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All News for March 2007

Apple's iPhone To Be Released On June 11

C|Net is reporting that a Cingular / AT&T wireless sale rep said that Apple's iPhone will be released on June 11.  There has been a lot of hype surrounding the iPhone since its unveiling. I guess we'll all know how much of the hype is warranted in a few short weeks. "Ever...

Asustek Reportedly To Spin-off Notebook Unit

According to a story on Digitimes today, Asustek has plans to spin-off their notebook unit under its wholly-owned subsidiary Asusalpha Computer while keeping the motherboard and game console businesses under the Asustek umbrella. "Though Dell has placed orders for around one million...

OCZ Announces SLI-Ready Modules with 1T Command Rate

OCZ Technology Announces Groundbreaking PC2-6400 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Certified Modules with 1T Command Rate Sunnyvale, CA - March 29, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to the award-winning OCZ NVIDIA SLI certified series,...

Dell Offers Complimentary Subscriptions To Theft Protection Service

We Just got word from Dell that the company is planning to offer a free subscription to a theft protection service to XPS owners... Sticky-fingered PC pilferers take note: Dell is the first notebook supplier to offer a complimentary one year subscription to theft protection service on select notebook computers. Notebook computers are venturing...

Circuit City Cuts 3400 Jobs

DailyTech is reporting that Circuit City is cutting back its workforce by about 3400 "overpaid" workers.  Employees terminated in these cutbacks will get four weeks severance pay plus they can reapply for their old jobs at a lower wage after 10 weeks.  Hopefully this won't have a negative impact on the level of customer...

Adobe CS3 Pricing Leaked?

As with any leaks of information from secret sources, take this with a grain of salt until you hear it from the source. That being said, ThinkSecret does have a very good track record for this kind of information, so it's possible this is at least very close to current plans. Read on: "Adobe plans to offer six bundles with various Creative...

Apple Boot Camp Now Vista Compatible

Apple has updated Boot Camp Beta to support 32-bit versions of Windows Vista. Keep in mind that this is a beta version and not a polished retail product so be wary of using it for anything that is absolutely critical to you or your business. If you're running Apple hardware and want to add a Vista boot option, check it out here. Boot Camp...

Catalyst v7.3 Released

ATI's Catalyst v7.3 drivers have officially hit the web.  There are a boatload of fixes for both Vista and XP integrated into this release, in addition to a number of performance enhancements for X1000 series cards.  Here are some of the more interesting details: OpenGL CrossFire Support Under Windows Vista Catalyst 7.3 introduces...

Samsung Shipping 64GB Flash Drives

If you're interested in energy efficient storage devices, consider this the dawning of a new age. Not a week passes without another company announcing a new hybrid or solid state drive (SSD). Samsung is now joining the ever-growing list of companies shipping these devices.  Here's a tidbit from their press release: "Taipei,...

Hardware Roundup

Starting off our hardware roundup is OC Workbench and their review of the ASRock ALiveNF5-eSATA2 . If you're looking for a high-end motherboard for a new Intel Core CPU, check out this review of the EVGA Nforce 680i SLI 775 A1 by Legit Reviews. Madshrimps is showing that AGP isn't dead after all, and is reviewing the AGP X1950...

Alienware Area-51 7500

We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of Alienware's quad-core powered Area-51 7500 high-end, gaming PC. Click the link below and check it out. If you don't this thing's cousins may stalk you down and adduct you! And you know what'll happen then...yikes... "Like...

More Intel Penryn and Nehalem Details Emerge

Hello All. Intel has disclosed more details regarding their upcoming 45nm High-K Penryn and Nehalem processor cores. We've got the full scoop along with some pertinent slides and explanations of the new features and technology Intel has in store for us all over the next couple of years......

OQO Updates Their UMPC & Offers Verizon Broadband Access

OQO already has a very impressive UMPC, but in an increasingly crowded market it seems that they've decided to upgrade it and offer the following: Vista support Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess technology built-in 5" Display with a native 800 by 480 resolution UniChrome Pro II IGP HDMI Port VIA C7M ULV processor Up to 1GB DDR2 Storage...

Top 5 Apple TV Hacks

It has only been a few days since the first shipments left the factory and there are already a number of hacks for the Apple TV device, from swapping out the hard drive to installing unsupported codecs. The game at Gizmodo have compiled a list of what they think are the top 5 hacks for Apple TV, complete with a video and explanations....

Let's Talk About Web 3.0

PCMag has posted an excellent article about the future of the web, or web 3.0. While this is certainly a lot of speculation, it is interesting to see what theories the movers and shakers think web 3.0 might be like: "The article begins with an imaginary girl named Lucy, whose mother has just...

10 Tips For Improving Your Wireless Network

In my daily jaunt across the web, I stumbled across this link to an article on Microsoft's website that deals with the quality of a wireless network. There are a couple of useful tips in this article, along with some common sense suggestions.  Either way, some good information for those of you looking to get the most from your WiFi....

And You Thought The iPhone Was Cool

And You Thought The iPhone Was Cool

PC World has the full scoop on a smartphone / portable media player that's set to take on Apple's upcoming iPhone, the Samsung UpStage M620. This device has some rather unique features and an innovative design that's sure to spur some discussion.        "Unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics...

Super Talent Releases 4GB Memory Kit

It seems like just yesterday having 2GB of RAM made a system an ultimate gaming rig, and now here comes Super Talent with their 4GB DDR2-800 kit. At first glance one might wonder if Super Talent is shipping memory kits with 4 1GB sticks, but thankfully the answer is no. There are two 2GB DDR2-800 memory modules in the kit, and it looks like...

NVIDIA CEO Testimony on 3dfx

NVIDIA's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang has been in federal bankruptcy court for the last few days defending his company's move to buy one-time rival 3dfx. During his testimony, Jen-Hsun has made some interesting statements regarding his motivation for the acquisition, including his thoughts on 3dfx's engineers....

Is The World Ready For 64-Bits Yet?

IT-Analysis has posted a very interesting history lesson and perspective about 64-bit computing. The memory aspect of 64-bit computing really seems to make the most compelling argument, given the increasingly high memory requirements of newer games and multimedia editing packages. Then there's multi-tasking to consider. Hopefully we'll...

IBM Finds A Way To Double CPU Cooling

In recent months the computing industry has shown a trend of moving away from making ultra-fast CPUs despite the heat (and thus fan noise) generated, to seeking more energy efficient chips. Just imagine what the chips of today would be like if they generated half the heat. Now for the OCers out there, just imagine how far your water-cooling...

EA In Music Label Deal

EA has announced a deal with Nettwerk One Music, establishing the Artwerk music label. The company is described as a "full-service music company", helping artists distribute their music. First up in their line of artists is Junkie XL who's contributed tracks to a couple different EA games....

20M Vista Copies Sold In Feb.

Microsoft sold 20 million copies of Windows Vista in February, a rather strong start according to them. In comparison, Windows XP sold 17 million copies in the two months follow its release. While the numbers are there, analysts warn it's still a little to early to gauge the OS's overall popularity, and it's also worth noting that...

