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All News for August 2007

Apple Store Does Disabled A Disservice

Apple Store Does Disabled A Disservice

It is no secret that OS X has outstanding accessibility options for the users with different needs.  Many, if not all applications can be zoomed in upon, and most can even be set up to read to the user. and that's just the beginning.So why would so much thought be given to the technology, but not the place that it was sold and serviced? "Both...

New Intel Low Power CPUs To Spoil K10 Launch?

New Intel Low Power CPUs To Spoil K10 Launch?

Between AMD's surprise SSE5 announcement and the official launches of Barcelona and Penryn, it's becoming difficult to tell who is doing the launch crashing these days.  Right before Barcelona is due to launch, it looks like Intel is going to release a few power efficient CPUs riding the 1333MHz FSB. "Intel has announced three new Core 2...

Dell tops estimates; sees cost declines slowing

Dell tops estimates; sees cost declines slowing

Dell reported a 46% profit increase in its latest results Thursday, topping estimates - but it also indicated that future cost declines would slow, which could indicate problems to come for the beleaguered company. Dell, like competitors Hewlett-Packard Co and Apple Inc, profited from lower costs for computer components amid...

Earthlink Bails on SF Wi-Fi Project

Earthlink Bails on SF Wi-Fi Project

Just two days ago Earthlink announced a layoff of 50% of its workforce  Additionally, they announced that they felt they were going to re-evaluate their municipal wi-fi plans, which included (among other cities) citywide services in San Francisco.  It seems re-evaluation has already taken place, as the San Francisco wi-fi plan, three years...

OCZ Technology Unveils Vanquisher CPU Cooler

OCZ Technology Unveils Vanquisher CPU Cooler

OCZ Technology Unveils the Extremely Efficient yet Compact Vanquisher CPU Cooler Sunnyvale, CA—August 30, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now @ Phoronix Sapphire Radeon HD 2400 XT video card review @ EB Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI...

RIM shares rise amid Microsoft takeover talk

RIM shares rise amid Microsoft takeover talk

You can bet Palm, Motorola, and any other smartphone makers broke out in a cold sweat today.  This is just speculation still, but RIM shares are up $1 (at the time of this writing) over rumors that Microsoft is interested in buying the Blackberry manufacturer. "Microsoft has been mentioned as a possible buyer," said Frederic Ruffy,...

Diamond's 2GB VFX 2000 Series Pro Graphics Card

Diamond's 2GB VFX 2000 Series Pro Graphics Card

We just got our hands on a few intriguing images that we thought you’d all be interested in checking out.  What you see pictured below is Diamond Multimedia’s VFX 2000 Series Professional Workstation graphics card, due to be launched in the coming weeks......

AMD Announces SSE5 Instruction Set

AMD Announces SSE5 Instruction Set

AMD to Boost Performance for Everyday Compute-Intense Multimedia, Security and High Performance Computing Applications through New Extensions to x86 Instruction Set New instruction set “SSE5” continues tradition of AMD x86 innovation, including 3DNow!, AMD x86-64 architecture, AMD Virtualization and Light-Weight...

Windows XP SP3 Just a Rollup of Fixes

Windows XP SP3 Just a Rollup of Fixes

Poor Windows XP.  Vista gets all the attention, including focus on its service pack.  But hey, there is going to be a Windows XP SP3 - however, it's just a rollup of all the fixes since SP2. Although Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is the big news of the day, Microsoft is concurrently preparing the third service pack for Windows...

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, Now Polish Ones

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, Now Polish Ones

Sharp Electronics of Japan is a fascinating success story. Founded in 1912, it derived its name from one of its first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil. Almost 100 years later, it's one of the leading electronic companies in the world. And now it's decided to speak Polish, too. They held an opening ceremony for their new and huge...

Sony Champions Open Source Media - Sorta

Sony Champions Open Source Media - Sorta

Electronics giant Sony  announced a new version of its Walkman today. But instead of Pet Shop Boys and Flock of Seagulls cassette mix tapes, this one plays digital media, including video. And Sony was sure to point out that the devices aren't tied to any particular media format, unlike *cough* Apple *cough* players. And to sort of drive the...

Star Wars Lightsaber To Travel 6 Million Miles

Star Wars Lightsaber To Travel 6 Million Miles

Six million miles, into space no less.  The lightsaber used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker will be flown into space on the space shuttle, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.  And let's be honest, when we talk about Star Wars, despite the "episodes," there is only one Star Wars movie. Doug Mattice, a spokesman...

Dell to Add Ageia PhysX PPU to Laptop Line

Dell to Add Ageia PhysX PPU to Laptop Line

A few days ago Ageia announced a mobile physics processor.  At the time we speculated that a good first match for it would be one of the laptops in Dell's lineup.  It looks like we were right. Though apparently as yet unofficial, we received word today from sources at Dell that the company will soon begin to offer...

Super Talent Launches New Personal Media Players

Super Talent Launches New Personal Media Players

Super Talent Launches New Family of Personal Media Players San Jose , California - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a new line of VIDEGO personal digital media players. These...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: HIS 2900XT vs. BFG 8800GTX @ 3DGameMan VisionTek ATI HD 2400 Pro Review @ Ninjalane Memory & Storage: Crucial DCT2KIT12864AA53E...

Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS

Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS

Today at HotHardware, we have one of the largest 2.5” hard drives on the market, the 250GB Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS.  At 5400RPM, it may not be the mobile speed king, but this 2.5" SATA hard drive offers a plethora of nice features, like an 8MB cache and WD's WhisperDrive and ShockGuard technology. Plus, the benchmarks might just...

 MS Formally Announces Windows Vista SP1 Beta

MS Formally Announces Windows Vista SP1 Beta

After a lot of speculation, leaked builds and closed beta testing - without specific public details about SP1 - Microsoft today posted an announcement on their official Windows Vista blog detailing SP1 and their plans for it. Now is the time and the time is now:  let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made...

Report: Wi-Fi to supersede wired Ethernet

802.11n has taken forever to come to market - and it's still in Draft status, not even fully ratified.  Interoperability between chipsets is still a problem, as is the "bad neighbor" effect.  Yet the Burton Group today issued a report saying that businesses should plan on moving from gigabit LAN to wi-fi. In a report comparing gigabit...

A Gift from Microsoft: Goodbye to "AutoPatcher"

A Gift from Microsoft: Goodbye to "AutoPatcher"

Some of you may never have heard of AutoPatcher. Well, how many of you have received a new computer with Windows XP SP2, and immediately hooked it up to the Internet to download all the post-SP2 hotfixes? What a pain, right? AutoPatcher was the fix for that.  It was a freeware project that put all the fixes into one downloadable image, that...

LOLCats Is Practically Considered Working Now

LOLCats Is Practically Considered Working Now

What's everybody doing at work?  According to Patricia Wallace, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of "The Internet in the Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work," we're goofing off by looking at all sorts of things on the internet. How much are we slacking? About a fifth of our working time is spent engaging in personal...

How Dumb Are We, Anyway? Pretty Dumb

How Dumb Are We, Anyway? Pretty Dumb

HotHardware takes its responsibility as a member of the internet tech community seriously. And when we hear of "highly critical" flaws in widely used software or hardware, we like to tell our readers about it.  But there comes a time when you read about how spammers and spoofers and phishers and hackers are taking advantage of people, and...

Latest Vista SP1 build leaks out

Latest Vista SP1 build leaks out

The latest build of Windows Vista SP1 was distributed to its beta testers last week.  Naturally it was also distributed to the likes of BitTorrent and other P2P file-sharing networks, though of course without Microsoft's permission.  Unlike the first build that was released, this was a .EXE file, not an ISO image.   Build 6.0.6001.16633 (longhorn.070803-1655)...

350Z For An Unlocked iPhone = Fair Trade

350Z For An Unlocked iPhone = Fair Trade

How much is an unlocked iPhone worth?  Apparently the value is about equal to that of a new Nissan 350z and a few unlocked 8GB iPhones.  That’s $30,000 or more.The purchaser of the unlocked iPhone is CertiCell, a mobile phone repair company in Louisville, Ky.  In the wake of recent AT&T threats to litigate against people and/or organizations...

Earthlink to Lay Off 50% of Workforce

Earthlink to Lay Off 50% of Workforce

Earthlink has won a number of municipal wi-fi contracts, including San Francisco (!), but it still needs to find ways to balance its ISP business, which is struggling, with the high cost of building its municipal Wi-Fi and cellular phone businesses.  The solution, at least for now, is a layoff. On Tuesday, EarthLink announced that it would...

Getting to the bottom of the gPhone rumors

Getting to the bottom of the gPhone rumors

A few days ago rumors circulated that the gPhone would be launching within two weeks.  Now, aside from the fact that the gPhone is most likely the only thing that will make sites like this stop talking about the iPhone, is there any truth to the gPhone rumor? The grapevine is buzzing this week over the "gPhone," Google's long-rumored...

"Don't Trust Sat Nav" Signs Pop Up in Wales

"Don't Trust Sat Nav" Signs Pop Up in Wales

Although many of us place our trust in GPS and satellite navigation, there have been several under-reported stories of people placing too much trust in the units, and driving into dead ends or even to the edge - though not off - of cliffs.  In a problematic area in South Wales, the first official signs in Great Britain warning of such a GPS...

Radeon HD 2400 Pro and XT In New Dell OptiPlex

Radeon HD 2400 Pro and XT In New Dell OptiPlex

Yesterday, Dell announced their new line of OptiPlex 755 commercial desktop systems and touted the machines as the “world’s most manageable, energy efficient commercial desktop ever.”  The press release on Dell’s website draws attention to the OptiPlex 755’s Gold EPEAT Rating and Energy Star 4.0 Compliance, and even takes a jab at Hewlett...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Call of Juarez DX10 Performance and Image Quality @ [H] What is HDMI? @ eCoustics.com Processors: A Look Back At The AMD Athlon Processor...

Crysis Demo Coming September 25

Crysis Demo Coming September 25

The year's most anticipated PC game, Crysis, is scheduled to be released on November 16, but it looks like Electronic Arts will be giving gamers a taste of the game almost two month prior to its arrival.  According to a post on the official EA / Crysis website, a demo will be released on September 25 that'll let gamers play through the entire...

The Rise and Fall of Gateway

The Rise and Fall of Gateway

At one time Gateway was huge. It was big enough to compete with the likes of Dell, HP and Compaq.  Yesterday, Acer bought Gateway, for the bargain basement price of $710 million.  While $710 million  is nothing to sneeze at, compare it to the $7 billion (with a B) that Gateway was once offered to become part of Compaq.  What went wrong? A...

"I Invented The Internet" Looks Good On A Resume

No, we're not referring to the former vice-president with the weather fetish. Vint Cerf is a vice-president over at Google, and if anyone can claim to have invented the internet, it's him. Working with Bob Kahn in 1973, they came up with the TCP/IP protocol that allows computers to communicate with one another and makes the net possible. Mr....

Buy, Mortimer, Buy!

Buy, Mortimer, Buy!

What's a good investment nowadays? We don't give such advice here at HotHardware, but we can tell you to steer clear of offering jumbo loans on third houses right now. That's a bad investment. What's a good investment? According to Standard and Poor's Clyde Montevirgen, Intel is a five star, strong buy monster. According to market...

Let's Drop A House On The Subprime Dancing Icons

We like our internet, and we like it FREE. Newspaper websites have trouble even getting people to register, never mind pay, for content. Even the mighty New York Times  has recently abandoned their attempt to get people to pay for their columnists. But somebody's got to pay for the internet. Unfortunately for many internet sites, that "somebody"...

