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All News for January 2007

PC World Gives Floppy The Boot

You know a technology is on its last breath when large retail chains stop supporting it. It was the case when major retailers stopped selling VHS tapes, and now it seems the floppy disk is going the same way. PC World as announced it will no longer support the format once it stock runs out, and you can expect many other retail...

Nvidia Releases New Vista Drivers

Seen enough Vista news yet? Well we're still not done, and this time we bring news of Drivers! Yes, Nvidia has released some new Windows Vista drivers for their graphics chips. The drivers still need some work though, as SLI support is still a bit spotty. Stay tuned for a new driver release tomorrow, providing DX9 SLI support...

Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX

Hello Everyone. We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's top-of-the-line Radeon X1950 XTX. Here's a snip from the piece... "Today at HotHardware.com, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's take on ATI's...

Is The iPod Not For You? Check Out This New Offering From Samsung

Not an iPod kind of person? Samsung is doing its best to give you an alternative which it seems to think can topple the Apple Nano from its MP3-playing throne. Meet the Samsung YP-T9 MP3 Player. The nano is dead; long live the nano. The Samsung YP-T9 is everything the iconic Apple MP3 player is, plus much, much more. In fact, we would go so...

Looking To Keep That Old Socket K8 CPU Cool? Thermalright Has You Covered

If you don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend updating your new rig with one of AMD's socket AM2 CPUs, Thermalright is doing its best to keep your old AMD K8 CPUs running cool with their Thermalright SLK-948U until upgrading your processor isn't life threatening to you're wallet. "The Thermalright SLK-948U...

OCZ Technology Launches 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kits

OCZ Technology Launches 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kits and Complete Memory Lineup for Vista Systems Sunnyvale, CA - January 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their Vista Value Upgrade series which includes the highly anticipated 4GB (2x2048MB)...

Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme CPU's Coming to a Notebook Near You

The popular "Extreme" line of Core 2 CPUs is being developed for notebooks that require the bleeding edge in CPU performance for what ever task you can throw at them. It seems mobile gamers of the world can start celebrating. Now if we can only cram some more powerful GPUs in those packages too... Intel is said to be preparing...

Moneual MonCaso 932B HTPC Case

The guys over at XYZ Computing just got their hands on the new Moneual MonCaso 932B HTPC case and have put together a review that may be helpful for anyone who needs to choose a case for their future HTPC. Home entertainment is a very interesting thing. Enthusiasts are willing to spend large sums of money to get the right gear and a small...

Vista Released, Time To Make The Switch?

Thinking about making the switch to Windows Vista? One of the guys over at [H]ard|OCP took a look at the newly released Vista and gives his opinion on making the switch. It is now here, "it" being the new Windows Vista operating system. Monday morning Bill Gates was on NBC's Today Show promoting the new operating system. Had I not...

Vista, Vista, and more Vista

Today is the big day. We've been hearing about it in one form or another for about half a decade now, and Microsoft's Vista operating systems are finally available at retail outlets across the country. There are multiple flavors of Vista available that each cater to a different type of user, so we recommend checking out this page to...

A New Passive Cooling Solution For High-End Cards

It looks like the guys over at Arctic Cooling have come up with a new passive cooling solution for some of the beefier graphics cards out on the market right now. Its always great to see new innovations in cooling whether it be for processors, graphics cards, or what ever, especially if it can help keep my rig from sounding...

VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista

VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista Latest VIA chipsets for Intel, AMD and VIA C7 processors earn Windows Vista certification by Windows Vista Logo program Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed...

Corsair 2GB DDR2-667 SODIMMs Bring Performance Enhancement to Notebooks

Corsair 2GB DDR2-667 SODIMM Memory Modules Bring Performance Enhancement to Notebooks and Mini-PCs -- Designed for current and upcoming Vista-ready platforms, the new ValueSelect SODIMMs provide maximum memory bandwidth to accelerate end-user experience -- FREMONT, CA (January 30, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer...

"Hey Fellas, Watch This" Becomes Viable Business Plan

What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch...

Office Arrives In Stores For Your Office To Store... Ribbons?

Apple got all the pub earlier in the month by trotting out their new iPhone to widespread oohs and ahs. Now it's the buttoned-down software giant's turn in the sun. Microsoft's Flagship Office 2007 hits the store shelves today along with its new OS, Vista. Wired News has a rundown of the new features, and how Microsoft figures...

Vista Gaming Performance Numbers

Microsoft's Windows Vista promises to revolutionize gaming with DirectX 10, but how does gaming performance stack up against Windows XP, using the DirectX 9 games we have available today? Well, some of you might be disappointed, but you're not exactly going to see a leap in performance. Vista has a greater hardware requirement...

AMD and Microsoft Collaboration Enables World-class Windows Vista Experience

AMD and Microsoft Collaboration Enables World-class Windows Vista Experience - Newly Released ATI Catalyst 7.1 Provides Performance and Stability for Advanced Graphics with New Microsoft Operating System - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest...

Intel responds to discrete graphics question

The Inquirer shot a couple of questions over to Intel in regard to the company's discreet GPU plans.  Not many answers, but interesting reading nonetheless... INQ: Does Intel have any plans for GPU on CPU concept? Intel: We continue to work relentlessly with the platform ecosystem to define, develop and deliver platform and technology...

Penryn Core 2 Duo Discussion

Our friends over at Lost Circuits have an article on-line this morning with their thoughts regarding Intel's upcoming 45nm Penryn core and 45nm high-k and metal gate fabrication process. "On January 26, 2007, Intel went public with the demonstration of their first processor core - code name Penryn - manufactured on a 45 nm dry lithography...

