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All News for May 2009

HDMI 1.4 Brings Ethernet, 3D, 4K Support To A/V

HDMI 1.4 Brings Ethernet, 3D, 4K Support To A/V

Remember the days when we weren't even sure if Sony's PlayStation 3 would rely on HDMI to output its high-definition content? Seems like an eternity ago, right? Today, HDMI is a home theater mainstay, and a practical guarantee on any piece of new A/V equipment. We're even seeing it pop up on lower-end notebooks these days, which certainly...

Sony's PSP Go Handheld Breaks Cover

Sony's PSP Go Handheld Breaks Cover

Welp, looks like Sony's cat is sufficiently out of the bag. With E3 scheduled to get underway next week in California, Sony's biggest secret for the show is a secret no more. Just hours ago, official images leaked of what will reportedly be called the "PSP go." This new PlayStation Portable looks to be a smaller, more compact version of the...

Sanyo’s Latest Xacti Camcorder Supports Eye-Fi

Sanyo’s Latest Xacti Camcorder Supports Eye-Fi

Sanyo introduced the latest product in its Xacti camcorder series. The new DMX-WH1E is the same as the DMX-WH1 but with the added support for Eye-Fi cards. Using an Eye-Fi card, the camcorder can transmit still images and videos directly to PCs and to online photo sharing sites using a wireless LAN connection. As you’ll recall, the Eye-Fi...

Sony Ericsson Unveils PS3-compatible Phone

Sony Ericsson Unveils PS3-compatible Phone

As part of its Christmas line-up of products, Sony Ericsson introduced a new phone that will allow consumers to connect to their PS3 gaming consoles remotely. The new phone, known as Aino, will let users access media content such as music, videos, and photos from the PS3 while on the go. Sadly, Aino will not allow users to play games or access...

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro: 500GB, Bus-Powered

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro: 500GB, Bus-Powered

Other World Computing's Mercury line has been around for what feels like years now, and as far back as we can remember, the crew  has looked like this. Taking a note from LaCie on "if ain't broke, don't fix it," the company is instead choosing to simply upgrade the capacity and features while keeping the look the same. The latest on-the-go...

Hulu: Coming to a desktop near you

Hulu: Coming to a desktop near you

In an effort to "provide the best video viewing experience possible" on our "lappity-toppity boxes," Hulu has launched a desktop app that eliminates the need for a browser when watching vids.They thought of all their fans, and created a PC and a Mac version. It gives you a full-screen view that you can control with your mouse and keyboard...

Palm Pre And Storm 2 Coming To Verizon Wireless

Palm Pre And Storm 2 Coming To Verizon Wireless

Wow -- Sprint cannot be fond of this. Yesterday, Verizon Wireless' CEO proudly stated that his company would be carrying the Palm Pre...just a week before it launches "exclusively" on Sprint. At CES, Palm announced that Sprint would be its one and only US launch partner for the Pre, and at the time, it seemed like a huge boon for Sprint. Apple...

Palm Unveils Additional webOS Details

Palm Unveils Additional webOS Details

Palm showed off the latest features of its webOS platform at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. The three new features the company showcased included Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Palm media sync can seamlessly synchronize music with iTunes,...

Xbox 360 Sales Looking Good, LIVE Services Too

Xbox 360 Sales Looking Good, LIVE Services Too

Here lately, it's been Nintendo bragging about massive sales numbers. This week, however, it's all about Microsoft. First comes the launch date of Bing, and now we're told that the firm's Xbox 360 is selling like hotcakes. In fact, sales of the unit have surpassed 30 million worldwide, which ain't too shabby for a company that just leaped...

Dell Cedes Gaming Spotlight to Alienware

Dell Cedes Gaming Spotlight to Alienware

As one of the largest computer makers in the world, Dell has offered its own line of gaming machines for years. After Dell purchased Alienware, however, Dell’s XPS gaming line became blurred with its Studio multimedia computer line. Around this time last year, rumors began to circulate that Dell was planning to kill off its XPS line. Dell...

Numark and Genius Bring Turntable To Video Games

Numark and Genius Bring Turntable To Video Games

A few years ago, turntables were reserved for hardcore DJs and beat-mixers. Today, they're everywhere. In cellphones, in homes and now, in video games. And we're not talking about no-name third-party manufacturers, we're talking about big names in the industry. For example, Numark and Genius just announced Scratch: The Ultimate DJ Videogame...

Microsoft's Bing Decision Engine Live June 3rd

Microsoft's Bing Decision Engine Live June 3rd

Just what the world needs, right? Another search engine. Before you just pass Microsoft's efforts up as futile, we should point out that 'Bing' does actually look rather promising. Of course, Wolfram Alpha is but a long lost memory in most minds by now, so it remains to be seen how much traction Bing will receive when staring down the almighty...

Vista, Server 2008 SP2 Public Downloads Avail.

Vista, Server 2008 SP2 Public Downloads Avail.

Waiting for official, non-TechNet, non-MSDN access to Windows Vista SP2? Well, you can now download it. Remember, this is a combined service pack for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Service Pack 1 is a prerequisite for installing Service Pack 2. Highlights of the changes, many of which have already been delivered separately, include:...

Wikipedia Bans Scientology IP-Addressed Edits

Wikipedia Bans Scientology IP-Addressed Edits

Wikipedia has decided enough is enough. After too many self-serving edits by the Church of Scientology, Wikipedia has decided to ban edits from IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.Here's a word for the church though: proxy server. At any rate, regardless of whether or not the Church manages to get...

Razer Introduces Sphex Ultrathin Mousepad

Razer Introduces Sphex Ultrathin Mousepad

We haven't seen anything new from Razer since the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the company is stepping up big for the gaming crowd with its newest mousepad. Designed for those who hate feeling as if their frag-machine is on a raised surface, the Sphex "gaming grade desktop skin" is reportedly the planet's thinnest gaming surface.Designed...

Drug Smugglers Target Electronics Companies

Drug Smugglers Target Electronics Companies

It’s becoming more and more common that U.S. Customs agents are finding smuggled drugs in shipments traveling to the U.S. from Mexico. Electronics manufacturers are among the mix of manufacturers who have been targeted by various smuggling and hijacking attempts. Last month, U.S. Customs agents got a surprise when they checked a trailer of...

AT&T Leaps To HSPA, Promises LTE in 2011

AT&T Leaps To HSPA, Promises LTE in 2011

So, what do you do when legions of iPhone users continue to suck down massive quantities of mobile data? If you're AT&T, you promise an even faster route to do so. This week, America's exclusive iPhone carrier has just announced that it will be upgrading its 3G network and readying it to deliver "considerably faster mobile broadband speeds."...

MSI Launches Two New Notebooks

MSI Launches Two New Notebooks

MSI is expanding its lineup once again, this time with two new notebooks. The new EX723 targets users looking for entertainment, while the new GT729 satisfies those looking for speed and power. The EX723 features a 17-inch LCD with a resolution of 1440 x 900. This 16:10 screen is capable of displaying DVD caliber images for your gaming and...

Harman Kardon Launches BDP 10 Blu-ray Player

Harman Kardon Launches BDP 10 Blu-ray Player

The world hardly needs another Blu-ray player that only a few in a hundred can afford, but that's exactly what we're getting with Harman Kardon's latest. Granted, this one's aimed directly at the high-end market, so we'll certainly cut it some slack there. The BDP-10 is a Blu-ray / DVD player that can also play back multimedia via USB, and...

Windows 7 Hard Drive & SSD Performance Analyzed

Windows 7 Hard Drive & SSD Performance Analyzed

Windows 7 is undoubtedly the most exciting new operating system to come out of Microsoft within the past decade--and with good reason. The user interface is superb, gone are many of the oddball Vista quirks, and the operating system is light and snappy, marking a massive 180 degree shift away from the heaviness and bloat of Vista. Despite...

HP Debuts Mini 110 and Mini 1101 Netbooks

HP Debuts Mini 110 and Mini 1101 Netbooks

Whoever said the netbook craze was coming to an end was badly misinformed. Within the past week, we've seen new machines from Sotec, Lenovo and Asus -- oh, and now HP. Expanding on the company's heralded Mini line, the HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition have been launched. Both machines were obviously designed...

Dell Ships Studio 14z Notebook, Starts At $649

Dell Ships Studio 14z Notebook, Starts At $649

Dell's Studio line is a hit. It's a drastic departure from the plain, boring enclosures that the PC maker offered for so long, and it's obviously picking up traction in the market. Hot on the heels of its ultra-small Studio XPS 13, the all new Studio 14z is aimed at the tech-savvy student and the multimedia lover alike, and just about anyone...

ATI Updates Stream Video Transcoding Runtime

ATI Updates Stream Video Transcoding Runtime

AMD will be making an ATI Catalyst v9.5 hotfix driver package available for Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) users that feature a new ATI Stream transcoding runtime. The new runtime enables faster transcoding with lower CPU usage for ATI Stream compatible applications that leverage the power of a GPU for some computing tasks, like ATI's own...

Super Talent Certifies UltraDrive SSDs For Macs

Super Talent Certifies UltraDrive SSDs For Macs

After Super Talent unveiled a 6TB SSD RAID system this morning, we're a bit baffled to see it hitting us with another item so soon. We suppose the great never rest, and thus Super Talent has decided to proclaim that its UltraDrive SSDs are all perfectly suited for use with Apple's latest line of MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Mac Pros. The outfit's...

Asus Aims To Be #3 PC Maker By 2011

Asus Aims To Be #3 PC Maker By 2011

We've always heard that setting your sights high was the best way to come close, but evidently Asus isn't up to speed on that mantra. Currently, it's the world's fifth largest PC maker, and while one might assume that it would aspire to be number one, a recent Reuters report says otherwise. In fact, it's openly aiming to grab the bronze medal...

Corsair Announces Modular 850W & 750W PSUs

Corsair Announces Modular 850W & 750W PSUs

Corsair Launches Energy-Efficient High-Performance Modular 850W and 750W Power Supplies Professional Series HX850W and HX750W offer the performance and features that enthusiasts demand, including up to 90% energy-efficiency Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance power supplies, and computer and flash memory products, today announced...

Kingston Releases 12GB DDR3 Kit for Core i7

Kingston Releases 12GB DDR3 Kit for Core i7

Kingston released the first 12GB triple-channel DDR3 kit for Core i7 systems today. Running at 1600MHz, the kit is comprised of three 4GB modules. This HyperX kit helps enthusiasts get the most out of their Intel Core i7 and X58 platforms. For more information on the kit, check out the full press release below. Kingston Technology First to...

We're receiving more spam!

We're receiving more spam!

It's not your imagination. You are getting more spam in your e-mail inbox.Symantec, which focuses on Internet security and storage, issued a report this week that said a stunning 90.4 percent of e-mail on corporate networks this month was unsolicited. That's a 5.1 percent jump over April.The report highlights:• Spam – 90.4% in May (an...

Super Talent Intros 6TB SSD-Based PCIe RAIDDrive

Super Talent Intros 6TB SSD-Based PCIe RAIDDrive

Super Talent is at it again on the SSD front, this time trotting out a new heavy-duty workstation with up to 6TB (yes, terabytes!) of speedy solid state storage. The newly announced PCIe RAIDDrive Workstation taps into the company's RAIDSSD technology and is based on Intel's quad-core Core i7 CPUs and Super Talent's 1333MHz DDR3 DIMMs. The...

AMD Phenom II Hardcore Overclocking Event

AMD Phenom II Hardcore Overclocking Event

Located in the heart of Texas, the city of Austin is known for many things. Nicknamed Silicon Hills, the state capital accommodates an army of tech companies including the one and only Advanced Micro Devices, better known as AMD. From May 20th to the 22nd, AMD brought in some of the biggest names in the extreme overclocking scene with the...

VIA's Nano CPU Finds Shuttle's XS29F SFF PC

VIA's Nano CPU Finds Shuttle's XS29F SFF PC

Wow Shuttle, branching out, are we? The company made famous for delivering rectangular barebones kits that ruled the SFF roost for years is now spreading its wings and delving into more low-power type rigs. Don't believe us? Have a look at the latest release from VIA, which proves that Shuttle is accepting VIA's Nano CPU in its newest small...

Zune HD Confirmed: Microsoft

Zune HD Confirmed: Microsoft

A high-definition version of the Zune, Zune HD, which we wrote about earlier when images and specs were leaked to the Web, has been finally confirmed by Microsoft. For more on our earlier speculation, check out our own Daniel Beguns' conversation with TechVi's Randall Bennett and Macworld's David Chartier here. As far as official word from...

