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All News for November 2010

Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly condemned "those responsible" and warned that retribution was coming over Wikileak's publication of a quarter of a million leaked documents from United States embassies around the world. She also said that the State Department was increasing its security measures to safeguard its documents. "The...

Unlimited Music Coming Soon To PSP Through Qriocity Cloud Service

Unlimited Music Coming Soon To PSP Through Qriocity Cloud Service

Sony has been digging deeper into the media content distribution and sales business lately, as with most other console makers. Nintendo and Microsoft are also using their game consoles to sell media, movies and all sorts of content, but the PlayStation 3 and PSP seem particularly poised to make an impact. Both are multi-media centric, and...

Fon SIMPL Router Goes On Sale, Creates Mass Wi-Fi Network

Fon SIMPL Router Goes On Sale, Creates Mass Wi-Fi Network

Now here's a concept we can really get behind. Fon, which has been around for a few years now, is looking to make a big break with the introduction of the SIMPL router. It's a rather simple device. It's quite small for a router, and only has two Ethernet ports. But it's not your usual router. It's designed with a specific purpose in mind:...

Tablet Market Cuts Into PC Shipment Forecasts

Tablet Market Cuts Into PC Shipment Forecasts

The tablet market is HOT. If the fact that kids want an iPad more than anything else isn't evidence enough, Gartner is cutting its forecasts for global computer shipments in 2010 and 2011 due to the increased interest in tablets from consumers. Previously, Gartner expected PC shipments to rise to 17.9 percent this year. In 2011, the research...

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that gets asked rather frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this seemingly simple question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift; that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for....

On-Demand Revolution Spells Doom for DVD and Blu-ray

On-Demand Revolution Spells Doom for DVD and Blu-ray

Will you shed a tear for the DVD format when it's dead and gone? What about for Blu-ray? Don't worry, neither one of those formats is on the verge of going belly-up, but that comes as little consolation to film studios and retailers who can do nothing but sit and watch as sales for these formats continue to slump. According to The Digital...

LaCie Reveals 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

LaCie Reveals 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

USB 3.0 may not the total buzz of 2010 (that goes to tablets!), but it's definitely the peripheral highlight of the year. USB hasn't seen a major innovation in awhile prior to USB 3.0, and the speed increases are rather extreme, not to mention the backwards compatibility. Thus, it's not surprising to see major storage players like LaCie jump...

Sharp to Launch Galapagos Tablets in Time for Christmas

Sharp to Launch Galapagos Tablets in Time for Christmas

Ready for the good news? Sharp has gone and announced plans to launch its line of Galapagos tablets on December 10, 2010, which means buyers will have almost 2 weeks to pick one up and put one under the Christmas tree. The bad? It's only launching over in Japan, at least initially. Sharp is launching both a 10.8-inch model (in black) with...

02: HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks - November 29, 2010

02: HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks - November 29, 2010

We are back with the latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks. In this episode, we discuss the so-called Apple Tax, talk about some basic system building techniques, show off a few Gigabyte motherboards for Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors, and talk about some of Acer’s new products slated to arrive next...

Sprint & Clear 4G Comes To LA, DC, Miami And More

Sprint & Clear 4G Comes To LA, DC, Miami And More

The 4G rollout continues! With T-Mobile now claiming that their HSPA+ network is "4G," and Verizon Wireless claiming the same for their incoming LTE network, it's getting hard to know what's what. WiMAX is the original 4G network, and both Clearwire and Sprint are working hard to bring that network to more and more people. Every few weeks...

Nuance Continuous Touch Text Input Technology Ships On Samsung Wave II

Nuance Continuous Touch Text Input Technology Ships On Samsung Wave II

Ever heard of Swype? That's a program on Android that allows mobile users to simply leave their fingertip on the display and move it from point to point in order to input text. It's a radical change from pressing key after key, and it's clearly catching on. Nuance is a company that has been involved with touch input for awhile now, and they're...

Companies Get Smarter At Following Your Digital Tracks

Companies Get Smarter At Following Your Digital Tracks

Billions of everyday objects are being reborn as “smart” devices with IP addresses and Internet access, from coffee makers to ski passes. Such intelligence could produce amazing advances to modern living, but it has a privacy downside: digital tracks. Tech companies are creating tools that mine these digital tracks (also called...

Video Games To Be Used In U.S. Air Force Training

Video Games To Be Used In U.S. Air Force Training

Growing up, your parents may have told you that playing video games was nothing but a waste of time. They probably tried to encourage you to play outdoors or study the dictionary rather than waste countless hours with a joystick, but you didn't listen. And now, there's finally a little ammunition for the "I told you so!" war. Adayana Government...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Samsung UN55C6500 120Hz LED HDTV Review @ Hardware Canucks Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ Techgage.com  Tyke Supply Dual LCD Monitor Stand @ Phoronix StarTech ConvergeAV Triple Head DisplayPort to DVI Multi Monitor Adapter @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews...

Angry Birds Downloaded 7M Times; No WP7 Version in 2010

Angry Birds Downloaded 7M Times; No WP7 Version in 2010

Rovio has announced some nice stats for its Angry Birds Android release. The much-loved and -played video game has reached 7 million downloads from the Android Market. Rovio's Angry Birds is free on the Android Market, though it costs $0.99 in the App Store. When asked why it is free on Android, Rovio Tweeted, "because that is the google way;-)."...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Veebeam HD Wireless USB PC-to-TV Video Streamer @ Everything USB ASUS GeForce GTX 580 @ PureOverclock Samsung UN55C9000 Ultra-Thin 3D HDTV - BCCHardware HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card in Crossfire w/ 960 Shaders @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: ECS A890GXM-A2 review @ t-break Memory and Storage: Corsair Force 60GB & Nova...

Apple Mysteriously Rejects Magazine App ... an Android One

Apple Mysteriously Rejects Magazine App ... an Android One

It's not one of the more confusing rejections from the App Store, and in fact it was probably expected. Still, it deserves coverage because its another example of the overbearing control Apple exhibits over its App Store. A companion magazine app to one that Mediaprovider, a small magazine publisher based in Denmark, had begun selling earlier...

Gateway Reveals 11.6" Ultraportable With Core i5 Processor

Gateway Reveals 11.6" Ultraportable With Core i5 Processor

The ultraportable market gets more interesting by the day. For years, 11.6" machines were very, very expensive, mostly because it was costly to squeeze components into a shell so small. But then netbooks were introduced. Recently, some 11.6" netbooks have creeped up into a higher range category, with prices hovering between $500 and $600....

Acer Debuts Stylish 21.5" All-In-One PC

Acer Debuts Stylish 21.5" All-In-One PC

The all-in-one PC market is growing saturated, and it's harder and harder to figure out the difference between this machine vs. that machine. But Acer has a great tactic: make a better design than everyone else. The new AZ3750-A34D all-in-one PC is one of the most stylish that has been produced in recent memory, with only Apple's iMac and...

Hasselblad Ships Ferrari And Stainless Steel H4D Cameras

Hasselblad Ships Ferrari And Stainless Steel H4D Cameras

Any professional in the photography world knows the Hasselblad name. It has been around for years, and the company's cameras have been used in loads of magazine shoots, automobile shoots, etc. The H4D medium format family has been a staple of the company's line, and two new versions are being introduced today: a Ferrari version and a limited...

Chevrolet Volt Gets EPA Sticker: 93MPG On All-Electric

Chevrolet Volt Gets EPA Sticker: 93MPG On All-Electric

A car isn't really a piece of computer hardware. It's made of up lots of them, though, and Chevrolet's Volt holds a special place in the hearts of technology freaks. For years, people have watched the Volt progress from a concept, into a car with a questionable future, into a car that's all-but-ready for release. Now, the final hurdle is upon...

iPhone App Aims To Fight Skin Cancer

iPhone App Aims To Fight Skin Cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world (more than 1,850 people die of skin cancer each year). A new iPhone application from SunSmart is hoping to help reduce this figure by showing people when it's time to cover up and avoid the sun's ultraviolet rays. The free app provides a daily weather forecast complete with...

Site, SMS Short Code Created for Mobile Checks for Lead, Product Safety

Site, SMS Short Code Created for Mobile Checks for Lead, Product Safety

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released its latest report, Trouble in Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety. The report is something parents should look at as they rush out on Black Friday to gather bargains. What about if you are already at a store? How do you protect your children? HealthyChoice.org has help for...

Hylas Bringing Satellite Internet To 350,000 Europeans

Hylas Bringing Satellite Internet To 350,000 Europeans

Satellite Internet has been provided in America for years via HughesNet. But elsewhere, it has been somewhat difficult to come by. Now, the first satellite dedicated to bringing satellite Internet to Europe has launched, as the Hylas-1 has flown off on an Ariane 5 rocket in order to offer service to up to 350,000 customers. The Hylas is hoping...

DVDFab Rips Movies For Windows Phone 7

DVDFab Rips Movies For Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 handsets have been out for a few weeks here in the U.S. and now, Fengtao Software wants you to know its DVDFab software supports Windows Phone 7 compatible formats. This means you'll be able to use the company's DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools, DVD Ripper and Blu-ray Ripper, to remove known DVD and Blu-ray protections and rip...

MSI Radeon R6870 Twin Frozr II Graphics Card Unveiled

MSI Radeon R6870 Twin Frozr II Graphics Card Unveiled

AMD's Radeon HD6870 GPU is definitely a powerhouse, and you've got a bunch of options when it comes time to buy that core on any variety of cards. Now you have one more. MSI has released their version of the card, a Twin Frozr II graphics card. The MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II has 1GB GDDR5 high-speed graphics memory, large-area copper base heat-sink...

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Preview - Intel Sandy Bridge Motherboards Break Cover

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Preview - Intel Sandy Bridge Motherboards Break Cover

Just when you think you have everything figured out, you come across something that turns your world upside down. Long known for their blue motherboards, Gigabyte has finally decided to enter the dark side and will release mainboards featuring black PCB. Up to this point, it was the only major motherboard company that did not offer models...

Sony Looks To Take Half The Domestic E-Book Market In Japan

Sony Looks To Take Half The Domestic E-Book Market In Japan

Sony's Walkman line managed to outsell the iPod in Japan earlier in the year, proving that Japan is still Sony dominated in many ways. The company's struggles globally have been well documented, and particularly in North America, they have been struggling to return to the prime position they had held for so long before the recession. But now,...

Satellites Used to Track Black Friday Mall Traffic

Satellites Used to Track Black Friday Mall Traffic

Those satellites in space don't just take spy pictures. On this Black Friday 2010, they are actually taking pictures of you, and your rush to Black Friday deals. The research is being done to see what consumer demand this year means for retail stocks. The trend, so far, has been favorable. The companies involved in this are Remote Sensing...

AAXA Technologies Reveals L1 v2 Pico Projector

AAXA Technologies Reveals L1 v2 Pico Projector

Pico projectors are still evolving, and while they haven't reached 1080p just yet, they're coming close. AAXA Technologies has been in the pico projector market since the beginning, with the L1 being their flagship model. Now, there's a second version. The L1 v2 is an 800 x 600 resolution projector with a LCoS imager, three-color laser light...

Group Develops Turkey Quadricopter to Pummel Pedestrians with Pumpkin Pies

Group Develops Turkey Quadricopter to Pummel Pedestrians with Pumpkin Pies

In honor of Thanksgiving, the folks at Utah Aerials decided to take a quadricopter and turn it into a turkey. The idea was to have the turkey-copter drop pies on unsuspecting passersby. The stunt is documented below, but it brings back memoeies of the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Turkeys Away." In that episode of the late-70s sitcom, the station...

RIAA Blasts PCMag.com Over Limewire Article

RIAA Blasts PCMag.com Over Limewire Article

Many are concerned about the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA, S.3804), which could potentially make it possible for the Justice Department to have sites removed from the DNS system for doing something as small as linking to a BitTorrent site such as The Pirate Bay, even in the context of an article. It appears that...

Super Talent Firmware Update Adds Speed To USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Super Talent Firmware Update Adds Speed To USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Is "fast" ever "fast enough?" No, probably not. Super Talent has been pushing speed boundaries for years now, offering up one of the first USB 3.0 thumb drives earlier in the year. Since then, a number of other rivals have come to market, but Super Talent is bringing the focus back on their USB 3.0 RAIDDrive with a new firmware update. No...

Boxee Box Gets First Firmware Update, Sees Lots Of Changes

Boxee Box Gets First Firmware Update, Sees Lots Of Changes

The Boxee Box, produced by D-Link, has been in the hands of consumers for just over two weeks now. The product was delayed a few times, but now that it's out there, the competition is probably looking at it for a newly set bar. But as with any brand new product, bugs and problems are sure to be present, big or small. Leader Avner Ronen has...

What New Features are Coming to the iPad 2?

What New Features are Coming to the iPad 2?

It might seem a little premature to discuss Apple's second generation iPad when the first-run tablet is one of only a very small handful of slates in existence, but if the Cupertino outfit sticks to its normal product refresh cycle, it will only be another five months before the iPad 2 hits store shelves. So what does Steve Jobs and Co. have...

Movea Air Mouse App Turns iPhone Into Cursor Controller

Movea Air Mouse App Turns iPhone Into Cursor Controller

Have you ever heard of the Air Mouse? Movea created a device of that name back in 2008, which basically allows you to wave a mouse around in the air in order to move a cursor. This is easily better than searching for a decent mousing surface in certain circumstances, but the idea of buying an entirely new mouse (when you love your current...

SlingPlayer Mobile For iPad Connects With Your Slingbox

SlingPlayer Mobile For iPad Connects With Your Slingbox

Sling Media has become a massive force in the home entertainment realm. Their Slingbox units have allowed people to watch television all over the world, and with the explosion of smartphone adoption, consumers have been yearning to watching Slingbox material right on their phones and tablets. And since day one, the iPad looked like a great...

TerreStar GENUS GSM/Satellite Phone Now On Sale For $1149

TerreStar GENUS GSM/Satellite Phone Now On Sale For $1149

These days, it's hard to find a place in USA where some level of cellphone reception isn't available. There are places, though, and when you think globally, there are tons of locations where no cell service is available. Satellite phones aren't as necessary today as they once were, but if you frequently travel to remote destinations, TerreStar's...

ViewSonic Brings Pro8200 1080p Projector At Under $1000

ViewSonic Brings Pro8200 1080p Projector At Under $1000

Who says you have to be rich to enjoy 1080p? The projector market has become increasingly crowded in recent years, and that has led to price slides across the board. ViewSonic's newest projector is a 1080p model, yet it breaks the $1000 price barrier. That's not too common these days, making the Pro8200 somewhat of a bargain for those looking...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Gainward GeForce GTX 460 SE 1 GB @ techPowerUp AMD Radeon HD 6850 CrossFire Video Review @ eTeknix.com Samsung MD230X3 Eyefinity 3x1 Display - BCCHardware Processors: iXBT Labs Review: AMD Athlon II X4 645, AMD Phenom II X4 970, AMD Phenom II X6 1075T [Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 9.2 Memory and Storage: Funky Kit Review:...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, a time of year when we all pause to reflect on how fortunate we all are. Thanksgiving is a great tradition when you stop and think about it. This holiday isn't about rushing shopping, etc. The day after Thanksgiving certainly has become over-commercialized, but not today--11/25/2010--Thanksgiving Day. Today...

iPad News Magazine to Be Announced by Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday

iPad News Magazine to Be Announced by Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday

While attention focuses on Rupert Murdoch's "The Daily," Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, among other things, is planning his own iPad-only digital news journal. Based on press conference invitations, Branson will beat Murdoch to the punch with a Tuesday unveiling of a digital magazine created for iPads. Branson...

BitDefender: Malware, It's In Your Face(book)!

BitDefender: Malware, It's In Your Face(book)!

Social networking: It's all fun and games until some scuzzball infects your system with malware, but that's not a concern on Facebook, right? Wrong, says security firm BitDefender, which claims that malware is mucking around in news feeds of some 20 percent of Facebook users. When you're talking about a userbase of more than 500 million members,...

Genius FaceCam 1000 Shoots 720p And Rotates 360 Degress

Genius FaceCam 1000 Shoots 720p And Rotates 360 Degress

Who says that video chats have to be one dimensional? As you move, so you can your webcam. Genius, a peripheral outfit, has just announced a new HD webcam with 360-degree rotation capabilities. The FaceCam 1000 includes the company's CrazyTalk Cam Suite software, shoots 720p and has an 8MP sensor for capturing still images.  The FaceCam...

Western Digital Adds Facebook and USB Wireless Keyboard Support To WD TV Live Boxes

Western Digital Adds Facebook and USB Wireless Keyboard Support To WD TV Live Boxes

New features? Yes, please! One of our favorite things is receiving a firmware update that adds new features to a product that we already own, and that's what is happening to Western Digital's WD TV Live and Live Plus units. These media streamers have just picked up some much-needed functionality, with Facebook being a highlight addition. After...

Opera 11 Beta Brings Tab Stacking And Extensions

Opera 11 Beta Brings Tab Stacking And Extensions

While the tablet market is definitely a heated one on the hardware side, the browser market is the heated one over on the software side. Internet Explorer 9 Beta just launched a few months ago, and Firefox seems to be getting closer to a stable 4.0 release every single day. And then there's Opera. This browser has been gaining in popularity...

Survey: Mobile Users Want Unlimited Data (Duh!)

Survey: Mobile Users Want Unlimited Data (Duh!)

