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All News for February 2008

Corsair Announces 3-Way Certified 1KW PSU

Corsair Announces 3-Way Certified 1KW PSU

Corsair Announces World's First 1000 Watt Power Supply Certified for 3-way NVIDIA SLI Technology at CeBIT 2008 Corsair HX1000W is Latest Addition to HX Series of Modular Power Supplies for Gamers and Enthusiasts Fremont, CA, February 28th, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced...

NVIDIA ESA Hits Key Milestone

NVIDIA ESA Hits Key Milestone

NEW ENTHUSIAST SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE HITS KEY INDUSTRY MILESTONES New Extensions for Monitoring and Controlling PC Peripherals Formally Ratified by USB Implementers Forum; Dell Ships World’s First ESA-Certified Desktop PC SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 28, 2008 – NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies...

Corsair Announces "GT" High-Perf Flash Drive

Corsair Announces "GT" High-Perf Flash Drive

CORSAIR ANNOUNCES NEW 16GB “GT” HIGH PERFORMANCE USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE AT CEBIT 2008Corsair GT USB Drive Provides Up To 4X Faster Transfer Speeds than Standard USB DrivesFremont, CA, February 28, 2008 – Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced a new 16GB high performance...

Eee PC Has Industry Nervous

Eee PC Has Industry Nervous

The Eee PC from Asus has certainly garnered a lot of attention from the public and the media, but those aren't the only eyes watching.  After all, it behooves the major players to know what the public wants.Senior VP of Sony's IT product division, Mike Abary, has been watching the Eee PC very closely and had this to say:"If (the Eee PC...

MS Fined $1.3B By EU

MS Fined $1.3B By EU

Microsoft has been ordered to pay a series of fines totaling $1.3 billion for withholding critical information from developers.  Because Microsoft controlled the operating system, the EU feels that Microsoft's attempts to charge money for access to information regarding its APIs was tantamount to abuse of their industry leading position.“EU...

Verizon Doesn't Care What You're Jabbering Into

Verizon Doesn't Care What You're Jabbering Into

Verizon is touting what they refer to as "Any Device, Any App."  They want to settle on a universal wireless technical specification that any maker of wireless devices can use to offer their goods for use on any network. Verizon asserts that the smartphone market in America is less robust than elsewhere because hardware from various **cough**...

Vista-Capable?  Don't Read Our Emails!

Vista-Capable? Don't Read Our Emails!

The "Vista-Capable" lawsuit has reached class-action status, and yesterday the judge in the case unsealed a set of Microsoft emails revealing what executives really felt about the issue.  Some of these have been excerpted before, but some have not, and all are interesting.A federal judge today unsealed internal Microsoft e-mails that...

Forget SaaS. How About Crimeware As A Service?

Forget SaaS. How About Crimeware As A Service?

Security firm Finjan has uncovered a criminal online supermarket of usable FTP security credentials for some of the largest and most prominent companies in the world. Oh yes -- and some government agencies. The crime ring that holds the information is selling the information to DIY malware entrepreneurs who can upload all sorts of exploits...

ATI Catalyst 8.3 Sneak Peek: CrossFireX and More

ATI Catalyst 8.3 Sneak Peek: CrossFireX and More

A fresh new set of graphics card drivers, like a pair of new shoes, can sometimes make a world of difference.  We were recently given a chance to chat with some folks from AMD about all of the new features they have in store for users with the Catalyst v8.3 release and we'll be outlining some of the finer details here today. ...

Dual-Core Semprons To Challenge DC Celerons

Dual-Core Semprons To Challenge DC Celerons

Once Intel announced their dual-core Celerons it was only a matter of time until AMD countered with dual-core Semprons.  The bad news is that they're mainly available in China at this time, but that could change in the future.  Here's the specs on the dual-core Sempron:“AMD Sempron 2100+ processors adopt a 65nm process, and have...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition review @ Elite BastardsEVGA e-GeForce 9600GT SSC Edition Review @ GamepyrePalit 9600GT Sonic 512MB Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review @ PCStatsLeadtek WinFast PX8800 GT ZL 512MB @ TweaktownGigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AMD 780G board review @ OCWorkBench Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-945P-S3...

IE8 Beta Soon?

IE8 Beta Soon?

Microsoft is readying a beta of their next generation Internet Explorer.Microsoft says its new browser will support web standards better, provide more security and additional interface options.In a Volish attempt to comply with standards, and not disrupt sites written with IE6 and IE7, it would seem that Microsoft is going to let developers...

AMD and MS Collabortate on Windows Server 2008

AMD and MS Collabortate on Windows Server 2008

AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008 to Deliver Industry Leading Solution to Customers - Microsoft's New Operating System Paired with AMD Processors Provides a Solid Business Foundation with Better Investment Protection, Low Energy Usage and Unmatched Performance - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today...

Online Encyclopedia of Life "Birthed"

Online Encyclopedia of Life "Birthed"

The first 30,000 pages of what will eventually become 1.8 million pages for the entire Encyclopedia of Life.Feedback on these first pages will shape the ultimate design and functionality of all 1.8 million pages of the encyclopedia, scheduled for completion by 2017. It will also help inform priorities for content development. "It is exciting...

Will The Feds Unlock And Unbrick Your iPhone?

Will The Feds Unlock And Unbrick Your iPhone?

The iPhone isn't cheap, and it's really not cheap when you factor in the two year ATT Wireless contract that is a non-negotiable  part of your purchase.  That could change. The US House of Representatives is holding a hearing today regarding legislation that would require carriers to allow you to bring your device to their plans...

It's A Japanese Thing. You Wouldn't Understand

It's A Japanese Thing. You Wouldn't Understand

HotHardware told you yesterday about Sony and Sharp teaming up to build a tenth generation LCD factory in Japan. But Sony already has ... had a partner to produce LCD screens: Korean electronic powerhouse Samsung. What happened to make Sony fall out of bed with Samsung and team up with Sharp? Is it really just a Japanese thing?Against a backdrop...

#1 Gadget College Announced

#1 Gadget College Announced

Some sites are making a big deal about this, but when you think about how much tuition costs: who cares?Choosing a college or university is no easy task.  There are so many factors to consider: social life, breadth of majors, sports reputation and gadgets.  Abilene Christian University (ACU) has become the first to offer iPhones...

iTunes Is #2 Music Retailer

iTunes Is #2 Music Retailer

iTunes recently overtook BestBuy to be the nation's #2 retailer of music.  If the sales trends continue, it's only a matter of time until Walmart is toppled.“The latest sales figures, which holds every 12 songs downloaded as the equivalent of an entire CD, is not just a win for Apple, but also proves that the entire paid digital music...

Rumor: AMD To Receive Foreign Investment?

Rumor: AMD To Receive Foreign Investment?

As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.Rumor has it that AMD might receive some sort of financial bailout from the Middle East.  At this time there is no word on who is allegedly offering to help out, or what kind of stake in the company they'll be given.“This...

Dell XPS 630 Desktop Gaming PC Evaluation

Dell XPS 630 Desktop Gaming PC Evaluation

Dell just took the wraps off their latest XPS desktop system for gamers and enthusiasts today and this time around the new systems are targeted at being more affordable.  The new XPS 630 we’ve evaluated here at HotHardware, is Dell's new customizable machine with support for NVIDIA dual-GPU SLI graphics, the latest dual and quad-core...

Net Pioneers Slam Comcast

Net Pioneers Slam Comcast

You've probably heard that Comcast is throttling P2P downloads, and that the FCC was interested enough to hold a hearing yesterday.  At that hearing, 2 Internet pioneers gave Comcast a piece of their minds.David Reed, an MIT professor who's considered to be an Internet engineering pioneer, said Comcast's behavior makes him especially...

Dell Unveils the Affordable XPS 630

Dell Unveils the Affordable XPS 630

DELL BRINGS FULL-THROTTLE GAMING WITHIN REACH The XPS 630 Delivers Elite Gaming Features, Technologies and Upgradability at an Affordable Price With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance and innovative features, all in a sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.  Gamers won’t outgrow the XPS 630 because it’s...

Sony, Sharp Team Up on LCD Panels

Sony, Sharp Team Up on LCD Panels

There is a report in the Wall Street Journal today that states that Sony and Sharp have teamed up and will share an LCD manufacturing facility that is currently being built in western Japan. "Japanese electronics makers Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp. said Tuesday they will form a joint venture to make liquid-crystal display panels for televisions...

Put A Fork In Facebook?

Put A Fork In Facebook?

Lance Ulanoff can't help noticing that the social networking site Facebook has more than a passing resemblance to AOL just before it went down like the Titanic: disgruntled users, ill-advised and unsuccessful attempts to monetize traffic, and inflated user rolls kept artificially high by the difficulty of removing your account from the service....

Apple: First The Skinny. Now The Fat

Apple: First The Skinny. Now The Fat

Apple recently went superslim with their MacBook Air notebook, which they famously demonstrated by slipping it into an interoffice envelope. Now they're following it up with upgrades to their more conventional MacBooks and MacBook Pros. They've utilized Intel's 45 nanometer scale Core 2 Duo processors for the heavy computational lifting with...

Rumor: Did Toshiba 'Cell' Out HD DVD?

Rumor: Did Toshiba 'Cell' Out HD DVD?

