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All News for June 2009

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Asus GeForce GTS 250 review at Ultimate HardwareMotherboards and Chipsets:ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 WiFi N Motherboard Kit @ BmRGigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogicMemory and Storage:Synology DS-409+ Network Attached Storage Device Review @ ThinkComputers.orgKingwin EZ-Dock 2 HDD Docking Station Review @ OCIA.netSynology...

Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades

Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades

Businesses who are thinking about upgrading more than a handful of computers between now and the October 22nd release of Windows 7 may want to hold off. That is, assuming the companies want the latest OS. While it’s true that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to its new OS, the company has made little mention of the “fine print” that limits...

MSI’s Eclipse Plus Achieves Overclocking Record

MSI’s Eclipse Plus Achieves Overclocking Record

If you’re serious about overclocking, listen up. The Taiwan gaming reviewer Coolaler recently achieved new overclocking world records using the MSI Eclipse Plus motherboard with both the Core i7 975 Extreme and Core i7 940 CPUs.MSI’s Eclipse Plus maintains the Eclipse series’ specs and overclocking abilities and adds four PCI-Ex16 slots. As...

Samsung's NVIDIA ION-Powered Netbook Pictured

Samsung's NVIDIA ION-Powered Netbook Pictured

Over the weekend, some rumors surfaced of a Samsung-built, NVIDIA ION powered netbook after a couple of European retailers listed the product on their websites. The pages have since been removed from the aforementioned sites, but we have some more information regarding the system.While we don't have final confirmation of the model name, specifications,...

PhotoFast's CR-7100 Puts 4 MicroSDHCs In CF Card

PhotoFast's CR-7100 Puts 4 MicroSDHCs In CF Card

With adapters coming out faster than we could ever keep track of, it's not often that we take time to point one out in particular. But this is just too handy to pass on. PhotoFast, a company based in Japan and known more for its SSD solutions than anything else, has just issued one of the most amazing adapters we have ever had the pleasure...

European cell phones to get universal chargers

European cell phones to get universal chargers

Everyone who has a cell phone has, somewhere, a drawer filled with old chargers from long-gone handsets. Those days soon will come to an end in Europe, where all the top mobile phone producers have agreed to make all their data-enabled sets use the same chargers. The European Commission, according to Reuters, announced the pact today. EU Industry...

New GPU-Accelerated Plug-Ins For CS4 Available

New GPU-Accelerated Plug-Ins For CS4 Available

NEW NVIDIA GPU-ACCELERATED PLUG-INS DRAMATICALLY BOOST PERFORMANCE FOR ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 4 USERSWide Range of Plug-ins Offered at Discounted Pricing for NVIDIA Quadro Customers SANTA CLARA, CA-June 29, 2009- Professional videographers face continuous pressure to deliver high quality work under tight deadlines. To ease that burden and enable...

Olympus E-620 Digital SLR Review

Olympus E-620 Digital SLR Review

Olympus’ latest E-620 DSLR targets users who are interested in something better than a budget entry-level DSLRs, that don’t want to pay for an upper mid-range or semi-pro body. This new camera is packed with features from the higher-end E-30, but uses a body that’s closer in size to the compact E-420 DSLR. By combining high-end features in...

HotHardware, Available In iTunes Video Podcasts

HotHardware, Available In iTunes Video Podcasts

If you're a fan of our Video Spotlight channel (and we know you are, because you're cool like that...), you'll definitely want to check out our latest installment - HotHardware Video Podcasts.  With the wild success of all things iPhone and iPod as of late, there was an obvious need to ride the wave and offer you the video mobility capabilities...

Vizio's VBR100 Blu-ray Player: $188 in Walmart

Vizio's VBR100 Blu-ray Player: $188 in Walmart

While HDTV growth is still strong during the global recession, Blu-ray adoption remains sluggish. We obviously can't pinpoint the exact reasons, but we have our guesses. The primary reason we figure the format still hasn't taken off the way BD backers would like is price. Even years after BD hit the mainstream, the price of admission is still...

MvixUSA Launches Ultio HD Media Streamer

MvixUSA Launches Ultio HD Media Streamer

It's somewhat baffling to think about what the HD media streamer sector has become. Even five years ago, hardly anyone had an interest in these one-trick set top boxes. Now, it seems that every consumer electronics company on the market has a unit out. Today, MvixUSA as launched the latest in its lineup, the Ultio. Hailed as the "ultimate...

Shuttle's G2 7600 SFF PC Is All AMD

Shuttle's G2 7600 SFF PC Is All AMD

Shuttle's XPC line doesn't stay put for long, this week growing yet another member in the G2 7600. Arriving on the scene just weeks after the Core i7-powered H7 5800 landed, this small form factor box switches things up by going with AMD. In fact, this box is the company's first AMD socket AM3-ready SA76G2 barebones kit, and it's Advanced...

Edge Tech Intros 128GB Flash Drive, Portable HDD

Edge Tech Intros 128GB Flash Drive, Portable HDD

Let's face it: Edge Tech definitely isn't the go-to name in storage, but the company's still not totally unheard of in the industry. In an effort to expand its popularity and get more products on the scene, it has this week launched a new 128GB USB flash drive (Disk Go) along with 2.5" and 3.5" portable hard drives. As for the USB drive, it...

Apple Sued Over Tiered Pricing, Gift Cards

Apple Sued Over Tiered Pricing, Gift Cards

On April 7th, iTunes went 100% DRM-free, but at the same time Apple introduced tiered pricing. And therein lies the crux of this new lawsuit against Apple. Daniel and Barbara Owens of Illinois have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple. The couple has purchased "numerous" iTunes gift cards over the years, but in this case the gift cards...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum (Single PCB) @ techPowerUpMemory and Storage:iStar xAGE-N99 Hard Drive Docking Station @ OCModShopSynology DS209+II 2-bay SATA NAS Server Reviewed @ TestFreaksCases, Cooling & Misc.:EVERCOOL Defender Turbo Cooling Fan for PS3 @ PCShopTalkNZXT Cryo S Notebook Cooler Review @ Virtual-HideoutKodak EASYSHARE...

Classic Compatibility Site Launches for webOS

Classic Compatibility Site Launches for webOS

MotionApps, which we wrote about earlier, has released one of the few apps available for Palm's Pre and its webOS platform: an emulator that allows you to run Palm OS applications. On Friday, they launched Classic Well, a community-driven Web site that tracks Palm OS "Classic" app compatibility. Here's what the site says: Classic Well is a...

Sprint Targets AT&T, iPhone In New Ad

Sprint Targets AT&T, iPhone In New Ad

On Sprint’s Facebook page, we find a new ad that is directed at 1st generation iPhone users. The ad brings to light the fact that the new Palm Pre can run multiple applications at the same time and can save users up to $1,200 over two years compared to the iPhone.The ad also suggests that since many 1st generation iPhone users are just getting...

Acer Debuts H235H LCD, Updates M3800/M5800 PCs

Acer Debuts H235H LCD, Updates M3800/M5800 PCs

Taking a break from expanding its Aspire netbook lineup, Acer has instead select its monitor and desktop lines to refresh this week. Getting us going is the new H235H premium monitor, a 23" widescreen LCD while provides a 1920x1080 resolution, 2ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The unit also boasts SensorTouch...

Garmin Intros Dakota 10 & 20 Outdoor GPS Units

Garmin Intros Dakota 10 & 20 Outdoor GPS Units

Garmin has been steadily expanding its Nuvi GPS lineup for quite some time, but the company's latest introductions are more for the outdoors crowd. The Dakota 10 and Dakota 20 handheld GPS navigators each include a high sensitivity GPS receiver, worldwide basemap and color touchscreen display. Both are completely waterproof and up to 20 hours...

Sony May Look To Merge PSP With Cell Phone

Sony May Look To Merge PSP With Cell Phone

A Playstation on your cell phone?  The notion might not be so far-fetched. The latest news out of the Japanese electronics and gaming giant is that it's "considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid" on Sony Ericsson phones.Once the superpower in portable music - the Walkman, launched about 30 years ago, was revolutionary and became...

HTC’s Sense UI Coming To Other Android Phones

HTC’s Sense UI Coming To Other Android Phones

HTC unveiled its latest Android phone, the Hero, earlier in the week. Perhaps more exciting than the phone itself, however, was the custom Android interface called Sense. This UI lets users customize their device and provides better access to the information you want at a glance. The UI supports widgets, customized profiles, and consolidated...

Will Windows 7 Come On Flash Drives?

Will Windows 7 Come On Flash Drives?

A new rumor has surfaced that suggests Microsoft is considering a third method for distributing copies of Windows 7: USB flash drives. We already know Microsoft plans to offer a retail version as well as a downloadable version of Windows 7, but these two options present some challenges for users with netbooks that lack DVD drives who want...

Apple Ups Its Stake Of Imagination Tech to 9.5%

Apple Ups Its Stake Of Imagination Tech to 9.5%

Apple Ups Its Stake Of Imagination Tech to 9.5% LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - UK chip designer Imagination Technologies Plc (IMG.L) said on Friday iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has upped its stake in the company to 9.5 percent following a share placement and recent share purchases. Stake-building in Imagination Tech by both Apple and U.S....

Patriot Launches AMD Black Edition Ready DDR3 G

Patriot Launches AMD Black Edition Ready DDR3 G

Patriot Launches AMD Black Edition Ready DDR3 G SeriesHigh Bandwidth Memory to Fully Utilize performance with AMD Overdrive software on AM3 desktop platforms. Fremont, California - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technologies, today announced their first co-branded Gamer Series for AMD's...

HP Launches New, Stylish Desktops

HP Launches New, Stylish Desktops

HP announced a new generation of consumer desktop PCs as well as an updated HP TouchSmart PC software suite. The redesigned consumer desktop lines include the HP Slimline, HP Pavilion, HP Elite, and Compaq Presario. The HP Slimline, HP Pavilion, and HP Elite lines will come with the HP MediaSmart software suite. This multimedia software makes...

AT&T won't bad-mouth tethering workaround

AT&T won't bad-mouth tethering workaround

Though AT&T won't officially give you a way to use your iPhone to tether your laptop to an internet connection, it is looking the other way while an iPhone enthusiast has created a workaround. Good thing too, now that Apple accounts for more than two thirds of all mobile traffic in the United States. According to stats released by AdMob...

Toshiba Outs Satellite A, M, P and U Notebooks

Toshiba Outs Satellite A, M, P and U Notebooks

We're not sure what's up with all of these companies busting out "back-to-school" machines in late June, but we're downright saddened by it. While kids attempt to enjoy their summer break, firms like Toshiba are helping them remember that next term is just months away. Today, Toshiba has revealed a new slate of notebooks, the Satellite A,...

Windows 7 Half-Price Sale Starts Today

Windows 7 Half-Price Sale Starts Today

If you’re thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 when it comes out, now might be a good time to preorder. Today, Microsoft said customers who pre-order a copy of Windows 7 will receive more than 50% off the retail price for a limited time. Here’s a look at how the discounts break down: Full Version Upgrade from Vista or XP Discounted Upgrade Price...

Intel Teams Up with Conan O'Brien Again

Intel Teams Up with Conan O'Brien Again

Intel Teams Up Again with Conan O'BrienNBC Integrates Intel's 'Sponsors of Tomorrow' Campaign On-Air and Online SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation will again be the subject of some good-humored laughs with Conan O'Brien, having signed on as a sponsor of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," which launched under its new...

ASUS Announces Free Windows 7 Upgrade Program

ASUS Announces Free Windows 7 Upgrade Program

ASUS Announces Free Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program-- North American consumers can enjoy the best of today’s technologies and tomorrow’s operating system -- Fremont, CA (June 26th, 2009) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in innovations and technologies, is proud to announce that customers who purchase a qualifying PC between today, June 26th, and...

Active Media Debuts Predator GT SATA II SSDs

Active Media Debuts Predator GT SATA II SSDs

As the solid state drive expands further, we've got yet another company stepping in to grab a slice of the sweet, lucrative pie. Hitting just days after Super Talent's own MasterDrive SX line, Active Media's new Predator GT SSDs sound pretty menacing, and they should perform quite admirably. In fact, the company is announcing two new drives,...

