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All News for April 2007

New Toys Read Brain Waves, Kids Be Very Afraid

And your kid thought it was hard enough beating that gym boss on Pokemon Diamond.  Soon the machine will read their mind too and really start messing with 'em. "A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.  But this is no chintzy Halloween...

Drobo The Storage Robot

Drobo The Storage Robot

This little device could be easily dismissed, at first glance, as simple external USB hard drive.  Though it's nothing more than a multi-drive external storage device that runs a multi-drive RAID array (RAID level not indicated in the spec), its auto-formatting, auto-repair, auto-expansion and capacity sensing capabilities are pretty impressive....

Laughing All The Way To The Bank

HotHardware mentioned earlier this week that Google had surpassed Microsoft as the most visited internet site. And pretty much every Tech analyst and Apple fanboi has been talking non-stop about the problems Microsoft has had getting their latest OS, Vista, to click with the public. Well analysts or no, the cash register doesn't lie:...

DirectX 10 On XP?

Who says DirectX 10 isn't for Windows XP?  Apparently not Cody Brocious of San Diego, who has been hard at work on getting DX 10 to run on XP, Linux, and OS X.  Mr. Brocious blogged the following just recently: "As a fitting start to this blog, I'm proud to release a preview of our DirectX 10 compatibility libraries. These libraries allow...

Hardware Round-Up

Motherbards XFX 680i LT SLI @ Motherboards.org. Sapphire HDMI PI-AM2RS690MHD @ Virtual-Hideout. Memory Crucial 2GB DDR2-1066 Ballistix Tracer Kit @ Techgage. Micron PC5300 2x1gb ECC Kit @ EclipseOC....

Hey, Look: It's Useful

It's pointless to point out that an iPod nano is a spiffy little piece of gear. It's the industry standard now. But even if you don't want to listen to Blink 182 through waxy earbuds all day, it's still a powerful piece of storage equipment. XtremeMac has an inexpensive microphone/speaker interface for your little Apple wonder that turns...

Sony to launch video-sharing network Friday

If Microsoft can't battle Google, somebody has to step up right?  And in this corner, weighing in at a svelte $64 billion in annual sales - S O N Y !!! "Sony Corp. said on Thursday it will launch a video-sharing site in Japan on Friday, marking the electronics and entertainment firm's first step towards challenging Google Inc.'s YouTube...

Hardware Round-Up

Motherboards Biostar TA690G AM2 AMD 690G @ PCSTATS.com. EVGA nForce 650i Ultra @ PC Perspective. Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI & MSI P6N SLI Platinum are compared @ The Tech Report. Graphics Cards MSI 8800GTX OC Liquid @ XSR. Sapphire X1650XT...

Dell Selling Solid State Drives

Dell is joining the growing list of companies that are now offering Solid State Drives (SSDs).  Though this particular drive is a customer installable PATA drive, it's still a SSD.  At press time Dell doesn't seem to have added this to their notebook configuration tool, but we'll keep an eye out for you.  One would think it'd be just a matter...

New Amiga Hardware

Amiga is releasing new computers powered by PowerPC CPUs: "After months of designs and negotiations Amiga, Inc. and ACK Software Controls, Inc. are pleased to announce that new hardware is on its way for Amiga users. “I have been working on these designs with Amiga for almost 12 months and have been able to create two new designs that will...

Vista RC1 & RC2 Expiring 5/31

Just in case you forgot, or were hoping that Microsoft would forget, MS provided a reminder today about the looming expiration date for all installations of Vista RC1 and RC2. "On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire.  If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista...

Will Microsoft Be Mowing Google's Lawn Soon?

Microsoft is no longer the most visited website or the most valuable global brand. Google is: Google had 528 million unique visitors in March, up 5 percent from the previous month, according to comScore. Microsoft had 527 million visitors during the same month, up 3.7 percent. Popular in the...

IBM Sells Cells By The Seashore

IBM announced today that they're going to integrate the "Cell" processor used in Sony's Playstation 3 gaming console into IBM mainframe computers. The Cell is very well adapted for performing the calculations needed to generate 3 dimensional images, and IBM wants to keep up with technology that any multiplayer virtual world application takes...

Meet Me On The Cheapo Holodeck, Cap'n

Some very smart people over at MIT have come up with an inexpensive way to generate holographic images that works along with standard computer hardware and gaming consoles.  Thus, Bove and his team have developed Mark III--expected to be completed within a couple of months--which is based on the earlier systems but has three major differences....

Microsoft Photosynth In Action

Microsoft has teams of engineers working on all kinds of interesting projects. Some are never meant see the light of day; others have to be seen to be believed, like Photosynth.  Photosynth is a technology that takes multiple pictures and not only stiches them together (with angle correction) but also allows the construction of 3D environments...

Good Things Come In Nano Packages

IBM has really been on a roll this year. They've been working on ways to improve thermal efficiency of microchips, ways for blind users to have better control of online content, and now InformationWeek claims IBM is going to announce a type of MRI device that can actually see nanoscale objects. "Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center...

Hardware Round-Up

Motherboards Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 @ Neoseeker. MSI K9AGM2 @ t-break. Memory OCZ 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Edition @ Techgage. Kingston KHX9600D2K2/1GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Logic....

8-Core Intel Xeon 'V8" Sneak Peek - Dual Quads

8-Core Intel Xeon 'V8" Sneak Peek - Dual Quads

Back in January at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Intel was showing off a rig in their booth dubbed the "V8". It was essentially a dual-socket workstation platform outfitted with a pair of quad-core Xeon processors for a total of eight cores - hence the 'V8'. In their demo, Intel ran the CPU benchmark built into 3DMark06 and as was...

