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All News for November 2007

Hardware Round-Up

Video: HIS HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 Video Card @ 3DGameMan Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB @ Tweaktown MSI RX3870-T2D512E-OC (Radeon HD 3870) @ HardwareZone NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 @ Tweaktown MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC Geforce 8800GT Videocard Review @ PCSTATS.com Motherboards & Chipsets: Choosing a Motherboard for a Middle-End...

AMD Triple-Core CPUs to Launch in Feb. '08

AMD Triple-Core CPUs to Launch in Feb. '08

We now have a launch date, or at least launch month, for AMD's triple-core CPUs, which they announced in September.AMD recently notified its partners that it plans to launch two triple-core CPUs (Toliman) in February next year while two dual-core CPUs (Kuma) will appear by the end of the second quarter, according to sources at motherboard...

Hot Hardware For The Holidays - A Buyer's Guide

Hot Hardware For The Holidays - A Buyer's Guide

Each year we undergo a time-honored tradition of bringing you a few our picks for the hottest in Computing gear for the holidays.  This year, whether you're interested in a new graphics card for rendering 3D bump-mapped sugar plums in your head, a new CPU to crunch under the mistletoe or if you've been a really good geek, an entire...

ASUS Eee PC / GPL Update

ASUS Eee PC / GPL Update

Earlier this week we reported that a disgruntled Eee purchaser was considering taking ASUS to court over alleged GPL violations.  Those supposed violations stemmed from the alleged failure to provide complete source code for the software on the Eee PC in an accessible manner & location.  As we initially suspected, it appears...

PhysX Revolution To Begin Anew With UT3 Engine?

PhysX Revolution To Begin Anew With UT3 Engine?

It's been a while since we looked at AGEIA's PPU, and things have slowly started looking better and better for PhysX as time rolled on.  Perhaps the largest boon to the whole PPU concept thus far might be Epic's support for AGEIA's APEX (Adaptive Physics EXtensions) in their Unreal Tournament 3 Engine, which will likely end up at the...

AMD Drops Out of the Top 10 Chipmakers

AMD Drops Out of the Top 10 Chipmakers

It was a short stay in the top 10.  After buying ATI, AMD entered the top 10 chipmakers, but it's already set to drop out of that list.Intel will increase its market share by the end of 2007 to 12.5 percent, keeping its place as the world's top chipmaker, while rival AMD will drop out of the top 10, research firm iSuppli predicted. Samsung...

New Tool Tells You If Your ISP Blocks P2P

New Tool Tells You If Your ISP Blocks P2P

In the wake of the recent allegations that Comcast, the second largest ISP in the U.S., has been stopping or slowing P2P traffic, a new tool has been released that will allow users to discover for themselves if their own ISP is taking similar measures. The tool was developed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit...

Google Maps for Mobile Adds "My Location"

Google Maps for Mobile Adds "My Location"

Interesting week for the mapping folks at Google. First they release Terrain View for Google Maps, and now they have released a location service for cell phone users, and you don't even need GPS on your phone.The new tracking feature introduced Wednesday is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip...

Bonjour, iPhone

Bonjour, iPhone

France has it.  Unlocked, no less, if you want it.  The iPhone has hit mobile carrier Orange's stores.French consumer law requires Orange to sell handsets that are "unlocked" and able to work on any carrier, which Orange will do. And Germany's Deutsche Telekom is selling an unlocked phone via its T-Mobile unit after a Hamburg court...

Intel Upgrades Software Tools to Support Leopard

Intel Upgrades Software Tools to Support Leopard

Intel Upgrades Software Tools to Support Mac OS X Leopard SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as...

Dell Adds Big Brother to XPS Laptop Line

Dell Adds Big Brother to XPS Laptop Line

Dell has produced a 'tweener for their XPS line of high-end laptops.  The 15" XPS 1530 fits rights between their 13" and 17" systems.While the M1530 is certainly larger than the M1330, it's not exactly a heavyweight at a mere 5.78 pounds.While the new M1530 doesn't come with an LED backlight screen option like the M1330, standard features...

Actiontec MegaPlug AV 200 Ethernet Adapter

Actiontec MegaPlug AV 200 Ethernet Adapter

You've all felt the pain a WiFi network can bring, with fading signal strength through walls or over even moderately long distances inside your home or office.  The only other option, short of snaking CAT5 cables inside walls and around your home or office is Powerline Networking. Initially, Powerline Networking technology was...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800GT 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition review @ metku.netJetway X1950 Pro 256MB PCI-E Video Card Review @ ClubOC.netGigabyte GeForce 8600GTS 256MB @ PhoronixSamsung Syncmaster 940UX 19inch LCD Display Review @ PCStats Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS A770M-A AMD 770 Phenom board preview @ OCWorkbenchAbit IX38 Quad GT Motherboard @ CPU3DMemory...

8800GTS Revamp Delayed

8800GTS Revamp Delayed

The revamped GeForce 8800 GTS 512, originally scheduled for 11/19, will be delayed until 12/11, according to sources from graphics card makers.  The new NVIDIA card will replace the 8800 GTS 640, and will have 128 of NVIDIA's Stream unified-shader pixel processors vs. 96 in the older 320 and 640 units.The new GeForce 8800GTS 512MB cards...

AMD Contemplating AGEIA Purchase

AMD Contemplating AGEIA Purchase

According to an article posted on the CustomPC website which quotes AMD’s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, AMD has contemplated the purchase of AGEIA, multiple times.  There is no discussion regarding what AMD's plans for AGEIA's technology would be, i.e. would it be incorporated into an ATI GPU or a CPU, but the potential...

ASUS Xonar PCI Express and Xonar U1

ASUS Xonar PCI Express and Xonar U1

ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio Soundscape -- World’s first PCI-Express audio card Xonar D2X and the smallest USB audio station Xonar U1 revitalize gaming audio and simplify home theater upgrades -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) – Adding to the success of the company’s entry into PC audio, ASUS®, worldwide...

Inconveniently, Al Gore's Blog Gets Hacked

Inconveniently, Al Gore's Blog Gets Hacked

On the same day he met with President Bush because of his Nobel Prize win, Al Gore got the bad news that spammers had subjected his blog to some invisible hacking.However, looking at it, a user couldn’t see a difference — unless they looked at the source code. Obviously hackers got in through a hole and hacked the source. But invisible, what...

1 TB/Sec Memory Bandwidth: Where Do We Sign Up?

1 TB/Sec Memory Bandwidth: Where Do We Sign Up?

Modern PCs are inching closer and closer to having 10 GB/sec or more usable memory bandwidth, and we haven't really had any complaints about the steady increase until we heard that Rambus was working on technology that could enable 1 TB/sec of memory bandwidth.The applications for graphics cards and consoles are certainly interesting, but...

Super Talent Unveils Industrial Temperature SSDs

Super Talent Unveils Industrial Temperature SSDs

Super Talent Introduces Industrial Temperature SSDs San Jose, California – November 27, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of Solid State Drives (SSDs) that are rated to operate over a -40C to 85C industrial temperature (I-Temp) range. Super...

Yahoo Buyer Service Gets 'Pwnt'

Yahoo Buyer Service Gets 'Pwnt'

Yahoo's payment processing system suffered periodic system disruptions early in the week after 'Cyber Monday' kicked off.  Errors were first reported by merchants who reported complaints from their customers.Untold numbers of merchants use the service, but we're betting that its a very high number,  Nobody has provided a clear estimate...

Is The Internet Capacity Limit A Scam?

Is The Internet Capacity Limit A Scam?

We've reported twice about the potential routing bottlenecks that the Internet might face in the near future, usually in the 2-3 years time frame.  We're not the only ones who are worried about this as an Internet overload could have financial repercussions that would make the post-911 economic slump seem like a stroll in the park.Virtually...

AMD Selling 0.13 Micron Technology

AMD Selling 0.13 Micron Technology

It is no secret that Advanced Micro Devices hasn't had the best couple of quarters, but they seem to have a very deep strategy for getting back in black.  Obviously that strategy includes excellent new products such as the Radeon HD 3000 series and the Phenom CPUs and chipsets, but that's only part of the picture.Apparently AMD has entered...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS GeForce 8800GT 512MB Graphics Card @ TweaktownXFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition @ Bjorn3DDiamond ATI HD 3850/3870 Review @ Motherboards.org Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD Motherboard @ TheTechLoungeAsus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi @ CDR-Info Processors: Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX 9650 Review @ OCCIntel Core 2 eXtreme...

Mtron Releases Performance SSD for Consumers

Mtron Releases Performance SSD for Consumers

For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been...

Next-gen Radeons to be Multi-core?

Next-gen Radeons to be Multi-core?

