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All News for May 2008

S3 Graphics Introduces Chrome 440 GTX

S3 Graphics Introduces Chrome 440 GTX

More Hi-Def Bang for Your Buck with S3 Graphics' Chrome 440 GTX Chrome 440 GTX graphics card offers improved gaming performance and Dual-Stream Hi-Def video with the latest GDDR3 memory for under $70 Fremont, California, May 30, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and visualization technologies, today announced its latest S3...

Comcast.net Hacked By High-School Dropouts

Comcast.net Hacked By High-School Dropouts

Move over Microsoft; Comcast is taking over the role as being perceived as the next "evil empire." Just ask hackers, Defiant and EBK, who managed to take over Comcast's Web portal for over five hours Wednesday night and into Thursday morning: Thursday, the pair were dealing with their newfound fame, laughing over the press coverage with a...

FCC Considers Mandating Free Wireless Access

FCC Considers Mandating Free Wireless Access

The FCC is gearing up to auction off exclusive use to a spectrum of airwaves (2155 – 2175MHz, a.k.a. the AWS-3 band), and it is considering requiring the purchaser to provide high-speed (768Kbps) Internet access to most of the U.S. for free: ''We're hoping there will be increased interest (in the proposal) and because this will provide wireless...

Leopard's A Big Enough Dog To Get Fleas Now

Leopard's A Big Enough Dog To Get Fleas Now

Apple issued a large patch yesterday for its Leopard operating system. While the iCal calendar exploit got a good bit of press back when it was discovered in January, most of the over forty bugs and vulnerabilities addressed in the patch haven't really been front page news, although many of them seem fairly serious. The days of "security by...

Seagate To Produce Enterprise SSDs Next Year

Seagate To Produce Enterprise SSDs Next Year

The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. While other hard drive manufacturers have been busy churning out Solid State Drives (SSD), Seagate...

Dell Chugging Along

Dell Chugging Along

Dell's been in a kind of funk. They lost the title of largest computer maker to HP last year, cut a  bunch of jobs, talked a lot about restructuring. Whatever they're doing seems to be working. They're still in second place, but they're making money at it; their first quarter numbers are in and they outperformed analysts' expectations...

Steam Cloud to Save Your Games Server-Side

Steam Cloud to Save Your Games Server-Side

Ever lose your saved games? Frustrating, right? On Thursday Valve Software announced a solution, the Steam Cloud.  It will be an an upcoming update to their Steam download service and it will not only store saved games, but also graphics settings, and key binding in the "cloud," or server-side.The biggest news is that game-generated data...

Star Trek Theme Composer Alexander Courage Dies

Star Trek Theme Composer Alexander Courage Dies

This isn't technically a story on tech, or even on science, but how could we not write about the death of Alexander Courage, composer of the theme of the original Star Trek series (ST:TOS)? He was 88.Courage died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, his stepdaughter Renata Pompelli of Los Angeles, said Thursday....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Asus EN9800GTX 512MB Videocard Review @ HardwareLogic MSI Radeon HD 3650 Graphics Card Review @ X-bit LabsMotherboards and Chipsets: ASRock A780FullDisplayPort Motherboard @ CPU3D ASUS Striker II NSE nForce 790i SLI Motherboard @ BmRProcessors: VIA Nano Processor Preview - Isaiah Gets Official @ PC Perspective VIA Nano CPU - Codename...

Abit Responds To Nasty Rumors

Abit Responds To Nasty Rumors

The other day, Digitimes reported that Abit could possibly exit the motherboard market if the company's upcoming line of motherboards based on the Intel P45 chipset weren't successful.  It turns out, however, that Abit is still planning to stick around.  Today, we received this quote on the subject, from Thore Welling,...

Asus Eee PC 900 Ultra Mobile PC

Asus Eee PC 900 Ultra Mobile PC

We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the new Asus Eee PC 900.  As most of you know, due to the success of the original Eee PCs, Asus followed up with numerous accessories and multi-colored models in the months after their initial release.  The follow-up units...

Inside The Tech Of The Netflix Player With Roku

Inside The Tech Of The Netflix Player With Roku

A little over a week ago, Netflix unveiled a set-top box for watching on-demand movies and TV. The content box -- dubbed the "Netflix Player" -- was developed by the ingenious team at Roku.We were curious about the box and how it came to be, so we chatted with Tim Twerdahl, the VP of Consumer Products for Roku. Tim told us a little about the...

Akamai's State Of The Internet

Akamai's State Of The Internet

Akamai is a Hawaiian word that means intelligent. It's the name chosen by a very intelligent group of MIT -centric founders for their global Internet content and application delivery business. Since they act as a sort of content mirror for all sorts of customers all over the web, all over the world, they're almost uniquely positioned to offer...

Corsair Intros DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB RAM

Corsair Intros DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB RAM

CORSAIR LAUNCHES NEW DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GBMEMORY SOLUTION AT COMPUTEXFremont, CA, May 29, 2008 – Corsair® www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei. ...

The Deeell PC

The Deeell PC

There's a yearly conference going on out in Carlsbad, CA, called D: All Things Digital. This year makes it D6. There's plenty of interviews of the movers and shakers in our digital world by the movers and shakers in the digital print media that we could talk about. Nahh. Michael Dell went to the bathroom or somewhere else non-official and...

Splashtop OS comes to Asus Laptops

Splashtop OS comes to Asus Laptops

You might remeber the name "Splashtop" from when DeviceVM, made a, er, splash, with DeviceVM's announcement last October that it was partnering with Asus to integrate the light-weight Splashtop OS into Asus motherboards. Asus calls the technology "Express Gate," and includes it with a number of its motherboards. Beginning in June, Asus will...

Introducing the VIA Nano Processor

Introducing the VIA Nano Processor

VIA made quite a splash early this year when they announced the Isaiah CPU architecture, which was developed at their Centaur design center.  At the time of the announcement, we spoke with VIA's Centaur design center president, Glenn Henry, to get a deeper insight into what VIA had in store with Isaiah, but we weren't given many...

Sony CEO Shows off a 0.3mm Thick OLED TV

Sony CEO Shows off a 0.3mm Thick OLED TV

The Wall Street Journal's sixth All Things Digital conference (D6) continues to make news--this time with Sony Corp.'s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, showing off an OLED TV prototype that he claims is a mere "0.3mm" thick, has a contrast ratio of "a million to one," and is "a hundred times brighter than an LCD screen." Sony plans to introduce a...

10" Eee PC to Be Released Early

10" Eee PC to Be Released Early

It is atypical - and that's being kind - for a tech company to release something early, but here is an example.  According to industry sources quoted by DigiTimes, Asus has decided to release the Eee PC 1000 early.With Micro-Star International (MSI) expected to officially launch its 10-inch Wind series notebooks and Acer planning to launch...

IBM Unveils New Opteron-Powered Servers

IBM Unveils New Opteron-Powered Servers

IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors - Enterprise Customers have Choice of 28 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based OEM Server Platforms - SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 28, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor among global OEMs continues...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS EN9600GT Silent review @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus P5Q Deluxe motherboard @ bit-techMemory and Storage:Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 2 x 1GB Review @ OCCQNAP Turbo TS-409 NAS Review @ TechwareLabsAeneon XTune 2GB DDR3-1600 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.comMemoRight GT Series 32GB SSDs in RAID 0 @ TweaktownOCZ...

For Sale Signs Coming To An Internet Near You

For Sale Signs Coming To An Internet Near You

In the real estate world, there's an old saying explaining the three reasons for the relative value of properties: Location; location; location. One prime location that was verboten for realtors has been the Internet. The National Association of Realtors had obstructed member realtors from using the Internet to mine the Multiple Listing Service...

Hey, HP!  It's A Blade Server, Not A Clown Car

Hey, HP! It's A Blade Server, Not A Clown Car

Hewlett Packard announced its new blade setup today, and the ProLiant BL2X220c G5 is something of a breakthrough. HP has been able to put two servers into one blade, cutting energy consumption and shrinking the space needed down on the server farm. The two servers are completely independent of each other, but share the same shell. That setup...

Microsoft to Bring Multi-Touch to Windows 7

Microsoft to Bring Multi-Touch to Windows 7

Microsoft is going multi-touch crazy. First it was the Microsoft Surface technology, which debuted last year at The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) fifth edition of its All Things Digital Conference (D5). Next came multi-touch walls, which Bill Gates demonstrated only a few weeks ago at Microsoft's own CEO Summit. Fast forward to last night, and...

Symantec Admits Fault in XP SP3 Registry Issues

Symantec Admits Fault in XP SP3 Registry Issues

You'll recall our earlier story on registry corruption for certain users upgrading to Windows XP SP3. The cases of registry corruption seemed to have a common thread: Symantec security products. Originally Symantec blamed Microsoft, but in a post on a Symantec support forum, a a senior manager with Symantec indicated the fault may indeed lie...

New York State Finds Dell Guilty of Fraud

New York State Finds Dell Guilty of Fraud

The New York State Supreme Court issued a ruling today against Dell and Dell Financial Services (DFS), finding the company guilty of "fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices, and abusive debt collection practices." The ruling is the end result of a lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General, Andrew M Cuomo, in May 2007....

Abit May Be Exiting The Motherboard Business

Abit May Be Exiting The Motherboard Business

If a story posted at DigiTimes today is true, Abit could possibly be exiting the motherboard business sometime soon."Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is reportedly considering phasing out of the motherboard market after evaluating its shipment performance of Intel 4 series motherboards, according to channel sources.Abit, however, maintains...

Super Talent DDR3 SO-DIMM for Next-Gen Laptops

Super Talent DDR3 SO-DIMM for Next-Gen Laptops

In preparation for the upcoming release of the Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform, Super Talent has just announced a DDR3-1333 capable SO-DIMM.  The part number for the product is W1333SA1GS.  It has a 1GB capacity, support for frequencies up to 1333MHz (PC3-12800), and it has a CAS latency of 9. ...

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Invades Retail

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Invades Retail

ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS™ FOR NEXT-GEN CONSOLESINVADES RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDESANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The alien invasion has begun with the announcement that id Software’s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars™ published by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from...

Dell XPS 730 H2C Performance Gaming System

Dell XPS 730 H2C Performance Gaming System

Dell's XPS branded products have come a long way since they first appeared in 1993. Starting life as a performance trim for the Dimension product line, Dell has nurtured XPS into a well-known and respected premium performance brand. While not all XPS branded products are specifically targeted at gamers, gaming has always been at the core of...

One-Man Helicopter Starts to Soar

One-Man Helicopter Starts to Soar

If you've always desired to channel your inner James Bond, you'd be well-advised to check into the Gen H-4. Billed as the "world's smallest one-man helicopter," the flying machine with two rotors allows a pilot to zip through the air with ease. Operators are standing by to take your order.The Japanese-designed H-4 will set you back a cool...

WiFi, Allergies, And Discrimination

WiFi, Allergies, And Discrimination

A group of Santa Fe residents claiming to be allergic to WiFi signals is requesting that all public buildings have the devices removed. Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones."  I get chest pain and it doesn't go away right away," he said. Firstenberg...

