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All News for March 2009

OCZ Introduces the Neutrino Netbook

OCZ Introduces the Neutrino Netbook

OCZ Technology Introduces the Neutrino Netbook, the Latest Solution in their Award-Winning DIY Initiative San Jose, Calif. - March 30, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself...

NVIDIA Delivers New Quadro GPUs, SLI Multi-OS

NVIDIA Delivers New Quadro GPUs, SLI Multi-OS

Never mind that whole NVIDIA / Intel lawsuit thing that's going on in the background; the real NVIDIA news is right here. The company has today introduced a slew of new GPUs, obviously catering to the professional set but intriguing from a technology standpoint to the consumer. Described as the most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line...

Lenovo Adds Xeon Processors to ThinkServers

Lenovo Adds Xeon Processors to ThinkServers

Lenovo Boosts Workstation and Server Performance Integrates New Intel Xeon Processors into Advanced Computing Solutions March 30, 2009: Lenovo today announced that it is using the latest Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series and Intel Xeon Processor 3500 Series to support advanced levels of computing performance in workstations and servers. Lenovo...

AT&T Brings New Phones: E71x, Propel Pro, Etc.

AT&T Brings New Phones: E71x, Propel Pro, Etc.

As CTIA gets ready to begin in Las Vegas, AT&T is adding to its lineup by introducing a whole slew of new smartphones and not-so-smartphones that are armed and ready for texting, MMS-ing and email checking. Kicking it off is the Samsung Propel Pro, a sleek and stylish addition that brings a full QWERTY keypad, silver color scheme and a...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S and Q9550S, Burned In

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S and Q9550S, Burned In

At just 65W, Intel's new S-series quad-core processors have a TDP (thermal design power) rating that's 30W lower than traditional Core 2 Quad chips, which are all rated for 95W.  In fact, the only other 65W chips Intel offers are from the Core 2 Duo line-up of dual-core processors. The beauty is, these new lower power chips perform just...

Western Digital Gets Flash for Cash

Western Digital Gets Flash for Cash

Today, Western Digital entered the Solid State Disk (SSD) market through the acquisition of SiliconSystems.  Now that the $65 million cash deal is complete, integration into Western Digital begins immediately. SiliconSystems will now be known as the WD Solid-State Storage business unit. SiliconSystems sells its SiliconDrive products to...

Dell Introduces New Inspiron Family

Dell Introduces New Inspiron Family

PCs are increasingly becoming an item that people want to personalize to suit their performance and lifestyle needs and preferences. As a result, we’re seeing more and more computers with custom colors and unique styling. Dell’s new Inspiron slim and mini-towers offer plenty of design and personalization options for customers. The new Inspiron...

VIA Intros 1080p-Capable P710-HD Module

VIA Intros 1080p-Capable P710-HD Module

While most of the world keys in on Intel, AMD and ARM, VIA is quietly slinking around the corner waiting to steal away some of that precious market share. After debuting a potent solution for 1080p-capable netbooks and bringing its IVP-7500 into motor vehicles, the company is now flaunting its P710-HD module, which does its best to turn the...

ARM Intros Fast Cortex A9/M3, Keil MPS

ARM Intros Fast Cortex A9/M3, Keil MPS

Hot on the heels of ARM's ground-breaking Mali announcement at the Game Developers Conference comes a new pair of introductions from the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California. First and foremost, the company has revealed two new models for the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor and for the Cortex-M3 processor. According to...

Mark Cuban Fined $25K For Twitter NBA Comments

Mark Cuban Fined $25K For Twitter NBA Comments

You know, Mark Cuban has an excellent point: Twitter may not have a business model just yet, but it can no longer say that no one's making money from it. Over the weekend, the eccentric and outspoken Dallas Mavericks owners (not to mention a media mogul in his free time) decided to lash out once more against NBA referees. Not that lashing...

BFF?  OnStar and Twitter?

BFF? OnStar and Twitter?

OnStar is General Motor's security and safety system which, if you've heard the radio ads, can do everything from get your doors unlocked if you lock your keys in the car to automatically letting OnStar reps know if you are in an accident, even if you are unconscious. According to information leaked in a recent online survey, you may soon...

"The Internet is Infected" - 60 Minutes

"The Internet is Infected" - 60 Minutes

60 Minutes is a great show, for the most part (and let's not forget it has Andy Rooney!), but a report Sunday night on the Conficker worm titled "The Internet is Infected" is probably the definition of hyperbole. The report, a full transcript of which is here, and a video below, was designed to alarm, and I'm sure it did. The title alone is...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295 1792MB Video Card Review @ TheTechLoungeMotherboards and Chipsets:Sapphire PURE CrossFireX 790GX Motherboard @ TweaktownProcessors:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsIntel Core 2 Quad Q9400S @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:16gb USB Drive Comparison - 17 Drives Compared @ TestFreaksHighPoint RocketRAID...

Action Video Games Could Sharpen Eyesight

Action Video Games Could Sharpen Eyesight

People who have a hard time seeing traffic lights or cars at night, who miss facial gestures, or who need a great deal of light to read typically suffer from poor contrast sensitivity. This condition is thought to be correctable by wearing glasses or contact lenses or by surgery. Now, researchers say they may have found a way to improve contrast...

‘GhostNet’ Spies on Governments & Dalai Lama

‘GhostNet’ Spies on Governments & Dalai Lama

After a 10-month cyber espionage investigation, researchers have found 1,295 computers in 103 countries with software that is capable of stealing information from high-profile targets such as the Dalai Lama and government agencies around the world. In the report published today by Information Warfare Monitor, a Toronto-based organization,...

BlackBerry App World Launching This Week

BlackBerry App World Launching This Week

Say what you will about the iPhone (and the App Store in particular), but it has undoubtedly set off a chain reaction of me-toos. Not long ago, the Android Market was launched to bring the all-too-familiar app shopping experience to G1 users, and now we're hearing that RIM, Nokia and Microsoft are planning to follow suit in short order. Reportedly,...

Verizon To Sell Subsidized 3G Netbooks

Verizon To Sell Subsidized 3G Netbooks

Cellphone operators around the globe have now been offering up WWAN-enabled netbooks for months now, and while AT&T has been doing so in the United States with HP's 2133 Mini-Note, Verizon Wireless is hoping to grab some of that excitement here soon. Essentially, carriers are selling netbooks for even less than retail; the catch is that...

MySpace Meets Reality TV

MySpace Meets Reality TV

Social networking site MySpace hopes to attract Internet users with a new reality TV-style show called Married on MySpace. The show will chronicle one couple’s journey to their wedding day. MySpace members will drive much of the decision-making in the planning event. The process begins with users voting on videos submitted by couples to determine...

Jailbroken iPhone Used in Apple Patent App

Jailbroken iPhone Used in Apple Patent App

You'll remember that Apple has previously called jailbreaking iPhones illegal. Yet a recent patent application submitted by Apple uses images of a jailbroken iPhone to make their case. The attorneys at Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who submitted the application in Apple's behalf are probably red-faced; I wonder if Steve Jobs has...

Netflix Adds Facebook Connect, Personalization

Netflix Adds Facebook Connect, Personalization

It's pretty amazing, really. While Blockbuster has withered as the world shifted from in-store DVD rentals to by-mail rentals and now to streaming rentals, Netflix has managed to keep itself relevant by staying one step ahead of the curve. Rather than pushing out its own proprietary "Netflix box," it instead created software and an API that...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:PowerColor SCS3 Radeon HD 4650 512MB @ PhoronixSapphire Vapor-X HD 4870 1GB review @ NeoseekerHIS HD 4650 iSilence 512 MB @ techPowerUpGeForce GTX 295: New on Old @ AccelenationGalaxy GeForce GTX 260+ OC Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi Motherboard @ TweaktownLanParty Jr X58 T3H6 Motherboard...

YouTube Adds Twitter Integration, More Features

YouTube Adds Twitter Integration, More Features

Here's a little nugget just in case you've been sleeping under a gigantic boulder over the past year: Twitter is taking over the world. As the social networking site continues to infiltrate more and more areas of our lives, YouTube has now caved and integrated a Tweeting function into its site.In the most recent wave of YouTube feature updates,...

Tesla Intros Gorgeous Model S Electric Car

Tesla Intros Gorgeous Model S Electric Car

It's still far, far away from production (Q3 2011, best case scenario), but Tesla Motors is looking to turn the automotive industry on its side. Not that said industry isn't already upside-down, but we digress. The company has just revealed its stylish 4 door sports sedan, the Model S. The vehicle is 100% electric and can purportedly travel...

Disney Reportedly In Talks with Hulu

Disney Reportedly In Talks with Hulu

The Walt Disney Company is discussing a deal with Hulu in which Disney could take an equity stake in Hulu in exchange for providing the video portal with ABC programming, according to multiple sources speaking with paidContent. The media giant would provide at least ABC’s TV programming such as Lost and other popular shows. It’s possible the...

MSI N285GTX SuperPipe Stays Cool Under Pressure

MSI N285GTX SuperPipe Stays Cool Under Pressure

About this time last week, MSI was busy outing a new pair of R4600 GPUs for use in HTPCs; this Friday, the company is introducing its first-ever graphics card to equip SuperPipe technology. What's SuperPipe, you ask? Good question! MSI's SuperPipe technology uses special 8mm thick heatpipes that are 60% thicker than traditional pipes, and...

Battle Brewing Over Open Cloud Manifesto

Battle Brewing Over Open Cloud Manifesto

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding cloud computing lately. Considering all of the great things cloud computing claims to offer, there should be no surprise many of the big tech players are looking to get a piece of the puzzle. The trouble is these companies can’t seem to agree on cloud standards. Several companies are currently working...

Turn Out Your Lights During Earth Hour

Turn Out Your Lights During Earth Hour

What will you be doing on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 P.M. local time? Will you be sitting in the dark? If the WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature meets its goal, over a billion of your global neighbors will be turning off their lights for an hour in a symbolic gesture to increase awareness about human-induced climate change--all participating...

Skype Coming to the iPhone Next Week?

Skype Coming to the iPhone Next Week?

Skype may be announcing an application for the iPhone next week at the CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas, claims tech blogger Om Malik of GigaOM. A few months ago, Om Malik asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when the company was going to launch an iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that is available for other platforms. Silverman simply...

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series Preview

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 Series Preview

One of the ways AMD is able to test and qualify ATI Mobility Radeon GPUs, without having to design and build numerous mobile reference cards that fit in multiple notebook form factors, is to produce fully-loaded, custom reference cards that'll fit into standard PCI Express x16 slots. The cards won't be used in any actual retail product, but...

Microsoft Takes Cheap Shot At Apple In New Ad

Microsoft Takes Cheap Shot At Apple In New Ad

Really, Microsoft? Has it come to this? During last night's highly watched NCAA Men's Basketball tournament, Microsoft decided to buy pretty much every single ad slot from the first tip to the final basket in order to grab Apple by the collar, slap it around a time or two and then spit on it as it walked away. We've seen the Mac vs. PC ads...

ATI's 1GB FirePro V7750 GPU Aims For Pros

ATI's 1GB FirePro V7750 GPU Aims For Pros

Slotted just between the existing ATI FirePro V5700 and the high-end FirePro V8700, the all new FirePro V7750 is positioned to bring creative professionals loads of horsepower for under a grand. AMD asserts that its latest pro-level graphics accelerator is ideally suited for graphics professionals working in engineering, digital content creation...

Sun Microsystems Chosen by Internet Archive

Sun Microsystems Chosen by Internet Archive

Sun Microsystems announced that the Internet Archive, one of the fastest growing digital libraries in the world, has migrated its digital archival service onto Sun's open hardware and software platforms and established a new primary datacenter that will be housed at Sun's Santa Clara, California, campus. The Archive chose Sun to help...

Windows 7 RC Date Exposed Via TechNet Goof

Windows 7 RC Date Exposed Via TechNet Goof

A minor (?) oops on Microsoft's end has revealed the (current) date of the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows 7. A Technet web page indicates the RC build will be coming in May, not April as was previously rumored. The RC build will expire June 1, 2010, and the testing program will be available through at least June 2009. Here's the text from...

Premium Accounts Could Come To Twitter

Premium Accounts Could Come To Twitter

As Twitter continues to grow hotter and hotter, pick up more funding, get more morons fired and facilitate more political conversations, individuals that are intimately involved with the operation are desperately looking for ways to monetize it. We'd heard whispers in the past of so-called "premium accounts," but now it sounds like those could...

NVIDIA Countersues Intel Over License Conflict

NVIDIA Countersues Intel Over License Conflict

 Grab a bag of popcorn, kick up your feet and enjoy the show -- this one's just getting good. After Intel filed a lawsuit against NVIDIA late last month alleging that a four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed did not extend to Intel’s future generation CPUs with 'integrated' memory controllers (like Nehalem), NVIDIA...

Alltel Still Alive & Kicking, Expands My Circle

Alltel Still Alive & Kicking, Expands My Circle

Verizon Wireless may have completed its purchase of Alltel, but that doesn’t mean the two companies are completely operating as one yet. In fact, as you’ll recall, Verizon had to agree to sell assets in 91 overlapping markets in order to gain federal approval for its acquisition. Customers in these 91 areas will continue to receive Alltel...

AMD Demonstrates Optimized Havok Middleware

AMD Demonstrates Optimized Havok Middleware

AMD Demonstrates Optimized Executions of Havok Middleware on AMD platforms – Balanced Platform of CPU + GPU Processing Delivers Optimal Game Experience – SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Havok, the premier provider of interactive software for physics simulation and content development,...

Sprint Announces Expansion Areas for 4G WiMAX

Sprint Announces Expansion Areas for 4G WiMAX

Sprint could definitely use a boost these days, and it's apparently hoping to get that from upcoming expansion of its Sprint 4G services. For those who haven't followed this epic sequence of events, Sprint 4G is the new tagline for its WiMAX services, which went by "XOHM" for, oh, a day or two. After linking up with Clearwire, however, it...

Synology Announces Business and Home NAS Devices

Synology Announces Business and Home NAS Devices

Synology might not be as well known in the U.S. as other network-attached storage (NAS) device manufactures such as Buffalo, Maxtor/Seagate, or QNAP; but with Synology's announcement today of a slew of new NAS devices for small businesses and home users, Synology NAS devices might be finding their way into many more U.S. companies and homes...