According to reports, AMD will move away from mega-GPU chips with their next release, codenamed R700.Modern graphics processors rely on extensive amounts of parallelism to get calculations done as quickly as possible, but those GPUs are still monolithic chips designed with a given number of stream processors, texture units, render back-ends,...

ASUS Eee PC Legal Woes

ASUS Eee PC Legal Woes

We haven't been shy about our love for ASUS's new ultra-portable laptop, the Eee PC.  Thus we were a bit surprised to hear that new Eee PC purchaser Cliff Biffle is threatening legal action over the alleged inclusion of proprietary software and hardware that may be in violation of the GPL.“Biffle decided to disassemble the software --...

What Is Very Green & Can Store Up To 1 TB?

What Is Very Green & Can Store Up To 1 TB?

If you said Western Digital's new RE2-GP series of drives, then you are correct.The entire IT industry is doing their best to look as energy efficient (or green) as possible these days, and it seems that the trend hasn't left any product category untouched.  So what exactly does it take to be a 'green' hard drive?“Western Digital isn't...

New Online Office Suite From Hotmail Co-Founder

New Online Office Suite From Hotmail Co-Founder

Online office packages beware!  There's a new player on the field, and its name is Live Documents, developed by Instant Collaboration Software Technologies out of Bangalore.  Interestingly enough, one of the company principals is Bhaita, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in '97 for a reported $400 million USD.“The software supports any...

ATI FireGL V7600 512MB Workstation Graphics Card

ATI FireGL V7600 512MB Workstation Graphics Card

Today at HotHardware, we have an evaluation of the new FireGL V7600 512MB workstation graphics card on tap. This card is based on the same basic board design as the Radeon HD 2900 lineup for gamers, but it is tweaked on both the hardware and software levels for enhanced workstation performance. The card is the least costly of ATI’s FireGL...

iD Going More Mobile Than Ever Before

iD Going More Mobile Than Ever Before

iD, makers of some of the most famous video games and franchises in PC history is continuing their courtship of non-PC platforms, in this case mobile platforms.  iD's new division, iD mobile, will focus on cell phones, the Nintendo DS and the PSP.  We're a bit depressed by the fact that we might have to buy a few platforms just to...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Graphics Card Review Rev. 2.0 @ TechARPMemory & Storage: G.Skill DDR2 and DDR3 Memory Kits @ TweaktownMaxtor OneTouch 4 Mini @ t-breakFour USB Flash Drives from A-Data with 4GB Storage Capacity @ X-bit labs Power: Corsair TX750 750W @ PhoronixZalman ZM850-HP Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout Cases: Ultra...

Windows XP SP3 Shows 10% Speed-Up: Report

Windows XP SP3 Shows 10% Speed-Up: Report

Last week testers reported that Windows Vista SP1, at least in Release Candidate (RC) form, is still somewhat of a slowpoke.  Those same testers have run their suite against Windows XP SP3, and the results are quite different.Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the update scheduled to release next year, runs Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite...

OLPC Foundation Extends "G1G1" Program to 12/31

OLPC Foundation Extends "G1G1" Program to 12/31

The OLPC Foundation's XO-1 laptop is for disadvantaged and needy children in developing nations.  Normal users couldn't buy one, until the "Give One, Get One" program.The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's "Give One, Get One" Program (G1G1), which enabled end users to get an XO-1 for themselves, while at the same time donating an...

Asus HOT Holiday Gift Guide

Asus HOT Holiday Gift Guide

If you haven't stopped by our Asus HOT Holiday Gift Guide yet, you're missing out.  The deals we have on a few very solid Asus notebooks are well, HOT!   And who wouldn't like a nice, sleek jet-black or screamin-yellow Lamborghini for the holidays?...

Forgotten your password? Google for It

Forgotten your password? Google for It

You break into the blog of a security team -  worthy of crowing to your friends.  But they break your password back - using Google.You shouldn't, in theory, be able to extract the original text from an MD5 hash. That would take millions, or at least thousands, of computers running all the time.But Steven Murdoch began thinking. Who...

Alleged AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2

Alleged AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2

Pictures of something that the nice boys at ChipHell (is that where bad chips go when they die?) are alleging is an actual Radeon HD 3870 X2 have surfaced and apparently it's a tad on the large side.  The card pictured below supposedly has a pair of RV670 GPUs under its hood.  Let's have a look-see...  777 MHz GPU,...

Weekly Apple Lawsuit...Settled

Weekly Apple Lawsuit...Settled

Apple and Burst.com have settled their patent dispute for $10 million USD after two years of litigation.  The initial complaint was over four separate patents that covered transmission of compressed audio and video files that were used in iLife, iTunes, QuickTime and of course, the iPod.  Given the digital media nature of the listed...

From The “They Did Whaaaaaaat?” File

From The “They Did Whaaaaaaat?” File

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) is dedicated to protecting open-source and free software, thus it comes as a bit of a surprise that they're filing suit against two U.S. Companies that are allegedly redistributing software in violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL).  The two companies that are being sued are High-Gain...

UK PM: Sorry For Losing Your Data Blokes...

UK PM: Sorry For Losing Your Data Blokes...

What would be an appropriate response when a government body loses track of discs containing sensitive information roughly half of the population in their country?  Before you answer, let's add that the discs were mailed on the 18th of one month and the loss wasn't reported until the 8th of the following month.If you said “issue a public...

abit Introduces AMD Phenom Ready AX78

abit Introduces AMD Phenom Ready AX78

abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78 AMD 770 chipset with native support for AM2+ Phenom CPUs with HT3 abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit’s first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Diamond Viper HD3850 Crossfire Review @ OCCAMD & PowerColor HD 3850 Review @ InsideHW.com Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ Sysopt.com Processors: Intel E6450 "Wolfdale" @ t-breakAMD Spider Technology Report @ TechARPAMD's 'Spider' launch event coverage @ Elite Bastards Memory & Storage:...

What I (Don't) Like About You

What I (Don't) Like About You

The Romantics had a hit. What I Like About You.  It was one and done for them, hit-wise, but they've certainly managed to milk that old cow for three decades now. They figure there might be a few drops of 2% in the old holstein yet, as they're suing Activision, makers of the Guitar Hero game. They claim that even though Activision paid...

Viral Videos More Fraud Than Fad

Viral Videos More Fraud Than Fad

One of the more endearing paths to celebrity in the Online age has been the viral video. From the Numa Numa dance to Tron guy, we like to see quirky and obscure things rocket to the front of the line for Internet attention. It seems to appeal to our instincts to root for the little guy against the giant.  There seems to be a problem developing ...

MySpace Suicide Case Results in New Law

MySpace Suicide Case Results in New Law

The Megan Meier MySpace case, in which Megan committed suicide after a MySpace hoax committed by no less than an adult, has caused a Missouri community to craft a law to prevent something from this from happening again, at least without some punishment for the perpetrators.The goal of the ordinance, said Assistant City Attorney John Young,...

Despite Skepticism, Kindle Already Out of Stock

Despite Skepticism, Kindle Already Out of Stock

E-books have yet to be successful, and that, of course, has led to much skepticism over Amazon's Kindle.  Despite all that, it's already out of stock.The device, which the retailer started selling Monday for $399, quickly sold out, "due to heavy customer demand," according to Amazon. It will be in stock on December 7, and customers are...

Calif. Reminds Us to Pay Our Online Sales Tax

Calif. Reminds Us to Pay Our Online Sales Tax

Right?  We all pay it if we live in California or other states which, when residents order from online retailers, aren't charged the normal exhorbitant sales tax (8% or more, depending on county, in California).  Sure we do.One advantage of online shopping is that many Web sites don't charge sales tax in California, making what you...

Thanksgiving 2007 - HotHardware.com

Thanksgiving 2007 - HotHardware.com

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, a time of year when we all pause to reflect on how fortunate we are.  Thanksgiving is a great tradition when you stop and think about it.  This holiday isn't about rushing around and buying gifts.  The day after Thanksgiving certainly has become over-commercialized but not today,...

Picky Pirate Lets You Steal Wisely

Picky Pirate Lets You Steal Wisely

I love internet startups. It's fun to watch the trajectory they follow, from not-half-bad idea through college dorm jury-rig setup to garage to venture capitalist office to front page news or bankruptcy, sometimes both depending on the details.  Picky Pirate is a new website that serves as a meta-review aggregator and ranking system for...

Facebook Users Unclear On The Concept

Facebook Users Unclear On The Concept

Some users of online community Facebook are complaining that  Facebook's latest marketing widget, called Beacon,  allows other users to see what you're buying online from vendors participating in the program. They feel it's an invasion of their privacy. You're allowed to opt out of the process,  and given two opportunities to...

