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All News for January 2010

Amazon.com Pulls Macmillan Books From Its "Shelves"

Amazon.com Pulls Macmillan Books From Its "Shelves"

In the wake of Apple's announcement of the iPad, comes the first salvo in what is probably going to be a drawn out battle. Amazon.com has pulled books published by Macmillan, electronic or not, from its site.Search for authors available from Macmillan, and with the exception, it seems, of library-bound or "bargain books," you won't find Amazon.com...

Dell Drops Adamo Price Below $1K

Dell Drops Adamo Price Below $1K

The magic price point for many seems to be $1,000, and thus, following an earlier price cut to the sleek and sexy Dell Adamo, Dell has lowered the price still further, at least for an "entry-level" model. The Dell Adamo Aspire sneaks in under $1,000 for a $999 starting price.Of course, that's the starting price. The Dell Adamo Desire comes...

New Survey Finds Texting And Driving To Be Safe--Wait, What?

New Survey Finds Texting And Driving To Be Safe--Wait, What?

Ready for a real shocker? That texting and driving habit you've been trying to kick may not be as bad for you as the insurance companies have led you to believe. Of course, we would still recommend putting the phone down while you're driving (we're speaking for all those cars around you, for the record), but an interesting new survey has unearthed...

Adobe Lashes Out At Apple For iPad's Refusal To Support Flash

Adobe Lashes Out At Apple For iPad's Refusal To Support Flash

We've covered Apple's forthcoming iPad with a pretty good level of detail, but one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is Flash. Or, the lack thereof, we should say. Steve Jobs was adamant on stage during his iPad introduction that the browsing experience was best in class, but when we think about browsing, we think Flash. Adobe's Flash...

Fring and iCall Support 3G VOIP and Video Calls On iPhone

Fring and iCall Support 3G VOIP and Video Calls On iPhone

While AT&T long ago announced it was removing any restrictions on iPhone VOIP application on their network, Apple didn't follow suit. With the release of the latest, iPhone / iPad / iPod touch SDK, that restriction has been removed, and VOIP companies are jumping into the 3G pool.  iCall was the first VOIP company to announce 3G support...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: MSI R5670-PMD1G Radeon HD 5670 1 GB @ techPowerUp HP De-Branded 23-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.org PNY VERTO GeForce GT 240 Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets: Asus Rampage II Extreme Review @ OCCProcessors: Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 8.0 @ TechARP AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2.6 GHz...

HotHardware and Origin New Year's Sweepstakes! Win A New Rig!

HotHardware and Origin New Year's Sweepstakes! Win A New Rig!

Contest Update!  There was an issue with the site registration system.If you had trouble registering, go here again!  It has been resolved. Thanks! Let's ring in the New Year right! In conjunction with our good friends at Origin and AMD, we’ve put together a killer rig to give away to celebrate the New Year! This time around, you...

Dell Alienware Diana Team Continues M11x Tease Tour

Dell Alienware Diana Team Continues M11x Tease Tour

A few weeks back, at this years 2010 CES show, we gave you a first hand look at the hot looking new 11-inch form-factor Dell Alienware M11x gaming notebook.  This machine almost defies all sense of logic in that it sports a such a petite, stylish and sleak frame with a CULV processor under its hood but with the graphics...

Friday Night Advice: Beware of Men In Bunny Suits

Friday Night Advice: Beware of Men In Bunny Suits

You know, it's not often we get to bestow upon you words of pure wisdom.  Sure, we provide detailed, timely news, product and technology analysis but really, we're not in the business of covering your backside.  That's what Moms are for or your personal Wingman or Wingwoman, as the case may be.  That said, we'll give you a bit...

Michael Dell Hanging Out On Street Corners with Mini 5 Tablet, No Watches Though

Michael Dell Hanging Out On Street Corners with Mini 5 Tablet, No Watches Though

Michael Dell, it seems, likes to live with his upcoming products a bit before the company releases them to market.  Apparently, the casually unsuspecting Dell CEO decided he'd show off his goods to a passing-by member of the TechCrunch team.  And no it wasn't a Rolex knock off but perhaps something just as flashy.  The...

HotHardware.com - There's An App For That

HotHardware.com - There's An App For That

We know you're probably getting a little fed-up as of late, with words that start with a small "i" in front of them.  However, even with that realization, we have to steal just a little slice of your bandwidth, if you're an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad owner or are in possession of anything that will install an Apple mobile app.  When...

Hydrophobia 70-200: It's A Rain Coat For Your DSLR

Hydrophobia 70-200: It's A Rain Coat For Your DSLR

Point and shoot cameras have come in waterproof versions for years now, enabling owners to shoot images in the rain, beneath the seas and everywhere in between. Unfortunately, that hasn't been as easy for DSLR owners. Full waterproof kits can be insanely expensive, and those are generally only sensible for pro shooters who make their living...

ACU Commits To Bring School Newspaper To iPad, Others To Follow?

ACU Commits To Bring School Newspaper To iPad, Others To Follow?

Abilene Christian University may be one of the small universities in the vast state of Texas, but it is surely making a name for itself in the media market. Particularly the market that pays close attention to Apple.ACU made waves across the educational and technology markets back when it decided to hand out iPhone 3GS phones to incoming freshmen,...

Kingston's DataTraveler 5000: The Most Secure USB Drive Ever?

Kingston's DataTraveler 5000: The Most Secure USB Drive Ever?

Security often gets overlooked when we're talking about USB flash drives, but it's not to be taken lightly for those who carry around delicate files. Kingston has just introduced a new DataTraveler drive that's supposedly "ultra-secure," which means that it's "certified for government-approved secure data protection." The DataTraveler 5000...

Asus ConfirmsTegra 2-Based Eee Pad Slate PC

Asus ConfirmsTegra 2-Based Eee Pad Slate PC

Asus has already confirmed that it will be entering the booming e-reader market later this year, but one device we haven't heard much about is the purported Eee Pad. In fact, we've only heard the Eee Pad referred to in rumor form, but all of that changes today. Asus' Corporate Vice President, Eric Chen, recently confirmed to members of the...

Sungale Introduces 4.3" Kula TV Portable Media Player

Sungale Introduces 4.3" Kula TV Portable Media Player

Sungale isn't a popular name like Apple, Acer or Archos, but it's making a play for the portable media player market with its Kula TV. Boasting a 4.3" display, a pop-up Wi-Fi antenna and the ability to stream Internet content, this is one of the most interestingly designed PMPs that we've seen to date.The screen is actually a touch panel,...

TSMC Announces Quarterly Earnings, 40nm Sales Figures

TSMC Announces Quarterly Earnings, 40nm Sales Figures

We don't normally cover TSMC directly, but the firm's 40nm troubles had a material impact on both AMD and NVIDIA in the past few quarters, so we thought we'd take a peek at the company's financials. The company's quarterly results were excellent; net income rose 162.5 percent compared to a year ago, while revenue was up 42.6 percent. Broken...

New Class-Action Lawsuit Against Microsoft Alleges "Microsoft Point" System Fraudulent

New Class-Action Lawsuit Against Microsoft Alleges "Microsoft Point" System Fraudulent

Microsoft has always taken a certain amount of flak over the fact that its XBox Live Marketplace (as well as the Zune and Games for Windows - Live stores) all use Microsoft Points as currency, but the recent actions of one unhappy customer have given the situation a new twist. Last week, Pennsylvania attorney Samuel Lassoff filed a class...

iPad's Identity Crisis and Apple's A4 CPU, A Real Showstopper

iPad's Identity Crisis and Apple's A4 CPU, A Real Showstopper

As you've no doubt heard by now, Apple launched a new mobile computing device and it's within a product category that is all-new territory for the traditionally tight-lipped company. It's a bit of an odd choice for a company that revels in innovation, and after today's announcement, we're left with more questions than answers on whether or...

Amazon Says Its E-Books Will Be Readable On iPad

Amazon Says Its E-Books Will Be Readable On iPad

Those who may be in the midst of their Amazon.com stock after the introduction of the iPad, may want to pause and think for a second. While many forecast the Kindle's demise, more important than a Kindle sale for Amazon.com are sales of its e-books.After all, as with printers, it's all about the consumables. You may only sell one Kindle, but...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition 1GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix.com Lilliput 7" Mini USB Monitor Review @ PC Perspective HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 512MB and ASUS EAH5670 1GB video card review @ Elite Bastards Overclocking the Sapphire HD 5670 1GB Video Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets: Jetway NC63-330-LF IPC Motherboard @ PCShopTalk...

Nokia Introduces X6 16GB Smartphone, Loaded With Games

Nokia Introduces X6 16GB Smartphone, Loaded With Games

Nokia hasn't really kept up with Apple and HTC in terms of smartphone innovation, but it looks like the X6 is making up for lost time. The original X6 came in a 32GB form and couldn't be purchased without Nokia's own music subscription service "Comes With Music." The new X6 is a 16GB version that doesn't require you to purchase the Comes With...

Truckers And Bus Drivers Now Banned From Texting While Driving

Truckers And Bus Drivers Now Banned From Texting While Driving

Texting and driving is already illegal for citizens in a number of US states, but now commercial truckers and bus drivers are also going to be included on the "do not text and drive" list. The Department of Transportation enacted a new rule this week that bars those classes of drivers from texting while operating their vehicle, which will...

Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 3D TV Panels

Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 3D TV Panels

DLP-based 3D HDTVs have been around for years now, but those weren't these fancy new advanced sets that were showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now, Samsung is claiming to be the first to mass product 3D TV panels, ones that use "3D Active Glasses" technology.The move marks a bold new step in the march towards making 3D a household...

AMD's Radeon 5830 May Arrive Later Than Expected

AMD's Radeon 5830 May Arrive Later Than Expected

AMD has launched a number of GPU's based on its Radeon 5000 series in recent months, but a last-minute problem with the ATI Radeon 5830 may force the company to delay the introduction of its latest chip. According to DigiTimes, a handful of 5830 cards have been throwing unspecified software errors due to an issue "related to circuits on the...

Intel Science Competition Winners Invited to State of the Union Address

Intel Science Competition Winners Invited to State of the Union Address

Intel Science Competition Winners Invited to State of the Union Address Bright Young Scientists to Sit with First Lady At tonight’s State of the Union address, President and Mrs. Obama will host two of the nation's brightest young scientific minds – one a winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009 and the other a top...

Apple Launches 9.7" iPad Tablet: Ships In 60 Days Starting At $499

Apple Launches 9.7" iPad Tablet: Ships In 60 Days Starting At $499

Thanks to a loose-lipped CEO, we knew Apple had a tablet device on deck for today's announcement in California. We even spotted a rumored TV spot a few days back, which labeled the device as the "iPad." Turns out, that's exactly what Apple decided to name this.Apple has today entered an all new market, one that straddles the realms of smartphones...

Razer Announces Dual-Sided Mousepad: Vespula

Razer Announces Dual-Sided Mousepad: Vespula

For the longest time, gamers have been asked to buy a second mouse pad for use when hanging out at LAN parties. Typically, you'd have one "doesn't matter" mouse pad for use at home, then a more expensive mouse for gaming that reacts more accurately to subtle movements.Razer, who has been known to create gaming-centric pads in the past, has...

Google And China Wrestling Over Rights And Allowances

Google And China Wrestling Over Rights And Allowances

We've got a feeling that this issue won't be going away anytime soon. Shortly after Google made a sudden and an unexpected decision to potentially close its Chinese search engine portal if the Chinese government didn't stop forcing it to censor results, the search company is now in negotiations to maintain its other prescences in the country....

