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All News for June 2007

Fake Callers Being Shut Down By Congress?

Fake Callers Being Shut Down By Congress?

The U.S. Congress has recently approved a new bill, known as the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007, that makes it illegal for anyone in the U.S. using any telecommunications service to transmit misleading / inaccurate information by modifying caller ID data. Each violation could result in a fine of up to $10,000.For some, this news may mark the...

New HotHardware Forum On-Line!

New HotHardware Forum On-Line!

Hey HotHardware Fans!  As you've probably noticed, we've had a lot going on here in the last few weeks.  We recently revamped the home page to speed things up and to incorporate new features that allow you add your own comments to our news, that ease social bookmarking of our news and articles, and to generally make it easier to navigate through...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC @ XBIT Processors: Weighing the value of today's processors @ TR Intel "Mysterious" Celeron processor revealed @ InsideHW.com...

AMD To Ship Barcelona In August

AMD To Ship Barcelona In August

AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August AMD's Stable Infrastructure Strategy Enables Availability of Systems from Platform Partners in September SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream...

First Game Developer Census Published

First Game Developer Census Published

Recently CMP Game Group, a market research company that focuses on the professional game industry, compiled a census report on nearly 600 companies in North America. CMP has determined that there are over 39,000 professional developers and publishers of games in the U.S., and over 8,000 in Canada. A whopping 46% of professional game developers...

Blackberry and iPhone May Butt Heads

Research In Motion Ltd., the Waterloo company famous for its BlackBerry franchise, recently announced a 73% increase in Q1 profits, which they attributed to demand for its new products, including its (BlackBerry) Curve cell phone that was released about a month ago. The Curve integrates a music player, video player, camera, and other features,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI Radeon HD 2600 / 2400 Articles @ TechPowerUp, Phoronix, Technic3D Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP LCD Monitor @ HardwareZone Processors: Intel E6300 Budget Overclocking Review...

AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon HD 2600 / 2400

AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon HD 2600 / 2400

AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series, Delivering DirectX 10 Graphics with Built-In High-Definition Video Processing SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 28, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series, the mid-range and entry-level...

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT

At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture.  In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including the Radeon HD 2600 XT (GDDR3 and...

Intel’s Desktop and Mobile Chipsets Without DX10

Intel’s Desktop and Mobile Chipsets Without DX10

Intel’s Centrino (Santa Rosa) mobile chipsets, the GM965 and GL960s, and Intel's G35 integrated graphics chipset, which are all scheduled for launch in Q3 of 2007, will not be granted DX10 support until Q1 of 2008. Originally, the G35 chipset was supposed to come with DX10 support at its commencement. However, due to DX10 driver delays, Intel...

Is the End of the Road Near for HD DVD?

Is the End of the Road Near for HD DVD?

According to Ken Lowe of Sigma Designs, a company that develops performance integrated SoC semiconductors and markets them to the DVD industry (among many other industries), HD DVD has only a few months to live. Although the format wars commenced not too long ago, HD DVD is expected to rest in peace by fall of 2007. Just how reliable is this...

Intel X38 Chipset To Support NVIDIA SLI?

Intel X38 Chipset To Support NVIDIA SLI?

Charlie over at The Inquirer posted another blurb today stating that Intel's upcoming X38 chipset will support NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology, as well as ATI's CrossFire.  This rumor first hit during Computex, but NVIDIA reps spoke up and claimed it was false at the time.  Now The Inquirer claims that they've spoken with some unamed engineers...

Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing

Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing

Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing...

PC Power and Cooling Launches CrossFire PSU

PC Power and Cooling Launches CrossFire PSU

PC Power and Cooling Launches the CrossFire Edition Silencer 750 Quad to Complement the CrossFire Gaming Platform The New Silencer 750 CrossFire Edition now available at shop.ati.com Sunnyvale, Calif. - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: An Open Letter To ATI/AMD @ Phoronix V7 D22W12 22" Widescreen Monitor @ Motherboards.org Cable Box Liberation Looms @ Digital Trends Processors: Overclocking...

HH Forum Down For Upgrade

Please pardon our downtime today in the forum, folks.  We're upgrading our forum software package and we think you'll really like some of the new features.  We hope to have the forums back live sometime this morning. Thanks for your patience....

Vista Only Titles On XP?

Vista Only Titles On XP?

Microsoft has been eagerly awaiting the first crop of true DX10 titles to be ready, and it stands to reason that once these amazingly gorgeous titles ship Vista will become the new standard OS for many gamers.  Until then, MS has been busy making a few titles only work on Vista, such as Shadowrun.But the question of whether or not this is...

"World" of Warcraft Could Soon Become Bedlam

"World" of Warcraft Could Soon Become Bedlam

There have been recent reports that the American Medical Association (AMA) will have an upcoming vote on the subject of video game addiction and whether or not it should be considered a formal mental disorder. If the vote favors the notion that video game addiction is indeed a mental disorder, the AMA could recommend to the APA (American Psychiatric...

iPhone Service To Be Relatively Cheap

iPhone Service To Be Relatively Cheap

Apple Inc. has some good news for those who have been set back over $600 for its newest toy, the iPhone: customers will pay less in service fees as compared to other phone users. CEO Steve Jobs also announced that users can activate their iPhones via iTunes in minutes, as opposed to lining up in stores. The iPhone will be available in all...

NVIDIA Interview

Our friends across the pond at Bit-Tech have posted an interview with NVIDIA's Roy Taylor dealing with the company's 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' program, DirectX 10, Vista, and a number of other topics... "Last week, we had the chance to talk with Roy Taylor about how Nvidia works with developers under its The Way It’s Meant To Be...

VIA Introduces Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mobo

VIA Introduces Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mobo

VIA Introduces Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mainboard Combining a range of leading-edge features and connectivity, the versatile new VIA EPIA LT-Series mainboard is the complete solution for high-end POS, digital signage and networked systems Taipei, Taiwan, 26 June 2007 - VIA Technologies,...

ATI Releases Catalyst 7.6 Drivers

ATI Releases Catalyst 7.6 Drivers

ATI has released a new driver and Catalyst Control Center software package for all flavors of Windows XP and Vista.  There are a number of bug fixes incorporated into this release for both XP and Vista users and some performance tweaks as well. "Performance Improvements:  Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic performance...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Foxconn 8600 GT Overclocked Graphics Card @ I4U Samsung SyncMaster 206BW 20 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor @ Tweaknews.net Motherboards & Chipsets: Five flavors of Intel's P35...

TorrentSpy Creators Do A 180

TorrentSpy Creators Do A 180

Most people hear the word BitTorrent and immediately think piracy, but there are legitimate uses for the technology according to a group of TorrentSpy founders who are now founding a new company, FileRights.  The goal of FileRights is to allow companies who feel their content is being distributed in a fashion that isn't beneficial to them...

Backdoor Found in Quicken

Backdoor Found in Quicken

Intuit, maker of Quicken products, started using a "strong encryption" method in 2003, but apparently a backdoor has been found that might compromise passwords: "A Russian firm that provides password-recovery services says it has found a backdoor in the encryption mechanism that Quicken uses to secure password-protected files, a feature...

1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 HDD Unveiled

1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 HDD Unveiled

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 was disclosed this morning, which the hard drive manufacturer touts as “the fastest high-capacity drive to date.” The 7200.11 is the company’s first 1TB hard disk drive, achieved with the use of only four platters (as opposed to five). Power consumption is modest at 8W idle, which they say, when taken into consideration...

Tech Job Market Hot at the Moment

Tech Job Market Hot at the Moment

At the peak of the dot-com boom (June of 2000), the unemployment rate for the computer industry was 2.3 %. Right now, it is even lower at 2.1%, which certainly comes as a green light to engineers and computer scientists. This year’s cohort of computer science and engineering students can expect an advantage in an industry that has grown steadily...

CableLabs, Intel to Offer OpenCable Platform

CableLabs, Intel to Offer OpenCable Platform

CableLabs, Intel to Bring OpenCable Platform to Future Intel Consumer Electronics Products Member Companies Collaborate to Deliver Innovative Set-Top Boxes for Interactive Services SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LOUISVILLE, Colo., June 25, 2007 — Intel Corporation and...

