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All News for August 2008

Super Talent Pico Gold 8GB USB Drive

Super Talent Pico Gold 8GB USB Drive

There's simply no denying that many tech enthusiasts love all things small.  As of late, with the likes of products such as the Asus Eee PC, Lenovo ThinkPad X200, Dell Studio Hybrid and other small form-factor systems; thin, small and light is definitely "in" and has become a fad of sorts.  What is this obsession with small? ...

Do Zebras Get Less Spam Than Aardvarks?

Do Zebras Get Less Spam Than Aardvarks?

Email spam got you down? Is your first name Aaron? A study by Cambridge University security expert Richard Clayton shows that the first letter of your email address has a lot to do with the amount of spam you receive. The study (.PDF), titled "Do Zebras get more Spam than Aardvarks?" analyzed traffic logs from the U.K. ISP Demon Internet....

HotHardware's Summer Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

HotHardware's Summer Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

It's that time again folks!  In conjunction with our friends at Intel, AMD, Kingston, WD, and Thermaltake we have assembled one hot rig to give away this month!  We're announcing yet another new sweepstakes where you could win a full Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650-based system, complete with a pair of screaming...

Comcast: Metered Usage, But Where's the Meter?

Comcast: Metered Usage, But Where's the Meter?

On Thursday Comcast announced a 250 GB cap for their broadband service.  We applauded the fact that they finally gave some transparency to their "hidden" cap, which had always snagged a few users, without telling them exactly how much their use should be, but then we realized: where's the meter? Time-Warner Cable is currently trying out...

Lian Li Launches Silent Force Power Supplies

Lian Li Launches Silent Force Power Supplies

Lian Li launches the all new Silent Force Power SuppliesSilence is golden 29 August 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the Silent Force Power supply unit (PSU) series. After one year in development, and with strict attention to detail, the Silent series has been extensively researched to make it stand out from...

12.5 Million Records Go Missing in Data Breach

12.5 Million Records Go Missing in Data Breach

Earlier this week we reported on Scotland's Sunday Herald's claim that the Best Western hotel group was hit with the world's largest known data breach of eight million people's sensitive information, as well as Best Western's adamant denial. Even if the Sunday Herald story turns out to be true, the Best Western data breach would no longer...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: Gigabyte Geforce 9800GT (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3D XFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card @ Tweaktown Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Graphics Card @ Tweaktown Gigabyte 9800GT Review @ OCC Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB Toxic Video Card Review @ TheTechLounge EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:...

Comcast Announces 250 GB Broadband Cap

Comcast Announces 250 GB Broadband Cap

How many of you are aware of the 5 GB cap that Frontier DSL has imposed?  Or of the trials in Beaumont, TX that Time-Warner Cable is running?  It's only a matter of time before others impose caps.  And here we are, with a big ISP imposing a cap.  But really, let's be honest: this ISP already had one, just one that was hidden.Today...

Thin TVs are In at IFA 2008

Thin TVs are In at IFA 2008

CES might be the largest consumer electronics (CE) trade show in the U.S., but it isn't the only large-scale CE show, nor even the oldest. Taking place this week in Berlin is the IFA 2008 consumer electronics show, of which its origins actually date as far back as 1924 when it started as a trade show for the radio industry. Things have changed...

NVIDIA To Support SLI On Intel X58 Chipset

NVIDIA To Support SLI On Intel X58 Chipset

At the conclusion of their NVISION 08 visual computing conference, NVIDIA pulled together a few members of the press the reveal some very interesting news regarding SLI and Intel's upcoming X58 chipset platform for future Nehalem microarchitecture-based processors, aka Core i7.Up until this announcement, NVIDIA had only planned to support...

NVISION 08 Video Highlights

NVISION 08 Video Highlights

HotHardware attended NVIDIA's very first NVISION 08 visual computing conference that took place August 25 - 27 in San Jose, California and captured some of the sights and sounds from the event. This video is a compilation of the featured speakers and artists that participated in the keynotes. Featured speakers include Jen-Hsun Huang (NVIDIA...

VeriSign: 200 Billion Mobile Messages In 2008

VeriSign: 200 Billion Mobile Messages In 2008

It's an obvious statement that mobile messaging is growing, but some recently released numbers from VeriSign indicate just how fast mobile messaging is growing and how it is generating staggering revenue for mobile service providers. You might be familiar with VeriSign as the company behind secure networking solutions for SSL, identity authentication,...

Razer Announces Ltd. Ed. PAX 08 Razer Deathadder

Razer Announces Ltd. Ed. PAX 08 Razer Deathadder

RAZER™ ANNOUNCES THE LIMITED EDITION PAX 08 RAZER DEATHADDER™Only 400 units of the customized multi-award winning Razer DeathAdder will be available for sale at PAX 08  Seattle, WA – August 28, 2008 – Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming peripherals, has announced that an exclusive and...

Seriously, Steve Jobs is Not Dead

Seriously, Steve Jobs is Not Dead

If you had read a Bloomberg story that floated across the wires at 4:27 PM yesterday, your heart might have stopped, and you might have rushed to sell your Apple stock.  But no, it was all a mistake, and quickly retracted.  The retraction was rather terse, though, saying only "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently...

Spore Civilization Phase Video Preview

Spore Civilization Phase Video Preview

With the release of EA/Maxis's Spore (one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2008) only a mere 10 days away, more details about the $49.99 game have come out as well as another sneak-peek video of what gamers can expect come September 7. In the meantime, players have been busy creating creatures for Spore, with the $9.99 Spore Creature...

NVISION 08 Day 2: Keynote, NASA, Kyle Busch...

NVISION 08 Day 2: Keynote, NASA, Kyle Busch...

The second day of NVIDIA’s NVISION 08 visual computing conference began with a keynote address hosted by local television personality and tech analyst Scott Budman.  Budman only did a relatively small amount of speaking at the engagement, however, as he shared the stage with a number of guest speakers, including Eileen Collins of NASA,...

Houston, We Have Virus Lift-Off

Houston, We Have Virus Lift-Off

Surprisingly, this apparently isn't the first time this has happened to NASA. They haven't, to this point, been using antivirus software on the laptops astronauts take into space with them. A lesson for us all? Yep. However, the virus wasn't something that would bring the ISS crashing to Earth. The W32.Gammima.AG worm is pretty old: discovered...

Samsung Introduces SSDs for Low-Cost PCs

Samsung Introduces SSDs for Low-Cost PCs

"Smaller, faster, less expensive," might just be the motto over at Samsung these days. At least that's what it feels like with Samsung's announcement today that it has started sampling low-density, multilevel cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that are "only 30 percent of the size of 2.5-inch SSDs," "higher performance," and "highly...

U.K. Ad Authority Bans iPhone Ad

U.K. Ad Authority Bans iPhone Ad

The U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad for the iPhone after complaints that it was misleading. No, it's not about "twice as fast, half the price." Instead it's about the browsing prowess of the iPhone. The ASA received two (yes, only 2) complaints about the ad, which said the following: "You never know which part...

Capturing 3D Surfaces Simply With a Flash Camera

Capturing 3D Surfaces Simply With a Flash Camera

Creating 3D maps and worlds can be extremely labor intensive and time consuming. And ultimately the final result might not survive the close scrutiny of those expecting real-world emulations. A new technique developed by scientists at The University of Manchester's School of Computer Science and Dolby Canada, however, might make capturing...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 2263UW 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgAcer X193W+ 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-Extreme Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogicASUS M3A78-T AMD Motherboard @ TechwareLabsGigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H @ bit-techECS P45T-A Black Series Motherboard...