OCZ Technology Releases The Trifecta

OCZ Technology Releases The Trifecta

OCZ Technology Enhances their Flash Memory Lineup with the Remarkably Versatile Trifecta Card Series - microSD, SD, and USB in One Sunnyvale, CA - March 26, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today released the most innovative Secure Digital memory solution...

Vista Prices Going Down

The good news: Prices going down... The bad news: This is for owners who have already purchased a license. "One of the best things about Windows Vista's new packaging is the fact that all retail versions of the OS are on one disc. If you have one copy of Vista, you have the code for almost...

Having Heart Surgery? Make Sure Your Doctor Has An iPod

Considering that students and businesspeople have been using MP3s to study a wide variety of subjects ranging from languages to law, is it any wonder that someone came up with the idea of teaching doctors with them? "iPods are good for your heart - at least they can help doctors make the right diagnosis of the sounds they can hear. Professor...

Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China

Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China Fab 68 in Dalian is $2.5 Billion Investment BEIJING, March 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory...

Hardware Roundup

For this all-nVidia round-up, let's start with motherboards and the new 680i LT SLI chipset. HH took a look at one here, and other publications have posted their toughts too: Nvnews Tech Report Legit Reviews [H] In non-680i LT SLI motherboard news, ThinkComputers.org is checking out the 650i powered ASUS P5N-E-SLI. Now, on to the...

NVIDIA nForce 680 LT SLI

Today, NVIDIA is looking to fill the gap between the 650i SLI and 680i SLI chipsets with a new product, the nForce 680i LT SLI. This chipset, which is a trimmed down version of the full-blown 680i SLI, is targeting the $199 price point. But even though it's priced more affordably, the 680i LT SLI doesn't skimp on features, overclockability...

What To Do With $1,000,000 - Buy A Laptop

What do you do when you've got a cool million dollars burning a hole in your pocket?  Well, buy a new laptop of course!  And we're talking about using the whole million dollars here, not just a few grand. Apparently, Luvaglio of London is selling custom built, hand-made laptops for $1,000,000. No work on specs or features,...

12 Ways To Pimp Your Office

12 Ways To Pimp Your Office

The headline here says it all.  We've all heard of Pimp My Rig, Pimp My Ride and now we have "Pimp My Office"...  Youz gots ta love it... My personal favorite accouterment... "I'm not going to claim that a fancy desk or a weird chair is going to magically improve your creativity and productivity - but I am damn sure,...

Creative Xi-Fi Coming To An Express Card Slot Near You Soon

One of the features of the Sound Blaster Xi-Fi that many have wished for in a laptop sound card was the simply amazing positional audio support for headphone users. It seems it shall finally come to pass. "The new Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook card forgoes the PCMCIA interface and instead uses the Express Card interface. The card...

ASUS To Release PCI-Express Sound Card

Many companies and haven risen to challenge the almighty sound-card maker that we all know as Creative Labs. Sadly, not too many of them have success that lasts more than a generation or so. So who is next and how long will they last? Well the who is ASUS. How long, might be up to debate, but ASUS is a company that has plenty of other business...

WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB Hard Drives

WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB Hard Drives

Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard...

It's The Batteries, Stupid

Scientists at Waseda University in Japan have come up with a nifty battery. It's made from polymers, it's only 200 nanometers thick, and it's flexible. Peter Skabara, an expert in electroactive materials at the University of Strathclyde, UK, praised the high stability and fabrication...

PS3 Is Curing Alzheimers

After the rollout frenzy just before Christmas, the Sony Playstation 3 game console has sort of lost its buzz. But it is doing something that the other consoles aren't. As you may know, Stanford University researchers have ingeniously decided to use the latent computing power of a network of web connected desktops and now game consoles,...

NBC And Newscorp: No YouTube. MeTube

NBC Universal and Newscorp are teaming up to offer their content on their own video website. They'll be offering full length programs, paid for by advertising, just like broadcast. They've invited other networks to join them as well. Since Viacom is already suing YouTube for a billion dollars over showing their copyrighted material,...

PC World Names The 10 Worst PCs of All Time

There is a fun article over on PC World's site that lists the 10 worst PCs of all time. Then again, I guess it's only fun if you've never owned one of the lemons featured in the article.  There are some surprising and no-so surprising entries in the list.  As someone who sold a few of these heaps, I can attest to their...

Asus and Gigabyte Joint Venture Ends

A few months ago, Asus and Gigabyte announced that they'd be entering into a joint venture to build Gigabyte-branded motherboards and graphics cards.  An initial investment of $244M dollars was to be made, with Gigabyte owning 51% of the company.  It turns out the plan wasn't such a great idea and deal is off. "A spokesman...

Remember Students, Wikipedia Is Not Always Reliable

Wikipedia is a great source of information, few would argue against that. The accuracy of the information is a whole different matter though, and it's a problem that's starting to trouble some teachers. The ability for anyone to edit almost any article is a double-edged sword for Wikipedia. It allows for massive amounts of information...

Intel Aligns New Technologies To Enhance PC Network Management Capabilities

Intel Aligns New Technologies To Enhance PC Network Management Capabilities New Products from Intel, Microsoft Build on New Industry Management Specifications SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation will make managing business PC networks less costly and simpler by aligning Intel vPro technology with the newly released versions...

Nokia To Buy Palm?

Palm, one time king of the PDAs, might be looking or a buyer if a report from cnbc.com is accurate. Recent years haven't been kind to Palm, as rival Microsoft has gobbled up a large portions of the evolving smartphone market. It looks like Nokia might want a piece of the pie. "Palm is...

Virtual Ubiquity Using Flash For Buzzword

The world of doing your word processing on the 'net is officially here, no doubt about it. But how do developers make the programs that people are using these days? While the traditional CD or DVD based (or even large download) software is often written with some variant of the tried and true C programming language, this approach may not...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup: It seems like every site is taking a look at an intel 680i SLI powered board today, and for good reason too: these boards are just amazing.  Today Bjorn3D takes a look at one from EVGA. While the next review is certainly and Intel powered desktop, it's actually an Apple Mac Mini featuring a core duo...

Sliced Bread? Pfft.

The true test of the potential impact of a breakthrough product is watching the demonstration and wondering if it's a hoax. I defy you to watch the demonstration video for this Silverbrook Research printer and tell me you're not astounded at what you're seeing. And then wondering if it can possibly be true: A printer for under...

CSO Employment On The Rise. Can Ninjas Be Far Behind?

You've got your CEO, CFO, Division Managers and so forth. CIO came with the importance of electronic communications and the internet. But now we add another title to the alphabet soup of corporate management: CSO, or Chief Security Officer. Research from the Economist Intelligence Unit...

Welcome To Scotland Where Everything Is Green, Even The Supercomputers

It looks like the trend of making more energy efficient PCs has spread from common laptops, desktops and servers, all the way up to supercomputers.  The system is designed for defense and scientific research. "Called Maxwell, the computer has been built at the University of Edinburgh and uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) in place...

Game Informer Magazine Confirms Xbox 360 Elite?

So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current...

Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge

Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge PC Design People's Choice Awards Runs Parallel to $1 Million Industry Competition for Stylish Computers Built with Intel Core 2 Duo Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com and vote for their favorite...

