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All News for July 2009

Kodak Unveils 1080p, Image-Stabilized HD Pocket Camcorder

Kodak Unveils 1080p, Image-Stabilized HD Pocket Camcorder

Kodak announced a new Zi8 Pocket Video Camera that can capture video in 1080p HD. The Zi8's predecessors, the Kodak Zi6 and the weather-resistant Kodak Zx1, maxed out at 720p. In addition to recording 1080p video, the Zi8 can capture 5 megapixel still images with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This slim pocket video camera is designed to help users...

Jailbreaking Will End Life As We Know It: Apple

Jailbreaking Will End Life As We Know It: Apple

Apple continues to give end users reasons to jailbreak their iPhones, by rejecting applications that are pretty darn useful, for various reasons (in this case, because it might affect AT&T revenue). Of course, jailbroken iPhones might destroy the world as we know it, if Apple is to be believed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)...

Kodak Releases Three New Compact Cameras

Kodak Releases Three New Compact Cameras

Kodak has added three new 12 megapixel compact cameras to its lineup. Leading the introductions is the EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera with a 10x image stabilized Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom lens. The company also refreshed its ‘M’ range by adding the EASYSHARE M381 and EASYSHARE M341 digital cameras. All three new cameras have Kodak's...

Macs Less Secure From Hackers And Viruses

Macs Less Secure From Hackers And Viruses

Mac users who've been smug for years over how secure their OS is, could be in for a rude awakening if news out of the Black Hat Security Conference is true.As Macs have slowly gained market share on PCs — 9 percent of the market in the second quarter of 2009 and growing — the interest in hacking them has increased. The advances in security...

Social Networking Increases Avenues For Cybercrime

Social Networking Increases Avenues For Cybercrime

The rise of social networking has given rise to a whole new species of cyber criminals, experts warn.When people sign up on Facebook, for example, they tend not to think twice about putting in their birth date. But combine that with all sorts of other personal data in your profile — contact info including phone numbers and e-mail addresses,...

Dell Inspiron 546 makes waves at Dell, Walmart

Dell Inspiron 546 makes waves at Dell, Walmart

Officially, Dell has stocked AMD systems for several years, but the visibility and prominence of its AMD offerings has tended to ebb and rise. There have been times when the smaller CPU manufacturer has been all but banished from the company's online store, and then there are times like now, when AMD-powered rigs are popping up in multiple...

Palm Pre Review, Competition For The iPhone

Palm Pre Review, Competition For The iPhone

The Palm Pre is likely one of the most anticipated smartphones to arrive this year. First announced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre has been called an iPhone killer, Palm’s comeback device, and Sprint’s savior. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations for the Pre.Two of the first things you’re likely to notice about the Pre are its sleek,...

Microsoft and Yahoo Sign Deal, Ink Partnership

Microsoft and Yahoo Sign Deal, Ink Partnership

Microsoft and Yahoo have had an on-again / off-again relationship for years, often whipsawing from one extreme to another. This time, however, it's official, agreed upon, and public. The two companies have signed an agreement aimed at improving their competitive position against Google. Yahoo executives characterized the deal as providing...

Sonic Solutions To Compete In At-Home HD Streaming Game

Sonic Solutions To Compete In At-Home HD Streaming Game

Sonic Solutions has been doing itself quite a few favors of late, linking up with Blockbuster and even bringing CinemaNow films to USB flash drives. Today, however, it's really kicking things up a notch. In an effort to take on the likes of Vudu, Netflix and even Microsoft's Xbox 360 streaming service, Sonic has announced a new platform to...

Palm Pre Gets Two More webOS Apps, More To Come?

Palm Pre Gets Two More webOS Apps, More To Come?

Palm may have released its Mojo SDK Beta for webOS developers earlier this month, but we've yet to see any real action spawn from it. In contrast, it only took developers a matter of days with Apple's iPhone SDK to start pumping out quality software, and now the App Store has well over 65,000 programs to choose from.Still, we can't help but...

Nikon Serves Two Markets With D300s And D3000 DSLRs

Nikon Serves Two Markets With D300s And D3000 DSLRs

Confirming rumors that we'd heard over the past few weeks, Nikon has today introduced two new Digital SLR cameras in its expanding Dxxx lineup. The two cameras couldn't possibly be more different, with one of these aimed at amateur/professionals and the other aimed at those looking to finally make the leap to the DSLR world. Starting with...

LG HDTVs Gain Vudu HD Movie Streaming

LG HDTVs Gain Vudu HD Movie Streaming

While it's not quite a household yet just yet, Vudu is definitely well-known and respected in the media streaming sector. The company broke through a few years back with its dedicated Vudu movie streaming device, and by and large, it has stuck to its guns so far. Today, however, it's showing a new side of itself, along with an all new Vudu...

Eye-Fi Geo Wireless SD Card Adds Geotagging Support

Eye-Fi Geo Wireless SD Card Adds Geotagging Support

Eye-Fi, the company responsible for bringing wireless digital image uploads to the masses, is introducing an all new Secure Digital (SD) card today that adds one more feature that photogs are sure to love: geotagging. The appropriately named Eye-Fi Geo is a 2GB SD card that slides into any digital camera that accepts SD cards. In simple terms,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets:MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksASUS P7P55D Deluxe P55 Lynnfield Motherboard Preview @ PC PerspectiveProcessors:AMD Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 @ iXBTMemory and Storage:WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS @ Benchmark ReviewsOCZ Reaper HPC 6 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL 8 Kit @ techPowerUpOCZ...

Toshiba Enters 3.5-Inch External HDD Market

Toshiba Enters 3.5-Inch External HDD Market

Toshiba announced the new Toshiba 3.5-inch External HDD today, marking the company’s first entry into the 3.5-inch external HDD market. The new Toshiba 3.5-inch External HDD features dual connectivity with high-speed USB 2.0 and eSATA ports and a software application that lets customers back up and restore selected files as well as an entire...

Sony’s eBook Store Now Provides Access To Google Books

Sony’s eBook Store Now Provides Access To Google Books

Barnes & Noble may have claimed to have the world’s largest eBookstore for a while, but Sony is right on its heels, having just announced that its eBook Store will provide access to more than one million free public domain books from Google. These books include classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, biographies, historical...

STMicroelectronics Taps Global Foundries For Manufacturing

STMicroelectronics Taps Global Foundries For Manufacturing

During AMD's conference call last week, company CEO Dirk Meyer stated that he expected Global Foundries to announce its first customer "within 30 days." We now know that first customer will be STMicroelectronics, which is a major semiconductor player and manufacturer in its own right. Global Foundries has stated that it will partner with ST...

Asus Reportedly Cancels First USB3 Motherboard

Asus Reportedly Cancels First USB3 Motherboard

Just two weeks ago, we reported how problems with Marvell's SATA 6GB (88SE9123) had led motherboard manufacturers to delay certain P55-based products. Now, Asus has reportedly pulled its P6X58 Premium motherboard altogether. As originally conceived, said board would have featured both USB3 and SATA 6GB as major selling points; it's possible...

Corsair Launches Dominator GT RAM For Phenom II Processors

Corsair Launches Dominator GT RAM For Phenom II Processors

Corsair launches ultra-high performance Dominator GT family for AMD Phenom II ProcessorsUltra low-latency CAS 6 memory kit delivers maximum performance on AMD’s Socket AM3 platforms Fremont, CA, July 29th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the new Dominator GT line...

Asus, Acer Push New Netbooks Into 2010

Asus, Acer Push New Netbooks Into 2010

After nearly a year of meteoric growth and exploding unit sales, the netbook market—or at least netbook OEMs—may finally be pausing to catch its breath. With Intel delaying the launch of its next-generation Atom platform (codenamed Pinetrail) until 2010, neither Asus nor Acer are planning new product introductions for the second half of the...

Gigabyte GV-N250OC-1GI GeForce GTS 250

Gigabyte GV-N250OC-1GI GeForce GTS 250

A few months back NVIDIA "released" the GeForce GTS 250 priced at just around $150. The reason behind the quotations in the previous statement is that the GTS 250 is not exactly something new. While a lot of NVIDIA's R&D dollars have gone into their higher-end products such as the GTX 285 and GTX 295, to satisfy their mid-level needs they...

Foxconn to Compensate Employee's Family for Life

Foxconn to Compensate Employee's Family for Life

It's apparent that Foxconn will compensate the family of a worker who committed suicide after an iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.  Sun Danyong, 25, jumped from his high-rise apartment last week after officials of Foxconn, which makes Apple's iPhones and iPods, questioned him about the whereabouts of...

Belkin Makes Any Headphones Compatible With iPod Shuffle

Belkin Makes Any Headphones Compatible With iPod Shuffle

As you probably know, Apple's iPod shuffle created quite a stir when it was introduced with no screen and no buttons. How are you really supposed to control it, after all? Of course, Apple's innovative (and hampering, in some ways) solution was VoiceOver, a system that enables owners to shout commands and have it respond accordingly.Unfortunately,...

Pioneer Debuts Ultra-Slim DVR-XD09 DVD Writer For Netbooks

Pioneer Debuts Ultra-Slim DVR-XD09 DVD Writer For Netbooks

It's a problem faced by far too many netbook buyers these days: what do you do when you need access to an optical disc? The vast majority of 8", 9" and 10" netbooks arrive today without an optical drive to speak of. Just a few years back, it was practically unheard of to see a notebook sans a DVD drive; today, it's almost a given if the machine...

Sprint Acquires Virgin Mobile USA, Expands Prepaid Presence

Sprint Acquires Virgin Mobile USA, Expands Prepaid Presence

Well, isn't this an interesting development? Just a few short months after Virgin Mobile--one of the few remaining MVNOs left in America--introduced a delightful new pay-as-you-go mobile broadband plan, the company is now be swallowed whole by Sprint Nextel. If you're shocked to hear that the USA's sole Palm Pre carrier is busying buying up...

Barnes & Noble Now Offering Free Wi-Fi Nationwide

Barnes & Noble Now Offering Free Wi-Fi Nationwide

You know, it makes sense, really. Considering that Barnes & Noble is gearing up to launch what it calls the "world's largest bookstore," it should probably make sure that a maximum amount of people have access to its in-store Wi-Fi network, not to mention test it out to ensure that it can handle the strain of a million digital bookworms...

Super Talent Unveils World's Smallest 32GB USB Drive

Super Talent Unveils World's Smallest 32GB USB Drive

Super Talent is at it again. This time, the company managed to squeeze 32GB of NAND Flash storage into a thumbnail sized USB drive. This drive is water resistant and supports data transfer speeds up to 30MB/sec. Six new 32GB Pico drive models will start shipping this week. Read on for more details in the press release below.Super Talent Unveils...

Fusion-io Releases TPC-H Results; Claims To Hold Price/Performance Advantage

Fusion-io Releases TPC-H Results; Claims To Hold Price/Performance Advantage

Fusion-io announced TPC-H benchmark results today in a bid to raise its own visibility and promote solid-state storage as an alternative solution in the enterprise market. The company's PCI-Express-based products turned in a score of 28,772 Queries per Hour on a 100GB database, for a price/performance metric of $1.47 per database transaction....

Panasonic Introduces Three New LUMIX Cameras

Panasonic Introduces Three New LUMIX Cameras

Panasonic launched three new 12.1 megapixel LUMIX cameras with distinct purposes. The new LUMIX FZ35 is a superzoom camera with an 18x zoom and HD video recording capabilities. The LUMIX FP8 focuses on looks, but also offers HD video capabilities. Finally, the LUMIX ZR1 is touted as featuring the "world's first 0.3mm thin aspherical lens."...

USB, Bluetooth the tops in digital interfaces

USB, Bluetooth the tops in digital interfaces

Here's a survey result that should surprise no one who has fallen in love with a useless but fun USB gadget: the interface is the most popular and most used on both home and business computers.For cell phones, Bluetooth pretty much tops the list.Flash drives topped the list of devices connected to computers via USB, followed by printers and...

Pilot My-Cast Coming To iPhone & iPod Touch

Pilot My-Cast Coming To iPhone & iPod Touch

iPhone and iPod Touch users will soon be able to download Pilot My-Cast by Garmin, a cell phone application that provides aviation weather data, flight planning, and flight filing services to U.S. and Canadian based subscribers. Pilot My-Cast is unique in that it receives aviation data directly from the National Weather Service, Environment...

Thecus Launches the Atom-Powered N0503 ComboNAS Server

Thecus Launches the Atom-Powered N0503 ComboNAS Server

Thecus Launches the N0503 ComboNASUse 3.5” or 2.5” hard disks with Thecus - The choice is all yours 07/28/2009 – Ever the innovator, Thecus Technology has racked up an impressive number of firsts. In 2005, Thecus introduced the world’s first DAS device with eSATA support, enabling file transfers of up to 3Gb/s. With the N3200 in 2007, Thecus...

Samsung Plays E-Reader Card With SNE-50K

Samsung Plays E-Reader Card With SNE-50K

We're a little rusty on our "old sayings," but we're pretty sure one of them goes: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." With seemingly everyone jumping into the E-reader game these days, we guess it was just a matter of time before the consumer electronics giant known as Samsung jumped into the ring. Following the likes of Amazon, Plastic Logic...

Averatec Rivals MacBook Air, MSI X-Slim With N3400 Ultraportable

Averatec Rivals MacBook Air, MSI X-Slim With N3400 Ultraportable

TriGem USA, the parent company responsible for the Averatec notebook line, has really been on a hot streak of late. After announcing two new all-in-one PCs over the past two months, the outfit is now setting its sights on MSI's X-Slim, Apple's MacBook Air and Asus' Seashell families. The sleek, all-aluminum 13" N3400 was introduced today,...

T-Mobile Gets Trackpad-Equipped BlackBerry Curve 8520

T-Mobile Gets Trackpad-Equipped BlackBerry Curve 8520

Research In Motion's BlackBerry line has a long history of being the go-to smartphone for the business crowd. By and large, the BlackBerry hasn't changed much over the years, sticking to its vertical form factor, full QWERTY keypad and generally small screen. Those attributes, along with a few nice extras, are all present on the company's...

$99 Palm Pre Deal Turns Out To Be  A Goof: Best Buy

$99 Palm Pre Deal Turns Out To Be A Goof: Best Buy

All those who were angry on Sunday, please calm down. Despite the fact that the sales force and the computers seemed to think it was a one-week promotion, that price drop to $99 for the Palm Pre on Sunday was nothing more than a glitch. The confusion began when a picture of an in-store banner promoting a week long special of a $99 Pre with...

hField Technologies Wi-Fire Adapter Boosts Wi-Fi Range

hField Technologies Wi-Fire Adapter Boosts Wi-Fi Range

Got issues getting a signal? Don't mind strapping some extra hardware on your notebook in order to make things better? If not, then give hField Technologies' a look, which has just issued a new long-range Wi-Fi adapter that can supposedly help users maintain a wireless signal from up to 1000 feet away from the router. In case you're wondering,...

