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All News for September 2009

Are Cell Phones Safe? New Website & Research Provides The Answer

Are Cell Phones Safe? New Website & Research Provides The Answer

We've heard facts that claim cell phones are perfectly safe and other pieces of information that say cell phones are dangerous. Now, a new website from ProCon.org is available to help you decide for yourself. Even though the radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in cell phones are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and...

Google To Release Google Wave To Beta Testers On Wednesday

Google To Release Google Wave To Beta Testers On Wednesday

Google plans to begin testing a new product called Google Wave tomorrow. This new Web application combines elements of email, chat, Wiki documents, blogs, and photo-sharing sites in order to create a hosted conversation or "wave" of Internet communication. Google first demonstrated Wave at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco,...

VTech's New Landline Phone Downloads Mobile Contacts And Talking

VTech's New Landline Phone Downloads Mobile Contacts And Talking

Verizon's chief has already declared the landline "dead," but if you're still hanging onto your landline phone while the grave is being dug, you just might be interested in this. VTech is taking landline phones where they've never gone before, with its DS6321-3 being the first cordless phone system capable of downloading cellular phonebook...

All Flavors Of Windows 7 Cleared For Install On Netbooks

All Flavors Of Windows 7 Cleared For Install On Netbooks

We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief, as those pesky hardware limits that have kept Windows XP-based netbooks down for so long won't apply when Windows 7 hits the scene. If you've manage to keep up with the steady stream of XP-based netbook releases, you'll notice that most of them have an Atom N270 or N280 CPU, 1GB of memory, a 160GB...

MIcrosoft's Free Anti-Malware Tool Goes Live

MIcrosoft's Free Anti-Malware Tool Goes Live

Microsoft's new Security Essentials anti-malware product has just gone live. The site has been updated in the past hour or so, since we last checked it, and users can now download Microsoft Security Essentials for 32-bit Windows XP, and 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista/7. That's correct, in case you're wondering. There is no support for 64-bit...

Mitsubishi HD Display At Cowboys Stadium Is World's Largest (By A Country Mile)

Mitsubishi HD Display At Cowboys Stadium Is World's Largest (By A Country Mile)

These days, almost every company is claiming to have the "world's best" something. It used to seem relatively special to hear that some firm had accomplished a feat that no one else on the planet had done, but today, it's more commonplace than ever before. Regardless of all that, we can assure anyone that viewed last night's Monday Night Football...

MSI's P55-GD80 Used To Overclock 2.8GHz Core i7 To 5.39GHz

MSI's P55-GD80 Used To Overclock 2.8GHz Core i7 To 5.39GHz

With a little knowledge, a sprinkle of liquid nitrogen and a few BIOS tweaks, the sky really is the limit when it comes to overclocking. If you don't believe us, maybe you'll believe MSI. The company has just announced that its P55 mainboard series (the P55-GD80) has helped to set a world record of over 5.3GHz. Specifically, the Xtreme Speed...

Toshiba Introduces Sleek And Slim Satellite T100 Series

Toshiba Introduces Sleek And Slim Satellite T100 Series

Toshiba unveiled the Toshiba Satellite T100 Series, a new class of ultra-thin laptops that offer all-day battery life and an affordable starting price of $449.99. Designed to feature the comfort and convenience of a standard laptop in an ultra-thin package, the new Satellite T100 Series measures less than one inch thick and weighs as little...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Samsung 55-inch Ultra-Slim UN55B7100 1080p LED LCD HDTV Review @ ModSynergy.comSamsung SyncMaster XL2370 LED LCD Monitor Review @ FuturelooksZotac GTS 250 AMP! Review - XSReviewsSamsung LN55A950D1F 55" LED-backlight LCD A950 HDTV Review @ PCStatsProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition @ InsideHWAMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor @...

Secret Service Investigating "Kill Obama" Facebook Poll

Secret Service Investigating "Kill Obama" Facebook Poll

The Secret Service is investigating a Facebook poll which had been posted Saturday and was taken down Monday morning after the Secret Service alerted Facebook. The poll asked "Should Obama be killed?" The responses included: yesmaybeif he cuts my health carenoYou can see an image of the now-deleted poll above. It shows that at least at one...

TomTom Intros 2nd Connected PND, The TomTom XL 340S LIVE

TomTom Intros 2nd Connected PND, The TomTom XL 340S LIVE

TomTom's Live connected service is making its way onto the XL series in the new TomTom XL 340S LIVE. The new TomTom XL 340S LIVE will likely feature many of the popular features found on the original model, including IQ Routes, TomTom MapShare, Advanced Lane Guidance, and text-to-speech. It will also have LIVE features such as fuel price updates,...

web1.2 Released; Includes Paid Apps Support

web1.2 Released; Includes Paid Apps Support

Sure, it was leaked a couple of weeks ago, so we knew to some extent what was coming, but it wasn't until Monday that webOS 1.2 was officially released. The big news is (finally) support for paid apps in the App Catalog, but besides that, Palm notes a bunch of new features (and doesn't tell us about all the bugs they fixed): Filter emails...

QNAP NMP-1000 Combines Set-top Player & NAS Server

QNAP NMP-1000 Combines Set-top Player & NAS Server

Perhaps best known for its Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers, QNAP recently introduced a new network appliance that combines a set-top player with a NAS server. The new NMP-1000 Network Multimedia Player's internal hard drive and software can catalog digital pictures, videos, music, and other content from computers on the home network....

AAA's New Goal: Driving-While-Texting Ban In All 50 States

AAA's New Goal: Driving-While-Texting Ban In All 50 States

AAA has declared war on drexting. Declaring that texting while driving is a "dangerous distraction," the automobile club has announced a campaign to get it banned in all 50 states.Already, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted such bans, New Jersey and California among them.AAA supported the push for a nationwide ban with research from...

Lenovo ThinkStation S20 Workstation, Tested, Burned-In

Lenovo ThinkStation S20 Workstation, Tested, Burned-In

Today we have a new Intel Xeon W3540-based Lenovo workstation – the ThinkStation S20 - on our bench for some testing. Some of you may be wondering what a “workstation” really is. Well, it’s a term more commonly used in a business environment, especially one in which CAD/CAM design, 3D rendering or high performance computing occurs, and it...

The App Store Hits Two Billion Downloads

The App Store Hits Two Billion Downloads

One has to wonder, given the growth of App Store downloads for the iPhone and iPod touch, if the App Store could ever pass McDonald's in terms of those "served." Obviously, it would seem eating would outdo even the iPhone, but still, you never know ... at any rate, on Monday, Apple announced App Store downloads have surpassed 2 billion, and...

Lenovo's Compact IdeaCentre Q100, Q110 and Q700 Shipping Now

Lenovo's Compact IdeaCentre Q100, Q110 and Q700 Shipping Now

Quiz time: do you recall that nettop that Lenovo announced just over a month ago? We'll give you three guesses, just as long as your first one involved "Q100." That's right--the IdeaCentre Q100, Q110 and Q700 are all now on sale directly from Lenovo, and if you've been in the market for a small, compact and stylish PC to do little more than...

Intel's Light Peak Connector To Ship In 2010?

Intel's Light Peak Connector To Ship In 2010?

We had a look at Intel's newest connection standard, Light Peak, during our stay at IDF last week. To be honest, we were floored by the possibilities. Optical cabling has always had huge potential, so it makes perfect sense to see Intel really pushing such a standard during a time with bandwidth is in high demand and data can't possibly be...

JVC Does Pocket Camcorders Right With 1080p GC-FM1

JVC Does Pocket Camcorders Right With 1080p GC-FM1

Wow, how the bandwagon has grown. Once upon a time, the Flip Video pocket camcorder was the only game in town. If you wanted a low-res camcorder with great battery life and a low price tag, particularly one suitable for shoving in your front pocket, that was the only way to go. Nowadays, there are lots more to choose from, with options from...

Asus Joins Mobile Core i7 Gang With 16" M60J Multimedia Notebook

Asus Joins Mobile Core i7 Gang With 16" M60J Multimedia Notebook

It was only last week that Intel rolled out its newest Core i7 chips, and already a handful of prominent notebook manufacturers are lining up to introduce new machines with those very CPUs within. Asus is joining the fray with its classy M60J, a 16" multimedia powerhouse with plenty of leverage to handle practically anything that you'd dream...

Sony's Motion Controller Challenging Wiimote In Early 2010

Sony's Motion Controller Challenging Wiimote In Early 2010

There's little doubt that Nintendo changed the gaming world forever with its Wii remote (or Wiimote, if you please). Before the Wii, gamers were stuck using control pads, joysticks, keyboards and mice to interact with digital realms, but Nintendo made it possible for actual human movements to control gameplay. Now, Sony is under pressure to...

Why is Google Now Googlle?

Why is Google Now Googlle?

Look carefully at today's Google doodle on their homepage, or you might miss it. Yep, Google is spelled Googlle today, so the question is, why does Google have two l's today? First off, it's not because Google's gotten sloppy. And fortunately for us who can't wait for the answer, they're not going to draw out the mystery as they did earlier...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 @ HardwareZoneAMD Radeon HD 5870 Video Card Overclocking @ Legit ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD 5870 review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:EVGA X58 SLI Micro LGA1366 mATX Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksAsus P7P55D Deluxe Review - XSReviewsGigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard...

Verizon Wireless Will Roll Out 4G "As Close To All-At-Once As Possible"

Verizon Wireless Will Roll Out 4G "As Close To All-At-Once As Possible"

Verizon Wireless' CTO Tony Melone revealed a few more details concerning the company's plans for deploying its next-generation 4G network based on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard. According to Melone, the rollout will take place on a large scale, rather than in a traditional market-by-market rollout over the course of a few years. As...

Nintendo Finally Drops Wii Price To $199.99

Nintendo Finally Drops Wii Price To $199.99

Sony lowered the bar with its $299.99 PlayStation 3 slim, and Microsoft followed up with a $100 price cut (and now a $50 rebate on top of that) on its Xbox 360 Elite. And with the holiday season quickly approaching, Nintendo knew it had to do something. In an effort to not be left behind in the latest round of console price cuts, Nintendo...

Pre Drops To $79.99 At Walmart

Pre Drops To $79.99 At Walmart

If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Palm Pre, but don't have a lot of cash to spend, now's your chance. Assuming you're willing to go through the rebate process, you can pick up a Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement. This price is after a $100 mail in rebate. This isn't the first time we've seen a good...

AT&T Blasts Google for Possible FCC Violations

AT&T Blasts Google for Possible FCC Violations

AT&T, still smarting from all the flak it took over the Google Voice rejection from the App Store*, fired off a letter to the FCC on Friday, charging Google with violating FCC regulations by blocking calls to certain rural areas from its Google Voice service. Google Voice, currently invitation only, allows users to connect all of their...

Sprint Steps It Up With $250 Instinct HD Smartphone

Sprint Steps It Up With $250 Instinct HD Smartphone

Remember the original Instinct? Sprint's go-to smartphone that was meant to rival Apple's original iPhone? Since the introduction of that phone, the Instinct s30 has hit the scene, and now the best Instinct yet is just about ready to slip into hands. The Instinct HD is the latest and greatest in the long-standing lineup, though we're still...

Freecom's Hard Drive XS 3.0 Is World's First USB 3.0 External HDD

Freecom's Hard Drive XS 3.0 Is World's First USB 3.0 External HDD

USB 3.0 splashed down in earnest this past week at IDF in San Francisco, but aside from a webcam and a few prototype devices on the show floor, we've yet to hear of any real groundbreaking USB 3.0 products. Until now. Freecom, a lesser known maker of external hard drives and the like, has today confessed that it has a USB 3.0 external HDD...

Intel Launches New TV-Oriented SoC; Predicts TV Revolution

Intel Launches New TV-Oriented SoC; Predicts TV Revolution

The fusion of the Internet and television, once thought to be as natural as peanut butter and chocolate, has proven to be a tricky problem for would-be content producers. Consumers have embraced direct downloads, but the concept of the television-as-interactive-device has never found traction in a shipping product. Intel wants to see that...

Verizon Pre Snub Incorrect: Analysts

Verizon Pre Snub Incorrect: Analysts

A post yesterday at TheStreet.com had to send both Palm employees and Palm stockholders into a tizzy. The site said that Verizon had decided to pass on any webOS devices, but Friday, other sites and analysts disputed that claim. Thr original rumor noted that Verizon was not happy with Pre sales so far (though realistically, Verizon should...

Smooth Creations Introduces Radeon HD 5870 1GB XOC Havoc

Smooth Creations Introduces Radeon HD 5870 1GB XOC Havoc

Smooth Creations launched the Radeon HD 5870 1GB XOC Havoc Edition graphics cards. The HD 5800 Series with support for ATI CrossFireX is also available. The HD 5870 models boast a memory speed of 1.4GHz and a core clock speed of 950MHz. The HD 5850 GPUs have a memory speed of 1100MHz and a core clock speed of 825MHz. The Radeon HD 5870 1GB...

Sony Makes All Your PSP Accessories Work With PSPgo...For A Price

Sony Makes All Your PSP Accessories Work With PSPgo...For A Price

Eager to get your hands on a new PSPgo, but frustrated by the fact that you spent good money on all those standard PSP accessories that are no longer compatible. Well, Sony's about to make you even more frustrated, as the only way to make them compatible is to spend even more on a new Converter Cable Adapter.Announced at the Tokyo Game Show...

NVIDIA Working With Google On Tegra-Powered, Chrome OS Machines

NVIDIA Working With Google On Tegra-Powered, Chrome OS Machines

You know, NVIDIA tends to harsh on Intel every chance it gets, but honestly, it's kind of cute. It's like your brother fussing at you, even though you know he loves you--you just can't help but smile. But when it comes to NVIDIA and Google, now that's a couple we could see going to the senior prom. And if new reports are true, they just might...