New Hardware Offloaded BIT Torrent Client Built into Killer NIC

New Hardware Offloaded BIT Torrent Client Built into Killer NIC Killer NIC's Network Processing Unit can now download files while you game Austin, Texas (PRWEB) March 20, 2007 -- Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows...

Intel Releases Energy Star Implementation Guidelines

Intel Releases Energy Star Implementation Guidelines New paper developed in conjunction with the EPA designed to aid system integrators in developing more energy-efficient platforms SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S....

Adobe Won't Makes Vista Patches

Informationweek has an article about Adobe deciding that they're not going to lift a finger to alter existing products to make them more compatible with Windows Vista. Some might be quick to point out that Adobe and MS have had issues over Vista & Office 2007 features, but do keep in mind that Adobe had a similar policy when they announced...

Hardware Reviews From Around The Web

ExtremetTech takes a look at the Bigfoot Killer K1. This is a scaled down version of original Killer NIC and lacks the ability to run FNA Apps without a pay-for upgrade. Staying with ExtremeTech and moving from the world of high powered network cards to CPUs, have a look at their review of the AMD Athlon X2 6000+. For reference, HotHardware...

Apogee Screwed Up Duke Nuk'em Forever?

For those still holding your breath for DNF, ye of great faith, it looks like the game might still see the light of day. It turns out that 3D Realms was simply trying too hard to beat some really impressive games. It might seem a tad bit strange at first, given that Duke 3D relied more on a sense of humor than anything technically impressive....

AMD Might Be Looking To Outsource Some 45 nm Work

AMD has been working very hard for several years now to catch up to Intel when it comes to developing and perfecting new manufacturing process technology. New process technology allows more transistors to be packed into the same physical area, which can relate to more features and performance in a given chip and/or more chips per material...

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times - Apple TV

Apple has started shipping their much anticipated wireless set top box for showing downloaded content from its iTunes store. Here, take your pick: It's going to take over the industry. They wont be able to give them away. Apple is hoping that its set-top box will be able to transform the market for internet television in much the same...

Audience Questions Weapon Selection

Hollywood has a very poor track record with this genre, but New Line Cinema has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on the wildly popular Gears of War game. Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface...

Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF

Hello Everyone.  We just wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Corsair's current flagship desktop DDR2 memory kit, the Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF. This 2GB memory kit is rated for operation at an impressive 1250MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings. Here's a snip from the article:...

Hormel No Longer The King Of Spam. Whois Is.

When you register a domain name, you have to give them all sorts of contact information about yourself, or risk losing the domain outright. It's become a rich repository of information for all sorts of people, including spammers. Should you be allowed to register domains privately? Privacy...

What Does This Button Do?

A computer tech working at the Alaska Department Of Revenue made a boo-boo. How big a mistake? How about erasing applicant information for an oil revenue fund with 38 billion dollars in it. For an encore, he reformatted the back-up drive, too.   Nine months worth of applicant information...

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees. But Apples Do

Apple's newest advertising strategy alleges that Macs are superior to PCs, in that they'll save users money. The company claims that Mac's aren't only cheap, but that they're also good for business because they are easy to use and are not prone to viruses. Apple has also proven its value as a company, as some analysts expect...

GeForce 8950 GX2 Coming Soon?

Theo from The Inquirer uncovered a product that suggests a dual-PCB GeForce 8 series card is on the way. According to information ascertained while inspecting a slim-line liquid-cooling aparatus in AlphaCooling's booth at the Planet Reseller event, a GeForce 8950 GX2 is in the works. "We...

Fujitsu Sub-Notebooks Get A $1300 SSD Option

DailyTech has an interesting story about Fujitsu offering a $1300 Samsung-made solid-state disk (SSD) to 2 of their sub-notebooks.  How much portable storage does one get for $1300?  According to the article: 32GB. "Fujitsu today announced that it will begin making SSD optional on two of its ultra-portable notebook computers....

AMD Looking For 32 nm & 22 nm Engineers

In a job posting on AMD.com, it seems that the company is already looking for engineers to take on the challenge of the always shrinking die. AMD has started shipping 65 nm CPUs a few months ago, and one would imagine that 22 nm is probably a few years out at the least. "DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:...

Intel Slashes Prices Before Barcelona

It's a fairly safe assumption that both AMD and Intel have a good idea what is going on with the other company, especially when it comes to products that are due to see the light of day soon. This means that Intel probably has a very good idea of what to expect from AMD quad-core CPUs that are due out in few short months. So what does...

The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Ships For PS3

PC and XBox 360 owners have been enjoying Oblivion for over a year now(especially me!), and now Playstation 3 gamers have the opportunity to save Tamriel as well. Bethesda has announced today that the PS3 version of the game has begun shipping to stores in North America. The PS3 version contains the full game, as well as the mini...

Get Your Dirty Hands Off My Network!; Computer Hijackings On The Rise

Symantec estimates that computer hijackings have risen 30% in the last year. Crackers hijack computers in order to send out spam e-mails, viruses, and other malicious software and according to further studies from Symantec, more then a third of attacks in the second half of 2006 originated from within the United States. While the number of...

Interview: ATI's Phil Rogers

ExtremeTech has an interesting interview posted today with AMD/ATI's Phil Rodgers. They talk about Vista driver performance, the future of the Catalyst Control Center, and there's also a lot of talk regarding DX10.   "Well, I believe we still have 10+ years of active development left in GPU architecture before we come close to...

Killer App

Colin Campbell over at Business Week interviews Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the wildly successful Gears of War. It's a worthwhile inside look at how game designers coordinate their efforts with their original vision to deliver a killer product on time. There are many games - some of them might even be good games - that have spent...

Eurocom Launches DTR Notebook with 1066MHz FSB, RAID 5, C2E

Eurocom Launches World's First Workstation-Class Gaming Notebook with FSB1066, 600GB of HDD with RAID 5, Intel Pentium Core 2 Extreme and Nvidia modular MXM-HE SLI technology. Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the EUROCOM D900C PHANTOM FSB1066 Mobile...

And The Country With The Most 'Net Hooligans Is...

Ladies and gentleman, the award for the country with the most 'net hooligans goes to: The United States. At first glance this might seem to be suspect information, but the study was conducted by the trustworthy folks who make Norton Anti-Virus (amongst other products), Symantec. "Researchers...

Is AMD Trying to Get Into Apple's CPU Socket?

The rumors of an AMD based Apple PC have been going around since at least the time of the original Athlon launch, and possibly even earlier. To date that is all they are, rumors. However, with ATI being a long-time Apple supplier, and now part of AMD, anything is possible. Do keep in mind while you're reading this, that Apple has often...

Google Should Go Black To Go Green

There are certainly a lot of assumptions in there, but an interesting read nonetheless. Perhaps the funny thing is that this site, which will undoubtedly find itself getting hit a few hundred thousand times isn't very black. It is, in fact, rather white for most part. Let's assume......

You Tube And The Laughing Academy Awards

You Tube announced they're starting an awards show for the best videos uploaded to the site. Your friends at HotHardware wish you luck with your uploaded videos, but predict the folks walking down the red carpet to get a statue will be somewhat less glamorous than those chosen for motion pictures....

