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All News for September 2008

SpaceX Finally Reaches Orbit

SpaceX Finally Reaches Orbit

What do you know?  The fourth time is the charm, at least for the Falcon 1 two-stage SpaceX rocket.  This was the fourth flight of the rocket, and it became the first commercial space vehicle to reach earth orbit. Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, who made his fortune as co-founder of PayPal prior to starting this space venture,...

Fingers Bulk Up as Texting Beats Talking

Fingers Bulk Up as Texting Beats Talking

As anyone with a teenager knows, text messaging is quite popular among those in that age range.  And a recent Nielsen Mobile survey has concluded that not only has text messaging become the most popular form of communication using a cell phone, the group that texts the mosts (go figure) is in the 13 - 17 year range.The study determined...

iPhone App Developers Gaming The System

iPhone App Developers Gaming The System

If you are an Apple iPhone or iPod touch owner, you've likely noticed that nearly every time you check out the App Store, there are several updates available for applications you've downloaded. At first, this makes sense, as the iPhone/iPod touch is still a relatively new platform for developers, which puts them still early on the learning...

Asus Eee PC 1000H Netbook

Asus Eee PC 1000H Netbook

It has been almost exactly one year since we saw the Asus Eee line of notebooks hit store shelves and it has been quite a year for this little side project from Asus. The original Asus Eee PC lineup, even with its flaws, turned out to be a massive surprise hit, as Asus hit a price and form factor that the market was finally ready to adopt...

TiVo For Your Computer

TiVo For Your Computer

For the last few years, vendors have been trying to convince us that computers will become our digital media hubs and we'll extend that experience to our living room TVs. Microsoft's Windows Media Center and its "ten-foot experience" is perhaps the best-known example of this idea. The recent explosion of readily available online media is starting...

Latest Vista Ultimate Extras Still Unimpressive

Latest Vista Ultimate Extras Still Unimpressive

With Windows 7 slated for either late 2009 or early 2008, those of us foolish enough to buy into Microsoft's hype over Windows Vista Ultimate Extras are probably running out of time in which we might see a really useful Extra come down the pipe. The latest set of underwhelming Extras were released last week, so quietly we sure didn't notice....

Wall Street Woes May Spell Opporunity For Tech

Wall Street Woes May Spell Opporunity For Tech

As the old saying goes, one man's ceiling is another man's floor.  And in every down market, somehow, somewhere, another sector of the market is flourishing.  Though many folks out there might not be tapping into that early retirement as early as they would like, troubles in the Financial sector...

50 Most Significant Moments In Internet History

50 Most Significant Moments In Internet History

There's nothing like a little light reading to help pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The folks over at Crave have posted an article entitled, "The 50 most significant moments of Internet history". Unfortunately, they don't have the days we launched our video channel or when we gave away a fully loaded Skulltrail rig, but we'll forgive...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Palit Radeon HD 4870 512MB Sonic Dual Edition Video Card Review @ Hardware CanucksATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 Review @ Rage3DGainward Radeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Graphics Card @ TweaktownHIS HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512 MB @ techPowerUpZotac 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition - In the Cool Zone @ HardwareZoneMotherboards and Chipsets:Abit AN78GS Motherboard...

Thompson's Hot Coffee Scalds Him

Thompson's Hot Coffee Scalds Him

Jack Thompson, best known for his crusade against video games, which he considers to be overly violent and to contain too much sexual content, has been disbarred.  His most famous crusade was against Rockstar Games and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, after the famous "Hot Coffee" content was exposed (no pun intended).The Florida Supreme...

Some ask why?  Fusionman asks, why not?

Some ask why? Fusionman asks, why not?

The Rocket Man, Yves Rossy, known by those in the know as Fusionman, took flight today in a successful voyage across the English Channel.  He was the first man to ever do this with a self-contained, homemade jet pack.  That's right, we said jet pack, people.A former Air Force pilot, Yves Rossy has spent much of his career flying...

Webkit First Browser Engine to Fully Pass Acid3

Webkit First Browser Engine to Fully Pass Acid3

On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test...

Latest Ubuntu Alpha Damaging Intel NICs

Latest Ubuntu Alpha Damaging Intel NICs

It appears that a bug in a network driver used in the kernel of the latest alpha release of the popular Ubuntu Linux distro is damaging Intel network controllers, sometimes irreparably.In bug #263555 on the bugs.launchpad.net website titled, "[intrepid] 2.6.27 e1000e driver places Intel ICH8 and ICH9 gigE chipsets at risk", it is noted that...

NVIDIA Releases WQHL Forceware 178.13 Drivers

NVIDIA Releases WQHL Forceware 178.13 Drivers

NVIDIA has posted a fresh set of Forceware drivers for all of you GeForce owners out there. The new Forceware 178.13s are WHQL-certified drivers for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT and 9400 GT GPUs.In addition to a number of bug fixes,...

Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop Video Spotlight

Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop Video Spotlight

With a low-power Intel Core 2 Duo processor under its hood, the Dell Studio Hybrid is capable in many mainstream user applications and could make for a decent Home Theater PC.  Aficionados may scoff at the system's integrated Intel X3100 graphics, however, the Studio Hybrid has more than enough power to playback full 1080p resolution...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Radeon 4800 & GeForce 200 Series Value Guide @ [H]Sapphire Radeon 4870 TOXIC 512 MB review @ AMDZoneAsus EAH4870x2 TOP (2Gb GDDR5) @ CPU3DFoxconn 9500GT-256FR3 OC Video Card Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TPower I45 Motherboard Review @ PCStats"Dark" Mainboard: DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS Review @ X-bit LabsAbit...

Jammie Thomas to Get a Retrial

Jammie Thomas to Get a Retrial

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis of Duluth, Minnesota, declared a mistrial in the case of Jammie Thomas (pictured), the only person to take an RIAA lawsuit to trial (all others have settled out of court).  She lost her trial last year, but Davis, who presided in that trial, ruled that he erred during jury instructions and...

OCZ Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock

OCZ Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock

OCZ Technology Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock for Liquid-Cooled Systems Sunnyvale, CA - September 25, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the “HydroFlow” HF-MK1 Waterblock for superior CPU watercooling. Designed...

IBM Opens Four Cloud Computing Centers

IBM Opens Four Cloud Computing Centers

IBM Opens Four Cloud Computing Centers to Meet Growing Demand in Emerging MarketsWorld's Largest Network of Cloud Computing Centers Brings Skills Closer to Clients and Opportunities ARMONK, NY - 24 Sep 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today opened four new cloud computing centers in emerging markets. They are in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Seoul,...

