News Archive

All News for August 2009

Sharp Goes Smartbook With 5" Ubuntu-Based NetWalker Handheld

Sharp Goes Smartbook With 5" Ubuntu-Based NetWalker Handheld

If you haven't generated a UMPC/MID/Tablet PC of your own by now, you've probably missed the boat. In an effort to catch the last vessel out, Sharp has this week introduced a new portable PC that isn't likely to sell well based on figures from prior attempts, but it's certainly a compelling device. The so-called mini mobile PC is designed...

Most Robocalls to End Tuesday

Most Robocalls to End Tuesday

The end of automated telemarketing calls (for the most part) comes on Tuesday, Sept. 1st. Starting that day, unless telemarketers have received written permission from a consumer that he or she wants to receive such calls, the FTC can fine the robocaller up to $16,000 per call. Finally, we will be rid of our favorite, the one that makes us...

Internet Age Redefines Music Industry, Encourages Interactivity

Internet Age Redefines Music Industry, Encourages Interactivity

As the legendary Bob Dylan would attest, the times are a changin' in the music industry. In fact, they've already changed. Ever since the original Napster took the Internet by storm back in 1999, physical record sales have been slipping while music consumption has been growing. The RIAA has put up a vicious fight over the years to stop what...

iPhone App Store Pulling In $2.4 Billion Per Year, Killing Rivals All The While

iPhone App Store Pulling In $2.4 Billion Per Year, Killing Rivals All The While

Let's face it--Apple's App Store is big business. Really big. And if you paid any attention to the fact that Apple saw its 1.5 billionth (yes, with a "B") app downloaded back in July, you'd know that things still weren't even close to slowing down. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much cash is being generated in the store...

Sony's S-Frame Goes Upscale With Swarovski Crystals

Sony's S-Frame Goes Upscale With Swarovski Crystals

Digital photo frames have definitely fallen off the map. Just a few years back, these were the hottest gifts out there; today, they're mostly an afterthought. The reason? Frst off, we don't think people actually use these things nearly as much as they think they will when eying one in the store. Secondly, they've hardly evolved since debuting....

Survey Says You'll Save 4 Days Per Year When Using GPS

Survey Says You'll Save 4 Days Per Year When Using GPS

Own a personal navigation device? Use the GPS on your phone? If you're reading this now, the answer is probably "yes." If you're an avid navigation user, you probably understand the benefits quite well. Rather than having to write down directions to facilities, you simply find the address, plug it in and follow the kind lady on the other end....

IBM Software Keeps Soldiers Out Of Harm's Way

IBM Software Keeps Soldiers Out Of Harm's Way

There's no doubt that software and technology advancements have made all of our lives easier, but sometimes things go a bit further than giving us more options for shopping and easier ways to stay connected to high school classmates. Take IBM, for example. The iconic tech giant has just released a software protocol that not only cuts down...

Super Talent Goes Green With Latest DDR3 Memory

Super Talent Goes Green With Latest DDR3 Memory

If you’re looking for some new memory for your computer and love the idea of being green, you might want to check out Super Talent’s latest DDR3 offering. The company’s latest RAM uses 38% less PCB material and 47% less packaging material than Super Talent’s standard DDR3 DIMMs. Check out full details in the press release below. Super Talent...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:VisionTek 4850 1GB B2 Review @ OCCGigabyte Radeon HD 4770 512MB @ Techgage.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus ROG Maximus III Formula P55 Preview @ OCCASUS Crosshair III Formula Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsProcessors:Triple Mainstream AMD 785G Roundup @ HardwareZoneMemory and Storage:Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Drive @ BmROCZ XMP Ready...

HH Talks Snow Leopard With TechVi

HH Talks Snow Leopard With TechVi

One of the bigger headlines this week is that Apple has let fly with their latest revision of OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard.  Stealing a little limelight from Microsoft's Windows 7 is none too easy we suppose but hey, we're all just PCs inside anyway, when you come to think of it, so can't we all just get along?  Of course we can. ...

Internet's First Registered Domain Is Finally Sold, But For How Much?

Internet's First Registered Domain Is Finally Sold, But For How Much?

The Internet could be described as something of a youthful beast. But even still, the very first domain name to be purchased and registered brings a tear to the eye of anyone that remembers when the Internet was only accessible via a 14.4k modem and an ISP that charged by the minute. Believe it or not, it wasn't www.internet.com or www.dot.com...

Verizon To Give FiOS TV Customers Online Access To Shows

Verizon To Give FiOS TV Customers Online Access To Shows

If you had any doubts that the TV Everywhere initiative was picking up steam, here's some proof that the service is really gaining traction. With Comcast and Time Warner Cable already latching on, the newest pay-TV operator to join in is Verizon. The company, which sells television programming over its fiber-based FiOS TV offering, has this...

Apple's 64-Bit 'Snow Leopard' OS Boots 32-Bit Kernel By Default

Apple's 64-Bit 'Snow Leopard' OS Boots 32-Bit Kernel By Default

Thinking of upgrading your Mac to 'Snow Leopard?' At just $29 to upgrade from OS X 10.5, the answer to that is probably "yes" if you own an Apple machine. Generally speaking, early reviews have shown that the operating system is a worthy upgrade, and while it's certainly nothing revolutionary, it does offer up enough new functionality to justify...

Iomega Intros 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS

Iomega Intros 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS

Iomega recently introduced its 4-Bay StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS for those into rack-mounted gear, but what if you're more into the traditional style? If so, there's the new StorCenter ix4-200d NAS, a high performance four-drive desktop NAS designed more for consumers and small business owners than corporations and IT departments. The black...

Jitterbug Moves To Verizon Wireless

Jitterbug Moves To Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless and GreatCall are working together to offer the Jitterbug cell phone on the Verizon Wireless network through the wireless leader’s open development program. If you’re unfamiliar with Jitterbug, it’s a simple, no-frills cell phone that delivers basic capabilities and has large, backlit buttons as well as easy-to-read text....

Nokia Announces Linux-Based Smartphone, What About Symbian?

Nokia Announces Linux-Based Smartphone, What About Symbian?

Nokia’s latest E900 has some people wondering if the company has finally come up with a smartphone that will rival Apple’s iPhone. Aimed at the top end of the market, you may recall that the new N900 is the company’s first phone running on Linux software. By taking advantage of Nokia's Linux-based Maemo operating system, the handset offers...

TWC's TV Everywhere Trials Bringing More Content To The Web

TWC's TV Everywhere Trials Bringing More Content To The Web

We've always heard that something's "on" when it hits the mainstream, so we guess it's about time we finally confessed that Internet TV has emerged from the closet. For the longest while, Hulu, Boxee and the like dominated the underground Web TV content scene, but it wasn't too long ago that major cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner...

XM SkyDock Turns iPod touch/iPhone Into Sat Radio Receiver

XM SkyDock Turns iPod touch/iPhone Into Sat Radio Receiver

It's still a little funny to think that Sirius and XM Radio are now one, and honestly, it's funny to think the company is still hanging around. After being recently bailed out by Liberty Media and getting an iPhone app into the approval queue, the company is taking things one step further by introducing its SkyDock mounting system. Essentially,...

Xbox 360 Elite (250GB Version) Outed by Amazon in Germany

Xbox 360 Elite (250GB Version) Outed by Amazon in Germany

It's not the first time an e-tailer has outed a product early. It won't be the last. It appears that Amazon.com's German site has listed a 250GB version of the Xbox 360 Elite. It's a good time to be a gamer, eh? First the PS3 "Slim" and a $100 price reduction, then the corresponding $100 price drop for the Xbox 360 Elite, and now a 250GB Xbox...

NVIDIA's Road Ahead: Ion, Tegra and The Future of The Company

NVIDIA's Road Ahead: Ion, Tegra and The Future of The Company

NVIDIA has built its brand and reputation as a GPU designer since the company was founded in 1993, but recent comments by the company have implied that it believes platforms like Tegra and ION will be key revenue generators in the future. We've previously discussed NVIDIA's ongoing emphasis on the GPU as a massively parallel processor capable...

ViewSonic's PJD2121 Is Company's Smallest DLP Projector Ever

ViewSonic's PJD2121 Is Company's Smallest DLP Projector Ever

One could say the pico projector boom is over, and now we're seeing a slow trickle of second-gen devices from companies that bothered to stick with the niche. Without a doubt, these expensive, tiny devices never really took off in the mainstream market, but ViewSonic is hoping to catch some eyes with two new ones in its increasingly small...

Runco's Latest Projectors Put Your BMW Purchase In Jeopardy

Runco's Latest Projectors Put Your BMW Purchase In Jeopardy

When a company spells "Extreme" as "Xtreme," it generally means that whatever product has said label is underwhelming and over-hyped. Not so with Runco's latest, which deserve every bit of "Xtremeness" given to them. The new VX-33i and VX-33d projectors are less like AV toys and more like investments, with prices so high that you'll probably...

Hercules' $60 Dualpix HD720p Brings 720p To The Webcam

Hercules' $60 Dualpix HD720p Brings 720p To The Webcam

Generally speaking, webcams aren't all that interesting in and of themselves. In fact, most notebooks ship with some sort of lackluster webcam built right in, and considering that video calling still hasn't gone mainstream, most folks sort of ignore the thing. Microsoft has developed quite a few nice ones for those really into keeping that...

Corsair Issues 8GB And 12GB DDR3 RAM Kits For Core i5/Core i7 CPUs

Corsair Issues 8GB And 12GB DDR3 RAM Kits For Core i5/Core i7 CPUs

Corsair, a company famous for keeping cutting-edge RAM popular amongst performance junkies, has just issued its newest DIMMs. After introducing us all to its new DDR3 modules for Lynnfield CPUs, the outfit has today introduced new 8GB and 12GB solutions for those with a 64-bit operating system and a nagging desire to have more RAM than they'll...

Xbox 360 Elite Price Dropped by $100

Xbox 360 Elite Price Dropped by $100

The move made almost mandatory by the recent announcement of the PS3 Slim as well as a $100 price cut by Sony made this an expected move.  On Thursday, Microsoft announced that the price of the Xbox 360 Elite will be dropped by $100 to $299.  Yes, that's the high-end model with a 120GB hard drive, There might be some bad news, however. ...

Maemo to Power Nokia's E900

Maemo to Power Nokia's E900

On Thursday, Nokia unveiled its first phone using a Linux OS. The N900 uses Nokia's Linux-based Maemo OS, but for the first time in an actual cell phone as opposed to an Internet Tablet that requires wi-fi or cell phone pairing. The N900 runs Nokia's new Maemo 5 software. Nokia makes sure to emphasize the device's ability to run "dozens of...

Addonics Unveils Portable Drives With eSATA & USB Interface

Addonics Unveils Portable Drives With eSATA & USB Interface

Addonics has added new portable optical drives to its line that feature a built-in eSATA and USB interface. The new Pocket Blu-ray/DVDRW and the Pocket DVD-RRW drive provide throughput up to 3Gbits/second when connected via an eSATA port. For convenience in connecting to practically any computer, a USB 2.0 port is also available. Additionally,...

Sony Intros New Mid-Range & Full-Frame DSLRs

Sony Intros New Mid-Range & Full-Frame DSLRs

Sony has officially announced the rumored full-frame A850 and mid-range A550 and A500 DSLR additions to its Alpha family. The A850 offers a few less features than the A900 but keeps the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and knocks the price tag down to around $2,000 for the body. The new A550 and A500 offer 14.2 and 12.3 megapixel sensors, respectively...

Lian Li launches PC-B25F Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian Li launches PC-B25F Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian Li launches the PC-B25F Midi tower Chassis for discerning consumers Classic style and refined elegance combine 27 August 2009, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd Ltd has launched the PC-B25F midi tower chassis. The hair-line brushed all aluminum chassis is based on the original PC-B25 “Blue Ring” classic, however it has a few...

VIA Launches Stackable Multi-Story Chassis for EPIA Boards

VIA Launches Stackable Multi-Story Chassis for EPIA Boards

VIA Launches Stackable Multi-Story Chassis for VIA EPIA BoardsVIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis use unique stackable and modular designs for Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX-based industrial SBCs Taipei, Taiwan, 27 August 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest additions...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Memory and Storage:QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS Review at CCE ReviewsThermaltake VI-ON 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure eSATA and USB @ TestFreaksPower:Cooler Master SNA 95 Universal Power Adapter @ Benchmark ReviewsAntec Earthwatts 750W PSU Review @ JonnyGURU.comCases, Cooling & Misc.:Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX Review @ Digital TrendsLogitech...

Illegal Downloaders May Face Internet Cut-off in the U.K.

Illegal Downloaders May Face Internet Cut-off in the U.K.

The U.K. has joined France in trying to crack down on illegal downloading by instituting a policy whereby consumers found to repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material would have their Internet access suspended. This has commonly been called a "three strikes" policy, as usually the proposal is to give the offender three chances before...

Sprint Officially Offers $200 BlackBerry Tour

Sprint Officially Offers $200 BlackBerry Tour

Already launched on Verizon Wireless and Alltel, Sprint has become the next to official trumpet the release of RIM's BlackBerry Tour. We already knew the company was planning to put its own stamp on the highly-acclaimed smartphone, and just like that, the Tour 9630 has become a family member with Palm's Pre and the like. Boasting a 3G radio,...

Wikipedia Could Add Checkpoint Layer To Curb Bogus Information Posting

Wikipedia Could Add Checkpoint Layer To Curb Bogus Information Posting

Wikipedia. What would you ever do without it? It really makes you wonder how difficult homework is these days given that nearly every subject on the planet is covered in one form or another on the know-it-all website. Of course, that "easy homework" is really only easy if the information that one finds is accurate, and that's why the site's...

Hard Rock Hotels Gift Guests With iTunes Playlist Upon Checkin

Hard Rock Hotels Gift Guests With iTunes Playlist Upon Checkin

Ever wanted to stay in a Hard Rock Hotel? Holding off just got a touch more difficult. Starting this week, guests who visit one of the company's many hotel locations will receive a complimentary playlist of tunes to accompany their stay, giving them a piece of Hard Rock to take back to the real world once the joy ride is over. The program,...

Blu-ray Can't Win Favor With PC Buyers, May Not Ever

Blu-ray Can't Win Favor With PC Buyers, May Not Ever

News flash: Blu-ray adoption on PCs is still awfully sluggish. And we're talking about years after the format was introduced, and over a year since it trampled HD DVD to become the lone supported next-gen high-def video format. Why? The answer is pretty simple, really. Cost and necessity. A new research report from iSuppli digs into the reasoning...

