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All News for October 2007

Asus Unveils EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards

Asus Unveils EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards

ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards -- Enjoy amazing combat realism and superb graphics with bundled PC title: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts -- FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream...

Gigabyte Introduces GeForce 8800 GT Cards

Gigabyte Introduces GeForce 8800 GT Cards

GIGABYTE Introduces GeForce 8800 GT-Based Graphics Accelerators Experience the next generation of PCI-Express 2.0 gaming with the GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512H-B and Neverwinter Nights 2 City of Industry, CA, Oct 29, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: The State of 3D: Q4 2007 @ PenStarSys ATI: Linux vs. Windows Vista @ Phoronix Calibre P860 Videocard reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com Planar 24-inch PX2411W Wide-Screen @ Techgage Processors: Athlon64 X2 5000+ Black Edition Review @ InsideHW.com Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI P35 Platinum Review @ Boot Daily Memory & Storage: Mushkin...

Despite Issues, Leopard Sales Top 2 Million

Despite Issues, Leopard Sales Top 2 Million

Despite the well-publicized issues with defective DVDs and BSODs, Apple still managed to sell 2 million copies of Leopard (OS 10.5) on the first weekend.Apple said Tuesday that it sold over two million copies of Mac OS X 10.5, known as Leopard, on Friday when the operating system went on sale and over the weekend. That tally makes Leopard...

New MacBook Coming Soon?

New MacBook Coming Soon?

"The rest of us" have been waiting for a MacBook update for quite a while now, especially since the Santa Rosa launch earlier this year and the subsequent update to the MacBook Pro.In fact many students have posted comments on various message boards around the web that would seem to indicate that they feel that Apple let their market segment...

Seagate Shutting Down N. Ireland Plant

Seagate Shutting Down N. Ireland Plant

It's a sad day for the people of Limavady, a city in Ireland's County Derry, especially for the hundreds of local Seagate employees are that are going to be looking for new jobs once Seagate closes their facility in Limavady.Company spokesperson Woody Monroy didn't mention if any of the employees will be transferred to other locations such...

No Nobel Possibilities With Google's PowerPoint

No Nobel Possibilities With Google's PowerPoint

If you don't live under a rock, you've seen a PowerPoint presentation. Al Gore won an Oscar and a Nobel for what is essentially a PowerPoint presentation, although since he sits on the board of Apple he must use Keynote. But a series of slides designed to drive home the points of a speaker in a meeting is as common a computer utility as you...

Whois Might Become Whodat

Whois Might Become Whodat

If you've ever hosted a website, you know all about Whois. Whois is the searchable database of contact information for the owners of webdomains, overseen and admiministered by ICANN. (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names And Numbers.  It's very useful in combatting various kinds of internet annoyances, and downright criminality, at...

First Official OLPC Order: Uruguay

First Official OLPC Order: Uruguay

It's finally happened: the first official order for the OLPC has been placed.  The country which ordered them was Uruguay. The South American country has bought 100,000 of the machines for schoolchildren aged six to 12. A further 300,000 may be purchased to provide a machine for every child in the country by 2009. The order will be a...

Sick of Work?  Print an Excuse

Sick of Work? Print an Excuse

Want a day off, but need a note --- and you don't have a relative who's a doctor? The Excused Absence Network is the way to go, but it'll cost you.For about $25, students and employees can buy excuse notes that appear to come from doctors or hospitals. Other options include a fake jury summons or an authentic-looking funeral service program...

Skype, 3 Announce Mobile Phone

Skype, 3 Announce Mobile Phone

Today Skype and UK wireless carrier 3 announced the 3 Skypephone, a new mobile phone that allows Skype users to make free Skype to Skype calls while at the same time also functioning as a normal cell phone."Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls to other Skype users all...

88 Million Nobodies Want Vista

88 Million Nobodies Want Vista

Apple is garnering all the headlines this morning upon the much anticipated arrival of their spiffy new version of their operating system, dubbed Leopard. It's set against the background of the enormous market share of their competitor, Microsoft, and the reported inability of the Redmond giant to wean people off of Windows XP and get them...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

In the GPU business, like any other semiconductor technology, die size, cost and performance-per-watt are the name of the game.  Performance-per-watt from a design and manufacturing perspective is important on multiple levels.  Certainly, power efficient products are important to the consumer but also, generally speaking, power-efficient...

We're Looking At Record Sales In Graphics Chips

We're Looking At Record Sales In Graphics Chips

It's a grand time to be in the GPU business. According to Jon Peddie Research, graphics chips manufacturers shipped 97.9 million units in the third quarter, a 20% rise over the preceding quarter, and 18% more than during the same period last year.  Intel is still king; AMD is the little engine that could; but it's Nvidia that's showing...

Boston Red Sox Sweep, World Series Champs!

Boston Red Sox Sweep, World Series Champs!

As many of you know, some of us on the HH Staff hail from one of the greatest cities on earth, Boston Massachusetts.  As such it give us great pride to congratulate the WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX for their second World Series victory in 4 years! Boston Red Sox - World Series Champs Mike Bauman of MLB.com put it best... "The...

Uk Gov: Schools Don't Sign With MS

Uk Gov: Schools Don't Sign With MS

It seems that we can't turn around in our cubicles without a new story about some European government or agency mentioning Microsoft and anti-trust in the same breath.The latest example is from the United Kingdom where the educational technology group Becta has asked for an immediate halt to any licensing of Vista and/or Office 2007 for educators. ...

Love, Revenge, And The Internet

Love, Revenge, And The Internet

When most people think about revenge on the Internet, they might think of signing someone up for unwanted e-mails or even changing passwords to various accounts.  If one really wanted to get spiteful they could try adding a Wikipedia entry, writing nasty a nasty blog, or the ever-so-popular removing someone from your MySpace friends list.Pilar...

Apple Admits Leopard BSOD Issue

Apple Admits Leopard BSOD Issue

Some users have been having issues with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) after an installation. Apple has posted a support document on their site, which coincidentally also appears as the top search on the support page, indicating how prevalent the issue is.According to the support document the issue may be related to "third-party 'enhancement'...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

After many months of trickling out information regarding Penryn and Intel’s 45nm manufacturing process, we’re finally able to offer up some firsthand information regarding Yorkfield, Intel’s quad-core, desktop Penryn derivative.  We recently got our hands on a new Yorkfield-based Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor and were able to run it...

Hot News! -- Diamond Multimedia’s XDNA

Hot News! -- Diamond Multimedia’s XDNA

Look for the mark of excellence with Diamond Multimedia’s xDNA™ CHATSWORTH, CA —November 11, 2007— Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, today unveiled their newly developed xDNA©™ technology platform. This new technology platform enables...

Leopard Lost Its Wireless Backup

Leopard Lost Its Wireless Backup

When a new operating system is announced, it often has a long list of features that will attract potential customers.  Unfortunately, not all of those features end up making the final cut.  Sometimes the missing feature(s) are as underlying as a new file system, but other times it is a missing utility that provides some non-vital...

HD DVD Players Under $200

HD DVD Players Under $200

The continuing battle between Blu-Ray and HD DVD might eventually boil down to who can get their player into more consumer hands.  A large part of that equation is price.  How does less than $200 sound?If you're worried that $200 will buy you a cut rate player, think again.  We're talking about a HD DVD player that was going...

Comcast Continues To Deny Throttling BT

Comcast Continues To Deny Throttling BT

We recently reported that Comcast has been accused of throttling BitTorrent traffic.  Initially Comcast denied that it was doing anything to throttle BitTorrent traffic, but later revised its stance to indicate that their TOS gives them the right and obligation to make sure that the Comcast network isn't being used to traffic in illicit...

Defective DVDs, BSODs Plague Leopard

Defective DVDs, BSODs Plague Leopard

All is not well in Apple-Land. Several threads on the Apple discussion forums indicate a defective batch of DVDs, as well as BSODs ("blue screen of death") after installation. Now, much as we always say about Microsoft, you can't expect 100% flawless behavior; there's no such thing as bug-free software after all. But the defective DVDs, on...

HP Ignoring Wi-Fi Probs in Pavilion Notebooks?

HP Ignoring Wi-Fi Probs in Pavilion Notebooks?

It appears there are a number of threads at HP's support forums.  These forums posts first started in June 2007, and there is no official HP solution yet.  In fact, customers are helping themselves, or at least trying, but there appears to be little or no HP response on the forums.Tipped off by a reader, David Berlind investigates...

Crysis SP Demo Available For Download

Crysis SP Demo Available For Download

Just a heads-up to you all on a rainy New England weekend.  Here's something to pass the time for you, while the rest of us slave and toil over new hardware here in the lab.  It's work here people; no fun and games!  New Graphics Cards, CPUs and tiny Notebooks on the bench - oh my...  In any event, the new Crysis SP demo...

Hardware Round-up

Video: ASUS 8600GTS Video Card @ GamepyreMSI GeForce NX8800GT 512MB Graphics Card @ TweaktownSapphire HD2400XT and HD2600XT Graphics Cards @ Virtual-Hideout Processors: The Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Overclocking Report @ TechARPMotherboards & Chipsets: ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv Motherboard @ Legit ReviewsECS P33T-A motherboard @ t-breakGigabyte...

The (Virtual) Sky Is Falling

The (Virtual) Sky Is Falling

What's the number one problem plaguing the future of the Internet as we know (and love) it?  If you guessed: spam, piracy, pornography, identity theft, or even video games you're somewhat close but still off.  The answer might very well be routers.All the fiber optic lines in the world are 100% useless without the routers to figure...

Apple Imposes New iPhone Purchase Limits

Apple Imposes New iPhone Purchase Limits

Cash?  Nope, you can't buy an iPhone with cash any longer.  Nor can you buy more than two, as Apple has instituted new policies to prevent reselling of the devices.The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person. "Customer...

Leapin' Leopards!

Leapin' Leopards!

With 300+ new features, it'd take at least one whole article to properly cover Apple's newest iteration of OS X, 10.5 a.k.a. Leopard.  Some of the new 'features' are really more in the way of bringing programs like iCal up to date, but some of them are genuinely useful or just fun to tinker with.  Most of the 300+ features are in...

