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All News for June 2010

It's Official: 18-Button WarMouse Is Now On Sale

It's Official: 18-Button WarMouse Is Now On Sale

Every now and then, a tech company produces a product so odd that we journalists are left eyeballing the design and wondering if we've been punked. The OpenOffice Mouse (covered here) was definitely such a beast. With 18 buttons, an analog joystick, scrollwheel, and up to 52 programmable commands, the OOMouse promised to redefine mouse use....

Obama Administration Wants 500MHz of Spectrum For Future Broadband

Obama Administration Wants 500MHz of Spectrum For Future Broadband

If you've ever tried to set up a wireless router in an apartment building or college campus, you've probably encountered problems when it came to establishing a clear signal. All too often, multiple routers in close proximity will tangle with each other, lowering the quality and range of everyone's signal. With wireless broadband usage projected...

Chrome Surpasses Safari In Global Browser Rankings

Chrome Surpasses Safari In Global Browser Rankings

According to figures from StatCounter, Google's Chrome Internet browser has unseated Apple Safari for the first time and has become the third most used Internet browser in the United States. Considering the Chrome browser is less than two years old, this is quite the feat. As StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said, "This is quite a coup for Google...

How to Hold a Phone: Nokia

How to Hold a Phone: Nokia

Since we have been told we are holding the iPhone 4 wrong, Nokia has taken the time to show us the correct way to hold a Nokia smartphone. You mileage may, of course, vary, particularly if you are left-handed and using an iPhone instead of a Nokia phone. The tutorial shows end users four "elegant" ways to hold a nokia. There's the Thumb and...

Virgin Mobile To Offer Prepaid MiFi Mobile Hotspot

Virgin Mobile To Offer Prepaid MiFi Mobile Hotspot

With the addition of the MiFi 2200 to its Broadband2Go portfolio, Virgin Mobile is offering customers a prepaid Intelligent Mobile Hotspot that allows users with Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to 3G Internet. This new Broadband2Go MiFi product doesn't require a contract, monthly subscription or activation fee. The Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200...

Verizon Cuts the Price of Microsoft's Kin Phones

Verizon Cuts the Price of Microsoft's Kin Phones

Good news for text messaging teens enamored with Microsoft's Kin phones. Verizon has gone and slashed the prices on both the Kin One and Kin Two, making it easier for social networking addicts to save some of their allowance for the real important things, like Justin Bieber concert tickets. As it turns out, Verizon has had trouble moving the...

MSI Gives Latest Wind Netbook a Touch of Class

MSI Gives Latest Wind Netbook a Touch of Class

It's getting difficult to discern one netbook release from another, which is our way of saying if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Until now. While the internal hardware is standard fare for a modern day netbook, MSI's latest entrant -- the Wind U135DX -- adds a bit of style to the genre by coating its latest netbook with its own "Color...

Google Not So Willing To Leave China After All

Google Not So Willing To Leave China After All

When Google announced it had been the victim of government-sponsored hacking attempts last January, it also declared it would no longer censor search results on Google.cn. Now, the company is at least modifying that position, as it doesn't wish to lose its Internet Content Provider (ICP) license. Back in January, Dave Drummond wrote: We have...

Official Froyo Finally Reaching Nexus Ones

Official Froyo Finally Reaching Nexus Ones

This time it's official. The Android 2.2 (Froyo) release is finally here, at least for Nexus One users, after several false alarms. This time, we know it's official, via a Google blog post on Monday afternoon. Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones....

New Acer Aspire 1551 Features AMD's Turion II

New Acer Aspire 1551 Features AMD's Turion II

Back in November of last year, when AMD announced it had formally settled with Intel over the smaller company's antitrust lawsuit, CEO Dirk Meyer predicted that we'd see more AMD laptops as a result. Nine months later, Dirk seems to have been right. We won't know for certain until we see AMD's Q2 results in a few weeks, but there certainly...

NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Tested, Burned In

NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Tested, Burned In

Nowadays, when you go to a movie theater, chances are you'll have the option of watching new releases in either 2D or 3D. Moreover, HDTVs and Blu-ray players now offer 3D capable features that bring stereoscopic technology right into your living room. Of course, PC gaming is also on the bandwagon as hundreds of games support 3D  out of...

Select Kindle Downloads For iPhad Now Offer Audio, Video

Select Kindle Downloads For iPhad Now Offer Audio, Video

Pundits have been predicting that the iPad could seriously threaten Amazon's Kindle since Apple's slate device was first announced, but this new quirk is a first. Amazon has updated its iPhad reader software with support for a select group of books that incorporate audio and/or video material. This multimedia content isn't available on any...

Discrete ION GPUs Now Popping Up At NewEgg

Discrete ION GPUs Now Popping Up At NewEgg

When NVIDIA switched from ION to ION-NG, it swapped from including an entire chipset over to a GPU. At the time, NV noted that some third-party manufacturers might opt to offer stand-alone products based on the second-generation ION GPU, and at least one company is doing so. Zotac, already known as a company with a wide line of ION-based products,...

mSpot's Cloud-Based Music Streaming Services Opens To Public

mSpot's Cloud-Based Music Streaming Services Opens To Public

The "cloud" has come a long way. A few years ago, only enterprises used clouds to serve files to various divisions, and hardly any consumer had access to one. Now, consumer-facing companies are pushing cloud services harder than ever before, in large part due to how cheap storage is becoming and how much easier it is to find broadband Internet...

Infinitec's IUM Ad Hoc Streaming Device To Ship In Late August

Infinitec's IUM Ad Hoc Streaming Device To Ship In Late August

Product delays in the consumer electronics industry aren't altogether uncommon, but we're of the belief that it's better to wait and really nail the execution of things than to rush something out ahead of time. Infinitec, a start-up company that first came to light a few months ago, has now updated us with a revised ship date for their first...

Samsung Ships 10.1" N230 Netbook With Ultra-Long Battery Life

Samsung Ships 10.1" N230 Netbook With Ultra-Long Battery Life

Tablet PCs may be eating away at the market share of netbooks, but that's not to say that netbooks are done and over with. They aren't even close to being old hat, and we'd argue that they still have quite some ways to go in terms of evolution. Netbooks are still growing into their own, with improved thermals allowing faster and faster components...

Acer's Aspire Predator AG7750 Desktop Is Ready For World Domination

Acer's Aspire Predator AG7750 Desktop Is Ready For World Domination

Acer's notebook collection has been growing furiously over the past few months, and with demands shifting from desktops to more mobile form factors, that's really no surprise. But the desktop isn't dead yet, particularly in the gaming sector. For hardcore gamers, there's really no substitute for a desktop GPU, desktop CPU and a desktop hard...

Intel Prepping Android 2.2 For x86 Devices

Intel Prepping Android 2.2 For x86 Devices

Version 2.2 of Google's Android (codenamed Froyo) has generated a great deal of discussion over the past few weeks, both for its anticipated new features and the fact that it, unlike the iPhone's iOS 4, offers full support for both HTML5 and Flash. It seems consumers and developers aren't the only people interested in Google's new Android...

Sprint Says HTC EVO 4G Will Get Android 2.2 Soon

Sprint Says HTC EVO 4G Will Get Android 2.2 Soon

Last week, Verizon Wireless and Motorola introduced the new DROID X Smartphone as part of the carrier’s effort to rival Sprint’s EVO 4G. Not content to let Verizon Wireless and Motorola get all of the hype, Sprint released a statement about the upcoming Android 2.2 upgrade for its HTC EVO 4G smartphone. In a post on the Sprint...

IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicro To Form 28nm Manufacturing Alliance

IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicro To Form 28nm Manufacturing Alliance

As process geometries shrink, the cost and complexity of manufacturing products that use them continues to rise. This fact has had a significant impact on the semiconductor industry as various foundries have either struggled to ramp production on a new process (TSMC's 40nm) or have delayed beginning their own transitions. Companies that once...

T-Mobile & Samsung Announce Samsung Vibrant Smartphone

T-Mobile & Samsung Announce Samsung Vibrant Smartphone

T-Mobile and Samsung introduced the Samsung Vibrant smartphone. This new Samsung Galaxy S device will be available from T-Mobile beginning July 21. The Vibrant features a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display as well as a Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application processor. This Android-powered device also offers exclusive entertainment...

OCZ Technology Unveils the RevoDrive PCIe SSD

OCZ Technology Unveils the RevoDrive PCIe SSD

OCZ Technology Unveils the RevoDrive with up to 80,000 IOPS, the World’s Fastest Consumer Solid State Drive OCZ Increases Performance but not the Price of High-End PCIe Solid State Storage   SAN JOSE, CA - June 29, 2010 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and...

China Outs First MeeGo Powered Tablet

China Outs First MeeGo Powered Tablet

At some point, someone is going to rise up and challenge Apple's iPad in the tablet market, the only questions are who and when? We still don't know, but Chinese company Red Flag Software will take a stab at it by tossing its name into a hat brimming with other companies who plan on releasing a tablet. Called the NPad, Red Flag's tablet is...

Apple Addicts Gobble Up Over 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Smartphones

Apple Addicts Gobble Up Over 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Smartphones

Now that the dust has started to settle on the iPhone 4 frenzy, Apple has had a chance to crunch the numbers and see exactly how popular their latest smartphone really is. As it turns out, it's pretty damn popular. According to Apple, the Cupertino company has already sold more than 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through Saturday, June 26, only...

Apple iPhone 4 Review With Video

Apple iPhone 4 Review With Video

The iPhone 4 was officially revealed at WWDC in early June, but the world knew about the device long before that. In an extremely unusual slip for Apple, the next generation iPhone was found in a California bar a few weeks before its official announcement, giving the tech world an up close look at the hardware well before Apple intended. But...

BDXL Officially Brings 128GB Per-Disc To Blu-ray

BDXL Officially Brings 128GB Per-Disc To Blu-ray

It's true: Blu-ray is outgrowing itself, but thankfully, there's room for expansion on the current format. There have been rumors for years that larger optical discs were on the horizon, and even hints that Blu-ray itself may grow. But now it's official, and those who always assumed that a single 50GB dual-layer disc would one day be too small...

eMachines Mini-e ER1402 Gets AMD CPU, Extra Low Price

eMachines Mini-e ER1402 Gets AMD CPU, Extra Low Price

eMachines still makes PCs? Oh, yes, they definitely do. It may not be a brand that you're incredibly familiar with, but the company is putting it on thick with the introduction of their newest machine. It's a small form factor PC with lots of great hardware and an even greater price, and this may be the machine to get if you're looking for...

Sprint Gets Another 4G Smartphone: Samsung Epic 4G

Sprint Gets Another 4G Smartphone: Samsung Epic 4G

Another 4G smartphone on Sprint? Yep, and we get the idea that Sprint will be milking that 4G headstart as much as possible over the next few months. With the HTC EVO 4G still firmly in the spotlight, Samsung is introducing America's 2nd 4G smartphone, though Sprint does point out that this is the first in the US with a slide-QWERTY keyboard...

Entrepreneur Seeks iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Operators

Entrepreneur Seeks iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Operators

Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted earlier that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone," defending the right of Apple to keep such apps off the iPhone. He might want to enhance the FaceTime app to check for boobs while running, based on this Craiglist ad for iPhone 4 video sex operators. Jobs famous comment about porn on Android came was he...

Samsung Fascinate Brings Another Android Phone To Verizon

Samsung Fascinate Brings Another Android Phone To Verizon

One has to wonder if Verizon Wireless is worried at all about giving consumers too many options. It may sound far-fetched at first, but there's a growing number of high-end Android smartphones on Verizon's network, and while we understand the need to build up the arsenal in order to coax people to coming over in favor of the iPhone 4, it may...

'No reception issues' on iPhone 4: Steve Jobs

'No reception issues' on iPhone 4: Steve Jobs

The Daily Mail apparently saw a Tweet from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and rushed out a story about an iPhone 4 recall. Unfortunately, they didn't realize it was a parody Twitter account until it was too late. Really, how could they have believed it, anyway? After all, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs emailed a customer, "There are no reception issues."...

Hulu Ready To Launch Paid Service On PlayStation 3?

Hulu Ready To Launch Paid Service On PlayStation 3?

Will it be Sony to usher in the pay-for generation of Hulu? It's not the most positive designation in the world to have, but given Sony's expertise in the media realm, and just how elegant their own multi-media store solution is on the PlayStation 3, we wouldn't really mind it. The PS3 has been a multi-media monster from Day 1, being the only...

Next-Generation Intel Chipsets May Drop PCI Bus

Next-Generation Intel Chipsets May Drop PCI Bus

If rumors floating around the 'Net are true, Intel is set to drop support for the PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) bus when it launches its next-generation 6-series of chipsets with support for Sandy Bridge-based LGA1155 processors. In case you're wondering, no, neither Sandy Bridge derived processors or their accompanying motherboards...

SkypeKit Beta Could Bring VoIP Calling To Nearly Any Connected Device

SkypeKit Beta Could Bring VoIP Calling To Nearly Any Connected Device

There's just no question that Skype has revolutionized calling, and has basically delivered VoIP to the mainstream. Before Skype, VoIP was mostly used to make intracompany calls and teleconference calls, but few consumers bothered with it. The setup was simply too difficult, and there was no unified way to actually find someone else who was...

Motion's J3500 Tablet PC Is Tough And Smart, Like It Should Be

Motion's J3500 Tablet PC Is Tough And Smart, Like It Should Be

Apple's iPad may have arguably rebooted the tablet revolution, but Motion Computing has been producing tablets before the iPad was even a concept in the back of Steve Jobs' mind. The company's new J3500 Rugged Tablet PC isn't your average toy; instead, it uses a tough exterior, durable Gorilla glass and a more solid construction in order to...

Rumor: iOS 4.01 release coming to fix reception issues

Rumor: iOS 4.01 release coming to fix reception issues

Whether or not we consumers are holding the iPhone 4 the "wrong way," and whether or not the issue slipped by Apple testing or was known the whole time, reports are that Apple is going to quickly release iOS 4.01, with a fix. Some are calling the reactions by users "Death Grip hysteria." Others are just making fun of the issue. Still...

Apple Sells 3 Million iPads, Will Ship In More Nations Soon

Apple Sells 3 Million iPads, Will Ship In More Nations Soon

Say what you will about the iPad, but lots of people are buying the thing. They may have no idea what they're going to do with it once they get home, and they're probably still curious as to why the iPhone 3G has access to iOS 4 before the iPad, but hey, those are just minor things, right? We're kidding (in a way), but the sales figures just...

