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All News for August 2011

Samsung, GlobalFoundries Announce New 28nm Collaboration

Samsung, GlobalFoundries Announce New 28nm Collaboration

GlobalFoundries and Samsung announced today that they intend to synchronize their 28nm high-performance/low-leakage production facilities. This new agreement follows a 2010 collaboration between GloFo, Samsung, IBM, and STMicroelectronics in which all four firms agreed to cooperate in building out their low-power 28nm process nodes. One of...

Razer Launches Silent BlackWidow Stealth & BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Gaming Keyboards

Razer Launches Silent BlackWidow Stealth & BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Gaming Keyboards

Razer believes that not only is PC gaming not dead, it can continue to get better, in this case through the use of the silent versions of the Razer BlackWidow Stealth or Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth mechanical gaming keyboards. These new peripherals offer mostly the same specs and features as the originals, but with two notable exceptions:...

Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90

Lian Li Launches Full-tower PC-90

Lian Li introduced the PC-90, a new full-tower chassis that will be available at the beginning of September. This PC-90 is available in striking black or silver hairline-brushed anodized metal casing. The case features a tool-less design and is compatible with HPTX, XL-ATX, ATX, and micro-ATX motherboards. The PC-90's HDD drives are mounted...

Corsair 180GB and 240GB Force Series GT SSDs Hit Retail

Corsair 180GB and 240GB Force Series GT SSDs Hit Retail

Corsair's Force Series GT solid state drive (SSD) line pushes the high-speed storage pedal to the metal, but until today, you couldn't purchase one larger than 120GB. That all changes with the introduction of new 180GB and 240GB models, both of which are available for purchase immediately. "Force Series GT is our fastest, most flexible line...

Windows Explorer in Windows 8 to Come Wrapped in Ribbons

Windows Explorer in Windows 8 to Come Wrapped in Ribbons

Before we go any further, we feel compelled to remind everyone not to shoot the messenger. Savvy? Great, now onto the news. Alex Simons, Director of Program Management for Microsoft, announced in a blog post that Windows 8 would adopt the Ribbon interface for Windows Explorer. Whoa there Johnny, put down the pitchfork. The blog post runs through...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dirt-Cheap Crucial Notebook Memory, Hitachi 2TB External HD, Printers Under $100

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dirt-Cheap Crucial Notebook Memory, Hitachi 2TB External HD, Printers Under $100

Today's HOT deals from LogicBuy are up and ready to move.  We have 8GB of notebook memory for little over $5 per GB, laser printers well under $100 and a Hitachi external 2TB hard drive to back up the important stuff.  Hurricane victim you say?  Might be time to think about a little disaster recovery plan for your data... $15...

CyanogenMod Now Running on HP TouchPad

CyanogenMod Now Running on HP TouchPad

The CyanogenMod team claims to have gotten Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running on the HP TouchPad. As was noted earlier, developers had appeared to be nearing a first port of Android on HP's now dead webOS tablet. A post and video on the RootzWiki website show an Alpha build of the CyanogenMod 7 firmware running on the TouchPad. CyanogenMod...

Fusion-io Announces ioCache Virtualization Solution For Data-Intensive Applications

Fusion-io Announces ioCache Virtualization Solution For Data-Intensive Applications

Wow, Fusion-io doesn’t mess around; just a few weeks after acquiring IO Turbine, the company has made ioTurbine software (note the subtle name change) the centerpiece of its new ioCache solution. ioCache uses an ioMemory product with ioTurbine software to offer scalable data caching for data-intensive applications on virtualized machines....

Nokia Forum Attacked by Hackers

Nokia Forum Attacked by Hackers

Nokia announced yesterday that the security of its developer forum website was compromised by an attacker operating under the #AntiSec banner. The attacker, who exploited an SQL injection vulnerability in the site's forum software, managed to obtain a database table with user account information. The attacker had compromised more data than...

When Two Chatbots Talk Hilarity Ensues

When Two Chatbots Talk Hilarity Ensues

There's just got to be a joke that begins, "Two chatbots walk into a bar ..." because when chatbots talk, it's funny. Cornell University researchers wanted to see what would happen when two chatbots talked to one another. So they rigged up two systems that would allow instances of the chatbot Cleverbot to interact. It doesn't take long for...

LG's 3D Converter Software Makes 2D Smartphone Games More Dimensional

LG's 3D Converter Software Makes 2D Smartphone Games More Dimensional

Ever wanted 2D games to become 3D on your 3D smartphone? That's a lot of Ds, we know, but LG is making it possible. The company just announced at IFA 2011 that they will be demonstrating the world's first OpenGL-based 2D to 3D game conversion engine available on a smartphone platform. A result of LG's efforts to expand the quantity of 3D content...

Sprint's October "Strategy Update" Could Mean 4G Announcements

Sprint's October "Strategy Update" Could Mean 4G Announcements

With all this talk surrounding the proposed AT&T / T-Mobile USA merger, it leaves Sprint in a weird place. Verizon Wireless already has a commanding share of America's CDMA market, and after scooping up Alltel, they aren't really in any major need for millions of new subscribers. But Sprint? Well, Sprint has exactly been having the best...

U.S. Developers Gain Access to iTunes Match Beta

U.S. Developers Gain Access to iTunes Match Beta

Developers now have access to the iTunes Match beta. iTunes Match is how Apple will provide cloud-based music services; rather than requiring a user to upload his music library like Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google do, Apple will scan your drive for "matches" against a library of music on its servers. A user can receive a benefit...

MOG's On-Demand Music Streaming Comes To Boxee Box

MOG's On-Demand Music Streaming Comes To Boxee Box

Well, the Boxee Box seems to be getting better and better. As the updates continue to fly in, MOG's highly-regarded music streaming service is now being served on D-Link's media streamer. This is the first on-demand music service to bundle music and radio in HD for TVs that the Boxee Box supports. The new app brings 320kbps music to a...

Battlefield 3 Producer Shares Details On Next-Gen Game's DX11 Support

Battlefield 3 Producer Shares Details On Next-Gen Game's DX11 Support

Battlefield 3 has become something of a hot item in recent months thanks to the game's incredible visuals and gameplay videos that have left long-time fans of the series salivating. BF3 is the sequel to Battlefield 2 (released back in 2005), and while it's designed for XBox 360, PS3, and PC, the game was built around the PC platform, somewhat...

Crucial Releases m4 SSD Performance Firmware Update

Crucial Releases m4 SSD Performance Firmware Update

Crucial announced the availability of a firmware update for its m4 SSDs (FW 0009). The update will both solve a problem or two and also provide performance enhancements. Specifically, FW 0009 will eliminate an issue wherein drives experience intermittent failures in cold boot ups on some host systems, and it will also compensate for some SATA-II...

Lenovo Announces Virtual Computer Desktop Virtualization

Lenovo Announces Virtual Computer Desktop Virtualization

Lenovo is now offering Virtual Computer NxTop. With NxTop 4.0, IT departments can use a desktop virtualization solution that offers both centralized and distributed storage options for virtual machines. NxTop 4.0 is optimized on select Lenovo Think-branded PCs to deliver unique capabilities, native PC performance, seamless user experience,...

Dell Announces First Public Cloud Offering

Dell Announces First Public Cloud Offering

Dell’s cloud computing strategy and portfolio of services took a big step forward today with the announcement at VMworld 2011 of its first public cloud offering, Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. In partnership with VMware, Dell will offer public, private, and hybrid cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service for mid-sized and...

gScreen's Dual-Screen SpaceBook Touches Down on Earth

gScreen's Dual-Screen SpaceBook Touches Down on Earth

Once you add a second monitor to your desktop PC, you'll wonder how you ever managed with but a single display up to that point. And just try using a notebook after you've grown accustomed to rocking a pair (or more) of big screen monitors. It's not easy, and it's also one of the reasons why we're so intrigued with gScreen's new SpaceBook....

Apple Feeds Cook 1 Million Shares Worth $390 Million

Apple Feeds Cook 1 Million Shares Worth $390 Million

It's official, we're in the wrong business. Don't get us wrong, playing with the latest hardware and sharing our experiences with our awesome reader base is a blast, and there aren't many things we'd trade this gig for. Being CEO of Apple is one of the few exceptions. Don't take it personal if you're a die hard Windows user, it's just that...

Microsoft Shows Off Quad-Core Tablet At Tech-Ed NZ Conference

Microsoft Shows Off Quad-Core Tablet At Tech-Ed NZ Conference

At the Tech-Ed 2011 NZ event going on in New Zealand, Microsoft’s Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off what was reportedly a quad-core powered, Windows slate / tablet device. There seems to be no question that the device was in fact a quad-core tablet, but there are conflicting reports as to whether it was running...

HotHardware's 2011 Back To School Shopping Guide

HotHardware's 2011 Back To School Shopping Guide

It's that time again. The time of year where students and parents frantically hit e-tailers with overnight shipping deals in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: An XBox, 23" LCD, and External HD

HH Hot Deals of the Day: An XBox, 23" LCD, and External HD

It’s a new week, and our friends from LogicBuy are at the ready with a fresh batch of HOT deals for you all. On tap for this morning is an Xbox 360 slim with a $75 gift card, a super-thin HP, full HD LED-backlit 23” LCD monitor, and an external USB 3.0 hard drive from Western Digital... Xbox 360 250GB Slim Console + $75 Gift...

Amazon's Android Tablet to Cost Hundreds Less Than the iPad: Report

Amazon's Android Tablet to Cost Hundreds Less Than the iPad: Report

The highly anticipated Amazon.com tablet will emulate something from the HP TouchPad, according to a recent report. No, it won't use HP's webOS platform, instead opting for Google's Android, but it will sell for hundreds less than Apple's $499 entry-level iPad, according to a source, speaking to the New York Post. It wasn't until the price...

New ViewSonic LCDs To Include DisplayPort Interface

New ViewSonic LCDs To Include DisplayPort Interface

ViewSonic announced the VG2732m-LED and VP2765-LED large format graphics and professional monitors. Both of these 27-inch monitors offer full HD 1920x1080 resolution and feature advanced LED based panels with an ultra high contrast ratio. The VP2765-LED also utilizes Advanced MVA (AMVA) LED panel technology. This monitor offers super wide...

Sonnet Brings New Powers To Thunderbolt With ExpressCard Adapter

Sonnet Brings New Powers To Thunderbolt With ExpressCard Adapter

Apple's Thunderbolt port may have brought with it a ton of hype, but thus far, there aren't too many actual peripherals to use with it. But of course, that's changing as time progresses. While it's most useful for connecting high-speed storage solutions right now, it'll soon become useful for who-knows-what. With that much bandwidth, the options...

AT&T, VZW And T-Mobile To Pump $100m Into Google Wallet Rival, Isis

AT&T, VZW And T-Mobile To Pump $100m Into Google Wallet Rival, Isis

There's one thing that just can't be overstated enough in this business: competition is great. Mobile payments have been spinning around for years, mostly in places outside of North America, but recent developments have brought all sorts of interest to that region. PayPal, Google and legions of carriers are all taking notice, realizing that...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Surround Vision Examined with ASUS MARS II 3GB Dual GTX 580 @ Tweaktown Samsung UN55D7000 55 Inch Smart LED 3D TV Review @ Tweaknews Geforce GTX460 SLI configuration @ t-break Four Graphics Cards: Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti, Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC and XFX Radeon HD 6970/HD 6950 Standard Edition @ XBitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets:...

Valve Unveils CS: Go Official Trailer, New Screen Shots

Valve Unveils CS: Go Official Trailer, New Screen Shots

Valve has continued to unveil features and screen captures from the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in its bid to drum up excitement around what promises to be a massive update and extension to one of the most popular FPS titles of all time. The game is intended to update and extend Counter-Strike's classic formula, with new versions...

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S II LTE And Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S II LTE And Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

IFA's kicking off this week in Berlin, and that means a bevy of new gadgets to make your current gadgets look mighty old. Samsung is first out of the block with two new impressive pieces of kit, the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy TAb 8.9 LTE. Rather than just shoving an LTE module into these and calling it a day, Samsung's actually retooling...

Google's Schmidt Sees More Google TV Partners Coming

Google's Schmidt Sees More Google TV Partners Coming

Thought Google TV was as washed-up as Buzz and Wave? Not so fast. While Google TV had a ton of hype behind it, the high cost of entry and not-exactly-seamless integration left many critics and consumers wanting more. But unlike some efforts that fall flat for Google, the company isn't giving up hope on this one just yet. According to a new...

Microsoft Bringing 3D Mode To Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Microsoft Bringing 3D Mode To Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Eager for more 3D? The market has yet to truly determine is the format is here to stay, but Microsoft's betting that it is. The company just announced that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will have a 3D display mode. Yeah, the next Halo. In 3D. Now would be the perfect time to invest in a mondo 3D projector, we think. The title was recently...

Apple Yanks TV Rentals, Suggests People Prefer Outright Buys

Apple Yanks TV Rentals, Suggests People Prefer Outright Buys

If you aren't a heavy Apple TV user, you may not have noticed anything different tonight upon firing up your box. But if you've been on a renting rampage, something may seem... off. And it is. Completely off. Apple has decided to quietly (or as quietly as Apple can do something) pull the plug on TV episode renting from within iTunes. Now,...

Apple's A6 Won't Reach iPad Until Later in 2012

Apple's A6 Won't Reach iPad Until Later in 2012

For a CPU that hasn't seen the light of day, there's a great deal of debate surrounding Apple's A6—and the suggestion that it may not appear until later in 2012. The A6 is a complex bit of hardware; rumors indicate that the chip is a quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU built on 28nm at TSMC and utilizing the latter's 3D fabrication technology. We've...

GameStop Backflips; Offers Apology, $50 Game Card

GameStop Backflips; Offers Apology, $50 Game Card

Last week, we covered GameStop's decision to first pull coupons from Deus Ex: Human Revolution from game boxes and the company's subsequent decision to stop selling the game altogether until Square Enix provided it with boxed versions that didn't include a coupon for OnLive's gaming service. Now, GameStop has pulled an about-face and is offering...

Researchers Say Cellular Networks Have Major Issues

Researchers Say Cellular Networks Have Major Issues

A group of researchers from the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research released a paper titled An Untold Story of Middleboxes in Cellular Networks in which they reveal why and how cellular service is both sub-optimal and insecure. How did they do it? They developed a tool called NetPiculet, which uses intelligent measurement to probe...

Report: Apple's Steve Jobs Won't Step Away From Decision Making Processes

Report: Apple's Steve Jobs Won't Step Away From Decision Making Processes

There's tons of talk surrounding Apple right now, and for good reason. The man who directed a huge amount of Apple's comeback story has stepped aside as CEO, and there are plenty of unanswered questions moving forward. But it's important to note a few things. First, Tim Cook has been a monumental figure at Apple during Steve Jobs' periods...

Nokia Launches Staggeringly Cheap Phones: More Mobiles For More People

Nokia Launches Staggeringly Cheap Phones: More Mobiles For More People

Who says new technology has to be expensive? Not Nokia! For years, the company has maintained a wild market share dominance by focusing heavily on getting phones to developing markets -- markets where cellphones have yet to really grab hold. When Nokia sneaks in first, entire nations tend to grab on and start using their technology. Now, the...

Verizon Wireless Takes Top Crown In J.D. Power Reliability Report

Verizon Wireless Takes Top Crown In J.D. Power Reliability Report

Sometimes, the hype is accurate. Sometimes, it's not. But it says something to AT&T's claim of covering 97% of Americans when Verizon Wireless claims the "most reliable carrier" crowd yet again. Despite taking on loads of new customers from their Alltel acquisition, it looks like VZW is beating the other guys when it comes to uptime and...

Samsung Accidentally Reveals Three New Products

Samsung Accidentally Reveals Three New Products

Someone snooping around Samsung's Mobile Unpacked application has discovered a trio of logos for potential devices to be unveiled at the IFA trade show in September. The names on the logos are listed as "Samsung Galaxy Note," "Samsung Wave 3," and "Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7." These suggest that the company plans on announcing three new devices...

Nvidia Teams With HP To Offer Massive "GPU Starter" Kit

Nvidia Teams With HP To Offer Massive "GPU Starter" Kit

Nvidia and HP have developed a limited edition GPU Starter Kit meant to provide a drop-shipped means for anyone interested in developing for HPC applications. The term 'starter kit' is very nearly a misnomer, as the package deal provides a system more than sufficient to get the ball rolling. The system contains eight ProLiant SL390 G7 servers,...

HP Offers Free Apps to TouchPad Owners

HP Offers Free Apps to TouchPad Owners

HP dropped a bombshell on consumers with last week's TouchPad $99 firesale, and now the company is going to sweeten the deal by giving away six free apps for the tablet. The TouchPad has certainly gained some popularity after being snatched up everywhere by deal-hungry consumers, having sold out at many locations causing HP to send...

IBM Building 120PB Drive, World’s Largest

IBM Building 120PB Drive, World’s Largest

Researchers at IBM’s Almaden, CA research facility are building a storage drive of monstrous proportions, a machination comprised of 200,000 hard disks that equals 120PB. So yes, it can house your entire digital music and HD video collection, as well as tens of thousands of copies of it. The drive is designed to run the huge, complex...

TouchDroid: Android On The TouchPad – Setting Realistic Expectations

TouchDroid: Android On The TouchPad – Setting Realistic Expectations

Over the last couple of weeks, since HP announced its will no longer manufacture devices using WebOS and the ensuing fire-sale of HP TouchPads, there has been much talk about porting Android over to the TouchPad to breathe some new life into an otherwise pretty nice piece of hardware. There are already a couple of projects underway and...

Verizon Wireless May Not Offer Samsung Galaxy S II After All

Verizon Wireless May Not Offer Samsung Galaxy S II After All

We've known about the upcoming announcement and launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for US carriers for a little while now. It has been assumed that Samsung would make a variant of this phone for all four of the top U.S. carriers. Now, one of America's largest carriers, Verizon Wireless, has confirmed that it will not carry the Samsung...

