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All News for January 2008

Why Couldn't THESE Have Been On E-Bay?

Why Couldn't THESE Have Been On E-Bay?

If you're thinking about chipping or modding and/or selling pirated games, then please remember not to hide your money inside consoles in your own home.“A raid on a man's house in Tower Hamlets on Monday January 14 in response to his illegal business dealings regarding Sony PSP SD memory cards and chipping has resulted in the discovery of...

Microsoft Oversight Extended Until 2009

Microsoft Oversight Extended Until 2009

As part of the result from Microsoft's anti-trust litigation with the U.S. government, the Redmond giant is currently subject to oversight to ensure that it doesn't abuse its market position.  While there are numerous decrees that govern this arrangement between Microsoft and the various government entities involved in the oversight,...

WSJ Opens a New Security Hole with Facebook

WSJ Opens a New Security Hole with Facebook

Well, although there's likely a security hole there somewhere, the WSJ Online has accepted Facebook's friend request with the "Seen This?" feature.Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories are popular among that user's...

Get Your $499 iMac. Never Mind The Asustek Label

Get Your $499 iMac. Never Mind The Asustek Label

Asustek's nifty and inexpensive Eee PC laptop certainly captivated the market and all us assorted tech writers,  so now seems as good a time as any for Asustek to go after other segments of the market.  They've decided people might like their version of a desktop PC, an "all -in-one" like the iMac, and an "E-TV." The E-DT, a...

Cisco Copies Net In 8 Minutes. Don't Press Print

Cisco Copies Net In 8 Minutes. Don't Press Print

Cisco Systems has introduced a new data center switch, to go with the new Fiber Channel Over Ethernet standard networking platform, that is mind-bogglingly powerful and fast. With the increasing demand placed on networks by high bandwith applications like video, and the amount of just plain data that any business generates, data centers are...

Dell XPS M1730 Laptop Continues To Rule

Dell XPS M1730 Laptop Continues To Rule

Dell XPS M1730 Laptop Continues To Rule Mobile Gaming ArenaAddition Of NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX With Dual SLI Technology Delivers 49 Percent Increase In Benchmark Performance Over Previous Generation Video Graphics  Award-winning  XPS M1730 and XPS M1730 World of Warcraft edition gaming laptops now support dual NVIDIA® GeForce® ...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: HD 3870 in Crossfire vs. HD 3870 X2 @ TweaktownDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARPAsus EAH3870 TOP/G/HTDI/512M and EAH3850 TOP/G/HTDI/256M @ X-bit labs Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express Motherboard Review @ PCStatsJ&W RS780UVD-AM2+ AMD 780G Mainboard Review @ OCWorkbenchGigabyte 6Quad...

Yahoo Cutting 1000 Jobs

Yahoo Cutting 1000 Jobs

In their biggest reduction in employee base since the dot com bust, Yahoo is planning to cut 1000 jobs in an effort to streamline their operations.“The Sunnyvale-based company announced the upcoming 7 percent reduction in its 14,300-employee work force during a Tuesday conference call to review a 23 percent decline in its fourth-quarter profit.”There's...

VIA's Glenn Henry Speaks On New Isaiah Processor

VIA's Glenn Henry Speaks On New Isaiah Processor

With all the buzz around VIA's recent announcement of their next generation low power Isaiah mobile processor, we thought it would be a good idea to get together with some of VIA's top architecture and design brass in a "fireside chat" sort of venue.  The idea was to provide a little more insight into what the team at VIA feels will be...

Could Snow In China Cause A PCB Shortage?

Could Snow In China Cause A PCB Shortage?

Many of us are familiar with the "Butterfly Effect," the phenomenon described as the beating of the wings of a butterfly on one side of the world causing a huge storm on the other side of the world. We may be seeing the high tech version of that; it's snowing a lot in central and eastern China, and that's where a great deal of the world's...

Germany Looks Into Skype Surveillance

Germany Looks Into Skype Surveillance

Ah yes, as technology advances, so do surveillance techniques.  So this should surprise no one - should it?Classified documents from September 2007, leaked last week by the German political "Pirate Party," show one particular system that Bavarian police could have in place by February, and its high operating cost.The system, provided...

The Last People In The World To Discover E-mail?

The Last People In The World To Discover E-mail?

Ask a teenager to send you an e-mail, and you'll get the same look you'd give someone if they asked you to send them a self-addressed stamped envelope to reply to a post-it note.  As far as communication goes nowadays, get instant, or get out. But there are still prehistoric pockets of people out there that are discovering e-mail like...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Inno3D GeForce 8800 GT i-ChiLL Review @ NVNewsAMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 @ Hard Tecs 4UGigabyte 6Quad GA-P35-DQ6 Review @ GamePyreA pair of Radeon HD 3870 X2 Cards (AMD/ASUS) Reviewed @ Boot Daily.comHIS Radeon HD 3870 X2 1 GB @ techPowerUpGECUBE Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC review @ Tweak.dkATI HD 3870...

Florida Attorney General To Investigate TigerDir

Florida Attorney General To Investigate TigerDir

It appears that 50-year old industrial-supply company Systemax, parent of TigerDirect is drawing a lot of negative heat these days over their rebates.  Here's an example of a deal and the problem: A 17” ViewSonic Monitor going for $139.99 sounds great.“But you'd have to read the small print to learn that TigerDirect's quoted price assumes...

Lego BricksTurn 50

Lego BricksTurn 50

Yes, we know you may not think LEGO relates to tech - but without LEGO we'd have no LEGO Star Wars games, right?  Or MINDSTORMS.  Monday was the 50th anniversary of the patenting of the LEGO.The Lego company plans to celebrate the anniversary with, among other things, a worldwide contest to discover the best kid Lego builder. Each...

Windows 7 In 2011

Windows 7 In 2011

The next version of Windows, dubbed Windows 7, might see the light of day in 2011 if all things go well.  Given the track record of virtually all OS developers, we aren't going to hold our breath for 2011.“Q. What is the expected timeline for the availability of Windows 7?A. We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and expect...

HD-DVD Blows More Cash with a Super Bowl Ad

HD-DVD Blows More Cash with a Super Bowl Ad

Is this a case of throwing good money after bad?  The HD-DVD Group is spending loads of cash on an HD-DVD Super Bowl ad.The ad will feature Toshiba's three lowest-priced players, the HD-A3, A30, and A35, and is the biggest advertising move for any high-def disc medium to date, reports Home Media Magazine.According to industry reports,...

Skyfire Promises PC-like Browsing on Smartphones

Skyfire Promises PC-like Browsing on Smartphones

Promises, promises.  Can it deliver?The technical trick of Skyfire is that it's a proxy browser. The Skyfire app itself isn't a full browser. Instead, big Skyfire servers elsewhere process Web pages, including all the media and browser formats -- like Flash, Java, and Ajax -- that a normal desktop browser would handle but that most phones...

Is Qtrax The End Of Pirate Bay, Or iTunes?

Is Qtrax The End Of Pirate Bay, Or iTunes?

We'll save a lot of time if we stop arguing over whether copyright infringement is stealing. It's possible, so it's going to happen. Some of the record companies are tired of playing whack-a mole with file-sharers and have agreed to participate in a free peer to peer network, supported by advertising, that promises 25 million available songs,...

I'm Too Sexy For Your Server...

I'm Too Sexy For Your Server...

Some things seem inevitable in hindsight. "Web Hot or Not" is one of those things that seems like an idea you should have come up with years ago. Created by Technorati founder David Sifry, the site is about as barebones as they come - there isn't even an 'About' page yet. All you get is a screenshot of a site and below that a scale of 1 to...

NVIDIA Ultimate Gaming Notebooks: 8800M GTX SLI

NVIDIA Ultimate Gaming Notebooks: 8800M GTX SLI

ULTIMATE GAMING NOTEBOOKS: NVIDIA SLI and Dual GeForce 8800M GTX GRAPHICS perfect the GAMERS’ ROAD GAME News Facts: NVIDIA has enabled the ultimate gaming notebooks with the most powerful graphics processing solution available for notebook PCs—a combination of NVIDIA SLITM technology and two NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs.  GeForce 8800M...

Guess Who Else Has 10 Million Users

Guess Who Else Has 10 Million Users

In addition to WoW's recent announcement that they've sucked 10 million paying customers into the world of Azeroth, it seems that a player in the world of online piracy has reached the same milestone.  Sweden's own Pirate Bay has topped 10 million unique and simultaneous peer-to-peer users.“Let's consider these staggering numbers. 10...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sapphire HD3870 Atomic Edition @ techPowerUpSapphire HD 3850 Ultimate 512MB Review @ SharkyExtremeECS N8800GT-512MX DT @ t-breakATI Radeon HD 3850/3870 @ X-bit LabsSamsung SyncMaster 2232GW 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.orgGigabyte GV-RX385512H (Radeon HD 3850 512MB) @ HardwareZoneGeForce 8800 GT Roundup @ InsideHW.com...

Get Your MacBook Airs This Week

Get Your MacBook Airs This Week

Remember when the MacBook Air was intro'ed? Steve Jobs said they'd be available in two weeks. Hmmm. Based on that info, it would be ... this week! Specifically, it would be Tuesday, two weeks after the Macworld keynote.Not that this is the biggest deal in the world, but for those hopin’ and wishin’ and prayin’ to get a MBA as fast as possible,...

AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

When AMD released the Radeon HD 2900 XT in May of last year, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.  Not because the product was all that bad, but because it seemed AMD was content to leave NVIDIA uncontested at the high-end of the 3D graphics card market.  If you remember, when the Radeon HD 2900 XT launched AMD had targeted...

AT&T To Kill Peer-To-Peer?

AT&T To Kill Peer-To-Peer?