Asus Intros Limited Edition ROG MARS GPU: Twin GTX 285, 4GB RAM

Asus Intros Limited Edition ROG MARS GPU: Twin GTX 285, 4GB RAM

Asus is no stranger to producing mighty NVIDIA-based GPUs, but the ROG MARS is something special. This limited edition card was first previewed a few months back, but most folks figured it was simply a proof of concept rather than a near-final card reader for shipment. Thankfully for those with fat wallets and an insatiable appetite for high...

OCZ Technology Unveils the Agility EX SSD

OCZ Technology Unveils the Agility EX SSD

OCZ Technology Unveils the Agility EX The Industry’s Most Affordable SLC-Based Solid State DriveSan Jose, CA—August 26, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, power supplies, and solid state drives, today unveiled the OCZ Agility EX Series which makes SLC (single-level...

MSI Launches Wind Top AE2010 20-inch All-In-One Desktop

MSI Launches Wind Top AE2010 20-inch All-In-One Desktop

MSI just announced its next-generation all-in-one desktop PC, the Wind Top AE2010. This step up from the previous AE1900 is a 20-inch model with a 1600 x 900 touchscreen, AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e processor, and an onboard ATI Radeon 3200 graphics card with DDR3 128MB memory. The AE2010 also has 4GB of DDRII 533MHz SDRAM, a 320GB hard...

Microsoft in Hot Water After Changing Person's Race in Photo

Microsoft in Hot Water After Changing Person's Race in Photo

Oops. In what seems to be an incident related to the ethnic homogeneity of Poland, a photo on Microsoft's Polish site was altered, from showing a black man to showing a white one. Modified Version of PictureMicrosoft has since apologized for the change, which drew much criticism online. However, it did not offer an explanation for the change....

Twitter Use Is Growing Among College Faculty

Twitter Use Is Growing Among College Faculty

Next time your college professor glances at his phone or stops to type something on his laptop, check your Twitter stream.A survey of about 1,958 higher education professionals - professors, instructors, deans and others - across the nation found that nearly a third are using Twitter in some way, shape or form. Even so, more than half said...

Core i7 Extreme Overclocking with LN2

Core i7 Extreme Overclocking with LN2

Enthusiast level hardware is exciting, especially if you can make use of its full potential. When Intel released the monster 3.33GHz Core i7 975 processor, they laid claim to the highest performing desktop CPU on the market. Interestingly enough, they were competing with themselves as the 3.2GHz 965 held the pole position up to that point....

Nokia's 5230 Brings Touch Functionality To Low-End Consumers

Nokia's 5230 Brings Touch Functionality To Low-End Consumers

Move over 5800, you've got company. Announced today, Nokia has issued yet another candybar-styled smartphone in its expanding touch phone range: the 5230. We have all ideas that Nokia would rename this should it ever be subsidized by a US carrier, but the four-number model name is a staple of its touch phones when released internationally...

Flaws in Industry Study Detailed In New Report On Cell Phone Radiation

Flaws in Industry Study Detailed In New Report On Cell Phone Radiation

A new report again brings up the oft-asked question, "is there a link between cell phone use and brain tumors," also known as "do cell phones cause brain cancer?" What's most interesting is that the report additionally details eleven design flaws of the 13-country, Telecom-funded Interphone study, which was intended to determine the risks...

Mimo 720-S USB Monitor Adds Touchscreen Functionality

Mimo 720-S USB Monitor Adds Touchscreen Functionality

We're not sure we agree with introduction two similar products to close to one another from a business standpoint, but from the consumers' eye, there's nothing better to really expand your field of options. Nanovision has just unleashed its newest secondary display not even a month after debuting the Mimo 710-S. This one, labeled the 720-S,...

Sony Introduces S Series And E Series Walkman MP3 Players

Sony Introduces S Series And E Series Walkman MP3 Players

We haven't a clue why Sony would choose today to introduce its S Series Walkman--after all, the company's Reader Daily Edition was also just announced, and it's undoubtedly the show stopper of the two. At any rate, those more interested in portable music than portable words just might find this tidbit more interesting. As rumored, the S Series...

Jabra's HALO Bluetooth Headset Looks More Like Space-Aged Headphones

Jabra's HALO Bluetooth Headset Looks More Like Space-Aged Headphones

We've got to hand it to them--Jabra has outdone itself here in the design department. The company's new HALO Bluetooth headset is unlike any BT headset we've ever seen, with a slick over-the-head design that looks less like a traditional set of cans and more like some sort of space-wear. The headphones collapse down for easy transport, and...

Acer Looks Out For Budget Consumers With Veriton Z280G All-In-One PC

Acer Looks Out For Budget Consumers With Veriton Z280G All-In-One PC

We have to confess--Acer's latest all-in-one PC certainly looks a lot like another of its machines announced back in April. But we suppose there are enough differences here to warrant a slightly new model name and a marketing approach aimed at business users. The company's Veriton Z280G is its second Veriton in the past week, though this one...

Sony's $399 Reader Daily Edition Adds AT&T 3G, Looks To Rival Kindle

Sony's $399 Reader Daily Edition Adds AT&T 3G, Looks To Rival Kindle

When Sony introduced its Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition earlier this month, we definitely didn't see this coming. We knew the company was planning on releasing a connected Reader in the future, but evidently Sony meant "the near future." At an event today in the Big Apple, Sony introduced its newest and most attractive e-book...

Sonim's XP3 Quest, “World's Toughest Phone,” Now Available

Sonim's XP3 Quest, “World's Toughest Phone,” Now Available

If you’re the reason why wireless operators offer insurance for mobile phones, then Sonim's latest phone might be just what you need. Sonim claims the new XP3 Quest is the only mobile phone available today with an IP67 rating, meaning it is completely dust resistant and waterproof in depths of up to 3.3 feet. What’s even better, the phone...

RIM Acquires Browser Developer Torch Mobile

RIM Acquires Browser Developer Torch Mobile

RIM, the maker of the popular line of BlackBerry smartphones, has acquired Torch Mobile, the WebKit browser developer that’s most known for its Iris mobile browser that runs on Windows Mobile phones, for an undisclosed sum. WebKit is the open-source code that underlines many of today’s mobile browsers found on the Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, and...

Wireless Resonant Energy Link: Efficient Wireless Power

Wireless Resonant Energy Link: Efficient Wireless Power

Wireless Resonant Energy Link: Efficient Wireless Power Intel - August 24, 2009 - With the dramatic rise in the number of electronic devices we each use in our everyday lives powered by batteries that often need recharging; the costs, resources and management of multiple, incompatible power cords, and adapters have become cumbersome and...

AT&T Forcing More Users To $30/Month Data Plan

AT&T Forcing More Users To $30/Month Data Plan

Enjoying that old school MEdia Net data plan on your feature phone or smartphone? Get ready to kiss it goodbye should you ever choose to upgrade to a new phone. Proving once again that all good things must eventually end, AT&T has today made clear that any phone that it deems a "smartphone" will be subject to the same $30/month data plan...

Corsair Adds 256GB Model To Extreme SSD Lineup

Corsair Adds 256GB Model To Extreme SSD Lineup

Wow, talk about a hasty refresh cycle! Just a month after Corsair introduced to the solid state world its Extreme series of SSDs, the company has already expanded the lineup by one. Today, the newest member of the lineup is making its debut, and with a 256GB capacity rating, we're pretty sure it'll be catching your attention more so than the...

U.S. Broadband Speeds Lag Far Behind Other Nations, And Are Improving Slowly

U.S. Broadband Speeds Lag Far Behind Other Nations, And Are Improving Slowly

Broadband speeds in the United States have incrementally increased in the past couple of years and if things don't improve soon, it'll take 15 years for speeds here to catch up to where South Korea is today, according to a report released today.The Speed Matters Test was administered by the Communications Workers of America and measured the...

Microsoft Aims OneApp At Emerging Market Feature Phones

Microsoft Aims OneApp At Emerging Market Feature Phones

Knowing a massive untapped market when it sees it, Microsoft on Monday launched OneApp, a software application that enables feature phones (think Motorola Razr, for a good example), which are commonly found in emerging markets to have access to mobile apps that people like you and I have on our iPhones, Palm Pres, and BlackBerrys. Think Facebook,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Vuzix iWear AV310 Widescreen Video Eyewear @ TweaktownMSI GeForce GTX 295 review at Ultimate HardwareOnboard Graphics Shootout AMD 790GX vs. 785G @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock @ techPowerUpPatriot 64GB Torqx SSD Review @ OCCOCZ Agility 120GB MLC Solid State Drive Review @ OCIA.netQNAP TS-809 Pro...

Asus uBoom Notebook Speakers Double As Dock, Attention Getters

Asus uBoom Notebook Speakers Double As Dock, Attention Getters

Uh, okay? We have to say, we're all about taking risks, and we greatly appreciate it when companies deviate from the straight-and-narrow in order to take a chance. But it'll still take some time for us to get our minds around the latest two laptop speaker docks from Asus. The uBoom Series of compact notebook speakers are large docks that are...

Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive To An SSD, A How To

Upgrading Your Notebook Hard Drive To An SSD, A How To

Upgrading your notebook's legacy hard drive to a new, fast SSD is a substantial upgrade that makes good sense for a number of reasons.  First, Solid State Drives offer orders of magnitude higher performance under certain conditions, with blazingly fast random access times.  They also produce much less heat versus a standard 2.5-inch...

Rhapsody App Coming To iPhone, Requires $14.99/Month Plan

Rhapsody App Coming To iPhone, Requires $14.99/Month Plan

If there's ever been an iPhone app that runs a good chance of being blocked at the point of entry, it's this. Real has just submitted its Rhapsody app to the App Store for approval, and if it passes, it'll bring an all new source of music to iPhone users everywhere. In fact, it'll be the "fully on-demand subscription music library app on the...

PCI Express 3.0 Spec Delayed Until 2010, Products Until 2011

PCI Express 3.0 Spec Delayed Until 2010, Products Until 2011

So, there's good news for those hoping to make their existing machine last a little bit longer. And there's bad news for those always looking for the next big leap in computing technology. The PCI SIG, the working group responsible for the forward movement of the PCI bus, has just confirmed that the release of PCIe 3.0 will be delayed by a...

Nokia Intros 12 Hour, Windows-Powered Netbook: Booklet 3G

Nokia Intros 12 Hour, Windows-Powered Netbook: Booklet 3G

Score another one for the rumor mill, as those whispers we heard way back in February about a newfangled Nokia laptop have proved legitimate. After sticking to cellphones forever, Nokia has finally decided to hop on the netbook/smartbook bandwagon while things are still hot in order to catch the attention of those loyal to the brand. The company's...

MSI Announces X600 Ultraportable Notebook

MSI Announces X600 Ultraportable Notebook

MSI announced a new ultraportable notebook today. The new ultra-slim X600 is a 15.6-inch notebook that weighs 5.5 pounds and measures less than an inch thick at its widest point. The X600 features the Intel ULV CPU, which uses 1/6th the power of a regular mobile CPU. The X600 also comes with an MSI external optical drive for playing DVDs on...

Asus P7P55D Premium Lynnfield Motherboard Sneak Peek

Asus P7P55D Premium Lynnfield Motherboard Sneak Peek

As we creep ever closer to the official launch of Intel's Lynnfield platform, more news and information regarding the processors, motherboards, and chipset seems to be hitting the web almost daily. The latest piece of interesting Lynnfield-related information we have for you comes in the form of Asus' high-end P7P55D Premium P55-based...

OCZ Announces Low-Voltage DDR3 For P55 Platform

OCZ Announces Low-Voltage DDR3 For P55 Platform

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3 Low-Voltage Dual Channel Kits Tailored for the Upcoming Intel P55 Platform San Jose, Calif. - August 24, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled low-voltage DDR3 designed specifically for the upcoming Intel P55...

Lenovo And Samsung Delaying Ion Netbooks For Windows 7 Launch

Lenovo And Samsung Delaying Ion Netbooks For Windows 7 Launch

Hey, here's a quick quiz just to see how well you've been paying attention over the past few months. Do you remember Lenovo's Ion-powered IdeaPad S12? What about Samsung's Ion-powered N510? If not, you're certainly not alone. Both machines have gone radio silent since debuting a few months back, and yes, it's intentional. Various reports are...

Asus Announces Touch-Enabled EeeTop PCs

Asus Announces Touch-Enabled EeeTop PCs

ASUS EeeTop PC ET20/22 Series - Multimedia Enjoyment with a Contemporary Touch The new ASUS EeeTop PC ET20/22 Series is a range of touch-enabled, all-in-one PCs that provides users with the fundamentals of everyday computing and multimedia entertainment in an elegant space-saving design. Its forte lies in its ability to provide users with...

Apple's Snow Leopard Ships Friday

Apple's Snow Leopard Ships Friday

Apple's new OS, Snow Leopard, goes on sale Friday and can be pre-ordered online starting today.It's a pretty inexpensive upgrade - $29 for folks who work on OS X 10.5 Leopard. Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6, is said to refine "90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X.The main refinements, according to Apple, appear to be in...

Hannspree Gets Into Netbook Game With Ho Hum Hannsnote

Hannspree Gets Into Netbook Game With Ho Hum Hannsnote

We knew netbooks were all the rage, but this confirms it. Out of nowhere, Hannspree--a company better known for lower-end televisions and general dodads that typically go unnoticed in the mainstream gadget realm--has issued its very first netbook. Has the world gone mad? Not until we see a netbook from Toyota. Anywho, the Hannsnote netbook...

Sony's New Slimline PS3 Won't Be Backwards Compatible, Won't Support Linux

Sony's New Slimline PS3 Won't Be Backwards Compatible, Won't Support Linux

Sony hasn't sold a PS3 that offered a hardware-level backwards compatibility mode in several years, but with the announcement of the PS3 Slim, fans of the feature were hopeful it might reappear in the new, slimmed-down version. Ars Technica recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller,...

User Review Gaming Uncovered in the App Store

User Review Gaming Uncovered in the App Store

It's not the first example of end user review gaming, (anyone recall the Belkin Amazon.com review "scandal" from January?) and there's no reason to believe there isn't a lot more of this going on than you might think. In fact, a leaked document shows end user review gaming is happening in the App Store. Reverb Communications is a PR firm that...

Nokia Intros 5800 Navigation Edition To Keep You On Track

Nokia Intros 5800 Navigation Edition To Keep You On Track

Nokia's much-hyped XpressMusic 5800 was met with high expectations. It was the company's first foray into the full touchscreen world with Symbian S60, and hopes were high that it would really rival the iPhone and other touch alternatives in HTC, LG and Samsung's lineup. Unfortunately, the North American version had some pretty significant...