Leaked Image Of HTC Omega Surfaces

Leaked Image Of HTC Omega Surfaces

Thanks to a leaked image, we're learning more about an upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphone known as the HTC Omega. Based on the picture, the Omega will be a white and silver handset. It appears to have an aluminum construction. Omega is likely a codename. Reports suggest the phone could be known as the HTC Radar when it ships with a...

Samsung Sets the Record Straight, Says It's Uninterested in HP's PC Business

Samsung Sets the Record Straight, Says It's Uninterested in HP's PC Business

Hewlett Packard is shopping for a buyer to take its PC business off its hands, and there has been plenty of speculation as to which company might swoop in. One name that keeps coming up is Samsung, but that's now looking less likely than ever since Samsung CEO Geosing Choi said his company isn't interested. "To put to rest any speculation...

Razer's Big Reveal is 'Razer Blade,' a Gaming Notebook Like No Other

Razer's Big Reveal is 'Razer Blade,' a Gaming Notebook Like No Other

Apple isn't the only one capable of creating an epic buzz for a product launch. Gaming peripheral maker Razer on Monday put the world -- and especially the console community -- on notice that PC gaming is far from dead, and those who claim otherwise can stick their obituaries where the sun doesn't shine. The language wasn't quite as confrontational...

Linux Market Shared Broken Down By Product Segment

Linux Market Shared Broken Down By Product Segment

We got some interesting statistics sent over from MBAOnline that we thought you’d all like to see and discuss. The infographic below details Linux and Linux-based operating system marketshare in three distinct market segments, desktops, tablets and mobile. As you’ll see, the disparity between the platforms is huge. On the desktop,...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: 27" LCD, Dell Vostro, Logitech Cordless Desktop

HH Hot Deals of the Day: 27" LCD, Dell Vostro, Logitech Cordless Desktop

Just in time to close out another week, our friends from LogicBuy are ready with another fresh batch on HOT deals. On tap for you all this morning is a 27” Planar 1080P monitor, an Intel Core i3/i5 powered Dell Vostro, a Logitech cordless desktop with BlueTooth support, and a 46” Toshiba HDTV—you know, so you can game on...

Garmin Reveals 2012 Nuvi Line Of GPS Navigators

Garmin Reveals 2012 Nuvi Line Of GPS Navigators

We hate to admit it, but we're having a hard time remembering the last time Garmin spat out a new range of navigators, but it's not surprising. While these things were once hot commodities in the consumer realm, many drivers have reverted to using in-dash GPS systems or their smartphone to get from Point A to Point B. Nevertheless, there's...

SanDisk Reveals Tiny Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player

SanDisk Reveals Tiny Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player

It was SanDisk's own CEO who confessed years back that no one could "out iPod the iPod," but the company is still plugging along with their Sansa line of MP3 players. Granted, these simplistic players don't exactly compete with the iPod touch, but still, it's a little strange to see the company introducing a new rival, in any sense. The newest...

OWC Launches 6Gb/sec Mercury Electra SSD: 60GB to 480GB

OWC Launches 6Gb/sec Mercury Electra SSD: 60GB to 480GB

A 60GB solid state drive won't impress too many notebook users these days, but if you're looking for a speedy boot drive in your desktop (while relying on a sizable HDD for everything else), you don't need to sink a ton of money into a sizable SSD. 60GB will work just fine for that, thank you very much. OWC has a new option to consider, the...

ASUS MARS II Review: GeForce GTX 580 SLI On One PCB

ASUS MARS II Review: GeForce GTX 580 SLI On One PCB

Asus has never been a company to shy away from offering over-the-top, custom products that command a price premium. Perhaps it’s because the company is large enough, and thus, has the resources to cater to virtually all market segments, big or small. Or perhaps the top brass at Asus just likes inducing slack-jawed stares from PC enthusiasts....

RIM Debuts BlackBerry Music Amidst Fears The Service May Not Find An Audience

RIM Debuts BlackBerry Music Amidst Fears The Service May Not Find An Audience

Investors and analysts agree, Research In Motion needs to do something to reinvigorate its market position and prevent legions of once-loyal BlackBerry users from transitioning en masse to Android and iOS devices. Whether the company's newly announced music service is going to do anything to stem the tide is, however, a matter of debate. The...

Mozilla Aiming For Unified Mobile Development With WebAPI

Mozilla Aiming For Unified Mobile Development With WebAPI

Mozilla has begun development on an ambitious new project with the goal of providing a single application development environment for modern mobile devices. The project, named WebAPI, is Mozilla's attempt at breaking down the barriers between propriety app systems on iOS, Android, and others. Mozilla wants to provide a consistent, cross-platform,...

Digital Storm Announces New Cryo-TEC Cooling System

Digital Storm Announces New Cryo-TEC Cooling System

Digital Storm has a new cooling system out; built largely on its Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system, it’s called Cryo-TEC Cooling. With the new system, the company expanded on the technology it used with the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system in a few ways. First, the whole package is smaller. Second, it’s a lot cheaper--up to $500 less...

Dutch Judge Bans Samsung Phones, Saves Tablets

Dutch Judge Bans Samsung Phones, Saves Tablets

The verdict has come on Apple's filing against Samsung to ban all Galaxy products across Europe, and the results are a mixed bag. A judge in The Hague handed down the ruling yesterday, awarding Apple a preliminary injunction barring Samsung from importing, distributing, or selling its Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, and Ace smartphones in the EU. The...

AMD Names New CEO: Lenovo’s Rory P. Read

AMD Names New CEO: Lenovo’s Rory P. Read

Steve Jobs isn’t the only CEO making a move in the tech industry this week; Rory P. Read, formerly of Lenovo, has been tapped as the new CEO of AMD. Read has had a successful run at Lenovo for the last five years, including the last two as its president and COO where he oversaw the company’s overall growth strategy. Under his watch,...

Gamestop Caught Stealing Coupons From Deus Ex; Retaliates By Pulling Game

Gamestop Caught Stealing Coupons From Deus Ex; Retaliates By Pulling Game

Most companies, when caught removing something from a game box that the publisher meant to put there, might express shame or at least pretend it was an accident. Not GameStop. Yesterday, news broke that the massive retailer had given orders to open all copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and remove the coupon for a free copy of the game, courtesy...

Sony Redefines Interchangeable Lens Segment With 24.3MP NEX-7

Sony Redefines Interchangeable Lens Segment With 24.3MP NEX-7

There's a new kind of camera in town, and if it's not Micro Four Thirds, it must be the broader 'interchangeable lens.' Sony has taken that segment as their own, producing the NEX-3 and NEX-5 early on. Now, it's clear they've been innovating all the while, with a unique new compact that packs DSLR-like specs into a smaller, more mobile body....

Google Fiber Brings 1Gbps Internet To Stanford Residents... For Free

Google Fiber Brings 1Gbps Internet To Stanford Residents... For Free

Google made quite the deal about selecting Kansas City, Kansas (and eventually, the Kansas City everyone knows over in Missouri) to be its first major consumer test market for Google Fiber, but there's another small town in America taking part in the trial: Stanford. Being so close to Google's California headquarters didn't hurt, and of course,...

Rosewill Reaches into Mechanical Keyboard Market with Four Cherry MX Models

Rosewill Reaches into Mechanical Keyboard Market with Four Cherry MX Models

Silent keyboards go "click click click," regular keyboards go "Click Click Click," and mechanical keyboards go "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT ME, I'M A MECHANICAL KEYBOARD!" Some of us here at HotHardware really like the obnoxious clicks that a mechanical keyboard produces, and with Rosewill announcing four mechanical models of its own, perhaps the...

Iomega Introduces New StorCenter Network Storage Array

Iomega Introduces New StorCenter Network Storage Array

Iomega recently launched the new Iomega StorCenter px12-350r Network Storage Array. This NAS features an Intel Core2 Duo processor, 7,200 rpm hard drives, and optional solid state drives. The new StorCenter px12-350r offers full Hyper-V Live migration support, multiple RAID levels, hot swap drives, and native support for Avamar deduplicating...

LG's LSM-100 Mouse Scanner is a Two Trick Rodent

LG's LSM-100 Mouse Scanner is a Two Trick Rodent

You go ahead and decide whether LG's LSM-100 device is a mouse or a scanner. Did you pick one? Great, you're wrong. What's that, you want to change your answer? You're more than welcome to do that, and you're still wrong. That's because the LSM-100 is not a mouse or scanner, it's a mouse and scanner, all rolled into one. Huh? Someone at LG...

Samsung Declines Interest In HP's PC Business

Samsung Declines Interest In HP's PC Business

In the wake of HP's announcement that it intends to investigate a PC spin off, the company has discovered one of the downsides to being the market leader:  It's hard to find a buyer. Samsung has recently announced it has no interest in acquiring HP's PSG (Personal Systems Group).  While Samsung's own PC business is quite healthy,...

HH Deals of The Day: Dell and HP Notebooks, Logitech Speakers and Cordless Desktop System

HH Deals of The Day: Dell and HP Notebooks, Logitech Speakers and Cordless Desktop System

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you all today, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. We've got all sorts of gizmos, from Dell and HP notebooks, to great speakers and a wireless desktop kit from Logitech. 15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R-2nd Gen Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz Dual-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $675 14" HP Pavilion dv4t Core...

Verizon Wireless & Intuit Offer Mobile Credit Card Processing

Verizon Wireless & Intuit Offer Mobile Credit Card Processing

Verizon Wireless and Intuit are making it easier for small businesses to accept credit card payments using smartphones or tablets with the introduction of Intuit’s GoPayment app and pocket-sized credit card reader. The card reader plugs into the audio jack of supported smartphones and tablets. You can then swipe a credit or debit card...

Jobs Departure Marks End of An Age; Not the End of Apple

Jobs Departure Marks End of An Age; Not the End of Apple

In the wake of Steve Jobs' departure, Apple is probably going to have a rough couple of days, but one can't but chuckle at the irony of the former CEO's timing. Apple has a long history of doing things in a way that surpasses their competition and Jobs' announcement handily surpasses HP's decision to abandon tablets and PCs. HP, after all,...

Hulu Plus Comes To Vizio's $299 8" Tablet

Hulu Plus Comes To Vizio's $299 8" Tablet

Love Hulu? Love your Vizio tablet? You're in for a treat. The company's 8" Tablet just got Hulu Plus support, bringing one of the Web's most popular video viewing services to a tablet that's still struggling to make a dent in the U.S. market. Anyone willing to splurge on the $7.99/month service will now be able to enjoy it on the Vizio Tablet,...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Steps Down From Role; Tim Cook Steps In

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Steps Down From Role; Tim Cook Steps In

In the span of mere days, Google announced its intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility, HP halted webOS and PC production, and the TouchPad went on a fire sale at just $99. Now, Steve Jobs is stepping down as Apple's CEO. August has surely been a shocking month for the tech world. In fact, the news from Cupertino was so shocking, Apple's publicly...

ECS G11 Conforms To AIO Specs, Offers Upgradeable Motherboard

ECS G11 Conforms To AIO Specs, Offers Upgradeable Motherboard

All-in-one (AIO) systems like Apple's iMacs or the Asus 2400ET that were reviewed earlier this year are much like notebooks, in that they trade potential upgradeability for convenience and a smaller footprint. RAM is the one component users can count on being able to upgrade, though some models may offer an additional hard drive bay or a slot...

Dish Network Looks To Build Its Own LTE Network

Dish Network Looks To Build Its Own LTE Network

The 4G party is raging, and everybody wants to come, invited or not. Satellite TV provider Dish Network is the latest player to crash the party by asking for an FCC permit to build its own LTE network. The company is sitting on some spectrum licensing after its acquisition of bankrupt satellite phone service provider TerreStar Networks earlier...

Windows 8 Will Support USB 3.0 & Older USB Iterations, Too

Windows 8 Will Support USB 3.0 & Older USB Iterations, Too

Here's even more on the upcoming Windows 8 OS. In a post on the official Building Windows 8 blog, Dennis Flanagan (Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group) assured one and all that Windows 8 will not only support USB 3.0 but will offer backwards compatibility with earlier iterations of the USB standard. The reasons...

Samsung Gives Sneak Peak At New Phones

Samsung Gives Sneak Peak At New Phones

Samsung will use a new naming strategy when it shows off a new line of Galaxy branded phones at the IFA Conference in Berlin early next month. New models will utilize a combination of letters and tags to describe the phones. In the meantime, Samsung has provided a few details about four upcoming models: the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y,...

Acer Targets Businesses With Slim New TravelMate Timeline Notebook

Acer Targets Businesses With Slim New TravelMate Timeline Notebook

Acer introduced the new TravelMate Timeline 8481T lightweight and slim notebook. This notebook weighs 3.7 pounds and has a profile that is 0.87-inches thick. The TravelMate Timeline 8481T utilizes a new display technology that makes it possible for a frameless 14-inch LCD to fit in a 13.3-inch footprint. The TravelMate Timeline 8481T claims...

Toshiba Announces Smarbo, a Dual CPU Roomba Killer

Toshiba Announces Smarbo, a Dual CPU Roomba Killer

There aren't many competitions where the one that sucks the best is considered the winner, and even less that are fit for print on a family friendly technology website. But we're talking about vacuums here, so we're in the clear. We know that's going to disappoint some of you who were hoping for...something else, but get over it and read on,...

Hints That iPhone 5 Will Be Dual-Mode, iPhone 4 8GB Model Coming Soon

Hints That iPhone 5 Will Be Dual-Mode, iPhone 4 8GB Model Coming Soon

The rumor mill is churning again, and this time it has produced some new iPhone rumors. Hints from an iOS developer's activity logs suggest that the next generation iPhone model will be dual-mode, that is, connected to both Verizon and AT&T's networks. According to the dev, a device they believed to be the next-gen iPhone running iOS 5...

Canon's New Pixma Printers Make It Easy to Print Those Sexy Smartphone Text Message Photos

Canon's New Pixma Printers Make It Easy to Print Those Sexy Smartphone Text Message Photos

Canon went and kicked out a couple of new wireless (802.11n certified) all-in-one photo printers, the Pixma MG8220 and MG6220. These versatile printers do more than print out TPS reports and family photos, they also let you scan and copy images, as well as send print commands over your wireless connection, even from your smartphone. The top-end...

AMD 990FX Motherboard Round-Up: Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte

AMD 990FX Motherboard Round-Up: Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte

With AMD’s FX-Series process due to arrive sometime in the not too distant future, we thought it was a good time to check out a few high-end 990FX-based motherboards. We want to give you prospective AMD buyers a glimpse at some ‘boards designed with the FX-Series in mind. The ASUS CrossHair V Formula, ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional,...

At Last: Sprint to Get Its Own iPhone

At Last: Sprint to Get Its Own iPhone

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint, No. 3 among the United States' Big 4 wireless carriers, will finally have an iPhone to call its own. Sprint will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, the WSJ said, according to the normal "people familiar with the matter." The timing seems to match the latest rumors on the launch of Apple's...

HH Deals of the Day: Dell 20% Coupon, a 21.5" LCD, and More

HH Deals of the Day: Dell 20% Coupon, a 21.5" LCD, and More

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you all today, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap is a stackable Dell 20% Off coupon for Precision workstations, a Dell 15" notebook with interchangeable lids, and a slick, LED backlit 21.5” Dell LCD... 15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R-2nd Gen Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz Dual-core Laptop...

Telecom Companies To Expand Broadband in Rural US

Telecom Companies To Expand Broadband in Rural US

Telecommunications companies in 16 states have laid out plans to share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas of the country that haven't yet been reached by high-speed service or are underserved. The announcement comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing about...

TMS Reveals 10TB RamSAN-810 Enterprise Storage Solution

TMS Reveals 10TB RamSAN-810 Enterprise Storage Solution

Texas Memory Systems, a high-end storage and memory provider, has just announced that they're moving into the enterprise MLC market with the first of a new series of eMLC products. The RamSan-810 is the new guy, and it leverages 33 years of design expertise in record-setting performance and reliability for the eMLC Flash storage market. ...

Sprint To Offer BlackBerry Curve 9350 For Just $80 On Contract

Sprint To Offer BlackBerry Curve 9350 For Just $80 On Contract

Looks like RIM still has a friend in Sprint. Despite taking a beating in the media recently, Research in Motion's new Curve smartphone looks downright excellent for those who still find value in BBM, physical QWERTY keyboards and RIM's legendary e-mail systems. Now, the Curve 9350 will be coming to Sprint starting September 9th. BlackBerry...

ZyXEL Intros $250 NBG5715 Dual-Band Wireless Router

ZyXEL Intros $250 NBG5715 Dual-Band Wireless Router

There's professional grade, consumer grade, and then there's ZyXEL, which seems to strike a balance between the two. The high-end networking company has just revealed their new NBG5715 dual-band wireless router, a "supercharged gateway" that doubles performance by creating two separate, concurrent networks. This enables consumers to browse...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS MARS II 3GB Dual GTX 580 Video Card Review @ Tweaktown ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Review @ OCC ASUS Mars II 3 GB Dual GTX 580 @ techPowerUp Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion ASUS Rampage III Black Edition Review @ Neoseeker Futurelooks News Flash - GIGABYTE X58A-OC LGA1366 ATX Extreme...

Google+: The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Facebook (And Its Users)

Google+: The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Facebook (And Its Users)

We don’t often call out our blog posts in the news, but we thought this topic would be great to spur some discussion. J.D. just posted a little something in our Something Social blog titled, “Google+: The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Facebook (And Its Users)”. Some of the most common complaints regarding Facebook...

Pure Storage Announces All-Flash Enterprise Storage Array

Pure Storage Announces All-Flash Enterprise Storage Array

At a time when some still swear by tape storage, flash storage is making inroads into the data center, driven by newcomer Pure Storage. Today, the company announced an all-flash enterprise storage array in the form of the Pure Storage FlashArray FA-300 series. Pure Storage FlashArray (FA-310) The new line of products are designed to marry...

Smartphone/Tablet Ownership in U.S. Will Reach 65% by 2015

Smartphone/Tablet Ownership in U.S. Will Reach 65% by 2015

Research firm In-Stat announced its prediction that by 2015, 65% of the total U.S. population will own a smartphone, tablet, or both. That’s around 200 million people, for those keeping track at home. Other predictions from In-Stat for 2015 also include: -86% of smartphone/tablet users will view video on their mobile devices. -Nearly...