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson likens his company's network to being in a store watching DVDs being stolen.  The question then is whether to act or not to act, and for AT&T that seems like a no-brainer.  So what kinds of actions can AT&T take?  It appears that they're going to attempt to throttle all “rogue” peer-to-peer...

NASA's Earth Space-time Vortex Theories

NASA's Earth Space-time Vortex Theories

Do you ever get that feeling that all day you're just taking one step forward, two steps back?  How about that uncanny sort of chill that goes down your spine when you're skulking in late from a night out with the boys, only to realize that your wife or significant other really isn't asleep, she's faking it and your dog-breath, over-indulged,...

Amazon MP3 to Go Global

Amazon MP3 to Go Global

When Amazon MP3 launched last year, you can bet it was looked upon by Apple as just another minor threat to iTunes' dominance. But with the signing of Sony BMG, Amazon is the only retailer selling DRM-free music from all four major music labels. And now it's a major threat.Today Amazon announced that Amazon MP3 is going global, spreading DRM-free...

Mac OS 10.5 64-bit Impresses

Mac OS 10.5 64-bit Impresses

We've been wondering how much performance benefit there might be for 64-bit software on the desktop ever since AMD started talking about the Sledgehammer series of chips nearly a decade ago.  Now that 64-bit is here, in various forms of implementation, we're getting our answers.  Some of the most interesting answers might come from...

HD DVD: We're Not Finished Yet!

HD DVD: We're Not Finished Yet!

When Warner announced that they were going to go Blu-ray exclusive starting in June, it seemed that the outlook for HD DVD seemed bleak at best.  But it appears that a new strategy is forming, and the immediate goal would appear to be putting more HD DVD capable devices into consumer hands.“One part of HD DVD’s new strategy is on lower...

Glückwünsche iPhone!

Glückwünsche iPhone!

It seems that the iPhone is selling like Sauerkraut in Germany despite early legal opposition:"The iPhone is by far the most sold multimedia device in T-Mobile's portfolio," the head of T-Mobile Germany, Philipp Humm, said in an interview published on T-Mobile's Intranet, or in-house Internet web site.There are already rumors of an upgraded...

When Will Airlines Offer WiFi?

When Will Airlines Offer WiFi?

If you travel as much as we do, then you have to be nearly sick of hearing the promises that airlines keep making about upcoming WiFi but not delivering.  We feel your pain, and have actually managed to find a timetable that covers at least a few airlines for you.  Keep in mind these are projections and subject to change:“Southwest...

Now Available: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCPs

Now Available: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCPs

Now Available: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCPsMaximum Performance, Ultimate Control  NVIDIA® nForce® 780i SLI® media and communications processors (MCPs) are the must-have platform for Intel Yorkfield CPUs. Maximize your rig's performance with 3-way SLI technology. Achieve ultimate control with the real-time component monitoring...

80GB PS3 Disappears from Online Stores

80GB PS3 Disappears from Online Stores

An allegedly leaked internal Best Buy memo about the demise of the 80GB PS3 seems to be coming true.Both companies were difficult to reach today, in the wake of the Tuesday news leak to PS3 Fanboy concerning Best Buy's discontinuation of the 80GB PlayStation 3.However, as of this evening on Best Buy's site, the only PS3 SKU available is 8588584,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Samsung SyncMaster 275T TFT LCD @ LAN AddictRadeon HD 3600 and 3400 series preview @ Elite BastardsDisplayLink - Multi-Display Setups with USB @ TechgageMSI NX8800GT Zilent 512Mb DDR3 @ CPU3DHighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Review @ OCCGeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX @ BmRProcessors:...

IBM Teraflops Into Moscow

IBM Teraflops Into Moscow

I remember the bad old days when the Soviet Union was going to steal our secrets and use them to drop atomic bombs on us. This is better: Moscow State University has purchased an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer for use in research into nanotechnology, new materials, and life sciences.  “As Russia’s leading academic institution, we are very...

OLPC: Give One Maybe, Don't Get One For Sure

OLPC: Give One Maybe, Don't Get One For Sure

The One Laptop Per Child charitable organization hoped to develop a durable and useful laptop for under $100 and distribute them to children in poor nations. Their $100 laptop turned into a $200 laptop pretty quick, and for many people who participated in their "Give One, Get One" program, they've turned into $200 vaporware.The Give One, Get...

Rumor: IBM Mulling AMD Purchase?

Rumor: IBM Mulling AMD Purchase?

As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from either AMD or IBM.Whenever AMD shares are low enough the buyout rumors begin.  The name IBM is often tossed around as a potential buyer, but it seems unlikely considering their focus on software over hardware recently. ...

The Xbox turns a profit!

The Xbox turns a profit!

It must be really cold outside, because something just froze over.  It appears the Xbox has managed to turn a profit.In the last six years, there's been one constant when discussing Microsoft's foray into the strange and seductive world of video game console manufacturing: they had yet to turn a profit on any of it. No more, with today's...

Vista SP1: Are We There Yet?

Vista SP1: Are We There Yet?

We've been hearing that SP1 has been nearly ready for release for quite a while now, so when can we expect to see it?  Perhaps in a few weeks.“Through its public relations agency today, Microsoft declined to comment on the Feb. 15 date beyond reiterating the software would be available in the first quarter. Still, several sources who...

HIS Radeon HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p) Card

HIS Radeon HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p) Card

HIS introduces the HIS Radeon™ HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p)HDMI 256MB (64bit) DDR2, delivering the ultimate silence solution for hometheater PC!Hong Kong — Jan 23, 2007 — HIS today unveils the HIS Radeon™ HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p) 256MB DDR2 card, featuring the ultimate silence solution. It delivers the next generation...

Apple Stocks Tumble

Apple Stocks Tumble

Apple stocks tumbled 11% post-MacWorld, perhaps as a result of nothing more impressive than the MacBook Air to show off this year.  That's not to say that the MacBook Air isn't impressive, but it's hard to outdo the announcement of the iPhone and Apple TV with a thin & light laptop that doesn't really cater to either the college crowd...

Digg Redefines Popular

Digg Redefines Popular

You can bet Merriam-Webster wasn't consulted on this redefinition.Up to now, the way any online news publisher got one of its articles publicized through the Digg social service is by hoping enough people were interested in it to vote in favor of moving it up the Digg scale -- of giving it enough "Diggs." Starting today, however, that changes:...

Sapphire's Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870

Sapphire's Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're hitting the news section to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a pair of somewhat unique Radeons, the Sapphire Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870.  Unlike most reference 3850s, the Ultimate HD 3850 has a 512MB...

VIA Unveils Next-Generation Isaiah x86 Processor

VIA Unveils Next-Generation Isaiah x86 Processor

VIA Unveils Next-Generation Isaiah x86 Processor Architecture New architecture provides substantial increases in performance and functionality with leading power efficiency to enable next generation "Small is Beautiful" computing devices Austin, Texas, US, 24 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform...

Eee PC With A Hot Babe And XP. Sorry, Penguins

Eee PC With A Hot Babe And XP. Sorry, Penguins

The Asus Eee PC  is a nifty laptop. And it became a sort of talisman of hope for Linux fans. Windows Vista demands too many resources for a stripped down lappie, and Linux seemed to fit the bill for the OS. The 800 pound gorilla at Microsoft is still XP,  and it's in the room with the penguin now.Asus has formally launched its bonsai...

Via's Isaiah Is Out Of Order...And That's Good

Via's Isaiah Is Out Of Order...And That's Good

Via Technologies, and their subsidiary, Centaur, think their next generation 64-bit processor, the Isaiah, will outperform Intel's soon to be released Silverthorne chip. Glenn Henry of Centaur hedges his bet a little, as hard info about Silverthorne's capabilities is hard to come by. And he says Isaiah won't be able to match a Core 2 Duo....

Dell and Microsoft Go (RED)

Dell and Microsoft Go (RED)

Dell and Microsoft have gone (RED), joining (PROJECT) RED to fight AIDS in Africa.Dell will start selling two (Red) laptops and one desktop running Microsoft Windows Vista on Friday. The two companies will donate $50 for a laptop and $80 for a desktop to the Global Fund, which finances health programs in Africa.Microsoft said it expects "several...

Rumor: NBC Back To iTunes?

Rumor: NBC Back To iTunes?

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Apple or NBC Universal.NBC and Apple parted ways after negotiations broke down between the two companies last year over an alleged pricing dispute.  NBC has since explored numerous distribution options,...

Quad-Core Vista Gaming Looking Fantastic

Quad-Core Vista Gaming Looking Fantastic

It's been more than a year since Intel demonstrated their Kentsfield CPUs running Remedy's upcoming Alan Wake.  At the time the world got its first glimpse of what a quad-core ready game could be like, and there were plenty of oooohs and aaaahhhs to go around.Now that quad-core CPUs are here and reasonably priced, and Vista with its DX...

IP Addresses are Personal Info

IP Addresses are Personal Info

Certainly the RIAA and MPAA feel an IP address can be used to ID a person: that's the whole basis of their lawsuits to collect money from downloaders.  So why can't the EU believe the same?Germany's data protection commissioner, Peter Scharr, leads the EU group preparing a report on how well the privacy policies of Internet search engines...

Crysis 1.1  NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Update

Crysis 1.1 NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Update

At the time of NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI launch, we were unable to bring you Crysis benchmark numbers that we felt comfortable with.  This was partly an NVIDIA driver issue and also because we were waiting on a patch from Crytek that would allow for more efficient SLI scaling overall.  With the release of the Cyrsis 1.1 patch, we now have...