Airlines body bids farewell to paper tickets

Airlines body bids farewell to paper tickets

The paperless office was forecast years ago - and never happened.  But the global airlines body IATA has set the stage for the paperless air transit system, by placing what it called the last order for paper tickets, ever. "In just 278 more days, the paper ticket will become a collector's item," said Giovanni Bisignani, director...

Sony Using Rootkits Again, F-Secure Charges

Sony Using Rootkits Again, F-Secure Charges

It's been nearly two years since since Sony got into the rootkit business. Not intentionally, but the DRM installed by Sony BMG CDs when you tried to play them on your PC had rootkit qualities. Not only that, but in a real-life example of the vulnerability, hackers used it to hack World of Warcraft.Unfortunately, it seems Sony did not learn...

The End Is Nigh, For Manhunt 2 Drama Anyhow

The End Is Nigh, For Manhunt 2 Drama Anyhow

After Manhunt 2 was banned in the UK and the ESRB gave it an Adult Only (AO) rating, things looked bleak for the game.  The AO rating is more or less a death knell for a game that plans to release on consoles, as Sony and Nintendo both forbid AO titles to be published for their systems.We know that as of 2 weeks ago, Rockstar and Take 2 were...

Joust Going To The Silver Screen?

Joust Going To The Silver Screen?

No, it’s not April Fool’s day, and this news is just too strange to have been made up: The arcade classic Joust is heading to the silver screen.For those of you who don’t recall Joust, it was more or less a game where warriors riding gigantic bird-like creatures (think the world’s first Chocobos) jousted on a series of platforms.  Like most...

YouTube criticized in Germany over NeoNazi clips

YouTube criticized in Germany over NeoNazi clips

YouTube faces harsh criticism in Germany over Neo-Nazi clips that are on its site.  What's surprising is not the presence of such material, but rather that complaints have been made as many as 100 times, and yet the clips are still there.  In fact, according to the report, some have been there for nearly a year. The videos hosted on YouTube...

OCZ Technology Announces New MicroSD Flash Cards

OCZ Technology Announces New MicroSD Flash Cards

OCZ Technology Announces MicroSD Flash Cards and Adaptors, the Optimal Mobile Multimedia Storage Solution Sunnyvale, CA—August 27, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced 1GB and 2GB microSD cards and adaptor kits to their...

TorrentSpy Closes to U.S. Users

TorrentSpy Closes to U.S. Users

If you are a user in the United States, you can no longer use TorrentSpy.  However, that's not necessarily a bad thing as the site had been ordered to start tracking users.  Citing privacy, TorrentSpy now gives an error message if a user with a U.S. IP address tries to search. US users of the popular Torrent search site TorrentSpy...

Intel Announcing Demo Contest Winners in 1 Week

Intel Announcing Demo Contest Winners in 1 Week

We've just received word from Intel, that on September 5, they will announce the winners of the 2nd annual Intel Game Demo Contest. Nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in two categories: Best Threaded Game and Best Game on the Go. The winners of this worldwide contest, with submissions from 29 countries, will be announced...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: Revisiting the Past Part 3: Single-Core Intel NetBurst Processors @ Digit-Life Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte P35-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogic...

HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB

HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB

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, performance, and overclockability of the HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB graphics card.  Like the other members of HIS’ IceQ Turbo family of graphics cards, this Radeon HD 2600 features an oversized, near...

Coming to Grips with the iPhone's Two-Handed UI

Coming to Grips with the iPhone's Two-Handed UI

Is one-hand control better than two? For years that's been the design around smartphones.  And that's the way we've used a variety of smartphones.  However, Apple went its own way and designed a UI that, unless you have some pretty flexible fingers, requires two hands to operate. "Everyone is still trying to make a one-handed product," Rolston...

Acer to Acquire Gateway for $710 Million

Acer to Acquire Gateway for $710 Million

Taiwan’s Acer has announced it will buy struggling computer vendor Gateway, in a deal worth $710 million. Acer will pay a 57% premium over the Friday closing price for Gateway stock, at $1.90 per share.  This will create the world’s #3 largest PC maker. Acer Inc. plans to acquire Gateway Inc. in a deal worth $710 million that Acer says will...

HotHardware Refuses To Say "iPod Killer"

HotHardware Refuses To Say "iPod Killer"

We don't know about you, but we're getting tired of headlines with "(fill in the blank) Killer" in them. It's pointless anyway, if you're talking about Apple, for instance. It's useful to remember that Apple could sell poison popsicles at the North Pole with a 400% profit margin and there's be a line for them, so let's forget about killing...

Clockspeed Is Dead. Long Live Parallelism

Clockspeed Is Dead. Long Live Parallelism

The programmer's Pandora's Box has been opened, and boy oh boy is it full of cores.  It started out small and manageable with Intel's popular Core 2 and the Athlon 64, but it's getting out of hand quickly with chips with dozens and dozens of cores on the horizon now. The problem is that all that firepower is going to go to waste because nobody...

Yahoo Attempts e-mail For The Under 30 Crowd

Yahoo Attempts e-mail For The Under 30 Crowd

E-mail is for the nursing home. Well, that's what anyone born when Reagan was president or later thinks. Yahoo Mail is dealing with the brave new world where the post office is a distant memory and e-mail is for "loosers" by allowing users to trade messages with mobile phone users. The new e-mail-to-phone connection is one of...

Finns Dominate at Mobile Phone Throwing Contest

Finns Dominate at Mobile Phone Throwing Contest

It may not have the history of the caber toss, but who among us has not wanted to toss his cell phone at one time or another.  It's only fitting that the 8th Annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships shoudl be held in Finland, given that Finland is the home of Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.  It's also appropriate...

Dell Notebooks Delayed Due To Paint

Dell Notebooks Delayed Due To Paint

Dell has been experiencing delays in shipping their new Inspiron line of notebooks, but the reasons why have been kept under wraps until recently.  But now we know that it’s a combination of paint and screens.Yes, paint is one of the primary reasons for the delay, at least according to Dell.  Don’t forget screens, which are also in short supply...

Intel Updates vPro Platform Technologies

Intel Updates vPro Platform Technologies

This past week, we attended an event where Intel gave us specific detail on the new hardware and features that are part of their vPro platform technology for 2007. If you’re unfamiliar with vPro, it’s not a singular product or chip. Like Centrino for example, vPro is an Intel platform technology that’s comprised of a CPU, chipset, network...

MSNBC Falls For Fake Al Sharpton Blog

MSNBC Falls For Fake Al Sharpton Blog

Perhaps it was inevitable that a big news agency would eventually get taken in by a fake blog, but who would have thought it’d be from a faux Al Sharpton?Further, who would have that the blog would have been found on Blog Groper, a site full of fake celebrity blogs that even includes the recent “Steve Jobs” blogger who made tech headlines...

Teacher's Nightmare: Ogling Video on YouTube

Teacher's Nightmare: Ogling Video on YouTube

In this era of YouTube, as well as videos you can take from your cell phone, there's less and less real hope of privacy. In this case, someone turned a 5th grade graduation ceremony, which should be something to be treasured, into something disgusting. "The video was three and a half minutes of me. It would go to my face, to my butt, to...

Google Patches Blogger, Adds Video Support

Google Patches Blogger, Adds Video Support

A number of Blogger users, ourselves included, have noticed a series of publishing and saving glitches on Blogger lately.  There was even an outage this week, though that may have been the result of patches that Google performed to fix the issue.  Additionally, on Friday, Google added direct video upload services to Blogger. An undetermined...

TEMPO Hard Drive Mimics Trash Bin

TEMPO Hard Drive Mimics Trash Bin

The folks at Cagina Design have come up with something cool - the TEMPO is an external hard drive, but it mimics the appearance of a trash can. The idea is that files are automatically copied to the drive when you delete them from your computer - thus the trash can imagery. Designed to mimic the look of a trash can, TEMPO is...

Software Unlocking Delayed by AT&T Threat

Software Unlocking Delayed by AT&T Threat

Yesterday we told you about the software unlocking of the iPhone performed by two different companies. One of them, Uniquephones.com, was to go live with its solution today on its www.iphoneunlocking.com site.  However, after a threatening call from an AT&T lawyer, they have delayed the release. The man informed McLaughlin that if he...

Headphones "Tattle" if you crank the volume

Headphones "Tattle" if you crank the volume

Here comes a set of headphones that readily lets you know if your kids have raised the volume to an unsafe level (most likely this product will go over like a lead balloon with teens). The Guardian HA-31 headphones, by Hamilton Electronics, has red and green LEDs on the earcup. If you can't guess, red means "too loud". Hamilton...

Yahoo to Shutter Yahoo Photos

Yahoo to Shutter Yahoo Photos

Wanting to focus (no pun intended) on Flickr, Yahoo will close its Yahoo Photos site on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. EDT.  Yahoo said it will automatically move photos to a site of the user's choice, including Flickr, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish and Photobucket. Yahoo said it will automatically move users' photos to the photo-sharing...

New, Improved Craigslist: Now w/ 100% Less Craig

New, Improved Craigslist: Now w/ 100% Less Craig

After the mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, leveled allegations of child prostitution against Craigslist, it was reported that Craig Newmark may have stepped back from some of his more demanding corporate duties.Mr. Newmark’s profile was removed from the management page on the site, which opened the door to a lot of questions.  The Atlanta...

iPhone Software Unlock now available

iPhone Software Unlock now available

Earlier today we reported on the hardware unlocking of the iPhone.  But that's ALREADY so over, as the group that operates iPhoneSIMfree.com has created a way to do it in software - and they say it will resists upgrades and restores. The group has not published the details of their unlocking procedure because they plan to sell the service...

New iPods To Be Revealed On The 5th?

New iPods To Be Revealed On The 5th?

We recently uncovered a few rumors regarding the next generation iPods that Apple is gearing up to launch soon.  Now we’re able to report that the ‘when’ would seem to be on September the fifth.The event has been described by industry insiders as more than just a minor product launch or a product refresh.  These insiders are saying that Apple...

gPhone in Two Weeks: Reports

gPhone in Two Weeks: Reports

Obviously this is a rumor, and should be treated as such.  But reports from India, where Google is reportedly trying to strike an exclusive deal with one of the carriers, indicate that the gPhone will launch in two weeks, in both Europe and the U.S. Sources close to the development said a simultaneous launch across the US and Europe is expected,...

Synology Cube Station CS407 - DIY NAS

Synology Cube Station CS407 - DIY NAS

We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the build quality, advanced features, and performance of the Synology Cube Station CS407.  This do-it-yourself NAS device and server comes configured "bare-bones", ready for installation of up to four SATA hard disks with RAID 0, 1 and 5 capabilities.  In addition to...

NJ Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network

NJ Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network

This is, unfortunately, a hardware unlock, which means you have to break out the soldering iron, and break INTO your iPhone - but it can be done. Yesterday, when we first noted this story, this enterprising teen posted the step-by-step instructions to his blog, live-blogging as he completed the unlocking of a brand new iPhone....

Software Pirate Ordered to Switch to Windows

Software Pirate Ordered to Switch to Windows

A former BitTorrent server administrator has been given a harsh sentence - at least for a diehard Linux user.  Because the monitoring software required by his plea agreement won't run on Linux (surprise!), he is been ordered to switch to Windows, or go without a computer. Scott McCausland, who used to be an administrator of the EliteTorrents...