Keanu Now Acting Badly At 9.08 Gbps

Researchers  led by the University of Tokyo have broken the  speed record for data transmission  using standard communication protocols.The new record,  9.08 gigabits per second, will probably stand until someone comes up with a new protocol for data transmission. Don't worry, they're working on it. That likely represents...

Will OEMs Learn? - ATI RADEON 2900 XT Benchmarks

Will OEMs Learn? - ATI RADEON 2900 XT Benchmarks

We trust you've been through the drill before.  It gets old after a while, frankly.  Major technology innovator OEM targets release date of next generation product and briefs the press months prior to the launch.  Embargo dates are set, NDA commitments made and confirmed by those partners who are "trusted" to maintain confidentiality.  Then...

Hardware Round-Up

Graphics: Sapphire X1650XT 256 PCI-E Graphics Card @ Xtreme Computing Motherboards: MSI P6N SLI Platinum Motherboard @ nVNews ASUS P5B Premium @ [H] Gigabyte...

NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV

NVIDIA Takes Visual Computing to New Extremes with NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 24, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced a new version of the NVIDIA Quadro Plex visual computing system (VCS), which...

Terrifying VideoPhone Conversations Now Possible

Terrifying VideoPhone Conversations Now Possible

Think Geek has a terrific little USB ready digital microscope for sale. Nifty. You'll need some of this:   Simple plug and play operation with included software that allows you to magnify objects and view them on your PC up to 200X and take snapshots and time-lapse movies. You can also manipulate images with drawing and painting...

Intel Whacking Prices, AMD

Intel  announced price cuts, as much as 40%, on  both its desktop and server processors.  Rival chipmaker AMD announced a 611 million dollar loss for the first quarter already. Someone please take AMD's belt and shoelaces away for the rest of the week. For the desktop market, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 has fallen in price to US$530 while...

OCZ Announces Quiet StealthXStream 600W PSU

OCZ Announces Quiet StealthXStream 600W PSU

OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W, a Best-in-Class, Gamer’s Power Supply Sunnyvale, CA —April 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply....

Autumnwave OnAir USB HDTV Creator

Hello Everyone.  Marco here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, image quality, and overall performance of Autumnwave's OnAir USB HDTV Creator. Unlike most other analog / digital TV tuners for the PC, this device is able to receive digital HD signals over a cable connection and not just...

AMD to Offer $1.8 Billion in Senior Notes

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. to Offer $1.8 Billion of Convertible Senior Notes SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2007 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) today announced its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $1.8 billion aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes in a...

Why Is The iPhone So Attractive?

Just about everyone in the world knows about the iPhone by now, but why do consumers seem so interested? Does it go well with their iRack or is it the 8GB of storage? InformationWeek has some thoughts: "The iPhone isn't available yet, and it's certain to have its limitations, yet Apple has managed to create a pretty loud buzz among consumers. A...

The Inq : MS Admits Vista Is A Dud?

The Inquirer's Charlie Demerjian has some interesting insight to recent actions by Dell and Microsoft... "With two overlapping events, Microsoft admitted what we have been saying all along, Vista, aka Windows MeII, is a joke that no one wants. It did two unprecedented things this week that frankly stunned us. Dell announced that it would...

Virtual Blackberry. No, Not Like Last Week

Research  In Motion, makers of the popular Blackberry handheld,  is  going to offer software to allow smartphone users running Windows Mobile 6.0 to use the Blackberry's applications without  changing their hardware. “Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an important element of RIM's strategy to provide...

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Your...Wi-Fi

Spanish Wi-Fi startup Fon has convinced Time Warner Cable to allow home broadband customers to turn  their connections into public wireless hotspots using Fon's hardware. It's a sort of take a penny leave a penny format for subscribers to the service, and they call their members "Foneros."  "La Fonera splits a Wi-Fi connection in two:...

Klassic Keyboards - Geek Nostalgic

Klassic Keyboards - Geek Nostalgic

BigWop is going to love this one.  Have a hankering for things made "right" back in the good ol' days?  Get a load of the these classic keyboards and get your farty old geek on... Steampunk's Keyboard Mod "The Model M, for all its clicky, built for combat, rat-a-tat goodness, is not the keyboard for...

HotHardware Welcomes New Member To The Family

The team here at HotHardware would like to extend a warm welcome into the world for young Samara Maloney.  And a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Kelley and Rob Maloney for giving birth to Maloney Kiddo 2.0! "Samara Maloney came into the world at 8.43am on Friday, April 20th, weighing in at 6lbs 9ozs.  Unlike...

Vista SP-1 Before The End Of The Year?

InformationWeek is reporting that Intel CEO Paul Otellini let slip that Vista will get its first service pack sometime in October or November: "Microsoft isn't saying when, but in an apparent slip of the tongue during an earnings call with analysts, Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel, said the first Windows Vista Service Pack is scheduled...

Dell Brings Back XP!

Dell has reacted to the market’s general unhappiness with being locked-into a purchase of Vista with a new PC and has started offering XP on their home machines again: "Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.Like...

STEAM Hacked, Again - Maybe?

There is some debate as to whether or not hacker MaddoxX actually managed to hack Valve's STEAM, but DailyTech is reporting the following: According to a posting made on an anti-STEAM website, MaddoxX has bypassed Valve's security system and accessed a significant chunk of data, including:     •    Screenshots of internal Valve web pages...

Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro Dual

Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted an article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's unique Radeon X1950 Pro Dual. As its name suggests, this card sports a pair of Radeon X1950 Pro GPUs on a single board. It also has 1GB of RAM and...

Hey, Who Gave Me This Trojan?

Warning: After reading the following story from ZDNet, you may never be able to watch funny flash videos on the web without worrying: "Cybercrooks who rig Web sites to break into PCs are getting better at hiding their malicious code, a security expert said Wednesday.  Increasingly the actual code, often JavaScript, used to attack PCs is...

Hardware Round-Up

Welcome to the daily hardware round-up, let's see what is being reviewed around the web:CPU: AMD 5600+ vs. Intel E6300 @ Legit Reveiws. Graphics: XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX @ Neoseeker. PowerColor...

HD DVD, Blu-Ray; Whatever

News outlets are always anxious to offer breaking news to their readers. But how fast is too fast? Our friends at Engadget reported that Wal*Mart had made a blockbuster  purchase of HD-DVD players. Big enough to have an effect on the viability of the format. "Get ready to get your cheap HD on kids. Wal-Mart just threw down some serious...

Dell Purchasers: Vista No Buena

Due to popular demand, Dell is once again offering the OS that customers can't seem to get enough of: Windows XP.  Dell received over 10,000 votes on their IdeaStorm website, enough to continue offering XP on selected models. Microsoft countered that Dell's move was in response to a "small minority of customers" with a "specific...

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

AMD Reports First Quarter Results SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 19, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.  AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per...

Web Scum May Exploit Virginia Tech Tragedy

The shooting at Virginia Tech is big news, and it's certainly bad enough without the pond scum of the net impersonating charities and swindling you out of your hard earned cash. Information week is running a story that warns users to steer clear of any such emails or other online solicitations: "Security researchers are warning people...

Note To PC Vendors: Cut The Crapware

ZDNet is reporting that PC makers are finally getting the message that putting too much crapware (i.e. toolbars, trial products, etc.) on PCs puts return business at risk: "While adding software, setting default search engines and including toolbars can all put money in PC makers pockets, the practice has also alienated some consumers...

Meet McCaslin, Intel UMPC Platform Of Tomorrow

If you're a gadget person, really petite, or a British MI6 operative, you'll really appreciate Intel's new UMPC platform: "Today, Intel officially confirmed its new platform at IDF. The McCaslin platform, which is now called the Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 (IUMPC2007), will be used on both UMPC and MID platforms. Given their smaller...

New AMD Catalyst Drivers Out

Another month goes by, and a new Catalyst driver suite is born. AMD is calling this one version 7.4, and if you're running any OpenGL apps on Vista these are certainly worth trying because AMD is claiming large performance gains in the release notes.  Go here to download....

Please Update Your Vaporware Pools

Apple's smart phone, or dumb computer, the iPhone, is still on schedule to ship in late June, if the the wireless provider for its service knows what he's talking about. "Our expectations are good. Our testing has been good," said AT&T Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June."...

VIA Defines Pico-ITX Form Factor

VIA Defines Pico-ITX Form Factor

VIA Defines Pico-ITX Form Factor, the World's Smallest x86 Mainboard Tiny 10cm x 7.2cm complete PC platform fits into palm of hand, more than 75% smaller than the Mini-ITX, embodies VIA's "Small is Beautiful" strategy to inspire x86 system innovation Taipei, Taiwan, 19 April 2007 - VIA Technologies,...

Dropping Something Useful On Lebanon

Intel's Chairman Craig Barrett wants you to know that Intel,along with other well-known companies like Cisco Systems, GHAFARI, Microsoft, and Occidental Petroleum,  are dropping something useful on Lebanon for a change. Servers and support, for instance. "Access to education and technology increases the opportunities for the people...

Your Smartphone Is Forrest Gump Now - Maybe

Intel is making some noise this week at their  Intel Develeoper Forum in Beijing. The most interesting  new product announcement might be  the 45nm low-power microprocessor they've called  Silverthorne. It's perfect for powering Ultra Mobile Personal Computers and Mobile Internet Devices, and with multiple communications connections, they'll...

OCZ Announces 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution Sunnyvale, CA—April 17, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-9600 Flex XLC series. The latest edition to OCZ’s esteemed enthusiast lineup implements...

Intel First-Quarter Revenue $8.9 Billion

Intel First-Quarter Revenue $8.9 Billion Operating Income $1.7 Billion EPS 27 cents SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 17, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced first-quarter revenue of $8.9 billion, operating income of $1.7 billion, net income of $1.6 billion and earnings per share...

I Feel A Disturbance In The Blackberry Force

Blackberry wireless e-mail service is a mighty useful thing.  Many business people rely on it for all their communications. A great many voices cried out, and then were silenced, when Blackberry service was lost over most of the Western hemisphere last night at around 5 PM PDT. And the bad news is that restoration of service  might be just...

Your iPod Is Killing Tweeter

Your MP3 player is a marvelous thing. But the one thing it isn't, is high fidelity.  People are coming to the realization that pretty good sound reproduction is good enough, and that is spelling doom and gloom for the retailers that depend on high-end home stereo for their livelihood. Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc., a Canton,...

Daily Hardware Round-Up

Most of the news coming in today centers around NVIDIA's new GeForce 8600 GTS and GT, but some of our compatriots have been busy evaluating other hardware.  Here's a sampling of what's been going on today around the web: Graphics: XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition @ Benchmark...