Borders Swims Back Out Of The Amazon To The Web

Borders Swims Back Out Of The Amazon To The Web

Internet years go by fast. Way back in ancient web history --2001-- Borders books thought it was a good idea to ally themselves with a fast-growing web portal called Amazon.com. Perhaps you've heard of it. I'm sure it seemed like an interesting sideline revenue stream to Borders enormous brick-and-mortar book sales at the time. Borders has...

First 24" Widescreen Rugged LCD Monitor Shipped

First 24" Widescreen Rugged LCD Monitor Shipped

Stealth Computer Ships Industry's First 24" Widescreen Rugged LCD Monitor with Touchscreen InterfaceToronto, Canada ~ May, 2008 - Stealth Computer a division of Stealth.Com Inc., a market leader in the industrial computer and peripherals market has released a new Model: SV-2400Industrial Grade, Panel Mount LCD monitor. The 24" all steel...

 MacBook Airs "Edgy," in a "Slice-Yourself" Way?

MacBook Airs "Edgy," in a "Slice-Yourself" Way?

The design of the MacBook Air has been called sharp and edgy, but it's likely most users don't want it quite this edgy.  Users at a German Apple forum (apfeltalk) have posted a thread on just how edgy the Air is.Based on the thread (and the hard to understand translation), it seems as though the user managed to cut his elbow with the...

How NOT To Price Match

How NOT To Price Match

Often companies have very complex rules regarding price matching, but it hardly seems to justify some of the reported actions of a Circuit City manager toward a consumer named Emmett.  All this poor guy wanted was a price match on a GPS from Circuit City, and he ended up running out of the store before the police could arrive to kick...

Age Of Conan To Challenge WoW?

Age Of Conan To Challenge WoW?

Judging by subscription numbers, it seems that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft shows no signs of slowing down.   It has dominated the market, and until recently seemed as if it would never face a real challenger. Then the Age of Conan came about and sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week. “The initial sales and reviews are very...

YouTube Suit: The End Of The World As We Know It

YouTube Suit: The End Of The World As We Know It

I don't know about you, but I feel fine. Viacom doesn't. It sued Google, the owner of YouTube, for  $1 billion for copyright infringement. Google, in turn, doesn't feel fine either, because Viacom can sue them even though they claim they have made every attempt to comply with the DMCA. According to Google, the suit threatens the very...

A Projector That Fits in The Palm of Your Hand

A Projector That Fits in The Palm of Your Hand

Earth Trek has released what it claims is the world's smallest projector: "Earth Trek, a Hong-Kong based company, recently released the world's smallest handy projector, the 90-805R mini projector. Our little device features a card slot (SD/T-flash card), built-in lithium battery (1-2 hours), built-in speaker, MP4 player, and provides a 22"...

VIA Unveils New OpenBook UMPC Reference Design

VIA Unveils New OpenBook UMPC Reference Design

The UMPC market is hot right now, thanks to innovations from numerous companies including Intel, VIA, Asus, HP, and many others.  VIA in particular has been focused on the low power, ultra mobile segment, as is evidenced by the company's current C7M and upcoming Isaiah processors, and their NanoBook UMD reference design.  And today,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:XFX 9800GTX Black Edition Review @ Motherboards.orgPNY Verto GeForce 9600GT Graphics Card @ TweaktownDiamond 3650PEG1 1GB GDDR2 ATi HD Radeon 3650 Graphics Card Review @ OCWSamsung T220 LCD Monitor @ DreamWare ComputersMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LanParty DK X48-T2RS Motherboard @ CPU3DECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Motherboard Review @ PC...

Photoshop NEXT To Use The GPU

Photoshop NEXT To Use The GPU

There is a significant amount of untapped power to be found in even low-end discreet video cards when they’re simply drawing 2D user interfaces, and Adobe plans to put that power to work in their next version of Photoshop, which is internally being referred to by the code-name "Stonehenge".  Digital media enthusiasts are more...

Samsung Intros Fast, Cheap 256GB SSD

Samsung Intros Fast, Cheap 256GB SSD

Samsung Develops World's Fastest and Largest Capacity 2.5-inch, MLC-based (256GB) SSD with SATA II InterfaceSamsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world's fastest, 2.5-inch, 256 Gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) using a SATA II interface,...

Forget The Information Economy. Make Stuff

Forget The Information Economy. Make Stuff

It's common received knowledge that there was a tech bubble in the late nineties, and then it burst. But what if that wasn't the end of it? What if it was really more like a tech balloon, and it had a pinhole leak? Instead of the pop we thought we heard, perhaps it's was a long slow hissing until we wake up today and realize: Ones and Zeros...

Why We're Fighting Over Browsers Again

Why We're Fighting Over Browsers Again

All of the three major browsers are given away free to anyone that will take them. But that doesn't make the the competition among them any less ferocious; just the opposite, really. Microsoft's Internet Explorer enjoys about a 75 percent share of users, Mozilla's Firefox 18 percent, and Apple's Safari has 5 percent. Mozilla and Microsoft...

Potato  - and Computer Chip - King Dies

Potato - and Computer Chip - King Dies

Billionaire J.R. Simplot, whose wealth earned him the title of "spud king" of America, passed away Sunday at his Boise home (where else but Boise for the "spud king") at the age of 99.In 1980, at age 71, Simplot took a gamble on the next generation of businessmen, giving Ward and Joe Parkinson $1 million for 40 percent of what would become...

More Intel Atom Goodies From Overseas

More Intel Atom Goodies From Overseas

In keeping with the trend of Intel Atom-based product announcements coming from Europe and Asia, U.K.-based Tranquil PC has announced yet more Atom-based products: The T7-HSAi and the T2-WHS-A3i--updates to Tranquil PC's fanless chassis-based Microsoft Windows Home Servers--both powered by 1.6GHz Atom 230 processors. Tranquil PC is pitching...

New MT9 Digital Audio Format Has Six Channels

New MT9 Digital Audio Format Has Six Channels

Watch out MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis--there's a new digital audio format about to be introduced and it's creators are setting their sites on it becoming the new "de facto standard" for digital audio. The new format is called Music 2.0 and it will use MT9 as its file extension: "The distinctive feature of [the] MT9 format is that it...

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Dual Displays

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Dual Displays

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Brilliant Dual Digital Displays First board to feature the new VIA VX800 digital media chipset delivers enhanced video playback, dual display and dual Gigabit LAN Taipei, Taiwan - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ATI HD 2900 XT Graphics card @ GideonTechEVGA e-Geforce 8800 GT KO Series Video Card @ TechwareLabsNVIDIA 3-way SLI with three NVIDIA 9800 GTX Review @ I4UMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus Striker II NSE 790i SLI Motherboard @ APH NetworksIntel P45 Preview Gigabyte DS3R + DQ6 @ TweaktownAsus' P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe motherboards @ TheTechReportMemory...

ASUS To Unveil Eee Desktop At Computex

ASUS To Unveil Eee Desktop At Computex

With less than two weeks to go until the start of Computex 2008, the whirlwind of product announcements and rumored announcements continue to fly. The latest of which is that ASUS is ready to show off the Eee PC’s desktop cousin. “The only details that have been delivered to use at present are that it contains a 160GB Hard Drive, 2GB ram,...

Another Pirate To Go To Jail

Another Pirate To Go To Jail

We’ve said it before, but crime just doesn’t pay folks:“Barry Gitarts, 25, of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  In addition to up to five years in prison, Gitarts could face a fine of US$250,000, three years of probation and a requirement that he make full restitution,...

Mysterious Apple Shipment = iPhone 2?

Mysterious Apple Shipment = iPhone 2?

Import Genius is a site that gives "you instant access to real-time information on all the goods entering the United States each day.  Our easy-to-use interface shows you who your overseas suppliers are selling to in the United States and who your competitors are buying from overseas."  They've spotted a few shipments coming into...

WD 1TB Now With 334GB Platters

WD 1TB Now With 334GB Platters

Western Digital has quietly updated their 1TB offering to feature three 334GB platters, thus reducing the amount of platters by one.“That means less power is needed and less moving parts are required to make the drive operate.  Impress is reporting that Western Digital has quietly updated its Caviar GP line of drives in Asia with a platter...

Centrino 2 And SSDs: A Match Made In Heaven

Centrino 2 And SSDs: A Match Made In Heaven

It isn’t just a coincidence that Intel decided to start manufacturing solid state drives (SSDs), nor was it simply a sign that the devices might soon be in high demand.  Intel is planning on manufacturing that demand by featuring them as part of a bundle with their upcoming Centrino 2 platform.“Initial shipments of Intel High Performance SSDs...

Weird Dual-Screen Laptop for Sale at eBay

Weird Dual-Screen Laptop for Sale at eBay

"Weird" simply isn't sufficient to describe this laptop, now being auctioned at eBay.I purchased this a few years back as a project but it just ended up sitting in my closet. This is a rare Xentex Dual Screen Laptop. Each screen is 13.3" and one pivots so that one can be facing you and the other one facing the person sitting on the other side...

Guitar Hero: World Tour - Ready to Rock

Guitar Hero: World Tour - Ready to Rock

Activision keeps on rockin' with the mega-popular Guitar Hero brand. The gaming giant just announced plans for the next installment of the shreddin' series. Get ready, 'cause Guitar Hero: World Tour is set to hit shelves before the holiday season.In response to the racket created by Rock Band, Activision has turned up the volume with a new...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Palit GeForce 9600GSO Sonic 768MB @ TechgageASUS EN9800GTX Top 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5E3 Premium WIFi-AP @n Edition Review @ Motherboards.orgProcessors:Desktop CPU Comparison Guide 5.3 @ TechARPAMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple-Core @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:Eagle Tech N and I Series HDD...

GameStop to Drop "DoorStop", er Zune

GameStop to Drop "DoorStop", er Zune

It's no secret that Zune sales are a fraction of those of the iPod, and apparently GameStop has seen enough. In its earnings call on Thursday, GameStop indicated it has exited the Zune marketplace.The move is unlikely to affect GameStop, whose sales come almost completely from video games but it puts up another hurdle in Microsoft's attempt...

Jerry Yang: The Booster Chair / Sippie Cup CEO

Jerry Yang: The Booster Chair / Sippie Cup CEO

The on-again/off-again Microsoft/Yahoo! deal is on again - maybe. There's something about being a co-founder of a business that affects how you think. Jerry Yang is a co-founder and the CEO of Yahoo! and he seems to be laboring under the mis-impression that "co-founder" still means "owner." If you want to own a business, you shouldn't make...

The Buggy Future Of Computer Chips

The Buggy Future Of Computer Chips

Amazonian beetles, to be more precise. Researchers have long understood that if they could produce a photonic crystal, a diamond-like structure that would allow light to be shunted around inside instead of electricity, that they would be able to make superfast optical computers that used little power and wouldn't generate heat the way your...

Nehalem Looms

Nehalem Looms

Lately rumors have been floating around that Nehalem has hit a serious snag and won’t ship this year.  What does Intel have to say on the subject?"Nehalem ... is still scheduled to launch in the second half of the year," [Intel CEO Paul] Otellini told the company's annual meeting of shareholders.He also confirmed plans to quickly increase...