Western Digital Takes My Book Line To 2TB

Western Digital Takes My Book Line To 2TB

It follows logic, really. Western Digital has a 2TB hard drive, so why not shove that very drive into Western Digital's line of external hard drives? This week, WD has expanded its popular My Book family of external HDDs to include a 2TB capacity, the largest available capacity in a single-drive system. Specifically, the new 2TB My Book family...

Nintendo Ships 50 Million Wii Consoles

Nintendo Ships 50 Million Wii Consoles

If you've been following along, you won't be at all shocked by this news. If not, you still probably won't find it too hard to believe. What we're alluding to is the fact that Nintendo has just shipped its 50 millionth Wii console -- a tidbit that you'd already know if you realized that AMD just shipped the 50 millionth Wii GPU and IBM just...

Lian-Li Launches PC-C39 Multimedia HTPC Chassis

Lian-Li Launches PC-C39 Multimedia HTPC Chassis

Lian-Li launches low profile PC-C39 Multimedia HTPC Chassis Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-C39 multimedia chassis. This low profile HTPC case comes in two shades, namely silver and black to match in seamlessly with your current home theater décor. The elegant diamond cut sublimely carved into the front face gives the brushed...

Get Your Wolfenstein 3D, Now in the App Store

Get Your Wolfenstein 3D, Now in the App Store

Earlier this week id Software released an iPhone port of Wolfenstein 3D as open source, but at the time it wasn't in the App Store. Wait no longer, it's there.Besides having its own website (which you absolutely have to visit, right?), the game that id Software calls "the grandfather of the FPS at your fingertips" is located here in the App...

ATT, Cox, Comcast Following New RIAA Procedures

ATT, Cox, Comcast Following New RIAA Procedures

Last December, the RIAA announced it was giving up on file-sharing lawsuits, and would be working with ISPs in a three-strikes policy program which would eventually result in broadband being cut off for repeat offenders of illegal file-sharing. At a digital music conference in Nashville this week, AT&T's Jim Cicconi stated that the company...

PhotoFast's G-Monster SSD Has 64MB Of Cache

PhotoFast's G-Monster SSD Has 64MB Of Cache

PhotoFast may not be a household name in North America, but it may be soon given its freshest line of solid state drives. Over in Japan, the company has announced the impeccably titled G-Monster SSDV4 SLC Series, a lineup which includes 32GB and 64GB models. Both variants promise read speeds of up to 270MB/sec and write speeds of up to 170MB/sec,...

Xbox 360 Motion Controller Coming This Year

Xbox 360 Motion Controller Coming This Year

Performance Designed Products (or PDP) plans to offer a motion controller for the Xbox 360 sometime this fall. This new controller called the Gametrak Freedom uses several accelerometers for mapping pitch, roll, and yaw. The controller differs from the Wii remote in that it uses ultrasonic 3D positioning. Also unlike the Wii remote, the Gametrak...

SSDs Added to Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Arrays

SSDs Added to Dell EqualLogic PS6000 Arrays

It's time to face facts, HDD lovers. SSDs are here to stay, like it or not. As we see more and more solid state drives flood out into the consumer market, we're also seeing these durable, pricey and ridiculously quick spinners infiltrate all sorts of other devices. Take Dell's newest EqualLogic PS6000 series of storage arrays, for instance....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire HD 4870 2GB Vapor X Series Review @ OCCTwinTech Geforce GTS 250 XT OC Edition @ CPU3DHIS HD 4870 IceQ4+ Turbo 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets:EVGA X58 SLI @ Techgage.comProcessors:Intel Core 2 Duo Threatened: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition CPU Review @ XBitLabsMemory and Storage:Crucial Ballistix Tracer...

T-Mobile Launches 3G webConnect USB Laptop Stick

T-Mobile Launches 3G webConnect USB Laptop Stick

For whatever reason, T-Mobile has definitely lagged behind the other major carriers in the United States when it comes to 3G deployment, but the company has taken a major step in fully catching up today with the introduction of its webConnect USB Laptop Stick. As with every other 3G USB stick out there, this one also enables users to connect...

Linksys by Cisco Media Hub

Linksys by Cisco Media Hub

If you have a large or growing collection of digital photos, videos, and music, and want to share this media with other users in your household--or perhaps you want to consolidate all the media from different users and systems to a single source--then you can benefit from a NAS device. Add in automatic backups of all locally-networked PCs...

Blockbuster OnDemand Comes to TiVo

Blockbuster OnDemand Comes to TiVo

It looks like Netflix isn't the only company that sees that streaming is the future of movie rental distribution. Blockbuster, which always seems to be playing catch-up with Netflix, will start making its on-demand rental and purchase content available on TiVo DVRs. While streaming video to computers is nothing new, streaming video to TVs...

NVIDIA's APEX Opens 'Physics Creation Pipeline'

NVIDIA's APEX Opens 'Physics Creation Pipeline'

After months and months of laying low, it's safe to say that NVIDIA's PhysX technology is back from its lull. At the bustling Game Developers Conference in California, said company is announcing an all new term for us to learn and love: APEX. In short, APEX is a new capability to to its PhysX technology development software development kit...

AMD Announces Platform-Indep. Game Dev Tools

AMD Announces Platform-Indep. Game Dev Tools

AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency — GPU PerfStudio 2.0 offers developers new features and flexibility to help cut development time and improve game performance — SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – March 25, 2009 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free,...

China Unicom Posts iPhone, Android G1 Pages

China Unicom Posts iPhone, Android G1 Pages

China Mobile is the largest carrier in China, with 471 million subscribers, and they've been playing hardball with Apple over the iPhone. That may have led to them missing the boat, if the pages available on rival China Unicom's site are for real.China Unicom has a "mere" 128 million subscribers, according to their site, and they have posted...

Canon's First Rebel with HD Video: The Rebel T1i

Canon's First Rebel with HD Video: The Rebel T1i

Canon just introduced the latest addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR. The Rebel T1i is the first DSLR in the Rebel line to feature full HD video capture. Canon didn’t stop with HD video: The Rebel T1i also incorporates some of the best technologies used in the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models such as a DIGIC 4 Imaging...

Facebook Redesign to be Redesigned

Facebook Redesign to be Redesigned

Facebook has begun to respond to the criticism over the recent redesign of its home page. While it's unlikely they will make wholescale revisions (like returning to the prior version), they outlined some tweaks they are going to make in response to feedback. Live updating: Automatic updating of the stream (yes, that Twitter-like stream that's...

OnLive Introduces Streaming Video Games

OnLive Introduces Streaming Video Games

A new video game company is attempting to compete with the big three console makers by creating a “cloud-based” gaming system with on-demand access to games and no lag time. The company, called OnLive, says its service will let users play games on any TV and nearly any personal computer, even stripped-down models such as netbooks and PCs that...

Technologizer Gives Away HP MediaSmart Server!

Technologizer Gives Away HP MediaSmart Server!

Just in case you haven't had enough contests to enter of late, we've got one more you should see. Technologizer is offering up one of HP's Windows Home Server-based MediaSmart Servers to one lucky individual. HotHardware has been a contributing author for this contest promotion with our publicist, so it's HH Tested and Approved, no worries.If...

LaCie Intros Calibration Tool, Acquires Wuala

LaCie Intros Calibration Tool, Acquires Wuala

LaCie, the storage outfit famous for its stylish, if not overpriced external hard drives and optical drives, has two bits of news on the up and up. For starters, the company is branching out from its usual array of USB 2.0-infused enclosures to offer up a new monitor calibration tool, the Blue Eye Pro Proof Edition. Said tool is described...

ZeeVee's Zinc Gives Boxee A Run For Its Money

ZeeVee's Zinc Gives Boxee A Run For Its Money

Slide over Boxee, as there's a new broadband video portal in town. ZeeVee, which originally hit the scene over a year ago with its ZvBox, has returned to glory with a fresh new take on its long-standing ZViewer. The software, which has been reworked and re-released as 'Zinc' Beta 3, acts as a unified interface for finding great online content...

Peek Pronto Handheld Does Email, Texting Faster

Peek Pronto Handheld Does Email, Texting Faster

Too much hassle to carry a BlackBerry, iPhone or any other smartphone? Not worried about having two devices on you at the same time for mobile communication? If you managed to fit into the narrow niche we just described, Peek's newest handheld is probably right down your alley. For those out of the loop, Peek sells handsets that look much...

vReveal Improves the Image Quality of Your Video

vReveal Improves the Image Quality of Your Video

We've all captured precious, one-of-a-kind moments on video, only to find that the recorded image didn't look that great. Perhaps the video was too shaky, dark, blurry, or grainy. Or perhaps the device used to capture the video wasn't ideally suited for capturing video, such as you might see with video captured by a digital camera or mobile...

Lenovo Introduces ThinkStation D20 & S20

Lenovo Introduces ThinkStation D20 & S20

Targeting professionals in fields such as computer-aided design, digital content creation, and oil and gas, Lenovo announced two powerful new desktop computing solutions, the ThinkStation D20 and S20. The two new workstations feature a choice of the latest Intel Xeon processors 5500 and W3500 Series as well as optional Intel Turbo Boost technology...

Lian Li launches New PC-B10 Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian Li launches New PC-B10 Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian Li launches the all new PC-B10 Mid-Tower Chassis March 24, 2009, Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-B10 Mid Tower chassis. The all aluminum design features two fans on the front (1x 140mm@900RPM + 1x 120mm@1500RPM) and one rear 120mm@1000RPM extraction fan. The sleek brushed aluminum chassis has...

Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Audio Card

Placing a product in the "audiophile" category automatically opens it up for scrutiny of the highest order. The new Asus Xonar Essence STX "headphone amp card for audiophiles" is Asus' latest in a line of audio card offerings that pretty much cover the spectrum of PC audio applications. Asus now offers audio cards designed for gaming to Home...

AMD Shows Live Migration With Three Opteron Gens

AMD Shows Live Migration With Three Opteron Gens

Not too long ago, it was Intel demonstrating its newest, hippest family of 32nm Westmere processors; today, it's AMD's turn to strut its stuff. Advanced Micro Devices has just revealed to the public the first video and images demonstrating live migration across three generations of AMD processors on VMware ESX 3.5, including the six-core AMD...

Seagate Launches Two New BlackArmor NAS Devices

Seagate Launches Two New BlackArmor NAS Devices

Many small business owners operate without any dedicated IT support, while sole proprietors often find that one of the many hats they have to wear is that of CTO. Even if you are technically minded, the time commitment often needed to keep equipment up and running can take you away from your core business goals. What small businesses need...

Tweet Your Way to Losing a Job Offer

Tweet Your Way to Losing a Job Offer

Only a few weeks after a teenager lost a job because of a Facebook update saying her job was boring, a person with "foot in the mouth" disease may have tweeted his way out of a job offer. His update on Twitter: Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating...

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Gaming Mice

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Gaming Mice

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Gaming Mice to their Lineup of Affordable Peripherals Sunnyvale, CA—March 23, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today unveiled two new mice ideal for users seeking an inexpensive gaming solution. Featuring a solid...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Case Ace GearGrip LCD Review @ FusionMods.NetGigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI Geforce 9600GT Rev.B Videocard Review @ PCStatsPalit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP @ Benchmark ReviewsUnleashing NVIDIAs GTX 295 Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Patriot Warp...

Compellent Intros Data Progression SSD Tech

Compellent Intros Data Progression SSD Tech

We're all about more options when it comes to solid state drives (not to mention lower prices), but on the same token, we'll take a splash of innovation wherever we can get it. Compellent Technologies has just stepped forward with an innovation of its own, offering up the first solid state storage solution with automated, block-level tiering....

Netflix Addresses Streaming Issues

Netflix Addresses Streaming Issues

After a small but vocal group of people complained about the quality of Netflix’s streaming service, the company has responded to the issue on the company's corporate blog. In the post, Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, identified three points in the system that could affect a user’s experience: CDNs, the variety of content and...

Warner Brothers Enters DVD-on-Demand Business

Warner Brothers Enters DVD-on-Demand Business

Classic movie fans rejoice: One of Hollywood’s biggest movie vaults is about to be opened up. Warner Brothers has started a new DVD-on-demand service where you will eventually be able to order any of the company’s 6,800 theatrical features that are not currently available on disc. Here’s how it works: Within a week of ordering, you will receive...

Tata's $2,000 Nano Car To Roll This July

Tata's $2,000 Nano Car To Roll This July

It's no Lightning GT, but you won't have to sell the roof over your head in order to afford it. Tata's Nano, which has been coined the "world's cheapest car" since debuting to high hopes last January, it just about ready to roll off the production line, but it won't be easy to get one. After suffering through months of delays, this tiny vehicle...

YouTube Updates Windows Mobile, Symbian App

YouTube Updates Windows Mobile, Symbian App

If you’re looking for a better way to enjoy YouTube videos on your mobile phone, you’ll be excited to know YouTube has revamped the Windows Mobile and Symbian versions of its mobile application. The company claims the new app is 90% faster at loading videos. In addition to faster video loads, the application promises faster start-up and faster...

Intel GPA Tools Enhance Integrated Graphics

Intel GPA Tools Enhance Integrated Graphics

If you thought the Game Developers Conference was restricted to the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, consider this. The show hasn't even kicked off good, and we're already looking at two hugely important releases from the likes of ARM and Intel. The latter company has just proudly announced the release of its Graphics Performance Analyzers...

ARM's Mali GPU Could Bring 1080p To Phones

ARM's Mali GPU Could Bring 1080p To Phones

While ARM's latest onslaught of announcements have been quite remarkable, we'd say that all of them combined can't measure up to the magnitude of this one. Today, the company famous for its Cortex processors has announced the Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) technology while simultaneously laying out its vision to "shape the future of next...

Bigfoot Networks Launches Killer Xeno NIC

Bigfoot Networks Launches Killer Xeno NIC

Bigfoot Networks Launches Killer Xeno™: Second-Generation Gaming Network CardSAN FRANCISCO, Game Developers Conference – March 23, 2009 – Bigfoot  Networks, the networking technology company behind the Killer™ line of gaming network cards, today launched Killer Xeno, the company’s next-generation voice chat-enabled network...

 Robotic Fish Being Built to Detect Pollution

Robotic Fish Being Built to Detect Pollution

A team of U.K. researchers have developed robotic fish that they plan to use to detect pollution. The researches plan a trial of five robotic fish in the northern Spanish port of Gijon. If successful, they hope to use the fish in waterways worldwide. Unlike earlier models, which had to be remotely-controlled, these new carp-shaped robots are...