Motorola Launches au BOX Multimedia Set Top Box

Motorola Launches au BOX Multimedia Set Top Box

In our continuing coverage of technologies that are enabling convergence and mobility, we have news from Motorola that they're serious in their commitment to capitalizing on convergence and connectivity in the multimedia living room of tomorrow.  Dubbed the au BOX (case sensitive, please...), Motorola plans to enable customers...

Spore's DRM = Class-Action Lawsuit for EA

Spore's DRM = Class-Action Lawsuit for EA

Spore is a critically-acclaimed game, but (at least by users) its DRM has been universally panned. Many of those who know anything about the SecuROM copy protection used in the game don't want it near their computers, unless they absolutely have to. And while Electronic Arts (EA) has "loosened things up" slightly, the DRM has spawned thousands...

NVIDIA Announces Partnership with MotionDSP

NVIDIA Announces Partnership with MotionDSP

Some news just came across the wire regarding a strategic partnership being formed between NVIDIA and a company called MotionDSP.  If you're unfamiliar with MotionDSP, the company has created custom software that decodes video files, extracts large amounts of data from dozens of video frames, filters the video using custom...

Gigabyte Introduces Ultra Durable 3 Technology

Gigabyte Introduces Ultra Durable 3 Technology

GIGABYTE Introduces Latest Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard TechnologyCopper Cooled Quality for up to 50°C Lower Working Temperature City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s...

Seagate Launches i365

Seagate Launches i365

Seagate Launches i365, A Seagate Company, Unifying Its Services Businesses Under New Operating Structure To Ensure Agility, Speed And Efficiencies In Going To Market SAN JOSE, Calif.-Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced a comprehensive rebranding of its EVault, MetaLINCS, and Seagate Recovery Services companies, which were operating as a division...

OpenFrame IP Media Phone Runs On Intel Atom

OpenFrame IP Media Phone Runs On Intel Atom

With all the talk of cellular handsets and multi-function devices these days, it's hard to believe that there is still even a market for land lines or VOIP services but of course you know better than that.  What's perhaps more interesting than just plain old VOIP telephony and video services like Skype, would be the...

S3 Graphics Announces Chrome 400 ULP GPU

S3 Graphics Announces Chrome 400 ULP GPU

S3 Graphics Delivers Ultra Power Efficient Mobile GPUs for Mini-Notes and NotebooksS3 Graphics Chrome 400 ULP series brings HD video playback and power of discrete graphics to ultra mobile devices for the first time Fremont, California, Sept 24 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced its Chrome 400 Ultra Low Power (ULP) graphics processor series,...

Android Meets Comcast: Throttling of Data Plan

Android Meets Comcast: Throttling of Data Plan

The launch of the Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was both widely anticipated and highly covered.  Of course, one big negative, one frequently pointed out as a real problem for the iPhone as well, is the associated carrier with the device.  T-Mobile has the smallest 3G footprint of any major carrier, and additionally...

Rumors Fly of HP Axing Voodoo

Rumors Fly of HP Axing Voodoo

It's a rumor that's flown around the block before: HP shutting down the VoodooPC label, which it purchased in 2006.  In fact, we wrote earlier when the VoodooPC line was sort of sucked into the regular HP catalog.  Even then things seemed to be getting a little iffy around the VoodooPC portion of HP's landscape.  At the time,...

Posting Patient Photos on MySpace Lead to Firing

Posting Patient Photos on MySpace Lead to Firing

Either these hospital workers have a strange fetish or ... well, we actually can't think of an alternative. Two University of New Mexico Hospital employees were fired after it was discovered that they have been posting photos of patients' injuries to MySpace. The workers were using their cell phone cameras. A hospital supervisor received an...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsPowercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+ @ bit-techZotac 9800GTX+ Zone Edition @ t-breakPalit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition - Overclocked Goodness @ HardwareZoneSapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB @ PhoronixMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsASUS...

Adobe CS4 To Be Accelerated By NVIDIA GPUs

Adobe CS4 To Be Accelerated By NVIDIA GPUs

Over the past few months, we have seen previews of some GPU-accelerated Adobe effects at events being held by both NVIDIA and AMD / ATI. Today, however, NVIDIA launched a website showcasing many more of the GPU-accelerated aspects of Adobe's upcoming Creative Suite 4, due out some time in October.According to NVIDIA, "Adobe is the latest in...

The Android G1 Launches

The Android G1 Launches

In a glitzy multimedia event reminiscent of some other high-profile phone we probably don't need to mention, Google and T-Mobile today introduced the T-Mobile G1, the first Android-based cell phone.  Pricing and availability details (that's all you care about, right?) are as follows:Existing T-Mobile customers can order today.  However,...

Sony Debuts 8X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive

Sony Debuts 8X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive

Sub-$400 Model Leaps Ahead in Recording Speed; Includes Blu-ray Disc Movie Title 'Men In Black' SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics today announced its third generation internal Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) writer for the computer aftermarket, which at about $400 achieves a new level of affordability for BD enthusiasts.The...

Thermaltake Introduces The Xpressar RCS100

Thermaltake Introduces The Xpressar RCS100

Thermaltake is ready to formally introduce its Xpressar RCS100 Micro Refrigeration Cooling System, which was first shown off at Computex in June. If you haven't yet seen the Xpressar RCS100, it is somewhat similar to the famed VapoChill Vapor Phase-Change Cooling systems we have shown you a few occasions in the past, but Thermaltake's offering...

Games for Windows Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

Games for Windows Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

Games for Windows Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary Like a Rockstar“Grand Theft Auto IV” ignites cocktail of hot PC titles coming exclusively to Games for Windows and Games for Windows – LIVE. REDMOND, Wash. - Sept. 22, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. celebrates its second anniversary of the Games for Windows initiative this month with the news...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Toxic HD 4850 Review @ Overclockers OnlineVideo Card Roundup @ OCCSapphire Radeon HD4670 Review @ Club OverclockerXFX's GeForce 9600 GSO 680M XXX Edition @ bit-techPalit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition Video Card @ BmRASUS GeForce EN9800GT 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus M3N78 Pro...

PowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 1GB GDDR5

PowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 1GB GDDR5

There is no way to categorize AMD's recent launch of the RV770 graphics processor powering the Radeon HD 4800 series of cards as anything other than a resounding success. Cards based on the GPU hit the scene offering very strong performance in their respective price brackets, and forced rival NVIDIA to react with a quick round of price cuts...