Oink May Squeal Again

Oink May Squeal Again

Oink was taken down on Oct. 23rd, and --- who else but --- The Pirate Bay says it will bring it back, sort of.OiNK was taken down on October 23 by police in the Netherlands and Britain in conjunction with the IFPI and BPI, and a message on the site's front page indicates that an investigation was ongoing into the "identities and activities"...

NVIDIA To Host DX10 Crysis Demo On nZone

NVIDIA To Host DX10 Crysis Demo On nZone

NVIDIA To Host Highly Anticipated Directx 10 Demo Of Crysis On Nzone.Com     News Facts: PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever created. The Crysis demo—available tomorrow from nZone.com—includes the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of gameplay. Crysis was developed...

You're In The Wrong Business

You're In The Wrong Business

Me too. And I say that without even knowing what business you're in. But if you're not in the Webshots.com business, you're working too hard. Webshots is a picture sharing site. It was sold by CNet Networks yesterday to the American Greetings Corporation for $45 million. That sounds good, until you find out CNet bought Webshots in 2004. For...

Let's Not Gozi What's In That .pdf

Let's Not Gozi What's In That .pdf

That particularly virulent .pdf trojan nicknamed the "Gozi Trojan" is back again in a new and slightly more sophisticated form. It uses a flaw in the Adobe Acrobat v.8.x. reader to steal your info as you're entering it into forms. You know that little padlock you see when you're communicating with an SSL encrypted page? It's just a pretty...

Klutzes Rejoice!  Spill-Proof Laptop Keyboards!

Klutzes Rejoice! Spill-Proof Laptop Keyboards!

We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an...

Microsoft: Windows on OLPC Soon

Microsoft: Windows on OLPC Soon

This is interesting, especially since Bill Gates mocked the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1 when the idea was first presented.The world's largest software company is now working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP so it is compatible with the non-profit One Laptop per Child Foundation's small green- and-white XO laptop."We're...

Otellini Talks Anti-Trust In The EU

Otellini Talks Anti-Trust In The EU

It's hard not to appreciate a CEO that comes across as direct as Intel's very own Paul Otellini.  Like him or not, even AMD fans have to give the man credit for being a straight shooter and calling a spade a spade, even if that means ruffling a few feathers.It looks like the latest feathers to get ruffled a bit are those of the EU who...

Microsoft Sees 27% Revenue Increase

Microsoft Sees 27% Revenue Increase

It may only have a Zune, not an iPhone or iPod, but Microsoft had a great quarter nonetheless.In early numbers from Microsoft prior to its quarterly financial results call to analysts this afternoon, the company reported revenue gains of 27% annually to $13.76 billion, and net income nicely higher by 23% annually to $4.29 billion, in what...

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Hypersonic

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Hypersonic

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Renowned System Builder, Hypersonic PCSunnyvale, Calif.—October 25, 2007—OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ...

SanDisk Sues 25 Flash Storage Vendors

SanDisk Sues 25 Flash Storage Vendors

Today Sandisk filed a lawsuit against 25 other flash memory vendors, aiming to erase some of their profits.The roll call of the companies is a long one, but here goes: ACP-EP Memory, A-Data, Apacer, Behavior Computer, Buffalo, Chipsbank, Corsair Memory, Dane-Elec, Edge, Imation/Memorex, Interactive Media, Kaser, Kingston, LG Electronics, Phison...

Sony Makes Money At Everything - But Video Games

Sony Makes Money At Everything - But Video Games

Japan's Sony Corporation crawled up out of the puddle of reddish ink it was dog-paddling in last year and posted a substantial profit for the last quarter. The quarterly profit news allowed Sony to raise its forecast for the year by six times last year's number. The number is based mainly on strength in LCD TVs, computers, and digital cameras;...

Intel: It's Good To Be King - In Kingman

Intel: It's Good To Be King - In Kingman

Chipmaker Intel is opening up a huge new factory in Arizona to make 45 nanometer scaled microprocessors. They're also upgrading their existing factory in New Mexico and building a new facility in Israel to change over from the soon-to-be-obsolete standard of 65 nanometers. The transistors on such chips are so small that more than 30 million...

Microsoft Takes Stake in Facebook

Microsoft Takes Stake in Facebook

Microsoft actually managed to beat Google at an acquisition, or rather, in this case, a partial stake in a company.  Google had also been rumored to have been pursuing a minority stake in Facebook.The final deal resulted in a 1.6 percent stake in the social-networking company, notably smaller than the 5 to 10 percent that had been talked...

Hardware Round-up

Video: MSI NX8600GTS OC Video Card @ OCIA.netHIS RADEON HD 2900 PRO 512MB @ Digit-LifeLeadtek Winfast PX8800 Ultra Leviathan @ Tweaktown Processors: The Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Overclocking Report @ TechARPMotherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi @ NeoseekerASUS Maximus Formula Special Edition @ TechgageASUS Maximus Extreme R.O.G...

ASUS Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 PCI Sound Card

ASUS Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 PCI Sound Card

Asus makes bold claims about their new Xonar sound card being the “best” PC audio card on the market currently.  We took the product to task in an effort to prove out these claims.  At the very least, perhaps a company with the Hardware and Software Engineering resources that Asus has, can deliver reasonable audio fidelity and hopefully...

OCZ Technology Announces 500W StealthXStream PSU

OCZ Technology Announces 500W StealthXStream PSU

OCZ Technology Announces 500W StealthXStream PSU, a Power Management Solution with Excellent ValueSunnyvale, CA—October 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high-reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new 500 Watt StealthXStream Power Supply to offer a sufficient source...

Forget Your Firewall. Guard Your Dumpster

Forget Your Firewall. Guard Your Dumpster

If you're on the Internet, you must be aware of identity theft. Hardly a day goes by without news of another version of a phishing scam designed to coax the unwary into offering up their precious personal information, never mind the more complex and insidious malware approaches to theft.  So information gathered for a study at Utica College...

3G WiMax ...Supplied By Cisco

3G WiMax ...Supplied By Cisco

The headline works best if you sing it like Tony Bennett. Cisco Systems has purchased Navini Networks for $330 million dollars to get their hands on Navini's networking equipment business. Navini  makes the WiMax version of wireless equipment that is poised to become the industry standard for the 3G data transfer protocol.Unlike Wi-Fi,...

Comcast Might Face Litigation Over P2P Blocking

Comcast Might Face Litigation Over P2P Blocking

In recent months Comcast has been accused of blocking BitTorrent traffic on more than one occasion and the company has even gone so far as to cut customers off who use an 'excessive' amount of their 'unlimited' bandwidth.On one side of the recently drawn battle lines are the customers who are claiming that Comcast needs to spend more money...

OiNK Issues Its Last Squeal

OiNK Issues Its Last Squeal

The past 30 days has seen some major events in the global anti-piracy war: Demonoid (operating out of Canada) went off the air for a week or so, both Dutch & U.K. police had major network busts in their respective territories and now it appears that a joint operation have shut down OiNK.“OiNK distributed albums often weeks ahead of their...

Verizon Offers FiOS Customers 20Mbit Uploads

Verizon Offers FiOS Customers 20Mbit Uploads

Monday Verizon unveiled a new new, symmetrical Verizon FiOS Internet service for consumers, featuring an upload and download speed of up to 20Mbps. Yes, you read that right, 20Mbps upload. The service went live in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Monday.The 20/20 service is first launching in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,...

Hardware Round-up

Video: Viewsonic VA2226w 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor @ PC PerspectiveZotac Technology 256MB geForce 8600GTS Graphics Card @ OCIA.netMSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard @ PCStats Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS Maximus Formula Special Edition motherboard @ Elite BastardsMSI P6N SLI @ Digit-Life Memory & Storage: A-DATA 16GB...

One-Stop Multimedia Studio With The Dell XPS 420

One-Stop Multimedia Studio With The Dell XPS 420

Picture A One-Stop Multimedia Studio With The Dell XPS 420Round Rock, Texas, October 23, 2007 - Dell today announced the XPS 420 – a premium multimedia desktop PC that features Dell-exclusive Adobe  Elements Studio software pre-installed, including Adobe Photoshop  Elements 6 & Premiere Elements 4 software as well as Adobe Soundbooth...

Don't Get Played with PlayerBlock.com

Don't Get Played with PlayerBlock.com

Want to find out if you're dating a player?  Or simply want revenge (as we could see as a possible abuse of this service)?  This could be the service for you, and it's all text message-based.Based on the highly optimistic starting assumption that "people cheat and lie while dating and in relationships," PlayerBlock claims to be the...

Hitachi Ends Making Item I Didn't Know They Made

Hitachi Ends Making Item I Didn't Know They Made

Hitachi makes personal computers? Well, they did; but now they don't. Hitachi announced today they are ceasing manufacturing of most kinds of personal computers.  Hitachi is already outsourcing the production of their business computers to Hewlett-Packard, and will continue to sell them under the Hitachi nameplate."We will not develop...

Samsung's Itty Bitty 64 Gigabitty Flash Chip

Samsung's Itty Bitty 64 Gigabitty Flash Chip

Samsung is the first manufacturer to utilize 30-nanometer scale technology for NAND flash chips. It introduced its very powerful and very small 64 gigabit flash chip earlier today. 30 nanonmeters is 30 billionths of a meter.  A single chip could be assembled from the maximum 16 of these little wonders that would hold the equivalent of...

Apple: $100 Million Spent on Potential iBricks

Apple: $100 Million Spent on Potential iBricks

Don't ask us why Apple would even offer this information, but they did.   It was, however, in response to a question regarding the effect of the $200 drop in price on sales.Apple’s earnings calls are notoriously devoid of information, but Apple’s chief operating officer, Timothy Cook, did drop one interesting figure. Of the 1.4 million...

EU Wins: Microsoft Capitulates

EU Wins: Microsoft Capitulates

Three years have passed since the European Commission ordered that Microsoft make three major changes to how it supplies interoperability information to other OS/NOS vendors seeking to develop products that can communicate with Windows desktops and servers.Change #1: developers must be allowed access to source code!  That's right, MS...

