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All News for September 2007

Intel to Rebrand Processors in 2008

Intel to Rebrand Processors in 2008

Rumor has it that Intel will rebrand its processor line, beginning in January.  There is quite a bit of data, but it is still a rumor.At the moment, the Intel Centrino mobile platform has five different logos with brands like Centrino, Centrino Duo and Centrino Pro. Starting from January 1, 2008, Intel will consolidate the Centrino Duo and...

CNet To Microsoft: Please Dump Vista

CNet To Microsoft: Please Dump Vista

Windows Vista.  Those two words either make users cringe in fear or perhaps evoke happy times with the new OS.  It doesn't seem like there's a lot of middle ground here.  Perhaps some of the more jaded simply gave Vista a try before there were proper drivers for their hardware, or perhaps before some patch on Microsoft's part that fixed some...

Fusion-io NAND Flash PCIe Drive, Blinding Speed

Fusion-io NAND Flash PCIe Drive, Blinding Speed

How about a 80, 160, 320 or 640Gig NAND Flash drive on PCI Express card?  Sounds interesting, right?  What if we told you such a product could hit an amazing 800MB/sec sustained data rate?  OK, so it's an expensive Enterprise SAN type product but great oogly-moogly!  That's some blinding speed.  Salt Lake's Fusion-io is poised to release such...

Apple, AT&T sued over "price discrimination"

Apple, AT&T sued over "price discrimination"

It's amazing that lawsuits like this aren't immediately thrown out. It's not enough that Apple / AT&T have been sued over the battery (three times!); now they are being sued over the $200 price cut. Dongmei Li, a resident of the borough of Queens, sued Apple earlier this week for "price discrimination" brought on by the $200 drop in the...

iPhone Update Appears To Brick Legit Phones

iPhone Update Appears To Brick Legit Phones

Apple warned that its latest update, 1.1.1, might disable some hacked, unlocked phones, but it appears there are cases of unhacked phones being bricked. It is not clear exactly why this is occurring, as Apple has yet to comment on the problems. But the rash of reports from those who have not unlocked or modified their phones...

Diamond Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire

Diamond Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire

For those of you that like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new article here at HotHardware.  We recently got our hands on a pair of Diamond’s Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB cards  and have compared their performance to the original 512MB Radeon HD 2900 XT, and to a trio of GeForce 8800...

Viewsonic Announces Three New Monitors

Viewsonic Announces Three New Monitors

Viewsonic has added three new monitors to its lineup. All the new screens are priced at under $349. New offerings include 19" and 22" in widescreen format, and a non-widescreen 19". With a Dynamic Contrast ratio of up to 4000:1 (typ), the VX1940w and VX2240w provide many benefits such as enhanced light and dark images and reduced...

Sleeping Around The IT Cubicles

Sleeping Around The IT Cubicles

Careerbuilder.com conducted a survey of IT workers, and according to the results, more than half of IT workers are sleeping on the job. And when they are awake, nearly half might be preparing to sleep around, too, admitting at least kissing their co-worker. That's if they're sober, which isn't all the time. Ah, multitasking. Look on the bright...

Microsoft says to extend XP sales

Microsoft says to extend XP sales

Microsoft has learned there are plenty of people who still want XP, as evidenced by the popularity of XP downgrades among OEM offerings.  Now they have conceded still further, and announced on Thursday plans to continue selling Windows XP through June 2008, 5 months later than announced when Windows Vista was released. The world's...

Palm enters low-end with the Centro

Palm enters low-end with the Centro

Palm has been struggling, but with the introduction of this new phone, they hope that a low-cost PalmOS phone can still make an impact in the marketplace.Measuring 4.2 inches long by 2.1 inches wide and 0.7 inch deep and 4.2 ounces, the Centro has more of a cell-phone-like form factor but still has a full QWERTY keyboard and 65,000-color,...

Sharkoon CPU-Cooler with "Golf Ball" Fan

Sharkoon CPU-Cooler with "Golf Ball" Fan

CPU-Cooler with Golf Ball Fan Silent Eagle CPU Cooler: multi-socket heatpipe cooler with preinstalled Silent Eagle 2000 Fan / Frameless fan design Sharkoon introduces a new CPU-Cooler for AMD (939) and Intel (775) systems. The Sharkoon Silent Eagle CPU Cooler consists of a...

HIS Unleashes the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB

HIS Unleashes the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB

HIS Unleashes the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB GDDR3 (LIMITED EDITION), Delivering the Ultimate Visual Experience — Graphics card unleashes the power of DirectX 10 for immersive high-definition gaming, and delivers exclusive HD multimedia features such as HDMI for high-fidelity audio and video, all at unbelievable...

Hardware Round-Up

Video & Sound : Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 XT Ultimate Review @ AMDZone ASUS Xonar D2 sound card review @ Elite Bastards AMD's Integrated Gambit @ Penstarsys NVIDIA...

Dell Set To Launch SP2008WFP 20" LCD

Dell Set To Launch SP2008WFP 20" LCD

We have just received word that Dell plans to launch a brand new LCD today.  We're told that at 12:00PM Central Time the new $289 Dell SP2008WFP display will be available on www.dell.com. Click for full view... The new SP2008WFP is Dell's first flat panel monitor with integrated webcam and...

Dell officially unleashes the XPS M1730 notebook

Dell officially unleashes the XPS M1730 notebook

Gamers Gain Supremacy with the Dell XPS M1730   NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2007 – PC gaming leader Dell today unleashed the XPS™ M1730 notebook, aka “the beast,” for gamers who want to experience the peak of mobile gaming performance. Available...

Microsoft, The Plucky Websearch Underdog

Microsoft, The Plucky Websearch Underdog

Microsoft is updating its Live Search web search service, They're hoping that pleasing users with more relevant search results will help it to crawl out of the distant third place it finds itself in -- behind Yahoo a little, behind Google a lot. Microsoft says its goal is to encourage people who are using its Live Search service...

More Macs likely to miss out on Leopard

More Macs likely to miss out on Leopard

Unfortunately, MHz makes a difference.  Changes to the system requirements for the next Apple operating system could exclude those systems with 800 MHz CPUs.The increase in system requirements would exclude a number of Mac systems from running Leopard, such as the 800MHz PowerBook G4 (Titanium), 800MHz PowerMac G4 (Quicksilver), 800MHz iMac...

Master Chief Kicks Spiderman's Butt

Master Chief Kicks Spiderman's Butt

Halo 3 had a lot of hype surrounding its release. For a change, the hype was warranted. Microsoft said  sales of  the video game reached an astounding $170 million in the first day alone. And if you're into apples and oranges comparisons, that dwarfs the opening grosses for many other popular forms of entertainment. Microsoft...

Court Affirms Vonage Infringed 2 Verizon Patents

Court Affirms Vonage Infringed 2 Verizon Patents

One day after a federal jury ruled Vonage had infringed on Sprint Nextel patents, an appeals court reaffirmed the March decision against Vonage with regards to Verizon patents.  It's been a bad two days for them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed an order barring Vonage from using Internet phone call technology related...

Despite threat, iTunes sells new NBC shows

Despite threat, iTunes sells new NBC shows

When NBC Universal said it would not renew its deal with iTunes, Apple upped the ante by saying it would not sell any NBC shows once the new season started, so as not to "confuse" customers.  Apple said this wouldn't happen, but iTunes is selling NBC's shows for the upcoming season. Listed at iTunes on Wednesday were episodes...

BT Tracker Demonoid Gets WTFBBQPWNT Again?

BT Tracker Demonoid Gets WTFBBQPWNT Again?

Torrent tracker site supreme, Demonoid, has allegedly been shut down again, this time by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.  This isn't the first time in recent history the Demonoid has gone off the air, having moved from the Netherlands to avoid legal threats there.Demois, the site operator, has yet to be heard from since the site...

Exclusive Crysis MP Screenshots

Exclusive Crysis MP Screenshots

We just got our hands on some tasty new screenshots from the Crysis multi-player beta that we thought you'd all like to see.  According to a recent poll, Crysis what the game a majority of you were most interested in playing, and after seeing these screenshots, we're sure your interest isn't going to wane one bit......

Apple Newton To Make A Comeback?

Apple Newton To Make A Comeback?

Given the wild success of the iPhone, Apple seems to be considering a return to the PDA market according to sources.This isn't the first time such rumors have made the rounds, and it could very well be that Apple has occasionally borrowed development resources from the project and put them to work on products like the iPhone.  With other projects...

Women Own More Game Consoles Than Men?

Women Own More Game Consoles Than Men?

According to a recent study done via the Internet, it seems that the number of women who own gaming consoles is actually higher than men.  While the test audience is a bit small at barely 1000, and there are some large questions about the methodology of the test and the demographics of the respondents, the results could also be due to broader...

Hardware Round-Up

Memory & Storage: Interview: John Beekley of Corsair Memory in 2007 @ Legit Reviews Corsair DOMINATOR TWIN3X2048-1800C7 DDR3 @ Bjorn3D Power:...

XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty

XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty

Just in case you missed to new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, bundle, overclockability, and performance of XFX’s GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty.  The XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty is one of the few GeForce 8600 GT cards on...

Gateway aims at new iMac with Gateway One

Gateway aims at new iMac with Gateway One

Today Gateway (soon to be a part of Acer) introduced a new all-in-one home desktop with a sleek minimalist design.  Remind you of any recently introduced models from a Cupertino firm?Called simply the One, the design is far sleeker than Gateway's earlier Profile systems and fits the entire design within a single metal shell just 3.6 inches...

$100 Laptops. The Ultimate Vaporware?

$100 Laptops. The Ultimate Vaporware?

MIT's Nicholas Negroponte has been touting his idea of giving an inexpensive laptop to kids in developing countries. His One Laptop Per Child foundation started out with a per unit target of $50 by 2010, then became widely publicized as the $100 laptop project.  How far have the goalposts moved to date?  Well, you can have one for $188 --...

1Terabyte Of Blu-ray. That's Sharp. Not Yours.

1Terabyte Of Blu-ray. That's Sharp. Not Yours.

Sharp Electronics  announced the December availability of a Blu-ray format high-definition DVD recorder with a formidable 1 terabyte of hard disk storage. Sharp is aligned with Sony, touting the Blu-ray format for next generation video, while rivals Microsoft and Toshiba back the HD-DVD format.  The 1-terabyte model, capable...