Texas Instruments Intros BAII Plus Calculator App For The iPhone

Texas Instruments Intros BAII Plus Calculator App For The iPhone

Thanks to a new App Store offering from Texas Instruments, you can now enjoy the functionalities of the company's best-selling financial calculator on your iPhone and iPod touch. The new BAII Plus App provides professionals and students with all of the original calculator's features, including the ability to solve accrued interest, amortization,...

Windows 7 Available Early From Puget Systems

Windows 7 Available Early From Puget Systems

While most of us will have to wait until October 22 to get our hands on the official retail release of Windows 7, it turns out that there are a at least two ways that you can legitimately get an official retail copy of Windows 7 a bit earlier than that. One way is to host an official Microsoft-sanctioned Windows 7 House Party--in which case...

Sony's New, Slimmer PS3 Sells 1 Million Units In Three Weeks, But Can Momentum Continue?

Sony's New, Slimmer PS3 Sells 1 Million Units In Three Weeks, But Can Momentum Continue?

One million. That's a pretty large number. In fact, that's a really hefty sum. And it's even larger when you hit that figure from 0 in three weeks. That's exactly what Sony has accomplished, as its newest PlayStation 3, hailed by many as the "PS3 slim," has sold one million units since debuting three weeks ago in retail. For Sony, that's a...

Asus Voltage Tweaks Radeon HD 5870 To A 38% Performance Boost

Asus Voltage Tweaks Radeon HD 5870 To A 38% Performance Boost

We tell you, ATI has a hit on its hands. We haven't seen a Radeon card generate this much buzz and industry support in what feels like years, but the powerful Radeon HD 5870 is doing just that. With our own testing (and you really have to see this) proving that it's entirely capable of pushing the latest game engines at simply...

OCZ Announces Low-Voltage AMD Black Edition Memory

OCZ Announces Low-Voltage AMD Black Edition Memory

OCZ Technology Announces Low-Voltage AMD Black Edition Memory with “AMD Overdrive” Performance San Jose, Calif. -- September 24, 2009 -- OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today expanded their lineup of DDR3 to include certified OCZ Black Edition 4GB kits for ultimate...

Crowd-Sourcing The Ideal Notebook at WePC.com

Crowd-Sourcing The Ideal Notebook at WePC.com

It is not often that end users have the ability to offer feedback and direction to a large manufacturer regarding future product development, but that's exactly what's going on over at the WePC project website. If you're unfamiliar with the WePC project, it's a joint venture between Asus and Intel in which both companies are looking for input...

Intel 32nm Clarkdale and Arrandale Processor Preview

Intel 32nm Clarkdale and Arrandale Processor Preview

Although Intel talked about their upcoming 32nm Westmere-based processors at IDF, and even showed off a few demos of the next-gen core at work right on stage, we still got in some private face-time with a few Intel reps and engineers in a closed door session to glean a few more details. A couple of the items we saw firsthand were Intel's upcoming...

New iPhone App Provides Information About Your Date's Past

New iPhone App Provides Information About Your Date's Past

A new iPhone app from background-check powerhouse Intelius enables the popular smartphone to expose information people are hiding. The new DateCheck app could prove very useful for people in the dating scene who want to quickly check to see whether their aspiring mate is a creep or a gem. Using names and telephone numbers, DateCheck users...

$399 IREX e-Reader Coming To Best Buy

$399 IREX e-Reader Coming To Best Buy

IREX Technologies' new wireless DR800SG eBook reader will be available in select Best Buy stores at the end of next month. Other retailers will also offer the device in the first quarter of next year. First announced in August, the IREX e-reader features an 8.1 inch screen and supports multiple formats including industry standard ePub format...

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview

The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware has provided an all inclusive option for those in the market for an entire rig, loaded with some of the fastest parts available. Yesterday, Alienware announced the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Lucid HYDRA Multi-GPU Technology Launches - End of SLI and CrossFire? @ PC PerspectiveAMD Radeon HD 5870 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUpATI Radeon HD 5870 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX285 @ InsideHWAMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUpATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB Graphics Card and AMD...

IDF Day 2 Coverage, Mobile Computing: Defining Cool

IDF Day 2 Coverage, Mobile Computing: Defining Cool

The second day of IDF kicked off with a fevered pitch of mobile technologies while Intel's Dadi Permutter and Mooley Eden stepped through a slide deck and several tech demos that gave us a view of where Intel is today with their new generation of Core i7 Mobile "Clarksfield" technology and of the future generation products like Intel's upcoming...

MSI Debuts R5870 And R5850 Graphics Cards

MSI Debuts R5870 And R5850 Graphics Cards

Not sure if you heard, but ATI had a little introduction this week. Or, maybe you'd consider it a big introduction. The new desktop-grade Radeon HD 5870 hit the scene in a big way, and you knew there was no way a GPU maker as prominent as MSI would be sitting this one out. Thus, the company has found time to issue the new R5870 and R5850 series...

Wii Distracts Cops During Drug Raid

Wii Distracts Cops During Drug Raid

Polk County undercover drug investigators stormed the home of convicted drug dealer Michael Difalco near Lakeland, FL in March. Nothing wrong with, right? At least until a few of the officers noticed a Nintendo Wii. What they failed to notice, however, was a wireless security camera connected to a computer inside Difalco's home that was recording...

Monster Intros Flashy $300 Turbine Pro In-Ear Headphones

Monster Intros Flashy $300 Turbine Pro In-Ear Headphones

For the longest time, Monster was known for one thing and one thing only: for producing high-quality, over-the-top, overpriced cables. These days, a lot of folks have caught on to Monster's games and are looking elsewhere, so maybe that's why we've seen the company branching out more into varying sectors of consumer electronics. Specifically,...

Microsoft to Open Paris "Windows Cafe"

Microsoft to Open Paris "Windows Cafe"

Microsoft, apparently not satisfied with its upcoming retail stores, is opening a cafe in Paris, France. To be exact, a Windows 7 cafe, to help launch its new operating system. The Windows Cafe will open on Oct. 22nd, the day Windows 7 launches, at 47 Boulevard Sebastopol. The Cafe will reportedly have plenty of Microsoft stuff to play with...

Crucial Ships DDR-1333MHz SODIMM Modules, Core i7 Ready

Crucial Ships DDR-1333MHz SODIMM Modules, Core i7 Ready

What a quick new mobile processor without quick new memory to ship alongside of it? Not much, let us tell you. That's why Crucial is following Intel's breaking introduction of the mobile quad-core Core i7 CPU with new DDR-1333MHz SODIMM modules. All of the new sticks have been Intel certified and validated to work with the very latest CPUs....

Alienware Launches Redesigned Area-51 And Aurora Desktops

Alienware Launches Redesigned Area-51 And Aurora Desktops

Intel's quad-core announcement in the mobile realm wasn't the only big news from the company today. Alienware also took the opportunity to launch four new desktop rigs in addition to the M15x notebook, all of which feature refreshed enclosures and the option to add in ATI's blazing new Radeon HD 5870. Even the 17" M17x received a notable update,...

Lucid Logix Demos 3D Graphics Game Changer at IDF

Lucid Logix Demos 3D Graphics Game Changer at IDF

This just in.  Can we say that here?  Sure we can... At IDF today we had the opportunity to stop by the technology showcase booth of Lucid Logix.  If you recall, over a year ago, the fabless semiconductor start-up promised to set the graphics industry on its ear by bringing to market  PCI Express switching technology that...

iBUYPOWER Introduces Three New Systems With ATI Radeon HD 5850 & 5870 Graphics Cards

iBUYPOWER Introduces Three New Systems With ATI Radeon HD 5850 & 5870 Graphics Cards

iBUYPOWER's new Gamer Fire 480, Gamer Fire 600, and Gamer Mage 855 Gaming PCs take advantage of the newly announced ATI Radeon HD 5850 or 5870 graphics cards. Gamers will appreciate the new GPU’s Eyefinity technology, which lets the new Radeon cards drive up to six 30-inch displays. The new graphics cards also lighten the load on the system's...

AMD Tweetup Event In SF: Radeon HD 5800s Up For Grabs

AMD Tweetup Event In SF: Radeon HD 5800s Up For Grabs

AMD asked us to help get the word out about an event taking place bascially right now at the St. Regis Hotel in San Fransico..."Come join AMD Social Media mavens and some of our cooler executives for an informal and entertaining meet-up/tweet-up at the St. Regis Hotel.Of course, it wouldn't be a fun meetup without complimentary cocktails and...

CyberPower Adds Three Power-Packed Systems With ATI 5800 Series GPUs

CyberPower Adds Three Power-Packed Systems With ATI 5800 Series GPUs

CyberPower introduced a trio of custom-built gaming PCs based on AMD's new 5800 series of video cards that feature DirectX 11 and Eyefinity multi-display technology. As you may recall, ATI’s Eyefinity technology enables you to seamlessly connect up to six ultra high definition displays in a variety of portrait and landscape configurations....

Toshiba Unveils High-Performance Qosmio X500 Multimedia Laptop

Toshiba Unveils High-Performance Qosmio X500 Multimedia Laptop

Toshiba introduced its new Qosmio X500 Series today. Featuring Windows 7, an Intel Core i7 processor, Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology, DDR3 system memory, and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M graphics, the Qosmio X500 provides high-performance technologies to enable excellent gaming performance and smooth rendering and encoding of hi-definition video...

IDF Technology Showcase Floor Coverage, USB3, Archos and More

IDF Technology Showcase Floor Coverage, USB3, Archos and More

Intel Developer Forum is still in full swing with a buzz, here in downtown San Francisco, of all things digitally connected and bleeding-edge.  We're working like slaves to bring you breaking keynote coverage and developments as they happen and thought you'd all enjoy a quick whirl-wind photo tour of the Tech Showcase floor.  The...

Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor (Clarksfield) Review

Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor (Clarksfield) Review

For quite some time now, Intel has been the undisputed leader when it comes to laptop CPU performance. This advantage comes from the fact that Intel has successfully scaled its desktop processor technology for use in the mobile platform. That trend continues with the latest mobile processor platform being unleashed today from Intel: the "Clarksfield"-based...

Intel 'Clarksfield' Mobile Core i7 Shows Up In New Dell/Alienware Notebooks

Intel 'Clarksfield' Mobile Core i7 Shows Up In New Dell/Alienware Notebooks

This year's Intel Developer Forum (or IDF, for short) is really turning into a wild one. Yesterday we saw Intel showcase 22mn chips and introduce the Atom Dev Program, and today its new Clarksfield processor is getting official and placed into a trifecta of Dell machines and one Alienware rig. The flagship product to carry the new mobile Core...

InFocus Debuts Tiny IN1500 Projector Lineup

InFocus Debuts Tiny IN1500 Projector Lineup

Pico projectors may be all the rage right now, but they certainly aren't for everyone. They may be small and handy to carry, but the limited resolution and input selection (not to mention lofty price) generally keeps them from breaking out into the mainstream. InFocus is hoping to capitalize on the market on "in-betweeners," or folks that...

Kingston Cranks Up The Speed On DataTraveler 410 USB Flash Drive

Kingston Cranks Up The Speed On DataTraveler 410 USB Flash Drive

When it comes to Kingston, you can bank on it being about one of two things: new memory or new flash drives. Today, we're taking a peek at the latter, with Kingston Technology taking the opportunity to increase read and write speeds on its DataTraveler 410 USB flash drive.Shipping in capacities up to 32GB, the drive can now support 20MB/sec....

Microsoft Starts Hiring Up Apple Retail Store Managers

Microsoft Starts Hiring Up Apple Retail Store Managers

We knew that Microsoft was going to open its own retail stores this fall, some of them (they say) right next to Apple retail outlets. They even hired David Porter (a former 25-year veteran Wal-Mart executive) to be Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores. That's experience, and they're not stopping there; they're apparently hiring away Apple...

TabletKiosk Returns With Three Atom-Based Tablet PCs

TabletKiosk Returns With Three Atom-Based Tablet PCs

Contrary to popular belief, Intel isn't the only company making waves at the Intel Developer Forum. In fact, the company has invited quite a few other outfits to make the journey to San Francisco to showcase their wares, and it looks as if TabletKiosk took 'em up on that very offer.With MIDs and UMPCs making somewhat of a comeback (or at least...

Kensington Serves Up Two USB DisplayLink Notebook Docking Stations

Kensington Serves Up Two USB DisplayLink Notebook Docking Stations

Timing is a funny thing, isn't it? Just a few short days after Toshiba revealed its new universal docking station, along comes Kensington to give them a little competition. But Kensington's new pair of universal docks have something that Toshiba's doesn't: DisplayLink.The sd300v and sd400v are both designed to pass along video signals over...

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11 GPU Review

AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11 GPU Review

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been completely preoccupied trying to come up with a catchy and informative introduction for this article. We thought maybe it would be fun to play off of AMD's tree-laden GPU codenames to come up with an interesting segue into the Radeon HD 5800 series' power efficiency. But we came up short. Then we thought...

IE Frames Google Chrome, Or Vice Versa

IE Frames Google Chrome, Or Vice Versa

Google's pushing to get more adoption for its nascent browser, Chrome, but hasn't been making serious inroads, particularly in the Enterprise. Most IT departments standardize on one (Internet Explorer) or maybe two (add Firefox) browsers. On Tuesday, Google announced a possible way around that problem: Google Chrome Frame. Google Chrome Frame...

Google Adds Push Gmail Support To Google Sync

Google Adds Push Gmail Support To Google Sync

Google Sync has enabled many users to synchronize their Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with their iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices. Although many people are pleased with Google Sync, there's one thing that has been missing until now: support for Gmail. Today, Google added Gmail support to Google Sync. As a result of this new feature,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 18.3 @ TechARPMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard and AMD 785G Chipset Review @ PCStatsMemory and Storage:Team Group Supreme U100 64GB USB flash drive review @ Elite BastardsSeagate Barracuda XT 6 Gbps SATA Drive Preview...

