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All News for June 2008

Hardware Round-Up

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Video:PowerColor HD 4870 Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Roundup - Gaming on the Cheap @ PC PerspectiveASUS EN9600GT TOP Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsFoxconn GeForce 9800 GTX / GX2 2x512MB @ Digit-LifeMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte GA-EP45 DQ6 Motherboard @ CPU3DProcessors:Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Review @ MotherboardsMemory...

Netgear Releases Open Source Wireless-G Router

Netgear Releases Open Source Wireless-G Router

Let's state a bit of the obvious, Linux, in all its various incarnations, is becoming more pervasive every day.  From traditional desktop distros, to its omnipotent place in the embedded space -- from hand-helds to mission critical appliances in the enterprise, everywhere you look Linux is making inroads.  One of the places you may...

Mozilla Targets First Firefox 3.1 Alpha for July

Mozilla Targets First Firefox 3.1 Alpha for July

Firefox 3 has just barely gotten out the door and Mozilla is already readying the alpha release of the next version, 3.1. Of course, as a point-release, it will be a much less ambitious project than the leap from 2 -> 3. In Firefox 3.1 status meeting notes from 6/24, the ship date is now estimated to be Q4 of this year or Q1 09. First alpha...

It's True: Diablo III Unveiled

It's True: Diablo III Unveiled

It's true! It had been widely anticipated that Blizzard was set to announced Diablo III at WWI, and on Saturday it happened. Naturally, Blizzard is tight-lipped about a release date, but based on the amount of time they've been working on Starcraft II, it's no time soon. Blizzard's already set up an official site (linked). Go there to see...

Woman Auctions Bridesmaid Slot on eBay

Woman Auctions Bridesmaid Slot on eBay

23-year-old Kelly Gray was just hoping to defray some of the costs of her wedding when she decided to auction off a bridesmaid spot in her wedding on eBay. But she got far more than she bargained for.When the bidding closed at 7:27 p.m. on Wednesday, the winning bid was $5,700. The winner: "drpeppersnapple".Gray and her fiance had planned...

Devices Will Have Manners, Even If  We Don't

Devices Will Have Manners, Even If We Don't

Have you heard of DMP? Microsoft is applying for a patent to equip devices with a "Digital Manners Policy," a polite euphemism for a kill switch or jammer in your electronic equipment. It doesn't stop at stopping things like using a flash camera in a museum, either; OnStar is implementing the same sort of device to shut off your car remotely....

VelociRaptors In RAID 5, A Case Study In Speed

VelociRaptors In RAID 5, A Case Study In Speed

If you were the type to think of 2.5" drive technology only in terms of notebook products, then recently, Western Digital probably helped expand your horizons a bit.  With the release of their VelociRaptor 300GB SATA hard drive, mainstream users were exposed to the advantages of the high transfer rates associated with 2.5" platters rotating...

Verizon VP Talks Sense All Day Long About P2P

Verizon VP Talks Sense All Day Long About P2P

The dirty little secret that's often overlooked when we Internet pundits and newshounds discuss throttling of P2P traffic by ISPs, is that it's  an indictment of the infrastructure, not the process. Why would you discuss rationing if the capacity was there? P2P is simply the thin edge of a big and growing wedge. It's easy to single it...

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power SupplyNew VIA EPIA P700 board features in-line I/O pin-headers and extended feature set including Gigabit LAN, S-ATA II and an integrated power adapter Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA...

Lian-Li launches Tyr X500 HTPC / Gaming Chassis

Lian-Li launches Tyr X500 HTPC / Gaming Chassis

Lian-Li launches the all new Tyr X500 HTPC/Gaming Chassis Taipei, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the Tyr X500 chassis designed as a stylish midi-tower HTPC/Gaming chassis. Combining the usual toned down profile of HTPC cases with the arresting larger profile of traditional Lian Li chassis; the Tyr X500 stands out in style....

Asetek: Liquid Cooling for 2 of the Hottest GPUs

Asetek: Liquid Cooling for 2 of the Hottest GPUs

ASETEK FIRST WITH LIQUID COOLING SOLUTION FOR AMD’S “HOT” NEW ATI RADEON HD 4870 GRAPHICS PROCESSOR CARDS AND ASETEK ANNOUNCES LCLC LIQUID COOLING SOLUTION FOR NVIDIA’S LATEST GEFORCE GTX 200 FAMILY OF GRAPHICS PROCESSORS We'll be honest: why bother with just one press release when two will work?  After all, there have been two recent...

Blizzard to Intro Hardware WoW Authenticator

Blizzard to Intro Hardware WoW Authenticator

It's clear that games are big business, and from the sheer number of password-stealing trojans trolling for your WoW info, it's also a big attraction for malware.  Blizzard intends to make it more difficult for anyone to log into your account, even if they have your password."An added security feature for those worried about account theft,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS EAH4850 512MB @ TechgageSapphire Radeon HD 4870 in CrossFire @ Bootdaily.comBFG Tech's GeForce 9600 GT OCX & 8800 GT OCX graphics cards @ bit-techNVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 896MB @ Digit-LifeATi HD 4850 Single Card DX10 Tests @ Rage3D.comSapphire HD4850 Review @ OCIA.netATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 @ HardwareZoneAMD Tunes Back...

Dell Introduces New 'Studio' Product Line

Dell Introduces New 'Studio' Product Line

Dell today introduced “Studio,” a new consumer product line designed for self-expression and creative living. Studio products are highly expressive and personalized - inside and out – combining aesthetics and technology into a fresh approach to hi-def mobile lifestyles.“People seeking stunning design, brilliant colors, and innovative new technology...

ATI Accelerated PhysX In The Works

ATI Accelerated PhysX In The Works

NVIDIA has been generating a lot of buzz as of late with all of the news regarding their PhysX implementation on GeForce 9800 and GTX 200 series GPUs.  An interesting, and related, tid-bit arrived in our in-box this morning that's sure to illicit some curious responses, and wouldn't you know it, it has to do with ATI-accelerated PhysX......

Another Inventor Of The Internet Wants To Gag It

Another Inventor Of The Internet Wants To Gag It

Lawrence Roberts is just another guy with the title:" Inventor of the Internet" in news articles. According to Wikipedia, he's the father of networking through data packets. And he's turned his attention to everyone's favorite data packet topic: Peer-to-Peer filesharing. He's established a company called Anagran, and says their devices can...

NVIDIA Releases Beta PhysX Drivers

NVIDIA Releases Beta PhysX Drivers

You'll recall last week NVIDIA announced that its 177.39 drivers would provide PhysX support on the GeForce 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, and GTX 260/280 cards. You'll also probably recall the big dust-up over whether or not NVIDIA was cheating in terms of optimizations for various benchmarks. Whether or not you believe that (read their response here),...

Dead Mouse Walking?

Dead Mouse Walking?

The computer mouse must rank among the most useful things ever invented. Like all great inventions, it's pretty well impossible to even calculate the value that it's brought to society. But many more ways to point at something on a pixellated screen have been developed since the mouse was born back in the sixties. According to an analyst at...

Microsoft's BFF, Intel, to Skip Vista

Microsoft's BFF, Intel, to Skip Vista

Since Microsoft recently announced it plans to release Windows 7 in 2010, speculation has begun that many businesses will simply skip Windows Vista.  And now it appears Microsoft's BFF, Intel, is making that choice. Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000...

AMD Resurrects the ATI All-In-Wonder

AMD Resurrects the ATI All-In-Wonder

Back as far as August 2006, news had broke that AMD planned to discontinue the ATI All-In-Wonder series of graphics cards.  If you're unfamiliar with them, All-In-Wonders combined a standard GPU with extensive VIVO and TV-Tuning functionality on a single board.For most of their lifespan, All-In-Wonders were "the" all in one (pardon the...

NVIDIA Responds To GPU PhysX Cheating Allegation

NVIDIA Responds To GPU PhysX Cheating Allegation

There's no shortage of drama in the Desktop Graphics industry, with bitter rivals NVIDIA and AMD-ATI taking shots at each other at any opportunity.  Though HotHardware Management heritage is of Italian descent and thus not shy of taking on a passionate debate, we generally like to stick to the facts, rather than dabble in rumor hearsay...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:XFX GeForce GTX 260 XXX Edition @ TweaktownAMD's Radeon HD 4870 graphics processor @ The Tech ReportAMD 4850 Single/Crossfire @ t-breakHIS Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsAMD Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850 Review - Mid-range GPU mix up @ PC PerspectiveSapphire Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire @ TweaktownMotherboards...

Windows 7 Slated for January 2010: Microsoft

Windows 7 Slated for January 2010: Microsoft

Buried in the letter which Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group sent to Windows customers earlier this week, which re-affirmed that XP is pretty much gone after June 30th (with a few exceptions, more later), was a note that indicated that customers wanted a "more regular, predictable Windows...

The iPod Doctor Is In... New York

The iPod Doctor Is In... New York

Demetrios Leontaris knows more about your iPod than Steve Jobs ever will. He cruises around New York City, using his car as his mobile office/workshop, and fixes whatever ails your little Apple wonders, generally right on the spot for a flat $70 fee. He's not alone either; Fortune identifies at least half a dozen iPod repair services in NYC...