PC Makers Still Not Being Totally Truthful With Battery Life Claims

PC Makers Still Not Being Totally Truthful With Battery Life Claims

It's a topic we cover often because it's near and dear to our hearts. It's battery life, and it's finally starting to get the attention that is has long deserved in the industry. We've seen article after article point out that battery life claims on laptops are flawed in one way or another, and AMD's own Pat Moorhead is stepping forward this...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: 19" Sanyo DP19648 720p Widescreen LCD HDTV @ TestFreaks VisionTek HD 4770 @ Neoseeker Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews Samsung SyncMaster LD190 LCD Monitor Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets: MSI P55-GD80 Lynnfield Motherboard Preview @ Hardware CanucksMemory and Storage: SSD Roundup: Indilinx vs....

Tweak Allows Installing Any Win7 Version from One DVD

Tweak Allows Installing Any Win7 Version from One DVD

Let's be clear, this is a way to try, not indefinitely use different versions of Windows 7 from one DVD or .ISO image. A small tweak will allow users tech-savvy enough to get a taste of all the versions of Windows 7. Now, why do you need a little technical expertise? You need to remove a file from the DVD or from the .ISO image. As Windows...

Blizzard Spills Details on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Blizzard Spills Details on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Blizzard has finally lifted on the veil on the upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and the official information generally confirms and fleshes out the sneak preview from last week. The new expansion will feature the corrupted black dragon Deathwing as its principle villain. Once thought buried in the depths below the fortress of Grim Batol,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Powercolor HD 4770 PCS 512 MB @ techPowerUpMSI Radeon HD 4770 review at Ultimate HardwareXFX ATI Radeon HD 4770 Video Card Review @ I4UGigabyte GTS 250 1GB and 9600GT 512MB Graphics Cards @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards and Chipsets:EVGA's P55 Motherboard Lineup Revealed + P55 FTW Preview @ Hardware CanucksMSI X58M @ NeoseekerProcessors:AMD...

Microsoft To Prospective Employees: Get In Shape

Microsoft To Prospective Employees: Get In Shape

Anyone who wants to work in one of Microsoft's new retail stores had better be in pretty good physical shape or start pumping iron now.The job description for sales associates says:Lifting/carrying 75 pounds (loading and unloading all those great products and carrying purchases out for our customers will be required!)A Microsoft employee in...

Alltel Picks Up RIM's BlackBerry Tour: $199 With 1-Year Contract

Alltel Picks Up RIM's BlackBerry Tour: $199 With 1-Year Contract

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have already announced plans to ship RIM's newest BlackBerry (that'd be the Tour), and now Alltel Wireless is jumping in to yell "me too!" Of course, it's sort of odd for Alltel to waste the marketing dollars here considering that VZW is already showing ads informing the general public that Alltel and Verizon are...

Cable Growing Faster Than Wireless

Cable Growing Faster Than Wireless

Although many would guess otherwise, the cable industry is actually growing faster than the wireless sector. This surprising fact comes courtesy of Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett. He explains in his latest Weekend Media Blast piece that while subscriber growth in the wireless industry over the last 12 months is up 5.3%, revenue per...

PS3 To Never, Ever Gain PS2 Backwards Compatibility Again

PS3 To Never, Ever Gain PS2 Backwards Compatibility Again

Sony's newer, slimmer, sexier PlayStation 3 console is a nice piece of hardware. There's no doubt that the 120GB hard drive, lower power drain, sleeker look and $299 price tag will draw more than a few folks in, but those holding tight to yesteryear now have reason to pause. Unlike some of the first PS3 machines to hit the market, the new...

Sorry Twitter, No Trademark for "Tweet"

Sorry Twitter, No Trademark for "Tweet"

Nice try. In July Twitter wrote that it was trying to trademark "Tweet." Not for the reason you might think, though: the request has been provisionally denied on the grounds that other companies had filed for trademarks of very similar words.You might think that "Tweet" was a generic term, and that would be the reason for the denial, but the...

Southwest Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi On More Planes

Southwest Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi On More Planes

Gogo Inflight Internet service may be looking forward to big expansion plans in the future, but there’s one airline that’s missing from its growth list: Southwest Airlines. That’s because Southwest Airlines and Row 44 have their own plans to roll out Wi-Fi beginning in the first quarter of 2010. This fall, Southwest will move to the next step...

MSI Launches Wind12 U200, Touts “Unlimited Power”

MSI Launches Wind12 U200, Touts “Unlimited Power”

Although MSI’s “unlimited power” claim is a bit of an exaggeration, the new Wind12 U200 does boast of a 6.5 hour battery life, thanks in to the Intel CULV platform and the company’s independently designed ECO Intelligent Battery Solution. This netbook is similar in weight and size to 10-inch notebooks and weighs approximately 3.09 pounds with...

MINI USA's Roadside Assist App Brings Help With A Button Press

MINI USA's Roadside Assist App Brings Help With A Button Press

The much-hyped CARS program may be drawing to a close, but you know you you'll still be longing for one of those cute-as-a-button MINI Coopers even after that clunker rebate vanishes. If you needed just one more excuse to give your local dealer a visit, how's this? MINI USA has today become the first automaker in the US to offer a dedicated...

Gogo Inflight Internet Turns 1, Looks To Bring Wi-Fi To More Planes

Gogo Inflight Internet Turns 1, Looks To Bring Wi-Fi To More Planes

Has it already been a year? Aircell, the company responsible for the now-heralded Gogo Inflight Internet service that's in far too few planes (though that's changing for the better on a month-by-month basis it seems), is this week celebrating the service's first birthday. Aw, ain't that just so sweet? As the service turns one, it's completely...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review  @ PCSTATS.comAMD 785G Chipset IGP Video Performance Preview: Part 2 @ NeoseekerPhilips Brilliance 225B monitor review @ IT ProMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Lynnfield Motherboard Preview @ Hardware CanucksASRock P55 Deluxe Review part 1 @ OCWECS X58B-A2...

PNY Extends XLR8 GeForce GTX Series Warranty

PNY Extends XLR8 GeForce GTX Series Warranty

If you own a XLR8 GeForce GTX Series graphics card from PNY, the company has some good news for you: It has just extended the standard 1-year out of box warranty to a lifetime warranty. You’ll have to register at PNY.com to get the extended warranty, but that’s a minor tradeoff for what you’ll get in exchange. Check out the press release below...

Plantronics Unveils Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset

Plantronics Unveils Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset

Plantronics introduced the next generation of its popular Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset. Called the Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth headset, the new version promises an improved audio experience with AudioIQ2 and WindSmart technologies. Two microphones combined with the next generation of Plantronics’ AudioIQ digital signal processing...

Official Wikipedia iPhone App Launched

Official Wikipedia iPhone App Launched

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the online encyclopia-like wiki Wikipedia, has launched its own iPhone application. While there were third-party iPhone Wikipedia applications, this is the first official release from the Foundation. Wikipedia Mobile is free, just as the site is, in the App Store. Here's how the app is described:...

Corsair Launches DDR3 Memory For Lynnfield Processors

Corsair Launches DDR3 Memory For Lynnfield Processors

Corsair Launches Full Range of DDR3 Memory for Core i5 and Core i7 Lynnfield Processors - New dual-channel 4GB and 8GB solutions, including 2000MHz Dominator GT - FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 21, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives,...

NVIDIA Receives WHQL Certification For Windows 7 Driver

NVIDIA Receives WHQL Certification For Windows 7 Driver

NVIDIA GeForce GPUs and DirectCompute in Windows 7 Accelerate Digital Media ApplicationsDevelopers Are Rapidly Taking Advantage of the Parallel Processing Power of NVIDIA GPUs to Deliver a Faster, More Immersive Visual Computing Experience SANTA CLARA, Calif.- Aug. 18, 2009 - By harnessing the parallel processing power of NVIDIA GeForce...

Twitter to Launch Geolocation APIs

Twitter to Launch Geolocation APIs

Twitter can, or will, be able to tell where you tweet from, the company announced on Thursday. The company is giving third-party developers access before they enable the feature on Twitter.com. They will, however add the feature, and it will, most importantly, be opt-in. That's important, because there are privacy implications. And that’s...

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Films Your Ride, Goes To YouTube

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Films Your Ride, Goes To YouTube

Here at HotHardware, we rarely cover rollercoasters. In 99.9% of the cases, a rollercoaster has little to nothing to do with a new GPU, a gaming PC or a new graphics card. But the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is different. It's a tech-savvy thrill ride that weds technology with wild physics, and if you're in the Orlando, Florida area, you owe...

AVA Direct Custom GT3 SFF Gaming System Review

AVA Direct Custom GT3 SFF Gaming System Review

When building or buying a desktop gaming system, enthusiasts don't normally put much thought into how much it's going to weigh, or how hard it will be to carry around when attending a LAN party. Notebook and netbook end users are much more weight-conscious consumers than are folks looking at desktops, obviously. And in the case of a gaming...

Rehab Center For Internet Addicts Opens; More Fun Than Its Chinese Counterparts

Rehab Center For Internet Addicts Opens; More Fun Than Its Chinese Counterparts

For anyone who's had trouble shutting off his computer, who keeps saying she just needs to hit the Stumble bar "just one more time," who needs to fight just one more battle in World of Warcraft, there's a spot in Washington state to unwind and get away from it all.reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program is on five acres in rural Washington...

Apple Issues 7200RPM Hard Drive Fix, New Bluetooth Firmware

Apple Issues 7200RPM Hard Drive Fix, New Bluetooth Firmware

People may gripe that a company like Apple gets all sorts of positive publicity simply because its iPod and iPhone products are selling so well, but there's a dark side to rampant fame as well. The bad definitely comes with the good, and a chorus of angry MacBook Pro owners have apparently made themselves heard.The story goes something like...

Bose Puts A Hurting On Noise With $300 QuietComfort 15 Headphones

Bose Puts A Hurting On Noise With $300 QuietComfort 15 Headphones

The greatest name in sound? The only name in sound? Yeah, something like that. Whatever Bose's slogan happens to be these days, the company is doing itself proud by introducing yet another glorified set of cans designed to help you tune out mortar fire and crumbling buildings, not to mention airplane noise and rowdy children.Dubbed the "quietest...

Sony Cranks Memory Stick To 32GB, Won't Concede To SD/CF

Sony Cranks Memory Stick To 32GB, Won't Concede To SD/CF

While Sony has made strides to ditch its proprietary ways in some aspects, it certainly has more work to do in others. Take the memory card game for example. Most everyone these days uses a camera that supports either SD/SDHC or CF (CompactFlash). You'd probably have to search pretty hard to find anyone using xD, Memory Stick Pro or any other...

Video Ads To Appear In Print Magazine

Video Ads To Appear In Print Magazine

An upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly’s print magazine will feature a video advertisement that plays on an embedded video player. The ad’s package will likely remind you of the heavy-paper packaging found in the novelty greeting cards that play sound. The player will have a roughly two-inch screen with a speaker embedded below it. Similar...

RadioShack Stores Now Offering T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G

RadioShack Stores Now Offering T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G

Nearly a month ago, we told you about RadioShack’s plan to offer T-Mobile phones and services in its retail stores. Now, we’re seeing that plan put into practice: The new T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google as well as other T-Mobile products and services are currently available in more than 4,000 RadioShack stores across the United States and...

Gigabyte Invitational Editor's Day 2009 - Lynnfield / P55

Gigabyte Invitational Editor's Day 2009 - Lynnfield / P55

As details of upcoming Lynnfield processors and P55 chipset-based motherboards hit the scene, there is a growing buzz within the industry about the effects of bringing Nehalem down into the mainstream market segments. While X58 and Core i7 performance dominates, complete system pricing has kept some average consumers looking to upgrade wistfully...

Kids and Cell Phones: Inseparable

Kids and Cell Phones: Inseparable

Kids and cell phones. You can't live with 'em, and you can't live without 'em. We're speaking of the kids, actually, as cell phones, most teens would say they can't live without, period. A new Pew Internet & Life Project survey (.PDF) shows that, unsurprisingly, cell phone use is continuing to rise among teens. Specifically, the first...

Windows 7 RC Downloads to Close Thursday

Windows 7 RC Downloads to Close Thursday

Run, don't walk to the nearest browser if you want to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC). Downloading will be allowed until 11 AM ET this morning, and that's not far off. The pipeline opened for the Windows 7 RC on May 4th. While originally stating that downloads would cease in late July, Microsoft has twice extended it, first to...

EU Already Thinking About LTE Advanced: 100x Faster Than 3G!

EU Already Thinking About LTE Advanced: 100x Faster Than 3G!

LTE, or Long Term Evolution, isn't looking to be very "long term." The next generation mobile broadband protocol, or 4G, isn't even being deployed commercially yet, and already the European Commission is looking to spend some big bucks in order to research the next-next big things.Starting on New Year's Day 2010, the EU will release right...

TomTom Not Worried Over Smartphone Navigation Apps

TomTom Not Worried Over Smartphone Navigation Apps

One of the first things we thought when TomTom announced that it would finally be making an honest-to-goodness iPhone app was this: "what will this do to standalone GPS sales?" It's a reasonable question--TomTom has long since made its profits by selling hardware with routing software built in. The app within was just a portion of the equation,...

Palm's Paid App Beta Program Goes Live

Palm's Paid App Beta Program Goes Live

You've got to hand it to 'em here, Palm sure is doing a bang-up job in reviving itself. Around this time last year, many pundits wondered if the company famous for creating the Palm Pilot and Treo smartphone would live to reach the next decade. The Palm Pre turned things around for the California-based company, but it's still struggling to...

MSI's X-Slim X340 Sees 8-Cell Battery, Better Keyboard, Lower Price

MSI's X-Slim X340 Sees 8-Cell Battery, Better Keyboard, Lower Price

Back in the day, it was somewhat unusual for a company to issue revamped versions of popular machines. Instead, they'd simply pop out another model so it was quite clear that an update had taken place. These days, consumers seem to "get" that technology changes frequently, and that models are updated from time to time with new hardware.Such...

Acer's Atom-Powered Veriton N260G Nettop Can Ride Your LCD

Acer's Atom-Powered Veriton N260G Nettop Can Ride Your LCD

It's hard to say at this point if nettops will ever become as popular as netbooks, but if Acer has anything to say about it, they'll come close. The planet's third largest PC vendor has today introduced its new Veriton N260G-U2802CP, a product that sounds like it's straight out of a Transformers movie. The ultra-compact nettop is aimed specifically...

CDs Are Still The Leading Music-Delivery Format

CDs Are Still The Leading Music-Delivery Format

Although paid music downloads are certainly popular these days, CDs comprised 65% of all tracks sold in the first half of 2009 according to the NPD Group's MusicWatch survey. Paid digital music downloads increased from 30% market share in all of 2008 to 35% of tracks purchased by U.S. consumers in the first half of 2009. For the purposes of...