Apple Blocks Google Voice-Enabled Apps (Incl. Google's!) From the App Store

Apple Blocks Google Voice-Enabled Apps (Incl. Google's!) From the App Store

We wrote earlier about the new BlackBerry and Android Google Voice apps that Google had released. They offer great functionality, allowing you to dial directly from your phone with your Google Voice number, but there was no iPhone version. Well, we'll never see it, unless Apple relents.Word comes that Apple has rejected the official Google...

AMD ATI FirePro V8750 Workstation Graphics Card

AMD ATI FirePro V8750 Workstation Graphics Card

When doing research for a new graphics card, mainstream users might come across a professional workstation-class video card and wonder what all the fuss is about. On the surface, one must look at the enormous price differences and question the justification when technically the hardware used to build the cards is very similar. But those that...

Research Firm Believes Strong GPU Market A Sign of New Growth

Research Firm Believes Strong GPU Market A Sign of New Growth

Jon Peddie Research released its quarterly report on the state of the GPU market today and optimistically forecasts a strong third quarter. The second quarter bucked seasonal trends; sales were up a massive 31.29 percent. That's in contrast to what we typically see in Q2; over the past eight years sales have usually fallen slightly from Q1-Q2,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO Review AMD 785G+SB710 @ OCWMemory and Storage:Corsair Performance Series Solid State RAID Report @ TweaktownRuncore Pro IV 1.8" SSD @ TweaktownIntel's second-generation X25-M solid-state drive @ TR-NewsVantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive...

Dell Settles Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

Dell Settles Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

Dell has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by female employees for $9.1 million. The original case focused on a group of women who were employed at Dell in C1 through D3-level positions. Under the terms of the settlement, Dell will pay $5.6 million to the women in question and will use the other $3.5 million to raise the salaries of currently...

Ricoh Unveils GR Digital III With Fast Lens

Ricoh Unveils GR Digital III With Fast Lens

Ricoh may not be the first brand you think of when it comes to digital cameras, but the company has some good offerings. Take the new GR Digital III, for instance. This new camera features a fast 28mm, f/1.9 lens. That’s something you don’t usually see on a point-and-shoot digital camera. The GR Digital III also uses a new 10 megapixel CCD...

AT&T Drops Price Of Refurbished iPhone To $49

AT&T Drops Price Of Refurbished iPhone To $49

AT&T used its Twitter page to let us know that it has dropped the price on the refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G to just $49, while supplies last. The Twitter posting suggests visiting att.com to order. The $49 price tag is half the price of an unopened 8GB model. If you’re looking for a 3G capable iPhone and don’t need the faster specs and better...

Despite Analyst Agitation, An AMD Atom Is No Answer to Company's Woes

Despite Analyst Agitation, An AMD Atom Is No Answer to Company's Woes

Several financial analysts have weighed in on AMD's Q2 performance since the company announced results, and their collective opinion has been anything but good. In the wake of its earnings call, AMD has been taken to task over its failure to provide an answer to Atom (or a netbook processor in general), weak margins, and strong competition...

MediaGate Introduces MG-M²TV Media Streamer

MediaGate Introduces MG-M²TV Media Streamer

Well, what have we here? Unless our eyes are deceiving us, we believe we're looking at the latest media streamer in the long line of newfangled media streaming devices. As media becomes more and more mobile (and thus, less and less attached to whatever device it's actually stored on), AV addicts are finding the allure of taking their content...

MySpace: The next online gaming destination?

MySpace: The next online gaming destination?

In an attempt to arrest MySpace's ever-faster decline into irrelevance, News Corp. is transforming the social network into an online gaming destination.The company, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, had to do something, after all, once MySpace lost major ground to Facebook in June, posting smaller U.S. numbers than the latter — Comscore...

Linux Exec Guesses PCs Will Be Free With Data Plan Soon

Linux Exec Guesses PCs Will Be Free With Data Plan Soon

Software pioneer Bill Gates always wanted a PC on every desk in the world, but we aren't quite sure he envisioned it happening like this. In much the same way as the cellphone industry took off in the 1990s with the advent of the "free-on-contract" phone, a Linux bigwig is suggesting that PCs are the next to follow in those footsteps. Linux...

WD Debuts 750GB And 1TB 2.5" Scorpio Blue HDDs

WD Debuts 750GB And 1TB 2.5" Scorpio Blue HDDs

Look out, archive junkies! Western Digital is now coming for you down there in the mobile realm, a place where you once thought the "never enough space" bug couldn't bite. Today, the company who beat everyone to the 2TB mark in the desktop hard drive space has developed and shipped the industry's first 2.5" 1TB HDD. The drive, which is joined...

Bill Gates Quits Facebook After Friend Request Bombardment

Bill Gates Quits Facebook After Friend Request Bombardment

Is there such a thing as being too popular? Having too many friends? If you're Bill Gates, we guess the answer is "yes." The famed Microsoft co-founder has recently admitted to giving up Facebook after "too many" people wanted to befriend him. Of course, we find it kind of silly that Mr. Gates expected anything other than an onslaught of friend...

Garmin-Asus Nüvifone Finally Ships (To Asian Markets)

Garmin-Asus Nüvifone Finally Ships (To Asian Markets)

Garmin-Asus, the partnership that many doubted would ever bear fruit, is finally gearing up to ship their first product. When it was originally announced back in 2008, the nüvifone was viewed as a serious iPhone competitor and a real top-notch product for the smartphone industry at large. Unfortunately for Garmin-Asus, a lot has changed over...

Apple Complaint, and Price Drop, Brings "Laptop Hunters" Ad Change

Apple Complaint, and Price Drop, Brings "Laptop Hunters" Ad Change

At the Worldwide Partner Conference in mid-July, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner noted that the Laptop Hunters ads are working, saying that Apple demanded Microsoft pull the ads because it (Apple) had lowered its prices:And you know why I know they're working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey -- this...

HotHardware Sweepstakes! Win A 2.5" 80GB HDD

HotHardware Sweepstakes! Win A 2.5" 80GB HDD

Free stuff is hard to beat, wouldn't you agree? It's been a little while since we've cleaned out the closets here and offered up a sweepstakes, but we felt the time was right for another one. Today, we're offering up a 2.5" Seagate Momentus 5400.5 80GB hard drive, which should slot perfectly in that notebook you're repairing/building, or in...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB Review @ OCCNvidia GeForce GTX 295: Operation "Renaissance" @ XBitLabsNanovision MiMo UM-710 - 7" USB Monitor Review @ XtremeComputingMotherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn BloodRage GTI @ InsideHWASUS M4A785TD-V EVO 785G Motherboard Preview @ Legit ReviewsProcessors:Intel Celeron Dual-Core Linux Performance @...

SteelSeries Intros Xai And Kinzu Gaming Mice

SteelSeries Intros Xai And Kinzu Gaming Mice

Without a doubt, the gaming mouse sector is getting pretty stuffed. With outfits like GIGABYTE and Razer producing some pretty nimble critters catering to the needs of hardcore snipers the world over, it's tough to make a mouse that can stand out. SteelSeries is a lesser known company in the mouse arena, but it's definitely not new company....

OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB SSD Sneak Peek

OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB SSD Sneak Peek

To say that there's a lot going on in the solid state drive market at the moment would be the understatement of the year. The SSD market is so hot right now, there is a seemingly never-ending stream of new or updated products, that outdo their predecessors in nearly every way.Just this past week alone, we brought you a full review of Intel's...

Newton Peripherals Unveils MoGo Talk for BlackBerry Curve & Javelin

Newton Peripherals Unveils MoGo Talk for BlackBerry Curve & Javelin

Do you remember when we told you about Newton Peripherals’ new MoGo Talk headset for laptops? When this new ultra-thin integrated Bluetooth headset was introduced, we told you the company was planning other, similar headsets for mobile phones. Now, the company is coming through with that promise and has unveiled the new MoGo Talk for the BlackBerry...

Multi-Touch Apple Tablet To Finally Launch In Early 2010?

Multi-Touch Apple Tablet To Finally Launch In Early 2010?

Are you ready to believe...again? After years and years of rumors, we're being presented with yet another round of rumors on a supposed Apple Tablet. In fact, we covered this very rumor way back in 2007, and obviously nothing of the sort has surfaced yet. That said, there were rumors of the iPhone for years before it ever became a reality,...

Facebook Relents; Username Change Now Possible

Facebook Relents; Username Change Now Possible

When Facebook allowed users to choose their own usernames, which could be then used to produce URLs for your profile and pages associated with it that made sense (the so-called Facebook Vanity URL Landrush), they warned users to "choose carefully," as it was a one-time choice. They now appear to have backtracked slightly on that issue. Slightly...

RadioShack To Offer T-Mobile Phones & Services

RadioShack To Offer T-Mobile Phones & Services

Later this summer, T-Mobile customers will be able to head to their local RadioShack in order to purchase handsets, accessories, and services. The new retail agreement between RadioShack and T-Mobile expands RadioShack’s postpaid wireless offerings and brings some of T-Mobile’s highly anticipated handsets, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with...

Best Buy Introduces Next Class Laptop Line

Best Buy Introduces Next Class Laptop Line

Wal-Mart isn’t the only retailer who is trying to sell you your next notebook. Best Buy recently introduced the second series of customized laptops that were designed as a direct result of consumer input. The new Next Class line of laptops were created to meet the needs of college students. The four-unit line was manufactured in partnership...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Gigabyte Silent Cell Radeon HD 4850 (1Gb GDDR3) @ CPU3DGIGABYTE Silent Cell HD 4850 1GB (GV-R485SL-1GI) Video Card Review @ FuturelooksNvidia Quadro FX vs. ATI FirePro: Professional Graphics Accelerators Roundup @ XBitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Motherboard Preview @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:G.Skill Trident...

Motorola's MOTODEV Program Signals Future Android Smartphones

Motorola's MOTODEV Program Signals Future Android Smartphones

It's no surprise to hear that Motorola is also considering selling a portion of its soul to Android. In fact, we kind of already knew it had a thing for Google-sourced mobile operating system. But now the company is getting serious in a time where other handset makers are doing the same, and we'd surmise that this is happening not a moment...

Amazon Apologizes For Kindle Swindle

Amazon Apologizes For Kindle Swindle

Amazon made news last week when it began deleting e-books—specifically 1984 and Animal Farm off the Kindle's of buyers who had previously purchased the titles. A few days later, the reason behind the deletions became clear. The books had been published erroneously and should never have been made for sale. The incident impacted only a small...

Laptops, PCs At The Center Of Wal-Mart Back to School Blitz

Laptops, PCs At The Center Of Wal-Mart Back to School Blitz

Starting this weekend, Wal-Mart plans to change where you'll shop for your next computer, while possibly providing a needed salesboost to OEMs whose profits have fallen due to weaker sales. For most companies, such statements would smack of hubris, but Wal-Mart's size and recession-resistant business model lend credence to the idea that...

Microsoft To Give EU Win7 Buyers 'Choice' Of Web Browser

Microsoft To Give EU Win7 Buyers 'Choice' Of Web Browser

Pro-choice advocates and IE haters alike have been pushing to get Microsoft's own Internet browser exempted from instances of Windows for years now. Many argue that it's a violation of anti-trust principles, suggesting that there's really no choice of browser when you buy a copy of Windows. Never mind that Apple does the same thing with its...

MAINGEAR Touts ‘World's Fastest Laptop’ eX-L 18

MAINGEAR Touts ‘World's Fastest Laptop’ eX-L 18

It looks like MAINGEAR and AVADirect.com are going to have to battle it out for the “world’s most powerful gaming notebook” title. Earlier today, we told you AVADirect is offering the Clevo M980NU, which supports quad-core mobile processors, two GTX 280M video cards, up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, and has a 1080P 18.4-inch screen. Now,...

GlobalFoundries Breaks Ground On New York Facility

GlobalFoundries Breaks Ground On New York Facility

AMD-derived GlobalFoundries broke ground today on what will become the company's leading-edge manufacturing facility and (according to it, at least) the largest and most technically-advanced fab in the United States. The $4.2 billion facility should start production within two years, and is expected to begin volume production in 2012. Currently,...

Toshiba Stainless Style HDTV: Sheathed In Steel

Toshiba Stainless Style HDTV: Sheathed In Steel

At this point, you've got to do something pretty special for your HDTV to stand out. After all, an HDTV is an HDTV, right? With nearly every set these days--from the cheapest to the most expensive--boasting a 1080p panel a frame that's at least marginally thin, the over-crowded market is becoming tougher and tougher to penetrate. Toshiba's...

AVADirect Now Offering Clevo M980NU Gaming Notebook

AVADirect Now Offering Clevo M980NU Gaming Notebook

AVADirect.com is now offering what it is calling the “world’s most powerful gaming notebook.” The Clevo M980NU supports quad-core mobile processors, two GTX 280m video cards, up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, and features a 1080P 18.4-inch screen. Read on for additional details and full specifications in the press release below. AVADirect.com...

webOS 1.1 Released; Restores Pre Sync with iTunes

webOS 1.1 Released; Restores Pre Sync with iTunes

On Friday, Palm released an update to the ROM for the Palm Pre, bringing it to version 1.1, adding some missing ActiveSync functionality, to better align the Palm Pre with business. More importantly for some, it also restored the ability of the Palm Pre to sync with iTunes. Earlier, Apple released iTunes 8.2.1 which blocked the Palm Pre from...

Developer Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Useless

Developer Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Useless

One of the iPhone 3GS's new features is hardware encryption. This should make it more suitable for business, but as its purportedly in hardware, it's unavailable to other iPhone models. It can also be cracked in two minutes, using nothing more than freeware, according to Jonathan Zdziarski, an iPhone developer and hacker. Zdziarski said:"It...

Sonic Brings CinemaNow Films To USB Flash Drives

Sonic Brings CinemaNow Films To USB Flash Drives

Sonic Solutions, best known for its CinemaNow movie venture, has just teamed up with Widevine in order to bring Hollywood hits to a place they've never been before: USB flash drives. Mind you, we've seen major motion pictures show up on flash cards of all sizes, but this is the first time a respected outfit has announced plans to launch films...

Apple Nabs 91% Of Premium PC Market

Apple Nabs 91% Of Premium PC Market

Look, 91% of anything is worthy of praise, but the figure in question here really shouldn't be all that surprising. According to new research from NPD, nine out of every ten personal computers sold with a price tag of $1000 or more were Apple machines. We know, that sounds crazy, but we'll explain in a bit why it's really not terribly shocking....

