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All News for June 2011

Samsung Intros 32GB Class 10 MicroSD Memory Card

Samsung Intros 32GB Class 10 MicroSD Memory Card

They always say bigger is better, but is it really? When it comes to memory cards, that only works one way. We want capacities to go up, but card sizes to shrink -- not like you want a phone chunky enough to hold a CompactFlash card, right? Samsung just announced the production of its high-performance micro Secure Digital (microSD) cards with...

appMobi's Conversion Tool Relies on Swiffy, Changes Flash To HTML5

appMobi's Conversion Tool Relies on Swiffy, Changes Flash To HTML5

Ah, the Flash vs. Apple battle continues. Despite the fact that Adobe's CEO recently stated that the war between the two mega-companies is over, well, we just aren't sure. The iPad 2 still can't play back Flash videos, and Flash isn't exactly dying anytime soon. Today, appMobi is stepping up to bridge the gap somewhat. It's utilizing a new...

LulzSec's Last Cache Included Malware

LulzSec's Last Cache Included Malware

LulzSec's last set of "booty" contained malware, and although the now disbanded hacker group placed a warning about the Trojan Horse in their "press release," you had to read the fine print to be warned about it. Way at the bottom their announcement the group posted the following information: Note: In "AT&T internal data.rar", do not open...

Talent Wars: The Race for Tech Brains

Talent Wars: The Race for Tech Brains

In Silicon Valley, one of the favorite tools of recruiters is the staff list at other tech companies. No wonder when the number of job openings in the tech sector continue to climb, but the number of graduates with the proper skills does not. Poaching talent has become an art form and it's expected to become even more aggressive in the coming...

Analyst Predicts Apple Will Offer Free iPhone 3GS w/Subscription

Analyst Predicts Apple Will Offer Free iPhone 3GS w/Subscription

With the iPhone 5 rumored to launch this September, analysts and users alike have turned to wondering what adjustments Apple will make to its pricing structure. Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, has stated he expects Apple to break with its established pattern where updates are concerned. To date, each successive product...

Mozilla Migrates Users to FF5, Responds To Corporate Backlash

Mozilla Migrates Users to FF5, Responds To Corporate Backlash

Last week, Mozilla released Firefox 5--just three months after launching Firefox 4. While the company had previously indicated it was moving to a faster release schedule and a whole-number versioning system, the launch caught many users, particularly corporations, off guard. Mozilla claimed that a rapid release schedule would allow it to deliver...

Netflix Offers New Feature To Help Mobile Users Consume Less Data

Netflix Offers New Feature To Help Mobile Users Consume Less Data

As more and more wireless carriers impose caps on data plans, customers are becoming increasingly aware of how much data they are consuming on their mobile devices. Recognizing that streaming video can quickly gobble up one’s monthly allotment, Netflix is working to help users with a new feature that lets you change video quality. Although...

MSI Kicks Off Summer with CX480 Notebook Line

MSI Kicks Off Summer with CX480 Notebook Line

Does your old and slow notebook have you suffering a serious case of the summertime blues? If so, MSI thinks it has the answer with its new generation CX480 laptop line in your choice of black, white. or "summery blue," each one with a fresh flat brush finish for "an all-new youthfully chic exterior." Sounds eye-catching, but what about the...

Pope Uses iPad 2 to Fire Off First Tweet

Pope Uses iPad 2 to Fire Off First Tweet

In the Bible it says, "And on the eighth day, God said, 'Let there be Twitter so man can post what he had for lunch.' So God made Twitter and celebrities flocked to the social networking site in a race to gain the most fans." Er, wait a minute, that doesn't sound right. So maybe God had nothing to do with Twitter, that hasn't stopped the microblogging...

Preorders Begin For Kid-Friendly LeapPad Tablet

Preorders Begin For Kid-Friendly LeapPad Tablet

If your kid regularly likes to use your iPad or other tablet, you might be interested in a new offering from LeapFrog called the LeapPad. This tablet is specifically designed for kids and offers more than 100 learning games and apps. The LeapPad also features an on-board camera and video recorder. The look of the LeapPad resembles other adult-oriented...

Microsoft Officially Unveils Office 365 Worldwide

Microsoft Officially Unveils Office 365 Worldwide

While Google was busy introducing their Google+ Project for social networking mavens, Microsoft has been busy putting the final touches on a cloud-based software suite that has been in the works for what feels like an eternity. Office 365 was formally unveiled by Steve Ballmer this week, with a global launch bringing collaboration tools and...

MoviePass Brings Subscriptions To Cinemas

MoviePass Brings Subscriptions To Cinemas

Here's a thought: what if you could visit your local cinema as often as you like, seeing whatever films you like, for one flat monthly rate? It's fairly amazing that no one has thought of this idea on a huge scale yet, but that's all changing. MoviePass is being called the Netflix for theaters, and that's actually shaping up to be quite accurate....

Google+ Project Aims To Be The End-All Social Networking Service

Google+ Project Aims To Be The End-All Social Networking Service

Welp, here goes. Google just opened fire on Facebook, Skype and who knows who else. The company has tried for years to properly get into the social networking field, and it has become somewhat of a running joke at this point. There's Wave, Buzz, and lots of other dead Google dreams, but the Google+ Project may be the one that finally takes...

Barnes & Noble Stores Becoming "Magic Places" For Angry Birds Users

Barnes & Noble Stores Becoming "Magic Places" For Angry Birds Users

If all else fails... Angry Birds! It's a game that has seemingly taken over the entire universe, and while the reasons may never fully be understood, it's not like that really matters. If you're Barnes & Noble, and you're looking to get more and more people into your stores, you turn to whatever works. The company’s bookstores will...

Naki'o Becomes First Four-Pawed 'Bionic' Dog

Naki'o Becomes First Four-Pawed 'Bionic' Dog

Abandoned as a puppy along with his mother and siblings by his original owners, and after losing his paws to frostbite, Naki'o has become the world's first dog to be fitted with a complete set of four prosthetic paws, turning him into a "bionic dog." Christie Pace was looking for a playmate for her Jack Russell terrier mix Poki, and fell in...

GeoHat Gets Hired At Facebook: Who Woulda Thunk It?

GeoHat Gets Hired At Facebook: Who Woulda Thunk It?

Well, maybe hacking does pay off. George Hotz, a young fellow with a bright future (and a history of breaking into iPhone software) has found his next gig: it's in Palo Alto, and Mark Zuckerberg is his boss. Yep, he's going to Facebook. The social networking company isn't saying what he's going to do while there, but it's still pretty wild...

Supreme Court Rules Against Video Game Rental Restrictions

Supreme Court Rules Against Video Game Rental Restrictions

The right to free speech as defined in the First Amendment is not an absolute, but the US Supreme Court has historically exercised great caution when limiting its scope. Yesterday, the USSC rejected a California law that restricted the sale/rental of violent video games to minors. Prior to now, multiple states have passed similar laws, all...

Sony Reveals VAIO Z Ultraportable: Big Brains, Big Price Tag

Sony Reveals VAIO Z Ultraportable: Big Brains, Big Price Tag

And now, for Thunderbolt's next trick! So far, the new I/O port has remained pretty much Apple's darling, shipping on modern day iMac and MacBook Pro machines. But now, the PC users can get a taste as well. Sony just announced their new VAIO Z Series, a 13.1" notebook that includes a new Power Media Dock, a standard-voltage Core i7, SSD, high-res...

Survey: 12% Of U.S. Households Own An E-Reader

Survey: 12% Of U.S. Households Own An E-Reader

Has the e-reading revolution reached its natural end? Hard to say at this point, but the Kindle still feels as hot as ever, and the NOOK isn't doing too bad for itself, either. According to a new study, over 1 in 10 U.S. households has at least one e-reading device. That's actually fairly substantial. It's obviously nowhere near the amount...

Google: We're Activating 500,000 Android Devices Daily

Google: We're Activating 500,000 Android Devices Daily

Watch out team iOS, because the Android army is getting stronger by the day. We're not talking just a few hundred devices either, or even a few thousand. Try 500,000 new Android activations every 24 hours. What's more, Google says that number is climbing. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at...

Singapore Military Recruits to Be Gifted with iPads

Singapore Military Recruits to Be Gifted with iPads

Singapore has a conscript-based military (i.e., they have a draft), so they don't have to "entice" recruits to join. Nevertheless, new recruits to Singapore's military will get a primo perk. In addition to their uniform and a rifle, they'll get a standard issue iPad. Singapore's defense ministry said on Monday that about 8,000 of Apple's hit...

Rumors Suggest HP Is Planning A 7-Inch Tablet

Rumors Suggest HP Is Planning A 7-Inch Tablet

HP is planning to launch its 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet in the U.S. this Friday. Before the launch, new rumors suggest HP may also have another tablet up its sleeves: a 7-inch model. According to the rumors, the 7-inch tablet will be revealed in August.  According to Taiwan Economic News, Inventec will manufacture the tablet. HP has reportedly...

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI Express SSD Performance Preview

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI Express SSD Performance Preview

In recent months we've covered PCI Express-based SSDs from virtually all the major players, from Fusion-io to, OCZ and LSI.  The last time we took a look at OCZ's offering, the RevoDrive X2 took to the test bench for us and with its MLC-based design, offered much of the performance of significantly more expensive SLC-based PCI Express...

T-Mobile's New myTouch 4G Slide Features An Advanced Camera

T-Mobile's New myTouch 4G Slide Features An Advanced Camera

T-Mobile is adding the myTouch 4G Slide to its smartphone lineup. In addition to traditional phone capabilities, this phone aims to replace your point and shoot digital camera with its "high-end digital camera capabilities" which include an 8 megapixel sensor, zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, and other premium digital camera...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD6670 Ultimate, HD6750 & HD6770 Review @ OCC Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: MSI Z68MA-ED55 (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 @ PureOverclock ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews ASUS MATRIX GeForce...

Microsoft Strong-Arms Another Android Licensing Deal

Microsoft Strong-Arms Another Android Licensing Deal

Microsoft announced on Monday that it had convinced yet another company to sign a licensing deal to cover Android wares. General Dynamics Itronix will be paying the folks in Redmond an undisclosed sum to ensure "broad coverage" of Microsoft's patent portfolio for future Android devices the company wants to create. General Dynamics...

Nvidia Announces GTX 580M, 570M

Nvidia Announces GTX 580M, 570M

As of today, Nvidia's second-generation of mobile, Fermi-based parts is complete--at least, in theory. The 570M and 580M will only be available from select OEMs (at least initially), with the 570M reportedly available "immediately" from MSI as a configuration option on the GT780R gaming notebook. Alienware M18X systems can be ordered today...

TomTom v1.8 iOS Navigation App Adds HD Traffic And More

TomTom v1.8 iOS Navigation App Adds HD Traffic And More

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's this: there just aren't enough hours in the day. But if there's another, it's this: traffic bites. But as technology matures, it's slowly but surely becoming ever easier to dodge the traffic jams that annoy us so. TomTom had the first major third-party navigation app out on iOS, and today it remains...

Sprint Says 3G/4G Enterprise Solution Is Alternative To T-1

Sprint Says 3G/4G Enterprise Solution Is Alternative To T-1

Why use one of those old T-1 lines, when you could get similar speeds without wires? Wait, what? Sprint has talked up their 4G / WiMAX network for some time now, and while it has mostly been aimed at consumers, there's obvious interest coming from businesses as well. This week, Sprint launched what it's calling the first solution that offers...

Acer'a AC700 Chromebook Shipping Now For $350 (Wi-Fi Model)

Acer'a AC700 Chromebook Shipping Now For $350 (Wi-Fi Model)

Last month at Google I/O 2011, a pair of commercial Chromebooks were introduced. The Samsung Series 5, and the Acer AC700. As of yesterday, only one of those had started to ship to customers, and that award went to Samsung. But now, Acer's playing catch-up. The company just announced that their AC700 Chromebook would be shipping to the US...

LaCie Reveals Stunning New Porsche-Labeled HDD Line

LaCie Reveals Stunning New Porsche-Labeled HDD Line

LaCie and Porsche, together at last? We can't say we ever really expected these two names to join forces in any significant way, but they have, and the result is nothing short of stunning. Both of these companies are well known for amazing design, and now that they're working together, it's just easy to love what's coming out of their collaborative...

Boingo Signs Deal With Gogo, But Don't Expect A Discount

Boingo Signs Deal With Gogo, But Don't Expect A Discount

It just got a little easier to hop online while cruising along in the friendly skies. Boingo announced today a new partnership with Aircell, the company that's responsible for bringing in-flight Wi-Fi to the vast majority of U.S. airliners that use it today. It's an interesting arrangement, and it's one that we suspect has more to do with...

New Resident Evil Title Allows Just One Save--Ever

New Resident Evil Title Allows Just One Save--Ever

When it comes to video game sales, there's no love lost between game publishers and game retailers--particularly GameStop. Nearly half (48.1 percent) of GameStop's profits come from sales of used games. The company's entire business model is built around the acquisition and sale of previously owned games. Such sales are pure profit to the...

27: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 27, 2011

27: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 27, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's decision to leave BAPCo, the Dell XPS 15z ultralight notebookm, Alienware's killer M14x notebook, and Logitech's sweet Z906 5.1 channel speaker system. We also talk a bit about our on-going "Dads and Grads" giveaway, which is in its final hours......

Best Buy Halts MacBook Air Orders, Hints of Upcoming Refresh

Best Buy Halts MacBook Air Orders, Hints of Upcoming Refresh

In what can be taken as yet another sign that Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with a much needed makeover of modern parts, Best Buy's online listings for current generation models show that they're "Not Available for Shipping." You can still walk down to your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar store and pick one up, provided...

GoDaddy.com Sale Reportedly Imminent, Will Fetch $2 Billion or More

GoDaddy.com Sale Reportedly Imminent, Will Fetch $2 Billion or More

Domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been on the auction block since September of last year, and it appears the site has finally found a buyer willing to pay a high enough asking price. Actually, three buyers, including private equity-firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, and private equity and venture capital firm Technology Crossover...

HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB Review

HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB Review

It has been a few months since the AMD Radeon HD 6990 initially launched. Since that time, a number of AMD’s board partners have launched their own Radeon HD 6990 cards, but as is typically the case with the first wave of products based on a new GPU, they all conform to AMD’s reference design, save for a water-cooled card from...

Fujifilm X100 Gets A Ton Of Tweaks In New Firmware Update

Fujifilm X100 Gets A Ton Of Tweaks In New Firmware Update

Fujifilm's X100 isn't your average camera. In fact, it's no one's average camera. It's a high-end point-and-shoot. A compact that runs well over $1k, yet doesn't have a zoom. But the design and image quality is unparalleled, and evidently that's good enough for some. There's a major APS-C sensor in there, and tons of good looks, but the X100...

Apple's iCloud FAQ Spells Out Web Apps, Death Of MobileMe

Apple's iCloud FAQ Spells Out Web Apps, Death Of MobileMe

Is the iCloud really all it's cracked up to be? Obviously, tell will tell, but Apple's plugging a few obvious holes this week in a new FAQ. The company never really made clear at the onset whether any of this 'cloud' information would ever be accessible from anywhere other than a cloud-connected device, but thankfully, it looks like the majority...

Elop Says No Way To Possible MeeGo Comeback, Despite N9 Awesomeness

Elop Says No Way To Possible MeeGo Comeback, Despite N9 Awesomeness

Nokia's in a weird place. As if they weren't already in a weird place. They decided long ago to side with Microsoft and use Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone OS, shuffling MeeGo under the mattress in order to do so. But the N9 was already in the development pipeline. And the N9 ran on MeeGo. So, Nokia decided to go ahead and launch the N9...

Colonoscopies Made Less Invasive, With the Mermaid

Colonoscopies Made Less Invasive, With the Mermaid

Colonoscopies are somewhat shunned for the obvious reason: no one looks forward to a doctor snaking a camera on a flexible tube (an endoscope) through their colon (via the obvious entry point) to look for polyps or worse. A new self-propelled device known as a "Mermaid" might make the procedure less invasive, and less frightening. The Mermaid...

First DEFCON for Kids to Launch in August

First DEFCON for Kids to Launch in August

Computer hacking has a bad reputation, and understandably so. When one hears about organizations exposing the credit cards of millions of PSN users, there's not much argument that its criminal behavior. Against that background is cast the shadow of a new hacker convention: DEFCON Kids. DEFCON 19, the latest in the annual "hacking" convention...

Fujitsu's TH40/D Windows 7 Slide-Out Slate Delayed, Maybe Forever

Fujitsu's TH40/D Windows 7 Slide-Out Slate Delayed, Maybe Forever

There was a fantastic little device, launched years ago, that HTC called the "Advantage." It was a unique, slide-out handheld computer, with a design that made tons of sense, but we haven't really seen sense. Fujitsu's TH40/D was on pace to become the "next" Advantage, but all of that has apparently come to an end. The company revealed that...