Bill Gates Wants To Cut Up Your Mastercard, God Bless Him

People like to complain about PayPal and other online payment methods. People also like to complain about Bill Gates. But they will build a shrine to the guy if he manages to slash credit card fees by pioneering micropayments on the web. Because he's not gunning just to make PayPal obsolete; he's going for the big dogs, too: MasterCard...

Tax Authorities Put Spiders On The Web

Tax collecting agencies are wising up that many people are making money on the internet, and some of them might be... less than enthusiastic about paying taxes on it. And they're sending out spiders, just like Google or Yahoo or any other search engine, and looking for taxable transactions....

Researchers Build Tiny Batteries With Viruses

This one definitely borders on the freaky side for sure. Viruses used to build electronic structures? Hello?  Maybe we can all just skip the flu shots this year and head on over to MIT for a crash course in electrophysics?  In some sort of sick and twisted way, that runny nose you're fending off could possibly power your...

Beyond Skype - Joost Video And Movies On-Demand

When eBay bought Skype a while back, I rushed out and picked up a few share of eBay because it just felt like a natural fit.  With Skype's ever-popular and amazing VOIP client technology taking off like a rocket, it just seemed like a total home-run for eBay to integrate that functionality into their goliath-sized online auction services,...

Intel 45nm Fab Process And Penryn Preview

Intel 45nm Fab Process And Penryn Preview

Good Morning All! Intel gave us some details on their next gen manufacturing process today and we thought we'd share them with you.  We also got a sneak peek at their next gen "Penryn" core processor.   Have a look and enjoy!  ...

The Power Behind Lucasfilms and ILM's Computing Prowess

You want IOPs?  Got that... You want Petaflops?  Check.  Blades?  Yeah we got a few of those hanging around too... next to the fiber-optic shelves.  News.com has the 411 on the kind of power it takes to run a state of the art production house like Lucasfilms.  A couple of those racks ought to do the trick keeping...

NVIDIA SLI 2.0 Technology In March?

VR-Zone is reporting that NVIDIA will announce their second generation SLI technology at the CeBIT show in March.  This is still rumor at the moment, but NVIDIA definitely has plans to expand upon SLI.  One look at the triple PCI Express x16 slots on 680i mobos and the dual SLI edge connectors on 8800 GTX cards and you know something...

Scientists create world's densest memory circuit

An announcement made yesterday in the Journal Nature claims that researchers had a breakthrough and created a memory circuit with 100 billion bits per square centimeter, which is said to be about 100 times dense than current memory circuits. "Researchers in California said they have created...

A World Wide Web Of Criminals

Cyber crimes have been on the rise over the years, but so haven't the number of overall net users. While every society has its share of the not so decent, will the Internet, with it's ability to provide criminals easy access to money, merchandise, people, and privacy, eventually be overrun by them? If security and user knowledge don't...

Unreal Tournament 2007 Gets Name Change & New Console

Epic's Unreal Tournament 2007 is getting a name change, so say hello to Unreal Tournament 3. Creative, eh? More important though, is you can now expect to see it on Microsoft's XBOX 360, which joins the Playstation 3 and PC as its chosen formats. Unreal Tournament 3 is expected to be out in the 2nd half of 2007....

Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI

Hello Everyone. We're just shooting over a quick note to let you all know that we've posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features, value, and performance of Asus nForce 650i SLI-based P5N-E SLI motherboard. Here's a snip: "The Asus P5N-E SLI uses...

AMD reportedly to launch Geode LX 900 for UMPCs

DigiTimes has the scoop on an new low-power AMD processor targeted at the Ultra Mobile PC market. The LX900 will reportedly be x86 compatible and run at 667MHz.  Power consumption numbers were not readily available, but considering the LX800 which runs at 800MHz consumes about 3.9W, it shouldn't be too high.  In the UMPC market,...

NVIDAI G81 to be manufactured at 65nm?

The Inquirer is reporting that the refresh to NVIDIA's G80 GPU (GeForce 8 Series), which is probably code-named G81 if history is an indicator, will be manufactured on TSMC's 65nm process node. "THE G80 replacement looks like it might be known as G81, and it appears that Nvidia...

ATI & NVIDIA Talk MXM Off the Record

[H] has asked the question, "Two years ago, NVIDIA announced its MXM socketed initiative for the GPU mobile market. This new technology would allow for a modular GPU slot in all laptops, thus making servicing and upgrades much easier. Two years later, still nothing. Why?" "As lofty as the expectations of the MXM technology are, for...

AMD Announces Strategic Partnership with TCL Computer

AMD Announces Strategic Partnership with TCL Computer, Fourth Largest PC Provider in China - TCL Computer to sell AMD processor-based commercial notebooks and desktop PCs; China's top seven computer manufacturers now offering AMD solutions - BEIJING - Jan. 25, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that TCL Computer Tech. Co. Ltd., one...

Blu-Ray Encryption Cracked?

If you build it, it will be cracked. That's been the story behind most encryption, and the latest generation of media formats seem no different. Last year, Microsoft's HD-DVD encryption was cracked by someone who goes by the name of "Muslix64", and this year he adds Blu-Ray to his list of defeated media formats. This is a...

EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT KO SLI

Hello All! We've just posted a new article here at HotHardware.com detailing our experience with a pair of EVGA's e-GeForce 7950 GT KO cards. We evaluated the e-GeForce 7950 GT KO's performance in both single-card and SLI modes, and compared its performance to a wide array of competition. Here's a snip from the piece:...

Mini-box.com Introduces Low Cost Car PC

Mini-box.com Introduces Low Cost Car PC

Sub-$400 VoomPC X86 Car PC Platform Ideal for Telematics, Entertainment and General PC Applications FREMONT, Calif, Jan. 24 2007 - Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced it has launched the VoomPC-2T family of low power, high performance car PCs. Based on the small form factor Mini-ITX platform and with an integrated...