Silicon Power Launches eSATA/USB SSD II Drive

Silicon Power Launches eSATA/USB SSD II Drive

Silicon Power Portable eSATA/USB SSD II Portable Drive ~ Dual Interface, Twice the Experience Silicon Power, the leading brand among Solid State Disk (SSD) Manufacturers lifts the benchmark another notch with their new Portable eSATA / USB SSD II. It is the world’s first eSATA (eSATA; External Serial ATA) /USB dual interface portable SSD drive....

Rambus Looks To Take DDR3 RAM Beyond 3200Mbps

Rambus Looks To Take DDR3 RAM Beyond 3200Mbps

Leave it to Rambus to keep the memory industry from resting on its laurels. Currently, DDR3 has a data rate limit of 3200Mbps, but all that's gearing up to change. Announced today, Rambus has unveiled a set of innovations that can advance computing main memory beyond said limit, and needless to say, these "advancements" are available now for...

Microsoft Takes On Google with Bing Search

Microsoft Takes On Google with Bing Search

In recent months, Microsoft’s ads have tried to convince us that Apple computers are expensive and not worth the high price. Now, Microsoft is targeting Google’s search engine with its latest marketing campaign. The software giant is preparing to launch an $80 to $100 million ad campaign for Bing (previously known as Kumo). Bing is the company’s...

Mac Clone-Maker Psystar Files For Bankruptcy

Mac Clone-Maker Psystar Files For Bankruptcy

You remember Psystar, don't you? How could you not, right? The company famous (or should we say infamous?) for forging ahead with production on Mac clones even as lawsuits from Apple piled up has finally caved, but not to Apple. No, it has caved to the pressures of financing a business.According to a new report up at The Mac Observer, the...

NTT Com Hits 200Gbps On Its Transpacific Network

NTT Com Hits 200Gbps On Its Transpacific Network

Proud of your broadband transfer rates, are you? Have a glance at this. NTT Communications Corporation has just announced that it has surpassed 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) on its transpacific network, which is pegged as "the highest bandwidth currently available." For those unaware, NTT Com is the largest telecommunications company in Asia...

Intel Unveils Nehalem-EX Octal-Core Server CPU

Intel Unveils Nehalem-EX Octal-Core Server CPU

Intel just held a press conference in which the company spoke about its next-generation server processor, currently code-named Nehalem-EX. As its name suggests, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which debuted with the Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series processors. The Nehalem-EX series however, will be decidedly...

Nokia's Ovi Store Goes Live In Select Markets

Nokia's Ovi Store Goes Live In Select Markets

It has taken awhile, but Nokia's response to Apple's App Store is finally open for business. After being teased a few weeks ago, Nokia has announced that its Ovi Store is now live in select markets, with AT&T looking to join in here in the United States later this year. Nokia customers can surf over to store.ovi.com on their device browser...

JVC Unveils HD LCD Targeted at Digital SLR Users

JVC Unveils HD LCD Targeted at Digital SLR Users

JVC Launches New Full HD LCD Monitor That Targets Digital SLR UsersWith wider color space, 42-inch class super slim, lightweight Full HD monitor faithfully reproduces the colors, detail and texture of high resolution still photos made by digital SLR cameras. WAYNE, NJ, May 26, 2009 – Establishing a new category in flat panel TV design, JVC...

Intel Reportedly Delaying Core i5 Processors

Intel Reportedly Delaying Core i5 Processors

Oh, brother -- again already? Just days after we heard that Intel was delayed its long awaiting Itanium chip to better its performance before shipping, in flies word that the chip maker is delaying yet another processor, and this one's arguably even more significant. Needless to say, Intel's Core i7 has been a huge hit with gamers and multimedia...

Twitter, The Game Show

Twitter, The Game Show

Is this the business plan that Twitter has been searching for? At the very least, it's something. On Monday, Twitter, Reveille Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners announced a plan to develop an unscripted (i.e. reality) series based on the service. Few details about the series have emerged. We know that it’s going to be a “competitive...

Bee Swarm Traps Workers in Gamestop Store

Bee Swarm Traps Workers in Gamestop Store

Colony collapse disorder (or CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. One might think the employees of this video game store in New York City were wishing CCD would happen outside their store. It was a GameStop store in New York City near Union Square. Workers were trapped inside...

HP MediaSmart Server LX195 Review

HP MediaSmart Server LX195 Review

Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a...

Virus Invades U.S. Marshals And FBI Systems

Virus Invades U.S. Marshals And FBI Systems

No wonder the Pentagon is bracing for all manners of cyber warfare. Late last week, officials reported that the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service saw some of their computers "shut down" after a virus attack overwhelmed them. Reportedly, the virus stemmed from an invasion at the Marshals Service, with an FBI spokesperson noting that it was...

Sanyo's In-Dash GPS Units Rely on SSDs

Sanyo's In-Dash GPS Units Rely on SSDs

Wow, who woulda thunk it? Just a few years back, solid state drives were found in only a few extremely high end notebooks. Today, we're looking at an SSD within a navigation system. Crazy, right? Over in Japan, Sanyo has introduced its NVA-GS1609FT and NVA-GS1409DT in-dash navigation systems, both of which fall in the company's 'AV Gorilla'...

Hulu to Stream Live Dave Matthews Concert

Hulu to Stream Live Dave Matthews Concert

Hulu, an online video website known for showing full-length television shows and movies, plans to provide a live stream of an upcoming concert by the Dave Matthews Band. The June 1st concert from the Beacon Theatre in New York will be streamed live on Hulu beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST. Following the live stream, Hulu will offer on-demand access...

Lenovo Intros C300 Desktop, G550 / IdeaPad U350

Lenovo Intros C300 Desktop, G550 / IdeaPad U350

Oh my, Lenovo -- what has gotten into you? In case a new netbook -- the planet's first with Nvidia's Ion technology, at that -- wasn't enough, the company is also introducing three more new machines today. One all-in-one PC is being launched alongside two new notebooks, both of which promise adequate power and great design for a rather affordable...

Lenovo Goes Ion With 12.1" IdeaPad S12 Netbook

Lenovo Goes Ion With 12.1" IdeaPad S12 Netbook

It's shaping up to be quite the month for Lenovo. Just weeks after it unveiled a refreshed version of its IdeaPad S10 netbook (understandably deemed the S10-2), the company is dropping yet another new rig on the world. Today, the IdeaPad S12 came to light, bringing with it the title of world's first netbook with NVIDIA's Ion technology. How...

Google Chrome Gets Speed Improvements

Google Chrome Gets Speed Improvements

Google launched its Chrome browser about eight months ago. Since the browser was released, Google has been receiving quite a bit of feedback and feature requests. The company has responded to some of those requests by adding new features and increasing its focus on speed. Some of the new improvements suggested from users made it into the beta...

Palm Pre BSP Launch Guide Leaks

Palm Pre BSP Launch Guide Leaks

What appears to be an official Sprint Palm Pre "Launch Guide" has now apparently been leaked in full. The first appearance of the document was at the Precentral forums, by a poster who said "The rep sent me a Pre Launch Guide intended for Sprint internal use only." The 23-page document has a lot of what can only be called "advertising," but...

The Pope Embraces Facebook To Reach Out To Youth

The Pope Embraces Facebook To Reach Out To Youth

The Pope has embraced social networking. No, you can't poke him or send him a private message, but the Vatican has indeed launched a Facebook page for the Pope as well as a Facebook application called "The Pope meets you on Facebook" which will allow users to "receive the messages of Pope Benedict XVI through the most important social network...

Sotec's DC204A3 Netbook Has 32GB SSD

Sotec's DC204A3 Netbook Has 32GB SSD

Sotec, a brand that primarily stays in Japan behind parent company Onkyo, has just issued a new netbook that takes a unique approach on things. For starters, it includes a 32GB SSD, which is rather large compared to other netbook-bound SSDs. The DC204A3 also features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, Intel's 945GSE graphics chipset, 1GB...

Gadgets gobbling up more and more power

Gadgets gobbling up more and more power

All those cell phones, Kindles, PCs, laptops, televisions, iPods and everything else that needs to plugged in, charged up and otherwise re-energized are gobbling up 15 percent of household power. In another 20 years, that figure is expected to triple, necessitating a lot more generating capacity. A study by the International Energy Agency...

U.S. Cellular Offers Free Battery Swap Program

U.S. Cellular Offers Free Battery Swap Program

Generally speaking, cellphone carriers aren't looking out for consumers. In fact, many customers would argue that they're simply out to get them, tacking on as many fees as possible while offering lackluster service and coverage. Thus, it's quite surprising to see this. U.S. Cellular, a small, regional CDMA carrier in America, has just launched...

Acer Unveils Atom-Powered easyStore Home Server

Acer Unveils Atom-Powered easyStore Home Server

Acer announced the new Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server for customers in the US. In addition to targeting home users, Acer is also hoping small businesses that need to network multiple PCs will be interested in the new server. The easyStore Home Server will run Microsoft Windows Home Server. The server will let users access files and documents...

Survey: Airport Wi-Fi More Important Than Food

Survey: Airport Wi-Fi More Important Than Food

For the business traveler (and the traveler in general, really), Wi-Fi is important -- crucial, even. But more important than sustenance? That's exactly what was found in a recent survey by American Airlines and HP, where some 47% of business travelers responded that Wi-Fi was the "most important airport amenity, outscoring basic travels needs...

Windows 7 prices should come out mid-June

Windows 7 prices should come out mid-June

Those wondering how much Windows 7 is going to set them back have only a few weeks longer to wait - the prices for the six SKUs are expected to be revealed in mid-June.TechARP said retailers were finding out prices this month and the public prices would be released next month. Retailers had to sign non-disclosure agreements to keep the prices...

AMD Primed To Make A Move In Processor Market

AMD Primed To Make A Move In Processor Market

After years of turmoil, Advanced Micro Devices is finally taking a breather. A brief one, but a breather nonetheless. With the tables turning somewhat, AMD has recently seen Intel admitting to chip delays and staring at an imposing $1.45 billion fine from the EU over anti-competitive practices against it. That, combined with the recent divestiture...

Samsung Announces Ultra Thin Photo Frame

Samsung Announces Ultra Thin Photo Frame

Samsung announced a new digital photo frame that has 1GB of built in storage and a slim screen depth of less than one inch. The new SPF-87H Photo Frame can store up to 3,000 photos on its internal memory while being powered by a single USB cable. For versatility, the SPF-87H Ultra Slim has a ball hinge design that lets you place the frame...

Circuit City's Website Re-Opens For Business

Circuit City's Website Re-Opens For Business

It's baaaaaack! Barely two months after Circuit City, a long standing icon in the world of consumer electronics, shut its doors for goods, the doors are back open...online, anyway. After the bankrupt company was forced to liquidate everything, Systemax -- the same company responsible for sites such as TigerDirect.com and the revival of CompUSA...

Netbook Sales To Drive Mobile Data Adoption?

Netbook Sales To Drive Mobile Data Adoption?

Here's an interesting one. While the public at large may be curbing their purchasing of WWAN cards, the demand for mobile broadband is still forecast to shoot up in the coming years. How so, you ask? Simple: netbooks. With Verizon Wireless and AT&T already selling 3G-enabled netbooks for dirt cheap on contract, you can understand the sentiment...

Verbatim Intros Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse

Verbatim Intros Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse

Windows and Mac users looking for a new, sleek mouse may want to consider Verbatim’s new Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse. This new mouse uses 2.4GHz technology and a small form factor receiver. As you would expect from its name, the Color Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse comes in seven different colors: red, green, purple, yellow, pink, blue, and...

U.S. Judge Weighs DVD Copying Case

U.S. Judge Weighs DVD Copying Case

Yesterday, a Federal District Court judge in California heard arguments regarding a DVD copyright case between Hollywood movie companies and RealNetworks. Depending on what the judge rules, you and I may or may not be able to legally copy our own DVD collections to our computers. In October, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel temporarily...

Verizon's CFO Dodges iPhone Questions

Verizon's CFO Dodges iPhone Questions

Rumors have been flaring over this for as long as the iPhone has been a reality, but it sounds like they'll be quieted...at least for a little while. While speaking at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, Verizon Wireless CFO John Killian flat-out refused to answer questions on whether his company was looking into snagging Apple's cellular...

Enermax Announces ECO80+ Mainstream PSUs

Enermax Announces ECO80+ Mainstream PSUs

ENERMAX is proud to announce the availability of “ECO80+”, a new mainstream PSU series. ENERMAX recently launched the LIBERTY ECO as the successor to the LIBERTY DXX for their modular mainstream PSU series and complements their offering today with the native cable version “ECO80+”, both series supplement the higher efficiency MODU82+ &...