Apple Beat Q4 Estimates

Apple Beat Q4 Estimates

Apple stocks continue to climb despite law suits over iPhone and foreign governments demanding that the Cupertino-based Apple make amends for knowingly selling faulty iBooks a few years back.Another major factor in Apple's performance is, of course, sales.  Two of the major sales factors (outside of the iPhone) are the new Universal Binary...

Nehalem Due In Late '08

Nehalem Due In Late '08

Intel stock holders and hardware junkies alike, you now have a very good reason to rejoice: It looks like Intel's next-generation Nehalem platform will be available around this time next year.Nehalem will be Intel's first consumer-oriented platform with Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) and an on-die memory controller.  QPI is similar to...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: VVIKOO GeForce 8600 GT Turbo @ techPowerUp Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe @ PhoronixGigabyte GA-P35-DS4 @ Bjorn3D Memory & Storage: Corsair Flash Drives @ t-breakOCZ Flex XLC PC2-6400 CL3 @ DV HardwareOCZ ATV Turbo 4Gb Flash Drive @ ClubOC.net Power: Coolmax CUQ-1200B Green Power 1200 Watt ATX Power Supply @ Tweaknews.net...

David Beckham Has Nothing to Fear

David Beckham Has Nothing to Fear

Maybe someday, but not now.  At the "Robot Athletic Meet 2007" in Japan, robots met on the soccer field.  Though they showed some moves (some were remotely-controlled and some automatically), none were channeling Pele.For the contestants, most of the movements were, well, mechanical and even a little clumsy -- far from the acrobatic...

AMD DTX Small Form Factor System Sneak Peek

AMD DTX Small Form Factor System Sneak Peek

When AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard, the intent of that early briefing was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems. As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs. On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX,...

AT&T, Napster Team on Wireless Downloads

AT&T, Napster Team on Wireless Downloads

Don't bother to try this on your iPhone as it's tied to iTunes (naturally), but for other phones, AT&T has announced the  Napster Mobile via AT&T Mobile Music service.  Starting in mid-November customers will be able to browse 5 millions songs in the Napster catalog and download them directly to their phones.Songs will cost...

Wireless Fast Enough To Make Your Fillings Hum

Wireless Fast Enough To Make Your Fillings Hum

IBM will announce today that they've partnered with Taiwanese chip manufacturer MediaTek to develop and sell super high-speed chipsets that can wirelessly transfer hi-def-video-sized files between computers, televisions, and other gadgets at speeds over 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi. As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet...

SanDisk TakeTV Is For Simpletons. You Know; Us

SanDisk TakeTV Is For Simpletons. You Know; Us

On October 22nd, innovative memory chipmaker SanDisk is rolling out its TakeTV, a big ole flash memory drive that loads television shows or movies from your computer and plays them on your television. It uses a cradle for their drive that you hook up to your television, and allows you to simply scroll through a menu of available files to play...

Ballmer Says No To Big Purchases

Ballmer Says No To Big Purchases

In a recent Web 2.0 conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer declared that the company wasn't changing their acquisition strategy.  The Redmond Giant will continue making smaller purchases in the $50 million to $1 billion range instead of larger, multi-billion dollar purchases.“The CEO of the world's largest software maker said it is logical...

Major UK Piracy Site Busted, Arrests Made

Major UK Piracy Site Busted, Arrests Made

Anyone who is trafficking in illicit copies of copyrighted media beware!  A major blow against global piracy was made recently in the United Kingdom when tv-links.co.uk was shut down and its management arrested.“The arrest and the closure of the site - www.tv-links.co.uk - came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County...

Find Lost Laptop, Lap Some Top Beer

Find Lost Laptop, Lap Some Top Beer

Croucher Brewing Company in New Zealand is offering a lifetime supply of beer for the return of a stolen laptop --- no questions asked. The laptop contains designs, financial information, and business contact details, according to co-owner Paul Croucher."So we decided that if anyone does come into possession of it we'll be happy to offer them...

Wal-Mart Warns Over Black Friday Websites

Wal-Mart Warns Over Black Friday Websites

It's become a holiday tradition!  That's to say, early postings of "Day After Thanksgiving" sales (also known as Black Friday), particularly with regards to Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart has warned that posters had better "watch out."  As opposed to Santa looking for bad behavior, Wal-Mart will be looking.Wal-Mart's lawyers have an early...

The Matching Pants Better Be Washable

The Matching Pants Better Be Washable

File this under: Nifty. A doctor working on a pneumatic vest used to remotely prod patients and allow diagnoses to be made over the internet hit on the idea of using the vest to simulate video game damage being inflicted on the player.A vest designed by doctor Mark Ombrellaro uses air pressure and feedback from computer games to deliver pneumatic...

Viacom: YouTube Anti-Piracy Tool Is Not Enough

Viacom: YouTube Anti-Piracy Tool Is Not Enough

Viacom filed suit against YouTube last year, alleging that YouTube wasn't taking sufficient measures to ensure that copyrighted material wasn't being freely distributed by the YouTube community.  YouTube seems to have taken complaints from Viacom and others seriously, and has developed an anti-piracy technology that requires copyright...

iPhone To Get Official 3rd Party Apps

iPhone To Get Official 3rd Party Apps

For those of us that have been wondering when we might start seeing 3rd party applications (not hacks) available for our spiffy new iPhones, the answer is likely to be sometime next year at the very earliest.The delay is initially due to Apple taking a stance against allowing any modification of the iPhone, including non-Apple software. ...

Asus PG221 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Asus PG221 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Just in case you pointed your browser right to the news and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at here HotHardware that you may want to check out.  In the article we look at (no pun intended) an LCD from Asus, the PG221, that the company has branded a ‘Hardcore...

Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

In a move that runs counter to the very concept of Net Neutrality - that all data is treated the same - the Associated Press has found, and confirmed with tests, that Comcast blocks attempts by users to share files online.The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data...

Nokia Snickering Behind Apple's Back

Nokia Snickering Behind Apple's Back

Nokia, the Finnish handset giant, announced third quarter financial results yesterday. They've posted an astonishing 85% gain in profits, $2.2 billion, surprising experts and sending their stock into the chilly Scandinavian troposphere. And they did it by playing Wal*Mart to Apple's Neiman-Marcus, if you will -- selling inexpensive things...

Microsoft Busy Popping Windows Kernels

Microsoft Busy Popping Windows Kernels

Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A...

AMD Posts Quarterly Net Loss as Costs Rise

AMD Posts Quarterly Net Loss as Costs Rise

While Google soared on increased market share and lower expenses, AMD posted a net loss along with increased costs. AMD, which competes with market leader Intel, said its third-quarter net loss was $396 million, or 71 cents per share, compared to a net profit of $136 million, or 27 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 23 percent...

Google Quarterly Profit Swells 46 Percent

Google Quarterly Profit Swells 46 Percent

Much as their search market share has increased, so has the amount of money in Google's coffers. Third-quarter net income rose to $1.07 billion, or $3.38 per diluted share, compared with the year-earlier quarter's $733.3 million, or $2.36 per diluted share. Excluding one-time items, profit was $3.91 per share in the latest quarter. Gross revenue...

Western Search Engines Redirected in China

Western Search Engines Redirected in China

No, we (China) really, really don't want you to hear anything about the Dalai Lama.  Or so that's the theory behind search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search being redirected to Baidu.Various reports indicate that YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search are all being redirected to Baidu, in a possible move...

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results – 18 Percent Sequential Revenue Increase Driven by Record Microprocessor Unit Shipments and Increased Graphics Segment Revenue – SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct. 18, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported third quarter 2007 revenue of $1.632 billion, an 18 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2007 and...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeForce 8500 GT Round-Up @ PCTuner Memory & Storage: OCZ ATV 4GB USB Flash Drive Review @ OCModShop Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB HDD @ I4U Kingston 4GB DataTraveler 100 @ TechwareLabs Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory Kit @ Bigbruin OCZ DDR3 PC3-14400 Platinum Edition @ Legion Hardware Power: Ultra X3 800w...

The NSA "Secures" Its Own Smartphone

The NSA "Secures" Its Own Smartphone

The Sectera Edge was developed under the NSA Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device program (SME PED) and will eventually be supplied to the DOD and Homeland Security.  It will be able to switch between the government's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network...

Is It A Crime To Pirate Free Songs?

Is It A Crime To Pirate Free Songs?

Radiohead recently broke away from not only their record label, but from the entire recording label paradigm and decided to release their new album, In Rainbows, over the Internet for the very fair price of whatever you wanted to pay, including nothing at all.With a price like 'free', you'd figure that piracy would be virtually eliminated. ...

Playstation Now Cheaper Than A Spacestation

Playstation Now Cheaper Than A Spacestation

Sony is offering US buyers a new and less expensive model of its Playstation3 gaming console, and cutting the price on its existing model, to try to spur sales. The current model, sporting an 80 GB hard drive, will now retail for $500, down from $600. The new model, already available in Europe and Japan, has a 40 GB drive and will sell for...

Hewlett-Packard Biggest; Getting More Embiggened

Hewlett-Packard Biggest; Getting More Embiggened

Hewlett-Packard is still the world's largest seller of PCs. It surpassed Dell for the top spot a year ago, and is now widening its lead over Dell and everybody else. During the third quarter of 2007, H-P shipped 12.8 million PCs worldwide; that's 18.8% of the total market, and represents a whopping 33% jump from the same period last year....

Employee Data Stolen From The Home Dep'doh!

Employee Data Stolen From The Home Dep'doh!

We're still at a loss as to how so many computers (especially laptops) with sensitive data end up getting stolen.  One would think that anyone entrusted with such data would know that a major law suit and bad press were just lurking around the corner in the guise of a thief.All that being said, about 10,000 employee records were on a...

Google Me This, Google Me That...

Google Me This, Google Me That...

Anyone who's been surfing the web long enough has probably run across some interesting figures relating to Google searches.  Examples of search results can range from comical easter eggs in Google, to intriguing search results that bring out the sociologist living in all of us such as the word porn returning more results than the word...