Acer Introduces New Timeline X Series Of Multi-Media Notebooks

Acer Introduces New Timeline X Series Of Multi-Media Notebooks

The flood of new notebooks continues! Acer has already introduced a few new machines this week, primarily aimed at the early-bird back-to-school crowd, but now it's time to get serious. The performance-oriented Aspire TimelineX series is getting revamped this week, with a bunch of new components and a few new models. The TimelineX family of...

Did a BFF and Secrecy Hide the iPhone 4's Antenna Problems?

Did a BFF and Secrecy Hide the iPhone 4's Antenna Problems?

Did Apple really not know about the problems with the iPhone 4's antenna system which, particularly when the device is held with skin touching the bottom left of the steel antenna surrounding its case, can cause signal degradation and even dropped calls? It's possible, and it's possible that its own paranoia, as well as its BFF, AT&T,...

Google Rumored To Be Entering The Online Music Business

Google Rumored To Be Entering The Online Music Business

So, the question is: who's not in the music business these days? Apple has their iTunes Music Store and just recently acquired the LaLa streaming service, and HP just shelled out around $30 million to purchase a music streaming site of their own. Microsoft has their Zune subscription service, and then there's Rhapsody, Napster and a whole...

How to Test FaceTime Even If Friendless

How to Test FaceTime Even If Friendless

Do you find yourself alone at home every Saturday because you have no friends? Are you constantly scrounging for folks to do things with? If so, you might have trouble trying out FaceTime, one of the more demonstrable new features of the iPhone 4. After all, if you have people constantly drooling over your new hardware, but can't show off...

Southpaws Suffer iPhone Service Problems

Southpaws Suffer iPhone Service Problems

Apple products are often hailed with words like 'genius,' 'revolutionary,' or 'game-changing,' but the company's desire to push the envelope has had an unexpected impact on iPhone 4 owners who are left-handed. Unlike previous iPhones, the iPhone 4's antennae are engineered directly into the steel frame of the phone itself. While right-handed...

160,000 Android Devices Being Sold Per Day

160,000 Android Devices Being Sold Per Day

Apple's stealing all of the smartphone attention these days (some good, some bad press), but Google is always lurking. The two have been feuding for some time now, ever since Google entered the mobile OS market with Android and suddenly got all up in Apple's game. As we have seen earlier in the year, when Android's adopting rate began to surpass...

Intel, NVIDIA Slug It Out Over CPU vs GPU Performance

Intel, NVIDIA Slug It Out Over CPU vs GPU Performance

Over the past four years, NVIDIA has made a great many claims regarding how porting various types of applications to run on GPUs instead of CPUs can tremendously improve performance by anywhere from 10x-500x. Intel, unsurprisingly, sees the situation differently, but has remained relatively quiet on the issue, possibly because Larrabee was...

3D Revenue Tops $55 Million in the U.S.

3D Revenue Tops $55 Million in the U.S.

Call the whole 3D craze nothing more than a hyped up gimmick if you will (and maybe you're right), but if that's the case, this is shaping up to be one of the most lucrative gimmicks in recent times. According to the number crunchers over at NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service, Americans have spent over $55 million on 3D-capable televisions...

120GB SandForce SSD Round-Up Update

120GB SandForce SSD Round-Up Update

Shortly after publishing a recent 5-way SSD round-up, a number of the manufacturers that employ Sandforce controllers in their products released updated drives that offered more usable capacity to end users. The first wave of SF-1200 based drives to hit the scene had about 22% of their flash memory over-provisioned for cache purposes, wear-leveling,...

Samsung's 50 Series LED Monitors Launch

Samsung's 50 Series LED Monitors Launch

Samsung was busy this week pushing out a great many new notebooks, but that's not all the company has on tap. Today, they're also introducing their 50 Series LED-backlit monitors, with panels ranging from 20" to 24", the Touch of Color design scheme and a great variety when it comes to features. Samsung’s 50 Series LED backlit monitors...

Apple Lets Loose the Legal Beagles on HTC

Apple Lets Loose the Legal Beagles on HTC

Apple apparently has its legal panties in a bunch over four patents the Cupertino company is accusing HTC of violating. As outlined in court documents, the patents deal with software and technologies found in Apple's smarphones and other mobile devices, one of those being a patent for "slide to unlock" start-screen technology, The Wall Street...

Apple Now Saying White iPhone 4 Not Coming Until Late July

Apple Now Saying White iPhone 4 Not Coming Until Late July

It's a blessing and a curse, being Apple. Sure, everyone pays attention when you launch a new product, but that also means that those same people will nitpick to death if anything during the launch isn't executed perfectly. Apple has been dealing with quite a bit of criticism over the past 24 hours, though we highly doubt any complaints about...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard Review @ BmR Processors: CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 2.0  @ TechARP Memory and Storage: Sony DRX-S77U 8x USB 2.0 DVD±RW/RAM Review @ CDRLabs.com Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600 4GB Kit @ TechwareLabs Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Ultra Portable Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com...

Microsoft Sells 150 Million Windows 7 Licenses, Intros Live Essentials Beta

Microsoft Sells 150 Million Windows 7 Licenses, Intros Live Essentials Beta

It's no huge secret that Windows 7 is a massive success story. It's hard to say if people were excited about Win7's features or just happy to leave Vista, but either way, Microsoft has managed to move a lot of licenses since the product's launch last year. This week, Microsoft crossed the 150 million mark, with a 150 million Windows 7 licenses...

Nokia Switches Course: Going MeeGo On All Future N Series Smartphones

Nokia Switches Course: Going MeeGo On All Future N Series Smartphones

Whatever happened to Nokia? Just a few years ago, this company was living large, well atop every other cell phone maker in the world. Their market share from a global perspective was pushing 50%, and they seemed unstoppable. But now, investors are jumping ship and their market share is diving, and they've yet to create a compelling alternative...

Samsung Reveals Summer 2010 Notebook And Netbook Lineup

Samsung Reveals Summer 2010 Notebook And Netbook Lineup

As the week of continual laptop launches continues, Samsung is joining Gateway, Acer and a bunch others in the field by pushing out a whole slew of new machines as well. The company's summer 2010 mobile PC lineup is aimed mostly at back-to-school, boasting multiple netbook options under three pounds and laptops made for multi-media consumption....

How Can Eyefinity Change Your Life? Contest Winners Announced!

How Can Eyefinity Change Your Life? Contest Winners Announced!

We recently announced an exciting contest, along with our friends at AMD and Asus, in which we planned to give away not one, but two awesome prizes, with some extra weekly prizes thrown in for good measure.   We are giving away an awesome ASUS Matrix 5870 graphics card and three 23” inch LCD monitors as the top prize and the...

Gateway Reveals Fashionable New LT Netbook Series

Gateway Reveals Fashionable New LT Netbook Series

We told you this was the week for notebook releases, didn't we? Keeping that train rolling is Gateway, with the new LT netbook lineup following the stylish ID range. The company's clearly playing the style card pretty frequently, as even for a netbook, we're pretty impressed with the design here. The new Gateway LT23 Series netbook boasts...

Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone Hands-On With Video

Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone Hands-On With Video

Last night at the Digital Experience event in New York City, we got the chance to get some hands-on time with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S. If you're unfamiliar with the Galaxy S, it is an Android-based smartphone, that features a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a 4" multi-touch Super AMOLED screen, and a 5MP camera with 720P HD recording...

LG Corrals Snapdragon with New Optimus Q Handset

LG Corrals Snapdragon with New Optimus Q Handset

The hottest mobile chip in town is Qualcomm's blazing fast Snapdragon processor, which LG has managed to catch and stuff inside its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Optimus Q. While the Chocolate had long begun showing its age, the Optimus Q brings to the table several modern amenities, including an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, touch-sensitive...

Tonino Launches Most Affordable Lamborghini Ever

Tonino Launches Most Affordable Lamborghini Ever

Even a used Lamborghini is going to set you back six figures, and unless you have plenty left over in the bank, could also result in a divorce. Why risk such personal turmoil when you can spend a mere $800 on a new 2010 model Lamborghini? If that sounds too good be to be true, it's because it is. The Lamborghini we're referring too doesn't...

Gateway's ID Series Notebooks Have A Glowing Trackpad

Gateway's ID Series Notebooks Have A Glowing Trackpad

It's certainly the week for notebook launches, and the week couldn't end with Gateway getting in a couple of their own. The company's kicking things off with a super sleek new ID Series, which may just be one of the nicest looking 14" machines we've seen in awhile. Actually, the Gateway ID Series will be available in two sizes: the Gateway...

Mitsubishi Reveals 75" LaserVue HDTV With Web Connectivity

Mitsubishi Reveals 75" LaserVue HDTV With Web Connectivity

The HDTV industry has become somewhat saturated, and it's getting to the point where it's difficult to distinguish between models. But there's no doubt that you'll recognize Mitsubishi's latest television, as it looks nothing like the flat screens that are so common in retail shops everywhere. The LaserVue was a specialized HDTV that originally...

YouTube Wins (for now) vs. Viacom

YouTube Wins (for now) vs. Viacom

YouTube has won the lawsuit filed against it by Viacom, over copyright infringement. That said, Viacom has promised to appeal. YouTube had used the "safe harbor" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as its defense, and U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton agreed. Those provisions protect sites and ISPs against any copyright...

Motorola Introduces 4.3" DROID X Smartphone To Rival EVO 4G

Motorola Introduces 4.3" DROID X Smartphone To Rival EVO 4G

If today's standard slate of 3.5" and 3.7" smartphones just aren't huge enough for you, and your pocket is begging for even more phone down there, Motorola has you covered. So far as we can tell, this is Motorola's answer to HTC's huge EVO 4G on Sprint, so naturally this one will be launching on rival CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless. The company...

Super Talent Caters To Enterprise With 2.5" ShuttleCraft SSDs

Super Talent Caters To Enterprise With 2.5" ShuttleCraft SSDs

No matter how you slice it, everyone needs a slice of solid state storage. At least that's how we see it. And that includes the enterprise, or consumers who need ultra reliable goods for continual or business-related use. Super Talent knows it as well, and has today introduced the 2.5" ShuttleCraft SSD to meet the needs of those in the enterprise....

Maingear Introduces 17.3" eX-L 17 Gaming Notebook

Maingear Introduces 17.3" eX-L 17 Gaming Notebook

Maingear's got a new notebook, haven't you heard? If not, the company would like to know why, since you can probably see it from where you're currently sitting. The company has just revealed their newest 17" portable monster, the eX-L 17. According to them, it includes "the most powerful components ever assembled into a 17 inch notebook,"...

iBuyPower's Latest Six-Core Gaming Rigs Available Only at...Newegg?

iBuyPower's Latest Six-Core Gaming Rigs Available Only at...Newegg?

Last we checked, boutique system builder iBuyPower had no less than 627 million gaming machines to choose from and configure, or somewhere thereabouts. Alright, so our math might be slightly off, but the point is, the company can afford to toss a bone to Newegg, largely regarded as the go-to online vendor for computer parts, by selling a gaming...

AMD Debuts New Six-Core Opterons, Bulldozer-Compatible Socket

AMD Debuts New Six-Core Opterons, Bulldozer-Compatible Socket

When AMD's 8-12 core Magny-Cours architecture launched three months ago, we noted that it was simply the first step in a two-pronged refresh and the beginning of a top-to-bottom revamp of AMD's server offerings. As of today, AMD has finished that process; the company's new Opteron 4100 series (codenamed Lisbon) updates the 4-6 core server...

New XBox 360 Adds Long-Overdue Thermal Monitoring

New XBox 360 Adds Long-Overdue Thermal Monitoring

Microsoft's new XBox 360 S adds a variety of spiffy new features, even if it does require regular sacrifices of virgin discs. One of the more subtle (but arguably most important) additions is the addition of a thermal monitor. We don't know yet if the XBox monitors the internal temperature of the CPU or uses a thermistor embededed in the motherboard,...

Google Voice Now Requires No Invite (in the US) To Join

Google Voice Now Requires No Invite (in the US) To Join

Google has revolutionized a few things in their short time on Earth as a mega-corporation, with search being at the top. But they've also created the only real rival to Apple's iOS system, and they've also changed the way the world thinks about e-mail and cloud-based Office suites. Now, Google is hoping to change telecommunications, with Google...

New Atom Processors Now Available For Desktop Systems

New Atom Processors Now Available For Desktop Systems

Intel's desktop/nettop Atom processors have never enjoyed the prestige or sales figures of their netbook brethren, but two new Atom introductions this week prove Intel hasn't written the platform off altogether. Two new Atom CPUs, the D425 (single-core) and D525 (dual-core) are now available. Both chips run at 1.8GHz, feature 512K of L2 cache...

ViewSonic VG28 Series Built for Comfort, Energy Savings

ViewSonic VG28 Series Built for Comfort, Energy Savings

With all the hoopla surrounding 3D displays, we wondered if anyone would bother releasing a traditional LCD monitor anymore. ViewSonic answered that question today by lifting the curtain on their new VG28 series, the latest in a line of ergonomic widescreen LCD displays with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT certifications. The new models come in...

T-Mobile Targets Text Messaging Crowd with New Samsung Phones

T-Mobile Targets Text Messaging Crowd with New Samsung Phones

Few things in life are more trying than to be locked into a T-Mobile contract and watch as your buddies over at Verizon, AT&T, and even Sprint gain access to swank new phones with spiffy features. That isn't to say it's all bad over on T-Mobile, and there have even been a few gems, but after the G1, there hasn't been a whole to get excited...

Acer's 18.4" Aspire AS8943G Notebook Loves Multi-Media

Acer's 18.4" Aspire AS8943G Notebook Loves Multi-Media

Is this week laptop week, or what? New notebooks usually roll out rather quickly, but we've seen Toshiba introduce an entire new family, MSI issue a new netbook, and now Acer coming out with a few new machines of their own. All within the past 72 hours, no less. The Acer Aspire AS8943G is the real show-stopper here, with some fairly slick...

WD Debuts 1TB My Book AV DVR Expander For Heavy TV Watchers

WD Debuts 1TB My Book AV DVR Expander For Heavy TV Watchers

DVRs are nice, and TiVo units are usually even nicer. But what good is a DVR when there's no room left to record that next critical show? No good at all, we'd say. Western Digital is out to solve your existing "no storage" problem with their new My Book AV DVR Expander, which is essentially an external hard drive tailored to link to a DVR/TiVo...

MSI Introduces 12" AMD-Powered Wind12 U250 Netbook

MSI Introduces 12" AMD-Powered Wind12 U250 Netbook

MSI has been rolling out new notebooks at quite the rapid pace lately, and the latest is a new netbook. But not just an average netbook--this is one of the largest netbooks on the market, which may satisfy those who were looking to split the difference between a typical netbook and an ultraportable. 12" netbooks aren't completely unheard of,...