Playstation 3 Sales In The Toilet

Playstation 3 Sales In The Toilet

HotHardware could tell you all about the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. We could bring you the news from there that Sony announced a device that would let users record and store live television on their Playstation 3 game console. We could mention that programming saved in this fashion could then be transferred to a Playstation Portable...

Quid  Pro Quo, Clarice. Quid Pro Quo.

Quid Pro Quo, Clarice. Quid Pro Quo.

Paramount's decision to throw all its support to the HD-DVD side in the format wars for hi-def entertainment was a bit of a surprise. The fight for supremacy between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray is likely to have a winner take all outcome, as one format or another gains the upper hand and the other goes the way of Betamax. But according to the New York...

AGEIA Launches Mobile PhysX Chip for Notebooks

AGEIA Launches Mobile PhysX Chip for Notebooks

The AGEIA PhysX hardware accelerator has been a solution in search of a program.  Meaning, there's just not enough software available to really make it worthwhile.  That said, they have announced a mobile version for notebooks. Today, the company announced the PhysX 100M mobile processor, aimed at adding hardware-accelerated...

Did Rambus Use Patent Ambush Tactics?

Did Rambus Use Patent Ambush Tactics?

The European Commission is joining various US courts in examining the legal rights and wrongs of Rambus.  Apparently the EC is taking issue with Rambus allegedly not properly disclosing all of its patents to potential customers who were interested in acquiring licenses for other Rambus technology.By not telling customers that Rambus held patents...

BeyondTrust Tames Vista's UAC Pop-Ups

BeyondTrust Tames Vista's UAC Pop-Ups

One of the first things we did upon installing Windows Vista was to turn of the User Account Control (UAC). Why? Because we didn't want all the pop-ups generated by the darn thing. And most people we know have turned it off as well. If we were to be generous, we would say the pop-ups are confusing.  If we were to be honest, we would say they...

Seagate to make flash-based hard drives

Seagate to make flash-based hard drives

They are still quite expensive, and not large enough for our tastes, but Seagate is still jumping into the flash-based hard drive market.  Their first entry will most likely be in the enterprise market, according to CEO Bill Watkins. "We are going to have a solid state drive, probably for enterprise first," Watkins said on Wednesday....

Nokia to include Windows Live services

Nokia to include Windows Live services

Showing it is indeed possible for us to all "just get along," Microsoft and Nokia have made nice.  Nokia phones will be getting mobile versions of Windows Live services on its handhelds, starting today.  Unfortunately for those of us in the United States, it's Europe and the Middle East only for now. Nokia and Microsoft said Thursday they...

Internet Catches TV. Still Chasing Sleeping

The good news for TV broadcasters in IBM's new survey is that they still attract slightly more attention per day than the internet, by a slim 66 to 60 percent margin, among persons reporting from one to four hours per day of use. The bad news is the younger you are, the less likely you are to care about TV compared to the internet, and it's...

No More Huge Bills for iPhone Users

No More Huge Bills for iPhone Users

After a flurry of stories, and even a YouTube video showing the huge iPhone bills some users were getting - not in terms of money, but in terms of pages - AT&T has put an end to them.  This is likely to be a great relief to mail carriers, some of whom were totiing bills so big that they numbered in the hundreds of pages, and were too large...

Sun to change stock ticker to JAVA

Sun to change stock ticker to JAVA

In an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition of Java, which is more well-known to the general public than Sun Microsystems itself, Sun will be changing its stock ticker symbol next week from SUNW to JAVA. "The number of people who know Java swamps the number of people who know Sun," Schwartz wrote. "JAVA is a technology...

The Ultimate Computer Desk - Literally

The Ultimate Computer Desk - Literally

Yes, this was a monumental waste of good hardware and the average enthusiast will never have access to the resources necessary to pull something like this off, but the end result is so cool you just have to check this out.  Matt Tovey is an HPC and Storage IT specialist currently living near Munich, Germany.  He recently worked on a project...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Gigabyte GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB @ Sharky Extreme Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 @ EB Full HD: Hip or Hype? @ Digital Trends Gainward GeForce 8600GTS 512MB Video Card @ OzHardware...

Being Creepier Than GTA Makes BioShock A Hit

Being Creepier Than GTA Makes BioShock A Hit

Grand Theft Auto has always served as the poster boy for video games that drive parents and government officials up the wall. Take-Two Interactive Software took a lot of heat for the violent and sexualized content, and made a whole lot of money selling it.  But they've had trouble coming up with a follow-up to their signature title.  It looks...

Ideazon REAPER EDGE Gaming Mouse

Ideazon REAPER EDGE Gaming Mouse

Ideazon Slashes PC Gaming Market with REAPER EDGE Gaming Mouse Intense printed graphic finish and battery of features gives REAPER Edge mouse the truest all around appeal for PC gaming community VAUGHAN, ON (August 22, 2007) – Ideazon Inc., designer and developer of the Zboard, the world’s first...

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor, the World's Most Power Efficient x86 CPU 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor opens up the benefits of x86 design and performance to the embedded industry, gains wide industry adoption Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator...

Microsoft Brings Back Sidewinder Line with Mouse

Microsoft Brings Back Sidewinder Line with Mouse

Microsoft Hardware’s Got Game: SideWinder Line Is Back With a Mouse That Defines Customized Gaming Control LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 22, 2007 Today at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Hardware debuts the revival of its SideWinder™ line with its first gaming mouse built from the ground up...

AMD sales chief Richard to step down

AMD sales chief Richard to step down

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to announce the resignation of Henri Richard, Chief Sales Officer, later today.  The resignation comes not long after the latest quarterly results were announced, with AMD suffering a third straight quarterly loss. Richard has led AMD's marketing efforts since 2002, spanning an era when the company...

Apple's notebook market share climbs to 17.6%

Apple's notebook market share climbs to 17.6%

That is definitely an impressive percentage, especially when you consider that desktop sales are dropping while notebook sales are rising.  According to NPD, Apple’s U.S. retail notebook market share for June 2007 rose 2.2% from last year's 15.4% mark. As well as the notebooks are doing, Apple’s overall standing among computer makers is...

T-Mobile, Orange, O2 Score iPhone European Deals

T-Mobile, Orange, O2 Score iPhone European Deals

Contracts with the carriers and Apple were signed in the last few days.  Of particular interest, however, is that the contract requires the carriers to give Apple 10% of iPhone revenues derived from phone and data calls.  This is something the carriers have strongly resisted in the past, and shows just how much they wanted the latest must-have...

More AMD G3MX Details Emerge

More AMD G3MX Details Emerge

A few weeks ago, news broke of an upcoming AMD technology co-developed with a couple of their IC partners dubbed G3MX, or the Socket G3 Memory eXtension.  In essence, G3MX is designed to be AMD’s answer to the current FB-DIMM (Fully Buffered) memory used on Intel’s high-end server and workstation platforms.  While DDR2 FB-DIMMs, that are outfitted...

Lovie, Let's Join An Internet Country Club

Tired of all the riff-raff you encounter on Facebook?  Wondering if you're going to be questioned  by the police about  the age of your MySpace friends? Leaving nasty comments in blogs no-one reads except people who wash their hands 150 times a day and have 11 cats? Well, maybe it's time for you to an exclusive online network like aSmallWorld,...

4 in 10 People Won't Have Buttons In Five Years

HotHardware has no idea if the mid-eighties Michael Jackson look of having zippers all over your clothes is going to make a comeback. We were referring to your cellular phone handset. According to Mei-Hui Tsai, president of Empia Technology, touch panels are becoming a very hot component right now, and it's leading to shortages in production...

Apple updates iPhone software to 1.0.2

Apple updates iPhone software to 1.0.2

It's been less than two months, and already we've seen two iPhone software updates. This second one, like the first, focuses on bug fixes.  Much like the first, there aren't many details available.  This one weighs in at 92MB.It's pretty amazing how Apple continues to do this, as experience has shown that carrier certifications of these types...

Tracking iPhone Sales & New iPods

Tracking iPhone Sales & New iPods

While the iPhone didn't quite hit the first week/first dale sales targets that many predicted, it was still a strong performer upon its introduction.  Despite the initial demand not being quite as high as many predictions, the demand in the weeks and months following the launch have actually exceeded earlier estimates.Current figures estimate...

Soapbox vs. YouTube: Who Is The Copyright King?

Soapbox vs. YouTube: Who Is The Copyright King?

Microsoft and Google have been locked together in a corporate struggle of titanic proportions for the past few years, one from which a clear victor has yet to emerge.  The battle sprawls from search engines, to office suites, and now the video services are becoming the new focal point of the conflict.On the Google side of the line is the reigning...

YouTube tests viewer-friendly ad format

YouTube tests viewer-friendly ad format

Google says it has devised an ad format for YouTube that - and here's the unbelievable part - is not annoying.  Now how could they possibly arrange that, since in this age of Tivo and other PVRs, as well as banner blocking software for your web browser, ads are almost by nature, annoying? TV viewers have grown accustomed to watching a show...

Comcast Denies Monkeying with Bittorrent Traffic

Comcast Denies Monkeying with Bittorrent Traffic

Today Comcast today responded to reports by the blog Torrentfreak, which we posted a few days ago.   In that article, it was reported that users were experiencing slowdowns and even dropped transfers, and that Comcast was the culprit. Over the past few days, these claims have been widely circulated throughout the Web. But when I spoke...

MTV Drops URGE, joins RealNetworks and Verizon

MTV Drops URGE, joins RealNetworks and Verizon

MTV has decided to shut down its URGE service, while joining RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless together in a joint venture, centered around RealNetworks' Rhapsody.  URGE users will be able to migrate their accounts from URGE to Rhapsody. As part of this alliance, MTV Networks and Real are forming a new company, Rhapsody America,...

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard Enables OEMs and SIs to build most energy-efficient Windows Vista PCs that draw over 50% less power than the latest Energy Star requirements Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21 August 2007 - Further strengthening its leadership in providing the world's...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX Edition @ [H] Bioshock PC Demo Performance @ AMDZone Sparkle Calibre P850+ 8500GT 512MB @ Techgage Processors: AMD 6000+ AM2 X2 Processor Review...

Wal-Mart Launches DRM-Free Music Downloads

Wal-Mart Launches DRM-Free Music Downloads

Wal-Mart has joined the likes of Amazon.com and iTunes today - it is offering MP3 downloads, free of DRM.  Much as it's hard to applaud anything Wal-Mart does, it is a major step when the world's largest retailer signs up. Wal-Mart announces the launch of "DRM-free" MP3 music downloads, now available online at http://www.walmart.com. At...

Is Apple Leading The Way Back To Retail Stores?

Is Apple Leading The Way Back To Retail Stores?

ifo AppleStore, a website devoted to info about Apple's retail stores, (!) has an interesting analysis of the contribution of Apple's sticks and bricks stores to their bottom line. It highlights Apple's foresight in not relying solely on direct internet sales, or reseller displays in stores owned by others-- stores that may or may not be all...

Mediastar = I Saw A Pimple On Melissa Theuriau

Mediastar = I Saw A Pimple On Melissa Theuriau

Adobe Systems announced yesterday that their latest version of their ubiquitous Flash Player includes H.264 standard video support. That's the same as Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players. For those of us that like to watch video over the web on our desktop, it means we're finally going to get video that doesn't look like a series of photocopied screencaps...

Google Struggles with Phone Number 'For Life'

Google Struggles with Phone Number 'For Life'

Google's GrandCentral has promised its clients a single phone number "for life."  Unfortunately, after local carriers dropped out, Grandcentral had to change the numbers of 400 clients. GrandCentral, which Google acquired last month, had to change about 400 of the supposedly perpetual numbers it had assigned to clients. By doing so,...

