HotHardware News Archive

News Archive

News Archive

Search 2014

Search 2013

Search 2012

Search 2011

Search 2010

Search 2009

Search 2008

Search 2007

Search 2006

Search 2005

Search 2004

Search 2003

Search 2002

Search 2001

Search 2000

Search 1999

Search 1998

Search 1997

Search 1996

Search 1995

All News for July 2010

Blu-ray Reaches 100GB Capacity

Blu-ray Reaches 100GB Capacity

Thanks to high definition video, pictures, and other digital files, we need increased amounts of storage. Soon, the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs could double. In fact, companies such as Sharp, TDK, and Verbatim are already making plans to launch new discs that can store up to 100GB of data. According to a statement, Sharp will start selling...

Gimme That Old-Time (Apple) Religion: Researchers

Gimme That Old-Time (Apple) Religion: Researchers

Apple's fans are so devoted that they have been called a "cult." A pair of researchers at Texas A&M have gone still further. The professors, Heidi A. Campbell and Antonio C. La Pastina have written a paper that says the sheer adoration and lack of fault-finding by Apple fans isn't a cult, but a religion. The iPhone, after all, has been...

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Due Slated for September

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Due Slated for September

Most of us here behind the scenes roll through the Web with Firefox or Chrome, but for those of you still clinging to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, you'll have a new browser to play with in September. That's when the Redmond software juggernaut will push out the first fully fledged beta (as opposed to that highly limited Preview release floating...

HH and CyberPower Independence Day Sweepstakes!

HH and CyberPower Independence Day Sweepstakes!

To commemorate the July 4th Idependance Day holiday, in conjunction with our good friends at CyberPower, Intel, Kingston, and CoolerMaster, we're giving away yet another full, quad-core powered system! This time around, you could win a full Intel Core i7-875K-based system, complete with a GeForce GTS 250 1GB graphics card, an Intel SSD and...

Toshiba Intros CELL-Equipped REGZA 3D HDTVs

Toshiba Intros CELL-Equipped REGZA 3D HDTVs

With Sony leading the 3D push in the home, you shouldn't be surprised that Sony already has a couple of 3D HDTV models headed to market. But when a market leader like Sony makes a move, it only takes a small amount of time for the "other guys" to catch up and do likewise. That's exactly what has happened here, with Toshiba adding some much...

Hacker Figures Out How To Make ATM Spew Cash, Tells The World About It

Hacker Figures Out How To Make ATM Spew Cash, Tells The World About It

In need of extra cash? Who isn't, right? If you're a smart hacker, you may be able to make a small fortune by simply tricking an ATM or two into spitting out money for you. We know that sounds crazy, and it certainly is, but it's true nonetheless. At the annual Black Hat conference -- where hackers and security experts gather to make public...

Google Implementing Licensing Server To Protect Android Apps From Piracy

Google Implementing Licensing Server To Protect Android Apps From Piracy

If you're an Android app developer, and you have been troubled in the past by ill-willed people stealing your apps and then hosting them online for others to download, it's evident that Google is listening to your squealing. Apple's App Store has been seen as relatively secure when it comes to copy protection on apps; while it's theoretically...

Redbox Goes Blu: Blu-ray Discs For $1.50 Per Night Now Available

Redbox Goes Blu: Blu-ray Discs For $1.50 Per Night Now Available

Redbox. Just saying the name brings a smile to most faces, particularly those movie lovers with a box or two nearby. We have heard in the past that the company is planning to compete with Netflix and is still in a "beta phase" when it comes to pricing, but now we're learning that Redbox is going Blue. Or, we should say "Blu." The company made...

T-Mobile G1 Is No Longer For Sale: An Android Legend Passes On

T-Mobile G1 Is No Longer For Sale: An Android Legend Passes On

It's the end of an era, but honestly, it's not an end that we're going to be tearing up about. T-Mobile's G1 has just left the building, which is somewhat sad to hardcore Android lovers, but it's a great sign of forward progress for everyone else. The HTC-built G1 is largely remembered as the world's first Android phone, and the design at...

Asus Ion 2-Powered Eee PC 1201PN - HH Review

Asus Ion 2-Powered Eee PC 1201PN - HH Review

Around seven months ago, we were able to review one of the more advanced netbooks out at the time, the Eee PC 1201N. It was one of the first netbooks to integrate a graphics chip known as the NVIDIA Ion.  The Eee PC 1201PN retains many of the same features and nearly the exact same form factor as the original, but it utilizes the next-generation...

DoJ Sends Chi Mei Exec to the Slammer for LCD Price Fixing

DoJ Sends Chi Mei Exec to the Slammer for LCD Price Fixing

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha you gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when the U.S. Department of Justice slaps you silly for conspiring to fix prices of LCD panels on a global scale? So maybe the actual theme song goes a little differently than that, but we have an answer to the question nonetheless. When the DoJ lobs a legal backhand your way for bending...

Shoot and Upload with Samsung's Wi-Fi Enabled ST80 Digital Camera

Shoot and Upload with Samsung's Wi-Fi Enabled ST80 Digital Camera

Samsung's ST80 digital camera might be just the cure for social networking nuts who get the shakes when unplugging from cyberspace for too long. That's because the ST80 is Samsung's latest in a line of Wi-Fi enabled point-and-shoots, meaning Little Miss Molly MySpace and Freddy Facebook can fling those Kodak Samsung moments online from any...

Will RIM's Revamped BlackBerry Take On The iPhone?

Will RIM's Revamped BlackBerry Take On The iPhone?

RIM is expected to reveal a new touchscreen BlackBerry next week. The BlackBerry 9800 is expected to feature a new operating system, a revamped web browser, and a full slide-out keyboard. With these features, many are hoping the new phone will better compete against the likes of the Apple iPhone and other popular smartphones on the market...

Apple Adds Extensions To Safari 5: Finally Ready To Match Firefox?

Apple Adds Extensions To Safari 5: Finally Ready To Match Firefox?

One of our primary problems with Safari when we took an in-depth look at it last year was this: no wide-ranging plug-in support as there is with Firefox. For power users who love to browse the Web their own way, using third-party plug-ins to enhance their experience, Safari just never has lived up to Firefox. It's fast, passes the ACID test...

Origin PC Now Offering OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs In Custom PCs

Origin PC Now Offering OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs In Custom PCs

It's not easy out there for pre-fab PC makers. You're competing against giants like Dell, HP and Lenovo, and you're trying to sway consumers to purchase your brand even though you aren't running TV ads every half-hour. But when you look at a company like Alienware, you know it's still possible to hold an edge if you carve out your own niche....

Best Buy Offering Free Antennagate Solution

Best Buy Offering Free Antennagate Solution

Best Buy is offering the aptly named invisibleSHIELD 4fix, free, to certain iPhone 4 customers. Based on the image above, this invisibleSHIELD, unlike others, only covers the sides of the device, which would make it perfect as a cover-up to "Antennagate." invisibleSHIELD has marketed its products for various devices in the past, and they are...

Amazon Replaces Kindle With Revised Kindle: Faster, Slimmer, Sharper

Amazon Replaces Kindle With Revised Kindle: Faster, Slimmer, Sharper

Well, that explains that, doesn't it? 24 hours after Amazon's Kindle mysteriously appeared as being "out of stock" from Amazon themselves, the company has just revealed the latest generation of Kindle. The name isn't changing (it's still called "Kindle"), but the form factor has been tweaked, a new color has been added and it's faster in use....

NVIDIA's Latest Verde Drivers Enhance Optimus Customizations

NVIDIA's Latest Verde Drivers Enhance Optimus Customizations

NVIDIA has made themselves known as a hardware company, and more recently, an innovation company. The company used to battle with ATI in the GPU department, but now they compete with ARM, Intel and Qualcomm in the microprocessor market. But that's not all. NVIDIA is also one of the pioneers in 3D for PCs, and now that they have a solid footing...

AT&T Will Be Premier Vendor For Windows Phone 7

AT&T Will Be Premier Vendor For Windows Phone 7

The jury is still out as to whether or not Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, will succeed but if AT&T has any influence in the matter, things are looking good for the Redmond-based software manufacturer. Via email, an AT&T spokeswoman said, "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7." She continued saying, "We...

NZXT Unveils Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Chassis

NZXT Unveils Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Chassis

NZXT Unveils Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Chassis Flagship enclosure offers exhilarating design with unrivaled combination of high performance cooling advantages, extensive expandability, and innovative screwless installation El Monte, CA – July 28, 2010 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud...

AVADirect Introduces Two New 3D Gaming Notebooks

AVADirect Introduces Two New 3D Gaming Notebooks

AVADirect Introduces Two New 3D Gaming Notebooks Twinsburg, OH – July 28, 2010 - AVADirect, a recognized leader in the computer industry, introduces two innovative 3D notebooks to its lineup of mobile platforms. Just like the latest movies and televisions, notebooks are evolving from 2D to 3D. Powered by revolutionary NVIDIA 3D Vision...

Commission Affirms NVIDIA Violated Rambus Patents

Commission Affirms NVIDIA Violated Rambus Patents

The International Trade Commission has announced its findings in the NVIDIA/Rambus patent infringement lawsuit and it's not the sort of ruling Team Green would've preferred. The commission found NVIDIA to be in violation of three Rambus patents. The trade panel also granted an injunction Rambus had requested, which theoretically prevents NVIDIA...

Panasonic Debuts World's First 3D Consumer Camcorder: HDC-SDT750

Panasonic Debuts World's First 3D Consumer Camcorder: HDC-SDT750

It had to occur sooner or later, and at the rate that the 3D bandwagon is exploding, it was a safe bet to assume "sooner." In Japan today, Panasonic revealed what they are calling the "world's first 3D consumer camcorder." As you've seen based on the amount of 3D movies available in cinemas, this obviously is not the world's first 3D camcorder,...

One Click Root / Unroot Comes to the Droid X

One Click Root / Unroot Comes to the Droid X

The Motorola Droid X was rooted a few days ago, but that required users to follow a long and somewhat confusing set of instructions. This method is far easier: download the file, unzip, and unroot. Rooting an Android device is sort of along the same lines as jailbreaking on an iPhone. It allows you to run apps that require root access, and...

Bose Flies High with New A20 Aviation Headset

Bose Flies High with New A20 Aviation Headset

If you think PC gamers have an expensive hobby, well, you're right, but holy moly do those $150 headphones feel like Blue Light specials compared to the new Bose A20 Aviation Headset, the latest pair of earbuds aimed at pilots. These things run $1,095, or $995 without the the Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity feature thrown into the mix....

WD Scorpio Black 500GB Notebook Drive Performance Quick-Take

WD Scorpio Black 500GB Notebook Drive Performance Quick-Take

Not long ago we took a look at Seagate's Momentus XT notebook drive.  This little speed demon combines both 4GB of solid state storage along with 500GB of traditional rotational media into the industry's first "hybrid" SSD-infused hard drive.  It offered great performance, especially after the drive's caching algorithms optimized...

Where Did All the Kindles Go?

Where Did All the Kindles Go?

What's that you say, Apple's iPad and other upcoming tablets will decimate the market for eBook readers? Maybe so (probably not), but if something like that is to play out, we'd need to see some seriously low-cost tablets come to market, ones that are not only easy on the wallet, but adept at fetching and reading eBooks. It all comes down...

MSI Ships GT660 Gaming Notebook To North America: Core i7, USB 3.0

MSI Ships GT660 Gaming Notebook To North America: Core i7, USB 3.0

MSI has been on a real notebook kick here lately, as it feels like a new one is produced every other week or so. Usually, the company's efforts are directed either overseas, or we Americans aren't told when to expect the latest debut. But the GT660 is definitely tailor made for the U.S. market, and it's on sale now at a variety of online retailers....

Lenovo Enters Bargain Server Basement With New ThinkServer Family

Lenovo Enters Bargain Server Basement With New ThinkServer Family

It's a fact of life that the consumer-level desktops and notebooks see the bulk of the limelight, but we'd be nowhere without the servers behind the scenes. Those machines that power our Internet interactions, our e-mail hosts and our late-night deathmatch sessions deserve a little credit as well, and Lenovo's new bunch sure looks like they're...

Super Talent Intros Dual Interface SSD For Internal And External Use

Super Talent Intros Dual Interface SSD For Internal And External Use

Apple has long since resisted the urge to add SSDs to their desktops, and with the introduction of the company's newest iMac and Mac Pro, that mindset changed. And you know when Apple starts adopting SSDs in their desktops, SSDs are as close to mainstream as they're apt to be for the next year or two. Super Talent has been playing in the solid...

Jailbreaking Voids Your Warranty (If You Are Caught): Apple

Jailbreaking Voids Your Warranty (If You Are Caught): Apple

After losing a battle on Monday with the EFF over jailbreaking iPhones, which the U.S. Copyright Office clarified as legal, Apple decided it wanted to win the war. The company reminded customers that jailbreaking voids their warranty. What it didn't remind folks is how easy it is to un-jailbreak a device. Apple's official (yet unofficial)...

The Sound of Digital Music

The Sound of Digital Music

Sponsored post by: Mark Budgell from HP's TheNextBench.com If you're anything like me, there is a soundtrack for almost every life experience. Parties, the daily commute, date night, weddingsÉsometimes I even rock out at work (on headphones, of course). Unfortunately, the digital revolution that brought us the convenience of MP3 files...

UAE Voices Security Concerns Over BlackBerry Handsets

UAE Voices Security Concerns Over BlackBerry Handsets

BlackBerry smartphones have been the subject of much debate over the years. Some reasons are for good, and some are for bad. Regardless, BlackBerry devices seem to wind up being discussed along with security concerns quite often, and while it took South Korea years to finally accept these always-connected handhelds, the United Arab Emirates...

Intel Announces Laser Signaling Breakthrough

Intel Announces Laser Signaling Breakthrough

Electronic signaling using copper is officially old-and-busted—or at least Intel thinks it will be soon. The company announced today that it has constructed a silicon-based optical connection with an integrated laser that's capable of moving data at 50Gbps. The term "integrated laser" refers to the fact that the optical data connection...

Acer Introduces S1 LCD Monitor Line: Sleek And Slender

Acer Introduces S1 LCD Monitor Line: Sleek And Slender

If you're after Acer's new Aspire "Predator" gaming desktop, you may also find yourself in the market for a new LCD monitor to go with it. If that's the case, the company has just the thing: the new S1 line of ultra-thin monitors. These resemble the Touch of Color LCDs that we have seen from Samsung in the past, with a slim black bezel, a...

Leak: Is This HTC's Windows Phone 7 Smartphone?

Leak: Is This HTC's Windows Phone 7 Smartphone?

Last week, it was confirmed that HTC is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who will offer a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Now, photos of what appear to be a near-final version of such a phone have leaked online. The photos show a smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen. The leaked information also suggests HTC's Windows Phone 7 device...

Honey, SanDisk Shrunk the USB Drive

Honey, SanDisk Shrunk the USB Drive

Is that a SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB flash drive in your pocket, or did you just take a cold shower? If we threw you for a loop on that one, it's because SanDisk's latest USB flash drive is about the size of a standard paper clip and weighs about the same as a U.S. penny, so stuffing it into your pants isn't going to give that you that confidence-inducing...

Toshiba Touts Performance Oriented SFF Hard Drives

Toshiba Touts Performance Oriented SFF Hard Drives

Toshiba this week lifted the curtain on a new line of small form factor (SFF) hard drives the company claims are optimized for demanding performance, power consumption, and durability requirements across a wide range of market segments. In other words, these wonder drives are supposed to be the best of all possible worlds. Capacities range...

