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All News for May 2007

AA and AF Demystified

AA and AF Demystified

We have all seen these video options in our favorite games. We have found that when we activate these options, our game suddenly looks prettier. But what is anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, and how do they work? In a nutshell, AA smoothes out jagged lines:...

Intel Delivers Dual Channel Demodulators

Intel Delivers Dual Channel Demodulators

Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices TVonics Adopts New Demodulators to Deliver Advanced TV Capabilities SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 – Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the...

Big Screen Cell Phones Are Here

Big Screen Cell Phones Are Here

As cell phones have gotten smaller in recent years, it is a bit of a paradox to say that a cell phone boasts a "big screen." Nonetheless, Fujitsu's F904i features a 3.1 inch 16:9 widescreen display (big compared to other cell phones) and is scheduled for sale on Friday. "The F904i is equipped with a 3.0...

Super High-Vision: Next Generation TV

Super High-Vision: Next Generation TV

While many of us still do not have access to High-definition TV signals, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) has already started development of the "Super Hi-Vision" TV system, which they hope will replace HDTV in the future.  Apparently, SHV is capable of 7680x4320 resolution. What does that number mean exactly? Picture this: 16 HDTV screens arranged...

Abit iDome Speakers and AirPace Music

Abit iDome Speakers and AirPace Music

Hello everyone.  Just in case you like to just right to the news and missed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and acoustic performance of Abit's iDome speakers and AirPace Music wireless access point. The iDome satellites turned out to be...

How Much Could Your ISP Know About You?

If you're not already wearing your tin-foil helmet you now have 10 seconds.Ok your time is up.  Wired has sent out a few probing questions to bigger ISPs to see what kind of data they collect on their usage of their users and what it would take for them to turn that same information over to various 3rd parties.. "Wired News, with help from...

What HotHardware Readers Already Know

Google paid $3.1 billion for the online advertising company DoubleClick. Microsoft countered by buying aQuantivefor $6 billion. Wall Street thinks they're crazy.  You and I know that's cheap. Because you and I are doing most  everything online now, and if you want to talk to us, you have to talk on the internet. Why do ad buyers keep pouring...

Microsoft Cures Carpal-Tunnel, Boredom

Microsoft Cures Carpal-Tunnel, Boredom

Steve Jobs wowed everybody with a demonstration of his multitouch screen iPhone. The little buttonless screen appeals to the touchy-feely instinct in all of us. You can't call anyone with it, but Microsoft's "Surface" multitouch tabletop PC takes the whole concept to an enormous other level. On Tuesday, Microsoft took the wraps off...

MLB Calls Slingbox Placeshifting Illegal

MLB Calls Slingbox Placeshifting Illegal

Major League Baseball is joining the growing ranks of companies who are less than enthusiastic about the "placeshifting" feature.  Here's a tidbit from Ars Technica: "Like other professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball is jealous of its content. The latest company to come under its scrutiny is Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox...

Zune: 1M Sold, 99M To Go

Zune: 1M Sold, 99M To Go

Microsoft has finally hit the 1 million sales mark with its Zune series of MP3 players, and is now only about 99 million short of catching up to the 100 million mark of rival Apple.  Still, it's a very good sign that a major player like MS can muster up so many sales in a relatively short time, especially given that companies like Apple and...

AMD, Micron To Go Private?

AMD, Micron To Go Private?

According to a story on EETimes, rumors were circulating last week that claimed AMD and Micron (among others) were planning to go private. We don't know how much truth there is to this rumor, but considering AMD's current financial situation, it's likely the company is exploring a number of possible routes and going private is just one of...

NVIDIA To Host Annual Meeting Of Shareholders

NVIDIA To Host Annual Meeting Of Shareholders

NVIDIA To Host Annual Meeting Of Shareholders SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 29, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California on Thursday, June 21, 2007,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Sparkle GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB Graphics Review @ MVKTech NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS (G84) @ Digit-Life ASUS Radeon HD 2900XT vs. ASUS GeForce 8800 GTX @ Legion Hardware Power:...

Who's Making Your DRAM? Hu's Making Your DRAM

Who's Making Your DRAM? Hu's Making Your DRAM

DRAM manufacturing is not sexy. It's a substantial market -  $34 billion dollars worldwide in 2006, slated to grow to $46 billion by 2010- but  it's unlikely to have a made-for-TV-movie made about it anytime soon. But it's a small point of honor for South Korea that they are the world leader in the manufacture of DRAM, and it appears they...

Intel Pentium E2140 Dual-Core Processor

Intel Pentium E2140 Dual-Core Processor

If you thought the Pentium name was dead, think again. We've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the performance, power consumption, and overclockability of Intel's brand-new Pentium E2140 dual-core processor. This chip is a derivative of the 'Conroe' core used in the Core 2 Duo family of processors, but with...

AMD, Toshiba Picking Out Dishes Together Again

AMD, Toshiba Picking Out Dishes Together Again

Toshiba will be using AMD processors in their laptop computers again. Look for them to apppear soon in an entry level machine available in America and Europe. Toshiba stopped using AMD chips in laptops around 2001 -- something that was highlighted in court documents when AMD launched an antitrust suit against Intel...

Blizzard Sues Gold Farmers

Blizzard Sues Gold Farmers

Blizzard, the people behind the mega-hit MMORPG World of Warcraft (and other great games), is starting to become more aggressive with companies that sell online gold for real life money.  What method are they going to use to fight the constant spams from companies that are violating their terms of service?  Suing them, of course! "As many...

More Details about AMD's Griffin Emerge

More Details about AMD's Griffin Emerge

The Inquirer has an interesting article posted today regarding AMD's upcoming Griffin mobile processor. When the news about Griffin and Puma broke a couple of weeks ago, there weren't many details available about the architecture and design of the new CPU, but The Inquirer has since uncovered some information that paints a more complete picture....

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows @ Phoronix BenQ FP222WH 22in Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ OCC Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G @ PCStats Gigabyte GA-P35C DS3R (Bearlake P35) @ CPU3D Memory & Storage: iMONO MiniSD + SIM Card Reader from Brando WorkShop @ DragonSteelMods OCZ PC2 9200 2GB Reaper HPC Edition...