Intel Provides Details On New Products,

Intel Provides Details On New Products, Initiatives For Higher-Performing, More Efficient Computers Innovation, Processing Performance and Cooperation Key to Moving Forward Faster INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new...

One Media Hub To Rule Them All: Apple TV 2.0?

Though the Apple TV has only just started shipping, there are many who feel that it doesn't represent a huge leap over competing products from numerous other players in the streaming video arena.  So what can Apple do with a follow-up product to make it a must-have?  Why not allow one device, with one remote to control everything? "A new...

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS and 8600 GT

Hello Everyone. Today is the day NVIDIA chose to officially announce their new DX10-class GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, and the rest of the mainstream GeForce 8 family of products. We pulled together a few GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards, tested them with some popular games and benchmark tools, and have posted our thoughts for all too see. Head...

More Info On AMD's Barcelona

As the release of AMD’s Barcelona (also known as K-10) approaches, more details are starting to emerge.  DailyTech has a few interesting details that shed some light on how the upcoming CPUs should work in existing sockets, and how they will gain some new features by pairing them with new “+” sockets: "Yesterday, AMD held a press presentation...

Toshiba's 200 GB Backstop/Doorstop

Toshiba's 200 GB Backstop/Doorstop

Toshiba's entering the desktop external hard drive market with a bang, offering a 200 GB unit for  $229.99 MSRP. Sweet. Toshiba's USB 2.0 portable external hard drives come bundled with the NTI Shadow software. The click-free, switch-free and button-free backup solution...

Yahoo Gets A Paper Route

Yahoo's been struggling to stake out internet territory that Google doesn't already inhabit for a while now.Yesterday they announced they'd  entered into  a partnership with over 250 newspapers to give those papers a larger online exposure while  giving Yahoo some precious, precious, advertising revenue. Sacramento-based McClatchy...

The 20 Most Annoying Tech Products

PC World has a new article on-line detailing what they, and their readers, think are the Top 20 Most Annoying Tech Products of all time.  Half of the list was compiled from user-submitted votes and the other half by PC World editors... "This list hardly covers every annoying tech product ever made. But where did this list of 20 come...

New Intel Tools Help Developers

New Intel Tools Help Developers Create, Debug And Tune Applications For Windows Vista And Latest Multi-Core Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 16, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced the availability of new versions of its Intel Thread Checker, Intel Thread Profiler, Intel VTune Performance Analyzer and...

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and...

NVIDIA and ATI Show Working PCIe 2.0 GPUs

Charlie from The Inquirer has been lurking behind closed doors at IDF in Bejing and stumbled upon a couple of HP workstations with interesting GPU configurations. One machine had a pair of NVIDIA GPUs, the other a pair of ATI GPUs.  What they both had in common, however, was that they were PCIe 2.0 compliant. "That was a move that took...

Upcoming Core 2 Duos With Auto Overclocking?

Dan Warne from APCMag.com spent some time with Intel's Mooly Eden at the Intel Developer's Forum going on in Beijing and has some more information posted regarding Enhanced Intel Dynamic Acceleration Technology. We reported last week that EIDAT would be available with Penryn, but according to the story on APCMag.com, the technology will be...

Hardware Round-Up

It's Monday, and you know what that means.  Here's the Monday edition of your daily hardware round-up. Motherboards: Eclipse OC takes a good look at DFI's DFI Lanparty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G motherboard. The crew at Viper's Lair have a review of the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe. Video Cards OverClockers...

Two Spreadsheets At The Same Time, Man

Widescreen LCD monitor sales are expected to nearly quadruple in 2007, (wrote HotHardware news editor Gregory Sullivan on his brand new 20" Optiquest widescreen monitor he purchased last week by clicking on the Newegg ad on the front page of HotHardware. And very satisfied with the purchase and the vendor he is.) according to a report in DigiTimes...

Microsoft Says: Me Too

Microsoft has an application to deliver rich media on the Web, designed to go head-to-head with Adobe's popular Flash program.  They call it: Silverlight. Key [A manager at Microsoft]said Microsoft is targeting three core audiences with Silverlight, formerly code-named WPF/E: content providers that want to distribute video and rich...

Adobe Wants To Flash You Offline

Adobe announced  yesterday at the national Association of Broadcasters trade show that they've got a  new flash based  platform that lets you  download and watch videos  on or off-line.  The content providers are supposed to like  this  better as  they can  send along whatever they've been using to  make money on the content  with the video....

Weekend Hardware Round-Up

Welcome to the Sunday edition of your weekly hardware round-up.  Video Cards TechARP has a review of the ASUS EXTREME EN7900GS TOP video card. If you're on a budget and thinking about integrated video, you might want to read The Tech Lounge's review...

New GDC 2007 Crysis / CryEngine2 Video

Fileshack has a new video showcasing Crytek's CryEngine 2 game engine, which will be featured in the upcoming DX10 shooter Crysis. If you haven't seen what this game engine can do or what Crysis looks like in action, do youself a favor and give this 126MB video a download.  The visual effects are so good, I'll guarantee you'll be impressed....

Just Shove Anything In There And Look At It

Samsung  announced Friday they'll be selling a  disc player that will play either HD  DVD or Blu-ray discs.  Should be available by the end of the year. "Consumers are hungry for more HD content but are currently confused about competing formats," Dongsoo Jun, executive vice president of the Digital AV Division at Samsung," said in a...