Sony Works With University To Create New Blu-ray Laser

Sony Works With University To Create New Blu-ray Laser

Right from the start, Sony has been one of Blu-ray's largest fans, and also one of the company's pouring the most money into marketing the format. Many people assumed that Blu-ray was a format created by Sony at first, but it's actually not. Nevertheless, Sony is now helping to advance Blu-ray into the next level, teaming with Tohoku University...

Apple Intros Magic Trackpad For Desktops, Battery Charger Accessory

Apple Intros Magic Trackpad For Desktops, Battery Charger Accessory

Apple may have taken the time to officially reveal a new iMac, Mac Pro and 27" Cinema Display this morning, but two accessories that slipped under the radar are equally as interesting, if not more so. Scattered about the press releases for the new iMac and Mac Pro were mentions of a new Multi-Touch "Magic Trackpad," which is an all new input...

NVIDIA Unleashes Quadro 6000 and 5000 Series Workstation GPUs

NVIDIA Unleashes Quadro 6000 and 5000 Series Workstation GPUs

Not long ago, we reviewed the entire FirePro workstation graphics card lineup from ATI. With the V8800, our testing revealed considerable performance gains over the previous generation V8750, coupled with a lower price point. Surely, that's a combination that consumers can appreciate, especially for those looking to upgrade sooner, rather...

Apple Debuts 27" IPS Cinema Display For $999

Apple Debuts 27" IPS Cinema Display For $999

With new computers usually comes new monitors, and that's what has happened this morning with Apple's refreshed lineup. There has been a new Mac Pro and a new iMac, and now the company is introducing a new 27" LED Cinema Display that's obviously larger than the 24" LED Cinema Display already on store shelves. The new panel uses IPS technology...

Apple Upgrades Mac Pro With Up To 12 CPU Cores, New SSD Option

Apple Upgrades Mac Pro With Up To 12 CPU Cores, New SSD Option

The new 2010 iMac may be the most consumer-centric piece of Apple's July 2010 hardware refresh, but for power users it's the Mac Pro that'll get the attention. Apple's heavyweight has been refreshed this morning, but as with the iMac, no real major exterior changes are happening. Instead, it's all in the inside. Intel has produced quite a...

Apple Updates iMac Line With Core i3, HDD + SSD Options

Apple Updates iMac Line With Core i3, HDD + SSD Options

While the recent talk surrounding Apple has been focused on the iPhone 4 and its well documented reception troubles, the company is today focusing on bigger and brighter things. Namely, new hardware. The consumer-centric iMac line is seeing its first major update since late last year, and while it's not a complete design overhaul, the internals...

Acer Launches Aspire "Predator" AG7750 Gaming Desktop With Core i7

Acer Launches Aspire "Predator" AG7750 Gaming Desktop With Core i7

Acer's Aspire "Predator" gaming PC line has only been around a couple of years now, but it has already gained a huge following in the sector and is widely viewed as a legitimate rival to Alienware and other high-end gaming PC companies. Now, the company is ready to unveil their newest beast, which boasts a chassis that is just as outrageous...

EFF Wins, Apple Loses, Jailbreaking is Now Legal

EFF Wins, Apple Loses, Jailbreaking is Now Legal

Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office convenes to consider exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumvention of "technical protection measures." On Monday, the EFF, which had submitted three such exemptions for this go-round of the triennial process, announced that all three exemptions had been granted, meaning for one thing, that jailbreaking...

HTC Makes the Switch to Super LCD from AMOLED

HTC Makes the Switch to Super LCD from AMOLED

Short supplies of AMOLED screens have been blamed for delays in shipping enough HTC Droid Incredible devices. That could be nothing but past experience, according to HTC, because the company is switching a number of devices to a "just as good" Super LCD display. That switchover was rumored back in June, but HTC saw fit to make it official...

AT&T Begins Rolling Out 3G Upload Speed Fix

AT&T Begins Rolling Out 3G Upload Speed Fix

AT&T has begun rolling out a software fix to fix an issue in Alcatel-Lucent equipment that was causing users in some parts of the country to experience slower uploads. The company said it hoped the problem could be resolved in 2-3 weeks. Although iPhone users were the most vocal when the issue first appeared, it wasn't device specific....

Apple Talks about White iPhone 4 Delay, Says Nothing

Apple Talks about White iPhone 4 Delay, Says Nothing

Good luck trying to get your hands on a white iPhone 4 this summer, because there just aren't any to be found. And according to Apple, you're going to have to hang tight for awhile, because daggone it, getting the color right is proving to be more difficult than the company could have ever anticipated. Seriously. Either that, or maybe Apple...

New Batteries Recharged when Shaken, not Stirred

New Batteries Recharged when Shaken, not Stirred

The next time you walk down the street and see some suit spazzing out, don't assume he's crazy (unless he's foaming at the mouth), maybe he's just recharging his digital camera, or any other electronic device that uses AA or AAA batteries. That's because the eggheads at Brother Industries Ltd. have put together vibration-powered generators...

Okoro Brings Quad CableCard Support To SX100 HTPC

Okoro Brings Quad CableCard Support To SX100 HTPC

Okoro Media Systems has been producing pre-fabricated HTPCs for years now, and even as the niche narrows, they're continuing to be one of the go-to places for new living room computers. Now, the company is looking for ways to convince consumers to spring for an HTPC when they wouldn't otherwise, and the newly equipped SX100 is just the thing....

HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

When given the opportunity to review HP's new 30" ZR30w display, we answered 'yes' without hesitation. We didn't need to hear the rest - the fact that this is a ginormous 30-inch display built around a sexy S-IPS panel is all we needed to know. S-IPS, or Super In-Plane Switching, is the Rolls Royce of display panels and almost always offers...

A Glass of Water Might Help Your MPG

A Glass of Water Might Help Your MPG

This will sound outlandish, but any veteran driver of a Prius, or at least one who's worked hard to get decent mileage out of the hybrid, will tell you it's not. Toyota wants you to drive with a glass of water on your dash; it'll improve your MPG. Actually, Toyota wants you to drive as though you had a glass of water on your dash. The company...

Amimon Prototype Streams 3D 1080p Video Without Wires

Amimon Prototype Streams 3D 1080p Video Without Wires

Wireless HD and wireless HDTV has had quite a difficult time gaining ground in the mainstream. We suspect there are two main reasons: one, it's expensive, and two, it's not that difficult to just run an HDMI cable. There's also the fact that even a completely wireless HDTV will still require a power cable, so regardless of how fancy your wireless...

ThinkFlood Recalls Lot Of RedEye Mini IR Dongles For iPod, iPad And iPhone

ThinkFlood Recalls Lot Of RedEye Mini IR Dongles For iPod, iPad And iPhone

Well, this isn't the way you'd like to usher in a major product launch that you've been hyping for months. But in fairness, we would rather a company come forward and announce a recall versus not doing anything at all, and that is exactly what ThinkFlood has done with the RedEye Mini. The company's newest IR dongle, which is meant to fit into...

MeeGo Operating Systems Selected For Use In Cars

MeeGo Operating Systems Selected For Use In Cars

Usually, it's rather difficult for a new operating system to find traction. There's already quite a few options on the market, and people are rarely out searching for new operating systems when the ones available to them seemingly handle their needs quite well already. But MeeGo, which was created out of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo converging,...

Sprint Targeting Aug. 20th for Epic 4G?

Sprint Targeting Aug. 20th for Epic 4G?

The Samsung Galaxy S is known to be coming to all four major carriers in one variant or another, with T-Mobile (Vibrant) and AT&T (Captivate) having already released their versions. Sprint's Epic 4G will be the first 4G version of the device, and it will have a slide-out keyboard and front-facing camera as well, missing from all the other...

G.Skill Launches 48GB DDR3-1900 Kit For EVGA Classified SR-2

G.Skill Launches 48GB DDR3-1900 Kit For EVGA Classified SR-2

G.Skill Launches the Ultimate Workstation Memory Kit Exclusively for EVGA Super Record 2 (SR-2) motherboard: 12 hand-picked, hand-tested DIMMs, 48GB of ultra-high capacity at 1,900MHz, CL8. Taipei, Taiwan - G.Skill International Co. Ltd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage with solid quality, has today released...

CEA Expects Tablet Shipments To Hit 6.9 Million; iPads Make Up Nearly Half

CEA Expects Tablet Shipments To Hit 6.9 Million; iPads Make Up Nearly Half

Here's something that shouldn't really come as a surprise: tablet PC shipments are on the rise, and if reports are accurate, they'll continue to rise. The Consumer Electronics Association is watching the rise of tablet PCs closely. This year, they're likely to be one of the most purchased devices out, particularly by consumers who already...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: iXBT Labs Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465, GTX 470 Graphics Cards Sparkle GTS 250 Graphics Card @ TechwareLabs Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Graphics Card Review @ XbitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Rampage III Gene (X58 Express) Motherboard @ Tweaktown Funky Kit Review: Gigabyte P55 USB3 motherboard  Processors: Intel's Xeon...

Zynga founder Aims High: Wants to be Gaming's Google

Zynga founder Aims High: Wants to be Gaming's Google

You may not have heard of Zynga, but you have probably heard of one of its creations, Farmville. The founder of Zynga, Marc Pincus, 44, has high expectations for his firm, aiming, the New York Times says, to become the Google of gaming. Notice that Pincus didn't say the Google of social gaming, although that's what the Zynga Game Network specializes...

Syte Shirt T-Shirt Holds Your iPad, But Why?

Syte Shirt T-Shirt Holds Your iPad, But Why?

Apple claims that their iPad is highly portable. That it can be taken anywhere and used anywhere. But it's not nearly as portable as the iPod touch or iPhone, two devices that easily fit into a pocket. But there's now a way that your iPad really can be just as portable as the iPod touch, if only you're okay with buying a new shirt. That's...

Businesses Attracted To iPad

Businesses Attracted To iPad

AT&T revealed that many US companies are showing a great deal of interest in Apple's iPad. According to the wireless carrier, some businesses are even considering replacing employee laptops with the tablet computer. When the iPhone debuted three years ago, many businesses were reluctant to adopt the phone. Today however, businesses seem...

Consumer Spending On Electronics Expected To Rise In The Coming Year

Consumer Spending On Electronics Expected To Rise In The Coming Year

In need of some good news for your weekend? Try this on for size. With the economy on the rebound, many analysts are looking to the consumer electronics sector to see if disposable income is once again being spent on new PCs and other gadgets that we could probably live without, but would rather not. After Microsoft, Intel and just about everyone...

Barnes & Noble NOOK For Android App Launches

Barnes & Noble NOOK For Android App Launches

Do you own a NOOK e-reader from Barnes & Noble? Do you wish you did? If you're in that second camp, and you own an Android phone using v1.6 or above, your dream has come true. For those who own smartphones and aren't interested in buying an actual e-reader in order to read digital books on, both Amazon and B&N are vying for business...

Netflix Could Gain Disc-Free PS3 Functionality Soon

Netflix Could Gain Disc-Free PS3 Functionality Soon

Do you enjoy using Netflix on your PlayStation 3? It's a great service, and it's a great addition to an already powerful and flexible console. But one thing annoys us: it requires a specific Netflix disc in order to work. If you misplace your disc or head over to a friend's home without it, your PS3 simply cannot access Netflix. And considering...

Microsoft Licenses ARM Chip Technology, Could Lead To New Microprocessors

Microsoft Licenses ARM Chip Technology, Could Lead To New Microprocessors

If you're just a casual bystander to the technology world, this holy union may not mean much to you. But for insiders and enthusiasts, this a huge announcement. ARM is responsible for a huge amount of chips used in mobile devices. From smartphones to MIDs to UMPCs to smartbooks, there's a great chance that an ARM chip is powering something...

Cell Phone Industry Sues SF Over Radiation Ordinance

Cell Phone Industry Sues SF Over Radiation Ordinance

CTIA, the wireless industry's biggest trade group announced on Friday that it has sued the city of San Francisco over its recently passed ordinance requiring retailers to display the radiation levels emitted from cellphones. The “Cell Phone Right-to-Know” law requires retailers to display the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) next...

IBM zEnterprise System Transforms Virtualized Computing

IBM zEnterprise System Transforms Virtualized Computing

Supercomputers and mainframes can get somewhat overwhelming to the average consumer, but IBM's latest at least have a video to go along with them. The new contraption is called the zEnterprise mainframe server, which is a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as...

AT&T Has Great Q2, Activates A Record Amount of iPhones

AT&T Has Great Q2, Activates A Record Amount of iPhones

It's that time of year again. Or, that time of quarter, we should say. It's the time of year where companies dish out their most recent quarterly earnings. And while Microsoft, Intel and AMD have already had their turn, now it's time for AT&T to share in the glory. The company, which AT&T Mobility is ushered under, just had one heck...

GM To Pair OnStar With Smartphone App

GM To Pair OnStar With Smartphone App

We've all had times where we've wondered if we remembered to lock our car doors or forgotten where we parked our vehicle in a parking lot. Now, a new smartphone application from GM could help provide answers to these questions and more. GM plans to offer a mobile application for smartphones that will let OnStar users access information and...

Microsoft Reveals Five Manufacturers For Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Reveals Five Manufacturers For Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has divulged the names of at least five manufacturers who are planning to offer Windows Phone 7 devices. At the Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on July 13, Microsoft's mobile senior vice president Andy Lees told attendees that applications in Windows Phone 7 devices will work with "100% consistency" across hardware coming...

HP's Rubinstein Says webOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year

HP's Rubinstein Says webOS 2.0 Coming Later This Year

When HP acquired Palm earlier this year, the webOS community feared the end was in sight. Within days of the acquisition, however, HP put any fears to rest by confirming that it had no plans to abandon webOS or Palm's smartphone business. Instead, HP said that it planned to put webOS in a bunch of other devices such as printers and tablets....

Lexar 128GB Echo SE USB Flash Drives Keeps Things Backed Up

Lexar 128GB Echo SE USB Flash Drives Keeps Things Backed Up

The race to "bigger" is never-ending in the storage department, even when we're talking about USB flash drives. Recently, USB drives have hit somewhat of a ceiling, with 256GB being the largest that is advertised to consumers. But Lexar has a better idea. Rather than pushing things even larger at price points that no average person could afford,...

Razer Launches Awesome Tron-Inspired Gaming Gear

Razer Launches Awesome Tron-Inspired Gaming Gear

We don't often get too geeked over movie tie-ins, but we have to hand it to Razer for not only building a product line around the upcoming Tron remake based on the one of the most popular sci-fi flicks of all time, but for doing a killer job with it. Even non-Tron fans are likely to do a double take at these new peripherals, all three of which...

Updated Skype iPhone App Adds Background Calling Support; No 3G Fee

Updated Skype iPhone App Adds Background Calling Support; No 3G Fee

There's no question that more and more smartphone users are using their data services more often than voice services. And with the popularity of texting on the rise, actually calling someone has become an event that happens far less frequently than it used to. And even when you do call someone, there's a good chance that the person has a Skype...

Microsoft Beats Expectations, Posts Record Quarter

Microsoft Beats Expectations, Posts Record Quarter

Life is good for Microsoft, the world's largest software maker who showed up Wall Street by posting better-than-expected revenue for the fourth quarter. We're talking about $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago. "This quarter's record revenue reflects the breadth of our...

Nokia CEO Admits That He May Be Headed Out After Terrible Q2

Nokia CEO Admits That He May Be Headed Out After Terrible Q2

Where this is smoke, there is fire, right? That's the old saying, and it's not still being said for no particular reason. Nokia as a whole has been struggling to keep pace over the past few years, mostly due to an inability to release a "hero level" smartphone to compete with the iPhone and various other Android phones. But they're also struggling...