Sony Introduces 400-Disc Blu-ray MegaChangers

Sony Introduces 400-Disc Blu-ray MegaChangers

With Blu-ray sales on the rise, there's hardly been a better time than now for Sony to introduce its most spacious BD changer yet. The BDP-CX7000ES MegaChanger holds more Blu-ray Discs than have even been made to date: 400. Of course, the slots not filled by Blu-ray Discs can handle DVDs and CDs just fine, but unless you've got tons of time...

OCZ Colossus SSD Breaks Cover

OCZ Colossus SSD Breaks Cover

The name "Colossus", it conjures up something, well, huge.  Though huge could mean many things.  Are we talking something physically huge, huge as in something of monumental proportions that might otherwise change the market landscape or huge as in benchmark shattering kind of huge?  As you might agree, huge is relative but...

Intel Appeals EU's Antitrust Decision

Intel Appeals EU's Antitrust Decision

Last week, we covered the European Commission's (EC) decision that Intel had abused its market power. One of the findings that lead to the $1.44 billion fine was Intel's rebate system, which only awarded discounted prices to companies that committed to buying the overwhelming majority of their products from the CPU manufacturer. Intel,...

Alienware Launches Its First Retail Store

Alienware Launches Its First Retail Store

Alright, it's more of a kiosk and less of a storefront, but Alienware is invading a Micro Center located in Paterson, New Jersey. In honor of the event, the Dell-owned company is hosting a LAN party, giving away a fair amount of free swag, and showcasing their various systems on Saturday, July 25. There's no word on whether or not its a BYOB...

Asus Maximus III Formula P55 Mobo Sneak Peek

Asus Maximus III Formula P55 Mobo Sneak Peek

We have posted a few Intel Lynnfield motherboard sneak peeks here at HotHardware in the last few weeks (see here, and here for two of them), but we thought there was room to squeeze in one more.We recently had the chance to manhandle Asus' upcoming Rampage III Formula and thought some of you would like to check out what Asus has in store for...

Olympus Announces Three New Cameras

Olympus Announces Three New Cameras

Olympus is expanding its lineup once again, this time with three new FE Series models as well as a new STYLUS model. Among the additions to the FE Series, you’ll find the FE-5020 and FE-4000 models with wide-angle zoom lenses in a super-slim body. The new STYLUS-7010 packs a 7x wide-angle zoom lens. FE-5020, FE-4000, and FE-46Olympus’ new...

Intel 34nm X25-M Gen 2 SSD Performance Review

Intel 34nm X25-M Gen 2 SSD Performance Review

When Intel released their first generation 50nm SSD product, the market buzzed with appreciation for the product and its overall performance profile. We in fact took you through the ins and outs of Intel's new MLC-based Solid State Drive product line-up for the consumer market and agreed it was one of the fastest on the market at the time....

Canon Unveils New Hybrid Image Stabilizer

Canon Unveils New Hybrid Image Stabilizer

Canon has developed an optical image-stabilization technology for upcoming DSLR lenses that will compensate for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake. The new Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS) technology will be commercially available in interchangeable SLR camera lenses planned for release before the end of this year. Changes in the camera’s...

Sam Raimi Logs In To Warcraft

Sam Raimi Logs In To Warcraft

Variety reported late Tuesday night that Sam Raimi has signed to direct the "World of Warcraft" movie. The movie will be titled "Warcraft," possibly leading to a "Warcraft 2, 3, etc." if things go well. Based on the popularity of the MMORPG, can there be any doubt that the movie will be a hit, at least in the first weekend? The movie hasn't...

Razer Debuts Orochi BT Mouse And Kabuto Surface

Razer Debuts Orochi BT Mouse And Kabuto Surface

Razer's been on a roll of late, busting out a new mousepad in May, a Blizzcon contest last week and now a new duo of gaming gadgets. The first device is a new portable Bluetooth Laser mouse, which looks to provide portable gamers with the same precision and comfort that desktop gamers have grown used to. The Orochi retains that iconic, ambidextrous...

Navigon MobileNavigator: GPS Comes To iPhone

Navigon MobileNavigator: GPS Comes To iPhone

Just like we heard back in June, Navigon is taking on TomTom and anyone else who dares enter the full-fledged iPhone navigation realm with its snazzy new MobileNavigator application. Released today in Apple's App Store for the North American market (the European version was released last month), the program only works with iPhone OS 3.0. Navigon...

Foxconn Official Disciplined Over iPhone Suicide

Foxconn Official Disciplined Over iPhone Suicide

In the wake of a story about a Foxconn worker committing suicide after an iPhone prototype he was responsible for was lost, Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai has suspended a security official. Sun Tanyong, 25, an employee at Foxconn, reportedly committed suicide by jumping off his dormitory roof on July 16th after one of the 16 iPhone prototypes...

Plastic Logic Confirms Specs, AT&T 3G For Reader

Plastic Logic Confirms Specs, AT&T 3G For Reader

Amazon may have started the craze, but nowadays it feels like anyone and everyone is dabbling in the e-reader game. With the sector still blooming, companies are seemingly erupting from left field in order to toss their own Kindle rival into the ring, and one of the most promising we've seen is being crafted courtesy of Plastic Logic. The...

Fujifilm Announces Six New Cameras For Fall

Fujifilm Announces Six New Cameras For Fall

Fujifilm unveiled six new FinePix models, including sub-$100 entry-level models as well as advanced megazoom cameras. At the upper end, you’ll find the new FinePix S200EXR and the F70EXR cameras, which offer the company’s high-quality Super CCD EXR sensor. Four of the models are sub-$200 models, including the bargain-priced, 10-megapixel A170...

LG's Pricey LH90 HDTV Lineup Ships In US

LG's Pricey LH90 HDTV Lineup Ships In US

When most people see the THX logo, they think sound. And understandably so, given that said logo is in pretty much every theater and stamped onto a slew of higher-end audio products. But, contrary to popular belief, THX can also relate to video, though apparently getting certification for your HDTV costs a pretty penny. After posting stellar...

Microsoft Windows 7 And Server 2008 R2 Sees RTM

Microsoft Windows 7 And Server 2008 R2 Sees RTM

We'll still never know if that supposed Windows 7 build from around a week ago was actually the one Microsoft planned on shipping out to OEMs, but either way, those rumors have been put to rest by the software giant today. Exactly three months before Windows 7 is expected to hit store shelves and be snapped up by--well, at least a few groups...

Spyware Infects Etisalat BlackBerry Users

Spyware Infects Etisalat BlackBerry Users

There's hardly anything that gets us at HotHardware more steamed than spyware, and we can only imagine how infuriated over 100,000 BlackBerry users in the UAE are after being fooled with a spyware-infused update. In a story that's sounds too bizarre to be true (but is, in fact, true), Etisalat--a major cellular operator in the United Arab...

AMD Outs Unified, WHQL Catalyst v9.7 Drivers

AMD Outs Unified, WHQL Catalyst v9.7 Drivers

AMD will be posting a brand new set of ATI Catalyst drivers to their website shortly that will feature a number of changes and enhancements for Radeon users. The first tid-bit of news is that the ATI Catalyst v9.7 driver package will be AMD’s first official Windows 7 / Windows Vista Unified WHQL-certified driver for the Windows 7 RTM edition.In...

Facebook: Killing 1.5 Percent of Productivity

Facebook: Killing 1.5 Percent of Productivity

Companies that allow employees to sign into Facebook on the clock are losing 1.5 percent of total employee productivity.So says a survey by Nucleus Research Inc., which interviewed 237 randomly selected office workers about their Facebook use. Admittedly, that's not the most scientific sample, but it does give a snapshot.Of those interviewed:•...

HotHardware 7 Launch, Updated: Big Fixes Galore

HotHardware 7 Launch, Updated: Big Fixes Galore

January 2009 marked HotHardware.com's 10th year of existence. Over the years we've gone through many site revisions but today we're giving you what I feel you'll find is our best site engine yet.  It's hard to believe actually that we've been on the net this long - long before the word "blog" was hip or even understood and well before...

StarCraft II Gaming Surfaces Exemplify Geek Lust

StarCraft II Gaming Surfaces Exemplify Geek Lust

With Blizzcon generating all sorts of buzz right now, SteelSeries has selected the perfect time to introduce its new Blizzard Entertainment co-branded gaming surface. The new mousepad, which was obviously designed specifically for gamers, is titled StarCraft QcK Limited Edition, and it's actually just one of a series of new surfaces with stunning...

Sony Outs First Game + Blu-ray Bundle: Watchmen

Sony Outs First Game + Blu-ray Bundle: Watchmen

You know, we think this is a great idea, but we can't figure out why Sony hasn't done this from the get-go. If you'll recall, Sony sold legions of PlayStation 2 consoles by it having a DVD player built in. The pitch went something like "Buy a PS2, get a DVD player!" At the time, it worked wonderfully. For whatever reason, Sony didn't really...

Samsung Investing In 40nm DRAM Technology

Samsung Investing In 40nm DRAM Technology

If recent technology news is any indication, Samsung has taken the concept of spending innovating one's way out of a recession and is running with the ball for all it's worth. We discussed the company's plans to move ahead with 450mm wafer production a few days ago; news today indicates the electronics manufacturer will invest $790 million...

AMD Ships 500 Millionth x86 Processor

AMD Ships 500 Millionth x86 Processor

Just a day after AMD recorded a rather lackluster quarter, the company has found a reason to smile anyway. Today, the company shipped its 500 millionth x86 processor, which is absolutely a milestone to celebrate. In fact, the company just turned 40, so having this happen right around its 40th birthday is just icing on the cake.Currently, Advanced...

Apple Notches Record Profit, iPhone Sales Surge

Apple Notches Record Profit, iPhone Sales Surge

This week is earnings week for a slew of technology outfits, and there's one in particular that Wall Street was waiting for: Apple. During what's likely the worst recession since the Great Depression, analysts and consumers alike were eager to hear how the tech world's darling made out in the quarter ending June 27th. Needless to say, Apple...

Worldwide Q2 PC Sales Down But Beat Expectations

Worldwide Q2 PC Sales Down But Beat Expectations

Data analysis firm IDC has released sales and shipment figures for the PC industry in Q2 2009. It's a glass half-full/half-empty sort of report; the PC industry shrank 3.1 percent in Q2 2009 compared to Q2 2008, but that 3.1 percent dip was just half of the 6.3 percent contraction IDC initially predicted. IDC attributes the difference to "a...

Battered But Unbowed: AMD Reports Q2 Earnings

Battered But Unbowed: AMD Reports Q2 Earnings

AMD announced its Q2 2009 results (PDF) today with figures that dashed any hope that the company might have found a rabbit hiding in its hat. AMD reported a loss of 49 cents a share ($330 million), after including some $86 million in revenue the company made selling inventory it wrote off back in the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales were down...

Worldwide WWAN Use Surges 93%, Phones Thanked

Worldwide WWAN Use Surges 93%, Phones Thanked

It's hard to say if netbooks are completely to thank (we're guessing they only deserve some of the credit), but mobile broadband is booming. And when we say "booming," we mean "93% year-on-year growth." According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest World Cellular Data Metrics report, which takes a close look at non-voice mobile revenues...

Disney To Sell Movies On MicroSD Cards

Disney To Sell Movies On MicroSD Cards

Think DVDs are old fashioned? Already looking forward to the end of the line for Blu-ray? If so, you may be interested in what Disney and Panasonic hope is the next big thing: movies on flash cards. Yep, those same diminutive memory chips that you buy for your digital camera will soon be available with major motion films loaded on, giving...

AMD Launches Athlon II X2 245 & 240 Processors

AMD Launches Athlon II X2 245 & 240 Processors

New AMD Athlon II X2 245 and 240 Processors Designed to Efficiently Handle Today’s Mainstream Computing Needs-- Dual-core processors deliver the right mix of power efficiency and performance at very affordable price points -- What: AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core 245 and 240 processors, delivering 45nm technology-based...

Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Family Pack

Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Family Pack

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed a Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack, as well as the date the first people can get their hands on the RTM build. As far as the Family Pack goes, Microsoft confirmed there will be a Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack option, but did not confirm the pricing. The pack will allow users to install Windows 7 on up...

Barnes & Noble Launches Largest eBookstore

Barnes & Noble Launches Largest eBookstore

Barnes & Noble announced the launch of what it is calling the world’s largest eBookstore. The new Barnes & Noble eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks) supports a wide range of platforms including the iPhone and the iPod touch, BlackBerry smartphones, and Windows and Mac laptops. Barnes & Noble will also be the exclusive eBookstore provider...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card Review @ Legit ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 Motherboard @ Benchmark ReviewsGigabyte P55-UD5 & Core i5 Platform Preview @ NeoseekerMemory and Storage:Super Talent MasterDrive SX SAM28GM25S 128GB SSD Review at CCE ReviewsOCZ Agility 120GB @ LegionHardwareCorsair...

NZXT Announces M59 Gaming Chassis

NZXT Announces M59 Gaming Chassis

NZXT Announces M59 Gaming ChassisNew case brings optimal airflow, maximum expandability, sleek aesthetics, and clean wire management El Monte, CA – July 21st, 2009 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the M59 gaming chassis. M59 delivers optimal airflow with 5 powerful fans with the option...

Man Loses iPhone Prototype, Commits Suicide

Man Loses iPhone Prototype, Commits Suicide

Talk about a sobering story. Just hours before Apple is expected to deliver its Q3 earnings via conference call, the Cupertino, California-based company is dealing with a tragedy halfway across the globe. Reports from China began popping up a few days ago that a man working in a Foxconn manufacturing facility had done the unthinkable: he had...

The iPhone's Got a Ganja-Finding App!

The iPhone's Got a Ganja-Finding App!

Now what isn't there an iPhone app for? This new iPhone app, "Cannabis," will help you score some pot (medicinal, only, however). Yes, states like California have laws on the books that allow use of marijuana for medical reasons. While the feds don't necessarily agree on the law, Attorney General Eric Holder said the feds would no longer pursue...

A Closer Look At Safari 4: How Does It Stack Up?

A Closer Look At Safari 4: How Does It Stack Up?

In early June, Apple released what is arguably its most significant upgrade to Safari yet: Safari 4. In typical Apple fashion, the company was quick to deem it the "world's fastest and most innovative browser." Today, we're setting out to find if that bold claim is indeed true, and we'll be breaking down the features of it--along with its...

Netgear's WNDR3700 Router To Monitor Bandwidth

Netgear's WNDR3700 Router To Monitor Bandwidth

If you haven't heard of "Internet throttling" by now, you will soon in all likelihood. Major cable-based ISPs are considering (if not implementing) hard bandwidth caps on their users each month, which is really putting devout Netflix streamers and Hulu watchers in a bind. After all, if you get all of your TV/entertainment from the web, it...