NVIDIA Moves One Step Closer To Its Own CPUs?

The Inquirer has a story posted today that hints at the prospect of NVIDIA designing its own processors. "Acceleware is heavily involved in high-performance computing tasks acceleration using Nvidia GPUs, mainly for the electromagnetic (cellphone, microwave, IC), seismic (oil exploration - remember the company's location!), biomedical, industrial...

Asus Annonces Vista Ready Motherboards

Asus Annonces Vista Ready Motherboards

Bring out more Vista Enjoyment with Exclusive ASUS Motherboard Technologies ASUS's Revolutionary ScreenDUO allows viewing critical info without switching on the PC.   Taipei, Taiwan, January 23, 2007 - With the release date of Windows Vista drawing ever closer, ASUSTek Computer Inc. (ASUS) is now offering 4 motherboard models that...

AMD Adds Two New Mobile Processors

AMD Continues to Give Embedded Designers More Choice With Addition of Two Mobile Processors to AMD64 Longevity Program - Designers in gaming, medical, transportation and other industries can benefit from addition of the AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology and the Mobile AMD Sempron processor to AMD's embedded portfolio - SUNNYVALE,...

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results - Fourth Quarter Microprocessor Unit Shipments Set New Record, Increasing 26 Percent Year-Over-Year and 19 Percent Sequentially - - Fourth Quarter Mobile Processor Revenue Increased 85 Percent Year-Over-Year and 41 Percent Sequentially - SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 23, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today...

VIA Announces PCI Express Chipset for Vista-Ready Mobility

VIA Announces PCI Express Chipset for Vista-Ready Mobility

VIA VN896 with VIA Chrome9 IGP core supporting DirectX 9.0 and Chromotion 3.0 offers rich visual Hi-Def experience for notebooks and ultra portable devices   Taipei, Taiwan, 24 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the...

New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range

New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range New Compatibility Program for Intel Centrino Users with Wireless-N SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile...

NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang Presides Over The Market Open

NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang Presides Over The Market Open

NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang presided over the NASDAQ opening bell this morning to commemorate the company's 8th year on the NASDAQ stock market. "Jen-Hsun Huang, Chief Executive Officer of NVIDIA Corporation, presides over the NASDAQ opening bell. This event coincides with the Company's...

GeForce 8800 SLI Explored

Our friends over at the Tech Report have an in-depth look at GeForce 8800 SLI posted today. Scott takes a look at performance, image quality, power consumption and noise. "WHEN WE REVIEWED the GeForce 8800, I said we'd test the GPU in an SLI configuration "as soon as we can." I will...

Insane Overclock: Intel P4 631 at 8GHz

What do you get when you mix a golden P4 sample with a fully volt-modded Asus P5B and a vat of liquid nitrogen? Yup, you guessed it! Some SERIOUS overclocking. And we mean SERIOUS. A couple of fellow Italianos recently broke the 8GHz barrier and have the evidence posted up in the XtremeSystem's forum....

AmigaOS 4 Review

Jeremy from ArsTechnica has an interesting review posted of AmigaOS 4.  He covers everything from the installation to productivity and multitasking, and came to some surprising conclusions. "Because the OS and its applications take up so few resources, it is possible to run an entire...

Intel Hiring Visual Computing Staff

If you had any doubts that Intel planned to take on NVIDIA and AMD/ATI in the discreet graphics space, think again. Intel is currently hiring staff for a Visual Computing Group, that's tasked with the mission to create "discrete graphics products based on a many-core architecture targeting high-end client platforms."...

Retailers Talk About Vista Launch Plans

In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand...

Creative Releases Vista X-Fi Drivers

Creative has announced their ALchemy project which is aimed at providing Sound Blaster X-Fi drivers for Windows Vista. In Vista, Microsoft has removed the Hardware Abstraction Layer(HAL), which DirecSound and DirectSound3D require. While games that use OpenAL still work, those that use DirectSound would face problems, until now....

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications...

MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E Review

Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com where we evaluate the features and performance of MSI's NX8800GTX-T2D768E GeForce 8800 GTX. We even spent a little time with the card hooked up to a 65" 1080P-capable DLP TV. Here's a snip from the piece: "The GeForce...

Real-World Gaming CPU Comparison with 8800 GTX SLI

[H] has an article on-line today that pits AMD and Intel CPUs head-to-head. With NVIDIA's 8800 series GPU supplying a big jump in performance over the last generation of video cards, they revisit just what these CPUs do for you while gaming. Is one truly better? "With today's fastest video cards, we certainly saw more differences between...

More R600 Rumblings

Some fresh rumors regarding ATI/AMD's upcoming R600 have hit the web. According to this post on VR-Zone, R600 A15 silicon can hit 1GHz, but cards are going to launch with A12 silicon at somewhat lower frequencies. It seems like ATi has successfully taped out a A15 silicon that is able to work at 1GHz probably we can hope to see another...

AMD Announces Price Cuts

AMD has slashed prices on many of their processors, with some mid- to high-end models getting the largest discounts. Digitimes has the scoop on the entire line-up... According to AMD's website, pricing for high-end Athlons, including the FX series, X2 5600+ and 5400+ remains unchanged, while the X2 5200+ saw a hefty cut from US$403 to...

Minority Report Computing Interface - Who needs Vista?

Minority Report Computing Interface - Who needs Vista?

You have to see this technology in action to believe it and get the full effect.  This demonstration is about as jaw-dropping as we've seen here for any technology in a very long time.  And the speed of the interface is amazing as well... "Jeff Han demonstrates his intuitive, "interface-free," touch-driven computer...

CES 2007: The Wootable Awards

CES 2007: The Wootable Awards

So you've been through our CES 2007 wrap-up report and dug all the cool gear, along with random musings of El Wopo, but were still left a little parched for something a bit more outside of the box? Adult Toy or Cyber-Cool Air Freshener?  You decide and you can share your humble opinion in our lounge area.  In the mean, we know...