Digital Experience: NVIDIA ION, Tegra, and More

Digital Experience: NVIDIA ION, Tegra, and More

The more well-known industry trade shows, like CES, Computex, and E3, are not necessarily the only venues where technology journalists can get a gander at the latest-and-greatest offerings from a bevy of tech companies. Pepcom is a Florida-based company that holds mini tech trade-shows for the media throughout the year, and its most-recent...

Gateway Debuts 11.6" LT3100 Netbook

Gateway Debuts 11.6" LT3100 Netbook

Seriously Gateway, don't spill all of your surprises at once! For the third time in the past 24 hours, Gateway is introducing a new machine. This time, it's the company's first-ever 11.6" netbook, the LT3100. As netbooks continue to inch closer and closer to ultraportables, this 11.6" version weighs in at 3.14lbs. and arrives with an AMD Athlon...

Gateway Introduces NV Series Multimedia Notebook

Gateway Introduces NV Series Multimedia Notebook

Gateway's on a roll, and we're in no position to stop them. Shortly after introducing a new pair of back-to-school desktops, the company has unveiled a new NV Series notebook. Said machine is described as "a workhorse entertainment notebook that pairs the latest notebook technologies and important one-touch buttons with excellent style at...

Corsair Launches 128GB & 64GB Performance SSDs

Corsair Launches 128GB & 64GB Performance SSDs

Corsair added two new products to its Performance Series SSD family today. The new P128 SSD delivers 220MBps read speeds and 200MBps write speeds, while the new P64 offers read speeds of up to 220MBps and write speeds of up to 120MBps. Both drives use the same technology as Corsair’s popular P256 SSD, including the same Samsung controller...

Asus G51, G61 Laptops Piggy-Back Transformers

Asus G51, G61 Laptops Piggy-Back Transformers

Asustek Corporation has just launched their G51Vx and G60Vx mecha-inspired gaming laptops as a a follow-up to their successful G50Vt line of machines.The laptops, previewed just last month at Computex come in 15.6- and 16-inch formats and look like something you’d find in a Transformers movie – no coincidence there, we presume – with a suggestive...

Time Warner, Comcast bring more content online

Time Warner, Comcast bring more content online

Fans of The Closer, My Boys and Tyler Perry just got another way to watch their favorite shows: Online.Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. yesterday announced a partnership to "develop broad principles for the TV Everywhere model to guide the distribution of its television content online."The basis of TV Everywhere are these principles:Bring...

WD Takes My Book World Edition II NAS To 4TB

WD Takes My Book World Edition II NAS To 4TB

Only weeks after Western Digital introduced its spacious 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Drive, the company is putting itself back in the spotlight with a new dual-drive My Book World Edition II Network Storage System. Basically, it's WD's fancy way of saying that it has a new NAS drive, one with room for twin HDDs and up to 4TB of capacity.The...

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Video Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Video Review

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one desktop with plenty of features and bells-and-whistles to keep all but the most jaded of users happy. Perhaps taking a page out of Apple's book, Lenovo put a lot of effort into the look and feel of the A600, with its black-colored chassis, borderless 21.5-inch 1920x1080 TFT display, curved back,...

Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Upgrade Plans

Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Upgrade Plans

Good news, Windows fans/users. If you're in need of a PC now, but don't want to miss out on the Windows 7 train which officially leaves the station on October 22nd, Microsoft is stepping in to help. Today, the software giant announced that starting tomorrow (June 26th), consumers and small businesses that purchase a Vista-enabled PC from a...

Seagate Issues New FreeAgent For Mac Ext. HDDs

Seagate Issues New FreeAgent For Mac Ext. HDDs

Not one to rest on its laurels (or platters, as it were), Seagate is introducing a slew of new products just days after tickling the small business arena with its new BlackArmor external storage solutions. Today, the outfit is bestowing upon the storage world a bevy of new FreeAgent external drives: the FreeAgent Go for Mac with USB, FreeAgent...

PENTAX Announces Shock & Waterproof Optio W80

PENTAX Announces Shock & Waterproof Optio W80

PENTAX introduced its most shock and waterproof digital compact camera yet. The new Optio W80 can withstand impact from a fall of 3.3 feet as well as depths of up to 16 feet under water. PENTAX also says the camera can capture underwater photos and videos for up to two hours. In addition to this JIS Class 8 waterproof rating, the camera provides...

Boxee Finally Hits Windows, Adds MLB.TV And More

Boxee Finally Hits Windows, Adds MLB.TV And More

Wow, can you believe it? At long last, Boxee is on Windows. It's sort of strange how one of the world's most popular applications first arrived on Mac, then Linux and on Windows last, but at least the world's most popular operating system can now run the program natively. In what we're considered the company's most significant announcement...

Gateway Intros SX & DX Series SFF Desktops

Gateway Intros SX & DX Series SFF Desktops

A few months have gone by since we've seen any new machines from Gateway, but the company is following the crowd this month by introducing back-to-school PCs long before most kids are even thinking about the next term. The two new lines introduced today are the small form factor SX Series and the compact DX Series mini-tower line, both of...

Media Moguls Pick Up id Software

Media Moguls Pick Up id Software

The big daddy of all 3D FPS game studios, id Software, has been acquired by ZeniMax Media - the media company run by Jerry Bruckheimer (himself), Robert Altman (not that one) and Harry Sloan (CEO of MGM). As a result of being brought into the Zenimax fold, the id Software franchises will be published under the Bethesda Softworks label, and...

HP Intros Mini 5101 And ProBook 4310s Notebooks

HP Intros Mini 5101 And ProBook 4310s Notebooks

HP's "Mini" line of netbooks emerged quite some time ago, and while it has basically remained true to its roots, we're glad to see the line evolving somewhat to react to changes in demand. The Hewlett-Packard Mini 5101 is a more business-like machine, one's that classically styled and plenty powerful for the average business user. The 2.6lb....

Belkin Intros Three New Travel Mice

Belkin Intros Three New Travel Mice

It's the summer, and if you've planning on traveling any--on vacation or otherwise--you'll probably be wishing you had some sort of mouse to carry along with your laptop. In case any of the other ones that have come out recently weren't quite your cup of tea, Belkin has a few newcomers that just might be.The Wireless Comfort Mouse and the...

Windows 7 RC1 Downloads Close August 15th

Windows 7 RC1 Downloads Close August 15th

Hear ye, hear ye! If you've been tossing around the idea of putting Windows 7 on your rig, you should probably get a move on. The Windows Team has chimed in to remind us all that Windows 7 Beta users will soon be annoyed into upgrading to Windows 7 RC1, while even those on the sidelines best grab the latter soon.Starting on July 1st, Windows...

SanDisk Launches Fastest 32GB SDHC Card

SanDisk Launches Fastest 32GB SDHC Card

SanDisk is claiming to have announced the world’s fastest 32GB SDHC flash memory card with a Class 10 performance rating. This new card is ideal for HD video and high-end cameras such as the latest DSLRs that can capture HD video as well as still images. The cards are also compatible with the new MacBook Pro line with SD slots.The 32GB SanDisk...

Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Review

Asus Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Review

It's hard to believe that the machine we'll be inspecting in the pages ahead is actually real and shipping. It's not so much a feat of engineering as it is a feat in product development. You see, we just wrapped up our evaluation of Asus' 1008HA Seashell three weeks ago, and already we're being treated to the second "Seashell" model to ship...

HTC Launches Android-Based Hero Smartphone

HTC Launches Android-Based Hero Smartphone

Man, what a month for cellphones! The Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS and T-Mobile myTouch 3G were just the beginning, as HTC has revealed its newest smartphone in back-to-back launch events in London and New York. While the handset hums along on Android, it's not a typical version of the OS. HTC asserts that its Hero is the world’s first Android-based...

Redbox vs. Netflix’s Red Envelopes

Redbox vs. Netflix’s Red Envelopes

Netflix is one of the few companies today that continues to enjoy success despite the tough economy. However, there’s another rental company run by one of Netflix’s former lieutenants that’s giving the company some good competition: Redbox.Redbox began as an experiment at McDonald’s restaurants. The group running Redbox grew from 12 machines...

Verizon Gives Speed Boost To FiOS Internet

Verizon Gives Speed Boost To FiOS Internet

With broadband speeds on the rise elsewhere in the world, we're proud to see Verizon bumping the rates of its fiber-based FiOS Internet Service. Available in far too few places in the US, this service is known for its blazing fast download rates. But know, it'll be known for its blazing fast upload rates. With the use of YouTube and video...

Adobe Flash Player Coming To Smartphones

Adobe Flash Player Coming To Smartphones

Adobe is preparing to launch Flash Player 10 for most mobile platforms later this year. Although widely used around the Web, Flash is often considered too resource intensive for smartphones. This new mobile version is set to change that. Supported platforms will include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and WebOS. Flash Player 10 for mobile...

Apple Issues iMac & MacBook Pro Firmware Updates

Apple Issues iMac & MacBook Pro Firmware Updates

Just days after Apple started to ship its newest lineup of MacBook Pro units, the company has already issued a firmware update. Why so fast, you ask? For whatever reason, Apple decided to ship some of its hard drive-based MacBook Pro units with a SATA drive interface pegged at "just" 1.5Gbps. Apple followers would know that the non-Pro 13"...

ZOTAC Adds GeForce GTX 275 1792MB

ZOTAC Adds GeForce GTX 275 1792MB

ZOTAC has released its GeForce GTX 275 1792MB graphics card. This card features 1792MB of GDDR3 video memory and supports resolutions up to 2560x1600. To help ensure the best speeds possible, the card uses an ultra-wide 448-bit memory interface. A copy of Race Driver: GRID comes with the card. Additional details and specifications are below....

Belkin Intros Gigabit Powerline HD Adapters

Belkin Intros Gigabit Powerline HD Adapters

Belkin's latest media streaming solution certainly isn't the first to utilize Powerline, but it's the first that we've seen in quite some while that really instills confidence. Engineered specifically to handle the high pressures of HD streaming, the Belkin Gigabit Powerline Adapters are made to handle Gigabit speeds as high as 1000Mbps, which...

Survey: Americans Prefer Convenient To "Green"

Survey: Americans Prefer Convenient To "Green"

If you knew that giving up one of your precious electronics would help save the Earth, would you?Don't lie - a new survey claims fewer than half of Americans would give up their iPods. Specifically, only 42 percent would be willing to, according to the study, conducted by The Shelton Group.And Apple-haters shouldn't get too smug. iPod owners...

PGI and NVIDIA To Deliver CUDA Fortran Compiler

PGI and NVIDIA To Deliver CUDA Fortran Compiler

PGI and NVIDIA Team To Deliver CUDA Fortran CompilerFortran support for NVIDIA CUDA GPUs to be incorporated into a new version of the PGI Fortran compiler Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009 - The Portland Group , a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced...

Matrox Unveils Tri & Quad DisplayPort Cards

Matrox Unveils Tri & Quad DisplayPort Cards

Matrox Graphics Unveils Triple and Quad Monitor DisplayPort M-Series Graphics Cards Montreal, Canada, June 23, 2009 - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of specialized graphics solutions, today announced the availability of the Matrox M9138 and Matrox M9148 DisplayPort graphics cards. Expanding the M-Series product line, these...

Intel And Nokia Announce Mobile Partnership

Intel And Nokia Announce Mobile Partnership

Intel has been floundering a bit around in the pocket mobile and handset space for some time now. After grabbing a solid foothold in the netbook market (seriously, what netbook doesn't have an Atom under the hood these days?), the company is now looking to take the mobile space ever more seriously. In order to do so, the Intel has formally...

Samsung Introduces mini-card SSD For Netbooks

Samsung Introduces mini-card SSD For Netbooks

Facts are facts, and while one may have assumed the netbook was just a fad, it's now clear that the sector is strong. To that end, Samsung is making sure it's not going to miss out on the growth, this week announcing that it is sampling a SATA-interface mini-card solid state drive (SSD) with some of its customers. Not surprisingly, the company...