Samsung Intros 5-Megapixel SoC Image Sensor For High-end Mobile Phones

Samsung Intros 5-Megapixel SoC Image Sensor For High-end Mobile Phones

Samsung announced the S5K4EA, a new quarter-inch optical format, 5-megapixel system-on-chip (SoC) image sensor that will bring high quality digital still camera functionality to high-end mobile phones. This imager combines a CMOS image sensor with an image signal processor to give mobile handset designers a cost effective and size efficient...

Intel Reveals 22nm Chips And Atom Developer Program At IDF

Intel Reveals 22nm Chips And Atom Developer Program At IDF

Think 32nm is hot stuff? That's nothing. Today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel showcased a silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm process technology. The 22nm test circuits included both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors, and these days, any...

Intel Developer Forum Day 1 Coverage, The Continuum

Intel Developer Forum Day 1 Coverage, The Continuum

We made our annual pilgrimage to Intel Developer Forum this year and upon arriving in sunny San Francisco, we were greeted with the usual IDF fanfare in a sleek, modernistic environment. Presentations and demonstrations of Intel's latest cutting-edge technologies awaited us in the lobby as we noshed a bit on the continental breakfast buffet,...

Intel Demos Larrabee Processor Live at IDF

Intel Demos Larrabee Processor Live at IDF

During today's high performance computing workstation and server breakout at IDF, Intel took the opportunity to provide a live demonstration of their Larabee technology today in a high performance workstation showcase.  Though we're not completely sure we weren't just seeing a demonstration of the Larrabee instruction set on a high-end...

FCC Chair Backs Network Neutrality; Data Transparency

FCC Chair Backs Network Neutrality; Data Transparency

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has been a busy beaver as of late; we've previously discussed his thoughts on the importance of the Internet and the FCC's request for comments on how its Internet development funds should be allocated and used. The FCC chair spoke at the Brookings Institute in Washington today; his speech emphasized the FCC's...

First USB3 Host Controller Now Available

First USB3 Host Controller Now Available

Waiting for new interface standards to actually be useful, is a bit like watching grass grow—in slow motion. The ratification stage can seem interminable, and the design, manufacturing, and deployment phases are the icing on Miss Havisham's wedding cake. Today's good news, for anyone waiting for USB 3, is that a host controller designed by...

Details Leak on AMD's Upcoming Hexa-Core Processor

Details Leak on AMD's Upcoming Hexa-Core Processor

There's been an invisible hexa-core processor lurking on AMD's desktop roadmap ever since the company launched Shanghai on 45nm, but the company has refused to confirm or deny that such a chip was in the works—until now. As of today, AMD's hexa-core desktop processor—codenamed Thuban—is officially on the board. Exact launch dates aren't yet...

Chrysler Ditches The Paper, Offering DVD Owners Manuals

Chrysler Ditches The Paper, Offering DVD Owners Manuals

It was only a matter of time, right? With digital becoming the new black, we knew that those hugely thick, underutilized user guides that shipped with automobiles would one day fade from existence, and it looks as if the fading has begun. Chrysler has just announced that it will become the first automaker to ditch the paperback and go digital...

AT&T Launches Signal Boosting 3G MicroCell

AT&T Launches Signal Boosting 3G MicroCell

We heard way back in December of 2008 that AT&T was looking to mimic Sprint (and now Verizon Wireless) by introducing a femtocell of its very own, and while it took longer than just about everyone anticipated, that launch day has finally arrived. For those out of the loop, a femtocell is--in short--a mini cell tower. It's a box that looks...

Toshiba Intros 30GB/62GB mSATA And Half-Slim SSD Drives

Toshiba Intros 30GB/62GB mSATA And Half-Slim SSD Drives

Haven't you heard? There's a new connector in town! Over at IDF this week, the SATA IO Working Group is on hand to tout its newest interface standard, the low-profile mini-SATA (mSATA). Designed mainly to give a formal connector to smaller SSDs that fit into netbooks and notebooks, the standard is being shown off by Toshiba, which has added...

Netgear Enters Consumer NAS Market With 1TB Stora

Netgear Enters Consumer NAS Market With 1TB Stora

Netgear is certainly not new to the Network Attached Storage space. The company has been producing NAS drives for businesses and professionals for years, and they have actually garnered quite the name for themselves all the while. But for whatever reason, the outfit has been hesitant to dabble in the consumer NAS arena...until now.Today, Netgear...

Gaming Mouse Manufacturer Razer Serves Up Infected Drivers

Gaming Mouse Manufacturer Razer Serves Up Infected Drivers

Razer, one of the leading manufacturers of gaming mice, was giving out malware with their drivers, according to a post on security firm Trend Micro's website. According to Trend Micro, a large number of the device drivers which were earlier downloadable at the Razer support site were infected with a Trojan. The infected drivers run the proper...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Calibre X260 Nvidia GeForce GTX260 896MB Video Card Reviewed @ DragonSteelModsMotherboards and Chipsets:The ASUS AT3N7A-I Motherboard Gets A New Fan @ Legit ReviewsMSI P55-GD65 Xtreme Speed Motherboard Review @ FuturelooksMemory and Storage:Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green and Black Hard Drives @ Legit ReviewsBoston Igloo 2U-10T-Stor-10GCX4...

MSI US Announces Wind U110 ECO Netbook

MSI US Announces Wind U110 ECO Netbook

MSI announced the new Wind U110 ECO netbook. Featuring best in class battery Life, the Wind U110 ECO offers up to 15 + hours of untethered computing power with its 9-cell battery. The Wind U110 weighs just 3.2 pounds and measures just 1.24 inches thick at its widest point. It comes with a one-year warranty. Featuring the Intel Atom Processor...

RemotePC Lite Converts Your PC To Your Personal Cloud Storage

RemotePC Lite Converts Your PC To Your Personal Cloud Storage

RemotePC recently launched RemotePC Lite, a free service that can transform your PC into a personal cloud that is accessible from anywhere. This free new service makes it possible for you to use your PC or Mac as a centralized server or cloud, and use other PCs, Macs, or mobile devices as clients. You can select the folders, documents, images,...

New Sony Earbuds Sense When You Take Them Out

New Sony Earbuds Sense When You Take Them Out

It happens to everyone: You're listening to your favorite band on your MP3 player and a friend comes over and starts talking to you before you even have a chance to get the earbud out, nevermind turn off the music. Sony Ericsson believes it's solved that pesky issue, with what it says is "the world's first ever motion activated headphones."...

Zotac Debuts Limited Edition Batman GPU, Joker Version Coming Soon?

Zotac Debuts Limited Edition Batman GPU, Joker Version Coming Soon?

Coming soon: HotHardware, Batman Edition! We kid, but really, what's going on with all the Batman-themed PC paraphernalia? Just a few days after MSI introduced what we thought would probably be the first and last Batman-related graphics card of all time, Zotac has risen from the ashes to prove us so-very-wrong. In what can only be described...

BFG's GTX 295 H2OC: Water-Cooled Graphics

BFG's GTX 295 H2OC: Water-Cooled Graphics

In a market where dual-GPU, single-PCB graphics cards are readily available from most major OEMs, product manufacturers are increasingly turning to water cooling as a way to differentiate their products and out-maneuver their competitors. The superior thermal characteristics of liquid cooling allows companies like BFG to hit higher core /...

"Gaydar" Developed Using Social Networking Data: MIT

"Gaydar" Developed Using Social Networking Data: MIT

Gaydar is a term frequently used in sitcoms (and perhaps among male friends) to denote the ability to pick out homosexuals at a glance. Silly as that may be, two MIT students, while working on a term project for an ethics and law project, appear to have stumbled onto a working form, by leveraging data gleaned from social networking sites....

Seagate Intros World-Beating 2TB Barracuda XT HDD: 7200RPM, 6Gb/sec SATA

Seagate Intros World-Beating 2TB Barracuda XT HDD: 7200RPM, 6Gb/sec SATA

We've seen plenty of innovation this autumn already, but it seems that increased speed is the next bandwagon to hop on. With USB 3.0 about to take over where USB 2.0 left off, Seagate is saying goodbye, for at least one of their hard drives, to that "sluggish" 3Gbit/sec transfer technology.Today, the company began shipping the world’s...

SteelSeries Intros Gamer-Centric Siberia v2 Headset

SteelSeries Intros Gamer-Centric Siberia v2 Headset

SteelSeries may not be a household name or anything, but it's still a respectable outfit when it comes to PC accessories. Particularly for PC accessories used by hardcore gamers who demand the best. Have a look at the company's newest offering: the Siberia v2 headset. In essence, it's merely an updated version of the company's Siberia headset,...

Seiko Epson's Colorio Me Combines Printer With Photo Frame

Seiko Epson's Colorio Me Combines Printer With Photo Frame

Um, okay? Just when we thought the digital photo frame market was hitting rock bottom in terms of innovation, Seiko Epson (of all companies!) swoops in to show us why we're wrong. For years now, the digital photo frame has become a low-rate item used to gift strangers at Christmas when you don't know what else to get. It was once a cutting-edge...

Point Grey Camera Becomes World's First USB 3.0 Product

Point Grey Camera Becomes World's First USB 3.0 Product

USB 3.0 is here. Or, it might as well be, as Point Grey is already announcing that it'll have a finalized product on display at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Officially, the USB-IF has yet to announce that any USB 3.0 products are on the chopping block, but considering just how long the protocol has been in the...

Verizon Chief Declares Landlines Dead (And He's Probably Right)

Verizon Chief Declares Landlines Dead (And He's Probably Right)

Landline phones are dead. Done. Over with. Old hat. So last year. In effect, that's exactly how Verizon Communications chief Ivan Seidenberg feels, and you know when Verizon's head honcho says landlines are done, they're done. But really, everyone knew this day was coming. People have been shutting off their landlines and going mobile-only...

Amazon.com Launches Its Own Brand

Amazon.com Launches Its Own Brand

Amazon.com has announced its own house brand of electronics. The new brand, called "AmazonBasics," is, according to the giant Internet retailer, a new private-label collection of consumer electronic "basics" created for customers who want "exceptional value." In other words, basic low-priced electronics goods, which for now appears to be limited...

Asus Intros Skype-Friendly Touch AiGuru SV1T Videophone

Asus Intros Skype-Friendly Touch AiGuru SV1T Videophone

Ah, the videophone. Is it a dying breed, or simply a wonderful gadget being introduced too far ahead of its time. After seeing Verizon's Hub launch and then fall flat shortly thereafter, we're guessing it's the former. Frankly, hardly anyone has time these days to sit down and take a call at home, so we definitely don't have time to sit down,...

Palm Profits Pass Predictions; Prefers WebOS to Windows Mobile

Palm Profits Pass Predictions; Prefers WebOS to Windows Mobile

It was a busy week for Palm; the resurgent smartphone designer both announced its Q1 2010 results and informed the world+dog that it would not support Windows Mobile in future products. The company's Q1 performance has received a bit more press than its move away from the Windows Mobile platform, and in Palm's case, the financial data is anything...

Magellan Throws 7" Display On RoadMate 1700 Navigation System

Magellan Throws 7" Display On RoadMate 1700 Navigation System

The dedicated GPS landscape continues to grow, despite the fact that integrated GPS applications on smartphones could be looking to steal away some of that precious market share. Magellan, a smaller player in the grand scheme of things, has just introduced the RoadMate 1700, and without a doubt the standout feature is its unusually large 7"...

Toshiba Wraps New Regza LCD Around Cell Technology

Toshiba Wraps New Regza LCD Around Cell Technology

The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (typically referred to as the Cell or Cell BE) processor used in Sony's PS3 was actually a joint venture between IBM, Sony, and Toshiba, but IBM and Sony have commercialized the architecture far more than their partner. That could change within a year or two; the electronics manufacturer has announced...

Samsung Announces Omnia PRO B7330

Samsung Announces Omnia PRO B7330

Samsung recently introduced the latest addition to its Omnia smartphone series: the Samsung Omnia Pro B7330. During the announcement, the company also revealed that all of its Omnia models will run Windows Mobile 6.5. Samsung also plans to release upgrades to current products that are on the market now. The new Omnia Pro B7330 features a candybar...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Samsung P2370HD 23-inch Multi-function LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMSI N285GTX Superpipe OC GeForce GTX 285 Review @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte AMD Motherboard Roundup Review @ OCCAsus' P7P55D and Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD4P motherboards @ TR-NewsBiostar TPower I55 motherboard review @ Elite BastardsIntel...

FCC Chairman To Smack Down ISPs That Throttle Data

FCC Chairman To Smack Down ISPs That Throttle Data

While healthcare may be the hottest topic of all right now, it's hard to argue that net neutrality isn't one of the hottest, longest lasting topics as related to the Internet. Ever since this series of tubes was first put into place, pundits and supporters alike have debated about how much regulation was needed. Some argued that ISPs knew...

Baby Name?  There's an iPhone App for That

Baby Name? There's an iPhone App for That

Getting just the right name for your baby has always been a passion for parents, but never more so than in the digital age. After all, if you can't get that desired email address / domain name / whatever for the Internet, you've got to find a different name, right? To help in finding the perfect name for your baby, what better way than to...

EVGA P55 Classified 200 Motherboard Sneak Peek

EVGA P55 Classified 200 Motherboard Sneak Peek

We have shown you a myriad of P55-based motherboards over the last few months and featured a trio of high-end offerings in our coverage of the official Lynnfield launch from a couple of weeks back. The latest P55-based motherboard to hit the HotHardware labs, the EVGA P55 Classified 200, differentiates itself from every other P55-based mobo...

LaCie Unveils New Portable DVD±RW Drive With New Look & Features

LaCie Unveils New Portable DVD±RW Drive With New Look & Features

LaCie recently announced the latest versions of its Portable DVD±RW Drive designed by Sam Hecht. The new drives feature a sleek black finish and come with new multimedia burning solutions designed for Mac or PC. The Mac and Windows version comes with Toast 9 Basic, as well as Creator Suite 10 while the Windows Version comes with Creator...