Samsung Mass Producing 64GB SSD

Samsung Mass Producing 64GB SSD

Samsung Mass Producing Industry's First 1.8-inch, 64GB Solid State Drive, Targeted for Notebook PCs Seoul, Korea - June 25, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it has begun mass producing 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) at 64GB (gigabytes)...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Reviews @ TR , PCPer , TechGage , Hardware Secrets A Letter to AMD’s CEO @ NGOHQ...

Venezuela Gives Windows The Boot

Venezuela Gives Windows The Boot

Another South American country has ditched Windows for Linux, not exactly a new phenomenon, but Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has done just that and more. Chavez personally announced last week that the "Bolivarian Computer," a Venezuelan made PC and notebook line, will be available to the public soon in four different models and that all of them...

Video Gaming To Top Music Sales By 2011

Video Gaming To Top Music Sales By 2011

Pricewaterhouse Coopers is claiming that the sales figures for video games are going to overtake music sales by 2011: "The video gaming industry is poised to overtake the music industry in the US, with global spending on video games surpassing music spending as soon as this year, according to consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. PwC...

BlackBerry & Gov't Secrets Do Not Mix Well

BlackBerry & Gov't Secrets Do Not Mix Well

BlackBerrys can be quite useful for staying in touch, sending media, and even sending business related files.  People might want to draw the line at sensitive government data: "We're not at war with France, at least not the last time I checked, but that doesn't mean that the French want their state secrets coursing through the U.S. telecommunications...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Performance Preview

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Performance Preview

We've just posted a new article exploring the performance and overclockability of Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo E6750 processor. The E6750 differs from the older and similarly clocked E6700 in that its front side bus frequency has been increased to 1333MHz, but this isn't a simple speed bump. The E6750 is also based on a new stepping and revision...

Apple TV Security Patch

Apple TV Security Patch

If you are one of those people who already owns an Apple TV, then you might want to go into your menu and force an update.  The security patch that fixes a buffer overflow issue will not be part of automatic updates at this time. Description: A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device...

Laser TVs Will Not Come Until 2008

Laser TVs Will Not Come Until 2008

There has been a report that Mitsubishi will unveil its large-screen laser TV at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2008, even though it is still over six months away. Mitsubishi showed its first laser projection TV prototype back in April of 2006. While they predicted that laser TVs would enter the market in 2007, we now know that it will...

Google Aims to be Top Corporate Sun Harvester

Google Aims to be Top Corporate Sun Harvester

Google Inc. has installed solar panels on the roofs of two of its carports and eight of its buildings. This is only the beginning of a massive project that Google has launched, which is to build America’s largest corporate campus solar panel system. "Google has produced enough electricity from its headquarters in the last four days to watch...

Over Half of Internet Queries Answered by Google

Over Half of Internet Queries Answered by Google

Google’s search engine is the world’s most visited page. According to ComScore Inc., last month, Google furthered its lead over Yahoo and Microsoft in Internet searches to a new milestone: a majority market share. 50.7% of Internet searches done in the U.S. were done through Google, which is a gain of about 1% from the previous month. Yahoo...

"Pentium 2 Equivalent" Now 500 Times Smaller

"Pentium 2 Equivalent" Now 500 Times Smaller

Let’s go back ten years in time. Ten years ago, in 1997, Intel’s Pentium 2 processor was launched and was a big hit since it was so “fast” at the time, ranging from speeds of about 200 MHz all the way up to 400 some-odd MHz. Of course we have come a long way, and our computers have evolved into much more powerful and compact machines. Nonetheless...

Will Dell Have Its Indian Call Center In Omaha?

Dell Computer is opening up a factory in Chennai, India, to manufacture desktop PCs, and later notebooks as well. But the factory is not there to take advantage of cheap labor to make computers for the US market. India's market is poised for explosive growth, and the Chennai plant will be a foothold for Dell in the Indian subcontinent....

A Step Toward Optical Routing

A Step Toward Optical Routing

Contemporary routing solutions mainly involve electricity, which is inefficient as the process involves the conversion of bursts of light into electrons and back again. The alternative, optical routing, has been a challenge because pulses of light are difficult to control. That may soon change as scientists at Cornell University are working...

HLS Computers Have Security Issues

HLS Computers Have Security Issues

Care to guess how many computer viruses, thefts, hacker break-ins, and other security issues the Department Of Homeland Security has suffered over the past 2 years?  If you guessed over 800, you're a right! "In one instance, hacker tools for stealing passwords and other files were found on two internal Homeland Security computer systems....

Wallet-phone Becomes Big Hit in Japan

Wallet-phone Becomes Big Hit in Japan

When you think about it from a fundamental perspective, money is worthless. It’s a paradoxical statement, but money is simply paper/fibers with dead people printed on it. The only reason we value money is because we trust the government. So why not get rid of money altogether? Apparently that’s what they’re trying to do in Japan, and with...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 7950GT 512mb 550M @ Bjorn3D Samsung 275T 27-inch Wide-Screen Review @ Techgage Memory & Storage: Corsair Flash Voyager GT 8GB @ Hard-H2O Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000...

Computex 2007: Abit, OCZ, Coolermaster and More

Computex 2007: Abit, OCZ, Coolermaster and More

We know the show's over, but we've still got plenty of images and information from this year's Computex event to share. In this article, we shine the spotlight on new products from Coolermaster, OCZ, Corsair, Thermaltake, Abit and a few others. We've got details on some of Coolermaster's and Thermaltake's upcoming cases and coolers, some OCZ...

Google To Save 18+ Months Of Mayer Image Search?

Google To Save 18+ Months Of Mayer Image Search?

Google saves too much information about you, and keeps it too long. At least that's the general consensus among privacy watchdogs and various governmental agencies. But Marissa Mayer, VP of Search for Google, said Google is trying to find a way for Google to allow you to explicitly consent to archiving your search data for longer than the...

Something To Play On It Would Be Nice

Something To Play On It Would Be Nice

Sony has a lot of money and prestige riding on their Playstation 3 gaming console. Blockbuster's recent announcement that they would stock only the Blu-ray format in high-def movies might help PS3 sales a little, as the console is also a Blu-ray player. But there's been an enormous problem right from the start with it: There's really not much...

OCZ Unveils Enthusiast-Grade DDR3-1333

OCZ Unveils Enthusiast-Grade DDR3-1333

OCZ Technology Group Unleashes Enthusiast-Grade DDR3-1333 CL7 Solution Sunnyvale, Calif. — OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the newest OCZ DDR3 product addition. The leading-edge PC3-10666 Platinum Edition was developed...

Researchers Refining Art of "Cybertouch"

Researchers Refining Art of "Cybertouch"

Haptic technology refers to technology that allows a user to communicate by means of the sense of touch via a computer interface. It seems complicated, but such feats as vibrating phones and video-game controllers are a few examples of haptics at work. In fact, the most famous haptic device is the PHANToM, which allows users to feel what they...

Sony Seeks the Sweet Spot

Sony Seeks the Sweet Spot

The sweet spot is the point in the room, in between the speakers, in which the stereo effect is the richest. Many enthusiasts have gone to great efforts to find the perfect sweet spot, but most sound systems have very small sweet spots, which means that moving even a few centimeters away from it can drastically alter one’s experience. Sony...

NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Solutions

NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Solutions

NVIDIA Announces Tesla GPU Computing Soluitons for HPC Revolutionary NVIDIA Tesla™ high performance computing (HPC) solutions arm scientists, engineers and other technical professionals with the power to solve previously unsolvable problems. A dedicated, high performance GPU computing solution, Tesla brings supercomputing...

Valve Announces Major Update For Steam

Valve Announces Major Update For Steam

VALVE ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPDATE FOR STEAM Free Update Offers New Community Features for Connecting Gamers June 20, 2007 -- This summer Valve will ship a major update to its online gaming platform Steam, introducing an advanced set of community features to more than 13 million gamers...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: AMD's BE CPUs: More Power to Low Power @ LostCircuits Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS NF650iSLIT-A nForce 650i Motherboard @ PCStats Memory & Storage:...

e-mails Now As Confidential As Gossip

e-mails Now As Confidential As Gossip

The US 6th Circuit Court  of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio has ruled that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant to look through your e-mail accounts without your permission.  The ruling gives e-mail communications the same privacy protections that letters and telephone conversations have. “The content of e-mail is something that...