Hillary Clinton Wants ESRB Review

Hillary Clinton Wants ESRB Review

Apparently the Manhunt 2 controversy isn't over quite yet, and with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton throwing herself into the fray, it isn't likely to end anytime soon.  What is Hillary planning on this time?  A review of the ESRB.For those who haven't been following the situation, here's a recap:“Last June, three European countries...

Amazon Kindle Doomed To Failure?

Amazon Kindle Doomed To Failure?

We think it's a bit early to declare Amazon's new Star-Trek-esque reader as a flop just yet.  Sure it may not be the prettiest thing we've ever seen, and the price is a bit higher than what we were expecting, but all in all it could just be a glimpse of things yet to come.Not everybody shares our optimistic outlook on new hardware, especially...

AMD Might Buy AGEIA

AMD Might Buy AGEIA

We have been carefully watching the development and adoption rate of AGEIA's PhysX accelerators with interest.  So far they've shown some promise, and we're expecting Unreal Tournament 3 and games based on its engine to provide more momentum to the standard.What is really exciting is the possibility that AMD might purchase AGEIA. ...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800 GT XXX Graphics Card Review @ I4U Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus @ ClubOC.netGigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsAsus P5N-T Deluxe nForce 780i Motherboard Preview @ HardwareXLMSI X38 Diamond @ t-break Processors: AMD's Phenom processors @ The Tech Report Memory & Storage: Synology DiskStation...

T -Mobile: Eat our $1500 Unlocked iPhones, Court

T -Mobile: Eat our $1500 Unlocked iPhones, Court

You'll recall that just yesterday Vodafone managed to get an injunction against T-Mobile, charging that T-Mobile violated German law by selling the iPhone with a SIM lock and two-year contract. Well, be careful what you wish for.T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will offer the iPhone without a T-Mobile contract for 999 euros ($1,478) at its shops.It...

MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard

MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard

Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of MSI’s nForce 680i SLI-based P6N Diamond motherboard.  In addition to a slew of integrated peripherals, the MSI P6N Diamond has a...

LG Philips Is Tired Of Your Dirty Laptop Screen

LG Philips Is Tired Of Your Dirty Laptop Screen

Dirty screen getting you down? Did your last LOL!!!11!!!  involve spraying Mountain Dew all over your laptop display? LG Philips feels your pain. They've come up a single coating that reduces glare while it makes your screen more dirt-resistant and easier to clean."Our new panel employs a principle similar to that used on non-stick frying...

Monster.com Hacked. This Is Not A Repeat

Monster.com Hacked. This Is Not A Repeat

Part of jobsearch giant Monster.com was yanked off the Internet for a short period on Monday after it was discovered that hackers had managed to redirect some Monster users to servers where they were exposed to an exploit that collected sensitive personal data from them.The iFrame attack marred employment listings offered by some of the world's...

HD DVD Version of Star Trek Just As Corny

HD DVD Version of Star Trek Just As Corny

Remember when George Lucas digitally remastered the original Star Wars trilogy? He said it was to "finish the film the way it was meant to be." Most of the changes were cosmetic, enhancing the films with special effects that were not available when the films were first made. In a sense, we now have a similar version of Star Trek: The Original...

HotHardware.com "Giving Thanks" - FREE Stuff!

HotHardware.com "Giving Thanks" - FREE Stuff!

  It's that time of year again... the time of year when we *sniff* reflect back on our charmed existence here at Team HotHardware.com; our opportunities to play with the hottest new technologies on the market and of course being blessed with you, our faithful (and might we add extremely good-looking) readers, who are simply the best...

Sidekick Slide Pulled for, Yes, Slide Issues

Sidekick Slide Pulled for, Yes, Slide Issues

If a product is called the Slide, don't you think you really ought to test the heck out of the "slide" part?  Apparently T-Mobile didn't.T-Mobile confirmed Monday that it had temporarily suspended sales of the Sidekick Slide until it can discover why the phone is turning off when the device is opened and closed. The issue is localized...

abit Introduces I-N73H Series Motherboards

abit Introduces I-N73H Series Motherboards

abit Introduces I-N73H Series Motherboards Live Your Way and Enjoy the Digital Home Environment abit today announced their brand new Entertainment and Gaming Platform motherboards, the I-N73H Series. Based on the nVIDIA GeForce 7100/nForce 630i single chip the I-N73H series support next generation 45nm multi-core processors and Intel Core...

Windows XP SP3 Moves Closer

Windows XP SP3 Moves Closer

Yes, we realize it's just a roll-up of fixes for the most part, but without the Autopatcher project, we really need a new baseline for system builds.Around 15,000 testers now have access to XP SP3, and Microsoft says it plans one last public beta release before releasing the final bits next year. The same individuals are testing Vista SP1...

Hewlett-Packard Says It's Great To Be King

Hewlett-Packard Says It's Great To Be King

Market share? Worldwide, the biggest -- and growing. Laptop sales growth? Explosive. Net income? A gusher. Revenue growth? Firehose style. The numbers for Hewlett-Packard's latest quarter are in. They're real, and they're spectacular. HP said Monday that sales of notebook computers grew nearly 50% compared to a year earlier. That helped push...

Nokia's New Tablets Don't Cure Anything

Nokia's New Tablets Don't Cure Anything

Nokia announced they were shipping the new N810 Internet Tablet yesterday. It's not really a phone unless you've got some sort of VoIP arrangement, but it's a nice little UMPC. Or it's a PDA on steroids. Well, at any rate, you can slide out the keyboard and type, surf the internet on its touchscreen if you can find a WiFi hotspot or can finagle...

T-Mobile Germany Must Sell iPhone Sans Contract

T-Mobile Germany Must Sell iPhone Sans Contract

If you live in Germany or plan on moving there soon, you're going to want to kiss German Vodafone CEO Friedrich Joussen when you're there.  He and his company just obtained a court order that forces rival, T-Mobile, to sell iPhones without contract to those that want it.“For its part, Vodafone -- which at one time was in the running for...

The Internet (STILL) Running Out Of Capacity?

The Internet (STILL) Running Out Of Capacity?

While scientists predict that the our happy little planet will crash into the sun millions and millions of years in the future, the Internet might suffer a death much closer to today.  For example: 2 years from now according to a new study:“The study is the first to “apply Moore’s Law (or something very like it) to the pace of application...

ASUS Unleashes Hardware For AMD's Phenom

ASUS Unleashes Hardware For AMD's Phenom

ASUS Unleashes the Ultimate Hardware Combination for the New AMD Phenom Processors -- The new M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP motherboard and triple EAH3850/3870 graphics solutions create a new category of performance components to deliver next-generation user experience -- Fremont, California (November 19) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Gigabyte GV-RX387512H-B AMD Radeon HD 3870 Graphics card Review @ OCWorkbench Gainward BLISS 8400 GS 256MB DDR2 Board @ MVKTech Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogic Processors: AMD Phenom 9900 Processor Review - Spider Platform @ Legit ReviewsIntel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 - An Early...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800M Preview

NVIDIA GeForce 8800M Preview

Today NVIDIA is finally unveiling the rumored and much anticipated GeForce 8800M series of mobile graphics processors. The 8800M is powered by the new G92M GPU which is built on a 65nm manufacturing process and, as its name suggests, it shares a lineage with the desktop-bound G92 GPU announced three weeks ago. The 8800M series will come in...

Kindle Intro'ed; Will It Be an E-book iPod?

Kindle Intro'ed; Will It Be an E-book iPod?

Usually the thought of reading an e-book brings to mind reading tiny, tiny print on a tiny, tiny screen.  Amazon.com today introduced the Kindle, which it hopes will assuage all those fears.E-books have pretty much flopped until now, but this morning Amazon.com introduced the Kindle, a device they hope does for e-books what the iPod did...

Google Gets Ink On Your Pixels

Google Gets Ink On Your Pixels

Google seems to be interested in everything even tangentially associated with their main business, which is selling web ads to display while they find stuff you're looking for. They've been granted an interesting patent recently, one that shows just how far down the road they think about things: Google Magazine.Consumers may purchase a variety...

Steve Jobs Is Watching You Like Santa Claus

Steve Jobs Is Watching You Like Santa Claus

The digital grassy knoll set's collective head is about to explode. Apple is collecting iPhone usage data, linked to the user's specific personal information. Apple gathers that personal information when you sign up for an iPhone, and may be doing  something or nothing with it after associating it with your usage data. People's opinions...

PayPal Can't Recall Your Mastercard Number. Good

PayPal Can't Recall Your Mastercard Number. Good

Well, not exactly. It keeps your information on its central, very secure servers. But by using a new software utility for shopping at websites that don't yet accept PayPal payments, PayPal allows you to submit a number for each transaction that is recognized as a valid MasterCard number. They call it PayPal Secure Card."From a merchant's perspective...

Help for Geeks: A Smart Closet

Help for Geeks: A Smart Closet

The stereotype is that geeks can't dress themselves, or rather, that they can't dress stylishly.  Technology is here to help them get past that minor obstacle.If you've ever stood in front of your closet trying to figure out what to wear for an important meeting, a new high-tech wardrobe invention might be just the thing for you.The "smart...

AMD Spider Platform - Phenom, 790FX, RV670

AMD Spider Platform - Phenom, 790FX, RV670

Good Morning All.  AMD has taken the wraps of their platform for the Phenom series of quad-core processors.  Put together the AMD Phenom quad-core processor, along with the new 790FX chipset and RV670, aka Radeon HD 3800 series graphics cards, and you have what AMD affectionately calls “Spider”.The Phenom 9600 and 9500 processor...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Performance Preview

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Performance Preview

This morning we have a performance preview of Intel's soon to be released Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor.  Right on the heels of AMD's Phenom launch, Intel is seemingly going for the proverbial jugular.  At 3.2GHz and a blazing 1600MHz front side bus, the new high-end Core 2 Extreme chip should serve up a healthy shot...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro AGP review @ AMDZoneMemory & Storage: Synology Disk Station 207 & 207+ Review @ ClubOC.netOCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Titanium with XMP @ TweaktownPatriot Memory PDC32G1866LLK 2GB DDR3-1866 Memory Kit Review @ PCStatsKingwin Z1 Series SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OCIA.netTakeMS Mach2 1066MHz 2GB Kit...

Trend Micro: Game Consoles Need Anti-virus Too!

Trend Micro: Game Consoles Need Anti-virus Too!

As consoles once again start looking a lot more like PCs in terms of functionality and capabilities, they are going to need anti-virus protection.  At least, that's what Tokyo-based Trend Micro wants PS3 owners to think just about 5 seconds before said PS3 owners buy their new anti-virus software for the PS3.“The company bills the software...

Rumor: AMD CEO Ruiz To Be Replaced?

Rumor: AMD CEO Ruiz To Be Replaced?

As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until it is confirmed: It appears that a rumor is circulating amongst Wall Street traders that AMD might replace CEO Hector Ruiz.This may not be entirely surprising to some as AMD hasn't been performing at their best in recent months.  The K10 is far behind its original...

Apple Buys Stake in AMD.  Not So Fast

Apple Buys Stake in AMD. Not So Fast

Fox News, fair and balanced, apparently isn't too accurate.  Friday they announced a big deal, as Apple bought an 8% stake in AMD.  Or did it?At 9:27 this morning, Fox Business Morning for Breakfast co-anchor Alexis Glick eagerly reported Apple (AAPL) had taken an 8% stake in AMD. Fox's guest contributor, Charles Payne, immediately...

Vets Might Sue VA Over Laptop Theft

Vets Might Sue VA Over Laptop Theft

It never ceases to amaze us when we hear stories of large organizations losing computers containing sensitive data of thousands of people.  In the case of the VA laptop theft, it looks like a class-action law suit is potentially in the works, and will seek to compensate users for the added stress of worrying about their credit and embarrassment. ...

Another Week, Another Apple Law Suit

Another Week, Another Apple Law Suit

It seems that Apple get slapped with a new law suit every time anybody in their Cupertino headquarters sips a latte.A new law suit filed by SimmonsCooper LLC on behalf of DBC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Digital Background Corporation claims that the video backdrop feature for iChat violates their 1998...

PS3 Sales Up After Price Drop

PS3 Sales Up After Price Drop

While the PS3 isn't exactly a computer, it is still a very interesting piece of hardware that might just be a look at the future of slim computing devices if Toshiba (new owners of the Cell technology) and company have anything to say about it.  It also is one of the best pieces of equipment to run folding@home on, and there's probably...

Firefox Beta 3 Behind Schedule & Buggy

Firefox Beta 3 Behind Schedule & Buggy

In a recent Firefox 3.0 status meeting it was revealed that there are 700 bug classified as 'blockers' or bugs worthy of delaying release.  Given the original timetable for the project, it seems that things are running slower than expected and it is a good guess that the delays are due in part to the number of show-stopping bugs.“Firefox...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Superclocked Edition Review @ AMDZoneRadeon HD 3850 Review in SLI @ Boot Daily.com Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS P35T-A Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo Desktop E6750 and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Combo Review @ HardwareXL Memory & Storage: Kingwin Z1 Series Hard Drive Enclosure...

OCZ Releases New DDR2 and DDR3 “ReaperX” Memory

OCZ Releases New DDR2 and DDR3 “ReaperX” Memory

Inspired by the Release of Crysis, OCZ Technology Releases New DDR2 and DDR3 “ReaperX” Memory Kits—Two Extreme Solutions to Power a New Era of GamingOptimized to Support the Next Generation of DirectX-10 Games, OCZ Heightens the Standards for Premium Gaming MemorySunnyvale, CA—November 15, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative,...

ATI CrossFireX - 4-Way 3870 CrossFire In Action

ATI CrossFireX - 4-Way 3870 CrossFire In Action

By now we hope you have all taken some time to check out our evaluation of AMD’s latest ATI Radeons, the HD 3870 and HD 3850.  If you haven’t you can find the article right here.  In that article we talk a bit about CrossFireX and explain that with a future driver release and the right motherboard, two, three, and four-way CrossFire...

Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Released

Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Released

The question is, are virus writers rejoicing?The service's main new feature is the OneCare Circle, which links PCs together over a wireless connection to make them manageable from a single place. OneCare Circle allows, for example, a parent to see that a child has disabled the firewall on his or her PC and to turn it back on. It also helps...

Seiko's Man-Hands Electronic Paper Display

Seiko's Man-Hands Electronic Paper Display

As if on cue after Amazon tested the limits of just how inelegant an electronic paper display could be, Seiko Epson has delivered their prototype e-paper display terminal. It's so thin and elegant it gives the booth babe model holding it in the pictures the dreaded "man-hands" look. The terminal measures 180 x 120mm, which is about the size...

Kindle Reader Uglier Than A Monkey's Armpit

Kindle Reader Uglier Than A Monkey's Armpit

Amazon is preparing to offer an e-book reader and associated download service on Monday of next week. There's already been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the printed word to portable electronic devices, without the eye-tiring backlit pixels you're looking at right now, for instance.  Unlike other devices, Amazon's "Kindle" reader...

Steam Tells Us Which Hardware Has Game

Steam Tells Us Which Hardware Has Game

Every once in a while Steampowered survey results turn up some interesting numbers about the gaming PCs that are used by today's modern gamers.  So what's hot with gamers today?According to the survey: 2+ GB of RAM (More than 40%), Vista (almost 15%...not bad considering the extra resources it claims), and strangely enough single core...

Leopard On The Eee PC

Leopard On The Eee PC

While HH takes a firm stance against piracy and EULA-violations, we are extremely impressed that somebody managed to get OS X 10.5 working on a brand new ASUS Eee PC.  Strangely enough, the biggest technical roadblock seems to be getting Leopard to run happily on a CPU that doesn't support SSE3.Leopard runs a bit sluggishly on the Eee,...

Mad Catz Acquires Saitek

Mad Catz Acquires Saitek

Mad Catz Acquires Saitek(TM), a Leading Worldwide PC Games Peripheral Provider, for $30 Million Strategic Diversification Complements Mad Catz' Leadership in Console Game Peripherals and Further Expands International FootprintSAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2007--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive...

Hardware Round-up

Video: ASUS Radeon HD 3870 512MB G-DDR4 @ TweaktownATI Radeon HD 3850 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsPowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB review @ Elite BastardsPowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme Review @ NGOHQ.comSapphire HD 3870 Review @ OCC Processors: A First Look At The 45nm Intel Penryn @ TechwareLabsMotherboards & Chipsets:...

No Shortage of Wiis?  Fake It, Instead

No Shortage of Wiis? Fake It, Instead

Naturally the Wii is a hot sell, and if it's the last one in the store, even hotter.  But telling buyers over and over again that the last one is for sale, that's ridiculous.A reader over at Consumerist says he watched an employee at a Princeton, NJ, Best Buy carry a Wii over his head, proclaiming that it was the last one in the store;...

The Conspiracy Of The Freezing iMacs

The Conspiracy Of The Freezing iMacs

We've covered the story of the freezing aluminum iMacs and the subsequent patch, but still users seem to be having difficulties.  Feel free to insert your own favorite 'mac users' joke here.So far the only way many users have found to resolve graphics freezing issues is to have Apple replace hardware.  Lending credence to the numerous...

10” Eee PC A Myth

10” Eee PC A Myth

Bigger isn't always better, and nowhere is that more evident than in the growing UMPC market.Still, there are some users who seemed to want a 10” screen on the ASUS Eee PC, and thus a rumor was born.  Well it appears that it's rumor squashing time, according to this Q & A, a 10” Eee PC isn't in the cards at this time:“I contacted...

Samsung And Dell Enter Ring. Only Samsung Leaves

Samsung And Dell Enter Ring. Only Samsung Leaves

Dell has been tops in worldwide marketshare for LCD monitors since 2001. No more. As of the third quarter of 2007, Samsung Electronics  has taken over the top spot. How did that happen? Well, Dell's business is largely based on selling you a monitor when you upgrade your computer. Not that many people are doing that. But everybody wants...

YouTube To Improve Coloring-Book-Like Quality

YouTube To Improve Coloring-Book-Like Quality

We love YouTube. It's got a lot of competition for your postage stamp size viewing pleasure, but it's still the default setting for looking for video clips on the Net. Speaking at a conference yesterday, co-founder Steve Chen has confirmed that YouTube is going to make high-quality video streams available soon.Chen told [c/net reporter Rafe...

Blu-Ray Making A Play For The PC

Blu-Ray Making A Play For The PC

The ongoing format war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD is continuing unabated and the battle has officially spilled over to the PC with the announcement of the $199 Phillips/Lite-On PLDS DH-4O1S internal drive.  The drive may or may not be a direct answer to recent HD players from the likes of Toshiba both for the set top and the PC.So what...

ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850

ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850

Today, AMD finally takes the wraps of their new ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 cards, based on their RV670 GPU.  At 55nm and 320 Stream Processors strong, these new cards are set to do battle with the likes of a Gefore 8800 GT and  GTS.  Here's a snip from the article... “As for the fundamental blocks inside the GPU, the RV670...

PS3 Firmware 2.0 Corrupting Consoles?

PS3 Firmware 2.0 Corrupting Consoles?

A number of complaints have surfaced which indicate that Sony's latest PS3 firmware may be corrupting consoles, resulting in them having a variety of problems, including complete loss of  functionality.Users report, via the official PlayStation forums, running into numerous hardware problems since updating the PS3’s firmware to the recently...

AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac

AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac

AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac®ATI TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB for Mac offers both analog and HDTV broadcast receptionSUNNYVALE, Calif. -- November 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the new ATI TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB for Mac® – a new HDTV experience for Mac users. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates...

New Asus Smart PDA Phone With GPS, WiFi - P527

New Asus Smart PDA Phone With GPS, WiFi - P527

Asus is quickly making inroads here in the US with their line of highly integrated smart-phones.  A little birdie let this gem slip out to us today and it certainly looks sexy-sleek.  The P527 is a tri-band phone with integrated GPS and WiFi functionality, in addition to a new Asus feature dubbed "Travelog". "Capture and Share Exciting...

Federal Government To Finally Crawl Onto The Web

Federal Government To Finally Crawl Onto The Web

The federal government doesn't understand the Internet. That might be a good thing, because if they understood it, they'd probably wreck it. But the Internet would like to understand the federal government, and it can't, because the enormous amount of publicly available information about the government isn't configured to allow it to be seen...

SanDisk Turns Your Hard Drive Into Bulk Storage

SanDisk Turns Your Hard Drive Into Bulk Storage

Nifty, nifty, nifty. SanDisk, the inventor of flash storage cards, is out with a PCI Express compatible module for both laptops and desktops, that supplies from 8 to 16 gigabytes of sweet, sweet flash, to serve up frequently used files almost instantly. It lets you basically turn your whirling hard drive into nothing more than dedicated bulk...

WSJ Latest Online Content Provider to Go "Free"

WSJ Latest Online Content Provider to Go "Free"

Just as the New York Times recently gave up on charging for its premium content, so apparently will the Wall Street Journal."We are studying it and we expect to make that free," Murdoch was quoted by the Associated Press as he spoke to a group of investors in Australia. He said that "instead of having one million (subscribers)," the company...

iPhone Heading To China?

iPhone Heading To China?

It appears that the Apple iPhone is so in such high demand around the world that even China Mobile may be trying to get in on the action.It should be easy to make incredible sales numbers in China, especially with the rapidly growing middle-class in China.  Perhaps brisk iPhone sales might even encourage Apple to open up stores on the...

XM Shareholders Approve Sirius Merger

XM Shareholders Approve Sirius Merger

Now they just have to get this deal past the feds.XM and Sirius' proposed merger received near-unanimous support from shareholders, as the two companies announced they had cleared the next hurdle in becoming a single entity.According to tabulations by XM, 99.8 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the transaction. The merger agreement...

Mudslinging In the Next Gen Format Wars

Mudslinging In the Next Gen Format Wars

Politicians have often been asked what they intend to do when a race is too close to call, and voters are starting to wonder if casting their votes for a 3rd party might not be a good idea.  The answer, based on their actions (not responses) is simple: Start the mudslinging campaigns!It seems that Blu-ray and HD DVD might just be in such...

Yahoo Settles Its China Lawsuit

Yahoo Settles Its China Lawsuit

Yahoo has been embroiled in a lawsuit over information it gave the Chinese government regarding several Chinese dissedents.  Last week it took a huge amount of criticism at a Congressional hearing.  Today it settled that case.No details have been given of the settlement but Yahoo will be covering legal costs.The case alleged that...

Sugar Daddys Get Their Own Dating Sites

Sugar Daddys Get Their Own Dating Sites

It seems like the people who use these sites feel there's no reason to hide why they're there.  The men want young, beautiful women, and the young beautiful women want, well, what do you think?Forget the bar scene or the personal ads. From her home in Chicago, Blair sifts through prospective suitors at SeekingArrangement.com, which unabashedly...

It's Not All Dancing Re-Mortgager Silhouettes

It's Not All Dancing Re-Mortgager Silhouettes

Internet advertising  revenues have reached another all-time high during the third quarter of 2007 -- $5.2 billion. That's a stunning 25% increase over the same period the year before. And the figures for the first nine months of 2007 come in at a whopping $15.2 billion, also a 25% increase, so it's not a momentary burst skewing the figures....

Intel Mocks Nerds, Names New Platform  "Shelton"

Intel Mocks Nerds, Names New Platform "Shelton"

I love the words "according to sources" in an article. Buy a cleaning lady lunch and you're off to the races. Well, according to the cleaning lad... um, sources at Intel, next year Intel will launch Shelton08, a super-cheap platform that will be used in sub $300 notebooks and a $100 desktop system.  $100? Does Shelton need a hearing aid...

Rumor: Apple To Debut Mini Notebook @ Macworld

Rumor: Apple To Debut Mini Notebook @ Macworld

As with all rumors, please take this particular piece of news with a grain of salt.  Since rumors about future Apple products are a dime a dozen you might want to take 2 grains of salt, however this particular rumor comes from a relatively reliable source (as rumor sources go): Apple is preparing to release their own take on a mini-notebook...

Seagate Ships Virus-laden Hard Drives

Seagate Ships Virus-laden Hard Drives

Subcontractor, located in China?  Sounds suspiciously like something to do with toys, doesn't it?  But this involves hard drives, rather than toys and lead paint.Seagate is warning that a "small number" of its Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives recently shipped with the Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah virus, malicious software...

RIAA Threatening America's Economic Future

RIAA Threatening America's Economic Future

By now just about everyone has heard of the RIAA and their law suits against people who have allegedly pirated music over the Internet.  The stories of the RIAA suing grandmothers, minors, and the deceased are common place, but it seems that the RIAA's latest step might have taken things too far: they're asking that a new law be passed...

Web 2.0 Hits Divorce

Web 2.0 Hits Divorce

You can pay your bills online, trade stock online, pay property taxes online, and on and on.  Now, in Broward County, Florida, you can file for divorce online.  In a way, it's strange because most places really want you to think about the divorce before it happens, giving you months after filing before the divorce is final. ...

Intel Officially Launches 45nm Penryn Family

Intel Officially Launches 45nm Penryn Family

INTEL’S FUNDAMENTAL ADVANCE IN TRANSISTOR DESIGN EXTENDS MOORE’S LAW, COMPUTING PERFORMANCE Sixteen Eco-Friendly, Faster and ‘Cooler’ Chips Incorporate 45nm Hafnium-Based High-k Metal Gate Transistors SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2007 – Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks that threaten...

Googler Patient and Pompous Doctor

Googler Patient and Pompous Doctor

Recently Time Magazine printed an article about doctors and their aversion to Googlers; specifically, patients who check out their diagnoses before coming to the doctor.  Network World has a rebuttal to some of the doctor's somewhat pompous comments.Haig authored this diatribe in Time about his distaste for patients who have the audacity...