Toshiba Introduces High-Performance Half-Terabyte 2.5-Inch HDD

Toshiba Introduces High-Performance Half-Terabyte 2.5-Inch HDD

Toshiba introduced a new family of high-performance 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs, including a unit with a capacity of up to 500GB. There are four new models in the MKxx56GSY series, which deliver more than a 13% performance improvement in disk operations compared to previous 7,200 RPM drives from Toshiba. The drives also feature a decreased environmental...

Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review

Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook Review

In our 2009 Notebook Buyer's Guide, we discussed the merits and perils of CULV based notebooks. This suddenly popular and quickly growing sector looks to bridge the gap between the bargain basement netbook and the full-size notebook. It makes sense to think that a swath of 13.3" to 14" machines would be needed for those who find 10.1" netbook...

Microsoft Slashes Win7 Prices for Students

Microsoft Slashes Win7 Prices for Students

Microsoft announced a new discount program on Thursday, one that would allow eligible students to get a $30 price on Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade).  There is also a mention of Windows 7 Professional, but it is unclear from the site what the price on that product would be. The program, announced via Twitter, is similar to other such...

Air Mouse Elite Moves Cursors In Midair, Don't Need No Mousepad

Air Mouse Elite Moves Cursors In Midair, Don't Need No Mousepad

We've already seen a mouse made that can do its thing on pure glass, but thin air? As the breakthroughs continue to mount, Movea is introducing a mouse that can literally "mouse on air." The Gyration Air Mouse Elite doesn't need a surface of any kind to make the cursor move, requiring just a simple wrist twist in mid-air in order to get from...

MSI Intros Limited Edition 'Batman' Graphics Card--Seriously!

MSI Intros Limited Edition 'Batman' Graphics Card--Seriously!

We had to do a double take to ensure this was real, but sure enough, the video card shown here is no joke. Though, it does have something in common with The Joker. In what we believe is a first for any company, MSI has just released a Batman video card. Let that sink in: a Batman-themed GPU. In fact, the company is "proudly" introducing the...

MSI Extends X-Slim Lineup With 14" Neo-Powered X410

MSI Extends X-Slim Lineup With 14" Neo-Powered X410

You know, the holiday season may be fast approaching, but we're pretty sure the engineers over at MSI never take a break. It seems like the company always has something new to check out from week to week, with the X410 being the most recent development.Joining the heralded X-Slim notebook lineup, the X410 utilizes AMD's Athlon Neo CPU and...

Toshiba's Universal Docking Station Cuts The Cord, Goes Wireless

Toshiba's Universal Docking Station Cuts The Cord, Goes Wireless

Docking Stations. What comes to mind when you hear the phrase? If you're anything like us, you're thinking of that device your corporate owner gave you on your first day in the cube, and you're probably thankful it's there. But for those that try to use docking stations at home, having to connect your machine to the actual dock can be a hassle,...

Clearwire CEO Open To Switching 4G Technologies

Clearwire CEO Open To Switching 4G Technologies

Clearwire seems to be keeping its options open. It's been just days since news broke about a possible global WiMAX roaming agreement between Clearwire and a pair of international carriers, and now the company's CEO is stating that he would be open to the possibility of switching fourth-generation, or 4G, wireless technologies down the road...

Gene Roddenberry's Apple Up For Auction

Gene Roddenberry's Apple Up For Auction

NOTE: This story has been updated, to correct erroneous information from the auctioneer.A early production Macintosh 128 (#776), a gift from Apple Computer to Gene Roddenberry, is up for auction. If that's not enough to entice your inner geek, Apple later upgraded it to a Macintosh Plus for Roddenberry. If you don't know who Gene Roddenberry...

PENTAX Announces New K-x DSLR With HD Video

PENTAX Announces New K-x DSLR With HD Video

PENTAX is the latest company to come out with a DSLR that is capable of capturing HD quality videos. The new K-x also features Live View and comes in your choice of white, black, and limited edition red and navy body colors. What really makes this camera appealing is its affordable price tag—the K-x single lens kit with body and a smc PENTAX...

LG's 1TB/2TB NR21 NAS Grows A DVD Writer

LG's 1TB/2TB NR21 NAS Grows A DVD Writer

Seeing an LG HDTV or an LG notebook won't turn any eyes up in curiosity, but an LG NAS? Yeah, LG is evidently in the Network Attached Storage business now, and it's entering in a big way. The new N2R1 is a rather robust device--clearly LG thought long and hard before jumping in a market already saturated with entries from QNAP and the like.The...

Truculent Trackball Tasks Blackberry Tour Users

Truculent Trackball Tasks Blackberry Tour Users

When the Blackberry Tour launched last June, it received generally good reviews. Skim them over, and the phone is universally dinged for not including WiFi support, but the trackball was scarcely mentioned. Two months later, the device's trackball is indeed causing issues. According to David Eller, an analyst with TownHall Investment Research,...

LG's WIDEBOOK Notebook Series Caters To Movie Lovers

LG's WIDEBOOK Notebook Series Caters To Movie Lovers

With a name like WIDEBOOK, you can get a good grasp of what to expect from LG's newest notebook family. Comprised of five models--the R580/R560, R480/R460 and R380--these machines all feature 16:9 HD LED-backlit displays and Core 2 Duo processors, and obviously they're perfect for watching a movie or Hulu show while munching popcorn on the...

Toshiba, Samsung Argue Over The Future of 3D Flash

Toshiba, Samsung Argue Over The Future of 3D Flash

The burgeoning SSD (solid state drive) market has been a modest success story over the past few years. Drive performance and capacity have both increased at a fair clip,  while initial sky-high costs have at least fallen into the stratosphere. The two major factors keeping sSD's from broader market penetration are available capacity and...

Archos 5 Media Player Ships With Android

Archos 5 Media Player Ships With Android

Archos has had a tough time gaining ground in North America. Frankly, so has every other portable media player manufacturer not named Apple, but Archos' problem is that they typically market their wares solely in France, the company's home nation. Now, however, it seems that the firm is finally ready to make a big push here in America, and...

Comcast To Start Offering Wireless Internet; Exploring Voice Option

Comcast To Start Offering Wireless Internet; Exploring Voice Option

Comcast plans to take its television on demand feature one step further:  to your mobile devices.The U.S. cable company recently started offering wireless Internet service in some cities, jointly with Clearwire Corp., using WiMax technology. It has its sights squarely set on mobile phone/data providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, it...

iTwinge Makes Our Eyes Twinge

iTwinge Makes Our Eyes Twinge

This has to be a candidate for a gadget which might not be purchased by anyone. Nah, people will buy anything nowadays. It's a clip-on QWERTY keyboard for the iPhone, for those who absolutely cannot live with the iPhone's on-screen keyboard. The iTwinge from Mobile Mechatronics slips onto the lower part of an iPhone and gives you a real keyboard...

Hercules eCAFE EC-1000W Netbook To Ship With Windows 7

Hercules eCAFE EC-1000W Netbook To Ship With Windows 7

Windows 7 is still over a month away from shipping, but already Hercules is preparing to ship its next netbook with that very OS loaded on. Rather than introducing a new machine with Windows XP at this point, the company is instead introducing a new one with Windows 7 Starter for shipment next month. Believe it or not, this isn't the first...

HP Announces the DreamScreen Web-Connected Screen

HP Announces the DreamScreen Web-Connected Screen

Two days ago, HP let loose with a blitzkrieg of new products, including new laptops, netbooks, and even a new all-in-one desktop PC. The company, however, didn't use up all of its ammunition, as it waited two more days--until today--to launch its final salvo of new product announcements for the fall. And considering that today's product announcement...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Gigabyte HD 4850 Silent Cell 1GB graphics card @ TestSeek.comAMD Vision & ATI Eyefinity @ Rage3D.comPower Efficient Gaming with GeForce 9800 GT Eco Cards @ HardwareZoneProcessors:Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield Processor Review - Best value in processors? @ PC PerspectiveAthlon II X4 620 & 630 @ TechwareLabsAMD Athlon II X4 620 Reviewed...

Fujitsu Adds Touch To LifeBook T5010 Convertible Tablet PC

Fujitsu Adds Touch To LifeBook T5010 Convertible Tablet PC

Fujitsu announced a new dual digitizer touch screen function on the 13.3-inch display of the LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC. This function brings multi touch input and the support for two-finger touch actions including panning, rotating, flicks, and zooming. Users can easily switch between pen and touch as well. The Windows Vista-based...

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Talks Gaming, Hates Happy People

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Talks Gaming, Hates Happy People

Last weekend, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick gave details on what he believes represents the future of gaming—and managed to become the poster child for unhappy workplaces. We'll talk gaming first. Current-generation consoles like the PS3, XBox 360, and Wii have been very kind to Activision and its lucrative Guitar Hero franchise, but Kotick...

OCZ Announces Z-Drive Bootable PCI-Express SSD

OCZ Announces Z-Drive Bootable PCI-Express SSD

OCZ unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express Solid State Drive (SSD) today. The new Z-Drive is an all-in-one high performance plug-and-play bootable PCI-E SSD that provides a cost-effective means for enterprise customers to take advantage of solid state drive technology. The Z-Drive is designed to significantly reduce both the maintenance and overall...

Intel To EU: Antitrust Investigation FAIL

Intel To EU: Antitrust Investigation FAIL

Intel announced it intended to appeal the EU's decision to slap it with a $1.45 billion fine; the text of the company's request for annulment is now available in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Santa Clara-based company's request is best understood as an attempt to throw mud on the wall and see if anything sticks—Intel goes...

IBM Announces New SoC Products, Claims Performance Breakthrough

IBM Announces New SoC Products, Claims Performance Breakthrough

IBM announced its new 476FP system-on-chip (SoC) processor today, and claims the new design will offer more than twice the processing power of its predecessor (in theory). The company is presumably referring to the PPC 464FP-HP90; the 476FP improves on the older design in several notable ways. According to IBM, the 476FP will be capable of...

Facebook Hits 300 Millions and Goes Cash-Flow Positive, All at Once!

Facebook Hits 300 Millions and Goes Cash-Flow Positive, All at Once!

Remember the days when MySpace was THE social networking site of choice, and Facebook trailed badly? Those days are long gone, and in fact, Facebook announced on Tuesday that they have topped 300 million users. The announcement, much like what Apple has shown with similar stats for the App Store, shows that growth for Facebook is growing at...

Belkin's Home Base Enables Wireless Printing, HDD Access

Belkin's Home Base Enables Wireless Printing, HDD Access

While the Belkin name is most commonly associated with overpriced mice and a cadre of networking products, the company has been branching out of late. Take, for example, it's newest box: the Home Base. At first, it looks like a four-port USB 2.0 hub with an Ethernet jack, but in reality it's so much more.This companion box, which yearns to...

Seagate Turns its FreeAgent Go Drives into NAS Devices Using Pogoplug Technology

Seagate Turns its FreeAgent Go Drives into NAS Devices Using Pogoplug Technology

Seagate has licensed CloudEngines' easy-to-use Pogoplug network-attached storage (NAS) technology, and has integrated it into the new FreeAgent DockStar network adapter. With a FreeAgent DockStar, you can easily turn any Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive (not included) into a network-attached storage device.The primary focus of the...

Verbatim Intros Three 'Easy Riser' Travel Mice, All User-Adjustable

Verbatim Intros Three 'Easy Riser' Travel Mice, All User-Adjustable

We know it's an easy joke, but really, could Verbatim not think of any other name for its new family of mice? We're no experts on product labeling, but "Easy Riser" probably wouldn't have been our top choice for a number of politically incorrect reasons. At any rate, the news here is that Verbatim has issued a new range of mousing devices,...

Microvision's SHOW WX Pico Projector Shipping Soon

Microvision's SHOW WX Pico Projector Shipping Soon

Ah, the pico projector. About a year ago, you couldn't look over your shoulder without seeing yet another company come forward with a 640x480 projector that could be shoved in the average pocket, but now that the novelty has worn off, just a few outfits are sticking with it. One of those determined companies is none other than Microvision,...

Bose SoundDock 10 -- Most Expensive iPod Speaker System Ever?

Bose SoundDock 10 -- Most Expensive iPod Speaker System Ever?

"Bose" and "budget" just don't go in the same sentence together, and that fact has never been more true with the introduction of the company's latest iPod music system. As families across the world look for ways to cut back, Bose is helping you find new ways to splurge, as the SoundDock 10 is right up there with the most expensive iPod accessories...

AMD Athlon II X4 Processors Debut: Enter The $99 Quad-Core

AMD Athlon II X4 Processors Debut: Enter The $99 Quad-Core

AMD has been attacking the mainstream PC segment lately with a slew of modestly priced processors and chipsets. The attack started with the new Athlon II X2 value processors back in June, which were a much needed replacement for the out-dated Athlon X2 series. Then a few weeks later, AMD released their new mainstream chipset, the 785G, which...

MSI US Announces Availability Of The New 12.1-Inch Wind U210

MSI US Announces Availability Of The New 12.1-Inch Wind U210

MSI announced the availability of the new Wind U210 today. The Wind U210 is MSI’s first notebook to feature the AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6 GHz processor. As the newest edition to the Wind family of ultraportables, this notebook weighs 3.2 pounds and comes with a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of DDR2 memory, and an energy efficient 6-cell battery with...

Super Talent's 2TB RAIDDrive SSD To Ship In Early October

Super Talent's 2TB RAIDDrive SSD To Ship In Early October

Super Talent's Two TeraByte PCIe RAIDDrive SSD to Begin Shipping Early OctoberNew SSD Architecture Breaks Storage Performance Bottleneck with Sequential Transfer Speeds up to 1.4GB/sec San Jose, California - September 16, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, will start shipping...

MSI Launches 22-inch Wind Top AE2200 All-in-One PC

MSI Launches 22-inch Wind Top AE2200 All-in-One PC

MSI launched the new 22-inch 1080P Wind Top All-in-One PC, the AE2200 today. The AE2200 features a built-in TV tuner, touch screen, and HDMI connectivity. You'll find a 500GB hard drive and an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 processor on the inside of this machine. Additional features include the new MSI Wind Note touch-enabled picture editing...