Surprise! iPhone 4s hit earlier than even Apple expected

Surprise! iPhone 4s hit earlier than even Apple expected

We have to admit to a mea culpa.  We assumed, because past history has shown that Apple didn't want customers getting shipped devices to receive them before Apple stores, that has changed this year.  In fact, not only has Apple sent emails saying that some would be receiving devices a day early, on June 23rd, some received iPhone...

HP's Mini 100e Education Netbook Is Built For Spills

HP's Mini 100e Education Netbook Is Built For Spills

Who would have guessed years ago that an entire sector of laptops could be created just for education, and then regular consumers would go out and buy them for themselves? That's practically what happened with the OLPC XO and netbook craze, and amazingly, it's all still going strong. HP has been a huge player in the netbook market, and today...

SanDisk's Newest SD Card Does The WORM For 100 Years

SanDisk's Newest SD Card Does The WORM For 100 Years

Talk about a marvelous name for a product. In the world of flash memory, it's hard to keep any two devices apart. They all just seem to bleed together, accomplishing the same task regardless of the label. But SanDisk has somehow figured out a way to perk itself up in the midst of such an industry. How so? By naming their newest SD card the...

Slow Tegra Adoption Could Mean Trouble for NVIDIA

Slow Tegra Adoption Could Mean Trouble for NVIDIA

Netbooks, smartbooks, mobile devices, and tablets were a major focus of Computex earlier this month but the number of Tegra devices on display was surprisingly low, given how much weight NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has thrown behind the company's mobile platform.The Microsoft Zune HD was supposed to be the first of a series of high-profile Tegra...

Origin PC Introduces Most Customizable 3D Laptop: EON15-3D

Origin PC Introduces Most Customizable 3D Laptop: EON15-3D

It's just a fact of life at this point: everyone's doing it, so Origin PC might as well do it as well. Of course, we're talking about 3D. It's the buzzword of the year (much like "HD" last year), and it's reaching into sectors that never dreamed of being touched by it just a few months ago. Origin PC has yet to produce a great many machines...

Intel To Stock SSDs In Best Buy Retail Locations

Intel To Stock SSDs In Best Buy Retail Locations

Intel's in the SSD market. Did you know that? Unless you're a hardcore tech enthusiast, there's a chance that you may not. Most people associate Intel with microprocessors and little else, even though the company is busy at work in a number of alternate markets. Like the solid state market. Intel has been producing SSD drives for awhile now,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550 Review  @ XtremeComputing Gainward GTX470 Golden Sample GOOD reviewed in Metku.net XFX HD 5450 Review @ OCC ASUS GeForce GTX-465 Video Card Review @ BmR Is AMD's New 2D Acceleration Architecture Still Slow? @ Phoronix Memory and Storage: Vantec NexStar 3 2.5” SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive...

HTC Touch Pro2 Review

HTC Touch Pro2 Review

When the HTC Touch Pro2 initially became available, it was one of the best business-class smartphones on the market. Fast-forward to today, and we've seen quite a few new phones hit the market since the Touch Pro2 was released. Despite the availability of competing phones, however, the case could be made that the Touch Pro2 is still a worthy...

Amazon Lowers Kindle Price To $189 To Battle NOOK And iPad

Amazon Lowers Kindle Price To $189 To Battle NOOK And iPad

It's hard to argue that more competition is better for consumers, and that's proving true once again in the growing e-reader market. For awhile, Amazon's Kindle dominated the entire space, and they pretty much ran the show. The Kindle (and subsequent revisions) were always priced rather fairly in the eyes of critics, but there's nothing like...

Toshiba Trumpets Core i7 Notebook for 3D Lovers

Toshiba Trumpets Core i7 Notebook for 3D Lovers

You hear that noise? That's the sound of the 3D bandwagon headed in your direction, and everyone's jumping on. That includes Toshiba, which has made available its first 3D laptop, the Satellite A665-3DV. Sure, the name is a little boring, especially since Toshiba is blazing a new trail for themselves, but the hardware inside is bit more exciting,...

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Ready for Prime Time

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Ready for Prime Time

Steve Jobs and company may want no part of Adobe's Flash platform, but plenty of other mobile entities do, including Google. Answering the call, Adobe today announced the release of its Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. According to Adobe, this release was redesigned from the ground up for performance and mobile specific features,...

Acer Debuts Aspire X3 And M3 Mini-Desktops

Acer Debuts Aspire X3 And M3 Mini-Desktops

Who says Acer is all about notebooks? While the company may certainly ship quite a few portable computers, there's still a desktop market out there that needs catered to. Enter the Aspire X3 and M3 lineups, two new desktop ranges that Acer is bringing to the U.S. Both of these are on the smaller side of desktops, perfect for bedrooms, studios...

Intel, FTC Petition To Pause Legal Proceedings

Intel, FTC Petition To Pause Legal Proceedings

Back in December of last year, the FTC filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that the CPU giant had abused its market position and limited sales of competitive products from the likes of AMD and NVIDIA. We've heard very little about the case since then, but the company and FTC have just jointly filed a request to suspend litigation...

Iomega Adds Style To External Hard Drives With "Skin" HDDs

Iomega Adds Style To External Hard Drives With "Skin" HDDs

Need some extra external storage? Can't deal with yet another "plain" enclosure? Iomega is right there with you, today introducing a new line of external storage devices that have style like no other. In fact, we can't recall if we've ever seen a truly "skinned" external hard drive, but that's exactly what Iomega is offering. The new line...

iOS4 Arrives: Did You Already Download It?

iOS4 Arrives: Did You Already Download It?

June 21st came, and iOS 4 arrived with it. The latest version of Apple's smartphone platform brings with it a laundry list of long-desired features, so we have to wonder how many updated immediately? Frequently, as we have said before, it's not a bad idea to wait a while, and let the dust settle, along with the bugs found by early adopters....

Transcend Introduces 64GB Class 10 SDXC Memory Card

Transcend Introduces 64GB Class 10 SDXC Memory Card

Even the new Mac Mini supports SDXC, so it's pretty safe bet that SDXC will be a recognizable format in the coming months and years. In order to prepare for the future demand, yet another mainstay in the flash memory business is introducing an SDXC card today. Transcend has went ahead and revealed their 64GB Class 10 card, which will almost...

HP Compaq 6000 Brings All-In-One Form Factor To Enterprise PC Market

HP Compaq 6000 Brings All-In-One Form Factor To Enterprise PC Market

Look at HP, growing up on us so fast. Buying up other companies at will, toting around the "world's largest PC seller" crown, and now introducing their very first enterprise class all-in-one PC. Believe it or not, we aren't kidding: the HP Compaq 6000 Pro really is the company's first all-in-one PC to go enterprise, which is sort of amazing...

How Can Eyefinity Change Your Life? Presented by ASUS, HH, and AMD

How Can Eyefinity Change Your Life? Presented by ASUS, HH, and AMD

It's that time again, HotHardware fans! It's time for us to give away some HOT new gaming gear! This time around, we have have teamed with the folks at ASUS and AMD to give away not one, but two awesome prizes, with some extra weekly prizes thrown in for good measure. The full scoop on how to enter and what you can win is detailed below....

Toshiba's Tegra 250-Powered AC100 Smartbook Lasts A Week In Standby

Toshiba's Tegra 250-Powered AC100 Smartbook Lasts A Week In Standby

It's a Toshiba kind of day, isn't it? In celebration of the company's 25th anniversary in the notebook business, the company is using the AC100 as their grand finale. And what a finale it is. This is the first smartbook we've seen come to light in quite a few months, and the promises held here are just astounding. Described as a "smart companion"...

Toshiba Ditches The Keyboard On Dual Screen Libretto W100 Ultraportable

Toshiba Ditches The Keyboard On Dual Screen Libretto W100 Ultraportable

Wow. Just wow. There's hardly any other way to express just how wild this new one from Toshiba really is. We've heard whispers and seen concepts of "dual screen" laptops before, ones that swap out a typical keyboard for a virtual one thanks to a panel below, but Toshiba has actually done it. The company's new libretto W100 is the first dual...

Calif.  Examines Ad-Supported Digital License Plates

Calif. Examines Ad-Supported Digital License Plates

It seems impossible to escape advertising, and California, looking for any possible way to close its budget gap, may make it still more difficult. The state is considering electronic license plates. The reason for the digital-age change, though, is strictly monetary: advertising. The plates would appear to be standard license plates when the...

Toshiba Debuts World's Lightest 13.3" Ultraportable: Protege R700

Toshiba Debuts World's Lightest 13.3" Ultraportable: Protege R700

Whenever we hear "world's first," we generally have a bit of skepticism. But when it comes to the 25th Anniversary Edition Portégé R700, we tend to believe exactly what Toshiba is touting. The company has revealed a handful of new notebooks today, one of which is the super small, super light 13.3" R700. The new laptop uses a...

HP EliteBook 8440w Core i7 Notebook Review

HP EliteBook 8440w Core i7 Notebook Review

Splitting the difference. Satisfying the niche. Exploiting an opportunity. All of those phrases could be used to accurately describe what HP has done here with the new EliteBook 8440w. It's one of the smaller options in the expanding EliteBook family, yet also one of the most powerful. That's not a combination you hear of very often. In most...

Sony Upgrades Vaio Z Notebooks with Core i7, Full HD Display

Sony Upgrades Vaio Z Notebooks with Core i7, Full HD Display

If you subscribe to the 'Core i7 or bust' philosophy, you no longer have to rule out Sony's Vaio Z series laptops. Intel's Core i7 620M processor (2.66GHz) is now an upgrade option, which adds $150 to the price of the standard configuration that comes with a Core i5 540M chip (2.35GHz). That's not a terrible way to spend $150, and if you place...

Best Buy Lifts Curtain on HDMI-Laden Insignia 5.1 Speaker Set

Best Buy Lifts Curtain on HDMI-Laden Insignia 5.1 Speaker Set

Sure, you can spend several grand on a swank home theater setup that kicks out enough volume and bass to knock the dishes out of your neighbor's kitchen cabinet, but hey, times are tough and disposable income isn't as disposable as it once was. So for most of us, we're simply looking for a modest speaker set that (A) won't break the bank,...

Barnes & Noble NOOK Gets Wi-Fi Only Model, New Lower Prices

Barnes & Noble NOOK Gets Wi-Fi Only Model, New Lower Prices

Who says Amazon will always rule the e-reader market? Barnes & Noble has been playing hardball ever since the company released the original NOOK, and now things have been stepped up a notch further. Today, the world's largest bookseller (who just so happens to sell their own e-reader) has introduced a new Wi-Fi only NOOK, and beyond that,...

MSI Introduces AMD-Powered CR630 Notebook

MSI Introduces AMD-Powered CR630 Notebook

MSI's Classis notebook line is expanding once more, this time with the CR630 leading the way. Style wise, the machine fits right into MSI's prior line, with an understated form factor and and 15.6" display, perfect for the mainstream. But underneath of the exterior is a rather unique interior. The CR630 ditches the Intel vibe and goes straight...

Adults just as guilty as far as texting and driving: study

Adults just as guilty as far as texting and driving: study

Teenagers are usually pointed to as the prime miscreants when it comes to texting while driving. Not so fast, says Pew Research. Adults text while driving, too. The results of the report are somewhat shocking: adults are just as likely to text as teens, and more likely than teens to talk on a cell phone while driving. That second point perhaps...

Dell "In Talks" With Google To Create Chrome OS Notebooks

Dell "In Talks" With Google To Create Chrome OS Notebooks

Google is rarely shy about sharing their intentions with the world. They're pretty proud of the wild things they dream up during their 20% time, and they have no issues publishing details on halfway finished projects or things that many would consider "vaporware." Chrome OS is proof of that; to date, we have no actual piece of software nor...

Acer Aims To Overtake HP As #1 PC Shipper

Acer Aims To Overtake HP As #1 PC Shipper

It's a familiar line from Acer, but it's always worthy of a laugh or smile. The company seemingly feels that they're worthy of being the best in the world, and as any good company should, they're pursuing the gold relentlessly. They're actually closer to the top than most would expect, being second today only to Hewlett-Packard in terms of...

Microsoft Plays Wait-And-See Game With 3D Console

Microsoft Plays Wait-And-See Game With 3D Console

Sony has bought in, and even Nintendo has bought in. There's 3D titles coming for the PS3, and there's a 3DS handheld coming soon; Nintendo even confessed to thinking about the possibilities of a future 3D home game console. So that's two of the main three game makers who are seemingly on board with 3D, surely Microsoft will follow suit soon,...

iPhone 4s ship; customers hope (in vain) for early arrival

iPhone 4s ship; customers hope (in vain) for early arrival

iPhone 4s have begun shipping. What's interesting is people still figured out the process: some folks are saying their FedEx tracking information say the devices will be delivered early, prior to the June 24th launch date for the device. Nope, sorry, stop hoping. Apple always has the shipper hold the delivery until the exact day of launch,...

HTC EVO 4G Ships In White, But Only To Best Buy

HTC EVO 4G Ships In White, But Only To Best Buy

Sprint's launch of the HTC EVO 4G has led to a huge increase in attention for WiMAX as a whole. It's America's first 4G phone, and it also happens to be one of the most impressive Android devices to date. With its massive display, 3G/4G support, powerful CPU and Sense overlay, it's been an easy choice to pick up for those living in 4G areas...

Acer Ships Powerful AMD-Based Aspire One AO721 And AO521 Netbooks

Acer Ships Powerful AMD-Based Aspire One AO721 And AO521 Netbooks

During a recent analyst report, it was suggested that sales of tablet PCs would overtake sales of netbooks by 2015, but we aren't so sure. We suspect that the netbook as we know it will transform quite a lot in the next five years, and there's some proof of that coming from Acer already. The company, which is no stranger to producing netbooks,...

Dell Introduces Inspiron R Notebook Family With Intel CPUs, ATI Graphics

Dell Introduces Inspiron R Notebook Family With Intel CPUs, ATI Graphics

How's this for news on a lazy Sunday? Dell has just introduced an entirely new Inspiron notebook family, not to mention shed light on a whole new batch of Intel processors (details to come on those). The new line is called the Inspiron R family, designed to keep you and yours organized, entertained and ready for anything. These should be great...

