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All News for September 2006

What Your HotHardware Will be Used For - Downloading Video

If you're like me, YouTube is thinking about taking out a restraining order on you, or giving you a medal. It's endlessly fascinating. LinuxElectrons outlines In-Stat's Consumer Media and Content Service's projection of growth in the UGC market. (user generated content) User-Generated Content (UGC), such as that found on YouTube...

HIS 1x PCI-E Graphics Card

HIS 1x PCI-E Graphics Card

Graphics card vendor HIS sends word that the company is releasing the first 1x PCI-E graphics card using ATI's 1K family technology. Based around an ATI X1300 GPU, the card offers a low-profile board design along with dual-link DVI functionality. This card is a worthwhile upgrade path for those using OEM systems (dell, HP,...

Ten Great Firefox Extensions

Firefox is a great browser. One of its strengths is the ability to tinker with it to get it to do all sorts of additional neat things. Joe Kissell at Macworld has a terrific round-up of free add-ons for Firefox to help you raise your personal browser geek factor to stratospheric heights: And thanks to a growing number of free Firefox extensions,...

Second Generation UMPC

The foreign website PC Watch has posted some interesting shots of Intel's upcoming second generation UMPC design for your viewing pleasure. Although the text will require the use of your favorite online translator, the pictures and slides referenced in the article are universal. Overall, the reference platforms appear to be much...

Lenovo Battery Recall is Official

Ripped strait from our speculation last night, Lenovo and IBM have officially recalled about 168,500 Sony manufactured battery packs (an additional 357,500 battery packs were sold worldwide).  The affected part numbers are: ASM P/N     FRU P/N 92P1072     92P1073 92P1088     92P1089...

Legislation Proposes ESRB Plays Everygame It Rates

Currently, games are rated by the ESRB after they're sent a video showing the most graphic parts of a game. However, Republican Senator Sam Brownback is proposing that the ESRB play each and every game before slapping a rating on it. While it may seem like a good idea, to fully examine a game's content before making a decision on it,...

Get ready for a Lenovo recall?

With no surprise, rumors are being floated around the net regarding a possible Lenovo recall of Sony batteries from their laptop line.  This replacement would fall in line with companies such as Dell, Apple, and Toshiba who have all had recalls/replacements.  On Sept 16, an IBM Thinkpad T43 exploded at Los Angeles International...

AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center in Fort Collins, Co.

AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center in Fort Collins, Co. SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 27, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO. Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international...

HP Buys Voodoo PC?!?!

In what could be one of the most surprising events in the industry the last few years, we are hearing news from the gang at Gizmodo that none other than HP has purchased Voodoo PC. Much like the scenario where Dell bought Alienware, HP will leverage the IP and customer base from the boutique PC vendor Voodoo PC. Unfortunately,...

Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core Kentsfield Performance Preview

Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core Kentsfield Performance Preview

Intel gave access to quad-core Kentsfield-based systems to select members of the press yesterday at IDF.  Today the embargo has been lifted on a preview of performance numbers with the new 2.66GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.  HotHardware: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 quad-core performance Preview Discuss Digg To Share...

PC/Webcam Motion Detecting Security System

Don't we all love it when clever people take stuff that's right off the shelf, or better still, in hand, and show us how to use it in innovative ways? Simple Help outines a cheap and easy way to set up your own motion detecting security system with detailed, step by step instructions. You don't need much: 1. a PC running Windows...

Digital Home PC made silent - Asetek LCLC

Digital Home PC made silent - Asetek LCLC

Astek sends word of their new "Low Cost  Liquid Cooling" solutions targeted at the Digital Home SSF PC... Digital Home PC made silent by new OEM liquid cooling solution Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco, September 26th, 2006. Despite the arrival of multi-core CPUs with lower overall power consumption, system level thermal...

Who's Getting Video From The Web?

Yahoo News answers the question: How many people use the internet to watch video? ComScore Media Metrix recorded both streaming, which requires a live Internet connection, and downloads, in which a user saves a file that can be viewed later or offline. All told, 107 million people streamed or downloaded nearly 7.2 billion video clips - an...