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Notebook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Notebook Review

Lenovo’s notebooks span the entire spectrum, offering low-cost models such as the G530, netbooks such as the IdeaPad Y530, and high-end models such as the ThinkPad W700. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Lenovo’s newest offering, the ThinkPad T400s, a thin and light model that’s designed to give users a blend of portability, performance,...

QNAP Intros 2.5-inch SATA, 8-bay Pro Turbo NAS

QNAP Intros 2.5-inch SATA, 8-bay Pro Turbo NAS

QNAP Intros the First 2.5-inch SATA, 8-bay, Intel Atom-based SS-839 Pro Turbo NAS Taipei, Taiwan, Jun 2009 - QNAP Systems, Inc. today introduces the SS-839 Pro Turbo NAS, the world's smallest 8-bay, Intel Atom network attached storage solution supporting eight 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state disks (SSD). Targeted at business users who...

OCZ Announces Affordable Sabre Gaming Keyboard

OCZ Announces Affordable Sabre Gaming Keyboard

OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the Affordable Sabre Gaming Keyboard with Smart OLED Technology San Jose, Calif.—June 22, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the highly-anticipated Sabre OLED multimedia keyboard for advanced...

iPhone 3G S Sells a Million, Says Jobs

iPhone 3G S Sells a Million, Says Jobs

Quite a poignant announcement, not because of the content, but because of the messenger. Apple’s money making iPhone franchise has now sold over 1 million iPhone 3G S devices, announced the company today.Just three days into the iPhone 3GS rat race, Steve Jobs himself - back from a life-threatening health problem - has come forward to announce...

Kingston Adds T1 Heatspreaders To HyperX Kits

Kingston Adds T1 Heatspreaders To HyperX Kits

Kingston Technology Adds T1 Heatspreaders to Popular HyperX 1600MHz 6GB Triple-Channel Kits for Intel Core i7 SystemsHigh-Profile Heatspreaders Improve Thermal Conditions When Overclocking Fountain Valley, CA – June 22, 2009 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping...

Kodak Retiring KODACHROME Film After 74 Years

Kodak Retiring KODACHROME Film After 74 Years

Kodak. A name synonymous with "camera." A legend and an icon in the industry. And yet, even it can't resist technological changes forever. As the world continues to go digital and the idea of shooting on "film" becomes more far-fetched with each passing day, Kodak has been forced to slam the axe on its KODACHROME Color Film. In a tear-jerking...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 CPU Review

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 CPU Review

It was not too long ago that the web was buzzing with dual-core versus quad-core debates. Sides were taken and lines were drawn. At that time, one of the main arguments against quad-core processors was their high asking price. But as time passed and manufacturing refinements were made, costs steadily decreased and quad-cores found their way...

T-Mobile Intros myTouch 3G Android Smartphone

T-Mobile Intros myTouch 3G Android Smartphone

Wow, talk about a sudden influx of new phone choices. Within the span of just a few weeks, American mobile users have been introduced to Palm's Pre on Sprint, Apple's iPhone 3GS on AT&T and now T-Mobile's myTouch 3G on (you guessed it) T-Mobile USA. Officially, this phone is the followup to the T-Mobile G1, the planet's first-ever Android-based...

Acer Debuts Aspire AS5536 And AS7735Z Notebooks

Acer Debuts Aspire AS5536 And AS7735Z Notebooks

Had enough of Acer's Aspire netbooks? Good, because the company has just revealed two new machines that are about as far as one can get from small, light and underpowered. The newest Aspire notebooks fall in the multimedia/gaming-centric Gemstone line, both incorporating 16:9 widescreen displays, Dolby surround sound and--gasp!--full size...

Seagate Adds 3 BlackArmor External Storage Units

Seagate Adds 3 BlackArmor External Storage Units

Back in March of this year, Seagate added a pair of new BlackArmor NAS devices to its growing portfolio, and now the company is issuing three more in the direction of small business owners. The firm's BlackArmor series is known for being all-business, and these two are no exception to that rule.The newcomers include the BlackArmor NAS 220...

Blu-ray Adoption Still Sluggish, HDTV Sales Up

Blu-ray Adoption Still Sluggish, HDTV Sales Up

It's a tough time for Blu-ray to be really hitting its stride. Many consumers are still wary due to the battle with HD-DVD, and frankly, many are still content with DVD. In too many cases, upscaled DVD looks "good enough" for consumers, and only those with oodles of disposable income are willing to fork out for Blu-ray. Blu-ray player prices...

Samsung Jet Is "Fastest Smartphone Yet"

Samsung Jet Is "Fastest Smartphone Yet"

It's no Android phone, but it's still pretty snazzy. Samsung's latest entry into the smartphone arena goes simply by "Jet," and it definitely sports a motif that matches its label. Boasting a sleek, full touchscreen design, the Jet is said to be "smarter than a smartphone." Samsung has included a multi-task manager and support for Microsoft...

Doh!  For When Your GPS Leads You Astray

Doh! For When Your GPS Leads You Astray

It's no secret that even GPS units are subject to GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out), leading users astray due to incorrect map data..  People have even been led to the edge of cliffs.  Wouldn't it be appropriate to hear the expression "D'oh!" if such a failure occurred?Well, you won't, but you can get directions via Homer Simpson,...

Samsung Video Wall Makes Halo Dreams Come True

Samsung Video Wall Makes Halo Dreams Come True

Think you can handle up to 250 video displays at once? If you're Samsung, you're leaning "yes." Thanks to an all new Video Wall system introduced this week, up to 250 panels can be controlled by a single server, thus creating a "virtual monitor" of sorts that can display an obviously wide variety of material in real time. The Ultra-Definition...

AMD Outs Lying Laptop Makers About Battery Life

AMD Outs Lying Laptop Makers About Battery Life

How many times have you perused a notebook review here or elsewhere on the net, taken an educated look at the manufacturers' claimed battery life specifications and thought to yourself, "yeah right"?  Let's be real now, shall we?  Most times our Tech Editors here at HotHardware find that a many notebooks fall well short of specified...

Steve Jobs Underwent Liver Transplant: WSJ

Steve Jobs Underwent Liver Transplant: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant two months ago.  The report also states that despite this, he is still on track to return to Apple's helm at the end of June.  In fact, early this month that same WSJ reported that Jobs was due to return at the end of June.  Of course,...

Micron Debuts 2GB And 4GB DDR3 Notebook RAM

Micron Debuts 2GB And 4GB DDR3 Notebook RAM

Samsung just got done wowing us with a memory announcement of its own, and now Micron is dashing in to ensure that it too receives a bit of RAM attention this week. Catering to performance-oriented notebook users, Micron has announced that users can now take advantage of optimized battery life and portability with a new line of low-voltage,...

Windows XP Availability Now Ending In 2011

Windows XP Availability Now Ending In 2011

It has to stop at some point, right? Or does it, really? With Windows 7 just months away from a public release (October 22, if you needed a reminder), Microsoft is yet again showing its soft spot for Windows XP. Right or wrong, the general public view of Windows Vista is that it didn't live up to the hype, and in many respects, WinXP is a...

Activision Could Pull PlayStation 3 Support

Activision Could Pull PlayStation 3 Support

For the longest time, we've felt that Sony's baseline $399 price tag on its PlayStation 3 console was simply too high. Nintendo's Wii is just $299, and Microsoft's Xbox 360 can be had easily for $199. Aside from Blu-ray playback, what does the console really offer to persuade gamers to purchase it over the other, cheaper options?Obviously,...

LG To Offer Monitors With Virtualization

LG To Offer Monitors With Virtualization

Later this month, LG Electronics plans to start selling flat screen monitors that can function as virtual computers. These monitors will help users save costs by allowing multiple users to run programs off of a single PC.The new LCD SmartVine N-series monitors will utilize embedded virtualization technology from U.S.-based NComputing. This...

Scythe to Launch Low-Tech HDD Expansion Kit

Scythe to Launch Low-Tech HDD Expansion Kit

Scythe, the Japanese company that specializes in the art of CPU cooling, has come up with a novel way to attach additional internal storage to your PC. The solution goes by the name of the Slot Rafter and allows you to attach up to four additional HDDs or SSDs to your system by slotting a mounting module in a spare PCI slot (nowadays,...

Marco Talks About The iPhone 3G S At TechVI

Marco Talks About The iPhone 3G S At TechVI

I spent some time earlier talking about the Apple iPhone 3G S launch today, with the host of TechVI, Randall Bennett, and Christina Warren from TUAW.com. We chat about the new iPhone's performance, its reception in the market, and also give a some general impressions of the device. I'm sure my point of you won't be the popular one, but I'm...

Intel Responds To Questions Regarding Core i7

Intel Responds To Questions Regarding Core i7

A few days ago, we launched a new featured section here at HotHardware, dubbed OEM Access. As its name suggests, we're looking to enable direct conversations with Original Equipment Manufacturers, offering our readers the ability to better connect with them to ask questions, voice concerns, or to just comment on a particular product or technology.To...

NZXT Cools Notebooks Down With New Cryo S Stand

NZXT Cools Notebooks Down With New Cryo S Stand

Stuck with a notebook that could easily double as a frying pan after an hour or so of use? Unable to use it without heavy duty pants or a suitable pillow on your lap? Never fear, as NZXT is here to save your poor legs from getting scalded. As more and more companies shove higher-end components into smaller enclosures, waste heat buildup is...

Samsung Packs Servers With 32GB DDR3 RDIMMs

Samsung Packs Servers With 32GB DDR3 RDIMMs

Samsung Electronics has finally put to good use its 4Gb low-power memory chips – the ones they had announced earlier this year - and begun shipments of their high-density 32GB DDR3 registered DIMMs.The modules are built on Samsung's own 50nm process, operate at 1.35V - slightly lower than the standard 1.5V - and the company hopes it'll meet...

RIAA v. Jammie Thomas, Take Two

RIAA v. Jammie Thomas, Take Two

For the defendant, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, she had to be thinking that perhaps a retrial was not such a good idea after all, after hearing the verdict.The trial, which began Monday, concluded Thursday with Thomas-Rasset found guilty of willful copyright infringement.  She must now pay the recording industry $1.92 million.The jury imposed...

Maingear Puts Core i7 In Axess HD Gamer HTPC

Maingear Puts Core i7 In Axess HD Gamer HTPC

Maingear may not be on the same level of recognition as Dell, HP or Alienware, but it's definitely making a name for itself in the enthusiast market. Known for crafting unique, high-end machines that serve an increasingly larger niche of power-hungry PC users, the company is branching out just a bit here with a new machine aimed at living...

Corsair Ice T30 Memory Cooler Review

Corsair Ice T30 Memory Cooler Review

How cold can you get your PC? It seems like enthusiasts and overclockers constantly find new and creative ways to cool down the heat producing parts of their computer. We've already brought you coverage of liquid helium and liquid nitrogen being used to achieve sub-zero temperatures in order to achieve huge overclocking results. But using...

Microsoft's Mobile Mouse 4000 For Netbook Users

Microsoft's Mobile Mouse 4000 For Netbook Users

This certainly isn't the first we've heard of Microsoft's BlueTrack technology, and if the pace at which it keeps introducing new BlueTrack wares is any indication, we'd surmise that it's far from the last. With the netbook sector booming (and the outlook being bright), Microsoft has decided to market its latest miniature mouse as one that...

15 Year Old Wins $50000 In LG Text-Off

15 Year Old Wins $50000 In LG Text-Off

For all the parents out there who can't stand to see their kids text during meals, during family reunions and during study sessions, here's a note: that obsession could land them $50,000 and fifteen solid minutes of fame. Just eight months after getting her first cell phone, Iowa's own Kate Moore managed to out-text 20 other finalists from...

IBM takes a swipe at Microsoft Office's market

IBM takes a swipe at Microsoft Office's market

In a bold swipe at Microsoft's share of the office (both the office as in location and Office as in program) software market, IBM today announced the newest version of its Lotus Symphony could fully support any files from Office 2007.The kicker: Lotus Symphony is a free business productivity software suite. In this economy, companies...

Super Talent Unveils MasterDrive SX SSDs

Super Talent Unveils MasterDrive SX SSDs

Super Talent Unveils MasterDrive SX SSDs 128MB DRAM Cache Delivers Exceptional Write Speeds San Jose, California - June 18, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new line of MasterDrive SX SSDs that incorporate 128MB of DRAM cache and reach new performance...

EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Review

EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro Review

Bigfoot Networks generated quite a bit of buzz back in 2006 when the company launched the original Killer NIC M1. As many of you probably remember, the original Killer NIC was / is a PCI-based device that featured an on-board network processor, or NPU, that was supposedly able to lower in-game ping times and free up CPU resources, which in...

EVGA Launches Two Single PCB GTX 295 Cards

EVGA Launches Two Single PCB GTX 295 Cards

Trumping other NVIDIA partners on launch date, EVGA has announced its new single-PCBdual-GPU GTX 295 graphics cards. The new NVIDIA card design joins both GPUs on the same PCB, saving some serious green on that almighty bill-of-materials. The redesigned dual-GPU card still packs the same punch in most aspects – it is still based on the GT200b...

PowerColor Announces Green Video Cards

PowerColor Announces Green Video Cards

POWERCOLOR INTRODUCES SILENT AND EFFICIENT VIDEO CARD SERIESThe Go! Green series wraps graphics performance in a green packageWalnut, Calif. – June, 17, 2009– TUL Inc., a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, is proud to announce a new series of products that is environmentally friendly and cost efficient for the consumer. The PowerColor...

T-Mobile Launches Dash 3G WinMo Smartphone

T-Mobile Launches Dash 3G WinMo Smartphone

With Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 hitting the Web today and the new iPhone 3G S landing in stores this Friday, we can't think of a worse possible week to launch a smartphone. That said, T-Mobile USA has defied logic by introducing the newest Dash handset. If you'll recall, the original Dash was launched way back in 2006, making this one seriously...

Popcorn Hour Debuts C-200 HD Media Streamer

Popcorn Hour Debuts C-200 HD Media Streamer

Let's face it -- it's tough to make a name for yourself in today's consumer electronics world. With big names such as Apple and Microsoft spending millions upon millions of dollars on marketing, one must wonder how the little guys even keep up. Obviously, it's by making fantastic products and letting word-of-mouth do the rest. Such is the...

Intel Expanding Core Branding, Killing Centrino

Intel Expanding Core Branding, Killing Centrino

Just recently, we were able to sit down with Intel and talk shop about its newest (and most powerful) Core i7 yet, and apparently the company is really fond of that "Core iX" naming convention. So enthused, in fact, that they have just announced plans to phase out some of its brands -- including "Centrino" in order to hone in on fewer top...

BenQ Launches 13.3-inch AMD-based Netbook

BenQ Launches 13.3-inch AMD-based Netbook

Calling it an ultra-portable netbook, BenQ has launched its latest Joybook Lite T131. Running on AMD’s Yukon chipset and Sempron processor, the Joybook Lite manages to pack a 13.3-inch WXGA (1280x800) display with anti-glare, 1 GB of RAM (upgradable to 2 GB), a 250/320 GB hard drive, a 2-in-1 card reader, and built in 802.11b/g/n into its...

Microsoft's Bing Enjoys a Second Good Week

Microsoft's Bing Enjoys a Second Good Week

For quite some time now, Google has enjoyed the top spot in terms of search traffic. As you can imagine, Microsoft is not content to simply exist in another company’s shadow, so the company has been attempting to put a dent in Google’s search traffic with a new search engine of its own. Microsoft’s Bing search engine launched June 3rd. While...

Crowd-Sourcing The Ideal Notebook at WePC

Crowd-Sourcing The Ideal Notebook at WePC

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...

Disney and Asus Launch Netpal Netbook For Kids

Disney and Asus Launch Netpal Netbook For Kids

ASUS AND DISNEY LAUNCH NETBOOK COMPUTER FOR KIDS-- The Disney Netpal Makes Kids’ Computing Fun, Web-Safe And Easy With A Unique User Interface, Wi-Fi, Windows XP and Parental Controls -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (June 17, 2009) - Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and ASUS, maker of the pioneering Eee PC netbook, have collaborated to develop the Disney...

Intel Talks Core i7 975 Extreme, Computex, More

Intel Talks Core i7 975 Extreme, Computex, More

We're starting up a new featured section here at HotHardware, dubbed OEM Access. As its name suggests, we're looking to enable direct conversations with Original Equipment Manufacturers, offering our readers the ability to better connect with them to ask questions, voice concerns, or to just comment on a particular product or technology. To...

Asus Slaps Energy Star 5.0 Label On Motherboards

Asus Slaps Energy Star 5.0 Label On Motherboards

These days, power savings are just important as frame rates, gigahertz and megabytes. With the whole world going "green," what better way to join the bandwagon than to slap an Energy Star 5.0-compliant motherboard into your main rig? This week, Asus has announced an industry first by bringing that very label to its mainboards. The Energy Star...

Glacier Computer Gets Tough With Ridgeline T100

Glacier Computer Gets Tough With Ridgeline T100

Just a few months after Glacier Computer unveiled its ultra-rugged E4000 Touch PC, the company is showing its rough and tough side once more with the Ridgeline T100. The Windows CE-powered device offers up a bulky, rugged frame along with plenty of touchpanel real estate and features that industrial users will surely love. Designed specifically...

Opera Launches a Web Server in Your Browser

Opera Launches a Web Server in Your Browser

Opera, the company behind the Opera browser, has been gathering some publicity lately, talking about a concept called "Opera Unite." On Tuesday, they unveiled the project, which basically turns your computer into a web server. Share what you want, without using a third party (Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, FlipShare) to host it. The advantage...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X (1Gb GDDR5) @ CPU3DMSI Eclipse Plus X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard Review @ PC perspectiveNVIDIA GeForce 200M series notebook GPU technology preview @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock P45DE Motherboard @ PCShopTalkAsus M4N72-E Review @ AMDZoneProcessors:AMD Phenom II 9xx CPUs With DDR3 Support...

WD Ships New SATA/PATA SSDs

WD Ships New SATA/PATA SSDs

Western Digital is now shipping its new SiliconDrive III SSD product family based on technology from its March acquisition of SiliconSystems. The company’s new products feature faster read and write speeds as well as increased capacities. The drives also offer mechanical scalability, making them ideal for embedded system and data streaming...

Olympus Unveils E-P1 PEN Digital Camera

Olympus Unveils E-P1 PEN Digital Camera

Olympus’ latest camera is not a point and shoot, and it’s not a DSLR. Instead, the new E-P1 is the company’s first Micro Four Thirds camera. This 12.3 megapixel camera blends the high-quality image capabilities of a DSLR with high definition video capabilities, stereo Linear PCM audio recording, and in-camera creative options. What’s even...

Global Foundries Talks 22nm And Beyond

Global Foundries Talks 22nm And Beyond

GLOBAL FOUNDRIES Details Advanced Technology Aimed at 22nm and Beyond- At VLSI 2009, engineers describe new technique to continue scaling in HKMG transistors - SUNNYVALE, CA and KYOTO, JAPAN – June 16, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today described an innovative technology that could overcome one of the key hurdles to advancing high-k metal gate (HKMG)...

Nokia Intros E72 And 5530 XpressMusic Handsets

Nokia Intros E72 And 5530 XpressMusic Handsets

Nokia's been a real roll of late, pumping out more handsets than we can even keep track of. To that end, the company is dishing out two more higher-end units today in the E72 and 5530 XpressMusic. The former isn't drastically different than the recently launched E71 and E71x, packing a slim smartphone enclosure with a full QWERTY keyboard....

Dell Garners $3 Million From Twitter Sales

Dell Garners $3 Million From Twitter Sales

Hey, Twitter -- you know that business model you've been searching for? Yeah, this may be it. In a new report from NYTimes' 'Bits' blog, Dell has admitted to generating around $3 million in sales that could be directly attributed to Twitter. $3 million! That's the amount that Dell has garnered since it began using Twitter in 2007, using its...

Shuttle Intros H7 5800 Core i7 SFF PC

Shuttle Intros H7 5800 Core i7 SFF PC

Shuttle, the company famous for crafting small, rectangular SFF PCs for gamer on the move, has just stepped it up big time with the introduction of the H7 5800 Core i7 PC. Obviously based around Intel's highly potent Core i7 processor, this SFF kit supports NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX dual graphics technology along with up to 16GB of DDR3...

CyberPower Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 Goes Core i7

CyberPower Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 Goes Core i7

Intel's pervasive Core i7 CPU has certainly made the rounds at this point, but it has yet to find too many homes within notebooks. Always looking to stay one step ahead of the other guys, CyberPower has introduced the Core i7-equipped Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1, the first laptop from the outfit to sport one of these slabs of silicon. It's also based...

MS to Shut Down Worker's Non-WinMo Data Plans

MS to Shut Down Worker's Non-WinMo Data Plans

We've heard before that Bill Gates' children can't get iPhones or iPods. Now Microsoft, in a move said to be cost-cutting, yet which will appear as somewhat sour grapes, is apparently cutting off the data plans of MS folks who are not using WinMo devices. In the past, Microsoft has paid for the data plans for the personal smartphones of MS...

Kensington Reinvents Its Lock Slot For Thin PCs

Kensington Reinvents Its Lock Slot For Thin PCs

For what feels like forever now, Kensington's iconic notebook lock slot has become a staple of the PC universe. Regardless of brand, model, size or price, it seems like this little slit finds its way onto practically each and every portable computer that hits store shelves. Now, at long last, Kensington itself is updating the standard, with...

Kingston Puts 128GB in Your Pocket

Kingston Puts 128GB in Your Pocket

If you’re looking for some serious storage in a portable form, Kingston has you covered with its latest DataTraveler 200 USB Flash drive. Claimed to be the world’s first 128GB USB Flash drive, the DataTraveler 200 not only provides plenty of storage, but it also comes with password protection to help secure important files. For users who require...

A-DATA NH92: World's Slimmest External HDD Case

A-DATA NH92: World's Slimmest External HDD Case

If you thought A-DATA's day was done when Computex closed down, think again. After bringing a slew of new storage solutions to the Taiwan-based show, the company is now pushing out what it's calling "the world's slimmest portable hard disk drive." The NH92 may not be much to look at (literally, we mean), but it's certainly worth taking a peek...

Hillcrest Labs Introduces In-Air Mouse for TV

Hillcrest Labs Introduces In-Air Mouse for TV

Targeting consumers who connect their computer to their TV, Hillcrest Labs introduced its Loop pointer. This unique mouse-like device lets you control a computer’s onscreen cursor with the flick of a wrist. The Loop pointer uses a round and ergonomic design with four buttons and a scroll wheel. This mouse was originally developed as a concept...

Thecus Introduces N5500 NAS Server

Thecus Introduces N5500 NAS Server

Introducing the Thecus N5500 NAS DeviceThe fast, flexible five-bay NAS with unrivaled efficiency and data security 06/15/2009 – When people are searching for a NAS device, they invariably want something that is not only secure, but also performs well. They want it to be flexible enough to handle any situation, while simple enough to operate...

Lenovo G530 Notebook Review

Lenovo G530 Notebook Review

Lenovo is a company that offers a wide range of notebooks. From multimedia notebooks, to gaming notebooks, to value notebooks to netbooks, Lenovo has their bases adequately covered. We've spent some time with a few of the company's prior offerings, but we've never quite seen a product like this. The simplistic G530 is a computer that's easily...

NVIDIA Announces New GeForce 200M Series GPUs

NVIDIA Announces New GeForce 200M Series GPUs

NVIDIA has just announced a bevy of new mobile GPUs in the GeForce 200M series. Unlike some previous mobile products, however, the GPUs in this release are based on all new silicon, and not a re-branded version of the G92 that has served NVIDIA so well over the years.The new products in the GeForce 200M Series include the GeForce GTS 260M,...

Is Number Portability Coming to Google Voice?

Is Number Portability Coming to Google Voice?

It was great when number portability came to cell phones. It was great when Google Voice (nee GrandCentral), promising one number to ring multiple phones emerged as a service. What if you could port your number to Google Voice, though? That's what TechCrunch says is coming. While the fact that Google Voice is supposed to be a number you can...