Intel Penryn Chips Finally Show Up

Intel Penryn Chips Finally Show Up

The much anticipated 45 nanometer scale Penryn chip from Intel will be formally announced today in at an event in San Francisco.  Shrinking circuit size from 65 nanometer is great, but the big news about the processor  might be what it's made from. Instead of silicon dioxide, the Penryn will be made from a material called hafnium....

No More Instant Tech Moguls?

No More Instant Tech Moguls?

Remember reading about all those Internet startups that had Venture Capitalists with wheelbarrows full of gold bars showing up at your door if you could slap together a PowerPoint presentation that had "2.0" written on it somewhere? That seems to be a very rare thing these days, and entrepreneurs with a tech outlook are growing their businesses...

PCI Express Target Of Patent Law Suit

PCI Express Target Of Patent Law Suit

There haven't been too many law suits that have this kind of far-reaching industry-wide consequences: PCI-Express itself has come under attack by Microlinc LCC according to their latest filing in Texas.Perhaps the strangest part of all is that this suit will put even rivals AMD and Intel on the same side, not something that is accomplished...

We're Number Two!  For a Week Anyway

We're Number Two! For a Week Anyway

Bizarre.  For the week of Oct. 29th - Nov. 4th, the Xbox 360 (barely) managed to outsell the PS3 (while both trailed the Wii by a wide margin).  Not only that, it nearly quintupled its sales from the prior week.In a potentially historic milestone, the Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the first time in its history in Japan,...

MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus Graphics Card

MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus Graphics Card

Today, while ATI/AMD still doesn't have a "GeForce killer", it does have a number of competent and competitive low, mid and high-end cards that often score high marks for those evaluating performance from a dollar-for-dollar perspective.  One such model is the Radeon HD 2600 XT.  In this article, we will assess another 2600...

iPhone: the Brain-Frying Handset

iPhone: the Brain-Frying Handset

It's no secret (at least, by now it'd better not be!) that the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery.  In fact, lawsuits have been filed over it.  But the firm Exradia thinks not only was this an oversight, it is a health risk.Exradia has launched a range of replacement batteries for popular models of mobile phones which...

Online Photoshop Beta Due This Year

Online Photoshop Beta Due This Year

Adobe has been preparing an online version of Photoshop for some time now, and it looks like we can stop holding our breath soon: a beta is likely to be out before the end of the year.The beta is likely to start at Adobe's site, but it is entirely possible that we'll see variants of the online Photoshop, dubbed Photoshop Express, on sites...

OS 10.5's Time Machine A Disgrace?

OS 10.5's Time Machine A Disgrace?

We're wondering when Microsoft is going to release a series of advertisements that poke fun at Apple's latest OS, much like Apple's anti-Vista media blitz that started almost a year ago.The problem is that Apple was comparing an OS that had over a year of post-release patches/updates and bug-fixes and was trying to compare it to an ambitious...

DRM-Free Music Is Selling Like Hotcakes

DRM-Free Music Is Selling Like Hotcakes

It wasn't all that long ago that online music vendors starting selling DRM-free tracks, often at a small premium and/or small loss of audio fidelity.  At the time it was viewed by some as a marketing experiment to see if people would pay more to avoid  headaches related to Digital Rights Management, and now it appears that there...

"FreeRice" Web Game Feeds the Hungry

"FreeRice" Web Game Feeds the Hungry

A simple Internet word game has generated 1,072,025,720 grains of rice for the hungry since it first launched on October 7th, through November 9th. It's easy: each correct word is worth 10 grains of rice. What's the catch? There isn't a catch, for those of us playing, except perhaps some of your time --- and a few ads.An internet word game...

Tired of Your Car Color? Change it with a Button

Tired of Your Car Color? Change it with a Button

Although this sounds interesting, it would be nice to see auto manufacturers emphasizing technology that oh, say, reduced emissions (ahem) or increased mileage. Still, Nissan has developed what it calls a "paramagnetic" paint coating.The technology works by running a current through a special polymer applied to the vehicle before painting....

Next IE Drops ActiveX Warning

Next IE Drops ActiveX Warning

Are you as annoyed by some of the ActiveX controls you find on certain web pages, that give you a "Click to activate and use this control" message as many are?.  It's soon to disappear. The issue first started with a dispute between Microsoft and Eolas Technology.  Because of this, in April 2006, Microsoft made a modification to...

AMD Unveils FireStream 9170 GP-GPU Card

AMD Unveils FireStream 9170 GP-GPU Card

Late last year, AMD-ATI introduced their first Stream processor, announcing their efforts in  GP-GPU (General Purpose GPU) computing for scientific, engineering and other compute-intensive applications.  Based on the RD580 architecture, the new card fell somewhat silently on the market and we didn't hear much more on the topic...

New Lightsmark 2007 OpenGL Benchmark

New Lightsmark 2007 OpenGL Benchmark

While you're waiting for your Crysis downloads to finish (Don't be fooled, it's just a pre-load and store.  You have to wait until 11/16 for the ability to activate), you might want to check out the new Lightsmark OpenGL demo.  It's even got real-time global illumination and real-time Penumbra shadows... and stuff.    "Natural...

Colleges Must Police Copyright, Or Else

Colleges Must Police Copyright, Or Else

Federal financial aid is always an arm-twisting manuever used against colleges, and this is no different.  Colleges must, according to Congress, make more of an effort to police their students, or face the "music" (pun intended).New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives"...

Latest iPhone Update Jailbroken Already

Latest iPhone Update Jailbroken Already

Apple introduced the iPhone in the U.K. and Germany on Friday, and at the same time unleashed software update 1.1.2 on the world.  Little did they know it had been broken already.Erica Sadun at The Unofficial Apple Weblog obtained jailbreaking code for the 1.1.2 update almost simultaneous with its release last night, and tests this morning...

Google Launching Mobile Device Platform

Google Launching Mobile Device Platform

For months there has been wild speculation about Google getting into the mobile phone business or getting into the OS game, strangely enough both rumors are actually true.  Even stranger is that they're actually the same rumor: Google and partners are developing a completely new mobile device platform: Android.So what have Google and...

EA Donates "SimCity" to OLPC Foundation

EA Donates "SimCity" to OLPC Foundation

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation has been getting a lot of newsprint lately. First, real orders came in; then mass production finally started. There's even been talk of Windows on the OLPC.  More good news: since this is really a laptop for kids, EA's getting "in the game."Today Electronic Arts Inc. announced the company will...

Got 20 Cents? Here's Your Gigabyte

Got 20 Cents? Here's Your Gigabyte

According to market research firm iSuppli, the ferocious competition between various hard disk manufacturers is driving the cost of storing your precious ones and zeros down. Way down.Average pricing of notebook hard drives tumbled, falling to $53 in the third quarter of 2007, from $86 in the same period during the previous year, according...

Standby. Over And Out?

Standby. Over And Out?

Halloween's over, but HotHardware is still worried about vampires. Vampire devices, that is. Lots of electronic components draw power even when they're turned off, or in standby or sleep mode. Trying to help us save some wasted electricity,  Fujitsu Siemens have introduced monitors that consume no electricity when they are in standby...

NVIDIA Records First Billion Dollar Quarter

NVIDIA Records First Billion Dollar Quarter

The huge quarter marks the first time that a GPU company crossed the $1 billion USD threshold in a quarter.The Santa Clara, Calif., company rang up $1.12 billion in sales in the three months ended October 28, a 19% sequential increae that crushed the company's own guidance of 5% to 7% growth as well as Wall Street's expectation of $1.01 billion....

Will AMD Ship A K10 @ 2.6 GHz In '07?

Will AMD Ship A K10 @ 2.6 GHz In '07?

There have been few CPU introductions that have come with as much speculation, rumors, or general interest in the tech community as that of the AMD Barcelona/K10 CPU.  Many of these rumors revolved around release dates, features, and performance.  Now that the chips are shipping in limited quantity, the tech community has their answers...

Trend Micro Launches Web Security for PS3

Trend Micro Launches Web Security for PS3

Yep, not only did the PlayStation 3 get a firmware upgrade today (to 2.0), part of that upgrade includes what Trend Micro says is the first product of its kind for a gaming console.Trend's service is available as part of Sony's 2.00 firmware update for the PS3, also released on Thursday. The service will initially be free for users through...

UK Defense Ministry Wants To Protect Your iPod

UK Defense Ministry Wants To Protect Your iPod

Well, not exactly. But a technology developed by British boffins to protect soldiers from chemical attack, called "ion-mask," has been released for civilian use to P2i in Oxfordshire, England. It's poised to become the method of choice for protecting electronic devices of all kinds from exposure to water. It doesn't rely on elaborate gaskets...

