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All News for October 2010

Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset Gets New Colors And Features

Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset Gets New Colors And Features

We've heard of eyewear. Fancy glasses and sunglasses have made a market for themselves. But EarWear? That's a new one! Jawbone has been producing stylish headsets for years now, some of the most stylish on the market. And now they have coined a new term: EarWear. The new ICON headset is a part of the EarWear collection, with four meticulously-crafted...

Habey USA Reveals Fanless, Atom-Based WIT-1800 Desktop

Habey USA Reveals Fanless, Atom-Based WIT-1800 Desktop

Habey USA is a company best known for producing small, quiet, fanless machines that are easily hidden. These desktops have grown progressively more powerful over the years, and the newest model steps things up with a lot of expansion options. The new WIT-1800 is an Atom-based unit (embedded PC) with four mini-PCIe slots, dual SIM slots for...

Super Talent Breaks $15 Price Point With 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Super Talent Breaks $15 Price Point With 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Super Talent is no stranger to USB 3.0. The company has been producing USB 3.0 gear for some time now. But now they're breaking a price barrier. The company has just announced that their USB 3.0 Express Duo has broken the $15 price barrier. A USB 3.0 drive for under $20? That's a trend we can get behind. Super Talent's new USB 3.0 Express...

E FUN Adds Budget Android Tablet

E FUN Adds Budget Android Tablet

E FUN is preparing to launch a new line of Android tablets known as Nextbook. Within the Nextbook lineup, you'll find the Next2 tablet with a 7-inch TFT color display, Wi-Fi, 2GB of memory, a SD/MMC card slot, and a MP3/photo viewer. The Next2 will also come preloaded with 25 books, as well as videos and music. All of the Nextbook tablets...

Fortune: Verizon iPhone On Tap For January

Fortune: Verizon iPhone On Tap For January

To say it's the most anticipated gadget of the year would be selling things short. It's easily the most anticipated of the decade, maybe more. We cannot recall a fantasy gadget that more people have harped on and asked about for a longer period of time, and according to an emerging report from Fortune, it's coming soon. It's the Verizon iPhone,...

Sprint CEO Happy With iPad, Says Helps Overdrive Sales

Sprint CEO Happy With iPad, Says Helps Overdrive Sales

Sprint thanking Apple for making the iPad? That's something you probably didn't see coming. Sprint is one of the two major U.S. carriers that have no real ties to the iPad. Verizon Wireless just started offering the Wi-Fi version along with a VZW MiFi, and AT&T has an integrated 3G version. So why would Sprint be thankful for the iPad's...

Customers Suffer As TV Networks Obfuscate

Customers Suffer As TV Networks Obfuscate

Last week, we brought you the story of how television networks were blocking Google TVs by not allowing them to display content normally accessible by browser. At that time, the likes of CBS and Disney were claiming that it was Google's refusal to remove links to pirated content that had them up in arms. Apparently aware that the piracy argument...

Nintendo Has No Plans To Cut Wii Pricing By Christmas

Nintendo Has No Plans To Cut Wii Pricing By Christmas

Nintendo just experienced their first down quarter in quite some time. Even through 2009, a rough year by nearly any standard, Nintendo managed to pull in profits. Gaming was on the rise as people remained home for entertainment, but it looks like reality is sinking in. Nintendo probably didn't expect to simply ride the Wii popularity wave...

MSI Introduces FX600MX 15.6" Notebook With Core i3/i5

MSI Introduces FX600MX 15.6" Notebook With Core i3/i5

It's another week, which means that it's time for another MSI notebook. The company's latest is a standard sized, classically styled machine, with the FX600MX offering a 15.6" form factor and plenty of power for handling most multi-media demands. There's a Core i3 or i5 processor, NVIDIA's GeForce 310M discrete graphics (512MB) and automatic...

Redbox Confirms That Streaming Option Will Come In 2011

Redbox Confirms That Streaming Option Will Come In 2011

Redbox is known as the DVD kiosk company. It's the company that has taken the world by storm by placing a seemingly endless amount of red DVD rental boxes in grocery stores, supermarkets and Walmart locations. They have most likely led to the further decline of Blockbuster sales, and they're arguably quicker and better than Netflix when it...

CherryPad 7-Inch Android Tablet Video Review

CherryPad 7-Inch Android Tablet Video Review

The CherryPad is a 7-inch slate that comes preloaded with the Android 2.1 (aka Eclair) operating system and is driven by an 800MHz ARM11-based processor by Samsung backed by a meager 256MB of DDR2 system memory.  The device is also based on a resistive touch display, so it takes a bit of getting use to, if you've been working with devices...

Microsoft's Original Love Of IE6 Crippling Business Migration

Microsoft's Original Love Of IE6 Crippling Business Migration

Ah, IE6. Over the past decade it's transitioned from its position as Microsoft's Playmate to Microsoft's ancient, wheezing, colostomy-bag-holding mother-in-law. The decrepit browser's grip on the corporate sector is so strong that Redmond has found itself in the embarrassing position of having to beg ask its customers to stop using its own...

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 29, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 29, 2010

Dave (1), Iyaz (.5) and I (1) are back again for the latest episode of the weekly HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week's episode, we talk about Dell’s new XPS notebooks, Wireless HDMI / WHDI kits from Asus and brite-View, Apple's latest 11.6” and 13.3” MacBook Airs, and a low-priced, Android-based tablet--the CherryPad....

F-Secure Guards Against Spam & Encrypts Your Email

F-Secure Guards Against Spam & Encrypts Your Email

F-Secure added 256 bit AES encryption for email to the newest version of its Messaging Security Gateway. The company boasts that the F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway is the "most effective anti-spam appliance on the market" and claims a detection accuracy of 99.8 percent. The new email encryption feature is designed to be easy to use and...

Acer Liquid Metal Goes Official with 3G, Snapdragon

Acer Liquid Metal Goes Official with 3G, Snapdragon

It's official folks, Acer has gone and formally announced its Liquid Metal, the real sequel to the Liquid E but with a much cooler name and more stylish body. The new smartphone comes built around Google's Android 2.2 platform and sports the same 800MHz Snapdragon processor as the T-Mobile G2. Acer is putting a big emphasis on speed with the...

Oracle Accuses Google of Stealing Code

Oracle Accuses Google of Stealing Code

Well this is getting interesting. According to reports, Oracle continues to cry foul over Google's business practices, most recently claiming that the search juggernaut "directly copied" its Java code. The allegation comes as part of an updated lawsuit that was first filed back in August of this year. The original lawsuit, which seemingly...

Film Videos In 3D For Under $250 With Viewsonic's 3DV5

Film Videos In 3D For Under $250 With Viewsonic's 3DV5

Viewsonic has gone supersonic when it comes to offering new 3D gizmos. On Thursday the company announced a budget-priced 720p camcorder that let's consumers film their own 3D movies. The ViewSonic 3DV5 lists for about $240. The company's 3D camera had been a rumor right before the massive IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin in September....

Boxee Box, Software To Support VUDU Streaming Movie Rentals

Boxee Box, Software To Support VUDU Streaming Movie Rentals

VUDU. Does that name ring a bell? If you have been paying attention to the media streaming world the past few years, it might. The company began by offering a set-top box solution, much like Roku has recently. The box was only for movie rentals and purchases, though, so no other outside streaming from places like Hulu. Since it was so limited...

Apple Faces Fight for iPad Trademark

Apple Faces Fight for iPad Trademark

Proview, a Taiwanese-owned company which owns the trademark for "iPad" China says it will sue Apple for infringing on its ownership in that market, according a report in the Financial Times. Nearly a decade ago, PRoview tried unsuccessfully to market a tablet computer it called "I-Pad." Although the product failed, the company trademarked...

Adobe Unveils Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

Adobe Unveils Flash-to-HTML5 Converter

We know that Apple isn't a fan of Adobe Flash, and won't support it on its iOS products, pushing HTML 5 instead. Adobe, while definitely not agreeing with that stance, is nothing if not pragmatic. Thus, at Adobe's MAX 2010 event on Thursday, the company demo'ed a Flash-to-HTML5 converter.  The product is simply a tech demo for now, but...

AT&T To Sell Red And White BlackBerry Torch Units Next Month

AT&T To Sell Red And White BlackBerry Torch Units Next Month

AT&T knows that users like options, and particularly when shopping for the holiday, colorful options tend to go over well. The new BlackBerry Torch 9800, which remains an AT&T exclusive phone, will soon be available in two extra colors: red and white. We guess red and green would have been the ultimate Christmas combination, but at...

Walgreens Offers $99 Tablet Through Friday But Quality Uncertain

Walgreens Offers $99 Tablet Through Friday But Quality Uncertain

A few weeks back, we covered Cherrypal's announcement of the CherryPad. a 7" tablet aimed at the "sub-iPad" market with a retail price of just $188. Not even a month later, Walgreens is offering the Maylong M-150, a 7" tablet for just $99—$30 less than the $129 base price. The tablet's hardware is modest, even in comparison to the CherryPad....

H2O Audio Adds Waterproof Headset

H2O Audio Adds Waterproof Headset

H2O Audio announced a new pair of headphones that is waterproof and works with your cell phone. The new Surge 2G Contact Headset features an in-line waterproof microphone and speaker. The company says the headset will enable you to "communicate via cell phone while underwater," though we have to admit, most of us don't talk on our phones while...

OCZ Introduces RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD With Improved Performance

OCZ Introduces RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD With Improved Performance

Last month, we were able to take an early peek at a new, amazing device from the labs of OCZ. Earlier in the year, we found that their RevoDrive PCI-Express-based SSD was one of the fastest desktop storage solutions on the market, but OCZ is always pushing the envelope. And that means leapfrogging their own products quite frequently. The RevoDrive...

LaCie Combines 3TB Hard Drives With USB 3.0

LaCie Combines 3TB Hard Drives With USB 3.0

LaCie announced the addition of 3TB hard drive capacity options to its LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. With this announcement, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0 is now available with 6TB of total storage. Because the storage solution uses USB 3.0, it also gets a boost in speed—it's capable of reaching 306MB/s. The d2 USB 3.0 also gets...

Sony Announces New PS3 Console with Bigger Hard Drive, Bigger Price Tag

Sony Announces New PS3 Console with Bigger Hard Drive, Bigger Price Tag

With plenty of time to spare for the upcoming holiday shopping season, Sony said it has gone and answered the cries of its gamers who apparently wanted nothing more than to be able to buy a 320GB PlayStation console in standalone form. Now you can, so long as you have the requisite funds ($350). "The digital distribution trend is undeniably...

Air Display App Review: Wireless Secondary Monitor For Your Mac or PC

Air Display App Review: Wireless Secondary Monitor For Your Mac or PC

Avatron is a software company, and one that you may not be immediately familiar with. But almost every iPad owner has heard of "Air Display," if only in passing. The app has been around since the beginning, and it was viewed as one of the more useful productivity apps right at launch. The iPad App Store has since grown tremendously, but even...

NEC MultiSync PA231W IPS Monitor Ships in November

NEC MultiSync PA231W IPS Monitor Ships in November

NEC just sent us word that its MultiSync PA Series 23-inch monitor with an IPS panel is headed for North American shores in November. This is the smallest version of the company's MultiSync PA Series, the largest being the PA271W we recently reviewed. The PA231W, which was unveiled in Europe last month, is a professional grade display featuring...

First 3rd Party SSD Upgrade for New MBA Announced

First 3rd Party SSD Upgrade for New MBA Announced

Apple's new MacBook Air eschews a standard SSD format, meaning it doesn't have the SSD fit into a drive bay. Rather, the SSD plugs into a standard mini PCI express socket, similar to a stick of RAM. That said, third party upgrade options will be limited, although the first third-party solution has been announced. PhotoFast has announced a...

WHDI Kits Explored: Asus WiCast, brite-View HDelight

WHDI Kits Explored: Asus WiCast, brite-View HDelight

Home Theater PC buffs rejoice, wireless HDMI technologies have finally come of age. Though there are two camps firmly entrenched in the market (Intel's WiDi and WHDI), the bottom line is lag-free full HD 1080p HDMI wireless video/audio transmission is now a reality. No longer does that HTPC need to be shoehorned into the confines of your entertainment...

Secret SMS Replicator Booted from the Android Market; Would Forward SMSes Secretly

Secret SMS Replicator Booted from the Android Market; Would Forward SMSes Secretly

Clearly, this is an app that would have helped Elin Nordegren find out just what Rachel Uchitel was texting to Tiger Woods. The app, Secret SMS Replicator, installs and leave no trace (icon, notication, anything) but forwards all incoming text messages to a second phone. However, while it entered the Android Market on Wednesday, it was also...

Samsung Galaxy Tab Finds Another Home On US Cellular

Samsung Galaxy Tab Finds Another Home On US Cellular

The Galaxy Tab just won't go away. If there were ever a tablet poised to take over for the iPad, it's this one. Samsung's Android 2.2 tablet has received more attention than any other slate (besides the iPad, of course), and it's mostly due to Samsung shaping it for sale on the four major U.S. carriers. But now, even those who are living in...

Russian Viagra Spammer Faces Charges But U.S. Worst Offender

Russian Viagra Spammer Faces Charges But U.S. Worst Offender

Did pigs fly? Because Russia has filed criminal charges against a spammer, something unprecedented in that country, the origination point of so many unwanted e-mails. Moscow police on Tuesday raided the home of Igor Gusev who is alleged to own a botnet with a partner that brought the pair $120 million in revenue over about three years. Gusuv...

RIM Introduces BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone

RIM Introduces BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone

Another week, another new BlackBerry. RIM seems to be pushing out new BlackBerry handsets at a record pace these days, but with fortunes like they have, why not? For fans of the Bold series, there's a new member in town. The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the latest to surface, with T-Mobile USA claiming it first in America. This unit has a very...

Roku To License Hardware And Software

Roku To License Hardware And Software

Roku is certainly making a new for themselves these days. With media streamers and content distributors all jockeying for position in this crowded market place, Roku has managed to become a star player with their low-cost, high-value boxes. Their line of self-branded set-top units provide instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand,...

Nikon's NF-300i 7.2" Digital Photo Frame Converts 2D Images To 3D

Nikon's NF-300i 7.2" Digital Photo Frame Converts 2D Images To 3D

Nikon is in the television business? Or the display business? Those were our first thoughts upon seeing the NF-300i, but it's actually a bit more complicated than that. And thankfully, the explanation makes everything…make sense. Nikon isn't interested in building nor selling monitors, but they are interested in pushing their My PictureTown...

Asus WX-DL Multi-Touch Mouse: Galactic Hockey Puck?

Asus WX-DL Multi-Touch Mouse: Galactic Hockey Puck?

Asus is mostly known these days for their netbooks, but they still make a fair amount of desktop systems, LCD monitors and other PC peripherals. The accessories that they make are probably least known, but this one is pretty unforgettable. For the most part, a mouse is a mouse, with the occasional Magic Trackpad or Razer Naga making waves...

PlayStation Phone Possible But Hardware, Business Strategy Still Vague

PlayStation Phone Possible But Hardware, Business Strategy Still Vague

Rumors of a PlayStation phone (and PSP users' interest in same) has swirled around the Internet since the original PSP-2000 launched, but Sony has never commented on the question of whether or not it would actually bring such a device to market. Ever since Nokia's N-Gage disaster, phone manufacturers and console developers alike have looked...

Garmin Brings GPS To The Golf Course With New Watch

Garmin Brings GPS To The Golf Course With New Watch

Garmin may not be competing in the smartphone business much longer, but the company still has plenty of new products up its sleeve. Today, Garmin announced the Approach S1, the company's first golf GPS watch. The Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses. It can display information about distance to the front, back and middle of...

T-Mobile USA To Ship Galaxy Tab On November 10

T-Mobile USA To Ship Galaxy Tab On November 10

Well, at least you now know about all of your options. Mostly. Samsung's Galaxy Tab was announced for all four major U.S. carriers months back, but Samsung left it up to the operators themselves to determine a launch day and price. We have already heard from Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T, but T-Mobile USA was the dark horse in all...

Enthusiast Goes Nuts Overclocking Sandy Bridge to 5GHz

Enthusiast Goes Nuts Overclocking Sandy Bridge to 5GHz

If you were concerned that Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture would ultimately be found wanting in the overclocking department, go ahead and put your mind at ease. Granted not all Sandy Bridge parts will have the moxie to kick it up several gears, but it's a good sign than an overclocker on Chinese-language Coolaler.com's forum managed to push...

T-Mobile to Offer Tethering Plan One Week from Today

T-Mobile to Offer Tethering Plan One Week from Today

Word on the Web is that starting November 3, 2010, T-Mobile will roll out a tether and Wi-Fi sharing option to its subscribers for $15 per month. For those who pony up the cash, they'll be able to use their smartphones as a tethering device or Wi-Fi hotspot, something that just about anyone with a rooted smartphone can already do for free....

Barnes & Noble Makes E-Readers Fun For Kids With NOOK kids

Barnes & Noble Makes E-Readers Fun For Kids With NOOK kids

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced its new color-screen Nook e-reader known as the NOOKcolor. Recognizing that parents often use electronic devices to entertain their kids as well as themselves, Barnes & Noble also announced NOOK kids, which will make its debut on the new NOOKcolor. NOOK kids will offer nearly 12,000 popular children’s...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU Review @ Vortez.co.uk MSI R6870 and R6850 review @ t-break 23" LG Flatron W2340VG 1080p LCD Monitor @ iGadget Life Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Review @ Neoseeker AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 in CrossFireX @ Techgage.com Samsung LN46C650 Review @ TechReviewSource.com AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Benchmark...

Fluid Computer To Deliver 10.1" Windows 7 Multi-Touch Tablet By Christmas

Fluid Computer To Deliver 10.1" Windows 7 Multi-Touch Tablet By Christmas

Start-up Fluid Computer Systems sure has chutzpah. On Tuesday it declared that it would not only have 1,000 Windows 7, 10.1-inch multi-touch tablets ready for Christmas, but that it would take out the iPad in the process. The first statement seems true enough, the second, highly unlikely. The Fluid Stream, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-equipped device,...

ABI Research Confirms Smartphone Market Is Hot

ABI Research Confirms Smartphone Market Is Hot

A new report from ABI Research shows what many of us have suspected for some time: the smartphone market is HOT, HOT, HOT. According to ABI's Smartphone Market Data report, smartphones made up 19% of all handsets shipped in the second quarter. Compared to the same quarter a year earlier, this represents an increase of 50%. Because many carriers...

Yamaha's PDX-31: An iPod Stereo With Style

Yamaha's PDX-31: An iPod Stereo With Style

Apple's iPod and iPhone have garnered a huge amount of third-party attention. Accessory makers love these devices, and sound systems seem to be one of the more prevalent devices that are released. Most are rather common, with few sticking out above the rest. Even Apple had their own Hi-Fi system years back, but did away with it while allowing...

Sennheiser Introduces New Gaming Headset Lineup

Sennheiser Introduces New Gaming Headset Lineup

Sennheiser probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think about gaming headsets. That's because the company really isn't in that market. They're best known for higher-end headphones for musicians and music lovers, but rarely do they enter the same territory as Razer and Turtle Beach. Now, that's different. With gamers shelling...

Amazon Rewrites Website For iPad Viewing: Windowshop

Amazon Rewrites Website For iPad Viewing: Windowshop

Apple's iPad is seen as a lot of things. An e-reader. A Web browsing tool. A gaming device. An e-mail machine. But it's not really widely viewed as something that you'd go shopping on. Most mainstream shopping websites are still best viewed on a real PC or Mac with a full Web browser, but Amazon is changing that. Amazon already has a rather...

iOS Security Hole Allows Easy Bypassing of Lock Screen

iOS Security Hole Allows Easy Bypassing of Lock Screen

A flaw in iOS 4.1 means it is possible to access the iPhone’s contact list and phone keypad even if the device is locked. The seemingly random set of combination of steps was first reported on the MacRumors forum. It was tested on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones, and appears to fail on 4.0.1 as well as 4.1. The flaw has been...

Nokia Siemens Networks Debuts Phantom DSL Technology At Blazing Speeds

Nokia Siemens Networks Debuts Phantom DSL Technology At Blazing Speeds

The world will probably never stop searching for faster Internet connections. That drive is what pushed us from the modems of old to the place where we are today: a place that involves broadband Internet via DSL, cable, fiber optics, and satellites. But of course, fast is never really fast enough, and while the bigger push today is getting...

White iPhone 4 Delayed Until Spring 2011

White iPhone 4 Delayed Until Spring 2011

This summer, Apple introduced a new iPhone? Remember that? They announced that in late July, a white and black iPhone 4 would ship to AT&T as well as carriers around the globe. At the product introduction event in California, Apple only had white iPhone 4 units laying around for the press to handle. Many felt that the white iPhone 4 had...

OWC Makes It Easy To Upgrade Your Notebook's Hard Drive

OWC Makes It Easy To Upgrade Your Notebook's Hard Drive

Other World Computing is hoping to make it a bit easier for you to upgrade the hard drive in your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and be "green" in the process thanks to its new OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit. Essentially, this kit bundles everything you'll need to upgrade the existing hard drive and reuse the old drive as an...

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Color: $249 This November

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Color: $249 This November

Barnes & Noble announced last week that they would be holding a special event in the middle of New York City this week, and all eyes were situated on a potential color version of the NOOK e-reader. The event is underway today, and a color-screen NOOK is exactly what we have. B&N is simply calling this the Nook Color. The Nook Color...

iBUYPOWER Adds New Systems With AMD Radeon 6000 Series Graphics Cards

iBUYPOWER Adds New Systems With AMD Radeon 6000 Series Graphics Cards

iBUYPOWER is launching three new systems that take advantage of AMD's new 6000 series graphic cards. The new systems include the Gamer Mage D295, Gamer Mage D355, and Gamer Paladin F820. With the lowest price tag of the three new systems, the Gamer Mage D295 features a liquid cooled AMD Athlon II X4 640 Quad-Core processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory,...

Razer Introduces Anansi Gaming MMO Keyboard

Razer Introduces Anansi Gaming MMO Keyboard

Are you a fan of World of Warcraft? How big of a fan? So much of a fan that you went out and purchased Razer's Naga MMO mouse? If so, this new Razer keyboard is probably right down your alley. The company's first MMO gaming keyboard is being introduced today, with the Anansi featuring seven ergonomic modifier thumb keys. Like the Naga, this...

Are Hybrid Drives the Next Big Thing?

Are Hybrid Drives the Next Big Thing?

We'd all love to deck out our desktops and notebooks with high-speed, capacious solid state drives (SSD), but let's face, as good as the technology is, SSDs are still too frakking expensive for mainstream consumption. We're not talking about those puny 64GB SSDs that can be had for comparatively cheap. Sure they're affordable, but once you...

Dell XPS 14 Notebook Review

Dell XPS 14 Notebook Review

Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking...

Report: Intel Increases Lead in Graphics Market Share

Report: Intel Increases Lead in Graphics Market Share

So you consider yourself a power user, and as such, you wouldn't be caught dead and rotting with integrated graphics, right? Fair enough, but remember you're part of an elite bunch. For every PC user like yourself, there are scores of others who are content to surf the Web, fire off emails, and even load a casual game or two without dropping...

Broadcasters Fight America's New Love Of Online Viewing

Broadcasters Fight America's New Love Of Online Viewing

With smartphones and iPods, game consoles and PCs, e-readers and tablets, Americans now spend a truly mind-boggling number of hours each week watching TV, even more than the mega-hours they spent as couch potatoes last year. Online viewing means far fewer commercials and broadcasters have begun to fight back and eliminate free TV shows on...

Western Digital's WD TV Live Hub Has 1TB HDD, Network Streaming

Western Digital's WD TV Live Hub Has 1TB HDD, Network Streaming

There's no question remaining: we're living in a media streaming world. This revolution has been coming, and the steam has been building. Western Digital themselves have created a few media streaming boxes in the past, but now that the new Apple TV and Roku boxes are out, the gloves are off. The new WD TV Live Hub is Western Digital's nicest...

Palm Ad Shows Off WebOS 2.0 Features On Pre 2

Palm Ad Shows Off WebOS 2.0 Features On Pre 2

WebOS 2.0 is being viewed by many as a major overhaul of Palm's mobile operating system, but Palm has not shown it very much to the public. But with the Pre 2 now official and on sale in France, there's no real use in keeping things undercover now. Palm, or HP really, has just revealed the first public ad for WebOS 2.0 and the Pre 2. The minute-long...

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Makes a Live Demo Appearance

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Makes a Live Demo Appearance

RIM has dispelled rumors that the BlackBerry tablet, or PlayBook, was vaporware, by showing it off in the flesh at the Adobe MAX show on Monday. This came on the same day that RIM made the first build of a BlackBerry PlayBook QNX OS simulator available for Windows and Mac. Last month, when RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the...

Sony Killing Walkman Cassette Player, Finally

Sony Killing Walkman Cassette Player, Finally

It's the end of an era. You can shed a tear if you were a child of the 70s or 80s, as you probably grew up wishing for a Walkman cassette player from Santa. Sony's Walkman line still lives on today, with the digital versions outselling the iPod in Japan for the first time last month. So there's no question that Walkman units are still in high...

VLC Media Player Reaches iPhone, iPod touch

VLC Media Player Reaches iPhone, iPod touch

Applidium's VLC Media Player is now available on the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPad, which it supported earlier. The new version is now 1.1.0. VLC Media Player allows you to play a variety of video formats not supported natively by iOS. Remember, though, that it takes some powerful hardware for multimedia playback, and thus this...

Melinda Gates Says "No Apple" In Her House

Melinda Gates Says "No Apple" In Her House

Oh, brother. The drama! It's like a soap opera each time that anyone interviews Bill or Melinda Gates, as the obvious and inevitable questions surrounding Apple always crop up. For years, rumors have swirled about the use of Mac / Apple in the Gates household. Some have said that the Gates family uses nothing with an Apple logo on it, while...

Monster Meter is Perfect for the Halloween 'Willies'

Monster Meter is Perfect for the Halloween 'Willies'

It's a typical scenario: your young child is convinced there's a monster under his bed, and showing him Monsters, Inc. doesn't calm him down. That's when you whip out your iPhone and pull up the Monster Meter app. The Monster Meter app is designed to convince your child there are no monsters in his room. There are four monster detection "technologies."...

Wi-Fi Direct Testing Begins Now: A Real Bluetooth Rival

Wi-Fi Direct Testing Begins Now: A Real Bluetooth Rival

Bluetooth has been the main protocol for exchanging information in short-range scenarios for years. As long as we can remember, actually. It's hard to remember a cellphone made in recent years that lacked Bluetooth, and it hasn't had too much competition along the way. If you needed to transfer files with another device in the general area,...

Garmin – Asustek Partnership To End

Garmin – Asustek Partnership To End

After disappointing sales of its nuvifone, we reported back in September that Garmin was considering its options with its smartphone unit. Now, Reuters is reporting that Asus plans to end its mobile phone agreement with Garmin, thereby paving the way for Garmin to exit the smartphone business altogether. A company official for Asustek said...

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 25, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 25, 2010

We’re a little late this time around, but we’re back with the latest episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week’s episode, we talk about AMD’s upcoming “Fusion” Llano APU, the brand new Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards, Samsung’s Epic 4G Android-based SmartPhone, and WD’s massive...

Sprint To Get Samsung Galaxy Tab On November 14

Sprint To Get Samsung Galaxy Tab On November 14

Samsung's Galaxy Tab will be available from Sprint starting November 14. The tablet features a 1GHz processor, Android 2.2, a 7-inch screen, and connectivity to Sprint's 3G network. The device will cost $399.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Two monthly plan options are available: a 2GB data plan for $29.99...

Amazon Copying Page from B&N, Will Add Lending Feature to Kindle

Amazon Copying Page from B&N, Will Add Lending Feature to Kindle

If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Barnes and Noble should be blushing all kinds of red. That's because Amazon has made the decision to let Kindle users lend books to other Kindle device and Kindle app users, a feature Barnes and Noble's Nook had since Day 1. "Later this year, we will be introducing lending...

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Program Making the Rounds

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Program Making the Rounds

Security firm F-Secure is warning that a malicious program spoofing Microsoft's free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program is being distributed via drive-by download as either hotfix.exe or mstsc.exe. "Not only does this fake took steal Microsoft's brand, it also features a bizarre matrix display of 32 antivirus products, offering...

Adobe AIR 2.5 Brings Apps To TV, Tablets, And Smartphones

Adobe AIR 2.5 Brings Apps To TV, Tablets, And Smartphones

If you thought the showdown between Apple and Adobe was over, think again. The company's are bound to get at each other once more shortly, as Adobe has just introduced something that definitely encroaches into territory that Apple currently dominates: the app landscape. At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe announced...

Google Revises Privacy Policies, Creates Stronger Controls

Google Revises Privacy Policies, Creates Stronger Controls

Particularly over the past few months, Google has run into a few issues over privacy. The main issue that got them into hot water was a realization that their Street View cars had inadvertently collected Wi-Fi data while cruising, picking up some rather private information along the way. Google has become a large enough company now that people...

Sony Drops PSPgo Pricing To $199 In U.S.

Sony Drops PSPgo Pricing To $199 In U.S.

It's a fact: the world isn't ready to give up on physical media entirely just yet. Well, it's not really a "fact," but it's fairly clear that at least this is true in the video game world. CD sales have been in decline for years, just as iTunes sales have been on the rise. With music, people seem to be okay with downloading digital copies....

Apple's NC Data Center To Double In Size?

Apple's NC Data Center To Double In Size?

It's clear that Apple believes in the cloud. Their iTunes media portal has grown to heights that were unimaginable just years back, and with Apple TV, iTunes and the upcoming Mac App Store, it's clear that Apple will need lots of storage for apps and lots of bandwidth for serving them. Apple has become a content delivery company over the years,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card in Crossfire @ Tweaktown Sapphire HD6870 and Crossfire performance @ LanOC Reviews AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 Video Card Review @ [H] SAPPHIRE HD 6850 1GB Video Card at Modders-Inc Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte H55N-USB3: De Facto LGA1156 Mini-ITX Board? @ SilentPCReview Memory and Storage:...

New 3DMark 11 Video Tantalizes With DX11 Splendor

New 3DMark 11 Video Tantalizes With DX11 Splendor

Futuremark hasn't told anyone when it plans to launch 3DMark 11, but the video and screenshots the company has released thus far point towards a gorgeous application. It's arguably timely; the three-year-old 3DMark Vantage doesn't support DirectX 11. This could probably be fixed via an update, the same way 3DMark 2005 was rebuilt as 3DMark...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Radeon HD 6850: Grinding Diamonds @ InsideHW AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 Review @ Hardware Canucks Legion Hardware - (AMD Radeon HD 6870) HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB @ techPowerUp AMD 6800 Series Review @ OCC Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org AMD Radeon HD 6850 & HD 6870 Launch Review @ Neoseeker...

Spaceport America's first runway christened

Spaceport America's first runway christened

Virgin Galactic's spaceport, Spaceport America, has christened its first runway. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) on Saturday dedicated the nearly two-mile long "Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway" at Spaceport America with Governor Bill Richardson, Sir Richard Branson and about 30 of more than 380 Virgin Galactic future astronauts...

Microsoft Plans New PC Game Store

Microsoft Plans New PC Game Store

Microsoft recently introduced a new online PC game store known as Games for Windows Marketplace. The store will officially launch on November 15. According to Microsoft, it will combine the convenience of the web with a "Games on Demand" online distribution model. Through the store, Microsoft plans to offer a "Deal of The Week" as well as...

AT&T Intros Pay-As-You-Go International Data Plan Packages

AT&T Intros Pay-As-You-Go International Data Plan Packages

There are a few problems with international data plans. The first is that they're extremely expensive. It's always always cheaper to buy a rental SIM or a rental WWAN USB stick in the international country that you land in versus roaming on your home carrier, but to compound the issue, most of the better data deals require a 2-year data contract...

Microsoft Sells 240 Million Copies Of Windows 7 During First Year

Microsoft Sells 240 Million Copies Of Windows 7 During First Year

A major birthday was celebrated this week in the consumer electronics industry. On October 22nd of last year, Microsoft put Windows 7 on sale in America. That means that the company's newest desktop operating system is now one year old, and it's always telling to see how many copies were sold in the opening year. Generally, first-year sales...

AT&T Sees Tons Of New Activations, 5.2 Million Were iPhones

AT&T Sees Tons Of New Activations, 5.2 Million Were iPhones

There's no question that the iPhone is being challenged more now than ever before. Android activations are on the rise, and Windows Phone 7 is just about here. Plus, Nokia's C8 has put Symbian back on the map. But the iPhone momentum seems as strong ever, despite all of those facts. AT&T just released their Q3 2010 financial numbers, and...

HP Reveals Slate 500 Tablet

HP Reveals Slate 500 Tablet

Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first tablet. Known as the Slate 500, this $799 device runs on Microsoft Windows 7 and targets business customers. In contrast to many of today's tablets which traditionally offer a smartphone feel, the Slate 500 attempts to replicate the experience you'd get on a full PC but in a tablet form factor. The Slate...

Sharp Reportedly Exits Notebook Business To Focus On Tablets, Smaller Machines

Sharp Reportedly Exits Notebook Business To Focus On Tablets, Smaller Machines

Now, the notebook world has one less name in the hat, and one less competitor in the field. Sharp has just revealed that the company is planning to scale back their mobile operations, and that means no more notebooks from Sharp. That's a pretty big move for a company with a name like Sharp. Sharp has a huge reputation in the consumer electronics...

A Peek At Ubuntu's New Touch Support

A Peek At Ubuntu's New Touch Support

While there's still no official word on which PC manufacturers will produce a Ubuntu touch netbook, the company released a sneak-peak video that shows it's new Netbook Edition Unity interface and gesture library in action. Ubuntu has so far certified a list of 27 laptops and 7 netbooks that work with its full-fledged recent 10.10 release,...

Adobe Warns Of Bug In Shockwave Player

Adobe Warns Of Bug In Shockwave Player

There's a critical bug in Adobe's Shockwave Player that affects both Windows and Macintosh PCs. The bug was publicly disclosed earlier this week. According to Adobe, the bug "could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." In the security advisory, Adobe said that it considers the issue critical...

Asus Announces Eee PC 1015PN With Ion 2, Atom N550

Asus Announces Eee PC 1015PN With Ion 2, Atom N550

Asus is the netbook king. Does anyone deny it? The company's Eee PC line has been around for as long as the term "netbook" has been around, and while computer fads come and go, the Eee PC line keeps right on growing. The "Seashell" group has been joined by another member today, with Asus introducing the Eee PC 1015PN as their latest miniature...

Google To Test 1Gbps Internet At Stanford's Campus

Google To Test 1Gbps Internet At Stanford's Campus

Earlier in the year, Google made clear that they wanted to get in the business of providing Internet service, not just service search on the Internet. A ton of cities made their case to Google in order to be selected for one of the first rollouts, but Google has still yet to make their decision on that. In fact, an update today provided by...

Google Is Negotiating With Television Networks

Google Is Negotiating With Television Networks

Networks may be blocking Google TV for now, but it should come as no surprise that Google is quickly working to try to negotiate with television networks in order to gain access to shows. According to Reuters, a source familiar with the matter said Google is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their...

Texas Instruments Adds Sitara ARM microprocessors

Texas Instruments Adds Sitara ARM microprocessors

Texas Instruments added two new AM389x Sitara ARM microprocessors to its portfolio. Designed for use in single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals, the new AM3892 and the AM3894 offer PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and dual...

Atheros Intros Powerline/Wi-Fi Hybrid Reference Designs

Atheros Intros Powerline/Wi-Fi Hybrid Reference Designs

Atheros isn't a name that is usually sticks to consumer products; they focus mainly on the internal parts of networking equipment. But the company's newest invention is one worthy of mention by itself. They're delivering the world's first hybrid home network solutions that combine Wi-Fi, HomePlug AV and ethernet. All three add up to provide...

Dell Confirms Plans to Launch 10-Inch Tablet Next Year

Dell Confirms Plans to Launch 10-Inch Tablet Next Year

The dudes at Dell are 100 percent throwing their hat into the tablet ring, which figures to get awfully crowded in a battle royal sort of way within the next 3 to 6 months. Apple's already there, with other players to include Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, and, well, just about every company you can think of. And unlike Samsung with it's...

V-MODA Introduces iPhone-Compatible Vibrato Earbuds With Plenty Of Metal

V-MODA Introduces iPhone-Compatible Vibrato Earbuds With Plenty Of Metal

If you're searching for a new, unique set of earbuds that also work well with the iPhone, V-MODA has your answer. Apple's stock earbuds aren't the greatest in terms of audio quality, but it's not tremendously easy to find aftermarket options with full support for in-line call/volume controls. The new Vibrato set is a diamond in the rough,...

Sony PlayStation 3 "Move" Off to a Sizzling Start

Sony PlayStation 3 "Move" Off to a Sizzling Start

Not all of the early reviews of Sony's PlayStation Move motion sensing controllers have been glowing, but that hasn't stopped gamers from flocking to the new hardware. According to Sony, more than a million Move devices in North and Latin America have sold in the first 30 days since launch . "Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working...

MSI Launches GE603 Gaming Notebook

MSI Launches GE603 Gaming Notebook

MSI has gone and announced another 15.6 gaming laptop, this latest one built around Intel's Core i5 platform and featuring an Nvidia GeForce GT 425M graphics chip inside. It's not going to suddenly render your $2,000 gaming desktop obsolete, but it is a potent combo that brings serviceable DirectX 11 gaming in an attractive looking notebook....

Maingear Issues Clutch 13" and 15" Notebooks

Maingear Issues Clutch 13" and 15" Notebooks

Maingear has been on a roll of late, issuing new notebooks and desktops just about as quickly as CPU and GPU makers come out with new silicon. But the company's latest aren't based on any particular new release from another company, they're just new for the sake of being new. The Clutch line of notebooks consists of two machines: a 13.3" model...

eBay Offers To Pay You To Recycle Your Old Electronics

eBay Offers To Pay You To Recycle Your Old Electronics

eBay has launched a new program that lets people trade in their old cell phones and other electronics for instant cash. If the devices aren't worth a dime, it will send you pre-paid postage to responsibly recycle the device. With the company's new InstantSale website, you'll be offering up your old device to various companies in the business...

Barnes & Noble NOOK To Go On Sale At Walmart

Barnes & Noble NOOK To Go On Sale At Walmart

Barnes & Noble is planning an event in New York City shortly, and many are expecting a revised NOOK to be the highlight of the show. And if true, what better time than now to strike a deal with Walmart? The NOOK has been sold in a variety of places since being introduced last year, but Walmart wasn't one of them. Amazon's Kindle has slowly...

Networks Move to Block Google TV Access from Site Content

Networks Move to Block Google TV Access from Site Content

With no deals in place, this really should not be a surprise. Networks are blocking those using Google TV to access their websites from viewing content, such as full-length episodes, which can normally be viewed on a browser. For example, you can go to CBS' website and watch full-length episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Not, however,...

Nintendo Shipping Limited Edition Red Wii and DSi XL Consoles

Nintendo Shipping Limited Edition Red Wii and DSi XL Consoles

At this point, if you're a gamer, you probably already own a Nintendo Wii. And if you're a gamer on the run, you probably already own a DSi, DSi XL or one of the other Nintendo handhelds. But on the off chance that you have yet to pick these up, Nintendo is tempting you to finally give in. In order to celebrate the 25th anniversay of the Super...

Google's Complex Tax Scheme Saves It Billions

Google's Complex Tax Scheme Saves It Billions

A report in Business Week shows us one way that Google keeps its bottom line up. Using a complicated structure, the company sends most of its overseas profits overseas to known tax havens. With that, Google's corporate overseas tax rate is a low, low 2.4 percent. For a company with the unofficial motto of "Don't be evil," this seems, well,...

AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 Graphics Cards Debut

AMD Radeon HD 6870 & 6850 Graphics Cards Debut

AMD is hard launching a pair of new Radeon HD 6800 series cards today, based on the GPU formerly codenamed “Barts”. The new Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 are the first cards to arrive utilizing AMD’s second-generation DirectX 11 architecture. The cards are designed to offer Radeon HD 5800-class performance at much lower...

New HAWX 2 Demo Accused of Benchmark Shenanigans Before It Even Launches

New HAWX 2 Demo Accused of Benchmark Shenanigans Before It Even Launches

It's nothing new to see AMD and NVIDIA arguing over benchmarks, but news that came across our desk today put a new twist on a very old battle. A few days ago, NVIDIA contacted us and inquired if we'd be interested in testing HAWX 2's stand-alone benchmark for evaluation, noting that tessellation effects were employed for better terrain realism....

AT&T Rewards Early Adopters Of Windows Phone 7

AT&T Rewards Early Adopters Of Windows Phone 7

There can be some perks to being an early adopter. In addition to the fun that comes from having the latest and greatest gadget, AT&T plans to reward its customers who purchase a Windows Phone 7 smartphone before the end of the year with a few bonuses. New adopters will get a free Entertainment Pack valued at $29.97. In this Entertainment...

Dell Introduces New Family Of XPS Laptops

Dell Introduces New Family Of XPS Laptops

Dell announced its new family of XPS laptops featuring JBL and Waves sound design and cutting-edge graphics from NVIDIA. The new family of laptops is also 3D TV ready and come with NVIDIA's 3DTV Play software. The laptops are available in 14-, 15- and 17-inch screen sizes. To help you stay connected with friends and family, the laptops are...

Nvidia Announces 3DTV Play Software

Nvidia Announces 3DTV Play Software

Nvidia's really into this whole 3D thing, and understandably so considering how vested Team Green is in seeing the technology succeed. To help nudge things along, Nvidia today announced its 3DTV Play software. What exactly is it? Using the 3DTV Play software, users can connect their Nvidia 3D Vision-enabled notebooks and desktops to their...

Zotac Launches New Atom-based ZBOX HD-ID40 Series

Zotac Launches New Atom-based ZBOX HD-ID40 Series

Keeping the nettop segment going, Zotac today unveiled its new ZBOX HD-ID40 series, a new mini-PC built around Intel's Atom platform and sporting Nvidia Ion graphics.There are two versions available, including a barebones setup for anyone who likes to roll their own rig. Both the HD-ID40 and HD-ID40 Plus come with an Intel Atom D525 processor...

Kaspersky Sees Site Hacked, Serves Up Malware

Kaspersky Sees Site Hacked, Serves Up Malware

It's always hilarious when a security firm has its site hacked or has some other security-related SNAFU occur that you would think their own products could prevent. Such is the case with Kaspersky Labs, which recently saw its site not just hacked, but serving up malware. Reports first came from users on Kaspersky's own support forums. The...

Head Of Symbian Foundation Resigns

Head Of Symbian Foundation Resigns

Things are going from bad to worse in Nokia's Grand Scheme for World Dominence (ehem) Return to Relevance. This week, the head of the Symbian Foundation threw in the towel, leaving the non-profit organization responsible for the operating system's development. This follows news that Sony Ericsson has bailed on Symbian, leaving Nokia to go...

Apple Refreshes 13.3" MacBook Air, Introduces New 11.6" Model

Apple Refreshes 13.3" MacBook Air, Introduces New 11.6" Model

Apple's new "Back to the Mac" event in California this week may have been largely focused on software, but Steve Jobs just couldn't leave the stage without talking about some hardware as well. The big news at the event was the MacBook Air, but it's more than you think. Not only was the 13.3" MacBook refreshed in a big way, but an entirely...

Apple Ships iLife '11 With New Improvements: $49 Or Free With New Mac

Apple Ships iLife '11 With New Improvements: $49 Or Free With New Mac

Think Apple has left loyal Mac owners by the wayside while paying more attention to mobile users? Think again. Apple's "Back to the Mac" event was largely based around new software innovations, with FaceTime for Mac and OS X 10.7 Lion reveled. But there's something else: iLife '11. This is a brand new revision of Apple's lifestyle software...

Apple Reveals OS X 10.7 ("Lion") With New Features: Ships Summer 2011

Apple Reveals OS X 10.7 ("Lion") With New Features: Ships Summer 2011

When Apple said "Back to the Mac," they meant it. The company was talking software this week at their mega event, with Mac OS X 10.7 being the star of the software show. Apple's calling the next major version of OS X "Lion," and while it will not ship to consumers until summer of 2011, it promises to be the most significant Apple OS yet. Developers...

Apple Releases Public Beta Of FaceTime For Mac

Apple Releases Public Beta Of FaceTime For Mac

Apple hosted a huge event in California this week, and it was all centered about the Mac. We figured by the look of the invite that software would be a huge part of the discussion, and indeed it was. One of the major introductions at the event surrounded FaceTime. That's Apple's own video calling software, and while it's definitely not new...

Boxee Box To Ship Nov. 10th To Pre-Order Customers In U.S./Canada

Boxee Box To Ship Nov. 10th To Pre-Order Customers In U.S./Canada

The media streamer market has really become crowded as of late, with the new Apple TV, a few new Roku boxes and tons of lesser-known products coming to light. It's clear that the Web is the next big portal for content, and now Boxee is hoping to enjoy some of this market with the Boxee Box, produced by D-Link. The Box itself has been announced...

AT&T And BUG Labs Partner For 3G Integration Into DIY Gadgets

AT&T And BUG Labs Partner For 3G Integration Into DIY Gadgets

BUG Labs. Ever heard of them? Sure you have. Verizon and the EU gave them the thumbs-up earlier in the year, and now AT&T is as well. BUG Labs is best known for selling small electronic component kits that can be used to build all sorts of DIY gadgets, gizmos and modules. For years, the company has mostly been going at it alone, but recently...

Motorola Adds WiMAX Access Point 850

Motorola Adds WiMAX Access Point 850

In addition to the 4G LTE USB WWAN Modem Motorola announced today, the company is also helping WiMAX operators build out their networks with the new WiMAX Access Point (WAP) 850. The WAP 850 enables WiMAX operators to build fewer WiMAX sites with higher capacity. The base station is built with the future in mind by providing a migration path...

TerraStar Sat Phone Service Provides Files Chapter 11

TerraStar Sat Phone Service Provides Files Chapter 11

Well, another one hasn't bitten the dust (so to speak), but TerraStar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to better handle the incredible debt load it has amassed. For those who aren't immediately familiar with that name, TerraStar is a company that hosts satellites into space in order to provide cell phone-like services...

TomTom & HTC Partner To Deliver Better Navigation For Phones

TomTom & HTC Partner To Deliver Better Navigation For Phones

TomTom and HTC are teaming up to deliver better navigation and locations solutions for HTC's smartphones. Under the partnership, HTC's new mapping experience known as HTC Locations will use TomTom's maps. HTC Locations will initially be available on the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z in Europe and Asia. It will come to other phones in the...

Sprint Introduces 3G/4G Embedded Netbook Made by Dell

Sprint Introduces 3G/4G Embedded Netbook Made by Dell

Sprint today is all smiles over being the first U.S. wireless carrier in America to offer both a dual-mode 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook, and you should be too if your favorite dance is the Subsidized Shuffle. Starting October 31, Sprint's business customers will be able to snag a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) for free, provided you factor...

Patriot Launches Viper Xtreme Series in DDR3 Trim

Patriot Launches Viper Xtreme Series in DDR3 Trim

Perhaps we're dating ourselves here, but 'back in the day' your choice of memory had a direct impact on your system's overclockability. Save for extreme overclockers with fancy LN2 setups and aspirations of setting world records, RAM isn't nearly as important anymore, but until you can punch the power button on a RAM-less PC and still have...

Motorola Reveals 4G LTE USB WWAN Modem

Motorola Reveals 4G LTE USB WWAN Modem

Motorola has been deeply invested in WiMAX, and with multiple carriers expanding it worldwide, the company has had plenty of business. WiMAX modules, USB dongles, etc. -- we all need them when trying to keep pace with the hastening mobile broadband world. But there's LTE lurking in the background, getting ready to strike when Verizon Wireless...

CamBall Launches Golf Ball-Sized Video Camera

CamBall Launches Golf Ball-Sized Video Camera

CamBall has introduced what it claims is the world's smallest personal video recorder. It is the size, and shape, of a golf ball. That means it can be hidden under the palm of a typical adult. The device records in 320 x 240 resolution at 25 fps and the company offers three add-on packs to outfit it for specific uses: spying, sports and --...

Samsung Galaxy Tab: On Sale Nov. 11 At Verizon For $599.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab: On Sale Nov. 11 At Verizon For $599.99

We hate to say we told you so…but we told you so! Just as we had been informed, Verizon Wireless' version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be going on sale November 11 in the U.S. This 7" device is easily the most highly anticipated Android-based tablet to come to America, but it has a tough road ahead when battling the iPad and tons...

Here Come Verizon's Data Tiers, But With Unlimited Still an Option

Here Come Verizon's Data Tiers, But With Unlimited Still an Option

Verizon Wireless will be joining AT&T as the second of the big 4 U.S. wireless carriers to offer a tiered data plan, on Oct. 28th, a report indicates. Unlike AT&T, however, Verizon Wireless will continue to offer an unlimited data tier, and the price will unchanged from the current unlimited plan. Here are the details: Two tiers for...

Razer Introduces StarCraft II-Branded Mouse, Keyboard And Headset

Razer Introduces StarCraft II-Branded Mouse, Keyboard And Headset

Just the word "StarCraft" probably brings lots of memories to gamers of old. And now, gamers of the new. StarCraft II has taken the gaming community by storm this year, but what good is a great new title without great new accessories? You could argue that either way, but Razer has three new peripherals that are StarCraft through and through....

Lenovo Introduces ThinkCentre M75e AMD-Based Desktops

Lenovo Introduces ThinkCentre M75e AMD-Based Desktops

Need a new tower for your desktop or workspace? Lenovo has a new one to consider. The ThinkCentre M75e Small Form Factor and ThinkCentre M75e Tower have just been announced, both of which are generally aimed at enterprise customers but could definitely work in just about any place of business, including your home office. The M75e is the first...

Steve Jobs Anti-Android Rant, Audio + Transcript

Steve Jobs Anti-Android Rant, Audio + Transcript

Never one to shy away from a bit of a bit of hyperbole, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who usually eschews Apple post-earnings' analyst calls, dropped in yesterday to participate in, he said, Apple's first $20 billion quarter earnings call. He also took the time to go off on a 5 minute anti-Android rant, after being prompted by a question. The...

Verizon Wireless Enhances Your Cell Signal With New Extender

Verizon Wireless Enhances Your Cell Signal With New Extender

If you're a Verizon Wireless customer and the cell signal in your home or business isn't as strong as you would like, the carrier's new 3G Network Extender may be just what the doctor ordered. The new 3G Network Extender is a “mini-cell site” manufactured by Samsung Mobile. About the size of a wireless router, the 3G Network Extender...

Palm Pre 2 Smartphone Announced With HP WebOS 2.0

Palm Pre 2 Smartphone Announced With HP WebOS 2.0

The Palm smartphone still lives! It's alive and well! Today, Palm (or HP really) introduced their first smartphone since Palm was acquired by HP. It's the Palm Pre 2, and users of the original Pre will not be surprised at the design. For the most part, the Pre 2 looks the same as the first Pre, but with a slimmer body. It still has a 3.1"...

Dell Offers Stylish Inspiron 15R Alloy Edition Notebook

Dell Offers Stylish Inspiron 15R Alloy Edition Notebook

If you've been in the market for a new 15" laptop, Dell has a new one with loads of style. The Inspiron 15R Alloy Edition is mostly the same 15R as before, but with one primary difference: the exterior. The 15.6" notebook has a widescreen panel that's backed by a new aluminum finish and Alloy Waves design. Dell has been known to offer all...

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye (to Windows XP)

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye (to Windows XP)

Windows XP provided us with some great memories, didn't it? Perhaps more importantly, it helped us through the Vista era, which really wasn't as bad as some make it out to be, but did get off to a rocky start, regardless of whether you want to blame Microsoft or those who write drivers for hardware. Wonky network performance, slow file transfers,...

Microsoft Announces 17 Controller-Free Kinect Titles

Microsoft Announces 17 Controller-Free Kinect Titles

For those of you who like to shake that money maker (and other parts of your body), the countdown begins now. On November 4, 2010, Microsoft will launch its motion-controlled Kinect platform for the Xbox 360 game console, along with 17 controller-free games on or around launch day to get you started. The Kinect is poised to be an uber popular...

'Next' iPhone Hits AP Field Test Mode

'Next' iPhone Hits AP Field Test Mode

BGR has heard from one of its sources, and the news involves the iPhone3,2 device we've seen wandering around recent firmware. According to BGR's source, that device has reached the “AP” or last stage before retail release (which is one stage past the iPhone 4 hofbrau leak). Strangely, BGR reports that the new phone also has a...

WD Launches Largest Ever 3TB Drive, HH Tested

WD Launches Largest Ever 3TB Drive, HH Tested

Today, Western Digital announced the world's highest density hard drive, as they reach the 3TB mark with their newest, 5th generation Caviar Green product. The Caviar Green 3TB serves up a super-sized combination of reduced power consumption, lower operating temperature, and a quieter operation.  Unfortunately, if you're still using Windows...

Apple is now worth more than IBM, thanks to iPhone envy

Apple is now worth more than IBM, thanks to iPhone envy

Apple for the first time crested over $20 billion in quarterly revenue, thanks in large part to insatiable demand for the iPhone. Indeed the iPhone-ization of consumers worldwide caused researchers to study the phenom. They determined that a particular kind of envy causes people to buy them and a less nice form of envy drives people to the...

NVIDIA: Over 1,000 Products Now Supporting 3D Vision, 3DTV Play On The Way

NVIDIA: Over 1,000 Products Now Supporting 3D Vision, 3DTV Play On The Way

NVIDIA and 3D go together like...well, they just go together well. NVIDIA has been pushing 3D about as hard as any company out there (aside from Sony, that is), and particularly in the PC space, few companies have done more to push the technology into the mainstream. 3D Vision and 3D Vision Pro have been big aspects of the company's initiatives,...

Bose Introduces First Single-Ear Bluetooth Headset For $150

Bose Introduces First Single-Ear Bluetooth Headset For $150

Bose. It's a name that most people recognize. It's a respected, and equally controversial, name in audio. But mostly, Bose has focused on home theater and bedroom audio systems. They have branched out into headsets and over-ear headphones in recent years, as well as putting their name on a new HDTV setup earlier in the year. But now, the company...

Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Stepping Down As Chief Software Architect

Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Stepping Down As Chief Software Architect

All good things, as they say, must eventually come to an end. Even for high ranking officials at Microsoft. The world didn't end when Bill Gates decided to call it quits, and we suspect that Microsoft will forge ahead even with Ray Ozzie, but it will be a different company without him in the office. Ray Ozzie is Microsoft's Chief Software...

AMD Reveals Radeon HD 6800 Series, Demos Llano Fusion-Based Processor

AMD Reveals Radeon HD 6800 Series, Demos Llano Fusion-Based Processor

While attending a press event out in Los Angeles, California last week, to discuss the impending Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 launch, we had the chance to get an early look at some of the first, fully functional samples of AMD’s upcoming “Llano” processor, or APU (Applications Processer Unit). For those unfamiliar with Llano,...

Uncle Sam Sucks at Database Searching

Uncle Sam Sucks at Database Searching

We hate to fan the flames of political mudslinging over government spending and other topics that tend to attract Internet tough guys, but even we were surprised by this one. MeriTalk, the government IT network, just published the findings of its "Uncle Sam's Lost and Found: $15.4 Billion" study that examines the Federal government's ability...

Holy Crapple, Apple App Store Tops 300,000 Apps

Holy Crapple, Apple App Store Tops 300,000 Apps

Moboclix, which makes it their business to know everything there is to know about mobile applications, claims Apple's App Store now has over 300,000 apps. That number includes both free and paid apps, and is still an impressive number when you weed out all the fart apps, particularly when you consider the ambiguous approval process new software...

Netflix Streaming Now A Disc-Free Option On Nintendo's Wii

Netflix Streaming Now A Disc-Free Option On Nintendo's Wii

It seems that the disc requirement for streaming Netflix on a game console is now history. Earlier in the year, eager PS3 and Wii owners were checking their mailboxes each and every day in hopes of seeing a new red disc in there. That disc, when inserted into their console, would enable them to stream Netflix "Watch Instantly" content. It...

NEC PA271W Professional LCD Monitor Review

NEC PA271W Professional LCD Monitor Review

For all but the most budget conscious buyers, piecing together a home brewed rig often entails forking over a premium for certain components, depending on what you're trying to accomplish. If you're a gamer, you probably bought a high-end graphics card (or at least that's what you should have done). Do you spend more time ripping videos than...

Steam: We Have Over 30 Million Active Members

Steam: We Have Over 30 Million Active Members

To say that Steam is doing well would be like saying Bill Gates has a little bit of money saved up. You think? Steam isn't just doing well, it's growing at a phenomenal rate. According to Valve, there are now over 30 million active accounts on Steam, and growing. "Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history," said...

Dell Announces New Multimedia Centric LED Displays

Dell Announces New Multimedia Centric LED Displays

Dell is expanding its monitor portfolio with a handful of new LED monitors. As part of Dell's Studio LED monitor lineup, the 22-inch (ST2220), 23-inch (ST2320), and 24-inch (ST2420) monitors offer 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, a response time of 5ms, and a dynamic contrast ratio that is estimated at 7,000,000 to 8,000,000:1. These monitors...

Sprint Offers BlackBerry Style 9670 Smartphone For $100 On Contract

Sprint Offers BlackBerry Style 9670 Smartphone For $100 On Contract

RIM has sold a flip-styled BlackBerry phone before, but it's still a rare find in the company's family. Usually, they stick to the form factor that most are familiar with: solid front devices with half of the front being the display, and the other half being the QWERTY keyboard. But some folks just need the flip form factor, yet don't want...

NEC Launches Light Weight, Low-Power LED Monitor Series

NEC Launches Light Weight, Low-Power LED Monitor Series

NEC announced the new MultiSync EX Series of monitors. The first model in the series, the 23-inch MultiSync EX231W, features a slim bezel, a weight of 9.3 pounds with stand, and a USB pass-through on the top of the monitor for easy connection to a webcam or flash drive. The LED-backlit monitor has DisplayPort and DVI-I. The monitor also features...

Clearwire Launching WiMAX Services In SF And NYC This Winter

Clearwire Launching WiMAX Services In SF And NYC This Winter

Clearwire and Sprint have been offering 4G (WiMAX) services in various parts of the United States for quite some time now, but the latest introductions are probably the most significant yet. Actually, it's a pretty safe bet that these are in fact the most prominent yet. First off, Clearwire, Sprint and Time Warner Cable are partnering to offer...

HyperMac MagSafe Cables Will Not Be Sold After November 2nd

HyperMac MagSafe Cables Will Not Be Sold After November 2nd

Ever heard of HyperMac? If you have ever shopped for an extended battery pack for your MacBook, MacBook Pro or iPad/iPhone, then you probably have. The company has earned somewhat of a positive reputation in the Apple circle for offering some of the best external battery packs around for Apple's line of notebooks, but all of that is coming...

Pandigital Introduces 6" ePaper E-Reader With Wi-Fi

Pandigital Introduces 6" ePaper E-Reader With Wi-Fi

If you thought that the e-reader market was saturated already, here comes another one. Pandigital, which is no stranger to the market, has just introduced a new 6" ePaper model that more closely aligns with the options offered by Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Rather than using an LCD, which tends to drain more power, this model uses an e-paper...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Palit GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile 1GB Video Card @ Tweaktown Funky Kit Review: Gigabyte Geforce GTS 450 Extreme Overclock Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Rampage III Formula @ PureOverclock EVGA Classified Super Record 2 SR-2 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Memory and Storage: Futurelooks News Flash - Patriot Memory's Xporter Rage...

Canada, the U.S., consistently among the top in cell phone service pricing

Canada, the U.S., consistently among the top in cell phone service pricing

We frequently hear from our Canadian friends about how much they are reamed for their cell phone plans. The New American Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI) has done a study and confirmed that. The U.S. is second most expensive, but trails by quite a bit. The report's conclusion, unsurprisingly, is that those countries with the most...

Android 4.0's Codename is Cold: 'Ice Cream'

Android 4.0's Codename is Cold: 'Ice Cream'

In terms of Google's names for its Android releases, we didn't expect a change, and we're not getting one. Reportedly, the name for the next unnamed version of Android will be "Ice Cream."  Hopefully you are not lactose-intolerant. We already knew that Android 3.0, the next major release, would be "Gingerbread," with Android 3.5 being...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS ENGT430 1GB DDR3 Video Card at Modders-Inc Zotac GTX460 2GB review @ t-break Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review @ XbitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 AM3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks Memory and Storage: Patriot Inferno 120GGB SSD Review @ OCC WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB...

Sony Ericsson Pulls Plug On Symbian, Leaves Nokia Solo

Sony Ericsson Pulls Plug On Symbian, Leaves Nokia Solo

Sony Ericsson is gearing up for a comeback in the mobile world, and rather than trying to make friends with every software maker in the market, they're making the necessary decisions to focus their product lines and hopefully give the consumers exactly what they want. And that means getting rid of Symbian support. Symbian is a mobile OS that...

Back To The Mac Event Scheduled For This Week: OS X 10.7 And New MacBook Air?

Back To The Mac Event Scheduled For This Week: OS X 10.7 And New MacBook Air?

A lot of people wondered what would happen to Apple once they became Apple, Inc. and not Apple Computer. Many thought that this signaled the end of the Mac computer, with Apple to now focus primarily on the iPhone, iPad and other accessories and small devices. But Apple's computer sales have consistently risen since the iPhone's introduction,...

Google Earth Meets Slooh Space Camera

Google Earth Meets Slooh Space Camera

Google and Slooh are teaming up to map the universe. There's now a Slooh layer in Google Earth that combines Slooh's Space Camera technology and worldwide network of robotic mountaintop telescopes with the Google Earth application. With this partnership, you'll now be able to view a new map layer that shows images of space captured by Slooh's...

Peek Issuing Peek 9 Handhelds To Those With Connection Issues

Peek Issuing Peek 9 Handhelds To Those With Connection Issues

There probably aren't as many Peek handhelds in use as there are BlackBerry devices. Or iPhones. Or Android smartphones. But quite a few are out there, and the company has managed to build a rather loyal following. The Peek Pronto and Peek Classic were both hits back in their day (to some extent, anyway), and in particular when sold with "lifetime"...

AT&T To Offer iPad Tablet To Enterprise Customers

AT&T To Offer iPad Tablet To Enterprise Customers

Does your employer currently pay for your mobile phone bill? Good news. You may now be able to convince them to buy you an iPad. AT&T has just announced a new plan to sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models directly to business customers as part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility. The wireless company...

TomTom iPhone GPS App Adds Navigate-To-Photo Functionality

TomTom iPhone GPS App Adds Navigate-To-Photo Functionality

Google Maps Navigation may have a leg-up on the other navigation services on the mobile platforms, but TomTom's not letting their guard down. The company was one of the first to showcase a full mobile navigation service for a mobile platform (iPhone OS, now iOS), and they have been constantly updating it ever since to make it more robust....

FiberLight Helps Clear Expand WiMAX To D.C., MD, TX And FL

FiberLight Helps Clear Expand WiMAX To D.C., MD, TX And FL

3G is booming, and the expansion won't stop for years to come. But 4G is already on the minds of tech enthusiasts, and Sprint/Clearwire already have it commercially available to those who live in very specific areas and are willing to pay the premium. LTE, which is the primary WiMAX rival, is expected to launch next year, so Clear is doing...

Nero Launches Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD & Nero Video Premium HD

Nero Launches Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD & Nero Video Premium HD

Nero is working to make editing your personal high-def movies a bit easier with the company's new Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Nero Video Premium HD. These two multimedia bundles now feature enhanced Blu-ray Playback capabilities as well as new HD effects for video editing. Nero also launched the Nero HD Theater, which lets users...

Eizo Brings Multitouch On 17" FlexScan T1751 LCD

Eizo Brings Multitouch On 17" FlexScan T1751 LCD

It may not be the most beautiful of the bunch, but Eizo's new monitor can do something that your sleek, slick LCD probably can't: accept touch inputs. Eizo is best known for creating higher-end, professional monitors that are used for very specific applications, and this new FlexScan T1751 is no different. The unit offers multitouch capabilities...

More Leaks on Galaxy Tab: Verizon and Sprint Dates

More Leaks on Galaxy Tab: Verizon and Sprint Dates

An earlier leak on the release date for the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab has been joined by another leak for its siblings, the Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Tabs.  These 7" Android tablets are set to launch on the 4 major US carriers, but so far official details have been scarce. Our source received his info from the hardware manufacturer itself,...

Nokia's C7 Ships With Symbian^3 Operating System

Nokia's C7 Ships With Symbian^3 Operating System

Nokia's N8 is obviously gaining the majority of the attention these days in the Nokia camp, but that's the not the only phone they have out there with Symbian^3. The second phone with the company's newest smartphone OS to ship is the C7, and while revealed to the world a few months back, it has just hit the market this week. It's built from...

Palm Picks Up Ex-MeeGo Head, WebOS 2.0 Coming Soon?

Palm Picks Up Ex-MeeGo Head, WebOS 2.0 Coming Soon?

Well, what do you know? It's the executive shuffle in the mobile world! It sure looks like fun, and according to All Things D, the same man that designed last month as the head of Nokia's MeeGo division is now an employee of Palm. It seems like a round-robin of high-level executives, but we aren't too surprised. Ari Jaaksi has a track record...

Borders And BookBrewer Team On eBook Publishing Platform

Borders And BookBrewer Team On eBook Publishing Platform

A few weeks ago, Barnes & Noble introduced a new platform for getting content into eBook markets from people who do not have contacts at a publishing agency. Before the eBook revolution, it was practically impossible for authors to have their material published without knowing someone inside of the industry. Now, anyone can get noticed....

GetJar Hosts Full, Free, Non-Beta Version Of Angry Birds For Android

GetJar Hosts Full, Free, Non-Beta Version Of Angry Birds For Android

It's hard to explain why, but for some reason, Angry Birds has taken over the mobile gaming world. It's easily the most popular game out at the moment for mobile platforms, but up until a few months ago, it wasn't available on Android. That was fixed with a Beta version, but it only featured a few levels and there were definite quirks in the...

Congress To Investigate Abusive Debt Collection By Wireless Providers

Congress To Investigate Abusive Debt Collection By Wireless Providers

The House Oversight Committee wants to put the kabosh on abusive debt collection practices by wireless service providers. It is launching a probe, lead by committee chairman Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), into a contract clause that forces customers to waive their rights to sue and instead agree to forced arbitration. With forced arbitration,...

Garmin Chirp: Small, Rugged Geocaching Module

Garmin Chirp: Small, Rugged Geocaching Module

Nearly everyone has heard of geotagging. That's when you embed GPS coordinates into an image or video in order to plot them on a map and recognize where a given image or video was taken. But geocaching is another matter. This is a lesser known "sport" where players can hide capsules and tag the whereabouts with geocaching data. Garmin calls...

CyberPower Introduces LAN Party EVO Series

CyberPower Introduces LAN Party EVO Series

CyberPower announced the new LAN Party EVO series of Small Form Factor desktop gaming systems. The LAN Party EVO series includes four compact gaming rigs based on small form factor mITX and mATX motherboards. All of the LAN Party EVO gaming PCs use liquid cooling to keep the CPU cooled and CyberPower's Max Airflow Package for maximum cooling...

November 10th Target for T-Mobile Galaxy Tab?

November 10th Target for T-Mobile Galaxy Tab?

The pricing info and date for the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint's network has leaked, as has the pricing info for T-Mobile.  So far, the only date we've seen was Nov. 14th for Sprint, but we have some pretty reliable info that points to the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab being launched on Nov. 10. Our anonymous source can't confirm the pricing info,...

SonicWALL Helps Businesses Avoid Spam With New Offering

SonicWALL Helps Businesses Avoid Spam With New Offering

SonicWALL is working to help you and your business avoid spam with its new Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service (CASS) 2.0. CASS 2.0 features one-click deployment. It is compatible with existing firewalls and features a full implementation of SonicWALL's inbound anti-spam solution. According to the company, the SonicWALL Comprehensive Anti-Spam...

Viewsonic Releases Full HD 3D Monitor And Includes The Glasses

Viewsonic Releases Full HD 3D Monitor And Includes The Glasses

Viewsonic continues on its multidimensional mission by introducing yet another 3D product, its second 3D monitor. This one is a 24-inch 3D-LED dubbed the V3D241wm-LED. (Viewsonic always uses those nifty roll-off-the-tongue product names). It can display 3D content in full 1080p HD. With a default resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, LED backlighting...

MSI Launches Stylish FX700 and FR700 Notebooks

MSI Launches Stylish FX700 and FR700 Notebooks

The latest fad in mobile PC design is to slap on a high-gloss finish, which admittedly looks terrific but also serves as a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. MSI claims its new FX700 and FR700 won't tolerate such nonsense with their anti-smudge and anti-scratch raised totem seal coating technology. Sounds fancy, and should we get one in...

Iomega Announces SSD-based Portable USB 3.0 Drive

Iomega Announces SSD-based Portable USB 3.0 Drive

Solid state drives (SSDs) and the USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" specification seem meant for each other, and that hasn't been lost on Iomega. The digital storage firm today unveiled new host-powered external USB 3.0 SSD flash drives available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. "When time is money and you need the latest technology in portable storage,...

SteelSeries Debuts World of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse

SteelSeries Debuts World of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer just recently introduced another MMO mouse, the wireless/wired Naga Epic. But apparently MMOs are catching on even more than we anticipated, and now SteelSeries has done similar. SteelSeries is another huge name in the accessories business, and they have been creating mice, keyboards and other peripherals for gamers since...well, since...

NextComputing's Vigor Pro: A Portable, Rugged Workstation

NextComputing's Vigor Pro: A Portable, Rugged Workstation

What's half desktop, half beast, and more than you could ever afford? You're looking at it. NextComputing is a company with a history of creating super expensive, arguably portable desktops that are rugged to the core. The new Vigor Evo fits the bill, and it's definitely one of the strangest machines we have seen in recent memory. It was created...

Leaky Friday: Verizon Samsung Continuum Launching Oct. 28

Leaky Friday: Verizon Samsung Continuum Launching Oct. 28

The Verizon Samsung Continuum, also known as the i400, is scheduled to launch on Oct 28, according to a report we received from an anonymous source. The source did not have pricing info, however, he confirmed that the device is indeed carrying Android 2.1 Update 1 (naturally, this could change).   The Samsung Continuum (or i400) looks...

Verizon & Amazon Team Up To Bring Kindle App To Phones

Verizon & Amazon Team Up To Bring Kindle App To Phones

If Verizon's latest iPad offering doesn't fill your need for an eReader, perhaps an Android smartphone preloaded with Amazon's Kindle will. The wireless carrier and Amazon recently announced plans to preload the Kindle for Android app on the Motorola DROID 2, Motorola DROID X, and the Samsung Fascinate from Verizon Wireless. Like other Kindle...

Netflix To Stream Without A Disc On PlayStation 3

Netflix To Stream Without A Disc On PlayStation 3

If you're a PlayStation 3 owner, and you use Netflix, there's good news floating out today. Starting on October 18th, that disc that you have to place in your console in order to have it connect to Netflix's "Watch Instantly" servers won't be required any longer. An update will allow the PS3 to stream Netflix without a dedicated disc inserted,...

Android Devices To Get Opera Mobile Browser Soon

Android Devices To Get Opera Mobile Browser Soon

Opera has confirmed plans to release a beta version of Opera Mobile for Android phones within a month. At this point, the software company hasn't given us a ton of details about what the new browser will offer, but it has confirmed that the beta version of Opera Mobile for Android will support pinch to zoom. In addition to the Android announcement,...

DisplaySearch: iPad Could Propel Apple into a Top 5 Mobile PC Brand

DisplaySearch: iPad Could Propel Apple into a Top 5 Mobile PC Brand

It's official, the iPad is a success. Of course, we already knew that (it kind of helps when you have the market virtually all to yourself), but the iPad may be an even bigger boon to Apple's bottom line than we thought. According to DisplaySearch, Apple's magical slate has helped the Cupertino firm gain significant market share in the mobile...

Skype 5.0 Brings Facebook Integration, Improved Call Options To Windows

Skype 5.0 Brings Facebook Integration, Improved Call Options To Windows

These days, people don't "call each other." They simply "Skype." Skype is definitely making a mark in how people communicate, and with more and more people signing up for their VoIP services each and everyday, it's becoming harder to ignore. The service just keeps getting better with each release, and today Skype version 5.0 is available for...

Verizon To Start Selling Apple iPad + MiFi Bundles

Verizon To Start Selling Apple iPad + MiFi Bundles

The iPad! It's coming to Verizon Wireless! Call your parents! Call your friends! Oh, wait...it's not what you think. Not exactly, anyway. As of now, there is no CDMA-equipped iPad. The only iPad with 3G is one that functions on a GSM network, or AT&T's network in the U.S. But sure enough, VZW will soon be stocking Apple's white-hot tablet....

Apple Wins Pinch-to-Zoom Patent, with Caveats

Apple Wins Pinch-to-Zoom Patent, with Caveats

Apple has won a patent for the coveted pinch-to-zoom feature. The patent application was filed in December of 2006 (patent #7,812,826). However, the patent issued does not give Apple complete control over the pinch-to-zoom functionality, which now exists on just about every current-generation platform. Here's the section of the patent that...

NBC Universal Terminates Ad Deal with Google

NBC Universal Terminates Ad Deal with Google

NBC Universal pulled the plug on an a two-year-old advertising arrangement with Google, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The search giant had been selling ad space on NBC Universal's Syfy, Oxygen, MSNBC, Sleuth, and Chiller channels. "We're not currently contributing inventory into the Google marketplace, but we continue to work with...

It's A Mobile Phone. It's a Game Controller. It's Both

It's A Mobile Phone. It's a Game Controller. It's Both

Chinese device manufacturer TechFaith is creating a mobile phone that will also function as a motion gaming platform. The bad news is that the device will initially be available only in China. The situation reminds me of a line from Back to the Future, which I'll paraphrase as: "All the good stuff comes from China." For many reasons, all of...

CTL Releases $499 10" 2goPad SL10 Tablet PC With Windows 7

CTL Releases $499 10" 2goPad SL10 Tablet PC With Windows 7

CTL has been a name thrown around from time to time in the tablet universe, but the rumors are giving way to an official announcement this week on the 2goPad. The new 2goPad SL10 is a 10" device with a multi-touch display, Intel Atom N450 CPU (1.66GHz), 2GB of memory, Windows 7 and a rather sleek design. It's one of the first Windows tablet...

Windows Phone 7 To Support OS X Eventually

Windows Phone 7 To Support OS X Eventually

The iPhone has had no issues working with Windows-based PCs since the very beginning. iTunes for Windows was released long before Apple's first smartphone, so Windows users were able to connect to Apple's iPhone right away. No one ever really considered that the iPhone would be Mac-only. But will Windows Phone 7 be PC-only? Microsoft obviously...

My Custom TomTom GPS Spices Up Your Navigator

My Custom TomTom GPS Spices Up Your Navigator

Are you sick and tired of your current GPS model? Is it too bland and boring for you? TomTom would like you to know that you don't have to drive another day looking at something that doesn't make you smile. The company has partnered with Cafepress, a company that specializes on helping companies sell all sorts of branded/colored merchandise,...

Razer Debuts Wireless/Wired Naga Epic MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer Debuts Wireless/Wired Naga Epic MMO Gaming Mouse

World of Warcraft is huge. MMOs are huge. And they're growing. The popularity is on the rise, and accessory makers are obviously looking to get in on the fun. Razer has always been quick to respond to market shifts and demands, and they introduced the original Naga last year in order to place more buttons onto a mouse for those who play MMOs...

Zeal Optics Sells The First GPS-Equipped Ski Goggles

Zeal Optics Sells The First GPS-Equipped Ski Goggles

It's like skiing on the mountain and playing a video game at the same time. Zeal Optics, maker of sports lenswear has partnered with display maker Recon Instruments to come up with the Transcend GPS ski goggles and the units became available for sale this week. Zeal goes so far as to call them the world's first GPS-equipped goggles. The goggles...

TiVo Adds Online Season Pass Scheduling

TiVo Adds Online Season Pass Scheduling

Good to see TiVo is still out there listening to consumers and beefing up their services. An online "Season Pass" manager has been a highly requested addition to TiVo's services, and considering that it's one of the few standalone DVR options out there that require a monthly fee, consumers have been eager to push the company to comply with...

Temporary Number Service Helps Protect Your Real Phone Number

Temporary Number Service Helps Protect Your Real Phone Number

Thanks to a new service from Roamware called Temporary Number Service (TNS), cell phone users can now have two phone numbers on a single phone without the need to switch SIM cards. When activating the service, users will be given the option to choose from a list of temporary numbers. After choosing a number, the user can make and receive calls...

iSuppli: Android is the "Secret Sauce" in Smartphone's Recipe for Success

iSuppli: Android is the "Secret Sauce" in Smartphone's Recipe for Success

Handset makers take note. If you want to cook up quarterly profits, the recipe is easy: Stock up on Google's not so "secret sauce" (as iSuppli calls it) Android platform and serve hot. According to iSuppli, this is exactly what's been working, and out of the Top 10 smartphone brands in the second quarter, the majority were rocking Google's...

FCC Considering New Mobile Rules To Prevent "Bill Shock"

FCC Considering New Mobile Rules To Prevent "Bill Shock"

Have you ever opened up your cell phone bill, only to drop it immediately in shock of the huge numbers you see? You aren't alone. Particularly in a world of smartphones, texting overages, and global roaming, it's not too difficult to spend more than you expected on mobile costs. To date, carrier's aren't required to give consumers a "heads-up"...

Samsung Wins Race to 20nm Flash...Or Does It?

Samsung Wins Race to 20nm Flash...Or Does It?

Marketing's a funny thing. Take for example Samsung's announcement that it's now producing 20nm-class, 64-gigabit 3-bit NAND flash memory. Sounds extraordinary, doesn't it? But there's a caveat in small print, and it reads like this: "20nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers and 30nm-class means a process...

Samsung Epic 4G Android Smartphone Review

Samsung Epic 4G Android Smartphone Review

The most popular and powerful Android phones currently available are quite possibly members of the Samsung Galaxy S line. Powered by Samsung’s very own 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor and featuring a four-inch Super-AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) capacitive touchscreen with a 480x800 resolution, it’s...

Toshiba Adds WiMAX-equipped Portege Models

Toshiba Adds WiMAX-equipped Portege Models

Toshiba introduced two new 4G WiMAX-equipped versions of its Portégé R700 laptop. The Portégé R700 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop with an integrated DVD drive and a starting weight of just three pounds. The Portégé R700 offers business users many of the key features they want, including a thin...

Intel Sees $3 Billion In Net Profits For Latest Quarter

Intel Sees $3 Billion In Net Profits For Latest Quarter

2009 and the struggles that came with it must feel like a century ago for Intel. This week, Intel released their latest quarterly earnings numbers, and they're really impressive. Intel managed to gather $11.1 billion in revenue, with a gross margin of 66%, an operating income of $4.1 billion and a net income of $3.0 billion. That represents...

Mushkin Introduces SandForce-Based EP Series SSD Line

Mushkin Introduces SandForce-Based EP Series SSD Line

Mushkin is best known for their high-end memory modules, generally purchased only by server owners and hardcore gamers willing to pay more for the higher performance that comes with it. This week, the company is introducing a new SATA 6Gb/sec enterprise-class EP Series SSD line, promising ultra-high-performance and reliability for business...

Buffalo Adds To LinkStation V-Series NAS Family

Buffalo Adds To LinkStation V-Series NAS Family

Network storage seems to be growing more and more popular these days, as broadband becomes more widely available and people are continually on the move. Local storage is very limited by proximity, whereas NAS units can be accessed from anywhere in the world where an Internet connection is available. Buffalo understands the market dynamics,...

The iPhone 4 is a Fragile Beast: Report

The iPhone 4 is a Fragile Beast: Report

Gorilla Glass or no, the iPhone 4's screen appears to be more fragile than its predecessors. According to SquareTrade, a third party warranty company (including accidental coverage), iPhone 4 glass breakage is up 82 percent over the iPhone 3GS. Additionally, accidental damage in total is up 68 percent over the prior model. SquareTrade analyzed...

Wal-Mart Stores to Begin Selling iPads on Oct. 15

Wal-Mart Stores to Begin Selling iPads on Oct. 15

Wal-Mart has reportedly confirmed what was believed for some time, that the iPad is coming to its retail stores on Friday, Oct. 15. The company said as early as May that it wanted to have the iPad in time for the holidays, and its arch-rival Target recently began offering the hot-selling tablet, on Oct. 3rd. Wal-Mart will have all six versions...

MSI N480GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 480 Sneak Peek

MSI N480GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 480 Sneak Peek

MSI is readying a new flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480-powered graphics card, the N480GTX Lightning. Like MSI’s other “Lightning” branded cards, the upcoming N480GTX Lightning is anything but a “me too” reference card. In fact, MSI has modified everything from the PCB design, to frequencies, and of course the cooler....

Sony Reveals Google TV Family And Blu-ray Set-Top Box

Sony Reveals Google TV Family And Blu-ray Set-Top Box

Hello, beautiful! That's the first impression we had when Sony officially revealed their newest device, which is being introduced in concert with Google. The Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV (that's the full name) was sort of introduced back in May, but no pricing or details were available. Basically, that was just letting the world know...

HP Announces Reimagine ROI Reboot Sweepstakes

HP Announces Reimagine ROI Reboot Sweepstakes

(The following is a sponsored contest announcement post by Hewlett Packard) What’s the ROI? You hear the acronym thrown around all the time, especially at the office: ROI. But in real life, a return on an investment has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with being pleasantly surprised at the unexpected value that the right...

Foxconn Still Under Fire over China Labor Conditions

Foxconn Still Under Fire over China Labor Conditions

We've been covering extensively the unfortunate situation at Hon Hai's China plants, which have been rocked in recent months by several employee suicides. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, makes Apple's iPhone as well as many other prominent tech devices, making it difficult to sweep allegations of worker abuse under the rug. To Foxconn's credit,...

Apple Trademarks "There's an App for That"

Apple Trademarks "There's an App for That"

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn't shy about issuing patents for just about anything. Some of the more bizarre ones include a patent for a beerbrella, a chin putter, a tricycle lawnmower, dog nose art, and even an apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force (we're not making any of this up, folks). So in the...

Acer Intros 3D-Capable Aspire 5745DG 15.6" Notebook

Acer Intros 3D-Capable Aspire 5745DG 15.6" Notebook

Have you considered a 3D notebook? It's getting harder and harder to find new machines that are 2D-only, and even Acer is adding a 3D model to their Aspire series. The new Aspire 5745DG ha a 15.6" CineCrystal 120Hz LCD which features NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, and there's even software that can convert 2D content into 3D content on the panel....

Acer Debuts Colorful Aspire One Happy Netbook Family

Acer Debuts Colorful Aspire One Happy Netbook Family

Acer's Aspire One netbook line just keeps growing, and now it's getting more colorful. Too often, notebooks are released in the same black plastic color, and occasionally, you'll find a red one, a blue one or a green one. But a pastel one? Not too often that you see that. The new Aspire One Happy range is for those who would prefer softer...

Air Force Grants $750K to Wombat For Anti-Phishing Game

Air Force Grants $750K to Wombat For Anti-Phishing Game

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $750,000 contract to Wombat Security Technologies for the creation of a "micro-game platform" that trains people not to fall for phishing schemes. Wombat is best known for anti-phishing training games with cartoon-like graphics and names like Anti-Phishing Phyllis, Anti-Phishing Phil, and PhishGuru. This is...

Samsung NX10 Gains i-Function Lens Support

Samsung NX10 Gains i-Function Lens Support

Samsung's NX100 was more than just a camera announcement for the company, it was also a lens announcement. The NX100 is the company's first interchangeable lens camera that supports a new "i-Function" lens family. This new lens has a small button on the side of it as well as a control dial; users can press a button while shuffling the dial...

Zune Software 4.7 Brings Support For Windows Phone 7

Zune Software 4.7 Brings Support For Windows Phone 7

Microsoft's Zune platform has been fading from view in most accounts. Apple is still marketing their iPod family heavily, but Microsoft has seemingly given up on pushing the Zune line of music players. Just like everyone else. It has proven extremely tough to even compete with Apple at all in the music business, and even Microsoft has all...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Asus GeForce GTS 450 Review by Ultimate Hardware iXBT Labs Review: Zotac GeForce GTX 470/480 AMP and GTX 465 Graphics Cards Motherboards and Chipsets: [DreamWare Computers] Jetway HZ03 AM3 Motherboard Memory and Storage: Kingston HyperX H2O 6GB DDR3-2000 @ PureOverclock WD SiliconEdge Blue: WD on the SSD Market @ InsideHW ACRyan PlayOn!DVR...

Pogoplug Pro Adds Wi-Fi And Drops To $99

Pogoplug Pro Adds Wi-Fi And Drops To $99

The Pogoplug has a new version. Pogoplug made its name a few years back by creating a product that would allow standard USB hard drives to be converted into NAS drives. The idea is simple: the Pogoplug has a number of USB ports, and when those are filled with USB hard drives, they're put online and able to be accessed remotely. The Pogoplug...

No 4G iPhone in 2011: report

No 4G iPhone in 2011: report

While a Verizon iPhone is widely anticipated for early 2011, the question remains: will it support 4G? On Verizon this would mean LTE, and Verizon is set to roll that out to 38 metropolitan areas and 62 airports by the end of 2010. The answer to that question, reportedly, is "no such luck." According to TechCrunch, not only will the rumored...

SpaceShipTwo Glides to Earth for the First Time

SpaceShipTwo Glides to Earth for the First Time

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, AKA the VSS Enterprise, reached a major milestone on Sunday when it achieved free flight, achieving itsfirst piloted gliding flight. Released at 45,000 feet by its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo AKA Eve, VSS Enterprise touched down some 11 minutes afterward. The spacecraft was not equipped with a rocket motor for...

Windows Phone 7 Launch: What Handset Goes Where?

Windows Phone 7 Launch: What Handset Goes Where?

The big news on Columbus Day here in America is Windows Phone 7. It's a mobile operating system from Microsoft that was originally launched months back at Mobile World Congress, and it has grown and evolved over the months leading up until today. At launch events in New York City and in the UK, Microsoft revealed the next major part of their...

Kensington Helps You Secure Your Laptop With A Single Click

Kensington Helps You Secure Your Laptop With A Single Click

Kensington is hoping to make securing your laptop a bit easier with the company's new ClickSafe Laptop lock. The ClickSafe works with the Kensington Security Slot that is built in to most laptops. Unlike other locking mechanisms, the new ClickSafe works in just one step and eliminates the need to insert a key and then follow multiple steps...

Samsung Gets With Windows Phone 7 Party: OMNIA 7 Smartphone

Samsung Gets With Windows Phone 7 Party: OMNIA 7 Smartphone

HTC's HD2 grew a partner today in the HD7; now, Samsung is doing something similar with their Omnia lineup. The new OMNIA 7, announced today in conjunction with Microsoft's major Windows Phone 7 push, gives consumers another brand option when it comes time to evaluate WP7 handsets. Keeping with the trend of having a large touch panel, the...

HTC's HD7 Is A Windows Phone 7 Powerhouse for T-Mobile USA

HTC's HD7 Is A Windows Phone 7 Powerhouse for T-Mobile USA

Do you remember the HD2? It was arguably the last great Windows Mobile 6.x phone. People loved the hardware, but many were hoping to see Android on it instead of an aging Windows Mobile. HTC's newest touch screen phone isn't an Android-powered HD2, but it's close. The HD7 looks a lot like the HD2 that came before it, but in keeping with today's...

Hitachi Announces Power-Efficient 10K RPM Hard Drive

Hitachi Announces Power-Efficient 10K RPM Hard Drive

Hitachi announced the new Ultrastar C10K600 enterprise hard drive. The 10K RPM, 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Enterprise hard drive is available in capacities of 300, 450, and 600GB. These 2.5-inch drives consume 65 percent less power than Hitachi’s 3.5-inch enterprise hard drives. The drive is the only drive in its class to use a...

T-Mobile to Sell Galaxy Tab for $399 (On Contract)

T-Mobile to Sell Galaxy Tab for $399 (On Contract)

With a full spec sheet already revealed, all that's really left to figure out about Samsung's Galaxy Tab is when it will be released and how much scratch should potential buyers save up. Thanks an internal T-Mobile document floating around the Web, we can answer one of those questions for you. According to the slide, team Magenta will carry...

AT&T Grabs HTC Surround 7 With Windows Phone 7

AT&T Grabs HTC Surround 7 With Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 was already announced months back, but the operating system is finding a home on a bunch of new devices today. T-Mobile has the Venue Pro, and AT&T is grabbing a couple as well. The HTC Surround 7 is probably the most impressive, with a built-in kickstand like the HTC EVO 4G, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Phone...

Walmart to Carry Apple's iPad, Don't Expect a Discount

Walmart to Carry Apple's iPad, Don't Expect a Discount

We have to hand it to Apple for what could turn out to be a brilliant marketing move. While the competition scrambles to release tablets in time for the holiday shopping season, Apple will be pushing its popular iPad in Walmart stores across the United States. This in addition to Best Buy and, more recently, more than 1,700 Target stores....

Dell Venue Pro Brings Windows Phone 7 To T-Mobile USA

Dell Venue Pro Brings Windows Phone 7 To T-Mobile USA

The Dell Lightning smartphone that was leaked to the world months ago has finally become a reality, but it's not what you think: the Lightning code name has been thrown aside for something that's much more esoteric. Dell's newest smartphone is the Venue Pro, and unlike most of the Windows Phone 7 units announced today, this unit actually isn't...

Dynamics Takes Credit Cards To Another Level

Dynamics Takes Credit Cards To Another Level

Need another credit card? We kid. But if you're a Citi Card holder, you may get an upgraded card in the future. Dynamics Inc., described as an innovator in next-generation payment devices, has just revealed their Redemption payment device. Basically, it's a credit card with built in buttons, LEDs and a selector switch. Why all the fancy additions?...

NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics

NVIDIA is launching a new entry-level graphics card today, the affordable GeForce GT 430. With the release of the GeForce GT 430, NVIDIA aims to better position itself in media PC market, where hardcore, high resolution PC gaming takes a backseat to things like HD video playback, photo and video editing, and Blu-ray 3D capability. Read on...

AT&T Launches Encrypted Mobile Voice Service For Enterprise

AT&T Launches Encrypted Mobile Voice Service For Enterprise

Worried about someone tapping into your mobile phone calls? AT&T may be working towards solving that for average consumers. The company has just revealed a new Encrypted Mobile Voice service, but it's only for enterprise customers right now. AT&T is saying that it's aimed at government agencies, law enforcement organizations, financial...

Logitech Debuts Speaker Lapdesk N550: Better Cooling, Better Sound

Logitech Debuts Speaker Lapdesk N550: Better Cooling, Better Sound

Like it or not, the vast majority of notebooks get fairly warm after extended use. A whole crop of accessories have been born simply due to this fact, and Logitech has a new one as well. This one isn't specifically designed just to keep you cool though, it's also designed to provide better audio from your laptop. The Speaker Lapdesk N550 is...

Sony Introduces 16.41MP Cameraphone Sensor

Sony Introduces 16.41MP Cameraphone Sensor

And the megapixel race continues. In the smartphone world, anyway. Sony has just released a new sensor for cameraphones, and it's one with a megapixel count that just sounds unreal for the sector. The company's new 16.41 megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensor may sound like it's designed for a next generation DSLR, but in reality,...

Google's Newest driving Ambition: The Car

Google's Newest driving Ambition: The Car

Google's drive for innovation is extending to the road. The company has been testing automated, self-driving automobiles, and the cars, six Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT, have logged a total of 140,000 miles. The cars have even driven down Lombard Street in San Francisco, the "crookedest street in America." Google's blog post on the new technology:...

Denon And Marantz A/V Receivers To Get AirPlay Support For A Fee

Denon And Marantz A/V Receivers To Get AirPlay Support For A Fee

Have you heard of AirPlay? Chances are you have, but not much about it. Apple recently talked about the new technology when talking about the forthcoming iOS 4.x update for the iPad. Basically, AirPlay is an Apple-branded wireless streaming service that will allow users to stream their iTunes music remotely from their PCs and Macs across their...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Funky Kit Review: MSI Geforce GTX 465 Frozr II (N465GTX) Cirago HydraDisplay X3 Displayport to 3 DVI Multimonitor Adapter @ TestFreaks ASUS GeForce GTS 450 DirectCU TOP: Cool and Affordable @ InsideHW Motherboards and Chipsets: Jetway Hummer HI06 Intel H55 Motherboard at Modders-Inc ASRock 890GX Extreme4 and 890FX Deluxe4 Motherboard...

PayPal iPhone App Now Allows For Photo Check Deposits

PayPal iPhone App Now Allows For Photo Check Deposits

USAA and Chase already got involved in cashing checks via mobile scanning, but when PayPal gets involved, that's huge for the industry. PayPal's iPhone app has recently been updated, and the new version allows users to scan their checks in order to have the funds deposited immediately in their PayPal account. The catch, of course, is that...

Kingston Introduces 32GB microSDHC Memory Card

Kingston Introduces 32GB microSDHC Memory Card

MicroSDHC cards are tiny. No one needed to tell you that. They're mostly used in cellphones, but recently they have been both sluggish and hard to find. SanDisk has a Class 2 32GB microSDHC, but it's one of the slower options out there. Now, Kingston is offering an alternative. 32GB is still the maximum on the market for microSDHC, but the...

Verizon Offers HP's 11.6" DM1 Netbook With Global 3G

Verizon Offers HP's 11.6" DM1 Netbook With Global 3G

Verizon Wireless has been offering netbooks with a 2-year data contract for years now, but most of those netbooks weren't higher-end machines. The carrier's newest netbook is one of HP's nicest, with the Pavilion dm1-2010nr coming with a 1.3GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K325 processor, a 320GB hard drive and a 6-cell battery. HP also includes an Imprint...

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and Derivatives Released

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and Derivatives Released

HotHardware guest post by:  Jesse Litton The new version of the most popular desktop Linux distribution (according to DistroWatch statistics) is now available, and as always:  completely free to use, redistribute, fold, spindle, and mutilate.  The announcement e-mail can be found here. (Ubuntu 10.10 LiveCD) New/updated features:...

The Day Is 10/10/10: What It Means To The Geek Crowd And Beyond

The Day Is 10/10/10: What It Means To The Geek Crowd And Beyond

It is being called a multitude of things: the Powers of Ten Day, Eames Day, 42 Day, etc. Some are just calling it 10/10/10 day, or Ten Ten Ten day. It's one of those calendar oddities that no one really know how to explain, but for some reason, we're all fascinated by it. It's probably because 10/10/10 will never happen again during the lifetime...

Verizon Launches Trade-In Program For Old, Used Cellphones

Verizon Launches Trade-In Program For Old, Used Cellphones

Have a phone so old that it doesn't even work? Have a phone that you'd love to trade-in towards the purchase of a newer model? Verizon Wireless is out to help in both regards. The wireless carrier has launched a new cell phone trade-in program, which allows customers from any wireless carrier to get value from no-longer-used wireless devices...

iTunes Music Subscription Service Rumored For Release

iTunes Music Subscription Service Rumored For Release

Apple's clearly a big player in the music market. In fact, they sell more music in America than Walmart! It's pretty amazing how fast iTunes has become the go-to source for music, but it's clear that Apple has no intentions of slowing down. In an effort to battle the variety of ad-based free music streaming services (not to mention subscription...

NIC.ly Elaborates on Revoking vb.ly Domain

NIC.ly Elaborates on Revoking vb.ly Domain

The domain name registry NIC.ly started a ruckus earlier this week, when it revoked the vb.ly domain shared by Violet Blue and Ben Metcalfe. On Friday, NIC.ly decided to chime in and give its side of the story. To be honest, the actual reason for the revoking of the domain name is what we expected: it violated local law. vb.ly advertised itself...

Exoskeletons for Paraplegics Near Clinical Trials

Exoskeletons for Paraplegics Near Clinical Trials

Exoskeletons definitely have military uses, but what about something for regular folks? You might think none of them would need an exoskeleton, but there's an obvious use case: paraplegics. On Thursday, Berkeley Bionics, an San Francisco Bay Area company founded in 2005, unveiled what it calls eLEGS. eLEGS stands for Exoskeleton Lower Extremity...

Skype for Android on 3G hack app already available

Skype for Android on 3G hack app already available

It was just a couple of days ago that Skype introduced its Skype for Android app, and there was much rejoicing. But U.S. users were singularly blocked from using Skype over 3G networks, except Verizon users. American Android users could only use it via Wi-Fi even though folks in other nations had no such restrictions (although the app isn't...

Mozilla's Firefox 4 Beta Now Available For Android And Maemo

Mozilla's Firefox 4 Beta Now Available For Android And Maemo

You could argue that the browsers on the iPhone and Android saved mobile browsing. Before those, mobile browsing was usually limited. Very limited. Few desktop websites could be viewed on mobile browsers, and for years people begged and pleaded for a mobile version of Firefox. Now they have it. You could argue that it's too late to make a...

Hitachi GST Offering 750GB 2.5" Hard Drive

Hitachi GST Offering 750GB 2.5" Hard Drive

Bigger, better, faster. That motto goes a long way in the storage world, and Hitachi GST is making strides in the 2.5" department. The company has just announced a new 375GB/platter 2.5" drive, which means that they have crammed 750GB onto a single notebook drive. Both 5400rpm and 7200rpm versions are available, and in case you didn't know,...

Amazon Reportedly Planning Their Own Android App Market

Amazon Reportedly Planning Their Own Android App Market

Does the world have room for another App Store? We'll find out soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to launch their very own app store for Android-based devices. Amazon already sells eBook content through the Kindle, and while a few games have also emerged for Kindle, having a dedicated app store that would be available...

Sony Ericcson Ships Android-Based XPERIA X8 And Cedar Feature Phone

Sony Ericcson Ships Android-Based XPERIA X8 And Cedar Feature Phone

Despite Sony Ericsson's troubles last year, the company is still deeply invested in the mobile phone market. They're still lagging behind some of the other major smartphone players in terms of market dominance, but their style has never failed to impress. The design of the XPERIA X8 and Cedar is also impressive, and if you have been holding...

Pantech Laser Is AT&T's Thinnest Feature Phone

Pantech Laser Is AT&T's Thinnest Feature Phone

AT&T's thinnest feature phone? It's probably not what you think it is. Pantech just released a new handset that AT&T is calling the "thinnest full sliding keyboard phone" from the company. The Pantech Laser measures just 9.95mm thick, and it's the thinnest of its kind that the carrier has ever offered. It features a 3.1" AMOLED display...

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 8, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 8, 2010

We're back with the latest HotHardware weekly podcast.  This time around, we talke about NVIDIA's move into direct retail sales, a 3D-ready Lenovo notebook, SandForce's upcoming SF-2000 family of SSD processors, the booming smartphone market, we also take some reader questions and hint at an upcoming contest too... Show Notes: 00:17 -...

Thrustmaster Reveals HOTAS WARTHOG: Serious Joystick For Serious Gamers

Thrustmaster Reveals HOTAS WARTHOG: Serious Joystick For Serious Gamers

Never had the opportunity to try out for the Air Force? Didn't bother to go to flight school when you were younger? It's not exactly easy to get into a airplane's cockpit these days, but Thrustmaster's new joystick may have you believing otherwise. The HOTAS WARTHOG is aiming to be the most realistic flight sim joystick on the market, and...

Razer Meets Heavy Metal On Ironclad Mouse Mat

Razer Meets Heavy Metal On Ironclad Mouse Mat

It never fails. You think you've spent your last dollar on gaming PC accessories, and then Razer rolls out something else that you just can't resist. The company's newest product is one that you could definitely live without, but the question remains: do you want to? The new Ironclad mouse mat is one of the sleekest, wildest mats we have seen,...

Samsung Launches External DVD Writer for Netbooks

Samsung Launches External DVD Writer for Netbooks

Netbooks now come standard with dual-core processors, and some of them even sport respectable graphics (Nvidia Ion). But save for a very small few, the vast majority of netbooks still don't ship with an optical drive. What's an optical disc-toting user to do? Buy an external optical drive, of course. Samsung hopes you'll be drawn to its new...

Microsoft Prepping Record Breaking Patch

Microsoft Prepping Record Breaking Patch

If you have the misfortune of living in an area where dial-up is still the only option, you have our condolences. Not just because dial-up sucks, but also because you're not going to doing much of anything online next Tuesday other than downloading security updates. Microsoft is putting together its biggest patch ever, a record 16 security...

Is GlassGate the Latest Crack in the iPhone's Armor?

Is GlassGate the Latest Crack in the iPhone's Armor?

Antennagate is grinding to a halt, more or less, but is Glassgate about to begin? It could be: speaking of grinding, it appears that third-party cases, especially those that slide on, are capable of trapping particulate matter between themselves and the iPhone 4's glass back, which could lead to scratching or even shattering of the entire...

Novatel Wireless Debuts MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Novatel Wireless Debuts MiFi 2372 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Novatel Wireless. It's a company that you may not be familiar with, but they're responsible for a phenomenon known as the MiFi. These portable wireless hotspots have made broadband access much easier to find on the road, and since they operate with a battery, they can actually provide Internet to more than just a single device, which is something...

Ubuntu touch netbooks by year end?

Ubuntu touch netbooks by year end?

On Sunday, Canonical will release Ubuntu 10.10 in netbook, desktop and server editions. The netbook version will include support for touch through a new user interface, Unity. The Unity interface was designed from scratch for netbooks and has been available to developers and netbook OEMs since May. It eliminates lessor-used icons, rearranges...

Epson Introduces VS200 SVGA Projector

Epson Introduces VS200 SVGA Projector

Need a new projector for your boardroom? What about your work-at-home basement? Epson has just the thing, with their newly introduced VS200 being one of the brightest and cheapest in its class. The projector provides SVGA resolution and a whopping 2300 lumens of light output, not to mention USB Plug 'n Play instant setup for Windows and Mac...

FLO TV Goes Under; Mobile TV Service Killed By Qualcomm

FLO TV Goes Under; Mobile TV Service Killed By Qualcomm

And just like that, FLO TV is dead. You may not even remember the name if you weren't paying close attention to Qualcomm's rollout last year, but now it matters now. The direct-consumer portable TV service has been axed by parent company Qualcomm, and while the reasons aren't detailed, it's not hard to imagine why. America has never really...

Amimon's WHDI Stick Brings HD Streaming To Laptops

Amimon's WHDI Stick Brings HD Streaming To Laptops

If you've been keeping an eye on the tech product introductions of late, you may have noticed a trend. Wireless HD streaming. It's everywhere, and it's expanding still. Amimon is a name that is a staple of this industry, but due to product costs, they haven't had a huge push in the consumer market. High-end A/V installers have known about...

Acronis Data Migration Software Now Free To Intel SSD Users

Acronis Data Migration Software Now Free To Intel SSD Users

If you think the latest Intel SSD ToolBox is all the software you'll be getting with your new Intel solid state drive, a certain company would like you to know otherwise. Acronis Software has just announced that Intel SSDs now include Intel Data Migration Software, a set of hard disk utilities that are powered by Acronis. The software bundle...

Asus Video Contest Entry Makes For Compelling Promo Spot?

Asus Video Contest Entry Makes For Compelling Promo Spot?

Asus has without doubt made a name for themselves over the years, whether you consider the long-standing brand name recognition in components like motherboards, or their more recent storm of the market with netbooks and notebooks like the hugely popular Eee PC series.  Formerly a Taiwanese ODM brand more recognized by techies in the know,...

World of Warcraft Crosses 12 Million Player Threshold

World of Warcraft Crosses 12 Million Player Threshold

Blizzard announced today that World of Warcraft has finally broken 12 million players worldwide. This recent growth, according to the company, was caused by the long-delayed August release of Wrath of the Lich King in mainland China. "The support and enthusiasm that gamers across the world continue to show for World of Warcraft reaffirms our...

Best Buy Will Upgrade Your PS3's Firmware For "Just" $30

Best Buy Will Upgrade Your PS3's Firmware For "Just" $30

This comes straight out of the I Can't Believe Anyone Pays For That department. According to reports that've been confirmed by Best Buy, one of the services the company's Geek Squad offers is firmware upgrades for the PS3 for the low, low price of $30. If you've ever flashed a PS3, you know that the process is dirt-simple and virtually impossible...

Marvell Partners With OLPC To Design Android-Powered Tablet

Marvell Partners With OLPC To Design Android-Powered Tablet

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has announced it recently received a $5.6 million investment from Marvell. The two organizations plan to collaborate on an Android-powered tablet that's similar, at least conceptually, to OLPC's conceptual design for its XO-3 system. This new collaboration is in addition to the general partnership the...

CherryPal's 7" CherryPad Is A $188 7" Android 2.1 Tablet

CherryPal's 7" CherryPad Is A $188 7" Android 2.1 Tablet

Cheap? Alright! Tablet? Alright! Cheap tablet? Double alright! Cherrypal has just introduced what may actually be the cheapest Android 2.1 tablet to ship in the U.S., with the 7" CherryPad costing only $188. It's a bit smaller than the iPad, and runs a Samsung ARM11 CPU (800MHz) with Android 2.1; Android 2.2 is scheduled for an update in Q4...

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop Review

Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D is an interesting system that initially caught our eye thanks to its 3D-capable display. 3D films and TVs have been declared hot ticket capabilities by the film industry and TV manufacturers, but this is the first 3D-capable notebook we've had in house. The Y560D isn't the only 3D laptop on the market, but it's priced...

Corsair Ships Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case

Corsair Ships Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case

Corsair's new Graphite Series 600T mid-tower computer case is now available.  The Graphite Series 600T made its debut at Computex in June. This case features dual 200mm fans, eight PCI-E expansion slots, and plenty of additional space. With the Graphite Series 600T, you'll get many of the builder-friendly features that are also found...

Logitech Launches Google TV-Powered Revue Box

Logitech Launches Google TV-Powered Revue Box

Google TV. It lives! While the world waits for Chrome OS to actually become a reality, Google TV is wasting no time getting into living rooms everywhere. Up until today, Google TV was still mostly a mystery. We generally knew that it would bring search to the television, but Boxee's user interface already does as well. Now, Logitech has fully...

Verizon announces 2010 LTE Rollout: 38 Cities, 62 Airports

Verizon announces 2010 LTE Rollout: 38 Cities, 62 Airports

Earlier, Verizon said their LTE rollout would reach the 30 NFL metropolitan areas by the end of 2010, though they did not get specific. On Thursday, at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Francisco, they got specific. Verizon has even raised the number from 30 to 38, CEO Lowell McAdam said. McAdam added that in January, Verizon...

NPD Predicts Unhappy Holidays for Retail

NPD Predicts Unhappy Holidays for Retail

Between the recent eBook Reader price war that broke out, the flurry of tablets just around the corner, and the recession finally starting to let up, you would think this holiday shopping season is gearing up to be busier than ever. You'd also be wrong, according to new data by market research firm The NPD Group. The NPD Group just finished...

Kingston Kicks Out Its First 32GB microSDHC Card

Kingston Kicks Out Its First 32GB microSDHC Card

Kingston this week announced it will soon be shipping its first-ever ultra-large 32GB microSDHC card. It's a Class 4 memory card that will go on sale Monday, October 11, 2010, serving up twice as much capacity as Kingston's previous flagship microSDHC part. That's good news for all you smartphone and superphone users looking to cram your device...

.ly Domain Extension Owners Warned Over Sharia Law

.ly Domain Extension Owners Warned Over Sharia Law

.ly domain extension holders are being warned of possible issues, via the registry body controlling that extension. It's such that even bit.ly, the extremely popular URL shortening service, might need to watch out. The .ly domain extension is controlled by NIC.ly, the domain registry and controlling body for the Libyan domain space. According...

Western Digital Delivers My Book Live Network Storage Drive

Western Digital Delivers My Book Live Network Storage Drive

Is Western Digital's "My Book" line the most easily recognized out there in the external storage market? That's probably up for debate, but the range is still going strong years after it got its start. Today, WD is introduced a new connected My Book, the My Book Live. It's marketed at at-home, casual users who simply need a basic NAS solution...

SandForce Debuts SF-2000 SSD Processor Family

SandForce Debuts SF-2000 SSD Processor Family

We recently had a conversation with representatives from SandForce, the designers of the controllers used in many of today’s popular solid state drives like the OCZ Vertex 2, about their next-generation SSD processor family. The new SF-2000 SSD processor family builds upon the success of the current SF-1500 / SF-1200 series by adding...

Motorola Brings BRAVO, FLIPOUT And FLIPSIDE Android Phones To AT&T

Motorola Brings BRAVO, FLIPOUT And FLIPSIDE Android Phones To AT&T

There was a time in AT&T's history where the carrier had no Android phones to speak of. They carried the iPhone, a few BlackBerry phones and a few Symbian phones. Android was nowhere to be found. It all started a few months back, and ever since AT&T got friendly with Android, they have been picking up new Android phones at a rapid...

Palm Bringing New WebOS Phones To Market In 2011

Palm Bringing New WebOS Phones To Market In 2011

Phew. That's a big sigh of relief coming from everyone who thought even for a second that HP's purchase of Palm may end up being the last of WebOS. Palm was only able to launch a couple of phones based on WebOS before being acquired by a much larger HP, and the future of the mobile OS has been up in the air ever since. We have heard that WebOS...

Acer Introduces Pininfarina AT58 HDTV Family

Acer Introduces Pininfarina AT58 HDTV Family

Acer? Television? In the same sentence. It's true. Acer, the company you probably know best for Aspire One netbooks, has just introduced a new LED TV series, the Pininfarina. It's a tricky name, but it's easy to tell from a glance that these are Acer's products. The new AT58 line have been designed with the Pininfarina designer signature,...

Microsoft CEO: Windows Slates Due Out By Christmas

Microsoft CEO: Windows Slates Due Out By Christmas

Apple's iPad has been a huge success. There's just no way to deny that. Apple has raked in millions from being first to market with a "new" generation tablet that uses modernized software and a touch-friendly platform, and Microsoft has been scrambling ever since to match it. In fact, everyone has. Android tablets are coming to light as well,...

DROID PRO Combines Android 2.2 With Touch Screen, Dedicated Keypad

DROID PRO Combines Android 2.2 With Touch Screen, Dedicated Keypad

The "DROID Does" campaign continues. And this Droid may be the most interesting of them all. Motorola has just revealed their newest smartphone, the Droid Pro, and it looks to be a hybrid of Droid and BlackBerry. For the past two years, almost every major smartphone has either had a dedicated keyboard (BlackBerry), a full touch screen (iPhone)...

Samsung Launches Dual-Core NF310 Netbook

Samsung Launches Dual-Core NF310 Netbook

Everywhere you turn it's tablet this and tablet that, when this time last year all the talk was on netbooks. Don't worry if you haven't bought into the tablet hype, netbooks aren't about to go the way of the Dodo bird. In fact, with dual-core Atom processors now the norm, there's never been a better time to be in the market for a netbook....

HTC Living High on the Hog, Quarterly Profit Nearly Doubles

HTC Living High on the Hog, Quarterly Profit Nearly Doubles

You have to hand it to HTC for not only recognizing a potentially good business opportunity when it arrives, but successfully capitalizing on it. We're of course talking about Google's Android platform, and HTC has been riding that green gravy train ever since it left the station. Now the world's No. 4 smartphone maker, HTC nearly doubled...

Verizon Wireless And Motorola Introduce Entry-level CITRUS Smartphone

Verizon Wireless And Motorola Introduce Entry-level CITRUS Smartphone

Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the Motorola CITRUS smartphone. This handset runs on Android 2.1 and targets new smartphone users. One of the more unique features of the CITRUS is called BACKTRACK, which provides a  touch panel on the back of the device that can be used to navigate and scroll through websites, home screens, e-mails,...

Verizon Wireless And Casio Introduce The Ravine

Verizon Wireless And Casio Introduce The Ravine

If you're tough on your phone, then the latest offering from Verizon Wireless and Casio may be just what the doctor ordered. Like other Casio G’zOne phones, the new Casio G’zOne Ravine features a rugged design that can withstand water, dust, shock, vibration, humidity, altitude, salt fog, solar radiation, and high and low temperatures....

Next up: Google, The Movie

Next up: Google, The Movie

The box office success of The Social Network has spurred Hollywood to get a move on with a movie about Google.  Groundswell bought the rights to adapt Ken Auletta’s bestseller Googled: The End of the World as We Know It and has begun the hunt for a screenplay writer in earnest. Groundswell picked up the movie rights to Googled...

Samsung Introduces New 31 Series LED-Backlit Monitors

Samsung Introduces New 31 Series LED-Backlit Monitors

In addition to the recently announced Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH, Samsung also introduced a new line of 31 series LED-backlit monitors. The new line targets budget-conscious consumers who want to conserve energy with an LED monitor. The displays use up to 40 percent less energy than same-sized CCFL backlit monitors. The 31 series monitors...

B&N's PubIt! EBook Publishing Software Platform Now Available

B&N's PubIt! EBook Publishing Software Platform Now Available

Interested in writing a novel? A children's book? Something else? What was once a pipe dream for many is now a reality: the publishing tools you need to get your creations out to the world are here courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Rather than having to hunt down a publisher and hope they like your work enough to put their name on it, B&N...

Microsoft Issues Pink Mouse For Breast Cancer Awareness

Microsoft Issues Pink Mouse For Breast Cancer Awareness

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and usually, there are lots of consumer electronics companies that introduce pink products in order to help raise money for the cause. This year, Microsoft is getting things started early with their new special edition mouse, a pink one in which 10% of the purchase price goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure....

Apple Buys Acre of Land for New Data Center From NC Family For $1.7M

Apple Buys Acre of Land for New Data Center From NC Family For $1.7M

Location, location, location is the mantra for real estate. Donnie and Kathy Fulbright, from Maiden, NC, know that well. Apple just paid them $1.7M to move out of the house they lived in for 34 years. After the couple rejected two offers, Apple told them to put a price on the single-story house built on less than one acre of land, and they...

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro 2000 And Quadro 600 GPUs Based On Fermi

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro 2000 And Quadro 600 GPUs Based On Fermi

NVIDIA's Fermi has made a huge splash lately. Particularly with gamers, Fermi has proven to be a real gem, and the benchmarks are here to prove that it's a serious contender in the gaming world. But what about the pros? NVIDIA has an eye out for them as well, and today they too are feeling the Fermi love with a pair of Quadro GPUs. The new...

Verizon Goes International With Wireless Fivespot Global HotSpot

Verizon Goes International With Wireless Fivespot Global HotSpot

Verizon Wireless has a new way for you to get online, but it's a pricey one. The company already has an array of mobile broadband devices that are designed to keep you connected regardless of where your notebook (or Wi-Fi enabled device) go. But that's only within North America, for the most part. Even the company's MiFi doesn't have a SIM...

About That BitTorrent-Enabled iPhone App?  Too Much Publicity

About That BitTorrent-Enabled iPhone App? Too Much Publicity

This is what happens when you get press coverage for a product that does something that Apple doesn't want in the App Store: you get booted. IS Drive is being kicked out of the App Store, the developer, Derek Kepner, has Tweeted, saying: Just got a call from Apple. They're taking IS Drive down. I'm seeing what I can do. I have a feeling I...

Skype Releases Android App

Skype Releases Android App

You can now use your Android-based phone to make Skype calls. The Skype for Android app lets you make calls to Skype accounts, mobile phones, or landlines. You can also send and receive text messages using the application when you're communicating with Skype friends. “The Skype experience is ubiquitous today. More and more people are...

New Samsung Monitor Boasts 1 ms Response Time

New Samsung Monitor Boasts 1 ms Response Time

Samsung announced a new monitor which boasts of a 1 ms response time. With this fast response rate, the new SyncMaster P2770FH has virtually no problems with motion blur or ghosting effects, making it ideal for gamers, video enthusiasts, and graphic designers. The P2770FH also features a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and enriched color gamut....

Shadows Of The Past: NVIDIA Selling GPUs at Best Buy

Shadows Of The Past: NVIDIA Selling GPUs at Best Buy

In a surprising turn of events, NVIDIA-built graphics cards have begun popping up at Best Buy stores across the nation. This is decidedly odd for a company that's made billions of dollars designing GPU products while leveraging board partners to bear the cost of manufacturing and marketing them, but NVIDIA confirmed that this new Best Buy...

Steve Ballmer Promises Windows 7 Tablets in Time for Christmas

Steve Ballmer Promises Windows 7 Tablets in Time for Christmas

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout or do anything else that will land you on Santa's 'Naughty' list this year. If you do, forget about finding a Windows 7-based slate stuffed into your oversized Christmas stocking this December, assuming you put one on your holiday wish list in the first place. For those of you that...

Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD

Patriot Inferno 120GB SandForce-Based SSD

We've got a review of a Patriot solid state drive on tap for you today. Patriot has employed SSD controllers from a number of manufactures including JMicron and Indilinx in a few of their product lines, but in the newest Inferno series of SSDs, Patriot went with SandForce’s SF-1200 series controller. The specifications for the Patriot...

Samsung: We've Sold 5 Million Galaxy S Smartphones Worldwide

Samsung: We've Sold 5 Million Galaxy S Smartphones Worldwide

In a press release announcing the Galaxy S smartphone launch in Japan, Samsung let it be known that it's now sold over 5 million Galaxy S devices worldwide, most of which have shipped to the United States. Americans have so far devoured more than 2 million Galaxy S phones in the past three months, while more than 1 million units have shipped...

It's Official: Smartphones Dominate

It's Official: Smartphones Dominate

Even though smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the total U.S. mobile market, as of August, they officially used more applications and browsed more mobile content than their-not-so-bright competitors. Plus, smartphones are becoming popular with the girls. So says the latest quarterly report from comScore, which tracked 75.6 million...

WD Takes My Book Essential Line To 3TB

WD Takes My Book Essential Line To 3TB

3TB hard drives are not completely unheard of. Months back, Seagate introduced a single drive with 3TB of capacity, and now Western Digital is doing the same. But this isn't just a component hard drive that you can stuff into your existing desktop; instead, it's being offered within the My Book Essential, a new USB 3.0 drive with the most...

Panasonic MW-20 Digital Photo Frame Is Also A Sound System

Panasonic MW-20 Digital Photo Frame Is Also A Sound System

The digital image frame craze was biggest a few years back; it was "the" must-have holiday gift, and ever since they've dwindled in popularity. We see them coming out less and less, because they have reached a point where it's hard to innovate beyond where they currently are. But Panasonic's newest frame actually is rather enticing. The MW-20...

Hitachi-LG Debuts 2nd Generation SSD/ODD Hybrid Drive

Hitachi-LG Debuts 2nd Generation SSD/ODD Hybrid Drive

We know things innovate quickly these days. Really quickly. In the CPU world, a new processor barely stays "new" for six months now, and the same is true in the GPU world. There's a saying that explains how your "new" PC is probably old by the time it actually gets to your doorstop, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Life's short, we might...

Laptop Heat Causing 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'

Laptop Heat Causing 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'

The age of the superpowered laptop has led to a surge in what's called "toasted skin syndrome." The condition, with the medical name "erythema ab igne," can be caused by prolonged exposure to heat or infrared radiation, and can be caused by overuse of heating pads ... and laptops. The result can be a mottled skin discoloration, and with...