Sony's ALTUS Audio Line To Make Music In Best Buy

Sony's ALTUS Audio Line To Make Music In Best Buy

As if Sony's week couldn't get any better, the company responsible for issuing a new, slimmer PlayStation 3 is also announcing a new audio product line that'll soon be gracing the shelves of Best Buy locations. The ALTUS range will initially consist of just a handful of kits, all of which are tied to the company's S-AIR wireless protocol in...

Canon Intros First Touchscreen PowerShot & Five Other Cameras

Canon Intros First Touchscreen PowerShot & Five Other Cameras

Canon announced six new PowerShot cameras today, including the new flagship PowerShot G11 and Canon’s first ever touchscreen PowerShot. All of the new cameras feature Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization and use the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The cameras also have an upgraded version of Canon’s Smart AUTO technology that can track moving faces...

iTunes Smashes Other Online Music Stores, Takes 25% Of All Sales

iTunes Smashes Other Online Music Stores, Takes 25% Of All Sales

With all the talk of music piracy clouding the airwaves these days, it's rather refreshing to hear some positive news about music in the digital age. And despite what the RIAA or anyone else may have you believe, music sales are still happening. Just not in the same way that they were when your mother was buying records. According to a new...

StarTech First to Market with DisplayPort KVM Switch

StarTech First to Market with DisplayPort KVM Switch

StarTech.com First to Market with DisplayPort KVM Switch -- New DisplayPort KVM Switch supports next generation display resolutions and audio capability, ideal for high definition imaging, graphic design, CAD and other demanding display environments -- Groveport, OH - StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity and technology...

Logitech Mice Even Work On A Clear Glass Table

Logitech Mice Even Work On A Clear Glass Table

Logitech today announced two new mice that can be used almost anywhere, even on clear glass.The glass must be at least 4 millimeters thick, but I'd imagine it would be a little stressful to be computing on a table where the glass top was thinner, wondering if you're going to press too hard and bring the entire tabletop crashing to the ground...

Windows Users In U.K. Will Pay Less Than In The U.S.

Windows Users In U.K. Will Pay Less Than In The U.S.

For a change, Microsoft Windows users in Great Britain aren't going to be charged more than their American counterparts.In fact, they're going to pay less for Windows 7 than folks in the U.S., according to a report on CNET UK.Full versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, in fact, will cost British buyers about half as much as it will Yanks. The...

Samsung Dishes Three New Bluetooth Headsets, Still Can't Make 'Em Cool

Samsung Dishes Three New Bluetooth Headsets, Still Can't Make 'Em Cool

We're still not convinced that we could comfortably walk around with a Bluetooth headset hung around our ear in public, but for those who don't mind making others think that they're talking to them whilst walking down the street, Samsung has a smattering of new options that look pretty darn stylish. The flagship device is the WEP870, which...

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device Review

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device Review

With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven...

Razer Launches MMO-Friendly Naga Mouse, Megasoma Gaming Surface

Razer Launches MMO-Friendly Naga Mouse, Megasoma Gaming Surface

Not sure if you've noticed, but Razer has definitely been on a tear of late. Following up the already impressive Orochi BT mouse and Kabuto surface, the accessories powerhouse has today revealed a new one-two punch over at GamesCom in Germany. Hailed as the company's first ever MMO gaming mouse, the Razer Naga promises to add a whole new level...

Lenovo Introduces New Digital Home Servers, HTPCs, and Nettops

Lenovo Introduces New Digital Home Servers, HTPCs, and Nettops

Lenovo has announced a new series of systems today, each of which is aimed at a different aspect of the digital home. Said home is seen as a virtual goldmine for any company that can put its finger squarely on the pulse of what consumers want, and Lenovo thinks it has a winning combination. Fresh out of the launch bay we have Lenovo's first...

Ford's Next Hybrids Will Communicate With Electric Grid, Charge Smartly

Ford's Next Hybrids Will Communicate With Electric Grid, Charge Smartly

We were pretty moved by DOW Chemical's recent "Human Element" campaign, and we're delighted to see yet another major American corporation going above and beyond the call of duty in order to better our planet. Ford, along with its utility partners, have announced that they are testing out one of the industry's first vehicle-to-electric grid...

Study Shows Gamers are Fat, Unhappy, and Middle-Aged

Study Shows Gamers are Fat, Unhappy, and Middle-Aged

A new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Andrews University concludes that the average age of video-gamers in the U.S. is in the range 35–54. It also says that those gamers are fat, and miserable, though differences exist across genders. With regards to the weighty "fat" conclusion, it's unclear...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:AMD Previews DirectX 11 Gaming Performance on Evergreen @ Legit ReviewsSamsung SyncMaster P2350 LCD Monitor Review @ CCE ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Preview @ OCCAsus Rampage Gene II MicroATX LGA1366 Mainboard Review @ XBitLabsMemory and Storage:Thermaltake Max4 Active Cooling eSATA and USB Combo 3.5" External...

SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise: Secure Enough For Government Use

SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise: Secure Enough For Government Use

Remember all that hoopla surrounding President Obama's use of a standard BlackBerry? Surely you recall just how crazy our government is when it comes to security, so we're not shocked in the least to hear that SanDisk is caving to those strict requests in order to get its Cruzer flash drive certified for use by government employees. The Cruzer...

Qtrax Begins Its Global Rollout: Free, Legal Music Sharing

Qtrax Begins Its Global Rollout: Free, Legal Music Sharing

Qtrax - the legal, ad-supported free music download site - will begin its worldwide launch in October, starting with the Asia-Pacific region.For starters, it will operate in China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The official date is Oct. 29, a Thursday. By year's end, it...

Lite-On's Perfect Netbook Accessory: External eTAU208 DVD Writer

Lite-On's Perfect Netbook Accessory: External eTAU208 DVD Writer

Netbooks may be all the rage these days, but one thing is for sure: if you need an optical drive, you're hosed. Of course, that's why companies like Lite-On exist--to solve quandaries you never knew you'd end up in. For on-the-go computer users that love the low price and small design of netbooks, but wish they had an optical drive on certain...

AMD Claims To Lead Discrete Mobile GPU Market

AMD Claims To Lead Discrete Mobile GPU Market

There's cheerful news from Sunnyvale today; AMD is claiming to now lead the discrete mobile GPU market with a 36.5 percent market share gain and a whopping 87.2 percent more units sold in the first six months of 2009 compared to the first six months of 2008. At this point, AMD claims to hold 53 percent of the discrete mobile market, and credits...

IE 8 Found To Be Safest Web Browser In Studies Funded by Microsoft

IE 8 Found To Be Safest Web Browser In Studies Funded by Microsoft

Internet Explorer 8 is the safest web browser on the market, according to a pair of studies sponsored by, um, Microsoft.One study focused on socially engineered malware and the other on phishing.In the first study, NSS Labs found that IE8 caught 81 percent of live threats, while Firefox 3 caught 27 percent, Safari 4 caught 21 percent,...

iBuyPower's USB IES Controller Adds Power To Front Ports, Bluetooth Internally

iBuyPower's USB IES Controller Adds Power To Front Ports, Bluetooth Internally

iBuyPower is a company generally associated with custom gaming PCs and notebooks. If you need a high-octane machine to handle the latest games, they're the company to turn to. What they aren't known for, however, are things such as this. Of course, you won't find us griping about a company spreading its wings and trying new things, particularly...

Sony Highlights From GamesCom: PS3 Slim, PSP Go Minis, Price Drops

Sony Highlights From GamesCom: PS3 Slim, PSP Go Minis, Price Drops

At long last, the new PlayStation 3 is a reality. At a press event today in Germany, Sony announced that it would be shipping a slimmer, sexier PS3 console at the beginning of next month, and while it wouldn't gain any functionality from the 80GB PS3 that we've come to know and love, it wouldn't lose anything either. Better still, those who...

iPhone Holds Flickr's #1 Camera Spot, At Least For a While

iPhone Holds Flickr's #1 Camera Spot, At Least For a While

In December, the iPhone managed to push its way into the top 5 Flickr cameras, overall. Now it seems the device has managed to push its way past the Canon Eos Rebel XTi, according to Flickr's Camera Finder. However, it doesn't appear that it maintained that lead. Since the LA Times wrote about it, a newer graph seems to show that the iPhone...

Asus Adds Printer Server, Download Manager To RT-N13U Router

Asus Adds Printer Server, Download Manager To RT-N13U Router

Asus may not be the first name that pops to mind when thinking about WLAN routers, but the company is definitely doing its best to compete with the likes of Netgear, D-Link and Linksys. The RT-N13U is an all-in-one router that just so happens to do more than provide wireless Internet access. The stylish device doubles as a shared print server,...

id’s Wolfenstein Now Available For PC, Xbox 360, and PS3

id’s Wolfenstein Now Available For PC, Xbox 360, and PS3

id Software’s Wolfenstein Now Available Santa Monica, CA – August 18, 2009 – Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and id Software announced today that the highly-anticipated Wolfenstein is now available nationwide for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and...

Super Talent Ships New DDR3 VLP RDIMM

Super Talent Ships New DDR3 VLP RDIMM

Super Talent Ships new DDR3 VLP RDIMMVery Low Profile DDR3 Module Designed for ATCA, Embedded and Blade Server Applications San Jose, California - August 18, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a very low profile (VLP) DDR3-1333 Registered DIMM designed...

Dell Finally Confirms: Cellphone Coming For China Mobile

Dell Finally Confirms: Cellphone Coming For China Mobile

Welp, so much for keeping a secret! Those far-out rumors we heard just a few months ago were apparently true, and now the suits at Dell can finally talk (somewhat) freely about their plans to finally enter the burgeoning world of cellular telephones. For whatever reason, Dell has waited for what feels like years to confirm rampant rumors that...

Apple Event on September 9th: No Tablet, Sorry!

Apple Event on September 9th: No Tablet, Sorry!

Surprise, surprise!  The September Apple event, which has occurred every September since 2005, is apparently going to be on September 9th (the week of the 7th had already been leaked) and be music-focused.  The event will also not cover anything about the much-rumored iTablet (or iPad) tablet PC. That pretty much matches with the...

NVIDIA's HD-Capable Tegra Chip Powers Zune HD

NVIDIA's HD-Capable Tegra Chip Powers Zune HD

There's little doubt that the hype surrounding Microsoft's Zune HD far exceeds that which surrounded the original Zune. The design is far superior, the technology is cutting edge (HD Radio, OLED display, etc.) and far more is at stake. Microsoft didn't exactly hit a home run with the original Zune, but if the Zune HD crashes and burns in much...

Casio’s Latest Cameras Detect Subjects Using Intelligent AF

Casio’s Latest Cameras Detect Subjects Using Intelligent AF

Casio announced two new additions to the EXILIM digital camera lineup that attempt to make it even easier to take good photos. For starters, the new EXILIM Zoom EX-Z450 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z90 feature Intelligent AF, a new function that can detect your photographic subject and adjust the focus and exposure of the image accordingly. This Intelligent...

Futuremark & Gigabyte Tag Team On Overclocking Competition

Futuremark & Gigabyte Tag Team On Overclocking Competition

Looking for yet another venue to showcase your overclocking skills? Look no further, as two of the biggest names in overclocking have joined hands in order to offer up an array of prizes for those willing to push the very boundaries most folks are fine with accepting. Futuremark (the company responsible for the benchmarking suite we use right...

Could Intel's Atom end up the last chip standing?

Could Intel's Atom end up the last chip standing?

When we've discussed Atom and Intel's long-term plans regarding MIDs and handheld devices, we've typically focused on the consumer experience. Intel has made no secret that it envisions a future in which next-generation Atom processors and SoCs power a diverse range of products in both consumer and business markets. What we haven't discussed,...

Verbatim’s InSight Hard Drive Displays Name, Free Space On LCD

Verbatim’s InSight Hard Drive Displays Name, Free Space On LCD

Verbatim announced a new hard drive called the InSight Portable USB hard drive with a built-in LCD that can display the name of the drive and available free space, even when the drive is disconnected from the computer. The drive weighs less than 6 ounces and measure 6 x 3.4 x 0.63 inches. The InSight is available now for $119.99 for the 320GB...

TomTom Unleashes iPhone App

TomTom Unleashes iPhone App

In June, we told you about TomTom’s plan to bring turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone 3GS. Now that TomTom has officially launched its iPhone app, this plan has become reality. The application works with many of the iPhone’s controls, including its multi-touch display and accelerometer for portrait / landscape viewing. The app can also interact...

Just What You Needed: A Leather-Wrapped Racing Wheel For Gaming

Just What You Needed: A Leather-Wrapped Racing Wheel For Gaming

You have a leather-covered steering wheel in your car, why not in your house?That would appear to be the thinking behind Logitech's new G27 Racing Wheel. It is "designed to deliver the definitive sim racing experience." Just like a luxury car, this $299.99 (MSRP) gadget is designed to eliminate virtually all noise and "unwanted" vibration.It's...

Gmail Moves to #3 Among Email Services

Gmail Moves to #3 Among Email Services

As we move more and more toward "all things Google," it might surprise people to learn that Google's Gmail was, until recently, mired in 4th place among email vendors. That's where it was until new comScore estimates for July 2009. Yes, despite the way Gmail and Google Docs, and Google Reader, and the rest all work together, it's only now...

Asus G51VX-RX05 Gaming Notebook Review

Asus G51VX-RX05 Gaming Notebook Review

Recently, we've seen the meteoric rise of netbooks in the mobile space. Their ultra portability in conjunction with the global economic climate seems to have led consumers to think twice about spending large amounts of cash on mobile devices. This is especially true when netbooks offer the same basic services (word processing, internet surfing,...

IBM Taps DNA Research To Design Next-Gen Chips

IBM Taps DNA Research To Design Next-Gen Chips

Push aside your political feelings on stem-cell research; any halfway respectable PC enthusiast will definitely be giving IBM the thumbs-up here. The wacky minds over at IBM, which have already proven that they never, ever stop ticking, have apparently determined that the next great generation of microprocessors will have quite a lot in common...

EVOC Intros Atom-Powered Mini-ITX Motherboard

EVOC Intros Atom-Powered Mini-ITX Motherboard

You know what the world needs? Another Mini-ITX mainboard. And you know what the world is getting courtesy of EVOC? Another Mini-ITX mainboard. With the eco-friendly crowd growing larger and more vocal by the day, it makes sense for EVOC to cater to that audience with a new mainboard designed specifically for small, living room PCs that can...

