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All News for March 2008

New iPhone Patch Hacked In Less Than 24 Hours

New iPhone Patch Hacked In Less Than 24 Hours

With the recent sub-2 minute hack of the Air via a Safari exploit, a running string of iPhone hacks, and numerous people finding ways to put OS X on PCs they built themselves, you'd think Apple would have learned not to make security claims.  Of course, if you thought that you don't know a whole lot about Steve Jobs, who has been using...

Asus Eee PC 4G-X, Windows XP Unboxing Preview

Asus Eee PC 4G-X, Windows XP Unboxing Preview

We're always on the lookout for Asus Eee PC updates and today we've come up with some breaking news for you relative to the Windows XP variant that is due to hit the market in April.  Actually, it's more than just some breaking news; we've got one.  Though the machine isn't due out until sometime mid-next week, we were able to get...

Apple TV 2.0 Ninja Patched

Apple TV 2.0 Ninja Patched

Apple TV users who updated to the new 2.0 software may have already received an update to 2.0.1.“The fix, available through the Apple TV's own update utility, is not documented by the company and appears primarily to be a maintenance update.However, a preliminary discovery reveals a Genres category under My Movies, letting owners browse by...

Who Wants A Pink Vista/One Care Edition?

Who Wants A Pink Vista/One Care Edition?

When we heard about a Vista Home Premium upgrade edition bundled with OneCare stuffed into a box that looked like it belonged to Hello Kitty, we were naturally wondering if we ate some bad seafood.  Here's more:“As a special promotion for the Japanese market, an upgrade version of Windows Vista Home Premium is bundled with a year’s subscription...

Hackers Assault Epilepsy Patients via Computer

Hackers Assault Epilepsy Patients via Computer

And people wonder why we sometimes look askance at the future of the human race.Internet griefers descended on an epilepsy support message board last weekend and used JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation, which runs the forum, briefly closed...

P45 Chipset Delayed?

P45 Chipset Delayed?

Rumor has it that the Intel's next generation P45 chipset has hit a snag that will cause boards to ship in June instead of May.“The delay of the chipset is due to problems over compatibility between the chipset's PCI Express x16 port and graphics cards, noted the sources, adding that Intel has notified them that the problem should be solved...

R.I.P. TorrentSpy

R.I.P. TorrentSpy

The end of an era may be upon us as yet another major BitTorrent site has closed down:Friends of TorrentSpy,We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the Torrentspy.com search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy...

Asus Eee PC Desktop, Eee Box Unveiled

Asus Eee PC Desktop, Eee Box Unveiled

The scoop wire was running late tonight and these shots of Asus' upcoming Eee Desktop made their way to our inbox just now, so we thought we'd give you the digital relay on the skinny... literally.  Though it's hard to get a sense of size here, this thing is obviously svelte.  We don't have firm details but since this is an Asus...

Best Buy To Blame For “Vista Capable” Problems?

Best Buy To Blame For “Vista Capable” Problems?

The information coming out of Microsoft and Intel camps regarding the “Vista Capable” class action law suit has certainly been interesting.  At first glance some of the data might look damaging, such as documents alleging that Intel wanted the WDDM loosened a bit so that their integrated graphics chipsets such as those in the i915 family...

OS X 10.5.3 Details

OS X 10.5.3 Details

For “the rest of us” here is a brief summary of the 2 dozen or so components that are being fixed or upgraded in the next Leopard build:“Among those components in need of evaluation, people familiar with the matter tell AppleInsider, are AddressBook, AppleScript, Audio, Back To My Mac, Dashboard, the Dock, DVD Player, Finder, Graphics, iCal,...

Firefox 4 Details

Firefox 4 Details

With Firefox 3 nearing completion Mozilla's VP of Labs, Chris Beard, decided to start discussing what's next for their browser.  Support for the upcoming HTML 5 standard is a given, but Mozilla's vision for the next Firefox is much grander:“Beard's basic push is to un-isolate the browser.  He says that after 10 years the browser...

HotHardware March Sweepstakes!  Win a new Rig!

HotHardware March Sweepstakes! Win a new Rig!

Contest Reminder - Your Last Few Days To Enter! Hot on the heels of our Skulltrail giveaway, we’re announcing a new sweepstakes where you could win a full Core 2 Duo E6750-based system, complete with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 series graphics and a Gigabyte nForce 680i SLI-based motherboard. This is a highly tweakable system, and it could be...

Rockstar Games Announces a "Social Club"

Rockstar Games Announces a "Social Club"

Anyone ever watch the movie The Cheyenne Social Club? Well, this ain't that kind of social club. Thursday Rockstar Games announced the Rockstar Social Club, scheduled to launch (drum roll) on the same day as Grand Theft Auto IV, April 29th (go figure).Today Rockstar announced a new website called the Rockstar Social Club. Essentially a high...

Ubisoft Owns Tom Clancy. He Doesn't Mind

Ubisoft Owns Tom Clancy. He Doesn't Mind

Ubisoft has done very well adapting novelist and screenwriter Tom Clancy's output to video game software. Clancy's Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series are Ubisoft's centerpiece titles. Ubisoft went all the way recently and bought the intellectual property rights to Tom Clancy's name. The immediate result was a 12% goose to Ubisoft's share price....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Gigabyte GV-NX98X1GHI-B GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card @ BmRASUS Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card @ TweaktownHIS Radeon HD 3450 Video Card @ Overclockers OnlineNVIDIA 9800 GX2 Quad SLI Review @ I4U                Motherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard review...

Apple Presents: Gone In 120 Seconds

Apple Presents: Gone In 120 Seconds

Security researcher Charlie Miller attended the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacker challenge hoping to make a little money, I'm sure. But I doubt even he had any idea that he could compromise a MacBook Air laptop in two minutes flat and collect a $10,000 prize. Maybe Apple should stop using the picture of the fruit as a logo, and go with an "Easy Button"...

China To Ban Kitchen Sinks Next?

China To Ban Kitchen Sinks Next?

Never being ones to shy away from poking a bit of fun at excessive censorship, we'd like to posit that China will ban the kitchen sink sooner or later.  Thus far The People's Republic of China has banned pornography, YouTube (several times only to be unblocked later), freedom of speech on forums and e-mail, and now mapping web sites.“Eight...

NVIDIA To Blame For Early Vista Issues?

NVIDIA To Blame For Early Vista Issues?

It is no secret that Windows Vista had a less than smooth launch, and when it comes to trying to discover the real reasons behind the launch issues everyone seems to point the finger at everyone else.  Today, the theory making the media rounds is that NVIDIA was somehow to blame for the major problems:“The main early adopters of Vista...

Comcast Hearts BitTorrent

Comcast Hearts BitTorrent

Ah yes, the good news is they are collaborating. The bad news is ... wait for it ... The deal comes as BitTorrent, which became known for developing software technology widely used to illegally share files, is trying to reinvent itself. The companies are in talks to collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent's technology more smoothly on Comcast's...

HP UMPC 2133! Meh

HP UMPC 2133! Meh

Engadget's got pictures and specs of the soon to be released Hewlett-Packard Ultra Mobile Personal Computer, the 2133. HP's offering in the UMPC sweepstakes will garner lots of attention, of course, but I can't help looking at it, and many other units like it -- including even the OLPC charity notebook -- and think that it costs too much to...

Free Online Version of Photoshop Launches

Free Online Version of Photoshop Launches

Thursday Adobe launched Photoshop Express, an free, online version of its popular Photoshop picture and graphics-editing software. In doing so, Adobe joins the crowd of vendors offering online versions of productivity software. Typical of such offerings, Photoshop Express (PE) arrives in beta form.San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc....

Google's New Business Plan: Pray For Leap Year

Google's New Business Plan: Pray For Leap Year

Comscore measures paid clicks for US users of all the major search engines. Google has recently been on a fairly big slide in paid clicks. Google investors were hoping to see some improvement in January's 0 percent increase in year-over-year performance. The good news? Paid clicks were up 3% in February. The bad news? There were 3% more days...

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Lead

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Lead

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World’s First 65-Watt Quad-Core Desktop ProcessorAMD Phenom™ X4 9100e Processor Enables Full–featured, Sleek and Quiet Quad-Core PCsSUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the availability of the world’s first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor,...

AMD Phenom X4 9850 B3 Revision

AMD Phenom X4 9850 B3 Revision

AMD has finally gone into full production with a new mask spin of their Phenom processor now dubbed the Phenom X4.  The new flagship 2.5GHz Phenom X4 9850 is representative of a new revision of the native quad-core Phenom silicon that resolves the well known TLB errata.  Quad-core Phenom X4 processors based on the new B3 revision...

AMD Unveils New Phenom Processors

AMD Unveils New Phenom Processors

High Performance AMD Phenom X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video - Four new AMD Phenom X4 processors pair with AMD enthusiast platform to propel the Ultimate Visual Experience - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4...

Graphene The Next Copper & Silicon?

Graphene The Next Copper & Silicon?

Companies have been trying to find a way around Moore's Law for quite some time now, and a large part of that search involves new materials.  One such material is called Graphene, and can be made into flexible sheets only a single atom thin."Graphene is mechanical tough, flexible, transparent, and a great conductor of heat.  The...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:PNY 9800 GX2 Graphics Card Review @ I4UVVIKOO GeForce 9600GT Turbo 512MB @ TweaktownXFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Quad SLI @ [H]XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Quad SLI Video Card Testing @ Legit ReviewsNVIDIA Quad SLI Take Two - 9800 GX2 up to bat @ PC PerspectiveGeForce 9800 GX2 Quad SLI @ t-breakMotherboards and Chipsets:Asus P5E3 Premium X48 motherboard...

IRS Uses YouTube to Get the Rebate Word Out

IRS Uses YouTube to Get the Rebate Word Out

The tax rebates that are supposed to inject a stimulus into the U.S. economy, as we hope you realize, will only come to those who file taxes this year. And the IRS wants to make sure you know about it. So they've taken an unprecedented step. They have posted a video on YouTube (below) advertising it. Our only comment: when is the last time...