Playboy Launches Uncensored Online Archive

Playboy Launches Uncensored Online Archive

It's sex. It's free. What more could you want? Admittedly, it's soft-core, but Playboy and parnter Bondi Digital Publishing have unveiled PlayboyArchive.com. It's a 53-year archive, with one issue from each year, completely digitized (including ads), viewable and searchable. Did we mention free? If you've managed to avoid Microsoft's Silverlight...

Steve Ballmer Details the Apple Tax

Steve Ballmer Details the Apple Tax

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has frequently commented on the so-called "Apple Tax," which is what is referred to as the premium people pay to buy Apple products. On Thursday, at the McGraw-Hill Companies' 2009 Media Summit 2009 in New York, Ballmer told people just what exactly that premium gets a consumer. NPD noted that Apple retail sales...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sharp Aquos LC-52D85U Review @ TechReviewSource.comGIGABYTE GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 X58 Motherboard Review @ PCPerEVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM Motherboard @ iXBTJetway MA3-79GDG Combo motherboard Review @ FusionMods.NetMemory and Storage:G.Skill Titan 256GB SSD...

Opera to Partner with U.S. Carriers

Opera to Partner with U.S. Carriers

Opera is bypassing handset manufacturers and going straight to U.S. wireless carries in an attempt to further the distribution of its popular mobile web browser. The move isn’t completely new for Opera Software. In fact, Opera currently has license agreements with European carriers Vodafone and T-Mobile. Through these agreements, the Opera...

Airlines Hit Hard By Online Fraud

Airlines Hit Hard By Online Fraud

According to figures released by CyberSource Corporation, the airline industry has experienced significant online fraud. In fact, the airline survey commissioned by CyberSource reveals that airlines worldwide lost more than $1.4 billion to fraudsters in 2008. That figure is roughly equivalent to 1.3% of worldwide airline revenue. Online fraud...

Dell Phone Prototypes Seen As Dull By Carriers

Dell Phone Prototypes Seen As Dull By Carriers

It's no secret that Dell has been spending a few of its research and development dollars in the mobile department, but until now, we've yet to actually hear from Texas how close it was to releasing a tangible product. Accordig to a new report from Barron's, it's close enough to have shown at least two products to a number of US carriers. Unfortunately...

TomTom Offers New Map Subscription Service

TomTom Offers New Map Subscription Service

TomTom recently unveiled its new Map Update Service which will provide customers with easy access to a full year’s worth of quarterly map updates for a one-time fee. This new service will cost as little as $39.80 per year or $9.95 per map release. To receive the map updates, users will need to connect their TomTom GPS unit to their computer...

Netflix to Stream to Wii, PS3?

Netflix to Stream to Wii, PS3?

It was over a year ago that reports emerged of Netflix surveying users about possible streaming to the Xbox 360 (which eventually came to fruition) and the PS3. New reports have arisen about Netflix asking the same questions, this time about the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii. In email surveys sent to customers, reports indicate that both the Nintendo...

Habey Delivers New Mini HTPC With 1080p Support

Habey Delivers New Mini HTPC With 1080p Support

As you can tell from the model name (BIS-6550HD from earlier this month; BIS-6540HD from present), there aren't a whole lot of differentiating factors in Habey's newest HTPC. And hey, that's the good news! Just like the machine we saw emerge about a week ago, this new system includes an Intel 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor, a built-in ultra low-power...

GameStop Exec Says Wii Shortage Is Over For Now

GameStop Exec Says Wii Shortage Is Over For Now

Can it be? Can it be? Nintendo's Wii has finally left its perpetual state of "sold out?" We can't definitely say that's the case across the board, but we can personally say that we've seen more Wiis on local store shelves (meaning at least one, and usually not two) over the past month than we've seen in the past two years. Oh, and aside from...

MSI Launches R4600 HDMI series Of GPUs

MSI Launches R4600 HDMI series Of GPUs

Looking to construct a new HTPC? Need a graphics card to finish the build? If so, MSI's hoping you'll cast a glance its way, as it has just announced two new cards that are prime candidates for media center PCs. The R4600 HDMI series is currently made up of just two cards -- the R4650 and R4650 -- both of which include HDMI sockets for easy...

Freecom Delivers ToughDrive Sport External HDD

Freecom Delivers ToughDrive Sport External HDD

Need a portable hard drive that can withstand the elements? Look no further than Freecom's latest, the appropriately named ToughDrive Sport. The drive is a durable, shock-resistant 2.5" device that has been engineered to "endure even the toughest conditions." We won't judge whether your needs are tough enough to warrant a purchase here, but...

Feds File Charges against Fake iPod Repairman

Feds File Charges against Fake iPod Repairman

Federal prosecutors recently filed felony fraud and money-laundering charges against a Michigan man who is accused of duping Apple into sending him more than 9,000 replacement iPod Shuffles. According to court documents, Nicholas Woodhams of Kalamazoo, Mich. received 9,075 iPod Shuffles from Apple by entering valid serial numbers on Apple’s...

"Feel" the Movies With Philips' Tactile Jacket

"Feel" the Movies With Philips' Tactile Jacket

Not counting tasting popcorn or soda or whatever yummy morsels you might have snuck into a movie theater, the only human senses that are typically engaged in "watching" a movie are seeing and hearing--someone sitting behind you, kicking your seat, doesn't count, as that is not part of the "film's world" (or diegesis as film scholars like to...

iTunes Adds High-def Movie Downloads

iTunes Adds High-def Movie Downloads

iTunes customers can now buy and rent films in high definition. If you thought this feature was already available, let us clear up the confusion. High-definition content was first announced at Macworld Expo 2008 in concert with the Apple TV Take Two update and the introduction of movie rentals. At the time, only rentals were available in high-definition,...

Asus Debuts ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX Graphics Card

Asus Debuts ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX Graphics Card

We can't tell one way or the other whether this here card is utilizing that rumored new PCB, but Asus sure is proud of it, regardless. The company's latest GTX 260-based graphics card -- affectionately known as the ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX -- takes a standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 engine and throws in 896MB of DDR3 memory, a 576MHz clock speed...

Recall issued on overheating Acer gaming PCs

Recall issued on overheating Acer gaming PCs

Acer is recalling its Predator Gaming desktop units, in conjunciton with the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission, because of the potential for them to overheat, melt and catch fire.The models being recalled are ASG7200 and ASG7700 (printed on the bottom right-hand corner of the panel on the right side of the unit), because there are certain...

Intel Board Scores Two New Directors

Intel Board Scores Two New Directors

We've got two tidbits from Intel to close out the work week, and being that each is relatively minor, we figured we'd cover 'em both simultaneously. First off, the chip maker has bucked the growing trend of bucking dividends entirely by declaring a 14 cents per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The news comes on the heels...

Lian-Li Intros PC-C33 And PC-C34F HTPC Cases

Lian-Li Intros PC-C33 And PC-C34F HTPC Cases

Ah, the quickly diminishing DIY HTPC market. Whatever happened to the legions of PC users who were chomping at the bit to craft their very own home theater PC? We're guessing the smattering of low-cost movie set-top boxes coupled with all those other streaming options kind of put a damper on things, but that's not stopping Lian-Li from pushing...

Consumers Relying on In-Car Navigation and Voice

Consumers Relying on In-Car Navigation and Voice

Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech solutions, today announced findings that show consumers will take advantage of automobile voice recognition capabilities if they’re built in. In fact, eight out of nine respondents who own speech-enabled in-car systems and navigation devices regularly use the voice recognition capabilities....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sparkle Calibre P980X+ geForce 9800GTX+ 512MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:A trio of affordable Core i7 motherboards @ The Tech ReportProcessors:Intel Core i7: Dual-Channel vs. Triple-Channel Memory Mode @ InsideHWMemory and Storage:Pioneer DVR-2920Q Qflix 20x DVD±RW/RAM Review @ CDRLabs.comOCZ...

Gmail Adds an "Undo Send" Feature

Gmail Adds an "Undo Send" Feature

How many times have you hit "Send" on an email, only to realize you goofed. More often than you want to admit, right? Outllok has a recall feature that works on Exchange ... some of the time. But basically emails sent via the Internet, once you hit "Send," they're gone. Until Gmail's "Undo Send" feature, that is. It's another Gmail Labs feature,...

Contract-Free iPhones Coming Next Week

Contract-Free iPhones Coming Next Week

If you’ve been dying to get your hands on an iPhone but don’t want to deal with a pesky contract, you’re in luck. Starting next week (March 26 to be exact), AT&T will offer contract-free iPhones. The 8GB iPhone will run you $599, while the 16GB model will cost $699. We’ve known about a no-contract option since the iPhone 3G was introduced...

VIA's Eden-Powered IVP-7500 Motors Into Vehicles

VIA's Eden-Powered IVP-7500 Motors Into Vehicles

You have to wonder -- how many more new chip releases does VIA have queued up for this month? After announcing its VX855 Media System Processor and its Surfboard C855 reference design, the company famous for its low-power, low-cost processors is delivering another new one. Unlike those other examples, though, this one's aimed straight at your...

A-DATA Releases XPG G Series DDR2-800G SO-DIMM

A-DATA Releases XPG G Series DDR2-800G SO-DIMM

A-DATA XPG DDR2-800G SO-DIMM Ready for Use with New Generation of Low-power Platforms A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, has released its XPG™ G Series DDR2-800G SO-DIMM module with single and dual pack. Built to provide optimal levels of compatibility using the highest quality components...

NZXT Unveils Compact Panzerbox Gaming Chassis

NZXT Unveils Compact Panzerbox Gaming Chassis

NZXT Unleashes Compact Panzerbox Gaming Chassis for LAN Enthusiasts-- New mid-tower case offers extreme performance, best-in-class airflow at 300+ CFM, lightweight aluminum design for easy transport, and dual radiator support for $119.99 -- El Monte, CA - March 19, 2009 - NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide,...

Cisco To Acquire Pure Digital For $590 Million

Cisco To Acquire Pure Digital For $590 Million

With the introduction of Linksys by Cisco, Cisco proved that it wasn't scared of sticking its neck out into the wild, dynamic world of consumer electronics. In an effort to prove once again that it's more than some networking company that just routes Internet traffic and pushes out witty commercials, the company has just made public its intent...

Microsoft Unleashes Internet Explorer 8

Microsoft Unleashes Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer die-hards rejoice: the latest version of this market-dominating browser is now available. Internet Explorer 8 replaces Internet Explorer 7, which currently holds a 72.2% share of the browser market according to a recent survey from Janco Associates. IE8, as it is commonly called, has been available as a public beta for about...

NVIDIA Quadro CX Pro Graphics For Adobe CS4

NVIDIA Quadro CX Pro Graphics For Adobe CS4

NVIDIA is betting that there is a market for Adobe CS accelerators, and their first foray into this area is what we're looking at today on HotHardware, the recently released Quadro CX. This is not a daughterboard or separate add-in which works with your standard graphics card, but rather this is a full-on, pro workstation graphics card which...

Gmail adds YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Yelp Preview

Gmail adds YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Yelp Preview

It's always a pain in the rear when a friend sends you a link to a photo or video when you're in the middle of doing something and you don't want to take the time out to open the link in a new tab.Google decided the pain was too great to force those using Gmail to have to do that one moment longer, and users now can get previews for YouTube...

SiliconSystems Intros SiliconDrive III SSD Line

SiliconSystems Intros SiliconDrive III SSD Line

Yippee! More solid state drives to window shop for! We use "window shop" to assert that you still probably still won't be forking out your savings in order to actually own one. At any rate, as the competition heats up in the SSD arena and prices gradually (albeit slowly) make their way down, SiliconSystems is simultaneously introducing its...

Safari, IE8, & Firefox Hacked in Pwn2Own Contest

Safari, IE8, & Firefox Hacked in Pwn2Own Contest

No less than three different browser platforms have succumbed to zero-day exploits by the end of the first day of the three-day long, third-annual Pwn2Own contest being held at the CanSecWest 2009 digital security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Safari on Mac OS X was the first to fall, followed by Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on Windows...

NVIDIA Brings PhysX SDK To Nintendo Wii

NVIDIA Brings PhysX SDK To Nintendo Wii

And here we were thinking that Sony's PlayStation 3 had something special going on. Merely 24 hours after NVIDIA announced that its PhysX technology would be coming over to the PS3, the company has gone and essentially announced the very same thing for the Wii. Or, as NVIDIA puts it, it has been approved as a "third party tools solution provider...

Tweet Your Way to a Pandemic Warning

Tweet Your Way to a Pandemic Warning

Much has been made of a possible bird flu pandemic, and Twitter might just be the answer to predicting it, if a new Twitter mashup has its way. SickCity calls itself "realtime disease detection for your city," and gathers statistics by looking for tweets that specify diseases or feeling ill.The site also notes that they will be adding Facebook...

Don't Call It a Flying Car, But It Does Fly

Don't Call It a Flying Car, But It Does Fly

Meet George Jetson! Oh, wait, perhaps not. The Terrafugia Transition is called a "roadable aircraft" by the company emphasizing it's more agile in the air than on the ground. At least, it is supposed to be, and a maiden flight test showed that indeed it is. While many will call this a flying airplane, Terrafugia is quite clear in their FAQ. ...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:The Future of Stereo 3D Part I: Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision @ Hardware CanucksGigabyte 9600 GT (GV-N96TZL-1GI) 1GB @ NeoseekerMotherboards and Chipsets:Zotac GeForce 8200 ITX WiFi Motherboard @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Lite-On eSAU108 External Slim DVD Writer @ TweaktownKingston DataTraveler 64GB @ PureOverclock6GB Patriot Memory...

IBuyPower Launches Gamer Power 906 Desktop PC

IBuyPower Launches Gamer Power 906 Desktop PC

And the beat goes on. Yet again, we've got another IBuyPower desktop looking to grab the eyes, hearts and minds of gamers in need of a new machine. This time, the company has teamed up with Tiger Direct and CompUSA in order to get its Game Power 906 in front of more potential buyers, and with a value proposition like this, we can definitely...

Streaming TV Can Be Profitable

Streaming TV Can Be Profitable

Here’s some potentially good news for those of us who love to watch our favorite TV shows online: MTV Networks and ABC.com have achieved profitability with their latest online video efforts. Both networks currently have clear, aggressive strategies for distributing TV online—MTVN aims for a wide distribution while ABC is pushing a walled garden...