Microsoft to make Vista available online

If you want to get your hands on Windows Vista the moment it's available, without leaving the comfort of your own home, Microsoft will make it available on-line on the 30th... "Microsoft Corp. will make its new Windows Vista operating system available for sale and download online, marking a new step for the software company, which has...

Joey Says "Be A Shame If Sumfin' Should Happen To Ya Computah."

There's lots of talk in legislative circles about net neutrality, and taxation, and regulating blogs as political speech, and taxing artifacts purchased in virtual worlds as if they were real. That's all swell, or not, depending on your point of view, but I think we can all agree on one thing: how about we do something about the real...

Dell Announces Fresh Air Class Laptop

Dell has decided to offer a laptop that's suitable to be used outdoors. Its new ruggedized Latitude ATG D620 laptop has all sorts of features that you'll need, if you need to compute out in the real world of sunlight and hard knocks: The new laptop sports a shock-mounted 80-GB hard...

CES 2007 Photo Report

Hello Everyone! We wanted to let you all know that we've just put together a CES 2007 Photo Report at where we talk about some of the new products we saw at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We've got information and pictures of products from XFX, OCZ, Samsung, LG, Intel, AMD, and many more....

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2007 -- Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared an 11.25 cents per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2007 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2007. In November the company announced a 12.5 percent...

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced 300 Chosen from 1,705 Entrants for the 'Junior Nobel Prize' Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 - Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition,...

PowerColor Introduces X1550 PCI-E, AGP & SCS Editions

PowerColor Introduces X1550 PCI-E, AGP & SCS Editions

PowerColor Introduces X1550 PCI-E, AGP & SCS Editions Headache-Free Entry Level VGA Cards for Windows Vista Taipei, Taiwan - January 17th, 2006 - TUL Corporation, a leading provider of AMD/ATI graphic cards, today announced the PowerColor X1550 in PCI-E, AGP and Silent Cooling System (SCS) variations. These models replace the X1300 brand...

iPhones Are For Geeks; Prada Is For The Glitterati

LG electronics announced they've got an answer to that touchscreen phone wonder, Apple's iPhone. Instead of making it cheaper, they're making it available in February in Europe, and they're charging even more for it than an iPhone will cost. How? By teaming with fashion giant Prada...

Generation Y Employees Are Coming, And Boy Are They Wired

Generation "Y" are about to deluge the IT world, and the IT world isn't ready for their informal attitude and reliance on technology intensive communication. Smart companies are figuring out that they better expect to serve the needs of their new employees, or the best will go work for their competitors:...

PCI Express turns 2.0

As expected, PCI Express turned 2.0 by fiat of the PCI Special Interest Group, the industry cooperative that governs the specification and announced the new version on Monday. PCI Express -- a modernised sequel to the original PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) that spread to essentially every server and PC since it was introduced in...

Seagate Introduces First Small Form Factor 15K Enterprise Hard Drive

Seagate Technology today introduced the world's fastest hard drive -- the Savvio 15K drive, the new 15K-rpm addition to the Savvio family of 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise drive solutions. The Savvio 15K drive provides the highest hard drive performance density and reliability while ensuring ultra-low power consumption,...

Intel Fourth-Quarter Revenue $9.7 Billion

Intel Fourth-Quarter Revenue $9.7 Billion Operating income $1.5 billion EPS 26 cents Record microprocessor and flash unit sales Record mobile and server microprocessor revenue SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced fourth-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $1.5 billion, net income of $1.5 billion...

Corsair Flash Readout USB with 4GB and 8GB Capacities

Corsair Augments Flash Readout USB Product Family with 4GB and 8GB Capacities -- New capacities join the Flash Readout family to merge visual functionality and storage capacity to bring a new class of USB products to mobile users -- Fremont, CA (January 17, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today announced...

Asetek Receives $4 million in Venture Capital

Asetek Receives $4 million in Venture Capital Broenderslev, Denmark - January 17, 2007 - Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors, announced today the investment of $4 million following the investment of $5 million closed last year. Northzone Ventures, Vaekstfonden, KT Venture Group, and a group of private...

Inventors With Imaginary Friends Pioneer Virtual Keyboards

If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and...

The Vikings Invade Again. This Time, It's Television.

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström are fascinating entrepreneurs. First they built the Kazaa file sharing empire, then built Skype VoIP into a business eBay was willing to pay 2.6 billion dollars for. Now they've decided to turn their attention to streaming TV over the internet. Is their "Joost" going to destroy the television,...

Intel Penryn 45nm CPU Already Up and Running

We just got an interesting tid-bit of information from Intel we thought you'd be interested in. It looks like Intel already has working samples of their next generation 45nm desktop processor, code named Penryn, and it has booted multiple operating systems successfully... "We have working samples of the Penryn processors -- and in a short...

NVIDIA Places Urgent Order For More G80s

According to a report on DigiTimes, referencing a story from Chinese Commercial Times, NVIDIA has placed an "urgent" order for more G80 chips from TSMC. "Nvidia has placed urgent orders with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for GeForce 8000 GTX and GTS series...

GIGABYTE Launches Quad SLI-Ready GA-N680SLI-DQ6

GIGABYTE Launches Quad SLI-Ready GA-N680SLI-DQ6

GIGABYTE Launches Quad SLI-Ready GA-N680SLI-DQ6 -- Industry's Most Richly Featured Next Generation Gaming Platform -- GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched the highly anticipated GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 high end gaming platform, featuring the advanced NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI MCP...

I Got WiFi...In San Francisco...