Researches Discover New Storage Media Material

Researches Discover New Storage Media Material

What's the slowest component in your PC today?  Think about - your hard drive.  You can spin them at 15K RPM and still they're the slowest device, with access times measured in milliseconds, versus nanoseconds for virtually everthing else in your machine.  Also, what's the most unreliable component in your machine?  You guessed it... But Germany...

Whatcha CAPTCHA-ing There, Cheeta?

Whatcha CAPTCHA-ing There, Cheeta?

There's an old saying that if you gave a million monkeys a million typewriters and at least a million years, eventually they'd type the Collected Works of Shakespeare. It's  a way to illustrate a slim, but not infinitely impossible likelihood of anything. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have decided to try to use a similar vast but...

Is SED Obsolete Before It's Born?

Is SED Obsolete Before It's Born?

Surface conduction electron emitter display. SED. We've been hearing about its bright colors, high contrast ratio,  lack of ghosting, and wide viewing angles for quite some time. There's a problem.  It would have definitely been superior to a plasma television back when a 50" plasma cost $10,000. Now you can buy that same plasma for two or...

Man At The Infrared Grill - Stand Back!

Man At The Infrared Grill - Stand Back!

This Memorial Day weekend, if you're really looking  put the spread on for family and friends,  you might want to bring out the  heavy artillery -  The Infrared Gas Grill. Fire in the hole! "Infrared is really hot," said Leslie Wheeler, a spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, an industry group in Arlington,...

Sony Shows Off Razor-Thin TV Screen

Sony Shows Off Razor-Thin TV Screen

Daily Mail has a story posted today regarding a breakthrough TV screen developed by Sony.  We've all been hearing about the possibility of super-thin flexible displays for a while now, but Sony just took another step closer to making them a reality in the marketplace... "The display combines Sony's...

OCZ and PC Power & Cooling Join Forces

OCZ and PC Power & Cooling Join Forces

OCZ and PC Power & Cooling Join Forces to Revolutionize Power Management PC Power & Cooling Joins the OCZ Technology Group Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 25, 2007—OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring PC Power & Cooling into the OCZ Technology Group. As a worldwide leader...

NVIDIA Human Head Demo

NVIDIA Human Head Demo

If you haven't seen this already, do yourself a favor and check out the screenshots of NVIDIA's human head demo.  And if you've got a card powerful enough to run the demo, take the time to download it and see the impressive visuals for yourself.  Here's the scoop directly from the source... "Our...

Radeon HD 2900 XT UVD Update

We just received word from the Tech Report that they've posted an update to their Radeon HD 2900 XT launch article in an attempt to clear up an issue related to the R600 GPU's UVD support, or lack thereof... "The UVD logic handles the CPU-intensive bitstream processing and entropy decode acceleration portions of the HD video playback pipeline....

Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis

Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis

Just in case you're the type of reader who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features, aesthetics, installation, and overall design of Antec's Nine Hundred Gaming Chassis. If you're unfamiliar with the Nine Hundred, it features an innovative open-mesh...

Intel and Ziba Unveil World's Thinnest Notebook

Intel and Ziba Unveil World's Thinnest Notebook

Intel and design firm Ziba have teamed up to build a prototype for what's being called the world's thinnest notebook. The machine sports essentially all of Intel's current mobile technology, yet is less than .7" thick.  That makes the unit slightly thicker than a Motorola RAZR, but as you can see in the pic at the left thinner than a penny...

Mac-Mini Fanbois: They Meant To Do That

Mac-Mini Fanbois: They Meant To Do That

Apple Computer's "low end" below $800.00 desktop computer, the Mac Mini, appears to have died alone and unloved. At least according to AppleInsider, who declared it dead yesterday. And according to AppleInsider,  it's only dead because Apple never really cared about an inexpensive line of computers in the first place. Since then, the Mac...

Everybody Must Get Estonia

Estonia might be the most web-savvy place in the world. They even cast their votes in national elections online. So it's of interest to people who value the utility and security of web applications everywhere that Estonia seems to be the first place singled out for massive targeted cyber-warfare attacks.  Denial of service attacks on their...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeForce 8600 Series Graphics Cards @ TR Albatron 8600GTS @ MadBoxPC Motherboards & Chipsets: ASUS P5N-E SLI @ Phoronix Memory & Storage:...

PNY Announces Two GeForce 8800 Ultras

PNY Announces Two GeForce 8800 Ultras

PNY TECHNOLOGIES PLUGS IN THE POWER OF THE XLR8 GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA OVERCLOCKED AND 8800 ULTRA STANDARD PARSIPPANY, N.J. – May 24, 2007 – PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced the addition of two, new XLR8 graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series of GPUs.  The XLR8 GeForce...

Copying HD DVD & Blu-ray Discs May Become Legal

Apparently, a new licensing agreement is being finalized that could make it legal for consumers who have already purchased a HD DVD or Blu-Ray disc to make a bakcup copy... "Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they’ve purchased, a concession...

NVIDIA Claims G92 Will Be a 1 Teraflop Beast

NVIDIA Claims G92 Will Be a 1 Teraflop Beast

According to a story posted at the Inquirer, NVIDIA's next-gen high-end GPU is codenamed G92 and it will offer up to a teraflop of compute performance.  If you remember from our 2900 XT launch article, the R600 can deliever 475GFlops, which would make the G92 over twice as powerful. "In an analyst webcast, Nvidian Michael Hara says that...

Chairman MS-DOS Beats Chairman Mao

Chairman MS-DOS Beats Chairman Mao

A lot of people don't seem to like Bill Gates. Even people who don't actively dislike him here in the United States are more or less ambivalent about him. He doesn't inspire the adoration that his tech competitor Steve Jobs does, for instance. But Wired magazine asked the question: Who's the most popular man in China?  The answer, astonishly,...