Google Boosts Chrome’s Speed with New Beta

Google Boosts Chrome’s Speed with New Beta

Once again, Google is upping the ante in the browser speed wars. After taking the “beta” tag off of Google Chrome in December, the company has been updating two release channels: developer and stable. Now, the company is re-introducing the beta channel with the latest Chrome 2.0 beta release. Speed is a strong focus of this new release. According...

Iomega Adds Remote Access, BitTorrent To ix2 NAS

Iomega Adds Remote Access, BitTorrent To ix2 NAS

It's been some time since we've heard from Iomega, but it's good to see the company is still looking out for its customers. Today, said outfit has announced a smattering of new features for its popular StorCenter ix2 NAS, making the purchase you've already made that much more valuable. And if you didn't take the hint, all of the new functionality...

ATI Catalyst 9.3 Unified Drivers For Windows 7

ATI Catalyst 9.3 Unified Drivers For Windows 7

AMD Supports Microsoft Windows 7 in ATI Catalyst 9.3 Unified Driver, Delivering Unsurpassed Stability and Key Performance Enhancements -- Unified graphics driver allows developers and beta testers to unlock the full potential of award-winning AMD DirectX 10.1 graphics products and bring to life new Windows 7 Aero features -- SUNNYVALE, Calif....

Digital Storm Custom Core i7 Gaming System

Digital Storm Custom Core i7 Gaming System

Boutique system builders tend to fall into three categories, there are the more custom or high-end offerings from some of the larger names like Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo (though you may or may not classify them as "boutique"), there are offerings from large e-tailers like Tiger Direct's SystemMax, and then there are independent companies...

Scribd Partners With Major Book Publishers

Scribd Partners With Major Book Publishers

Will there come a point in the near future when physical books printed on paper will be regarded as little more than an anachronism? The growing popularity of e-book platforms, such as the new Amazon Kindle 2, as well as the recent transformation of several tech magazines from physical magazine publishers to exclusively online-only entities,...

Super Talent Ships UltraDrive ME / LE SSDs

Super Talent Ships UltraDrive ME / LE SSDs

Last we heard from Super Talent, it was busy offering up SSD upgrades for the stunning Asus S101. Now, the company is busy shipping out a load of solid state drives for the rest of us. Starting today, prospective buyers can get their hands on a tracking number for one of the many UltraDrive ME / UltraDrive LE drives. As of now (right now!),...

IBM Looking To Acquire Sun Microsystem

IBM Looking To Acquire Sun Microsystem

Just 72 hours after IBM shipped out its 50 millionth Wii processor, we're now learning that said company could be looking to expand via acquisition. In a breaking Wall Street Journal report, it's stated that International Business Machines is already "in talks" to buy Sun Microsystem, a move that would reportedly "bolster IBM's heft on the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS GeForce ENGTX295 Graphics Card @ TweaktownPaLiT GeForce GTX 260 55nm Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:Kingston HyperX DDR3 3GB 2GHz Memory Kit KHX16000D3K3/3GX @ TestFreaksKingston 16GB DataTraveler HyperX2 USB drive @ TestFreaks1TB Hard Disk Drives Roundup: 14 Solutions Reviewed @ XBitLabsSilverstone SST-FP35B...

Fandango's iPhone App Debuts

Fandango's iPhone App Debuts

Frankly, the movie theatre experience has become more of an annoyance for us than anything else, what with people answering or chatting on cellphones, the noise, and people even setting fireworks off (it was July 4, but still). This probably isn't going to drag us back into the theater, but it's still cool. Fandango has released an iPhone...

New Manga to Debut First on Nintendo Wii

New Manga to Debut First on Nintendo Wii

Sunsoft has announced that Leiji Matsumoto's newest manga, Out of Galaxy Koshika, will debut on the Nintendo Wii's Shopping Channel on April 14th. Sorry, all, Japan only, at least for now. Sunsoft already released Princess Ai in January. Unlike Princess Ai, however, this is a totally new manga title. The first episode will cost 500 Wii points...

PS3 Gets PhysX from NVIDIA

PS3 Gets PhysX from NVIDIA

Thanks to a new tools and middleware license agreement between NVIDIA and Sony, game developers may find the PlayStation 3 to be a more attractive platform. As a result of the agreement, registered PS3 developers will now have access to the NVIDIA PhysX technology software development kit (SDK). The SDK will be a free download for use on the...

"Female" HRP-4C Humanoid To Sell For $200,000

"Female" HRP-4C Humanoid To Sell For $200,000

Hard to believe, but we think we just found the perfect date for the Robotic Einstein that was unveiled earlier this year at TED. Einstein, meet HRP-4C. (Psst... you can call her Harley.) The "female" humanoid was recently introduced by a team of Japanese scientists at Tsukuba City, and while it'd be easy to take one glance, affirm that she's...

iPhone 3.0: A Look at what’s New

iPhone 3.0: A Look at what’s New

Apple revealed the latest iPhone OS, version 3.0, today. This update brings more than 1,000 new APIs to the interface. With the new APIs, developers will be able to add features such as in-game voice chat, iPod library access, battery information, GPS information, and the ability to copy and paste text. Additionally, the landscape keyboard...

VIA Debuts Solution For 1080p-Capable Netbooks

VIA Debuts Solution For 1080p-Capable Netbooks

Making sure not to waste a single moment, VIA is already looking to capitalize on its recently introduced VX855 Media System Processor. Over at the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Tech Forum Spring in Shenzhen, China, the company has showcased its Surfboard C855 Reference Design, which aims to provide netbook makers with an all-encompassing...

Cell users: Disconnect if economy keeps sinking?

Cell users: Disconnect if economy keeps sinking?

The New Millennium Research Council has bad news and good news for the cell phone industry.The bad: Millions of cell phone users in the United States may cut back or cancel their service altogether if the economy continues to tank (OK, they didn't phrase it so bluntly, they said, "if the economic downturn continues as expected").The good:...

Comcast User Names and Passwords Exposed

Comcast User Names and Passwords Exposed

Googling your own name might not be such a narcissistic activity after all; in fact, it just must save you from identity theft. At least that's what Kevin Andreyo, a Wilkes University professor, discovered when he used the "deep web" search engine, Pipl, to see what information about him might be publicly available on the Internet. What he...

"Control Chip" Confirmed In iPod Shuffle Earbuds

"Control Chip" Confirmed In iPod Shuffle Earbuds

The rumors were true; Apple has indeed popped a new "control chip" within the headphones on its talkative new iPod Shuffle, and this little inclusion has all manners of panties up in bunches. After a flood of questions surrounding a mysterious chip within the inline remote cropped up over the weekend, a number of third-party Shuffle headphone...

ZOTAC Introduces GeForce 9800GT Eco

ZOTAC Introduces GeForce 9800GT Eco

ZOTAC Unleashes More Power Efficient GeForce® 9800GT Eco New ZOTAC GeForce® 9800GT Eco delivers GeForce® 9800GT performance with 40-percent greater power efficiency ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today expands its GeForce 9800GT product lineup with the new more power-efficient...

Stephanopoulos To Interview McCain Via Twitter

Stephanopoulos To Interview McCain Via Twitter

Let's face it -- Twitter couldn't possibly be bigger right now. Practically everyone at SXSW is using it by the minute, it's pulling in new funds during a tight credit crunch and even a politician that was born long, long before the advent of the Internet is about to do an interview on it. Life's good in the Twitterverse, and it's about to...

Marvel Universe Online, Take Two?

Marvel Universe Online, Take Two?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Marvel Comics has reached a deal with Gazillion Entertainment, which doesn't even seem to have launched its complete website yet. I'm guessing once this deal is officially announced on Tuesday, we'll see a real website emerge. This deal lasts 10 years, and since the first attempt at a MMO game based...

Dell Unleashes the Adamo

Dell Unleashes the Adamo

Perhaps as an effort to counter what Apple achieved with the MacBook Air, Dell is introducing the new Adamo. Touted as the world’s thinnest laptop, the Adamo features a visually striking thin profile and three-toned outer finish. Adamo, pronounced "A-dahm-o," means "to fall in love with" in Latin. Dell is certainly hoping you’ll fall in love...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:24" HP Debranded HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ OCIA.netProcessors:AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ iXBTMemory and Storage:VIA ARTiGO A2000 Storage Computer Review @ ThinkComputers.orgG.Skill Titan 128GB SATA SSD FM-25S2S-128GBT1 @ BmRSandisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader Review @ Legit ReviewsCrucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-12800 6GB Memory...

iPhone Users Overwhelm AT&T’s 3G Network at SXSW

iPhone Users Overwhelm AT&T’s 3G Network at SXSW

At the South By Southwest conference, mobile innovators announced custom versions of nightlife games and iPhone applications to dazzle the tech-savvy crowd. Unfortunately, many attendees haven’t been able to get a signal on their phones to try out the new applications. For the majority of the five-day digital conference, AT&T 3G users...

Motion's J3400 Tablet PC Is Rugged, Long-Lasting

Motion's J3400 Tablet PC Is Rugged, Long-Lasting

Over the years, the Tablet PC has become a decreasingly demanded niche, but even the Tablet bashers in the crowd can't help but give this one a serious look. Motion Computing has engineered a new Tablet that solves many of the issues that have plagued the platform for so long and even fixes a few things that weren't broken. Let's dive in,...

Vudu Adds Pandora Radio Application

Vudu Adds Pandora Radio Application

It's happening everywhere, really. Movie set-top boxes around the world are growing functionality at an alarming rate. Boxee has arrived on the Apple TV. Amazon Video on Demand is on Roku. And now, Pandora -- the world's most loved internet radio source, unscientifically speaking -- is on Vudu.Aside from boasting one of the largest high definition...

MSI's U110 ECO Wind Netbook Goes 9 Hours Strong

MSI's U110 ECO Wind Netbook Goes 9 Hours Strong

Man, if MSI doesn't stop popping out new notebooks, people are seriously going to have a tough time deciding whether to jump in now or wait all the way until tomorrow to see what's "just around the bend." As the flood of new MSI machines amazingly continues, the U110 ECO has become the freshest of the fresh for the moment. Not surprisingly,...

Intel And AMD Fight Over Patent Rights

Intel And AMD Fight Over Patent Rights

Oh, brother. Hot on the heels of some mildly good news from Advanced Micro Devices comes yet another downer. Just to give you a bit of background before we dive in, AMD just recently closed a deal that spun off its manufacturing into a newly formed company that was eventually coined GlobalFoundries, Inc. Being the logical thinkers that they...

Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server

Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server

We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server. The Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition is more than just an updated version of the Maxtor Central Axis. The previous version featured 1TB of storage...

Huge Growth in Daily Mobile Web Access

Huge Growth in Daily Mobile Web Access

What are the chances that you are reading this right now on a mobile device, such as mobile phone, nettbook, or MID? According to comScore, that likelihood is roughly twice as great as it was this same time last year. More than twice as many people used their mobile devices to access "news and information on the Internet" on a daily basis...

Boxee iPhone Remote App Now in the App Store

Boxee iPhone Remote App Now in the App Store

Way back in July of 2008, it was a feature request: an iPhone "remote" app to control Boxee. And now, after weeks of App Store review (no kidding; check the submission date on the app) the Boxee remote app is live in the App Store, for the excellent price of free. Boxee does categorize the remote as "very basic," but they're taking suggestions,...

Full-Size Gundam to Rise in Tokyo Park

Full-Size Gundam to Rise in Tokyo Park

We've always been more of  Robotech fans ourselves, but to many, the Gundam is the iconic anime giant mecha. As April 7th, 2009 is the 30th anniversary of the first anime series about Mobile Suits, Mobile Suit Gundam, an 18-meter (59-foot) Gundam statue will be built in Tokyo's Odaiba's Shiokaze Park this July. By the way, according to...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:XFX Radeon HD 4870 XXX 1GB video card review @ Elite BastardsAMD FirePro V8700 1GB @ PhoronixASUS VW266H 25.5-in Monitor Review @ PC PerspectiveMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI's X58 Pro motherboard @ bit-techASRock X58 SuperComputer Mainboard Review @ XBitLabsDFI LanParty UT X58-T3eH8 LGA1366 Motherboard Review @ Hardware CanucksMemory...

Vodafone Makes Its Music Catalog DRM Free

Vodafone Makes Its Music Catalog DRM Free

Astoundingly, it looks like the darkest DRM days are behind us. As more and more companies digest the fact that DRM only hurts the legitimate buyers and gives pirates even more incentive to plunder for  illicit bounty, we're seeing the DRM shackles removed from music stores across the web. The latest major company to cast aside the chains...

IBM Ships 50 Millionth Wii Processor

IBM Ships 50 Millionth Wii Processor

IBM Ships 50 Millionth Processor for the Nintendo Wii Game System EAST FISHKILL, NY - 13 Mar 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that it has reached a significant milestone as the microprocessor supplier for Nintendo Co., Ltd., by completing the shipment of 50 million processors for the Wii(TM) game system, which has tremendous worldwide sales...

Hulu Celebrates A Year, Adds Friend Function

Hulu Celebrates A Year, Adds Friend Function

These days, it's all about social networking. If your app doesn't integrate "friends" in one way or another, chances are it won't last long in today's hyper-connected universe. Thus, it makes perfect sense to see Hulu adding a splash of friendship on its very first birthday. Believe it or not, the online video portal -- which has been under...

TinyURL Phishing Increases in Popularity

TinyURL Phishing Increases in Popularity

TinyURL is a popular URL shortening service which is frequently used to reduce the length of a URL to something more manageable. Security firm Trend Micro has warned that TinyURL phishing, first reported in February, is becoming more popular and spreading across different languages. An example of tinyURL use would be perhaps a Mapquest link...

Facebook Launches Facebook Connect for iPhone

Facebook Launches Facebook Connect for iPhone

Facebook announced the new Facebook Connect for iPhone service at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX today. Facebook Connect for iPhone is now available with several participating applications. This new Connect service lets users link their apps with their Facebook profile to share data with friends, just as Facebook Connect currently...

Intel's Nehalem-Based Xeon Server CPUs Ship Soon

Intel's Nehalem-Based Xeon Server CPUs Ship Soon

If you've been waiting ever patiently for new Nehalem server chips since the microarchitecture  was detailed at IDF way back in August of 2008, we have wonderful news to pass along. Following a short, exclusive release within Apple's newest Mac Pro systems, the Nehalem-class Xeon server microprocessors and platforms are reportedly gearing...