IBM Cutting Wages

IBM Cutting Wages

In 2006 IBM settled a lawsuit brought by employees claiming they were denied overtime pay for some $65 million.  It appears that IBM is attempting to punish those same workers by cutting their base salary by 15 percent.“IBM spokesman Fred McNeese said the move would not save the company any money, because the affected employees generally...

Rumor: Yahoo To Offer Online Music Service?

Rumor: Yahoo To Offer Online Music Service?

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Yahoo.Yahoo may be attempting to break into the MP3 download business sometime in 2008.  At this stage it appears that Yahoo is in preliminary talks with various players in the music industry, and nothing...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB Roundup @ [H]ATI Radeon HD 3450 HTPC Video Card Review @ I4UATI Radeon HD 3450 and Radeon HD 3650 Video Cards @ Legit ReviewsAMD HD34X0 and HD3650 Info @ Bjorn3DMSI Radeon HD 3870 X2 OC Graphics Card @ TweaktownMSI NX8800GT Zilent 512Mb DDR3 @ CPU3D Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard...

WoW! Ten Million People Who Don't Go Outdoors

WoW! Ten Million People Who Don't Go Outdoors

Blizzard Entertainment announced yesterday that their MMORPG game World of Warcraft  passed the ten million subscriber mark. Interestingly, 5.5 million of those users are in Asia, with 2 million in Europe and 2.5 million in North America. Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular...

Blogging Doesn't Pay; Their Platforms Do

Blogging Doesn't Pay; Their Platforms Do

There are three big open-source blogging  platforms: Blogger, Typepad, and Wordpress. Google owns Blogger, so they're plenty capitalized. Now Automattic, the commercial version of Wordpress, is getting capitalized too. They've received $29.5 million from a range of venture capitalists and interested businesses, including a small stake...

Nuclear Radiation Detectors from Cell Phones?

Nuclear Radiation Detectors from Cell Phones?

Well, Jack Bauer would like us to believe that nuclear terror is just around the corner, and with this system, we could just possibly prove it.Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with...

MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study

MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study

The Motion Picture Association of America has always claimed great financial, er, ruin based on illegal downloads, and even blamed as much as 44% of its losses on college students.  Now it turns out that number was just a wee overinflated.In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent...

Apple Trifecta Sets Records

Apple Trifecta Sets Records

The Apple trifecta of the iPhone, the iPod, and Mac PCs helped Apple to its best quarter in history, with the highest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history. Apple shipped 2,319,000 Macintosh® computers, representing 44 percent unit growth and 47 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 22,121,000 iPods during...

ATI Radeon HD 3650 and 3450 / 3470 Launched

ATI Radeon HD 3650 and 3450 / 3470 Launched

When AMD launched the RV670 GPU at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 series of products, they received quite a bit of fanfare due to the product's  competitive prices, strong performance, and more manageable power profiles.  One of the main reasons AMD was able to bring the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 to market with these...

There's No Stopping The CPU (Sales)

There's No Stopping The CPU (Sales)

CPU sales continue to break new records, with an overall growth of 8.5% in the fourth quarter of 2007.  That's great news by itself, but there's an interesting breakdown on growth that shows some interesting facts:“Shipments of processors designed for PC servers stood out in the quarter, growing 17% sequentially. Shipments of processors...

WD Hits Highest Areal Density, 320GB Per Platter

WD Hits Highest Areal Density, 320GB Per Platter

Today Western Digital announced volume availability of their newest addition to the Caviar family of desktop hard drives, now sporting a whopping 320GB per-platter areal denisty, based on 250Gb (gigabit) per square inch platter technology.  The first drive out of the gate is a 320Gb model but higher densities are to follow... Lake...

Gigabyte Launches Dynamic Energy Saver

Gigabyte Launches Dynamic Energy Saver

GIGABYTE Launches Full Range of Dynamic Energy Saver Motherboards -- One Small Click for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind -- Taipei, Taiwan, - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the launch of their full range of Dynamic Energy Saver motherboards, including X48, X38 and...

Yahoo Wants To Be Google, Tries Not To Be AOL

Yahoo Wants To Be Google, Tries Not To Be AOL

Yahoo is an interesting entity. It has an enormous Internet presence, of course; 500 million visitors a month. But Yahoo seems like an audience without a show from time to time. Its share price has declined precipitously, losing half its value in the last two years; Google is killing them at Internet search; and social networking sites drag...

Apple Takes Store Down to Intro - What?

Apple Takes Store Down to Intro - What?

Anytime Apple intros something, it takes down its store to update the site.  Naturally, Tuesday, being the day Apple is to announce its financial results, the store going down led to wild speculation. Yup, it's down again... on a Tuesday... just hours before they announce their quarterly financials. We've been hearing about new pink iPod...

Next-Gen Apple Laptops w/Penryn + Multi-touch?

Next-Gen Apple Laptops w/Penryn + Multi-touch?

Apple's multi-touch technology is so popular among "the rest of us" that it seems destined to replace all existing laptop pointing devices shortly:“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company's 2008...

Dell Puts Blades On A Diet

Dell Puts Blades On A Diet

Dell gets interested in blade servers from time to time, but have a much smaller presence in the market than HP or IBM. That might change with the rollout of their new  M-series blades, which address several of the concerns of the end user: How much space does it take up, and how much  electricity does it use to shuffle my ones and...

Rumor: Another Dual-Core Celeron In '08

Rumor: Another Dual-Core Celeron In '08

As with all rumors please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we get official confirmation or denial from Intel.It looks like the world of budget dual-core Intel chips is going to get a lot better in 2Q08:“Intel is planning to launch E1400 with a core frequency of 2GHz, 800MHz FSB, L2 cache of 512KB, and maximum TDP of...

Apple's Success Encourages Malware Developers

Apple's Success Encourages Malware Developers

Sometimes it pays to keep a low profile.  Navy and Air Force pilots refer to it as flying under the radar, but IT people refer to the concept as security via obscurity.  No matter what you call it, the idea is simple: if you don't draw attention to yourself, you should end up with less problems.In the world of malware this more or...

Brazil Bans Counter-Strike, EverQuest

Brazil Bans Counter-Strike, EverQuest

This might not be a bad idea considering the real-life murder related to Lineage II we wrote about earlier, but still ...The South American nation famous for its ability to create great soccer players, attractive swimsuit models and land that used to be rainforests has brought the banhammer down upon two of the world's most popular online...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ECS N8800GT-512X Graphics card with Accelero S1 passive cooler @ OCWASUS EAH3850 Top ATI HD 3850 Video Card Review @ I4UDiamond Radeon HD 3850 512MB Ruby Edition Video Card @ Legit Reviews Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS Maximus Formula (Non-SE) @ Bjorn3DAsus Blitz Extreme Review @ OCCSUPoX AK780G AMD RS780+SB700 mainboard @ OCWASUS...

ATI FireGL V8650 vs. NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600

ATI FireGL V8650 vs. NVIDIA QuadroFX 5600

Today at HotHardware, we have two impressive workstation-class graphics card on the test bench. We’ve been given the opportunity to orchestrate a direct comparison of two of the most exciting graphics cards shipping today, AMD’s ATI FireGL V8650 and NVIDIA’s QuadroFX 5600.  The V8650 is a monstrous version of ATI’s R600 graphics processor...

HP Blackbird 002 with new Intel Quad Core Tech

HP Blackbird 002 with new Intel Quad Core Tech

HP Blackbird 002 now Available with New Intel Quad Core Technology PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2008 - HP today announced the immediate availability of HP Blackbird 002 alpha, a special edition version of its flagship gaming system with the new Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX9650 quad core processor.   Based on the new Intel®...

ASUS Striker II Formula MB, Ultimate in SLI

ASUS Striker II Formula MB, Ultimate in SLI

ASUS Striker II Formula Motherboard Offers PC Gamers the Ultimate SLI Platform-- Based on the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP, the new ASUS ROGmotherboard supports 3-way SLI technology out-of-box --FREMONT, CA (January 21, 2008) – ASUS®, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the Striker II Formula...

The iPhone Goes Corporate

The iPhone Goes Corporate

The iPhone has put on a suit, as AT&T now considers it an Enterprise-class device.AT&T finally got around to rolling out business plans for the iPhone, but what's odd is that the data plans are significantly more money than the same exact service that residential customers get - $25 a month more to be exact. But then when you read...

Innoculating Yourself From The Next Tech Bubble?

Innoculating Yourself From The Next Tech Bubble?

The dreaded "R" word is being whispered on Wall Street again, and the boom and bust nature of the Tech sector makes it especially vulnerable to a downturn. Is there a corner of the tech universe where you can hide from a replay of Pets.com this time? According to Forbes, software-as-a service (SaaS) companies, providers of Internet based process...

Bada Bing! HBO On Your Computer

Bada Bing! HBO On Your Computer

HBO,Time Warner's cable TV channel, is launching a service allowing subscribers to download and watch HBO content like the Sopranos and Sex in the City on their computers and various mobile devices. It will be offered as a free add-on to their existing subscribers to HBO and HBO on Demand. Targeted at younger subscribers and travelers who...

MMORPG Clan Rivalry Leads to Real-Life Murder

MMORPG Clan Rivalry Leads to Real-Life Murder

Online video games are serious business, with millions playing games around the world. Usually the pwning occurs in the virtual world, but sometimes as in this case, the line gets blurred and it crosses into the real world.It all started when two clans - the Coo-clocks, made up of mostly students, and the so-called Platanium with more experienced...

Comcast's Management A Comcastrophe?

Comcast's Management A Comcastrophe?

It appears that disgruntled consumers and consumer rights groups aren't the only ones upset with Comcast:“Describing Comcast's management and board supervision as a "Comcastrophe" _ playing off its advertising tagline of "Comcastic" _ Chieftain Capital Management Inc. in New York wants better shareholder returns from the cable company.”Chieftan...