Redbox Now Offering 24 Hour Video Game Rentals For $2

Redbox Now Offering 24 Hour Video Game Rentals For $2

There's little doubt that media buying is changing. iTunes is selling more and more singles while physical disc sales dwindle. GameStop is hiring executives to manage digital aspects of business. And Redbox is dabbling in video games after years of sticking to DVDs and Blu-ray Discs alone.You heard that right--the famous red box that somehow...

What Can't Facebook Do, Anyway?

What Can't Facebook Do, Anyway?

Oh, Facebook. You bring us so much joy, and you help us to waste so much valuable time. But you're useful in so many ways, and you keep us connected (at arm's reach, anyway) with a vast array of high school sweethearts that we'd otherwise never even bother to look for. But can you be more than that?It's obvious that its creators think so,...

Rumors Leak On The Upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Rumors Leak On The Upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

When I wrote my review of Wrath of the Lich King last December, I praised the game for its innovations, new content, and the gorgeous environments of Northrend, but concluded with this:"If Blizzard wants to keep WoW from becoming stale, it needs to push the envelope. The company's financial resources are absolutely enormous, and while throwing...

Verizon Wireless & ZTE USA Introduce AD3700

Verizon Wireless & ZTE USA Introduce AD3700

World travelers now have another option when it comes to mobile broadband connectivity: Verizon Wireless and ZTE USA recently introduced the AD3700, a mobile broadband USB modem with global connectivity capabilities. This new modem provides access to high-speed networks in more than 175 destinations. The modem supports Evolution-Data Optimized...

WildCharge PowerDisc Brings Wireless* Charging To Lots Of Devices

WildCharge PowerDisc Brings Wireless* Charging To Lots Of Devices

Although Palm's Touchstone, a contact-based charger for the Palm Pre, brought the idea of wireless charging into the mainstream, WildCharge has been doing this same type of deal for years now. In an effort to provide a wireless charging solution for practically any mobile device out there, the company has actually slipped somewhat from its...

Is Paperless Airline Boarding About To Explode?

Is Paperless Airline Boarding About To Explode?

For frequent fliers at select airports, paperless boarding is no big deal. In fact, it's a way of life they adopted well over a year ago. But for many, they still have to search tirelessly to find which pocket they crammed their boarding pass into before stripping down and cruising through security. In an effort to get more and more travelers...

Palm, Apple in Dueling Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

Palm, Apple in Dueling Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

Despite gripes about AT&T coverage, issues with the App Store, and lawsuits about missing MMS, people love the iPhone 3GS, or at least the 200 users surveyed by Capital and Changewave Research do. According to the survey, 99% of the users felt "satisfied" with iPhone 3GS, with 82% being "very satisfied." Meanwhile, the Palm Pre, the latest...

Verizon Wireless Announces First 4G LTE Test Markets

Verizon Wireless Announces First 4G LTE Test Markets

There’s a good chance residents of Boston and Seattle will have a new high-speed wireless broadband option before the end of this year—Verizon Wireless recently announced plans to test its 4G wireless broadband service in these cities. The new wireless data service promises speeds that are five to 10 times faster than the service used today...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Palit Radeon 4870 Sonic Dual Edition in CrossfireX @ TWLASUS ENGTS250 1GB GTS 250 Video Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P Motherboard Review @ NeoseekerASRock M3A785GMH/128M @ OCWProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition review @ Elite BastardsAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU @ Benchmark...

Sony Converts eBook Store To Widely Adopted EPUB Format

Sony Converts eBook Store To Widely Adopted EPUB Format

Traditionally speaking, Sony has never been a company to follow publicly accepted norms. From Mini-Disc to ATRAC Memory Stick Pro to those UMD movies that nobody wanted for their PSP, the outfit has a long, storied history of forcing its own proprietary formats onto consumers. Of course, that same history includes the fact that most consumers...

Myvus Crystal EV Video Glasses Bring The Big Screen To Your Face

Myvus Crystal EV Video Glasses Bring The Big Screen To Your Face

If you're anything like us, you spend a great deal of time looking at an LCD monitor. Every so often you'll get up the nerve to go look at an HDTV or a movie screen, but by and large your eyes stay planted on whatever monitor is connected to your rig. Myvu's hoping to give those retinas of yours a break, regardless of where you're at. The...

Dual Lawsuits Over Lack of iPhone MMS

Dual Lawsuits Over Lack of iPhone MMS

When Apple released the iPhone OS 3.0 firmware, there was much angst over the fact that MMS would be included in the package, but not for AT&T users (there has also been angst over lack of tethering but that's another story). Two, count 'em, two lawsuits have been filed over the delays in rolling out MMS, which AT&T said was coming...

Samsung Introduces Cameras With Social Networking In Mind

Samsung Introduces Cameras With Social Networking In Mind

Samsung unveiled three new compact digital cameras designed with social networking in mind. The new TL225 and TL220 are DualView cameras that have two LCDs—one on the front of the camera and another on the back. Samsung’s new CL65 provides numerous means of connectivity, offering geotagging, Bluetooth 2.0, DLNA, and Wi-Fi capabilities. Samsung...

QuakeCon09 Kicks Off: Highlights And Videos From The Show Floor

QuakeCon09 Kicks Off: Highlights And Videos From The Show Floor

BlizzCon may be stealing the limelight in terms of gamer-centric expos right now, but for those in the know, QuakeCon is still a sight to behold. The 2009 edition kicked off today in Grapevine, Texas, with a truckload of interviews and product showcases dazzling the crowds. Hailed as the world’s premier multiplayer gaming festival, dedicated...

Redbox To Rent Half Billionth DVD This Weekend

Redbox To Rent Half Billionth DVD This Weekend

We never doubted Redbox’s ability to grow quickly, and now we have additional evidence that shows how quickly the company is expanding: Only five years after Redbox first debuted with 12 kiosks, the DVD rental provider is on track to rent its half billionth DVD sometime this weekend. In five years, Redbox has grown from 12 kiosks in Denver...

T-Mobile Now Selling HTC's Touch Pro2 For $349.99 On Contract

T-Mobile Now Selling HTC's Touch Pro2 For $349.99 On Contract

HTC's Touch Pro2 is being widely hailed as the very best Windows Mobile-based smartphone ever. Which makes sense considering that HTC's legendary hardware is behind the magic, not to mention the fact that the WinMo operating system has been turned on its side and laced with nice customizations from HTC's software team. This week, the QWERTY-equipped...

Sony Ericsson Goes High-Fashion With Jalou Clamshell

Sony Ericsson Goes High-Fashion With Jalou Clamshell

While most of the world anxiously awaits Sony Ericsson's big move into the wide world of Android, the company's latest two show that it still has a wild side. Designed specifically for those who value fashion (and who can find these phone attractive), the new Jalou flip-phone is marketed more as a fashion icon and accessory than a device that...

Lenovo Goes Thin-And-Light With CULV-Based 14" U450p

Lenovo Goes Thin-And-Light With CULV-Based 14" U450p

While netbooks are certainly garnering the majority of the notebook spotlight these days, thin-and-light machines such as Acer's Timeline series and MSI's X-Slim family are making a move for the forefront. Just this week, Lenovo also introduced its first significant foray into the segment, and we have to say, it should provide some solid competition...

Dell Intros Three More Vostro Notebooks: 1014, 1015 and 1088

Dell Intros Three More Vostro Notebooks: 1014, 1015 and 1088

You know, Dell's Vostro lineup is really turning into one to watch. While it's admittedly aimed at the business users in the crowd, a lot of the systems are perfectly suitable for everyday consumers. Take the company's newest offerings, for instance. The Vostro 1014, 1015 and 1088 are all attractive notebooks with a decent array of specifications...

Next-Generation FeDRAM Claims Are a Far Cry From Shipping Products

Next-Generation FeDRAM Claims Are a Far Cry From Shipping Products

Information on a supposed DRAM breakthrough has been running hot across the wires, but the press release from Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) that's sparked techie interest across the Internet is a tad misleading. There's nothing factually incorrect regarding the group's achievement (at least not as far as we know), but the gap between...

BenQ Introduces V Series Eco LED Widescreen Displays

BenQ Introduces V Series Eco LED Widescreen Displays

BenQ is attempting to lead the way in the LED display revolution, having just launched a 24-inch LED widescreen display as well as “the world’s first” 21.5-inch LED widescreen display. Both the V2400 Eco and the V2200 Eco support full HD 1080p and offer an ultra-high dynamic contrast ratio of 5 million:1 for intense blacks and extreme whites....

Analysis: 6.67 Billion App Downloads By 2014

Analysis: 6.67 Billion App Downloads By 2014

Sure, Apple's App Store has surpassed 1.5 billion downloads. But that's just the beginning, according to an analysis of the smartphone market. Frost & Sullivan released the analysis today, "An Insight into the U.S. Smartphone Application Storefront Market" and predicts downloads to smartphones from all app stores will hit 6.67 billion...

Palm Pre's Big Brother-ish Secrets Revealed

Palm Pre's Big Brother-ish Secrets Revealed

In the latest Big Brother-ish story to hit, a developer has discovered that the Palm Pre and Palm webOS know way too much about him than he wants. Not only does it upload location-based information to Palm, it also uploads data about his application usage. webOS also reports back crash log information to Palm. Of course, many PCs and smartphones...

Facebook Testing Lite Version

Facebook Testing Lite Version

Facebook is in the process of testing a simplified version of its social network service called Facebook Lite. The Lite version offers faster load times and a slimmed-down user interface with basic functionality including the ability to make comments, accept friend requests, write on walls, and view photos. Facebook Lite is similar to the...

Corsair Launches 128GB Voyager GT High-Speed USB Flash Drive

Corsair Launches 128GB Voyager GT High-Speed USB Flash Drive

Corsair Launches World’s Fastest High Capacity USB Flash Drive - 128GB Voyager GT performance limited only by speed of USB 2.0 bus - Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager...

MSI Launches Five New C-Series Notebooks

MSI Launches Five New C-Series Notebooks

MSI US Launches Five New C-Series Notebooks CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – August 13, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the five newest editions to its Classic C Series Line of Notebooks – the CX600, CX700, CR600-013, CR600-017 and CR700. The 600 models are lightweight 16...

Many Computer Viruses Become Inert After 24 Hours

Many Computer Viruses Become Inert After 24 Hours

More than half of computer viruses last a mere 24 hours.Panda Security's malware detection laboratory, PandaLabs, has been analyzing the nearly 37,000 samples of new viruses, worms, Trojans and other security threats that it receives each day and found that 52 percent of them work for just 24 hours. "After that timeframe, they become inactive...

Teen's Eye Injured by Shattering iPhone

Teen's Eye Injured by Shattering iPhone

Less than two weeks after another hot issue (pun intended) regarding exploding devices, Apple is back in the news again. In this case, unlike the prior incident, where the owner was unhurt, the victim suffered eye injuries. The incident occurred in Aix-en-Provence in southern France. According to the victim's mother, the iPhone began "hissing"...

Logitech's MK700 Wireless Desktop Includes Snazzy Keyboard

Logitech's MK700 Wireless Desktop Includes Snazzy Keyboard

You know, we'd really hate to be in charge of the "innovation department" that's responsible for making keyboards better. Like, how do you make a keyboard significantly better than the last one without creating a new way for humans to type? It's like telling someone to make Pepsi better--just can't do it!Thankfully, the engineers over in Logitech's...

Sony's High-Power Li-Ion Batteries Promise Fast Recharging, Long Lifecycles

Sony's High-Power Li-Ion Batteries Promise Fast Recharging, Long Lifecycles

Around here, there seems to be a never-ending debate surrounding batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly can't live without 'em. Whether we're discussing just how disingenuous most battery life figures seem on modern day notebooks or just how great our lives would be if someone could develop an AA cell that lasted longer than...

Microsoft's Zune HD Available To Pre-Order; Ships September 15th

Microsoft's Zune HD Available To Pre-Order; Ships September 15th

Well, well--turns out those pricing leaks from Amazon the other day were legitimate, and now Microsoft has stepped in to confirm what most of the tech-savvy world already knew. The company's next-generation Zune, and arguably the iPod's most serious competition to date, will begin to ship to US customers on September 15th, or just over a month...

QNAP Head For The Rails With New 1U Rack-Mounted NAS Devices

QNAP Head For The Rails With New 1U Rack-Mounted NAS Devices

Need some new networked storage? How about lots of networked storage? If you answered both of those with "yes," QNAP has you covered. The storage solution provider has today expanded its their Turbo NAS lineup with a pair of new ultra-high performance NAS servers for the corporate and entry-level enterprise market. Hey, the suits need storage...

Survey Finds That Teens Love To Pirate (And Buy) Music

Survey Finds That Teens Love To Pirate (And Buy) Music

You know what we haven't heard much about lately? Piracy. It used to be all the rage, but after iTunes (and pretty much every other online music store) went DRM-free, it seems those stormy waters have calmed. Or, on second thought, maybe no one was talking about it. New research from the University of Hertfordshire over in the UK has found...

AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition CPU Review

AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition CPU Review

AMD is launching a brand new flagship desktop processor today, dubbed the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. As you can probably surmise from its name--if you're familiar with AMD's naming convention--the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is virtually identical to the 955 it supplants at the top of AMD's desktop processor line-up, save for the 965's...

Monster Introduces Charging Adapter For International Travelers

Monster Introduces Charging Adapter For International Travelers

Monster is making it a bit easier for international travelers to keep their favorite electronic devices powered up while traveling abroad. As the newest product in the popular Outlets To Go family, the new Outlets To Go USB Worldwide features a universal adaptor that lets travelers charge their electronics devices by plugging into any international...

Xbox 360 Upgrade Includes On-Demand Gaming

Xbox 360 Upgrade Includes On-Demand Gaming

Microsoft unveiled a number of significant upgrades to its Xbox 360 platform with the latest Xbox LIVE Update. While the update is available today, a few of the new features won’t be available until tomorrow, August 13th. Here’s a quick look at what you can look forward to with the update. Games on Demand Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able...

What You've Been Waiting For: The Hello Kitty USB Drive

What You've Been Waiting For: The Hello Kitty USB Drive

Just what the world has been waiting for: A Hello Kitty designer flash drive. Mimoco has been creating character-based USB flash drives in its Mimobot line. Favorites from Star Wars, Halo and other characters in the geek pantheon are staples of the line. Starting next month, Hello Kitty and her friends will join Darth Maul, Han Solo and Master...

E.T., Text Home

E.T., Text Home

Text messaged every single person on earth already? An Australian website is offering you the chance to send a text message into space. You have until 07:00 GMT Monday, Aug. 24th, 2009 to sign up. The site, HelloFromEarth.net, is accepted SMS style messages (meaning 160 characters or less) which will eventually be sent into space, directed...