Get your tin foil hats on, this is one of those kinds of rumors.  As always we remind you to take all rumors with a grain of salt.We reported in the past that Sony was going to offload their Cell production and that Toshiba was a rumored buyer, but the deal seemed to be in limbo for several weeks.  Then major retailers and studios...

ABC Decides to Ruin VOD

ABC Decides to Ruin VOD

Great, free Video-on-Deman (VOD)!  Wait, I have to watch commercials?In association with cable company Cox, it's testing a new video-on-demand feature that won't let viewers fast forward through commercials. We'll be the first to say it: this is dumb. While it may make a few more people watch commercials, it won't make them happy about...

Nokia's Morph: Ultimate Flexibility

Nokia's Morph: Ultimate Flexibility

A phone you can turn into a slingshot?  Well, you can't quite do that, but this concept phone is stretchable and flexible - and definitely cool.Nokia Research Center and researchers at the University of Cambridge have teamed up to create a joint nanotechnology concept dubbed "Morph". The two teams announced their partnership back in March...

Sun Leaks Intel Nehalem Performance Info

Sun Leaks Intel Nehalem Performance Info

Intel has been slowly serving up information regarding the company’s upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture for many months now.  In our sneak peek at Nehalem and Intel’s 45nm High-K article from way back in March of last year, we outlined many of the details regarding Nehalem, but unfortunately we did not have any projected performance numbers...

Win the BEAST! HotHardware Skulltrail Give-Away!

Win the BEAST! HotHardware Skulltrail Give-Away!

We’ve got some exciting news for you all today!  To coincide with Intel’s official Skulltrail announcement that hit the news wire the other day, we’re announcing a sweepstakes of our own where you could win a full Skulltrail-based system, complete with dual graphics cards and a super-fast 10,000 RPM hard drive.  We’re talking eight-cores...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: MSI N9600GT-T2D512-OC @ HardTecs4USapphire Radeon HD3870x2 @ CPU3DASUS EN8800GT TOP 512MB Review @ TechgageZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card @ BmRHIS Radeon HD3870X2 @ Overclockers Online Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5K64 WS Intel P35 DDR3 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgGigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 @ Bjorn3D Processors:...

Radeon HD 3870 X2 Round-Up: Asus and HIS

Radeon HD 3870 X2 Round-Up: Asus and HIS

We’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware.  In the article, we take a look at three Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards, two from Asus and one from HIS, the EAH3870 X2 1GB, the EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP, and the HIS Radeon HD 3870 X2.  A pair of the cards are much like AMD’s reference design, but one...

Wii Makes a Cameo on Oscar Night

Ah, thank goodness the writers came back.  The Oscars are actually more fun between awards!  In this case, Jon Stewart was "caught" playing Wii Tennis coming back from a break.  You can bet Nintendo knew about this (how else would they have gotten a Wii!)Watch the video:...

Give It Away Or You'll Never Make Money

Give It Away Or You'll Never Make Money

Chris Anderson at Slate takes the long view on the effects that ultra-cheap bandwith, processors, and storage will have going forward, and comes to the conclusion that to make any money in the Internet economy, you'd better give whatever you've got away, and make money from ancillary items or services. And as consumers get used to the concept,...

Adobe Blurs Your PC, Smartphone, And The Net

Adobe Blurs Your PC, Smartphone, And The Net

Adobe is today releasing their new AIR software development system, which will allow end users to achieve their own personal information cloud that straddles their digital journey across the desktop, the Internet, and various smart devices like phones.  Adobe sees AIR as a major advance that builds on its Flash multimedia software. Flash...

This PC Is Vista Capable...NOT!

This PC Is Vista Capable...NOT!

Microsoft revealed a certification program for PCs to be labeled “Vista Capable” just prior to Vista's much-delayed introduction.  The only problem is that some of the PCs that bore said sticker weren't capable of running all of the new features Vista comes with, and might be considered less capable than others.Consumers and consumer...

R.I.P. Netscape

R.I.P. Netscape

We knew it was coming, but now it's official: Netscape Navigator is officially dead.  "AOL has released its last ever update for Netscape Navigator and is encouraging its remaining users to switch to Flock or Firefox."  Hmmm...no recommendation to go grab the latest version of Explorer.  It is possible that the final version...

FCC To Hold Comcast BitTorrent Hearing

FCC To Hold Comcast BitTorrent Hearing

Comcast has drawn a lot of attention to itself since it decided to throttle BitTorrent traffic, and most of it negative.  Customers complained to anyone who would listen, and one of those was the FCC and another may just be House Internet Subcommittee Chair, (D) Rep. Ed Markey:“This time, the Federal Communications Commission will depart...

EA Offers $2B for Take-Two

EA Offers $2B for Take-Two

Shades of another takeover we've been discussing lately.  Electronic Arts announced Sunday they have made a $2B cash offer for Take-Two Games, best known for "Grand Theft Auto."U.S. video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc said on Sunday it wants to buy rival Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, best known for its "Grand Theft Auto" title,...

Things Not To Do In Morocco

Things Not To Do In Morocco

The number one thing not to do in Morocco is impersonate a member of royalty over the internet:Amnesty International said Saturday it was "shocked" by a three-year jail term handed down by a Moroccan court to a man who registered a false Internet Facebook profile as King Mohammed VI's brother.The court in Casablanca sentenced 27-year-old computer...

Classy Retailer to Allow HD-DVD / Blu-Ray Swap

Classy Retailer to Allow HD-DVD / Blu-Ray Swap

Now this is a classy move, but don't worry, odds are it won't be a total loss for the company. The only bad part: it's in Japan.The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear. So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players. A little more investigation...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 and HD 3650 @ Tweaktown Motherboards & Chipsets: GA-EP35-DS4 Motherboard Review @ Sysopt.comIntel Skulltrail Platform Review @ X-bit LabsDFI LANParty LT X38-T2R Mainboard Review @ X-bit Labs Memory & Storage: OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2 x 2 GB Platinum Edition Review @ OCCKingston HyperX DDR3-1375 2GB Memory...

Yahoo Sued For Saying No

Yahoo Sued For Saying No

Two Detroit pension funds are upset with Yahoo's recent rejection to Microsoft's buyout offer.  They have filed a law suit over their grievance:"According to the lawsuit, Yahoo's board is pursuing "value-destructive" third-party deals in an effort to fight off Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, which on Feb. 1 announced a takeover bid of...

AMD To Increase Outsourcing

AMD To Increase Outsourcing

“Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest maker of computer processors, may announce plans to transfer more production in the next two to three months to reduce costs, a Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. analyst said.”We can't help but wonder if AMD might be outsourcing their future high-end CPUs first in an attempt to reach a rough...

Rumor: Intel To Put a Hex-Core On You!

Rumor: Intel To Put a Hex-Core On You!

As with all rumors, take the following with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.Rumor has it that Intel has decided that consumers don't need to make the jump from 4 to 8 cores without anything in the middle.  Instead Intel  may have decided that they were going to place three dual-core...

Sold on eBay: New-in-box Apple II, Never Opened

Sold on eBay: New-in-box Apple II, Never Opened

With PCs for sale well under $1,000, nowadays $2,600 would be considered an expensive computer. But what if it's a unopened, new in the box (NIB), vintage Apple IIc? What would you pay for that?Though bidding on vintage computers can often start as low as $1, this Apple IIc from what was then called Apple Computer Inc. was more valuable: It...

NVIDIA Unleashes The Quadro FX 3600M

NVIDIA Unleashes The Quadro FX 3600M

If you're a professional looking for a laptop/mobile workstation, NVIDIA has a new graphics chip you may want to consider before making you're purchasing decision.  Here's the scoop on the Quadro FX 3600M:“Engineered to deliver high performance and visualization of extensive datasets with extremely high image quality in an ISV-certified,...

Jack Thompson Gets Served

Jack Thompson Gets Served

John “Jack” Bruce Thompson is a name you might have heard but don't exactly know who he is.  He is a lawyer from Florida who is well known for stirring up as much trouble as he can for the video game industry.  Mr Thompson has, on many occasions, associated various high-profile violent crimes with video games, often when it is clear...

Beware Fake Chips!

Beware Fake Chips!

“U.S. and European customs officers seized more than 360,000 counterfeit computer chips and network components in a joint operation late last year, officials said Friday.”While 360,000 certainly seems like a large number, that makes one wonder how many bad units were in distribution altogether.  A good piece of advice for shoppers looking...

Rumor: NVIDIA 9800 & GX2 Shipping Info

Rumor: NVIDIA 9800 & GX2 Shipping Info

As with all rumors please take the following with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from NVIDIA.If the 9600 launch impressed you, but you were holding out for a card with a little more horsepower, then you might be in luck.  Rumor has it that NVIDIA will be launching high-end cards in the near future:“At...

Intel Raided By European Commission

Intel Raided By European Commission

The EU's antitrust regulators launched a fresh offensive against Intel while still awaiting an official response from the company.  The newest round of raids encompasses Intel's offices in Munich as well as retailers in Germany, France and the U.K.  The raids were supposedly carried out in order to discover if Intel was using noncompetitive...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 9600 GT 512MB Review @ OCCNVIDIA 9600 GT Reviewed @ PC PerspectivePalit 9600GT Sonic review @ NeoseekerNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB @ HardwareZoneXFX 9600 GT Video Card Review @ I4UECS GeForce 9600GT @ t-breakZotac GeForce 9600 GT Amp! Edition @ techPowerUpGalaxy GeForce 9600 GT OC review @ Elite BastardsNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT @...