Acer Introduces the Aspire Predator

Acer Introduces the Aspire Predator

Not to be confused with the 1986 Ron Jeremy film, "Deeper, Harder, Faster," Acer has just introduced its new enthusiast gaming rig with the innuendo-laden slogan "Faster, Deeper, Harder, Further." The slogan might be silly, but the system is meant to be taken seriously. The case looks as though it could have stepped out of the Transformers...

Hypersonic PC Unveils Avenger Notebooks

Hypersonic PC Unveils Avenger Notebooks

Hypersonic PC Unveils Avenger Notebooks, Their First 12-inch Mobile Solution that Offers High Performance without Sacrificing PortabilitySunnyvale, Calif.—May 22, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, today announced Hypersonic PC is making...

US Corporations Massively Read Employee Email

US Corporations Massively Read Employee Email

As we become a less and less private society, helped (or hindered, depending on your point of view) by the web, data breaches, and the like, the question actually should be raised: is anything really private any longer? In its fifth-annual study of outbound e-mail and data loss prevention issues, Proofpoint found that large enterprises continue...

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, Eco-Friendly Performance

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, Eco-Friendly Performance

Wolfdale is Intel’s first 45nm based dual-core design, and is an interesting product beyond first glance. When it was first announced, there was a bit of doubt throughout the industry of the chip’s viability in the market. The doubt was that it would be foolish of Intel put major weight behind a dual-core processor architecture, as the future...

NVIDIA Acquires Rayscale, Raytracing Start-up

NVIDIA Acquires Rayscale, Raytracing Start-up

Word from sunny Santa Clara-based NVIDIA Corp, is that the graphics giant has moved in on an acquisition of Utah-based RayScale, a 10 year-old start-up and productization of development work from few key people at the University of Utah.  RayScale currently has a product available for Autodesk Maya, dubbed LightNow. ...

Google Sites Now Open to the Masses

Google Sites Now Open to the Masses

Google Sites, the group Website tool that was originally available only to "companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains," can now be utilized by even non-business users--and you don't even need to host it on your own domain anymore: "Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types...

Facebook Facelift Is Ready. Sorta. Kinda

Facebook Facelift Is Ready. Sorta. Kinda

Facebook has 70 million members, so if the owners change something about it the users don't like, the angry virtual mob that appears outside the window with digital pitchforks and torches is something to behold. Facebook's attempt to share information about user's purchases through a utility they called Beacon didn't go down too well, ...

Firefox 3 Is Ready. Sorta. Kinda.

Firefox 3 Is Ready. Sorta. Kinda.

We love living on the edge.  We sometimes take a chance and drink milk from a carton so old that the lost child pictured on it has already been found. We've even been known to participate in beta tests of buggy software. But we're  a little leery of monkeying around with web browsers until they're finished, because we don't even...

AT&T to Complete its 3G Migration By Next Month

AT&T to Complete its 3G Migration By Next Month

Just in time for the hotly-rumored release of the 3G iPhone, AT&T announces that it will complete the U.S. deployment of its 3G broadband service by the end of June. This will complete a $20 billion investment AT&T has made since 2005 in upgrading the infrastructure of its almost 350 markets--of which 275 markets are already running...

"Mighty Mouse" Lawsuit Smells Like Limburger

"Mighty Mouse" Lawsuit Smells Like Limburger

Apple is certainly litigious over the use of the word "pod," and on Wednesday it received a taste of its own medicine, as it was sued over its "Mighty Mouse."  No, it's not for the reason you might think, as its already licensed the name "Mighty Mouse" from CBS.Apple is facing a new lawsuit over its Mighty Mouse peripheral, reports say....

Today's Hot Topics - Google Trends Review

Today's Hot Topics - Google Trends Review

We're  hoping to dive in to Google Trends occasionally here at HotHardware and offer you up a bit of the story behind all the top searches folks are plugging in online. We'll highlight a few of the interesting search terms and take stock of what's shakin' in the world's busiest search engine. Surprise, surprise....

100% Of Apple Laptops To Be LED Backlit By 2009

100% Of Apple Laptops To Be LED Backlit By 2009

Apple MacBooks are due to get a LED backlighting as part of a future upgrade that will continue to raise the Cupertino-based firm’s green credentials.  Apple first introduced LED backlighting in their 2007 MacBook Pro refresh, and since then they’ve also added it to the svelte MacBook Air. The movement is part of the company's charge...

38 Indicted For Phishing

38 Indicted For Phishing

38 U.S. and Romanians have been arrested and indicted for phishing and related charges. “The indictments, in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the District of Connecticut, focus on two related phishing schemes with ties to organized crime, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Phishing involves sending e-mail...

EA Releases Cell Phase Spore Video Preview

EA Releases Cell Phase Spore Video Preview

EA has released a video preview of the "Cell Phase" of Spore--the hotly-anticipated brainchild of Sim's creator Will Wright. The video shows vivid samples of what a game player might experience when first starting out with a new creature in the first phase of the game, called the "Cell Phase" or "Tide Pool Phase." Spore is "an epic journey...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition Video Card Review @ I4UTriple SLI- AMD or Intel @ t-breakChaintech GeForce 9600GT OC 512MB @ TweaktownFoxconn GeForce 9800GTX review @ AMDZoneInno3D GeForce 9600 GT iChiLL Hurricane Review @ NVNewsBenQ's X2200W 22" widescreen LCD monitor @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5Q Pro motherboard preview @...

Eurocom Launches 1st Montevina-Based Laptop

Eurocom Launches 1st Montevina-Based Laptop

Eurocom launches world's first Montevina FSB1066 based 15.4-inch gaming-class Notebook powered by nVidia GeForce Go 9800M GTX with 1GB of Video, 8GB of DDR3-1333  Memory, 320GB of 7200rpm SATA-300 and Blu Ray drive.Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the...

Microsoft Will Pay You To Be Their Friend

Microsoft Will Pay You To Be Their Friend

Microsoft can't get any traction in the search engine world. Their Live Search utility is mired in single-digit user percentage, and their attempt to vault into a distant but respectable second place by purchasing Yahoo! was rebuffed. They're nothing if not tenacious over at Redmond, and they've got another idea to get you to search with them:...

AMD ATI Radeon 4000-Series to Use GDDR5 Memory

AMD ATI Radeon 4000-Series to Use GDDR5 Memory

Just weeks away from the rumored public debut of AMD's new ATI Radeon 4000-series GPUs, AMD clues us in on a tantalizing tidbit about a key technology found in its next generation graphics cards. AMD's new lineup of graphics cards will not only use Graphics Double Data Rate 5 (GDDR5) memory, but AMD also claims that this will...

OLPC Touchscreen Wonder Runs On Unicorn Poop

OLPC Touchscreen Wonder Runs On Unicorn Poop

OK, now we're just getting silly. The revamped XO laptop prototype is out, as proposed by the OLPC project. (One Laptop Per Child) The last version got bogged down by infighting between its developers over the choice of operating systems, utilities, software, and of course, the ultimate cost of the units themselves, which skyrocketed over...

XP SP3 + Symantec = Hosed Registry

XP SP3 + Symantec = Hosed Registry

As if Microsoft needed to hear more Windows XP SP3 problems.  You'd almost think they did this on purpose, as we know they'd rather all of us upgrade to Vista.  Nah.According to reports posted the day after Microsoft launched Windows XP SP3 on Windows Update, some users found that their network cards and previously-crafted connections...

Intel Planning Pre-Nehalem Price Cuts

Intel Planning Pre-Nehalem Price Cuts

The word on the streets of Taipei is that Intel is planning what could very well be the pre-Nehalem price cuts on existing and upcoming Core 2-based products.  The current plan is to reduce prices in the third quarter and add a few more CPUs just to firm-up the low and mid-range.  This could very well be a sign that we can expect...

Next-Gen NVIDIA Specs Leaked?

Next-Gen NVIDIA Specs Leaked?

Specs for the next-generation NVIDIA cards have leaked onto the web, but we advise readers not to place too much faith in these specs until the cards actually ship.On to the specs:“The GTX 280 enables all features of the D10U processor; the GTX 260 version will consist of a significantly cut-down version of the same GPU.  The D10U-30 will...

Intel's Next Gen P45 Chipset Tested, Asus P5Q

Intel's Next Gen P45 Chipset Tested, Asus P5Q

As many of you are no doubt aware, Intel is planning to officially release a new mainstream chipset in a few weeks, the P45.  From a feature standpoint, the new P45 is somewhat similar to last year's P35.  The P45, however, will have official support for PCI Express 2.0, with a more flexible lane configuration for multi-GPU graphics,...

Solid State Drive: Shaken, Not Stirred

Solid State Drive: Shaken, Not Stirred

Sometimes you've just got to prove a point. The point that Super Talent wants to prove? Just how vibration resistant its line of MasterDrive MX Solid State Drives (SSD) are. And what better could prove the point than to attach a working, 120GB MasterDrive MX drive to a paint shaker, and show Windows humming away normally all...

Windows Vista for your iPhone

Windows Vista for your iPhone

Besides the obvious question: why would anyone want this on their iPhone, there's also the question: why would anyone create this ... monstrosity?The images we received imply that somehow has found a way to get Windows running on an iPhone. As soon as you pick yourself up from the floor and you catch up with reality, you will find out that...

Help Us To Better Serve You: HH Reader Survey

Help Us To Better Serve You: HH Reader Survey

We have a request that we were hoping you could all help us with.  First off, we want to thank you for being a part of the community here.  Our forum members and readers are what we're all about at HotHardware, and we very much value your opinions. If you haven't noticed yet, HotHardware partnered with...

Atom Motherboards For Sale Across the Pond

Atom Motherboards For Sale Across the Pond

Two European vendors have started taking orders for Intel Atom-populated motherboards. German-based, CARTFT is selling the Intel D945GCLF motherboard, populated with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor, for $114 U.S. Tranquil PC, based in the U.K., is selling the same setup for £52.90 U.K. (about $103 U.S.). Tranquil PC's site states that...

In-flight Entertainment: Coffee, Tea, or iPod

In-flight Entertainment: Coffee, Tea, or iPod

The frequent flyers over at Flight are reporting that iPod connectivity to airlines' in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems are starting to take off: "Singapore Airlines last week started supplying iPod and iPhone connectivity on the first of five newly reconfigured all-business Airbus A340-500s. United Airlines is expected to soon offer this...

Zombie Napster Wants Apple Brains

Zombie Napster Wants Apple Brains

Back in the day, it  looked like Napster was going to bust the digital music business wide open. They were sued back to the stone age over copyright infringement, and more or less dropped from sight. Apple leaped into the breach, offering legal but locked music for their iPods through their own online store. Well, zombie Napster is back...

Netflix Player: The Beginning Of The End

Netflix Player: The Beginning Of The End

A set-top box that delivers streaming video from Netflix is now a reality. The Netflix Player is made by Roku, and retails for about $100. If you've got access to a broadband connection,  have a Netflix rental account, and own a Roku box and some cables, you're good to go. Just not "go everywhere," yet. Setup is simple, and--if you've...