LaCie Introduces Enterprise Class External Storage Solutions

LaCie Introduces Enterprise Class External Storage Solutions

You couldn't mistake a LaCie drive from a mile away, and even those these newcomers are designed for the enterprise, the classic LaCie look and feel is still here. The Enterprise Class range of storage solutions has been announced, which is made up of the LaCie d2 Quadra Enterprise Class, LaCie 2big Quadra Enterprise Class, and the LaCie 4big...

Only 7% Of Mobile Phone Users Would Benefit From An "Unlimited" Plan

Only 7% Of Mobile Phone Users Would Benefit From An "Unlimited" Plan

Unlimited plans seem to be all the rage these days, particularly with wireless carriers. But we've always viewed them as things that should be treated with skepticism. "Unlimited" sounds great in theory, but the high prices that accompany them mean that you best be taking advantage of that "unlimited" allowance.Over a year ago, Sprint shook...

doubleTwist Media Software Comes To T-Mobile Android Phones

doubleTwist Media Software Comes To T-Mobile Android Phones

You've heard of DVD Jon, but have you heard of doubleTwist? The creator of the infamous FairPlay hacking scheme has a rather down-to-Earth media management application, and big time companies are finally coming around to it. Big companies such as T-Mobile. The carrier briefly mentioned that the Fender Limited Edition myTouch 3G would utilize...

Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus Now On Sale At Verizon Wireless

Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus Now On Sale At Verizon Wireless

Palm stole the show at CES 2009 when it introduced the world's first webOS-based smartphone, but a year spent on Sprint's network has left it in the shadows of the iPhone and a slew of Android phones. This week, Palm's giving itself a second chance by shipping the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus onto America's most populated cellphone carrier.These...

McGraw-Hill Dishes Apple Tablet Details On CNBC

McGraw-Hill Dishes Apple Tablet Details On CNBC

While many expect tomorrow's Apple event to result in CEO Steve Jobs unveiling an Apple table, we now have confirmation. Considering how much Apple values secrecy, you have to expect they are not pleased about this.While being interviewed on CNBC today, addressing his company's latest earnings, which showed its first boost in earnings in two...

Panasonic Adds Four Cameras To Lineup

Panasonic Adds Four Cameras To Lineup

Panasonic expanded its lineup with four new digital cameras today. The first camera, the Panasonic LUMIX ZR3, features AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities as well as a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens and 8x optical zoom. The LUMIX ZR3 features a fast AF (Auto Focus) speed of 0.26 seconds at the wide end and 0.31 seconds...

MSI Ships Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook

MSI Ships Wind U135 Special Edition Netbook

MSI's new Wind U135 netbook is now available. As the first of the Wind models to feature the Intel Pine Trail Platform with the Atom N450 processor, the Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks are available today for prices starting at $309.99. The Wind U135 Special Edition Netbooks will come in Silver, Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire and feature...

Despite Yield Problems, GPU Sales Surged in Q4 2009

Despite Yield Problems, GPU Sales Surged in Q4 2009

Data from Jon Peddie Research confirms the positive GPU sales information we've heard from AMD of late, with the GPU market as a whole growing by 14.7 percent in Q4 as compared to Q3, and 10.3 percent for the entire year. Intel led the quarter in both market share and increased unit shipments, thanks partially to the joint impact of Atom chipset...

More Communities To Get Broadband Access, Via The USDA

More Communities To Get Broadband Access, Via The USDA

Fifteen separate projects to bring high-speed Internet to rural communities around the United States will be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Many parts of the United States remain without high-speed options because the cost-benefit of building the infrastructure in far-flung places hasn't been high enough for private providers....

IDC Reports Record PC Shipments, Lower Revenue in 2009

IDC Reports Record PC Shipments, Lower Revenue in 2009

The business analysis firm IDC has released data on the shape of the PC industry through the fourth quarter of 2009 and the results point towards a general recovery in all segments. Sales rose moderately in Q4 as compared to Q3, partly thanks to seasonal trends, but were up a full 31.3 percent over Q4 2009. The first half of 2009 was a downright...

Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review

Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review

Samsung is the largest and one of the more popular consumer electronics companies in the world. Besides its hugely successful HDTV lineup, the company also makes some equally exciting LCD monitors. Samsung's offering of flat panel displays have proven to be stylish, dependable, and competitively priced. Generally, we've come to find that Samsung...

Seagate And LSI To Produce PCI Express Solid State Storage Solutions

Seagate And LSI To Produce PCI Express Solid State Storage Solutions

The solid state storage market is still in a growth period, with prices slowly falling and mainstream users warming to the idea of using them in place of the hard drives that have been so prominent the past decade. The PCI Express SSD market is just now catching on, but Seagate is hoping to get an early leg-up on the competition by partnering...

AutoPark Aims To Prevent Parking Tickets for iPhone Owners

AutoPark Aims To Prevent Parking Tickets for iPhone Owners

On Monday, Frolicware announced the availability of a new app, that for people who are in cities without much free parking, could be worth the $4.99 price. It's called AutoPark, and it aims to help you not just avoid parking tickets, but also to avoid forgetting where you parked.Leveraging, quite obviously, the iPhone's GPS capabilities and...

After The Bell: AMD Reports Earnings, Gives Outlook for 2010

After The Bell: AMD Reports Earnings, Gives Outlook for 2010

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for AMD. Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, the manufacturer has launched new ATI HD 5000 series parts in the high-end, enthusiast, and mainstream market segments, settled its antitrust lawsuit with Intel, renegotiated its x86 licensing agreement and charted a new course that will...

Belkin TuneCast Auto LIVE Makes FM Transmission Easy For iPhone 3G/3GS

Belkin TuneCast Auto LIVE Makes FM Transmission Easy For iPhone 3G/3GS

Belkin has been doing quite well in the iPod and iPhone accessory market, and today's announcement should be music to the ears of those who don't feel like installing any kind of sophisticated iPod adapter into their automobile. Sure, many new vehicles have iPod support from the factory, but older models were never designed to handle Steve's...

OPPO BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Also Handles SACD, DVD-Audio

OPPO BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Also Handles SACD, DVD-Audio

Blu-ray is still struggling to gain widespread support by consumers, but it's safe to say the format has a future. If things like Hulu continue to dominate, that future may be short-lived, but it's a future nonetheless. OPPO is looking to deliver somewhat of a futureproof home entertainment deck in the BDP-80. Not only is it a Blu-ray Disc...

Pentax Unveils Three New Compact Digital Cameras

Pentax Unveils Three New Compact Digital Cameras

Pentax announced three new digital cameras today that bring back the classic look of cameras from days past. The PENTAX Optio I-10 features a flash unit and speaker in the upper mid-section of the SLR-shaped body. This camera also offers a wide angle 5X optical zoom lens (28mm-140mm equivalent), a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.7 inch widescreen...

Intel Bringing Chips To Super Bowl Parties

Intel Bringing Chips To Super Bowl Parties

Intel plans to geek out at this year's Super Bowl. The company plans to use the Super Bowl's wide appeal to call attention to its all new 2010 Intel Core processor family. Today, Intel announced that it will be the title sponsor of the post-game show on CBS. Intel will also appear as an individual Super Bowl advertiser, representing the first...

How Is Apple's Closed Nature Fostering Innovation?

How Is Apple's Closed Nature Fostering Innovation?

It's a weird company, that Apple. The company has nearly sunk a number of times now, and their current CEO actually left for a period and returned in order to right the ship. They had a huge grip in the education market, and then it couldn't find a market at all for years. Today, the company's portable electronics are far more popular than...

Internet Connectivity Propelling Blu-ray Sales

Internet Connectivity Propelling Blu-ray Sales

Sales of Blu-ray players have begun to pick up, and you can thank Internet connectivity and changing TV watching patterns for the shift. Shipments of the players tripled in 2009, though they still lag far behind DVD players, mainly because they're far more expensive. But as more people seek new and different ways to watch their favorite television...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Review of the PowerColor HD 5770 PCS+ @ Neoseeker ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB @ Phoronix GF100 graphics architecture revealed @ TheTechReport Powercolor HD 5770 PCS+ @ techPowerUp ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.com iXBT Labs Review: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 Graphics Card AMD ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB graphics...

Apple "iPad" Leaked Via 30-Second Video Advertisement? Or Not...

Apple "iPad" Leaked Via 30-Second Video Advertisement? Or Not...

Apple has a media event scheduled for this coming Wednesday. That much we know. Otherwise, it's all up to rumors, whispers and wild speculation. We have a pretty good idea that AT&T may lose its iPhone exclusivity, and many analysts are suggesting that a tablet/slate of some sort will make its official debut as well. Apple's upcoming iPad...

Microsoft Shutting Down Zune Marketplace For A Day Starting Tonight

Microsoft Shutting Down Zune Marketplace For A Day Starting Tonight

If you have been looking to free your mind of daily troubles and drift away into Xbox LIVE land, you should probably do it soon. Microsoft is sending out announcements ahead of time in order to let its loyal fanbase know that all Zune Marketplace services will be down for around a day or so, starting this evening. Your existing video library...

IBM And FUJIFILM Create 35TB Magnetic Tape Storage Device

IBM And FUJIFILM Create 35TB Magnetic Tape Storage Device

In today's computing world, there are just a few things that come to mind when you mention "storage." Flash drives, hard drives, solid state drives and maybe even cloud storage. But that's about the extent of it. Hardly anyone thinks about or recognizes magnetic tape storage any more, but it's obviously still around and kicking thanks to innovations...

MusicDNA Attempts To Oust MP3 At Top Digital Music File Format

MusicDNA Attempts To Oust MP3 At Top Digital Music File Format

The replacement of the MP3 has been coming forever, or so we've heard, but the ubiquitous file format has yet to really be toppled by anything else. Apple's AAC format is highly popular amongst iPod and iPhone users, but by and large, the de facto music format when it comes to digital is MP3. One has to assume that the format's run will end...

World Wide Web Becomes Universe Wide Web: Internet Reaches Space!

World Wide Web Becomes Universe Wide Web: Internet Reaches Space!

Oh, boy. Now we've gone and done it. Yes, we've taken the Internet where it has never gone before, and we guess the only logical "next step" is to plant a wireless router on Mars and let the extraterrestrial that live there start tweeting to us. Believe it or not, the World Wide Web is now completely inaccurate in terms of naming convention....

AMD Goes Embedded With ATI Radeon E4690 MXM GPU

AMD Goes Embedded With ATI Radeon E4690 MXM GPU

From top to bottom, it's hard to knock AMD's graphics lineup right now. They have some of the most powerful GPUs available at the high-end, and even at the lower-end, their cards are destroying the benchmarks. One area of graphical nature that often gets overlooked is the embedded market, but with GPUs becoming more important in every facet...

AMD Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635 Performance

AMD Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635 Performance

AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures...

The Nexus One's @#$% Voice Recognition Censorship

The Nexus One's @#$% Voice Recognition Censorship

One of the cool features of the Nexus One, AKA the Google Phone, is built-in voice recognition. We're not talking about Voice Commands, like "call so-and-so," we're talking about being able to use voice input for virtually anything (like SMS). Of course, while Google may no longer be willing to censor search results in China, voice input on...

YouTube Introduces Movie Rentals

YouTube Introduces Movie Rentals

YouTube is beginning to roll out a new movie rental service, albeit in a fairly small fashion. Currently, YouTube is offering five titles from independent filmmakers. The five titles will be available through the end of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Although YouTube's new offering doesn't begin to compete with other online rental services...

AMD Grabs First Quarterly Profit In Three Years (Thanks To Intel)

AMD Grabs First Quarterly Profit In Three Years (Thanks To Intel)

Mark this one down--it hasn't happened in a long, long time. But frankly, we're hoping it's a sign of things to come, and the real turnaround that AMD needs to seriously rival Intel and drive prices down as a whole in the microchip sector. Competition is always great, so we'd encourage you to put your fanboy suit aside and actually consider...