Nintendo May Consider A 3D Wii Console

Nintendo May Consider A 3D Wii Console

Is it really any surprise? It shouldn't be. 3D is going mainstream, and that means entering product segments that it hasn't entered before. Like gaming. Sony was the first major gaming company to confess that they would be producing 3D titles and supporting 3D playback via the PlayStation 3, and now Nintendo seems to be following suit. The...

Hardware Round Up

Hardware Round Up

Video: XFX Radeon HD 5830 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews 23" ASUS VH232H Widescreen LCD Monitor @ iGadget Life PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550 Review @ XtremeComputing Motherboards and Chipsets: H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup Review @ OCC ECS A890GXM-A motherboard reviewed @ Neoseeker Processors: The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison...

id Software Shows Off Latest "Rage" Build On Xbox 360

id Software Shows Off Latest "Rage" Build On Xbox 360

Man, have we been waiting forever on this, or what? id Software delivered the first in-game screenshots of its next generation first-person shooter, Rage, in August of 2008. We understand that game development takes a serious amount of time, but we're nearly two years into the process (from the public side, anyway) and we're still waiting....

Digital Storm Debuts SPECIAL|OPS Overclocked Gaming Desktops

Digital Storm Debuts SPECIAL|OPS Overclocked Gaming Desktops

Menacing? Oh yes. Mean? Definitely. Powerful? You bet. Digital Storm is an up and coming pre-fab PC builder, and in order to go toe-to-toe with the big guys at Dell, Alienware and HP, they've got to offer cutting edge hardware at a great price. And offering that in a PC enclosure that looks like this doesn't hurt matters. The company's new...

IBM's "Watson" Supercomputer to Compete on Jeopardy!, Ready For Primetime

IBM's "Watson" Supercomputer to Compete on Jeopardy!, Ready For Primetime

Wow, it's actually happening. If you'll recall, reports were flying last year that IBM's supercomputer, a guy by the name of Watson, would one day appear on one of the most famed game shows in the history of television: Jeopardy!. After two years of development and another year of tweaking, Watson is now starring in a Jeopardy! competition...

Analysts Confirm Apple's A4 Similar to Samsung CPU

Analysts Confirm Apple's A4 Similar to Samsung CPU

In the months between the iPad's announcement and the product's launch, a great deal of attention was lavished on the A4 CPU at the heart of the new device. Apple has been characteristically tight-lipped about the SoC's design and characteristics, but industry analysts have been determinedly chipping away at the question of what the A4 is—and...

Google Docs Now Allowing 1GB Of Free Cloud Storage

Google Docs Now Allowing 1GB Of Free Cloud Storage

Google has done it again. And when we say "it again," we mean "set a new bar for everyone else to jump over." For years now, online storage has been hit or miss, particularly the free variety. There are numerous services that charge a monthly rate to store your files online, but few of these are gratis. And those that are, generally don't...

Verizon Reportedly Considering AT&T-Like Tiered Data Plans

Verizon Reportedly Considering AT&T-Like Tiered Data Plans

Oh, no. There are great trends, and then there are awful trends. And this one looks like it may be falling into that second category. AT&T shook the mobile broadband universe when they decided to do away with their "unlimited" (which was really a 5GB limit) data plan on all smartphones in order to present customers with two initially cheaper...

Tablets Expected To Overtake Netbooks By 2015

Tablets Expected To Overtake Netbooks By 2015

Reports have recently been published looking at the effect of the iPad on the shipment of netbooks, and while the early data seemed to be less than conclusive, more modern data seems to have a different look on things. Apple managed to sell two million iPad devices in just two months, and while many million netbooks have been sold worldwide,...

AT&T Joins the Galaxy Bandwagon With Somewhat Crippled Captivate

AT&T Joins the Galaxy Bandwagon With Somewhat Crippled Captivate

Fortune's headline trumpets that "AT&T Gets Serious About Android."  Are they really, though? If you look closely at the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Captivate, AT&T's latest Android device, following up on their Aria announcement, there are still a few questions. Certainly this new phone, based on the Samsung Galaxy S, is powerful....

OCZ Debuts 1.8 Onyx And Vertex 2 Solid State Drives

OCZ Debuts 1.8 Onyx And Vertex 2 Solid State Drives

Here's something that's not so uncommon any more: a solid state drive. SSDs are everywhere, and they're growing in popularity. But most of them are of the 2.5" variety, with very few being offered in the 3.5" (desktop) and 1.8" (portable media player) form factors. But OCZ Technology isn't one to sit around while some other company takes advantage...

Corsair Brings 32GB Nova Series SSD To Under $70

Corsair Brings 32GB Nova Series SSD To Under $70

Every other day, it seems that some company, somewhere is producing yet another solid state drive. It's good for the industry, and it's good for the consumer. But it certainly makes choosing that much harder. But Corsair's newest drive is very specific in who it's aimed at: the SSD newbie, of sorts. The company's latest is a 32GB Nova Series...

Clear Debuts Three New WiMAX Products For High-Speed Mobile Surfing

Clear Debuts Three New WiMAX Products For High-Speed Mobile Surfing

It's a broadband world, and the rest of us are just trying to catch up. LTE is all set to become a widely adopted 4G technology once Verizon Wireless begins to roll it out later this year and in 2011, but for now, it's WiMAX or nothing if you're in need of 4G. The HTC EVO 4G is the country's first 4G smartphone, but if you're in no need of...

New Xbox 360 Packs a Mean Bite, Will Chew Your Discs if Moved

New Xbox 360 Packs a Mean Bite, Will Chew Your Discs if Moved

Word to the wise - if plan on picking up Microsoft's new slimmed down (and sleek looking) Xbox 360 console, be sure not to move the console while playing, loading, or otherwise spinning a game disc. If you do, it could very well be the last time that game disc will load. Of course, you don't need to take our word for it, or even Microsoft's,...

Verizon iPhone Rumor Refuses to Die

Verizon iPhone Rumor Refuses to Die

If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple...

AT&T Wrongly Thrown Under the Bus for MicroCell Data Use

AT&T Wrongly Thrown Under the Bus for MicroCell Data Use

The news broke on Thursday that any data that flows through AT&T's MicroCells, which are their versions of femtocells and transmit voice / data over your broadband, counts against AT&T's new data caps. Everyone was all over this, screaming about another AT&T misdeed. The non-hysterical view of the issue, however, is: so? First...

Samsung Reveals 512GB Solid State Drive: The Future Is Here

Samsung Reveals 512GB Solid State Drive: The Future Is Here

Few things get us more excited than solid state drives. Fast GPUs and CPUs come close, but the instant speed increase given by installing an SSD just makes it almost magical. But one knock (aside from price) on SSDs has long been their low capacity; it's been really difficult to find SSDs with similar sizes to HDDs, but recently a couple of...

Potatoes May Power The Batteries Of The Future

Potatoes May Power The Batteries Of The Future

Oh, batteries. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. It sounds like a power ballad, but it's the story of our lives around here. We've been dealing with lofty promises and batteries that kick the bucket far too early, for years now.  And the fact that we're still dealing with lead-acid batteries is sort of a baffling thing to wrap...

Toshiba Reveals 128GB NAND Chip For Smartphones And Tablets

Toshiba Reveals 128GB NAND Chip For Smartphones And Tablets

How much space is on your phone? 4GB? 8GB? Maybe 32GB? Even the next generation iPhone only comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes, and the largest microSD card available for phones like the Nexus One is just 32GB. For well over a year now, 32GB has been the maximum space available in the average smartphone, and getting that much space was often costly....

Lenovo Introduces First 3D Laptop: IdeaPad Y560d With Core i7

Lenovo Introduces First 3D Laptop: IdeaPad Y560d With Core i7

It's a fact of life at this point: you might as well embrace the 3D assault, because it's coming at you whether you like it or not. 3D has managed to overtake the entire consumer electronics industry, and PC vendors are looking to make sure they don't miss any golden opportunities. 3D all-in-one PCs have already been announced by a number...

Swype Slide-type Android OSK Beta Open to All

Swype Slide-type Android OSK Beta Open to All

Run, don't walk, if you want to text faster. On Wednesday, Swype released its slide keyboard to open beta. Until this point, the software keyboard, which allows users to slide from key to key to "draw" a word, was limited to a closed beta, or to a few WM devices, such as the Samsung Omnia 2 and the HTC HD2. It's also pre-loaded on a few Android...

New VAIO PCs From Sony Double As Mobile Hotspot

New VAIO PCs From Sony Double As Mobile Hotspot

According to Sony, the company's new VAIO Z and Y Series laptops are the world’s first out-of-the box laptops that act as a personal hotspot. Select models from both of these series feature a new Sony embedded wireless technology called Share My Connection, or SMC. Using SMC, your laptop can act as a mobile wireless access point for...

Corsair Ships 16GB, Ultra-Secure Flash Padlock 2 USB Drive

Corsair Ships 16GB, Ultra-Secure Flash Padlock 2 USB Drive

Need a new USB drive? Need one with lots of security? Corsair has you covered. The company has just released their newest drive, the Flash Padlock 2 Secure USB Drive. Of course, with a name like "Flash Padlock," you probably knew it was "secure" right from the start. It's a password-protected USB drive that's available in sizes as large as...

AMD ATI FirePro Round-up: V7800, V4800, V3800

AMD ATI FirePro Round-up: V7800, V4800, V3800

Today at HotHardware we're looking at three of the latest additions to the ATI FirePro workstation graphcis card lineup, the V7800, V4800, and V3800. Without a doubt, the price and performance variance between the products will be considerable. The V7800 is a powerful, high end part that should be closer in performance to the V8800. The V4800...

Thermaltake Mid-Tower Chassis Has Integrated SATA HDD Dock

Thermaltake Mid-Tower Chassis Has Integrated SATA HDD Dock

Thermaltake is really known for two things: cases, and the Level 10. The Level 10 really put the company on the map this year, as it's easily the most incredible, towering PC chassis to be sold at large to the adoring public. But not every person is interested in a giant, $500+ case. So Thermaltake is continuing to innovate, bringing out new...

Boxee Teams With Sonic Solutions To Enter The World Of Premium Content

Boxee Teams With Sonic Solutions To Enter The World Of Premium Content

And so it begins. Boxee, which has generally let users access a wealth of free online content from a variety of locations, has finally seen the light: you need premium content (or a great Plan B) to stay afloat in today's environment. The company has been quoted as saying that they aren't planning to make anything from their partnership with...

Foxconn to move non-iPhone manufacturing from Shenzhen

Foxconn to move non-iPhone manufacturing from Shenzhen

Foxconn has decided that China is too expensive. We knew it had to happen someday. Seriously, Foxconn has decided its Shenzhen factory, which recently saw raises in the wake of a wave of suicides, is too expensive, except for iPhone manufacturing. The Shenzhen plant, has comprises 11 business groups and employs 300,000 employees will merge...

Sony Adding Pay Package To PlayStation Network

Sony Adding Pay Package To PlayStation Network

One thing that has separated Xbox 360 and PS3/Wii when it comes to online gaming is price. Microsoft has always charged users for Xbox LIVE Gold, a yearly service to get onto their servers and battle the world, download media, network, etc. Sony and Nintendo have made their services available for free, presumably bundled into the cost of the...

Sony To Ship PlayStation Move Accessories In September

Sony To Ship PlayStation Move Accessories In September

So, let's see. Nintendo revealed a 3D version of their DS gaming handheld (the 3DS), and Microsoft revealed both the Kinect motion sensing system and a brand new Xbox 360 design this week at E3. And all Sony debuted was a new sound system? Hardly. The PlayStation Move was also out in full effect, and while that name has been around for a few...

Sony Reveals Soundbar Setup For PlayStation 3 Console

Sony Reveals Soundbar Setup For PlayStation 3 Console

In the gaming world, most consumers remain fixated on one single thing: graphics. Ever since the Wii was introduced, another point has been focused on: control. But one area that gets very little attention, even today, is audio. Sony has always seemed to care more about audio than the other guys when it comes to gaming, and at E3 this week...

Toshiba Introduces A Handful Of New Laptops

Toshiba Introduces A Handful Of New Laptops

In addition to the 3D-Ready laptop we told you about earlier, Toshiba is expanding its consumer laptop line with quite a few new models. First up are the new Satellite A665 and Satellite M645. Both of these models are feature-packed entertainment laptops with two new features: Toshiba Sleep-and-Music and Resolution+ DVD Upconversion. Sleep-and-Music...

Nintendo Officially Reveals 3DS Handheld And Launch Lineup

Nintendo Officially Reveals 3DS Handheld And Launch Lineup

It's true: Nintendo is entering the 3D world. With Sony already announcing that a number of future PlayStation 3 titles would support 3D, Nintendo has been quick to follow in order to keep pace. Microsoft is taking a slightly different route by focusing on mainstream tactics and a new all-body motion sensing technology, but we have to confess...

T-Mobile Expanding HSPA+, webConnect WWAN Stick To More U.S. Markets

T-Mobile Expanding HSPA+, webConnect WWAN Stick To More U.S. Markets

T-Mobile USA deserves more respect than they get. They're the smallest U.S. carrier out of the "Big 4" (Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and AT&T), and they definitely have the smallest amount of native 3G coverage areas. But they were the first to launch an Android phone (the G1), and they're still the only place in the U.S. where...

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Replaces Works, Adds Advertising

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Replaces Works, Adds Advertising

Microsoft launched the latest version of Office today, with a new series of features and capabilities, including an entirely new basic flavor (dubbed Office 2010 Starter Edition) that replaces the long-reviled Microsoft Works. The chief advantage to the switch, from a consumer's perspective, is that it eliminates the hassle of dealing with...

Both Apple, AT&T Sell Out of iPhone 4s

Both Apple, AT&T Sell Out of iPhone 4s

Those concerned that AT&T's servers would be hopelessly overwhelmed on Wednesday, as they were on Tuesday, when iPhone 4 pre-orders went live, need not be concerned. They are sold out, not just from AT&T, but from Apple. It had earlier been reported on Tuesday that AT&T had sold out of its allotment of the iPhone 4, Apple's latest...

iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply, What Now?

iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply, What Now?

The media coverage surrounding Apple iPhone 4 pre-order inventory levels has been almost as crazed as, well, the whole pre-order frenzy. Not unpredictable for a new Apple product release -- and particularly a new iPhone design -- it didn't take long for the Cupertino company to exhaust its supply of devices for day-of-release shipments. So...

Toshiba Touts 3D-Ready Laptop

Toshiba Touts 3D-Ready Laptop

All aboard! It's time to jump on the 3D bandwagon, at least that's what Toshiba wants you to do, which is co-conducting the three-dimensional ride in the mobile market with its new Satellite A665 3D-ready laptop. And the the other co-pilot? That would be Nvidia, whose 3D Vision Technology provides the engine for this 3D ride. Your ticket costs...