Hewlett Packard Chooses Door Number Three

We hardware fanbois at HotHardware observe which  processor  is chosen by computer manufacturers  like an old man at a racetrack watches the horses. Hewlett-Packard surprised us a bit by skipping right past Intel and AMD and using chipset maker Via Technologies of Taiwan for the processor in their new desktop, aimed at the mainland Chinese...

Sony, Meet Fork. Fork, Meet 20GB PS3

Sony has smelled the coffee and is discontinuing the production of their  Playstation 3 Gaming  Console with the 20 GB  harddrive.  Their  60 GB models was the only version consumers were interested in anyway.  While some industry watchers have speculated that the 20 GB model's demise will lead to an earlier than planned price...

OCZ Introduces New ModStream Power Supplies

OCZ Introduces New ModStream Power Supplies

OCZ Technology Merges their Leading Edge PSU Technology with a Modular Cable Management System and Launches the ModXStream Power Supply Family Sunnyvale, CA—April 12, 2007 — OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and...

Orangutans Monkey Around With Video Games

He's a story that gives new meaning to the term "monkeying around". Zoo Atlanta has been encouraging Sumatran Orangutans to interact with touch screens incorporated into a fake tree, in an effort to study their cognitive abilities. "Four-year-old Bernas isn't the computer wizard his mom is, but he's learning. Just the other day he used his...

IBM Moves Moore's Law to the Third Dimension

IBM has announced a new breakthrough in chip-stacking technology in a manufacturing environment that paves the way for three-dimensional chips... "The IBM breakthrough enables the move from horizontal 2-D chip layouts to 3-D chip stacking, which takes chips and memory devices that traditionally sit side by side on a silicon wafer and stacks...

Welcome To Year Of The Spam

Spam: you know it, you hate it.  Who the heck actually reads this stuff and thus makes it profitable for people to send? Arstechnica has an interesting story out about how this is finally the year in which spam will become the dominant form of e-mail: "New research from IDC claims that this will be the year in which spam outnumbers person-to-person...

AMD Claims Barcelona K10 Will Knock Intel Dead

According to a story on The Inquirer, AMD's upcoming native quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, will outperform competitive offerings from Intel.  AMD's European technical director, Guiseppe Amato said, "Barcelona is an architecture that must be faster."  And that compatibility with existing platforms is assured with a...

Will People In NYC Be Able To Find A Coiffee Shop?

Dialing information on your phone usually costs over a dollar. No thanks. Google's begun offering a free 411 service; just dial 800-GOOG-411 and yell what you're looking for into the phone, and hope your accent doesn't throw the automated service off.The service applies speech recognition technologies to figure out what you're searching for,...

Save The Noobs! Well, Their Pictures, Anyway

Save The Noobs! Well, Their Pictures, Anyway

Remember all those pictures of their grandchildren you e-mailed your parents? Well, they're too busy watching Matlock re-runs to learn how to back them up, and you know eventually they're going to lose them all. Let's help. Polaroid has the answer for anyone that needs easy backup. 40 gigs, plug it in to the USB port, and turn it on. Store...

R650 Rumors Emerge

AMD's R600 hasn't even arrived yet and already news regarding its successor, the R650, has emerged. According to a story on The Inquirer, R650 will be a 65nm version of R600, enhanced by AMD private manufacturing techniques, with the ultimate goal of making GPUs more affordable, for both AMD and consumers.   "In short, AMD's CPU...

The CPU vs. GPU War Is On! Well, Almost

AMD has already announced that they plan to integrate a CPU and GPU onto a single chip and Intel has hinted at a similar solution as well.  And we all know that ATI and NVIDIA have GPGPU initiatives already in place. It seems that this shift in the computing model has Intel intrigued so to speak, and Doug Carmean - Chief Architect...

MGM Titles Now On iTunes

PRNewsWire is reporting that Apple and MGM have reached an agreement that will allow iTunes users to download a wide variety of MGM's current and past films: "LOS ANGELES and CUPERTINO, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Apple today announced that MGM is now offering titles from its prestigious...

Chilled Oil Bath For Cooling Hot Processors

According to a story on newscientisttech.com, a UK-based company plans to introduce system that are cooled by chilled oil, rather than traditional heatsinks and fans. The idea behind the technology is that oil is a much better conductor of heat than air, and with an adequate design all of the fans can be eliminated from the system... "It is...

Sony Discontinues $500 Playstation 3

Sony has announced that they've discontinued production of the $500 20GB model of their Playstation 3 console, as had been rumored for a while now. With the Playstation 3 having fewer sales than the other next generation consoles in the past few months, demand for the 20GB model has been especially low. "My thoughts? The industry buzz had...

Daily Hardware Roundup

Welcome to the Wednesday version of your daily hardware roundup: Memory SuperTalent has a super-fast 2GB kit of DDR2-1000 memory, and it's being reviewed @ BCCHardware. Video Cards Leadtek WinFast 256MB 7900GS TDH @ OverClock Intelligence Agency Or if you're more of an MSI type, PCStats is reviewing...

RIAA Loses Another Case

RIAA Loses Another Case The good news is: The RIAA lawyers have lost another round in federal court, and they weren't even picking on dead people or grandmothers this time: "A federal judge has dismissed Elektra v. Santangelo with prejudice, leaving the door open for defendant Patti Santangelo...