Verizon Wireless Announces Prices For Palm Pixi Plus & Pre Plus

Verizon Wireless Announces Prices For Palm Pixi Plus & Pre Plus

Starting Monday, you'll be able to pick up the Palm Pre Plus as well as the Palm Pixi Plus from Verizon Wireless. The new Palm Pre Plus will cost $149 and the Palm Pixi Plus will run $99.99. Both prices are after a $100 mail-in rebate and with new two-year customer agreement. The prices are in-line with previous generations of the Palm Pre...

Sony Ericsson Unveils Vivaz Phone With HD Video Recording Capabilities

Sony Ericsson Unveils Vivaz Phone With HD Video Recording Capabilities

Sony Ericsson is planning a U.S.-banded version of its first phone that is capable of capturing high-definition video. Although the company hasn't commented on U.S. distribution plans, one tri-band HSPA version of the phone will support the 850/1900MHz bands used in the U.S. This leaves some hope that the new Vivaz phone will come to U.S....

Windows 7 Selling Well After Launch, Bigger Market Share Than OS X

Windows 7 Selling Well After Launch, Bigger Market Share Than OS X

Windows 7 has been on the market for over a full quarter now, so it's about time for a check on how the OS is doing. According to figures from Net Applications, the system looks to be doing quite well. So well, in fact, that the growth rate is making Vista's old launch growth rate look mighty bad in comparison. A peek at the worldwide OS market...

Tetris Reaches, And Passes, 100 Million Paid Mobile Downloads

Tetris Reaches, And Passes, 100 Million Paid Mobile Downloads

Tetris, which last year celebrated 25 years of falling bricks, has hit, and passed, 100 million downloads to various mobile devices. -Blue Planet Software, Inc., the company that manages the exclusive licensing rights to the game, and EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., announced the milestone at a press conference on Thursday.Tetris...

AT&T Insiders Report iPhone Exclusivity Going Away On Wednesday

AT&T Insiders Report iPhone Exclusivity Going Away On Wednesday

It's sort of hard to believe that all the hype from CES is already over and done with. Larger companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to introduce and showcase new products at the show, and now all anyone wants to talk about in the tech world is Apple. Must be nice to be Steve Jobs (or an investor). The company that gave the world...

Hulu Considering A Fee-Based Subscription Service?

Hulu Considering A Fee-Based Subscription Service?

What started out as a simple, innocent "plan to destroy the world" may actually, in fact, destroy the world. Hulu has always been something that's "too good to be true." Free programming on-demand, wherever you have an Internet connection? Even with pre-roll ads, it's still a solid deal for the consumer, but it may not always be that way....

Nokia Announces Free Voice Navigation For Select Handsets

Nokia Announces Free Voice Navigation For Select Handsets

The personal navigation device market just got a bit more competitive. Following in Google's footsteps of offering free navigation to users of Motorola's DROID smartphone, Nokia recently announced its own plans to begin offering free map updates and navigation services to smartphone users. As Jukka Hosio, director of Nokia's services marketing,...

Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6

Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6

Just over five months after the browser first entered public testing with an alpha release, Mozilla released Firefox 3.6. Although we had previously heard about delays for the latest version of this popular browser, the actual delay was much shorter than some had expected. So what will you get with Firefox 3.6? Well, for starters, Mozilla...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD 5850 1GB & Sapphire HD 5770 1GB Review @ Hardware Canucks NVIDIA GF100 Fermi Architecture and Performance Preview @ Legit Reviews Asus EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 and PowerColor PCS HD5750 1GB GDDR5 Premium Edition.@ XbitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets: MSI P55-GD80 Motherboard for LGA1156 CPUs reviewed in Metku.net Intel DP55WG:...

Kids Spend More Time Consuming Entertainment Media Than You Do Working

Kids Spend More Time Consuming Entertainment Media Than You Do Working

Though it likely doesn't come as a huge shock to anyone, the amount of time that 8- to 18-year-olds spend engrossed in entertainment media of some sort or another — TV, music, Internet, video games, movies and even (GASP!) print — has increased dramatically over the past five years.In fact, on average, the young'uns are spending as much time...

Endless Ideas Launches BeBook Neo Wi-Fi E-Reader

Endless Ideas Launches BeBook Neo Wi-Fi E-Reader

The e-book market is hotter than ever. Amazon may have really started it, but since then Sony, Spring Design and a whole host of others have joined the party. Endless Ideas has also been a player for awhile now, but it has just recently started to gain traction. The BeBook One and BeBook Mini didn't have the feature set of some of the more...

123456 The Key To Password Hacking

123456 The Key To Password Hacking

Security firm Imperva, by examining 32 million passwords that were posted to the Internet after a security breach at RockYou.com, has come up with a list of the most common passwords chosen by consumers. The results are not pretty, except for hackers, as the most popular password is 123456. It was bad enough that RockYou saw fit to store the...

Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit--Apps On The E-Reader Coming Soon

Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit--Apps On The E-Reader Coming Soon

We guess we should have seen this coming, but honestly, we didn't. The App Store craze has reached a point where just about everyone is jumping in; there's an app store of some kind available for pretty much every mobile platform out there, and now other handheld devices are hopping on the bandwagon while it's hot. Amazon's Kindle really doesn't...

TomTom's IQ Routes Prove Americans Aren't Speed Demons

TomTom's IQ Routes Prove Americans Aren't Speed Demons

It's amazing what technology can discover these days. Like how Americans really aren't the speed demons they are made out to be. Believe it or not, we aren't being sarcastic. TomTom has just published a report that utilized lots of Speed Profiles data in order to provide the first fully detailed view of which interstate highways are the fastest...

Haiti Earthquake Victim Uses DSLR And iPhone To Survive

Haiti Earthquake Victim Uses DSLR And iPhone To Survive

If you've kept even a loose eye on the national news lately, you'd know that the people of Haiti are still struggling mightily. The huge earthquake that rocked the nation last week impacted millions, including a few Americans that were on the ground for various reasons. Dan Woolley was there to shoot a film on the impact of poverty on the...

Corsair Issues 2333MHz Dominator GTX Memory

Corsair Issues 2333MHz Dominator GTX Memory

If you simply can't live with anything less than the best in your main system, Corsair has a new toy that it would like to see. The company's Dominator GTX RAM module is classified as the "world's fastest Intel XMP-certified memory," and it has passed Corsair's certification at the blistering speed of 2333MHz, surpassing Corsair’s 2000MHz...

The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Desktop Reviewed

The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Desktop Reviewed

Last week, we brought you a preview of newcomer Origin PC's Genesis desktop and announced a system giveaway. Now it's time to investigate the system's actual performance as shipped. With a list price of $4999 as configured, this particular Genesis system is breathing some rarefied air indeed. Our expectations are similarly high; any company...

SuperTalent To Use Sandforce SSD Processors

SuperTalent To Use Sandforce SSD Processors

Super Talent Announces Enterprise Class TeraDrive SSDs based on SandForce SSD Processor New SSDs Deliver Extreme IOPS and Outstanding Reliability San Jose, California - January 21, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of TeraDrive SSDs designed...

AT&T Needs To Spend $5 Billion To Match Verizon's Network--Fat Chance

AT&T Needs To Spend $5 Billion To Match Verizon's Network--Fat Chance

You've all heard by now that AT&T's network isn't exactly the greatest. Many have no issues whatsoever, but in large, congested cities, the network has been known to get so crowded that 3G services simply don't work at all. For better or worse, Verizon Wireless has generally been viewed as a company with a superior network. Granted, only...

GM's Pause And Play Radio: It's Like A DVR For Your Car Stereo

GM's Pause And Play Radio: It's Like A DVR For Your Car Stereo

Just a few years back, car stereos were fairly lackluster from the factory. To get any sort of serious audio within the automobile, you had to turn to complicated aftermarket installs. At some point between then and now, automakers have seemingly figured out that consumers are demanding more right from the showroom floor, and with Ford integrating...

ASUS Bundles Boingo With Latest Devices

ASUS Bundles Boingo With Latest Devices

Thanks to an agreement between Boingo and ASUS, ASUS Eee PC netbooks will now be preloaded with Boingo software, making it easy for users to locate and access more than 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. In addition, ASUS customers will get a discount of 50% on Boingo’s most popular Wi-Fi access services. Initially, the Boingo software...

Toshiba Adds To Business Laptop Lineup

Toshiba Adds To Business Laptop Lineup

Toshiba announced the new Tecra A11 and the new Qosmio X500 laptops for business users. The company also added to the Satellite Pro Series with the new Satellite Pro L450 and Satellite Pro L500 business laptops. The new Tecra A11 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and features a 10-key numeric keypad. The A11 also offers the new 2010...

Maingear Ships F1X Hardcore Gaming Desktops: $2249 And Up

Maingear Ships F1X Hardcore Gaming Desktops: $2249 And Up

Maingear is never one to rest for long, and today it's making those who ordered a new gaming machine last month feel outdated already. The new F1X high performance gaming rig is one of the most intense machines we've seen to date, offering up cutting-edge components for those with big budgets and a need for horsepower. Equipped with an overclocked...

Bill Gates Begins To Tweet

Bill Gates Begins To Tweet

Don't worry, Bill Gates hasn't lost his mind, and starting Tweeting like a bird. Rather, the tech guru has joined the ranks of Twitter.And while Twitter's fail whales were out in force this morning, it was most likely not because Bill Gates joined Twitter, despite the fact that Gates already has over 230,000 followers at the time of this writing.Instead,...

GefenTV Wireless For HDMI Connects Sources And HDTVs Without Wires

GefenTV Wireless For HDMI Connects Sources And HDTVs Without Wires

Wireless HDTV has been floundering around for years now, and it still hasn't caught on like HDMI, 3D or smartphones have. But that isn't keeping Gefen from producing more and more products for home cinema owners who are tired of the wires. Utilizing a new 60GHz technology, the GefenTV Wireless for HDMI promises to be the first uncompressed...

Intel Reports Double-Digit Growth; Gives Guidance on 2010

Intel Reports Double-Digit Growth; Gives Guidance on 2010

At its earnings call last week, Intel detailed its strong 2009 finish after the decidedly uncertain start of the year. The company also gave general forecast information for what it expects in the first quarter of the year and for 2010 in general, and discussed the continuing growth of Atom and its 32nm product ramp. When Intel announced its...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Graphics Architecture @ Benchmark Reviews NVIDIA GeForce GF100 Architecture @ techPowerUp Nvidia GF100 Fermi specs and preliminary benchmarks revealed @ eTeknix.com Fermi: Codename GF 100 Closer Look @ OCC NVIDIA GF100 Architecture Preview @ PC Perspective AMD's new generation 5600 mainstream chip @ eTeknix.com...

VIA Reveals First Mobile-ITX Module

VIA Reveals First Mobile-ITX Module

VIA Revolutionizes Compact Embedded Design with the World's First Mobile-ITX ModuleIntroducing the VIA EPIA-T700, the first 6cm x 6cm computer-on-module based on the Mobile-ITX form factor Taipei, Taiwan, January 19, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-T700:...

Coming soon: Boxee Payments

Coming soon: Boxee Payments

A post over at the Boxee team blog reveals that the company is planning to implement a payment platform that will enable users to purchase content with a click of the remote. The goal is to entice more content producers to use Boxee for distribution. Here's what the Boxee team blog had to say...Users want to see more content on Boxee. Content...

Sony VAIO Z Might Be The Most Insane Ultraportable Ever

Sony VAIO Z Might Be The Most Insane Ultraportable Ever

Sony is underappreciated in the notebook business. There's just no two ways about it. The company's VAIO lineup is probably the most fashion-forward PC laptop range out there, and even though they're expensive, there's hardly a better choice when style is atop your priority list. The VAIO Z is a new machine with remarkable innards. Designed...

