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All News for July 2008

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 2053BW @ InsideHWAcer AL2002W 20-Inch WS LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews Motherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte X48-DS5 Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Spire SP175SU-SL-EU 2.5" SATA to USB Hard disk enclosure Review @ RbmodsMushkin HP Series DDR3 HP3-12800 8-8-8-24 Review @ Club OverclockeriStarUSA...

DRM's Dead! Long Live... Dell?

DRM's Dead! Long Live... Dell?

The trend towards DRM-free music seems to be giving Dell the notion that the market's ready for another digital music player. They tried to sell MP3 players five years ago, but got washed away in the Apple iPod tsunami and gave up in 2006. There's a whiff of "me too" about anybody trying to make portable music players now; Apple's devices...

HP, Intel, and Yahoo!'s Heads Are in the Clouds

HP, Intel, and Yahoo!'s Heads Are in the Clouds

If you have any doubt that cloud computing is the next wave of remote and distributing computing and is poised to make major inroads into both the enterprise and consumer markets, then don't tell HP, Intel, or Yahoo!--who all just joined together in an initiative to create a "global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement...

AMD Consumer Electronics Event '08 in NYC

AMD Consumer Electronics Event '08 in NYC

AMD hosted a small gathering in the London NYC Hotel yesterday to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months. We attended the event and took a few photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them...

ASUS Eee Box Image Gallery

ASUS Eee Box Image Gallery

We recently got a chance to get some hands-on time with ASUS' upcoming Eee Box PC and snapped off a few pictures we thought you'd all like to see.  If you're unfamiliar with the Eee Box, it's a play off of ASUS' popular Eee PC, but designed for desktop users.  Take a look...        Asus Eee Box...

E-mail Addiction on the Rise

E-mail Addiction on the Rise

Perhaps this comes as no surprise, but almost half (46 percent) of e-mail users claim to be addicted to e-mail. Merriam-Webster OnLine defines "addicted" as "to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively." We definitely know some people like that--in fact, present company included. In conjunction with Beta Research,...

Video Spotlight: Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook

Video Spotlight: Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook

Today on HotHardware we’ve got a quick-take spotlight video for you on Dell’s hot XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook... Synopsis: Dell's XPS M1730 is a powerful Desktop Replacement notebook designed with the performance enthusiast in mind. Sleek styling and custom lighting adorn this beastly, semi-portable machine that weighs in at well over 10lbs....

Microsoft's Multi-touch Interface on a Globe

Microsoft's Multi-touch Interface on a Globe

First Microsoft brought its multi-touch interface, Surface, to tabletops. Next, Microsoft demonstrated how the interface could be taken vertical to walls. Now it looks like Microsoft's Surface technology is ready for global domination--16 to 72-inch globes that is. This week at Microsoft's ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in...

Scrabulous Shutdown Spells Crash for Hasbro

Scrabulous Shutdown Spells Crash for Hasbro

On Tuesday, Facebook users in the U.S. and Canada awoke to horror - the shutdown of the extremely popular Scrabulous game, in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Hasbro, the parent company of the official Scrabble game. There shouldn't have been much withdrawal pain, though, since after all, Electronic Arts (EA, which handles the digital rights...

Microsoft's Plans For A New OS

Microsoft's Plans For A New OS

Everyone's read something or other about the next version of Windows that will replace Vista, usually referred to as Windows 7. But it's all still Windows. David Worthington, over at SDTimes, says he's gotten a look at internal Microsoft documents that outline their development plan for Midori, a non-Windows Operating System. Microsoft understands...

Twenty Percent of Primetime TV is Watched Online

Twenty Percent of Primetime TV is Watched Online

Pundits argue that the computer is quickly on its way to becoming the primary source of delivering audio-visual entertainment. Others will argue that it's already happened. With over 12 billion videos watched online in the U.S. during the month of May, its hard to argue against the ubiquity of the PC as the king of media. To further this claim,...

Microsoft's Faux OS Video Goes Live

Microsoft's Faux OS Video Goes Live

We earlier wrote that Microsoft's fake OS, Mojave, had birthed its own website.  The idea, a sort of blind taste test among Vista critics, was surprisingly successful with an overwhelming number of respondents liking the OS.  The website was, starting today, designed to show videos of the respondents, and indeed that part of the...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:BFGTech GeForce GTX 280 OCX @ [H]ECS 9500GT 512MB GDDR3  graphics card @ OCWNVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Review - Budget Gaming Redux @ PC PerspectivePalit GTX 280 Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Pictorial Review @ TechARPLeadtek WinFast GeForce PX9500 GT @ TweaktownEVGA UV Plus+ UV16 USB 2.0 Video Adapter @ Legit ReviewsGIGABYTE...

Dell Launches a "Conscientious" PC

Dell Launches a "Conscientious" PC

You'll hear a PC labeled as many things, from "an uber-gaming system" to "budget-minded" and more, but this PC is "eco-friendly," or as Dell calls it, its first "conscientious" desktop. It was announced (though unnamed) at Fortune Brainstorm: Green in Los Angeles on (what else) Earth Day, earlier this year, and launched on Tuesday. The idea...

VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head

VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head

VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor. At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah and the president of the design center that was tasked with making the processor was decidedly outspoken, which made for some exciting...

NVIDIA's New GeForce 9500 GT Mainstream GPU

NVIDIA's New GeForce 9500 GT Mainstream GPU

NVIDIA has announced the new GeForce 9500 GT today and it's their latest addition to their sub-$100 graphics card offering. Of course the card won't bring the same level of 3D performance as current high-end, more expensive products but its feature set is comparable to just about anything else on the market. In comparison to the recently released...

Cuil Launch Just Proves Google Is A Big Deal

Cuil Launch Just Proves Google Is A Big Deal

Cuil, the alternative search engine, has been out for a day now, and the general consensus is that it measures up somewhere between not-very-good and epic fail. But it's hard to recall any sort of Public Relations campaign that worked out as well as the feeding frenzy we saw in the media for what turned out to be a 404 page for a good portion...

Next On HGTV? Flip That Website!

Next On HGTV? Flip That Website!

Now that buying a fixer-upper in the 'burbs, putting in mildly radioactive granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and laminate flooring, and then selling it is a recipe for losing money instead of getting rich quick, people looking to make  a fast makeover buck have turned their attention to the Internet. They troll the tubes...

New Comcast Triple-Play Subs to Get "Wii" Bonus

New Comcast Triple-Play Subs to Get "Wii" Bonus

It certainly wouldn't be a deal-breaker (or maker) to us, but if you still can't get a Nintendo Wii (and annoyingly, it's still in short supply), and you're interested in signing your life away for two years to Comcast, this could be the deal for you.On Monday, hot on the heels of the announcement that Comcast will soon receive a slap on the...

John Carmack Has Big Plans For The iPhone

John Carmack Has Big Plans For The iPhone

Id Software has had minimal success developing games for cell phones. It ported its popular Doom title over to the cell phone platform with Doom RPG, as well as developing two original Orcs and Elves games for phones. Ultimately, the three titles sold only a combined two million copies. The problem, at least up to now, is that cell phones...

Verizon Carpetbombs NYC With FiOS HD Channels

Verizon Carpetbombs NYC With FiOS HD Channels

People dissatisfied with their local cable and satellite services often look longingly at Verizon's FiOS TV service as an alternative. The problem has been that you can't get the service in all that many places yet, and there's a hopscotch effect to the places you can get it. Some people even have Verizon FiOS for their Internet connection...

New Search Engine Cuil Tries to Take on Google

New Search Engine Cuil Tries to Take on Google

Microsoft and Yahoo aren't the only companies looking to compete with Google in the search business. In fact, this morning a new startup called Cuil opened its virtual doors for the world to start using its search engine. So, on this morning we ask, how is Cuil different from all other search engines? The site claims: "Cuil (pronounced COOL)...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 260 Review @ OCIA.netLeadtek WinFast PX9600 GSO Extreme 384MB @ TweaktownSapphire HD4870 @ t-breakPalit GeForce GTX 280 Review @ Motherboards.orgMemory and Storage:Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard Disk Drive @ X-bit LabsG.Skill F2-8800 Pi Series DDR2 CL5 4GB Kit @ techPowerUpSystems:Toshiba Satellite A300D-125...