Intel Ships 34nm 80GB/160GB X18-M & X-25M SSDs

Intel Ships 34nm 80GB/160GB X18-M & X-25M SSDs

They're here. After months of rumors that Intel was working up a new line of solid state drives based on sub-40nm technology, the chip giant has in fact today introduced two new SSDs that rely on 34nm process technology. Unfortunately, Intel hasn't made it easy to distinguish between the new models and the previous editions, but that's what...

Toshiba Adds Wi-Fi & Widgets To New Photo Frames

Toshiba Adds Wi-Fi & Widgets To New Photo Frames

Digital photo frames have been gaining traction in the market for years now, and with prices on them continually spiraling downward, more and more of 'em are being used as gifts and whatnot to decorate the modern home. Rather than just joining the herd, Toshiba has decided to spice its latest digital media frames up a bit with Wi-Fi and widgets....

Asus Motherboard Caught Showing Off USB 3.0

Asus Motherboard Caught Showing Off USB 3.0

Wait, a second--blue USB ports? What could that possibly mean? If our Chinese translation skills are any good, it means USB 3.0, which definitely means happiness. We've known that USB 2.0 was growing a bit long in the tooth, and we've seen a few demonstrations overseas showcasing the abilities of early USB 3.0 connections, but this marks the...

AT&T Spruces Up Subsidized (Pricey) Netbook Line

AT&T Spruces Up Subsidized (Pricey) Netbook Line

Here we go again. Just as you're finally choosing which netbook you're going to buy on which carrier, here comes AT&T to make your decision even tougher. Or maybe, it actually makes things easier. As the world warms to 3G-equipped netbooks sold directly through mobile carriers, AT&T is doing its best to take advantage of the situation....

Gateway Adds LT2000 To Netbook Line

Gateway Adds LT2000 To Netbook Line

Gateway introduced the Gateway LT2000, a new netbook with a 10.1-inch TFT display. Intel Atom processors power the LT2000. Utilizing the same design as the Gateway LT3100 netbooks launched last month, the LT2000 is available in NightSky Black and Cherry Red with silver accents. In terms of ports, the LT2000 offers three USB 2.0, Ethernet,...

HP Sticks Its Head In The Clouds, Buys IBrix

HP Sticks Its Head In The Clouds, Buys IBrix

HP announced today that it has purchased data storage company IBrix in a bid to expand its cloud computing capabilities. The two companies have been partners for several years, and HP believes the acquisition "further solidifies the company’s leadership in the emerging market of scale-out and high-performance computing storage, cloud storage,...

AMD's Next-Gen Radeon May Slip to Q4

AMD's Next-Gen Radeon May Slip to Q4

It was just over a year ago that ATI debuted its HD 4000 series of video cards, but it's rumored that the company will miss its stated one-year refresh cycle by several additional months. The problem, in this case, has nothing to do with the GPU's design, but is the result of continued 40nm yield problems at TSMC. The Taiwanese fabrication...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gigabyte 9800GT 1GB Silent Cell Review @ HardwareLogicMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Lynnfield Motherboard Video Preview @ PC PerspectiveGigabyte MA785GPM-UD2H AMD 785G Review Part 1 @ OCWMemory and Storage:Sunbeam SATA-IDE-USB Adapter @ Benchmark ReviewsThecus N4100PRO NAS Server Review @ XBitLabs64GB Super Talent Luxio...

Lexar Introduces New, High Capacity SSDs

Lexar Introduces New, High Capacity SSDs

Lexar Media introduced its highest capacity, fastest Solid-State Drives (SSDs) to date. The new Crucial M225 SSDs use a SATA 2.0 (3Gb/second) interface) and feature MLC NAND flash memory in a 2.5-inch drive enclosure. These drives are quieter, run cooler, and are more durable than traditional hard drives. You’ll find the M225 SSDs in capacities...

Is That 54 DVDs In Your Pocket Or A Flash Drive?

Is That 54 DVDs In Your Pocket Or A Flash Drive?

C'mon - you know you've always wanted to be able to carry 54 DVDs in your pocket. Kingston Technology Europe has come out with a 256GB USB flash drive, which can hold a LOT of stuff. How much? Try 51,000 images. Or how about 365 CDs (one for every day of the year)? A database of documents that, if printed out and piled up, would reach 1 kilometer...

Thecus N7700 Network Attached Storage Server

Thecus N7700 Network Attached Storage Server

Although the worldwide economy may be shrinking, our needs as consumers to store large amounts of data continues to grow at a breakneck pace. Whereas only a few years ago it was uncommon for most PC users to have more than just a few digital images or media files, today virtually every aspect of our lives has some sort of digital component....

Hard Drive Kept Secure With Keycard, No Password

Hard Drive Kept Secure With Keycard, No Password

It seems as if you have to come up with a new password with upper and lower case, symbols and numbers every five seconds. So the idea of having a secure external hard drive that needs no password seems rather intriguing.Freecom came out with a relatively small external drive that uses a keycard instead of a password to keep your data secure....

Toshiba To Swallow Pride, Intro Blu-ray Player

Toshiba To Swallow Pride, Intro Blu-ray Player

At long last, the inevitable has occurred. Nearly 1.5 years after the curtain fell and HD DVD was deemed dead, Toshiba--HD DVD's biggest fan, backer and producer of players--has agreed to join those on the other side. After years of fighting, the Blu-ray format won out over the other HD disc format, HD DVD, though Toshiba never once showed...

Microsoft, Yahoo, BFFs Again?

Microsoft, Yahoo, BFFs Again?

We knew earlier that Microsoft and Yahoo! were talking again, and now reports indicate that a deal is all but done. On the other hand, the companies have been oh-so-close to a deal before, and until the pen is placed to the paper, the deal can still fall apart. The deal would be what has been hinted at for months: a search advertising deal,...

AMD Neo Platform Coming To Nettops, AIO PCs

AMD Neo Platform Coming To Nettops, AIO PCs

Advanced Micro Device's 'Neo' platform landed with a bang earlier this year, with a promise to counter Intel's Atom and even rival NVIDIA's own Ion platform. Turns out, most of that was just talk--or, at least that's how things look from the outside looking in. Since the dawn of 2009, we've seen countless netbooks and even notebooks arrive...

Millennial Disc To Keep Data For 1,000 Years

Millennial Disc To Keep Data For 1,000 Years

Have you ever wondered just how amazing it would be to store your data on an optical disc for 1,000 years? Probably not, considering a) it's not remotely possible right now and 2) that's an awful lot longer than even the best lifespan you could ever hope for. But on the other hand, it sure would make the act of opening time capsules a lot...

New "Sexy View" Malware Targets Mobile Devices

New "Sexy View" Malware Targets Mobile Devices

The eventual creation of botnet(s) based on mobile devices rather than PCs has been theorized about for years, but no such malware has ever appeared in the real world—at least, not until now. Security researchers believe they may have found the first true mobile worm, dubbed "Sexy View" or "Sexy Space" depending on which version of the program...

RIAA Says "DRM Is Dead" - But Does It Mean It?

RIAA Says "DRM Is Dead" - But Does It Mean It?

DRM, or Digital Rights Management, never did go over well in the court of public opinion. To the music industry at large, DRM was a mostly futile attempt to lock music down to certain players or systems, thus making it something harder--in theory, anyway--to freely distribute. In reality, however, those who were circumventing the rules in...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC Review @ NeoseekerAMD RADEON HD4890 CrossFire on AMD 790FX Platform (LostCircuits)ASUS EN9400GT-1GB Geforce 9400GT Half-Height Videocard Review  @ PCSTATS.comMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LanParty Jr. 790GX-M3H5 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsG.SKILL Trident 2x1GB DDR3-1600MHz Memory @ OCCZotac ION A-Series...

Verizon Wireless Launches Novatel Wireless PC770

Verizon Wireless Launches Novatel Wireless PC770

The new PC770 2-in-1 PC Card and Express Card is now available from Verizon Wireless and Novatel Wireless. The card gives users access to Verizon Wireless' Mobile Broadband service and fast access to email, corporate data, and the Internet. The PC770 runs on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed EVDO Rev. A network. To help facilitate simultaneous...

Inflight WiFi "Rules" Keeps Sky Surfers In Check

Inflight WiFi "Rules" Keeps Sky Surfers In Check

We've heard of crazy recommendations and pointless surveys, but man, this is just world-class comedy here. Though, to be fair, most everything recommended is legitimate, but it's mostly common knowledge. Inflight Wi-Fi is expected to soar in popularity of the next few years--that's a well known fact at this point--but debates are still raging...

Blu-Ray Sales Way Up In 1H 2009

Blu-Ray Sales Way Up In 1H 2009

The economy as a whole may not be ready to turn the corner just yet, but new data from the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) will have proponents and manufacturers of Blu-ray devices dancing a jig. According to the group, Blu-ray disc sales are up a whopping 91 percent compared to the first half of 2008. Total for the year is said to be around...

Intel Completes Wind River Acquisition

Intel Completes Wind River Acquisition

Intel has announced the completion of its bid to buy Wind River Systems just five weeks after making the deal public. Wind River is known for its embedded software products, and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the CPU manufacturer. When it announced the deal back in early June, Intel emphasized that the deal would "become part of Intel's...

Wireless Carriers Ban Together For Higher Fees

Wireless Carriers Ban Together For Higher Fees

Small chunks of change can add up to a lot. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile know just how true this is. Recently, the carriers banned together and agreed to raise a monthly fee that’s tacked on to your monthly wireless bill. This higher fee is suppose to help carriers recoup business costs and will add up to millions of dollars. Since...

Semiconductor Industry Splits On 450mm Wafers

Semiconductor Industry Splits On 450mm Wafers

Back in May, Intel partnered with TSMC and Samsung to announce their intention of developing and deploying 450mm wafer starts by 2012. The shift from 300mm (12" diameter wafers) to 450mm was touted as necessary for all the usual reasons—think cheaper, faster chips—and we've not heard much in the way of pushback until now. At the Semicon West...

Averatec Intros $799 22" D1005 All-In-One PC

Averatec Intros $799 22" D1005 All-In-One PC

If you're a PC maker, and you're not making any all-in-one PCs, you're clearly behind the times. Here lately, we've seen one after the other roll out from the likes of Dell, Asus and eMachines, and so it makes total sense to see yet another enter the ring courtesy of Averatec.The company's latest machine, which goes by D1005, is a 22" AIO...

Verizon Gives Small Carriers A Break

Verizon Gives Small Carriers A Break

Large wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless often lock in exclusive deals with phone manufacturers so that they are the only carrier who offers a phone for a predefined amount of time, such as six months or a year. In AT&T’s case, the exclusivity deal with Apple regarding the iPhone has lasted for multiple years. Now,...

Amazon.com Won't Go Orwellian Again: Promise!

Amazon.com Won't Go Orwellian Again: Promise!

Another day, another PR mess for Amazon.com.  Just as they seem to have settled the row over cracked Kindles (although the lawsuit continues!), users awoke Friday morning to find e-books remotely deleted from their Kindles, and the PR storm started up all over again.The Big Brother-ishness of the deletions was only heightened by the fact...

LG Debuts 500GB XF1 Multimedia Hard Drive

LG Debuts 500GB XF1 Multimedia Hard Drive

These days, it's tough to think of a storage company that has yet to dabble in the multimedia HDD space. LaCie has done it (a few times over), Seagate has done it, and now LG has done it. But we have to say, LG's probably looks better than all the rest. The new XF1 is a 500GB drive that functions as a media portal, boasting a USB interface...

MSI Dishes 17.3" CR700 And CX700 Notebooks

MSI Dishes 17.3" CR700 And CX700 Notebooks

Hold up, MSI! Another week like this, and surely you'll be flat out of new releases for the next year or so! Continuing the company's torrent of new wares, MSI has today introduced two more models in its refreshed 'Classic' series, which comes just days after it announced the CX600 and CR600.The 17" CX700 and CR700 look an awful lot like the...

MSI's OC Genie Makes OC'ing Super Easy

MSI's OC Genie Makes OC'ing Super Easy

Poor langauge translation tools notwithstanding, MSI has a crazy one on deck today. The same company that decided it wise to implant an Instant-On OS module onto a motherboard (Winki) has now determined that what the world needs most is yet another way to overclock your machine. And comically enough, we think we agree.Let's face it -- educated...

Sony Ericsson Intros Two New Camera Phones

Sony Ericsson Intros Two New Camera Phones

After posting a 43% decline in sales recently, Sony Ericsson is hoping to turn things around by launching two new camera-enabled mobile phones on AT&T’s network. Although a camera is pretty standard on most phones sold today, Sony Ericsson hopes to set itself apart with a high-megapixel model and a music-friendly handset that integrates...

Amazon to Replace Cracked Kindles

Amazon to Replace Cracked Kindles

People usually buy cases to protect their technology. In this case, the $30 case Amazon.com has been selling as a Kindle 2 accessory has apparently been causing cracks in the Kindle where the case clips to it, that eventually cracks the screen. Not good, and also not good that it took a lawsuit to prompt Amazon.com to offer replacements without...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA Geforce GTX260 Core 216 Videocard Review @ PCStatsSapphire Radeon HD 4730 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsSparkle 9500GT (SX95GT1024D2-3D) Review at Overclockers OnlineMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 LGA1366 Mainboard Review @ XBitLabsIntel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 Motherboard @ Benchmark...

Palm Releases Mojo SDK Beta For webOS

Palm Releases Mojo SDK Beta For webOS

Developers and Palm Pre owners received some good news yesterday when Palm announced the public release of its Mojo Software Development Kit for the webOS platform. Palm also announced a new developer portal, Palm webOSdev. This portal has FAQs, forums, and all of the associated documentation for the SDK. Palm plans to open the app submission...

Blockbuster Sells ARCHOS Multimedia Netbooks

Blockbuster Sells ARCHOS Multimedia Netbooks

ARCHOS, a company that claims to have released the first-ever, pocket-sized hard, drive-based MP3 player, has struck a deal with Blockbuster to feature ARCHOS netbooks in Blockbuster stores. The ARCHOS 10 netbook, manufactured by the company which is evidently well-known in Europe and unknown in the US, will allow access to entertainment from...

Alienware All Powerful M17x Goes Nebula Red

Alienware All Powerful M17x Goes Nebula Red

Alienware's M17x didn't need much help on the outside to be impressive when it launched in June. After all, any notebook with three NVIDIA GPUs is fine by us, design be darned. That said, the machine is still rather handsome, if not a touch bulky, and it just got even hotter when the addition of a new Nebula Red color scheme. Starting today,...

"Green" PC manufacturer Everex closes its US arm

"Green" PC manufacturer Everex closes its US arm

Once touted as the manufacturer who put Linux-powered PCs on the shelves at Wal-Mart, troubled Everex has closed its US operations and headed for home. While it operated in the US, Everex was noted both for its ultra-low-cost systems and the fact that its computers used Linux rather than Windows. Everex also teamed up with web OS/applications...