U.S. Army upgrades PCs to ... Windows Vista?

U.S. Army upgrades PCs to ... Windows Vista?

Just in time to prepare for an upgrade to Windows 7, the U.S. Army is upgrading to ... Windows Vista.The upgrade will include getting rid of all the Office 2003 programs and installing Office 2007 in its place, and is scheduled for a Dec. 31 completion date. Half the Army's computers (they have 744,000 desktop units) have Office 2007 so far...

Sony Considering PSP Music Store & Game Rentals?

Sony Considering PSP Music Store & Game Rentals?

Gamers are well aware that E3 is just around the bend, and whispers are sure getting hopes up around the web. Microsoft is expected to unveil a motion sensing system to compete with Microsoft's Wii, Sony just might debut a new thin PlayStation 3, and the PSP just might snag game rentals and music downloads. According to various sources, we're...

Itanium Delayed Again While Intel Improves It

Itanium Delayed Again While Intel Improves It

It's hard to say if there is anything to this, but it's certainly interesting at the very least. For years now, Intel has been notoriously good at shipping its products on time. If Intel says a chip is coming in a certain quarter in a certain year, it'll be there. On the other hand, AMD has been the polar opposite; year after year, the chip...

Hitachi GST Snags Substrate Facility From WD

Hitachi GST Snags Substrate Facility From WD

Here's an interesting one. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has just snapped up a substrate manufacturing facility located in Sarawak, Malaysia from Western Digital. You heard right -- one hard drive maker is taking some property from a rival hard drive maker. In the release, we're told that the facility that Hitachi GST is taking over...

Asus Readies Eee PC Seashell, Goes Bond On You

Asus Readies Eee PC Seashell, Goes Bond On You

Just when you thought their goose was cooked and the bad guys won (whoever they are...), Asus busts a Bond-like move and shows cunning with stylish thinness.  What the heck are we talking about?  We have no idea.  Just watch the video... Asus has a pre-order page up now for the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell and if you like you can...

Microsoft To Pay $200M For Patent Infringement

Microsoft To Pay $200M For Patent Infringement

And the fines just keep on coming. Shortly after Intel was dealt a staggering $1.45 billion fine for alleged antitrust practices against the likes of AMD, Microsoft is now facing a slightly less painful $200 million payment to software ware i4i Ltd. This week, a Texas federal jury ordered Microsoft to pay the aforementioned Canadian outfit...

Marvell's SheevaPlug PC Looks Like A Wall Wart

Marvell's SheevaPlug PC Looks Like A Wall Wart

Remember the Jack PC? Hello, competition! It's pretty amazing, really -- the device pictured here is a full fledged headless PC, capable of handling pretty much every basic task that even a modern day netbook could. Designed and sold by Marvell, the Plug Computer (or the SheevePlug, officially) is a self-contained computer that simply plugs...

TomTom Announces TomTom XL LIVE

TomTom Announces TomTom XL LIVE

After the success of its LIVE Services on the premium TomTom GO line of GPS devices, the company has announced plans to make LIVE Services available for worldwide travelers through the new TomTom XL LIVE. This new GPS device will bring LIVE services to the mass market with recommended retail price of €219 for a regional version and a...

Pentax Debuts HD-Capable K-7 DSLR Camera

Pentax Debuts HD-Capable K-7 DSLR Camera

Only days after Sony introduced a trio of new entry-level Alpha DSLR camera, Pentax has delivered one of its own -- though, this one is definitely not low-end. Aimed to take on the likes of Nikon's D300 and Canon's 50D, the Pentax K-7 features a 14.6MP CMOS sensor and is the first Pentax DSLR to shoot HD video.The mid-range device is fully...

Watch movies/TV shows instantly on your PC

Watch movies/TV shows instantly on your PC

Microsoft took a gigantic leap into online entertainment this week with a new partnership with Netflix, the online/mail-order movie rental service. More than 12,000 movies and television episodes from Netflix can now be watched immediately on a PC that has Windows Media Center and runs Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. Of course, you...

Panasonic Introduces Class 10 SDHC Memory Cards

Panasonic Introduces Class 10 SDHC Memory Cards

Panasonic announced plans to launch the world’s first Class 10 series of SDHC cards in Europe and other markets at the end of this month. Class 10 is a new speed specification developed by the SD Card Association. This specification is designed to meet the needs for high resolution consecutive shooting and high definition video recording....

VIA Demos End-to-End Cryptographic Security

VIA Demos End-to-End Cryptographic Security

VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers VIA demos end-to-end cryptographic security solutions at Computex 2009 Taipei, Taiwan,  May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security...

D-Link Ships Outdoor Business-Class 802.11n WLAN

D-Link Ships Outdoor Business-Class 802.11n WLAN

D-Link introduced its first commercial grade 802.11n WLAN solution that targets small and medium-sized businesses. This new offering has a built-in heater and rugged exterior chassis so that it can be used in outdoor environments. The new D-Link AirPremier N Selectable Dual-Band Access Point (DAP-3520) features integrated 802.3af PoE support...

Pyramid Research Says LTE Will Grow Very Quickly

Pyramid Research Says LTE Will Grow Very Quickly

If a new research report from Pyramid Research is correct, the number of Long Term Evolution (LTE) subscriptions worldwide will grow 404% from 2010 to 2014. This pace is faster than any previous mobile standard to date. The report identifies the main technical and business drivers as well as many of the challenges LTE is likely to encounter....

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 Memory Hits 2533MHz

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 Memory Hits 2533MHz

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 Memory Hits 2533MHz, Sets World Record for DDR3 Memory Frequency Fremont, CA, May 20th, 2009 – Corsair, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for DDR3 frequency on a Core i7 system.Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of DDR3-2533MHz with the aggressive memory timings of 7-8-7-20 using a...

Asus Unveils ROG OC Station

Asus Unveils ROG OC Station

Hassle-free Hardware-based Overclocking with the ROG OC Station-- Cutting-edge Bay-mounted Device with Brilliant LCD Screen Delivers Easy Overclocking in Sublime Style -- Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world’s leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction...

Intel Details Pine Trail Platform And Moblin v2

Intel Details Pine Trail Platform And Moblin v2

We already knew that Intel was pushing Moblin mighty hard, but now the evidence of its fondness is just overwhelming. In a new deck of slides released this week, Intel has detailed Pine Trail and Moblin, hailed as its next generation platform for netbooks and nettops. Intel also made known that Moblin version 2 Beta was now available for download.Speaking...

MSI Intros 790FX/790GX Winki Edition Mobos

MSI Intros 790FX/790GX Winki Edition Mobos

After a brief hiatus to take care of some pressing notebook matters, MSI is back on the motherboard train. If you'll recall, the company introduced its first desktop-centric Instant-On operating system back at CeBIT, and now it's getting official with the first motherboards to ship with it included. The new AM3 790FX and 790GX mainboards are...

Laptop Hunters Ads Adds Value (Perception)

Laptop Hunters Ads Adds Value (Perception)

Microsoft's Laptop Hunters ads are making an impact on the perception of Windows computers vs. Apple computers in terms of value, according to BrandIndex. That's been the key point in Microsoft's ads, that there are more choices and lower prices among Windows PCs. The data from BrandIndex shows that Apple's value score among the key 18 - 34...

Kingston Intros SSDNow M Series SSD Upgrade Kits

Kingston Intros SSDNow M Series SSD Upgrade Kits

We know what you're thinking: "Sheesh -- another new SSD that I likely can't afford?" And we're here to say: "Well, sort of." Today, Kingston Technology is indeed offering up two new solid state drives, but not in the fashion you're used to. Rather than announcing the drives alone, the company is introducing its SSDNow M Series Bundles, which...

WD My Book World Edition NAS Device Review

WD My Book World Edition NAS Device Review

The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS VH236 LCD Monitor @ PhoronixGalaxy GeForce 9600 GT LP Review - Low Power, Low Profile @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus M4A79T Deluxe AM3 790FX Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksMemory and Storage:6GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Club OverclockerKingston SSDNow M Series 80GB SATA 2.5 Bundle Kit @...

Gmail Adds Automatic Message Translation

Gmail Adds Automatic Message Translation

Leveraging its Google Translate service, Gmail Labs has added yet another feature: automatic translation of incoming email. You can turn the feature on by going to Settings, Labs, Message Translation.  Remember, this is a Labs feature, so consider it "beta." Unfortunately, the only messages we have readily on hand that are not in English...

Microsoft Outs LifeCam VX-2000, BlueTrack Wares

Microsoft Outs LifeCam VX-2000, BlueTrack Wares

Microsoft may not be the first vendor you think of when looking for a new webcam, but sure enough, the company has just introduced a new one. The LifeCam VX-2000 is the newest member of the growing LifeCam family, and priced at under $30, it's apt to fit most budgets. It transmits VGA video and possesses a built-in microphone, and apparently...

Samsung Jack Smartphone Lands On AT&T For $99.99

Samsung Jack Smartphone Lands On AT&T For $99.99

Ah, the BlackJack. Samsung's long-standing smartphone family has grown another, but the newest member has dropped the "Black" and stuck strictly with "Jack." Launching today exclusively on AT&T in the US, the Jack features Windows Mobile 6.1, 3G connectivity, a sleek keyboard and support for instant messaging and access to multiple e-mail...

OCZ Technology Introduces Summit Series SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces Summit Series SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces Summit Series SSDsOffering a Premium Storage Solution with Ultimate Compatibility and Reliability San Jose, Calif. — May 19, 2009 — OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit...

DisplayLink Ships New USB Graphics Processors

DisplayLink Ships New USB Graphics Processors

DISPLAYLINK SHIPS HIGHER PERFORMANCE USB GRAPHICS PROCESSORS DELIVERING HD GRAPHICS TO NEW SAMSUNG LAPFIT DISPLAYS PALO ALTO, Calif., May 19, 2009 – Extending its expertise in USB graphics technology, DisplayLink Corp. has launched three new processors that deliver even more performance and power to USB 2.0 graphics applications – and are...

Danger Mouse Releasing Blank CD In Defiance

Danger Mouse Releasing Blank CD In Defiance

Record label done you wrong? Not a problem if you're Danger Mouse. In a rather bizarre story, the famed music maker and producer (who is one-half of the group Gnarls Barkley) has decided to release a blank CD as his next album. Yes, a blank CD. If you'll recall, group System Of A Down released an album a few years back entitled 'Steal This...

Google CEO to grads: "Turn off your computers"

Google CEO to grads: "Turn off your computers"

Perhaps a couple of decades ago, someone like Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt would have been urging college graduates at their commencement to turn on computers, learn the latest technology, spur us forward.This being now, Schmidt instead suggested to graduates at University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University that they turn...

Wal-Mart Testing Game-Trading Kiosks

Wal-Mart Testing Game-Trading Kiosks

There’s good money to be made in buying and selling used video games. With big players such as Amazon getting in on the action, competition is sure to heat up quickly. The latest retailer that’s trying to get a piece of the pie is Wal-Mart. The retailer recently leased space to automated kiosk manufacturer e-Play.   As a result of the...

Office 2010 Preview Hits P2P Sites

Office 2010 Preview Hits P2P Sites

Although it's still having trouble getting people to move from Office 2003 to Office 2007, Microsoft said a week ago at the TechEd conference that it would launch an invitation-only Technical Preview Program of the new Office in July. Never let that sort of thing stop BitTorrent downloaders, apparently. Leaked copies of the Technical Preview...

Asus Intros Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card

Asus Intros Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card

Two sound cards in a week -- could it be true? Believe it or not, yes. Just days after Asus introduced its Audiophile Xonar DS 7.1 7.1, the company has unveiled its Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card. Described as the planet's first HDMI 1.3 audio card with true Blu-ray audio playback designed to fit HTPCs of all sizes, the card can actually bitstream...

HP HDX 18t Premium Series 18" Notebook Review

HP HDX 18t Premium Series 18" Notebook Review

HP's HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook is a mammoth 18" desktop replacement machine with a wealth of multimedia-targeted features and capabilities on board. With a stylish, glossy exterior, large keyboard area with touch-sensitive illuminated buttons, a TV tuner and remote control, this machine screams Media Center PC. It has a fair bit of gaming...

Palm Pre Launching June 6th On Sprint: $199.99

Palm Pre Launching June 6th On Sprint: $199.99

At long last, we can wonder no longer. After waiting months and months, Palm and Sprint have finally come to an agreement on when the company's forthcoming flagship product will launch: June 6th. Originally announced this past January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the much-hyped Pre was slated to hit Sprint sometime during...