Windows XP Just Won't Die

Windows XP Just Won't Die

Windows Vista didn't have an easy launch, and as a result Microsoft and their partners had to prolong the life of Windows XP until June of this year in an attempt to keep system builders and their customers happy.  One line of reasoning behind this was that Vista would have all of its kinks ironed out by June of this year, and for the...

Seriously, EA, We Reject That Offer

Seriously, EA, We Reject That Offer

You'll recall that earlier this month Electronics Arts decided to take its $26 /share offer directly to Take-Two Interactive shareholders, going hostile.Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. told its shareholders not to back Electronic Arts Inc.'s $2 billion takeover offer but said it would begin a review of alternatives that may include a merger.The...

Microsoft Getting The Rootkit Out

Microsoft Getting The Rootkit Out

Microsoft has certainly been on a buying spree of late, and their latest acquisition is an anti-rootkit vendor Komoku.  The purchase price has not been made public at this time, but it is expected that Microsoft will offer Komoku's technology to their enterprise customers as soon as possible and might open a few doors to security conscious...

Motorola Handsets Pining For The Fjords

Motorola Handsets Pining For The Fjords

If you're old, you have a soft spot for Motorola. Plenty of people still remember Motorola vacuum tubes, and all sorts of hobbyists remember buying semiconductors and various electronic components for their projects with the spiky Motorola "M" logo on them. Lots of people are walking around with Motorola phones in their pockets, too -- yours...

Eee PC. Touchscreen. May Or June. Book It. Aloha

Eee PC. Touchscreen. May Or June. Book It. Aloha

Asustek caused quite a stir with their inexpensive little Eee PC notebook computer. There's been a lot of speculation about the how when why wherefore of the second generation of the unit. According to Digitimes, you can expect an 8.9",  touchscreen equipped, 512 to 1GB memory-packing,  8 to 12 GB solid state hard drive wielding,...

iTunes Sees Starz

iTunes Sees Starz

Apple has been trying to add content to the iTunes Movie and TV store in an attempt to push the Apple TV and iTunes in general.  The latest content to be added are from Starz and Manga, but sadly these seem somewhat limited compared to the complete Starz and Manga libraries:“The first offerings from Starz include two half-hour sitcoms,...

A Few AMD CPUs Hit The End Of The Road

A Few AMD CPUs Hit The End Of The Road

The ultimate demise of the single-core desktop chip from AMD will have to be postponed for a little while longer.  AMD is still phasing out chips such as the Sempron LE-1150, but they're actually planning a higher-frequency replacement part called the LE-1660.  Intel is currently in the process of phasing out all single-core CPUs...

S3 Gets DX10.1 Certification for Windows Vista

S3 Gets DX10.1 Certification for Windows Vista

S3 Graphics Leads the Way with DirectX 10.1 Certification for Windows Vista Early WHQL certification for Chrome 400 Series GPU drivers ensures reliability and optimum performance with Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), delivering Hi-Def full DX10.1 to the entry card market Fremont, California, March 25, 2008 - S3 Graphics today...

Facebook Is About As Private As Paris Hilton

Facebook Is About As Private As Paris Hilton

Facebook has been garnering all sorts of bad press lately about the iffy security and privacy of their users' information. Today's version of Whoops! for Facebook is a security lapse that allowed unauthorized strangers to see personal photographs posted in areas on Facebook that were supposed to be private. And I wasn't just making a cheap...

Forget P2P Throttling. Japanese ISPs Shut It Off

Forget P2P Throttling. Japanese ISPs Shut It Off

Coming soon to a country near you! If you thought ISPs throttling Peer To Peer (P2P) file-sharing was intrusive, I don't think you'll want to hear what Japan's doing to police illegal file-sharing. Organizations that represent copyright holders simply identify IP addresses of users sharing their content to the ISPs. That's easy to do. You...

NVIDIA Quad-SLI with the ASUS EN9800GX2

NVIDIA Quad-SLI with the ASUS EN9800GX2

Last week, NVIDIA formally launched the dual-GPU powered GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card and nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset.  We evaluated both products in our coverage of the launch, but had to leave out one important detail per NVIDIA's embargo agreement - that being Quad-SLI.  The embargo has since lifted, however, and today we...

Intel Lauches New, Lower Power Xeons

Intel Lauches New, Lower Power Xeons

NEW INTEL SERVER PROCESSORS: FEWER WATTS, HIGH PERFORMANCE SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 – Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer (nm) processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies...

TSMC Fabbing 40nm Products

TSMC Fabbing 40nm Products

While everyone is still “oooohing” and “ahhhhing” at the raw power and efficiency provided by 45nm chips such as Intel's Penryn lineup, TSMC was looking forward to the next big thing: 40nm.“Following successful tapeouts and customer announcements of its 45nm process technology in 2007, TSMC has moved forward quickly and developed an enhanced...

Intel's 2go PC Details

Intel's 2go PC Details

Formerly known as the netbook, we're now hearing a nearly complete list of details for Intel's new mini-laptop."The 2go features an Intel Celeron M CPU on top of the 915GMS chipset, 512MB of RAM (upgradeable to 1GB), a 9-inch, 800 x 480 LCD display, 40GB hard drive, 802.11b/g, SD / MMC reader, and a full complement of standard ports and jacks....

Does Everything. Looks Like Maxwell Smart's Shoe

Does Everything. Looks Like Maxwell Smart's Shoe

Korea's MIU is out with a new UMPC, which they call a "HDPC," for Hybrid Dual Portable Computer. It's so very, very hybrid -- it looks like a hunchbacked fax machine mated with a tricorder. Equipped with a dual OS -- Windows XP or a Linux distro -- it tries to do everything. Qwerty keyboard, 800x480 resolution on a 4 inch display, and they...

MySpace Nears Deals with Record Labels

MySpace Nears Deals with Record Labels

Considering that News Corp. owns both MySpace and The New York Post, this is probably pretty reliable info.MySpace's plan to launch a digital-music joint venture with the major record companies is picking up steam, as the social networking giant nears deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, multiple sources familiar with the situation...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire FireGL V7600 - the Workstation Edge @ HardwareZoneNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Roundup @ [H]Asus EN8800GT TOP Review @ OCCNVIDIA’s 9800 GX2 – The Week That Was @ TweaktownXFX 8400GS Dual-Screen Graphics Card @ Bjorn3DZOTAC GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP Motherboard...

Why There Is No Blu-Ray For The Xbox 360

Why There Is No Blu-Ray For The Xbox 360

Some say Microsoft chose poorly when they backed Toshiba's HD DVD standard, and that had Microsoft backed Blu-ray instead, there wouldn't have been much of a format war.  There's another group, including Michael Bay, that thinks Microsoft intentionally chose a standard that they didn't think would win in an attempt to undermine consumer confidence...

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...

Battle Of The Bandwidth Titans

Battle Of The Bandwidth Titans

We often take the internet for granted, not necesarilly aware of the struggles that go on behind the scenes, such as that between U.S. based Cogent and Swedish TaliaSonera.  Presently these two large bandwidth providers are fighting over peering issues:“According to Cogent CEO David Schaeffer, TeliaSonera peered data selectively and refused...

Did An Octegenarian Professor Invent Blu-ray ?

Did An Octegenarian Professor Invent Blu-ray ?

Sony has won the high-definition format war by backing the Blu-ray standard. Toshiba ran up the white flag over their rival HD DVD format, and things seemed settled. Not so fast. Professor Emerita Gertrude Neumark Rothschild of Columbia University told the US International Trade Commission that she believes she holds not only the patent on...

India Outsourcing IT To The States?

India Outsourcing IT To The States?

India is actually starting to outsource some of their IT functions back the U.S.  One example of this is new trend is Tata's new facility:"Tata Consultancy Services said last week it has opened a development center in a former paper plant outside Cincinnati, with initial plans to employ 1,000 people, which would make it one of the largest...

Sony "Sort Of" Removes "No Bloatware" Fee

Sony "Sort Of" Removes "No Bloatware" Fee

People were up in arms when Sony announced its "Fresh Start" no bloatware option - because Sony wanted to charge $50 for it.Starting on Saturday, Sony's Fresh Start software optimization feature will be free, the company announced.Fresh Start is a Sony feature that lets customers buy certain laptops without so-called "bloatware," trial software...

No Expulsion Over Facebook Study Group

No Expulsion Over Facebook Study Group

You may recall that Chris Avenir, a first-year chemical engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, faced expulsion after it came to light that he had created a Facebook-based chemistry study group.  The horror, the horror!Chris Avenir's apparent exhortation to fellow Ryerson University engineering students to "input...

DRAM Prices To Stay Low

DRAM Prices To Stay Low

DRAM prices have been at incredibly low levels for so long that it's hard to imagine that they'll stay this way forever.  So how long will this trend continue?  Apparently a year or more if the analysts are on target:The current DRAM downturn will likely last more than a year and possibly two, said Simon Woo, memory chip analyst at Merrill...

Wine Approaches 1.0 Vintage

Wine Approaches 1.0 Vintage

The Wine project is scheduled for its 1.0 release, after nearly 15 years of development. In fact, according to their "release plan" they are trying to release it close to the 15th anniversary date.After nearly 15 years of development, the WINE project is scheduled for the landmark 1.0 release. As with most open source programs, it is hard...

i945G And Vista SP1 Don't Play Well Together

i945G And Vista SP1 Don't Play Well Together

The ongoing saga of Vista SP1 continues, and today we're hearing about problems with Vista SP1 and i945G Express chipsets causing behavior ranging from disapearing cursors to unmounting hard drives.“The service pack also won't work with computers that use certain, widely-deployed audio drivers from Realtek and certain drivers for security...