UK Bans Manhunt 2; Censorship And So Much More

UK Bans Manhunt 2; Censorship And So Much More

The game 'Manhunt 2' by Rockstar Games has been in the United Kingdom by the British Board of Film Classification. BBFC director David Cooke stated that the game was banned due to its "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing." Rockstar Games' Rodney Walker responded...

A Benz For "The Rest Of Us"

A Benz For "The Rest Of Us"

You might soon be able to get an Apple-powered navigation system for your next car...if your planning on buying a Mercedes-Benz that is: "A rumor making the rounds on the Internet this past weekend has Apple partnering with luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz to deliver a multifaceted navigational system sometime during the 2009 calendar year.Citing...

Gateway Recalls Laptop Hibachi Batteries

Gateway Recalls Laptop Hibachi Batteries

Computer maker Gateway has voluntarily recalled about 14,000 lithium-ion battery packs, sold as primary or spare power supplies for some of their laptop computers, because they pose an overheating and fire hazard.  The Irvine, Calif., computer maker said the affected battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack...

MySpace On Your Resume?

MySpace On Your Resume?

Apparently MySpace might actually have a very beneficial role in your future, if you want to be in advertising at least: "Want to get ahead in advertising? Then learn how to navigate MySpace, and pick up a programming language or two.Ad agencies are about to trade three-martini lunches, schmooze-fests and fast-talking account executives...

Microsoft Backs Down On Desktop Search

Microsoft Backs Down On Desktop Search

Google just won an argument with Microsoft before their lawyers even got to deliver an opening statement; Microsoft decided to take the high road and allow users to decide which desktop search program to use.  If you select Google for all your desktop searching needs, then the Vista seach engine will be disabled, thus no longer causing the...

AMD To Outsource All Chip Production?

AMD To Outsource All Chip Production?

It looks like AMD is considering an exit from the costly chip fabrication business.  This might seem a strange move as many were speculating that part of the advantage of picking up ATI was that they could help the graphics firm eliminate the overhead caused by outsourcing chip fabrication.  It's unclear if the union has provided enough work...

HTTP Now Leads Internet Traffic Race

HTTP Now Leads Internet Traffic Race

We probably all remember the days when a little program called Kazaa became super popular thanks to its keen ability to find music, movies, and other plunder. In fact, Internet traffic was governed by P2P for four years. However, this year HTTP traffic took the lead and has ended the P2P dominance over Internet traffic. The circle graph in...

OCZ Unveils 4GB Memory Kits For Enthusiasts

OCZ Unveils 4GB Memory Kits For Enthusiasts

OCZ Technology Unveils 4GB Platinum Edition Kit with Optimized Timings for Enthusiasts and Overclockers Sunnyvale, CA—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum Vista Performance Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual...

YouTube Extends Tentacles to Nine More Nations

YouTube Extends Tentacles to Nine More Nations

Google’s proudly acquired prize YouTube launched nine different versions of its site today to expand its operations. Countries including Brazil, Japan, Italy, Britain, France, and Ireland are some of the nine local-language versions launched today. The local sites feature content that each region can relate to. Moreover, the sites are already...

NBC/Universal Talks Piracy

NBC/Universal Talks Piracy

It seems that general counsel for NBC/Universal is of the opinion that Net Neutrality should take a back seat to issues such as piracy: "Last week NBC/Universal general counsel Rick Cotton argued that law enforcement resources are "misaligned." Cotton says it's wrong to focus on real property theft and potentially deadly crimes when cops...

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel Replaced By Jerry Yang

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel Replaced By Jerry Yang

Yahoo investors have finally gotten their way and a replacement for (now former) CEO Terry Semel has been named: Co-founder Jerry Yang.  It isn't that Terry Semel wasn't a capable leader, in fact he lead the company in the dark times that are now referred to as the .com crash era, but investors felt that he lacked the ability to guide the...

They're Not Dolls! They're Action Figures!

They're Not Dolls! They're Action Figures!

20th Century Fox scrapped a plan to make a movie based on Microsoft's smash hit Halo series of video games, but they've inked a deal with Redmond to become the primary licensor for the Halo franchise anyway. They'll sell books, clothes, and various other collectible stuff, and probably cash in big in September when Halo 3 is released....

AT&T And Hollywood: Piracy Versus Privacy

AT&T And Hollywood: Piracy Versus Privacy

AT&T recently announced that when it comes to piracy it plans to do what other high-speed internet providers have fought to keep from doing; work hand-in-hand with Hollywood. While the details are still rough, AT&T and Hollywood studios hope to work in unison to stop offshore pirates from distributing pirated files across AT&T's...

EA Reorganizing

EA Reorganizing

EA recently hired back former CEO, John Riccitiello, who departed in 2004, in hopes of getting back on the right track.  Riccitiello plans on dividing the company into 4 operating units: EA Games (Battlefield series, C&C, NFS), EA Sports, The Sims, and then a group that handles pretty much everything else.  One of the goals of diving the...

You're My Wiinspiration Mario!

You're My Wiinspiration Mario!

Who knew that playing video games could be healthy?  Quick, somebody e-mail Jack Thompson: "Buried at the bottom of a couple mainstream articles about the Wii is a slightly different take on the whole “fitness” phenomenon. Mary Jane Zamora is a 50 year old woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2005. After a round of chemotherapy...

Buon Giorno!  You're Broke Now

Buon Giorno! You're Broke Now

In what many are calling "The Italian Job," cyber thieves have infected a host of  legitimate Italian websites with a redirect code that sends the unwitting user's browser to a server that downloads a keylogging tool called MPack. MPack is a sort of off-the-shelf malware sold by crooks to other crooks. Although attackers have...

Hitachi Ups Ante on Counterfeiting

Hitachi Ups Ante on Counterfeiting

Scientists at the Hitachi Research Labs in Japan are raising the stakes in counterfeit protection technologies with the development of a new RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. Measuring just 50 micrometers by 50 micrometers, these new RFID tags are smaller than grains of sand, and are in fact the smallest RFID tags ever devised.The...

Honeywell Lends an Eye to the War Effort in Iraq

Honeywell Lends an Eye to the War Effort in Iraq

Honeywell, a Fortune 500 company and multinational corporation based in the U.S., declared today that their MAV (Micro Air Vehicle) will be deployed in Iraq. These MAVs will be used to spot IEDs (improvised explosive devices) from the air. The MAV deployment represents the very first time a ducted-fan UAV (unmanned air vehicle) will be used...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Alphacool USB 2.0 external LCD @ Hard-H2O Leadtek WinFast PX7600 GS TDH @ 3DGameMan XFX GeForce 8500 GT Review @ NVNews Motherboard & Chipsets: XFX 680i SLI @ Bjorn3D...

Free Municipal Wi-Fi Costs Money? Who Knew?

It's a charming idea: Why not have municipal Wi-Fi in your town or city, just like municipal water?  Well, a lot of municipalities are giving it a go --424 according to  industry cheerleader Esme Vos of MuniWireless LLC--and they're discovering that it's expensive, and it doesn't work very well.  Some municipal officials whose cities...

OCZ Reaper Heat Pipe Conduit DDR2

OCZ Reaper Heat Pipe Conduit DDR2

OCZ's latest solution for cooling their high performance memory modules is the Reaper Heat Pipe Conduit (HPC) system. The Reaper HPC memory uses a combination of an aluminum heatspreader, copper heatpipe, and aluminum fin array to quickly dissipate heat. Heat generated by the memory is absorbed by the heatspreader, where it is then transported...

Blu-ray Not Betamax II Electric Boogaloo

Blu-ray Not Betamax II Electric Boogaloo

Blockbuster video has thrown their considerable weight behind the Blu-Ray format by deciding to offer only that format in its video rental stores. They offered high definition discs in both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray format as a test in 250 of their outlets, and consumers opted for the Blu-ray more than 70 percent of the time.  The release...

Itanium Still Going Strong?

Itanium Still Going Strong?