This Old French House Ain't Finished

This Old French House Ain't Finished

Not long ago, if you wanted to document that a photo was taken at certain time and place, you'd place or hold that day's local newspaper in the picture. But with today's photo manipulation software, nothing in a digital photo can be trusted much anymore. Now a French company, CodaSystem France SA, has demonstrated a system for the verification...

Cell Based Graphics Cards?

Cell Based Graphics Cards?

We recently brought you a story about Toshiba buying out Sony's interest in the Cell technology, including the production facilities.  What we didn't have at the time was why.  Now we do: Toshiba is planning to use the Cell technology to produce graphics cards.At first glance this concept might seem a little strange as we're used to large,...

Math Error In Excel 2007?

Math Error In Excel 2007?

A Google user group has apparently started to uncover a surprisingly large number of related bugs in Excel 2007.  The bug seems to take most, perhaps all, multiplications problems that would result in the answer 65535 and displays the answer 100000 instead.The bug doesn't just stop there, there are times when doing further operations on a...

eBay User Data Leaked By Crazed Forum Poster

eBay User Data Leaked By Crazed Forum Poster

An as yet unidentified individual posted allegedly private & secure account information for approximately 1200 eBay users on eBay's own forums.  Thankfully the post has now been removed, but what kind of damage was done to those 1200 users?  We'll let the eBay spokesperson answer that:“Nichola Sharpe, an eBay spokeswoman, confirmed that...

Intel Cutting IT Staff

Intel Cutting IT Staff

While large corporations routinely go through phases of expansion and lay-offs, it is usually something that the company announces before bloggers do it for them.Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case for Intel who had an upcoming downsizing of its IT department revealed in a blog that would seem to be from an inside source.  The source even...

Vonage loses Sprint Nextel case

Vonage loses Sprint Nextel case

In what was pretty much a repeat of a March decision in which Vonage was found in violation of Verizon patents, a federal jury today ruled that Vonage is in violation of seven Sprint Nextel patents.Vonage has been ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages plus 5% royalties on all future revenue, though the defeated company said this afternoon...

Leopard Stalks Closer

Leopard Stalks Closer

Apple promised to release Leopard in October, but hasn't set a specific date that they're willing to share with the world.  It seems likely that it'll be towards the end of October due to the sheer volume of bugs reported in recent builds of their newest OS, and the fact that nobody has been talking about the discs going gold just yet.A new...

CBS Won't Follow NBC In An iTunes Walkout

CBS Won't Follow NBC In An iTunes Walkout

The recent feud between Apple and NBC Universal had it all: accusations, frustrated customers, threats, and even a new download service from NBC Universal.  While it is fairly clear what customers think of the drama where do other broadcasters stand?We reported earlier that FOX is either content or playing their cards really close to their...

SLI Under The Microscope: Vista vs. XP

SLI Under The Microscope: Vista vs. XP

We thought it might be interesting to see what the numbers looked like for the extreme performance junkies in our midst, running dual-graphics SLI setups with high-end DX10 capable GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Is SLI mode on Vista still two steps behind in performance in comparison to XP?  In this article we offer a quick-take assessment...

Microsoft admits Halo 3 Limited Ed. scratching

Microsoft admits Halo 3 Limited Ed. scratching

Yesterday reports surfaced of what appeared to be a scratched disc problem with Halo 3 Limited Editions. It seemed that the plastic used to hold discs in place wasn't designed too well.  In a small note on the official Xbox site, Microsoft today admitted the issue, and offered free replacement.NOTE:  This program covers the Halo 3 Limited...

AMD Announces ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro

AMD Announces ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO.  The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and...

EchoStar to buy Sling Media for $380 million

EchoStar to buy Sling Media for $380 million

Echostar Communications, parent company of Dish Network, the satellite TV service, said yesterday they have come to an agreement to buy Sling Media, the privately-held company best known for its Slingbox device. EchoStar, parent of the Dish Network Satellite Television service, said the deal values Sling Media at approximately...

Amazon Goes DRM-Free For Music Downloads

Amazon Goes DRM-Free For Music Downloads

Internet retail giant Amazon.com today launched its "Amazon MP3" digital music download service. The 2 million songs available come without Digital Rights  Management restrictions, and will play on most any device  that can handle a sound file. Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the...

Blu-ray v. HD DVD  War Goes To The Mattresses

Blu-ray v. HD DVD War Goes To The Mattresses

A report from Forrester Research paints a bleak picture for sales of next generation DVD players. They estimate that at least another eighteen months will roll by before many consumers make up their minds to buy one; and until then the two formats will fight it out in low-level trench warfare until one or the other is embraced by consumers....

Apple: Next update could break unlocked iPhones

Apple: Next update could break unlocked iPhones

Software unlocking of the iPhone has become the "deal of the day" with paid and unpaid solutions.   Apple has an answer for that, and you may not like it. Apple issued a statement Monday afternoon warning users of unlocked iPhones that the next software update it ships will probably break their phones....

Microsoft begins beta testing Vista service pack

Microsoft begins beta testing Vista service pack

Approximately a month after first announcing the Vista SP1 beta, Microsoft has released it to a private set of testers.Microsoft on Monday said it has released a beta version of the first service pack of Windows Vista to about 12,000 testers. Microsoft had said back in August that it expected to start private testing of the service pack within...

Starbucks to give away 50 million iTunes songs

Starbucks to give away 50 million iTunes songs

As the launch of Apple and Starbucks' partnership nears (October 2nd) Starbucks has announced a promotion running from October 2nd to November 7th, in which customers at participating locations can download the "Song of the Day" (selected by Starbucks, naturally), free from iTunes.From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, baristas in the company's more than...

TV on cell phone screens? No thanks, says Europe

TV on cell phone screens? No thanks, says Europe

Once again, no one (except maybe cellular carriers and those supplying the content) should be surprised. Europeans' interest in watching mobile television is as tiny as cell phone screens, a new study showed on Monday, even though the industry has been buzzing about offering TV on handsets for years. Mobile operators hope that mobile TV could...

VIA and QSound Labs Team Up

VIA and QSound Labs, Inc. Bring Superior Sound Systems to Windows Vista VIA Vinyl Audio and QSound’s QHD enhanced audio capabilities to reach growing Windows PC market Taipei, Taiwan, and Calgary, Canada, 24 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of high performance audio silicon, and QSound Labs, Inc., a leading technology...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition @ [H] GeForce 8000 series Shader Clock Overclocking @ Legion Hardware Vista 3D graphics performance: Part 4 - NVIDIA (DirectX 10) @ EB Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38) @ HardwareZone Memory & Storage: Western Digital's RE2 750GB Hard Drive @ TR WD Passport - 60GB External...

Internet Moguls Want To Fire Money Into Space

Internet Moguls Want To Fire Money Into Space

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Tech visionaries have made a lot of money, and they'd like to spend it on vaguely Star Trek sounding things of doubtful utility until they run of cash.  It's Internet 2.0 silly season; in space, this time. In announcing the Google Lunar X Prize on Sept. 13, Google co-founders Larry Page...

"One Laptop per Child" to sell to the public

"One Laptop per Child" to sell to the public

Following up on their prior announcement that they were mulling over public sales of the XO-1, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation has announced the "Give 1, Get 1 Program."One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops...

PDFs: Not Just For Spam Anymore

PDFs: Not Just For Spam Anymore

Petko Petlov, a "Security Researcher," has described a flaw in Adobe's common PDF format, and it's a doozy. Unlike the annoying PDF spam that we've all become used to and is beginning to subside, this flaw appears to allow a downloaded  PDF to allow others to completely take over your Windows -based computer. He considers the flaw so dangerous...

GOME And Get Your Dell

GOME And Get Your Dell

Dell Computer announced today that it had inked a deal with China's largest electronics retailer, GOME Group, to sell personal computers and notebooks in their stores throughout China. GOME is big, with 950 locations, and Dell hopes to expand market share in China by selling their products to Chinese customers accustomed to buying in stores,...

New version of Gmail being tested

New version of Gmail being tested

Gmail was launched in 2004, and after over 3 years, it's still in beta.  Despite this, Garett Rogers of ZDNet thinks Google is testing a new version.Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email. The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it’s soon to undergo a...

Apple ships games for new iPods

Apple ships games for new iPods

Apple's iTunes store now has games for sale that work with the newly released third-generation iPod nano (with video), iPod classic and fifth-generation iPod (with video).Apple CEO Steve Jobs  first indicated that the new iPods would be able to play games at Apple's "The Beat Goes On" special event held in San Francisco, and said that the...

Fox strikes deal for free shows on iTunes

Fox strikes deal for free shows on iTunes

It's free download week! Following moves by NBC and ABC, it seems Fox is following the trend -- but not really. The freebies will be a set of season premieres, and will only be for the next two weeks.The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Fox and Apple have reached an agreement to offer free downloads of the shows Fox is trying to promote...

Living With The Phishe(r)s

Living With The Phishe(r)s

Ever wonder what the world of phishing is like?  Neither did we, but it is actually a bit more interesting than we expected according to a research scientist for Cloudmark, who spent a few weeks getting to know the phishing community.Not surprisingly, it seems most phishers actually get their tools from other phishers (shall we call these...

Microsoft Gives In To XP Demand

Microsoft Gives In To XP Demand

Some people still have a difficult time accepting Windows Vista.  It has beeb about seven months after its release there are still people who just don't want to install it on their systems and are begging vendors for XP.  The problem is that those vendors are MS partners and are trying to help the Redmond giant in their attempt to transition...

Google: No Telecom Ambitions At This Time

Google: No Telecom Ambitions At This Time

The company whose name is virtually synonymous with on-line searches has been rumored to be interested in getting into the telecom business for quite a while now.  Apparently that rumor may be more fascinating than the truth: Google has a need for speed that only fiber optics can fufill:Google does have an abiding interest in bandwidth. Google's...

Happy One Web Day!

Happy One Web Day!

The Internet was founded on the principle of equal access for all, and though that's not the only focus of the OneWebDay project, it's a very important part of it.For those unfamiliar, September 22 has been dubbed One Web Day (OWD for short), and this year will be the second annual "celebration" of the event. The mission of OWD is simple and...

Broadband speeds under scrutiny

Broadband speeds under scrutiny

It's something that many have suspected.  Broadband speeds that in reality are much slower than advertised. Some 3,000 readers took part in speed tests and 62% found they routinely got less than half of the top speed advertised by their provider. It is the latest in a series of questions over the way net firms...