Hybrid SLI Delayed

Hybrid SLI Delayed

We've been excited about hybrid SLI technology since we first heard about it.  Of course new technologies are always plagued by delays, and hybrid SLI is no exception:“NVIDIA representatives notified its board partners this week that its new Hybrid SLI technology has been delayed. NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI technology offers an innovative new...

Mac Mini To Live On

Mac Mini To Live On

The “switcher's” Mac hasn't done so well in sales, but it seems that somebody in Cupertino thinks that at least having a low-cost Mac brings people into Apple Stores and thus the little Mac is going to get a refresh instead of the axe:“Among the improvements destined for the new lineup are 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile chips starting at 2.1GHz...

Apple Tries to Sneak Safari Onto Windows Systems

Apple Tries to Sneak Safari Onto Windows Systems

Can't get market share the good old-fashioned way?  How about sneaking your browser onto systems, then?With the release of Safari 3.1 on Tuesday, Apple started giving Windows users the option of downloading Safari via the Apple Software Update pop-up."Safari for Windows is the fastest and easiest-to-use web browser for the PC. It displays...

Radeon HD 3830 Details Leaked

Radeon HD 3830 Details Leaked

AMD's highly successful HD 3800 series of GPUs is about to get a new member, the HD 3830.  Since the card hasn't shipped yet, all the details are subject to change.  Now on to the details:“AMD's Radeon HD 3830 will be based on the RV670 core and will feature a 128-bit memory bus, potentially providing roughly half the memory bandwidth...

AMD Cutting Workforce?

AMD Cutting Workforce?

On Wednesday a rumor started circulating that AMD was starting to making cutbacks in its workforce, not entirely uncommon for a company that is attempting to become profitable again.  As with all rumors, they don't always turn out to be factual:An AMD representative denied that any cuts have taken place as of Thursday morning, but when...

Microsoft, Why Can't I Get SP1?

Microsoft, Why Can't I Get SP1?

Good question, isn't it?  Although Microsoft has listed a set of drivers that will prevent you from being offered SP1, it's not always clear why a user can't get it.The service pack is being withheld from machines containing one or more of the listed drivers, because, as Microsoft put it in a support document, "these device drivers are...

Sony Will Kill Your Parents, Call You An Orphan

Sony Will Kill Your Parents, Call You An Orphan

There's an old joke about a young fellow that kills his parents, then asks for mercy from the judge because he's an orphan. Sony seems to be trying a weird version of that approach to sell laptop computers. If you agree to pay them an extra $50, Sony will wipe your new laptop computer clean of pre-loaded crapware, the resource-gobbling program...

Your DirecTV Will Be DRM-Old And Busted

Your DirecTV Will Be DRM-Old And Busted

April 15th is not my favorite day of the year. I doubt it's yours, either. But the IRS is not the only acronym you need to start worrying about on that date. This year, your DirecTV digital video recorder will be getting the DRM treatment for pay-per-view content on April 15th. The days of recording and watching entirely at your leisure are...

9600GT Starts Price War

9600GT Starts Price War

NVIDIA's 9600GT has had a dramatic impact since its arrival, showing performance that a sub $200 video card provide surprising levels of performance.“Since then retailers such as Newegg cut pricing below the original MSRP of $169-189, down to $150 on NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT models.In response to this, AMD is set to cut prices yet again on its...

Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW 22" Wide Screen LCD

Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW 22" Wide Screen LCD

Today at HotHardware we look at one of the latest additions to the 22" LCD monitor market segment, the Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW Wide Screen LCD.  While the Samsung 2243BW may be aimed at business use, its specifications suggest that it should be capable of quite a bit more than just spreadsheets and word documents. With good viewing...

Hi, I'm A Mac.  Your Brand Isn't As Cool As Mine

Hi, I'm A Mac. Your Brand Isn't As Cool As Mine

The battle between Microsoft and Apple may have caused Microsoft to lose some of its luster in the global brand rankings.  The Redmond giant has slipped from number 11 to number 59 over the past three years."The effect of Apple's 'Hi, I'm a Mac' advertising campaign may have taken its toll on Microsoft," CoreBrand CEO James Gregory said...

Dell Responds To SSD Rumors

Dell Responds To SSD Rumors

Avian Securities recently reported that a major systems player was experiencing an extremely high return rate of computer products shipped with solid state drives (SSDs).  Shortly after the story broke it was widely rumored that the company in question was none other than Dell.  Of course not all reports circulating the internet...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Apollo Radeon HD 3850 512 MB Video Card Review @ OCIA.netHIS HD 3870 IceQ3 512 MB @ techPowerUpGeForce 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI Tested @ TweaktownNvidia's GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card @ The Tech ReportThe new midrange, ten cards around $200 @ NeoseekerSapphire HD 3870 Toxic Review @ ClubOC.netElitegroup N8800GT-512MX DT Graphics Card...

Kingston Technology Releases 800MHz FB-DIMMs

Kingston Technology Releases 800MHz FB-DIMMs

Kingston Technology Releases 800MHz FB-DIMMs Next Generation High-Speed Server Memory Technology Ready for Multiple Platforms Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed for systems using...

Upcoming PS3 Firmware to Add BD-Live

Upcoming PS3 Firmware to Add BD-Live

BD-Live (AKA Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0) titles were released earlier this year, despite the fact that there were no players yet capable of supporting BD-Live.  But ...Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features...

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S.

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S.

S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. MarketChrome 430 GT desktop graphics cards now available through GStore, delivering DirectX 10.1 3D performance and stunning HD multimedia for under $60     Fremont, California, March 20, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and visualization technologies, today...

MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard

MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard

Just in case you jumped right down to the news this afternoon, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of MSI's P35 Platinum Combo motherboard.  As its name implies, this board is based on the P35 chipset for the...

Legislating A Limit To Web-Surf Tracking

Legislating A Limit To Web-Surf Tracking

Seasoned web users are well aware that the websites you visit and the search engine queries you employ are monitored and analyzed in a general sort of a way to allow web companies to sell advertising targeted to specific subsets of people. Casual users are often surprised and unnerved at the amount and type of information that is gathered...

 5 Percent  Will Walk The Pinkslip Plank At AMD

5 Percent Will Walk The Pinkslip Plank At AMD

There is no official report from AMD on the wires, but multiple news outlets are reporting that chipmaker AMD will show 5 percent of its workforce the door. AMD is slated to begin shipping quad-core Phenom 9850, 9750, 9650, 9550, and 9150 processors in the coming weeks, according to sources close to the company. The "50" branding scheme indicates...

ECS Eee Challenger Fleshed Out

ECS Eee Challenger Fleshed Out

We recently reported on the existence of the ECS G10IL, a mini-notebook/UMPC to compete with the Eee PC 900, but at the time ECS was very hush-hush on the details.  All that ended today when they posted the specs on their web site.The G10IL will be powered by a Diamondville CPU riding on a 945GSE chipset and featuring a single memory...

ASUS Launches Ultra-light Leather-Bound Notebook

ASUS Launches Ultra-light Leather-Bound Notebook

ASUS Launches Stylish Ultra-light Leather-Bound Notebook--ASUS U2E Integrates Luxury, Style and Functionality into an 11-inch- 2.7lbs. Hand-Crafted Notebook--FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (March 19, 2007) -ASUS today announced availability of the long-anticipated U2E, the perfect companion for road warriors. The 11-inch all-in-one leather crafted notebook...

Canadian Public TV to Embrace BitTorrent

Canadian Public TV to Embrace BitTorrent

It'll be a cold day in ... well, you know where before this happens in the U.S.  Or will it? Following closely on the heels of Norway, Canada's public broadcasting service is adopting DRM-free BitTorrent distribution for a major prime-time show.On March 24, CBC will use BitTorrent to distribute this year's broadcast of Canada's Next Great...

ASUS Launches Xonar DX PCI-e 7.1 soundcard

ASUS Launches Xonar DX PCI-e 7.1 soundcard

Crystal Clear Audio for Gaming and Home Entertainment The ASUS Xonar DX PCI-e 7.1 soundcard delivers 35 times cleaner audio than integrated motherboard solutions FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (March 17, 2008) - Providing an alternative to flat and murky motherboard audio, ASUS, leading manufacturer of high quality computer components, releases the Xonar...

Intel & Microsoft Fund Multi-Threading Research

Intel & Microsoft Fund Multi-Threading Research

Yesterday, news broke regarding Microsoft and Intel launching parallel research centers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to investigate way to accelerate developments in mainstream parallel computing.  And today, we've posted some details and commentary on the subject over at HotHardware.  Here's...

WD® Maximizes Two-Platter 3.5" Hard Drives

WD® Maximizes Two-Platter 3.5" Hard Drives

WD® MAXIMIZES TWO-PLATTER 3.5-INCH HARD DRIVES TO 640 GB CAPACITY POINTCompany Ships in Volume New Capacity Sweet SpotLAKE FOREST, CALIF. – Mar. 19, 2008 – WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping in volume its WD Caviar® SE16 640 GB 3.5-inch hard drives based on 320 GB-per-platter technology -- a platform that...

Flash Is Getting Fussy About What You Do With It

Flash Is Getting Fussy About What You Do With It

Adobe has come up with a Digital Rights Management security protocol for its ubiquitous Flash video format. It allows content generators to feel secure about letting viewers download video content instead of simply streaming it in a browser, but mash-up artists who like to fiddle with FLV files will have another hurdle placed in their way.Intended...

Apple Mulling Unlimited Music Plan

Apple Mulling Unlimited Music Plan

Put this in your rumor bucket for now, but the Financial Times says Apple is in discussion with the music industry over a possible "all you can eat" music plan for iTunes.Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange...

Pr0n Has Subtitles? Who Knew?

Pr0n Has Subtitles? Who Knew?