AGEIA Joins 3DMark Development Group

The Inquirer reports that AGEIA has joined Futuremark's list of vendors on their development team. Here, AGEIA will offer their knowledge of physics to the team to allow the next generation of the popular synthetic 3DMark benchmark to test the full functionality and performance of a physics API. Can you imagine a time where games...

IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension To Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension To Popular PCI Express Computing Standard INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express* technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models, such as visualization...

AMD Announces Strategic Agreement with Founder Technology

AMD Announces Strategic Agreement with Founder Technology, Second Largest PC Provider in China BEIJING - Sept. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Founder Technology today announced an agreement to offer Founder customers a range of systems based on AMD64 processors, which are recognized for their innovation and performance-per-watt leadership....

MySpace Launches Voter-Registration Plan

With midterm elections coming up this November, candidates are on the move to gain voter interest, especially the interest of younger voters. MySpace.com is helping the cause, partnering with the non partisan group Declare Yourself. MySpace.com estimates that 80 percent of its user base is old enough to vote, but will a few new profile tools...

Peter Jackson Signs Xbox Deal

Today Microsoft has announced that Peter Jackson, director of Kong and the Lord of the Rings series, is planning a unique Xbox Live project. Mr. Jackson feels that technology has now progressed to a point where we can properly blend the art of story telling, with interactive entertainment. "Mr Jackson, who is also producing a movie based on...

AMD AM2 - What Went Wrong

What at one time seemed like the hot new CPU technology to own, AMD's AM2 has turned out to be somewhat of a dud since it's release. While AMD has delivered improved performance and features, the new socket hasn't been what many had hoped. XYZ Computing has decided to delve into the many reasons why AMD's AMD has failed to...

FairUse4WM 1.3 Released

Well, the cat and mouse game continued today with the latest release of FairUse4WM version 1.3. FairUse4WM is a program used to strip the Windows DRM from audio files "leased" from online services such as Yahoo Music, Napster, etc.  This type of program can be very damaging to the pricing models of these companies subscription...

Intel Extends Embedded Offerings With Intel Core 2 Duo

Intel Extends Embedded Offerings With Intel Core 2 Duo Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced expanded life cycle support for the Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors for embedded applications, ranging from bank ATMs to point-of-sale cash registers. Based on the revolutionary Intel(R)...

Judge tosses part of AMD suit against Intel

A federal judge has dismissed part of AMD's suit against Intel on the basis that it does not meet the anticompetative claims made.  In June of 2005 AMD filed a 48 page complaint against Intel alleging the company was engaging in monopolistic behavior by forcing companies (38 different ones cited) into using their chips thus...

Realtek Audio Codecs Not Rendering True EAX

In a rather stark claim, Analog Devices and Creative labs state that Realtek's high definition audio solutions do not render proper EAX and EAX2 effects correctly and in some cases not at all. Realtek audio solutions are quite popular among OEM motherbboard vendors as they provide low cost audio with reasonable results.  Dailytech...

IDF Round-Up

Over the course of the last few days, we have seen an impressive amount of exciting news come out of the latest Intel Develop Forum. Such hot topics such as Quad-Core CPU's and CPU-based physics in games have been the talk of the town as of late. For those who have not yet armed themselves with the appropriate information to hold their...

Big Brother is... Detouring You

Did you know your cellphone is anonymously snitching on your location all the time by scanning for signals from the nearest cell tower, whether you're using it or not? Well, IntelliOne Technologies has a way to put that to some use. They've developed a system to allow traffic to be mapped by plotting cellphone locations in real...

IOGEAR fixes the Ewwwwww On Your Mouse

My goodness, your desktop is dirty. According to a recent study done at the University of Arizona, the average desktop has more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat. And fewer interesting things to read, I might add. I don't even want to think about the mouse at the public library's computer. To help with this problem, IOGEAR...

AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center

AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design...

Alan Wake Needs Dual-Core or Better?

Anandtech has posted an interesting bit of news from IDF regarding the highly anticipated upcoming title Alan Wake and its apparent need for a dual-core CPU or better. Used as a demonstration to showcase the power of Intel's new quad-core CPU's, the exceptionally detailed game was actually running no less than five independent threads....

ATI First with Vista WHQL Graphics Driver

ATI leads the way with industry's first graphics hardware certified for Windows VistaTM MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 26, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- Underlining the company's leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT)...