Steve Jobs: When Does Private Become Public?

Steve Jobs: When Does Private Become Public?

Since last Tuesday, we've sat on the sidelines as others have questioned Apple's openness about Steve Jobs and discussed the terse answer Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO gave to Ben Reitzes (Lehman Brothers) when asked about Steve Jobs' health. "Ben, Steve loves Apple. He serves as the CEO at the pleasure of Apple's board and has no plans to...

Dell Issues NVIDIA GPU Update To Laptop Owners

Dell Issues NVIDIA GPU Update To Laptop Owners

In a business update call earlier this month, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on record detailing the impact of certain NVIDIA notebook GPU failures that have been reported and the one time charge the company would have to take against the cost of revenue for Q2 of this year.  The blank check was estimated at the time to...

Microsoft's Fake OS Gets a Web Site

Microsoft's Fake OS Gets a Web Site

Earlier we wrote about how Microsoft used a kind of blind taste test to get die-hard Windows XP users to try Vista --- and that they even liked it. They were told that they were trying a new OS, called Mojave. We also said that Microsoft hadn't figured out a marketing campaign, but it appears that's changed.Microsoft last week interviewed...

GIGABYTE Unleashes Loaded G45 Express Mobo

GIGABYTE Unleashes Loaded G45 Express Mobo

GIGABYTE Unleashes Industry’s Most Secure, Green and High Performing Intel G45 Express Chipset Motherboard Hitting Over 1100+ 3DMark 06 score for Media-Center Solution Taipei, Taiwan, – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today launched the new GIGABYTE EG45 Series motherboard - GA-EG45M-DS2H. Featuring...

NVIDIA Accelerates the Search For a Cure

NVIDIA Accelerates the Search For a Cure

NVIDIA DRAMATICALLY ACCLERATES THE SEARCH FOR A CURE GeForce GPU Runs Folding@home Protein Simulations 140 Times Faster Than Traditional Processors SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 24, 2008—Stanford University’s distributed computing program Folding@home has become a major force in researching cures to life-threatening diseases such as cancer, cystic...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire HD 4870 Review @ OCCXFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Motherboards.orgHIS Radeon HD3650 Review @ Motherboards.orgProcessors:AMD's Phenom X4 9350e @ bit-techMemory and Storage:PQI Cool Drive U350H @ TechwareLabsWD Caviar Blue SE16 @ InsideHWKingston DataTraveler BlackBox 2GB at Overclockers OnlinePower:Rosewill...

ASUS EN9800GTX TOP Graphics Card

ASUS EN9800GTX TOP Graphics Card

A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX...

Once Tricked into Using It, Users Like Vista

Once Tricked into Using It, Users Like Vista

This smacks somewhat of those old blindfold taste tests you see on commerials.  It goes a little something like this...  "I hate Diet Coke."  "Here, try this new soda!""Wow, it's great!""That was Diet Coke!""Ooops!"   In a similar move, Microsoft took Windows XP fans and showed them a new OS, "Mojave."  What's...

Most Users Okay With Ads in Free Online Video

Most Users Okay With Ads in Free Online Video

In the latest results from market research company, Ipsos's quarterly study of the U.S. online video market, Ipsos found that most users are willing to accept advertising within free, online video content. The percentage of folks who find the inclusion of advertising in their free streaming or downloaded videos acceptable, however, depends...

Use Your GPS Device to Avoid Speed Traps

Use Your GPS Device to Avoid Speed Traps

We recently reported on a teenager who is using GPS technology to try to get out of a speeding ticket. Website, Njection wants you to avoid getting speeding tickets in the first place by using your GPS navigation device. Njection features a tool it calls a "Speedtrap Mashup." The tool uses map data from Microsoft Virtual Earth and overlays...

Lenovo Centrino 2-based ThinkPad X200 Preview

Lenovo Centrino 2-based ThinkPad X200 Preview

With Intel's recent launch of the Centrino 2 mobile platform, aka Montevina, you can be sure virtually all of the major notebook OEMs have been peddling their wares in an effort to hit the ground running during the back to school season this fall.  First out of the gate, delivering a Montevina thin-and-light to our labs, is Lenovo with...

Waiter, There's Malware in My Soup!

Waiter, There's Malware in My Soup!

October might officially be National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but based on the online security reports that have come out this July, it appears that Cyber Security Awareness is actually being promoted a few months early this year. First McAfee released its report on the lack of security measures being taken by small and medium...

ECS to Exhibit at NVISION 08

ECS to Exhibit at NVISION 08

Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. to Exhibit at NVISION 08 -- ECS sponsors NVISION 08 as Gold Member of the Industry’s Premier Visual Computing Mega-Event.-- Fremont, CA (July 23, 2008) – Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, video card, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced its participation...

A "Taxing" Proposition for Music Downloaders?

A "Taxing" Proposition for Music Downloaders?

All right, readers, we're sure some among you participate in the downloading of somewhat dicey material (read: copyrighted). If you could have a license to illegally download as much as you wanted - and yes, we suppose, if you had a license, it would no longer be illegal - how would you feel about it?On the other hand, if you had to pay such...

Google's Knol to Challenge Wikipedia

Google's Knol to Challenge Wikipedia

Much to the chagrin of teachers and librarians, Wikipedia has become a primary source of research and information for many seeking answers to questions with just a few quick key presses and mouse clicks. Since its debut in 2001, Wikipedia has outgrown other objective informational sites, such as About.com and Encyclopedia Britannica Online...

Trees Get a Win Over Solar Panels

Trees Get a Win Over Solar Panels

Earlier in February a strange case arose over an obscure California law, the Solar Shade Control Act (.PDF), passed in 1979 after the Oil Crisis. The law essentially made criminals out of a pair of Sunnyvale residents, whose eight redwood trees cast shade on a neighbor's solar panels.The dispute between the neighbors, Mark Vargas (solar panel...

Intel Unveils New System On A Chip Designs

Intel Unveils New System On A Chip Designs

Gadi Singer, Vice President of Intel’s Mobility Group, and Doug Davis, Vice President of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, held a conference call today to discuss a brand new product line from Intel targeted at security, storage, communications, and industrial applications, the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor family. Although the Intel...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Palit HD 4870 512MB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeSamsung SyncMaster 245B LCD Monitor @ CPU3DProcessors:Conroe vs. Wolfdale: To the Limit @ Digit-LifeMemory and Storage:Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB Solid State Drive @ PC PerspectiveKingwin EL-35EU-SBL Elite USB 2.0 and eSATA Drive Enclosure @ BigBruinVizo Shuttle SHE-260ST External...

VoodooDNA Spliced Completely Into HP

VoodooDNA Spliced Completely Into HP

When it comes to high-end gaming rigs, few companies have been able to achieve the stellar reputation that VoodooPC had with its enthusiast desktops and laptops. VoodooPC had a penchant for building speedy systems with the latest high-quality components, and packaging it all together in sexy looking designs. It's no wonder that HP acquired...

AT&T Enables Voice-Controlled Apps for iPhone 3G

AT&T Enables Voice-Controlled Apps for iPhone 3G

One of the biggest laments iPhone users have about the iPhone is that it lacks voice dialing. How and when that key missing feature gets added is still open to speculation, but the engineers at AT&T Labs Research have at least been cooking up a way for developers to easily implement voice controlled applications for "multimedia devices...

Asus Trinity Tri-GPU Graphics Prototype Benched

Asus Trinity Tri-GPU Graphics Prototype Benched

Asus recently contacted us with an interesting 3D graphics product that was intended to be nothing more than a proof of concept.  The product was affectionately named Trinity and though it didn't necessarily conjure up visions of leather-clad vigilante-dominatrix-hotties for us, it certainly did have an intriguing design.  The...

High-Speed Electric Car: Electric Lightning GT

High-Speed Electric Car: Electric Lightning GT

Perhaps it is just a coincidence that we're starting to hear a lot more about electric cars these days now that gas prices have hit record highs. Coincidence or not, automobiles that offer alternatives to traditional fossil-fuel-based, internal combustion engines are gearing up to hit the streets. The latest entrant to this quickly growing...

Are SMBs Easy Pickin's for Cyber Criminals?

Are SMBs Easy Pickin's for Cyber Criminals?