China Skips Ahead of U.S. in PC Sales Ahead of Schedule

China Skips Ahead of U.S. in PC Sales Ahead of Schedule

For those of you keeping score, China just leapfrogged over the United States to become the largest PC market in the world, according to data by market research firm IDC. The latest figures peg China accounting for 18.5 million units worth $11.9 billion shipped in the second quarter of 2011, enough to edge out the United States, which received...

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Now Available

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Now Available

Lenovo's first business-class Android-based tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet, is now available. This 10.1-inch, Android 3.1 tablet features pen-based handwriting recognition technology. The tablet also features a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, mini-HDMI for connecting to external displays, and a keyboard folio case with optical TrackPoint....

Pause the PC Eulogy, HP Outs Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One for Enterprise

Pause the PC Eulogy, HP Outs Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One for Enterprise

Well this is awkward, Just days after Hewlett Packard dropped a bombshell and announced to the world it wants to rid itself of its pesky PC business and focus all of its attention on software and printers, the OEM rolls out a new all-in-one (AIO) PC. It's the HP Compaq 8200 Elite, a slick looking machine aimed at enterprise users not bothered...

Corsair Announces DDR3 Memory Upgrades For Apple Computers

Corsair Announces DDR3 Memory Upgrades For Apple Computers

Corsair is working to make it easy for you to upgrade your Apple Mac desktop and laptop PCs with the availability of its 4GB DDR3 memory kit. These kits are tested at Apple Developer Compatibility Labs and are guaranteed to work with any Mac desktop or notebook PC that supports 4GB DDR3 SODIMMs. This includes iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook,...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: A Sequel We Always Wanted

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: A Sequel We Always Wanted

Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means...

Apple Adds Link to Japan's Earthquake Detection to iOS 5

Apple Adds Link to Japan's Earthquake Detection to iOS 5

A new feature has shown up in the still-to-be-released iOS 5: an early warning system for earthquakes tied to Japan's earthquake-early-detection service. Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. Just a week after the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, which the country is still recovering from, Time Magazine profiled...

HH Deals of The Day: Alienware M11x and Dell's 17-inch Inspiron 17R

HH Deals of The Day: Alienware M11x and Dell's 17-inch Inspiron 17R

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals to start off the new week, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. The Alienware M11x makes it's return, this time with a decked-out config.  And a big boy 17-inch machine from Dell with a Core i7 quad-core for $800-ish?  Yep, you don't have to break the bank after all... 11.6" Alienware M11x...

HP Reports Second Wave of TouchPads Coming

HP Reports Second Wave of TouchPads Coming

Amazon's Kindle has been booted out of the top spot among electronics best sellers by a device which has been, basically, sent to the scrap heap: the HP TouchPad. The 16GB and 32GB versions are in the top spots among Amazon's electronics best sellers.  Amazon.com itself is sold out of the device by now, but some of its third-party Marketplace...

ERPLY Intros iPad Credit Card / NFC Payment Solution

ERPLY Intros iPad Credit Card / NFC Payment Solution

If there's one thing blowing up in the tech universe this year, it's mobile payments. PayPass, Google Wallet, NFC and others have taken off, starting in Asia years ago, and now being embraced North America. It shouldn't come as any surprise, then, that a company most people have never heard of is getting into the game. ERPLY, a provider of...

Canon Reveals Three New PowerShot Compact Cameras

Canon Reveals Three New PowerShot Compact Cameras

Good news for the photogs: Canon has just introduced a new range of PowerShot compacts. The three new cameras are the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (the world’s thinnest digital camera with 12x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens) and the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS. Built to handle a wide range of shooting situations with...

RIM Outs Three New BlackBerry Curve Smartphones, All Slim And Sexy

RIM Outs Three New BlackBerry Curve Smartphones, All Slim And Sexy

A few weeks ago, RIM introduced a smattering of new BlackBerry handsets, but one handset that was missing from the bunch was a newly designed Curve. Looks like that one was... just a bit behind the curve. (Sorry, had to do that.) Today, however, the Canadian smartphone maker is introducing the slickest, slimmest Curve yet. The Curve 9350,...

Google's Street View Heads To The Amazon, Where's Next?

Google's Street View Heads To The Amazon, Where's Next?

Google has just announced a brand new initiative that sounds mighty ambitious: heading to the Amazon. The service already allows folks to hike around Stonehenge or even ski down Whistler’s slopes, all without leaving home. Soon, users will be able to float down the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil and experience some of...

Farting Around the Web at Work Raises Productivity Levels

Farting Around the Web at Work Raises Productivity Levels

Employers typically frown on workers surfing the cyber highway when they should be working, but as long as it's in moderation, they may want to lighten up. A new study shows that browsing the Web from work actually rejuvenates employees and makes them more productive. Don J. Q. Chen and Vivien K.G. Lim of the National University of Singapore...

Asus MARS II Single-Card GeForce GTX 580 SLI Sneak Peek

Asus MARS II Single-Card GeForce GTX 580 SLI Sneak Peek

We’re all for well-built reference cards that put reliability and compatibility front and center, but there’s just something exciting about an over-the-top custom graphics card that gets our juices flowing. We think many of you probably feel the same, so we couldn’t resist posting some pictures of a graphics card of...

Razer Consoles  PC Gamers, Says Their Platform Isn't Dead and Teases Aug. 26 Announcement

Razer Consoles PC Gamers, Says Their Platform Isn't Dead and Teases Aug. 26 Announcement

Gaming peripheral maker Razer is raging against the notion that PC gaming is dead and that the future lies in consoles and consoles alone. Razer's big reveal on August 26, 2011 promises to set the record straight, and in the meantime, Razer's hype machine is firing off plenty of red blooded rhetoric fiercely defending PC gamers at large. Check...

Apple Looking to Hire LTE Field Test Engineers

Apple Looking to Hire LTE Field Test Engineers

While most believe that the next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5, will not sport Long-Term Evolution (LTE) hardware, the evidence that Apple isn't wasting any time testing it continues to build. Earlier, evidence that carriers were testing LTE-based iPhones using a build of iOS 5 was spied in a .plist file in one of the latest iOS 5 beta builds....

HH Deals of the Day: Dell 20% Coupon, An HP ENVY and 30" LCD

HH Deals of the Day: Dell 20% Coupon, An HP ENVY and 30" LCD

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals to start off the new week, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today is a stackable Dell 20% Off coupon Precision workstations, a slick HP ENVY 14.5” notebook, and a gargantuan 30” Dell LCD. 20% Stackable Coupon Dell Precision Fixed Workstations over $1000 ...

Sony Ericsson's Live With Walkman Smartphone Ships With Gingerbread

Sony Ericsson's Live With Walkman Smartphone Ships With Gingerbread

Remember when Sony Ericsson dumped all of those employees in 2009? And we all thought they were learning a lesson, turning things around and getting ready to compete in a world dominated by phones like the Droid Incredible 2 and iPhone? Whatever happened to that? The SE "Play" is about as close as the company ever came to nailing a phone,...

Skype Acquires GroupMe, Knocks One More Rival Out

Skype Acquires GroupMe, Knocks One More Rival Out

Skype's on the acquisition trail again. Shortly after Microsoft announced their intentions to scoop up Skype for many, many billions of dollars, Skype themselves have done some shopping on the open market. GroupMe, a social startup that was gaining huge traction with their group-messaging application on Android and iOS, is now a part of the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX580 Platinum Video Card Review @ [H] Asus HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion [Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 23.2 Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS ASRock Z68 Professional Fatal1ty Gen.3 @ PureOverclock Sapphire...

AMD Refreshes E and C-Series APUs for Low-Power and Mobile Platforms

AMD Refreshes E and C-Series APUs for Low-Power and Mobile Platforms

After successful launch of their initial E and C-Series Accelerated Processing Units for low-power and mobile platforms, AMD is ready with its first refreshes of the E and C-Series product lines. Being announced today are new flaghship and mid-range E-Series parts along with a new top-end C-Series chip. The new AMD E-450 supplants...

HP Bombshell Sheds Light On Past Voodoo / Rahul Sood Shakeup

HP Bombshell Sheds Light On Past Voodoo / Rahul Sood Shakeup

Let's face it: it's not bad being Todd Bradley, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group, nor is it tough being former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who is currently working on the webOS side at HP. Both of these guys probably have fairly cushy lifestyles and nice corporate paychecks, but the level of stress they have to deal with on a daily basis...

RAGE HD Becomes Free After 100K Facebook "Likes"

RAGE HD Becomes Free After 100K Facebook "Likes"

We aren't ashamed of it: we have an unnatural love affair with all-things RAGE around here, and anyone even remotely into the gaming scene would probably agree. It's pretty remarkable to see what high-end gaming has become, even on the mobile front. Just a few years ago, imagining a scenario where cutting-edge titles were able to be played...

HP Puts TouchPad On $99 Firesale, Best Buy Joins The Fun

HP Puts TouchPad On $99 Firesale, Best Buy Joins The Fun

Here's an idea for tablet makers who are striving to compete with Apple: sell your device for $99. We know, that's no way to actually stay in business, but it's working like a charm for HP, even after the company announced that the TouchPad was a dead product this past week. Shortly after the company made clear that this was the end of the...

PROTECT IP Act Could Cost Taxpayers, Private Sector Millions

PROTECT IP Act Could Cost Taxpayers, Private Sector Millions

Taxpayers in the United States could soon be stuck footing the bill for some very costly copyright infringement enforcement. For those that don't know, the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or Senate Bill S.968) is a piece of controversial legislation introduced...

iPad 3 to Possibly Launch in Early 2012

iPad 3 to Possibly Launch in Early 2012

While it has been previously reported that the iPad 3 could be launching this October, new evidence suggest a release in early 2012. The evidence comes largely from Apple's interactions with suppliers: the company has been noted as having set delivery dates for the components of the new iPad and has begun to place orders for 1.5 million iPad...

Dropbox Releases Update, Fixes Mac OS X Lion Integration Issue

Dropbox Releases Update, Fixes Mac OS X Lion Integration Issue

Popular cloud storage service Dropbox released a stable build (1.1.40) that fixes a problem with Mac OS X Lion integration. The issue, which didn’t seem to make many waves and needed a TUAW post to get wider attention, was that Dropbox wasn’t fully integrating with the OS; additionally, some Macs running OS X weren’t updating...

New AT&T Customers to Pay More for Texting

New AT&T Customers to Pay More for Texting

Bad news for potential AT&T customers: the communications giant has announced that it will be revising its text-messaging pricing to push customers towards its more expensive plans. Where new customers could previously get 1,000 text messages for $10 a month, new customers will be stuck with a $20 a month unlimited plan or a $30 a month...

RIM Ready To Launch BlackBerry Music Service?

RIM Ready To Launch BlackBerry Music Service?

Music services have been beat like a drum over the past few years, so is there really room or another? RIM seems to believe so, as it has just announced its new Blackberry Music Service. According to CNET's sources, RIM is "in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger,...

Sprint Rumored To Be In Acquisition Talks Regarding Clearwire

Sprint Rumored To Be In Acquisition Talks Regarding Clearwire

While Sprint has a major stake in the company that provides WiMAX services to all of its 4G devices, Clearwire is still its own beast. It may not remain that way for long, however: a new Bloomberg report suggests that Sprint is currently "talking with cable companies about a possible investment that may lead to an acquisition of partner Clearwire."...

Elgato's New iPad App Brings Cable TV Streaming To Your Tablet

Elgato's New iPad App Brings Cable TV Streaming To Your Tablet

Streaming cable TV to a tablet has been a dream for more than a few A/V junkies, and now that's partially becoming a reality thanks to Elgato. The company's new HDHomeRun PRIME app for the iPad 2 is now available on the App Store, and will work in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME line of CableCard-enabled network tuners to...

Anonymous Attacks Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI) Senior VP

Anonymous Attacks Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI) Senior VP

Anonymous and its various splinter groups have kept themselves in the headlines for quite some time by hacking and/or attacking a diverse cadre of people, groups, and Web sites, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), PayPal, government contractors, the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), Sony, and so on. The latest victim is...

Apple Asks Netherlands To Ban Huge Swath of Samsung Products

Apple Asks Netherlands To Ban Huge Swath of Samsung Products

When Apple won its initial injunction request against Samsung ten days ago, it was noted that the company had a separate legal proceeding underway in the Netherlands that was aimed at a similar goal. New information suggests that Apple's requests in this case are much broader and aimed at disassembling Samsung's ability to sell products in...

Samsung Develops New 32GB RDIMM

Samsung Develops New 32GB RDIMM

Samsung Electronics has announced the creation of a new 32GB RDIMM with 3D TSV technology. The RDIMM (registered dual inline memory module) was made by stacking DDR3 SDRAMs that were manufactured by using 30nm-class process technology, and those SDRAMs were connected using the TSV (through silicon via) technology. This new module can provide...

Chinese Rare Earth Restrictions To Raise Hard Drive Prices

Chinese Rare Earth Restrictions To Raise Hard Drive Prices

Multiple manufacturers in the IT industry have been keeping a wary eye on China's decision to cut back on rare earth exports and the impact it may have on component prices. An article from DigiTimes suggests consumers will see that decision hit the hard drive industry this year, with HDD prices trending upwards an estimated 5-10 percent depending...

Best Buy Bundles Free Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Samsung 3D TVs

Best Buy Bundles Free Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Samsung 3D TVs

With Hewlett Packard scrapping plans to take over the mobile world with its webOS TouchPad (and other devices), the tablet market just became a little less crowded, and your list of potential slates a little shorter. And if you're now stuck deciding between Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, maybe Best Buy's upcoming promotion will...

Google Maps Wants to Talk about the Weather

Google Maps Wants to Talk about the Weather

With all due respect to meteorologists, the weather makes for a boring topic and the only time it should be discussed is when planning a trip or organizing an outside event. With that in mind, it only seems logical that Google would integrate a weather layer onto Google Maps, and that's exactly what the sultan of search has done. The weather...

Hercules Reveals New Multimedia Speaker Collection

Hercules Reveals New Multimedia Speaker Collection

Hercules revealed its new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection of multimedia speakers. In all, the company is launching five new models that are designed to be friendly to your wallet. The XPS ARC WHITE speakers feature a streamlined and slightly arched design. These speakers are available in two models. The XPS 2.1 20 ARC WHITE includes two satellite...

32: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 19, 2011

32: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 19, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about Id Software's upcoming game Rage and the tech behind the Id Tech 5 game engine, the Alienware Aurora R3 gaming system, Intel's Sandy Bridge-E chips reportedly shipping without heatsinks and HP's stockpile of tablets at Best Buy that nobody wants, along...

 NZXT Announces Tempest 410 & Tempest 410 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis

NZXT Announces Tempest 410 & Tempest 410 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis

NZXT is taking its Tempest Chassis series to a new level with the announcement of the 410 and 410 Elite. Like their predecessors, these new chassis promise aggressive airflow to meet the needs of overclockers. There are two touch powered 120mm fans in the front of the case that feature removable filters. The cases also offer an extra-large...

HH Deals of the Day: Olympus Camera, Dell LCDs and Projector

HH Deals of the Day: Olympus Camera, Dell LCDs and Projector

Our friends at LogicBuy are back this morning with a fresh batch of HOT deals for you all. On today’s agenda, we have an Olympus water-proof point-and-shoot camera, a couple of Dell LCD monitors (now’s your chance to score a huge 30-incher!), and a Dell projector... 14MP Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 Waterproof Camera Bundle...

Skype WiFi Comes To iOS For Temporary (And Sorta Cheap) Global Internet Access

Skype WiFi Comes To iOS For Temporary (And Sorta Cheap) Global Internet Access

With Vonage cranking out their own VoIP app, Apple's FaceTime in the mix and a whole host of third-party players gaining momentum by the day, Skype has a heck of a lot of competitors nipping at their heels. To that end, the company has just launched Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access), and it's coming to iOS. It's available right now...

AMD Intros Software Kit To Accelerate 3D Development

AMD Intros Software Kit To Accelerate 3D Development

Is 3D really here to stay? It's still hard to tell; the test of time has yet to be passed, but it seems to be gaining support rather than losing it. Now, even AMD is onboard the bandwagon, this week releasing a software kit to accelerate the development of stereo 3D. AMD today announced the availability of the AMD Quad Buffer SDK for AMD HD3D...

Corsair Reveals Two 90GB SATA 6Gb/Sec Solid State Drives

Corsair Reveals Two 90GB SATA 6Gb/Sec Solid State Drives

Does speed rule, or is capacity king? Depends on who you ask, honestly. In the SSD world, there's a fight to find balance between the two, but Corsair's latest to ship definitely sides with speed. The company has just announced the world's first 90GB SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, the Force Series 3 and Force Series GT. Corsair Force Series 3 high-performance...

AT&T Sues Law Firm Over Attempt To Block T-Mobile Deal

AT&T Sues Law Firm Over Attempt To Block T-Mobile Deal

AT&T has filed eight separate suites against the law firm of Bursor & Fisher over the firm's ongoing efforts to persuade consumers to fight the wireless giant's proposed merger with T-Mobile. The merger would give AT&T and Verizon control of an estimated 80 percent of the wireless market. T-Mobile, which is owned by Deutsche Telecom,...

HP Killing WebOS Phones And Tablets; May Spin Off PC Business

HP Killing WebOS Phones And Tablets; May Spin Off PC Business

If you thought Google buying Motorola Mobility was a bombshell to end all bombshells, have a look at this. HP just announced their most recent earnings, but that's hardly the buzz. In a rather camouflaged way, HP just made a couple of huge, huge announcements that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the technology universe. For starters,...

Console watch:  PS3 Price Drop, Nintendo's New "Wii Minus," PS Vita To Have 512MB of RAM

Console watch: PS3 Price Drop, Nintendo's New "Wii Minus," PS Vita To Have 512MB of RAM

Sony has confirmed the specs on the company's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. The new device will use an OLED screen at a resolution of 960x544. The system will use a quad-core variant of the same dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 that powers Apple's iPad 2 with 128MB of dedicated VRAM and 512MB of main system memory. It's a significant step...

IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips

IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips

According to a press release that crossed the wire today, IBM researchers have been able to develop prototype processors that function less like current CPUs and more like a human brain. The experimental chips are reportedly designed to emulate a brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The so called neurosynaptic...

Intel Pushes Out Firmware Update For 320 Series SSDs

Intel Pushes Out Firmware Update For 320 Series SSDs

Although we had no such trouble with the Intel 320 series SSD we reviewed, some users experienced errors with the 320 series drives. Here are the specifics from a recent post on the Intel Communities forum: For users unfamiliar with the issue, an Intel SSD 320 Series drive may exhibit a drive capacity of 8MB and an electronic serial # field...

Apple Now Top Mobile PC Manufacturer, Takes Lead Position From HP

Apple Now Top Mobile PC Manufacturer, Takes Lead Position From HP

Apple is at the top of yet another market share list; this time, it’s mobile PCs, which includes both tablets and notebooks. According to DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment And Forecast Report, the Cupertino company shipped 13.6 million units in Q2 2011, far outpacing second-place HP’s 9.7 million. Year-over-year,...

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Now Available To Half Of US Population

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Now Available To Half Of US Population

With the addition of 15 new 4G LTE markets and expansion of the network in 10 cities, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network is now available to more than half of the U.S. population. According to Verizon Wireless, customers using the company's 4G LTE network should enjoy average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the...

Sapphire Encourages Overclocking with New Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard

Sapphire Encourages Overclocking with New Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard

In the days of yore, overclocking was a complicated process that sometimes involved dip switches, lead pencils, pricey components, fairy dust, the right incantation, and a little bit of luck. It's considerably easier these days to push your processor well past its rated frequency, a point that's underscored by the tools Sapphire provides with...

Logitech Targets PC Gamers With New Gaming Mouse G300

Logitech Targets PC Gamers With New Gaming Mouse G300

Logitech revealed its latest addition to its G-Series of gaming products in the form of the new Logitech Gaming Mouse G300. This mouse features nine programmable controls and the ability to store up to three profiles in the mouse’s onboard memory. To help you see which profile is enabled, you can assign a different lighted color to the...

HH Deals of The Day: Dell Vostro Desktop, 24-Inch LCD, HP Pavilion Quad-Core Notebook

HH Deals of The Day: Dell Vostro Desktop, 24-Inch LCD, HP Pavilion Quad-Core Notebook

Today's deals are in from LogicBuy and they're definitely aimed at folks on a budget, though still configured with the latest technologies like Intel Sandy Bridge, Blu-ray optical drives and LED-backlit LCDs with HDMI and full 1080p resolutions.  So the good news is, though you might save a few Bens along the way, at least these items...

Dell S2330MX Ultra Slim Display Makes Other LCDs Feel Pudgy

Dell S2330MX Ultra Slim Display Makes Other LCDs Feel Pudgy

Dell's new S2330MX Ultra Slim monitor might do for your current LCD what your first LCD did for your CRT monitor: make it look fat by comparison. That's because the S2330MX is Dell's slimmest monitor yet with a profile that measures a scant 0.3 inches, which is thinner than many smartphones. Let that last bit sink in for a moment. Dell actually...

AT&T Launches First LTE Devices On August 21st

AT&T Launches First LTE Devices On August 21st

LTE is coming! LTE is coming! In fact, LTE is already here for Verizon Wireless, but AT&T has to start somewhere. While America's largest GSM carrier already calls their HSPA+ networks "4G," they'll have to come up with some other name for LTE once it launches on August 21st. That's right, it's a date. The carrier had maintained for some...

Logitech Reveals $60 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 For Mac

Logitech Reveals $60 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 For Mac

Green's the going thing these days, and if you aren't joining in on the revolution, you're sitting it out by default. Logitech's K750 solar keyboard made an eco-friendly splash when it hit last year for Windows users, but now Mac addicts will be able to enjoy the same board, albeit with Mac-specific key layouts and four exclusive colors. This...

Razer Reveals Tiamat 7.1 And 2.2 Multi-Channel Gaming Headsets

Razer Reveals Tiamat 7.1 And 2.2 Multi-Channel Gaming Headsets

Surround sound headsets have been around for years; both movie junkies and hardcore gamers alike have had a variety of options when it came to filling their ear canals with multi-channel sound from point-blank range. But Razer's taking those 5.1 headsets for a real spin; they've just unveiled the "world's first" true 7.1-channel gaming headset,...

Drobo & Carbonite Partner Up On Small Biz Storage

Drobo & Carbonite Partner Up On Small Biz Storage

Boy, managing storage just keeps getting easier and easier. Drobo makes super-easy-to-use onsite storage products and solutions, and Carbonite gives uses set-it-and-forget-it online backup and storage. Now, the two companies are partnering on comprehensive small business storage and backup solutions that include both onsite and cloud components. ...

In-Stat Predicts Bluetooth-Enabled Device Shipments Will Top 2 Billion In 2013

In-Stat Predicts Bluetooth-Enabled Device Shipments Will Top 2 Billion In 2013

Bluetooth has become in some ways an afterthought, as it seems like it’s baked into everything even remotely mobile, rivalling the ubiquity of WiFi. Thus, it’s no surprise that, according to In-Stat’s predictions, more than two billion Bluetooth-enabled devices will ship in 2013. What’s more intriguing is where and...

AMD Introduces Sub-$100 Tri-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD Introduces Sub-$100 Tri-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD has just announced availability of the new AMD A6-3500 APU for desktop systems, bolstering its current line-up of Llano-based Accelerated Processing Units with a more affordable model targeted at budget conscious, mainstream system builders. Unlike the first A8 and A6 APUs to hit the scene, which sport four execution cores, the...

In-depth Analysis of DX11 Crysis Shows Highly Questionable Tessellation Usage

In-depth Analysis of DX11 Crysis Shows Highly Questionable Tessellation Usage

When Crysis 2's DX11 support finally arrived post-launch via several large patches, Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli described the option as a "gift," having apparently forgotten that the game was marketed with DX11 support from day one. The updated visuals and textures may have mollified some PC buyers, but research done by the Tech Report indicates...

Best Buy Stuck with a Stockpile of HP Tablets Nobody Wants

Best Buy Stuck with a Stockpile of HP Tablets Nobody Wants

True story: I ventured down to my local Best Buy and stood in line the day Apple launched it's iPad 2. It was a longer line than the one I waited in during the original iPad's launch, and this time around, Best Buy employees tried their hardest to create a buzz for a product that really doesn't need it. There were excited pre-release announcements...

Apple Feeds Mac OS X Lion Its First Update

Apple Feeds Mac OS X Lion Its First Update

For those of you rocking a Mac system with OS X Lion, there's a new update available that fixes a handful of issues. It's actually the first software update for Apple's latest and greatest OS, and it comes just a few weeks after launching OS X Lion. Here's what's included in the 10.7.1 download: Address an issue that may cause the system to...

T-Mobile Gets Its First 4G BlackBerry

T-Mobile Gets Its First 4G BlackBerry

Soon, T-Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the carrier’s first 4G BlackBerry smartphone. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is currently available for preorder for T-Mobile business customers. The phone is expected to be available in stores on Aug. 31. This 4G-capable BlackBerry boasts of being the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone...

MSI Introduces X460 And X460DX Notebooks

MSI Introduces X460 And X460DX Notebooks

MSI is adding two powerful new notebooks to its lineup. The new X460 and X460DX notebooks are part of MSI’s X Series of ultra-slim notebooks. The notebooks feature Intel Core processors, Integrated Intel GMA HD or NVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics, Microsoft Windows 7, and THX TruStudio PRO. The X460 also offers Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)...

Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 Honeycomb Slate Reviewed

Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 Honeycomb Slate Reviewed

In the notebook arena, if there's a manufacturer that has been able to carve out a niche' for their brand name over the years, it would have to be Lenovo with their ThinkPad line of products that cater to the business professional and road warrior.  Lenovo's consumer-targeted IdeaPad has been less prolific in this regard, however. ...

HH Hot Deals of the Day: A Dell Vostro Desktop and Inspiron Notebook

HH Hot Deals of the Day: A Dell Vostro Desktop and Inspiron Notebook

It’s that time again folks; time to see what LogicBuy has in store for their HOT deal of day! On tap for you all this morning are a couple of Dell machines, an affordable Core i5-based Vostro desktop with 4GB of RAM and other assorted goodies and a Sandy-Bridge based 15.6” Inspiron notebook with Blu-Ray and Core i3 or Core i5 options......

Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Pricing: Starting At $249 In U.S.

Sony Cuts PlayStation 3 Pricing: Starting At $249 In U.S.

Wow. Wow! The world's most multifaceted Blu-ray Disc player just got a lot more impossible to resist. Sony's PlayStation 3 is the only Blu-ray player that's also a game console, and if you've held off long enough, now's the time to buy in. As the console wars devolve into pricing wars, Sony has announced today that the 160GB PS3 will fall...

Samsung Reveals SATA 6Gbps SSD 830 Series For Consumers

Samsung Reveals SATA 6Gbps SSD 830 Series For Consumers

Is 2011 finally the year of the consumer SSD? Perhaps. With prices falling and more and more machines shipping from the factory with an SSD in place of an HDD, it's easier than ever to get a hold of one. That doesn't mean that they're everywhere, and they're far from "affordable" for most folks, but with each and every new SSD introduction,...

Apple Brings OS X Lion To Physical Media: $40 Price Premium?

Apple Brings OS X Lion To Physical Media: $40 Price Premium?

Is this Apple's way of admitting that not everyone actually has access to a fast enough Internet connection to stomach the idea of downloading all software, ever? The thought of making their latest OS a download-only affair may seem cute to technophiles, but how practical is it? At around 4GB, it's not exactly quick for those with non-broadband,...

New Microsoft Blog Sheds Light On Windows 8 Development, Project Goals

New Microsoft Blog Sheds Light On Windows 8 Development, Project Goals

Microsoft's initial declaration that Windows 8 would run on ARM CPUs and early product demonstrations earned the nascent OS a great deal of attention. Since then, however, the company has remained largely silent on the features and capabilities of the new operating system, even as questions regarding the OS's support for legacy software, its...

Intel Rejects Call For Ultrabook CPU Discounts

Intel Rejects Call For Ultrabook CPU Discounts

Intel has been working with its OEM partners to ensure that ultrabooks arrive below the Macbook Air's $999 price point, but DigiTimes reports that the company has drawn a line when it comes to CPU pricing. Faced with calls to cut the price of Ultrabook CPUs by 50 percent, Intel has instead given notice that it will offer 20 percent discounts...

PNY Pushes Liquid Cooled Graphics Cards to the Masses

PNY Pushes Liquid Cooled Graphics Cards to the Masses

PNY today announced it's new all-in-one Liquid Coold Graphics series. Kicking off the new series are a pair of XLR8 GeForce GTX 580 videocards, both of which sport an integrated liquid cooling solution from Asetek that's stupid-simple to install in your case. What separates the two cards is that one of them comes with an additional CPU block....

New Write Once Optical "M-Disc" Stores Your Dirty Photos Forever

New Write Once Optical "M-Disc" Stores Your Dirty Photos Forever

We hate to break it to you, but even with all the advances in medicine, you won't be around in 1,000 years. Neither will your children, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren. If we're being particularly morbid and pessimistic, we could point out that the human population might be wiped out by then. That's the bad news. The good news is...

Rage: The Tech Behind Id Tech 5

Rage: The Tech Behind Id Tech 5

id Software's long-awaited FPS Rage is set to ship in October. When it launches, it'll be the first game to feature id's newest graphics engine, dubbed id Tech 5. With expectations running high in the wake of the latest game trailer shown at QuakeCon last week, we've put together an article to examine the merits of both the game and the technology...

Amazon Now Removing "Private Label" e-Books

Amazon Now Removing "Private Label" e-Books

Amazon has announced that it will begin cracking down on authors who upload so-called "private label rights" e-books via the Kindle Direct Publishing service. According to an email sent to the authors of titles that were removed, Amazon is now filtering and deleting "undifferentiated or barely differentiated" e-books submitted for publishing...

FTC Cracks Down On Apps Collecting Children's Data

FTC Cracks Down On Apps Collecting Children's Data

W3 Innovations, the parent company of prominent iOS app developer Broken Thumb Apps, has today settled with the Federal Trade Commission over collection of children's personal data through its iPhone and iPod Touch applications. W3 and its subsidiary Broken Thumb Apps, which is responsible for games like Emily's Dress Up, Truth or...

HH Deals of the Day: A Dell XPS and Inspiron 17R

HH Deals of the Day: A Dell XPS and Inspiron 17R

It’s a new day, and our friends and LogicBuy have sent over a couple of HOT deals for you all this morning. In store for you today is a full-loaded Dell XPS 8300, complete with an Intel Core i7-2600, 8GB of RAM, Bose Speakers, and a slick 24” monitor and a 17.3" Dell Inspiron 17R Sandy-Bridge based laptop with Blu-Ray and discrete...

Non-profit Group Releases Open Source Mesh WiFi Network Software

Non-profit Group Releases Open Source Mesh WiFi Network Software

The non-profit group Geeks Without Frontiers today released open source software based on an upcoming WiFi standard. It lets Linux machines be their own WiFi network, no hardware required. The software is based on the not-yet-ratified IEEE 802.11s, an extension to the 802.11 WiFi standard. 11s creates wireless "mesh" networks. Ratification...

Intel's Sandy Bridge-E To Ship Without Stock Cooler, Thermal Conclusions Questionable

Intel's Sandy Bridge-E To Ship Without Stock Cooler, Thermal Conclusions Questionable

Sandy Bridge processors have been available for eight months, but Intel's highest-end CPU remains based on the older 32nm Westmere architecture, rather than on SB silicon. A report from VR-Zone suggests Intel's Sandy Bridge-E CPUs may have been delayed for thermal reasons. According to the site, Sandy Bridge-E chips will ship without an Intel...

ZyXEL Intros $199 WHD6215 Wireless HDMI Adapter Kit

ZyXEL Intros $199 WHD6215 Wireless HDMI Adapter Kit

Wireless HDMI used to be a luxury reserved for those with more cash than sense, or just an infatuation with home cinema (and a hatred for wires). These days, it's becoming more and more an amenity that's available to the mainstream. Wireless video transmission still has a bad reputation to beat -- one that involves lag and missed frames --...

Sprint's Bold 9930 And Torch 9850 Coming August 21st

Sprint's Bold 9930 And Torch 9850 Coming August 21st

Most of the mobile news this week is obviously centered around Google's decision to acquire Motorola Mobility, but RIM's still playing their cards as well. The company just announced vital details about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 on Sprint's network. We knew these guys were coming, but we didn't know when and for how...

Runco Outs Most Affordable Projector Ever, The LS-1

Runco Outs Most Affordable Projector Ever, The LS-1

Runco. Heard of 'em? If so, you're probably well aware that it's a company that rarely comes out with anything in the "affordable" price range. The company has historically focused on the high-end, and for the most part, have found their products in the homes of those willing to drop thousands of dollars on an HD projector. If you're looking...

Can Google Keep Its Hardware Partners From Bolting?

Can Google Keep Its Hardware Partners From Bolting?

As pundits point to Motorola's cache of 17,000 patents, with 7,500 patent applications in progress as the main reason behind Google's purchase of Motorola, does it seem as though a 63 percent premium over Motorola's last closing stock price is a little high for such a purchase? Google may not have had a choice in the matter, as it's been reported...

Thecus Announces Core i3-Based, Rack-Mountable, 8-Bay NAS

Thecus Announces Core i3-Based, Rack-Mountable, 8-Bay NAS

To this point, most of the recently released, higher-end “off the shelf” network attached storage solutions targeted at small business or home users have features low-power Intel Atom processors. Thecus’ new, ultra-high-end N8900, however, boasts an Intel’s Core i3 processor and 8GB of DDR3 memory at its heart....

ViewSonic Launches ViewPad 10pro

ViewSonic Launches ViewPad 10pro

We’ve kept you apprised of ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10 and its associated updates, and now there’s one more chapter in the story with the release of the ViewPad 10pro. ViewSonic's new 10.1-inch ViewPad 10pro has specs that are similar to the ViewPad 10, which was released back in March. The primary difference is that the ViewPad...

Intel to Sell "Upgrade Cards" for Select Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel to Sell "Upgrade Cards" for Select Sandy Bridge Processors

You might recall that Intel toyed with the idea of "Upgrade Cards" for its Pentium G6951 processor around this time last year. For fifty bucks, you could buy one of these cards containing a software code that you would download from Intel's site, and just like that, your Pentium chip would suddenly have an additional 1MB of L3 cache to play...

UCLA Researchers Develop Method For LCDs That Recycle Energy

UCLA Researchers Develop Method For LCDs That Recycle Energy

Outside of wireless power, having a display that can actually recycle energy might be the other holy grail of consumer electronics energy. Now, researchers from UCLA have created a new technology that may bring this dream into reality. The new technology uses photovoltaic polarizers in order to turn ordinary LCDs into ones that could be powered...

RIM Launches Free Cloud-Based Smartphone Management Tool For SMBs

RIM Launches Free Cloud-Based Smartphone Management Tool For SMBs

Many businesses have discovered the benefits of equipping its staff with smartphones (powerful mobile computing and communication, etc.), and probably just about as many have experienced the downsides, too (lost/broken/stolen phones, management headaches, etc.). Research In Motion released a cloud-based management solution, called BlackBerry...

Verizon Wireless Puts BlackBerry Bold 9930 On Sale: $250 With Contract

Verizon Wireless Puts BlackBerry Bold 9930 On Sale: $250 With Contract

RIM's once stellar outlook from a few years back has dimmed somewhat recently, but that's not stopping the company from keeping the hardware flowing. The Bold 9930 is their latest on Verizon Wireless, and it's available starting today for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. It's one of RIM's slimmer QWERTY-equipped devices, and offers a 2.8" (640x480)...