McAfee Anti-fraud Researcher Charged With Fraud

McAfee Anti-fraud Researcher Charged With Fraud

Hacker Safe?  We're guessing that applies only to web sites, not securities fraud.One of the researchers behind ScanAlert, the "Hacker Safe" certification company McAfee recently acquired, is facing fraud charges in Indiana.Brett Oliphant, whose title had been vice president of security services before the Napa, California, company was...

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ECS 8800GT N8800GT-256MX Review @ Motherboards.orgNVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide v2.0 @ TechARPOverclocked GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Card @ Digit-LifeSapphire HD3870 X2 @ TechwareLabsASUS EN9600GT Silent Video Card Evaluation @ [H]AMD FireGL V8600: Linux vs. Windows @ PhoronixMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 Mainboard:...

8 Ex-AOL TIme Warner Execs Charged With Fraud

8 Ex-AOL TIme Warner Execs Charged With Fraud

Federal regulators continue to come down on hard on corporate executives they believe are involved with misrepresenting investors and analysts.  The latest group to get collared were 8 executives from AOL Time Warner who are being charged with inflating the company’s online advertising revenue by more than $1 billion between 2000 and 2002.“Four...

Corsair Sets DDR3 Memory Frequency World Record

Corsair Sets DDR3 Memory Frequency World Record

CORSAIR DOMINATOR HITS 2462MHz SETS MEMORY FREQUENCY WORLD RECORD Fremont, CA, May 20, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for the highest achieved DDR3 frequency. Verified and validated by CPU-Z, Corsair Labs achieved an astounding...

More XP SP3 Problems

More XP SP3 Problems

XP SP3 has suffered a few post-release compatibility issues, the latest of which impacts users with a Windows Home Server on their network:“Windows XP users running Windows Home Server, Microsoft's home storage and local networking server, report that SP3 is cutting off their access to the server from their PCs. The remote desktop access feature...

Packard Bell introduces Ipowergames 2008

Packard Bell introduces Ipowergames 2008

PACKARD BELL INTRODUCES THE SECOND SEASON OF THE EUROPEAN TROPHY OF VIDEO GAMES PACKARD BELL IPOWERGAMESParis - May 19, 2008 - The ipowergames 2008, the original video games competition designed by Packard Bell for the gaming communities, are taking place in eight European countries this year : Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands,...

Gaming Laptops Get Bigger and Faster Drives

Gaming Laptops Get Bigger and Faster Drives

The divide between gaming desktops and laptops just got a bit smaller. Today Seagate announced that its 2.5-inch, 320GB, 7,200-rpm, Momentus 7200.3 hard drive is now available as an option in Dell XPS laptops and will be available soon in some Alienware laptop models."Seagate's new 2.5-inch hard drive delivers up to 320GB of capacity and combines...

New Exoskeleton Makes Super Soldiers?

New Exoskeleton Makes Super Soldiers?

The fashionable soldier of tomorrow will rip off the flak jacket and store the camo for a trip to the mall. If the military magnates at Raytheon have their way, soldiers will be donning futuristic exoskeletons before heading into combat. Sweet! Described as a "wearable robot" on the Raytheon site, the exoskeleton looks extremely clunky...yet...

Displays: AUO Throws a Curve and Slices it Thin

Displays: AUO Throws a Curve and Slices it Thin

AUO is expected to unveil today a number of innovative display technologies, including what it claims are "the world's first Curved Display Technology on glass substrate," and "the world's thinnest Ultra Thin 1.9-inch TFT-LCD." AUO is one of over 550 vendors exhibiting their wares at the Society for Information Display's Display Week 2008 show...

Wii Fit Launches in the US - in One Place

Wii Fit Launches in the US - in One Place

On Monday Nintendo officially launched the Wii Fit. Much like the premier of some movies, however, it's only being launched at one location: the Nintendo World store in New York City. Other retailers will start selling the Fit on Wednesday.At an MSRP of $89.99, Wii Fit comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board™ accessory, a precisely...

Gigabyte Does Spring Break In Taipei

Gigabyte Does Spring Break In Taipei

Gigabyte is so enthused by Intel's upcoming P45 chipset, it flew a multi-national crew of media from their respective home bases to its own headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan for two days of hands-on testing. During the event, Gigabyte gave us access to four SKUs based on P45 and an early look at a fifth extreme series board that will show off...

Internet Purchase Feedback = Cranks And Fanbois

Internet Purchase Feedback = Cranks And Fanbois

If you're like us here at HotHardware, you use the Internet for everything. But according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the one thing we're not doing much is letting the Internet make up our minds about what we want to buy. Those decisions seem to be more heavily and directly influenced by offline channels like "friends and...

IBM Tries To Help Farmers. Solar Farmers

IBM Tries To Help Farmers. Solar Farmers

You don't usually associate IBM with the solar power industry. But IBM researchers couldn't help but notice that one of the main difficulties in compressing the size of a solar collector, in a miniaturization process called "concentrator photovoltaics," (CPV) is the dissipation of heat. IBM used a lens to concentrate sunlight on a one centimeter...

20% of the U.S. Has Never Sent Email: Study

20% of the U.S. Has Never Sent Email: Study

As hard as it may be to believe, according to a study by research firm Parks Associates, nearly 20% of the population of the United States is disconnected from the Internet and has never used email. In their annual phone survey of U.S. households, Parks Associates found 20 million households are without Internet access, approximately 18% of...

AMD GAME! Enables Console Simplicity for PCs

AMD GAME! Enables Console Simplicity for PCs

AMD GAME! Enables Console-like Simplicity for Mainstream PCs- For the 263 million mainstream PC gamers worldwide, AMD GAME! standsfor exhilarating HD gaming experiences with full PC functionality-SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 19, 2008 - From the company powering the visual experience of the two most popular gaming consoles in the world today, AMD...

Microsoft & Yahoo Deal 2.0

Microsoft & Yahoo Deal 2.0

After Microsoft walked away from the table it seemed that a deal between the Redmond giant and Yahoo was not in the cards.  Such an impression might not be 100% accurate:Microsoft Corp said on Sunday it has reached out to Yahoo Inc about an alternative deal that would not involve a full acquisition, in a move that could save the web pioneer...

Developers Avoiding Vista

Developers Avoiding Vista

While Bill Gates claims that Vista is selling well, the big question is how many customers out there are requesting software with Vista specific technology. The answer came in a recent survey of developers claimed that less than 1 in 12 developers were actively developing software that was Vista-specific.Is the continued existence of XP causing...

Samsung Prototypes AMOLED Notebook, Drool Now

Samsung Prototypes AMOLED Notebook, Drool Now

OLED displays share the promise of low power, high def, ultra-high contrast goodness.  In fact Samsung claims their new line of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) panels boast 20X the contrast ratio of standard LCDs.  In addition, since the panels do not require any back-lighting, they consume much less power, so they are...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire Atomic HD3870x2 Watercooled @ CPU3DAlbatron GeForce 9600GT-512X Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsVisiontek Radeon HD 3870X2 overclocked edition review @ AMDZoneVisionTek HD3870X2 OC @ NeoseekerBFG GeForce 9600 GT OC review @ TWEAK.DKXFX 9800 GX2 Black Edition Video Card Review @ I4UMotherboards and Chipsets:DFI LanPartyDK X38-T2R...

Hybrid Boat Waves Hello to S.F. Bay

Hybrid Boat Waves Hello to S.F. Bay

There are plenty of hybrid cars on the road, but hybrid boats?  They haven't been seen.  Until now.The super-fast, super-sleek 25-foot speedboat uses a combination of electric and diesel engines to produce a low-emission vessel that should warm the hearts of the greenest motorboat sailor. "Everybody knows about hybrid cars, but hybrid...

Comcast Still Throttling BitTorrent

Comcast Still Throttling BitTorrent

Comcast customers are still waiting for the nation’s largest broadband provider to make good on their promise to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic according to a recent survey:The Max Planck Institute tested the connections of 788 Comcast customers, 494 (62%) experienced a slowdown of BitTorrent traffic. Comcast is not alone though, well...

Radeon 4800 In June?

Radeon 4800 In June?

This summer the graphics war might be hotter than the temperature.   While NVIDIA is gearing up to release their next-generation architecture, AMD hasn't exactly been sitting on their laurels:“The 4800 range is expected start at less than two hundred of your yankee dollars for the 4850 variant with half a gig of GDDR3 graphicy goodness and...

"Airwolf" for Auction on eBay

"Airwolf" for Auction on eBay

All right, all right, it wasn't the greatest show on TV - and this is just a replica - but still, it's Airwolf! Ernest Borgnine was great as "Santini." Of course, the auction is available only to pre-approved bidders.A friend invites you over for a BBQ and you ask, how big is your lawn? He asks why and you tell him not to worry about it --...

Samsung Thinks Small

Samsung Thinks Small

Samsung has a couple of new products that break the mold on what you might expect from computer peripherals. Samsung's Dual Display 2263DX is a dual display with a twist. It is actually a normal 22-inch LCD display that also includes a 7-inch "companion" display that attaches to the larger display, "via a pivoting, swiveling arm which allows...

Atom-Based MID Up Close and Personal

Atom-Based MID Up Close and Personal

The folks over at UMPC Fever have got their hands on one of the very first-to-market, Intel Atom processor-based MIDs (Mobile Internet Device). It is the Aigo MID, which they claim is the Asian version of the Gigabyte M528 we'll be seeing shortly in the U.S.:"Apart from the interior Intel Atom processor, my first impression on aigo MID is...

Flash Player 10. Now With New Seasick Goodness!

Flash Player 10. Now With New Seasick Goodness!

Adobe's Flash player has a 98% percent install rate, so I guess it's safe to call it an industry standard for video content. They've just released the latest version, Flash Player 10,  nicknamed "Astro," as a beta test. It's got some interesting things under the hood that work in the background to make video playback faster. On the visual...

Guitar Hero? Just Data Entry. iVideosongs Rocks

Guitar Hero? Just Data Entry. iVideosongs Rocks

A common knock on the wildly popular Guitar Hero console gamer is that it's a shame that people don't just learn how to play the guitar instead. It's easier to play the actual guitar than many songs on Guitar Hero on its most challenging setting, after all. Perhaps the critics were wrong about Guitar Hero siphoning off interest in the actual...

Companies Might Just Pass On Vista

Companies Might Just Pass On Vista

Vista has certainly faced some adoption issues and it looks like recent comments about how soon Windows 7 might be available could be causing those on the fence to stay there a little while longer.  This could very well be a motivating factor for companies to “Just Say No.” to Vista.Among the latest to jump on this bandwagon is General Motors....

Microsoft Joins the OLPC Project

Microsoft Joins the OLPC Project

We've known for some time that Microsoft was working hard at getting Windows XP slimmed down and running on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1.  They've apparently succeeded as on Thursday Microsoft and the OLPC Foundation announced an agreement that will make Windows XP available on XO laptops.The availability of Windows, in addition...

Rootkit For Cisco Routers Developed

Rootkit For Cisco Routers Developed

The FBI recently uncovered approximately 3500 fake Cisco systems routers in government networks, but that isn’t the end of the problem.  Now it seems that Cisco routers may soon come under attack by rootkits:"A security researcher has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, a development that has placed increasing scrutiny...