Dell Offers Ubuntu To Imaginary Customers

Dell Offers Ubuntu To Imaginary Customers

Dell has announced  it will be offering a version of the open-source operating system Linux, called Ubuntu, on a small number of desktop and laptop models. They apparently announced it by sending an e-mail on Friday from an un-named Dell employee to a blogger named Jeremy Garcia who runs a Linux advocate site. John Hull, manager for Linux...

Avis: Let Them Have Their Rental, And Wi-Fi Too.

You know it's a good time to be a techie when coffee shops, fast food joints and even car rental companies like Avis are helping you stay connected anywhere you go.  In fact, it's just a good time for anyone who wants to stay connected as often as possible with companies like Avis paving the way to a more connected tomorrrow.  Here's a snippet...

Spammers Weep: DomainKeys ID Is Good To Go

Spammers Weep: DomainKeys ID Is Good To Go

Spam, the other 4 letter swear word that starts with an S, might soon hit a bump in the road thanks to an initiative called DomainKeys Identification. "A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-mail messages. It's called DomainKeys Identified Mail, and...

Mainstream GeForce 8 Series Round-Up

Mainstream GeForce 8 Series Round-Up

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted an article in which we evaluate the features, bundles, and performance of three mainstream GeForce 8 series cards, the MSI NX8600GT T2D256E, the Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H with Silent-Pipe III, and the MSI NX8500GT TD256E. All three...

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Breaks 3DMark05 Record

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Sets New Performance Record In 3DMARK05 Benchmark - Enthusiast Marcus Hultin at NordicHardware.combreaks 30,000 points with Futuremark 3DMark05benchmark using the ATI RadeonTM HD 2900 XT - Sunnyvale, Calif. - May. 23, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that enthusiast...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: The OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Processors: Interactive AMD Athlon 64 product ID guide version 3.1 @ OCInside.de Memory & Storage:...

New Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition

New Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition

New Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Now Shipping Montreal, Canada, May 23, 2007 — Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, is pleased to announce that the new DualHead2Go Digital Edition is now shipping. Part of our Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) product line,...

Not Quite Ireland, Way Past Singapore

Not Quite Ireland, Way Past Singapore

Sales of consumer electronics in the United States are expected to reach $155 billion dollars for 2007, up from $145 billion in 2006. That's larger than the Gross Domestic Product of Singapore, but not quite the whole output of goods and services of Ireland. Behind the strong performance was surging sales of digital consumer electronics...

Can 80 Gigs Save Playstation3 Sales?

Can 80 Gigs Save Playstation3 Sales?

Sony's powerful gaming console with the semi-lackluster sales, the Playstation 3, is being upgraded to include an 80 gigabyte hard-drive in South Korea. It's currently being offered with a 60 gigabyte drive. It's unclear whether that means the more powerful offering is destined to be offered elsewhere anytime soon. "Increasing...

Sapphire to launch new Ultimate Editions

Sapphire to launch new Ultimate Editions

SAPPHIRE to launch new ULTIMATE graphics solution HD 2600 and HD 2400 series include special editions SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that in addition to the new HD 2600 and HD 2400 series of graphics accelerators scheduled for release in July, the range will include the new...

OCZ Introduces DDR3 Memory Modules

OCZ Introduces DDR3 Memory Modules

OCZ Technology Premium Memory Line Expands with the Introduction of Next Generation DDR3 Memory Modules   Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 22, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high...

VIA Brings Pico-ITX Mainboard to Market

VIA Brings Pico-ITX Mainboard to Market

VIA Brings Pico-ITX Mainboard to Market with the VIA EPIA PX World's smallest full-featured x86 mainboard now available, along with specialized I/O add-in card to aid system developers Taipei, Taiwan, 22 May 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX Graphics @ Xbit ECS GeForce 8600GTS @ MadBoxPC Asus EN8800GTS 320M @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: Intel P35 Chipset: DDR2 Versus DDR3 Memory...

Intel Eliminates Lead From Future Processors

Intel Eliminates Lead From Future Processors

INTEL ELIMINATES USE OF LEAD FROM FUTURE MICROPROCESSORS Innovative Intel 45 Nanometer High-k Metal Gate Processors Go Lead-Free; Part of Intel’s Broad Commitment to Environmental Sustainability SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced that its future processors,...

Birds Sing. Buds Bloom. What's That Bunny Doing?

Birds Sing. Buds Bloom. What's That Bunny Doing?

The first worm that attacks the open-source office suite OpenOffice has reared its ugly head--well, it's not ugly, exactly; it's a bunny. A furvert bunny. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers, but anti-malware vendor Sophos admits it poses a low threat, especially as it's only a proof-of-concept that hasn't actually been discovered...

Andy And Tessa, Coelacanths, Heroes, And You

Google has all sorts of variations on its old standby search engine. They've combined parts of two of their lesser known searches into one new widget: Google Hot Trends. It's a list of the 100 top search trends, and you can tweak it to compare trends and peg it to different moments in time. I put in  a search term for a business I'm familiar...

Origami 2.0 : UMPC Spec Update

Origami 2.0 : UMPC Spec Update

As laptop sales continue to soar it seems that the day of the UMPC might soon be upon us.  UMPCs are essentially scaled down laptops in both size and power, but completely capable of running normal OSes and applications (i.e. no need for Windows Mobile or a similar OS).It looks like MS has gone back to the drawing board with their take, Origami,...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Viewsonic VX2235WM 22 Inch LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS & GT Performance @ TechSpot Motherboards & Chipsets: P35 'Bearlake' Launch Coverage: TR, PCPer,...

GIGABYTE Introduces P35 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE Introduces P35 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE Introduces P35 Series Motherboards Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2007 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced its next generation, high performance platforms, the GIGABYTE P35 Series of motherboards, based on the highly efficient Intel® P35 chipset...

I'm In Ur Minesweepr, Pwning Ur Codez

Ivan Krstc is the director of security for the 'One Laptop Per Child Project', and in a speech at the AusCert 2007 conference recently he offered an interesting take on the underlying problem with desktop security: Everything does everything - and that's bad. "The No. 1 broken assumption of desktop security...is this very simple...

abit Introduces the IP35 Off Limits Series

abit Introduces the IP35 Off Limits Series

abit Introduces the IP35 Off Limits Series of Motherboards Future Ready: FSB 1333, multi-core, next generation 45 nm CPUs May 21, 2007 – Universal abit today announced their newest Intel P35 chipset based motherboard series for Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo processors, the IP35 Series....