For those wondering if the Itanium with its IA-64 was going away now that Intel has more or less adopted the x86-64 instruction set, it appears the answer is no: "In a conference call on Thursday, Intel laid out its mid- to long-term plans for the Itanium Product Family (IPF). With all the hype around Penryn and Nehalem and the ongoing popularity...

Safari For Windows: 1 Million+ Downloads

Safari For Windows: 1 Million+ Downloads

Despite numerous sites running stories that point out that the beta for the allegedly secure Apple browser has serious security flaws, Apple claims that they've exceeded the 1 million downloads mark: "More than 1 million copies of Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser for Windows were downloaded in its first two days of availability, the company...

You Might Be A Net Junky If

You Might Be A Net Junky If

You might be a net junky if you kill your own mother because she won't give you money to go to a 'net bar.  Of course this boy, only identified by his rather common family name of Wang, also decided to kill his father but was unable to complete that task.  So much of Oedipus, eh? "A teenage boy in southern China, "heavily addicted" to the...

Sugar May One Day Replace Oil

Sugar May One Day Replace Oil

Glucose, a monosaccharide or simple sugar, is the main source of energy for most living things. Because it is so ubiquitous, scientists consider it to be a good alternative to oil, which is used to produce plastics, fuels, and other products. While it is a difficult to convert glucose into forms that are practical for use, chemists at the...

New Polymer Can Heal Itself Repeatedly

New Polymer Can Heal Itself Repeatedly

Scientists at UIUC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have recently developed a very unique polymer material that has the ability to heal itself over and over again when it cracks. The new polymer is designed to be like human skin. When human skin is cut, blood vessels from the inner layer deliver nutrients to the site of injury...

AMD Goes Forward With New Naming Scheme

AMD Goes Forward With New Naming Scheme

Leslie Sobon, director of product management at AMD, declared today that AMD is making preparations to change its current processor naming scheme. AMD’s new naming scheme combines two letters with four digits. The first letter indicates the grade of the product. For instance, G class is top of the line material, B class is intermediate, and...

PS3 Price Cuts Are Certain

PS3 Price Cuts Are Certain

In an interview with Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, that was published today revealed that price cuts to the PS3 are certain, but the extent of the price cuts are not yet known. Stringer declares that the company is trying to maximize the price cut’s effect, which probably means that analysts are busy at work right now. “Although Stringer...

Computex 2007: MSI, Asus, and VIA

Computex 2007: MSI, Asus, and VIA

The show may be over, but we've still got plenty of images and information from this year's Computex event to share. In this article, we shine the spotlight on new products from MSI, Asus and VIA, which include MSI's external graphics solution for notebooks, Asus' Xonar and C90 products, VIA's assortment of UMPCs, and much more. Click the...

Hidden Images On Vista DVD - Update

Hidden Images On Vista DVD - Update

Remember those hidding images on the Windows Vista DVDs we talked about just the other day? If not, you can check them out right here.  Well, it turns out the images are a mix of images from the public domain and pictures of the team that worked on the Windows Vista hologram.  Nick White from the official Windows Vista Blog talks about the...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS 8800GTX 768MB @ TheTechLounge Processors: Intel Pentium E2140 & E2160 @ Techspot Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS...

I Bank In Luxembourg. I Bet You Do, Too.

I Bank In Luxembourg. I Bet You Do, Too.

PayPal is a real, live bank now. In Luxembourg, anyway. It's not currently allowed to be an American bank, partly because of the complexity of their arrangements with other financial institutions like GE and Mastercard.  A funny thing has happened to that funny little payment service you use to buy junk on eBay; it's beginning to make the...

Living In The Wild, Wild, East

Living In The Wild, Wild, East

When counterfeiters dupe a movie or make a knock-off Louis Vuitton handbag, the harm accrues only to the companies that would have sold the genuine article. But ersatz goods can kill, or do grievous bodily harm, too, as we learned with tainted pet food from China recently. And businesses that hold copyrights deserve protection  like everybody...

FBI Says There Are 1 Million+ Bots Out There

FBI Says There Are 1 Million+ Bots Out There

Just when you thought it was safe to open your browser: "The Department of Justice and FBI today said ongoing investigations have identified over 1 million botnet crime victims. The FBI is working with industry partners, including the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to notify the victim...

AMD & Intel Both Want In On The UMPC Market

AMD & Intel Both Want In On The UMPC Market

It seems that the world of mobile computing just gets more popular and devices get smaller and/or more powerful.  Now it appears that in addition to Intel joining the UMPC crowd with a long-term roadmap, AMD is planning to rise up to offer challenge: "Early last year, Microsoft revealed its ultra mobile computing platform. Smaller than a...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Radeon HD 2900 XT vs. 320MB 8800 GTS @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard @ [H] abit AW9D-Max v/s DFI 975X/G @ ChileHardware ASUS...

Device by MIT Grad Can Almost Read Minds

Device by MIT Grad Can Almost Read Minds

No it can't read minds in the literal sense, but it's probably still better than a polygraph machine. They say that only a small fraction of human communication comes from words; about 60% is body language and about 30% is tone. The irony is that most of us are probably not able to pick up on these subliminal messages very well. That might...

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB

Diamond Multimedia Announces Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1GB of Memory Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB CHATSWORTH, CA – June 14, 2007 – Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte)....

Plug And Play Mainframes From IBM - Sorta

Plug And Play Mainframes From IBM - Sorta

IBM was out yesterday with a new blade chassis they are aiming towards small to medium size businesses. (SMB) The idea is to allow businesses that have previously needed a room full of separate servers to integrate them all together and handle the ever-growing list of different essential business computing applications like anti-virus, firewalls,...

Bethesda Posts Fallout 3 Teaser

Bethesda Posts Fallout 3 Teaser

Fallout fans rejoice! Bethesda Softworks has posted a short teaser for their currently under development Fallout 3. After purchasing the rights to the franchise from Interplay a few years ago, it's great to see that Bethesda is taking the task of creating the third installment of the Fallout series seriously. Having been a Fallout fan for...

Kodak' s New Panchromatic Pixel Blaster

Kodak' s New Panchromatic Pixel Blaster

Kodak is one of those companies that had problems adapting to changing technologies. The death of film cameras- you remember film cameras, don't you? -sorely tested Kodak's reason to exist. Now researchers from Kodak have made a 2 - 4 times improvement in the light sensitivity of the image sensor in any digital camera using what they call...

Windows Home Server RC Download & Contest!

Windows Home Server RC Download & Contest!

Windows Home Server, officially announced earlier this year, is already at the release candidate stage.  The software is designed to allow users with a home network to have a single, quick, and easy to use interface that will allow users to access media from other PCs, NAS boxes, and even Zunes.  The idea is make life easier for families that...

Spammers Strike Back!

Spammers Strike Back!

The war on spam seems to be heating up, this time with anti-spam sites on the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack believed to be coordinated by spammers: "Spammers have been taking over unsuspecting computer users' machines for years in order to send out unwanted e-mails, but recently they have been getting even...

Intel V8 Media Creation Platform

Intel V8 Media Creation Platform

It was at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that we were first exposed to an Intel demo machine dubbed the 'V8'. Intel wouldn't label the machine as a direct response to the QuadFX platform by AMD, but they did want to stress the point that enthusiasts could have a dual-socket, eight-core, Intel powered machine today if they went with...

GeForce 8700M GT Mobile GPU Announced

GeForce 8700M GT Mobile GPU Announced

NVIDIA's ever-potent line of 3D Graphics processors for Notebooks has been added to today, with the introduction of the new GeForce 8700M GT.  While details are still a bit sketchy, this variant of the mobile GPU is most likely a ramped-up clock speed version of the GeForce 8600M GT that has 32 stream processors, is DX10/Shader Model 4.0 and...

The Xbox 360 to Get Cooler

The Xbox 360 to Get Cooler

Yes, literally speaking, Microsoft has made an announcement to deal with the Xbox 360’s chronic overheating problems by enhancing the level of cooling in the Xbox 360. Microsoft has installed a new heatpipe and heatsink to cool the AMD Xenon chipset in the console. The new heatpipe and heatsink will reduce overall case temperature and prevent...