Non-Profit Net Networks Done Fighting Over Money

Non-Profit Net Networks Done Fighting Over Money

Universities and research institutes routinely need to swap huge amounts of information. Many of them have relied on two non-profit Internet networks, Internet2 and National LambdaRail, to supply them with the dedicated superfast network connections they require.  Talks aimed at merging the two have been sporadically attempted. The latest...

AOL = America Off Line

AOL = America Off Line

Time Warner released its Q3 earnings report Wednesday, and boy does it look sad for AOL. In terms of subcribers, numbers dropped 5.1 million to 10.1 million, over a 33% drop in one year's time.According to Time Warner the firm’s revised strategy to refocus its business from subscribers to advertising is to blame for the subscriber loss. The...

No Surprise: Gates Top IT Personality

No Surprise: Gates Top IT Personality

Perhaps the only person who could have challenged Bill Gates in this poll was Steve Jobs, and he gave it a good run, finishing a strong second. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) polled 473 Information Technology (IT) industry professionals about the industry's most influential personalities of the past 25 years.Bill Gates,...

Crysis SP GeForce 8800 GT and SLI Peformance

Crysis SP GeForce 8800 GT and SLI Peformance

Due to popular demand, we've gone ahead and updated our GeForce 8800 GT launch article with a full suite of Crysis benchmark numbers and even a few screen shots to dress it up a bit.  The game engine alone with this upcoming release will live up to the hype that surrounds it.  Word is Crysis has gone gold and will be on sale in stores...

Sony Might Buy Some After You Guys Figure It Out

Sony Might Buy Some After You Guys Figure It Out

Sony has announced they're pulling out of the joint research project with Toshiba and IBM to produce microchips scaled at 32 nanometers or less. There are a lot of up-front costs to developing  the technology, and Sony has already moved away from chip production based on existing technology.The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment...

Don't Target Target When Hunting For Manhunt 2

Don't Target Target When Hunting For Manhunt 2

Well, if you're looking to push an opponent face-first into a live fuse box, don't go to a Target store looking for digital supplies for your venture. Target stores have announced that Take Two's new and controversial game "Manhunt 2" won't be sold in any of their stores. And they don't care that the content in the game has been edited a bit...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive

Just in case you're the type who like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive.  Here’s quote from the article...“Seagate’s Barracuda 7200.11 drive has been...

Rumor Mill: Apple Tablet

Rumor Mill: Apple Tablet

As with all rumors, take the following with a grain of salt: It appears that Apple is preparing to release a Tablet.  Normally we hear so many Apple rumors, especially about Tablets, PDAs and sub-notebooks, but this particular rumor allegedly comes directly from one of Apple's key manufacturing partners: ASUS.Assuming that the rumor is...

Mass Production for the OLPC Begins

Mass Production for the OLPC Begins

Delays, delays and more delays have plagued the OLPC's XO-1 program, but finally --- mass production has begun.Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer in its new Changshu manufacturing center, two hours northwest of Shanghai.The commencement of mass production means children in developing...

Yahoo In China: Between A Rock & A Hard Place

Yahoo In China: Between A Rock & A Hard Place

Doing business internationally always comes with compromises and tough choices, even more so when a company decides to open shop in a country as unique as China.Yahoo was put in the unenviable position of either turning over confidential records that could help convict or refusing on the grounds of privacy laws which may not even apply in...

OCZ Introduces the ReaperX Series

OCZ Introduces the ReaperX Series

OCZ Technology Introduces the ReaperX Series, the Ultimate Combination of Cooling Technology and High Performance Memory Sunnyvale, CA—November 6, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the ReaperX memory series, an innovative memory solution that utilizes...

H.S. Students Create Porn with School Laptops

H.S. Students Create Porn with School Laptops

Look, if the OLPC can be used to surf for porn, why would this surprise anyone? These are MacBooks, after all ... built-in webcam ... and as Apple likes to say, great for multimedia!The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into three Greene County Central High School students accused of creating and sending pornographic material with their...

Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Production

Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Production

Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Mass ProductionSlim, Stylish & Smart Mobile StorageSan Jose, California – November 6, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company’s new PICO series USB Flash drives have moved into mass production.Super Talent’s...

Rumor: Samsung Makes An SSD Speed Demon

Rumor: Samsung Makes An SSD Speed Demon

As always we want to start out by telling you that this is a rumor and thus we begin this news post with our normal warning that this is a rumor until we can confirm it, but what a rumor: a new generation of Samsung SSDs that are capable of 120 MB/sec reads and 100 MB/sec writes.SSD isn't without its pitfalls, namely high price and, until...

Instant-On Applications On A Chip

Instant-On Applications On A Chip

Heavy multi-taskers know the pain that only someone who has tried to encode a movie while opening a web browser, word processor and a multi-IM program can know: the most annoying wait of the average day.Sure, some technology has promised to fix this, especially hybrid and solid-state disk drives, but both of those technologies aren't quite...

Sub-$300 Laptop

Sub-$300 Laptop

It appears that a few major players such as Google, Everex and gOS are collaborating again, this time on a follow-up to their sub-$200 PC: a sub-$300 Laptop.We're not expecting the laptop to be the fastest thing out there, but for frugal shoppers it could represent quite a bargain.  Perhaps this could even start a new trend and usher...

Worst. OS Bug. Evar.

Worst. OS Bug. Evar.

Perhaps they named it after an enormous carnivore to better illustrate it eating your data. According to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Apple's new Leopard OS has the mother of all bugs: it destroys your data  if anything interrupts the transfer of information while you're moving it. So, you use Finder to pick a folder to move to a different...

Virtual Leopard!

Virtual Leopard!

Apple has always done their utmost to lock consumers into their hardware/software combination, and some consumers were really hoping to see Apple release a version of OS X that could be installed on any PC.  Tiger came and went, Leopard's come, and users are still locked into Apple hardware.Since most new CPUs have been touting virtualization...

Only 21% Of Americans Are Alaskan Senators Now

Only 21% Of Americans Are Alaskan Senators Now

I knew it felt crowded here on teh intarnets. They're a series of tubes, you know. According to a new Harris poll, 79% of American adults are currently using the Internet. And they report that they're spending an average of 11 hours a week online. Slackers.The results reflect a steady rise since 2000, when 57 percent of adults polled said...

Free Sam & Max Game!

Free Sam & Max Game!

Pop Quiz (You have been taking notes right?):Question #1) What's one of the best uses for all that hardware in your rig?That's right: Games!  But we won't tell your spouse...it'll be our little secret.Question #2) What's the best kind of game?If your spouse checks your bank statements at the end of each month, you might be thinking what...

Free Beats Fee for Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' D/L

Free Beats Fee for Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' D/L

Given a choice, pay or don't pay?  Which would you choose?  Or would you at least give a token amount?  That's the question asked by a study by comScore. Of those who downloaded Radiohead's digital album, In Rainbows last month, about 62 percent walked away with the music without paying a cent, reported ComScore, an Internet...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PNY XLR8 8800 GT 512MB Video Card @ I4U Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Overclocking Performance @ Legion Hardware Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI K9NGM3 @ PCTuner.net Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Intel P31 Express Motherboard @ PCStats MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard Review @ NVNews.Net Memory & Storage: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC2-9200...

OCZ Announces PC P & C’s Adoption of ESA

OCZ Announces PC P & C’s Adoption of ESA

OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling’s Adoption of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) —PC Power makes ESA a reality— Experience unprecedented system visibility and control, while maximizing PC performance Sunnyvale, Calif.—November 5, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and...

NVIDIA's ESA - Enthusiast System Architecture

NVIDIA's ESA - Enthusiast System Architecture

NVIDIA has just introduced a new open-industry standard for real-time monitoring and control of PC power supplies, chassis and water cooling systems, dubbed ESA, short for Enthusiast System Architecture.  The company hopes ESA will be adopted across the industry and a new wave of ESA compliant hardware than can be monitored and controlled...

AMD: Optimized Integration with Microsoft Prods

AMD: Optimized Integration with Microsoft Prods

AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors and Upcoming Microsoft Products— At Microsoft TechEd Developers conference, AMD demonstrates commitment to software developers through Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and Visual Studio 2008 integration—BARCELONA, Spain -- November 5, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD)...

I Don't Think I'm Turning Japanese - Yet

I Don't Think I'm Turning Japanese - Yet

Japanese consumer tastes make for interesting analysis because they have a tendency to be early adopters for most kinds of tech hardware. The Japanese canaries in the worldwide silicon goldmine are signaling a profound change in consumer tastes right now: they've stopped buying personal computers.It's clear why consumers are shunning PCs.Millions...