Folding@home SMP For Windows Beta

After a long wait, the new Folding@home client is here.  No more need to run multiple consoles to get all those cores cranking away.  Keep in mind that HH is team number 32407. "We are pleased to announce the release of our Folding@Home Windows SMP client to open beta! Please keep...

Hey Pal, Stick This Monitor In Your USB Port

Just when you were wondering what you were going to plug into your new motherboard with its 20 USB ports, along comes a product from the likes of DisplayLink and Samsung with your answer: 5 USB monitors of course! "PALO ALTO, CALIF. - March 14, 2007 - DisplayLink Inc. today announced that Samsung, a world leader in computer displays,...

Albatron Shows Off Mini-ITX AM2 Board

Perhaps the only Mini-ITX AM2 motherboard on the planet at this time, the KI960-AM2 has a lot going for it other than a name that sounds like some top-secret military hardware. The board seems to have almost everything one could reasonably expect in such a small form factor and then some. Here's what Charlie from theinquirer.com had to...

AMD To Spoil Santa Rosa Launch?

Over the past few years, AMD has moved from making value chips to having a pair of serious runs as the performance king in the desktop arena and finally making serious inroads into the server market. The only market where AMD was not able to move beyond their beachhead was in the Intel-dominated land of laptops. Unfortunately for AMD, laptops...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

AMD is working hard on bringing together two of their next generation technologies: Fusion and Torrenza. It's been long since thought that Fusion, a GPU that can share room on die with the main CPU, would do well in a laptop platform. So what is chief rival, Intel, doing? Making their own standard, of course!...

iPod Vs. Zune, Mac Vs. PC - Bean Counters Lie

iPod Vs. Zune, Mac Vs. PC - Bean Counters Lie

Some folks spend a lot of time listening to market analysts for financial advice.  While this is generally a good idea for fund managers and the like, it's always best to backup that data with your own research before you go making any life altering decisions with your own hard-earned cashola. Even if you just like to dabble in the...

GeCube To Spread DX10 Joy To AGP Owners Everywhere

If you're still using an "older" computer with AGP and have been stressing out about DirectX 10 cards, worry no more mon ami! GeCube is planning to satisfy your lust for a new graphics card without the need of adding other costly components such as a new motherboard, CPU(s), and/or memory....

Samsung Readies New Q1

Considering that this device isn't a whole lot larger than the Nokia N-Gage, it has very impressive stats: "The Q1 Ultra will be riding on Intel's Centrino platform, codenamed Santa Rosa, and will be sporting a new Core 2 based processor running at a mere 800MHz. Intel's 965 chipset will...

AMD To Get Out The Elmer's?

AMD has been working hard on making native multi-core CPUs while rival Intel has been using a leapfrog technique. The technique Intel has been using is to essentially "glue" two existing cores together and then work on a native design for the following generation. AMD initially snorted derisively at this approach, but it appears...

Can Computers Decide When Humans Should Live Or Die?

According to researchers, a simple formula calculated by a computer could be more effective then asking loved ones whether or not to 'pull the plug'. The program predicted the wishes of a patient accurately 78% of the time where as surrogates only made accurate decisions 68% of the time. Besides being more accurate then a surrogate,...

Spyware Peddlers? Keystroke Thieves? Hangin's Too Good Fer 'Em

A bipartisan bill to outlaw various spyware activities, that passed 395-1 when voted on in the House of Representatives in 2005, has been re-introduced by its co-sponsors Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill would protect "Americans from Internet crime while not impinging on software development," Lofgren said in a statement....

Zoho. Zoho. Online To Work We Go. No Office Suite, Got Google Beat. Zoho. Zoho.

Microsoft Office costs a ransom. Google Apps is so "Beta" you might as well program it yourself. A useful, inexpensive web-based productivity suite is perhaps the most intensely desired vaporware in the history of ones and zeros. Well, Adventnet thinks they've got the answer, and they call their online/offline compatible suite...

What To Get The Geek Who Has Everything? A $1500 Keyboard!

While the Optimus Maximus keyboard has been in the public eye for a while now, what has been an unknown quantity is the price. It turns out the keyboard will go for a whopping $1490. "The Art.Lebedev Studio, the company responsible for the vaporous Optimus keyboard, unveiled press shots of...

Need Justification For Purchasing A PS3? Look No Further

If you're having difficulty justifying the purchase of a PS3 to your significant other or parents, then HH is here to give you one more argument to help you out. Try taking the high ground and tell the other party that you will use the console to help fight cancer. If they check your temperature or otherwise indicate that they might think...

Trying To Make Port 80 Porn Free

Clean Port 80, a group created by SCO chairman Ralph Yarro, is trying to keep websites with pornographic content from using port 80, the main HTTP port, in order to contain the proliferation of porn on the internet. Clean Port 80's main argument is that the internet is comparable to a TV with only one channel on which pornography or other...

OCZ Technology Unveils Next Generation PC Technology at CeBIT 2007

OCZ Technology Unveils a Wealth of Next Generation PC Technology at CeBIT 2007, Demonstrating Leadership Across the Board Innovative, New Generation Technology Showcased at the OCZ Booth in Hall 21, Stand A32 CeBIT 2007 - Hannover, Germany - March 15, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance...

I'm Not A Netflix Stalker; I'm A Netflix Admirer!

Netflix video rental has grown into a very big business, shipping 1.5 million DVDs a day to its subscribers. Along the way, it's spawned a luxuriant undergrowth of hackers of its service. Netflix has established a sort of symbiotic relationship with them, and takes the good (fanatical interest in the business, good ideas for features)...

Hey Al Gore: Your Internet's Busted

Fascinating whitepaper report (pdf) over at Stanford University on a proposal to rebuild the internet from scratch. The ad hoc elements that make the internet a marvelous wild west of information are rubbing up against the limits of the infrastructure. Can we do better if we start over? Will the big players let you, even if you do come...

PC Industry Rallying Behind DTX Specification

PC Industry Rallying Behind DTX Specification to Enable Small Form Factor Adoption - Open Standard Allows OEMs and ODMs to Innovate and Develop Smaller, Quieter and More-Efficient Desktop Systems - CeBIT - Hannover, Germany -- March 15, 2007 --Further demonstrating its commitment to lead the world to energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE:...

Corsair Demos DDR-3 For Bearlake

Corsair is reading DDR3 memory modules in preparation for the impending launch of Intel's Bearlake chipset.  It seems Corsair is not only planning on supporting 1333MHz DDR3 with Bearlake, but is also prepping DDR3-1600 modules as well. "There are 800 and 1066 flavours here, and 1333 running in the labs. Corsair will not...

Netgear Taking On Apple TV

If you've been thinking about purchasing an Apple TV, then you might want to look at the new EVA8000 from Netgear first. Here's a snip from their product release announcement: "The Digital Entertainer HD automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple computers,...

Pictures Of New Commodore PCs Surface

The Register has a look at the new Commodore PC gaming rigs. The specs are great, but the amazing paint jobs really catch the eye.  It wouldn't be a stretch to say that these new PCs look a lot like some of the earlier Alienware and Voodoo rigs. "CeBIT Commodore's eagerly anticipated Cxx gaming PC will sport an Intel Core 2 Extreme...