World's First Zero-Emission Home: Made in the UK

World's First Zero-Emission Home: Made in the UK

Developers in the UK have introduced the world’s first zero-emission home, which could set the environmental standard for new homes of the future. The two-bedroom house features solar panels, water efficiency gimmicks such as rainwater collection, and a biomass boiler, which would run on organic fuels. Its advanced insulation ensures that...

Hidden Pictures on Vista DVDs

Hidden Pictures on Vista DVDs

This blog post at inicia.es (bring your translator) showing a hidden image of three men standing side-by-side on a Windows Vista Business DVD is making the rounds today.  I had the scanner and my Vista Ultimate DVDs sitting right next to me when I came across that post, so I decided to slap it down and see if I could verify the image......

IBM Granted Patent For External Memory Solution

IBM Granted Patent For External Memory Solution

IBM recently was granted a patent for the technology to create an external RAM enclosure. IBM's current concept calls for the device to be comprised of three major parts; an external RAM enclosure for the add-on memory, a DRAM slot adapter that is installed like normal RAM, and a cable which connects the two. According to IBM the goal...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Asus Extreme N8600 GTS Silent @ Legion Hardware Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI P35 Neo Combo Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets Birth Of A Motherboard: ECS China Facilities...

Secret Knock Can't Be Far Behind

Secret Knock Can't Be Far Behind

The UK's Barclays Bank is beginning to use two factor authentification for transactions online to combat fraud. They are supplying 500,000 customers with a PINsentry device that would make it imposible for a phishing scam to clean out your bank account by simply getting their hands on your log-in password. While broadly welcomed,...

Swedish File-Sharer Pays Fine: Pirates Rejoice

Swedish File-Sharer Pays Fine: Pirates Rejoice

Sweden has convicted its first 'pirate' since the country made the downloading of music and movie files illegal in 2005.  45-year-old Jimmy Sjostrom was charged last October with infringing upon intellectual property rights when he allowed four music files to be shared from his computer. The penalty, a fine of a whopping...

Safari Made Me Go Blind

Safari Made Me Go Blind

The essential difference between Microsoft and Apple as corporate entities with wildly differing worldviews is being highlighted by the release of Apple's Safari browser for use on Windows machines. Some new users report that they have trouble reading the text on a Safari presented page. No, Safari didn't make you go blind; although eventually...

Intel Launches Climate Savers Initiative

Intel Launches Climate Savers Initiative

Intel and Google Join with Dell, EDS, EPA, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, PG&E, World Wildlife Fund and Others to Launch Climate Savers Computing Initiative Broad effort organized to drive energy-efficient computing; goal to save $5.5 billion in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PNY XLR8 8800 Ultra Overclocked @ I4U Diamond PVR560 XtremeTV Tuner Card Review @ OCC Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI P35 Neo Combo @ CPU3D...

UAC Annoying You?  Here's A Solution.

UAC Annoying You? Here's A Solution.

Windows Vista brought users a new security feature called User Account Control, or UAC for short.  Some like it, some find it to be annoying, and Apple even made a humorous commercial that made fun of UAC.  Of course you can just turn UAC off, and some do, but that may or may not be the optimal solution.  After all, UAC is designed to be helpful,...

Physicists Can Now Manipulate Electrons

Physicists Can Now Manipulate Electrons

Physicists have found a way to control the motion of individual electrons using the peaks of energy waves, which electrons can ride on like surfers. The National Physical Laboratory’s electron surf machine sends a steady stream of over a billion electrons per second in single file. It involves oscillating waves of electrostatic force, which...

Core 2 Quad Prices To Drop, According to Intel

Core 2 Quad Prices To Drop, According to Intel

Intel Corp. made an announcement today to cut prices for some processors over a period of three months starting next month in order to regain market share from AMD Inc. Intel plans on reducing the price of the Core 2 Quad processor by 50% on July 22. The move will pressure AMD to reduce prices too and probably comes as a response to the upcoming...

The Future's So Bright, I'll Need A BFG 9000

The Future's So Bright, I'll Need A BFG 9000

John Carmack, owner of id Software, appeared at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and delivered the first public demonstration of id's next generation game engine. It allows almost unlimited visual tinkering separate from the mechanics of the game. Tools to be provided by Id mean "They have unlimited flexibility to change as much...

Virtual Church Causes Real Life Outrage

Virtual Church Causes Real Life Outrage

The Church of England is up in arms after discovering that Manchester Cathedral made its video game début in "Resistance: Fall of man," a title which the church claims promotes gun violence. The game in one particular level sends the player through Manchester Cathedral to continue his adventure of slagging aliens and saving the world. The...

Safari To Nowhere

Safari To Nowhere

HotHardware's own Nick Welles told you earlier this week about Apple's plan to release its Safari web browser for use on Windows machines. The Apple crowd assembled seemed to like the idea. But they're probably already using Safari. Now that the dust has settled a bit, Leander Kahney at Wired asks and answers the question: "Who in their right...

A Fresh Look At The Vista Of Today

A Fresh Look At The Vista Of Today

Earlier this year Microsoft launched Vista and the reviews it received at the time weren't all that great.  A common theme amongst reviews was that there was a lot of potential and interesting technology, but it was being held back.  Not everyone agreed what was holding it back or why, but who wants to play the blame game?  The question of...

Can Internet Searches Hinder Your Career?

Can Internet Searches Hinder Your Career?

Just about everyone throughout history has made at least a couple of bad choices when they were growing up.  There might have been a period of shame (especially if friends and family knew) but eventually the shame and the event were behind them.The major difference for people growing up in the digital age is that they have to contend with...

When Bidding On Your Own eBay Auctions Goes Bad

When Bidding On Your Own eBay Auctions Goes Bad

The term shill bidding, sometimes with only one l, is defined as somebody who bids on their own goods and/or services being auctioned in an attempt to drive up the price.  It's forbidden on eBay, and is even illegal in many areas.  That doesn't always deter people and/or organizations from doing it, but when they get caught here's a good example...

Herman Miller's C2 Can be Both Hot and Cool

Herman Miller's C2 Can be Both Hot and Cool

Is it a hairdryer or a shower head?. Actually it's neither. Shown in the photo is the C2 comfort device from Herman Miller and is part of “The Be Collection.” Though it looks simple, it is armed with patented technologies that enhance one’s personal climate experience. The C2 allows users to personalize air temperature and enhance air quality...

HD DVD Is Leading the Video Format Wars

HD DVD Is Leading the Video Format Wars

The HD DVD Promotional Group made a proud announcement today that over half of all next-generation video players sold use HD DVD format, which means that they have a slight advantage over their BD contenders. “About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold...

Apple Brings Safari to Windows

Apple Brings Safari to Windows

Apple's Safari internet browser used to be an application found exclusively on Macs, but that may not be true for long. Steve Jobs announced at an Apple conference that a version of Safari 3 will be released for Windows in order to increase the browser's already 4.9% share of the internet browser market. It is no secret that Internet Explorer...

UK Taskforce  Wants to Make PCs Green

UK Taskforce Wants to Make PCs Green

The United Kingdom plans to make its PCs go green after the realization that PCs across the globe contribute significantly to carbon buildup in the atmosphere. As a result a task force named "Green Shift" has been created in the city of Manchester with the goal of reducing computer energy use in the UK by 98 percent. Green Shift will offer...

Asus Eee PC Hands On Preview

Asus Eee PC Hands On Preview

Asus made quite a splash at the Computex show last week with the introduction of their Eee PC, a low cost, highly portable machine slated to compete with the OLPC project. At price points of $199 and $299 for 4GB and 8GB Solid State Flash drive-equipped models, respectively. This exclusive first-ever hands-on showcase of the machine shows...

Nerds Can Now Tear Phone Books In Half, Too

Nerds Can Now Tear Phone Books In Half, Too

We're all moody recluses now. We're weary from telephone salesman calling us, wary of people looking around for us. And we never offer any information to anyone about ourselves without a second thought anymore.  One of the results of this desire for telephone privacy, coupled to the rise of people who use a cellphone as their only phone, is...

DoJ Defending Microsoft?

DoJ Defending Microsoft?