ESPN To Stream On Xbox 360--A Sign Of Things To Come?

ESPN To Stream On Xbox 360--A Sign Of Things To Come?

The landscape of television is changing right in front of our eyes. Never before have we had so many content options and ways to consume that content, and it looks like the big media companies aren't shying away from the revolution.ESPN, which has already announced plans to introduce a 3D sports channel within the next year or so, could very...

Apple Responsible For 99.4% Of All 2009 App Downloads

Apple Responsible For 99.4% Of All 2009 App Downloads

We knew Apple's App Store was popular, but wow. "Popular" doesn't even begin to accurately describe this news. After announcing over 3 billion choices in the App Store, Apple now has something else they can promote when pumping up the store over other alternatives: market share.With the amount of webOS, Maemo, S60 and Android devices growing...

Sony Plans To Launch TransferJet Devices

Sony Plans To Launch TransferJet Devices

Sony will launch a laptop with the new TransferJet short-range wireless system on Saturday. As the first products to support TransferJet, Sony's Vaio F laptop and TX7 and HX5V digital cameras, will be launched in Japan on Jan. 23 and Feb. 5, respectively and will hit international markets sometime in February. TransferJet has been under development...

Walking & Talking Leads To Injuries, Bruised Egos

Walking & Talking Leads To Injuries, Bruised Egos

While distracted driving has certainly received a lot of attention lately, other distractions could also be dangerous. Distracted walking, for instance, is becoming another growing problem. Distracted walking combines a pedestrian, an electronic device, and an unseen danger such as a crack in the sidewalk, toy on the floor, or a car (parked...

$1,000 App Hits The App Store, Again

$1,000 App Hits The App Store, Again

You may recall "I Am Rich," the somewhat bogus $1,000 iPhone app that made it into the App Store in mid-2008, then was dropped when Apple realized how silly it was.  Despite that, six people actually purchased it before it was booted out.  Now we have another $1,000 app, and this one might be worth it. "I Am Rich" simply showed a...

The Space Bar Covers Your Keyboard While Adding USB Ports

The Space Bar Covers Your Keyboard While Adding USB Ports

The Space Bar may look like an Apple accessory (we guess it's the brushed aluminum design), but in reality it's suitable for any desktop/notebook user that relies on a keyboard and has lots of accessories that can't seem to find a home. Developed and sold by Quirky community, the Space Bar shelf is a multi-use device. It can hold thumb drives,...

HP 23" TouchSmart 600 All-In-One HH Reviewed

HP 23" TouchSmart 600 All-In-One HH Reviewed

With a claim of “nearly 30-years of touch innovation” under its belt, HP is no stranger to touch-input technology. The company has recently integrated touch input into a number of its consumer and business product lines, such as tablets, notebooks and perhaps the most well-known, its line of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs.Taking advantage...

xpPhone Brings Windows XP To The Smartphone For Under $650

xpPhone Brings Windows XP To The Smartphone For Under $650

We've witnessed a stripped down version of OS X on a phone (thanks to the iPhone), and we've seen various editions of Linux ported over to the mobile side (Maemo, for instance), but a phone with Windows on it? Consider it a done deal. ITG has just announced new images and a final price point for a phone that has lived in vaporware status until...

Aperion's Home Audio Link Frees Your Music From Wired Headaches

Aperion's Home Audio Link Frees Your Music From Wired Headaches

Wireless audio is becoming a booming market; just a few years ago, no one thought twice about hooking up their music with all sorts of wires, and now it seems that using a wired solution has become second-rate. And for good reason. Wireless options are more abundant than ever before, and Aperion Audio is hoping that their latest kit is the...

Apple Tablet Pretty Much Promised For 1/27 Introduction

Apple Tablet Pretty Much Promised For 1/27 Introduction

In case you haven't heard, Apple has an even planned for the 27th of this month. No one knows for sure except for those who aren't saying, but all signs are pointing the release of the oft-rumored Apple Tablet that has been whispered about for months on end now. For those still doubting that such a product exists, you should probably have...

Samsung Intros TL110, TL105, SL630 And HZ35W Digital Cameras

Samsung Intros TL110, TL105, SL630 And HZ35W Digital Cameras

Canon's Digital Elph line of point and shoot cameras may have the vast majority of the mindshare amongst camera owners and to-be owners, but Samsung sure is making some progress. Here lately, the company's pocket cam offerings have been nothing short of drool-worthy, with stylish enclosures and specification lists that rival those put out...

Intel Preps Westmere-Flavored Xeon Refresh

Intel Preps Westmere-Flavored Xeon Refresh

It's only been two weeks since Intel debuted its 32nm, Nehalem-based Clarkdale processor, but the CPU manufacturer is already planning to introduce Westmere-derived Xeon processors in the first quarter of 2010. Intel revealed its plans during its quarterly conference call last week and hinted that Nehalem-EX processors will soon see the light...

Aliph Introduces Jawbone ICON

Aliph Introduces Jawbone ICON

Aliph unveiled the latest version of its popular Jawbone Bluetooth headset. The new Jawbone ICON features a software platform called MyTALK that lets you personalize and update the headset using a website. The headset also features the latest version of NoiseAssassin 2.5 with wind reduction to help eliminate background noises. Other unique...

Text Messages Raise $11 Million For Haiti

Text Messages Raise $11 Million For Haiti

Times have definitely changed. Instead of sending a check or dropping a few extra bucks in a bucket to contribute to a natural disaster relief effort, U.S. cellphone users are sending text message contributions. In what is being hailed as an unprecedented mobile response to a natural disaster, U.S. cellphone users have donated more than $11...

See 'Avatar,' Diagnose Your Vision Problems

See 'Avatar,' Diagnose Your Vision Problems

Not only is "Avatar" the top movie for yet another weekend, it apparently can also help diagnose vision problems.Anyone who has yet to see the movie has probably heard five or six (thousand) times that it's best seen in IMAX or 3-D. Problem is, once they get to the theater, they might not understand what all the fuss is about, because they...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: AMD ATi Radeon HD 5670 @ eTeknix.com HIS shows its Radeon HD 5670 hand @ eTeknix.com ATI Radeon HD 5670 @ HardwareZone StarTech VGA Wall Plate Video Extender over Cat5 with Audio @ Bay Reviews ATI's Radeon HD 5670 - DirectX 11 for $100 @ Techgage.comMotherboards and Chipsets: iXBT Labs Review: ASUS AT3N7A-I MotherboardProcessors: Atom...

Germany Suggests Users Not Use Internet Explorer Due To Security Concerns

Germany Suggests Users Not Use Internet Explorer Due To Security Concerns

Oh, brother. You know things are bad when people start ditching your product over fears that it's slower and less secure than other free alternatives, but things are really bad when a government recommends to its citizens that consumers should ditch your product if they haven't already. It almost sounds too weird to be true, but the German...

Asus DR-570 E-Reader To Bring OLED Display, Potentially Change The Market

Asus DR-570 E-Reader To Bring OLED Display, Potentially Change The Market

It's too early to tell if this is the Eee Reader that was hinted about last autumn, but there's little doubt that Asus will be joining the quickly growing e-reader market in the near future. Amazon has started something that is showing no signs of slowing, with Plastic Logic, Spring Design and a host of other companies announcing their intentions...

AT&T Begins Offering Unlimited Talk/Text/Data Plans For Heavy Users

AT&T Begins Offering Unlimited Talk/Text/Data Plans For Heavy Users

Sprint went above and beyond the call of duty last year when it introduced a number of unlimited plans to give users a way to just forget about the meter. Many suggested that the move was made during a time when the carrier simply needed more consumers to take notice, but either way, we're now seeing that the move is having repercussions throughout...

Yamaha's YSP-5100 and YSP-4100 Sound Bars Offer Wireless iPod/iPhone Support

Yamaha's YSP-5100 and YSP-4100 Sound Bars Offer Wireless iPod/iPhone Support

Yamaha has been creating sound bars for years now, and they've been growing increasingly popular in homes where size is a problem. Apartments and one-bedroom studios haven't been able enjoy true surround sound due to the inability to shove 5, 6 or more speakers into their cramped living space. Sound bars have enabled those living places to...

NVIDIA GF100 Architecture and Feature Preview

NVIDIA GF100 Architecture and Feature Preview

Back in late September of last year, NVIDIA disclosed some information regarding its next generation GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi". At the time, actual product names and detailed specifications were not disclosed, nor was performance in 3D games, but high-level information about the architecture, its strong focus on compute performance,...

Ultimate Ears Crams Six Speakers Into New $1350 Earbuds

Ultimate Ears Crams Six Speakers Into New $1350 Earbuds

Headphones just aren't what they used to be. Back in the day, whatever earbuds came bundled with whatever MP3 player you purchased were considered "good enough," but these days, any self-respecting audio player owner doesn't even unwrap the factory headphones. Instead, they head straight for the accessory department, where more and more high-end...

Verizon Considering Usage-Based Wireless Data Pricing

Verizon Considering Usage-Based Wireless Data Pricing

Verizon's Chief Technology Officer Dick Lynch says wireless companies will eventually have to change how they bill customers. More specifically, Lynch is talking about charging customers based on the amount of bandwidth they use. According to the Wall Street Journal, Lynch recently said current flat fee data plans with unlimited Internet access...

Jelfin Ships Spherical Mouse, The Crowd Roars

Jelfin Ships Spherical Mouse, The Crowd Roars

Mice makers have been trying to "overhaul" the tried and true mouse design for years. Meanwhile, the keyboard has remained relatively constant in shape/form factor, but that's another story for another day. The all-new Jelfin mouse, which we heard about briefly at the end of last year, made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Samsung 46B6000 46inch LED TV Review at CCE Reviews ATI HD 5670 @ Neoseeker AMD's Radeon HD 5670 graphics card @ TR-News Sapphire Radeon HD5670 Video Card Review @ Ninjalane Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 512MB / 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Sapphire HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card at Modders-Inc ATI Radeon HD5670 HDMI Video Card...

HP Ships USB 3.0 Laptop

HP Ships USB 3.0 Laptop

With the announcement that certain configurations of its Envy 15 laptops will come with the new USB 3.0 spec, HP is now one of the first computer companies to offer the fast new technology on its machines. Although USB 3.0 has been talked about for quite some time, it hasn't been a reality for that long. As you may recall, USB 3.0 promises...

South Korean Duo Deemed "World's Fastest Texters"

South Korean Duo Deemed "World's Fastest Texters"

Think you thumbs are quick? Think again. LG, which has long been a supporter of finding out just who exactly can text the fastest in this zany world of thumb-friendly communicators, has just announced that Yeong-Ho Bae, 18, and Mok-Min Ha, 17, of South Korea are the (new) fastest texters on the planet. Hear that? On the planet! The duo defeated...

CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up In Video and Pictures

CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up In Video and Pictures

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gets the year going in the right direction for everyone in the high tech industry. It allows manufacturers to showcase their current products to thousands of media outlets, as well as give a sneak peak at impending launches all the while creating buzz and excitement among consumers.  And yeah,...

McDonald's Begins Serving Free Wi-Fi At Most US Locations

McDonald's Begins Serving Free Wi-Fi At Most US Locations

Hearing that "someone is working on it" is one thing, but now the home of the Golden Arches (and those "all white meat chicken nuggets) has finally done the deed. No, we're not talking about swapping out those juicy, all-beef patties for veggie slabs. We're talking about in-house Wi-Fi, and lots of it. Making good on a promise it made earlier...

