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All News for May 2010

MSI Introduces Wind Top AE2420 3D All-In-One PC

MSI Introduces Wind Top AE2420 3D All-In-One PC

MSI has been producing all-in-one desktops for awhile now, including a few models with full 1080p touch panels. But with 3D seemingly taking over the world, the company needed to make a move in that direction in order to stay on the bandwagon. Today, the world's first multi-touch 24" Full HD 3D all-in-one PC is being introduced, with the Wind...

Lenovo Cans Skylight OS In Favor Of Android, U1 Also Downgraded

Lenovo Cans Skylight OS In Favor Of Android, U1 Also Downgraded

Wow. That's really all there is to say about this. With Apple's iPad leading to a crazy amount of interest in tablets, HP's recent acquisition of Palm and their WebOS and Lenovo's fantastic recent quarter, there's been a lot of wild stuff going down in the tech sector. But who saw this coming? Lenovo, which made a big name for themselves by...

Gigabyte Introduces Pine Trail-M Netbooks, M1125 Netvertible

Gigabyte Introduces Pine Trail-M Netbooks, M1125 Netvertible

There are people who will opt for a tablet after the iPad's success, and there are those who insist that a dedicated QWERTY keyboard is necessary for their use. And then there are those who will split the difference. Gigabyte is taking their opportunity at Computex to introduce one of those split-personality notebooks, with the M1125 netvertible...

Acer Debuts 6" LumiRead E-Book Reader With ISBN Scanner

Acer Debuts 6" LumiRead E-Book Reader With ISBN Scanner

Many could argue that the last thing the world needs is another e-book reader, but we aren't yet in that camp. Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook could use the competition, and Acer is a solid name in the industry with what appears to be a solid idea of how they plan to change it up (with "it" being the e-reader market). The company...

LiveWire Mobile To Launch DRM-Free Music Service

LiveWire Mobile To Launch DRM-Free Music Service

LiveWire Mobile is introducing a new DRM-free mobile music service for wireless carriers and online service operators. The company plans to launch the service with two North American operators later this year. With the service, customers will be able to purchase DRM-free music directly from their handsets. LiveWire Mobile Offers New DRM-Free...

Bigfoot Networks And PowerColor Create GPU/NIC Combo Card

Bigfoot Networks And PowerColor Create GPU/NIC Combo Card

To date, Bigfoot Networks has remained mostly a niche company. Only hardcore gamers know about them, and even fewer are willing to pay north of $100 for a high-end NIC card. Bigfoot Networks has had a relatively simple product line over the years: a high-end network card here, and a revamped high-end network card there. You get the drift,...

Major WebOS Engineer Heads To Google's Android Team

Major WebOS Engineer Heads To Google's Android Team

And just like that, the shakeup at Palm continues. A few days before HP eventually came public with their intentions to acquire the struggling cell phone maker, Michael Abbott, SVP of software and services, decided to bolt for the door. Now, another huge pillar at Palm has decided that the new HP-Palm is no place for him. Matias Duarte is...

OLPC XO Tablet Takes Shape: Future Of Education, On A Slate

OLPC XO Tablet Takes Shape: Future Of Education, On A Slate

One Laptop Per Child is a wonderful organization. Despite their failed attempts to provide thousands of laptops to students around the globe for under $100 (the machines ended up being slightly more expensive than they had hoped), that has not prevented the company from shipping mini notebooks to classrooms all around the world, helping children...

Mozilla Attempts To Sidestep iPhone Ban On Rival Browsers

Mozilla Attempts To Sidestep iPhone Ban On Rival Browsers

In an effort to get around Apple's ban on rival browsers for its iPhone, Mozilla plans to offer a Firefox application that will give users access to their browser bookmarks and history. The app will also let users open tabs from their most recent Firefox sessions.   The Firefox Home app is a spin-off of the bookmark and tab synchronization...

MeeGo v1.0 Now Available To Download For N900 And Netbooks

MeeGo v1.0 Now Available To Download For N900 And Netbooks

Remember MeeGo? That's the operating system that was formed when Intel and Nokia decided it best to merge their respective Moblin and Maemo efforts into one system designed for mobile devices, MIDs, UMPCs, slates, and even netbooks. Not much has been said about the software since it was initially launched, but now consumers are getting the...

Air Display Converts Your iPad Into A Secondary Display For Just $10

Air Display Converts Your iPad Into A Secondary Display For Just $10

Ever heard of Avatron Software? Don't worry, most people would agree that they haven't. But they have just produced one of those "killer apps" for iPad that we said would convert it from a cute and functional toy to something of a must-have device in the future during our review. If you've been searching for "reasons" to actually buy an iPad,...

Drobo FS Gains Native Apple Time Machine Support

Drobo FS Gains Native Apple Time Machine Support

Data Robotics shipped their first true NAS drive early last month, caving to requests from users around the world to finally add a native Ethernet connection to their otherwise very intelligent RAID box. The storage solution itself is basically little more than a Drobo S (which we just took a deep dive with), but rather than having USB/eSATA/etc....

Verizon Wireless Considering "Bucket" Billing For 4G Data

Verizon Wireless Considering "Bucket" Billing For 4G Data

Many smartphone data plans today have a 5GB cap on data. While this is adequate for most users, we still prefer unlimited access when it's available and affordable. Unfortunately, spectrum is still limited. Although newer 4G technologies may use the spectrum more efficiently, there are still constraints as to how much spectrum is available....

Acer Shows off Android-powered Stream Smartphone

Acer Shows off Android-powered Stream Smartphone

At a press conference in Beijing yesterday, Acer showed off its upcoming Stream smartphone. The Stream will run on Android 2.1 and has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of internal Flash memory, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. Acer has customized the Android UI with animations and a 3D interface. Another unique...

Wii Fit Considered To Train New Navy Recruits

Wii Fit Considered To Train New Navy Recruits

Nintendo's Wii Fit has been a quiet revolution. The device has been stamped with an approval by the American Heart Association, it has sparked many to exercise, it has been used in schools and physical fitness programs, and now it just might find its way into the Navy. Think of a video game that could have accomplished that five years ago....

Shogo Tablet Lets You Get Your Open-Source Geek On

Shogo Tablet Lets You Get Your Open-Source Geek On

The folks over at ARMDevices have posted an exclusive look (via YouTube video - see below) at the Realease Shogo tablet. Sporting a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen, the Shogo comes built with a Freescale i.MX37 (ARM11) or i.MX51 (ARM Cortex A8) processor inside and is completely open with Linux as the OS. Realease's has all the makings of...

Holy High Pixels, Batman - Altek Readies 14MP Smartphone

Holy High Pixels, Batman - Altek Readies 14MP Smartphone

At what point does a smartphone really become a digital camera with call-making abilities? Up until now, we've never really had to put much thought into such a scenario, because quite frankly, the integrated cameras on most smartphones leave a lot to be desired. That might change when Altek releases its Leo device, which is technically a smartphone...

16.8% Of Verizon Customers Show Extreme Interest In iPhone

16.8% Of Verizon Customers Show Extreme Interest In iPhone

Rumors of the iPhone landing on Verizon Wireless have been swirling for years, nearly as long as the original iPhone has been out. With LTE on the horizon and a next generation iPhone expected at next month's WWDC, VZW is in a good position. Of course, it's rumored that AT&T's exclusivity contract still runs until 2012, but we suspect...

U.S. Bill May Force Pre-Paid Cell Phone Buyers To Give Personal Info

U.S. Bill May Force Pre-Paid Cell Phone Buyers To Give Personal Info

Did you know that you can purchase a cell phone in the United States without actually handing over any personal information at all? It's true. For years, consumers have been able to purchase pre-paid cell phones from stores such as Wal-Mart, and since they can be purchased with cash, there's little to no trace left behind. For many, they don't...

Amazon's Kindle DX Not Doing So Hot At University

Amazon's Kindle DX Not Doing So Hot At University

Amazon's Kindle DX has managed to nearly vanish from the spotlight after being ceremoniously introduced at Pace University in New York last year, but Amazon never really intended for the DX to make a huge stand in the consumer market place. Rather, the DX was meant to overtake the textbook in the education sector, and possibly even the newspaper/magazine...

FCC Finds That One In Six Wireless Users Have Had "Bill Shock"

FCC Finds That One In Six Wireless Users Have Had "Bill Shock"

We've all heard the horror stories from people traveling overseas, only to return home to a wireless bill that's more expensive than their mortgage payment. You're probably thinking "that would never happen to me!," but the reality is that it happens a lot more than you may expect. A new inquiry into this matter by the FCC has found that one...

Survey Finds Corporate PCs Riddled With Malware

Survey Finds Corporate PCs Riddled With Malware

Another day, another survey that's not surprising at all to anyone in the technology field. Try as they may, most administrators and IT workers can't go 24 hours without being hit with at least one complaint that isn't link to malware, or other software that should not have been on a worker's machine to begin with. And now, there's some actual...

IBM predicts electronics sales to rise this summer

IBM predicts electronics sales to rise this summer

The retail sales of electronics and appliances this summer should have a modest increase over last year, according to IBM's analytics-based forecast. The sales are predicted to increase 4 percent - $953 million - in June, July and August. June July August 3-month total 2009 (actual) $7.791 $7.740 $8.131 $23.662 2010 (forecast) $8.034 $8.069...

Intel Core i7-875K and i5-655K Unlocked Processors

Intel Core i7-875K and i5-655K Unlocked Processors

Today Intel is announcing two new mainstream processor offerings, targeted squarely and overclocking enthusiasts, that feature unlocked multipliers. The new Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K are virtually identical to the standard Core i7-870 and i5-650 from a technical standpoint, but with the right motherboard, users of these new K-series chips...

Samsung Introduces Notebooks & Netbook For Professionals

Samsung Introduces Notebooks & Netbook For Professionals

Samsung announced two new notebook lines and a new netbook designed specifically for business users. The new P80 Premium series of notebooks include Intel Core i5 processors, an array of ports, a 320GB hard drive, and optional Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The P30 Essential series of notebooks utilize Intel's Core i3 processors, have 250GB hard drives,...

Amazon's Kindle Not Getting Color Display For Awhile

Amazon's Kindle Not Getting Color Display For Awhile

Amazon's Kindle, which was the company's first piece of hardware, turned the reading world upside-down. Even now, the Kindle is the e-reader of choice, and it's the first device that comes to mind when you're thinking of e-paper, e-ink, and e-readers in general. But the iPad made everyone think twice about the technology; was an e-ink screen...

Apple's Music Business Being Looked Into By Justice Department

Apple's Music Business Being Looked Into By Justice Department

Apple's iTunes service has revolutionized the music industry. There's little debating that. Since it was introduced in 2003, CD sales have continued to slide, while iTunes sales have continued to soar. Apple has somehow managed to not only beat out Wal-Mart in overall music sales in the United States, but trounce it. Currently, iTunes accounts...

Workers Don't Truly Disconnect While On Vacation

Workers Don't Truly Disconnect While On Vacation

Summer is upon us and many people are planning to pack up their cars and take some time off for a vacation. The thing is, most of us won't truly be taking a break from it all. According to the Mobile Messaging Study conducted by Osterman Research, 79 percent of respondents take work-related devices with them on vacation. Given the number of...

Google Chrome Hits Stable Release For Mac And Linux

Google Chrome Hits Stable Release For Mac And Linux

The Web browser battle is seriously heating up. Apple is retooling Safari, Firefox is headed for big things in the next major point release, IE9 is expected to make Internet Explorer desirable again, and Google is finally removing the Beta label from the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome. That's right, there's a new Chrome stable release to...

Up Close and Personal with the New Drobo S Direct Attached Storage Device

Up Close and Personal with the New Drobo S Direct Attached Storage Device

The original Drobo direct-attached-storage (DAS) device hit the scene in summer of 2007 and took the tech world by storm. It represented a new paradigm in how you could implement external, redundant back-up storage with much of the same goodness that RAID offers, but without a number of the headaches and the complexity that also comes with...

Logitech Fantasy Collection Ranges from Fun to Fugly

Logitech Fantasy Collection Ranges from Fun to Fugly

Why settle for an ordinary looking rodent when you can "express your inner self" with "new dreamy colors and fanciful designs?" That's Logitech's pitch for their new Fantasy Collection, a range of products purportedly inspired by trends in fashion and pop culture, with a dash of storybook fancy and dark mystery thrown in (their words folks,...

HP Unveils Four Energy Star 5.0 Compliant Monitors

HP Unveils Four Energy Star 5.0 Compliant Monitors

Hewlett Packard is giving it up for Mother Nature by releasing four new displays that promise not to put the hurt the environment, in case you care about that sort of thing. Each of the four monitors use only two-lamp panels instead of four to reduce both power consumption and toxic chemicals, and as a result are Energy Star 5.0 compliant...

TiVo To Integrate Software Into Future Insignia Televisions

TiVo To Integrate Software Into Future Insignia Televisions

This is easily one of the most interesting partnerships that we have seen this year in the consumer electronics world, and it's one that most general consumers will overlook. Insignia is the "house brand" at Best Buy, a label of electronics that are generally priced below that of Sony, Sharp, LG, etc. Over the years Insignia has expanded to...

Canon Kills Plans For Consumer SED Television

Canon Kills Plans For Consumer SED Television

Sadly, the world will have to live with one less competitor for LCD, OLED and CRT. As if CRT is still around. Canon, the same company responsible for selling millions of EOS digital cameras, once had a plan to truly rival the other television technology producers in the world. But for one reason or another, SED never really took off. There...

Silence Finally Broken in Foxconn Suicide Saga

Silence Finally Broken in Foxconn Suicide Saga

We'd like to say that Foxconn has been under fire for a rash of employee suicides that have occurred this year, but up until now, the company hasn't really been under fire at all, not by those who have the power to make a difference, anyway. It was less than a week ago that we reported another Foxconn worker had fallen from a building to his...

Kingston Introduces Entry-Level HyperX 'Blu' RAM

Kingston Introduces Entry-Level HyperX 'Blu' RAM

Kingston is known in the DIY PC builder sector as being a top-tier memory provider. They don't sell the cheapest RAM on the market, but with this kind of stuff, you generally get what you pay for. In order to bring Kingston quality to the entry-level market, the company is today revealing their HyperX 'blu' memory, which have an all-new look,...

Magellan Updates RoadMate GPS Line with Free Lifetime Live Traffic

Magellan Updates RoadMate GPS Line with Free Lifetime Live Traffic

Invest in one of Magellan's new 2010 RoadMate navigators and you'll never have to worry about being caught off guard by a traffic jam again. That's because, for the first time, Magellan is throwing in Free Lifetime Live Traffic, a service that keeps the RoadMate up to date with the latest traffic conditions so you can find an alternate route...

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Makes Some Noise (Quietly)

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Makes Some Noise (Quietly)

By now, you know NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 is the fastest single GPU videocard money can currently buy. But you may also know of the heat and noise complaints that many journalists have levied on NVIDIA's new flagship product. As expected, it didn't take long for one of NVIDIA's largest AIB partners, EVGA, to offer a solution...

