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All News for December 2007

What's Worse Than A Porn-Laden iPod?

What's Worse Than A Porn-Laden iPod?

What's worse than a little girl receiving a porn-laden iPod for Christmas?  How about one with a bizarre rant that looks like something out of a Batman movie?The message is more or less a rant about “capitalist garbage” and “reclaiming your mind from the media shackles” according to reports."Jay Ellis, the girls father, returned the ipod...

Young Girl Gets Porn-Laden MP3 Player for Xmas

Young Girl Gets Porn-Laden MP3 Player for Xmas

Another grinch appears as a ten-year-old in Tennessee received a decidedly unwelcome present.Hill bought three of the players as Christmas presents for his children. He said one of the devices had apparently been returned to the store from a previous owner who loaded sex clips and songs with lyrics about using drugs."Within 10 minutes, my...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Overclocking Guide @ TechARPXFX 8800GT 512Mb Alpha Dog Edition XXX @ CPU3DZOTAC GeForce 8800GT AMP! Edition @ TweaktownAsus EAH3870 TOP Review @ NeoseekerLeadtek WinFast PX8800GT 256MB (GeForce 8800 GT 256MB) @ HardwareZone Motherboards & Chipsets: ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ P35 board @ OCWorkbenchECS...

RIAA Goes After Fair Use

RIAA Goes After Fair Use

Ripping CDs that you own for your personal use should be OK, right?  Not according to the RIAA.Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents...

End of an Era: Netscape Browser Dies

End of an Era: Netscape Browser Dies

It's a sad day and the end of an era. Development is to cease on the Netscape browser, which at one time held the largest market share of all browsers, and was the first browser to gain mass popularity.While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have...

Another Front Opens In The Blu-ray / HD-DVD Wars

Another Front Opens In The Blu-ray / HD-DVD Wars

One or the other of the two high-definition formats has to get an edge eventually, doesn't it?  This might help Blu-ray. Panasonic has started shipping samples of the world's thinnest internal Blu-ray drive -- just 9.5 mm high.Now available to PC manufacturers, the new sample 9.5 mm high BD drives, were accomplished by combining Panasonic's...

Wal-Mart Hears The Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Wal-Mart Hears The Sound Of One Hand Clapping

You can't be missed until you go away, but it's unlikely that Wal-Mart's online video download service will be missed even now that it has gone away. Less than a year after it began, Wal-Mart quietly closed it up four days before Christmas. No one even noticed until now. A message at www.walmart.com/videodownloads said the service was stopped...

Windows Home Server File Corruption Issues

Windows Home Server File Corruption Issues

What good is a file server if you can't store files on it?  Uh, huh.  Microsoft has posted a Knowledge Base article, KB946676, which warns of file corruption issues with Windows Home Server. "When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save...

Goodbye X2s, Hello Phenom 6000 Series

Goodbye X2s, Hello Phenom 6000 Series

The latest rumor doing the rounds is that AMD's Athlon X2 may replaced by a dual-core K10 by the end of the first quarter of 2008.  This is just a rumor, but we've been expecting AMD to transition their dual-core offerings from the now 'old' K8 designs to the newer K10 for some time.  “AMD will launch a new series of dual-core products...

Intel Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek

Intel Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek

A few months ago, at the fall Intel Developer’s Forum, we got some hands-on time with an Intel Skulltrail system and were able to snap a handful pictures and document a few benchmark scores.  At the time, Skulltrail was still in it the pre-production phase as Intel had a few changes in store for the platform, but it was mature enough...

Amazon Tops Apple with Warner MP3 Deal

Amazon Tops Apple with Warner MP3 Deal

iTunes, Wal-Mart, and Amazon's "Amazon MP3" service sell DRM-free music downloads, but so far only from EMI (along with a "test" by Universal Music Group). Today Amazon.com announced it has beaten Apple (!) to the punch; it's signed a deal with Warner Music Group to sell MP3 downloads, giving customers the choice of more than 2.9 Million songs...

Hot New Deals on Asus Notebooks

Hot New Deals on Asus Notebooks

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some hot deals still available for you bargain hunters out there.  In fact, our Asus Holiday Gift Guide has just been updated with the latest deals on some of Asus’ most sought after notebooks, from powerful DTR models like the G2S-B2 to the slick, thin and light U6S-A. You can...

Sony To Rear Projection TV-It's Not You, It's Me

Sony To Rear Projection TV-It's Not You, It's Me

In a move that will no doubt send double-door armoire makers into a death spiral, Sony announced today that they would stop manufacturing rear-projection televisions next year.  Sony said it would focus its resources on liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to address the flat-TV market, which...

Apple Makes "Blockbuster" Deal With Fox

Apple Makes "Blockbuster" Deal With Fox

Apple has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to offer an on-demand video rental service through their iTunes interface.  Perhaps as interesting as that tidbit, Apple is also offering their Digital Rights Management system to Fox for their DVD releases.Apart from letting people rent online, Apple will also for the first time extend its...

Amazon sells 17 Wiis per second

Best year ever (!) for Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the 2007 holiday season finished as its best ever, with its busiest day being December 10. On that day, Amazon customers ordered more than 5.4 million items, which is 62.5 items per second. In addition, the company wrapped up its second year of Amazon Customers Vote, with...

Teen Gets Grinched, Phone Book Instead of PS3

Teen Gets Grinched, Phone Book Instead of PS3

It was the present he'd wanted most for Christmas. And 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore into the sealed PlayStation 3 box to find ... a Thousand Oaks phone book.A Camarillo, Calif. teen dreamed of getting a popular game for Christmas, and he got it, almost. 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore the gift wrapped box to find that his parents got him...

Rumor: AMD Triple-Core CPUs To Launch In March

Rumor: AMD Triple-Core CPUs To Launch In March

As with all rumors, please take the following with a grain of salt.  A new rumor is being circulated that AMD's upcoming triple-core CPUs are likely to hit the shelves sometime in March 2008:“AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom 8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the company will launch...

Chinese Foundry Licenses 45nm Tech From IBM

Chinese Foundry Licenses 45nm Tech From IBM

“IBM has licensed its next-generation technology for manufacturing processors to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., the largest Chinese chipmaker, the companies said Wednesday. The partnership spotlights the growing technical abilities in China, a country that's already a manufacturing powerhouse for lower-tech products. Terms...

Apple Hits $200

Apple Hits $200

Apple's stocks hit $200 in the middle of the trading day before finishing up at $199.97.  This is a record high for the Cupertino-based company.It's hard to imagine that only 10 years ago Bill Gates more or less bailed Apple out of serious financial trouble.  What a difference a decade can make."Apple shares have traded between $76.77...

Optimus Keyboard Still Shipping In Feb '08

Optimus Keyboard Still Shipping In Feb '08

The Optimus Keyboard has been the source of a lot of attention and speculation, which is especially unusual for a keyboard.  Initially the four-digit asking price was the source of most of the press, but then came the rumors of the delays.  It seems that the latest rumors about yet another delay are false:“Optimus themselves have...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Graphics Cards of 2007 @ OCCXFX 8800 GTS 512 XXX Alpha Dog @ Bjorn3DGainward Bliss 8800 GT 512MB GS GLH Graphics Card Review @ X-bit LabsAsus EN8800GT Review @ AMDZone Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard Preview @ CPU3DASRock 4Core1333-eSATA2 Mainboard on Intel P31 Express Chipset @ X-bit Labs Processors: AMD Phenom...

Google Reader’s Privacy Flap

Google Reader’s Privacy Flap

'Tis the season to be upset - upset at Google over privacy, at least.  Actually, it's year-round, and here's yet another.On Dec. 14th, in Google Reader Help and on the Official Google Reader Blog, they posted about a new feature, which, as they put it:The short description of it is this: If any of your friends from Google Talk are using...

No One Wins The HD DVD Versus Blu-Ray Battle

No One Wins The HD DVD Versus Blu-Ray Battle

The fight for supremacy between the two high-definition formats for entertainment has been fought to a stalemate, at least according to Sony's CEO Howard Stringer. Sony backs the Blu-ray standard, while Toshiba touts the HD DVD format. When the numbers are in for Christmas, we'll likely see that one or the other format has a wide lead over...

Big OLED Screens Back On The Radar Again

Big OLED Screens Back On The Radar Again

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It's been touted as an possible future improvement over plasma, LCD and standard LEDs for a while now. Since it doesn't require a backlight to display images, it uses less electricity than its competitors and displays better in sunlight, which makes it a favorite for small handheld screens where...

What Did People Buy Online This Year?7

What Did People Buy Online This Year?7

This holiday season has been very generous to e-tailers, with record breaking numbers left and right.  This begs a few questions such as: what changed from last year?  Well, one of the largest changes appears to be what consumers were shopping for:“According to early online shopping statistics, sales of holiday stalwarts like jewelry,...