Western Digital Ships 250GB Scorpio

Western Digital Ships 250GB Scorpio

WD SHIPS INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST CAPACITY MOBILE HARD DRIVE FOR NOTEBOOKS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES New 250 GB WD Scorpio Drives Are WD's Second Generation Employing Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology LAKE FOREST, Calif. - May 21, 2007 - Western Digital...

Microsoft Takes The Pipes

Microsoft Takes The Pipes

Microsoft is alpha testing an interesting website mashup creator using drag and drop for the HTML-phobic. It's  called Popfly. It's got a handsome interface. And ducks.  Michael Calore over at Wired describes it wittily as: "Oh, it's what Yahoo Pipes would look like if it was on the Xbox." Microsoft will be the free to the user,...

Intel P35 Bearlake And DDR3 Memory Launch

Intel P35 Bearlake And DDR3 Memory Launch

Although information has been floating around for ages and product hit the channel sooner than expected, today is actually the day Intel is officially unleashing their newest mainstream desktop chipset, the P35, a member of the formerly codenamed “Bearlake” family.  In addition to a new Southbridge, the P35 chipset ushers in support for DDR3...

Google Apps Coming To An ISP Near You

Google is gearing up to offer what could be a very attractive bundle of apps and branded services to ISPs.  Here's what their web site has to say about Google Apps: "Google Apps brings together essential services to help your business, school, group or family communicate and collaborate more effectively. These services are powerful, easy...

Changing Technology's Oil Out Back

Changing Technology's Oil Out Back

The garage where Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett  started  Hewlett-Packard, while essentially founding Silicon Valley  as a technology center,  has now been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. "The significance of the garage and the house is more associated with the entrepreneurial...

Ok History Class Open Your Browser To Google.com

Ok History Class Open Your Browser To Google.com

Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently gave a speech about the future of Google to a crowd of surfers and texters.  The talk covered several topics from dealing with governments such as China to the future of Google.  Here's a snippet:   "Just weeks after Google announced iGoogle, a new name for its personalized home...

Intel Santa Rosa Launch Event

Intel Santa Rosa Launch Event

Last week at a small event at Milk Studios in New York City, we had a chance to meet with representatives from Intel to talk about their recently launched "Santa Rosa" mobile platform and get some hands on experience with a number of notebooks and small form factor systems based on the technology.  If you're unfamiliar with the codename "Santa...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: XFX 8800 Ultra XXX @ I4U Intel Q965 Graphics Performance @ Phoronix nVidia 8600 GTS and 8600 GT - Foxconn and XFX @ Overclock3D.Net Power Supplies: Thermaltake Toughpower...

AMD Reveals "Griffin" and "Puma" Mobile Platform

AMD Reveals "Griffin" and "Puma" Mobile Platform

AMD recently disclosed a few details regarding their upcoming mobile platform technologies, codenamed "Griffin" and "Puma".  We've been given some preliminary information regarding these plans and thought we'd share a few of the more salient details with you here.  The "Griffin" codename pertains to an upcoming mobile processor that...

Note: Calling Yourself "Big Crook" Doesn't Help

Note: Calling Yourself "Big Crook" Doesn't Help

The first person ever convicted of piracy for offering copies of movies on the peer to peer BitTorrent network has lost his appeal and will serve out the remainder of his three months imprisonment in Hong Kong.  I bet he regrets choosing  "Big Crook" as his logon handle now. "This judgment has confirmed that it commits a crime...

Small Enough To Lose; Big Enough To Look For

Small Enough To Lose; Big Enough To Look For

Samsung is giving users of smartphones and other gadgets with a MicroSD HC slot something worthwhile to put in there: their tiny card with 8 Gb of capacity, or enough for 2000 MP3s, 4000 photos, or 5 DVD movies.That's as much storage as your average iPod nano, and you won't need a hammer and a soldering iron to get at it.  “With a...

Asus M2A-VM HDMI Evaluation

Asus M2A-VM HDMI Evaluation

Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we're here to let to let you all know that we’ve just posted an article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Asus’ M2A-VM HDMI motherboard.  The M2A-VM HDMI is based on AMD’s recently released 690G-chipset for socket AM2 processors...

Hardware Round-Up

Video & Sound: Albatron 8600GTS @ Bjorn3D HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channel 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card @ Benchmark Reviews Motherboards: Abit AB9 QuadGT @ [H] DFI LanParty ICFX3200-T2R/G @ Techgage...

Patriot PDC22G10100ELK Sneak Peek

Patriot PDC22G10100ELK Sneak Peek

We recently got the chance to evaluate a new, super-fast DDR2 memory kit and wanted to share some of the finer details with you here.  If you're a regular reader of HotHardware and follow the PC hardware scene, you know that companies like Corsair and OCZ are constantly pushing the performance envelope and offer memory kits that'll operate...

DX9 vs. DX10 with Lost Planet

DX9 vs. DX10 with Lost Planet

Yesterday, Capcom released two demo versions of their upcoming game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. One version is designed for DirectX 9-classs graphics cards and the other for newer DirectX 10-class cards like those in NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series and ATI's Radeon HD 2000 series of products.  There has been a bit of a buzz surrounding the release...

Radeon HD 2900 XT Powered Vigor Gaming Rig

Radeon HD 2900 XT Powered Vigor Gaming Rig

Vigor Gaming Announces Family of Systems based on New R600 Radeon 2900 XT Card CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (May 17, 2007) -- Vigor Gaming www.vigorgaming.com will introduce a family of gaming systems based on AMD/ATI's new R600 Radeon 2900 XT graphics card. The card will be incorporated into several...

Increase Your "Performance" With A Mouse Pad?