It's not hard to believe that mobile phone users prefer unlimited data plans, nor do we really need a survey to tell us that. But to all you telecoms out there, listen up -- a new report by financial research firm Sanford Bernstein discovered that not only do mobile phone users like unlimited data, but they ranked it as the most important...

Spoiled Kids want an iPad for Christmas

Spoiled Kids want an iPad for Christmas

Think back to when you were 6 years old waking up on Christmas morning. If you were lucky, your big ticket item was a BMX bike. Race car sets, Matchbox cars, and a new Michael Jackson album were all winning bets too. These days? Kids ages 6-12 want nothing more than to find an iPad sitting under the tree on December 25th. According to market...

How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101

How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101

We just recently ran a contest on HotHardware in which we planned to give away a high-end, custom-built gaming system (built by yours truly), to one lucky reader who came up with a creative name for our weekly video podcast. We got a few requests to document the build process on video, so that’s exactly what we did. We didn’t go...

Dell Ships 10.1" Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet For $549

Dell Ships 10.1" Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet For $549

There are some companies that stick to what's commonly accepted. No real risk-taking. And then there are some companies who think outside of the box on concept products, but they never actually take the leap of faith to produce them. But Dell has shown to be a risk-taker, first with the wildly thin Adamo XPS laptop, then with the 5" Dell Streak,...

Samsung Provides AES 256-Bit Encryption On SSDs

Samsung Provides AES 256-Bit Encryption On SSDs

Solid state drives have a number of advantages over traditional hard drives. They're faster, less noisy and more reliable in general. But now, Samsung's line of SSDs have another huge benefit: self-encryption. Samsung has announced this week that they have the only SSD to feature government-grade AES 256-bit encryption for heightened security,...

Mind Technologies To Offer Thought-Controlled Apps For Android

Mind Technologies To Offer Thought-Controlled Apps For Android

Mind Technologies thinks big. It has declared it will bring "thought-controlled applications" to the Android market. It also plans to build an alternative to the strange-but-true Emotiv headset that allows thought to operate machines. Mind Technologies currently makes a trifecta of "thought-controlled" devices and applications for the PC all...

SmartFish Revolutionizes Notebook Mice

SmartFish Revolutionizes Notebook Mice

Notebook mice may be handy because of their small size and easy ability to slip into your bag for travel, but they're generally not as comfortable to use as their big brothers. SmartFish is attempting to change this with the launch of the Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse. This mouse builds on the success of the original SmartFish Mouse by delivering...

New Potato's TuneLink Auto Converts Bluetooth To FM

New Potato's TuneLink Auto Converts Bluetooth To FM

FM transmitters have been around nearly as long as the iPod itself; for awhile, it was the primary way to transfer audio from a media player into a car stereo. But now, many head units have aux inputs, and a bunch also have Bluetooth capabilities. But what if your car still doesn't? There's an app (and a device) for that. New Potato Technologies,...

OCZ Adds High-Performance DDR3 Memory Kits

OCZ Adds High-Performance DDR3 Memory Kits

OCZ revealed the new Xtreme Thermal Exchange (XTE) and Blade 2 high-speed desktop memory. These new kits provide the performance of DDR3 along with a new compact and efficient heatspreader for cooling efficiency. The Blade 2 Series features a new finned anodized aluminum heatsink design. This series is available in 2400MHz and 2133MHz performance...

One Week iTunes Report:  Beatles Sell 2M Songs, 450K Albums

One Week iTunes Report: Beatles Sell 2M Songs, 450K Albums

You would have thought every person who loved the Beatles already took their CD collection and ripped it to their hard drive, and that huge iTunes sales would need to wait for a new generation. Apparently not: with the Fab Four is on iTunes, consumers purchased two million Beatles singles, and another 450,000 albums, in the first week. According...

Verizon Offers 150/35Mbps High-Speed Internet Over FiOS

Verizon Offers 150/35Mbps High-Speed Internet Over FiOS

There's high-speed Internet, and there's there's FiOS. Verizon's fiber-backed platform has been the envy of many for years now, and while it isn't available nationwide, those who do have access can now brag a little more. As cable companies deploy DOCSIS 3.0 in order to offer consumer speeds above the 100Mbps market, Verizon is pushing the...

The FCC Aims to Help the Texting Generation Reach 911

The FCC Aims to Help the Texting Generation Reach 911

Voice usage on mobile phones is going down, as more people migrate to texting, emailing, and social networking apps on their smartphones. It's particularly evident among younger people, and the FCC isn't blind to it: the FCC is reportedly looking into the possibility of allowing the public to send SMS messages and even stream video from their...

Barnes & Noble NOOK Gets Major v1.5 Firmware Update

Barnes & Noble NOOK Gets Major v1.5 Firmware Update

If you've managed to resist upgrading to the NOOKcolor, and your trusty NOOK is still getting you by, you're in luck. Barnes & Noble has just released a new firmware update that makes the device feel like an entirely new e-reader. B&N calls the version 1.5 update its "largest-ever," and it supports both the NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi....

AMD Turns Black Friday Chaos into a Groovy Contest

AMD Turns Black Friday Chaos into a Groovy Contest

Black Friday is just days away, and if you're planning to fight through crowds of rapid shoppers, you better be prepared. That means making a list and checking it twice, though not to see who's been naughty or nice. You need a list of where the hottest deals are so you can come up with a game plan to get in, get out, and scurry back home with...

TRENDnet Introduces 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapters

TRENDnet Introduces 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapters

TRENDnet announced a 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter and a 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit. By plugging a 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter into an electrical outlet and another to your router, you'll be able to create a secure 500Mbps building-wide network. A Windows utility is included to help you manage each Powerline adapter on the network. For...

Acer's "Alive" Digital Content Platform: A New App Store Emerges

Acer's "Alive" Digital Content Platform: A New App Store Emerges

Is there room in the world for another app store? App stores seem to be emerging at a record pace these days. On the smartphone, there's the Android Market, Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World and a few others from LG, etc. Even Apple is introducing a Mac App Store in their next major OS revision, and Intel's AppUp netbook market will soon...

Acer Puts Two Touch Panels On 14" Iconia Notebook

Acer Puts Two Touch Panels On 14" Iconia Notebook

Is it the holy grail of notebooks? It might be. Companies have contemplated dual-screen laptops for years now, and Toshiba even went so far as to produce a limited edition one earlier in the year. The Libretto W105 was definitely a unique product, and it looks like Acer has drawn inspiration from that in their newest device, the Iconia. This...

Acer's 4.8" Android Smartphone Pushes The Limits Into Tablet Territory

Acer's 4.8" Android Smartphone Pushes The Limits Into Tablet Territory

Acer's in the smartphone business. Did you know that? If you pay close attention to this industry you probably did, but up until now Acer hasn't had a really killer phone to rival the N8, iPhone or the DROID lineup. But this 4.8" smartphone/tablet looks like it could be Acer's way into the hearts of smartphone buyers. The 4.8" screen puts...

Acer Introduces 7" And 10" Android Tablets, Single 10.1" Windows 7 Tablet

Acer Introduces 7" And 10" Android Tablets, Single 10.1" Windows 7 Tablet

Thanksgiving Break may be just hours away, but that doesn't mean everyone is shutting down just yet. Acer had a huge event today in New York City, where they unveiled a bunch of new hardware. The company has thus far abstained from getting involved with tablets. Tablets are obviously a huge market, and just about everyone is getting involved....

Is The "Apple Tax" Real? Mac vs. PC Pricing Compared

Is The "Apple Tax" Real? Mac vs. PC Pricing Compared

It's an argument that has been around for almost as long as Macs have been rivaling PCs. And despite the fact that so much has changed over the past few decades, the argument still arises almost every time Apple introduces a new computer. No, it's not the argument of "PC versus Mac" from a software and compatibility standpoint; that's an entirely...

Verizon Proposes Updating "Antiquated" Telecom Rules

Verizon Proposes Updating "Antiquated" Telecom Rules

Verizon this week issued a strong challenge to the U.S. Congress to update the nation's antiquated and anti-competitive telecom rules (Verizon's words, not ours), saying that Congress must act now to address telecommunications policies that are broken. "The grinding you hear are the gears churning as policymakers try to fit fast-changing technologies...

Kinect Turns Man into DIY Jedi

Kinect Turns Man into DIY Jedi

Ah, the more users play with Kinect, now that there is an open source driver, the better things become. Here we see a Jedi Knight in training who has used the OpenKinect drivers and OpenCV to make himself into a Jedi Academy cadet. Here's what he said on his YouTube post: Proof of concept of tracking and rendering a lightsaber in real time...

Israel Uses Facebook to Track Down Draft Dodgers

Israel Uses Facebook to Track Down Draft Dodgers

Debt collectors have begun using Facebook as a tool, although it is unclear if that is legal under FTC regulations. Here we have a further example of why not to use social networking sites: the Israeli military has used Facebook to catch approximately 1,000 draft dodgers. These were women who lied about their religious background to avoid...

GetJar App Store Sees 100 Million Downloads Of A Single App

GetJar App Store Sees 100 Million Downloads Of A Single App

Finally, some interesting news on an App Store other than those ran by Google and Apple! GetJar has surged in popularity lately as a standalone app store, largely due to it being the app store that first hosted the final, full version of Angry Birds for Android. So many people flocked to GetJar on launch day that their servers actually went...

Nintendo Debuting Orange And Green DSi Handhelds For Black Friday

Nintendo Debuting Orange And Green DSi Handhelds For Black Friday

Black Friday is quickly approaching, and companies are throwing out suggestions for consumers at a near-rapid pace. But this year, it seems like some companies are doing more than simply discounting existing products. Like Nintendo. Nintendo is actually introducing two new products for Black Friday, so if lowered prices don't entice you to...

TiVo iPad App Turns Your Tablet Into A Remote

TiVo iPad App Turns Your Tablet Into A Remote

TiVo's newest unit, the Premiere, has faced its fair share of critics. But TiVo loyalists love their TiVos, and most wouldn't change to a standard DVR for anything. And now, the Premiere is becoming even more attractive if you're also an iPad owner. TiVo has just released an iPad companion application that will make the act of interfacing...

Panasonic 2010 Blu-ray Players To Gain VUDU Movie Streaming Service

Panasonic 2010 Blu-ray Players To Gain VUDU Movie Streaming Service

Netflix may be the dominant provider of streaming content these days, with Hulu close behind in terms of mind share. But when it comes strictly to movie rentals (streaming ones, anyway), VUDU has been in the business as long as anyone. The company started out by providing their own hardware boxes, but quickly diverted from that market and...

Verizon Wireless Bringing LTE To America Next Month

Verizon Wireless Bringing LTE To America Next Month

In case you were wondering when Verizon Wireless would finally up their ante and match Sprint, well now you know. There's debate out there on whether LTE is truly 4G (and T-Mobile's HSPA+ for that matter), but there's no doubt that Long Term Evolution equipment will provide faster transfers than standard 3G. Verizon has maintained that they...

Digital Storm Announces Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System

Digital Storm Announces Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System

Digital Storm introduced the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System. The Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System delivers more performance and power for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. This new system enables you to overclock Intel’s i7-980X CPU up to 4.6GHz while idling the processor below 0ºC. A series of TEC peltier coolers work in conjunction...

SHOWWX+ Pico Projector Takes Mobile Content Beyond The Small Screen

SHOWWX+ Pico Projector Takes Mobile Content Beyond The Small Screen

MicroVision announced the second-generation of its award-winning laser pico projector, SHOWWX+. Images projected from the SHOWWX+ are 50 percent brighter than those from the previous generation projector. Even so, the SHOWWX+ maintains the same slim size as is predecessor. The projector boasts of a two hour battery life, 15 laser lumens, a...

Previewing Blizzard's Coming Cataclysm

Previewing Blizzard's Coming Cataclysm

On December 7, Blizzard will launch the next expansion pack for World of Warcraft, dubbed World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. We've already discussed some of the expansion's new features; this article will focus on the game's larger goals and focus. Whereas both The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King were more traditional expansions that...

Nokia Launches Two New Feature Phones

Nokia Launches Two New Feature Phones

With all the talk of Android, iOS, Hummingbird/Snapdragon processors, and all other sorts of smartphone goodies, it's easy to forget that some people still like to roll with feature phones. And at $30/month now standard for a data plan, often-times attached to two-year service agreements (totaling $720 just in data charges for the life the...

Apple's iOS 4.2 Coming To iPad Later Today

Apple's iOS 4.2 Coming To iPad Later Today

Well, it's about time! One of the bigger complaints from iPad users earlier in the year was a simple one: why could the iPhone 4 ship with iOS 4, and the iPad couldn't get it immediately? The two use similar hardware layouts, and while the iPhone 4 has been enjoying background application usage and all of the other nice extras that come with...

Netflix Offers Streaming-Only Plan, More Expensive DVD Plans

Netflix Offers Streaming-Only Plan, More Expensive DVD Plans

If you log into your Netflix account this morning, you'll probably notice some changes. Or some possible changes at the very least. The company that began as a by-mail DVD rental firm is making a few dramatic changes this morning in reaction to changes in behavior from their consumer base. Jessie Becker, who is Netflix's VP of Marketing, came...

Nokia's N8 Has Small Power Problem, But It's Covered

Nokia's N8 Has Small Power Problem, But It's Covered

Do you own a Nokia N8 smartphone? Are you pleased with it? Or has it turned itself off and now refuses to reboot? If you answered yes to the last question, you could be in luck. Nokia has officially confirmed that a small number of N8 units have a problem with their power management system, forcing some to auto-switch off and not turn back...

Mobile Content Venture Bringing Mobile TV To U.S. Next Year

Mobile Content Venture Bringing Mobile TV To U.S. Next Year

Mobile TV is an interesting thing. Overseas, in Asian territories in particular, it's huge. Nearly every cellphone has access to mobile TV, and loads of consumers demand it. But in North America, there's next to no demand for mobile TV. MediaFLO has had an incredibly difficult time marketing their services, even when pushed by carriers too....

Velocity Micro Reveals 7" Cruz Tablet With Android

Velocity Micro Reveals 7" Cruz Tablet With Android

Just made up your mind on a tablet for Christmas? Oh, great -- not like you really needed another option to make you re-think everything! But that's what you're getting, and as the holidays draw closer, we suspect that even more options will surface. There should be quite a few tablets on sale for Black Friday at under $300, but you have to...

Microsoft says Kinect left "open" intentionally

Microsoft says Kinect left "open" intentionally

If you can't beat 'em, say it was your idea all along. Microsoft has said that the Kinect hacking which allows the Kinect to be used with other devices besides the Xbox 360, wasn't really hacking, and that they left the Kinect open by design. At least, that's what Microsoft said on NPR's Science Friday. However, earlier, in response to a $3,000...

Apricorn's PCIe Mac Array Adds 512GB Of SSD Storage To Apple Mac Pro

Apricorn's PCIe Mac Array Adds 512GB Of SSD Storage To Apple Mac Pro

As computer enthusiasts, there are few things that really get our gears going. More storage, and more speed. But when you get them both together? Look out! That's the case with Apricorn's Mac Array, which is a unique high-speed storage solution for Apple's Mac Pro. For a professional machine, the Mac Pro is a fairly niche device, and not too...

Naked Guy in Trunk Welcomes Google Street View to Germany

Naked Guy in Trunk Welcomes Google Street View to Germany

Google Street View just recently launched in Germany. It's possible to opt out of Street View, and in Germany, 244,000 did, asking Google to remove their residences from the service. Not, however, this naked guy in a car trunk. This image appeared shortly after the service launched, in 20 German cities. Although being posted around the Web...

Parrot Releasing AR.Pursuit Game for Its iOS-controlled Quadricopters

Parrot Releasing AR.Pursuit Game for Its iOS-controlled Quadricopters

You might remember Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter which was released back in September. Well, the first in what is hoped to be a string of augmented reality (AR) games is about to be released by Parrot. It's called AR.Pursuit and it is a two-player pursuit game. One player, as it sounds, "has to escape from the other one, as in the game of...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Samsung PN50C7000 50 inch Plasma TV Review at Overclockers Online Asus ENGTX580 GeForce GTX 580 Review @ Techspot Samsung LN55C650 55" LCD HDTV @ SilentPCReview GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock @ techPowerUp Sapphire HD6850 Toxic @LanOC Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Review by Ultimate Hardware Memory and Storage: TechwareLabs...

iBUYPOWER Adds AMD Version Of Extreme Liquid Cooling Gaming PCs

iBUYPOWER Adds AMD Version Of Extreme Liquid Cooling Gaming PCs

iBUYPOWER is adding an AMD powered system to its new super-cooled XLC (Extreme Liquid Cooling) line of gaming systems. You can now configure the Mage XLC M1 with an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, 1075T or 1090T six core processor cooled by Asetek’s 240mm large radiator liquid cooling system.  The new Mage XLC also comes with...

MSI Reveals WindTop AP2000 Intel-Based All-In-One PC

MSI Reveals WindTop AP2000 Intel-Based All-In-One PC

Another day, another MSI all-in-one PC. And if this guy here is any indication, this is quite a fun machine to own! The new WindTop AP2000 looks pretty much like the WindTop machines that have come before it, with this model in particular having a 20" LCD display (touch panel), Windows 7, five USB 2.0 ports and an adjustable stand on the rear....

Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow Entertainment Platform Coming To Loads Of HDTVs

Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow Entertainment Platform Coming To Loads Of HDTVs

Sonic Solutions has been rapidly moving to expand their RoxioNow platform for quite some time; it's definitely been a focal point of the company, and with the heightened level of competition surrounding connected HDTVs, we can understand why. Now, the company has managed a deal with Trident, a company that produces system-on-chips (SoCs) for...