Rumor: Eee PC Touch?

Rumor: Eee PC Touch?

As with all rumors, please take the following news story with a grain of salt until we can get official confirmation or denial from ASUS.While we already reported that ASUS is already preparing a next-generation Eee PC, one of the newest rumors suggests that at least one variant will support a touch screen.  It is possible that utilizing...

MacBook Air Battery Replacement Program

MacBook Air Battery Replacement Program

It isn't surprising that consumers were a bit worried about the battery replacements for the thin & light MacBook Air after the battery fiasco with the iPhone.  Apple has announced a battery replacement program for the Air, but the good news is that any defective battery will be replaced for free within the 1-year warranty period:“If...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARPAMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition CPU Review @ Virtual-Hideout Memory & Storage: Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling eSATA and USB 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure Review @ DragonSteelMods.comKingston HyperX DDR3 PC3-14400 2Gb Kit @ CPU3DVIZO Luxon Advanced ED Enclosure @ CPU3D Cases,...

RIAA Website Wiped Clean by Hackers

RIAA Website Wiped Clean by Hackers

It's a weekend, and a holiday weekend to boot, so the site might stay this way for some time. Someone apparently used SQL injection to wipe, and we do mean wipe, the RIAA's website clean of content.Apparently the RIAA is so busy suing consumers that they forgot to hire a decent programmer. With a simple SQL injection, all their propaganda...

Palm OS & Vista: Friends At Last

Palm OS & Vista: Friends At Last

Palm has a gift for Vista users to help celebrate the operating system's first birthday: an 'final' desktop synchronization kit.  It should be noted that Palm has offered a beta of this software since summertime, but the final revision still lacks a few features such a the Quick Install tool and the ability to synch e-mail over a USB...

TN Voter Data Lost

TN Voter Data Lost

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: keeping sensitive data on a laptop is bad enough, but keeping it in an unencrypted laptop is nigh unforgivable. Yet organizations continue to place large amounts of unencrypted personal information on thief-friendly laptops.Today's example comes from Tennessee of all places:.“County officials say...

Wii Fit Dated for Q2

Wii Fit Dated for Q2

The Wii Fit has already hit one million in sales in Japan, but those of us here in the States lucky enough to have a Nintendo Wii who want a new way to lose some weight have been left out.  Well, Nintendo has detailed a "partial" list of upcoming Wii and DS games through the first of half of 2008, and Wii Fit is on the list - though not...

More Credit Card Data Lost...

More Credit Card Data Lost...

GE Money misplaced a backup tape with about 650,000 customer's personal credit information.  There are two additional facts that make this particularly noteworthy.First is that GE Money handles the credit information of more than 100 retailers including JC Penney.  Without knowing the names of the other retailers, it isn't possible...

Eee Vs. The Air?

Eee Vs. The Air?

While the Apple MacBook Air has been the source of some buzz, it certainly didn't make waves like the ASUS Eee PC did during 2007.  While the two laptops are in completely different leagues, it appears that some just can't help but compare the two.  The biggest surprise is that Apple's new “ultra”-portable laptop didn't win hands-down:"After...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB GDDR4 Video Card @ 3DGameMan Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP Intel P35 Motherboard @ BmR Processors: AMD 5000+ Black Edition AM2 X2 Processor Review @ OCC Memory & Storage: OCZ 2GB nVidia SLI-Ready Edition Kit (2x1024MB) PC2-8500/DDR2-1066 Memory Review @ OCInside.deOCZ ReaperX...

Rumor: Low-Power Phenom Around The Corner

Rumor: Low-Power Phenom Around The Corner

As with all rumors, take this story with a grain of salt until we can bring you confirmation or denial directly from AMD.Being seen in green is the way to earn green, and get out of the black, at least that's the thinking in today's tech industry.  As as result we're hearing rumors that AMD is already prepping a series of low-power Phenoms,...

Laptop HDD Sales To Be #1 By 2011?

Laptop HDD Sales To Be #1 By 2011?

Laptops sales have been on the rise for several years now, and many have been wondering if or when they'll eventually exceed desktop sales.  While we don't have a crystal ball, we do know that hard disk manufacturer Seagate believes that they will ship more hard drives for laptops than desktops in 2011:“Recent market data analysis from...

X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Controller with Trackbal

X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Controller with Trackbal

We've just posted a new article here at HotHardware, in which we evaluate X-Gaming's very cool, very retro, X-Arcade Tankstick Dual Controller with Trackball.  Just seeing this thing will take you back to your earlier years when gaming meant stopping by the local arcade and dropping quarters into a slot on your favorite machine. ...

Oops, Free Shipping is a Crime

Oops, Free Shipping is a Crime

Who could have imagined?  Free shipping is a crime?  In France, it is.Amazon.com said on Monday that it would rather pay €1000 a day in fines than abolish its free shipping on books in France.Free shipping from Amazon.fr is apparently a violation of a 1981 law that was passed to ensure the French public receives equal access...

Video Gaming Industry Is Da Sticky Bomb

Video Gaming Industry Is Da Sticky Bomb

A rising tide lifted all the boats in the video gaming industry, and we all shot those boats with RPGs in our spare time. The industry reports $17.9 billion in sales for 2007, 43 percent higher than 2006. The Wii led the way in hardware, and Halo 3 sold an astonishing 4.82 million games. The industry set new highs in every category of hardware...

How Is IBM Doing It?

How Is IBM Doing It?

IBM had a great 2007. And while the stock market was tanking yesterday, they were having a conference call announcing they  expected their earnings per share for 2008 to be even larger than they had previously anticipated, and their shares rose 5 percent on the news. How is IBM doing it, when so many other information and technology companies...

Extend iTunes Rentals Forever. Oops, We're Wrong

Extend iTunes Rentals Forever. Oops, We're Wrong

Gizmodo thought they had come up with a way to fool iTunes into giving them an extended video rental.  They tried mucking with the system clock when downloading the video.  Oops, they were wrong.Alright so it appears to no longer work. Here's what happened on our end. Before, we had set our computer date to 2009, and started playing...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Asus EAH3850 TOP 256Mb DDR3 @ CPU3DMSI NX8800GT-T2D256E-OC (GeForce 8800 GT 256MB) @ HardwareZoneXFX 8800GTS 512 Alpha Dog Edition @ CDRInfoDiamond Multimedia HD 3850 Ruby Edition 512MB @ techPowerUpDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARPNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT: G94 Arrives Early @ PC Perspective Motherboards & Chipsets:...

OCZ Launches New PC2-8000 4GB Platinum Memory

OCZ Launches New PC2-8000 4GB Platinum Memory

OCZ Technology Announces New PC2-8000 4GB Platinum Edition Memory to offer Mainstream Enthusiasts an Affordable Overclocking Kit Sunnyvale, CA—January 17, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB dual channel kit,...

Sun splashes out $1bn to buy MySQL

Sun splashes out $1bn to buy MySQL

It appears that Sun Microsystems has shelled out a hefty $1B to aquire MySQL and now adds the leading open source database management software to its product stack."The Santa Clara, California-based systems vendor has been involved in the community-based development process for many years, of course, through Java and has been offering...

ASUS Launches Dual-Processor Server Motherboards

ASUS Launches Dual-Processor Server Motherboards

ASUS Launches High Performance Dual-Processor Server Motherboards -- The latest Intel 5400MCH-based server motherboards boast high performance and energy efficiency; resulting in improved speed and increased stability -- FREMONT, CA (January 17, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released...

Yahoo! Signs Into OpenID

Yahoo! Signs Into OpenID

Today Yahoo! announced it has joined OpenID, in one fell swoop legitimizing it as a universal Internet login method, as well as tripling the number of OpenID accounts.Yahoo!'s initial OpenID service, which will be available in public beta on January 30, enables a seamless and transparent web experience by allowing users to use their custom...

Air! Good God! What Is It Good For...

Air! Good God! What Is It Good For...

Apple's superslim MacBook Air laptop sure looks nifty, as most Apple products do. But to paraphrase Edwin Starr: what is it good for? Gizmodo wondered the same thing, and compared it to four other small, high-performance laptops. If you're interested in thinness over all other things, the Air is your best bet. Other than that, not so much.It...

Pas de transport gratuit pour vous, Amazone

Pas de transport gratuit pour vous, Amazone

Amazon.com has decided to pay a $1500 a day fine in France rather than comply with a court ruling ordering them to stop offering free shipping to their French customers on book purchases. They're filing an appeal as well. France limits the allowable discount on book sales, and contends that free shipping is a form of discount that would exceed...

No (Legal) iPhone For China

No (Legal) iPhone For China

Despite being able to buy unlocked iPhones in many cities at third party importers, it seems that there will be no official iPhone for China at this time.  This could be the product of putting a partially government owned telecom in the same room with a reportedly stubborn electronics dealer and expecting them to hammer out an agreement.The...

Rumor: QX9770 Delayed

Rumor: QX9770 Delayed

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.It seems that AMD might have a few more months to get their high-end Phenoms ready as it's being whispered that Intel is going to hold back volume shipments of the QX9770 until the Feb-March time frame.“The...

Apple Air Revealed

Apple Air Revealed

Apple's return to lightweight laptops has finally been announced: the Apple Air.Initial reports suggested that the Air might feature anything from a 10” to a 12.1” screen, and a mini-keyboard.  The Air is actually none of these, especially no a mini-keyboard with odd key combinations for function keys as early photos suggested.“The Air...

No More "All You Can Eat" Broadband for TWC?

No More "All You Can Eat" Broadband for TWC?