Do Not Track Will Give The Internet Alzheimer's

Do Not Track Will Give The Internet Alzheimer's

Consumer advocates, veteran websurfers, and the just plain paranoid love the idea of a "Do Not Track" list that would make it impossible for advertisers to track where you go on the web and tailor advertising to your surfing habits. The problem is, those same users hate paying for content, and like having free, high-quality ad-supported webpages...

Carnegie Mellon Wins DARPA Challenge

Carnegie Mellon Wins DARPA Challenge

An SUV named "Boss" won the $2 million challenge in the DARPA robot race on Saturday.The Tartan Racing Team, based at Carnegie Mellon University, walked away with a $2 million prize on Sunday for coming in first in this year's Pentagon-sponsored robot race, held at a former Air Force base.The team's robotic vehicle, "Boss," turned in the top...

Hitwise: Facebook > Porn

Hitwise: Facebook > Porn

Just about everybody has heard some sort of interesting search-related fact that has to do with pornography on the Internet.  First it was that searches for Jesus Christ came up with less results than the word porn on Google.  Then it became a big deal to be 'bigger than porn' when it came to Google hits.But the number of search...

Jammers Enforce Cell Phone Silence, Illegally

Jammers Enforce Cell Phone Silence, Illegally

How many times have you been annoyed by a cell phone user, practically shouting into his or her phone on a bus or subway?  Or been annoyed by someone's phone ringing in the theatre?  More than you can count, right?  Unless, of course, you are of the offenders.  Ever wish you could rip the phone out of their hands, or just...

Outraged Comcast Consumers Fire Back

Outraged Comcast Consumers Fire Back

In the wake of Comcast's recent decision to start throttling end-user P2P traffic consumer groups have decided to take their complaint straight to the top.  By 'the top' we don't mean the supreme court, but the FCC.  We can't help but wonder why nobody's taken Comcast to the FCC over their disconnecting users who use 'too much' of...

Lenovo to Drop IBM Branding from Thinkpads

Lenovo to Drop IBM Branding from Thinkpads

Lenovo just announced their second fiscal quarter results, ending Sept. 30th. Quarterly revenue jumped 20% to $4.4 billion, with pre-tax income of 125 million, up 177%. With results like these, Lenovo is convinced it no longer needs to rely on IBM branding for their Think series of products, and they plan to drop it two years earlier than...

Vista Just Getting Warmed Up

Vista Just Getting Warmed Up

It seems that nearly a year of bug fixes has made Vista a lot more attractive to many consumers, and the Redmond Monolith is predicting a strong holiday season for their latest OS.  This prediction could be in large part to traditional PC/notebook sales, many of which will ship with Vista this holiday season, and it isn't hard to imagine...

You've Got Jail: 27 Months For AOL Spam Scam

You've Got Jail: 27 Months For AOL Spam Scam

Todd Moeller of New Jersey was sentenced to 27 months for his part in sending 'spam' e-mails to more then 1.2 million AOL subscribers.  Sadly it seems that the scheme actually made Moeller, and his partner Adam Vitale quite a fortune: almost $40,000 a month!Their spamming was done via traditional monkeying with open mail servers and header...

PS3 To Boldly Go To 65nm...Or Not

PS3 To Boldly Go To 65nm...Or Not

There has been a lot of buzz about Sony's 40GB PS3, but sadly it looks like not all of the buzz is correct.  Sure it's still cheaper than the other current PS3/PS3 bundles, but it's not going to save you as much on electricity as you might have thought because it's still using a 90nm chip.“A Sony spokesperson has told Heise Online that...

GMail 2.0

GMail 2.0

Back in September we told you about a new version of Google's popular GMail that was being tested, but now that it is getting closer we have a few more details for you.  Apparently the motivating factors in doing an upgrade were to bring the older Java-script code up to date and to increase overall performance on both the client and server...

HD Photo to Become JPEG XR

HD Photo to Become JPEG XR

Microsoft is getting its wish: its new image format, HD Photo, has been approved as a possible sequel to JPEG.The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft's HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft's...

Nintendo to End NES Support

Nintendo to End NES Support

All good things must come to an end, and that includes the NES.  Nintendo has announced it will end support for the NES after 24 years.Nintendo has reportedly decided to stop all repairs of the original Nintendo after 24 years of support, Agence France Presse reported on Friday. A spokesperson said that the company has decided to end...

GDDR5: Hello Larrabee?

GDDR5: Hello Larrabee?

While GDDR4 is still working on becoming the standard for high-end graphics cards, it looks like GDDR5 is already being sampled.  So what is new with GDDR5, well all we have are rumors but a key one is cyclic redundancy checks or CRC.  Perhaps this will turn out to be a sort of 'automatic' throttle for self-overclocking cards.One...

MacBook Updated, Benchmark Shenanigans Ensue

MacBook Updated, Benchmark Shenanigans Ensue

One thing you have to love about Apple are their benchmarks.  When they used to tout the PowerPC series of chips, they had benchmarks showing how the G4 and G5 could topple anything that AMD or Intel were producing.  Then came the transition to Intel, and those benchmarks magically reversed themselves, perhaps in small part due to...

U.S. Internet Is “Teh Sux”

U.S. Internet Is “Teh Sux”

With several countries offering cheap broadband internet to the masses, the U.S. is starting to look like we're in the slow lane, at least according to a bill introduced by Massachusetts Representative, Ed Markey.What is clear is that broadband providers are charging an arm and a leg compared to other countries, and possibly even mislabeling...

Censored "Manhunt 2" Content Unlocked by Hackers

Censored "Manhunt 2" Content Unlocked by Hackers

Call it "Hot Coffee" take two, for Take Two games.  You may recall the "Hot Coffee" mod that exposed, er. sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?  This isn't quite as successful, but some of the AO content that was hidden rather than removed from Manhunt 2 has been unlocked.In "Manhunt 2," the player takes the role of a...

Catfight ! Er, Foxfight ! Well, Javascript Fight

Catfight ! Er, Foxfight ! Well, Javascript Fight

The CTO of Mozilla and the platform architect for Microsoft's Internet Explorer are engaging in a little war of words over the format for the next version of the Javascript language. Microsoft's Chris Wilson wants to see an entirely new language supersede the existing version; Mozilla CTO  Brendan Eich wants to supercharge the existing...

Smug's Not A Bug, It's A Feature, Too

Smug's Not A Bug, It's A Feature, Too

Apple computers have finally reached the market share necessary to make them attractive targets for malware. Apple is now the third largest seller of desktop and laptop computers in the US, accounting for an 8.1 percent share of the market. This week a Trojan-horse  designed to infect Apple's operating system was discovered in the wild....

China's Olympics Ticket Sales Crash

China's Olympics Ticket Sales Crash

At least, unlike the Hannah Montana fiasco, the servers just crashed rather than end users getting the shaft.Ticket sales for the Games were halted after demand proved to be far too much for the database to handle. The ticketing database could supposedly process 150,000 transactions an hour, but in just the first hour, the Games' site had...

Inside The Asus Eee PC, Full Retail Evaluation

Inside The Asus Eee PC, Full Retail Evaluation

Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon...

Shell to Let Customers Pay-by-Finger

Shell to Let Customers Pay-by-Finger

Shell wants customers to give them the finger, at least in terms of paying for their gas.  10 Chicago-area stations are testing biometric payment systems. Ten Shell gas stations in the Windy City are testing biometric systems that let consumers walk up to the pump, scan their fingertips on a device and fill up their vehicles. The systems,...

Scorpio, Scorpio, Wherefore Art Thou?

Scorpio, Scorpio, Wherefore Art Thou?

Western Digital has announced the availability of their Scorpio 320 GB 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive. By "available," they seem to mean they have a picture of one. The Western Digital website says the bare drive is out of stock, and not one vendor I can find in their voluminous list of "Buy Locally" outlets  even lists it yet. Too bad, because...

Catastrophic Apple Data Loss A Feature Not A Bug

Catastrophic Apple Data Loss A Feature Not A Bug

Data recovery firm Retrodata is reporting that Seagate hard-drives used in MacBook laptops and MacMini desktops are prone to catastrophic loss of data. It's unclear whether the irreversible damage to the disk surface is caused by poor quality control in the factory, or whether Mac's Safe Sleep feature, which automatically backs up your computer...

Mac OS Malware Targets Porn Surfers

Mac OS Malware Targets Porn Surfers

Mac OS X malware?  It can't be!  That OS always purports itself to be so safe.  And they're using a favorite type of bait: porn.Intego, a Mac security software company, issued an alert Wednesday warning Mac users of the OSX.RSPlug.A malware, which it describes as a Trojan horse. Those of you familiar with mythology recognize...