NextComputing Shoves Battery And LCD Into New Workstation

NextComputing Shoves Battery And LCD Into New Workstation

NextComputing has a thing for producing some pretty outlandish desktops. Most of them are built for field use. We're talking seriously rugged machines, designed for serious, serious workloads and unthinkable environments. But there's always been one major problem: power. You still needed whatever your destination was set for to have a power...

VC Firms Testify Against Antipiracy Legislation

VC Firms Testify Against Antipiracy Legislation

A number of venture capital firms and individuals have sent an open letter to Congress, asking the legislative body not to support the PROTECT IP (aka Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, aka PIPA) bill. PIPA is a re-write of an earier bill, COICA, and is designed to give the...

New Lawsuit Alleges Sony Ignored Warnings, Fired Security Staff

New Lawsuit Alleges Sony Ignored Warnings, Fired Security Staff

It's been several months since the massive hack that brought the PlayStation Network to its knees. For Sony, the nightmare isn't over. A new lawsuit filed this past week alleges that the company ignored the warnings of its own staff, made no attempt to address the small break-ins now seen as precursors to the huge assault that followed, and...

AMD Gains HPC Market Share, Interlagos On The Way

AMD Gains HPC Market Share, Interlagos On The Way

AMD announced its share of the TOP500 supercomputer list has grown 15 percent in the past six months. The company credits industry trends, upgrade paths, and competitive pricing for the increase. Of the 68 Opteron-based systems on the list, more than half of them use the Opteron 6100 series processors. We covered the launch of Magny-Cours...

Team Fortress 2 Goes Free To Play

Team Fortress 2 Goes Free To Play

We recently disccused Valve's decision to offer free-to-play games on Steam. Such titles make money either by selling items and upgrades in game (microtransactions) or by offering a tiered service. Free gamers have access to a significant portion of the game, while paid subscribers have access to additional gear, weapons, or areas. Valve has...

Tesla's Roadster to Meet Its End

Tesla's Roadster to Meet Its End

California owners of Priuses and other hybrids are about to get a rude awakening: as of July 1, 2011, they will no longer be eligible for the HOV lane with their yellow stickers. Those who want to get into that lane again are stuck looking for white sticker vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, but that all-electric vehicle is severely limited...

Suddenly, LulzSec Quits

Suddenly, LulzSec Quits

LulzSec, or Lulz Security as it is fully known, has wreaked havoc across the Internet for less than two months. According to a "press release" issued by the group, the lulz are over, and so is the group. The announcement comes just a few days after LulzSec announced AntiSec, a campaign it said was designed to expose corruption in government...

HP's Pivot App Makes Enjoying Your Future TouchPad Even Easier

HP's Pivot App Makes Enjoying Your Future TouchPad Even Easier

Hmm, Pivot. We kind of like that name! And if you're planning to own an HP TouchPad when they ship this summer, you'll probably dig it as well. HP just announced webOS Pivot for their upcoming slate, providing users an entertaining and informative editorial resource for discovering webOS 3.0 applications for the HP TouchPad, which launches...

Conan Pokes Fun Of Hobbled Final Cut Pro X Software In Video

Conan Pokes Fun Of Hobbled Final Cut Pro X Software In Video

There's a certain level of comedy associated with poking fun at any "big guy." If they're on top, for whatever reason, folks tend to think it's hilarious whenever someone makes an (accurate) jab at 'em. Such is the case with Apple. Years back, it was "M$" on the top, getting nailed by a flurry of jabs, and now the tables are turned. The once-little...

Skype For iPad On The Way, According To Leaked Video

Skype For iPad On The Way, According To Leaked Video

Could it be true? Is Skype going to beat Facebook to the punch? Both of these high-profile apps have become somewhat infamous for not having official iPad apps yet, but it looks like Skype may on their way to winning the war out of the basement. Based on a leaked video, it looks like Skype has an app ready to rock on the larger iOS platform...

Sprint Ships HTC's EVO 3D Smartphone And View 4G Tablet

Sprint Ships HTC's EVO 3D Smartphone And View 4G Tablet

Guess what? Sprint's got a new pair of HTC devices for you to consider. The company just launched the EVO 3D, America's first 3D-enabled smartphone, and the EVO 4G, which is yet another tablet option in an already crowded market. Both of these are going to be Sprint exclusives, at least for now, so if you're hoping to grab either, you'll need...

Bluetooth SIG Gains Two New Members: Apple And Nordic Semiconductor

Bluetooth SIG Gains Two New Members: Apple And Nordic Semiconductor

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) just got a little more special this morning, mostly due to the addition of one particular newcomer: Apple. In fact, the Bluetooth SIG was so proud of the addition, that they went the extra mile and crafted a press release to inform the world about it. Joining Apple will be Nordic Semiconductor, both...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3GB Review @ Hardware Canucks Motherboards and Chipsets: ASRock H61iCafe Intel H61 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org Processors: AMD's A8-3500M Fusion APU reviewed at TR Memory and Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD Review @ Techgage G.Skill Sniper Series PC312800 Cas 7 Review @ OCC Legion Hardware...

comScore Report: iPad Makes Up 97% Of US Tablet Browser Traffic

comScore Report: iPad Makes Up 97% Of US Tablet Browser Traffic

This probably won't come as any major surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to trends in technology, but the iPad has the lion's share of browsing. Shocking, we know! The fact is, the iPad and the iPad 2 are selling like hotcakes in the U.S., while other tablets are just struggling to be a player. That's the story in terms of sales,...

Card.io Snaps A Photograph Of Your Credit Card, Makes Mobile Payments Easier

Card.io Snaps A Photograph Of Your Credit Card, Makes Mobile Payments Easier

One of the biggest services hitting the market this year, at least on the mobile front, is mobile payments. Put simply, they're everywhere, and they're spread fast. The North American market has been slow to move towards this technology, but now that NFC, Google Wallet, and Square are making waves, it seems like every company in the world...

Magellan Reveals $150 Wireless Back-Up Cam For GPS Units

Magellan Reveals $150 Wireless Back-Up Cam For GPS Units

Standalone GPS units aren't the hot commodity that they once were. But that's not saying that companies are halting the innovation behind them. Magellan's a good example of that; this week they introduced quite the unique accessory for a solo PND, with the RoadMate Safety series GPS units gaining compatibility with a new wireless back-up camera....

Freescale Demoes Quad-Core i.MX 6 Series Processor

Freescale Demoes Quad-Core i.MX 6 Series Processor

Desktop CPUs are great, sure, but they only get you so far. With handheld computing on the rise, companies like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Freescale have plenty of reasons to celebrate. This week, the last amongst those showcased their scalable i.MX 6 quad-core ARM-based apps processor. It's built on ARM's Cortex A9, and it's targeting...

HotHardware's "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away!

HotHardware's "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away!

It's that time again folks! To commemorate Father's Day and to congratulate all of you that are graduating this season, in conjunction with our friends at AMD, Thermaltake, and Kingston, we have assembled yet another <HOT> rig to give away! We're announcing a new give-away in which you could win a full AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition...

Mimobot Launches Old School Transformers USB Drives

Mimobot Launches Old School Transformers USB Drives

Whoa there fella, is that a Transformer you have there in your pocket, or are you sporting a raging...oh, it is a Transformers USB stick! Lucky guess, except that we cheated and read Mimobot's press release introducing its new USB drives featuring retro Transfomers styling. "We are stoked to welcome the iconic Transformers characters Optimus...

Apple Releases OS X 10.6.8 Software Update; Next Stop: Lion

Apple Releases OS X 10.6.8 Software Update; Next Stop: Lion

If you're waiting for the next big OS X release, you'll have to wait a little longer. But that doesn't mean that Apple won't be producing any extra updates for their existing desktop operating system. OS X 10.6 saw its latest update this week, with 10.6.8 taking things one step closer to "Lion." According to changelog, this update is intended...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: TechwareLabs Review: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Video Card Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS M5A99X EVO (AMD 990X) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Processors: AMD Llano A8-3500M APU Review @ t-break Memory and Storage: Toshiba BDX5200 Review @ TechReviewSource.com OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS @ PureOverclock OCZ Agility 3 SSD Tests @ Benchmark...

Surveys: Smartphone Consumers Care About Price, Not 4G

Surveys: Smartphone Consumers Care About Price, Not 4G

A couple of new surveys show that price is first-and-foremost for mobile phone consumers while 4G is barely on the radar. 66 percent of smartphone owners surveyed by Morpace Market Research that do not currently have 4G are not willing to upgrade to get it before their contract expires. The survey queried 490 smartphone owners. More important...

Gay Community, Others Call for Support of AT&T, T-Moble Merger

Gay Community, Others Call for Support of AT&T, T-Moble Merger

The GLBT community has suddenly become an outspoken proponent lobbying in favor of AT&T's proposed buy-out of T-Mobile. This merger has become an odd rallying point for organizations that normally have little interest in telecom deals. Until the past couple of weeks, most of the voices speaking up have been the usual suspects such as competitors...

Acer Unveils TravelMate 5760 15.6" Laptop

Acer Unveils TravelMate 5760 15.6" Laptop

Another week, another notebook! Acer has just rolled out yet another new laptop, the TravelMate 5760. This one's equipped with a 2nd-gen Core i processor, NVIDIA Optimus graphics, ntel Anti-Theft technology and Absolute Data Protection (ADP) by Absolute Software. With built-in Anti-Theft technology, if the notebook is lost or stolen users...

AOC Ships 22" e2239FwT 1080p Touch Monitor

AOC Ships 22" e2239FwT 1080p Touch Monitor

Looking for a new LCD? How about one you can reach out and touch? AOC's got a new one headed your way, with the e2239FwT 1080p HD monitor being the latest on the block. It's a touchscreen, 22" monitor with a piano black bezel and a fairly respectable price tag. It's just $299, and is shipping now at TigerDirect CompUSA and Amazon. As for specs?...

Archos Releases 80 G9 And 101 G9 Tablets

Archos Releases 80 G9 And 101 G9 Tablets

It used to be that a new notebook would pop up every so often, and these days, those new notebook releases are separated by something else: new tablet releases. The G9 series of tablets was just unveiled by Archos, bringing a new 8" and 10" slate into the crowded marketplace. The Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 are on deck, with the both of them offering...

Nevada Approves Driverless Car Law

Nevada Approves Driverless Car Law

Earlier, it was noted that Google was lobbying the state of Nevada to get driverless cars approved, and it appears they have been successful. The State of Nevada has passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, provides that the Nevada Department of Transportation "shall adopt regulations authorizing the operation of autonomous...

LaCie Reveals 100GB CloudBox HDD / Cloud Storage Solution

LaCie Reveals 100GB CloudBox HDD / Cloud Storage Solution

Cloud this, cloud that. These days, it's either about tablets or clouds, or both! LaCie has a new external hard drive on offer, but the 100GB box isn't your average drive. It's actually fairly small in size, but what it lacks locally it makes up for on the cloud. Basically, it keeps one copy of your computer back-up on the drive. And then...

Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook C1 With More RAM, Faster CPU

Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook C1 With More RAM, Faster CPU

Panasonic's Toughbook family has always been tough, but it's about to get even tougher. Or, at least more powerful. The Toughbook C1 has been a proven contender for the company, and it has certainly been around the block a time or two. And now it's coming around again, this time with increased RAM, more hard drive capacity, and improved battery...

ARM Targets 40 Percent Notebook Market Share By 2015

ARM Targets 40 Percent Notebook Market Share By 2015

We've discussed ARM's plans to enter both the netbook and server markets, but a new interview with Tudor Brown, the company's CEO, suggests the CPU designer's plans are more ambitious than some have realized. Speaking to DigiTimes, Brown claims that the company will snatch a huge chunk of the notebook market by 2015, while simultaneously gripping...

Google Wins Race to 1 Billion Unique Visitors

Google Wins Race to 1 Billion Unique Visitors

According to Internet market research company comScore, Google websites welcomed more than a billion unique visitors around the globe in the month of May 2011, becoming the first Web property in the history of the Internet to reach such a milestone. "In the past year, Google Sites has seen its audience grow 8 percent to eclipse the 1 billion...

Tiny Tilera Threatens To Thrash Intel, AMD

Tiny Tilera Threatens To Thrash Intel, AMD

Tilera is a small CPU design firm that first attracted attention back in 2007, when it debuted its TILE64 architecture. The company's tech is designed to offer a grid of CPU tiles. Each tile contains a very simple CPU core, its cache, and a router. All of the processors are attached via mesh networking. Each tile has its own L1 and L2 cache....

Sony To World + Dog: We're Not Talking PS4

Sony To World + Dog: We're Not Talking PS4

Nintendo's Wii U was one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but neither Sony nor Microsoft is going to be goaded into tipping their hands. Sony is apparently annoyed with certain game developers, some of whom have implied that the PS4 is none too far away. Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told Forbes...

Best Buy Opening Early for HTC Evo 3D Launch

Best Buy Opening Early for HTC Evo 3D Launch

The long awaited launch of HTC's Evo 3D smartphone on Sprint is less than 24 hours away, and if you don't happen to have anything better to do on a Friday morning (like commute to work), Best Buy will let you through its doors a little early to be one of the first to pick up what could end up being the hottest Android device this summer. Best...

HP Veer 4G Smartphone Preview

HP Veer 4G Smartphone Preview

In the pages to come, we take a look at the HP Veer 4G and by extension webOS 2.1.2 (the OS build loaded on this phone). webOS still has a lot to prove in the smartphone world, as it currently battles BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, MeeGo and a handful of other small competitors for that coveted third-place spot behind iOS and Android. Priced...

'CNBC Titans' to Profile Steve Jobs on Season Premiere Tonight

'CNBC Titans' to Profile Steve Jobs on Season Premiere Tonight

"CNBC Titans" kick offs its new season this Thursday at 9 p.m. with an unauthorized look at what the program calls the undisputed king of Silicon Valley: Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "Titans," CNBC says, "profiles remarkable people who made careers turning the 'unthinkable' into reality and companies that grew from humble roots to worldwide recognition."...

PopCap Games in Late-Stage Acquisition Talks with EA

PopCap Games in Late-Stage Acquisition Talks with EA

PopCap Games, creator of well-known and popular casual games such as Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies, is about to be acquired, according to a new report. The price is a cool $1 billion, according to multiple sources. That's right, $1 billion.  With a $1 billion price, which could be as high as a 10x multiple (with PopCap's revenue...

Vizio Showcases Entire New HDTV / 3DTV Lineup

Vizio Showcases Entire New HDTV / 3DTV Lineup

Tons of new gear is being introducing during Consumer Electronics Week in NYC. It may be as official, but it's basically Fashion Week, but for gadgets. Vizio is one of the companies on hand to introduce something new, including a fresh Theater 3D technology that's wrapped up in new television models. They showcased their full line, including...

Archos Reveals $99 Arnova 7 Android 2.2 Tablet

Archos Reveals $99 Arnova 7 Android 2.2 Tablet

Ah, another day. And that means another tablet. The war of slates is in full force, and while no one is coming close to knocking Apple off its stool (at least in terms of sheer sales), Archos is trying a different tactic: undercutting. Major, major undercutting. The company has just announced a super basic new tablet, the Arnova 7, which will...

Pogoplug Reveals New Software-Only Version, Adds OneView

Pogoplug Reveals New Software-Only Version, Adds OneView

If you've paid any close attention to Cloud Engines over the past few years, you'll probably think "Pogoplug" relates directly to hardware. But actually, there's another side to that story. The company has just released a new build of the software-only Pogoplug, which turns any PC or Mac into a "Personal Cloud," no additional hardware required....

D-Link Reveals Amplifi Suite Of Home Networking Products

D-Link Reveals Amplifi Suite Of Home Networking Products

If there's one thing that'll get one's attention, it's a snazzy tagline. And D-Link has one. The company has just released their new Amplifi family of home networking solutions, including the HD Media Router 1000 with HD Fuel (DIR-657) for managing high bandwidth HD traffic and streaming, the Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645) and Wi-Fi Booster...

BAPCo Defends SYSmark 2012, Says AMD is Full of It

BAPCo Defends SYSmark 2012, Says AMD is Full of It

AMD went on the offensive against BAPCo yesterday when the chip maker not only announced that it was quitting the consortium and wouldn't be endorsing BAPCo's SYSmark 2012, but also by laying out all the reasons why it feels the benchmark is flawed. It didn't stop there. AMD also said that BAPCo threatened to ban the chip maker from the consortium...