Lenovo Launches New ThinkCentre Desktops

Lenovo Launches New ThinkCentre Desktops

Lenovo announced the new ThinkCentre A63 desktop for small to medium businesses as well as the new high-performance ThinkCentre M90 and M90p desktops. The ThinkCentre A63 comes with choices for the latest AMD Sempron, AMD Athlon II, or AMD Phenom II processors. The systems also feature Direct X10 integrated graphics support and support for...

Funai Shows Off Android-based Universal Remote Control

Funai Shows Off Android-based Universal Remote Control

The Android mobile platform has certainly been getting its fair share of attention lately. In addition to the many Android smartphones that were demoed at CES, there were also other Android-based devices to be seen. Take Funai Electric Co's universal remote control, for instance. Based on Android, the I-Remote was first demoed at CES this...

T-Mobile Introduces Limited Edition myTouch 3G Fender

T-Mobile Introduces Limited Edition myTouch 3G Fender

If you've been thinking about getting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G but want a phone that shows off more of your personal style, then T-Mobile's latest version of the phone might be for you. Putting a "rock-and-roll spin" on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, the new myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition will make its debut on January 20....

Mitsubishi's Red Laser Diode Advacement Could Lead To Brighter Pico Projectors

Mitsubishi's Red Laser Diode Advacement Could Lead To Brighter Pico Projectors

The first wave of pico projectors had all sorts of steam behind it, but that enthusiasm was soon pushed away as newer and more wide-ranging products came to market. After a year-long lull, it really feels like the mini projector has its groove back, and now we're hearing more and more about new options and new progress being made in order...

New iPhone To Have Touch Sensitive Back?

New iPhone To Have Touch Sensitive Back?

Only a few days after a Korean paper said the new iPhone would be out in April, a Goldman Sachs analyst chimed in on the annual update to the iPhone, saying it would be out in (ta-da) June, when Apple usually release updates to its popular app phone.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen, fortunately, not talking about credit default...

Cheap PCs Ding Mac Market Share

Cheap PCs Ding Mac Market Share

Microsoft made it clear with its "Laptop Hunters" ads, and consumers listened, as the global recession ground on: Windows PCs are cheaper than Macs. It's not as though the price differential wasn't known already, but Microsoft made sure we were reminded of what they like to call, the "Apple Tax." With that, Apple fell to the No. 5 spot in...

Panasonic Brings SDXC Support To New HD Camcorders

Panasonic Brings SDXC Support To New HD Camcorders

SDXC. It's a new memory card format, but only in a certain light. You see, SDXC actually surfaced back in early 2009, but no commercial cards were launched until about a week ago. Already it seems that Panasonic is eager to get some new products on the market to take advantage, but that's not surprising given that it is one of the few firms...

Kingston To Replace Select Flash Drives For Improved Security

Kingston To Replace Select Flash Drives For Improved Security

Slip-ups and the like happen, but they're never fun to deal with. Thankfully, Kingston is helping those affected by their latest goof get over the bitter taste by giving them a new, bug-free replacement. In a world full of lackluster customer service, this is a welcome change to the norm. Evidently, a number of Kingston's DataTraveler Blackbox,...

RCA Airnergy Converts Wi-Fi Signals To Energy On The Cheap

RCA Airnergy Converts Wi-Fi Signals To Energy On The Cheap

Imagine this: any portable device with a Wi-Fi module won't ever have to be plugged into a wall, ever again. We know you think we're crazy, but RCA has a technology that could one day (soon) prove that scenario correct. Shown for the first time this month in prototype form, the Airnergy is a hotspot power harvester that can convert Wi-Fi signals...

Elgato Brings Free Over-The-Air HDTV To Your Mac Or PC

Elgato Brings Free Over-The-Air HDTV To Your Mac Or PC

If you're interested in turning your computer into a HDTV and DVR, then Elgato's new EyeTV One may be something you're interested in. This digital TV tuner connects to your TV antenna and delivers over-the-air TV broadcasts to your Mac or PC. Best of all, since these over-the-air broadcasts are free and offer excellent quality, you could finally...

iBUYPOWER Battalion Touch CZ-10 Now Available For Preorder

iBUYPOWER Battalion Touch CZ-10 Now Available For Preorder

Do you remember the iBUYPOWER Battalion Touch CZ-10 Multi-Touch gaming notebook we told you about last week? Well, it's now available for preorder. iBUYPOWER says the system will ship starting January 22nd though readers with a keen eye may notice that iBUYPOWER's website says the system could ship a couple days earlier. Either way, this 15-inch...

Kingston Adds 30GB SSDNow V Series To Entry-Level Range

Kingston Adds 30GB SSDNow V Series To Entry-Level Range

Kingston's original 40GB SSDNow drive has been a real hit for the storage company; or, at least that's the impression that we're getting now. In order to reach out to even more potential consumers who would love to swap out at least their boot drive to a solid state drive, the company has just announced the SSDNow V Series 30GB Boot Drive....

Monkey Business: Installing A Graphics Card with AMD's Primate Pal

Monkey Business: Installing A Graphics Card with AMD's Primate Pal

AMD just sent over a note with an interesting link that you all have to see. To coincide with the release of the new, sub-$100 Radeon HD 5670, AMD is embarking on campaign to entice users to upgrade. The slogan? "It's so easy, a monkey could do it!" "It’s been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games like DiRT 2, Modern...

Google Docs Adding 'Cloud Storage' Capabilities--Your Hard Drive In The Sky

Google Docs Adding 'Cloud Storage' Capabilities--Your Hard Drive In The Sky

If you've an avid PC user, and you dig the Internet, you've probably run across this problem before. You've got a file that's too big to send over email, and the idea of mailing a physical disc or USB stick in the mail just turns you off. The solution? Up until now, only a few sites out there (MegaUpload and Drop.io, to name a couple) were...

MSI Expands Wind Top All-In-One PC Lineup With AE2400

MSI Expands Wind Top All-In-One PC Lineup With AE2400

MSI's Wind Top all-in-one PC lineup seems to have been a surprising hit for the company. Usually, it produces a few machines here and there and remains content until the next big CPU/GPU introduction. This range, however, has been seeing somewhat frequent updates an awful lot lately, and the new Wind Top AE2400 is living proof of that. This...

Google Takes A Stand For Free Speech, Won't Censor China Search Results

Google Takes A Stand For Free Speech, Won't Censor China Search Results

Stating that things "just got real" wouldn't even begin to do this situation justice. Google, which has maintained a Chinese search portal (Google.cn) since 2006, has just upended the nation's stronghold on content, and while it remains to be seen if any other search engines will follow suit, there's no denying that serious attention is now...

ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100

ATI Radeon HD 5670: DX11 For Under $100

AMD continues their barrage of DirectX-11 class GPU releases with the affordably priced ATI Radeon HD 5670. If you remember all the way back to September of last year, AMD had committed--or at the very least planned--to release multiple new GPUs, at various price points up and down the spectrum. First came the Radeon HD 5800 series, quickly...

OCZ Serves Up Slew of New SSDs, Origin PC Sneaks Out at CES 2010

OCZ Serves Up Slew of New SSDs, Origin PC Sneaks Out at CES 2010

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a little dry in spots, partly because so many companies decided to pre-announce there latest and greatest products weeks before the show.  That said, there are a select few manufacturers that like to keep some of the good stuff bottled up until showtime, so that there's at least a...

Samsung's 64GB moviNAND And 32GB microSD Cards Expand Phone Storage

Samsung's 64GB moviNAND And 32GB microSD Cards Expand Phone Storage

Bill Gates will never live down his quote about having enough memory to last a lifetime, but more now than ever, we're realizing that storage can never really be large enough. There's hardly a better place to look for proof of this than in the smartphone realm, where people are storing heaps and heaps of files onto their phones, primarily...

Dell's OptiPlex XE Desktop Withstands Heat And Hard Working Conditions

Dell's OptiPlex XE Desktop Withstands Heat And Hard Working Conditions

Dell's stable of OptiPlex machines haven't exactly garnered huge public interest outside of the corporate world in the years past, but with design clearly a focus of the company now, we're guessing that the new OptiPlex XE desktop will actually catch the attention of more than just some big purchasing managing. Granted, these are designed...

Nintendo Wii Picks Up Netflix Streaming: Coming In Spring 2010

Nintendo Wii Picks Up Netflix Streaming: Coming In Spring 2010

Man, this took long enough, did it not? After literally years of rumoring, Nintendo's Wii is finally going to stream Netflix movies. The Wii joins the PS3 and Xbox 360, both of which have been able to tune into Netflix Watch Instantly queues for months upon months now, and while it may be last, we get the idea that it'll be the most talked...

Cable Caps Puts A (Cute) Lid On Your USB Accessories

Cable Caps Puts A (Cute) Lid On Your USB Accessories

Accessories aren't usually able to grab our interest unless they really do something that hasn't been done before, but the new Cable Caps definitely have our eyes. Considering just how many USB peripherals we encounter on a daily basis, there's something special here that really connects to our daily experiences. These community developed...

Kodak Focuses On Socialization With New Cameras

Kodak Focuses On Socialization With New Cameras

Kodak announced a few new cameras at CES that are designed to provide easy sorting and uploading to popular sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Kodak Gallery, and YouTube. The most noteworthy camera among the new offerings is the Slice, which is half camera, half photo album. This 14 megapixel camera features a 3.5-inch touchscreen for image playback....

iHome Introduces iHome+Sleep App For iPhone And iPod Touch

iHome Introduces iHome+Sleep App For iPhone And iPod Touch

iHome introduced a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch called iHome+Sleep. This app provides a full-screen clock display along with weather widgets, the iPod control cluster, and a customizable background image. iHome+Sleep also introduces the Sleep Card, which lets you create multiple profiles for wakeup times, sleep and wakeup...

Close-up With Dell's Alienware M11X Mini Gaming Notebook

Close-up With Dell's Alienware M11X Mini Gaming Notebook

There were a few stand-outs at this year's 2010 CES, like Intel's WiDi Wireless Display demo and of course NVIDIA's impressive Tegra 2 demo.  However, if we were to call in a close 3rd runner-up to those two, it would have to be the absolutely HOT looking new Dell Alienware M11x gaming notebook.  Dell was pre-announcing this machine...

Asus Extreme Design Contest Winner Showcase at CES 2010

Asus Extreme Design Contest Winner Showcase at CES 2010

In late October of last year we kicked off a pretty sweet contest and give-away with the folks at Asus, called the Xtreme Design Contest.  For this contest Asus was looking to stir buzz and interest in the enthusiast do-it-yourself community for their new line of P7P55 Xtreme design series motherboards and of course they were looking...

NVIDIA Demos 3D Surround Gaming On GF100

NVIDIA Demos 3D Surround Gaming On GF100

Some of the most impressive booths at CES 2010 used walls of screens that were spanned and combined to display one scene. The experience is similar to walking into Best Buy and standing in the middle of the TV section while surrounded with LCDs and Plasmas, but perhaps on a grander scale. While companies have been using this tactic for years...

KT To Carry 4G iPhone in April: Report

KT To Carry 4G iPhone in April: Report

The Korea Times said on Tuesday that a new version of the iPhone is coming to KT, Apple's partner in Korea, in April.  They called the device the 4G iPhone, but it's unclear if the paper meant "fourth-generation" rather than 4G wireless capability.One phrase stood out, however: "at the earliest." That means the timing could be later,...

Syndiant and Foryou Shake The Pico Projector Market Up With 1024x600 Model

Syndiant and Foryou Shake The Pico Projector Market Up With 1024x600 Model

The world really doesn't need another average pico projector. We've already got dozens to choose from, and much like the initial wave of netbooks, most every single one is exactly the same. You'll find a spec or two different amongst the hordes, but generally speaking, one is just as good as another. Syndiant is hoping to stop the madness...