New Averatec AIO PC Features HD Video Playback

New Averatec AIO PC Features HD Video Playback

TriGem USA today announced its next generation of Averatec all-in-one (AIO) PCs designed to meet evolving user demands for an affordable, yet powerful AIO computer. The Averatec D1133 features HD video playback, a large 18.4-inch LCD screen, wireless keyboard and mouse, Windows Vista, and a dual-core processor. "The new Averatec all-in-one...

Why Are Notebook Battery Figures So Misleading?

Why Are Notebook Battery Figures So Misleading?

So, here's a thought. You know how vehicles sold in America have a "city" and "highway" MPG rating? And you know how cellphone companies rate their devices with a "standby time" and "talk time?" Why don't notebook makers follow suit? That terrific talking point is coming at you courtesy of AMD's senior vice president and chief marketing officer...

Parents Sue Apple over exploding iPod Touch

Parents Sue Apple over exploding iPod Touch

We’ve heard of plenty of injuries that were allegedly caused by exploding batteries, but this is a new one. The mother of a 15-year-old boy from Cincinnati, Ohio is suing Apple and 10 unnamed retail employees after her son’s iPod Touch allegedly exploded in his pocket. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff had the “iTouch” (as the lawsuit...

MSI Talks Up Hardware X-Fi Decoding On Mobos

MSI Talks Up Hardware X-Fi Decoding On Mobos

Here lately, MSI has definitely been on the notebook kick. Day after day, we've seen new laptop after new laptop emerge to fit pretty much every budget and every wish list. Today, however, the company is breaking from the norm to talk up its sound equipment; more specifically, its X-Fi-enabled motherboards.MSI asserts that of all the mainboards...

Mozilla Launches Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

Mozilla Launches Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the latest browser from Mozilla, you won’t have to wait much longer. The next version of Firefox is nearly complete, as evidenced by yesterday’s release of Firefox 3.1 Beta 3, the fifth development milestone in the popular web browser. Beta 3 has been plagued by delays. Mozilla originally intended...

Google updates Mars on Google ... Earth??

Google updates Mars on Google ... Earth??

Where's the first place you'd look for maps of Mars?If you didn't say Google Earth, why not? After all, a 3D mapping tool of Mars was added to Google Earth for the 5.0 release. But Google today announced an update to the program that includes historical maps and images, a stream of the latest images from the Red Planet and not one, but TWO...

NCAA Tourney Comes To iPhone And iPod touch

NCAA Tourney Comes To iPhone And iPod touch

With all of the conference tournaments going on, you can just feel it in the air. The calendar says March, the jerseys are coming out and you just know the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is but days aways. And you -- you hard-worker, you -- are stuck in the office, or on the road, or somewhere not near a beautiful HDTV.Fret not, dear worker...

The Beatles: Rock Band to Have Unreleased Tracks

The Beatles: Rock Band to Have Unreleased Tracks

The Beatles: Rock Band video game, which is scheduled to release on Sept. 9, will include previously unreleased tracks, according to a statement by Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison. In an interview with Billboard, Dhani Harrison said that the game will include "stuff that has never been heard, never been released," although...

New Browser Test Shows Safari 4.0 is the Fastest

New Browser Test Shows Safari 4.0 is the Fastest

Finnish-based benchmark development company, Futuremark, has just unveiled an online-based benchmarking tool for measuring the performance of Web browsers, and so far results are showing that Safari 4.0 is the speediest browser of them all. The new tool, ironically called Peacekeeper, might just be the first free, publicly-available tool for...

Nintendo Sells 100 Million DS Handhelds Globally

Nintendo Sells 100 Million DS Handhelds Globally

It's tough to fathom that it was 2004 when we were drooling over Nintendo's cutest, if not a touch bulky, handheld ever: the DS. Originally hailed for its groundbreaking usage of dual screens (one of which was touch-friendly), the system was a runaway hit from day one. Here we are, nearly five years later, listening to Nintendo gloat about...

Palm, Sprint Marginally Update Media on the Pre

Palm, Sprint Marginally Update Media on the Pre

On Thursday, Palm and Sprint had a webcast to go over --- what else? --- the Palm Pre. Unfortunately, the information we all wanted to hear, meaning pricing and availability, was not revealed. What they did dish on were the service plans. Individuals can choose from 450 minutes ($69.99), 900 minutes ($89.99) or unlimited plans ($99.99). Families...

VIA's VX855 Media System Processor Does 1080p

VIA's VX855 Media System Processor Does 1080p

Not satisfied with simply introducing a new platform that's more diminutive than the already tiny Mini-ITX, VIA has stepped in with an all new media system processor that aims to bring power efficiency to 1080p-capable systems. The VX855 MSP offers up hardware-based H.264 video acceleration in a staggeringly small, highly integrated single...

CyberPower Announces New Gamer Xtreme 3D Systems

CyberPower Announces New Gamer Xtreme 3D Systems

CyberPower is now bundling NVIDIA's GeForce 3D stereo glasses with their Gamer Xtreme 3D Series high-end gaming PC. The Gamer Xtreme 3D 1000 is an AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Triple-Core system, while the Gamer Xtreme 3D 2000 features Intel’s Core i7-920. The systems also come with a Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 22-inch 120Hz LCD monitor....

MSI Unveils 14.1" AMD-Powered VR430 Notebook

MSI Unveils 14.1" AMD-Powered VR430 Notebook

Another weekday, another MSI notebook. After detailing a new line of gaming and multimedia laptops at CeBIT this month, the company seems to be trickling out even more as the month of March marches on. Yesterday it was the bargain-minded VX600; today it's the stylish and nimble VR430.MSI's latest (for now, anyway) notebook features a decorative...

Win an ASUS Eee Top PC

Win an ASUS Eee Top PC

Do you remember that cool ASUS Eee Top PC we showed you last month? Now, ASUS is giving US and Canada residents a chance to win one of two Eee Top PCs. In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you’ll need to subscribe to ASUS’ YouTube page and be a member of The Official ASUS Eee PC Group on Facebook or ASUS_TEK MySpace. Here’s how the contest...

A-DATA Announces SATAII SSD 300 Plus

A-DATA Announces SATAII SSD 300 Plus

A-DATA has been on a surefire roll of late with new introductions in its flash memory family, and it seems that roll isn't stopping today. Shortly after delivering a 512GB 2.5" XPG SSD, the company has now introduced a slightly less high-end model that's half as roomy but still exceptionally fast. The 2.5" SATAII SSD 300 Plus features an all...

Lightning Flash Charging, Courtesy of MIT

Lightning Flash Charging, Courtesy of MIT

A group of MIT engineers have developed a new way of building lithium-ion batteries that could lead to smaller, lighter, and more efficient power packs. What’s really exciting is that these new li-ion batteries can charge in a matter of seconds rather than hours. We all use li-ion powered devices regularly. Cell phones, laptops, and even electronic...

OWC Offers Upgrades for Mac Pro Nehalem Models

OWC Offers Upgrades for Mac Pro Nehalem Models

OWC OFFERS FIRST MEMORY UPGRADES UP TO 32GB FOR NEW APPLE MAC PRO "NEHALEM” MODELS OWC Offers Savings up to $1,620 vs. Factory Installed Internal Hard Drive Upgrades Savings up to $540 vs. Factory Installed OWC Continues First-to-Market Streak with Memory Upgrades for Most Powerful Mac Ever Other World Computing (OWC), a leading Mac and PC...

Habey's Mini HTPC Can Handle 1080p and Blu-ray

Habey's Mini HTPC Can Handle 1080p and Blu-ray

During our recent time with Asus' Eee PC 1000HE, we tried playing back a 1080p movie trailer just for kicks. To our surprise, it did manage to stutter along and get through it, but it was far from "watchable." And that was with an Atom N280 within. Now, we're seeing a diminutive new media PC with Intel's aging 1.6GHz Atom N270 that can reportedly...

Sirius XM Planning iPhone and iPod Touch App

Sirius XM Planning iPhone and iPod Touch App

It's kind of funny, really. Not even a month ago, we didn't know if Sirius would actually be a company come mid-March. Now, we're looking at an outfit with real potential for growth and success. Interesting how a perfect suitor and a good move to partner with a hot-as-fire device can change things, huh?We've heard that Liberty Media (DirecTV's...

Google voice: Like Gmail for your phone

Google voice: Like Gmail for your phone

Google Voice, which some are calling Gmail for phones, is being rolled out.For now, it will be available only to users of GrandCentral, which Google acquired all the way back in 2007.GrandCentral basically consolidates all your phones, giving you a single number to ring on your home, work and mobile phones and a voicemail box you can access...

OCZ Apex Series 120GB SATA II SSD

OCZ Apex Series 120GB SATA II SSD

The solid state drive, or SSD, market is incredibly hot at the moment, with a constant influx of new products that seem to leapfrog previous offerings at every turn. No one has been able to overtake Intel's X25 series of SSDs in terms of overall performance just yet, but the SSDs available from many other companies today are clearly superior...

Dell's Studio One System Launched

Dell's Studio One System Launched

Combining the latest computing experience with a contemporary look, the Dell Studio One 19's beautiful design and features take shared computing to a new level. Dell today announced the Studio One 19, a beautiful all-in-one computer that looks just as good in the living room as it does the kitchen. The optional touch capability provides...

The Lines Between Maps and Security Blur

The Lines Between Maps and Security Blur

California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) has proposed legislation that would probably make people look askance at California again. Seriously, he has proposed AB-255, a bill that would require online mapping services such as Google Earth to blur satellite images of schools, hospitals, churches, and government buildings, all in the...

Google Launches "Interest-Based" Ads

Google Launches "Interest-Based" Ads

On Wednesday, Google unveiled what it called "interest-based" advertising. In reality, what they really unveiled was behaviorally targeted ads. And that has some privacy advocates crying foul. The "interest-based" ads will initially appear on YouTube and other Google partner sites. Here's the reason behind the initiative; it's all about the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets:Asus M4A78T-E (AM3) Motherboard @ CPU3DASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard @ Benchmark ReviewsAsus P6T Review @ OCCProcessors:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:aWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Green Review @ PC PerspectiveSuper Talent Godfather 8GB Rubber Flash Drive Review @...

Microsoft Outlines Windows Marketplace Details

Microsoft Outlines Windows Marketplace Details

We’ve known for a little while that Microsoft was working on its own application store for Windows Mobile-powered devices. However, details surrounding the store have been pretty vague until now. Thanks to some new information from Microsoft, we now know more about its application store, which will be called the Windows Marketplace. For starters,...

Spread Loads of Hope and Help Those in Need

Spread Loads of Hope and Help Those in Need

Tide and their Loads of Hope campaign have reached out to us for help.  We, in turn, are reaching out to you, our readers.  Loads of Hope provides relief for disaster victims.  Here's the deal, it's a really short campaign.  In reality, Loads of Hope is a long-term relief effort, but this is a short, focused campaign to...

MSI Introduces VX600 Multimedia Notebook

MSI Introduces VX600 Multimedia Notebook

Frankly, it's getting difficult to even keep track of all the new notebooks coming from the assembly lines at MSI. After introducing a new crop at CeBIT last week, the company has issued today the VX600, a bargain-minded machine that aims to provide decent everyday performance and enough power to handle the occasional multimedia duty. In order...

T-Mobile G1 for Less Than $100

T-Mobile G1 for Less Than $100

The other day, we told you about some research from Informa Telecoms & Media that claimed Android-powered devices would surpass iPhone devices by 2012. Thanks to a sale at Amazon.com on the T-Mobile G1 (the only Android device currently on the market) that statistic is one step closer to becoming reality. Amazon.com is currently offering...

Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price Fixing

Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price Fixing

It's not like Hitachi Displays really needs any bad news considering just how poorly LCD sales are going right now, but regardless of that, it's still facing a fine that none of us would be fond of facing. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has just agreed (begrudgingly we're sure) to pay a staggering $31 million fine for its role in a...

Fusion-io Reveals Wicked Fast ioDrive Duo SSDs

Fusion-io Reveals Wicked Fast ioDrive Duo SSDs

Fusion-io, the company famous for producing the world's fastest and most expensive SSD solution, is back again with another blazing fast innovation. This time, we're drooling over the ioDrive Duo, which is hailed as the fastest and most innovative SSD this planet has ever seen. Per usual, the server-based PCI Express SSD offering is aimed...

AMD Ships 50 Millionth 'Hollywood' GPU In Wii

AMD Ships 50 Millionth 'Hollywood' GPU In Wii

While AMD's dedicated chip sales may be sagging, the company has still found reason to celebrate. With the success of the Wii comes the inevitable success of AMD, at least in small part. Today, Advanced Micro Devices proudly announced that the 50 millionth ATI 'Hollywood' graphics processor has shipped from Nintendo today, and if you're having...

The New iPod Shuffle Speaks!

The New iPod Shuffle Speaks!

Apple has just announced its new third-generation iPod shuffle, which the company claims is "the world's smallest music player." The new iPod shuffle is almost half the size of the previous generation iPod shuffle, measuring a scant 1.8x0.7x0.3-inches (HWD) and weighing only 0.38 ounces. What makes this new iPod truly unique, however, is not...

Chinese Hackers Crack iTunes Gift Card Algorithm

Chinese Hackers Crack iTunes Gift Card Algorithm

Expect this to be fixed as quickly as Apple can manage it, but according to reports Chinese hackers (those enterprising guys) have cracked the algorithm behind the codes on iTunes gift cards, and are offering up $200 gift cards for $2.60. Interestingly, these same sorts of $200 deals are showing up on eBay, though not at quite the same bargain...

Infinite SMS Becomes Finite, After All

Infinite SMS Becomes Finite, After All

Well, it was too good to last. Infinite SMS, the iPhone app which offered an infinite number of SMS messages by utilizing the SMS chat feature of Google Talk, is no more, as Google has closed off those APIs from third-party developers. To be clear, Google’s free SMS feature isn’t gone. They’ve only blocked non-Google apps like Infinite SMS...

Bequeath Your Facebook Account When You Die

Bequeath Your Facebook Account When You Die

Making contingency plans for the possibility of becoming incapacitated or for our inevitable demise is seldom a pleasant subject to discuss or even think about. Many people often postpone or even never get around to creating a living will or a last will and testament. For those that do, their concerns are usually focused on their quality of...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Palit GeForce GTS 250 2GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownSharp Aquos LC-46D65U Review @ Digital TrendsGalaxy GeForce GTS 250 1 GB @ techPowerUpGeForce GTX 260 or RADEON HD 4870 1024MB @ iXBTMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock N7AD-SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-HideoutJetway NF76-1G5-LF ICS VIA C7 Motherboard @ PCShopTalkGIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R...