While cyber attacks on large business often make the headlines of tech publications, security company, McAfee wanted to know if smaller businesses were any less susceptible to cyber security breaches as a result of their smaller size. So McAfee surveyed 500 companies in the U.S. and Canada that have between 2 and 1,000 employees, and McAfee...

Microsoft Discloses DirectX 11 Features

Microsoft Discloses DirectX 11 Features

Microsoft has disclosed some details regarding the next iteration of its gaming and graphics API, DirectX 11. Shacknews has the full scoop on what Microsoft has disclosed up to this point, which isn't much, but there is still plenty to ponder. For example, the initial DirectX features and specifications disclosed at this point include......

WD Announces 2.5" 10K RPM Enterprise SATA HDs

WD Announces 2.5" 10K RPM Enterprise SATA HDs

WD ANNOUNCES 2.5-INCH, 10,000 RPM ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES The World’s Fastest Enterprise SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor, Now Available for Low-power, High-performance Blade Server Applications LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – July 23, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today the WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM enterprise SATA hard drives in an enterprise-class...

Vista to Blame for SSD Perf. Issues: Sandisk

Vista to Blame for SSD Perf. Issues: Sandisk

Solid-State drives (SSDs) have had a lot of coverage lately, mostly negative. Battery life, performance, reliability, those sorts of things have been under close scrutiny of late. Monday, in Sandisk's earnings call, Sandisk placed the blame for at least one of those issues squarely on Microsoft's shoulders. Eli Harari, Chairman and CEO of...

Watch Movies Online: Save the Environment

Watch Movies Online: Save the Environment

Last month CinemaNow conducted a survey on its Website about consumers' viewing habits. One of the more entertaining tidbits to come from the survey was that the majority of those surveyed thought that of all the actors who played Batman, Christian Bale looked the best in his Batman outfit. Keep this in mind, because we'll be coming back to...

Consumer Storage In The Enterprise - Thoughts?

Consumer Storage In The Enterprise - Thoughts?

There has been much debate lately as to the effectiveness and reliability of consumer-level storage technology in the enterprise space.  This article on Dell's future or storage website, details some of the specific considerations and decisions IT managers may have to make..."The fact of the matter is if you’re working with an enterprise...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Acer P243WAid 24" LCD @ Phoronix Palit Geforce 9600 GSO Sonic 768MB Video Card @ Mikhailtech VisionTek HD 4870 512MB Video Card @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets: MSI P45 Platinum Review @ Neoseeker MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org ASUS P5E64 WS Professional X38 Workstation Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgProcessors:...

Cold-Based Encryption-Cracking Code Published

Cold-Based Encryption-Cracking Code Published

You'll recall that in February security researchers found a way to break into encrypted hard drives by using a trick that relies on the fact that RAM dissipates its contents slower if cooled.The research paper, by Princeton, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Wind River Systems was titled "Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption...

Google Maps Takes a Walk on the Healthy Side

Google Maps Takes a Walk on the Healthy Side

Google is calling it a beta, but we're calling it a breath of fresh air (depending on where you live, of course, your air might a bit more fresh than the air we breathe here in New York City). Today, Google has added walking directions to its popular Google Maps page. Whenever you use Google Maps for directions, if the destination is within...

Visual Computing Leaders Sponsor NVISION 08

Visual Computing Leaders Sponsor NVISION 08

VISUAL COMPUTING INDUSTRY LEADERS LINE UP TO SPONSOR NVISION 08Christie, EVGA, HP, Microsoft, and PNY Technologies Head Up Key Sponsorships of First-Ever Visual Computing Mega-Event SANTA CLARA, CA–JULY 22, 2008–NVIDIA today announced the key sponsors for NVISION 08, the premier event for visual computing professionals and enthusiasts. Leading...

Another Mac Clone Manufacturer Surfaces

Another Mac Clone Manufacturer Surfaces

Apple Computer has nearly always kept its Mac computer platform an in-house-only proposition. Other than a few sanctioned (and unsanctioned) clones in the platform's early days and a two-year span in the mid-1990's, legitimate Apple computers have only come from Apple. That's not to say others haven't tried (for an interesting look at the...

ATI Catalyst v8.7 Drivers Hit The Web

ATI Catalyst v8.7 Drivers Hit The Web

The latest Catalyst driver suite, version 8.7, is available for download from the AMD website.  In addition to a number of big fixes for both Windows XP and Vista, these drivers add official support for the recently release Radeon HD series of graphics cards and a handful of performance enhancements for single-card and CrossFire configurations.  ...

CherryPal Moves Cloud Computing to the Desktop

CherryPal Moves Cloud Computing to the Desktop

While there is no shortage of low-power, inexpensive, Linux-based desktop PCs on the market today, few seem to offer a compelling enough solution to make the modest investment worth it. Either the processing power is too little, storage capacity is too meager, or the operating system is too onerous for newbies. New kid on the block, CherryPal,...

Upskirts Get Japan's iPhone a Special Feature

Upskirts Get Japan's iPhone a Special Feature

In case you don't know, an upskirt photo is one taken surreptitiously by pointing a camera upwards and ... well, we're hoping you can figure it out on your own, as well as the analogous downblouse photo.For some reason, with the advent of high-resolution camera phones, the practice of upskirt and downblouse photos have become very popular...

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Boost

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Boost

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Performance Boost Notebook SSD Line Now Supports Dramatically Faster Write Speeds San Jose, California – July 22, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company has dramatically improved the write speeds of its MasterDrive...

OCZ Unveils First Fatal1ty Brand DDR2 / DDR3 RAM

OCZ Unveils First Fatal1ty Brand DDR2 / DDR3 RAM

OCZ Technology Unveils First Fatal1ty Brand DDR2 and DDR3 Memory After Partnership Announcement Get the Gear Used by the Pros Sunnyvale, Calif. -July 21, 2008- OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today announced the first memory modules available...

What Protection! Kaspersky's Site Gets Hacked

What Protection! Kaspersky's Site Gets Hacked

Nothing is so hilarious as when a security vendor gets its site hacked.  All right, we will admit that when ICANN was hacked that was also funny.  In this case, Kaspersky, who many say (arguably) has the best security software around, had their Malaysian website hacked (yes, we probably could cut them some slack for the fact it was...

OCZ's NIA Brain-Computer Interface Controller

OCZ's NIA Brain-Computer Interface Controller

OCZ lays claim to being the first company to bring a "brain-computer" interface to the retail market and they have aimed it squarely at the gamer. The device is called the NIA, which is an acronym that stands for Neural Impulse Actuator, and instead of buttons, sticks,  gyroscopes or motion sensors, it reads the body's natural biosignals...

Peace at Last?  Yahoo Settles with Icahn

Peace at Last? Yahoo Settles with Icahn

Is the soap opera over?  Probably ... not.  However, the drama to come at the Yahoo shareholders meeting on Aug. 1st is going to be a lot, lot less.Today it was announced that Yahoo and Carl Icahn have come to an agreement.  By giving Icahn a seat on the board as well as two others to be filled from his list of nominees (one...

Futuremark Removes GPU PhysX Results

Futuremark Removes GPU PhysX Results

It was about a month ago that NVIDIA released drivers that included PhysX support, leading to multiple allegations of cheating.  Why?  Well, quite naturally the CPU physics test (3DMark Vantage) shows much higher results with PhysX in the mix, as the CPU load moves greatly to the PPU.According to a forum post, Futuremark hasn't been...

Cooler Than Water, The Liquid Metal Heat Sink

Cooler Than Water, The Liquid Metal Heat Sink

Even in the age of green computing and lower power 45nm silicon manufacturing technologies, thermal management, specifically heat mitigation, continues to be a challenge .   Maybe you're a dyed-in-the-wool overclocker or perhaps a silent computing buff that wants things whisper-quiet. Then again, even...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Visiontek HD 4870 Review @ OCCWhat's the Right Price - A Trio of GeForce GTX 260 @ HardwareZoneMotherboards and Chipsets:EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW Mainboard Review: Rehabilitated? @ X-bit LabsECS GF8200A Black Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.orgMemory and Storage:2.5 inch SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock @ DragonSteelModsKingston DataTraveler...

News MacBooks Highlighted by Circuit Brd Orders?

News MacBooks Highlighted by Circuit Brd Orders?