Phishing With Google Gadgets?

Phishing With Google Gadgets?

Phishing has become a very serious problem recently.  In fact, it has become so serious that new versions of leading browsers have anti-phishing technology built into them.  That doesn't mean that phishers are out of business.  No sir.In fact, it just means that they're trying to find new methods around new security measures.Phishers have...

Hello, My Name Is @

Hello, My Name Is @

Two Chinese parents decided to attempt to name their new child “@”, but there has yet to be any official word on whether or not the name will be considered acceptable.If the couple ever has another child, we're thinking that the name could either be QQ (a popular IM program in Asia) or perhaps simply  .com. “The unusual name stands out especially...

Search For Jobs & Get Trojans At The Same Time

Search For Jobs & Get Trojans At The Same Time

Researchers at SecureWorks have found a massive cache of sensitive data from over 46,000 victims of a Prg Trojan variant.  What's odd about this particular case is that not only did they find lots of private data, but where the data came from. “Experts at the Atlanta-based security company said the information includes bank and credit card...

Malaysia honors DVD-sniffing dogs

Malaysia honors DVD-sniffing dogs

Lucky and Flo (pictured) were the first dogs trained to sniff out optical discs by their chemical composition.  They were loaned to the Malaysian government in March by the Motion Picture Association.  They were so good at their job, in fact, that a bounty of $29,000 was put out on them.  They've finished their 6-month assignment in Malaysia...

Paramount to Back to HD-DVD Exclusively

Paramount to Back to HD-DVD Exclusively

Rumors of the death of HD-DVD have been - well, you know the old saying.  Recent moves by retailers like Blockbuster have led to speculation about the demise of HD-DVD.  Today, however, Paramount gave HD-DVD a needed boost, by saying, rather than releasing titles on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD, as they had decided in 2005, they were switching...

New Software Censors Work Communication

New Software Censors Work Communication

Besides the obvious breaches in personal information we all hear about - lost laptops, stolen hard drives, lost CDs - there is the less obvious.  An example would be accidental or intentional sending of sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, via email.  Or even, as has happened fairly recently, sending denigrating comments...

OCZ Announces Partnership With PC World

OCZ Announces Partnership With PC World

OCZ Technology Announces Partnership with Leading UK Reseller PC World Sunnyvale, Calif.—August 20, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, is pleased to announce their high-end computer hardware solutions will be available at one...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Works? @ [H] ASUS EN8600GT Silent @ EB Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ PCStats Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0: An Overclocker's Dream...

Skype Outage Caused by Windows Update - Sort Of

Skype Outage Caused by Windows Update - Sort Of

No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical...

Netflix Drops Prices Again

Netflix Drops Prices Again

Netflix has recently lowered their prices for 3 DVDs to $16.99, and for a select few (million) customers, they’re trying a lower price point of $15.99 to see where the ‘sweet spot’ is.These price cuts come on the heels of Blockbuster acquiring Movielink earlier this month, a move that many claim will be a major part of Blockbuster’s strategy...

AMD's Back in Black

AMD's Back in Black

We first reported on a possible new addition to AMD's Athlon 64 X2 line-up back in July. The rumored chip was somewhat of a surprise, since official AMD roadmaps clearly pegged the 6000+ as the last member of the Athlon 64 X2 family as we currently know it, with no further additions until the Phenom was out in force. The rumors have turned...

George Ou Likes Hatemail

George Ou Likes Hatemail

George Ou must like getting hate mail. He had the nerve to point out that "Vista puts Mac OS X font rendering to shame," and has the screen caps to demonstrate it. George does not seem to understand that for five percent of the population, anything that ships from Redmond is made in a cauldron of snake's venom in Sauron's cave, while Steve...

Skype Up & Running Again

Skype Up & Running Again

After troubles that caused users to be unable to log in to the peer-to-peer VoIP service for up to two days over this weekend, it looks like Skype has ironed out their software issue.What exactly was the problem?  Other than knowing that it’s allegedly software related, Skype has been awfully tightlipped about the origin of the difficulty...

64 Cores. But Not A Skyscraper. A Neighborhood.

64 Cores. But Not A Skyscraper. A Neighborhood.

Piling on the cores is nothing new. Intel demonstrated an 80 core processor last year. But there's always been a problem. The computing power of multiple cores has been like a huge boat you built in your basement. You could go sailing, but it won't fit out the door. In multicore chips, the too-small door is getting on or off-chip access to...

Unraveling The AMD 65nm Riddle

Unraveling The AMD 65nm Riddle

When AMD came out with their first 65nm X2 CPUs, a lot of fans were wondering if AMD was going to be in a good position to ramp up their existing X2 line.  If that happened, AMD might have been able to close some of the performance gap between the Core 2 Duo and the X2.Sadly, that never happened.  Instead, fans and hardware aficionados ended...

Cell Phones Increasingly Used for Prank Calls

Cell Phones Increasingly Used for Prank Calls

All cell phones have the ability to make a 911 call even if the service on the phone is disconnected.  This is a requirement of the Federal Comunications Commission, and while this is an obvious safety measure, it's also being mis-used by some to make prank calls to 911. Emergency dispatch operators say they're getting an increasing number...

A Notebook With A Quad-Core CPU?

A Notebook With A Quad-Core CPU?

You have to scroll down through the list of available options to see it, but it’s there.  The only 2 CPU options are both Quad-Core desktop CPUs!  At first glance, you might think that this is a typo, but a quick call to the sales confirmed it.Too bad there aren't options for a screen larger than 17 inches.  A laptop with this much horsepower...

Comcast Takes The Axe To BitTorrenting

Comcast Takes The Axe To BitTorrenting

Comcast users who have recently reported that their download speeds have dropped and/or their inability to seed has started making waves, after all, Comcast is a major player in the broadband arena.It is no surprise then, that Comcast is now officially doing something about piracy: they’re throttling BitTorrent activity on their own network....

A Trip Down Computer Memory Lane

A Trip Down Computer Memory Lane

For an old-timer like me, C|Net's tour of the DigiBarn, a 19th-century farmhouse deep in the Santa Cruz mountains, about 90 minutes south of San Francisco, brings back a lot of memories.  Late nights huddled in front of my C64 using Nibble-Copy to "backup" some games, hammering my way through Sword of Sodan on the IIGS and Shadow of the beast...

Church offers free iTunes, iPhone

Church offers free iTunes, iPhone

In Coral Gables, Florida, an enterprising pastor wants to bribe (his words) new people into attending its iSermons.  This is the same church, Church of the Glades, that in January drew 50,000 hits to its website with a billboard proclaiming "The Bare Naked Truth on Sex." Anyone who comes to its iThemed services for the first...

EA Helping Mac Get “In The Game”

EA Helping Mac Get “In The Game”

Apple has been making impressive inroads in numerous markets, regaining ground in arenas that they once dominated.  There is, however, one arena which was arguably never dominated by Macintoshes: Gaming.Companies like id and Blizzard have offered Mac software for the past several years, but recently mega-publisher EA decided to throw their...

It's Hip to be (Four) Square in Silicon Valley

It's Hip to be (Four) Square in Silicon Valley

I know that it's crazyI know that it's nowhereBut there is no denying thatIt's hip to be square(Huey Lewis & the News)Admit it: Silicon Valley is the land of the Geek. For startups, this generally translates to things like video games, foosball and table tennis.  Now the latest "stress reliever" in Silicon Valley is that old schoolyard...

Dominos Now Taking SMS Orders

Dominos Now Taking SMS Orders

Dominos Pizza has been experimenting with different forms of digitally ordering pizza in recent years.  It all started with opening a web-site to take online orders (something Papa John’s Pizza made quite popular), then moved on to the infamous /pizza command in EverQuest 2, and now has moved on to the wonderful world of SMS.The big question...

More Wikipedia Editing Greatness

More Wikipedia Editing Greatness

Recently we told you about the Wikiscanner, and how it had uncovered several suspicious additions and edits by several businesses and government bodies.The scanner has now uncovered a few other organizations abusing the online encyclopedia: “Virgil Griffith's "Wikiscanner" points to Central Intelligence Agency computers as the sources of...

Clicking for couches: More Purchases Online

Clicking for couches: More Purchases Online

About a year ago we decided our living room furniture was on its last legs.  It had been a cheap sectional set, and it was badly in need of replacement.  We had never tried buying furniture online before, except for small items such as TV stands or footstools.  With the trend toward lower prices on the Internet, and looking at a retail price...

Blizzard Sued Over World of Warcraft Fonts

Blizzard Sued Over World of Warcraft Fonts

In what can only be termed "incredibly ironic" due to the way China and Chinese firms are usually portrayed with regards to intellectual property (IP), a Chinese firm has sued Blizzard over alleged use of its fonts in World of Warcraft. Founder Electronics is asking for compensation of 100 million yuan for the alleged infringement...

Skype On Outage: No Comment

Skype On Outage: No Comment

Skype isn’t commenting just yet on the major outage that has befallen the service.  Since the trouble began, Skype has ceased allowing users to download the client while they iron out what is believed to be a software issue.The problem started late on the 15th, when both log-in and connectivity issues struck the Skype.  Current estimates are...

Data Leaks Sink IT Contractors

Data Leaks Sink IT Contractors

Guarding sensitive data is an extremely complex task and often requires a skilled IT team that stays on top of modern technology.  Of course, if your IT team does things like turning off firewalls in order to perform lengthy maintenance on servers (while leaving them connected to the internet), they might not really be a ‘good’ IT team to...

Apple, AT&T Hit With Second iPhone Lawsuit

Apple, AT&T Hit With Second iPhone Lawsuit

Apple and AT&T have been sued for a second time over the controversial battery replacement plan for the iPhone.  You may recall that last month Jose Trujillo of Melrose Park, Ill. sued the companies for $75,000 in damages over the battery.  Monday a second lawsuit was filed, this time in California, alleging that Apple and AT&T deliberately...

Gaming on Integrated Graphics: No Longer Crazy

Gaming on Integrated Graphics: No Longer Crazy

Gaming on integrated graphics?  You've got to be kidding, right?  I mean, standalone cards are pushed to the limit by games.  You would expect that a system "saddled" with integrated graphics would be too handicapped.  According to an Intel blog, with the latest release of their G965 integrated graphics chipset drivers, that's not necessarily...

Army: Brass, Not Bloggers, Breach Security

You may recall earlier in the year the crackdown placed on bloggers by the military, who said that such blogging could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information.  Yet, haven't we seen huge amounts of sensitive information leaked on the Internet by government agencies?  (Nods head in agreement)  A series of audits has...

IBM unveils Lotus Notes 8

IBM unveils Lotus Notes 8

Version 8 of Lotus Notes and Domino was released today by IBM.  As well as new features, a major focus of the latest release is the modernization of the user interface, which some claim has been stuck in the Stone Age, and which has annoyed users to the point that Notes anti-fan sites have been created. The changes are the result of building...

Corsair VX450W PSU

Corsair VX450W PSU

We're closing out the week with some new content for you all. We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair’s brand-new VX450W 450W power supply.  Here’s a snip from the piece... “Looking over the specifications,...

No Shortage Of Reports Of  Component Shortages

No Shortage Of Reports Of Component Shortages

Another day, another report of tight supply of finished electronic goods due to shortages of lowly but vital components like IC chips and printed circuit boards. According to Digitimes, Nintendo will have to continue to delay expanding production of its wildly popular Wii gaming console because of  component shortages. With the...