CyberPower Introduces Gamer Xtreme 1003

CyberPower Introduces Gamer Xtreme 1003

CyberPower Offers Intel Core i7 920-based Gaming System exclusively at www.newegg.com CyberPower Inc., www.cyperpowerpc.com a manufacturer of customized gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations today announced a mid-level gaming system based on Intel’s Core i7-920 CPU that delivers the horsepower to run the most...

IBuyPower Delivers NVIDIA 3D Gaming PCs

IBuyPower Delivers NVIDIA 3D Gaming PCs

Another week, another pair of IBuyPower gaming desktops to tempt your ever-stressed credit limit. This time, we've got the Gamer Fire 640 and Gamer Paladin F830, both of which check in under the $2000 ceiling and aim for the mid- to high-end gamer. Also, these each are outfitted with NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision and come bundled with a Samsung...

Asus VH242H 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Asus VH242H 23.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor

With Asus's recent Blitzkrieg of inexpensive Eee PC netbooks and nettops, it might be easy forget that Asus also manufactures a full bevy of components and peripherals from motherboards to graphics cards to networking products. Asus also makes LCD displays, ranging in size from 17-inches on up to 26-inches, which cover a wide swath of feature...

Lenovo Introduces Smaller, Lower Cost Desktops

Lenovo Introduces Smaller, Lower Cost Desktops

It’s no secret that businesses and consumers are looking for ways to cut costs. In recognition of this, Lenovo is releasing two new desktop PCs designed to lower total cost of ownership. The ThinkCentre M58e and A58 desktops start at just $399 and run more coolly and quietly than previous ThinkCentres. What’s more, the ThinkCentre M58e meets...

NVIDIA Launches GPU Ventures Program & Website

NVIDIA Launches GPU Ventures Program & Website

NVIDIA Looking for the Next Great GPU Computing Company Global Investment Program Launched to Fund and Support New GPU Computing Businesses NVIDIA Corporation, inventor of the GPU, today announced the launch of the GPU Ventures Program, a new global initiative whose aim is to identify, support and invest in early stage companies leveraging...

Microsoft Reveals Own Notebook Cooling Base

Microsoft Reveals Own Notebook Cooling Base

Obviously, most of the focus in Redmond these days is on Windows 7 Beta. So it's pretty shocking to see a new wave of hardware roll out of Microsoft's labs this week, particularly hardware like a notebook cooling pad and colorful mice. With notebook sales outpacing desktops by a solid three-to-one margin (according to Microsoft, anyway), the...

Samsung Reaches Higher With 1.5TB EcoGreen HDD

Samsung Reaches Higher With 1.5TB EcoGreen HDD

Sometimes, there's no point in challenging the current king. Instead, it's much simpler to just sit back, concede to second place and leave all the stress to the aforementioned champion of the domain. That seems to the be mantra wrapped into Samsung's latest desktop hard drive, which falls just 500GB shy of matching Western Digital's current...

Sharkoon Rush FireGlider Does 3600 DPI Cheaply

Sharkoon Rush FireGlider Does 3600 DPI Cheaply

Looking for a new mouse to up that frag count? Sharkoon is hoping you look its way, as it has just delivered an all new input peripheral into its growing line of PC accessories. The Rush FireGlider is similar to many other gaming mice in most areas, but a few unique features make this one worth considering if you're in the market.For starters,...

U2 Ditches Apple for RIM

U2 Ditches Apple for RIM

U2 and Apple are no longer BFF, apparently, as U2 has announced its 360° Tour, and its sponsor: Research in Motion (RIM), maker of BlackBerry devices. It's not like U2 has ever been officially aligned with Apple, but U2 does have history with Apple. For example, U2 has performed at Apple events, is the only band that has gotten its own branded...

Touch Screen Orders Fuel Apple Netbook Rumors

Touch Screen Orders Fuel Apple Netbook Rumors

New Apple netbook rumors have arisen. A report from Digitimes cites a Commercial Times report that Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for "Apple's new netbook" due in the 3rd quarter of 2009. Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the new...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB @ [H]eVGA X58 3X SLI Review @ OCCASUS VH242H 24-Inch 16:9 LCD Monitor Review @ FuturelooksASUS EAH4550 Radeon HD 4550 Half-Height Videocard Review  @ PCSTATS.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Sapphire PURE PC-AM2RS790GX AM2+ Motherboard Review @ Club OverclockerGigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+ Motherboard...

More data breach info to consumers in CA bill

More data breach info to consumers in CA bill

With data theft seeming to be increasing in frequency (read this and this), a California legislator has introduced a bill that would make companies report more information to people affected by the breaches.State Sen. Joe Simitian's bill would require companies involved to report to the state attorney general any data breach that affected...

Will Android Surpass the iPhone by 2012?

Will Android Surpass the iPhone by 2012?

If market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media is correct, more people are going to be reaching for an Android-powered device than an iPhone by 2012. Considering there is only one Android device currently on the market—the G1, which launched in September—the new platform must make huge strides to achieve this widespread market penetration....

MSI Details Gaming and Entertainment Notebooks

MSI Details Gaming and Entertainment Notebooks

MSI had no shortage of new products debut at CeBIT this past week, and in an effort to better bring into focus its comprehensive notebook line, the company has released an all encompassing release that highlights its professional G (Gaming) and multimedia E (Entertainment) families.Among the six major MSI notebook product lines, the G and...

Seagate and AMD Demo Serial ATA 6Gigabit/Second

Seagate and AMD Demo Serial ATA 6Gigabit/Second

Seagate and AMD Unveil World's First Demonstration of Serial ATA 6Gigabit/Second Technology for High-Speed PC Applications Seagate, teaming with microprocessor manufacturing leader Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans this week, today unveiled the world's first public demonstration of next-generation...

24 Samsung SSDs Linked Together for 2GB/Sec

24 Samsung SSDs Linked Together for 2GB/Sec

What would you do if Samsung gave you only 24-hours of hands-on time with a stack of solid-state drive (SSD) engineering samples to do some viral marketing with? For you this is surely just an academic question, but for Paul Curry of The Viral Factory in London, it was a very real challenge. And he took the challenge to the limits of where...

First CD Prototype Celebrates 30 Years

First CD Prototype Celebrates 30 Years

These technology birthdays are always up for debate -- are we basing birthdays on the first prototype? The first shipping product? The first patent application? What? There's also no governmental agency to decide upon these highly important matters, so unfortunately, we're at the mercy of the party planners.On the plus side, this chaos usually...

Facebook Glitch Loses Photos

Facebook Glitch Loses Photos

For Facebook users who might have noticed that some previously-uploaded photos were mysteriously missing from their Facebook pages, Facebook wants you to know that it is aware of the problem, it is fixing the problem right now, and perhaps most importantly: "Don't worry: Your photos are safe." Apparently, while Facebook engineers were performing...

Mechanical Key Switch Keyboards Demystified

Mechanical Key Switch Keyboards Demystified

Arguably, the best made keyboards available today have mechanical key switches. They are known as mechanical key switch keyboards. What makes them so desirable is that mechanical keyboards tend to be constructed of higher quality materials, they last longer, are more reliable, and most importantly, once properly acclimated to one, a mechanical...

ATI FirePro 2450 Provides Quad Display Support

ATI FirePro 2450 Provides Quad Display Support

Remember the days when we thought that there was no way to get more powerful GPUs without more power consumption? Feels like forever ago, right? Today, AMD has introduced a low-power quad display card that aims to bring "outstanding energy efficiency to multiple display environments." The ATI FirePro 2450 is described as a "low profile quad...

Asus Ships Eee Top ET1602 To North America

Asus Ships Eee Top ET1602 To North America

Asus has just announced that its Eee Top ET1602, which was introduced at the tail end of last month, is finally shipping in North America. The Eee Top, like most other Eee machines, is designed with simplicity and cost effectiveness in mind. The all-in-one PC incorporates a 15.6-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Atom processor and an easy-to-grasp...

NRK Launches Own BitTorrent Tracker

NRK Launches Own BitTorrent Tracker

The Norwegian Broadcast Corporation (NRK), which previously tried --- and failed --- to bring the Beatles to the Web, has set up its own BitTorrent tracker to distribute their TV-shows. Acknowledging what many already know, that P2P technology has valid uses (besides the obvious illegal ones), NRK announced the tracker on its own website....

Nearly 25% of the App Store is Games

Nearly 25% of the App Store is Games

We knew the game category was popular at the iPhone / iPod Touch App Store, but this popular? According to iPhone app tracking site MobClix, that number now exceeds 6,000. The number, according to MobClix, is 6,276, or 23.1% of the total. Moreover, puzzle games take nearly 18% of the game total, and free games take about 25% of the game total....

17" MacBook Pro Seeing Graphical Glitches

17" MacBook Pro Seeing Graphical Glitches

Plopped down three or four grand on a brand spankin' new 17" MacBook Pro, did you now? Noticed any weird graphical glitches yet? Apparently a whole crowd of furious new owners have, as evidenced by the quickly growing thread on the matter over at Apple's website. From what we've gathered, a noticeable amount of new 17" MBP machines are demonstrating...

Pretec Intros 32GB SDXC Card, Other Flash Drives

Pretec Intros 32GB SDXC Card, Other Flash Drives

For a moment there, we thought maybe -- just maybe -- SDXC was going to be one of those introduced-and-then-forgotten formats. After sliding out amidst hundreds of other new developments at CES this year, the next-generation SD card has finally found favor with a manufacturing company. At the CeBIT trade show in Germany this past week, Pretec...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Ultimate 512MB video card review @ Elite BastardsSamsung 2433BW @ InsideHWPNY & XFX GeForce GTX 285 Video Card Reviews @ Legit ReviewsLeadtek Winfast GTX 260 Extreme+ Review @ OCCGalaxy GeForce GTX 285 Overclocked Graphics Card @ TweaktownSparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comMemory...

ASUS Republic of Gamers CeBIT Product Line Up

ASUS Republic of Gamers CeBIT Product Line Up

ASUS Republic of Gamers Primed to Blow the Competition Away at CeBIT 2009Star Lineup of Gaming Products Provide Exciting Solutions for all Gamers Hannover, Germany – The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) was out in full force at CeBIT 2009, showcasing a stellar cast of the most innovative and exciting gaming products and peripherals. Staying true...

For $10, Put Wikipedia In Your Pocket

For $10, Put Wikipedia In Your Pocket

Two different applications have taken Wikipedia and compressed it into smartphone-digestible form. Both sell the resulting database for $10. WikiPock takes up about 4GB of storage, and is currently available for Windows Mobile and Blackberry devices. It's $9.99 for the basic version, but you can opt for a version that includes updates for...

Nokia Fixes N.A. XpressMusic 5800 3G Issues

Nokia Fixes N.A. XpressMusic 5800 3G Issues

Ah, yes, GIGO (garbage in, garbage out), in software terms. Nokia has fixed the 3G issues in North American versions of the XpressMusic 5800 which plagued the device since its recent launch. Apparently it just required a little tweaking of the software. Here's what Nokia said in an emailed statement: "Following the introduction of the Nokia...

Google Sitting on Pile of Cash

Google Sitting on Pile of Cash

While many of its competitors are burning through cash surpluses and trying to weather the rough economic situation, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt says the company intends to let its cash “pile up” as his company weathers the recession. While some stockholders may have hoped for a dividend, Schmidt further revealed that Google hasn’t...

Thecus N3200PRO & N4100PRO, Enery Efficient NAS

Thecus N3200PRO & N4100PRO, Enery Efficient NAS

Thecus N3200PRO & N4100PRO, Powerful NAS Server With Only 50% of Energy Consumption at Home and Office 03/07/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing...

Amazon Fires Up Video Game Trade-In Program

Amazon Fires Up Video Game Trade-In Program

Everything Amazon seems to touch turns to gold, so why should this initiative be any different? In an effort to rival GameStop's highly successful trade-in business, the online e-tailer has launched its very own Video Games Trade-In program. Of note, the program is still listed as "beta" for the moment, but it's completely live and ready to...

Microsoft Confirms IE8 Can Be Disabled in Win7

Microsoft Confirms IE8 Can Be Disabled in Win7

It was revealed earlier by poking around in the latest (leaked) build of Windows 7 that you could disable Internet Explorer 8. But that "feature" wasn't confirmed by Microsoft until Friday, however, when a blog post at the Engineering Windows 7 site noted the new functionality. In Windows 7 we are expanding the number of features you have...

Palm Investor Predicts Many iPhone Converts

Palm Investor Predicts Many iPhone Converts

Whoa, brother. Talk about lighting the world on fire with a single interview. Palm investor Roger McNamee has reportedly stated that loyal iPhone users will be jumping at the chance to ditch their cellphone in favor of the upcoming Pre (a Sprint exclusive), which has led to all sorts of opinions on the matter. So we figured, why not one more?...

Teen Sues Facebook Over Cyberbullying

Teen Sues Facebook Over Cyberbullying

The Internet is a wondrous thing, but it's also made teasing and bullying, formerly restricted to schoolyards, something you can do online for all the world to see. A Long Island teenager is suing her tormentors, their parents, and Facebook over a Facebook group "calculated to hold the plaintiff up to public hatred, ridicule and disgrace."...

Barnes & Noble Makes another Attempt at E-books

Barnes & Noble Makes another Attempt at E-books

Barnes & Noble appears to be making another attempt at running an e-book store, having purchased Fictionwise.com for $15.7 million. The cash deal is part of Barnes & Noble’s plan to launch its own e-book store later this year. This will be the second attempt for Barnes & Noble at selling e-books. In 2000, Barnes & Noble and...

Hulu Blocks Boxee Browser, Users Shut Out Again

Hulu Blocks Boxee Browser, Users Shut Out Again

Well, that was quick. On the very same day that boxee proudly introduced the newest, greatest and most feature-packed version of its media browsing software, Hulu has shot down what was arguably the best addition. This morning, Boxee told its users that the new version enabled access to public RSS feeds, and yes, Hulu's feeds were included...

Are Nokia & Verizon Working On A 4G Device?

Are Nokia & Verizon Working On A 4G Device?

TheStreet.com reports that Nokia and Verizon are setting aside their differences and have come together to create a touchscreen device for the upcoming 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. While AT&T and Apple may enjoy success today with the iPhone, the two companies are looking towards the future and are determined to lead the next...