Since moving to the "top of the world," everything Apple does is watched - and watched carefully.  With iPhone launches done (though iPhone shortages still of interest), some have turned their eyes toward the more mundane portion of Apple's business: the computer portion of it.  And some circuit board orders are being pointed as...

Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS

Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS

Update: We incorrectly reported that that Shaun Malone was found innocent of speeding. As PressDemocrat.com reports, the trial is still ongoing and is scheduled to resume on October 3rd. The judge "is expected to issue a ruling after hearing additional testimony in October, including from both sides' experts."   While an 11-year...

Who Resurrected The Electric Car?

Who Resurrected The Electric Car?

As the price of gas continues to rise, fewer folks are buying automobiles--especially gas-guzzlers like trucks and SUVs. Throw in a limping economy, record job losses, and a crippled housing market, and it's amazing anyone drives anywhere other than to work and the grocery store. There's also the growing environmentally conscious crowd who...

OCZ Core Series SSD Vs VelociRaptor, Sneak Peek!

OCZ Core Series SSD Vs VelociRaptor, Sneak Peek!

There has obviously been a fair amount of buzz going on in the market about SSDs (Solid State Disks) as of late, as pricing continues its downward trend.  In addition performance has continued to improve with SSDs as the technology matures.  Recently, announcements from major OEMs like Samsung have promised fairly impressive...

Intel Statement on European Commission Action

Intel Statement on European Commission Action

Intel Statement on Latest European Commission Action SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to allegations contained in the new Statement of Objections (SO) issued by the European Commission: We're naturally disappointed the Commission has decided to issue a new SO. The issuance of a second...

Yahoo's Latest Icahn Blast - But They Will Sell

Yahoo's Latest Icahn Blast - But They Will Sell

As the Yahoo! shareholders meeting on August 1st rapidly approaches, Yahoo! is preparing. They sent a letter to their shareholders on Thursday, urging them to vote against a proposal by Carl Icahn which could result in the unseating of some of all of the Board of Directors. The letter, from CEO Jerry Yang and Chairman Roy Bostock was also...

AT&T announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone - Oops!

AT&T announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone - Oops!

Free access at AT&T hotspots for iPhone users was first announced at the beginning of May.  Then it was disabled.  It was reannounced today, but once again, it was a mistake.  Why they keep doing this, who knows?The notice, which was still live at 8:30 a.m. PDT but then was removed by 9:30 a.m., said:"AT&T knows Wi-Fi...

AMD BoD Elects Dirk Meyer CEO, President

AMD BoD Elects Dirk Meyer CEO, President

AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO- Hector Ruiz Named Executive Chairman of AMD –SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 17, 2008 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company’s chief executive officer.  Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman...

Websites Slow to Clean Up Malware Infection

Websites Slow to Clean Up Malware Infection

Security company Finjan recently proclaimed that it detected over 1,000 different Website domains had been compromised during the first two weeks of June by a known malware toolkit, "Asprox," which has been around for over a year (according to Symantec). "… a new round of mass Web attacks has started during May 2008. Hackers successfully compromised...

NVIDIA's New Tools To Debug and Speed Up Games

NVIDIA's New Tools To Debug and Speed Up Games

Three New NVIDIA Tools Help Developers Quickly Debug and Speed Up Video Games PerfHUD 6, FX Composer 2.5, and Shader Debugger Help Simplify Game Development SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 17, 2008—Today’s top video games use complex programming and rendering techniques that can take months to create and tune in order to get the image quality and silky-smooth...

Ky. Boy Checks Drivers' Speed with Toy Radar Gun

Ky. Boy Checks Drivers' Speed with Toy Radar Gun

Who could seriously say that in these troubled times, police don't need all the help they can get?  And, quite honestly, particularly in the neighborhood (no pun intended) of speeders.  Even without watching TV shows such as TruTV's Speeders, all one has to do is look around to see that one reason people may not want a new 55 or...

Amazon Launches Video on Demand Service

Amazon Launches Video on Demand Service

Amazon customers, watch your e-mail inboxes carefully today. You might be one of the select few who get invited to try out Amazon's new Video On Demand Service, which is scheduled to rollout today for a limited, invitation-only debut. The rest of us schlubs will have to wait until later in the summer to check it out. Unlike Amazon's Unbox...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS EN9600GT SILENT Graphics Card @ TweaktownPALiT GeForce 9600GT SONIC 1GB Video Card @ CPU3DBenQ G2400W Review @ OCCZotac GTX 280 1GB AMP! Edition Video Card @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI Processor @ TechARPGigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 Motherboard Review @ Sharky ExtremeECS GF8200A Black Series GeForce...

IBM Introduces Industry's Fastest 1TB Tape Drive

IBM Introduces Industry's Fastest 1TB Tape Drive

IBM Introduces the Industry's Fastest One Terabyte Storage Tape DriveNew IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive Delivers New Capacity and Performance for Clients ARMONK,NY -  IBM today introduced the industry’s fastest one terabyte (TB) storage tape drive, which will enable clients to protect and archive more information with less cost...

ATI and BenQ Sponsor ASUS / Intel ROGCon Event

ATI and BenQ Sponsor ASUS / Intel ROGCon Event

ASUS / Intel ROGCon Gaming Convention Ignited with Sponsorship from ATI and BenQ-- This summer’s ultimate gaming convention gets a boost from sponsors, and the new ASUS ROG Affiliate program -- FREMONT, CA (July 17, 2008) - ROGCon, the first ever convention focused On ASUS’ award-winning Republic of Gamers lineup of gaming products and created...

XFX Cash Back on GeForce GTX 200 Series

XFX Cash Back on GeForce GTX 200 Series

Greater Value Than Ever BeforeOntario, Calif., July 15, 2008 - In response to recent market fluctuations, XFX is taking the history-making stance of offering up to $120 cash back to its dedicated technology-forward customers who purchased its GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260 graphics cards between June 16, 2008 and July 11, 2008. This offer...

Online Censorship in Australia Eases Up... a Bit

Online Censorship in Australia Eases Up... a Bit

Perhaps those of us who live the United States take our freedoms for granted. We can complain all we want about inappropriate content in Grand Theft Auto IV, but we'll stand behind the right of Rockstar Games to sell it. We might not want our children surfing for porn, but we have no intention to tell other folks that they can't view it just...

Antec Three Hundred Budget Gaming Case

Antec Three Hundred Budget Gaming Case

Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd.  It's main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside.  Also notable was the expansive interior,...

Apple Says MobileMe is Now Working--We disagree

Apple Says MobileMe is Now Working--We disagree

Apple sent an e-mail out to its MobileMe service members today, apologizing for the hiccups in getting the $99 per month MobileMe service up and running, announcing that the service was now finally fully operational, and even offering a conciliatory, free 30-day extension to all current MobileMe subscriptions.  Apple's e-mail (click the...

Toshiba Launches First Cell CPU-based Laptop

Toshiba Launches First Cell CPU-based Laptop

On Tuesday, Toshiba launched the Qosmio G55-802, the first laptop available with the Cell CPU. Yep, think PS3 technology, developed jointly by Toshiba, Sony, and IBM. The laptop has the following features, for $1549.99: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit) Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit) Tohiba Quad Core HD Processor Intel Core...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PowerColor Radeon HD 4850 512MB and CrossFire performance review @ Elite Bastards ATI RADEON HD 4870 X2 (R700) 2x1024MB Preview @ Digit-LifeMotherboards and Chipsets: Intel Montevina - Centrino 2 Portable Platform @ InsideHWMemory and Storage: Eagle N-Series Pro Drive Enclosure Review @ OverclockerCafe Patriot Viper 4GB PC3-12800 (1600MHz)...

Fallout 3's Fallout

Fallout 3's Fallout

Gamers should be thrilled that the crème de la crème of game developers are converging on Los Angeles--as you read this--for the E3 Media and Business Summit trade show, busy showing off their creations and mingling with retailers and the press. This fall's hotly anticipated titles are being paraded at the show, such as Gears of War 2, Rock...

Thecus 1U4500 Passes IEC / ISO Certification

Thecus 1U4500 Passes IEC / ISO Certification

Thecus 1U4500 Passes IEC / ISO Certified Reliability Test The CE marking is a mandatory European marking for NAS products to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives. Thecus products are evaluated by a Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) certified independent test laboratory. CE...