SAPPHIRE HD 3870 goes TOXIC!

SAPPHIRE HD 3870 goes TOXIC!

SAPPHIRE HD 3870 goes TOXIC!Exclusive Vapor-X cooler gives performance boost SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator. The SAPPHIRE HD 3870 TOXIC version features the award winning - and SAPPHIRE exclusive -Vapor-X single slot cooler, SAPPHIRE’s...

Wii Virtual Console to Get Commodore 64 Games

Wii Virtual Console to Get Commodore 64 Games

The Commodore 64 is legendary, and just last year celebrated its 25th anniversary. And now owners of the Nintendo Wii will be able to play classic games of that era via the Wii Virtual Console.Bala Keilman, CEO of Commodore Gaming, commented, “The massive impact the Commodore 64 had on video gaming is still evident today with many gamers remembering...

A Million Trillion Flops. More Than Ben Affleck

A Million Trillion Flops. More Than Ben Affleck

Sandia is a US Department of Energy research and development laboratory run by Lockheed Martin. They're presently gearing up to add some zeros to amount of calculations a supercomputer can perform. Sandia developed the first teraflop (one trillion calculations a second) computer a decade ago. They've decided to take it up more than a notch....

Hackers, Eh?

Hackers, Eh?

Seventeen people ranging in age from seventeen to twenty-six have been rounded up by police in raids carried out in a dozen towns across Quebec. They're charged with participating in an international computer hacking ring. The hosers.Police raiding parties also sealed and carted away dozens of hard drives and other computer components from...

Why Google Doesn't Want MS To Own Yahoo

Why Google Doesn't Want MS To Own Yahoo

We recently reported that Google offered Yahoo unspecified aid to fight off a potential hostile takeover from Microsoft.  What we didn't know was the reasoning behind that, but we were able to speculate.  Now we're getting answers straight from Google co-founder Sergey Brin:"The Internet has evolved from open standards, having a...

Windows Home Server Still Corrupting

Windows Home Server Still Corrupting

Microsoft's troubles don't all revolve around Vista.  In fact the Redmond firm's Windows Home Server has been corrupting user's data for  few months now with no end in sight.  Microsoft claimed to burning the midnight oil during the holiday season in order to resolve this issue.  So what are the results of all that burnt...

Rumor: NVIDIA & Intel At Odds Over CSI

Rumor: NVIDIA & Intel At Odds Over CSI

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from either Intel or NVIDIA.Rumor has it that Intel doesn't want to share all of its secrets in regards to Common System Interface (CSI) technology with NVIDIA.“And the same sources claimed that while Intel hasn’t...

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3-1333 Kits

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3-1333 Kits

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3-1333 Kits in the Award-Winning Reaper HPC SeriesSunnyvale, CA—February 21, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge platforms. The...

Microsoft Releases Vista SP1 for x64 Systems?

Microsoft Releases Vista SP1 for x64 Systems?

This has to be the most screwed-up Service Pack release we've ever seen, and we've seen plenty of them. While Microsoft said SP1 has been released to manufacturing, it also said SP1 wouldn't be sent to end users for six weeks. And it even pulled one of the prerequisite updates yesterday after issues with it. Yet today end users with 64-bit...

Researchers Crack Encryption with Cold

Researchers Crack Encryption with Cold

Utilizing a little known fact about RAM, researchers have devised a way to crack disk encryption. The attack takes only a few minutes to conduct and uses the disk encryption key that's stored in the computer's RAM. The attack works because content as well as encryption keys stored in RAM linger in the system, even after the machine is powered...

Install Vista SP1, Break Some Apps

Install Vista SP1, Break Some Apps

Microsoft, we users had enough problems when you first released Windows Vista. Now on top of that you're telling us you're going to break some apps when Windows Vista SP1 releases? That's not going to win you any fans, we can tell you. After all, compatibility has been a big issue with Vista already.Microsoft has published a list of programs...

Stanford Camera Chip Sees In 3D. Me Too

Stanford Camera Chip Sees In 3D. Me Too

Keith Fife and his colleagues at Stanford University have come up with they call a "multi-aperture image sensor," which allows digital pictures to collect and store depth-of-field information. Unlike other 3D camera setups, the data is gathered at the chip level, so no expensive and complicated multiple lens setups are required. Instead of...

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Launch and 3-Way Shootout

NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Launch and 3-Way Shootout

NVIDIA launched the first release of their next generation GeForce 9 GPU architecture today and this time the company decided to come out with a mainstream, more reasonably priced offering first, versus the traditional high-end, pricey flagship boards that are typically showcased for the introduction of a new graphics processor.  The...

The Internet. You Know; For Girls

The Internet. You Know; For Girls

The New York Times looked at the Pew Internet and American Life Project's profile of young Internet users, and to their surprise, they discovered that teenage girls outnumber teenage boys in writing blogs and webpages, and building or working on social networking sites.  The only category of Internet activity where boys lead is posting...

AMD To NVIDIA: Just Bring It

AMD To NVIDIA: Just Bring It

With rumors swirling about NVIDIA releasing the 9000 series of video cards, starting with the 9600, it appears that AMD isn't too worried.  If anything, it seems that they're planning on undermining the launch via price cuts of their existing HD 3800 series cards.  Do bear in mind that the suggested prices of the 9600 series cards...

Laptop Wipes Itself If Lost or Stolen

Laptop Wipes Itself If Lost or Stolen

Since it seems many government agencies can't keep their hands on their laptops, a U.K. company has come up with a potential solution.Sold as a hosted service, Virtuity's BackStopp server monitors a protected laptop using any medium available, including the Internet, or locally using Wi-Fi or GSM.If a laptop is reported stolen -- or even just...

Vista Update Still Being Fixed

Vista Update Still Being Fixed

We reported earlier that there is a show-stopping bug with one of the prerequisite patches for Vista SP1 which is causing computers around the world to get stuck in an endless loop of reboots.  <insert your own joke about improved stability and reliability here>Microsoft didn't take long to evaluate the problem and respond:“So far,...

Asus M930 Smartphone Sneak Peek

Asus M930 Smartphone Sneak Peek

We just got our hands on some hot news regarding Asus and a brand new smartphone they’ve just introduced.  What you see pictured here is the new Asus M930 Windows Mobile 6-based smartphone.  As the pictures show, the M930 has a clamshell design, and features dual screens, a QWERTY keyboard, and a built in camera / webcam. According...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Soyo Topaz S 24" LCD Monitor @ ASE LabsPalit GeForce 8600GT Super+1GB Review @ TechgageHIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ3 TurboX 512 MB @ techPowerUpNVIDIA GeForce 8200 Preview - Palit N78S @ TweaktownViewSonic VX2255WMB 22" LCD @ t-breakSamsung 2232GW 22" LCD Monitor @ DreamWare Computers19" LCD Monitors Roundup. Part IX @ X-bit Labs Motherboards...

Corsair Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G

Corsair Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G

Just in case you jumped right down to the news this afternoon, we’re popping in to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of Corsair's current flagship Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G DDR3-1800 memory kit.  As its name implies,...

No More Excuses: Wii Fit to Launch in May

No More Excuses: Wii Fit to Launch in May

Finally, finally we exercise-deprived Americans have a solid date, as Nintendo announced today at the Game Developers Conference that the Wii Fit will release on May 19th in the United States.Wii Fit demonstrates Nintendo's commitment to gamers of all kinds. It combines fun and fitness for every member of the family to keep active and play...

Gaming Headset: 30,000 Pennies For Your Thoughts

Gaming Headset: 30,000 Pennies For Your Thoughts

San Francisco-based Emotiv has developed a headset that that can read and interpret brainwave activity and translate it into video game commands. It's called the Epoc. It is hoped that the device will make the emotional responses of characters to situations in games and virtual worlds more realistic. "If you laughed or felt happy after killing...

PC Gaming Vendors Unite to Form Alliance

PC Gaming Vendors Unite to Form Alliance

WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY LEADERS LAUNCH INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM TO ADVANCE PC GAMING PLATFORM, PC GAMING EXPERIENCESUnited industry effort will accelerate innovation, spur PC gaming developmentGlobal leaders of the PC gaming industry announced today the formation of the PC Gaming Alliance, a non-profit organization that unites hardware and software...

HP: Recession? Whatchoo Talkin' About Willis?

HP: Recession? Whatchoo Talkin' About Willis?

All the volatility in the credit and stock markets have consumers, investors, and corporate heads nervous, but Hewlett-Packard is no indicator of any downturn. HP raised their forecast for the year after reporting excellent results for the first quarter.“In the U.S., at the end of the quarter, we saw a little more caution in the consumer segment...

DVD Jon Wants to Stick It to "FairPlay"

DVD Jon Wants to Stick It to "FairPlay"

'DVD Jon.' of DVD and FairPlay cracking fame, has gone legit.Beginning Tuesday, the first product from his company, DoubleTwist Ventures, will enter open beta. Called DoubleTwist, it's a free desktop client that essentially allows any kind of music, photo, or video file to be shared between a long list of portable media players, and through...