HP Slate Confirmed As Real, But Will Ship First To Enterprise

HP Slate Confirmed As Real, But Will Ship First To Enterprise

And with that, the mystery is solved. Well, at least we think the mystery is solved. This story goes a long way back, all the way to CES 2010. At that show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came out onto a stage with an HP-branded tablet PC, which was simply called the "HP Slate" at the time. But then, no one saw or heard from it again. As the...

Google Voice Improvements Lead to Faster Dialing

Google Voice Improvements Lead to Faster Dialing

Google has released an updated Google Voice has been updated on BlackBerry and Android phones. The new version will reduce the amount of time it takes for a user to make a call via the service. Google Voice is the service that Google acquired when it was GrandCentral. It allows you to receive a call on your Google Voice number, and have it...

Bid Farewell to the Nexus One

Bid Farewell to the Nexus One

They're gone. Google has sold out its last batch of Nexus Ones, only a few days after Google reported that they had received their last shipment from HTC, for online sale. It was a grand experiment, selling the HTC Nexus One online, but it was doomed to failure: originally, while the device was (nicely) unlocked, it could only be bought...

Now You Can Buy Movie Tickets Through Your Xbox 360

Now You Can Buy Movie Tickets Through Your Xbox 360

Before long, you won't actually need to interact with human beings for anything. You can order groceries online, you can pay your phone bill on your phone, and now you can even order movie tickets through your Xbox 360. That's right, through your Xbox 360. It's a little strange to think about, and it may shock you at first, but it's not that...

Microsoft Will Boost Windows Phone 7 User Base By Giving Free Handsets To Employees

Microsoft Will Boost Windows Phone 7 User Base By Giving Free Handsets To Employees

In terms of mobile operating systems, Microsoft has been struggling to compete against the likes of Apple and Google. Clearly, Apple's iPhone OS and Google's Android OS have taken the market by storm and left Microsoft in the dust. Although the software giant plans to launch Windows Phone 7 in an effort to compete, some wonder if it will be...

Droid X Users Consume 5X More Data

Droid X Users Consume 5X More Data

Earlier, we told you about the possibility that Verizon Wireless could soon impose data caps on its users. Now, some news about the recently launched Droid X smartphone from Motorola could help explain why these caps could be coming. You see, Jennifer Byrne, a business development executive director at Verizon Wireless, recently revealed early...

T-Mobile Spreads Their "4G-Like" HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Services

T-Mobile Spreads Their "4G-Like" HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Services

T-Mobile USA has taken some heat recently for suggesting that their HSPA+ network offers "4G speeds" when it's really only 3.5G, but that's not stopping the carrier from expanding as hard as they can in order to prove the pundits wrong. Recently, the company announced the continued expansion of its mobile broadband network to more than 85...

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

EVGA GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW Review

The EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 looks to eliminate two of the biggest concerns regarding NVIDIA's GF100, heat and noise. Once the custom waterblock from Swiftech affixed to the EVGA Hydro Copper FTW GTX 480 is added to an existing liquid cooling loop, this videocard runs dead silent and operates at much lower temperatures than its air cooled...

Pogoplug Biz Brings Business Related HDDs Online

Pogoplug Biz Brings Business Related HDDs Online

Pogoplug started somewhat of a revolution when they figured out that a simple box could be used to put standard USB external hard drives onto the Internet, enabling remote access. They basically figured out how to market and sell the process of turning standard HDDs into NAS devices, and they've been progressing ever since. Now, with the consumer...

Plextor Debuts $100 PX-B120U External Blu-ray Player

Plextor Debuts $100 PX-B120U External Blu-ray Player

Thanks to the invention of the netbook and the tablet PC, it's safe to say that not everyone's main mobile machine has an optical drive. And in a lot of cases, that's perfectly fine. Not everyone needs an optical drive, and the added space, cost and power usage is sometimes not even favored. But that's why there are external optical drives,...

Samsung Packs Big Features Into Compact Point-and-Shoot

Samsung Packs Big Features Into Compact Point-and-Shoot

Maybe you're not interested in forking over a handful of hundreds for one of Samsung's new DualView cameras. That's okay, Samsung isn't holding a grudge, and to prove it, the company has gone and released a sub-$200 point-and-shoot that should slide neatly into your shirt or pants pocket. It's called the PL200, a stylish little digicam that...

Inventor of the Airline Black Box Dies

Inventor of the Airline Black Box Dies

When an airliner crashes, the first thing authorities look for are the "black boxes," the flight data and voice recorders. There are even black boxes in cars, today. And on Wednesday, the inventor of the venerable black box, David Warren, died at 85. David Warren was a research scientist at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne,...

Is Apple's iPhone Headed to T-Mobile?

Is Apple's iPhone Headed to T-Mobile?

The raging rumor that just won't die is that Apple's iPhone is destined for Verizon, no matter what AT&T's exclusivity agreement says. But as long as Apple is supposedly seeking greener pastures, why stop there? Why not, say, T-Mobile as well? As it turns out, T-Mobile might be exactly where the iPhone is headed, at least if the latest...

Malware Manifests on "Small Number" of Dell Server Boards

Malware Manifests on "Small Number" of Dell Server Boards

Like a hitchhiker from hell, malware doesn't care where it catches a ride from, just as long as it reaches its destination. We've seen USB thumb drives come with infectious files buried inside, digital picture frames containing malicious content, and even compromised driver discs straight from the factory. But if ever there was an argument...

Verizon Data Caps Coming?

Verizon Data Caps Coming?

We suspected as much when Verizon released its MyVerizon Android app with a data counter widget, and it appears it's coming. Reports are that Verizon is set to join AT&T in dropping truly unlimited data plans. Hey, to look at it with a positive spin, it could be because they are expecting the long-rumored Verizon iPhone soon, and want...

Panasonic Introduces Five New Cameras, Including Bright Lens Versions & Rugged Models

Panasonic Introduces Five New Cameras, Including Bright Lens Versions & Rugged Models

Panasonic introduced five new digital cameras, including a hybrid model with a MOS sensor, two "bright-lens" cameras, a rugged model, and a super zoom. Bright-lens is a marketing term that describes cameras with a lens aperture that can open much larger than most point and shoot models. By offering a larger aperture, the cameras allow more...

Asus Ditches Microsoft, Goes With Android

Asus Ditches Microsoft, Goes With Android

Android tablets are all the rage right now. Earlier, we told you about Lenovo's plan to launch an Android Tablet dubbed LePad later this year. It appears Asus is also eying Google's mobile OS for its first tablet device. The upcoming Asus Eee Pad will be an extension of the company's already popular Eee netbook line. However, the Eee Pad will...

Live interview with Jason Fried, Founder / CEO of 37 Signals

Live interview with Jason Fried, Founder / CEO of 37 Signals

HP is hosting a live chat tomorrow with Jason Fried, the founder of the web design firm 37 Signals, via its INPUT | OUPUT website. Participants are able to interact with Jason and ask questions through Twitter. If you're interested in participating, the details for the event are below. What: Live interview with Founder / CEO, Jason Fried,...

Fusion-io ioMemory VSL Treats Flash Storage As A "New Memory Tier"

Fusion-io ioMemory VSL Treats Flash Storage As A "New Memory Tier"

It's difficult to say if or when Fusion-io's newest development will directly affect the average consumer, but as with many things in the technology field, what starts at the highest levels of enterprise eventually filters down to the consumer once kinks have been worked out, prices have adjusted downward and more partner companies have had...

Apple Pulls Bumper Cases From Stores

Apple Pulls Bumper Cases From Stores

In an obvious attempt at stockpiling them, Apple has stripped its $30 iPhone 4 bumper cases from its online store. Apple said last Friday in its press conference to discuss the iPhone 4 "death grip" issue, that it would be providing free cases to customers, at least through Sept. 30th. Right now, the cases are priced at $0, but are also marked...

Microsoft Outs "Kinect" Pricing, New Console

Microsoft Outs "Kinect" Pricing, New Console

If you've been anxiously awaiting Microsoft's Kinect motion controller, get in line - so has everyone else. While you're waiting, work on coming to terms with the fact that it isn't going to be cheap. Microsoft announced pricing for its Kinect sensor this week, saying it will sell the device for $150, which comes with "Kinect Adventures,"...

Contract Worker for Foxconn Affiliate Falls to His Death

Contract Worker for Foxconn Affiliate Falls to His Death

Things have been relatively quiet recently concerning worker suicides over at Foxconn, but it appears our optimism might have been a premature. Reports have been surfacing that yet another worker has fallen off a building to his death, and like the ones before him, this one is believed to be a suicide. This latest incident occurred at a factory...

MyVerizon Android App Adds Data Counter

MyVerizon Android App Adds Data Counter

AT&T was the first carrier to move to tiered, capped data plans for its smartphones, but the other big three carriers are expected to follow, someday. With the release of a new MyVerizon Android app, are we getting a hint from Verizon? The new version, 5.0, has a bunch of uses, but a new one that's been added is a handy dandy, widget to...

MSI Introduces 11.6" U230 Light Netbook With AMD Inside

MSI Introduces 11.6" U230 Light Netbook With AMD Inside

If the Wind U230, and its 12.1" display, was just a little too big for your netbook needs, help is soon on the way. MSI has today announced their newest notebook, the U230 Light. It's an interesting one, mostly because it resembles the original in so many ways, but the most obvious difference is the smaller (just barely) 11.6" LCD. The new...

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Review

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Review

With the latest iteration of its 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops, Apple finally jumped onto the Intel Core i3 and Core i5 bandwagon—bringing its flagship line of laptops up to the same performance level as the Windows-based competition (the 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops still use Intel Core 2 Duo processors). With a starting price...

Sharp Planning Their Own E-Reader Device For 2010 Launch

Sharp Planning Their Own E-Reader Device For 2010 Launch

If there's one area where companies have flocked to play catch up, it's the tablet PC market. There's no doubt that the race to catch the iPad is on, but there's one other area where companies have also been flocking, albeit with less commotion. That's the e-reader market, where Amazon's Kindle still dominates and the Barnes & Noble NOOK...

Lenovo Planning "LePad" Android Tablet For Release This Year

Lenovo Planning "LePad" Android Tablet For Release This Year

Well, what do you know? Another tablet PC! We're halfway joking, but there's no question that 2010 is quickly becoming the year of the tablet. Apple just this week released their first quarterly earnings with the iPad included in sales, and they managed to sell more iPad devices than Mac computers in the past quarter. That's a pretty clear...

Corsair Adds 40GB, 80GB and 160GB Models To Force SSD Family

Corsair Adds 40GB, 80GB and 160GB Models To Force SSD Family

Corsair's "Force" series of solid state drives have been widely praised across the industry, but the kicker is that only a few sizes have been made available. And for some users, the 60GB, 120GB and 240GB models just won't fit the bill for one reason or another. But now the company is introducing a few new members into the Force family, with...

Samsung, RIM Reject Apple's Claims Of Smartphone Antenna Issues

Samsung, RIM Reject Apple's Claims Of Smartphone Antenna Issues

Samsung Electronics dismissed claims by Apple that all smartphones suffer from dropped signals when held a certain way. Last Friday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs defended the new iPhone 4 against complaints that the phone has reception issues by saying other phones have similar antenna issues. In defending the iPhone, Jobs cited devices...

Redbox Plans Website To Compete With Netflix

Redbox Plans Website To Compete With Netflix

Redbox may announce a website for movie rentals in October in an attempt to challenge rival Netflix. At this point, it's still unclear whether this website would offer a DVD-by-mail service, direct downloads, streaming videos, or a combination of these services. According to a report from Bloomberg, Redbox COO and former Netflix guy Mitch...

Nokia Reportedly Looking To Change CEOs

Nokia Reportedly Looking To Change CEOs

To say that the writing hasn't really been on the wall means that you really haven't been paying attention to Nokia. Though the company still holds on to the "biggest in terms of global market share" award, Nokia has recently come under fire for not producing adequate rivals to the iPhone and a host of Android phones that currently lead the...

Samsung Ships 1TB Spinpoint MT2 2.5" Hard Drive

Samsung Ships 1TB Spinpoint MT2 2.5" Hard Drive

When it comes to hard drives, "biggest" is never "big enough." Samsung knows all about this problem, and they're pushing the limits of 2.5" storage with their first terabyte-sized Spinpoint MT2. This drive, which packs 1TB of capacity into a 2.5" form factor meant for gaming/multi-media notebooks, is now shipping. The company also admits that...

Apple and AT&T's Hate-Hate Relationship

Apple and AT&T's Hate-Hate Relationship

When Apple announced a software "fix" for the iPhone 4's "death grip" issue, it seemed to us that by saying customers were just in an area of low signal strength, at least in the U.S., they were throwing AT&T under the bus. Thus, we come to Wired's article on the contentious relationship between Apple and AT&T, which is less about...

Sharp FX Brings SideKick Flair, Mobile TV Support To AT&T

Sharp FX Brings SideKick Flair, Mobile TV Support To AT&T

Is the SideKick back? No, not by name, but it definitely is back in spirit. Sharp, which doesn't have a huge amount of phones available for sale in the U.S., is about to get back into the spotlight with the new FX. It's a simply named phone, and it's designed as a "quick messenging" device, but it's capable of much more. It's also the latest...

Sprint To Sell Motorola's Rugged i1 Android Smartphone for $149.99

Sprint To Sell Motorola's Rugged i1 Android Smartphone for $149.99

Motorola's i1 isn't totally new to the world. It was announced first back in March at the CTIA trade show, but at the time, there didn't seem to be a set release date and price. Now the phone, which is described as the world's first touch-based Android phone with a military spec chassis, finally has a scheduled date for shipment on Sprint's...

HP's "PalmPad" Trademark Fuels Speculation

HP's "PalmPad" Trademark Fuels Speculation

A community based website dedicated to the HP Mini, HP Slate, and Compaq mini series of netbooks produced by Hewlett-Packard discovered a recent trademark filing by HP, which might reveal what the OEM plans to call its upcoming tablet. The trademark is for PalmPad, a fitting name considering HP's recent acquisition of Palm. Ever since HP canceled...

Apple Shipping iPad to Nine More Countries on Friday

Apple Shipping iPad to Nine More Countries on Friday

Already a huge success here in the States and in several other countries, Apple's iPad is just getting started. The world tour continues this Friday, July 23, as that's when Apple said it will begin selling its popular tablet in nine more countries, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,...

Next-Generation Macs May Offer USB 3.0, FireWire 3200

Next-Generation Macs May Offer USB 3.0, FireWire 3200

Apple users often have to wait longer than us PC folk for top-end upgrades or features to become available, but this time the Macolytes might steal a march on the rest of us. According to rumors on the other side of the pond, the next-generation of iMac and Macbook Pro systems will feature both USB 3.0 and the heretofore dark horse candidate—FireWire...

Technology Tussle: Understanding The Intel/NV/FTC Triangle

Technology Tussle: Understanding The Intel/NV/FTC Triangle

At the time of this writing, the FTC's investigation into Intel's alleged monopolistic abuses is on hold as the government attempts to negotiate a settlement with the CPU and chipset manufacturer. If these negotiations don't result in a deal by July 22, the case returns to court, with arguments currently scheduled to begin on September 15....

Original Motorola DROID Facing End Of Life

Original Motorola DROID Facing End Of Life

According to a leak from Verizon's system, the carrier is planning to phase out the original Motorola DROID smartphone as well as the budget Devour. Both smartphones will get few, if any, more shipments as Verizon Wireless sells out its remaining stock. At this point, no estimate has been given as to when the phones will sell out, but neither...