Online Videos for May: Over 12 Billion Served

Online Videos for May: Over 12 Billion Served

For the month of May, comScore reports that U.S. users watched over 12 billion videos over the Internet--a 45 percent increase in the number of videos viewed online a year ago. Not surprisingly, YouTube garnered the lion's share with almost 35 percent of May's videos viewed online--that's roughly 4.1 billion YouTube videos watched just in...

XFX Offers GTX 200 Early Adopters Cash Back

XFX Offers GTX 200 Early Adopters Cash Back

Just before the July 4 Independence Day holiday, we broke some news that stated NVIDIA had plans to drastically reduce prices on their flagship GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280 graphics cards.  Then a few days later, sure enough, the rumor became fact and prices dropped significantly for both products.Anytime a halo product like the GTX 200...

Super Talent Ships Tiny Gold 8GB Storage Device

Super Talent Ships Tiny Gold 8GB Storage Device

Super Talent Ships Tiny Gold 8GB Storage Device24K Gold Plated 8GB Pico USB Drive is World’s Smallest San Jose, California – July 15, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the PICO-C Gold, a 24-carat gold plated, water resistant USB drive that weighs less...

Viacom-YouTube Reach Deal to Anonymize User Data

Viacom-YouTube Reach Deal to Anonymize User Data

Earlier we reported a court decision that handed over all YouTube user data to Viacom. As we know Viacom and YouTube are enmeshed in a lawsuit over copyrighted material uploaded to YouTube. The information was to assist Viacom in its case, but it was unclear why they needed user data to prove the amount of copyrighted material uploaded or...

No, You Can't Up Your Level with Bots ...

No, You Can't Up Your Level with Bots ...

A judge has sided with Blizzard in its lawsuit against the maker of a third-party leveling-app, Michael Donnelly of MDY Industries, which sells the WoWGlider (or MMO Glider) utility for $25.U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled that because using the Glider 'bot is prohibited by Blizzard's World of Warcraft license, "Glider users therefore...

Lian Li launches the PC-7F and PC-60F Mid Towers

Lian Li launches the PC-7F and PC-60F Mid Towers

Lian Li launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; Advanced Midi Tower ChassisThe complete solution to your chassis needs 15 July 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; the newest advanced Midi Tower chassis’ in their aluminum product lineup. These unique clean cut style cases dimensions stand at 215...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: An early peek at the Radeon HD 4870 X2 @ The Tech Report   ATI RADEON HD 4870 512MB @ Digit-Life ASUS & Zotac Overclocked GTX 260 Cards @ t-break Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card 100243L @ Benchmark Reviews   ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card Preview @ Legit Reviews ATI R700 Preview @ DriverHeaven BFG's 8800GT OCX...

Intel Unveils Montevina, Centrino 2 Platform

Intel Unveils Montevina, Centrino 2 Platform

Intel has just finally announced the Montevina mobile platform, their 5th generation of the underlying technology that makes up the company's Centrino 2 mobile architecture. Like previous iterations, the Montevina platform consists of a processor, chipset, and a specific wireless network module. New with Montevina, however, are also a fresh...

OCZ Unveils Intel Centrino 2 Whitebook

OCZ Unveils Intel Centrino 2 Whitebook

OCZ Technology Group Unveils Intel Centrino 2 and Intel Core2 Extreme mobile processor high performance laptop solution designed for System Builders to support Enthusiasts and Gamers OCZ brings the next generation of Intel mobile processors technologies with New Standards of Performance for System Builders Sunnyvale, Calif.—July 14, 2008—OCZ...

NVIDIA Brings SLI to Intel Bloomfield Platforms

NVIDIA Brings SLI to Intel Bloomfield Platforms

NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms Multi-GPU Computing Combined with New CPU Architecture will Deliver Powerful Visual Computing Platform SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 14, 2008—PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation’s announcement that it...

World's Oldest Blogger Logs Off for Good

World's Oldest Blogger Logs Off for Good

A 108-year-old (yes, you read that correctly) Australian woman, reportedly the world's oldest blogger, has passed away in Woy Woy (which is about 50 miles north of Sydney).Olive Riley, of Woy Woy about 50 miles north of Sydney, began blogging in February last year, sharing stories from her life during the two world wars, raising three children...

Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 Motherboard

Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 Motherboard

At first glance, Intel's technical documentation for the new P45 / G45 Express series chipsets, you'll note looks alarmingly similar to the previous generation P35 / G35 Express series that this new lineup of chipsets is meant to replace. As the P35 series was a rather successful architecture, this immediately...

Startup Lucid Promises 3D Graphics Game Changer

Startup Lucid Promises 3D Graphics Game Changer

With a tag line of "Any GPU, Unlimited Possibilities", you can imagine our collective geek meters were pegged when we received word from a contact at Israeli startup Lucid Logix about the company's formal debut announcement.  And Lucid's roll-out press release went on to tease a bit more...  "The real-time distributed processing...

1M iPhone 3Gs Sold in First 3 Days

1M iPhone 3Gs Sold in First 3 Days

According to Apple it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first weekend of sales.  It also announced 10 million downloads from the App Store, many of which were free.Apple Inc. said Monday it has sold 1 million iPhones in the three days following the release of the latest model on Friday."IPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve...

Microsoft-Icahn Deal Sweetened By 2.3B, Rejected

Microsoft-Icahn Deal Sweetened By 2.3B, Rejected

It seems that the old saying, "truth is stranger than fiction", rings true yet again but depending on your perspective, Yahoo might actually be on to something.  The recent offering from the Microsoft-Carl Icahn Dynamic Duo, that came in over the weekend, was tied up with less than a 24hr deadline ultimatum that was firmly underscored...

Wozniak Taking "Cuts" for iPhone 3G

Wozniak Taking "Cuts" for iPhone 3G

What would you say if Steve Wozniak and his entourage cut in line in front of you?  Anything?What would you say, on the other hand, if they tried to "pretend" they waited in line overnight, for good PR, and THEN cut in line?In fact, according to Doug and Patrice Broussard, Woz actually never waited in line at all. The couple, who were...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:PowerColor HD 4850 512MB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeProcessors:Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000 on the Dell M1730 @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Kingston 4GB DDR2-1066 HyperX Memory @ TechwareLabsIneo NA307 & NA302Ue Hard Drive Enclosures Review @ Hardware CanucksCrucial Ballistix Tracer Red DDR2-800 4GB Dual Channel...

What's Your Stance on Net Neutrality?

What's Your Stance on Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is a hot topic as of late.  It seems that not a week goes by without news breaking regarding a certain politician's stance on net neutrality, or a tech company introducing a new technology designed to inspect, detect, or shape net traffic is some way, shape or form.  Considering the importance of the topic, we thought...

45nm Phenom X4 Surfaces. Overclocked to 3.4GHz.

45nm Phenom X4 Surfaces. Overclocked to 3.4GHz.

Preliminary news regarding AMD's upcoming 45nm Phenom processors has been trickling out for the last few months, but other than some basic information about the manufacturing process, code names, and socket, concrete details about the processors themselves has been scarce.  Just the other day, however, a post in a Chinese discussion forum--itocp.com--shed...

Top Stupid Tech Predictions and Quotes

Top Stupid Tech Predictions and Quotes

Every once in a while we like to roll up a list of short-sighted or otherwise ridiculous comments and predictions regarding technology that underscore just how far mankind has come over the years, sometimes in spite of ourselves.  There's no question that the possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to technology but...

Playboy Wants Female Vloggers to Take It All Off

Playboy Wants Female Vloggers to Take It All Off

We're overstating the obvious here, but there is a reason why the face of so many vlogs is a pretty, young woman. You don't need an in-depth study of Social Technographics to figure it out either: This is an admittedly oversimplification, but simply put, Straight men want to be with her and women just want to be her. By catering to prurient...

AT&T Lowers Centro Price to $69.99

AT&T Lowers Centro Price to $69.99

Yes, Virginia, there is cellular phone news that doesn't involve the iPhone. That doesn't mean we won't mention it at least once - or twice. AT&T and Palm have lowered the price of the Centro to $69.99. This is part of a back-to-school promotion, running from 7/11 to 9/20. We have to point out to Palm that they need to update their website....