It's well-known that Comcast has hidden bandwidth caps.  How would you feel about a publicized hard cap?Time Warner Cable may be exploring the possibility of implementing overage charges for its RoadRunner cable broadband service. According to excerpts from a leaked internal memo posted to our forums, the company will be testing a usage-based...

CES 2008 Photo Report and Recap

CES 2008 Photo Report and Recap

Just in case you like to shoot straight down to the news and missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that we’ve just posted our photo report and recap from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  We’ve got images and product information from over 20 companies available, including perennial players like...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Dell E248WFP 24" LCD Monitor - Review @ Boot Daily.comGeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Roundup - Albatron, eVGA and XFX @ Legit ReviewsXFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition 256MB Review @ Neoseeker Motherboards & Chipsets: Intel D201GLY2 ITX Motherboard @ ASE LabsFoxconn X38A Digital Life Motherboard @ TweaktownASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ @ PhoronixXFX...

Intel Posts Record Quarterly Revenue

Intel Posts Record Quarterly Revenue

Intel Posts Record Quarterly Revenue 2007 Operating Income $8.2 Billion, up 45 Percent Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue Net Income $2.3 Billion;...

FpsBrain Neural Accelerator for Gamers

FpsBrain Neural Accelerator for Gamers

This announcement has the makings of a future scandal written all over it.  First it was BALCO.  Then Marion Jones had to give up her gold medals for doping.  And now Barry Bonds is under federal indictment for allegedy using HGH.  Next up, Johnaton "Fatal1ty" Wendel is locked up for cheating for using FpsBrain... The First...

Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita

Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita

Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita: With RFID encryption to protect against unauthorized access for 2.5" SATA hard drives In order to offer customers the best possible protection against data thieves, Sharkoon is expanding its Swift-Case line up of external hard drive enclosures by adding a model with RFID access control. The Sharkoon Swift-Case...

ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PC

ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PC

ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PCFremont, CA ( January 16 , 2008 ) – ASUS North American headquarters today confirmed the plan to offer channel-wide availability of the Microsoft W indows™ XP-based Eee PC.  The ASUS Eee PC defines a new category of computing device that offers an excellent Internet experience on-the-go...

Facebook Can't Spell Copyright In Scrabulous

Facebook Can't Spell Copyright In Scrabulous

Everyone keeps telling me how smart Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. Fresh on the heels of his disastrous foray into datamining with Facebook's Beacon service, he seems to be unclear on the concept of copyright infringement. Hasbro and Mattel, owners of the copyright for the Scrabble word game,...

The World's Thinnest Notebook? Not The Apple Air

The World's Thinnest Notebook? Not The Apple Air

Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook "Air" yesterday, Apple's ultra-thin and light notebook computer that looks like something you'd put into an interoffice envelope. That is, if it didn't cost $1800 you might.  But contrary to all the reports you're hearing, it's not the thinnest laptop ever, even if it is the thinnest available right now....

RIAA Still Busting Students

RIAA Still Busting Students

Not deterred by bad press, it seems that the RIAA is content to continue their latest campaign against piracy.Their latest group of lawsuits has included numerous institutes of higher education:“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of the major record companies, this week sent a new wave of 407 pre-litigation settlement...

Intel Rakes in the Dough in 2007

Intel Rakes in the Dough in 2007

If there's any doubt that Intel's RE-dominance over AMD has been completed, one need only look at these financial results.The year 2007 was all about "payback time" for Intel. While its annual revenue only climbed a modest 8% to $38.3 billion for the year, net income was up a delightful 38% to $7 billion, and earnings per share climbed 37%...

Apple Unveils MacBook Air

Apple Unveils MacBook Air

Today Apple unveiled the much-anticipated razor-thin notebook, the MacBook Air.  One problem though.  More on that later.During his Macworld Expo keynote address on Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air Tuesday, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS EAH3870 TOP video card review @ Elite BastardsXFX GeForce 8800 GT XXX 512MB Alpha Dog Edition Review @ NVNews.NetECS N8800GT-512X Graphics card with Accelero S1 passive cooler Review @ OCWorkbenchVisiontek HD Radeon 3850 Black Box @ AMDZone Motherboards & Chipsets: Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review...

Novell SLED 10 available on select ThinkPads

Novell SLED 10 available on select ThinkPads

We received some news from Lenovo that we thought would interest you all.  Lenovo representatives informed us that Novell SLED 10 is now available on the ThinkPad T61 and R61 14-wide notebooks based on Intel Centrino processor technology, giving customers yet another opportunity to select a system with an operating system that will best...

Wii Fit. You Heard It Here First. Well, Second

Wii Fit. You Heard It Here First. Well, Second

It's lots of fun to see all the gaudy and enormous things displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show. But when you see a CEO standing next to a television the size of a roadside billboard that costs more than your last divorce did, you wonder if much of it will ever turn out to be a big hit with the general public. Brier Dudley poked around...

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!

Too bad it's today, January 15th. Today being the day of Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld, this is going to get missed by many. But not by us: Happy Seventh Birthday Wikipedia (all right, we'll admit it: they emailed us about it).Yes, Wikipedia was founded on January 15th, 2001.  There's not much to add, except that despite Jimmy Wales'...

It's Always About The Pr0n, Isn't It?

It's Always About The Pr0n, Isn't It?

There's no better indication that Apple computers are gaining marketshare than the fact that malware, viruses, and scams are occasionally targeted towards them now.  Security firms are reporting that an old-fashioned rogue cleaning tool, called MacSweeper, is making the rounds now. It attempts to hoodwink you into buying their useless...

EU Probes Microsoft Again

EU Probes Microsoft Again

The EU's attacks on American tech companies appears to be progressing unabated:“European Union regulators said Monday they were again investigating software giant Microsoft Corp. this time on suspicion of abusing its market position by squeezing out competing Internet browsers and software rivals dependent on Microsoft programs.The European...

What Has The Power Of 12,000 Desktops?  HECToR

What Has The Power Of 12,000 Desktops? HECToR

There are very few body parts we wouldn't trade  to be able to play Crysis on HECToR, the newest super computer in the U.K.“It can make 63 million calculations each second, allowing scientists to conduct research into everything from climate change to new medicines.The purpose-built machine is housed in 60 wardrobe-sized cabinets in the...

The Curse of Star Trek Games Continues

The Curse of Star Trek Games Continues

In general, Star Trek games have been cursed, with most of them being as good as the odd-numbered movies.   The curse continues.P2 Entertainment - formerly Perpetual Entertainment - has ceased development on Star Trek Online, according to multiple sources at the San Francisco based developer. The news does not, however, mean that...

Google Bets Heavy on the iPhone

Google Bets Heavy on the iPhone

Google's been noticing the browser market share stats, obviously.  Anyone looking at those would have noticed just how quickly the iPhone browser's market share has risen.The company said at Macworld Monday that it will retool its all-in-one Google application for the iPhone, improving the UI and speeding up loading times.The new UI is...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Gainward BLISS 8800 GT 1GB Golden Sample Review @ MVKTechATI HD 2600 Pro 256MB Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLounge Motherboards & Chipsets: SUPoX AK780G AMD RS780 mainboard review @ OCWorkbenchMemory & Storage: Synology Disk Station DS207+ Review @ TechwareLabsCorsair Dominator PC3-14400 (TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN) @ Overclockers...

Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

Asus EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

Back in November 2007, AMD launched the 55nm ATI RV670 GPU. With this launch, we were introduced to two new ATI video cards, the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. If you read our launch article, then you already know that the RV670 is a derivative of the R600, which powers the Radeon HD 2900 XT. Our initial experience with AMD's new cards was pretty...

Toshiba's HD DVD White Flag Price Tag Fire Sale

Toshiba's HD DVD White Flag Price Tag Fire Sale

Toshiba, backer of the HD DVD standard for next-generation high-definition disc players, is reacting to the move of many Hollywood studios to exclusively offer their entertainment on rival Sony's Blu-ray format. By "reacting," I mean "slashing their prices to the bone."Toshiba's third generation 1080i-capable HD-A3 is selling for a mere $139.98...

10 Hours A Week. $10 Million A Year

10 Hours A Week. $10 Million A Year

Forget Spiderman or GI Joe or any other superhero you can name. Markus Frind should be your hero. He's a web entrepreneur from Canada who's managed to get a website up and going --online dating site Plenty of Fish -- that more or less operates itself. He says that on average he works ten hours a week. The pay's good, though; around ten million...

Netflix to Make Internet Viewing "Unlimited"

Netflix to Make Internet Viewing "Unlimited"

Apple is expected to announce a movie rental service at Macworld. Hoping to reduce some of the impact, Netflix is going to expand its streaming movie service. Formerly users could only watch a limited number of hours based on their subscription tier, but beginning Monday, all but the lowest tier will have unlimited access to streaming video.The...

Can Steve Jobs Outdo Himself?

Can Steve Jobs Outdo Himself?

There is an unwritten law of the tech world that states as MacWorld approaches industry buzz increases exponentially.  As MacWorld is almost upon us, we're forced to wonder whether or not Steve Jobs has enough up his sleeve to outdo the announcements made in MW '07.“At last year's trade show, Apple Inc.'s charismatic CEO hurtled into...

How Good Are Logitech Mice?  Ask Microsoft

How Good Are Logitech Mice? Ask Microsoft

While mice and keyboards don't typically get reviewed as often as new video cards and CPUs, they are still a major part of the computing experience.  Those who've plunked down a little extra money and purchased a product from one of the major players in this arena such as Logitech, don't often go back to bargain basement equipment. ...

Sony, DivX to Team for Content Distribution

Sony, DivX to Team for Content Distribution

Lost in the news at CES about another Sony product (Blu-ray) was the announcement of a deal between Sony and DivX which will allow onlnie retailers to serve up DivX files (legally) and also for those files to be played on DivX-Certified devices. The timing, of course, couldn't be better as PS3 Firmware 2.10 was just released with DivX support....

