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In addition to our in-depth article coverage of Intel’s new Core i7 processor and platform architecture, we also have a video spotlight up that gives the viewer a hands-on look of various new Intel Core i7 hardware as well as a Core i7 system in action on the test bench. Direct Link:http://hothardware.com/Articles/Getting-To-Know-Intels-New-Core-i7-Video-Spotlight/ Synopsis:  Ultimately, we can't help but be impressed by the new Core i7 processors. The performance, power profile, and overclockability are all very good even at this early stage.  Intel clearly has another exceptionally strong... Read more...
Synopsis:  When the new Core i7 processors arrive sometime later this month, pricing for the flagship Core i7 Extreme 965 will be set at $999, the Core i7 940 at $562, and the Core i7 920 at $284.  Expect enthusiast-class X58 based motherboards to sell for around $300 give or take a few dollars depending on the number of features.  Ultimately, we can't help but be impressed by the new Core i7 processors. The performance, power profile, and overclockability are all very good even at this early stage.  Intel clearly has another exceptionally strong... Read more...
Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines. Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for many years. Some of you will remember Shuttle's line... Read more...
Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines.  Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for... Read more...
Super Talent Announces 18-Carat Solid Gold USB DriveLimited Edition 8GB Pico-C Drive is the Ultimate Executive GiftSan Jose, California – October 28, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a limited edition 18-carat solid gold USB drive that comes with a serialized Certificate of Authenticity. The Pico-C has become the hallmark of style and quality in USB drives. Prized for its beautiful design and incredibly small size, the Pico-C is also water resistant and fast, supporting up to 200X (30MB/sec) data transfer... Read more...
If you are old enough to remember what MTV was like back in the 80's, then somewhere in the far recesses of your mind--sandwiched between memories of Pet Rocks and scrunchies--you once knew that when MTV first launched, "MTV" actually stood for "Music Television." With seemingly back-to-back reality shows and teen dramas now, you'd think that the folks over at MTV forgot all about the popular culture revolution they helped launch. Well, it turns out they haven't forgotten about their origins, they've just been busy digitizing those early music videos for inclusion on the newly launched, MTVMusic.com... Read more...
We’re not so sure what to think of this: According to recent reports, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse reportedly made a comment to the National Press Club in Washington, saying that Android (in its current form) is not “good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.” Although we can’t weigh in on Android’s usefulness with much personal experience quite yet, this is a very strong comment, especially given the fact that Android is the first truly revolutionary thing to happen to mobile phones in a while. Thankfully, Hesse didn’t completely rule out the possibility of an Android phone in the future. We’ve heard... Read more...
It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent as the past ten years or so.  Let's face it, back then, with a customer base of predominantly kids in their teens or less, the average PC or Console game consumer just didn't have the disposable income to support anything more than a niche' market. ... Read more...
How would you like to be the unofficial spokesperson for the U.S. transition to digital television (DTV) and win a home entertainment system in the process? All you need is a video camera and a YouTube account. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)--sponsor of the yearly consumer electronics circus, CES, in Las Vegas--is promoting a contest for user-submitted videos "that educates the public on how to prepare friends and family for the digital television (DTV) transition." The contest kicked off a few days ago on YouTube with a call-to-arms video featuring the country music group, Whiskey... Read more...
  When we think about ECS and their product lines, we typically expect a budget-minded approach.  Solid products at reasonable prices that don't exactly wow the consumer, but don't hit them hard in the wallet either.  The ECS X48T-A motherboard that we looked at a few weeks ago was one of the first steps by ECS to change that image, although a few missteps with the construction as well as some overclocking issues didn't overly sway us to their new way of thinking.  Thus, we were a bit surprised when we first heard about the ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra - a twin pack... Read more...
At the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, USI showed off what they’re calling the world’s thinnest Mobile Internet Device based on Intel’s Atom processor. Weighing about 8.82 ounces and measuring just 0.59 inches thick, the MID160 provides a PC-like Internet browsing experience with Flash and the latest Web technologies in a portable form.This tablet-style MID has a 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel  touch screen that is capable of displaying 167,000 colors. For connectivity, it uses an in-house small footprint WiMAX SiP (system in package), a dual-band Wi-Fi / WiMAX module, and a 3G module from... Read more...
NVIDIA has just recently released a fresh set of beta drivers from some GeForce cards with plenty of noteworthy changes and updates. The GeForce 180 series drivers as they are known are still currently in the beta phase, but NVIDIA wanted to get them out the door ASAP because these new drivers incorporate significant FarCry 2 performance enhancements of the 170 series drivers. But there's more to these drivers than just some FarCry tweaks. First, here are the release highlights as per NVIDIA's website:Beta driver for GeForce 200-series, 9-series, and 8800-series desktop GPUs (refer to the products... Read more...
Borrowing from Microsoft's Surface concept, Canadian-based SMART Technologies has designed a multi-touch table designed specifically for the preschool to sixth grade primary educational sector. The SMART Table features a multi-touch-enabled, tabletop 27-inch screen, with an internal projection system and integrated PC. The idea behind the SMART Table is that it gets kids to collaborate with each other while solving problems and playing educational games with an interactive system. "The SMART Table provides a learner-centric experience for small groups that allows students to select or move objects,... Read more...
Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for Hard Disk Drive Replacement 0.85-Inch and 1.0-Inch SSD Uses Intel® NAND Flash-based Solid-State Drive technology SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced two new ultra-small solid-state drives (SSDs) that were developed using Intel technology for use in UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) devices.Super Talent is introducing 1.0-inch and 0.85-inch SSD models, both of which employ a parallel ATA (PATA/IDE)... Read more...
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