VLC Player is a very useful media player, as it can play almost any sort of video codec you can name, and it's free. But if you like using VLC Player to look at the media files you acquire as you make your way across the video landscape, beware: the latest version of VLC has a big security flaw. The problem occurs when a someone loads a subtitle...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeForce 9800 GX2 Review @ NVNewsNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Preview @ Hard Tecs 4 UXFX GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB Review - Dual G92 is Sexy @ PC PerspectiveXFX 9800GX2 Review @ OCCASUS 8800 GT 512MB TOP Edition Review @ Virtual-HideoutXFX 9800GX2 @ Bjorn3DASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 @ t-breakNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 technology preview @ Elite BastardsXFX...

NVIDIA To Acquire VIA?

NVIDIA To Acquire VIA?

While it's just a rumor at this point, it seems that NVIDIA is planning on breaking into the CPU business.  This isn't exactly surprising as the not-to-distant future looks like a place where CPUs have a dedicated GPU onboard and the future of add-in cards is unclear.“NVIDIA and VIA discussed three possible scenarios, including a strategic...

Corsair: 2GHz Hi-Speed DDR3 RAM for NVIDIA 790i

Corsair: 2GHz Hi-Speed DDR3 RAM for NVIDIA 790i

CORSAIR ANNOUNCES 2GHz HIGH-SPEED DDR3 MEMORY FOR NVIDIA 790i ULTRA SLI GAMING PLATFORMNew Family of NVIDIA SLI Specific DDR3 Modules Deliver Full Range of Enthusiast Memory SpeedsFremont, CA, March 18, 2008 – Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today their NVIDIA...

Windows Vista SP1 Now on Windows Update

Windows Vista SP1 Now on Windows Update

It's here, it's here!  Now those of you daring enough to try it without waiting can risk your systems and your sanity.Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update. For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 - you can now do so! We've seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want...

AMD Not Intimidated By Nehalem

AMD Not Intimidated By Nehalem

Intel's announcement about their forthcoming CPU architectures hasn't fazed AMD.  In fact AMD claims that the integrated memory controller and QPI sound a lot like features AMD CPUs have had for several years now.  What's even better is that AMD more or less tipped their hand regarding AMD's future CPUs:On Dunnington (AMD's Randy)...

100,000 Customers Tell Microsoft to Save XP

100,000 Customers Tell Microsoft to Save XP

Many, many people have said that Windows XP is just fine, and while Vista's great (DX10 comes to mind), it's not necessary for most.  Can an outcry of public sentiment save XP?Windows Vista was supposed to be a shot in the arm for Microsoft, which had gone five years without a new desktop operating system. It hasn't worked out that way....

Yahoo! Projects Doubling Of Cash Flow In 3 Years

Yahoo! Projects Doubling Of Cash Flow In 3 Years

Yahoo! has released an investor presentation that outlines the company's long-term financial plan. According to their press release, this financial plan was generated before Yahoo! received a hostile takeover bid from Microsoft. You'll forgive me if I have my doubts about that. Because unless Yahoo! cures cancer or has a secret unicorn farm...

Limewire: Let's Pay For Bands You Never Heard Of

Limewire: Let's Pay For Bands You Never Heard Of

Limewire, the file sharing service where I'd be shocked, shocked I say to find pirated music, has launched a DRM-free digital music store offering half a million MP3s for as little as 27 cents per track. The good news? Pretty good sound quality and no restrictions. The bad news? You never heard of anybody on the list of artists.Users of the...

NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI & GeForce 9800 GX2 Debut

NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI & GeForce 9800 GX2 Debut

NVIDIA has finally taken the wraps of their latest desktop chipset, the nForce 790i SLI Ultra, and a brand new flagship graphics card dubbed the GeForce 9800 GX2.  We've taken a look at a pair of motherboards, one from ASUS and the other from EVGA, built around the new nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset and have tested the dual-GPU powered...

SSDs Have High Failure Rate?

SSDs Have High Failure Rate?

Conventional wisdom says that solid state drives (SSDs) should have lower failure rates than their mechanical counterparts simply because SSDs lack moving parts.  Sadly, it seems that theory and reality have clashed once again:“A large computer manufacturer is getting around 20 percent to 30 percent of the flash-based notebooks it is...

Data Breach Exposes Millions of Card Numbers

Data Breach Exposes Millions of Card Numbers

Monday the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) issued a press release announcing a major data breach at what Visa and MasterCard said was an unnamed "major retailer."  The details were far worse than the original news, though.A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed more than 4 million card numbers and led to 1,800...

Intel Showcases Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee

Intel Showcases Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee

In an impromptu pre-IDF press briefing today, Intel disclosed a wealth of new information regarding its roadmap product efforts, upcoming multi-core processors and their associated platforms.  The discussion, chaired by the Senior VP of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, Pat Gelsinger, even covered additional detail of the company's future...

Hardware Round-UP

Hardware Round-UP

Video: GeForce 9800 GX2 Overclocked and Tested @ TweaktownMSI RX3850 T2D512E-OC (AMD HD 3850 512 MByte - overclocked) @ Hard Tecs 4 UMSI GeForce 8800 GT Silent 512MB, MSI RADEON HD 3650 512MB @ Digit-Life Motherboards & Chipsets: Abit I-N73HD (nForce 630i) Motherboard @ CPU3DGigabyte X48-DS5 @ t-breakGigabyte MA790FX-DS5 Review @ OCC Processors:...

Get Your Vista SP1 Discs!

Get Your Vista SP1 Discs!

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Microsoft.“Vista SP1 shipped to duplication and OEMs Feb. 4, but since then it has only been available to previous beta testers, volume licensing customers and subscribers to IT subscription services. In fact,...

China Blocks YouTube, Others Over Tibet Riots

China Blocks YouTube, Others Over Tibet Riots

The Tibetan riots are undoubtedly not the kind of publicity China wants prior to the Olympics.  In attempt to stem the flow of information, China has blocked access to some sites.China has blocked access to Google News and YouTube in an apparent attempt to stop the spread of video footage related the rioting going on in several cities...

Western Digital Caviar RE2 750 GB Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar RE2 750 GB Hard Drive

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're writing this morning to let you all know that we've just posted  a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Western Digital's Caviar RE2 750 GB hard drive.  Western Digital’s RE2 lineup is targeted at workstations...

Windows Mobile Embraces Flash And PDFs

Windows Mobile Embraces Flash And PDFs

Recently we reported that Steve Jobs had no use for Flash in the iPhone. Microsoft thinks, well, differently. Even though Microsoft is developing a rich-media alternative to Flash they call Silverlight, Adobe and Microsoft understand that for the time being, they'll both do better by licensing Adobe's Flash "Lite" for MS Windows Mobile. “People...

Rush Limbaugh Fixed Your Macintosh

Rush Limbaugh Fixed Your Macintosh

As Doctor Venkman might say, it's human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! When Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was having trouble configuring automatic archiving of e-mails by his Macintosh computers, at first he tried contacting the company directly for support. When that didn't work out, he made an...

Intel and MS Enlist Berkeley For Multithreading

Intel and MS Enlist Berkeley For Multithreading

These days, just developing a chip with a multi-core architecture doesn't necessarily equate to higher performance, since many mainstream applications are not multithreaded.   As a result, big chip manufacturers like Intel and AMD are continually developing programming kits, compilers and various tools to equip software developers...

Phenom Roadmap Updates

Phenom Roadmap Updates

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.As we've previously reported, AMD is rumored to be shipping their B3 stepping Phenoms, and it seems that we might see 2.5GHz models before April Fool's Day:“AMD is planning to launch B3 stepping quad-core...

Airport Express Update to 802.11n Leaked

Airport Express Update to 802.11n Leaked

Apple's usually so very careful about updating its site, generally taking it down when they introduce a new product.  But the Swiss version of the Apple Store appears to have accidentally leaked information about an update to the Airport Express which adds 802.11n support.We had heard reliable reports that Apple will be launching a new...

Kohjinsha SR8, 7" UMPC With Integrated DVD

Kohjinsha SR8, 7" UMPC With Integrated DVD

This little palette of portable processing certainly won't compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC or the XO-1 from OLPC from a price standpoint but if you're the type that likes to keep things diminutive, the new SR8 from Kohjinsha is impressive.  Built on Intel's S45GU chipset and sporting an 800MHz Intel A110 processor,...

Japan ISPs to Cut Off File Sharers

Japan ISPs to Cut Off File Sharers

The four major Japanese ISPs, under considerable pressure by movie, music and software industries, have agreed to take drastic action against file sharers.In 2006, a Japanese ISP decided to plan measures to stop their subscribers using file-sharing software, by tracking their activities and disconnecting them from the Internet. The plan didn’t...

SSDs: Price, Capacity Or Performance.  You Pick

SSDs: Price, Capacity Or Performance. You Pick

They say that beggars can't be choosers, but apparently consumers can be.  The choice that consumers are likely to be faced with in the near future is not whether to go down the SSD route, but which type of SSD do they want.“Faster drives and a falling cost-per-gigabyte should help bring drive costs down from the stratosphere and into...

San Fran Of The Future, Fast-Forward 100 Years

San Fran Of The Future, Fast-Forward 100 Years

Global warming got you down?  Concerned about rising gas prices and our over-dependency on fossil fuels?  Before you declare that the sky is falling and reach for your favorite tree to hug in what some call the last few days of earth's existence, remember there are some pretty smart cookies and valiant visionaries still working on...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GIGABYTE GV-RX387512H HD3870 512MB Crossfire Review @ GamePyreVvikoo Geforce 9600GT Turbo (512Mb DDR3) @ CPU3DMSI N9600GT-T2D512-OC (GeForce 9600 GT) @ HardwareZoneNVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2 - Early Test! @ Tweaktown Motherboards & Chipsets: ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsIntel's X48 Express chipset @...

Verizon Aims to Speed Up P2P

Verizon Aims to Speed Up P2P

No, seriously.  Verizon is one of a group called the P4P Working Group, and they are trying to increase P2P efficiency.Providers have banned, blocked or slowed peer-to-peer traffic in their efforts to keep the flood of music, video, games and software from overwhelming their networks. But Verizon Communications Inc. has broken ranks with...