Rumor: More Phenom Delays?

Rumor: More Phenom Delays?

This tidbit comes straight out of the rumor department, so remember to take it with a grain of salt:“AMD has recently notified its partners that the launch of higher-end quad-core Phenom processors, including the 9700 and 9900, will be postponed to the second quarter of 2008 from the original schedule of early 2008, according to sources at...

Merry Christmas from Crytek: a Crysis MapPack

Merry Christmas from Crytek: a Crysis MapPack

It's Christmas Day. What the heck are you doing? Fire up Crysis and install this new Christmas present from them: an official Crysis Tournament Mappack. Thing is, Santa didn't drop it down the chimney and it's not on the Crytek site (at least, it's not easy to find).In a way that's probably good: anyone else annoyed at how you have to enter...

WeTube

WeTube

Despite being known as an icon of traditional British values, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has opened her own Royal YouTube channel.“The queen will use the popular video-sharing website to send out her 50th annual televised Christmas message, which she first delivered live to the nation and its colonies on Dec. 25, 1957.Buckingham Palace...

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

We got some of the HH crew together this morning for a holiday team photo.  Who knew we could move so well...   Jeff in particular really knows how to get "jiggy" with it.  Head on over to the Elf Yourself site for some yultide yucks of your own or check out our funkmasta-ho-ho moves.  (Greg, Mike, Mike,...

Why Are Up To 20% OF Hi-Def Sets Returned?

Why Are Up To 20% OF Hi-Def Sets Returned?

High definition televisions keep getting cheaper and bigger. Sales are growing, especially this holiday season. There seems to be a slight problem with them: lots of people aren't all that thrilled with them once they get them home, and up to 20 percent of them are returned to the store where they were purchased. Why?Industry insiders say...

Apple Adopts Intel UMPC Platform

Apple Adopts Intel UMPC Platform

Apple certainly picked an excellent time to partner with Intel.  The two firms have worked together to deliver a wide range of products that have greatly improved the computing experience for “the rest of us.”It seems that the relationship between the two companies might spawn a completely new range of Apple products: Intel-powered UMPCs.“People...

Sony's Game Division For Sale?

Sony's Game Division For Sale?

With a major brain drain still in effect at Sony Online Entertainment, Sony's gaming division, it seems that SOE might be up for sale.  Who would they sell to?Activision is probably not in the market after their recent merger announcement.  Who else could there be?“India's Economic Times, citing anonymous sources and an unnamed Zapak...

E-Tail Still Raking In The Cash

E-Tail Still Raking In The Cash

It seems that online retail is continuing to do very well this year, and has shown marked gains from even a year ago.  We can certainly understand the appeal after spending untold hours in lines and fighting traffic.ComScore has been tracking online sales figures, and those figures certainly look amazing:“During the first 48 days of the...

Intel Having Trouble With 45 nm Chips?

Intel Having Trouble With 45 nm Chips?

Intel has been performing nearly flawlessly of late, but a rumor has surfaced regarding their allegedly revised release schedule.  At this time it is only a rumor, and shouldn't be taken as fact until we hear more.  Allegedly Intel's 45 nm High-K isn't working too well with low-end chips.“The problem with this one is that changing...

Hardware Round-UP

Video:NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Overclocking Guide @ TechARPGECUBE Radeon HD 3850 X-Turbo III @ TweaktownGeCube XHD3850PG3-E3 ATi HD Radeon 3850 Graphics card @ OCWorkbench Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS Blitz Formula Special Edition @ InsideHW.comASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @ TechgageAsus M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsASRock...

Merry Christmas to All, Graphics-Card Style

As Christmas approaches, we at HotHardware would be remiss if we didn't give you an opportunity to hear Jingle Bells on a graphics card, and we don't mean because of a vibration in the fan or anything.  There's little we can add, so enjoy....

Slowly  Opensource-Wireless-WebSurfing  In 2008

Slowly Opensource-Wireless-WebSurfing In 2008

What would year-end magazine issues be without wild-eyed predictions for the future?  The Economist has wisely decided to limit their predictions to just next year, and to only three guesses. And unlike the usual flying car daydreams or SARS  epidemic nightmares, these seem pretty likely: Surfing will slow. Surfing will go wireless....

Thankfully Apple's Not In The Auto Part Business

Thankfully Apple's Not In The Auto Part Business

Apple computers are generally more expensive than their competitors. Apple enthusiasts have long accustomed themselves to shelling out a premium for Cupertino bling. But Dave Winer was surprised to find out that not only does Apple charge a hefty $160 to replace a 80GB hard drive, they refuse to hand over your defective disk after you've paid...

PlayStation Emulator for iPhone, iPod Released

PlayStation Emulator for iPhone, iPod Released

Jonesing for a way to play PS 1 games, and happen to have an iPod handy?  An enterprising developer may have the answer to your woes.Previously only available as a private beta to donators, a PlayStation 1 emulator for the iPhone and iPod has been released to the public. The version is 0.1.0 so it’s obviously far from done, but psx4iPhone...

Crytek CEO And NVIDIA VP Chat About Crysis

Crytek CEO And NVIDIA VP Chat About Crysis

The team at InCrysis had a bit of a heart to heart with Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli and NVIDIA's VP of Content Relations, Roy Taylor, in sort of a state-of-the-nation fashoin that offers a bit of insight as to what's going on with game play, the engine itself and performance optimizations that both companies are working hard on.  There is...

Fun and Tracking with The Nintendo Wii Remote

Fun and Tracking with The Nintendo Wii Remote

If you've been on the hunt for a Nintendo Wii system this holiday season, along with what seems to be the entire free world, but have given up your quest due to lack of availability, perhaps this will give you some additional motivation.  Without any hands-on experience with the system, you may have more easily dismissed the Wii as just...

Is "Fake Steve" in Trouble with "Real Steve?"

Is "Fake Steve" in Trouble with "Real Steve?"

After what happened to Think Secret, is "Fake Steve" now in trouble with Apple?  Nah.When I wrote about the closure of Think Secret, I wondered what the next rumor site that Big Brother, I mean Apple, would target was. I certainly didn’t think they would go after Fake Steve, or Daniel Lyons, and his “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” satire...

Hi-Def War Escalation?  Blu-ray Site Hacked

Hi-Def War Escalation? Blu-ray Site Hacked

"Can't we all just get along?" as that pundit of peace, Rodney King, once said. Friday the official Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) website was hacked, such that users were redirected to the HD-DVD Promotion Group's site, thelookandsoundofperfect.com.Beginning at around 4pm ET Friday, and continuing intermittently into the afternoon, visitors...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS EN8800GT TOP 512MB @ Bjorn3DXFX 8600GT Extreme Overclock 256Mb @ CPU3DVisiontek HD2600 XT 256MB @ Bjorn3DASUS EAH3850 TOP Overclocked Radeon HD3850 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com Motherboards & Chipsets: NVIDIA nForce 700i Chipsets @ Digit-LifeGigabyte 780SLI-DS5 Motherboard @ Digit-LifeDFI LanParty UT 790FX Motherboard...

Retail Store Accused of Scalping Wiis on eBay

Retail Store Accused of Scalping Wiis on eBay

Reports have surfaced around the web that a retail store in the Midwest, Slackers, is selling its allotment of Nintendo Wiis for a premium on eBay.  In other words, scalping them as the author says.... instead of selling the systems with bundles, a chain of Illinois/Missouri gaming stores called Slackers is simply dumping its stock onto...

AMD Releases ATI Catalyst 7.12 Drivers

AMD Releases ATI Catalyst 7.12 Drivers

Just in time for the weekend, AMD has released a brand new set of Catalyst drivers.  The Catalyst 7.12 suite incorporates a number of performance tweaks and bug fixes for all flavors of Windows.  A quick glance at the release notes reveals the following interesting bits of information... Enhanced ATI OverDrive support for the...

NVIDIA Named Company of the Year

NVIDIA Named Company of the Year

Due to its growth and increasing market share in 2007, NVIDIA has been named Forbes Magazine's Company of the Year."They accost him at airports. They pump him for technical information at conferences. Even his son is on his case. When you sell a product that tens of millions of videogame fanatics rely on, there is no escape. Nvidia Chief Executive...

Windows Explorer Labeled a Virus

Windows Explorer Labeled a Virus

Linux users might actually agree with this "false positive". On the other hand Microsoft breathes a sigh of relief, as for once the antivirus software in question is not Windows Live OneCare.The security company's systems had decided that a virus called Huhk-C was present in the explorer.exe file, leading to its confinement or, in some cases,...