Dell 10.1" Latitude 2100 Netbook, For Education

Dell 10.1" Latitude 2100 Netbook, For Education

One could say it was just a matter of time, but it seems as if Dell is following in the footsteps (in principle, at least) of the likes of OLPC (with its XO) and Intel (with its Classmate PC). Today, the company responsible for the gorgeous Studio XPS line and the heralded Inspiron family has introduced a different breed of notebook, the Latitude...

Iomega eGo USB Hard Drives Get Rugged Upgrade

Iomega eGo USB Hard Drives Get Rugged Upgrade

Iomega updated its range of eGo USB portable hard drives. The new generation of Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives is powered by USB 2.0 and features rugged styling. To help protect data stored on the drive, the eGo comes with a suite of bundled data protection software including the new Iomega Protection Suite. The Iomega Protection Suite includes...

Japan's Street View Needs a Do-Over

Japan's Street View Needs a Do-Over

Google's Street View product has gain notoriety worldwide, but not always for good reasons. People at some locations have even chased the Street View car out of the area. But in Japan, due to privacy reasons (and short fences), critics have risen to the fore. Yes, Google was using cameras which were just a tad bit too tall for Japanese fences,...

Wal-Mart to Carry Palm Pres: WSJ

Wal-Mart to Carry Palm Pres: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that contrary to reports, Best Buy will not have retail exclusivity on the Palm Pre as many have reported. Instead, Wal-Mart will also sell the expected-to-be-hot new device. The tidbit of information comes from a story that focuses on Wal-Mart's plans to fill the gap left by the closure of Circuit City,...

Guitar Hero 5 to Include Band Moments

Guitar Hero 5 to Include Band Moments

The game industry often relies on sequels as opposed to new ideas to bring in big profits. With a game like Guitar Hero, however, there’s not a whole lot you can do except add new songs to the playlist or offer a band sequel such as the Van Halen edition. Even though these new additions are great because the game concept sells well in general...

New TF2 Video Short: Meet The Red Spy

New TF2 Video Short: Meet The Red Spy

In preparation for the Spy / Sniper Update coming this Thursday to Team Fortress 2 via Steam, Valve has released the latest video in the "Meet the Team" series, featuring many of your favorite characters from the game... "You've met the Scout, the Soldier, the Demoman, the Heavy, the Engineer, and the Sniper. Then, for some reason, a sandwich....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:PowerColor Radeon HD 4670 Review @ Digital Trends20.1" Soyo MT-NI-DYLM2086 DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers @ TestFreaksMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Maximus II Gene Intel P45 mATX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgASRock M3A790GXH/128M AMD 790GX+SB750 Review @ OCWProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Review @ Hardcoreware.netMemory...

Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Sneak Peek

Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Sneak Peek

Back in March, BigFoot Networks announced plans to release PCI Express-based versions of their Killer NIC, dubbed the Killer Xeno Pro and Killer Xeno Ultra. In addition to all of the features offered by the original Killer NIC, the new Killer Xeno versions were to come with more on-board memory, an upgraded network processing unit (NPU), and...

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell Pre-Order

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell Pre-Order

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell Launches in North America with an Ultra Slim and Stylish Design -- The ultimate travel companion is now available for pre-order -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (May 18, 2009) - ASUS, the innovator that revolutionized the mobile computing industry with its Eee Family, today announces the availability of the long-awaited Eee...

T-RAM and Global Foundries Join Forces

T-RAM and Global Foundries Join Forces

T-RAM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES enter into Joint Development Agreement for application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes MILPITAS, Calif. - T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. (T-RAM) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement targeted toward the application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM...

Napster Re-launches, Offers $5/month Plan

Napster Re-launches, Offers $5/month Plan

Napster unveiled its latest plan to compete in the subscription music space by offering a $5 per month service that is similar to what Zune users enjoy. Through Napster’s latest offering, you’ll enjoy a combination of on-demand music streaming and five tracks to download and keep each month. At that price, you basically buy five tracks each...

OCZ Technology Neutrino Netbook Review

OCZ Technology Neutrino Netbook Review

We know what you're thinking. You're thinking that this is just another netbook by yet another manufacturer trying to ride the wave of popularity -- and at a glance, we'd say you're right. Upon further investigation, however, you'll find that OCZ Technology's Neutrino is actually a horse of a different color, so to speak. Design-wise, it's...

Will Windows 7's Higher Cost Hinder Adoption?

Will Windows 7's Higher Cost Hinder Adoption?

Believe it or not, Windows 7 is about to take the computing world by storm. If all goes to plan, we'll see Microsoft's latest (and hopefully greatest) OS on store shelves by the time 2009 draws to a close, but it remains to be seen who all will be jumping to upgrade. According to Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business...

Take-Two Sues Duke Nukem Forever Developer

Take-Two Sues Duke Nukem Forever Developer

Seriously folks, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. In fact, this is the stuff that pure comedic gold is made of. Duke Nukem Forever, which is arguably the most highly hyped game to never emerge in official fashion, was thought to extinguished forever when 3D Realms (its developer) went under earlier this month. Weeks later, the game...

TDK Reveals SDG2A Line Of 2.5" SSDs

TDK Reveals SDG2A Line Of 2.5" SSDs

Can the world really handle yet another SSD manufacturer? We'll soon be finding out, as TDK Corporation has just developed a solid state drive line of its own. The SDG2A series -- a range of Serial ATA II-compatible SDDs with a maximum memory capacity of 64GB -- has just burst onto the scene, proving that the company really is capable of pushing...

Sony Intros Three New Alpha DSLR Cameras

Sony Intros Three New Alpha DSLR Cameras

We've had every reason to believe that these were real, but finally we're seeing Sony itself pull the trigger on an official confirmation. Starting the week off in style, the company is introducing not one, not two, but three new Alpha models in its burgeoning DSLR range. Aimed primarily at first- and second-time DSLR buyers, the DSLR-A380,...

WM 6.5 is Complete.  We Care Why?

WM 6.5 is Complete. We Care Why?

Doesn't anyone use a press release any longer? It was bad enough that press releases were being supplanted by blog posts, but now they are being replaced by tweets. Microsoft engineers announced on Thursday via Twitter that Windows Mobile 6.5 has been completed. Our assumption is that it has been released to manufacturing. It's done, and we...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512H-B Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review @ PCSTATS.comASUS ENGTX260 Matrix GeForce GTX 260 @ BmRECS GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownNvidia GeForce GTX 275: Worthy Rival to Radeon HD 4890 @ XbitLabsSparkle Calibre 9800 GTX+ Video Card Review @ TechwareLabsProcessors:Phenom II Processors and DDR3 Memory @...

OCZ Z-Drive Sneak Peek, SSD RAID PCIe Card

OCZ Z-Drive Sneak Peek, SSD RAID PCIe Card

It's not all that often that we post something up in the news just for the drool factor alone.  However, we'd go so far as to say that this little slab of circuitry classifies as a proverbial technological "hey-now!"  Certainly, SSDs and Solid State Storage solutions in general are all the buzz these days but this is the first...

Verizon Wireless Offers Subsidized Netbook

Verizon Wireless Offers Subsidized Netbook

If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a subsidized netbook, but would prefer Verizon Wireless over AT&T, you won’t have to wait any longer. Today, Verizon Wireless began offering the HP mini 1151NR for $199.99 with a 2-year mobile broadband agreement. The $199.99 price tag is after a $50 mail in rebate. We’ve known Verizon Wireless...

Freecom Outs World's Smallest 3.5" Ext. HDD Case

Freecom Outs World's Smallest 3.5" Ext. HDD Case

Freecom's ToughDrive Sport External HDD, which was unveiled just a few months back, already had our attention, but now the company's aiming even higher by introducing a new product with a "world's first" label attached. The all new Mobile Drive XS is the world's smallest 3.5" external hard drive, and it sits well beside the Mobile Drive XXS,...

A color Kindle? Not yet, anyway

A color Kindle? Not yet, anyway

Remember back in ancient computer times, say the late '80s and early '90s, when your only choice for a computer screen was black, with white, orange or green typeface?That model has long since been discarded in favor of full-color screens, which are much easier on the eye and, frankly, more attractive. But then the Kindle e-book reader came...

Tony Hawk Ride Coming With Skateboard Accessory

Tony Hawk Ride Coming With Skateboard Accessory

Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc., we're beginning to wonder if there's any end to the madness in sight. Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD4850 Vapor-X 512MB Video Card Review @ Club Overclocker ATI RADEON HD 4890 1024MB @ iXBTMotherboards and Chipsets: DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 MicroATX LGA1366 Mainboard Review @ XbitLabs ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene X58 Micro ATX Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksProcessors: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review...

Fennec for WM Finally Reaches Alpha

Fennec for WM Finally Reaches Alpha

Fennec, or Firefox Mobile, has finally reached the magic Alpha milestone. Prior to now, it was only available for the Nokia N800 / N810, or you could use a pre-Alpha version on the HTC Touch Pro. It wasn't all that encouraging that the first pre-Alpha release had a showstopper bug.On Friday, Mozilla announced that the Windows Mobile version...

Toshiba: World's First Laptop With 512GB SSD

Toshiba: World's First Laptop With 512GB SSD

Back in April of 2008, Toshiba proclaimed that the notebook's future was in flash and SSD. Looks like it's making good on its own prophecy, doesn't it? Just months after announcing a half-terabyte sized solid state drive for 2009, the company has just unveiled its first (and the world's first, so it claims) notebook with a 512GB SSD within....

Dell Selects VIA Nano CPUs For Unique New Server

Dell Selects VIA Nano CPUs For Unique New Server

With Intel getting hit with that massive $1.45 billion fine this past week, it's got the whole technology industry thinking about the ins and outs of antitrust. Granted, we fully expect that Dell has had this here deal cooking for some time now, but the timing of this introduction is almost poetic. For the longest while, Dell has offered processors...

MSI Shows Off GX723 Gaming Notebook

MSI Shows Off GX723 Gaming Notebook

MSI launched its latest flagship gaming notebook, the GX723. This 17-inch desktop replacement centers on a 512MB GeForce GT 130M graphics chipset that is good enough to run modern games smoothly. The notebook also offers MSI's Turbo Mode which lets you overclock the Core 2 Duo processor as long as the system is on AC power. The GX723’s display...

OCZ Introduces New High Performance DDR2 Memory

OCZ Introduces New High Performance DDR2 Memory

OCZ recently expanded its lineup of DDR2 memory to include new high-speed 4GB kits that will operate and excel at low voltages. These latest kits provide enthusiasts with a way to achieve breakneck frequencies without exceeding 1.8V. OCZ plans to release the low-voltage DDR2 kits under the high-end Blade and Platinum series. Read on for full...

MSI Details Its Twin Frozr Cooling System

MSI Details Its Twin Frozr Cooling System

Heat is always a concern for any power system builder. To help meet the thermal dissipation demands of power users, MSI introduced its Twin Frozr thermal design. We originally learned about the Twin Frozr cooling system when it was first introduced with the N285GTX SuperPipe in March. Now, MSI is pushing the cooling system into the spotlight...

Sans Digital Adds Mini-SAS TowerRAID Drives

Sans Digital Adds Mini-SAS TowerRAID Drives

Sans Digital definitely isn't a household name in the NAS / external storage industry, but the outfit's latest devices are definitely sharp. So sharp, in fact, that we could see them giving the latest from LaCie a run for the design dollars. This week, the company expanded its TowerRAID series by adding mini-SAS interfaces. The TowerRAID TR4X...

WEPC Site Crowd-Sourcing Your Next Notebook

WEPC Site Crowd-Sourcing Your Next Notebook

When was the last time a major OEM reached out to you and asked for direct, personal input on what you'd like to see in an upcoming notebook or netbook product?  Chances are your response is something to the effect of "never" or not since the day they started using them fancy LCDs versus the port-hole sized monochrome tubes...

Intel CEO Voices Positivity About Future Sales

Intel CEO Voices Positivity About Future Sales

Good news for Intel, chip makers, PC manufacturers and the economy at large: Intel's CEO is seemingly upbeat about the industry, and recently stated that things were "so far, so good" in Q2. The comment came from the top man Paul Otellini, where we was addressing analysts during a conference call this week. Specifically, he noted that chip...