Google Android-Based iPhone Killer Launches 9/23

Google Android-Based iPhone Killer Launches 9/23

For some time now, rumors of the GPhone (or Google phone) have been circulating around the web.  While it didn't make a whole lot of sense that Google was going to get into the hardware business, especially the highly competitive handset business, it seemed reasonable that Google had an interest in the handheld market for...

Intel Launches Next-Gen vPro Technology

Intel Launches Next-Gen vPro Technology

New Intel vPro Technology Enhances Security, Adds Automatic Tune-Ups and Thinks for Itself Third Generation Enables Virtualized PC Models, Services for Small Businesses Intel introduces the third generation of Intel vPro Technology with a host of new features, some that enable PCs to "think and act for themselves," and all can now operate...

SanDisk Announces a New Physical Music Format

SanDisk Announces a New Physical Music Format

It's no secret that music sales comprised of physical media (i.e. CDs) are down in the face of huge competition from iTunes and other digital distribution channels.  At the same time, no one ever said the record labels would give up on physical sales easily.  Today SanDisk, along with the four major record labels (Warner Bros., EMI,...

Google Jumps Into Global Brands Top 10

Google Jumps Into Global Brands Top 10

Last week Interbrand issued its 2008 Best Global Brands rankings. While most of the top 10 remained unchanged from 2007, with IBM and Microsoft swapping places (IBM rose from 3 to 2), one big change emerged: Google rose from 20 to 10, with Mercedes-Benz dropping to 11.  Interbrand produces this report annually, which is then used to produce...

Millions of iPhone 3G Power Adapters Recalled

Millions of iPhone 3G Power Adapters Recalled

Another day, another iPhone 3G "oops."  Apple has just recently released the 2.1 software upgrade for the iPhone 3G, which seems to have fixed many of the issues with the device's 3G performance.  While it dodged a bullet in terms of recalling millions of phones, it still has to make a major recall: millions of the small, square-shaped...

New Mac Pro Mini In October?

New Mac Pro Mini In October?

There's nothing better than a good rumor, especially when it comes to new Apple gear.  It seems like the hype machines spool up a little earlier for the Apple crowd.  And why not, Apple certainly has been executing as of late.  Of course, we always love a good OS marketing war (it took you long enough, MS...) but that's a whole...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Video Card @ Legit Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 review @ AMDZoneMotherboards and Chipsets: Intel DG35EC Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout Abit A-N78HD GeForce 8200 mATX Motherboard Review @ HardwareCore.net Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R P45 based motherboard @ AMDZoneMemory and Storage: Icy Dock...

Weekend Project, Dell Studio Hybrid Disassembly

Weekend Project, Dell Studio Hybrid Disassembly

So we were kicking around the lab for the weekend with nothing much to do (ok, ok, we have plenty to do but we decided to goof off).  And what do any self-respecting Tech Geeks do with a little time on their hands?  We take stuff apart of course.  This time our victim was the Dell Studio Hybrid.  We'll be showcasing...

HotHardware's Video Spotlight, A Re-Introduction

HotHardware's Video Spotlight, A Re-Introduction

Next week we'll be loading up a shiny new Video Spotlight on Dell's new svelte, sleek and stylish Studio Hybrid small form-factor system (SFF).  In the mean time, if you haven't been by the new HH Video Spotlight channel, you're missing out on some easy-listening, dare we say, even mildly entertaining coverage of some great new technologies. ...

Who will be the Champion of the GO OC 2008?

Who will be the Champion of the GO OC 2008?

Who will be the Champion of the GO OC 2008-Visit the GO OC website to make your prediction, and get the chance to win some GO OC loot of your own- Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 – GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world?s top...

Intel EP80579 SoC-Based Fanless Platform Arrives

Intel EP80579 SoC-Based Fanless Platform Arrives

Habey USA, leading manufacturer of embedded and server storage products, today announces BIS-7750, the first Intel SoC based fanless NAS/Network Appliance embedded platform. BIS-7750 is based on Intel's latest EP80579 Tolapai Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology. It offers five PCIe Gigabit Ethernet ports, Ethernet bypass...

Averatec Announces 10.2 Inch Netbook PC

Averatec Announces 10.2 Inch Netbook PC

Averatec Announces 10.2 Inch Netbook PC to US MarketAveratec's Buddy adds a new dimension to the companion PC Market SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 19 -- Announced today, Trigem USA and its Averatec brand has formally entered the netbook personal computer market. Aptly named the Averatec Buddy, this new companion notebook is the best solution to...

Microsoft PC Pride Ad Hits, Sans Jerry Seinfeld

Microsoft PC Pride Ad Hits, Sans Jerry Seinfeld

The third ad in Microsoft's massive ad campaign designed to enhance the image of the company and Windows has hit the web. If you remember, the first ad featured Jerry Seinfeld stumbling upon Bill Gates shopping in a Shoe Circus store for some discount shoes. The second ad also featured Bill and Jerry, but this time as houseguests trying to...

How to Hack a VP Candidate's Email

How to Hack a VP Candidate's Email

So just how did the Yahoo! email account of Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, get hacked? It wasn't by brute force, or because the password was obvious (like if she used her own name, Palin). No, it was social engineering that done her in. According to hackers posting to the /b/ board (or Random board) at 4chan.org, they didn't hack...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4670 Video Card Review @ MotherboardsMemory and Storage:Lexar Professional 8GB 300x UDMA Compact Flash @ techPowerUpATP ToughDrive Camo 4GB and EarthDrive 2GB USB flash drive review @ Elite BastardsPower:Enermax MODU82+ 525W PSU @ CPU3DCooler Master Silent Pro M600 @ InsideHWCases, Cooling & Misc.:Cirago Mini Bluetooth...

NVIDIA Announces Workforce Reduction

NVIDIA Announces Workforce Reduction

NVIDIA Announces Workforce Reduction SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a workforce reduction to allow for continued investment in strategic growth areas. As a result, NVIDIA expects to eliminate approximately 360 positions worldwide, or about 6.5 percent of the Company’s global workforce....

Used iPhones Are a Hot Commodity

Used iPhones Are a Hot Commodity

Who'd of thunk it, but your old, first generation, non-3G, iPhone is actually worth big bucks. A quick glance at eBay and Craigslist show that 8GB iPhones--many advertised as "unlocked," "jailbroken," "unlockable," and "use on any GSM network"--are selling for between roughly $200 and $400. Not everyone is comfortable with using eBay or with...

MSI's R4850 512M Radeon HD 4850, Good 3D Cheap

MSI's R4850 512M Radeon HD 4850, Good 3D Cheap

No matter what you think of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series of video cards, you'd be crazy not to love what AMD did with the pricing of the first two cards (Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870) from the series. As a result of AMD's aggressive pricing, NVIDIA felt compelled to lower the price of its latest GeForce video cards, the GeForce GTX 260 and...