SteelSeries NP+ Mouse Keeps On Tracking Even After Spills

SteelSeries NP+ Mouse Keeps On Tracking Even After Spills

Are you a hardcore gamer? Of course you are--otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this right now. But when we ask if you're a "hardcore gamer," we aren't just kidding around. If you don't consider yourself amongst the most dedicated out there, you probably won't find much to like in SteelSeries' latest device. The new NP+ Mousepad is unlike...

DisplayLink Module Enables Toshiba's Dynadock V10 To Power DVI Monitor Over USB

DisplayLink Module Enables Toshiba's Dynadock V10 To Power DVI Monitor Over USB

DisplayLink has quietly revolutionized the way we use monitors. Once upon a time, the only way to connect a monitor to a computer was to hook it up via VGA, DVI, HDMI, composite or one of those "other" hard-wire solutions. Now, a simple USB connection can be used to pipe signals to a screen, which is particularly helpful if you're a notebook...

Screen Test Analysis Pits Smartphones Against One Another: iPhone Wins

Screen Test Analysis Pits Smartphones Against One Another: iPhone Wins

Apple's iPhone has been generating tons of demand ever since it was unveiled in 2007, and right from the start, consumers seemed to adore the touch screen. Unlike many phones before it, the iPhone uses a capacitive screen, which reacts instantly to finger presses without the need for a stylus. Right or wrong, the phone has been hailed as the...

MSI Demos New Concept PCs

MSI Demos New Concept PCs

Although they're not quite ready for prime-time just yet, MSI gave us a glimpse at three new PCs the company is working on creating. The company believes the new systems could redefine the way customers interact with digital information within the home. The first concept PC is a 3D All-in-One PC. To use this PC, you must wear wireless 3D glasses...

Toshiba Expands Laptop Functionality With New Universal Docking Station

Toshiba Expands Laptop Functionality With New Universal Docking Station

Toshiba expanded its line of dynadock Universal USB Docking Stations by adding the new dynadock V. This new dock is compatible with all Windows based PCs that have a USB 2.0 connection. The dynadock V offers the same universal compatibility of its predecessor, the dynadock U, but in a smaller package that's half the size and one-third thinner...

Ostendo Demos Three Panel Surround Vision Gaming Geek Nirvana At CES

Ostendo Demos Three Panel Surround Vision Gaming Geek Nirvana At CES

Though in years past, CES has been a bit of a let-down in terms of wow-factor for demonstrations of new products and technologies, this year's 2010 CES proved to be rather impressive in many ways.  There were lots of new break-throughs on display, from hand-helds to notebooks and of course gaming rigs of all kinds.  We'll have more...

Mad Catz Roars Into PC Gaming Arena With Expanded Eclipse Line

Mad Catz Roars Into PC Gaming Arena With Expanded Eclipse Line

Let's play a game, shall we? We say "mice," and you say whoever comes to mind. Go! Did you say Razer? Logitech? Microsoft? Probably, but we doubt you said Mad Catz. Up until now, Mad Catz has been best known for its work in the console world, cranking out peripheral after peripheral to work on the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 (among other consoles)....

Samsung's SE-S084D External Optical Drive Redefines Slim

Samsung's SE-S084D External Optical Drive Redefines Slim

A bunch of new netbooks launched at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, but you'll still have to select an ultraportable (or larger) if you want a machine with an integrated optical drive. Still, Intel's new Atom N450 is likely to move quite a few more netbooks in early 2010, particularly amongst those who were waiting for...

Razer And Sixense Join Hands For Wii-Like Control On The PC

Razer And Sixense Join Hands For Wii-Like Control On The PC

Razer has generally been known best for its hot gaming mice, and more recently, keyboards. But clearly the company has expansion in mind, and with the high-end peripheral market booming (Rock Band instruments, anyone?), there has never been a better time to dabble in the world of motion sensing. At CES 2010, Razer teamed with Sixense and Valve...

Smartfish Creates Moving Keyboard: Not To Confuse, But To Help

Smartfish Creates Moving Keyboard: Not To Confuse, But To Help

We briefly mentioned Smartfish Technologies when we rounded up the best and brightest from the early days of CES 2010, but the new ErgoMotion Keyboard deserves more than a passing glance. Much like the Optimus Maximus in its day, this keyboard has the potential to really revolutionize the way we experience typing. Hailed as the world’s first...

Taser Announces Cell Phone Monitoring Software

Taser Announces Cell Phone Monitoring Software

Taser, which has already started to expand out from its ubiquitous Taser line of stun guns, announced they are have entered the realm of cell phone software. The cellphone software, called Protector, is designed to give parents control over their children's cell phones, including monitoring and limiting texting and phone calls.This type of...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor X Review - XSReviews XFX Radeon HD5750 1GB Graphics Card Video Review @ eTeknix.comMotherboards and Chipsets: ASUS P7P55D EVO Motherboard (Preliminary Version) @ PCShopTalk Title: Asus P7P55D Premium Motherboard @ TechwareLabsProcessors: iXBT Labs Review: Intel Core i5-660/661 ProcessorsMemory and Storage: Thermaltake...

Sprint Gets LG Lotus Elite & LG Rumor Touchscreen Phones

Sprint Gets LG Lotus Elite & LG Rumor Touchscreen Phones

Sprint and LG are refreshing the wireless carrier's lineup with two new touchscreen phones, the LG Lotus Elite and LG Rumor Touch. As successors to the popular LG Lotus and LG Rumor phones, these two new phones add a touchscreen and other new features. The LG Lotus Elite will feature the Sprint One Click user interface which lets users personalize...

Palm Bringing 3D Games To webOS

Palm Bringing 3D Games To webOS

3D gaming has come to the Palm webOS platform. During CES, Palm introduced several graphics-intensive game titles for webOS. The titles come from leading game developers such as EA Mobile, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, and Laminar Research. In all, seven 3D games were introduced, including: “Need for Speed Undercover” (EA Mobile)“The Sims 3” (EA Mobile)“MONOPOLY”...

Samsung Introduces Stylish, Rugged G2 And G3 External Hard Drives

Samsung Introduces Stylish, Rugged G2 And G3 External Hard Drives

Storage announcements haven't been everywhere here at CES, but Samsung has taken a moment to divert from its notebook and HDTV announcements to introduce a new rugged, eco-friendly external hard drive family. The G Series lineup bolsters the company's external drive portfolio of 1.8”, 2.5” and 3.5” drives, which aims at the younger crowd who...

Fandango To Offer Paperless Ticketing Via The iPhone

Fandango To Offer Paperless Ticketing Via The iPhone

Fandango's mobile iPhone app has been around since March, when it was first released, using it, an end user could find movies, find theaters, and buy tickets. Soon, the app may be able to produce scannable bar codes so users don't have to bother printing a ticket, either via a kiosk or a printer.Fandango made the statements at CES 2010. Darren...

Dell Intros 11" M11x, Refreshed Notebooks, 5" Slate PC

Dell Intros 11" M11x, Refreshed Notebooks, 5" Slate PC

CES is a proving ground for big tech companies, and with any big tech show comes Dell. Today, the company made a number of significant announcements, including a sneak peek of the Mini 3 smartphone and a 5" tablet concept that could very well turn the industry up on its head. The company also made a few introductions on things that are a little...

TomTom To Offer Lifetime Map Updates

TomTom To Offer Lifetime Map Updates

Following in the footsteps of Google, Navigon, and Nextar, TomTom is promising free map updates for select GPS navigation systems starting in the second quarter of this year. Although details as to which models will be included in this offer are scant at this point, TomTom tells us that the updates will be available to users by simply connecting...

Boxee Box Confirms NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Processor

Boxee Box Confirms NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Processor

NVIDIA's Tegra chip has barely been around long enough to gain traction. Microsoft's Zune HD uses it and a few lesser-known devices can claim the same, but outside of that, Tegra hasn't really lived a life in the spotlight. With the attention that Ion has received, we get the feeling that Tegra 2 will be a different story.As of today, you...

Intel WiDi Wireless Display Technology at CES, Simply HOT

Intel WiDi Wireless Display Technology at CES, Simply HOT

At this year's CES show in Vegas there have been more than a couple of relatively exciting announcements and of course Intel was intent on joining the party.  Today we got to spend some quality time behind closed doors with the folks in Intel's Mobile group learning a bit about some of the new features that will be coming to their Core...

Spring Design Officially Unveils Alex Dual-Screen eReader

Spring Design Officially Unveils Alex Dual-Screen eReader

We've heard about this one before, but now Spring Design has officially taken the wraps off of the Alex dual-screen e-reader. Based on the Android operating system, the Alex lets users search the Internet on the lower 3.5-inch color browser LCD screen while also displaying books, periodicals, and even personal documents on the paper-like 6-inch...

CyberPower Gets Core i3 Chips In Budget-Friendly Desktop Line

CyberPower Gets Core i3 Chips In Budget-Friendly Desktop Line

For awhile, Intel's Core i7 was the only Core around. Then came the Core i5 and Core i3, and now a whole new world of machines are being offered up at much more reasonable price points. CyberPower is usually one of the first PC makers out there to implement new chips once they hit the market, and the same goes this time around. The new Core...

Lenovo Launches Industry’s First Hybrid Notebook/Tablet

Lenovo Launches Industry’s First Hybrid Notebook/Tablet

Can't decide between a slate tablet and a thin and light notebook? Lenovo has just the solution. The new IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook offers the best of both worlds with a removable multitouch screen that has a separate ARM processor and runs on Lenovo's customized Skylight operating system. When the IdeaPad U1 is in its traditional clamshell...

Toshiba Expands SSD Line

Toshiba Expands SSD Line

Toshiba expanded its NAND-flash-based SSD line-up by introducing a 128GB Half-Slim /mSATA SG Series SSD designed for use in mini-mobile and netbook PCs. Toshiba also introduced a third generation, high performance HG3 Series featuring higher performance read/write SSDs. The HG3 generation SSD is designed for use in notebook computers, gaming,...

NVIDIA Next Gen Tegra Processor Unveiled At CES 2010

NVIDIA Next Gen Tegra Processor Unveiled At CES 2010

NVIDIA invited members of the press to a briefing at the Las Vegas Hilton so that the company's fearless leader, Jen-Hsun Huang, could unveil their latest highly integrated mobile processor.  Dubbed only "the new Tegra processor," but known now as the Tegra 250, NVIDA's CEO spoke of their commitment to improving the mobile computing experience...

TomTom EASE Makes Getting Where You Need Cheap And Easy

TomTom EASE Makes Getting Where You Need Cheap And Easy

The GPS market as a whole changed when Google introduces its Maps Navigation feature on the Motorola Droid. All of a sudden, real GPS was available to anyone willing to support Android, and buying those dedicated navigators suddenly felt less necessary. In response, it seems that both Garmin and TomTom are being more mindful of pricing, and...

Pandigital Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame With AT&T Connectivity

Pandigital Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame With AT&T Connectivity

We've seen digital photo frames shifting their feature set over the last few months in particular; it used to be that a large screen, maybe a Wi-Fi module and a few card slots made a decent frame. Now, it's not a standout frame without something really radical--something like a printer, or something like a live data connection with AT&T....

Kingston SSD Gets Smashed With Baseball Bat, Lives To Tell About It

Kingston SSD Gets Smashed With Baseball Bat, Lives To Tell About It

When dealing with solid state drives, we hear the words "durable" and "reliable" with an insane amount of frequency. Naturally, those two words are two of the biggest selling points when it comes to convincing someone that an SSD is what they should purchase over an HDD, and while we all that speed is the real reason you opt for one, Kingston's...