4-Way SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Kingston, ST

4-Way SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Kingston, ST

The SSD market is incredibly hot at the moment. Not only is there a consistent influx of new products that seemingly leapfrog the previous generation in nearly every way, but already established products have been treated to firmware updates that enhance their performance and capabilities as well.Over the course of the last few months, we...

Ubuntu One Opens Up The Cloud For 9.04 Users

Ubuntu One Opens Up The Cloud For 9.04 Users

Well, well -- we suppose it was only a matter of time. Just about anyone who is anyone is diving head first into the cloud phenomenon (that includes Google, Panda, AMD and CherryPal to name a few), and thus, so will Ubuntu. What's likely the world's most well known flavor of Linux has decided to debut another varient: Ubuntu One. Canonical...

Super Talent's UltraDrive SSD Performance Tool

Super Talent's UltraDrive SSD Performance Tool

We're not quite sure what to read into this, but Super Talent has quietly issued a firmware update that sounds an awful lot like the update Intel issued around this time last month. Surely you remember that, right? Essentially, Intel's otherwise fantastic X-25M and X-18M solid state drives were shown to degrade with time under very specific...

HP Recalls 70,000 Laptop Batteries

HP Recalls 70,000 Laptop Batteries

Well, has it only been since October since the last high-profile recall of laptop batteries? Indeed it has. On Thursday, HP announced a recall of 70,000 laptop batteries due to overheating issues. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's announcement, there are two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting...

Google's Service Outage IPv6 Related

Google's Service Outage IPv6 Related

Google's services outage today was apparently Google mucking with something on the backend, in a sort of "don't touch if it ain't broke" mistake. Admittedly, we're being snarky, as Google was working on something that definitely needs addressing, but it still made a major impact on systems around the world. It's the old "we are running out...

Clearwire & Cisco Team Up for WiMAX

Clearwire & Cisco Team Up for WiMAX

Clearwire and Cisco have formed an alliance to expand WiMAX services throughout the U.S. and offer additional devices that will work with the WiMAX standard. Under the terms of the partnership, Cisco will provide the network backbone for Clearwire’s national WiMAX network. In addition, Cisco will build new mobile devices that are compatible...

Logitech Debuts Harmony Adapter for Sony's PS3

Logitech Debuts Harmony Adapter for Sony's PS3

Logitech has certainly dabbled in the gaming realm before, but this is arguably its most impressive venture yet. For years now, home cinema enthusiasts have wondered why Sony added in Bluetooth remote control capabilities over the far more widely accepted RF radio. At long last, a company with a trusted record in the remote industry is stepping...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 Review @ AMDZoneATI RADEON HD 4770 (RV740) 512MB @ iXBTInno3D GeForce 9800 GT review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 790FX Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksZotac's IONITX-A Mini-ITX board @ TR-NewsASUS Rampage II Gene LGA1366 mATX Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksZotac...

A-DATA Bringing New Storage Lineup To Computex

A-DATA Bringing New Storage Lineup To Computex

Computex 2009 is just around the corner, which means lots of new notebooks and obviously, lots of new storage options. A-DATA is getting a leg-up on everyone else by announcing that it will be on hand in Taiwan to introduce its high-performance memory modules, the highest speed CompactFlash (CF) cards in the industry, new SSD products, trendy...

Mac OS X 10.5.7 Adds Radeon HD 4870 Support

Mac OS X 10.5.7 Adds Radeon HD 4870 Support

There’s good news for Mac Pro owners: the latest Mac OS X 10.5.7 update offers support for ATI's Radeon HD 4870 card. The Radeon HD 4870 graphics card has been an option for new Mac Pro buyers since the Mac Pro was refreshed in March. Around the same time, Apple began offering a Radeon HD 4870 kit for Mac Pros manufactured since 2008. Since...

Dell Intros Mini 10v, Inspiron 537 Desktops

Dell Intros Mini 10v, Inspiron 537 Desktops

Dell has pushed out quite a few new machines of late, and it's not showing any signs whatsoever of slowing down. This week, the company has expanded its iconic Inspiron line by adding in a new netbook, a few new slim and mini-tower desktops and six new colors for the Inspiron 15 lineup.Starting with the smallest of the bunch, we've got the...

Anti-Piracy Legislation Passes French Senate

Anti-Piracy Legislation Passes French Senate

It only took a month after the fiasco that prevented the HADOPI legislation from passing for the French Assembly and Senate to regroup, and on Wednesday HADOPI, the "three strikes" anti-piracy legislation passed the French Senate.  It had passed the French National Assembly on Tuesday.The fiasco we reference above occurred when overconfidence...

Asus Intros Audiophile Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card

Asus Intros Audiophile Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card

While not quite as exciting as Asus' bevy of new notebooks this morning, the newest card in the growing Xonar line will certainly tantalize those scouting an audiophile-level sound device. The Xonar DS 7.1 Channel Audio Card gets back to the basics by ditching the HDMI output on the Xonar HDAV1.3 and offering up the more traditional 3.5mm...

Slingplayer Crippled (Mobile) Hits the App Store

Slingplayer Crippled (Mobile) Hits the App Store

Slingplayer Mobile for the iPhone has reached the App Store, or rather, finally been approved for the App Store but --- and here's the rub --- in a somewhat different (and some would say crippled) form than beta. Beta versions of the app allowed operation under wi-fi, EDGE and 3G (not that anyone would want to use EDGE). The released version...

Asus Unveils Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, UX50, U80V

Asus Unveils Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, UX50, U80V

Asus is planning to roll out a number of new notebooks and netbooks that are outfitted with updated enclosures, ultra-low-voltage processors and keyboard and touchpad lighting, among many other features. The Asus UX50 is a lightweight notebook featuring an Intel Core 2 Solo SU33000 ULV processor, the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell is the latest netbook...

Corsair Unveils Sub-Ambient Cooler for PC Memory

Corsair Unveils Sub-Ambient Cooler for PC Memory

Corsair announced the new Corsair Cooling range of advanced cooling solutions for Dominator and Dominator GT modules. The new cooling solutions use the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 water-block and Ice Series T30 thermo-electric cooler. This technology can cool memory to below room temperature and provide enhanced overclocking performance....

Hardcore Phenom II Overclocking--6.2GHz Anyone?

Hardcore Phenom II Overclocking--6.2GHz Anyone?

Earlier today, Gigabyte sent us a link to a video featuring some hardcore overclocking that we thought many of you would like to see. In the video, Chew*, a member of the XtremeSystems community, overclocks an AMD Phenom II X4 955 processor on GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P and GA-MA790FX-UD5P motherboards, and shows his results using air, phase...

D-Link Adds CAPTCHA to Home Routers

D-Link Adds CAPTCHA to Home Routers

In an effort to protect against automated attacks, D-Link has added CAPTCHA protection to its line of home and small office routers. Most of us have dealt with CAPTCHA at some point in time, but this is the first time we’ve seen it on a router. CAPTCHA, which stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart,...

MSI Adds Power eSATA to Several Products

MSI Adds Power eSATA to Several Products

MSI will provide a number of its products with an integrated Power eSATA connector. This connector eliminates the need for an extra power connector for eSATA-compatible devices. The eSATA interface lets computer users take full advantage of the faster connection speeds of the SATA interface for external devices. In fact, MSI states that Power...

Sprint Launches MiFi 2200 Mobile EV-DO Router

Sprint Launches MiFi 2200 Mobile EV-DO Router

Verizon Wireless already announced that Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot would soon be sold and operable on its network, and now that company's main US competitor is doing the same. Today, Sprint came forward to announce that the very same device -- albeit with a new, shiny aluminum shell and a Sprint logo -- is coming...

PowerColor PCS++ HD4890 Debuts

PowerColor PCS++ HD4890 Debuts

TUL Corporation announced a powerful addition to the PowerColor HD4890 series today. The new PCS++ HD4890 is an advanced version of the PCS+ HD4890 with overclocking abilities. The PowerColor PCS++ HD4890 offers a default 1010MHz core speed and 1100MHz memory speed. The PCS++ HD4890 inherits many key features from the PCS+ HD4890 including...

Asus Debuts P6T7 WS SuperComputer Motherboard

Asus Debuts P6T7 WS SuperComputer Motherboard

Calling this motherboard one fit for a "supercomputer" is probably stretching things, but we've no doubt that Asus' latest mainboard is built for serious abuse. The P6T7 WS SuperComputer Workstation Motherboard (catch all that?) is billed as the "most revolutionary and powerful Parallel Computing solution available to date." The board is equipped...

HP, Dell, Apple Owners Combine NVIDIA Lawsuits

HP, Dell, Apple Owners Combine NVIDIA Lawsuits

Five different lawsuits, from owners of Apple, Dell and HP laptops have combined their lawsuits against NVIDIA over defective GPUs that were shipped in possibly millions of computers. In some cases, OEMs have modified the BIOS in an attempt to keep the GPUs from overheating, but the change reduces battery life and performance. NVIDIA admitted...

AMD Breaks 1GHz GPU Barrier With Radeon HD 4890

AMD Breaks 1GHz GPU Barrier With Radeon HD 4890

We always knew this day would come, but we certainly wouldn't have guessed May 13th, 2009. At any rate, AMD has today proudly announced the planet's first 1GHz graphics processor (without third-party / user overclocking, of course) with the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU. If you'll recall, we actually benchmarked the standard 850MHz version early...

Intel Fined A Record $1.45 Billion By EU

Intel Fined A Record $1.45 Billion By EU

Boy, those suits in the European Union sure know how to dish out the fines. Just over a year after the EU ordered Microsoft to pay fines totaling $1.3 billion for withholding critical information from developers, the same entity has come forward and slapped Intel with a record-setting fine of $1.45 billion. Talk about unceremonious record...

French Natl Assembly Approves Three Strikes Bill

French Natl Assembly Approves Three Strikes Bill

About a month after rejecting the same law, the French National Assembly on Tuesday approved a three-strikes downloading law, 296 votes in favor to 233 against. The bill now moves to the Senate where approval is expected in a Wednesday vote. HADOPI, named after the agency that will be formed if the law passes, "Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP Video Card @ PCShopTalk AMD Radeon HD 4770 On Linux @ PhoronixATI Radeon HD 4890 vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 @ TechspotMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard @ CPU3DECS A790GXM-AD3 Review @ OCCASUS M3A78-T 790GX AM2+ Motherboard Review @ PC PerspectiveECS A790GXM-AD3 motherboard...

Chip Transition Opens Door For NVIDIA Ion

Chip Transition Opens Door For NVIDIA Ion

It's pretty obvious that NVIDIA understands the opportunity that's in front of them, but just in case anyone is oblivious, Research and Markets is making sure the point is clear. With the CPU becoming less and less important (and the GPU, hardware encoders and broadband speeds gaining in importance), there's a huge opening for fringe processing...

Rentech To Convert Urban Waste To Green Power

Rentech To Convert Urban Waste To Green Power

Thought this whole "green" thing was just a fad? Think again. Rentech, Inc. announced today a plan to construct a plan to build a plant in Rialto, California for the production of ultra-clean synthetic fuels and electric power from renewable waste biomass feedstocks. Pretty sophisticated, no? The Rialto Renewable Energy Center (Rialto Project)...

Asus Intros New Dual-Tuner My Cinema PCI-e Card

Asus Intros New Dual-Tuner My Cinema PCI-e Card

Taking a break for dishing out new notebooks and netbooks, Asus is today unveiling its newest device for tuning into OTA broadcasts via an HTPC. The newest product in the My Cinema line packs an absurdly long name: My Cinema-EHD3-100/NQA/FM/AV/MCE RC Dual Hybrid TV Card. What that tries to explain in so many words is that it can record and...

NZXT Introduces Cryo S Notebook Cooler

NZXT Introduces Cryo S Notebook Cooler

Want a notebook cooler for your blazing new notebook? Perhaps NZXT’s new Cryo S will suit your needs. This notebook cooler is designed to keep your gaming notebook cool to allow for the best possible performance. The cooler is made from brushed aluminum and features two 120mm fans that are adjustable and can be used with any notebook that’s...

Intel Creates Visual Computing Research Center

Intel Creates Visual Computing Research Center

Man, Intel sure hasn't been shy about breaking out the checkbook of late. Just a few months after it allocated $7 billion for investments in chip plants, the company has decided to set aside another $12 million in order to create a Visual Computing Research Center in Europe. What for, you ask? To "explore advanced graphics and visual computing...

Zotac Unleashes Blu-ray Ready Mini-ITX Platforms

Zotac Unleashes Blu-ray Ready Mini-ITX Platforms

When NVIDIA introduced its Ion platform late last year, the news generated quite a bit of buzz. Today, Zotac released its new Ion-based motherboard. Zotac’s Ion features an integrated CPU and GPU with high-definition video playback and SATA RAID capabilities in a single mini-ITX platform. With an integrated Intel Atom processor, the Zotac...