PS3 Accelerates Folding@Home Research By Years

PS3 Accelerates Folding@Home Research By Years

While it might not sound as fun as bashing in an opponents face with a well placed move in Virtua Fighter 5, the Cell CPU at the heart of each and every PS3 can also be put to use helping researchers understand diseases such as various forms of cancer, Alzheimer's & even Parkinson's disease.Due to the highly parallel nature of the research...

Hacked iPhones Blacklisted

Hacked iPhones Blacklisted

As if the potential danger to the hardware (and occasionally the owner/hacker) isn't enough to make people shy away from an 'unlocked' iPhone, it seems that the phones are possibly becoming blacklisted.If this turns out to be the case across the board, owners of 'unlocked' iPhones shouldn't be expecting replacements, repairs, or possibly even...

Google Stock At All Time High

Google Stock At All Time High

Around midday on Friday Google Inc.'s stock hit an all time high price of $560.55, which would give the 9-year-old company a market value near $175 billion.For those of you hoping that the new advertisements on YouTube, Google's video service, would be going away, this should probably be proof that it isn't likely to happen any time soon....

Study says DRM counters Canadian privacy laws

Study says DRM counters Canadian privacy laws

This week the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) released a report which investigated DRM used in 16 different products and services. The conclusion was that many DRM technologies fail to comply with basic requirements of Canadian privacy law.The study, published by the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy...

IDF Day 2: Mobility, Silverthorne, Moorestown

IDF Day 2: Mobility, Silverthorne, Moorestown

Wrappin up day 2 at this year’s IDF began with a mobility keynote hosted by Intel’s David “Dadi” Perlmutter and Anand Chandrasekher.  The keynote was broken up into two parts; the first focused on next generation notebooks and Intel’s mobile platforms as a whole and the second focused on “ultra mobility” featuring a number of UMPCs and MIDs....

Thailand seeks to block YouTube videos again

Thailand seeks to block YouTube videos again

It hasn't been that long since the couple has reconciled, but it appears YouTube and Thailand may be on the splits again.  The government is seeking a court order to block two video clips currently on YouTube. "In the next couple of days, we will seek a court order to block those links deemed to cause public confusion and threaten...

Hardware Round-UP

Video: VisionTek Radeon HD 2400 Pro Review @ Bjorn3D Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS...

Parp? Shioneer? Pirp? Sharponeer...

Parp? Shioneer? Pirp? Sharponeer...

Sharp  and Pioneer, two of the consumer electronics industry's most prominent names, have entered into a strategic alliance to develop next-generation DVD , displays, and other audio-visual products.  To seal the deal, Sharp will purchase  14.7 % of Pioneer's shares, making it Pioneer's largest shareholder....

But I Don't Want To Watch Cooking Shows.

But I Don't Want To Watch Cooking Shows.

The newspapers are full, every day, of reports of borderline crazy people suing  anybody they can think of for bizarre reasons. Every once in a while, you read  about one, and think: This is just crazy enough to work. How about suing the entire pay TV industry because you are required to pay for channels you don't want or  you can't purchase...

Intel Skulltrail and Penryn Performance Preview

Intel Skulltrail and Penryn Performance Preview

Intel let a few members of the press get some hands-on time with their new 45nm quad-core processor, code-named Penryn today at IDF. Dual quad-core 3.4GHz processors were configured in a Seabird chipset-based dual socket system based on the Intel's Skulltrail platform, for a total of eight cores. Details, details......

$10,000 WoW Character Banned

$10,000 WoW Character Banned

Blizzard has taken their commitment to banning gold farmers and account sales quite seriously.  Some people read about it and decide not to test the waters, others have to learn the hard way.Enter an as yet unnamed WoW-fanatic believed to be from the EU, who is willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a high level Rogue and comedy...

MTV to launch activism social network

MTV to launch activism social network

MTV is launching a social network, which makes sense, given the youth of its audience.  What's different about this social network is its focus on activism. The site, Think.MTV.com, is designed to be a resource for social and political issues, aiming to inform as well as let users connect with other like-minded people on issues...

Anti-Piracy Software Pirated!

Anti-Piracy Software Pirated!

MediaDefender, on the of major players in the anti-piracy software industry, apparently had their source code heisted and BitTorrented to the far corners of the planet.  Who would do such a thing?Was it clever hackers using some super-secret back-door hack into MD's server(s)?   Perhaps some sort of virus disguised as an e-mail selling discount...

ABC and AOL team up for free prime-time shows

ABC and AOL team up for free prime-time shows

Less than 24 hours after NBC Universal announced their ad-supported TV episode downloading service, ABC and AOL announced jointly a similar service.The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group announced a deal with Time Warner's AOL today that calls for ABC to offer free, full-length prime-time episodes online a day after they premiere....

Ameritrade: Leaking Client Data For Over A Year

Ameritrade: Leaking Client Data For Over A Year

The recent news that Ameritrade had been leaking sensitive customer data was enough to drive some investors away from Ameritrade for the time being, and possibly forever.  If you're an investor who is on the fence deciding when you might put your faith and financial security into Ameritrade's hands again, then you might want to know that Ameritrade...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Review @ OCModShop Processors: Intel QX6850 Quad Core Extreme Processor Review @ HardwareLogic...

Wallace And Gromit Approved TV Programming

Wallace And Gromit Approved TV Programming

The Internet is proof that people will look at anything. Well, just when you think you've seen everything, including that goth grandmother's blog, the Internet goes and makes a sensation out of the most mundane thing. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Cheddarvision TV.More than 8,000 people logged on Wednesday to watch a 44-pound wheel of cheddar...

The Barbed Wire Goes On The Outside

The Barbed Wire Goes On The Outside

Any company with a web presence (is there any other kind anymore?) spends a great deal of time and money looking after their network security. Edward Amoroso, chief security officer for AT&T's services division, thinks we're doing it all wrong. In a speech at the IDC Security Forum yesterday, he outlined his vision for dealing with the...

NBC to Offer Free Downloads of Its Shows

NBC to Offer Free Downloads of Its Shows

On Thursday, NBC announced a new service, "NBC Direct." NBC Direct will allow users to download and view many popular NBC shows -- for free. The shows will require a special player, and they will have a license that expires one week after the original airing -- note carefully, not one week after you download it, but one week after the show...

IBM To Challenge Office

IBM To Challenge Office

Microsoft Office is the standard when it comes to desktop office software, though there are many companies who would like to change that fact.Office is widely used in every corner of the planet, even though there are plenty of competitors out there.  The competition ranges from similar retail offerings to free packages that run on the web...

SCO May Close Shop

SCO May Close Shop

After being an industry mainstay for more than a quarter of a century, it looks like legal battles (some of which they initiated) may finally have doomed SCO, who filed for Chapter 11 as we reported earlier this week.At the time it was assumed that SCO would come out of the bankruptcy proceedings with some sort of payment plan and schedule...

Intel Won't Support SSE5: Nobody Is Surprised

Intel Won't Support SSE5: Nobody Is Surprised

AMD made an announcement a few weeks ago that made many in the industry scratch their heads: AMD (not Intel) will release SSE5.  This was quite confusing since AMD is known for their own set of instructions, 3D Now!, which the company has quietly dropped development of in favor or following Intel's lead with SSE instruction sets.One of the...

Look Out Skype, Here Comes Ooma

Look Out Skype, Here Comes Ooma

Straight out of Silicon Valley, and perhaps a Skype Exec's worst nightmare, a new startup calling itself Ooma is planning to offer a $399 device that will allow users to make unlimited free calls.  Unlike Skype, which made its debut on computers before moving on to telephone-like devices, Ooma is simply a box that will sit between your phone...

Alaska Airlines Announces WiFi In-Flight Plan

Alaska Airlines Announces WiFi In-Flight Plan

Alaska Airlines today announced plans to become the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight wi-fi.  While this would keep people like us from becoming bored on a flight, it does have its downside.Seattle-based Alaska plans to install Westlake Village, Calif.-based Row 44's broadband service on one Boeing 737 jet next spring.Row 44's system Manage...

Asus First Out Of The Gate With X38 Motherboard

Asus First Out Of The Gate With X38 Motherboard

The shipping department had a nice surprise for us today, courtesy of Asus.  It seems indeed Intel's X38 Express chipset has arrived.  Below are pics hot off the press of the new Asus P5E3 Deluxe Motherboard - WiFi AP edition.  Emblazoned on the box is a hot pink "supports 45nm CPU" symbol suggesting Penryn is also just around the corner......

Teardown reveals 46.1% markup for new iPod nano

Teardown reveals 46.1% markup for new iPod nano

According to an iSuppli teardown of the new Apple iPod nano, despite new features and with the same $199 price for the 8GB model, Apple is making more money off of the product.  While the top-of-the-line 8 GB Apple iPod nano still retails for $199, the completely revised new model costs Apple about $7 less to build than the previous...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: Harpertown: New 45nm Xeons from Intel @ 2CPU Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS M2A-VM Motherboard Review @ Digit-Life Jetway 966PDAG Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D...

IDF Showcase:  NVIDIA, Corsair, X38 And More

IDF Showcase: NVIDIA, Corsair, X38 And More

Roving HH reporter, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta continues his coverage of IDF today, with a product showcase from some of your favorites and even a few newcomers. More fun and frolic, here......

A Cell Phone Tower For Your Living Room

A Cell Phone Tower For Your Living Room

Sprint Nextel has begun offering customers a device called a femtocell, for both boosting cellphone reception in the home and routing captured calls over your existing Internet connection. It lets you have unlimited calls at home for a monthly subscriber fee, using your existing cellphone. The femtocell device, called an Airave box, is made...

Leave The Radio. Take The GPS.

Leave The Radio. Take The GPS.

Remember the good old days, when thieves would smash the window in your car and steal your radio? Well, the days of walking down the street in any big city and seeing "No Radio" signs in car windows are long gone. It's the Global Positioning Satellite devices they're after now. "Police say several things have come together to...

Will Energy Efficient PCs = Cash for Consumers?

Will Energy Efficient PCs = Cash for Consumers?

It's possible consumers may see such rebates in the future.  Right now, buy an energy efficient dishwasher, furnace, A/C unit, or something similar and you can often get a rebate from your utility company. Will utilities also give rebates for energy-efficient PCs?  It's being discussed.The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a consortium...

USB Three Point Wooaaahhhh!

USB Three Point Wooaaahhhh!