Cellular Price War Erupts Over Unlimited Plans

Cellular Price War Erupts Over Unlimited Plans

Verizon Wireless started a price war on Tuesday by announcing a $99.99 unlimited calling plan across the United States. The ink barely had time to dry on the press release before AT&T matched the offer.Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan for $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility...

HP Joins Mini Notebook Craze

HP Joins Mini Notebook Craze

While the Eee PC didn't start the whole UMPC/Mini Notebook niche, it certainly kickstarted it, and now everyone wants in.  Including HP, who is bypassing the 7” model at this time and looking to meet the forthcoming 8.9” Eee PC head on.  Here's what specs we're expecting the forthcoming HP Compaq 2113:“...a big, scratch resistant...

Microsoft Reacts To HD-DVDrama

Microsoft Reacts To HD-DVDrama

Thought Microsoft actually made the following statements prior to Toshiba's official announcement, it is reasonable to assume that they knew what was coming.  It seems like they're not very concerned about the potential impact:“We do not believe the recent reports about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or...

Dell Quietly Introduces UltraSharp 2408WFP LCD

Dell Quietly Introduces UltraSharp 2408WFP LCD

Today Dell quietly introduced the new UltraSharp 2408WFP 24" widescreen flat panel display, as you can see it is already available for sale on Dell’s site.  Like the 3008WFP we evaluated here, the 2408WFP supports DisplayPort connectivity which will become increasingly more common as the next generation of graphics cards roll in. ...

Corsair Advances Speed Grades on DDR2 and DDR3

Corsair Advances Speed Grades on DDR2 and DDR3

CORSAIR ADVANCES SPEED GRADES ON DDR2 AND DDR3 DRAM PRODUCT LINESPatented DHX (Dual-Path Heat Xchange) Technology Delivers Record-Breaking SpeedsFremont, CA, February 19th, 2008 – Corsair® www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that new record breaking speeds have been...

HotHardware Invades The Wall Street Journal

HotHardware Invades The Wall Street Journal

Every so often in this business, something truly awesome happens that makes you step back and appreciate all of the hard work, tight deadlines, and a late night product launches.  For us here at HotHardware, this is one of those times. If any of you happen to have a copy of this morning’s Wall Street Journal nearby, do us a favor and...

Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform

Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform

INTEL DELIVERS ‘HARD-CORE’ EIGHT-CORE PLATFORM FOR PC PERFORMANCE AFICIONADOS ‘Skulltrail’-Based Desktop PCs Lead to 3-D, Hi-Definition Media and Gaming Bliss GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 – For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation...

Toshiba Officially Announces HD-DVD Exit

Toshiba Officially Announces HD-DVD Exit

Although as early as Saturday NHK had reported the decision by Toshiba to drop HD-DVD had already been made by Toshiba, the company did not publicly announce it - until today. "We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,"...

Apple Patents Hint At Geek Sign Language Future

Apple Patents Hint At Geek Sign Language Future

Apple has applied for patents on a series of single and multiple touch gestures that will undoubtedly show up in some iteration on their Mac OS X sometime in the future.  Of course Apple already uses a limited number of touch commands on some of their hardware, but the series of gestures outlined in the application indicate an enormous...

New Eee PC Competitor

New Eee PC Competitor

The massive public interest in the Eee PC has certainly caused other manufacturers to accelerate whatever plans they've had to jump into the market with a comparable product.  Now it looks like Konjinsha of Korea is joining the fray with an AMD powered machine of all things:"Running on Windows XP and AMD Geode LX800 CPU, the E8 adopts...

Sell Yahoo To Us, Or We'll Buy It Anyway

Sell Yahoo To Us, Or We'll Buy It Anyway

It was mildly interesting to watch the board of Yahoo indulge in a bit of "Microsoft is teh evil" posturing when presented with an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for their prominent but listless business. There was a lot of discussion predicting anti-trust problems, but that's silly; Microsoft/Yahoo would be better competition for Google, not...

Middle East SCO Buyer Wants New CEO

Middle East SCO Buyer Wants New CEO

As with any takeover or bailout, there's always the question of which, if any, members of management will be left standing by the new powers that be.  SCO's bailout offer appears to be no different, and there are no real surprises as to who the mysterious buyer wants out of the picture.The deal, in which an unnamed Middle East partner...

Wikileaks Shut Down by U.S. Court

Wikileaks Shut Down by U.S. Court

Wikileaks was started with the intention of allowing whistleblowers to anonymously release government and corporate documents, "an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. " Of course, that only works if the site is reachable.A federal judge in San Francisco has shut down a Web site that posted...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800 GT XXX Graphics Card Review @ I4UEVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB @ techPowerUpASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB @ TechgageMSI Radeon HD 3870 512MB OC @ Tweaktown Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 Review @ Motherboards.orgGigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 DES X48 DDR3 Motherboard @ BmR Processors: AMD's Phenom processors @ The Tech Report...

New x86 Competitor In Town

New x86 Competitor In Town

Montalvo Systems might not be a name you know, but that could change in the months ahead.  Montalvo is a company comprised  of people with resumes listing high-level design positions at firms like AMD/NexGen, Transmeta, Intel, IBM, and the list just goes on.Montalvo plans on delivering a unique multi-core chip that they've already...

Net Neutrality A Reality?

Net Neutrality A Reality?

What is Net Neutrality and why should everyone care?  It's the basic concept that data should get from where it starts to where it's going without any discrimination based on the type of data or its content.  But how does a non-neutral 'net impact you?In short, it limits your options to potentially be 'wowed' by new technologies...

Systemax Endeavor Workstation Evaluation

Systemax Endeavor Workstation Evaluation

Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re here to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Systemax’s Xeon E5310-powered Endeavor Workstation.  Here’s snip from the piece...As gamers and hardware enthusiasts, it’s easy...

Xbox360: Master Chief And Blu-ray Too.

Xbox360: Master Chief And Blu-ray Too.

There seems to be one last detail we need to take care of before we put the fork in the HD DVD format: The hard drive for the Xbox 360.  It appears Microsoft is preparing to offer an Xbox360 with a stand-alone Blu-ray drive as early as May of 2008.Michael Ephraim the Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment said: "We would welcome...

Can You Hear Me Now? Not If You Have Analog

Can You Hear Me Now? Not If You Have Analog

The day has finally arrived when the few remaining analog cell phones still in use will probably stop working.  February 19th is the day the FCC announced that cellular providers could cease their analog service and go to all digital. Verizon estimates that less than one percent of their cellphone customers had an analog phone last year,...

Vista SP1 Prerequisites Causing Users Grief

Vista SP1 Prerequisites Causing Users Grief

Microsoft has already indicated there is going to be a six week wait for Windows Vista SP1 because of driver issues.  Even without that, they seem to have issues with just the prerequisite downloads for SP1.In most cases, they reported that the final update hung while displaying the message "Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 - 0% Complete,"...

New MacBook Pros soon?

New MacBook Pros soon?

Whenever Apple readies a product refresh they typically constrain supply of the outgoing models in an attempt not to stick any retailers with a less than top-of-the-line unit.  It looks like the limited supplies of MacBook Pros might finally indicate that a refresh is due shortly:“Apple retail partner and online reseller Best Buy has...

Comcast Throttling Woes Continue

Comcast Throttling Woes Continue

When Comcast began throttling BitTorrent traffic last year, they initially claimed it was an anti-piracy measure, but it's starting to look as if there might have been an ulterior motive for the throttling; keeping legitimate online video services away from their customer base.“While the BitTorrent protocol has long been used for piratical...

Amazon.com Adding Games to Software Downloads

Amazon.com Adding Games to Software Downloads

When Amazon.com opened its software download service in early January, it seemed curious that they would create a downloader app if they didn't have something larger in mind. A job posting on Gamasutra suggests Amazon will soon start a PC game download store to compliment Unbox, its video-on-demand service, and the site's MP3 download store....

Dell Set to Introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom?

Dell Set to Introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom?

There's been much speculation of late over Dell dropping some AMD selections from its catalog.  But it seems that, at least according to this story, that the speculation is far off the mark.Code-named “Heineken”, the official names of these new computers will be OptiPlex 740 and 740 Enhanced. The OptiPlex 740 comes with either a single...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT 512MB G94 Tested @ TweaktownGIGABYTE 8800GT TURBOFORCE @ Bjorn3D Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 @ InsideHW.comGigabyte X48T-DQ6: Linux On Intel's X48 Chipset @ Phoronix Processors: Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP Memory & Storage: Rosewill RX353-S BLK USB eSATA HDD Enclosure...

eBay Sellers Plan Boycott Starting Monday

eBay Sellers Plan Boycott Starting Monday

eBay sellers haven't been shy about indicating their feelings over the new policies that eBay is planning.  Then plan to show their displeasure with a boycott, starting Monday.Activists opposed to eBay's upcoming fee and policy changes are readying for a weeklong site boycott starting on Monday, with buyers and sellers waiting to see...

HD DVD Death Watch Over - Toshiba Out

HD DVD Death Watch Over - Toshiba Out

As the saying goes, it's all over but the shouting and we're sure there are more than a few heated words that are still yet to be exchanged.  Reports are continuing to flow in quickly since Friday, on the news that Walmart was stepping back from the sale of HD DVD players moving forward, offering only Blu-Ray format players by June...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sapphire HD 3850 1024 MB @ techPowerUpHIS HD 3450 & 3650 Video Cards @ 3DGameManATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Review @ Motherboards.orgATI Radeon HD 3870 + 3850 CrossFire - Mixing Video Cards @ Legit ReviewsPowerColor Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB @ HardwareZone Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI K9A2 Platinum Motherboard @ CPU3Dabit IX38 QuadGT...