The Department of Justice has been hounding Microsoft for years over anti-trust issues of one sort or another, not to mention the major case in the late '90s that had people wondering if MS was going to be broken into several smaller operating units.  Apparently that's all changed: "Nearly a decade after the government began its landmark...

Is Apple Sending Netflix Luca Brasi's Fish?

Is Apple Sending Netflix Luca Brasi's Fish?

According to the Financial Times, Apple is preparing to offer a video-on-demand download service that will offer prime content from Hollywood's major movie studios -- and at a price point and length of rental that could make tumbleweeds blow through your local video rental store and mail order rental houses. A film would cost...

More Alleged Pirates "Arrrrgh" In Legal Trouble

More Alleged Pirates "Arrrrgh" In Legal Trouble

For years people have used the internet to pirate all kinds of things, and until fairly recently the pirates rarely got in any serious trouble despite all the new anti-piracy laws passed in dozens of countries.  It seems like all of that is starting to change and it's hard to go a week without hearing about some new high profile case against...

More Companies Programming For OS X

More Companies Programming For OS X

It seems a given that the upcoming Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will place a heavy emphasis on the next iteration of OS X, "Leopard", and of course we can expect to hear a lot about the iPhone as well.  What many people might not have been expecting is that Apple plans on hosting a lot more workshop sessions, many of which...

From China: World's First Solar Phone

From China: World's First Solar Phone

Today Hi-Tech Wealth Inc., a Chinese company at the forefront of consumer sales and marketing of well-known digital mobile devices, launched the world’s first commercial solar-powered mobile phone, which they call the S116. The S116 integrates Hi-Tech Wealth’s trusted and famous information security technology, a 1.3 MP camera, and supports...

Fishing For Fiber Optic

Fishing For Fiber Optic

There's an old expression that suggests one use the right tool for the right job.  If you want fish, hire fishermen.  If you hire those same fisherman to remove submerged wiring, what do you get?  Well the Ba Ria-Vung Tau province of Vietnam decided to find out by hiring some local fishermen to help haul some 30+ year old copper cable from...

PC owner takes on Gateway

PC owner takes on Gateway

How would you react if you bought a totally new PC, set it up, and right out of the box there seemed to be a problem?  And then after speaking to the manufacturer numerous times, you were told you could no longer get free technical support, the company wouldn't repair the PC, and that you couldn't sue because there was a clause in the original...

World's First Fully Automatic Lawnmower

World's First Fully Automatic Lawnmower

No it's not a car. Husqvarna claims that its Automower is "the world's first fully automatic lawnmower." Of course, one of the things users must always do manually is set up the perimeter by laying down wires to define the Automower's boundaries. Being able to handle rain, inclines, and obstacles - it simply reverses when it bumps into stuff...

PC + Digital Cable = Broken

PC + Digital Cable = Broken

Here's what happens when you mix overly restrictive DRM technologies with the bureaucracy of cable companies, the MPAA, the FCC, ATI/AMD, and numerous other players.  MaximumPC is working on a review of three home theater PCs for an upcoming issue, and while they were impressed with many facets of the machines, they came away disappointed...

Seagate Announces 180Gbit/Square Inch Platters

Seagate Announces 180Gbit/Square Inch Platters

If you're somebody who really likes their storage then this press release from Seagate ought to make your day: Building on its storage technology leadership, Seagate (NYSE:STX) today announced that it has begun worldwide volume shipments of the industry's first 250GB-per-disc, 3.5-inch disc drive on the strength of second-generation perpendicular...

World's Largest HDTV Goes on Sale in July

World's Largest HDTV Goes on Sale in July

It's big. Really big. At 110 inches (279.4 cm), Japan Victor Corporation's (JVC) HD-110MH80 takes the crown as the world's largest high definition TV set. Everything about it is big: it is 3 feet deep, weighs 728 pounds, and will cost about $53,000 (USD). The HD-110MH80 offers 1920x1080 resolution, 1080p images, and 5000:1 contrast ratio....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI R200 Linux Driver Redux @ Phoronix NVIDIA GeForce Mainstream Roundup @ Hardware Upgrade XP vs. Vista - A Tale of Framerates: Redux @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets:...

Random Image From Computex - Intel and AMD

Random Image From Computex - Intel and AMD

I spy with my little eye something that doesn't belong!  Here's a clue, it's big, square, and green.  Yep, you guessed it.  It's the oddly placed, lone AMD umbrella flanked by dozens of Intel umbrellas outside of an eatery at this year's Computex... Now if that image isn't reminiscent of AMD's...

MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard

MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard

Just in case you're the type who likes to scroll right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, layout, overclockability and performance of MSI's brand-new P35 Platinum motherboard for Intel LGA775-based processors. We tested the board at both 1066MHz and 1333MHz front...

Getting Dense At Seagate

Getting Dense At Seagate

Just a week after Hitachi and Phillips announced their massive 1 terabyte drives,  Seagate has announced they've come up with a way to put quite a bit less --250 gigabytes-- into their 7200.10 series of hard drives. The kicker is that they're putting all 250 GBs of capacity on one platter in their 3.5" drive. The advantage of running...

What's A Lobotomac Good For? About 60 Bucks

What's A Lobotomac Good For? About 60 Bucks

What's an Apple TV for, exactly?  It's not a DVR, can't function as a cable set top box, play a DVD, or rip one. If you don't have a wireless network in your house, a speedy internet connection, a digital television and an iTunes account, it won't do much of anything at all. And unlike most Apple products, a teardown of the components and...

MIT Revives Wireless Power

MIT Revives Wireless Power

A team of leading scientists from MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Physics, and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have demonstrated a concept they call “WiTricity” (wireless electricity). In the photo to the left, we witness power being transferred across two coils over a distance of 2m, made...

Comrade Combat!

Comrade Combat!

If you ever wondered if the Soviet Union allowed and/or had their own video game hardware and developers, apparently the answer is yes.  Most of it looks to be quite similar to what the US had except that a lot of the Soviet games seemed to have less joysticks/pedals and/or buttons.So if you were a teen in the 70's or 80's USSR, what kind...

Highly Anticipated Cameras Launched in the UK

Highly Anticipated Cameras Launched in the UK

BenQ’s X725 and T700 digital cameras were introduced into the UK market today, barely making it before photo season really kicks off. The T700, 7-megapixel digital camera is BenQ's first touch screen digital camera and features a 3-inch LCD touch screen display, which BenQ prides as a testament to its tradition in quality LCD technology. Indeed,...

New DirectX Redist Available from Microsoft

New DirectX Redist Available from Microsoft

Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including Vista.  This is a DX9.0c update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website, but it is an official release.  "This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers...

CoolIT / ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Overclock Video

CoolIT / ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Overclock Video

We were just sent a link to an interesting video by the folks at CoolIT - the makers of the Freezone and the custom liquid / TEC hybrid cooling apparatus used in the Dell XPS 710 H2C Performance Gaming System.  The video shows off CoolIT's new Radeon HD 2900 XT cooler at work overclocking a pair of HD 2900 XT cards running in CrossFire configuration......

Intel To Re-Enter Discreet GPU Market in 2008

Intel To Re-Enter Discreet GPU Market in 2008

According to a story on Digitimes today, Intel has already reached out to a number of potential partners and laid out some preliminary plans to enter the discreet GPU market in 2008. Rumors of Intel re-entering the discreet GPU market have been circulating since this job post was made on their site a few months back, but it seems thing have...

Vista Security Explained

Vista Security Explained

If you've ever wondered about the whys and wherefores behind all the security changes that Microsoft made in Vista (vs. XP), then Ars Technica has a story for you: "Over the years, much has been made of Windows' security or (perceived) lack thereof. Though Microsoft's record has certainly improved in recent years, many industry observers...

Rumor: Intel & NVIDIA SLI?

Rumor: Intel & NVIDIA SLI?

Until you see an official press release on the subject consider this nothing more than a very likely rumor backed up by a picture, but it looks like Intel might be adopting NVIDIA's SLI technology after all. "And the biggest story of the show so far is: Intel has landed an SLI licence for desktop, not just mobile.You don't believe us? Look...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP @ Processors: AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 processor @ TR Motherboards...