Wii Becoming More Powerful Than You Can Imagine

Wii Becoming More Powerful Than You Can Imagine

Nintendo's Wii console game is an interesting piece of technology, and a fascinating business phenomenon as well. While Nintendo's competitors produced consoles as powerful and versatile as they could, charged a small fortune for them, and still didn't make much money on them, the Wii concentrated on simple, fun, intuitive gameplay, introduced...

Google Sued For Stealing Outlook Migration Tools

Google Sued For Stealing Outlook Migration Tools

It appears the everyone's new favorite borg-like monolith corporation is taking it on the chin once again for overly aggressive go-to-market strategies.  This time allegations have surfaced about how Google treats its technology partners, specifically with respect to IP infringement.  Apparently Chicago-based company LimitNone is...

Stuck in Traffic? Watch Video of Worse Traffic.

Stuck in Traffic? Watch Video of Worse Traffic.

Los Angeles has a love affair with car chases on TV. But delivering traffic cam footage to your cell phone? That's the idea behind FreeTrafficCams.com, which has rolled out its product in a few cities across the country. From the list of their upcoming cities, they're definitely in the "expansion" mode.Starting Tuesday, people with the right...

ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4870: RV770 Has Arrived

ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4870: RV770 Has Arrived

Last week, due to some unexpected circumstances, we were able to post a sneak peek of the RV770 GPU and ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.  As our limited testing showed, the Radeon HD 4850 was quite promising for a $199 graphics card.  But we weren't able to tell the complete story.  While the initial benchmarks definitely looked...

ATEN 1080p Video Switch Lets Gamers Share

ATEN 1080p Video Switch Lets Gamers Share

1080p HD Quality from the Super Bowl to the Lecture Hall: ATEN Technology Launches New HDMI Video Splitters and Switches Designed for Home and Business UseIRVINE, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- ATEN Technology, Inc., an innovator of high-quality KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and remote connectivity products to centrally manage servers, network...

Nasty Mac OS Trojan Making The Rounds

Nasty Mac OS Trojan Making The Rounds

If you're running Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, there's a nasty Trojan horse out in wild that antivirus firm SecureMac has spotted being distributed from a hacker website. Taking advantage of a vulnerability of the Apple Remote Desktop agent, the Trojan does every sort of bad thing to your computer.According to SecureMac, the Trojan runs hidden on...

Two Billion Cheetos- Stained Keyboards By 2014

Two Billion Cheetos- Stained Keyboards By 2014

Analysts at Gartner have estimated that there are already one billion computers in use worldwide right now. That's a big number, but it's the estimated rate of growth in PC ownership that jumps off the page in their report -- 12 percent a year. That means by 2014, they estimate two billion people worldwide will be able to leave bizarre comments...

Lian-Li launches Tyr X2000 HTPC / Gaming Chassis

Lian-Li launches Tyr X2000 HTPC / Gaming Chassis

Lian-Li launches the all new Tyr X2000 HTPC / Gaming Chassis 24 June 2008, Taipei, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the Tyr X2000 chassis designed to stand out in your living room in absolute Lian Li style. Taking the original concept of low profile and slim designs and turning it completely around; there is no hiding of this...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX 512MB @ PhoronixLeadtek PX9800 GTX GeForce 9800 GTX @ techPowerUpSapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB Review @ Club OverclockerDiamond ATI Radeon HD4850 Review @ MotherboardsDiamond Radeon HD 4850 in CrossFire @ Bootdaily.comMotherboards and Chipsets:Sneak Peak and Benchmark Results for Montevina Centrino 2 Platform @...

Retailers Post Starcraft II Release Date

Retailers Post Starcraft II Release Date

Starcraft II was announced in May 2007, and Korea went wild. While it may just be coincidence that a number of etailers have posted ship dates for Starcraft II, and that they all picked the same date, is it also a coincidence that Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Event takes place in Paris on June 28 and 29 this week?Many froth-mouthed fans...

Microsoft Sends a "Dear John" Letter to XP

Microsoft Sends a "Dear John" Letter to XP

It's not over yet - not completely - but it might as well be. On Monday Microsoft sent out a letter to its customers dashing any hopes of a stay of execution for Windows XP.The letter (PDF) from Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group, affirms that after June 30 Microsoft will suspend OEM distribution...

NVIDIA To Host World Record Gaming Attempt

NVIDIA To Host World Record Gaming Attempt

NVIDIA TO HOST GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT BY GAMERS AT NVISION 08 Gamers Worldwide Prepare for Record-Breaking Marathon LAN Party   SANTA CLARA, CA—JUNE 20, 2008—LAN Party gaming will reach a new level during a Guinness World Record-setting attempt at the NVISION® 08 event on August 25 in San Jose, California. The aim of the event...

DVR Camcorder Pen Camera

DVR Camcorder Pen Camera

James Bond, or even Maxwell Smart would be proud.  This is a pen that has digital video recording capabilities.  Don't let the DVR acronym fool you; you're not going to hook it up to your cable box.  On the other hand, it will come in handy for those covert operations.It's not cheap, at $199.95.  According to the site,...

Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000 Processor

Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000 Processor

Today we have a look at Intel's new top-of-the-line Core 2 Mobile chip, the Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000.  At 2.8GHz with a full 6MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 35 Watts, this chip is Intel's fastest notebook CPU for the performance enthusiast, gaming, and multimedia  markets, aka the Desktop Replacement (DTR) crowd.  Our test vehicle...

Polaroid Gets Back Into Funky Instant Fotos

Polaroid Gets Back Into Funky Instant Fotos

Polaroid got famous for making instant cameras and film for the impatient photographer. They've fallen on rough times as the digital camera has made capturing a photo and seeing it on a little screen almost instantaneous. But what if you want an instant artifact of your snapshot? Polaroid's betting you'd find a use for a little battery-powered...

Scooped, NBC Gets Wikipedia Updater Fired

Scooped, NBC Gets Wikipedia Updater Fired

In the super-fast world of the Internet, if a story breaks, you can expect the Wikipedia entry for that subject to be updated faster than you can blink. In the case of Tim Russert's sad death on June 13th, NBC contacted other networks and media outlets in an attempt to hold back the news long enough to notify his family vacationing in Italy....

Beatles Might Become Guitar Heroes Again

Beatles Might Become Guitar Heroes Again

Tired of playing Trogdor and Freebird over and over? Maybe help is on the way. Representatives of the remaining Beatles are in discussions with the makers of both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games. Activision and MTV Games are after a deal for the most sought-after catalog of music ever. A final deal would be worth several million...

Sony's Euro Boss Says Disc Media Will Die

Sony's Euro Boss Says Disc Media Will Die

Whether you like it or not, let's face it, disc media is just plain getting old.  Further, "the power of the network" continues to rise and downloadable multimedia content continues to become more and more pervasive.  Take a quick vitals check on companies like BlockBuster Video and you'll know why the folks at Netflix are running...

Petaflop Super Computer Runs Game Console CPU

Petaflop Super Computer Runs Game Console CPU

The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. When it comes to Supercomputing, historically, the top dog on the circuit has been IBM's BlueGene/L...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:PowerColor HD4850 Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1024MB @ Digit-LifeATi HD 4850 Crossfire! @ Rage3D.comNVIDIA GeForce 8200 IGP @ PhoronixOverclocking The NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card @ Legit ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI's P45 Platinum motherboard @ bit-techASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi Intel X48 Mainboard Review @ OCWMemory...

"Street View Hookers" Spice Up the Web

"Street View Hookers" Spice Up the Web

Since its unveiling in May of 2007, Google's Street View has hit a few bumps in the road, including being told to "keep out" of an entire town, to being sued over privacy by a Pennsylvania couple, to being told to stay out of military bases. This particular incident is more humorous than anything else. Who is standing at the corner of...

Microsoft Might Have Saved Your WoW Gold

Microsoft Might Have Saved Your WoW Gold

Microsoft's security updates for June seem to be having a profound effect in the ongoing battle against crooks who steal passwords and usernames, then use their ill-gotten info to cash in the imaginary gold MMORPG players accumulate for real money. One password stealer, called Taterf, was detected on 700,000 computers in the first day after...

Jammie Thomas Might Get Another Chance

Jammie Thomas Might Get Another Chance

You might remember Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman who lost a court case over music sharing and was ordered to pay the recording industry $222,000 for copyright violations related to sharing songs.  Despite the fact that it was never proven that she downloaded any songs, she was convicted of sharing the songs from her PC.  Ah,...

NVIDIA Adds the 9800 GTX+ and PhysX

NVIDIA Adds the 9800 GTX+ and PhysX

On Thursday, the same day that AMD unveiled - early - its 4800 series of cards (because some etailers were already selling the card), NVIDIA decided it just had to unveil its own new card, as well as some other good news.NVIDIA's new card is the GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU, an overclocked 9800 GTX, but really the 55nm refresh of the G92. NVIDIA...