USB 3.0 is right around the corner, and rather than a minor speed boost, it looks like a serious technology reworking that could help USB 3.0 last well into the next decade.The major features of USB 3.0 are a tenfold speed increase and the obligatory lower power consumption."USB 3.0 is the next logical step for the PC's most popular wired...

Sony Sells Cell By The Seashore?

Sony Sells Cell By The Seashore?

It would appear that Sony is shopping around for companies willing to buy their cell architecture, and Toshiba may be the next owner of the technology and/or the production facilities.The rumored price for the deal: A whopping $870 million.“The speculation comes amid intensifying competition among the world's computer chip makers, including...

IDF Day 1: Keynotes, Skulltrail, PCIe3.0, 32nm

IDF Day 1: Keynotes, Skulltrail, PCIe3.0, 32nm

We continue to bring you breaking coverage from IDF today with a look inside keynote talks from Gordon Moore and Pat Gelsinger. Snip:  “Pat next focused on Intel’s current and future I/O innovations.  He talked about the Tulapi SOC (System on a Chip) accelerator and then spoke of USB 3.0.  According to Pat, USB 3.0 will offer a...

IDF Day 1:  Otellini Speaks On Nehalem

IDF Day 1: Otellini Speaks On Nehalem

As usual this year's fall IDF is brimming with early looks at next-generation Intel architectures. Specifically, Intel President Paul Otellini offered insight into Intel's next-gen multi-core processor, code named Nehalem and much more.  Snip:  “Nehalem will feature 8-cores on a single die and each...

New AMD Triple-Core Phenom And Roadmap Details

New AMD Triple-Core Phenom And Roadmap Details

As a follow-up to our coverage of AMD's new triple-core announcement from last night, we have some additional details for you regarding the product's high-level architecutre as well as forward-looking product roadmap information. AMD Triple-Core Phenom Architecture...

Intel Skulltrail Supports SLI - Sort Of

Intel Skulltrail Supports SLI - Sort Of

During his keynote today at IDF, Intel’s Pat Gelsinger showed off a machine based on the company’s Skulltrail enthusiast gaming platform.  Skulltrail is a dual-socket platform based on the Stoakly platfprm that supports Intel’s upcoming 45nm Quad-Core processors and offers PCI Express 2.0 support and true dual-x16 PEG slots (or four x8 PCI...

Microsoft, Sprint Debut GPS-Aware Search

Microsoft, Sprint Debut GPS-Aware Search

Fulfilling a promise made when they began their partnership late last year, when Microsoft and Sprint launched Windows Live Search across the Sprint mobile web, Microsoft and Sprint have added GPS-enabled local search functionality to their offering.Sprint's local search as well as full Internet search through the carrier's mobile portal would...

Team Fortress 2 Beta Live

Team Fortress 2 Beta Live

The Team Fortress 2 beta went live overnight, meaning some of you may notice missing people at work, as well as elsewhere. Last night a gaggle of old-school Team Fortress Classic fans flocked to Steam for their first shot at playing Team Fortress 2, a "beta" only available to those who have pre-ordered The Orange Box through...

Did OS X Miss Its “Window” Of Opportunity?

Did OS X Miss Its “Window” Of Opportunity?

Apple recently removed the word Computer from their corporate name, and this might very well reflect the mindset of those people who are calling the shots: at the end of the day they have far less than 5% market share when it comes to computers, a far cry from their lofty position atop the world of portable media playing devices.Obviously...

Interview: AMD's Simon Solotko and the 3rd Core

Interview: AMD's Simon Solotko and the 3rd Core

Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of the triple-core Phenom, coming Q1 2008, BetaNews has an interview with Simon Solotko, AMD's brand manager for the Desktop Division.  They ask questions about the long-term viability of the triple-core CPU, as well as giving him their thoughts on the announcement.SCOTT FULTON, BetaNews: Is triple-core...

Toshiba And SanDisk Get Served...Subpoenas

Toshiba And SanDisk Get Served...Subpoenas

A U.S. Grand Jury has issued subpoenas to Toshiba and their U.S. partner, San Disk, in regards to claims of price-fixing.  While these two are both very well known brands here in the U.S., they are only part of the investigation which covers more than 20 companies:“The filing said 23 other companies were also sued for the same reason.NAND...

Want A Raise? Move To Australia

Want A Raise? Move To Australia

Everybody wants a raise. But substantial wage growth depends not only on the value of the work you're doing, but also on a local shortage of people that can perform that work. It appears there's lots of IT work in Australia, and not enough people to do it, as IT salaries have gone up almost 12% in the last year alone."The survey taken over...

Viiv & VPro Get Renamed

Viiv & VPro Get Renamed

It appears that Intel's plans to change their consumer CPU nomenclature (again) have proven a bit too much too soon for some partners, who are more than likely worried that another alteration to naming conventions could throw off some of their less technically oriented customers.On top of those concerns it is also widely believed that the...

Google Wants To Put You To Sleep, Too

Google Wants To Put You To Sleep, Too

Google didn't want Microsoft's ubiquitous PowerPoint presentations to be the only way to put people to sleep in a business meeting, so they've come out with their own version of the slide software they call Presentation. "The new program will be included in Google's free software bundle, called "Docs," which users must be online...

More On Comcast's Extreme Use Cancellations

More On Comcast's Extreme Use Cancellations

In the past we've reported the Comcast has been disconnecting broadband service to people it loosely defines as 'excessive' users.  Comcast defines 'excessive' as homes or businesses that download about 3 motion pictures or roughly 1000 songs a day over an unspecified period of time.Users who violate this typically get a phone call or possibly...

17-year-old runs million-dollar MySpace business

17-year-old runs million-dollar MySpace business

What can we say except, this is disgusting.  All right, it's rampant jealousy on our part, but a 17-year-old who has a site that gets 7 million visits a month?  And who has turned down a $5 million offer for her business?  And get this - Ashley Qualls' business is customizing MySpace pages for other teens.The 17-year-old Southgate entrepreneur...

Another Video Game Law Deemed Unconstitutional

Another Video Game Law Deemed Unconstitutional

U.S. Disctrict Court Judge Robin J. Cauthron has issued a permanent injunction against an Oklahoma state law that, if it had ever gone into effect, would have prevented the sale of violent video games to minors.The law was signed last June by Governor Brad Henry, but a temporary injunction was invoked almost immediately to study whether or...

Mozilla tries Firefox recipe with Thunderbird

Mozilla tries Firefox recipe with Thunderbird

Firefox has been an unbridled success, and Mozilla wants to repeat history by trying the same formula on its open-source email client, Thunderbird.In 2005, the Mozilla Foundation set up a corporation to run elements of the Firefox Web browser operation. Now it's doing the same with Thunderbird, providing the as-yet-unnamed subsidiary with...

The New York Times Cancels TimesSelect

It's been two years since the New York Times starting charging for "select" content on its site (hence the name), but the paper has admitted defeat and decided to open the content up for all, saying it could make more money from increased ad revenue than the subscription fees.Times Select, the name of the service that charged access to opinion...

AMD Triple-Core Phenoms Announced

AMD Triple-Core Phenoms Announced

As previously rumored AMD has officially announced triple-core Phenom processors, just now in a breaking new release...  AMD Adds Multi-Core Triple Threat to Desktop...

O2 wins Apple iPhone deal - at a hefty price

O2 wins Apple iPhone deal - at a hefty price

O2 has finally be confirmed as the U.K. carrier for Apple's iPhone, but they paid dearly for the privilege. The UK's largest mobile operator came from behind at the last minute to seal an agreement with Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, to market the iPhone in the UK, but one other operator described the deal as "madly money-losing"....

Microsoft suffers stunning EU antitrust defeat

Microsoft suffers stunning EU antitrust defeat

In a European Union court decision that makes one wonder why the U.S. couldn't succeed in its antitrust litigation against Microsoft (at least to this extent), Microsoft is reeling.Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the U.S. software giant illegally abused its...

Chinese Man Dies After 3 Day Internet Session

Chinese Man Dies After 3 Day Internet Session

China has been instituting controls to prevent marathon gaming sessions like this, but apparently they aren't secure enough. A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline. The man from the southern...

Microsoft Acquires A New Partner -- Europe

Microsoft Acquires A New Partner -- Europe

A European Court has ruled in Microsoft's appeal of an antitrust order from a lower court, and ordered Microsoft to stop giving away Windows Media Player with every copy of Windows. Oh, yes; they have to show their competitors their source code for any communications applications. Oh, one more thing: they'd like  613 million dollars, please....

SpiralFrog Trades DRM For Semi-Annoying Ads

SpiralFrog Trades DRM For Semi-Annoying Ads

SpiralFrog, a free online music download service, launches today. The service hopes to make a go of it with the holy grail of RIAA haters -- ad-supported free music downloads. Founder Joe Mohen predicts they'll need 10 million users per month to make enough money to pay the licensing fees on the music. Is it really that hard to give away free...

Chinese Student Sues Microsoft

Chinese Student Sues Microsoft

While most of the world associates China with being on planning & execution end of intellectual property theft and scams/viruses that attempt to steal private/sensitive personal data from infected machines, it seems that one university student is going to attempt to flip the tables on the American software giant Microsoft by accusing them...

The $100 laptop now the $188 laptop

The $100 laptop now the $188 laptop

The One Laptop per Child program's XO-1, orginally slated to be $100, has now nearly reached $200 in price.  Current estimates have risen to $188. While less than $200 for an innovative, wireless-enabled, hand-powered laptop is a relative bargain, a price nearly twice what the project's memorable nickname promised could make...

Apple Locking iPods To iTunes?

Apple Locking iPods To iTunes?

Just two short weeks after Apple refreshed their iPod offerings and released a totally new model, it seems that Apple is modifying the iTunes database to make sure that users don't try to use their products with a competitive software package/service.The modification more or less prevents using an 'updated' iPod with another program that would...

New iPhone Unlocking Program Out In The Wild

New iPhone Unlocking Program Out In The Wild

It looks like the days (literally, just days) of having to pay almost $100 for an iPhone unlocking program are over...more or less.  We don't recommend or suggest that you try any hack due to the possibility of damaging your product and, according to some reports, the risk of bodily harm.  That said, it is certainly understandable why some...

GOP Site Hacked & Infecting Visitors

GOP Site Hacked & Infecting Visitors

A web site belonging to the Republican Party for the 1st Congressional Disctrict of Wisconsin has been hacked, and was spreading a variant of the Storm Trojan virus for an undisclosed length of time before it was finally rectified.  While the fact that one of the two primary parties has had a web site hacked is nothing new, the fact that the...