The Fine Print For iPhone 4 Refunds

The Fine Print For iPhone 4 Refunds

If you were hoping Apple's Friday announcement that unhappy iPhone 4 customers could return the phone for a full refund would get you out of your AT&T contract, think again. Although Apple did promise a full refund for customers who are unhappy with their iPhone 4, it appears this refund only applies for 30 days after purchase. That means...

Netflix Streaming To Canada This Fall; Other Countries To Come?

Netflix Streaming To Canada This Fall; Other Countries To Come?

This announcement is bigger than it seems. On the surface, just about 33 million people would care that Netflix is coming to Canada. But think of the larger implications. As of right now, Netflix streaming is only available to consumers within the United States, but starting in the Fall, that same service will be available in Canada. And given...

Sharp to Set Record for World's Largest Capacity Disc

Sharp to Set Record for World's Largest Capacity Disc

We've sure come a long way since the days of 1.44MB floppy disks and the like. Beginning July 30, 2010, Sharp will beginning selling its VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray disc media, a write-once disc capable of storing up to 100GB of data. "This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL format specification that extends the storage capacity...

Windows Phone 7 Slammed as a Disastrous Waste of Time And Money

Windows Phone 7 Slammed as a Disastrous Waste of Time And Money

Up to today, Microsoft had managed to keep the Kin's failure and early termination largely separate from the discussion over Windows Phone 7. According to Redmond, the Kin was neither fish nor fowl; it wasn't Windows Phone 7, but it wasn't Windows Mobile 6.5 either. After Microsoft's WP7 demos at Mobile Beat this year, that's no longer possible....

Asus' Dual-GTX 480 "MARS II" Card is Out of this World

Asus' Dual-GTX 480 "MARS II" Card is Out of this World

Forget about the heat, noise, or cost. For those who have to have the fastest single-GPU videocard on the planet, Nvidia's GTX 480 takes the crown. The discussion gets a little more interesting, however, when you start talking about the fastest videocard around, a distinction that belongs to AMD's dual-GPU HD 5970. At least for now. Say hello...

Google Orders Last Batch Of Nexus One Phones; Sales To End Soon

Google Orders Last Batch Of Nexus One Phones; Sales To End Soon

Did you buy a Nexus One? If not, you better hurry up. Still today, it's the only Android phone with an official v2.2 update available for it (hacks have placed it on other phones, though), but Google won't be selling it for much longer. When the Nexus One was officially launched back at the start of 2010, it was Google's first attempt at selling...

Verizon Freezes Online Sales Of Microsoft KIN

Verizon Freezes Online Sales Of Microsoft KIN

There are falls from grace, and there are falls from grace. Microsoft's KIN line is definitely in that more severe category, and it's made even worse by the fact that it's the world's largest software maker taking the hit. This is a company that should have known better than to put an unwanted phone into the market place, but obviously some...

Captivate Launches to Complete New Android Threesome

Captivate Launches to Complete New Android Threesome

AT&T launched the Captivate (below), its Samsung Galaxy S variant, on Sunday, as scheduled. With that, it was the third launch of a hot Android device since Thursday.  Indeed, Thursday was a day with a twin set of Android device launches.  On Thursday, Verizon launched the Motorola Droid X, while T-Mobile simultaneously launched...

Seagate Introduces GoFlex Home NAS Solution

Seagate Introduces GoFlex Home NAS Solution

Seagate is expanding their hard drive line once more, with the latest device fitting into the "at-home backup" category. Yes, it's a new NAS drive, but it's unlike any standard consumer NAS device you've seen before. The new GoFlex Home is a wireless backup device that's highly flexible, and aside from backing up files from home computers,...

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Vision LCD Monitor Review

There is a big push for various 3D technologies in the current market. Whether you're a fan or foe, the industry is pushing forward with 3D at a torrid pace. Recently, we had a chance to test 3D Vision Surround from NVIDIA and came away impressed by the experience. It was only a matter of time before we got our hands on more hardware featuring...

Apple To Launch 11.6" MacBook Air This Year?

Apple To Launch 11.6" MacBook Air This Year?

Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high...

TSMC Breaks Ground On New $9.4 Billion Foundry

TSMC Breaks Ground On New $9.4 Billion Foundry

TSMC officially began building its next-generation Fab 15 foundry on Friday. The facility, or 'gigafab' in TSMC parlance, will begin coming online in 2012, long-term capacity is said to be upwards of 100,000 wafer starts a month. In contrast, GlobalFoundries New York facility currently under construction is targeting 60,000 wafer starts /...

Survey: Consumers Trust The Internet More Than Friends And Family

Survey: Consumers Trust The Internet More Than Friends And Family

Surveys. Boy, how we love surveys. You never really know what people will say or how they'll react to a crazy question, but it's oftentimes hilarious to see the results. A survey taught us that people prefer airport Wi-Fi to good airport food selections (hey, we can't argue!), and now a survey has found that consumers trust the Internet more...

HP Working On Color E-Paper Displays For Next-Gen E-Readers

HP Working On Color E-Paper Displays For Next-Gen E-Readers

Color e-ink. It's a fairly tale, of sorts. It's a technology that we know exists, and we know that many companies are working on making it into something that can be produced commercially. But today, the only e-paper that exists in the consumer realm is the black/white kind that's found on the NOOK and Kindle. For well over five years, certain...

Apple's U.S. Operating System Market Share Nearing 10%

Apple's U.S. Operating System Market Share Nearing 10%

For years upon years, the easiest way to hush a Mac loyalist was to point to market share. For nearly as long as the two operating systems (the two being Apple's OS and Microsoft's OS) have been competition against each other, Microsoft has always had an incredible lead in terms of installed user base. Of course, the "default" for most people...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate 1GB Review @ Club Overclocker Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 20.1 @ TechARP Sapphire HD5550 OC @ LanOC Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate and HD 5550 OC Review @ Neoseeker Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Review @ OCC EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SC SLI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Motherboards...

Half Of Social Networkers Concerned About  Privacy

Half Of Social Networkers Concerned About Privacy

It seems we can't go a month without talking about privacy concerns surrounding one of today's popular social networking sites. Whether it's a new Facebook setting or other security breach, keeping one's private information private isn't always easy. A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion claims that half of all US residents...

Graffiti Returns (on Android)

Graffiti Returns (on Android)

If you used one of the old PalmOS PDAs, prior to its smartphones, you might remember Graffiti, the shorthand writing system which used gestures to enter characters with a stylus. It's back, thanks to Access, who acquired the rights to Graffiti following the Palm / Xerox settlement in 2006, but only on Android devices. Indeed, you might think...

One In Three U.S. Planes Have In-Flight Wi-Fi Service

One In Three U.S. Planes Have In-Flight Wi-Fi Service

In-flight Wi-Fi. When you hear the phrase, what do you think about? Obviously, some people consider Internet in airports and on planes far more important than even food, but unless you fly one of those high demand routes (New York City to San Francisco/LA, for example), you may feel that in-flight Wi-Fi simply isn't available on enough aircraft....

AMD Flip-Flops: Llano Later, Bobcat Bounding Forward

AMD Flip-Flops: Llano Later, Bobcat Bounding Forward

One of the major points of AMD's conference call (we apologize for missing it) was news that the company's Llano processor—a hybrid GPU/CPU product meant to clock in over 3GHz in dual-core and quad-core configurations—has been pushed back into the first half of 2011. Company CEO Dirk Meyer delivered the news on Thursday, even as...

Magellan Reveals New eXplorist Outdoor Handheld GPS Devices

Magellan Reveals New eXplorist Outdoor Handheld GPS Devices

Magellan recently unveiled the latest version of its rugged eXplorist handheld GPS devices. Targeting the outdoor recreation market, the new eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 features a 3.0-inch color touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a microphone and speaker. All products in the eXplorist series are waterproof and come with a map that includes...

Palm Had Bids From Google, Apple And RIM Before HP Won Out

Palm Had Bids From Google, Apple And RIM Before HP Won Out

The HP-Palm deal, which found HP acquiring Palm earlier this year, will likely go down as one of the most monumental in tech history. Palm used to be a giant, and HP has never been a serious mobile player. Many say the two have little in common, and many wondered why some other company didn't shell out the needed funds to pick up such a intelligence-rich...

Jobs dishes on Verizon cell tower on Apple campus

Jobs dishes on Verizon cell tower on Apple campus

On Friday morning, during the iPhone 4 press conference, one person in the audience noted that he couldn't get the "death grip" to work with his BlackBerry Bold 9700. The reason, answered Apple CEO Steve Jobs, was the fact that the signal was strong on the Apple Campus. More than that, it was strong not just for AT&T devices. “We’ve...

Google Confirms: 70,000 Android Market Apps And Growing

Google Confirms: 70,000 Android Market Apps And Growing

This past week, it seems that Apple has simply dominated the news. The buzz definitely has not been for reasons that Apple would want, but either way, they're pretty much monopolizing press bandwidth. The company's "Antennagate" has caused a huge ruckus, so much that it has been somewhat difficult to see past it to all of the other great things...

Study: 5 Billion Mobile Phone Subscriptions Worldwide

Study: 5 Billion Mobile Phone Subscriptions Worldwide

It's a big, big world out there. No one is deny that. There's a lot of potential consumers, and a lot of potential sales to be made. But even when someone says "everyone has this" or "that," they usually don't really mean it. In fact, they usually aren't even close. But in the case of mobile phones worldwide, we're nearly to that point, even...

Rubber Baby iPhone Bumpers: Apple Awards Handgrips For Grumpy iPhone Users

Rubber Baby iPhone Bumpers: Apple Awards Handgrips For Grumpy iPhone Users

Jobs wasn't exactly apologizing at the much-anticipated iPhone conference today, but he did acknowledge that the iPhone 4's reception problem when gripped a certain way. An actual hardware fix may or may not be in the works; according to Jobs it's impossible to redesign the antenna without also marring the phones aesthetic. "We're not perfect,"...

XStreamHD & Lionsgate Team Up For Digital Content Distribution

XStreamHD & Lionsgate Team Up For Digital Content Distribution

XStreamHD has teamed up with Lionsgate to offer its customers the ability to digitally purchase or rent the latest HD releases from Lionsgate. The partnership will also provide XStreamHD with access to Lionsgate's content library of over 12,000 titles. XStreamHD's whole-home HD entertainment system provides full 1080p HD video and up to 7.1...

Logitech Introduces $99 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers Z506

Logitech Introduces $99 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers Z506

There's no question that graphics get the bulk of the attention. Be it movies, video games, whatever -- people are really concerned about frame rates and how smooth an image is, but they often overlook the audio that fills in and completes the experience. Logitech has never been a company to overlook that aspect, and they have been providing...

Firefox Home Now Available for iPhone

Firefox Home Now Available for iPhone

Good news for iPhone and iPod Touch users who are fans of Mozilla's Firefox browser. In a blog post this week, Mozilla announced that its Firefox Home application is now available for download for both platforms. The free app gives iPhone and iPod Touch owners the ability to access their Firefox desktop history, bookmarks, and open tabs from...

HP Pulls the Plug on Android Tablet, For Now

HP Pulls the Plug on Android Tablet, For Now

Everyone and their uncle has promised to release an Android-based tablet by the end of 2010, and at this point, it's probably easier to take a head count of which companies aren't planning to release one. We can start with Hewlett-Packard, who according to reports will no longer be pushing out an Android slate anytime this year. Everything...

High Res Now Available To Intel GMA Customers Using Matrox Multi-Monitor Solutions

High Res Now Available To Intel GMA Customers Using Matrox Multi-Monitor Solutions

If you own a Matrox DualHead2Go  and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion module, there's some good news to be heard today. Matrox, a long-standing member of the graphics card industry, has just announced enhanced resolution compatibility for the cards mentioned above when using Intel HD GMA chipsets. Maximum DualHead2Go resolutions have...

iPhone 4 vs. HTC Incredible: Smartphone Showdown

iPhone 4 vs. HTC Incredible: Smartphone Showdown

Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for arguably the world's best 3G smartphones right now, you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone 4 on AT&T, or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both...

Age of The App:  How The App Market Stacks Up (Infographic)

Age of The App: How The App Market Stacks Up (Infographic)

We've got a very interesting infographic from MBA Online detailing many little-known facts about the mobile app market, how the apps are being used, how quickly the market is expanding and how the competitors stack up. You learn something new every day, as they say.  Pretty interesting data here actually... Source:  Online...

Pair Bonding Enables AT&T's U-verse To Reach More People

Pair Bonding Enables AT&T's U-verse To Reach More People

Ever heard of AT&T U-verse? Unless your neighborhood is one of the few scattered about America with access to U-verse, there's a good chance that you haven't heard about it. Basically, it's a rival for cable carriers, DirecTV, DISH Network and Verizon's FiOS. It's a fiber-based system that provides Internet, TV and phone service just like...

Did Jobs Know of iPhone 4 Antenna Issues in 2009?

Did Jobs Know of iPhone 4 Antenna Issues in 2009?

Some have criticized Apple CEO Steve Jobs as having a "God complex." Could that have led to the purported antenna "death grip" design flaw? According to an unnamed source speaking to Bloomberg, Jobs was warned about a possible issue during the early stages of the iPhone 4's design.  In fact, according to an anonymous source speaking to...

Elgato's Turbo.264 HD Software Edition Speeds Mac Transcoding

Elgato's Turbo.264 HD Software Edition Speeds Mac Transcoding

It's a real shame that Elgato's latest piece of software is Mac-only, but for those who rely on Apple's operating system to get their computing done, this one may just be worth a look. For anyone who has ever tried to edit a few clips together in iMovie and then export that into a smaller file format for uploading, you probably understand...

iBUYPOWER Brings Liquid Cooling To LAN Warrior II Small Form Factor PCs

iBUYPOWER Brings Liquid Cooling To LAN Warrior II Small Form Factor PCs

iBUYPOWER is making it easier for gamers to push their system to the limits, thanks to a new liquid cooled version of the company's LAN Warrior II. This small form factor PC is not only smaller than most desktops, but it also offers plenty of power with support for up to two ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics cards and 12GB of DDR3 memory. The Liquid...

AMD Posts Small Loss, Sharply Increased Sales

AMD Posts Small Loss, Sharply Increased Sales

AMD announced its second-quarter earnings yesterday and the company's results, while not perfect, imply continued strong execution. The company's revenue was up 40 percent year-on-year on strong demand for server and mobile parts. Total revenue was $1.65B, up five percent from the first quarter. "Robust demand for our latest mobile platforms...

Toshiba Attempts To Renege On World Cup Refund Promise

Toshiba Attempts To Renege On World Cup Refund Promise

With the World Cup over and the sound of vuvuzelas thankfully fading away, you might think it's time for business as usual to begin again. Toshiba, however, appears hooked on the excitement, fun, and motonous buzzing a PR crisis can deliver. Back in early June, the company ran a series of ads in Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, and Spain....

ASUS Cracks Top Five PC Vendors As PC Market Rebounds

ASUS Cracks Top Five PC Vendors As PC Market Rebounds

According to the analysis firm IDC, PC sales were up 22.4 percent in Q2, in line with the 22.9 percent growth expected by industry analysts. The strongest market was the Europe, Middle East, and Africa market (EMEA), despite fears about the future of the Euro earlier this quarter. Both US and Asia/Pacific sales surged, although not quite to...

iOS 4.0.1 Released; iPhone 4 Users Now Know When Death Grip Will Hit

iOS 4.0.1 Released; iPhone 4 Users Now Know When Death Grip Will Hit

Apple has scheduled an iPhone 4 press conference for Friday morning, so what better day to release iOS 4.0.1, which reportedly fixes the signal bars display on the iPhone, ensuring you know exactly when the "death grip" will cause you to drop a call. Aside from that, iOS 4.0.1 does nothing. In fact, the release notes displayed (above) when...