Digital TV Converter Box Coupons Resume Shipping

Digital TV Converter Box Coupons Resume Shipping

This whole digital TV transition has turned into an abject disaster (to put it nicely), but for those of you still holding out for a government voucher before buying a converter box, there's good news to share. After the National Telecommunications and Information Administration ran out of its $1.34 billion late last year and began putting...

Thermaltake Shows Unique Level 10 Desktop Case

Thermaltake Shows Unique Level 10 Desktop Case

Thermaltake has been turning more than a few heads at the CEBIT show, presently taking place in Hanover, Germany, with a new and unique desktop chassis called the Level 10. The Level 10 chassis is on display in Thermaltake's booth with a "No Photos" sign in front of it; so naturally, pictures of it have started popping up all over the Internet....

Amazon Kindle App Comes To iPhone

Amazon Kindle App Comes To iPhone

Um, Amazon? Not sure if anyone told you, but most of the functionality that was previously reserved for your own Kindle and Kindle 2 e-book readers is now available for free on Apple's white-hot iPhone. Believe it or not, Amazon has somehow certified that a Kindle app be allowed out on the ever-expanding App Store free of charge, though a...

Hulu (kinda, sorta) returns to Boxee

Hulu (kinda, sorta) returns to Boxee

People kind of went batguano crazy when Hulu insisted its content be taken off Boxee because its content providers freaked out and insisted on it.Since then, Boxee has been in talks with Hulu and its content providers to come up with a workable solution that would allow Boxee users to watch Hulu on their televisions (Boxee, for those who don't...

ASUS Unveils Smart, Energy-Saving Displays

ASUS Unveils Smart, Energy-Saving Displays

ASUS Unveils Smart and Energy-Saving Displays for Work and Entertainment at CeBIT 2009A Myriad of Innovative Display Solutions and the World’s First Wireless Monitor Amongst Highlights at CeBIT 2009 Hannover, Germany; March 5, 2009 – ASUS, a leader in the production of LCD monitors, is proud to unveil an array of innovative and energy-efficient...

The Beatles Invade Rock Band This September

The Beatles Invade Rock Band This September

Look out, Guitar Hero! Rock Band has swiftly and decidedly moved back into the lead with this one, and honestly, we have no idea how you're going to rival it. Yes, it's true. The Beatles, of all bands, are getting their very own installment of Rock Band, and considering that only Elvis Presley is on the same level of name recognition with...

MSI Debuts Wind Box DC100, Touchscreen Wind Tops

MSI Debuts Wind Box DC100, Touchscreen Wind Tops

If MSI's iMac-like Wind NetOn AP1900 was a bit too "standard fare" for your tastes, the aforementioned company has revealed a few touch-friendly machines at CeBIT that may be just what the innovation doctor ordered. The all new Wind Top line has been revealed, and at least initially, it will consist of three models: the AE1900, AE2200 and...

Eye-Fi Introduces New Memory Cards, iPhone App

Eye-Fi Introduces New Memory Cards, iPhone App

Eye-Fi, the company who launched the first wireless memory card for digital cameras announced two new SD cards that can upload videos directly from a camera. The new 4GB Eye-Fi Share Video and 4GB Eye-Fi Explore Video cards uses nearby hotspots to upload both photos and videos directly from the camera to one of more than 20 online photo sharing...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ATI RADEON HD 4830 Crossfire Video Card Setup @ PCShopTalkSapphire Radeon HD 4670 GDDR4 Review @ ASE LabsGaming on HTPC: Inexpensive Graphics Cards Performance Review @ XBitLabsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock N7AD-SLI @ PhoronixECS A780GM-A Ultra Black Series Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsMemory and Storage:G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 PC2...

YouTube Nets 100 Million US Viewers, Hooray!

YouTube Nets 100 Million US Viewers, Hooray!

It's no shock to anyone even remotely up to speed on popular culture that YouTube is big. Really big, in fact. But even big can get bigger, as evidenced by a recent press release pushed out by comScore. For the first time in a single month, YouTube had over 100 million US viewers, with the online video portal securing a staggering 91 percent...

Asus Get Stylish With U And UX Series Notebooks

Asus Get Stylish With U And UX Series Notebooks

Asus has been exceptionally busy this week at CeBIT, announcing everything from new notebooks to new monitors to new concepts. Two laptop lines that have still been under wraps until now, however, are the U and UX Series. As with most of the other small Asus machines coming out these days, these families are also highly stylized, hoping to...

Fox To Strip Special Features Out of Rental DVDs

Fox To Strip Special Features Out of Rental DVDs

As DVD movie sales continue to slowly dry up, some motion picture distribution companies are looking to make up lost revenue from other mediums, such as from Blu-ray movie disc sales and distribution deals with online media-streaming services, such as Netlfix, Vudu, and the recently announced ZillionTV. Blu-ray isn't anywhere as successful...

Circuit City to Close Early

Circuit City to Close Early

It appears that Circuit City’s liquidation sales have been successful. So successful, in fact, that the stores are running out of inventory sooner than expected. As a result, liquidators have announced that all of the chain’s remaining stores will close this Sunday. The shutdowns come about a week ahead of schedule, and two weeks earlier than...

U.S. Population Radiation Exposure On The Rise

U.S. Population Radiation Exposure On The Rise

The National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements (NCRP) released a report that states that the average effective radiation dose individuals in the U.S. have received in 2006 has increased about 1.7-times since the early 1980s (from 3.6 mSv to 6.2 mSv)*. Contrary to what many might think, however, this almost doubling in radiation...

A-DATA Demos Low Voltage XPG DDR3-2133X RAM

A-DATA Demos Low Voltage XPG DDR3-2133X RAM

A-DATA Demonstrate High Performance, Low Voltage XPG DDR3-2133X v2.0 Triple Channel Module at CeBIT 2009Adopting 1.6V to Perform 2133MHz CL8 Killer Speed Taipei, Taiwan - March 5, 2009 - A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leading manufacturer in high performance memory products, showcasing its leading triple channel module in the industry...

Dell XPS 625 Phenom II Gaming System

Dell XPS 625 Phenom II Gaming System

Dell's new XPS 625 is their latest AMD-based creation, and is the first out of the Dell labs using the relatively new Phenom II processor. Initial reviews of AMD's new chip have been favorable, as this new quad-core processor is slated to deliver roughly the same performance as Intel's quad-core Core 2 processors at very tolerable price points....

A-DATA Delivers 512GB 2.5" XPG SSD For Notebooks

A-DATA Delivers 512GB 2.5" XPG SSD For Notebooks

Stay sharp, Toshiba, as A-DATA's infringing on some of your territory today. Months after Toshiba proclaimed that it would be bringing the world's first 2.5" solid state drive to CES 2009, A-DATA has stepped in at CeBIT 2009 to also suggest that it has launhed the "highest capacity of SSD in the industry." It's product? The 512GB XPG 2.5"...

NVIDIA Mulls Its Own x86 CPU

NVIDIA Mulls Its Own x86 CPU

Intel and NVIDIA aren't exactly best buds right now, and this certainly isn't going to help matters any. At the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference on Tuesday NVIDIA admitted it is considering entering the general purpose microprocessor arena, where it would compete directly with Intel. NVIDIA’s senior vice president of investor relations...

iGoogle Gets iChatty

iGoogle Gets iChatty

iGoogle offers you the ability to visit several websites one on page, but did you ever wish that iGoogle offered you the Chat functionality that you can get in your Gmail account, so you could forego going there and simply stay on iGoogle? Well, now you can. After all, that seemed to be the only thing really missing from iGoogle, to make it...

MSI Makes Overclocking Easy On N260GTX Lightning

MSI Makes Overclocking Easy On N260GTX Lightning

Among the deluge of NVIDIA news this week, MSI has decided to throw its hat in the ring by introducing a new graphics card that's powered by the aforesaid firm. The N260GTX Lightning is predictably based on the GeForce GTX 260, which we heard earlier this year was getting a PCB tweak to shave costs. It's hard to tell from this release if anything...

ZillionTV On-Demand Service Streaming To Your TV

ZillionTV On-Demand Service Streaming To Your TV

We might not quite be at the point where we can watch whatever we want, when we want, but we're getting a little closer all the time. In addition to the plethora of sites that offer on-demand streaming content to our computers, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon, new devices and services keep popping up that deliver Internet-based streaming...

Empire: Total War Launches with Steamworks

Empire: Total War Launches with Steamworks

EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR LAUNCHES WITH STEAMWORKS Sega and The Creative Assembly Leverage Suite of Services for Development and Marketing March 4, 2009 - Empire: Total War from The Creative Assembly and SEGA is now available via Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games with over 20 million accounts worldwide, as well...

IBM creates the "virtual conference room"

IBM creates the "virtual conference room"

Teleconference calls are so 2008.IBM today announced a new software tool, Sametime 3D, which allows people to hold virtual business meetings in virtual conference rooms.It has its origins in the worlds of Sim City and MMORPGs. Users will be able to create their own avatars to represent them in the "rooms," and will be able to talk, share presentations...

Sony Introduces DSC-HX1 with Exmor CMOS sensor

Sony Introduces DSC-HX1 with Exmor CMOS sensor

Sony announced a new Cyber-shot camera (model DSC-HX1) with sweep panorama technology. Sweep panorama can capture up to 224-degree horizontal or 154-degree vertical panorama shots in a single press-and-sweep motion. The HX1 camera is also Sony’s first with the newly-developed 1/2.4-inch Exmor CMOS sensor technology. This sensor enables the...

VIA's Em-ITX Platform Is Smaller Than Mini-ITX

VIA's Em-ITX Platform Is Smaller Than Mini-ITX

Late last month, VIA came clean with its very first Pico-ITX box, and now the company is unveiling an entirely new form factor: Em-ITX. Reportedly, it's the first form factor that comes standard with "dual I/O coastlines." The benefit? It should reduce cable clutter, improve airflow and enable sub-2-centimeter high embedded systems. That last...

Gigabyte Intros Ultra Durable GV-N250ZL-1GI GPU

Gigabyte Intros Ultra Durable GV-N250ZL-1GI GPU

GIGABYTE Extends Ultra Durable VGA Range with GV-N250ZL-1GI Graphics Accelerators-- Ultra Stable; Ultra Cool -- Taipei, Taiwan 03 03, 2009 – The latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA graphics accelerator GV-N250ZL-1GI uses high quality components and provides unrivaled performance GIGABYTE Technology Co. LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards...

MSI Gets Thin With X-Slim X340 and X600

MSI Gets Thin With X-Slim X340 and X600

MSI definitely didn't infringe on the iMac too much with its NetOn AP1900 all-in-one PC, but some might say the company's new X-Slim notebooks bear a strong (maybe too strong) resemblance to Apple's MacBook Air. Of course, we'd argue that the X340 and X600 both have a look of their own, but there's no doubt that some similarities exist. output,...

ATP Pushes "Green" DDR2 RAM Modules

ATP Pushes "Green" DDR2 RAM Modules

While you may have assumed that the green trend was dying out, we have reason to believe otherwise. Just days after Zotac pushed out a couple of new "eco-friendly" graphics cards, ATP has announced its very own "green" DDR2 FB-DIMM memory modules. The super low power sticks offer up a 1.5 to 3 watts-per-DIMM power saving, which is supposedly...

Kodak Adds to EasyShare Line with Z915

Kodak Adds to EasyShare Line with Z915

Kodak expanded its EasyShare line of digital compact cameras with the new EasyShare Z915. This 10-megapixel camera has a 10x image stabilized optical zoom lens (35–350 mm) and a 2.5-inch LCD. You’ll also find Kodak’s Smart Capture feature on this camera, which promises high quality images by analyzing scenes and applying the most appropriate...

PCMCIA Announces Release 2.0 of ExpressCard

PCMCIA Announces Release 2.0 of ExpressCard

PCMCIA, the leading technology trade association for PC Card™ and ExpressCard® technology, today at CeBIT announced the newest release of the ExpressCard Standard 2.0, the latest version of the standard for high-performance expansion of notebook systems.This version was updated to accommodate the faster speeds demanded by today's...

Asus P6T6 WS Revolution Core i7 Motherboard

Asus P6T6 WS Revolution Core i7 Motherboard

When we think about what is perhaps the one draw-back that enthusiasts and gamers could point to with respect to an Intel chipset-based motherboard historically, it was lack of NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU support. Though you could drop more than one AMD ATI Radeon-based graphics card into a P45, X38 or X48-chipset based motherboard, for the most...

Sprint Puts a Price on Friendship

Sprint Puts a Price on Friendship

Sprint has been facing hard times of late, and is looking for the Palm Pre to boost their sales. What to do until then, hmmm? Well, they've initiated a referral program, whereby you can try to sucker, er, get your friends to sign up for Sprint before the Palm Pre launches. The program only lasts until 3/31. Strangely, the fine print says:...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:ASUS Extreme NGTX295 @ Legion HardwarePalit GeForce GTS 250 2048 MB @ techPowerUpNvidia's GeForce GTS 250 graphics card @ TTREVGA GeForce GTS 250 Superclocked @ Techgage.comBFG GeForce GTS 250 OC 1GB Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 technology preview @ Elite BastardsPalit GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card Review - More G92b @ PC PerspectiveGalaxy...

TRENDnet Launches Wireless N Security Camera

TRENDnet Launches Wireless N Security Camera

TRENDnet Launches a High Performance Wireless N Internet Security Camera TORRANCE, Calif. -March 3, 2008-TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the Wireless N Internet Camera Server with 2-Way Audio, model TV-IP512WN, which offers unsurpassed wireless range and video streaming...

PENTAX Introduces the X70 Megazoom

PENTAX Introduces the X70 Megazoom

Sporting a 24X optical zoom lens, the new PENTAX X70 Megazoom has definitely earned its “Megazoom” name. With a 26mm - 624mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, the X70 is capable of wide-angle to super-telephoto shots. In addition, the camera’s Super Macro mode lets you take close-up shots, with the ability to focus as close as 0.4 inches from...

Intel Adds New Atom Z5xx CPUs For Embedded Apps

Intel Adds New Atom Z5xx CPUs For Embedded Apps

You may not ever hear about these after today, but Intel has launched four new, unique versions of its Atom processor. We know what you're thinking: "Why in the world won't I hear about 'em?" Probably because these are out in the open in the way its N270 and N280 are; instead, these are meant for use in behind-the-scenes type applications....

Asus Reveals Dual Touch Screen Laptop, WePC.com

Asus Reveals Dual Touch Screen Laptop, WePC.com

Over the past few months, you may have noticed that we've been participating in a collaborative initiative with Asus and Intel in an effort to bring the end user online community (you!) together with Asus design engineering and marketing teams to envision, innovate, design, and ultimately create the world's first "crowd-sourced" notebook product. ...