WD Introduces RE3 Enterprise SATA Hard Drives

WD Introduces RE3 Enterprise SATA Hard Drives

The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. WD'S THIRD-GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES OFFER NEW AND ENHANCED FEATURES...

The Modern Computer Turns Sixty Today

The Modern Computer Turns Sixty Today

Ask the trivia question: What was the first computer? Most people would immediately answer: ENIAC. But ENIAC wasn't really the prototype of the modern computer, as it couldn't be reprogrammed to perform different tasks without taking it apart and rewiring it. A much more likely candidate for the first computer that resembles what we think...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Video Card Preview @ Legit ReviewsSamsung SyncMaster 2693HM @ InsideHWPowerColor Radeon HD 4850 512 MB @ techPowerUpATI Radeon HD 4850 Versus NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ @ Legit ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard Review...

Netflix to Axe Family-Friendly Profiles Feature

Netflix to Axe Family-Friendly Profiles Feature

UPDATE: We heard back from Steve Swasey, Vice President, Corporate Communications for Netflix. Swasey explained that a "very, very, very small minority" of Netflix users actually use the Profiles feature. When we commented that he used the word "very" three times, he joked that a few more "very's" might actually be applicable. He would not...

ATI Radeon HD 4850 RV770 Sneak Peek

ATI Radeon HD 4850 RV770 Sneak Peek

As many of you are no doubt aware, AMD is about to release a new line of ATI Radeon graphics cards based on the GPU that was internally codenamed RV770.  Cards based on the GPU were supposed to launch next week, on June 25 to be specific, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we are able to offer you some preliminary information and...

The Future Isn't Invisible, But It's Real Quiet

The Future Isn't Invisible, But It's Real Quiet

The idea of being invisible has captivated scientists and comic-book writers alike for many years. As Einstein told us, it's going to be pretty hard to do. But it's somewhat easier to make something invisible to sound waves. Researchers in Spain have developed  a material that directs sound waves around an object so that they re-form...

Yahoo! Adds Two More Email Domains

Yahoo! Adds Two More Email Domains

Will Ymail lure you to Yahoo! Email?  For that matter, will Rocketmail? Starting this morning, Yahoo! will be opening up ymail.com and rocketmail.com email domains for users.  Why?It's obvious that if you wanted to get the email address john@yahoo.com, you couldn't. Saturation has meant that if you want to get an email address at...

Intel Planning On Ramming DRAM Into The Chip

Intel Planning On Ramming DRAM Into The Chip

Intel has been tinkering around with DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) cells, reducing their size and getting rid of the capacitors that were necessary components of their tiny integrated circuit. In doing so, they may have demonstrated a way to remove the SRAM (Static Random Access Memory)cells from the processor and replace them with the...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:NVIDIA GPU Computing & CUDA FAQ @ Benchmark ReviewsBFG 9600 GT OCX Video Card Review @ I4UEVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review @ MotherboardsPNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB Review @ SharkyExtremeNVIDIA GeForce 280 GTX in Tri SLI Tested @ TweaktownNVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) v4.2 Program Released... @ MVKTechMotherboards and...

Microsoft Searches for Some Yahoos

Microsoft Searches for Some Yahoos

Can't buy the company? Can't buy the search technology? Well, how about buying the talent? Wednesday Microsoft placed a full-page ad for "search jobs" in (gasp!) an honest-to-goodness hard copy paper, The San Jose Mercury-News. Despite the ubiquity of the San Francisco Chronicle, for Silicon Valley, the Merc is the paper."There are now very...

Over 8 Million Firefox 3 Downloads in 24 Hours

Over 8 Million Firefox 3 Downloads in 24 Hours

Despite running into a few glitches at the start of the record-setting attempt for the most software downloaded in 24 hours, approximately 8.3 million full copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded during the first 24 hours of its availability. The Mozilla folks are working with the blokes from Guinness World Records to determine if in fact a true...

Toshiba Kinda Claims World's Lightest Laptop

Toshiba Kinda Claims World's Lightest Laptop

Toshiba recently announced that its lightweight Portégé R500 ultraportable laptop is now available with a 128GB solid state drive (SSD). With this new, but pricey option, Toshiba claims that the Portégé R500-S5007V is now "the world's lightest laptop with a 128GB SSD and DVD SuperMulti drive." That might sound impressive upon first blush,...

Asus MK241H 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Asus MK241H 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor

LCD monitors were supposed to free up our precious desk real estate as they relegated bulky CRTs to the local landfill. But with the quantity and quality of high-definition content increasing and LCD prices continuing to drop, widescreen LCDs are becoming increasingly prevalent. Now our desks are filling up again--only this time in width,...

Fembots Say Touché

Fembots Say Touché

The yet-to-be-released E.M.A. ("Eternal, Maiden, Actualization") fembot from Sega Toys has been generating quite a lot of buzz on the Internet since it was first announced last week. The decidedly female robot is 38cm tall and is capable of fluid movements via its "5 motors and 12 degrees of freedom." Those movements include dancing and kissing. But...

Skype Releases Beta Client With a Whole New Look

Skype Releases Beta Client With a Whole New Look

The folks over at Skype are hoping that you want to be a beta tester. Starting today, Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows goes into public beta, and there are a number of significant changes in the new version. The most noticeable transformation from the existing client to the new beta is a much lager default video window for video calls. (Skype...

FiOS About to Get Even Faster For Some Customers

FiOS About to Get Even Faster For Some Customers

Verizon FiOS customers tend to be the envy of the rest of us non-FiOS, broadband users. Well, that envy quotient is about to go up another notch, as Verizon announced that as of next week, its 50/20 and 20/20 Mbps services will be available "across all of Verizon's FiOS Internet service footprint in 16 states." "Verizon had already offered...

LinkedIn: The Social Site That Might Matter

LinkedIn: The Social Site That Might Matter

Facebook and MySpace perform important functions for their users. But when you get right down to it, they exist and are popular because they are amusements. Serious business is not discussed on a page with glitter fonts and Linkin Park music videos that auto-play. There is a social site that's all business --LinkedIn-- and it's received an...

Verizon Is Hunting Cable Out In The Landscape

Verizon Is Hunting Cable Out In The Landscape

Verizon has a good thing going with their FiOS  bundled service packages.(fiber-optic service that can simultaneously deliver TV, fast Internet and telephone) Its appeal is based around the very fast upload and download speeds that their fiber-optic cable can deliver. They've become a kind of de facto alternate for cable TV and Internet...

Lenovo Asset Recovery Service Helps Biz Go Green

Lenovo Asset Recovery Service Helps Biz Go Green

Lenovo Asset Recovery Service Helps Businesses Go Green, Turning Computer Trash into CashEco-Solution Gives Customers Easy Way to Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle ComputersRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – June 17, 2007: Lenovo today introduced Lenovo Asset Recovery Services (ARS), a new set of services to help business customers in the U.S. and Canada...

Spore Creature Creator Finally Unleashed

Spore Creature Creator Finally Unleashed

Gamers, start your tentacles! Today is the day that Electronic Arts releases the long awaited, first step of the Spore evolution: Spore Creature Creator. For the uninitiated, Spore is a single-player, simulation game where you manipulate the evolution of an entire species of creatures from single-cell organisms through the development of civilization...

AMD's Cinema 2.0 to Tackle Movie-Quality Realism

AMD's Cinema 2.0 to Tackle Movie-Quality Realism

AMD wants to push the envelope of realism in interactive games with its new "Cinema 2.0 experience." Using its upcoming RV770 GPU as the engine driving the demonstration, AMD showed off "the fusion of dynamic real-time interactivity with convincing cinematic digital effects that appear to be real places and things captured on video." "With...

Don't Do It!  Don't Download Firefox 3 Early!

Don't Do It! Don't Download Firefox 3 Early!

Typical of Firefox releases, a number of sites have begun leaking downloads to Firefox 3 (final).  Naturally people will rush to these downloads and start downloading, as most of us are impatient.  We say: don't do it!  Why not? Well, don't you want to see Mozilla set a Guinness Book of World Records record? Mozilla is running...

Psst. Buddy! Wanna Buy Five Words For $12.50?

Psst. Buddy! Wanna Buy Five Words For $12.50?

HotHardware told you yesterday about the Associated Press' hardline approach to linking to their news service stories and excerpting their copy. AP seems a little sketchy about the way in which the doctrine of Fair Use is generally understood on the Internet. As if in an attempt to double down on what is fast becoming a public relations debacle...

Forget Keyboards. Grab A Tin Snips

Forget Keyboards. Grab A Tin Snips

Silicon Valley wants you. They'll pay you big bucks, and you'll occupy a central position in the world of the data center. But you'll have next to nothing to do with software. Server farms that serve the Internet are not just digital problems. Their immense size, energy use, and complexity make them mechanical engineering problems above all...

Mother Pleads Not Guilty in MySpace Suicide Case

Mother Pleads Not Guilty in MySpace Suicide Case

You probably remember the Megan Meier case, in which a teenage girl committed suicide after a MySpace romance went bad. The romance itself and the boy involved were in fact fictional, perpetrated as a vindictive prank by the mother of a former friend who lived down the street.A Missouri woman who prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old neighbour...