Apple Patent Applications Reveal Antenna-Clip, Power, and Oleophobic Technologies

Apple Patent Applications Reveal Antenna-Clip, Power, and Oleophobic Technologies

Information regarding a few patent applications recently filed by Apple has surfaced. The applications feature designs for a clip-on antenna mechanism, portable devices with multiple power interfaces, and an advanced oleophobic coating application technique. The antenna clip application can be viewed here. The application essentially outlines...

Adobe Enables Code-Free Web Site Building With Muse

Adobe Enables Code-Free Web Site Building With Muse

Adobe is working to make it easier for designers to build their own Web sites. A new application from Adobe, codenamed Muse, lets designers create and publish functional Web sites in a similar way to how they would mock-up a site in InDesign or Illustrator. Muse offers users a familiar Adobe tool set in a WYSIWYG interface. Muse is not designed...

TabCo Intros Grid 10 Tablet And Grid 4 Smartphone

TabCo Intros Grid 10 Tablet And Grid 4 Smartphone

The Fusion Garage JooJoo was a short-lived tablet with more hype than promise, and it just so happened to launch around the same time as the iPad. Needless to say, so few were sold that manufacturing ended shortly after launch, and by and large, no one has heard of the company since. This kind of story is a familiar one in the cutthroat...

Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy

Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy

One of Alienware’s Aurora R3 gaming systems crash landed at HotHardware, and today it's us performing the Alien(ware) autopsy. We dissected the Aurora R3 from head to toe, discovered what makes it tick, and then fed it a handful of games and other software to observe how it digests a diet of DirectX 11 and other modern morsels, all in...

You Could Receive Up to $100 from SPAM Settlement (But Probably Won't)

You Could Receive Up to $100 from SPAM Settlement (But Probably Won't)

A settlement has been reached in the "Kramer v B2Mobile, LLC and LeadClick Media, Inc." case in which cell phone owners may be eligible to receive up to $100 in compensation for receiving text spam. It could be the easiest C-note you ever 'earned,' only don't get your hopes up, there's a good chance you'll receive nothing at all. On the bright...

Hop on Firefox 6 Gold Release a Day Early!

Hop on Firefox 6 Gold Release a Day Early!

Feeling pressured to switch from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome simply because you can't possibly wait another day for a new browser update? Don't sweat it. Even though Firefox 6 is still an agonizing 24 hours away from release, you can get a jump on less savvy PC users by downloading the final version of Firefox 6 today! Let us reiterate...

MSI Introduces CR430 Multimedia Laptop

MSI Introduces CR430 Multimedia Laptop

MSI's latest notebook is a multimedia model that features AMD's E-450 processor and AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics. MSI describes the new CR430 as "a high-end multimedia machine with a reasonable price tag." Other key features include a high-resolution HD webcam, SRS PC Sound, MSI's Cinema Pro image enhancement technology, and a multipoint touchpad....

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Optiplex and Inspiron, HP Envy and More

HH Hot Deals of the Day: Dell Optiplex and Inspiron, HP Envy and More

To kick off the new week, we have a fresh batch of deals for you all from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you this morning is a Core i7-based Dell Optiplex for right around 700 bucks with monitor, a super-thin, 23” HP LCD monitor, a Sandy Bridge-based HP Envy notebook in 3D and non-3D flavors, and a slick 14” Dell Inspiron...

Bombshell: Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility

Bombshell: Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility

If ever there was an iconic symbol of the original mobile phone handset, it would have to be the bat wings of Motorola.  From the StarTAC to the RAZR, Motorola has been at the forefront of the technology virtually since the beginning.  Though Motorola Mobility has been struggling to keep up in the ultra-competitive smartphone landscape...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Toxic Edition Review @ OCC Motherboards and Chipsets: Legion Hardware - (Asrock Z68M-ITX/HT) GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2 Intel Z68 Review @ Vortez Dueling Zacate motherboards from Asus @ The Tech Report Memory and Storage: Kingston HyperX 240GB 6Gbps SSD Review @ Legit Reviews Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware...

(Most) ISPs Don't Inflate Their Speeds (Too Much): FCC

(Most) ISPs Don't Inflate Their Speeds (Too Much): FCC

Most ISPs advertise the upload and download speeds of their broadband, but just how much truth is in advertising? A recent study by the FCC aims give consumers the answer for the nation's largest providers. The Federal Communications Commission has released the results of a year-long scientific study it conducted with regard to the upload...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Diamond Radeon HD 6770 XOC Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum Review @ Neoseeker Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & 20GB SSD Review @ PCStats Memory and Storage: ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S Dual 2.5" -3.5" Raid SATA HDD/SSD Converter Review @Hi Tech Legion Strontium...

Anonymous Hacks SF Rapid Transit-Related Sites

Anonymous Hacks SF Rapid Transit-Related Sites

Hacker group Anonymous promised a cyberattack on the website of San Francisco Bay Area transit agency BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), starting at 12 noon PST on Sunday, Aug. 14, and they delivered, managing deface two related sites, as well leak user data from one of the sites. Both site defacements are related to Operation Bart (#OpBART on...

McAfee Placed In The “Leaders” Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

McAfee Placed In The “Leaders” Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

McAfee is at the top of its game in the secure email gateway market, at least according to research firm Gartner, which placed the company in the “Leaders” quadrant of its Magic Quadrants for Secure Email Gateways. Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways Gartner has so-called “Magic Quadrants” for a variety...

Dell Fades Out The Streak 5, Wishes It A Fond Farewell

Dell Fades Out The Streak 5, Wishes It A Fond Farewell

There comes a day in the life of every gadget where things just aren't as shiny as they once were. Specifications grow old. Designs fade. Lifestyles change. It's a sad day, but it's looming from the very day a gadget hits store shelves. That day of reckoning has come for Dell's Streak 5, a tablet/phone combo that had a ton of hype behind it...

New PCI Security Standards Council Tokenization Guidelines Aim To Increase Security & Simplicity

New PCI Security Standards Council Tokenization Guidelines Aim To Increase Security & Simplicity

The PCI (payment card industry) Security Standards Council released a supplement to its PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) guidelines with a document on tokenization. (Version 2.0 of the PCI DSS was released in October 2010.) Put simply, tokenization allows merchants to generate non-sensitive values as a stand-in for Primary Account Numbers...

AMD Weighs Software Licensing Costs & Taxes In Data Center Consolidation Plan

AMD Weighs Software Licensing Costs & Taxes In Data Center Consolidation Plan

AMD has six data centers around the world, but the company is trying to consolidate to just three. It’s not hard to imagine why this would be a good strategy--maximizing resources such as CPUs and server space and achieving optimal power efficiency with regard to electricity and cooling saves piles of money. Having half as many facilities...

FCC Looking To Upgrade 911 Emergency Centers To Receive Video/Photos

FCC Looking To Upgrade 911 Emergency Centers To Receive Video/Photos

Recently, the launch of the Child ID app proved that the U.S. government wasn't scared of tapping into modern-day, consumer-friendly tech to provide a service to the American people. Now, the FCC is pushing for 911 texting.  The Federal Communications Commission is envisioning a project called Next Generation 911; in addition to just...

Sprint Won't Carry 4G WiMAX Model Of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook

Sprint Won't Carry 4G WiMAX Model Of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook

Unfortunate news for RIM: while sales of the PlayBook tablet haven't been nearly as brisk as some other competitors out there, it looks like Sprint won't be investing time and effort into pushing the 4G WiMAX version on their store shelves. That means that only the Wi-Fi model will remain, with no 4G edition at all to speak of. The news is...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II 1GB DirectX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion GeForce GTX 590 Water Block Roundup @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS E35M1-M Pro Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker Gigabyte G1.Sniper and GA-X58A-OC: LGA1366 Mainboards for Gamers and Enthusiasts @ XBitLabs ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Review...

Google Integrates Native Client Into Latest Chrome Beta

Google Integrates Native Client Into Latest Chrome Beta

One of the roadblocks to more powerful Web apps is the inability of those apps to harness a local machine’s computational power. Native Client (NaCl), now integrated into the next Chrome beta release, is designed to help solve this problem by providing a way to execute native code within the browser. Launched back at the end of 2008,...

Dell Targets Small Businesses With New Vostro V131 Laptop

Dell Targets Small Businesses With New Vostro V131 Laptop

Dell introduced the new Vostro V131 laptop which boasts of a battery life that can last for up to 9.5 hours. This thin laptop offers Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options as well as a LTE connectivity option to ensure you're always connected. The Vostro V131 also has Bluetooth 3.0 for connecting your wireless peripherals. A fingerprint reader...

Samsung Galaxy S II Announcements Coming For U.S Carriers On Aug. 29

Samsung Galaxy S II Announcements Coming For U.S Carriers On Aug. 29

Samsung Mobile has been sending around this invite to various media outlets advertising an event for August 29th. The image is entitled Galaxy_S_II_Invite_v2.jpg, which leads many believe that the famed Galaxy S II is almost ready to make it's American debut. We recently reviewed the global version of this phone, which is shipping in Europe,...

Trim-Slice Micro PC Runs On NVIDIA's Tegra 2

Trim-Slice Micro PC Runs On NVIDIA's Tegra 2

Admittedly, small form factor machines have seemingly vanished from the spotlight in recent years, but there are still a handful of companies out there working at them. CompuLab is one of them, and this week they've introduced the Trim-Slice. The Trim-Slice H is an ARM Cortex A9-powered desktop that runs on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The...

Vuzix Ships Wrap 1200 3D Video Eyewear: It's 3D, *IN* Your Glasses

Vuzix Ships Wrap 1200 3D Video Eyewear: It's 3D, *IN* Your Glasses

Vuzix is a company that's been pushing out wraparound head goggles for some time now, mostly focusing on bringing portable video right in front of your eyes. They seem a bit awkward at first, but it's the only way to experience a big screen while on an airplane, for example. Now, the next logical step is into the world of the third dimension....

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Coming In Early 2012

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Coming In Early 2012

The long-running and immensely popular Counter-Strike series is getting another sequel in early 2012 with the release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or “CS:GO” for those in the know. The sequel will be available on Steam (for both Macs and PCs), as well as the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. CS:GO will feature updates...

The IBM PC Turns 30, Let the Spanking Commence!

The IBM PC Turns 30, Let the Spanking Commence!

Can you remember what you were doing 30 years ago? Some of you were in diapers, others were graduating college, and some of you may not have even been born yet (sorry about your social security, kids). IBM, on the other hand, released its very first personal computer on August 12, 1981. It was called the IBM PC 5150, and it could be had for...

Thermaltake's Spacecraft VF-I Mid-tower Case Lands on Earth

Thermaltake's Spacecraft VF-I Mid-tower Case Lands on Earth

Thermaltake just added a new case to its arsenal, one in which it feels will "encourage space addicts to explore cyberspace with endless possibility." Um, sure. But don't let the goofy marketing tune you out, because on paper, Thermaltake's Spacecraft VF-I looks like another promising chassis from Thermaltake. The VF-I is a mid-tower case...

NVIDIA Reveals More Kal-El, Windows 8 Details During Earnings Call

NVIDIA Reveals More Kal-El, Windows 8 Details During Earnings Call

NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Rob Csongor (Investor Relations), and Karen Burns (Interim CFO) hosted a conference call yesterday to discuss the company’s Q2 earnings for fiscal year 2012. The financial data looks good for NVIDIA, but the always outspoken Jen-Hsun Huang also revealed a few interesting bits of info regarding 28nm...

HH Deals Of The Day: Lenovo, Toshiba and HP Notebooks, Desktops and More

HH Deals Of The Day: Lenovo, Toshiba and HP Notebooks, Desktops and More

We've got a fresh batch of deals in store for you this fine Friday morning, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy.  Notebooks these days are a real steal, when you consider the performance available in such a small footprint.  We've got a pretty good desktop deal in the mix though too! 15.6" Toshiba Satellite C650-BT4N13 Core i3-2310M...

Lenovo Unveils ThinkVision LT1421 Mobile Monitor, Two New Edge Series Laptops

Lenovo Unveils ThinkVision LT1421 Mobile Monitor, Two New Edge Series Laptops

Lenovo announced a new mobile monitor for road warriors. The new LT1421 is a 14-inch display that connects through a USB port and can be propped up with a photo frame stand. This monitor weighs less than two pounds and measures less than one centimeter at its thinnest point. Lenovo also announced two new additions to its Edge series of laptops....

31: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 12, 2011

31: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 12, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Kingston Wi-Drive that adds wireless storage to iOS devices, Intel investing 300 million bucks in UltraBook development, the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 and other things lurking in Dave's lab. We also answer a few interesting reader questions, offer...

Acer Expands Iconia Tab Line With 7-inch Model

Acer Expands Iconia Tab Line With 7-inch Model

Acer is adding to the Iconia Tab lineup with the introduction of the new Iconia Tab A100. This 7-inch tablet will run on Android 3.2, making it the industry's first 7-inch Honeycomb-powered tablet in the United States and Canada. You'll find an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM as well as a GeForce GPU in this tablet. Key...

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Albino Edition Gaming Mouse Ships With PC/Mac Support

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. Albino Edition Gaming Mouse Ships With PC/Mac Support

There are game peripheral companies, and then there's Mad Catz. The company's Cyborg line has grown stranger by the year, and has drawn the eyes of many a user. It's not all for negative reasons, though. The new Cyborg R.A.T. Albino Gaming Mouse is definitely one of the slicker, wilder looking mice to surface this year, and it looks like a...

SteelSeries Reveals Configurable Sensei Gaming Mouse

SteelSeries Reveals Configurable Sensei Gaming Mouse

When it comes to gaming mice, it's important to pick a device that matches the hand well. After all, losing those deathmatches comes down the player, their connection, and their mouse. SteelSeries is a big name amongst the hardcore fraggers, and the company's latest contraption is definitely one of its finest. The new Sensei is equipped with...

Skype For Mac v5.3 Brings Lion Support, HD Video Calling

Skype For Mac v5.3 Brings Lion Support, HD Video Calling

Skype for Mac hasn't exactly done well with users. The overall user interface tweaks made to the software went over poorly with many, and they certainly went out of their way to make sure those complains were heard loud and clear. Now, the company is looking to silence the criticism with an all-new release tailored for use with OS X Lion....

STEC’s ZeusIOPS SSDs Benefit From New ASIC Archiecture

STEC’s ZeusIOPS SSDs Benefit From New ASIC Archiecture

Good things are happening at this week’s Flash Memory Summit 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, including STEC’s announcement of a new architecture for its enterprise-class ZeusIOPS SSDs that it will be demoing. The ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) architecture is designed to both substantially improve performance and...

Microsoft Accused of Double-Billing Customers for Xbox Live

Microsoft Accused of Double-Billing Customers for Xbox Live

An Xbox Live customer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company has been renewing subscriptions and double-billing customers without their consent. The suit was filed by Ryan Graves, an Indiana resident that claims Microsoft's pre-paid subscriptions are "governed by vague and onerous terms of use." Graves...

Apple Now Reigns as World's Most Valuable Company

Apple Now Reigns as World's Most Valuable Company

After a few days of duking it out with Exxon Mobil, Apple has taken the number one spot in the list of most valuable companies in the world. For a brief period of time on Tuesday, Apple took position ahead of Exxon Mobil, but by the end of the day the situation had reversed. Yesterday, the same thing happened, but Apple managed to hang onto...

Dell Launches Inspiron 13z & 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks

Dell Launches Inspiron 13z & 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks

Dell added to its newest new line of z-series notebooks with the announcement today of the Inspiron 13z and 14z. The pair complements the recently-released XPS 15z by introducing more options for thin Dell notebooks, but these come in at a lower cost; the Inspiron 14z, for instance, starts at $599.99, while the XPS 15z starts at $999.99. The...

Intel Ultrabooks to Dip Below $1,000 by End of Year

Intel Ultrabooks to Dip Below $1,000 by End of Year

Intel has big plans for its Ultrabook concept. At least one Santa Clara executive is banking on Ultrabooks accounting for 40 percent of the entire notebook market by the end of 2012, and while that sounds a bit ambitious, Intel is even more confident that we'll see Ultrabook models ship for less than $999 by the end of this year. How confident?...

Mozilla to Get a Grip on Memory Leak Issues in Firefox 7

Mozilla to Get a Grip on Memory Leak Issues in Firefox 7

If you've ever yelled at your PC, "Holy system resources, Batman! Firefox is chewing through all my memory!," then you may have bigger issues than browser memory leaks (don't worry, we have issues too...). But you're also not alone. Firefox's frustrating tendency to continually grab more memory until you're forced to shut it down and restart...

NVIDIA Appoints Steve Scott CTO Of Tesla Business Unit

NVIDIA Appoints Steve Scott CTO Of Tesla Business Unit

NVIDIA has just announced the addition of CTO Steve Scott to the company’s Tesla Business unit. Steve Scott was the chief architect of the Cray X1 and was involved in the design of the Cray XT, Cray XE and "Cascade" systems as well. According to his bio, Steve Scott holds 27 U.S. patents in the areas of interconnection networks,...

Sprint Is Planning To Offer Cloud Services

Sprint Is Planning To Offer Cloud Services

Earlier this week, a Sprint executive said the company would offer cloud services for all sizes of businesses. Sprint’s cloud service is expected to be available in the fourth quarter. As part of these cloud offerings, Paget Alves, head of Sprint business markets, said the company will sell its network infrastructure as a service available...

Rumor Suggests Ice Cream Sandwich Could Come Sooner Rather Than Later

Rumor Suggests Ice Cream Sandwich Could Come Sooner Rather Than Later

Rumor after rumor has suggested that Apple will be releasing a new iPhone at some point in the relatively near future. Depending on who you listen to, the latest iPhone could be announced as early as this month. Now, a new rumor suggests that Google may push up the release date of its next version of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, in...

HH Deals Of The Day: HP LCD, Motorola Photon 4G, Dell Optiplex Systems and More

HH Deals Of The Day: HP LCD, Motorola Photon 4G, Dell Optiplex Systems and More

We've got a fresh batch of deals in store for you this morning, courtesy of our freinds at LogicBuy.  These are hand-picked by us and not just fed in on some sort of RSS pipe, so you can be sure these are solid products at great prices.  Today we've got a $600 Coupon for Dell Optiplex Quad Core Desktops, a deal on a 25” HP...