There are some debates that have raged since the dawn of time: evolution vs. creation, great taste vs. less filling, red vs. blue, and of course there is always the great mouse pad debate to consider.  Of course in this day and age everything gets a fancy new name, so the debate has actually changed from one of to 'mouse pad' or not to one...

Gadget Chips Pay Texas Instruments' Bills

Gadget Chips Pay Texas Instruments' Bills

Interesting interview of Texas Instruments' CEO Richard Templeton over at Business Week. He outlines the niche his company has  carved out in the chipmaker world, and points to some of the big opportunities out there for chip innovators. While its supply contracts with mobile-phone manufacturers including Nokia and Motorola grab all...

Firefox: Now Important Enough To Hate

Firefox: Now Important Enough To Hate

Mozilla's free web browser Firefox is a big hit. It's won over a substantial  market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer users, and it's growing all the time. But Wired reports that it's running into a problem now.  It's no longer the little upstart fighting the mighty Redmond beast. The pesky underdog. The little guy. In short, it's...

Woz Is Out Of The Loop At Apple

Woz Is Out Of The Loop At Apple

Regular readers here at HotHardware know I'm a big fan of Steve "Woz" Wozniak.  And it's not just because of his historical importance to desktop computing, but due to his obvious intelligence, demeanor, and general good nature. Well, the game at Gizmodo has just posted the final installment of their video interview with Woz and in it he reveals...

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Demo Released

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Demo Released

If you're running Windows Vista, and according to Big Billy G. almost 40 million of you are, and you've also got a DirectX10 compatible graphics card in your machine today is a milestone in your PC's life. Capcom has released DirectX10 and DirectX 9 compatible versions of their XBox360 port Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, so you'll finally...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: ASUS Radeon HD 2900XT vs. ASUS GeForce 8800 GTS @ Legion Hardware Memory & Storage: Getting To Know DDR3 Memory Modules @ Legit Reviews OCZ Flex XLC 2GB DDR2-1150 @ Phoronix...

Intel Slashing Prices, Bushwhacking AMD Again

Intel Slashing Prices, Bushwhacking AMD Again

AMD got a little buzz last week when they talked about the bigtime capabilities of their next-generation  processors, code-named Barcelona, due out later this year. As usual, Intel doesn't hesitate to ramp up the pressure on their competitor, and is planning huge price cuts on their  existing versions of  quad-core  processors for desktops...

Nobody Likes Vista.  Except 40 Million Users

Nobody Likes Vista. Except 40 Million Users

Reports of the unpopularity of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system are widespread -- and according to Bill Gates -- wrong. Forty million copies have been sold already, which is faster than the sales rate for Windows XP. That already exceeds  the entire number of people using anything offered by Microsoft's main competitiors....

DFI LANParty NF680i LT SLI-T2R

DFI LANParty NF680i LT SLI-T2R

DFI recently launched their first nForce 600 series chipset-based motherboard, the LANParty UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R, and we've just finished and posted up our evaluation of it. Unlike most other nForce 680i LT-based products, DFI's offering is not simply a re-branded reference design and it offers a host of additional features that allow it to...

HotHardware Invades Chicago's O'Hare Airport!

HotHardware Invades Chicago's O'Hare Airport!

Maybe we're exaggerating a bit; we didn't exactly invade Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.  But the folks at Intel decide to use a quote from our '06 Holiday Buyer's Guide in an advertisement that ultimately made its way onto a large billboard that's currently on display at O'Hare... We've...

OCZ Unveils New AMD CrossFire Certified Memory

OCZ Unveils New AMD CrossFire Certified Memory

OCZ Technology Enhances Certified Memory Portfolio and Unveils New AMD CrossFire Certified Modules with an Advanced Heat Pipe Cooling Solution Sunnyvale, Calif. — OCZ Technology Group, Inc.a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced...

Gigabyte, AMD & SiS Develop Mini DTX Motherboard

Gigabyte, AMD & SiS Develop Mini DTX Motherboard

GIGABYTE, AMD and SiS Collaborate on Mini DTX Home Server Platform Home Server Mainboard to be Unveiled at WinHEC 2007 Los Angeles GIGABYTE, a leading provider of high-performance, high-quality and advanced consumer...

Watch NASCAR, Call The Trailer-- By Mulletphone

Watch NASCAR, Call The Trailer-- By Mulletphone

Just kidding. But people in the cell phone world do call Samsung's UpStage music phone the "Mullet Phone," because it has a cell phone in the front, and an MP3 player in the back. Business in the front, party in the back, as they say. And Samsung expects the highly touted Apple iPhone to help sales of their UpStage, not hurt them....

42 Inches Is The New 32 Inches

LCD TVs, that is. Digitimes reports that the average price for a 42 inch LCD TV has fallen to $1000.00, closing the gap with  pricing for 32 inch units and making  a 42 inch LCD screen size the industry focus. Panel makers, including AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) are ramping up capacity at their 7.5-generation...

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series

— Next-generation graphics cards unleash the power of DirectX 10 for immersive high-definition gaming, and offer exclusive HD multimedia features such as HDMI for high-fidelity audio and video, all at unbelievable prices — Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series,...

PC Ecosystem Gears Up for the ATI Radeon HD 2000

— Premier power supply vendors offering 110 new products certified for use with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT — Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 -- The much anticipated ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification...

Microsoft Searches Open Source Couches For Coins

In a lengthy interview in Fortune magazine, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith outlined Microsoft's contention that they can prove 235 patent violations by open source software. And they'd like to be paid royalties, please.  Smith broke down the alleged patent violations during the Fortune interview, saying the Linux kernel violates...

Duke Nukem's Newspaper Is Printed On This

Duke Nukem's Newspaper Is Printed On This

Among the many forms of highly desired but currently unavailable technology breakthroughs, workable e-paper ranks at the top of the list. Last year LG Phillps announced their development of A4 sized flexible electronic paper. This year, it's got a workable version in color. The 14.1-inch...

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT: R600 Has Arrived

Good Morning all,Today AMD is taking the wraps off their new ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT and we've gota full performance evaluation and showcase for you here: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT: R600 Has Arrived "On some levels, the R600 borrows technology from the Radeon X1000 series and the Xenos GPU found in the Xbox360, but there is...