Millionheads is a Magic Eight Ball of Indecision

Millionheads is a Magic Eight Ball of Indecision

Crowdsourcing just got a new outlet today with the social polling site, millionheads. The millionheads site is positioning itself as a sort of magic eight ball of personal indecision. But instead of relying on the random, one-in-twenty, and often out-of-context responses of the Mattel toy, responses to millionhead user questions are open to...

Spore's DRM to Loosen Slightly, Soon

Spore's DRM to Loosen Slightly, Soon

Spore's rather draconian DRM, which besides being the already hated SecuROM limits the user to 3 installs and only one online account per CD key, has fostered extremely bad user reviews on Amazon.com as well as "protest creatures." At least part of that DRM will get loosened up soon, via a patch, according to reports. When asked by MTV's Multiplayer...

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand With “Fusion”

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand With “Fusion”

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand with the Power of “Fusion”Global “The Future is Fusion” Campaign Focuses on Unique AMD Ability to Ignite Next-generation Solutions through Innovation Leadership, Customer Collaboration and Industry Impact SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 18, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today launched a new corporate brand campaign under...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (216 SP) Superclocked Edition Review @ Hardware CanucksZotac GeForce GTX 260 Amp² Edition 216 Shaders @ techPowerUpSapphire HD 4850 512 MB 100245L Own PCB Design @ techPowerUpBFGTech GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE @ [H]ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Vs. ATI Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire Review @ X-bit LabsBFG GeForce...

Crysis Warhead Now Available Via Steam

Crysis Warhead Now Available Via Steam

We have just received word that Crysis Warhead is now available for purchase via Steam for gamers in North America.In addition, the original Crysis is now available for purchase and play via Steam by gamers the world over. Outside of North America, however, Crysis Warhead will become available for play tomorrow (Thursday, September 17) via...

Cray & Microsoft Partner on Cheap Supercomputer

Cray & Microsoft Partner on Cheap Supercomputer

Large corporations, universities, and research labs have relied on high-performance computers (HPC)--or "supercomputers"--for years to solve complex problems in science, engineering, financial modeling, and other similar uses requiring advanced, heavy-duty computations. The high cost of these systems and their complexity have often kept them...

Google Buying Valve?  Rumor

Google Buying Valve? Rumor

Don't get TOO excited yet.  The Inquirer spills a lot of rumors, and its credibility is somewhat less because of that.  That said, it's not always wrong, and there are some valid reasons why Google might be interested in Valve.  Although, you'd think with Android about to launch and Chrome just launched, they might be a little...

DVDs Still Rule Supreme For Paid Video Content

DVDs Still Rule Supreme For Paid Video Content

There should be no doubt that streaming video is quickly gaining in popularity. Recent studies shows that about 20 percent of U.S. households are watching TV online. Hulu has quickly grown to be the eighth-largest video site in the U.S., and it is even hosting a number of TV season premiers before the shows' officially broadcast dates. A new...

WD Releases 500GB My Passport USB Drive

WD Releases 500GB My Passport USB Drive

WD Best-Selling Portable Drives Put Half a Terabyte of Storage In The Palm of Your Hand LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sep. 15, 2008 - Catering to consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage offerings, WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My Passport Portable USB Drives which are designed to make...

Microsoft & Pioneer Enter Into Patent Agreement

Microsoft & Pioneer Enter Into Patent Agreement

Microsoft and Pioneer Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement to Foster Mutual Innovation in Consumer TechnologyAgreement covers a broad range of consumer products for both companies. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — Sept. 16, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Pioneer Corp. signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that furthers the development of...

Spore's DRM Inspires Protest Creatures

Spore's DRM Inspires Protest Creatures

Don't expect this issue to go away anytime soon. We know many are (understandably) upset over the DRM used on the critically-acclaimed game Spore, not just because of SecuROM but also because of the "three activations limitation" and one account per CD key (which was not noted in the manual; in fact the opposite was said in the manual!). And...

Do Robotic Priuses Dream of Chevy Volts?

Do Robotic Priuses Dream of Chevy Volts?

Pardon the headline mashup, but we're combing two automotive stories into one post here. While the two stories might not necessarily be directly related, they both shed light on different views of what the future of automobiles might look like. The first story is about the juicy tidbits General Motors (GM) has just revealed about the production-version...

Super Talent Launches Fast New SATA-II SSDs

Super Talent Launches Fast New SATA-II SSDs

Super Talent Launches Dangerously Fast New SATA-II SSDsSupport up to 170MB/sec Read and 130MB/sec Sequential Write Speeds San Jose, California – September 16, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that...

IMDb.COM (Finally) Adds Streaming Video

IMDb.COM (Finally) Adds Streaming Video

In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors...

Zune 3.0 to Debut with 'Extra Value Meal'

Zune 3.0 to Debut with 'Extra Value Meal'

AT&T has teased iPhone users a few times by putting up notices of free wi-fi at AT&T hotspot, only to pull them down hours later after the blogosphere (and usually us!) got excited, thus alerting them to their mistake.  While the apparently miscues seem to point to them working on such a feature, it appears the fact that the free...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216: EVGA, Zotac

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216: EVGA, Zotac

In the conclusion of our coverage of the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 launch, we posted this statement, "...dare we say a $300 graphics card represents an excellent value, from a price point perspective? These cards are definitely going to put significant price pressure on NVIDIA's GTX 200 series." At the time, the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 were...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Zotac 9800GT AMP! Edition @ t-breakPalit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputersXFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ Evaluation @ [H]ASUS EAH4870X2 TOP video card review @ Elite BastardsPalit HD4850 Sonic AMD Radeon HD 4850 Graphics card @ OCWSapphire Toxic Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMotherboards and...

Tomorrow's Chips To Stack Cores Vertically

Tomorrow's Chips To Stack Cores Vertically

When microprocessor manufacturers ran into increasing complications as they tried to make chips runs faster, they shifted gears, and started building more powerful processors using multiple cores. We're still at the early part of the multi-core revolution, but researchers at the University of Rochester claim that microprocessor manufacturers...

IT and Consumer Spending Down in 2H2008

IT and Consumer Spending Down in 2H2008

If there was any doubt that the U.S. economy is hurting, taking a gander at today's financial news should sober you up quickly: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, and Bank of America is bailing out foundering Merrill Lynch. If you are not an investor, you might ask why you should care and what does this have to do with technology. The state...