Crucial Launches New Ballistix Tactical and Ballistix Elite Series RAM

Crucial Launches New Ballistix Tactical and Ballistix Elite Series RAM

With memory companies so focused on solid state drives these days, it's nice to see an old stalwart release new high-end memory kits. That's what we have with Crucial, who today announced two new product line additions to its popular Ballistix brand: Crucial Ballistix Tactical and Crucial Ballistix Elite. The Ballistix Tactical series takes...

Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review

Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review

It doesn't matter how hard your earphones pound your eardrums with cranium shaking noise, you can't truly call yourself a power user unless you're ticking off the neighbors and scaring the hell out of the dog with a surround sound setup that rattles the walls and punches copious amounts of bass. Without it, you might as well give your man-card...

Samsung's Chromebook Ships To Europe This Week

Samsung's Chromebook Ships To Europe This Week

Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model...

OCZ Technology Offers Enterprise-Based Devena 2 Series SSD

OCZ Technology Offers Enterprise-Based Devena 2 Series SSD

Look, we can't help ourselves. You say "SSD," we drool. Like clockwork. The allure of NAND-based storage is unavoidable and OCZ Technology seems to be at the forefront of making it all come together. Rather than pushing their latest into the hands of mere consumers, however the company's Deneva 2 series of solid state drives are made with...

Kensington Reveals Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse For $60

Kensington Reveals Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse For $60

Man, talk about history repeating itself. First came the mouse, then the trackball, then the gaming mouse, and now…the trackball? We guess this iteration of the mouse never truly went away, but the popularity amongst the masses has certainly declined. That's not stopping Kensington from producing yet another in the line, though, with...

It's Back: The Apple Television Rumor

It's Back: The Apple Television Rumor

Apple TV could be a reality, and not the set-top box that is currently named Apple TV. Rumors of Apple entering the television business have been tossed about for years already, and the latest ones point to an iOS-powered HDTV, perhaps as early as late this year. The source is a former Apple executive, and his information is that Apple will...

KMI SoftStep: A USB-Powered Foot Controller For Your PC

KMI SoftStep: A USB-Powered Foot Controller For Your PC

When it comes to controlling your favorite PC title, you've got a few options. There's a mouse. There's a keyboard. There's a control pad. And there's a joystick. With few exceptions, those are what you've got to work with. But now, there's one more option, and it's a major one. Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) announced today the SoftStep...

Decide.com: the Buyer's Decision Engine

Decide.com: the Buyer's Decision Engine

The old maxim was that as soon as you bought some piece of technology, it would already be obsolete. If you waited, something better would come along, but then, you would never buy. New site Decide.com, which launched Monday, aims to help you decide exactly "when" to buy "what." It's particularly useful now. That old maxim used to apply mostly...

Microsoft Adds Serious Improvements To SkyDrive Cloud Services

Microsoft Adds Serious Improvements To SkyDrive Cloud Services

Ah, the cloud. The wonderful, wonderful cloud. It's so big, so mysterious. And these days, it's a bandwagon that's worth jumping on. Google Music, iCloud, and now, SkyDrive. Granted, SkyDrive as a name has been around longer than those other two, but Microsoft is clearly upping their game in order to keep up with the Joneses. The company's...

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Software Update For Flash 10.3 And AIR 2.7

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Software Update For Flash 10.3 And AIR 2.7

RIM announced during their latest quarterly earnings call that they had sold 500,000 units of the PlayBook tablet; not a tiny number by any measure. It's not nearly as many as Apple sold of their iPad 2, but frankly, there are two different markets being served here. Even RIM admits that they're mostly targeting folks who already own a BlackBerry...

AMD Gives BAPCo the Bird, Chirps About Unfair SYSMark 2012 Benchmark

AMD Gives BAPCo the Bird, Chirps About Unfair SYSMark 2012 Benchmark

In a shocking move this morning, AMD bid the BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corporation) consortium a not-so-found farewell and stated it will no longer endorse SYSmark 2012 (SM2012), a benchmark that historically has been accused of being pro-Intel. Among other things, one of AMD's chief complaints is that SM2012 virtually ignores...

Verizon's Tiered Data Plans Set to Land July 7

Verizon's Tiered Data Plans Set to Land July 7

We knew it was coming, and it appears it's nearly here: Verizon's tiered data plans, meaning the end of unlimited data. Verizon is set to join AT&T with tiered smartphone data plans, on July 7 according to the report. Pricing will be as follows: 2GB – $30/month 5GB – $50/month 10GB – $80/month If you want to use tethering...

LulzSec and Anonymous Announce #AntiSec Campaign

LulzSec and Anonymous Announce #AntiSec Campaign

LulzSec and Anonymous have declared cyberwar on just about everyone. Well, only government and corporations, but still. The news comes from Twitter and a manifesto posted on pastebin. Of course, although LulzSec listed Anonymous in its Tweet, there's be no statement. #AntiSec begins today: pastebin.com/9KyA0E5v Prepare yourselves. Join us,...

Hulu Plus iOS App Ditches In-App Marketing, Upon Apple's New Rule Request

Hulu Plus iOS App Ditches In-App Marketing, Upon Apple's New Rule Request

Many would argue that Apple simply has too much power. Of course, they probably earned that power, and the developer / consumer support is obviously there, but there's no question that companies take a little liberty when at the top. A few weeks ago, Apple changed their mind on subscription app rules, saying that an app could remain in the...

Skype And Facebook Team Up For Deeper Integration

Skype And Facebook Team Up For Deeper Integration

Skype and Facebook. Facebook and Skype. They just go together, don't they? Like the cutest couple you ever did see, these two mega-corps are joining forces in order to bring deeper Facebook integration into Skype with version 5.5. It's a beta, currently out for Windows, allowing users to chat with Facebook friends directly from Skype, ‘Like’...

DirecTV's New Hotel Lineup Also Includes An Anti-Germ Remote

DirecTV's New Hotel Lineup Also Includes An Anti-Germ Remote

Talk about a strange way to introduce a product. We're all about health and hygiene, but health and consumer electronics don't often go together without an infomercial being involved. However, DirecTV's latest offering combines the two quite interestingly, and those who travel often will no doubt appreciate the gesture. The company's Residential...

Nokia's First Symbian Anna Phones Ship In July

Nokia's First Symbian Anna Phones Ship In July

Nokia's N9 smartphone may have been the company's flagship introduction this evening, but it's not the only new gear coming out of Nokia's labs. The outfit's first Symbian Anna phones are also shipping out this week, and while Symbian may not be huge in the U.S., it's still a monster elsewhere. The C2-02, Nokia C2-03 and Nokia C2-06 are all...

Nokia Releases First Major MeeGo Phone: 3.9" N9

Nokia Releases First Major MeeGo Phone: 3.9" N9

Is it a shame that Nokia dumped MeeGo for Windows Phone 7? Only time will tell if the most significant mobile decision in this decade will pay off for both Nokia and Microsoft, but today we're getting a good look at what Nokia gave up in order to get it: MeeGo. This Linux-based OS was first crafted as a mix-up between Intel's Moblin and Nokia's...

AMD Shares New Information On Future GPUs

AMD Shares New Information On Future GPUs

At its Fusion Development Summit this week, AMD discussed the concepts and capabilities it's targeting for future generations of AMD graphics cards. The company isn't sharing any specific architectural features, but even the general information it handed out is interesting. Demers began by talking about the history of ATI's graphics card...

Sigma Design Intros Ultrasim Reference Design For New Set-Top Box

Sigma Design Intros Ultrasim Reference Design For New Set-Top Box

A deck of cards and...a computer? Not exactly, but basically! Sigma Designs has just introduced a new ultra-thin STB that's about the size of a Sheeva Plug, and it's easily the smallest device we've ever seen to be called a "set-top box." This tiny capsule of streaming 1080p HD via networking through an AC power adapter, and yes, it'll probably...

Canon Adds A Dash Of Color To EOS Rebel T3 EF 18-55 IS II DSLR

Canon Adds A Dash Of Color To EOS Rebel T3 EF 18-55 IS II DSLR

ColorWare PC made a business out of painting everyday electronics. For whatever reason, people seem to truly enjoy getting gadgets in various colors, rather than the standard hues that any given company may ship. Camera companies have evidently figured this out as well, with Pentax being the first major company to ship a number of DSLR cameras...

Intel Discusses The Future Of Many Integrated Core (MIC) Products

Intel Discusses The Future Of Many Integrated Core (MIC) Products

Larrabee, Intel's once-vaunted, next-generation graphics card died years ago, but the CPU technology behind the would-be graphics card has lived on. Intel discussed the future of MIC/Knight's Corner today. After Larrabee was officially canceled, Intel repurposed the design and seeded development kits to appropriate market segments. MIC cards...

Bandwidth Caps Threaten Future of Cloud Computing

Bandwidth Caps Threaten Future of Cloud Computing

Last month, we covered AT&T's decision to impose caps on its previous unlimited Internet service plans. An estimated 56 percent of Americans now pay for bandwidth-capped service, almost always at the same price point that once allowed them unlimited bandwidth. Now, toss in the fact that you can't swing a dead cat two feet without smacking...

PNY Memory Cards Coming With 250GB Of MiMedia Cloud Storage

PNY Memory Cards Coming With 250GB Of MiMedia Cloud Storage

Like it or not, cloud storage is the go-to thing these days. It's just the buzzword that's buzzing, and PNY / MiMedia are joining forces to bring the cloud to more and more people. Consumers who purchase the specially marked PNY storage products will receive 250 GB of space to stream videos, photos, music or other files from any web-enabled...

Huawei Reveals 7" Android 3.2 MediaPad Tablet

Huawei Reveals 7" Android 3.2 MediaPad Tablet

A new tablet? Of course, it's 2011! The tablet wars are getting more intense than ever, and this one is probably the most interesting 7" slate that we've seen since the arrival of the Galaxy Tab. Huawei's MediaPad is a 7" powerhouse with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, and unlike any other product before it, it'll ship with Android...

Sony Launches Lighter, Less Power Hungry PS3 (in Japan)

Sony Launches Lighter, Less Power Hungry PS3 (in Japan)

Nintendo just announced a next generation console -- the Wii U -- at the E3 Expo, Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling an Xbox 720 (or whatever the Xbox 360's successor will be called) at next year's E3 Expo, and Sony? Well, Sony is again rehashing its PlayStation 3 system, this time with a version that's lighter and a little easier on Mother...

Dell's XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review

Dell's XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review

For some, Dell may historically have an undeserved reputation for producing run-of-the-mill products, but when you look at their recent smartphone offering like the Venue Pro, slates like the 5-inch Streak and computers like the Adamo XPS, it's hard to not give 'em credit where credit is due. Enter the XPS 15z. For all intents and purposes,...

Asus G74 Gaming Notebook Tips Up on Preorder

Asus G74 Gaming Notebook Tips Up on Preorder

Listen up mobile gamers, if you've been holding out for Asus' G74 gaming laptops, we have good news. Your patience for these long-awaited laptops can now be rewarded, as there's at least one U.S.-based e-tailer accepting preorders for two G74 notebooks SKUs, the G74SX-A1 and G74SX-3DE. Both notebooks sport an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 2630QM...

Japanese Scientist Able to Convert Sewage Into Meat

Japanese Scientist Able to Convert Sewage Into Meat

A lot of things are said to taste like chicken. Snake, for example, is often said to taste like chicken, although we can tell you from experience that its reptile cousin African crocodile does not taste like chicken, and is extremely tough and chewy. What, therefore, would human excrement taste like? A Japanese scientist claims to be able...

26: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 20, 2011

26: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 20, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD’s recently released “Llano” A-Series APU, discuss highlights from the first AMD Fusion Developers Summit which took place in Seattle last week, MSI’s well-balanced GT683R gaming notebooks with NVIDIA’s GeForce...

Commodore's Revamped C64 Replicas to Ship This Week

Commodore's Revamped C64 Replicas to Ship This Week

Commodore USA LLC promised a working C64 replica (with modern internals) by "late spring," but despite a tie-in with Tron: Legacy, nothing has shipped yet. However, in a YouTube post (somewhat less obvious that a press release, guys) the company has promised pre-orders will begin shipping this week. Commodore USA posted the video, which shows...

Westinghouse Intros First 3DTV: 47" W47S2TCD For $1200

Westinghouse Intros First 3DTV: 47" W47S2TCD For $1200

Westinghouse probably won't sound like an unfamiliar name for those who have shopped televisions in recent years. They're generally considered a higher-end bargain brand, with reliable sets and reliable quality. And now, they're turning to 3D in order to keep with the times. As more and more TV makers push out 3DTVs in order to hop onboard...

New York Post Blocks iPad Browsing--Badly

New York Post Blocks iPad Browsing--Badly

Work in IT long enough--say, a week--and you'll inevitably encounter an employee whose enthusiasm for their own ideas is matched only by their utter inability to comprehend their own incompetence. These are the users who open every attachment, volunteer to help the poor millionaires of Nigeria, and who ask to see the company's firewall. It...

Mozilla's FTP Now Hosting Firefox 5 For Windows, Mac And Linux

Mozilla's FTP Now Hosting Firefox 5 For Windows, Mac And Linux

It's here! It's here! Well, if you're brave! Firefox 5 isn't the official release listed over at Firefox.com, but that doesn't mean that it's not out yet. A few folks who poked and prodded within Mozilla's FTP listings find that v5.0 actually is out, officially, but you'll need to do a little undercover work to discover it. This newest version...

D-Link Ships $130 MainStage For Intel Wireless Display Adapter

D-Link Ships $130 MainStage For Intel Wireless Display Adapter

When we initially heard about Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi for short) technology, we immediately suspected it would become the next killer application for notebooks. The dream of wireless streaming for video, particularly in consumer machines at consumer-level prices, was a big one. To date, WiDi hasn't really grabbed a huge chunk of mind...

Microsoft Unveils $20 Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000

Microsoft Unveils $20 Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000

It's ergonomic...without being split. Some folks swear by the split keyboards, and some cannot stand to be away from a keyboard that's totally connected. Maybe, just maybe, the compromise has arrived. Microsoft Hardware just released the Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, a new keyboard design that maintains the connected nature of a standard keyboard,...

LulzSec Extends Helping Hand After SEGA Pass Hack

LulzSec Extends Helping Hand After SEGA Pass Hack

As they themselves have noted before, LulzSec hacks for the "lulz," and that means their targets are somewhat eclectic. Thus, they have reached out to the latest Japanese gaming company to be hacked, SEGA, and offered their services. Sega found itself hacked, and on Friday sent out an email to those affeted with some details. The SEGA Pass...

Samsung Dart Android 2.2 Smartphone Comes To T-Mobile USA For Free On Contract

Samsung Dart Android 2.2 Smartphone Comes To T-Mobile USA For Free On Contract

It's true -- not every single Android phone has to be a behemoth, or a pricey addition to your stable of gadgets. Take a look at the latest mobile from Samsung, the Dart. It's being introduced onto T-Mobile USA, hailed as an affordable, Android-powered handset that offers essential smartphone features in a stylish form-factor. It offers a...

Kobo eReader Touch Edition Now Shipping In U.S. And Canada

Kobo eReader Touch Edition Now Shipping In U.S. And Canada

Facts are facts: it's hard to rival the Kindle. Amazon's e-reader is a monolith, and even the Nook family from Barnes & Noble is having a tough time competing. But that doesn't mean that no competition exists. Kobo has just announced that their eReader Touch Edition is now available across the U.S. and Cada, and for a reasonable rate,...

Google Buys Sage TV

Google Buys Sage TV

Google TV hasn't exactly been lighting up living rooms with Internet-enhanced television goodness, but an influx of fresh software might be in store. Google has just acquired Sage TV, which has been producing its own proprietary DVR software since 2002. Sage TV's software runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Google TV doesn't have DVR or placeshifting...

Panasonic Reveals Toughbook Tablet: Take That, iPad!

Panasonic Reveals Toughbook Tablet: Take That, iPad!

It's funny how history repeats itself. Rugged tablets have been around for ages. They first hit around a decade or so ago, underpowered and with terrible battery life. they were chunky, rugged, and ready for the field. But no one bought into them, as their flaws superseded the pros. Panasonic has now announced that things are coming full circle,...

Sony Ericsson Selects NXP's NFC Solution For Future Android Handsets

Sony Ericsson Selects NXP's NFC Solution For Future Android Handsets

Sony Ericsson and NFC in the same sentence? It's true! Only one major SE phone to date (the Xperia Arco in Japan) has been released with NFC, but that single handset will soon be joined by a number of others. The handset maker has just chosen NXP's NFC solution for future Android-based smartphones, paving the way for yet another handset maker...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

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Pogoplug HD Video Device Recalled Due To Fire Hazard

Pogoplug HD Video Device Recalled Due To Fire Hazard

Beginning in 2009, a number of companies began building small "plug" computers, some of which plugged directly into an AC adapter (hence the name). One such manufacturer is Cloud Engines, which sells a series of plug computers aimed at making files available online without having to leave a PC running. A few months ago, Cloud Engines launched...