Intel And Micron Partner To Make Flash Drives Infinitely Large

Intel And Micron Partner To Make Flash Drives Infinitely Large

For many, it's not difficult to remember back when USB flash drives topped out at around 8GB and demanded a near fortune. Today, these minuscule drives are near ubiquitous, and with flash prices in free fall, a rather sizable one (capacity wise, not size wise) can be had for not too much dough.But, even big corporations like Intel and Micron...

Tiny New Flash Drive Is Also Tough

Tiny New Flash Drive Is Also Tough

What might be the tiniest flash drive yet comes in emerald green or royal purple. Verbatim announced two new USB drives in the new "Tuff 'n' Tiny" family: an inch long, half an inch wide and as thick as a penny. The drives have support for Windows, Mac and Linux. The 8GB drive - that's the purple one - can store nearly eight hours of MPEG-1...

Judge Rules Microsoft Word Can No Longer Be Sold

Judge Rules Microsoft Word Can No Longer Be Sold

Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled Tuesday that Microsoft can no longer sell Microsoft Word in the United States due to patent infringement. One can imagine Bill Gates having to pick himself off the floor after reading that ruling. Indeed, the ubiquitous software that you probably use every...

Panasonic Toughbooks Pass New Military Ruggedness Spec

Panasonic Toughbooks Pass New Military Ruggedness Spec

If you're looking to score a rugged notebook, there's hardly a better place to look than in Panasonic's Toughbook line. For years now, the iconic series has led the way in durable computing, with its briefcase-styled rigs able to withstand an intense amount of abuse in the field, on the road and in the wild.Today, Panasonic is taking things...

Dell's Nickelodeon Edition Netbook Makes The Kids Go Wild

Dell's Nickelodeon Edition Netbook Makes The Kids Go Wild

Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the evolution of Dell designs would know that the company has come a long way since the beige box days in the late 90s, but even for the newer, fresher, hipper Dell, this one's pretty radical. Just as the company decided to dump its Inspiron Mini 12 in favor of keeping just the Mini 10 around,...

OCZ Goes Mainstream With Indilinx-Based Solid 2 SSDs

OCZ Goes Mainstream With Indilinx-Based Solid 2 SSDs

OCZ Technology is at it again, this time pushing out a new range of solid state drives for the laypeople in the crowd. The Indilinx-based devices, which proudly boast a Solid 2 Series label, are designed to slot neatly into notebooks that can hold 2.5" form factor drives. The MLC based solution was designed with mainstream consumers (as opposed...

DOW Flexes Its Viral Web Muscle, Shows 'Human Element' Of Green Movement

DOW Flexes Its Viral Web Muscle, Shows 'Human Element' Of Green Movement

7E+09. At a glance, that figure probably doesn't mean much to you, but believe it or not, that's the current population of this place we call Earth. As has been made abundantly clear through the most recent worldwide recession, we're facing challenging, exciting times as a people. Today, more individuals reside in cities and vast urban areas...

iHome Goes Upscale With Ritzy iP1 iPod/iPhone Dock

iHome Goes Upscale With Ritzy iP1 iPod/iPhone Dock

iHome has been pushing out iPod and iPhone docks for as long as we can remember. The company has to have literally dozens of options ranging from bottom-end to fairly nice, some of which actually double as alarm clocks. The company's latest, however, is uniquely upscale, with sound from Bongiovi Acoustics and a design that'll have anyone swooning.The...

Razer Tempts With StarCraft II-Themed Gaming Accessories

Razer Tempts With StarCraft II-Themed Gaming Accessories

StarCraft II may be looking at a faraway 2010 release, but that's not stopping accessory makers from cashing in on the hype. Just weeks after we saw StarCraft II gaming surfaces, um, surface, Razer has now teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment in order to push out its own line of game-themed peripherals. Razer has conjured up a tournament-grade...

Sprint Expands 4G Markets

Sprint Expands 4G Markets

Sprint’s taking full advantage of the head start it has with 4G, having just announced plans to launch and market 4G technology in an additional 17 cities in the U.S. yet this year. The additional market will join the previously announced markets of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Portland, Philadelphia, and Seattle....

Facebook Becomes Friends With FriendFeed

Facebook Becomes Friends With FriendFeed

Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, a Silicon Valley company that lets Facebook members see what their friends are doing online and share content. For the time being, FriendFeed will continue to operate as normal until both teams determine longer term plans for the product. The acquisition provides Facebook with an opportunity to expand into...

Textbooks on the iPhone Take on the Kindle DX

Textbooks on the iPhone Take on the Kindle DX

Amazon.com has positioned the Kindle DX as being great for textbooks. That was clear from their product announcement. It's not the only game in town, however, and CourseSmart has developed an iPhone app which makes its 7,000+ textbooks now available on a teeny-weeny screen. That's a big (no pun intended) issue, one would think, with trying...

New Universal Remote Controls Up To 15 Devices - Even In Closed Cabinets

New Universal Remote Controls Up To 15 Devices - Even In Closed Cabinets

Pretty much everyone has caved and bought a universal remote at some point or another. Somehow, it never seems to be truly universal and ends up in a pile with the other remotes and you have to paw through the pile every time you want to turn on the boob tube. Logitech today swears the Harmony 900 is the last one you'll ever need. And not...

Microsoft Stops Making IE8 Default Browser - Again

Microsoft Stops Making IE8 Default Browser - Again

Microsoft promised a federal judge it would stop designating Internet Explorer 8 as the default browser on express installations by today.This was part of its antitrust settlement compliance report, in response to an accusation in May by Mozilla and Opera that the software giant was changing users' default browsers back to IE8 when they used...

Tony Hawk: RIDE Coming To States In November For $120

Tony Hawk: RIDE Coming To States In November For $120

Tony Hawk: RIDE, a game that made all sorts of waves when it debuted earlier this year at the E3 Expo in California, has finally notched a date with destiny: November 17, 2009. That's the date in which Activision's next must-have Nintendo Wii title will hit stores, and that means you'll be shoving yet another motion-sensing periperal in your...

Zune HD Pricing Leaks Via Amazon

Zune HD Pricing Leaks Via Amazon

Amazon.com has, via a pre-order page, confirmed already leaked prices from a Best Buy tipster for the upcoming Zune HD. The price will be $220 for 16GB and $290 for 32GB. The highlights of the new device, which still appears headed to a Sept. 8th intro, from Amazon's page, are: Touchscreen: Get quick and instant access to your content with...

2009 Netbook and Notebook Buyer's Guide

2009 Netbook and Notebook Buyer's Guide

Let's face it: the mobile arena is more crowded than ever, and with that overpopulation comes confusion. Specifications begin to run together, prices seem to be all over the map, and actual standout features are harder than ever to locate. If you know someone that has grown frustrated by trying to separate the worthwhile from the worthless,...

Verbatim's TUFF-CLIP USB Drive Won't Ever Get Lost

Verbatim's TUFF-CLIP USB Drive Won't Ever Get Lost

We're a little fuzzy on our high school science, but we're pretty sure somewhere along the line we heard that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Some Newton guy, we think? Anywho, just days after we saw a new USB flash drive from Buffalo that will inevitably get lost in your pants pockets, Verbatim has introduced...

Netgear's Home Theater Internet Connection Kit Passes Content Through Power Outlets

Netgear's Home Theater Internet Connection Kit Passes Content Through Power Outlets

While Netgear's probably best known for its WLAN routers, the company has recently delved into home networking. To that end, the latest kit is actually quite useful for those looking to make this multimedia more like a networked pool of content and less of a standalone segment on a single PC's hard drive. The Home Theater Internet Connection...

Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V+ Lineup Provides Speedy Notebook Upgrade

Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V+ Lineup Provides Speedy Notebook Upgrade

Just a few months after Kingston Technology came forward with its SSDNow V 'Value' series of solid state drives, the outfit is now issuing a slight upgrade with the SSDNow V+. Promising higher capacity, higher IOPS and faster read/write speeds, the new 2.5" V+ SSD lineup takes things as high as 256GB and is aimed at power users, system builders,...

Hitachi's 2TB 7200RPM Ultrastar A7K2000 Aims For Enterprise

Hitachi's 2TB 7200RPM Ultrastar A7K2000 Aims For Enterprise

Surely you remember Hitachi's foray into the wide, speedy world of 2TB 7200RPM hard drives, right? Considering that it was less than a week ago, we sure hope so! Now, the company is looking to capitalize on the high-margin enterprise world with the announcement of its strikingly similar Ultrastar A7K2000.Hailed as the industry's first 7200RPM...

Intel Issues BIOS Bug Fix For 34nm Solid State Drives

Intel Issues BIOS Bug Fix For 34nm Solid State Drives

The quirk affecting Intel's 34nm SSDs is one that's likely to trouble just a small minority of users, but it was big enough for the outfit to temporarily halt shipments a few weeks back until a firmware fix was published.Today, that very fix is being made available to the public, and it fixes the bug that caused corruption in the drive is...

Best Buy To Offer Samsung Omnia 2 & More On August 23

Best Buy To Offer Samsung Omnia 2 & More On August 23

Assuming a mole from Best Buy is correct, the retailer is going to be a busy place on August 23rd. The mole has provided Boy Genius Report with a screenshot that shows Best Buy’s plans to begin offering a number of anticipated feature phones that day. Although it’s no iPhone, the Samsung Omnia 2 is definitely one of the hot upcoming phones...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Powercolor Radeon HD 4730 PCS review at Ultimate HardwareSamsung SyncMaster 2233RZ Review @ Digital TrendsZotac GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 Video Card AMP! Edition @ TestFreaksMemory and Storage:WD 2TB Drive Review @ Bootdaily.comPlextor PX-B310U External PX-B310U Blu-Ray USB DVD Writer Review @ PCStatsVizo Arius II ARS-250 Dual...

Upcoming Intel Core i7 and Core i5 Platforms Get SLI Support

Upcoming Intel Core i7 and Core i5 Platforms Get SLI Support

NVIDIA SLI Technology Now Licensed For INTEL Core I7 And Core I5 Platforms Intel, ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI to Offer Core i7 and Core i5 Motherboards with Full Support for NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 10, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation, and the world’s other leading motherboard...

Synology Disk Station DS409+ NAS Review

Synology Disk Station DS409+ NAS Review

NAS devices come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as with different capacities and features. But for the most-reliable type of storage solution, the NAS devices of choice should be a multi-drive unit with RAID support. It is important to keep in mind, however, that while RAID adds extra layers of fault tolerance in the form redundant...

Dell Axes 12" Inspiron Mini 12 Netbook

Dell Axes 12" Inspiron Mini 12 Netbook

Talk about a short life. Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 launched in late October of last year, and it seems the company's largest netbook is already being canned before it can even celebrate its first birthday. It's almost tragic, isn't it? With fewer and fewer netbooks launching these days with 11.6" and 12" displays, it really hurts to see yet...

Bank to Allow Check Deposit Via iPhone

Bank to Allow Check Deposit Via iPhone

The bane of many people is the paper check. Why can't the payer at least use PayPal, right? USAA is about to introduce an iPhone app that will end that hassle once and for all. USAA is a financial services organization which includes banking, insurance, and other services. It launched an iPhone app in May to allows users to access accounts...

Sony's S-Series Walkman Emerges; It's No iPod Killer

Sony's S-Series Walkman Emerges; It's No iPod Killer

Sony's X-series Walkman (otherwise known as the OLED Walkman) has barely had time to make a splash in the US market, and already Sony is preparing to launch anoher music player. Based on some believable details leaked on Materiel's website (a French e-tailer), the new S-Series Walkman will arrive in 8GB (NWZ-S544) and 16GB (NWZ-S545) models,...

Orange Charges Small Fortune For LG's GD910 Watchphone

Orange Charges Small Fortune For LG's GD910 Watchphone

Think the iPhone is hot stuff? Think the Pre was captured everyone's imagination? How's about sporting a cellphone on your wrist? We're not talking about one of those fancy Bluetooth watches that communicated with your phone, we're talking about a full-on watchphone. LG's GD910 has been making the rounds at major trade shows and such for over...

Toshiba Confirms Blu-ray Notebook PCs And Players Coming This Year

Toshiba Confirms Blu-ray Notebook PCs And Players Coming This Year

We already knew as much, but today Toshiba has made it extra official: it's joining the Blu-ray camp. For those unaware (yes, all six of you), Toshiba was far and away HD DVD's largest supporter during the format's boom years. After a long, hard-fought battle with Blu-ray that spanned nearly 24 months, HD DVD finally folded after too many...

Textbooks For iPhone, iPods

Textbooks For iPhone, iPods

As interest grows in the digital-textbook arena, one of the providers of e-textbook subscriptions has announced plans to make over 7,000 titles accessible via Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. The new applications that enable the eBook access will be free to subscribers of CourseSmart LLC. The apps let students access full electronic textbooks,...

Maingear Introduces 15.4" eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook

Maingear Introduces 15.4" eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook

Maingear's latest major gaming notebook was showcased back in late July, and now that the month has changed, it's evidently time to showcase another. This week, the company has introduced the next in the eX-L line, a 15" variant of the 18" beast previously mentioned. The eX-L 15 isn't your average 15" notebook, and you'll easily notice as...

Tr.im Shuts Down

Tr.im Shuts Down

We have relatives who won't trust the cloud, fearing that a company will either go out of business or end a service. After all, if a company as large as Yahoo! can shut down a service like Yahoo! Briefcase (admittedly, a laggard among cloud storage services anyway), what else can happen. This is a perfect example, with URL shortener tr.im...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ TweaknewsVisionTek HD 4890 OC Review @ NeoseekerSapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X Graphics Card @ TweaktownATI Stream vs. NVIDIA CUDA - GPGPU computing battle royale @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:ioSafe...

Will Future iPhones Tattle On You?

Will Future iPhones Tattle On You?

Apple may have found a new way to force you to tell the truth about how well you’ve taken care of your iPhone or iPod. A recent patent filed by the company describes a customer abuse detection system that will allow technicians to tell if you’ve been too hard on Apple devices. Instances of abuse could include things such as immersing the device...

Gaiser's Gold/Diamond-Splashed PCs Are Only For The Wealthy

Gaiser's Gold/Diamond-Splashed PCs Are Only For The Wealthy

Heard of Gaiser high-end PCs? Yeah, neither had we, until we came across the glorious machine shown here. This ultra-luxurious PC is way, way more than just your next small form factor PC. It's an icon, a status symbol and a perfect way to spend upwards of $30,000. Yeah, 30 grand!  Compensating?The German company produces machines that,...