ViewSonic Debuts NexTV VMP75 Networked Media Player

ViewSonic Debuts NexTV VMP75 Networked Media Player

We used to say that ViewSonic was seen primarily as a monitor company, but now, we aren't so sure. The company has expanded mightily over the years, offering a wide variety of consumer electronics devices ranging from portable media players to e-reader devices to a new living room set-top box. The new NexTV VMP75 is entering a market that's...

New AMD Catalyst 10.6 Drivers Improve Video Playback, Gaming Performance

New AMD Catalyst 10.6 Drivers Improve Video Playback, Gaming Performance

AMD is poised to release a new Catalyst drive package, v10.6, that incorporates a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting. Here is a breakdown of the new features available in the Catalyst...

Razer Introduces StarCraft II-Themed Gaming Peripherals

Razer Introduces StarCraft II-Themed Gaming Peripherals

Starcraft is one of those games that will live forever as one of the great titles in history. Your kids and grandchildren will end up knowing about Starcraft, and now, they'll also know about Starcraft II. That title is one of the most highly anticipated ever, and in order to ride the bandwagon, Razer has decided to produce a number of new...

Apple Store App Eases Online Buying

Apple Store App Eases Online Buying

As expected, and on the same day iPhone 4 pre-orders went live, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Apple Store application in the App Store. Simply put, it's like any other online retailer's shopping app (think Amazon.com, Overstock.com) but instead focuses on Apple's online store. Apple's press release on the new app implies it is currently...

NYFI Could Bring More Free Internet To NYC Mass Transit

NYFI Could Bring More Free Internet To NYC Mass Transit

New York City is home to a lot of wild new technologies. Being as big as it is, tech companies often roll out trials and tests here before anywhere else, and new Wi-Fi technologies are no different. Despite having a wealth of cutting-edge solutions surrounding its citizens, NYC is certainly a place where hardly anything comes free. That's...

Anobit's MLC NAND-Based SSDs Boast Unheard-Of Reliability

Anobit's MLC NAND-Based SSDs Boast Unheard-Of Reliability

Seagate, Western Digital, OCZ, the regulars. You've heard of those guys, and you know what they create. But have you heard of Anobit Technologies? Likely not, but it may not be long before they're also a household name in the storage sector. This Israeli start-up has recently emerged onto the public scene, and the product they are touting...

RealD Introduces "Kid-Sized" 3D Glasses

RealD Introduces "Kid-Sized" 3D Glasses

Cute? Or just ridiculous? It may be a combination of both, but one thing it definitely is is a money grab. As 3D continues to take the world by storm, more and more companies are hoping to get in on the riches. RealD has been a part of 3D development for years, and their passive 3D glasses are in tons of movie theaters today. These cheap,...

Microsoft Introduces New Sleek Black Xbox 360 Console

Microsoft Introduces New Sleek Black Xbox 360 Console

Microsoft is going head-on with Nintendo's Wii thanks to the newly named Kinect. It's coming in November, and it'll add a level of motion gameplay that even the Wii can't offer; users will simply stand in front of the sensor bar and make motions, which are then understood by the console and converted into game movements. But in order to best...

Samsung External SE-S084D is One Skinny Mini (Optical Drive)

Samsung External SE-S084D is One Skinny Mini (Optical Drive)

Slim is definitely in, just ask Samsung, who has gone and introduced one of the skinniest external optical drives you're ever likely to see before the technology is supplanted by whatever storage medium the future holds. Called the SE-S084D (we would have gone with AN0R3X1A), the new drive brings sexy back to a peripherals that perhaps never...

Starbucks To Offer Free Wi-Fi To All Users Starting July 1

Starbucks To Offer Free Wi-Fi To All Users Starting July 1

Regardless of what you think of the company as a whole, Starbucks is a worldwide icon. It's on most every street corner in most every major city, and it's always a solid place to go when you're looking for free Wi-Fi. Well, sorta. Starbucks has offered free Internet to Starbucks card holder as well as iPhone users and those with an AT&T...

Samsung's Latest SpinPoint Boasts One Head, Speedy Performance

Samsung's Latest SpinPoint Boasts One Head, Speedy Performance

When Samsung first introduced its F1 series of hard drives several years ago, the company was pushing its way through the terabyte barrier, joining a then elite club of high-capacity drive makers. Now in its fourth generation, Samsung is kicking off its new SpinPoint F4 series with a 320GB hard drive designed for "superior performance and...

RIM Reportedly Testing Tablet To Rival iPad

RIM Reportedly Testing Tablet To Rival iPad

A BlackBerry tablet? It may happen. RIM has already proven that they aren't afraid of venturing into a world dominated by touch panels, as we have seen with the Storm and Storm2 smartphones. And while the company's bread and butter is definitely QWERTY-equipped business phones, no one is saying they can't expand their horizons a bit. According...

Apple Debuts Sleek New Mac Mini: $699 With HDMI, No Blu-ray

Apple Debuts Sleek New Mac Mini: $699 With HDMI, No Blu-ray

Well, this is interesting. On the same day that Apple saw their servers completely overloaded by people trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, the company also introduced a new computer. One that you can't order because of all those people crashing the iPhone servers. The Mac Mini has been around for years, and it has looked largely the same forever....

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M, Fastest Notebook GPU Yet

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M, Fastest Notebook GPU Yet

In March of this year, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 480, aka Fermi desktop graphics card and though this new killer GPU is both big and hot, there was little question it offered record-breaking performance.  Almost shockingly, only a calendar quarter later, they're now ready with that card's notebook-targeted variant, the GeForce...

With World Cup, Vuvuzela Apps Flood App Stores

With World Cup, Vuvuzela Apps Flood App Stores

Vuvuzelas, those cheap plastic horns that are blared at soccer games as a South African tradition, have been saved by FIFA. They will not ban them during the World Cup. That said, if you don't have a vuvuzela yourself, and want to see how horrific they are, you can install an Android or iPhone app to get the South African flavor. Both the...

iPhone 4 Pre-Sale Begins With Black Unit Alone; Servers Overwhelmed

iPhone 4 Pre-Sale Begins With Black Unit Alone; Servers Overwhelmed

It's June 15th. Do you know where your credit card is? It's probably hiding away far in the back of your wallet, knowing full well that you're about to put a serious dent in it. Just a week after Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, announced that the next generation iPhone would be available for pre-sale on June 15th, the floodgates have opened, but...

Super Talent Ships Speedy TeraDrive CT SSD Family

Super Talent Ships Speedy TeraDrive CT SSD Family

Some SSDs are getting larger. Some are getting more advanced. And some are just getting faster. Super Talent is hoping to touch on all three improvement points with their newest units, the all-new TeraDrive CT. These units just began shipping to consumers in the U.S. today, with the TeraDrive CT boasting the rare SandForce 1222 SSD processor....

AT&T Reveals HTC Aria Smartphone: $130, Available June 20th

AT&T Reveals HTC Aria Smartphone: $130, Available June 20th

AT&T admitted earlier this year that Android was on their roadmap. It's obvious that AT&T is lacking in the Android department compared to other carriers; Verizon has a number of DROID phones, Sprint has the EVO 4G, and the original Android phone launched on T-Mobile. But AT&T has continued along with just the iPhone and a few...

OCZ Introduces Deneva Series SSDs For Enterprise Use

OCZ Introduces Deneva Series SSDs For Enterprise Use

OCZ revealed a new enterprise line of solid state hard drives. The new Deneva Series uses Sandforce's 1500 SSD processor with MLC and eMLC to offer the performance required by enterprise storage environments. The Sandforce-based Deneva family has a few features and options that are not available on OCZ's consumer SSD offerings. More specifically,...

Eurocom Launches X8100 Leopard Gaming Notebook

Eurocom Launches X8100 Leopard Gaming Notebook

Eurocom announced the EUROCOM X8100 Leopard Mobile Workstation. This new 18.4-inch gaming notebook features two ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 running in CrossFireX, a single GTX480M or a variety of other NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro cards running in single or SLI configurations. The EUROCOM X8100 Leopard also supports four physical SATA-300 hard...

SeaMicro Straps 512 Intel Atom CPUs Into Mega Low-Drain Server

SeaMicro Straps 512 Intel Atom CPUs Into Mega Low-Drain Server

When you think of Intel Atom processors, what do you generally think of? Netbooks? MIDs? UMPCs? Future smartphones? Yeah, sure. What about supercomputers and servers? Not exactly. But SeaMicro has accomplished something that could very well change the way you see Atom CPUs, from underpowered, low-power-drain chips reserved for lower cost machines...

Chromoting To Allow Legacy PC Apps Entry Into Chrome OS

Chromoting To Allow Legacy PC Apps Entry Into Chrome OS

Chrome OS remains a mystery. It's Google's first desktop operating system, but even today, it's nothing more than words on pages as far as consumers are concerned. We're sure there's internal testing going on as the company prepared to launch the OS onto netbooks in the near future, and now we're seeing even more details to hopefully prove...

MSI Introduces 14" CX410 Notebook With AMD CPU, ATI GPU

MSI Introduces 14" CX410 Notebook With AMD CPU, ATI GPU

Another week, another MSI notebook for the taking! This time around, MSI is skipping on by the hardcore gamers and going straight for those on the fence. The ones trying to decide between a 13" ultraportable and a 15" mainstream notebook. The 14" CX410 is the company's newest in the Classic Series, featuring AMD internals and ATI graphics....

Spunky Nokia Vows to Put Up a Fight for Smartphone Market

Spunky Nokia Vows to Put Up a Fight for Smartphone Market

Given the current landscape, it would seem inevitable that it's only a matter of time before Nokia falls to the competition and concedes the No. 1 spot in the smartphone market. After all, there's a new iPhone on the horizon, HTC continues to bombard the market with wicked fast Android devices (and those built around other platforms), and...

LG Display Joins Forces with iRiver to Develop E-Reader

LG Display Joins Forces with iRiver to Develop E-Reader

LG Display and iRiver today announced a $5 million joint venture to develop an ebook reader. Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will establish a new company tasked with OEM development, production, and sales of the new device, which will then be sold to electronics customers who are free to slap on their own label. "The joint...

Nokia Debuts X5: A Texter's Best Friend

Nokia Debuts X5: A Texter's Best Friend

Nokia's phone selection has been a bit interesting of late. They've been lacking in the smartphone department when it comes to living up to standards set by the iPhone and HTC's family of devices, but they're still the global leader in terms of market share. Clearly the U.S. isn't Nokia's main focus, and some might say that smartphones aren't...

Obsidian Architecture: Corsair 700D / 800D Cases Reviewed

Obsidian Architecture: Corsair 700D / 800D Cases Reviewed

When we sat down to review Corsair's acclaimed 700D and 800D chassis, we couldn't help reflecting on how much the PC case market has evolved over the last decade. Ten years ago, when we were cutting our teeth on CPUs with code names like Coppermine and Thunderbird, enthusiast enclosures were few and far between. In a market that's now literally...

Microsoft's Project Natal Becomes Kinect, Gains Video Chat Functionality

Microsoft's Project Natal Becomes Kinect, Gains Video Chat Functionality

The world has known that Microsoft was bringing a motion control system to market for months and months now. We've heard it referred to as "Project Natal" for as long as we can remember, and we were assuming that the company would simply retain the name after all of this time. We should have known better. As E3 begins in California this morning,...

Asus Reveals 12.1" Eee PC 1201K With AMD Geode CPU

Asus Reveals 12.1" Eee PC 1201K With AMD Geode CPU

For a company that was once producing a new Eee PC netbook about every month, Asus has yet to introduce a new one in awhile. Of course, that's a relative term, but even going a few months without hearing of new Eee PC seems odd. Now, Asus has given us yet another machine to look at, the Eee PC 1201K. What's most unique about this machine isn't...

Phoenix Technologies Purchased By HP For $12 Million

Phoenix Technologies Purchased By HP For $12 Million

Not sure if you've noticed, but Linux is quietly gaining steam. Android is becoming a huge mobile OS, Ubuntu is getting more and more attention, and now Linux builds are fetching huge amounts of money from mainstays in the industry. We're talking about Phoenix Technologies, which was recently purchased by HP for a staggering $12 million. Hewlett-Packard,...

Philips Enables Streaming From Laptop To TV, No Widget Required

Philips Enables Streaming From Laptop To TV, No Widget Required

Just a couple days ago, we learned about a few new apps from Samsung that will bring social networking and location based services to compatible Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and TVs. While that sounds cool and all, we can't help but appreciate Philips new technology that doesn't require any widgets or apps. The new Philips...

Insignia Introduces 8" Infocast Internet Media Display

Insignia Introduces 8" Infocast Internet Media Display

It's still too early to tell whether these types of information displays are going to be a hit in the mainstream, but with Sony entering with the Dash, there's at least a slight chance. Chumby Industries has been creating these types of displays, which are basically a digital photo frame but with web connectivity and access to a number of...

Cowon J3 Portable Media Player Has 3.3" AMOLED Touch Panel, Beefy Battery

Cowon J3 Portable Media Player Has 3.3" AMOLED Touch Panel, Beefy Battery

Cowon's a company that few people in America have heard of, mostly because they don't spend a great deal of money marketing themselves here. The likes of Apple and Microsoft are much more known in the mainstream, but Cowon's competing in the same portable media player space. By and large, the company makes great products. They're sleek, they're...

LifeSize Communications & LG Electronics Introduce New Video Conferencing System

LifeSize Communications & LG Electronics Introduce New Video Conferencing System

Logitech's LifeSize Communications and LG Electronics are teaming up to offer a video conferencing system that is easy to use and offers HD video communications. LG's executive conferencing system is housed within a 24-inch HD display. The system is powered by LifeSize HD video communications technology and offers interoperability with Unified...

Boxee Box Release Pushed Till November

Boxee Box Release Pushed Till November

Waiting is a tough, tough thing. Waiting on a new gadget is even tougher. Late last year, the folks at Boxee seemed to think that the Boxee Box (which was being built by D-Link) would be available to consumers in the first half of 2010. It's sort of tough to believe, but the first half of 2010 is just about over. With the latter half quickly...

Acer K11 Pico Projector Packs All Sorts Of Brightness

Acer K11 Pico Projector Packs All Sorts Of Brightness

Pico projectors are one of those product categories that are super interesting. But maybe not in the way you'd think. They took off and had a full force of steam behind them about two years ago, but then, they never really changed much. Even today's pico projectors have relatively low resolutions and they're still not small enough to really...