NVIDIA GeForce 9-Series GPUs Now as Low as $59

NVIDIA GeForce 9-Series GPUs Now as Low as $59

NVIDIA GeForce 9-Series GPUs Now as Low as $59News Facts:• NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400 GT. The GeForce 9400 GT delivers unsurpassed value by enabling end users to enjoy gaming, HD video, enhanced visual effects, and smoother Vista performance for retail prices as low as...

Study Shows Interior Network Protection Lacking

Study Shows Interior Network Protection Lacking

A recent survey of IT professionals reveals that just under half of them (45 percent) were either "not confident or only slightly confident" that they were aware of all the endpoints connecting to their organizations' networks. Perhaps not surprisingly, half of the respondents were also concerned that a security breach on their organizations'...

The World's Largest Cyber Heist... Or Not

The World's Largest Cyber Heist... Or Not

Scotland's Sunday Herald reported this last weekend that the world's largest cyber-heist ever recorded had taken place, with approximately eight million people's identities stolen. The target was the Best Western Hotel group, the culprit was "an unknown Indian hacker," the accomplices were "an underground network operated by the Russian mafia,"...

Banking Information Sold on eBay --- for £35

Banking Information Sold on eBay --- for £35

It's not the first time something like this has happened, and it won't be the last. What's worrisome is that it probably happens more often than we know, and we just don't hear about it. No, someone didn't explicitly sell personal info on eBay. What they did was sell a hard drive with the bank account numbers, phone numbers, mothers' maiden...

Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 Ultraportable Notebook

Lenovo's ThinkPad X200 Ultraportable Notebook

Today we’ve got a detailed look at Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X200.  Though it may appear that the X200 is an offshoot of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300, the ThinkPad X200 is actually more of a successor and direct descendant of their ThinkPad X61 line.  This is clearly evident both in the X200's design and its specifications. Lenovo’s X300 tries...

WD Launches High-Performance Enterprise Drives

WD Launches High-Performance Enterprise Drives

WD RE3 3.5-inch Enterprise SATA Hard Drives 1 TB, 1.2 million hours MTBF, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Generation 3: 20% faster, unparalleled reliability. High performance enterprise SATA drives designed specifically for business-critical applications. LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - As the enterprise market for highly reliable, high-capacity...

NVISION 08 Day 1: Jen-Hsun Huang's Keynote

NVISION 08 Day 1: Jen-Hsun Huang's Keynote

A few months ago, NVIDIA first told us about their plans to organize a massive event called NVISION that focused on all things in the visual computing field. NVIDIA planned to take over a number of major venues in downtown San Jose, including the convention center and a number of adjacent hotels, and invite experts and celebrities from the...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Toxic 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgASUS GeForce GTX 280 TOP Graphics Card @ TweaktownLucid HYDRA Engine Multi-GPU Technology @ TechgageMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus P5QL-E @ InsideHWSuper Micro C2SEA G45 @ PhoronixGigabyte EP45 DS4R Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsGigabyte GA-EG45M-DS2H Intel...

Asus Introduces a Line of Scented Notebooks

Asus Introduces a Line of Scented Notebooks

It's becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find new and unique ways to differentiate their products from that of their competitors. With price margins razor thin and many of a system's core components coming from the same suppliers, products in the same categories from different manufacturers tend to offer the same functionality,...

2008 Reported Data Breaches Set New Record

2008 Reported Data Breaches Set New Record

No matter how carefully you try to protect your personal and financial information, you are still at the mercy of those companies you choose to give your information too. Unfortunately, it looks like keeping your sensitive data secure is becoming increasingly difficult for some companies. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC),...

Amazon: Release-Day Delivery for Hot Video Games

Amazon: Release-Day Delivery for Hot Video Games

In a Monday press release, Amazon.com announced that buyers who want to get their hands on some upcoming hot games can upgrade their shipping to be assured they'll get them on release day: Gamers have been asking for it and Amazon has answered the call. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it will offer release-date delivery...

Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD

Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD

Broadcom to Acquire Digital TV Business from AMD- Acquisition Expected to Bring Broadcom Scale, a Complete Product Line to Address All Segments of the Digital TV Market and Expand Tier One Customer Base -IRVINE and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — August 25, 2008 — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless...

New Benchmark for Virtualization Set by AMD

New Benchmark for Virtualization Set by AMD

Quad-Core AMD Opteron CPU Sets New Benchmark for VirtualizQuad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance on the VMware Platform —Power efficient AMD Opteron Processors improve system availability, control costs and drive business flexibility across the enterprise —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — August 25, 2008...

IDF In Pictures, A Video Slide Show

IDF In Pictures, A Video Slide Show

Last week's Intel Developer's Forum was packed with enough sights and sounds to keep any self-respecting Tech Geek's head turning. So, we've put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!...

Newegg.com Stops Collecting NY State Sales Tax

Newegg.com Stops Collecting NY State Sales Tax

You'll probably remember the portent of things to come: New York State's new sales tax on Internet retailers, which went into effect in June. Both Amazon.com and Overstock.com have sued over the tax, in fact, which was written so as to apply "physical presence" to retailers who had affiliates (generally, web sites advertising for the retailer)...

iPod Line Revamp?  iPod Nano Redesign Revealed

iPod Line Revamp? iPod Nano Redesign Revealed

According to retailer reports, an almost certain iPod line revamp is coming in September. That seems pretty likely, as Apple seems to favor September for iPod launches. At the same time, reports of actual iPod nano details have arisen. Mid-week reports arose of retailers such as Target showing current models of iPods as discontinued when scanned...

"Phoney" iPhone Lines in Poland

"Phoney" iPhone Lines in Poland

On Friday, Apple's iPhone went on sale in 21 other countries, including India and Poland as iPhone 3G Rollout Phase II began. While demand for the iPhone 3G has been loud and clear in many countries so far (unlike 3G service on the device), the iPhone isn't quite such a hot commodity in the newly launched set countries. For one, Telekomunikacja...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic Graphics Card @ TweaktownVisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB @ PhoronixATI Radeon HD 4870 Overclocking Guide @ TechARPMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Striker II NSE Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsGIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R Motherboard Review @ PC PerspectiveProcessors:Intel E8600 Core 2 Duo Processor Review @ Legit...

Microsoft Patents "Page Up, Page Down"

Microsoft Patents "Page Up, Page Down"

To think that prior to 2005 there wasn't any page up / page down functionality. After all, that's when Microsoft filed a patent application for "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments." To be exact, March 4, 2005 was the date of the application, and the patent was granted on Tuesday. And it's:A method and...

IDF: Inside Nehalem

IDF: Inside Nehalem

Nehalem is the codename for Intel's next generation Core microarchitecture--which has recently been given the official processor family name of "Core i7." Nehalem was one of the big topics of discussion at IDF--and not just because it represents the next generation of Intel's processors, but also because the clock is winding down quickly on...

Albatron Unveils Tee PC Tablet with Touch Screen

Albatron Unveils Tee PC Tablet with Touch Screen

Uber Mini Tablet PC with “Touch” Screen brings ultra-lite, supra-convenient capabilitiesAlbatron’s “Tee PC” is all that you need with not an inch to spare Albatron Technology is gearing up to roll out its first Mini Tablet PC, dubbed the “Tee PC”, whose prototype was first shown at Computex 2008 (June). Since then, this diminutive Tablet PC...

GIGABYTE AMD Slot Machine

GIGABYTE AMD Slot Machine

GIGABYTE Makes Back-to-School Fun with AMD Slot Machine-- Play the GIGABYTE Slot Machine and Win an AMD-based Motherboard --GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced the kickoff of its GIGABYTE Back-to-School Online Quiz to promote their latest GIGABYTE AMD 780G series motherboard. By simply...

OCZ Unveils Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse

OCZ Unveils Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse

OCZ Technology Unveils the Ultra-Comfortable and Customizable Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse Sunnyvale, CA—August 21, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today unveiled the latest addition to its peripherals with the Dominatrix, a top-of-the-line laser...

Microsoft to Try "Going Hip" with Seinfeld Ads

Microsoft to Try "Going Hip" with Seinfeld Ads

Let's be honest: even if you use a PC you have to admit the Apple "Get a Mac" ads are hip, funny, and clever. Despite our PVR, we will stop in the middle of a commercial skip and watch a new "Get a Mac" ad. The latest "Get a Mac" ad, "Off the Air," ratchets up the rhetoric somewhat by saying that "fear of switching is the foundation of customer...

IDF Day 2: R. James "Developing for the Future"

IDF Day 2: R. James "Developing for the Future"

In the final IDF keynote address on Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager for Software and Solutions at Intel, Renee James, spoke about the "digital revolution" and what sort of opportunities the recent advances in Intel technology will enable. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and John Carmack of id software were among the guest speakers...

IDF Day 2: Eric Kim: "We Love TV"

IDF Day 2: Eric Kim: "We Love TV"

Eric Kim really loves TV. If he ever decides to step down as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Digital Home Group, he might have a future as a game show host. At least he had fun channeling one as he donned a bright red jacket and asked panelists some media-based trivia questions to prove a point during his keynote address...

Lian Li launches the all new MAXIMA Force PSUs

Lian Li launches the all new MAXIMA Force PSUs

Lian Li launches the all new MAXIMA Force PSUsEnthusiast performance durable PSU series 21 August 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the MAXIMA Force series of Power supply units (PSU). The MAXIMA Force offers exceptional power regulation and safety features with 80 Plus certification showing Lian Li’s commitment...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card Review @ TechARPASUS GeForce EN9600GT Matrix Graphics Card @ TweaktownPalit GTX 260 Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R @ bit-techJ&W RS780UVD-AM2+ mATX Motherboard Review @ OCIA.netMemory and Storage:OCZ DDR2 Flex II XLC PC2-9200 4Gb kit @ CPU3DOCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Flex...

IDF Day 2: Anand Chandrasekher MID Keynote

IDF Day 2: Anand Chandrasekher MID Keynote

Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before--in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state...

Sims 3 Gets Dated: February 20th

Sims 3 Gets Dated: February 20th

The Electronic Arts (EA) game most people are focused on right now is Spore, which ships Sept. 7th. But there's this other game some may recall, which was also designed by that Will Wright guy: The Sims. And on Wednesday, EA announced at the Leipzig Games Convention that The Sims 3 will be available at retailers worldwide and also via digital...

PowerColor Announces PCS+ HD4870 1GB GDDR5

PowerColor Announces PCS+ HD4870 1GB GDDR5

PowerColor Announced PCS+ HD4870 1GB GDDR5 Speed up gaming performance and lower up to 10°C Temperatures Taipei, Taiwan – August, 20th, 2008 -- TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, announced PCS+ HD4870 1GB solution with special cooling design that delivers amazing gaming performance. Unlike the reference board...

Laptop Experts, Questions and Answers

Laptop Experts, Questions and Answers

For the past few months, I have been participating in a campaign created by the folks at Toshiba and Federated Media designed to help users get answers to their laptop-related questions. You may have seen the banners here at HotHardware from time to time. The LaptopExperts website born from the campaign was created to provide a central location...

IDF Keynotes: Gelsinger and Perlmutter

IDF Keynotes: Gelsinger and Perlmutter

While Craig Barrett delivered a rather non-technical, but socially-charged keynote earlier in the day at IDF, Pat Gelsinger's (Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group) keynote address by contrast was all about the tech. We've got all of the details of Gelsinger's keynote which includes news on Nehalem and...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS Radeon HD 4870 TOP 512MB Graphics Card @ TweaktownATi Radeon HD 4870 X2 @ InsideHWVisiontek & Diamond Radeon 4870 @ Bootdaily.comSapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 TOXIC @ bit-techSapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card 100251SR @ BmRATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgDiamond HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 Video Card...

Microsoft's Pause Button for Email

Microsoft's Pause Button for Email

Microsoft's Office Labs puts out projects that (hopefully) improve Office.  One such early project was "Search Commands" which helps users find Office commands that the Ribbon wants to hide from them. Here's another one, which purports to be a "pause button" for email, but actually offers a lot more than that. It's called Email Prioritizer,...

Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard and X5 Mouse

Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard and X5 Mouse

Early this morning, Microsoft will reveal two new additions to the SideWinder gaming line – the SideWinder X6 Keyboard and SideWinder X5 Mouse. The SideWinder X6 Keyboard is the first gaming keyboard created by Microsoft from the ground up, and the only gaming keyboard on the market with a switchable key pad for powerful versatility....

Antec Enters the Mobile Computing Market

Antec Enters the Mobile Computing Market

Antec Enters the Mobile Computing MarketCBB Certified Components Enable System Builders to Locally Build a TrulyCustomized LaptopFremont, CA - August 19, 2008 - Antec, Inc., the leading global provider of high-performance components for the gaming, PC Upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced that it is launching a new line of standard...

ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award

ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award

ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award-- Integrating Dual CPU Performance with Compact Size -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S...

IDF Craig Barrett Keynote: Inspiring Innovation

IDF Craig Barrett Keynote: Inspiring Innovation

This year's IDF kicked off in typical fashion with Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, taking the stage and giving an brief overview of what the event has to offer over the course of the next three days, including highlighting key speakers (the Woz on Thursday!), contributors, and sponsors....

Hundreds Sued for Sharing Video Games

Hundreds Sued for Sharing Video Games

File-sharing, that's widely discussed.  But game sharing, not so much.  Basically the focus until now has been on music and movies, but now it seems industry has decided games being shared via P2P also deserve to be addressed. As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued...

Video Games Helpful to Children and Surgeons

Video Games Helpful to Children and Surgeons

New studies conducted at a number of prominent Universities around the country have finally revealed what many of us gamers and long time technophiles have known all along--video games can help kids learn, and improve dexterity and some cognitive functions.Other information gathered from the studies, however, didn't focus solely on game-playing...

DisplayLink Brings Multi-Monitors to Intel Chips

DisplayLink Brings Multi-Monitors to Intel Chips

DisplayLink brings multi-monitor computing to the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset FamilyFirst ever quad-monitor solution for Intel-based desktop and notebook PCs SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2008 – Helping to make it even easier for PC users to work and play on multiple monitors, quad-monitor technology developed by DisplayLink,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Card @ TweaktownSapphire Radeon HD4870x2 (2Gb GDDR5) @ CPU3DATI RADEON HD 4870 X2 2x1024 MB @ Digit-LifeFoxconn GeForce 9500 GT G96 Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsSamsung SyncMaster XL30 LED Backlit LCD @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-DS3L & EP45T-DS3R @ PhoronixASUS Republic Of...

Google Launches "Free The Airwaves"

Google Launches "Free The Airwaves"

Google's been chomping at the bit over "white space," which is unused spectrum that resides next to broadcast TV spectrum, for some time now. On Monday it, announced the launch of Free the Airwaves, a site promoting the unlicensed use of "white space" spectrum. While definitely not altruistic, it certainly sells itself as such, saying its...

OCZ Introduces the ModXStream Pro Series

OCZ Introduces the ModXStream Pro Series

OCZ Technology Introduces the ModXStream Pro Series, Efficient, Quiet, High-Performance Power Supplies Featuring Cable Management Sunnyvale, CA—August 18, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the ModXStream Pro, a superior gaming-grade...