Rumor: Intel Readies Quad-Core Laptop CPU

Rumor: Intel Readies Quad-Core Laptop CPU

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.Intel has had quad-core CPUs on their road map for some time now, but the details have been very hard to come by until recently.  Rumor has it that the high end part, the QX9300 will cost over $1000...

No Blu-ray For Xbox 360?

No Blu-ray For Xbox 360?

After Toshiba pulled the plug on HD DVD the rumor was that Microsoft was going to offer support for the Blu-ray devices both in Windows and on the Xbox 360.  Now Microsoft is claiming that they're not presently working on such a device for the Xbox 360:"Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray...

Windows 7 Release Date Update

Windows 7 Release Date Update

The successor to Windows Vista, dubbed Windows 7, seems to have been slated for a release someplace in 2010:In an email, a Microsoft spokesman, confirmed that 2010 was the correct Windows 7 date -- three years after the consumer Vista release.  He stated, "We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped...

Asus Sneaks Out Their GeForce 9800 GX2

Asus Sneaks Out Their GeForce 9800 GX2

You probably recall that NVIDIA had a fairly recent coming-out party for the GeForce 9800 GX2 at CeBIT, with more than a few cards on display for all to see, including this one from Albatron.  There were also various other sneaks and leaks from other offerings as well of course but we've haven't heard from Asus just yet... operative...

Celebrate Pi Day, with ... Oh, Come On

Celebrate Pi Day, with ... Oh, Come On

Do we really have to tell you how to celebrate Pi Day?  Why is today Pi Day?  Well, it's 3/14, right?You could start by learning more about the near-mystical number--3.14 in its most severely abbreviated form, hence the March 14 (3/14) honors--at the official Pi Day site. There you can find out about the history of pi, how to use...

CPL Dies

CPL Dies

R.I.P. Cyberathlete Professional League:“Effective immediately, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) will cease operations. Therefore, all CPL events currently scheduled for 2008 are hereby canceled.”While we're sad to see the CPL go, we're glad that the idea of getting paid to frag people in video games didn't go out with a whimper. ...

Trend Micro Website Hacked

Trend Micro Website Hacked

Nothing is so humorous as when the web site of a security vendor gets hacked. OK, OK, it was hilarious when the RIAA site was hacked, too. And I'll admit: it's probably not as funny if it's your security vendor.A Trend Micro spokesman confirmed that the company's site had been hacked Thursday, saying that the attack took place earlier in the...

Yahoo Can Run, But It Can't Hide In Geneva

Yahoo Can Run, But It Can't Hide In Geneva

Microsoft and Yahoo executives quietly met on Monday to talk over Microsoft's unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo. It wasn't the sort of meeting where hands are shaken and papers are signed; reportedly Yahoo executives just listened to Microsoft explain what would happen if Microsoft's bid was accepted. Yahoo has been thrashing around trying to...

Your Lizard Brain Makes You Read This

Your Lizard Brain Makes You Read This

Doctor Irving Biederman is a neuroscientist at USC. He's been studying volunteers' brain activity while showing them a series of pictures of various subjects. His human guinea pigs had the greatest brain activity when shown a scene that "presented new information that somehow needed to be interpreted," and were offered in the format of a "good...

The X48 Commeth?

The X48 Commeth?

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial.If you've been waiting for mobos based on Intel's next high-end chipset, the X48, your wait might be just about over:“Although Intel has not yet officially announced its high-end X48 chipset, some first-tier motherboard...

HIS Offers AGP-Based Radeon 3850, Old School

HIS Offers AGP-Based Radeon 3850, Old School

Early adopters need not apply for the latest release from HIS, as the company has decided to go retro. Serving the trailing-edge niche' can occasionally make for a reasonably solid business case but with desktop computer graphics we have to wonder, just a little.  Though we do sometimes still get the odd reader that pops...

AMD Ships Triple-core Phenoms

AMD Ships Triple-core Phenoms

In a surprise move, a technology company shipped something on time.AMD has begun shipping triple-core Phenom processors.The company had promised the Phenom 8000 series would ship by the end of Q1, so this seems to be a sign that AMD is getting things back on track. There is no press release on its site and the new Phenoms do not yet appear...

Corsair Launches Hi-Perf Mac RAM Upgrade Modules

Corsair Launches Hi-Perf Mac RAM Upgrade Modules

CORSAIR ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FIRST HIGH-PERFORMANCE MAC MEMORY UPGRADE MODULES Mac Users Experience Up to 28% Performance Improvement Using New Corsair Low Latency Tuned Memory Fremont, CA, March 13, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, announced today the world’s first high performance memory...

TF2, Portal and HL2 Standalone Retail Release

TF2, Portal and HL2 Standalone Retail Release

TEAM FORTRESS 2, PORTAL, AND HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE PACK STAND ALONE RETAIL RELEASEPC Games From The Orange Box Flying Solo Into Retail April 9 and 11March 13, 2008 - Valve, creators of Half-Life® 2 and Counter-Strike®, today announce the retail launch dates for the stand-alone, PC versions of Team Fortress® 2, PortalTM, and the...

Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB

Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB

Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re popping into the news to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire’s Radeon HD 3650 512MB graphics card.  The Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB differs from ATI’s reference design...

AOL And Bebo: The Cradle To Grave Social Site

AOL And Bebo: The Cradle To Grave Social Site

In a somewhat surprising move, AOL has shelled out $850 million dollars to acquire social networking site Bebo. If you add Bebo's 40 million users worldwide to AOL's customer base for AIM and ICQ, AOL can now boast 80 million unique users. And AOL can show those 80 million users advertising while they're on their service. I imagine it's a...

Toshiba Buys A Billion Dollar HD DVD Player

Toshiba Buys A Billion Dollar HD DVD Player

$986 million to be more precise. Why so much? It's the last one. That's the projection for the cost to Toshiba to close up shop and retool its production line to make something else. It's the final chapter for Toshiba's ill-fated attempt to offer its HD DVD alternative to Sony's Blu-ray high-definition disk player. Toshiba still turned a profit...

ECS To Challenge The Eee PC

ECS To Challenge The Eee PC

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from ECS.It seems that ECS is preparing a sub-$500 ultra-portable laptop to do battle with the popular ASUS Eee PC.  At present the product's moniker is the G10IL, but it might get a flashier name to compete...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:VVIKOO GeForce 8800 GT Max 1024 MB @ techPowerUpMSI R3650-T2D512-OC (Radeon HD 3650 512MB) @ HardwareZoneVvikoo 9600GT Turbo Vvikoo 9600GT Turbo with Zalman's VF-1000 pure cooper cooler @ OCWorkBenchMSI GeForce N9600GT OC Graphics Card @ TweaktownAMD 3870X2 Crossfire @ t-breakDiamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Video Card @ BmRCrossFire...

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II SSD

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II SSD

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II Solid State Drive to their High-Performance Mobile SolutionsSave battery life, shed excess weight from your laptop, and experience superior read/write speeds with OCZ Technology’s Solid State Drives.Sunnyvale, CA—March 12, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high...

AMD Shipping Phenom B3s

AMD Shipping Phenom B3s

After numerous delays the Phenom finally shipped late last year, but suffered an immediate set back due to the TLB errata issue.  This certainly didn't help AMD pull off a stellar launch, but the issue has been fixed in the new B3 series K10 CPUs.“In addition to fixing the TLB race condition, AMD will finally increase the core frequency...

GTA 4 To Impact Hollywood?

GTA 4 To Impact Hollywood?

One of our favorite uses for all this hardware, gaming, is starting to generate titles large enough to effect other parts of the entertainment industry.  No longer are A-list games only competing with each other for sales, but now it seems that the latest movie releases are being factored into the equation.  Of course, whatever effects...

Pacemakers the Latest Hacking Target

Pacemakers the Latest Hacking Target

A report, to be presented at a California computer-security conference in May, suggests that pacemakers and defibrillators may be targets for hacking.Millions of Americans have pacemakers, which keeps hearts beating regularly, or an implanted defibrillator, which can restart stopped hearts with an electric jolt. After implanting a defibrillator...

ASUS Striker II Formula nForce 780i SLI

ASUS Striker II Formula nForce 780i SLI

Just in case you didn't notice the new featured article at the top of the page, we’re writing to let everyone know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of the ASUS Striker II Formula nForce 780i SLI-based motherboard for Intel processors.  The Striker...

iPod nanos Burning Up in Japan

iPod nanos Burning Up in Japan

And we're not talking about "hot sales" either.Japan is investigating a possible defect in Apple Inc.'s iPod after one of the popular digital music players reportedly shot out sparks while recharging, a government official said Wednesday.An official at the trade and economy ministry, which oversees product problems, said a defect is suspected...

ASUS Announces 24” LCD with Integrated Webcam

ASUS Announces 24” LCD with Integrated Webcam

ASUS Announces World’s First 24” LCD Monitor with Integrated Video Conferencing Capabilities -- ASUS MK241H combines real-time communication with high definition 1080P display to deliver the ultimate interactive user experience -- FREMONT, CA (MARCH 12, 2008) - Designed for users who insist on watching high definition (HD) content on a PC...

YouTube: Broadcast Yourself, Anywhere

YouTube: Broadcast Yourself, Anywhere

Rumors flew yesterday about today's YouTube announcement. Some thought it would be high-definition videos (long desired); others thought it would be a deal with Hulu (which would have been cool). The real announcement was an opening up of YouTube, turning it into a service that could power your own application, site, whatever, via new APIs.We...

Apple: No Computer Purchase With Giftcards

Apple: No Computer Purchase With Giftcards

The Consumerist featured a story a year ago about a woman that wasn't allowed to buy an Apple computer because she wanted to purchase it solely using Apple-issued giftcards. Stung by negative publicity, Apple relented and she got her computer. But instead of liberalizing their giftcard policy, Apple simply gave the one customer a computer...