AMD Phenom FX, X4 And X2 Processors Announced

AMD Phenom FX, X4 And X2 Processors Announced

Though leaks of the product have been circulating around the web for months now, today AMD is officially announcing their Phenom brand of processors based on their next generation K10 CPU core architecture, code named Barcelona.  The chip is built on AMD's 65nm process and is comprised of up to 4 32/64-bit capable CPU engines on a single die....

Xbox 360 To Fold@Home Someday?

The Folding@Home team is constantly striving to add support for more devices to join the good fight against diseases ranging from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's.  First they added support for alternative OSes, then video cards, and now a second gaming console, the Xbox 360, looks like it has a fair chance at showing its processing muscles off....

The #1 Reason Not To Get Grandpa An iPod

A new study shows the dangers of buying an iPod for people with pacemakers: "The portable music players caused pacemakers to malfunction in 50 percent of patients, according to the study by a Michigan high school senior that was expected to be presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society's annual meeting, in Denver. The biggest concern...

New Lenovo T61 Thinkpad Debut, Sweet Santa Rosa

New Lenovo T61 Thinkpad Debut, Sweet Santa Rosa

Marco spent time with Intel at the swank offices of Milk Studios in New York city last week, at the Santa Rosa mobile platform launch event.  Among various slabs of thin, speedy techno-goodness was Lenovo's new Thinkpad T61.  Dig on the new protective top cover "roll cage"......

Can Your DDR Do 1333?

Can Your DDR Do 1333?

We're toying around in the lab with some "new things" right now, one of which is Corsair's new DDR3 modules.  Have a look-see... Corsair DDR3 Memory These are very early engineering samples rated for 1066MHz but they do 1333 just fine.  Also the timings on them are...

Does Jen-Hsun Know Something We Don't ?

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is either drinking deep on the cool-aide or he knows something we don't.  On NVIDIA's earnings call yesterday Jen-Hsun offererd some insight into brighter days ahead for AMD.  With all the buzz we've been hearing about Phenom FX processors on the horizon, maybe the pump is being primed up for an AMD CPU come-back?...

OCZ Technology  New High-Density 2GB SODIMMs

OCZ Technology New High-Density 2GB SODIMMs

OCZ Technology Expands DDR2 Value Series Lineup for LaptopsNew High-Density 2GB SODIMMs Sunnyvale, CA—May 11, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today released PC2-5400...

Steve Jobs Is An Industrial Design Dictator

Technology Review has a fascinating analysis of the institutional attitude at Apple that generates products that win awards for design and become industry icons. It seems to begin and end with Steve Jobs' absolute commitment to sleek design and limited, intuitive functionality. One direct result of that sharpened focus is Apple's...

AMD: It's The Best Of Times It's The Worst Of Ti

With AMD planning to release the K10 "Barcelona" CPU and R600 series graphics chips before the end of the year, it's an exciting time for AMD.  This can be great if you're an investor, or it could be a bit tense if you're an employee wondering if you might get "downsized".  Here's what DailyTech is reporting: "After confirming it had to...

Hitachi Says: S4(66aSS..2#@11-=9*/++1::gtTgh####

Hitachi announced today that it's equipping their 200GB Travelstar 7K200 hard drive with a bulk data encryption option. Information can be encrypted right as it's being written to the hard disk. By taking advantage of bulk data encryption, users can scramble data as it is written to the disk by using an encryption key. They can then...

FAA Computers Are Too Old For Vista

A few government agencies and even a couple of large corporations have decided to delay purchasing Vista for the time being with reasons of (but not limited to) security, support, and high hardware requirements.  Apparently the agency in charge of the airways in the U.S. falls into the last category: "An internal memo from top technology...

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel Laptops

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 – Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to...

OCZ Launches Speed Class 6 Rated Cards

OCZ Technology Enhances SDHC Memory Family with New Speed Class 6 Rated Cards Sunnyvale, CA—May 9, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced Speed Class 6 rated memory cards to their high-performance Secure Digital™ HC (SD High Capacity)...

NVIDIA Launches DX10 Capable Mobile GeForce 8M

NVIDIA is unveiling a new line-up of GeForce 8 class mobile GPUs today, aptly named the GeForce 8M Series  The GeForce 8M series will initially consist of five devices, the GeForce 8600M GT, 8600M GS, 8400M GT, 8400M GS and the 8400M G.    We’ve got all the pertinent details...

Comcast Gets Their Bits Together

Verizon has been making cable operators very nervous by offering their high-speed fiber-optic service, which will deliver phone and entertainment as well as internet access. Comcast is punching back by announcing they've got their  hands on a cable modem that can download data at a blistering 150 megabits per second. The technology,...

HP Eating Dell Pie. And Lenovo. And Acer...

In a way, computer sales are a zero sum game. The market does grow every year, but if one manufacturer booms, it's usually by attracting its competitor's customers. No one has eaten more of their competitors' pie chart pie recently than Hewlett-Packard. The news of HP's good fortunes in the PC business came mere hours before...

You're Nobody 'til Somebody Googles You

I can't think of any large company that's anonymous on the internet.Same goes for individuals. If you're somebody, the internet knows you. As websearch prominence begins to mean more and more to people from everyday walks of life, they realize it works both ways: you're no-one if Google thinks you're no-one. In the age of Google,...

What's The Penalty For Counterfeit Software?

Apparently in Michigan the answer is 5 months in prison, 5 months home confinement (Is he banned from broadband access?) and in this case $15,660 restitution.   "Between Aug. 26, 2003 and Sept. 7, 2004, using two different eBay user names, Thomas sold counterfeit copies of Rockwell Automation software in 49 separate eBay auctions, receiving...

Adios Hotmail...Welcome Windows Live

Windows Live has been around for several months, but apparently it took a redesign complete with the old hotmail look to get the ball rolling. "Microsoft had been tinkering with Windows Live Mail for months, but testers still weren't happy. The program was too slow to load, too different and, well, just not like the old Hotmail it was intended...