Thecus Releases AMD Geode-Based N4100PRO NAS

Thecus Releases AMD Geode-Based N4100PRO NAS

Thecus Reveals the AMD Processor-Based N4100PROThe Leader in Digital Storage Turbo-Charges the Four-Bay NAS 08/18/2008 – Beginning with the introduction of the N4100 NAS device, Thecus has rocked the world of digital storage with innovation after innovation. Today, Thecus is proud to reveal the brand new 4-bay NAS – N4100PRO. With powerful...

IDF Day 1: David Perlmutter Keynote

IDF Day 1: David Perlmutter Keynote

While Craig Barrett delivered a rather non-technical, but socially-charged keynote earlier in the day at IDF, Pat Gelsinger's (Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group) keynote address by contrast was all about the tech. Immediately following Pat Gelsinger was David Perlmutter (Intel Senior Vice President and...

Lenovo Unveils Montevina-Based Thinkpad X301

Lenovo Unveils Montevina-Based Thinkpad X301

Lenovo Expands Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Light ThinkPad X300 Notebook PC FamilyDelivers Next-Generation Processing, Greater SSD Storage and Enhanced Multimedia Experience RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 18, 2008 – Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad X301 notebook PC, taking the thinnest and lightest full-function notebook in its class1, to new...

ATI All-In-Wonder HD, A Legend Returns

ATI All-In-Wonder HD, A Legend Returns

When ATI was acquired by AMD a few years ago, one product that seemed to fall off of the new corporate radar was ATI's All-In-Wonder line of Graphics/TV-Tuner hybrid cards. This was an area of the market where ATI had exclusivity, yet we haven't seen a new All-In-Wonder offering since May 2006. Rest assured however, ATI has not abandoned the...

Toshiba Forgets HD-DVD. Remembers DVD

Toshiba Forgets HD-DVD. Remembers DVD

Toshiba got its clock cleaned by Sony by supporting the HD DVD format over Sony's Blu-ray discs. But the next-generation video war really didn't have any winners. Even with HD DVDs out of the running, Sony can't seem to sell enough Blu-ray players to afford enough red ink to print a chart of how bad they're doing with the format; if it wasn't...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire HD 4850 Toxic Review @ Club OverclockerPowercolor PCS HD 4850 512 MB @ techPowerUpZotac 9800GTX+ AMP Edition @ t-breakASUS TOP 512MB GeForce 9600GT Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte EP45-DS3L S-Series Intel P45 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgECS "Black Series" P45T-A Review @ TechgageASUS...

Bono Helps Pirates Snag U2's New Album

Bono Helps Pirates Snag U2's New Album

Ah yes, music piracy. But if your own star isn't exactly close-mouthed (pun intended) with his new tracks, what can you do? U2 has recently put the finishing touches to their first studio album in four years. Four of those songs found their way to the Internet after Bono played the songs a bit too loudly on his stereo at his villa in the south...

Welcome to G45! Better (but still imperfect)

Welcome to G45! Better (but still imperfect)

Intel's Aaron Brezenski recently made an entry to the Intel Software Network Software Blogs entitled "Welcome to G45! Better (but still imperfect...)" in which he talks about the introduction of the new G45 chipset and the early issues facing the chipset. In the post, Aaron talks about some of the good, bad, and ugly issues Intel is dealing...

CheckPoint-Friendly Laptop Bag Rules Take Effect

CheckPoint-Friendly Laptop Bag Rules Take Effect

Ever had to take your laptop out of its bag and had it gone over with a fine-tooth comb at an airport? We have, and they turned it on, and ran over it with a swab to check for explosive residue. Yet another time-eating ritual. On Friday the TSA announced that Saturday, new laptop bag rules would go into effect, and laptops would be allowed...

Torvalds Lambasts The Security Community (Again)

Torvalds Lambasts The Security Community (Again)

Apparently, Linux kernel creator, Linus Torvalds has no problem expressing his opinion, and did so vehemently via back-and-forth e-mails with the editors of Network World this week. What got Torvalds so heated is his perception of how security vulnerabilities are so incredibly over-hyped to the extent that he calls it a "security circus."...

VIA Announces Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

VIA Announces Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800 The VIA EPIA N700 features the latest VX800 unified all-in-one media system processor and extended I/O ports for reduced cabling in tight spaces Taipei, Taiwan, 15 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA...

Four-Way Gigabyte P45 Motherboard Round-Up

Four-Way Gigabyte P45 Motherboard Round-Up

Gigabyte is typically one of the most loyal Intel partners, when it comes to chipsets. While they don’t solely produce Intel motherboards, when Intel does release a new chipset, Gigabyte is almost always there to produce several products on any given chipset. Most often, we’ll see low-end, mid-range, and high-end products, that are usually...

Your DVR Is Causing Billboards

Your DVR Is Causing Billboards

It's hard to show tech-savvy consumers advertising. Your grandma might still be looking at every pop-up ad a rapacious Internet businessman can come up with, but between fast-forwarding past TV ad spots with your Digital Video Recorder, pop-up blockers in your browser, and the Do Not Call list, a lot of people are avoiding the vast majority...

Google Gulag Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Google Gulag Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Google buys things. Lots of things. The companies that get purchased by Google are usually pretty excited about the prospect. Google's offices have the unstructured vibe that startup entrepreneurs love, and of course everybody likes money -- Google certainly has that. But it's starting to dawn on the startup businesses that Google might buy...

Windows 7's Coming Out Party? In October

Windows 7's Coming Out Party? In October

Microsoft has created a blog dedicated to Windows 7, the upcoming (in 2010, according to Microsoft) successor to Windows Vista. The first post in the blog, Microsoft said that first in-depth technical details will come at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), both scheduled for...

Intel's Letting Your PC Sleep With One Eye Open

Intel's Letting Your PC Sleep With One Eye Open

Starting next month, Intel will start adding its new "Remote Wake" technology into some of its motherboards. Before you yawn, and think "Wake-on-LAN" (WOL), and say "so what"... This ain't your granddaddy’s remote wake. Today, if your home PC goes into sleep mode and then someone tries to call you on your PC-based VoIP service, the call will...

OCZ Introduces Enhanced Core V2 SSD

OCZ Introduces Enhanced Core V2 SSD

OCZ Technology introduces the enhanced Core V2, the latest addition to the SSD series with New Features, Performance Gains, and Increased Storage Capacity Sunnyvale, CA—August 14, 2008—Responding the demands of enthusiasts and high-performance mobile computing consumers, OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high...

Lian Li launches PC-XB01 Xbox 360 Chassis

Lian Li launches PC-XB01 Xbox 360 Chassis

Lian Li launches PC-XB01: the Xbox 360 Chassis replacementLian Li shows Microsoft how it’s done! 14 August 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd will launch the PC-XB01 chassis for the Xbox 360 today. The XB01 is a chassis replacement for the XBox 360 chassis, which alleviates heating issues from hot components and reduces noise...

Forget Urging Your Kid To Go To Medical School

Forget Urging Your Kid To Go To Medical School

In the recent past, parents who wanted their children to grow up and make something of themselves would urge them to go to medical or law school. Forget all that. Start urging your children to become independent console game developers. Take Johnathan Blow, for instance. He wrote Braid, a puzzle-solving romp through what looks like hand-painted...

NVIDIA Shows Interactive Ray Tracing on GPUs

NVIDIA Shows Interactive Ray Tracing on GPUs

We just received some breaking news out of SIGGRAPH 2008 that we thought many of you would be very interested in. If you recall, one of the capabilities Intel is touting in regard to their upcoming Larrabee architecture is the ability to perform real-time ray tracing. In the graphics space, ray tracing is a technique used to generate...

Samsung's New Eco-Friendly Cell Phone

Samsung's New Eco-Friendly Cell Phone

While the international press and Olympic athletes complain about the environmentally-unfriendly air quality in Beijing, Samsung plans to bring a little green to the games today with its new E200 Eco bioplastic cell phone. Unlike traditional plastics, which are derived from (non-renewable) petroleum-based products, bioplastics are derived...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsECS GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card @ TweaktownPalit Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card Review @ MotherboardsMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LanParty Dark X48 Motherboard Review @ NinjalaneASUS P5E64 WS Pro X38 Motherboard @ Benchmark ReviewsMemory and Storage:Maxtor BlackArmor 160GB...

iPhones Prove Insensitive to 3G

iPhones Prove Insensitive to 3G

We have a question: why are all these researchers and carriers who believe they have pinpointed the iPhone's 3G reception problem in Europe (forcing us to use translation software, too)? While there's no answer to that question, a Swedish scientist seems to think he has the answer to poor 3G performance on the iPhone 3G: poor signal sensitivity....

Over 34,000 People Want to Buy a Chevy Volt

Over 34,000 People Want to Buy a Chevy Volt

Alternative energy advocate, Dr. Lyle Dennis, loved the idea behind General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Volt electric concept car so much, that he not only created a Website devoted to it (GM-Volt.com) soon after GM announced the concept vehicle in 2007, but he has spent a significant amount of time leading a grassroots effort to convince GM to...

Vudu Now Offers 99 Cent Movie Rentals

Vudu Now Offers 99 Cent Movie Rentals

Vudu might be on to something with its new promotion: "Stay in. Rent four movies for the price of 1 gallon gas!" At today's prices for movie tickets, concession snacks, and the cost of gas for getting to and from the theater, a family of four could easily spend upwards of a $100 for a night out at the movies. Staying at home and watching movie...

MSI's N280GTX-T2D1GOC, GeForce GTX 280 Redux

MSI's N280GTX-T2D1GOC, GeForce GTX 280 Redux

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 200 series of graphics cards have undergone a significant price reduction since they first debuted.  At the time, NVIDIA flexed its GPU muscle with a high-end, single GPU graphics design that their primary competition (AMD) could only compete with by throwing two GPUs at the problem.  As such, NVIDIA initially...

You Can't Buy A Gateway From Gateway Anymore

You Can't Buy A Gateway From Gateway Anymore

There was a time when many people would have bet on Gateway to become the largest direct retailer of computers in America, instead of Dell. They even opened up a few boutique retail outlets along the way.  They had a funky vibe going with their black and white cow-spotted boxes, and the future seemed very bright indeed. ...

Google's Search Market Share Tops 70%

Google's Search Market Share Tops 70%

... but they're still not a monopoly, at least if you ask the company. On Monday researchers at market research firm Hitwise released their monthly search share report, and their data indicates that Google has now topped 70% in terms of search market share.Google reached a new milestone and accounted for 70.77 percent of all U.S. searches....

Logitech's New Clip-on Lappie Mouse

Logitech's New Clip-on Lappie Mouse

In case you're not wise in the ways of aftermarket Velcro, Logitech now offers a cordless laser mouse, the V550, that clips right on the cover of your laptop. They call it the Clip-and-Go Dock. Logitech makes excellent aftermarket peripherals, and this looks to be another one of the little conveniences that are the bread and butter of their...

A BSOD of Olympic Proportions

A BSOD of Olympic Proportions

Most of us who have used a Windows PC know what a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is. Well, there could be no more perfect timing for a BSOD than this. Right when Li Ning was rounding the lip of the Bird's Nest during the climax of the torch-lighting ceremony, someone snapped this photo of the familiar BSOD most of us have seen at one time or...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2048 MB @ techPowerUpPalit Radeon HD 4870 X2 1GB - AMD Reclaims GPU Supremacy @ TechgagePalit Radeon HD4870 X2 2GB Video Card Review @ Hardware CanucksATI 4870 X2 (R700) GFX @ DriverheavenATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Review @ AMDZoneSapphire AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB Review - AMD's Triumph @ PC PerspectivePalit HD 4870 X2...

Group Calls For Faster U.S. Broadband Speeds

Group Calls For Faster U.S. Broadband Speeds

The high-speed Internet advocacy Web site, Speed Matters, has just released a report on the average Internet connection speeds by U.S. state. If you live in Rhode Island (6,769 Kbps), Delaware (6,685 Kbps), New Jersey (5,825 Kbps), Virginia (5,033 Kbps), or Massachusetts (4,564 Kbps), you can take pride that your state has one of the fastest...

NVIDIA Taps GPUs For More Than Graphics

NVIDIA Taps GPUs For More Than Graphics

NVIDIA TAPS PROCESSING POWER OF GEFORCE GPUS FOR MORE THAN GRAPHICS New Consumer Application Pack Uses NVIDIA CUDA Technology to Improve Performance Beyond Graphics on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs SANTA CLARA, CA—August 12, 2008—Consumers want blazing fast performance—whether blasting their way through the latest game or being socially responsible...

WD Announces Velociraptors With New  Backplane

WD Announces Velociraptors With New Backplane

WD ANNOUNCES WD VELOCIRAPTOR SATA HARD DRIVE WITH BACKPLANE COMPATIBILITY FOR SERVERS, DESKTOPS AND WORKSTATIONS World’s Fastest 10,000 RPM, 2.5–inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive Just Gets Better LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – August 12, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping the new backplane-compatible WD VelociRaptor hard drive,...

The (Grand Theft Auto) Devil Made Me Do It.

The (Grand Theft Auto) Devil Made Me Do It.

"The devil made me do it" used to be the ready-made excuse you could trot out when you got caught being naughty. Society's views on personal responsibility have changed quite a bit since the devil was listed on everybody's rap sheet as an accomplice. The modern version is playing "Grand Theft Auto made me do it."Last month, the trio – all...

AOL Makes Online Privacy More Transparent

AOL Makes Online Privacy More Transparent

A recent U.K. study by AOL finds that most online users are concerned about their online privacy and about providing personal details to Websites. No surprise there. In fact, the study found that 84 percent of respondents said that "they would not give away income details online." What to make then of the fact that 89 percent of those same...

Will Guys Pick the "Gadget or the Girl?"

Will Guys Pick the "Gadget or the Girl?"

This actually sounds like something designed for the CW show Beauty and the Geek." In this new Playboy TV series, Gadget or the Girl, a guy will be forced to choose between a hot weekend getaway with the girl of his choice, or a mystery gadget. The episode starts with the guy forced to choose immediately between three women, ditching one....

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - AMD Back On Top

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - AMD Back On Top

The Radeon HD 4800 series didn't exactly overwhelm NVIDIA's GTX 200 series with raw performance. In fact, the GeForce GTX 280 and 9800 GX2 were more powerful than the Radeon HD 4870. The Radeon HD 4800 series cards, however, were still excellent cards and they were offered at extremely competitive prices, which put significant pressure on...

Studies Disagree On U.S. Broadband Growth

Studies Disagree On U.S. Broadband Growth

A study just released by the Leichtman Research Group, indicates that the "twenty largest cable and telephone providers in the US" now total approximately 65.1 million, high-speed Internet subscribers. Those 20 providers make up roughly 94 percent of the U.S. broadband market. Assuming that Leichtman's results are correct (and assuming that...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:MSI R4850 Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TPower I45 @ Overclockers OnlineBiostar TPower I45 Intel P45 Express Motherboard Review @ PCStatsMemory and Storage:Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1375 RAM kit @ TechwareLabsQNAP TS-409U Rackmount NAS Review @ ThinkComputers.orgThermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Dock @ MikhailtechPower:Zalman...

Will AMD Stop Fabbing Their Own Chips?

Will AMD Stop Fabbing Their Own Chips?

If you're hungry for news about the future of Intel's pesky little rival, AMD, (we always are) then perhaps you'd go to their spokesman and flat out ask. If you're Business Week, here's the sort of answer you'd get: "AMD continues to look at multiple options that leverage our world-class manufacturing capabilities and relationships to achieve...

Servers? Cheap. Electricity? Yikes!

Servers? Cheap. Electricity? Yikes!

Ken Brill at Forbes does a little arithmetic to examine the true cost of running a server, and the numbers are a bit of a surprise. Since we're in the midst of something of a boom in data center construction, shouldn't someone be figuring out what they really cost before they buy a bunch of servers and roll out the plans? Because of the weird...

12 Seconds Of Microvideoblogging Is All You Get

12 Seconds Of Microvideoblogging Is All You Get

Is microvideoblogging the next big thing? "Micro-what?" you say. Picture Twitter, but with video posts instead of text. That's microvideoblogging. Now limit each video post to only 12 seconds long, and that's the idea behind 12seconds.tv. Like Twitter, you can post pretty much anything you want, as long as it doesn't violate the site's terms...

Jobs Confirms iPhone "Kill Switch"

Jobs Confirms iPhone "Kill Switch"

It was a little, tiny, tiny addendum at the end of a WSJ article, but it was there: in an interview with the WSJ, Steve Jobs confirmed that the suspected iPhone "kill switch" does indeed exist.  Of course, for investors, talk of the App Store downloads are probably more exciting, and Jobs detailed that as well:If sales stay at the current...

The Pirate Bay Blocked in Italy

The Pirate Bay Blocked in Italy

Italy has been showing BitTorrent no mercy lately. First, Italy shuts down the country's largest BitTorrent tracker site, Colombo-BT.org, a couple of weeks ago; and now it is trying to block country-wide access to The Pirate Bay--the Swedish-based BitTorrent site that claims to be "the world's largest BitTorrent tracker"--by ordering all Italian...

Avoid the Danger Zones with SafeRoadMaps.org

Avoid the Danger Zones with SafeRoadMaps.org

Doyle Drive is the antiquated and dangerous southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's actually a steel-truss bridge and has been rated as the most dangerous span in California. Most in the SF Bay Area are aware of this. And although geared toward rural drivers, SafeRoadMaps.org, a project of the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety...

Intel Reveals Nehalem Naming Convention

Intel Reveals Nehalem Naming Convention

NEXT-GENERATION INTEL PC CHIPS TO CARRY INTEL CORE NAME SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2008 – Intel Corporation announced today that desktop processors based on the company’s upcoming new microarchitecture (codenamed “Nehalem”) will be formally branded “Intel Core™ processor.” The first products in this new family of processors, including...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS MK241 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgSapphire HD4870 512MB @ Modders-Inc.comNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card Review @ TechARPMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5E64 WS Professional @ PhoronixGigabyte X48T-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsMemory and Storage:Corsair Dominator XMS3 DDR3-1600C9 Memory...

MacBook Pros Begin to Feel the NVIDIA Heat

MacBook Pros Begin to Feel the NVIDIA Heat

We're sure you know about the issues with some NVIDIA mobile GPUs, as earlier in July NVIDIA admitted it was taking a $150 - $200 million charge to cover (emphasis ours):... anticipated customer warranty, repair, return, replacement and other consequential costs and expenses arising from a weak die/packaging material set in certain versions...

Money Plus Gets Unboxed

Money Plus Gets Unboxed

Microsoft may just have acknowledged that digital distribution of software, long (relatively) used for distribution and sales of games, may just be ready to hit the big time. In an understated announcement on a newsgroup, by an MVP, Microsoft has announced it is going to halt the sale of boxed copies of its Quicken competitor, Money Plus....

HotHardware Blog Updates, Tweets and FBing

HotHardware Blog Updates, Tweets and FBing

Though you might not go there as often yet, you soon will.  It's a random sort of babble that sounds mysteriously entertaining at first and then sucks you in like some cheesy sit-com.  What am I speaking of you say? Why the HH Blog Roll of course!  In our recent submissions we discuss things like the new HH Twitter and Facebook...

Oh, Brett!  About That Madden '09 Box Cover

Oh, Brett! About That Madden '09 Box Cover

Ah, the best laid plans. The cover of the Madden NFL '09 game was supposed to pay homage to the retiring Brett Favre. But then he decided to un-retire! What to do, what to do? Well, as far as EBGames goes, PhotoShop is the answer. The box is above, but see the below of their home page, as of this morning. Yep, they PhotoShopped the image of...

Microsoft Hate Is Getting Very Expensive

Microsoft Hate Is Getting Very Expensive

It's always amusing to read blog comments and hear just how unpopular Microsoft is. Of course a 90+ percent market share in their core business would seem to indicate a certain level of popularity, but apparently popularity is measured in a different way than simple arithmetic. It really doesn't matter if your average websurfer likes the guy...

Telecommuters Get Short End Of The ISP Stick

Telecommuters Get Short End Of The ISP Stick

Telecommuting makes a lot of sense. Having information workers gathered into cubicle farms in a central location is so 1960s. The ability to quickly exchange information from remote locations, coupled with the high cost in time and energy to commute to the old office park, makes it increasingly popular now, and probably the de facto standard...

Daily Search Engine Use Still Below 50 Percent

Daily Search Engine Use Still Below 50 Percent

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves here at HotHardware that us editors and our loyal readers do not necessarily represent typical Internet users. Many of us consider ourselves to be "power users," and feel we know how to leverage the available tools to find exactly what we are looking for online. Which is why it came as a surprise to us...

Your Next iPod Might Be Part of the Cloud

Your Next iPod Might Be Part of the Cloud

If an Apple patent application that started making the rounds yesterday is any indication, a future version of the iPod or iPhone might be able to remotely access the entire iTunes media library sitting on your computer at home via a Wi-Fi or wireless telephone connection. Instead of having to carefully pick and choose what subset of your...

Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Gaming System

Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Gaming System

Unlike the enthusiast system manufacturers, Alienware and VoodooPC, Richmond, Virginia-based Velocity Micro is still an independent, privately held company. In fact, Velocity Micro is doing well enough on its own to have even purchased the enthusiast, boutique system maker, Overdrive PC last year. On top of that, Velocity Micro is one of the...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ TOP Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:AMD 790GX Chipset Review @ AMDZoneXFX nForce 750a SLI Motherboard Review @ MotherboardsAMD's 790GX chipset @ TheTechReportGigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME P45 Motherboard @ Benchmark ReviewsAsus M3A78-T Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Corsair...

Asus Makes Wii-like Controllers for PCs

Asus Makes Wii-like Controllers for PCs

Not content to let Nintendo Wii owners have all the fun with motion-based, wireless game controllers, Asus has just announced its own Wii-like controllers for Windows PCs, called the Eee Stick. It seems that Asus is putting the "Eee" moniker on all of its new products lately, such as the Eee PC and the Eee Box. In fact, the Asus press release...

YouNoodle Keeps Score In Web Bubble 2.0

YouNoodle Keeps Score In Web Bubble 2.0

Remember the good/bad old days of the first Internet boom, when AOL bought TimeWarner with all their imaginary money? Well, TimeWarner is trying to put AOL out behind the dumpster now and get on with their real, live, moneymaking business, and Web 2.0 investors are looking for a whole new generation of worthless widgets to lavish their millions...

Researcher Uncovers iPhone App "Kill Switch"

Researcher Uncovers iPhone App "Kill Switch"

First: there's no real evidence this is a "kill switch" that Apple will use, but still, based on Apple's protectiveness over the iPhone, it wouldn't surprise us.Jonathan Zdziarski, author of the upcoming book iPhone Forensics, has revealed an URL that he suggests Apple is using to keep a list of any "offending" applications: https://iphone-services.apple.com/clbl/unauthorizedApps.Apple...