CBS Buys CNET Networks

CBS Buys CNET Networks

The good news is an online entity featuring lots of tech news and commentary is worth $1.8 billion. The bad news is that it isn't HotHardware. CBS announced today that they have acquired CNET Networks, which operates a host of Internet sites like CNET, ZDNet, Gamespot, Search.com, TV.com, and many more. "There are very few opportunities to...

Intel Atom Atomizes the News

Intel Atom Atomizes the News

It seems that Intel's forthcoming, low-power Atom processor is popping up all over the news lately. First we got wind of Gigabyte's portable Atom device a few weeks ago--what we thought was an ultraportable named the M912 is really a MID (Mobile Internet Device) called the M528. Now we're hearing about another Atom-based device seen in...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ATI Radeon HD 3850 256MB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeSamsung T220 Review @ InsideHWGigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB Review @ Sharky ExtremeASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB Review - Mainstream Dual-GPU Option @ PC PerspectiveNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Performance Scaling in Modern Games @ Digit-LifeFoxconn GeForce 9800GTX Review @ OCCMotherboards...

Yahoo's Buzz Sinks Digg

Yahoo's Buzz Sinks Digg

Yahoo! launched its Buzz Social News site in beta form in February.  It differs from other Social News sites as being invitation-only, but despite that: it's already given Digg's traffic a buzz-cut.Yahoo Buzz had an explosive first few months, showing that it could generate 90% of the traffic that three-year old Digg could in only a matter...

Comcast to Buy Plaxo

Comcast to Buy Plaxo

Reuters reports that the second-largest U.S. ISP, Comcast, has agreed to acquire online address book and social networking site Plaxo for somewhere between $145 million and $175 million. "Comcast will use Plaxo to offer social network links across Comcast-connected devices from TVs to digital video recorders to, eventually, wireless devices,...

VIA To Run WIth The Big 45nm Dogs Next Year

VIA To Run WIth The Big 45nm Dogs Next Year

According to Digitimes, who always seem to know someone inside everywhere, VIA will roll out their own dual core processors by the end of next year, and will manufacture their processors using 45 nanometer scale architecture.VIA has also revealed more details of its initial-launch Isaiah-based processor, which will feature a core frequency...

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB SAS Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB SAS Hard Drive

The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. Today, we’ll be showcasing one of the most significant developments to date, toward getting SAS...

Overstock.com Dumps NY Affiliates

Overstock.com Dumps NY Affiliates

Have you heard of the so-called "Amazon Tax?"  It's New York State's attempt to force etailers collect sales taxes if they have affiliates in New York.  Amazon.com has already sued over it, and Overstock.com has decided it won't collect the tax either - but it has taken a different route.Overstock.com is apparently taking a different...

Ants Invade Houston, Eat Computers

Ants Invade Houston, Eat Computers

Sounds like a science fiction movie doesn't it?  But it's not.The newly recognized species is believed to have arrived in a cargo shipment through the port of Houston. Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean."At this point, it...

Microsoft Brings Multi-touch To The Wall

Microsoft Brings Multi-touch To The Wall

Not only does Microsoft envision turning tabletops into computers, now it wants to do the same with walls. Today at Microsoft’s 12th annual CEO Summit, held on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus, Bill Gates demonstrated a prototype of a new technology called TouchWall. TouchWall takes the concept of Microsoft's Surface--a horizontal, interactive,...

Smooth Creations Broodling

Smooth Creations Broodling

Enthusiasts are familiar with the Smooth Creations team as the artists behind the airbrushed gaming rigs from the likes of Falcon Northwest, Alienware, and Maingear. Not as many may be aware, however, that Smooth Creations has recently expanded from the realm of painting cases to that of building and selling painted, customizable systems and...

OCZ Introduces DIY Gaming Notebook

OCZ Introduces DIY Gaming Notebook

OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative Developed to offer “Infinite Possibilities,” the OCZ DIY program gives gamers on the go just what they have been asking for Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability...

Dell: Reports of the XPS' Demise Exaggerated

Dell: Reports of the XPS' Demise Exaggerated

Responding to reports that first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal, Dell issued a statement late Tuesday night regarding the future of the XPS line of gaming systems. While the WSJ indicated that Dell would be dumping the XPS line in favor of systems developed by Alienware, which Dell purchased in 2006, Dell denied this was the case - although...

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 CPU

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 CPU

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 Processor on the World's Smallest BoardVIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board features the 1-watt VIA Eden ULV processor for ultra low power embedded platforms Taipei, Taiwan, May 14 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA...

AT&T Mobility Promises 20Mbps 3G by 2009

AT&T Mobility Promises 20Mbps 3G by 2009

What is a mobile provider to do when only 12 percent of its customers own phones capable of taking advantage of data plans? Certainly having exclusive U.S. rights to arguably the most advanced--or at least the sexiest--smartphone is a good start. And the iPhone has been big a boost to AT&T's sales in 2007. But by the close of 2007, AT&T...

Study: Hands-free Phones are Lifesavers

Study: Hands-free Phones are Lifesavers

California's hands-free mobile phone law goes into effect on July 1st. Starting on that date, California drivers will no longer be able to use hand-held phones, but will instead either need to use a hands-free device, whether it's a headset or integrated into the car.A study released Monday by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California...

AMD Execs Get A New Office - Or A Plank To Walk

AMD Execs Get A New Office - Or A Plank To Walk

AMD has announced a management shakeup. They're struggling mightily to compete with industry leader Intel right now. AMD COO Dirk Meyer is reshuffling his executive personnel deck by moving some people sideways, some people up the ladder -- and some were given an empty printer paper box to clean their desk into before being escorted to the...

Judge Prepares Dish of Creamed Spam

Judge Prepares Dish of Creamed Spam

It's a good day whenever something bad happens to a spammer. That makes today a beautiful day, as a judge in Los Angeles has ruled in MySpace's favor in a suit they brought against two spammers who ran amok on MySpace pages. The damages awarded were worthy of a deposed Nigerian dictator: $230 million dollars.U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins...

Google Maps Adds Wikipedia Entries

Google Maps Adds Wikipedia Entries

What won't Google do with their maps?If you go to Google Maps, you’ll notice there is now a “”More” button right next to “Street View”" and “Traffic.” If you click on it after getting a map, you will be given the options to tick “Photos” or “Wikipedia.” Ticking the first option populates teh map with geo-tagged photos provided by Panoramio....

Google Getting Intel SSDs

Google Getting Intel SSDs

Google is going to experiment with SSDs and they have chosen to go with Intel’s SSD technology.  The move is said to be part of plan to help reduce electric bills, but it could potentially offer some performance gains too.“The more power efficient SSDs will be installed at severs at Google's US headquarters. Intel will supply flash chips and...

MSI Wind Due To Fight The Eee In June

MSI Wind Due To Fight The Eee In June

Details are finally emerging about MSI’s upcoming Eee competitor, the Wind: CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – May 13 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is ready to clear up some of the questions surrounding the MSI Wind (Wi-Fi Network Device).  MSI Computer will offer both Linux and Windows (XP Home...

Hewlett-Packard Buys EDS, Prints Pink Slips

Hewlett-Packard Buys EDS, Prints Pink Slips

Hewett Packard must have IBM envy. They've purchased Ross Perot's old technology services company, Electronic Data Systems,  for $13.2 billion, so they can claim to be the second place provider of such services to businesses and government, behind IBM.  As usual, the first rule of Takeover Club is: you're fired. It's a field dominated...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Overclocking The NVIDIA Quadro FX1700 @ PhoronixASUS' Special Ones - EN9600GT TOP & Silent @ HardwareZoneXFX 9800 GTX Black Edition 512mb @ Overclock3DASUS 8600GT TOP Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeSapphire Toxic 512MB Radeon HD3870 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comXFX GeForce 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition review @ Elite BastardsAsus...

Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope Blasts Off

Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope Blasts Off

In February, Robert Scoble wrote that Microsoft researchers showed him something that made him cry. At the time, he couldn't write about it, but it turned out to be this project, the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope.“The WorldWide Telescope is a powerful tool for science and education that makes it possible for everyone to explore the universe,”...

Quad-Core AMD Opterons Now in Sun Servers

Quad-Core AMD Opterons Now in Sun Servers

Sun Microsystems is a long-time player in the enterprise-level world of servers, software, and services. While the company prides itself on its Java technology, Solaris operating system, and UltraSPARC processors, its true bread-and-butter comes from its servers--including rackmount, x64, blade, enterprise, among other types of servers. Sun's...

Bournemouth Loves Its Crappy Internet Service

Bournemouth Loves Its Crappy Internet Service

Bournemouth, England is getting a big upgrade on their Internet infrastructure. It's the first town in the UK to get a certain kind of fiber-optic service, with speeds up to 100Mbps. Of course fiber-optic Internet service isn't really news. It's the method of running the cable to everybody's home that has people talking. H2O Networks limited...

Creative Offers 5.1 Sound Via USB

Creative Offers 5.1 Sound Via USB

Creative has just released the USB 2.0-based Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 audio adapter, making it now much simpler to get surround sound on laptops and cramped small-form-factor PCs (LAN party anyone?)--or allaying the fears of those who are hesitant to crack open their systems and start mucking around inside. While Creative calls it a...

Bye, Bye XPS?

Bye, Bye XPS?

Say it ain't so, Dell!  According to the WSJ, Dell is going to start phasing out its XPS line of gaming systems in favor of its Alienware line.Next month, Dell will begin phasing out four gaming systems in its XPS line of PCs, leaving the Alienware line that it acquired in 2006 as its sole offering to big-spending gamers, a largely male...

HBO Content To iTunes?

HBO Content To iTunes?

People close to the situation have been reporting that HBO content could finally be making its way to iTunes:“The HBO insiders said that the new service would be launched and announced simultaneously, most likely in a week or two.Details of the agreement are not yet known, but it is clear that HBO was able to secure better terms from Apple...

Microsoft: YouTube Blocking Was A Glitch

Microsoft: YouTube Blocking Was A Glitch

A recent issue where MSN Messenger and Windows Live were blocking YouTube has now been resolved.  Microsoft has laid the blame on an unnamed partner that is allegedly responsible for blocking unsafe content.  Thankfully the situation has now been resolved and Microsoft is assuring users that there won’t be a repeat of such an issue:"Microsoft...

Microsoft Launches Video Social Networking App

Microsoft Launches Video Social Networking App

YouTube may rule supreme in the melded world of online video and social networking, but Microsoft has a new trick up its sleeve that it hopes might steal some eyeballs away from the competition. Launching today in 20 countries and 12 languages is Microsoft's Messenger TV service, integrating online video directly into Microsoft's Live Messenger...

Addonics Just Fixed Your Broken iPod. w00t!

Addonics Just Fixed Your Broken iPod. w00t!

We just caught wind of a couple of new iPod-related accessories from Addonics that we thought you'd all like to see.  The company has just announced two new products that can benefit iPod owners in a few ways.  The first product is a 1.8"ZIF to 2.5" IDE hard drive converter that gives users the ability to connect an iPod hard drive...