Pre-MacWorld Rumors

Pre-MacWorld Rumors

There are few companies that can generate as much interest in upcoming products as Apple.  That said, let's take a look at some of the pre-MacWorld '08 hardware rumors.  Do keep in mind that these are all rumors until we hear otherwise.First up is the Newton.  It seems doubtful that the new Newton tablet will be making it's...

Rumor: New 800lb Gorilla In Storage Town?

Rumor: New 800lb Gorilla In Storage Town?

As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:“We haven't able to confirm this, but we've heard it now from a couple of people: Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate, is talking to Toshiba and Fujitsu about forming a new company dedicated to hard drives and storage systems.The new company would combine the limping...

Vista RC1 Redux

Vista RC1 Redux

Many corporations and government bodies tend to hold off purchasing a new Windows operating system until at least the first service pack (SP1) is out the door, and thus it comes as no surprise that Microsoft has been burning the midnight oil to get Vista SP1 ready to ship.  To that end Microsoft has developed a new release candidate (RC)...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card Review @ TechARPMemory & Storage: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB HDD Review @ OCIA.netSuper Talent PC14400 1800Mhz DDR3 2GB Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews.netLite-On DH-20A3H 20x Super AllWrite DVD±RW/ RAM Review @ CDRLabs.com Power: Ultra X2 750W Modular Power Supply @ 3DGameManCases, Cooling,...

OLPC Hacked to Run AmigaOS

OLPC Hacked to Run AmigaOS

There are those who still love the Amiga and the AmigaOS, and they've gone and hacked an OLPC to run it!Cloanto Italia srl, Amiga software developers since 1986, were excited to preview details of Amiga Forever 2008 running without modifications on a One Laptop per Child XO laptop.Ironic: the doomed yet still beloved AmigaOS and the not-doing-so-well...

Hardware Round-Up

Memory & Storage: OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC 4Gb Kit @ CPU3DCases, Cooling, & Misc.: Zalman ZM-VFC2 Multi Fan Controller Review @ OCModShopKingston Media Reader Hi-Speed 19-in-1 Card Reader Review @ DragonSteelMods.comASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card and U1 USB Audio Station Reviews @ PC PerspectiveIcemat Audio Black Siberia Multi Headset...

AMD Phenom Quad-Core Processor Update

AMD Phenom Quad-Core Processor Update

We just got received word directly from AMD regarding the purported delays to the next wave of Phenom processors that were initially slated to hit sometime this quarter, but have been pushed out to Q2...You may have seen a few online headlines today indicating “AMD Phenom processor delays.”  I’d like to clarify where things stand...

PS3 Cell Chip In A Laptop Is Kinda Fun

PS3 Cell Chip In A Laptop Is Kinda Fun

Just like the rest of us nerds, Toshiba got to wondering what would happen if you put a Playstation 3 Cell processor into a laptop. They put one in one of their Qosimo G45 notebooks, which already sports an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.  They've named the system the Spurs engine. It allows the laptop to react to user hand gestures; scan through...

Are Some Keyword Ads Illegal?

Are Some Keyword Ads Illegal?

We're not referring to just any keyword ad. But 1-800-Contacts is suing Lensworld for buying search link advertising using the keyword: 1-800-Contacts. The downstream effect of a win for 1-800-Contacts would essentially make buying keyword ads that feature things like your competitor's name or trademarks illegal. Google, call your lawyers....

Rumor: More Phenom Delays

Rumor: More Phenom Delays

As with all rumors, please take the following with a grain of salt:“Contrary to its earlier statements, AMD has now revealed that its 2.4GHz quad-core Phenom 9700 and 2.6GHz Phenom 9900 have both been delayed until the second quarter of 2008. AMD hasn't said how this will impact the introduction of the 2.8GHz and 3GHz parts that were originally...

HBO & New Line Go Blu-Ray

HBO & New Line Go Blu-Ray

After recent defections in the HD DVD camp, many were calling for an end to the next generation disc format wars.  We weren't entirely sure that this was the case, but with new defections might indicate that the next-generation format wars may be winding down after all:A New Line Home Entertainment spokesman confirms reports that the...

Comcast's Alleged Filtering Inspires Other ISPs

Comcast's Alleged Filtering Inspires Other ISPs

The ongoing battle between pirates and copyright holders is gaining a new dimension: ISPs doing network-level filtering."Network-level filtering means your Internet service provider – Comcast, AT&T, EarthLink, or whoever you send that monthly check to – could soon start sniffing your digital packets, looking for material that infringes...

DRM Dies as Amazon MP3 Adds Sony BMG

DRM Dies as Amazon MP3 Adds Sony BMG

In a major coup, Amazon.com announced Thursday that by the end of January you'll be able to download MP3 versions of Sony BMG music from their DRM-free Amazon MP3 store. Thus officially dies DRM."We are excited to offer Amazon MP3 customers DRM-free MP3s from SONY BMG, which represents many of the most popular musicians from the past and present....

New Display Smaller Than A Dime

New Display Smaller Than A Dime

We're not exactly sure who would want to use a 640 x 480 display smaller than a dime, but that's exactly what the U.S. based Kopin has developed.One thing we do know for sure is that so many pixels in such a tiny space is an impressive achievement.  Imagine how many pixels a 30" display would have if it featured a similar pixel density."This...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeCube Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 (O.C. Edition) @ HardwareZoneVisiontek Radeon HD 3870 Review @ AMDZone Motherboards & Chipsets: GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 Mobo @ TweaktownASRock 4Core1600P35-WIFI+ @ OCWorkbenchMSI & ECS Nvidia 7100 Review @ t-breakMSI X38 Diamond (Intel X38) @ HardwareZoneMemory & Storage: Asus BC-1205PT BD Combo...

OLPC, MS Not Working On Dual-Boot Laptop?

OLPC, MS Not Working On Dual-Boot Laptop?

Initially Microsoft showed little interest in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project until the orders started to pour in.  The thought of all those laptops going to developing countries (and even Alabama school districts) sans a Windows OS seems to have made an impact.As soon as MS saw how many sales they were passing up, they decided...

Lenovo Launches A Trio Of New IdeaPads

Lenovo Launches A Trio Of New IdeaPads

Ever since Lenovo took over IBM's mobile division, the company has produced a steady stream of ThinkPad-branded notebooks, that fit essentially the same mold.  ThinkPads have been highly regarded almost as the defacto notebook of choice for corporate or professional types, but they didn't always appeal to mass market, mainstream...

Start Thinking About a Blu-Ray Win Again

Start Thinking About a Blu-Ray Win Again

The rumors of Paramount dropping HD-DVD in favor of Blu-ray were dispelled - at least temporarily - earlier in the week when Paramount flatly denied it was leaving the HD-DVD camp. But here we go again.Daily Variety has confirmed that Universal's commitment to backing HD DVD exclusively has ended. And Paramount has an escape clause in its...

Antitrust Investigation. Not Microsoft. Intel

Antitrust Investigation. Not Microsoft. Intel

The Attorney General of New York has issued subpoenas to Intel, seeking information about whether Intel unlawfully compelled their customers to exclude rival AMD from the market for certain computer chips. At issue in Cuomo's probe is whether AMD has a fair chance to supply its X86 computer processing units for desktop and laptop computers...

Fujitsu's PCs Get Corny

Fujitsu's PCs Get Corny

If ASUS can make a bamboo laptop, why can't someone else make a laptop out of corn? Of course, someone has.The notebook is fully functional and looks just like a common unit. While its interior is built with regular hardware, the outside casing is made out of plant-based plastic.More to the point, Fujitsu has adopted a revolutionary polymer...

The Writers Are On Strike. Let's Watch YouTube

The Writers Are On Strike. Let's Watch YouTube

The entertainment industry is suffering from all sorts of downstream effects from the writer's strike. Companies from coffee shops in Los Angeles to payroll services are feeling the pinch, and some have gone under waiting for everyone to get back to work. But someone has benefited  from it: Online video sites.The on-going writers' strike...

Best Buy To Offer Macs At More Locations

Best Buy To Offer Macs At More Locations

Selling Macs at a limited number of Best Buy locations seems to have turned out to be a good idea for both companies.  That's why Best Buy executives have leaked word of a new plan that would test the waters in other markets.“The plan would effectively double the number of Best Buy stores carrying Apple's computer line at the end of 2007,...

OLPC, MS Working on Dual-Boot Laptop

OLPC, MS Working on Dual-Boot Laptop

While it's no secret that Microsoft has been working on getting Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1, they also said in December that it wasn't exactly an easy process. Despite this, Wednesday, the chairman of the OLPC, Nicholas Negroponte, indicated they are working on a dual-boot version of the XO-1."We...

Apple Releases New Mac Pro & Xserve

Apple Releases New Mac Pro & Xserve

While it isn't a surprise to see Apple releasing new models based on the latest and greatest Intel CPUs, today's updates to the Mac Pro are far more than a simple CPU bump.“Other improvements include 2GB (2x1GB) of RAM standard, PCIe 2.0 slots, built-in Bluetooth standard, and an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card with 256MB of memory and two...

Don't Give Blu-Ray The Crown Just Yet...

Don't Give Blu-Ray The Crown Just Yet...

Despite the recent announcement from WB and the subsequent cancellation of HD DVD related press announcements, it seems that the format wars are not over just yet."I don't think we're in a position to go out and declare a winner," said Steve Eastman, Target Corp's (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) vice president of consumer electronics, in...