Dell And Alienware Dealing Out Terabyte Machines

Starting today, Dell and Alienware(R) customers purchasing select XPSTM , AuroraTM and Area 51(R) gaming desktop computers can super-size their storage space by adding the world's first consumer one terabyte (TB) hard drive from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The extra hard drive capacity provides enough space to store an incredible...

Looking For A Quad-Core Laptop? Meet Montevina

Intel is going to bring 802.11n and quad-core to the the mobile masses in 2008 with their Montevina platform.  Check out what DailyTech has to say: "Intel guidance this week revealed that a number of changes have taken place. Intel will offer two versions of its 2008 mobile platform -- Montevina Fundamental and Montevina Professional."...

Dell Survey Asks 'What Is Your Favorite Linux Flavor?'

Dell has acknowledged the fact that some consumers want laptops and desktop pre-installed with Linux and has launched a poll to ask what Linux features consumers want most. Dell has not announced a definite commitment to selling PCs with Linux pre-installed, but the Linux survey may bring the company one step closer to embracing the penguin....

Intel To Lower Quad-Core Prices As AMD's 'Barcelona' Approaches

It appears Intel will be cutting prices on its quad-core CPUs leading up to the release of AMD's native quad-core Barcelona family of processors. The price war between Intel and AMD, a constant conflict which culminated last year when Intel released its Core 2 and AMD cut prices on its Athlon 64 X2 products, will most...

Super Talent Announces SATA Solid State Disk Drives

Super Talent Announces SATA Solid State Disk Drives Flash Based Drives in up to 128GigaByte Capacity in Three Standard Form Factors San Jose, California - March 14, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a full range of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives with an industry...

Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced

Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced Mary Masterman of Oklahoma City Awarded $100,000 Intel Scholarship SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 - Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary...

Killing People In Their Living Rooms From Your "Live" Desktop

Microsoft has 6 million console users on its "Live" online gaming service, and announced that starting on May 8th, you can join in using your desktop computer. Cross-platform mayhem here we come. This development has been foreshadowed by Microsoft for some time, with their ultimate aim of letting you play almost anywhere, or at the...

Seagate Wants To Put 1-TB In Your Pocket

Pay attention class, there will be an exam at the end of the lesson. Presently the portable hard drives top out at 120GB and grow 40% larger every year. This means that the mighty Seagate 750GB drives of today will fit in your pocket in just under 6 years, and the TB barrier will be broken wide open in 7. That is, if the math holds. With flash...

Seagate Momentus Drive Goes Monumental

Seagate cranks it up a notch with their latest Momentus 7200.2 drive: Perpendicular recording 3.0Gb/sec Enhanced shock protection 40GB larger capacity than prior Momentus 7200.2 drives   "Seagate Technology today announced the worldwide availability of the Momentus 7200.2, its 2.5-inch...

$350 To Get Flashed? Where Can We Sign Up?

Here's some good news for laptop users and/or anyone willing to mount laptop drives in their desktops: SanDisk's 32GB 2.5" is not going to ship at $500 per drive as earlier reports suggested. How much would you pay? $600? $700? $1000!?! No way! SanDisk is saying the drives will only cost $350. Sure the drive is a little short in the...

Drafting Drafting Drafting, 802.11n Keeps On Drafting...*Sigh*

Committees, working groups an' drafts? Oh my! Whatever happened to just getting work done? Just a few years ago wireless networking standards were growing by leaps and bounds. Fast forward to today, and the standards are mired in committees that are looking to release small steps that aren't a whole lot better than proprietary answers...

If We Get Rid Of The Refrigerator, We Can Play Gran Tourismo For Six Hours

A Playstation 3 isn't cheap to buy. But your friends down at HotHardware thought we'd research what it costs to run it, too. We visited Sust-It, a website that helps people choose energy efficient appliances in Great Britain. A Playstation 3 uses 380 watts of power while it's running! That's more than twice the power consumption...

GameSpy To Aid Wii Multiplayer

GameSpy, originally QSpy has been around in the PC gaming world for some time now, helping to bring hours of joyful fragging to the masses. GameSpy's popularity hasn't escaped Nintendo's interest, and now Nintendo is looking to pair GameSpy with their WiFi multiplayer service. Things should go smoothly as Nintendo and...

Core Based Pentiums and Celerons Coming In June?

According to HKEPC, and one of their Taiwanese inside-sources, Intel plans to launch new Celeron and Pentium processors in June based on the Core microarchitecture. These new processors would differ from the Core 2 Duo in their cache sizes and bus speeds, but would still offer significant performance improvements over current Netburst-based...

Get Off My Virtual Lawn, Or I'll Get My Rocket Launcher

Video game consoles are not just for kids anymore. 37 Percent of adults connected to the web own a video game console. That number is expected to increase, as the major manufacturers attempt to make the consoles as common as a television, even for people who are old enough to have done everything you can make a Sim do. "As game consoles have...

CSI Internet?; Secret Service To Open National Computer Forensics Institute

In order to combat crime in a world dominated by technology, the Secret Service has announced the opening of the National Computer Forensic Institute. The institute, to be built in Hoover, Alabama, is scheduled to open in 2008. The plan is to turn out about 900 computer forensic law enforcement officers each year. High-tech training is increasingly...

Seagate Introduces Encrypted Hard Drives

Seagate, the worlds largest hard drive manufacturer, has developed hard drives equipped with encryption capabilities making it impossible to read or boot an equipped hard drive without authentication. By requireing a password or key before the hard drive even boots, encrypted drives offer a new level of security to help maintain security...

Google+YouTube+Viacom = Court TV

Viacom, purveyors of fine video entertainment such as SpongeBob Squarepants, among many others, is not happy. They've been in negotiations with YouTube's parent company, Google, to allow their content to appear for a cut of revenue. They've decided to go the direct route instead: Sue Google for a billion dollars worth of copyright...

Estari Is Making Dual Touch-Screen Notebooks

Estari Is Making Dual Touch-Screen Notebooks

Keats must have had a vision of the new Estari notebook when he wrote "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". "Today's announcement that Estari, Inc. ( http://www.Estari.com ) is accepting orders for their new model of the patented Dual Screen(TM) Laptop Computer will revolutionize the way professionals do work outside the office....

Fable 2 To Feature Sex, Guns, And Diaper Changes?

Legendary game designer Peter Molyneux has mentioned that upcoming X-Box 360 title Fable 2 will have some very interesting features: Guns Marriage Highly interactive canine companion Sex Larger levels Condoms More levels Having virtual children Will divorce be a feature in an expansion or PC port? "It will occur 500 years later than the first...

ECS Next Generation Bearlake Motherboards Unveiled

ECS' Next Generation Bearlake Motherboards Unveiled at CeBIT 2007 New Intel chipsets create powerful solutions for enthusiasts, enterprise and digital home users Milton Keynes, England, 13 March, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, will reveal their first...

Adobe Ditches Some Of Their DRM

While currently this news only affects Acrobat 8 volume licenses on the Windows OSes, it seems like a good step in the right direction. For those who have been having upgrade issues with single user versions of Acrobat, hang in there. "Effective immediately, all Acrobat 8 for Windows installation media will be provided with ALM disabled. The...

Blind But Want To Watch Mr. Bean? IBM To The Rescue!

If you're blind and have been missing out on the joys of Mr. Bean or The Three Stooges, then IBM has something to show you: a new narration technology that reads metadata and tells users what's happening on a compatible video clip. Nyuck-nyuuck! "The tool, which works with Microsoft's...

OCZ Technology Announces the 1010 Watt GameXStream PSU

OCZ Technology Announces the 1010 Watt GameXStream Power Supply Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the addition of an 1010W power supply to the GameXStream family. Building on the acclaimed performance and...

Asus EAX1600PRO/I/256M/A & EN7600GT/HDTI/256M/A

Hello Everyone. We wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, bundles, and performance of two HDMI-equipped cards from Asus, the EAX1600PRO/I/256M/A and the EN7600GT/HDTI/256M/A. As their names imply, these cards are powered by ATI's Radeon X1600 Pro and NVIDIA's GeForce 7600...

Put The Mouse Down!; New Web Addiction Clinics Open Across China

In reaction to the rising number of Chinese youth addicted to the internet, many new centers have opened to help treat these addiction such as The Internet Addiction Treatment Center in China's Daxing county. Half boot-camp and half rehab center, the center uses military discipline coupled with therapy to help treat teens and...

Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt Xeons

Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt Xeons

Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt, High-Performing Quad-Core Server Processors Processors Represent Nearly Ten-Fold Power Consumption Improvement in Less than 2 Years SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 12, 2007 - Further expanding its quad-core processor family line-up, Intel Corporation today announced two energy-efficient 50-watt...

Intel Announces New Venture In Flash Hard Drives

Today, Intel announced it's entry into the realm of flash hard drives with the introduction of the Z-U130. The Z-U130 will come in sizes ranging from 1 to 8 GBs and according to Intel, will have a sustained write speed of 28Mb per second; average magnetic platter hard drives sport write speeds varying from 30 to 75MB per second. Furthermore,...

NVIDIA Gelato Delivers Hair-Raising Results

NVIDIA GELATO 2.1 FILM QUALITY RENDERING SOFTWARE DELIVERS "HAIR-RAISING" RESULTS Powerful GPU-Accelerated Final-Frame Rendering Software Adds New Features for Joe Alter's Shave and a Haircut, and Autodesk Maya 8.5 and 3ds Max 9.0 Software SANTA CLARA, CA - March 12, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader...

VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use

VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use at the Green California Exposition Power efficient and carbon free processor platforms enable up to 50% power saving in computing devices for institutions and businesses Taipei, Taiwan, March 12, 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and...

Corsair Showcases Families of Products at CeBIT Germany

Corsair Showcases Families of Products at CeBIT Germany -- Spot dazzling display of Corsair flagship memory, power supply and consumer flash products in action, March 15-21, Booth B38, Hall 21 -- Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive...

Intel Reacting to Barcelona?

Intel releasing a chip ahead of time is usually a sign of stiff competition, something that they haven't had a lot of for several months now at the high-end. What's known to be coming down the pipe from AMD is their quad-core Barcelona, which may or may not give Intel's finest some competition. Being that Intel and AMD both have...

My Leg For An In-Game Ad-Blocker

Perhaps this is a mixed blessing. If say, Duke Nukem Forever ever comes out, would you really care if Duke is wearing Levis?  If that was the only way the game would ever see the light of day, would people pay that price?  If they do, will the trend go overboard and make us wish for in-game ad-blockers?...

Those Wacky Romanians. What Will They Think Of Next?

eWeek has a funny story about a self-described "Romanian" hacker who posted 15 e-bay users' sensitive personal and financial information on an e-bay forum, along with a bunch of taunts. By "funny," I mean only if you're not those 15 people. For them, it's more like:"very bad." "read many opinions here.......

Mmmm. AMD Pie

USA Today, the newspaper with the pie-chart fetish, says AMD might be running out of pie, and the oven is filled with Intel chips right now, and we're in danger of only having Intel pie to eat in the future. AMD's fall has wiped out about $10 billion in shareholder wealth. Analysts say the exodus will likely continue until the company...

Today's The Day. Did the Sky Fall?

Today is the day we're all supposed to turn our clocks ahead for Daylight Saving's Time, and if you listened to some tech. analysts, today is also supposed to be riddled by widespread computer problems, locusts, wildfires, and all sorts of mayhem. "This is nice for after-dinner...

Persuade It

Persuade It

My cousin writes news for you here, twice a day, 5 days a week.  He's a very good writer, a charismatic sort, colorful in every respect.  I was going to dig around the net and find you something technically stimulating to read about this evening but instead I thought, why bother? We all need a little inspiration once in...

DirectX 9 vs. DirectX 10, A Reason To Consider Vista

DirectX 9 vs. DirectX 10, A Reason To Consider Vista

Ever wonder what sort of real, tangible visual effects DX10 will bring to your gaming experience? Sure there have been a few screen shots and demos here and there that have popped up around the net but none as impressive perhaps as those seen here...    DX9 Left, DX10 Right, MS Flight Simulator X "One of the main (only?) improvements...

AMD and Architecture for Humanity Announce World's Largest Architecture Prize

AMD and Architecture for Humanity Announce World's Largest Architecture Prize at TED 2007 - First Ever Open Architecture Prize to Create Innovative New Designs in support of 50x15 Vision - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- March 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year's TED Prize and founder of Architecture...

Intel Shares Info On Phase Change Memory

Intel, after recently reviewing its memory technology roadmap, speculated that phase change memory (PCM) will possibly be available by the end of the year. Phase change memory can run faster and be manufactured smaller then DRAM memory and as a result Intel believes it may possibly one day replace flash memory. Flash memory can become...

Intel VIIV vs. AMD LIVE!

Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article pitting two nearly identical systems from HP against each other, one compliant with Intel's VIIV guidelines, the other with AMD's LIVE!. We compare and contrast the features and performance of the two platforms using a number of games, benchmarks, and real-world applications. Here's...

Flipstart A Flop?

The idea of a very capable portable PC small enough to make Libretto users jealous is certainly appealing. There are, however, quirks and a hefty price tag involved. "Announced this week by Paul Allen-backed FlipStart Labs, the FlipStart is what the company calls a super compact PC but is also what most in the industry refer to as a micro-PC....

Microsoft Wants To Overwrite Your Wedding Pictures

Say what you want about Microsoft, but they sure pick out big game to hunt. Now they've announced they want to kill the JPEG format, using their HD Photo format. That's like replacing running water at this point. Microsoft claims that "this new, next-generation digital image format...

Gateway Execs Guilty Of Manipulating Earnings

What's worse?  The fact that these guys were shamming investors or were so lacking in creativity that they named their plan "deep, deep, s..."? "According to the SEC complaint, Todd used "improper and extraordinary transactions" as part of a plan to "close the gap" between analysts' expectations and Gateway's revenues. Manza...

Lappy Math 102: Apple + Sub-Notebooks = Flash?

The Register is reporting that Apple's first sub-notebook in almost a decade might very well come with a flash drive: "Rumours that Apple is working on a sub-notebook computer were given weight this week when a Wall Street analyst claimed the ultra-compact MacBook will use Flash...

Hey Rockefeller! Whatcha Browsing With?