Eurocom launches Quad-Core XEON Based Notebook

Eurocom launches Quad-Core XEON Based Notebook

Eurocom launches Portable Server Notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON Processor for On-the-Road Development. The World s First server-class notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes of storage, RAID 5 and internal 1 hour Battery. Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and...

Overclocked Radeon HD 3650 Showdown

Overclocked Radeon HD 3650 Showdown

Just last week, we posted an evaluation of a Radeon HD 3650 card by Diamond Multimedia, where said manufacturer decided to one-up ATI's reference specifications by raising the amount of on-board memory to a full one gigabyte.  The results, unfortunately, were not overly favorable as the memory happened to be of the inexpensive, low-speed...

Gentlemen, Start Your Thumbs: Blackberry Bolds

Gentlemen, Start Your Thumbs: Blackberry Bolds

The iPhone gets all the headlines, but Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry device is still how the vast majority of business smartphone warriors roll. RIM announced yesterday their next generation smartphone; they call it the BlackBerry Bold. The most striking feature of the Bold is its display. It runs at the same 320x480 resolution as...

The DVR Kidnappped Six Million Primetime Viewers

The DVR Kidnappped Six Million Primetime Viewers

Your Digital Video Recorder might not have found Sarah Conner yet, but it seems to be responsible for the disappearance of six million primetime TV viewers since last May. Some of the miserable ratings of this year's crop of primetime shows could be laid at the feet of the writer's strike, but that really can't explain the whole number. It's...

Network Throttling is Big Business

Network Throttling is Big Business

How exactly do major ISPs determine which types of traffic to let through unhampered and which types to throttle or block? With deep-packet inspection devices, such as the $800,000 Procera Networks PacketLogic PL10000. Ars Technica reports on the latest ammunition in ISPs' arsenal:"The PL10000 can handle up to 5 million subscribers and can...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Video Card Review @ FuturelooksAsus EAH3850X2 @ NeoseekerNvidia GeForce 9800 GTX Review @ X-bit LabsDiamond Radeon HD3650 1GB Review @ Motherboards.orgNVIDIA GeForce To Quadro Soft-Mod Guide @ TechARPMSI GeForce 9800 GTX N9800GTX-T2D512-OC (UK) @ Tweak.dkPalit GeForce 9600GT 1GB Sonic Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards...

Laptop Recovered with "Back to My Mac"

Laptop Recovered with "Back to My Mac"

A pair of thieves were caught by the tech-savvy owner of one of the laptops they pilfered, using the "Back to My Mac" remote desktop software to find her Mac and take control of it - and to take a picture of one of the thieves, as well.Here in White Plains, a break in the case came on Tuesday when a friend of Ms. Duplaga’s sent her a congratulatory...

NVIDIA Denies Any Interest in Via

NVIDIA Denies Any Interest in Via

It's been rumored since March, but NVIDIA's CEO has tried to dispel any ideas that his company is interested in Via."They don't need our money. I don't need theirs," Huang said, referring to Via. "They're doing fine. People want to create drama," he added.Previous reports cited a number of scenarios including Nvidia's acquisition of the entire...

Password on Your Cell Phone, via CallVerifID

Password on Your Cell Phone, via CallVerifID

OpenID is an service which allows users to log on to many different web sites using a single username / password. This eliminates the need to create and remember a strong username / password for each site. The assumption, of course, is you create a strong OpenID.Of course, if that information is lost or stolen, you're in big trouble. ...

Low Power Options Expand Quad-Core Opteron Line

Low Power Options Expand Quad-Core Opteron Line

Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor Family Expands with New Low-Power Options- Five New Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE Processors Offering Superior Performance-Per-Watt with Ultimate Energy Efficiency -SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors with four processing...

3500 Fake Cisco Products In US Gov Networks

3500 Fake Cisco Products In US Gov Networks

Grab your tinfoil hats people, the conspiracy theories are about to start flying. The FBI just recently finished conducting an investigation into the networking components being used by the government."Operation Cisco Raider uncovered 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components, with an estimated value of $3.5 million.  According to the FBI’s...

New iPhone Imminent?

New iPhone Imminent?

One of the surest signs of an Apple product being replaced/refreshed is that said product is no longer available and lacks an expected availability date.  The latest product to go unavailable w/no expected availability date is the iPhone."The change follows multiple weeks during which the American website had already cited delays of between...

Only The UK Loves ATI/AMD?  Surely Not...

Only The UK Loves ATI/AMD? Surely Not...

After spouting some rather harsh words about Intel, it seems that NVIDIA is not ceasing its vocal rampage against the competition.  This time the target is AMD and more specifically their graphics subsidiary, ATI. Recent comments by NVIDIA speak for themselves: "The UK is the only place in the world where anyone talks about AMD or...

Your Receipt is in the E-mail

Your Receipt is in the E-mail

Ever get an email that has a signature line that says "Please consider the environment before printing this email?" Starting on May 16th, you can save a few trees by using allEtronic and rejecting paper receipts when you check out at big box stores like Best Buy and Target.A service that will enable consumers to receive digital receipts through...

Parallels Desktop for Mac Now XP SP3 Compatible

Parallels Desktop for Mac Now XP SP3 Compatible

Just in time for the (delayed) release of the Windows XP SP3 update, Parallels updates its Mac virtualization application, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. As recent as last week, a Parallels representative stated that an XP SP3-compatible update to Parallels Desktop was as much as a month away. Perhaps what he meat to say was "next month,"...

MSI Unveils Titan 700 Ultra Small Form Factor PC

MSI Unveils Titan 700 Ultra Small Form Factor PC

MSI has just announced a brand new ultra small form factor PC, dubbed the Titan 700.  The tiny machine features a 2.0GHz VIA C7 processor, a mini-ITX motherboard, and a compact case with a volume of only 3.1L. The motherboard's CN700 norhtbridge sports a VIA Graphics (S3) UniChrome Pro IGP, and other features include a slim optical drive,...

HotHardware on the go!

HotHardware on the go!

In our ongoing effort to make it easier, and maybe even more fun, for all of you to get your HH fix - no matter where you are or what you may be doing - we've decided to setup a Twitter feed that's constantly updated with our news stories and articles.  It's available right here, if you'd like to check it out.   And while we're on...

Canadian Owners of Older iPods to Receive Credit

Canadian Owners of Older iPods to Receive Credit

Two lawsuits mean a small credit ($45) will be due to Canadian owners of older iPods: first-, second- or third-generation iPods purchased before June 24, 2004.Apple agreed to a settlement covering both claims. The deal has to be finalized in court in Montreal on May 26 and in Toronto on June 20.As many as 80,000 Canadians could be eligible,...

XBox360 To Cool Down With 65nm GPU

XBox360 To Cool Down With 65nm GPU

Microsoft had all sorts of trouble with the reliability of its XBox 360. Tales of the "Red Ring of Death" gave potential buyers pause, and Microsoft spend a small fortune replacing defective units. One of the main reasons the game console was so fragile is that the 90nm scale GPU ran very hot. 65nm chips to the rescue!Microsoft will make available...

George Bush Is Downloaders' Last Hope. Heh

George Bush Is Downloaders' Last Hope. Heh

A bill to ratchet up the penalties for illegally copying and distributing copyrighted music and movies, or infringing on all sorts of other trademarks and service marks, has breezed though a House Committee. The bill would direct the Executive branch to create a department headed by an "Intellectual Property Czar" inside the Justice Department...

New Net Neutrality Bill Proposed

New Net Neutrality Bill Proposed

The ISP network throttling debate continues on Capital Hill: News.com reports that two Democratic Congressmen, John Conyers from Michigan and Zoe Lofgren from California, have introduced new legislation designed to prevent network providers from prioritizing Internet traffic and content.Just like last time, the bill would rewrite U.S. antitrust...

ATT Giveth, ATT Taketh Away

ATT Giveth, ATT Taketh Away

Although it was discovered as a "feature" a week ago, it's not official until AT&T says it is. And finally on Thursday the ability of iPhone users to use AT&T hotspots at their 17,000 locations was added to the details of the iPhone plan on AT&T website.  Then they removed it again.AT&T's iPhone website (under 'Plans'...

Gates Says Vista Doing Well

Gates Says Vista Doing Well

We recently reported on the ongoing struggle to keep XP alive, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s waffling reactions.  But what does co-founder Bill Gates have to say on the subject?   Is XP’s continued availability cutting into Vista sales?“Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says sales of Windows Vista have been "rapid", with more than 140 million...

ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 Audio Card

ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 Audio Card

A few months ago, ASUS jumped into the audio card market with both feet with the introduction of their Xonar product line.  One of the first models to market was the premium Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 sound card.  The D2 boasted a superb retail package with all of  the cabling, software and extras one would need thrown in,...

Test if Your ISP is Throttling BitTorrent

Test if Your ISP is Throttling BitTorrent

Potential throttling of BitTorrent traffic by major ISPs, such as Comcast and AT&T, means that your Internet access could be affected. It's not just the downloading of illegal movies and applications that utilizes BitTorrent traffic; there is plenty of legitimate BitTorrent traffic out there as well, such as Valve's Steam game distribution...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Hanns-G Hi221D 22in Widescreen Display Review @ OCIA.netNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Card @ Digit-LifeVisionTek Radeon HD 3870 X2 Overclocked Edition Review @ OCCAsus EAH3870 X2 1GB graphics card @ bit-techMotherboards and Chipsets:Tyan Thunder n3600M @ PhoronixAsus M3N-HT Deluxe reviewed @ NeoseekerASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi Review @...

Srizbi is World's Most Prevalent Spam Botnet

Srizbi is World's Most Prevalent Spam Botnet

Technology News Daily reports on the latest findings of Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) team, indicating that the Srizbi botnet comprises 49.4 percent of all spam for the week ending May 4, 2008--making Srizbi "the world's largest spam botnet." (Marshal is an e-mail and Internet-content security service provider.)"Srizbi...

TorrentSpy Finds Out How Much Free Movies Cost

TorrentSpy Finds Out How Much Free Movies Cost

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has won a default judgment against Valence Media's download site Torrentspy. The judgment is handy for figuring out exactly how much all those free movies everyone's downloading are worth. According to a federal judge, $110 million dollars ought to about cover it. In 2006 TorrentSpy was more...

Microsoft Denies Any Zune "Copyright Cop"

Microsoft Denies Any Zune "Copyright Cop"

A story in the New York Times had the blogosphere up in arms, but Microsoft indicates we shouldn't believe it. The Times said that Microsoft is working to implement an anti-piracy filter into its Zune media players, which would prevent playback of unauthorized videos.In fact, J. B. Perrette, the president of digital distribution for NBC Universal,...

Mozilla's Deer Hunter Download Language Pack

Mozilla's Deer Hunter Download Language Pack

Mozilla has found and removed a virus from its Vietnamese language pack for their Firefox 2 browser. The virus loads remote content, showing the unwitting users unwanted advertising, but does not propagate the virus itself to others. Everyone who downloaded the most recent Vietnamese language pack since February 18, 2008 got an infected copy. ...

12-Core Chips from AMD in 2010

12-Core Chips from AMD in 2010

AMD has released its product roadmap for the next two years and the company appears to have gone core crazy. Plans for several multi-core chip releases over the next two years will culminate in a 12-core CPU to be released in the first half of 2010. The first new product from AMD will be code-named "Shanghai," and is expected to see the light...