Lenovo's ThinkCentre M71z Desktop Brings Core i CPU, $599 Price

Lenovo's ThinkCentre M71z Desktop Brings Core i CPU, $599 Price

Nothing like the fresh smell of a new PC to get the morning started right. So thinks Lenovo, as they've just announced the latest in their biz-centric ThinkCentre line. The new M71z is an all-in-one desktop designed for large businesses, schools and governments, but as always, there's nothing stopping the average consumer from taking...

Amazon Reveals Kindle Cloud Reader, Based On HTML5

Amazon Reveals Kindle Cloud Reader, Based On HTML5

Just months after Amazon's Cloud Music / Video offerings came online, the Kindle Cloud Reader is following suit. The new service will allow users to read nearly a million Kindle books right on the web browser, with no download or install required. It's entirely built around the HTML5 web standard, and automatically optimizes books for the...

Samsung Reveals 512GB SSD With 500MB/sec Write Speeds

Samsung Reveals 512GB SSD With 500MB/sec Write Speeds

Speed: can one really ever get enough of it? For those working in the storage industry, the answer is obviously "no way," and Samsung would agree, judging by their newest solid state drive. The new high-performance 512GB PM830 Series SSD was just announced, boasting support for the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions...

Intel Capital Creates $300 Million Ultrabook Fund

Intel Capital Creates $300 Million Ultrabook Fund

Intel Capital, the chip giant’s global venture-capital arm, has just announced the creation of a $300 million dollar fund devised to help accelerate the development of “ultrabooks” and adjacent innovations. Monies from the Ultrabook Fund will be invested into hardware and software firms working on products or technologies...

SandForce Demonstrates Its SSD Processors With Toshiba 24nm MLC Flash

SandForce Demonstrates Its SSD Processors With Toshiba 24nm MLC Flash

SandForce announced that it will be demonstrating its SF-2000 series SSD processors with Toshiba’s 24nm MLC NAND flash at the Flash Memory Summit 2011 in Santa Clara, CA this week. The two companies are working closely to improve the quality and performance of NAND flash as well as drive down costs. The marriage is designed to deliver...

NVIDIA And Samsung Announce The GALAXY R Tegra-Powered Super Phone

NVIDIA And Samsung Announce The GALAXY R Tegra-Powered Super Phone

NVIDIA and Samsung announced the latest GALAXY smartphone known as the GALAXY R. This smartphone will feature a 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD and will utilize the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile super chip. The GALAXY R will run on Android 2.3. In addition to a dual-core CPU, the GALAXY R will also have a GeForce GPU. Although the GALAXY R is only...

Intel Acquires Trinigy, Adds 3D Engine To Gaming Portfolio

Intel Acquires Trinigy, Adds 3D Engine To Gaming Portfolio

After Intel canceled Larrabee and announced it would repurpose the project for high-performance computing, little was said of what would happen to the company's various gaming-related IPs. It's therefore somewhat surprising to hear that Havok, the physics SDK developer Intel bought several years ago, has recently acquired Trinigy and that...

Toshiba's Glasses-Free 3D Laptop Is Coming Soon

Toshiba's Glasses-Free 3D Laptop Is Coming Soon

Toshiba's upcoming Qosmio F755 3D laptop, touted as the world's first glasses-free 3D laptop, now has a price. The Qosmio F755 3D laptop will cost $1,699.99. It will be available in mid-August. This laptop uses auto-stereoscopic display technology to offer 3D content without the need for glasses. The Qosmio F755 3D has a 15.6-inch display...

New Lawsuit Alleges That Book Publishers, Apple Colluded To Drive Up E-book Prices

New Lawsuit Alleges That Book Publishers, Apple Colluded To Drive Up E-book Prices

A new lawsuit filed today by the law firm of Hagens, Berman, Sobol, and Shapiro alleges that a group of publishers including the Hatchette Book Group, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster collaborated with Apple over several years to break Amazon's e-book pricing structure. The allegations are interesting in that they...

Hidden Dagger: Apple's Samsung Injunction Reveals Similar Motorola Request

Hidden Dagger: Apple's Samsung Injunction Reveals Similar Motorola Request

According to Samsung, Apple's request to the EU for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 caught it completely by surprise. If that's true, Motorola may be in for a shock as well. Buried within Apple's injunction request is a reference to a similar request related to Motorola's Xoom. Apple and Motorola are currently engaged in their own...

How to Score a Discounted Nintendo 3DS AND 20 Free Games

How to Score a Discounted Nintendo 3DS AND 20 Free Games

You already know that Nintendo is slashing the price of its struggling 3DS handheld console from $250 down to $170, that's old news. And you probably also know Nintendo is throwing an apologetic bone to existing owners in the form of 20 free game downloads. That's old news too. But is there a way to get the discounted price AND cash in on...

SATA and PCI-Express Combine to Form Awesome SATA Express Specification

SATA and PCI-Express Combine to Form Awesome SATA Express Specification

The Serial ATA International Organization (let's just call them SATA-IO for short) announced this week it's developing a new standard called SATA Express. This is exactly what it sounds like, in that the new specification takes the Serial ATA standard and PCI Express, tosses them into a high-tech blender, and what comes out is a faster interface...

HH Deals Of The Day: Dell Laptops, Zino HD, and More

HH Deals Of The Day: Dell Laptops, Zino HD, and More

We've got a fresh batch of deals in store for you this morning, courtesy of our freinds at LogicBuy. On tap for today are a couple of Dell notebooks--a high-end Precision M4600 mobile workstation and a mainstream 15.6" Vostro. We've also got deals on the tiny Zino HD and a couple of accessories from Logitech, the MK710 wireless desktop and...

Apple Wins EU Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple Wins EU Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple won a major victory against Samsung today; a German court has banned the Korean manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union. The ruling is the latest setback for Samsung in its battle with Apple over allegations that its devices infringe on Apple's patents with respect to aspects of the iPhone / iPad's...

Verizon Hops On Bandwagon, Moves to Block Unauthorized Tethering

Verizon Hops On Bandwagon, Moves to Block Unauthorized Tethering

Last Friday, AT&T gave notice that it would henceforth take steps to block unauthorized tethering. For those who aren't familiar with the term, "tethering" is the practice of using a cell phone's data link to provide wireless service to a desktop or laptop. Now, Verizon is evidently following suit. Customers who have previously had no...

Boxee For iPad Launches Alongside Media Manager

Boxee For iPad Launches Alongside Media Manager

Boxee is living proof that software is still capable of being a game-changer. What started out as a contest-winning program has now expanded in way that saw its own media box (D-Link's Boxee Box), and now, its own dedicated iPad app. The Boxee iPad app has been a long time coming. The company has just revealed Boxee for iPad along with...

After Years of Work IBM, NCSA, Cancel "Blue Waters" Supercomputer

After Years of Work IBM, NCSA, Cancel "Blue Waters" Supercomputer

Four years ago almost to the day, the National Science Board handed the National science Foundation a mandate to build the most powerful petaflop-class supercomputer in the world. The NSF announced in turn that the system would be based on IBM's Power7 processor technology. One of the features that won IBM the contract was the fact that the...

Perceptive Pixel Outs 82" 1080p Multi-Touch Display

Perceptive Pixel Outs 82" 1080p Multi-Touch Display

HDTVs are getting all sorts of big these days. An 82" HDTV still sounds massive, but not nearly as massive as it did a few years ago.  What if multi-touch is mixed in with that massive size, though? That's what Perceptive Pixel has done, and the company has just introduced the world's largest projected capacitive display at the SIGGRAPH...

Twitter's Direct Photo Sharing Feature Goes Live

Twitter's Direct Photo Sharing Feature Goes Live

Twitter's photo sharing feature, first announced in June, is now live. The next time users log into Twitter they will be prompted, as above, and given a chance to "learn more." The site has teamed with photo site Photobucket to host the images. Twitter confirmed that all EXIF data will be removed from the image when it's uploaded, reducing...

Seagate's GoFlex Turbo Portable HDD Includes SafetyNet Recovery

Seagate's GoFlex Turbo Portable HDD Includes SafetyNet Recovery

Ever worry about what'll happen to the data on your portable hard drive should it crash and burn? Any paranoid data owner has, and that's why Seagate's giving you a little peace of mind with the purchase of their newest drive. The GoFlex Turbo HDD ships with SafetyNet, a data recovery service that'll sift through a busted drive once for free,...

Apple iTunes Movie Re-Downloads Not Coming Anytime Soon

Apple iTunes Movie Re-Downloads Not Coming Anytime Soon

Bad news for iTunes users that may have lost their movie purchases through data loss: users won't be able to re-download or stream their purchased movies to any PC or iOS device in the near future, thanks to movie studios and HBO. There were claims last week that a service named iTunes Replay was on the verge of launching. The basic...

Hitachi Announces Industry's Most Advanced Entereprise-Class MLC SSDs

Hitachi Announces Industry's Most Advanced Entereprise-Class MLC SSDs

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced today a brand new collaboration with Intel, the Ultrastar SSD400M multi-level cell (MLC) solid state drives (SSDs). The brand-new tier 0 Enterprise-class MLC SSD family utilizes Intel's 25 nanometer, highest endurance Enterprise-grade MLC NAND Flash and comes in a 2.5-inch form factor. The drives...

Blackberry QNX Smartphone Details Leaked

Blackberry QNX Smartphone Details Leaked

Information about RIM’s first QNX smartphone, codenamed the BlackBerry Colt, have been leaked. The Colt is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2012. This new smartphone is said to have a single-core processor and lack BlackBerry Enterprise Server integration—two key features that are likely to be a disappointment to users....

Kingston Wi-Drive Review: Add Storage To iOS Devices

Kingston Wi-Drive Review: Add Storage To iOS Devices

To some users, one of the downsides of the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone is non-expandable memory. Of course, many users buy the higher-capacity devices and assume they'll have adequate storage. But what happens if you run out of space on your iOS device and don't want to delete any files? At first, it may appear that you are out of luck—there...

Apple Quietly Introduces Subdued $999 iMac for Education

Apple Quietly Introduces Subdued $999 iMac for Education

Apple isn't making a big deal about a new $999 iMac model from its Higher Education store, perhaps because the discounted rig is a bit feature stripped. Another reason could be that it only applies to bulk orders. Whatever the reason, Apple's secret is out, and we have the 411 on what's included with this sub-$1,000 iMac. It's a 21.5-inch...

Spotify Soars to 1.4 Million U.S. Users in Less than a Month

Spotify Soars to 1.4 Million U.S. Users in Less than a Month

It took Spotify roughly 3 billion years to finally expand its service to the United States (the actual number is far less, it just feels like it took that long), and now that it has, should other streaming services be scared? That depends on how much stock you put into preliminary numbers from unconfirmed sources. Citing "a source familiar...

AMD Quietly Introduces Radeon-Branded System Memory - Updated

AMD Quietly Introduces Radeon-Branded System Memory - Updated

AMD has quietly introduced a new series of Radeon-branded DDR3-based system memory products, targeted at a wide swath of system types. AMD says, “AMD Radeon DDR3 System Modules are ideally suited to our CPU and APU products. Components are tested to the highest industry standards on AMD platforms to guarantee reliability and...

AMD Speeds Up OpenCL on APUs with Latest SDK

AMD Speeds Up OpenCL on APUs with Latest SDK

AMD has just released an updated version of their APP SDK, bringing it up to version 2.5. This latest release features a number of performance enhancements designed to exploit the increased CPU to GPU bandwidth available in the company’s APUs, in some cases achieving effective data transfer rates as high as 15GB per second with the latest...

Names For New Sprint 4G Smartphones Leaked

Names For New Sprint 4G Smartphones Leaked

Sprint appears to be prepping an aggressive lineup of smartphones for this fall. According to a leaked report, the Now Network will be getting a few new high-end smartphones this fall. We knew the Galaxy S II from Samsung is headed to Sprint, but until now, most reports have called this phone the Samsung Within. New information suggests Sprint...

HH Deals Of The Day: Alienware M17x, Two Dell LCDs

HH Deals Of The Day: Alienware M17x, Two Dell LCDs

It’s a new day and our friends and LogicBuy are at the ready with a fresh batch of HOT deals. In store for you bargain shoppers today we have an ultra-powerful Alienware M17x Sandy Bridge-based, 3D capable notebook, and a pair of Dell monitors—a more mainstream 20” LED-backlit model and a larger 24” Professional series...

Pre-Orders for AT&T Version of HP TouchPad Available at Amazon.com

Pre-Orders for AT&T Version of HP TouchPad Available at Amazon.com

HP's TouchPad is now available for pre-order in AT&T 4G form, although it looks like the price is sans carrier subsidy. The Amazon.com listing shows a price of $699.99 (with Amazon Prime available, at least). This pricing is probably going to draw criticism despite the fact that it matches up well with a similarly equipped iPad (32GB,...

Federal Court Sanctions Domain-name Seizures

Federal Court Sanctions Domain-name Seizures

A federal court has signed off on the seizure of domain names belonging to suspected piracy websites by U.S. law enforcement. Puerto 80, the owners of domain names Rojadirecta.com and Rojadirecta.org, was denied a request for the return of domain names seized in February by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in a Manhattan...

Apple Has A New Way To Recover, Repair, Or Restore Lion

Apple Has A New Way To Recover, Repair, Or Restore Lion

Time was, you could repair or restore your Mac from the installation DVD if you ran into trouble. And if you lost the disc, you could just get another one. Today, however, there are two distinct problems with the DVD approach: one is that you’re supposed to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store, and the other is that fewer...

Fusion-io Teams With NVIDIA For GPU-Pushed Video Wall

Fusion-io Teams With NVIDIA For GPU-Pushed Video Wall

When it comes to lightning-fast storage, Fusion-io's name comes with a mighty reputation. Now, the company is taking its name one step closer to the mainstream with a partnership involving NVIDIA, Tweak Software and Thinkbox Software. The company has joined forces with those guys at the SIGGRAPH 2011 conference on computer graphics and interactive...

Elektrobit's New Rugged Phone Platform Aims At Defense Industry

Elektrobit's New Rugged Phone Platform Aims At Defense Industry

Not every gadget has to be pretty, particularly if they serve a very specific purpose. Rugged gadgets in particular have a tendency to be somewhat unsightly. Elektrobit's latest phone isn't breaking any expectations on that front, but who would expect anything else from an Android-based platform designed for defense and public safety markets?...

Vizio's 8" Wi-Fi Tablet Now On Sale...For Just $299!

Vizio's 8" Wi-Fi Tablet Now On Sale...For Just $299!

At last, someone's really pressing Apple when it comes to tablet pricing. Vizio has grown their brand tremendously in recent years by being the low-cost leader in TVs, and is now spreading their wings to other avenues in the consumer electronics universe. The company's new 8" tablet may not have the name-brand recognition that the iPad...

PS Vita Pre-Order Page Hints at March 2012 Release

PS Vita Pre-Order Page Hints at March 2012 Release

BestBuy Canada has sparked rumors of an early-2012 release of the PlayStation Vita today with the posting of a Vita pre-order release date of March 30, 2012. The pre-orders apply to both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models that Sony is releasing. Sony confirmed just last week that the handheld would be releasing in North America and Europe...

Upcoming McAfee Service To Leverage Older Chip Features

Upcoming McAfee Service To Leverage Older Chip Features

It's been nearly a year since Intel announced it would buy security firm McAfee, and the CPU giant has finally shed some light on what it intends to do with its new acquisition. Initially, there was widespread speculation that Intel might begin baking additional security features into its processors while using McAfee's software to hook into...

Multiple Manufacturers To Standardize On 3-D Glasses

Multiple Manufacturers To Standardize On 3-D Glasses

Three of the top 3-D display manufacturers have announced plans to standardize on a type of 3-D glasses in order to facilitate cross display compatibility. Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung are pairing with XPAND 3-D to market what they call the "Full HD 3-D Glasses Initiative." At present, each company is chasing its own glasses, and...

FBI Releases Their First iOS App: Child ID Hits The App Store

FBI Releases Their First iOS App: Child ID Hits The App Store

When Apple says "there's an app for that," they mean it. Of all the companies and entities in the world, though, most weren't expecting the FBI to come out with an iOS app. The Child ID app has just hit the App Store, detailed as the first mobile application created by the FBI to provide a convenient place to electronically store photos...

Apple Sued Over OS Fast Boot, Lawsuit May Be Android-Related

Apple Sued Over OS Fast Boot, Lawsuit May Be Android-Related

A recent complaint filed against Apple by the unknown company Operating System Solutions alleges that the company's method of fast-booting OS X violates a patent. At first glance, the lawsuit seems no different than other patent troll cases that litter the legal landscape--but there are a few oddities that hint at a larger purpose to the filling....

Super Talent Announces Affordable New USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Super Talent Announces Affordable New USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Super Talent is working to make USB 3.0 flash drives more affordable and accessible to the average user with the introduction of its new USB 3.0 Express ST2. This dual channel USB 3.0 flash drive offers speeds that are similar to the company's USB 3.0 Express DUO (67MB/s read, 24MB/s write). Like many other USB 3.0 products on the market today,...

Gigabyte Announces Next-Gen Support For Existing 6-Series Boards

Gigabyte Announces Next-Gen Support For Existing 6-Series Boards

BIOS updates are flowing over at Gigabyte, as the motherboard maker announced support for Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips and PCI Express 3.0 in its 6-series motherboards. The company is looking to stay current on support for the latest technologies and apparently didn’t want to wait to put out a new line of boards before rolling...

NZXT Ships New Cases, Cooling Products, And Accessories

NZXT Ships New Cases, Cooling Products, And Accessories

NZXT announced a new summer lineup for PC enthusiasts and gamers that includes a high-performance CPU cooler, two new cases, and accessories. The new HAVIK 140 is a high-performance CPU cooler with 6 mm heat pipes and dual standard 140mm fans.  The Avatar S gaming mouse features a DPI switch that adjusts 1600/800/400DPI in-game. This...