Dell First to Market w/ Qflix Drives for the PC

Dell First to Market w/ Qflix Drives for the PC

DELL PREMIERS FIRST INDUSTRY-APPROVED BURN-TO-DVD DOWNLOADSQflix Recording Technology from Sonic Gives New Life to Digital DownloadingFeaturing New Hit and Catalog Releases via CinemaNowQflix Certified Media Plays on Standard DVD PlayersROUND ROCK, Texas, Sept. 15, 2008 – Dell is bringing the big screen to the PC screen, making it easy for...

One DRM to Rule Them All?

One DRM to Rule Them All?

What would be the ideal form of DRM?  Besides, obviously, no DRM, copy protection that's industry-wide, so that you could snag something from one store or retailer and play it on any player, whether it be a Zune or an iPod, or even your DVD player, would be the dream of consumers.  While piracy is the bane of the industry, the fact...

BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card

BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card

We are writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of the BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX with Thermointelligence cooling. The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX takes mid-range graphics up a few notches by cranking up both the memory and GPU clock speeds over NVIDIA's GeForce...

EA Drops Take-Two Bid, For Good

EA Drops Take-Two Bid, For Good

Electronic Arts (EA) began its pursuit of Take-Two Interactive in February, but was immediately rebuffed.  Through all these months, Take-Two has said that EA's offer undervalued the company.  But while Electronic Arts let its tender offer expire in August, both companies indicated that the two continued talks in private.  On...

Peugeot Holds Car Concept Design Contest

Peugeot Holds Car Concept Design Contest

There's something about the machine.  Some folks have a passion for things that fly, while others, an affinity for things that float.  However, nearly everyone, young, old, male, female, can appreciate a seriously stylish ride.  It's probably somewhere within those four wheels, that freedom speaks.  Perhaps your inner child,...

HH Weekend Project Spotlight, An HH Forum Report

HH Weekend Project Spotlight, An HH Forum Report

You know our HH Forum regulars are definitely a lively, ambitious crew, always eager to lend a hand, some advice or an opinion, sometimes whether you ask for one or not.  Many of the HotHardware Elite possess a wealth of knowledge such that, if you're in the dark on something, they'll be happy to oblige and shed some light, tips or tricks...

HP: Out with the Bad OS, In with the Good?

HP: Out with the Bad OS, In with the Good?

We know that both HP and Dell have planned to extend the life of Windows XP by using the "Downgrade Rights" Policy which allows buyers of certain versions of Windows Vista to get a copy of Windows XP along with Vista. But a report indicates that HP is looking at two different ways to make an "end run" around Vista. According to Business Week,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30-inch LCD @ PhoronixPalit - ATI Radeon HD 4870 @ TechwareLabsGigabyte GeForce 9800GT 512MB Graphics Card @ APH NetworksMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-DS3R Review @ OCCGigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H Motherboard @ TechwareLabsMemory and Storage:G.Skill 2x2GB PC2 8800 (F2-8800CL5D-4GBPI) @ Overclockers OnlineCorsair...

iTunes 8 Re-released; Vista BSOD "Fixed"

iTunes 8 Re-released; Vista BSOD "Fixed"

If you were one of the lucky people who wanted to try the new "Genius" feature of iTunes 8, and had an HP USB printer driver installed and said printer connection --- or perhaps a few other drivers --- you might have experienced the (yes, it's still part of Windows) tried and true BSOD when you plugged in your iPod.The BSOD was happening in...

LHC Computer Hacked

LHC Computer Hacked

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been collecting lots of headlines this week as it finally ramped up to full speed. It has garnered attention for the massively sized experiments it will undertake (simulating conditions of the Big Bang), the questions its experiments will seek to answer (find the "God" particle), the cost of the project...

Bill and Jerry Perpetually Connecting

Bill and Jerry Perpetually Connecting

Do you remember that half a billion dollar Microsoft ad campaign we told you about a couple of months ago, architected to improve the image of Microsoft and Windows Vista? Well, the first two ads in the campaign have hit, and if nothing else, they've got people talking.The first ad featured Jerry Seinfeld stumbling upon Bill Gates shopping...

Scientists Test World's Fastest Wireless Network

Scientists Test World's Fastest Wireless Network

Scientists in Pisa, Italy claim to have set a new world record for the fastest wireless data transmission. They report that during an uninterrupted 12-hour experiment, they were able to achieve throughput speeds above 1.2 Terabits per second; which they say beats the previous wireless data transmission speed record of 160 Gigabits per second...

Western Digital Ships 500GB Notebook Hard Drives

Western Digital Ships 500GB Notebook Hard Drives

WD SHIPS 500 GB CAPACITY NOTEBOOK HARD DRIVESCompany Expands Industry Leadership in Areal Density at 250 GB-Per-Platter For 2.5-inch Standard Form Factor Notebook Hard Drives LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualifications of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook...

Firefox 3.1 to Get Privacy Mode, After All

Firefox 3.1 to Get Privacy Mode, After All

Faced with concerns that users might switch over to IE8 or Google's new Chrome so they can browse porn, er, we mean privately, Mozilla has reversed course on Privacy Mode, which had been out for Firefox 3.1.  The upcoming release will indeed support Privacy Mode, popularly known as "Porn Mode." Both IE8 in its current Beta 2 form and...

iPhone is World's Ninth Most-Popular Smartphone

iPhone is World's Ninth Most-Popular Smartphone

Here's a quick quiz for you: Which smartphone in the U.S. accesses the mobile Internet the most? If you guessed the iPhone, you're wrong. According to metrics published by the mobile Internet ad-serving company, AdMob, More RIM BlackBerry 8100 smartphones accessed the Internet in the U.S. in August than any other smartphone--although the Palm...

VideoSurf Visually Searches Video Content

VideoSurf Visually Searches Video Content

Today's Web search engines are driven primarily by searching for text keywords. This works fairly well when what you are searching for is words; but it fails pretty miserably when you are searching for video. Video search is almost entirely dependent on someone taking the time to manually (and accurately) add text tags to videos to make them...

OCZ Unveils Gladiator & Gladiator Max Coolers

OCZ Unveils Gladiator & Gladiator Max Coolers

OCZ Technology Unveils the Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers, Designed for the Latest High Performance Processors Sunnyvale, CA—September 11, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Gladiator and Gladiator Max,...

Your Facebook Profile Might Keep You Unemployed

Your Facebook Profile Might Keep You Unemployed

Before you post photos of your night of drunken debauchery to your Facebook profile, you might want to consider what kind of impression it might make on prospective employers. And lest you think that baby-boomer-generation hiring managers wouldn't know Facebook if they tripped over it, think again: 22 percent of hiring managers say they research...

Intel X48 Motherboard Round-up: ASUS, ECS, Intel

Intel X48 Motherboard Round-up: ASUS, ECS, Intel

We're writing to let you know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of three X48-based motherboards. The first motherboard comes from ASUS, and is a member of the gamer-oriented Republic of Gamers series, which we have taken a few looks at in the past. We've been mostly impressed...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Radeon HD 4670 review @ AMDZoneATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 Video Card Review @ Hardware CanucksPalit ATI Radeon HD 4850 @ TechwareLabsAMD ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB @ bit-techATI Radeon HD 4670 Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsASUS VW223B LCD Monitor @ t-break Powercolor PCS HD 4670 512 MB @ techPowerUpGIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 512MB...

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership - New ATI FirePro™ V8700 graphics accelerator designed for ultra high-end professionals; ATI FirePro™ V3750 graphics accelerator delivers superior performance for entry-level 3D users -Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) — Sept. 11,...

NVIDIA Slapped With Lawsuit Over Flawed GPUs

NVIDIA Slapped With Lawsuit Over Flawed GPUs

NVIDIA has been hit with a securities fraud class action lawsuit over the defective GPUs which it admitted to in July. The complaint was filed by New York-based law firm Shalov Stone Bonner & Rocco. It alleges that NVIDIA knew about the flawed GPUs as early as November 8th, 2007 though no public announcement was made until July 2, 2008....

LHC Success, Earth Lives!

LHC Success, Earth Lives!

So you got up today, sat down to your bowl of Cheerios and Bananas, flipped on the Flinstones for a few minutes and then you really busted a move.  You actually brought the bowl over to the sink, before you brushed your teeth and headed off to the office to strap on that desk for another solid 8.125 hours of turning the crank...

Internet Bots: Anatomy of a Stock Selling Frenzy

Internet Bots: Anatomy of a Stock Selling Frenzy

In case you missed the brouhaha on Monday, United Airlines' stock dropped from $12.50 to $3 per share in the matter of 15 minutes because of an Internet bot--and not just any old Internet bot--the king of all bots, the Google News crawler. The circumstances that led up the event were confusing, fingers were pointed every which way, and conspiracy...

AOL Takes on iGoogle

AOL Takes on iGoogle

Remember when AOL was king of the Web portals and when it had over 30 million members? That was a good six or so years ago. The expression Web portal is now considered passé and AOL claims only slightly more than 8 million members today. But with a number of significant changes taking place on AOL.com, AOL hopes to regain some of its lost...

MS Intros SideWinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse

MS Intros SideWinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Experience Untethered, Uninterrupted Gameplay With Microsoft’s New SideWinder X8 MouseFirst wireless SideWinder mouse features Microsoft BlueTrack Technology for the best speeds and feeds available.REDMOND, Wash.  Sept. 10, 2008  Microsoft Corp. today unleashed the SideWinder X8 Mouse, offering wireless freedom with wired performance...

NYC Emergency Hot Line Systems Get Upgraded

NYC Emergency Hot Line Systems Get Upgraded

With camera phones, text messaging, and e-mail now ubiquitous, it was only a matter of time before antiquated emergency systems were upgraded to take advantage of these technologies. Making good on a promise made during a State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just announced that NYC's emergency and customer service...

Symantec Launches (Debloated?) 2009 Products

Symantec Launches (Debloated?) 2009 Products

In July, Symantec opened its 2009 security products to public beta, promising that they would no longer be the performance hogs they have been in the past. You may know that Symantec's latest versions of their security products have been criticized over their memory footprint and CPU usage. Of course, there's also the activation issue (the...

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses, Delivering Up To Double the Game Performance of the Competition at the Same Price- HD gaming gets easier with the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, setting a new standard for mainstream graphics, delivering superior gaming and HD multimedia experiences at low power and exceptional...

ATI Radeon HD 4670 Launched

ATI Radeon HD 4670 Launched

We have explained in numerous articles in the past that the bulk of GPU sales are made in the form of ether IGPs (Integrated Graphics Processors) or affordable, mainstream graphics cards. As powerful and exciting as the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 or GeForce GTX 280 cards may be, AMD and NVIDIA simply don't sell as many flagship products as they...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Diamond RADEON 4870 X2 @ LostCircuitsHIS HD 4850 IceQ4 512 MB @ techPowerUpOverclocking the NVIDIA GeForce Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte & Foxconn AMD 790GX Motherboards @ InsideHWECS GF8200A Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutMemory and Storage:Synology DS207+ SATA NAS Server Review @ X-bit LabsMega...

Digital TV Test Offers Some Real-world Lessons

Digital TV Test Offers Some Real-world Lessons

As we wrote earlier, Wilmington, N.C. was getting to be the victim, er, volunteer city in a full-on digital TV experiment.  What was the expectation?  Well, the hope was that it would be a smooth transition, especially since Wilimington has a lower percentage of residents who would be affected by the changeover.  But it sure...

Apple Announces New iPod Nano and iTunes 8

Apple Announces New iPod Nano and iTunes 8

Tuesdays are typically the day the Apple reserves to make big announcements, and today was such a day for Apple. Steve Jobs took to the stage Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco to announce a number of new iPod-related products and new iTunes features. Apple billed the press event as "Let's Rock." Here's what's new: iTunes will start offering...

Microsoft Hardware Unveils Ten New Products

Microsoft Hardware Unveils Ten New Products

Today, Microsoft Hardware introduced NINE innovative new products – all designed with the theme of “Hardware Anywhere.” It's not just about the office. People are using webcams at the coffee shop down the street and laptops on the kitchen counter, and Microsoft is making that experience easier than ever before. Leading the new lineup is a...

Opera 9.5 Browser Optimized For Tegra Processors

Opera 9.5 Browser Optimized For Tegra Processors

NVIDIA and Opera team to accelerate the full web on mobile devicesOpera 9.5 Browser Licensed and Optimized For Tegra Processors SANTA CLARA, CA -- September 9, 2008 -- Browsing the Internet on a mobile device will take a leap forward with today's announcement that NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Opera Software (OSE: OPERA) are collaborating...

SiSoftware Launches Sandra 2009 with GPU Bench

SiSoftware Launches Sandra 2009 with GPU Bench

Here at the HotHardware labs, we like to make use of SiSoftware's Sandra benchmarks for quick and dirty measurements on relative performance of a product versus another in its class.  While the benchmark suite is virtually all synthetic testing, we've found that results and measurements generally scale pretty well with...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition Graphics Card @ TweaktownPoint of View GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB Wall-E Edition @ techPowerUpMSI Radeon 4850 R4850-V101 Video Card Review @ MotherboardsPalit Radeon HD4870X2 Videocard Review @ PCStatsATI Radeon HD 4870 Overclockin Guide Rev. 2.0 @ TechARPPowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 - Faster Yet...

AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization

AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization

AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization with Microsoft- Combined Offering Expected to Benefit Underserved Mid-Market by Offering Reduced Cost, Superior Flexibility for Web-based Workloads - SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of robust new virtualization solutions powered by a...

Google Patches Chrome Security Holes

Google Patches Chrome Security Holes

The security vulnerabilities already discovered in Chrome appear to have been patched by Google. Of course, Google (much like Apple) hasn't provided any release notes, so discovering what's been fixed isn't that easy. Google said, in a group post: We're planning to do release notes. 149.29 is a security update and we released it as fast as...

Intel Ships New Eco-Friendly Intel Xeons

Intel Ships New Eco-Friendly Intel Xeons

Intel Ships New Eco-Friendly Inte Xeon Server Processors that Boost Performance SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2008 – Intel Corporation continues to expand its 45-nanometer (nm) manufacturing chip portfolio with the launch of its first four halogen-free Intel® Xeon® processors, signaling another step in Intel's march toward minimizing...

ASUS Redefines Portable Gaming; G50V Notebook

ASUS Redefines Portable Gaming; G50V Notebook

ASUS Redefines Portable Gaming with its new 15.4” G50V Gaming Notebook  -- Top-Notch performance and exclusive ASUS features make for an unbeatable mobile gaming platform --  Fremont, California (September 8, 2008) – ASUS, a world leader in notebook design and the fastest growing notebook brand, today announced the latest addition...

Intel X25-M 80GB SATA Solid State Drive

Intel X25-M 80GB SATA Solid State Drive

Though the migration will be gradual, starting first at the consumer level, then moving into the industrial and enterprise space, it's a matter of time before the world literally goes solid state for its storage. In the short term, especially at the consumer level, the SSD market is expected to have explosive growth over the next year or so,...

Wilmington's DTV Experiment Gets a Green Light

Wilmington's DTV Experiment Gets a Green Light

In May, the FCC announced that Wilmington, North Carolina had volunteered  to be the victims, er, first community to switch completely over to digital TV.  Although there were concerns that Tropical Storm Hanna would cause a postponement of the switch, the FCC announced on Sunday that the experiment would still go live on Monday,...

Win a $5,000 Tech Makeover Courtesy of Intel!

Win a $5,000 Tech Makeover Courtesy of Intel!

Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes...

Mozilla Releases Second Firefox 3.1 alpha

Mozilla Releases Second Firefox 3.1 alpha

Not satisfied with Firefox 3.0.1?  Want to see if Firefox 3.1 is really faster than Chrome, as Mozilla claims (though it's arguable)?  Well, last night Mozille released the second alpha for Firefox 3.1.  Note the word "alpha.:"  Beta is buggy enough, but Alpha starts to stretch the limits a little.Shiretoko Alpha 2 is an...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS ENGTX260 TOP GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card Review @ TechARPLeadtek GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB Extreme Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsGigabyte MA78GPM-DS2H Motherboard @ Digit-LifeGigabye GA-EG45M-DS2H @ AMDZoneGigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard...

Game Promotion Leads to Gridlock

Game Promotion Leads to Gridlock

Gasoline being given away?  In this age of $4 a gallon gasoline in the U.S., and much higher prices in Europe and elsewhere, would you riot over it?  All right, it wasn't a riot, but it sure as heck was gridlock.Electronic Arts was trying to promote the Mercenaries 2: World in Flames game.  And the promotion was free gasoline...

Microsoft Gurus at Best Buy to Pimp Windows

Microsoft Gurus at Best Buy to Pimp Windows

It appears that Microsoft is doing a lot more than having Jerry Seinfeld munching churros and going shoe shopping with Bill Gates to help bolster the company's image. Part of Microsoft's $300 million marketing campaign includes placing Microsoft customer service representatives in select consumer electronics retail outlets across the U.S....

No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Work PCs

No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Work PCs

If you think the contents of your work computer are your business and only your business, then think again. Applying federal rulings from other jurisdictions to help guide its ruling, the New Jersey State Appeals Court ruled in a recent case that "an employee has no reasonable expectation of privacy in personal files stored on a company-owned...

Watch Out Broadcast TV, Here Comes Online TV

Watch Out Broadcast TV, Here Comes Online TV

What is the most important thing to you that you can do on the Internet? Forget communicating and gathering information; according to results from a just-released study, for ten percent of all U.S. online households, entertainment is the single-most important thing that the Internet offers. In fact, the study indicates that nearly 20 percent...

Google's Chrome Already Tops Opera

Google's Chrome Already Tops Opera

Opera is much-loved, but it's more of a cult browser. Its users swear by it, but it's never been able to make inroads into browser market share. And the star of the week, Google's Chrome, which stole the headlines away from IE8, has already topped Opera in market share. According to NetApplications, which has been tracking Chrome usage hourly,...

How Does Your Security Suite Stack up?

How Does Your Security Suite Stack up?

If you use a computer on a regular basis, chances are you are running some sort of anti-malware application. If you aren't then you really should be, as recent studies show that malware is becoming more pervasive and more sophisticated. No operating system (OS) is immune from malware attacks, but Microsoft Windows is the most frequently targeted...

Comcast Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality

Comcast Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality

You didn't seriously think Comcast would roll over without a fight, did you? It was only a matter of time after FCC's decision in early August, before Comcast took some legal action. And here we are. Last month, the FCC voted 3-2 to declare that Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent P2P traffic last year was illegal. At that time the FCC ordered...

Dell's New Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook Debuts Early

Dell's New Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook Debuts Early

The tech industry just can't seem to keep any secrets anymore. Conspiracy theorists will tell you that is exactly how companies like it, as it builds up plenty of viral buzz before a hotly-anticipated product is ever officially unveiled. The latest product to prove the rumor mill right is Dell's entry into the netbook market, the Inspiron...

Four-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Super Talent, Mtron

Four-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Super Talent, Mtron

Solid State Drive technology is set to turn the storage industry on its ear; there is little doubt of this.  When you consider the intrinsic benefits of anything built on solid state technology versus anything mechanical, it doesn't take a degree in physics to understand the obvious advantages.  On the following pages, we thought...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Foxconn 9500GT-256FR3 @ Bjorn3DGraphics Card + Processor, Part 4 @ Digit-LifeZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ Zone Edition Video Card @ BmRSapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 @ bit-techASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-HideoutMotherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TA790GX A2+ ver 5.0 Review Part 1 @ OCWASUS Rampage Extreme Motherboard &...

Sony Recalls TZ Series Notebooks for Overheating

Sony Recalls TZ Series Notebooks for Overheating

Sony has been dealing with the fallout from overheating batteries for a couple of years now, so it should be used to the fire drills associated with running damage control on overheating products. That practice should come in handy, as the latest hot potato form Sony is an entire line of overheating laptops. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer...

Kingston Launches Low Latency Notebook Memory

Kingston Launches Low Latency Notebook Memory

Kingston Technology First to Launch High Performance Ultra Low-Latency DDR2 Notebook Memory Innovative HyperX SO-DIMMs Infuse More Performance into Laptop Systems--Without Overclocking Fountain Valley, CA -- September 3, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first...

Spam Enacts High Costs on Businesses

Spam Enacts High Costs on Businesses

There is no doubt that spam is pervasive and can be a major productivity killer if the right safeguards aren't in place. In fact, MessageLabs indicates that 78.2 percent of all e-mails sent during the month of August were spam. To make matters worse, Sophos reports that by the end of June, 96.5 percent of all e-mails to businesses were spam....

Poor ISP Service Leads to Arrest

Poor ISP Service Leads to Arrest

No, no one at the ISP was arrested, so strike that from your mind.  In this case, it was Carol Sinclair, a 53-year-old Halifax actress and playwright.  Her service went down, and in a typical finger-pointing episode, the ISP pointed a finger at her PC, and she pointed at the ISP.  Eventually, she lied to get them to come out...

DirecTV, TiVo to Team Again

DirecTV, TiVo to Team Again

The best DirecTV DVR was the DirecTiVo, and that is no longer sold --- and we can likely thank Rupert Murdoch for some of that, as it was his desire after acquiring a controlling stake in DirecTV to move to in-house DVRs. Now he's gone, but we still have the DirecTV DVRs. But for DirecTiVo lovers there is light at the end of the tunnel! On...

Hulu to Host Premieres, Some Before TV Broadcast

Hulu to Host Premieres, Some Before TV Broadcast

Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox) announced on Tuesday post the premieres of many shows not as soon as they appear on TV, but rather prior to broadcast. Hulu said it would be showing the season-opening episodes of Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck, Life and 30 Rock a full week before the shows hit the airwaves. You...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP! Edition Video Card Review @ FutureLooksPowerColor HD4870 PCS+ Review @ OCCPalit 9800GT Super+ 1GB Single/SLI Video Card Review @ MotherboardsViewSonic VX1962wm 19-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgPNY GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB XLR8 Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:GIGABYTE...

Do You Suffer From Discomgoogolation?

Do You Suffer From Discomgoogolation?

There is little doubt that Internet access for many of us has transmogrified from the realm of useful tool to downright obsession. In fact, about a month ago we reported on a study that showed that 46 percent of U.S. e-mail users claim to be addicted to e-mail. Now a new study coming out of the U.K. gives a name to the malady we suffer when...

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Launched

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Launched

You may have grand visions of owning an Optimus Maximus but we'd caution that there are likely more practical uses of your hard-earned cashola, rather than splurging on frivelous things like a keyboard with independent displays for each key.  And with pricing well north of $1800, you can't be serious, right?  For a keyboard? ...

HotHardware's Summer Sweepstakes Winner!

HotHardware's Summer Sweepstakes Winner!

Last month, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away a full Intel Core 2 Quad 9650-powered system, complete with 2GB of Kingston DDR3 RAM, a pair of  ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards and a  Western Digital 1TB Black Edition hard drive.  The response we received after the announcement was fantastic...

Feeling Virtual Environments With Ultrasound

Feeling Virtual Environments With Ultrasound

Force feedback has become commonplace in today's game controllers. To many, the simulated forces create a more realistic game-play environment. A group of scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan are on working on a new technology that can potentially allow force feedback-type sensations and controller input without the need of a joystick...

VIA Announces Major Mini-Note Design Win

VIA Announces Major Mini-Note Design Win

VIA Announces Major Mini-Note Design Win for China Tsinghua TongFang - Taipei, Taiwan, 2 September 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the S1 imini Mini-Note Series from Tsinghua TongFang, Co. Ltd., a leading PC OEM based in Beijing. Easy to carry and use, the S1 imini...

Dell's Inspiron 910 to Launch Friday?

Dell's Inspiron 910 to Launch Friday?

Dell's answer to the Asus Eee PC, the Inspiron 910, now has a date, according to reports. While there is still no confirmation as the price, which has been widely rumored as $299, it appears the netbook will be showing up "any time soon." According to Gizmodo, that day will be Friday, Sept. 5th. It should be noted this isn't the first date...

"App Store" for Windows Mobile Coming?

"App Store" for Windows Mobile Coming?

A job posting spotted on ComputerJobs.com shows that Microsoft is looking for a Senior Product Manager for a project called Skymarket, a "a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile." With both Apple and Google either having or planning centralized stores for applications for their platforms, Microsoft's been the odd-man out. There are various...

Seagate Cheetah X15K.6 Hard Drive

Seagate Cheetah X15K.6 Hard Drive

Traditional hard disk storage is living on borrowed time. We know it and storage manufacturers know it. Solid state drives, which use non-volatile memory chips instead of rotating metal discs for storing data, are simply a better medium in the long run. They consume less power, create nearly zero heat, and produce no noise – but best of all,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Palit HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 512 MB @ techPowerUp Gainward Radeon HD 4850 review @ Ultimate HardwarePalit Radeon HD 4870 512MB Review @ TechgagePalit GeForce 9800GT Sonic 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe / Mempipe Motherboard @ Digit-LifeMemory and Storage:ATP ToughDrive...

IBM Builds 4TB RAID From SSDs

IBM Builds 4TB RAID From SSDs

As we've recently told you, SSDs will be the storage technology of the future.  In addition, we're also quickly coming to a close on the launch of our first comprehensive SSD round-up here at HotHardware, that will give you a good sense of where SSD technology stands today in the mainstream and where it's going in the future.  Gazing...

Google Chrome Open-Source Browser Set To Launch

Google Chrome Open-Source Browser Set To Launch

There have been rumors of a Google-developed browser circulating for a few years now, and it appears that rumor is about to become fact. The Wall Street Journal posted a news story today confirming that a launch of Google's open-source web browser, now known as Google Chrome, is imminent..."Google Inc. confirmed that it plans to launch its...