AOC's New HD Display: The Computer is Optional

AOC's New HD Display: The Computer is Optional

Last night we attended the Digital Life Press Preview event in New York City. One product that caught our attention was AOC's new 2230Fm display. As a 22-inch, HD flat-panel display there is nothing necessarily earth-shattering about its design. But what tripped us up was the marketing tag for the device: "No PC Required." Huh?  Product...

As Servers Crash, iPhone 3G Buyers Frustrated

As Servers Crash, iPhone 3G Buyers Frustrated

It seemed obvious, didn't it?  With the new in-store activation process, not only would it take longer, it would also be prone to the same sorts of server issues as last year, when customers would go home and be unable to activate.  Only this time, it would in the store.  Ah, the joys of early adoption.It seems that not only...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:BFG 8800GT OCX & 9600GT OCX Thermointelligence Review @ Hardware CanucksSamsung 2263UW LCD Monitor @ Overclockers OnlineSapphire Radeon HD4850 (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DMotherboards and Chipsets:ECS A740GM-A Motherboard on AMD 740G Chipset @ Digit-LifeProcessors:Overclocking Pro's and Con's @ TechwareLabsMemory and Storage:OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000...

Windows For Workgroups 3.11 to Finally Disappear

Windows For Workgroups 3.11 to Finally Disappear

Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ... All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday,...

OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards

OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards

OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards under the new Alchemy line of Gaming ProductsSunnyvale, Calif.—July 10, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the expansion of its gaming peripherals under a new “Alchemy” line, with the introduction...

Seagate's Latest Desktop HDD Has 1.5TB Capacity

Seagate's Latest Desktop HDD Has 1.5TB Capacity

Seagate announced three new consumer-level hard drives today, which it claims are the "industry's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives." The company claims that it is able to greatly increase the areal density of its drive substrates by utilizing perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. Wikipedia states...

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3870 1GB

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3870 1GB

Throughout most of the 1990s, Diamond Multimedia was one of the major players in the graphics card world.  Their well made cards with solid performance resulted in some of the most well known brand names of the time including the Speedstar, Stealth, and Viper.  After merging with S3 Incorporated in 1999, the resounding failure of...

iPhone Hype About to Hit Fever Pitch

iPhone Hype About to Hit Fever Pitch

Unless you've just come out of a coma, you probably know that the iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S. starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. There has been plenty of coverage, banter, speculation, criticism, and praise about the second coming iteration of the iPhone, as a can be evidenced by a Google search for iPhone 3G, which garnered 93,600,000 results...

Xbox 360 Pro to Get $50 Price Cut on Sunday

Xbox 360 Pro to Get $50 Price Cut on Sunday

Rumors have been circulating of a possible $50 price cut for the Xbox 360 Pro, the 20 GB model. While still a rumor, more evidence has arisen which seems to not just point to a $50 price cut, but also to the day: this coming Sunday.Below is an image scanned from a Target flier. Not only is the price cut by $50, Target is throwing in a $25...

Intel Nehalem Processor and SSD Sneak Peek

Intel Nehalem Processor and SSD Sneak Peek

Intel was showing off some of their next-gen hardware today at a posh NYC hotel on the east side of Manhattan.  There aren't many specifics we can talk about just yet, but we were allowed to snap off a few pictures of a system that we're sure many of you are eager to check out.  What you see pictured here is a complete Nehalem-based...

Kingston Releases 3GB HyperX DDR2 SO-DIMM Kits

Kingston Releases 3GB HyperX DDR2 SO-DIMM Kits

Kingston Technology Releases HyperX High-Performance DDR2 SO-DIMMs in 3GB Kits Fountain Valley, CA - July 9, 2008 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shippingHyperXR 667MHz and 800MHz low-latency DDR2 SO-DIMM notebook memory in 3GB kits. The 3GB SO-DIMM kits are an excellent...

Windows XP SP3 Nears Automatic Release

Windows XP SP3 Nears Automatic Release

Ever wonder why Microsoft releases these sorts of major updates via manual update first? Well, if you've been reading along, you know why (and we've seen more than one example of why). However, Windows XP SP3, after its initial fits and starts, is nearly ready to hit automatic distribution via Windows Update.This was revealed in an MSDN blog...

Will Virtualization Take Over the Enterprise?

Will Virtualization Take Over the Enterprise?

According to an April 2008 study by the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), "almost three-quarters of all enterprises are now using virtualization for production applications." But while virtualization has made significant inroads into enterprise infrastructure, the EMA reports that a variety of barriers are keeping the technology from...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:GeForce GTX 280 SLI @ t-breakEVGA GTX 260 FTW Edition Review @ OCCBFGTech GeForce 8800 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence @ [H]GeForce 9600 GT Triplet @ Digit-LifeOrigenAE T12 Touch Screen @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus Maximus II Formula Motherboard @ CPU3DZOTAC nForce 790i-Supreme Mainboard Review @ X-bit LabsGigabyte EX38-DQ6...

Samsung Ramps Up Production on 128GB SSDs

Samsung Ramps Up Production on 128GB SSDs

If there is any doubt that Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the next medium for laptop storage, then don't tell the folks over at Samsung. They probably won't have time to take your call anyway, because they're busy ramping up production of Samsung's 128GB SSDs in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. This is in addition to the 64GB SSDs that...

MS Vista Compatibility Site Launches, Sort Of

MS Vista Compatibility Site Launches, Sort Of

Microsoft on Tuesday released a new tool designed to allow customers to see whether their hardware and software will work properly with Windows Vista.  Actually, you remember that before Vista even launched they had such a tool, so is this time-travel?Nope, on Tuesday Microsoft launched the Windows Vista Compatibility Center.  Or...

Corsair Unleashes 2.13GHz DDR3 Memory Kit

Corsair Unleashes 2.13GHz DDR3 Memory Kit

In this line of work, we often get to experiment with and test the latest and greatest PC hardware.  Typically, processors and graphics cards get the lion's share of attention, but memory manufactures have also been pushing the envelope as of late.  Corsair in particular has some exciting products on tap, one of which just landed...

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Store Shelves

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Store Shelves

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Shelves in North America -- Experience the New Generation of Eee PCs with Faster Connectivity, Longer Battery Life, Bluetooth Capability, Web Storage and a Brand New Design -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (July 8th, 2008) -ASUS today introduces the new generation of Eee PC™. The new models include revolutionary...

One Third of You Are DVD Movie Pirates

One Third of You Are DVD Movie Pirates

A recently published study on the DVD movie copying habits of consumers in the U.S. and U.K. finds that roughly one third of the survey respondents admit to copying commercial DVDs within the last six months. The survey was conducted by Futuresource Consulting and was sponsored by Macrovision--a company that has a vested financial stake in...

Are OEMs Using RIAA-Based Sound Card Drivers?

Are OEMs Using RIAA-Based Sound Card Drivers?

An interesting new conspiracy theory has arisen today. It appears that several laptop OEMs have been having "issues" with their sound card drivers: specifically, the Stereo Mix option is missing from their drivers, which basically means you can't record audio (except from Mic In). Whoops! Is this a case of Dell and others working with the...

Averatec's All-In-One Looks Like an Evil iMac

Averatec's All-In-One Looks Like an Evil iMac

One of the great appeals of Apple products is their elegant design. (Elegant enough to entice long-time Segway CTO Doug Field to leave Dean Kamen's brain trust at Segway and move over to Steve Jobs lair as VP for product design at Apple.) Apple's designs have such a unique appeal to them that they frequently invite competing manufacturers...

Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig

Voodoo's Omen Portends $7K Gaming Rig

There are high-end gaming rigs, and then there are high-end gaming rigs. Then there are those systems that are so high-end that they defy categorization. Leave it to boutique systems manufacturer Voodoo to give us the $7,000 Omen. By the way, $7,000 is the starting price for the system, depending on the configuration. Similar to Voodoo's,...

Voodoo Envy Set to Ship in August

Voodoo Envy Set to Ship in August

Remember the ultra-sexy, high-end Voodoo Envy laptop we reported about last month? Well, Voodoo has recently updated its Website to now include a rudimentary configurator for the Envy. Unlike traditional configurators (like you'd find on Dell's site), the Envy page currently features a matrix made up of three different types of users...