ATT And The FCC Clash Over Gaming, Broadband

ATT And The FCC Clash Over Gaming, Broadband

The FCC has been particularly concerned about the Internet over the past six weeks, tasked as it is with the job of creating a national broadband policy. The FCC's chairman, Julius Genachowski, has gone on record proclaiming that spreading broadband across the country is a massive, possibly culture-changing event, on par with the creation...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS MARS/2DI/4GD3 Dual GeForce GTX 285 4096 MB @ techPowerUpAMD's Eyefinity technology explored @ Elite BastardsDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 18.2 @ TechARPSapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Review @ Hardware CanucksMotherboards and Chipsets:EVGA P55 Classified 200 LGA1156 Motherboard Preview @ Hardware CanucksProcessors:Intel...

Despite Signs of Economic Recovery AMD's Market Share Fell in Q2

Despite Signs of Economic Recovery AMD's Market Share Fell in Q2

In the past 12 months, AMD has revamped its entire product line around its 45nm Shanghai architecture; the company now has a range of Athlon II and Phenom II parts that stretches from an Athlon II X2 at 2.8GHz/1MB L2 at $60 to the unlocked Phenom II X4 965 "Black Edition" at $245 with 512K of L2 per core and a 6MB L3. Shanghai, as we've discussed...

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Multi-Touch Notebook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Multi-Touch Notebook Review

In case you haven't noticed, Lenovo has a thing for re-introducing machines with a tweak here or there and maybe a dash of new functionality. The IdeaPad S10-2 is a great example of that, as is the partially-new, multi-touch ThinkPad T400s. Frankly, the ThinkPad T400s that emerged in June wasn't all that different than the original ThinkPad...

Asus Eee Keyboard (With Built-In PC) Shipping Next Month

Asus Eee Keyboard (With Built-In PC) Shipping Next Month

Asus is probably best known today for its help in sparking the netbook revolution. The Eee PC is often considered the original netbook, and judging by the dozens of models available, we'd say they've been quite a hit for the PC maker. But netbooks aren't all that Asus offers, and we have to confess that the Eee Keyboard is one of the most...

Clearwire Hopes To Land Global WiMAX Roaming Agreement

Clearwire Hopes To Land Global WiMAX Roaming Agreement

One of the biggest troubles today when it comes to using a cell phone abroad is global roaming. For one, it's really expensive. Second, only phones with GSM technology can be used in many overseas nations. But you know, 4G could change all of that.As WiMAX backers deal with the immense amount of support garnered by rivaling LTE (Long-Term...

Bowers & Wilkins Debuts Pricey Zeppelin Mini iPod Speaker System

Bowers & Wilkins Debuts Pricey Zeppelin Mini iPod Speaker System

Audiophiles, or those who pretend to be, may remember the original Zeppelin that Bowers & Wilkins developed and produced a few years back. By and large, it was the device that put this high-end audio company on the map for the every day consumer. It wasn't cheap, but it's unique, elongated shape was found in Apple stores everywhere, and...

Lenovo Intros Multi-Touch/Outdoor Viewable X200 Tablet PC

Lenovo Intros Multi-Touch/Outdoor Viewable X200 Tablet PC

It's not just HP delivering a new bucket of goods, as Lenovo is also stepping forward with a new ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC. Designed first and foremost for mobile PC users that'll be handling work in the field, this on-the-go machine can be equipped with an optional multi-touch display or a sunlight viewable option, both of which sound delightful...

HP Launches New Laptops, Netbooks, Desktops, Displays, and Media Servers

HP Launches New Laptops, Netbooks, Desktops, Displays, and Media Servers

Today HP announced the details about a bevy of new products that are either available starting now or will be very soon. HP's fall product lineup consists of no less than four new laptops, two new netbooks, a new all-in-one desktop, two new business-class desktops, seven new displays, and two new additions to its MediaSmart media server line...

LG Comes Clean With First Android Phone: GW620

LG Comes Clean With First Android Phone: GW620

At this point, it's more difficult to name a phone manufacturer that doesn't have at least one Android option in the lineup, but Apple and LG are definitely two. Er, at least one of them still is. Today, LG has finally caved to market pressures and revealed its very first Android-based cell phone in the GW620.Featuring a 3" full touchscreen...

TomTom Unveils XXL Range With Five Inch Widescreen

TomTom Unveils XXL Range With Five Inch Widescreen

TomTom is on a roll lately. Less than two weeks after announcing its new flagship series, the TomTom GO x50, the company is announcing two new models—the TomTom XXL 530S and TomTom XXL 540S—with extra-large, five inch screens. Both PNDs feature TomTom's IQ Routes Technology to help you drive the smartest and most efficient routes wherever...

Apple TV Gets A Healthy Price Cut, Successor On The Way?

Apple TV Gets A Healthy Price Cut, Successor On The Way?

Apple has long maintained that its Apple TV product was nothing more than "a hobby," so it makes sense to think that it has seen the fewest amount of updates when looking at its array of non-computer devices. The firm's Mac lineup and iPod/iPhone lineup gets refreshed at least once per year, while the Apple TV sees a firmware update maybe...

Sharp Claims Blu-ray Breakthrough

Sharp Claims Blu-ray Breakthrough

Sharp has announced that it's now capable of building a blue-violet laser with an optical output of 500mW that's capable of writing triple and quadruple-layer Blu-ray (BD) discs at up to 8x. (36MB/s) In theory, this new development could be attractive to consumers/businesses who prefer to backup to optical disc, but find themselves hampered...

Pat Gelsinger Departs Intel For EMC, Leaves Digital Enterprise Wide Open

Pat Gelsinger Departs Intel For EMC, Leaves Digital Enterprise Wide Open

We've always heard that fall was a time for change, and evidently Intel's a firm believer in that very mantra. In a release issued today by the chip giant, a whole heap of organizational changes were announced during the run-up to IDF 2009 in San Francisco later this month, with the most notable change being the departure of longtime Intel...

Intel Confirms Westmere Waiting in the Wings

Intel Confirms Westmere Waiting in the Wings

If early reports are accurate, Westmere—Intel's GPU/CPU fusion—will take center stage at the company's developer forum next week. The new processor has been a topic of interest for months, especially after Intel announced it was scrapping its plans to build both the CPU and GPU on a 45nm process. The company's strong 32nm ramp allowed it to...

AT&T Begins Random Activation Of MMS For iPhone Users

AT&T Begins Random Activation Of MMS For iPhone Users

While Apple enabled MMS functionality in iPhone OS 3.0, AT&T has, according to the company, held back rolling it out because of potential network issues. In other words, AT&T is saying, "We're not ready!" At least AT&T was saying that. In addition to setting a hard date of Sept. 25th for a rollout of MMS functionality to users,...

New Bluetooth Headset Gives You Bionic Hearing

New Bluetooth Headset Gives You Bionic Hearing

Now you can pretend you have bionic hearing.Sound ID just came out with a new Bluetooth headset (the Sound ID 400) with all sorts of funky features that could give people the impression that you can actually hear anything said, anywhere.First off, there's "PersonalSound." You get three "custom hearing choices" in addition to automatic volume...

ViewSonic Introduces Six New LCD Monitors/HDTVs

ViewSonic Introduces Six New LCD Monitors/HDTVs

ViewSonic is a company with a wide variety of wares. After recently unveiling a tiny DLP projector, the outfit is now delivering six new LCD HDTVs just in time for the holiday shopping season. For starters, the VT3245 and VT3745 offer up a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, 5ms response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 3D video processing and an...

Dell Studio XPS 16 Review

Dell Studio XPS 16 Review

We had the chance to review Dell's Studio XPS 13 back in early May and found the machine to be sleek and stylish, and a good value. In an effort to provide that same sleek styling and great performance to those looking for a somewhat larger machine, Dell has now issued an updated Studio XPS 16 that seems to up the ante in a number of key areas....

Addonics Announces Hardware Port Multiplier

Addonics Announces Hardware Port Multiplier

Addonics Announces Hardware Port Multiplier – Lets You Connect Up To Five SATA Drives To Any SATA Port SAN JOSE, CA (September 14, 2009) -- Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a feature-rich hardware port multiplier, the 5-port HPM XA, which provides easy connections of up to five SATA drives to any SATA port. The new...

SanDisk Ships Pricey 600x 'Extreme Pro' CompactFlash Cards

SanDisk Ships Pricey 600x 'Extreme Pro' CompactFlash Cards

And you thought SSDs were expensive. SanDisk has just made those super speedy, super exclusive drives seem all the more affordable thanks to pricing its newest CompactFlash cards right out of feasibility. Clearly designed for professional users only, these new cards pack an awful lot of speed for an awful lot of dough.A full year after shipping...

U.K. Government Apologizes for Treatment of Alan Turing

U.K. Government Apologizes for Treatment of Alan Turing

Alan Turing created the famous "Turing Test," which is a proposal he made in 1950.  It was designed to be a way of dealing with the question of whether machines "can think." He also helped in the breaking of Germany's Enigma code during WWII. And finally, he was gay, and committed suicide in 1954, two years after first being chemically...

JVC Ships HD Everio GZ-HM400 Camcorder For $999.95

JVC Ships HD Everio GZ-HM400 Camcorder For $999.95

We know the raft of summer vacations is sadly over, but there's always a need to capture those Thanksgiving get-togethers and holiday pow-wows, right? JVC has today announced a new Full HD camcorder designed to hit the sweet spot between high-end cams and consumer-level SD cams. The HD Everio GZ-HM400, which records to an SD/SDHC card and...

Pliant Technology Unveils Lightning EFDs, High Performance SSDs

Pliant Technology Unveils Lightning EFDs, High Performance SSDs

Pliant Technology Unveils Enterprise Flash Drive Family: Industry’s Highest Performance and Most Reliable Flash Storage Devices Pliant Lightning EFDs Deliver 2-4 Times Faster Performance and 10 Times Higher Data Reliability than Existing SSDs; Provide Dramatic Data Center Cost and Energy Savings Milpitas, Calif. – Sept. 14, 2009 – Pliant Technology,...

CableCARD Now Open To All, No Need For OEM Installations

CableCARD Now Open To All, No Need For OEM Installations

For HTPC owners, most thought this day would never come. It's a liberation celebration, and frankly, it's coming way too late. Still, we'll take late over never almost all of the time, so we can't help but thank those involved for finally freeing CableCARDs of the OEM chains. This past week at CEDIA, Microsoft announced that anyone could now...

Ballmer Confiscates iPhone at Microsoft Annual Meeting

Ballmer Confiscates iPhone at Microsoft Annual Meeting

It's already known that the Gates family is i-deprived, unable to get iPhones or iPods. It's also known that iPods aren't welcome on Microsoft's campus. Note to Microsoft employees: don't try to take a picture of CEO Steve Ballmer with an iPhone. It was Microsoft's annual private company meeting at Seattle's Safeco Field on Thursday. Besides...

LG Introduces Two New Wireless HDTV Series

LG Introduces Two New Wireless HDTV Series

LG showed off its first-ever series of wireless LCD HDTVs, including an LED model, at the CEDIA Expo 2009. Both the 55-inch class Slim Wireless LED-Backlight HDTV (model 55LHX) and the LH85 series of wireless LCD HDTVs give installers the freedom to put the HDTV anywhere in the room without having to deal with wires. To enable this wireless...

IEEE Ratifies Final 802.11n Certification...Seven Years Later

IEEE Ratifies Final 802.11n Certification...Seven Years Later

So, here's a question. Did you realize that the 802.11n WLAN router you purchased three years ago, your shiny new 802.11n-equipped notebook and your 802.11n dongle you bought for your grandmother wasn't actually certified? It's true! 802.11n--which is widely known as the quickest of the Wi-Fi transmission protocols available today (trumping...

Pioneer Announces First THX Certified Blu-ray Disc Player

Pioneer Announces First THX Certified Blu-ray Disc Player

At the CEDIA Expo, Pioneer announced that its Elite BDP-09FDr Blu-ray Disc Player has become the world’s first to achieve THX certification. The company’s Elite EX Series in-wall speakers have also attained THX Select2 certification. Both of these products complement the company’s Elite A/V Receivers, which are also THX Ultra2 Plus Certified...

Sony's BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player Also Streams Netflix, Web Content

Sony's BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player Also Streams Netflix, Web Content

Remember the days when you were content with a DVD player doing nothing more than playing back DVDs? Those days are long gone. Now, Blu-ray decks aren't even considered worthwhile against rivals unless they can do a whole mess of other things, including stream Web content, check Twitter feeds and enable users to access BD-Live material. And...

WD Redesigns My Book Essential & My Book For Mac Drives

WD Redesigns My Book Essential & My Book For Mac Drives

In addition to the new Ultra-Portable My Passport Essential Drives WD announced recently, the company also redesigned the My Book Essential and My Book for Mac Drives. The smaller and sleeker My Book Essential and My Book for Mac desktop external hard drives now come with the new WD SmartWare software and hardware-based encryption. The new...

Alltel Wireless Gets Samsung Freeform

Alltel Wireless Gets Samsung Freeform

Alltel may be a bit of a lesser player in the wireless market now that it is selling a large part of its assets off to Verizon Wireless, but the carrier is still competing and continuing to offer new phones. In fact, Samsung and Alltel recently partnered to offer the new Samsung Freeform (SCH-r351) to Alltel customers. This sleek bar phone...

JVC Makes Impossibly Thin 32" HDTV: Just 6.4mm Thick!

JVC Makes Impossibly Thin 32" HDTV: Just 6.4mm Thick!

Don't get us wrong, we know that JVC is a trusted name in consumer electronics, but it's hardly the first name we think of when considering a new TV. When big brands such as Sony, Samsung and Sharp soaking up the ad time, it's oftentimes hard to remember that JVC is in the mix. Of course, all that could change thanks to one set, but we'd argue...