Fujitsui's Feature Phone Features Fragrance Chip

Fujitsui's Feature Phone Features Fragrance Chip

It's typically atypical, which is something that might be expected from a Japanese firm like Fujitsu. Although this phone isn't even a smartphone, and doesn't appear to have Android on it, but one thing's for sure: it doesn't stink. That's right, despite what you might think from the description, this "gorgeously designed" flip phone doesn't...

Microsoft Labels WebGL A Fundamental, Unacceptable Security Risk

Microsoft Labels WebGL A Fundamental, Unacceptable Security Risk

The past 18 months have seen a significant evolution in browser graphics. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera have all added support for such standards as OpenCL, HTML5, and Direct2D acceleration. (HTML5 isn't a graphics standard, strictly speaking, but it allows the browser to handle certain activities that once required Flash plugins). Support...

eFUN Intros $299 7" Next7 Tablet: 1GHz, Android 2.3

eFUN Intros $299 7" Next7 Tablet: 1GHz, Android 2.3

Here's an oddball. While most Android tablets hitting the market these days are doing so with Honeycomb onboard, eFun is trying something...different. Their new Next7 tablet steps down to the pocket-friendly 7" form factor (similar to the original Galaxy Tab), and offers a 7" capacitive screen along with Android 2.3. It offers built-in Wi-Fi,...

Acer Releases Predator G5910 Gaming Tower Into The Wild

Acer Releases Predator G5910 Gaming Tower Into The Wild

With a new like Predator, you should probably expect to be scared. And even for PC enthusiasts, the new Predator G5910 is mighty scary to look at. Acer's gaming beast has just been updated, and the component list is no joke. It's a towering tower, put together to offer superior gaming and multi-media performance for those with a) the space...

Hackers Target Sega Pass, Steal Customer Data

Hackers Target Sega Pass, Steal Customer Data

Another game company has fallen victim to a hacker attack, just another in a long list of security breaches the last couple of months. This time it was Sonic the Hedgehog's stomping ground -- Sega -- that was pushed around by cyberbullies, who let themselves in uninvited and helped themselves to customer data. According to an email sent to...

HP Quietly Starts Shipping Industry's First Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse

HP Quietly Starts Shipping Industry's First Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse

For whatever reason, Hewlett Packard decided not to make a big deal out of the fact that its 'Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse' is now available for purchase. We'll go ahead and do it for them, because this is one rodent deserving of a little fanfare. The reason we're intrigued with the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse is because even though wireless mice have been done...

Warner Bros. To Stream Content On Demand In China

Warner Bros. To Stream Content On Demand In China

You may not think that a company like Warner Bros. doing business in China is a big deal, but consider the circumstances. China, along with other parts of Asia, are notorious for piracy. It's more of a way of life there, and less of a crime. For whatever reason, it's rampant. Due to this, many content companies have strayed from actually selling...

Intel P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI

Intel P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI

Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com,...

OWC Rolls Out Mercury Electra 6Gb/s SSD Line

OWC Rolls Out Mercury Electra 6Gb/s SSD Line

If you don't own a fast solid state drive built to take advantage of the SATA 6Gb/s interface, it's not from lack of options. There are plenty of high-speed options out there, and the latest to jump on the SATA 6Gb/s SSD bandwagon is Other World Computing (OWC), which just announced its SandForce-driven Mercury Electra 6G SSD line. With the...

No DVD or Blu-ray in Wii U: Nintendo

No DVD or Blu-ray in Wii U: Nintendo

If you either hoped or assumed that since Nintendo's Wii U is going to finally match, or perhaps (hopefully) even surpass the specs of the Xbox 360 and PS3, it would also support Blu-ray or DVD optical discs, don't hold your breath.  Buried in the 2011 E3 Analyst Q&A Session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the next-generation...

Microsoft: Don't Be Tricked by Fake PC Support Phone Calls

Microsoft: Don't Be Tricked by Fake PC Support Phone Calls

Microsoft on Thrusday warned that scammers are now phoning home -- your home -- as one more way to get a fool to part with his money. The scam involves cybercriminals posing as security engineers calling people at home to tell them their PCs could be at risk for malware and offering free security checks, all while claiming to represent legitimate...

Widget Created; Checks If LulzSec Has Leaked Your Email

Widget Created; Checks If LulzSec Has Leaked Your Email

As you are probably aware, hacktivist group LulzSec has been extremely busy the last few weeks. Over the last five weeks, the group has exposed the email addresses and other information of about 150,000 users. If you're concerned that your information may be among the data harvested, there's an app for that. Yes, there is an app, but it's...

Intel CE Media Processor Slips Into Next-Gen Comcast Set-Top Box

Intel CE Media Processor Slips Into Next-Gen Comcast Set-Top Box

Comcast was always a major player in the cable / ISP space, but now it's almost unfair. These guys have managed to coerce even a monstrous company like Intel to team up with 'em, with their newest Xfinity TV set-top box being powered by none other than Chipzilla herself. Intel's CE media processor has been kicking around in one form or another...

Western Digital Reveals Rugged Nomad Case For My Passport Drives

Western Digital Reveals Rugged Nomad Case For My Passport Drives

Rugged is the name of the game these days, particularly when it comes to portable hard drives. It seems as if every major company is now looking to put out a rugged drive, with their stamp of approval to boot. Western Digital is no different, and this week they're introducing the WD Nomad. It's actually a rugged case, which protects the company's...

Motorola Televation Streams HDTV To In-Home IP Devices

Motorola Televation Streams HDTV To In-Home IP Devices

Live streaming throughout the whole house? It's not a pipe dream, it's a reality. Between the Slingbox, modern day DVRs and home networking solutions, streaming music and video around the house has been possible via a variety of methods. But if you asked someone if anything like this was "easy," well, they'd probably confess that it's not....

Apple Retail Visionary Heads To J.C. Penney -- Excited?

Apple Retail Visionary Heads To J.C. Penney -- Excited?

What does Apple have to do with J.C. Penney? Not a lot, on the surface. But this week, the two are crossing paths in an odd way. J.C. Penney has just named Ron Johnson as their next Chief Executive Officer, and it could mean big, big things for their stores. Ron isn't nearly as well-known in the mainstream as someone like Mr. Ive or Mr. Jobs,...

TerreStar Networks Looks To Dish's $1.375 Billion Buyout Offer

TerreStar Networks Looks To Dish's $1.375 Billion Buyout Offer

TerreStar Networks started with a big dream. A dream to provide sat-phone communications to all who wanted it. Turns out, not too many people want it, or at leas they don't want to pay for it. Now, the company has selected Dish Network as the opening bidder in an upcoming bankruptcy-court auction. Why? Because Dish offered a whopping $1.375...

Apple Kills Back-To-School iPod Freebie

Apple Kills Back-To-School iPod Freebie

Not too long ago, we covered news that Microsoft--in an apparent bid to steal Apple's thunder--was offering a free XBox 360 with the purchase of any qualifying PC. Apple has offered a "free" iPod Touch for several years. The company didn't actually ship an iPod with each system; students were required to order both, then submit a rebate to...

Steam Offers Free-to-Play Titles

Steam Offers Free-to-Play Titles

Steam has become an important launch point for all modern PC games but it's concentrated on titles that were sold as discrete products. As of this week, that's changed--the company has announced that it's adding support for multiple free-to-play games. F2P games offer free access to much of the game, but use microtransactions to fund the purchase...

ARM VP Responds To Questions On Partnerships with AMD at Fusion Developer Summit

ARM VP Responds To Questions On Partnerships with AMD at Fusion Developer Summit

AMD's Fusion Developer Conference is continuing to offer up tidbits of interesting insight from a few top industry professionals, especially since there are some heavy hitters at the event.  Execs from Microsoft and ARM have given talks on a number of broad industry initiatives, including support for new programming language technologies...

Report: USB 3.0-enabled Device Shipments to Top 80 Million in 2011

Report: USB 3.0-enabled Device Shipments to Top 80 Million in 2011

While Intel and AMD pussyfoot around implementing SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chips onto their motherboards, the parts and accessories industry isn't sitting around with their thumbs in uncomfortable places. Companies like NEC and VIA have stepped in to fill the temporary void with USB 3.0 chips that board makers can slap on new motherboards, and the...

T-Mobile USA Goes Into Deals With "T-Mobile More For Me" Android App

T-Mobile USA Goes Into Deals With "T-Mobile More For Me" Android App

You can thank Groupon (and all of those Groupon clones) for this one. T-Mobile USA has just pulled a fast one by entering into the deals space. Yes, deals. The company has just launched More for Me, which is listed as a nationwide aggregation service that offers consumers various deals each day. As you may expect, the service is totally free,...

Kingston's Crazy Fast HyperX 2133MHz SO-DIMMs Receives Intel XMP Certification

Kingston's Crazy Fast HyperX 2133MHz SO-DIMMs Receives Intel XMP Certification

The braggarts over at Kingston Technology have reason to beat their chests and toot their own horns today. That's because Intel just crowned Kingston's ridiculously fast HyperX 2133MHz SO-DIMM 4GB notebook memory kits with its XMP certification, making these notebook modules the first and fastest to be validated, Kingston says. Adorned with...

Garmin Acquires Navigon, GPS Industry Gets A Little Smaller

Garmin Acquires Navigon, GPS Industry Gets A Little Smaller

This world just isn't big enough for the both of 'em. At least that's the impression we get, as Garmin has just announced the signing of a deal that will have them acquiring yet another navigation mainstay, Navigon. Actually, it's a subsidiary of Garmin that will do the acquiring, but it's still major news in the soft navigation market. Cliff...

NVIDIA's 3D Vision Support To Land With Duke Nukem Forever

NVIDIA's 3D Vision Support To Land With Duke Nukem Forever

"Hail to the 3D King, Baby!" We don't imagine that's how Duke Nukem's creators originally intended that phase to go, but it may end up going just like that. NVIDIA has announced that Duke Nukem Forever will provide full support their 3D Vision technology. Not terribly surprising that the newest Duke will support 3D, but then again, anything...

LulzSec Takes Down the CIA Website

LulzSec Takes Down the CIA Website

Apparently offended by a random Twitter user who basically called them small potatoes as the group had been picking on relatively small targets such as Eve Online and others, LulzSec has pulled off their biggest hack ever: they have, according to the group, taken down cia.gov. The CIA site is again up, as least for now. The Twitter user, @Quadrapodacone,...

Verizon Wireless Lights Up 19 More LTE Markets In America

Verizon Wireless Lights Up 19 More LTE Markets In America

Well, isn't this crazy. Sprint and Clearwire struck first (at least, in the U.S. commercial market) with WiMAX, but Verizon Wireless has managed to make their rollout look dated with LTE. The Big Red Network has been pushing out their own 4G services at an alarming rate, and this week they're turning the "on" switch for 19 additional markets....

Toshiba Updates Notebook Line For Back-To-School Shoppers

Toshiba Updates Notebook Line For Back-To-School Shoppers

You just have to wonder: do these companies plan nearby releases, or is it really just the luck of the draw? With MSI, HP and countless others introducing new notebooks and refreshed lines over the past few weeks, Toshiba's quietly joining that crowd with a new Q3 lineup that aims to provide a laptop for every budget, need and lifestyle. Not...

Federal Judge Kicks Patent Troll Righthaven to the Curb

Federal Judge Kicks Patent Troll Righthaven to the Curb

In early 2010, a copyright holding company named Righthaven was formed. The company first purchased copyrights from Stephens Media, the parent company behind the Las Vegas Review Journal. Once it had its rights in hand, Righthaven revealed its business strategy:  Suing journalists, bloggers, children, and one very angry chipmunk. (All...

LulzSec Announces Hack Request Hotline

LulzSec Announces Hack Request Hotline

The 614 area code. There's a big clue for investigators, as hacker group LulzSec, which has been in the news a lot lately over various hacks (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) has created a telephone "hotline" which people can call to request a hack. The "Dial-a-Hack Hotline" is at 614-LULZSEC. LulzSec Tweeted the number nearly a day ago, saying that the...

Rumor: Microsoft Planning to Unveil Xbox 720 at E3 2012

Rumor: Microsoft Planning to Unveil Xbox 720 at E3 2012

Remember when game consoles were for playing games and nothing else? Actually, don't answer that, lest you date yourself as an old fogey. The consoles of today are used for much more than just gaming, sitting in our living rooms streaming music, movies, and photos, tapping into Netflix, and even allowing us to burn a few hundred calories jumping...

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Now Shipping, Are You In?

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Now Shipping, Are You In?

Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple...

Microsoft Demos C++ AMP Heterogeneous Computing at AMD's Fusion Developer Summit

Microsoft Demos C++ AMP Heterogeneous Computing at AMD's Fusion Developer Summit

The second day of the AMD Fusion Developer Summit began with a keynote from Microsoft’s Herb Sutter, Principal Architect, Native Languages and resident C++ guru. The gist of Herb’s talk centered around heterogeneous computing and the changes coming with future versions of Visual Studio and C++. One of the main highlights of the...

Lenovo Reveals ThinkCentre M71e Desktop, TS130 / TS430 ThinkServers

Lenovo Reveals ThinkCentre M71e Desktop, TS130 / TS430 ThinkServers

All play and no work...that's just no way to live. Or make a living. Either way, Lenovo is catering to the business crowd this week with two new additions to the ThinkServer family, the TS130 and TS430. They're slated to give small-to-medium businesses and corporate branch offices a performance boost and powerful manageability tools, not to...

Taiwan Paper Suggests New MacBook Air, iPad Coming This Year

Taiwan Paper Suggests New MacBook Air, iPad Coming This Year

Is a new MacBook Air on the horizon? Perhaps! The company's slimmest notebook ever hasn't seen a major update in a long, long while, and during that span of time, both AMD and Intel have come out with crafty new high-power, low-drain chips. According to a new report stemming from Taiwan's Economic Daily, those holding out for a new build may...

Skype Partners With Comcast For Integrated Big-Screen Chatting

Skype Partners With Comcast For Integrated Big-Screen Chatting

Skype on the television isn't a brand new concept; chatting on your HDTV has been possible for some time now, but the partnerships to make it more mainstream than ever seem to be popping up far more rapidly now. Comcast has just announced a new deal that will enable their customers to communicate with family and friends through HD video calling...

Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets To American Airlines Flights

Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets To American Airlines Flights

Let's face it: air travel today just isn't what it once was. It's more of a chore than anything else, and it seems that every single airline is out to get you, the consumer. But every so often, those twenty terrible airline stories are broken up by something positive, and that's what we have here. Samsung Mobile has just landed a wild agreement...

Boxee Software Updates Are Coming, They Promise!

Boxee Software Updates Are Coming, They Promise!

Boxee is a force, and it's a force that perhaps no one can stop. A bit dramatic? Yes, but anyone who has used the service might just agree. With a Boxee Box already on store shelves, it's time to focus on those who provide their own box, and that's exactly what head-man Avner Ronen is doing. He just announced that PC, Mac and Linux users can...

MSI Targets Professionals With New Windows 7 Tablet

MSI Targets Professionals With New Windows 7 Tablet

MSI introduced the WindPad 110W, a tablet computer that features Windows 7 and AMD's latest dual core Brazos platform processor. This tablet offers a 10-inch 1280x800 multipoint touch screen with a wide viewing angle IPS design and SRS wrap around sound. The APU processors come with x86 architecture cores and the AMD Radeon HD 6250 Discrete-Class...

Acer Shows Off New Desktops & Touch Screen Monitor

Acer Shows Off New Desktops & Touch Screen Monitor

Acer revealed the new M and X Series desktops as well as the T231H 23-inch multi-touch display. The M Series targets users who are looking for a powerful desktop with expansion options. The all-black Acer M Series desktops offer Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II x4 Quad Core processors, up to 6GB DDR3 memory, and 1TB SATA hard drives. Models...

Nokia Settles Patent Lawsuit with Apple

Nokia Settles Patent Lawsuit with Apple

Nokia on Tuesday announced that it had settled its patent fight with Apple, which was about 1 1/2 years old. Nokia first sued Apple in October of 2009. The settlement includes a one-time lump sum payment from Apple to Nokia, along with future royalties. Deutsche Bank analyst Kai Korschelt said in a research note that Nokia is likely to receive...