Hey Apple: It Took Me Ten Minutes To Type This.

Hey Apple: It Took Me Ten Minutes To Type This.

If your employer wanted to give his workers that cutting edge buzz, he'd buy you all an Apple iPhone, right? Maybe so, but businesspeople are in for a steep learning curve learning to use the iPhone touchscreen for entering text. Consulting firm User Centric  reports that people accustomed to the QWERTY keyboards on such business stalwarts...

Compact Disc Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Compact Disc Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Hard to believe it's been that long isn't it? Or maybe that's not quite right.  With the iPod and other MP3 players, along digital music downloads, perhaps the "Golden Age" of the CD is over, just as it reaches its 25th birthday. It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off...

Dell Upgrade Kits For XPS Available

Dell Upgrade Kits For XPS Available

Anyone that bought an XPS 700 or 710 on or before June 30th of this year is eligible to participate in an upgrade plan that includes a 680i SLI motherboard, and the option to buy a QX6700 at 25% off the price in the Dell store.Of course Dell is selling the QX6700 for $1,119, versus the Q6700 which operates at the same speed but sells for about...

IBM to handle Digital TV Coupon Program for Feds

IBM to handle Digital TV Coupon Program for Feds

It's coming, and it'll be here faster than you can think of it. The end of analog TV.  On February 17th, 2009, all analog TV broadcasts in the United States will cease.  Part of the transition process is a coupon program, whereby consumers will receive up to two $40 coupons for a digital converter box that will interface to their analog TV....

GeForce 9800 To Be Quiet?

GeForce 9800 To Be Quiet?

We reported yesterday that NVIDIA has taped out their next generation GPU, the 9800, or so the rumor goes.Now we’re picking up new details, such as the the rumor that the new cards are said to run much quieter than current generation cards such as the 8800 Ultra.As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt until we actually get a card...

Dell Execs Responsible For Accounting Errors

Dell Execs Responsible For Accounting Errors

Between 2003 and 2006, Dell execs manipulated earnings reports to make the company appear more attractive.  How big was the difference?It’s been estimated that the bottom line has been altered by anything from $50 to $150 million, which would amount to about a 2 to 7 cents change per share.  So who was responsible? “Which executives knew...

Ziff Davis Restructuring

Ziff Davis Restructuring

Ziff Davis, one of the pioneering PC publications, has announced plans to restructure in the wake of the decision to not pay its interest portion of the payment on its notes.Ziff Davis presently operates numerous publications such as the Games For Windows Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1Up.com, Filefront, and GameTap. “Jason Young,...

Reports of Quicken's Mac Death Incorrect

Reports of Quicken's Mac Death Incorrect

What was that old saying?  "The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated?"  This appears to be the case with Quicken for the Mac, despite Internet reports of its cancellation. The Macintosh version of Quicken is s alive and well, according to Intuit spokesperson Jodi Reinman. Reinman refuted reports floating on the Web that Quicken...

Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam

Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam

2K Games' Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2007 - Valve today announced that BioShock, the highly-anticipated and award-winning first-person shooter by 2K Games is available for pre-purchase now via Steam®. Starting today, gamers can pre-order BioShock...

Apple Lays AppleWorks to Rest

Apple Lays AppleWorks to Rest

Twenty years is a long time in the computer business, and the AppleWorks suite, which at one time was the industry's best-selling piece of software, has been laid to rest at the ripe old age of 23.AppleWorks was first written for the Apple II, and was one of the first integrated software suites.  It eventually morphed into ClarisWorks, and...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Leadtek 8800GTS 640MB @ TheTechLounge Processors: All Pentium M Models @ Hardware Secrets Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 Overclocking @ HardwareZone...

Netflix Goes Retro with Phone-Based Support

Netflix Goes Retro with Phone-Based Support

While buying on the Internet is a) easy, b) fast, c) frequently less expensive, it can also be frustrating, particularly when there is a customer service issue or a return to be made.  Granted, some companies such as Amazon.com make returns easy, by making the entire process of a return as easy as the buying process, and even providing free...

Who Is Editing Wikipedia Anyhow?

Who Is Editing Wikipedia Anyhow?

While some Wikipedia entries or edits can prove to be humorous, or spark rumors that keep us all amused, it could actually be more interesting to see who is doing the editing & the occasional deleting.What the world (wide web) needs is a method to determine if corporations and government bodies are intentionally trying to use Wikipedia...

P35 Shootout: Asus P5K3 vs. Gigabyte P35T-DQ6

P35 Shootout: Asus P5K3 vs. Gigabyte P35T-DQ6

We know some of you like to jump right down to the news, so w e’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new P35 chipset-based motherboard shootout here at HotHardware in which we pit the Asus P5K3 Deluxe against the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  The P5K3 Deluxe is positioned as a premium product, with a price tag to...

GeForce 9800 Taped Out?

GeForce 9800 Taped Out?

While there are no details on exactly what the new GeForce 9800 series is going to bring to the party in terms of features and performance, the word has come down that the first chips have now officially taped out.The 9800 isn't the only chip that's allegedly taped out, but sadly there isn't much in the way of details on what else has come...

Breakthrough Cooling Technique?

Breakthrough Cooling Technique?

A new cooling technique, called ionic cooling, has now been demonstrated by researchers at Purdue.  The technique involves the harnessing of ionic winds between two electrodes, which are placed on the back of the chip.Sadly, the Intel funded technology currently requires massive amounts of energy in order to reach its maximum cooling potential...

Taxpayer Bailout Of Ill-Advised Business Needed

Taxpayer Bailout Of Ill-Advised Business Needed

Subprime mortgage market? Stock market? What are you talking about? I was referring to BusinessWeek's report that municipal wireless networks are colossal money losers, and the companies that partnered with many cities and counties to offer it are tired of losing their shirt on expensive infrastructure and operating costs based on demand that...

CNet Journalists Sue HP

CNet Journalists Sue HP

Three CNet employees as well as various family members of said employees have filed suit against HP for invading their privacy.The damages sought by the plaintiffs has not been disclosed, but it's probably a safe bet that they're not going to be asking for free HP products for life.The basis of the complaints is that HP representatives obtained...

Notebook Makers Run Out Of Stuff

Yesterday Hot Hardware pointed out the Digitimes report on the tight supply of the lowly DVD pick-up head component. Today's version of "we're running out of stuff" includes an assortment of components needed to build notebook computers. Many notebook manufacturers are in danger of missing their targets for sales for 2007, not because of a...

Eye-catching new Taser sparks controversy

Eye-catching new Taser sparks controversy

Tasers are in use across the United States by police forces in towns and cities of all sizes.  However, it's the latest model, one specifically designed to be attractive to women in both size, style and form factor, which is creating controversy among human rights and law enforcement groups. Police forces in the United States have been...

Buying Online Eases Recall Worries

Buying Online Eases Recall Worries

The sheer number of recalls for Chinese toys has placed a burden not just on retailers and toy companies, but on consumers as well. Parents have quite a long list to go over if they want to be sure the toys they have purchased for their children are safe.  But online toy companies are making things easier on parents. Online stores...

A bump on the road to Windows Vista

A bump on the road to Windows Vista

I looked at this story and wondered if it was months old.  I mean, at this point, with Windows Vista being released in January, and this story basically addressing whether or not adoption by corporations would be quick - how could it be quick after all these months?   I suppose the reality is that the original prediction for quick adoption...

AMD Releases New Spec For Real Time Optimization

AMD Releases New Spec For Real Time Optimization

AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance Optimization for Software Applications -- AMD “Light-Weight Profiling” is the first specification under AMD’s Hardware Extensions for Software Parallelism initiative; targeted to helping developers fully leverage the benefits of multi-core processing...

Dr. Phil Taping Video Game Violence Episode

Dr. Phil Taping Video Game Violence Episode

It has been discussed often, yet there has been no definitive answer about whether or not video games contribute to societal violence.  If you look around you can find studies that say "yes," and studies that say "no."  Well, Oprah's favorite shrink, Dr. Phil, is going to tackle the issue, as he prepares to tape a show devoted to just that...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Open-Source ATI Driver Gets TV-Out Support @ Phoronix Memory & Storage: AENEON XTUNE AXT760UD00-19D 2GB Kit @ HardwareZone Power:...

Blu-ray Outpaces HD-DVD in U.S. Two-to-One

Blu-ray Outpaces HD-DVD in U.S. Two-to-One

Home Media Research, a division of Home Media Magazine, released sales results for the different high-definition movie disc camps today - and the results were not good for HD-DVD. Blu-ray high-definition movie discs outsold films on the rival HD-DVD format by 2-to-1 in the United States in the first half of 2007, Home Media Research said...

New Team Fortress 2 Tech Demo

New Team Fortress 2 Tech Demo

We posted some imagery from Valve's upcoming Team Fortress 2 in our coverage of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT launch, but there is only so much a few screenshots can convey. To truly appreciate the fluidity of the animation and the character interaction, you have to see the game in motion.  If you haven't already had a chance to see TF2 in all...

ITunes Now Selling John Lennon Tracks

ITunes Now Selling John Lennon Tracks

When people think of content missing from iTunes (that they'd really, really like to see), a majority think of the Beatles. Well, they're still missing, but John Lennon's solo music is not. Apple announced today they would be selling 16 of his solo albums on iTunes, joining Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as former Beatles with music on the...

By The Time You Want A PS3, It Might Be Blind

By The Time You Want A PS3, It Might Be Blind

When we talk about the horseraces between manufacturers of electronics, we generally only need to concern ourselves with how each one uses the features and pricing of their wonderful shiny toys to get us to whip out our credit cards. One thing we haven't dealt with for a while is a real live shortage of any fundamental component for anything...

Wozniak's This Old House Project

Wozniak's This Old House Project

It's a mistake to assume that people that are smart about one thing --even a genius-- will have an intelligent outlook about other walks of life. I doubt Einstein would have made a great plumber.  But I'm not so sure about Steve Wozniak.  One of the founders of Apple, he's always got something interesting to say about very diverse subjects....

Hotmail & Gmail: Clash Of The Gigabytes

Hotmail & Gmail: Clash Of The Gigabytes

When Gmail was first announced, with its 1 GB limit, it certainly made news.  Since then Hotmail (Now Windows Live Hotmail), Yahoo Mail, and Gmail have all been increasing the storage capacity of both their free accounts and the pay-for accounts.Now Microsoft is jumping from 2 GB to 5 GB in a move to outdo Gmail.  We're eagerly awaiting Gmail's...

Penryn Launch Looming: Xeons On Nov 11?

Penryn Launch Looming: Xeons On Nov 11?

Rumor alert: It looks like Intel could be planning to launch new Xeons based on the new Penryn core on November 11th.  The good news is that CPUs should start at $209 for a 2.00 GHz and top out at 3.16 GHz for $1,172.As we’ve reported before, we expect the Penryn family CPUs to ship with larger caches and the new SSE 4 instructions.  The entire...

Americans turn to the Web for health data

A recent poll shows that more and more Americans are turning to the Internet for information about health and health issues.  In fact, according to the 2007 Consumer Medical and Health Information poll, nearly as many Americans list the Web as their primary source of medical information as do their doctor. The 2007 Consumer Medical and Health...

Fujitsu To Triple HD Storage Capacity?

Fujitsu To Triple HD Storage Capacity?

The bright engineers over at Fujitsu have are developing a new technology that could literally triple hard drive capacity in the near future.  What’s truly amazing is how the idea came about.Holograms.  Yeah, those things that used to come on special edition baseball cards back in the early 1980's.  True story: “Fujitsu's next big idea literally...