The Re-Introduction of NVIDIA's Tesla

The Re-Introduction of NVIDIA's Tesla

We’ve got an in-depth look at NVIDIA’s latest lineup of Tesla products based on their new 10-series GPU that you’ve seen also driving their new line desktop cards today. The 10-series chip, an offshoot of the desktop GT200, is massive boasting 240 processing elements (nearly 2x its predecessor), 1.4 billion transistors (again, close to double),...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Gigabyte Geforce GTX280 (1Gb GDDR3) @ CPU3DNVIDIA GTX 280 & GTX 260 Technology Report @ TechARPGTX 280 review @ NeoseekerGeForce GTX 280 with QX9650 at 4GHz @ TweaktownNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Cards by EVGA and PNY @ Legit ReviewsEVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB Superclocked Edition Review @ Hardware CanucksNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280...

iPods On a Plane! Part Deux

iPods On a Plane! Part Deux

Starting today, a select few United Airlines customers will be able to plug their iPods and iPhones into their flight's in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and watch the content from their own devices on the seatback's 15.4-inch displays--and their iPods and iPhones will also charge while doing it. Using IFE systems developed by Panasonic...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Unleashed

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Unleashed

NVIDIA has taken the wraps of their latest high-end GPU today and we've got complete coverage for your, from architecture to some impressive benchmark numbers we're sure you'll all enjoy. While the GT200 does borrow heavily from previous generation GPU architectures, it is simply in a class of its own at the moment.  And as you'll see,...

It's Official: Geek Chicks are Chic

It's Official: Geek Chicks are Chic

If there was any doubt that brainy women could be sexy too, this week's Newsweek article, Revenge of the Nerdette, should set naysayers straight. The article features a group of brilliant, confident, and attractive women who call themselves the Nerd Girls. Here's a snippet of self-promotion from their own Nerd Girl Web site: They're "Beauty...

AP Continues Its Hardline Anti-Linking Stance

AP Continues Its Hardline Anti-Linking Stance

You'll recall our earlier post about the AP's DMCA takedown notices against the Drudge Retort, over excerpts that most would consider "fair use," but that AP felt were infringing on copyright.  AP has back off - some - but now wants to create its own guidelines for blog posting of excerpts.On Saturday, The A.P. retreated. Jim Kennedy,...

2008 Is Booming For Personal Computers

2008 Is Booming For Personal Computers

You run into an interesting problem if you're a computer manufacturer. You're supposed to make your units better and faster all the time, of course, but overall the price you charge for your rigs generally gets cheaper. That means you could sell more units year over year and still end up with less revenue because each unit is worth less. It's...

Verizon Doesn't Care About Copper Anymore

Verizon Doesn't Care About Copper Anymore

Verizon offers discounts to their customers if they bundle services like Internet, television, and landline phones. But with up to 15 percent of US homes now foregoing having a landline at all, Verizon realized they were missing out on opportunities to offer a package of services to people who have said goodbye to copper wires forever. They've...

AMD Announces its Latest GP-GPU

AMD Announces its Latest GP-GPU

The future of high-performance computing might very well depend on graphics cards. It's not just CPUs that are crunching numbers faster and faster. Today's GPUs are just as efficient at performing floating-point calculations--perhaps even more so, especially when special floating-point hardware is integrated directly into the GPUs: "At the...

Fake Steve Jobs Gets a New Real Job

Fake Steve Jobs Gets a New Real Job

Fake Steve Jobs, AKA Daniel Lyons, who was outed last year by the New York Times when his book was about to launch (hard to keep hiding under those circumstances), has decided to leave his real job with Forbes for a new real job with Newsweek.Forbes editor Dan Lyons, best known to most of you as Fake Steve Jobs, is leaving his employer after...

AOL's Search Data Snafu Becomes Theatre

AOL's Search Data Snafu Becomes Theatre

You probably recall AOL's 2006 leak of search user data, which actually was more like a flood. AOL published the search logs of 650,000 subscribers, which eventually resulted in some heads rolling, after the smoke cleared. Why not take a tack from Law and Order and rip a story from the headlines, eh? And that's what director Michael Alltop...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Gainward BLISS 9800 GX2 Dual-GPU Version Review @ MVKTechASUS GeForce 9800 GTX TOP Edition @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ DragonSteelModsZOTAC GeForce 8300 AM2+ Motherboard @ TweaktownASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI Motherboard on NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset (Socket AM2+) @ Digit-LifeProcessors:asfdfMemory...

Google To Develop ISP Throttling Detector

Google To Develop ISP Throttling Detector

Update: The news story below was originally posted on Friday, June 13. It is a brief summary of a longer news article written by Cade Metz of The Register. After our article posted we were contacted by Technology Consultant George Ou, who was briefly referenced in our news story. Ou felt that Metz's coverage--and therefore our coverage as...

The Emperor, A Workstation Fit For A King

The Emperor, A Workstation Fit For A King

How fitting and appropriate for today, Father's Day 2008.  Looking for that special gift, for a gadget-loving Dad that has everything and then some?  Dubbed "a unique combination of art and technology", this product offers a "technological and ergonomical solution that enhances comfort, productivity...

Bebo Blamed in 13-Year-Old's Death

Bebo Blamed in 13-Year-Old's Death

Many have heard of Megan Meier, the teenager who committed suicide over a MySpace romance gone bad - one which turned out to be a hoax.  Here we have another social networking death; is this a troubling trend?A teenager said to have been bullied on the social networking site Bebo has been found hanged in his bedroom.Blaming Bebo for his...

AP Decides to Shoot Itself in the Foot

AP Decides to Shoot Itself in the Foot

Most sites love it when someone links to their story. As long as you only clip a short portion of the story, all you'll be doing, essentially, is driving traffic to the linked site.You would think that "most" would include The Associated Press (AP), but apparently not.Rogers Cadenhead has long run a site called the Drudge Retort at www.drudge.com....

Microsoft Surface Flirts in Las Vegas

Microsoft Surface Flirts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas's Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino becomes the second commercial location to sport Microsoft's Surface devices--table-top, multi-touch-input computers. The first commercial implementation of Surface was this last April in select AT&T stores. "Harrah's will deploy a suite of their own customized applications and be the first to...

Yahoo!-Google. Now With New Antitrust Goodness!

Yahoo!-Google. Now With New Antitrust Goodness!

As the old expression goes, I don't know what Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang is smoking, but I want some. Yesterday Yahoo! announced that they had finally really absolutely unequivocally indubitably without question stopped talking to Microsoft about a takeover by, or joint venture with the Redmond giant, and that they had signed a deal with Google...

Facebook Passes MySpace Worldwide

Facebook Passes MySpace Worldwide

Don't worry, Rupert (Murdoch); MySpace still outdraws Facebook in terms of unique U.S. visitors. But in terms of worldwide visitors: second place.comScore statistics indicate that Facebook drew even with MySpace in April.  At that point, the networks interested about 115 million users each.  If we're allowed mentally to extend the...

Dell E Details Dribble Out

Dell E Details Dribble Out

We told you about Dell's attempt to get in on the mini-notebook market a little while ago. Just a glimpse of the lipstick red competitor for the wildly successful Asus Eee PC  sent us all into a tizzy. After all, we keep telling manufacturers over and over again we want a smaller, cheaper, sturdier unit to lug around with us that can...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:GIGABYTE GeForce 9600GT TurboForce 1GB @ TweaktownChaintech GeForce 9600 GT 512MB OC Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeProcessors:AMD Phenom X4 9850 @ Digit-LifeMemory and Storage:VOX V1 External Hard Drive @ TechwareLabsSilverStone TS01 2.5" HDD Enclosure @ 3DGameManMemory Cards Roundup @ InsideHWPower:Atrix 500T Extreme 650W Review @ OCCSeasonic...

Intel's USB 3 Work: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Intel's USB 3 Work: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

According to Intel, it gets no respect. The company has spent "gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours" on co-developing the new USB 3.0 spec and the commensurate USB 3.0 Intel host controller spec; yet Intel is perceived as wanting to keep USB 3.0 all to itself. At least that's the story that Nick Knupffer, blogger and...

AMD Announces Growing Support for Puma

AMD Announces Growing Support for Puma

AMD Announces Growing Support for its Next-Generation Notebook Platform with Eight New HP Notebooks — Commercial and consumer notebook PCs from HP deliver the ultimate HD visual performance on the go — BERLIN, Germany -- June 12, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing OEM support for its next-generation notebook platform with the HP...

Focus On Parallel Programming For Snow Leopard

Focus On Parallel Programming For Snow Leopard

Steve Jobs says the next version of Apple's OS, nicknamed Snow Leopard, will concentrate on easing programming for parallel processors. Of course multi-core CPUs already pose challenges to use all the available processing capacity they're capable of, but in addition to that, Jobs is proposing using the OS to grab available graphics processing...