Google keeps buying things and offering services. They're doing preliminary work to offer free WiFi to the entire City of San Francisco.  Hey, how about the rest of us? Google says it has no plans to attempt to offer such Internet access beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, the Journal...

HP Uses Pringle Approach To Goose Moore's Law

Hewlett-Packard researchers realized they could pack more transistors on a chip, without shrinking them, simply by moving their connections to a nano-wire grid on top of them and packing more of them in the space they saved. "For a long time, we in the industry have been obsessed with this...

OCZ Technology Announces The New ProXStream

OCZ Technology Announces the New ProXStream A Server-Class 1000W Power Supply for Enthusiasts and High-End System Builders Sunnyvale, CA-January 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the launch of the ProXStream power supply series,...

Dell Performance Shoot-Out and Giveaway

Dell sent over the following email about an online performance shootout and giveaway, and we thought some of you might be interested.  Take a look... Dell, in partnership with Futuremark, is hosting an Online Performance Shootout and Giveaway.  Contestants will have the opportunity to win the grand prize, the new Dell 3007 WFP-HC...

Intel to Open New 65nm Plant in China

According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated...

Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard

Hello Everyone! We've just posted a new article at featuring Asus' top-of-the-line Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI-based motherboard for the Intel platform. Here's a snip from the piece... "Asus has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and has set a new bar for high-end gaming...

Ultra Products Introduces Energy Efficient Power Supplies

Ultra Products Introduces Energy Efficient Power Supplies

Ultra Products Introduces New Line of Energy Efficient Power Supplies New X-Pro, X-Finity, and X3 series' will convert at least 80% of AC power into DC power, making for cooler, quieter performance across the board FLETCHER, OH - January 15th, 2006 - Ultra Products, has announced the launch of a new line of energy efficient (EE) power...

Bigger Than The Dept. Of Labor; Slightly Smaller Than NASA

Of course, we're talking about video game sales in 2006. Fine by me. The Department of Labor and NASA aren't nearly as much fun as Madden Football. In all, hardware sales surged 43 percent to $4.6 billion in 2006 and software sales rose 6 percent to $6.5 billion. Sales of accessories jumped 19 percent to $1.5 billion for the year....

PayPal Offers Key Fob Secondary Identification. Can Secret Knock Be Far Behind?

Phishing scams are all the rage these days. And as the scammers get more sophisticated, it's not just noobs who get their info and their money stolen. E*Bay's subsidiary PayPal is preparing to offer a key fob for its users to make stealing your info only half the battle. PayPal's...

Free At Last

I'm older than many HotHardware readers. I remember this man. I remember this speech. A million opinions of its meaning and importance have been offered in the intervening 44 years. I suggest we go back and listen to it. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow,...

HotHardware Hot Threads

Been by the HH PC Hardware Forum lately?  You don't know what you're missing.  There's some top-secret stuff in there that could very well pump up your mojo with the ladies.  Well, ok, so maybe that's a stretch but hey, if you don't get out much like us, you have nothing to lose! Then of course,...

China No Longer Most Competitive Manufacturing Geo

Now this is interesting.  We've seen this coming for a long while here in the US, at least those of us that pay attention to such things relative to the world economy.  It seems as though, after years and years of prosperity as the worlds foremost manufacturing super-power, China or more specifically Chinese workers are no longer...

Vigor Gaming Force Recon QXN and QX4

Vigor Gaming Force Recon QXN and QX4

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AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue, excluding ATI-related segments, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006 is expected to increase approximately three percent from the $1.33 billion reported in the third quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter operating income, excluding ATI-related...

Is Google The Replacement For The Library Of Congress?

Organizing the world's information is a big job. The Library of Congress has been trying to do it for years. Is Google doing it better, for free? While Google talks to corporations and Wall Street about its desire and means to drive the sky's-the-limit profits to Google shareholder coffers, The Library of Congress reaches out to individuals...

Stacking HD-DVD Layers Like Flapjacks, But Forgetting To Bring A Laser Diode Fork

Toshiba announced at the CES that they've made a triple-stacked HD-DVD read-only disc that can hold more ones and zeros than a standard Blu-Ray disc --51 gigabytes. That's a lot of 1080p hi-def goodness: The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats: two 0.6-mm thick discs...

New GeForce 8800 Drivers Released

NVIDIA has released a new version of their ForceWare GeForce 8800 Drivers, bringing the official version to 97.92. The new drivers fix various game errors, adds new PureVideo features, and a new NVIDIA Control Panel(click here for release notes). The new drivers are for GeForce 8800 cards only, so if you have anything less, don't...

World of Warcraft Reaches 8 Million Subscribers

With the release of its first ever expansion pack, Blizzard's World of Warcraft has hit the 8 million subscriber mark. The popular MMO boasts over 2 million users in North America, 1.5 million in Europe, and China 3.5 million in China. With the Burning Crusade expansion hitting Jan 16th, don't be surprised to see a "9 Million...

Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual Spy Pics At CES

Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual Spy Pics At CES

Marco and I are just back from CES and while we're a little weary from all the walking and a red-eye flight from hell back to the east coast, we're on the mend, thankfully.   We had some behind-close-doors time with the folks at Sapphire and got to take a look at some of their new products not yet released to market.  One...

The Mouse That Roared

The widely unexpected success of Nintendo's modest little Wii game console has put them back on the map. And unlike the powerful and expensive PS3 and X-Box 360, the Wii has made money for its makers right out of the gate: Today, the company increased its earnings forecast for fiscal year 2007 by 20 percent. The new guidance points to...

18 Billion Dollar Gopher Spotted On The Eastern Seaboard

Verizon is burying FIOS lines to houses as fast as they can for their customers on the Northeastern seaboard. And they're beginning to offer download speeds that just might make their investment in broadband service infrastructure pay for all that digging --up to 50 megabits per second:...

AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard

AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard to Help Enable Broad Adoption of Small Form Factor PCs SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 10, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs,...

DIRECTV and Intel Bring Connectivity to TV, PC

Intel, DIRECTV Customers Can Now Play Music and View Pictures on Their TVs from Their Intel(R) ViivTM Technology- Based PCs Via Their DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVRs LAS VEGAS, Jan.10, 2007 - DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announces that the DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR has been verified with Intel(R) ViivTM technology....

CES Roundups

TheTechLounge Overclocker'c Club Boot Daily Overclock Intelligence Agency PC Magazine ThinkComputers CNet...

Cisco set to sue Apple over iPhone trademark

Well this did not take long at all.  Right on the heals of Tuesday's big Apple announcement for their version of the iPhone, the BBC is now reporting that Cisco will be filling suit soon for trademark infringement.  Cisco has in fact owned the iPhone name since 2000 when it acquired the name from Infogear who had originally trademarked...

Apple iPhone To Cure Blackberry Thumb, Pass Everybody Else By

I saw the nifty iPhone rollout yesterday, and wondered: Am I the only one that doesn't think this is a phone? It's a PDA you can talk on the phone with. It's a nifty tablet PC you can talk on the phone on. It's an iPod you can call people with. But it's the phone is the add-on, not the other way around. It's twice the...

Bow Down To The FPS Overlord

Let's face it: The HotHardware we crave, we craved first to play Doom. John Carmack, the programming genius that got all those sprites and textures to appear like magic on my pokey 386, is the old man of the industry now. Wired asks him what he's up to, and what he thinks of computer gaming in general....

Intel 45nm "Penryn" Tape-Out Runs Windows

Intel's 45nm CPUs might get here sooner than later DailyTech reports: Sources inside Intel have confirmed the company recently received the taped-out 45nm Penryn processor. Reports from the ensuing champagne toast claim the first Penryn boot was capable of booting Windows. Even though the processor is labeled as "A0" silicon,...

Sprint bringing WiMAX to Chicago and Washington, DC

Sprint has just announced its WiMAX build-out schedule for 2007, and initial service is set to be provided to Chicago and Washington, DC. These are test markets for Sprint, which hopes to roll out the high-speed technology to 100 million people by the end of 2008. The company will drop more than $800 million on WiMAX upgrades this year, and...

Sharp announces 108-inch LCD panel

Japan's Sharp Corp. introduced a 108-inch LCD panel Sunday (Jan. 7) at the Consumer Electronics Show here, calling it the largest unit yet. Sharp is the world's sole operator of an eighth-generation LCD line, which uses 2,160 x 2,460-mm substrates. The panel announced Sunday is the largest size that can be laid out on the glass substrate....

Sling Media Announces SlingCatcher

"Reverse Slingbox" takes revolutionary approach to delivering the full-blown web and PC digital media experience to the TV. While the current Slingbox enables consumers to placeshift their favorite TV programming to a PC, Mac or mobile phone, one of the most requested features from the Sling Community has been to provide the ability...

The Apple iPhone runs OS X

Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple's history -- and that's saying a lot -- the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: "iPhone," the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it'd been nothing more than...

LG Blu-Ray / HD-DVD Super Multi Drive

LG Blu-Ray / HD-DVD Super Multi Drive

While walking the show floor at this year's Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, we came across quite a few exciting pieces of technology. We thought this one in particular would be of interest to the videophiles among you, so we wanted to get some pics and info posted right away.  Feast our eyes on LG's Blu-Ray / HD-DVD internal...

Take Two Internet Tablet And Skype Me In The Morning

All kinds of goodies are showing up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Ars technica takes a look at Nokia's improvement on their 770 Internet tablet, the N800. The most impressive new features for the N800 were the video streaming and GPS capabilities. Using a wireless router,...

Meet The New Boss- Same As The Old Boss

Well, the music labels got their way, more or less. Most everybody's getting their music from iTunes, and the labels' Digital Rights Management is mostly secure, as they can only be played on an iPod device. It seems to be dawning on them that they're working for Steve Jobs now, not the other way around. And the good old MP3 format...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition Review @ NVNews.NetEVGA e-GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 256-P2-N761-AR Video Card Review @ DragonSteelMods.comGigabyte HD 2600 Pro 512MB @ TheTechLoungeSapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic review @ Elite BastardsHIS HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB @ InsideHW.com Motherboards & Chipsets: ASRock 4Core1600P35-WIFI+ @ OCWorkbenchGigabyte...

New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel(R) CoreTM2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments. The Intel Core...

Electronic Arts bets iPod good for video games

Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has conquered the portable music market, is making inroads in video, and may turn out to be a video game player as well, game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is betting. Many potential gamers already carry iPods, easily the most popular portable music players sold. Now they can listen to music while also playing EA...

Skype offers phones for Web and conventional calls

Skype, which has popularized Web telephone calling, on Monday marked progress in extending its low-cost calling services beyond computers to new types of phones. At the Consumer Electronics Show here, Skype, a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc., said it was introducing 12 new phones and related phone accessories in conjunction with telecommunications...

STMicroelectronics Announces 65nm Dual HD SoC for STBs

There has been a lot of news lately on Set Top Box (STB) System-on-Chip (SoCs) and dual High Definition (HD) mode devices, you can read more here, here and here. The latest news is a dual format, HD DVD/Blu-Ray decoder chip to be manufactured at 65nm for STBs. TMicroelectronics (NYSE:...

TiVo and Comcast to test set-top DVR in spring

While I use a Time Warner service, this may be a step in the right direction for content providers. Allowing users a broader line of options. TiVo Inc. said on Monday it hopes to start testing its first integrated digital video recorder service with Comcast Corp., the leading U.S. cable operator,...