Bose SoundLink Stereo Streams Tunes Wirelessly

Bose SoundLink Stereo Streams Tunes Wirelessly

Love 'em or hate 'em, Bose has been making music for years now, and it doesn't sound like the company is planning on slowing down anytime soon. While it has seemingly been quiet on the consumer electronics front of late (after it got done with all of its Apple-related wares), the outfit is introducing an all new system today that should catch...

VIA's Eden CPU In Fujitsu FUTRO S100 Thin Client

VIA's Eden CPU In Fujitsu FUTRO S100 Thin Client

We can remember a time when VIA was rarely mentioned when talking CPUs, but now the company has made a ferocious comeback that has its processors slipping into netbooks, small form factor PCs and now, Fujitsu thin clients.Starting today, Fujitsu will utilize VIA's Eden ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for its next generation FUTRO thin client...

Duros 8404 Rugged Tablet Gets Atom, Daylight LCD

Duros 8404 Rugged Tablet Gets Atom, Daylight LCD

If you've found yourself computing more and more outside, you've probably also found yourself struggling to really see what's going on. Most notebook displays, particularly those of the glossy variety, are nearly impossible to see when in direct sunlight, and that's exactly why Duros is adding a daylight-readable panel to its refreshed 8404...

Dell's Stylish Vostro All In One PC: $629 And Up

Dell's Stylish Vostro All In One PC: $629 And Up

Earlier this week, we were blown away by how stylish eMachine's newest all-in-one PC was. Clearly, the engineers at Dell aren't taking the competition lightly, as the company's newest Vostro is just as much a looker. The new all-in-one desktop is actually aimed at small business owners, but we could totally see this fitting into pretty much...

Razer Contest Could Send You To BlizzCon 2009

Razer Contest Could Send You To BlizzCon 2009

Not feeling up to shelling out to attend BlizzCon this year? Eager to try your luck at yet another contest? Just days after NVIDIA announced a contest that required you to actually purchase a GPU before you could enter, Razer is looking out for those with little to nothing with a wicked new giveaway. The company, famous for churning out high-end...

Twitter Gets Hacked…Again

Twitter Gets Hacked…Again

For the third time this year, Twitter was the victim of a security breach that stemmed from a simple attack. In the most recent case, a hacker simply guessed an employee’s personal email account password and then worked from there to steal confidential company documents. This most recent attack brings to light some of the problems associated...

Kingston Gets RAM Validated On Intel's Core i5

Kingston Gets RAM Validated On Intel's Core i5

It may not be here as soon as we'd like it (you know, like yesterday), but Intel's Core i5 platform is definitely on the way. If you needed just one more modicum of proof, have a look at the latest blast from Kingston. Today, one of the mainstays in the memory industry announced that a pair of its 1333MHz DDR3 offerings have already been validated...

MSI Introduces CX600 & CR600 16-inch Notebooks

MSI Introduces CX600 & CR600 16-inch Notebooks

MSI added two new 16-inch notebooks to its C Series line. The new CX600 and the CR600 feature clean, minimalistic styling. Both notebooks feature a display that is 20% thinner than traditional 16-inch notebook displays. You’ll also find 802.11 b/g/n high speed WLAN, a new Bluetooth V2.0+EDR module, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam on both notebooks....

Ballmer Laughs at Google Challenge

Ballmer Laughs at Google Challenge

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed off the very idea of Google doing an operating system, much less it being any sort of challenge to Microsoft's love-it-or-hate-it Windows franchise. Being rather coy, Ballmer called Chrome "Interesting." In full: "I will be respectful, who knows what this thing is? To me, the Chrome OS thing is highly interesting....

Marvell SATA 6G chip not ready for P55 launch

Marvell SATA 6G chip not ready for P55 launch

Ever since Intel debuted its high-end X58/Core i7 platform last November, there's been a virtual sea of users pressed against the candy shop windows. DDR3 prices have come down dramatically since Nehalem's launch, but with X58 motherboards still hovering around $175 and the Core i7 920 at $279, Intel's latest-and-greatest still commands a...

Google Voice Mobile Apps (sans IPhone) Released

Google Voice Mobile Apps (sans IPhone) Released

Google Voice is great. It gives you a one number that you can give out which rings different phones (or goes straight to voicemail) depending on the caller. You can even call someone and have them see your Google Voice number by calling your Google Voice number, logging in, and pressing 2. Ah, but how much easier would it be if we didn't need...

Sony Ericsson Debuts C905a/ W518a Phones On AT&T

Sony Ericsson Debuts C905a/ W518a Phones On AT&T

These may not be the second-coming of the XPERIA smartphone, but an 8.1MP cellphone isn't anything to scoff at. Sony Ericsson has just produced two new phones for AT&T's network, and the first of the two is the 905a Cyber-shot, which packs a mighty sweet camera, detection, autofocus, xenon flash and GPS tagging, not to mention 3G data...

New iTunes Version Blocks the Pre

New iTunes Version Blocks the Pre

It was expected, and here it is. Apple has updated iTunes to 8.2.1 and by doing so, has blocked the ability of the Palm Pre to use iTunes. One of the release notes with regards to the app states: iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple Devices.None of this is surprising. One has...

Active Media Debuts SSD Upgrades For Eee PCs

Active Media Debuts SSD Upgrades For Eee PCs

It's hard to think "netbook" without thinking "Eee PC," so it's understandable why so many SSD upgrade solutions are tailor made for Asus' heralded netbook line. Just a half-year after Super Talent introduced a slew of SSD upgrades for the company's S101, Active Media Products has pushed out a line of its own to beef up a wider range of Eee...

EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System Review

EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System Review

EVGA's Interview Dual Monitor System incorporates a pair of 17" widescreen LCDs with an innovative rotatable stand that allows the user to flip a panel over to share a desktop display with someone sitting across from them on the other side of the desk. These twin TFT displays support a native resolution of 1440X900 and rotate 180 degrees vertically...

Corsair Launches New Extreme Series SSDs

Corsair Launches New Extreme Series SSDs

Corsair Launches new ‘Extreme’ Series High-Performance SSDs- Uses Indilinx Barefoot controller for up to 240MB/sec read and 170MB/sec write speeds - Fremont, CA. July 16th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the Extreme...

Microsoft Opening Stores...Near Apple Stores

Microsoft Opening Stores...Near Apple Stores

You know that Apple store down at your local mall? In a few months, it may be sharing a zip code with your local Microsoft store. In all goes to plan, the software giant responsible for Windows and Office will launch an assault on Apple and other consumer electronics companies by erecting a number of retail outlets designed specifically to...

Verbatim Introduces Portable SureFire Hard Drive

Verbatim Introduces Portable SureFire Hard Drive

Here lately, Verbatim has issued more optical media solutions than external hard drives, but the company's still all about storage. That's evidenced today with the introduction of its SureFire line of portable HDDs, all of which include FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 sockets. Each of the drives are classically and simply styled, doing without flash...

Newton Peripherals Launches Ultra-Thin Headset

Newton Peripherals Launches Ultra-Thin Headset

Newton Peripherals introduced what it is calling the world’s first ultra-thin integrated Bluetooth headset for notebooks. The new MoGo Talk headset stores and charges inside a laptop’s express card slot. In doing so, the headset offers consumers the convenience of an always charged headset for Skype, VoIP calls, and mobile telephone calls....

Intel's Q2 Results Hit Heavily By EU Fine

Intel's Q2 Results Hit Heavily By EU Fine

Intel has announced its fiscal results for the second quarter of 2009, including the impact the European Union's record-breaking $1.44 billion fine against the company. Intel puts a brave face on its report, but the global economic recession clearly took its toll on Intel's sales volume over the past 12 months. The company reports that it...

Windows Marketplace To Be Open To All 6.x Users

Windows Marketplace To Be Open To All 6.x Users

While Apple’s App Store is certainly enjoying unprecedented growth, Microsoft is getting closer to joining the game and launching its upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, the company reported that it is on track to open for application submissions from developers on July 27th....

Comcast's online experiment includes 23 networks

Comcast's online experiment includes 23 networks

Since announcing the inception of TV Everywhere last month, Comcast has managed to line up a whopping 23 networks to agree to provide their content online.It started simply, with an agreement between the cable company and Time Warner (owner of TNT and TBS and, interestingly enough, a cable company as well) to provide shows online, on demand....

Apple's App Store Sees Another 500 Million DLs

Apple's App Store Sees Another 500 Million DLs

Can you say "unprecedented growth?" We had to pick our jaws up off of the floor just 1.5 months ago when Apple announced that it had surpassed one billion downloads in its heralded (and oft copied) App Store, and now--just days after this very store celebrated its first birthday--the California-based company is dusting off the party hats once...

eMachines Intros Sleek EZ1601-01 All-In-One PC

eMachines Intros Sleek EZ1601-01 All-In-One PC

Believe it or not, the machine you see pictured here really is an eMachines. It wasn't that long ago that eMachines was a name synonymous with lackluster, but no more; the company is refreshing its brand and producing far more stylish machines than before, with its latest all-in-one PC looking nearly as good as Apple's iconic iMac. Boasting...

NVIDIA Wants Your Best ION Case Mod

NVIDIA Wants Your Best ION Case Mod

Got a hankering to get your mod on? Not afraid to turn little machines into big hits? NVIDIA, in conjunction with CPU Magazine and Modders-Inc, has announced its second major contest in just a week, this time promising 15 minutes of fame and a new "dream" rig to the person with the best ION design. Slated to be the second coming of the integrated...

YouTube to Dump IE6 Support?

YouTube to Dump IE6 Support?

It's hard to believe people are still using Internet Explorer 6, but it's true. In fact, Net Applications says that around 17% of users are still using the creaky old tab-less browser. You can expect it to be a lot less popular once YouTube dumps support of it, however. Yes, those who are working for companies that still require IE6 (and there...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS Radeon HD EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5 Video Card @ Legit ReviewsProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 Processor Video Review @ eTeknix.comMemory and Storage:PNY Attache USB Thumb Drive @ TheTechLoungeSandberg Docking Station @ techniz.co.ukGEIL Ultra Series PC3-14400 6GB Memory Kit @ TweaktownPatriot Memory TorqX 128GB SATA Solid...

Asus Eee PC T91 Swivel-Screen Tablet Netbook

Asus Eee PC T91 Swivel-Screen Tablet Netbook

If Asus doesn't make a machine you like (or are at least fond of in some way), you aren't looking hard enough. As the company famous for putting the netbook (and thus, the Eee PC) on the map continues to broaden its horizons in the notebook market, it's taking a breather from shipping new "Seashell" machines to introduce a horse of a startlingly...

Samsung's HMX-U10 HD Camcorder Takes On Flip

Samsung's HMX-U10 HD Camcorder Takes On Flip

YouTube took off like a rocket when it was introduced to the world a few years back, and with that adoption came the adoption of small, pocket-sized camcorders that could capture YouTube-sized clips for easy uploading. Up until now, there have only been a handful of options for those looking to grab a miniature camcorder: Flip Video's family,...

OLED-Equipped Ceramic White Cowon S9 Surfaces

OLED-Equipped Ceramic White Cowon S9 Surfaces

When you mention "OLED" and "portable media player" in the same sentence, one of two devices probably come to mind. Sony's OLED Walkman, or more recently, Microsoft's forthcoming Zune HD. But really, there's a media player that's been touting an OLED panel longer than either of those two, and it goes by the name S9. Cowon's quiet yet powerful...

Streaming Rises, Music Piracy Falls

Streaming Rises, Music Piracy Falls

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Microsoft To Offer Free Online Version Of Office

Microsoft To Offer Free Online Version Of Office

Less than a week after Google announced plans to venture into the operating system business, Microsoft is firing back with plans to offer a free version of its popular Office software suite that will run on the Internet. Although Microsoft didn’t mention the competition from Google during the announcement, many analysts see this latest move...

Texting while driving is dangerous. Really.

Texting while driving is dangerous. Really.

In another "Really? Someone paid to do a study on this?" news, the Michigan State Medical Society announced today that text messaging while driving is dangerous. The news here, however, is exactly how dangerous it is. Apparently, if you text while you drive, you are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident. It is, apparently,...

CyberPower Unleashes Viper Desktop Gaming System

CyberPower Unleashes Viper Desktop Gaming System

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Global Foundries Wants Renewed Focus on 300mm

Global Foundries Wants Renewed Focus on 300mm

Global Foundries Calls for Renewed Focus on 300mm Manufacturing Innovation- At SEMICON West, the new leading-edge semiconductor foundry describes the need for increasing efficiency and minimizing waste in the 300mm manufacturing process - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 14, 2009 – In its effort to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumer technology,...

Gigabyte Lynnfield P55 Motherboard Sneak Peeks

Gigabyte Lynnfield P55 Motherboard Sneak Peeks

It appears the Intel P55 motherboard previews are all the rage the past couple of days. Despite the fact that we showed off one of Asus' higher-end P55 motherboards way back in early June, we thought we'd get into the mix as well and give you faithful HotHardware readers a gander at a couple of Gigabyte-built motherboards that also feature...

MSI's 1GHz/1GB R4890 Cyclone GPU Is Ready For OC

MSI's 1GHz/1GB R4890 Cyclone GPU Is Ready For OC

The steady stream of new MSI laptops seems to have stopped momentarily...just long enough for the company to push out an all new GPU, anyway. Today, the Taiwan-based company--which has a hand in all sorts of consumer electronics--is announcing its DR4890 Cyclone series graphics card, which packs 800 stream processors, 1GB of GDDR5 memory,...

Pogoplug NAS Device Review

Pogoplug NAS Device Review

For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have...

Blockbuster OnDemand Coming To Samsung Wares

Blockbuster OnDemand Coming To Samsung Wares

Whatever you can do, I can do better. That's the saying that Samsung and Blockbuster have evidently taken to heart, as the tandem has joined up to match Sony and Netflix's streaming announcement with one of their own. The Blockbuster movie services are slated to go live this fall, the same time in which Sony BRAVIA TVs will be able to stream...

Office 2010 & Free Web Version Hits Tech Preview

Office 2010 & Free Web Version Hits Tech Preview

On Monday, the first day of the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have all reached the technical preview stage. That means that some (probably not you or me) will be getting invites to try out the nascent productivity...

Admins Snub Windows 7, Says Survey

Admins Snub Windows 7, Says Survey

Despite the general hubbub surrounding Windows 7's launch (Oct 22), it seems that businesses are less than thrilled at the idea of parting with their money to upgrade to Windows 7.According to Reuters, a survey carried out by ScriptLogic Inc. shows that 6 out of 10 businesses will pass over upgrading to Windows 7 - mostly in an attempt to...