Etch A Sketch iPhone And iPad Cases: Need We Say More?

Etch A Sketch iPhone And iPad Cases: Need We Say More?

The Etch A Sketch has gone down, and will always reside, in the Toy Hall of Fame. At least in our minds. It's a famed product that still elates children today, and it's one that just never seems to age. No matter how far technology advances, there's just something magical about turning two wheels to make lines, then shaking it to erase and...

Antec Reveals Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Speaker System

Antec Reveals Soundscience Rockus 2.1 Speaker System

Have you ever built your very own PC, piece by piece? If so, there's a good chance that you've heard of Antec. These guys make some of the best PC enclosures and power supplies in the industry, and even if you selected other components, you probably came across Antec gear while shopping. But as the years have flown by, Antec has grown tired...

ViewSonic Aims For 3D Creation With New Camcorder, Digital Photo Frame

ViewSonic Aims For 3D Creation With New Camcorder, Digital Photo Frame

This 3D bandwagon is showing no signs of stopping, and no signs of slowing down really. ViewSonic is the latest company to hop onboard, with tons of new 3D gear to share. The general idea with the company's latest stash is simple: they want to give consumers more ways to actually create 3D content, particularly since so little of it is readily...

MSI Introduces AMD-Based 15.6" FX610MX Notebook

MSI Introduces AMD-Based 15.6" FX610MX Notebook

MSI's family of notebooks just continues to get bigger and bigger. The company has one of the largest and most diverse groups of laptops to date, and it seems like a new member is born every week or so. This week is no different, as the FX610MX has made its debut in the company's F Series. It's a 15.6" midrange machine, designed to handle...

Razer Reveals Successor To The Belkin n52te Speedpad

Razer Reveals Successor To The Belkin n52te Speedpad

Razer introduced the Razer Nostromo gaming keypad featuring cutting-edge ergonomics, tournament-grade controls, extreme customizability, and maximum comfort. Co-developed with Belkin, the keypad is an update to the highly successful Belkin n52te Speedpad. The Razer Nostromo features a new chipset and software drivers that enable gamers to...

Splashtop Remote Desktop App Brings Windows Experience To iPad, iPhone

Splashtop Remote Desktop App Brings Windows Experience To iPad, iPhone

What if there were a way to access all of the files on your Windows PC, while on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? That would definitely be amazing, but you're probably thinking a certain place down below would freeze over prior to something like this happening. Not so. Splashtop, a company that was known as DeviceVM in a prior life, has just...

Old Trojan Finds A New Friend In Facebook

Old Trojan Finds A New Friend In Facebook

One of the most active spam bots, Asprox, has a new gimmick for a Trojan it's been e-mailing around for the past six months: Facebook. Its botmasters are trying to cash in on last week's blocked accounts and unfriending frenzy. Wednesday, November 17, was National Facebook Unfriend day, the brainchild of late night talk show comedian Jimmy...

Windows is (are?) 25 Years Old Today

Windows is (are?) 25 Years Old Today

It's hard to believe, but Microsoft Windows is 25 years old. Windows 1.0 was birthed on November 20, 1985. Born as a replacement for MS-DOS, Windows was GUI-based, mouse- (and keyboard-) driven, and added multitasking as well. It wasn't until Windows 3.0, however, that Windows really started to take off. Honestly, much of that was because...

Cox Reveals New Mobile Plans, Wireless Phone Portfolio

Cox Reveals New Mobile Plans, Wireless Phone Portfolio

You probably know Cox Wireless as a cable company. Just like Time Warner Cable, Charter or Comcast. A typical cable company providing pay-TV, digital phone and high-speed broadband Internet. Simple, right? But what if a cable company added a fourth service? A fourth service like…wireless! That's exactly what has happened with Cox Communications,...

3DFusion Shows Off Glasses-Free Solution, Looks For Investors

3DFusion Shows Off Glasses-Free Solution, Looks For Investors

Is 3D really the future of television? It's hard to say. The technology is still blooming, and content is still growing. It will still take a few years of trying to see if consumers really are investing, or if this is all just a passing fad. But one thing is for sure: hardware makers are all-in. Nearly every major (and minor) television maker...

Maingear Reveals Alt-15 And Alt-17 Gaming Notebooks

Maingear Reveals Alt-15 And Alt-17 Gaming Notebooks

Maingear's usually first out of the blocks with new gaming desktops once new technology is revealed, but this week they're introducing two new ones on the mobile side. The company has announced the Alt-15 and Alt-17 gaming notebooks, which resemble each other in always every way aside from the panel size. The Alt-15 in a 15.6" machine, whereas...

LaCie FastKey: SSD In A USB 3.0 Flash Drive

LaCie FastKey: SSD In A USB 3.0 Flash Drive

And LaCie does it again. The company has been well known for producing the most stylish storage options the industry has to offer, and yet again LaCie has meshed style and speed together into one compact package. The new LaCie FastKey is a new breed of flash drive. Rather than using the traditional flash memory, LaCie has relied on internal...

3DMark 11 To Ship On Nov. 30, 2010 With DirectX 11 Support

3DMark 11 To Ship On Nov. 30, 2010 With DirectX 11 Support

Oh, boy! Time to rejoice! Futuremark Corporation, which produces a variety of highly respected industry benchmarking tools, has finally released the latest version of 3DMark. This is an app used nearly industry-wide to test multiple stress points on PCs, and the results are widely regarded as the baseline to whether a specific machine is outperforming...

PhotoFast GM-PowerDrive PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek

PhotoFast GM-PowerDrive PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek

We're sure you realize we have an affinity for all things SSD around these parts.  And you have to admit, any self-respecting computer geek can appreciate the blazing fast response times of the latest generation of SATA-based Solid State Drives. However, as we've said before, we think SATA some day will be a Dinosaur of sorts that we...

ASUS' GTX580 Breaks Records

ASUS' GTX580 Breaks Records

ASUS introduced NVIDIA’s new flagship GTX580 GPU, complete with ASUS' own Voltage Tweak technology which makes it easy for users to overvolt the graphics card. The ASUS GTX580 supports NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround in full 1080p HD as well as NVIDIA SLI technology. The ASUS GTX580 is overclocked from the factory at 782MHz with 512 CUDA cores,...

Super Talent Adds To UltraDrive MX SSD Family With 480GB Model

Super Talent Adds To UltraDrive MX SSD Family With 480GB Model

Super Talent's latest 480GB UltraDrive MX SSD is now shipping. This drive features a dual-interface with SATA II and mini-USB connections, making it possible for the drive to be used as an internal or an external drive. The UltraDrive MX also features the JMicron 616 which gives the drive the ability to reach 250MB/s read and 180MB/s write...

MSI's Touts Family Friendly Wind Top AC1900 All-in-One

MSI's Touts Family Friendly Wind Top AC1900 All-in-One

MSI is certainly no stranger to the all-in-one market, so what makes the company's new Wind Top AC1900 different from all the rest? According to MSI, the AC1900 is fit for "people of all ages," be it your 8-year-old son or your 78-year-old grandmother. Just because everyone can use it doesn't everyone will want to use it, namely gamers and...

01: HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks - November 19, 2010

01: HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks - November 19, 2010

Welcome to the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands...

Archos 101 Joins the Lonely Android Tablet Party

Archos 101 Joins the Lonely Android Tablet Party

Never mind that certain media outlets are declaring Android a failure in the tablet space at this very early stage in the game. The reality is the Android party is just getting underway, and though Samsung's Galaxy Tab might not be the iPad killer open-source fans hoped it would be, it's just one of many more Android tablets to come. Another...

PCI-Express Gen 3 Standard Released Into The Wild

PCI-Express Gen 3 Standard Released Into The Wild

PCI-SIG, the organization in charge of maintaining and developing PCI-Express, has announced that the third version of the PCIe standard is finished and ready for implementation. The new standard is fully compatible with earlier PCIe cards; a Gen 1 or Gen 2 card will run perfectly in a PCIe 3.0 slot. Just as PCIe Gen 2 offered double the performance...

iOS 4.2.1. GM seeded; Apple struggles with last-minute bugs

iOS 4.2.1. GM seeded; Apple struggles with last-minute bugs

Apple is rapidly running out of time to make their promise that iOS 4.2 would launch in November. The company released a new gold master build for iOS 4.2, 4.2.1, late Thursday. As opposed to the earlier re-released GM build, which was for iPad only, this build is across all devices supported by iOS 4.x. The build is number 8C148, and reportedly...

Woz Does Some Serious Backtracking on Android Quote

Woz Does Some Serious Backtracking on Android Quote

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is backtracking so quickly you have to wonder if Apple's other co-founder and current Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave him a call on his iPhone. Earlier quoted as saying that Android would eventually become the dominant platform, he told Engadget he was misquoted. He told Engadget that "Almost every app that I have...

Jabra Introduces The First Touchscreen Headsets

Jabra Introduces The First Touchscreen Headsets

Just when we thought every device capable of a touch interface already had one, Jabra came out with its newest wireless headsets. Jabra proclaims them to be the first to have touchscreens and we don't doubt it.  There is a catch, however. These headsets don't work with any old phone. They are designed for use with business class IP PBX...

Tetris Comes To PS3 With 1080p Puzzle Block Action

Tetris Comes To PS3 With 1080p Puzzle Block Action

Tetris. Just the mere mention of the world gets most gamers in a tizzy, even if it's the only puzzle game that they're ever been attracted to, or even played. With over 100 million copies sold in one form or another, there's no question that Tetris has been a runaway hit, and now it's coming to even more gamers. Just when you thought a retro...

Virgin America Hands Out Elevate Points For Just Virtually "Checking In"

Virgin America Hands Out Elevate Points For Just Virtually "Checking In"

It's beginning to look like this right here is the future of social networking. While it all started as a way to keep in touch with friends in rapid fashion, it's quickly evolving into something more. Groupon is a good example of this, and now Virgin America is taking things to another level as well. The new airline has just become the first...

PeeWee PC Launches Pivot 2.0 Rugged, Kid-Friendly Notebook

PeeWee PC Launches Pivot 2.0 Rugged, Kid-Friendly Notebook

The holidays are coming up soon, and your kiddos are probably on your mind. And they're on the mind of PeeWee PC. Earlier this year, in April, PeeWee PC introduced their very first kid-friendly netbook, and already version 2.0 is arriving. The PeeWee Pivot 2.0 laptop is more rugged and kid-approved than ever, with this 3.7lb. notebook having...

Cellular South And Samsung To Deliver LTE Network In Q4 2011

Cellular South And Samsung To Deliver LTE Network In Q4 2011

It seems like just yesterday that we were complaining about the original iPhone's lack of 3G. Can you believe a phone launching in 2007 with only EDGE managed to sell so well? And now, just three years later, the world's focused on 4G. Most carriers haven't even developed their 3G networks in a manner that they are pleased with, and already...

China Reportedly Hijacked Internet Data For 15 Minutes In April

China Reportedly Hijacked Internet Data For 15 Minutes In April

Even if you aren't typically freaked out by privacy scares, there's a good possibility that this one will shake you. When you think about it, the entire Internet is built on a mythical trust. We simply trust that every piece of information we send is in good hands. We think that "secure" websites mean that our information isn't seen by anyone....

Never Assume:  AMD Sticking With GF At 28nm

Never Assume: AMD Sticking With GF At 28nm

Oops. Yesterday we published a story (since taken down) noting that AMD had apparently flip-flopped on its 28nm plans and would use TSMC for 28nm production in the 2012 timeframe rather than going with GlobalFoundries. The original piece we discussed ran Cens.com, which bills itself as "Taiwan's Economic News." We're not going to link it again,...

Nvidia Launches Another Attack On Modern CPU Design

Nvidia Launches Another Attack On Modern CPU Design

Six months ago, we covered a story in which Nvidia's chief scientist, Bill Dally, made a number of sweeping claims regarding the superiority of GPUs. Six months later he's again attacking traditional microprocessors with another broad series of accusations. As before, in our opinion, he uses far too broad a brush. Dally's basic claim is that...

OnLive Microconsole Promises PC, TV Gaming For $99

OnLive Microconsole Promises PC, TV Gaming For $99

The annals of history are filled with the wreckage of gaming consoles, their darkling masoleums* lit only dimly in the candle of nostalgia. The barriers to entry are such that even being in the right place at the right time is insufficient; would-be contenders must achieve both of these prerequisites and secure the funding of a multi-million...

New Mitsubishi Monitor Takes Game Playing Very Seriously

New Mitsubishi Monitor Takes Game Playing Very Seriously

LCD monitors began as poor replacements for CRTs when it came to playing games, due in large part to sluggish response times resulting in ghosting, streaking, and other abnormalities. Today's LCD monitors do a much better job, but evidently there's still plenty of room for improvement. Enter Mitsubishi, which is reportedly designing an intelligent...

Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook Review

Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook Review

As we have pointed out before, netbooks aren't what they used to be. These days, you're more likely to see a new netbook emerging with a near-$500 retail price than one with a near-$200 price point. We're partially blaming tablets. There are a number of sub-$300 tablets on the market and on the horizon (the $188 CherryPad comes to mind!),...

Apple Co-Founder Declares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone Wars

Apple Co-Founder Declares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone Wars

Steve Wozniak told a dutch newspaper something we already know: Android is awesome. He didn't come out and say it exactly that way, but the Apple co-founder might as well have. Instead, Wozniak told the De Telegraaf he thinks Android will become the dominant smartphone platform in time, eventually catching up to, and surpassing, Apple's iPhone....

VUDU HD Movie Streaming Coming To Sony's PlayStation 3

VUDU HD Movie Streaming Coming To Sony's PlayStation 3

Sony always said that the PlayStation 3 did games, movies, Blu-ray, streaming, online matchups, and well, everything else. And now that's coming true. Sony's PS3 has grown into a multi-media powerhouse over the past year, gaining Netflix support (and then removing the need for a disc to be inserted), gaining Hulu Plus support and now, gaining...

All We Want For Christmas (Hanukah, Kwanzaa) Is An iPad, Surveys Say

All We Want For Christmas (Hanukah, Kwanzaa) Is An iPad, Surveys Say

Two separate consumer surveys came to the same conclusion: the iPad is on top of everyone's gift wish list. But 3D TVs? Not so much. Fortunately, your chances of getting an iPad are pretty good -- as both of those studies also said that people plan to spend more this holiday season, mostly on consumer gadgets, compared to 2009. Indeed, a report...

AT&T Reveals $50 Novatel MiFi For 3G Internet On The Go

AT&T Reveals $50 Novatel MiFi For 3G Internet On The Go

Ah, the MiFi! It's a great product, and one that's probably overlooked and under-appreciated by most consumers who don't see a burning need to carry around a live 3G connection when they commute or travel. But for those who remain connected at all times, or long to remain connected at all times, there's hardly a better product on the market....

Olive Ships $5000 2TB O6HD Music Server

Olive Ships $5000 2TB O6HD Music Server

That are audiophiles, and then there are audio freaks. If you consider yourself an audio freak, or even an audio snob, this amazing new box might interest you. Olive has been producing media servers for years now, and they've always been high-end in nature. Beautiful design, high-end components and limited numbers. That all adds up to impeccable...

Duplicate Flash Drives In A Jiffy With The New Addonics Duplicator

Duplicate Flash Drives In A Jiffy With The New Addonics Duplicator

Addonics is making it easier to duplicate flash media with its new Universal Flash Media Duplicator. The new Addonics duplicator supports 15 types of popular flash media and does not require a computer or complex software to operate. To duplicate flash cards, users simply insert the flash card to be copied into the "source" slot and any card...

DIY Kinect Hacking Guide Released

DIY Kinect Hacking Guide Released

Adafruit, the folks behind the bounty for an open-source Kinect driver, one that would allow end users to use the Kinect with more than just the Xbox 360, have posted a how-to guide. It should be noted, however: it's not exactly drop-dead simple. The guide comes via an Adafruit employee with the handle Ladyada. You can see, in a video...

Antec Launches High Current Gamer Series PSUs

Antec Launches High Current Gamer Series PSUs

Antec launched the High Current Gamer series of PSUs with five models. This series offers users the high current capability favored by high-power users, as well as over current protected +12V rails with High Current functionality.  The High Current Gamer PSUs also include a 135 mm double-ball bearing fan. The series includes two top-end...

Google Docs Can Now Be Edited On Mobile Devices, Spreadsheets Are Next

Google Docs Can Now Be Edited On Mobile Devices, Spreadsheets Are Next

It's too early to make the call for sure, but it looks like Office's days are numbered. But then again, the same was said of physical discs, and although iTunes is making a huge dent in CD sales, people are still swooping in to buy console games on disc versus downloading PC titles en masse via Steam. At any rate, Google Docs does actually...

Did You Clean Your Facebook House on National Unfriend Day?

Did You Clean Your Facebook House on National Unfriend Day?

Yesterday, Nov. 17 was National Unfriend Day (NUD). The brainchild of Jimmy Kimmel, the day is supposed to a day when you unfriend the faux friends you have on Facebook (or any other social networking site). Kimmel gave us some guidelines to use to determine who to unfriend on National Unfriend Day. They were: If you wouldn’t loan someone...