Survey Grades Laptop OEMs On Tech Support; Parental Discretion Advised

Survey Grades Laptop OEMs On Tech Support; Parental Discretion Advised

One of the toughest reader questions to answer when it comes to hardware recommendations is "Which vendor gives the best support?" In theory, as journalists, we have both direct access to corporate staff and a wide reader base to poll from. In practice, companies claim this sort of information constitutes trade secrets and lock it down tighter...

Getac Offers Core i7 In A Rugged Convertible PC With V100

Getac Offers Core i7 In A Rugged Convertible PC With V100

Generally speaking, the main name in rugged portable computers is Panasonic. Their Toughbook line has long since been viewed as the one-stop shop for a computer that can travel with you yet still withstand the elements. But Getac has been offering similar machines for awhile as well, and their new V100 offers some pretty compelling reasons...

Super Talent Rides the SuperSpeed Bus with New USB 3.0 Express Drive

Super Talent Rides the SuperSpeed Bus with New USB 3.0 Express Drive

So what if Intel is taking its sweet little time adopting the USB 3.0 spec, let the transition begin. Sure, it sucks that the world's largest chip maker isn't on board yet, but when Intel finally comes around, at least we won't be complaining about a lack of SuperSpeed devices. The latest piece of USB 3.0 hardware to come to market is Super...

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant Ships Ahead of Schedule

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant Ships Ahead of Schedule

Go ahead T-Mobile customers, toss that slow-as-molasses HTC Dream (G1) phone into the river, the same one that enticed you get locked into a 2-year agreement back before all the cool Android phones made their way to other wireless carriers. You won't be needing it anymore, not with the Samsung Vibrant now being offered, an Android phone you...

PayLo Offers Contract-Free $20/Month Mobile Plan

PayLo Offers Contract-Free $20/Month Mobile Plan

It's getting easier and easier to avoid the major four mobile carriers in America, and more importantly, to avoid those long-term contracts that lock you in and refuse to let go. Of course, the biggest and most cutting-edge smartphones will continue to go to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, and all of them will require those 2-year...

iOS 4.1 Beta "Fixes" Signal Display, Little Else

iOS 4.1 Beta "Fixes" Signal Display, Little Else

Apple released the iPhone 4.1 SDK and beta OS on Wednesday, and it includes the much-hyped signal bar indicator fix that Apple said would fix the "death grip" problem shown when bridging the gap on the iPhone 4's external antenna system. It indeed changes the signal bars, but it does not fix the antenna problem (as we assumed it would not)....

Microsoft COO Calls Apple's iPhone 4 "Their Vista"

Microsoft COO Calls Apple's iPhone 4 "Their Vista"

Wow. Just wow. Sometimes, there's just nothing more to say. And this is one of those times, but we'll try to elaborate anyway. Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, probably pulls home a nice paycheck. He's right up there beside Steve Ballmer's corner office, and when he speaks about Microsoft, people understandably listen. He's...

Flipper USB Enables Upside-Down USB Connections

Flipper USB Enables Upside-Down USB Connections

Well, isn't this just useful? If you're an avid computer user, particularly a mobile computer user, you've probably dealt with sticking a USB flash drive or USB cable into a USB port "the wrong way." And by that we mean upside-down. Best case scenario, you simply pull it back and try again; worst case, however, you could ruin either the device/cable...

SwiftKey Predictive Text Keyboard Learns Your Lingo

SwiftKey Predictive Text Keyboard Learns Your Lingo

SwiftKey recently introduced a new application for Android users that promises to predict your next word with "incredible accuracy." To do this, SwiftKey uses TouchType’s Fluency technology in order to predict the next word you are likely to type. SwiftKey has been two years in the making. Now, it's available in beta version through...

Things are Really Bad: Letterman Skewers iPhone 4

Things are Really Bad: Letterman Skewers iPhone 4

You know things are really bad when David Letterman takes time out to skewer you with his Top Ten (either that, or things have become really good). In this case, things are really bad, as David Letterman's Top Ten List on Wednesday was the "Top Ten Signs You've Purchased a Bad iPhone." Of course, Mel Gibson received some air time, too, so...

Microsoft Woos Developers In An Attempt To Catch Apple & Google

Microsoft Woos Developers In An Attempt To Catch Apple & Google

It's no secret that Microsoft's Marketplace is struggling in comparison to Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market. If you browse through these three online application stores, you'll see that Apple and Google have many more applications to offer compared to Microsoft. In fact, Apple has about 225,000 apps and Google has 65,000 in their...

Apple Hosting iPhone 4-Related Press Event This Friday: Reception Issues To Be Addressed?

Apple Hosting iPhone 4-Related Press Event This Friday: Reception Issues To Be Addressed?

Some would say "Well, this had to happen." But did it, really? What companies really hold entire press conferences just to address the howling public? Toyota certainly did with their whole "brake" issue, and BP has done the same with the oil mess going on in the Gulf right now. But both of those situations were far, far more significant in...

HTC Droid Incredible Video Review

HTC Droid Incredible Video Review

Verizon Wireless and HTC have a hit on their hands with the Droid Incredible. It's not only a very good Android phone, it's also one of the better smartphones on the market today. Verizon Wireless customers have some really great phone options, and the Incredible deserves to be at the top of the list. Certainly there are, and will be, a lot...

Intel Expects Strong Demand For Sandy Bridge; Hints at Early Launch

Intel Expects Strong Demand For Sandy Bridge; Hints at Early Launch

One other additional tidbit of information from Intel's recent conference call offers some tantalizing rumors about the upcoming Core i7 architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge. Officially, Intel isn't expected to launch SB until the end of Q4, but the chip is ramping well enough that Santa Clara might opt to pull the launch forward slightly...

Canon Adds Dual Memory Camcorder To VIXIA Line

Canon Adds Dual Memory Camcorder To VIXIA Line

Sony isn't the only company making noise with new camcorders. Canon expanded its VIXIA lineup with a new model that features 64GB of internal flash memory and an expansion slot that supports the SDXC format. The new VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder can record up to 24 hours of high definition video on its internal storage. The VIXIA...

Seagate Targets Small Business With New Network Storage Server

Seagate Targets Small Business With New Network Storage Server

Seagate introduced the new BlackArmor NAS 400 network storage server. Targeting small businesses and households that want data storage protection, performance, and flexibility, the new BlackArmor server has a four-bay storage enclosure that supports a variety of Seagate-certified disk drives. The BlackArmor NAS 400 is scalable, letting you...

OCZ Technology Intros World's Fastest High-Density 4GB DDR3 RAM Modules

OCZ Technology Intros World's Fastest High-Density 4GB DDR3 RAM Modules

In need of new memory? There's never enough is there? OCZ Technology doesn't think so, and if you've been thinking of adding a bit of headroom to your main gaming rig, there's now a new option to consider. OCZ has just introduced the world's fastest high-density 4GB DDR3 modules operating at 2133MHz, perfect for those who "demand both performance...

Amazon Offers New Cloud-Based High Performance Computing

Amazon Offers New Cloud-Based High Performance Computing

Amazon has long touted its ECS (Elastic Compute Cloud) as a flexible service for companies that need a certain amount of server time to test programs or features, but don't want to invest the time and effort themselves. Now, the company has added additional HPC (High Performance Computing) capabilities that are typically targeted towards large-scale...

Windows 7 SP1 Beta Now Available for Mass Consumption (Sort Of)

Windows 7 SP1 Beta Now Available for Mass Consumption (Sort Of)

When the first Service Pack shipped for Windows Vista, it was a pretty big deal. After all, it took several performance and reliability updates to turn what debuted as a buggy OS into a serviceable platform, all of which were rolled into SP1, and then some. Windows 7 has gotten off to a much smoother start, but hey, if you're at all curious...

LaCie's XtremKey USB Drive Is Ultra Rugged Yet Beautiful

LaCie's XtremKey USB Drive Is Ultra Rugged Yet Beautiful

The world's most adventurous USB flash drive? That's a fairly bold claim to make, particularly when you're a finesse company like LaCie. We have seen quite a few rugged flash drives grace our pages, but the company that is generally known for producing the best looking storage products is now looking to produce the best looking and toughest...

Toshiba Dotes on Mac Users with Canvio Backup Solution

Toshiba Dotes on Mac Users with Canvio Backup Solution

Don't let it ever be said that Toshiba doesn't love its PC and Mac brethren equally, lest how would you explain the Canvio, Toshiba's latest portable backup solution for Macs? The thing comes in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities, each one pre-loaded with Mac specific backup software. "Toshiba develops personal storage devices that combine the...

Another Quarter, Another Revenue Record For Intel

Another Quarter, Another Revenue Record For Intel

Intel released its quarterly earnings last night, revealing yet another record-breaking quarter. This is the third time in four quarters that the company has managed to break one record or another; the results imply that the IT industry continues to recover slowly. All of Intel's financial indicators were up; the company earned $10.8 billion...

Anime Great Miyazaki Not Happy With Public iPad Fondling

Anime Great Miyazaki Not Happy With Public iPad Fondling

Hayao Miyazaki is often called the greatest among Japanese animators. He is so well known that fans of his needn't have his first name uttered; Miyazaki is enough. Still, comparing use of the iPad to masturbation? Hmmm ... Speaking in an interview for the newsletter (Neppuu) of his production company, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki said he's not...

World Record For Gaming Could Be Shattered This Weekend

World Record For Gaming Could Be Shattered This Weekend

Love seeing records broken? What about records that you never thought could ever be broken? Vogel's, which is described as the leading European market leader in Audio/Video & TV mounting solutions, has just announced that on July 16th, Gerdi Vogels, CEO of Vogel’s, will give the starting shot for a new Guinness World Record attempt...

Sony Reveals NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

Sony Reveals NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

The camcorder industry has been a tough sell in the mainstream for awhile now. Most average users are content with just using the video feature on their point-and-shoot camera for capturing live motion, and camcorders themselves are generally pricey and not very versatile. But Sony is addressing that second point in a big way with their newest...

Toshiba Introduces Portégé R700 With Increased Rigidity & Airflow Cooling Technology

Toshiba Introduces Portégé R700 With Increased Rigidity & Airflow Cooling Technology

Toshiba's Singapore division recently launched a new Portégé notebook that features a Honeycomb Structure and Fresh Air Cooling Technology. Thanks to the new Honeycomb Structure beneath the palm rests and base of the laptop, the Portégé R700 is able to feature a light and durable magnesium alloy reinforced casing....

Classic Gamer Enthusiasts Release New King's Quest Adventure

Classic Gamer Enthusiasts Release New King's Quest Adventure

If you cut your teeth on computer games in the mid-1980s, then you almost certainly remember Sierra On-Line. From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Sierra On-Line (later renamed Sierra Entertainment). Sierra created many of the titles in the golden age of adventure gaming and earned itself a strong following. Even though the company is dead, a group...

Velocity Micro Announces Android-powered Color E-readers And Tablets

Velocity Micro Announces Android-powered Color E-readers And Tablets

Velocity Micro introduced a new line of Android-based color eReaders and tablets called Cruz. The new $199 Cruz Reader offers a 7-inch touch screen display, accelerometer, support for the Borders E-book library portal application, and plenty of multimedia features. The $299Cruz Tablet has the same multimedia capabilities as the Cruz Reader...

Asus Brings Lots Of Colors, Matte Display To Eee PC 1005PX

Asus Brings Lots Of Colors, Matte Display To Eee PC 1005PX

There was a point in the past few years where there was a new Eee PC being announced every month or so. At a time, we easily found over 20 active Eee PC netbook models, with small tweaks to each meaning that your perfect netbook was almost certainly available from Asus. But as the netbook category has evolved and the hype has died down somewhat,...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple, AT&T On Like Donkey Kong

Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple, AT&T On Like Donkey Kong

Apple and AT&T can't seem to catch a break in the court of public opinion lately, and now the two will have to defend themselves in a real court. That's because a federal judge has ruled that a monopoly lawsuit against Apple and AT&T over alleged violations to antitrust law can proceed as a class action, according to reports. The all-encompassing...

Geek Fight! Skype, Fring Accuse Each Other of Shenanigans

Geek Fight! Skype, Fring Accuse Each Other of Shenanigans

It's never pretty watching two nerds duke it out, and as is often the case, a would-be battle turns into a lot of awkward posturing. That's currently what's going on between Fring, who last week released an updated iPhone app allowing iPhone 4 owners to make 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G, and Skype, who may rank as Fring's least biggest...

Swiftpoint Re-Thinks The Mouse For Laptop Users

Swiftpoint Re-Thinks The Mouse For Laptop Users

The mouse has been "the mouse" for years now. Outside of a few crazy modifications, the mouse has mostly remained the same over the years. Even the mice shipping now with desktops look a lot like the first production mice that were used, and while a scroll wheel and a few extra buttons have been added, the mainstream public has yet to adopt...

NVIDIA Sheds Light On Lack Of PhysX CPU Optimizations

NVIDIA Sheds Light On Lack Of PhysX CPU Optimizations

About four months ago, we covered the latest round of shin-kicking between ATI and NVIDIA, with ATI claiming that NVIDIA purposefully crippled CPU performance when running PhysX code and coerced developers to make use of it. NVIDIA denied all such claims, particularly those that implied it used its "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" program...

Stanford Ditching Books, Going Digital In Library

Stanford Ditching Books, Going Digital In Library

Well, this was inevitable. It's clear that paper books aren't what they used to be, and it's clear that they'll never be as important and useful as they once were. The information and knowledge within their pages are still just as vital as ever, but the digital age has led to easier ways to consume that very information. The advent of the...

Complaints, er, Loyalty Rewarded With AT&T MicroCell

Complaints, er, Loyalty Rewarded With AT&T MicroCell

If one thing has grated on AT&T's signal-strapped customers since the introduction of its MicroCell, it's that you have to pay it. After all, you are paying extra for something you should get by default: decent coverage. Perhaps some loyal customers are seeing a reward for that loyalty, however, in the form of free MicroCells. AT&T's...

DIY With the Android App Inventor

DIY With the Android App Inventor

Some have dubbed the latest smartphones "app phones." After all, the redefinition of the smartphone from the days of Windows Mobile and PalmOS has been the sheer number of helpful, effective, yet generally simple apps that are in online markets. Now, with App Inventor for Android, there's a chance that John or Jane Q. Public can write their...

iBUYPOWER Debuts 3D Gaming Notebook And 2 New Gaming Desktops

iBUYPOWER Debuts 3D Gaming Notebook And 2 New Gaming Desktops

Each time a new CPU or GPU is introduced, iBuyPower is right there to issue new systems with the new hardware. It's a tough pill to swallow for those who just purchased the best that the last generation had to offer, but for those who love keeping pace with the rapid pace of technology, there's hardly a better pre-fab company to follow. iBuyPower...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS ARES Radeon HD5870X2: Only for the Chosen Few @ InsideHW MSI GeForce GTX 460 768MB Cyclone Video Card @ Tweaktown Inno3D nVidia GTX 460 Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 graphics processor reviewed at TR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB & GTX 460 768MB Review @ Hardware Canucks Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum...

Panasonic Helps You Avoid Missed Calls With Link-to-Cell System

Panasonic Helps You Avoid Missed Calls With Link-to-Cell System

It's not uncommon for us to miss a call when we're at home, particularly if our cell phone is in the other room and we can't hear it ring or simply can't get to it in time. Thanks to Panasonic's new Link-to-Cell system, you may not miss quite as many calls. The system targets busy professionals and multitasking parents who want the ability...