Netbook Sales Surging In 2009, Notebooks Flat

Netbook Sales Surging In 2009, Notebooks Flat

Tomato, to-mah-to. Netbook, Mini-Note. Despite the fact that DisplaySearch refers to the well-known netbook as a Mini-Note, we still catch the research outfit's drift: shipments of these mini notebooks are expected to surge this year.With the economy forcing consumers to take a closer look at just how much they spend on their next mobile PC,...

Nokia Surge Lands On AT&T July 19th For $80

Nokia Surge Lands On AT&T July 19th For $80

While the rest of the world moves to court Android, Nokia seems pretty content with Symbian. As the handset maker looks to up its market share in the North American segment, it has today introduced a new "smartphone" on AT&T that pushes the boundaries of what a "smartphone" really is.Sure, the Surge has a pull-out QWERTY keyboard, a Web...

Verizon Wireless & Sprint Launch BlackBerry Tour

Verizon Wireless & Sprint Launch BlackBerry Tour

Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks....

Online Gaming Surges During Economic Recession

Online Gaming Surges During Economic Recession

As the economy here in America creeps back into gear, the online gaming industry is reaping the benefits. According to a new survey, video game addicts who aren't already turning their attention to the tube (or even a subset of those who are) are looking to low-cost online games to pass the time.Industry tracker ComScore found that around...

LG Launches An App Store, But Not In The U.S.

LG Launches An App Store, But Not In The U.S.

Phone manufacturers seem to be in a bit of a race to match the success of Apple’s App Store. Now, LG is joining the race and plans to launch its own store for mobile phone applications tomorrow. In a statement, LG said the LG Application Store will provide 1,400 applications for Windows Mobile phones including 100 free programs. The store...

Packard Bell Intros Stylish Ixtreme Gaming PC

Packard Bell Intros Stylish Ixtreme Gaming PC

Packard Bell never has been a major name in the gaming PC arena, but the company is refusing to sit idly by while companies such as Alienware, IBuyPower, Maingear, etc. pump out gaming machine after gaming machine. This week, the outfit has introduced the latest in its small but growing line of gamer-centric rigs, the ixtreme.The highly customizable...

New USB Flash Drive Has Top-Secret Clearance

New USB Flash Drive Has Top-Secret Clearance

Face it. A USB flash drive can be a really great way to carry around data you need to get your hands on when you're away from your computer or network.Problem is, you're not gonna put anything too sensitive on it for fear of losing it.Which brings you back to square one, getting access to important files on the go.Check this out: IronKey S200...

Texting Teen Tumbles Down Manhole

Texting Teen Tumbles Down Manhole

 In a development that's almost too silly to be true, a New York City teenage girl evidently fell down an open manhole as she walked down the street, distracted because she was...texting. MyFOX NY reports Alexa Longueira was strolling down a Staten Island sidewalk and was fiddling with her phone, preparing to send a text, when she disappeared...

Nikon Coolpix L100 Mega Zoom Camera Review

Nikon Coolpix L100 Mega Zoom Camera Review

Don’t be fooled by the Nikon Coolpix L100’s DSLR-like looks. Although the L100 looks like a serious camera that could compete with the functions of a DSLR, it’s really a relatively simple point-and-shoot with a wide angle 15x zoom lens as well as image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD, and a high speed burst shooting mode of 13fps that surpasses...

Insignia NS-HD01 Is First-Ever Portable HD Radio

Insignia NS-HD01 Is First-Ever Portable HD Radio

It may not be the first portable HD Radio player announced (that honor would arguably go to Microsoft's not-yet-available Zune HD), but it certainly is the first portable HD Radio player that you can purchase. Starting today, gym rats and portable music lovers alike can finally get their taste of HD Radio on the go with the Insignia NS-HD01....

"Rules" for Windows 7 Upgrades Verified

"Rules" for Windows 7 Upgrades Verified

Technophiles like ourselves who are also frugal have, in the past, purchased upgrade editions of Windows, and been able to do a clean, fresh install either by entering a prior valid license key or inserting a CD for the older software at install time. That went away with Vista, which required a hacky workaround, but now Microsoft is completely...

Fujifilm To Ship $600 3D Point & Shoot Camera

Fujifilm To Ship $600 3D Point & Shoot Camera

For anyone who has paid close attention to the movie market this year, you'll know that 3D is being shoved down our throats faster that we can decide whether or not we even like the taste. While 3D has been around for decades now, only recently has Hollywood (and in turn, everyone else) decided that 3D is the next big money maker. Most major...

Windows 7 RTM Built?

Windows 7 RTM Built?

Rumors are flying on the the Internet that the Windows 7 RTM build has been compiled, and that the build number is "7600.16384.090710-1945," which would indicate that it was compiled on July 10th at 7:45 PM. In fact, the site Has Windows 7 RTMed? has put up the message: Yes! Unfortunately, messages are mixed. While many sites are saying that's...

AMD Launches New HE and SE 6-Core Opterons

AMD Launches New HE and SE 6-Core Opterons

Last month, AMD was able to launch their first batch of 6-core Opteron processors, a few months ahead of the company's initial schedule. The processors are based on the core internally codenamed "Istanbul" and feature a native 6-core design manufactured using Global Foundries' advanced 45nm process technology.This month, AMD is expanding their...

In Win X-Fighter Gaming Case Is Ferocious

In Win X-Fighter Gaming Case Is Ferocious

Dig Star Wars? Need a new case for your next gaming rig? Hold your horses, 'cause In Win looks to have just the thing. Announced this week, the X-Fighter ATX mid-tower chassis is said to be inspired by some of the greatest vessels ever to grace the big screen, namely crafts from the heralded Star Wars series. You'll notice a foursome of triangular...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 Half-Height Videocard Review  @ PCSTATS ASUS ENGTX275 Review @ OCC Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Card @ TechwareLabs MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition @ InsideHW ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets: ASRock NetTop ION...

Microsoft's Gazelle A Future Browser, Not An OS

Microsoft's Gazelle A Future Browser, Not An OS

Without a doubt, Google's Chrome OS has sent shockwaves through the entire software industry. Even companies that are just somewhat related to the netbook/browser/open source fields are taking notice, and you can bet the biggest player (that'd be Microsoft) is watching every tiny footstep as the proposed operating system inches closer to reality.No...

Asus Launches Xtreme Design Series Motherboards

Asus Launches Xtreme Design Series Motherboards

ASUS Leads the PC Hardware Industry with a New Motherboard Series Featuring Optimized DesignsInnovative Design Delivers Ultimate Performance, Uncompromising Reliability, and Superior Operating Safety Standards ASUS today announced the Xtreme Design series motherboards featuring ground-breaking design innovations and offering the best in performance...

VIZIO TVs Clear Customs

VIZIO TVs Clear Customs

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency has issued a ruling in favor of VIZIO, stating that all current models of VIZIO televisions do not infringe upon a patent held by Funai Electric Company. This ruling means that VIZIO can continue importing the fastest selling line of televisions in America without interruption. "Today's...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:A pair of Gigabyte Value-driven video cards @ Bootdaily.comASUS GeForce GTS 250 Dark Knight @ PureOverclockMSI N260GTX OC V3 T2D896 @ NeoseekerSapphire HD4770 with 40 nm Technology Reviewed in Metku.netMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 Extreme Intel X58 Mainboard @ OCWJetway MA3-79GDG Combo Motherboard Video Review @ eTeknix.comProcessors:AMD...

MSI Intros 14" CR400 'Classic' Notebook

MSI Intros 14" CR400 'Classic' Notebook

Hot on the heels of the 14" EX460 gaming notebook from MSI comes the classically styled CR400, a toned-down version of a typical MSI laptop that aims more for the "all-business" crowd that the LAN party attendee. In fact, the CR400 is the first in the company's new "Classic" series, which is comprised of the 14" CR400, 16" CR600 and 17.3"...

Sprint Requiring Wi-Fi On All Future Smartphones

Sprint Requiring Wi-Fi On All Future Smartphones

My, how the tables have turned. The bickering from mobile carriers over the inclusion of Wi-Fi on higher-end devices is still fresh in our minds, as just a few years back many companies viewed it as a rival to 3G, and thus, a rival to mobile data revenues. Today, however, things have shifted dramatically. It's not really the data network that's...

The App Store Turns One

The App Store Turns One

On Friday, July 10th, the iTunes App Store turned one year old. Yes, it was only shortly over a year ago that Apple launched the iPhone 3G, an SDK, and the App Store to hold the (currently more than 50,000 apps). Naturally, when you go to iTunes, you get a promotional announcement: Light a candle and cue the music. OK, forgive us for sounding...

VIA-Equipped F88 Netbook Looks To Handle HD

VIA-Equipped F88 Netbook Looks To Handle HD

For the most part, "netbook" and "HD capable" really don't go together. Particularly if it's a netbook equipped with the all too familiar Atom N270 + GMA 950 combo. But things look a bit different if the machine is loaded with innards from a different manufacturer...namely, VIA. The unheard of Shenzhen Zaiben Technology Company, likely a low-rate...

What Chrome OS Means To You

What Chrome OS Means To You

Earlier this week, Google shocked many people when it announced plans to enter the operating system business and offer a Chrome operating system. Although the new Chrome OS isn’t scheduled to be out until sometime next year, many potential customers are already starting to ask questions. For starters, some people are already wondering if they...

Mobile Spy for iPhone 3GS Released

Mobile Spy for iPhone 3GS Released

If you’re the suspicious type that just has to know what your employees, significant other, and children have been up to, then Retina-X Studios has a tool that was designed for you. The company recently announced the availability of Mobile Spy version 3.0 for the Apple iPhone. According to Retina-X Studios, this is the first spy software that...

Browse And Get Owned Patch Coming Tuesday

Browse And Get Owned Patch Coming Tuesday

Microsoft plans to fix a "browse-and-get-owned" vulnerability in its Video ActiveX Control when it releases software patches next week. The company acknowledged the vulnerability last week and is moving with uncharacteristic speed in issuing a fix for the problem. A second and similar vulnerability with Microsoft’s DirectShow was disclosed...

Sharp Debuts New LED-Backlit AQUOS HDTVs

Sharp Debuts New LED-Backlit AQUOS HDTVs

We've hit somewhat of a drought here lately in the world of HDTVs, but Sharp is making sure we're not left to wait any longer for new panels. This week, the company introduced its first-ever AQUOS HDTV with a LED backlight as well as the industry's first 60" LCD HDTV. The 65-inch LC-65E77UM (64-33/64" Diagonal) and 60-inch LC-60E77UN (60-1/32"...

Retailers Leak Windows 7 Family Pack

Retailers Leak Windows 7 Family Pack

To be honest, we expect Microsoft to announce some sort of Family Pack for Windows 7, much as they did for Windows Vista. To this point, there's been no official announcement, but as retailers prep their sites for the October launch of WIndows 7, they have made a few mistakes. Fadfusion.com on Friday listed something called "W7 Family Pack...

Getac's 13.3" 9213 Notebook Is Rugged, Rigid

Getac's 13.3" 9213 Notebook Is Rugged, Rigid

Scouting a new notebook? You may think of the usual suspects--Dell, Acer, Gateway, HP and Asus--but have you even considered Getac? The little-known laptop maker is dishing out a new machine designed for the business crowd, but unlike most business notebooks, this one's designed to handle the bumps and bruises that'll surely happen whilst...

Dell Extends Design Studio To Inspiron 15 Laptop

Dell Extends Design Studio To Inspiron 15 Laptop

Here lately, Dell's been doing its best to freshen up its lineup and appeal to that incredibly lucrative younger bunch. To that end, the company is today extending its "Design Studio" artwork to its Inspiron 15, which currently sits as the company's most popular consumer notebook. Furthermore, the outfit is announcing "FastTrack," a program...

Netflix Streaming Comes To Sony BRAVIA HDTVs

Netflix Streaming Comes To Sony BRAVIA HDTVs

If you're in the market for an HDTV, and you can't survive without your Netflix account, we've got some great news to share. Netflix, Demand Media and ON Networks have teamed up to provide instant streaming content to Internet-connected BRAVIA HDTVs and older BRAVIA HDTVs that are compatible with the company's Internet Video platform. Starting...

Sprint Named Most Reliable Network

Sprint Named Most Reliable Network

We’re accustomed to hearing reasons why one cellular carrier is better than another, but now, Sprint has even more of a reason to brag. According to a 3G comparison test conducted by PC World, Sprint has the most reliable network, beating out Verizon and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine. This test is good news for Sprint and...

PhotoFast G-Monster-V5 256GB SSD Sneak Peek

PhotoFast G-Monster-V5 256GB SSD Sneak Peek

There is a ton of activity in the solid state drive market, with new products announced seemingly on a weekly basis. One SSD product that generated some buzz out at Computex last month was the PhotoFast G-Monster-V5, due to its claimed 270MB/s read and write speeds. It wasn't available back then, however, we just got our hands on one for a...

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Available For Pre-Sale

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Available For Pre-Sale

Although the T-Mobile myTouch 3G won’t be available nationwide until August 5th, current T-Mobile customers can pre-order the phone to ensure they’re one of the first to get their hands on this much anticipated phone. Starting today, current T-Mobile customers can visit www.T-MobilemyTouch.com to order the company’s latest Android-powered...

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Cans Kill The Noise

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Cans Kill The Noise

Done with Bose? Looking for something new to strap on your cranium? Audio-Technica has just the thing. The company--which is known for designing cutting-edge, high-end cans--has just issued its ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint active noise-canceling over-ear headphones. Sure, they're just improvements upon an earlier model, but aside from providing 85%...

iPhone, webOS to Hit BlackBerry Hard: Analyst

iPhone, webOS to Hit BlackBerry Hard: Analyst

Nokia has seemingly been the device manufacturer feeling most of the global pain from the iPhone, but a note issued on Wednesday by Piper Jaffray’s T. Michael Walkley notes that in June both Palm's Pre and the iPhone grabbed market share from BlackBerry as well. While this is a report from Piper Jaffray, it's interesting that in mid-June,...

NVIDIA Quietly Outs 40nm, DX10.1 Desktop Parts

NVIDIA Quietly Outs 40nm, DX10.1 Desktop Parts

Although the cards haven’t officially been launched, NVIDIA has published the specs and details of their 40nm-based desktop GPUs.The cards in question are the GeForce GT 220 (codenamed GT216) and GeForce G210 (codenamed GT218) low-end, low-profile cards, both of which are OEM parts built on TSMC’s 40nm process – the same process...