The Real Social Networking Security Hole - Users

The Real Social Networking Security Hole - Users

There has been much concern over the security and privacy of social networking sites.  Much of the flak has been directed at the sites themselves.  But a study run by security company Sophos showed, once again, that the real security hole, lies in users.By creating a  fake ID around a green frog name "Freddi Staur" (which is an anagram of...

AMD Closes $1.5 Billion Offering of Senior Notes

AMD Closes $1.5 Billion Offering of Senior Notes

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Closes $1.5 Billion Offering of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 SUNNYVALE, Calif – August 14, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) today announced the closing of its offering of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.75% Convertible...

Intuit building Quicken Online

Intuit building Quicken Online

Quickbooks has long been available as an online service, so it was only a matter of time before Quicken was migrated to this format.   Currently in closed beta testing, Intuit is planning to open the beta to a waiting list on September 10. Intuit is planning to release a Web-based edition of its leading personal finance application this...

OCZ Introduces Flex XLC DDR3 RAM

OCZ Introduces Flex XLC DDR3 RAM

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed DDR3 within the Flex XLC Series for Ultimate Performance and Optimal Cooling Options Sunnyvale, CA—August 13, 2007—With the goal of providing proprietary technology combined with the latest industry platform hardware, OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: One Ultra or Two 2900s @ t-break Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR4 @ Elite Bastards Processors: Intel E6750 CPU Review @ OCC Motherboards...

Vista SP1 (Leaked) - Analyzed

Vista SP1 (Leaked) - Analyzed

While we wouldn't advise you to use a leaked copy of anything, that doesn't mean we wouldn't want to give you some insight into the upcoming Vista SP1 - which, as most of you should know, has had a beta leaked to the Internet.  APCMag took a close look at it, and found nothing earth-shattering (typical for most SPs, with the possible exception...

Nokia Issues Massive Phone Battery Recall

Nokia Issues Massive Phone Battery Recall

For once it's not a Sony battery being recalled, but it is a huge number.  46 million BL-5C batteries made by Matsushita are being recalled by Nokia because of possible overheating.  Replacements will, of course, be free. The batteries were manufactured between December 2005 and November 2006. Nokia has identified that in very...

Sex & Law Suits In Second Life

Sex & Law Suits In Second Life

Second Life is fairly unique amongst a crowd of Dwarf & Goblin infested online worlds, as it doesn’t focus on gold coins, levels or even experience points.  Residents of Second Life go about a wide array of tasks, almost all of which could be easily done in the real world.  There are still limits to what people can or should do, but scripting...

A Variation on the DVR, Without Ad Skipping

This will go over like a lead balloon - I hope.  Time Warner Cable already offers a feature called Start Over in 6 of its 23 markets.  This feature is free and allows you to watch a program from the start, within 30 minutes its beginning - but without the ability to fast forward.  Starting this October Time Warner will offer a new service,...

OPA Study Runs Out Of Names For Online Activity

Something called the Online Publisher Organization Internet Activity Index is out, and it has some very interesting information in it; just not what they think it is. It measures the proportion of online time spent doing purely communications functions, as compared to viewing online content. According to the study, in the last four years it's...

Corsair Flash Padlock USB

Corsair Flash Padlock USB

Just in case you like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair’s new Flash Padlock USB drive.  If you have ever been concerned about data security, the Flash Padlock may appeal to...

Hey! Cheat On Your Wife, Not World Of Warcraft

Hey! Cheat On Your Wife, Not World Of Warcraft

Why do we buy HotHardware? The answer is always to play games. You don't need to overclock and cool to use Microsoft Word. We want to go places and kill things. But as the worlds we wander through with our weapons have gravitated online, and involve thousands of other players worldwide, cheating at gaming has morphed from a harmless personal...

Google Fights Microsoft, Loses To Yahoo

Google Fights Microsoft, Loses To Yahoo

Google is a very powerful thing, whether you're referring to the search engine or the company that offers it. Microsoft feels Google's breath on its neck now, and is purchasing web-based companies to help them get into the lucrative online advertising business that is Google's strength. And Google continues to  buy companies that can help...

MP3 music - the dark age of recorded music

MP3 music - the dark age of recorded music

It's been said that if you want DRM-free music, take your CD and rip it to your hard drive.  But everytime you do something like this, you lose something: quality.  The compression involved in creating the MP3 file reduces the fidelity of the sound.  But this is something we've all become used to, and it's still as good as the original, right?...

YouTube wants to depose Colbert, Stewart

YouTube wants to depose Colbert, Stewart

Colbert and Stewart on the other side of the desk?  In other words, being interviewed instead of interviewing someone?  That will be what happens if Google gets its way.  Google wants to depose the two of them, in addition to at least 30 other witnesses, in testimony pertaining to the Viacom lawsuit leveled against Google and YouTube....

AMD developing patch for ATI security flaw

AMD developing patch for ATI security flaw

A recent article in The Inquirer indicated that ATI, as well as other vendors, had  "particularly badly" written drivers which could expose the Vista kernel to attack.  This afternoon ATI plans to release a new driver package with a critical security fix in response to this issue. "The market recently discovered a potential security...

Apple Debuts iTunes Social Networking Widgets

Apple Debuts iTunes Social Networking Widgets

It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create...

Bioshock Inches Closer To Release

Bioshock Inches Closer To Release

According to our current poll, Bioshock is one of the more highly anticipated games scheduled to be released, with only Crysis and UT:3 receiving more votes.  Well, it turns out that Bioshock fans are a little bit closer to getting their hands on the final game. As of last night, the demo for Bioshock was made available for download on the...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Silent GeForce 8600 GT and 8600 GTS @ [H] Gigabyte 8600GTS 256MB Silent Pipe 3 Review @ Techgage Memory & Storage: Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive @ TR...

Give Me Your Lunch Money...For Webkinz

Give Me Your Lunch Money...For Webkinz

I'm beginning to think all of the world's industry is geared solely to part parents from their money by amusing their children. Now toy makers are getting wise to the fact that even very young children will spend lots of time online if you give them something soft and fuzzy to clutch while they're doing it. That's why toymaker Ganz won the...

Not Ready For Prime Time Players?

Not Ready For Prime Time Players?

Way back in early June, HotHardware told you that Mozilla was considering configuring the next iteration of their Firefox web browser to detect malicious code, and to warn users not to open infected websites. The next version of Firefox is indeed being developed to do just that, and may or may not even allow you to override the warning and...

I  Want The Little Top Hat. You Get The Shoe

I Want The Little Top Hat. You Get The Shoe

Electronic Arts, the behemoth of all things PC and Console gaming, is teaming up with old-fashioned toymaker Hasbro to adapt a bevy of Hasbro's titles for video gaming. EA figures the appeal of the rainy day board game will help them to win over the community of people who do not currently play hardcore gaming titles. These "casual" gaming...

E-ZPass records 'out' cheaters in divorce court

E-ZPass records 'out' cheaters in divorce court

I've seen it before on shows like "Law and Order" - suspects caught because of electronic bridge toll records - you said you were in place X but you were in place Y - and you could in fact have committed that murder.  And so on and so forth.  Well, adulterers beware: E-ZPass is now being used in divorce cases. "E-ZPass is an E-ZPass...

UN's website breached by hackers

UN's website breached by hackers

No one should be surprised nowadays when a site gets hacked.  Even sites that you would expect would have an extremely high level of security are vulnerable, as shown by the hacking today of the United Nations official website. Slogans accusing the US and Israel of killing children appeared on the pages reserved for statements from...

Windows XP's Popularity forces new Service Pack

Windows XP's Popularity forces new Service Pack

It's no secret that despite the unveiling of Windows Vista, many continue to purchase Windows XP with their computers.  For some, it's the lack of drivers or compatible software that forces them to stay with Vista; for others it may be the fact that Vista simply doesn't add enough for them to move from an OS they've used and (more or less)...

Hynix Brings World's Fastest 1GB Mobile DRAM

Hynix Brings World's Fastest 1GB Mobile DRAM

South Korean DRAM giant Hynix has recently crafted the world’s fastest and smallest chip for cell phones and other portable devices. The Incheon-based company said that the chip is the first 1 GB mobile DRAM, built on 66nm process technology, to be commercially available in the industry. “The finer processing geometry reduces die size and...

Surgically alter thumbs for the iPhone?  Naah.

Surgically alter thumbs for the iPhone? Naah.

Yes, even we posted that Thomas Martel altered his thumbs to better use the iPhone - it's been all over the Internet, and even appeared at a place as studious in their research as ZDNet.  But, sorry to say, it's a hoax, and all it required was a little thought and research to debunk it.  I suppose we've seen the birth of a new urban legend....

Most Firefox ‘Switchers’ Swap Back

Most Firefox ‘Switchers’ Swap Back

Firefox has made a lot of headway the past few years.  It’s risen from relative obscurity to be the first real alternative to challenge the de facto standard, Internet Explorer, since Netscape.The problem is that figures of how popular the program is could be based on anything from usage patterns to the number of downloads.Usage is quite easy...

Why Alter Hardware?  Just Get Surgery!

Why Alter Hardware? Just Get Surgery!

People typically get cosmetic surgery to either “enhance” areas they don’t feel comfortable with, or for reconstructive purposes following an accident or major surgery.  28 year-old Thomas Martel may be the first person to ever have his body surgically altered so he could better use an electronic device, in this case an iPhone.  Insert your...

iPhone bill is surprisingly Xbox HUGE (lol)

iPhone bill is surprisingly Xbox HUGE (lol)

Perhaps based on the brouhaha over the iPhone battery replacement plan, which some have said, because it was not unveiled until after the iPhone went on sale, is "lawsuit-worthy", AT&T is making sure you know absolutely everything about your iPhone bill - such that the bills themselves run into so many pages that forests are being threatened....

Next-Gen DVD Format Wars: Everyone Loses?

Next-Gen DVD Format Wars: Everyone Loses?

For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc...

Microsoft Loses XML Vote

Microsoft Loses XML Vote

Microsoft continues to push its Open XML standard, the default file format of Office 2007, as an alternative to the Open Document Format.  This week, it met a setback in a vote by the INCITS. The executive committee of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) fell one vote shy of the nine required to...

Issues With AMD's Barcelona

Issues With AMD's Barcelona

It seems that we are learning a little more about AMD’s upcoming Barcelona cores week after week as the launch date nears. A couple of days ago we learned that Barcelona will be launched on September 10. Today we learned that Barcelona’s full power-saving features will not function unless users get a new BIOS update and a supported motherboard....

Direct 3D 10.0: We Hardly Knew You

Direct 3D 10.0: We Hardly Knew You

Microsoft is planning to update Direct3D to version 10.1 despite the very limited selection of DirectX 10 titles on shelves.Sadly, it doesn’t seem that the new features are likely to be included in a game near you any time soon.  The primary reason is that the SDK has only recently been recently released to developers and driver teams, so...

Windows Authenticity Label Publisher To Do Time

Windows Authenticity Label Publisher To Do Time

Justin E. Harrison, resident of Oxford, GA is the first to fall afoul of new legislation that prevents unauthorized sale of illicit labels.Being the first this case prosecuted under the new law, the 26 year-old received a penalty that is probably as much about punishment as sending a warning: “Federal courts found Harrison guilty of using...

Toshiba Issues Third Sony Battery Recall

Toshiba Issues Third Sony Battery Recall

It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with...

Multi-Touch Coming To An iBook Near You?