Rumbles In The Orient Could Result In Higher Computer Prices

Rumbles In The Orient Could Result In Higher Computer Prices

After several decades of exploiting cheap workers and low costs in China, a number of companies may have to move their facilities elsewhere. Chinese workers have begun demanding better compensation and safer working conditions (we saw how Foxconn dealt with the iPhone issues last month). Meanwhile, the yaun is finally appreciating after years...

Consumer Reports "Can't Recommend" the iPhone 4

Consumer Reports "Can't Recommend" the iPhone 4

Despite the huge publicity around the iPhone 4's antenna design issue, people are still rushing to by the device in droves. While the public loves the device, Consumer Reports however, said that it can't recommend the device based on the reception issue, which it reproduced itself. This isn't to say that Consumer Reports didn't love the device....

Barnes & Noble NOOKstudy Aims To Unify Education Text/Study Market

Barnes & Noble NOOKstudy Aims To Unify Education Text/Study Market

Barnes & Noble's NOOK started as just an e-reader. It was the primary rival to Amazon's Kindle, and it offered something major that Amazon couldn't: another screen. But the lower color LCD that enables users to wade through book titles isn't the only thing. B&N can also showcase their device in their wide array of stores, and getting...

Professor Predicts The Cloud Will Be More Important Than The Net

Professor Predicts The Cloud Will Be More Important Than The Net

According to Mike Nelson, the relevance of the Internet in all facets of modern life is decreasing as cloud computing takes the stage. Nelson, a Georgetown University professor, gave a speech at the World Future Society in Boston on Friday, where he predicted cloud computing would eventually be more important than the Internet as services...

Pandigital Expands Portable Scanner Lineup

Pandigital Expands Portable Scanner Lineup

Pandigital is making it easy for consumers and business professionals to scan photos and documents as large as 8 ½ x 11-inches directly to an SD card with its new Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter. The scanner doesn't require a PC—users simply plug it in, insert their photo, and scan photos onto an included SD card with...

Microsoft: We Are Hardcore About Tablets

Microsoft: We Are Hardcore About Tablets

Finally, a legitimate response that the world can circle and hone in on with regard to Microsoft's response to the iPad. Up until now, Microsoft has been rather quiet on the whole "How will you rival the iPad?" front. There have been a number of Windows-based tablet PCs announced, but so far, none have materialized. Basically, it has been...

T-Mobile Wisely Chops Price of GarminFone

T-Mobile Wisely Chops Price of GarminFone

It's a dog-eat-dog world in the mobile phone space, and had T-Mobile remained staunch in trying to sell the GarminFone to its customers for $200, it would have been quickly gobbled up by Samsung's Galaxy S (known as the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile) when it's released later this week. Not playing the part of the blissfully unaware wireless...

Intel Denies Celeron's Demise

Intel Denies Celeron's Demise

Decide for yourself whether this is a good thing or not, but according to Intel, reports of the Celeron's death have been greatly exaggerated. Responding to Internet rumblings that Intel would phase out the Celeron brand in 2011, the world's largest chip maker said the rumors are false, plain and simple. "The rumor is not true, Intel has no...

Want Your Own Steve Jobs Response Email? Generate It

Want Your Own Steve Jobs Response Email? Generate It

Wish you could get Apple CEO Steve Jobs to email you back? It's well-known that he, or someone monitoring his account, will email end users in response to a comment or query. Here is the next best thing. eSarcasm has taken the time to create a Steve Jobs email creator. Indeed, based on their name, you might expect something like this from...

Facebook Adds "Panic Button" To Protect Young Users

Facebook Adds "Panic Button" To Protect Young Users

Well, this is one way to come back against the pundits who say that Facebook's privacy efforts aren't good enough. The world's most famous social networking site has been hit with a barrage of complaints over the past few months for not providing enough privacy to its users, and that really came to a head when Peter Chapman pretended to be...

Native USB3 Support From Intel Could Be 18 Months Away

Native USB3 Support From Intel Could Be 18 Months Away

USB 3 is one of the best standard updates the computer industry has come up with, but reports indicate Intel may not support the standard natively until 2012. That's particularly surprising since Intel designed much of the USB 3 standard—by all rights, Santa Clara should have been one of the first companies out the door, not one of the...

Intel May Cancel Celeron, Expand Atom Brand

Intel May Cancel Celeron, Expand Atom Brand

Rumors around the Internet suggest that Intel may be planning to cancel the Celeron brand in 8-12 months, due to significant overlap with Atom prices. At present, the Celeron P4500 (1.86GHz, dual-core) is $86 as is the T3100 (1.9GHz, 1MB L2). The upcoming Atom N550, due to launch in the third quarter, is a dual-core chip running at 1500MHz,...

GamePark GP2X Caanoo Open Source Handheld Debuts

GamePark GP2X Caanoo Open Source Handheld Debuts

When you think about portable gaming handhelds, you probably think first of Nintendo and Sony. Which is perfectly logical given just how important the Game Boy line was in the history of gaming and just how popular the PSP line is today. But the handheld gaming world is much, much bigger than just two giant companies. All sorts of smaller...

Apple Repairing Defective Time Capsule NAS Drives

Apple Repairing Defective Time Capsule NAS Drives

Say what you will about Apple (and yes, there's a lot to be said), but the company has proven fairly reliable when it comes to repairing or replacing defective gear over the years. They're even confessing to a "bar issue" on the iPhone 4, which can't be an easy thing to do. The only problem we see here, however, is that they're a few years...

Hardware RoundUp

Hardware RoundUp

Video: Toshiba 55UX600 Review @ Digital Trends Asus EAH 5750 Formula Video Card at Modders-Inc ASUS EAH5870 V2 1GB @ TechREACTION ATI Radeon 5670 Ultimate HD 1gig Video Card @ GeekInvaders.com Sapphire Radeon 5550 Ultimate GDDR5 @ PureOverclock Radeon HD 5800 3-way CrossFire vs. GeForce GTX 480 SLI: Final Battle @ XbitLabs Motherboards and...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

Today, NVIDIA is unleashing another Fermi-architecture based graphics card, but unlike its predecessors, this one isn't based on the GF100 GPU. The GeForce GTX 460 we'll be showing you today is actually based on a new-class of Fermi-based GPU, the GF104. The GF104 borrows heavily from the GF100 design, but it features fewer CUDA cores and...

Turn Your Garmin GPS Into KITT For Just $10

Turn Your Garmin GPS Into KITT For Just $10

Own a Garmin (or TomTom) GPS? In need of a laugh? If you have $9.95 and a love for 80s comedy, there's a solution waiting. The well-known Knight Rider really made famous talking cars, and most would say that no talking car on television or the silver screen has rivaled the original KITT. Even now, it's the talking car that everyone remembers,...

T-Mobile Vibrant Date Moves Up to Beat AT&T

T-Mobile Vibrant Date Moves Up to Beat AT&T

We reported earlier that AT&T confirmed a July 18th date for the Captivate, its Samsung Galaxy S variant. It was rumored that T-Mobile was moving up the launch of its own Galaxy S variant, the Vibrant from July 21 to July 15, and that has now been confirmed, also. While unclear if the reason for the Vibrant's bump by six days is the Captivate,...

Google Talks About Competition With Apple, Promises Chrome OS Systems This Year

Google Talks About Competition With Apple, Promises Chrome OS Systems This Year

Google and Apple aren't exactly Microsoft and Apple, but it's getting that way. These days, Google and Apple are looking like more and more like rivals, mostly because the two are grasping for the same market share in a break-out market. That said, Microsoft has the primary PC market locked down, with over 90% of the worldwide market share...

YouTube Starts Supporting 4K x 2K Resolution Content

YouTube Starts Supporting 4K x 2K Resolution Content

So you probably know about 1080p by now. It's "Full HD" resolution, and it's the highest resolution that you can reasonable buy on an HDTV right now. But if you think 1080p is dense, you should have a look at 4K. 4K is short for 4K x 2K, which is an extreme high resolution that is generally only used when making a film. RED is probably the...

Samsung To Ship First Android-Based Pico Projector Smartphone

Samsung To Ship First Android-Based Pico Projector Smartphone

There have been quite a few "world's first" in the smartphone world. World's first Android phone? Check. World's first WiMAX phone? Yep. World's first projector phone? Sure. But world's first projector phone running Android? Nope. Well, until now. Samsung, which has been making serious plays in the smartphone world, has announced that their...

Manage Your Home's Temperature From Your Smartphone

Manage Your Home's Temperature From Your Smartphone

Have you ever left for vacation and forgot to change the thermostat? Although it may not be worth flying home for, setting the thermostat a few degrees higher while you're away from home can save on cooling costs (especially if you'll be gone for a few days). Thanks to a new offering from TXU Energy, Texans can now use a smartphone to manage...

Blizzard Cancels Plan To Force Full Identity Disclosure

Blizzard Cancels Plan To Force Full Identity Disclosure

Earlier this week, Blizzard dropped a bombshell. Almost two weeks ago, Bliz introduced a feature it calls "RealID", which allows friends on two different WoW servers or playing two different Blizzard games to communicate. Then, last Tuesday, the company made an announcement. [I]n the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official...

Parking Space Woes?  There's an Android App for That

Parking Space Woes? There's an Android App for That

Looking for an open parking spot? There's an Android app for that. No, there's no iPhone app, only an Android one; sorry, for once Android has a leg up on the iPhone. Indeed, it's called Open Spot, and it could prove really useful to folks in parking spot limited locales. It's a Google Labs app, which means it's experimental, so keep that...

Android Continues To Rise In U.S. Smartphone Ranks

Android Continues To Rise In U.S. Smartphone Ranks

Another month, another good month for Android. The relationship between Apple and Google has to be getting all sorts of tense these days, as Android continues to eat away at U.S. market share and provide real competition for iOS. Earlier this year, a similar report saw that Android was gaining new users faster than Apple, which is the first...

Kenny G: The Internet Is Not Dead

Kenny G: The Internet Is Not Dead

Earlier this week, we told you about Prince's comments indicating he thinks the Internet is a fad. We obviously disagree. And while it's not surprising, we're certainly not alone in believing the Internet is here to stay. Other artists believe the Internet can help them promote their music as well. In a recent internet, saxophonist Kenny G...

Quanta Ships Record Amount Of Laptops In June

Quanta Ships Record Amount Of Laptops In June

Quanta Computer. You may have never heard of them. You've probably never visited their website. You've definitely never seen an advertisement for their company on the television. So why are they so important? They're the contract notebook computer maker for some of the world's biggest laptop brands, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Sony....

Adobe's Flash Going 3D: Is A 3D Internet In Our Future?

Adobe's Flash Going 3D: Is A 3D Internet In Our Future?

Oh, brother. Okay, we won't jump to conclusions and be immediately skeptical, but there's just something strange about how quickly the industry is latching onto 3D without any real proof that it'll work in more than just the cinema. Of course, when power house companies like Sony and NVIDIA get behind something, it leaves little choice for...

Are 3G-Enabled Gaming Handhelds On The Horizon? Probably.

Are 3G-Enabled Gaming Handhelds On The Horizon? Probably.

What if your game console had a 3G wireless connection? What if your portable gaming handheld had one? It's a reasonable question to ask, and you have to assume that executives at Nintendo, Sony and the rest of the crowd are asking that same question. There's a clear and present demand for mobile data; Apple's iPad comes in a 3G version, and...

Netgear Ships ReadyNAS Ultra NAS Drive

Netgear Ships ReadyNAS Ultra NAS Drive

It's a good business to be in, this storage sector. Regardless of how much people have, they seem to always end up wanting more. As media grows in size and things become larger and more space-consuming to archive, people are turning to NAS drives and big RAID stacks to handle all of the content that they'd like to keep safe. Netgear has been...

Samsung Plans To Captivate AT&T Users On July 18

Samsung Plans To Captivate AT&T Users On July 18

AT&T's first high-end Android-powered smartphone, the Samsung Captivate, is coming on July 18. That's right, in just over a week you'll be able to get your hands on AT&T's version of the Super AMOLED Galaxy S smartphone. This feature-filled phone has a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and 16GB of internal...

Dell Teams with T-Shirt Designer to Dress Up Laptops

Dell Teams with T-Shirt Designer to Dress Up Laptops

Dell's Studio line has always been about both form and function, and now an even greater emphasis is being placed on the aesthetic design. In a joint collaboration with Threadless, Dell is sprucing up its Studio laptop line with "11 inspired designs," each one created and submitted by members of the Threadless community. "The Threadless community...

Multitouch Making Its Way to OLPC Laptops

Multitouch Making Its Way to OLPC Laptops

Chris Ball, the Lead Software Engineer for the OLPC project, made a series of announcements this week about the direction the low-cost laptop is taking, not the least of which is the addition of a multitouch display. That's right folks, the next iteration of the XO laptop -- XO-1.75 -- will sport a touchscreen display, and so will upcoming...

Android Phone Loaded With Porn Sold to Michigan Woman

Android Phone Loaded With Porn Sold to Michigan Woman

Apple probably needs a laugh about now, and this might be giving them one.  After all, Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously said that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." This Ann Arbor, Michigan woman didn't buy an Android phone for porn, but got it anyway, and preloaded to boot. The reason that Rhonda Lee ended up with...

MSI Debuts GT660 Gaming Laptop With Core i7 CPU

MSI Debuts GT660 Gaming Laptop With Core i7 CPU

MSI's notebook line seems to grow larger by the day, and today's no different. This time, the company is adding another option for multi-media lovers and gamers, as the GT660 is ready to handle the latest 3D titles as well as 1080p HD content. The company is using Intel's powerful Core i7 as the CPU, and Dynaudio has been chosen for the sound...

Bluetooth 4.0 Now Ready For Development; Products Coming This Year

Bluetooth 4.0 Now Ready For Development; Products Coming This Year

Are you ready to learn about yet another protocol? Believe it or not, it's time. Bluetooth SIG, the entity behind all of the Bluetooth releases that we know and love (or don't know) has just revealed that version 4.0 is ready to be adopted. What's crazy is that version 3.0 was in this same position early last year, yet to date only a handful...

AT&T Claims Alcatel-Lucent Software Bug To Blame For Sluggish Uploads

AT&T Claims Alcatel-Lucent Software Bug To Blame For Sluggish Uploads

If you have been paying attention to the mobile news flow this week, you're probably aware that AT&T has been dealt another beating. Yes, another one. The company already takes a lot of flack for reportedly dropping calls in congested cities and the like, and now consumers are claiming that AT&T is throttling their 3G upload speeds,...

ThinkFlood RedEye Mini Makes Your iPhone A Universal Remote

ThinkFlood RedEye Mini Makes Your iPhone A Universal Remote

Apple's iPhone has become a lot more than a phone. The original iPhone set a new bar for all smartphones to meet, and companies have been striving to live up to that ever since. In more recent history, however, mobile operating systems like WebOS and Android 2.2 have really begun to push iOS 4 in terms of providing real competition, but there's...

Clearwire 4G/Wi-Fi Personal Mobile Hot Spots Now Available

Clearwire 4G/Wi-Fi Personal Mobile Hot Spots Now Available

Are you looking for a way to deliver 4G connectivity to your laptop, netbook, smartphone, or other connected device? The new CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ mobile hot spots are now available from Clearwire. The CLEAR Spot 4G lets you connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to the CLEAR network for high-speed Internet access. The CLEAR...

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

Back in April, we first gave you a glimpse of the extreme Asus ARES dual-Radeon HD 5870 GPU powered graphics card, complete with some preliminary benchmarks. At the time, the specifications weren't quite finalized and there was little word about availability in the U.S., but the card's impressive configuration immediately piqued our interest....