HP Reveals 11 New AMD-Powered Notebooks

HP Reveals 11 New AMD-Powered Notebooks

Another month, another wave of new notebooks from HP. Today, the PC powerhouse has expanded their consumer and business lines with 11 new models, all of which utilize AMD's new VISION technology. That's an affordable line with plenty of punch for most people -- the A-series APU is a step above Fusion, and it's being used more and more frequently...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS Geforce GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org Diamond VStream Wireless HD Video Streamer Review @ Everything USB Motherboards and Chipsets: ECS P67H2-A and P67H2-A2 Review @ XbitLabs ASRock Z68 Extreme4 @ PureOverclock ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Intel P67) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Power: Sentey GSP850-SM...

Server Developer Calxeda Launches ARM Server Development Platform

Server Developer Calxeda Launches ARM Server Development Platform

ARM made good on its announced intention to introduce server products today through a partnership with Calxeda (formerly Smooth-Stone). The CPU developer has been planning to introduce server products for quite some time. ARM, in this case, isn't alone--Intel is planning to launch Atom-flavored Xeon processors, while AMD is evaluating the...

Unlocked iPhones Finally Available in the U.S.

Unlocked iPhones Finally Available in the U.S.

People in the U.S. both cheered and blinked in wonder on Tuesday, as factory unlocked iPhone 4s became available in the online Apple Store, at $649 and $749 (16GB or 32GB). This is the first time ever that unlocked iPhones have been sold in the U.S. Previously, U.S. users who wanted to have an unlocked iPhone would have to jailbreak and unlock...

Toshiba's Camileo P100 and B10 Camcorders Record 1080p on a Budget

Toshiba's Camileo P100 and B10 Camcorders Record 1080p on a Budget

For every gem you find on YouTube, there are at least a dozen crappy videos recorded in standard definition. It's not YouTube's fault -- the Google owned video sharing site came into existence before affordable hand-held camcorders capable of shooting HD videos emerged. But as long as companies like Toshiba keep releasing high-tech gear at...

Logitech Announces C615 HD Webcam with Fold-and-Go Design

Logitech Announces C615 HD Webcam with Fold-and-Go Design

Is that a Logitech webcam in your pocket or are you... oh, it is a webcam. In that case, 'nice package,' which we can say after catching a glimpse of Logitech's new C615 HD webcam with a fold-and-go design for easy transport. Logitech's C615 offers single-click uploads to Facebook and HD 720p video calls via Skype, FaceTime for Mac, Logitech...

MSI Launches 17-inch GT780R and GX780 Laptops for Gamers

MSI Launches 17-inch GT780R and GX780 Laptops for Gamers

MSI continues to crank out new notebooks at a breakneck pace, the latest entries being a pair of laptops aimed at gamers. The GT780R and GX780 are both now shipping in North America and, unlike other gaming laptops, sport a full color backlit keyboard designed in collaboration with SteelSeries, a popular gaming peripherals manufacturer. "Serious...

Turkey Arrests 32 Anonymous Members

Turkey Arrests 32 Anonymous Members

Turkey has set itself up to be hacked, as it has announced it has detained 32 individuals allegedly linked to the hacker group.  Turkey's state run news agency said the arrests took place across 12 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul. Earlier, it was reported that Spain had detained three Anonymous members as well. In reprisal, Anonymous...

ASUS More Reliable Than Apple But Lenovo Bests Them All

ASUS More Reliable Than Apple But Lenovo Bests Them All

When it comes to the personal computing market, Apple is considered the cream of the crop these days. But a new quarterly report from PC repair firm, RescueCom, shows that increasing numbers of Apple customers are having trouble with their beloved Macs. Lenovo has been crowned as the most reliable, while ASUS, despite losing market share,...

PlayBook To Get Important OS Update

PlayBook To Get Important OS Update

Not long ago, we learned of an issue that affects all systems running Flash. Although most users' minds automatically think of the vulnerabilities they could be exposed to on their PC, because the BlackBerry PlayBook supports flash, this tablet is also susceptible. For this reason, RIM is releasing a new version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS...

iCloud Communications Sues Apple For Using Name Without Permission

iCloud Communications Sues Apple For Using Name Without Permission

Well, this isn't too surprising. Just days after Apple introduced their iCloud service suite at WWDC 2011, iCloud Communications has voiced a serious complaint. In the form of a lawsuit. iCloud Communications is an Arizona-based company involved in computer communications, and of course, the company's claiming that Apple didn't seek out the...

Microsoft Jumps On HTML5 Bandwagon, Leaves Developers Behind

Microsoft Jumps On HTML5 Bandwagon, Leaves Developers Behind

Most of the fuss regarding Windows 8 to-date has focused on its support for ARM processors and the new GUI that's supposed to offer a finger-friendly alternative to the nearly unusable Windows 7 Touch Edition. The company's latest statements, however, have developers seeing red. According to Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green, the...

Panasonic Lets Loose Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

Panasonic Lets Loose Lumix DMC-GF3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

It's hard to say if we're looking at a fad or the next great leap in photography, but the interchangeable lens / Micro Four Thirds landscape is really blooming. Panasonic has been a company responsible for spearheading a lot of the efforts here, and their keeping the good times rolling with the introduction of the GF3 this year. The newest...

Industry Analyst Declares Wii U "Two Years Too Late"

Industry Analyst Declares Wii U "Two Years Too Late"

Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has a reputation for accurate sales forecasts and an ability to predict changes in console pricing. That said, Pachter may have gone a bridge too far with his bifurcated discussion concerning Nintendo's Wii U. While he praised the Wii U as "the most impactful reveal of the show," Pachter has declared...

AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review

AMD Fusion: A8-3500M A-Series Llano APU Review

Today, AMD is lifting the veil on their next generation mainstream mobile processor, code named Llano. This latest volley by AMD is aimed at hitting Intel right in the mid-section, where the bulk of multimedia capable notebooks are sold. These are higher-end machines, where the likes of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-based Core i5 and Core i7 dual...

JayBird Releases JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headset For Good-Lookin' Runners

JayBird Releases JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headset For Good-Lookin' Runners

Typically, Bluetooth earpieces aren't all that exciting. If you've seen one, you've seen them all, as the saying goes. JayBird has a habit of producing some pretty unique looking headphones, and that tradition has now been passed off to the world of Bluetooth headphones. The company originally announced the JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones...

Amazon Terminates Affiliates In Battle Over State Taxes

Amazon Terminates Affiliates In Battle Over State Taxes

The battle between Amazon and certain individual US states continues to escalate, with a number of small business affiliates caught in between. Over the last few years, a number of cash-strapped states have attempted to hold Amazon liable for sales tax based on its business in each area. While Amazon isn't required to pay taxes in a state...

AMD Announces New GPGPU Programming Tools

AMD Announces New GPGPU Programming Tools

AMD's GPU solutions have come a long way since the company acquired ATI. The combined companies have competed very well against Nvidia for the past several years, at least at the consumer level. When it comes to HPC/GPGPU tools, however, Nvidia has had the market all to itself. Granted, the GPGPU market hasn't exactly exploded, but Nvidia...

Verizon Wireless And Payfone Team Up For Mobile Payment Solution

Verizon Wireless And Payfone Team Up For Mobile Payment Solution

Verizon Wireless and Payfone are teaming up to launch a new mobile payment system for Verizon Wireless customers. When the new service becomes available, it will let Verizon Wireless customers make online purchases from their smartphones, tablets and PCs. With the service, customers will be able to charge things directly to their monthly wireless...

MSI GT683R-242US Notebook With GeForce GTX 560M Review

MSI GT683R-242US Notebook With GeForce GTX 560M Review

In addition to the GeForce GTX 560M, MSI packs a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2360QM processor as well as 12GB of DDR3 memory into the GT683R notebook. To give you a full multimedia experience, the GT683R also features Dynaudio and THX TruStudio Pro audio technology as well as a 15.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The GT683R...

Roku Player Marches into Wally World

Roku Player Marches into Wally World

As more and more devices come with Netflix streaming baked in -- would you really be surprised if your next toaster oven had a Netflix label on the side of the box? -- Roku is doing everything it can to keep its low-cost dedicated set-top box relevant. Towards that end, Roku managed to get Walmart to start selling its Roku XD player. "We know...

Acer Intros AMD-Based Revo RL100 Media Center PC

Acer Intros AMD-Based Revo RL100 Media Center PC

HTPCs aren't anything new. They've been around forever, it seems, and largely unchanged. But Acer's new living room PC is quite different, or, at least it's different than the norm. It's shaped differently, and ships with a very atypical control mechanism. It's the Revo RL100 media center, available with or without Blu-ray and designed to...

Crazy Lawsuit Seeks to Cancel Chromebook Launch

Crazy Lawsuit Seeks to Cancel Chromebook Launch

In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD6950 IceQ-X Turbo-X @ Benchmark Reviews Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 OC Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB @ techPowerUp Sapphire Radeon 6770 FleX Edition @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 (AMD 990FX) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown ASUS P8Z68-V PRO: All Cards Onto...

Logitech Revamps MX518 Gaming Mouse, Results In G400

Logitech Revamps MX518 Gaming Mouse, Results In G400

If you've got a thing for buying a new mouse every time a new one hits the market, you may need to find another hobby. The mice are crawling out of their holes at an alarming rate these days -- between Logitech, Razer, Microsoft and SteelSeries, it's hard to even keep track of these tracking devices. Logi is on deck this time with a newcomer,...

25: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 13, 2011

25: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 13, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks webcast Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet with Android 3.1, AMD's Radeon HD 6870 Eyefinity 6 Edition CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ultra-light laptop, and AMD’s recent reintroduction of the 'FX' brand. And as always we have...

TRENDnet Launches TEW-692GR Router, 450Mbps On Both Bands

TRENDnet Launches TEW-692GR Router, 450Mbps On Both Bands

Networking gear may not seem like the most thrilling topic at a glance, but how else would you be reading this right now? TRENDnet seems to be making a habit of producing unique networking gear, and the company's latest certainly fits that same bill. The newest router to come from 'em is also the first dual-band router to support 450Mbps on...

Sharkoon Intros 64GB/128GB Flexi-Drive Ultimate USB 3.0 Key

Sharkoon Intros 64GB/128GB Flexi-Drive Ultimate USB 3.0 Key

USB sticks have been around forever. No surprise there. But they've been improving in recent years, proving that there's still demand for these little guys so long as capacity increases along with transfer rates. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate is the company's latest, complete with an eight-channel MLC architecture and write speeds as high...

Free Chrome Extension Pushes Past the WSJ Paywall

Free Chrome Extension Pushes Past the WSJ Paywall

It's pretty easy it was to get around the New York Times' newly erected paywall, and now there's a free Chrome browser extension that does exactly the same thing for the Wall Street Journal. The extension, "Read WSJ Extension," has been labeled as a way to "cheat" the Wall Street Journal, but we're not quite so hyperbolic in our view....

Samsung's Galaxy S II Seen In AT&T Attire, Coming Soon?

Samsung's Galaxy S II Seen In AT&T Attire, Coming Soon?

Samsung's Galaxy S II has made a huge splash around the world. With the original Galaxy S handset selling over 10 million units globally, Samsung saw it impossible to overlook a follow-up device with a similar name. And the S II definitely has the chops to be as popular as the first. A dual-core 1GHz CPU, and a qHD high-res display are just...

Gov't Tests Confirm LightSquared Interference with GPS

Gov't Tests Confirm LightSquared Interference with GPS

Government tests appear to confirm earlier tests done by the GPS industry: LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network disrupts GPS devices in the area. The data is given more weight by the impartiality of the testing, but wasn't a surprise: LightSquared's spectrum block is right next to that used by GPS receivers. All GPS devices tested...

Bigfoot Networks Brings Advanced Stream Detect To More Products

Bigfoot Networks Brings Advanced Stream Detect To More Products

Bigfoot's loose...again! Not that Bigfoot, but Bigfoot Networks. Every year right around this time, the company comes out with something new and fresh, and it's no different this time around. The company's latest is Advanced Stream Detect, which is now available for those who purchased the Killer 2100 and E2100. In fact, the ASD technology...

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Will Soon Launch In 16 Additional Markets

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Will Soon Launch In 16 Additional Markets

RIM plans to make its PlayBook tablet available in 16 countries outside of North America over the next month. The PlayBook launched in the US and Canada in April. As "the world’s first professional-grade tablet" the PlayBook offers a full-featured web browser, multitasking, HD multimedia capabilities, and many security features. However,...

Turtle Beach Announces PX500 And XL1 Gaming Headsets At E3

Turtle Beach Announces PX500 And XL1 Gaming Headsets At E3

E3 means games, but not just games. It also means peripherals. Turtle Beach has arrived on the scene with a new generation of Xbox 360 gaming headsets, with the super premium XP500 joining the economy-centric XL1. The former offers 7.1-channel surround sound as well as Bluetooth chatting, while the Ear Force XL1 handles just the basics. These...

Looxcie 2 Wearable Camcorder Slims Down, Shoots 480p Video

Looxcie 2 Wearable Camcorder Slims Down, Shoots 480p Video

Would you ever consider wearing a camcorder? Maybe? Yes? If so, Looxcie has a new option, the Looxcie 2 wearable camcorder, It's rocking a newer, more compact form, weighing 20% less than the original, and is nearly half the size of the first one will maintaining full battery capacity and all video capture and social media sharing features. ...

OnLive Unveils Tablet Control / Gaming App For Android And iPad

OnLive Unveils Tablet Control / Gaming App For Android And iPad

OnLive seems to be the only major game-streaming company that's still hanging around to see if this really is the next great breakthrough in at-home entertainment, but they took the opportunity at E3 this year to unveil an iPad an Android tablet app. Why an app? Probably not for the reasons you think. With the app installed, your slate instantly...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD6850 IceQ-X Turbo @ Benchmark Reviews Legion Hardware - (HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Turbo) MSI GTX 580 Lightning Twin Frozr III @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ @ techPowerUp Memory and Storage: MEGATech News Flash - It’s a Flash Drive Extravaganza! QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS @ Benchmark Reviews...

iBuyPower Unveils New Desktop Laser Engraving Service

iBuyPower Unveils New Desktop Laser Engraving Service

Need to make your next pre-fab PC "your own?" Apple's made a killing off of engraving services for the iDevices, and Colorware PC has done likewise by allowing people to order some of today's hottest electronics in just about any color imaginable. And now, it's time for iBuyPower to follow suit, in a sense. The company has just announced a...

Panasonic And AT&T Team Up On Connected Car Concepts

Panasonic And AT&T Team Up On Connected Car Concepts

There's a saying that makes it pretty clear: it doesn't matter how you get from point A to point B, just as long as you do indeed get there. But with today's vehicles, that's not perfectly true any longer. The ideal vehicular travel involves high-end stereos, and anymore these days, connectivity. Companies have been trying to figure out ideal...

Hitachi Offers 3GB Of Cloud Storage For Free

Hitachi Offers 3GB Of Cloud Storage For Free

In an effort to help users back up important files, Hitachi recently announced HitachiBackup.com, a cloud storage service that provides anywhere, anytime access to your digital files. With the service, the first 3GB of online storage are free. For $49 per year, you can upgrade to 250GB. With a paid account, you'll also get the Apple iPhone...

Magellan Brings Free Traffic And Maps To RoadMate iOS GPS App

Magellan Brings Free Traffic And Maps To RoadMate iOS GPS App

When it comes to GPS apps on the iPhone, well, where to start? It all began with Garmin's desire to make a real-deal iPhone GPS app, and thanks to the proliferation of the app store, there's been a constant flood of new apps that do similar things. Including one from Magellan. Last year, the company updated their app with iOS 4 compatibility,...

SteelSeries Launches Diablo-Branded Gaming Accessories At E3

SteelSeries Launches Diablo-Branded Gaming Accessories At E3

E3 just wrapped up this week, but a whole ton of new gear was introduced in the few days that the convention ran. Including these. SteelSeries, a company known for their PC gaming peripherals, announced a new family of exclusive Diablo III accessories, co-designed with Blizzard Entertainment. There's a lot of big names attached to the release,...

Dell Bringing 10" Android Tablet (Streak 10 Pro) To China First

Dell Bringing 10" Android Tablet (Streak 10 Pro) To China First

It's a world full of tablets, and we're just living in it. Dell's Streak 10 Pro has seemingly got lost in the mix; with so many other Android 3.0 tablets stealing the limelight, it's being an elbowing match to get coverage these days. Now, Dell's ready to introduce their own 10" Honeycomb tablet, but it won't be coming to America first. Dell...

InFocus Reveals 55-inch "Wall Tablet," Charges $6k For It

InFocus Reveals 55-inch "Wall Tablet," Charges $6k For It

How small can a screen be before it's no longer a "big-screen TV?" And how large can a tablet be before it's no longer a "tablet?" Two questions that may never have definitive answers, but we're pretty confident that a 55" tablet...isn't actually a tablet. InFocus has just rolled out the first "all-in-one giant tablet," the Windows 7-based...