Miners & Minors Both Like Video Games

Miners & Minors Both Like Video Games

For years the defense department and even some large corporations have utilized games as a method of teaching people various trade tasks.  It appears that miners are perhaps the newest recipients of 'video game' based training.Considering the staggering cost of serious mining equipment (think 7 and 8 figures each), the idea of training and...

Yahoo gets social

Yahoo gets social

Are you ready to social network, Yahoo-style? On Friday Yahoo! started sending out invitations to Mash, its beta social networking site. Note that you will need an invitation to mash with the rest of us. Mash is different from other social networks in that you can start profiles for your friends and "open" your own profile to...

 New satellite to sharpen Google Earth

New satellite to sharpen Google Earth

Google Earth is already "sharp" enough.  So sharp that insurgents in Iraq have used it to pinpoint troop positions, and so sharp that some countries want Google to restrict the images that it publishes of their land.  A new satellite will be launched Tuesday that will produce even sharper images.DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google...

Microsoft to push mandatory Messenger upgrade

Microsoft to push mandatory Messenger upgrade

Can't say as we blame them - you can only support old software for so long.  However, coming on the heels of their other forced upgrades (meaning components of Windows Update even if you have automatic updating turned off), it certainly doesn't look good.Microsoft Corp. will force users of its aged MSN Messenger instant messaging software...

Google's International Privacy Standard

Google's International Privacy Standard

Google has begun challenging various governments (via the U.N.) to adopt a global standard for protecting users' private data.Peter Fleicher, Google's chief privacy officer, has set himself up with quite a serious challenge.  Laws in different countries are quite different, as is they degree to which they are enforced.  Even here in the United...

AMD To Release Tri-Core CPUs?

AMD To Release Tri-Core CPUs?

Another one from the rumor mill over at the Inq, but it seems possible that AMD might actually release a three core CPU. At first glance such a story might seem like the wild tales of journalists who are off their meds, but there may actually be a few advantages of losing a core. Consider that Barcelona just debuted at 2.0GHz with...

How do I get my iPology?

How do I get my iPology?

You probably recall the $100 store credit Apple said it would offer to early adopters, in the wake of the $200 price drop of 8GB iPhones. Apple has posted details on how to get the credit on a special web page.Step 1: Identify your iPhone To confirm eligibility, simply enter your phone number and iPhone serial number in the fields...

Sony technology focuses on smiles

Sony technology focuses on smiles

You won't have to say "cheese" any longer with this new Sony camera feature.  Using face detection technology, the camera won't snap a high-definition picture until a selected subject smiles."Using the smile recognition shutter function selected by the touch panel, you can pick which of up to eight people is the key smile," said Akira Tokuse...

Intel Cries Havok

Intel Cries Havok

Intel has announced that they are planning to acquire Havok, Inc., a company that developed the popular Havok physics software used in many leading games.Havok's technology isn't just limited to games.  They also have their hands in numerous other projects including Hollywood movies.  Here's a snip from the Intel press release:Havok's modular...

Gateway Shareholders Sue Over Acquisition

Gateway Shareholders Sue Over Acquisition

With Acer's recent announcement that it would acquire Gateway for $710 million, a price many considered to be well above the market value for Gateway, one would think that shareholders would be happy.  Oddly enough, that not only doesn't seem to be the case, but quite the opposite: Some shareholders are suing over the acquisition.The law suit...

SCO Files Chapter 11

SCO Files Chapter 11

After years of legal battles with Novell and various Linux-related entities, SCO has officially filed for bankruptcy protection under Chatper 11.  Adding insult to injury is that even had SCO won every single case in the Linux arena, it was recently ruled Novell owned the copyrights to most of the material SCO was suing others over in the...

Universal Flash Spec On The Way

Universal Flash Spec On The Way

Several major players in the flash/NAND memory market are getting together to make a unified specification that could potentially be used for a new type of memory card. The memory card would probably replace the current standard of SD cards and, since Sony is part of the project, Sony's own proprietary Memory Stick. The list of supporters...

DDR3 Memory Round-Up

DDR3 Memory Round-Up

We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we rounded up a handful of high-speed DDR3 memory kits.  We got our hands on five, dual-channel, 2GB kits from Corsair, Kingston (2), OCZ, and Super Talent each with different rated speeds and timings, ranging from 1333MHz to 1800MHz.  Our intent was to show you how performance is...

SoCal College Offers YouTube Class

SoCal College Offers YouTube Class

It's not USC or UCLA, but you will get college credit. Pitzer College in Claremont, California is offering a YouTube course this fall. The class is called "Learning From YouTube," and most of the class time is spent watching videos and commenting on them (seriously). Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged...

Corsair: First Licensee for Intel's XMP Spec

Corsair: First Licensee for Intel's XMP Spec

Corsair Is First Official Licensee for Intel's DDR3 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Specification New Over-Clocking Specification Delivers Maximum Performance for Enthusiasts and Extreme Gamers When Combined with DHX Technology FREMONT, Calif.,...

Microsoft tells students to "steal" Office

Microsoft tells students to "steal" Office

In their latest promotion, Microsoft is giving students a chance to "steal" (as they put it) Office Ultimate for $59.95.  The promotion started yesterday in the US, UK and Canada, and expands to Spain, Italy, and France on 9/20.  Office Ultimate includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and Infopath.In...

Esperanto For Solid State Memory Coming In 2009

Esperanto For Solid State Memory Coming In 2009

Samsung reports that along with Micron Technology, Nokia, Texas Instruments, Ericsson, Spansion, and STMicroelectronics, they've  agreed to create and adhere to an industry standard format for flash memory data cards, anticipated to be in place by 2009.   "For makers, the open common standard will help them cut...

Your IT Dept Will Take Sept. 26th Off. Trust Me.

Your IT Dept Will Take Sept. 26th Off. Trust Me.

Halo 3 is scheduled for release on Septemeber 26th, and I can't recall a more anticipated game launch.  It's already got a million pre-orders, and Microsoft is likely figuring to get a collateral damage goose in X-box 360 sales during the holiday season. You know you're really sombody when you get placed in Madame Tussaud's wax museum. Halo's...

Prince To Sue eBay & YouTube

Prince To Sue eBay & YouTube

In an attempt to “reclaim his art on the Internet”, Prince is planning on suing various sites that include eBay and YouTube."The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain", "1999" and "When Doves Cry" said on Thursday that YouTube could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site."YouTube ... are clearly able (to) filter...

Enemy Territory Quake Wars Shots On GeForce 8800

Enemy Territory Quake Wars Shots On GeForce 8800

What does id's new team-based combat shooter look like at high res with 4X AA and all the eye candy turned up?  A little like this......

Is Microsoft Ninja Updating OSes?

Is Microsoft Ninja Updating OSes?

The short answer is: yes, Microsoft is updating/changing software in a stealthy fashion.  Microsoft's own Nate Clinton has acknowledged that the Redmond juggernaut is indeed updating computers regardless of the preferences set by the user in the 'automatic updates' settings menu.According to Nate, here's what's happening:“So what is happening...

UK iPhone Announcement Expected

UK iPhone Announcement Expected

Today Apple sent out invitations to one of its typically hush-hush press conferences.  It's expected that this will be the announcement of the UK version of the iPhone.Apple has began sending out invitations to members of the UK press on Thursday, as it planned to hold an event at its flagship store in London on Regents Street next week. In...

Sony not dropping DVD-R

Sony not dropping DVD-R

A mistranslation or misinterpretation of a statement by Sony's vice president for consumer electronics, Katsumi Ihara, led many U.S. media outlets to believe that Sony was dropping all support for DVD.  But in reality, that's not the case.The Japanese Agencies press service translated Ihara's statement as follows: "We plan to make all our...

OCZ Unveils High-Performance Vendetta CPU Cooler

OCZ Unveils High-Performance Vendetta CPU Cooler

OCZ Technology Introduces the Innovative, High-Performance Vendetta to its Lineup of CPU Cooling Solutions Sunnyvale, CA—September 12, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vendetta...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Windows Vista 3D graphics performance: Part 3 - ATI (DX 10) @ EB Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus Blitz Formula Intel P35 Motherboard Review @ PCPer...

AMD's Barcelona Launch Party

AMD's Barcelona Launch Party

As you all know, AMD launched their highly anticipated Barcelona native quad-core Opteron processors a few days ago.  And on the night of the launch the company threw a big bash at the Letterman Digital Arts Premier Theater at the headquarters of Lucasfilm to celebrate the event....

Google funds $30 million moon prize

Google funds $30 million moon prize

It sort of makes sense, since Google recently paid NASA $1.3 million just to be able to land their jet at NASA's Moffett Field.  Google is funding a $30 million dollar prize for a privately developed moon rover.The Google Lunar X Prize, announced today by the search-engine giant and the X Prize Foundation at the Wired NextFest in Los Angeles,...

Help In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Help In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Hello Everyone.  We're going to take a break from our typical technology / hardware coverage for just a moment here and ask for your help to support a great cause.  A good friend of HotHardware's is walking in an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Westport, CT and is seeking donations to help fight breast cancer......

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled...

Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler

Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler

Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page on your first visit here today, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, installation, and performance of Ultra’s ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler.  The ChillTec is a bit more than an oversized...

Microsoft outlines Vista desktop search changes

Microsoft outlines Vista desktop search changes

In June Microsoft agreed to modify the built-in desktop search feature in Vista, in hopes of staving off another Justice Department battle, as well as to assuage Google.  On Wednesday Microsoft outlined the upcoming changes, which will appear in Vista Service Pack 1.The primary impact of the change is giving Vista users who choose a non-Microsoft...

Microsoft Puts A Mouse In Your Laptop

Microsoft Puts A Mouse In Your Laptop

Yesterday Microsoft introduced a nifty new wireless mouse for your laptop. The Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 includes 1GB of flash memory, and since it transmits wirelessly, people who need USB ports for other things should love it. It works on Bluetooth enabled notebooks as well by flipping a switch on the underside of the unit and connecting...

Can I Buy A Cell Phone With It? That's So Escher

Can I Buy A Cell Phone With It? That's So Escher

Sprint Nextel announced today that you can shop online or compare prices for up to 7 million products from 30 retailers, using their Mobile Shopper Service. The service is offered free as an enticement to get Nextel customers to use up those precious web access minutes. "It said it will not charge mobile users extra subscription...