Multi-Touch Coming To An iBook Near You?

Apple recently released the iPhone, which uses a technology called “multi-touch” to help users navigate through menus, programs, and even the web.  The technology has been so well received that it has been widely rumored that Apple will use the same technology to other products such as the next generation of iPods.Multi-touch might not just...

Halo 3: Most Anticipated Game in History

Halo 3: Most Anticipated Game in History

As you may or may not know, AMD has recently announced the release date for Barcelona. Dubbed “the most anticipated premiere of 2007,” Barcelona will be released on September 10. Nevertheless, things are heating up at Bungie Studios as Halo 3 is poised for release. Bungie’s third game in the highly successful Halo trilogy is now officially...

NVIDIA: Too Much Demand Not Enough Supply

NVIDIA: Too Much Demand Not Enough Supply

NVIDIA has been experiencing such intense demand for their products they are being hard pressed to manufacture enough parts.  While this is usually nothing but good news, it did cause share prices to drop by 2% in extended trade.Considering that the company surpassed Wall Street estimates last quarter without breaking a sweat, 2% isn’t worth...

Panasonic Introduces Walkthrough Iris Scanner

Panasonic Introduces Walkthrough Iris Scanner

Panasonic System Solutions Company has created the so called “Walkthrough Iris Identification System,” which is a device that can scan a person’s iris while he/she walks through. As we may have already seen in the movies, iris identification is a highly advanced type of biometric authentication technology that does not use ID cards or passwords,...

Asus Blitz Formula and Blitz Extreme

Asus Blitz Formula and Blitz Extreme

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that w e’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of Asus’ new high-end P35-based offerings for Intel processors, the Blitz Extreme (DDR3) and the Blitz Formula (DDR2).  Here’s...

Razr2 Carriers Announced

Razr2 Carriers Announced

Today Motorola announced which carriers would be debuting the Razr2 when it launches at the end of summer - and it seems like it's hitting almost all of them.  For GSM, Cingular will be carrying the Razr2 V9; for CMDA, Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless will be the carriers of the V9m.  T-Mobile: no such luck, mostly due to the carrier's...

Google Offers Paid Storage Upgrades

And we thought Google promised we would never have to delete email again.  After all, every time you look at the Gmail Login screen storage is creeping up, right?  However, Google has decided to add paid storage upgrades for Picasa and Gmail users. For $20 per year, customers can use up to 6GB of storage, $75 for 25GB, $250 for 100GB...

YouTube Launches Missing-Kids Channel

YouTube Launches Missing-Kids Channel

YouTube today launched its "Don't You Forget About Me" channel, which features clips asking for help in finding missing children from around the world.  At the time of this writing, the channel has already been viewed over 12,000 times, despite just launching today. YouTube, which was bought by search-engine giant Google (GOOG)...

Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without DRM

Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without DRM

Perhaps signalling another nail in the coffin of DRM, Universal Music Group has announced that it will begin a test program of DRM-free music sales, starting August 21st and lasting through January 31st of next year.  Surprisingly, the songs will not be available through iTunes, which has already been selling DRM-free music from EMI, though...

Sun's Niagara 2: World's Fastest CPU?

Sun's Niagara 2: World's Fastest CPU?

Sun Microsystems has recently launched its newest CPU, the Niagara 2, which they allege is the world’s “fastest performing computer processor and one of the most energy efficient.” The Niagara 2 features eight cores and can process up to 64 individual threads at any given time. What’s interesting is that the Sun company is most famous for...

By 2010: 1.2TB Laptop HDDs?

By 2010: 1.2TB Laptop HDDs?

As the visual quality of video games, movies, music, and other entertainment media improve, HDD manufacturers continue the endless pursuit of higher capacity in order to keep up with the demand. One such manufacturer, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, may have a leading position in the HDD market of tomorrow. In fact, Fujitsu is working...

Judge: 'Windows Vista Capable' Suit Can Proceed

Judge: 'Windows Vista Capable' Suit Can Proceed

Way back in April, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft used deceptive marketing practices when it allowed computer and other hardware makers to use the term "Windows Vista Capable" on their items, when in fact the hardware was unusable with Vista.  The suit really centers around personal computers labeled...

AMD Announces Broad Support for Quad-Core CPUs

AMD Announces Broad Support for Quad-Core CPUs

AMD Announces Broad Software Ecosystem Support for Industry’s First x86 Native Quad-Core Solution —Windows, Linux, Solaris and VMware environments are optimizing to take advantage of AMD’s native quad-core “Barcelona” processors —...

Xbox 360 Premium Quietly Gets HDMI Port

Xbox 360 Premium Quietly Gets HDMI Port

I'm sure you've heard about the price drop that was just announced for the Xbox 360; the Xbox 360 Premium model has dropped from $400 to $350.  However, more quietly, Microsoft has also added a freebie into the mix - a hardware refresh that includes an HDMI port, previously available only on the Elite model.  This was rumored at first, and...

Blockbuster Buys Movielink

Blockbuster Buys Movielink

Another victory for people scared of the outside world (we hear it's dangerous out there) came today when Blockbuster bought Movielink for an undisclosed sum that is rumored to be $50 million. “Blockbuster said Wednesday it is buying the digital movie-download service Movielink, giving it a stronger online foothold to compete with its rival....

Radeons Not Defective?

Radeons Not Defective?

It was recently reported that several first-tier video card vendors had recently been encountering large amounts of defective 2K series Radeon chips.Apparently that report is now being reported as false: “Although the article stated that Asustek Computers, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte Technology all experienced a problem with...

Apple issues updates for brand-new iMacs

That was fast. Only a day after introducing their new line of aluminum and glass iMacs, Apple has released updates for them. The updates were only vaguely identified as providing "important bug fixes." Owners of the day-old 20-in. and 24-in. iMacs should install iMac Software Update 1.0, Apple said in a terse message accompanying...

Google mistakes own blog for spam, deletes it

I'm guessing the Custom Search Blog team hasn't been checking it too much. For one thing, as of this writing, the last entry was 7/17/2007. Because of that, the blog was accidentally marked as spam, and then released ... after which it was promptly snapped up by a cybersquatter. The change was first noticed...

90% of  Americans say ban texting while driving

90% of Americans say ban texting while driving

Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car.  Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving.  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging...

NVIDIA Smashes Visual Compute Density Record

NVIDIA Smashes Visual Compute Density Record

NVIDIA SMASHES VISUAL COMPUTE DENSITY RECORD WITH NEW GPU SERVER NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Server Combines Four Quadro GPUs in a Standard 1U Server Configuration for Remote Graphics and Offline Rendering Applications SIGGRAPH 2007 — SAN DIEGO, CA — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) continues...

Quakecon 2007 Event Coverage

Quakecon 2007 Event Coverage

We’ve just posted our coverage of this year’s Quakecon at HotHardware.  We’ve got plenty of pictures and information from id’s keynote address, NVIDIA’s kick-off event, tons of case mod pics – including the contest winners, and all of the vendor displays.  We’ve got some pics of the lovely Frag Dolls as well, and news about a handful of yet...

Official Vista "reliability" patches released

Official Vista "reliability" patches released

There has been much speculation recently about Windows Vista SP1 Beta, and even rumors and sightings around the web.  There was also a "leak" of some pre-Beta patches a week or so ago.  Microsoft has now officially released them. Microsoft still isn't commenting on when a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista will be officially released...

AMD Validated Servers Now Certified For Suse

AMD Validated Servers Now Certified For Suse

AMD Validated Server Platforms Now Certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell - AMD expands Validated Server Program; empowers solution providers with increased platform choice and new opportunities to engage customers - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: MSI NX8800 Ultra @ t-break Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS Blitz Extreme Motherboard @ [H] ECS KN3 SLI2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Motherboard @ PCPer Abit...

What Is Penryn Bringing To The Table?

What Is Penryn Bringing To The Table?

Given the success of Conroe and Kentsfield, there has been a lot of speculation as to what Penryn will be bringing to the table. Is it simply a 45nm version of the Conroe/Kentsfield with a few new features thrown in to make it look more attractive, or is this a serious upgrade? If you were thinking it was anything but a serious upgrade,...

California Violent Games Ban Unconstitutional

California Violent Games Ban Unconstitutional

California passed a law in 2005 that, if it had taken effect, would have prevented minors from being able to purchase violent video games. That law has now been deemed unconstitutional by Federal Judge Ronald Whyte, and cannot take effect unless his decision is overturned. Left with the options of appealing or drafting a less unconstitutional...

X38 To Feature 2 New Technologies

X38 To Feature 2 New Technologies

The X38 chipset that Intel is feverishly preparing for a launch this fall, is due to ship with 2 new “extreme” technologies: “The two new technologies are named Extreme Memory and Extreme Tuning Utility. Both new marketing lead architectures will be introduced along with the X38 chipset in October this year, according to motherboard makers.”...

New iMac Released

New iMac Released

It seems that our speculation yesterday about the new iMac being close to release was correct; Today Apple rolled out their updated and more industrial design for the iMac.Not all of the rumors and speculation was on target, but the good news is that things are even better than expected.  To start with, there are no 512MB options, nor are...

Lenovo Is Considering Packard Bell Buyout Deal

Lenovo Is Considering Packard Bell Buyout Deal

The world’s number three PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd. announced today that it is negotiating a deal to acquire Europe-based PC maker Packard Bell BV, via a third party. However, Lenovo may not be the only company that is eying Packard Bell. Back in April, Acer announced plans to buy up a PC company within five months to gain more market share...

OCZ Technology Announces SPD-Z

OCZ Technology Announces SPD-Z

OCZ Technology Announces the Next Big Thing for Memory Optimization with their Proprietary “SPD-Z” Technology SPD-Z is a tool that allows you to “reflash” the SPD on your OCZ memory for either improved compatibility, improved performance, or in some cases BOTH! Sunnyvale, Calif.—August 7,...

Nintendo May Be Planning Portable Wii

Nintendo May Be Planning Portable Wii

A U.S. patent application has recently been uncovered that may give us a clue on Nintendo’s next move in the gaming industry. Though the patent was originally filed on March 30, 2007, it was just updated this week. The patent application describes a handheld device that functions in some ways similar to the Wii in that it can detect 3D motion...

Gigabyte Triton 180 Chassis

Gigabyte Triton 180 Chassis

Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, installation, and acoustic performance of Gigabyte’s affordably priced Triton 180 chassis.  The Triton 180 offers a mostly tool free design,...

NVIDIA Premiers Animated Short "The Plush Life"

NVIDIA Premiers Animated Short "The Plush Life"

SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group for Computer GRAPHics, is an annual conference on computer graphics attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals from the computer graphics, CAD, rendering and interactive technology industries. At this year's conference, held in San Diego from August 5th to 9th, NVIDIA will premier an...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8400 GS 256MB @ Overclock3D Gigabyte V-Power Videocard Heatpipe Cooler @ Tweaknews.net Processors: Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2" @ Phoronix...

Bloggers Forming Union?

Bloggers Forming Union?

As strange as it might sound, there appears to be a group of bloggers who are actually attempting to form a union. At first, the idea sounds a bit odd, but on closer inspection of the situation, the idea may have some merit. To begin with, the situation is not at all unlike the organization of freelance writers in the early '80s....

Apple Sued Over iPhone Keyboard

Apple Sued Over iPhone Keyboard

Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies. SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that...