USB Meets AC Power Outlet

USB Meets AC Power Outlet

Icron Technologies Corporation is the first in the world to offer USB 2.0 communication over AC power lines by combining Icron's ExtremeUSB with Panasonic's HD-PLC (high definition power line communication). HD-PLC allows high speed bandwidth communication, up to 190Mbps, over standard power lines in the home or office and comes in the form...

Sony Hit Hard: Wiis Outnumber PS3s Fivefold

Sony Hit Hard: Wiis Outnumber PS3s Fivefold

The boys at Sony’s video game department have announced a loss of $1.91 billion in the year ended March 31. There are growing concerns among investors that continued losses in the game division may offset progress made by vigorous sales of the Sony Bravia – a popular brand of flat TVs. Today, Sony declared it would try to increase its capacity...

Exclusive: Intel 45nm Penryn Quad-Core Spy Pics

Exclusive: Intel 45nm Penryn Quad-Core Spy Pics

Direct from Computex, we have some world exclusive pictures of a still unnamed pair of 45nm Penryn-based quad-core microprocessors from Intel. To combat AMD’s upcoming native, quad-core Barcelona CPU and its accompanying 4x4 platform (QuadFX), Intel is planning to introduce its own, dual-socket, dual quad-core CPU equipped enthusiast platform...

Firefox 3.0 Might Try Shunning Malicious Sites

Firefox 3.0 Might Try Shunning Malicious Sites

Mozilla is thinking of allowing its users to automatically block websites, identified by Google as a risk for malicious downloads, in their next generation web brower. Google collects lists of presumably malicious webpages using information gathered by Stopbadware.org, Lenovo, and Sun.  It's not a done deal, but if so it would amount essentially...

Intel Offers New Compilers

Intel Offers New Compilers

Whether AMD or Intel is on top of the CPU world, there's one CPU related area in which Intel has historically been very successful: Compilers.  With today's press release, it seems that Intel is taking their current focus on multi-threading even further: "Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help...

HTC Out With iPhone Kille... Well, It's A Phone

HTC Out With iPhone Kille... Well, It's A Phone

The High Tech Computer Corporation, who have a surprisingly low-tech sounding name, have announced the HTC Touch, a smartphone based on the Windows Mobile 6 platform with a 2.8 inch touch screen .  It allows the user to call up and control documents and browse web pages by sweeping their fingertip across the screen. Just like that other...

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Anti-Spam Laws

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Anti-Spam Laws

If you have an e-mail box you know what spam is by now.  With the recent arrest of Robert "Spam King" Soloway, there's been no lack of information and/or opinions on the web about spam in general.  Most of it, like this Wired story, covers why the legal system isn't really making a big dent.It's certainly a good read if you have the time,...

Computex 2007: Intel, FIC, Albatron, Gigabyte

Computex 2007: Intel, FIC, Albatron, Gigabyte

Hello Everyone!  We're continuing our Computex 2007 coverage with some hot items from companies like Intel, Kingston, Foxconn, FIC, Albatron, and Gigabyte. Come on by the site and check out Gigabyte's slick UMPC, FIC's Linux-based smartphone, Asus' sub-$300 Eee notebook PC, and much more.More From The Show Floor At Computex...

Ear Candy: Asus Unleashes the Xonar D2

Ear Candy: Asus Unleashes the Xonar D2

Asus has announced the launch of the Xonar D2 sound card, which is the very first product in its brand new product line. Based on the AV200 audio chip, the Xonar integrates various sound-enhancing technologies from big names like DTS and Dolby. With a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 118 dB, for both audio in and audio out, users can enjoy unprecedented...

Toshiba Slims Down to Less than an Inch

Toshiba Slims Down to Less than an Inch

At Taiwan's Computex expo, Toshiba took the wraps off its Dynabook SS RX1, which they assert is one of the slimmest complete notebooks ever. The notebook includes an ultra-slim DVD RW optical drive whose internal organs have been trimmed down, but without compromising strength. At its thinnest, it stands at just 0.77 inches (1.96 cm for those...

Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex

Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex

Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex 'Extreme' Laptops, Joint Effort on Education Mobile PCs for Children also Unveiled TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 -- In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled...

VIA Announces NanoBook UMD Reference Design

VIA Announces NanoBook UMD Reference Design

VIA to Define Mobility 2.0 with Revolutionary New VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design Provides rich computing, Internet, and multimedia experience in a light, ultra portable notebook delivering up to five hours of battery life Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator...

Alienware Does HTPC

Alienware Does HTPC

Alienware, known best for their alien-head shaped gaming rigs, has just announced that they will be entering the home theater PC market with a slick looking new system called the Hanger18. The Hanger18 is a slim DVD-player sized HTPC and it will run Windows Vista Home Premium on an AMD LIVE! platform....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800 Ultra XXX @ Bjorn3D Overclocked GeForce 8800 Round-Up @ Digit-Life Processors: AMD Athlon X2 BE-23x0 Articles: PCPer, Viperlair Intel Conroe...

Vista On The Horizon For A  Solar Year

Vista On The Horizon For A Solar Year

IT managers have a lot to say about migrating their business systems onto Microsoft Vista OS. And in the UK at least, nearly half of those surveyed by Vanson Bourne predict that it will require a full year to get everybody on the same OS page. Just three per cent of respondents said they are planning to migrate their corporate systems...

In 2008, iTunes May Want To Hold Your Hand

In 2008, iTunes May Want To Hold Your Hand

One of the most influential music groups of all time has had what might be the single longest journey from wax to iTunes.  Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel but the journey is not quite finished yet: "Olivia Harrison told Reuters on Friday that the work of her late husband and his bandmates was finally on a fast track to...

Toshiba Laptop Ready Slim Form Factor HD-DVD-RW

Toshiba Laptop Ready Slim Form Factor HD-DVD-RW

Toshiba is offering what they tout as the world's first slim form factor HD DVD-RW ( rewriteable) drive suitable for laptop PCs. It will read and write both single and dual layer HD DVD disks, as well as DVDs  and CDs.  It might help the HD DVD format a little in its battle with Blu-Ray to become the standard format for large media files....

Largest Hack In U.S. History

Largest Hack In U.S. History

These numbers speak for themselves: "Over a period of two years, the hackers, still unknown, were able to download 45.7 million credit card numbers, with estimates in the Wall Street Journal article suggesting it might reach 200 million, spanning a period of more than four years. Clearly this is a big deal. Whether we shopped at these stores...

New iPhone Details Emerge

New iPhone Details Emerge

Think Secret, past victim of Apple legal harassment for releasing info on unannounced products, has just posted some interesting information on the upcoming iPhone: "Think Secret sources have also been dropping additional iPhone-related details over the past weeks. Among the more notable pieces of information: there will be no insurance...

AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300

AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300

Good Morning All, AMD is ushering in their new processor model naming convention, with the introduction of new low power Brisbane-based Athlon dual core CPUs. We've tested the product and have posted our analysis here:AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300"Today brings us to the next step of AMD's low power strategy, with the release of AMD's 65nm...

Computex 2007 Preview II: Asus Crosslinx

Computex 2007 Preview II: Asus Crosslinx

Hello Again.  We've got more breaking news from the show floor at Computex. While inspecting Asus' booth we came across their new Crosslinx-enabled motherboard and new water-cooling system, and also spotted a motherboard with 2GB of integrated DDR3 memory. MSI had some interesting items on display as well, including a dual-Radeon HD 2600 equipped...

Western Digital Ships 750GB Caviar Desktop HD

Western Digital Ships 750GB Caviar Desktop HD

WD SHIPS 750 GB DESKTOP HARD DRIVES INCORPORATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR COOL, FAST, RELIABLE PERFORMANCE New WD Caviar Hard Drive Implements Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) Technology LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is...

Sony's New Bid for Power: Blu-ray Prices Slashed

Sony's New Bid for Power: Blu-ray Prices Slashed

Sony has recently cut $100 off its BDP-S300 Blu-ray DVD player, which has fallen to an unprecedented price of $499, about half of what it cost six months ago at its introduction. The price cut comes in response to growing demand for new technology and lower production costs, according to Sony. However, Sony's rival Toshiba is asking less than...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Gigabyte GeForce 8600GTS Silent Pipe III @ HardwareLogic Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @ Techgage Memory & Storage:...

Heatricity: Turning Heat into Power

Heatricity: Turning Heat into Power

Now that summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, there is plenty of it to go around. Computer hardware enthusiasts try to deal with it on a regular basis by incorporating gigantic fans, elaborate water-cooling systems, or even going that extra step toward phase cooling. Heat. It makes computer gamers and baseball pitchers go crazy alike...

Computex 2007 Preview: X38 Motherboard, RD790

Computex 2007 Preview: X38 Motherboard, RD790

Hello Everyone.  We've got some more pre-show coverage from Computex to share with you. We've got more details regarding Shuttle's upcoming Intel-based XPCs, pics and info regarding X38-based motherboards from Abit, DFI, and Gigabyte, and a number of other pics from booths still under construction. You'll especially like a couple of the pics...

Pay to Play: Uncovering Online Payola

Pay to Play: Uncovering Online Payola

The folks at DailyTech have published a VERY interesting read for you this morning.  CEO and Editor In Chief Kris Kubicki and his team have dug into the less than ethical dealings of some of the major and not-so major online publications you probably read every day here in our Computer Hardware and Technology community. "Over the past...

Has Congress Finally Figured Out The Intertubes?

Has Congress Finally Figured Out The Intertubes?

Congress is considering two pieces of legislation to counter the rise of botnets, denial of service attacks, and spyware like keyloggers. And they're finally taking an approach to Cyber-crime that reflects the seriousness of the crimes; they're bringing it under the umbrella of the RICO act, which was originally intended to attack real-world...

JL 421 Bodonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank Now On Sale

JL 421 Bodonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank Now On Sale

If you're showing up at the Star Wars conventions in a plain old limousine or a Prius, listen up: for a fraction of the price of  an AT-AT, you can now afford a JL 421 Land Cruiser, and get all the girls dressed up like Princess Leia in a metal bikini. And it's only $19,999.95 on Amazon. Order early, I imagine this item will dwarf the demand...

Apple's Cabbage Patch Phone Due June 29th

Apple's Cabbage Patch Phone Due June 29th

Apple has announced that the iPhone will go on sale on June 29th. The phone has a large touchscreen, will play video, play music, and display and store photos. Apple is hoping for --and can expect-- a sort of frenzy usually reserved for hard -to-find toys at Christmastime for the units, which come with either 4 or 8 gigabytes of  flash memory...

Shuttle To Sell Mobos

Shuttle To Sell Mobos

Shuttle, purveyor of excellent miniscule systems in a box, seems to be planning to re-enter the motherboard market soon: "During a recent interview with Digitimes to be published during Computex 2007 (June 5-9), a Shuttle representative revealed that the company is planning to start shipping stand-alone motherboards for its XPC line of small...

A Sneak Peek Inside Computex: AMD, XFX, Shuttle

A Sneak Peek Inside Computex: AMD, XFX, Shuttle

Greetings from rainy Taipei! Even though Computex is more than 24 hours from its official start, the convention center is packed with thousands of people getting booths ready for the show. We took a walk through the convention center today to see if we could find anything that would pique our interest....

Corsair Announces World's Fastest DDR3 Memory

Corsair Announces World's Fastest DDR3 Memory

CORSAIR ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FASTEST DDR3 MEMORY Optimized for Current and Future Intel Platforms, Corsair demonstrates production-ready DDR3-1600 DOMINATOR and previews next generation speed grade at DDR3-2000 COMPUTEX – Taipei, Taiwan (June 4, 2007) – Corsair, the worldwide leader in high performance...

Smallest Commercial Motherboard Reviewed

Smallest Commercial Motherboard Reviewed

Size isn't everything. At least when it comes to electronics. Driven by popular demand and semiconductor process technology, cell phones, MP3 players, motherboards, and other devices have evolved to become smaller, more powerful, and more portable. At just 10cm x 7.2cm, the pico-ITX VIA EPIA PX10000 motherboard is currently the smallest commercial...

China Enforcing Universal Cell Phone Charger

China Enforcing Universal Cell Phone Charger

We know what you're thinking. "it's about time somebody stepped up with this idea".  We couldn't agree more but just think of all those poor unsuspecting cheesy mall vendor cart retailers that might get put out of business with the complete lack of inventory selection.  Can I get an ahmen? "SHANGHAI — China will start to enforce a compulsory...

DRM Free Or Just Pirate Bait?

Now that Apple is offering some of its content DRM free users are finding that their names and email addresses are being added to the file details!  Here's a snippet from Wired: "Earlier this week, Apple iTunes 7.2 brought the new ability to download tracks from EMI Records without copy protection. But the unprotected files are labeled with...

Flash Standards Get More...Standard

The concept of using a small, quick-access NAND flash device to offset the latency of larger mechanical hard drives is nothing new.  In fact there are already numerous players in the storage market that are planning to ship hard drives integrate both technologies in one package.  There is a second concept that some companies have taken to...

Akustica Introduces HD Microphone

Akustica Introduces HD Microphone

Today Akustica unveiled the world's first high definition microphone that allows users to experience high definition voice quality in various mobile devices, including laptops. These HD microphones are protected from electromagnetic interference and radio frequencies, reassuring users that they can safely place such devices in close proximity...

DRAM Prices: Calm before the Storm?

DRAM Prices: Calm before the Storm?

Experts believe that DRAM prices are near rock bottom. Inventories remain strong, which means that prices are not likely to increase significantly anytime soon. As DRAM prices increased just slightly on Thursday and Friday, shares of Samsung, the number 1 DRAM chip maker, rose 3.9%. Other major DRAM manufacturers, including Hynix, Elpida Memory,...

Battle of the Titans: Elite Gamers Gather in NYC

Battle of the Titans: Elite Gamers Gather in NYC

World Cyber Games is the largest annual gaming festival in the world. The best gamers from all over the world will gather this weekend in New York to compete in the US Open tournament series. Participating countries engage in preliminary rounds of play before the best of the best are sent off to represent them in the main events. They will...

P965 Shoot-Out: Asus vs. MSI

P965 Shoot-Out: Asus vs. MSI

Before we close out the week, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, bundles, overclockability, and performance of two Intel P965-powered boards for Core 2 processors, the Asus P5B-E and the MSI P965 Platinum. One board is targeted at budget conscious consumers and the other is...

ATI Catalyst 7.5 Drivers Now Available

ATI Catalyst 7.5 Drivers Now Available

AMD has been diligently releasing an update to the ATI Catalyst drivers once every month but it seemed like they had missed the driver release for the month of May. However, it looks they got it out the door at the last possible moment because the new drivers are now available for download, dated May 31st. Catalyst 7.5 has two new features,...

Make Calls With Your Motherboard

Make Calls With Your Motherboard

These days, we expect our motherboards to come loaded with onboard features. It has become increasingly rare for a motherboard not to include features like integrated audio and LAN. It's also easy to find boards sporting integrated video and built-in processors (ie. VIA EPIA). Abit's IN9 32X-MAX even has 802.11b/g wireless support. But, have...

Overdrawn At The Pixel Bank? Go E-mail Bankrupt

Overdrawn At The Pixel Bank? Go E-mail Bankrupt

Inbox awash in unread messages? Find yourself clicking "Save As New" over and over thinking you'll write a more intelligent reply later, but "later" never seems to come? Do you have a Post-It note stuck to your screen to remind you to buy more Post-It notes? Are you the Haley Joel Osment of personal communication, because there are messages...

One Ring To Rule Them All

One Ring To Rule Them All

Tech gadgets and utilities have a way of piling up. Soon you're looking for the next utility to handle your utilities. The king of all utilities is still the telephone. But how many numbers do you have now, and how can you handle finding and answering each one - or not. Slate magazine has an overview of Grand Central, the service that  rings...

Undoing The Spam King's Damage

It shouldn't come as any big surprise that catching Robert "Spam King" Soloway hasn't had any major impact on the volume of spam going around.  Of course he was just arrested, but the impact of his actual removal from day to day spamming operations might never be felt by end users according to InformationWeek: "Even if a judge and jury lock...