MSI Ships Core i7-Equipped 17" GX740 Gaming Notebook

MSI Ships Core i7-Equipped 17" GX740 Gaming Notebook

MSI put on a real show at Computex, displaying no fewer than 30 computers on the floor. But for Americans looking for another option in the gaming notebook sector, the company has great news to share today. The powerful GX740 is now shipping to the United States, bringing with it a 17" display and more power than most average users would be...

Sugar Labs Debuts More Reliable Mirabelle Educational OS

Sugar Labs Debuts More Reliable Mirabelle Educational OS

A lot of work is being done to bring more software and hardware to students across the world who couldn't normally afford to own a PC or interact with an operating system in one way or another. OLPC's XO laptop has certainly found its way into a great many classrooms around the globe, but they can't do it alone. Sugar Labs is another company...

Toshiba Announces Volume Availability Of MBF Family Of Enterprise HDDs

Toshiba Announces Volume Availability Of MBF Family Of Enterprise HDDs

Toshiba announced that it has begun volume shipment of its MBF family of enterprise HDDs. These 2.5-inch drives are available with capacities up to 600GB. The MBF family offers 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface. One of the benefits of the series is its lower power consumption thanks to an enhanced power condition state that reduces...

Kiss Windows XP Goodbye on New Netbooks

Kiss Windows XP Goodbye on New Netbooks

In a blog post this week, Microsoft made sure to remind everyone that XP's deadline date is fast approaching, making specific mention of netbooks. Come October 22, 2010, "OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs," no matter how much consumers may want it. So is another stay of execution coming? Don't bank...

Optimistic Adobe Envisions Flash on Over 250 Million Smartphones by 2012

Optimistic Adobe Envisions Flash on Over 250 Million Smartphones by 2012

Undeterred by Apple's stubborn refusal to support Flash, Adobe this week peered into their crystal ball and evidently saw a future in which their Flash Player came installed on more than 250 million smartphones. Adobe isn't talking about some far off future, either, and instead sees itself going from zero to hero in the mobile market by the...

Verizon Bringing Skype To Feature Phones, But Not With Wi-Fi

Verizon Bringing Skype To Feature Phones, But Not With Wi-Fi

Here's some interesting news. Skype, which has grown to become the go-to VOIP application for mobile and desktop use, is no stranger to Verizon Wireless. Various Android handsets have been able to use Skype for awhile now, with the Droid and Droid Incredible being two in particular. But frankly, smartphone use of Skype isn't a shocker. Skype...

Computex 2010 Wrap-up

Computex 2010 Wrap-up

Although we previously covered several hot topics from Computex, there is still a lot to talk about. A few days ago, we showed you the first dual GPU Fermi videocard from Galaxy, revealed the latest PCI Express SSD from OCZ called the Revo Drive, and exposed you to the monstrous HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 from PowerColor. In addition, we gathered...

Samsung Brings Social Networking & Location Based Services To Your Living Room

Samsung Brings Social Networking & Location Based Services To Your Living Room

Samsung is bringing social networking and location based services to your TV and entertainment system with the addition of Facebook and Google Maps to Samsung Apps. Samsung Apps is an HDTV-based application store that provides users with downloadable apps for their 2010 Samsung Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and some Samsung...

Garminfone Now Available At T-Mobile For $199 On Contract

Garminfone Now Available At T-Mobile For $199 On Contract

Is the best current GPS on the market, just a phone? Some would say that Google Maps Navigation on Android has the navigation thing down, but there's still nothing quite like a dedicated NAV. Garmin's first attempt at combining a GPS and a phone didn't exactly go over well; the original nuvifone took too long to go from introduction to shipping,...

Secure Software Lets Students Take Exams Anywhere

Secure Software Lets Students Take Exams Anywhere

The education market is changing rapidly, and in major ways. Just ten years ago, there was just one way to get a degree, and that was to show up at campus each day throughout the year and work away class after class. Today, you've got a variety of options, and the amount of alternatives are growing by the day. There are online courses and...

RadioTime, Dension Brings Internet Radio To Your Car

RadioTime, Dension Brings Internet Radio To Your Car

RadioTime and Dension are working together to change the way we listen to Internet radio. With the new Dension Webradio, you can listen to Internet radio from any USB-capable home entertainment system or car radio. The Webradio itself is about the size of a USB thumb drive. When paired with a 3G capable phone via Bluetooth, the Webradio lets...

Canonical Plans Ubuntu Release For Tablet PCs

Canonical Plans Ubuntu Release For Tablet PCs

It's one thing when Apple tips their hat to Microsoft by announcing that Bing is now a selectable search engine within the next iOS release, but when someone in the Linux world gives a hat tip to Apple, well, we all had to check and make sure the world below wasn't frozen over. Canonical's CEO Chris Kenyon recently had a discussion surrounding...

Logitech Brings 720p And 1080p Capture To New Webcam Line

Logitech Brings 720p And 1080p Capture To New Webcam Line

We aren't sure if you've noticed, but HD video is "in." Nearly every major smartphone launching now has HD video recording, with the iPhone 4 even getting an iMovie app to edit all of that high resolution footage. Traditionally, PC webcams have lagged behind on the technology front. Most people have seemed satisfied with low-res VGA video...

OCZ Introduces Vertex 2 Pro And Vertex 2 EX Solid State Drives

OCZ Introduces Vertex 2 Pro And Vertex 2 EX Solid State Drives

OCZ Technology is one of the companies really pushing SSD technology forward, and it seems like every month or two they have another one headed to production. Today, the company is announcing not one, but two new solid state drives, both of which are aimed primarily at use in the enterprise. But oftentimes, enterprise drives can be very useful...

Sony Blitzes the 3D Market with New 3D Capable Bravia TV Sets

Sony Blitzes the 3D Market with New 3D Capable Bravia TV Sets

We don't know if the emerging 3D craze will end up a mere blip in the history of home entertainment or, if like netbooks, this will become the newest must-have technology, but if the 3D market does fall flat on its face, it won't be for a lack of effort from Sony. On the contrary, the electronics maker this week announced a whole bunch of...

PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review

PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review

When NVIDIA launched the first wave of GF100-based graphics cards in late march, the initial GeForce GTX 400 series line-up consisted of only two cards, the flagship GeForce GTX 480 (reviewed here) and its somewhat less powerful counterpart, the GeForce GTX 470. Since then, NVIDIA has augmented the GeForce GTX 400 series line-up with the more...

Samsung Slips a Pico Projector into Product Lineup

Samsung Slips a Pico Projector into Product Lineup

They say there's a first time for everything, and that apparently applies to Samsung as well. The company best known for its hard drives and LCD monitors this week announced the SP-H03, "a self-contained personal device," as Samsung describes it, or the first pico projector the company has ever made (as we would describe it). "With portable...

Seagate Debuts SmartAlign To Ease Advanced Format Transition

Seagate Debuts SmartAlign To Ease Advanced Format Transition

A lot has been written and discussed regarding Advanced Format. It's the wave of the future for hard drives, but there's still a lot of mystery surrounding it. Many people have brushed it aside since it's not really causing major changes right away, but the hope of seeing HDDs expand in capacity relies heavily on the understanding and implementation...

Western Digital Gets Cozy With Netflix On WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player

Western Digital Gets Cozy With Netflix On WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player

When Western Digital starts a new line, they usually stick with it for awhile. Just look at the My Book line; it's WD's primarily external hard drive family, and it has been around--mostly unchanged--for years now. It has become a brand itself that consumers know and can relate to, and now the company is looking to extend their WD TV line...

Google Maps Navigation Motors To 11 More Countries For Free

Google Maps Navigation Motors To 11 More Countries For Free

There has been a lot of action at Google this week, and the Caffeine boost is just the tip of the iceberg. In a move that may be strong European mainstays like Nokia on their heels, Google has just announced that their highly lauded Google Maps Navigation service is finally departing the U.S. and heading elsewhere. But don't worry, it's not...

Panasonic Debuts Lightweight 14.1" Toughbook F9 Notebook

Panasonic Debuts Lightweight 14.1" Toughbook F9 Notebook

There's a new member in the Toughbook family that's being introduced by Panasonic today, but you wouldn't know it by just glancing at the basic specifications. Nothing about a 14.1" notebook that weighs just 3.6lbs. screams "Toughbook," but sure enough, the new F9 is about as rugged and tough as the come. The 14" form factor is a rare one,...

Sources Say Hulu Will Start Charging For Access In 1-2 Months

Sources Say Hulu Will Start Charging For Access In 1-2 Months

Enjoy watching Hulu? Well, you better go ahead and take the next week off of work in order to catch up on all of those old episodes of your favorite show, because the Free Lunch Parade may be ending. Ever since Hulu was introduced, users and analysts wondered if NBC would be able to keep it free. Users are forced to watch ads during the show,...

Lenovo Launches 23-Inch All-in-One, Port Replicator Monitor and SFF Dual CPU System

Lenovo Launches 23-Inch All-in-One, Port Replicator Monitor and SFF Dual CPU System

  Lenovo Injects Innovation into Desktop for New Breed of Business PCs First Large Business-Focused 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop/Port Replicator Monitor & Smallest Dual CPU Workstation RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – June 10, 2010: Lenovo today announced five new PC products that inject innovation back into the desktop computing...

E-Mail Addresses Of iPad 3G Owners Leak Out In AT&T Database Hack

E-Mail Addresses Of iPad 3G Owners Leak Out In AT&T Database Hack

Wow. This is not at all what AT&T or Apple had in mind for today. Just hours after Apple made a huge announcement that involved the next great smartphone for AT&T (yes, the iPhone 4), there's been a bombshell dropped that has temporarily made the focus on both companies distinctively more negative than usual. So, what could happen...

Google's Search Engine Gets A Caffeine Boost

Google's Search Engine Gets A Caffeine Boost

Google has released its Caffeine indexing technology. As the most significant change Google has made to the basic technology that crawls the Internet and ranks Web pages since 2006, Caffeine has been in the testing phase for almost a year. According to Google, "Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index,...

OCZ Expands Power Supply Offerings

OCZ Expands Power Supply Offerings

OCZ announced the StealthXStream 2 Power Supply Series. This series has been redesigned to offer higher efficiencies and a quieter operation. The StealthXStream 2 is designed for use in high end systems and offers enough power for dual-GPU and CPU platforms. The PSUs convert up to 85% of AC to DC power at typical loads. The StealthXStream...

EyeSight Tech Brings Hand Gesture Control To Android Platform

EyeSight Tech Brings Hand Gesture Control To Android Platform

Apple's iPhone 4 may have the gaze of the technology world at the moment, but Google's Android platform continues to grow stronger each and every day. With Android 2.2 just a few weeks away from launching, there's yet another reason to look for a DROID Incredible, Nexus One or any other Android smartphone over a new iPhone: hand control. eyeSight...

Panasonic Still Pushing Plasma, Adds 3D Capability

Panasonic Still Pushing Plasma, Adds 3D Capability

Like the Boston Celtics (put a sock in it, Lakers fans), Plasma technology refuses to whither away quietly, no matter what fancy new technologies (like LED-backlit displays) try to takes its place. Don't believe it? Try telling that to Panasonic, which has just announced a pair of new large screen 3D Plasma displays, the 3D Viera TH-P46VT2...

Astro's Latest Headset Takes Aim at Metal Gear Solid Fans

Astro's Latest Headset Takes Aim at Metal Gear Solid Fans

If you really want to let the world know you're the biggest Metal Gear Solid fan on the planet, head over to your local tattoo parlor and get yourself inked. If you're not into that sort of thing and/or want something a little less permanent, Astro Gaming has you covered. Known for their line of high-end headsets aimed at professional gamers,...

GestureTek Goes Large With 42" Multi-Touch Table And 70" Multi-Touch Display

GestureTek Goes Large With 42" Multi-Touch Table And 70" Multi-Touch Display

You know what the world needs? More multi-touch. Don't think we're being sarcastic, because we most certainly are not. Multi-touch has changed the way we interact with our computers and gadgets, and it's clear that touch is the input method of the future, at least with portable electronics. Companies are becoming better and better at really...

AUO Showcases 2.4" AMOLED, 32" Multi-Touch LCD And Largest 3D HD Panel

AUO Showcases 2.4" AMOLED, 32" Multi-Touch LCD And Largest 3D HD Panel

Display Taiwan 2010 has followed Computex in order to keep the trade show floors humming in Taipei, and the panel makers are out in full force showcasing their latest goods. AUO is a company that few people recognize, but that most LCD buyers should be quite familiar with. AUO makes a great many of the panels that end up re-branded by Dell,...

Pretec Enables Any USB Phone To Tether With H220 Intellicable

Pretec Enables Any USB Phone To Tether With H220 Intellicable

There's still quite a lot of mystery surrounding Pretec's latest adapter, but the claims are impossible to overlook. The company's new H220 Intellicable doesn't look like much more than a typical USB extension plug. It's not very bulky, there aren't any foreign parts. So, what makes it so special? The software that's bundled with it, according...

Alienware M11x Upgraded With Core i5/i7 And NVIDIA Optimus Graphics

Alienware M11x Upgraded With Core i5/i7 And NVIDIA Optimus Graphics

We found Alienware's M11x to be one-in-a-million when we reviewed it earlier in the year, but there's always room for improvement. Even Alienware recognizes that, and they've done quite a bit of improving with the latest edition of the planet's smallest hardcore gaming notebook. The new M11x still retains the tiny 11" form factor and typical...

DIRECTV Launches Whole-Home DVR Service

DIRECTV Launches Whole-Home DVR Service

With the launch of its new Whole-Home DVR service, DIRECTV is making it easier and more convenient for customers to enjoy their favorite shows in up to 15 rooms in their home using a single DVR. The new service lets users share recorded programs on any TV in their home, begin a program in one room and finish it in another, and access DIRECTV’s...

AT&T And Pantech Launch New Quick Messaging Phone

AT&T And Pantech Launch New Quick Messaging Phone

AT&T and Pantech have teamed up to offer customers a new quick messaging phone with a touch screen handset and a sliding keyboard. The new Pursuit phone offers a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, multitasking capabilities, a full QWERTY keyboard, and apps such as Drawing Commander, Face Tag and Graffiti. The Pantech Pursuit is currently available...

Toshiba Tecra A11-S3540 Review

Toshiba Tecra A11-S3540 Review

Toshiba's Tecra Series of laptops have traditionally been marketed as high-performance business machines, designed to be capable of handling demanding tasks. Earlier this year, Toshiba announced the latest Tecra A11. The new Tecra A11 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and features a 10-key numeric keypad. We had top-of-the-line Tecra...