If you're working in a small to medium sized business, (SMB) what are you browsing the web with? While Apple and Linux noisily fight with each other over the ten percent of OS Microsoft doesn't supply, Firefox has grabbed huge market share for their internet browser. According to...

Warning: This Game Might Make You Appear Crazy To Others

Developer Toyspring recently updated "Arcade Reality" to version 1.1. Never heard of AR? Here's the lowdown: "Game objects are overlaid on the live camera view (this technology is called Augmented Reality). When you turn around, your motion is calculated based on what is seen by the camera and the game view gets updated accordingly."...

Samsung Ships First Hybrid Hard Drive

Samsung has recently made available it's first hybrid hard drives with the introduction of the MH80 series. Tech News World reported that the hybrid drives, sporting either 128Mb or 256Mb of OneNAND flash memory, will come in 80Gb, 120Gb, and 160GB sizes. Samsung claims their new hybrid drives will allow faster OS boot...

Robots With Hearts; Europe and S. Korea Seek Robot Ethics Charters

According to an article from Engadget, Europe and South Korea are developing a "Robot Ethics Charter" in order to govern the manufacturing and use of robots to including ethical standards. If this wasn't already sci-fi enough, guess where the a great deal of inspiration for the charter is being found? Isaac Asimov's...

The RoboGeek Academy Award Goes To...

The Seventh Annual Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony was held in San Francisco yesterday, handing out awards to people who used to just watch such things on television from their mother's basement. "This is absolutely unbelievable," Cliff Bleszinski said while accepting the top game...

It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's A New A 3dfx Driver?

For anyone out there still running a 3dfx board and looking for a modern driver, it seems that good fortune is smiling down upon you today. "First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and...

Tired Of Video Games Controlling Your Mind? Turn The Tables!

Will seeing the fear in the eyes of an Orc you're about to slaughter in World of Warcraft make you stay your hand? Probably not. Seeing the look of anger and raw fury might actually make the game more fun for countless millions. "Emotiv's technology represents a scientific breakthrough: it is the only brain computer interface solution...

Don't Bring Digital Knife To An Analog Gunfight

Macrovision has announced their deal with various well-known digital video download services to offer "ACP." That stands for Analog Copy Protection. Huh? How can an analog protection system apply to digital video downloads? ACP works by embedding a signal in the vertical blanking...

I've Got $130. Let's Go Virtual Places and Kill Imaginary Things

Astute HotHardware readers may remember our prediction for the biggest selling video game console for the Christmas season. Well, the numbers are in for December of 2006, and we weren't disappointed. It wasn't the Wii, X-Box 360, or the Playstation 3. It was the Playstation 2: The PS2's popularity makes sense if you run the numbers....

One Simple Question To Access A Secure Website; Is it a Cat or a Dog?

At Microsoft's annual research conference Techfest, a new method to help keep internet services secure was unveiled based on images of cats and dogs. A popular method to determine whether a human or automated software is trying to access an internet service in use today is the Captcha, a series of randomly generated letters and numbers...

[H] Spends 30 Days With Linux

[H]Consumer has an interesting article on-line today that details the author's experience after spending 30 days running Linux.  They performed the experiment because of the common complaint that Vista's hardware requirements and product activation issues are huge turn off, and the claim made by many users on various boards that...

Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition

Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition New multi-display upgrade supporting dual-link digital-in and triple digital-out Montreal, Canada, March 7th, 2007 - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, unveils the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest addition to the Matrox line...

Even Intel Won't Jump On The Vista Bandwagon

Apparently the U.S. Department Of Transportation isn't the only major customer putting a hold on buying Vista. Longtime Microsoft chum Intel is putting on the brakes until SP1. Speaking at the Bank of America Technology conference in San Francisco, Otellini was asked about his take on Vista and whether it could drive demand. For corporations,...

Samsung Shipping Hybrid Hard Drives

The blokes at the inquirer have pointed out that Samsung is now shipping laptop hybrid drives to its customers: "The MH80 series comes in 80GB, 120GB and 180GB sizes. The 2.5-inch drive has 128 or 256MB of flash memory and combines mangetic [sic] optical characteristics. Samsung claims it will give faster boot and resume times, better reliability...

Emergency Swerve: Cancel or Allow? Ford Cars Get Microsoft Inside

Thankfully the collaboration between Ford Motor Company and Microsoft is only for the entertainment system- "Initially to be made available in twelve 2008 models across the Ford family and across the entire 2009 lineup from FoMoCo, the service will be a fully-integrated, flash memory-based system that enables drivers to call hands-free and...

AMD Drives Industry to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handhelds

AMD Drives Industry Efforts to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handheld Devices -Technology, Tools and Support Enable Content Development on Open Industry Platform for the Ultimate Mobile Gaming Experience - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 7, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and...

Paradox Unveils Yet Another Windows Vista Crack

Microsoft boasts that Windows Vista is possibly one of the most secure operating systems to date and sports a plethora of security orientated features, but pirate organization Paradox is still giving the new OS a run for its money. Paradox's new crack installs and fully activates Windows Vista without the product ever...

Wanna Build You're Own MMORPG? Acclaim says 'Sign On Up'

Ever wish you could help make a game based of you're own ideas?   Well, Acclaim's new project, currently code-named "Top Secret", is a 20,000 strong studio made up of volunteers.   They're making history not only as the largest studio ever, but also the first to enlist the aid of ordinary people...

AMD Execs Talk R600 Models, 'Barcelona' Benchmarks

ExtremeTech has an article posted with information regarding AMD's upcoming "Barcelona" processors and the future R600 family of graphics cards.  The information was compiled last week during a briefing in San Francisco and includes quotes taken directly from AMD's Mario Rivas, Henri Richard, and former ATI...

OCZ Flex-XLC Hybrid Memory Kit

Hello Everyone.  We've just made a new article live featuring OCZ's brand-new Flex XLC Water-Cooled CAS-3 DDR2-800 2GB hybrid memory kit. Here's a snip from the piece: "With the release of their Flex XLC modules, OCZ is offering a product which is substantially more flexible...

Out Of The Way, Junior; The Arthritis In My Thumbs Feels Better

According to Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica, the number of people playing on console game platforms is increasing rapidly, along with the amount of time spent per gamer. Also, there seems to be a growing increase in the number of console gamers who are driving around the track in Gran Turismo going forty miles an hour with their blinker on....

The Internet Is For Raises

Open source information on the web has transformed the way we find out about things. How about some open source information on wages? The New York Times has a round-up of internet services where if you'll show them yours, they'll show you everybody's. Wages, that is. More extensive salary surveys are done for corporations, but...

The Secrets Of The iPhone

An interesting video dissecting portions of Job's iPhone introduction at Macworld '07 has surfaced. "While none of this is really groundbreaking information, some of it does further explain how the iPhone functions and even hints at possible future strategies Apple may be taking." Sadly, that statement sums the video up fairly well....

So Much Data, So Little Space

A new report from technology research firm IDC have calculated that the world generated 161 exabytes of data last year. 161 billion gigabytes is a lot of data, and they had to add quite a few things into the equation to reach that number, but it gives you an idea of just how much information we're pushing around with current technology....