Radeon 3800? What's In A Name?

Radeon 3800? What's In A Name?

It seems that the Radeon 2950 we all wanted to know and love (and own two of!) might be getting a pre-launch name change to Radeon 3800.  Please remember that this is only a rumor so take it with a grain of salt.“Previously, they are known as Radeon HD 2950 series. Interestingly, one of the AIB partners has even listed out Radeon HD 3800...

OCZ Intros Two New Titanium Edition Memory Kits

OCZ Intros Two New Titanium Edition Memory Kits

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Titanium Edition Memory Kits, Coupling Low Latencies with High Speeds to Meet Enthusiast Demands Sunnyvale, CA—October 17, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new PC2-6400 Titanium Edition dual channel kits....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Envision H190L 19-inch LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers Motherboards & Chipsets: Motherboard Roundup: 12 Solutions on AMD 690G (AM2) @ Digit-Life MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard @ PCStats Biostar TForce TA690G Review @ PenStarSys GIGABYTE GA-G33M-S2H @ Bjorn3D Memory & Storage: Western Digital's Caviar GP hard...

Best Buy Exits Analog Television Business

Best Buy Exits Analog Television Business

On February 18, 2009, broadcasters will stop transmitting analog signals. As such, this move should not surprise anyone, but Best Buy is the first consumer-electronics retailer to indicate it has pulled the plug on analog TVs. The Richfield, Minn.-based electronics retailer said it has pulled all remaining analog television products from store...

Zalman Z-Machine GT1000

Zalman Z-Machine GT1000

We have just posted a new article here at HotHardware featuring the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 case, which Zalman labels a "High End Gaming Enclosure."  This case is made from aluminum, but it bucks the lightweight trend of typical aluminum cases due to it being constructed of metal that is 4-5mm thick.  In addition to its high quality,...

PlayStation3 Array Not Exactly Rocket Science

PlayStation3 Array Not Exactly Rocket Science

It's astrophysics, not rocket science, actually. Frustrated with the complexity and expense of running computations on big arrays of supercomputers, Dr. Gaurav Khanna of the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth has assembled 8 Playstation 3s into a cluster, loaded it up with Linux, and used it to perform massive calculations seeking to...

2000 People Are Now Intel Outside

2000 People Are Now Intel Outside

Intel, the giant semiconductor manufacturer, is the darling of Wall Street today. It reported a 43% increase in 3rd quarter profits over last year's figures.  It has also announced their intention to shed 2000 jobs, and investors like the idea of making more money with fewer people; shares of Intel surged 5% in before-stock-market-opening...

Not Satisfied with P2P, RIAA Targets Usenet

Not Satisfied with P2P, RIAA Targets Usenet

Long before P2P networks, Usenet was a popular way to share binary files, besides of course, conversations.  What with the RIAA already targeting P2P networks, why should it forget the old standby?In a lawsuit filed on October 12, the RIAA says that Usenet newsgroups contain "millions of copyrighted sound recordings" in violation of federal...

Apple Drops Prices on Unprotected Music

Apple Drops Prices on Unprotected Music

Since Amazon MP3 opened, it's been obvious that Apple would have to respond to its lower prices, and they have, by lowering prices on its unprotected music files to match at 99 cents.While there is no reason to think that Amazon has taken the market by storm, it’s clear that it is a competitive force. If iPod users decide to try Amazon’s store...

Napster: Now With 100% More Web Interface

Napster: Now With 100% More Web Interface

Napster, now offering legal music via streaming, has decided to move to a complete web-based format.  No more software to download, and anyone who can run a browser (probably with Java enabled) should be able to enjoy songs from Napter's library of over 5 million tracks.The question remains whether or not people will be happy to stream...

You've Been Downsized, Goodbye!

You've Been Downsized, Goodbye!

AOL is planning on eliminating 20% of their global workforce of about 10,000 employees over the next few months.  In an e-mail to investors, AOL President Randy Falco thanked the outgoing staff for their tireless efforts in help AOL transition from an ISP to an ad-supported e-company.The reduced workforce could either be a result of success...

OS X Leopard to Launch 10/26

OS X Leopard to Launch 10/26

Apple apparently has a love for 6PM nowadays, as not only did the iPhone launch at 6PM, but OS X 10.5, Leopard, will launch on Oct. 26th at 6PM.  Pre-orders are available now.Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" will go on sale through Apple retail stores and resellers on October 26 at 6:00pm local time. Additionally, the company will accept pre-orders...

Corsair Announces TX Series of Power Supplies

Corsair Announces TX Series of Power Supplies

Corsair Announces TX Series of Power Supplies for PC Enthusiasts and Extreme GamersNew High-Performance, Energy-Efficient Power Supplies Meet and Exceed the Most Demanding Requirements of Enthusiasts & Performance SeekersFremont, CA, October 16, 2007 – Corsair® www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in design and manufacturer of high-performance...

Next Gen Laptops To Be Quad-Core?

Next Gen Laptops To Be Quad-Core?

One nice thing about the recent transition Apple made over to Intel platforms is that Mac users spend less time touting their G5 CPUs and more time digging up interesting tidbits about future Intel CPUs.  Details like the next-generation mobile technology going quad-core while remaining at 45W TPW are the sort of buzz we live for here.Perhaps...

'The Pirate Bay' Takes Over Anti-Piracy Domain

'The Pirate Bay' Takes Over Anti-Piracy Domain

In what can only be called ironic, or humorous, or maybe a slap in the face, infamous Swedish Bittorrent site The Pirate Bay has taken over a domain formerly owned by a recording industry group.In yet another snub to anti-piracy efforts, infamous Swedish BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has taken over IFPI.com, a domain formerly owned by the...

Intel QX9775: On The Skulltrail I Saw A CPU...

Intel QX9775: On The Skulltrail I Saw A CPU...

There's little to say about Intel's Skulltrail that hasn't already been said: it's probably going to be seriously fast and quite expensive.  On top of that Skulltrail is also very likely to gain some sort of quadfather-esque level of fame, and is live on as a performance legend even if the concept doesn't break sales records.At the very...

Hey OLPC: Asustek's Got A $200 Laptop Already

Hey OLPC: Asustek's Got A $200 Laptop Already

Taiwan-based Asustek announced today a new laptop line, dubbed Eee PCs, that are directly aimed at both existing and developing markets. It's just a solid no-frills inexpensive unit for existing markets, aimed at casual users. In so-called developing markets Asustek expects to sell the computers to large educational and governmental buyers...

Broadcom's Got The 3G Goin' On... One Chip

Broadcom's Got The 3G Goin' On... One Chip

California based Broadcom has released a new microprocessor for mobile phones, suitable for so-called 3G, or third generation mobile phone standards. Their "phone on a chip" incorporates the cellphone band, a radio receiver, an FM radio receiver, and is Bluetooth enabled too. Industry watchers say the chip is likely to give Broadcom a leg...

Hannah Montana Fans Rejoice: Software Banned

Hannah Montana Fans Rejoice: Software Banned

Despite the fact Hannah Montana isn't a real person, her tickets are hot, hot, hot.  Hot enough to even be mentioned on TV shows like Without a Trace, and hot enough to sell out, with some programmatic assistance.Amid an uproar over the huge demand for seats to pop idol Hannah Montana’s tour, a U.S. federal judge on Monday barred the...

BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2

BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC2

In the event that you pointed your browser right to our news section and missed the link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article at here HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of BFG’s GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 with Thermo Intelligence cooling. ...

Why Silicon Valley is Rethinking the Cubicle

Why Silicon Valley is Rethinking the Cubicle

Why would Silicon Valley, which birthed the idea of the cubicle, be moving away from it?  Even Intel, which is often credited with the idea, is rethinking it.Cubicles can prompt odd behavior, people who have studied them said. It is hard to see if colleagues are busy, so some cube-dwellers will send emails to a neighbor about a simple...

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs Expands industry’s premier placeshifting TV-on-the-PC portfolio with addition of TV Wonder 650 Combo USB and TV Wonder 600 PCI/PCI Express Sunnyvale, Calif. — Oct. 15, 2007 —AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder product lineup that enables HDTV(see footnote 1) on the...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Half Life 2: Episode 2 Performance and IQ - Full Story @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: GIGABYTE GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout Memory & Storage: Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 2x1GB @ Overclockers Online Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D @ PCStats Super Talent DH Flash Drive Review @ OCC Power: Antec TruePower...

Bad Box Office?  Blame Halo 3

Bad Box Office? Blame Halo 3

Poor box office receipts have been blamed on a number of things (besides a bad movie, that is), including poor weather, natural disasters, embarrassing news for the stars, strong box office competition, etc.  This is the first time we have heard a video game blamed for bad box office.Industry expectations for "The Heartbreak Kid," the...

Nokia Shipping N95 8 GB Devices

Nokia Shipping N95 8 GB Devices

Finnish phone giant Nokia is shipping their eagerly anticipated N95 handheld computer. It got a 2.8" display, and a nifty two way slide to expose a keypad for entering text if you slide it out one way, or controls for the media functions if you slide it out the other direction. Nifty. Boasting up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory, the...

Hitachi Says Hard Drives Can Hold All Your Pr0n

Hitachi Says Hard Drives Can Hold All Your Pr0n

They don't actually say that. They have announced that "media stockpilers" can expect to find up to 4 Terabytes on a typical desktop, and 1 Terabyte on your average laptop by the end of this decade.  They're  presenting their method for cramming all those ones and zeros on a platter at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference...

Is There a Bruise on Apple's Reputation?

Is There a Bruise on Apple's Reputation?

Apple's comeback and growth have been nothing short of amazing, but despite its hits, or perhaps because of them, it appears to many that customer service and quality have suffered.By broadening its share of the computer market and diving into whole new businesses, the company has become a case study in the challenges of taking a cherished...

Game Software Could Boost Airport Security

Game Software Could Boost Airport Security

The words "game software" in a subject always catches our attention.  In this case researchers are trying to teach guards how to randomize their search routes, to better patrol airports.Guards are usually told to patrol in a random fashion but, being human, they tend to form habits that patient criminals can exploit. To help make their...