Samsung: 1.8" Spinpoint N3U HDD With Native USB

Samsung: 1.8" Spinpoint N3U HDD With Native USB

It's not often that hard drives break new ground. Sure, Western Digital's 1TB monster was an exception to the rule, but in most cases, each new HDD we see is a logical successor to the ones that came before. Maybe a bump in cache, an increase in capacity or a new spindle speed, but hardly anything ground-breaking.For those bored with the status...

QNAP Issues Version 3.1 Firmware For NAS Drives

QNAP Issues Version 3.1 Firmware For NAS Drives

QNAP not only provides a respectable array of NAS devices (as we saw in own testing), but it also looks out for its customers. In fact, we can't think of another company that issues as many firmware updates and provides more new features to existing owners than QNAP.Today, the company is doling out another monumental update with its Version...

Kindle 2 Drops To $299, Competition Looming

Kindle 2 Drops To $299, Competition Looming

For many, $359 is just too much to pay for an e-book reader. Even if that does include unlimited Sprint connectivity to download new titles practically anywhere. To that end, Amazon has whacked a full $60 off of the price of its Kindle 2 just half a year after it was first introduced in New York City. The price drop could be significant, as...

Survey Highlights the Biggest Emailing Errors

Survey Highlights the Biggest Emailing Errors

One of the causes of erroneously sent emails is the human at the end of the Send button. This is why Gmail Labs' Undo Send feature is helpful. Of course, that's Gmail. What about the mistakes we humans make in the workplace?Most commonly, the biggest mistake is usually just sending an email to the wrong people.  In the national survey,...

Sprint Offers $0.99 Netbook With 2-Yr. Data Plan

Sprint Offers $0.99 Netbook With 2-Yr. Data Plan

You knew it would happen at some point, didn't you? With mobile operators offering subsidized netbooks in order to advance adoption of mobile broadband services, Sprint has become the first of the US-based carriers to reach all the way down to free. Or almost free, if we're being precise. While AT&T and Verizon Wireless currently offer...

Settlement Ends Online Royalty Crisis

Settlement Ends Online Royalty Crisis

There’s good news for Internet radio sites such as Pandora. A group of webcasters have reached an agreement with SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for musicians and record companies, over royalty payments for playing music online. The dispute has been going on for two and a half years and has threatened to silence the...

Sony VRD-MC6 Transfers Home Vids To DVD Sans PC

Sony VRD-MC6 Transfers Home Vids To DVD Sans PC

It's sort of hard to believe that devices like this are still needed/wanted in today's age of flash storage, but we guess there are always a few hanging back rather than staying caught up. Thus, Sony has introduced for them the multi-function DVDDirect DVD recorder, which can transfer both high-definition and standard-definition home videos...

Genius Outs EasyPen i405 & MousePen i608 Tablets

Genius Outs EasyPen i405 & MousePen i608 Tablets

Digital tablets may not be as hot as they once were, but they're still invaluable for professional artists and graphic design gurus. To that end, Genius has just introduced  a new duo of them, the EasyPen i405 and MousePen i608. The dual-platform tablets were engineered for business professionals, graphic designers and artists on-the-go,...

LaCie Introduces LaCinema Rugged HD

LaCie Introduces LaCinema Rugged HD

LaCie Introduces the First Mobile High-Definition Multimedia Player: LaCinema Rugged HD Enjoy HD movies on any HDTV One cable connection to HDTV via HDMI User-friendly graphical interface Shock-resistant and designed for mobility LaCie announced today its LaCinema Rugged multimedia hard drive is now available in High Definition – LaCinema...

MSI Launches G41 Series of Mainboards

MSI Launches G41 Series of Mainboards

MSI recently launched its new G41 series of motherboards. Targeted at users who want to build their own Home Theater PC, the G41 series offers DirectX 10 support, playback-enhancing decoders, integrated HDMI and DVI, and Intel's Clear Video technology. The boards are also Windows 7 certified. Read on for more details in the press release below....

MSI Introduces EX460 14" Gaming Notebook

MSI Introduces EX460 14" Gaming Notebook

Hitting the sweet spot between netbook and full-sized netbook is this, the EX460 from MSI. Checking in with a 14" LED backlit display and an Intel Core Duo CPU, this 4.4lb. machine packs a 6-cell battery and a classic, minimalist style. Within, you'll find an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 GPU (512MB), which is pretty darn impressive for a 14"...

ARM Scores First Big Mali-400 GPU License

ARM Scores First Big Mali-400 GPU License

Mediatek, a long standing partner of ARM, has licensed the company's Mali-400 GPU and will be using it in upcoming handheld and portable devices such as media players and personal navigation devices.  This might not really sound like much, but this is the first major Mali-400 licensing announcement since the technology was launched back...

Need Job? Jst Snd txt Msg! LOL

Need Job? Jst Snd txt Msg! LOL

Finally, your Twitter skills might come in handy.Teimlo, a British mobile phone content provider, wants to hire a marketer. But here's the catch: Job applications are being accepted only via text message (OK, so that's 160 characters instead of Twitter's 140, but think how much more verbose you can be with those extra 20 characters). Text...

Sony Debuts New GPS-Equipped Handycam Camcorders

Sony Debuts New GPS-Equipped Handycam Camcorders

It's summertime, and thus it's vacation time. And you know what you need on vacation? Something to capture those memories so you don't forget 'em all two days after you're back in the grind. Sony is looking to lend a helping hand with two new camcorders: the Handycam HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V.Both devices capture full 1920x1080 resolution...

Fusion-io vs Intel X25-M SSD RAID, Grudge Match

Fusion-io vs Intel X25-M SSD RAID, Grudge Match

We've certainly heard of Fusion-io's bleeding edge PCI Express-based SSD solution but to date haven't yet gotten the chance to check it out on the test bench here at HotHardware.  In addition, though we've put Intel's wonderfully fast X25-M SSD through its paces in stand-alone testing, imagine what it would be like with up to four drives...

Google Introduces Chrome OS For Netbooks

Google Introduces Chrome OS For Netbooks

Shock of the month? The year, even? Out of absolutely nowhere, Google--the search engine champ at the moment and the developer of Android--has announced its first full-fledged operating system. Of course, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. After all, it's not like Google hasn't been dabbling in applications for awhile now.In fact, this announcement...

Google Apps Exit Beta.  Seriously!

Google Apps Exit Beta. Seriously!

Have you picked yourself off the floor yet? It's no lie, Google Apps, which includes Gmail, is finally out of beta. Gmail had been in beta for five years. In fact, Gmail had been in beta for so long we wondered if Google simply forgot it was in beta. Here's what the company said on the official Google blog:Ever since we launched the Google...

Buy An NVIDIA GPU, Win A Trip To Blizzcon 2009

Buy An NVIDIA GPU, Win A Trip To Blizzcon 2009

Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009? Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009 for free? Now that we've got your attention, here's the red tape and fine print. NVIDIA is offering gamers a shot at securing an ll-expenses paid trip to Blizzcon 2009 for two and receive World of Warcraft Classic for free. The catch? You'll need to buy yourself a...

Fusion-io Develops SMLC SSD Tech For Enterprise

Fusion-io Develops SMLC SSD Tech For Enterprise

Fusion-io has been breaking down walls and pushing envelopes in the solid state drive arena for as long as we can remember, and just a month after issuing the ioXtreme PCIe SSD, the company is now developing an all new class of enterprise MLC.Specifically, the oufit has developed a new engineering technique for managing multi-level cell (MLC)...

Best Buy To Sell Green Vehicles Next To HDDs

Best Buy To Sell Green Vehicles Next To HDDs

Best Buy: it's the place you go when you need a new GPU, a new HDD, a new stick of RAM or a new notebook when time is tight and you can't bother to shop around. Soon, however, it'll be the go-to place for electric vehicles. You read right, electric vehicles.As the big box retailer looks to broaden its horizons, it will soon begin offering...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gigabyte Geforce GTX 275 (896Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DHIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB DDR5 @ Viper LairSapphire Radeon HD 4890 ATOMIC Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3 High Performance Motherboard @ TWLASUS Crosshair III Formula Review @ OCCEVGA X58 SLI LE Motherboard Review @ NinjalaneMSI 790FX-GD70 Socket...

Global Foundries Completes Leadership Team

Global Foundries Completes Leadership Team

Global Foundries Appoints Head of Enterprise Quality, Completes Senior Leadership Team- Foundry industry expert to drive maximum quality and process improvement for customers as company positions for long-term success as an independent leading-edge foundry - SUNNYVALE, CA – July 7, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of...

OCZ Technology Unveils Vertex Turbo SSD

OCZ Technology Unveils Vertex Turbo SSD

OCZ Technology Continues to Push the Envelope in SSDs, and Unveils the Vertex Turbo Featuring Increased Host Clock-Speed and DRAM Cache Speed OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the latest addition to their premium Vertex solid...

'Battery Go!' App Details Remaining iPhone Life

'Battery Go!' App Details Remaining iPhone Life

Battery life has taken on a life of its own here at HotHardware, and considering that many iPhone 3GS users are bickering about shorter-than-expected lifespans, this app couldn't arrive at a better time. Showcased now in Apple's App Store, 'Battery Go!" measures and displays the remaining battery life on one's iPhone or iPod touch right down...

IE Market Share Slips Sharply...Or Does It?

IE Market Share Slips Sharply...Or Does It?

Oh no, the Web browser sky is falling! Or is it? A recent report from TechCrunch, citing figures from StatCounter, shows that Microsoft's long-standing Internet Explorer has lost just under 12% of its market share over the past few months. We're not sure how you feel about it, but to us, 12% in a matter of months is pretty significant.If you...

Researchers Create Method for SSN Prediction

Researchers Create Method for SSN Prediction

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said on Monday that they have developed a method for predicting many if not all of a person's Social Security Number based on publicly available data. The findings were released in an article published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Here's what the researchers said in the preface...

Palm Launching Pre In Europe Later This Year

Palm Launching Pre In Europe Later This Year

When Palm first unveiled its new Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, one question that was on everyone's mind received a very murky answer. We were assured that a GSM version of the smartphone was in the works, but no one knew when or where it would appear. In fact, it wasn't even clear then when exactly the CDMA Pre...

Sony's First True Netbook Revealed: The VAIO W

Sony's First True Netbook Revealed: The VAIO W

Many argued that Sony's VAIO P was really the company's first true netbook, but Sony insisted otherwise. Now, however, the company has issued a machine that we can all agree is a bona fide netbook: the VAIO W.As has become customary for Sony, it has taken a design and tweaked it slightly for higher-end consumers. Make no mistake -- this is...

Used Game Sales Soar During Recession

Used Game Sales Soar During Recession

Ever since this so-called "recession" thingy got the media all hot and bothered a few months back, we'd been hearing that more and more individuals were finding ways to stay entertained at home. Now, we finally know what they've been doing at the domicile: gaming.A new research report published this week by the Nielsen Company shows a sharp...

Yahoo! Going Green With Future Data Centers

Yahoo! Going Green With Future Data Centers

For years now, data centers have been consuming more energy than companies would care to admit. Thankfully, the "green push" has convinced a number of higher-profile firms to re-evaluate their power plans and establish new methods of energizing their servers. IBM is a huge proponent of energy efficient server farms, and it seems as if Yahoo!...

SIRIUS XM Application Hits 1 Million Downloads

SIRIUS XM Application Hits 1 Million Downloads

In just two weeks, the SIRIUS XM Radio application for the iPhone and iPod touch has been downloaded over one million times from the App Store. The SIRIUS XM app became available on June 18. It quickly became the top free app in the Music Category. The application lets users access 120 channels of talk, sports, entertainment, and commercial-free...

Super Talent Introduces Pico Mini USB Drives

Super Talent Introduces Pico Mini USB Drives

Super Talent Introduces Pico Mini USB DrivesNew Line is a Colorful, Trendy Addition to Successful Pico USB Family San Jose, California - July 7, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today introduced their new line of colorful and trendy Pico Mini USB drives, available this...

Albatron Intros AMD Compat. K3780E Motherboard

Albatron Intros AMD Compat. K3780E Motherboard

Here's a company we haven't heard from in what feels like ages: Albatron. Said outfit has just announced its newest mainboard, the K3780E. As with most motherboards, this one also possesses a not-exactly-memorable name, and while the full press release reads more like broken English than anything else, here's what we've made out. The board...

Facebook Faux Pas: MI6 Chief's Details Revealed

Facebook Faux Pas: MI6 Chief's Details Revealed

As we've said before, you need to be careful what you post on social networking sites like Facebook. It can get you fired, or in this case, expose the personal details of the new head of the U.K.'s MI6. And the culprit? His own wife. Sir John Sawers will take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (or MI60 in November. However, his...

Beyond Atom: Exploring Performance ITX Solutions

Beyond Atom: Exploring Performance ITX Solutions

If you find the idea of a tiny small form factor machine appealing but can't stand the limited performance and lack of customizability of current "nettops", then listen up. This is your lucky day as we're going to take you on a quick tour around some exciting new ITX products and show you that 'performance ITX' isn't an oxymoron but rather...

Garmin And BMW Launch Motorrad Navigator IV GPS

Garmin And BMW Launch Motorrad Navigator IV GPS

While Garmin's definitely most famous for its nuvi line of in-car navigation devices, the company has lately begun to branch out somewhat. It makes sense, really--with so many factory cars arriving with NAV built in, Garmin better start looking elsewhere for a steady stream of revenue. To that end, the company is teaming up with automotive...

 Michael Jackson Funeral To Set Online TV Record

Michael Jackson Funeral To Set Online TV Record

Michael Jackson's funeral is predicted to be the biggest event in entertainment history. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to show up around the memorial service in the Staples Center, Los Angeles to pay their respects to the late, great King of Pop.  Such a rare and emotional event demonstrates how people have adopted new...

Nokia Denies Move to "Android"

Nokia Denies Move to "Android"

The Guardian reported on Monday that Nokia had decided to invest in an Android phone, using the Google platform for a new device to be announced at the Nokia World conference in September. However, response from Nokia was swift: NO. Nokia has more than 40% of worldwide mobile phone market share, but it has been steadily losing market share...

Bluetooth Tracking System Monitors Concert Goers

Bluetooth Tracking System Monitors Concert Goers

Usually it's GPS doing the monitoring and tracking for the so-called "Big Brother," but lately Bluetooth has been lending a hand as well. The pervasive short-range communications protocol is found on nearly every mobile telephone available today, making it perfect for tracking thousands upon thousands of concert goers.In fact, around 80,000...

Printable Batteries Could Give Duracell A Scare

Printable Batteries Could Give Duracell A Scare

Batteries seem to be a growing topic of discussion here at HotHardare. From netbooks with increasingly large cells to debates over the legitimacy of notebook battery life figures, it's safe to say that longevity away from the plug is an important matter for true PC enthusiasts. To that end, we couldn't help but take notice when we came across...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ECS Elitegroup Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 PCIE 1024MB DDR3 Video Card NGTS250-1GMU-F @ DragonSteelModsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P6T SE Motherboard @ PCShopTalkMSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 790FX Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksMemory and Storage:USB Novelty Flash Drive Roundup - 36 Tested and Compared @ TestFreaksPower:PC Power & Cooling Silencer...