Ultra Is Better Than Primo, and X Is Very Futuristic

Combine a radiator that looks like it's from a 1967 Ford Fairlane, some heat paste, and a nice quiet fan, and what do you get? Enzotechnology's Ultra-X chilled overclocking goodness. BurnoutPC has the skinny with lots of pictures. And graphs. We love graphs. The Enzotechnology Ultra-X...

Open Source Or Proprietary? Discriminating Thieves Choose Open Source

McAfee's semi-annual overview of their on-going security research says that cyber-criminals are becoming more sophisticated, and are banding together in loose associations to swap code and deliver support for their nefarious endeavors. They've got their eye on your smartphone, too. Among the specific trends outlined in the report are...

OCZ's New High-Speed, Large Capacity SDHC Memory Cards

OCZ's New High-Speed, Large Capacity SDHC Memory Cards

OCZ Technology Outfits the Latest Generation of Digital Cameras and Camcorders with High-Speed, Large Capacity SDHC Memory Cards Sunnyvale, CA - April 9, 2007 - As digital cameras and video recorders produce higher and higher resolution images, the need for more memory has reached a new high. OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative,...

Exclusive! GTR Tech GT3 SFF PC

Hello HotHardware Fans! Over the last couple of weeks, we have exclusively had the chance to preview a new small form factor PC called the GT3, from the GTR Tech Corporation. Unlike the boxy little designs that we have become accustomed to in the SFF arena, the GT3 is sleeker and more versatile; looking more like a slimmer, shorter version...

Daily Hardware Roundup

Daily Hardware Roundup The talk of the day is still Intel's latest and greatest desktop CPU, the new QX-6800.  Sites checking it out today are: ExtremeTech SharkyExtreme For those who need more RAM in their life: I4U is looking at the PNY XLR8 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 DDR2 SLI-Ready RAM and Virtual-Hideout has reviewed the OCZ's...

Hi Ho The Derry-O No Axim In The Dell.

Lots of people swear by the Dell Axim series of pocket PCs. Those people should have their shoelaces and belt taken away for a while, as Dell has decided not to sell them anymore. A few years ago, Dell entered the handheld market and immediately shook it up. Its Axim series of Pocket...

Either She's Really Short, Or I Want One Of Those Big Ones

Either She's Really Short, Or I Want One Of Those Big Ones

Matsushita announced today that they'll soon be selling 42-inch plasma TVs with high definition screens. You can already buy plasma hi-def screens that are larger than 50 inches, but this signals that plasma makers are trying to compete with LCD in the smaller, more affordable ranges of hi-def sets.   Matsushita hopes to challenge...

Intel To Power 300,000+ New Google Servers?

Intel To Power 300,000 New Google Servers? DigiTimes has a new article about Google and a possible purchase of 300,000 or more new Intel-powered servers: "According to sources at motherboard makers, Intel recently landed a deal with search engine giant Google to supply CPUs for about 300,000-400,000 servers for Google, with Intel sweetening...

AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 9, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it expects to report revenue of approximately $1.225 billion in the quarter ending March 31, 2007. Revenues declined sharply quarter-over-quarter for the Computing Solutions segment, primarily due to lower overall average selling prices and...

Intel Delivers Its Fastest Enthusiast Quad-Core Processor

INTEL DELIVERS ITS FASTEST ENTHUSIAST QUAD-CORE PROCESSOR Added Performance Welcomed by 'Hardcore' PC Users and Developers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 9, 2007 - Intel Corporation today advanced its enthusiast-level quad-core processor family with the introduction of the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800, the company's twelfth quad-core processor...

Hardware Roundup

Welcome to the new and improved daily hardware roundup, now with 23.5% more daily for the same low price! To start things off, you might want to have a look at the new Intel QX6800 CPU.  It's fast, it's got 4 cores, and is reviewed by these fine sites: TechReport NeoSeeker Hardware Logic And of course, here at HotHardware...

Apple: 100 Million iPods Sold!

Hot off the wire, Apple is reporting that they've sold their 100,000,000th iPod: "CUPERTINO, California - April 9, 2007 - Apple(R) today announced that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a...

SanDisk and Yahoo Eliminate The PC Middleman

SanDisk is partnering with Yahoo to offer wireless downloads from Yahoo's Music service on their Sansa Connect mp3 player. Streaming radio from Launchcast and Flickr photos too. Neat. The US $249 model comes with 4Gb of memory, a 2.2-inch colour LCD screen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and a MicroSD...

Xbox 360 To Get IM

The Inquirer is reporting that the Xbox 360 is about to get a web camera, and that it will be initially used for instant messaging: "Microsoft will provide the Xbox 360 spring update access to Windows Live Messenger with people able to console themselves by chatting to up to six folk at once...

Blackberry Thumb Comes To Xbox 360

Blackberry Thumb Comes To Xbox 360

Starting the week of May 7th, Xbox 360 users will have access to Windows Live Messenger features, and be able to taunt their friends seamlessly. Here's a pic of the QWERTY beast you can do it with: Members of the six-million-strong Xbox Live community currently send more than two...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800

Hello Everyone! Hot on the heels of the holiday weekend, Intel is launching a new flagship quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6800. As its name implies, the new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has frequency parity with its dual-core counterpart, the Core 2 Extreme X6800 - sans the "Q". At 2.93GHz this makes the Core 2 Extreme QX6800...

10 Egg-Shaped Tech Gadgets

10 Egg-Shaped Tech Gadgets

Something told me this sort of story was out there today, so I searched for it and of course, the tech geek community didn't let me down.  Behold, 10 Egg-Shaped Gadgets that will make your life better in some way.  Or maybe just more oval perhaps... "Whether you enjoy your eggs sunny-side up or hard-boiled doesn't matter. Today's...