Intel turning up the heat on AMD

Intel plans to "turn up the heat" on AMD: "To decrease the impact of a head-to-head processor pricing war with rival Advanced Micro Devices, Intel must return to the quick development habits it used when producing its Pentium family of chips, Otellini said. Intel backed off that pace after producing the Pentium 4, and soon began...

New Beta Drivers From NVIDIA For Vista

NVIDIA's latest beta drivers for Windows Vista, Forceware 101.41, was released to the public last friday and after a great deal of anticipation, the guys over at Bit-Tech have good things to say. Addressing issues such as the functionality of 6 and 7 series GeForce cards in SLI, NVIDIA has added SLI functionality to these cards under...

Intel And AmberWave Announce Settlement in Patent Infringement Case

Intel And AmberWave Systems Corporation Announce Settlement of Strained Silicon Patent Infringement Litigation and License Agreement SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained...

Intel Announces 2nd Annual Game Demo Contest

Intel Game Demo Contest 2007 Show us Your Game! Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including: * Meetings with game company executives -- for a possible bundling deal * A Gateway gaming machine worth at least $3,000 * $5,000 in custom art for your demo * A Giga pass to the Game Developers Conference 2008 * Copies...

AMD to Present at Morgan Stanley Technology Conference

AMD to Present at Morgan Stanley Technology Conference and Update First Quarter Guidance SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference today at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will update the company's first quarter...

New NVIDIA Quadro Architecture

New NVIDIA Quadro Architecture

NEW NVIDIA QUADRO ARCHITECTURE DELIVERS GREATEST GENERATIONAL LEAP IN COMPANY HISTORY New Quadro Solutions Launch with Advanced Features Including: Unified Architecture, Shader Model 4.0, and GPU Computing for Visualization SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 5, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor...

Yup, Thats The Internet: You Can't Spell, And You Can't Count To Fifty

PC World has a list of 62 people they call: The Fifty Most Important People On The Web. So who's making the biggest impact online? We considered hundreds of the Web's most noteworthy power brokers, bloggers, brainiacs, and entrepreneurs to figure out whose contributions are shaping the way...

The New 800 Pound Gorilla In Microsoft's Room

Ars Technica has an interview with Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's new chief software architect. He signals a slight change in Microsoft's worldview, and unlike Bill Gates, he identifies his new competition. Google. Of course, any discussion of Microsoft moving to Internet-connected services...

Online Photoshop To Be Free

According to CNet, Adobe is planning to expand on their web-based offerings. Here's a a taste:  "Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said Tuesday." Adobe has watched...

Laptop Math 101: Lappy + brand spanking new flash hard drive = 70Mb/sec?! That's HOT!

Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products...

Can Apple Take Microsoft in the Battle for the Desktop?

Microsoft recently shipped a new version of Windows so its time for some industry analysts to map out the plan for Microsoft's eventual decline and Apple's surge back to predominance after roughly two decades in niche-ville. Interesting reading... "In 2000, Microsoft Windows...

Workstation Insanity - The Ultimate Home Office?

So, you think you have the most impressive home office workstation this side of the galaxy? Before you say yes, you have to see what Stefan Didak set up in his home.  Up to 9 screens, numerous machines, tons of network equipment, storage galore, and even an Amiga 1000 thrown in for good measure....

Oh; I See What You Did There, And Then Clicked

Manu Kumar, a researcher at Stanford university, has come up with an alternative to using a mouse to identify and click on items on the computer screen. It uses an eye-tracking camera and a button on the keyboard. At the heart of Kumar's technology is software called EyePoint that works with...

Flight Simulator X - Triple Monitor Lovin'

Flight Simulator X - Triple Monitor Lovin'

Hey folks, JeffB dropping in for a spell to share a little triple monitor gaming with ya!  This is a bit of a personal triumph getting this set up to work with Vista and NVIDIA's current drivers.  Two 20" monitors are driven by a GeForce 8800GTX and the third by a GeForce 7600GT.  It's hard to get these two cards...

Microsoft Warned By European Union

Since Microsoft's failure to comply with the European Union's anti-trust rulings, the EU has decided to crack down further on the U.S. based giant warning that more fines may be imposed. After the 2004 case in which it was ruled Microsoft would pay nearly $497 million euros ($656 million USD) for asking unjustifiably...

Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT

Hello All. We've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's affordable Radeon X1950 GT. Here's a snip from the piece: "Sapphire clocks the Radeon X1950 GT at levels which are close to, but slightly lower than the Radeon X1950 Pro....

The Land Of The Rising Sun Doesn't Take A Shine To Apple Ads

Steve Jobs is discovering that in Japan at least, they like the guy on the left. A lot. Aside from the UK, Apple also re-shot the commercials for Japan. And just as any smart person would expect, Apple is facing a little bit of a backlash there as well. It's a pretty commonly accepted axiom...

Please Read This. No, Really; Keep Reading. It's Interesting, Don't Click Away...

The amount of information available to the consumer has exploded with the advent of the internet. Think of your attention span as capital. The coming battle is going to be to among content providers to always place exactly the appropriate content right in front of you. Read/WriteWeb explores this fantastic world we're moving...

Silicon Valley & World Leaders Partner, Bring Technology To Developing Countries

Silicon Valley And World Leaders To Partner, Bring Technology To Developing Countries Intel Chairman: Speeding Access Will Improve Education, Health Care, Entrepreneurism, Government Services MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology...

New Forceware Driver For Vista Coming Soon

NVIDIA just gave us a heads up to say that there will be a new Windows Vista Beta driver release available for download in the next few days. This driver will support GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series graphics boards. Here is a summary of new features and bug fixes this new beta driver addresses: New Features GeForce 7 series SLI support GeForce...

Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a PC.

Bill Gates and Co. have been doing their best to promote Windows Vista since its release, but it seems they just cant get a break from Apple's latest "Get a Mac" ad campaign. The ads, which poke and prod at PCs as well as Windows Vista, have as of late focused on security. In a recent press conference, Bill Gates claimed that...

New RINBOT And DELBOT Viruses On The Prowl

According to an article from CNN, new strains of the RINBOT and DELBOT virus have been uncovered by technology experts. These nasty viruses make it possible to hijack entire networks and are generally targeted towards businesses. The most insidious discovery about the new strains of RINBOT and DELBOT is that both can now target...

AMD Demonstrates Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier San Francisco - Feb. 28, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today showcased a single-system, Accelerated Computing platform that breaks the teraflop computing barrier. Organizations are ultimately expected to be able to apply this technology to a wide range of scientific, medical,...

60-Nanometers In Samsung's Hand Beat 45-Nanometers In Intel's Bush

It's easy to get caught up in announcements of breakthroughs in chip technology. But the only announcement that's of any use, really, is that they're being manufactured somewhere. Samsung announced today that 60-nanometer DRAM chips are coming off their line -- right now. The new process can increase production efficiency...

R-E-C-Y-C-L-E, Take Care Of PCBs...

Our apologies to Aretha Franklin, but people finding innovative ways to recycle things that are dangerous if dumped in a landfill makes us want to get up and sing. New Scientist has the story of a process pioneered in China to take those little Printed Circuit Board Love Canals we all have on our desks and winnow out the valuable metals in...