Buffalo Introduces MiniStation Stealth And DriveStation Axis LED Hard Drives

Buffalo Introduces MiniStation Stealth And DriveStation Axis LED Hard Drives

Need a new hard drive for storing files on the go? Don't think too hard, we're sure you do. Question is, which one to buy? You've got tons and tons of options these days, from Seagate to WD to LaCie and beyond. But the newest pair of external hard drives here are coming from Buffalo's labs. The company has just launched two new portable HDD...

CyberLink Launches PowerDirector 9 64-Bit Video Editing Software

CyberLink Launches PowerDirector 9 64-Bit Video Editing Software

Got a video to edit? Tired of reaching for software from Adobe or Apple? Here's another option, courtesy of CyberLink. The company most famous for DVD/Blu-ray playback and burning software has just released a new version of PowerDirector, PowerDirector 9. It's the world's first native 64-bit consumer video editing software, with the new TrueVelocity...

Plextor Announces A New Four-bay, 8TB NAS Device

Plextor Announces A New Four-bay, 8TB NAS Device

Plextor announced a new four-bay, 8TB network-attached storage device. The new PX-NAS4 offers dual LAN ports and the ability to store up to 8TB of data across four hot-swap drive bays. The PX-NAS4 also has built-in eSATA and USB ports for storage expansion. Data stored in the PX-NAS4 is protected using an AES 256-bit algorithm. The PX-NAS4...

AMD To Team With Apple At 28nm—Maybe

AMD To Team With Apple At 28nm—Maybe

When we covered AMD's Analyst Day last week, there was a slide in Emilio Ghilardi's presentation that we didn't cover, but in retrospect , probably should have. Amid the usual slides of various supporting OEMs there was an unmentioned, unremarked Apple slide. When later asked if this should be taken as confirmation of a product launch, agreement,...

Intel Demos Knights Ferry Development Platform, Tesla Scores With Amazon

Intel Demos Knights Ferry Development Platform, Tesla Scores With Amazon

If you're a fan of GPGPU computing this is turning out to be an interesting week. At SC10 in New Orleans, Intel has been demoing and discussing its Knights Ferry development platform. Knights Ferry, which Intel refers to as a MIC (Many Integrated Core) platform, is the phoenix rising rising from the ashes of Larrabee. Future MIC products (Knights...

Hitachi Introduces Ultrastar SSD Family

Hitachi Introduces Ultrastar SSD Family

Hitachi announced its new Ultrastar solid state drive family. The new Ultrastar SSD400S family comes in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 400GB with 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI or 3.5-inch 4Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces. The 400GB SSD is designed to endure up to 35 petabytes of random writes over the life of the drive. The new Ultrastar...

Intel Will Discuss New Itanium Architecture at ISSCC

Intel Will Discuss New Itanium Architecture at ISSCC

The topics list for the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has been unveiled and there's a surprise inside. In addition to discussing its more prominent architectures, Intel will present data on its upcoming 32nm Itanium processor, codenamed Poulson. The new architecture doubles the number of instructions an Itanium...

Microsoft Offering up to $100,000 for WP7 Apps

Microsoft Offering up to $100,000 for WP7 Apps

Don't think for a second Microsoft is willing to let its Windows Phone 7 platform suffer the same fate as the short lived Kin Phone venture. The challenge for Microsoft, however, is that it's going up against established platforms, namely Google Android and Apple's iPhone (iOS), both of which now have a huge selection of apps to choose from....

Roxio Streamer Transforms Your PC into a Media Server

Roxio Streamer Transforms Your PC into a Media Server

Of interest to media buffs, Roxio today announced it has begun shipping its Roxio Streamer software, which purportedly turns your PC in a "powerful media server." Or in other words, it makes easy work out of shuttling your music, photos, and videos from your PC to other devices, both near and far. "Roxio Streamer is the most efficient way...

Vizio's XVT Series Of HDTVs Makes Move To 3D

Vizio's XVT Series Of HDTVs Makes Move To 3D

Well, it's pretty much official now. 3D is the next big thing in television. Once 1080p become "the norm," we wondered what the next logical step would be. Traditional cable companies can't readily deliver 4k content yet, so upping the resolution on existing sets doesn't make much sense. But with 3D content becoming more readily available...

Samsung To Also Produce Google TV-Based HDTVs Next Year

Samsung To Also Produce Google TV-Based HDTVs Next Year

As of today, Sony is the only company producing televisions with Google TV built right in. There's a Logitech Revue box for adding Google TV capabilities to existing television sets, but Sony is the only one out there making entire TVs based around Google TV. But they won't have that advantage for too long. While Sony's Google TV-based sets...

Hulu Plus Lowered To $7.99 Per Month, Now On Roku

Hulu Plus Lowered To $7.99 Per Month, Now On Roku

And just like that, paying for cable or satellite starts to look even less attractive. Hulu, which launched a Hulu Plus subscription service months back to bring users more and more content quicker to the air date, started that 'Plus' service at $9.99 per month. Not too bad considering what you get, but some people still thought it too high....

Stuxnet Discoveries Go Nuclear but Your PC Is Probably Safe

Stuxnet Discoveries Go Nuclear but Your PC Is Probably Safe

Security researchers at Symantec have uncovered details about the Stuxnet worm that indicate it was aimed at nuclear facilities in Iran. As the analysis of Stuxnet continues, the world's first worm for industrial systems clearly emerges one of the most complex malware programs ever devised. To that end, Symantec's rival, Trend Micro, has released...

Microsoft Sells 1 Million Kinect Units In Just 10 Days

Microsoft Sells 1 Million Kinect Units In Just 10 Days

A million. That's a lot. A whole lot when you consider just how crowded the gaming market it, and even more when you consider just how limited the Kinect is in terms of a buyer pool. The Kinect motion accessory requires a good deal of space in front of the television, and many gamers who are cramped in studio apartments don't even have the...

OCZ Technology Intros Vertex Plus And Colossus Plus SSDs

OCZ Technology Intros Vertex Plus And Colossus Plus SSDs

OCZ Technology and solid state drives just go together. Like peas in a pod, as they say. The company has been producing solid state drives for consumers as long as they've been popular (even amongst just the hardcore users), and now they're announcing a refresh to the Vertex and Colossus lines. Those two have been around for quite some time,...

Apple's iTunes Now Selling 'The Beatles' Albums

Apple's iTunes Now Selling 'The Beatles' Albums

Earlier in the week, Apple promised an announcement that the world would never forget. They probably shouldn't have said that, because by the end of this week, we suspect most people will have completely forgotten about this. There have been rumors over the years that Apple was considering a "subscription-based" iTunes plan similar to Microsoft's...

Denon Introduces A100 Limited A/V Line To Celebrate 100 Years

Denon Introduces A100 Limited A/V Line To Celebrate 100 Years

Denon has pretty high standards, and the products from the company are typically very high end, very expensive and very good. Very, very good. But even a company like Denon can take the time to make things better, and they can even take the time to celebrate when the occasion arrives. After 100 years of staying in business, we'd say there's...

HotHardware's "Name our Webcast" Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

HotHardware's "Name our Webcast" Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

After much deliberation and debate, we have picked the winner of our "Name our Webcast" Sweepstakes! The new title of our weekly podcast will be: "What The Tech"! Here's a complete breakdown of the grand prize, courtesy of HotHardware.com and our valuable sponsors! CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight Motherboard:...

Diablo III Could Be Coming To Consoles

Diablo III Could Be Coming To Consoles

Blizzard's size and success have allowed it to remain one of the only major developers still focused exclusively on the PC, but new job openings posted on the company's website could indicate a multi-platform future. The new opportunities are all related to Diablo III; Blizzard is looking for programmers, designers, and quest script authors....

Windows Phone 7 Allegedly Breaks MicroSD Cards

Windows Phone 7 Allegedly Breaks MicroSD Cards

Windows Phone 7 devices support additional storage via MicroSD but making use of that capability has become problematic. Users who attempt to re-use MicroSD cards they purchased for older phones are in for a nasty surprise. Insert a legacy MicroSD into a Samsung Focus, and the device may crash, slow considerably, or suffer data corruption....

Fermi Finds Its Way to the Mac via Nvidia Quadro

Fermi Finds Its Way to the Mac via Nvidia Quadro

Mac graphic gurus users rejoice -- Nvidia today announced the expansion of its Quadro professional videocard line to the Mac platform, finally giving Mac OS X Snow Leopard users access to the Fermi architecture. "Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, accelerated by NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, have redefined the non-linear editing...

LSI Launches Crazy Expensive "WarpDrive" SSD Card

LSI Launches Crazy Expensive "WarpDrive" SSD Card

Let's go ahead and deal with the 900-pound gorilla in the room. LSI's new WarpDrive SLP-300 acceleration card is freaking expensive, as in the thing costs $11,500. Yeah, it's like that. But it's also intended for a different kind of audience than your typical home enthusiast. This low-profile solid state storage card is aimed at companies...

Nuance Brings Predictive Touch Input To Your Living Room

Nuance Brings Predictive Touch Input To Your Living Room

Entering a word or phrase using a 9- or 12-key keypad on your phone can be cumbersome, which is why so many people like predictive text input options such as Nuance's XT9. Now, you can get the same benefits of XT9 that you enjoy on your phone in your living room. Nuance is bringing its XT9 predictive touch input to your living room by means...

ViewSonic Helps You Create And View 3D Content With New Products

ViewSonic Helps You Create And View 3D Content With New Products

ViewSonic is working to help you create, view, and share 3D and 2D content with the introduction of four new media devices including a camcorder, photo frame, camcorder projector, and digital photo copier. The new 3DV5 Pocket 3D HD Camcorder lets you capture 3D 720p HD and standard 2D videos. The 3DV5 comes with a pair of red/cyan glasses...

THQ Reveals uDraw GameTablet For Nintendo Wii

THQ Reveals uDraw GameTablet For Nintendo Wii

A Wacom tablet...for the Wii?! That's pretty much right, actually. Ever since Nintendo's Wii was launched, not too many wild and zany peripherals have come out that didn't incorporate the Wii remote in some way. For the most part, the Wii remote was as wild as it gets, so there's not a lot of extra room to innovate beyond that without using...

Warpia Easy Dock Pro Lets Any PC / Mac Stream 1080p Wirelessly

Warpia Easy Dock Pro Lets Any PC / Mac Stream 1080p Wirelessly

Warpia's not new to content streaming. In fact, they're one of the early ones to bring it to mass-market with a lower priced, USB-based solution. And now they're stepping it up a notch. With 1080p wireless streaming becoming the norm, Warpia is revealing a new and improved Easy Dock Pro. This multi-piece solution allows you to wirelessly connect...

Giorgio Armani's Name Lands On Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone

Giorgio Armani's Name Lands On Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone

Giorgio Armani is a respected name in a fashion. A hugely respected name, even. So what's his name doing on a cellphone? Actually, this isn't the first time such an occurrence has been spotted. Giorgio Armani has been used in conjunction with Samsung smartphones in years past, previously on a Windows Mobile phone. But now, it looks like the...

Acer Announces Ferrari-Branded Liquid Android Phone

Acer Announces Ferrari-Branded Liquid Android Phone

Well, Asus and Garmin may be parting ways, but there are still friendships to be made in the smartphone world. Acer and Ferrari (yes, that Ferrari!) have managed to come together in order to put forth a new smartphone model based around Google's Android OS, and just like the Ferrari-based notebooks that we have seen in the past, there's no...

AT&T Announces Galaxy Tab Ship Date: Nov. 21, $649 No Contract

AT&T Announces Galaxy Tab Ship Date: Nov. 21, $649 No Contract

AT&T has finally announced its pricing and launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Not only is the (still) exclusive carrier of the iPhone the last of the big 4 carriers to announce the info, it will be the last the launch the device. AT&T will ship the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Nov. 21st. The other carriers have all launched their devices...

Facebook Announces Messages: No Gmail Killer

Facebook Announces Messages: No Gmail Killer

As not expected, Facebook unveiled a messaging system on Monday, not an email system. While most have been positioning the system as a Gmail killer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was clear in saying that: “This is not an email-killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it.”In fact, it's not called Facebook...

AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview

AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview

Last week we brought you a detailed overview of AMD's first ever, fully integrated CPU-GPU combination born out of the company's "Fusion" technology initiative.  Dubbed the first ever APU or Accelerated Processing Unit, AMD's claimed goal is to offer a more balance and efficient low power platform for thin and light notebooks and netbooks. ...

Playcast Media Launches Unlimited Streaming Video Game Service

Playcast Media Launches Unlimited Streaming Video Game Service

Are streaming video games really the future? Sony's having enough trouble as-is convincing consumers that the PSPgo is a worthwhile purchase given that it cannot accept UMD titles, and InstantAction recently decided to give up and sell their own technology. But there's still some fight left in Playcast Media. The company has today announced...

Nvidia, Intel May Settle Case, But Chipsets Aren't Coming Back

Nvidia, Intel May Settle Case, But Chipsets Aren't Coming Back

There's two related Nvidia stories to cover as we kick off the week; both involve the company's future products and financial bottom line. First up, there's a persistent rumor that Intel and Nvidia are about to settle their own case rather than taking the dispute to a courtroom. The original dispute between the two companies was over whether...

Acer TimelineX Notebooks Use 3M Film To Improve Energy Efficiency

Acer TimelineX Notebooks Use 3M Film To Improve Energy Efficiency

3M’s Optical Systems Division is working with Acer to deliver a new line of energy-efficient notebooks. By utilizing 3M’s multi-layer optical films in its Aspire TimelineX series, Acer is able to offer a battery life of eight hours while still providing superior display performance and an ultra slim form factor. 3M’s optical...

Rahul Sood Resigning His Post At HP, Moving Onto Something New

Rahul Sood Resigning His Post At HP, Moving Onto Something New

We can't say we never saw it coming. Rahul Sood had withdrawn from the spotlight quite significantly in recent months, but it's still somewhat surprising. As of today, Rahul Sood is no longer planning to continue his role as the CTO of Global Gaming for Hewlett-Packard, a post he has held for some time following the acquisition of VoodooPC....

Creative Announces New Web Cams

Creative Announces New Web Cams

Creative announced the new Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 HD, Live! Cam Socialize HD AF, and Live! Cam Chat HD web cameras. The Live! Cam Socialize HD 1080 HD features a full HD sensor with 1080p resolution, an auto focus wide-angle glass lens, and built-in dual adaptive array microphones with noise cancellation. The Live! Cam Socialize HD AF...

Gaming Retailers Boiling over Steam's Expansion

Gaming Retailers Boiling over Steam's Expansion

Over the last few years, Valve's Steam service has become the go-to location for digital gaming. This transition has generally been viewed positively by PC gamers—mainstream gaming retailers, while scarcely thrilled, have devoted less and less space to PC titles as time has gone on. This positive trend is being bucked in the UK, where...

Super Talent Now Shipping 8GB DDR3 R-DIMM Modules

Super Talent Now Shipping 8GB DDR3 R-DIMM Modules

Enterprise clients take note -- Super Talent has begun shipping its new 8GB Registered-ECC DDR3 DRAM modules, otherwise known as R-DIMMs, to support low-voltage Intel Westmere platforms. These 8GB modules adhere to the JEDEC standard of 1.35V and 1333MHz with latencies of 9-9-9. "Going Green has always been associated with considerable trade-offs;...

Micro Center Announces Own Brand SandForce SSD for $100

Micro Center Announces Own Brand SandForce SSD for $100

Popular retailer Micro Center is laying claim to the world's first brick-and-mortar branded SandForce solid state drive (SSD), which is actually the company's second generation SSD. But unlike Micro Center's first batch, these latest drives come built around the venerable SandForce SF-1200 controller. And as far as SSDs go, pricing isn't all...

Jolicloud Introducing Their Own Netbook: Jolibook

Jolicloud Introducing Their Own Netbook: Jolibook

As far as we knew, Jolicloud was a software company. And they still are. But now, they're a hardware company too. Or at least they are partnering with a computer maker in order to make themselves seem like one! Either way, Jolicloud is doing the unthinkable soon: they'll be introducing a netbook of their own with their own Jolibook operating...

Tt eSports Presents New Azurues Optical Gaming Mouse

Tt eSports Presents New Azurues Optical Gaming Mouse

Another month, another new gaming mouse. In fact, it's getting hard to keep up with all of the options out there. There are dozens of choices from Razer, Microsoft and Logitech (among others), and now there's one from Tt eSports. This is a Taiwan-based company looking to make a move in a market already saturated, but as always, more competition...

AMD To Provide Technical Expertise In Joining MeeGo Crew

AMD To Provide Technical Expertise In Joining MeeGo Crew

There's a MeeGo Conference ongoing in Dublin, Ireland right now, and AMD is making some fairly big news there. As a little back-story, MeeGo is the realized result of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo, smashed together to become a powerhouse open-source OS. It's meant to work on smartphones and tablets, and designed to rival Windows 7, Android...

TuneIn Radio Arrives On Google TV

TuneIn Radio Arrives On Google TV

The Google TV craze is just now getting started, and while Google is battling with NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX to enable users to view content via Google TV devices, other companies seems more than eager to do business with the search giant. Many companies are optimizing their apps and websites for use on Google TV; it's a great way to get users...

Blue PlayStation 3 To Ship Alongside Gran Turismo 5 This Month

Blue PlayStation 3 To Ship Alongside Gran Turismo 5 This Month

Gran Turismo 5 seems like vaporware to many. It's a game that has been delayed countless times. So many times, that many are believing that Sony won't ever ship it. But with the holiday season coming up, it seems like Sony has finally got a place where GT5 can no longer be delayed, even if Sony wishes it could be. If this game hits one more...

Elgato EyeTV Netstream Sat Streams Freesat TV To Your Home Network

Elgato EyeTV Netstream Sat Streams Freesat TV To Your Home Network

While North American definitely gets a lot of things first, it's lagging behind when it comes to content distribution at home. Japan has Blu-ray burners everywhere for burning content that see on television, and the UK's Freesat can be easily transferred between devices. Who knows if that functionality will ever come to America, but if you're...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ PureOverclock Zotac IONITX-P-E: First CULV-embedded motherboard @ SilentPCReview Power: Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 @ TestFreaks Systems: Samsung NP-NF710-S02US Review @ TechReviewSource.com Jetway Mini-Top Atom Based Nettop...

AOL Announces Project Phoenix, a New Webmail Client

AOL Announces Project Phoenix, a New Webmail Client

On the eve of Facebook's rumored announcement of a Facebook Webmail product, AOL announced an attempt to rise its email product from the ashes of AOL'e email, which is seeing its user base rapidly decline: Project Phoenix. Project Phoenix can be accessed at phoenix.aol.com. It is invite only, at least for now. It's hard to see how a Webmail...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Super Overclock @ PureOverclock XFX HD 6850 Black Edition Review @ OCC HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Turbo Video Card @ Tweaktown XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Single Slot Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.com MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card Overclocked @ Tweaktown...

U.S. Broadband Still Proceeds at a Relative Snail's Pace

U.S. Broadband Still Proceeds at a Relative Snail's Pace

Broadband speed claims by ISPs are one thing, but it is real work results that are most significant. Thus, Royal Pingdom's report on the real-world state of the Internet, in terms of speed, drew our interest. Royal Pingdom used data from Akamai to come up with its results. The data is from Q2 2010 and represents averages speeds in the country....

Asus Unveils Motherboards Based On Next Gen Intel Chipsets

Asus Unveils Motherboards Based On Next Gen Intel Chipsets

Asus held a tech seminar over the weekend in which it discussed future product launches, new features, and its plans for the year 2011. We've got information on the four new motherboards Asus is launching to support Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge. Fans of Asus who are also interested in upgrading when Sandy Bridge drops, will find the below...

Which Phone Grills Fastest: iPhone 4, G2 Or Surround?

Which Phone Grills Fastest: iPhone 4, G2 Or Surround?

By now, you might have heard of "Will It Blend?" It's a clever idea that puts new gadgets into a blender to find out whether or not it will blend. To date, every portable gadget ends up blending (surprise!), but here's an even crazier twist on that idea: "Will It Grill?" EZGrill, a company that produces a quick-fix $10 instant grill, has put...

Netflix Coming To "Select" Android Handsets Next Year

Netflix Coming To "Select" Android Handsets Next Year

It's a little hard to believe, but there's still no Netflix support for Android. Netflix streaming has been supported via an iPhone app for months now, and Windows Phone 7 support was granted just as soon as the OS hit the market. But Android has been around for years, and still no Netflix app. So, what gives? Finally, Netflix is shedding...

The Cost & Savings Of Broadband

The Cost & Savings Of Broadband

Although many people will agree a broadband connection is valuable, a recent study tells us just how valuable it really is. The study, released by the broadband advocacy group Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), claims the value a broadband connection is about $7,700 per year. Compared to the expected cost of a broadband connection ($490),...

Lenovo LePad Android Slate Coming To America In 2011

Lenovo LePad Android Slate Coming To America In 2011

Recently, with the introduction of the Indamixx 2 and a few tablets from Eurotech, we're beginning to think that specialized tablets may be the next big thing. Apple's iPad has so badly dominated the standard tablet market already that some companies are taking a slightly different approach. Rather than taking on the iPad in a game that it's...

Lenovo Introduces 12.5" IdeaPad U260 Ultraportable

Lenovo Introduces 12.5" IdeaPad U260 Ultraportable

Well, the ultraportable market just got a lot more exciting. And a lot more varied. The IdeaPad U260 was just introduced by Lenovo, and it's said to be the world's first 12.5" ultraportable notebook. Basically, this provides a 16:9 widescreen aspect ration on a 12" (or so) display, making it more suitable for watching widescreen movies on...

Verbatim Plays Pogoplug With 4-Port USB MediaShare Mini NAS Unit

Verbatim Plays Pogoplug With 4-Port USB MediaShare Mini NAS Unit

When you think of NAS drives, you probably think of big, rectangular boxes that aren't much to look at. There's probably 2 or 4 bays in there for hard drives, a power port and an Ethernet jack. They're all pretty simple, and they're all pretty much the same. But this NAS drive is different. Majorly different. Verbatim's newest NAS drive isn't...

Here Comes the KIN again

Here Comes the KIN again

Verizon is going to be resurrecting the months-dead KIN One and KIN Two, it appears. Despite the fact that it seems like a truly silly decision, based on the (not even) lukewarm response to the phones, that's what a Verizon roadmap seems to show. First coming from PPCGeeks, it seemed somewhat questionable news, particularly since the...

Sony Dash Gains Hulu Plus Support

Sony Dash Gains Hulu Plus Support

And now, there's finally another reason to buy Sony's Dash. Previously, the Dash was a really niche device. It was a sophisticated bedside clock, and while the Chumby widgets provided a nice amount of information at a glance, the trouble is that few people stay by their bedside (awake) for very long. They're either hopping up and checking...

Doctors Prescribe Tetris For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Doctors Prescribe Tetris For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A new study from Oxford University shows playing Tetris a few hours after being exposed to trauma can help prevent flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you're wondering how playing a video game such as Tetris could actually help reduce flashbacks, researchers explain that participation in a visually oriented task such...

Eurotech Introduces HRC-4200 And HRC-3100 Rugged Handhelds

Eurotech Introduces HRC-4200 And HRC-3100 Rugged Handhelds

Windows CE 5.0 may not be the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet right now, but there's still a place for it on certain devices. Certain devices like Eurotech's new rugged family of handhelds. The HRC-4200 and the HRC-3100 are both running Windows CE 5.0 and are based on the low power PXA architecture, and both of them can...

Obama Administration Considering Enhanced Internet Privacy Laws

Obama Administration Considering Enhanced Internet Privacy Laws

It looks like Net Neutrality isn't the only thing on the mind of the Obama Administration. There's another issue that's gaining attention, and with Google growing, GPS becoming more mainstream and individual privacy rights being put into question, there may be a new government creation to handle it all. Recently, privacy crackdowns on Facebook...

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Users Only Game 60% Of The Time

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Users Only Game 60% Of The Time

Ever heard of Microsoft's Xbox 360? It's a gaming console, right? Well, maybe. Maybe not! The console definitely started out as a game console when it originally launched, offering up far superior graphics compared to the Nintendo Wii and catering to more hardcore gamers. But soon after came the external HD DVD drive, and while that was short...

HotHardware Video Podcast - November 12, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - November 12, 2010

In this latest episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast, Marco, Dave and Iyaz chat about AMD's upcoming low-power Zacate APU for netbooks and thin-and-light notebooks, NVIDIA's brand new flagship GeForce GTX 580 GPU, content blocking on GoogleTV from the major networks (and potential hacks and workarounds), and we also take a look back at...

Acer and Gateway Business Notebooks Get Splashtop

Acer and Gateway Business Notebooks Get Splashtop

Acer plans to use Splashtop's InstantView technology in its new ultraportable business class notebooks. InstantView is based on the Splashtop OS instant-on platform. Designed and customized by Acer, InstantView will provide business users with instant access to their laptops within seconds of pressing the power button. In this instant-on environment,...

Vail Resorts' new RF tracker is like Foursquare and Facebook on skis

Vail Resorts' new RF tracker is like Foursquare and Facebook on skis

If you plan to do some skiing in Powder Mecca this year, otherwise known as Colorado, check out Vail Resorts clever new use of on-mountain RF tracking technology dubbed "EpicMix." It turns an RF-enabled lift ticket into a combination of ski-run tracker and a homegrown version of Foursquare. It will also be available in Tahoe at Heavenly. Vail...

NYT to Launch e-book Bestseller LIsts

NYT to Launch e-book Bestseller LIsts

If you need any further validation that e-books have finally made it big, here it is. The New York Times plans to launch a bestseller list for e-books in early 2011. The New York Times bestseller lists are the gold standard for defining a book's success. The print version of the bestseller lists are divided into several categories. For e-books,...

Intel Puts Lower Priced SSDs in Your Christmas Stocking

Intel Puts Lower Priced SSDs in Your Christmas Stocking

It doesn't matter whether you landed on Santa's naughty or nice list this year, or if you even celebrate the holidays, not as far as Intel is concerned. Why? The world's largest chip maker just sent word that it lowered prices and introduced a new model of its SSD product line in time for the holiday buying season. "Every Christmas, consumers...

NEC Introduces 7" Android Tablet, But For Businesses

NEC Introduces 7" Android Tablet, But For Businesses

A tablet is a tablet, right? Well, except for when it's a LifeTouch tablet. For the most part, the tablets that have emerged in 2010 are all consumer-based units with a heavy emphasis on web browsing, media consumption and communications like video calling. We did see one tablet from Indamixx that catered to music creators, but outside of...

$3.5M in Restricted Stock: Google Keeps Employee From Jump to Facebook

$3.5M in Restricted Stock: Google Keeps Employee From Jump to Facebook

We know that Google has seen quite a brain drain, with many heading off to pre-IPO companies like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Although it was recently leaked that Google has given all of its employees a holiday bonus of $1,000 (taxes paid) and a 10 percent raise, that pales in comparison with this news. TechCrunch has confirmed that a...

Hasbro's My3D Device To Deliver 3D On iPhone And iPod Touch

Hasbro's My3D Device To Deliver 3D On iPhone And iPod Touch

What's next for 3D? It has taken over the cinema, the gaming world, the television world...what could possibly be next in 3D's crosshairs? What about mobile? In years past, there has been a few solutions for bringing a 3D effect to gaming handhelds, and recently, Nintendo has announced plans for a factory-built 3D handheld. But there are two...

MSI Launches FX603 Notebook

MSI Launches FX603 Notebook

As ambitious as the One Laptop Per Child initiative is, at the rate MSI churns out new notebook models, the company will have a unique offering for every man, woman, and minotaur on the planet. Fresh off the assembly line this time around is MSI's new FX603, a 15.6-inch notebook sheathed in the company's own anti-scratch, anti-smudged raised...

Survey: 75% Of Adults Have Gadgets, Most Hate Charging Them

Survey: 75% Of Adults Have Gadgets, Most Hate Charging Them

There are a few facts of life for Americans: life, death and taxes. Outside of those, here are a few more facts gathered by a new survey conducted on behalf of Duracell. The IPSOS poll found that Americans love gadgets and parents in particular have more electronic devices in their households than the general adult population, with 75% of...

Galaxy Tab Reportedly Landing at AT&T November 21st

Galaxy Tab Reportedly Landing at AT&T November 21st

It looks like everyone is set to join Samsung's Galaxy Tab party, including AT&T, the one-time exclusive carrier of Apple's iPad and still the only game in town when it comes to the iPhone. Bear in mind that nothing is yet official, but according to an AT&T training document that found its way to the Web, the wireless carrier plans...

Leaked: Google Nexus S From Samsung

Leaked: Google Nexus S From Samsung

Information about the Nexus S, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread-running Google phone from Samsung, has leaked. As the presumed sequel to the Nexus One (made by HTC), the Nexus S is said to have ties to T-Mobile, thanks to its AWS 3G radio. The smartphone is also reported to have a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a Hummingbird processor, 802.11 b/g/n,...

N-Control Avenger: It's Like Cheating For Black Ops, But Without Cheating

N-Control Avenger: It's Like Cheating For Black Ops, But Without Cheating

Call of Duty: Black Ops is easily the hottest game out right now, shattering sales records and likely being the true cause a bunch of "sick days" this week. And if you've already worn your existing Xbox 360 controller out in playing it, you'll be glad to know that iControl Enterprises has just unveiled a new device designed to work specifically...

Netflix Drops Akamai, Selects Level 3 For Streaming Provider

Netflix Drops Akamai, Selects Level 3 For Streaming Provider

It looks like it's all over between Netflix and Akamai. Like a bad breakup between a cute couple, it's just hard to watch fall apart. But there's nothing like a rebound, right? And that's what's happening. Akamai is a major streaming service that assists tons of companies with media distribution. But evidently the service isn't up to snuff...

Innergie Introduces mMini DC10 And mCube Slim USB Charging Solutions

Innergie Introduces mMini DC10 And mCube Slim USB Charging Solutions

If there's one thing we can't live without as gadget junkies, it's power. Regardless of whether it's solar or not, power is essential to keeping us connected, and these days, more and more devices are able to be charged via USB. We have seen lots of novel chargers come out in the past few years, but Innergie's latest two are definitely some...

IOGEAR Reveals Two New Keyboards For HTPC Use

IOGEAR Reveals Two New Keyboards For HTPC Use

It's something that we take for granted, but without it, there's no computing to speak of. It's the grand ole keyboard, and if you need a new one, IOGEAR has two new ones to choose from. The company has introduced today two new 2.4GHz wireless keyboards, complete with an optical trackball, scroll wheel and convenient hotkeys. The first is...

HTC Nexus One Solves Rubik's Cube In Just 12.5 Seconds

HTC Nexus One Solves Rubik's Cube In Just 12.5 Seconds

Are you smarter than your smartphone? And how "smart" is that "smart"phone, anyway? At the ARM Developer Conference in Silicon Valley this week, we found out. An HTC Nexus One smartphone was able to solve a Rubik's Cube in 12.5 seconds, which is probably far quicker than you ever could. No offense. It's possible that this was the fastest time...

HotHardware's "Name our Webcast" Sweepstakes - Win a Gaming Rig!

HotHardware's "Name our Webcast" Sweepstakes - Win a Gaming Rig!

It's that time again!  Time to give away another awesome gaming system, this time built by the man himself, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta.  If you're never seen the results of Marco's system configuration and cabling skills, you simply have not lived.  This time around, we're going to make it really easy on you.  As you know,...

ZOTAC Announces New ZBOX DVD Series

ZOTAC Announces New ZBOX DVD Series

ZOTAC introduced the new ZBOX DVD series mini-PCs which combine Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics with a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor. The new ZOTAC ZBOX DVD series is available in two models: the ID31 and ID31 Plus. The ZOTAC ZBOX DVD ID31 is a customizable mini-PC that lets you select and install the memory and hard drive while...

Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance

Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance

When the likes of WD or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing data. Useful? Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. You've got to admit that hard drives have gotten a bum rap. Granted, they're still the slowest part of the system, but HDD manufacturers deserve a bit more credit than they...

Microsoft Sells 40K Windows Phone 7 Handsets On Launch Day

Microsoft Sells 40K Windows Phone 7 Handsets On Launch Day

There's definitely stiff competition in the smartphone market today. Needless to say, Microsoft has a lot of barriers to overcome if it intends to regain market share with its smartphone OS. On Monday, Microsoft officially launched its Windows Phone 7 platform with nine handsets available through AT&T and T-Mobile.  According to TheStreet,...

Nintendo Tries to Trademark "It's On Like Donkey Kong" Phrase

Nintendo Tries to Trademark "It's On Like Donkey Kong" Phrase

File this one under "Oh yes they did!," because Nintendo has gone and tried to trademark the popular phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." The request was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently, and who knows if it will be granted or not. However, this isn't the first time Nintendo has tried to trademark a phrase associated...

Firefox 4 Beta 7 Now Available for Download

Firefox 4 Beta 7 Now Available for Download

Buckle up folks, Mozilla promises its latest Firefox 4 Beta will knock your socks off with much improved JavaScript performance and blazing fast graphics rendering. In regards to the former, Mozilla added the JagerMonkey just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler to Firefox 4 Beta 7, which along with the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey's...

Xi3's Compact Modular Computer: "The Last You'll Ever Need"

Xi3's Compact Modular Computer: "The Last You'll Ever Need"

CES 2011 is just around the corner, and that always means that innovative ideas will start to pop up as the show draws closer. Many show attendees have already submitted their products for CES 2011 design competitions, and it looks like one company that will definitely get a lot of attention there is Xi3. You probably haven't heard of this...

Google Knows How to Retain Employees, Or At Least Try (Updated)

Google Knows How to Retain Employees, Or At Least Try (Updated)

Updated: Google reportedly fired the leaker, within hours. A report by BI's Henry Blodget that Google is giving all employees a $1,000 bonus and a 10 percent raise has "sort of" been validated by Google. The original story, posted Tuesday night, said a "loyal reader" told BI that Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash "holiday bonuses"...

Motorola Mobility Sues Microsoft For Various Patent Infringments

Motorola Mobility Sues Microsoft For Various Patent Infringments

And the lawsuits keep flying. Lately, a lot of companies wrapped up in the creation of Android phones have been suing one another, suggesting that someone was stealing someone else's intellectual property. Now, Motorola is suing Microsoft, but it's actually not over Android. Or anything to do with the mobile realm at all, really. Motorola...

AT&T U-verse Mobile App Comes To Windows Phone 7

AT&T U-verse Mobile App Comes To Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 just launched in America this month, and already the app store is growing in impressive fashion. All of the regular apps are already onboard, but now a few "killer apps" are beginning to take shape. U-verse and Microsoft have retained a close relationship over the years, with Xbox integration already being a reality. But now,...