Samsung SSD Enters Mass Production

Samsung SSD Enters Mass Production

If you've been following the development of the Solid State Drive, you have likely been only marginally impressed versus dazzled.  It's not hard to see the potential in SSDs, but they've been held back by size, price, and for a reason we're still trying to fathom, PATA to SATA converters that typically eat a fair amount of transfer capacity.A...

Asus Z7S WS Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek

Asus Z7S WS Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek

By now, we suspect most of you are aware of Intel’s extreme enthusiast platform – a.k.a. Skulltrail – that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness.  We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform...

S3 Announces Graphics Chrome 400 Series

S3 Announces Graphics Chrome 400 Series

S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series Sets New Standards in Energy-Efficient HD Multimedia and DirectX 10.1 Gaming The new S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series graphics processors bring the latest 3D graphics, Blu-ray and HD-DVD support to energy-efficient desktop and notebook platforms Fremont,California, 15 February 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the...

Maingear Ephex 3-Way SLI Gaming System

Maingear Ephex 3-Way SLI Gaming System

We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the design, build quality and performance of Maingear's Ephex high performance gaming system configured with 3-Way SLI technology from NVIDIA.  We were introduced to Maingear in the process of NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI launch, when NVIDIA had the company configure us a...

Wal-Mart to Dump HD-DVD.  Stick a Fork in It.

Wal-Mart to Dump HD-DVD. Stick a Fork in It.

Worse than anything else this week, perhaps worse than any news since Warner Bros. dropped HD-DVD just prior to CES ... the world's largest retailer has announced it is dropping HD-DVD.Enough about my family and on to the Wal-Mart plans… by June Wal-Mart will only be carrying BluRay movies and hardware machines, and of course standard def...

Many Young Software Engineers Prefer Startups

Many Young Software Engineers Prefer Startups

If you're a software engineer fresh out of college, most people would think you'd be interested in going to work for the biggest, most stable company you could find, and pay off those student loans. It's not necessarily the case. The fight over the best talent in the industry is being won by small, cutting edge startups that promise more intimate...

Google: Don't Be Evil -- For A While

Google: Don't Be Evil -- For A While

Google's unofficial motto is "don't be evil." It's an ambiguous, almost loopy thing to say. But when you get on that high horse, people expect you to ride it. Users have interpreted the motto all sorts of ways, and in the Internet world it's come to be mean: don't be like a real live business and assault me with advertising. But Google is...

Toshiba to Drop HD-DVD: Sources

Toshiba to Drop HD-DVD: Sources

Since Warner Bros. dropped HD-DVD just prior to CES, bad news has continued to flow for the HD-DVD group.  Price drops were said by Gartner to simply "prolong the agony," Netflix dropped HD-DVD, and Best Buy said they would begin recommending Blu-ray over HD-DVD.  Now "reliable" sources say that in the coming weeks Toshiba - the...

SCO Bailed Out...By Who?

SCO Bailed Out...By Who?

After disastrous legal troubles, which many feel the company brought upon itself, it seemed that industry mainstay SCO might be gone for good.  Luckily, that doesn't seem as if it will happen.“Stephen Norris & Co. Capital Partners said Thursday it and unnamed Middle Eastern partners will fund The SCO Group with up to $100 million...

GeForce 8 Graphics Processors to Gain PhysX

GeForce 8 Graphics Processors to Gain PhysX

And this is why analyst calls, while often dry, are a wealth of information.  In their Q4 2008 post-results conference call, NVIDIA clarified its AGEIA plans.Huang revealed that Nvidia's strategy is to take the PhysX engine and port it onto CUDA. For those not in the know, CUDA stands for Compute Unified Device Architecture, and it's...

ATI Catalyst v8.2 Hits The Web

ATI Catalyst v8.2 Hits The Web

AMD has released the latest set of Catalyst drivers for ATI Radeon based graphics cards, bringing the version number up to 8.2.  There are numerous bug fixes listed in the release notes as well as a couple of performance enhancements for current and previous-gen Radeons.  Here’s a snip from the release notes regarding performance......

NVIDIA Reports Record Results for Q4

NVIDIA Reports Record Results for Q4

NVIDIA Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Company Achieves Record Quarterly Revenue and Record Annual Revenue; Annual Net Income Increases 78 Percent Year-Over-Year SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 13, 2008— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today reported financial results...

Netflix to Offer PS3, Xbox 360 Video Streaming?

Netflix to Offer PS3, Xbox 360 Video Streaming?

Call this a rumor, but a particularly cool one.Netflix may consider extending its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature to game consoles, says one customer presented with a survey by the company. Polling its subscriber base, the rental outlet asks households if they would like to watch both movies and TV shows through either the PlayStation...

Too Much Information. Not Enough Storage

Too Much Information. Not Enough Storage

Most people deal with limited storage along with their almost unlimited desire to save pr0n things. In the digital world, the problem is compounded by the speed at which various storage formats become obsolete.  Even if you can lay your hands on a 5.25" floppy disk you have valuable things stored on, do you even have something that will...

Is Your Printer Stabbing You In The Back?

Is Your Printer Stabbing You In The Back?

Web-enabled businesses (are there any other kind any more?) are always on the lookout for security breaches, and rightfully so, as hackers are working day and night to find overlooked vulnerabilities and exploit them. But office information security managers might be forgetting one fairly large exposure to the risk of stolen information:The...

CNet In Talks To Buy Yahoo?

CNet In Talks To Buy Yahoo?

Microsoft isn't the only party interested in acquiring Yahoo, and that shouldn't come as a surprise.  What might be surprising is that CNet has allegedly already starting discussing the possibilities of a takeover.“The talks, according to the Journal are an attempt to fend off Microsoft's offer, which was initially valued at $44.6 billion.“It...

OCZ Sponsors eSports Org Cyber Evolution

OCZ Sponsors eSports Org Cyber Evolution

OCZ Technology Group Sponsors eSports Organization Cyber Evolution Sunnyvale, CA—February 13, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, today announced its partnership with Cyber Evolution® (CEVO), a premier national online gaming...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: VisionTek HD 3870 Review @ NeoseekerA sweet 16 mid-range graphics cards compared @ The Tech Report Motherboards & Chipsets: Foxconn G33M-S Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutFoxconn Mars Review @ OCC Processors: AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition @ TechwareLabsTweaking the Phenom 9600 Black Edition @ The Tech Report Memory...

ASUS U6S Ultraportable Notebook

ASUS U6S Ultraportable Notebook

If you haven't noticed the fresh link at the top of the page, we want to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware featuring ASUS’ slick U6S notebook.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, the ASUS U6S is best described as a full-featured ultraportable laptop. Except for the relatively small 12.1" LED backlit...

Firm Develops Optical Disc - for Cell Phones

Firm Develops Optical Disc - for Cell Phones

Here's an idea that - well, read it, then you decide.Indian manufacturer Spice Mobile on Tuesday introduced a phone with a built-in optical disc player, the first of its kind, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show.VMedia produces a 1.2", blue laser optical disk that holds one gigabyte per layer. Current discs have one layer, which is...

Will Olympic Ethernet Cable Detangling Be Next?

Will Olympic Ethernet Cable Detangling Be Next?

Now here's a sport we can all enjoy: Speedcabling. Contestants are given a rat's nest of six tangled ethernet cables and are timed as they try to unravel them. The very first speedcabling  event was held in an art gallery in Los Angeles. Matthew Howell is my new hero. Very Zen in his technique. "The finals were brutal - 12 ethernet cords,...

NVIDIA Completes Acquisition of AGEIA

NVIDIA Completes Acquisition of AGEIA

NVIDIA completes Acquisition of AGEIA TechnologiesSANTA CLARA, CA — FEBRUARY 13, 2008 — NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology. AGEIA's PhysX®...

Microsoft's Kindler, Gentler DRM

Microsoft's Kindler, Gentler DRM

Like Basil Fawlty telling everybody not to mention The War, while doing it himself over and over, Microsoft has a new media playback protocol called PlayReady, and it's not a DRM platform! You could waterboard a Microsoft executive but he won't utter the acronym. Don't mention the DRM platform!PlayReady has some interesting features that might...

Marvel Cancels MMORPG

Marvel Cancels MMORPG

Noooooooo!  Any chance of playing Wolverine is now "dust in the wind."Cryptic Studios has shut the lid on production for a massively multiplayer online game that would have pit Marvel comic characters together in a big melee."Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO," said Microsoft Games Studios head Shane Kim in an interview...

Rumor: Apple To Jump Into The Console Biz?

Rumor: Apple To Jump Into The Console Biz?

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Apple.Apple recently filed for a trademark extension with the US Patent and Trademark Office and this particular extension has had the industry buzzing.  Why?  It appears that the trademark covered a...

Now THAT Is One Expensive Laptop

Now THAT Is One Expensive Laptop

In what many are calling an object lesson to computer repair shops that lose customer's PCs, Raelyn Campbell has filed a $54 million dollar law suit over the loss of her $2100 laptop at Best Buy.On the surface $54 million seems like a lot, but consider what this customer was put through.  First she paid the $300 fee for the extended warranty,...