Om Nom Nom: Apple Leads Industry In Flash Consumption

Om Nom Nom: Apple Leads Industry In Flash Consumption

The popularity of its iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines have propelled Apple to the top of the charts when it comes to NAND flash consumption. iSuppli reports that the Cupertino-based company has surpassed HP (the former champ), with 2010 purchases coming in at $17.5 billion. That's a massive 79.6 percent jump from 2009, during which Apple...

Spanish Police Arrest "Leaders" of Anonymous

Spanish Police Arrest "Leaders" of Anonymous

The Spanish National Police announced today that they've captured three individuals connected to the online hacktivist group Anonymous. According to the policía, the three are linked to attacks on multiple Spanish banks, one Italian energy company, Visa, MasterCard, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia,...

Sprint & Motorola Team Up To Offer A Portfolio Of Android-Based Devices

Sprint & Motorola Team Up To Offer A Portfolio Of Android-Based Devices

In addition to the Android-Powered Photon 4G we showed you earlier, Sprint, along with its prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, are teaming up with Motorola to launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011. The Motorola TRIUMPH will be the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola. This smartphone features a 1GHz processor,...

Nintendo President Puzzled By Stock Slide

Nintendo President Puzzled By Stock Slide

The stock slump that followed Nintendo's Wii U announcement shows no signs of abating; the company's share price is down more than ten percent as of this writing. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed surprise over the reaction. "Honestly speaking, the reaction to (Tuesday's) presentation and what I heard from people I met and the...

Sanyo Launches Higher Capacity Eneloop Batteries for Power Hungry Devices

Sanyo Launches Higher Capacity Eneloop Batteries for Power Hungry Devices

If you follow the rechargeable battery scene at all, then you're undoubtedly familiar with Sanyo's Eneloop brand, the go-to option for batteries that come fully charged from the get-go and don't lose their juice nearly as fast as your average rechargeable. But if there's a downside to Eneloop batteries, it's that they don't compete with higher...

AT&T Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi to Several New York City Parks

AT&T Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi to Several New York City Parks

New York City has grand aspirations of being the nation's leading digital city, and it's a getting a big boost from AT&T towards that goal. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson today announced a five-year initiative that will have AT&T providing free Wi-Fi service at 26 locations spread across...

HP’s TouchPad Tablet Is Coming July 1

HP’s TouchPad Tablet Is Coming July 1

The Wi-Fi version of HP’s TouchPad tablet will be available in the United States on July 1. This tablet will also be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July. Availability in other countries will follow. The TouchPad will be available with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage...

Microsoft May Develop Its Own Windows 8 Tablet

Microsoft May Develop Its Own Windows 8 Tablet

Microsoft's tablet strategy (or complete lack thereof) has drawn significant criticism, but the rumor mill suggests the manufacturer may take unprecedented steps to establish itself as a player in this space. DigiTimes, quoting unspecified industry sources, claims Microsoft may build and market its own tablet. MS is allegedly cooperating with...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Android 3.1 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Android 3.1 Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first consumer tablet to ship that’s thinner than Apple’s iPad 2. Samsung put in a lot of effort to make a tablet that was slimmer than their primary competitors’ , in the process nixing the original Tab 10.1 (which has since been renamed the Tab 10.1v) and forging ahead with a new plan....

Evernote Peek Turns the iPad 2's Smart Cover Into Flash Cards

Evernote Peek Turns the iPad 2's Smart Cover Into Flash Cards

Evernote, whose slogan is "Remember Everything," has come up with a brilliant app that leverages Apple's smart cover behavior to create a new take on flash cards. You remember flash cards, don't you? Apple's smart covers (and some third party covers) have that clever feature whereby the iPad 2 turns off when the smart cover fully covers the...

Visa Nails Down Two More Mobile Payment Deals

Visa Nails Down Two More Mobile Payment Deals

What's needed to really get people hooked on contactless payments? Lots and lots of industry support. Google Wallet has set the bar for what's possible with NFC in the smartphone, and now Visa is making a play to expand their own reach for when the time comes to take advantage. The company recently acquired South African firm Fundamo, with...

Google Maps Now Updating Live Bus Results In Select Cities

Google Maps Now Updating Live Bus Results In Select Cities

Need to know exactly where your bus is? Who doesn't, right? Google, in typical fashion, has just made one of life's chores even easier. Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop is capable is telling you when your bus is actually going to arrive, courtesy of live transit updates. The company has partnered with transit agencies to integrate...

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Gets Torn Down: N570 Within

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Gets Torn Down: N570 Within

Ever wondered what was deep, deep within a Chrome OS-based machine? Google's Cr-48 has been cracked open before, but what about the newest duo? Acer and Samsung announced their respective Chromebooks at Google I/O this year, and a few of the earlier ones have started to ship out. The Series 5 3G Chromebook has fallen into the hands of the...

AMD Invests In ViVu Videoconferencing Solutions

AMD Invests In ViVu Videoconferencing Solutions

Desktop videoconferencing may not be the most exiting thing in the computing universe, but there's no question that it's a booming business, and AMD's interested in getting a piece of that pie. The company just announced an investment in ViVu, as part of the AMD Fusion Fund program. That's set up to make strategic investments in companies...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Diamond VStream Review @ OCC Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 fleX 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus P8P67 EVO @ LanOC Reviews ASUS Sabertooth P67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks Jetway NF81-T56N-LF mITX Motherboard Review @ APH Networks Memory and Storage: ioSafe Rugged USB 3.0 Portable...

Motorola's Android-Powered Photon 4G Announced For Sprint

Motorola's Android-Powered Photon 4G Announced For Sprint

Motorola hasn't had a smartphone on Sprint's network in a really, really long time. The last time the two companies collaborated in a major way was in 2005...with the launch of the RAZR! This week, the relationship is back on, and the Moto Photon 4G is the result of a lot of work together. It's the first 4G/WiMAX worldphone to ship in the...

Virgin Mobile Reveals 4.1" Triumph Prepaid Froyo Smartphone

Virgin Mobile Reveals 4.1" Triumph Prepaid Froyo Smartphone

Traditionally, prepaid carriers and MVNOs have had fairly lackluster phone options, particularly when it comes to smartphones. Basically, it's difficult to find a legitimately high-end smartphone on a prepaid carrier. The reason is pretty simple: high-end phones are expensive, and since prepaid phones are sold off contract, it's difficult...

Acer Introduces Aspire One Happy

Acer Introduces Aspire One Happy

Acer recently introduced the Acer Aspire One Happy in four fruity, tasty colors (Blueberry Shake, Papaya Milk, Strawberry Yogurt and Banana Cream). Wireless mice are also available in the same colors. On the more technical side, the Aspire One Happy features a 10.1-inch WSVGA high-brightness display, a dual-core Intel Atom N570, up to 1 GB...

Nvidia: It's Time to Recognize Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford as a Gaming Great

Nvidia: It's Time to Recognize Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford as a Gaming Great

Brian Burke, Nvidia's rockstar PR manager who once held the same position at 3dfx (moment of silence...) and is not to be confused with the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM, is calling attention to someone who he believes is an under-appreciated gaming great who deserves to be mentioned in same breath as John Carmack (co-founder of id Software), Tim...

Razer and Electronic Arts to Tag Team Gaming Peripherals

Razer and Electronic Arts to Tag Team Gaming Peripherals

If you're a fan of Razer's peripherals and EA's catalog of games (and in particular Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 3), this just might be the happiest day of your life, other than that one wild night at college when...never mind about that. So what makes today the second best day of your life? Razer and EA are joining forces...

Apple Bans DUI Avoidance Apps from the App Store

Apple Bans DUI Avoidance Apps from the App Store

Apple has just updated its App Store Reviewal Guidelines, not surprising since the company just launched the iOS 5 beta to developers. Some might not "drink to" at least one of the changes: DUI checkpoint apps are now banned from the App Store. The change possibly came as a result of a request from U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles...

AMD Radeon GPU Powers Nintendo's New Wii U

AMD Radeon GPU Powers Nintendo's New Wii U

E3's going on this week in California, and gaming's on the menu. But it's not just Nintendo making news, AMD's taking their opportunity as well. The chip maker has this week revealed that every single Wii U sold will also be a sale for AMD. The new Nintendo home console will rely on AMD for HD graphics, with a custom-made Radeon GPU to power...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD6770 FleX @ LanOC Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 @ Phoronix HIS HD6970 IceQ Turbo Review @ Vortez Motherboards and Chipsets: Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra Motherboard Review @ Rage3D.com Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker Processors: TechwareLabs News:...

Sony Introduces 24" VAIO L All-In-One Desktop PC

Sony Introduces 24" VAIO L All-In-One Desktop PC

Is it a TV? Or a PC? Is it both? The world may never know! Sony's new VAIO L is one of the wildest all-in-one computers, and it honestly looks a lot like a 3DTV. Speaking of 3D, it definitely supports 3D, but would you expect anything else from such a pioneering voice in the 3D universe? The machine has a 24" LED-backlit multi-touch display,...

RIM Buys Scoreloop Mobile Gaming Platform Company

RIM Buys Scoreloop Mobile Gaming Platform Company

If you can't beat 'em, you might as well join up! RIM, the company responsible for the BlackBerry PlayBook and loads of famed BlackBerry handsets, has just snapped up a game maker, further proving that RIM's serious about the software game. The company's biggest problem over the past few years if their inability to keep up when it comes to...

Sony Reveals 24" 1080p 3D PlayStation TV

Sony Reveals 24" 1080p 3D PlayStation TV

Is there's one company that has championed 3D technology more than any other, it's Sony. The company has pushed 3D like no other: 3DTVs, 3D support in PlayStation, and now, a 3D television display of their own, with PS-branding. That's right, a PlayStation TV! At E3 this week Sony has announced a 24" 3D display that will be available this...

Apple's Next-Gen Cupertino Work Facility Looks Huge, Eco-Friendly

Apple's Next-Gen Cupertino Work Facility Looks Huge, Eco-Friendly

Apple and Cupertino go hand-in-hand. Steve Jobs grew up in the Bay Area-town, and now it's home to Apple. Apple's primary campus on Infinite Loop only holds a few thousand employees, but Apple needs space for thousands upon thousands more. Currently, those others are spread across multiple facilities in the Bay Area, but Jobs has a better...

Nintendo Stock Price Slumps, AMD Claims Wii U Design Win

Nintendo Stock Price Slumps, AMD Claims Wii U Design Win

ATI designed the original Wii's 'Hollywood' GPU and is handling the next-generation Wii U's graphics processor as well. AMD made its own announcement in the wake of the Wii U's debut yesterday, claiming that the custom Radeon HD GPU will enable "high-definition graphics support; rich multimedia acceleration and playback; and multiple display...

Sony Shows Off Compact NEX-C3 Digital Camera

Sony Shows Off Compact NEX-C3 Digital Camera

In addition to the Sony a35 camera we showed you earlier, Sony is also adding a new compact camera to its lineup. According to Sony, the new NEX-C3 is the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor. This camera comes in a range of colors and offers DSLR-like quality in a compact model. The camera...

Sony Introduces a35 DSLR Camera

Sony Introduces a35 DSLR Camera

Sony introduced the new α35 (SLT-A35) interchangeable lens camera. This camera builds on Sony's α33 and α55 models and features Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology. The α35 also features Tele-zoom High Speed Shooting, a feature that magnifies a central portion of the image area while shooting at up to 7 fps....

Razer Reckons Two Sensors are Better than One

Razer Reckons Two Sensors are Better than One

With the belief that two is better than one, Razer today introduced its all new 4G Dual Sensor System. Sounds high tech, doesn't it? Razer's dual sensor technology takes advantage of both an optical and laser sensor to improve tracking accuracy, which the company jammed into its latest edition Mamba and Imperator mice. "The 4G Dual Sensor...

AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity

AMD Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire with 5x1 Eyefinity

With the performance of more mainstream cards on the rise, monitor prices on a downward slide, and support for 5x1 Eyefinity available (sort of), we decided to see what a pair of Radeon HD 6870 cards running in CrossFire mode could do with a quintet of screen out in front. The cleanest way to pull off a 5x1 Eyefinity configuration, without...

Droid Bionic Getting an Upsized Screen?

Droid Bionic Getting an Upsized Screen?

The Droid Bionic has been off the radar for some, pulled for what were cited as undisclosed "enhancements." While that sounded like some changes in the internal hardware specs and software, it appears that the Bionic is getting some exterior changes, too. The latest reports indicate that the Droid Bionic will be getting a 4.5-inch (up from...

MobileMe Service Extended For Free Until June 2012

MobileMe Service Extended For Free Until June 2012

Well, there's no doubt that iCloud is the next hot thing for Apple, but MobileMe is where it all started for Apple's cloud initiatives. MobileMe was always a curious service. Why did it cost $99/year? Why did it do so little? Why were there so many problems? Why was it even an Apple service? Steve Jobs has reportedly been growing increasingly...

Logitech Launches Lapdesk N600 with Retractable Touchpad

Logitech Launches Lapdesk N600 with Retractable Touchpad

Your mother may have raised you to always keep your cool, but little did she know that heat-generating laptops would render her instructions hard to follow. That's one of the areas Logitech's new Lapdesk N600 was designed to help out with, providing a barrier between your notebook's toasty underside and those precious parts in and around your...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Funky Kit Review: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 560 OC (1Gb GDDR5) Sapphire Radeon 6770 Vapor-X @ PureOverclock  ASUS VW266H Widescreen LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews Gigabyte GTX 560 SuperOverclock @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra Motherboard Review @ Rage3D.com Processors: [Tech ARP] Workstation...

AMD 6000 Series Platform Reaches Out, Drives Towards “Interlagos”

AMD 6000 Series Platform Reaches Out, Drives Towards “Interlagos”

As a consumer, you may think the entire computer universe revolves around you. It's a "me, me, me" world, so why not? In truth, consumer sales make up just a fraction of the earnings from major silicon makers like AMD, Intel and HP, and chips like the Opteron maintain their importance despite not being marketed directly at consumers. AMD has...

Microsoft Unveils New Kinect-Supporting Games At E3

Microsoft Unveils New Kinect-Supporting Games At E3

Games, games, and a few more games. It's E3! While Nintendo has stolen the show thus far being the first of the Big 3 to introduce a new at-home game console, Microsoft's continuing the push the Xbox 360 to new heights. They're announcing a ton of new games, most of which are laced with Kinect support, in order to drum up interest in a console...

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel: Perfect For Speed Freaks

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel: Perfect For Speed Freaks

Hope you're settled in for a long week of gaming news, because that's going to be dominating the airwaves with E3 ongoing in California. Microsoft, along with Sony and Nintendo, are certainly throwing news out left and right, and one thing that caught our eye in particular was this: a new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel. It's a very interesting...

Mad Catz Reveals Co-Branded Xbox 360 Headsets At E3

Mad Catz Reveals Co-Branded Xbox 360 Headsets At E3

E3 means new games, but it also means new game consoles, and new peripherals. The accessory makers are certainly out in full force, with Mad Catz using the show to launch a new series of Xbox 360 co-branded, co-licensed headsets. They're some of the most wildly designed headsets that we've seen to date, bringing both aural and microphone abilities...

Building Up Bulldozer: AMD Reintroduces 'FX' Brand

Building Up Bulldozer: AMD Reintroduces 'FX' Brand

AMD announced the relaunch of its high-end 'FX' processor brand at E3 today, in a move clearly timed to grab the attention of gamers and computing enthusiasts. For those of you who aren't familiar with the brand, it dates back to 2003 and the launch of AMD's then-new 64-bit, K8 architecture. At the time, the standard Athlon 64 brand applied...

New Wii U Console Introduces Tablet Controller, HD Video

New Wii U Console Introduces Tablet Controller, HD Video

Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but...

OWC Boasts Industry's First 5 Year Warranty for SandForce 6Gb/s SSD

OWC Boasts Industry's First 5 Year Warranty for SandForce 6Gb/s SSD

We know solid state drives are fast. We know they don't use any moving parts. And did we mention that they're fast? But the one unknown this early in the SSD game is how reliable they truly are. Conventional wisdom says that without any moving parts, and with garbage collecting schemes that limit the number of writes and rewrites, a well built...

Apple iOS 5 Already Jailbroken!

Apple iOS 5 Already Jailbroken!

Well that was fast! Apple just barely had enough time to take a breath after announcing iOS 5, the next major version of its mobile operating system that won't ship for several more months, and already it's been jailbroken by MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team! This is an early jailbreak that's a little rough around the edges and has to be...