Verizon Wireless Gets Samsung N150 Netbook

Verizon Wireless Gets Samsung N150 Netbook

Samsung has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to offer the Samsung N150 netbook through the nation's largest carrier. The netbook offers built-in connectivity to Verizon Wireless' 3G network as well as global connectivity thanks to a pre-installed SIM card that provides access in more than 200 countries. The Samsung N150 is powered by an Intel...

Gateway LT32 Netbook Offers 11.6" Display, AMD Neo CPU

Gateway LT32 Netbook Offers 11.6" Display, AMD Neo CPU

Is it a netbook? Or is it an ultraportable? That is certainly up for debate, but Gateway's LT32 is nonetheless an attractive portable computer. The design itself is certainly one of the nicest around, and the 11.6" display is one of the more unique available today. It offers a larger-than-usual screen compared to most 10" netbooks, yet it's...

Onkyo Offers Tidy 3D Home Theater in a Box, Just Add Electricity

Onkyo Offers Tidy 3D Home Theater in a Box, Just Add Electricity

Half the fun in putting together your ultimate home theater setup is piecing together parts you hand selected after auditioning each one (you don't just buy audio components based on paper specs and price, do you?). It's similar to rolling your own rig, but if you're just not into that sort of thing, or don't have the time, there are packaged...

T-Mobile to "Charm" Customers with BlackBerry Lookalike

T-Mobile to "Charm" Customers with BlackBerry Lookalike

Just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck doesn't mean it's a duck at all. And by that same token, Motorola's newest smartphone sure looks like a BlackBerry and has a physical keyboard like a BlackBerry, but this ain't not BlackBerry, folks. It's Motorola's Charm, and it's headed to T-Mobile's network. And while the outside...

Sony Debuts DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 3D Digital Cameras

Sony Debuts DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 3D Digital Cameras

Have we mentioned before that Sony is firmly on the 3D bandwagon? There's no question that Sony is pushing 3D harder than almost any other single company in the industry right now, and with huge investments in 3D HDTVs, 3D gaming (with the PS3) and 3D glasses, who could blame them? But one thing that has eluded the 3D industry in large part...

Samsung Intercept Brings Android 2.1 To QWERTY/Touch-Based Smartphone

Samsung Intercept Brings Android 2.1 To QWERTY/Touch-Based Smartphone

HTC, LG, and Samsung? Yep, Samsung. Samsung's the latest mobile phone maker to introduce a new Android handset, helping it to elevate its status as a serious Android maker in a world that has been dominated by HTC and LG. Launching this week on Sprint, the Samsung Intercept is one of the more unique Android form factors, with the Motorola...

AppBrain's New App Adds OTA Install for Android

AppBrain's New App Adds OTA Install for Android

AppBrain, which we've written about before, is a great place to search online for Android apps, and then select them to install to your device. In the past, however, you'd have to install the AppBrain App Market application, then "sync" your device with it. You would then see a list of apps to install manually. With the release of their Fast...

YouTube's New Mobile Site Surpasses iOS Native App

YouTube's New Mobile Site Surpasses iOS Native App

Particularly on iOS, where they have seen themselves frozen out of the App Store at times (Google Voice comes to mind), Google has pushed the idea of web apps. They can be modified without an app store or market, and the results made public with a flick of a switch. On Wednesday, a switch was flicked with regards to the mobile YouTube site...

Cathay Pacific To Bring Lighting Fast Wi-Fi, Cellular Service To Planes

Cathay Pacific To Bring Lighting Fast Wi-Fi, Cellular Service To Planes

For heavy flyers, in-flight Wi-Fi is an asset that is very much appreciated. As is on-seat power ports and in-flight TVs. In other words, people love keeping themselves occupied while flying, as to avoid thinking about just how long they'll be seated in one place. In-flight entertainment has evolved over the years, but many planes are still...

IBM Delivers Innovative Water Cooling System For Datacenters

IBM Delivers Innovative Water Cooling System For Datacenters

Through a project known as Aquasar, IBM researchers are working on new technologies that could drastically reduce the power consumption and carbon footprint of data centers. Aquasar involves a water-cooled supercomputer that uses 40% less energy than comparable systems that use today's air-conditioned methods.In addition to saving energy,...

MobiTV Expands Android Offerings

MobiTV Expands Android Offerings

MobiTV is hoping to capitalize on the growing Android market with the expansion of its core live TV and video-on-demand service to more Android-based devices. MobiTV already delivers live and video-on-demand programming to the Android-based Sprint EVO 4G and HTC Hero, as well as the Motorola Backflip from AT&T. MobiTV's availability will...

Sony Japan Introduces White PlayStation 3 Console

Sony Japan Introduces White PlayStation 3 Console

Colored game consoles have been around for years now. It didn't take long for companies to realize that consumers would go crazy over a simple "limited run" of colored consoles, and even as far back as the famed black DreamCast, this tactic has shown to work well. For whatever reason, consumers love color choices. Maybe it fits their mood...

Time Warner Cable & Sierra Wireless Introduce IntelliGo 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot

Time Warner Cable & Sierra Wireless Introduce IntelliGo 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot

Time Warner Cable and Sierra Wireless are teaming up to offer a new dual mode mobile hotspot device called IntelliGo. IntelliGo is available on Time Warner's 4G network with Road Runner Mobile. IntelliGo lets up to five devices simultaneously connect to the Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Network and a nationwide 3G network for internet access....

Firefox 4 Goes Beta, Looks Like Chrome

Firefox 4 Goes Beta, Looks Like Chrome

There's a new beta browser in town, and its name is Firefox 4. Previously available in "Candidate" form, this latest release is a bit more polished and ready for anyone comfortable playing with beta software, which may or may not prove stable (been running fine for us so far). If Firefox 4 looks eerily familiar, then you must have logged some...

LucasFilm Threatens Legal Action Over Superpowered Blue Laser

LucasFilm Threatens Legal Action Over Superpowered Blue Laser

Back about a month ago, Hong Kong-based Wicked Lasers introduced a new blue laser. This new handheld toy, built from a Casio projector, emits 1W of cerulean laser beam goodness. That's enough to burn holes in various substances, permanently blind yourself (or the neighbor's cat), and according to Wicked Lasers, the Arctic Spyder III Pro has...

Intel Terminates Game Development, Sweeps Project Offset Off The Table

Intel Terminates Game Development, Sweeps Project Offset Off The Table

When we last checked in on Project Offset, the visually impressive game was facing an uncertain future. Intel recently released an update on PO's development status, but unfortunately it's not what we were hoping for. Having completely abandoned Larrabee as a GPU product, Intel saw no further reason to keep the dev team around. When queried,...

QNAP Allow Remote Media Streaming To iPad, iPod Touch And iPhone

QNAP Allow Remote Media Streaming To iPad, iPod Touch And iPhone

Have you been in the market for a new NAS drive? Can't figure out which one would suit you best? We know it's a crowded market out there, but QNAP has just dropped a bomb on the whole place. If you're an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone user, QNAP has a new offer that may be too good to refuse. They have developed a new QNAP QMobile app that allows...

AppleCare Says SW Will Not Fix iPhone 4

AppleCare Says SW Will Not Fix iPhone 4

Apple's CS reps have their talking points, but those talking points apparently don't cover what to say if someone asks if the upcoming software fix will resolve the iPhone 4's reception issues. The answer that AppleCare gives if you call, is no: the update will not fix the issues. As most people know, at issue is the iPhone 4's external...

Okoro Debuts 2010 GX HTPC Line: USB 3.0, iPad Bundle, More

Okoro Debuts 2010 GX HTPC Line: USB 3.0, iPad Bundle, More

Now here's an idea. In order to draw more attention to your gear, just bundle an iPad with it! In seriousness, this actually isn't a bad plan, particularly when the company in question is Okoro Media Systems and the product is an HTPC. HTPC control is a huge issue; do you use your keyboard and mouse from the couch? Do you attempt to program...

Hitachi's LifeStudio External Hard Drive Family Goes Stylish

Hitachi's LifeStudio External Hard Drive Family Goes Stylish

It seems that the whole world is trying out new external HDD designs. We know that's not true at all, but being in this business, it sure feels like it. Western Digital has their My Book line, and even Seagate has recently produced some rather striking external designs. Now, it's Hitachi's turn. They're attempting to "redefine external storage"...

Sony Quietly Trims Its E-Reader Prices As Market Heats Up

Sony Quietly Trims Its E-Reader Prices As Market Heats Up

Last week, Amazon trimmed the price and improved the features of its flagship Kindle DX product and now it's apparently Sony's turn. As of today, the Reader Pocket Edition is $149 (down from $169), the Touch Edition is $169 (down from $199) and the Sony Daily Edition (the DX's primary competitor) is now $299, down from $349. That's quite a...

Prince Declares The Internet Over, Outdated, and Bad For Your Health

Prince Declares The Internet Over, Outdated, and Bad For Your Health

On Sunday July 11, the artist formerly known as currently known as Prince will release his new album, 20TEN in the UK. Prince agreed to be interviewed by the Daily Mirror, where he explained why his new album would only be released via CD, with no accompanying launch online, no partnership with iTunes or Amazon, and no digital downloads. Prince...

USA.gov Revamps, Adds Mobile Apps

USA.gov Revamps, Adds Mobile Apps

The federal government has released a slew of mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, in an effort to close the customer service gap between the public and private sectors. Getting the most attention is the Product Recalls app, which is available only on Android, and collates recall and safety information from the Consumer Product...

HTC Selling Smartphones Like Crazy, Posts Big Profit

HTC Selling Smartphones Like Crazy, Posts Big Profit

You have to hand it to HTC, the handset maker who has found a way to be profitable by bombarding mobile phone market with a near-endless stream of smartphone models. The strategy is paying off, and quite handsomely -- HTC on Tuesday said its second quarter net profit jumped by 33 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports. It's nothing but obscene...

IBM Flips IE the Finger, Fist Bumps Firefox Instead

IBM Flips IE the Finger, Fist Bumps Firefox Instead

For compatibility reasons, many corporations still insist on deploying Internet Explorer across their workforce, no matter how much the end-user complains. It's not that IE is more standards compliant than other browsers -- in most cases, the opposite is true -- but Microsoft's longstanding dominance in browser market share has forced Web...

Dell Precision Workstations Get ATI FirePro Graphics Cards

Dell Precision Workstations Get ATI FirePro Graphics Cards

Select Dell Precision workstations are now offering ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5800 and ATI FirePro V4800 professional graphics cards. With these cards, users are able to power up to three independent 30-inch displays at one time using ATI Eyefinity technology. The cards support Microsoft DirectX11, OpenGL 4.0, and OpenCL. The ATI FirePro...

TweetUp Acquires Twitroid, Will Pre-Install New App On Android Phones

TweetUp Acquires Twitroid, Will Pre-Install New App On Android Phones

This sure is interesting. A few months after Twitter released an official application for Android, there looks to be another major Twitter competitor coming to challenge it. TweetUp has revealed today that they have acquired Twitroid, which is widely viewed as the best Twitter app on the Android platform, even above the official one. So, why...

Android 2.2 Review: A Deep, Delicious Dive Into Froyo

Android 2.2 Review: A Deep, Delicious Dive Into Froyo

Android 2.2 was introduced at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco this past May. It promised to add a number of much-wanted changes and additions to the mobile OS, and even a few things that Apple's iOS does not offer. We've recently acquired the final gold build of Android 2.2, or "Froyo," on our in-house Nexus One, and we'll be detailing...

NEC Adds 46- and 55-Inch Displays For Cost-Conscious Users

NEC Adds 46- and 55-Inch Displays For Cost-Conscious Users

NEC is adding two new models to its entry-grade E Series with the announcement of the new 46-inch E461 and 55-inch E551. With these two new models, NEC's affordable line of professional displays now spans a range of sizes from 32-inch to 55-inch displays. The two new models offer full high-definition 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate....

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS GeForce GTX 465: A Step Down @ InsideHW Zotac GeForce GTX 465 Video Card Review @ t-break Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 OC Edition Review @ Hardware Canucks ASRock X58 Extreme 3 Motherboard Review - BCCHardware.com Processors: AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Triple Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews AMD Athlon-II...

Samsung Intros 50 And 30 Series LED LCD Monitors

Samsung Intros 50 And 30 Series LED LCD Monitors

In need of a new monitor? Samsung has you covered. The company has just announced an expansion in the Touch of Color line with the 30 and 50 Series LED-backlit LCD monitors, though right now there are just two main models being revealed in those lines. The BX2350 and BX2335 are both refined and revamped compared to last year's ToC displays,...

Samsung Joins Skyhook Team, Adding Geo-Locating Tech To Wave Smartphone

Samsung Joins Skyhook Team, Adding Geo-Locating Tech To Wave Smartphone

One of the biggest issues that still plague phones and navigation devices that are equipped with GPS chips is indoor reception. Go under a bridge, or inside a tunnel, or inside of a building, and you'll probably have a hard time keeping a decent reception lock. It's a frustrating experience, and now that phones are being used more and more...

Sony Introduces New ES Receivers And 3D Blu-ray Player

Sony Introduces New ES Receivers And 3D Blu-ray Player

It's hard to say which company really sparked the 3D revolution, but it's safe to say that Sony will go down as one of the pioneers. They have been pushing the technology from the beginning, and they've been willing to spend serious bucks in order to make sure that 3D is available on their televisions, game consoles and even Blu-ray players....

Dell Blames 97% Optiplex Failure Rate on Everyone Else

Dell Blames 97% Optiplex Failure Rate on Everyone Else

Last week, we discussed new documents that had been unsealed in Advanced Internet Technologies' ongoing lawsuit against Dell. The newly public evidence was fairly damning, as it showed Dell was aware that the Nichicon capacitors used in 2003-2005 OptiPlex machines had an astonishing 97 percent failure rate according to the company's own internal...

Android Market an Outlier, With 57% of Apps Free

Android Market an Outlier, With 57% of Apps Free

App store analytics firm Distimo has released its latest report. The June report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, the Apple App Store for iPhone, BlackBerry App World (Worldwide), Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, for May 2010. The following highlights were noted: More than 50%...

Half of Moms SMS While Driving Their Kids

Half of Moms SMS While Driving Their Kids

A recent report showed adults are just as likely as teens to text message while driving. That may not be all that surprising, but a new report is: it shows that half of mothers text message while driving. The survey, conducted by by BOHAN Advertising for its WhyMomsRule.com blog, show that among mothers with text messaging service on their...

Researchers Building High-Tech Car for the Blind

Researchers Building High-Tech Car for the Blind

Comedians often make cracks at banks for including Braille on drive-through ATMs (there are number of valid reasons why they do this), but given the progress made by researchers at The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech, don't assume that the driver in front of you isn't actually visually impaired. While it may seem an unlikely...

MIT Develops Android Optometry App

MIT Develops Android Optometry App

For those of us with bad vision (really bad, in our case), the optometrist is an annual ritual. The researchers at the Camera Culture team at MIT's Media Lab have developed an Android application to make optometry nearly a self-diagnostic procedure. What they have developed is an app that uses a set of lines and dots that a user manipulated...

LG Looks to Release Android Tablet in Third Quarter

LG Looks to Release Android Tablet in Third Quarter

We're going to be up to our eyeballs in tablets this holiday shopping season if every company who promises to release a slate in 2010 comes through. That's potentially bad news for Apple, and maybe great news for LG, the latest electronics maker to announce plans to release a tablet before the end of the year. Unfortunately for us, that's...

LG Reveals Optimus Smart Devices Family

LG Reveals Optimus Smart Devices Family

Android 2.2, otherwise known as "Froyo," is Google's next big leap in the mobile OS realm. It has just started rolling out to Nexus One owners, bringing native Tethering support as well as a refreshed home screen, improved performance and a Web browser that can handle Flash. Needless to say, it's an update that every Android user wants, and...