Yahoo Buys Video Service

Yahoo Buys Video Service

It appears that Yahoo has other things on their agenda besides the potential takeover from Microsoft.  What could be more important than billions of dollars?  A new video service to help Yahoo catch up to arch rival Google's YouTube.Yahoo completed the takeover of Maven Networks on Tuesday for a tidy sum of $160 million.“The deal...

Trolls Rejoice!

Trolls Rejoice!

If you enjoy randomly flaming people on the internet and have been concerned that your anonymity might be maintained, here's a piece of good news for you:“A California judge in the Sixth Appellate District in Santa Clara County last week ruled that anonymous trolls on the Internet are allowed to stay anonymous.  Along with remaining anonymous,...

Want Vista SP1?  Better Patch Today

Want Vista SP1? Better Patch Today

Along with the mundane, this month's Windows Update for Vista includes some prerequisites for Vista SP1.Speaking of Windows Vista SP1, the final two of three prerequisite updates needed to install Windows Vista SP1 will also be hitting Windows Update.  KB937287 which is the servicing stack update and KB938371 which is a multi-component...

Vista SP1 Still Pirate Friendly, Sort Of

Vista SP1 Still Pirate Friendly, Sort Of

During the development of Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, Microsoft representatives had stated on numerous occasions that the company planned to plug a number of holes in the OS to prevent pirates from circumventing the activation process or defeating the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy mechanism.  According to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes’...

AMD Unveils New Technologies For Handhelds

AMD Unveils New Technologies For Handhelds

AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experiences - AMD Unveils New Mobile TV Solution, 3D and Vector Graphics, Audio and Multimedia Technologies for Upcoming Handheld Devices - BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded...

Google Toolbar Steals 404 Pages

Google Toolbar Steals 404 Pages

There's a big dust-up today over the latest Google Toolbar beta. However, it's not like the "feature" was a secret. More on this later.According to reports at DigitalPoint forums, the latest beta release of Google Toolbar hijacks 404 pages as shown in the image above.It’s not clear from the reports as to whether this occurs only when no customized...

Russia Wins Silver Medal In Spam

Russia Wins Silver Medal In Spam

Russia has climbed into second place, behind the good ol' US of A, in producing junk e-mails, according to the security firm Sophos.  One in twelve junk e-mails in the world  is sent from Russia. China takes third, with 4.2 percent of the trash in any given inbox. "Countries that continually remain among the top spam-relaying countries...

Torrent Nazi Says: No Internet For You!

Torrent Nazi Says: No Internet For You!

Proposed legislation in Great Britain would compel Internet Service Providers to cut off Internet access to downloaders who access copyrighted material.  Users suspected of wrongly downloading films or music will receive a warning e-mail for the first offence, a suspension for the second infringement and the termination of their internet...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: V7 D22W12 22 Inch Widescreen Monitor Review @ GamePyrePowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS @ Bjorn3DHow to Crossfire Radeon HD3870 with HD3850 @ CPU3D Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5N-T Deluxe @ InsideHW.comIntel G45 & G43 Chipset Detail @ TechARPASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB review @ Elite BastardsEVGA 780i SLI Motherboard Review...

AMD Phenom Motherboard Support Update

AMD just sent over an update on the progress of motherboard support for AMD Phenom processors for those inerested in more than just the latest AM2+ motherboards.  AMD also sent info on how to check for processor support from different motherboard vendors.AMD now has 17 motherboards listed that are recommended for use with a...

Internet Ads Grow; Google Stumbles A Bit

Internet Ads Grow; Google Stumbles A Bit

IDC reports that Internet advertising revenue grew by 27%  in 2007 from the same period the previous year, totaling a whopping  $25.5 billion overall. One interesting tidbit in the report is that Google's net market share in the United States declined  0.5 percentage points, the first decline in two years for teh industry leader....

Microsoft May Not Take No for an Answer

Microsoft May Not Take No for an Answer

Yahoo! responded to Microsoft's unsolicited bid with a "no" today.  Microsoft may not take no for an answer.Calling Yahoo's decision "unfortunate," Microsoft didn't back off from its quest. "Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best...

NVIDIA Introduces APX 2500

NVIDIA Introduces APX 2500

NVIDIA Introduces APX 2500—The World's Lowest Power, High-Definition Computer on a Chip New NVIDIA Applications Processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile Combine to Enable Smartphone 2.0 MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2008—BARCELONA, SPAIN—FEBRUARY 11, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies and inventor of the GPU,...

Intel and FREEDOM4 Accelerate WiMax Deployment

Intel and FREEDOM4 Accelerate WiMax Deployment

Intel and FREEDOM4 Collabrate to Accelerate Deployment of WiMAX Network in the U.K. Intel Capital Provides Growth Capital to FREEDOM4 LONDON – Feb. 11, 2008 – In an effort to bring people faster, lower cost and a truly mobile, data broadband technology, FREEDOM4 and Intel Corporation today announced a collaboration to accelerate mobile WiMAX...

XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition

XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition

Just in case you didn't catch the fresh link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of the XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition.  As is the case with XFX’s other XXX Alpha Dog Edition cards,...

Record Label Quits, Uploads Albums to Pirate Bay

Record Label Quits, Uploads Albums to Pirate Bay

Don't get your hopes up; it's not Universal Music or even EMI.  It's a small label  from Germany, and it's already folded. Nonetheless, a few days ago Dependent records’ CEO Stefan Herwig decided to upload all the albums from his label -which mainly features aggrotech, electro-industrial and futurepop artists- onto The Pirate Bay.In...

Nvidia, Already Smart, Goes Smartphone

Nvidia, Already Smart, Goes Smartphone

Nvidia is a very successful graphics chip maker.  Two years ago they purchased PortalPlayer, who make chips for Apple's iPod, for $357 million dollars. Many in the industry wondered where Nvidia was going with the acquisition. Wonder no more. They've introduced their APX 2500, a computing chip designed for today's multimedia-ready/web-browsing ...

Netflix to Drop HD-DVD

Netflix to Drop HD-DVD

Start the funeral dirge, if you haven't already. Yet another nail in the coffin, as Netflix today announced it will only carry Blu-ray, phasing out HD-DVD titles by "roughly" the end of the year."The prolonged period of competition between two formats has prevented clear communication to the consumer regarding the richness of the high-def...

IRS Monitors eBay

IRS Monitors eBay

Big brother seems to be eyeballing eBay and other online auction sites as a method of generating further tax revenues.“The IRS issued a fact sheet in September, noting, "All income from auctions, traditional or online, and consignment sales is generally taxable." It added that "a person must report a gain from a sale whether he or she operates...

Apple Applies for Trademark Extension for Gaming

Apple Applies for Trademark Extension for Gaming

Don't get too excited yet, but Nintendo and Sony might want to start looking over their shoulders.  On Feb. 5th, Apple applied to extend its trademark protection to gaming devices.  Now what might that mean, eh?The trademark filing seeks to extend the "APPLE" (text) trademark to cover a wide swath of the gaming world, to wit:"Toys,...

Hacked Antivirus Site Delivers a Virus

Hacked Antivirus Site Delivers a Virus

Besides ironic, what other words might come to mind over this, eh?The download section of AvSoft's S-cop Web site hosts the malicious code, according to Roger Thompson, chief research officer with security vendor AVG. "They let one of their pages get hit by an iFrame injection," he said. "It shows that anyone can be a victim.... It's hard...

Coffee Cup PC Gives A Shot Of HH Morning Thunder

Coffee Cup PC Gives A Shot Of HH Morning Thunder

So you might want to file this one under "huh?" right from the get-go but allows us to expand your horizons a bit anyway.  Imagine it's 6:43AM, you're just sitting down at the breakfast table to a couple of english muffins, a bowl of grapenuts, or the lumberjack breakfast.  Whatever gets you going in the morning; you get the idea. ...

Gangs On MySpace

Gangs On MySpace

Who would have thought that gangs would eventually be recruiting new members on social networking sites such as MySpace?San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer, who speaks for the San Mateo County gang task force, said gang leaders are aware that kids like to socialize on sites such as MySpace and YouTube. "We're seeing our gangs and the resurgence...

Rumor: Yahoo To Reject MS's Offer?

Rumor: Yahoo To Reject MS's Offer?

As always, take all rumors with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denail.It's being rumored that Microsoft's proposed $44.6 billion bid to takeover Yahoo Inc.might be turned down by Yahoo's board of directors.  Perhaps the strangest news is the Google is getting involved to try to block the deal:“Leery of Microsoft...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Leadtek 8800GT @ AMDZoneXFX "Alpha Dog" GeForce 8800GT @ Boot DailyLeadtek 8800 GT 256MB aka G92 @ Bjorn3DVisionTek Radeon HD 3850 Review @ PC PerspectiveHIS HD 3870 X2 1GB GDDR3 Video Card @ 3DGameMan3870 Crossfire vs 8800GT SLI @ t-breakDesktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP Motherboards & Chipsets: Intel Skulltrail...