Online Doomsday Clock for Shelter Dogs

Online Doomsday Clock for Shelter Dogs

Many of you have heard of the Doomsday Clock. The proximity of the minute hand to midnight has been the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' way of predicting the potential of nuclear war at first, and now doomsday for the human race in general terms.DogsinDanger.com has a similar idea, and hopes to promote adoption of shelter dogs.Each is tagged...

Dutch Consumers' Union Pleads for XP

Dutch Consumers' Union Pleads for XP

We know that consumers in America aren't exactly enamored with Windows Vista; there's even been a lawsuit filed over the term "Windows-Vista Ready."  Apparently the Dutch Consumers' Union agrees with that opinion.In a recent meeting between the Dutch Consumers’ Union (Consumentenbond) and Microsoft Netherlands, the consumer organization asked...

Internet Gets First Census in 25 years - So?

Internet Gets First Census in 25 years - So?

The Internet hasn't had a census done in 25 years.  At that time only 315 IP addresses were surveyed.  Scientists have re-run the census, pinging 2.8 billion IP addresses.Due to security settings on some servers, about 61% of the pings received no response at all, and others received responses equivalent to "no comment". Millions...

Al Gore Wins (Half) A Nobel Prize

Al Gore Wins (Half) A Nobel Prize

HH would like to congratulate former United State Vice President Al Gore, the man who is often misquoted as having said that he invented the Internet.  Al Gore has just won half a Nobel Peace Prize which he'll have to share with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was founded in 1988 and operates out of Geneva, Switzerland.Al...

Firefox In The Palm Of Your Hand

Firefox In The Palm Of Your Hand

Mozilla developer Mike “schrep” Schroepfer has started discussing the possibilities of a mobile Firefox in a recent blog.“Schroepfer hinted at a desktop and mobile browsing experience that could be bridged to build a better experience for both. He imagined a world in which bookmarks, history, and extensions from Firefox on the desktop work...

NONFI & NVMHCI : The Future Of Flash Storage

NONFI & NVMHCI : The Future Of Flash Storage

Recent IDF attendees might have overlooked such acronyms as ONFI and NVMHCI, but these two acronyms could very well be the future of flash based storage and possibly even a look at the future of Intel Robson-like technologies.So what exactly are these acronyms, and how are they planning on changing the PC landscape?“It [NONFI] is a part of...

Snocap Lays Off 60 Percent of Workforce

Snocap Lays Off 60 Percent of Workforce

Snocap, best-known as being Shawn Fanning's follow-up to Napster, has laid off nearly 60% of its workforce.Snocap offers to handle copyright and music licensing for musicians and also powers embeddable download stores that artists can place on any site. From these digital-music vending machines, the artists can sell their own music. According...

Dell: Warnings Haven't Slowed Linux HW Sales

Dell: Warnings Haven't Slowed Linux HW Sales

Despite Microsoft's claims of possible patent violations, Linux hardware sales have not slowed, and in fact Linux servers sales are growing at a faster rate than Windows-based servers, according to Dell."On the server side Linux continues to grow nicely, a bit faster than Windows," said Dell in an interview during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo...

Abit introduces the IX38 QuadGT motherboard

Abit introduces the IX38 QuadGT motherboard

Abit introduces the IX38 QuadGT motherboard Get in the Driver’s Seat with Extreme Performance October 12, 2007 – abit today announced their brand new enthusiast Intel® X38 chipset based IX38 QuadGT Speedster motherboard. With the IX38 QuadGT Speedster you are prepared for the latest 65nm and next generation 45 nm Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Real-Time Ray Tracing : Holy Grail or Fools’ Errand? @ Beyond3D ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 1024MB @ Digit-Life Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 Pro @ Modders-Inc Unreal Tournament 3 Performance Revealed @ PCPer XFX 8800 GTS 320 MB: Another Fatal1ty @ Bjorn3D Memory & Storage: OCZ ATV Turbo @ DVHardware CFI TeraBox II+ USB Multiple HDD Enclosure...

Rumor: AMD 790FX Chipset To Sip Power

Rumor: AMD 790FX Chipset To Sip Power

Rumors are already being circulated about AMD's upcoming 790FX chipset, and the latest is that it might end up being quite power efficient and not nearly as hot as some of the other high-end chipsets out there.  This is great news for anyone planning on building a new rig based off the 790FX, but it's especially good news for people who...

RIAA vs..Thomas: 2 Jurors Pushed For $3.6M Fine

RIAA vs..Thomas: 2 Jurors Pushed For $3.6M Fine

We just can't get enough of the recent story about the RIAA's recent victory over Janie Thomas of Minnesota, and we know you can't either.  It had everything from a defendant that told different and mutually exclusive stories while under oath (albeit she did so at seperate trials) to a rare-as-hen's-teeth guilty verdict in favor of the...

Power from Space?  Pentagon Likes the Idea

Power from Space? Pentagon Likes the Idea

Solar arrays in space, delivering power to the Earth.  Something seen frequently in science fiction movies and books.  It's always been seen as financially unviable, but if someone with really deep pockets like the military were interested ...A new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier...

How Many P2P Users Are RIAA Agents?

How Many P2P Users Are RIAA Agents?

For years there has been concern over just who has been using peer to peer networks that offer illicit copies of copyrighted material.  Not all of those concerns come from copyright holders or their agents.In fact it seems that there is, and has been, a large concern from those using P2P networks.  It might seem strange on the surface...

MacBook Update This Year Or Maybe Not?

MacBook Update This Year Or Maybe Not?

Apple has been busy updating their hardware to keep up with the latest mobile platform from Intel, dubbed “Santa Rosa”, but there are still two systems that are based on the mobile technology that haven't been updated since the refresh: the MacBook and the Mac Mini.The Mini may be getting discontinued soon if rumors are true, but its platform...

Web 2.0 Is Google

Web 2.0 Is Google

Google has been buying up  so-called "dark fiber," fiber optic lines in place but unused that have the capacity to carry enormous amounts of information. There's been a great deal of speculation that Google intended to become a sort of newfangled Ma Bell telco.  The truth just might be more interesting than that. Does Google intend...

Electronic Arts Wants To Kill People Too

Electronic Arts Wants To Kill People Too

Video game behemoth Electronic Arts just got a little bigger. They've acquired two software studios, BioWare and Pandemic, for  an industry record breaking $860 million.  Although Electronic Arts is the number one video game publisher in the world, their offerings in the first person shooter/ role playing/action genre are a little ...

Ultra X3 1000 Watt Energy Efficient Modular PSU

Ultra X3 1000 Watt Energy Efficient Modular PSU

We wanted to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we take a look at the Ultra X3 1000 Watt Energy Efficient Modular PSU.  Boasting high efficiency and a modular design, the Ultra X3 has more to offer than just 1000 watts of peak power; it also sports a slick finish and near silent  fan. ...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: PowerColor HD 2900 Pro Review @ Neoseeker XFX 8800 GTS 320MB Fatal1ty Video Card Review @ I4U HIS Radeon HD2900 Pro Limited Edition @ Hard Tecs 4U Processors: Maximum CPU Temperature @ Hardware Secrets Motherboards & Chipsets: EVGA 680i SLI 775 A1 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org Memory & Storage: Mushkin HP2-6400 4GB Memory Kit...

OCZ Technology Answers Enthusiast Demands

OCZ Technology Answers Enthusiast Demands

OCZ Technology Answers Enthusiast Demands for a Complete High-End Memory Solution with the 4GB Reaper HPC CAS 4 EditionSunnyvale, CA—October 10, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the 4GB PC2-6400 CL4 series, the latest edition to the highly-awarded...

Airlines OK Standard for Cell Phone Check-in

Airlines OK Standard for Cell Phone Check-in

Wow, soon we won't even need to show up. Oh wait, we still have to show up so we can be searched, x-rayed, prodded, and take off our shoes.Major airlines have agreed on a standard that will allow travelers to check in using a bar code sent to their cell phones, the International Air Transport Association said Thursday.Passengers will register...

Wal-Mart to Sell Broadband Access

Wal-Mart to Sell Broadband Access

With Wal-Mart's "Always Low Prices" does this mean we can look forward to dropping prices on broadband?  There are still areas of the country that cannot receive DSL or cable modem service, and that is where this initiative focuses.Wal-Mart's presence in rural American life continues to grow. Today, the company announced it will begin...

Microsoft: Find Another Billion Computer Users

Microsoft: Find Another Billion Computer Users

Will Poole is tasked with leading Microsoft's push into emerging markets like China, South America, and Africa. His job is simple, really: Find Microsoft another billion computer users. He outlined his approach in a question and answer meeting, touching on interesting approaches to get technology to very poor and isolated places, including...

He's Using You To Get To Me -- Taiwan Style

He's Using You To Get To Me -- Taiwan Style

Follow along closely, here. Gateway formally tendered a binding offer to acquire Packard Bell.  At this point, you and three friends could afford to buy Packard Bell; a 75 percent stake in its holding company was only worth $41 million. But Gateway was just acquired by Taiwan based Acer for the very large sum, comparatively, of $710 million,...

Internet2 Gets a 10x Boost

Internet2 Gets a 10x Boost

Don't get your hopes up --- you'll still be jealous of the broadband speeds in other countries. Despite what many think, the Internet2 is not going to be the second-generation Internet. Rather, the Internet 2 is limited to currently 207 connected universities that use it to quickly exchange data and perform research.Until recently, the Internet2...

Splashtop OS Debuts with ASUS

Splashtop OS Debuts with ASUS

Splashtop OS Debuts with ASUS -- Splashtop provides unique rapid-boot internet solutions for ASUS’ P5E3 WiFi-AP Motherboard -- Fremont, CA (October 10, 2007) - DeviceVM, a San Jose-based company developing rapid-start computing technologies, announced today its collaboration with ASUS, the leading worldwide motherboard, components and notebook...

Shuttle Announces SX38P2 Pro SFF Platform

Shuttle Announces SX38P2 Pro SFF Platform

Shuttle Announces SX38P2 Pro the Ultimate SFF Platform Feel Your Games Like You Have Never Before Taipei, Taiwan, 10th October 2007 - Shuttle Inc. – the leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories today announced its flagship gamers’ platform to the XPC Prima series – the Shuttle XPC Prima SX38P2...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Upcoming Graphics Clarifications @ PenStarSys Update: DX10 Gaming Performance - Catalyst 7.10 @ PCPer Half Life 2: Episode 2 Quick Performance Preview @ [H] Processors: All Sempron Models @ Hardware Secrets Motherboards & Chipsets: Intel X38 Express Coverage @ PCPer, TR, Techage, Neoseeker ASUS Blitz Maximus @ t-break Memory &...

Tivo on Comcast Delayed Again

Tivo on Comcast Delayed Again

The good thing about this is our contract with DirecTV does not end for months.  This delay means we might still be able to sign up for a roll-out, if it ever happens --- and if it ever happens in our area.Comcast's seemingly never-ending delays in getting TiVo service to its customers continued Tuesday, as the company admitted it was...

Excel 2007 Calculation Fix: It All Adds Up Again

Excel 2007 Calculation Fix: It All Adds Up Again

In late September Microsoft admitted there was a bug in Excel 2007 which caused the calculation results of certain values to be displayed incorrectly. The results were correct, but the display was not. Microsoft has posted an update on their Excel blog, and there's a fix available.  However, you'll have to download them manually for now.We...

HotHardware Never Tires Of Chip Pricewars

HotHardware Never Tires Of Chip Pricewars

AMD has announced a price reduction for a bevy of its single and double core Athlon 64 processors for desktop computers.  The discounts range from 5 to 28 percent. AMD has announced the price reductions in order to clear inventory in preparation for the upcoming launch of its Phenom CPUs, noted sources at motherboard makers. However,...

Giant Magnetoresistance Conquers Sweden

Giant Magnetoresistance Conquers Sweden

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two scientists who discovered "giant magnetoresistance." If that doesn't ring  a bell, it should. It's the method used to read and write information on high density hard disks. Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany share the 1.5 million dollar prize, and get to hang the neat...

Ballmer : Red Hat Users Owe MS

Ballmer : Red Hat Users Owe MS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently made some interesting claims about Microsoft code appearing in various Linux distributions, especially Red Hat.  Now he's made a comment that all Red Hat users 'owe' Microsoft.  He hasn't put a dollar amount on what they owe, or made his claims on exactly why 100% clear.  All we know is that...

Comcast Gets Hammered

Comcast Gets Hammered

Mona Shaw, of Bristow Virginia, decided that she'd had enough of Comcast's customer service and chose to do something about it: The 75-year-old took a hammer and starting demolishing a Comcast office.  Not bad for someone who lived through World War II and has a heart condition.While this obviously isn't the recommended way to settle...

Intel X38 Express Chipset Debuts

Intel X38 Express Chipset Debuts

It has been quite some time since Intel launched a desktop chipset targeted squarely at power users and PC enthusiasts.  Of course, the P965 and current P35 have both been very well received by motherboard manufactures and the enthusiast community, but these chipsets were actually designed for the upper-mainstream space.  In fact,...

OCZ: World’s First 4GB NVIDIA SLI Certified Kits

OCZ: World’s First 4GB NVIDIA SLI Certified Kits

OCZ Technology Announces the World’s First 4GB NVIDIA® SLI™ Certified kits, Designed for Ultimate Gaming Performance on NVIDIA nForce MotherboardsSunnyvale, CA—October 9, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to the...

Alienware Extends SSDs to Desktops

Alienware Extends SSDs to Desktops

Alienware has extended its support of solid-state drives (SSDs) from its notebook line to its desktop line.  If you are willing to pay the big bucks --- really big bucks --- you can add these to your desktop configuration.Alienware said Tuesday that it is now shipping solid-state-disks into selected desktop models as well as its notebook...

Hacker Exploits Forgotten eBay System

Hacker Exploits Forgotten eBay System

How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial...

Seagate Momentus PSD Puts Notebooks On A Diet

Seagate Momentus PSD Puts Notebooks On A Diet

Seagate announced yesterday that they're shipping  their new 5400 PSD "Momentus" notebook hard drive, which incorporates 256 MB of flash memory with its conventional hard disk drive. It delivers commonly used information in a -- well, in a flash. That should help lower boot-up time and lower power consumption overall. Windows Vista operating...

Didn't They Use To Do This And Call It A Radio?

Didn't They Use To Do This And Call It A Radio?

TiVo, makers of that marvelous television set-top digital video recorder, have inked a deal with Rhapsody to offer streaming digital music through your TV. TiVo has made similar deals to offer services to their subscribers with Amazon.com for movie downloads, and Yahoo for photo sharing. Rhapsody is considered one of the leading providers...

$220,000 RIAA Victory To Be Appealed?

$220,000 RIAA Victory To Be Appealed?

Minnesotan Jammie Thomas was recently found guilty of file-sharing and ordered to pay $220,000 in restitution, but has decided that she's going to appeal the verdict instead.  This probably isn't surprising considering the amount of the fine compared to her stated annual salary of $36,000 and because like everything in this case, it seems...

The Real Reason Why There's No HL2 For OS X?

The Real Reason Why There's No HL2 For OS X?

Only a few days after Valve's Gabe Newell dished on why Valve, makers of the Half-Life series, doesn't develop for OS X, it seems that Apple decided that they needed to make their position known as well.Bear in mind that Newell's general explanation revolved around Apple changing their support team rather frequently, and not seeming to have...

Another Week, Another iPhone Law Suit

Another Week, Another iPhone Law Suit

The filing of law suits over the iPhone never seems to stop.  In fact, the sheer volume and type of litigation over the iPhone may end up seeing the device unwelcome in France.  Quelle honte!This new class action law suit, filed by Timothy Smith in California, is quite similar to the one filed last week: customers want service and...

VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC

VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC

Though perhaps not always in the lime-light, VIA Technologies continues to impress with low power innovation in X86 computing, targeted not only at embedded markets but higher volume, mainstream applications as well... VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC for Instant Display Systems The VIA vmpc vm7700, a unique approach to digital signage...

UK Bans Revised Manhunt 2 Game

UK Bans Revised Manhunt 2 Game

Manhunt 2, which had already been rejected by UK censors once, was refused again in its revised form.  The game was the first to be refused certification in the UK in 10 years.  Its prequel has been accused of contributing to a schoolboy's murder.Rockstar submitted a revised version but BBFC director David Cooke said that "we do...

The Sky's the Limit for Google Stock

The Sky's the Limit for Google Stock

When Google stock first appeared, it seemed overpriced to many. It wasn't company valuation per se, but the price per share --- which basically meant it was difficult for the small investor to buy any large quantity of shares. Yet Google has not split its shares, and its price continues to soar. The Mountain View-based company's shares traded...

Vonage Settles Patent Suit with Sprint

Vonage Settles Patent Suit with Sprint

Wait a second, you Vonage users.  Although the legal news of late has not been kind to Vonage, they may be able to avoid financial ruin yet.  Today they announced a settlement with Sprint Nextel over their patent lawsuit, though certainly not without cost.Monday's settlement resolves all claims in the dispute, the companies said....

Intel Introduces “Cool Software” Social Network

Intel Introduces “Cool Software” Social Network

Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies,...

The Bad Managers That Fathered High-Tech

The Bad Managers That Fathered High-Tech

Is your boss a jerk? Mine is. I'm self-employed. The king of all bad bosses has got to be Fairchild Semiconductor.  It constantly drove bright, forward thinking tech pioneers out of the building. Their loss is all our gain. "Fairchildren" started Intel in 1968, for instance. And lots, lots more of the most important companies on earth.In...

Got Pb ?

Got Pb ?

For those of you a little sketchy on the Periodic Table, Pb is lead.  Because of well-intentioned bans on lead in all products, including solder for electronic components, a new problem has appeared: tin whiskers. Tin whiskers are tiny hairlike slivers that sprout from components and solder connections made from, or coated by tin. ...

MSNBC Interactive News Acquires Newsvine

MSNBC Interactive News Acquires Newsvine

MSNBC has joined the ranks of social networking sites such as Reddit and Digg as it has acquired Newsvine.MSNBC Interactive News LLC said it acquired Newsvine Inc., a small Seattle startup that lets visitors read and comment on news stories from mainstream media outlets.MSNBC, which is jointly owned by Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal, did...

Your New Personal Trainer: Your Cell Phone

Your New Personal Trainer: Your Cell Phone

Who would have thought of a cell phone that could double as health monitor and inspirational trainer?  Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc., that's who.So what all does a cell phone/fitness trainer do for you?It's probably a shorter list of things it won't do for you:“The sensor can tell whether you're walking, running, climbing stairs, or resting,...

Fight Global Warming with Car Nav Systems

Fight Global Warming with Car Nav Systems

Global warming is a big issue.  Well, at least to many it is.  Nissan wants to use auto navigation systems to keep traffic moving around snarl-ups, reducing carbon emissions and increasing MPG in the process.The Japanese automaker has launched a major effort to better exploit navigation systems--which are essentially on-board computers--and...

Hannah Montana Battles the Bots

Hannah Montana Battles the Bots

It is tough enough to get tickets for a top-flight concert under normal circumstances, but when some people are using bots to cut in line, should that practice be made illegal?IAC/InterActiveCorp's Ticketmaster earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against RMG Technologies Inc., a small Pittsburgh-based...

McDonald's UK Restaurants to Get Free Wi-Fi

McDonald's UK Restaurants to Get Free Wi-Fi

The wi-fi coverage plans that several U.S. cities have been entertaining have taken hits of late with the woes of Earthlink. Meanwhile, in the U.K., a partnership between BT Group and FON has opened up a huge number of additional hotspots in that country. Now McDonald's has announced plans to add themselves to the mix.Fast food chain McDonald's...

Open Thy Wi-Fi And Ye Shall Receive

Open Thy Wi-Fi And Ye Shall Receive

British Telecom and Fon, a Spanish tech firm backed by Google, are attempting to persuade British households to open up their Wi-Fi connections so that others can use them.The question is: why?The answer is actually not as surprising as the one we were hoping for:“They are hoping it will push wireless broadband access, or wi-fi, into suburban...

YouTube Message Spam Troubling Users

YouTube Message Spam Troubling Users

YouTube users are starting to gripe about spam being sent over the messaging system.  Considering that Google owns YouTube, and has had a working spam filter for their own e-mail service, G-Mail, it makes one wonder why the software hasn't been adapted to work on YouTube.After all, a message is a message, and most of the techniques for...

Latest Blu-Ray Movies Crash Older Players

Latest Blu-Ray Movies Crash Older Players

Being on the bleeding edge has its pluses and minuses.  You get to sample the latest stuff first, but if that same technology advances and it doesn't take your older hardware into account, you may end up with a brick.  There was thus some trepidation over the latest wave of features being added to 20th Century-Fox's latest Blu-Ray...

100GB Blu-Ray Discs On The Way

100GB Blu-Ray Discs On The Way

What do you get when you tell Hitachi engineers that they need to come up with a ridiculously large amount of storage on a single Blu-Ray disc?If your answer was a four layer disc that can hold up to 100GB of data, then you might want to look into a future as a fortune teller or psychic.But what about the player?  Do consumers need to...

 iPod nano Catches Fire in Man’s Pocket (?)

iPod nano Catches Fire in Man’s Pocket (?)

There have been plenty of recalls and stories about laptop and cell phone batteries (think Sony --- ouch, and Nokia, recently) either overheating or igniting, but we've never heard of an MP3 player doing this before.Danny Williams says his 1 1/2 year old iPod nano caught fire in his pocket. A local TV station caught the news, and posted a...

NVIDIA Launching New Hardware For Crysis Release

NVIDIA Launching New Hardware For Crysis Release

Rumor and speculation is always fun to play around with.  We've seen plenty of rumors come and go in the graphics arena, many of them almost completely inaccurate and unfounded.  However, when an Senior VP speaks about something in public, sort of like EF Hutton, folks key in a bit.  So is this rumor or a strategic leak? ...

Apple Press Event This Month: Leopard Pounces?

Apple Press Event This Month: Leopard Pounces?

Apple is gathering the faithful for a shindig that is rumored to be going down the last week of this month.  It seems quite likely that this will be a launch event for Leopard, but could Apple have other product announcements up their sleeve?Still, we expect the big news to be about Leopard.  Why?  It's all about the timing...

Kim Jong Il, Internet Wizard: 'Net For The DPRK?

Kim Jong Il, Internet Wizard: 'Net For The DPRK?

During a summit with South Korean's president the reclusive leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Il, described himself as an Internet Expert.  While the comment alone is certainly one of those things that will likely live on as a running joke after being taken out of context.  A certain Al Gore comment comes to mind.So what was the context?“The...

The Case Is Closed But The Story Continues...

The Case Is Closed But The Story Continues...

The case against Jammie Thomas of Minnesota is (still) over, and the restitution is still $222,000.  For somebody making $36,000 a year, that might seem excessive, so what is she planning on doing to pay this off?She's made the following statement:"I'm not going to ask for financial help," she told The Associated Press on Friday. But...

Google Age-Discrimination Suit can Continue

Google Age-Discrimination Suit can Continue

Not only is Google a young, vibrant company, apparently so are its employees, and they tend to look askance at their elders.A tech industry legend who claims Google fired him because he was too old to fit into the company "culture" has just won another shot at making his case in court.A California state appeals court in San Jose on Thursday...

Confirmed: Halo Creators Leave Microsoft

Confirmed: Halo Creators Leave Microsoft

Confirming an earlier report, Microsoft today said that the creators of the uber-hit "Halo 3," Bungie, will become independent.Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's...

More Vista Stability, Reliability Updates by MS

More Vista Stability, Reliability Updates by MS

In early August Microsoft released a pair of performance and compatibility updates. Now they’ve released four (yes, four) more updates as we await Windows Vista SP1.The first, KB941649, addresses “the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista.” This type of vague description always makes me feel warm and fuzzy about an OS’s...

Shop For Items Bourne's Whacking That Guy With

Shop For Items Bourne's Whacking That Guy With

Microsoft and Toshiba today announced the formation of a consortium to hype advanced HD DVD interactive technology.  They mentioned "interactivity and interoperability" and  said they'd "maximize consumer satisfaction," among other things. Long story short: They want to sell you things while you're watching movies. Major Hollywood...

Linux.The Choice Of Phishers Everywhere

Linux.The Choice Of Phishers Everywhere

According to Dave Cullinane, Chief Information Officer  and Security Officer for eBay, online badguys are becoming more organized and sophisticated, and some development of malicious code is being funded and directed in advance like any normal project would be. And according to eBay's analysis of its online security situation, the vast...

Pirates: Come Get Your IE7

Pirates: Come Get Your IE7

Microsoft has removed the requirement for WGA validation when downloading Internet Explorer 7, meaning users of pirated copies of Windows XP can now experience tabbed browsing Microsoft-style. "IE7 was released to the public nearly a year ago, but has yet to overtake its predecessor as the most used Web browser. The removal of the WGA requirement...

MS Says Don't Wait For Vista SP1, Buy Now!

MS Says Don't Wait For Vista SP1, Buy Now!

If you've been waiting for SP1 to be released before giving Vista a try, Microsoft says don't bother.  There's not going to be too many new features for the home user, but many of the new features are going to be targeted at the large organizations.  Perhaps the same organizations that made public comments about why they wouldn't...

Sony: Ripping CDs You Buy Is Wrong!

Sony: Ripping CDs You Buy Is Wrong!

The Minnesota file-sharing case that we've been reporting on is now over, and the RIAA has won.  Perhaps that's not the end of the story, however, as the odd & contradictory statements from the defendant were perhaps topped by some made by a music industry rep.One of the experts called to testify in the trial was none other than Sony...

The World's Most Expensive Free Music

The World's Most Expensive Free Music

The RIAA has prevailed in its suit against a Minnesota woman, who they accused of uploading 1700 music files, for copyright infringement. The jury of twelve awarded the plaintiffs a whopping $222,000 dollars.The verdict, coming after two days of testimony and about five hours of deliberations, was a mixed victory for the RIAA, which has brought...

What Is The Storm Worm For?

What Is The Storm Worm For?

The "Storm" worm computer virus/botnet/trojan horse/malware extravaganza got its name from its first method of transmission -- an e-mail attachment with the subject line: "230 dead as storm batters Europe."  Since then it's used all sorts of clever ruses to get people to click on it and infect their machines. And unlike your typical worm,...

Case Pits Police Radar Against GPS in Teen's Car

Case Pits Police Radar Against GPS in Teen's Car

GPS has many uses, and its use has been expanded to include tracking of teens by parents.  Now it might just prove to get a teen out of trouble.The case represents the first time anyone has contested a speeding ticket in Sonoma County courts using a global positioning system, which pinpoints speed and location using lightning-fast calculations...

Miss America Launches Her Own Browser

Miss America Launches Her Own Browser

There it is, Miss America's browser ... Lauren Nelson made children's Internet security her main issue during the most recent pageant because of a disturbing online encounter she and her friends had as 13-year-olds.  Now a kid-safe browser bearing her name will launch.The Miss America Kid-Safe Web Browser is to debut on Thursday. The...

Fake Steve Jobs Book Tour

Fake Steve Jobs Book Tour

Though we now know the identity of the fake Steve Jobs who kept us entertained with his blog, and thus the mystery is over, the story is not.  The author of “oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs”, Dan Lyons, is planning on going on tour.Before you ask, we'll answer for you: Yes, the fake Steve Jobs is going on a real book tour.“Lyons...

IA64: It's Not About How Many Cores You Have...

IA64: It's Not About How Many Cores You Have...

Intel is planning on improving the performance per core on future Itaniums, which should be evident in the next generation part codenamed Tukwila.  While we're all for making sure each core runs efficiently, it seems a bit strange that this would be a major concern for Itanium R&D people like Cameron McNair.  Most people would...

An Unusual File-Sharing Case To Say The Least

An Unusual File-Sharing Case To Say The Least

Minnesota has always been an interesting and often unpredictable state when it comes to politics and law.  That's why a court case against 30 year old Jammie Thomas is certainly worth following.Thomas has been accused of sharing over 1700 songs via Kazaa.  Things get interesting when she, along with numerous other Kazaa users, received...

Berkeley Does YouTube

Berkeley Does YouTube

Most educators agree that most, if not all, people will fall into one of three categories based on the way their mind acquires and stores new information best: visual learners, auditory learners, and tactile learners.  Many educational institutions try their best to include a decent balance of all three aspects in an attempt to make sure...

The State of DX10 - Image Quality & Performance

The State of DX10 - Image Quality & Performance

When DirectX 10 was first introduced to the market by graphics manufacturers and subsequently supported by Windows Vista, it was generally  understood that adoption by game developers was going to be more of a slow  migration than a quick flip of a switch. That said, nearly a year later, the  question is how far have we come?In...

OMG! You've Got Cancer

OMG! You've Got Cancer

While I am sure this is well-intentioned, and he does offer a maximum of three (including the initial consultation) house calls in his practice, does Dr. Jay Parkinson's practice go a little over the top?  Certainly the price isn't bad.Parkinson's medical practice combines quaint house calls of yore with decidedly 21st-century technology....

OCZ Announces Turbo-Cool 1200

OCZ Announces Turbo-Cool 1200

OCZ Announces the Highly-Anticipated PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1200, the Industry’s Most Powerful NVIDIA SLI Certified Single-Rail PSU Sunnyvale, Calif.—October 3, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of the Turbo-Cool 1200 power supply...

NVIDIA to launch IGP chipsets for AMD Platform

NVIDIA to launch IGP chipsets for AMD Platform

According to a report on the Digitimes website, NVIDIA is planning to launch a few new chipsets for the AMD platform complete with next-gen IGPs and PCI Express 2.0 support."The chipset will come out in two versions, the high-end MCP72XE and the mainstream MCP72P, both support HyperTransport 3.0 and upcoming AMD Phenom processors. The MCP72XE...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800 GTS 320mb Fatal1ty Edition @ Overclock3D Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT Video Card @ OCC Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Motherboard @ Viper Lair Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H @ Techgage Memory & Storage: OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 2GB 1600MHz Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews Hard Drive Failure: Warnings and Solutions @ PCMech...

New iMacs Emulate Windows with UI Freezes

New iMacs Emulate Windows with UI Freezes

A computer, or rather, and operating system that freezes?  Perhaps not a BSOD, but it still sounds vaguely Microsoft-ian doesn't it?  It's not.  It appears, through a series of support forum threads, that some new iMac users are experiencing "issues."A growing number of users have reported that Apple's aluminum all-in-one computers...

The King Of All Media... Steve Ballmer?!

The King Of All Media... Steve Ballmer?!

Is Microsoft bored with making office software and operating systems? Seems that way. In May of 2007, it purchased online marketing firm aQuantive for $6 billion. Speaking at a media event in Paris yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined a future for the company over the next decade to realize 25 percent of their revenues from online...

Is Bungie Jumping Out Of Redmond?

Is Bungie Jumping Out Of Redmond?

It's a rumor from a blog with every third word misspelled, but this one seems to have legs. Microsoft appears to be preparing to either spin off or sell outright Bungie Studios, the developers of their fantastically successful Halo series of video games. Microsoft would retain the rights to any future versions of the Halo franchise, but Bungie...

Microsoft Rolls Out New Zunes to Take on iPod

Microsoft Rolls Out New Zunes to Take on iPod

As promised, Microsoft rolled out three second-generation versions of its Zune music player Tuesday.  Two of the players will be flash-based, while the other is a hard-drive based player.The new Zunes will come in 4-gigabyte, 8-gigabyte and 80-gigabyte models. All will come with a feature that allows a user to automatically sync media...

AT&T Makes New TOS Clear As Mud

AT&T Makes New TOS Clear As Mud

AT&T Recently revised their Terms of Service (TOS) for their DSL broadband service to include a clause which more or less seems put there to let AT&T disconnect a user who they believe is using their broadband access to "damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."Obviously this has been...

iPhone Extreme?

iPhone Extreme?

Is Apple working on a new iPhone?  We're not sure, but a recent html bug hints and a product called the iPhone Extreme.  We're not sure exactly what features an 'Extreme' iPhone might have, but it should be noted that Apple uses the word 'Extreme' to define their high end networking products, and this could just end up being an iPhone...

Gabe Newell Comments About OS X Gaming

Gabe Newell Comments About OS X Gaming

If you've been around long enough, you'll remember that there actually was a fairly large gaming market brewing for Apple at one point in time, but somewhere along the way things went sour and the Mac went a long time with a very limited selection of titles.  That's slowly changing, especially with developers like Blizzard and even Electronic...

AMD Licenses 3D Core Technology to Qualcomm

AMD Licenses 3D Core Technology to Qualcomm

AMD Licenses 3D Graphics Core Technology to QUALCOMM, Delivering The Ultimate Visual Experience to Tomorrow's Phones Advanced QUALCOMM Wireless Chipsets to Include AMD Graphics Technology for Immersive Mobile Gaming SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- AMD (NYSE: AMD - News) today announced an agreement to license cutting-edge graphics core technology to...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Viewsonic 42-inch N4261W 1080p LCD @ I4U Current-gen video games are most often NOT in HD @ HardCoreWare Motherboards & Chipsets: DFI LanParty UT P35 T2R Review @ Ninjalane Memory & Storage: OCZ DDR3 PC3-14400 Review @ Neoseeker Mushkin HP3 10666 DDR3 Memory Review @ OCC Patriot PC3-12800LLK Low Latency Memory Review @ ClubOC.net...

Nintendo Announces Wii Remote Jacket

Nintendo Announces Wii Remote Jacket

Nintendo has had to face the unusual problem of thrown (accidentally, for the most part) remotes with its Wii system. Straps have been previously redesigned, but now Nintendo is adding a layer of cushion to the remote with the Nintendo Wii Jacket.  It will begin shipping with hardware immediately, and will likely be on shelves in two...

Budget Core 2 Platforms from ECS and Gigabyte

Budget Core 2 Platforms from ECS and Gigabyte

Today at HotHardware, we have looked at two affordably priced Core 2 platforms based on the Intel P3x series chipset, to see if there were any major differences in terms of performance, features, and overclockability between the two.  Representing the P35 Express, we have the ECS P35T-A, which retails for a little over $100 USD. In addition,...

Hey, Kids: Rock And Roll -- In Tune This Time

Hey, Kids: Rock And Roll -- In Tune This Time

Electronics are supposed to make our lives easier and more pleasant. Gibson guitars have certainly made our lives more pleasant, at least if the proper person is playing them. Gibson decided to make life easier for the guitar player, too, by offering a new line of instruments that tune themselves automatically. Purists say it's cheating, but...

Global Warming In Chip Sales

Global Warming In Chip Sales

Global microprocessor chip sales are booming. August 2007 came in a 4.5 percent higher than the previous year. It appears manufacturers of devices that use chips are forecasting a strong Christmas season ahead, and are readying themselves to deliver the shiny stuff for under the tree.The increase is better than historical norms, according...

Toshiba Adds HD DVD to 'Satellite' Line

Toshiba Adds HD DVD to 'Satellite' Line

On Monday Toshiba made good on a promise it made earlier this year to add HD-DVD drives to its more popular systems, by adding HD-DVD drives to a Satellite laptop.  Previously only the Qosmio AV notebook had an HD-DVD drive. The Satellite A205 equipped with HD DVD carries with it a retail price of $1,149.99 USD, approximately 30 percent...

First RIAA Lawsuit to Reach Court to Begin

First RIAA Lawsuit to Reach Court to Begin

The first RIAA court case against an accused "music downloader" begins today.  Jammie Thomas will become the first of 26,000 people who have been sued by the RIAA to have their case reach trial.  The rest of those sued have settled out of court.The Brainerd, Minn., resident is accused of illegally sharing 1,702 songs for free on...

Do The eBay (Management) Shuffle

Do The eBay (Management) Shuffle

Things are moving and shaking over at Skype.  It seems that since their acquisition by eBay, there will be a shuffling of management between various units.  We're not sure exactly why this is happening but perhaps putting execs in different units will stimulate synergy.  Here's the rundown of who's going where to do what:“Skype...

Shocker: Second Life Is More Hype Than Hip

Shocker: Second Life Is More Hype Than Hip

Just about everybody has heard of Second Life, and how many retailers have purchased a virtual store and even hawked virtual goods with a real-world likeness.  But a recent report is showing, not surprisingly, that the hype inspired but such stories as mostly that, hype.In fact it seems that Second Life has become less than attractive...

Fix Your 'Broken' iPhone

Fix Your 'Broken' iPhone

If you own an unlocked iPhone that was recently put out of commission by the firmware upgrade that just came down the pipe, have hope yet!  It appears that the eternal struggle between Apple and hackers isn't over yet, and in many cases you can at least partially resurrect your non-functional device:“These latest instructions allow users...

Microsoft fo Unveil Zune 2 on Tuesday

Microsoft fo Unveil Zune 2 on Tuesday

Microsoft is set to unveil the second generation of the Zune tomorrow, including the first flash-based Zunes.According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event. The main part of the announcement will center around the players, which will include...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: The Graphics Shuffle @ PenStarSys XFX 8800 GTS 320mb Fatal1ty Edition @ Overclock3D Philips 200XW 20 inch WSXGA LCD Monitor @ OCC Insignia NS-LCD32 32 Inch 720p HDTV Monitor @ BMR ATI Radeon HD 2600XT vs Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS @ TechSpot ViewSonic VX2255wmb 22-inch Widescreen LCD @ ThinkComputers MSI RX2600XT Diamond @ [H] Processors:...

Office Live Workspace Pre-Registration Opens

Office Live Workspace Pre-Registration Opens

As of today, Microsoft is taking pre-registrations for "Office Live Workspace," their answer to Google Docs. Only a limited number of pre-registrants will be allowed into the first group.The software maker is announcing Office Live Workspace, a free online tool for viewing, sharing and storing--but not editing--Office documents online. (Its...

Nokia Folding Maps Into Their Business

Nokia Folding Maps Into Their Business

Norwegian phone giant Nokia announced its intention to purchase Chicago-based navigation software maker Navteq for around 8 billion dollars.  Nokia, already the world's largest maker of mobile phones, seeks to expand the mobile services it offers to go along with the hardware.Nokia's President and Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo...

No Longer Lost In Translation

No Longer Lost In Translation

Tascam, the king of inexpensive multitrack recording, is out this month with a nifty CD player, the CD-VT2, that will either play music tracks as recorded, or allow you to strip out the vocals and sing along with the backing tracks. The idea behind the product is based on vocal/instrument training, and being able to do it with any CD that...

I Have Seen The Future - And It's OLED

I Have Seen The Future - And It's OLED

Sony will offer an ultra-thin flat television starting in December in Japan. It's the first to use the spiffy new organic organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. It's not cheap for what you get: only 11" at around $1740.00, but OLEDs are wafer thin, use much less power than LEDs or plasma, and are great at displaying fast moving images...

Hollywood Strikes Back

Hollywood Strikes Back

The Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has struck out at pirates yet again, and we're not talking about the Jack Sparrow variety of pirates here.  We're talking about the kind that put expensive movies on the 'net for all to view for no price.Perhaps the most interesting piece of news in this story is that the MPAA not only filed...

SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Partner

SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Partner

SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Strategic Thermal Solution Partner Hong Kong / Taipei / London / Los Angles / Toronto –Sept 24th 2007, SAPPHIRE Technology today announces choosing MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology as part of its next generation of high-end thermal solutions for high performance...