Walmart Slashes Price On iPhone 4 For June

Walmart Slashes Price On iPhone 4 For June

Although no one seems to know exactly when the next iPhone will be announced or released, we do know where to find a deal on the iPhone 4: Walmart. The low-cost retailer announced that it has lowered the price on Apple's iPhone 4 to $147 in its brick-and-mortar stores across the country. The price break is for a limited time only, however....

RIM Reveals PlayBook Update

RIM Reveals PlayBook Update

RIM's PlayBook tablet will soon receive a free over-the-air update to BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5. With this new version, users will get a Facebook app optimized for the tablet, support for in-app payments, additional language support, charging enhancements, video chat connectivity, and Wi-Fi hotspot detection. The charging enhancements make...

Sharp Retools LCD Plant To Make Smartphone And Tablet Displays

Sharp Retools LCD Plant To Make Smartphone And Tablet Displays

Let's face it: HDTVs just aren't as white-hot as they used to be. And moreover, those who wanted an HDTV, have probably purchased one by now. Of course, the 3D craze is in full swing, but are sales really proving that people are flocking to replace their 2D 1080p set with one that supports 3D? Sharp, along with loads of other companies, is...

Sony's PSP Sales Reach 70 Million Worldwide

Sony's PSP Sales Reach 70 Million Worldwide

Sony's PlayStation Vita is the next big thing from Sony's handheld gaming department, but if you're curious as to how the long-lived PlayStation Portable line is doing, here are the numbers. Sony has just revealed that a whopping 70 million PSP handhelds have been sold globally up until now, starting way back in December of 2004. That's a...

1,500 Birthday Guests Come After Facebook Privacy Settings SNAFU

1,500 Birthday Guests Come After Facebook Privacy Settings SNAFU

It's another example of the FUBAR that can happen simply because people don't realize that when creating a Facebook event, it defaults to public, so that anyone can see it. On the other hand, one has to believe that those people who jump on such a mistake simply need to find something better to do with their lives. In Germany, Birthday girl...

Acer Launches Refreshed Aspire Ethos Multimedia Machines

Acer Launches Refreshed Aspire Ethos Multimedia Machines

More new notebooks? More new notebooks from Acer? Yes to both! Aside from the new TimelineX machines that hit this morning, the company is also introducing the new Aspire Ethos series. If you aren't familiar with Acer's families, this one is an entertainment beast that relies on high-profile styling, high-res displays and high-end internals...

Ballmer Affirms Office 365's June Launch Date

Ballmer Affirms Office 365's June Launch Date

Microsoft made it pretty clear that Office 365 would be integrated in some major way with the next build of Windows (Windows 8), but now we're learning that the new productivity suite will ship a lot sooner than Win8 will. In fact, Steve Ballmer seems sure that it'll launch in June. Prior to this week, the company had simply insisted that...

Adobe's Flash Seen Running On HP's Impending TouchPad

Adobe's Flash Seen Running On HP's Impending TouchPad

Guess what? HP's TouchPad seems to be darn good at Flash. Yes, Adobe's Flash. As in, the Flash that no iOS device is capable of handling, despite tons of public backlash. Apple's pretty much set on never supporting Flash, hoping to hold out until most web video is converted over to the more universally accepted HTML5. It's quite possible that...

Acer Refreshes TimelineX Series Of Thin-And-Light Notebooks

Acer Refreshes TimelineX Series Of Thin-And-Light Notebooks

More notebooks? Surely! Acer has just released a spate of new machines in their TimelineX series, a bodaciously titled set of machines that have been refreshed with a new design, new entertainment features and battery life to swoon over. These are still aiming to be thin-and-light machines, adding extra juice as well as Dolby audio, with all...

Hulu Recommends Three New Immersive Hulu Plus iOS Apps

Hulu Recommends Three New Immersive Hulu Plus iOS Apps

It's a big, big week for iOS, and Apple in general. But one piece of news that just so happens to be Apple-related didn't launch at WWDC. Instead, Hulu simply chose this week to highlight a couple of newer iOS apps that integrate Hulu Plus in a "compelling and fun way." The company points out a handful of new apps that makes immersing yourself...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews Motherboards and Chipsets: Legion Hardware - (Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3) Zotac H67-ITX WiFi H67 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com Memory and Storage: Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Review @ ITShootOut.com OCZ Agility 3 SSD Review @ Neoseeker Plextor PX-NAS4 Network Attached Storage...

Sony Officially Names The NGP: PlayStation Vita Gaming Handheld Coming For $249

Sony Officially Names The NGP: PlayStation Vita Gaming Handheld Coming For $249

And now, we know the name for Sony's Next Generation Portable. The NGP, as it's called, will now be forever known as the PlayStation Vita, and unlike the PSPgo launch, it's looking more and more like Sony may just get this one right. The Vita will be sold as a standalone handheld gaming console (with Wi-Fi), or as a 3G device exclusively from...

Apple Reveals 200 New Features With iOS 5 At WWDC

Apple Reveals 200 New Features With iOS 5 At WWDC

Big news from Apple today, and tons of it. The company used their annual Worldwide Developer's Conference today to talk about a ton of upcoming software changes, and of course, the next build of iOS was one major topic of conversation. The new version of iOS, simply called iOS 5, is slated to be a monumental update over iOS 4. The company...

iCloud Details Mostly Already Leaked, Anticipated

iCloud Details Mostly Already Leaked, Anticipated

MobileMe is dead, long live iCloud. That's what we now know after WWDC 2011's keynote by Steve Jobs. Unexpectedly: iCloud will be free ... partially. Unlike MobileMe, which carried a $99 annually price point, iCloud will be free, until you get to the music portion. More on that later. iCloud sounds a lot like Google's cloud-based services....

Microsoft Could Derail any NV Aquisition Thanks To Decade-Old Agreement

Microsoft Could Derail any NV Aquisition Thanks To Decade-Old Agreement

It's been 10 years since Microsoft and Nvidia colaborated on a console development project, but a clause in the agreement between the two companies could still have ramifications for the GPU manufacturer. The company's recent FY 2011 report with the SEC states: On March 5, 2000, we entered into an agreement with Microsoft in which...

Survey Questions Nature of Demand For new Nintendo Console

Survey Questions Nature of Demand For new Nintendo Console

Nintendo's next-generation Wii console is expected to be one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but data from Nielsen suggests gamers aren't especially eager for the new system. The organization's poll data shows that while 27 percent of those polled are interested in a new Nintendo, 25 percent and 24 percent would also be interested...

Apple Roars About Mac OS X Lion

Apple Roars About Mac OS X Lion

Apple today announced that the next major version of its operating system -- Mac OS X Lion -- will ship in July for $29 and will only be available as a download (4GB) in the Mac App Store. That's substantially less than the normal selling price of $129, though it won't be offered as a boxed retail package. What Lion will bring to the table...

HTC EVO 3D & HTC EVO View 4G Get Official Release Dates

HTC EVO 3D & HTC EVO View 4G Get Official Release Dates

Although we knew HTC's EVO View 4G tablet and EVO 3D smartphone were headed to Sprint at some point, we didn't know an official date. Now we do: On June 24, you'll be able to get your hands on the HTC EVO 3D ($199.99) and HTC EVO View 4G ($399.99), assuming you're willing to commit to a two-year contract. Although June 24 isn't too far away,...

ViewSonic Expands Tablet Offerings With Low-Cost Model

ViewSonic Expands Tablet Offerings With Low-Cost Model

ViewSonic is expanding its tablet offerings by introducing the ViewBook 730. The ViewBook 730 targets budget-minded users. This tablet runs on Android 2.2 and an ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor. Connectivity options for the ViewBook 730 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI. The ViewBook 730 features a 7-inch, 800x480 LED backlit screen with RiteTouch...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Ultralight Laptop Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Ultralight Laptop Review

The new ThinkPad X1 is a formidable system; it's generally being billed as Lenovo's champion of choice vs. the Macbook Air. That comparison makes sense based on the Air's visibility, but the X1 is set to compete across the entire spectrum, including new machines from Dell and HP. The specs for the machine we tested don't represent Lenovo's...

Microsoft Releases Wireless Desktop 2000 Keyboard / Mouse Bundle

Microsoft Releases Wireless Desktop 2000 Keyboard / Mouse Bundle

Keyboards. Can't live with 'em, and can't live without 'em. We all yearn for an easier way to input commands, but even after all of these years, a QWERTY keyboard still trumps most everything else in terms of speed and accuracy. Until we all get brain interfaces built into our skulls, the keyboard is apt to remain a major part of our lives,...

Microsoft's Acquisition Deal with Nvidia is Nothing New

Microsoft's Acquisition Deal with Nvidia is Nothing New

Information Week on late Friday afternoon posted about a deal between Microsoft and Nvidia that would give the Redmond software maker first dibs on acquiring Nvidia if a third party offers to buy the graphics chip maker for 30 percent or more of its outstanding shares. The deal, which Information Week quoted in a recent SEC filing dated May...

Power-A Reveals Batarang Xbox 360 And PS3 Controllers

Power-A Reveals Batarang Xbox 360 And PS3 Controllers

Is the next Batman movie being shot? We're hearing that it is, but a release definitely isn't imminent. Either way, Power-A has just announced a new Xbox 360 and PS3 controller design that they're calling "Batarang." The controller is reportedly being issued to play nice with Batman: Arkham City this fall, and with E3 happening this week,...

Maingear Adds GeForce GTX 560M And GeForce GT 555M To Laptop Stable

Maingear Adds GeForce GTX 560M And GeForce GT 555M To Laptop Stable

Nothing like a notebook update to get your gears turning when considering an upgrade. Maingear has just announced a fairly major update to their notebook line, and of course, it has to do with NVIDIA's newest GPU selection. The Alt-15, eX-L 15, eX-L 17 and Titan 17 notebooks can now be ordered with GeForce GTX 560M and GeForce GT 555M graphics...

Kingston's Wi-Drive Streams Media To iDevices

Kingston's Wi-Drive Streams Media To iDevices

When a new, innovative product pops out, it's almost always followed by an equally innovate product by a totally different company. For whatever reason, companies tend to start thinking about things and developing things simultaneously. Out popped the iPad, and then, out popped a zillion competing tablets. Out popped the GoFlex Satellite from...

Nintendo Confirms U.S. Server Hacked, No Info Lost

Nintendo Confirms U.S. Server Hacked, No Info Lost

We understand why LulzSec chose to target PBS, Sony, and the FBI. But why they chose to attack Nintendo escapes us. Perhaps the hacker group, which has become very high profile of late (and always emphasizes they are not affiliated with Anonymous, another highly publicized group) simply wanted to stay in the news. Nintendo acknowledged the...

RadioShack Shows It's Not So Good with Handset Platforms

RadioShack Shows It's Not So Good with Handset Platforms

RadioShack has lost ground to Best Buy, and even Wal-mart and Target, and based on their technical expertise as demonstrated by this ad, it's no wonder why. The ad, which came via an email, says buyers should "Make It an Android." However, the fact is that the Nokia Astound is a Symbian 3 device. At least the HTC Evo 4G and HTC Evo Shift 4G...

Comcast Adds Free Anti-Cybercriminal Software Suite For Internet Customers

Comcast Adds Free Anti-Cybercriminal Software Suite For Internet Customers

Paranoia. It's what makes the world go 'round. So maybe that's not precisely true in all cases, but does it not apply here? With the rampant hacking that's been going on (we're looking at you, Sony!), people near and far are suddenly concerned with Internet security. It's always been a concern in reality, but these days it's getting a huge...

PNY Graphics Cards To Ship With Asetek Cooling Solutions

PNY Graphics Cards To Ship With Asetek Cooling Solutions

Asetek and cooling, two names that seem to always go together. Now, you can add a third: PNY. That company has teamed up with Asetek in order to "revolutionize" graphics card liquid cooling, with the goal to deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models graphically, thermally and acoustically....

Kingston Introduces 6Gbps HyperX SSD Bundle

Kingston Introduces 6Gbps HyperX SSD Bundle

More SSDs? Yes, please! Competition can't come soon enough in the solid state drive market. Years after the first one was introduced, the majority of these are both too small and too expensive for most consumers to actually consider. But Kingston's pushing the performance barrier back, hopefully to allow lower-end units to proliferate the...

Acer Demonstrates Oak Trail-Based MeeGo 10.1" Tablet

Acer Demonstrates Oak Trail-Based MeeGo 10.1" Tablet

It's unlikely that MeeGo has an incredibly bright future. Nokia's own CEO doesn't seem to hip on keeping it around as a long-term solution, and with Windows Phone 7 taking their full attention now, it's not surprising that MeeGo would be taking a back seat. But that's not stopping some companies from serving up MeeGo products that may have...

iTunes Leak Points to Automatic App Updating in iOS 5

iTunes Leak Points to Automatic App Updating in iOS 5

It looks like Apple may be moving toward the possibility of automatic OTA updates of apps in iOS 5. Currently such updates have to be manually initiated, either via the App Store iOS app or by syncing with iTunes. A MacRumors reader tipped the site to the fact that when asking iTunes to check an end users' app library for updates, the following...

Eurocom Makes MXM 3.0b NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M Available In Notebooks

Eurocom Makes MXM 3.0b NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M Available In Notebooks

Eurocom is adding the new MXM 3.0b NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M GPU to its line of available GPUs.   The GTX 560M card will be available in single and dual (SLI) configurations.  Thanks to the modular MXM graphics cards, users will be able to upgrade to newer video cards when they become available without having to buy a new system....

Apple Rumored To Launch $25/Year iCloud Music Subscription Service

Apple Rumored To Launch $25/Year iCloud Music Subscription Service

Rumors are flying left and right about what tomorrow's WWDC keynote will reveal, but one thing is for sure: iCloud will be a major announcement. Google Music may have beaten Apple to the punch, but according to the latest reports over at The Los Angeles Times, Apple will have one thing that Google doesn't. That would be the support of major...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: [Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 22.8 Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition Review - XSReviews Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus Crossfire IV Review @ HCW Memory and Storage: Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo 16GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive Review @ Tweaktown ioSafe Rugged Portable Review @ DragonSteelMods Patriot Javelin S4 NAS...

TRENDnet Releases TEW-680MB Wireless N Media Bridge

TRENDnet Releases TEW-680MB Wireless N Media Bridge

It's certainly not the most beautiful thing we've ever thought about putting in our networking cabinet, but then again, has networking gear ever been beautiful? TRENDnet has just released a new 450Mbps dual-band wireless N media bridge, with the first introduction occurring at Computex in Taiwan. The TEW-680MB networks computers, gaming consoles,...

AT&T Says T-Mobile Merger Would Improve Reception

AT&T Says T-Mobile Merger Would Improve Reception

Promises, promises. Words are easy to say, but it's the actions that matter, particularly when you're a CEO of America's largest GSM carrier. AT&T Mobility President & CEO Ralph de la Vega recently spoke at the D9 conference in California, and he acknowledged that AT&T has call drop problems, at least in major cities. He set it...

HP Could License WebOS To Other Partners

HP Could License WebOS To Other Partners

Today, HP makes Windows-based PCs. You knew that. But what if they start to ship PCs with something other than Windows on them? Five years ago, that question would largely result in laughter, but things are different these days. HP's new CEO already made clear that webOS would start to ship on PCs from HP eventually, but many assumed it would...

Nintendo 3DS Update Brings New Browser And eShop

Nintendo 3DS Update Brings New Browser And eShop

The greatest part about software updates? It allows the device you purchased to get even better. Nintendo's 3DS shipped only a few months ago, but the handheld gaming machine will be getting its first major update on June 6th, just days from now. When the update starts flowing to devices, it'll bring along a new Web browser as well as something...

Toshiba's Thrive Tablet To Arrive On July 10

Toshiba's Thrive Tablet To Arrive On July 10

Toshiba plans to make its upcoming 10-inch tablet known as the Thrive available on July 10. The Thrive is a Wi-Fi only tablet that is expected to have a starting price of $429. The tablet will run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Unlike some tablets we've seen to date, the Thrive will feature a removable battery. Other key specifications for the...

Adobe CEO Says Apple/Flash Battle Is Over

Adobe CEO Says Apple/Flash Battle Is Over

Apple and Adobe have a strained past, at least in recent years. When the iPad first launched, one of the biggest arguments against it was its inability to play back Flash content of any kind. For years, and even now, Flash content was huge on the Web, and many suggested that Apple's refusal to support it would lead to tons of negativity surrounding...

Dell Reveals Latitude E6420 XFR And ATG E6420 Rugged Notebooks

Dell Reveals Latitude E6420 XFR And ATG E6420 Rugged Notebooks

Companies have been pushing out new consumer notebooks at a rapid-fire pace these days, and it's about time another market got a few new ones as well. Dell has just busted out a new line of rugged computing solutions, with an aim to please law enforcement and military customers first and foremost. Along with new hardware, the company's introducing...