CoolIT Unveils Liquid Cooling For Skulltrail

CoolIT Unveils Liquid Cooling For Skulltrail

CoolIT Systems Develops Liquid Cooling for Intel’s Skull Trail MotherboardBoreas MTEC Chassis ST and PURE ST provide unprecedented cooling performance for the fastest, new motherboard on the market Calgary, Alberta – June 12th, 2008 – CoolIT Systems announces its new “ST” line of liquid cooling solutions designed specifically to work with...

Strange Bedfellows: AMD and Havok Cooperating

Strange Bedfellows: AMD and Havok Cooperating

Upon first glance, today's press release from AMD, "AMD and Havok to Optimize Physics for Gaming," caused us to do a double take. Considering the long-time feud between AMD and Intel, it seemed surprising that any sort of amicable partnership could develop between AMD and an Intel-owned company, such as Havok:  "AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Havok...

Firefox 3 Gets Dated

Firefox 3 Gets Dated

We just received an RC3 for Firefox 3.  Oh no!  Sure it was a Mac-only change, but what does that do to the release date?  Apparently, not much.The Mozilla Foundation has announced the release date for Firefox 3.  It will be June 17th (yep, next Tuesday).At the same time, the Spread Firefox site trumpets that the number...

Sprint/Samsung 3G Phone Kicks Apple's Core

Sprint/Samsung 3G Phone Kicks Apple's Core

Everyone's fascinated with the Apple iPhone. Apple's announced their new, third generation (3G) model is coming out on July 11, and all the news outlets have been pawing over the details of the handset and the plan. The iPhone has the potential to be one of those concepts that becomes the name people use to refer to all items of its type,...

Paper as Strong as Cast Iron

Paper as Strong as Cast Iron

Iron Man?  Feh.  How about Paper Man?  A new process can create paper with tensile strength 1.6x that of iron.The new technology, developed by researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, takes ordinary cellulose and puts it through special processing.  The end result is a paper, made out of normal wood...

OCZ Unveils Ultra-Portable Spyder USB 2.0 Drive

OCZ Unveils Ultra-Portable Spyder USB 2.0 Drive

OCZ Technology Expands its Diverse Flash Lineup with the new Ultra-Portable Spyder USB 2.0 drive Sunnyvale, CA—June 11, 2008 —OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to its award-winning lineup of performance flash drives with the all-new...

EA Announces Minimum Specs For Spore

EA Announces Minimum Specs For Spore

Electronic Arts' Spore could easily be one of the most-anticipated games of all time. Created by Will Wright--the genius behind the Sims series of game titles--Spore has been referred to as "Sim Everything." It is a game where you manipulate the evolution of an entire species of creatures from single-cell organisms through the development...

Kingston Releases High-Perf 800MHz SO-DIMMs

Kingston Releases High-Perf 800MHz SO-DIMMs

Kingston Technology Releases High-Performance 800MHz SO-DIMMS Fountain Valley, CA – June 11, 2008 – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping HyperX 800MHz low-latency DDR2 SO-DIMM notebook memory kits in 2- and 4GB capacities. The latest offering provides mobile computer...

ASUS Announces First Republic of Gamers Conv.

ASUS Announces First Republic of Gamers Conv.

ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention--The official ASUS/Intel summer gaming event brings BYOC, BYOL, technologyworkshops and product exhibition into one massive gathering --FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS®, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled...

Glassdoor Makes Company Culture Transparent

Glassdoor Makes Company Culture Transparent

Of course you'd love to know what that Google engineer makes. But the idea behind Glassdoor, a startup which launched in public beta on Wednesday at 12:01 AM EDT, is more than just that. In addition, the site wants you to review your company, and let people know just what you really think about your CEO, your workplace atmosphere, its politics...

Toshiba Announces 1.8" 160GB 5,400-rpm SATA HDD

Toshiba Announces 1.8" 160GB 5,400-rpm SATA HDD

Toshiba's Storage Device Division claims to have produced the first 1.8-inch, 5,400-rpm, SATA hard drive with a 160GB storage capacity. The MK161GSG uses a micro-SATA connector and supports a 1.5Gb/sec SATA interface. The drive is positioned as an ideal addition to the quickly growing small-form-factor portable market, such as subnotebooks,...

Toshiba TDPSP1U. Skip The Flatscreen, Go Mobile?

Toshiba TDPSP1U. Skip The Flatscreen, Go Mobile?

There's always quite a race to display things. Look at the ferocious competition and impressive innovation between the makers of plasma screens, LCD screens, rear-projection sets, you name it. I guess you can still buy Cathode Ray Tubes, too,  if you like technology from the last century. They all have their pluses and minuses, of course,...

AMD Will Skip Two 65nm Phenom Chips Altogether

AMD Will Skip Two 65nm Phenom Chips Altogether

According to Digitimes, AMD isn't going to bother releasing two 65 nanometer scale dual core chips they had in the development pipeline. AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans and will let its...

Google Adds "Skip Intro" to Search Results

Google Adds "Skip Intro" to Search Results

When checking out the specs on the Voodoo Envy 133 earlier, we were pretty annoyed by the Flash intro to the revamped VoodooPC site. That's precisely the reason for a feature such as this. Search for a site, and - if the site has a Skip Intro link on it - results will have a "Skip intro," which enables users to skip the Flash intro, directly...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:MSI RX3870-T2D512E OC Videocard Review @ HardwareLogicMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte's GA-X48-DQ6 @ NeoseekerASRock X48 TurboTwins-WiFi Motherboard @ CPU3DMSI P45 Diamond @ t-breakASUS Rampage Formula Review @ OCCASRock K10N780SLIX3-WiFi Review and Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS review @ AMDZoneMemory and Storage:Western Digital...

AMD Achieves OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance Cert.

AMD Achieves OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance Cert.

AMD Next-Generation OpenGL® ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance— Khronos™ Group Certifies AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 Technology, Designed for Mobile Phones, Handheld 3D Gaming and GPS Devices —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 11, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics...

iPhone3G to Cost More Than Previous iPhones

iPhone3G to Cost More Than Previous iPhones

Yes, you read the headline correct; you will pay more for a new Apple iPhone3G than you would have spent on the previous version of the iPhone. How can this be, you ask? The iPhone3G models are priced a full $100 cheaper than their predecessors. True. But the total cost of a two-year contract with AT&T will wind up more than eating up...

Study Finds Instant Messaging Helps Productivity

Study Finds Instant Messaging Helps Productivity

The results of a recently published study of workers' instant messaging (IM) use shows that IM can actually improve workplace productivity. This contradicts a widely held belief that IM in the workplace is a hindrance to productivity. IM is often perceived as an interruption, and as such, "it can significantly hinder productivity by disrupting...

GeForce 9600 GT Round-Up: PNY, MSI, ASUS

GeForce 9600 GT Round-Up: PNY, MSI, ASUS

We have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we expand our coverage of the GeForce 9600 GT by doing another round-up of three retail cards: the PNY Verto 9600 GT, the MSI N9600GT OC, and the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT. As you might expect, all three of these cards sport 512MB of GDDR3 and a 256-bit memory interface. What you may...

NZXT Wreaks Khaos with New Gaming Chassis

NZXT Wreaks Khaos with New Gaming Chassis

NZXT Wreaks Khaos with New Ultra-Premium Gaming ChassisNew Aluminum Case features Breakthrough Design, Three Channel Cooling, and Dual Power Supply Support El Monte, CA – June 10th, 2008 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Khaos, a high-performance premium gaming chassis in the NZXT...

HP's DreamColor LCD Displays One Billion Colors

HP's DreamColor LCD Displays One Billion Colors

There should be no doubt as to whether the engineers at HP dream in black-and-white or in color. The question should be: How many colors do they dream in? The answer: over one billion. That's how many colors HP's new DreamColor LP2480ZX LCD is capable of displaying: "The HP DreamColor Display features a new liquid crystal display (LCD) that...

Hulu Adds Colbert Report, Daily Show - No Joke!

Hulu Adds Colbert Report, Daily Show - No Joke!

In somewhat of a coup for them, Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., has landed a few more shows for their burgeoning video vault, including both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show from Comedy Central.We had to check and make sure the press release wasn't a joke, but there are indeed full episodes from both programs...

Iomega Has Steroids For Your DVR

Iomega Has Steroids For Your DVR

The DVR is the greatest invention since fire. But especially since a substantial amount of programming became available in high-definition, its seems we're constantly having to erase something in order to make room for the next show we want. Iomega has been solving various storage problems for a long time, and if you use the DVR supplied by...

WD Unveils New High-Speed 'Black' Edition Drives

WD Unveils New High-Speed 'Black' Edition Drives

WD DELIVERS NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE 1 TB DRIVEFastest 3.5-inch 7200 RPM Drive on the Market LAKE FOREST, Calif. – June 10, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today launched its new line of WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 3.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance desktop, workstation and multi-drive systems. Available in capacities of 750 GB and...