Buffalo's MicroSD/USB Drive: Guaranteed To Get Lost

Buffalo's MicroSD/USB Drive: Guaranteed To Get Lost

In the never-ending race to produce a flash memory device that'll become lost the moment you unwrap it from its packaging, Buffalo has developed this: the 16GB microSD USB card reader.Put simply, this nub of a flash memory device--which looks about as large as Logitech's latest USB receivers--holds 16GB of information on its own. But, knowing...

Coffee Shops Begin Limiting Wi-Fi Perks

Coffee Shops Begin Limiting Wi-Fi Perks

Wall Street Journal is reporting something we've noticed recently, locally, at one location. However, they're reporting it's happening in New York City in a big way: coffee shops offering free wi-fi are starting to boot out the free (wi-fi) loaders. We noticed this locally at a Panera Bread store, which offers free wi-fi. But during lunch...

Astak's Pocket PRO eBook Reader Includes Adobe Digital Editions Firmware

Astak's Pocket PRO eBook Reader Includes Adobe Digital Editions Firmware

Astak launched a new 5-inch Pocket PRO eBook reader that should provide Amazon’s Kindle with some good competition. This new reader supports over 20 open file formats and also features Adobe firmware that adds support for Digital Rights Management PDF files. Thanks to the Adobe firmware, users can read both public-domain titles as well as...

Stealth's NW-2000 Notebook/Tablet Can Take A Beating

Stealth's NW-2000 Notebook/Tablet Can Take A Beating

Last we heard from Stealth Computer, it was gettin' down with its very own Core 2 Duo-equipped mini PC. Now, the company is back to doing what it does best: rugged. The all new Stealth NW-2000 Rugged PC isn't for the faint of heart nor those without a degree in weightlifting, but if you're looking for a new machine to withstand scenarios only...

TDK HDD Roadmap Outs 960GB Laptop Drives, 3.2TB Desktop Drives

TDK HDD Roadmap Outs 960GB Laptop Drives, 3.2TB Desktop Drives

Ever since TDK issued a promising new line of solid state drives back in May, the drive and optical media manufacturer has remained eerily quiet on further plans. According to a new report, however, the company may be aiming to compete with the likes of Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi in the "big boy" desktop HDD space.If all goes well,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:nVidia GeForce GTX 280 @ LostCircuitsGalaxy GeForce GTS 250 @ Hardware BistroViewSonic VNB100 @ InsideHWAMD FirePro V8750 2GB @ PhoronixXFX GeForce GTX 275 XXX 896MB video card review @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Preview @ OCCASRock X58 Extreme Mainboard @ XbitLabsProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4...

Dell Quietly Releases 23-inch 1080p ST2310 LCD & Two Business LCDs

Dell Quietly Releases 23-inch 1080p ST2310 LCD & Two Business LCDs

Dell discretely added three new monitors to its lineup that range from 20- to 23-inches and offer sub-$260 price tags. The new 23-inch Dell ST2310 offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1080 with HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs, 250 nits of brightness, 5ms response time, and a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. This monitor also has a slim bezel and audio...

OCZ and Indilinx Collaborate On New SSD Garbage Collection Scheme

OCZ and Indilinx Collaborate On New SSD Garbage Collection Scheme

A common concern with the current crop of Solid State Drives is the performance penalty associated with block-rewriting. The flash memory used on today's SSDs is comprised of cells that usually contain 4KB pages that are arranged in blocks of 512KB. When a cell is unused, data can be written to it relatively quickly. But if a cell already...

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone Finally Coming To US In Q4

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone Finally Coming To US In Q4

After many delays, Garmin-Asus finally started shipping the nüvifone to Asian markets in late July, though some locations won’t get the phone until this month. Now, we’re hearing an update that the nüvifone is on track to launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. During a conference call with analysts, Garmin confirmed that its nüvifone (originally...

Twitter, Facebook Hit With DDoS Attack; The Horror, The Horror

Twitter, Facebook Hit With DDoS Attack; The Horror, The Horror

A distributed denial-of-service attack on one (yes, one) person yesterday left news media in a quandary. With no Twitter, and no Facebook either, how was the news to be obtained? Seriously, however, the outage was the result of attacks across several services aimed directly at a blogger named Cyxymu from the Eastern European country of Georgia....

BenQ Intros E2220HD and E2420HD LCD Monitors

BenQ Intros E2220HD and E2420HD LCD Monitors

It has been quite awhile since we've seen a new LCD from BenQ. Recently, the company has been focusing its efforts on notebooks and netbooks, but it's good to see that the ole monitor hasn't completely gone out the window. Just this week, the outfit introduced the new E Series of displays, with both of the introductory models (E2220HD and...

MoGo Mouse Sticks Close To Your Netbook...Real Close

MoGo Mouse Sticks Close To Your Netbook...Real Close

We get the feeling that Newton Peripherals is onto something here. Just weeks after the company issued a few Bluetooth headsets designed to be adhered to a number of smartphones, the company is taking its stick-it-to-the-goods approach one step further. The all new MoGo Mouse is engineered to solve that "lame trackpad" problem so often associated...

Iowa 911 Call Center First In US To Accept Texts: HLP ME PLZ!

Iowa 911 Call Center First In US To Accept Texts: HLP ME PLZ!

Ever wonder what would happen if you texted some incomprehensible message to "911?" If you're a resident of Black Hawk Co. in Iowa, you'll probably get some attention--pronto! This week, an emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa became the first call center in the United States to accept and welcome emergency...

Samsung Reclaim Is Mother Earth's Favorite Cellphone

Samsung Reclaim Is Mother Earth's Favorite Cellphone

The green bandwagon is as hot as ever, but usually we see companies blowing lots of hot air rather than actually doing anything to benefit Mother Earth. Not so with Samsung, which has just introduced what's very likely the world's most eco-friendly cell phone. Cleverly called the Reclaim, this device is made from 80 percent recyclable materials,...

Pentax Debuts Waterproof Optio WS80; Adds P80 & E80 Cameras

Pentax Debuts Waterproof Optio WS80; Adds P80 & E80 Cameras

Pentax’s latest camera is ready to jump in the pool with you. The new Optio WS80 is a waterproof and dustproof model that features a 10 megapixel sensor and a 5x internal optical zoom lens. This palm-sized camera measures less than an inch thick. You’ll also find a 2.7 inch LCD with 230,000 dot resolution on the Optio WS80. In addition to...

TiVo Adds Hundreds Of Free Web Video Channels

TiVo Adds Hundreds Of Free Web Video Channels

TiVo users now have more content options than ever before. Starting today, TiVo is making hundreds of free Web videos available to TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL subscribers. In addition to the new channels from outlets such as CBS, FOX, Oprah, and G4, any video podcast provider can now publish video content to TiVo DVRs using RSS and...

iBUYPOWER Launches Chimera Killer Special Edition Gaming PC

iBUYPOWER Launches Chimera Killer Special Edition Gaming PC

iBUYPOWER Launches Chimera Killer Special Edition Gaming PC New gaming rigs are designed to provide online PC gamers with an edge over their competition El Monte, CA – August 6, 2009 – iBUYPOWER, leading innovator in gaming PCs, is excited to announce two new Chimera Killer Special Edition Gaming PCs, optimized for online gaming. Built in...

The Latest App Store Bruhaha: More A Misunderstanding Than a Real Issue?

The Latest App Store Bruhaha: More A Misunderstanding Than a Real Issue?

Dictionaries are supposed to contain words, and a complete dictionary will contain even those words deemed somewhat on the racy side, such as this one. While it seemed at first that Apple didn't seem to understand that, at least in this case, there is more to the story than initially thought. Ninjawords is an iPhone dictionary app. Here's...

Blizzard Blames Battle.net, Pushes Starcraft 2 Back Into 2010

Blizzard Blames Battle.net, Pushes Starcraft 2 Back Into 2010

Gamers who've been salivating at the chance to slaughter zerglings (or each other) like it's 1998 are going to have to wait a little longer. Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the first Starcraft 2 campaign—the Terran-centric Wings of Liberty will not be ready by the end of 2009. The culprit, according to company PR, is Battle.net....

VIA Tackles Extreme Environments with Fanless Nano-ITX Board

VIA Tackles Extreme Environments with Fanless Nano-ITX Board

VIA Tackles Extreme Environments with Wide Temperature Fanless Nano-ITX Board VIA EPIA N700-10EW brings total stability to industrial PCs and embedded automation devices in extreme environments Taipei, Taiwan, 6 August 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA...

FCC Chairman Declares Nationwide Broadband Integral To US Future

FCC Chairman Declares Nationwide Broadband Integral To US Future

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has been touring California for the past week discussing the national broadband initiative the FCC has been tasked with creating. The FCC has spent months gathering comments from both the public and various corporate interests, but the real challenge may be distilling those comments into a balanced plan that...

OCZ's Colossus SSD To Ship In 128GB-1TB Sizes This Month

OCZ's Colossus SSD To Ship In 128GB-1TB Sizes This Month

We've already taken a sneak peek at OCZ Technology's Colossus--which is quite possibly the most exciting thing to happen to desktop storage since the advent of the VelociRaptor--and now we know exactly when it's coming. Or, maybe not quite exactly, but close enough! Thanks to a tidbit from OCZ itself, we're told that the outfit is preparing...

Apple 13" Macbook Pro Video Review

Apple 13" Macbook Pro Video Review

While historically Apple has taken a bit of heat for producing notebooks that weigh in at a hefty price premium compared to their PC counterparts, it's becoming more apparent that Apple has seen the light and is now offering a few more competitively priced models for the "laptop hunters" out there this back-to-school season.As such, today...

GameStop Finds Exec To Handle Digital Media--Downloads To Come?

GameStop Finds Exec To Handle Digital Media--Downloads To Come?

It's the signs of a changing world. Changing demands. Changing norms. And a changing face of gaming. It's the digital era, and it's officially being ushered in at GameStop. While many tied to the brick-and-mortar gaming industry have wondered just how they'd cope with the increasing demand from gamers to have new titles "on-demand," GameStop...

Hitachi Intros World's First 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive

Hitachi Intros World's First 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive

Western Digital was visibly proud when they introduced the planet's first 2TB desktop hard drive back in April. You might say it was just as proud as Hitachi was when they introduced the world's first 1TB desktop hard drive back in early 2007. Regardless of actual pride levels, there's no doubt that Hitachi is beaming today with this announcement....

Sony's New Cyber-Shot Cameras See Better In The Dark

Sony's New Cyber-Shot Cameras See Better In The Dark

Well, well--what have we here? As the world of point and shoot cameras gets ever more saturated, it's growing tougher and tougher to differentiate between the masses. Sony's newest two, however, are easy to spot from the crowd. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 are the company's first two cameras to utilize back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS...

Toshiba Ships 43nm SSD Drives To OEM Customers

Toshiba Ships 43nm SSD Drives To OEM Customers

Growing tired of solid state news yet? Nah, impossible, right? As the HDD looks increasingly aged, SSDs are stepping in at an alarming rate to replace 'em. Though, all the power saving, speed and durability in the world won't matter if prices don't stoop down to reasonable levels, and that'll only occur with more competition in the sector....

Sprint Ups The Ante With WiMAX-Capable WWAN Routers

Sprint Ups The Ante With WiMAX-Capable WWAN Routers

The world of mobile broadband routers just got a lot more interesting. With Sprint recently announcing ten new markets in which Clearwire's CLEAR WiMAX will be distributed, the introduction of this device couldn't possibly be more timely. Sprint's Personal Hotspot PHS300S and Cradlepoint's MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business are both being...

Sony Takes Aim At Amazon's Kindle

Sony Takes Aim At Amazon's Kindle

Watch out Amazon, Sony's got the Kindle in its sights.Sony today announced two new Readers - the Reader Pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition - that will come out at the end of the month and cost less or the same as the older, more established Kindle. The Pocket Edition has a five-inch display, comes in several colors ("including navy...

NEC Adds 23-Inch Desktop Display To MultiSync EA Series

NEC Adds 23-Inch Desktop Display To MultiSync EA Series

NEC announced a new 23-inch desktop display for use in enterprise business environments, education, and government applications. The new MultiSyncEA231WMi is a 16:9 widescreen monitor with several advanced features including an IPS panel, which enables a large viewing angle and excellent image stability. The EA231WMi is NEC’s first desktop...

Despite SEC Filing, Microsoft Not Likely To Lose Sleep Over Linux Desktop Competition

Despite SEC Filing, Microsoft Not Likely To Lose Sleep Over Linux Desktop Competition

In its annual 10-K filing dated July 30, Microsoft noted that its "Client" (OS sales) business segment faces competition from "variants of Unix, [which] are supplied by competitors such as Apple, Canonical, and Red Hat...The Linux operating system...has gained some acceptance, especially in emerging markets, as competitive pressures lead OEMs...

Lian Li Intros Two New Full Tower Chassis

Lian Li Intros Two New Full Tower Chassis

Lian Li announced two new full tower chassis today. The new PC-A70F/71F are constructed from aluminum and feature tool-less designs. The PC-A70F is the latest addition to the A70 series. With a more minimalistic look, the PC-A71F is the latest model in the A71 series. Both cases offer plenty of internal space with room for E-ATX, ATX, and...

NVIDIA Technology Used To Recover Historic NASA Footage

NVIDIA Technology Used To Recover Historic NASA Footage

NVIDIA CUDA TECHNOLGY USED TO RECOVER HISTORIC APOLLO 11 MAN ON THE MOON VIDEO Lowry Digital Relies on NVIDIA GPUs to Recover Historic Video by Upgrading 1960s Television Footage to 21st Century High-Definition SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 5, 2009 - When NASA's original Apollo 11 moon landing video was accidentally destroyed, it seemed the world...

Chinese Teen Beaten To Death At Internet Addiction Camp

Chinese Teen Beaten To Death At Internet Addiction Camp

Internet addiction is a controversial topic, its very existence is debated, but that hasn't stopped China from classifying ten million teens (about 10 percent of all teenagers) as Internet addicts. Treatment camps for the affliction have sprung up in China, but the reported tactics and methods of the doctors are often questionable. Last Sunday,...

Microsoft Courts iPhone Developers for WinMo Work

Microsoft Courts iPhone Developers for WinMo Work

Microsoft, obviously noting the sheer number of apps being written for the iPhone (and not Windows Mobile) has decided to take action, and try to convince developers that the "more mobile platforms, the better." It's written a case study on how to port from the iPhone to Windows Mobile 6.5. Now, Windows Mobile 6.5 has been seen by many as...

Tweet And Update Facebook From Your TV

Tweet And Update Facebook From Your TV

Verizon's betting that more and more television viewers want to Tweet and update Facebook while watching their favorite shows, movies and sporting events.  Now FiOS customers can do just that through widgets developed for Verizon's TV services.With this new addition, perhaps Comcast will have one less "don't fall for FiOS" FUD point that...