Zotac IONITX-A NVIDIA Ion-Based Motherboard

Zotac IONITX-A NVIDIA Ion-Based Motherboard

NVIDIA's Ion platform generated quite a buzz when news first broke of the company's plans late last year. As such, we've been keeping on top of Ion-related developments and have posted a number of stories related to Ion, beginning with our coverage of the platform at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We followed that up with an evaluation...

LaCie Enhances NAS Line with Two New Products

LaCie Enhances NAS Line with Two New Products

LaCie added the LaCie 2big Network and 5big Network to its NAS product line. The product upgrades bring improved performance, enhanced features, comprehensive backup support, and capacity expansion. The LaCie 5big Network offers a Gigabit Ethernet connection and features five hot-swappable drives that support seven RAID modes. With its expanded...

Home for the Holidays?  Windows 7

Home for the Holidays? Windows 7

Last week, Acer told us that Windows 7 would be available on its new all-in-one Z5600 PC starting on October 23, 2009. Nice, but it would have been nice if Microsoft would have confirmed the date, right? Well, on Monday, Microsoft didn't give us a date, but at least it gave us a quarter. In a press release, as well as a statement at Microsoft...

Garmin Nüvifone G60 Delayed

Garmin Nüvifone G60 Delayed

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60, we’re afraid we have some bad news. Garmin’s long-anticipated, much-hyped entry into the smartphone market has been delayed again. Garmin originally planned to launch a nüvifone in the third quarter of 2008. More recently, the company announced a partnership with...

Corsair Releases 256GB High-Performance SSD

Corsair Releases 256GB High-Performance SSD

Corsair Announces New 256GB High-Performance Solid-State Drive Advanced Controller and Drive Technologies Deliver Industry-Leading Performance and Compatibility Fremont, CA, May 11th, 2009 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance...

McAfee: "Zombie PCs" Up 50% Since 2008

McAfee: "Zombie PCs" Up 50% Since 2008

Here's a way to get attention to your product: suggest that it can prevent consumers' PCs from becoming a "zombie." Believe it or not, a new report from McAfee suggests there has been a 50% increase in the number of detected "zombie computers" since 2008. You're terrified already, aren't you?According to a BBC report, a zombie PC is simply...

Lenovo Debuts Tweaked IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook

Lenovo Debuts Tweaked IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook

It's not often that you see a manufacturer release a self-proclaimed "incremental update" to an existing product (firmware refreshes notwithstanding), so Lenovo's new IdeaPad S10-2 is certainly noteworthy. The original IdeaPad S10 first surfaced last autumn, and rather than delivering a true successor, Lenovo has opted to dole out a Revision...

Acer Joins Open Patent Alliance To Push WiMAX

Acer Joins Open Patent Alliance To Push WiMAX

We've seen Acer demonstrate a few of its notebooks with WiMAX modules built in, so it's no real surprise to hear that this very company has decided to join the Open Patent Alliance (OPA), a group dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX. In fact, Acer has...

Netgear Intros 1U Rack-Mount ReadyNAS 2100

Netgear Intros 1U Rack-Mount ReadyNAS 2100

Netgear's ReadyNAS line has been steadily growing, expanding and adapting over the years, and that's definitely evident with the newest family member. The ReadyNAS 2100 is a rack-mount system rather than a standard rectangular box that attaches to one's desktop, and it's obviously aimed at prosumers and small businesses in dire need of serious...

PowerColor Radeon HD 4890 LCS

PowerColor Radeon HD 4890 LCS

The PC scene is constantly evolving as businesses and individuals make use of next generation products that increase productivity or provide higher levels of entertainment. Bigger, better, faster - these are the insatiable desires of consumers. It doesn't matter if we're speaking of gigahertz or gigabytes, the demand endures and companies...

iPhone Users Sucking Down Major AT&T Data

iPhone Users Sucking Down Major AT&T Data

This, friends, is the definition of "caught between a rock and a hard place." You see, AT&T is desperate to hang on to its iPhone exclusivity, particularly now that Verizon Wireless is reportedly looking to coerce Apple into producing a version for its CDMA network. On one hand, keeping the iPhone close to the chest enables AT&T to...

Shuttle Cmdr. to Tweet Answers to Qs from ISS

Shuttle Cmdr. to Tweet Answers to Qs from ISS

NASA's getting Twitter-ific. Not only is astronaut Mike Massimino tweeting updates in preparation for the Hubble mission scheduled to launch Monday, in NASA's next shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June, shuttle commander Mark Polansky is inviting followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he will answer from...

RapeLay Defended by Japanese Game Maker

RapeLay Defended by Japanese Game Maker

Last week, the New York-based Equality Now launched a campaign this week "against rape simulator games and the normalisation of sexual violence in Japan." One developer of such rape simulator games wasn't impressed.In fact, the developer in question, Illusion Studio, was the focus of an earlier post of ours, written about the game "RapeLay,"...

Garmin Offers Rugged GPS Handhelds

Garmin Offers Rugged GPS Handhelds

We’ve looked at rugged digital cameras, now let’s talk about rugged GPS. Garmin recently launched the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t touchscreen handheld GPS devices. These GPS handhelds combine a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a 3-axis compass and a 3-inch sunlight readable touchscreen display. What’s more, these GPS handhelds are waterproof....

Nokia Ovi Store to Open with 20,000 Apps

Nokia Ovi Store to Open with 20,000 Apps

Nokia is attempting to make up for some lost time by making a big splash with its upcoming Ovi Store. With over 20,000 titles ready to go at launch, Nokia is in a good position to compete with Apple’s App Store which has about 40,000 apps. Nokia’s number of titles at launch is a sharp contrast to many of today’s first app stores. For example,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:MSI Radeon HD 4890 1GB OC Graphic Card Review @ NinjalaneSapphire Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX Performance @ BmRSapphire Radeon HD 4830 @ TWLATI RADEON HD 4890 Crossfire Video Card Setup @ PCShopTalkGeForce GTS 250 Roundup (ASUS, Gigabyte, Sparkle, EVGA) @ Hardware CanucksMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI Eclipse SLI X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard...

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

It's the second Sunday in May, which as you all should know, makes today Mother's Day. News is flowing rather slowly, and most of the HotHardware team is spending time with their families, but we wanted to check in any way to wish all of the mother's out there a great day. If you're not a mom--and let's face it, most of you reading this aren't--we...

Pentagon Looks To Better Prep For Cyber Warfare

Pentagon Looks To Better Prep For Cyber Warfare

As it turns out, Swine Flu just might be the least of our worries on a national scale; according to a top official within the US government, cyber espionage and attacks from terror groups are the biggest threats to the country's military computer networks. We've seen time and time again that attacks on our network infrastructure can bring...

MSI Introduces Syren Line Of Audio Products

MSI Introduces Syren Line Of Audio Products

MSI is busting out another bag of tricks today, deviating from its usual onslaught of notebooks and graphics cards to offer up a number of audio products. The appropriately named Syren series aims to deliver dream-worthy sound, and at least initially, the family will consist of the SyrenSound X-Fi high-end sound card, the SyrenPhone Gaming...

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results For Q1

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results For Q1

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Company grows revenue 38 percent and reduces inventory days from 144 to 64 compared with prior quarter SANTA CLARA, CA — NVIDIA Corporation today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended April 26, 2009. For the first quarter of fiscal 2010,...

Van Halen Coming to Guitar Hero

Van Halen Coming to Guitar Hero

Fans of the best-selling Guitar Hero video game series will have even more songs to fuel their fantasies of pop glory. Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Guitar Hero: Van Halen is in the works according to video-game blog Joystiq. No specific tracks have been named, but Activision has said it will include music from guest bands such as...

Intel Partners With Novell To Push Moblin OS

Intel Partners With Novell To Push Moblin OS

It's been some time yet since we've heard anything new regarding Intel's homegrown Moblin operating system, but just when you thought that Intel (and the industry at large, really) was letting go of all hope when it comes to UMPCs and MIDs, in flies this. Despite the fact that netbooks have entirely overshadowed highly portable pocket PCs,...

Microsoft Intros Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Microsoft Intros Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

When Windows Vista was nearing launch, Microsoft offered an Upgrade Advisor program. Wanting to be sure to repeat the past (except, of course, for Windows Vista's poor adoption rate), Microsoft has released a beta version of a Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It doesn't go into the same amount of detail that the Windows Vista Advisor does, which...

Panasonic Announces Pricing for Lumix GH1

Panasonic Announces Pricing for Lumix GH1

Do you remember Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-GH1 that can record HD video? Panasonic has finally announced recommended pricing and availability for the camera. Expect the Lumix DMC-GH1 to be available for purchase in June for a suggested retail price of $1,499.95. The camera will come as a kit with the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA...

Sparkle Introduces GeForce GTX 260 1792MB GPU

Sparkle Introduces GeForce GTX 260 1792MB GPU

Sparkle definitely isn't the most prominent video card maker out there, but that's not to say it doesn't push out some rather interesting products. Take, for example, the new GeForce GTX 260 1792MB, which obviously has more RAM than some entire gaming rigs. Unlike lots of competitors, Sparkle uses a custom PCB which provides enhanced power...

New Search Engine Scoopler Searches in Real Time

New Search Engine Scoopler Searches in Real Time

As instantaneous as the Web can be, most search engines--Google included--suffer from a bit of a time lag. The search engines can only link to pages and sites that the search engines have scraped with their Web crawlers or spiders and other indexing tools. This means that the latest entries on the quick-changing-content sites like Twitter...

Asus Livens Up Eee PC Line With Seashell 1008HA

Asus Livens Up Eee PC Line With Seashell 1008HA

If you're in the market for a new ultraportable, you should definitely take a glance at Asus' newest offerings. Branching out from its basic Eee PCs and monsterous gaming rigs, the company has followed up its stylish U Series with the Eee PC Seashell 1008HA, a computer that's barely worthy of the Eee PC name. In fact, we'd say it could be...

Samsung Debuts SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 Camcorders

Samsung Debuts SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 Camcorders

Obviously Samsung has a thing for unique looking camcorders, and that's absolutely on display with the company's latest two devices. The SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 were both ergonomically designed and shoved inside of rather small enclosures in order to make 'em perfect for family getaways and the occasional backyard barbecue. The new SMX-C14 and...

Camcorders, Not DVD Ripping: MPAA to Teachers

Camcorders, Not DVD Ripping: MPAA to Teachers

As you may know if you've been reading this site for a while, the U.S. Copyright Office is holding its triennial hearings on exemptions to the DMCA. One of the exemptions being sought would broaden one granted film and media professors in 2006 to rip DVDs (so they could use the clips in teaching) to other teachers as well. Naturally, there's...

Antec Mini-P180 Advanced Mini Tower

Antec Mini-P180 Advanced Mini Tower

Finding the right chassis for a system build is like setting up the foundation before building out the design of your computer and working your craftsmanship into the intricate details of component selection and configuration. Start with a good foundation that caters to your build requirements and you're bound to have a better overall end...

Samsung Adds Slim Touch of Color LCD Monitors

Samsung Adds Slim Touch of Color LCD Monitors

Samsung Electronics announced the release of its 70 Series Monitors. The three new monitors (models P2070, P2370, and P2370HD) offer a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1 for deep, rich colors. To minimize blurring during fast-action game play, the monitors feature a 2ms (GTG) video response time. The P2070 and P2370 have slim screen depths...

iSuppli: SSD Energy Savings Could Power A Nation

iSuppli: SSD Energy Savings Could Power A Nation

We've always heard that solid state drives really were better for the environment (and your power bill), but evidently we've grossly underestimated just how much less power these things consume compared to traditional HDDs. Or either this report is just glorifying the numbers, one. According to new research from iSuppli, the use of SSDs could...

Microsoft Spends Big Bucks On Wild Research

Microsoft Spends Big Bucks On Wild Research

For the thousands of Microsoft employees that were just handed pink slips this week, we're certain they're none too pleased to hear that their now-former employer is already thinking of spending cash. Of course, Intel has also pulled a similar trick lately, scaling back in some areas while devoting around $7 billion in R&D to other aspects...