HP Announces a Whole Bunch of New Laptops

HP Announces a Whole Bunch of New Laptops

At HP's invitation-only "Connecting Your World" media event in Berlin today, HP unveiled a slew of new laptop designs--some of which will be available in just a few weeks. Leading off the gaggle of new laptops is HP's Pavillion "dv" consumer series: "The entertainment-packed HP Pavilion "dv"-series notebooks is adorned with a sleek, liquid-metallic...

HP Envies Apple, Buys Voodoo, Makes Envy Laptop

HP Envies Apple, Buys Voodoo, Makes Envy Laptop

Back in 2006, Hewlett-Packard bought Voodoo, makers of exotic gaming rigs. That had people scratching their heads about what HP was going to make under their newly acquired nameplate. Apparently it wasn't just exotic gaming desktops they were after; it's the straightforward exotic lappie market they wanted as well. HP rolled out a bunch of...

Teens Ignore Cell Phone Bans - Go Figure!

Teens Ignore Cell Phone Bans - Go Figure!

Those looking forward to the July 1st introduction of a teenage cell phone ban in California should start looking elsewhere for comfort. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study released on Monday, which took a look at the results of a 2006 North Carolina ban for drivers younger than age 18, showed that teenagers were just as likely...

Apple Introduces 3G iPhone

Apple Introduces 3G iPhone

It was obvious something was "up" when the Apple Store went down.  Besides that, of course, Steve Jobs was making a keynote address at WWDC. So what happened?Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone,...

Retro, Coin-Op Wi-Fi Emerges

Retro, Coin-Op Wi-Fi Emerges

Here's an idea that brings back memories of coin-operated kiosks of one sort of another that you used to see in booths in restaurants - and still do in retro-style ones - a coin-operated wi-fi kiosk.First, you’ve got to dig deep and slot some coins into it, after which the kiosk will print out a ticket that details your temporary Internet...

OCZ's Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Available

OCZ's Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Available

You'll recall when OCZ unveiled their Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook, they left out an important thing: when. But you can buy the bare-bones version of the laptop now (at least, if you hurry), courtesy of Buy.com.At least at the time of this writing (Buy.com says they are almost out-of-stock) you can get the bare-bones version for $669 (after...

I Have Seen The Future, And It Is MRAM

I Have Seen The Future, And It Is MRAM

Freescale Semiconductor has a new kind of Random Access Memory they'd like you to consider soon: MRAM. They've spun off the part of their business that's been developing MRAM chips and gotten $20 million in funding from a handful of VCs to push the technology forward enough to make it commercially available. What's MRAM, you ask?MRAM stands...

The $133 Million Playstation 3

The $133 Million Playstation 3

The Cell microprocesssor is the very powerful heart of the Playstation 3 gaming console. People have found all sorts of uses for them other than playing Assassin's Creed, including using them for medical research through the Folding at Home program. Now the US military has spent $133 million to put together the world's fastest supercomputer,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video: Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2 @ Overclock3DInno3D GeForce 9600GT iChill Hurricane @ TweaktownMotherboards and Chipsets: MSI P6N SLI Platinum NF650i SLI Motherboard Review @ DragonSteelMods ECS A780GM-A 780G Motherboard @ Tweaktown Asus Striker II Extreme Review @ OCC DFI LanParty LT X48-T2R @ InsideHW Biostar TF8200...

New DirectX Redist Available from Microsoft

New DirectX Redist Available from Microsoft

Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including Vista.  This is a DX9.0c / DX10 update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website, but it is an official release."This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers...

Symantec Cleans Up Their Registry Mess

Symantec Cleans Up Their Registry Mess

After admitting that the SymProtect feature of its security products was at least partially to blame for registry corruption which occurred during both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1 upgrades, Symantec promised a standalone utility to remove the corrupted entries, and it's finally delivered on that promise.SymProtect, designed to protect...

The 2008 Olympic Data Center, Beijing Goes TRON

The 2008 Olympic Data Center, Beijing Goes TRON

The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. There's no question, the 2008 Olympics, to be held in Beijing China, are serious business. ...

T-Mobile Sues Starbucks Over Wi-Fi Deal

T-Mobile Sues Starbucks Over Wi-Fi Deal

Yes, T-Mobile has sued Starbucks, and it's over wi-fi, but it's not over the fact that Starbucks is dropping T-Mobile in favor of AT&T. It's over their new "free wi-fi" plan that was just unveiled this week.In the lawsuit, filed late on Thursday in New York state court, T-Mobile alleges that AT&T and Starbucks Corp are not living up...

Thecus News From Computex 2008

Thecus News From Computex 2008

Thecus Sensation At Computex 2008 Reporting live from Thecus booth at Computex 2008 in Taipei, it is packed with visitors who are looking for latest innovation in digital storage technology. During the exhibition, users have the opportunity to meet with the most outstanding NAS products from Thecus. This year, Thecus is introducing 5 new products...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Palit 9600GSO Sonic 768MB Review @ NeoseekerDiamond Viper HD 3650 PE 512MB Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeBFG 8800 GT OCX w/ ThermoIntelligence Video Card Review @ I4UBFG Tech GeForce 9600GT OC2 @ TweaktownSamsung 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor 2220WM-HAS @ BmRSapphire Radeon HD3870 "Ultimate" Review @ boot dailyWater Cooled Sapphire Radeon HD3870X2...

Intel Gets A Visit From The FTC Proctologist

Intel Gets A Visit From The FTC Proctologist

If you've been wondering if Intel's 80+ percent market share of the microprocessor market amounted to a monopoly worth investigating, wonder no more. The Federal Trade Commision has started a formal review of Intel's business practices to see if they run afoul of any anti-competitive laws. They're sending out subpoenas to AMD and some of the...

Gmail Begins Experimenting on Us

Gmail Begins Experimenting on Us

Last night, Google unveiled something called "Gmail Labs." It can be found under your Settings tab in Gmail. Of course, typically, this will roll out gradually to users, so you may not see it, though it went live at 6 PM PDT Thursday night, so most should have it by now.Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally...

Philips Introduces 22-inch 3D Display

Philips Introduces 22-inch 3D Display

Philips introduces the 22 inch 3D Display that gives professional applications a new dimension Philips is introducing a 22-inch 3D Display that provides an exciting, entertaining and engaging 3D experience, at InfoComm 2008 (June 18-20). The 22-inch 3D display, available as frame-mount and desktop, is ideal for use in digital signage for retail,...

Toshiba Satellite X305-S6845 Notebook

Toshiba Satellite X305-S6845 Notebook

Long gone are the days when the primary differentiating factors between competing laptops models were just battery life and weight.  Don't be mistaken--battery life and weight are still important; but with so many folks now using a laptop as their only computer, laptop manufacturers have stepped up their efforts on the very look of their...

Spear-Phishing Attacks Land Some Whales

Spear-Phishing Attacks Land Some Whales

Sophisticated, targeted phishing attacks have successfully swiped data from roughly 15,000 victims within the last 15 months according to Internet security company, VeriSign. VeriSign believes that almost all of these attacks are coming from just two groups. "Unlike traditional phishing attacks, which are sent to millions in hopes of luring...

Ballmer Poops On The Post's Coffee Table

Ballmer Poops On The Post's Coffee Table

You gotta love Steve Ballmer. He's like the crazy uncle at the family reunion that wants to sing karaoke with a lampshade on his head. I imagine that when the Washington Post asked for a wide-ranging interview with the Microsoft CEO, they figured they'd get all sorts of inside spin in Ballmer's tussle with Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang, or maybe...

Wanna Get Loaded And Buy Integrated Circuits?

Wanna Get Loaded And Buy Integrated Circuits?

Broadcom really isn't a sexy business. They supply Integrated Circuits for broadband communications. It is a big business, however; Broadcom had revenue of $3.67 billion in 2006, for instance. According to indictments handed down recently, various people at Broadcom backdated millions of stock options to raid company receipts for themselves...

The 2009 Audi Q5 to Include an Nvidia GPU

The 2009 Audi Q5 to Include an Nvidia GPU

When the 2009 Audi Q5 "compact crossover vehicle" debuts this fall, it will feature an additional kind of powerful engine: Driving the car's audio/visual interface control panel will be an Nvidia GPU. The Q5 will include the latest generation of Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI), manufactured for Audi by Harman/Becker. Harman/Becker refers...

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0 Mini PC Platform

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0 Mini PC Platform

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the FutureSeven years after inventing the form factor, VIA defines the next generation of Mini-ITX platforms enabling greater performance and freedom of choice in small form factor computing and multimedia Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of...

CoD4 Map Pack Now Available at nZone

CoD4 Map Pack Now Available at nZone

CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE VARIETY MAP PACK AVAILABLE NOW FOR WINDOWS PCNVIDIA Offering New Maps as a Free Download through nZone.com Santa Monica, CA – June 5, 2008 – New battle zones are emerging on the Windows® PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward’s...

Lost is Most Downloaded TV Show on BitTorrent

Lost is Most Downloaded TV Show on BitTorrent

According to BitTorrent news site, TorrentFreak, at any given moment, nearly half of all active BitTorrent users are downloading pirated TV shows. TorrentFreak estimates that one of the most popular TV shows, Lost, garners "close to 10 million downloads per episode." According to the Nielsen TV ratings for last week, the two-hour series finale...