LaCie Outs $99 HDD-Less LaCinema Classic Bridge

LaCie Outs $99 HDD-Less LaCinema Classic Bridge

We're not quite certain what all has gotten into LaCie these days, but we like it. Just a few waking hours after the storage company known for style introduced two more additions to its LaCinema line, the outfit is now debuting its LaCinema Classic Bridge. Designed to be a stripped-down version of its other LaCinema Media Players, this relatively...

Logitech Debuts Colorful Line Of V220 Mice

Logitech Debuts Colorful Line Of V220 Mice

While not nearly as sophisticated as its G940 joystick, Logitech's newest critter is completely more suitable for the average computer user. The V220 notebook mouse is engineered for use by jetsetters and road warriors -- folks that are on the go and need a way to escape the grasp of that cramped trackpad. The ambidextrous mouse, which boasts...

China's Mandated Site-Blocking SW is Pirated

China's Mandated Site-Blocking SW is Pirated

We wrote earlier about China's new censorship moves with regards to PCs, mandating that new PCs there have site-blocking software installed, or at least provided via an included CD. Ironically, though not surprisingly, it turns out that the filtering software, "Green Dam-Youth Escort," contains pirated code.According to Solid Oak Software,...

Big Think: Taking Advantage of Change

Big Think: Taking Advantage of Change

We've recently been spending a bit of time over a site called, "The Big Think".  It's a forum of sorts, on steroids if you will, with some pretty interesting and powerful multimedia capabilities, as well as a robust conversation engine that offers a reader the ability to interact with an author. The site has a well organized conversational...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS GeForce ENGTX275 vs. ASUS Radeon EAH4890 @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:OCZ Vertex Series 120Gb SSD SATA-II @ CPU3dEagle Tech M-Series 2.5" External Storage System @ DreamWare ComputersCases, Cooling & Misc.:HEC Compucase Cougar 6XR9 @ HT4U.netKingston HyperX RAM Fan @ TWLGlacialTech X-Wing Laptop Cooling Pad @ DreamWare ComputersNZXT...

Asus Aims To Be Better Than Apple

Asus Aims To Be Better Than Apple

We have no issues with companies setting high goals, but this one's amongst the tallest of tall orders that we've seen. Currently, Apple is atop its game. Never before has the company been so iconic and influential in society, and it's pretty much a given that Apple's media players are the ones to beat. Heck, even its smartphone is giving...

OWC Intros Upgrades for Latest MacBook Pros

OWC Intros Upgrades for Latest MacBook Pros

OWC is now offering DDR3 1066MHz memory upgrades up to 8GB for the new MacBook Pro 13-, 15-, and 17-inch models announced at WWDC. OWC’s memory upgrades offer MacBook Pro owners a savings of up to 42% as well as upgrade options that are not available from the factory. The upgrade kits come with OWC’s Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and...

Virgin Mobile Offers Pay-As-You-Go WWAN Option

Virgin Mobile Offers Pay-As-You-Go WWAN Option

We already knew that mobile broadband demand was on the up and up, and now we're seeing yet another US carrier get into the game. Unlike the Big 4 (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA), Virgin Mobile USA's approach is significantly different. With those other guys, you're forced into a 2-year agreement that only allows you...

Intel Hopes To Enter Smartphone Chip Market

Intel Hopes To Enter Smartphone Chip Market

Intel already holds a strong position in the personal computer and server market. But, like other companies, Intel wants more. Moving forward, Intel’s executives believe there’s a good potential to increase Atom's traction in adjacent markets by targeting these low-cost, energy-efficient chips at various multifunctional consumer gadgets including...

Panasonic Intros DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray Player

Panasonic Intros DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray Player

Yep, this is it, folks -- the planet's very first "portable" Blu-ray Disc player. While the DMP-B15 was initially introduced at CES in January, Panasonic has yet to ship the unit here in the United States. This month, however, the company will begin to move units onto retail shelves, promising eager consumers a portable BD experience that...

IRS Considers Taxing Work-Issued Cell Phones

IRS Considers Taxing Work-Issued Cell Phones

We doubt this will do much to close the budget deficit, but who knows? The Internal Revenue Service is considering taxing the use of work-issued mobile phones, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the IRS has proposed that employers assign 25% of an employee's annual phone expenses as a taxable benefit....

SD Card Slot Acts As Boot Device On New MBPs

SD Card Slot Acts As Boot Device On New MBPs

It's a real pet peeve of ours. You know, the inability to install Windows XP onto an optical-drive-less netbook without all sorts of funky workarounds on a USB flash drive. Thus, we couldn't help but smile when we heard that the all new SD card slots on the new line of MacBook Pro notebooks allows for users to boot directly from their Secure...

Apple Patent Could Ease 911 Cellphone Calls

Apple Patent Could Ease 911 Cellphone Calls

Engineers from Apple have applied for a patent on an "emergency" mode for cell phones that would squeeze every last drop of energy out of the batteries.The phone would recognize emergency calls when the user dialed an emergency number, such as 911 in the United States. But a number also could be stored as an "emergency number" on the phone...

Alltel Snags LG Tritan Touchscreen Phone

Alltel Snags LG Tritan Touchscreen Phone

Alltel introduced a new phone from LG that somewhat resembles the form factor of the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. This phone features a 3-inch touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, a full QWERTY keyboard, EVDO Rev A, and GPS via Alltel Navigation. To take full advantage of the 3G speeds supported by the phone, the phone also has a full Internet browser....

AT&T Faces Pressure to cut iPhone Data Costs

AT&T Faces Pressure to cut iPhone Data Costs

Some may view smartphones as a necessity, but that doesn’t mean users are happy about the costs associated with the phone’s monthly data plan. iPhone users are especially among this group who don’t like the pricey data plans required for the phone. As the wireless industry continues to address the downturn in customer spending by offering...

CES 2010 Sneak Peek: Lightglove, slotRadio, More

CES 2010 Sneak Peek: Lightglove, slotRadio, More

Not that CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) really needs any additional hype, but the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants to make sure that even with CES half a year away, that the media and analysts never forget that their technology extravaganza is on the horizon. The CEA sponsored a mini tradeshow in New York City this last week,...

Data Robotics Gives $100 Rebate On Drobo

Data Robotics Gives $100 Rebate On Drobo

Data Robotics has a good thing going with its Drobo smart storage line, and if you've been waiting on the sidelines looking to jump in, now might be the perfect time. Just months after introducing its DroboPro SMB/SOHO storage solution, the company has launched its "Drobo Gives Back" program to provide even more incentive to buy now.From today...

Kopin Announces Breakthrough VGA .27" Display

Kopin Announces Breakthrough VGA .27" Display

Kopin Announces New Breakthrough in Shrinking Display SizeHigh-Density Displays and Patents Strategically Position Kopin in High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinders for Camera Systems TAUNTON, Mass. -- Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the leader in microdisplays for consumer and military applications, today announced a breakthrough in further...

Penguin Launches 'Istanbul'-Based Servers

Penguin Launches 'Istanbul'-Based Servers

AMD shot its Istanbul Opteron chip out like a cannon to lead June off, and now we're seeing Penguin Computing pick it up as an integral part of its Altus Series products. If you've never heard of this company, it's because they aren't' exactly consumer-level. Instead, this outfit focuses on high performance computing solutions, and its Altus...

Dell Download Store Welcomes In Microsoft Apps

Dell Download Store Welcomes In Microsoft Apps

Dell and Microsoft have had something more significant than just a working relationship for some time now, but it looks like that partnership just got ratcheted up a notch. As more and more outfits (Adobe, for one) offer full applications online, Dell has landed a deal that will allow it to sell "digital" versions of Microsoft products. In...

AMD Ships New Neo Processors In HP Pavilion dv2z

AMD Ships New Neo Processors In HP Pavilion dv2z

We've heard that Intel may have a few new Atom processors on tap for release later this year, so it makes sense to see AMD propping up its own low-end, low-power lineup. Rather than unveil them alone, however, it seems as if Advanced Micro Devices is enlisting the assistance of Hewlett-Packard, as the newest Athlon Neo and Turion Neo processors...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS Extreme AH4770 Formula @ Legion Hardware ASUS GeForce GTX 285 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI Eclipse Plus: Interesting Mainboard on Intel X58 Express and NF200 @ XbitLabsGigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMSI Eclipse Plus Review @ OCCProcessors:AMD Phenom II 955 Black Editon Review...

Europe to Receive Browser-less Windows 7

Europe to Receive Browser-less Windows 7

It's already been made clear by Microsoft that Internet Explorer 8 can be uninstalled, or disabled, from Windows 7, which is due to launch on Oct. 22nd. However, the company is going still further in Europe, where it will not sell any versions of Windows 7 that contain IE. C|Net first uncovered the change, via a leaked memo. This is obviously...

Eye-Fi Unveils 4GB Card with Raw Image Support

Eye-Fi Unveils 4GB Card with Raw Image Support

Eye-Fi’s latest Eye-Fi Pro card is sure to catch the eye of digital camera users. Like other Eye-Fi cards, this new wireless SDHC memory card lets you upload images straight from your camera to your computer or to the Web automatically. What’s unique about this new card is that it includes support for RAW image files as well as peer-to-peer...

Microsoft To Enter PC Security Market With Morro

Microsoft To Enter PC Security Market With Morro

Symantec, McAfee and Norton. What do all three of those have in common? A little something with Microsoft, now. For years upon years, the first three companies have been ruling the PC security roost, all while Microsoft scrambles to patch its own operating systems when new exploits are discovered and reported. At long last, the OS maker has...

Casio Announces EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H10 Camera

Casio Announces EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H10 Camera

Casio released its new EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H10 compact digital camera today. Touted as the world’s thinnest and lightest camera in its class, the EX-H10 features a battery life of 1,000 shots on a single charge as well as an ultra-wide angle 24mm (35 mm film camera equivalent), 10x optical zoom lens. The camera measures just 0.95 inches thick,...

Millions Still Not Ready For DTV Transition

Millions Still Not Ready For DTV Transition

The day so many had hoped to put off forever is almost here: June 12. That's the day when all broadcast channels must transition to digital broadcasting and millions of viewers across the nation will end up without TV service. The horror!While most people — anyone with cable or satellite television, for example — won't be affected, there are...

GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 Round-Up

GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 Round-Up

The PC world was treated to one of those rare occurrences a few weeks back--a 1-2 punch into the 3D graphics fray from both ATI and NVIDIA. We're talking about the near simultaneous launches of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275. Both of their names lead to obvious suggestions about where they fit into their respective families.With...

Microsoft Doesn't Expect Huge Boost From Win7

Microsoft Doesn't Expect Huge Boost From Win7

Expectations couldn't possibly be higher for Microsoft's next-generation operating system. Amazingly, this will be the first Windows OS that will actually run smoother on current-gen hardware than the prior OS. Indeed, the Release Candidate of Windows 7 that is on the market today runs far smoother on current machines than Vista, and while...

Smartphones Are The New Lifestyle Necessity

Smartphones Are The New Lifestyle Necessity

Go figure -- one thing that's not ailing in this economy is something that many, on the surface, would assume one could live without. As mobile data usage rises, a great deal of that comes from the average smartphone. In a new report from The New York Times, we're forced to think about just how much of a necessity these ultra-smart cellphones...

Jon Rubinstein Takes Over As Palm CEO

Jon Rubinstein Takes Over As Palm CEO

Well, isn't this something? We knew that Palm was looking to reinvent itself after the Centro, and that was never more apparent than when the slipping company managed to convince Apple's own Jon Rubinstein to step in and take on a high-level management position. Jon is largely credited with putting the wind back in Palm's sails and pushing...

EVGA Brings Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 to Mac Pro

EVGA Brings Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 to Mac Pro

EVGA has developed the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition graphics card. The card is designed to work with 2008 and 2009-era Mac Pro systems. It sports 1GB of DDR3 memory on board and offers two DVI ports, each capable of driving a 30-inch display at 2560 x 1600 resolution. As you would guess from its name, the card is based on Nvidia’s GeForce...