Logitech's Unifying Receiver Harmonizes Mouse/Keyboard Connections

Logitech's Unifying Receiver Harmonizes Mouse/Keyboard Connections

Today's Logitech announcement is one that's easy to overlook as insignificant. In reality, all that is being announced is a tiny USB nub that sticks out just 8mm from your notebook's side, but there's much more to that device that meets the eye. Along with the unveiling of two new keyboards and two new mice, the company is also revealing their...

Mystery Product Appears Again in iPhone Beta SDK

Mystery Product Appears Again in iPhone Beta SDK

In March it was noted (by many) that the iPhone OS 3.0 beta SDK contained a reference in a file, /System/Library/AppleUSBDevice/USBDeviceConfiguration.plist to "iProd0,1," sort of a mystery device. The latest beta update for iPhone OS 3.1 similarly includes a reference to iProd. However, the USBConfiguration.plist file now has the string "iProd1,1."...

THE SHACK Takes Over RadioShack's Aged Brand

THE SHACK Takes Over RadioShack's Aged Brand

Given that "radios" lost their glitz decades ago, we'd say a RadioShack re-branding is long overdue. Announced today after a flurry of rumors, RadioShack Corporation has decided to completely overhaul its brand, its mission and in some ways, its purpose. Moving forward, you'll see less of the aged RadioShack branding and more of "THE SHACK,"...

Microsoft Intros Windows 7-Centric Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

Microsoft Intros Windows 7-Centric Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000

With Windows 7 released to manufacturing, Microsoft has but one thing to do during the run-up to the operating system's October 22nd launch date: produce Win7-centric accessories. The firm is starting that today with the introduction of the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, a keyboard and mouse combo that sports a slick, ergonomic look along...

Mimo 710-S "Mobile Slider" Secondary Display Slides Flat

Mimo 710-S "Mobile Slider" Secondary Display Slides Flat

We just took a look at Nanovision's Mimo 7" USB powered LCD monitor back in April, and already the outfit is preparing to ship their next generation version. For those out of the loop, these so-called Mimo monitors act as secondary displays and get their signal/power via USB. In theory, at least, users that have ran out of room on their main...

Toshiba To Launch 64GB SDXC Card

Toshiba To Launch 64GB SDXC Card

Toshiba announced the launch of the world’s first 64GB SDXC memory card that is capable of operating at the world's fastest data transfer rate for reading and writing to a flash memory card. The new card meets the specifications of the new SD Memory Standard, Ver. 3.00, UHS104. In addition to the new 64GB SDXC memory card, Toshiba also unveiled...

BFG Announces Limited Edition, Liquid-Cooled GeForces

BFG Announces Limited Edition, Liquid-Cooled GeForces

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION, MAINTENANCE-FREE, SELF-CONTAINED LIQUID-COOLED GEFORCE GTX 285 AND GEFORCE GTX 295 GRAPHICS CARDS Lake Forest, IL – (August 4, 2009) – BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance...

Nikon Unveils Four New COOLPIX Cameras; S1000pj Gets Official

Nikon Unveils Four New COOLPIX Cameras; S1000pj Gets Official

Well that certainly didn’t take long. Yesterday, we told you about a new Nikon camera / projector combo known as the COOLPIX S1000pj. Today, Nikon made this camera official and announced three others, one of which that has a new touch-screen interface. All of the new cameras incorporate Nikon’s EXPEED digital image processing concept. They...

New Smartbooks should Hit The Market Late This Year

New Smartbooks should Hit The Market Late This Year

Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks...

NVIDIA Launches Interactive Ray Tracing Engine

NVIDIA Launches Interactive Ray Tracing Engine

NVIDIA LAUNCHES THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERACTIVE RAY TRACING ENGINENVIDIA OptiX Engine Joins Groundbreaking Suite of Application Acceleration Engines SIGGRAPH 2009, NEW ORLEANS-Aug. 4, 2009- NVIDIA, the leader in GPU computing, today introduced the NVIDIA OptiX ray tracing engine, part of a suite of application acceleration engines for software...

Snow Leopard Pre-Order Bounds into Amazon's Bestseller List

Snow Leopard Pre-Order Bounds into Amazon's Bestseller List

Amazon.com started accepting pre-orders for Mac OS 10.6, or Snow Leopard last weekend, and the upcoming OS has shot to the top of the Software sales list. Two different incarnations are currently 1 and 2. The $29 single-license upgrade is #1, and the $49 5-user family upgrade is #2. Sadly for Microsoft, it's Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade...

Maxell Introduces All New USB Drive & Flash Memory Lineup

Maxell Introduces All New USB Drive & Flash Memory Lineup

If there's one iconic thing in the long, storied history of consumer electronics, it's Maxell's "blown away guy." While the company doesn't run commercials featuring him any longer, he's still hanging around, seated deeply in his seat, being blown away by whatever new product the company launches.The latest from the outfit is a new flash media...

Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple's Board of Directors

Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple's Board of Directors

Apple announced on Monday that Google's CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt, has resigned from their Board of Directors. While there was little content in their announcement (it was only two paragraphs sans the company info paragraph at the end), it had been obvious for a long time that he had to go. After all, the companies are starting to compete more...

Facebook Connect Comes To Nintendo's DSi--Smile!

Facebook Connect Comes To Nintendo's DSi--Smile!

Do you know what happens when you sell millions upon millions of units with no signs of slowing down? A couple of things, really. First off, your investors rejoice. Secondly, the planet's most pervasive social networks wants everything to do with you. Starting this week, proud Nintendo DSi owners here in American and in Japan can access Facebook...

Fujitsu Sets Bar High For Teased CELSIUS ULTRA Gaming PC

Fujitsu Sets Bar High For Teased CELSIUS ULTRA Gaming PC

Maybe it's the green push, or maybe it's the fact that it's easier than ever to find potent enough PCs that don't exactly resemble gaming PCs, but whatever the reasons, the big, burly gaming desktop seems to be dying. Aside from a few Alienware, iBUYPOWER, CyberPower, etc. rigs, you hardly see full-fledged gaming PCs introduced at the same...

Vivitek's H1080FD 1080p Projector Lights Up Market At $99P

Vivitek's H1080FD 1080p Projector Lights Up Market At $99P

It's often considered the holy grail of projectors, but until now, it's been largely absent from existence: the sub-$1000 1080p beamer. Vivitek, which just entered the flooded PJ market last year, is looking to cement itself as one of the mainstays this year with a Full HD projector priced below the $1000 barrier. The H1080FD is aimed at home...

Clearwire Expanding WiMAX To Ten More Markets

Clearwire Expanding WiMAX To Ten More Markets

Clearwire's WiMAX service has been a lumbering giant for well over a year now, as what started out at a few WiMAX hotspots in a few random cities has now grown into a service that's available to a variety of locations across the country. We're still a long, long ways out from having a truly nationwide 4G mobile data network, but the engineers...

AMD 785G Chipset Launch: ASUS and Gigabyte

AMD 785G Chipset Launch: ASUS and Gigabyte

For the last several years AMD has had a series of excellent mainstream chipsets. First with the original 690G which offered a wealth of features and surprisingly competent IGP performance. Then later with the 780G and 790GX chipsets which added a little more of everything, while keeping the price palatable. Now AMD is ready to kick it up...

Rumors Suggest Nikon Camera / Projector Combo

Rumors Suggest Nikon Camera / Projector Combo

Details are still pretty sparse, but Nikon Rumors is reporting that Chasseur d'Image (a French magazine that has a history of publishing rumors that turn into reality) has published an article that talks about a new Nikon camera with the code name Nikon VP650. According to the report, the Nikon VP650 is expected to be announced in August and...

HP Now Shipping NVIDIA Tesla Solutions

HP Now Shipping NVIDIA Tesla Solutions

NVIDIA announced today that it has reached an agreement with HP to offer Tesla GPU's as an option to the HP Z800 workstation. NVIDIA launched Tesla several years ago as part of its attempt to broaden the perceived usefulness of its products (and the usefulness of GPUs in general). The driving force behind CUDA (and to some extent, GPU physics)...

Google Buys Ads, Hopes To Sell More Apps

Google Buys Ads, Hopes To Sell More Apps

Google is virtually synonymous with search. So much so in fact that the company has little need to advertise. Not all sales pitches are quite as easy as selling Google ads, however. Getting businesses to buy Google’s online suite of office applications is taking a bit more work. To help spread the word about its online suite of office applications,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4730 review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte MA785GPM-UD2H AMD 785G+SB710 Mainboard Review @ OCWASUS M4A79T Deluxe @ PureOverclockASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G+SB710 Mainboard Review @ OCWGIGABYTE MA785GPM-UD2H 785G AM3 Motherboard @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:OCZ Vertex Turbo MLC SATA SSD @ BMRPower:Corsair...

Always Innovating 'Touch Book' Mixes Netbook With Tablet PC

Always Innovating 'Touch Book' Mixes Netbook With Tablet PC

It's hard to deny that the netbook market is largely stagnant. Even new machines joining the fray are forced to abide by Microsoft's hardware limits if they use Windows XP, which means that you'll be hard pressed to find a netbook with anything more potent than an Atom N270/N280, a hard drive larger than 160GB and more than 1GB of RAM. Always...

Owner of Exploding iPod Touch Asserts Apple Asked for Gag Order

Owner of Exploding iPod Touch Asserts Apple Asked for Gag Order

Reports of iPods with battery issues have been around for years. Reports have ranged from iPods catching fire to batteries exploding. This is just another example of such an incident, but in this case the family involved says that Apple wanted to them to sign a gag order in order to get a refund. According to the Times Online, Ken Stanborough,...

Alienware M17x Dual-GPU Gaming Notebook Review

Alienware M17x Dual-GPU Gaming Notebook Review

The M17x is Alienware's current flagship gaming notebook. It features an anodized aluminum shell that is available in a variety of colors, including silver, black, and red, and its 17" LCD sports a covering comprised of a shingle sheet of glass, that runs from edge-to-edge. The M17x also features 'BinaryGFX' technology which gives users have...

CrunchPad Tablet PC To Surf In The Clouds

CrunchPad Tablet PC To Surf In The Clouds

Is the Tablet PC really ready to make a comeback? With Apple's rumored tablet inching closer to reality each and every day, we've got yet another entrant vying for attention. According to a new article in the Straits Times, a Singapore start-up company by the name of Fusion Garage has teamed up with TechCrunch's own Michael Arrington in order...

Samsung To Launch "Tap And Take" Digital Camera Range

Samsung To Launch "Tap And Take" Digital Camera Range

The annual PMA camera conference isn't even close to happening again, but a slew of camera companies have seen fit to introduce new point and shoot models this summer. The latest of which appears to be Samsung, if a new teaser website is any indication of the company's true intentions.The "Tap And Take" web portal just launched today, but...

Apple Tablet All But Confirmed--Could Retail Around $700

Apple Tablet All But Confirmed--Could Retail Around $700

Where there's smoke, there's fire--right? Um, right--at least, we sure hope so! Just a week after we heard some pretty convincing rumors that Apple really was gearing up to give the whole Tablet PC thing a shot, along comes an even more believable report suggesting that a Barron's analyst has not only confirmed that Apple will be producing...

HP's 2709m 27" LCD Monitor Does 1080p While Looking Good

HP's 2709m 27" LCD Monitor Does 1080p While Looking Good

We've been more focused on Hewlett-Packard's latest assault on the notebook world than its LCD doings here lately, but this beauty was just too stunning to let slide under the radar. The ultra-sleek 2709m is a 27" LCD monitor that offers a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, 5ms on/off response times, 400 nits...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:GeForce GTX 275 Versus Radeon HD 4890 Video Card Battle @ Legit ReviewsGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI AMD 785GM-E65 Motherboard Preview @ PC PerspectiveGigabyte GA-EP55-UD4P Preview @ OCCASRock X58 Extreme Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksMemory and Storage:Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB...

Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade & Family Pack Pricing

Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade & Family Pack Pricing

According to a recent blog post from Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, Windows 7 will include a tool that will allow users to upgrade from a basic version of the OS to one of the more feature-rich versions at that touch of a button. Even though most people buy the edition of Windows that best meets their needs when they purchase a computer, those...

Firefox Web Browser Downloaded One Billion Times

Firefox Web Browser Downloaded One Billion Times

One billion. That's the amount of dollars that the Cash For Clunkers program devoured in just a week. That's also the amount of dollars you likely wish you had. And believe it or not, that's the amount of times Mozilla's Firefox browser has been downloaded since its inception in 2004. Just as July drew to a close, the one billionth download...

FCC Investigating App Store Rejection of Google Voice

FCC Investigating App Store Rejection of Google Voice

The FCC has opened an inquiry into the rejection of the official Google Voice app from the App Store, which occurred at the same time that the App Store was "cleansed" of any Google Voice-enabled third-party apps. On Friday, the FCC sent letters to all three parties involved: Google, Apple, and AT&T. While the letters to Apple and AT&T...

LG Delivers SL80 And SL90 HDTV Lines

LG Delivers SL80 And SL90 HDTV Lines

We never knew summer was the time for HDTV buying (isn't that just before the Super Bowl?), but evidently the rules have changed thanks to those topsy-turvy economy. Within the past few days we've seen new big screens from all sorts of big time industry players, and just hours after LG announced a partnership with Vudu to get HD movie streaming...

Motorola's Sholes Android Smartphone For Verizon Leaked

Motorola's Sholes Android Smartphone For Verizon Leaked

In recent years, Motorola's mobile handsets division has been slow to provide new, popular devices. However, that might be about to change if leaked images of a new phone called Sholes becomes reality. Sholes is based on the Android OS and sports some beefy specs and a sleek design that is sure to appeal to serious smartphone users. Russian...

Apple Quietly Intros 2TB Time Capsule For $499

Apple Quietly Intros 2TB Time Capsule For $499

It's hard to believe that Apple last updated its Time Capsule NAS + WLAN router in March, but already the Cupertino, California-based company is giving customers a reason to upgrade. In typical Apple fashion, the company quietly updated its Time Capsule with a 2TB model, up from the previous high of 1TB. For those unaware, Time Capsule is...

iPhone SMS Flaw Patched by Apple, Out-of-Band

iPhone SMS Flaw Patched by Apple, Out-of-Band

One day after security experts announced their iPhone SMS hack research at the Black Hat Security Conference, Apple released a patch to address the flaw. Experts revealed on Thursday that malformed SMS messages could be used to hijack an iPhone. Originally, an O2 spokesperson was the first to reveal the upcoming fix, noting that the patch...