Mininova Begins Filtering Copyrighted Torrents

Mininova Begins Filtering Copyrighted Torrents

While The Pirate Bay is perhaps the best known of all the BitTorrent tracking sites, Mininova, based in The Netherlands, is the biggest. And like The Pirate Bay, it's facing litigation. Now just a few days before their court appearance (May 20th), Mininova has started to filter content. The site is using a third party content recognition system...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Diamond HD 4770 Review @ OCCASUS Radeon EAH4870X2 Tri-Fan Graphics Card @ TweaktownSparkle Calibre P980 @ NeoseekerDell S2409W 24-inch LCD @ PhoronixSamsung SyncMaster P2370 23-Inch LCD Monitor Review @ FuturelooksASUS ENGTX260 Matrix GeForce GTX 260 896MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgSapphire Radeon HD 4770 512MB and CrossFire...

CyberPower Announces LAN Party Commander System

CyberPower Announces LAN Party Commander System

CyberPower announced its latest Intel Core i7 system today. The new LAN Party Commander features a the CM Storm Scout case which comes with a 140mm front intake fan as well as 140mm top and 120mm rear exhaust fans. The Scout also has a reinforced carrying handle to make it easy to tote this system to your next LAN party. The base CyberPower...

In-Flight Internet To Soar Over Next Few Years

In-Flight Internet To Soar Over Next Few Years

Without question, one of the greatest new technologies the world has to offer is in-flight Wi-Fi. There's hardly anything more liberating than knowing your six hour haul from NYC to SF will be eased with Wi-Fi access -- though an AC outlet would surely be nice. At any rate, research company In-Stat has issued a new report suggesting that nearly...

MAINGEAR Brings Back F131 Hot Rod Gaming PC

MAINGEAR Brings Back F131 Hot Rod Gaming PC

MAINGEAR had a hit with the F131 hot rod gaming PC, so the company decided to bring it back. The latest F131 is better than ever with up to three ATI 4890 graphics cards in CrossFireX and up to 8TB of hard drive space with modular, hot-swappable SATA connectors. You’ll also find advanced liquid cooling with the Domino ALC from CoolIT Systems...

Duke Nukem Forever Gone Forever?

Duke Nukem Forever Gone Forever?

Duke Nukem Forever, the epitome of vaporware, seems to now be gone forever. On the other hand, it's not as though any of us were holding our breath for it. In multiple reports, 3D Realms, the Texas-based developer of past Duke Nukem games, is said to have shut down. Take-Two (planned publisher of the game) VP, of communications Alan Lewis...

Verizon Offers Multi-User Mobile Hotspot Router

Verizon Offers Multi-User Mobile Hotspot Router

Road warriors who frequently need to set up temporary virtual offices will be happy to learn that Verizon is set to release a 3G-based mobile hotspot device, called the Verizon MiFi 2200, on May 17. The MiFi is a small, rechargeable-battery-powered CDMA (EV-DO Rev. A)-based device that permits up to five 802.11b/g wireless devices to simultaneously...

NVIDIA Brings Tesla GPU Technology To Dell PCs

NVIDIA Brings Tesla GPU Technology To Dell PCs

Look out, world -- the supercomputer just got personal. For the longest while, NVIDIA had been pushing its potent Tesla GPU technology as the stuff that was tailor made for crunching atmospheric pattern data and renders in a new motion picture. Thanks to Dell, however, all that power can now arrive on your doorstep. Starting today, NVIDIA's...

Asus Debuts Stylish U Series Notebook Lineup

Asus Debuts Stylish U Series Notebook Lineup

If you prefer to ingest your notebook news in bite-sized pieces, you won't enjoy the feast that Asus just laid out one bit. Answering MSI's ultra-sleek X-Slim family is Asus' U Series, a rather attractive line of new machines aimed to be lightweight and highly fashionable, not to mention useful. In Asus' words, these provide both form and...

Intel Goes Rock Star In New Marketing Campaign

Intel Goes Rock Star In New Marketing Campaign

Nice going, Intel. No really -- you've started our morning with quite the laugh. Just hours after we heard that AMD was refocusing its efforts in the microprocessor space, in flies media from Intel showing that it's not about to leave the limelight to the folks at Advanced Micro Device for even a millisecond.The chip maker has decided to retool...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB @ TechgageSapphire HD 4890 Atomic Edition Review @ OCCNanovision Mimo UM-710 USB Secondary Monitor Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58 Motherboard @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:Spire SP331CB CombiPod USB Hub/Card Reader Review @ TweaknewsSeagate FreeAgent Theater...

PhotoFast G-Monster-Promise SSD Offers 1000MB/s

PhotoFast G-Monster-Promise SSD Offers 1000MB/s

Enthusiasts and power users will want to pay attention to this: PhotoFast announced its fastest solid state disk to date. Reportedly, the new G-Monster-Promise SSD can reach speeds up to 1000MB/s. The drive connects to an x8 PCI-Express slot and comes in capacities of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The drive supports MLC flash and features a ECC DDRII...

Telecommuting's carbon footprint isn't so small

Telecommuting's carbon footprint isn't so small

It's easy to sit at your desk at home, telecommuting and think how much you're saving the environment by not driving one of those fossil-fueled cars on the Interstate.Today, New Scientist had this to say about that: Not so fast. Estimates quoted by the magazine were that it may take 152 billion (yes, with a B) kilowatt hours per year to power...

App Turns Bluetooth Phones Into Proximity Locks

App Turns Bluetooth Phones Into Proximity Locks

Phoenix Technologies has just released a free application for Windows XP and Vista systems that uses the proximity of your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to tell your computer when you are away from it and therefore when to lock access to your system. This new app is called Phoenix Freeze, and Phoenix is billing it as security, power-saving,...

AMD: Now Ready To Fuse GPU and CPU Technologies

AMD: Now Ready To Fuse GPU and CPU Technologies

It's no huge secret that AMD hasn't been shattering sales records or blowing away Wall Street pundits of late. In fact, it's been years since Advanced Micro Devices had the kind of steam behind it that firms like MSI, Intel and Apple are enjoying right now. In a late-breaking report, the Sunnyvale-based company has just announced an all new...

PrimeTime2Go Brings Mobile TV To BlackBerry

PrimeTime2Go Brings Mobile TV To BlackBerry

Believe it or not, RIM's BlackBerry App World -- which is basically the App Store for BlackBerry smartphones -- has been ticking now for a solid month. Thus, it's fitting to see one of its most promising bits of software go live today. QuickPlay Media, a provider of mobile video, has just announced that its PrimeTime2Go premium mobile TV service...

Amazon Debuts $489 9.7" Kindle DX E-Reader

Amazon Debuts $489 9.7" Kindle DX E-Reader

Just as the rumors insinuated, Amazon has indeed launched a new Kindle. And yes, you're right in remembering that Amazon just launched a new Kindle right around three months ago -- crazy, right? In a very atypical manner, the e-tailer with a flair for making hardware has issued its second e-reader in three months, with the newest version boasting...

AMD Releases WHQL Certified Driver for Windows 7

AMD Releases WHQL Certified Driver for Windows 7

AMD Releases WHQL Certified Graphics Driver For Windows 7 on Day One of Windows 7 Logo Program WHQL Certification Delivers the Stamp of Approval to AMD Graphics Drivers, Ensuring that the Combination of ATI Radeon Graphics Cards and Drivers Delivers an Incredibly Stable, High-Performance Windows 7 Experience Underlining the company's leadership...

OSRAM Takes LED Lighting To The Streets

OSRAM Takes LED Lighting To The Streets

Time to say goodnight, fluorescents -- looks like the LED is primed to take over. As the world looks for more efficient ways to power businesses, light up streets and keep the world spinning, OSRAM has just introduced two new innovations in the LED lighting space that look to push us one step closer to finally putting those inefficient fluorescent...

The Public Gets its Chance at Windows 7 RC

The Public Gets its Chance at Windows 7 RC

As Microsoft promised, on Tuesday, the Windows 7 Release Candidate was made available to the public. It had previously been available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Here are the details from Microsoft: So do you want to put the Windows 7 RC through its paces? Just like with the Windows 7 Beta, you can register to download the Windows 7 RC...

MSI Launches MS-9A08 Embedded PC System

MSI Launches MS-9A08 Embedded PC System

Not sure if you've noticed, but MSI is a diverse company. Somehow or another, it manages to produce potent gaming notebooks, slim ultraportables and machines like the one pictured below -- a small form factor PC designed for tight applications such as digital signage, kiosks, gaming and thin clients. The MS-9A08 is hailed as an embedded system...

Dell Studio XPS 13 Ultraportable, HH Tested

Dell Studio XPS 13 Ultraportable, HH Tested

Dell's Studio line of products is a breath of fresh air to everyone who remembers the company's tendency toward "beige boxes" from days gone by. The hip, modern look embodied by the Studio moniker has rubbed off on the new Studio XPS 13, a tight-fitting ultraportable notebook with loads of style and plenty of power to go around, including...

LaCie Intros d2 Network And Big Disk Network

LaCie Intros d2 Network And Big Disk Network

LaCie has been using the same general styling for years now, but considering just how successful it has been with the simple, classic silver, we guess there's no real hurry to reinvent the wheel...or the hard drive, as the case may be. Today, the storage outfit has announced the general availability of two new high-capacity Network Attached...

Virginia Patient Records Held Hostage by Hackers

Virginia Patient Records Held Hostage by Hackers

What we have here is a data breach of major proportions that's been turned into data-napping, as well. According to a post on WikiLeaks, which you may recall is an online database of leaked documents, the hackers are asking for $10,000,000 to release 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. The hackers replaced the...

MSI Introduces GX623 And GX633 Gaming Notebooks

MSI Introduces GX623 And GX633 Gaming Notebooks

MSI is at it again, today unleashing a pair of new gaming notebooks that are quite difficult to differentiate at first glance. We'll start with the GX623, which arrives with the company's exclusive Turbo Drive Engine that enables one-touch access to overclocking. On the flip-side, the unit also includes an ECO Engine that enables it to conserve...

DDRdrive Redefines Solid-State Storage

DDRdrive Redefines Solid-State Storage

When a traditional hard drive doesn’t offer enough bandwidth to meet your needs, many users turn to solid state disks, or SSDs. These storage devices are built using memory chips. The downside is that these disks are typically very expensive.  SSDs are available with flash memory that can retain content when power is lost, but the drives...

HH & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes Rankings

HH & AMD Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes Rankings

Over the weekend, we held the official Unreal Tournament 3 deathmatch for our AMD-sponsored Economic Stimulus Sweepstakes to determine which prize packages were distributed to the five lucky winners. We left a practice server up and running for the days leading up to the official match, so the winners could hone their skills. And when all...

Lian Li Unveils Armorsuit PC-P50R Mid-Tower

Lian Li Unveils Armorsuit PC-P50R Mid-Tower

Lian Li launches ARMORSUIT PC-P50R Gaming Mid Tower ChassisFeature Packed RED Aluminum Chassis 5 May 2009, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the ARMORSUIT SERIES PC-P50R Mid Tower chassis ideal for gaming systems. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis features advanced thermal dynamics, using one fan on the front...

Dueling Firefox Extensions Make Peace

Dueling Firefox Extensions Make Peace

Many consider the Firefox extensions Adblock Plus and NoScript in positive ways.  We've also indicated that the extension system on Firefox is one reason we're not looking to change to Chrome; we have too many extensions to do so. But one problem is that there's no current way, except for ads or donations, for developers to monetize their...

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Digital Camera

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Digital Camera

We do our best to protect our cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronics from extreme weather conditions, drops, force, and water. It makes sense to do so, given that most of these gadgets don’t stand a chance against a bucket of water, accidental drop, or extreme temperatures. Realizing that life brings its fair share of bumps,...

MSI Unveils N285GTX HydroGen Graphics Card

MSI Unveils N285GTX HydroGen Graphics Card

Slim, Cool and Silent MSI unveils N285GTX HydroGen graphics card Micro-Star International (MSI), global brand manufacturer of high-end graphics cards and professional mainboard, today announced their latest N285GTX HydroGen graphics cards series. The MSI N285GTX is equipped with the exclusive all-copper Micro Channel water cooling. This solution...

Supermicro Debuts 4W And 8W Atom-Based Servers

Supermicro Debuts 4W And 8W Atom-Based Servers

Green is definitely the new black...or something to that effect, anyway. As more and more companies attempt to squeeze more horsepower out of chips while using less energy, Supermicro is looking to raise (or should we say, "lower") the bar even more. The company has just launched its 4W and 8W Atom Server solutions, each of which barely make...