IOGEAR Reveals 4-Port Wireless USB Sharing Hub

IOGEAR Reveals 4-Port Wireless USB Sharing Hub

Here's an interesting concept: a USB hubsand WLAN router, together. That's what IOGEAR has just introduced a new 4-port USB Sharing Station (GUWIP204), detailed as a computer accessory that allows wireless sharing of up to four USB peripherals in a home or office. By simply connecting devices to the sharing station and configuring it to a...

HP Already Slashing Price Of TouchPad Tablet

HP Already Slashing Price Of TouchPad Tablet

At this point, there are really only a handful of ways to seriously compete with Apple in the tablet space; either create something so amazing that even Steve Jobs and company couldn't imagine it, or lower a tablet to a price point that's impossible to ignore. Many have tried and failed on the first point, while most haven't even bothered...

$99 Refurb Kindle Sparks Rumors of a New Model

$99 Refurb Kindle Sparks Rumors of a New Model

Amazon's Kindle eBook reader is only a few price cuts away from being a totally free device (slight exaggeration). The latest deal isn't a straight up price cut, per se, but an attractive offer on a refurbished model. Available now via Amazon's Warehouse Deals portal, the online retailer is selling its popular third generation Wi-Fi Kindle...

45,000 Striking Verizon Workers: Can You Hear Us Now?

45,000 Striking Verizon Workers: Can You Hear Us Now?

We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate, thereby leading to a series of labor disputes. Don't believe it? Just look at the evidence. The NFL season was in jeopardy while owners and players disputed a new collective bargaining agreement,...

30: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 8, 2011

30: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - Aug. 8, 2011

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Toshiba Thrive Android tablet, Samsung's gorgeous Galaxy S II smartphone, a new 1TB notebook drive from WD, OCZ's upcoming Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, AMD's Llano-based A6 desktop processor with integrated Radeon graphics, and spotlight a couple...

Ironic: Amazon.com's Signature Takers Plant Themselves in Front of Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Ironic: Amazon.com's Signature Takers Plant Themselves in Front of Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Amazon.com is using California's initiative process to try to get a law requiring Amazon.com to collect sales tax in the state repealed, and as part of its process, the company is campaigning in front of physical storefronts. As part of its attempt to repeal the law, Amazon must gather over 500,000 signatures in order for a...

HH Deals of The Day: HP Notebook, Seagate HD, OCZ SSD

HH Deals of The Day: HP Notebook, Seagate HD, OCZ SSD

We’ve got some more HOT deals for you all, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for today is an AMD Llano-based notebook, a beefy 2TB external hard drive from Seagate, and a speedy 120GB solid state drive from OCZ, the SATA III Solid 3. 15.6" HP Pavilion dv6z: Quad Edition 2.3GHz AMD A6 Quad-core Laptop w/6GB RAM, 640GB HDD &...

China Mobile Reportedly Inks iPhone Deal with Apple

China Mobile Reportedly Inks iPhone Deal with Apple

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier, has come to an agreement with Apple that will see it selling the iPhone by the end of October, according to a new report. The report, which comes via the Chinese-language website ccidcom.com, cited a company filing. China Mobile has 611 million wireless subscribers, or 68 percent of the total...

Intel's Ultrabook Reference Design To Be Cheaper Than The Macbook Air

Intel's Ultrabook Reference Design To Be Cheaper Than The Macbook Air

Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a...

Verbatim Ships Wireless USB "Edge" Mouse

Verbatim Ships Wireless USB "Edge" Mouse

Looking for a cutting-edge mouse? Verbatim's new Ergo Mouse isn't exactly bleeding-edge tech, but it certainly has the angles to fit the "cutting" descriptor. The Ergo Mouse has one of the sharpest curves of any ergonomic mouse, with a candy apple-red shell, a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver (no cord!), Mac / PC platform compatibility and a small...

Microsoft Continues To Bleed Mobile Market Share, Despite WP7

Microsoft Continues To Bleed Mobile Market Share, Despite WP7

Windows Phone 7 was supposed to reverse Microsoft's declining market share, prove that the company was capable of designing a product that could stand against the best Android and Apple had to offer, and re-establish the company as a major player in the smartphone space. Despite generally positive reviews, WP7 has failed to improve Redmond's...

Western Digital Adds SHOUTcast And Hulu Plus To WD TV Live Hub

Western Digital Adds SHOUTcast And Hulu Plus To WD TV Live Hub

Western Digital isn't laying down and letting Roku and Apple TV run the in-home entertainment show. The company's been continually bolstering services to their WD TV Live hub for some time now, and this may be one of the most significant updates yet. This week, the company announced that Hulu Plus is available to WD TV Live Plus and WD TV...

GammaTech Updates Durabook U12C Notebook With Core i5

GammaTech Updates Durabook U12C Notebook With Core i5

It surely isn't the prettiest of machines, but what rugged beast of a laptop ever is beautiful? And moreover, if you're buying a laptop that can take a beating, do you really care? GammaTech has made a living from producing high-end, highly-rugged notebooks that can take a beating in the field. The company's newly revised Durabook U12C is...

Apple Becomes Top Smartphone Vendor For The First Time

Apple Becomes Top Smartphone Vendor For The First Time

In the rapidly growing smartphone market, where (almost) everyone’s a winner, Apple is currently the winningest of them all. According to research firm IDC, in the second quarter of 2011, Apple’s iPhone outsold all other brands for the first time. Year-over-year, the smartphone market has shifted wildly and dramatically. Apple’s...

Sprint Bringing Sub-$100 Conquer 4G Smartphone On August 21

Sprint Bringing Sub-$100 Conquer 4G Smartphone On August 21

With a name like Conquer, it has to be superb...right? Well, that's the message that Sprint's trying to get across with their latest handset, a WiMAX-enabled smartphone that just so happens to be the carrier's 25th 4G-capable device. It's also the first Sprint 4G phone to launch with an on-contract price is under $100, making it even more...

Lenovo Reveals LS2221 And LS2421p LCD Monitors

Lenovo Reveals LS2221 And LS2421p LCD Monitors

It's got to be hard being a company like Lenovo. Pumping out notebooks, laptops, desktops, and even monitors. Lots to keep track of, and lots of people to impress. Sounds like a modern-day celebrity, but in fact it's a technology company. In a bid to toss a bone in the direction of Lenovo's lucrative business partners, the company has just...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: GIGABYTE GTX570 1280MB 'Super Overclock' Edition Review @ Vortez Motherboards and Chipsets: ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 GEN 3 Intel Motherboard Review @ TechwareLabs Futurelooks News Flash - ASUS P8P67 Sandy Bridge LGA1155 ATX Motherboard Review ASUS F1A75-V PRO vs ECS A75F-A vs Gigabyte A75-D3H @ t-break Memory and Storage: Kingston HyperX...

Comcast Launching $9.95 'Internet Essentials' Broadband for Low-Income Families

Comcast Launching $9.95 'Internet Essentials' Broadband for Low-Income Families

Comcast is launching Internet Essentials, a new initiative offering discounted Internet access and home computers to families that meet low income requirements. The program was mandated as a requirement of Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, earlier this year. In that way, it's very similar to AT&T's Naked DSL program, which AT&T...

Smart Modular's 1.6TB SSD Is Wildly Fast, Only For Enterprise

Smart Modular's 1.6TB SSD Is Wildly Fast, Only For Enterprise

Whoa, the world's fastest in something? And then, the fastest in SSD? Sign us up! Tons of companies try to claim "fastest this" and "fastest that," but Smart Modular may have a point. The company's newest device is being called the world's fastest multi-level cell and highest capacity SAS SSD, leveraging the company's Guardian technology....

Gogo Wireless Launches On Demand Movies & TV Shows On American Airlines Flights

Gogo Wireless Launches On Demand Movies & TV Shows On American Airlines Flights

Thanks to Gogo Wireless, we can say so long to back-of-the seat magazines with partially completed crossword puzzles and hello to in-flight on demand video streaming. The company officially launched Gogo Vision, its previously teased new service that lets flyers stream video content from its library of movies and TV shows. Gogo Vision will...

Toshiba Stuffs 1TB Into 9mm 2.5" Hard Drive For Laptops

Toshiba Stuffs 1TB Into 9mm 2.5" Hard Drive For Laptops

One terabyte hard drives aren't nearly as novel as they once were, but that doesn't mean that you still won't want one if it's plopped in front of you. On the mobile front, however, they're a bit more rare and special compared to the desktop side, where we're up to 3TB these days. While 1TB laptop hard drives have existed, most have existed...

Nissan's Leaf Could Power Your Home

Nissan's Leaf Could Power Your Home

What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan,...

Vonage's Time To Call iPhone App Takes On Skype

Vonage's Time To Call iPhone App Takes On Skype

Did someone crown this week the week of VoIP? There's been quite a few things flying around -- namely, Google's decision to lower VoIP calling rates from within Gmail, and now, Vonage's decision to battle on the iOS front. Oh, and Viber came out with an Android app. See what we mean? Vonage has long since proclaimed to be the cheapest in-home...

Select Starbucks Blocking Ports To Prevent Wi-Fi Camping

Select Starbucks Blocking Ports To Prevent Wi-Fi Camping

Have you visited a Starbucks in a major city recently? Not for the coffee, but for the wall outlet and the free Wi-Fi? Shame on you! But in honesty, Starbucks had to know 'campers' would come once they removed the cover from their Internet and offered it to all. But Internet's only as good as the power that comes with it. Once your laptop...

Malware For Android Users Increases In Frequency And Sophistication

Malware For Android Users Increases In Frequency And Sophistication

The folks at Lookout Mobile Security released the 2011 Mobile Threat Report, which offers a sobering look at the current state of mobile threats. According to the report, mobile users are more likely than ever to experience a malware attack, and the tactics that cybercriminals are employing are increasingly sophisticated. The news is worse...

Asus Reinvents Netbook with Eee PC X101

Asus Reinvents Netbook with Eee PC X101

Conventional wisdom dictates that you don't go around trying to reinvent the wheel. It's already perfectly shaped for transportation, and while Ned the know-it-all thinks he might have a better solution, his hybrid square/triangle thingamawhatever is doomed to fail. With that in mind, is Asus off its rocker in trying something new in the netbook...

Android and Apple Gobble Up More Mobile Marketshare

Android and Apple Gobble Up More Mobile Marketshare

According to the latest numbers released by comScore, both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems gained marketshare in Q2 at the expense of rivals RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian. In the report, comScore claims 78.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in June 2011, up...

Gigabyte Unloads With G1.Sniper 2 Gaming Motherboard

Gigabyte Unloads With G1.Sniper 2 Gaming Motherboard

Gaming motherboard? Oh, yeah. Gigabyte's got you covered, and if this promo picture is any indication of what this silicon packs... well, let's just say you should probably suit up before ordering. The G1.Sniper 2 is all set for Intel Z68-based war, ready to handle the latest Intel i7 Sandy Bridge CPU and including Bigfoot Networks' G1-Killer...

HH Deals of the Day: HP TouchPad, Dell 20" LCD, $600 Dell Coupon Code and More

HH Deals of the Day: HP TouchPad, Dell 20" LCD, $600 Dell Coupon Code and More

We've got our daily dose of HOT deals from LogicBuy on tap for your here. Along with a slew of peripherals and other assorted goodness, we've got a price drop and free shipping on the HP TouchPad, in addition to some discounted accessories, a low-priced Dell 20" LCD monitor, and a beefy $600 coupon code good for a loaded Dell...

MSI's Propeller Blade Technology Blows (in a Good Way)

MSI's Propeller Blade Technology Blows (in a Good Way)

Are there any fan aficionados in the crowd? Anyone? That's okay, because even if you don't fancy yourself a fanatical fan of, uh, fans, MSI makes some mighty interesting claims about its exclusive Propeller Blade technology that all cooling aficionados should read, which we suspect represents a much larger number. In a document explaining...

Asus Updates Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.2, HH Fires It Up

Asus Updates Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.2, HH Fires It Up

If there's one thing a manufacturer like Asus understands, it's how to service their existing customer base with timely updates for things like firmware and drivers. With their lineage in motherboards, where BIOS updates can be critical for compatibility and performance, a company like Asus knows how to work closely with ecosystem...

Sony Reports Vita To Miss Holidays, Nintendo Apologizes For 3DS Price Cuts

Sony Reports Vita To Miss Holidays, Nintendo Apologizes For 3DS Price Cuts

Sony announced today that its upcoming PlayStation Vita, the updated handheld slated to replace the PSP, won't launch in the US or Europe until early 2012. That's a bit surprising considering that electronics sales seasonally slump in the first quarter. The company also stated that it has no plans to sell its television manufacturing business,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: [Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 23.1 PowerColor Radeon HD 6870X2 Graphics Card Review @ XBitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets: Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors @ XbitLabs Processors: AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Review @ Hardware Canucks Memory and Storage: Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA III SandForce...

Sprint Touts Torch 9850 And Bold 9930 Smartphones

Sprint Touts Torch 9850 And Bold 9930 Smartphones

RIM has quite the unveiling this week, and a few of the company's latest are headed to Sprint. RIM and Sprint obviously have a long relationship of partnering with one another, and that's continuing with the release of America's first BlackBerry 7 OS phones. The Bold 9930 and the the Torch 9850 are both destined for Sprint's shelves. The 9930...

T-Mobile USA To Intro Direct Carrier Billing For Content

T-Mobile USA To Intro Direct Carrier Billing For Content

With the proposed T-Mobile/AT&T merger likely to conclude within a year, it's tough to predict which of AT&T's policies will stick, and which of T-Mobile's will hang around. Will Wi-Fi calling exist post-merger? Will direct carrier billing carry over? That's the latest initiative unveiled by the company, extending it to digital content...

Seagate Crafts Android App For GoFlex Media Satellite

Seagate Crafts Android App For GoFlex Media Satellite

Seagate's GoFlex Satellite is one of the more interesting inventions to pop up in the consumer electronics space. It's a portable hard drive that includes a Wi-Fi module so content can be easily streamed to a nearby portable device, and it can easily allow an 8GB iPod touch a multi-hundred gigabyte iPod touch. Until this week, there was only...

Clearwire Announces Plans To Roll Out LTE

Clearwire Announces Plans To Roll Out LTE

With Verizon Wireless and AT&T committed to rolling out 4G LTE networks, some have wondered what Sprint and Clearwire will do with their WiMAX technology. It's no secret that Clearwire has been testing LTE technology for a year. Sprint, which is Clearwire's partner and biggest customer, has also stated that it was not committed solely...

Sapphire Claims Its New HD 6950 Toxic Edition Card is Tops

Sapphire Claims Its New HD 6950 Toxic Edition Card is Tops

Sapphire today announced its HD 6950 Toxic Edition graphics card, calling it "the fastest production card in its class." To back up that claim, Sapphire set the graphics engine at 880MHz and the 2GB of onboard memory at 1330MHz for an effecitive 5.2Gb/s of bandwidth. According to Sapphire, it took more than ordinary reference parts to make...

iBUYPOWER Introduces Gamer Power BTS11 For Student Gamers

iBUYPOWER Introduces Gamer Power BTS11 For Student Gamers

iBUYPOWER added the Gamer Power BTS11 to its back-to-school lineup.  This PC comes with a liquid cooled Intel Core i5 2500K processor. The Gamer Power BTS11 is designed with student gamers in mind. It is housed in the gloss white NZXT Phantom case. Other key features include an NVIDIA GTX 550Ti 1GB graphics card, 8GBs DDR3 memory,...

Google+ Invite-Only Social Networking Club Swells to 25 Million Members

Google+ Invite-Only Social Networking Club Swells to 25 Million Members

Do you hear that noise? It sounds like pacing, which we imagine is what Mark Zuckerberg spends a fair amount of time doing these days as he contemplates how to fend off Google+ from one day becoming the world's largest social networking site. And before you dismiss that notion, consider this: in less than a month, Google+ has attracted over...

Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone Review

Samsung's Galaxy S II was first introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress 2011, and despite the fact that quite a few smartphones have shipped in the months between then and now, Samsung's top-tier smartphone remains a favorite across the globe. In fact, it hasn't even shipped to America yet. With a potent dual-core 1.2GHz processor,...

HH Deal of The Day, Dell Inspiron 620s Slim Tower, HP Pavilion dm4t

HH Deal of The Day, Dell Inspiron 620s Slim Tower, HP Pavilion dm4t

Our friends at LogicBuy sent a few more hot deals our way this morning. First up is a Dell Inspiron 620s Slim Tower system, complete with an Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz Quad-core "Sandy Bridge" CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, discrete Radeon HD 6450 graphics, and a 24" Dell ST2420L LCD Monitor. LogiBuy’s Dell Inspiron 620s...

The Bad Math of Being Amazon's Free App of the Day

The Bad Math of Being Amazon's Free App of the Day

Users might recall that the June 27, 2011 "Free App of the Day" at Amazon's Appstore was Pocket Casts. On the day it was free, 101,491 copies were "sold." Amazon said when it launched the Appstore that on the day an app was offered for free, the developers would still get 20 percent of the value. Well, according to the developers of Pocket...

Five Years of Cyberattacks Against 14 Countries: Operation Shady RAT

Five Years of Cyberattacks Against 14 Countries: Operation Shady RAT

In mid-July it was announced that the Pentagon considers cyberspace an operational theater. Now, experts at security firm McAfee have detailed a five-year-long series of cyber attacks they have dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," in a paper released Wednesday. In this case, RAT isn't about a rodent. RAT is a common acronym in the industry which...

Lenovo Targets Small Businesses With New Monitor Series

Lenovo Targets Small Businesses With New Monitor Series

Lenovo is hoping to attract small businesses with its new LS Series of monitors. These monitors offer a 10 million to one dynamic contrast ratio and are very energy efficient. The series includes the 21.5-inch LS2221 wide and 23.6-inch LS2421p wide HD monitors. The LS2221 wide comes with VGA and DVI connections while the LS2421p wide offers...

Garmin Intros StreetPilot Navigatior For iPhone, Won't Require Data

Garmin Intros StreetPilot Navigatior For iPhone, Won't Require Data

The mapping/navigation situation on iOS isn't exactly in the best of shape. The Maps app on iPhone doesn't provide turn by turn navigation, so users have to turn to a third-party service to do so, whic is hardly elegant. Now, Garmin -- one of the first companies to announce turn by turn supoprt on iOS -- has just announced the StreetPilot...