Gaming Bling Getting Expensive

Extremetech has an article about the rising cost of computer gaming.  It is certainly worth a look if this is your hobby. "The market for PC hardware is hugely fragmented. There seem to be hundreds of suppliers of peripherals, such as keyboard, mice, and displays. There are dozens of manufacturers of motherboards and add- in cards. Let's...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M @ PCStats Foxconn 8600 GTS @ Bjorn3D Motherboards & Chipsets: Gigabyte nForce 680i Motherboard @ [H] Storage & Memory: A.C. Ryan AluBoxTFX...

PNY Offering Limited Edition OC'd 8800 GTX

PNY Offering Limited Edition OC'd 8800 GTX

PNY has just announced a factory overclocked, limited edition $579 GeForce 8800 GTX card. Here's a quick run-down of some of it more interesting specifications: BUS Technology PCI Express...

ATI R650 To Launch In Q3?

According to a report at Fudzilla, AMD/ATI plan to release the follow-up product to R600, the R650 in Q3. The author claims the R650 will be at the heart of the Radeon HD 2950 XTX coupled to 1GB of GDDR4 memory. "ATI hasn't launched the R600 yet and it is already planning its next launch of a die shrinked version. It won't be launching the...

eBay, The Internal Revenue Service; Whatever

The latest budget proposal sent to Congress by the President includes a provision to require online re-selling sites like eBay and Amazon  to collect  and report information  about its customers income. Privacy watchdogs are concerned that this will require such sites to store enormous amounts of personal data- including, in many cases, social...

Dell Misunderstood. Linux Love = Microsoft Hate

Dell became the darling of the Open Source crowd -temporarily- by announcing an option to purchase computers loaded with the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Windows. Things are getting ugly over there again on the news that Dell has decided to offer a version of Linux (there are many)supplied by a partnership of Microsoft and Novell....

OCZ Announces AM2 Optimized DDR2 RAM

OCZ Announces AM2 Optimized DDR2 RAM

OCZ Technology Announces the Worlds First AM2 Optimized Memory Kit Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 7, 2007 - OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new PC2-5400 Titanium...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: AMD Athlon 3000+ Overclocking: Going for a 100% OC on Dry Ice @ Madshrimps Video: XP vs. Vista: A Tale of Framerates @ [H] Motherboards & Chipsets: ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard...

AMD Engineers Reportedly 'Dancing in the Aisles'

Charlie from the Inq is reporting that engineers at AMD are 'dancing in the aisles' because a new stepping of the company's Barcelona core turned out much better than expected.  The memory controller supposedly turned out very well and initial CPU clock speeds will be higher than originally planned. "AMD is doing something that we haven't...

NVIDIA and Intel Working More Closely?

According to a report on the Digitimes wesbite, NVIDIA and Intel have reached some sort of agreement where NVIDIA will trade some of its GPU technology for more / better cooperation from Intel. "Nvidia has had discussions with Intel and has already reached several agreements for cooperation, noted the sources, adding that details of the...

Incubators Hot Again But Unlikely To Get Burned

Naval Ravikant is an example of the new face of dotcom startups. He sees the method of nurturing startup ideas with venture capital cash as less of a bank and more like a movie studio. Ravikant runs a tight ship, with hard deadlines. "The engineers have the freedom to experiment, but they have 90 days to ship a product," he says....

IT Workers In Demand; Playing Hard-To-Get

The need for IT workers with very specific skills is driving up the wages earned by those workers. And a reluctance to jump around from job to job  (Hello 1998!) is making it difficult for employers to fill IT positions. That translates into a shortage -- and higher wages for the right candidate. The AeA, a Washington-based trade group...

HotHardware Q&A Corner

Josh Rogers, IT/Commo Tech at the Balad Airbase, Balad, Iraq writes in with the following questions regarding our Ultimate Gaming Rig article... "I was wondering what you used to overclock and monitor the CPU. What is that program CPU-Z? I have an Asus Striker Extreme, a QX6700, eVGA Superclocked 8800GTX, and a Thermaltake Toughpower...

Intel and Dell Hold-up On Vista

We recently heard Dell waffeling back and forth on their roll-out of windows Vista but now it seems even Intel is pulling back on the reins.  "More than 80 percent of Intel's employees use notebook computers. Mueller said that Service Pack 1 (SP1) of Vista would be "tied to the [Centrino Pro] platform" within Intel's internal IT plan,...

Asus P35 'Bearlake' Motherboard Sneak Peek

Asus P35 'Bearlake' Motherboard Sneak Peek

In the next few weeks, Intel will be formally announcing their P35 chipsets that are part of a larger family of future products that currently go by the codename 'Bearlake'. At the moment, non-disclosure agreements are in place that prevent us from talking about and performance-related metrics, but we are able to tell you about the specifications...

BFG Announces Two GeForce 8800 Ultras

BFG Announces Two GeForce 8800 Ultras

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRAPHICS CARDS BASED ON THE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA GPU Lake Forest, IL – (May 4, 2007) – BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and...

Hardware Round-Up

Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ Digit-Life Quad 6600 Review Updated @ OCC Motherboards: ECS NF650iSLIT-A @ Motherboards.org DFI Lanparty NF680i LT @ PCTuner...

Microsoft Eyeing Yahoo! Again

According to a story reported by the New York Times, Microsoft and Yahoo! have re-entered negotiations for a proposed takeover.  Microsoft wants to acquire Yahoo! to better compete with Google in a number of on-line arenas. "Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit...

Asus Announces Santa Rosa-based Laptops

Engadget has the scoop on some brand new Asus laptops built around Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform. They've got some specifications and pics posted, and even mention some yet-to-be announced NVIDIA mobile GPUs. "Just in case the recent outpouring of Santa Rosa wasn't doing enough to keep you satisfied, ASUS just announced five laptops...

Open Source Students V. Proprietary Professors

Last month, nearly 10% of the Class of 2008 at Duke University's business school were caught cheating on a take-home final exam. But is it really cheating to collaborate on projects anymore? How dumb would you have to be to work that way in the real world? Still, many believe that a rethinking of the assessment process is in store....