Wikipedia publishes 2-millionth article

Wikipedia publishes 2-millionth article

To be quite honest, it's Wikipedia's two millionth English article, and it happend on Sunday. Wikipedia, the sixth most visited network of Web sites worldwide behind commercial operators Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Time Warner and eBay, is available in 250 languages. Combined, Wikipedia has published more than eight million articles....

Myth: Black Screen Of Death

Myth: Black Screen Of Death

If you're running a pirated copy of Vista and worried about the Black Screen Of Death (the other BSOD), then rest easy for the next few minutes.Apparently the info that PC World Australia picked up isn't exactly accurate according to Microsoft:“Microsoft was quick to debunk this e-mail warning of a Black Screen of Death. A Microsoft representative...

SF Bus Blockers Beware!

SF Bus Blockers Beware!

If you live in San Francisco and routinely end up in the bus lane, be aware that a new law might foil your time-saving plans:“Not long after hearing about England's newfangled auto-ticketing system comes word that San Franciscans could soon be facing something similar. If signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, "forward-facing digital...

Google Street View may break Canadian law

Google Street View may break Canadian law

Many have expressed concern over the privacy aspects of Google's Street View.  Although Google is now allowing anyone to report identifiable faces, license plates, etc., which Google will then zap, Canadian privacy law may not be satisfied by the "zap process." Canadian law obliges businesses wishing to disclose personal information...

Cancer doubt remains over mobiles

Cancer doubt remains over mobiles

It seems like a never-ending debate.  One study will say cellular phones do not cause cancer, another says they might.  This is the latest study, and it shows a "hint" of a connection between cellular phones and possible long-term effects such as cancer.  The good thing is they seem to have ruled out short-term effects.Programme chairman Professor...

AMD's "FASN8" Platform Scrapped

AMD's "FASN8" Platform Scrapped

Do all of you remember that dual-socket, pseudo-octa-core, dual AMD Phenom FX-based system featuring quad-CrossFire support and a brand-new chipset we told you about a few months ago, dubbed “FASN8”?  Well according to the Inq, the entire platform may be dead. "We are hearding from system vendors that AMD's much-touted FASN8...

Samsung Introduces 60nm 2Gb DDR2 RAM

Samsung Introduces 60nm 2Gb DDR2 RAM

SAMSUNG Introduces 60nm-class Processing for 2Gb DDR2 DRAM Seoul, Korea - September 12, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the industry's first 60 nanometer (nm)-class 2 gigabit DDR2 DRAM and will begin mass producing...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI Radeon HD 2600XT vs Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS @ TechSpot Processors: AMD Athlon X2 4400+/4600+/4800+ Energy Efficient: Performance @ Digit-Life...

Google denies ownership of users' words

Google denies ownership of users' words

Some have suggested that the terms and conditions in the EULA for Google Docs & Spreadsheets imply that Google actually "owns" the words "held" within those documents.  Looking at the clause in question carefully, it looks like the sentence simply needs rewording for clarity.The controversy centers on Google's use of the word "public"...

iPhone Software Unlocking Goes Open Source, GUI

iPhone Software Unlocking Goes Open Source, GUI

Software unlocking of the iPhone has been a source of threats from AT&T.  However, there is an exemption in the DMCA that allows software unlocking of phones - the question has been what will happen if that's tested against a commercial product.  In this case, an open source, free product, there's no recourse, except for a ROM change that...

Super Talent Unveils Project X DDR3 Kits

Super Talent Unveils Project X DDR3 Kits

Super Talent Unveils Project X DDR3 Kits The World's most Advanced DDR3 Memory San Jose, California - September 12, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today announced immediate availability of the...

World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Is A Botnet

World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Is A Botnet

When you think of supercomputers, you usually imagine a bunch of IBM looking fellows and ladies wearing white lab coats and clutching clipboards in a clean room next to a big  rack of silicon. But that's old-fashioned thinking;  New Zealand computer scientist Peter Gutman did some calculations, and the most powerful supercomputer in the world...

Sony Announces They'd Like Some Money, Please

Sony Announces They'd Like Some Money, Please

Sony announced four new models of Blu-ray disc recorder/players today. The new models have big capacity -- up to 16 hours of hi-def programming on 50 GB discs. The most expensive model has a 500GB hard drive, to boot, but you'll pay for it -- $1752. Note to Sony: the room I watch movies in didn't cost that much to build.  "With...

AMD Goes on the Offensive

AMD Goes on the Offensive

In an interview between eWEEK Editorial Director Eric Lundquist and Staff Writer Scott Ferguson with AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, they discuss Barcelona, and AMD's plans for the future. Despite a casual, low-key demeanor, Hector Ruiz knows something about a fight.During the last several years, the chairman and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices has been...

Sapphire Radeon HD 2600Pro OC, 2600 XT, 2400 XT

Sapphire Radeon HD 2600Pro OC, 2600 XT, 2400 XT

Just in case you hadn't noticed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that w e've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we look at three mainstream video cards.  The first is the Sapphire HD 2400XT which is an ultra affordable video card with some solid features.  The next two models aim to deliver...

Web OS Aims to Mimic Windows

Web OS Aims to Mimic Windows

It's an interesting concept; an online desktop, that sort of mimics windows - or really any desktop-based OS, in Ajax.  It even connects to your Gmail account (assuming you have Gmail) to allow storage of documents and files there.A web applications company is hoping to legitimize the web operating system concept with the release of ajaxWindows,...

New HotHardware Poll: UMPCs

New HotHardware Poll: UMPCs

Hello everyone.  We have just updated our poll and would like your opinion on a hot topic as of late.  Ever since Computex, where the Asus Eee PC was first unveiled, it seems that Ultra Mobile Devices (UMD) and Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) have taken off in popularity.  Our Eee PC coverage, for example, continues to be popular even months after...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Biostar 8600 GTS 512 MB GDDR3 @ techPowerUp XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty @ EB SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor MT-GW-DYLM24D6 @ BmR...

OCZ Unveils Intel Extreme Memory Modules for X38

OCZ Unveils Intel Extreme Memory Modules for X38

OCZ Technology Group Unveils World’s First Intel Extreme Memory Modules Sunnyvale, Calif.— OCZ Technology Group (LSE: OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced production of the industry’s first Intel Extreme Memory modules, a new memory...

OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor

OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor in Latest Addition to Award-Winning model 02 Product Line VIA and OQO push the performance envelope for Ultra Mobile Devices Taipei, Taiwan, VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform...

Three-Layer 51 GB HD DVD Apparently Approved

Three-Layer 51 GB HD DVD Apparently Approved

It appears the approval was given on August 31st, but for some reason the news is just leaking out now.  In any case, there hadn't been any official announcements by Toshiba or the DVD Forum prior to the leaked information.The 51 GB derivative enables three layers to be bonded together within the same 0.6 mm substrate limitations as standard...

HP aims to get rid of hypodermic needles

HP aims to get rid of hypodermic needles

And just what will HP use to eliminate hypodermic needles?  Inkjet technology, that's what. "The company is licensing a medical patch it has developed to Ireland's Crospon that potentially can replace hypodermic needles or pills for delivering vaccines or other types of medication to patients. The patch contains up to 90,000...

It's A Battlezone. Activision Is Winning.

It's A Battlezone. Activision Is Winning.

In many ways, the video game business is a zero-sum game. The amount of time that gamers can spend going virtual places and killing imaginary things is huge, but it is limited. So video game producers always keep one eye on the competition and one on the market. Electronic Arts is the largest independent video game maker in the world, but...

A Naked Girl With A Virus In Your Phone Thingie

A Naked Girl With A Virus In Your Phone Thingie

Last week Skype internet phone service didn't work for more than a day. This week, it's delivering a worm to users through a counterfeit IM buddy message, which -- surprise, surprise -- offers to show you a picture of a young lady with her clothes off.  If you click it, it loads the worm on the user's computer, and sends the worm to everyone...

Alarm Clock that Hides is a Big Hit in Japan

Alarm Clock that Hides is a Big Hit in Japan

Ever see those cartoons where someone wakes up and smashes their alarm clock in exhaustion?  That wouldn't work with "Clocky."A moving alarm clock on wheels that rolls about the room beeping and hides so users have to get up and turn it off has proved a hit in Japan following its introduction here. The...

Apple Eyes the Wireless Auction

Apple Eyes the Wireless Auction

It's no secret that Google is eyeing the wireless auction of the 700Mhz band.  But what about Apple?  Sources say they are considering entering the bidding, although they are currently leaning against doing so.  Not because the cost itself, but more because of the mess they could be getting into. Dubbed "beachfront property" by the...

iPhone Unlock Software Goes on Sale

iPhone Unlock Software Goes on Sale

A little later than many had hoped, one of the two software unlocking solutions for the iPhone has gone on sale.  You may recall that the other retailer, Uniquephones.com, was threatened by AT&T when they first announced their intention to sell their product. The one U.S. dealer handling iPhoneSIMFree's unlock -- which lets iPhone...

Sensor Football Helmet Detects Harshed Melon

Sensor Football Helmet Detects Harshed Melon

Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, when Patriots Running Back, Lawrence Maroney starts acting a little daffy after running the ball one too many times "up the gut", the training and medical staff of the Pats can defer to the data collected in his helmet recorded over the last few drives up field. Sports equipment manufacturer...

Music Labels Turn to 'Ringles' to Save the CD

Music Labels Turn to 'Ringles' to Save the CD

The music industry just can't admit that the CD, although not dead, is dying.  The latest attempt to save the medium, the "ringle" combines three songs with a ringtone for one price.  But the price they are suggesting isn't one that is likely to grab many buyers. The original version of the song, plus a remix and an older song would...

Apple: 1 million iPhones sold

Apple: 1 million iPhones sold

Apple sold a few hundred thousand iPhones in the first few days.  Pshaw.  That's nothing.  Now, only 74 days into the life of the device, it's reached a number many cell phones never reach - one million sold. “One million iPhones in 74 days—it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO....

The Black Hole Of... Bad

The Black Hole Of... Bad

I have a soft spot for Netscape.com. AOL purchased the brand name back in 1999, probably trying to get a little goodwill from people like me that remember when Netscape was THE web browser. The Netscape.com portal has used a"social news" format for submitting and voting on the prominence of news stories for over a year now, but parent AOL...

Holy Cow! It's A Computer.!Get In The Car!

Holy Cow! It's A Computer.!Get In The Car!