OCZ Intros New Additions to Reaper HPC Series

OCZ Intros New Additions to Reaper HPC Series

OCZ Introduces New Additions to the Reaper HPC Series, with High Density DDR3 Kits Featuring Incredible SpeedsSunnyvale, CA—May 7, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge...

NVIDIA To Simplify Product Range

NVIDIA To Simplify Product Range

NVIDIA’s VP of Content Business Development, Roy Taylor, recently commented on plans to simplify the company’s product range."It is a challenge that we're looking at right now. There is a need to simplify it for consumers, there's no question," Taylor explained."We think that the people who understand and know GeForce today, they're okay with...

Another Psystar Unboxed

Another Psystar Unboxed

When we first heard about Psystar and their Open Computer that could run OS X, we were understandably skeptical.  It didn’t help that numerous news agencies around the country were having difficulty tracking the company down.   But all of that is the past, Psystar is shipping units and a review site has finally gotten their hands on one.While...

Asus: Watch Those Batteries!

Asus: Watch Those Batteries!

All those of you who are using generic, and in particular, high-capacity batteries with your Eee should watch out.  It seems you might have an explosive combination. Second- and third-tier battery makers in China have begun to manufacture batteries designed to be used with the Eee PC. Some vendors are offering batteries with capacities...

Dell Art Series Inspiron 1525 Notebooks

Dell Art Series Inspiron 1525 Notebooks

Just yesterday, Dell unveiled some new Art Series Inspiron 1525 notebooks that feature artwork from Mike Ming Designs on theirs lids.  Although the machines hit the Dell website only yesterday, we had a chance to get our hands on a couple of the units and snap off a few pictures.As you can see, the appliques applied to the lids were vibrant. ...

Id Looking for a Few Good Developers for DOOM 4

Id Looking for a Few Good Developers for DOOM 4

Not only did Id Games announce today that it is hard at work on the next installment of the first-person shooter DOOM series, DOOM 4, but the company is looking to hire designers, artists, animators, and programmers to develop the new title."DOOM is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry...

GTA IV Steals Half A Billion In One Week

GTA IV Steals Half A Billion In One Week

Grand Theft Auto IV sold six million copies in its first week alone, netting $500 million for its publisher, Take-Two Interactive. That's even better than the wildest estimates by industry pundits, and probably will make Electronic Arts' bid to purchase Take Two a whole lot more expensive. The significance of the sales extends beyond buoying...

Microsoft Adds TV Shows from NBC to Zune Store

Microsoft Adds TV Shows from NBC to Zune Store

While some reports seem to point to NBC returning to iTunes, that seems unlikely, as the Zune Marketplace, along with the changes to the Zune 2.5 software, has added NBC to the fold.Notable in the deal is NBC Universal's inclusion, as the company's programs disappeared from Apple's iTunes Store in December following disputes over pricing and...

Chip Makers to Collaborate on 450mm Transition

Chip Makers to Collaborate on 450mm Transition

Intel, Samsung, and TSMC--big players in the fabrication of semiconductors--have announced that they will be collaborating in order to target an industry-wide transition to 450mm wafers starting in the year 2012. Most semiconductors today are manufactured on 300mm wafers--a transition that started in 2001--which was 10 years after the transition...

Comcast's Invisible Ceiling To Get  A Paintjob?

Comcast's Invisible Ceiling To Get A Paintjob?

Comcast has taken a lot of heat for limiting their customer's P2P traffic based on vague references to traffic overload concerns. They confused and angered many of their customers by offering "unlimited" bandwith that was limited, and added a bit of insult to injury by never revealing what the ceiling on traffic actually was. Broadband Reports...

BioWare Details SecuROM Copy Protection

BioWare Details SecuROM Copy Protection

BioWare has produced numerous hit games over the years, and as such they’ve probably suffered more than the average company at the hands of pirates. As a result the company has decided to use SecuROM for some of their upcoming titles, and Technical Director Derek French provides some details: “Mass Effect uses SecuROM and requires an online...

Desmond Tutu Loves Free Music

Desmond Tutu Loves Free Music

Yes, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Prize winner and internationally known humanitarian, is a fan of free music. Don't read that to mean he supports illegally downloading music, however.Tutu has become involved with SOS Records, a label that plans to let users decide which acts it signs. Tutu was in New York on Tuesday to help launch the...

NBC Returning To iTunes?

NBC Returning To iTunes?

After a public spat concerning pricing caused Apple and NBC Universal to part ways last year, it seems that NBC might be returning to the fold.  At this time only customers in the U.K. have access to the restored content, but there is a little surprise waiting for eager fans: “Early visits to the restored content, however, reveal that NBC...

Yahoo To MS: Please Buy Us

Yahoo To MS: Please Buy Us

With the ink still wet on stories of Microsoft walking away from their Yahoo bid we thought the drama was at its end. “However, it didn't take long for Yahoo to apparently start hoping that Microsoft would consider pursuing it again.  In a move like something out of a television drama, the company announced only 48 hours after Microsoft dropped...

Nanowires. Is There Anything They Can't Do?

Nanowires. Is There Anything They Can't Do?

The University of Illinois  at Urbana Champaign is a hotbed of high-tech research these days. They've recently demonstrated a process for "growing" upright copper nanowires on surfaces made from a wide array of materials.  These nanowires could be used to make Field-Emission Displays, brighter and sharper than existing flat panel...

XP SP3, Vista SP1 Updates Resume

XP SP3, Vista SP1 Updates Resume

Last week Microsoft had to delay the rollout of Windows XP SP3, and halt automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1, because of incompatibility issues with Microsoft Dynamic Retail Management System (RMS).  Tuesday Microsoft announced that both Service Packs were again available via Windows Update.The software maker on Tuesday said it...

Yahoo Taps McAfee for Safer Searching

Yahoo Taps McAfee for Safer Searching

Yahoo wants your Web searching to be safe. Yahoo has partnered with McAfee to utilize McAfee's SiteAdvisor technology in Yahoo searches to keep Web surfers from visiting would-be harmful sites. In a press release from earlier today, Yahoo stated:"Yahoo!, Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) and McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today announced a partnership to deliver...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ECS GeForce 8800 GT 256MB Video Card Review - N8800GT-256MX @ Legit ReviewsASUS EN9600GT Silent 512MB Review @ TechgageXFX GeForce 9800GTX Black Edition Review @ GamepyreGigabyte GeForce 8800GT TurboForce 512MB @ APH NetworksSamsung SyncMaster 2263DX Review @ X-bit LabsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI K9A2 Platinum Motherboard Review @...

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta Supports DX9 Shader 2

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta Supports DX9 Shader 2

Mac users represent a small percentage of computer users--about three percent worldwide. But if Mac sales are any indication--up 51 percent in the last year--the number of Mac users are growing rapidly. One of the reasons for this is that all new Macs can also run Windows, allowing users to have access to both operating systems simultaneously...

NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI Motherboard Round-Up

NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI Motherboard Round-Up

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two full years since NVIDIA released a new flagship chipset for the AMD platform.  Since the nForce 590i SLI's official release in May of 2006, NVIDIA has introduced a handful of mid-range and more affordable chipsets for AMD processors, but the 590i SLI was it at the high-end, despite AMD's...

Forget Moore's Law. We Need Olukotun's Ordinance

Forget Moore's Law. We Need Olukotun's Ordinance

We don't know what to do with all the multi-core chips we already have, never mind the eight and sixteen core processors looming on the horizon. The software is not keeping pace with the hardware.  That realization is dawning over all the big players in computer chip design and tech educators. Think tanks dedicated to parallel computing...

Westin Hotels to Become Wii Gamers' Paradise

Westin Hotels to Become Wii Gamers' Paradise

Going on vacation and want to make sure you can exercise in your room with your Wii Fit? Or can't bear to leave your Super Mario Galaxy game behind? Nintendo has announced a partnership with Westin Hotels to make sure you don't have to.Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests...

Now Looks Can Kill

Now Looks Can Kill

If looks could kill?  Or rather, now looks can kill, at least in video games.Technology is being developed to allow people with severe motor disabilities to play 3D computer games like World of Warcraft using only their eyes.Since the 1990s, gaze technology has helped people with conditions such as motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral...

Super Talent Launches MLC SATA-II SSDs

Super Talent Launches MLC SATA-II SSDs

Super Talent Launches MLC SATA-II SSDs for NotebooksHigh-Speed MasterDrive SSDs Offer Unprecedented Performance & ReliabilitySan Jose, California – May 6, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new line of MasterDrive solid state drives (SSDs) that are...

AMD’s Puma To Draw Blood Soon

AMD’s Puma To Draw Blood Soon

AMD has been quiet on the mobile front for quite some time now, but it seems that this could very well be the calm before the storm.  Rumors have it that AMD and partners are planning on showing off  Puma-based notebooks at Computex, which is barely a month away. So what makes Puma special and how will it compare to Intel’s latest...

Notebooks To Blame For GDDR Price Increase

Notebooks To Blame For GDDR Price Increase

The continued demand for laptop memory appears to be overshadowing the need for faster graphics memory, at least according to inside sources at unnamed players in the DRAM industry:"Some DRAM makers have started allotting more capacity for commodity DRAM, especially SO-DIMMs for notebooks, the sources said.  Capacity for GDDR has started to...

OCZ: World’s First High-Density 2GHz Solution

OCZ: World’s First High-Density 2GHz Solution

OCZ Technology Announces the World’s First High-Density 2GHz Solution, Offering 4GB of High-Performance Memory for Ultra High-End DesktopsSunnyvale, Calif.—May 5, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today premiered the world’s first PC3-16000 4GB (2x2048MB)...

Chinese Gamers Spent $1.7B on Online Games

Chinese Gamers Spent $1.7B on Online Games

This should be a clear indication of just why China has even opened Internet addiction clinics, shouldn't it?Chinese gamers spent USD 1.7 billion on online games in 2007, up 71 per cent from the prior year, according to market intelligence firm Niko Partners.The firm expects online revenue to reach USD 2.5 billion this year and USD 6 billion...

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB Tested

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB Tested

Diamond Multimedia has, with the release of the Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB, added not just one but two different variants to their Radeon 3650 arsenal.  The first stuck with default specifications including clock speed and memory buffer, but at launch we hinted that there would be many models to choose from.  Today we take a look at...

HotHardware April Sweepstakes Winner!

HotHardware April Sweepstakes Winner!

At the beginning of last month, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away a custom painted Smooth Creations system powered by an AMD quad-core processor and Diamond Multimedia Radeon 3870 X2 graphics card.  The response we received after the announcement was awesome, with hundreds of new members joining our...

New Nine Inch Nails Album: Free Download

New Nine Inch Nails Album: Free Download

Never one to follow the traditional paths of the recording industry, today the Nine Inch Nails have made their latest album, "Slip," available as a free download from their Website. This comes on the heels of the free release of their single, "Echoplex," on Facebook's iLike a few days earlier. This is not the band's first foray into digital...