What Happens In Vegas... Is Playing On Your Sony

Sony announced they've configured their latest televisions to play video from the internet, and many other video sources. Sony, which unveiled the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said the drive to marry Internet and other digital video with traditional devices was...

Can Someone Digitize My Molly Hatchet 8 Track Please?

Ford's getting its brains beat in by foreign manufacturers. They forgot to keep up with the times. Well, the times are telling them that the CD is becoming as obsolete as cassettes for audio entertainment while you're driving. Ford and Microsoft figure you'd bring your own music to your rolling party, if they just let you...

Asus XG Station - External PCI Express Graphics For Notebooks

Asus XG Station - External PCI Express Graphics For Notebooks

Someone caught Asus a little early for CES it seems and was able to snap a shot of a very innovative new product they'll have on display at the show.  Asus' new XG Station will allow any PCI Express compatible graphics card to plug into it and in turn will then provide an interface to an Asus-built notebook external graphics...

Intel To Respond To EU Charges

Intel To Respond To EU Charges

The European Commission, the EU's antitrust watchdog, is eagerly awaiting Intel's response to last year's charges of anti-competitive behavio(u)r.  The original complaint stemmed from Intel allegedly pricing chips below the cost to manufacture them in an attempt to gain market share.We're expecting Intel to respond sometime today.“The...

STMicroelectronics Sampling New Set-Top Box Chip

Hot on the heels of Broadcom's announcement STB SoC yesterday, STMicroelectronics has announced the STi5107. Integration of the latest security specifications seem to be the biggest selling point of the new chip, although other performance enhancements have been added. STMicroelectronics, the world's largest supplier of silicon chips for...

SanDisk ships 32GB, 1.8-inch solid-state drive

Flash vendor SanDisk is shipping a 32GB, ATA-interfaced, solid-state drive (SSD) aimed at enterprise notebooks. The 1.8-inch SSD UATA 5000 can radically improve storage performance and reliability, while adding around $600 to retail costs, the company claims. SanDisk describes its SSD as a fifth-generation flash disk design from flash memory...

HIS Radeon X1950 XT IceQ3 Turbo

Hello Everyone!  We're wanted let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of HIS' Radeon X1950 XT IceQ3 Turbo.  Here's a snip from the piece: "Today, we will be checking out HIS' take on the Radeon X1950 XT, the HIS X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo. As the name implies,...

Red Swingline Stapler Salesmen Take Note: Top Ten Tech Towns

Wired News has ranked the top ten tech towns in America, and it's worth reading just to get a peek at the algorithms they used to judge who's who, and who's a robogeek. These include   Number of attendees at local meetings of dorkbot, a group for "people doing strange things...

Samsung Invents Coolest Battleship Game Ever

Samsung electronics has announced the first double-sided LCD screen that is able to show a different image on each side. Akihabara news has the lowdown. The breakthrough LCD product makes use of Samsung's new double-gate, thin-film transistor (TFT) architecture. TFT gates are electronic components that convert the necessary voltage at the...

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel® Viiv" Technology

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) ViivTM Technology SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 - Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based media PCs, such as...

The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Expanasion Details

Bethesda released a few content add-ons for their highly praised RPG last year, but 2007 will see the first full expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. The Shivering Isles is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2007, and will contain about 30 hours of added gameplay, with new monsters, new quests, and a new land...

Time Warner to announce dual-format DVDs next week

While the format wars rage on, many different solutions are being proposed. The latest is a disk that Time Warner will announce next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Total HD movies will carry movies that can be played on high-definition DVD players that use technology...

Seagate Confirms 1TB Hard Disk Drive

Seagate announces a monster hard drive! "We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months." In a statement to DailyTech earlier today, the company claimed: Seagate's 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will...

Broadcom Debuts BCM7118 Advanced Set-Top Box Chip

Broadcom is already sampling these chips to early adopters, and is providing a value line reference implementation as well a top-of-the-line reference platform. With all of the various new specifications and related standards being supported, this chip will certainly command the lion's share of set-top boxes for the near future....

Acronym Overload Looming At Notebook Manufacturers

Apple and HP appear to be ready to offer notebooks with LCD screens backlit with LEDs by the latter half of 2007. Neat. LED-backlit displays have slowly been making their way into consumer electronics lately, with Samsung leading the way with some of their LED HDTVs - the company has also...

Has Anyone Patented A Round Thing On An Axle Yet? Google It.

As we mentioned yesterday, Google is useful for all sorts of things you might not know about. Slate's Michael Agger has a fascinating rundown on one of the strangest and most controversial applications Google's got: searching through patents: Now that the buzz is wearing off, it's...

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES WHEN: Jan. 8-11, 2007 WHERE: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Intel booth at Central Hall #7153; plus other venues WHAT: Major themes will surface at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show including: the emergence of Internet-delivered entertainment as the...

Daily Review Roundup

Systems: Alienware Aurora 7500 Review @ Bootdaily.com CPU & Motherboard: MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboard Review @ [H]Enthusiast Memory: OCZ PC2-6400 2GB ATI CrossFire Dual Channel Memory Review @ ThinkComputers.org OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 2GB Kit...

Sony Readies New CELL Processor

Sony's CELL Processor, which is used in the Playstation 3, is getting an update according to SPPnG.com, shrinking it down to a 65nm chip, operating at 6GHz at 1.3v. The new update would allow for better performance, and a cooler running system, though producing a "better" Playstation 3 could upset some current owners, and cause...

Courts Order Intel, 3rd Parties to Produce Foreign Discovery

In what seems to be a significant victory in AMDs ongoing Antitrust case, Federal court orders Intel and 3rd Parties to produce Foreign Discovery in AMD vs. Intel U.S. antitrust suit. AMD today announced a significant legal victory in its ongoing antitrust suit against Intel Corporation. In an order effective yesterday, the Federal District...