The slide rule/tin foil hat set is having  a "Singularity Summit"  to discuss artificial intelligence, and they all seem a bit worried. Worried that information technology is getting very powerful very fast, and that might mean that machines will soon be smarter than their makers. They seem to be suffering from an overdose of Gene Roddenberry,...

Is Apple the New Bully on the Block?

Is Apple the New Bully on the Block?

For a long, long time Microsoft was thought of as the big bully in technology - the company you loved to hate. ComputerWorld has an interesting opinion piece that proposes Microsoft's place has been taken by Apple, and a lot of the arguments make sense. The core complaint about Microsoft in the 1990s was that its Windows market share...

Spam now accounts for 83% of email

Spam now accounts for 83% of email

It seems to be something we will never get rid of - email spam.  Right now, an estimated 60 - 150 billion spam emails, that's billion with a "b", are sent daily.  That's a huge number, and one has to wonder how much time and effort is spent on stopping, or at least slowing down, the torrent. Unwanted commercial e-mail is growing by...

Sony Edits Halo 3 Wikipedia Entry

Sony Edits Halo 3 Wikipedia Entry

The Wikipedia entry for Microsoft's upcoming Halo 3 has been edited by none other than somebody in the Liverpool offices of Sony Computer Entertainment Studios Europe.Without further ado, here is the edit: “The original entry stated: 'Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly anticipated first-person...

Comcast: Goodbye & Thanks For All The Bandwidth!

Comcast: Goodbye & Thanks For All The Bandwidth!

Unlimited.  The Princeton on-line dictionary offers several possible usages of the word, however the one that would directly apply to the consumption of some resource would be the following:inexhaustible: that cannot be entirely consumed or used up; "an inexhaustible supply of coal" That definition makes perfect sense to most, but apparently...

AMD Native Quad-Core Barcelona Opteron Launched

AMD Native Quad-Core Barcelona Opteron Launched

AMD has officially taken the wraps off their new series of Opteron processors today and have released their first native quad-core processor to the wild.  Welcome to the jungle Barcelona.    We cover specific architecture details, processor model numbering, speeds and feeds of the new Barcelona core Opertons and even offer a glimpse of what's...

And The Winner Is...

And The Winner Is...

South Park./cheer /danceWhile the other contestants probably thought the decision was the end of the world (of Warcraft), it didn't surprise us.  The South Park episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft” took the Emmy in the category of Outstnding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour).Congrats to all involved on the project, even if...

Mechanical Turk Hunts for Steve Fossett

Mechanical Turk Hunts for Steve Fossett

Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk, a service which uses Human Intelligence to perform tasks (HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks) that humans are best suited for, such as image identification, is joining the hunt for Steve Fossett.In an email we received this morning, Amazon.com said, On Monday, September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett, the...

HD VMD, New HD Format

HD VMD, New HD Format

It's bad enough there are two competing HD formats.  Many consumers have not bought into either format, fearing they would be stuck with a Betamax redeaux.  It's late to the game, but a new company has introduced a new, cheaper HD format, but will anyone care? Next month, New Media Enterprises' 1080p set-top players, which use the...

The Future Of Intel's V8?

The Future Of Intel's V8?

Being that this is just a rumor followed by speculation, take all of this with a grain of salt.The first bit of news is that Intel is apparently considering an entry-level Xeon platform that would get rid of FB-DIMMs.  FB-DIMMs have their good uses, but tend to be more expensive, run hotter, and have some latency penalties which can adversely...

iTunes Movie Rentals?

iTunes Movie Rentals?

In recent years Apple has “accidentally” revealed upcoming products and services on a fairly regular basis.  They do this either in their on-line store, or sometimes just in parts of their own software that aren't unlocked until a revision comes out.That would seem to be the case with the new iTunes movie rental service: “Movie rentals could...

BlackBerry E-Mail Outage Redux

BlackBerry E-Mail Outage Redux

BlackBerry suffered another e-mail outage on Friday, but not one as severe as the April incident.  In fact, it is clear that BlackBerry has learned a good deal from their earlier outage as this time they seemed to have had an effective back-up in place that ensured no e-mails or text messages were lost.  It might seem odd to claim and outage...

Pfizer PCs used to relay Viagra spam

Pfizer PCs used to relay Viagra spam

Viagra is a Pfizer product, so perhaps they're not too upset about these trojans.  Naah.  PCs at Pfizer have been hijacked by trojans, which are using them to forward Viagra spam. At least 138 of Pfizer's IP addresses are being used to send the spam after being loaded with Trojan software, it emerged this week. Aside from Viagra, the...

GSM Technology Turns 20

GSM Technology Turns 20

It wasn't the first cellular phone technology, but it was the development which led to a global expansion of cellular networks.  In 1987 GSM, or the Global System for Mobile Communications got underway. On 7 September 1987, 15 phone firms signed an agreement to build mobile networks based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications....

Apple Looking to Cut TV Show Prices

Apple Looking to Cut TV Show Prices

Despite the recent defection of NBC Universal, which may in fact been as a result of negotiations including this option, Apple is trying to lower the price of video downloads on iTunes.  Their proposed new price would be 99 cents / TV episode. There are reasons for the network's unease. For example, DVD sales of television...

Firefox reaches 400 million downloads

Firefox reaches 400 million downloads

Firefox launched on November 9, 2004. It took one year for Firefox to reach 100 million downloads. One further year and it doubled to 200 million. One more year and it's doubled again to 400 million downloads. Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated...

AMD Details Open Source Driver Initiative

AMD Details Open Source Driver Initiative

AMD Works with Novell to Accelerate Open Source Linux Driver Initiative Targeting Developers for ATI Radeon™ X1000 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series Graphics Processors Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced...

Steel Cage Match: Blackberry versus iPhone

Steel Cage Match: Blackberry versus iPhone

So Apple cut the price on the iPhone to just a leg. The iPhone is never going to get more than a few percent of market share for phones anyway. We all know what its really competition for: the Blackberry. Slate's Paul Boutin examines the real tussle for the iPhone, which is getting people that type with their thumbs to switch. He takes a fair...

All The School Shootings Will Be By BFG 9000

All The School Shootings Will Be By BFG 9000

Virtual learning has been a big hit with time-starved adults who have jobs and other obligations and still want to continue their education. Now it's becoming more common for students from grades Kindergarten through twelve to get their education, or at least part of it, through virtual classes. Estimates of elementary and secondary...

Seattle man accused of identity theft via P2P

Seattle man accused of identity theft via P2P

This could also be known as ID theft due to software misconfiguration.  This ID thief was using LimeWire to steal sensitive information from users' computers.  But the only way this could happen is if the user misconfigured the software to include directories with sensitive info in them. The scheme undertaken by 35-year-old Gregory...

OCZ Introduces Rugged ATV and ATV Turbo Drives

OCZ Introduces Rugged ATV and ATV Turbo Drives

OCZ Technology Introduces Ultra Fast and Extremely Rugged ATV and ATV Turbo USB 2.0 Flash Drives Sunnyvale, CA—September 5, 2007 — OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning...

Asetek Redefines Liquid Cooling

Asetek Redefines Liquid Cooling

Asetek Redefines Liquid Cooling with Solution Integrated into HP Blackbird 002 Gaming PC Broenderslev, Denmark, September 6, 2007 – Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors, is proud to announce the first ever OEM adopted CPU and GPU integrated liquid cooling solution...

AMD Unleashes New Gaming Website

AMD Unleashes New Gaming Website

Today AMD has unleashed a new gaming microsite to provide a forum for gamers to communicate, collaborate and stay in tune with the latest developments in PC gaming. Gamers will have the ability to access exclusive game content and contests while customizing aspects of the site to fit every user’s preferences.  The press release states, in...

Apple announces $100 Store Credit after Furor

Apple announces $100 Store Credit after Furor

If nothing else, Apple is a whiz at PR and responds (generally) to customer complaints. In an open letter posted today, Steve Jobs addressed the anger early adopters of the iPhone have felt - and vented in various places - since yesterday's 33% price drop. Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone...

Calif. Appeals Violent Video Games Law Ruling

Calif. Appeals Violent Video Games Law Ruling

This law had originally passed in 2005, but late last year was temporarily blocked.  The block became permanent in August of this year, when a judge ruled the law was unconstitutional. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he had appealed a court decision that struck down the controversial violent video...

Bad Guys Are ActiveX With Your Money

Bad Guys Are ActiveX With Your Money

If you're running Intuit's popular QuickBooks Online Edition, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning you that your ActiveX controls might be stabbing you in the back,at least if you visit a malicious webpage. Computer Emergency Readiness Team? That's what CERT stand for? Are they like code ninjas? Does someone project an html...

Bowling Alone Is Not A Moneymaker

Bowling Alone Is Not A Moneymaker

In a report that has a certain odor of "duh" about it, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research tells us that video games that have an online capability are much more profitable than those that don't. They examine 219 retail titles for the Xbox, the Playstation3, and the Wii, and see who's making what when their users go online --or don't....

Zune Price Drops to $199

Zune Price Drops to $199

Zune took a price drop this week, losing $50 of its original $249 price.  On the official Microsoft Zune blog, it was dismissed in little more than a paragraph.  Coincidental that this happened so close to this week's Apple press event?  You decide. Some of you may have already heard, but tomorrow we’re dropping the suggested retail price...

HP w2408 Vivid-Color 24" Widescreen LCD

HP w2408 Vivid-Color 24" Widescreen LCD

To coincide with the announcement of the Blackbird 002 Gaming System (evaluated here), Hewlett Packard is also unveiling a brand new LCD monitor, the w2408 Vivid-Color 24" Widescreen LCD, that we thought you'd all like to see.      Hewlett Packard w2408 Vivid-Color 24" Widescreen LCD At first glance,...

Hewlett Packard Blackbird 002

Hewlett Packard Blackbird 002

After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC last year, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent.  After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo, right?  But since then, not much has changed.  It seemed as if it was business as usual at both HP and Voodoo.  HP was secretly working on their own...

Shuttle Brings Play to Gamers

Shuttle Brings Play to Gamers

Revolutionizing the Way Games Are Meant To Be Played Taipei, Taiwan, 31st August 2007) Shuttle Inc. – leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories today announced the launch of its top gamers’ platform XPC Prima series – the Shuttle XPC Prima SP35P2 Pro platform for...