Microsoft Puts Up With Open Sores Now

Microsoft Puts Up With Open Sores Now

My mistake. That's Open Source. In a bid to get the European Union off their back after their stunning defeat in the EU's anti-trust trial, Microsoft has now licensed some of its proprietary code to the company that developed "Samba," software that allows operating systems other than Windows to communicate with a Windows client.So basically...

Sharp+Toshiba' s Excellent Flatscreen Adventure

Sharp+Toshiba' s Excellent Flatscreen Adventure

Toshiba and Sharp are fierce competitors. Both based in Japan, they manufacture and sell flatscreen LCD TVs, among many other things. They've decided to cooperate with one another, and have announced that Toshiba will purchase LCD panels over 32 inches from Sharp, and in turn Sharp will purchase chips for use in their TVs from Toshiba. Toshiba...

It Was The Worst Of Times....

It Was The Worst Of Times....

Google's plan to acquire DoubleClick Inc. has run into a snag.  That snag's name is the European Commission, which acts as the EU's anti-competition watchdog.  Despite the Federal Trade Commission approving the takeover, the EC feels that the merger will have a detrimental effect to European consumers:"The Google/DoubleClick merger...

It Was The Best Of Times...

It Was The Best Of Times...

Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission despite heavy opposition from Microsoft and AT&T.The next step of the deal is to be cleared by the powers that be in other regions of the world that Google operates in.“The deal, announced in April, will combine Google's leading position...

Bulldozer Disappears From Roadmaps?

Bulldozer Disappears From Roadmaps?

From the wild rumor and speculation department comes a tale of two future AMD platforms aimed at corporate customers.  Like any great love triangle, there's a(n alleged) problem: lack of resources to properly develop both at once.In this case, we're talking about AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture, which will follow likely follow the...

DVD+/-RW Drive Round-Up

DVD+/-RW Drive Round-Up

Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance and overall value of three DVD+/-RW drives, the Asus DRW-2014L1T, the  Lite-On LH-20A1H, and finally the Plextor PX-810SA. ...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsRadeon HD 3870 Reviewed and tested in Crossfire @ Boot Daily.comXFX 8800 GTS 640MB Extreme Edition Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ TechARP Motherboards & Chipsets: XFX nForce 780i SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsAsus X38 Formula Maximus Review @ Neoseeker...

Apple's As Evil As Anybody, I Guess

Apple's As Evil As Anybody, I Guess

A very bright and enterprising 13-year-old boy  launched a blog a few years ago dedicated to rumors about Apple.  A true manifestation of the Apple fanboy mentality, Think Secret was a big hit with Apple enthusiasts who liked to hear any scuttlebut about upcoming Apple products. Steve Jobs hated it, mostly because it was very accurate,...

Nanowire Battery Decimates Regular Batteries

Nanowire Battery Decimates Regular Batteries

Some very clever people at Stanford University have devised away to modify lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowires to expand the capacity of the batteries and allow them to deliver electricity for ten times as long as they currently do before recharging. "It's not a small improvement," Cui said. "It's a revolutionary development."The...

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

GIGABYTE Online Overclocking ContestHonor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame- Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –                    City of Industry, CA, December 19, 2007 – GIGABYTE United, Inc., a leading Motherboard...

OS X 10 Very Vulnerable To Hacking

OS X 10 Very Vulnerable To Hacking

According to research provided by the security firm Securina, Mac OS X has approximately 10 times the number of critical vulnerabilities of Windows XP and Vista combined.  We'll let the numbers speak for themselves:“While Mac OS X had 234 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in 2007, Vista and XP combined had 23, Ou wrote."This shows...

Et Tu Yorkfield?

Et Tu Yorkfield?

We recently reported that Intel may postponing the release of their X48 chipset by a month or two, and now it looks like they may be doing the same with their 45 nm “Yorkfield” quad-core CPUs.  While the X48 delay is allegedly to make motherboard manufacturers happy, the delay of the CPUs seems to stem from AMD's Phenom not being available...

Google Adverts Have Trojans

Google Adverts Have Trojans

Romanian antivirus firm, BitDefender, claims to have discovered malicious code in Google's AdSense service.  Google has been swift to respond:Google said on Wednesday: "We have canceled customer accounts that display ads redirecting users to malicious sites or that advertise a product violating our software principles.""We actively work...

OCZ Unveils PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860

OCZ Unveils PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860

OCZ Unveils the New PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860 Watt, an Ultra-Reliable Server-Class PSU Designed for a Wide Range of Applications Including Commercial, Industrial, and Gaming Sunnyvale, Calif.—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled...

"Duke Nukem Forever" Rises from the Grave

"Duke Nukem Forever" Rises from the Grave

Duke Nukem Forever is one of the quintessential examples of vaporware. In fact, it's held up as such in the "vaporware" Wikipedia article. And you can bet hundreds of times the "Forever" part of the title has been said to mean how long it will be in development. That said, a new game featuring the iconic Duke Nukem would be a hot seller, and...

AMD Phenom 9600 with Clock Multiplier Control

AMD Phenom 9600 with Clock Multiplier Control

Unleashed: AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition Quad-Core Processor With Clock Multiplier ControlNew AMD GAME! Wiki offers opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to share, learn and createWHAT: AMD has released a new AMD Phenom(tm) 9600 Black Edition quad-core processor with Clock Multiplier Control and tunable performance. The newest Black Edition processor...

Solar Santa's Startup Supersedes Lumps Of Coal

Solar Santa's Startup Supersedes Lumps Of Coal

I have a rule of thumb. Whenever I read anything about alternative energy of any kind, I simply skip over everything and look for the one thing that matters: Is it cheaper than oil and coal? Nothing else matters, really. Burning coal and oil to make energy to produce goods and services to tax to redistribute as subsidies to alternative energy...

Buffalo Bill Pretty High For USB SSD

Buffalo Bill Pretty High For USB SSD

Got 113,000 Japanese yen burning a hole in your pocket? That's 495 British Pounds. The money pound, not the weight pound. At any rate, if you've got about $1000 American, you can now afford 100 GB of flash storage, courtesy of Buffalo Japan. Awesome.The company's new SHD-UHRS series of SSDs goes on sale at the end of this month, starting with...

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Release

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Release

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards -- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit -- FREMONT, CA – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS P5N-T Deluxe motherboard. This cutting-edge...

NVIDIA's nForce 780i SLI Chipset Arrives

NVIDIA's nForce 780i SLI Chipset Arrives

The onslaught of new product releases for the holiday season continues, with the launch of NVIDIA's nForce 700 series of chipsets.  Just in case you skimmed past the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of NVIDIA’s...

Ready? Fight!  GameStop Details Wii Raincheck

Ready? Fight! GameStop Details Wii Raincheck

Last Friday Nintendo announced a raincheck program, exclusive to GameStop.  This program is for those of you desperate for a Wii, willing to wait until January, and willing to shop at GameStop.  Today GameStop outlined the details.A limited number of reservations will be available at each store and only one reservation can be made...

$8,000 Per Gallon Printer Ink = Lawsuit

$8,000 Per Gallon Printer Ink = Lawsuit

It is no secret that in the printer market, the money is all in the consumables.  Paper, ink, and the like are where the money is made, not printers themselves.  As such, a Boston man has filed a lawsuit against Staples and HP on collusion and anti-trust grounds.A Boston man has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing hardware maker...

Government Discovers That Teen Girls Text A Lot

Government Discovers That Teen Girls Text A Lot

2007 is shaping up to be the first year when spending on cellphone services surpasses the cost of land line phones, according to a study by the US government and backed up by industry information. Anybody with a teenage girl at home has known this was coming for quite some time.  "What we're finding is there's a huge move of people giving...

Alltel Lets You Read Voicemail

Alltel Lets You Read Voicemail

Arkansas based Alltel Wireless is offering a service that converts your voicemail messages to plain text. Great for multitasking, you can now view your messages even when it's not convenient to listen to them, and forward them as e-mail. It's based on technology developed by Great Britain's Spinvox. “Our customers will appreciate the fact...

QuickBooks Update Shreds Mac Files

QuickBooks Update Shreds Mac Files

A recent update to Quicken Pro is having an adverse effect on some Macs.  By adverse effect, we mean that it's deleting non-Quicken related data on the desktop.  Yes, the desktop, the same place that users often put data they're currently working on.“The update caused several Mac users to lose data from their Desktop folders, infuriating...

Seriously: Hector Ruiz Didn't Get That Raise

Seriously: Hector Ruiz Didn't Get That Raise

Eyebrows were raised last week when reports came in saying that AMD CEO Hector Ruiz received a 7.4% raise last week, despite the problems the semiconductor company is having.  We can all rest easy knowing it's just a misunderstanding.It turns out that a senior member of AMD's public relations staff erred when confirming Thursday afternoon--prior...