Post-Rapture Website Emails Those "Left Behind"

Post-Rapture Website Emails Those "Left Behind"

If Christians disappear off the face of the Earth because of "The Rapture," there's a site that has recently launched that will let you say "I told you so" via email to your "left behind" friends and relatives.For just $40 a year, believers can arrange for up to 62 people to get a final message exactly six days after the Rapture, that day...

Lose Money, Wear Out Your Thumbs Simultaneously

Lose Money, Wear Out Your Thumbs Simultaneously

E-Trade is offering its account holders a free application for their BlackBerry smartphones that allows them to get real-time stock information and execute trades on their phones. Now if you're walking down the street in a big city and see executives throwing themselves out of the windows of some skyscraper, you can read the name on the building,...

Firefox 3 Prerelease Is Already The Best Browser

Firefox 3 Prerelease Is Already The Best Browser

The Firefox browser from Mozilla is on version three. And version three is currently available as "Prerelease Candidate 2". That means it's not ready for public consumption, but many people are using it. It's unlikely that much will change after Prerelease Candidate 2, so let's go with it. According to Walt Mossberg at least, Firefox 3 is...

Asus Laptop Prototype With Built-in Projector

Asus Laptop Prototype With Built-in Projector

One of the more curious items spied at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei, is an Asus laptop prototype with a built-in mini projector. There is still not too much known about the unlabeled notebook, other than that the laptop has a large space above the display's bezel, in which a working, pivoting mini projector is housed.  Mini...

IBM Chips: A River Runs Through It

IBM Chips: A River Runs Through It

Researchers at IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory have developed a new technique that gives a whole new meaning to water cooling: Circulating water inside the chip itself. The concept is not meant for today's CPUs, but actually for the chips of tomorrow. Historically, CPU performance improvements have largely been a function of generating faster...

Study secretly tracks cellular users outside US

Study secretly tracks cellular users outside US

A study detailed in Nature exposes the local nature of humans: we like to hang around our homes. But that's not what caught our interest. It's the way the study was conducted.Researchers used cell phone towers to track individuals' locations whenever they made or received phone calls and text messages over six months. In a second set of records,...

HotHardware Memorial Day Sweepstakes Winners!

HotHardware Memorial Day Sweepstakes Winners!

A few weeks ago, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away a full AMD Phenom X4 9750-based system, complete with dual Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 3850 512MB graphics cards running in a CrossFire configuration, and an awesome, custom painted Smooth Creations case emblazoned with the good ol' Stars and Bars! ...

Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP 24" Widescreen LCD

Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP 24" Widescreen LCD

Dell’s lineup of flat panel displays have proven themselves to be reliable, stylish, and typically right on par price-wise with some of the most inexpensive LCD monitors on the market. They’ve delivered exceptional bang for the buck, and throughout the years, they’ve managed to improve the quality of the screens and the overall feature sets...

Comcast's Network Management Experiment

Comcast's Network Management Experiment

This week marks the beginning of Comcast's month-long experiment with protocol-agnostic network management practices in Chambersburg, PA and Warrenton, VA. Comcast has come under fire recently for throttling certain types of traffic on its network, such as with data for P2P clients. This alternative approach focuses purely on how much bandwidth...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS EN9800GTX TOP video card review @ Elite BastardsGIGABYTE GeForce 9600GT TurboForce 512MB @ TweaktownXFX GeForce 9800GX2 Black Edition Review @ Motherboards.orgLenovo L220X 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor @ TechgageFoxconn GeForce 9800 GTX OC 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI Motherboard...

Big Apple Announcements Coming Next Monday

Big Apple Announcements Coming Next Monday

This coming Monday, June 9, should be a big day for Apple. It is the first day of Apple's 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC08) in San Francisco--which not coincidentally--has been at sold out at capacity for some time now. When Steve Jobs takes the stage at the Moscone Center at 10 a.m. PT, he is expected to unveil the much-anticipated,...

Whoopee!  PS3 to Get Dynamic In-Game Ads

Whoopee! PS3 to Get Dynamic In-Game Ads

Hot on the heels of a study released by Microsoft subsidiary and in-game advertising firm Massive, Inc. which indicated that in-game ads "enhanced the realism of the game," comes the news from Sony that it is opening its gaming platform to in-game ads from outside companies.In-game ads firm IGA Worldwide has secured a multi-year deal with...

Were Online Auctions Just A Fad?

Were Online Auctions Just A Fad?

Many eBay users are up in arms about the changes in fee structure on the site that favor large vendors selling goods at fixed prices on a "Buy it Now" basis instead of eBay's original auction format. The little vendors who have made the site what it is today don't like it, but eBay might simply be acknowledging the obvious: Online auctions...

McAfee Identifies World's Most Dangerous Domains

McAfee Identifies World's Most Dangerous Domains

McAfee has released its annual "Mapping the Mal Web" report, which reports on "the riskiest and safest places on the Web," after analyzing "9.9 million heavily trafficked Web sites" using its own McAfee Site Advisor technology. Topping the list of most dangerous domains is the .hk domain (Hong Kong); the safest domain is .fi (Finland). Ranked...

Will Camcorder Users Flip For The Mino, Too?

Will Camcorder Users Flip For The Mino, Too?

Pure Digital came out of nowhere last year with one of the hottest consumer electronics devices on the market. Their compact Flip Camcorder cost just $149,  had four buttons and a hatch for a couple of alkaline batteries, took pretty good quality video, and plugged right into your USB port to download the video bits of your life. Simple,...

AMD Announces External Graphics for Notebooks

AMD Announces External Graphics for Notebooks

AMD Announces Revolutionary External Graphics Solution for NotebooksPortable ATI XGP™ Technology unlocks notebooks for enthusiast-class desktop graphics performance and true multimedia upgradeabilityComputex, TAIPEI — June 4, 2008 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced ATI XGP™ (External Graphics Platform) Technology, a new external...

AMD Delivers Next-Gen Notebook Platform

AMD Delivers Next-Gen Notebook Platform

Last year we brought you some information regarding AMD's Griffin and Puma mobile processor and platform in this short article.  It has taken a bit of time to bring them to market, but AMD is now ready with the newly designed processors and chipsets.  The Griffin CPU is now known as the Turion X2 Ultra and notebooks based on the...

Toshiba and Blu-ray Still Don't Mix

Toshiba and Blu-ray Still Don't Mix

A sore loser?  Perhaps.  Despite lsoing the high-definition optical disc war to Blu-ray and Sony, Toshiba says it has no plans to market a Blu-ray player.Despite its exit from the next-generation DVD race, the one-time champion of HD DVD is not giving up on the promise of high definition on optical disc. Rather, it seems to be working...

HotHardware and The Future of Storage

HotHardware and The Future of Storage

With each passing year, access, management and security of data storage has become exponentially more important to end users and in the enterprise space, as volumes of data grow with ever-more connected global economies, businesses and communities.  It is no surprise that technologies that are key to the enablement of more intelligent...

Microsoft Extends XP Support for "Nettops"

Microsoft Extends XP Support for "Nettops"

In April Microsoft announced that Windows XP Home would be available for Netbooks and other ultra-low-cost laptops for one year after the release of the next version of Windows (currently known as Windows 7), or June 30th, 2010, whichever is later. On Tuesday at Computex Microsoft extended that same support to so-called Nettops, or ultra-low-cost...

MSI Launches 10" Atom-Based Wind Notebook

MSI Launches 10" Atom-Based Wind Notebook

MSI LAUNCHES THE WIND - THE FIRST 10” NOTEBOOK TO FEATURE INTEL ATOM CPUThe 2.6 lbs Wind features 5+ HR battery life, Windows XP, ergonomic keyboard, and 80G hard drive all for under $500  CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – June 3rd, 2008 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the...

Corsair and Dell Usher in 1600MHz Memory

Corsair and Dell Usher in 1600MHz Memory

CORSAIR AND DELL USHER IN 1600MHz MEMORY FOR EXTREME GAMING PERFORMANCEXPS730 Achieves Rock-Solid Stability Using Corsair DOMINATOR MemoryFremont, CA, June 3, 2008 – Corsair® www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that 4GB of overclocked DDR3 memory is now officially...

BFG Announces Two New 'OCX' Oveclocked GeForces

BFG Announces Two New 'OCX' Oveclocked GeForces

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO ‘OCX’ OVERCLOCKED GRAPHICS CARDS WITH THERMOINTELLIGENCE CUSTOM COOLING SOLUTION8800 GT OCX and 9600 GT OCX run faster out-of-the-box and operate significantly cooler than stock boards Lake Forest, IL – (June 3, 2008) – BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based...

Intel P45 / G45 Express Technology Preview

Intel P45 / G45 Express Technology Preview

Today at Computex, Intel has officially launched an updated lineup of x45-series chipsets, which will likely be the last major mainstream chipset release from Intel for the Core 2 platform as we know it today. The names and specifications of these products have been rumored and reported on for the past few months, although today everything...