Asus Notebook With GeForce 9500M GS Mobile GPU

Asus Notebook With GeForce 9500M GS Mobile GPU

As usual, we tripped through the Asus product booth this year at CES.  And in traditional Asus fashion, we were privy to some sights and sounds that were rather interesting.  If you've been paying attention, you've probably noticed that Asus is making a big push into the notebook space and has even managed to penetrate some of the...

Sick Site: Predict Britney's Death, Win PS3

Sick Site: Predict Britney's Death, Win PS3

Here's the ultimate in sick and tasteless websites: a site that is offering a PS3 if you correctly predict the date of Britney Spears death. The site is linked above. Let's be honest: her lifestyle is destructive, but predicting her death? The site says: We’ll all have a date with our maker someday, but like Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears just...

iTunes Pricing Standardized in E.U.

iTunes Pricing Standardized in E.U.

Apple has been on the hotseat in Europe because of different pricing between the U.K. store and the rest of Europe.  Today, it announced changes, but it also gave U.K. music labels a warning.Apple today announced that within six months it will lower the prices it charges for music on its UK iTunes Store to match the already standardized...

Virtual MP3 Player Widget From Yahoo

Virtual MP3 Player Widget From Yahoo

Yahoo released the beta version of its browser-based MP3 player yesterday. It allows you to link MP3s from anywhere on the web on your web page, add Yahoo-supplied javascript, et voila! :working play buttons appear next to any MP3s.     *  The interface between your document and our library is unobtrusive Javascript and...

Floppy Boot Disk Viruses- Electric Boogaloo

Floppy Boot Disk Viruses- Electric Boogaloo

What's new is old again, it seems. Security researchers are warning consumers to be cautious about using items like freebie flash drives that are given out as souvenirs at trade shows and similar events.  There are recent reports of malware being loaded onto removable storage devices like USB flash drives, and even digital picture frames.In...

Crytek Version 1.1 Patch and Driver Info

Crytek Version 1.1 Patch and Driver Info

From NVIDIA Public Relations:Today, Crytek released the version 1.1 patch for Crysis. This patch improves 3D performance in single and SLI mode. For optimal SLI performance with the patch, you will need to use the v169.28 graphics driver. It can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_ut3_downloads.html We are...

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...

Sony to Enable Blu-ray PS3 - PSP Playback

Sony to Enable Blu-ray PS3 - PSP Playback

Not sure how viable this idea is, but it's another check box for the PS3: plug in a Blu-ray movie and play it on your PSP via wi-fi.Here's a hypothetical situation for you: you own a Full HD, 60in Pioneer Kuro PSP-LX608D, a kick-arse set of Ferguson Hill speakers, a PlayStation 3 and a PSP and you fancy watching a film, do you a) use your...

Intel SkullTrail at 4GHz, Air and Water Cooled

Intel SkullTrail at 4GHz, Air and Water Cooled

We've posted a myriad of information and preliminary benchmarks regarding Intel's upcoming extreme Octa-Core SkullTrail platform over the last few months, since attending the Intel Developers Forum this past September.  In their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, however, Intel disclosed a few more juicy details and...

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 R680 at CES

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 R680 at CES

While making our way through various exhibits at CES, Dave and I got a chance to get hands on time with AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card.  As we mentioned in our initial coverage of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series back in November, the 3870 X2 is a dual-GPU powered card that leverages ATI's CrossFire technology. ...

Paramount: Meet Blu-ray. HD DVD: Meet Towel

Paramount: Meet Blu-ray. HD DVD: Meet Towel

Well the winner of the "Who wants to be listed in Wikipedia next to the Betamax format" sweepstakes appears to be HD-DVD.  Paramount  has decided to follow Warner Brother's recent decision to support Blu-ray and is going to drop its support of the HD-DVD format. Warner's decision last week to throw its weight behind Blu-ray saw it...

Apple's New Mac Pro: Hardcore Eightcore

Apple's New Mac Pro: Hardcore Eightcore

Apple's out with their new Mac Pro, and they've gone core crazy. Running two of Intel's  Quadcore Xeon processors at 3.2 GHz,  they're bound to appeal to the many Mac users that need lots of computing horsepower. “The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide...

AMD Equips OEMs For The Ultimate Experience

AMD Equips OEMs For The Ultimate Experience

AMD Equips OEMs To Deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience™ With Forthcoming AMD LIVE!™ Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs —AMD LIVE! Explorer PC Software to Deliver Immersive HD Entertainment on Innovative AMD Platforms Combining Powerful Computing and Graphics—SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD...

Sony BMG Confirms Silly Set-Up for DRM-free D/Ls

Sony BMG Confirms Silly Set-Up for DRM-free D/Ls

Sony has confirmed what was rumored last week: DRM-free downloads are coming.  The silly part is you have to go to a retail brick-and-mortar store first.The No. 2 record company after Universal Music will sell plastic cards, called Platinum MusicPass, for individual albums for a suggested price of $12.99. Buyers enter a code from the...

NVIDIA Pioneers Hybrid Technology for the PC

NVIDIA Pioneers Hybrid Technology for the PC

NVIDIA Pioneers Hybrid Technology for the PC Innovative Multi-GPU Technology Raises Performance, Reduces Power Consumption for PC Graphics CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW—LAS VEGAS, NV—JANUARY 7, 2008—NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today announced the industry’s first hybrid technology for PC platforms—Hybrid...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800M Powered Notebooks Arrive

NVIDIA GeForce 8800M Powered Notebooks Arrive

While attending an NVIDIA event yesterday in Las Vegas, we got a chance to snap a few pictures of a pair of brand new GeForce 8800M GTS powered notebooks.  If you recall, we previewed NVIDIA's flagship mobile GPU back in November - if you'd like more details by all means, take a look at the article right here.For now, here are a...

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology New Transistor Design, Manufacturing Capabilities will Also Power Mobile Internet Devices INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45...

AMD Unveils New Xilleon Panel Processors

AMD Unveils New Xilleon Panel Processors

AMD Displays Technology Leadership with New AMD Xilleon(tm) Panel Processors for Outstanding LCD TV Image Quality - AMD and Samsung Collaborate to Bring The Ultimate Visual Experience to Life in New Large-Panel LCD TVs - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon(tm) panel processors designed...

Alienware's Killer Panoramic Killing Machine

Alienware's Killer Panoramic Killing Machine

Oh yeah. Alienware knows where the cutting edge is, and it isn't spreadsheets. They've reached out to the inner Nomad in all of us with their outrageous prototype curved DLP display, with a  2880 x 900 resolution screen. That is not a typo. They've got video of some lucky fellow blasting away from the Consumer Electronics Show here....

Windows Mobile 7 Is Leaking

Windows Mobile 7 Is Leaking

Windows Mobile 7 is currently being developed by Microsoft.  As usual, there's one of three things available on the Internet about it:  One person inside Microsoft gives a fistful of information about products being worked on, for laughs, or for money, or because they're unhappy, or because they're thrilled about it. Or perhaps Microsoft...

AMD Introduces DirectX 10.1 GPUs for Notebooks

AMD Introduces DirectX 10.1 GPUs for Notebooks

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 3000 Series - First Microsoft DirectX® 10.1 Graphics Processors for Notebook PCsFeature-rich graphics solutions to power next-generation AMD notebook platform built for a high-definition, mobile worldLAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: V7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor Review @ Motherboards.orgV7 D24W33 24 Inch (HDMI) LCD Monitor Review @ GamePyreDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP Processors: AMD Phenom 9500 Linux Performance @ Phoronix Memory & Storage: Seagate 1 Terabyte Barracuda 7200.11 Review @ OCCCorsair, Kingston, OCZ, Super Talent DDR3...

Another Week, Another Apple Lawsuit

Another Week, Another Apple Lawsuit

People and/or companies filing suit against Apple ought to get a volume discount these days.The latest lawsuit, filed by Stacie Somers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Apple uses unfair business practices.  Unfair could mean a lot of different things, but in this particular suit it refers...

VIA Merges Chipset Division With CPU Group

VIA Merges Chipset Division With CPU Group

Rumors have been swirling about the future of VIA's CPU and platform groups for several weeks.  Initial rumors claimed that VIA was simply going to sell both groups if they could find an interested buyer.  It now appears that VIA is merging both teams under the banner of the CPU team."The company will still provide support from AMD...

Security Vendor's Site Gets Hacked

Security Vendor's Site Gets Hacked

Could anything else possibly fit the word "ironic" better than this?Part of security software vendor CA's Web site was hacked earlier this week and was redirecting visitors to a malicious Web site hosted in China.Although the problem now appears to have been corrected, cached versions of some pages in the press section of CA.com show that...

Warner Drops HD-DVD, Fall-out Begins

Warner Drops HD-DVD, Fall-out Begins

Yesterday Warner Bros. announced the decision to drop HD-DVD support, opting to go Blu-ray only after May.  The HD-DVD Group issued a short, tersely worded press release in response, but that was just when the fun started.We just got an email which stated that the HD DVD group is canceling its CES press conference; tail severely between...

Rumor: Next Gen Radeon Taped Out

Rumor: Next Gen Radeon Taped Out

While we still don't know if the R700 will be known as the Radeon 48xx, 39xx or some other nomenclature, it seems that the first R700 GPUs actually 'taped out' sometime in December.  As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:“[the] R700 is in the process of being fabbed now, or at least its components...

Hardware Round-UP

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Reviewed @ Boot Daily.comVisionTek TV Wonder 650PCIe @ Bjorn3DMSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E OC Review @ Sysopt.comAsus EN8800GT TOP Geforce 8800GT 512MB Videocard Review @ PCSTATS.com Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 1.0) Mainboard Review @ PC Perspective Processors: Desktop CPU Comparison Guide...

Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP 30-inch LCD

Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP 30-inch LCD

This morning we’re ringing in the new year with a special treat.   We’ve taken Dell’s brand new UltraSharp 3008WFP for a spin around the block and we think you’ll be interested in seeing how she handled.  Here's a snip from the piece..."It's easy to see where Dell was going with the introduction of their new UltraSharp 3008...

Lost Interest In Small Hard Drives? Hitachi Has

Lost Interest In Small Hard Drives? Hitachi Has

Hitachi can read the digital writing on the wall. Small hard disk drives have nowhere to go but down, soon to be made obsolete by NAND flash memory. They're phasing out their small drive business and focusing on making their bigger 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Large-sized hard disk drives used in PCs and servers hold a cost advantage over NAND flash...

Your Facebook Wall Might Have A Crack In It

Your Facebook Wall Might Have A Crack In It

Phishing scams grow more sophisticated every day. And as sites like banks and credit card companies become hardened against attack, crafty information thieves find ways to steal information further out in the digital landscape. Facebook users reported a phishing attack on Wednesday that is disguised as a message left for them from a trusted...

Intuit Hates Public Hot Spots

Intuit Hates Public Hot Spots

It's all in the details, and Intuit made a mistake in the patch it released to fix a bug which caused Mac users' desktop folders to be deleted by QuickBooks.Users of the 2006 Mac version of Intuit's QuickBooks software could find that a serious bug manifests itself again under certain conditions in Wi-Fi hot spots.QuickBooks released a patch...

Intel Drops Out of the OLPC Program

Intel Drops Out of the OLPC Program

Nicholas Negroponte didn't want to share Intel with anyone else, so Intel left the OLPC program.The OLPC board "had asked Intel to end its support for non-OLPC platforms including the Classmate PC and other systems," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. "They wanted us to focus our support exclusively on the OLPC system." A representative for...

GeForce 8800 GT Round-Up

GeForce 8800 GT Round-Up

Availability is still tight for the GeForce 8800 GT, but we thought it was time to round a few cards up for a HotHardware-style benchmark fest anyway.  We’ve got factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 GT cards from Asus, EVGA, and MSI in house, the EN8800GT TOP, the e-GeForce 8800 GT KO, and the NX8800GT, respectively.  At their most...

Parody of Polish Immigrant Tasering Stokes Anger

Parody of Polish Immigrant Tasering Stokes Anger

Many of you, I'm sure, will recall Robert Dziekanski's tragic death in October. Although the reasons for his death are still unclear, a video showing him being tasered at least twice at the Vancouver International Airport prior his death has proved a great source of controversy for the RCMP.A video parody depicting an old Mega Man video game...

Corsair Introduces 32GB High-Density USB Drives

Corsair Introduces 32GB High-Density USB Drives

CORSAIR INTRODUCES 32GB HIGH-DENSITY USB FLASH DRIVESFOR FLASH VOYAGER™ AND FLASH SURVIVOR™ AT CES 2008Fremont, CA, January 3, 2008 – Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is expanding its Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB family...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Palit GeForce 8800 GT Review @ OCCSapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate Edition @ Tweaktown Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5E3 Premium motherboard @ Elite BastardsPower: Silverstone DA700 Power Supply @ DreamWare ComputersBFG Tech 800 Watt Power Supply Review @ HardwareLogic.comSystems:Alienware Area-51 m9750 Review @ Digital TrendsHP...

SMS Divorce Tested in Egyptian Court

SMS Divorce Tested in Egyptian Court

Not something you could get away with in the U.S., obviously, but Islamic law is something different. After missing a call from her husband on her mobile phone, Iqbal Abul Nasr received a text message from him saying "I divorce you because you didn't answer your husband," Al-Akhbar said.In line with sharia (Islamic law) men do not need to...

Office 2003 SP3 Blocks Older File Versions

Office 2003 SP3 Blocks Older File Versions

Need to access older versions of certain Office files and suddenly can't?  Did you install SP3?If you need to access old Microsoft file formats for early versions of Word, Excel, or Powerpoint -- but you've suddenly and dramatically found yourself unable to do so -- there's an intentional reason from Microsoft behind that conundrum, according...

Dell's Got Inspiron 1525s In Eight Awful Colors

Dell's Got Inspiron 1525s In Eight Awful Colors

Starting today, American customers can buy Dell's new Inspiron 1525s.  Lighter and thinner than their predecessor 1520s, they're available in eight colors with four optional design patterns, too. So you can customize them enough to answer the question: Which hideous looking laptop is yours?Like its predecessor, it features all kinds of...

Netflix: Cable With One Movie On Each Channel ?

Netflix: Cable With One Movie On Each Channel ?

Netflix is making deals with electronics makers to allow their rental service customers to (eventually) stream high-definition video directly to their televisions. Netflix has been tinkering with the idea of offering their own set-top box, but seem to be abandoning that idea in favor of working with established manufacturers of televisions...

Dell Crystal LCD Monitor, Launched

Dell Crystal LCD Monitor, Launched

Last year at CES in Las Vegas, Dell previewed a "concept" monitor that definitely pegged our collective geek-o-meters with its ultra-sleek, clear, tempered glass design and super-thin, clean profile.  Back then not much was known about this 22" panel that popped out of nowhere, nor did we get a sense for when or even if...

Hardware Round-UP

Video: Sapphire Atomic HD 3870 Review @ OCCZotac 8600GTS Video Card @ 3DGameMan Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 with Intel QX9770 and 8800GT @ OCWMSI X48 Platinum Motherboard @ CPU3D Processors: AMD Phenom 9600: Black Edition @ Bjorn3DAMD's Phenom 9900 / 9600 Black Edition: Beyond Erratum 298 @ LostCircuits Memory & Storage:...

Skype Finally Coming to the PSP?

Skype Finally Coming to the PSP?

No press release yet, but with CES upcoming companies are "slipping out" details on CES-specific pages on their websites. Sony is no different, and it looks like, according to their site, that Skype is finally coming to the PSP. Details are scarce at the moment (i.e., nonexistent), but the company makes clear mention of a Skype client for...

Google's Guerilla War Against Microsoft

Google's Guerilla War Against Microsoft

Even though Microsoft has a search engine, Google and Microsoft don't often get portrayed as competitors in the press. Redmondmag explored the complex relationship that Google has with the open-source community, and answers the question: "What's the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance, Google or open source? " with a resounding "both."Google's...

I CAN HAZ MANY HOURS OF IPOD SYNCING? KTHXBYE!

I CAN HAZ MANY HOURS OF IPOD SYNCING? KTHXBYE!

Download squad has an amusing -- and spot-on -- list of the 5 most annoying programs on your PC. It's delightfully vicious about its bloatware choices, and unlike many such lists, it isn't just some fanboi attacking software from one vendor.  Its choice at number 1 is Acrobat Reader, which is hard to argue with. Who among us has not done...

Asphalt = Renewable Energy?

Asphalt = Renewable Energy?

Ouch, ouch, ouch.  Try walking across the street in Arizona without shoes on during the summer.  Now think of all that wasted heat.As climate change rises on the international agenda, the system built by the civil engineering firm, Ooms Avenhorn Holding BV, doesn't look as wacky as it might have 10 years ago when first conceived....

Happy Anniversary, TCP/IP

Happy Anniversary, TCP/IP

Google always does something "different" with the logo on its homepage on a holiday or other special occasion, and New Year's Day is no different.  But it's not just about New Year's Day today.Today’s Google logo reads “2008” to celebrate new year’s, but also honors 25 years of TCP/IP. Clicking on it leads to a search result for the query...

Microsoft Offers 2-for-1 Vista Promotion

Microsoft Offers 2-for-1 Vista Promotion

Don't get too excited, though.  The promotion is only for MSDN and TechNet subscribers who beta tested Vista.Under terms of “The Ultimate Offer,” testers can go to any retail or online store and buy a copy of Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version) for full price and Microsoft will match it with a second complimentary Vista Ultimate...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ TechARPXFX 8800GTS 512 MB Alpha Dog Review @ GamePyrePNY XLR8 8800 GTS 512MB Graphics Card Review @ I4U Motherboards & Chipsets: AMD 790FX Phenom Chipset On Linux @ PhoronixMemory & Storage: OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium CL3 Edition Review @ ClubOC.netWestern Digital WD10EACS 1TB HDD Review @ MikhailTech...

LG Philips Announces New Way To Catch Colds

LG Philips Announces New Way To Catch Colds

LG Philips announced they've got a new 52" multi-touch LCD screen that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The screens are geared towards the commercial and advertising market. Soon you'll be able to move from gathering low-tech germs on doorknobs to sharing high-tech pathogens on glittering LCD displays that everyone paws...

The Ten Most Likely Least Likely Tech Things

The Ten Most Likely Least Likely Tech Things

Turning over the calendar means lots and lots of lists. The lists cataloging the year gone by get boring fast. We like crazy stabs at the future much better. Here's a list of ten things that could change the next ten years of your future, chosen despite --and  because -- they seem so unlikely. But as the author points out, pretty much...

$20 AT&T "Naked DSL" Arrives

$20 AT&T "Naked DSL" Arrives

What's "Naked DSL?" It's DSL you can get without having to have phone service as well. With more people going totally wireless phone-wise, it's a "tier" people want.A year after agreeing to offer a no-strings DSL deal as a part of its acquisition of BellSouth, AT&T has started selling high-speed Internet service without requiring consumers...

London Trialing GPS Speed Governors

London Trialing GPS Speed Governors

Although a GPS unit lost a recent court battle against a radar gun, in this case GPS units might be used to enforce speed limits.Each car will have a special digital map of the city downloaded into their sat-navs, which has all the road speeds listed. The plan is that the proposed ISA device will then pinpoint the driver’s location and tell...