Intel X48 Postponed?

Intel X48 Postponed?

We recently had the opportunity to test Intel's upcoming QX 9770 CPU and of course a supporting X48-powered motherboard.  At that time we were informed that Intel was hoping to launch both products in Q1 '08, but now we're hearing rumors that the X48 chipset might be delayed by a month or two.Apparently the delay has little to do with...

HP’s New Year Promo to Help Gamers Pwn Opponents

HP’s New Year Promo to Help Gamers Pwn Opponents

HP’s New Year promo to help gamers pwn opponents in ’08HP has announced a new promotion for gamers looking to kick more virtual butt in the New Year. This cool config comes at the hot price of just $2,399 and includes the award winning, liquid-cooled HP Blackbird 002 and a ton of other upgrades. The system will begin shipping in January and...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS GeForce EN8800GT TOP 512MB @ TweaktownEVGA e-GeForce 8800GTS 512MB Edition Review @ Motherboards.orgSapphire ATI Radeon HD3870 @ Modders-IncATI Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR3 round-up @ Elite BastardsXFX 8800GT XXX 256MB Alpha Dog @ Bjorn3DXFX 8800 GT 256MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: Motherboards of 2007...

OpenOffice Online Beta Goes Live

OpenOffice Online Beta Goes Live

Run, don't walk, to your nearest PC to sign up.   Only the first 15,000 registrants will get in, according to Ulteo, developers of the online version.The beta which is open to the first 15,000 subscribers, offers access to the complete OpenOffice suite without any prior installation, and 1GB of free storage.The suite also adds collaboration...

Inside The Trojan Horse Business

Inside The Trojan Horse Business

In late November, the Justice Department announced that they'd lived our dream: they got their hands on eight people that had infected unsuspecting computer users with Trojan Horse applications. InfoWorld profiled each of the perps, and it's fascinating to see the various ways they committed their crimes -- and the reasons they said...

The Silicon Age Is Only Sixty Years Old

The Silicon Age Is Only Sixty Years Old

Is sixty years a long time? I guess, but it's not ancient history. On December 16, 1947 at Bell Laboratories  in New Jersey, the world's first transistor was born. Ever since the people at Bell got over wondering just what they needed those little semiconductor amplifiers for, when they had perfectly good vacuum tubes hanging around to...

Guitar Hero III Auctioned on eBay for $9,000

Guitar Hero III Auctioned on eBay for $9,000

The sale price alone is worth the story, but that's not the best part.  A Canadian dad, ebay username of k_lid, sold his son's Guitar Hero III game (for the Nintendo Wii) on eBay for $9,100.01 after catching him smoking pot in the backyard with two of his "delinquent" friends."I am now finding it hard to justify rewarding him with this...

Asus P5E3 Premium and Maximus Extreme

Asus P5E3 Premium and Maximus Extreme

Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of two of Asus’ premiere motherboards for the Intel platform, the X48-based P5E3 Premium and the X38-based Maximus Extreme. ...

Intel To Offer SSDs For UMPCs

Intel To Offer SSDs For UMPCs

It seems as if Intel has decided to develop SSDs for the growing UMPC crowd:“The Z-P140 PATA solid-state storage drives (SSDs) will be provided as an optional module to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to embed on motherboards made for the Menlow platform. The platform, designed for ultramobile PCs, also includes the Silverthorne processor...

iPond: Animal Cruelty for Your iPod

iPond: Animal Cruelty for Your iPod

A speaker system for the iPod that doubles as a fish tank is flying off the shelves in Australia. It’s also drawing the attention of animal rights activists and aquarists.The device, called an iPond, sells for $70. It’s being sold at two retail chains, Pets Paradise and Pet Goods Direct. However, it can only hold 650 ml of water once rocks...

Even More New Mac Laptops En Route?

Even More New Mac Laptops En Route?

With MacWorld next month, the constant flood of rumors about a small professional notebook just won't stop.  But we're starting to get wind about a new laptop for 'the rest of us' but not the super-slim pro model we've been reporting about.This time around we're hearing that a new style of notebooks are being seen carried around the Cupertino...

SOE Loses Another Huge Name

SOE Loses Another Huge Name

To say that Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), developers of many of the most notable MMOs, has had a brain drain over the past few years is a massive understatement.  They've lost any number of great talents, and had to dig deep to bring some, such as Brad McQuaid, back.It seems that the latest person to be moving on will be Scott Hartsman,...

Next-Gen Disc Formats Are Both Losers

Next-Gen Disc Formats Are Both Losers

Any time that a console is responsible for the bulk of a next-gen disc format's sales, we're willing to consider the possibility that most consumers just don't give a damn.  Yet, it seems that nearly ¾ of all North American Blu-ray Disc players are found in PS3s and more than a third of all HD DVD Drives are Xbox 360 HD add-on drives...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PowerColor HD 3850 Xtreme @ Bjorn3DPalit GeForce 8800GT Sonic Graphics Card @ TweaktownSamsung SyncMaster 2232GW @ Overclockers Online Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @ t-breakMemory & Storage: OCZ Titanium CL3 DDR2-800 Review @ SysOptOCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel OCZ2N800SR2GK Review @ DragonSteelMods.com...

Judge: PGP Passphrase is Private

Judge: PGP Passphrase is Private

A judge has ruled that a defendent cannot be forced to give up the passphrase for his encrypted hard drive.  Without this passphrase, authorities aren't able to decrypt his drive.  Now we know why U.K. authorities were asking for a backdoor into Bitlocker-encrypted Windows Vista PCs last year, right?U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Niedermeier...

AMD To Jump To 45 nm Soon?

AMD To Jump To 45 nm Soon?

While it isn't exactly a secret that AMD hasn't been delivering the way they'd want to, it doesn't mean that they're throwing in the towel either.  There was a time when AMD thought they might have 65 nm tech available almost the same time that Intel would, and that they might even beat rival Intel when it came to releasing CPUs manufactured...

Eee PC + Vista

Eee PC + Vista

If we were forced to say that the ASUS Eee PC had a single fault, we might site its less limited storage capabilities.  It's not a major problem when running the included Xandros distribution, but with only 8 GB of internal storage available the Eee PC is not quite up to the minimum specifications to install Microsoft's nearly year old...

More HotHardware Giving Thanks Winners Announced

More HotHardware Giving Thanks Winners Announced

Are you feelin' lucky?  Have you won?  You'll never know until you look.  You'll never win until you try.  Official rules and details here!  HH Tees!!    HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! Congrats to our most recent winners!...

Can't Find a Wii? Put a Raincheck Under the Tree

Can't Find a Wii? Put a Raincheck Under the Tree

Still can't get a Nintendo Wii? Join the club. However, there might be a possible solution, if you don't mind putting a piece of paper under the tree, as well as a somewhat fuzzy delivery date.Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told a telephone news conference that shoppers who pay the full price of about $249 for an out-of-stock...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition review @ Elite BastardsZOTAC GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 @ TweaktownAsus EAH3850 Graphics Card Review @ SysOptXFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty Review @ OCC Motherboards & Chipsets: Foxconn MARS (Intel P35) @ HardwareZoneFoxconn Mars @ Bjorn3DAbit IP35-E Socket 775 Motherboard @ 3DGameManASUS Maximus...

Goodbye Wikipedia? Hello Google Knol

Goodbye Wikipedia? Hello Google Knol

I'm a big fan of Wikipedia. It's easy to find foolish or inaccurate things on it of course, but on the whole it's a fantastic and useful utility. If you do a lot of websearches on Google, you'll notice that Wikipedia has become a sort of default top of the page result for a lot of queries. That might be set for a big change, now that Google...

Palm Tells 100 Workers To Talk To The Hand

Palm Tells 100 Workers To Talk To The Hand

Palm has been taking a beating recently. The smartphone market they compete in was already crowded before the iPhone appeared to steal marketshare, and their ill-starred UMPC bombed so badly that the product was withdrawn. Now Palm is laying off about 10% of their workforce of 1150. Merry Christmas. Palm's statement said the restructuring,...

Asus' Bamboo Eco Book: Don't Let a Panda Near It

Asus' Bamboo Eco Book: Don't Let a Panda Near It

Manufacturers are exploring new ways to make laptops and PCs eco-friendly, and Asus has unveiled a prototype that a panda might salivate over: the bamboo-encased Asus Eco Book laptop.Apple Inc and other computer makers went on to make advanced PCs in metal and plastic casings, but now Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc (2357.TW: Quote, Profile,...

