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Not long ago we gave you a look at a product manufactured by OCZ that made use of brainwaves as a futuristic but in-the-here-and-now game controller.  Dubbed the NIA, for Neural Impulse Actuator, instead of buttons and joysticks, this device gave user the ability to control in-game movement with their mind.  At the time, it sounded almost a little crazy but it worked, at least in novel sort of way, perhaps for some freaky party fun.  In reality, for us, the product was more of an under-pinning that if mankind can dream it up, for the most part anything can be built.  Today's... Read more...
Aha, here's a Gmail Labs option that we don't need to joke about. The last one, Mail Goggles (we don't know about anyone else, but we keep typing Mail Googles) we felt was worthy of an April Fool's Day launch. But this one could be pretty useful.It's called "Canned Responses." To access it, go into your Settings, then Labs, and scroll down a little until you see the above, and enable it.Once enabled, as you see above, you get a new option when composing email. You can save the email body you are currently typing as a "Canned Response," that can be selected when emailing someone.Or, even better,... Read more...
There's no shortage of drama in the Desktop Graphics industry, with bitter rivals NVIDIA and AMD-ATI taking shots at each other at any opportunity.  Though HotHardware Management heritage is of Italian descent and thus not shy of taking on a passionate debate, we generally like to stick to the facts, rather than dabble in rumor hearsay or mudslinging.  There just aren't enough hours in the day to go down the proverbial rat-hole all that often.  However, when the occasion presented itself to dig into the latest allegations of NVIDIA leveraging optimization cheats in their drivers... Read more...
The other day, Digitimes reported that Abit could possibly exit the motherboard market if the company's upcoming line of motherboards based on the Intel P45 chipset weren't successful.  It turns out, however, that Abit is still planning to stick around.  Today, we received this quote on the subject, from Thore Welling, Universal ABIT's Global Marketing Director...“abit is a well established and strong brand within the enthusiast and high-end motherboard and components industry. In fact, particularly over the past 12 months we have been able to considerably increase market... Read more...
Avian Securities recently reported that a major systems player was experiencing an extremely high return rate of computer products shipped with solid state drives (SSDs).  Shortly after the story broke it was widely rumored that the company in question was none other than Dell.  Of course not all reports circulating the internet completely accurate, and some are simply bogus.Thankfully this seems like a case of the latter and Dell wants to set the record straight:"Here's the real story: the 20 - 30% failure and return rates cited by Avian Securities don't even vaguely resemble what's... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Sponsors eSports Organization Cyber Evolution Sunnyvale, CA—February 13, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, today announced its partnership with Cyber Evolution® (CEVO), a premier national online gaming organization that attracts teams from across the country to compete in the hottest PC and console title tournaments. In its ongoing effort to reach out to gaming communities, OCZ Technology is proud to join forces with CEVO in the mutual quest to unite gamers... Read more...
E-books have yet to be successful, and that, of course, has led to much skepticism over Amazon's Kindle.  Despite all that, it's already out of stock.The device, which the retailer started selling Monday for $399, quickly sold out, "due to heavy customer demand," according to Amazon. It will be in stock on December 7, and customers are instructed to order now "to reserve your place in line."Since the article was written, the date has been revised to Dec. 3rd.  One thing, though: we have no idea how many Kindles have actually been sold.... Read more...
Despite the well-publicized issues with defective DVDs and BSODs, Apple still managed to sell 2 million copies of Leopard (OS 10.5) on the first weekend.Apple said Tuesday that it sold over two million copies of Mac OS X 10.5, known as Leopard, on Friday when the operating system went on sale and over the weekend. That tally makes Leopard the most successful Mac OS release - at least if looking only at the first weekend.Available for $129 individually and $199 for a five-user license, Leopard introduces over 300 new features, according to Apple, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.Yes,... Read more...
When NBC Universal said it would not renew its deal with iTunes, Apple upped the ante by saying it would not sell any NBC shows once the new season started, so as not to "confuse" customers.  Apple said this wouldn't happen, but iTunes is selling NBC's shows for the upcoming season. Listed at iTunes on Wednesday were episodes of Chuck and Journeyman, two shows that premiered earlier this week. The reason that Journeyman and Chuck are showing up is that both shows are produced by companies other than NBC, and Apple is under contract to offer them. Based... Read more...
Samsung reports that along with Micron Technology, Nokia, Texas Instruments, Ericsson, Spansion, and STMicroelectronics, they've  agreed to create and adhere to an industry standard format for flash memory data cards, anticipated to be in place by 2009.   "For makers, the open common standard will help them cut costs for the development of products as they will be able to manage memory solutions more efficiently. For example, the new standard will set the ground for memory makers to develop next generation flash memory cards that... Read more...
Between 2003 and 2006, Dell execs manipulated earnings reports to make the company appear more attractive.  How big was the difference?It’s been estimated that the bottom line has been altered by anything from $50 to $150 million, which would amount to about a 2 to 7 cents change per share.  So who was responsible? “Which executives knew isn't clear yet. A Dell representative said the company is "taking responsibility as a team" and isn't naming names. According to a statement released by the company, the investigation yielded evidence that "certain adjustments appear to have been motivated by... Read more...
GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and GameSpy are pretty familiar with each other, as GameSpy is available on the Nintendo DS. "This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection," Nintendo America President... Read more...
AMD's price cuts over the last few months, a response to Intel's release of the Core 2 line of CPUs last year, may finally be pressuring Intel to make some price cuts of its own. So what does this mean for you? If you're in the market for a new AMD or Intel CPU, expect to continue to see prices drop on both sides.   Price competition is sparking up again between the world's largest chip makers, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD). As Intel took a technological lead late last year, AMD responded... Read more...
Yahoo introduced their personal GUI builder Pipes, a short time ago. Is it "beatbox defjammin L337 kewl," or is it "Ted Stevens interwebs is a series of tubes Perry Como" cool? Read/WriteWeb has a look, and sees a lot of potential there. Perhaps today we are witnessing one of the most vivid examples of emergence - the remixing of the world wide web. The parts of the new web have crystallized - blogs, photos, video, audio, maps, RSS, social network profiles and even plain old HTML pages have formed an impressive network, that... Read more...
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