Microsoft Apologizes with Free V-Day Zunes

Microsoft Apologizes with Free V-Day Zunes

Remember the Red 80GB Zune that Microsoft announced in mid-January? A nice idea for Valentine's Day, especially with special limited time Zune Originals artwork. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans ....Microsoft is e-mailing customers who are on the cusp of not receiving their special Zune orders on time, saying that while they are trying their...

You Can't Tase Me, Bro! Not With ThorShield

"Don't Tase Me, Bro!" was the top quote of 2007, but we may never hear those words again.Point Blank Solutions, Inc -- the guys who make the military's Interceptor body armor -- "has entered a marketing agreement with G2 Consulting to market a line of electroshock weapon protection systems," notes Defense Update.According to Point Blank, until...

Dude, Where's My AMD?

Dude, Where's My AMD?

Word has reached us that Dell is cutting back some of their AMD-powered offerings, at least on their web site:“The big computer company said it still plans to keep selling the AMD-based machines in retail stores and over the phone and is still using its Web site to sell AMD-powered machines for business users. But Dell's shift is nevertheless...

Vista SP1: A New Can Of Worms?

Vista SP1: A New Can Of Worms?

It has been said that Microsoft rushed the development of Vista SP1 in order to help correct some of the  stability and compatibility flaws that were keeping some large customers away from the relatively new OS.  New reports from testers indicate that this rush might show itself in all new set of issues.Here's what one tester had...

Trees, Shade and Solar Panels = a Possible Crime

Trees, Shade and Solar Panels = a Possible Crime

Considering solar panels?  How is your relationship with your neighbors?  You might want to look around you and see if any neighbors have trees which may in the future shade your planned panel locations.  Technically, if they eventually do, it will be a crime.Richard Treanor planted the trees in his yard 11 years ago, but neighbor...

PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB

PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB

Just in case you just straight to the news this morning, we’re popping in to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware, in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of PNY’s XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB graphics card.  Like other 512MB GTS cards, the PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS...

Timber. Aerospace. Coffee. Silicon. Seattle

Timber. Aerospace. Coffee. Silicon. Seattle

Seattle has been a boomtown a half-a-dozen times over the years. Looks like it is again. The entrepreneurs of the digital age seemed to have settled on the Seattle area as the next big thing - the overcast version of Silicon Valley.   “The Seattle start-up ecosystem is vibrant, and growing rapidly,” said Oren Etzioni, an artificial-intelligence...

OpenID Adds Google, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo!

OpenID Adds Google, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo!

Yesterday OpenID added Google, IBM, Verisign, Microsoft and Yahoo! to the board.  Now if they could just add some "consumers."By bringing on these companies and their resources, the OpenID Foundation will now be able to better serve the needs of  the entire OpenID community. In 2008, we can expect to see a larger focus on making...

Yahoo! : Uh Oh, The Grown-ups Are Here

Yahoo! : Uh Oh, The Grown-ups Are Here

Yahoo's board of directors is reportedly meeting today to consider what to do about Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion buyout offer. There's been quite a bit of advice, unsolicited and otherwise, offered to Yahoo to avoid being taken over. The offer so far exceeds the value of the stock involved that the board would likely be blamed for...

Is Apple Planning Something Sneaky in Feb.?

Is Apple Planning Something Sneaky in Feb.?

Is Apple planning a sneaky launch event or other announcement in the last week of February?  According to TUAW, it looks like they might be.TUAW has received a tip that the company that does television for Apple's live events and Macworld is apparently hiring for an unannounced Apple event at the end of February. Keep in mind that this...

Silverthorne: Vista On 600 Milliwatts?

Silverthorne: Vista On 600 Milliwatts?

The battle for ultra-low power x86 capable CPUs is reaching amazing new heights, or perhaps 'lows' is the more appropriate term.  Just imagine a CPU that fits in a mobile device, can run Vista, and won't burn your hands or run out of battery power in about 15 seconds.The first thought is that we must be talking about something a bit on...

OCZ Releases the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB Kit

OCZ Releases the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB Kit

OCZ Releases the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB kit, One of the Fastest High Density Memory Solutions Available Sunnyvale, CA—February 7, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB, one the fastest high density kits in the world....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Palit GeForce 8600 GT Super+1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgLeadtek WinFast PX8800 GT 512MB Graphics Card Review @ X-bit Labs Motherboards & Chipsets: ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+AP Motherboard @ CPU3D MSI K9A2 Platinum Motherboard, AMD 790FX Chipset (Socket AM2+) @ Digit-LifeASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n Motherboard Review @...

Cell BE On 45nm

Cell BE On 45nm

“At an ISSCC session yesterday afternoon, IBM announced details of a smaller, lower-power version of the Cell BE processor that powers Sony's PlayStation 3. The Cell BE is currently fabricated on IBM's 65nm SOI process, but IBM will soon move the console chip onto the company's much-ballyhooed, next-generation 45nm high-k process.”The move...

Which CPU Will Have ~2 Billion Transistors?

Which CPU Will Have ~2 Billion Transistors?

The answer of course is Intel's upcoming Itanium brand CPU codenamed Tukwila.While we tend to focus a lot of our attention on the desktop market, we cannot help but be impressed by server CPUs when we hear figures like 2 billion transistors or 30 MB of on-die cache that make up a good portion of those transistors.  “The new Itanium processor...

Modu Mobile Phones: Some Assembly Required

Modu Mobile Phones: Some Assembly Required

Israeli mobile phone technology company Modu has announced their modular mobile phone system, the modu. By including only the components necessary to send and receive voice and data, their module is designed to be integrated into "modu mates," and "modu jackets": mobile phone skins and various electronic devices that need mobile connectivity....

Scan Checks At Home. Buy Your Own Toaster

Scan Checks At Home. Buy Your Own Toaster

I remember the good old days when banks would offer new customers gifts like toasters or other housewares when you opened up an account. Of course, the good old days weren't really very good, because you had to stand in line at the bank fairly often instead of using direct deposit, internet banking, credit and debit cards, and ATMs to manage...

Windows Vista SP1 RTM Leaks to the Web

Windows Vista SP1 RTM Leaks to the Web

Seriously, is anyone surprised?Paying customers may not get their hands on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 for weeks, but pirates can download the brand-new code for either today, according to searches at several BitTorrent trackers.The RTM, or release to manufacturing, versions of both operating systems can easily...

Don't Believe Everything You Read About Duke

Don't Believe Everything You Read About Duke

3D Realms made the mistake of speaking to mainstream media, meaning that what they felt was a "no comment" answer did not translate properly.  No, Duke Nukem Forever does not have a release date.I'd like to address the article the Dallas Business Journal put up today. In what appears to be an unfortunate turn of events, there seems to...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeCube Radeon HD 3870 X2 X-Turbo Dual (O.C Edition) @ HardwareZoneMSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC GeForce 8800GTS review @ TWEAK.DKASUS EN8800GTS TOP @ Bjorn3DPowerColor passive HD3870 SCS3 @ techPowerUp Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS.comASUS Maximus Extreme Mainboard Review...

AMD B3-Stepping Opterons, Helping Pirates?

AMD B3-Stepping Opterons, Helping Pirates?

According to a forum post at the IsoHunt website, the good folks at AMD were nice enough to hook up the admins with a pair of pre-production B3-stepping Opteron 2352 processors, what appear to be the first processors of their type to be "out in the wild".  AMD's B3 stepping is supposed to fix the TLB errata affecting current quad-core...

MIT: Menopausal Women Potential Supercomputers

MIT: Menopausal Women Potential Supercomputers

Researchers at MIT have developed chip architecture that runs on 70 percent less voltage than a conventional processor. The savings in power consumption would have profound effects on the battery life you could expect from portable devices. They may even require only movement and body heat to power chip-enabled sensors and communication devices....

Bing! You've Got (Someone Else's) Mail. Print It

Bing! You've Got (Someone Else's) Mail. Print It

All cubicle workers have stories about the time they hit "Reply All" instead of "Reply" and embarrassed themselves in the office. But in what might be the mother of all misdirected e-mail disasters, a lawyer representing drugmaker Eli Lilly in confidential settlement talks with the government had both Bradford Berenson, who is her co-counsel,...

Damaged Undersea Cables Impacts Global Telecom

Damaged Undersea Cables Impacts Global Telecom

A massive volume of telecommunications data flows through undersea cables.  We've seen the havoc that's created when one of them is severed, and it looks like the middle-east and western Asia are now experiencing the trouble created when 4 of them are damaged in a little less than a week.Having one cable damaged is unusual, 2 or more...

eBay to Ban Negatve Feedback for Buyers

eBay to Ban Negatve Feedback for Buyers

Starting in May, sellers will no longer be able to give buyers negative, or even neutral feedback.EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.From May, those selling on eBay will not be able to leave unfavourable or neutral messages about...

Rumor: AMD Stepping Up 45nm Timetable?

Rumor: AMD Stepping Up 45nm Timetable?

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a  grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.For those of you who've been hoping for a more competitive high-end CPU landscape, it seems that your wishes might be met as early as the end of this year:“...the inputs from trusted Far Eastern friends...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Vvikoo Geforce 8800GT Max (1Gb DDR3) @ CPU3DSamsung 743B 17-inch Monitor @ TechgageBENQ G2400W 24" LCD Monitor @ t-breakBFGTech 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: Intel Skulltrail Performance Preview @ Sharky ExtremeIntel SkullTrail Platform Review @ Motherboards.orgIntel SkullTrail Preview - Dual Core...