Newbie Looks on Craigslist for Kissing Lessons

Newbie Looks on Craigslist for Kissing Lessons

All right, it's bad enough this 20-year-old has never kissed anyone, but advertising for a kissing teacher on Craigslist? We'd be interesting in knowing if he gets any takers, personally.I'm a 20 yearold GA Tech student who has never kissed. I have been going out with a girl online for the last 5 years and she's finally coming down to see...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 Video Card Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets:ECS GF8200A Black & ASRock K10N78FullHD-hSLI @ PhoronixXFX nForce 790i Ultra 3-Way SLI and Zotac nForce 790i-Supreme Motherboards @ Digit-LifeProcessors:AMD Phenom 9950 and 9350e: Ups, Downs...

HotHardware Independence Day Sweepstakes Winner!

HotHardware Independence Day Sweepstakes Winner!

Last month, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away a full AMD Phenom X4 9750-powered system, complete with 4GB of Corsair RAM, a GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card and a brand new Western Digital Black Edition hard drive.  The response we received after the announcement was awesome, with hundreds of new members...

OCZ Introduces DDR3 Laptop Memory

OCZ Introduces DDR3 Laptop Memory

Responding to the Demand for Next-Generation Notebooks, OCZ Introduces DDR3 Laptop Memory for High-End Mobile Systems Sunnyvale, CA—July 7, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the all-new DDR3 SODIMM modules as its next generation notebook memory to...

PS3 2.41 Firmware Due Mid-Week

PS3 2.41 Firmware Due Mid-Week

You read that right, PS3 fans.  Those with unbricked PS3s, anyway.  Sony will be releasing FW 2.41 in mid-week, with (hopefully) none of the issues seen with the 2.40 FW.According to customer support, firmware version 2.41, which should be clear of all errors, will out "midweek", although Sony is yet to make an official announcement...

GeForce GTX 200 Series Price Drop In Effect

GeForce GTX 200 Series Price Drop In Effect

It looks like the news we broke last week regarding GeForce GTX 200 series pricing has already taken effect at a couple of on-line retailers.  We just did a quick search at NewEgg and found that a handful of GeForce GTX 260 cards are priced between $299 and $339, which puts them right about on-par with the roughly $310 Radeon HD 4870. ...

Thecus N5200BR NAS Server

Thecus N5200BR NAS Server

The Thecus N5200BR NAS Server is targeted at end-users with demanding network storage needs.  To offer a more universal solution, Thecus designed the N5200BR with five SATA II bays supporting numerous RAID options, an LED status read-out, router capabilities and a host of other features to make it a serious contender for home...

Is Rogers Getting an Apple Shaft?

Is Rogers Getting an Apple Shaft?

No, not the core, or the stem, but the shaft.  It's an unsubstantiated rumor, but one that actually might make sense.  Though perhaps not in the way the original posted thought.News around the web is that Apple is planning to reduce its iPhone shipments to Rogers, Canada's lone GSM/EDGE/HSDPA provider. The rationale is that Apple...

EU Considering Three Strikes Downloading Law

EU Considering Three Strikes Downloading Law

France and the UK have already begun considering such "three strikes" downloading laws, but with France taking over the EU presidency on 7/1, there is talk - and a vote upcoming - on a E.U. version.Now Sarkozy, who took over the European presidency this week, is trying to stretch the measure across Europe through amendments (pdf) to the Telecoms...

Toyota to Use Solar Panels on Prius: Report

Toyota to Use Solar Panels on Prius: Report

Many have modified their Priuses, and one of those possible modifications is a rooftop solar panel system.  It seems that Toyota is considering the same as standard equipment for its own models, but only for high-end models, and only to power the AC. Toyota Motor Corp plans to install solar panels on some Prius hybrids in its next remodelling,...

HotHardware's Independence Day Sweepstakes

HotHardware's Independence Day Sweepstakes

Just a reminder folks!  In conjunction with our good friends at AMD, Corsair, and Western Digital, we're giving away yet another full, quad-core system this month!  This time around, you could win a full AMD Phenom X4 9750-based system, complete with a GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card and a brand new Western...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsPNY GTX 260 Video Card Review @ I4USapphire HD 4850 @ InsideHWDiamond HD4870 Review @ NeoseekerDiamond HD 4870 512MB Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeATI 48xx Architecture @ InsideHWATI Radeon HD4850 Crossfire Performance @ CPU3DAsus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M Videocard Review @ PCStatsGigabyte...

Trace the Tour de France Route on Street View

Trace the Tour de France Route on Street View

From July 5th through July 27th, the Tour de France will be running. I'm not going to be heading over there to watch, and although they'll be plenty of coverage, what if we want take a look at the route from a spectator's view? Google's thought about that, and has provide a Street View of the entire route. Google's blog post announcing the...

Acer Announces 50,000:1 Contrast Ratio LCD

Acer Announces 50,000:1 Contrast Ratio LCD

Back in May Acer teased us with the announcement of its suped-up, hardcore gaming rig, the Aspire Predator. There's still no word on when we'll see this bad boy in the wild; but in the meantime, Acer is teasing us yet again with the announcement of its new 50,000:1 contrast ratio, LCD monitor, the 24-inch Acer G24. That's fifty thousand, like...

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  It's Independence Day here in the United States, and that usually means a day filled with family, lots of food, and fun.  Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday.  And from all of us here on HotHardware, Happy 4th!While we have your attention, don't...

NYT Journalist Becomes an Unintentional Activist

NYT Journalist Becomes an Unintentional Activist

Sometimes journalists don't just report the news, they become a part of it. Such is the case with New York Time reporter Saul Hansell. Back in May, Hansell reported on a spat between Google and the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) trade group over Google's refusal to add a link to its privacy policy on the Google homepage. The NAI felt...

Microsoft Dips A Toe In The SaaS Pool

Microsoft Dips A Toe In The SaaS Pool

Microsoft only has a few cash cows, but they're enormous cash cows. Their suite of Office programs isn't cheap, and many users just root around for old discs or pirated versions when they're loading up a new PC. Microsoft is trying out offering the software as a service (SaaS) for a $70 per year subscription price, along with a few goodies...

Google Talk on the iPhone, But Without the Talk

Google Talk on the iPhone, But Without the Talk

Okay, we get it: Google wants to be everywhere--even on your iPhone. For ultra chic techliciousness, Google and the iPhone together, it's a perfect match--like chocolate and peanut butter. But sometimes Google misses the mark, and that's exactly what it's done with its newly released Google Talk for the iPhone. "We've just released in the...

Not Everyone Wants Broadband.  Seriously.

Not Everyone Wants Broadband. Seriously.

A new study (.PDF) released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals that not everyone wants broadband. Seriously. According to the study, 55% of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, up from 47% in 2007. Also according to the study, with the increase in broadband adoption, only 10% of Americans...

U.S. Airports Lose Over 62,400 Laptops Per Year

U.S. Airports Lose Over 62,400 Laptops Per Year

A study on laptop loss at airports was just released, and we don't know what is more depressing: how many laptops are "lost" at the airport, how few of the "lost" laptops have their data protected, or how few of the "lost" laptops are ever recovered. The Airport Insecurity: The Case of Lost Laptops report was conducted by the Ponemon Institute...

Police Turn to Texting for Tips

Police Turn to Texting for Tips

The word on the street is that anonymous tips can play a critical role in police solving crimes. Often the anonymous tips actually alert the police to the existence of crimes in the first place. But how do the cops get those tips? The days of paid informants like Huggy Bear meeting Starsky & Hutch in the back of dark alleys is over, and...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire 1024MB Radeon HD3850 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition Video Card @ BmRPoint of View GeForce GTX 260 Assassins Creed Edition @ techPowerUpVisiontek ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card Review @ Motherboards.orgATI Radeon HD 4870 On Linux @ PhoronixPalit Geforce 9800 GTX (GDDR3)...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Price Dropping to $499?!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Price Dropping to $499?!

Over the last couple of days, there have been some rumblings around the web that NVIDIA is planning to drop the price of their recently launched GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280 cards in response to AMD's potent, and more affordable, Radeon HD 4800 series.  The actual numbers quoted have varied, but today we heard some news directly from multiple...