Verizon Wireless To Get Palm webOS Devices

Verizon Wireless To Get Palm webOS Devices

Well, well, what do we have here? It looks like Palm is upping the specs on its Pre smartphone with the introduction of the new Palm Pre Plus. This smartphone is headed to Verizon Wireless and will offer twice the internal memory of the original (16GB, with 15GB user available) as well as a Palm Touchstone Back Cover for charging. The new...

Olympus Unleashes Six New Compact Cameras

Olympus Unleashes Six New Compact Cameras

In the midst of all of the point and shoot cameras announced at CES, it's always a bit difficult for one manufacturer to stand out among the crowd. Olympus' solution is to release not one, not two, not three, but six new compact cameras in hopes of attracting your attention. Among the new additions, you'll find a new STYLUS TOUGH-3000 that's...

Casio Shows Off Updated EXILIM Point & Shoot Cameras

Casio Shows Off Updated EXILIM Point & Shoot Cameras

Casio announced four new point and shoot digital cameras at CES 2010. The high speed EX-FH100 boasts of a maximum burst rate of 40 shots per second at a "reduced" resolution of 9 megapixels with a 30 shot maximum. This 10.1 megapixel camera also has a wide-angle 24 mm 10X optical zoom lens and up to 1,000 fps high-speed movie recording. The...

ARM Counting Up Design Wins At CES This Year

ARM Counting Up Design Wins At CES This Year

If you wanted proof that Intel and ARM architecture licensees will soon be in direct competition with each other, there's plenty of ammo handy at this year's CES. A number of prominent companies have announced multimedia-centric products based around ARM CPUs, including NVIDIA, Marvell, ZiiLabs (a branch of Creative), and NXP Semiconductor....

Digital Experience 2010: NVIDIA GF100, Thinkpad Edge, Nexus One and More

Digital Experience 2010: NVIDIA GF100, Thinkpad Edge, Nexus One and More

The night before the first day of CES is typically filled with numerous parties and pre-show expos loaded with hot new products and technologies. We attended one such event last night, Digital Experience, where a number of major players were peddling their wares. While at the event, we got to see a real-live NVIDIA Fermi-based graphics card...

Super Talent Ships USB 3.0 Version Of RAIDDrive

Super Talent Ships USB 3.0 Version Of RAIDDrive

Super Talent actually released its original RAIDDrive nearly a year ago, but with USB 3.0 on the rise, it hasn't waste any time in transforming the popular device into once that can now take advantage of the faster version of the USB protocol. This week, the company said that it had started to ship the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive in volume, with 32GB,...

AMD Unveils DX11 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs

AMD Unveils DX11 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs

AMD Unveils World’s First Mobile Graphics with Microsoft DirectX 11 Gaming Support for Notebook Computers – ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor breaks the teraFLOPS barrier to become World’s Fastest Mobile Graphics - Las Vegas, Nev. (International CES 2010) - Jan. 7, 2010 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced its lineup of...

Iomega Introduces Three New ScreenPlay HD Media Players

Iomega Introduces Three New ScreenPlay HD Media Players

Media players are out in force at CES, and Iomega is making sure it doesn't miss this train. Here at the show, the company has introduced an expanded ScreenPlay HD Media Player product line, which is capped off by the top-of-the-line ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player. As with most rivals, this unit is designed to give users easy access to...

Litl Webbook Gives The Slate PC Another Push At CES

Litl Webbook Gives The Slate PC Another Push At CES

If you thought Tablet PCs were in style here at CES, well, you'd be right. Most any non-traditional notebook is getting a look, and that includes Litl's new Webbook. Debuting at the show this week, this machine is described as an "easy-to-use Internet computer for the home that blends the best of the Web with high-quality TV-like viewing."...

CES Showcase: Crucial and Seagate Demo New SSDs

CES Showcase: Crucial and Seagate Demo New SSDs

Today we stopped by Storage Vision 2010 and spoke with Crucial / Micron about their upcoming products. They had an impressive SSD on display with jaw dropping performance numbers. The Micron and or Crucial RealSSD C300 with be sold under both brand names and is based on Micron NAND Flash technology along with a proprietary controller that...

HP Introduces TouchSmart tm2 And Touch-Enabled Mini 5102 Netbook

HP Introduces TouchSmart tm2 And Touch-Enabled Mini 5102 Netbook

If it's not one thing, it's another. In other words, if it's not a touch-enabled slate PC, it's a touch-enabled notebook. HP is getting in on the action at CES, today introducing a new line of TouchSmart notebook and netbook machines. The highlight of the revised lineup is the company's first-ever touch Mini PC, but that's far from all that...

AT&T Confirms Dell Smartphone, Four Additional Android Handsets In The Works

AT&T Confirms Dell Smartphone, Four Additional Android Handsets In The Works

Things are definitely heating up for the Android platform this week. After Google announced the Nexus One, AT&T announced plans to launch five new Android devices in the first half of this year, including a smartphone from Dell. Other devices will come from Motorola and HTC. AT&T didn't release a lot of details on the new phones, but...

Canon Debuts A3100 IS, A3000 IS, A495, & A490 Point-And-Shoot Cameras

Canon Debuts A3100 IS, A3000 IS, A495, & A490 Point-And-Shoot Cameras

Canon introduced four new PowerShot A-Series cameras that target the entry-level market. For the first time, two of these new cameras now feature a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The A-Series lineup includes the PowerShot A3100 IS, A3000 IS, A495 and A490 digital cameras. With the new cameras, Canon has improved upon the A-Series line by...

The App Store Passes Three Billion Downloads

The App Store Passes Three Billion Downloads

The latest milestone for the App Store was released by Apple on January 5th, surely not timed to interfere with any Google Phone (or HTC Nexus One) announcements. In the press release by Apple, the company noted that the App Store has now passed 3 billion (with a b) downloads.The App Store was launched with iPhone OS 2.0, approximately 18...

Google's Much-Rumored Nexus One Becomes Official

Google's Much-Rumored Nexus One Becomes Official

We've heard a fair amount about the Google-branded Android phone codenamed the Nexus One in recent months. Now, Google has officially taken the covers off of the device and given us some hard-core specs. For starters, the Nexus One is available for $179 if you're willing to commit to a two-year service contract with T-Mobile. If you'd rather...

Skype Adds 720p Video Chat Support And HDTV Integration

Skype Adds 720p Video Chat Support And HDTV Integration

Skype has done a lot to revolutionize the way we communicate; there's hardly any arguing that. But largely the service has remained the same for years now. It's a VoIP system, and while it has arrived on new devices (like the iPhone), not much has changed in terms of functionality. Until this week. From CES in Las Vegas, Skype has announced...

OCZ Shows Off Cutting-Edge SSD Technology At CES

OCZ Shows Off Cutting-Edge SSD Technology At CES

OCZ Technology Showcases Cutting-Edge SSD Technology and other Leading Solutions at CES 2010 San Jose, Calif. - January 6, 2010 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and flash-based storage as an alternative to hard disk drives, plans to unveil an array of next generation...

MSI Goes Sexy At CES: U160, X620, Core i7 Rigs, And More

MSI Goes Sexy At CES: U160, X620, Core i7 Rigs, And More

MSI confessed that some new things were on deck for CES, and sure enough the company has today confirmed that they weren't just kidding around. A whole slew of new notebooks and desktops were unveiled, with a few machines in particular really catching our eye. The X620 and U160 are both exceptionally stylish, and while MSI has always had a...

VIA Intros World's First USB 3.0 Hub Controller

VIA Intros World's First USB 3.0 Hub Controller

If there's one thing that's getting massive amounts of attention here at CES, it's 3D. If there's another, it's USB 3.0. VIA, the company responsible for powering all sorts of lower-end computers, has just launched the world's first USB 3.0 hub controller. What's the big deal? The VL810 SuperSpeed USB hub controller enables a single USB port...

Asus Introduces New Motherboards Based On Intel H57/H55 Chipsets

Asus Introduces New Motherboards Based On Intel H57/H55 Chipsets

With new processors comes new motherboards, and that's exactly what we're getting today from Asus. The company made famous by its Eee PC line has just unveiled new motherboards based on Intel's H57/H55 chipsets, which are designed to support the new Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium CPUs. The mainboards include GPU Boost features for taking...

Lexar Upgrades Professional Line Of CompactFlash & SDHC Memory Cards

Lexar Upgrades Professional Line Of CompactFlash & SDHC Memory Cards

Lexar is improving upon its Professional line of CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards by adding larger CF cards and faster SDHC cards. The capacity of the Professional 300x CF cards has been increased to 32GB; Lexar's Professional 233x CF cards are now available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. In the SDHC realm,...

Super Talent Launches 8GB Dual Channel & 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 Kits

Super Talent Launches 8GB Dual Channel & 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 Kits

Super Talent Launches 8GB Dual Channel and 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 Kits New DDR3-1600 Kits Are Based on 4GB DIMMs Built with 256Mx8 Chips CES Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada - January 6, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced two new hand tested 1600 MHz 1.65V...

CES Showcase: Asus Announces Four New Laptops

CES Showcase: Asus Announces Four New Laptops

It's CES time and that means a flurry new products will be hitting the streets soon. Today, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas where company chairman Jonney Shih revealed the company's latest products and technology, including the NX90 Bang & Olufsen notebook, the ROG G73Jh Gaming notebook, the Eee PC...

Seagate Announces BlackArmor PS110 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Seagate Announces BlackArmor PS110 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

In case you haven't heard, USB 3.0 is the hot new thing, at least in the connectivity realm. Today at CES, Seagate--a name you surely recognize in the storage industry--has announced its first major USB 3.0 portable drive: the BlackArmor PS110. It's an on-the-go 2.5" drive with a 7200RPM spindle speed, and just in case you're worried about...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Intel Core i5 661 3.3 GHz GPU Performance analyzed @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets: ASRock H55M Pro mainboard based on Intel H55 for Clarkdale with Core i5 661 @ OCW ASRock H55M Pro (H55 Express) Motherboard @ TweaktownProcessors: Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale Processor Review - Westmere debuts @ PC Perspective Intel Core i5-661...

NVIDIA Collaborates With Weta to Accelerate Visual Effects for Avatar

NVIDIA Collaborates With Weta to Accelerate Visual Effects for Avatar

NVIDIA Collaborates With Weta to Accelerate Visual Effects for Avatar CHALLENGE: Avatar, the breakthrough stereoscopic 3D feature film from James Cameron and Twentieth Century Fox opened on December 18, 2009 with a record breaking opening weekend of over $77 million for any 3D movie, and grossing over $1 billion worldwide since then. The film...

Origin Genesis Desktop Gaming System Preview

Origin Genesis Desktop Gaming System Preview

There's a new company joining the ranks of boutique system builders with customization options that could turn the head of even the most die-hard DIY-er. The paint is scarcely dry on the Origin logo—the business opened on November 17th—but the corporation's three founders each spent a decade at Alienware prior to founding Origin. Their collective...

NVIDIA To Unveil New "Optimus" Mobile Technology At CES

NVIDIA To Unveil New "Optimus" Mobile Technology At CES

With CES scheduled to begin in just two days, NVIDIA has begun publicly hinting about the technology it plans to display at the trade show this year. According to a recent blog post, the company will showcase a new mobile technology under the "Optimus" brand name. Details are scarce; the blog only states the following: "NVIDIA Optimus technology...

Windows 7 "God Mode" Ungodly After All

Windows 7 "God Mode" Ungodly After All

A tweak for Windows 7 has been making the rounds of the Internet. It's been labeled the Windows 7 "God Mode," but unlike "God Mode" in a game, it's not so godly after all.The tweak is enabled by creating a new folder and naming it with a certain text string at the end. The string is {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The reason it's been...