Google: Do No Evil. And Do It Somewhere Else

Google: Do No Evil. And Do It Somewhere Else

Google has cleared the final hurdle, the OK of anti-trust regulators in the EU, and will take over DoubleClick. DoubleClick is well-positioned to help Google consolidate its position in Internet marketing, advertising, and tracking customer surfing habits; and they specialize in multimedia ads that could possibly draw advertising revenue away...

Legislator Seeks to Ban Anonymous Web Posting

Legislator Seeks to Ban Anonymous Web Posting

Not living in Kentucky?  Count yourself lucky. A bill filed in the House would keep Kentuckians from posting anonymous comments to Web sites.House Bill 775, filed Tuesday by Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, would require anyone who contributes to a Web site to register a real name, address and e-mail address with that Web site. The person's...

OCZ Unveils Efficient Vendetta 2 Cooler

OCZ Unveils Efficient Vendetta 2 Cooler

OCZ Technology Group Addresses Ultra Efficient Cooling with the Introduction the Vendetta 2 Designed for Today’s High Performance Processors Sunnyvale, CA—March 11, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vendetta 2,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Foxconn 9600GT 512 MB Review @ OCCXFX 8400GS 256MB Video Card Review @ Gamepyre Motherboards & Chipsets: Tyan Tempest i5400XT @ PhoronixAMD 790FX 4-Way Motherboard Roundup @ HardwareZoneGigabyte MA-78GM-S2H Motherboard @ Legit ReviewsMemory & Storage: Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager @ 3DGameManHoneywell SecuraDrive 1.8-inch 80GB...

ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI Sneak Peek

ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI Sneak Peek

Home Theater PC aficionados will surely be interested in this one.  In January of this year, during the Consumer Electronics Show, NVIDIA disclosed details regarding their nForce 700a series of chipsets, the GeForce 8200 IGP, and Hybrid SLI.  Motherboards based on the chipsets haven’t stormed the market just yet, but we wanted to...

Rumor: Atom D On The Way?

Rumor: Atom D On The Way?

Please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.While we've heard a good deal about the first generation of Intel's Atom family CPUs, dubbed the 200 series, many have been wondering when or if a dual-core Atom is coming.  Rumors suggest that there are indeed coming:“...a...

Wi-Fi Hotspots Are As Dead As Disco

Wi-Fi Hotspots Are As Dead As Disco

You have to measure the remarks of the Ericsson CEO about the future of Wi-Fi hotspot computing against the stake he has in the outcome of the race to serve the computing public on the go; but he does seem to be hitting the nail on the head when he predicts that  Wi-Fi hotspots are "The telephone boxes of the broadband era." ... there's...

Gamers Get Their Kicks From Dying

Gamers Get Their Kicks From Dying

We do?  And we always thought it was all about winning - which usually means not dying.I can't even count the number of ways I've died. Like most gamers, I've been slaughtered by AK-47-wielding terrorists, poisoned by eldritch spiders and blown up with alien frag grenades. I've also been impaled on medieval swords, ripped limb from limb...

Microsoft Unveils Two Windows Aero Keyboards

Microsoft Unveils Two Windows Aero Keyboards

New peripherals bring stylish and affordable options for the digital lifestyle. REDMOND, Wash. - March 11, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. brings the beauty of Windows Aero from the PC to the devices that surround it with its latest keyboard and mouse desktop set, the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, designed to complement the Windows Vista operating...

Intel SSDs To Leap Ahead Of The Rest?

Intel SSDs To Leap Ahead Of The Rest?

Intel plans on breaking into the SSD market and is setting its sites on the top position by the end of the year.  That's pretty tough talk considering the incredible diversity of the existing hardware which ranges from cost effective solutions like those found in the Eee PC to drives so incredibly fast and expensive that more than one...

Wal-Mart: The Penguin's Goose Is Cooked

Wal-Mart: The Penguin's Goose Is Cooked

Linux fans felt as though Wal-Mart's decision to retail inexpensive computers  that use Linux for their operating system meant that the free, open source software would finally break out into general public. Oh yeah, and Ron Paul's going to be President. "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," said Wal-Mart Stores Inc....

MS To Challenge Vista Capable Suit

MS To Challenge Vista Capable Suit

The “Vista Capable” class action law suit we reported on earlier this month might be dead in the water before it even gets started:“Friday, Microsoft petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its challenge of the case's class-action status, which was granted two weeks ago by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman. The company...

Don't Get Your Hopes Up Over Beatles on iTunes

Don't Get Your Hopes Up Over Beatles on iTunes

Sorry, Beatles fans: two sources are throwing cold water on rumors that Paul McCartney has sold the rights to the Beatles back catalog to iTunes.Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the joint venture owned by Sony and singer Michael Jackson, has thrown cold water on newspaper stories out of London that The Beatles catalog would soon be available on...

Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 Gaming Notebook

Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 Gaming Notebook

Just in case you're the type who like to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Toshiba’s new Satellite X205-SLI4 gaming notebook.  The Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 is a feature-rich laptop...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GIGABYTE GV-RX387512H HD3870 512MB Crossfire Review @ Motherboards.orgGigabyte 8800GT TurboForce @ t-breakASUS VW222 22-inch Wide-Screen Review @ TechgageSapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card @ TweaktownBFGTech 9600 GT OC in SLI vs. GeForce 8800 GTX @ [H]Four Overclocked RADEON HD 3650/3850/3870 Graphics Cards @ Digit-LifeMemory...

Sony BMG Signs with We7

Sony BMG Signs with We7

What's up with Sony BMG? Of late, they seem to be open to trying new ideas which, based on their rootkit-like DRM and other issues in the past, seem out of character. First they sign a deal with Amazon MP3 for all DRM-free music, and now this!From the end of April, We7's users will be able to stream music, on demand and for free with a short...

We've Told You Ten Times: Get A Bigger Monitor

We've Told You Ten Times: Get A Bigger Monitor

We're getting to be nags here at HotHardware news about this facet of computer upgrades, but once again, it's proven to be true: Bigger monitors make people more productive.  Researchers at the University of Utah tested how quickly people performed tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets while using different...

HD DVD Is Dead! Long Live... HD VMD?

HD DVD Is Dead! Long Live... HD VMD?

Things seemed settled. Blu-ray, the high definition format favored by Sony, finally overcame the competition offered by rival Toshiba, HD DVD, and the next-generation format wars were over. Not so fast, says New Medium Enterprises, who are touting an alternative to Blu-ray they call the versatile multilayer disc. VMD has the one attribute...

British Security Camera "Sees" Under Clothes

British Security Camera "Sees" Under Clothes

The British company Thruvision has announced the T5000 Security Imaging System, a camera that can "see" under clothes using what the company calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays that they emit. The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls "passive imaging...

McCartney Signs Deal with iTunes

McCartney Signs Deal with iTunes

If nothing else, it appears that the contentious divorce between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills has led to one good result - well, not for either of them, but for music fans. McCartney has authorized the release of the Beatles' back catalog on iTunes in a deal that is valued at $400 million.The deal has been much delayed. But industry insiders...

Rumor: Intel x4n Series IGP Details

Rumor: Intel x4n Series IGP Details

As with all rumors please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Intel.  Intel's upcoming x4n series of chipsets doesn't just feature the flagship x48, but an entire range of chipsets to blanket virtually every market segment.  One of the market segments that has been...

ASUS Shows Off Concept Bamboo Products

ASUS Shows Off Concept Bamboo Products

ASUS Showcases New Concept Bamboo Products at CeBIT 2008 Innovative Design Makes Use of Alternative Materials for Eco-Friendliness Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS – The huge numbers of visitors present at ASUS' booth during CeBIT 2008 were treated to a dazzling display of innovative technology that included the ever-popular Eee PC, the ASUS-Lamborghini...

Intel Patents Cosmic Ray Detector, No Really

Intel Patents Cosmic Ray Detector, No Really

Soft errors, they sound a little less ominous than hard errors, don't they?  Actually, both are not a lot of fun for the average computer processor or memory chip.  A soft error, relative to semiconductor technology, is corruption inside of the memory structure of a device where bits are flipped inadvertently....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT: Worthy Rival to ATI Radeon HD 3000 @ X-bit LabsSapphire HD 3850 Ultimate Edition Review @ OCCECS GeForce 9600GT Accelero 512MB @ TweaktownPowercolor HD 3650 Xtreme 512 MB @ techPowerUpMemory & Storage: Thermaltake Muse X-Duo RAID Review @ ClubOC.netPatriot Viper PC2-6400XLK 2GB Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-HideoutKingston...

Beer Company Experiments with Moonvertising

Beer Company Experiments with Moonvertising

Rolling Rock, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has come up with an interesting ad campaign: offbeat, though definitely high-powered.  Or requiring a lot of power, anyway.It appears to be a teaser to a new advertising campaign for Rolling Rock beer. According to their “Moonvertising,” web site: “…we’re trying a new, more tasteful advertising...

Circuit City Extends HD-DVD Player Return Time

Circuit City Extends HD-DVD Player Return Time

Some retailers have been offering credits or trade-ins for returns of HD-DVD players, but you always need to buy a new Blu-ray player in exchange. Circuit City is going them one better, extending its 30-day return policy to 90 days for HD-DVD players.Circuit City Stores Inc. is getting on the Blu-ray digital video format bandwagon by tripling...

Asus Eee PC 4G-X, Windows XP Eee PC First Look!

Asus Eee PC 4G-X, Windows XP Eee PC First Look!

A little birdie tossed this one over the wall to us and we just had to pass this along to you.   Asus has done so well with their new little ultra-portable, ultra-miserly computer, that they're continuing to flesh out the product family with more flavors than an jacked up all-night rave at Baskin Robbins.  Word is the Windows...

iPhone SDK All Fun & Games

iPhone SDK All Fun & Games

Apple and game developers have a real hit or miss relationship.  A pair of great examples are Blizzard, who only seems to do tandem Windows/OS X releases these days, and Valve, who claim Apple's game-oriented SDKs aren't well supported.  So does this bode well or poorly for the iPhone?It seems that EA and SEGA both think that the...