Cyberbullying Outlawed in Missouri

Cyberbullying Outlawed in Missouri

The latest events in the Megan Meier MySpace suicide case took place Monday, when Missouri governor Matt Blunt signed into law a bill which revised the the state's already existing harassment law to include telephone and electronic communication.Those under 21 would face only a misdemeanor, but for adults, this is a felony, with a sentence...

Lian-Li launches EX-H33 HDD Rack Mount Kit

Lian-Li launches EX-H33 HDD Rack Mount Kit

Lian-Li launches the all new EX-H33 HDD rack mount kit 3 July 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched EX-H33 HDD rack to support 3x 3.5” HDD’s in an all aluminum frame and housing. The HDD rack has a front loading door, with individual handles on a bracket for each HDD, as well as a back panel PCB designed to accept...

Nvidia Takes A Pounding On Wall Street

Nvidia Takes A Pounding On Wall Street

Nvidia shares dropped significantly on news of lower sales, with the double whammy of a estimated $200 million charge to replace defective laptop chips. Nvidia was already struggling to compete with AMD's subsidiary ATI, plus an encroachment on Nvidia's bread and butter graphics processors by industry leader Intel. A soft economy isn't helping...

Google Sells You Out To Avoid Paying Viacom

Google Sells You Out To Avoid Paying Viacom

Google has been ordered to turn over their logs of user activity on their YouTube site to Viacom. Viacom is suing Google over copyright infringement, and wishes to see how many YouTube users actually look at Viacom copyrighted material on the video service, then compare it to the amount of traffic any given non-copyrighted video might garner,...

AT&T's iPhone 3G Service Plans Pricing Explained

AT&T's iPhone 3G Service Plans Pricing Explained

Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken...

Sony Pulls PS3 2.40 FW After Console Crashes

Sony Pulls PS3 2.40 FW After Console Crashes

In our excitement over the release of the new Playstation 3 firmware, 2.40, which includes in-game XMB support and trophies, we forgot what we usually recommend to people: don't jump on it (an OS update, a patch, a firmware update) until you see what happens to others who upgrade.One need only look at the XP SP3 fiasco involving Symantec for...

Data Centers Help Measure How To Be Green

Data Centers Help Measure How To Be Green

The inconvenient truth about data centers is that they consume lots of power. In addition to running a building-full of systems and storage devices 24/7, power is also consumed for networking equipment, cooling, battery backups, and even to support more modest human needs, such as lights and coffee makers. Both economically and socially,...

Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Notebook

Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Notebook

While there are quite a few manufacturers building GeForce 8800M equipped notebooks, almost all of them are high-end products that demand top dollar for the pleasure. Gateway's "P-Series FX" line-up of 17" gaming notebooks seems no different at first glance.  However, careful inspection of their product specifications reveals that the...

Apple Gobbles Up 50M Samsung NAND Chips

Apple Gobbles Up 50M Samsung NAND Chips

Samsung has started spreading the word to its customers that NAND flash memory chips are going to be harder to come by for a little while as Samsung diverts much of its available supply to Apple. When Apple places an order for 50 million 8Gb NAND chips, it shouldn't be a surprise that Apple gets to cut the line and is offered a spot at the...

Does This Software Smell Funny To You?

Does This Software Smell Funny To You?

In any discussion of the vulnerability of your computer to malware, the discussion is often centered around the cutting edge of the battles between new threats and new versions of browsers and software to combat them. But the dirty little secret we don't discuss much is: Most software is older than dirt. Does software need a fresh sale date?...

Microsoft Office Subscription Service to Launch

Microsoft Office Subscription Service to Launch

Remember Albany, the beta version of Microsoft's subscription-based version of Office and Windows Live OneCare that launched in mid-April? Well, Albany is now Equipt, but you won't find it in the state of New York: for now, starting in mid-July, you'll find it only at Circuit City. In a press release on Wednesday, Microsoft announced the launch:...

Forget Printer Ink. A Text Message Is 20 Cents

Forget Printer Ink. A Text Message Is 20 Cents

Gasoline costs four bucks, but a gallon of it will get you twenty or thirty miles farther away from your mother-in-law, so it's worth it. Printer ink is famously expensive, going for upwards of $8000 a gallon, but at least you can use it to print a letter to the editor of your newspaper complaining about high gasoline prices. Lots of things...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:MSI R4850-T2D512 (Radeon HD4850) @ CPU3DBFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX H2OC WC Edition Evaluation @ [H]Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Hardware CanucksProcessors:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Linux Performance @ PhoronixAMD Phenom X4 9950 and 9350e Quad-Core Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsAMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition and...

PS3 Firmware Update 2.40 Goes Live

PS3 Firmware Update 2.40 Goes Live

The much-anticipated PS3 Firmware 2.40 - has gone live, as promised, just as July 2nd rolled around.  The update includes: XMB access in-game Trophy Support (the PS3's answer to the Xbox 360's achievements) Expanded Gamer Profiles Of course, the big question is: why are you still reading this?  Start downloading....

Ridata Ultra-S Single-Level Cell (SLC) SSDs

Ridata Ultra-S Single-Level Cell (SLC) SSDs

Ridata 2.5" IDE Ultra-S Solid -State Drive Series Features Single Layer Cell Reliability for the Industrial Market SLC SSD is Ideal for Many Demanding Industrial Applications Including Testing/Monitoring Systems, Medical/Military Equipment, Automotive and Avionics Systems. Diamond Bar, Calif. –7/1/2008 – Advanced Media, Inc., is a manufacturer...

Spam's Not Going Anywhere --- Except Your Inbox

Spam's Not Going Anywhere --- Except Your Inbox

McAfee has finally released the results of its S.P.A.M. (Spammed Persistently All Month) experiment, which began in March. The project: take 50 people from ten countries to defy common sense and for 30 days surf the Web on a computer with no anti-spam software. Not just that, they were to take risks, and respond to spam, to make matters worse. ...

OCZ Core Series SSD Specs and Details Emerge

OCZ Core Series SSD Specs and Details Emerge

Delivering the World’s First Truly Affordable High-Performance SSD for Consumers at Price Points Less than 50% of Comparable High Performance SSDs Sunnyvale, CA—July 1, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series...

NZXT Unveils Sentry LX Fan Controller

NZXT Unveils Sentry LX Fan Controller

NZXT Unveils Sentry LX High-Performance Fan Controller New Aluminum Fan Controller Features 5 Temperature Probes, Alarm System, Intuitive Interface and LCD Display El Monte, CA – July 1st, 2008 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Sentry LX, a high-performance aluminum fan controller....

Lian-Li Launches new PC-A77 Full Tower Chassis

Lian-Li Launches new PC-A77 Full Tower Chassis

There's no question, if you asked us for the name of one manufacturer that started the whole high-end all aluminum chassis revolution, we would offer that Lian-Li is that company.  They've been punching out great designs with that brushed metal look for a very long time now.  Today, something new just...

Your Flash Splash Page Is No Longer Invisible

Your Flash Splash Page Is No Longer Invisible

Web designers love Flash, Adobe's industry-standard method of displaying dynamic images. But anyone who cared about Search Engine Optimization knew the dirty little secret of Flash: it was all pretty much invisible to web-crawlers like Google. Adobe is now providing Google and Yahoo with the tools necessary to index Flash content, so it won't...

EBay Gets Hit By France's Handbag

EBay Gets Hit By France's Handbag

There's an old joke about the French surrendering to anyone and anything, but one place France never surrenders is in the courtroom where money is involved. If you're a foreign firm doing business in France and your business model rubs an established French business the wrong way, the French court system isn't shy about whacking you with the...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:SOYO 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor DYLM26E6 @ Benchmark ReviewsDiamond HD 4870 512 MB GDDR5 @ techPowerUpXFX GTX 280 XXX Edition Review @ MetkumodsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI P45 Platinum Review @ OCCSuper Micro C2SBX+ @ PhoronixFoxconn BlackOps Tech Report @ TechARPASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP@n @ t-breakASUS Maximus II Formula motherboard...

AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 BE Debut

AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 BE Debut

AMD is launching a three-pronged attack on the desktop CPU space today, with the introduction of three new quad-core Phenom X4 processors.  One of the processors, the new 2.6GHz Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, is AMD's latest flagship desktop CPU.  The other two, however, are somewhat surprising "green", low-power quad-cores dubbed...