EE Times: Semi News Samsung takes 16-Gbit NAND flash to 50 nm

LONDON - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun sampling a 50-nanometer, 16-Gbit NAND flash memory for use in solid-state disk drive applications. The memory is expected to go into volume production at some time during the first quarter of 2007, Samsung said. Samsung did not state whether the 16-Gbit memory is monolithically integrated or...

Five Hackers Who Left a Mark on 2006

It seemed that almost every day last year we heard of yet another new attack of security vulnerability in an operating system or popular application.  Much of this news came by way of white hat hackers who found and explained how to prevent attacks.  And eWeek explain who they think are the five most noteworthy hackers of last...

Ultra Products to Unveil Worlds First 2000W ATX PSU

Ultra Products to Unveil Worlds First 2000W ATX PSU

Ultra Products to Unveil World's First 2000W ATX PC Power Supply at CES   FLETCHER, OH - January 3, 2006 - Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, today announces that it will unveil the world's first 2000W ATX Power Supply Unit for the PC at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The...

Memories of a Media Card

There is an interesting story on-line over at informit.com. A few years ago they bought some used hard drives on eBay, and explained in an article how much private data they were able to retrieve.  They've taken the same premise this time around but have applied it to memory cards....

Strip Club Parking Lots Near Airports To Become Fabulous WiFi Zones

Avis is teaming up with Autonet Mobile to offer a WiFi hotspot that serves the rental car, and about a hundred foot radius around it. Autonet Mobile's In-Car Router is about the size of a laptop and draws power from the car's cigarette lighter outlet. The hardware itself is a bridge for a cellular provider's 3G network (Avis will likely have...

Life, The Universe, And Google Apps

All Hot Hardware lovers dream of a world of a enormously powerful processor with a command line. A baby is like that. So is Google: As Google nears 10,000 employees, though, it's become impossible to keep up with the 100 or so public products and projects that have come and gone. Some, like...

Intel Invests Further in Graphics

EE-Times reports that Intel has invested $12 million dollars to fund the efforts of the Isreali graphics startup Lucid Information Technology. The startup's main focus is currently on a graphics acceleration traffic organizing chipset which will offer support for up to 4 discrete GPU's. Thanks to the dedicated silicon and specific...

ATI R600 GPU Delayed (Again)

The gang over at The Inquirer report that sources are indicating AMD/ATI will be forced to re-spin the company's upcoming R600 GPU, resulting in yet another delay for the flagship graphics chipset. This must be especially painful for ATI as NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 series is enjoying its spot on top of the performance charts and does...

975X Express Motherboard Round-Up

Hello Everyone!  We've just posted a 975X Express Motherboard Round-Up featuring the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H, Abit AW9D-MAX, and MSI 975X Platinum v2. Here's a snip from the piece: "To coincide with the launch of the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, many manufacturers released new or updated motherboards to support Intel's...

U.S. Government Taking No Chances With Full-Disk Encryption

Finally, a government program regarding technology that I can support. HotHardware has reported in prior articles Seagate Announces Encrypted Hard Drives for Notebooks and How To Turn Your Stolen Laptop Into A Snitching Doorstop both concerning the issues that are being served by this memorandum....

OLPC Gearing Up for Prime Time

Hardware Upgrade has an interesting article on the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project and its roadmap for the immediate future. With its new interfaces, ship dates and commitments it seems OLPC is ready for the world. From the article: To achieve its goal of transforming the learning process,...

First Person s-Wii-ter?

Tennis and bowling are great and all, but I wanna kill people. Ars Technica has a review of the popular Call Of Duty 3 for the Wii, and have the answer on playability with the Wii-mote: Some getting used to, but a whole lot of fun. It's worth the effort, though; the game on the Wiimote is...

HotHardware Holiday 2006 Contest Winners!

We brought 2006 to a close with a couple of exciting give-aways here at HotHardware. First, we'd like to congratulate forum members SilverVenom57 (Peter H.) and SuperDave (David H.). They both won brand new Microsoft Zunes courtesy of Microsoft and Webcast Magic.  Congrats! Secondly, we want to draw some attention to HotHardware...

Top 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2007

Here's a "Top 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2007" list that's sure to spark some debate. The folks at taume.com put such titles as Command & Conquer 2: Tiberium Wars and Unreal Tournament 2007 on their list... "It is 2047 and the stakes could not be higher. Tiberium a...

Old And Busted: Moore's Law. New Hotness: Areal Density

Multicore chips are a kind of cheating as far as Moore's Law goes. You're bringing a gang to the fight for faster processors. The battle to store the information those chips handle is where a lot of the action is now. Wired took a tour at Seagate's R and D labs, and they're talking about terabits per inch now: Their current...

Gigabyte's GeForce 7950 GT At HotHardware

What's attractive about the GeForce 7950 GT is that it doesn't cost much more than a 7900 GT yet it offers nearly the same performance of a much pricier 7900 GTX. Additionally, the 7950 GT sports 512MB DDR3 clocked at 1.4GHz (effective). The GPU core runs at a speedy 550MHz and just like the 7900 GT and GTX, the 7950 GT also boasts...

The Internet Saved Our Bacon For Christmas Presents

Online retailing continues to grow at a frenetic pace. And internet savvy consumers know that you can trust online retailers and package delivery services to save you at the last minute at Christmastime. U.S. Web spending during the work week before Christmas grew 38 percent to $2.25 billion...

Ballmer, WHISKY TANGO FOXTROT? Over.

Microsoft has decided to go viral with their marketing approach for their Zune portable media player, and the results are ... interesting. Nothing says entertainment like a bag of eyeballs screaming at an ambulatory penis through an empty eyesocket while holding back a fart. The guys at Microsoft...