Asus - Hot Hardware Holiday Gift Guide Reminder

Asus - Hot Hardware Holiday Gift Guide Reminder

Just in case you’re not keeping count, we wanted to let you all know that there are only 10 more shopping days left until Christmas!  If you, or anyone you know, are in the market for a laptop, do yourself a favor and check out the Asus Holiday Gift Guide available right here on HotHardware.Asus has special pricing on a number of their...

AMD Hybrid CrossFire Sneak Peek

AMD Hybrid CrossFire Sneak Peek

Prior to holding its Financial Analyst Day in New York City, AMD showed off some new CrossFire-related technology to a few select members of the press.  What we saw was AMD’s Hybrid CrossFire and its associated hardware, which marries next-generation integrated graphics processors (IGP) and entry-level discreet graphics cards for increased...

OCZ Announces DDR3-1800 Intel Extreme Memory Kit

OCZ Announces DDR3-1800 Intel Extreme Memory Kit

OCZ Technology Announces a New DDR3-1800 Intel Extreme Memory Kit for the Latest Enthusiast Chipset Sunnyvale, Calif.—December 13, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced new 1800MHz Intel Extreme Memory modules, a performance solution that implements...

Addonics Announces Blu Ray / HD DVD Hybrid

Addonics Announces Blu Ray / HD DVD Hybrid

Addonics Announces Optical Solution that Bridges Blu Ray and HD DVD Formats -- Zebra Blu-ray / HD DVD Player Plays Both Formats and Burns DVD±R/RW and CDRW Media -- SAN JOSE, CA (December 13, 2007) – Addonics Technologies today announced its Zebra Blu-ray / HD DVD Player an optical storage solution that allows your PC to play Blu-ray...

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Preview

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Preview

NVIDIA has been the forerunner in multi-GPU rendering for a long time now.  With years of maturity and performance tuning, their SLI technology has shown very strong scaling when chaining a pair of GPUs together to tackle the 3D graphics processing workload.  We’ve seen quad-SLI on mid-range GPUs previously with NVIDIA’s GeForce...

Russian Phishbot Passes The Turing Test

Russian Phishbot Passes The Turing Test

Well, not exactly, but pretty close. The Turing Test is a proposition first offered in the 1950s that tests a computer's ability to fool a human into thinking it's another human, using only natural language text interaction. Well, now there's a Russian website named Cyberlover.ru that sells a software utility that engages women...

Making The EU Take Windows To The Opera

Making The EU Take Windows To The Opera

Opera software doesn't think it can compete with Microsoft in the European Union, and has filed an anti-trust suit with the European Commission. The EU has shown a willingness to listen to complaints about Microsoft in the past, levying an enormous fine and demanding Microsoft unbundle utilities like media players from their Windows Operating...

Windows 7 Is Touchy-Feely

Windows 7 Is Touchy-Feely

The successor to Windows Vista, which is currently codenamed Windows 7, will apparently support multi-touch.  That's assuming that users have the proper hardware.  We're wondering if this will only be an option for some subsets of users as we know of numerous MMORPGers that have already reported a wave of destroyed monitors in the...

Rumor: StarCraft World Anyone?

Rumor: StarCraft World Anyone?

While we don't officially know exactly what Blizzard is working on we're going to start our rumor that the project codenamed Hydra will probably end up being a StarCraft MMO.  We've been gathering bits and pieces about this for a while now, and Drysc, a Blizzard employee, added the following quote regarding the reason Blizz is hiring...

New Apple Stores

New Apple Stores

In Apple's fiscal '08 year, which started September 30th, the Cupertino based firm plans on opening numerous new stores around the world.  Here are but a few of the stores that are on the drawing board but have yet to open in the US:Fair Oaks - Fairfax, VirginiaCherry Hill - Cherry Hill, New JerseyBridge Street - Huntsville, AlabamaBoylston...

Radiohead Creeps Back To Traditional CD Sales

Radiohead Creeps Back To Traditional CD Sales

It appears that Radiohead's experiment of selling their music for whatever price people wanted to pay for it (including nothing) has come to an end.  It's not entirely surprising as we reported that the band not exactly raking in the money on a per-sale basis, but there were still tons of people pirating out there.  Yes, people were...

SCiB: Have Charge, Will Not Explode

SCiB: Have Charge, Will Not Explode

I'm sure many have not forgotten the Sony laptop battery debacle. Well, Li-ion batteries have that problematic potential of overheating and exploding or catching fire. Toshiba has developed a new design, called SCiB, or Super-Charge ion Battery which should eliminate many of the drawbacks of Li-ion batteries, and not just overheating.According...

Microsoft Ends "Free Software for Monitoring"

Microsoft Ends "Free Software for Monitoring"

This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Review @ Penstarsys.comXFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog Edition Review @ NVNews.NetATI RADEON 3850/3870 @ Digit-LifeLeadtek WinFast 8500 & 8600GT with HDMI @ TweaktownBFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB @ [H]Asus EN8800 GTS T.o.P 512MB Review @ NeoseekerZotac 8800 GTS 512 MB @ techPowerUpG92 Take Two - BFG...

Microsoft Servers Wilt, Vista SP1 RC Goes Public

Microsoft Servers Wilt, Vista SP1 RC Goes Public

Microsoft's download servers must be on overload this week. First Office 2007 SP1, then Windows XP SP3 RC1, and now Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) have gone public.Microsoft was vague this week about when Windows Vista SP1 RC1 would be available, but based on the other two releases yesterday, it was going to be soon, and here...

Free Analog If You Want It

Free Analog If You Want It

Are you watching analog television? Somewhere between 13 and 21 million households still are. By federal government mandate, all TV broadcasting must switch over to digital by 2009. To ease the transition, the government is offering up to two coupons worth $40 each to buy converter boxes. Big box retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart are...

Omaura: Alright, Uptight, Clean Out Of Sight

Omaura: Alright, Uptight, Clean Out Of Sight

The slim form factor of your average flatscreen, plus its widescreen dimensions, coupled with the rat's nest of wires and other components that you generally need to watch what you want to watch has yet to be elegantly integrated into the living room. The TV armoire is dead, and we're left to display components out in the open, generally....

"W00t" Pwns Other Nominees for Word of the Year

"W00t" Pwns Other Nominees for Word of the Year

Gamers that we are, we suppose we should feel good that "w00t" pwned all other nominees for 2007 Word of the Year.  Or maybe we should be thinking ... eh?Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology."It shows a really interesting thing that's going on in language....

AMD Now Worth Less Than It Paid for ATI

AMD Now Worth Less Than It Paid for ATI

Overpaid much?  Or overestimated your chances? Could possibly be, if you purchased a company and the combined result is now worth less than your acquisition.AMD reached its lowest share price for more than four years last week and, as a result, its market value dropped to around US$5 billion – that's $400 million less than it paid for...

Microsoft Sneaks Out Windows XP SP3 RC1

Microsoft Sneaks Out Windows XP SP3 RC1

Why do I say "sneaks out?" Because while Microsoft was pretty open about Windows Vista SP1 RC1 releasing to the public this week, as well as Office 2007 SP1, it was tight-lipped about Windows XP SP3 RC1. Why not? After all Forrester Research has noted that XP remains Vista's biggest rival.Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate...

Office 2007 SP1 Now Available for Download

Office 2007 SP1 Now Available for Download

It's here.  Now the question is, can we toggle the Ribbon off?As promised, Microsoft has released SP1 for Office 2007 today, available on their Office download site. At the same time, Microsoft has released SP1 for Visio 2007 and Project 2007.The Office 2007 SP1 link, which was dead until just a few minutes ago, is now live, and is here....

Everex Cloudbook Enters UMPC Race

Everex Cloudbook Enters UMPC Race

Everex is planning to offer a competitor to Asus' nifty EEE PC. The "Cloudbook" UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) will be available in early 2008. All you open source fans out there will be interested to hear it will ship with the gOS Google Apps optimized Linux distro.  Like the EEE PC, the Cloudbook will use a 7-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD display,...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB: Asus and XFX

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB: Asus and XFX

NVIDIA is updating its product stack again this morning, this time with a newly designed GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB card based on the 65nm G92 GPU.  This new GTS features 128 stream processors, up from 96 in the original GTS, but its memory bus width has been cut down to 256-bits.  This new configuration gives the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB...

Ask.com Courts Tinfoil Hat-Weirdo-ACLU Searchers

Ask.com Courts Tinfoil Hat-Weirdo-ACLU Searchers

Ask.com is the fourth most popular search engine in the United States, accounting for 4.7 percent of all web searches. They've decided to differentiate themselves from the rest of their competitiors by offering AskEraser -- a widget on their service you can use to direct the search engine to discard information like search term, user's Internet...

Manhunt 2 Drama At An End?

Manhunt 2 Drama At An End?

It looks like Manhunt 2's European ban has been successfully appealed after it was rejected by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) not once, but twice.  We're a bit put off by the fact that the BBFC gave Manhunt 2 such a hard time but didn't even bat an eye at the Gigli <shudder>.“Censors said it demonstrated "casual...

Will 2008 Be The Year Of The SSD?

Will 2008 Be The Year Of The SSD?

To paraphrase an ancient Chinese proverb: Talk about an incredible new technology and we're interested, launch that amazing new technology and we'll be ecstatic.  By this we don't mean launch blazingly fast products at prices we couldn't dream of affording, but launching products that are at least somewhat affordable.It looks like 2008...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: HD 3850 Crossfire vs. 8800GTS 512MB G92 @ TweaktownLeadtek WinFast PX 8600 GT THD @ OCCInno3D GeForce 8800GT OC 512MB @ TweaktownSapphire HD 3870 Review Overclocked @ OCCGigabyte GV-NX88T512HP (GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, TurboForce Edition) @ HardwareZoneMotherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI Intel G35 Mainboard Review @ OCWorkbench...

Nintendo Wii Gets Gifting Feature

Nintendo Wii Gets Gifting Feature

Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel's Gifting Feature, which allows you to give a game to someone you've traded Friend Codes with, will go live later today.Later in the day on Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in their...

Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook

Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook

Hello Everyone.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the brand new Dell XPS M1730 high-end gaming notebook.  This machine is the first of its type to include an AGEIA PhysX processor along...

For Once, Zune Gets Hacked, Rather than iPod

For Once, Zune Gets Hacked, Rather than iPod

iPods, iPhones; those are hacker targets, not (generally) in malicious ways, but to extend functionality or remove (ahem) roadblocks.  Now the Zune has had one of its roadblocks bypassed.One of the early complaints about the WiFi sharing ability on the Zune was the rule that limits playback to 3 days or 3 plays on shared tracks. The Zune...

IBM Wants The US To Nuke Asustek From Orbit

IBM Wants The US To Nuke Asustek From Orbit

Well, not exactly. But IBM is claiming that Taiwan-based Asus is infringing on several of their patents, and wants the United States International Trade Commission to ban the import of Asus Computer products into the US until they get their pound of patent flesh.  This could get very interesting, because Asus makes computers under their...

Should Businesses Skip Skipping Vista?

Should Businesses Skip Skipping Vista?

A lot of people, businesses included, have more or less decided to skip upgrading their OS to Microsoft Vista. Windows XP works for them, is well supported for foreseeable future, and many feel they can skip a generation and wait for Vista's successor, dubbed "Windows 7" to come along. Gartner Research VP Michael Silver thinks that might be...

Eee PC Warranty Update

Eee PC Warranty Update

When we took a look at the ASUS Eee PC we noted the little 'warrant void if removed' sticker covering the memory access port, but we didn't really care.  After all, ours was just a review unit and despite our repeated and futile attempts to convince ASUS officials that our dog ate our demo unit, we ultimately knew that we were going to...

Is the Aibo Back?

Is the Aibo Back?

For many it was a sad day in 2006 when Sony put the Aibo down.  Stuff magazine has a rumor piece in its latest issue (don't you just hate it when they use that old paper stuff instead of the web?) that gives a better than 50 / 50 chance that the Aibo could be back, as a adjunct to the PS3.The rumor goes that the Sony Aibo PS, as they...

Black Monday Is All Green

Black Monday Is All Green

The holidays have never looked brighter for e-tailers, with a record breaking $14 billion dollars having changed hands since November 26th, also known as Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday alone posted an impressive $733 million dollars, but the momentum doesn't seem to have slowed very much.“Cyber Monday was followed by three consecutive days where...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Powercolor HD 3850 Xtreme 512 MB @ techPowerUpASUS G92 EN8800GTS and EN8800GTS TOP @ TweaktownXFX GeForce 8800GT 256MB XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsSapphire HD 3870 512 MB @ techPowerUp Motherboards & Chipsets: DFI Infinity Blood Iron P35-T2RL @ Tweaktown Processors: AMD vs Intel 2007: State of the Processos @ PC...

Apple TV Not Selling Well

Apple TV Not Selling Well

The Apple TV, once touted by digital-guru Steve Jobs as the device that was going to change the way people watch TV, apparently hasn't been selling that well.Analysts blame the poor sales on the loss of very popular content from NBC Universal and the lack of a media rental feature.  Both of these shortcomings have caused industry analysts...

Symantec Screwup Is 'Worse Than Any Virus'

Symantec Screwup Is 'Worse Than Any Virus'

In mid-November, Symantec released its "Top 5 Security-Menace Predictions for 2008." Perhaps it should have included itself.A routine update from Symantec Security Response wreaked havoc on a California company's clientele this week when it inadvertently tagged a program produced by Solid Oak Software as a virus and cut off the Internet access...

CompUSA, We Hardly Knew The New You

CompUSA, We Hardly Knew The New You

After nearly a quarter-century of retail business, it seems that CompUSA will officially close their doors for the last time in early 2008.  This news follows an attempt started earlier this year to reorganize the chain and make it more efficient.  The timing of this announcement couldn't have been worse for any of the employees...

USPS Lays The Smack Down On Netflix Envelopes

USPS Lays The Smack Down On Netflix Envelopes

The US Postal service has allegedly delivered an ultimatum to Netflix: Change your envelopes or pay $0.17 a piece.  While 17 pennies doesn't seem like a lot on the surface, that could impact their operating income/customer by as much as a reported 67%!“Not surprisingly, it sounds as if Netflix will bite the bullet and redesign the problematic...

Apple Threatening Asian iPhone Vendors

Apple Threatening Asian iPhone Vendors

There is a fine line between protecting the products and future markets of a company, and stepping on the feet of global commerce.  That fine line is currently being treaded by Apple, who is threatening Asian retailers in Singapore who are reselling iPhones they legally purchased, imported and unlocked to work with local carriers.“According...

Chau Asustek!

Chau Asustek!

New labor laws might be forcing Asustek to move their spin-off, Pegatron Technologies, from Taiwan to Vietnam in 2008.  Vietnam has been working hard to attract tech business, and is rumored to be offering excellent tax incentives to companies willing to make the leap.“If the movement plans are settled, it is expected they will trigger...

GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon 3870/3850 Price Check

GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon 3870/3850 Price Check

Industry news has definitely slowed to a trickle; so what happens when the going gets tough?  The tough go shopping of course.  We've compiled a few deals for you today courtesy of our PriceGrabber search engine here at HH and think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that new Radeon 38XX and GeForce 8800 GT cards have come down...

Seagate's FreeAgent Drives and Linux Don't Mix

Seagate's FreeAgent Drives and Linux Don't Mix

It has been a bad couple of days for external hard drive makers.  First Western Digital restricts sharing of multimedia files, and now it appears Seagate's FreeAgent drives don't play nice with Linux.The problem is to do with the power-saving systems on Seagate's latest range of drives and the fact that it is shipped already formatted...

Rumors To Realities: 3G iPhone & Ultra Portable

Rumors To Realities: 3G iPhone & Ultra Portable

The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more...

JetBlue To Offer Free E-Mail & IM

JetBlue To Offer Free E-Mail & IM

If you own a Blackberry 8820 or 8320 curve device and are spend a lot of time flying from meeting to meeting, then this tidbit is for you:“JetBlue Airways Corp. plans to be the first U.S. airline to provide free in-flight email and instant-messaging services when one of its A320 planes equipped with an onboard wireless network takes wing Tuesday.”Despite...

It's Not The Size That Counts...

It's Not The Size That Counts...

Or is it?  Via has released a Pico-ITX kit called the ARTiGO A1000.  This thing is TINY at only 5.9” x 4.3” x 1.8”, but it still packs a fairly reasonable amount of power: “Powered by the 1GHz VIA C7 processor and supporting up to 1GB of DDR2 533 SO-DIMM system memory, the VIA EPIA PX mainboard is based on the single-chip VIA VX700...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeCube Radeon HD 3850 X-Turbo III 512 MB @ techPowerUpATI Radeon HD 3870 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsXFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Video Card Review @ I4U Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutDFI LANParty DK P35 T2R/S @ Overclockers Online Forums Processors: AMD Athlon 64 5000+...

Commodore 64 still loved after all these years

Commodore 64 still loved after all these years

How many of you reading this got started in computing because of the good old Commodore 64?  Considering our demographic, I'd bet a whole lot of you spent many a sleepless night parked in front of that unassuming brown and grey contraption grinding your way through Impossible Mission or experimenting with some BASIC programming. Well,...

New Intel Celerons and Quad-Cores In January

New Intel Celerons and Quad-Cores In January

Apparently Intel hasn't forgotten those of you on a budget or in need of a low-power solution for Home Theater setup and the like.  Word is Intel is gearing up to release the Celeron E1200 in January, a 65W chip with dual cores at 1.6GHz, 512KB of cache and an 800MHz FSB.  Word is three mid-range 45nm quad-core (Yorkfield)...

Steve Jobs Sleeps On A Mattress Of Your Money

Steve Jobs Sleeps On A Mattress Of Your Money

Just kidding. But his box spring is probably made from gold bars. Maybe not. But one thing's for sure: Apple is swimming in cash. $15 billion in cash, to be precise. You'd have to be crazy to think that won't grow a lot with Christmas right around the corner. Unlike companies like Microsoft, Apple doesn't pay a dividend to their stockholders,...

Western Digital Likes Text Files A Lot. Do You?

Western Digital Likes Text Files A Lot. Do You?

Western Digital is a big fan of text files, and assumes you are too. It has disabled the ability of its 1TB network-ready drive to share MP3, AVI, MPEGs... well, pretty much any audio or video file you could name.  The "My Book World Edition" drive assumes the world is full of typists, I guess.Access to multimedia files is allowed only...

Windows + OLPC?  You Betchya!

Windows + OLPC? You Betchya!

Microsoft has decided that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) deal is just too big to not develop a custom version of their Windows OS for.  Currently the OLPC laptops are Linux powered, and its a safe bet that Microsoft isn't exactly thrilled about that.  This move by the Redmond giant also fits in well with their effort to attract...

Microsoft Behind Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD Conflict?

Microsoft Behind Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD Conflict?

If you aren't wearing your tin-foil hat, you might want to go get it before reading any further.Now that you have your tin-foil hat, we'll issue a not-too subtle warning that this as a wild rumor/allegation and it could easily fall under the heading of 'crackpot' theories despite having a big Hollywood name attached to it.  Microsoft...

Text Messages Celebrate Their 15th Anniversary

Text Messages Celebrate Their 15th Anniversary

As any readers of the comic strip Zits knows, text messages are the bane of parents of teenagers. However, it's also increased the amount of repetitive stress injuries people get (in their thumbs anyway), created new (and lame) ways of firing people, and even contributed to fatal accidents. At any rate, the SMS or text message celebrated its...

A-DATA 16GB Turbo CF 266X Sneak Peek

A-DATA 16GB Turbo CF 266X Sneak Peek

Working here at HotHardware, the team is used to seeing the latest and greatest graphics cards, processors, RAM, and motherboards.  But every so often something different, and occasionally really useful that we wouldn’t normally evaluate, lands in the lab that we think you’d all like to see.  One such product is the new A-DATA 16GB...

Dell to Sell Through Best Buy Stores

Dell to Sell Through Best Buy Stores

After years of online-only sales, Dell earlier this year started working with brick-and-mortar retailers, as part of its "recovery plan." First was Wal-Mart, then Sam's Club, then Staples, and now they are going to sell through Best Buy stores.Several models of XPS and Inspiron PCs will be available at 900 Best Buy locations, including the...

OCZ Touts Availability of Hypersonic Notebooks

OCZ Touts Availability of Hypersonic Notebooks

OCZ Technology Group Announces Availability of Premium Hypersonic Gaming Notebooks for the Global Consumer Electronics Retail Channel Sunnyvale, CA—December 6, 2007—OCZ Technology Group a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, PC components, and system builds, is pleased to announce that gamers...

Phenom TLB workaround benchmarked

Phenom TLB workaround benchmarked

Our friends at the Tech Report have a somewhat alarming article posted that you all should check out.  By now, we suspect you’ve all heard about the ‘TLB bug’ affecting all current quad-core AMD Opteron (Barcelona) and Phenom (Agena) processors.  If you haven’t heard of the bug, to put it simply, there is a problem with the translation...

Asus Unveils 1GB GeForce 8800 GT

Asus Unveils 1GB GeForce 8800 GT

ASUS Unleashes the World’s First EN8800GT Graphics Card with 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 On-Board Memory -- Enjoy games at high resolutions with maximum quality settings -- FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world’s first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of...

DisplayPort Cards Coming, AMD's RV635 Unveiled

DisplayPort Cards Coming, AMD's RV635 Unveiled

We've got a bit of show-and-tell for you here this morning.  You might recall recent announcements of a new digital display interface, dubbed DisplayPort by VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association.  This new interface will supplant DVI and VGA connections eventually and its micropacket architecture offers...

NEC MRAM: The Next Generation

NEC MRAM: The Next Generation

MRAM stands for magnetoresistive random access memory. NEC recently announced that they've  developed an SRAM compatible MRAM  that can run at 250 MHz, which they claim is the fastest MRAM in the world.  MRAM is swell because it's non-volatile: it remembers what you just told it even if you turn the power off.  If it's...

IBM Knows More About Silicon Photonics Than You

IBM Knows More About Silicon Photonics Than You

Well, I assume they do. They seem to know more about it than anybody. In a breakthrough paper  delivered in the Optics Express journal, IBM has demonstrated their method for greatly improving the  transfer of information between multiple computer chip cores, substituting  optical signals sent through silicon for electrical pulses...

Barcelona Delays Breathe New Life Into K8

Barcelona Delays Breathe New Life Into K8

To say that the AMD K10 has suffered delays is an understatement.  Many in the industry were honestly expecting this holiday season to feature a heavyweight CPU bout for the ages, but sadly it looks like we'll have to wait just a little bit longer.While the entire world is getting ready for that bout, it seems that AMD has decided to...

No Appeal For RIAA Victory

No Appeal For RIAA Victory

The recent RIAA victory in Capitol v. Thomas garnered a lot of media attention, and HotHardware was certainly no exception.  The end result of the case was that Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $220,000 in damages.  After announcing she wouldn't appeal the ruling, she promptly reconsidered and filed for an appeal which has just been...

AMD's "Barcelona" Delayed Until 2008

AMD's "Barcelona" Delayed Until 2008

Volume shipments of AMD's Barcelona will be delayed until 2008 because of a bug (what else).  AMD definitely didn't need more bad news.Barcelona, AMD's first quad-core processor for servers, is shipping to some customers in the high-performance computing market. But the company had hoped to start shipping it to a wider variety of customers...

Vista SP1 Public Beta Next Week

Vista SP1 Public Beta Next Week

Look what's coming.  Windows Vista SP1 RC1 (don't you just love all those 3 letter acronyms) will be available next week via the Download Center, and to MSDN and Technet subscribers tomorrow."We feel really good and we look forward to receiving feedback from our larger set of testers," said David Zipkin, a senior product manager on the...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS Graphics Card Review Rev. 3.0 @ TechARPHANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor @ BmR Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2H mATX Motherboard Review @ PC PerspectiveXFX nForce 680i Review @ OCCASUS P5K-E WiFi vs. Gigabyte P35-DS4 @ PhoronixASUS Maximus Formula @ [H]ASUS ROG Series X38 DDR3...

Intel Adds Low-End "Eaglelake" Member

Intel Adds Low-End "Eaglelake" Member

Motherboard makers have reported that Intel intends to add another member to its "4" series (Eaglelake) chipset which is set to launch Q2 next year.Intel is planning to add one more member to its 4 series (Eaglelake) chipsets which will be launched in the second quarter of 2008, according to sources at motherboard makers.In addition to its...

AMD Can't Lose, As It's Already Been Beaten

AMD Can't Lose, As It's Already Been Beaten

Hot Hardware loves handicapping the horserace between the two large chip manufacturers, Intel and AMD. By many measures, Intel has crushed AMD recently, to the point where Intel is flirting with a monopoly position. Maybe that's a bit over the top but you get the idea.  However, at least according to Wired, AMD isn't going anywhere, because...

I Thought Santino Was Shot At The Tollbooth

I Thought Santino Was Shot At The Tollbooth

Never mind waiting for the face of Jesus to appear on your toast and make you an e*bay thousandaire.  Now a company in Italy will let you have the face of a saint appear on your cellphone screen, in the form of a digital "holy card" or santino.A company in Italy started offering the service on Tuesday but ran into opposition from some...

iPhone's Small Browser Takes Huge Market Share

iPhone's Small Browser Takes Huge Market Share

The screen is small, the device is small, but the market share, for the browser of a mobile phone is, relatively speaking, big. The iPhone has only been available since late June, and it's already the most popular mobile browser for surfing the Web, beating out even Windows Mobile, which has been available for over 10 years.Net Applications...

LEDs to Light Upcoming Macbooks

LEDs to Light Upcoming Macbooks

It's been rumored, and now it appears to be on the way: LED-backlit Macbooks from Apple.  What else could Apple do to we who might have purchased recently regret it?It was bound to happen--I just didn't expect it so soon. I plunked down for a MacBook on Black Friday and now, not a week after receiving it, rumors are circulating that new...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 Review @ OCCPowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB @ I4UXFX Alpha Dog XXX 8800GT 256MB Review @ Motherboards.orgEVGA 8800GT 256MB World Exclusive Review @ GamePyre Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H AMD Motherboard Review @ TheTechLoungeFoxconn Mars Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review @...

Sharkoon Unveils SATA HD Dock

Sharkoon Unveils SATA HD Dock

Sharkoon SATA QuickPort:- USB docking station provides direct access to "naked" or uninstalled SATA hard drives, Compatible with 2.5" and 3.5" drives - Sharkoon presents a new hard drive accessory, the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort, which provides a direct connection to uninstalled SATA HDDs and makes pre-installation in an external housing...

Super Talent Launches 256GB SATA SSD

Super Talent Launches 256GB SATA SSD

Super Talent Launches 256GB SATA SSD San Jose, California – December 4, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of 256GB Serial ATA (SATA) solid state drives (SSDs). Super Talent’s new FSD56GC35M is 100% interchangeable with standard 3.5-inch SATA hard...

Asus C90S Whitebook Evaluation

Asus C90S Whitebook Evaluation

When it comes to mobile computing, a major detractor for many enthusiasts is their limited ability to upgrade components.  Typically, the hard drive and memory are readily accessible in most notebooks, but when it comes to graphics and other components, often times you are locked into the manufacturer's factory configuration or have to...

Introducing The XPS M1730 WoW Edition

Introducing The XPS M1730 WoW Edition

Are you a real World of Warcraft fan? Do you read the fan fiction, own the figurines and have a WoW desktop background? Can't get enough of the Warcraft universe and you want to take it with you everywhere you go and your laptop just ain't cutting it? Dell has exactly what you need. Today, Dell is announcing the XPS M1730 World of Warcraft...

Color Me Happy: Gmail Adds Colored Labels

Color Me Happy: Gmail Adds Colored Labels

Yes, yes, it's all tweaking of the UI, but it's all these little touches, right, that draw people to particular products?Gmail has added colored labels. Now, instead of just seeing the text of a label next to the subject, you’ll see the label in color (pictured). You can use either white text on the selected color or colored text on a lighter...

Windows XP SP3 Beta Expanded to MSDN, Technet

Windows XP SP3 Beta Expanded to MSDN, Technet

Although we know Windows XP SP3 isn't going to be feature-laden, it does offer, according to tests, a noticeable speed increase. And on Monday Microsoft increased the beta coverage of SP3 by making it available to MSDN and Technet subscribers.Microsoft late Monday expanded its beta test of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to subscribers of its MSDN...

Facebook: Kindler, Gentler Spying Now In Place

Facebook: Kindler, Gentler Spying Now In Place

Facebook has gotten all the bad publicity anybody could ever want over their intrusive "Beacon"  marketing/advertising/information gathering widget. On top of everything else, researchers have discovered that despite Facebook's modification of their permission settings, Facebook is still collecting information about all your  purchases...

US Circuit Court Thinks Small Boobies Are OK

US Circuit Court Thinks Small Boobies Are OK

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Google in a suit brought by Perfect10, who offers internet pictures of women who have forgotten some or all of their clothes. The images are copyrighted, but the Google search engine displays thumbnail  images in search results.  And people using the search engine to view...

Another iPhone Lawsuit

Another iPhone Lawsuit

You can nearly set your watch by the weekly Apple lawsuits, and future generations may count them to establish a sense of time between historic tech events in the same that way we count tree-rings to determine when natural disasters took place.This week's lawsuit was filed on behalf of Klausner Technologies and asserts that the Visual Voicemail...

We All Win!

We All Win!

We just love it when the CPU industry as a whole does well because of strong consumer demand.  There's no surer sign that prices are right and/or the technology is in serious demand than when both AMD and Intel gain share in the global microprocessor market, which is exactly what iSuppli claims.“In the third quarter, Intel accounted for...

Intel's Low-cost "Diamondville" CPU for OLPCs?

Intel's Low-cost "Diamondville" CPU for OLPCs?

The OLPC and Asus Eee are garnering a lot of attention.  Might Intel's new Diamondville CPU be just the ticket for upcoming versions?The first detail that Intel's Anand Chandrasekher announced on Monday in an interview with IDG is that Diamondville is a Silverthorne derivative. This tidbit clarifies the confusion around Mooly Eden's comments...

OCZ Announces “Freeze” Extreme Thermal Compound

OCZ Announces “Freeze” Extreme Thermal Compound

OCZ Technology Announces “Freeze” Extreme Thermal Compound Based on a Proprietary Formula Sunnyvale, CA—December 3, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released a unique thermal compound, Freeze, to their line of premium cooling...

HotHardware Giving Thanks Reminder

HotHardware Giving Thanks Reminder

  Hello everyone, just a reminder that from Thanksgiving through the Christmas Holiday, we're giving away FREE STUFF here at HotHardware!  Thaaaat's right! Santa has come early for all you Geek-Boys and Girls and we're here to spread the wealth! HH Tees!!  HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! We have some...

Samsung Claims Graphics Memory Speed Crown

Samsung Claims Graphics Memory Speed Crown

It's not the first GDDR5 chip made, but Samsung claims it's the fastest.Samsung claims to have invented the world's fastest graphics memory, capable of transferring data at 6Gb/sec.The series five, graphics double-data-rate (GDDR5) chips are more than four times faster than those found in today's consoles, according to Samsung, and will find...

Asus NV 780i Motherboard Sneak Peek - 3-Way SLI

Asus NV 780i Motherboard Sneak Peek - 3-Way SLI

Our friends at Asus sent over a board that we thought you all might like to drool over a bit.  Though this is an early sample and we're expecting a new revision, Asus comes out swinging here with a board that is jam-packed with features and setup with the enthusiast in mind.  Notice this is a full retail bundle as well, so things...

Let's Play The World's Smallest Violin Together

Let's Play The World's Smallest Violin Together

According to Taiwan-based motherboard manufacturers, mainland China's mobo manufacturers are not "playing fair," and are engaged in a price war that Taiwan can't compete in. The three-quarters of the world's globe put out of the motherboard manufacturing business by Taiwan are seen reaching for their tiny violins. And their checkbooks, to...

I Wrote War And Peace;  Boy Are My Thumbs Tired

I Wrote War And Peace; Boy Are My Thumbs Tired

The Japanese are often early adopters for all sorts of technology and pop-cultural phenomena that get popular elsewhere later. Sometimes they just adopt weird things and leave the rest of the world to scratch their heads and wonder. I'm not sure which this is, but half of the top-ten selling works of fiction sold in Japan were written on the...

Asus Eee PC 8 GB For $499?

Asus Eee PC 8 GB For $499?

If you've been holding back on purchasing an Eee PC due to the somewhat limited storage capabilities, it looks like ASUS might be granting your holiday wishes.  That's right, the 8 GB Eee PCs should hit store shelves as early as mid-December for a price of $499.  There's no word on whether or not that price will include Windows XP,...

More Nehalem Rumors Surface

More Nehalem Rumors Surface

Please remember to take any and all hardware rumors with a grain of salt.  That said, let's talk about Intel's upcoming CPU family, dubbed Nehalem.  We have heard rumors such as:  socket interoperability between Xeons and Itenium CPUs on the server front, the onboard memory controller on all models, and of course the obligatory...

Activision, Blizzard to Merge Into Gaming Giant

Activision, Blizzard to Merge Into Gaming Giant

Surprising to get news this huge on a Sunday, but here we are.  Activision and Blizzard are very successful on their own, and today they announced they would merge to form a company with a rather long name -- Activision Blizzard -- as well as a firm with large aspirations.Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Leadtek PX8600 GT SLI @ Bjorn3DXFX Alpha Dog XXX 8800GT 256MB World Exclusive @ Motherboards.orgSapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB Review @ Sharky ExtremeAsus EN8600GT 256MB Videocard Review @ HardwareLogicEVGA e-GeForce 8800 GT KO Review @ PC PerspectiveXFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB Alpha Dog Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory &...

Comcast: 100 Mbps Cable Modem Rollout in '08

Comcast: 100 Mbps Cable Modem Rollout in '08

Comcast-related news hasn't been positive lately, at least from a user's standpoint, as Comcast has been proven to be blocking P2P communications. Even the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has weighed in on that one. This week at the CableNEXT conference, some positive news: Comcast Chief Technology Officer Tony Werner said in his Wednesday...