Research Finds That All USB Devices Can Be Used For Data Theft

Research Finds That All USB Devices Can Be Used For Data Theft

Can your USB keyboard and mouse be trusted? Can anything that you plug into your USB port be trusted? In a word, no. It's something we all should have known by now, but the truth is finally coming out thanks to some new research on the matter. Security experts have known forever that USB flash drives and hard drives could contain malware and...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sungale Kula TV - 4.3in IPTV Review - BCCHardware.com IOGEAR Wireless HD Kit GWAV8141K Review @ Digital Trends AXLE Radeon HD 5670 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Axle Geforce GT 220 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews Corsair Force Series 100GB SSD Review @ OCC HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 @ techPowerUp Memory and Storage: SSDNOW V Series 64GB...

Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System Review

Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System Review

Dell recently sent us one of their new Studio XPS 7100 desktops built around AMD's recently launched Phenom II X6 1055T processor. AMD's hexa-core chips don't pack the same punch as Intel's six-core architecture, but the upshot is you'll save a king's bounty by riding into the sunset with AMD, and in this case, with Dell as well. The configuration...

Rude's Fierce Teflon & Steel Mousepad Can Handle Oven Temperatures

Rude's Fierce Teflon & Steel Mousepad Can Handle Oven Temperatures

Gaming mouse pads have been around for years. Companies producing them have arrived and departed, and styles have come and gone, but there's no question that the demand for specialized gaming pads remains. The next company trying to get in on the action is Rude Gameware, which has just introduced one of the wildest, most rugged gaming mouse...

Samsung Debuts Q530, Q430 And Q330 Multi-Media Notebooks

Samsung Debuts Q530, Q430 And Q330 Multi-Media Notebooks

Today may be a holiday in America, but it's a working holiday for these multi-national corporations that produce goods for all sorts of nations. Samsung is showing off a new trio of notebooks today in their expanding Q-Series, and we have to admit that they look fairly attractive from the outside. The Q530, Q430 and Q330 have arrived, all...

Average Smartphone Data Use Increases, Still Less Than You Might Think

Average Smartphone Data Use Increases, Still Less Than You Might Think

According to a recent wireless study by the Nielsen Co., the typical smartphone user consumes less than 300MB of data each month. This figure represents an increase of about 230 percent compared to last year's figure. Considering the increasing popularity of data-intensive mobile services such as video chat and Hulu streaming services, we...

Blockbuster Inches Closer To Failing, Has To Delist From NYSE

Blockbuster Inches Closer To Failing, Has To Delist From NYSE

Things aren't looking great for Blockbuster. The company, which was arguably one of the most well-known movie rental outfits in the entire world, hasn't had the greatest of years ever since Netflix came into existence. For years, driving out to the nearby movie store for their nightly fix wasn't too much to ask. But as soon as by-mail became...

Lenovo's 3D IdeaPad Y560D Notebook Now On Sale

Lenovo's 3D IdeaPad Y560D Notebook Now On Sale

Everyone's playing the 3D card these days. And when we say everyone, we really mean everyone. It's kind of crazy to think about how quickly 3D has re-risen to prominence, and now even PC makers are joining in. At first, there was 3D gaming on the desktop. 3D LCDs weren't too hard to find, and NVIDIA's 3D Vision kit helped gamers get the extra...

BGR says Jobs - customer email exchange real

BGR says Jobs - customer email exchange real

It's down to one person's word against a corporation's, and we will probably never know the truth of the matter. While Apple public relations said that the email exchange purported between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and an angry iPhone 4 customer was faked, BGR, which first reported the incident, is standing by the story, and offered the full email...

"Double Digit" Cuts Of Palm Employees Post-HP Acquisition

"Double Digit" Cuts Of Palm Employees Post-HP Acquisition

It may be a done deal, but some former Palm employees aren't singing a positive tune after the HP acquisition. In many cases where one company takes over another (or just buys another to integrate), at least a few positions are eliminated. There's usually never a need for two CEOs, and some of the duplication simply can't be dealt with unless...

Nokia Exec Aims To Regain Position In High-End Devices

Nokia Exec Aims To Regain Position In High-End Devices

Nokia use to be a key player in the mobile market. While the Symbian platform still accounts for more than two-fifths of the global smartphone market, Nokia hasn't enjoyed the same success that it once did. In hopes of fixing this, Nokia is shaking things up a bit. Anssi Vanjoki is Nokia's new head of Mobile Solutions, and he's ready to get...

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  It's Independence Day here in the United States, and that usually means a day filled with family, lots of food, and fun.  Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday.  And from all of us here at HotHardware, Happy 4th! While we have your attention, don't...

Who needs ATMs?  Deposit Straight From Your iPhone

Who needs ATMs? Deposit Straight From Your iPhone

While Android users still wait for an official Chase bank application, iPhone users can now deposit checks from their iPhones. This new feature is sort of an extension of the new ATM systems at Chase banks, where you deposit a check and the ATM scans it. The updated Chase Mobile app not only allows the typical features that allow you to check...

Brite-View Debuts CinemaGo BV-5005HD Mini CG HD Media Player

Brite-View Debuts CinemaGo BV-5005HD Mini CG HD Media Player

If you still haven't picked up an HD media player for your living room, chances are that you probably won't. But if you just realize that you have a set-top box on top of your DVR or cable box, well, now you have another choice. Brite-View has been a quiet contender in the space for awhile, and while it doesn't have the name recognition of...

1&1 SmartPad: ARM-Powered 7" Tablet With Android Under The Hood

1&1 SmartPad: ARM-Powered 7" Tablet With Android Under The Hood

Another tablet PC? Really? Can the world even stand to see another one? We sure hope so, because yet another company is trying their luck in the already-saturated market. But this company is a bit different than the rest. How so? Well, for starters, 1&1 isn't a hardware company. They aren't even a software company. They're a German Internet...

DirecTV Launches Nation's First Suite Of 3D TV Channels

DirecTV Launches Nation's First Suite Of 3D TV Channels

Yep, it's really happening. 3D content is finally arriving on television sets, which is arguably the last major puzzle piece that in-home 3D had to solve. 3D glasses are here, as are 3D HDTVs. And there's at least some demand for having 3D support around in the home. But if there's no 3D programming to enjoy, what's the use in having the 3D...

Livestrong Bands Provide Cheap Fix For iPhone 4

Livestrong Bands Provide Cheap Fix For iPhone 4

By now, you've probably heard about the iPhone 4's reception issues where users have reported reception problems and dropped calls if they hold the phone in a certain manner. Apple has suggested that users hold the phone differently or buy a case to help fix some of these problems. Apple offers its own Bumper case that surrounds the outer...

Asetek Adds Might To All-In-One PC Prototype With Liquid Cooling

Asetek Adds Might To All-In-One PC Prototype With Liquid Cooling

Asetek and liquid cooling solutions go hand-in-hand; the company has been in the business of keeping gaming rigs cool for years now, and they're one of the most respected names in the sector. So what's the big fuss here? Well, Asetek has really gone above and beyond with this one: a new all-in-one liquid cooled prototype machine that's far,...

Blind Driving Tech Nears

Blind Driving Tech Nears

We've heard (no pun intended) of hybrid and electric cars designed to make noise, so that blind pedestrians don't get run over by them, but how about a car designed for blind people to drive it? That's what Virginia Tech and the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) have come up with. The plan is to demonstrate the vehicle, a modified Ford...

Finland Makes 1Mbps Internet A "Basic Right" For Every Citizen

Finland Makes 1Mbps Internet A "Basic Right" For Every Citizen

You may assume that you have no real reason to thank Finland today, but you do. If you're an avid Internet user, you owe the first nation to make broadband service a basic right a great deal of gratitude, because without them being first, there's no telling how long it would've taken for some other country to finally pull the trigger. That's...

E Ink Announces Next Generation Of Electronic Paper

E Ink Announces Next Generation Of Electronic Paper

E Ink introduced the next generation of its electronic paper display technology called Pearl. Pearl expands the capabilities of reflective displays by offering a contrast ratio that's approximately 50% greater than today's offerings. According to E Ink, Pearl enables eReaders to offer a contrast ratio typical of paperback books compared to...

Microsoft Enables Batteries To Be Inserted in Either Direction

Microsoft Enables Batteries To Be Inserted in Either Direction

If you've ever squinted in the dark trying to replace batteries in your digital camera, flashlight, or other electronic device, Microsoft's latest InstaLoad battery installation technology should catch your eye. This new technology lets users install a battery without regard to positive and negative polarity. The InstaLoad technology is now...

MIT Researchers Pushing The Internet Up To 1000x Faster

MIT Researchers Pushing The Internet Up To 1000x Faster

A faster Internet has been a dream for many, and it has been a continually changing dream as broadband speeds got faster and faster. When 56k was the norm, just getting an ISDN line was a huge step-up. From there, ADSL or cable was another leap forward. Today, we need fiber to get things even faster, and while many universities and companies...

TMobile Drop Kicks Current Sidekicks from Smartphone Lineup

TMobile Drop Kicks Current Sidekicks from Smartphone Lineup

Text messaging teens who don't already own an iPhone are headed for tough times in the trendy smartphone market. First we find out that Microsoft's Kin phones aren't selling as well as the software juggernaut had hoped, leaving questions as to the future of the Kin One and Kin Two, and now we're learning that T-Mobile has kicked its Sidekick...

HP's Acquisition of Palm a Done Deal

HP's Acquisition of Palm a Done Deal

All the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed in Hewlett Packard's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which was finalized on Thursday, HP announced. That means HP can officially begin putting into motion whatever plans it has for Palm's technology, and most notably the newly acquired webOS platform. "With webOS, HP will deliver its customers...

PopBox HD Media Player Coming Soon With Apps Galore

PopBox HD Media Player Coming Soon With Apps Galore

Another HD media player? It may not be exactly what the world needs, but it's exactly what the world is going to get. In fairness, we can't complain with added competition in the industry, but there's one thing in particular that the PopBox is missing that might just hurt its chances against similar alternatives from Western Digital, Popcorn...

MeeGo Handset Project Kicks Off With UI Shots And Video

MeeGo Handset Project Kicks Off With UI Shots And Video

Day 1 is always a scary thing, but the coders at MeeGo are diving right in. Recently, a lot has been revealed about MeeGo. It'll be hitting tablets, it'll be hitting x86 devices, and it will definitely be hitting smartphones. We're assuming that it'll be loaded onto Nokia phones at first due to Nokia's influence on the OS (it's part Maemo...

Apple Promises Software Fix For iPhone 4 Signal Bar Problem

Apple Promises Software Fix For iPhone 4 Signal Bar Problem

And so, the truth comes out. Finally. Apple's iPhone 4 has been the quickest selling Apple product in the company's history, so there's no question that people are digging the phone. But since day one, some consumers have complained that holding the phone in a certain way significantly reduced the signal strength, or at the very least, reduced...

Jobs contentious exchange with angry customer faked: Apple

Jobs contentious exchange with angry customer faked: Apple

It's a well know fact that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will respond (occasionally) to direct emails sent to him.   That said, some of the conversations are posted at various news sites / blogs, and generally "check out."  In this case, at least according to Apple PR, it seems this example was faux. Apple PR has responded to an email exchange...

iBUYPOWER's MAGIC Software Brings Multi-Touch To Every Game

iBUYPOWER's MAGIC Software Brings Multi-Touch To Every Game

iBUYPOWER is best known for their line of custom PCs, and they're one of the go-to companies when it comes to high-end gaming notebooks. In fact, the company is known solely for hardware. But their latest introduction isn't hardware based at all; rather, it's a new piece of software. It takes a special piece of software to really grab our...

Intel's Sandy Bridge, AVX Extensions On Track For Q4 2010

Intel's Sandy Bridge, AVX Extensions On Track For Q4 2010

For those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest, news today should have you making out a Christmas list. Intel has confirmed that the next-generation Nehalem processor (codenamed Sandy Bridge) is on track for volume shipment in 2010, which means we'll probably see at least a few SKUs launching before the end of...

Intel To Fund Research Into HCI, Social Networking, User-Centered Design

Intel To Fund Research Into HCI, Social Networking, User-Centered Design

At the annual Research at Intel event, the company Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner announced Intel's plans for a new research division. This purpose of this new department, dubbed Interaction and Experience Research (IXR), is to "reinvent the computing experience in ways we can only begin to imagine." Supress your gag reflex long enough...

AdMob: iPhone Holds Lead over Android Devices

AdMob: iPhone Holds Lead over Android Devices

Mobile advertising firm AdMob this week released its latest Mobile Metric report. In it, AdMob indicates Apple's iPhone still holds a numbers advantage over Android devices, even through Android handsets have been popping up left and right. The numbers aren't necessarily indicative of the state of the mobile market, as they only take into...

Starbucks Now Offering Free Wi-Fi To All

Starbucks Now Offering Free Wi-Fi To All

Today's the day. You're probably checking your calendar to make sure that you didn't miss the July 4th holiday, but no, you didn't. And while it's definitely Canada Day as well, we're still talking about something even more different. Today's the day that Starbucks opens their Wi-Fi hotspots to the masses, and one of two things are going to...

MSI Brings Atom N455 To Wind U160DX Netbook

MSI Brings Atom N455 To Wind U160DX Netbook

Another week, another MSI netbook. Not that we're complaining, but it's certainly becoming more and more difficult to find one netbook that fits your needs completely without having another nearby tempting you with one or two different features. In the race to saturate the market further, MSI has just issued the Wind U160DX, a thin and light...

Gigabyte X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G

Gigabyte X58A-UD3R: USB 3.0, SATA 6G

The past few years have been very kind to Gigabyte; the company's shipments have increased to the point that it's now approximately tied with Asus in terms of volume shipments. Part of the reason for the company's good fortune is its decision to aggressively align its higher-end motherboards, both in terms of price and available features....

AMD Llano Rumored To Use New Socket

AMD Llano Rumored To Use New Socket

There's a lot riding on AMD's CPU+GPU Fusion part (now known as an APU in official AMD parlance), but new information suggests that when Llano does launch, it'll do so in a new socket. The new form factor will be known as Socket FM1, but it's not clear how it fits into AMD's roadmap over the next few years. When last we saw that document,...

iPhone 4 'Talking Points' Emerge in Leaked Docs

iPhone 4 'Talking Points' Emerge in Leaked Docs

About the only thing anyone talks about nowadays with regards to the iPhone 4 is not how great it is, but how it discriminates against lefties. Seriously, Apple is sticking by its guns, and it's interesting to read what they have told their AppleCare reps to use as "the message." BGR has received a report from an insider on the talking points...

Microsoft Pulls The Plug On KIN Phone Lineup

Microsoft Pulls The Plug On KIN Phone Lineup

Wow, gone already? That's surely the case, as Microsoft has suddenly and abruptly pulled the plug on their short-lived KIN efforts. It's easily one of the shortest phone lifespans in the history of mobile phones, with only the Palm Foleo coming to mind as something that lived for an even shorter period of time. But the difference here is that...

Droid X and How to Hold It: Any Way

Droid X and How to Hold It: Any Way

Hot on the heels of Nokia's droll tutorial on how to hold a cell phone, comes this official Verizon Motorola Droid X New York Times ad. Check out the copy below the image. It says (if you can't read the ad copy): And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like Indeed...

Amazon Lowers Kindle DX Price To $379 While Boosting Specs

Amazon Lowers Kindle DX Price To $379 While Boosting Specs

It was a question that a lot of people were asking, and now there's an answer. Amazon recently reduced the price of their traditional Kindle to under $200, but the large screen Kindle DX remained at its original price point. Of course, there aren't as many direct competitors to the Kindle DX, but still, the gap was growing noticeably large....