Navigon Plans MobileNavigator for iPhone

Navigon Plans MobileNavigator for iPhone

It looks like TomTom won’t be the only manufacturer offering a GPS app for the iPhone. Navigon recently announced plans to offer two GPS applications for the iPhone this summer. One version of the Navigon app will offer turn by turn directions as well as many of the high-end features found on a portable navigation device such as views of highway...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XPalit GeForce GTX 275 896MB Graphics Card @ TweaktownGalaxy GeForce GTX 275 OC 896MB Review @ PC PerspectiveProcessors:Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsIntel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Nehalem Processor @ TechwareLabsA Summer Road Trip With the Intel Core i7 975 EE @ Hardware CanucksMemory and Storage:Silverstone...

Volkswagen Routan To Get In-Car Wi-Fi Option

Volkswagen Routan To Get In-Car Wi-Fi Option

Autonet Mobile has been around for years, believe it or not. We know -- it's not like you've actually seen Wi-Fi in too many cars, but the company has been installing its services in vehicles for quite some time. Just recently, however, the service has begun to gain real traction in America, and we don't think it's a coincidence that inflight...

OCZ Introduces Agility Series SSDs

OCZ Introduces Agility Series SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces the Agility Series 2.5” Solid State DrivesThe latest Affordable Storage Solution for Mainstream Users San Jose, CA - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the OCZ Agility SATA II 2.5” Solid State...

Corsair Offers New, More Aggressive Cooling Fins

Corsair Offers New, More Aggressive Cooling Fins

New Extended Cooling Fins give Corsair Dominator Memory Aggressive New Look- Upgraded cooling fins available for Dominator memory using DHX+ technology - Fremont, CA. June 10th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced...

Flip UltraHD Pocket Camcorder Review

Flip UltraHD Pocket Camcorder Review

Pure Digital Technologies recently announced two new products in its pocket camcorder lineup: the Flip UltraHD (MSRP: $199.99) and the Flip Ultra (MSRP: $149.99). Both models build upon the existing Flip Ultra line by offering new features, such as two-hours of recording time and increasing the LCD size to 2.0-inches (diagonal). The Flip UltraHD...

Microsoft, Adobe address critical security flaws

Microsoft, Adobe address critical security flaws

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your computer ... Microsoft and Adobe inform their users they have all sorts of security flaws and even Mac users are affected.First, Adobe: Not only do the "critical vulnerabilities" in Adobe Reader 9.1.1 and Acrobat 9.1.1 "and earlier versions" cause the applications to crash, but they also can...

Athlon II X2s Get Micro-code Update

Athlon II X2s Get Micro-code Update

A quick call with AMD has revealed that the company will soon be releasing a micro-code update for the fresh-out-of-the-gate Athlon II X2 series processor.The processors, while sharing the microarchitecture of the Phenom II, have slightly altered dies which drop the L3 cache in favor of a bigger 1MB per core L2 cache – which AMD hints...

Rambus Ships Over 100 Million XDR DRAM Modules

Rambus Ships Over 100 Million XDR DRAM Modules

We can't say for certain, but it sure feels like Rambus is doing its best to redirect attention away from its recent legal tussle with NVIDIA and onto more, shall we say, positive matters. Just a day after NVIDIA made clear that Rambus had withdrawn its complaints in court, the California-based memory maker announced that it had shipped over...

Nokia's N97 Smartphone Ships In USA: $699

Nokia's N97 Smartphone Ships In USA: $699

After what feels like forever, Nokia's latest shot at breaking ground in the American smartphone market has arrived. The highly sophisticated N97 smartphone, which has been available overseas for a small while now, is finally shipping to US customers. By and large, Nokia is still struggling to have its smartphones taken seriously in the US...

WD Intros 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Drive

WD Intros 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Drive

You just knew Western Digital would take every chance it could to milk every last ounce of profitability from its extra-spacious 2TB SATA hard drive, didn't you? After launching the drive for high-end workstations and desktops earlier this year, WD has crammed two of them into a single external drive. The world's first 4TB external HDD is...

Epix to Provide Free Streaming Movies in 720p

Epix to Provide Free Streaming Movies in 720p

Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate have jointly announced the launch of Epix, an online HD streaming service and HD TV station that will make it possible for users to watch films from these three studios for free in HD. Although currently in private beta, Epix will offer movies from each of these studios via a cable TV network channel as well as...

Apple's Safari 4 Web Browser Available Now

Apple's Safari 4 Web Browser Available Now

As Apple continues to encroach over on the PC side, the company has announced its newest piece of multi-platform software: Safari 4. Hailed as the planet's "fastest and most innovative web browser," Safari 4 escaped its beta form this week at WWDC 2009, and yes, it's available now to download for Mac and PC systems.Built on the Nitro engine,...

TomTom Brings Turn-by-turn Navigation to iPhone

TomTom Brings Turn-by-turn Navigation to iPhone

TomTom plans to unleash a long-awaited iPhone app this summer that will give iPhone 3G S users turn-by-turn spoken directions. Announced by TomTom co-founder and CTO Peter Frans Pauwels at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference, the app will work alongside a new car mounting kit that will be available through TomTom. The mounting kit provides...

Global Foundries Closer To Fab 2  Groundbreaking

Global Foundries Closer To Fab 2 Groundbreaking

Global Foundries Takes Final Steps Towards Fab 2 Groundbreaking SUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 9, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has issued the formal commitment letter to the State of New York for the construction of the Fab 2 project at the Luther Forest Technology Campus (LFTC). The letter officially initiates the construction...

AMD’s CEO Talks Atom Rival, Global Foundries

AMD’s CEO Talks Atom Rival, Global Foundries

In a short interview to Digitimes, AMD CEO spoke a little about the company’s plan to counteract rival Intel’s Atom chip. Revealing nothing but a vague date, Meyer said that the company will begin sampling to partners in the beginning of 2010, while not attempting to break into the Netbook form-factor. Let’s read a little into this. In...

HP Starts School Early With New Pavilion Laptops

HP Starts School Early With New Pavilion Laptops

Man, talk about depressing. Some students aren't even out for summer break yet, and already Hewlett-Packard is issuing systems for next school year. For whatever reason, the HP Pavilion dv2z and the Pavilion dv6t notebooks are ushering in what we can only imagine to be the summer leg of year-round school, with the former checking in at least...

QNAP TS-119 Turbo NAS Review

QNAP TS-119 Turbo NAS Review

QNAP, purveyor of Network Attached Storage devices large and small, has just recently introduced what it's calling the world's most affordable NAS server with iSCSI. The device they speak of is the single-bay TS-119 Turbo Pro, which we've taken into our labs and scoped out across the pages to come. The device itself is just marginally larger...

Averatec D1200 All-In-One PC Doubles As TV

Averatec D1200 All-In-One PC Doubles As TV

Averatec just got done introducing an all-in-one PC back in March, but just in case that alien-inspired machine doesn't float your boat, the company is debuting a slightly more mainstream unit in the D1200. Described as a PC / TV combo, this rig is ready to play back 1080p material while tuning OTA TV signals (analog and digital) and checking...

Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Sept. for $29

Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Sept. for $29

For PC lovers, it's October 22nd that's circled in your calendar. But that's not the only major OS that's launching this fall. This week at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in California, the company announced that its long awaited OS X Snow Leopard operating system would be shipping in September, undercutting Microsoft's own debut...

Palm Pre Sets Sprint Sales Records

Palm Pre Sets Sprint Sales Records

New iPhone 3GS or no, Palm's new device, the Palm Pre, set sales records for Sprint last weekend. By late Sunday, the Palm Pre had broken previous sales records (first day and first weekend) for a Sprint device. Here's what Dan Hesse, Sprint President and CEO trumpeted (I'm sure happily) in a press release: "Sprint is a very different company...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS GTS 250 Dark Knight and Sapphire HD 4850 Vapor @ PC PerspectiveMSI GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card @ TweaktownSapphire HD4890 1GB Toxic PCI-e Video Card @ ClubOC.netSapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Cavalry Storage Pelican...

AT&T Addresses "MIssing" iPhone OS 3.0 Features

AT&T Addresses "MIssing" iPhone OS 3.0 Features

As part of the WWDC keynote on Monday, a few iPhone OS 3.0 features were announced that made people go "huh?" Why? Because AT&T wasn't going to support them, at least at the start. In terms of new features, that would be MMS and tethering. AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom told Ars Technica: "We absolutely will offer MMS on iPhone 3G S...

IBM Enterprise Device Smashes SSD Record

IBM Enterprise Device Smashes SSD Record

While "IBM" probably isn't the first name that pops to mind when thinking of "SSDs," the company still has a point here: it just set a new performance record in the solid state drive arena. Fame or not, IBM has just made clear that its SSD-equipped System Storage EXP12S device has nailed down a new performance record based on the Storage Performance...

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Family

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Family

Apple updated the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro line today. New models include 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch models with Apple’s built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. All of the MacBook Pro models have an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire 800...

11-Year Old Astrophysics Fan a College Graduate

11-Year Old Astrophysics Fan a College Graduate

Well, it now appears that an 11-year-old has raised the bar so high that others entering college can just give up. Yes, we said others entering college, because Moshe Kai Cavalin, 11, has just graduated from  East Los Angeles College, with a 4.0 GPA, no less. His favorite subject: astrophysics. Yep, we pull open astrophysics books every...

Filesharing Takes A Seat In European Parliament

Filesharing Takes A Seat In European Parliament

Sweden's PiratePartiet (Pirate Party) has secured a win for the European Parliament in yesterday's Swedish European Parliament Elections, becoming - at least in this election - Sweden's 4th biggest party.According to official sources, the Pirate Party secured 7.1% of votes and elected to the European Parliament Christian Engstrom to voice...

Apple Unveils iPhone 3G S & iPhone 3.0 Software

Apple Unveils iPhone 3G S & iPhone 3.0 Software

It’s been hyped and anticipated for months. Now, the new iPhone 3G S is finally being unveiled. Announced today at WWDC, the newest iPhone features improved speed and performance. More specifically, the iPhone 3G S is up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G because the iPhone 3G S takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality...

Rambus Withdraws Patents From NVIDIA Proceedings

Rambus Withdraws Patents From NVIDIA Proceedings

Rambus Moves To Withdraw Patents From ITC Proceedings Against NVIDIA SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 8, 2009 - NVIDIA today announced that Rambus has asked an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) to terminate the investigation of NVIDIA relating to four patents stemming from a complaint filed in November 2008. Rambus...

UQ Communications and Intel to Promote WiMAX

UQ Communications and Intel to Promote WiMAX

UQ Communications, Intel to Promote Fast, Widespread Deployment of WiMAX Services in JapanUQ WiMAX Commercial Service Details Disclosed; WiMAX-Embedded Laptops Introduced with Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology TOKYO, June 8, 2009 – UQ Communications Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced their extended collaboration to promote and...

Breaking The Law: Driving While On The Phone

Breaking The Law: Driving While On The Phone

You've done it. Don't even try to deny it.Even if you live in a state with laws requiring the use of a hands-free headset while speaking on the cell phone, it's almost a certainty you've at least once broken that law.Even if you truly, honestly believe it's dangerous to do so, you just can't help yourself when your snappy, downloaded ring...

Jack Black Game Cause Of Activision Lawsuit

Jack Black Game Cause Of Activision Lawsuit

File this one under "news of the weird." In a completely strange and unexpected twist of events, Activision has filed a lawsuit that could prevent a Jack Black-based video game from becoming a reality. The aforementioned company sued game developer Double Fine Productions this past week in order to halt the impending release of "Brutal Legand"...

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 XOC Review

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 XOC Review

As you probably already know, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 employs two RV770 GPUs, each of which is complemented by 1GB of GDDR5 memory (for a total of 2GB frame buffer memory). The reference GPU clock speed for the 4870 X2 is 750 MHz, and the reference memory speed is 900 MHz. Diamond, however, boosted the XOC's clocks to 800 MHz and 950 MHz, respectively,...

Louisiana Mulling $0.15 Internet Fee

Louisiana Mulling $0.15 Internet Fee

We've always heard that the best things in life are free. We've also heard that nothing great lasts forever. Mix those two mantras together, and you get this. Down in Louisiana, a $0.15 surcharge is being tossed around as an idea to stop online criminal activity (and raise state income, no doubt), which would be levied on Internet access across...