Kno To Ship Single And Dual-Screen Tablets By Year-End

Kno To Ship Single And Dual-Screen Tablets By Year-End

There are plenty of tablet options on the market, and plenty more coming. Part of that "coming" crowd is a company called Kno, which is designing tablets primarily for use in the education sector. Their tablets have largely been seen as too big to be used by regular consumers hoping to accomplish regular consumer tablet tasks, but a large...

TRENDnet Ships World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

TRENDnet Ships World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

Take a look at this USB dongle. Seen it before? You probably have, but from another company and for another purpose. Logitech's Unifying USB receiver looks a lot like this little guy, and it's possible that they actually use the same enclosure. But Logitech's unit is there to connect wireless peripherals to a PC. This one connects whatever...

Jabra Stone2: A Bluetooth Headset That Listens Closely

Jabra Stone2: A Bluetooth Headset That Listens Closely

Quick, what company has a Bluetooth headset named after a boulder? Jabra, of course! The accessory company has just revealed the second many rock-like headset today, with the Stone being called an improvement over the original. It's also offering a glossy finish, a voice command system that allows users to answer and place calls with their...

Boxee Box To Gain Hulu Plus And Netflix, New User Interface

Boxee Box To Gain Hulu Plus And Netflix, New User Interface

It's November 10th. Know what that means? It means that you're over Hump Day, and it also means that the Boxee Box is now shipping in North America. But the fun isn't stopping there. In an unusual move, Boxee has actually chosen the ship date of its Boxee Box launch to unveil a slew of new features that will definitely tempt you into buying...

Surprising Ways That Everyday Products Are Getting "Smarter"

Surprising Ways That Everyday Products Are Getting "Smarter"

When it comes to technology, “smart” is the new black: there are smart phones, smart cars, smart billboards, smart meters, smart grids, smart traffic lights. Everywhere you look, previously limited objects are getting hooked up with a microchip and some custom coding and becoming more interactive, more useful and sometimes more...

ElcomSoft's Internet Password Breakers Scares the Crap Out of Us

ElcomSoft's Internet Password Breakers Scares the Crap Out of Us

Listen up ladies and gents, if you aren't in the habit of changing up your passwords every once in awhile, consider doing so. Not only is it good practice in general, but as it turns out, your browser does a pretty piss-poor job of covering your tracks. Enter Russian software maker ElcomSoft, which just announced a password recovery tool called...

Carbonite Gives Android Users Access To Their Files

Carbonite Gives Android Users Access To Their Files

Carbonite is making it even easier for you to access your files through a smartphone with the beta release of Carbonite Access for the Android platform. This free new app lets Carbonite users share backed up files via email, Facebook, Picasa and many other Android-supported applications. The app also features an integrated photo viewer for...

AT&T Cuts BlackBerry Torch Price in Half

AT&T Cuts BlackBerry Torch Price in Half

Good news if you're an AT&T subscriber planning on picking up a BlackBerry Torch for the holidays. The wireless carrier has gone and cut the price of Research In Motion's Torch device by 50 percent, presumably to make room for three new phones built around Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Platform, according to reports. "It's a promotion for...

Helen Mirren Becomes Wii Fit's New Face

Helen Mirren Becomes Wii Fit's New Face

Nintendo has selected Helen Mirren to be a new face for Wii Fit. Mirren, after all, has shown that at the age of 65 she has a fabulous figure (even in a bikini, as shown at 63, two years ago). Of course, it's doubtful that Mirren has used the Wii Fit, Nintendo's motion-based fitness game, to keep that figure. Despite that, she garnered $800,000...

"Facebook Firing" Leads to NLRB Filing

"Facebook Firing" Leads to NLRB Filing

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on Facebook. The  NLRB filed the complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, an ambulance service.  AMR fired Dawnmarie Souza, an EMT, after accusing her of violating a company policy...

BlackBerry PlayBook To Be Competitively Priced

BlackBerry PlayBook To Be Competitively Priced

We've heard about RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook, but until now, we haven't known the price. In a recent interview, Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of Research in Motion said the company plans to price the BlackBerry PlayBook "competitively" and will offer a price tag that's under $500. RIM's 7-inch PlayBook tablet is set to arrive in the first quarter...

FLO TV Could Be Shut Down And Sold Off

FLO TV Could Be Shut Down And Sold Off

It's always sad to see a startup, or a good idea, go belly-up. But in this high-pace world of technological innovation, it happens more often than not. It's tough to gain traction in today's world, with one thing after another begging for consumer dollars. Such was the case with Qualcomm's FLO TV. It launched with a huge marketing push, and...

Bragadocious Seagate Boasts 1.5 Billion Hard Drives Shipped

Bragadocious Seagate Boasts 1.5 Billion Hard Drives Shipped

Mac Davis once sang about the difficulties of being humble, but Davis never shipped out 1.5 BILLION hard drives. Seagate has, reaching the milestone on October 20, 2010, and somehow managed to keep mum about it for nearly an entire month. But what's most impressive about the feat is Seagate skyrocketed to the 1.5 billion threshold just 2 and...

Symbian Foundation Moves To License Company, Hands Development To Nokia

Symbian Foundation Moves To License Company, Hands Development To Nokia

Here's a little confirmation to what's really going on between Symbian and Nokia. For years now, Nokia has largely been the only phone maker to even use the Symbian phone operating system platform. Sony Ericsson had a few phones use Symbian years back, but lately, it's been Nokia keeping them afloat. As fewer and fewer phone companies decided...

Duracell Debuts MyGrid USB Charging Solution

Duracell Debuts MyGrid USB Charging Solution

Wireless charging still has some ways to go before it's truly useful across a broad spectrum of devices. Right now, wireless charging is usually limited to a small pad for charging up phones, and even then you need an accessory case to make the phone compatible. Until wireless charging modules are actually built into phones (the Palm Touchstone...

Verizon Picks Up Samsung's Dual-Hinge Zeal Messaging Phone

Verizon Picks Up Samsung's Dual-Hinge Zeal Messaging Phone

If you thought Verizon's assortment of phones were boring, or even subpar, think again. Within the past 48 hours America's largest wireless carrier has introduced two new phones that are truly unlike anything else out there. The Samsung Continuum actually has a dedicated ticker screen at the bottom of the face, and now there's the Samsung...

Sylvania Introduces $179.99 7" Android Tablet

Sylvania Introduces $179.99 7" Android Tablet

You tablet choices are more plentiful than ever before these days. You've got the iPad (of course), Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and a host of other options from all sorts of companies. And not all tablets are $499+. This Sylvania 7" Tablet just recently hit the Kmart website, promising to attract lots of eyes from those who want a tablet, but don't...

AMD Announces Brazos Shipments, Sheds Light On 2012 Roadmaps

AMD Announces Brazos Shipments, Sheds Light On 2012 Roadmaps

Today was AMD's Analyst Day and the CPU manufacturer was anxious to show its execution triumphs and discuss future plans through 2011. One of the most important announcements concerns AMD's Brazos platform, which will debut running both Ontario and Zecate processors. As of today, the first Brazos shipments have begun, with products on store...

LaCie Combines Speed With Design In New External Drive

LaCie Combines Speed With Design In New External Drive

LaCie announced a major update to its line of hard drives with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. With the announcement, LaCie is combining the speed of USB 3.0 with the design of Philippe Starck. The drive is encased in 2mm of sturdy aluminum, making it resistant to the everyday bumps of life and improving the heat dissipation. The LaCie Starck...

Verbatim Announces Paperclip-like Flash Drive

Verbatim Announces Paperclip-like Flash Drive

Verbatim introduced the new Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive. This ultra-lightweight flash drive features a clip-on design and a very small size. The drive offers 4GB of storage and can be snapped onto a document similarly to a paperclip. The Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive comes in pink, green, blue, orange and black....

TSA Bans Ink/Toner Cartridges From Airline Passengers; Wi-Fi Future Uncertain

TSA Bans Ink/Toner Cartridges From Airline Passengers; Wi-Fi Future Uncertain

In the wake of the pair of thwarted bombings by Al Qaeda last month, the TSA has announced additional restrictions and guidelines for passengers traveling both within the United States and internationally. In additional to logical and prudent steps, such as banning packages from Somalia and Yemen (temporarily) and additional screening for...

Marvell Flexes Quad-Core ARM Muscle for Servers

Marvell Flexes Quad-Core ARM Muscle for Servers

Marvell this week announced a new quad-core ARM processor intended for servers as part of its ARMADA XP platform. It's the fastest ARM chip on the planet for enterprise class applications and could be just the thing ARM needs to steal some market share away from AMD in the server sector. The ARMADA XP processor comes clocked at 1.6GHz per...

Hughes Gets Serious about Broadband Satellite

Hughes Gets Serious about Broadband Satellite

You don't find many people clamoring for satellite broadband service, which is typically reserved for those living in the boonies or any other locale where cable and/or DSL aren't options. That's because broadband satellite service pretty much sucks. The cheapest tier HughesNet offers runs $60/month, and all that gets you is 1Mbps downstream...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: NVIDIA's New Flagship Tested And Burned In

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: NVIDIA's New Flagship Tested And Burned In

Even before NVIDIA's GF100 GPU-based GeForce GTX 480 officially arrived, a myriad of reports and rumors swirled claiming the cards would be hot, loud, and consume a lot of power.  Of course, NVIDIA knew that well before the first card ever hit store shelves, so the company got to work on a revision of the GPU and card itself that would...

Loopt Brings Social Networking App To Windows Phone 7

Loopt Brings Social Networking App To Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 devices began to hit retail stores in America this week, and we suspect that the flood of applications will follow shortly. Just as the Apple App Store and Android Market blossomed shortly after phones began to fall into the hands of end-users, the Windows Phone 7 app store should also begin to grow in due time. But there's...

New PlayStation Bluetooth Headset Also Works With Cellphones

New PlayStation Bluetooth Headset Also Works With Cellphones

With the introduction of the PlayStation Move, people are cutting even more cords on their PlayStation 3 console. So why not cut another? If you're an avid multiplayer gamer, and you like to chat with your team members while in the heat of the battle, it's somewhat of a hassle to have wired headsets following you as you dodge missiles and...

Hackers Attacking Networks' Ban On Google TV

Hackers Attacking Networks' Ban On Google TV

Most of the major television networks—CBS, ABC, and NBC, as well as Hulu.com—have blocked Google TV's from accessing their online offerings, on the grounds that allowing users to watch videos at CBS.com damages the website's ability to earn revenue. The networks' stance almost guarantees that the question of what is and isn't blockable...

Pocket eDGe Is Half E-Reader, Half Tablet

Pocket eDGe Is Half E-Reader, Half Tablet

enTourage Systems. Heard that name? They were early to the whole "tablet party" that has emerged in 2010, and they remain a company with a truly unique product in the midst of numerous efforts that simply look just like each other. The Dualbook already made a splash in the industry, but as with most any "portable" device these days, smaller...

Microsoft's First Windows Phone 7 Devices On Sale Now

Microsoft's First Windows Phone 7 Devices On Sale Now

This week, a new mobile OS launches in the U.S. market. It's a competitive field already, with Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS fighting for position in the smartphone arena. But Microsoft once dominated here with Windows Mobile, and they aren't planning on giving up without a fight. Windows Phone 7 is an entirely new approach for the company,...

Isabella Introduces 7" Connected Children's Tablet For Education: Fable

Isabella Introduces 7" Connected Children's Tablet For Education: Fable

We feel like we're repeating ourselves at this point, but 2010 is the tablet's year. It's been a huge year for tablet PCs, and they're bound to get even bigger in 2011. A whole heap of them should ship within the next 12 months with Android and Windows 7 onboard, but another interesting niche that we're seeing grow is the specialized tablet....

Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Coming Soon To Nexus One?

Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" Coming Soon To Nexus One?

Earlier this year, we reviewed Google's Android 2.2, code name "Froyo." We felt that it was the best Android build by far, and it was a version that could definitely compete with the other great mobile operating systems out there. Since then, avid Google users have been wondering what Android 2.3 would bring to the table, and when it would...

AMD's Low Power Fusion Zacate APU Hands-On

AMD's Low Power Fusion Zacate APU Hands-On

Fusion has been a long time coming for AMD but it looks as if they may well have chosen the perfect entry point to release their first generation APU from the starting block.  The market is currently in what seems like a complete frenzy for anything to do with ultra-portable computing, from ultra thin and light notebooks, to netbooks...

Google Chrome Puts Free In-flight Wi-fi Under the Christmas Tree

Google Chrome Puts Free In-flight Wi-fi Under the Christmas Tree

In 2009, Google sponsored free wi-fi at 47 U.S. airports for the holidays. This year, Google is going further, sponsoring free in-flight wi-fi on certain carriers. Google has teamed up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to offer free Gogo in-flight wi-fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. Specifically,...

Samsung Continuum Dual-Display Smartphone Comes To Verizon

Samsung Continuum Dual-Display Smartphone Comes To Verizon

It's hard to build a smartphone these days that truly stands out. Every so often, you'll see a new phone with a really strange design, but in most cases, things remain generally safe. That's largely because applications are designed to work with a specific screen size and a specific resolution (and aspect ratio), so straying too far from the...

Oakley Focuses On 3D

Oakley Focuses On 3D

Oakley is hopping on board the 3D bandwagon with the introduction of the "world's first" optically correct 3D glasses. The OAKLEY 3D GASCAN glasses use the company's HDO-3D technologies to eliminate ghosting between images that reach each eye from one moment to the next. The curvature of the Oakley 3D lenses also works to minimize distractive...

AMD To Demo Bulldozer At Investor Conference

AMD To Demo Bulldozer At Investor Conference

AMD's 2H Investor Day is tomorrow and rumors whisper that the company will display Bulldozer performance for the first time ever. In the past, AMD has often used Analyst Days to demonstrate upcoming products or to at least discuss them in more detail than it's done previously. If Bulldozer does make an appearance tomorrow it'll have a lot...

Toshiba Adds High Performance Blade-Type SSD Drives

Toshiba Adds High Performance Blade-Type SSD Drives

Toshiba announced the Blade X-gale SSD series of high capacity, high performance solid-state storage drives. These new drives come in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. They tout a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.  The drives have a small footprint and are 2.2mm thick, making...

Sony's Reader Daily Edition On Sale Now With Wi-Fi And 3G

Sony's Reader Daily Edition On Sale Now With Wi-Fi And 3G

Just as Hanvon introduced a new color E-Reader today, Sony is telling the world that they can now purchase another standard monochrome version. The Sony Reader Daily Edition is now on sale in-stores and online, and this is arguably Sony's most notable entrant into the competitive field. The Reader Daily Edition is equipped with both Wi-Fi...

Time Warner Cable's Look Back Features: It's Okay To Forget A Show Now

Time Warner Cable's Look Back Features: It's Okay To Forget A Show Now

Have you recently missed a show on television, and now have no real way to go back and watch it? It probably happens to the best of us, and until now, your only real option was to try and find it online via the distributor's website. But now, for many Time Warner Cable subscribers, there's a new option. TWC is today launching Look Back across...

HIS Launches Fastest Clocked HD 6870 Yet

HIS Launches Fastest Clocked HD 6870 Yet

Overclocked videocards are nothing new, but when you're the fastest on the block, you've earned the right to brag a little bit. And though HIS Digital isn't thumping its chest or making any "world's fastest" claims, the company's new 6870 TURBO graphics card is the fastest clocked HD 6870 we've spotted yet. The TURBO edition comes clocked...

Motorola DROID Pro On Sale At Verizon On Nov. 18 For $180

Motorola DROID Pro On Sale At Verizon On Nov. 18 For $180

Motorola's newest smartphone is now available to preorder at Verizon Wireless. The DROID Pro is an interesting mix of BlackBerry (the lower keyboard) and Android, and many have said that this is the Android phone that many RIM users have been waiting for. It has the same general look and feel of a typical BlackBerry phone, but uses Android...

Kingston Expands New V100 Series SSDs to Mainstream Market

Kingston Expands New V100 Series SSDs to Mainstream Market

Last week Kingston announced its new SSDNow V+100 Series SSDs for the enterprise market, and it didn't take long for the memory maker to release a version for everyone else. Taking aim at mainstream consumers, Kingston today unveiled its SSDNow V100, the latest addition to the company's existing V Series. Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB...

OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer PCIe SSD Performance, Tested and Burned In

OCZ RevoDrive X2 Review: Killer PCIe SSD Performance, Tested and Burned In

When we looked at the first gen RevoDrive back in August, the thin slab of Flash NAND memory and dual SandForce SSD controllers impressed us and served up performance well ahead of traditional SATA SSDs with a price premium in the 30% range (about $3.07 per GB) versus SATA SSDs.  With the RevoDrive X2, OCZ is double-stacking their product...

RockMelt Web Browser Puts Social Networking First

RockMelt Web Browser Puts Social Networking First

Does the world need another Web browser on the desktop? That remains up in the air and up for debate, but if you're RockMelt, you clearly think that there's not enough competition yet. This company has just introduced a brand new browser into a market already dominated by Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Opera. So, why do this? Because their...

Hanvon To Introduce 10" E-Reader With Color E Ink Display

Hanvon To Introduce 10" E-Reader With Color E Ink Display

E-readers have been around some time, and that market has had a long while to mature. In fact, many e-reader companies are now ditching the original E Ink e-paper that is still used on the Kindle in order to use an LCD. Why? Color and fast-motion video. Consumers are demanding more from their portable devices these days, and when units like...