Pentagon and Google Street Views Do Not Mix

Pentagon and Google Street Views Do Not Mix

Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape...

For Once Bill Came In Third

For Once Bill Came In Third

Bill Gates no longer sits atop the list of richest individuals in the world.  While he might not be applying for welfare anytime soon, the irony is that he probably would have retained his slot for a 14th year in a row had Microsoft not bid on Yahoo.“Microsoft shares fell 15% between Jan. 31, the day before the company announced its bid...

Sony and Microsoft Talk Blu-Ray For The Xbox 360

Sony and Microsoft Talk Blu-Ray For The Xbox 360

According to a report in the Financial Times, Sony is in talks with Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360.  As many of you know, until recently Sony has touted Blu-ray as an advantage the PlayStation 3 holds over the Xbox 360.  Microsoft had backed Toshiba’s HD-DVD format and offered an affordable, external HD-DVD...

Flatscreens Are Flat, So Pioneer Drops Them

Flatscreens Are Flat, So Pioneer Drops Them

Japan's Pioneer Electronics is giving up on manufacturing their own plasma panels, and will simply buy them from other manufacturers and market them to consumers. The market for the panels is intensely competitive, and Pioneer has been bleeding red ink ever since it purchased  the plasma manufacturing operations of NEC Corp in 2004. As...

All Your Digg Are Belong To Us

All Your Digg Are Belong To Us

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Powerful more-or-less user-run news aggregator Digg.com is apparently for sale.  But unlike the last handful of times you heard that, this time four potential buyers have been identified, and are performing due diligence towards an actual sale. Perhaps you've heard of two of them: Microsoft and...

Denver Airport Censors Free Wi-Fi Network

Denver Airport Censors Free Wi-Fi Network

It's free, so do they have the right to censor it?Officials have blocked access to content they deem provocative on the airport's free Wi-Fi service.The Denver Post points out that some of those questionable sites include, Vanity Fair, the gossip column perezhilton.com, the hipster-geek site boingboing.net, and photos from the Sports Illustrated...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP TurboForce - Second look @ Hard Tecs 4 URadeon HD 3870 X2 in Crossfire X Tested @ TweaktownASUS EN8800GS TOP 384MB (GeForce 8800 GS) @ HardwareZoneMemory & Storage: Patriot Memory PC2-9200 2GB EP DDR2 Kit @ Tweaktown Power: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750w Power Supply Review @ OCIA.netCases, Cooling, &...

Ziff Davis Files Chapter 11

Ziff Davis Files Chapter 11

The parent company to such publications as Electronic Gaming Monthly and PC Magazine, Ziff Davis, has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 in order to restructure their debt.  The decision to file was reached by a group of concerned investors as well as senior management.“Importantly, as part of the restructuring, the ad hoc noteholder group...

The iPhone Gets Exchange Support, SDK

The iPhone Gets Exchange Support, SDK

Today the iPhone got its SDK, but more than that, Apple announced Exchange support via ActiveSync.  All those CEOs will not start bugging IT departments around the country, you can bet.Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release...

Crysis v1.2 Patch Hits The Web

Crysis v1.2 Patch Hits The Web

The second patch for Crytek’s highly-acclaimed shooter Crysis is now available. Patch 1.2 continues to tune and improve stability and performance according to notes in the changelog.  The main improvements in Patch 1.2 include tweaks to multiplayer, mod support and balance of weapons, AI and vehicles, including: Added mod loader to main...

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB Hard Drive

A few months ago, we evaluated the 1-terabyte (TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA hard drive and found the drive to offer many positive features in addition to its massive capacity.  In this article though, we'll be looking at Seagate's new flagship enterprise-class, mass storage solution, the 1TB Barracuda ES.2.  While the Barracuda...

AMD Demonstrates Triple-Core In Blu-ray Test

AMD sent word this morning of product demos with their new 780G chipset and platform that we recently covered here for you in full detail.  At the time, we provided a detailed look at the capabilities of AMD's IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) in gaming and 3D rendering scenarios, as well as their new Hybrid CrossFire technology but...

Sync to Outlook with Google Calendar Sync

Sync to Outlook with Google Calendar Sync

Google Calendar is great, but wouldn't it be great if you could sync your Google Calendar events with your Outlook calendar at work? Well, maybe not, it might give an idea of just how busy your life really is.I've suffered major headaches trying to sync all my calendars. I used the Microsoft Outlook calendar on my desktop computer at home,...

Jobs Says There's No Job For Flash On the iPhone

Jobs Says There's No Job For Flash On the iPhone

I don't know which I dread accidentally clicking on more: A PDF link (Adobe) or a Quicktime video (Apple). But unless you live under a rock, you're looking at Flash video every day on the Internet. Steve Jobs doesn't seem to be; he's publicly  announced that Flash is unsuitable for the iPhone in any of its current iterations. Adobe countered...

Panasonic Goes Atomic!

Panasonic Goes Atomic!

Panasonic is developing a tough little UMPC based on Intel's Atom technology and they're calling it the Toughbook.  The specs aren't entirely clear other than the platform itself and the fact that it should live up to its name:“Little information is available, but we have a water, dust, and shock resistant computer with 5.6” touch screen.”We're...

Downloadable Internet Explorer 8. Wait, What?

Downloadable Internet Explorer 8. Wait, What?

Maybe it's just me, but the unexpected words "ready for download now" referring to a Microsoft product seem... unusual. Microsoft was outlining the features and interoperability of its next generation web browser at the MIX show in Las Vegas yesterday, and shocked a lot of developers by announcing it was ready to download right away as Beta...

$200 Blu-Ray Players In 2009?

$200 Blu-Ray Players In 2009?

Now that Blu-ray has won the format wars, many are wondering when the prices are going to start dropping, maybe even coming into line with HD DVD player prices.  Don't hold your breath:The $200-player Blu-ray cavalry is at least a year away, according to Sony Electronics CEO Stan Glasgow, who we talked to today in New York. "I don't think...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Inno3D 8800GT Accelero X1 - 512Mb DDR3 @ CPU3DXFX 9600GT 512MB @ Bjorn3DATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 CrossFireX Evaluation @ [H]MSI RX3870X2-OC @ t-breakPNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT Graphics Card Review @ I4UHIS HD 3870 X2 vs. BFG 8800 GTX @ 3DGameManXFX 8400GS 256MB Video Card Review @ GamePyre Motherboards & Chipsets: Asus P5E3 WS Professional...

Wikileaks is Safe - for Now

Wikileaks is Safe - for Now

Last week the injunction which forced Wikileaks "off the air" was dismissed.   In the wake of this, the bank that first brought legal action against Wikileaks has given up - for now.Bank Julius Baer filed a brief note with a court in San Francisco Wednesday saying it would voluntarily dismiss its own case, while reserving the right...

Yahoo Delays Board Nominations to Slow Microsoft

Yahoo Delays Board Nominations to Slow Microsoft

It's an obvious move, but one that removes a looming deadline from the horizon.[Yahoo] has amended the Company's bylaws to extend the deadline for nominating directors to Yahoo's board from March 14th to 10 days following the public announcement of the date for Yahoo!'s 2008 annual meeting of stockholders. As the Company has not yet announced...

What Do Women Want? Ask Ask

What Do Women Want? Ask Ask

Yet more search engine news: Online search site Ask.com is laying off 40 people and running up the white flag in its quest to challenge Google for market share. They've decided to concentrate on their core users, who they have identified as women in their late thirties in the Midwest and Southeastern states, according to their new chief executive...

Yahoo Might Merge With AOL, Or Kill Themselves

Yahoo Might Merge With AOL, Or Kill Themselves

In a mildly comical turn of events, the people running Yahoo are apparently trying to patch together a merger with AOL as a sort of "poison pill" move that would make them unavailable for purchase by Microsoft. That seems unlikely, since Google owns a substantial share of AOL, so would likely run afoul of regulatory agencies as a de facto...

"N-Word" Shows Up in Computerized Typing Program

"N-Word" Shows Up in Computerized Typing Program

No question about this, this is one heck of a bug.A woman was stunned and a software company apologetic after an offensive word showed up on a computerized typing test. Monica Loadholdt was using Perfect Typing Pro, a software program made by Cosmi, when the 'N word' showed up in one of the typing exercises."I just stopped," Monica remembers....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI HD 3470 Review @ OCCFoxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review @ PCStatsAlbatron 8800GTS-512X Graphics Card Review @ X-bit Labs            Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H (AMD 780G) @ Hard Tecs 4 UAMD 780G and Athlon X2 4850E Review @ AMDZoneAMD 780G Chipset...

Google Offers Search Within Search

Google Offers Search Within Search

A new twist on search by Google, though one that Yahoo! already has, at least to some extent, is secondary search boxes within search results.Google has started offering search boxes within their search results. In the example above, a search box is offered for Amazon. The new service seems to be restricted to larger sites with a slant towards...

iTunes: We Need More Rentals Cap'n!

iTunes: We Need More Rentals Cap'n!

Despite Apple's promise of 1000 movies available for rental by the end of January, iTunes has less than half of that available in the start of March.  The good news is that of the 384 available movies 91 of those are supposedly high-definition.  The bad news?  Not all of those 91 titles would really measure up to what most would...

MAINGEAR Releases Powerful HD Media Centers

MAINGEAR Releases Powerful HD Media Centers

MAINGEAR Releases Powerful, High Definition, Low-profile Media CentersBased on AMD’s Innovative 780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD Graphics Union, NJ – MAINGEAR Computers, the premier high performance boutique integrator in North America is proud to announce the immediate availability of their new Axess HD Home Theater media center. ...

AMD Details Puma

AMD Details Puma

We've been hearing about AMD's “Puma” platform for over a year now, and wondering exactly what it is.  Well the waiting is finally over as AMD has finally detailed exactly what the stealthy cat is:“In order to be branded as part of the Puma platform, notebooks must come with a Griffin CPU, RS780M chipset and WiFi adapter -- a discrete...

OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator Hits Mass Production

OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator Hits Mass Production

OCZ Technology Group Exhibits New Industry-Leading Innovations at CeBIT 2008 Including the Highly-Anticipated Neural Impulse Actuator Hannover, Germany - March 4, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, computer components, and systems, today unveiled its next...

Gary Gygax, D&D Co-Creator, Dead at 69

Gary Gygax, D&D Co-Creator, Dead at 69

Gary Gygax, acknowledged by many as the father of the role-playing game, has passed away at 69.Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, according to Stephen Chenault, CEO of Troll Lord Games. Gygax designed the original D&D game with...

AMD Demos 45nm Native Quad-Core Processors

AMD Demos 45nm Native Quad-Core Processors

AMD Demos 45nm Native Quad-Core Processors for Server, Desktop — Customer Testing of Product Samples Underway — HANNOVER, Germany. -- March 4, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) demonstrated at the CeBit electronics exhibition its first 45nm quad-core chips running multiple operating systems and a range of processing intensive applications. The processors...

VA Supreme Court Upholds Felony Spam Conviction

VA Supreme Court Upholds Felony Spam Conviction

In 2004, Jeremy Jaynes was the first person to receive a felony conviction in Virginia for sending Spam.  He got nine years in jail. His case has made its way through the state court system, losing all the way; and now in a closely divided decision, The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the only Spam Jaynes will be allowed to enjoy...

HotHardware's Skulltrail Sweepstakes Winner

HotHardware's Skulltrail Sweepstakes Winner

A couple of weeks ago, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away an absolute Beast of a system, based on Intel’s powerful Skulltrail platform.  The response we received after the announcement was absolutely incredible, with hundreds of new members joining our community, posting thousands of comments throughout...

AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview

AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview

Just in case you missed it, we’re hitting the news page to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of AMD’s new 780G Chipset with integrated graphics and the new low-power Athlon 64 4850e processor.  Here's a snip from the piece...“The 780G platform...

Dell Launches Abusable Laptop

Dell Launches Abusable Laptop

It's another market, ruggedized laptops.  And since Dell is still in full recovery mode, given the opportunity, why not enter it? The Latitude XFR D630 is basically a Latitude D630 in full body armor built to withstand extreme temperatures, falls, moisture, dust, and more. Dell isn't really breaking any new ground here. Panasonic has...

AMD Catalyst 8.3 and CrossFire X Announcement

AMD Catalyst 8.3 and CrossFire X Announcement

AMD Takes the Ultimate Visual Experience  in PC Gaming to New Heights with CrossFireX Milestone ATI Catalyst  8.3 release unlocks quad- and triple-GPU performance and ATI Hybrid Graphics for Windows Vista Hannover, Germany (CeBIT 2008)   March 4, 2008   AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its latest graphics driver...

Microsoft Shines Silverlight On Nokia

Microsoft Shines Silverlight On Nokia

Microsoft has developed a rich media platform to compete with Adobe's Flash, called Silverlight. Nokia has decided to sign on to use Silverlight on some of its smartphones and Internet tablets.  Microsoft  no doubt sees that browsing the Internet and virtual devices will eventually eat into their desktop supremacy, and would like...

Albatron GeForce 9800 GX2 Nudies From CeBIT

Albatron GeForce 9800 GX2 Nudies From CeBIT

The CeBIT 2008 show is Germany's version of our CES, or Taiwan's Computex, only with a little wienerschnitzel thrown around and some Helles to wash it down; you get the idea.  As with many shows like these, lots of inside info is released and as yet announced products are often shown behind closed doors and sometimes even...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GIGABYTE GeForce 8800GT TurboForce @ TweaktownNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT/GTS Roundup @ Digit-LifePalit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review @ PCStatsVVIKOO GeForce 9600 GT Turbo @ techPowerUp Motherboards & Chipsets: VIA EPIA-SN1800 Review @ ASE LabsXFX nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Review @ Motherboards.orgGigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 DES...

Rumor: 9” Eee PC Details

Rumor: 9” Eee PC Details

As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation or denial from Asus.The rumored 8.9” or 9” Eee PC may just become a reality after all.  While we don't have too many tech specs, we're hearing that the screen size is supposed to be 9” not 8.9” and because the battery life...

Woz Wrong With Apple?

Woz Wrong With Apple?

During a recent broadband technology summit in Australia Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took the time to gripe about a few of Apple's newer products.“Steve Wozniak says he wishes Apple hadn't released a 2G version of the iPhone; that the Apple TV is frustrating to use, and that the MacBook Air won't be a hit.”Many of these sentiments have...

Kingston Shows Off DDR3 Memory @ 2.133GHz

In advance of CeBit, Kingston has created a video which shows soon to be released Kingston Technology DDR3 memory modules overclocked to an impressive 2.133GHz.  The memory, which is yet to be officially announced, will be in the HyperX DDR3 family and it will be rated for operation at PC3-16000 speeds. Kingston DDR3...

Futuremark Tries to Trademark PWNAGE

Futuremark Tries to Trademark PWNAGE

In the strangest trademark application we've seen since Fark tried to trademark NSFW, Futuremark is attempting to trademark PWNAGE.If it is approved, Futuremark's request will cover an extremely wide slice of the digital entertainment market, including (but not limited to) the following:"Computer game software for communication devices; computer...

Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP GeForce 8800 GT

Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP GeForce 8800 GT

Just in case you missed it, we’re checking in to the news to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Gigabyte’s innovative GV-NX88T512HP GeForce 8800 GT graphics card.  The Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP features a nice factory overclock, the ability...

Nine Inch Nails Uploads Album to Torrent Sites

Nine Inch Nails Uploads Album to Torrent Sites

Nine Inch Nails has released its new album, Ghosts I-IV, online and in a somewhat Radiohead-eque way. You'll recall Radiohead released its In Rainbows album with "you" naming the price. Nine Inch Nails doesn't go quite that far, but it's still the sort of experimentation more bands should be trying with digital distribution becoming more popular.Nine...

Paul Revere And His New High Tech Lanterns

Paul Revere And His New High Tech Lanterns

Paul Revere was always very cutting edge. He used the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston and his lantern as something like the world's first cellphone tower, calling the revolutionaries to arms with his "one if by land, two if by sea" signal. Now the church continues to keep up with the times by installing LED lighting inside to replace...

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Wikipedia Can Help

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Wikipedia Can Help

Jimmy Wales has broken a lot of ground in his day. The founder of Wikipedia has turned the online collaborative encyclopedia into a household word. Wales was contacted by Canadian political commentator Rachel Marsden about defacement of her Wikipedia page, and apparently one thing led to another. In another first, he's announced the breakup...

Try Routing THIS

Try Routing THIS

While the internet is rumored to be running out of routing capabilities faster than it is running out of bandwidth, it is still interesting to see companies such as IBM push the envelope.  Of course most of today's bandwidth barrier busting technologies are optical, and this one is no different:“The new technology uses light instead of...

How Low Will Vista Prices Go?

How Low Will Vista Prices Go?

Microsoft announced it was lowering Windows Vista prices last Thursday. While the price cuts aren't scheduled to go into effect until the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1), Microsoft had said that many retailers would be offering promotions that would drop Vista to its new lower prices.But the ad at OfficeMax took things a step further. In this...

Intel Announces Atom™ - Silverthorne Launched

Intel Announces Atom™ - Silverthorne Launched

Today, Intel has officially announced their Atom line of ultra-mobile processors, previously code named Silverthorne and Diamondville.  This new family of chips is based on an entirely new CPU architecture that was designed from the ground up, specifically to address the computing and power consumption requirements of Mobile Internet...

Was XP Microsoft's Last Good OS?

Was XP Microsoft's Last Good OS?

Windows Vista: complaints, complaints, complaints.  Rightfully so, however.  Was XP the last good OS from Microsoft?Everybody's talking today about "Drivergate" — internal Microsoft e-mails that show senior Microsoft executives personally struggling to use hardware products sporting the "Windows Vista Capable" sticker. The e-mails...

U.K.'s fastest supercomputer unveiled

U.K.'s fastest supercomputer unveiled

If you thought that quad-core rig of yours was fast, wait until you see what the folks at the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Computer Facility have just unveiled..."Hector -- or the High-End Computing Terascale Resource -- can handle 63 trillion calculations per second, which is the equivalent processing power of 12,000 desktop systems...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: 3-Way NVIDIA SLI Review - GeForce 8800 GTX x 3 @ Legit ReviewsProcessors: The Big Bad Wolfdale: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Review @ SysOpt Memory & Storage: Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 2GB Memory Kit @ TweaktownHoneywell SecuraDrive 1.8" Pocket HDD @ 3DGameManSystems: Alienware High Definition Media Server @ Legit Reviews ASUS U6S 12.1"...

Free iPhone Apps May Be Free of Restrictions

Free iPhone Apps May Be Free of Restrictions

Much concern has been expressed over the possibility of Apple restricting 3rd-party iPhone apps developed with its upcoming SDK.  It appears, however, one category of apps may be excluded from any restrictions: free ones.In spite of fears that Apple may impose tight restrictions on third-party iPhone applications developed with its upcoming...

Vista Gets an Anti-"Activation Hack" Update

Vista Gets an Anti-"Activation Hack" Update

Microsoft's made no secret of the fact that a patch for Vista - sans the SP1 update - will disable the OEM BIOS Hack and Grace Time Hack some use to get around activation.  Naturally, SP1 will do so as well, but if you try to get around it, you can only avoid it if you disable / hide the update.The release of Windows Vista Service Pack...

World's Top Super Computer Mimics Mouse Brain

World's Top Super Computer Mimics Mouse Brain

Man certainly has done some amazing things pushing the boundaries of technology but what really gets our groove on here at HH is marveling at the might and muscle of human achievement in computing technologies.  Take for example, the 7th fastest super computer structure in the world, Tera-10, that is commissioned for service by France's...