Vint Cerf Admits Network Management is Necessary

Vint Cerf Admits Network Management is Necessary

There are some people whose opinions matter more than others. Take Vint Cerf, for instance. Cerf is often credited as being the "father of the Internet." While that might not be a technically accurate statement, it is safe to say that he played a very significant role in shaping what would become the Internet as we know it today--and he is...

Apple Removes Worthless $1000 App from App Store

Apple Removes Worthless $1000 App from App Store

Who decides which apps go up --- and stay up --- on the App Store? After all, something pretty useful like NetShare gets dropped from the App Store a couple of times (all right, all right, I know AT&T wouldn't like it), while something totally frivolous like this app gets posted?The app was named "I am Rich." The name is appropriate, because...

Researchers Create a Bionic Eye

Researchers Create a Bionic Eye

One of the key challenges of digital photography technology has been to try to capture images as well as the human eye does. While optics have made significant improvements in recent years, modest enhancements to the resolution density of the electronic sensors have kept the lofty goal of mimicking human perception as just a pipe dream. But...

HP To Offer Touchscreens Within 18 Months

HP To Offer Touchscreens Within 18 Months

Touchscreen technology isn't really all that new, but the popularity of Apple's iPhone has whetted the public's appetite for putting their fingers on the screen and doing things. But the technology that makes tiny phone screens react to touch would be prohibitively expensive on a screen even as large a UMPC, never mind the typical desktop's...

Electronic Privacy in Jeopardy

Electronic Privacy in Jeopardy

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a dangerous legal precedent has just been set that can potentially unravel existing federal privacy protections for e-mail and Internet usage. The alert from the EFF is not just to sound a general warning, but it also takes the form of an Amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, filed...

Macs Cost Double. This Is News To Anyone?

Macs Cost Double. This Is News To Anyone?

Market research mavens NPD went computer shopping, and came back with some  info we've all suspected for a long time: Desktop or laptop, a Macintosh computer costs more than double a roughly comparable Windows PC machine. Since they compiled prices for three years running, they also saw which way the trend line was going. Average selling...

Pioneer Announces 500GB Blu-ray Disc

Pioneer Announces 500GB Blu-ray Disc

From a technical perspective, the biggest advantage Blu-ray discs (BD) offer is more storage space--up to 25GB (for single-layer discs) or 50GB (for dual-layer discs). From a more practical standpoint, the best thing BD brings to the table is higher-quality, high-definition (HD) movies. More storage space means less data needs need to be compressed...

Gigabyte Announces GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard

Gigabyte Announces GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard

GIGABYTE Announces Ultimate IGP GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard Featuring DDR3 Side Port Memory and Outstanding Overclocking Performance City of Industry, CA, August 6, 2008 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced the launch of the GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H, further cementing GIGABYTE’s...

AMD Plans Full Support For DirectX 11 and OpenCL

AMD Plans Full Support For DirectX 11 and OpenCL

AMD announced plans today to provide full support for Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenCL to enable increased C/C++ cross platform programming efficiency, see the full press release below. Over the next 18-months, AMD plans to make a series of extensive upgrades to its Stream Software Development Kit, which are specifically designed to reduce...

NVIDIA GPU PhysX Pack Preview

NVIDIA GPU PhysX Pack Preview

Physics: as geeks, we just have to love the subject. We loved learning about geniuses like Isaac Newton and concepts like gravity, acceleration and inertia. Also, typical of geeks, we love gaming. So, combining physics acceleration and gaming just sounds like a really cool idea. For the past several years, we've been learning more and more...

Microsoft: 64-Bit OSes Gaining Traction

Microsoft: 64-Bit OSes Gaining Traction

Despite our technophile-ness, we haven't seriously considered moving to the i 64-bit version of Windows Vista, mostly because we figure we will have application or device driver woes. However, in a blog post on the Windows Vista blog, Microsoft product manager Chris Flores said that Microsoft has noted a shift in adoption of 64-bit operating...

AMD 790GX Chipset Platform Launch

AMD 790GX Chipset Platform Launch

If you've been on top of the PC scene for any length of time, you probably know that whether by choice or necessity, AMD has taken a different tact as of late. Whereas the company was all about bigger, faster, and better during the Athlon's heyday, AMD is now more about touting the performance per dollar and value of their products. While...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Gigabyte HD 4850 GV-R485-512H-B Review @ OCCBFG 9800 GX2 1GB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeNvidia GeForce GTX 200 Graphics Architecture Review: Born to Win? @ X-bit labsSapphire Toxic HD4850 (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DMotherboards and Chipsets:Supermicro X7DWA-N Motherboard Review @ PC ReviewECS P45T-A Review @ OCCAsus Striker II Extreme...

Rocketboom Purchase Shows Sony Will Buy Anything

Rocketboom Purchase Shows Sony Will Buy Anything

Sony Pictures Television, like every branch of the Sony world, always seems to be swimming around in a pool of twenties. They arrive late, bring money, and buy whatever they like. They apparently like the semi-snarky vlog news site Rocketboom.com a lot; they've acquired the rights to distribute it in all media platforms. They plan on plopping...

Thecus Introduces iSCSI i5500 and i4500R NAS Dev

Thecus Introduces iSCSI i5500 and i4500R NAS Dev

Thecus Unrivaled Performance and Security iSCSI Series for Modern Enterprises 08/05/2008- Aiming at enterprise and small & medium business environment, Thecus has been known to deliver stable storage device with unparallel performance and data security. Other than innovation in NAS technology, Thecus again rocks the storage world with...

Court Rules That Your DVR Doesn't Have To Exist

Court Rules That Your DVR Doesn't Have To Exist

In an interesting ruling with far-reaching ramifications, a US Court of Appeals in New York has decided that Cablevision was within its rights to offer a network Digital Video Recorder service to its customers. Instead of a hard drive in every home, your set-top cable box would be able to use a cloud computer arrangement to view programming...

Asus Eee Box B202 Video Spotlight

Asus Eee Box B202 Video Spotlight

In some respects, when we think about what the capabilities of a $349 desktop system should be like, we can't help but be impressed what Asus has achieved and the overall value of the Eee Box. What's more impressive though is the Eee Box's absolutely tiny form-factor and completely miserly power consumption. The original Eee PC notebook cultivated...

Thai Distributor Halts GTA IV Sales After Murder

Thai Distributor Halts GTA IV Sales After Murder

If this was in the U.S., you can bet Jack Thompson would be all over it.  Since it's Thailand, not exactly a media-friendly country, we may never hear about it again, except perhaps in shareholder reports. Police claim that the youth showed no sign of mental instability while he was being questioned. He told police that he hadn't intended...

GIGABYTE Partners with INGRAM MICRO

GIGABYTE Partners with INGRAM MICRO

GIGABYTE Partners with INGRAM MICRO to Extend its Offering ofHigh-performance Motherboards and Graphics Solutions in the U.S.City of Industry, Calif., August 5, 2008 – GIGABYTE United, Inc., the world leading motherboards and graphics manufacturer, today announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc.  (NYSE:...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus) Amp! Edition @ techPowerUpXFX GeForce GTX 280 XXX 1GB video card review @ Elite BastardsThe Intel Larrabee Processor Tech Report @ TechARPIntel Opens Up About Larrabee @ TechgageASUS "Top" 280GTX vs. XFX 280GTX @ BootdailySapphire Radeon HD4870 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comIntel details future...

Graduate Students Develop a $12 Computer

Graduate Students Develop a $12 Computer

Forget the quest to build the $100 computer; a group of graduate students think they can create the $12 computer--the perfect PC for developing countries. And no, this is not the $10 computer than India announced last week--which turned out to actually be a $100 computer. But India does play an important role in this story...Graduate student,...

EFF Releases ISP Throttling Detector

EFF Releases ISP Throttling Detector

The potential throttling by ISPs of certain types of Internet traffic has been in the news quite a bit lately. In fact, this last Friday, the FCC issued a ruling (PDF) against Comcast, stating that "Comcast's network management practices discriminate among applications rather than treating all equally and are inconsistent with the concept...

Apple Continues to Vacillate Over Tethering App

Apple Continues to Vacillate Over Tethering App

Apple seems unable to make up its mind over NetShare, the iPhone tethering application which first appeared, disappeared, reappeared, and has now vanished again from their App Store.In what could only be termed as bizarre, Nullriver's NetShare application has been removed once from the iPhone App Store, only to reappear and then disappear...

Social.FM: Deader Than Disco

Social.FM: Deader Than Disco

Social music networks are like college. You all meet up there for a while, make friends, maybe a few enemies, share all sorts of things, and then scatter to other places and make new friends. The overriding constant is that nobody has any money in either place. Social.FM, which until recently was known as Mercora, was launched in 2005, and...

Asus Eee Box B202 Desktop System Evaluation

Asus Eee Box B202 Desktop System Evaluation

Asus certainly made a splash this year with their line of ultra-light, ultra-affordable Eee PC notebooks and they've been fleshing out the product line ever since with a wealth of new offerings, as the company continues to milk the product's successful brand name recognition for all it's worth.Today marks the introduction of the $349 Asus...

Shining New Light On Optical Computing

Shining New Light On Optical Computing

Practical optical computing is like unicorn hunting to researchers. It promises all sorts of wonderful effects like superfast speeds and less waste heat. But messing about with photons instead of electrons posed challenges that seemed insurmountable, especially the limit on the size of the conduit needed to carry it. Researchers at the University...

Lenovo Unveils Atom-Based IdeaPad S10 Netbook

Lenovo Unveils Atom-Based IdeaPad S10 Netbook

Lenovo has just announced a new line-up of IdeaPad S10 netbooks built around Intel's Atom CPU.  Like many of the other members of Lenovo's IdeaPad product family, the S10 netbooks are available in a variety of colors and in a few different configurations.  Take a look...        IdeaPad S10 “netbook” with a high...

Metered Internet Use Already Making An Impact

Metered Internet Use Already Making An Impact

Everyone and their Aunt Sally wants to sell users on a different use for broadband.  You can stream HBO shows, Netflix videos, using tons of bandwidth, and that's not even taking P2P into account.  Ah, and NBC would love it if you would watch the "Olympics on the Go."  Problem is, you poor folk with metered-use broadband, which...

Intel Reveals More Larrabee Architecture Details

Intel Reveals More Larrabee Architecture Details

FIRST DETAILS ON A FUTURE INTEL DESIGN CODENAMED ‘LARRABEE’ Intel Corporation is presenting a paper at the SIGGRAPH 2008 industry conference in Los Angeles on Aug. 12 that describes features and capabilities of its first-ever forthcoming “many-core” blueprint or architecture codenamed “Larrabee.”  Details unveiled in the SIGGRAPH paper...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire Toxic HD4850 Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus Rampage Extreme (X48) Motherboard @ CPU3DGigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R @ InsideHWProcessors:AMD Phenom X4 9350e Low Cost Quad Core @ TweaktownMemory and Storage:Adata & Kingston 8Gb Compact Flash Card 266X @ CPU3DEDGE DiskGO 160GB Network HDD @ GideonTech.comIcy Box IB-3218...

DHS Can Now Hold Laptops Indefinitely at Borders

DHS Can Now Hold Laptops Indefinitely at Borders

You may recall the case of Sebastien Boucher?  He was stopped in 2006 while crossing the U.S. - Canadian border and charged with transporting child pornography on his laptop across the border.  Unfortunately for the prosecutors, the data on the laptop is encrypted, and he now refuses to enter the necessary password to allow access...

The Internet Is For Pr0n. Pay Up

The Internet Is For Pr0n. Pay Up

Since very few people on the visible side of the pornography industry are wearing any clothes, it seems like it would be a very casual business. But it's about as organized and avaricious as any business on the Internet, and it's getting angry. Many pornographers have banded together and formed the PAK Group, a sort of naked RIAA or MPAA,...

HotHardware's Recent Blogs and Video Channel

HotHardware's Recent Blogs and Video Channel

Just in case you have missed some of the recent additions to HotHardware.com, we wanted to draw your attention to a couple of new sections on the site that are sure to be of interest to many of you. You'll notice on the home page, a couple of tabs have been added to main content area labeled Recent Blogs and Recent Videos. There are also couple...

IBM Invests Nearly $400M on Cloud Computing

IBM Invests Nearly $400M on Cloud Computing

IBM Invests Nearly $400 Million on Cloud Computing Centers in U.S. and Japan TOKYO and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 01 Aug 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a massive expansion of its cloud computing capabilities, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create two ultra-sophisticated delivery centers that will power the cloud-like...

U.S. Senate Approves Cyber Crime Bill

U.S. Senate Approves Cyber Crime Bill

What do providing secret service protection for former vice presidents and going after cyber criminals have in common? (And no, Al Gore did not have his identity stolen--at least not as far as we know). They are both part of the same bill that was just passed by the Senate. Current legislation lacks the necessary breadth to go after and punish...

GIFAR: Photos That Look Right Back At You

GIFAR: Photos That Look Right Back At You

Security researchers presenting information at next week's Black Hat convention are expected to demonstrate a particularly nasty method for stealing online credentials from users on any number of websites that allow users to upload their own pictures. The exploit will work by displaying what looks like a .gif picture, but contains a Java applet...

First Actual, In-Game Screenshots from id's Rage

First Actual, In-Game Screenshots from id's Rage

Just about a year ago, we posted a link to a trailer for id's upcoming first person shooter / driving game hybrid dubbed Rage. Since then few details regarding the game have been released other than it would be built around a new game engine called id Tech 5 and that Rage would be the first game developed completely in-house since Doom 3....

JD Power Announces The Best Cameras of 2008

JD Power Announces The Best Cameras of 2008

J.D. Power and Associates has just released the results of its 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction Study, based on responses from over 8,000 digital camera purchasers between April 2007 and March 2008. Not only does the study identify which cameras consumers liked best, but it also gives an indication of what consumers are doing with...

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New Record

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New Record

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record -2580MHz DDR3 Frequency Reached on Intel X48 Chipset- Fremont, CA, July 31, 2008 – Corsair,a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that its Dominator DDR3 memory modules have again shattered the world record for frequency. The record was...

Is NVIDIA Exiting The Chipset Business? UPDATED

Is NVIDIA Exiting The Chipset Business? UPDATED

Whoah there. That would be news. Santa Clara-based NVIDIA, makers of graphics processors that are near and dear to the heart of computer gamers everywhere, has been making quite a bit of news lately -- most of it bad. On the plus side, they were rumored to be working on a deal with Apple to supply a custom platform using Intel processors....

Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM Widescreen LCD

Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM Widescreen LCD

The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very...

iPhone Tethering App on App Store - Temporarily

iPhone Tethering App on App Store - Temporarily

Ah yes, the idea was great; the resulting application (NetShare) good enough to make the App Store cut, but then someone at Apple remembered their partner (AT&T) and the app has disappeared from the store. After all, a tethering app would allow an end user to use their iPhone as a modem, not something AT&T would want. And we mention...

NYPD Wants Your Videos to Help Fight Crime

NYPD Wants Your Videos to Help Fight Crime

It was only a month ago that we reported how various police departments are setting up systems for receiving anonymous tips via text messaging to help solve crimes. Now the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) Commissioner, Ray Kelly, is embracing another social media technology to help police solve crimes: asking people upload "video...