Mimo Introduces 7" VESA Compatible 720-F USB Monitor

Mimo Introduces 7" VESA Compatible 720-F USB Monitor

When you think of "netbook," you probably think of "Asus." When you think of "secondary monitor," you probably think "Mimo." The USB-driven monitor was practically unheard of just a couple of years ago, but Mimo Monitors has made this a respected product category in record time. Now, just about everyone seems to be looking for ways to add...

MvixUSA Introduces S2 And S4 HTPCs

MvixUSA Introduces S2 And S4 HTPCs

iPads and other tablets may be hindering the growth of the netbook market, but the HTPC market may be hurting even more. Users have gravitated towards online TV or other movie set-top boxes from Roku and the like (not to mention the media capabilities of the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii), leaving only a few pre-fabricated HTPC builders on the market....

Two Major Microsoft Entertainment Execs Depart

Two Major Microsoft Entertainment Execs Depart

As if oftentimes the case, where there is smoke, there is fire short behind. Just a few days after the rumor-mill began to suggest that Microsoft's J Allard, who was senior vice president of Design and Development for Entertainment & Devices, would be leaving Microsoft, that is exactly what has become official. But that's not all. Microsoft...

AT&T Installs Huge Wi-Fi HotSpot In NYC To Meet 3G Demand

AT&T Installs Huge Wi-Fi HotSpot In NYC To Meet 3G Demand

AT&T has it bad. They can't borrow bandwidth from Sprint or Verizon (GSM isn't compatible with CDMA), and they have the biggest bandwidth-sucking smartphone ever on their network, and their network alone. They consistently get panned for not doing enough to keep iPhone owners happen, and yet they're spending billions in infrastructure...

Should Microsoft Just Buy Boxee And Compete With Google TV?

Should Microsoft Just Buy Boxee And Compete With Google TV?

Did Google miss a critical opportunity? Some might say they did. Google has obviously capitalized on quite a number of market openings, paving the way for true smartphone competition with Android, putting Yahoo! and MSN on their toes with Google search, and putting Yahoo! Mail as well as Hotmail on guard with Gmail. And that's just the beginning....

Intel Shelves Larrabee Discrete GPU Plans

Intel Shelves Larrabee Discrete GPU Plans

We suppose even the best laid plans can fall apart, and it seems that one of Intel's most promising endeavors is no longer active as of today. In a new post by the company's own Bill Kircos, he addresses Intel's stance on graphics-related programs, giving vague updates to a broad variety of topics. But one area wasn't vague at all. When speaking...

NVIDIA Debuts World's Fastest Notebook GPU: GeForce GTX 480M

NVIDIA Debuts World's Fastest Notebook GPU: GeForce GTX 480M

NVIDIA seems to toss out the "world's fastest" claim pretty frequently, but based on our experience, they're usually spot-on. The company is always striving to crank out the next greatest GPU, and this time it's the notebook owners that are getting the attention. Good thing too, because we thought we would have to shoe-horn an SLI GPU setup...

Verizon to Sell LG Fathom Smartphone for $150 on Thursday

Verizon to Sell LG Fathom Smartphone for $150 on Thursday

Don't go writing the obituary for Windows Mobile 6.5 just yet, not with the LG Fathom hitting Verizon Wireless business sales channels this Thursday. Verizon said it would begin selling the LG Fathom  online and in Communications Stores beginning June 3 for $150 after a $100 mail-in-rebate (in the form of a debit card) and with a new...

ZyXEL Launches Entry-Level Router for the Technically Gimped

ZyXEL Launches Entry-Level Router for the Technically Gimped

You don't have to be a die-hard computer nerd to use ZyXEL's new X150N router, you just need $40 and the ability to plug things in without electrocuting yourself. Aimed at the entry-level audience, ZyXEL is billing their latest router as a cinch to setup with little to maintenance or support once it's all up and running. Despite the ease-of-use,...

Pandigital Debuts 7" Android-Based "Novel" E-Reader

Pandigital Debuts 7" Android-Based "Novel" E-Reader

Last we heard from Pandigital, the company was busy finishing up on a new connected digital photo frame designed to work with AT&T. But that was back at CES, and a lot of time has passed since then. Today, the company is venturing into another product sector, one that's crowded from top to bottom but still expanding rapidly thanks to the...

LG Vu Plus Brings Another FLO TV Handset To AT&T

LG Vu Plus Brings Another FLO TV Handset To AT&T

Mobile TV in America is still one of those technologies that is either too ahead of its time, or simply unwanted in its current state. Tons of advertising has been done to showcase the tech, but for one reason or another, it's not nearly as popular as one might think. Then again, neither is downloading music directly onto your cellphone. But...

Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet Gets Core i5-540UM CPU

Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet Gets Core i5-540UM CPU

What's better than an ultra-rugged notebook that can withstand nearly anything? An ultra-rugged notebook that's quick and powerful. No one understands that better than Panasonic, which has just upgraded their Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet PC to include one of Intel's newest and quickest CPUs, the Core i5-540UM. If you don't recall, that's...

5-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

5-Way SSD Round-Up: Sandforce vs. JMicron

 It is hard to believe that almost two years has passed since we first rounded-up some of the first solid state drive offerings for the PC. Since that time, the landscape has changed dramatically. Capacities have increased somewhat, but performance has been improved significantly. Many early solid sate drives suffered from terrible stuttering...

ZOTAC Takes Air-Cooling Up A Notch With GeForce GTX 470 And 480 AMP! Editions

ZOTAC Takes Air-Cooling Up A Notch With GeForce GTX 470 And 480 AMP! Editions

Whenever we hear about a new "world's fastest" in the graphics card world, we can't help but take notice. ZOTAC has gone above and beyond this time though, by announcing that they're introducing the world's fastest air-cooled GeForce GTX 400 Series, meaning that you won't have to worry over a liquid cooling rig to keep this GPU from boiling...

Dell Officially Reveals 5" Slate Tablet/Smartphone In UK

Dell Officially Reveals 5" Slate Tablet/Smartphone In UK

Dell has made little to no effort to keep their "Streak" Tablet a secret, but when everyone else is doing a tablet, we sort of understand the need to make it public knowledge. After months and months of leaks and rumors, Dell is finally putting all of that conjecture behind them and getting official with the 5" Streak, which is set to launch...

Wal-Mart Drops iPhone 3GS Price To $97 On 2-Year Contract

Wal-Mart Drops iPhone 3GS Price To $97 On 2-Year Contract

There's little to no doubt that Steve Jobs himself will introduce the next generation iPhone at the WWDC conference in California next month, but if you had lingering pause, maybe this is a sign of things to come. Currently, Apple's iPhone 3G sells for $99 on contract; a great price by any measure. The iPhone 3GS sells for $199 on a 2-year...

OCZ Adds 400GB And 480GB Sizes To Agility 2 And Vertex 2 SSD Families

OCZ Adds 400GB And 480GB Sizes To Agility 2 And Vertex 2 SSD Families

Well, hello beautiful! Suddenly, we're beginning to think that the end is near for all of those double-digit SSDs. And by that, we mean any SSD under 100GB. Just over the past few weeks, a number of mainstays in the solid state business have expanded their offerings by adding a number of high-capacity versions to the mix. OCZ Technology isn't...

Elgato Debuts EyeTV HD DVR For Mac, iPhone And iPad Recordings

Elgato Debuts EyeTV HD DVR For Mac, iPhone And iPad Recordings

Elgato has produced a number of video-related accessories, primarily for Mac users, over the years. Generally speaking, they're best in class, with the Turbo H.264 USB stick helping to convert huge, huge videos to smaller H.264 files that suffer no loss in quality (and in record time, too). Today, the company is branching out somewhat with...

Bose Introduces V35, V25 And T20 Lifestyle 5.1 Sound Systems

Bose Introduces V35, V25 And T20 Lifestyle 5.1 Sound Systems

Bose has never been a company to shy away from the high-end luxury market, despite what the pundits may say. Some slam the company for not publishing very many specifications about their products, but the trick--as they say--is in the sound. The company has today introduced a new Lifestyle V-Class and T-Class product line, two home theater...

Futuremark Introduces 3DMark 11 With Native DirectX 11 Engine

Futuremark Introduces 3DMark 11 With Native DirectX 11 Engine

Oddly enough, this is one of those announcements that make the hardcore gamers of yesterday feel old. For what seems like forever now, we here at Hot Hardware and others around the globe have been using Futuremark's 3DMark 06 to benchmark the latest and greatest gaming systems, GPUs, CPUs, etc. It has been an essential took in the benchmarking...

Google Begins Android 2.2 Rollout

Google Begins Android 2.2 Rollout

Now that Android 2.2 has officially been announced, many users are anxious to get their hands on the latest and greatest version of the mobile OS. The good news for some users is the wait won't be long—Google has already started to roll out the update for Nexus One users. Reportedly, some Nexus One users began receiving the update over...

Intel Introduces Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2010 Processor Lineup

Intel Introduces Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2010 Processor Lineup

2010 isn't even halfway over, and already Intel is expanding their 2010 Core lineup. That's the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 family, which is growing today in the run-up to Computex. Previously, the chips were reserved for high-end desktops. Eventually, a few multi-media and gaming notebooks took these CPUs in. Today, an even more power efficient...

HTC EVO 4G Already Rooted

HTC EVO 4G Already Rooted

We're not surprised that someone managed to root HTC's EVO 4G smartphone, we're just taken aback by how quickly it was done. After all, you can't even walk into a Sprint store and pick up an EVO 4G just yet. But hey, that's the sort of risk your run when you hand out pre-release phones to developers ahead of launch, which is what Google did...

Game Deprived Mac Users Feasting on Steam Content

Game Deprived Mac Users Feasting on Steam Content

For years, us PC folks have pointed and laughed our Mac brethren who, for the most part, have been gimped when it comes to gaming. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but c'mon, if you're a gamer, your choices have traditionally come down to a Windows-based PC or a dedicated console. Valve set out to change this dichotomy between gaming...

PhoneTell Launches New Mobile App For Android Smartphones

PhoneTell Launches New Mobile App For Android Smartphones

Our phones don't always ring at the most convenient time. PhoneTell is launching a new mobile app that is designed to help you manage and acknowledge calls, especially during those inconvenient moments. PhoneTell comes with a menu of pre-set text messages and lets you create your own customized text messages to respond to callers. While this...

Samsung Ships Wave Smartphone: First With Bada OS

Samsung Ships Wave Smartphone: First With Bada OS

It may not seem very significant at first glance, but this is a monumental day for Samsung Electronics. While Palm has struggled with getting WebOS to the masses, and Nokia has had to merge Maemo with Intel's Moblin just so MeeGo can have a fighting chance, Samsung is pressing forward with their own mobile OS today. It's a tough world out...

Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Preview

Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Preview

Although there has been some noise over the years about hybrid drives that somewhat bridge the gap between hard drives and solid state drives, short of getting installed in a handful of notebooks, they haven’t had a significant impact on the overall market. Hit your favorite on-line retailer and you’ll find a slew of SSDs and hard...

GPS System Getting An $8 Billion Location Makeover

GPS System Getting An $8 Billion Location Makeover

The Global Positioning System is something most Americans take for granted. It's one of those things, like radio waves and cellphone service, that just seems "there." As if it were always "there" and will always be "there." It's almost as if the world was created with GPS, mostly because there's no monthly fee to tap into the satellites, and...

Sony's Billabong Edition Netbook Packs One Stylish Lid

Sony's Billabong Edition Netbook Packs One Stylish Lid

Years back, a notebook was a notebook. So long as it had a battery, a keyboard and a foldable LCD, it would suffice on the road. But things have changed, and consumers are caring more and more about design and style. Sony's VAIO series of laptops have always been stylish when compared to most other portable machines offered by other PC makers,...

Half Of America Now Watching HDTV While SD Viewing Slides

Half Of America Now Watching HDTV While SD Viewing Slides

The Internet is widely projected to reach a saturation point in developing nations years before the color television did so last century, but the TV isn't done breaking records and wowing consumers yet. The device that still provides millions of viewers with an outlet for entertainment and a view to the outside world has evolved nicely over...

Asus Pre-Loads Kindle For PC Software On Select Netbooks And Notebooks

Asus Pre-Loads Kindle For PC Software On Select Netbooks And Notebooks

We've had mixed feelings about the bundled software on PCs for awhile now; some of it is nothing more than "bloatware" that really bogs the system down, while other applications are genuinely useful and worth having around. However, the kind of software that is most deserving of complaints, runs in the background, draining resources and not...

Mobile Music Downloads Still Struggling To Take Off

Mobile Music Downloads Still Struggling To Take Off

The music industry as we know it is undergoing serious turmoil. Technology has advanced far more quickly than music labels have, and it feels like they're still grasping for a new business model. A lot of things are moving in various directions; there's iTunes, there's the various subscription services, there's the CD business and there's...

Wal-Mart To Support Smartcard Payments In U.S. Stores

Wal-Mart To Support Smartcard Payments In U.S. Stores

Wal-Mart tried the "self-checkout" thing for awhile, and those kiosks still exist in some stores. But by and large, it's easier for most consumers to just head to a real person in case of trouble. But that snafu isn't stopping the world's most recognized retailer from starting something else: smartcard payment support. According to a new report,...

Sony And Google Team Up For More Android Products: Could A Tablet Be On Deck?

Sony And Google Team Up For More Android Products: Could A Tablet Be On Deck?

Sony and Android, just like two peas in a pod? Sony Ericsson has been known to install Android on select phones, but that's really the extent of the relationship up until now. But after Google's Google TV announcement last week, it seems as Sony and Google are now signed up to be buddy-buddy in a lot of respects. What we're looking at here...

EZDigiMagic Announces One-Touch Back Up For Memory Cards & Laptops

EZDigiMagic Announces One-Touch Back Up For Memory Cards & Laptops

Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The...

Logitech To Create First Google TV Set-Top Box In Fall 2010

Logitech To Create First Google TV Set-Top Box In Fall 2010

Google managed to score quite a few big partners with their Google TV launch, with Intel and Sony being two key partners in moving the technology forward into the mainstream. But for those who don't want to purchase any entirely new television this fall with a CE4100 processor and the Google TV app onboard, they'll need a set-top box to connect...

Survey: 60% Of Facebook Consider Quitting Over Privacy

Survey: 60% Of Facebook Consider Quitting Over Privacy

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, but not for reasons that the service is particularly proud of. For as many million users as it has, Facebook's biggest issue now is dealing with pundits and those who are focused on privacy holes that need to be patched up. Facebook is quickly garnering a negative reputation, one that sees the service...

FastMac U-Socket: Power Outlet With USB 3.0 And iPad Charging Support

FastMac U-Socket: Power Outlet With USB 3.0 And iPad Charging Support

USB is everywhere. It's truly the Universal Serial Bus, with focus on the "Universal" part. Every PC we can think of has at least one or two of the ports, and just about every peripheral on the market supports it. It's one of the few constants in the PC universe, but outside of the PC world, there isn't' too much USB to be had. Every now and...

Apple's "Get A Mac" Ad Campaign Ends, Bashing Google And Adobe Still On

Apple's "Get A Mac" Ad Campaign Ends, Bashing Google And Adobe Still On

Justin Long said it was over, and well...it's over. The long-running "Get A Mac" ad campaign is coming to end, which is the second large "angry" ad campaign in the tech world to get put away in the past few months. AT&T recently ditched their "anti-Verizon" ads in favor of a new Rethink Possible series, and now Apple has decided to take...

Will Sprint Switch To LTE? It's Possible

Will Sprint Switch To LTE? It's Possible

At the Long Term Evolution (LTE) event in Amsterdam, Sprint revealed that it is evaluating equipment suppliers for a major technology evolution of its CDMA network in the U.S. The company also indicated it is open to LTE. Sprint's VP of device and technology development Mathew Oommen told Light Reading Mobile the wireless carrier is evaluating...

Microsoft's J Allard Rumored To Be Leaving The Company

Microsoft's J Allard Rumored To Be Leaving The Company

When you hear "Microsoft," you probably think of a few things: Windows, for one. Bill Gates is another. Maybe even Steve Ballmer, the company's current CEO. But unless you're a loyal follower of the company, you may not be familiar with J Allard. But you should be. This guy has had a hand in many, many Microsoft projects, and a lot of those...

AT&T Nearly Doubles Early Termination Fee For Smartphones And Netbooks

AT&T Nearly Doubles Early Termination Fee For Smartphones And Netbooks

Some things in the wireless industry are great for consumers. Like, carriers spending billions in order to improve network quality and infrastructure. And offering more and more smartphones nowadays. And making voice minutes cheaper and cheaper to buy. But some things, as you all know, aren't so great. Like Sprint's $10/month surcharge for...

HP Recalls Additional Batteries Due To Fire Hazard

HP Recalls Additional Batteries Due To Fire Hazard

HP is extending its worldwide recall program for batteries in certain laptops due to a potential to overhead and pose a fire hazard. The original laptop battery recall program was announced on May 14 of last year and updated in October. Now, HP is adding additional battery models to the recall. The batteries that are being recalled are used...

BFG Tech Pulls The Plug On GPU Business

BFG Tech Pulls The Plug On GPU Business

If you're a hardcore gamer, and you spend any time whatsoever looking over the best and brightest graphics cards on the market, you've probably heard of BFG Technologies. In fact, we had an interview with the company's own Senior Director of Marketing last April, and we have reviewed a number of their GPUs over the years. They've always been...

iPad Boosts Tablet Sales

iPad Boosts Tablet Sales

Apple has done it again: The company has created a product that people want and in the process, the company has boosted sales of an entire market segment. Although tablet PCs have been on the market for years, many consumers haven't paid attention to this market segment until Apple announced the iPad. Now, research firm IDC is claiming the...

European Commission Fines Big Memory Producers €331M For Cartel Involvement

European Commission Fines Big Memory Producers €331M For Cartel Involvement

Micron, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida and Nanya. Ten companies, some of which you have definitely heard of before, all of which are being hit with some very bad news this week from the European Union. The European Commission branch this week handed down their first settlement in an ongoing investigation...

Nano-Fibers Could Be Woven Into Clothes, Generate Power While You Walk

Nano-Fibers Could Be Woven Into Clothes, Generate Power While You Walk

Energy creation has been a huge, huge matter over the past few years. Researchers have turned to "green power" in order to generation electricity from varied renewable resources, but one area that has stumped science for awhile now is the ability to harness energy from movements that we make every day. Imagine if a roadway could generate energy...

T-Mobile to Sell myTouch 3G Slider on June 2

T-Mobile to Sell myTouch 3G Slider on June 2

Not ready to drop $529 on a Nexus One? We don't blame you, and nor do you have to in you're in the market for a new Android-based phone through T-Mobile. The wireless carrier said its myTouch 3G Slide smartphone will go on sale June 2 for $180 after rebate with a two-year service agreement. Like Microsoft's KIN phones, the myTouch 3G Slide...

Another Foxconn Worker Plummets to His Death, Time to Demand Answers

Another Foxconn Worker Plummets to His Death, Time to Demand Answers

Another Foxconn employee has fallen from a building to his death, the tenth fall reported since the start of this year, eight of which have proved fatal. Local police said they were looking into the incident, but given the spate of apparent suicides and bizarre circumstances surrounding them (a previous victim was found with knife wounds to...

Sony Introduces Google Internet TV And Blu-ray Player

Sony Introduces Google Internet TV And Blu-ray Player

Yesterday, Google's biggest reveal at Google I/O was Google TV. It's still sort of a fuzzy product, and it's hard to aptly describe in just a few words. It's definitely aiming to be the "next big thing" in television, and the only way it will ever have a huge impact is to join up with known names in the industry in order to get into more homes....

New 1V NAND Drive Method Could Lead To Enhanced SSD Write Speeds

New 1V NAND Drive Method Could Lead To Enhanced SSD Write Speeds

Solid state storage producers have been preaching about a few select points for years, particularly on why they're superior to traditional hard drives. Reliability and speed are the two obvious ones, but many SSD makers suggest that these Flash-based drives are more power efficient than HDDs as well. But as always, someone in the world doesn't...

Bang & Olufsen Introduces Gorgeous $5400 BeoVision 8 40" LCD TV

Bang & Olufsen Introduces Gorgeous $5400 BeoVision 8 40" LCD TV

Bang & Olufsen isn't a name you see every single day. They're not listed at Wal-mart, not even at Best Buy. In order to own one of their products, you have to seek them out, and likely visit your local high-end A/V dealer just to see anything they make. They're an exclusive company, and everything they design is not only beautiful, but...

Google Refreshes Wave And Opens It To The Public

Google Refreshes Wave And Opens It To The Public

Google has their hands in a lot of buckets these days. Chrome, Chrome OS, Android, Search, Buzz, Wave, and the list goes on and on. Not everything Google touches turns to gold, and one of those things may be Wave. This launched with loads of fanfare, and some said that it would revolutionize internal corporate communication as we knew it....

Apple Reverses 'No-Cash' Policy for iPad Sales, Woman Scores Free Tablet

Apple Reverses 'No-Cash' Policy for iPad Sales, Woman Scores Free Tablet

It doesn't matter that Apple's iPad can't do Flash, doesn't come with USB ports, won't accept SD cards, has no built-in camera, and puts up a pitiful effort at multitasking (at least until iPhone OS 4). None of these shortcomings were enough to dissuade Diane Campbell, who lives on a fixed income and had been saving up for several weeks, from...

Twitter for iPhone Now Available for Download

Twitter for iPhone Now Available for Download

Brace yourself folks, because Twitter has taken the microblogging service "to a whole new level of awesomeness" (their words, not ours). Put another way, Twitter has put its acquisition of Tweetie just over a month ago to good use by tweaking the software and releasing its own version of the app in the iTunes App Store (our words, not theirs)....

Google Officially Announces Android 2.2

Google Officially Announces Android 2.2

It was basically a foregone conclusion that Android 2.2 would be launching this week at Google's I/O conference in California, but up until now, we only knew about select bits and pieces of the mobile OS. Today, Google revealed everything there is to know about v2.2 (code name "Froyo"), which is easily the most significant Android update to...

Google TV Is Official: The Web And Pay-TV Have Finally Clashed

Google TV Is Official: The Web And Pay-TV Have Finally Clashed

Google's own I/O conference in California is wrapping up today, but not before the company goes out with a serious bang. To our knowledge, Google is about the only technology company out there today that is big enough to throw their own party and get people to come, aside from Apple of course. One of the major announcements from today's keynote...

Paradigm SHIFT: MainGear's Unique Gaming Rig Tested

Paradigm SHIFT: MainGear's Unique Gaming Rig Tested

When it comes to the business of building PCs, true innovation is hard to find. There are exceptions—HP had the Blackbird 002, Alienware designs its own enclosures, and there's always the Thermaltake Level 10—but most companies aren't willing to take the financial risk that's part and parcel of designing new and different products....

HP Mini 210 Netbook Now Available On Verizon Wireless

HP Mini 210 Netbook Now Available On Verizon Wireless

The subsidized netbook has been an interesting scenario. Some people enjoy the lower up-front costs and don't mind paying monthly for data services, while other think that these netbooks should be given away for free on a data plan since you can't actually take the data plan from PC to PC. Whatever your stance, Verizon Wireless has a new option...

brite-View's HDelight Enables Uncompressed, 1080p Streaming From PC To TV

brite-View's HDelight Enables Uncompressed, 1080p Streaming From PC To TV

brite-View introduced a new 1080p wireless PC-to-TV transmission kit that will let users stream uncompressed, 1080p high-definition content from a PC or home network to a HDTV without any noticeable latency. The new HDelight (BV-1222) can work with any PC and any HDTV, provided both have HDMI ports. The HDelight (BV-1222) will officially launch...

Acer Debuts Aspire Timeline 1825PT: Half Netbook, Half Tablet PC

Acer Debuts Aspire Timeline 1825PT: Half Netbook, Half Tablet PC

It's clearly the year of the Tablet PC. That was drawn into stone just as soon as Steve Jobs took the stage in California and announced that the iPad would soon be shipping. A million units later, and it's clear that the tablet has the world's collective attention, even if we're still attempting to figure out exactly where to use them in place...

Barnes & Noble Introduces PubIt! Self-Publish System To Rival Amazon

Barnes & Noble Introduces PubIt! Self-Publish System To Rival Amazon

The e-reader market is a questionable one right now. Some say that it's fine, and that true bookworms will continue to support E-Ink based devices. But some say that tablets and multi-use devices such as the iPad pose a great threat to e-readers, which are generally limited in what all they can do. One thing that is very clear, though, is...

Corsair Adds 60GB, 120GB And 240GB Options To Force SSD Family

Corsair Adds 60GB, 120GB And 240GB Options To Force SSD Family

The solid state storage industry is really ramping up; SSDs have been slow to catch on due to small sizes compared to cheaper HDDs, and the general price premium associated with them, but the stars may finally be aligning. Corsair recently added a nice and spacious 256GB SSD to their Nova family, and today the company is providing even more...

mSpot Introduces Cloud Music Storage Service

mSpot Introduces Cloud Music Storage Service

Cloud-based services have come a long way recently, with tons of companies looking to faraway storage portals in order to host applications, files, media, you name it. Google's entire office suite is hosted in the cloud (you save a Gdoc, it saves "somewhere" that can be accessed only via the Internet), and Microsoft's new KIN feature-phones...

Adesso Reveals $100 MKB-135B Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Adesso Reveals $100 MKB-135B Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We can't kid about this one: our juices get flowing each time we see anyone produce a new mechanical keyboard. They're few and far between, and hunting one down can be a real chore. Most average PC users don't even know that multiple keyboard builds exist, with only hardcore gamers usually understanding the difference. We have explained the...

Gateway Debuts ZX Family Of All-In-One Desktop PCs

Gateway Debuts ZX Family Of All-In-One Desktop PCs

Calling it the "iMac effect" just feels wrong, but there's no question that Gateway got their inspiration for this one from…well, somewhere. Regardless, the company's two newest all-in-one PC families are both sleek and beautiful, with one of them even being potent enough to be called powerful. These are being introduced at a time when...

LaCie Intros Network Space MAX USB/NAS Drive

LaCie Intros Network Space MAX USB/NAS Drive

It's a NAS drive. It's a USB external hard drive. It's a sleek black paperweight. It's actually a combination of the three, though it's probably the most useful paperweight you'll ever find. LaCie has always added some flair to their line of hard drives, and this new unit is no different. The glossy black Network Space MAX is half backup specialist,...

MSI Reveals 15.6" X620MX and 14" CX420MX Notebooks With Core 2010 CPUs

MSI Reveals 15.6" X620MX and 14" CX420MX Notebooks With Core 2010 CPUs

No one should ever criticize MSI for not pumping out enough notebooks; in fact, we wonder if the company isn't hurting themselves somewhat with all of these models. Then again, Asus never had trouble selling through Eee PC units, despite having dozens and dozens of variations available. Following up on a number of recent releases, MSI is bolstering...

"Sleek" Cell Phone Booster Promises Faster 3G

"Sleek" Cell Phone Booster Promises Faster 3G

Having trouble getting cell phone reception in your area? Perhaps you just need a stronger signal, and if that's the case, Wilson Electronics' new cell phone signal booster may be just the remedy. Called the Sleek, Wilson claims its device will extend the calling range and signal strength of any phone on any wireless provider in the U.S. (execpt...

Sad Day for Sennheiser, Founder Passes Away Shortly After 98th Birthday

Sad Day for Sennheiser, Founder Passes Away Shortly After 98th Birthday

You know Sennheiser as the German maker of high end audio devices, perhaps most notable for the company's line of top notch earphones and headsets. It's the name that inevitably comes up whenever someone asks for recommendations for headphones, which is largely the result of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser's audio expertise and ability to run a...

Zotac ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION

Zotac ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION

Today we're going to be looking at a product that incorporates not only Intel's new generation of dual-core Atom D510 processor but also NVIDIA's latest Ion graphics core into what could very well be a capable machine for a myriad of small form-factor computing requirements, including possibly taking residence in your living room entertainment...

MSI Adds 15.6" CX500DX Notebook: Core 2 Duo Plus Discrete GPU

MSI Adds 15.6" CX500DX Notebook: Core 2 Duo Plus Discrete GPU

Another new day, another new MSI notebook! The company has really been expanding their mainstream line lately, with another new 15.6" machine being introduced today. The CX500DX is another multi-media powerhouse, equipped with a classic black outer shell, ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 545v discrete GPU (512MB) and a LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen...

HP Designs Data Center Fueled By Cow Manure: Smells Like Productivity!

HP Designs Data Center Fueled By Cow Manure: Smells Like Productivity!

You've probably turned your nose up just after reading the headline. We can't blame you. We're doing the same. And in fact, we probably would have brushed this off as a hoax if it weren't coming straight from HP's own farm of press releases, so it's pretty much impossible to deny the legitimacy. HP Labs, the company's primary research arm,...

HP CEO Confirms: WebOS Slates And Printers On The Way

HP CEO Confirms: WebOS Slates And Printers On The Way

It's still sinking in that Hewlett-Packard (of all companies) acquired Palm, and while the finalization has yet to occur, it's assumed that the paperwork will be only a formality. Once the companies came out about the news, the biggest question people had was about the future of WebOS, Palm's own mobile OS. WebOS was one of the first major...

AT&T Tethering Option Spotted In iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 Software

AT&T Tethering Option Spotted In iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 Software

It wasn't even a month ago that we heard AT&T confess that while iPhone tethering was still on their roadmap, it really wasn't anywhere near the implementation stage. The carrier has been furiously working to build out their network in order to keep up with demand, and that task alone has been quite the challenge. It makes sense to think...

Intel-Micron Flash Technologies Ships 25nm NAND Flash: Bigger USB Keys, SSDs Coming

Intel-Micron Flash Technologies Ships 25nm NAND Flash: Bigger USB Keys, SSDs Coming

Process technologies continue to shrink at an alarming rate. It wasn't long ago that 65nm seemed tiny, and now Intel is shipping out NAND Flash based around 25nm. In short, shrinking the production size enables manufacturers to squeeze more memory, power, etc. onto an existing form factor. In other words, CPU sockets and DIMM slots won't change...

Best Buy Launches CinemaNow, Gives Users Instant Access To New Release Movies & Shows

Best Buy Launches CinemaNow, Gives Users Instant Access To New Release Movies & Shows

Best Buy is launching a new digital video service called CinemaNow that will provide customers with same-day, instant access to new release movies and TV shows. Initially, the service will be accessible through select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs. It will also be available on most PCs via www.cinemanow.com. The service will be...

Target Announces Plans To Upgrade Electronics Offerings

Target Announces Plans To Upgrade Electronics Offerings

Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design,...

Amazon Introduces Kindle For Android

Amazon Introduces Kindle For Android

Android devices will soon be the latest to get a free application that gives customers the ability to read over 540,000 Kindle books. Amazon currently offers similar Kindle apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, PC, and BlackBerry. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will offer Amazon's Whispersync technology, which will save and...

ViewSonic Ships $499 VOT125 PC Mini: Ultra Green, Ultra Tiny

ViewSonic Ships $499 VOT125 PC Mini: Ultra Green, Ultra Tiny

ViewSonic aren't really known in the industry for their PC making. Mostly, they're known for accessories and LCD panels. But the small form factor PC sector has been sagging lately, and new competition is always welcome. The new VOT125 PC Mini is more mini than it is mighty, but it should suit casual PC users who value space over power just...

U.S. Wireless Carriers Prepare For Faster Networks

U.S. Wireless Carriers Prepare For Faster Networks

If you've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of faster mobile broadband networks and gadgets, we have some good news for you. The next generation of high-speed Internet services and devices could arrive faster than initially expected. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are ramping up plans to speed up their networks and deliver more advanced devices...

Android 2.2 To Highlight Flash-Enabled Web Sites, Go Where No iPhone Will Go

Android 2.2 To Highlight Flash-Enabled Web Sites, Go Where No iPhone Will Go

It was already made rather clear that the next version of Android (v2.2, or "Froyo" in code name speak) would support Adobe Flash Web sites, which has been the talk of the smartphone world over the past few months. Apple's iPhone family has never supported Flash sites, but this debate was rekindled and elevated once the obviously more powerful...

BlueAnt S4 Car Speakerphone Promotes Safer Driving

BlueAnt S4 Car Speakerphone Promotes Safer Driving

Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Sounds like such basic advice, doesn't it? Be that as it may, the advent of cell phones has disrupted this most fundamental building block to becoming a good driver and you can't drive down to your local grocery story without seeing someone yapping on their iPhone, Nexus One, or other mobile device....

Study: Cell Phone Service Satisfaction at an All-Time High

Study: Cell Phone Service Satisfaction at an All-Time High

Credit an increasing amount of cell phone towers, the explosion of high-end Android smartphones, or just all around improvements to customer service, but whatever the reason(s), consumers are more happy than ever with their cell phone service, suggests a new study. The American Customer Satisfaction Index for "Wireless Telephone Service" now...

Lian Li Dazzles With Spider Red PC-8FI Mid-Tower PC Chassis

Lian Li Dazzles With Spider Red PC-8FI Mid-Tower PC Chassis

If it's flashy, big, colorful and can hold everything you need in a great PC, it's probably made by Lian Li. The company that consistently delivers eye-popping PC enclosures has struck once again, this time with a mid-tower that you won't need a forklift and a 10-foot door in order to get into your gaming lair. The new PC-8FI is still a dazzler,...

Google And GM Partner: Is The Googlecar Coming?

Google And GM Partner: Is The Googlecar Coming?

Talk about the comeback of the year. General Motors was on the doorstep of death just last year, and thanks to some debatable funding tossed their way, they're now seemingly back in stride. One thing that has really hampered GM's growth over the years is their inability to really innovate on the technical side. They were consistently falling...

Apple Adds GeForce 320M And 10-Hour Battery To Revised MacBook

Apple Adds GeForce 320M And 10-Hour Battery To Revised MacBook

This refresh wasn't rumored to happen nearly as much as the launch of the iPad or the inclusion of Intel's Core 2010 CPU line in Apple's MacBook Pro family, but the oft neglected 13" MacBook has seen its first real update since 2009 this morning. It's still white, and it's still largely plastic, so there's not much of a difference when you...

Nintendo's Wii: The Only Game Console Endorsed By The American Heart Association

Nintendo's Wii: The Only Game Console Endorsed By The American Heart Association

Here's something you don't see every single day: an agency that advocates getting off your rear and exercising, endorsing a video game console. It's sort of like the Twilight Zone, but sure enough, the American Heart Association is actually putting their stamp of approval on Nintendo's Wii console and a number of their games (Wii Fit, for...

Acer Dashes Hopes Of Chrome OS Netbook At Computex

Acer Dashes Hopes Of Chrome OS Netbook At Computex

Oh, boy. Internet rumors strike again. Not even 24 hours after the rumor mill "confirmed" that Acer would soon be launching a tablet based around Google's Chrome OS, Acer has stepped forward to address the matter. And the answer, for anxious consumers, isn't a good one. Google's Chrome OS, despite being announced in 2009, has yet to actually...

Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive Coming In 2010

Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive Coming In 2010

3TB. It's a milestone that we all knew would be reached at some point, but the same probably could not be said in 1980. Decades ago, the original LBA (logical block addressing) standard was developed, which isn't capable of assigning addresses to capacities in excess of 2.1TB. No one would ever use that much space, anyway. Right? Wrong. But...

Google Gives Users A Reason To Hang On To Educational Email Addresses

Google Gives Users A Reason To Hang On To Educational Email Addresses

In the past, invites for Google's Voice service could take anywhere from a few hours to several months to arrive after a user signs up. Recently, however, the company announced that it would give priority to users with an .edu email address. In fact, the company has promised that if you cough up an email address that ends in .edu, you'll get...

AVADirect Clevo X8100 Core i7 Gaming Notebook Review

AVADirect Clevo X8100 Core i7 Gaming Notebook Review

There are two main types of road warriors in this world. First, there are the ones who value portability over all else. These users are more concerned with battery life and ease of transportation than they are with raw performance, and it's because of them that netbooks -- the very epitome of portability -- have become such a popular market...

Acer To Demo Netbook With Google's Chrome OS

Acer To Demo Netbook With Google's Chrome OS

Acer plans to show off the first netbook that operates on Google's Chrome OS at a trade show in early June. According to various news reports, Acer will show the device at the Computex Taipei show on June 1-5. Acer hasn't confirmed these reports, but has said the company will be one of the first hardware manufacturers to offer a Chrome OS-based...

Dell CEO Shows Off Android-Powered Streak

Dell CEO Shows Off Android-Powered Streak

Following months of speculation, leaked photos, and even a hands-on preview from several months back, Dell has finally gone and announced its Streak mini-tablet, though not by way of a press release. Instead, Micheal Dell surprised attendees at the Citrix Synergy conference when he went on onstage for his keynote speech, shoved his hand in...

Bluebox Avionics Reveals World's First iPad In-Flight Entertainment System

Bluebox Avionics Reveals World's First iPad In-Flight Entertainment System

Apple's iPad is the talk of the tech world. Regardless of your feelings on the matter, and whether or not you think leaving Flash support out was a smart move, Steve Jobs and Company have managed to re-capture the attention of the public in a way that hasn't happened since the days of the original iPhone. Everyone is captivated, and everyone...

Another Foxconn Worker Falls Off Building and Dies

Another Foxconn Worker Falls Off Building and Dies

Nobody seems to know what's going on at Foxconn's China operations, only that something isn't right. According to a Reuters report, yet another Foxconn worker has fallen off a building and died, prompting speculation as to the real cause. Depending on who you listen to, this is either the seventh (Reuters) or ninth (DigiTimes) time an employee...

HTC Unveils Android 2.1-Based Wildfire Smartphone

HTC Unveils Android 2.1-Based Wildfire Smartphone

Who could have seen this coming? HTC, the maker of the Nexus One and about 500 other smartphones, has introduced yet another smartphone. Crazy! We're kidding, but HTC really are breaking out more smartphones than the average human can keep count of, and the Wildfire is just the latest in what feels like a never-ending string of new devices....

Dell Introduces AMD-Powered Inspiron M301z Ultraportable

Dell Introduces AMD-Powered Inspiron M301z Ultraportable

AMD's latest CPU launches have just about everyone in the CPU world excited, even those that aren't generally fans of AMD. These new chips provide serious competition in a world owned by Intel, and that's exactly what we need if we want prices to sink and innovation to thrive. Dell has been known to include AMD options in their computers before,...

MSI Debuts 15.6" CX623 Multi-Media Notebook With Core i5

MSI Debuts 15.6" CX623 Multi-Media Notebook With Core i5

We've gone nearly two whole weeks now without a new notebook from MSI, and that just seems extraordinarily long. MSI agrees. That's why the company is breaking their laptop silence today with yet another classic mainstream option, the CX623. It's the latest machine in the company's growing family of multi-media notebooks with this one having...

Albatron Makes Any LCD A Multi-Touch Panel With EM215

Albatron Makes Any LCD A Multi-Touch Panel With EM215

We figured it would only be a matter of time before this happened, and now that touch panels are really taking off, Albatron is looking to take advantage of a huge market opportunity. Today, the only (easy) way to enjoy a touch experience is to totally upgrade your machine; you either have to buy a new touch-ready all-in-one PC, a new touch-ready...

Many Wireless Subscribers Are Going Commitment-Free

Many Wireless Subscribers Are Going Commitment-Free

There has been a significant increase in the amount of people that are opting for commitment-free cell phone plans. According to the New Millennium Research Council, about one in five Americans with a cell phone is using a prepaid plan. In addition to the benefit of not being tied to a contract, many users have found prepaid plans that cost...

Palm Pre Plus Goes On Sale At AT&T: $149.99 On 2-Year Contract

Palm Pre Plus Goes On Sale At AT&T: $149.99 On 2-Year Contract

The timing is strange, but regardless, WebOS has finally, officially landed on AT&T. The Palm Pre Plus isn't the newest smartphone on the market, but it's WebOS' first landing on America's largest GSM carrier. What's odd, though, is no one really knows about the future of WebOS, and the future of Palm as a whole lies entirely in the hands...

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2011

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2011

NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2011 SANTA CLARA, Calif. — NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) today reported revenue of $1.0 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended May 2, 2010, up 2 percent from the prior quarter and up 51 percent from $664.2 million in the same period a year earlier. On a GAAP basis, the company...

Dell Doesn't Think The Smartphone Will Kill The PC

Dell Doesn't Think The Smartphone Will Kill The PC

Now this is interesting. Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell, Inc., apparently feels that the smartphone will never kill off the PC, yet he himself has recently invested loads of company funds while breaking into the already saturated smartphone market. This is also coming from the man who has a 5" Slate PC on the horizon (the Dell "Streak"), and...

Microsoft Likens Internet Explorer 6 To Spoiled Milk

Microsoft Likens Internet Explorer 6 To Spoiled Milk

Here's something you probably already knew: Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has been around awhile, with varying editions carrying on through the years. IE 6, for whatever reason, was a version that saw huge adoption, and with so many non-upgraded Windows XP machines still in use, it's no surprise that a huge majority of Web surfing...

Intel's Wireless Display Destined For Smartphones And Mobile Devices

Intel's Wireless Display Destined For Smartphones And Mobile Devices

Intel's Wireless Display technology is one of the hottest technologies we have seen in recent years; announced at CES this year, the tech hasn't really found a home yet in products. But once it does, watch out. It basically allows products to wirelessly transfer content on a screen onto some other screen, and it's something that could've made...

Hulu Overhauls Web Player, Says They'll Stick With Flash For Now

Hulu Overhauls Web Player, Says They'll Stick With Flash For Now

We're still waiting for this so-called Hulu Plus subscription to go into effect, but while everything's still free, we'll try to pretend that Hulu is just updating their video player out of the kindness of their heart. There's no certain indication that this overhaul is leading up to a paid option for select "premium" content, and it's nice...

Litl's Flash-Based Set-Top Box Plans To Rearrange Your Home Entertainment

Litl's Flash-Based Set-Top Box Plans To Rearrange Your Home Entertainment

Never heard of Litl? That's because they're a rather small (or little, if we should be so hilarious) start-up company, trying their best to compete with the big boys at Google and the like. Last year, the company introduced their version of a convertible netbook, called the Webbook. It runs a special, proprietary operating system (Litl OS),...

Toshiba Updates Satellite Pro Notebook Line With Four Varied Models

Toshiba Updates Satellite Pro Notebook Line With Four Varied Models

At this point, nearly every major notebook maker has issued new machines with Intel's Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 inside. But Toshiba has been hanging back, watching as everyone else makes those first moves and grabs for attention. Now, the time is obviously right for the company to introduce four new Satellite Pro models: the 13.3" L630,...

Walmart Expands Consumer Electronics Offerings

Walmart Expands Consumer Electronics Offerings

Walmart is expanding its home entertainment and technology offerings in an effort to keep Americans connected inside and outside the home. Sometime this month, the retailer is planning to carry more streaming Blu-ray players, new Internet-ready HDTVs, LED HDTVs, additional wireless products for home networking, and much more. The retailer...

Sony Considers Building iPad Killer, Not Sure There's A Big Enough Market

Sony Considers Building iPad Killer, Not Sure There's A Big Enough Market

Sony posted their first real loss in over a decade last year, and they're still losing money. Why? Because of decisions like this. While many of the smaller, more nimble companies such as Acer, Asus and MSI are already making plans to follow Apple's lead and produce a tablet PC this year, Sony is still mulling the decision. There's just no...

Google To Stop Selling Nexus One Online; Will Let Carriers Do The Work

Google To Stop Selling Nexus One Online; Will Let Carriers Do The Work

All good things must eventually end, and all not-so-good things must end even sooner. Google has never shied away from trying new things; innovation runs in the company's blood, and they obviously tried something very new with the launch of the Nexus One. It was the company's first smartphone, and even though it was built by HTC, it was Google's...

James Cameron: 3D Will Be The Standard Format In 25 Years Or Less

James Cameron: 3D Will Be The Standard Format In 25 Years Or Less

If we didn't know any better, we would assume that James Cameron, the guy who directed Avatar, Titanic, and loads of other mega-hits, was a paid spokesperson for 3D. Every place we turn, it's James talking good about 3D, with never a negative thing to say about the format. Without a doubt, James is the most prominent proponent of 3D, and even...

Android 2.2 To Bring Tethering, Flash, Mobile Hotspot Support

Android 2.2 To Bring Tethering, Flash, Mobile Hotspot Support

Google's Android mobile operating system is making a huge impact in the smartphone industry. Recent reports show it growing even faster than the iPhone OS, and while it still has a long ways to go to reach the 150000+ apps that the App Store has for Apple users, it's well on the way. Android 2.1 is the most current version, and those with...

Google Collected Wi-Fi Data For Years In Street View Missions: Oops

Google Collected Wi-Fi Data For Years In Street View Missions: Oops

Oh boy, this won't go over well. Just as the weekend was getting set to kick into high gear, Google dropped one more bombshell for the news crowd to hop on. The company, which has seen lots of criticism lately over botched privacy efforts (most recently involving Google Buzz's auto-add friend feature), is about to be blasted once more after...

Nvidia: Yield Problems are "Easing," Fermi Doing Just Fine

Nvidia: Yield Problems are "Easing," Fermi Doing Just Fine

It took longer than most power users would have liked for Nvidia's GF100 architecture to show up on retail shelves, and part of the reason for that can be traced back to manufacturing issues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the chip maker producing Fermi parts for Nvidia. This isn't something Nvidia has wanted to talk...

Best Buy Attempts To Reduce PC Bloatware

Best Buy Attempts To Reduce PC Bloatware

We're not quite sure what to think of Best Buy's new Software Installer. On one hand, this connected desktop application helps eliminate the unwanted bloatware that generally comes on new PCs, something we've mentioned time and again that we don't appreciate. On the other hand, the electronics retailer's Software Installer is another program...

Adobe Tries Killing Apple with Kindness

Adobe Tries Killing Apple with Kindness

The public dispute between Apple and Adobe over whether or not Flash should be ported over to the iPhone OS has took a turn for the silly, and we couldn't be more happy about it. In case you're not up to speed, the situation is this: Steve Jobs had some harsh things to say about Adobe's Flash, including the platform's poor performance and...

Google Claims 65,000 Android Phones Are Shipping Daily

Google Claims 65,000 Android Phones Are Shipping Daily

According to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, at least 65,000 Android-powered smartphones are shipping every day. While speaking at Google's annual shareholder meeting, Schmidt said the Android OS is being used on 34 mobile devices in 49 countries. "It looks like Android is going to be either the number one or number two player" in the...

ICANN Exec Warns That We're Running Out Of IP Addresses

ICANN Exec Warns That We're Running Out Of IP Addresses

Oh no! Sound the alarm! Alert the neighbors! The sky is falling! Or is it? We've heard before that the Internet may eventually run out of bandwidth and/or IP addresses, but none of those horror stories ever came to light. But now, another End of the World scenario is presenting itself: the world could soon run out of Internet addresses, despite...

Garmin nuvi 295W Gets 3MP Camera, Wi-Fi And Web Browser

Garmin nuvi 295W Gets 3MP Camera, Wi-Fi And Web Browser

Garmin recently revealed a new series of standalone GPS units, all of which were drastically different in design than many of the company's past units. They also slipped out their second-ever mobile phone, one that's destined to land in June on T-Mobile USA. But what's this? This looks a lot like the original nuvifone, minus the phone portion....

Dell Debuts U2211H And U2311H 1080p LCD Monitors

Dell Debuts U2211H And U2311H 1080p LCD Monitors

It's something you look at every day, it's your monitor. Are you happy with it? Could it stand to be upgraded? In the world of new CPUs, GPUs and RAM, the LCD often gets overlooked. Dell has just introduced a new pair of screens, both of which boast high-end features with low-end price tags. The U2211H and U2311H both utilize in-plane switching...

Square Mobile Payment System Goes Live

Square Mobile Payment System Goes Live

PayPal started the credit card revolution, and Craigslist empowered regular people with the ability to clean out the garages without forking over fees to eBay. Now, the next movement is about to begin, with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey beginning to ship out hundreds of free credit card dongles that plug into the headphone jack of an iPhone,...

Redbox Thinking About Jacking Up DVD Rental Rates?

Redbox Thinking About Jacking Up DVD Rental Rates?

Start-up companies who suddenly find themselves taking off are in an interesting position: maintain the status quo, or attempt to squeeze more out of their business model. Redbox is one of those services, and with 25,000 DVD kiosks now in service around America, things are reaching a critical mass. Thus far, the company has largely generated...

iBuyPower Reveals LAN Warrior II Desktop With Core i7

iBuyPower Reveals LAN Warrior II Desktop With Core i7

Some say all good things must come to an end. iBuyPower believes that all good things must lead to another good thing. A year after introducing the highly portable LAN Warrior gaming PC (which was perfect for LAN parties, obviously), the company is issuing the all-new LAN Warrior II. A lot has happened in the CPU, GPU and storage areas since...

Office 2010 Launches, Free Office Web Apps Coming To The Cloud

Office 2010 Launches, Free Office Web Apps Coming To The Cloud

Simple software launches don't often grace the front page here at Hot Hardware, but Office is the 800lb. gorilla that no one can ignore. Yet. Google is working tirelessly to replace the need for standalone desktop Office products with Google Documents, an online suite of similar products that can be used on any machine connected to the Internet....

Comcast Creates World's First "Social Remote" With Xfinity iPad App

Comcast Creates World's First "Social Remote" With Xfinity iPad App

We said in our initial iPad review that the tablet was almost certain to grow in popularity over time, as more and more developers had more and more time to create unique applications to take advantage of the new screen size and 1GHz A4 processor. One obvious application for a slate such as this is a home entertainment controller, specifically,...

HTC Fires A Patent Lawsuit Back At Apple

HTC Fires A Patent Lawsuit Back At Apple

Remember when Apple used to be the poor underdog, and everyone referred to Microsoft as M$? Boy, times have changed. Apple has been involved in more corporate drama the past few months than any other big name company that we can think of, with the Adobe vs. Apple battle still raging on, a riff between Apple and Google only growing stronger,...

Sub-$100 Laptop Now Does Android

Sub-$100 Laptop Now Does Android

Cherrypal, maker of the $99 (Linux) and $118 (Windows CE) "Cherrypal Africa" laptop line, has gone and released another low-priced notebook, this time built around Google's Android platform. It's called the "Cherrypal Asia" and comes in either a basic version with a 7-inch screen, or a 10-1-inch widescreen version. "Android is the ideal operating...

Gigabyte's Latest X58 Board Boasts a 24-Phase Design

Gigabyte's Latest X58 Board Boasts a 24-Phase Design

Gigabyte Technology has just released their tenth X58-based motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD9. So what makes this one different from all the rest? The answer lies in the combination of high end technologies, not the least of which is a "revolutionary" 24-phase Unlocked Power design. As Gigabyte explains it, when CPU loading requires more than 12...

1 In 4 Households Have Cut The Cord & Switched To Cell Phones

1 In 4 Households Have Cut The Cord & Switched To Cell Phones

According to data reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four households has traded in their landline telephone for a cell phone. As you may expect, this trend is increasing. In the beginning of 2006, just 11 percent of homes had only a cell and no landline. This move away from traditional landline phones...

Bugged GeForce Drivers Improve Image Quality

Bugged GeForce Drivers Improve Image Quality

One of the fun things about being a hardware analyst is that every now and then, research and comparison between products turns up something both interesting and unexpected. In this case, we were testing and comparing image quality between ATI's 5970 and the GeForce GTX 480 as part of a system review when we stumbled across an officially...

Time Warner & Verizon To Launch Online TV Content

Time Warner & Verizon To Launch Online TV Content

Time Warner and Verizon are teaming up to give Verizon's FiOS TV customers free, unlimited online access to content from Time Warner's Turner networks, namely TNT and TBS. The companies also have plans to bring the same content to mobile devices in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. Once the content is available for FiOS subscribers,...

Gateway Introduces Revamped NV Line Of Notebooks

Gateway Introduces Revamped NV Line Of Notebooks

Gateway may not have the clout they once had, but don't you dare count them out. The company is rolling along in 2010 with more than a few significant announcements, and the new NV Series certainly hangs with the big boys in most every respect. The newly updated line reflects the changes that come with a new line of Intel CPUs, and we have...

Common Cents Mobile Brings No-Frills Pre-Paid Service To Walmart

Common Cents Mobile Brings No-Frills Pre-Paid Service To Walmart

Earlier in the month, Sprint let the world in on a little secret: they would soon be launching yet another pre-paid brand. This is in addition to Boost Mobile, Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile, mind you. Today, the cat was let out of the bag, and bargain hunters might just find what they've been searching for in a wireless carrier by visiting...

LG Ally Comes To Verizon May 20 For $99.99 On Contract

LG Ally Comes To Verizon May 20 For $99.99 On Contract

LG has been rather quiet when talking specifics about their new Ally smartphone. Ever since Iron Man 2 became the most promoted thing in America, the company has been dropping hints here and there about what exactly the Android-powered phone would bring. Today, Verizon Wireless moved to remove the mysteries surrounding it, but given that the...

HTC's EVO 4G May Be The Most Expensive Smartphone Ever

HTC's EVO 4G May Be The Most Expensive Smartphone Ever

4G smartphones have been around; HTC made one for Russia's Yota carrier around two full years ago. But 4G as a whole is new to America, and while just a few cities have the service now, even those within a 4G area could only use mobile data devices to take advantage. Sprint and HTC announced the EVO 4G back at the CTIA trade show in March,...

Samsung To Bundle Boingo Service With Camera

Samsung To Bundle Boingo Service With Camera

Samsung's new ST5500/CL80 Wi-Fi enabled digital camera will now come with pre-loaded with Boingo software and three months of free Boingo service. With this offering, users will be able to connect to 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide to share their photos and videos while on the go. With Wi-Fi connectivity, Samsung ST5500/CL80 users...

Valve Officially Reveals Steam For Mac: Download For Free Today

Valve Officially Reveals Steam For Mac: Download For Free Today

It's sort of tough to believe it took this long, but finally, Mac users are getting equal treatment when it comes to digital distribution of games. Valve has today launched a program that has not only been long-awaited, but highly rumored. Steam for Mac. Those three words pretty much say it all, and judging by the slow download rates that...

ZOMM Puts Your Cell Phone on a Leash

ZOMM Puts Your Cell Phone on a Leash

How many times did your mother tell you growing up that you'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on? As it turns out, she was feeding you a line of bull, but what she should have said instead is that if you're not more careful, you'll end up misplacing your pricey smartphone. It happens to all of us, whether it falls out of our pants pocket...

Apple's iPhone Likely Staying Put with AT&T through 2012

Apple's iPhone Likely Staying Put with AT&T through 2012

Sorry folks, but for those of you who found yourselves getting excited at the prospect of owning an iPhone on Verizon's network, we have to burst your bubble. The outlook doesn't look good, no matter what rumors you might have read (and there have been plenty of them) -- the truth is, AT&T and Apple are locked into a contract until 2012,...

T-Mobile To Get Garminfone In June

T-Mobile To Get Garminfone In June

In April, we told you about T-Mobile's plans to carry the Garminfone. Now, we're getting closer to an official launch. Although the phone was originally scheduled to ship this spring, Garmin is now saying the Garminfone will be available in select T-Mobile U.S. retail outlets in June. The company also gave us official pricing information....

OWC Reveals 480GB Mercury Extreme Pro 2.5" SSD

OWC Reveals 480GB Mercury Extreme Pro 2.5" SSD

Just yesterday Mushkin pushed the 2.5" SSD sector up a notch with a 240GB option, which is far larger than many standard hard drives that are shipping with notebooks today. Now, OWC is taking it to another level: 480GB. Yes, 480GB on a single 2.5" solid state drive. The bar has been raised in terms of capacity, that's for sure. The company's...

The State of DirectX 11 - Image Quality & Performance

The State of DirectX 11 - Image Quality & Performance

In terms of technology, DirectX 11 isn't the API defining, behind-the-scenes reboot that DirectX 10 was. It's an incremental update, much in the same way that Windows 7 is an update of Vista. At the end of the day, DirectX 11 is basically just DirectX 10 with a bunch of new features stuck on. However, we'd speculate that DirectX 11 should...

Panasonic Introduces Toughbook 31 Rugged Ultraportable

Panasonic Introduces Toughbook 31 Rugged Ultraportable

Panasonic's Toughbook line has become a staple in the rugged PC arena; it's an area with few competitors, few customers and typically slower innovation, but the newest Toughbook bucks those trends with some pretty impressive specifications. The Toughbook 31 is one of the first truly tough notebooks to ship with Intel's Core 2010 range of processors,...

StoraDrive Keeps Your Old HDD Safe, Secure And Static-Free

StoraDrive Keeps Your Old HDD Safe, Secure And Static-Free

It's a drawer. It's an external hard drive enclosure. It's a plane. No, it's a StoraDrive! NewerTech has just announced one of the most unique, office-friendly products the storage market has ever seen, with the StoraDrive finally ditching the wild, nerdy chassis that most external enclosures have and utilizing something much more subtle and...

EA Sports To Charge $10 For Online Play On Used Game Titles

EA Sports To Charge $10 For Online Play On Used Game Titles

"It's in the game." That's the slogan that EA Sports has harped on for years. But now, it's only in the game if you buy a game new, or if you cough up even more dough as a used game buyer. We don't necessarily cover too much of the video gaming space here at Hot Hardware, but this particular shift in business practice was simply too glaring...

Google Working With Verizon Wireless On Upcoming Tablet PC

Google Working With Verizon Wireless On Upcoming Tablet PC

We were a little surprised to initially hear this news, but should we be? Look at the mobile realm. Apple introduced the iPhone, and the iPhone OS crushed every other mobile OS on the market. A while later, Google introduced Android, and now Android is closing in on Apple's growth rate according to some statistics. Google and Apple have been...

Cellphone "Bill Shock" Gets Shocked By New FCC Task Force

Cellphone "Bill Shock" Gets Shocked By New FCC Task Force

Wouldn't it be nice if your wireless operator shot you a free text message or e-mail whenever you were quickly approaching your monthly minute limit or text limit? Wouldn't it be great if you received some sort of alert whenever you touched down in a foreign country and were about to incur roaming charges for making calls or using data in...

Dell Introduces Studio XPS 7100 With AMD Phenom II X6 CPU

Dell Introduces Studio XPS 7100 With AMD Phenom II X6 CPU

AMD's Phenom II X6 launched with quite a bit of fanfare last month, but up until now, they've been somewhat difficult to find in mainstream PCs. Select gaming PC builders have offered them, but the big guys (Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.) have remained mostly quiet. Dell is among the first to really make some noise with the new CPUs, as the sleek...

Canon Adds Powerhouse Camera To ELPH Line

Canon Adds Powerhouse Camera To ELPH Line

Canon is expanding its series of PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras with the new PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH. The PowerShot SD4000 IS is a powerhouse point-and-shoot camera that has high definition (HD) movie-shooting capabilities, a DIGIC 4 image processor, and a 10-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The camera is also Canon's first...

Boxee Gets Payment Processing For Premium Content, Hints Again At Mobile Access

Boxee Gets Payment Processing For Premium Content, Hints Again At Mobile Access

Boxee has quickly grown from a niche application meant only for Mac users to a Web content portal that everyone wants a piece of. Even D-Link, who agreed to create a uniquely shaped set-top box earlier in the year meant specifically for putting Boxee on the television and giving consumers the ability to finally squash their cable bill. We...

Mushkin Introduces SandForce SF-1200 Based Calliso SSD

Mushkin Introduces SandForce SF-1200 Based Calliso SSD

If you find yourself digging through the latest happenings in the memory sector, you've surely heard of Mushkin. The company has been a huge player in the high-end RAM/memory realm for years now, but rarely would put "solid state drive" into a sentence with "Mushkin." Today, that's happening. Joining OCZ, SanDisk, Intel, and loads of other...

Android Edges Out Apple To Become No. 2 Smartphone OS

Android Edges Out Apple To Become No. 2 Smartphone OS

The Android operating system is continuing to gain popularity among users. According to the NPD Group, Android moved past Apple and took the number-two position among smartphone operating systems in the first quarter of 2010. Based on last quarter unit sales numbers from NPD’s wireless market research, the Android operating system moved...

Kaleidescape (Sort Of) Supports Blu-ray On New M300 And M500 Players

Kaleidescape (Sort Of) Supports Blu-ray On New M300 And M500 Players

It's a feature that consumers have been asking for, and Kaleidescape has finally obliged: Blu-ray support has been added to the company's movie servers. Granted, Kaleidescape servers can only be afforded by the most affluent among us, but hardcore movie lovers have been begging for BD support since the format war ended years back. If you're...

Sprint Kills Nexus One, Presumably In Favor Of HTC EVO 4G

Sprint Kills Nexus One, Presumably In Favor Of HTC EVO 4G

Just a few short months ago, Sprint proudly announced that Google's first smartphone (that they called their own) was coming to The Now Network. That would mean that the Nexus One had plans to be sold on all four major U.S. networks. Shortly after, Verizon (or Google) decided to pull the plug, insisting that users instead focus on the HTC...

Dell's New Compact Wireless Mouse is Only $30

Dell's New Compact Wireless Mouse is Only $30

If you're a gamer, move along, there's nothing to see here. For everyone else -- particularly those of you who scoff at the high price tags enthusiast grade mice command -- Dell's new WM311 Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver might be just what you're looking for. At the very least, it should be within your budget, checking in at only $30 before...

AT&T: Palm Pre "Coming Soon"

AT&T: Palm Pre "Coming Soon"

Come Sunday May 16th, AT&T will begin offering the Palm Pre Plus, fleshing out the wireless carrier's stable of high-end smartphones that currently include HTC's Pure, several BlackBerry devices, a little known smartphone from Apple called the iPhone, and a spattering of other models. The Palm Pre Plus will run $150 after mail-in-rebate...

Sony Introduces 30MB/Sec Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX

Sony Introduces 30MB/Sec Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX

True speed freaks should obviously turn to USB 3.0 if you want the fastest USB thumb drive that money can buy, but if you're still burdened with too many USB 2.0 ports to count, Sony's newest drive is about as good as it gets. There's also the fact that digital cameras have yet to get up to that speed, but that's not to say memory card makers...

Lian Li Intros TYR PC-X2000F HTPC/Gaming Chassis

Lian Li Intros TYR PC-X2000F HTPC/Gaming Chassis

Leave it to Lian Li to create a PC enclosure that you want so badly, but your wallet simply can't stand the sight of. The company's latest beast is the new TYR PC-X2000F, which is described as being an HTPC/Gaming chassis. We're not quite sure what kind of HTPC is this huge, but maybe if your entire downstairs is a cinema, this would fly....

Sony Debuts NEX-3 And NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony Debuts NEX-3 And NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Back at PMA earlier in the year, Sony teased us with prototypes of the company's forthcoming "Alpha Compact" cameras. These were similar in style to the Micro Four Thirds options already on the market from Olympus and Panasonic, combining the size of a point-and-shoot with the flexibility of a lens-changing DSLR. Today, Sony has come clean...

Bigfoot Networks Return With "World's Fastest Network Card"

Bigfoot Networks Return With "World's Fastest Network Card"

Bigfoot Networks hasn't introduced a new product in years, at least on the consumer-facing front. The company came into the CE realm with a bang a few years back claiming that their wild new NIC card could actually lower ping times and improve your responsiveness in online gaming. Those claims have been debated ever since, but either way,...

AMD Athlon II X4 640: 4-Cores On The Cheap

AMD Athlon II X4 640: 4-Cores On The Cheap

We are officially declaring May 11, 2010 "Athlon II" day. Why you ask? Because AMD is launching a total of six new Athlon II processors today, including a new flagship model, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers. We should point out, however, that all six of the processors launching today feature existing core microarchitectures....

Lenovo Updates Consumer PC Lineup: Notebooks And Desktops See Upgrades

Lenovo Updates Consumer PC Lineup: Notebooks And Desktops See Upgrades

We hope you're ready to dig through the details, because if you're in the market for a new Lenovo, the company has no fewer than ten new models to choose from starting today. Just about the entire consumer lineup is being refreshed, including a revamped version of the Z-Series, U-Series, IdeaCentre all-in-one and the H-Series of low-cost all-in-one...

NZXT Vulcan m-ATX Enclosure: A Lot Of Style For $70

NZXT Vulcan m-ATX Enclosure: A Lot Of Style For $70

NZXT is well known for delivering pretty wild looking PC enclosures, and while Lian-Li is as well, at least NZXT keeps pricing somewhat reasonable. The company's latest is the Vulcan, an m-ATX chassis that will be available to purchase by the end of the month. It's a member of the company's Crafted Series, and it integrated an array of advanced...

Digital Storm Debuts Black|OPS Assassin 4.4GHz Gaming PC

Digital Storm Debuts Black|OPS Assassin 4.4GHz Gaming PC

Digital Storm has already struck gold once with their Black|OPS desktop range, and as they say in Hollywood, there's no need to create something brand new when there's something awesome still left to milk. Despite the fact that we just made all of that up, there's no denying that Free Willy 2 is evidence of it being true. Oh, back to the PC....

Fujitsu Plans To Unveil Improved Color E-paper Screen With 3X Higher Contrast

Fujitsu Plans To Unveil Improved Color E-paper Screen With 3X Higher Contrast

The future of electronic paper (e-paper) is looking brighter. Fujitsu has enhanced its color e-paper so that it now features the world's highest-level of color image quality. By redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods of the company's previous-version of color e-paper, Fujitsu has improved the contrast ratio of its color...

PMC-Sierra Acquiring Channel Storage Business From Adaptec

PMC-Sierra Acquiring Channel Storage Business From Adaptec

Ready for a little "inside baseball" when it comes to storage and semiconductors? PMC-Sierra, which bills itself as the "premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider," has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Adaptec in order to acquire their channel storage business. The channel storage business...

Ubuntu Unveils "Unity" Desktop Environment, Ubuntu Light For Netbooks

Ubuntu Unveils "Unity" Desktop Environment, Ubuntu Light For Netbooks

Linux doesn't get nearly the attention or credit it deserves in the consumer realm. Most web servers run on Linux, and anyone who engages in secondary education in programming will undoubtedly spend some serious time within a Linux environment. Yet, out in the public realm, hardly any average consumer would understand how to get around within...

Borders To Get Kobo eReader In June

Borders To Get Kobo eReader In June

Another bookstore is jumping on the eBook craze. Borders online recently announced plans to offer the Kobo eReader. The eReader is currently available for pre-order at www.borders.com/koboereader. It will ship in time for Father's Day. The new Kobo eReader is an affordable eInk device that will come preloaded with the Borders eBook app and...

Wi-Fi Alliance And WiGig Alliance Join To Deliver 60GHz Wi-Fi Products

Wi-Fi Alliance And WiGig Alliance Join To Deliver 60GHz Wi-Fi Products

Right now, most Wi-Fi routers run on the 2.4GHz wave. Most people who set up routers in the home use the 2.4GHz band, with or without their own knowledge or understanding. Some of the more technologically savvy users may opt for a 5GHz transmission, which is more rarely used and is generally less saturated. Really savvy users may even use...

WirelessHD Publishes 1.1 Specification For High-Bandwidth Transfers

WirelessHD Publishes 1.1 Specification For High-Bandwidth Transfers

WirelessHD has been a protocol that's been around for awhile, but it hasn't really been used a lot in consumer devices. The main reason is cost. WirelessHD products, which generally allow high-definition devices to connect to one another without wires, are quite expensive, and most people can't justify the expense. Select WirelessHD adapters...

Intel Prepping New CPUs for Ultrathin Laptops

Intel Prepping New CPUs for Ultrathin Laptops

Intel has a message for consumers, and that message is this: Thin is in. No, the Santa Clara chip maker isn't taking a dig at your recent weight gain, but is instead referring to its plans to introduce four new processors, all of which are intended to more heavily promote ultrathin laptops in the mainstream market. "With an ultrathin laptop...

Apple Shipping iPad to Nine More Countries in Late May

Apple Shipping iPad to Nine More Countries in Late May

Beginning May 28, Apple will begin offering its iPad to nine more countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. And effective immediately, anxious would-be iPad customers residing in each of those countries can put their pre-order in through Apple's website, the company from Cupertino...

TomTom Offers Low-Cost XL 350 and XXL 550 Navigation Units

TomTom Offers Low-Cost XL 350 and XXL 550 Navigation Units

Garmin's newest navigation machines were completely unlike any before them, looking more like a smartphone and less like a traditional in-car PND. TomTom's latest don't really leap that far forward in design, but they do offer a few new features that are rather attractive for avid road warriors. The new XL 350 and XXL 550 range of navigation...

Sony Revamps VAIO P Ultraportable: $800 With 1.6GHz Z530

Sony Revamps VAIO P Ultraportable: $800 With 1.6GHz Z530

Sony's VAIO P first surfaced at the front end of 2009, but the machine never really took off. Sony knew it was a niche product for a niche market, with an unusual form factor, and extraordinarily high resolution display, and not too much power under the hood. A full year went by, and a lot of other laptops have emerged. In the meanwhile, Sony...

CLEAR Re-Launching In The Fall To Provide Fast-Track For Airport Security

CLEAR Re-Launching In The Fall To Provide Fast-Track For Airport Security

Gadget lovers have a particular hate for airport security. Even if they're trained professionals who fly on a weekly basis, there's just no quick way to get through the rigors involved in passing onto the sterile side. Those grey buckets become your worst enemy: before you know it, you've claimed five or six of them and taken up the whole...

President Obama Says He Can't Operate An iPod Or iPad

President Obama Says He Can't Operate An iPod Or iPad

It's true: the most powerful man in the Western World doesn't know how to operate an iPod, an iPad, an Xbox or a PlayStation. At a graduation commencement ceremony today at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S. President Barack Obama stated the following: "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work...

The Force Goes With TomTom GPS Units: Voices Guide You To The Dark Side

The Force Goes With TomTom GPS Units: Voices Guide You To The Dark Side

The route less traveled, to take? That may not sound like something your existing GPS voice would say, but it's certainly something Yoda would say. Having unusual voice characters speak to you through your GPS system isn't entirely new, but TomTom's latest is probably the nerdiest yet. Star Wars characters guiding you around from point to...

HP Hurricane To Run WebOS And Replace HP Slate

HP Hurricane To Run WebOS And Replace HP Slate

HP still hasn't officially closed their deal to acquire Palm, but already the company is reportedly planning big things for their newly collected mobile operating system. Android has found itself on quite a few tablet PCs, so it makes sense to think that WebOS, which is another robust mobile OS with native multi-tasking, would do likewise....

Super Talent USB 3.0 Flash Drives Offer Performance Boost For USB 2.0 Ports

Super Talent USB 3.0 Flash Drives Offer Performance Boost For USB 2.0 Ports

Super Talent's latest flash drives are designed for USB 3.0. However, even if your computer doesn't support the latest USB standard you can still benefit from these new drives. According to the company, the latest flash drives also offer measurable performance improvements as USB 2.0 drives. The USB 3.0 flash drives are based on a quad-channel...

U.S. Households Spending More On Consumer Electronics

U.S. Households Spending More On Consumer Electronics

There's great news all around coming from the Consumer Electronics Association, which has just published an annual report on American spending in the world of consumer electronics. Without a doubt, 2009 was a rough year for most, and while technology didn't suffer too bad in the grand scheme of things, pains were still felt. Many experts assumed...

ClamCase Turns Your iPad Into A Netbook

ClamCase Turns Your iPad Into A Netbook

A ton of accessories have already emerged for Apple's iPad. Much like the iDevices that came before it, there's no doubt that more iPad accessories than you could possibly count will soon be out on the market. One particular product that's coming this Fall looks significantly more interesting than the typical cases, sleeves and stands. It's...

Arabic URL Goes Live: First Non-Latin Domain Name Cleared By ICANN

Arabic URL Goes Live: First Non-Latin Domain Name Cleared By ICANN

Talk about Google Translate gaining a whole new level of importance. The Internet as we know has officially changed today. For well over a decade, every single URL registered through ICANN has used Latin numbers, letters and characters. Even foreign language sites have been forced to use characters found on a typical Western/U.S. keyboard...

Pico Computing Has A $400 Computer That Cracks Veiled Enemy Transmissions

Pico Computing Has A $400 Computer That Cracks Veiled Enemy Transmissions

You've probably never heard of Pico Computing, and that's just fine. The company works mostly undercover, out of the line of sight from most citizens. It sounds like a story from a James Bond movie, but the company's execution is real: they're in the business of cracking codes, digging into top secret transmissions and giving their customers...

Nintendo Viewing Apple As The New Gaming "Enemy," Kicks Dirt At Sony

Nintendo Viewing Apple As The New Gaming "Enemy," Kicks Dirt At Sony

Apple's iPod touch and iPad haven't really been out long enough to determine their long-term place in handheld gaming. Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS lineup are still the go-to handhelds when you think of gaming on-the-go, but there's no doubt that Apple is having at least a small impact on things. The App Store is filled with games, most of...

Asus CrossHair IV Extreme Sneak Peek

Asus CrossHair IV Extreme Sneak Peek

We just got our hands on some interesting photos of an upcoming motherboard from Asus we thought we'd share, the CrossHair IV Extreme. If you're familiar with Asus' CrossHair series of boards, then you'll know that the CrossHair IV Extreme is designed for AMD processors. And the "Extreme" moniker hints at the over-the-top nature of many...

Study Debunks The TiVo Effect

Study Debunks The TiVo Effect

According to a recent study from Duke University, the use of TiVo and other DVRs hasn’t hurt television advertising or changed consumers’ buying behavior. In fact, Carl Mela, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said the ability to fast-forward through commercials has had no effect on buying behavior. Mela also...

WD's TV Live HD Media Player Streams Content To HDTVs

WD's TV Live HD Media Player Streams Content To HDTVs

WD wants you to know that its TV Live HD media player is the first network media player compatible with Windows 7. By using the Windows 7 Play To feature, you can stream video, music, and photos to the WD TV Live HD media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on your network. When streaming content, you'll get full-HD...

Clearwire Will Offer Two 3G/4G Phones This Year

Clearwire Will Offer Two 3G/4G Phones This Year

While announcing its first-quarter results, WiMAX carrier Clearwire said that it plans to offer two dual-mode 3G/4G handsets by the end of this year. One of the new handsets will be made by Samsung, while the other will be made by HTC. Clearwire didn't offer up a lot of details concerning the new phones, but it did say that the Samsung phone...

Modder Ports Android to iPhone 3G

Modder Ports Android to iPhone 3G

At least until iPhone OS 4 ships, probably the single biggest complaint with Apple's smartphone is its inability to multitask. That will change in the coming months, and so too will several other shortcomings be addressed (like managing apps with Folders), but if you just can't shake that Android-envy on your new iPhone 3G, you're not completely...

ClamCase Converts Your iPad into a Laptop

ClamCase Converts Your iPad into a Laptop

Burn us at the stake (please don't) or take away our PC geek cred membership card (never mind, we'd rather be burned at the stake), but we have no problem admitting we like Apple's iPad. It's fun, it's functional, and it makes an awesome bedside or couch companion, lack of Flash support be damned. But one thing we're not so keen on is typing...

Compellent Sees 10K RPM, 900GB 2.5" Hard Drive Coming "Soon"

Compellent Sees 10K RPM, 900GB 2.5" Hard Drive Coming "Soon"

Bigger hard drives are just a fact of life; ones that ship next year will be larger than those that ship this year. Hard drives are only headed onward and upward, but even knowing that, hearing that a 900GB drive could soon spring into notebooks is a real head-turner. According to Compellent's future road map, that's exactly what's coming:...

ExoPC Brings Windows 7 To 11.6" Tablet

ExoPC Brings Windows 7 To 11.6" Tablet

Hey, what do you know... Another tablet! At this point, there are simply too many tablets on the horizon to even list off, but suffice it to say, you won't have any problems finding solutions if you go hunting for a tablet PC.  It's more of a questions of your own personal needs at this point, since lots of offerings on various platforms...

Blunderingly, Sony Nukes PS3 Supercomputing

Blunderingly, Sony Nukes PS3 Supercomputing

Earlier this week, we covered news that a California PS3 owner, Anthony Ventura, had filed a class action lawsuit against Sony, alleging that the company's decision to terminate the PS3's Linux support via firmware update constituted a false/deceptive marketing practice. While most PS3 owners never took advantage of the system's Linux capabilities,...

Are Tablet PCs Killing The Netbook? Maybe.

Are Tablet PCs Killing The Netbook? Maybe.

This time last year, netbook sales were up nearly 900% from the same quarter a year earlier. No one really expected that growth rate to continue, but no one really expected netbook sales to fall off of a cliff, either. But while we're on the subject, no one really expected Tablet PCs to explode in the way they have, with Apple's iPad already...

FCC Issues "Third Way" To Protect Consumers, Regulate Internet Providers

FCC Issues "Third Way" To Protect Consumers, Regulate Internet Providers

Net Neutrality has always been a hot button topic, just like anything else involving politics. What really pushed the discussion over the edge was Comcast's decision to throttle some users in hopes of providing a "better experience" for others; you can probably imagine why this made some people glad and some people upset. But the question...

Ericsson Sees 3.5 Billion Mobile Broadband Users By 2015

Ericsson Sees 3.5 Billion Mobile Broadband Users By 2015

Mobile Internet use is on the rise. If you follow technology at all, that's no surprise to you, but you may be taken aback by just how quickly the technology could become a household mainstay. It didn't take too long for the television to sweep across the world, and the Internet is getting there at an even faster rate. Mobile broadband is...

Survey: AT&T Wireless Subscribers Least Satisfied

Survey: AT&T Wireless Subscribers Least Satisfied

It doesn't seem like cell phone owners ever have anything positive to say about customer service when it comes to mobile carriers, but if there's a worst offender of the bunch, it would be AT&T, a new survey suggests. Looking at trends in customer satisfaction and loyalty, market research firm ChangeWave found that only 23 percent of the...

Virgin Mobile Intros Rock-Bottom Mobile Plan, Sprint Plans New Pre-Paid Carrier

Virgin Mobile Intros Rock-Bottom Mobile Plan, Sprint Plans New Pre-Paid Carrier

Sprint has been on quite the roller coaster ride over the past couple of quarters, and while the latest one saw the company losing fewer postpaid subscribers than they had in past quarters, the numbers still weren't great. But over on the pre-paid side, things were different. Sprint has managed to stock up pre-paid subscribers, adding loads...

Apple Gets Upset With Ellen's iPhone Spoof Commercial

Apple Gets Upset With Ellen's iPhone Spoof Commercial

The Mac vs. PC debate has been raging for as long as the two have existed in the same market, but if there's one thing you can say for certain about Apple, it's that the company hates to see their image tarnished. It's why the company is going after Gawker Media so hard for the lost next generation iPhone, and it's why they carefully plan...

Google Goggles Adds Language Translation, Available Now

Google Goggles Adds Language Translation, Available Now

Google is quickly becoming synonymous with innovation, as if they weren't already. The same company that turned the search market upside-down is now doing the same for mobile, as Android continues to innovate and impress while the other guys stand around thinking about their next move. Google Goggles is a concept that came to life awhile back,...

Wikipedia Now Selling Books - Yes, Paper Books Of Online Articles

Wikipedia Now Selling Books - Yes, Paper Books Of Online Articles

Isn't it ironic? Or maybe that's not even the best term to use here. Isn't it...weird? Wikipedia has quickly become the go-to place for knowledge on the Internet, and while it cannot always be trusted completely, it's usually a great place to start searching for information on pretty much any topic you can think of. It's certainly better than...

Clearwire, Comcast & Sprint Announce Plans For Expanded 4G Mobile Broadband Service

Clearwire, Comcast & Sprint Announce Plans For Expanded 4G Mobile Broadband Service

Clearwire, Comcast, and Sprint plan to make their respective 4G mobile Internet services available in additional cities this summer. Cities scheduled to get the new service include Jacksonville and Daytona, FL; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand...

Archos 7 Home Tablet Ships With Android In June For $200

Archos 7 Home Tablet Ships With Android In June For $200

If your goal is to escape 2010 without even touching a Tablet PC, all we can offer you is luck. Apple has already managed to sell a million iPad units, and there are loads of companies lining up rival releases as we speak. One of those is Archos, a French company that has a long history of releasing industry-leading portable media players...

ViewSonic Introduces $349 VX2739wm 27" LCD Monitor For Gamers

ViewSonic Introduces $349 VX2739wm 27" LCD Monitor For Gamers

Wow, talk about getting two pennies for your thoughts. If you have been dreaming of a new widescreen monitor, particularly one in the 27" category, this week is certainly a good one to be looking. Yesterday NEC introduced a new 27" LCD designed for use by creative professionals, and today ViewSonic has introduced their own 27" LCD for use...

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up - Gigabyte, MSI, HIS

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Overclocked Round-up - Gigabyte, MSI, HIS

Enthusiasts are passionate about their hardware. While mainstream consumers target products with the best price to performance ratio, there is still a strong market for computer components that hold nothing back. For proof, look no further than Intel's latest Extreme Edition 980X processor, sporting six cores and twelve threads of pure awesome....

Lian Li Launches PC-V352 Desktop / HTPC Chassis

Lian Li Launches PC-V352 Desktop / HTPC Chassis

Lian Li announced the new PC-V352 Desktop/HTPC Chassis. Featuring an all aluminum design, the new chassis will be available in three colors (red, silver, and black) at the end of May. The PC-V352 supports Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards and a removable motherboard tray. The case also has right or left side mounted ODD bays, two multimedia...

Gamer Wins $1 Million From Perfect Game: Who Says It Doesn't Pay Off?

Gamer Wins $1 Million From Perfect Game: Who Says It Doesn't Pay Off?

If your childhood was anything like ours, we are assuming that your mother, father, sister, brother or some combination of any of those were constantly telling you to get away from the game console and step outside. Something about "rotting your brain" or some other nonsense. Now, it's going to be even more difficult for frustrated parents...

Apple/Adobe Kerfuffle Goes Federal; FTC To Investigate iPhad Development Clauses

Apple/Adobe Kerfuffle Goes Federal; FTC To Investigate iPhad Development Clauses

A few weeks after Apple announced its revised programming rules for iPhad devices, Adobe dropped the bombshell that it was abandoning Apple's platform. Up until late April, Adobe had tirelessly pledged Flash support for the iPhone, but certain changes to the developer license made it too risky for the company to continue development. Apple...

NEC Intros 27" MultiSync PA271W LCD Monitor

NEC Intros 27" MultiSync PA271W LCD Monitor

Larger may not always be superior, but in the case of LCD monitors, bigger is almost always the best choice if you have the space to spare. Dell, HP and Apple have all caused quite a lot of drool to be spilled thanks to their high-end, high resolution LCD panels, and now NEC is deciding not to sit on the sidelines any longer. NEC Display has...

OCZ Introduces Sleek Enyo USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

OCZ Introduces Sleek Enyo USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

It's not that OCZ Technology has never dabbled in the external solution market before, but a new USB 3.0 SSD that you can lug around anywhere is a worthwhile addition to the company's growing product lineup. Announced today, the OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 is capable of fully taking advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by the new protocol, offering...

OCZ Intros PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II Power Supply

OCZ Intros PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II Power Supply

OCZ announced the Silencer Mk II Power Supply Unit (PSU). This redesigned PSU provides a smaller form factor and quieter fan than the original Silencer series. Key features of the Mk II include a Single +12V Rail, a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan, extremely tight and well regulated electrical noise and ripple, and an array...

HP Intros Envy 14 And Envy 17, Refreshes Pavilion And Mini 210 Ranges

HP Intros Envy 14 And Envy 17, Refreshes Pavilion And Mini 210 Ranges

One for the business set, one for the gamer set. We like the style, HP. In order to not alienate one segment or another, Hewlett-Packard has decided to match their ProBook refresh today with a similar update on the gaming side. The company's Envy line, which evolved from their acquisition of Voodoo last decade, is seeing two serious new introductions...

Connected iPhone & iPod Touch Users Download Most Content

Connected iPhone & iPod Touch Users Download Most Content

When it comes to downloading software applications, music, video, and other entertainment content from mobile devices other than home computers, iPhone and iPod Touch users lead the pack. According to the NPD Group’s "Entertainment Trends in America" update, 75 percent of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Web to download...

Nokia And Microsoft Aim To Unify Messaging On Smartphones

Nokia And Microsoft Aim To Unify Messaging On Smartphones

Isn't it so great to see two industry rivals putting aside their differences and coming together? Not so if you're talking about LiveNation and TicketMaster, but in this case, we're willing to make an exception. Microsoft and Nokia have joined up in order to debut Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia Devices, a new application designed...

HP Refreshes Business-Minded ProBook Notebook Lineup

HP Refreshes Business-Minded ProBook Notebook Lineup

Intel just launched a new Atom processor today, but HP would rather talk about AMD. The company has introduced a new ProBook line of machines this morning, aimed at business users and consumers who prefer classic machines with little flair on the exterior. There's no doubt that the ProBook line is about as beautiful as a business notebook...

Razer Announces Special Edition Abyssus with Chrome Mirror Finish

Razer Announces Special Edition Abyssus with Chrome Mirror Finish

Razer has taken a bucket of bling and poured it all over the company's Abyssus gaming mouse for a brand new rodent, the Abyssus Mirror Special Edition. As the name suggests, the new mouse sports a black chrome mirror finish on the outside, while the inside retains all the features of the original Abyssus, including a 3.5G infrared sensor....

Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive Now Shipping from SanDisk

Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive Now Shipping from SanDisk

Score a point for SanDisk, the flash memory card maker who managed to convince Microsoft to let them be the ones to provide the official Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive. Microsoft added USB storage device support to its gaming console less than a month ago, and with SanDisk's USB stick, gamers need not worry about formatting or downloading an initial...

Microsoft KIN One And KIN Two Now On Sale At Verizon

Microsoft KIN One And KIN Two Now On Sale At Verizon

Microsoft may not actually make their own phones (the KIN One and KIN Two are both manufactured by Sharp), but they're stamped through and through as an official Microsoft product. After being introduced in early April in hopes of luring tweens and fans of social networks, the company's newest two featurephones have gone on sale at Verizon...

EUROCOM Introduces 17" And 18.4" Panther Mobile Workstation

EUROCOM Introduces 17" And 18.4" Panther Mobile Workstation

If you absolutely must have the best and brightest from the notebook world, Eurocom is a pretty safe bet. The company is pretty undercover, but they're usually right at the forefront of innovation, and they're usually first to insert new, cutting-edge hardware into machines. Take the new Panther notebook for example: Eurocom has equipped this...

Intel Unveils Next-Gen Moorestown Atom Processor Platform

Intel Unveils Next-Gen Moorestown Atom Processor Platform

A little over two years ago, Intel formally unveiled the low-power Atom processor and its related chipset and platform technologies. At the time, Intel's vision for Atom had the diminutive CPU powering a diverse line-up of mobile internet devices, or MIDs, web-connected tablets, portable media players, and handheld gaming devices. Suffice...

Seagate Does Expansion With Flexible GoFlex HDD And Accessory Line

Seagate Does Expansion With Flexible GoFlex HDD And Accessory Line

Seagate's FreeAgent external hard drive line has competed with Western Digital's My Book line for several years now, and aside from growing capacities and the occasional feature-add, both lines have remained mostly constant. But now, Seagate is really putting the pressure on everyone else with the introduction of the GoFlex family.This range...

Nuance Introduces Dictation App For BlackBerry

Nuance Introduces Dictation App For BlackBerry

Nuance recently announced a new Dragon for E-Mail dictation application for BlackBerry smartphones. As the latest addition to Nuance's Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio, Dragon for E-Mail uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate emails from within the BlackBerry email client. The app is available for free for a limited time for the following phones:...

NVIDIA VP Declares CPU Scaling, Moore's Law, Dead

NVIDIA VP Declares CPU Scaling, Moore's Law, Dead

Bill Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA, has written an article at Forbes alleging that traditional CPU scaling and Moore's Law are dead, and that parallel computing is the only way to maintain historic performance scaling. With six-core processors now available for $300, Dally's remarks are certainly timely, but his conclusions are a bit...

HTC Legend Headed To AT&T

HTC Legend Headed To AT&T

Although the label below doesn’t look very impressive, it hints at a possible upcoming announcement from HTC and/or AT&T that the wireless carrier will soon be carrying the HTC Legend smartphone. This new smartphone will operate on the 850 and 1900MHz WCDMA bands. As the successor to HTC's Hero, the Legend offers a larger 3.2-inch...

VIA Goes Small With EPIA-M830 Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Motherboard

VIA Goes Small With EPIA-M830 Nano E-Series Mini-ITX Motherboard

Is bigger always better? Not if you're VIA, who makes out by making smaller-than-average wares, from tiny CPUs to tiny motherboards. The company has just launched yet another tiny product, the EPIA-M830, their first VIA Nano E-Series Mini-ITX board. It's designed to operate with 64-bit applications, and while it's aimed at commercial applications,...

IDC: Hard Drive Market to See Explosive Growth

IDC: Hard Drive Market to See Explosive Growth

Some believe (and many are hoping) that solid state drives (SSDs) will spell the end for mechanical hard drives, and at some point, that very well may be the case. But it isn't going to happen this year, the next, or even the year after that, provided IDC's data proves correct. In a study titled Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2010-2014 Forecast,...

Intel Spends $15 Million On Strange Acquisitions: Is This An Arm's Race?

Intel Spends $15 Million On Strange Acquisitions: Is This An Arm's Race?

Few things scream "recovery" for an economy like huge investments from public companies that don't exactly have to open up their checkbook in order to make ends meet, so it's great to see Intel proudly announcing three new Intel Capital investments totaling around $15 million. This amount pales in comparison to the $7 billion that Intel pledged...

Lian-Li's PC-X900 Enclosure Has Two Heating Zones, Tons Of Room

Lian-Li's PC-X900 Enclosure Has Two Heating Zones, Tons Of Room

If it's not Thermaltake, it's Lian Li pushing the envelope in the PC chassis space. These two have been delivering cases that are weird, sexy or just plain huge, with the new PC-X900 fitting into the last one there. Built to support ATM/M-ATX motherboards, this absolutely giant enclosure is actually separated into two heat zones, and it also...

Palm Pre, Pixi Fire Sale Follows HP-Palm Merger

Palm Pre, Pixi Fire Sale Follows HP-Palm Merger

Like a caped avenger, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week swooped in and scooped up Palm, saving the day for the struggling smartphone maker who, up to that point, was faced with an uncertain future. In the wake of the acquisition, Verizon has gone and slashed the price of Palm's HP's two webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre and Pixi. These aren't minor...

T-Mobile Gets Another Android 2.1 Exclusive: myTouch 3G Slide With Keyboard

T-Mobile Gets Another Android 2.1 Exclusive: myTouch 3G Slide With Keyboard

For a carrier with so few customers compared to AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, T-Mobile USA sure manages to score some pretty nice phones. HTC's HD2 is easily the nicest Windows Mobile 6.5 phone on the market, and now the company has yet another Android phone that's sure to make at least a few people consider the switch. The new myTouch...

MSI Introduces Bargain-Priced 17.3" CX705MX Notebook

MSI Introduces Bargain-Priced 17.3" CX705MX Notebook

MSI might have a tough time topping the well-equipped, well-priced GE600, but there's nothing like one-upping a 16" multi-media monster with a 17.3" beast. The new CX705MX is yet another large screen, powerful notebook from the company that aims to strike a balance between raw power and cost, with the massive screen being perfect for gaming...

Corsair Adds 32GB And 256GB Options To Nova SSD Family

Corsair Adds 32GB And 256GB Options To Nova SSD Family

Competition in the solid state storage space is getting intense, and Corsair has proven to be a serious contender. In order to keep up with Intel, OCZ Technology, SanDisk and the handful of others, the company is today expanding their Nova Series SSD family with two new sizes, one on the low end and one on the high end. There's a new 32GB...

Zotac Next Gen NVIDIA Ion-Based ZBox Sneak Peek

Zotac Next Gen NVIDIA Ion-Based ZBox Sneak Peek

NVIDIA's Ion chipset has been propping up sluggish Intel Atom-based netbook and notebook performance, in HD media playback capability, for some time now.  Even Intel's revamped Pinetrail platform with on-chip graphics couldn't offer enough multimedia muscle to be considered viable beyond standard business class applications, a bit of...

Apple Sells 1 Million iPad Tablets In First Month: The Revolution Is On

Apple Sells 1 Million iPad Tablets In First Month: The Revolution Is On

Asus' CEO credited Apple with helping to jump-start the Tablet PC revolution in an interview recently, and at first, we figured he may be giving the enemy a bit too much credit. Now, we get the impression that other CEOs may start lining up to mirror Jerry Shen's thoughts. Apple already made known (a few times) that their iPad was selling...

Internet Explorer Continues To Bleed Market Share; Chrome Picking It Up

Internet Explorer Continues To Bleed Market Share; Chrome Picking It Up

My, how the mighty have fallen. It wasn't long ago that Internet Explorer simply dominated the Internet. Everyone used it be default, and no other browser came close in terms of market share. IE was so powerful that the European Union banded together and forced Microsoft to insert a Browser Selection Screen on all new copies of Windows 7,...

Energy Star 4.0 Goes Into Effect; Energy Star 5.0 Coming In 2012

Energy Star 4.0 Goes Into Effect; Energy Star 5.0 Coming In 2012

Mother Earth may be hurting from that oil spill down in the Gulf, but there's still some bright news on the "green" front: the new, tougher Energy Star standard went into effect this week, making it tougher for companies to ship and sell gizmos that aren't power efficient. Beginning on May 1, the new Energy Star 4.0 standard for televisions...

Ovi App Wizard Launches; Symbian^3 Makes App Creation Simple As Well

Ovi App Wizard Launches; Symbian^3 Makes App Creation Simple As Well

Nokia is experiencing their fair share of problems, with a CEO possibly on the brink of stepping away and a next generation smartphone OS that's now delayed from Q2 2010 to Q3 2010. But here's some bright news: anyone who can create a webpage can now create an app for Symbian^3. That's Nokia's next gen OS, and while it won't ship to consumer...

LG Confirms Ally Smartphone For May 20

LG Confirms Ally Smartphone For May 20

LG is launching its first Android-powered phone, the LG Ally. In addition to launching the new phone, LG is teaming up with Marvel Studios to launch a multi-platform marketing campaign for the phone and the upcoming summer film Iron Man 2. As part of the marketing campaign, you'll get a special edition Iron Man 2 comic book when you buy an...

ASUS Announces Multimedia Centric Eee PC Seashell 1005PR

ASUS Announces Multimedia Centric Eee PC Seashell 1005PR

Asus announced a new multimedia centric netbook—the Eee PC Seashell 1005PR—which is designed to deliver a "rich and smooth High Definition online viewing experience when watching your favorite streaming movies, television/news programs and user-generated videos." The Eee PC Seashell 1005PR features Broadcom's  Crystal HD Accelerator,...

Who's to Blame for the Poor Video Quality on Apple's iPad 3G?

Who's to Blame for the Poor Video Quality on Apple's iPad 3G?

Apple's iPad 3G went on sale over the weekend, quickly selling out in many Apple stores across the nation. According to initial data, Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G models in the past couple of days, including over a month of presales. In case you're wondering, Apple also sold about 300,000 of the less expensive Wi-Fi models on their first...

Dell Updates Inspiron with Intel Core Chips

Dell Updates Inspiron with Intel Core Chips

Without a whole lot of fanfare, Dell has gone and updated its Inspiron notebook line with several new 'R' branded models, including the Inspiron 13R, 14R, 15R, 17R, and M501R. These are slightly upgraded models over their R-less counterparts, all of which sport a wider variety of hardware and OS options to choose from. In addition to tapping...

Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324 Ultra-Portable Notebook Review

Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1324 Ultra-Portable Notebook Review

Toshiba is expanding the Satellite T135 lineup with new AMD Turion Neo X2-powered models. With these new models, you'll get a similar 13-inch notebook as the Intel-powered models but for a price that's about $100 less. In addition to the AMD Neo processor platform, the T135D offers ATI Radeon graphics. As a result, you get the versatility...

Roger Ebert "Hates" 3D And Thinks You Should As Well

Roger Ebert "Hates" 3D And Thinks You Should As Well

3D has become quite the hot button topic around the world, with many viewing it as a scam and many saying that it's the best thing since widescreen. There's no doubt that cinemas have enjoyed charging more for tickets and making loads of money from the hits of 2009 and 2010, but we have never been convinced that the general public is really...

Soaring Epic Avatar Chained By Earthly DRM Restrictions, Felines Outraged

Soaring Epic Avatar Chained By Earthly DRM Restrictions, Felines Outraged

Fans of James Cameron's Avatar were undoubtedly thrilled with the movie's appearance on DVD and Blu-ray last week, but cat lovers who purchased the HD version of the film have been heared yowling discontentedly in the bushes. In a deeply ironic twist, the story of the nature-loving, free-spirited Na'vi is only available to humans whose Blu-ray...

Nintendo Shipping Black Wii Console This Month; New Bundle Adds Value

Nintendo Shipping Black Wii Console This Month; New Bundle Adds Value

Nintendo's Wii has been a runaway hit all over the world, with the game console remaining in a constant state of "sold out everywhere" for nearly a full year after launch in the U.S. People obviously can't get enough of controlling their games with their own hands (and Wii remotes), but now that things have calmed down somewhat, Nintendo is...

InstantAction Kicks Into Action: Browser-Based Gaming Is Live

InstantAction Kicks Into Action: Browser-Based Gaming Is Live

InstantAction made their official debut at GDC earlier this year, but the company wasn't quite ready at the time to reveal a shipping product. This week, that changes for the better, as the company's first offering is now available to all via the Internet. The outfit's claim to fame is their innovation in the browser-based gaming space, an...

Asus Proclaims EeeKeyboard's Status As Not-Vaporware, Reveals Full Specs

Asus Proclaims EeeKeyboard's Status As Not-Vaporware, Reveals Full Specs

We're trying not to really get our hopes up this time, but it sounds like Asus may actually pull the trigger on the EeeKeyboard once and for all. This might just be the most hyped and long-awaited product from Asus in the company's entire history, and given that they have managed to put a PC into a keyboard, we understand why. The device has...

BumpTop Gets Acquired By Google; Touch-Based UI Coming To Chrome/Chrome OS?

BumpTop Gets Acquired By Google; Touch-Based UI Coming To Chrome/Chrome OS?

Google has done it once more, and by "it," we mean "turn something in the tech world on its head." BumpTop, a desktop environment that debut last year on Windows 7 and this year on OS X, has just been swallowed whole by the search giant, and while finely laid plans have yet to be made public, assumptions are already running wild. In the year...

Asus Reveals Eee Pad Launch Details, Talks Differences Between Those And Netbooks

Asus Reveals Eee Pad Launch Details, Talks Differences Between Those And Netbooks

Asus had confirmed in the past that they would also play their cards in the Tablet PC game, acknowledging that they'd issue a Tegra 2-based Eee Pad at some point in the future to rival Apple's iPad and the spate of other rival machines sure to hit the market during 2010. But few details beyond the general plans to launch were announced. Now,...

Nokia's CEO May Give Last Speech As Head Of Company, Say Analysts

Nokia's CEO May Give Last Speech As Head Of Company, Say Analysts

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is probably the most oddly named CEO in the world, but it's okay, since he's the head of the planet's biggest phone maker in terms of global market share. But Nokia isn't the giant they once were, and holding the lion's share of the phone market is becoming much, much more difficult with new players like Apple and HTC...

Apple Is No. 1 Phone Maker In U.S.

Apple Is No. 1 Phone Maker In U.S.

According to Forbes.com, Apple is now the largest U.S. maker of mobile phones. After selling a total of 8.8 million iPhones in the first quarter of this year, Apple surpassed Motorola as the largest U.S. maker of phones. To compare, Motorola sold a total of 8.5 million phones in the same quarter. Despite losing its spot as the No. 1 maker...

HP Reportedly Kills "Slate" Tablet PC; Looking At WebOS Alternative?

HP Reportedly Kills "Slate" Tablet PC; Looking At WebOS Alternative?

Whoa. Could it be true? Hewlett-Packard's claim to fame in the tablet PC world has been killed? It's a wild and far-fetched story, but golly if it doesn't make a little bit of sense. HP's "Slate," which Microsoft Steve Ballmer flew all the way to Las Vegas for in order to demonstrate at CES, could be dead and buried internally, according to...

3G-Enabled JooJoo Tablet To Appear Within 3 Months

3G-Enabled JooJoo Tablet To Appear Within 3 Months

You could chalk it up to bad timing, or you could argue that Apple just has more money to market their products with. Either way, the JooJoo Tablet from Fusion Garage hasn't seen the booming start we're sure it's creators had hoped for. Of course, it's one of the few (only?) tablets on the market that can fully handle Flash video, so at least...

Ubuntu 10.04 Now Available For Loyal Linux Users

Ubuntu 10.04 Now Available For Loyal Linux Users

There aren't too many Linux users out there in the consumer world, at least from a global market share perspective. But there's no doubt that Ubuntu is about as popular a variant as they come for Linux, and the newest version has just recently been released. The new version is 10.04 LTS, which is arriving right around a year after 9.10 "Karmic...

Microsoft's Take On Flash: HTML5 Is The Future, But We'll Support Adobe

Microsoft's Take On Flash: HTML5 Is The Future, But We'll Support Adobe

The debate surrounding Adobe's Flash has never been hotter, and as the he-said-she-said rages on, more and more companies are stepping forward to make public their own take. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs got things started by publicly slamming Flash, and then Adobe's CEO stepped up to insist that the future of Web technology was Flash. Now, Microsoft...

Twitter Launches Android App

Twitter Launches Android App

We knew Twitter was working on a client for Android, and now it's available. The new app appears to be integrated with the OS very well. It allows for tweeting directly from the Gallery app. There's also a timeline widget for your home screen and if you want, you can see your friends' latest tweets from your contact list, GoogleTalk list,...

Plugable Technologies Intros New DisplayLink-Enabled USB Products

Plugable Technologies Intros New DisplayLink-Enabled USB Products

You may have never heard of Plugable Technologies, but you've heard of DisplayLink. Or do we assume too much? At any rate, you'll know what both are after the company's newest releases, which includes a pair of new USB graphics products enabling easy expandability of any laptop or desktop system with a spare USB port. The UGA-125 enables multiple...

CoPilot Live HD Is First Turn-By-Turn Navigation App For iPad

CoPilot Live HD Is First Turn-By-Turn Navigation App For iPad

Apple's iPad has many uses, and for anyone looking to "wow" someone right away, all you need to do is pull up "Maps." Zooming, pinching, and sliding across the globe on the iPad is a really marvelous experience, but there's just one main problem: no true iPad turn-by-turn navigation apps exist. Well, that was the case, but that changed today...