly taken steps...

Unlimited Data Plans to End by Mid-Summer: Verizon CFO

Unlimited Data Plans to End by Mid-Summer: Verizon CFO

Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo, speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference on Tuesday, March 1, let loose with the news that Verizon would be targeting mid-summer for an overhaul of its data plans, with tiered pricing coming. Naturally, that sounds like it will arrive right at the same time that the iPhone 5 does. Shammo said the following,...

Matrox Introduces Extio F2208 KVM Extender

Matrox Introduces Extio F2208 KVM Extender

If there's one piece of technology that's under-appreciated these days...well, on second thought, that's opening a can of worms we aren't prepared to deal with. Let's just say that KVMs probably don't get the credit they deserve, but those that use 'em to flip between machines know just how precious they are. Matrox has been dealing with multi-machine...

Ford's SYNC Voice-Control System To Learn 19 Total Languages By 2012

Ford's SYNC Voice-Control System To Learn 19 Total Languages By 2012

We have no idea how to say "awesome" in Russian, Japanese or French, but your SYNC system probably will in due time. It's a little like The Matrix, but with your car in place of Neo. Ford has just announced that their SYNC system will expand its vocabulary from three to 19 languages, with the new tongues to be available first in Europe in...

Fujitsu Semiconductor and ARM Ink License Agreement

Fujitsu Semiconductor and ARM Ink License Agreement

ARM used to be an important company. Today, ARM is a critical company, and with mobility becoming ever more important, ARM's stake in the market is growing tremendously. Fujitsu Semiconductor is the latest company to hop onboard the train that ARM is powering, with the two signing a strategic partnership that enables a license agreement between...

iPad Deleted from Best Buy Inventory Systems: Signal of Early iPad 2 Release?

iPad Deleted from Best Buy Inventory Systems: Signal of Early iPad 2 Release?

Possible further evidence that Apple may be planning a surprise for the iPad 2 event scheduled for Wednesday comes via this new report. A Best Buy source told MacRumors that all iPad models have now show a status of "deleted" at the source's store. The source further provided screenshots which showed both the 16GB wi-fi-only and 16GB 3G iPads...

BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PC Sneak Peek

BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PC Sneak Peek

We spent a little time today at a private event being held in New York City, where RIM—makers of the ubiquitous Blackberry--was showing off their upcoming Playbook tablet. We got some hands on time with the device and think it definitely has promise, although a flaky internet connection at the venue made it hard to get at good feel for...

Samsung Nexus S with Gingerbread Review

Samsung Nexus S with Gingerbread Review

Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of attractive features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that this smartphone is the first to ship with the latest version of the Android smartphone operating system—version 2.3. Otherwise known as Gingerbread, this OS is said to be the fastest version of Android yet. In addition...

Corsair Flash Voyager Soars to USB 3.0

Corsair Flash Voyager Soars to USB 3.0

It's not quite infinity and beyond, but Corsair did take its Flash Voyager USB memory stick as high as it can currently go, which is USB 3.0. The new SuperSpeed models sport the same rubberized mold as previous Voyager USB sticks, only now they're potentially much faster, assuming your system has a USB 3.0 port. Otherwise, the retooled Voyagers...

Get Ready to Control Laptops with Your Eyeballs

Get Ready to Control Laptops with Your Eyeballs

It's said the eyes are the windows to your soul, but as it turns out, they're also integrated input devices. Or at least that's the idea behind Tobii's eye-controlled laptop concept. Using eye tracking technology from Tobii, the company went and built a fully functional prototype laptop that lets users manipulate images and other functions...

Computers Are Starting To Get Emotional

Computers Are Starting To Get Emotional

Researchers and startups have begun to focus on the final frontier for our silicon-based buddies -- teaching computers to read and respond to human emotions. They haven't quite designed a real life Andrew from the Bicentennial Man, but they have lead computers to grasp the basics. At Cambridge University in England, they are trying to teach...

Maingear Adds Monsterous Desktop Replacement: 17.3" Titan 17 Notebook

Maingear Adds Monsterous Desktop Replacement: 17.3" Titan 17 Notebook

If you thought you'd seen "big, thick and heavy," think again. Maingear has just thrown style and mobility to the wind, but what they threw in was power. Lots and lots of power. The company's new Titan 17 has a perfectly fitting name; it's one of the largest 17" machines we've ever seen, and we think that "desktop replacement" may actually...

Maingear Adds Intel Xeon X5687 and X5690 CPUs To SHIFT Desktop

Maingear Adds Intel Xeon X5687 and X5690 CPUs To SHIFT Desktop

We never put a whole lot of thought into the name of Maingear's SHIFT "personal supercomputer," but the machine sure is shifting with the tides of technology. This morning, Maingear revamped the SHIFT with the addition of Intel's newest Xeon processors, the X5687 and X5690. Much like Apple's Mac Pro, which is also available with Xeon CPUs,...

Seagate Ships 3TB Barracuda XT Hard Drive For $280

Seagate Ships 3TB Barracuda XT Hard Drive For $280

Yowsa. 3TB, comin' atcha. Seagate has just announced that their new 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive is a figment of your imagination no longer, and as of today, it's shipping to end users who are pushing the limits already on storage capacity. Seagate's marketing this as an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-install drive, designed to overcome the barriers...

Motorola Sues TiVo For Infringing On DVR Patents

Motorola Sues TiVo For Infringing On DVR Patents

Nothing like a little courtroom drama (or "litigation," as they call it) to get the watercooler talk started, right? Motorola Mobility has just sued TiVo (yeah, TiVo!) for doing the unthinkable: infringing its patents for digital video recorders (DVRs). Ouch. Considering that DVRs are TiVo's bread and butter, it's probably not comfortable...

ePhoneTracker: the Software Elin Needed for Tiger's Phone

ePhoneTracker: the Software Elin Needed for Tiger's Phone

If you have a Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iOS, or Android smartphone, your phone even now could be infected with spyware. However, it might be spyware that your significant other or spouse intentionally installed on your phone. The software is ePhoneTracker. Released last week, ePhoneTracker allows users to monitor everything one...

On Video Confirmation: RIM Rep Says QNX to Run Android Apps

On Video Confirmation: RIM Rep Says QNX to Run Android Apps

Loose lips sink ships, they say, it appears that the loose lips of a RIM representative have confirm the rumors that have been going around of late. BlackBerry's QNX platform, which will run its PlayBook tablet and future smartphones, will run Android apps as well. The video below is of a PlayBook demo from Mobile World Congress. There's a...

Verizon Takes Cloud-Based Unified Communications To The Mobile

Verizon Takes Cloud-Based Unified Communications To The Mobile

Come to think of it, "Unified Communications" is a catchphrase that never really took off with consumers. Maybe more so in the business realm, but as for regular joes? Video calling, texting and Twitter pretty much stole the thunder. But these days, the cloud is making a comeback. Microsoft's pushing it quite hard, and lots of other companies...

Jetstream HD Brings Content To Any iPad, Anywhere

Jetstream HD Brings Content To Any iPad, Anywhere

You might say that the world simply doesn't need another media streaming device. And you could be right. But could we use another streaming device that actually does something different and unique? Yeah, we could get into that. JetStream HD might be that device. Rather than being a software solution, this is actually a software + hardware...

GoToMyPC For iPad Now Available

GoToMyPC For iPad Now Available

For as corny as the radio commercials are, GoToMyPC is definitely a hit in the business world. It's simple, clean, and gets to the point. That spells success in the business world, where red tape and clutter are more the rule than the exception. Citrix Online, the company responsible for that app, has just made another huge leap forward, and...