Wal-Mart Launches Downscale Craigslist

Wal-Mart Launches Downscale Craigslist

It hasn't gotten a lot of play, but Wal-Mart has launched a free Internet Classified service, as sort of virtual bulletin board for people to buy, sell, and trade all of their worthless... oops, I meant valuable stuff. Wal-Mart's funneling their customers to an existing web service called Oodle.com. The service doesn't charge the seller or...

Study Finds Most Returned CE Devices Not Broken

Study Finds Most Returned CE Devices Not Broken

Results from a study just released by global consulting company, Accenture, find that only about five percent of all consumer electronics product returns are due to actual failures or defects. The rest of the returns can be categorized as "no trouble found" (68 percent) or "buyer's remorse" (27 percent). The study also finds that "the average...

Remember Unlimited Internet Use? That's Old Hat

Remember Unlimited Internet Use? That's Old Hat

I never use up my cell-phone plan minutes, do you? The cheapest plan gives you more than I'll ever need. But it's still always in the back of your mind when you're talking on the phone: Don't go over. Time Warner Cable wants to put "don't go over" in the back of your mind, too, when you're uploading or downloading stuff on your cable Internet...

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce 9M GPUs

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce 9M GPUs

NVIDIA Optimizes Notebook PCs With New Lineup Of GPUs NVIDIA Addresses Global Demand for Better Visual Experiences on the Notebook PC COMPUTEX 2008, TAIPEI—JUNE 3, 2008 — As the global demand for better visual experiences makes its way into the notebook market, NVIDIA Corporation continues to address that demand with the introduction of a...

Starbucks to Offer Free AT&T Wi-Fi

Starbucks to Offer Free AT&T Wi-Fi

Not only has Starbucks been busy outfitting all of its company-operated Starbucks locations with AT&T-supplied Wi-Fi, but that Wi-Fi will now be free to Starbucks card holders for up to two hours per day: "As a way to thank our loyal customers, Starbucks is offering a reward for registering and using your Starbucks Card - complimentary...

ASUS Eee PC 901, 1000 and 1000(H) Unveiled

ASUS Eee PC 901, 1000 and 1000(H) Unveiled

Embrace Easy, Excellent and Exciting Computing with the New Eee PC Eee PC 901, 1000 and 1000(H) Unveiled at Computex 2008 Upon reaching the milestone of surpassing 1 million Eee PC sets sold in just 6 months after its launch, ASUS has provided yet another wave of anticipation with its release of the new Eee PC 901, 1000 and 1000(H) models....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Acer P243W 24 inch Widescreen Review @ OCCSapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 Reviewed @ TheTechLoungeECS 8800GT 256MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-HideoutSapphire Radeon HD 3870 Ultimate Edition @ TweaktownDell UltraSharp 2408WFP Review @ Digital TrendsPalit GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Sonic @ Benchmark ReviewsHoneywell Arius 22-inch Widescreen LCD...

Super Talent Announces 1.8-Inch Micro-SATA SSD

Super Talent Announces 1.8-Inch Micro-SATA SSD

Super Talent Announces 1.8-Inch Micro-SATA SSD for LaptopsUltra-Thin ?MasterDrive KX? SSD is Ideal for UMPC UpgradesComputex, Taipei, Taiwan ? June 3, 2008 ? Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today released a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA SSDs. At merely 5mm thick, these...

Madden Gamers Getting Warmed Up

Madden Gamers Getting Warmed Up

 The hype is gearing up for Madden 09. The latest installment of the sports gaming world's biggest franchise won't hit store shelves until August 12, but excitement about the gridiron goliath is bubbling up. If you're a hardcore Madden-ite, you're bound to be interested in the new relative strength rankings of each NFL squad. For true...

ASUS Eee Box B202 Details Emerge

ASUS Eee Box B202 Details Emerge

A few weeks ago, we showed you some pictures of what was supposed to be the ASUS Eee Box desktop PC.  Initially, the images evoked mixed reactions from readers.  Some thought the Eee Box looked just like a Nintendo Wii, while others questioned whether or not the images were real at all.In the weeks that followed, more news regarding...

WD Intros Desktop Performance for Notebooks

WD Intros Desktop Performance for Notebooks

WD INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY OF 7200 RPM 2.5-INCH HARD DRIVES FOR FAST NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICESNew WD Scorpio® Black Drives Offer up to 320 GB High-performance, Low-power Storage for Space Hungry SystemsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 02, 2008 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its new line...

Spell Checker Goes Wild on Yearbook

Spell Checker Goes Wild on Yearbook

First of all, what was going on with this yearbook staff?  I mean, normally when running a spell checker on something you don't have it set to accept suggestions without human input.Middletown Area High School's yearbook listed Max Zupanovic as "Max Supernova," Kathy Carbaugh as "Kathy Airbag" and Alessandra Ippolito as "Alexandria Impolite,"...

ASUS Unveils Plans for Mobile WiMAX

ASUS Unveils Plans for Mobile WiMAX

ASUS Unveils Plans for Mobile WiMAX 802.16e CPE Solutions ASUS Eee PC and WM series CPE Incorporates Intel Mobile WiMAX Technology for High coverage, High speed and Affordable Last Mile Solutions ASUS has announced its plans to exhibit Mobile WiMAX CPE solutions at the WiMAX Summit Taipei 2008. On inaugural display is the new ASUS WiMAX Eee...

Seagate Intros SAVVIO 10K.3 SFF Enterprise Drive

Seagate Intros SAVVIO 10K.3 SFF Enterprise Drive

SEAGATE INTRODUCES SAVVIO 10K.3 SMALL FORM FACTOR ENTERPRISE DRIVE, DELIVERING RECORD-SETTING CAPACITY, RELIABILITY AND POWER SAVINGSIndustry’s only third-generation small form factor enterprise drive also first with self-encrypting option for enterprise servers and storage arrays SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — June 2, 2008 — To meet the growing...

AMD Foundation Launches “AMD Changing the Game”

AMD Foundation Launches “AMD Changing the Game”

AMD Foundation Launches “AMD Changing the Game”- New Initiative Designed to Enhance Education through Game Development - NEW YORK – June 2, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the launch of AMD Changing the Game, the first initiative of the newly formed AMD Foundation. The AMD Changing the Game program is intended to improve critical technical...

T2K Open Supercomputer Now in Operation

T2K Open Supercomputer Now in Operation

T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation — Computing power, scalability and energy-efficiency of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor contributes to supercomputers with specifications developed by University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University — TOKYO — June 2, 2008 — AMD Japan...

HP Decides To Eat Jerry Yang's Lunch

HP Decides To Eat Jerry Yang's Lunch

Hewlett-Packard probably looked at the big pile of cash Microsoft pushed under Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang's nose, and thought: If you're not interested, I wouldn't mind a piece of that. Microsoft just wants to find a way to drive users to their Live Search toolbar, and they really don't care how they do it. Now Microsoft has struck a deal with...

Adobe Launches Their Virtual Desktop Missiles

Adobe Launches Their Virtual Desktop Missiles

It's hard to say if Adobe is saying "me first," or "me too." They've launched new applications for their suite of web-based document generation software at Acrobat.com that goes head to head with Google Docs and Microsoft's Office Live Workspace. Now you can have a virtual typing pigpile hosted by Adobe, too. At the heart of the new launch...

NVIDIA Launches TEGRA System-On-a-Chip Designs

NVIDIA Launches TEGRA System-On-a-Chip Designs

Back in February of this year, NVIDIA announced their APX 2500 application processor. In the official announcement, NVIDIA described the product as a "breakthrough applications processor that enables intuitive 3D user interfaces and engaging high-definition video on connected Windows Mobile phones." -- a tall order to be sure. ...

Havok's Free Version Goes Live

Havok's Free Version Goes Live

Following up on their February promise to release a free version of their award-winning physics and animation software product – Havok Complete - Havok's website now has the download available.Havok announced in February an Intel sponsored PC version of our award-winning physics and animation products for dowload at no charge. The products...

Overstock.com Sues New York Over "Amazon Tax"

Overstock.com Sues New York Over "Amazon Tax"

With the so-called "Amazon Tax" taking effect in New York state on Sunday, Overstock.com filed suit Friday against New York, joining Amazon.com, which filed a similar lawsuit in early May.Overstock.com, which is based only in Utah, has no operations in New York, and sells exclusively through the internet, views the new law as unconstitutional...

Small Town Tells Street View to Get Lost

Small Town Tells Street View to Get Lost

North Oaks, Minn. is a small town of 4,500 residents. According to its web site, its residential roads are all privately-owned, and because of this unique situation it has requested that Google take down all Street View images of its roads."It's not the hoity-toity folks trying to figure out how to keep the world away," said Mayor Thomas Watson....

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Alpha Dog Edition @ TweaktownPalit 9600 Geforce GSO Sonic Review @ TechwareLabsSoyo Graphite Series 22" LCD HDTV (SYTPT2238AB) @ 3DGameManASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB Dual GPU Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5Q Motherboards @ TechARPECS A780GM-A Black Series AMD 780G Motherboard Review...