Foxconn Hands Out More Raises

Foxconn Hands Out More Raises

After being put under the microscope by the media and, more recently, by its customers following a rash of suicides that occurred at its Shenzhen, China factory, Foxconn said it is issuing another round of significant pay raises, the second time that this has been done this week. According to a report in The New York Times, Foxconn plans to...

MSI Launches GT660 Gaming Notebook

MSI Launches GT660 Gaming Notebook

MSI is super stoked about their new GT660 gaming notebook, and with good reason. Packed inside a 16-inch chassis are a bevy of enthusiast grade goodies, not the least of which is a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 285M graphics. What's more, MSI claims this is the first notebook to come equipped with the company's TDE+ technology (Turbo Drive...

Sony Debuts VAIO EA And VAIO EC Laptops With Wild Color Options

Sony Debuts VAIO EA And VAIO EC Laptops With Wild Color Options

If you're in the mood for an all-in-one desktop, Sony's VAIO J has you covered. But what if you'd prefer some of that VAIO style on a notebook? You're covered there as well, with the VAIO EA and VAIO ES families launching today with a crazy amount of crazy color options. The VAIO EA series is based around a 14" frame, while the EC series appeases...

Sony Intros 21.5" VAIO J All-In-One Desktop PC

Sony Intros 21.5" VAIO J All-In-One Desktop PC

Hey, the iMac can't have all of the fun in the all-in-one PC sector, right? Sony is introducing a new AIO machine today that's touch-enabled, which seems to be the norm these days. In fact we're kind of shocked that 3D support isn't thrown in as well. The VAIO J is the company's latest desktop, aimed at bargain users who don't need a whole...

Verizon's Android Phones Gain V CAST Video Access

Verizon's Android Phones Gain V CAST Video Access

Motorola's DROID is a majorly powerful smartphone. Hardly anyone will argue that. But as of last week, there was still one thing that DROID couldn't do (despite the advertisements): V CAST. As of today, Verizon Wireless has added V CAST capabilities to the DROID, enabling users to watch and stream V CAST video right on their Android-powered...

Apple Introduces Faster, More Customizable Safari 5 Web Browser

Apple Introduces Faster, More Customizable Safari 5 Web Browser

Last summer, we took a deep dive into Apple's (then) newest Web browser, Safari 4. One of the major problems we had with it was the lack of Extensions support that makes Firefox such a great alternative. It seemed to be a fine browser overall, but it lacked that "extra" that Firefox had and has. This week, Apple introduced something other...

Send To SYNC Blends Google Maps With Ford Navigation

Send To SYNC Blends Google Maps With Ford Navigation

This is the piece that we have been waiting for: true Google Maps integration with vehicles. We thought it would take quite a bit longer than this for it to finally happen, but somehow Ford has enabled it to work using their existing SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app. The reason this is exciting is twofold; one, factory...

Alert: 7-Year Old Son Of Intel Employee Missing

Alert: 7-Year Old Son Of Intel Employee Missing

We were just made aware of some horrible news and want to enlist the help of our extended HotHardware family to lend a hand and get the word out. A few hours ago, a friend of ours at Intel let us know that the son of an Intel employee, Kyron Horman, has gone missing... "The search for a second-grade student who disappeared last week after...

Aspiro's Music Streaming Service WiMP Now Available For The iPhone

Aspiro's Music Streaming Service WiMP Now Available For The iPhone

There's a new streaming music service available to iPhone users in Norway. Aspiro Music announced the company has received word from Apple that its iPhone client for the music streaming service WiMP is approved and available for download through the AppStore. The iPhone version offers most of the functionality of the PC version of WiMP. It...

HP Gives New Printers Their Own E-Mail Address And Access To Google Cloud

HP Gives New Printers Their Own E-Mail Address And Access To Google Cloud

It's a brave new world out there, and while you may not have known it before you started reading this, you'll really need a brave new printer to survive in it. Not really, but that's the idea that Hewlett-Packard would love for you to get. HP does a lot of things, one of which is make loads of printers (and ink boxes) to sell to a world that's...

Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Launches With Android 2.1

Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Launches With Android 2.1

Boy, Motorola has come a long way. The company skyrocketed into mobile fame with the introduction of the RAZR, but shortly fell off of the map by failing to follow that phone with something equally amazing. After years of waiting, Motorola delivered the DROID on Verizon Wireless, and suddenly, the company was back in business. The Motorola...

ASUS & DisplayLink Announce Availability Of Universal Docking Station

ASUS & DisplayLink Announce Availability Of Universal Docking Station

ASUS has teamed up with DisplayLink to provide users with the connectivity and productivity benefits of a universal docking station. The new ASUS Universal Docking Station uses DisplayLink’s USB virtual graphics processor, the DL-165, which enables auxiliary displays to support HD resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 or 1920 x 1080 (wide)....

Apple Brings FaceTime Video Chat, 720p Recording, High-Res IPS Panel To iPhone 4

Apple Brings FaceTime Video Chat, 720p Recording, High-Res IPS Panel To iPhone 4

Well, it's June 7, and that means WWDC has started in California. And that also means that the rumors were true: a new iPhone has entered the world. Steve Jobs got on stage today to kick the event off in style, and while he took a few minutes to talk market share numbers (obviously looking at areas where the iPhone OS has sold more than Android),...

iPads Purchased Prior to June 7 Still Eligible for AT&T's All-You-Can-Eat Data Buffet

iPads Purchased Prior to June 7 Still Eligible for AT&T's All-You-Can-Eat Data Buffet

AT&T managed to ruffle a few feathers when they announced the end of their unlimited data plan. For most customers -- up to 98 percent, according to the wireless carrier -- the new 250MB and 2GB monthly data plans will actually save users money in the long run, but for those who ordered an iPad 3G in hopes of not having to worry about...

AT&T Now Selling Palm Pix Plus Smartphone

AT&T Now Selling Palm Pix Plus Smartphone

AT&T over the weekend began offering the Palm Pixi Plus for sale to its customers, and at a pretty attractive price point too. Though the smartphone spotlight today is shining squarely on Apple's iPhone 4G, which Steve Jobs is expected to announced during his WWDC 2010 keynote, AT&T's $50 price tag for the webOS-based Palm Pixi Plus...

Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-up

Computex 2010 Tablet PC Round-up

At Computex 2010, tablet PCs were all the rage.  Intel had several tablets on display at their booth, as did many other manufacturers. And while every model shown in out sneak peek is a prototype, most of them were running an operating system and looked like they were close to being ready for prime time. Of course the bulk of these machines...

Toshiba Debuts World's First Notebook To Play Back 3D Blu-ray Films

Toshiba Debuts World's First Notebook To Play Back 3D Blu-ray Films

And the 3D bandwagon continues to grow. First it was the 3D cinema, and next came 3D HDTVs. Now we've got 3D PCs, and 3D Blu-ray movies are on the way. But what if those last two could be combined? Oh, wait, they have been. Toshiba's Japanese branch has just announced the first notebook to have the capabilities to play back 3D Blu-ray films...

HTC EVO 4G Becomes Fastest Selling Sprint Phone Ever

HTC EVO 4G Becomes Fastest Selling Sprint Phone Ever

HTC's EVO 4G isn't just America's only (and first) 4G handset, it's also the hottest selling Sprint phone of all time. Before this weekend's launch, Sprint's Pre and Instinct held this record of best selling launch-day phone, but now the EVO 4G has taken the crown. Some might say it's no real surprise given the hype surrounding it, but we're...

Computex 2010: ZOTAC Displays New ITX Motherboards, ZBOX Models

Computex 2010: ZOTAC Displays New ITX Motherboards, ZBOX Models

HTPC builders will have more options available soon, thanks to a trio of mini-ITX motherboards we came across while checking out the ZOTAC booth during Computex 2010. The new ION ITX model replaces the Intel Atom processor found in the previous model with a dual-core CULV SU2300 CPU, while making use of NVIDIA ION graphics and DDR3-1066 memory....

Computex 2010: OCZ's Revo Drive - Affordable PCIe SSD Performance

Computex 2010: OCZ's Revo Drive - Affordable PCIe SSD Performance

Consumer-grade SSDs are fast, without a doubt, but those who demand extreme performance at any cost, or perhaps for enterprise applications, the fastest SSDs on the market are PCI Express-based, like the ioDrive and ioXtreme from Fusion-io, for example. OCZ also offers their Z-Drive with similar performance, though while these speed demons...

AMD Not Rushing Into Tablet PC Chip Market, Focusing Instead On Netbooks

AMD Not Rushing Into Tablet PC Chip Market, Focusing Instead On Netbooks

At Computex this past week, no fewer than 12 new tablet PCs were introduced, or at least showcased behind glass for the first time. That's a lot of iPad competition, and while most of them won't be shipping for at least a few months, there's no doubt that Apple has a huge target on their back. Most of these tablets ran either Android or Windows...

Apple Kills iPhone 3G Sales On The Eve Of WWDC

Apple Kills iPhone 3G Sales On The Eve Of WWDC

Try to purchase an iPhone 3G right now. Go on, we'll wait. Done yet? You sure are, because it's not happening if you're turning to Apple. The phone, which has long since been priced at just $99 on contract ever since the iPhone 3GS took over the $199 on contract spot, has finally become unavailable to order from Apple's own website. Usually,...

Android Now Available On Prepaid Plans Through Boost Mobile

Android Now Available On Prepaid Plans Through Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile created quite the stir in the mobile phone industry when it announced its $50 Unlimited Everything Plan back in January 2009. Now, the company is shaking things up again, this time by offering the Motorola i1 Android-powered smartphone to prepaid customers. This phone is the carrier's first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone...

Computex 2010: PowerColor Provides Sneak Peek of HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Edition

Computex 2010: PowerColor Provides Sneak Peek of HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Edition

There's no shortage of outrageous hardware over here in Computex 2010. But one of the most memorable products we've seen in Taiwan came from ATI graphics partner, PowerColor. The HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 Edition is so extreme that its "mainly for commercial use" and not made for specifically for the consumer market. For the most part, it looks...

Google Maps Leads Pedestrian Into 4-Lane, Directly Into A Lawsuit

Google Maps Leads Pedestrian Into 4-Lane, Directly Into A Lawsuit

Frequent viewers of "The Office" on NBC may remember one particular episode where Michael Scott followed a GPS unit into a lake. While it was hilarious on the television, similar episodes seem to be happening in real life. On more than one occasion, a motorist has followed a GPS unit into a murky spot, but most of the time the worst to stem...

Microsoft Points To Security Controls In Addressing Google Exodus Rumor

Microsoft Points To Security Controls In Addressing Google Exodus Rumor

We actually wondered what Microsoft would say if they got wind of Google's plans to phase out Windows machines in favor of Linux and OS X alternatives, and it looks like our wish has been granted. Microsoft recently published a response the rumor (which has still not been confirmed by Google), and the whole thing feels like Microsoft trying...

Splashtop MeeGo Remix Brings Instant-On To Intel/Nokia OS

Splashtop MeeGo Remix Brings Instant-On To Intel/Nokia OS

You've heard of DeviceVM. You may not know of it, but if you follow netbooks, notebooks and/or operating systems, you've probably heard of a little thing called "Splashtop," an instant-on OS that has made its made onto a great many machines now. But the world is changing--CPUs are getting faster, operating systems are getting lighter, and...

Li-Ion Battery Embedded Onto Printed Circuit Board: Portable Power!

Li-Ion Battery Embedded Onto Printed Circuit Board: Portable Power!

The world has come a long way in the world of embedded computing, with more and more power now able to squeeze onto integrated circuits versus having to use discrete processors and the like. Integrated graphics are far more powerful now than they were, and integrated processors in general are far more capable now than ever before. But there...

Verizon Wireless Launches BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless Launches BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

With the announcement of the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Verizon Wireless is adding its first global phone that will support GlobalAccess Connect to its lineup. GlobalAccess Connect lets customers tether their BlackBerry Bold to a notebook or netbook and use it as a modem for wireless Internet access in more than 200 countries throughout the world....

Super Talent Introduces USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache

Super Talent Introduces USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache

Super Talent announced a new USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache drive. According to the company, the new drive will boost small block random performance by up to 110x over USB 2.0 speeds. The drive will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities and will be available in early July. Super Talent Introduces USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache™ USB 3.0 flash drive...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Powered Notebook Sneak Peek

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Powered Notebook Sneak Peek

There's almost nothing hotter than a screamin' fast desktop replacement notebook.  Sure, these machines aren't notebooks in the traditional sense of the word.  If you really plan to take them on the road, you better not have been cheatin' on your sit-ups, sonny-boy.  These types of notebooks are for real men, or women, as the...

New Sprint Campaign Highlights Firsts, Including First 4G Phone HTC EVO 4G

New Sprint Campaign Highlights Firsts, Including First 4G Phone HTC EVO 4G

Today marks the day that the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint goes on sale nationwide. As the first combination 3G/4G phone to hit the market, we don't have to tell you this is a big deal. With the phone, Sprint is launching an integrated ad campaign that includes TV, print, online and direct-mail elements that highlight Sprint as the first national...

Jetstar to Offer In-Flight iPad Rentals

Jetstar to Offer In-Flight iPad Rentals

Australian airline Jetstar's in-flight entertainment is about to get a whole lot more, well, entertaining. No, they're not hiring dancing girls to boogie down the isles, but the airline from down under will start renting out iPads on some of its domestic flights. It will cost $10 to rent an iPad, which will provide some additional in-flight...

HP Soothes webOS Lovers Woes & Commits To webOS Smartphones After All

HP Soothes webOS Lovers Woes & Commits To webOS Smartphones After All

Earlier, we reported that HP's CEO Mark Hurd indicated the company's purchase of Palm and its assets wasn't about cell phones. From the initial comments, it appeared that HP may be planning to ignore the phone market altogether and instead use the webOS platform for other devices such as tablet PCs and printers. For all of you who were worried...

HP CEO Says Palm Wasn't Purchased To Surge In Smartphone Market

HP CEO Says Palm Wasn't Purchased To Surge In Smartphone Market

Well, this will surely come as a disappointment to many, and it may honestly make others a bit excited. Hewlett-Packard, who decided to pony up just over $1 billion earlier in the year to acquire Palm and their assets, has now openly stated that the purchase wasn't about cellphones at all. On the surface, this doesn't make a lot of sense....

CyberPower Adds Unlocked Core i5 And Core i7 K Series CPUs To Desktops

CyberPower Adds Unlocked Core i5 And Core i7 K Series CPUs To Desktops

It's not too often that we hear about Intel releasing new "unlocked" CPUs, which is what makes the release of the newest Core i5 and Core i7 processors so incredible. For gamers who weren't able to spring for the ultra-expensive Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, the new K series is a great alternative. Already offered on iBuyPower machines, CyberPower...