New 20” iMacs To Start At $1,199

New 20” iMacs To Start At $1,199

Apple has been working long and hard on a complete iMac overhaul, and we should be seeing the fruits of those labors soon. While there are very little facts about the new iMacs, there are plenty of rumors. The latest rumor is that of a potential price drop for the entire family of iMacs. The new low-end 20” iMac will likely sell for $1,199....

IBM Supercomputer to Break Petaflop Barrier

IBM Supercomputer to Break Petaflop Barrier

The National Science Foundation is prepared to award IBM with a contract to construct the world’s fastest supercomputer the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The machine cost $200 million to construct and could cost over $400 million during its five-year lifespan. Designated as the “super” supercomputer, it will be the first...

Nissan System Could Keep Drunks off the Road

Nissan System Could Keep Drunks off the Road

Japanese car maker Nissan has developed a concept car that features various apparatuses, including a breathalyzer-like detection system, that are designed to prevent drunk or fatigued drivers off the road. The sensors pick up odors in the car and check the driver’s sweat for traces of alcohol. If the driver is judged to be over-the-limit,...

TSMC Reportedly to Make GPU portio of AMD Fusion

TSMC Reportedly to Make GPU portio of AMD Fusion

Digitimes, using information obtained from motherboard manufacturers, is reporting that TSMC will likely build the GPU portion of AMD's upcoming Fusion processors, while the CPU cores will be made by either AMD themselves or partner Chartered Semiconductor. "AMD's Fusion processor will consist of a GPU manufactured on a 55nm process...

New Poll: Which Game Has You Most Excited?

New Poll: Which Game Has You Most Excited?

There has been a lot of news on the PC gaming front as of late, with rumors of Crysis' release in November of this year, the World in Conflict public beta, and most recently id's release of a trailer for their former super-secret project, Rage.  Not to mention the much talked about Spore and, of course, Unreal Tournament: 3.  There seems to...

AMD Unveils New ATI FireGL Workstation Cards

AMD Unveils New ATI FireGL Workstation Cards

AMD Unveils Innovation-Packed Series of ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators Industry’s first 2GB frame buffer, exclusive AutoDetect software, and unified shader architecture deliver more than 300% increase in 3D performance SIGGRAPH, San Diego, Calif. -- August 6, 2007 --At SIGGRAPH...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Nvidia GeForce 8000 Series CPU Scaling @ Legion Hardware XtremeMac ExtremeHD HDMI Switcher @ Futurelooks Foxconn 8600GT OC Version + 8600GT SLI @ MadBoxPC Motherboards & Chipsets:...

To Wi-Fi Or WiMax?  That Is The Question

To Wi-Fi Or WiMax? That Is The Question

There is a growing concern that public Wi-Fi might not be the best investment, especially with WiMAX around the corner.  Regardless, some cities and large public areas are still planning on using existing Wi-Fi technology: “But to Norm Bogen, director of networking research at In-Stat, suggesting that public Wi-Fi...

Better than HD? HDR Offers Realism

Better than HD? HDR Offers Realism

It seems that nowadays more and more people are opting for the HD experience so that they can enjoy breathtaking color and detail. However, a technology different from HD known as high-dynamic range (HDR) could soon be its successor. Although high-definition (HD) offers more pixels, HDR delivers more contrast - the key to more realistic picture...

IRS Vulnerable To Social Engineering

IRS Vulnerable To Social Engineering

The TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) has recently run a survey of the IRS to determine how well the agency would respond to a little old fashioned social engineering.TIGTA callers posed as helpdesk representatives and requested assistance changing a password.  The results are quite surprising: “In 61 of 102 cases,...

id's Upcoming FPS Rage: Wow

id's Upcoming FPS Rage: Wow

A recent addition to the HotHardware forums, CRYSJON, posted a link to an awesome trailer for id's just announced first person shooter / driving game hybrid "Rage" that you all just have to see.  The game takes place in a post apocalyptic Earth decimated by a comet's impact.  But Rage will not be the typical indoor id shooter.  Rage is a new...

Kittens To Foil Spam?

Kittens To Foil Spam?

If you’ve registered for almost any type of online service in the past few years, then you’ve probably run into a Human Interface Proof (or HIP for short).  HIPs are those strings of letters and/or numbers that look like they came from some malfunctioning typewriter.They’ve proven to be quite useful in cutting down the number of bot-generated...

Samsung NAND Plants Up & Running Again

Samsung NAND Plants Up & Running Again

As we reported earlier, technical difficulties at a transformer substation caused Korean memory factories owned by Samsung to go shut down until the situation could be resolved.   It seems that issues have now been resolved and the plants running again are ramping up to full production as quickly as they can.The outage has come a particularly...

Now That’s A Lot Of Hardware

Now That’s A Lot Of Hardware

Carlos Slim, Mexican billionaire, is planning to donate several hundred thousand laptops to Mexican children and some lucky salesperson at his favorite computer store is about to become employee of the month. “Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world, recently announced his plan to offer "hundreds of thousands"...

Lenovo Next To Launch $199 PC

Lenovo Next To Launch $199 PC

From desktops to notebooks, it seems like all the rage lately is the design and manufacturing of ultra-cheap computers. First we saw the OLPC and then Asus' new Eee PC made a serious splash.  One has to wonder, can manufacturers make any money at all on products targeted to this market segment?  It seems unlikely but there's certainly a ton...

Samsung Hit Hard by Power Cut

Samsung Hit Hard by Power Cut

After an accidental power cut near one of Samsung’s plants in Seoul, Korea that forced some six factories to halt production, the number one DRAM manufacturer may face a serious problem with NAND flash supply. Used in portable media players, cell phones, and other such devices, the recent event has cost the company an estimated loss of over...

The Trouble With 64-Bit

The Trouble With 64-Bit

In 2003 AMD released the Opteron and followed it with the Athlon 64, bringing the dream of 64-bit computing to the masses.  The dream would mean the end of the 4 GB memory limit, as well as other potential performance benefits.Fast forward to mid-2007, and 64-bit is still the other flavor of Windows.  So what’s holding 64-bit back on the windows...

IBM Goes Green With Mainframes

IBM Goes Green With Mainframes

As data centers grow and their power bills approach the market value of the hardware and software platforms that are employed within, several companies including IBM are aiming to trim down their power expenses and to implement new “green” technologies. In fact, data center energy consumption reaches $2.7 billion per year in the U.S. and $7.3...

YouTube Says "No" to Copyrighted Videos

YouTube Says "No" to Copyrighted Videos

Google has recently announced plans to employ advanced copyright protection technology to thwart unauthorized video posts on YouTube. The company expects to have the filtering software up and running by September. Beck assures us that Google’s new defensive software is as advanced as FBI fingerprinting technology. “The software will enable...

Former Take-Two CEO Gets 5 Years Probation

Former Take-Two CEO Gets 5 Years Probation

Former Take-Two CEO, Ryan Brant, has pleaded guilty to the illegal backdating of stock-options.  What kind of penalty did he get?A few million dollars, 5 years of probation and national media attention that will probably embarrass him in a way that few people ever get to experience. “Brant was the first of three officials convicted at the...

New MP3 Eating Malware In The Wild

New MP3 Eating Malware In The Wild

Two years ago the Nopir-B worm was out "in the wild" and deleting MP3s on infected machines, and now it’s W32.Deletemusic’s turn to try doing the same: “The worm spreads via removable flash drives, reminiscent of the way viruses spread via floppy disks decades ago. That may be an attempt by the authors of the worm to bypass e-mail filters...

Bank Hackings On The Rise

Bank Hackings On The Rise

Bank hacking is up, despite new & improved security measures and growing public awareness regarding internet security: “SecureWorks reported that between June 2006 and December 2006, they blocked attacks from about 808 hackers per bank per month. From the beginning of this year through June, there's been an average of 1,462 hackers launching...

Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDD

Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDD

If you are in the market for a high capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDD we’ve just evaluated here at HotHardware will be of interest.  This drive is relatively affordable despite its size and it strikes a great balance between capacity and performance.  Here’s a snip from the article......

Intel Rushes Penryn’s Launch to Q4 2007

Intel Rushes Penryn’s Launch to Q4 2007

Intel has accelerated the launch date of its “Penryn” 45nm quad-core chips to Q4 of 2007. Such a move would allow for head-to-head competition between Intel’s Penryn and AMD’s K10 Phenom processors. “According to documents seen by X-bit labs, Intel will release its new ‘Intel Core Extreme’ processor with four processing engines made using...

Systemax Adopts the VIA C7-D Processor

Systemax Adopts the VIA C7-D Processor

Systemax Adopts the VIA C7-D Processor for Highly Energy Efficient PCs for the US Market Systemax PC range now available on major online stores, starting from $299.99 Taipei, Taiwan, 2 August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PowerColor HD 2400 Pro 256 MB Review @ OCC Processors: C2D E6750 Review and Overclocking: 3.8GHz on Air @ Neoseeker Motherboards & Chipsets:...

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supplies

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supplies

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supply Family VX450W and VX550W PSUs offer Rock-Solid Performance at an Incredible Value Fremont, CA (August 1, 2007) -- Corsair http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled...

Eminem Takes On iTunes

Eminem Takes On iTunes

Eminem’s management and their legal team are taking on Apple, in what may be the first battle of many against Apple.  The problem isn't actually between Eminem and Apple, but rather Eminem and his label.  Stopping music sales on iTunes is the first step in changing the way record labels award royalties for songs sold on iTunes. The...

AMD 690 Series Chipset Update

AMD 690 Series Chipset Update

Back in February of this year, we took a look at the AMD 690 series chipset and praised it for its affordability, power efficiency, and strong performance relative to its competition.  AMD has since taken the 690 series chipset and optimized it further through some BIOS and software level enhancements that result in marked performance gains...

The Manhunt 2 Drama Continues

The Manhunt 2 Drama Continues

One of the most significant blows dealt to Rockstar's Manhunt 2 came when the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) banned the sale of the game in the UK.  Now Rockstar is appealing that decision, but it’s not known whether or not they’re offering to change the game to get a new rating, or if they’re simply using a new argument....

Sony’s PS3 Hits Legal Snag

Sony’s PS3 Hits Legal Snag

Sony’s PlayStation 3 has experienced a huge problem with sales ever since its release in late 2006. Just when things were starting to look up with the price cut on the PS3 and the widespread backing of Blu-ray technology, the PS3 has managed to get itself in a bind again. U.S. company Parallel Processing has filed a lawsuit against Sony on...

Worm Hits Music Lovers Where it Hurts

A new worm has been unleashed that has the capability of deleting MP3 files. Known as the Deletemusic worm, it uses removable devices as a vector. Once the infected device gets accessed, the worm starts its work. It first multiplies onto all drives and is executed when Windows fires up. “‘With so many people relying on their PCs to store...

AMD Demos GPUs With Native DisplayPort 1.1

AMD Demos GPUs With Native DisplayPort 1.1

AMD Demonstrates First Graphics Processors to Feature Native DisplayPort 1.1 Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Commends AMD For the Successful Interoperability Testing of Its First Graphics Processor with a Native DisplayPort™ Interface SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- AMD (NYSE:...

Defective Radeons in the Wild

Defective Radeons in the Wild

DigiTimes is reporting that a number of defective ATI Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 series graphics cards slipped into the channel due to a bug in AMD's diagnostic and validation software.  And it appears that in addition to some smaller players, many of AMD's largers partners, like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte were all affected. "AMD's official...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Lost Planet Performance and DX10 @ [H] ASUS PM17 17" LCD Monitor Review @ Motherboards.org Memory & Storage: OCZ Secure Digital Trifecta 1GB @ FutureLooks...