Super Talent Ships Apple Certified DDR3 Memory

Super Talent Ships Apple Certified DDR3 Memory

Not long after Samsung (among others) started ramping up DDR3 memory production, Super Talent has just announced a new line of its own. The flash storage maker has today started shipping its freshest DDR3 DIMMs, which just so happen to be certified for use in Apple machines.Super Talent Director of Marketing, Joe James, had this to say about...

QNAP Launches TS-239 Pro NAS With iSCSI Support

QNAP Launches TS-239 Pro NAS With iSCSI Support

iSCSI -- now there's something you don't hear very often. A feature that has traditionally been reserved for enterprise and small business users is finally making its way onto more consumer-level devices, first with Data Robotics' DroboPro and now with QNAP's TS-239.The company's latest Atom-powered NAS looks pretty much exactly like its other...

RunCore Releases Pro IV SSDs

RunCore Releases Pro IV SSDs

RunCore has a history of offering very fast SSDs. The company recently announced its latest solid-state drive, the new Pro IV SSD. While the new drive is certainly fast, that the speed also comes at a price. RunCore claims the Pro IV Solid State drives offer superior random read and random write speeds compared to the other main stream SSD...

HyperMac Extends MacBook Battery Life

HyperMac Extends MacBook Battery Life

Most laptops could use a little more staying power. Recognizing this, Sanho Electronics created the new HyperMac external power pack that can provide any of Apple’s MacBook notebooks with up to 32 hours of continuous life. Billed as the world's first and only external battery and car charger that works with all MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook...

ASUS MBs World’s First to Support Windows 7 RC

ASUS MBs World’s First to Support Windows 7 RC

ASUS Motherboards World’s First to Support Windows 7 RC -- New Beta Drivers Available on ASUS Website Enable ASUS Motherboard Users to Run Windows 7 RC -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (May 4th, 2009) - ASUS today proved once again that it is at the forefront of motherboard innovation and technology with its announcement that ASUS motherboards are...

Xbox Exec Leaves Microsoft...For Apple

Xbox Exec Leaves Microsoft...For Apple

Contrary to the beliefs of many, job hopping isn't all that atypical for those who get placards and corner offices. Strangely enough, though, it feels as if every bigwig that leaves these days in the consumer electronics realm ends up with a Cupertino, California address. Maybe it's just because Apple's atop the world right now, but either...

RipNAS Unveils Statement SSD & Statement HDD

RipNAS Unveils Statement SSD & Statement HDD

The Atom-powered RipNAS launched at the beginning of this year. Now, the boutique retailer has introduced two new models, one of which the company is touting as “the world’s first Solid State Drive Ripping NAS”. The RipNAS Statement comes in two models: the Statement SSD (a Solid State Drive with no moving parts) and the Statement HDD (for...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:PowerColor HD 4890 PCS 1 GB @ techPowerUpGigabyte Radeon HD 4770 review at Ultimate HardwareLeadtek Winfast GTX 260 (216) Extreme+ @ NeoseekerATI Radeon HD 4770 Video Card Overclocking Guide @ Legit ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock M3A790GXH-128M (AM3) Motherboard @ CPU3DAMD Platform Showdown - Spider vs. Dragon vs. Dragon Reloaded...

Wi-Fi Taking To The Skies More Each Day

Wi-Fi Taking To The Skies More Each Day

Maybe the new slogan for the ailing airline industry should be, "Fly the wi-fi skies."Perfect for the folks who start getting the shakes when they get on an airplane and are cut off from Internet access for the duration of their flight, more and more airlines are offering wi-fi Internet access, reports CNN. And those that don't are working...

Will Apple Lower Prices On Macs This Spring?

Will Apple Lower Prices On Macs This Spring?

Apple never has been a company to cater to the lower-end. For whatever reason, it just never has had to compete on price alone. For decades, the company has made clear that the price premium associated with its products was due to the unique design and ingenuity. That said, there's hardly ever been a better time for Apple to consider dipping...

An Introduction To AMD Spin-Off Global Foundries

An Introduction To AMD Spin-Off Global Foundries

Early last week, we spent a day or so with a number of representatives from Global Foundries, learning about the company's plans for a new fab that will be built in upstate New York. The name Global Foundries may be unfamiliar to many of you, but the company's origins may not. If you remember back to October 2008, AMD and the Advanced Technology...

Norwegian Students Take Exams On Laptops

Norwegian Students Take Exams On Laptops

Hey, kids -- how would you feel about taking your next round of end-of-quarter exams without even having to pick up a pencil? No, we're not talking about telepathy (though, we kind of like the idea!), we're talking about laptop testing. In a move that we can only hope spreads encouragement to classrooms around the world, about 6,000 students...

Amazon To Launch Larger Screen Kindle This Week

Amazon To Launch Larger Screen Kindle This Week

It's official: the world is getting another Kindle. Whether or not it needs another Kindle remains to be seen, but you can bet the print media publications are all in agreement that we do. Not quite a month after we began to hear rumors that a larger screen Kindle was in the works, Amazon has officially scheduled a press conference for this...

Palm Pre to Reach Best Buy on June 7th?

Palm Pre to Reach Best Buy on June 7th?

We've said before that releasing the Pre after WWDC, which takes place starting June 9th, would be a big mistake. Reinforcing a prior rumor that the Palm Pre would launch on June 7th is a new one, which states that Best Buy will have stock on June 8th.However, accoding to BGR, what Best Buy, Palm, and Sprint may call "stock" may be as few...

The Battle for Legal iPhone Jailbreaking Begins

The Battle for Legal iPhone Jailbreaking Begins

We wrote earlier that Apple has called jailbreaking "illegal." At the same time, however, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners can unlock their phones (their "Free Your Phone" campaign), as well as be able to legally "jailbreak" their...

Ex. 10,000,000 in Why SMS While Driving is Bad

Ex. 10,000,000 in Why SMS While Driving is Bad

If you need any proof that while some states have such laws, we should probably have a federal law against text messaging while driving (or maybe even some technology), here's a great example. This bus driver, in San Antonio, TX, is trying to text, while driving disabled passengers to their destination. He pulls the phone out, and starts texting,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4770 @ InsideHWViewSonic VX2433wm 23.6-inch Widescreen HD LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgHIS Radeon HD 4770 (512Mb GDDR5) @ CPU3DAMD's Radeon HD 4770 graphics processor @ TR-NewsMotherboards and Chipsets:Intel DX58SO X58 Express Chipset Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsFoxconn Quantum Force X58 Flaming Blade Motherboard...

Vuzix Expands 3D Support For Video Eyewear

Vuzix Expands 3D Support For Video Eyewear

There's no denying that the 3D arena is just blowing up these days, and Vuzix is definitely making a name for itself. The company famous for producing those wacky eye goggles has just announced that it has expanded its 3D support to include field sequential, side by side and 3 formats of anaglyph on its AV Video Eyewear products.There's also...

Windows 7 Adds A Little Bit Of Personality

Windows 7 Adds A Little Bit Of Personality

Just in case you haven't heard, the Windows 7 Release Candidate is scheduled to hit on Tuesday, May 5. In addition to numerous bug fixes and usability tweaks since the original public beta, Microsoft has also incorporated a number of personalization options. In a note on the Windows Engineering blog, MS had this to say..."One of the most exciting...

Patriot Launches 64/128/256GB Fusion SSD Drives

Patriot Launches 64/128/256GB Fusion SSD Drives

It has been quite some time since we've heard of any new wares coming from Patriot Memory, but today the outfit is joining the quickly growing solid state drive market with a trio of devices. The company is debuting its Fusion SSD Series, a name that likely rings a bell for those familiar with the NAND Flash industry."By the addition of the...

MacBook Air Owner Gets "Unhinged"

MacBook Air Owner Gets "Unhinged"

The MacBook Air is sort of an "edgy" laptop, but in this case an owner frustrated with Apple's handling of the much-publicized Rev. A MacBook Air hinge problems, has decided to take a knife to the beast. According to "Haurum," who posted the video on YouTube, the MacBook Air sucks ... so don't buy one. In the video he indicates that he and...

Toshiba & Fujitsu Conclude HDD Business Transfer

Toshiba & Fujitsu Conclude HDD Business Transfer

Toshiba and Fujitsu Conclude Definitive Agreement on HDD Business Transfer TOKYO - Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) and Fujitsu Limited (TOKYO:6702) today announced that they have concluded a definitive agreement on the transfer of Fujitsu’s hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU)...

ASUS Launches Graphics Cards with Super ML Caps

ASUS Launches Graphics Cards with Super ML Caps

ASUS Launches World's First Graphics Cards with Super ML CapsEnjoy Up to 3.3 Times Overclocking Margin and 15oC Cooler GPUs with Self-designed ENGTX285 and EAH4890 Series Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 – ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the world’s first graphics cards to utilize Multilayer...

Will Netbook Sales Cool Post-Recession?

Will Netbook Sales Cool Post-Recession?

It's a little funny, really. Just two weeks ago, we saw a report from ABI Research asserting that netbooks were getting along just fine in the recession, and already another research firm is out to burst that bubble. Essentially, iSuppli is anticipating that netbook sales will begin to cool once our economy is completely back on track, noting...

Samsung Intros 1.5TB STORY External Hard Drive

Samsung Intros 1.5TB STORY External Hard Drive

Generally speaking, we look to companies such as LaCie when scouting a fashion-friendly external hard drive. Evidently Samsung's tired of being left out of the mix, as it has today introduced a 1.5TB solution that has quite a bit of style. The STORY Station is a desktop storage solution "designed to meet the explosive demand for external,...

Boost Customers Suffer Text Message Delays

Boost Customers Suffer Text Message Delays

It appears Boost Mobile’s new $50 unlimited everything plan has become a victim of its own success. Customers using the prepaid wireless service owned by Sprint Nextel have been experiencing delays in receiving text messages lately. According to reports, customers and dealers have complained that text messages often arrive hours late, sometimes...

Motorola Places Its Bets on Android

Motorola Places Its Bets on Android

It appears Acer isn’t the only company who’s hard at work on Android devices. During an investors’ conference call yesterday, Motorola’s chief executive Sanjay Jha said Motorola plans to launch “a few” Google Android smartphones at several different price points in the fourth quarter of this year. Interestingly, Jha didn’t even mention a word...

Acer Working Hard On A Few Android Devices

Acer Working Hard On A Few Android Devices

Wow, Acer's been busy of late. The Aspire Revo, a few new Aspire notebooks and two new all-in-one desktops -- all in April. Not to be sold short in any way, shape or fashion, the company is also hard are work on at least one Android device, and it definitely has an Android-based netbook in the rear of its mind.Acer president and CEO Gianfranco...

Disney Joins Hulu, Brings Along Lots Of Content

Disney Joins Hulu, Brings Along Lots Of Content

Hulu has suffered its fair share of criticism from dissing Boxee, but now that things seem to be ironed out between the two, we're thrilled to hear that more content is coming to the online video portal. Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal,...

Google Search Directly in Gmail, Finally

Google Search Directly in Gmail, Finally

What took so long, Google? On Thursday, Gmail got another Gmail Labs feature, Google Search right inside your inbox. It's described as follows: Displays Google search results inside your mail window, letting you quickly find things and use them when you're writing an email.To enable it, go to Settings, Labs, find Google Search and select the...

Windows 7 Targeted for October?

Windows 7 Targeted for October?

On the same day that Microsoft released the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 to TechNet and MSDN users, computer manufacturer Acer gave us a date for the release of the product, at least in a pre-loaded (on PCs) manner: Oct. 23rd. On Thursday, Acer told Pocket-lint that Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on their new all-in-one Z5600...

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition 2009

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition 2009

While most computer enthusiasts overclock their systems to get increased performance from their components, there are a select few that push the limits of hardware to another level for the entertainment factor alone. Instead of just trying to get higher frame rates for gaming or better throughput for other types of workloads, these extreme...

Century Netbook Stand: Almost A Docking Station

Century Netbook Stand: Almost A Docking Station

Well, what have we here? No, really -- what in the world is this? Japanese site Akihabara News.com has images of a completely intriguing new netbook accessory, a little something called the -- wait for it -- Netbook Stand. Designed by Century, this all-in-one device appears to be a netbook stand, cooling station and expansion dock, all in...

OWC Debuts Faster SuperDrives For Apple MacBooks

OWC Debuts Faster SuperDrives For Apple MacBooks

OWC, or Other World Computing, is notorious for pumping out upgrades when companies refuse to do so themselves -- particularly Apple. Thus, it's no shock to see it offer up faster internal SuperDrives (DVD burners) for Apple's 13" MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro.The new OWC Mercury SuperDrives offer faster burn speeds than factory – up to 8X DVD,...