Movie Lovers Shunning DVD, Moving To Download/Kiosk-Based Rental Options

Movie Lovers Shunning DVD, Moving To Download/Kiosk-Based Rental Options

A very interesting new report at the Wall Street Journal has thrown a huge assumption from 2009 in the face of itself. If you'll remember, many entertainment analysts said that consumers could be spending more time in front of the television (instead of at the box office) during 2009 as they struggled to curtail entertainment spending in the...

HSTi Wireless Media Stick Frees Your Media Streamer From Wires

HSTi Wireless Media Stick Frees Your Media Streamer From Wires

Up until now, having your favorite media files on your PC accessible by your media player connected to your HDTV has been a pain. For those with wireless media streamers, it was possible to stream content from the PC to the streamer to the TV; for those without, you had to connect an external storage device of some sort in order to play back...

Samsung Issues Four New Atom N450-Based Netbooks

Samsung Issues Four New Atom N450-Based Netbooks

CES 2010 promises to be a launching pad for Intel in a few big ways. Not only has the company just launched its 32nm Arrandale and Clarkdale platforms in earnest, but it also launched its Pinetrail platform just a few weeks ago. That tiny window of lead time will likely lead to us seeing all sorts of new hardware taking advantage of the new...

Lenovo Intros New IDEA-Branded PC Lineup, Reveals Skylight Smartbook

Lenovo Intros New IDEA-Branded PC Lineup, Reveals Skylight Smartbook

Yesterday Lenovo introduced a bunch of new ThinkPad machines, with the new Edge, X100e and a few other machines headlining the show. Today, the company is making another push as CES gets ready to open its doors to the masses, with its IDEA-branded products getting a significant upgrade. Moreover, an all new product from Lenovo has been announced:...

iBUYPOWER Announces Battalion Touch CZ-10 Multi-Touch Gaming Notebook

iBUYPOWER Announces Battalion Touch CZ-10 Multi-Touch Gaming Notebook

Sometime in the coming months, iBUYPOWER is planning to offer a gaming notebook that takes full advantage of the Windows multi-touch features. The new Battalion Touch CZ-10 will be a 15-inch notebook that will take the multi-touch features of Windows and apply them to the gaming world. iBUYPOWER will show off the new system at CES.    Click...

Skiff & Sprint Preview Largest E-Reader Yet

Skiff & Sprint Preview Largest E-Reader Yet

Amazon's Kindle DX may have made some headlines when it was announced thanks to its 9.7-inch screen, but now Sprint and Skiff plan to take the crown for offering the largest e-reader on the market. The new Skiff Reader is just over a quarter of an inch thick, yet it manages to squeeze an 11.5-inch touchscreen display into its body. The1200...

Samsung Crams APS-C Sensor & AMOLED Screen Into New Hybrid NX10

Samsung Crams APS-C Sensor & AMOLED Screen Into New Hybrid NX10

Samsung announced its new NX10 hybrid DSLR which attempts to give you all of the image quality of a full-fledged DSLR in a more compact form. This 14.6 megapixel camera has an APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and a 3-inch AMOLED display that promises lower power consumption, a wider range of viewing angles, and better contrast than LCD technology....

Freescale Designs $200 Smartbook Tablet: What Now, Apple?

Freescale Designs $200 Smartbook Tablet: What Now, Apple?

We won't be the ones to say we told you so, but hey, we kind of told you so! The Smartbook revolution looks to be upon us, with Freescale serving up its version of the product just as CES gets unofficially underway. At first glance, you may confused this device with something akin to an Apple tablet, but when you consider that most every tablet...

Chrome Takes Over 3rd In Browser Market Share

Chrome Takes Over 3rd In Browser Market Share

Only 16 months after its debut, Chrome has overtaken Safari as the third-most-popular web browser, according to the latest numbers released by web metrics firm Net Applications. Chrome ended the month of December 2009 with a share of 4.63 percent, while Apple's Safari dropped into fourth place with a share of 4.46 percent.Meanwhile, Internet...

Paradigm Shift Unveils Two Color E-Readers For Under $200

Paradigm Shift Unveils Two Color E-Readers For Under $200

Color e-ink remains a holy grail of sorts within the e-reader industry. There's still no company out there that is producing market-ready readers with a color e-ink screen, mostly because the technology just isn't advanced enough to be created cheaply. That little fact isn't stopping Paradigm Shift from touting a new pair of color readers...

33.4GB Blu-ray Layers Could Lead To More Spacious Optical Discs

33.4GB Blu-ray Layers Could Lead To More Spacious Optical Discs

Blu-ray adoption still has aways to go before it matches the ubiquity of DVD, but those who can't get enough storage are already looking beyond the first generation. We've already seen TDK working hard on a 320GB optical disc based around BD technology, and now there's a new report suggesting something entirely more reasonable. You see, a...

JayBird's SB1 Bluetooth Headset Dares You To Run In The Rain

JayBird's SB1 Bluetooth Headset Dares You To Run In The Rain

There's no doubt that the Bluetooth headset market is slowing down now that people realize that they just look goofy while talking to thin air and walking down the street, but that's not to say the market has dried up altogether. JayBird is a newer, lesser-known brand, but it's certainly well respected in inner circles of audiophiles. Just...

Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled

Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled

Today we've got a look at Intel's new line of Core i5 Mobile processors, code named Arrandale. Like Pinetrail for netbooks, Intel's new Arrandale processor combines both an integrated memory controller (DDR3) and GPU (graphics processor) on the same package as the main processor. Though it's not a monolithic device but is built upon multi-chip...

Intel Clarkdale Core i5 Desktop Processor Debuts

Intel Clarkdale Core i5 Desktop Processor Debuts

A couple of weeks ago, we evaluated Intel's Pinetrail platform for netbooks, which features an Atom CPU core, fused to a graphics processor on a single, monolithic die. Today, Intel is taking a similar approach in the desktop space with the company's much more powerful Clarkdale family of processors, although Clarkdale's integrated graphics...

Palm Pre Runs Quake And Doom In Unofficial Manner

Palm Pre Runs Quake And Doom In Unofficial Manner

Apple has made no secret of its intentions to rival the likes of Sony and Nintendo in the handheld gaming market. They clearly feel that the iPod touch and iPhone 3GS have what it takes to make people think twice about shelling out for a dedicated gaming handheld and those $20-$40 games. But one phone player that has remained relatively quiet...

Lenovo's CES ThinkPad Lineup: Edge, X100e, And More

Lenovo's CES ThinkPad Lineup: Edge, X100e, And More

The CES show floor may not official open up for a few more days, but things are already heating up here in Vegas. Lenovo is one of the first consumer electronics companies out of the gate with new gear, today unveiling a slew of new THINK-branded products. The refreshed lineup includes a bevy of new notebooks, with varying shapes, specs and...

Orange Plans To Launch HD Mobile Phone Service

Orange Plans To Launch HD Mobile Phone Service

France Telecom-owned Orange is planning to make high definition telephone calls available to British customers sometime this year. The HD voice service will require customers to buy new handsets. In return for upgrading to HD voice service, customers will enjoy clearer mobile phone calls that are said to make you feel as if you're in the same...

Survey Finds Most Unimpressed By Tech Advancements Through 2010

Survey Finds Most Unimpressed By Tech Advancements Through 2010

We closed out last year by telling you exactly what we thought were the best offerings to emerge during the final year of the first decade post-Y2K, and you could probably tell (particularly in the netbook sector) that we were somewhat let down by how far we'd come. Or, we should say, how far we haven't come. A new survey by the Zogby recently...

A-DATA Unveils eSATA / USB 3.0 External Hard Drive For Speed Freaks

A-DATA Unveils eSATA / USB 3.0 External Hard Drive For Speed Freaks

USB 2.0 has served us well over the years, and we're endlessly grateful for all the transfers we've made over that tried-and-true cable. But with a new year comes new resolutions, and with new resolutions comes new speeds. USB 3.0 got started in earnest late last year, but the real coming-out party is just ahead at CES. A-DATA is hoping to...

LG's DP570MH Portable Television Handles Mobile DTV And DVD

LG's DP570MH Portable Television Handles Mobile DTV And DVD

Mobile DTV quietly became a reality in the United States earlier this year, and now LG Electronics is hoping to be one of the first company's to market with equipment to take advantage of the broadcasting protocol. As the new year kicks off, LG is introducing the planet's first "portable, battery-operated mobile DTV in the United States,"...

Old San Francisco Housing A Bane To Wi-Fi

Old San Francisco Housing A Bane To Wi-Fi

Looking at this, one could imagine this might be the perfect excuse for AT&T to use for its sub-par San Francisco wireless coverage.  After all, the company has already admitted that both New York City and SF need some upgrades.  With this story getting publicity, perhaps AT&T will choose to use it as an excuse.It's probably...

Amazon Touts Kindle's Success, Won't Release Figures

Amazon Touts Kindle's Success, Won't Release Figures

In recent months, Amazon has issued one press release after another to talk up the success of its Kindle ebook reader. The hype surrounding Kindle's success has helped to propel Amazon's share price upward, but some are wondering how long Amazon can continue to make headlines before it releases actual numbers to back up its claims. On December...

Acer Brings Atom N450 CPU To $300 Aspire One AO532h Netbook

Acer Brings Atom N450 CPU To $300 Aspire One AO532h Netbook

When we recently wrote up our "Best Of 2009" awards, we knew that those netbook recommendations wouldn't last long. We didn't have any idea they'd only last a few days, though. We had a feeling that the netbook arena would get a lot more interesting in 2010 compared to 2009, and sure enough, Acer is proving that notion right with its first...

Motorola Reportedly Working On Android Smartphone With 4.3-inch Screen

Motorola Reportedly Working On Android Smartphone With 4.3-inch Screen

Supposedly, Motorola is working on a new smartphone that will have one of the largest displays we've seen to date. Code-named Shadow, the smartphone is said to have a 4.3-inch WVGA+ touch screen with a resolution of 850 x 484 and run on the Android operating system. Considering most smartphones today have a 3.7-inch or smaller screen, the...

Visteon To Add Wi-Fi, Redefine In-Car Infotainment System At CES

Visteon To Add Wi-Fi, Redefine In-Car Infotainment System At CES

Ford and General Motors have both made clear that they recognize just how important Wi-Fi has become to the general public. So important, in fact, that some folks expect to find Internet connectivity within the new vehicle that they buy. It's fairly safe to say at this point that the next big Internet battleground, at least in America, is...

Scosche Introduces 2010 Line Of iPod/iPhone Accessories

Scosche Introduces 2010 Line Of iPod/iPhone Accessories

Scosche has been kicking out accessories and peripherals for years now, but just recently have they gained mass attention. The reason? Apple. The company has been able to gain acceptance in the market thanks to its high-quality iPod and iPhone accessories, and they're now looking to make an even bigger splash at CES 2010. At the all-new iLounge...

Will Smartbooks Thrive In A Netbook-Crazed World?

Will Smartbooks Thrive In A Netbook-Crazed World?

Smartbooks aren't entirely new; we've heard of them before, and we've seen prototypes before. Basically, they're the machine that is supposed to be cheaper than a netbook, yet more capable than a smartphone. They way we see it, they only have a few short years to thrive, as the converged smartphone is becoming all the more powerful by the...

CyberPower Overhauls Black Mamba Gaming PC: Starts At $3800

CyberPower Overhauls Black Mamba Gaming PC: Starts At $3800

CyberPower isn't resting on its laurels here at the beginning of the new year, as it has taken the opportunity to upgrade a rig that it originally announced back in June of '09. The Black Mamba gaming PC was already a force to be reckoned with, and now it has been completely redesigned as to give the Fang Series a new look. The chassis is...