Cheap MP3 Player, Or Expensive Mix Tape?

Creative is out with an inexpensive, tiny MP3 player. They call it the ZEN Stone. Its 1 GB of storage will hold about 250 songs, unless you're into Wagner, and the $39.99 price has Creative executives dreaming of customers buying a handful of them. "The Creative ZEN Stone, at just $39.99, opens up a huge new market for MP3 players,"...

Leggo My Keybo'!

OK, it's actually a 'typewriter' not a true keyboard, but it's still a waffle iron too.  Who could really call him/her-self a true geek without a keyboard / typewriter waffle iron in their kitchen?  Today we get our  answer... "There's no need to spell out why this waffle iron rocks harder than most. Fleeing the cubicle for the kitchen,...

CS Map Making Student Gets Pwnt By Police

A Chinese-American high school student from Fort Bend Indiana developed a CS level based on his local high school, and what did he get for his trouble?   An A+ in his computer science class?  Nah.  How about a contract from Valve to make levels for their upcoming games?  Nope.  He got picked up by the local police after a few parents caught...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: GeForce 8800 Ultra Coverage @ TR, [H], Bit-Tech, Legit Reviews, PCPer, Digit-Life Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual @ Overclock3D Motherboards: XFX nForce 680i LT SLI @ Bootdaily MSI P6N Platinum @ Neoseeker Memory & Storage:...

AMD Announced 65nm Turion X2 Processors

AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology NVIDIA and Broadcom join AMD to showcase platform performance advantages in 3D graphics, Wireless Range and Throughput, and Battery Life SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom...

Why The AACS-LA Might Be The New Owners Of Digg

The internet riot over the posting of a decryption code for HD-DVD discs yesterday at Digg was fascinating and amusing. But the end result for Digg, and others that post-- or allow to be posted-- that mundane but magical string of numbers and letters could be very severe. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is in a position to know what's legal...

IBM Chips Make Themselves, Find Sarah Connor

IBM has pioneered a new method to make chips that essentially assemble themselves into a usable framework. It should yield a savings in power consumption and a goose in speed. The technique works by coating a silicon wafer with a layer of a special polymer that when baked, naturally forms trillions of uniformly tiny holes just...

Game Sales Are Up!

Game sales have been in a bit of a slump recently, but Gamasutra is reporting that we're seeing a pretty large sales spike: "According to data from research firm NPD Group, sales of PC games have risen by 48 percent on the previous year, during the first two months of 2007, with sales lead by the success of Blizzard’s World of WarCraft and...

Mozilla Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 Out

Mozilla has a new alpha of the next major release of Firefox (i.e. 3.x) available for download.  As with all alphas and betas, this is not a finished product, so don't disregard the final product based on what you see in the alpha. "Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 is an early developer milestone for the next major version of Firefox that is being...

Apple Laptop Battery Patch

Information week is reporting that Apple has a patch out to fix performance issues with their Intel powered laptops: "Problems associated with the batteries included them not being recognized by the computer or the battery not charging when the notebook is plugged into an AC outlet. Also, the batteries could exhibit low-charge capacity or...

Jon Peddie Research Q1 PC Graphics Shipments

Jon Peddie Research Reports First-Quarter PC Graphics Shipments: Nvidia leaps to first place in desktop graphics chips displacing Intel Overall market down 5.5% quarter-to-quarter; laptops soar 24.6% year-to-year TIBURON, CA - May 2, 2007-...

Real World Chips Make Real Money

We hardware fanbois at HotHardware always keep a close eye on the horserace between Intel and AMD. But you know who's making real money in the chip world? Analog chipmakers: Research firm iSuppli forecasts a 10.1% jump in analog chip sales this year, to $47.5 billion. ISuppli analyst Gary Grandbois says that analog sales growth...

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI

NVIDIA has officially taken the wraps of their new flagship GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card. As you probably expect, it's similar to the GeForce 8800 GTX it replaces at the top of NVIDIA's GPU line-up, but it offers better performance thanks to its higher clock speeds and improved cooler. We took a pair of GeForce 8800 Ultra cards for a spin...

Apple Offers Pesticide For Future Quicktime Bugs

Apple has an update for its ubiquitous Quicktime multimedia software, to fix the exploit discovered at a security conference two weeks ago. Remember, the exploit works if you're running Windows too, so everybody should get the update if you have Quicktime.  The exploit with QuickTime for Java was first reported as a Mac OS X...

Hardware Round-Up

Video: eVGA GeForce 7600 GS 512MB Video Card @ Legit Reviews Pure Digital Technologies Flip Video @ InternetVideoMag Motherboards: P35 Series from Gigabyte @ Hardware Secrets Memory & Storage: OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500...

Sun tapes out Niagara 2, faces 45nm challenge

According to a story on EE Times, Sun Microsystems has taped out its next-geNiagara 2 and Rock processors, but the company faces a major hurdle getting access to leading edge 45 and 32nm process technology for its future Sparc CPUs... "In an exclusive interview with EE Times in his Menlo Park office, Yen showed the first wafers back...

4-Way USB Flash Drive Round-Up

Although they are very common nowadays and they all seem to offer pretty much the same functionality, USB flash drives can actually differ in a number of ways.  In this USB flash drive roundup, we take a close look at the features and performance of a 4GB OCZ Rally2, a 16GB OCZ Mega-Kart, a 1GB Kingston DataTraveler ReadyFlash, and an 8GB...

The Internet Is A Two-Bagger Now

The internet is a fever swamp of hackers. Rasmus Lerdorf of Yahoo is in the news with his simple solution to avoiding the most common way bad people steal your good money: Cross-site scripting vulnerablities. His simple fix: use two browsers. The idea is to separate all the surfing where personal information may be exposed from...

What If Silverlight Was Great?

Microsoft is very late to the party with Silverlight, its cross-browser cross-platform plug-in for rich media on the web. Adobe's Flash is so far ahead delivering stuff to look at that it seemed Microsoft would have no chance to catch up. But what if it was better? A lot better?  This sounds better: A lot of the demonstrations of Silverlight...