LG Shelves Plans For Froyo-Based Tablet, Waits On Next Android Revision

LG Shelves Plans For Froyo-Based Tablet, Waits On Next Android Revision

Times change. Things change. Plans change. It's a fact of life, and even in the consumer electronics industry, the best laid plans can sometime fall off track. In recent months, Google stated that Froyo (Android 2.2) wasn't the ideal operating system for tablets. It was built for smartphones, and with companies simply dropping it onto tablets...

Google TV Hype Heats Up

Google TV Hype Heats Up

It's been about five months since Google TV was announced at Google I/O, and the company has been quiet since then. However, on Monday the hype machine spun up with more details, which pretty much points to a launch nearing (though we already were anticipating a fall launch). First, Google finally created a Google TV website which as you might...

Lenovo Celebrates 60M ThinkPads Sold With Optimus Enabled T410s and More

Lenovo Celebrates 60M ThinkPads Sold With Optimus Enabled T410s and More

There's little debate, if you took a poll of the notebook-toting business community, with respect to what the most popular workhorse machine has been over the past decade or more, the response would likely be the Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad.  Whether it's due to IBM and Lenovo's innovations over the years, like the venerable TrackPoint,...

ATI FirePro Peformance Plug-ins Optimized for AutoCAD, 3ds Max

ATI FirePro Peformance Plug-ins Optimized for AutoCAD, 3ds Max

If you're an AutoCAD or 3ds Max user, you'll find this information out of AMD today to be very interesting. ATI's FirePro application support team have devised a way to drastically increase the performance of FirePro or FireGL workstation graphics cards when running AutoCAD or 3ds Max. AMD has just released a set of performance...

Acer Introduces Three New Aspire One Netbooks

Acer Introduces Three New Aspire One Netbooks

Acer's Aspire One range of netbooks has been highly regarded for some time now, and while many other netbook makers jumped at the chance to integrate Intel's newest Atom processor, Acer held back some. That's okay though, as their new Aspre One AOD255 looks to have been worth the wait. It ships with the Atom N550 dual-core CPU, DDR3 memory...

Blizzard Announces World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Date

Blizzard Announces World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Date

WoW players have been salivating over the question of when Blizzard's next expansion would launch, and the company has finally given its answer. Starting on December 7, gamers will be able to purchase and explore the new zones, races, and content the Cataclysm expansion will add to the existing MMO. Players who don't buy Cataclysm will still...

Windows Phone 7 Launching October 11

Windows Phone 7 Launching October 11

Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch the latest version of its mobile operating system known as Windows Phone 7 in New York on October 11. Details about the unveiling are still a little sparse, but the invite makes it clear that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be joined by AT&T's Ralph de la Vega for a morning keynote. T-Mobile is...

T-Mobile Announces myTouch With HSPA+

T-Mobile Announces myTouch With HSPA+

T-Mobile's latest myTouch smartphone aims to take advantage of the wireless carrier's new "super-fast" HSPA+ mobile broadband network. The latest T-Mobile myTouch supports video chat both when a Wi-Fi connection is available as well as through T-Mobile's wireless network. With HSPA+, the new myTouch has a theoretical capability of 14.4Mbps....

Toshiba to Launch Glasses-Free 3D TVs Later this Year

Toshiba to Launch Glasses-Free 3D TVs Later this Year

It's hard to spit game to your date when you're sporting a pair of dorky looking 3D glasses, unless you happen to look like a dork even without them. But don't despair, if you've bought into the 3D hype and can't wait to bring the extra dimension into your home, glasses-free 3D displays are on the way, perhaps sooner than you think. Toshiba,...

Razer Reveals Mouse Bungee For Wired Mice Users

Razer Reveals Mouse Bungee For Wired Mice Users

It's a battle that will probably never end: wired vs. wireless mice. Some gamers swear by wired mice, claiming that they're more accurate and that they won't just die on your mid-game if your batteries run out. Some say that the flexibility of a wireless mouse trumps even that, and that they'd rather never worry about a cord slowing down their...

Analyst: iPad Signals "End of the Mini-Note" Era

Analyst: iPad Signals "End of the Mini-Note" Era

When Steve Jobs called the iPad a "magical" device, perhaps he was talking about the spell of destruction the iOS tablet has been casting on netbooks. Check it out -- according to market research firm DisplaySearch, in the second quarter of 2010, netbook/tablet PCs were down 4 percent on quarter, but up 29 percent on year. Doesn't sound so...

Logitech Debuts Wireless Headset F540 For Hardcore Console Gamers

Logitech Debuts Wireless Headset F540 For Hardcore Console Gamers

When you think PC Audio, there's a good chance that Logitech rings a bell. But mostly, those guys have focused on PC gaming sound systems. In the headphone world, there's Turtle Beach and Razer, but now even Logitech is joining that crowd. Their newest headset, the F540, is downright serious. These aren't built for casual gamers; they're built...

Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Android-Based Smartphones

Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Android-Based Smartphones

What a way to start off Q4! You can't blame Microsoft for not making things interesting, as the company who should be focused on executing a perfect Windows Phone 7 launch is instead focused on getting their lawyers all up in Motorola's business. Microsoft has just filed a patent infringement action against Motorola, with Horacio Gutierrez,...

Orb Music Player Streams iTunes, Pandora To Anywhere In The Home

Orb Music Player Streams iTunes, Pandora To Anywhere In The Home

If you've known about Orb in the past, you probably knew it best as a software company. Orb Networks' claim to fame came from a software built that allowed iTunes content to be streamed to any device for free, but now they're taking things to the next level: hardware. It's a tough and competitive landscape for hardware makers in the audio/streaming...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews MSI Radeon HD 5770 PMD1G Review, Now With Crossfire! @ Rage3D.com Gigabyte 'SOC' Exclusive GTX480/470 @ Vortez.co.uk Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference @ ThinkComputers.org Processors: AMD Athlon X2 II 265 Processor/CPU @ TechwareLabs Memory and Storage: Crucial 128GB RealSSD...

US Cellular Announces One-and-Done Contracts; the 'Belief Project'

US Cellular Announces One-and-Done Contracts; the 'Belief Project'

The nation's No. 6 wireless carrier, US Cellular, has announced something that we are pretty sure none of the Big 4 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon) will ever implement: "The Belief Project." It's a program that encourages loyalty with rewards instead of fear (of early termination fees). The Belief Project states that once a customer...

BItTorrent-enabled App Sneaks Past App Store Reviewers

BItTorrent-enabled App Sneaks Past App Store Reviewers

BitTorrent apps haven't made it into the App Store before, simply because Apple doesn't want anything even remotely connected to piracy in the store, despite the fact that BitTorrent has legitimate uses as well. According to TorrentFreak, one enterprising developer managed to sneak such an app in, by carefully omitting any mention of torrents....

Jawbone & Cisco Aim To Unify Communications At Work And Beyond

Jawbone & Cisco Aim To Unify Communications At Work And Beyond

Jawbone and Cisco are working together to make it easier for employees to move from one device to another throughout the day. The new Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headset can connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phones, or Cisco Cius, letting you make and receive calls from all...

Wireless USB 1.1 Specification Revealed With Lower Power Reqs.

Wireless USB 1.1 Specification Revealed With Lower Power Reqs.

Somewhat quietly, the wireless streaming space is becoming highly competitive. WHDI is showing up in more and more places (even a GPU recently), and with the demand for HD on the rise, Wireless USB is being pressured into innovating as well. A number of Wireless USB dongles and adapters are available, but most of them are rather limited when...

Super Talent Debuts Key-Like CKB Flash Drive

Super Talent Debuts Key-Like CKB Flash Drive

Flash drives are a dime a dozen, and many of of them look exactly alike. But every so often, you'll find that a company goes out of their way to really differentiate their product. Super Talent is a known name in the USB / flash storage space, and they're the ones going out of their way this time. The new CKB flash drive not only fits on a...

Sirius XM Introduces XM Snap! Tuner

Sirius XM Introduces XM Snap! Tuner

Sirius XM hasn't announced new gear for years it seems like; early on, during the sat radio boom days, it felt like a new receiver was being introduced every week or so. Now, the company is helping the next generation of listeners find an easy way to tune in. The XM Snap! is meant to be portable and easy to install in any vehicle. As long...

BenQ Ships nReader K61 E-Reader With 3G And Wi-Fi

BenQ Ships nReader K61 E-Reader With 3G And Wi-Fi

Despite the fact that Amazon and Barnes & Noble essentially have the eReader market cornered, companies are still continuing to pour out alternatives as if the market is still blooming. BenQ hasn't been known for their dabbling in the eReader market before, but considering just how many outfits are now challenging the NOOK and Kindle,...

Prior to His Death, Segway Company Owner Donated 1K Transporters to U.S. Vets

Prior to His Death, Segway Company Owner Donated 1K Transporters to U.S. Vets

James Heselden, the late Segway company owner, died last weekend. It was ironic in two ways: he died after driving his ruggedized Segway off a cliff and into the River Wharfe, and he was about to be honored for donating 1,000 Segways to U.S. veterans. Jerry Kerr, president and co-founder of Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT)...

AT&T Introduces New Prepaid Calling Options

AT&T Introduces New Prepaid Calling Options

AT&T announced new prepaid calling plans for GoPhone users. The new options will be available October 3 and will include an Unlimited Daily Talk and Text plan for just $2 per day. Under this plan, you'll only pay for days the phone is used. AT&T will also offer a monthly Unlimited Talk and Text plan with 200 MB of data for $75 per...

Belkin Conserve Gateway Aims To Help You Reduce Energy Costs

Belkin Conserve Gateway Aims To Help You Reduce Energy Costs

Belkin announced the Conserve Gateway, a router system that is designed to help you understand and observe meter readings so you can better understand how your home uses energy. The Conserve Gateway delivers this information via a web interface that lets you track your energy use. The Conserve Gateway has a Wi-Fi/Ethernet network interface...

Clearwire Loses Select Sprint Board Members

Clearwire Loses Select Sprint Board Members

Here's a surprise: Dan Hesse, the CEO of Sprint, is no long on the board of directors for Clearwire, despite the fact that Sprint is the major pusher of Clearwire's 4G WiMAX services. Clearwire as a whole lost Daniel R. Hesse, Keith O. Cowan, and Steven L. Elfman, with all three resigning from the company's board of directors this week. The...

NFL Looks To Get Content Onto Verizon Tablets

NFL Looks To Get Content Onto Verizon Tablets

Haven't you heard? Tablets are all the rage. They're blowing up, and it seems that everyone wants in on them. Even cell phone carriers. All four of the major U.S. carriers managed to acquire Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but a recent report at the Wall Street Journal hints that another may be in the works. Recently, Verizon Wireless was selected in...

The World Now Has A KISS HDTV, Like It Or Not

The World Now Has A KISS HDTV, Like It Or Not

Oh, brother. A KISS TV? We've seen big bands milk their fame before, but this may be a new low. Or is it a new high? Depends on how you see things, really. Roundtable Concepts has landed a deal with the famed rock band KISS in order to launch the first-ever KISS LED HDTV. It's still really unclear who exactly would want to buy a KISS HDTV,...

Galaxy Adds Wireless PC-To-TV Streaming On GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition

Galaxy Adds Wireless PC-To-TV Streaming On GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Edition

AMIMON has been streaming 1080p content without wires for years now, but mostly in high-end home cinema systems. Usually, AMIMON chips were found in dedicated wireless streaming boxes, but now that costs are coming down, they are finding new ways to reach the public. And this is definitely a unique place to go, and one of the more exciting...

CyberPower and HH Back To School Blitz Sweepstakes Winner!

CyberPower and HH Back To School Blitz Sweepstakes Winner!

To pay tribute to the back-to-school season (or just party), in conjunction with our good friends at CyberPower. We planned to give away yet another fully loaded, quad-core powered gaming rig! This time around, the winner would score a complete Intel Core i7-950-based system, with a GeForce GTX 460 graphics card pushing the pixels,...

Asus Debuts Powerful AMD-Based ROG Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard

Asus Debuts Powerful AMD-Based ROG Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard

Whenever Asus introduces a new product in their Republic of Gamers line, there's a fair chance that it will be pretty awesome. Expensive, powerful, and awesome. The ROG label is reserved for Asus' most compelling products, reserved for hardcore gamers who are willing to spend extra to be on the cutting edge. The new ROG Crosshair IV Extreme...

Sony Reveals In-dash Car Navigation Systems Powered By TomTom

Sony Reveals In-dash Car Navigation Systems Powered By TomTom

Sony announced its first in-dash car navigation systems. Powered by TomTom technology, the new Sony XNV-770BT (7-inch widescreen display) and XNV-660BT (6.1-inch widescreen display) A/V navigation systems feature many of TomTom's navigational features such as IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance, Quick GPSfix, and MapShare. The units will have...

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 1, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - October 1, 2010

We’re back for the latest installment of our weekly video podcast. In this episode, we talk about Zotac’s sleek, new, Blu-Ray equipped ZBox nettop, malware riddled GPUs (not really!), the OCZ IBIS high-performance solid state drive, and RIM’s upcoming Blackberry Playbook tablet. We also take a couple of reader questions,...

Google's Phone Gallery Keeps You Posted on the Latest Android Phones

Google's Phone Gallery Keeps You Posted on the Latest Android Phones

There are so many different Android phones, and that's been one of the reasons for Android's success. Different form factors, different carriers, even in the U.S. So how do you find out about all them? Google has an app, er, sorry, a web site for that. In fact, the Google Phone Gallery also shows what you do with a web page that's no longer...

R2-D2 Smartphone is the Droid You're Looking For

R2-D2 Smartphone is the Droid You're Looking For

It's only fitting that Motorola would build a Droid device around the most famous android of all time. We're of course talking about R2-D2 and not Google's open-source platform, though that Android is included in the fray as well. You've read about the R2-D2 Droid, you've seen the pictures, and at long last, you can finally order one. The...

Android Apps Caught Sending Private Data to Advertisers

Android Apps Caught Sending Private Data to Advertisers

A study using an application called "TaintDroid: An Information-Flow Tracking System for Realtime Privacy Monitoring on Smartphones," conducted by Intel Labs, Penn State Univesity, and Duke University found that a number of Android apps were sending user data, including location, back to advertisers. In fact, the study found, one-half, or...

AMD to Launch Radeon HD 6000 Series October 19

AMD to Launch Radeon HD 6000 Series October 19

We always hate to recommend waiting to upgrade your hardware -- after all, something new and better and faster and shinier is always right around the corner -- but if you can hang tight for two to three more weeks, you'll have more options to choose from. Nvidia is planning to release a few new Fermi-based GPUs, including its entry-level GeForce...

Linux On Your iPad? Yes, You Can

Linux On Your iPad? Yes, You Can

If you love your Apple iPad but wish you could run your favorite 'nix applications on it, StarNet Communications has an app for that. If you've been dying to see Flash apps on the iPad, the company's got a fix for that, too -- and none of it involves a hack that would anger ole' Steve. StarNet on Thursday released iLIVEx. It turns the iPad...

MSI Launches GT663 Laptop with Nvidia Graphics

MSI Launches GT663 Laptop with Nvidia Graphics

MSI has gone and expanded its gaming notebook line with the launch of the GT663, a 15.6-inch model with Nvidia's high-end GeForce GTX 460M graphics inside. The graphics part comes with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory and supports all those DirectX 11 visuals, as well as Nvidia's PhysX technology, if you're keeping count of marketing bullets. Various...

AT&T Adds Two New 3G BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T Adds Two New 3G BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T is adding two new BlackBerry smartphones to its lineup. First up is the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (model 9100) which is the smallest BlackBerry smartphone yet measuring less than two inches wide and weighing 3.3 ounces. This phone has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS as well as a high resolution display. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G will be available...

GoPro HERO 960: An Entry-Level Helmet Cam

GoPro HERO 960: An Entry-Level Helmet Cam

If you've ever wanted to be on the X-Games, or at least record yourself as you went for your latest trick, this is probably worth paying attention to. GoPro, which is known for making helmet cams, has just introduced their latest version: the Wearable HD Hero 960. It's a head-worn camera that captures the action ahead of you in high definition,...

Brite-View Streams 1080p Content From PC to TV With HDelight

Brite-View Streams 1080p Content From PC to TV With HDelight

Wireless streaming, aside from tablet PCs, seems to be all the rage these days. It was once reserved for those in the high-end market, but now the technology has hit a price point that's ready for mass market. Brite-View has been in the game for some time now, primarily in the business of creating media streamers. But the new HDelight is a...

MSI Introduces N480GTX Twin Frozr II Graphics Card

MSI Introduces N480GTX Twin Frozr II Graphics Card

Looking for a new GPU, and don't much mind how much noise it makes? Look no further than MSI's newest card, the N480GTX Twin Frozr II graphics card. Despite having two huge fans onboard, MSI claims that their specialized cooling system effectively reduces temperature by 14 degrees C and noise by 4dB. Impressive claims for sure. The card is...

Nintendo Delays 3DS Launch Until Next Year For All Markets

Nintendo Delays 3DS Launch Until Next Year For All Markets

Here's what you don't want to do if you're running a major video game company that's publicly owned: delay a major console. Back in June, Nintendo revealed that the 3D version of their DS handheld was real, and while it would not ship in the U.S. until early 2011, Japanese gamers would be able to enjoy it this year. Now, that's being pushed...