UK's Oldest Computer To Be Restored, Not Given Quad-Core CPU

UK's Oldest Computer To Be Restored, Not Given Quad-Core CPU

Think your computer is old? Think your computer is slow? You haven't seen anything, yet! Just a few months after we heard that an IBM supercomputer had discovered the oldest English words known to man, a computer just as large and not nearly as potent is about to be restored to working order over in the UK.It's known as Britain's oldest computer,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Chieftec BL-01B Bravo L-Type Case with VESA Monitor Mount Review @ Bigbruin.comViewSonic VPC100 Review @ Digital TrendsSapphire Radeon HD4650 AGP Review @ Rage3D.comGigabyte 9800 Silent Cell: a Gift for Fans of Peace and Quiet  @ XbitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte P55-UD6 and P55M-UD4 Motherboard Reviews @ Legit ReviewsASUS...

Samsung Rogue And Intensity Texting Phones Land On Verizon

Samsung Rogue And Intensity Texting Phones Land On Verizon

Without a doubt, the hottest phone to hit the Verizon Wireless airwaves recently is HTC's Touch Pro2, but for those not so interested in forking out big bucks for a powerful smartphone, the carrier has two other QWERTY-equipped phones available for the taking.In a joint announcement with Samsung, the operator has announced the availability...

WD Announces New Ultra-Portable My Passport Essential Drives

WD Announces New Ultra-Portable My Passport Essential Drives

Western Digital unveiled the new (and smaller) My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac ultra-portable external hard drives. The drives feature WD’s new WD SmartWare software. My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac drives also feature user-selected password protection in combination with military-grade 256-bit hardware encryption,...

What Needs To Hit eReaders? Web Browsers, E-mail And Big Batteries

What Needs To Hit eReaders? Web Browsers, E-mail And Big Batteries

It's sort of funny. It's as if Asus read In-Stat's latest report before it even hit the presses. Who knows--maybe they did, or maybe they've just got a great pulse on the industry after sitting back and watching the likes of Amazon, Sony and numerous other Asian firms attempt to nail the whole e-book reader thing.The research firm's latest...

AMD Gets Clevo Distribution Deal, Expanding To Emerging Markets

AMD Gets Clevo Distribution Deal, Expanding To Emerging Markets

Intel may still have the lion's share of the market in the microprocessor realm, but AMD isn't doing too bad for itself these days either with all things considered. Aside from introducing a litany of new technologies and devices over the past week, the company also took time to beef up its distribution strategy, which is something that could...

Verizon Wireless Gets HTC Touch Pro2

Verizon Wireless Gets HTC Touch Pro2

Well that certainly didn’t take long. Just days after Sprint got the hot new HTC Touch Pro2, Verizon Wireless is announcing that it too will carry the phone. Like the Sprint version, Verizon’s variant will feature a 3.6-inch WVGA variable-angle tilting touch screen and a slide-out keyboard that is larger than its Touch Pro predecessor. In...

AT&T Brings Free TV And Movies To Your TV, Phone

AT&T Brings Free TV And Movies To Your TV, Phone

AT&T will become the next entrant into the realm of streaming television and movies, with a slew of content partnerships and the launch of a new website, AT&T Entertainment.The "video entertainment" will be available through partnerships with networks and studios that include ABC, Bravo, CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CNBC, NBC, Oxygen,...

Homing Pigeon Faster Than Internet in Data Transfer

Homing Pigeon Faster Than Internet in Data Transfer

We've complained about the state of US broadband before but we estimate that, in general, most data transfers are at least faster than this. In a race run in Johannesburg South Africa, a company proved it was faster to transmit data by carrier pigeon than to send it via the country's leading ISP.Unlimited IT, frustrated by the speed of...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TPower I55 Intel P55 Mainboard Full Review @ OCWORKBENCHECS P55H-A Black Series @ PureOverclockAsus P7P55D EVO Review @ MyPimpedPC.Co.UkIntel's P55 Express chipset @ TheTechReportASUS P7P55D motherboard review @ Elite BastardsASRock P55 Deluxe Intel P55 Mainboard Full Review @ OCWORKBENCHProcessors:Intel Lynnfield...

Leica Stuns With M9 And X1 Cameras

Leica Stuns With M9 And X1 Cameras

There are cameras, and then there are Leicas. Those who use them swear by them, and those that don't typically wish they could afford them. There's no doubt that each and every Leica is pricey, but each and every Leica looks like a million bucks and generally performs equally well.In the midst of news flowing from the likes of Apple, Dell...

Logitech Adds Wireless Game Controllers For Wii

Logitech Adds Wireless Game Controllers For Wii

Logitech introduced the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii and the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for Wii. Both controllers are licensed by Activision Publishing and feature similar materials as you’d expect to see in real guitars and drums. “Logitech’s premium guitar and drum controllers have made it easier for Guitar Hero gamers...

Dell Teases Adamo XPS: A 9.99mm-Thin Notebook

Dell Teases Adamo XPS: A 9.99mm-Thin Notebook

There isn't much to go on yet, but Dell's still-young Adamo lineup is about to grow by 1. Or by 9.99, depending on what measure you're looking at. Just a few months after Dell introduced the standard Adamo--which was amazingly sleek and thin in its right--the company has now confessed that another Adamo is on the way.The Adamo XPS, as it will...

Hitachi Serves Up Two New 1TB CinemaStar Hard Drives

Hitachi Serves Up Two New 1TB CinemaStar Hard Drives

It seems like announcing new hard drives is just "the thing" to do this month, so we guess we'll pocket our shock seeing yet another outfit introduce yet another hard drive. This time, it's Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) rolling out the CinemaStar family of 3.5" hard drives, which is based on 500GB per platter technology...

T-Mobile Expands Android Lineup With Motorola CLIQ

T-Mobile Expands Android Lineup With Motorola CLIQ

Touted as “the first phone with social skills,” Motorola's new CLIQ smartphone is the company’s first Android handset. The CLIQ is headed to T-Mobile in the fourth quarter, so it should be here in time for the holidays. The CLIQ will utilize MOTOBLUR, which was also announced today. MOTOBLUR is designed to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos,...

Toshiba's New HDD Will Store Up To 45,000 Digital Photos

Toshiba's New HDD Will Store Up To 45,000 Digital Photos

Talk about a brag book. Toshiba is releasing a new line of credit card-thin hard disk drives, with up to 160GB of capacity — enough to store upwards of 45,000 digital photos, 42,000 digital music files or 130 digital videos. The smallest is 60GB - remember how just a few years ago, 1GB seemed like unending storage space? The MKxx34GAL family...

AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology In Action

AMD Eyefinity Multi-Display Technology In Action

By now, many of you are probably aware that the launch of AMD's next-generation, DirectX 11-compliant graphics cards is imminent. Rumors about the launch and the products themselves has been trickling out for quite a while now and lots of information--some right and some wrong--is already available at various places around the web. While we...

AT&T, Sprint Announce New Plans To Convince You They're The Best

AT&T, Sprint Announce New Plans To Convince You They're The Best

Sprint and AT&T have announced dueling phone plan changes geared toward making you feel you as if you can call anyone, anywhere, anytime and not pay an extra cent.Sprint's plan is moving past its "calling circles" and is called the Any Mobile, Anytime plan. Basically, it's unlimited calling between mobile phones, no matter the service...

Gmail Integrates Google Voice Voicemail Playback

Gmail Integrates Google Voice Voicemail Playback

Google continues to try to make Gmail its centralized location for all things Google. The latest addition to Gmail, via Google Labs, is Google Voice integration into Gmail.Google Voice, nee GrandCentral and purchased by Google, is a service that allows users to give out one number and have it ring another, "real" number, or even multiple number,...

Navigon Adds Text-To-Speech, iPod Functions To iPhone GPS App

Navigon Adds Text-To-Speech, iPod Functions To iPhone GPS App

While everyone seems to be talking about TomTom's GPS application for the iPhone, it's little-known Navigon that is really stepping up to the challenge. Today, the company is introducing its second major update for its MobileNavigator app, and it's definitely one worth checking out.For starters, the update makes the app the first on the iPhone...

AMD Unveils VISION Technology, Launches Next-Generation Mainstream and Ultrathin Notebook Platforms

AMD Unveils VISION Technology, Launches Next-Generation Mainstream and Ultrathin Notebook Platforms

  AMD Unveils VISION Technology, Launches Next-Generation Mainstream and Ultrathin Notebook Platforms —Look to notebooks powered by Vision Technology for a gorgeous visual experience, more features with Windows® 7, and dynamic entertainment capabilities on the go — SUNNYVALE, Calif. — September 10, 2009--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced...

Case In Point: Multi Browser Man, Editorial By Loyd Case

Case In Point: Multi Browser Man, Editorial By Loyd Case

The current crop of web browsers are total crap. Let me explain...Today's web browsers seem to be still mired in the Internet of five years ago. Back then, the browser wars were in full swing, and different browsers tried to lock you into their view of the Internet universe. Today's web is a multifaceted content multiverse. Yet despite common...

Apple iPhone OS 3.1 Gets Official

Apple iPhone OS 3.1 Gets Official

Today, Apple officially announced iPhone OS 3.1 which includes Genius recommendations for the App Store. The update also provides a ringtone store with over 30,000 ringtones which are available for $1.29 each. For users who find it tedious to search for and find new applications in Apple’s App Store, the Genius media-recommendation algorithm...

Apple Refreshes iPod Lineup

Apple Refreshes iPod Lineup

Apple changed up its iPod lineup today by introducing new models and refreshing existing ones. The latest iPod nano now has a video camera, mic, and speaker, letting you shoot video wherever you are. For viewing the video, the 5G nano now has a larger 2.2-inch color display (increased from the former 2.0-inch screen). Unfortunately, you’ll...

Vudu's Movie Rentals Come To LG's Networked BD390 Blu-ray Player

Vudu's Movie Rentals Come To LG's Networked BD390 Blu-ray Player

Vudu has certainly come a long way during its brief existence in the world of home entertainment. Starting out as a company peddling standalone movie boxes, the outfit has morphed into a software solutions provider that puts its iconic software and UI onto devices that people are already looking to buy. No extra mess, same great content.Shortly...

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 Is The Perfect Travel Companion

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 Is The Perfect Travel Companion

Microsoft has a history of producing solid, quality keyboards, and the company's newest one could possibly be one of its most attractive ever. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 was designed to work with Bluetooth-enabled notebooks and desktops alike, but it's clearly engineered with portability in mind.The keyboard is just a few millimeters...

Palm Makes the Pixi Official

Palm Makes the Pixi Official

On Wednesday, Palm announced what had been rumored for months, since before the Palm Pre even launched: a second webOS based device that was cheaper and with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Pixi (nee Eos or even Pixie) had been rumored to be announced this week, and here we are. The official pictures show little to nothing we hadn't already...

Western Digital Intros 640GB 9.5mm Hard Drive For Notebooks

Western Digital Intros 640GB 9.5mm Hard Drive For Notebooks

It's not unusual for competitors to attempt to keep up and one-up each other, and that's exactly what's going on here with Western Digital's latest hard drive. Shortly after Samsung and Toshiba introduced 640GB mobile hard drives, WD has stepped forward to do likewise.Announced today, the outfit's 9.5mm high 2.5" 640GB HDD has started shipping...

Dell Goes Thin With Inspiron 14z And 15z Notebooks

Dell Goes Thin With Inspiron 14z And 15z Notebooks

Make no mistake, Dell's new Inspiron 'Z' family isn't the same as the Studio 'Z' family launched back in May. The model names may be similar, but quite a bit is different on the machines themselves. Launched today alongside the company's new Studio XPS 8000 and 9000 desktops, these notebooks are powered by Intel's Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) processors...

Asus Introduces Sleek New CULV UL Series Notebooks

Asus Introduces Sleek New CULV UL Series Notebooks

Asus has been keeping itself busy of late, announcing that it would be giving Amazon's Kindle a run for its money later this year and that it would soon be shipping a new mainboard line with Intel's fresh P55 Express chipset. Now, the company is going back to its notebook roots by introducing the UL Series.Short for UnLimited Series, these...

Netgear's Digital Entertainer Live Brings Hulu, YouTube And More To The HDTV

Netgear's Digital Entertainer Live Brings Hulu, YouTube And More To The HDTV

We're not quite sure when it happened, but media streaming has taken off in a big way. Just about every consumer electronics company with any experience in the HD/Wi-Fi/routing businesses has decided to jump in, with Netgear being no different. The new Digital Entertainer Live is a step-up from the EVA9150 introduced last year, as evidenced...

Dell Adds New Lynnfield CPUs To Studio XPS 8000/9000

Dell Adds New Lynnfield CPUs To Studio XPS 8000/9000

With the introduction of every major CPU release from AMD or Intel comes the inevitable flood of new and updated machines tweaked to take advantage. Dell's certainly not one to sit things out while the others play ball, which is why the company has today introduced a new pair of Studio XPS desktops that are available with Intel's new Lynnfield...

Palm to Announce "Pixie" This Week: Report

Palm to Announce "Pixie" This Week: Report

The adjunct to the Palm Pre is to be officially announced this week, according to sources speaking to TechCrunch. The new phone, with a QWERTY keyboard, was leaked before the Pre even launched on Sprint, as an AT&T device named EOS, and codenamed "Pixie." If this is true, it's another case of Palm doing an important announcement / launch...

ASUS Introduces P7P55D Series Motherboards With P55 Express Chipset

ASUS Introduces P7P55D Series Motherboards With P55 Express Chipset

Today, ASUS introduced the P7P55D Series motherboards featuring the Intel P55 Express chipset and support for the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors. The motherboards come with Hybrid Processor, which gives users intelligent performance enhancement; Hybrid Phase, which provides active cooling; and Hybrid OS for...