Nokia Launches E73 Mode to U.S. Market

Nokia Launches E73 Mode to U.S. Market

The spinsters on Nokia's marketing team are billing the company's new E73 Mode smartphone as the premier device to "balance the need to stay connected with one's work and personal life at home or on the go." In other words, it's suitable for both work and play, much like RIM's BlackBerry phones, which is what the N73 looks strikingly similar...

Motorola FLIPOUT Provides Most Unique Android Form Factor Yet

Motorola FLIPOUT Provides Most Unique Android Form Factor Yet

After the RAZR, Motorola basically fell out of favor with consumers in the cellphone world. There were simply too many other great options from Apple, HTC, Samsung, LG, etc., and Motorola was largely viewed as a "has-been" in the industry. All of that changed when the DROID was launched, and the company has been on a roll ever since. The newest...

Linaro Group Forms To Hasten Time To Market For Linux-Based Smartphones

Linaro Group Forms To Hasten Time To Market For Linux-Based Smartphones

You don't really have to keep a finger on the pulse of the smartphone landscape to know that ARM and Freescale are bitter rivals, and Samsung and Texas Instruments are constantly vying for similar business. So honestly, you probably wouldn't expect four companies who are generally considered enemies to ever really be friends. And you definitely...

Innocomm Launches TV Tuner-Equipped "Shark" Android Smartphone

Innocomm Launches TV Tuner-Equipped "Shark" Android Smartphone

Mobile TV and Android meet at last, but for most of America, it probably won't matter. At least not yet, and at least not without a legitimate mobile TV service that the masses can take advantage of over-the-air. But that little issue isn't stopping Innocomm from introducing one of the world's first Android 2.1 smartphones with a mobile TV...

Skype iPhone 3G App Downloads Approach 5 Million Mark

Skype iPhone 3G App Downloads Approach 5 Million Mark

It's only been four days since Skype launched a new version of their Web app for the iPhone platform, and already it has been downloaded nearly 5 million times. The latest release allows iPhone owners to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls over their 3G data connection, as well as call mobile and landlines at low rates. According to Reuters,...

Kindle Invades Target Stores this Sunday

Kindle Invades Target Stores this Sunday

Shipping to stores in plenty of time for Father's Day (which falls on June 20th this year), Amazon's Kindle ebook reader will be available in all Target locations starting this Sunday, June 6th, the retail chain announced this week. Target will become the first brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the Kindle. "Our guest’s response to Kindle...

Steve Jobs: The iPhone Was Born From The iPad, Not Vice-Versa

Steve Jobs: The iPhone Was Born From The iPad, Not Vice-Versa

No one can ever debate the significance of the iPhone. It has changed society, it has changed the smartphone landscape, and it has changed the expectations of people when dealing with technology in general. Regardless of whether you personally dig the iPhone or not, there's little doubt that it's a game changer. But did you know that the iPad,...

HTC Droid Incredible Review

HTC Droid Incredible Review

The Android operating system has enjoyed a tremendous boom in popularity since the Motorola DROID was released. Since then, many additional Android-powered phones have come to market. One of the latest new Android phones is the Droid Incredible by HTC. The word "incredible" certainly invokes high expectations, so you can bet users will demand...

Antec Goes for the Gold (Certification), Launches New PSU Series

Antec Goes for the Gold (Certification), Launches New PSU Series

The race for higher wattage power supplies has finally reached a tipping point where it's no longer feasible to keep cranking out higher rated units. Instead, PSU makers have shifted their focus to other areas in the PSU design process, most notably in efficiency. With that in mind, Antec becomes the latest to release a new line of 80 PLUS...

Intel Expects Moorestown To Compete In Smartphone Space Early Next Year

Intel Expects Moorestown To Compete In Smartphone Space Early Next Year

NVIDIA has Tegra, ARM has the Cortex line, and Qualcomm has the Snapdragon family. These are the major players in the smartphone CPU war right now, and there seems to be plenty of options to go around. But of course, as a microprocessor company, Intel isn't going to just sit around on the sidelines while everyone else wins business in a growing...

VIA Introduces Dual-Core Nano DC Processor For Nettops

VIA Introduces Dual-Core Nano DC Processor For Nettops

VIA makes tons of processors that you probably never really think about. Embedded stuff, stuff that ends up in factories, point-of-sale machines and small, integrated computers. Not often do VIA chips make their way out into the land of the average tech consumer, but a few of them have managed to power low-drain handheld devices, nettops,...

AMD Aims To Merge GPU/CPU With Fusion APU

AMD Aims To Merge GPU/CPU With Fusion APU

AMD has been pushing "Fusion" for about as long as we can remember, and the idea of merging the CPU and GPU certainly sounds good. Other companies are definitely trying to accomplish similar goals with rivaling technologies, but the main problem for AMD has been producing a working product that can be shipped on existing products. At the Computex...

Panasonic Adds To Lumix Line With New Compact

Panasonic Adds To Lumix Line With New Compact

Panasonic released the newest addition to its Lumix line of high-end compact cameras. The new Lumix DMC-FX75 is a 14.1 megapixel shooter with a 24-120mm ultra-wide-angle f2.2-f5.9 lens and a 5x optical zoom. This camera can also record 720p HD video in the AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) Lite format. Other features include a...

AT&T Puts An End To Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T Puts An End To Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T is rolling out new data plans for smartphones and tablets. Starting next Monday (the same day Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone), AT&T will begin offering new data plans with preset amounts of monthly data access. This also means that the current $30-per-month unlimited data plan will no longer be available to new users....

Asus Integrates SiBEAM WirelessHD Into G73JW And G53 Notebooks

Asus Integrates SiBEAM WirelessHD Into G73JW And G53 Notebooks

We recently wrapped up a review of one of Asus' hottest new mobile gaming monsters, the G73Jh. Change a single letter in that model name, and you're looking at a machine that is equipped with native WirelessHD integration, which will certainly rival Intel's own WiDi implementations in the months to come. SiBEAM and Asus jointly announced that...

Rash of Suicides Prompt Foxconn to Raise Worker Wages

Rash of Suicides Prompt Foxconn to Raise Worker Wages

Foxconn thinks they have a solution to the mounting suicides that have rocked the company's China operations: pay the workers more money. According to reports, Foxconn plans to raise wages by 30 percent, which still isn't all that much, but it's a start. One report has the basic salary at Foxconn's China plants at about 900 yuan a month, or...

Adesso Keeps the Trackball Alive, Launches iMouse T1

Adesso Keeps the Trackball Alive, Launches iMouse T1

Did you think trackballs were dead? Think again, because not only are they still around, but companies like Adesso are still churning out new models. The latest of these is the iMouse T1, an optical rodent with a 1.8-inch trackball ergonomically jammed front and center. According to Adesso, the iMouse T1 is contoured for comfort. The big red...

Intel Reveals "Canoe Lake" Ultrathin Netbook Platform, "Oak Trail" For Tablets

Intel Reveals "Canoe Lake" Ultrathin Netbook Platform, "Oak Trail" For Tablets

It just wouldn't be a proper Computex show without Intel, and now that the event is celebrating its 30th year, Intel is celebrating alongside of it with a bunch of new details surrounding their future product pipelines. The company took the wraps off of a few new chips, with highlights including a revised Atom family that comprises dual-core...

GlobalFoundries Announces Fabrication Expansion Plans

GlobalFoundries Announces Fabrication Expansion Plans

At this time last year, everyone in the PC industry was worried sick about where the future was headed. Were the days of yearly PC upgrades over? Should we cut production? Should we transition out of the high-end sector? We're sure major chip makers like Intel were running these thoughts through their heads, and we figure GlobalFoundries was...

Kingston Debuts "World's Fastest" 2333MHz Triple-Channel HyperX RAM

Kingston Debuts "World's Fastest" 2333MHz Triple-Channel HyperX RAM

Around here, all you really have to do is shout "world's first" or "world's fastest," and you'll have our attention. Particularly when talking about SSDs, HDDs, GPUs, CPUs and memory. Kingston Technology is talking about RAM today, and they've got yet another world's quickest with the planet's fastest triple-channel memory. Intel has certified...

iBuyPower Adds Core i5-655K, Core i7-875K And NVIDIA GTX 465 To Gaming PC Line

iBuyPower Adds Core i5-655K, Core i7-875K And NVIDIA GTX 465 To Gaming PC Line

iBuyPower is back at it again, delivering the latest and greatest from ATI, NVIDIA, Intel and AMD just as soon as it becomes available for public consumption. It's tough out there competing with Dell, HP, Asus and Acer, so this company keeps their edge by being first out of the gate with newer technologies. Like an unlocked Core i5 and Core...

Google Reportedly Phasing Out Windows In Favor Of OS X/Linux

Google Reportedly Phasing Out Windows In Favor Of OS X/Linux

Things just continue to get more and more interesting in the Google/Apple drama scenarios. Needless to say, both Google and Apple have been at each other's throats a little bit lately, but in the end, Google, Apple and Microsoft are all competing against one another, so it's not surprising to see a bit of bumping and nudging going on. But...

Hands-on with Asus' Eee Tablet eReader/Writer with Integrated Digicam

Hands-on with Asus' Eee Tablet eReader/Writer with Integrated Digicam

Without a doubt, mobile computing is making its mark over at Computex 2010. After announcing their Eee Pad tablet PC, Asus gave us a closer look at their slick looking e-Reader/e-Writer creation designed for students and mobile business professionals. The little slate's features include a 10 hour battery life, 2450 dpi touch resolution screen,...

Qualcomm Enables High-end Smartphones With New Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset

Qualcomm Enables High-end Smartphones With New Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chipset

Qualcomm announced the third generation of its popular Snapdragon family of chipsets. The new Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions use two of the company's enhanced cores running at up to 1.2GHz. According to Qualcomm, the MSM8260 and MSM8660 are the first members of the Snapdragon family to have a dual-core processor....

SanDisk Announces New Solid State Drives

SanDisk Announces New Solid State Drives

SanDisk is increasing the capacity and improving the performance of its SSD product line with new drives. The SSD G4 is designed as a drop-in replacement for notebook hard drives and the SSD P4 makes it possible for manufacturers to offer even thinner netbook and tablet computers. Both drives double the capacities of the company's previous...

LucidLogix & MSI Make High Performance Graphics Available To The Masses

LucidLogix & MSI Make High Performance Graphics Available To The Masses

By using the Lucid HYDRA 200 real time distributed processor in MSI’s 870A Fuzion and P55A Fuzion motherboards, LucidLogix and MSI are giving customers the performance of multi-GPU computing for an affordable price. The HYDRA engine makes it possible for users to upgrade to multiple GPUs from a variety of vendors and provides for interoperability...

Computex 2010: Dual GPU GTX 470 Videocard Spotted

Computex 2010: Dual GPU GTX 470 Videocard Spotted

It looks like it is going to be possible to incorporate dual GF100 GPUs on a single PCB. At least, that's what the folks over at Galaxy Tech are dreaming up and we got a glimpse of it during Computex 2010. With the heat output and power requirements of NVIDIA's GF100 graphics chip, a lot of us were skeptical there would ever be a dual GPU...

MSI Unveils R5870 Lightning 2GB Graphics Card

MSI Unveils R5870 Lightning 2GB Graphics Card

The Computex convention in Taipei officially kicked off this morning, and that means you can expect a spate of product announcements at every turn. One of those comes from MSI, who has just announced their R5870 Lightning graphics card. Built around the same 40nm manufacturing process as other HD 5870 parts and sporting the same 2GB of RAM,...

Hitachi GST Reveals 7mm 2.5" Hard Drive For Slimmer Than Slim Notebooks

Hitachi GST Reveals 7mm 2.5" Hard Drive For Slimmer Than Slim Notebooks

It had to happen at some point. The standard 9.5mm height hard drive has been around for years, and even in super-thin notebooks of today, that drive has managed to fit. Snugly, of course, but still fit. But with new notebook concepts pushing the boundaries of thickness, there had to come a hard drive maker with a plan for slimming things...

Apple Reportedly Will Provide Subsidies to Foxconn Workers

Apple Reportedly Will Provide Subsidies to Foxconn Workers

We'll wait for the dust on this latest report to settle for offering up a virtual high-five to the Apple workers. The subsidies will reportedly amount to 1 percent to 2 percent of the profits from Apple products. Apple's sudden profit sharing generosity stems from the company's own investigation into the numerous suicides that have taken place...

Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review

Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review

Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth...

MSI Showcases 30 Notebook Models At Computex

MSI Showcases 30 Notebook Models At Computex

MSI usually delivers new machines at a fairly regular clip, but this is just insanity. The good kind of insanity. At the Computex trade show in Taiwan, MSI decided to showcase six major series of notebooks, with a grand total of 30 models making an appearance. The stylish F Series, multi-media centric G Series, handheld Wind Pad series and...

Asus Debuts App Store, Lamborghini VX6 And New Eee PCs

Asus Debuts App Store, Lamborghini VX6 And New Eee PCs

Asus has certainly been busy with new product announcements at Computex, and while the EeePad, EeeTablet and new introductions in the Republic of Gamers family are all swell, there's something special about Asus' partnership with one of the world's leading car brands. Closing up the loop on the company's bevy of announcements this week is...

Glasses-Free 3D TVs Said To Be Coming By 2015

Glasses-Free 3D TVs Said To Be Coming By 2015

3D may be the "big thing" right now, but it's still too early to tell whether it's consumers that are driven the demand, or the companies that are invested in the technology. Yes, 3D cinema has gone over well, but it's still too early to tell whether even that is just another fluke. Remember, the world has seen 3D in cinemas before, and it...

Intel Reveals New Product Plans For High-Performance Computing

Intel Reveals New Product Plans For High-Performance Computing

Intel's branching out yet again. Not content with just ruling the roost in the consumer CPU arena, the netbook arena and the mobile PC arena, the company is extending their reach to the High-Performance Computing sector, and while you probably won't find this in your next gaming PC, this stuff has the potential to really change our lives for...

Asus Introduces CG8490 Gaming Desktop And ROG G53 3D Laptop

Asus Introduces CG8490 Gaming Desktop And ROG G53 3D Laptop

You may say that Asus has spent the bulk of their time lately catering to those who want a revolution in mobile computing, but there's still love left for the hardcore gamers, too. Following the company's introduction of the EeePad and EeeTablet, we've learned of two major introductions in the Republic of Gamers arena: the CG8490 desktop and...