Polycom Buys HP's Videoconference Segment For $89 Million

Polycom Buys HP's Videoconference Segment For $89 Million

Some fairly interesting news this week in the enterprise space, but it's news that could easily bleed over and make an impact on consumers in the near future. Polycom has announced that they will be acquiring HP's Visual Collaboration Business while also becoming an "exclusive partner" to HP for their teleprescence needs, not to mention certain...

Twitter Adds Video+Photo Search, MMS Support Coming

Twitter Adds Video+Photo Search, MMS Support Coming

Still using Twitter.com as your main portal into Twitter? You're now in the minority, but that's alright. Twitter's still looking out for you, with the introduction this week of Search+Photos. Now, when you search, you can find images as well as videos, instead of just tweets as before. The company's introducing a "completely new version of...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:  MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition 3GB OC'ed Video Card Review @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX @ PureOverclock ASUS Crosshair-V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews ASUS Crosshair V Formula (AMD 990FX) Motherboard Review...

Samsung Confirms: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming June 8

Samsung Confirms: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming June 8

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch tablet will go on sale on June 8 for a starting price of $499 for the 16GB model. However, even though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available starting on June 8, it will only be available at Union Square in New York. For the rest of us, we'll have to wait until June 17 to get our hands on...

AT&T to Jump on Shared Data Bandwagon

AT&T to Jump on Shared Data Bandwagon

Speaking at the D9 conference earlier this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega confirmed that the wireless carrier is "working on" a shared data plan. There aren't any plans in place just yet, nor did the CEO say what kind of price points AT&T is looking at, but the idea of having a single data plan for homes with multiple devices is one...

Intel Ships 100 Million Atom Processors

Intel Ships 100 Million Atom Processors

If it weren't for Intel's Atom platform, who knows how popular the netbook category would have become. Atom processors and netbooks are pretty much synonymous with each other (not without a small handful of exceptions, of course), and because of that, Intel has been able to ship 100 million Atom chips to date. The announcement from Intel comes...

Apple Seals Deal with UMG Over iCloud Service

Apple Seals Deal with UMG Over iCloud Service

Apple has managed to sign the final of the big 4 music labels, Universal Music Group, to a deal over its iCloud service, according to sources speaking to C|Net. This, along with further reports that Apple has signed a number of large music publishers, points to Apple being able to launch its iCloud service very soon. Apple has already announced...

24: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 3, 2011

24: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - June 3, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Micron's blisteringly fast PCIe RealSSD P320h, Microsoft's revamped Windows 8 UI demo, the Pandigital Novel 7 eReader and tablet, HP's Elitebook 8560p and exciting details regarding our "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away! Show Notes: 01:12...

iCloud Logo Revealed as Moscone Center Prepped for WWDC

iCloud Logo Revealed as Moscone Center Prepped for WWDC

Apple is preparing San Francisco's Moscone Center for WWDC 2011, which runs June 6 - 10, and as a result, we've learned what its iCloud logo is. The image below was captured by Doug Bowman and posted to TwitPic. Another banner, captured by AppleInsider, shows an image of a lion, a plus sign, the number 5, another plus sign, and the iCloud...

OtterBox Tries To Get Chinese Phone Cases Banned

OtterBox Tries To Get Chinese Phone Cases Banned

The U.S. International Trade Commission says that U.S. firms lost at least $48 billion in a single year thanks to Chinese companies stealing their intellectual property designs. U.S. smartphone case manufacturer, OtterBox, has had enough and doesn't want to take it anymore. OtterBox has built a $50 million business designing hard case covers...

Expedia And Groupon Team Up For Mega Discounts On Travel

Expedia And Groupon Team Up For Mega Discounts On Travel

Love travel? Love deals. You're in luck. Groupon, the shared coupon site that started it all, has just cranked up another partnership, and this time it's not with just another city. It's with a company, and it's poised to change the way you think about spontaneous vacations. Groupon has teamed with Expedia, a huge name in the travel booking...

Promise Reveals Pegasus Thunderbolt Line Of Storage Devices

Promise Reveals Pegasus Thunderbolt Line Of Storage Devices

Speed. It's all about speed. And hasn't that always been the case? In the PC world, things never seem to run fast enough, and Promise Technology is hoping to make things hum along even faster when it comes to data transmission. They have just developed a Thunderbolt-equipped RAID storage device for the masses, adopting a technology that Apple's...

Cisco Study Projects Internet Traffic To Quadruple By 2015

Cisco Study Projects Internet Traffic To Quadruple By 2015

Guess what? The Internet is growing, by leaps and bounds. Tons of new users are joining the digital revolution each and every day, all across the globe, via mobile or fixed line connections. And now, a new study has found that global online traffic will quadruple by 2015. Yes, quadruple, even from where it's at today! That's massive growth,...

Google Starts Rolling +1 Button To Websites Themselves

Google Starts Rolling +1 Button To Websites Themselves

The digital world, and the Internet in particular, is getting a lot more social. By the day now, things are becoming more and more connected, and Google's making up for lost time with their newest addition. The +1 button has been rolling out since March, giving users the ability to recommend content to your friends and contacts directly from...

AMD Reveals 9-series Chipsets And Z-series Tablet APUs

AMD Reveals 9-series Chipsets And Z-series Tablet APUs

AMD's turning in a banner year. The company really starting things off with a bang, as the Fusion chipset launched at CES and has continued to grow in popularity ever since. This week, the company's launching its 9-series chipset line, which aims to help PC builders to develop next generation high performance desktop platforms. The company...

Lawmakers Pass Bill Making Netflix Sharing a Crime in Tennessee

Lawmakers Pass Bill Making Netflix Sharing a Crime in Tennessee

Performing certain actions will get you sent to the 'Big House' no matter where you live. Taking another person's life, for example. Robbing a bank. Stampeding across town in a drunken stupor without your clothes on at three o'clock in the afternoon (trust us on this one). But in Tennessee, you could be locked up for logging into your buddy's...

Opera Wants To Take Your TV Online With Comtrend Set-top Box

Opera Wants To Take Your TV Online With Comtrend Set-top Box

Opera Software is working with Comtrend to deliver a new broadband TV service via set-top boxes. Opera's browser will power Comtrend's STB-7007 next-generation set-top box. With the browser, users will be able to access context-sensitive information while watching TV. For example, with the technology, you could buy a song while watching MTV...

Micron Demos PCIe RealSSD P320h, Achieves Over 3GB/s Of Sustained Throughput

Micron Demos PCIe RealSSD P320h, Achieves Over 3GB/s Of Sustained Throughput

Micron has just announced a new line-up of PCI Express-based, enterprise-class solid state drives that the company claims are the “world’s fastest”. The new RealSSD P320h is a Gen 2 PCIe x8, full height, half-length card built around Micron’s 34nm SLC (single level cell) NAND flash and uses a high-end controller with...

T-Mobile Gets Two Budget-Friendly Android Smartphones

T-Mobile Gets Two Budget-Friendly Android Smartphones

AT&T isn't the only wireless carrier who's hoping to attract new customers with a budget-friendly smartphone. T-Mobile and Samsung are teaming up to offer two new Android-powered smartphones, the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART for less than $100 (after rebate and with a contract). The Samsung Exhibit 4G runs on Android 2.3...

Google Chromebook Tips Up Early, Sells Out Fast

Google Chromebook Tips Up Early, Sells Out Fast

In what's likely a hint of things to come, limited quantities of Samsung's Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS went on sale yesterday a full two weeks ahead of the official launch and quickly sold out. The Chrome Team sent out emails to select users with a link to the Gilt Groupe, an online retailer that offers instant access to top designer...

Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

Earlier this year, Pandigital announced a firmware upgrade for its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of products that transformed the eReaders into full Android tablets. Although the Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7-inch Android tablet doesn't have the same powerful processor or specs as some of the other tablets we've reviewed recently, its low price...

Shaq Uses New Service Tout to Announce Retirement

Shaq Uses New Service Tout to Announce Retirement

It's become commonplace for celebrities and companies to make announcements via Twitter. Thus, should we really be surprised that Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement via Twitter (and also, via a new service called Tout)? Although Twitter hosted the Tweet, it was Tout that hosted the video (below). The Tweet drove 500K users to six-week...

Apple To Reveal iOS 5, Lion Features At WWDC

Apple To Reveal iOS 5, Lion Features At WWDC

Is WWDC 2011 really going to be about software? Maybe! Apple's yearly developers meeting has become the launchpad for great new hardware in years past. In fact, the iPhone refresh has come at WWDC the past couple of years. But it looks like this year's event may actually be about software, not hardware. According to a new release (shown in...

Eutelsat Launches Broadband Satellite Internet In Europe

Eutelsat Launches Broadband Satellite Internet In Europe

In America, there's HughesNet. It's usually a last-resort for people seeking high-speed internet, mostly for two reasons. For one, it's crazy expensive. Two, it's really slow, at least on the uplink. But satellite-based internet is still useful in rural places where no other broadband is available, and evidently those same demands are also...

Garmin Introduces Redesigned eTrex Outdoor GPS Units

Garmin Introduces Redesigned eTrex Outdoor GPS Units

GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin's a big player in both markets, and this week they're...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Dell UltraSharp U2410 24” IPS Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks ASUS Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU II 1GB Video Card Overclocked Review @ Tweaktown MSI R6850 Cyclone IGDS Power Edition Review @ Neoseeker GPU Video Card Comparison Guide @MissingRemote PowerColor HD...

Creative Reveals Live! Cam inPerson HD Skype HD Webcam

Creative Reveals Live! Cam inPerson HD Skype HD Webcam

The world is still trying to figure out what it thinks about Skyping on their TV, but if you're willing to give it a try, Creative has a new device to do just that. The company has just announced the Live! Cam inPerson HD, an HD video/voice webcam that's specifically designed to handle Skype HD video calling. It's a rather large device, meant...

Nokia Ships Symbian Anna Phones: E6 And X7

Nokia Ships Symbian Anna Phones: E6 And X7

Nokia may not be giving Symbian their full faith and support, but there were obviously a lot of Symbian phones in the pipeline prior to the mega announcement earlier in the year to switch over to Windows Phone 7. Two of those phones are now shipping. Nokia's E6 and X7, described as the first Symbian Anna phones, are now shipping. The X7 will...

Microsoft Demos Revamped Windows 8 UI, Reveals More OS Details

Microsoft Demos Revamped Windows 8 UI, Reveals More OS Details

Microsoft used the D9 conference today to disclose a number of interesting details regarding its next version of Windows, aptly codenamed Windows 8. As we showed you at CES earlier this year, when Microsoft demoed IE 10 and PowerPoint running on an ARM SoC-based platform, part of Microsoft’s plan with their next-gen OS is to embrace...

T-Mobile Announces HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile Announces HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile introduced the new HTC Sensation 4G smartphone. This phone runs on Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, and will feature the HTC Sense experience. Key specifications include a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a front-facing camera, DLNA compatibility, and a pre-installed...

Sprint To Get HTC EVO 3D This Summer

Sprint To Get HTC EVO 3D This Summer

Sprint’s highly anticipated new smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D, will be available this summer. This smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display and delivers a glasses-free 3D viewing experience. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 and features a 1.2 GHZ dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The phone also features dual, rear-facing 5-megapixel...

AMD Fusion Developer Summit: 60 Free Passes Up For Grabs

AMD Fusion Developer Summit: 60 Free Passes Up For Grabs

From June 13 - 16, 2011, the first AMD Fusion Developer Summit, or AFDS, is being held at the Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. According to AMD, attendees of the inaugural AMD Fusion Developer Summit “will have direct access to pioneers in heterogeneous computing, software developers, and top minds at AMD for learning opportunities...

AT&T Introduces Budget-Friendly Smartphone

AT&T Introduces Budget-Friendly Smartphone

AT&T hopes to attract new smartphone users with the new Pantech Crossover smartphone. This smartphone will be available on June 5 for $69.99 with a contract and compatible plan. The Crossover features a 3.1-inch touch screen, 600MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, and a 2GB microSD card. The phone will run on Android 2.2. The Crossover...

AMD Surprises Computex Attendees with "Trinity" APU Announcement

AMD Surprises Computex Attendees with "Trinity" APU Announcement

We expected AMD to talk about its upcoming Llano platform at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, and the chip maker didn't disappoint. AMD also talked about its Bulldozer platform that has enthusiasts chomping at the bit, saying the first Bulldozer products will ship in the third quarter of this year. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, AMD...

Samsung Infuse 4G Smartphone Review

Samsung Infuse 4G Smartphone Review

AT&T continues to flesh out their 4G capable smartphone offerings with a device that some might consider a "superphone," as the term has been coined recently. Take a goosed-up, Samsung Hummingbird processor at 1.2GHz, drop in Samsung's gorgeous and gargantuan 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, power it with Android 2.2 (Froyo) along with...

Bing and Facebook Team Up to Offer Social Search Results

Bing and Facebook Team Up to Offer Social Search Results

Bing and Facebook Team Up to Offer Social Search Results Bing & decide with your friends.  Most of us ask family and friends for their advice before we decide what movie to see or new restaurant to try, because getting feedback from others is part of the decision-making process. Bing is a big believer in getting opinions from people...

Roku to Fling Angry Birds into Your TV Set

Roku to Fling Angry Birds into Your TV Set

You're used to playing Angry Birds on your smartphone, tablet and even your PC and Mac, but have you ever imagined what it would be like to fling these creatures across your swank living room HDTV? You won't have to wonder much longer. Roku, makers of the self-titled set-top box, and Rovio, creator of the uber popular cash cow known as Angry...

PSN Services to Be Fully Restored by EOW, in Most Areas

PSN Services to Be Fully Restored by EOW, in Most Areas

The end is nigh for the PlayStation Network / Qriocity outage. In a press release issued late Monday, Sony said that full restoration of PSN services will be completed by the end of this week. The areas with full restoration will include the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Details for...

SanDisk Intros Small And Speedy U100 / i100 SSDs

SanDisk Intros Small And Speedy U100 / i100 SSDs

Small enough? Never is. Fast enough? No way. We always yearn for things that are smaller, better and faster than before, and that's where SanDisk comes in to oblige. The company has just launched two new SSDs for tablets and ulta-thin notebooks, combining SATA III performance with power consumption as low as 10mW.  The U100 SSD series...

Sprint Asks Regulators to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Sprint Asks Regulators to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Although we cannot think of a single recent instance where regulators flat-out refused a merger, Sprint is arguing that they should do so with the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile union. On Tuesday, Sprint filed a formal, 130-page request asking the FCC to block the merger, saying that even if AT&T divested itself of key assets, consumers would...

Apple Updates iWork For iOS To Include iPhone And iPod Touch

Apple Updates iWork For iOS To Include iPhone And iPod Touch

Apple's WWDC kicks off next week, but there's some other Apple news to mull over before then. Well, at least for iPhone and iPod touch users looking to be more productive on their mobile devices. The company has just announced that the iWork productivity apps -- Keynote, Pages and Numbers -- are now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch....

OCZ Shows Off RevoDrive Hybrid SSD / HDD PCIe Card

OCZ Shows Off RevoDrive Hybrid SSD / HDD PCIe Card

OCZ's really firing on all cylinders this week at Computex. Aside from breaking records with their Z-Drive, they're also combining an SSD and HDD on a single PCIe card for one of the most awe-inspiring desktop storage solutions that we've seen in quite some while. The new RevoDrive Hybrid improves upon the older RevoDrive design by stuffing...

Zinio Bringing More Magazines To Android 3.0 Tablets

Zinio Bringing More Magazines To Android 3.0 Tablets

Is tablet publishing really the future for publishers? It's still pretty early to say for sure, but there's no question that it's having an impact. Zinio is a major player when it comes to distribution, and now they'll be making it easier for end-users to get digital mags on Android. The company this week announced that their delivery app...

OCZ Touts Wild Z-Drive R4 Speed Records At Computex

OCZ Touts Wild Z-Drive R4 Speed Records At Computex

Yow! OCZ Technology has always been about shattered records and making impressive numbers look like old hat with even more impressive numbers, and they're doing it again at this year's Computex. The company has achieved a new performance record at the show, delivering one million 4K write IOPS and 1.5 million read IOPS on a Z-Drive-equipped...

Call of Duty: Elite to Launch with Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Elite to Launch with Modern Warfare 3

Activision has added that Nov. 8 will include more than just the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It will also launch Call of Duty: Elite, a social-networking twist to a first-person player shooter's multiplayer component. There will be a free version of Call of Duty: Elite, and a premium (paid) version as well. It's unclear how much...