Geeks Are Love Machines!

Wired.com has all the proof you'll need to convince your prospective partner that you'll be a good lover. <insert your own joystick joke here> "I've read recently that geeks make better lovers because they are so unaccustomed to romance that they will do anything for their mates. Also because geeks don't have the social skills...

AMD Lays Off 100 Workers

According to York Region News, AMD has just given 100 Canadian employees their walking papers.  In this competition between AMD and Intel, both sides have been cutting workers to try to improve their positions as they continue to fight for top-dog status.  While Intel hasn't recently absorbed another major company...

Dvorak: iPhone 2 Months To Go & Sky Is Falling?

The phone/mp3 player created by the bright boys at Cupertino is still a few months shy of release, but sadly that doesn't stop people from poking holes in it. Perhaps a rephrase is in order, people with some agenda, say providing more back-up for an article they wrote here. Here's a snippet from the Inq: "APPLE FANBOYS have really...

Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M

Just in case you're the type who likes to skip right to the news, we wanted to let you know we've got a new article live featuring Asus' take on the recently released GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, the aptly named EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M. Unlike a few other 320MB GTS cards, the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M is not pre-overclocked from the...

Intel Marks 30 Years In Embedded Computing With Quad-Core Processor Launch

Intel Marks 30 Years In Embedded Computing With Quad-Core Processor Launch

Intel Marks 30 Years In Embedded Computing With Quad-Core Processor Launch Orange County Choppers Bring Embedded Technology to Intel-Themed Motorcycle EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, San Jose, Calif., April 3, 2007 - Commemorating 30 years of delivering products and technology to the embedded computing market, Intel Corporation today introduced...

I Clearly Heard You've Got Thirty Cents Burning A Hole In Your Pocket.

EMI Music announced DRM-free music downloads through Apple's iTunes earlier this week. They mentioned "premium" music files, with a bitrate of 256 kbps, instead of the standard 128 kbps, for thirty cents more. Slate answers the question: So what? Listeners don't need...

LCD=Old And Busted. E Ink=New Hotness?

Every so often someone predicts a breakthrough in "electronic paper," which could supplant backlit screens for reading text and looking at pictures. Power consumption would be greatly reduced and readability improved. A prototype for a full color version of E Ink's electronic paper being readied for next year might be the tipping...

New GeForce 8800 XP Drivers

Nvidia has released version 97.94 of their Windows XP GeForce 8800 drivers. The update includes some game compatibility fixes, and a few PureVideo improvements. You can read the release notes here(pdf), and download the drivers here....

Hardware Roundup

Today we kick off the hardware roundup with a review of the ASUS EN8800GTX AquaTank over at Bjorn3D.  Sticking with nVidia based video cards, but going back a generation and down into the more mainstream cards, AMDZone takes a gander at the EVGA GeForce 7600GS 512MB card. Moving over to the AMD/ATi side of things,...

How To Increase Vista Performance

Ok, insert your own "switch back to XP" joke here.  But seriously, if you are going to stick with Vista but want to wring as much performance as you can out of it, then take a look at this tweak guide by ExtremeTech.  Don't expect any miracles, but here's what they have to say:...

InnoDisk Makes An Innovative ReadyBoost Drive

If you're running Windows Vista, or thinking about it, then you might know what ReadyBoost is. If you don't, it's essentially a way to cache some of the system page file to a USB drive.  The result is typically better performance on machines with limited memory.  The only problem is that it requires a USB 2.0 port....

You Don't Want To See Britney Spears Naked. Trust Me.

Microsoft has issued a hotfix (a patch for a patch) for the animated cursor exploit we told you about earlier this week. Beware: There's a zero day attack making the rounds of the internet promising nude Britney, and delivering a virus instead. Sounds Just like the real Britney, now that you mention it. Sophos, a security company, reported...

Greenpeace To Apple: "It's Not Easy Being Green"

ZDNet is reporting that Greenpeace has ranked Apple as number 14th of 14...Wait, that can't be right, can it?  14th amongst 14?  Who would make a top 14 list?  Maybe it saves a tree or whale not to go all the way to 15. "The guide ranks 14 leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their policies and practices for eliminating...

Whine With Your Chips. 2007 Is Likely A Bad Year For Microprocessors.

Chip sales are usually slow in the first quarter of any year. But 2007 is shaping up to be a blah year in the microprocessor business all the way through. What's the problem? But what makes 2007 special? At least one reason is the transition to the Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft...

Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus vs Abit IN9 32X-MAX

We've got a new article posted here at HotHardware, featuring a pair of high-end, Core 2 compatible motherboards. We took Asus' hybrid "Dual X16 SLI" based P5N32-E SLI Plus and pitted it against Abit's nForce 680i SLI based flagship IN9 32X-MAX and had some interesting results. Here's a snip from the piece: "This...

Apple Unveils 8-Core Mac Pro

There had been rumors regarding the 8-Core Mac Pro for quite some time, but Apple wasn't until today that they made the news official. Apple has updated their product line-up with a new 8-Core Mac Pro that features a pair of Quad-Core Xeons, running at speeds up to 3.0GHz. "Eight cores or four - Opt for the 8-core Mac Pro and you get the...

Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go

Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go

Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go Intel Centrino Pro Gives IT Managers Wireless Management and Security Capabilities SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2007 -- Under a new brand called Intel Centrino Pro processor technology, Intel Corporation today announced it will extend its innovative and popular features designed for desktop business PCs...

A Peek At A Pico Projector

A Peek At A Pico Projector

Digitimes got a pic of a tiny DLP projector that Texas Instruments is readying for use in many mobile applications.  Scoter said TI has completed developments of pico-projectors and now the model, incorporating laser-diode (LD) and LED backlighting sources, are ready to be applied...

The ISA That Wouldn't Die; Why x86 Still Rules

Over 90% of the world's computers and servers are still using the x86 ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) introduced by Intel in 1978. Many have tried to come up with an alternative, but nothing has come close to supplanting it. ZD Net examines the reasons why, and why it might continue turning up in computers until the sun cools off....

OCZ Technology Unveils PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Series

OCZ Technology Unveils PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Series

OCZ Technology Unveils PC2-9200 Reaper HPC Series, the World's Fastest Memory with Passive Heatpipe Cooling System Sunnyvale, CA - April 3, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced a high-speed version of the new OCZ Reaper HPC memory line,...

The 50 Best Tech Products of All Time

PC World has another installment in their "Best of" series of articles on-line today, this one dealing with what they think are the top 50 best tech products of all time.  Lots of cool hardware and software on the list, including such items as the Atari 2600, Compaq Deskpro 386, and even World of Warcraft......

Want A $299 Mac? Buy An Apple TV

Apple has been on a campaign to get PC users to switch for some time now, but the cost has been the biggest roadblock for many. After all, who wants to spend $600 or more just to test out an Apple? What if you could try one out for about half that price? Well, with a little bit of elbow grease and tech know-how, you can turn a $300 Apple TV...

Hardware Roundup

Today bootdaily takes a look at three 8800GTX cards. If you find that one of those cards isn't enough, and that you really need two so you can go SLI, you'll need a motherboard up to the task.  Luckily, a few of them were just reviewed and we've got the links for you: PCPer looks at the brand new EVGA nForce 680i...

Intel To Release Next-Gen Laptop Platform In May?

If you're contemplating the purchase of a new laptop, you might want to hold out a bit longer if this report from Digitimes is correct. It seems that Intel, who already dominates the laptop arena, is planning on adding new features that will both enhance performance as well as increase battery life. The Robson technology the article mentions...

Transcend Announces ExpressCard Solid State Disk

While it seems that almost every major player in both the storage and memory markets is working on developing solid state disks (SSDs), Transcend is planning to differentiate their initial products from the competition. How are they going to do that? Most of the competition is initially setting themselves up to replace traditional mechanical...

What's In The Spinning Hourglass? Internet Rohypnol!

There's an evil security flaw in many Windows-based computers that exploits code related to animated cursors. It's bad enough that Microsoft is releasing a security patch ahead of its regular release date. The exploit is particularly easy to unwittingly pick up, so you should get the patch right away....

Let's Start A Deathpool For 15" Monitor Size. I Call 2009.

LCD monitors are getting bigger and more affordable. Likewise LCD televisions. Although slightly more expensive, the LCD monitors are competing against TVs now, as their increased functionality makes up for their slightly higher prices. Digitimes does some research into the near future and and predicts who'll be buying what and how much...

Apple, EMI Team Up For DRM Free Music

The music industry's answer to music piracy is DRM(Digital Rights Management) software. While many record labels claim it's necessary to combat piracy, there's a growing number of consumers that feel it infringes on their rights as customers, keeping them from listening to their tunes on any device they wish. In an effort...

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors...

Could AMD Be The First To Ship 8-Core CPUs?

While it's a short news post, it does contain an interesting tidbit of information.  It seems that AMD is planning to follow the strategy of rival Intel by sticking two of their upcoming quad-core CPUs on one die and calling it an 8-core CPU. Intel is using the same strategy at the moment with their quad-core designs, which are really...

Hardware Roundup

For your daily hardware roundup, let's start with TechReport and their review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.   If you're looking for something a bit smaller, say mATX, then check out this review of the ASUS M2A-VM HDMI by OCWorkbench. Motherboards.org is also looking at an ASUS motherboard today, the ASUS...

Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX

Just in case you're the type who likes to jump straight down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Foconn's GeForce 8800 GTX. Here's a snip from the piece: "With so many vendors offering G80-based products, it is difficult to...

Hey Kids, Rock And Roll

One of the more unexpected winners in the video game wars is the Guitar Hero franchise. Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2 have sold over 3 million copies. EA Games is currently working on taking the franchise to its logical next step and expanding it to four controllers, one each for guitar, bass, drums and vocals. They call it: Rock Band....

Imagine No Encryption. It's Easy If You Try.

EMI music announced today that their catalog of digital music will be made available, starting with Apple's iTunes download service, without Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. Apple's iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) is the first online music store to receive EMI's new premium...

The Seven Billion Dollar Boutique Business

You've already read five hundred articles announcing the death of the music CD business. You'll probably read five hundred more. Slate examines the music obituary page, and determines it's just the people that want to sell you an overpriced disc filled with music you don't want from a store with huge overheads that are...

Ten Of The Best April Fool's Day Hoaxes

If you've done any browsing today, you've probably stumbled across a ton of corny April Fool's Day jokes already. From recalled GeForce 8800 cards to 10,000 Watt power supplies, the stories seem to be endless today. Even Google has gotten in on the action. Keeping with the spirit of the day, Breitbart (by way of the San Diego...