Microsoft Announces Two New Desktop Mice

Microsoft Announces Two New Desktop Mice

Goodbye, Boring Beige Mouse: Microsoft Recharges Peripheral Perception With Innovative New Mice New hybrid mouse delivers desktop mouse comfort with notebook mouse portability; rechargeable mouse offers high-end technology at affordable price point.REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 5, 2008 Microsoft Corp. today added two new desktop mice to its line of...

Toshiba Enhances Satellite X205-SLI with Penryn

Toshiba Enhances Satellite X205-SLI with Penryn

Toshiba Enhances Satellite X205-SLi Gaming Notebooks with New Intel 45nm Processors for Greater Performance IRVINE, Calif., (Feb. 5, 2008) — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the latest enhancements to the company’s flagship gaming notebook series — the Satellite...

Open a Roadside Toilet in Finland?  SMS!

Open a Roadside Toilet in Finland? SMS!

This is even worse than a pay toilet! In Finland, you'd better have a cell phone if nature calls. As a result of continued and endemic vandalism, the Finnish Road Administration has developed a system which allows travellers to open the doors to roadside toilets only by sending a SMS message to the number given by the Road Administration.The...

Western Digital Joins the Green Grid

Western Digital Joins the Green Grid

WD JOINS THE GREEN GRID WD Committed to Pushing Leading-Edge Hard Drive Technology to Reduce Power Consumption in Data Centers LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Feb. 05, 2008 — As a leading hard drive supplier to major enterprise, surveillance, consumer electronics and computing manufacturers worldwide, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)  announced...

FireGL V5600 vs. QuadroFX 1700 vs. FireGL V3600

FireGL V5600 vs. QuadroFX 1700 vs. FireGL V3600

Just in case you didn't catch the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a mid-range workstation-class GPU round-up at HotHardware.  We look at three cards in particular – two from ATI and one from Nvidia.  From ATI, we’ve got the new FireGL V5600 512 MB card along with the low-end...

I'm Immune To MySpace Ads. You Are Too

I'm Immune To MySpace Ads. You Are Too

There's been a lot of interest among users, the media, and potential investors about social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and others recently. But there seems to be one class of people losing interest very quickly in social networks: advertisers.There was a time when Mark Seremet considered MySpace one of the best things to happen to his...

Apple Adds Larger Capacity iPhone, iPod Touch

Apple Adds Larger Capacity iPhone, iPod Touch

Since the 16 GB iPod Touch was announced in September we all knew it was only a matter of time until Apple slapped that 16 GB into its larger brother.   Here we go, and still more.Apple® today added new models of the iPhone™ and iPod® touch which have double the memory, doubling the amount of music, photos and videos...

MacBook Air Intel Chip Going Mainstream

MacBook Air Intel Chip Going Mainstream

The small Intel Core 2 Duo chip that allows Apple to make their MacBook Air so slender is not exclusively licensed for use by Apple. Newsfactor reports that both Lenovo and Fujitsu are interested in using the 65 nanometer scale chip in their own ultrathin notebook offerings. Earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air...

Are New MacBook Pros About to Emerge?

Are New MacBook Pros About to Emerge?

Put this in the rumor category. Unconfirmed reports show 3 new MacBook Pros showing up in Best Buy's inventory.Last week, we'd heard an unconfirmed report that three new MacBook Pro models had appeared in Best Buy's inventory tracking system. Some inventory screenshots (1, 2) we received today appear to confirm this earlier report, showing...

NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA TECHNOLOGIES

NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA TECHNOLOGIES

A couple of weeks ago, news broke that AGEIA was set to be acquired, but it wasn't clear as to who the parties involved were; the initial story claimed only that it wasn't AMD.  As of a few moments ago, however, that rumor has become fact.  NVIDIA just sent word that they will be acquiring AGEIA Technologies for an as yet...

The Dutch Unveil a Gas-Pumping Robot

The Dutch Unveil a Gas-Pumping Robot

Remember the days prior to self-serve? OK, maybe none of you are that old. Well, if the Dutch have their way, we may soon been seeing "Full Serve," "Self-Serve," and "Robot Serve" prices at gas stations.Dutch inventors unveiled on Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the...

Windows Vista SP1 RTMs - But ...

Windows Vista SP1 RTMs - But ...

Don't you hate those buts?  Besides the fact that it won't release to download or Windows Update for six weeks, that old bugaboo for Vista strikes again.  Yep, device drivers.As we update our customers to SP1, we want everyone to have a great install experience.  We are going to stage our rollout of SP1 for current Windows Vista...

Micron and Intel Goose Flash Memory

Micron and Intel Goose Flash Memory

Solid-state memory is the future. Micron and Intel, working together, have brought us closer to that future with the announcement of  a new flash  memory architecture that more than doubles both read and write speeds for solid-state memory devices.IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, has developed an 8G-bit...

Monopoly: Google's Unclear On The Concept

Monopoly: Google's Unclear On The Concept

Microsoft has made a hostile takeover offer for Yahoo!. It would be difficult and time-consuming for Microsoft to try to catch up with Google in Internet searches and online advertising, but buying the moribund but prominent Yahoo! would likely vault them into a competitive second place. Google  doesn't like the idea, and is working tooth...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 13.5 @ TechARPHIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX @ TweaktownASUS EN8800GT-1GB @ t-breakAsus EAH3870X2 TOP Review @ Neoseeker Motherboards & Chipsets: ASRock ALiveDual-eSATA2 AMD Socket AM2 Motherboard with AGP and PCIe Reviewed @ OCInside.deIntel Skulltrail Platform Review - Eight Cores,...

Intel Skulltrail Unleashed: C2E QX9775 x 2

Intel Skulltrail Unleashed: C2E QX9775 x 2

During a recent meeting with Intel representatives at CES, we were informed that Intel’s ultra high-end Skulltrail enthusiast platform would finally be available for testing and evaluation in just a few weeks.  And it turned out they were true to their word.  We’ve been banging on a Skulltrail setup complete with a matched pair of...

The Dangers of Smoking: SSBB Errors

The Dangers of Smoking: SSBB Errors

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been released in Japan already, to great sales as well as some problems.  Some of the problems seem to be related to a bad habit: smoking.According to the statement, Nintendo has received complaints from Smash Bros. Brawl buyers of the Wii being unable to read their newly bought disc, or of videos chopping...

A Single Bad Boatsman Takes Down The Internet

A Single Bad Boatsman Takes Down The Internet

In this situation, "oops" doesn't cut it.  No matter what you say, "sorry" will not butter the biscuit, so to speak.  All apologies, simply isn't enough to make good on this ridiculous blunder.  OK, so maybe things were looking pretty bleak on the high seas that fateful day and a few of the rookies were a bit nervous they might...

Oops!  Italy Accidentally Legalizes MP3 Sharing

Oops! Italy Accidentally Legalizes MP3 Sharing

MP3 is a lossy format - meaning you lose quality from the original. Because of that fact, wording in a recently passed Italian law may have just made trading MP3 files legal.The law states that music or images that are at "degraded or low resolution" can be distributed on the Internet "for scientific or educational use, and only when such...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: MSI & Gigabyte HD3870 Cards @ t-breakSapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB @ Phoronix Motherboards & Chipsets: MSI K9A2 Platinum review @ TWEAK.DKMSI P35 Diamond Motherboard @ TweaktownASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n Motherboard Review @ GamepyreIntel Skulltrail and Multi-GPU Graphics @ PC PerspectiveGigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 Preview @ Motherboards.orgMemory...

Microsoft Launches a Tech Superhero Comic

Microsoft Launches a Tech Superhero Comic

Microsoft launches - not hardware or software, but a comic strip.The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"Heroes Happen Here is sponsored by Microsoft and Seagate. If the name sounds familiar, it's because...

RealPlayer Gets Labeled Badware

RealPlayer Gets Labeled Badware

A lot of users have called RealPlayer "badware," but mostly for performance reasons.  All right, all right, we're being kind; there have been plenty of complaints over Real Networks' policies before.StopBadware.org said Tuesday it has labeled two versions of the RealPlayer media player as "badware," or spyware.RealPlayer 10.5, it claims,...

Mark Zuckerberg: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Mark Zuckerberg: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Mark Zuckerberg is 23 years old. He founded the social networking site Facebook while he was still in college. He's made the mistake most bright people make when one of their notions becomes wildly popular overnight: He's thinks it has nothing to do with luck, or being in the right place at the right time.  Unchastened by his foolhardy...

Microsoft Has $45B Lying Around. Yahoo!

Microsoft Has $45B Lying Around. Yahoo!

As we've mentioned here before, Yahoo has become a huge audience without a show. Now Microsoft, who have tried for years to leverage their success selling proprietary software into some sort of presence on the Internet, has decided to get that presence the old fashioned way: They're going to buy it.Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX @ BmRNVIDIA SLI performance scaling - GeForce 8800 GT 512MB @ Elite BastardsProcessors: AMD Phenom Quad Core Processor 2.6Ghz @ CPU3DSystems:Shuttle's XPC SP35P2 Pro SFF barebones system @ The Tech Report Cases, Cooling, & Misc.: Danger Den MPC-975X Chipset Waterblock @ techPowerUpUltra...