Movie Too Long? RunPee Mobile to the Rescue

Movie Too Long? RunPee Mobile to the Rescue

As we grow older, we find that we are less likely to be able to drink a soda and make it through a long movie. When is the best time to go? Generally, we have to guess. With an iPhone or iPod Touch and a new app, the guesswork may be over. It's called RunPee Mobile (seriously). For a mere $0.99 it tells you at which points in a movie you can...

eMachines Launches Three New Desktop PCs, LCD

eMachines Launches Three New Desktop PCs, LCD

eMachines may not be a mainstay in the home PC market yet, but it's been a solid contender for years now. As the company's quality and design prowess has improved, it has finally come around to dishing out rigs that are quite appealing. For instance, have a look at the three newest desktops, all of which are respectable rigs for handling basic...

AT&T Intros Voice Activated GPS for iPhone

AT&T Intros Voice Activated GPS for iPhone

AT&T is now offering a new application for the iPhone that provides voice activated turn-by-turn navigation. Given that wireless carriers love to capitalize on regular monthly fees charged to consumers, it’s not too surprising that the new app costs $10 per month. The new app makes it among the first apps to make use of the new in-application...

Apple-NVIDIA Relationship Stable For Now

Apple-NVIDIA Relationship Stable For Now

Make no mistake, NVIDIA chips have certainly had some trouble within Apple machines. From odd pixelation problems to weird whirring, NVIDIA's graphics processors have been front-and-center in terms of scrutiny within Apple's MacBook lineup. Apple has generally been able to nix any issues by pushing out firmware updates and such, but to say...

Virtual Embezzlement Used to Pay for Real Debts

Virtual Embezzlement Used to Pay for Real Debts

Virtual goods are big business nowadays, in online worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft, so much so there is discussion over taxing profits made from such goods. Real as the virtual reality is, someone in the online game EVE Online stole virtual money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for real cash. Think of it as virtual...

iPhone 3G S Launch Breaks AT&T Sales Records

iPhone 3G S Launch Breaks AT&T Sales Records

According to an internal memo sent to company employees at AT&T, the first day the new Apple iPhone 3G S went on sale was the biggest sales day ever for the company. That’s right—the iPhone 3G S beat out the previous two iPhone launch days as well as traditionally heavy retail sales days such as Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)...

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th Of July

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

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:USB 2.0 VGA / DVI / HDMI multi-display Adapter Reviewed @ DragonSteelMods Asus ENGTX275 @ NeoseekerASUS EAH 4770 Formula Series Review @ OCCEVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB Graphics Card Review @ XBitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Maximus II GENE P45 mATX Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksMemory and Storage:Plextor PX-B310U External...

Aluminum Puzzle USB Key: 16GB, Over $10000

Aluminum Puzzle USB Key: 16GB, Over $10000

It's not often that we cover the remarkably extravagant, but this one was just too absurd to pass up. The MNEMOSYNE USB key, which was crafted by SolidAlliance, holds just 16GB of data and does absolutely nothing that any other USB flash drive does. The difference? Design and price. You see, this meticulously engineered device is probably...

Six Flags Expands Partnership With Nintendo

Six Flags Expands Partnership With Nintendo

Six Flags plans to expand its partnership with Nintendo in order to provide its theme park guests with the opportunity to play the upcoming Wii Sports Resort video game before it’s released to retail stores. Under the terms of the partnership, Wii Sports Resort will be showcased in the Wii Experience in nine theme parks across the country....

MSI Introduces CULV-Based X400 Thin-'N-Light

MSI Introduces CULV-Based X400 Thin-'N-Light

MSI shocked the ultraportable world when it unveiled the stylish X-Slim X340 and X320 earlier this year, and now the company is pushing its sweet, sexy new line even further with the introduction of the X400. This "thin-'n-light" notebook is based on Intel's CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) platform, and the whole chassis never exceeds one...

iPhoneys Looking Impressively iPhone-ish

iPhoneys Looking Impressively iPhone-ish

When Japan first started to produce goods, many said they marveled at how well Japan could copy things. Now many such knock-offs come from China. In terms of the iPhone, such replicas could easily spotted. Now, not so much. A consumer delivered a device to MacMedics that he had purchased from eBay. While at first glance it sure looks like...

Universal Pictures Wins Rights To Asteroids

Universal Pictures Wins Rights To Asteroids

A four-studio bidding war has ended and Universal Pictures has won the film rights to the classic Atari video game "Asteroids." Asteroids was originally released as an arcade game in 1979. In the game, players control a triangular spaceship as they attempt to shoot and destroy masses of rock and an occasional flying saucer while avoiding running...

MSI Also Joins Windows 7 Upgrade Bandwagon

MSI Also Joins Windows 7 Upgrade Bandwagon

We already heard that Asus would be following Microsoft's plans in regard to Windows 7 upgrades, and now MSI is making sure that prospective buyers fully understand that they will as well. From purchases of MSI machines starting back on June 26th, owners will be offered the change to snag the Windows 7 upgrade for only a "small processing...

Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming

Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming

Akamai Announces Variable Bit Rate Streaming Support to Deliver Live High Quality Video Content to iPhone and iPod touchContent owners and publishers including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery, FOX News, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, MTV, NPR, Turner Sports and USA TODAY are all part of Akamai’s iPhone 3.0Video ShowcaseAkamai...

Njection Tracks Speed Traps, Now Coupons Ads

Njection Tracks Speed Traps, Now Coupons Ads

Njection Mobile announced that they soon will be allowing for companies to push discounts and coupons through their free Njection Mobile (NMobile)[iTunes] iPhone application for use for their members. What would this mean?  It could mean a boon for local businesses and major retailers and a withdraw from local newspapers and old school...

ACU Hands Out iPhone 3GS To Incoming Freshmen

ACU Hands Out iPhone 3GS To Incoming Freshmen

Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone...

Band Records Entire Song On iPhone, Publishes It

Band Records Entire Song On iPhone, Publishes It

A vast majority of iPhone applications may end up abandoned, but we know of at least one app that a Los Angeles-based band simply can't do without: FourTrack. As the iPhone continues to push the envelope of what's possible on a smartphone, the band--which goes by 'The 88'--has managed to record an entire track using Apple's smartphone. It's...

LaCie Goes Enterprise With 12big Rack Solutions

LaCie Goes Enterprise With 12big Rack Solutions

LaCie--a mainstay in the storage industry--has just broken all sorts of boundaries with its latest lineup. Hailed as the company's "biggest storage solutions" yet, these 2U 19" rack-mounted DAS, NAS, iSCSI, or FC SAN devices will far exceed the needs of most consumers. Indeed, LaCie's aiming these squarely at the business and enterprise sectors,...

Bing Now Returns Twitter Posts

Bing Now Returns Twitter Posts

There’s been an ongoing discussion in the search community regarding the value of content on Twitter and how to capitalize on it, particularly since Twitter content can reflect instant public reactions and newsworthy events. As a way to add more real time data into its search results, Microsoft has started adding some Twitter posts to the...

BenQ Launches Joybook U102 Netbook

BenQ Launches Joybook U102 Netbook

We're still anxiously awaiting that Android-based netbook from BenQ, but until then, we've got yet another netbook in the company's expanding Joybook line. Sporting a classic, all-black case, the Joybook Lite U102 boasts a larger-than-usual trackpad that we're certainly falling for, an undisclosed Intel Atom processor, a 10.1" UltraVivid WSVGA...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS Radeon HD 4890 Voltage Tweak Graphics Card @ TweaktownSapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 review at Ultimate Hardware9500GT & 9600GT on a Diet @ VR-ZoneNanovision MIMO UM-710 USB Monitor @ OCModShopGainward GTX 295 Graphics Card with 1792MB Memory Preview @ Tech-Reviews.co.ukGalaxy GeForce GTX 260+ OC Graphics Card Review @ TechARPMotherboards...

Macally Announces New Mac Accessories

Macally Announces New Mac Accessories

Accessory vendor Macally introduced a handful of new accessories for Mac computers including several wireless input devices as well as two eco-conscious laptop stands. The new input devices include both Bluetooth and radio-frequency (RF) devices.The BTKey Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac is a full-size keyboard that uses low-profile scissor...

Psystar Leaving Bankruptcy, Making New Mac Clone

Psystar Leaving Bankruptcy, Making New Mac Clone

Think of it as the computer company that just...won't...die. After being lambasted by Apple from day one, dealing with more threats and lawsuits in a year that most of us will hear of in a lifetime and eventually filing for bankruptcy, the infamous Mac clone maker known only as Psystar is back. Shortly before most of America hits the pause...

TerreStar Launches Huge Communications Satellite

TerreStar Launches Huge Communications Satellite

Remember the satellite phone? You know, those oftentimes huge cellphones that are seen occasionally in sci-fi flicks and every other episode of 24? Believe it or not, there's still quite the market for those things, despite the surge in network expansion from mobile operators across the globe.To serve said niche, TerreStar Corporation has...

First 3D Web Cam Looks Like A Robot

First 3D Web Cam Looks Like A Robot

What appears to be the first mass-produced 3D web camera looks like a friendly robot. It's actually two cameras that record, according to Hammacher Schlemmer, "slightly differing images" that are then put together as a stereoscopic image. It even comes with five pairs of 3D glasses (those funky cyan/red glasses that used to come in comic books)...

iPhone SMS Vulnerability Found, Getting Patched

iPhone SMS Vulnerability Found, Getting Patched

A chink in the iPhone's armor? Say it ain't so! During a presentation at the SyScan conference in Singapore, security researcher Charlie Miller made clear that there was a significant vulnerability in the iPhone's SMS system, a flaw that could "allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone."Of...

EU Forces Down Cellphone Roaming Charges

EU Forces Down Cellphone Roaming Charges

For decades now, roaming charges have ate at the nerves of travelers. If there's one thing that has always been classified as a "rip-off," it's cellphone roaming charges, particularly international charges. No matter which carrier you have at home, you can rest assured that you'll be healthily gouged while talking, texting or surfing while...

HotHardware Welcomes Baby IKC with TurboCute

HotHardware Welcomes Baby IKC with TurboCute

You know, it's not often we actually get a little giddy around here about something new but when it comes to something (or someone) brand-spanking new like this, we just can't help our occasional over-exuberant ways.  World, say hello to HotHardware's latest addition to the family, Baby IKC with on-board TurboCute (TC) technology! ...

iPhone 3GS Opens New Vistas for Gaming

iPhone 3GS Opens New Vistas for Gaming

Some game companies have already made the statement that the iPhone is the future of gaming.  With the addition of a PowerVR chip to the new iPhone 3GS, we are bound to see more, and better games come to Apple's hot device.  Here's an example of a game that will work decently with any version of the iPhone, and any version of the...

Mozilla Unleashes Firefox 3.5

Mozilla Unleashes Firefox 3.5

Mozilla announced a major update to its popular Firefox browser. Firefox 3.5 features performance improvements, privacy enhancements, support for new Web standards, and greater customization options. According to Mozilla, Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser it has ever released. This latest version is more than two times faster than...

What Would You Give Up For Your Phone?

What Would You Give Up For Your Phone?

A new survey by Best Buy Mobile reveals some interesting ways in which users interact with and value their mobile phones. For example, according to the survey, one in three Americans would give up television in order to keep their mobile phones and 60% of those surveyed would be willing to abstain from alcohol for a week rather than give up...

iBuyPower Intros Paladin XLC Gaming Desktops

iBuyPower Intros Paladin XLC Gaming Desktops

iBuyPower has a thing for pushing out high-end gaming rigs, and its newest desktop is "extreme" exemplified. The Paladin XLC, which stands for Extreme Liquid Cooling," features a Coolermaster HAF 932 tower (which is truly monstrous), Intel's Core i7-975 processor and three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPUs in a triple-SLI configuration.The super-cooled...

Dell Intros 12.1" Vostro 1220 Ultraportable

Dell Intros 12.1" Vostro 1220 Ultraportable

Dell's Vostro lineup never has been flashy. Instead, it has relied on an all-business approach that keeps costs down, style at a minimum and specs decent. The latest in the family, the Vostro 1220, follows right in line by offering a decent array of specifications at a price that's certainly respectable.The 12.1" ultraportable is tailor made...

EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified Motherboard Reviewed

EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified Motherboard Reviewed

EVGA commonly produces their mainstream motherboard products first, while in tandem, begins work on their high-end enthusiast product. It's taken roughly four months since the time EVGA launched their first Intel X58 motherboard (the more than worthy X58 3X SLI) to follow it up with their enthusiast-class product, which we'll be looking at...

More First Person Shooters Come To The iPhone

More First Person Shooters Come To The iPhone

The day many gamers have been waiting for has arrived: Classic first-person shooters have come to the iPhone.Sure, a jailbroken version of Quake came to the iPhone and iPod Touch last summer and there had been rumors of Doom making its way to the smartphone market for a while, but now it's official.Doom Resurrection became available for download...

Maine Ordering 64,000 More MacBooks For Students

Maine Ordering 64,000 More MacBooks For Students

Maine may be about as far from Cupertino as one can get in America, but there's still a serious connection between the state and company. In an effort to distribute even more OS X-based machines to students within its public school system, Maine has ordered up 64,000 additional Apple notebooks for schools. In case you couldn't guess, Maine...

3G BlackBerry Tour Comes To Verizon For $199.99

3G BlackBerry Tour Comes To Verizon For $199.99

What would you get if RIM's BlackBerry Storm and Bold slammed together at an unnerving rate of speed? Aside from a real mess, you'd probably have something akin to this: the BlackBerry Tour. The newest 3G BlackBerry is headed straight for Verizon Wireless, with an in-store launch date of July 12th. Better still, this is classified as a "world...

Asus Debuts SBC-04D1S-U External Blu-ray Drive

Asus Debuts SBC-04D1S-U External Blu-ray Drive

Finally, a solution for that perplexing issue that hits netbook owners the hardest. Asus has placed its recent design cues onto a new external optical drive, but this is no normal external optical drive. Instead of just reading back DVDs and CDs, the SBC-04D1S-U External Slim BD-Combo Drive plays back Blu-ray Discs, promising high-def playback...

China to Delay Green Dam Rollout

China to Delay Green Dam Rollout

We've written about China's Green Dam censorware a couple of times, and there's no doubt it's drawn a great deal of criticism. On Tuesday, China announced it would be indefinitely delaying the rollout of the product, which it had earlier said would have to be installed (or at least provided) on all PCs sold in the country as of July 1st. The...