DIY Multi-touch Tabletop Display

DIY Multi-touch Tabletop Display

Why wait to play with someone else's Microsoft Surface multi-touch tabletop display, when you can build one yourself! Apparently a big hit at this last weekend's Maker Faire, was an open-source design for tinkerers to inexpensively build  their own multi-touch tabletop display with off-the-shelf components. The design comes...

Official Demoted for 780,000 hits on Porn Sites

Official Demoted for 780,000 hits on Porn Sites

Only a demotion? My, they're certainly lenient in Japan.  A Japanese civil servant was demoted for logging more than 780,000 hits on pornographic websites on his office computer over nine months, an official said Friday.The man, a Kinokawa city government employee in western Japan, visited porn sites from June 2007 to February 2008, city...

Sell Yahoo!. Buy Prozac

Sell Yahoo!. Buy Prozac

Microsoft has walked away from their takeover bid for Yahoo!, and today is the day when the market will have its say about the wisdom of Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang's frantic actions aimed at avoiding being folded into Microsoft at any cost. Kara Swisher at All Things Digital rang up some executives at Yahoo! after the deal disintegrated,...

No Shortage Of Laptop Money. Just No Batteries

No Shortage Of Laptop Money. Just No Batteries

There was a fire in LG Chem's plant in South Korea in March of this year. "So what?"  you might ask. Well, that plant makes lithium-ion batteries, and that's helping to limit the supply of laptop computers. "I think maybe the battery shortage may hurt every brand," said J.T. Wang, chairman of Acer, at the company's investor conference...

FPS Circle of Death Keyboard - Huh?

FPS Circle of Death Keyboard - Huh?

Some folks step into the ring ready for battle with a round-house kick and a 1-2 jab-cross.  Still others would rather enter the arena with a plasma cannon, link gun or sniper rifle.  It all depends on whether your prefer the real or virtual octagon.  Then again the octagon could be more of a circle of death too.  How uplifting. ...

Spam Turns 30: Booo, Hisssss

Spam Turns 30: Booo, Hisssss

While we typically like to say happy birthday to just about anything technology related, this week we have a less than auspicious birthday to note: that of spam turning 30.“The first known spam email was sent 30 years ago on Saturday.But the message sent on May 3, 1978 by a marketer for the now defunct DEC computer company to around 400 people...

No Microhoo: Microsoft Walks Away

No Microhoo: Microsoft Walks Away

Despite reports on Friday that Yahoo! had been brought to the bargaining table by a higher Microsoft offer, Microsoft issued a press release on Saturday indicating it was walking away from the deal.“Despite our best efforts, including raising our bid by roughly $5 billion, Yahoo! has not moved toward accepting our offer. After careful consideration,...

iTunes To Lose Money On Same Day As DVD Deal

iTunes To Lose Money On Same Day As DVD Deal

Apple recently came to an agreement with a group of film studios including the 6 largest that would enable the Cupertino firm to release movies via iTunes the same day that they are available on DVD.   The problem is that Apple might actually be taking a loss on them for the short term:“Apple said that starting this week, iTunes customers...

ASUS Eee PC 900 Available for Pre-Order May 5

ASUS Eee PC 900 Available for Pre-Order May 5

ASUS Eee PC 900 Now Available for Pre-Order at Exclusive ASUS Authorized Retailers in the United States FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (May 5th, 2008)-ASUS North American headquarters today announced the availability of the long-awaited ASUS Eee PC 900. The US is the 3rd in-line to offer the 8.9-inch ASUS Eee PC following its release in Hong Kong and...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sparkle GeForce 9600 GT PX96GT512D3-HP review @ TWEAK.DKDiamond's Radeon HD 3870 1GB video card @ The Tech ReportnVidia GeForce 9800GTX Triple SLI @ t-breakAsus EN9600GT Silent Video Card Review @ I4UMotherboards and Chipsets:Surprises from ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+: Good and Bad @ X-bit LabsECS A780GM-A Black Series Motherboard Review...

Dell Gives UK Vostro Laptop Owners The Finger

Dell Gives UK Vostro Laptop Owners The Finger

All right, they didn't really give Vostro laptop owners the meaty middle digit.  However, they gave them something that would require a reconfiguration of your typing mindset: a screwed-up keyboard layout.Flickr user Jake Gordon is angry. He ordered a new Dell Vostro with a UK keyboard and found that Dell has monkeyed subtly with the...

Smooth Creations Broodling Unboxed

Smooth Creations Broodling Unboxed

The intoxicating smell of fresh paint was the first sensation to greet us when we opened up a very special package from Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations. This was quickly followed by jaw-dropping awe as we admired the meticulous detail of the system's custom paint job. Speculating at the power waiting to be unleashed under its hood,...

Safari Gains (Some) Ground With Windows Users

Safari Gains (Some) Ground With Windows Users

NetApplications.com's Market Share reports a large spike in the percentage of Windows users using Apples' Safari browser for the months of March and April. They theorize that this signifiant spike is a direct result of Apple's sneaky approach of getting Windows users to unwittingly install Safari 3.1 and have it automatically set as the default...

 Obama Speaks Out on GTA IV

Obama Speaks Out on GTA IV

Wait, wait, Barack, it's a game.  They're not wasting real gasoline.  Oh, wait, that's not his point.Obama's comments came during a campaign stop in Indianapolis. He told the crowd, "I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto, this video game, which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs of money for whoever...

Sony Left Holding The Format War Winner Bag

Sony Left Holding The Format War Winner Bag

Toshiba backed the HD DVD format against Sony's rival Blu-ray high-definition disc method, and Toshiba lost. One wonders whether Sony might ask themselves from time to time if it might have been better to have lost. More or less, no one wants a Blu-ray player. Sales of Blu-ray players, excluding PlayStation 3 game consoles, dropped 40 percent...

New Technology Promises Longer Battery Life

New Technology Promises Longer Battery Life

It has often been said that patience is a virtue. Patience can also be profitable. For the last 10 years or so, ZPower--a battery technology company in California--has been been busy toiling away on a silver-zinc rechargeable technology that aims to replace the lithium-ion battery technology that is so ubiquitous of late in portable products:"ZPower's...

Amazon Sues NY Over The "Amazon Tax"

Amazon Sues NY Over The "Amazon Tax"

The State of New York enacted a statute requiring Amazon.com to collect NY sales taxes on orders going to New York State residents. Technically, all Internet sales have long been subject to sales tax; the NY consumer was supposed to report such purchases and pay tax on them. You can imagine how little tax was collected by relying on consumers...

Blizzard Acquires Diablo3.com, Which Means ... ?

Blizzard Acquires Diablo3.com, Which Means ... ?

But wait, Diablo3.com was already owned, right? Yeah, it was, but it's now DiabloFans.com, and the site dishes on what happened.Well, there's no point in beating around the bush any longer, so let's get right down to it. A few months ago we were contacted by Blizzard in regards to the Diablo3.com domain name. While they appreciate all the...

HotHardware April Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

HotHardware April Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

Just a reminder everyone - our latest sweepstakes is still going on and you've got a great chance to win!  In conjunction with our friends at Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations, we’ve got one hot rig to give away this month! We have announced a new sweepstakes where you could win a full AMD Phenom X4 9750-based system,...

Intel Admits Atom Shortage But Boosts Production

Intel Admits Atom Shortage But Boosts Production

Two days ago we reported on Intel's alleged shortage of Atom processors. When we contacted Intel to confirm the story, an Intel spokesperson refused to comment. Perhaps we had the wrong person on the wrong day, because it would appear that today Intel is coming clean about the Atom shortage with Computerworld: "The new chip, code-named Diamondville,...

Lite-On Loses Interest In Digital Displays

Lite-On Loses Interest In Digital Displays

Lite-On, the Taiwan-based electronics conglomerate, is selling its digital display business to another Taiwanese company, Wistron, for about $300 million. Wistron itself is a spin-off from Acer. Lite-On's Digital Display business unit generated NT$82.75 billion in revenues for the company in 2007. Wistron said it hopes to strengthen its LCD...

iPhone - and Others - Get ATT Hotspot Freebies

iPhone - and Others - Get ATT Hotspot Freebies

The iPhone is getting free access at any ATT hotspot.  Others are getting it because ATT goofed.Now that AT&T has full control of wireless hotspots like Starbucks and Barnes and Nobles, it looks like they're doling out freebies to their favorite customers: iPhone users. Apparently, if you've got one of Apple's devices, you can hop...

The RIAA Are Pikers Compared To ASCAP

The RIAA Are Pikers Compared To ASCAP

The lawsuits that the RIAA bring against illegal downloaders garner most of the attention paid to online music royalties, but suing grandmas and college kids is never really about the money; it's about discouraging many by suing a few. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, better known as ASCAP, took a more direct approach....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Samsung 2232GW 22-inch Widescreen LCD Review @ ModSynergy.comSapphire HD 3850 1 Gigabyte High Definition Graphics Card Review @ Club OverclockerGateway FHD2400 24-inch Monitor Review @ Digital TrendsDiamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB Graphics Card Review @ PC PerspectiveNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card @ Digit-LifeGIGABYTE GeForce 9800...

Italy and Its Intentional Tax Return Data Breach

Italy and Its Intentional Tax Return Data Breach

Certainly, there's no lack of accidental data breaches. Companies, even countries like the U.K. have accidentally exposed sensitive information about customers or citizens. But to do it deliberately? Whoa.There has been outrage in Italy after the outgoing government published every Italian's declared earnings and tax contributions on the internet.The...

New Movies on iTunes the Same Day as DVD Release

New Movies on iTunes the Same Day as DVD Release

Apple just made it that much easier to watch movies without leaving your house:"Apple® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) on the same day as their DVD release. New releases and catalog titles will be available...

MADD Gets Mad About GTA IV

MADD Gets Mad About GTA IV

It's not the same as the "Hot Coffee" scandal, but it's something. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has Grand Theft Auto IV in its sights over the inclusion of a drunk driving module in the game.Noting that drunk driving claims nearly 13,500 lives each year, MADD said that it is "extremely disappointed" that the game lets users get virtually...

Mac Clone Psystar Open Computer is the Real Deal

Mac Clone Psystar Open Computer is the Real Deal

Fist it was: Psystar who? Followed by: Psystar wherefore art thou? Then nipping on those heels came: okay, I see it, but I don't believe it. Now the latest installment in the Psystar soap opera has us eating crow, because Engadget actually has a preliminary hands-on review of a Psystar Open Computer, including video and benchmarks."As far...

Dell XPS 730 H2C Unboxing and Preview

Dell XPS 730 H2C Unboxing and Preview

In the last half year, Dell has been busy revamping their entire desktop XPS lineup. First came the XPS 420 late last year, a premium multimedia workstation. Then Dell introduced a new mid-range gaming oriented desktop, the XPS 630 early this year. The 630 is a mid-tower sized gaming desktop styled after the flagship XPS 700 series but with...

Criminals Try to Copyright "Malware"

Criminals Try to Copyright "Malware"

Heck, if you're going to write malware, you might as well protect yourself against piracy, and copyright it, right?Professional virus writers are now selling a suite of software on the Internet with an unusual attachment: a detailed licensing agreement that promises penalties for redistributing the malicious code without permission."I just...