Kingston Releases 2133MHz HyperX For Core i5 & P55 Systems

Kingston Releases 2133MHz HyperX For Core i5 & P55 Systems

Kingston has released super-fast 2133MHz HyperX memory to support Intel's new LGA1156 Core i5 and Core i7 systems. For users of all levels who want to take advantage of the Core i5 platform, Kingston is offering a family of XMP-ready HyperX products in different frequencies ranging from 1333MHz to 2133MHz. For users who want to take advantage...

NVIDIA CUDA Technology To Dramatically Speed Up Facial Recognition in CyberLink MediaShow 5

NVIDIA CUDA Technology To Dramatically Speed Up Facial Recognition in CyberLink MediaShow 5

You all recall Intel's interesting "Deep Viewer" tech demo that we showed you way back in January, live on the CES show floor.  Of course you do.  Well it appears that NVIDIA has cooked up a solution with the folks at CyberLink to offer at least some competitive technology to what Intel has thus far only used as a showcase for their...

CyberPower Unleashes Factory Overclocked Intel Core i5 & Core i7 800 Gaming Rigs

CyberPower Unleashes Factory Overclocked Intel Core i5 & Core i7 800 Gaming Rigs

If you’re looking to take advantage of Intel’s new Lynnfield based Core i5 and i7 800 series processors, and don’t want to build a rig yourself, then CyberPower’s latest systems might be just what you’re looking for. In all, CyberPower is offering five new customizable, high performance gaming rigs that can be overclocked directly from the...

MSI Comes Clean With Lynnfield-Compatible Xtreme Motherboards

MSI Comes Clean With Lynnfield-Compatible Xtreme Motherboards

Not sure if you heard, but Intel finally let the whole Lynnfield Core i7 and Core i5 cat out of the bag today, and MSI's not wasting a second in getting official with a new range of motherboards designed to suit those very pieces of silicon. The new Xtreme Speed mainboard series is engineered to work with the P55 chipset and support both new...

Firefox 4.0 Coming Late Next Year

Firefox 4.0 Coming Late Next Year

Look for Firefox 4.0 late next year, likely around October, according to a draft roadmap Mozilla updated on its wiki.According to the wiki, this is what users should expect: Process separation for chrome and content, new extensibility mechanism through APIs, revised UI on all platforms platform enhancements content and chrome in separate process...

Asus Eee Readers To Give Kindle A Real Challenge

Asus Eee Readers To Give Kindle A Real Challenge

If you were considering entering the e-reader market, it's pretty safe to say your window of opportunity has all but closed. Amazon already has a major chunk of the overall market share, but even overseas, companies like BeBook and Sony have perfectly acceptable options on store shelves. Now, one more player is entering the lion's den, and...

T-Pain Auto-Tune App Demonstrates Why The iPhone Rocks

T-Pain Auto-Tune App Demonstrates Why The iPhone Rocks

By and large, we don't cover individual iPhone applications here at HotHardware. But this...this is something else. This has a life of its own, and it's easily the most hilarious iPhone app we've seen released to date. We know it's incredibly silly, but it's things like this that really give the iPhone an edge. Since when did your phone make...

Lady Gaga Gets Her Own Headphones, No Poker Face Needed

Lady Gaga Gets Her Own Headphones, No Poker Face Needed

While we're always a tad skeptical when some company selects a flavor-of-the-week artist to endorse its products, we're doubly so when a company selects two artists to endorse its products. Take Monster, for example, which is probably best known for charging insane prices for cabling in big box retailers and somehow convincing consumers that...

Intel Core i5, Core i7 800 and P55 Express Chipset, Burned In

Intel Core i5, Core i7 800 and P55 Express Chipset, Burned In

With today's launch of their new "Lynnfield" based Core i5 and i7 800 series processors, and the accompanying P55 Express chipset, Intel's current flagship CPU microarchitecture--codenamed Nehalem--finally trickles its way down into the mainstream computing segment. Since Nehalem first landed on the desktop in the form of the Core i7 line...

Will Toshiba Beat Apple To The Tablet Computer Market?

Will Toshiba Beat Apple To The Tablet Computer Market?

After Toshiba showed a prototype of its JournE tablet computer at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin, many are wondering if Toshiba will beat Apple to the tablet computer market. Thus far, Apple has remained mum on the subject of a tablet computer, despite many rumors and supposed sightings of a possible device. Toshiba’s JournE multimedia...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix @ BmRXFX Radeon HD 4890 Review & 4th Generation Wrapup @ Rage3DMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus P7P55D Deluxe Preview - XSReviewsGigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Mainboard Full Review @ OCWASUS P5P55D Pro Preview @ TechgageFoxconn A7DA 3.0: Socket AM3 Mainboard on AMD 790GX Chipset @ XBitLabsProcessors:AMD...

Commodore 64 Emulator Approved For the App Store

Commodore 64 Emulator Approved For the App Store

Apple has finally allowed the Commodore 64 emulator by Manomio LLC into the App Store. It had previously been rejected (in June). In order to get their app accepted, however, the company had to disable BASIC from the package. I'm assuming that Commodore 64 fans (and there are plenty, as the C64 is the best-selling single computer model of...

Are Dedicated Navigation Units On The Decline? Survey Says Yes.

Are Dedicated Navigation Units On The Decline? Survey Says Yes.

We've had our suspicions for awhile now, but now it looks like the research is confirming it. The dedicated navigation device has seen its peak, and it's days at the top are numbered. We knew that the standalone PND could be going the way of the Dodo when navigation applications began to pop up on some of the world's most popular smartphones....

Sony's Walkman Line Outsells iPod In Japan -- Say It Ain't So!

Sony's Walkman Line Outsells iPod In Japan -- Say It Ain't So!

SanDisk themselves have publicly stated that no one can "out iPod the iPod," but evidently Sony did just that. According to a recent survey, Sony's own Walkman brand of digital media players outsold Apple's iconic iPod in Japan last week-- a feat that hasn't been accomplished in four years. Calling the victory "rare" would be understating...

Razer Issues Limited Edition PAX Moray+ Headset

Razer Issues Limited Edition PAX Moray+ Headset

Razer has been branching out on their products for quite some time, with the company's audio range being its go-to line when the mice and keyboard grows tired. With the PAX 2009 conference in full swing out on the west coast of America, Razer is joining forces in order to issue a limited edition PAX series of its Moray+ mobile gaming communicator....

Does Texting Ruin Your Ability To Communicate? WHU KNWZ, LOL!

Does Texting Ruin Your Ability To Communicate? WHU KNWZ, LOL!

We've seen report after report asserting that children, teens and even adults text like there's no tomorrow. According to Nielsen Mobile research, the average teenager with a cellphone sends and receives a grand total of 2272 text messages per month, or about eleventy billion per second of every day. All joking aside, there's no denying that...

Sony Promises 3D BRAVIA LCD HDTV For 2010

Sony Promises 3D BRAVIA LCD HDTV For 2010

It's unavoidable: 3D is the next big thing in television, whether you believe it or not. With 1080p panels losing their luster in terms of novelty, there's hardly any other feature that TV makers can add to entice you to upgrade. Besides, our current cable and fiber systems can't even deliver content en masse at a resolution above 1080p, so...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 18.1 @ TechARPPowerColor HD 4770 PCS review @ NeoseekerMSI N285GTX SuperPipe 2G @ InsideHWASUS MATRIX GTX285 Review @ OCCXFX HD4770 Videocard Review @ TweaknewsSapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsSparkle Calibre X265 GeForce GTX 260 896MB video card review @...

YouTube In Discussions With Studios To Stream Films

YouTube In Discussions With Studios To Stream Films

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google and YouTube are looking to add widely sought-after films from major studios to its service. Unlike other content on YouTube, however, most of these videos will cost money and will only be available to rent. If Google and major movie studios can reach an agreement, both sides would stand to benefit....

NVIDIA's Tegra Finds Home Within Samsung's M1 PMP

NVIDIA's Tegra Finds Home Within Samsung's M1 PMP

NVIDIA's Tegra is sure doing a good job at gaining respect in the industry. The company's HD Mobile Processor enables portable media devices to handle HD video and 3D graphics, feats that were deemed impossible for small gadgets just a few years back. Now, however, Tegra has already found a home in the high-profile Zune HD, and just in case...

AT&T's YouTube PR Video Falls Flat

AT&T's YouTube PR Video Falls Flat

AT&T's YouTube post aimed at damage control over increasing coverage complaints for its wireless network seems to have not helped at all. In fact, a look at the comments on their YouTube video (below) shows that, if anything, it's made customers more angry. The video, hosted by Seth Bloom AKA "Seth the blogger guys," tries to explain the...

Garmin's Nuvi 1690 Gets Connected With Google Services

Garmin's Nuvi 1690 Gets Connected With Google Services

Garmin isn't unleashing a new fleet of navigators over at IFA, but the company is still introducing one new guy that'll undoubtedly garner its fair share of attention. The nüvi 1690 doesn't look all that different than any of the company's other PNDs, but as they say about relationships, it's what is inside that counts. This device is the...

V-MODA Intros Faze Headset With Microphone And Call/Music Control Button

V-MODA Intros Faze Headset With Microphone And Call/Music Control Button

V-MODA introduced a new metal headphone with microphone that will be available exclusively at Best Buy. The new Faze headset is universally compatible with all iPhones, iPods, Blackberries, Palm Pres, MP3 players, and computers. It comes with a 2.5mm adapter for use with BlackBerry smartphones and three pairs of black and clear silicone fittings...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GB Review @ Club OverclockerAsus GeForce 9600 GSO review at Ultimate HardwarenVidia GTX 260 SLI Article @ OCIA.netMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.6): Another Inexpensive LGA1366 Mainboard @ XbitLabsX58 Motherboard Roundup Review @ OCCProcessors:AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition @ InsideHWMemory...

Study Claims 11PM Is Most Popular Time To Surf The Net

Study Claims 11PM Is Most Popular Time To Surf The Net

What is it that keeps you up at night? According to a recent study from Internet security firm Arbor Networks, more Americans have been staying up late to surf the Internet this summer. Compared to previous years when most Internet activity was in the daytime, the study found that the peak usage time for the whole day has recently been at...

AT&T Explains Its Network Issues, Via YouTube

AT&T Explains Its Network Issues, Via YouTube

AT&T has made tons of money off of the iPhone, but at the same time, received tons of criticism of its network. That criticism may or may not be warranted, as despite calls for a Verizon version of the iPhone, it's unclear if even Verizon's stronger 3G network could handle the data-guzzling device, which the NY Times recently called, "the...

Toshiba's BDX2000 To Be Company's First-Ever Blu-ray Player

Toshiba's BDX2000 To Be Company's First-Ever Blu-ray Player

Toshiba told us it was coming, and now the world can finally mark it down: the company famous for supporting HD DVD while everyone else sided with Blu-ray has finally decided to product its very own BD deck. Some might view this as the real death of HD DVD, as for the longest time, Toshiba would have nothing to do with the rival format that...

Amazon.com Repents For Orwellian Kindle Deletions with $30 Gift Cert.

Amazon.com Repents For Orwellian Kindle Deletions with $30 Gift Cert.

Amazon.com, which took the Orwellian step of remotely deleting copies of "1984" and "Animal Farm" from customers' Kindles, has apologized. On Thursday, they announced a sort of "reparations program" for those customers. In an email sent to "former owners" of the e-books, Amazon.com offered to either return the deleted books to effected Kindles,...

Are Open-Source Cameras The Way Of The Future?

Are Open-Source Cameras The Way Of The Future?

Scientists at Stanford are working on an open source camera that could change the world of photography by giving programmers the power to change and add features to a camera via software updates. If the technology catches on, our cameras will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed from the manufacturer.Nearly all of...

Samsung Introduces First DivX Certified MP3 Player

Samsung Introduces First DivX Certified MP3 Player

As the newest addition to Samsung’s BEAT line of portable media players, Samsung’s new R1 is the company’s first DivX Certified MP3 player. The R1 is also the slimmest player in the Samsung BEAT line.The R1 features a 2.6-inch screen and 8 or 16GB of storage space. DivX technology produces highly compressed video that is designed to be played...

Consumers Finally Realize That Bluetooth Headsets Are Ugly, Goofy

Consumers Finally Realize That Bluetooth Headsets Are Ugly, Goofy

Finally, some confirmation that we actually aren't crazy. Well, too crazy. We always wondered where exactly the crowds were that were responsible for buying up all of these Bluetooth headsets, and while we'd see one or two self-talkers walking around the mall every so often, we never saw these things as being incredibly popular. Now, a new...

AMD Next-Gen Tech Event In Alameda, CA - You're Invited!

AMD Next-Gen Tech Event In Alameda, CA - You're Invited!

AMD is hosting an event to showcase some next-generation products next week and they've given us the green light to invite some of you to attend. Space is limited and all attendees must be 21+, and everyone that would like to attend will need to send an RSVP to AMD's community relations manager Monica (MonicaAMD@gmail.com). Some of those that...

WePC Contest, Notebooks and Netbooks Up For Grabs

WePC Contest, Notebooks and Netbooks Up For Grabs

As the badge over on the right side of the site will attest, we here at HotHardware are partnered with the Asus / Intel sponsored WePC project website. The site was setup with the goal of connecting with tech-savvy consumers looking to provide input on future mobile PC projects."Imagine your perfect PC. Now imagine top engineers and innovators...

Sprint Beefs Up Smartphone Lineup With HTC Hero: $180 On Contract

Sprint Beefs Up Smartphone Lineup With HTC Hero: $180 On Contract

HTC's Hero just sounds like a powerful phone. And with Android loaded in, it's hard to dispute the allure. But up until now, anyone interested in bringing one home had to purchase a GSM version in unlocked form for use on AT&T or T-Mobile, and that required quite a few hundred dollars. Starting early next month, however, all that changes....

Logitech's Harmony 700 Replaces Up To Six Remotes

Logitech's Harmony 700 Replaces Up To Six Remotes

Logitech's Harmony remote lineup has been pleasing affluent A/V enthusiasts for ages now, but the company's universal devices have hardly ever suited the low-end crowd. All that changes today, or at least it does if you consider $150 to be "low-end." The Harmony 700 offers up a lot of the same controlling features found on some of the company's...

Samsung Intros 640GB S2 And 2TB S3 External Hard Drives

Samsung Intros 640GB S2 And 2TB S3 External Hard Drives

If you've got a fever that can only be cured by more hard drive space, Samsung's your doctor. The megacorp has today unveiled two new additions to its S Series external hard drive range over at IFA in Germany, and both go above and beyond the call of duty in terms of capacity. Both the 3.5" 2TB S3 Station and the 640GB 2.5" S2 portable made...

Logitech's Squeezebox Radio And Touch Cut The Wires From Music

Logitech's Squeezebox Radio And Touch Cut The Wires From Music

For true music lovers, Logitech's Squeezebox line is one they're very familiar with. The company's latest offerings in the line are some of the best yet, with the Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player and Squeezebox Touch giving owners simple, intuitive access to a wide variety of music choices including free Internet radio, personal digital...

Sony's VAIO X Ultraportable Makes MacBook Air Seem Fat

Sony's VAIO X Ultraportable Makes MacBook Air Seem Fat

Sony still hasn't officially unveiled the VAIO X, but make no mistake, this beauty is for real. Briefly teased at the company's press event at IFA in Berlin, Germany, the VAIO X ultraportable is really nothing more than a glorified netbook, but Sony has already proven that it's a champion at that with the VAIO P and VAIO TT. Without question,...

iPhone MMS Dated: Sept. 25

iPhone MMS Dated: Sept. 25

Since the launch of iPhone OS 3.0, AT&T has taken a lot of flak over the announced but missing-from-its-network MMS feature. AT&T has also been the subject of multiple lawsuits as customers grow weary of waiting. In an update posted on their website, AT&T said that the delay has been a result of preparation for "expected record...

TomTom Reveals Flagship Go x50 Series

TomTom Reveals Flagship Go x50 Series

TomTom announced its new flagship series, the TomTom GO x50. The series will feature three portable navigation devices, the TomTom GO 950, TomTom GO 750, and TomTom GO 550. The new PNDs are able to calculate a route faster than ever before, ensuring that drivers are ready to go in seconds. The new TomTom GO x50 series uses “the world’s largest”...

LG To Unveil New Windows Phones Soon

LG To Unveil New Windows Phones Soon

After signing a deal with Microsoft in February, LG is in the process of making Windows Mobile its primary smartphone platform. It appears the company is making good progress; LG recently announced plans to launch three new smartphones in the next few weeks that run on Windows software. The new phones will be the first phones from LG to feature...

Mitsubishi Unisen Diamond HDTVs Get Vudu Movie Streaming

Mitsubishi Unisen Diamond HDTVs Get Vudu Movie Streaming

There was a time not too long ago where just about every TV maker was jumping to add Netflix streaming to their sets. Now that said wave has rolled, it looks like the next bandwagon to jump on is the one with the Vudu banner streaming from the rear. Shortly after LG announced that a select few of its Netcast HDTVs would be able to stream on-demand...

Parrot's RKi8400 Car Stereo Ditches CD Drive, Goes Flash Media/iPod Only

Parrot's RKi8400 Car Stereo Ditches CD Drive, Goes Flash Media/iPod Only

These days, it's hard to find a new vehicle on the showroom floor without iPod support. Even lower-end automobiles are opting to add USB sockets in order to support Apple's iPhone and/or iPod, and one look at the company's latest earnings report will help you understand why. But what if you opted not to trade in your clunker last month? If...

HTC To Ship Touch2 Smartphone With Windows Mobile 6.5

HTC To Ship Touch2 Smartphone With Windows Mobile 6.5

To say HTC's original 'Touch' was a smash hit would be understating things greatly, so it makes perfect sense to see the smartphone maker coming out with a second edition to tempt the masses. Slated to launch on October 6th as one of the world's first "Windows phones," the Touch2 will be among only a handful of cellphones to be introduced...

Samsung Goes Long With 24x Zoom HZ25W

Samsung Goes Long With 24x Zoom HZ25W

If you’re in the market for a digital camera with plenty of optical zoom capabilities, then Samsung’s new 12.5 megapixel HZ25W might do the job. This point and shoot camera joins Samsung’s advanced HZ series and offers an impressive 24x optical zoom with a 35mm film equivalent focal range of 26mm-624mm. The new HZ25W is also able to record...

Creative Doles Out 2 New Vado HD Camcorders, OS X Vado Central

Creative Doles Out 2 New Vado HD Camcorders, OS X Vado Central

It hasn't even been a full year since Creative introduced its Flip Video-rivaling Vado HD pocket camcorder, and already the company is ushering in the next generation. The simply-titled 'second generation Vado HD' doesn't look or feel all that much different than the original, but we suppose that's kind of the point. Don't reinvent the wheel...

Microsoft To Kill All Current Zunes, Go Zune HD Only

Microsoft To Kill All Current Zunes, Go Zune HD Only

So look, Microsoft's Zune HD looks promising. Really promising, even. But promising enough that it shouldn't give the general population any other choices in the Zune range? That's evidently the case, as news has surfaced asserting that Microsoft is planning to kill off its entire Zune range save for the forthcoming Zune HD. At first take,...

Panasonic Introduces LUMIX DMC-GF1

Panasonic Introduces LUMIX DMC-GF1

Panasonic introduced the “world's smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash,” the new LUMIX GF1. In addition to being small and lightweight, the LUMIX GF1 has DSLR and HD video capabilities. The LUMIX GF1 has an exterior design that is reminiscent of classic film cameras, yet offers many of today’s popular digital features,...

OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD Re-Emerges

OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD Re-Emerges

You know how we're rather enamored with anything to do with Solid State Disk technology around here these days.  There are so many new, ground-breaking concepts coming to market lately, that we almost don't know where or what to dial our radar on next.  One product that has definitely set off a few pings on our SSD-watch screens...

Aino: PS3 Remote Play, But Not a PSP Phone

Aino: PS3 Remote Play, But Not a PSP Phone

More details have arisen about the Sony Ericsson Aino cell phone that will have some PS3 integration embedded in it. It's not the "PSP phone" that people keep talking about and hoping for, and to be honest, it seems to lack a lot of what people might have been hoping for. In a Q&A with the Euro PS blog, Sony Ericsson's Lisa Canning dished...

Surf The 'Net For Free On The Wii (Again)

Surf The 'Net For Free On The Wii (Again)

Now there's one less reason to turn off the TV -  you can access the Internet through your Wii, for free (again).Those who got the Wii when it first launched in November 2006 will remember the Internet Channel came as a free download at the time. It allows Wii owners to surf the net on their televisions. The Wii Remote allows users to...

Presto Instant-On Operating System Review

Presto Instant-On Operating System Review

With the growing popularity of inexpensive netbooks and nettop PCs, the Linux operating system (often installed on the lowest-priced budget units) is reaching a wider audience--although nowhere close to giving Windows or the Mac OS a run for their money (albeit Mac OS X is based on a Unix kernel). Some pundits even argue that the Linux OS...

Adesso Ships AKB-440 Keyboard With Integrated Trackpad

Adesso Ships AKB-440 Keyboard With Integrated Trackpad

Adesso may not be a household name when it comes to keyboards in general, but they're pretty well known in the realm of atypical, niche boards. The company has a keyboard for almost any need, from field work to HTPC users who'd like a board with an integrated trackpad. Speaking of which, there's the new AKB-440, which touts a built-in touchpad...

CyberPower Adds Liquid-Cooling To SFF LAN Mini H2o Rig

CyberPower Adds Liquid-Cooling To SFF LAN Mini H2o Rig

CyberPower has been known to crank out a pretty wide variety of gaming machines, and that's not changing with its latest rig. Shortly after it announced a monstrous Viper tower and super powerful Xplorer X7 notebook, the company is now introducing us to one of the world’s smallest water cooled desktop gaming machines.The LAN Mini H2o is a...

Kanguru's 64GB USB Flash Drive Does eSATA As Well

Kanguru's 64GB USB Flash Drive Does eSATA As Well

When you think of buying a new flash drive, the company "Kanguru Solutions" probably doesn't come to mind. Well, until now. Said outfit has just released one of the most interesting and unique USB memory drives to come out in quite some time, and considering just how hard it is to make a flash drive "unique," we couldn't help but have a look.The...

Toshiba's 640GB 2.5" Hard Drive Is Industry's Largest

Toshiba's 640GB 2.5" Hard Drive Is Industry's Largest

Time keeps on ticking, and hard drives keep on growing. With desktop HDDs already sitting at 2TB and the solid state arena growing larger members each month, it only makes sense to see a new benchmark set for the world of 2.5" notebook drives. Toshiba has today introduced what it's calling the industry's largest 2.5" laptop hard drive, and...

Gmail Goes Down, Yet The World Survives

Gmail Goes Down, Yet The World Survives

There was an extended Gmail outage on Tuesday. The outage, although over in approximately two hours, showed, in its own way, how popular the email service is, despite its current 3rd place ranking. At the peak of the outage, more than Google Trends was full of "why is Gmail down," "Gmail down," etc. etc. We're talking about the top 20+ trends....

eBay Sells 65 Percent of Skype

eBay Sells 65 Percent of Skype

eBay on Tuesday announced the sale of 65% of its Skype Internet calling division to a group of private investors. The price: $1.9 billion. The private investors included Silver Lake and a new VC firm run by the Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz, as well as London-based Index Ventures and the Canada Pension Plan. The...

VIA Launches ACE-CNX Customized Security Service

VIA Launches ACE-CNX Customized Security Service

VIA Launches ACE-CNX Customized Security ServiceVIA ACE-CNX provides tailor-made data security through hardware-based data encryption Taipei, Taiwan, 1 September 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA ACE-CNX security service, helping customers harness the power...

NEC's 19" MultiSync EA190M LCD Provides Rare Standard-Aspect Ratio

NEC's 19" MultiSync EA190M LCD Provides Rare Standard-Aspect Ratio

19" monitors just feel a bit tiny this day and age. For the most part, 20" and 24" LCDs are within reach, with 17" and 19" LCDs reserved only for those working in tight spaces and needing a secondary display. If that's you, however, you may be interested in NEC's MultiSync EA190M.The 19" display provides a rare look at a standard-aspect ratio...

Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2

Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2

Sprint customers who’ve been waiting for the HTC Touch Pro2 won’t have to wait much longer. This hot new phone will be available on Sprint’s network beginning September 8 for $349.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement. The Touch Pro2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and the TouchFLO user interface. The latest version of HTC’s TouchFLO...

4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

Solid State storage products continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Over the last year or so, solid state drives, or SSDs, specifically targeted at PC enthusiasts have transformed from buggy, generally underperforming products to the preferred, high-end storage solution for performance hungry enthusiasts. Available capacities have increased,...

Rock Band Bar Nights Brings Real Rock To Pool Halls

Rock Band Bar Nights Brings Real Rock To Pool Halls

You know those times when you think: "Why didn't someone think of this earlier?" Yeah, this is one of those times. MTV Networks and Harmonix have teamed up to show just how brilliant their respective marketing teams are by pushing Rock Band into a place that just seems so fitting: bars.You heard right. Rock Band is stepping out of the living...

Nintendo Announces Fall Slate Of DSi, Wii Equipment

Nintendo Announces Fall Slate Of DSi, Wii Equipment

Nintendo announced a slew of releases today, including the launch of Wii Fit Plus and new colors for the DSi.Starting Sept. 13, Nintendo will sell white and pink versions of the DSi system, in addition to the blue and black already out there. Perhaps they figured more girls would be likely to buy if they had pink? Unclear, but just like the...

Products Can Now Receive SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Logos

Products Can Now Receive SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Logos

Can you feel the excitement? We can. USB 3.0 is inching closer and closer to reality, which means your current PC is inching closer and closer to being a token of yesteryear. USB 2.0 has been around for years now, and by and large, it has been sufficient. Transfer rates are fairly quick, and industry support couldn't be higher.But hey, this...

Netgear Ships $190 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router

Netgear Ships $190 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router

When a company calls its next product the "ultimate networking machine," we take notice. Coming from Netgear, the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (model number WNDR3700), is now shipping across the globe. The device not only routes Internet traffic, but it's also equipped with ReadyShare in order to place any USB hard drive on...

WD Launches High-Performance, 7200RPM 2TB Hard Drives

WD Launches High-Performance, 7200RPM 2TB Hard Drives

WD LAUNCHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE, 7200 RPM 2 TB HARD DRIVES FOR DESKTOP AND ENTERPRISE SYSTEMSWD Caviar Black and WD RE4 Four-platter Hard Drives Set New Benchmarks in High-Feature, High Performance Storage LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 1, 2009 – WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it is now shipping desktop 7200 RPM 2 TB hard drives and is qualifying...

Google Scores Shiny Chrome Deal With Sony

Google Scores Shiny Chrome Deal With Sony

Google's Chrome exited beta last December, well ahead of when you might normally expect a Google product to do so. It wasn't, however, because the browser was necessarily ready for prime time; it was because OEMs would not pre-install a beta product on their computers, and Google longed for those deals. It's finally managed to ink such a deal,...

Canon Redefines Mid-Range DSLRs With New EOS 7D

Canon Redefines Mid-Range DSLRs With New EOS 7D

Canon just announced the new EOS 7D DSLR with a fast burst rate of eight fps continuous shooting, 18-megapixel resolution, and Full HD video recording with variable frame rates and manual exposure controls. Other enhancements to the EOS 7D include a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision - Resident Evil 5 and Arkham Asylum Impressions @ AMDZoneMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksBiostar Tpower I55 Intel Lynnfield LGA1156 Mainboard part 1 @ OCWECS A785GM-M 785G AM3 Micro ATX Motherboard Review @ PC PerspectiveProcessors:AMD Phenom II X4...