Panasonic Launches Lumix DMC-GH1 with HD Video

Panasonic Launches Lumix DMC-GH1 with HD Video

Five months after launching its Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic is announcing another version of this camera that is capable of recording HD video. This new model, called the Lumix DMC-GH1, has a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor that can record high definition videos with continuous autofocus and built-in Dolby Digital Stereo...

Zotac Reveals New GeForce Cards At CeBIT

Zotac Reveals New GeForce Cards At CeBIT

We knew Zotac was going green at CeBIT, but we had no idea it would take things this far. In an effort to draw attention to itself for playing nice with Mother Nature, Zotac has introduced the GeForce, which reportedly delivers 40 percent more power efficiency compared to other 9600GT cards. Basically, if you buy this card, you're getting...

Western Digital Intros 8TB ShareSpace NAS System

Western Digital Intros 8TB ShareSpace NAS System

Well, wouldn't you know it? Western Digital has wasted no time in finding a home for its recently revealed 2TB WD Caviar Green hard drive, as it has today announced an 8TB version (4 x 2TB) version of its ShareSpace network storage system. Curiously introduced alongside dozens of new cameras at the PMA trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the...

Intel's Chairman Urges Tech Innovation At CeBIT

Intel's Chairman Urges Tech Innovation At CeBIT

Intel has maintained a relatively low profile at CeBIT this year in terms of new product announcements, but there are still plenty of Intel chips to be found at the expo. The chip maker is apparently looking to keep it that way for years to come, with Chairman Craig Barrett today urging the technology industry at large and nations around the...

GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009

GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009

Overclockers from 26 Countries Fight for the Crown.GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. is pleased to announce the individual country qualifiers of the second annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) are underway, with the final competition to be held in Taipei, Taiwan in the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009,...

Celebrate Square Root Day (No, Seriously)

Celebrate Square Root Day (No, Seriously)

Hot on the heels of "1234567890" day comes Square Root Day. This rare "holiday" occurs when the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year. So, today can be expressed as 03/03/09 (in Europe or the U.S., for once!). 3 is the square root of 9, so you can see how today would be Square Root Day. The last...

Apple Updates AirPort Express and Time Capsule

Apple Updates AirPort Express and Time Capsule

Today's big news from Apple are its new iMac and Mac Mini consumer desktop lines and its updated professional-level Mac Pro desktop. But what shouldn't get lost in the shuffle is that Apple has also updated its AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule automatic wireless backup products as well. The most significant upgrade to both the...

Apple Updates the Mac Pro Desktop

Apple Updates the Mac Pro Desktop

In addition to its new iMac and Mac Mini consumer desktop lines, Apple has also announced significant updates to its professional-level Mac Pro desktop as well. The new Mac Pro starts at $2,499; but Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing is quick point out that "the new Mac Pro is a significant upgrade...

Apple Updates iMac and Mac Mini Desktops

Apple Updates iMac and Mac Mini Desktops

Rumors have been circulating for months about new updates to the iMac and Mac Mini desktops, and today Apple finally confirms these rumors with the announcement of updates to both consumer desktop lines. Starting with its most-affordable offering, the new Mac Mini maintains its small form-factor, measuring 6.5x6.5x2.0-inches. The Mac Mini...

Casio Adds Budget-Friendly EXILIM EX-Z29

Casio Adds Budget-Friendly EXILIM EX-Z29

Casio unveiled its latest budget-friendly compact camera today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29. While not a major departure from previous EXILIM Zoom cameras, the EX-Z29 adds a higher resolution sensor to the series. This new model maintains the EXILIM line’s user-friendly features and compact design. The EXILIM EX-Z29 will feature a 10.1 megapixel...

Roku Now Offers Access to Amazon Video on Demand

Roku Now Offers Access to Amazon Video on Demand

Roku's Digital Video Player Instantly Connects Consumers To Over 40,000 New Titles. Roku, Inc., maker of the popular Roku digital video player, today announced that customers can now watch movies and TV shows from Amazon Video On Demand. With Amazon Video On Demand, Roku customers can for the first time purchase or rent new release movies...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video:ASUS GTX 260 55nm and 4870 Dark Knight 1G @ [H]XFX GTX285 and GTX295 @ InsideHWPalit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP 55nm Graphics Card @ TweaktownInno3D iChill GTX 260 896 MB (216 SP) @ techPowerUpMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI X58 Platinum Review @ OCCGigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard @ CPU3DJetway NF94-270-LF ICS Atom Motherboard @ PCShopTalkProcessors:AMD...

AMD Unveils 40nm Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series

AMD Unveils 40nm Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series

Back during the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, AMD announced a host of new Mobility Radeon GPUs in the ATI Radeon HD 4600 and HD 4800 families. And today, from the CeBIT trade show in Germany, AMD is announcing a few more additions to their mobile GPU line-up, the Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and HD 4830.The Mobility Radeon HD 4860...

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Mainstream GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Mainstream GPU

NVIDIA has gotten a lot of mileage out of their G92 GPU architecture. Starting with the GeForce 8800 GT, which featured a 65nm variant of the G92 GPU, on up through the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which used an updated version manufactured on a more advanced 55nm process. The G92 GPU has been featured on no less than seven different GeForce branded...

NVIDIA Intros GeForce GTX 200M and GTS 100M GPUs

NVIDIA Intros GeForce GTX 200M and GTS 100M GPUs

At the annual CeBit trade show in Hannover, Germany today, NVIDIA introduced a number of new mobile GPUs-- the GeForce GTX 280M, GTX 260M, and GTS 160M. When they arrive, the new GeForce GTX 280M, GTX 260M, and GTS 160M will be NVIDIA's highest performing notebook GPUs to date and will offer up to 50% more performance than the previous generation...

AMD Closes "Asset Smart" Transaction

AMD Closes "Asset Smart" Transaction

AMD Closes “Asset Smart” Transaction – Fulfills Vision to Create Two Leadership Companies Capable of Delivering Transformative Innovation and Impact to the Global Technology Industry            — AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company form well-resourced U.S. based global semiconductor...

Asus Announces Laptop Upgrades Galore

Asus Announces Laptop Upgrades Galore

Wow, talk about a power play. Asus is pulling out all the stops at CeBIT this year, introducing a flood of new motherboards and now, a flood of new notebooks. The most notable newcomer that will be showcased this week is the LAMBORGHINI VX5, a 16 inch speed demon of a laptop that was inspired by the limited edition Lamborghini Reventón. The...

General Imaging Debuts 2009 GE Cameras

General Imaging Debuts 2009 GE Cameras

General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE branded cameras, unveiled its first cameras in March 2007. And while the brand may not have quite the same name recognition in the world of photography as Canon or Nikon, General Imaging definitely offers some feature-rich cameras at affordable prices. This year at PMA, General Imaging...

Run Presto Instant-On OS on Existing Systems

Run Presto Instant-On OS on Existing Systems

The ability to have a PC turn on instantly, providing immediate access to the operating system, files, applications, and network connections has long been a pipe dream. This pie-in-the-sky concept has only recently started to see some traction with alternative, "instant-on" operating systems (OS) that come built into the firmware of some newer...

MSI Announces GT725 Gaming Notebook

MSI Announces GT725 Gaming Notebook

MSI Announces GT725 – World’s First Gaming Notebook to Feature ATi Radeon HD4850 and Deliver Desktop Gaming Performance with a Single GPUGT725 features 17” 1080P HD LCD Monitor, Blu-ray Player and 9-Cell Battery CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 02, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited...

NVIDIA Adds New GPU Drivers For Windows 7 Beta

NVIDIA Adds New GPU Drivers For Windows 7 Beta

If your Windows 7 Beta experience has been a bit rough so far due to unfriendly graphics drivers from NVIDIA, the company is finally stepping up with a solution. Today, NVIDIA has made available new graphics drivers from its website that apply to GeForce GPUs involved in Windows 7 Beta setups. This also marks the start of regular NVIDIA driver...

iPhone (shock!) dominates mobile browsing

iPhone (shock!) dominates mobile browsing

Marketshare came out with a report today showing just how dominant the iPhone is in the mobile browsing market: a whopping 66.61 percent of all mobile browsing is done on the ubiquitous smartphone.Not all is rosy for the apple of Apple's eye, however, as the Android and BlackBerry markets are gaining marketshare rather quickly. No one's too...

Asus Intros P5Q PRO Turbo and P5Q Turbo Mobos

Asus Intros P5Q PRO Turbo and P5Q Turbo Mobos

Asus already proclaimed that it would be showcasing its new mATX ROG Rampage II GENE and concept Marine Cool motherboards at CeBIT, but now it has announced two more mobos to join them in Germany. The new P5Q PRO Turbo and P5Q Turbo boards are the latest in the company's growing P45-based P5Q Series and feature a Xtreme Phase Power Design...

Corsair Shows Off New Tower Chassis At CeBIT

Corsair Shows Off New Tower Chassis At CeBIT

We have just received word (and images) that Corsair is showing off a brand new, full-tower case at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. We do not have all of the details just yet except to say that it should be available sometime in early Q2, and there is no official name for the product at the moment, but we thought you'd all...

Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate

Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate

Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC SolutionsIntel to port Atom CPU cores to TSMC’s technology platform to expand market for Atom Processors SoC Customers Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 – Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU)...

Samsung Reveals NX Series

Samsung Reveals NX Series

Samsung officially unveiled its new NX Series of hybrid digital cameras today. Similar in concept to the Micro Four Thirds camera system, the NX Series differs in that it uses a larger, APS-C sensor. The new NX Series is designed to combine the performance and image quality of an SLR with the convenience and portability of a point and shoot....

CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 9

CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 9

CyberLink Corp. innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, today launched the latest in its award-winning DVD player software, CyberLink PowerDVD 9. PowerDVD 9 enriches the movie experience, providing HD-like quality from standard-definition DVD movies. PowerDVD 9 feature highlights include:TrueTheater' Technology, offering...

Netgear Launches NAS-Linked Online Recovery

Netgear Launches NAS-Linked Online Recovery

NETGEAR Launches First NAS-Linked Online Disaster Recovery for Consumers and SMBs. New ReadyNAS Vault Service Automates Backup and Eliminates Local Management. NETGEAR, Inc. a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced ReadyNAS® Vault™ – its new online backup and disaster-recovery...

LG Phones Recalled, Cannot Connect to 911

LG Phones Recalled, Cannot Connect to 911

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (USCPSC) has issued a recall notification for 30,000 LG 830 "Spyder" cell phones because of an incident in which the phone was unable to maintain a connection when a motorist attempted a 911 call. Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a motorist in a disabled car who was able to...

Gigabyte Announces New Input Peripherals

Gigabyte Announces New Input Peripherals

Gigabyte already provided a glimpse at what it would be bringing to CeBIT this year in terms of motherboard technologies, but now the company is bestowing details about even more new wares that will be showcased in Germany. For starters, Gigabyte is introducing what's called the world's fastest, coolest and steady technique for graphic card...

Vue Wireless Camera System Uses Mesh Network

Vue Wireless Camera System Uses Mesh Network

Perhaps it's a bit difficult to fathom, but a technology that was originally developed for "homeland security and defense purposes," is now being unleashed in a consumer product that will let you remotely see what your pet is up to while you are away from the house. San Diego-based, Avaak, today officially announced its first general consumer...

How to Get Fired, Facebook-Style

How to Get Fired, Facebook-Style

So as not to give companies more excuses to kick employees to the curb in this tough economy, we've warned before about watching what you post to your social networking site. After all, MySpace photos have gotten an Oregon mayor recalled, and now a Facebook post about how boring her job was has gotten Kimberley Swann of Clacton on Sea in England...

Tweet Your Sins Away with SecretTweet

Tweet Your Sins Away with SecretTweet

Feel guilty about something and want to confess to the world? Well, you can use Twitter to anonymously broadcast your sins to the world, with a site, SecretTweet, that posts them to a public Twitter stream. According to the site, not even your IP address is collected, so you are completely anonymous. At the time of this writing there are 13,758...

Too Much Gaming Causing Lumpy Hand Disorder?

Too Much Gaming Causing Lumpy Hand Disorder?

Man, talk about a buzz-kill. With still a few precious hours left in the weekend, now you have to sit and wonder if all that gaming you've done over the past 48 hours is increasing your chances of getting some sort of weird skin disorder.According to a new report from a team of Swiss scientists, keeping too tight a grip on a controller and...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 @ iXBTEVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition @ Techgage.comLeadtek WinFast GTX 260 EXTREME+ in SLI @ TweaktownNVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro @ PC PerspectiveMemory and Storage:IcyDock MB674SPF-B 4-Bay Tooless Hard Drive Bay Module @ PCStatsThecus N3200PRO @ TestFreaksEagle Tech ET-CS2MSU2-BK 2.5” SATA to USB mesh enclosure...

Microsoft Office tries to snag college market

Microsoft Office tries to snag college market

College students with a valid ".edu" e-mail address from an accredited institution can snag a download of Microsoft Office 2007 for less than $60.With ever more free options (think OpenOffice) and college students being a traditionally poor and penny-pinching market, the average college student isn't going to shell out $679.95 for Microsoft...

IBM Supercomputer Discovers Oldest English Words

IBM Supercomputer Discovers Oldest English Words

Who said supercomputers were only good for powering governmental facilities and handling the dirty work for NASA? At the University of Reading in the UK, scientists have been able to utilize an immensely powerful IBM ThamesBlue supercomputer in order to find the oldest words in the English language. According to a release pushed out by IBM...

iPhone Gets Streaming Content From TV.com

iPhone Gets Streaming Content From TV.com

CBS Mobile introduced a free application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that will stream a selection of its TV.com content onto those devices. The content comes from a variety of CBS properties including the Entertainment, Sports, and News divisions as well as CNET TV, GameSpot, and The CW. YouTube content is also available through this...

Eurocom Introduces First Core i7 Based Notebook

Eurocom Introduces First Core i7 Based Notebook

Eurocom launches World’s First Core i7 Notebook with Intel Core i7 Quad Core and Xeon Processors; 1GB nVidia GeForce Go GTX 280M or Quadro FX3700M; 1.5TB of storage with RAID 0,1,5 for On-the-Road Mobile Workstation or Mobile Server use.The World’s First workstation and server-class notebook with Intel i7 Quad Core or XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes...