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All News for December 2008

Jobs is Fine, but Apple Stock Drops After Rumor

Jobs is Fine, but Apple Stock Drops After Rumor

Another day, another drop in Apple stock caused by a questionable rumor about the health of CEO Steve Jobs.  Jobs' health has been in question since he appeared at WWDC in a somewhat gaunt condition.  However, as Jobs himself said with a slide positioned directly behind him, the "rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated."The latest...

Website Security Certificate Exploit Found

Website Security Certificate Exploit Found

A recent discovery of an exploit of the MD5 algorithm used to check the validity of Secure Sockets Layer SSL certificates (The little lock icon on the bottom right of your browser) may put to question whether your online transaction is in fact valid and secure.CNET reports that an international team of researchers will announce this today.They...

LG to Offer Additional Streaming Content

LG to Offer Additional Streaming Content

There are always a lot of new products that come to view at CES. Sometimes, these products are kept under tight wraps, and other times, companies give us a sneak peek. Today, LG is giving us a look at one of the things they’ll be formally unveiling at CES next week, namely, new entertainment options for its Network Blu-ray Disc players. The...

Video Game Industry Still Flourishing

Video Game Industry Still Flourishing

Despite the current economic indicators that show the United States deeply mired in a recession, video game companies are showing gains in sales.It has been previously discussed in industry and economic circles that the video gaming industry much like the movie industry may be recession proof as many look to these forms of entertainment as...

The Best and Worst Places to Work

The Best and Worst Places to Work

The folks over at Glassdoor.com have been busy mining through their data of user-submitted information and have assembled lists of the best and worst places to work. The lists are based on data from almost 75,000 participants in 2008, representing over 11,000 companies, from a 20-question survey. A number of tech companies made significant...

MSI Announces a Hybrid SSD/HDD Nettbook

MSI Announces a Hybrid SSD/HDD Nettbook

MSI has just announced the MSI U115 Hybrid, which it claims is "very first notebook computer in the world that is capable of operating both SSD and HDD hard drives simultaneously." We're highly suspect of that claim, as we know of at least one notebook right off the bat that is currently selling with the option to use both SSD and standard...

Policing the Internet: A Website Rating System

Policing the Internet: A Website Rating System

Andy Burnham, Britain’s minister for culture, is looking for a way to police the Internet and better protect children from harmful and offensive material on the net. One of his solutions is to apply a rating system to websites, similar to that used for films. Burnham recently said that the government is planning to negotiate with President-elect...

Netflix's Shipping Plan May Earn You a Freebie

Netflix's Shipping Plan May Earn You a Freebie

Netflix has announced a new shipping procedure which if the movie you’ve requested isn’t available from your local distribution center, may net you a freebie in the form of the next highest up movie in your queue. Netflix says they have 55 shipping centers across the country, so if your choice is not available in your local shipping center,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: HIS HD 4830 IceQ 4 512MB GDDR3 PCIe Video Card @ BFRMotherboards and Chipsets: Asus P6T6 WS X58 Express Motherboard (Core i7) @ HardOCP ECS A780GM-A Ultra AMD 780G+SB750 Mainboard Review @ OCWorkbench Foxconn A7VA Motherboard @ iXBT Zotac 790i Ultra SLI Supreme Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutProcessors: AMD Athlon X2 7750 Black...

Reputable Casemaker Advertises iPhone nano Cases

Reputable Casemaker Advertises iPhone nano Cases

It's one thing when a relatively unknown case maker like XSKN advertises an iPhone nano case. It's something completely different when a well-known case maker does. Vaja has added an iPhone nano link on their site, leading to still more speculation over a possible Macworld iPhone nano announcement. Vaja is a relatively well-known maker of...

What Carriers don’t Tell You about Texting

What Carriers don’t Tell You about Texting

While many of us have often felt as if we’re being ripped off by cellular carrier’s fees for text messaging, we didn’t know how much of a rip-off this was until the New York Times recently exposed it. On top of it all, the carriers are bordering on price-fixing, with all of the major carriers raising the fees for text message rates in harmony...

It Wasn’t Me! iFart App Hits No. 1

It Wasn’t Me! iFart App Hits No. 1

In every family, there’s generally at least one prankster. He loves to put Vaseline on a doorknob, saran wrap your car, or sneak the occasional whoopee cushion under your chair. And while it’s not always fun to be on the receiving end, we must admit, we’ve pulled a few jokes on people and enjoyed the laughs that ensued. As it turns out,...

HP's new MediaSmart Server likes Macs

HP's new MediaSmart Server likes Macs

Hewlett-Packard's ready to release its latest MediaSmart servers, and, for a change, they don't hate the Mac.The EX485/EX487 are designed for home or home office use, in large part to enable you -- or your friends and family -- to access any media (music, photos, videos, etc.) via the Internet. You can network all your media files from all...

Acer Laptop to Use New Intel Mobile Quad CPU

Acer Laptop to Use New Intel Mobile Quad CPU

Acer Enhances Award-Winning Aspire 8930G Notebook PC with New Intel© Quad-Core Processor Technology Aspire 8930G-7665 Notebook Designed for Extreme Gaming and Multimedia Performance SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PC company (source: Gartner data, 3Q 2008), today introduced the Aspire...

Overclocking Intel's Core i7 920 Processor

Overclocking Intel's Core i7 920 Processor

With the introduction of the new Intel Core i7 processor architecture, the company affectionately known as "Chipzilla" has once again topped itself in terms of performance. Intel planted a gift in the Core i7 launch in the form of the Core i7 920. This is Intel's entry level Core i7 processor which runs at a stock speed of 2.66 GHz, not too...

Twitority Claims Better Twitter Search Results

Twitority Claims Better Twitter Search Results

Twitority is a new alternative to Twitters own search engine, promising better search results than those achieved using Twitters methodology. Over the weekend after Christmas, Seemic CEO Loic Le Meur put up a blog post saying Twitter's search engine is insufficiently discriminating. If you're looking for the best Twitter posts on a topic,...

Protest Over Facebook Yanking Breastfeeding Pix

Protest Over Facebook Yanking Breastfeeding Pix

There's a big kerfuffle brewing over on Facebook over the posting of photos showing moms breastfeeding their babies. Apparently, Facebook has not only pulled some of these photos, but it has also sent warnings to some users who posted the photos; and even terminated the account of at least one user. Facebook claims that the pictures it pulled...

MP3 Player Leads to Tourists' Rescue

MP3 Player Leads to Tourists' Rescue

Swiss air rescue organization Rega says that an MP3 player was the key to locating two lost French tourists. No, the two weren't found by rescuers listening for music. Rather, the light from the display of the MP3 player was enough for rescues to home in on. Rega said it received a distress call from the French tourists late Friday. Unfortunately,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Adapter Review @ X-bit LabsMotherboards and Chipsets:AOD790GX & A780GXE Motherboards Review @ Virtual-HideoutGigabyte GA-EP45T-Extreme: Universal Overclocker Mainboard Review @ X-bit LabsCases, Cooling & Misc.:Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers OnlineGELID Silent Spirit reviewed at BurnOutPC.comAntec...

Pirate Party Gets Massive Support in Sweden

Pirate Party Gets Massive Support in Sweden

We’re sure many of you have suggestions for how we could change the copyright laws, patent system, and privacy rules in this country. However, we’re guessing not many of you have acted upon it. The Pirate Party in Sweden is doing just that, and they’re gaining some serious support in the process. Heading into the 2009 European Parliament elections,...

John Lennon Re-"Imagined" Pitching the OLPC

John Lennon Re-"Imagined" Pitching the OLPC

On December 8th, 1980, Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon. But with the approval of his widow Yoko Ono, Lennon lives on again, sort of, in a One Laptop Per Child ad pitching the organization's XO-1 laptop.The OLPC program, the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte, is been about getting laptops into the hands of underprivileged children around...

Men Love Video Games Because They Love to Win

Men Love Video Games Because They Love to Win

File this as another one of those studies that probably didn't need to be done to come to the conclusion they did. According to a study, gaming activates parts of the male brain which are linked to rewarding feelings and addiction. It does so to a much lesser extent among women (no!).Professor Allan Reiss of the Center for Interdisciplinary...

Samsung digital frame ships with virus

Samsung digital frame ships with virus

Digital photo frames are a hot gift item these days, but anyone buying a Samsung SPF-85H 8-inch digital photo frame through Amazon.com this year may have given their loved ones a little something extra: A computer virus.Amazon reached out to its purchasers with a note just before the holiday.Here's a snippet of their warning to customers:...

Asus Triton 88 Core i7 Cooler Offers 6 Pipes

Asus Triton 88 Core i7 Cooler Offers 6 Pipes

In our little spin around the block with the Core i7, we used the Thermalright Ultra-120 to keep thermals in check with our Core i7 Extreme 965 processor, all the way up to a lofty 4.1GHz overclock.  Asus just announced a chunk of aluminum and copper that might rival the Thermalright beast as well.  Here's...

What to do with Bad Gadget Gifts

What to do with Bad Gadget Gifts

Most of your aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives likely know you as the tech guy or gal in the family. So when it comes time to buy you a gift, they naturally default to your hobbies and try to find something they think you’ll enjoy. But as many of us know, even the best intentions don’t always result in the best gadget gift. So what...

STEAM Holiday Games Sale Through January 2nd

STEAM Holiday Games Sale Through January 2nd

If ol' Saint Nick didn't bring you enough goodies and gadgets this year and you'[ve got a hankerin' for treating yourself to a little post Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa present, you might want to consider something that will take advantage of that new GeForce GTX 280 or Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card or perhaps that snappy new...

Teens Use Glossy Paper to Prank Speed Cams

Teens Use Glossy Paper to Prank Speed Cams

When we were a teenagers, we might TP the house of someone we disliked. Some Maryland teenagers instead have figured out how to fool speed cameras by spoofing the license plates of their "enemies," resulting in those spoofed receiving unwarranted speeding tickets.Students have dubbed the prank the "Speed Camera Pimping Game." Originating from...

Wal-Mart Confirms iPhones on Dec. 28th

Wal-Mart Confirms iPhones on Dec. 28th

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, although he's coming to Wal-Mart a bit late. Confirming what we and many other sites have been saying for quite some time, Wal-Mart has finally announced that sales of the iPhone 3G will begin on Dec. 28th, Sunday. Of course, since some stores had been putting out in-store displays, it wasn't really all...

Mozilla Releases Fennec Alpha 2

Mozilla Releases Fennec Alpha 2

Mozilla announced the availability of Fennec alpha 2. This new prerelease version of the organization’s mobile browser has some much-needed performance improvements that increase the responsiveness of the program and adds faster page loads and faster scrolling. According to Mozilla developer Stuart Parmenter, the first alpha was focused on...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Motherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Rampage II Extreme @ InsideHWDFI LanParty DK P45-T3RSB Plus Motherboard @ CPU3D ASRock K10NSLIX3-WiFi Motherboard @ CPU3DIntel P45 Motherboard Roundup: MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte @ PC PerspectiveInstant Boot on ASRock N7AD-SLI Motherboards @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA...

Net Beats Newspapers as a Source for News

Net Beats Newspapers as a Source for News

Most of us probably already assumed this, but now we know with cold, hard facts: More people get their news from the ‘net than from newspapers. Strangely enough, the Pew Research Center seems surprised by this shift. In a survey conducted in early December of 1,489 adults in the U.S., 40% said most of their national and international news...

Mercedes Implements a Drowsy Driver Alert System

Mercedes Implements a Drowsy Driver Alert System

Over one-third of all drivers in the U.S. admit to having fallen asleep while driving. About 60 percent of U.S. drivers admit to driving while feeling drowsy. And what is the cost for this behavior? About 100,000 car crashes per year by fatigued drives, with about 71,000 of them resulting in injuries, 1,550 in deaths, and $12.5 billion dollars...

Video Streaming (Finally) Coming to the Wii

Video Streaming (Finally) Coming to the Wii

In a move that will leave many saying "it's about time," the Nintendo Wii game console will finally be getting a streaming video service. Reuters reports that starting in early 2009 in Japan, Nintendo and ad agency Dentsu are partnering to launch the video-streaming service, which will become available "overseas" (presumably in Europe and...

Sony Leaks Their Upcoming P-Series Notebook

Sony Leaks Their Upcoming P-Series Notebook

Sony on Christmas Day appears to have given us a Christmas present, although probably temporarily, with an accidental entry at their online store for a P-series notebook. It looks like this might be the designation for the "revolutionary new VAIO" that has been teased, intentionally or not, at the Sony Japan and Sony New Zealand sites.We detailed...

Flickr’s Most Popular Cameras

Flickr’s Most Popular Cameras

If we were to ask you to guess what the most popular camera models were on Flickr, you’d probably mention an affordable D-SLR from the likes of Nikon or Canon along with a point and shoot model or two. But what you might not guess is that Apple’s iPhone now holds a top spot, rivaling SLRs for popularity. Yahoo’s statistical counter of camera...

Microsoft Launches Answers Beta Website

Microsoft Launches Answers Beta Website

The Web is a great place to go for help, especially for things computer-related. But it’s not always easy to find exactly the right answers to your questions. Now, there’s a new forum for Windows Vista users that should help provide some answers to questions related to the OS. This forum, called Microsoft Answers, is currently in beta mode....

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From HH!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From HH!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our little family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones and...

The End of an Era: Last VHS Tape Shipped

The End of an Era: Last VHS Tape Shipped

Just the mention of a VHS tape today is sure to bring back memories. Now, the once-popular home video format that brought us hours of entertainment is all but dead. In fact, the last major supplier of tapes, a warehouse run by Ryan Kugler, shipped its last truckload of VHS tapes sometime in October. According to Kugler, "It's dead, this is...

Mac vs. PC - Transformers Style

Mac vs. PC - Transformers Style

The news will probably be flowing a bit slower than usual for the next day or so, due to the Christmas Holiday. We'll still do our best to be here if something exciting happens, but in the meantime, I have a fun little tid-bit to share, just to kill some time.If you can make it through the absolutely horrible acting in the first minute, I...

Notebooks Outsell Desktops Worldwide

Notebooks Outsell Desktops Worldwide

According to market research company, iSuppli, this is the dawning of the age of the notebook. iSuppli makes this declaration because for the first time ever, notebook shipments worldwide have exceeded desktop shipments. This paradigm shift is marked by only a difference of about 100,000 units, but it follows a long trend of declining desktop...

Asus Introduces AIR3 iPod HD Wireless Speakers

Asus Introduces AIR3 iPod HD Wireless Speakers

The ASUS AIR3: High Definition Speakers for iPod with Internet Radio HDSS® Certified Speaker Provides Natural, Real, and Clear Sound Quality for a World of Music and Home Entertainment Taipei, Taiwan, December 23, 2008 – ASUS, world-leading provider of digital home solutions, has today launched the new ASUS AIR3, which integrates an iPod...

Dell Confirms the Adamo (More or Less)

Dell Confirms the Adamo (More or Less)

We wrote earlier about the Dell Adamo, or at least, the Dell Adamo website and the various clues around the Web about what was rumored to be a MacBook Air competitor. It seems that there is now confirmation. It all started when the New York Times Bits blog noticed a blurb (since removed) at luxury lifestyle site Uptownlife.net that said:"Rumor...

Verismo Launches $99 VuNow PoD with YouTube

Verismo Launches $99 VuNow PoD with YouTube

Verismo Networks and YouTube have partnered to give you the ability to watch millions of YouTube videos on your TV using the new VuNow PoD. Thanks to this handy little box, you can watch Web content on your TV without connecting it to a computer. This palm-sized device lets you access movies, global Live TV channels, user-generated content,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ4 TurboX 512MB In Crossfire @ TweaktownIiyama ProLite E2208HDS - 22in Full HD LCD @ bit-techHIS Radeon HD 4870 ICEQ 4+ Turbo (1GB) @ CPU3DATi vs. nVIDIA: Video Transcoding @ InsideHWDell 2408WFP Monitor Review @ XbitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI Eclipse SLI Review @ OCCIntel DX58SO Smackover X58 Motherboard...

iGo Introduces a Green Laptop Charger

iGo Introduces a Green Laptop Charger

iGo(R) Will Debut Seven Products at CES Including the First Green Laptop Charger Plus New Netbook Chargers iGo Powers Anything, Everywhere You Go SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- iGo, Inc. (Nasdaq: IGOI), a leading developer of multi-device chargers for laptop computers and mobile electronic devices (e.g., mobile phones,...

Newest App Store Controversy: e-Books

Newest App Store Controversy: e-Books

Apple's App Store has rejected an e-book over what it called "objectionable content" (meaning, the f-word, and some sexual content), citing a clause in the iPhone SDK. This is just another example of what some have called the "nightmarish" App Store approval process. The book, Knife Music, by C|Net Editor David Carnoy, was submitted using...

LG Display's New Sunlight-Illuminated LCD

LG Display's New Sunlight-Illuminated LCD

The quality of laptop displays seem to get better with each product generation: Brighter screens, richer colors, faster response time, higher contrast ratios, and better viewing angles are just some of the improvements we've seen. But not matter how good a traditional laptop display looks, it typically still has at least one Achilles heel:...

Intel Ships 160GB X25-M Solid State Disk

Intel Ships 160GB X25-M Solid State Disk

In our initial look at Intel's X25-M 80GB solid state drive, we mentioned that the company had plans to introduce 160GB variants a some point in early 2009. According to Intel's PR Chip Shots website, however, 2.5" 160GB SSDs have just begun shipping and a 1.8" model will follow shortly..."Intel is expanding its award-winning Intel X25-M and...

Mensa Alarm Clock: Only Geniuses Need Apply

Mensa Alarm Clock: Only Geniuses Need Apply

Frankly, we find this to be one of the sillier things we've seen in a while, but with some friends in American Mensa we had to write about it. It's the Mensa Puzzle Alarm clock, and apparently it's been developed with the assistance of the U.K. Mensa branch. Not a genius? Move along; you'll never turn it off. Seriously, it's similar to that...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsAsus EAH 4830 Review @ OCCHIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB video card review @ Elite BastardsMSI R4830-T2D512 OC Radeon HD 4830 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgSapphire's Watercooled Radeon HD 4870 X2 ATOMIC Edition @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ECS A780GM-A...

Map out your Christmas Eve shopping trip

Map out your Christmas Eve shopping trip

OK, you couldn't pay me enough to go shopping on Christmas Eve, though my husband loves to see all the hapless fools who waited until it was almost too late. But a new SatNav device developed in Spain might just intrigue me enough to give it a shot next year. Javier Bajo of the University of Salamanca tested it out in that city's Tormes mall...

HP iPrint Photo Prints Photos From Your iPhone

HP iPrint Photo Prints Photos From Your iPhone

HP Introduces Free Photo Printing Application on Apple App Store Unlocks the power to print millions of photos PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 22, 2008 -- HP today announced HP iPrint Photo, a free application available on the Apple App store that gives iPhone and iPod touch customers the ability to easily print photos anytime, anywhere.HP iPrint...

CyberPower Announces Power Video Series

CyberPower Announces Power Video Series

 CyberPower Announces “Power Video” Series of HD Workstations  for Professional Videographers and Amateur Video Enthusiasts BALDWIN PARK, CA (December 22, 2008) – CyberPower Inc., a leading manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, notebook systems, and HTPCs, today announced a new line of custom-built desktop workstations.  CyberPower’s...

Microsoft Grants Windows XP another Reprieve

Microsoft Grants Windows XP another Reprieve

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Vista OS has been met with some resistance. In fact, many users are sticking with Windows XP and downgrading new PCs to XP because they prefer the older OS. Despite some users’ preferences, Microsoft was trying to phase out Windows XP in favor of Vista and its upcoming Windows 7 OS. In its efforts to phase out...

The Netflix Player by Roku Now Streams HD

The Netflix Player by Roku Now Streams HD

The Neflix Player by Roku was one of first devices available to allow Netflix users to watch streaming video from Netflix's growing library of TV and movie titles available via Netflix's Watch Instantly feature. But while other devices have since also recently gained this capability, such as the XBox 360, TiVo HD DVR, and Samsung BD-P2500/BD-P2550...

The "I'm Linux" Video Contest

The "I'm Linux" Video Contest

Calling all Linux users: The Linux Foundation saw the successful I’m a Mac commercials and Microsoft’s versions with Jerry Seinfeld and wants to make its own version. To do so, the foundation is holding a video contest to try to showcase what Linux means to those who use it. There’s a certain beauty to this David versus Goliath type contest:...

Matrox Introduces PowerDesk for Mac

Matrox Introduces PowerDesk for Mac

Matrox Introduces PowerDesk for MacSoftware Features Enhanced Desktop Management Control Across Multiple Displays Montreal, Canada, December 22, 2008 -- Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the availability of PowerDesk for Mac, a new desktop management software for Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) used with Apple Mac systems. PowerDesk for...

Dell XPS 730x H2C Intel Core i7 Gaming System

Dell XPS 730x H2C Intel Core i7 Gaming System

We evaluated the original Dell XPS 730 in early May, shortly after its initial release. At the time, it was Dell's latest high-end gaming machine and word on the street was that it would be the last to carry the XPS badge. Moving forward, Dell was to concentrate on their Alienware gaming brand and the XPS brand would lose its gaming focus...

"A Revolutionary New VIAO" Teased by Sony Site

"A Revolutionary New VIAO" Teased by Sony Site

What is it with companies and teaser sites nowadays? First we have the mystery Dell Adamo site, now Sony has a site up that says on January 9th, they're going to unveil a revolutionary new VAIO. They have a countdown timer, and state that they will "change the way you look at laptops. Forever." At the same time, you can enter to win whatever...

Turtle Beach's New Ear Force® PX1 PS3 Headphones

Turtle Beach's New Ear Force® PX1 PS3 Headphones

Turtle Beach has announced that PlayStation 3 enthusiasts can finally enjoy the same personal gaming experience as XBOX 360 gamers with the newest addition to its growing line of gaming headphones—the Ear Force PX1.  By combining the Ear Force X1 headphones for amplified stereo game audio and the Audio Advantage® Amigo USB sound...

Missouri Begins Cyberbullying Prosecutions

Missouri Begins Cyberbullying Prosecutions

Following the 2006 suicide of Megan Meier over a MySpace hoax, Missouri revised the the state's already existing harassment law to include telephone and electronic communication, effectively outlawing cyberbullying. And now they are starting to prosecute violators of that law. The law has only been in effect for three months, and according...

First BD / DVD Hybrid Title to Ship in Japan

First BD / DVD Hybrid Title to Ship in Japan

We know that most of you buy both DVD and Blu-ray versions of your optical disc titles (insert sarcasm here). But while JVC developed a combo DVD / Blu-ray format more than two years ago, no titles have been released for it. That's soon to end, with the announcement that Japanese entertainment software developer Pony/Canon will release the...

AMD Responds To AVIVO Video Converter Feedback

AMD Responds To AVIVO Video Converter Feedback

AMD has released a short FAQ in response to recent feedback the company has received regarding the initial release of their GPU-accelerated ATI AVIVO Video Converter. Much of the feedback was related to the application's feature set, quality, compatibility, and performance. Here's what AMD has to say...  Q: What are the specific issues...

Dell's Adamo Mystery Product: an MBA Clone?

Dell's Adamo Mystery Product: an MBA Clone?

A mystery Dell website, some trademark info, info on a fashion blog site, and a wild look of surprise on a Dell exec later, speculation is that Dell has an upcoming laptop designed to be as thin or thinner than the MacBook Air. And, as time goes on, the evidence keeps mounting. Dell's own mystery site doesn't say much, but it does say "Adamo...

Warner Pulls Music Vids from YouTube

Warner Pulls Music Vids from YouTube

Early Saturday, Warner removed all of the labels music videos from YouTube after negotiations broke down regarding its licensing agreement with the Google owned video website.This development came as all four major labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and EMI are in negotiations about their licensing deals with YouTube."We are...

Bush Shoe Toss Games Go Viral

Bush Shoe Toss Games Go Viral

During President George W. Bush's valedictory visit to Iraq, an Iraqi journalist launched his shoes at Bush's head during a press conference. Since then, an assortment of games, animated GIF's, videos, and creative websites have appeared to making light of the journalist's shoe toss.  Alex Tew, an internet entrepreneur who made history...

Lenovo's new ThinkPad has 2 LCD screens

Lenovo's new ThinkPad has 2 LCD screens

We've all done it — had two tabs or screens open, wishing we could have two screens on our laptop so we didn't have to keep switching back and forth between windows.  Enter Lenovo Group Ltd. The company's next ThinkPad laptop is more of a "desktop replacement" than ever. ThinkPad W700ds (a follow-on to the standard W700 model we evaluated...

Trendnet's LCD Picture Frame / Camera Monitor

Trendnet's LCD Picture Frame / Camera Monitor

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the first-to-market 7” Wireless Internet Camera and Photo Monitor, model TV-M7. The world’s first 7” Wireless Internet Camera and Photo Monitor connects to your wireless network, detects wired and wireless TRENDnet Internet Security Cameras...

New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader

New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader

Forget about scouring the Web looking for a good deal on a Kindle or Sony Reader. Instead, Foxit Software would rather that you consider its latest device, the eSlick. Not only will the eSlick sell for less than the Kindle or Sony Reader at $259, but it also offers a decent feature set as well. What’s more, if you jump on the eSlick bandwagon...

Is Instant Replay Overrated?

Is Instant Replay Overrated?

Picture this: It’s Saturday, and you’re watching your favorite football team compete against their biggest rival. Your team is 4th and inches away from making a first down. It’s the fourth quarter, you need a field goal to win the game, and this down will give you an excellent chance to get within range. As you anxiously watch the play, and...

Sony Says "Death to the Clamshell"

Sony Says "Death to the Clamshell"

Yes, Sony has declared a war on the clamshell, packaging that is. We wrote earlier about Amazon.com's "frustration-free packaging" initiative, and this is an example of a similar initiative, aimed at getting rid of those clamshell packages that seem almost lethal. We call them lethal because (and I know you've experienced this if you've opened...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic ST-6026 @ Benchmark ReviewsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Preview - Performance King Returns @ PC PerspectiveNvidia's GeForce GTX 295 graphics card @ bit-techSapphire's Radeon HD 4870 X2 Atomic @ bit-techSapphire Atomic Radeon HD4870 X2 2048MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comNVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 192...

RIAA Gives Up on Piracy Lawsuits

RIAA Gives Up on Piracy Lawsuits

According to a report today in the Wall Street Journal, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has decided to give up on its practice of mass lawsuits as a way to deter illegal file-sharing. Instead the industry is apparently going to use a "three strikes" policy, similar to that under consideration in the E.U. and France. The...

NVIDIA Releases Beta v2.1 CUDA Toolkit and SDK

NVIDIA Releases Beta v2.1 CUDA Toolkit and SDK

NVIDIA Releases Version 2.1 Beta of the CUDA Toolkit and SDK DECEMBER 19, 2008- NVIDIA has announced the availability of version 2.1 beta of its CUDA toolkit and SDK. This is the latest version of the C-compiler and software development tools for accessing the massively parallel CUDA compute architecture of NVIDIA GPUs. In response...

ASUS Releases  Skype Certified Videophone

ASUS Releases Skype Certified Videophone

ASUS Makes Available World's First Skype Certified Standalone Videophone Developed in Partnership with Skype, the Eee Videophone AiGuru SV1 Enables Free Unlimited Video Calls without the Need for a Computer Taipei, Taiwan and LUXEMBOURG – ASUS today made available the world’s first Skype Certified videophone dedicated to unlimited video calling...

Sony High Speed 22x DVD Writers

Sony High Speed 22x DVD Writers

Sony Electronics, the pioneer in optical storage devices, introduces yet another group of powerful DVD writers with 22x speed – the Sony Optiarc AD-7220S/A series Being one of the fastest DVD Writers available today with stable recording quality, the Sony AD-7220S/A series delivers a fast recording speed of 22x when writing to a single layer...

Samsung Makes Plans to Launch Google Phone in Q2

Samsung Makes Plans to Launch Google Phone in Q2

According to a report by Korea’s ETNews, Samsung is set to release its first Google Android-enabled phone for North America by the second quarter of 2009. The company is currently in the development process for the phone. To meet its goals, Samsung has added 30 experts in Linux and Java to the task force team of its information and communications...

Corsair Launches New 850 Watt Power Supply

Corsair Launches New 850 Watt Power Supply

Corsair launches 850 watt power supply for gamers and PC enthusiasts Corsair TX850W offers dedicated 70A +12V rail and SLI/CrossFire support, setting a new standard for high-quality, affordable power supplies Fremont, CA, December 18th, 2008 – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced...

OCZ Unveils 2000MHz Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Unveils 2000MHz Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Technology Unveils 2000MHz Triple Channel Memory Kits for Intel® Core™ i7 processors, with the Introduction of the Extreme-Performance Blade Series Sunnyvale, Calif.—December 18, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Blade Series...

An Update on the Wal-Mart iPhone

An Update on the Wal-Mart iPhone

It appears the $99 iPhone from Wal-Mart we told you about was in fact too good to be true. However, the big-box retailer does appear to have plans to offer the iPhone 3G at a discounted price. Don’t go getting too excited, though: The discount isn’t much. In fact, it’s a mere $2 under what you would get from AT&T. According to Apple Insider,...

NVIDIA Targeting the Netbook Market

NVIDIA Targeting the Netbook Market

NVIDIA is planning to take the plunge into the netbook market. NVIDIA contends that the current crop of netbooks lack enough video processing power, and hope to bring users a richer netbook experience. Rene Haas, NVIDIA's VP of World Wide Sales, said, "It's really about developing a platform which attaches to the Atom."NVIDIA's plan...

Mozilla & Opera Join the Update Trend

Mozilla & Opera Join the Update Trend

It appears as if Internet Explorer isn’t the only browser that’s been hit by bugs and security flaws lately. Mozilla and Opera have also released patches and updates for their respective browsers. In addition to updates for its popular Firefox browser, Mozilla recently released updates to its Thunderbird e-mail client and its SeaMonkey application...

Windows Dominates Netbook Market

Windows Dominates Netbook Market

Netbooks have taken the world by storm since their introduction in late 2007. This sub-notebook market has grown from the Asus Eee PC to multiple vendors and many models vying for superiority. Beginning with the Eee PC, many netbooks were characterized by their Linux Operating System, but Microsoft, quick to notice their growing...

CoolIT Unveils Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling

CoolIT Unveils Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling

CoolIT Systems Revolutionizes PC Gaming Performance with Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling for CPUsCoolIT Delivers Advanced Liquid Cooling to the Masses for $79 Calgary, Alberta – December 18th, 2008 – CoolIT Systems announces Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC) that offers the technological advantages employed by high-end liquid cooling solutions...

VIA Trinity Platform Brings HD to Small Spaces

VIA Trinity Platform Brings HD to Small Spaces

VIA Trinity Platform Brings Hi-Def to Small SpacesTriple-punch combination of a VIA processor, VIA media system processor and S3 Graphics discrete GPU delivers DirectX 10.1, Hi-Def video, Blu-ray and Windows Vista to the SFF desktop, notebook and embedded markets Taipei, Taiwan, 18 December 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator...

NVIDIA Now Providing Notebook Graphics Drivers

NVIDIA Now Providing Notebook Graphics Drivers

NVIDIA Now Providing Notebook Graphics Drivers On NVIDIA.COMNew Notebook Graphics Drivers Unlocks the Latest CUDA and PhysX Applications for Notebook Users SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 18, 2008—Users with notebooks equipped with NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) now have the added flexibility of downloading upgradeable graphics drivers directly...

MobileMe Helps Track Down iPhone Thief

MobileMe Helps Track Down iPhone Thief

This is the second story in the last few days about technology aiding in the recovery of, well, still more technology. Last time it was a wireless controller helping to track down an Xbox 360. This time it's Apple's beleagured MobileMe service helping to nab an iPhone thief. MobileMe was the subject of many complaints when it was first launched;...

Yahoo! To Retain User Data For Only 90 Days

Yahoo! To Retain User Data For Only 90 Days

There is a famous New Yorker cartoon from 1993 with a dog using a computer, where the dog says: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." The implication is that you can be completely anonymous when online and be anyone, or anything, you want to be. That might have be mostly true in the early 1990's, but privacy advocates will tell you...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Specifications Unveiled

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Specifications Unveiled

Although we can't disclose all of the details regarding NVIDIA's upcoming dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 295 just yet, we do have some juicy information regarding the card and its proposed specifications that we can share with you today.We all knew that NVIDIA wasn't sitting idle since the initial release of AMD's popular ATI Radeon...

Toshiba Announces a 512GB SSD For 2009

Toshiba Announces a 512GB SSD For 2009

TOSHIBA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S FIRST 512GB SOLID STATE DRIVE and NEXT- GENERATION SSD FAMILY USING 43nm MLC NAND New SSD Family Achieves High Levels of Performance, Endurance, Capacity and Reliability to Meet Market Requirements for Notebook Computers, Gaming and Home Entertainment Systems IRVINE, Calif., and TOKYO December 18, 2008 — Toshiba...

SAPPHIRE Introduces ATOMIC Edition HD 4870 X2

SAPPHIRE Introduces ATOMIC Edition HD 4870 X2

ATOMIC HD 4870 X2 FROM SAPPHIRE IS FASTEST EVER Single slot liquid cooled card breaks all barriers! Bringing the highest levels of graphics and gaming performance ever seen in the PC, SAPPHIRE Technology - the leading innovator of ATI-based graphics solutions - is now introducing the amazing single slot, liquid cooled ATOMIC Edition of its...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:MSI R4830-T2D512-OC Radeon HD 4830 Videocard Review @ PCSTATSSapphire HD4870x2 Atomic Review @ OCCPaLiT Revolution 700 Deluxe Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:Jetway NC92 Series Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Modders-IncJetway NC92 Atom IPC Motherboard @ PhoronixProcessors:asfdfMemory and Storage:Kingston HyperX Triple/Tri-Channel...

EA Learns Xbox 360 Graphics != Wii Graphics

EA Learns Xbox 360 Graphics != Wii Graphics

Electronic Arts is the latest company to run afoul of Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the U.K. The ASA has twice banned iPhone ads over false or misleading claims. In this case, the ASA said that an EA ad tried to pass off Xbox 360 graphics as Wii graphics. In the ad, Tiger Woods uses a Wiimote to play the game, but the graphics displayed...

Sprint Unveils Dual-Mode Modem

Sprint Unveils Dual-Mode Modem

Today, Sprint announced a high-speed modem that will enable subscribers to connect to the Internet over both 3G and 4G WiMAX networks. The new dual-mode modem will operate on both the WiMAX network Clearwire Corp is building and on Sprint's existing mobile broadband network. The U300 USB modem will be available starting Sunday, December 21...

Sex or the Web?  Nearly 50% of Women Pick Web

Sex or the Web? Nearly 50% of Women Pick Web

A recent survey, "Internet Reliance in Today's Economy" conducted by Harris Interactive for Intel, found that most U.S. adults find Internet access essential to daily life, so essential that some would choose it over TV ... or sex. According to the survey, 46% of women and 30% of men would forego sex for 2 weeks rather than give up Internet...

AOL Announces New Improved Version of Webmail

AOL Announces New Improved Version of Webmail

AOL has launched an updated beta version of AOL Web Mail, http://beta.webmail.aol.com, offering users one of the most complete e-mail experiences available, with one-click access to Gmail and Yahoo! Mail accounts, customization capabilities and over-the-air mobile sync of AOL Calendar and Address Book. The new AOL Mail Web Suite also includes...

TiVo Timeshifting Shifts Into High Gear

TiVo Timeshifting Shifts Into High Gear

TiVo Highlights Effect of Timeshifting on New Series Premiers in October Using Stop||Watch(TM) Ratings Service - Network Series Premiers in October Experience as Much as 54% Timeshifting - - ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives Dominate the Top Ranked Programs - - Cable Sees Primetime Lift in Year-Over-Year October Viewing - ALVISO,...

GizmoCall - Cheap, Easy, VoIP Calling

GizmoCall - Cheap, Easy, VoIP Calling

Look out Skype there's a new player in town.  A new low cost VoIP service, GizmoCall, launched earlier this week. GizmoCall is Flash-based, requires no download, is cross platform, and, like many VoIP services, offers a combination of free and low-cost calling. The allure of GizmoCall, however, is what it includes for free....

iPhone Dev-Team Unlocks iPhone 3G

iPhone Dev-Team Unlocks iPhone 3G

They’ve finally done it: the iPhone Dev-Team has unlocked the iPhone 3G. The hack isn’t out yet, but the team is shooting for a December 31st release. Right now, the team is working on packaging in the app into a user-friendly application with the simplicity that you see in other apps like QuickPwn or BootNeuter. Codenamed yellowsn0w, the...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch for IE

Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch for IE

As we mentioned last week, Microsoft confirmed an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. Now, the company is issuing an emergency security patch for all versions of Internet Explorer. In an advance notification of the patch, Microsoft describes it as protection against a "remote code execution" vulnerability. Microsoft...

RandMcNally.com's  More Roads-Better Directions™

RandMcNally.com's More Roads-Better Directions™

Holiday travelers can now rely on the most trusted name in mapmaking for their driving directions. Today, Rand McNally announced More Roads-Better Directions™ on its enhanced website, RandMcNally.com, featuring 1 million more home addresses and over 22,000 more miles of roads—enough to cross the country seven times—not found on any other...

New York State Looks To Implement "iTunes Tax"

New York State Looks To Implement "iTunes Tax"

How do you stem a state's $15.4 billion budget gap? By implementing the age-old American tradition of creating new taxes, that's how! Because of the current state of the economy and New York State's dire budget woes, New York state residents might be surprised to find that Governor David Paterson's new $121 billion budget proposal looks to...

Intel Need A Tech Makeover Winners Announced

Intel Need A Tech Makeover Winners Announced

Earlier this quarter, we teamed up with Intel and our publicist, Federated Media, in an effort to hold a very special sort of contest and promotion called "Need A Tech Makeover".  The contest allowed us to give back to the community and help out three deserving people whose lives were desperately in need of a technology face-lift. ...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Diamond HD 4870 1GB CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsZOTAC NITRO VGA Overclocking Controller Review @ FuturelooksMotherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn A79A-S Motherboard @ iXBTMemory and Storage:G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC SSD @ Benchmark ReviewsPower:IKONIK Vulcan 1200 watt Modular Power Supply @ TweaktownSystems:ASUS Eee...

Apple Says Good-Bye to Macworld

Apple Says Good-Bye to Macworld

It's the end of an era. The 2009 edition of Macworld will be its last, Apple announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote. Now Apple doesn't run Macworld, IDG does. But pulling out of Macworld may in fact be the death knell for the show. It was noted at this year's WWDC that Jobs was less of a front-and-center...

OCZ Introduces Flex EX Performance Memory Series

OCZ Introduces Flex EX Performance Memory Series

OCZ Technology Group Introduces New Flex EX Performance Memory Series, Including the World’s Fastest Flexible Designed Air or Water Cooled DDR2 4GB Kit Available 2008-12-16 Sunnyvale, CA—December 16, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the Flex EX memory...

EVGA X58 3X SLI Core i7 Motherboard

EVGA X58 3X SLI Core i7 Motherboard

Intel's recent launch of the Core i7 processor and its accompanying chipset platform, was met with plenty of buzz and splash, due not only to the product's architectural enhancements but also its performance gains. However, the new serially enabled Core i7 also brought with it fairly significant platform changes as well. Though some folks...

Palm Gets Its Own App Store

Palm Gets Its Own App Store

Yesterday, we learned a little bit about Palm’s upcoming Nova OS and the first family of devices that will use Nova. After partnering with PocketGear, Palm now has an app store of its own to help the platform compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry line of devices. This store has over 5,000 apps, 1,000 of which are free....

Cryostasis To Use PhysX For Fluid Simulation

Cryostasis To Use PhysX For Fluid Simulation

Ever since NVIDIA acquired AGEIA and assimilated their PhysX IP, there has been an outcry for more triple-A game titles that fully utilize the technology. Currently there are only a handful of popular, shipping titles that take full advantage of PhysX, but NVIDIA's developer relations team seems to have been pushing hard and the company has...

8MP Camera Phones Coming to US

8MP Camera Phones Coming to US

There haven’t been any official announcements or anything, but the FCC has approved two 8 megapixel camera phones from Samsung for use in the U.S. According to various FCC documents, one phone is likely headed to T-Mobile, while the other will likely run on AT&T’s network. Camera phones are pretty common now days. In fact, it’s almost...

Diligent Gamer Outsmarts Xbox 360 Thief

Diligent Gamer Outsmarts Xbox 360 Thief

Watch any reality cop shows, and the undeniable truth is that in general, thieves aren't too bright. In this case, the thief was outsmarted by the former owner of a stolen Xbox 360 console, who used a little tech knowledge, as well as some diligence. Ryan Ketsenburg, a sophomore construction management major at Missouri State had just returned...

AMD and XFX Announce Technology Partnership

AMD and XFX Announce Technology Partnership

AMD and XFX Announce Technology PartnershipXFX Plans to Market Graphics Cards Based on the Award-Winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series in Early 2009 SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- AMD today announced that XFX, a world leader in graphics cards, motherboards and computer accessories, is now an official AMD technology partner, joining the elite group of...

Lavasoft Enters the AV Business

Lavasoft Enters the AV Business

Lavasoft, developer of the long-time entrant in the spyware detection arena, Ad-Aware, has released a stand-alone antivirus application. The new product, Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix is based on technology from antivirus vendor Avira. It's interesting that Lavasoft would make this move shortly after Microsoft's announcement to drop OneCare and...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:XFX GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216) Black Edition 896MB video card review @ Elite BastardsMotherboards and Chipsets:Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS ASRock A770CrossFire Motherboard @ iXBTASROCK AOD790GX/128M AMD 790GX+SB750 mainboard supporting Phenom II X4 @ OCWorkbenchGigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME Core i7 Motherboard...

Fly the Wi-Fi Friendly Delta Skies

Fly the Wi-Fi Friendly Delta Skies

Starting tomorrow and running through the end of the year, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi on select Delta flights. The service is made possible by Delta’s rollout of Gogo Inflight Internet service, which is launching on six of the airline’s aircraft. The initial rollout of Inflight Internet includes five MD-88 aircraft flying...

ViewSonic Announces 24-Inch LCD HDTV

ViewSonic Announces 24-Inch LCD HDTV

ViewSonic Debuts First 24-Inch Widescreen Full HDTV, Ideal for the ‘Other Room’ The VT2430 Enhances Home Entertainment, Offers Full HD 1080p Resolution and Competitive Pricing in Time for the Holidays WALNUT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual display products, today announced the launch of the VT2430,...

Nintendo Scrabble Uses Swear Words to Win

Nintendo Scrabble Uses Swear Words to Win

Some parents may find they got more than they bargained for this holiday season if Nintendo DS's Scrabble 2007 Edition was on their child's wish list. Tonya Carrington, a 36 year old British mother, recently gave her son Ethan the game as an educational asset. "Ethan is doing really well with English at school, so I decided to get this to...

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 1.5 GB Pro Graphics Card

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 1.5 GB Pro Graphics Card

Two new cards were recently introduced in NVIDIA's Quadro FX lineup of professional workstation graphics cards. On the high-end, they have the Quadro FX 5800 card, which uses the same powerful GT200 architecture that powers the GeForce GTX 280, coupled with 4 GB of memory and a 512-bit memory interface. Of course, that beast costs $3,499,...

Palm Places Hopes on Nova

Palm Places Hopes on Nova

It’s no secret that Palm has been struggling for a few years now. Despite the hard times, when Jon Rubinstein came on board as Palm's executive chairman in charge of product development in 2007, he felt that Palm could still manage a comeback. During his storied nine-year stint at Apple, Rubinstein led the development of products such as the...

Mac Clone Possibility Thwarted

Mac Clone Possibility Thwarted

Art Studios Entertainment came close to joining a growing list of companies mired in lawsuits with Apple over copyright infringement centered around the installation of Apple's OS X on non-Macintosh hardware. Their newest product, EFI-X USB modules, allow users to boot to any operating system, including OS X, on any Intel-based machine. Their...

Microsoft Comes to the iPhone

Microsoft Comes to the iPhone

It appears that a Microsoft has finally come to the iPhone. The company's Live Labs team has developed a mobile image-browsing tool called Seadragon Mobile. The free application allows users to "infinitely zoom" on even the largest pictures with nearly zero transition time. By storing images at multiple resolutions in "the cloud" and presenting...

WSJ Claims Google Not Practicing Net Neutrality

WSJ Claims Google Not Practicing Net Neutrality

Net neutrality continues to be a hot topic of debate and pundits are queuing up to guess whether President-elect Barack Obama will eventually advocate such legislation. Google has long-held the stance that net neutrality is a good thing and has been frequently outspoken on the issue. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal titled "Google...

A-DATA Introduces XPG Gaming Series

A-DATA Introduces XPG Gaming Series

Designed for high reliability and extra stability A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, introduces today its entire XPG Gaming Series which represents the very best of A-DATA’s cutting edge technology in gaming memories, delivering the perfect blend of performance, durability and stability with...

Prince of Persia 2008 for PC is DRM Free

Prince of Persia 2008 for PC is DRM Free

To DRM or not to DRM, that is the question. (For the uninitiated, DRM stands for digital rights management, and it is a means publishers use to restrict users from making unlicensed copies of software and other digital media--in essence, it is copy protection.) On the one hand, DRM limits the ability of casual users from making copies of media...

Asus Rolls Out Celeron-Based Asus Eee Box Nettop

Asus Rolls Out Celeron-Based Asus Eee Box Nettop

It's official; Asus has unveiled a new version of its Eee Box nettop. The Asus Eee Box B203 is a near-clone of the B202, with one notable change: it swaps out the Intel Atom CPU for an Intel C220 Celeron. It seems a reasonable move: while the Atom is more energy efficient, this is a desktop, not a netbook, and plugged in all day. It had been...

The Key to Safe Driving?  Key2SafeDriving

The Key to Safe Driving? Key2SafeDriving

Earlier this DriveAssist unveiled its cell phone stopping tech, software designed to detect when a cell phone is moving at car speeds, at which point the phone would essentially be disabled. A new, competing technology called Key2SafeDriving aims to do the same thing, but in this case relying on hardware as well as software.Key2SafeDriving...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Motherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5N7A-VM @ t-breakProcessors:Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.5 @ TechARPIntel Atom On Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuSE, Mandriva @ PhoronixMemory and Storage:ATP ProMax II CF 8GB @ DragonSteelMods.comPower:Ikonik Vulcan 1200W Power Supply Review @ JonnyGURU.comAntec TruePower Quattro TPQ 850W Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.ukIKONIK...

Estonia to Vote by Cell Phone in 2011

Estonia to Vote by Cell Phone in 2011

While the United States can't even get its act together in terms of electronic voting machines, which seemingly flip votes, or don't record votes, or any number of myriad bugs, the country of Estonia has decided it's time to enter a truly digital voting age. Actually, in terms of Estonia, they are just expanding their entry into the digital...

Gmail Gets PDF Viewer

Gmail Gets PDF Viewer

Let’s face it: PDF files aren’t exactly the fastest loading documents on the planet. Now, thanks to a new feature in Gmail, opening a PDF attachment doesn’t have to try your patience. Instead of opening your native PDF viewer (like Adobe Acrobat), you’ll get the fast-loading document reader built into Google Docs. Not only is this reader fast,...

YouTube Greeting Cards Are Back

YouTube Greeting Cards Are Back

Last year, over a million people sent a YouTube holiday video card to friends and family. This year, the feature is back, with more themes and featured videos for you to choose from. Head on over to the YouTube Greeting Cards site to get started creating your own card. Here, you can choose from dozens of holiday videos uploaded by the YouTube...

Microsoft Confirms Bug in All Versions of IE

Microsoft Confirms Bug in All Versions of IE

If you’re one of the millions of people who use Internet Explorer, then you’ll probably want to know Microsoft has confirmed an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. The bug affects Internet Explorer 7 along with older versions of the browser, including the still-widely-used IE6. In a related security advisory, Microsoft...

ASUS Introduces Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook

ASUS Introduces Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook

ASUS Introduces the Completely Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook Slim, Light, Elegant: the Eee PC 1002HA Takes Netbook Design to New Heights While Delivering the Same Legendary Eee PC Mobility and Ease of Use Taipei, Taiwan, – ASUS, a worldwide leader in notebook design and the fastest growing notebook brand, today announced the newest member...

Dell: NA-Based Tech Support Will Cost You

Dell: NA-Based Tech Support Will Cost You

Anyone ever had a tech support issue, not just with Dell, but with any company, and ended up with a TS rep who was obviously based in India or Manila, or some country with cut-rate employee pay? of course you have. It doesn't even have to be a tech company for that to happen. And have you ever wished you could speak to someone in the U.S.?...

OCZ Intros Premium Gold Series SDHC Cards

OCZ Intros Premium Gold Series SDHC Cards

OCZ Technology Introduces Premium Gold Series Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) CardsSunnyvale, CA—December 12, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the launch of its new Gold Series Secure Digital™ High-Capacity (SDHC) flash memory cards, to...

Harvesting Electricity From Moving Vehicles

Harvesting Electricity From Moving Vehicles

"Parasitic energy harvesting" might sound like it is part of a Sci-Fi plot where alien beings feed off of the energy emanating from human bodies, but it is actually a means of reclaiming wasted energy. An Israeli company, Innowattech, says that it holds the patents to technologies that can harvest the mechanical energy from vehicles traveling...

McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded BlackBerry

McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded BlackBerry

It all started with a snipped on page A23 of Thursday’s Washington Post, which notified the public that the McCain-Palin campaign was going to sell off its used office inventory at low prices. Then, it turned into a high-tech slip-up in which the campaign headquarters accidentally sold an information-ridden BlackBerry to a Fox reporter. Although...

Asus Announces the VH Series LCD Monitors

Asus Announces the VH Series LCD Monitors

ASUS Launches the VH Series of LCD Monitors for Multimedia Mavens New Widescreen Monitors with Full HD Quality and HDMI Support Added to ASUS’ Monitor Lineup Taipei, Taiwan, December 11, 2008 – ASUS today continued its heritage of producing high performance, richly-featured LCD monitors with the addition of new HDMI-equipped models to its...

RadioShack Offers Acer Aspire one for $99

RadioShack Offers Acer Aspire one for $99

You can now pick up the Acer Aspire One netbook for just $99.99 from RadioShack. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’re right: There’s a catch. Namely, you’ll have to sign up for a lengthy and expensive service contract with AT&T. But hey, if you were going to buy that contract anyway, you might as well enjoy a subsidy...

Intel Completes 32nm Process Development Phase

Intel Completes 32nm Process Development Phase

Intel Completes Next Generation, 32nm Process Development Phase SANTA CLARA, Calif., - Intel Corporation has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that further shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers (a billionth of a meter). The company is on track for production readiness of this future generation...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire HD 4650 512MB Overclock Edition Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:Jetway X-Blue G45 Motherboard Review @ FusionMods.NetZotac nForce 630i @ t-breakDFI LanParty Jr 790GX Motherboard Review @ NinjalaneProcessors:Intel i7-920 Nehalem Processor Review @ Tweaknews.netMemory and Storage:Palit Geforce 9600GSO Sonic (768Mb DDR3)...

Virtualization 101, From Data Center To Desktop

Virtualization 101, From Data Center To Desktop

In the last few years Virtualization has gone from a buzzword to a platform of choice in the world of Information Technology. Consumers already reap its benefits on a day to day basis as Banks, Internet Service Providers, online merchants, and many other companies have adopted the technology all the while transparent to the end user. The reasons...

iPhone Home Delivery / Activation Returns ...

iPhone Home Delivery / Activation Returns ...

... but only from AT&T. If you go to AT&T's site, you can buy an iPhone 3G online, and have it delivered the next day (free). Ah, the comforts of being able to skip the store (as with the original iPhone). Apple, on the other hand, has no such online buying option on their site. AT&T is actually shipping the phone pre-activated,...

Problems Continue for MacBooks

Problems Continue for MacBooks

For any of you MacBook owners who have been patiently waiting for Apple to fix the issues that cause your MacBook to freeze whenever 4GB of RAM is installed, it appears you’ll have to continue waiting, and stick with 2GB or 3GB in the meantime.  This is quite the downer for many owners who are chomping at the bit to beef up their systems....

Creative Announces Vado HD Pocket Video Cam

Creative Announces Vado HD Pocket Video Cam

CREATIVE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF THE VADO HD POCKET VIDEO CAM - SEE IT, SHOOT IT IN HD, SHARE IT, SAVE IT FOR A LIFETIME, WATCH IT IN TRUE HD QUALITY ON YOUR HDTV Output Your HD Video to Your HDTV in 1080i Resolution with HDMI Connection MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 8, 2008 - Creative today announced availability of the Vado™ HD Pocket Video...

Copy-and-Paste Coming to the iPhone, at Last

Copy-and-Paste Coming to the iPhone, at Last

It's been a missing, yet highly called-for feature on the iPhone since it's launch: copy-and-paste. But despite its appearance in surveys done by Apple over possible new features, it's still missing from the OS. Now a company called Pastebud appears ready to unveil a limited version, which doesn't require any software installation. It works...

Making YouTube a Full-Time Job

Making YouTube a Full-Time Job

For many, watching and/or making videos for YouTube is a hobby. Now, one year after YouTube invited members to become “partners” and add advertising to their videos, some successful users are earning six-figure incomes and quitting their day jobs. One user, Michael Buckley, who hosts a celebrity chatter show, says he is making over $100,000...

Google's Zeitgeist, Yahoo's Top Queries, 2008

Google's Zeitgeist, Yahoo's Top Queries, 2008

Zeitgeist is a German term that means "the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era," or as Google likes to say, "the spirit of the times." On Wednesday Google released their 2008 version of their annual Year-End Zeitgeist List which purports to highlight "the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated...

A Methanol-Based Fuel Cell For Your Pocket

A Methanol-Based Fuel Cell For Your Pocket

MTI MicroFuel Cells sent out a press release that states that by the end of 2009, the company will have a pocket-size charger available for consumer electronics that runs off a methanol-fuel-based fuel-cell technology. MTI promises that you can get up to 25 hours worth of power from a single cartridge. At this early stage it's hard to tell...

HotHardware Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008

HotHardware Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008

Each year we undergo a time-honored tradition of bringing you a few our picks for the hottest in computing gear for the holidays. This year, whether you're interested in a new graphics card for rendering 3D bump-mapped sugar plums in your head, a new CPU to crunch under the mistletoe or if you've been a really good geek, an entire new system,...

Ericsson & Intel Can Remotely Lock Laptops

Ericsson & Intel Can Remotely Lock Laptops

Ericsson and Intel have announced that they are collaborating on a way to keep your laptop's contents safe when your laptop goes MIA. Using Intel's Anti-Theft Technology - PC Protection (Intel AT-p) and Ericsson's Mobile Broadband (HSPA) modules, lost or stolen laptops cans be remotely "locked."Similar to Lenovo's recently announced Lockdown...

Google Adds SMS to Chat

Google Adds SMS to Chat

In October, Google toyed around with a feature that let you send SMS text messages from Gmail. After hitting a few snags, the company ended up pulling it. Now, this feature is back, and it appears it’s here to stay. This new Labs feature combines IM and texting, allowing you to chat from your computer and making it possible for your friends...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Samsung SyncMaster 2343NW @ InsideHWMSI R4670 512MB Review @ OCCMSI Radeon HD 4830 512MB OC Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD 4650 HDMI 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsPalit Geforce 9800GTX+ (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard @ iXBTMSI KA790GX-F Motherboard @ CPU3DFoxconn...

HP’s Notebook Batteries Go Green

HP’s Notebook Batteries Go Green

Boston Power announced plans to provide a new battery technology that will be used in Hewlett-Packard notebooks’ environmentally friendly device lineup. The new lithium-ion battery cell, called Sonata, is said to last for up to three years of daily use without losing its maximum performance. Furthermore, the performance of these batteries...

PlayStation Home Launching Tomorrow

PlayStation Home Launching Tomorrow

We knew Sony’s much delayed virtual community for owners of its PlayStation 3, called PlayStation Home, was coming, but now, we know an official date: tomorrow. This 3D virtual on-line community gives PS3 users a place to chat (via voice or text) and play games with other PlayStation Home users. You’ll also get your own personalized avatar....

A High-Tech Way to Guard Christmas

A High-Tech Way to Guard Christmas

Everyone has his or her own way of celebrating the holidays. For some, tradition involves setting up a Nativity scene outside their homes. But when baby Jesus goes missing, what is a person to do? Of course, you can file a police report, but the chances of getting your property back are still pretty slim. If you’ve followed the latest trend...

Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT

Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT

We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware, in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of the Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT. As its name implies, the EN9800GT Matrix is based on NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GT GPU, but Asus puts their own spin on the card with a slight factory...

Google's Chrome to Exit Beta?

Google's Chrome to Exit Beta?

How long has Google's Gmail been in beta? Years. And yet a report indicates that Google wants to take its Chrome web browser out of beta, only three months after its first beta release. Seems difficult to imagine, what with the product's still buginess, but there's an apparent method to this madness. According to TechCrunch, VP Marissa Mayer...

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification Ratified by The Khronos Group, Reaffirms Commitment to Open Standards for CPU+GPU Compute -- Company plans OpenCL-compliant SDK preview release in first half of 2009, giving developers a better, truly open choice for writing applications that can execute on CPUs and GPUs within a system for optimum performance...

OCZ Intros High Performance Vertex Series SSDs

OCZ Intros High Performance Vertex Series SSDs

OCZ Technology Introduces the High Performance Vertex Series Solid State DriveDelivering on the Promise of Ultimate Performance and Affordability Sunnyvale, CA—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vertex SATA II 2.5”...

VIA Unveils ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Server

VIA Unveils ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Server

Big on Storage, Small on the Desktop: the New VIA ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage ServerThe sleek, black, 2-bay barebone system supports up to 3TB, ideal for PC enthusiasts seeking compact, power-efficient home media storage Taipei, Taiwan, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced...

Coming Soon: Jolicoud, the Netbook-Specific OS

Coming Soon: Jolicoud, the Netbook-Specific OS

Some folks would argue that trying to use any of today's existing operating systems on a netbook or nettop PC is like trying to stick a Porsche engine into a Volkswagon Beetle. It can be done, but it's not really the best use of the engine or the car. These days, netbooks and nettops tend to come with either Windows XP or Linux installed on...

Logitech Announces G13 Hybrid Gaming Keyboard

Logitech Announces G13 Hybrid Gaming Keyboard

Logitech Introduces Game-Changing Gameboard Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Features Naturally Contoured Design, Onboard Memory, Customizable Backlighting FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you’re rescuing hostages, on a quest with your guild or saving humanity, you don’t want to worry about hand fatigue or hitting the wrong key. Today,...

Falcon Northwest offers Killer NIC K1 in Systems

Falcon Northwest offers Killer NIC K1 in Systems

Falcon Northwest and Bigfoot Networks have teamed up to bring a killer gaming experience to customers building one of Falcon's best-of-class, award-winning PC systems. Gamers can now order Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC™ K1 gaming network card as an upgrade option on Falcon Northwest Gaming PCs, including the Mach V, Talon and FragBox...

AT&T to Test Femtocells in 2009

AT&T to Test Femtocells in 2009

Remember all those iPhone 3G issues when it was first released? Perhaps if every AT&T customer had a femtocell in their house, we wouldn't have seen so many complaints. AT&T is currently testing the "cell phone signal boosters" in employees' homes, and is looking at a broader, city-sized test with customers in the Q2 2009. A femtocell...

TV Tuner Chip for Watching TV at 125 MPH

TV Tuner Chip for Watching TV at 125 MPH

Microtune's New Tuner Chip Brings High-Speed Digital TV to Automotive Entertainment Microtune Technology Permits Automakers to Adopt Advanced RF Silicon Electronics for High-Quality, Real-Time Broadcast TV World-Standard, Automotive-Grade Tuner Engineered to Deliver Superior TV Broadcast Reception in Vehicles Traveling up to 200 km/hour (125...

A Life Saved, in 160 Characters (More or Less)

A Life Saved, in 160 Characters (More or Less)

A British surgeon volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa used text messaging to help him perform an unfamiliar surgical procedure, saving a teenager's life. David Nott was volunteering for the French medical charity Medicin Sans Frontierescame (A.K.A. Doctors Without Borders) and when he first saw J he knew he was dying,...

Own a Piece of Hollywood Sci-Fi History

Own a Piece of Hollywood Sci-Fi History

True science fiction aficionados can often be spotted by their collections of figurines, movie posters, and large Sci-Fi DVD collections. It's typically not enough to just watch the films and read the books--true fans like to steep in a more tangible world where replicas and miniatures can make the experience seem even more real. But for the...

OCZ Introduces Slate Series ExpressCards

OCZ Introduces Slate Series ExpressCards

OCZ Technology Introduces Slate Series ExpressCards for Notebooks – More Convenient and Less Power Consuming than Peripheral Storage Devices Sunnyvale, Calif.—December 8, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Slate Series ExpressCard™,...

EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Motherboard, Burned In

EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Motherboard, Burned In

Our latest release, an evaluation and performance review of EVGA’s nForce 7901 SLI FTW motherboard, with Digital PWM is now live for all to enjoy.   This is definitely one special board that has a lot to offer. For starters, it sports three PCI Express x16 slots for 3-way SLI, and it boasts support for up to nine SATA 3Gbps drives....

LG Develops First LTE Handset Modem Chip

LG Develops First LTE Handset Modem Chip

The WiMAX vs. LTE (Long-Term Evolution) battle may have only just begun, but LG is already making headway for the latter technology, having just announced the world's first 3GPP LTE handset modem chip for cell phones and data cards. This chip is theoretically capable of 100Mbps/50Mbps download/upload speeds; LG demonstrated it with 60Mbps...

Aluminum Macbooks Crashing with 3rd-Party RAM

Aluminum Macbooks Crashing with 3rd-Party RAM

It's a fairly common strategy: buy a new computer, and then upgrade the RAM yourself. In general, it's cheaper, and often the new RAM is of better quality the OEM RAM. But Macs have been known to be picky about RAM, and right now it looks like if you want to upgrade your shiny new aluminum Macbook, you might want to wait: multiple crashing...

Super Talent Announces UltraDrive SSDs

Super Talent Announces UltraDrive SSDs

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of UltraDrive solid state drives (SSDs) that are twice as fast as the world’s speediest SATA hard drives and are offered in capacities up to 256GB.UltraDrive LE SSDs are designed expressly for enterprise servers and...

Donate an Old Cell So a Soldier Can Phone Home

Donate an Old Cell So a Soldier Can Phone Home

Help U.S. Troops Abroad Call Home for the Holidays With Cell Phones for Soldiers NORWELL, Mass., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cell Phones for Soldiers wants to provide free calling cards to all U.S. troops serving overseas this holiday season. To help realize that goal, the organization is launching a new online community that connects individual...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Affordable Graphics Cards Roundup @ InsideSWXFX GeForce 260 GTX Review @ NVNews.NetPALIT Radeon HD 4870 512MB Sonic Dual Video Card Reviewed @ TheTechLoungePalit Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 Review @ OCCPalit Revolution 700 Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card @ BmREnvision G218a1 22" Widescreen Monitor Review @ OCIA.netMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI's...

Gaming Helmet Lets You Feel Headshots

Gaming Helmet Lets You Feel Headshots

We're probably still a long way off from a realistic, full-immersion game-playing environment, but one vendor is trying to get us a little closer to the experience--although this company's approach appears to be more akin to using a Holodeck with the safeties turned off (alternatively, if you didn't get the Star Trek reference, it's like paying...

NVIDIA Announces Full Support For OpenCL 1.0

NVIDIA Announces Full Support For OpenCL 1.0

NVIDIA Adds OpenCL To Its Industry Leading GPU Computing ToolkitNVIDIA’s Revolutionary CUDA Parallel Computing Architecture to Support OpenCL SIGGRAPH ASIA 2008 — SINGAPORE—DECEMBER 9 2008 — NVIDIA Corporation today announced its full support for the newly released OpenCL 1.0 specification from the Khronos Group. OpenCL (Open Computing Language)...

Flexible, Unbreakable Display Prototype Unveiled

Flexible, Unbreakable Display Prototype Unveiled

HP and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) announced a prototype of an affordable, flexible electronic display today. These paper-like computer displays are made almost entirely of plastic, and can enable displays to consume less power for today’s portable devices. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of flexible...

Broadcom's Chip brings 802.11n to Mobile Devices

Broadcom's Chip brings 802.11n to Mobile Devices

Broadcom, has announced the new BCM4329 combination chip featuring 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM technologies all on a single die.The use of feature integrated combination chips in mobile products provides "significant cost, size, power and performance advantages over discrete semiconductor implementations, making it ideal for handheld electronics."As...

A-Data Announces XPG DDR3-2133 Memory

A-Data Announces XPG DDR3-2133 Memory

A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, announced today that it is launching A-DATA XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 of its X Series. These high-performance modules run at incredible 2133MHz with CL10-10-10-30 timings and are available in 1GBx3/2GBx3 triple-channel as well as 2GB/4GB dual-channel module kits.A-DATA...

AMD and Mubadala Amend Transaction Agreements

AMD and Mubadala Amend Transaction Agreements

AMD, the Advanced Technology Investment Company and Mubadala Amend Transaction Agreements--Parties to create a leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company at the beginning of 2009-- SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- December 8, 2008 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD), the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company today announced...

EA Signed On To License NVIDIA PhysX Technology

EA Signed On To License NVIDIA PhysX Technology

EA Signed On To License NVIDIA PhysX Technology SANTA CLARA, CA--DECEMBER 8, 2008--NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a development platform which will be available for EA’s studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX technology is the world’s most pervasive development platform...

Wikipedia Blocked in Much of UK Over Album Art

Wikipedia Blocked in Much of UK Over Album Art

Access to editing a Wikipedia article in the U.K. has been effectively blocked after the U.K.'s Internet Watch Foundation added a Wikipedia article on Virgin Killer, an album from German heavy metal group Scorpions, to its blacklist. The album's cover art image, depicting what appears to be a nude underage girl, is what caused the blacklisting....

Portable CD Players Make Comeback

Portable CD Players Make Comeback

Remember that old, portable CD player you use to have? Well, as it turns out, it’s not quite as obsolete as we may have thought. Telegraph.co.uk is reporting that now, four years after department store John Lewis stopped carrying portable CD players, it is stocking them again. Although MP3 players are definitely popular, and largely overtaking...

TiVo Introduces Netflix HD Streaming

TiVo Introduces Netflix HD Streaming

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! MOVIES AND TV EPISODES FROM NETFLIX DIRECTLY TO THE TV THROUGH TIVO DVRs AVAILABLE TODAY Just in Time for the Holidays, Offering Brings Budget Conscious Entertainment to Consumers ALVISO, Calif. - December 8, 2008 — After announcing a groundbreaking partnership in October with Netflix Inc., TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO),...

Windows 7 Multi-touch App for Media Transfer

Windows 7 Multi-touch App for Media Transfer

New software developed on Windows 7 to support easy music, video management and transfer using the latest Multi-touch technology. iPod, iPhone, T-Mobile G1(Android) and various digital cameras to be supported. Users can place a device on the computer surface and instantly be able to manipulate music, photos and videos without using a keyboard...

Intel Experiments with Free Energy Sources

Intel Experiments with Free Energy Sources

On Friday, Intel said it is researching technology that could harvest free energy from the environment. If the company succeeds, it’s possible we could all enjoy mobile phones and other devices that would essentially run indefinitely without charging, thanks to this technology. To make this possible, Intel is working on developing tiny sensors...

Walmart.com to be Flush with Wiis Monday

Walmart.com to be Flush with Wiis Monday

This holiday season follows suit with last years as the Nintendo Wii continues to be one of the most sought after gifts. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has announced it will offer "tens of thousands" of the consoles and packages via its website starting on Monday according to Reuters.  Walmart.com said it will offer the Nintendo Wii console for...

Intel's Silicon Photonics Advancements

Intel's Silicon Photonics Advancements

Intel's Silicon Photonics Advancement Aims to Accelerate Future Computing, Communications SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2008 - Intel researchers have made the next advance in the field of Silicon Photonics by achieving world-record performance using a silicon-based Avalanche Photodetector (APD) that could lower costs and improve performance...

Spore Top Pirated PC Game in '08

Spore Top Pirated PC Game in '08

Spore is not only a retail hit, it's a BitTorrent hit, according to a recent top 10 assessment of PC game piracy by TorrentFreak. Spore's SecuROM DRM earned it negative customer reviews at Amazon.com, protest Spore creatures, as well as lawsuits. According to TorrentFreak (and honestly, many others), it also earned the game a ton of pirated...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Battle of GPU Transcoders: ATI Avivo Converter and NVIDIA Badaboom @ PC PerspectiveTwo Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Cards Reviewed @ X-bitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI Eclipse @ t-breakMemory and Storage:A-DATA Vitesta DDR3-1333MHz 3GB Triple Channel Kit @ TweaktownG.Skill 2x2GB PC2 6400 (F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B) Review @ Overclockers...

$99 iPhone 3G Coming Soon?

$99 iPhone 3G Coming Soon?

The iPhone has been a hot seller, that’s for sure, but there are still quite a few people holding out. Perhaps the price and monthly contract fees have something to do with the fact that some users haven’t jumped on board yet. And then there’s that whole economic downturn thing where we’re all feeling strapped for cash. Now, if rumors of a...

Verizon Wireless Posts BlackBerry Storm Update

Verizon Wireless Posts BlackBerry Storm Update

As the first ever BlackBerry smartphone with a touchscreen, the BlackBerry Storm has generated a lot of buzz. Unfortunately for RIM, the press hasn’t been 100% positive, with headlines stating things claiming the BlackBerry Storm sucks. Not only did Wired and David Pogue from New York Times have less than favorable things to say, but Pogue’s...

Asus Introduces Eee Boxes With Radeon Graphics

Asus Introduces Eee Boxes With Radeon Graphics

ASUS Introduces World's Smallest Desktop PCs with HD CapabilityEee Box B204 and B206 Boast Hardware Decoder and HDMI Output for Superb HD Home Entertainment Taipei, Taiwan – ASUS today unveiled HD versions of its popular Eee Box—a tiny 1L-sized desktop PC—that it launched in June 2008. With the new Eee Box B204 and B206, users will be able...

Toner Dust Not As Bad as First Thought, But ...

Toner Dust Not As Bad as First Thought, But ...

Last year a report from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia said that the particles of toner released by laser printers might be as bad for your health as cigarette smoke. A new study from Germany's Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute (WKI) purportedly refutes that conclusion. The report, interestingly, was done in...

Convert Your iPod touch Into a Free Phone

Convert Your iPod touch Into a Free Phone

It’s amazing what software can do. Take Truphone for the iPod touch, for instance. This free software can enable your favorite multimedia player to make phone calls. That’s right, Truphone for iPod touch lets you make free calls to other iPod touch owners without a SIM card, contract, or any fees. You’ll need the software, along with a microphone...

Desktop Virtualization Across the Enterprise

Desktop Virtualization Across the Enterprise

The virtualization of operating systems began many years ago as a means to test applications across multiple platforms without having to build dedicated machines or even leave the developers desktop. Now virtualization has evolved into a necessity to eliminate server and datacenter sprawl and make more efficient use of computing resources....

Nintendo Sends Media Game with a Racist Surprise

Nintendo Sends Media Game with a Racist Surprise

Nintendo wanted to show off the Character Importer feature of Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii. To do so, it sent media pre-played copies of the old (2005) DS game, Animal Crossing: Wild World, with much of the content unlocked. Unfortunately, it appears whoever played the games added a surprise Nintendo never intended.Both MTV Multiplayer...

Apple Blocking iTunes Competition for iPhone?

Apple Blocking iTunes Competition for iPhone?

Rivals of Apple's iTunes store and technology rights groups are speaking out. They believe Apple may be unfairly blocking rival software makers from selling music on the iPhone and new iPod Touch. Currently, four out of every five songs purchased on the Internet come from the iTunes store, according to a release from Reuters. This...

Atlona Announces a USB-to-HDMI HDTV Adapter

Atlona Announces a USB-to-HDMI HDTV Adapter

Atlona Technologies, a solution based manufacturer of Audio Video accessories releases a Universal HDMI adaptor capable of adding an HD Audio Video output to any computer via USB. San Jose, CA — Oct 31, 2008 — Atlona Technologies, a solutions base connectivity manufacturer, has just released its all new USB to HDMI adapter, the AT-HDPiX. This...

New Android Phone on the Market

New Android Phone on the Market

Australian Entrepreneur Rulan Kogan has designed and produced the world's second Android phone, the Agora, and has done so in less than two months. In November, he announced his goal of an unlocked Android phone for only $199 by December 15th. While the goal wasn't completely fulfilled, the new phone, available in two versions, the Agora Pro...

App Makes iPhone ATT HotSpot Access a Breeze

App Makes iPhone ATT HotSpot Access a Breeze

In late October AT&T finally opened up its hotspots to iPhone users, but it did so by using a rather convoluted system that involves logging in with your phone number and waiting for an SMS with a link to be returned. Devicescape has a app that bypasses all this extra work, and lets you login to an AT&T hotspot with one button click....

Live Mesh Makes Car a Mobile Computing Platform

Live Mesh Makes Car a Mobile Computing Platform

Using Azure Services Platform, a Microsoft “motoring guy” links his Porsche to GPS, music, Internet and more.Ori Amiga’s 12-year-old Porsche doesn’t look out of the ordinary, even if the car has been around the block a few times. But thanks to some custom modifications, this automobile is far from normal. Amiga never rides alone in his car,...

New Versions of CPU-Z and GPU-Z Released

New Versions of CPU-Z and GPU-Z Released

Hardcore PC enthusiasts who try to squeeze every possible MHz out of their systems by overclocking and swapping out core system components need to have access to tools that deliver precise information about those components--especially the respective speeds those components are running at. Two such tools that have long-assisted overclockers...

A Sneak Peek at Opera 10

A Sneak Peek at Opera 10

  Opera 10 sneak peek Prepare for next-generation browsing Oslo, Norway - December 4, 2008 - Today, Opera Software introduces the first look at Opera 10. An alpha version of Opera 10 is now available at http://www.opera.com/browser/next. This release gives people a taste of Opera's new rendering engine, Opera Presto 2.2 - the foundation...

Google Friend Connect Targets Facebook Connect

Google Friend Connect Targets Facebook Connect

As a company, Google has never really been one to sit back and just watch what the other guys are doing; instead, the company is continuously venturing into new areas. Now, they’re looking to get in on the social networking action by going head-to-head with Facebook’s newly launched Connect. Similarly named, Google’s new Friend Connect makes...

OCZ Technology Intros the Throttle eSATA Drive

OCZ Technology Intros the Throttle eSATA Drive

OCZ Technology Introduces the Throttle eSATA Drive, Offering Enthusiasts Blazing Performance over Traditional USB Flash StorageSunnyvale, CA—December 4, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Throttle eSATA drive, which offers performance and...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:Sapphire HD 4830 512MB Review @ OCCDiamond Radeon 4870 - 1GB Edition - Reviewed @ Boot Daily.comPalit Revolution 700 Deluxe HD 4870 X2 2GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownXFX GTX260 Black Edition (GX-260N-ADB9) @ InsideHWThe NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 & 4800 Professional Graphics Card @ TechARPMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI IM-945GSE-A Mini-ITX...

ECS X58B-A Black Series Motherboard Unveiled

ECS X58B-A Black Series Motherboard Unveiled

ECS X58B-A Black Series Motherboard Unveils Unlimited Performance of Creating World Records Fremont, California, December 4, 2008 – Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today has disclosed the remarkable achievement that the newly lunched X58B-A Black...

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Dec. 04, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The...

ATI FirePro V8700 Workstation Graphics Card

ATI FirePro V8700 Workstation Graphics Card

ATI has spent much of the last decade producing the FireGL line of high-end workstation graphics cards, regularly challenging and often times besting competing products from Nvidia's Quadro lineup. ATI's last generation of FireGL products, which we covered heavily, were excellent all around performers. Certainly not perfect, but definitely...

Comcast to Release Bandwidth Usage Meter

Comcast to Release Bandwidth Usage Meter

The days of "unlimited" broadband Internet access are gone. Many major Internet Service Providers (ISP) claim that providing unfettered access will saturate the available bandwidth and slow down or even halt access for everyone--sort of tantamount to the urban myth that if everyone flushed their toilets at the same time the sewage system would...

Sandisk Cruzer Enterprise Fully Supports Macs

Sandisk Cruzer Enterprise Fully Supports Macs

SanDisk Corporation today announced that the SanDisk Cruzer® Enterprise is the first secure USB flash drive to fully support Apple Mac OS X computers. Available now, SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise helps IT professionals more effectively protect information on company-issued secure USB drives in Macintosh environments.SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise...

IBM Introduces a Linux-Based Virtual Desktop

IBM Introduces a Linux-Based Virtual Desktop

IBM and Business Partners Introduce a Linux-Based, Virtual Desktop Customers Significantly Lower Costs by Combining the Power of IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical for a Linux-Based, Security-Rich, Microsoft-Desktop Alternative ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - December 4, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM), Virtual Bridges and Canonical today announced general...

Only a Fool Would Believe Our Ads: Apple

Only a Fool Would Believe Our Ads: Apple

William J. Gillis Jr. filed a lawsuit against Apple in September which alleged that Apple and AT&T had made overstated the performance of the iPhone ("twice the speed, half the price," remember?). Apple's interesting legal response says, in part, we're not lying about the performance, but honestly, you should know better than to believe...

Watch-like Device Reduces Snoring

Watch-like Device Reduces Snoring

If you’ve ever attempted to sleep in the same room as a person who snores loudly, then you know just how difficult it can be to get a good night’s rest. Now, thanks to the new SnorePro from HBIUSA, relief may be in sight. This watch-like unit uses Dynamic Snore Detection technology to detect snores. When snoring is detected, the device sends...

Songbeat: Manage Your Streaming Music

Songbeat: Manage Your Streaming Music

Songbeat has released a new version of its online music search, allowing users to search more engines simultaneously, along with the ability to play, export, and download songs. It can stream from SeeqPod, Project Playlist, Spool.fm, and iAsk, along with downloading music from your last.fm stations. To "download" the music, the Songbeat application...

Zotac's New Mini-ITX Geforce 8200-ITX WiFi Board

Zotac's New Mini-ITX Geforce 8200-ITX WiFi Board

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, today unleashes its first Graphics Plus capable mini-ITX motherboard – the ZOTAC GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi. Powered by an NVIDIA GeForce 8200 mGPU, the ZOTAC GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi delivers NVIDIA unified architecture, NVIDIA CUDA, NVIDIA PureVideo HD and...

Hawaii Says Aloha to an Electric Car Network

Hawaii Says Aloha to an Electric Car Network

Zero-emission vehicles, alternative fuels, independence from foreign oil supplies, and low carbon footprints are more than just pie-in-the-sky wishes--they can also be big business. Following in the steps of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, Better Place has just entered into an agreement with the state of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric...

Nokia N97: Nokia's New Multimedia Phone

Nokia N97: Nokia's New Multimedia Phone

Nokia released its new flagship smartphone, the N97, Tuesday at the Nokia World 2008 conference. With a full QWERTY keyboard and a tilting 3.5-inch touch screen, this phone targets "internet-savvy consumers." The N97 mixes the best of the old with some interesting new additions. The built in Web browser allows easy access to multiple...

Intel and Hitachi to Design SSDs together

Intel and Hitachi to Design SSDs together

Intel and Hitachi have joined forces to "jointly develop and deliver" Serial Attached and Fibre Channel solid-state drives (SSDs) for workstations, servers, and storage systems. Solid state drives have proven to be faster than magnetic hard-disk drives in many application workloads, and are inherently more durable as they do...

OCZ Tech Announces the CrossOver USB Flash Drive

OCZ Tech Announces the CrossOver USB Flash Drive

OCZ Technology Announces the CrossOver USB Flash DriveA Unique Storage Solution with Integrated MicroSD Adapter for Ultimate VersatilitySunnyvale, CA—December 2, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the CrossOver USB 2.0 Flash drive, the latest line...

Iomega Announces Two New eGo Portable HDDs

Iomega Announces Two New eGo Portable HDDs

Encrypt Your Data with New Ultra-Secure Iomega eGo Encrypt Portable Hard Drive Iomega Also Adds New "BlackBelt" Model To Award-Winning eGo Portable Hard Drive Lineup San Diego, December 2, 2008 - Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today announced two new models in its award-winning eGo Portable Hard...

App Store Promo Codes Now Available to Devs

App Store Promo Codes Now Available to Devs

You might recall the "Ad Hoc" distribution model, which was used by the developer of the "booted" Podcaster app to distribute his program. That really got him into hot water; its actual use was for beta testing or promo copies. It was a pain to use for promos,though, as developers had to custom build the app for each user. But finally, Apple...

Western Digitals New WD TV™ HD Media Player

Western Digitals New WD TV™ HD Media Player

Western Digital enters the home entertainment market with the WD TV™ HD Media Player (Model# WDAVN00BN). With a small footprint, (1.57"H x 3.94"L x 4.94"W) and great looks that would compliment any home entertainment center, this unit is ready to accept your Western Digital My Passport portable USB drive and play media to your connected...

Another Day, Another Yahoo Rumor

Another Day, Another Yahoo Rumor

Another day, another Yahoo! acquisition rumor? According to a terse report on Tuesday in the WSJ, ex-AOL CEO Jonathan Miller is trying to raise funds for a bid on Yahoo!, which may result in either a total or partial buyout of the company. Unlike the last such rumor we reported on, which came from the Times Online, and didn't mention any sources,...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:NVIDIA's GeForce Power Pack 2 - GPU PhysX revisited @ Elite BastardsSapphire Radeon HD4830 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comSapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Review @ OCModShopMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus' P6T Deluxe motherboard @ bit-techMemory and Storage:In-Win 'NA USB Hard Drive Enclosure @ CPU3DPatriot Xporter Magnum 64GB...

Nikon Unleashes D3X

Nikon Unleashes D3X

If you’re seriously considering taking your photography skills to the next level and have about eight grand lying around, then you’ll be interested to hear that Nikon announced the new D3X DSLR. While not cheap, this camera definitely brings its fair share of bragging rights. The D3X can take pictures that will put other cameras to shame,...

Nikon Introduces Geotagging GP-1 Dongle

Nikon Introduces Geotagging GP-1 Dongle

Just in time for Christmas, Nikon is granting the wish of many by shipping the new GP-1 GPS add-on dongle. This handy little add-on was first announced back in August. The GP-1 geotags images taken with a compatible DSLR by recording latitude, longitude, altitude, and time information. Many image processing software programs support geotagging,...

Microsoft to Expand Vista SP2 Testing

Microsoft to Expand Vista SP2 Testing

In late October Microsoft released the first beta of Windows Vista SP2 to a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers. In a blog post, Microsoft said they are going to open up the beta to more testers, starting this week. Currently Vista SP2 is rumored to be scheduled for RTM (release to manufacturing) in April. The blog post did...

Nvidia Launches the Quadro FX 4800

Nvidia Launches the Quadro FX 4800

NVIDIA TRANSFORMS HIGH-END VISUALIZATION WITH NEW QUADRO FX 4800 GRAPHICS CARD Added Graphics Memory, High Color Fidelity and Next-generation GPU Architecture Enables Ultra-fast Application Performance for MCAD, DCC and Broadcast Professionals SANTA CLARA, CA - December 2, 2008 - Today, mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), digital content...

The iTunes Store Shows Off its Top 2008 Sellers

The iTunes Store Shows Off its Top 2008 Sellers

We all have our own personal predilections for what we like and dislike; but sometimes it's interesting to know what every else thinks. Some call this natural curiosity, while others might refer to it as trying to keep up with the Joneses. Either way, Apple hopes that allowing folks to get a gander at what the most popular downloads on iTunes...

NZXT Unveils Zero 2 with Customizable Cooling

NZXT Unveils Zero 2 with Customizable Cooling

NZXT Unveils Zero 2 - Full Tower Steel Chassis Featuring Customizable Cooling System El Monte, CA - December 2nd, 2008 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Zero 2 Full Tower Steel Chassis the integrates a fully customizable cooling system. The structural integrity of the Zero 2 can not...

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Sets Core i7 OC Record

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Sets Core i7 OC Record

World Record for Core i7 CPU Frequency Broken at 5510.09MHz!-- ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme Smashes World Record in CPU Frequency on Latest Intel Platform -- Fremont, California (December 2nd, 2008) - The release of the Intel Core  i7 has set the overclocking arena abuzz with excitement in anticipation of new world records. Armed with...

Paramount Signs Licensing Deal with Super Talent

Paramount Signs Licensing Deal with Super Talent

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the firm has signed a licensing agreement with Paramount Licensing Inc. granting rights to manufacture and market USB Flash drives based on Paramount Pictures movie title, “The Godfather.”The company expects to begin shipping...

Invulnerable No More!  Mac OS

Invulnerable No More! Mac OS

It's long been asserted that Apple computers are invulnerable to viruses. This has not been because the OS is flawless, but rather because hackers focused on the more popular OS: Windows, as well as the fact that most hackers had Windows machines. But no longer.With increased popularity has come increased vulnerability. And with that, Apple...

Shuttle D1416 Surveillance Solution

Shuttle D1416 Surveillance Solution

Billed as "Your Reliable Surveillance Solution" by the folks over at Shuttle this little wonder is indeed unique. Available in a Mini-ITX/Shuttle form factor, this barebone package is targeted at the home surveillance market and includes the features needed for just that purpose.The D1416 features a 7-inch touch screen display located on the...

Windows Vista SP2 Coming In April?

Windows Vista SP2 Coming In April?

Sadly, Vista isn’t all it was hyped up to be. Microsoft released its first service pack last March, which helped some in terms of improving the OS’s performance, but Microsoft still hasn’t been able to change the negative perceptions of many. In hopes of improvements, some are looking ahead to Service Pack 2. With any luck, this service pack...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:PowerColor HD 4830 Review @ OCCPalit Revolution 700 Deluxe Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgSapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB OC @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:ECS A790GXM-A 'Black Series' @ t-breakASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition X58 Motherboard @ BmRMemory and Storage:ATP EarthDrive USB Drive review @ DVHardwareOCZ...

Firefox Gains Market Share

Firefox Gains Market Share

For the first time ever, Mozilla’s Firefox has held 20% of the Internet browser market over an entire month. This is bad news for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which lost 1.5 points over the previous month, and 5.8 points over the year. Firefox isn’t the only browser that has stolen market share from Internet Explorer, however. Apple’s Safari...

Adobe's Interactive Video-Object Manipulation

Adobe's Interactive Video-Object Manipulation

Nearly every company that makes some sort of product has a research and development (R&D) division. This applies just as much to software developers as it does to hardware manufacturers. In an ideal world, the time and money spent on R&D makes it way into improvements in existing products and sometimes even into brand new products....

The Simpsons Skewer (M)Apple

The Simpsons Skewer (M)Apple

In their typical fashion, The Simpsons 11/30 episode, "Mypods and Boomsticks," lay waste to the Cult of Apple. When Lisa finds that their local mall now has a Mapple store, the family just has to visit it. The store is complete with Mypods, MyCubes, a Brainiac Bar, and hilarity. Examples: When told that he should ask the "MyCube" what he can...

The New Xbox 360 Experience In-depth

The New Xbox 360 Experience In-depth

Microsoft's recent Xbox 360 update overhauls the existing blade-style interface, moving to a much more flowing, intuitive design. It promises to keep and improve upon legacy features, while adding new content and functionality. The new Xbox Experience promises a lot but does it truly deliver in both increased usability and speed? Let’s take...

Good OS Replaces gOS With The Cloud

Good OS Replaces gOS With The Cloud

Netbooks and nettop PCs are become increasingly popular, offering scaled-down computers as viable second PCs. Nearly everything about these new computer categories are scaled down: their size, their performance potential, their features, and their price. Part of the challenge some manufacturers face, however, is trying to find the right balance...

ASUS Introduces Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook

ASUS Introduces Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook

ASUS Introduces the Completely Redesigned Eee PC 1002HA Netbook-- Slim, light, elegant; the new Eee PC 1002HA takes Netbook design to new heights while delivering the same legendary Eee PC mobility and ease of use -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 1, 2008) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in notebook design and the fastest growing notebook brand,...

Amazon S3 Storage and Firefox S3 Organizer Addon

Amazon S3 Storage and Firefox S3 Organizer Addon

As part of Amazon's AWS service they provide online storage at very low rates via the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). S3 combined with the S3 Amazon Firefox Add-on provide an extremely easy to use means to upload files via the Firefox web browser.  Just open the add-on that resides in the lower right portion of Firefox, select (double-click)...