Asus 12.1" Eee PC Seashell 1215T On Sale With AMD Neo CPU

Asus 12.1" Eee PC Seashell 1215T On Sale With AMD Neo CPU

If there's one thing that's a certainty in the consumer electronics universe, it's that Asus is probably working on another Eee PC. The company seems to pop these out at a stunning rate, giving consumers loads of choice when it comes time to buy a netbook. The newest of the bunch is another member of the Seashell lineup, the Eee PC 1215T....

Indamixx 2 Music Tablet Goes With MeeGo, Atom CPU

Indamixx 2 Music Tablet Goes With MeeGo, Atom CPU

There's no question that tablet PCs are the hottest consumer electronics device of 2010. No one single product category has seen more growth and hype surround it this year, and it really all started with Apple's launch of the iPad. But since then, companies have come out of the woodwork in order to get a piece of the pie. Only time will tell...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor HD5770 Crossfire Review @ OCC MSI R6870 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews HIS Radeon 6850 1GB @ Viperlair Inno3d nVidia GT 430 Graphics card Review @ XtremeComputing Power: Funky Kit Review: Arctic Cooling C1 Mobile portable power pack Systems: Zotac's Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop @ The Tech Report Cases, Cooling & Misc.:...

Here's a NUDge: National Unfriend Day

Here's a NUDge: National Unfriend Day

Have you ever been approached by some higher-up at work to be their "Friend" on Facebook? If so, you might have accepted their Friend request out of respect / fear. Jimmy Kimmel has called for a National Unfriend Day (NUD) to get rid of these faux friends. Jimmy Kimmel used the Wednesday’s episode of his "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show to declare...

Video Appears to Show Kinect Hacked Already

Video Appears to Show Kinect Hacked Already

Only a few days after the public release of Kinect, the Xbox 360 add-on has already been hacked. It just goes to show that the hacking community can do just about anything when it puts its mind to it (Apple already knows this). In this case the impetus for hacking comes as a $2,000 bounty offered by New York-based Adafruit Industries. Adafruit...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 @ Benchmark Reviews PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1 GB @ techPowerUp VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 Review @ Neoseeker Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane ASUS Rampage III Formula – Less Bling, Same Sting @ TechReaction Processors: AMD Phenom II X6 1075T & X4 970BE...

Garmin's Nuvi 1690 Appears In 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara And SX4

Garmin's Nuvi 1690 Appears In 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara And SX4

Times are changing. It's an old adage, but it's true. Factory navigation systems in vehicles have been expensive and subpar for years now, with cheaper standalone navigation devices often being superior in nearly every way. But factory dash integration has its perks, and for years we have wondered why the two couldn't be combined. But as Garmin's...

Patriot Memory Expands Viper Xtreme DDR3 Series

Patriot Memory Expands Viper Xtreme DDR3 Series

Patriot Memory added new densities, speeds, and triple-channel kits to its Viper Xtreme series of DDR3 memory solutions. There are now new Sector 7 (tri-channel) kits that come in 12GB and 6GB capacities with speeds of 2000MHz and 1600MHz. The company is also offering new Sector 5 (dual-channel) kits in 8GB and 4GB capacities with 1600MHz...

Rocketfish Debuts 4-Port WirelessHD HDMI Kit And Wireless Headphones

Rocketfish Debuts 4-Port WirelessHD HDMI Kit And Wireless Headphones

Best Buy's in the home theater business? They sure are. The company has been for some time, too, with their Insignia line offering low-cost HDTVs to buyers on a budget. But another in-house brand has been gaining steam as well, with Rocketfish providing numerous home theater solutions for people looking for ways to make their existing speakers...

iKlip iPad Microphone Stand Could Kill Sheet Music

iKlip iPad Microphone Stand Could Kill Sheet Music

If there's a need, someone will solve it. Apple's iPad has created an entirely new realm of accessories, wild ones that never existed before this tablet came to market. The iKlip is a perfect example of this. It's a device used for connecting your iPad to a microphone stand. Who would've ever thought that a tablet could be used to display...

Microsoft Kinect Goes On Sale In North America

Microsoft Kinect Goes On Sale In North America

Kinect. It's here! Sales of Microsoft's own motion sensing gaming accessory for their Xbox 360 went on sale this week in North America, offering 360 owners the chance to control select titles with just the movements of their body. Microsoft is hoping that this approach will be more appealing than the approach taken by Nintendo and Sony, both...

Apple Introduces Mac Pro Server Workstation

Apple Introduces Mac Pro Server Workstation

Wow, a new Mac computer without any fanfare from Apple? That's odd. But this whole situation is an unusual one. Let's start with the departed. Apple has offered a rack-mount Xserve Mac OS X server system for a handful of years now, but they have always felt like an oddball. Apple's not really in the enterprise business, and it was one of just...

Hulu Plus Now Invite-Free On PS3, BRAVIA HDTV

Hulu Plus Now Invite-Free On PS3, BRAVIA HDTV

There's hardly anything better than "free." But "free access for all" might just sound even better, especially if you're a PlayStation 3 who has been waiting for Hulu Plus access. Up until now, having access to Hulu Plus on your PS3 required an invite, so you had to be a member of PlayStation Plus. Members of the free PlayStation Network were...

MetroPCS Launches LTE Service In Los Angeles and Philadelphia

MetroPCS Launches LTE Service In Los Angeles and Philadelphia

4G is spreading, and spreading faster than anyone could have imagined just a year ago. And now that T-Mobile is in the game with their "4G" HSPA+ services, it's looking like 3G is just a thing of the past. Of course, 3G will in fact be a dominant mobile technology for years to come, but the more areas blanketed with 4G, the better. MetroPCS,...

Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Slate / Netbook Teased On Video

Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Slate / Netbook Teased On Video

If you pay close attention to the laptop world, you may remember a product from last year called the Lenovo U1 Hybrid. It was a convertible tablet two-in-one device from Lenovo, showcased primarily at CES. But the showcasing ended there. The product has since hit a wall and will likely never reach mass production, much to the dismay of tech...

Calvin Klein Has Their Own 3D Sunshades: Really!

Calvin Klein Has Their Own 3D Sunshades: Really!

And if you had any lingering doubts that the 3D push was in full effect, let those doubts be banished. You know things are getting a little crazy when a fashion icon like Calvin Klein actually takes time to produce a set of 3D shades and market them in the company's line. Klein's fashion brand is known worldwide, and there's a good chance...

Time Warner To Offer Premium VOD Service

Time Warner To Offer Premium VOD Service

How much will you pay for instant gratification? Time Warner is hoping you'll pay $30 to $50 for the privilege of watching a new movie from home just days or weeks after it makes its debut in theaters. Big Hollywood studios and pay-TV carriers have been considering the idea of premium on-demand offerings for some time. Now, Time Warner is...

TRENDnet Reveals 2.5" and 3.5" USB 3.0 HDD Enclosures

TRENDnet Reveals 2.5" and 3.5" USB 3.0 HDD Enclosures

If you have a bunch of old hard drives laying around, collecting dust, there's a good use for them that you may have not considered. TRENDnet has just introduced a new batch of 5Gbps USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures, which means that your old hard drives have now been given a new lease on life as lightning fast external drives. Both 3.5" and...

iBuyPower Offers Stylish, Painted LAN Warrior II Gaming Rigs

iBuyPower Offers Stylish, Painted LAN Warrior II Gaming Rigs

If there's one company that loves customizations in the gaming PC business, it's iBuyPower. These guys are usually first out of the gate with offering new gear from CPU and GPU suppliers, and now they're staying at the front of the field with newly painted LAN Warrior II models. The LAN Warrior II is one of the more popular gaming enclosures...

Gigabyte Teases 6-Series Motherboard Family To Support Intel Sandy Bridge

Gigabyte Teases 6-Series Motherboard Family To Support Intel Sandy Bridge

Who loves a sneak peek? More like who doesn't love a sneak peek, right? Gigabyte has just forwarded us details surrounding their upcoming 6-Series Motherboards that will support the new second-generation Intel Core processors. You may know them better as "Sandy Bridge." We're expecting Intel to get serious with Sandy Bridge next year, with...

Chevy Camaro Themed PC Turns Us On

Chevy Camaro Themed PC Turns Us On

Fast and sexy. Those two adjectives describe how we like our PCs, which might explain why this hobby is often compared to cars. After all, a finely tuned rig that runs laps around the competition could just as easily describe our overclocked six-core machine with multiple GPUs as it could our hotrod sitting out in the garage. Chevy seems to...

Overclocking the Brain's Math Skills With Electricity

Overclocking the Brain's Math Skills With Electricity

Electroshock therapy is definitely not something most people want, but a little zap might help you with your SAT scores, according to a new study. The study, done by esearchers at Britain's Oxford University, showed that treatment with a low electric current could enhance math score, up to as much as six months. In the study, 15 student volunteers...

Planar Announces 3D Vision Ready SA2311W Monitor

Planar Announces 3D Vision Ready SA2311W Monitor

Need more proof that the 3D revolution has officially begun? You got it. Planar just announced a 23-inch 3D Vision Ready monitor for mass consumption, the SA2311W. Keep in mind that Planar doesn't often put a lot of focus on the general consumer side, though the company felt compelled enough by the current 3D landscape to try and cash in on...

HotHardware Video Podcast - November 5, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - November 5, 2010

We are back again for the latest episode of the weekly HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week’s episode Dave, Iyaz and Marco give you all a sneak peek of OCZ Technology's upcoming RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, and they talk about choosing the best mid-range graphics card, Logitech's solar-powered wireless keyboard, and the Microsoft...

MSI Jumps on the 3D Bandwagon with CX620 Laptop

MSI Jumps on the 3D Bandwagon with CX620 Laptop

Buying into the 3D hype yet? MSI hopes so, which just announced its CX620 3D laptop with a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit screen. As with just about every current 3D device, you'll need to don a pair of special glasses to see all those effects Avatar made popular. And if you've ever wondered what all your 2D photos would look like with a third dimension...

Hulu Plus Enters Public Beta Phase

Hulu Plus Enters Public Beta Phase

Hulu Plus has opened to all, according to a Thursday morning blog post on Hulu's website. Until now, anyone interested in Hulu's pay service had to have an invitation. In addition, Hulu announced the availability of Hulu Plus on Sony BRAVIA 2010 TVs. They added that the service will be expanding to other BRAVIA devices in the (near) future....

Google Instant Goes Mobile for Android, iOS

Google Instant Goes Mobile for Android, iOS

Google Instant is being rolled out to Android and iPhone users, in beta form. Earlier, Google had enabled the new "streaming search" functionality on a few selected Android devices (Droid X, Droid Incredible, Droid) earlier. Now Google has apparently approved it Android and iOS-wide. Google's Instant search changes search results as you type....

88 critical bugs found in Android

88 critical bugs found in Android

If you're using applications on your Android phone to store or transmit sensitive data (like your bank account), you might want to rethink that. A recent analysis of Android as implemented in HTC's Droid Incredible discovered 359 bugs of which 88 are considered critical. These include memory corruption, resource and memory leaks, and uninitialized...

FTC Allows Intel's Oak Trail To Ship Sans PCIe

FTC Allows Intel's Oak Trail To Ship Sans PCIe

When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled their investigation of Intel, one of the stipulations of the agreement was that Intel would continue to support the PCI Express standard for the next six years. Intel agreed to all the FTC's demands (without actually admitting that it did anything wrong), but Intel's upcoming Oak Trail Atom platform...

LaCie Brings USB 3.0 Support To The Mac

LaCie Brings USB 3.0 Support To The Mac

USB 3.0 has been out for awhile now. Loads of notebooks and desktops are shipping each day with USB 3.0 support, and while we still wish that each and every PC would make the jump to 3.0, at least progress is being made. But there's one qualifier there: the only USB 3.0 machines shipping are Windows-based PCs. In other words, no Mac is supporting...

Onkyo Introduces Two A/V Sound Systems, One With iPod Support

Onkyo Introduces Two A/V Sound Systems, One With iPod Support

A little old, a little new. Mix them together and you get Onkyo's newest. The Onkyo CS-V645 DVD/CD Mini AV system has a touch of retro style, but it supports one of the newest media players. By glancing at it, you may expect this unit to play back cassettes or records, but no, it's an iPod sound system. Designed to work in close quarters (dorm...

Jawbone Introduces Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker And Speakerphone

Jawbone Introduces Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker And Speakerphone

Well, it looks like another major company is branching out to become even more major. Jawbone is a company most closely linked to Bluetooth headsets. Their "Icon" line of headsets have generally set the standard for fashion and style for BT headsets, but now that's now all that they're interested in. The company has just introduced an entirely...

Skype For Mac 5.0 Beta Now Available, Brings Group Video Calling

Skype For Mac 5.0 Beta Now Available, Brings Group Video Calling

Mac users, you aren't being snubbed any longer. Today, Skype for Mac has been revealed in Beta, bringing the same features that version 5.0 already delivered on the PC side to OS X users. The new Skype 5.0 for Mac introduces a revised user interface, and as Skype says, a "more Mac-like experience." For example, the Skype app has been brought...

Tesla Motors Sees $30 Million Investment From Battery Maker Panasonic

Tesla Motors Sees $30 Million Investment From Battery Maker Panasonic

These days, getting funding for a project is rather difficult. A lot more difficult than it once was, that's for sure. But it's pretty clear that Panasonic believes in what Tesla is going after, as they have just set aside $30 million to invest in Tesla. The two companies already have an existing relationship, and it definitely just became...

New HotHardware Feature: Reader Voting System

New HotHardware Feature: Reader Voting System

It is Election Day here in the U.S. And we want to take a minute to direct some attention to a new, and very fitting, feature we’ve just rolled out here on HotHardware—a reader voting system. As regular readers may have noticed these past few years, we’ve been making a concerted effort to better engage with our audience...

Apple TV Wireless HD Media Streamer Review

Apple TV Wireless HD Media Streamer Review

In early September, Steve Jobs took to the stage and unveiled the new-and-improved Apple TV. What was once considered a “hobby” device was reworked, streamlined, made more affordable, and aimed squarely at the masses. It enters an increasingly crowded market of devices that offer near-instant access to libraries of recent movies...

Microsoft: "Kinect CPU Usage Down to Single Digits."

Microsoft: "Kinect CPU Usage Down to Single Digits."

Microsoft's Kinect (formerly Project Natal) motion control system launches today into a market that's just recently seen the debut of the PlayStation Move. Prior to now, there's been some discussion of whether or not the XBox 360's CPU could handle both Kinect and the demands of modern games; CPU usage in Kinect-capable software was claimed...

UniBrows Add-On Combines Old School (IE6) with New School (IE8)

UniBrows Add-On Combines Old School (IE6) with New School (IE8)

Most of you probably have no desire to turn back the clock and get your Web surfing groove on with IE6, but consider all those enterprise users who developed apps to work with Microsoft's non-standard browser. The sad reality is Microsoft essentially broke the Web, leaving scores of business users with the unenviable prospect of coding new...

Samsung And AT&T Deliver Samsung Focus And Solstice II Phones

Samsung And AT&T Deliver Samsung Focus And Solstice II Phones

Samsung Mobile and AT&T announced the Samsung Focus and the Solstice II. The Focus is a smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 7. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, multiple messaging options and a 5.0 megapixel camera. It will be available on November 8 for $199.99. The Solstice II is a quick messaging device with a 3-inch touchscreen....

DRAM Market in a Sorry State

DRAM Market in a Sorry State

Show of hands, how many of you can remember paying $200, $300, and even $400 for high-end DDR1 kits back in the day? We get a little green under the gills just thinking about it, and those of you new to the game should thank your lucky stars that you entered this hobby at a time when the DRAM has hit rock bottom. Or has it? Look around online...

At Capital One, Different Browsers = Different Interest Rates

At Capital One, Different Browsers = Different Interest Rates

This news story comes straight from the "We couldn't make this up" file. It's a well known fact that banks offer different interest rates to different customers depending on the applicant's credit history, credit rating, and annual income. Somewhere along the line, one's choice of browser was apparently slipped into the mix. Would-be borrowers...

Sony Announces Next Generation Blu-ray Drives

Sony Announces Next Generation Blu-ray Drives

Sony introduced the next generation of its internal Blu-ray Disc rewritable drives. The new drives are capable of writing single BD-R media at up to 12X and dual layer BD-R media at up to 8X speeds. Sony's BWU-500S model comes with CyberLink’s Media Suite 8 software and one 25GB Sony BD-R blank disc. In addition to recording to BD-R...

Panasonic Introduces Latest Micro Four Thirds Camera: Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Introduces Latest Micro Four Thirds Camera: Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic's DMC-GF1 has easily been one of the company's most highly touted cameras, and one of the most popular interchangeable lens units altogether. But the GF1 has started to show its age somewhat with this newer era of Micro Four Thirds, and the competition is getting heated. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Panasonic has today unveiling...

Toshiba Reveals 10.1" Folio 100 Android Tablet

Toshiba Reveals 10.1" Folio 100 Android Tablet

Could it be? Another tablet? Of course, it's the year of the tablet! The next in line to pump out their best anti-iPad effort is Toshiba, with the Folio 100 actually being one of the slicker units that we have seen recently. This is another Android-based tablet, presumably to go head-to-head with Samsung's Galaxy Tab. For now, it's only shipping...