Apple lowers iPhone price, revamps iPods

Apple lowers iPhone price, revamps iPods

The biggest news - no more 4GB iPhone.  The 8GB iPhone will now be $200 less, at $399.  Additionally, Apple revamped its entire iPod line, with a video nano, the iPod touch, and the iPod classic. The iPod nano now features a 2.0-inch display that features the same resolution as the previous-generation full-sized iPod: 320 x 240 pixels....

NBC Universal TV Content Now Available on Unbox

NBC Universal TV Content Now Available on Unbox

On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced...

Roxio Launches Easy Media Creator 10

Roxio Launches Easy Media Creator 10

New Windows Vista-Tuned Software Suite Helps Consumers Get the Most Out of Their Digital Lifestyle Santa Clara, California (September 5, 2007) — Roxio®, a division of Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today launched Easy Media Creator™ 10, a substantial upgrade to...

The Answer To Everything 2.0

The Answer To Everything 2.0

The wire services are abuzz today with the news that a Texas-based company, EEStor, has  patented what they term "technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries." The replacement they are referring to would be so profoundly earthshaking, and has been worked on so long by so many people, that many are skeptical.Of course, HotHardware...

Business 0.0

Business 0.0

Time Inc. has pulled the plug on their Business 2.0 monthly magazine.  Like most things with 2.0 appended to the end of its name, nobody knew or cared why it wasn't just 1.0. Now it's 0.0. Interestingly, Time did not sell the magazine, even though they had offers. Wishing your beloved was dead rather than in the arms of a lover seems very...unbusinesslike...

Late Night Cell use Cuts Into Teens' Sleep

Late Night Cell use Cuts Into Teens' Sleep

This is one of those, "no, you're kidding" type of stories.  You know, the kind where you figure they really didn't need to do a study to determine this type of result.  After all, the way teens are glued to their phones, you would figure this would be the case, wouldn't you? Researchers in Belgium reported 62 percent of...

SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.5 Released

If it's not the best, it's one of the best, spyware removers available - and it's got the best price possible - free.  SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.5 has been released, after a few delays. We have to admit, it was delayed a few times, mostly because we always had some new feature we wanted to implement in mind, but now it's...

Palm cancels first-generation Foleo

Palm cancels first-generation Foleo

The Foleo was overwhelmingly panned as a device in search of a market.  Not only that, as late as last week analysts were saying it would have to be delayed because of a number of bugs.  Rather than do that, today the first generation of Foleo - Palm insists there will be another generation - has been cancelled. Palm CEO Ed Colligan...

HP w2207 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

HP w2207 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Just in case you like to skip right on down to the news, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, accessories, and performance of Hewlett Packard’s relatively affordable w2207 22" Widescreen LCD monitor.  Unlike most other 22” widescreens, the HP w2207 features...

Study: iPhone tops July smart-phone sales

Study: iPhone tops July smart-phone sales

Some assert that the iPhone is not a smartphone, and iSuppli actually agrees with them, categorizing it as a "crossover phone" - one with both smartphone and feature phone attributes.  No matter what category it's in, it's a hot seller.  In a report issued today, iSuppli said the iPhone outpaced all other smartphones in July, its first full...

China Hosts Nearly 50% of Malware Sites

China Hosts Nearly 50% of Malware Sites

In what should probably be a surprise to none, China hosts nearly half of all the world's malware sites.  The U.S. places a distant second (but we are trying harder, right?).  What's more surprising is the daily number of newly detected malware sites. According to a report released Monday by antivirus company Sophos, China--including...

Don't "catch up" with Quechup

Don't "catch up" with Quechup

Want to spam your friends for fun (and no profit)?  Sign up for this social networking site, make the wrong choice when asked, and you'll end up spamming them just like one of those old viruses that checks your address book and sends copies of itself to everyone. If you accept an invitation, and you happen to ask it to check your friends...

Probe into Soldiers and Nazi Salutes on YouTube

Probe into Soldiers and Nazi Salutes on YouTube

YouTube is in hot water in Germany over archival and modern clips portraying Nazi and neo-Nazi activities.  In Austria, the focus is focus is on those in the video - young soldiers apparently giving the Nazi salute. In the video shown on YouTube before being removed, a young man in army uniform marches by and stretches out his right arm...

Robots Weld Cars. Why Not Write Code?

Everything gets automated eventually. At first, businesses strive for efficiency in workers, and then when the work becomes too boring and repetitive, they go all the way to having a machine of some sort do it. But that could never happen to writing software code, could it?  Charles Simonyi thinks it could, and his company Intentional Software...

Compute. Wash Hands. Compute. Wash Hands

Compute. Wash Hands. Compute. Wash Hands

Sharp electronics has come up with a LCD screen that incorporates an optical sensor in each pixel of the panel. Current popular touchscreen items like the iPhone handle touchscreen commands with a layer of film bonded to the display panel. Sharp's breakthrough means decreased thickness for the screen, higher image quality, and makes an LCD...

K10 Opterons Shipping To Suppliers

K10 Opterons Shipping To Suppliers

There's very little in life that we like more than new product launches drawing near.  We love the hype, testing new hardware, and reporting all of our findings to you.  Of course there are launches, and there are dreaded paper launches.AMD still hasn't officially launched their K10 line of CPUs, but it looks like the official launch date...

Goodbye to the "Time Lady"

Goodbye to the "Time Lady"

When I was younger it was something you learned as a kid. Want to know what time it is when you had a power outage or other calamity that screwed up your clocks? Call the "Time Lady" or POPCORN on your telephone. However, AT&T is about to shut it down in California. "Call volumes have dropped considerably," said AT&T...

Are We There Yet?  A Tale Of 15 GB/s WiFi

Are We There Yet? A Tale Of 15 GB/s WiFi

If you thought that the new draft N routers and cards were quick, hold on to your hats as future WiFi technologies could reach up to 150 gigabits per second before the end of the decade!The high speeds can be accomplished by utilizing the 60 GHz band, which is mostly unused. “The technology could get a big boost if the Institute of Electrical...

Is Rural America Doomed to Dial-Up?

Is Rural America Doomed to Dial-Up?

A requirement for a new residence has always been, in our opinion, broadband of some type, either DSL or cable modem service.  Rural America is still pretty broadband-less, and may stay that way, because of the forever mighty profit margin. As population density drops outside of metropolitan areas, it's impossible for telecommunications...

A Practical Joke Starts 25 Years Of Viruses

A Practical Joke Starts 25 Years Of Viruses

Rich Skrenta now has the dubious distinction of being recognized as the first person to write a self-replicating boot-sector virus.It'd be easy to criticise Mr Skrenta for his choice, but keep in mind that he was a high school student at the time, and will never really be able to complain when somebody infects his PC and swipes his eBay account...

Is Dell Gaining Steam, Or Blowing Smoke?

Is Dell Gaining Steam, Or Blowing Smoke?

Business Week noticed that Dell Computer exceeded analyst's forecasts for the last quarter, and wonders whether that signals a turnaround for the company or it's just an anomaly. And since Dell is under a great deal of scrutiny about its past accounting practices from the SEC and the US Attorney in New York, they might not be done figuring...

NBC Tips Hand In Fight With Apple

NBC Tips Hand In Fight With Apple

Yesterday we brought you a story about Apple and NBC Universal apparently having a spat over prices, and we've just uncovered a bit more information that casts a new light on the decision making process over at NBC Universal: “NBCU contends that Apple’s pricing is more about hardware than content: “It is clear that Apple’s retail pricing...

When Does Google Become Evil?

When Does Google Become Evil?

For a long time, people have thought of Google as a sort of wildy successful lemonade stand. Two young fellows and their friends giving away a white page with a little rectangle to type in what you're looking for. They actually claimed to do no evil.  Well, Google is big enough to hate now, I guess; and between their loopy explanations of...

iPhone Software Unlocking Release Soon?

iPhone Software Unlocking Release Soon?

You may recall that the UniquePhones software unlocking solution has been delayed by a threat by AT&T. Meanwhile, iPhoneSIMFree has been pretty quiet. Yesterday, however, they released a FAQ which not only gives additional information about their unlocking solution, but also gives hope for a release — soon. 1. Would all the...

Faster Wi-Fi in New Hi-Freq Spectrum?

Bluetooth and normal Wi-Fi, such as Draft-N, aren't too good for transferring large files, because of interference and other issues.  Scientists are looking into using very high frequencies to develop nwe technologies for short-range wireless data transfer of large amounts of data. While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have emerged as efficient...

Hidden flight sim application in Google Earth

Hidden flight sim application in Google Earth

Some Easter Egg!  It's not going to make you want to quit Microsoft Flight Simulator, but there's a hidden flight simulator inside Google Earth. You can even use a joystick with it. Though it’s nowhere close in features to the competition, Marco Gallotta found a hidden flight simulator feature inside the newest version of Google Earth —...

Apple Gnaws Own Leg Off

Apple Gnaws Own Leg Off

As we reported early, Apple and NBC Universal have decided to part ways over the pricing of TV shows.  The bottom line is that ABC, CBS, and Fox have all agreed to the current $1.99 per show price, but NBC wanted to charge $4.99 per show.After NBC announced that they wouldn't renew their agreement with Apple, Apple has apparently decided to...

Unlocking iPhones Can Cause Explosions?

Unlocking iPhones Can Cause Explosions?

Citing a post from Hackintosh, the iPhone Atlas is starting to uncover the dark side of iPhone unlocking, namely the allegedly explosive nature of some of the devices.Here's an tidbit from the original post, spelling errors and all: “We were so happy, all the software part was done, so we started opening the iphone. The antenna cover was...

Indian Woman Hurt by Exploding Nokia Battery

Indian Woman Hurt by Exploding Nokia Battery

Last month Nokia issued a massive battery recall.  Unfortunately for this pregnant Indian woman, it didn't include her battery, which was of a different series, though still manufactured by Matsushita.  The battery exploded 10 minutes after she plugged it into the charger. A pregnant woman was injured at her south Kolkata residence on...

Thailand lifts five-month ban on YouTube

Thailand lifts five-month ban on YouTube

YouTube wanna-be users in Thailand felt a weight lift yesterday as the government lifted a 5-month ban of the video service.  The ban was instituted when an anonymous user posted a clip deemed insulting to the king. The ban was imposed five months ago, after an anonymous user posted a clip showing digitally-altered images of revered...

Google to Host Wire Service News Stories

If you've used Google News, you know typically it carries a headline and a few snippets of text but sends readers to publishers' sites for the full story.  This means that you might end up at the Seattle Times for an AP story.  Now, however, Google will host wire service stories on its own site, instead of redirecting users to other sites....