Google Lowers VoIP Calling Rates, Puts The Pinch On Skype

Google Lowers VoIP Calling Rates, Puts The Pinch On Skype

Think Skype has the VoIP calling business on lock? Think again. Google is quietly moving in on Skype's turf, and while users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, Google's making it even more attractive this week: the company has announced that the service is now being offered in 38 new languages, and users can buy...

Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review

Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review

Just a few short weeks after the release of its high-end WildFire-branded solid state drives, Patriot is at the ready with a new family of drives, dubbed Pyro. Like the WildFire, the similarly fire lovin’ Pyro is built around SandForce’s sought after SF-2200 series solid state storage processor. But with this newer series of drives,...

Britain To Legalize Burning Private Copies of Music, Video

Britain To Legalize Burning Private Copies of Music, Video

Britain's business secretary, Vince Cable, announced today that the government plans to pass legislation allowing citizens to make legal copies of CDs and DVDs they own. The new law will also allow UK citizens to engage in "form shifting;" the term refers to the right to burn legally downloaded materials to physical media. (This last right...

Humble Indie Bundle Sells Lots, Windows Users Still Cheap

Humble Indie Bundle Sells Lots, Windows Users Still Cheap

Avid Steam users and otherwise enthusiastic indie game players are well-acquainted with the Humble Indie Bundle, a semi-annual drive offering collections of independently released computer games for direct download, free of digital rights management (DRM). Two of these bundle drives have been completed thus far, raising over $1.25 million...

Iomega Releases New Mac External Drive

Iomega Releases New Mac External Drive

Iomega is getting back into the Mac game with the release of its new Mac-exclusive hard drive today, the creatively-named Mac Companion Hard Drive. The 3.5-inch drive, which is designed to match the current iMac model, comes in 2 or 3TB options and runs at 7,200 RPM. it connects via Firewire 800, Firewire 400-800, and USB 2,0 cables. The outside...

Samsung Demos Galaxy Tab 10.1 User Interface Updates, New Features and Accessories

Samsung Demos Galaxy Tab 10.1 User Interface Updates, New Features and Accessories

We have just returned from an event in New York City at which Samsung showed off a major software update, that’s coming to the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The update incorporates a new, fully customizable TouchWiz UX interface, with some new features like LivePanel and Mini Apps. The update also incorporates a new Samsung Media Hub...

Google+ Ends Private Profiles

Google+ Ends Private Profiles

Many users of social networking sites (primarily Facebook) have opted to take the privacy thing to the extreme and basically hide from everyone they don’t want to be friends with. No search will discover their name, and even those able to somehow find their profile through more direct methods are barred from seeing a stitch of information...

Corsair's Arctic White Vengeance LP DDR3 Now Available

Corsair's Arctic White Vengeance LP DDR3 Now Available

Corsair just sent us word that its recently announced Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance Low Profile memory is now shipping and ready for purchase. This low profile kit operates at 1.35V and is aimed at ultra-quiet systems and other low-voltage applications that don't require obnoxiously loud cooling solutions. Each dual-channel 8GB DDR3-1600...

AT&T Reveals Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T Reveals Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T recently revealed its upcoming BlackBerry lineup. In August, the carrier will get the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810. Later this year, the carrier will also add the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9860. All of these new models will be capable of operating on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul network. The...

MSI's GT683DX Laptop Sizzles with Style, High End Hardware

MSI's GT683DX Laptop Sizzles with Style, High End Hardware

MSI just announced its new GT683DX laptop, a "top-of-the-line" gaming notebook that, based on the spec sheet, is a dandy. This 15.6-inch powerhouse brings a quad-core Intel Core i7 2630QM processor to the mobile fight, along with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and a GeForce GTX 570M graphics card with 1.5GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. It's a solid...

HH Deal of The Day, Alienware M11x, Logitech K350, Planar 27-inch LCD

HH Deal of The Day, Alienware M11x, Logitech K350, Planar 27-inch LCD

Today we have a few choice items for you from our friends at LogicBuy.  Let's start with a team favorite here, the Alienware M11x notebook that we put through its not long ago.  Well within budget at $699, here are the specifics:  11.6-inch Dell Alienware m11x Core i3-330UM ULV Gaming Laptop with 1GB GeForce GT 335M discrete...

Android at 48% Market Share in Q2

Android at 48% Market Share in Q2

Good news for Google: the Canalys research firm has found that Google's Android OS dominated the worldwide smart device market in the second quarter. Canalys, which analyzes shipments in 56 countries around the world, found that Android was the leader in 35 of them, leading to the operating system's secure hold on 48 percent market share during...

Xcom Global Intros Euro SIM For Europe-Wide Data Access

Xcom Global Intros Euro SIM For Europe-Wide Data Access

For Americans, traveling to Europe can be expensive. The plane ticket usually isn't the killer, but rather the international data roaming: at around $5 per MB, just checking email a few times could leave a traveler with quite a shocking bill. While travelers can purchase European SIM cards, the endeavor can be a hassle. That's where Xcom Global...

Researcher Uncovers Android Trojan That Records Phone Calls

Researcher Uncovers Android Trojan That Records Phone Calls

A newly discovered Android Trojan can record not just the times and numbers for incoming and outgoing calls like its predecessors did, but the actual calls themselves. The malware, which was uncovered by a CA Technologies researcher, records calls in AMR format, and then stores the recorded call in a directory listed as shangzhou/callrecord...

Wireless Power Consortium Reveals Qi Testing Lab In Taiwan

Wireless Power Consortium Reveals Qi Testing Lab In Taiwan

Wireless power, as has been said many times over, is pretty much the Holy Grail of consumer electronics. There now exists wireless Internet, wireless content streaming, wireless audio and wireless calling, but wireless power remains a pipe dream in all but a few, small cases.Regardless of how many wires get cut, devices such as HDTVs...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Review @ Techgage Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane ASRock Core HT @ PureOverclock ECS A75F-A (AMD A75) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Processors: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz CPU Review @ Legit Reviews Memory and Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4...

Adobe Unveils Next-Gen HTML5 Tech, Calls It "Edge"

Adobe Unveils Next-Gen HTML5 Tech, Calls It "Edge"

With HTML5 grabbing a massive amount of support right out of the gate (and Flash still not being supported on the world's hottest selling tablet), there was speculation that Adobe would jump onto something new in time. Now, the company is unveiling an early preview of a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool. It's called Adobe Edge,...

Best Buy Offering Nexus S For Free On Contract, Today Only

Best Buy Offering Nexus S For Free On Contract, Today Only

Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile have announced that stores are now offering the high-end Android 2.3 Nexus S for absolutely nothing on three different U.S. carriers, so long as customers sign a new two-year agreement. It's available on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and will be offered free as a new phone or upgrade two-year activation at all...

Windows XP Market Drops Below 50% Worldwide

Windows XP Market Drops Below 50% Worldwide

10 years in tech time is equivalent to about 100 years in real time, in that the technology that was relevant a decade ago is usually as useful today as a Model T Ford. Yet somehow the venerable Windows XP operating system, which was introduced a tech-century ago in 2001, has held on. True, XP enjoyed a brief stay of execution thanks to the...

OCZ Unveils Next-Gen Z-Drive R4 PCI Express Solid State Storage Systems

OCZ Unveils Next-Gen Z-Drive R4 PCI Express Solid State Storage Systems

We just got off a conference call hosted by OCZ Technology’s CEO Ryan Petersen on which he discussed the rapidly evolving market for PCIe-based solid state storage solutions and unveiled the company's next generation enterprise-class PCIe storage product, the Z-Drive R4. The Z-Drive R4 will feature OCZ’s second generation...

Asus Thinks Big with Mini-ITX F1A75-I Deluxe Motherboard

Asus Thinks Big with Mini-ITX F1A75-I Deluxe Motherboard

Asus is apparently looking to make a big splash in the mini-ITX market with the launch of its F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard. This is the same board Asus showed off at the Computex trade show earlier this year, only now it's official. Despite its diminutive size, Asus managed jam a whole bunch of features into this tiny slice of silicon, starting...

Verizon Wireless Adds LTE-Capable Netbook

Verizon Wireless Adds LTE-Capable Netbook

Verizon Wireless will offer its first netbook with LTE connectivity on August 4. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr runs on Windows 7 Home Starter and features a 10.1-inch WSVGA anti-glare display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor, 250GB hard drive, and 1GB DDR3 RAM. The netbook also has a VGA webcam and a media card reader. The Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr...

Samsung and Symantec Become BFFs and Announce SSD Upgrade Bundle

Samsung and Symantec Become BFFs and Announce SSD Upgrade Bundle

The cool thing about having friends is you know they'll have your back (and loan you money). But with Samsung and Symantec hooking up BFF style, these best buds promise to have your back when it comes time to upgrade your slow-as-molasses mechanical hard drive to a smoking fast Samsung 470 Series solid state drive (check out our review here)....

AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review

AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review

A few weeks back, AMD officially launched their Llano-based A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, in both desktop and mobile flavors. If you’re unfamiliar with Llano, it’s AMD’s mainstream, low-power APU that fuses four x86 cores with a DX11-class graphics processor on a single piece of silicon. The current flagship...

MSI Launches Android Overclocking Utility For Graphics Cards

MSI Launches Android Overclocking Utility For Graphics Cards

MSI announced a new application for Android devices that will let you monitor and overclock your graphics card directly from your smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi connection. The new MSI Afterburner App lets users monitor core temperature, frequency, memory clock speed, fan speed, and CPU and memory usage. In addition, the Afterburner App’s...

HotHardware Deal of The Day - Dell XPS 15 Laptop

HotHardware Deal of The Day - Dell XPS 15 Laptop

We've recently teamed up with the folks from LogicBuy in order to bring you hand-picked deals on top brand name products from trusted sources. Today's deal is another offering from Dell, just in time for back to school, or work maybe.  The Dell XPS 15 is a 15.6-inch Windows 7 machine with a 2nd gen Core i7 quad-core (Sandy Bridge) CPU,...

Verizon Wireless Touts AMEX Serve Payment Technology Integration

Verizon Wireless Touts AMEX Serve Payment Technology Integration

Rather than using cash or a typical credit card, many tech-savvy consumers are relying on something very different to make payments these days: contactless payment solutions. While NFC has grabbed the lion's share of the hype surrounding this movement, there are actually quite a few options when it comes to "tap-to-pay." Serve, by American...

GameStop To Sell Digital Downloads In-Store, Apply Trade-In Credits

GameStop To Sell Digital Downloads In-Store, Apply Trade-In Credits

It should come as no big surprise to hear that GameStop is starting up a program to sell digital versions of games at physical B&M stores. That's right: digital copies of games, at stores. Why such a mishmash? While customers could purchase the same thing online without messing with the whole in-store routine, it's also worth mentioning...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Zalman Trimon ZM-M240W 3D Monitor Review @ XBitLabs   PowerColor Radeon HD 6870x2 2GB Overclocked Video Card Review @ Tweaktown GeForce GTX 560 from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI @ XbitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS M5A97 EVO and M5A99X EVO @ PureOverclock MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) Motherboard Review @ t-break EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard...

October, Not September: Latest iPhone 5 Launch Rumor

October, Not September: Latest iPhone 5 Launch Rumor

It's the start of a new week, and the next-generation iPhone still isn't here, which means it's time for another new iPhone 5 rumor. This one pushes back the date of the launch (not announcement, mind you) to October. The latest rumor comes from AllThingsD, via a typical anonymous sources situation. Word is that even if the reports of AT&T...

Redbox Reaches 1.5 Billion DVD And Blu-ray Rentals

Redbox Reaches 1.5 Billion DVD And Blu-ray Rentals

Redbox, the DVD rental box service that's sweeping the nation, has just reached 1.5 billion DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals. That's a pretty staggering number. The company launched their service in 2004, which means it only took 7 years to reach the milestone. Furthermore, they've also rented over 4 million video games during the period. 1.5...

CPU Rumors: Bulldozer Pricing, Phenom II EoL, Sandy Bridge-E Delays

CPU Rumors: Bulldozer Pricing, Phenom II EoL, Sandy Bridge-E Delays

Multiple bits of CPU data have crept out from under the woodwork in the last few days; here's a roundup of what's making the rounds. On the AMD side of the equation comes a rumor that the company is about to stop producing Phenom II X2 and X4 processors in favor of moving consumers along to the Fusion-based A8 hardware. Currently, the two...

Facebook Offers A Bug Bounty

Facebook Offers A Bug Bounty

Facebook is about to get a little safer with the social networking site’s announcement that it will offer a bounty to independent researchers for any bugs they uncover, to the tune of $500 a pop (or potentially more, if you bag an especially prized bug). To receive a bounty, you have to agree to certain terms and meet specific criteria....

Verizon 3G FaceTime Only on Tiered Data?

Verizon 3G FaceTime Only on Tiered Data?

We noted earlier that it seemed that AT&T Wireless' move toward data throttling for its highest 5 percent of end users could, in fact, act to push some of those grandfathered unlimited users to data tiers. Here's another move that could do so, if true. The new report concerns Apple's FaceTime video calling service. Reportedly, despite...

Microsoft Patent Filings Reveal Multiple Touch and Stylus Gestures

Microsoft Patent Filings Reveal Multiple Touch and Stylus Gestures

With the massive influx of Android-based tablets and seemingly unstoppable assault of Apple iPads, it should come as no surprise to even the least tech-savvy among you that Microsoft plans to make a serious push into the tablet space when it launches Windows 8. Over the last year or so, we’ve already posted a number of stories that portend...

USM Brings Tablets To Classroom

USM Brings Tablets To Classroom

We've heard many people talk about the educational value of a tablet, but the majority of schools still aren't using tablets in the classroom. The University of Southern Mississippi believes tablets can be a useful asset in education and is working with Samsung Mobile to prove it. This fall, students who participate in an Honors College pilot...

Motorola Report Reveals Terrible Xoom Sales

Motorola Report Reveals Terrible Xoom Sales

Prior to its launch, Motorola's Xoom tablet was touted as the first of the iPad killers, with features and capabilities the iPad lacked as well as a brand-new version of Android codenamed Honeycomb. Once the tablet hit shelves, it was clear that Motorola had rushed production in a bid to beat the iPad 2 to market. At launch, the Xoom's...

Foxconn to Hire 1 Million Robots to Replace Blood and Flesh Workers

Foxconn to Hire 1 Million Robots to Replace Blood and Flesh Workers

According to China's Xinhua's news agency, Taiwanese technology bigwig Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision) plans to employ 1 million robots in the next three years to help curtail the rising costs of having to play real life humans, and also to improve efficiency. Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, told Xinhua that...

NEC Upgrades E Series Commercial Grade Big Screen Displays

NEC Upgrades E Series Commercial Grade Big Screen Displays

NEC today said it made some big changes to its large screen E Series displays aimed at commercial applications, such as cost-effective digital signage duties for conference rooms, retail stores, waiting rooms, and corporate lobbies. Upgraded second generation models include the 32-inch E322, 42-inch E422, 46-inch E462, and 55-inch E552. These...

Kingston's SandForce-based HyperX SSDs Set Sail for Retail

Kingston's SandForce-based HyperX SSDs Set Sail for Retail

Andy Samberg, Kiv Schaffer, and T-Pain aren't the only ones who got to ride on a boat. Kingston Technology's HyperX solid state drives set sail for U.S. shores and are now shipping starting at $270, the memory maker announced today. These SandForce-based drives are Kingston's first SATA 6Gbps SSDs. They're available in 120GB and 240GB capacities...

 ViewSonic Announces New 3D Vision LED Monitor

ViewSonic Announces New 3D Vision LED Monitor

ViewSonic is adding a new 3D LED monitor to its lineup. The new V3D245 is a 24-inch 3D, full HD (1080p) LED monitor that features a built-in NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless emitter and comes with NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses. This monitor features a 120Hz frame refresh rate, 2ms video response time, 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 300 nits high...

Announcing HH Deal of The Day! $200 Off Dell UltraSharp U2711 IPS LCD

Announcing HH Deal of The Day! $200 Off Dell UltraSharp U2711 IPS LCD

We've recently been looking for ways to offer HotHardware readers good deals on great tech gear from manufacturers and retailers we trust.  So we teamed up with the folks from LogicBuy in order to bring you hand-picked deals on top brand name products.  Every day we'll have a new deal for you to check out and consider.  Yes,...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

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Llano, Bobcat Helped AMD Nip Market Share From Intel During Q2

Llano, Bobcat Helped AMD Nip Market Share From Intel During Q2

AMD's second-quarter results showed a small decline in sales revenue, but according to Mercury Research, a drop in ASPs year-on-year hid the smaller company's market share gains. AMD's total share of the x86 industry stood at 19.4 percent in Q2, up from 17.8 percent a year ago. Intel is estimated to have held 79.9 percent in Q2 2011, down...

Nokia Slips From #1 To #3 In Smartphone Sales

Nokia Slips From #1 To #3 In Smartphone Sales

Sad news that Nokia has fallen from #1 to #3 in smartphone sales, which is something that most intelligent analysts would have said was impossible just five or six years ago. When Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, and Google delivered Android shortly after, things changed dramatically. Customers had multiple options for smartphones,...

Google Brings 2-Step Verification To 150 Nations

Google Brings 2-Step Verification To 150 Nations

Can there be too much security? If looking at America's airports, the answer is probably "yes," but if when considering online activities, the answer is probably "no." Google security engineers understand that, as they've had their fair share of security backlashes the past few years. A few months ago, the search company rolled out 2-step...

Best Buy's Insignia HDTV Brand Gains TiVo Guide Technology

Best Buy's Insignia HDTV Brand Gains TiVo Guide Technology

Today, TiVo announced a partnership with Best Buy's in-house label Insignia to ship a Connected TV with TiVo. That's right; an Insignia TV with TiVo technology within. Pretty crazy to see that name instead of Sony or Samsung or LG, but Best Buy has some pretty serious pull in the supply chain. Insignia Connected TV customers can enjoy broadcast...