WSJ: China Requiring Site-Blocking SW on All PCs

WSJ: China Requiring Site-Blocking SW on All PCs

While it's no secret that China blocks web sites that it doesn't want its citizens to view, the Wall Street Journal is reporting an escalation in this censorship. The WSJ reports that China plans to require that all PCs sold in the country as of July 1st be equipped with software that blocks access to certain Web sites. The software's Chinese...

Fusion-io And Fatal1ty Debut ioXtreme PCIe SSD

Fusion-io And Fatal1ty Debut ioXtreme PCIe SSD

Fusion-io is a company name that has become synonymous with high-priced but ridiculously fast Solid State Storage solutions. Unfortunately for those without loads of disposable income, the outfit's newest creation still isn't budget-friendly, but it's certainly cheaper than Fusion-io's other enterprise-based wares. Announced at E3...

Some Palm Pres Exhibiting Screen Distortion

Some Palm Pres Exhibiting Screen Distortion

While many have marveled at the screen on the Palm Pre, some which knowledge have said that getting the screen "just right" is part of the reason for the limited stock on the device. Users in at least two Palm Pre forums have noted screen distortion or blotchiness on their new purchases. It should be noted that Apple has had issues with past...

HP: Shut Your PC Down For Mother Earth's Sake!

HP: Shut Your PC Down For Mother Earth's Sake!

You might not expect Hewlett-Packard, a massive force in the realm of personal computers, to encourage users to not use their PCs, but in a sense, that's exactly what it's doing. The company has recently launched a new Power To Change initiative that encourages PC owners to "make behavioral changes in support of the environment." So, just...

Americans And Social Networks Becoming BFFs

Americans And Social Networks Becoming BFFs

Twitter is huge. Facebook is enormous. MySpace is still a serious powerhouse. The bottom line? Social networks are a force to be reckoned with, and Americans are spending lots and lots of time on them. In a new study released this week, Nielsen reveled that United States citizens are spending more time than over on these sites. In fact, it...

Nuvifone Launch Getting Closer

Nuvifone Launch Getting Closer

Garmin plans to start selling its oft-delayed nuvifone in Asia in late June or early July, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble told shareholders at the company’s recent annual meeting. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Pemble said a release date for North America and Europe is still on hold. In response to a question from an investor, Pemble...

MainGear Green Ion Gaming PC Unleashed

MainGear Green Ion Gaming PC Unleashed

Hot on the heels of Computex 2009, luxury PC maker Maingear is launching a new system labeling it as "the world's greenest gaming PC". They're calling it the Ion Pulse - but it isn't Nvidia's Ion at all. With green being the flavour of the week - in more ways than one - Maingear chucked a Zotac mini-ITX coupled it with a Core 2 Duo or Quad...

The Pre Debuts, to Long Lines

The Pre Debuts, to Long Lines

June 6th, 2009, the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII, and quite possibly D-Day for Palm, as it introduced its new Palm Pre and Palm Web OS at Sprint stores, Best Buys, and Radio Shacks nationwide. Despite the assertions by Palm and Sprint that they didn't want long lines, they got 'em, and sold out at many stores...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire HD 4890 Toxic and Sapphire 4890 Vapor-X Review @ OCCATI Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX Review @ XbitLabsAlbatron ATI RADEON HD 4770 Video Card @ PCShopTalkProcessors:Phenom II - The Road From K8 to Deneb @ Rage3D.comMemory and Storage:OCZ USB 2.0 Rally2 64GB Flash Drive Revisited @ TestFreaksKingwin EZ-Dock2 2.5"/3.5" Dual Bay SATA...

ZeeVee Adds Mac Compatibility To Zinc Viewer

ZeeVee Adds Mac Compatibility To Zinc Viewer

ZeeVee, the online viewing portal that's giving the likes of Hulu a real run for their money, has just announced compatibility with yet another major platform: OS X. The Massachusetts-based company has just let loose its highly anticipated Mac client of Zinc, which is a GUI of sorts that places a boatload of internet TV channels at your fingertips....

BenQ Android Phone & Netbook Planned for 2010

BenQ Android Phone & Netbook Planned for 2010

BenQ, the company's whose mobile division filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is attempting a comeback by unveiling its intentions to launch an Android based smartphone and netbook sometime next year. The announcement means BenQ is now part of a growing list of companies that are either making or planning to make smartphones and mini-laptops...

AT&T Launches CruiseCast In-Car Sat TV Service

AT&T Launches CruiseCast In-Car Sat TV Service

While a lot of mobile carriers in America are still struggling to carve out a larger audience for mobile TV, AT&T is forging ahead with its in-car satellite TV service. Despite a great possibility that most folks in this economy won't be digging deep to ensure that their kids are situated with live television on every trip to the day care,...

All-Electric Coda Sedan Hitting CA In 2010: $45K

All-Electric Coda Sedan Hitting CA In 2010: $45K

With the classic automakers struggling to make ends meet in America, it's clear that the time has come for a new regime to usher in a new wave of automobiles. With companies such as Tesla and Lightning doing their best to produce affordable, reliable electric cards, neither has actually shown an ability to craft a vehicle that the layperson...

Hulu May Begin Charging for Content

Hulu May Begin Charging for Content

Jon Miller, the former AOL boss, recently took over digital initiatives at News Corp. Only weeks into the job, and Miller is already making waves in the industry with his visions of a future where Hulu could charge for at least some of the TV shows and movies on its site. News Corp. owns a sizable portion of Hulu, so when someone like Miller...

Google Rolls Out Google Squared Search

Google Rolls Out Google Squared Search

There are many times when we want to collect data and compare it with other data. For example, say you wanted to compare the new Core i7 processors to those that were previously available. With a new product from Google called Google Squared, you could search for Intel Core i7 processors and receive information regarding multiple Core i7 processors,...

Verizon Intros BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230: $130

Verizon Intros BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230: $130

It's still strange to think that Research In Motion has a flip phone with a designated "BlackBerry" logo, but after spending months upon months on T-Mobile's network, one of these very handsets is finally shifting over to America's largest cell carrier: Verizon Wireless. Announced this week, RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 will soon be arriving...

Kingston HyperX Fan RAM Cooler Sneak Peek

Kingston HyperX Fan RAM Cooler Sneak Peek

I just had an unexpected package arrive at the door. In it was one of Kingston's brand new HyperX memory cooling fans.Like most other memory coolers, the HyperX Fan mounts to the retention clips on either side of the RAM slots on a motherboard. It has two blue-lighted, 60mm fans that blow air down on the DIMMs that reside in the slots below....

Belkin Debuts TuneCast Auto Live FM Transmitter

Belkin Debuts TuneCast Auto Live FM Transmitter

Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 hasn't even hit the scene yet, and already Belkin is introducing a product that'll take full advantage of the new functionality. We're not trying to read too far between the lines, but maybe Belkin knows a thing or two about Monday (WWDC) that we don't? At any rate, the new TuneCast Auto Live FM transmitter improves upon...

MSI GT627-216US Gaming Notebook Review

MSI GT627-216US Gaming Notebook Review

We’ve seen plenty of gaming notebooks that are meant to dazzle potential customers with outrageous designs, ultra high-resolution displays, twin GPUs, and quad-core processors. The MSI GT627-216US isn’t such a notebook. Instead, the GT627-216US takes a more subdued approach to offer budget-minded gamers a powerful machine at an affordable...

EFF Unveils Terms of Service Tracker

EFF Unveils Terms of Service Tracker

Remember the big bruhaha when Facebook tried to change its Terms of Service (TOS)? Well, the Electronic Frontier (DFF) Foundation has developed a service, TOSBack, to help you track the TOS of sites you use, to make sure you're not surprised in the future. In the case of Facebook, users became so incensed that FB eventually backed down on...

Pioneer Ships Three New BDP Blu-ray Players

Pioneer Ships Three New BDP Blu-ray Players

While Blu-ray no longer has HD DVD to compete with, the format is still a long ways from being completely dominate. In fact, we'd argue that it's still battling with DVD and online downloads, and given the surge in popularity of the latter, we're not confident that BD will ever have the upper hand. That said, videophiles still know that there's...

Steve Jobs Ready to Return to Apple: WSJ

Steve Jobs Ready to Return to Apple: WSJ

Naysayers, time to eat your hat. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is ready to return to the helm of the Cupertino, CA based technology company, as scheduled, by the end of June. In mid-January of this year, Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence, giving few details but setting a timeframe to return of...

RIM Warns Of Security Vulnerability

RIM Warns Of Security Vulnerability

Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry line of handheld devices, has issued a security patch for the popular handhelds, warning they are vulnerable to attacks by hackers. According to security experts, if this latest patch is not applied, there is a risk hackers could exploit the vulnerability and take over a company’s server....

Kingston Introduces SSDNow V “Value” Series SSDs

Kingston Introduces SSDNow V “Value” Series SSDs

In an effort to help making upgrading to a solid state hard drive more affordable, Kingston Technology is announcing the SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) upgrade bundles. Designed for mass-market consumers and small and medium businesses, the Kingston SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles are the first products in Kingston’s series of low-cost,...

Sans Digital Intros 2-Bay MobileNAS MN2LP

Sans Digital Intros 2-Bay MobileNAS MN2LP

Sans Digital may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think Network Attached Storage, but it's a solid company with a solid background in the field. The latest device to spring up from the company is the 2-bay MobileNAS MN2LP -- a NAS device that's geared towards home users and small businesses that can get away with just a pair...

Asus P7P55 Pro Lynnfield Motherboard Pictured

Asus P7P55 Pro Lynnfield Motherboard Pictured

As is typically the case, there are plenty of hot, upcoming new products being showcased at the Computex event, currently going on in Taipei. And although Intel is yet to nail down a specific launch date and official product name, Asus is already showing off motherboards that will support Intel's upcoming mainstream Nehalem processor derivatives,...

Asus Eee PC 1008HA "Seashell" Review

Asus Eee PC 1008HA "Seashell" Review

Today, we're looking at the very first Asus Eee PC netbook that looks nothing at all like its predecessors. In fact, we'd wager that Asus included this machine in its Eee PC line simply because of the brand recognition.Although, Asus isn't content with labeling this only an Eee PC. The Eee PC 1008HA is the first member of the burgeoning "Seashell"...

NEC's LaVie Light Netbook Packs HDD And SSD

NEC's LaVie Light Netbook Packs HDD And SSD

Currently, there aren't very man netbooks (or notebooks, for that matter) out there with both an HDD and an SSD within, but those systems just got a tiny bit less rare. NEC has today announced its LaVie Light line of machines, making it the first Japanese PC maker to craft a netbook with an SSD + HDD system. A grand total of three machines...

Logitech's G940 System: The Pilot's Joystick

Logitech's G940 System: The Pilot's Joystick

Over in Los Angeles, Logitech is getting in on the E3 action by introducing an all new flight stick that's definitely one of the most realistic we've ever seen. The Flight System G940 is far more sophisticated than the joysticks of yesteryear, and it's actually the company's first-ever stick with force feedback. If you're doubting the authenticity...

LaCie Intros LaCinema Black PLAY And RECORD

LaCie Intros LaCinema Black PLAY And RECORD

If you think LaCie is only about hard drives, DVD burners and flash drives, think again. Today, the outfit has extended its LaCinema Black Series by introducing the LaCinema Black PLAY and LaCinema Black RECORD. Both of these HD media streamers are definite high-end devices, with pretty much every feature you could imagine on a streamer and...

China Block Sites Ahead of Tiananmen Sq. Anniv.

China Block Sites Ahead of Tiananmen Sq. Anniv.

It's not as though the Internet is totally open in China, and in fact many users don't realize what they are missing, just that they can't reach certain sites. However, as the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, or what China likes to refer to as the June Fourth Incident, approaches, China has pumped up its censorship of the...

CyberPower Announces New Fang Series Gaming Rigs

CyberPower Announces New Fang Series Gaming Rigs

Intel’s latest Core i7 processors are attracting a lot of attention, and rightfully so. CyberPower’s latest Fang Series of gaming rigs make use of the new Intel processor and add some cool features of its own, such as a special BIOS that is designed for higher overclocking. This BIOS supports real time readings of CPU speed and additional...

Samsung's Pixon12 Phone Packs 12MP Camera Sensor

Samsung's Pixon12 Phone Packs 12MP Camera Sensor

We've known that the megapixel race was heating up in the cameraphone arena, and with the introduction of this phone, we'd say the race is approaching full speed. We've already seen a few 8MP cameraphones released, but Samsung's 12MP Pixon12 is going to be the first 12MP phone when it ships later this month. For those really following the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX Radeon HD 4770 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A Geforce 9600GT Rev.B Videocard Review @ PCSTATS.comATI Radeon HD 4890 Roundup (ASUS, Diamond, HIS, Sapphire, XFX) @ Hardware CanucksProcessors:Nehalem Speeding Up: Intel Core i7-975 XE and Core i7-950 Review @ TweaktownIntel...

Velocity Micro Introduces New Core i7 PCs

Velocity Micro Introduces New Core i7 PCs

Now that Intel has unleashed the new Core i7 processors, you can bet a number of people are anxious to get their hands on the latest processor. Velocity Micro is ready to fulfill those wants. The company has announced the immediate availability of new desktop systems that are powered by the Core i7-950 and Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. The...

Asus Reveals Eee PC T91 Tablet/Netbook Hybrid

Asus Reveals Eee PC T91 Tablet/Netbook Hybrid

For the longest while, Asus' Eee PC line has remained unchanged. New models have arrived, but none have looked drastically different than any that came before it. Recently, the company has been making strides to change things up, with the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell and this new T91 being exceptionally different. The Eee PC T91 is a convertible...

Toshiba Ships 10.1" NB205 Netbook In USA

Toshiba Ships 10.1" NB205 Netbook In USA

Another month, another entrant in the rapidly expanding netbook arena. Believe it or not, the Mini NB205 is actually Toshiba's first-ever netbook to ship to America, and while the company has been shipping miniature notebooks overseas for awhile, it evidently felt the time right to jump on it here in the USA. The Mini NB205 is said to be a...

Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition Reviewed

Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition Reviewed

Today Intel is finally releasing new Core i7 models and speed bins to the market, as well as announcing a new flagship chip, the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. Though it will definitely command a hefty price tag, at a stock clock speed of 3.33GHz and Intel Turbo Boost speeds at 3.45GHz (all cores) and 3.6GHz (single core), you can bet this new...

Microsoft's Windows 7 Shipping On October 22nd

Microsoft's Windows 7 Shipping On October 22nd

Ever since Windows 7 Beta arrived on the scene, we've been putting it to the test in every way we could ever imagine. By and large, it has shown to be a leaner, more streamlined operating system compared to Vista, and hopes couldn't possibly be higher. Many have complained that Vista was never the successor to Windows XP that the general public...

Psion Drops Netbook Lawsuit

Psion Drops Netbook Lawsuit

Netbook is the term coined by Intel in early 2008 for small, cheap, low-powered subnotebooks. However, late last year, Psion began issuing cease-and-desist letters to users of the word "netbook," based on a trademark claim for the Netbook Pro (shown below), a device it no longer sells. Things escalated, all the way to a lawsuit by Psion against...

AMD Demonstrates DirectX 11 Graphics Processor

AMD Demonstrates DirectX 11 Graphics Processor

AMD Demonstrates World’s First Microsoft DirectX 11 Graphics Processor AMD previews significant improvements to the digital media and gaming experience, commits to bring DirectX 11 to market first COMPUTEX 2009, Taipei — June 3, 2009 — At a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) publicly demonstrated the world’s first Microsoft...

Corsair Intros Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler

Corsair Intros Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler

If you snap up Corsair's Obsidian Series 800D chassis, cooling is likely not going to be a big concern. For everyone else, the aforementioned company's Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler just might come in handy. Working in conjunction with ASEtek, who knows a thing or two about liquid cooling, Corsair has developed an easy-to-install CPU cooling...

AMD Unveils New Chip for HDTV-on-the-PC

AMD Unveils New Chip for HDTV-on-the-PC

AMD is enabling HDTV viewing on PCs around the world with the new ATI Theater HD 750. ATI Theater HD 750 is compatible with analog, and digital, and free-to-air broadcast signals. To deliver clear HD picture quality, crisp images, and high color performance and fidelity, the ATI Theater HD 750 uses advanced video processing and signal reception...

BFG Technologies Introduces PSU Trade Up Program

BFG Technologies Introduces PSU Trade Up Program

It happens to the best of us. We buy a product a few days before a new, and better, model is introduced. BFG Technologies is helping to combat buyer’s remorse in these types of situations with its new program that will let you exchange your BFG power supply within 100 days of purchase for an upgraded model. Through this exchange, you’ll be...

AVADirect to Offer Core i7 Notebook

AVADirect to Offer Core i7 Notebook

If you’ve been wishing for Core i7 power in a mobile form, your dreams have come true. AVADirect is now offering a Core i7 notebook for sale on its website. Preorders are currently being taken; the company plans to ship the notebooks the first week in July. AVADirect's D900F isn’t an entirely new design (it was based on the D901C), but it...

BFG Phobos Gaming PC Reveals New Core i7 CPUs

BFG Phobos Gaming PC Reveals New Core i7 CPUs

We can't imagine that Intel's happy about this, but one certain gaming PC vendor has just revealed two of the company's newest processors. BFG Technologies has just launched its new Phobos gaming rigs, two of which include Core i7 CPUs that we've yet to hear of. The Phobos Advanced ships with the Core i7 950, while the Phobos Elite ships with...

Corsair Debuts Giant Obsidian Series 800D Case

Corsair Debuts Giant Obsidian Series 800D Case

We were beginning to wonder if Corsair would be joining the others in making a splash at Computex, and obviously the answer is "yes." The company is catching eyes of hardcore gamers with its $299 Obsidian Series 800D high-performance chassis, an absolutely massive case designed to hold more components than most computer users could ever dream...

Alienware M17x Laptop Gets Three NVIDIA GPUs

Alienware M17x Laptop Gets Three NVIDIA GPUs

Mobile gamers, the bar has just been raised. For weeks now, Dell/Alienware have been teasing a new gaming notebook that was said to be "All Powerful." One thing's for sure now that the company has made it official: it's amongst the most powerful we've ever seen. Utilizing no fewer than three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, the 17" M17x is -- at least...

Project Natal a Reality: a Wiimote Sans Remote

Project Natal a Reality: a Wiimote Sans Remote

The Nintendo Wii's Wiimote has brought innovation to gaming, by allowing players to swing a tennis racket, a baseball bat, and perform other gaming motions while holding the Wiimote. But what if you didn't need to hold a controller at all? Enter Project Natal. On Monday, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft unveiled a number...

Windows 7 Starter to Remove 3 App Limit

Windows 7 Starter to Remove 3 App Limit

 One of the biggest limitations to the Starter editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista is being able to run only 3 concurrent applications on a PC at a time (excluding background processes such as anti-virus software, wireless and Bluetooth, and system tools like Explorer and Control Panel). As Windows 7 Starter is going to be available...

NVIDIA Debuts 21 Ion-Based Products At Computex

NVIDIA Debuts 21 Ion-Based Products At Computex

Now that the doors have flung wide open at Computex, it's time for the likes of NVIDIA to get down to business. With Intel and AMD announcing rather large launches this evening, it's only fair for NVIDIA to toot its own horn as well. After jointly introducing the world's first Ion-based netbook last week with Lenovo, the graphics maker has...

Computex: Intel Debuts New Core 2 Duo, ULV CPUs

Computex: Intel Debuts New Core 2 Duo, ULV CPUs

Computex has up in full swing over in Taipei, and while we've already heard news from a few outfits, we have yet to see anything substantial from Intel. Until now. Today, the company is launching quite a few new products, with a trio of new Core 2 Duo processors leading the way. The T9900, P9700 and P8800 are all being debuted alongside the...

AMD Athlon II and Phenom II X2 Processors Debut

AMD Athlon II and Phenom II X2 Processors Debut

AMD is using the prominence of the Computex show in Taipei to unveil a slew of new, affordable desktop processors. A few of them are based on the existing core employed within their Phenom II processor line-up, but one of them is comprised of a new piece of silicon that pays homage to the once mighty Athlon brand.We've got four new AMD processors...

CyberPower Announces Gamer Ultra 7208

CyberPower Announces Gamer Ultra 7208

CyberPower is teaming up with Newegg to offer the Gamer Ultra 7208. This system runs on the new AMD Athlon X2 7850 2.8 GHz Dual-Core CPU with HyperTransport Technology. You’ll also find an Nvidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB PCI Express video card inside. Additional details and specs are below. CyberPower and Newegg Carve Low Cost Niche forAMD Dual-Core...

Valve Announces Left 4 Dead 2 With Melee Combat

Valve Announces Left 4 Dead 2 With Melee Combat

Fans of the popular and highly addictive Left 4 Dead (I include myself in that group), will be excited to hear that Valve has just announced Left 4 Dead 2. In addition to new characters, zombies, and special infected, L4D2 will introduce melee combat weapons like a chainsaw, frying pan, or baseball bat (among others), and a new AI director...

Yahoo 360 Spins For Last Time On July 13th

Yahoo 360 Spins For Last Time On July 13th

Sigh. Another shot, another failed attempt. Yahoo 360 -- which is Yahoo's second major attempt to break into the social networking scene -- is quietly folding early next month. The news comes a few years after Yahoo! Mash also faded into the distance, and it'll be almost two years since Yahoo has devoted any support to the site whatsoever.In...

The Homeless Stay Wired

The Homeless Stay Wired

A few years ago, some people were concerned that a digital divide would separate those that have technology from those that don’t. That doesn’t appear to be the case today if you consider the number of homeless people who have computers and access to the Internet. Take Charles Pitts, for example. Mr. Pitts is 37 years old and lives in San...

AMD Ships 'Istanbul' Six-Core Opteron Server CPU

AMD Ships 'Istanbul' Six-Core Opteron Server CPU

We aren't quite calling this the turnaround of the decade just yet, but with just six months to go until 2010, AMD is doing its best to make a late run for said crown. In years past, Advanced Micro Devices had become notorious for delaying products. Now, they're doing their best to right the ship by unveiling a product's availability some...

Supercomputer-Maker SiCortex Shuts Its Doors

Supercomputer-Maker SiCortex Shuts Its Doors

Another one bites the dust, as they say. Though we can only imagine the demand for supercomputers is on the rise as more and more companies, institutions and universities look to crunch massive quantities of data, there's apparently no room for SiCortex. The company, which angled itself as a different kind of supercomputer creator, has reportedly...

Wolfenstein 3D Comes To Xbox Live/PS Network

Wolfenstein 3D Comes To Xbox Live/PS Network

Say what you will, but Wolfenstein 3D is back in full force, in a way that Duke Nukem only wishes he could be. Just months after the heralded first-person shooter made its way onto Apple's App Store, the classic title is now destined to waste even more time when it comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network.Activision Publishing...

Japanese University Tracks Attendance via iPhone

Japanese University Tracks Attendance via iPhone

Are you a university professor having trouble keeping track of which students are attending your classes and which ones are blowing them off? Well, Japan's Aoyama Gakuin University has a plan for you, using one of the most desired electronic devices around to sucker, we mean, give students an incentive to attend. The plus of joining the project:...

Survey: Apple, Sony Top Tech Brands For Women

Survey: Apple, Sony Top Tech Brands For Women

We've always been somewhat skeptical of these so-called "surveys." With the proliferation of the Internet, it's pretty easy to fetch any kind of results you could ever want, but we tend to feel that these findings are at least somewhat substantiated. As part of a new 'Women & Digital Life' study, researchers found that Apple was the most...

Google Plans E-books Entry: Report

Google Plans E-books Entry: Report

According to a report in the New York Times, Google has its sights trained squarely on the e-book market. This move would pit Google against Amazon.com, which has a big head start in the e-book market with the versions it sells for its Kindle device (pictured below). The report stated that Google had discussions with publishers at the annual...