Jack PC Puts A Thin Client Into Your Wall Socket

Jack PC Puts A Thin Client Into Your Wall Socket

Have you ever wished you could hook up your PC in one room, and then use it in another? You can definitely do this if you own a laptop, but here's a better solution for desktop owners: the Jack PC. The Jack PC EFI 7900 is really just a thin client PC at heart, but it's bottled up into a small shell that's suitable for mounting in your wall....

Intel To Rent 22nm Production To FPGA Manufacturer

Intel To Rent 22nm Production To FPGA Manufacturer

Intel made headlines earlier this week when the company announced it would be selling foundry space to FPGA designer/manufacturer Achronix. This isn't the sort of strategic move we normally we see from Intel; the manufacturing giant has been able to avoid licensing its production capacity to other companies in order to meet costs. The Achronix...

Amazon's Disc+ On Demand Program Expands To Over 10000 Titles

Amazon's Disc+ On Demand Program Expands To Over 10000 Titles

Now this is an idea worth acting upon. Amazon's Disc+ On Demand program has just been expanded, which hopefully makes it large enough to make a serious impact on the industry. If you haven't heard of the program before, it's probably because it's small. Basically, it enables customers to instantly watch movies on Amazon Video On Demand that...

HP Brings Instant-On To Enterprise And Business

HP Brings Instant-On To Enterprise And Business

It may not sound like anything very significant, but to anyone who has ever used an enterprise machine, it is. Generally, company issued notebooks are slow to load and slow to awake from sleep. Much of that has to do with the loads of corporate security programs that have to load in the taskbar before your machine becomes useful, but hearing...

Qik Video Chat Embedded On T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Android Phone

Qik Video Chat Embedded On T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Android Phone

T-Mobile USA is really blowing things out here lately. They just proclaimed to be America's largest 4G carrier, and they're also pushing the new myTouch 4G phone as a major competitor to the iPhone and a host of other handsets on less speedy networks. Now there's one more reason to consider that combo over another: Qik. Qik is a video streaming...

Lawsuit Accuses Apple of Bricking iPhone 3Gs with iOS 4 to Sell More iPhone 4s

Lawsuit Accuses Apple of Bricking iPhone 3Gs with iOS 4 to Sell More iPhone 4s

You'll recall, we're sure, just how poorly the iPhone 3G performed with iOS 4, and even Apple's fixes to performance in iOS 4.1 didn't fix everything. Thus, we now have what we expected: a lawsuit. Plaintiff Biana Wofford has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for San Diego. She alleges that Apple knew that iOS 4 would essentially...

ViewSonic Goes Green With Full HD VG36-LED Series Of Monitors

ViewSonic Goes Green With Full HD VG36-LED Series Of Monitors

If you just so happen to be in the market for a new monitor, ViewSonic just so happens to have a new pair to choose from. The company's new VG36-LED Series of monitors are just being introduced this week, with two new ones in the line to start with. There's the 24" (23.6" vis.) VG2436wm-LED  and 22" (21.5" vis.) VG2236wm-LED, and outside...

Will Sesame Street Attract Apple's Ire Over "There's An App For That" Song?

Will Sesame Street Attract Apple's Ire Over "There's An App For That" Song?

Apple is famous for protecting its intellectual property (IP) and has gone so far as to sue folks for things that have absolutely nothing to do with iPods, iPhones, or even music. Since Apple has been awarded a trademark on the "There's an app for that" slogan, we hope they don't decide to take a club to the kid's show, Sesame Street. Sesame...

Wirefly Announces Free Mobile Backup Service For Cell Phones

Wirefly Announces Free Mobile Backup Service For Cell Phones

Upgrading your cell phone can be a bittersweet process. On one hand, you get a cool new toy with lots of new features to check out. On the other hand, transferring contacts, pictures, settings, email accounts, etc can be a bit of a pain. Wirefly, an online retailer of cell phones and plans, is working to make transferring data from one phone...

Acer Reveals Aspire RevoView Networked Media Streamer

Acer Reveals Aspire RevoView Networked Media Streamer

Another day, another media streamer. That certainly seems to be the case here lately, as company after company continues to introduce new ways to stream media from the Internet and your networked storage locations onto your television. The newest one to join the bandwagon is the Acer Aspire RevoView, which is an HD DLNA certified media player...

Hitachi Unveils World's Thinnest External Hard Drive

Hitachi Unveils World's Thinnest External Hard Drive

Oh my, is that Hitachi's new G-Drive with G-Technology in your pocket, the slimmest external hard drive on the planet, or are you just really unhappy to see us? Oh it is Hitachi's G-Drive! That would explain the ultra-slim footprint. The G-Drive is a 2.5-inch external unit measuring just 128.6mm (L) x 82mm (W) x 9.9mm (H), so you can fill...

Sophos Offers Free Antivirus Software For Macs

Sophos Offers Free Antivirus Software For Macs

Sophos on Tuesday released free anti-virus software for Macs. While it's not hard to find free antivirus software for Macs (ClamXAV has been at it for years) by all accounts this is the first commercial grade tool available for nada. That means no strings attached, no trial period that descends into perpetual requests to upgrade and no major...

The Countdown Begins, Multitasking Comes to iPad in 3...2...1...

The Countdown Begins, Multitasking Comes to iPad in 3...2...1...

Go ahead and call the iPad nothing more than a glorified iPod touch, assuming you want to rub salt in the wound. Of course, that isn't exactly true, but most of the criticisms are, one of the big ones being the lack of multitasking support. The iPhone has it and so does the iPod touch, but the iPad doesn't, not yet anyway. The good news? Your...

Study Shows Preschoolers Watch Too Much TV

Study Shows Preschoolers Watch Too Much TV

Is the boob tube your child's best friend? Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preschool-age children watch no more than two hours of TV a day, a recent study shows that many children exceed this limit. According to researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, 66 percent...

T-Mobile USA Claims To Have "America's Largest 4G Network"

T-Mobile USA Claims To Have "America's Largest 4G Network"

Well, this should be interesting. T-Mobile USA has had their hand slapped before for calling their HSPA+ service "4G," with Sprint and Clearwire claiming to actually offer true 4G service (WiMAX). In reality, T-Mobile's HSPA+ service is based on 3G protocols, but it's tweaked for higher speeds than can be achieved on Verizon, for example....

Western Digital Brings WD Photos App To Android

Western Digital Brings WD Photos App To Android

If you own a Western Digital NAS drive (like the My Book Live, WD ShareSpace or My Book World Edition), and you also own an Android smartphone, this news is definitely aimed at you. Western Digital just introduced the WD Photos app for Android, giving even Android users the ability to check into their photo album at home. Previously, WD Photos...

Wacom Reveals Three New Pen eSignature Tablets

Wacom Reveals Three New Pen eSignature Tablets

More tablets! Oh, wait. These aren't the tablets you're probably thinking of. Rather than introducing new Windows 7-based or Android-based tablets, Wacom has just announced a new round of tablets that are meant for creative professionals. Pros that use Photoshop more than e-mail. The Wacom STU family of signature tablets have been revealed,...

Apple Owns 95% Of The Tablet Market: Can Anyone Stop Them?

Apple Owns 95% Of The Tablet Market: Can Anyone Stop Them?

Are you ready for a surprise? Unfortunately, you probably won't find it here. A new report, put out by research firm Strategy Analytics, has found that Apple is in firm control of the tablet PC market, and it's unlikely that the situation will change in the near term. Years ago, tablet PCs hit the market with next to no fanfare; consumers...

Thanks to AR, Your City Can Be Invaded by Tie Fighters

Thanks to AR, Your City Can Be Invaded by Tie Fighters

Tie fighters have invaded your city, but it's not because of a new George Lucas film. Instead it's the augmented reality video game coming soon to the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th Generation devices. The game is Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, developed by Vertigore Games and published by THQ Wireless. The AR portion of the game,...

Dell & Goodwill Team Up To Recycle Old Computers

Dell & Goodwill Team Up To Recycle Old Computers

Dell and Goodwill have partnered to create a joint recycling venture known as the Reconnect program. As Dell describes it the program works to put, "technology and jobs back into the hands of those who need them most." The program began in 2004 and has diverted more than 96 million pounds of ewaste from landfills and created more...

Creative Introduces ZiiO 7" And 10" Tablet PCs, ZEN Touch 2 PMP

Creative Introduces ZiiO 7" And 10" Tablet PCs, ZEN Touch 2 PMP

Tablets, tablets and more tablets. When will the flood end? We have all ideas we're just at the beginning, honestly, and more will come as Windows 7 gets pushed out onto even more touch panel devices. Today, Creative has introduced two new tablets of their own: the ZiiO 7" and ZiiO 10". We shouldn't have to point out the major difference:...

Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470

Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470

Today at HotHardware, we're looking at a trio of mid-range video cards designed to give enthusiasts the best bang for their buck. These factory overclocked GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards are from Gigabyte, MSI, and Zotac. Each one has taken the original reference design from NVIDIA, and gone a step further. In addition to higher GPU...

Android Extends Smartphone Lead at the Expense of RIM

Android Extends Smartphone Lead at the Expense of RIM

The freight train known as Android continues to barrel down the smartphone tracks at full speed and was installed in 44 percent of all mobile phones purchased in Q3, according to the latest figures from NPD Group. That's an increase of 11 percentage points since Q2 and nearly twice as high as Apple's iOS, which increased its own share one...

Stealth PC Ships LPC-100M Rugged Field Desktop

Stealth PC Ships LPC-100M Rugged Field Desktop

Stealth PC is a fitting name for a company that makes PCs smaller than the average Wii. The company is back again with a familiar design, this time introducing the LPC-100M. This is considered a rugged, small form factor PC that's designed to slide away and withstand the elements. It's also designed to work well with DC powered applications...

MeeGo 1.1 arrives for smartphones and netbooks, not tablets

MeeGo 1.1 arrives for smartphones and netbooks, not tablets

MeeGo 1.1 was released on Monday. This is the official call to device makers and developers to build us a new class of Linux-based Intel Atom and ARMv7 devices. Version 1.1 includes a user interface for smartphones and for netbooks but not for tablets. This didn't stop yet another round of rumors over a Nokia MeeGo tablet. The release of MeeGo...

LimeWire Slashes Workforce, Keeps on Trucking

LimeWire Slashes Workforce, Keeps on Trucking

The music industry dealt what appeared to be a fatal blow to LimeWire by winning a court injunction against the peer-to-peer file sharing service. Desperate to keep the ship afloat, however, LimeWire CEO George Searle confirmed that the company recently laid off 29 of it's 100-person workforce, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal....

Original Motorola Droid 2 Gets a Price Drop

Original Motorola Droid 2 Gets a Price Drop

Pat yourself on the back if you've been eyeballing Motorola's Droid 2 and managed to wait this long without upgrading your crusty old Razr (a respectable cell phone for its time). Your reward? Verizon has gone and snipped the price of the Droid 2, which now runs $150 with a 2-year contract (and after a $100 mail-in-rebate in the form of a...

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Rollout Begins, Brings Host Of New Features

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Rollout Begins, Brings Host Of New Features

The start of November marks a lot of things, but for Xbox owners, it marks the start of a new Dashboard era. The company's newest Dashboard was announced, along with its new features, months back, with some of them teased as far back as E3 this summer. Today, Microsoft revealed that the new Dashboard update was available to all, and the servers...

Netflix Now Available On Windows Phone 7 Handsets

Netflix Now Available On Windows Phone 7 Handsets

There's lots of great news in the Netflix camp today. The DVD rental service is just getting bigger and better, and it's looking like the Blockbuster of the new generation. Now, there's just expansion on the mind. Netflix has taken over a significant part of America, and the world is the company's oyster. An announcement today from the company...

Google Sues the Gov't Over Microsoft-Only RFQ

Google Sues the Gov't Over Microsoft-Only RFQ

Google has sued the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of the Interior, over a Request for Quotation (RFQ) that only considered bidders that offered Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite. Google said the requirement was "unduly restrictive of competition." The complaint (PDF, 37 pages) was filed last Friday by Google and...

Target To Sell iPhone 4 And iPhone 3GS Starting Next Week

Target To Sell iPhone 4 And iPhone 3GS Starting Next Week

Happy holidays! Doubly so if you're Target! The reason why? The mega retailer just announced that they will be selling Apple iPhone 4 units this Christmas, with sales to begin on November 7. This is big for both Target and Apple. The holiday season always leads to skyrocketing phone sales, and chances are many holiday shoppers will end up...

VIA Nano DC Platform Preview Sneak Peek

VIA Nano DC Platform Preview Sneak Peek

During the summer of 2008, we published a number of articles detailing the design and launch of VIA’s Isaiah core, which would eventually be called the Nano. At right about the same time, Intel’s Atom processor was generating massive amounts of buzz in the mobile and entry-level desktop space, due to its low-power characteristics....

The Kindle Leaps Over the Great Firewall of China

The Kindle Leaps Over the Great Firewall of China

Here's something that Chinese users will agree the Kindle does better than the iPad: scale the "Great Firewall of China." Sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are blocked by Chinese authorities, can be accessed by the Kindle's Internet browsing functionality. The Kindle is only available in China's grey markets, however. A seller in Beijing...

Consumer Reports Declares Plasma Better Than LCD For 3D

Consumer Reports Declares Plasma Better Than LCD For 3D

If you're looking to buy a 3D TV this holiday season, you may find Consumer Reports recent report helpful. Consumer Reports recently evaluated 14 3D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3D images than LCD sets. One of the key reasons behind this is that plasma displays exhibit less ghosting when wearing 3D glasses....

Kingston Unveils SSDNow V+100 Series with Improved Controller

Kingston Unveils SSDNow V+100 Series with Improved Controller

Kingston just sent us word that it's launching its next generation SSDNow V+ solid state drives (SSDs), the SSDNow V+100 series. These next generation drives sport a garbage collection scheme that's not OS dependent, as well as an improved controller offering up to 25 percent better performance than the original SSDNow V series, Kingston says....

AT&T And Samsung Mobile Go Green With New Evergreen Phone

AT&T And Samsung Mobile Go Green With New Evergreen Phone

AT&T and Samsung Mobile are teaming up to bring the new Samsung Evergreen to AT&T. As you might suspect from its name, this quick messaging phone has the environment in mind: it's built with 70% recycled post-consumer plastics and packaging that utilizes 80% recycled post-consumer paper. The Evergreen has a 2.4-inch display, a slide-out...

TomTom Debuts GO 2405 And GO 2505 GPS Devices

TomTom Debuts GO 2405 And GO 2505 GPS Devices

Going to grandmother's house this Thanksgiving? If she has recently relocated, you probably don't want to be stopping anywhere for directions on a day where everything's closed. If you're in the market for a new navigation device, TomTom has two new devices to choose from. The TomTom GO 2405 and GO 2505 GPS units are both debuting today, with...

NEC Launches Two New Enterprise LED Monitors

NEC Launches Two New Enterprise LED Monitors

NEC has been on a roll in the desktop monitor sector as of late. We recently reviewed the company's new MultiSync PA271W display and gave it high marks for its excellent color reproduction and boatload of useful features, and now NEC is bringing to market two more MultiSync displays, the EA192M and E201W. Both of these sport LED backlighting,...

Sprint Turns On 4G In New York City

Sprint Turns On 4G In New York City

America's largest and most prominent city now has 4G, at last. Nearly 60 other cities, many that are far smaller than NYC, received 4G from Sprint before the Big Apple, but Sprint has today revealed that NYC has WiMAX. The City has waited for years to become one of the crowd, and many wondered why it wasn't turned on earlier. Of course, the...

Logitech Debuts $79.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

Logitech Debuts $79.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

It had to happen sooner or later, and it's happening today: a solar powered keyboard is now reaching commercial status. Logitech has been known for their innovations in the peripheral market, with the nearly microscopic Unifying USB receiver being the latest. But the company's newest keyboard is likely to be the one that people remember most...

Yamaha Offers Blu-ray, Netflix In BD-A1000 Universal All-In-One Deck

Yamaha Offers Blu-ray, Netflix In BD-A1000 Universal All-In-One Deck

Here's the thing about most of today's media streamers: they don't have an optical drive. So even though they're capable of playing lots of content from the Internet, they can't play back your old DVD or new Blu-ray Disc collection. This isn't a problem if you already own a Blu-ray or DVD player and also don't mind have two boxes under your...

ViewSonic Announces Prices, Ship Dates For ViewPad 7 And 10 Tablets

ViewSonic Announces Prices, Ship Dates For ViewPad 7 And 10 Tablets

And the tablet craze continues. The entire industry seems to be trying hard to catch up with the momentum that Apple's iPad has gained throughout this year, and while Samsung's Galaxy Tab is definitely the most highly anticipated Android tablet on the market, there are plenty of competitors available if you dig deep. ViewSonic has  been...

Deltenna WiBE To Bring Rural Broadband To UK/Ireland

Deltenna WiBE To Bring Rural Broadband To UK/Ireland

Rural broadband has become somewhat of a buzzword in America, and around the globe. With broadband speeds stabilizing amongst many cities in the world, focus has shifted to getting higher Internet speeds to less populated areas. The idea is that the Internet, and having broadband access to it, could boost the smaller, rural economies. The...

First Engagement Heralded at Dating Site for the 'Less Attracive'

First Engagement Heralded at Dating Site for the 'Less Attracive'

Amazed at home many of the folks on sites like Match.com, Chemistry.com, or CougarLife.com are incredibly good-looking? There's a site for people who are "aesthetically challenged" (their words, not ours) and it is celebrating a milestone: the first engagement between two of its members. Tom Clifford, 36, and Janine Walker, 31, have become...