Google Wants More Power Effecient PCs

Today Google has presented a paper at the Intel Developer Forum, requesting the industry create a more efficient power supply. Today's current brand of PSUs convert high-voltage alternating current to low-voltage direct current, and Google is looking to change that by using a single 12-volt standard....

Video Of Gigabyte Factory Tour

While we've posted links to various factory tours in the past, Firingsquad has a unique video tour of the insides of one of Gigabyte's factories. Click here to see the 2:11 minute video of Gigabyte, Taiwan. "Back in June we were invited to tour one of Gigabytes top factories. If you've...

Intel, DIRECTV Poised to Connect PCs and TVs in U.S.

Intel, DIRECTV Poised to Connect PCs and TVs in U.S. INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 - Intel Corporation and DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, today unveiled details around the world's first digital set-top box with integrated digital media adapter (DMA) functionality verified to...

Intel To Pay Up To $1 Million Bounty For Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs

Intel To Pay Up To $1 Million Bounty For Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs   INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 - Intel Corporation is challenging PC designers and manufacturers to think sexy, stylish and small as they design the next generation of home PCs optimized for multimedia entertainment and powered by Intel(R) CoreTM2...

80 Cores in 5 Years says Intel

Intel has pledged to have a CPU with 80 cores on it within 5 years and has a prototype to prove it.  Intel showed off the CPU wafer at IDF which contains 80 teraflop chips which reportedly can process 1 trillion floating point operations per second.  Now Moore's Law states that the number of transistors that can fit on a...

Symantec Says There's No Safe Browser

The hunt for a safe and secure browser has long been the focus of computer users due to the rapid increase in cyber crime.  Due to its popularity, Internet Explorer long became the focus of attacks.  This gave rise to alternate browsers such as Opera and Firefox.  These alternate browsers rapidly increased...

3 New Athlon 64 FX CPU's

DigiTimes reports that AMD is preparing to launch no less than 3 new Athlon 64 FX processors in November to combat the launch of Intel's new QX6700 processor. As part of the company's upcoming "4x4" platform which will consist of two dual-core processors being placed on a motherboard, these new products will be competing...

Bush Invented Google

We all know Al Gore invented the internet. Did you know Bush invented Google? Search Marketing Info has a fascinating history of search engines, chockablock full of useful information about both their history and the nuts and bolts of how they work. And according to them, back in 1945, Bush came up with the idea of a searchable database, and...

I Know You're Smart - How Brave Are You?

You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't bright. Dopes don't generally take the back off the CPU and monkey around in there. But how much nerve do you have? Are you brave enough to forget about getting any kind of credentials from one of the greatest Institutes Of Higher Learning on the planet if they give you the education...

Pirillo Goes Off - Important Air-Travel Instructional Video

Pirillo Goes Off - Important Air-Travel Instructional Video

Some of you we're aware have issues with audible instruction and are much more-so the visual learning type.  If you fall into this camp and have previously struggled with something as simple as an airline safety announcement before take-off, have no fear.  Chris P is at the ready and possesses the unique ability to move words...

Dell To Add 500 Jobs

In a time where job layoffs in the tech industry make the headlines, it's always good to see a company adding to its workforce. Dell will be looking to hire new software and mechanical engineers, as well as program managers, for its Texas building. "Michael Dell declined to comment on last week's announcement that the company had received...

GTA Continues To Take Blame

Grand Theft Auto, the highly popular and controversial game from Rockstar Games, is continuing to take the heat in a high-profile murder trial. Codey Posey has been convicted of killing his father, stepmother, and stepsister, after claiming years of abuse. However, various attorney's, including famous antigame activist Jack Thompson,...

ATI Releases New Mobility Graphics Processors

ATI Delivers 'Ready for Vista' Multimedia Performance and Productivity with New Mobility Radeon(R) graphics processors for Notebook PCs MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 25, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) has developed a family of notebook graphics to meet the complete needs of mobile...

Activists unveil stealth browser

ZDNet is reporting that start-up, Torpark, has just released a "stealth" browser which enables users the ability to surf the web under hidden identity.  Unlike fee software such as Anonymizer, SafeSharing, SecretSurfer, etc, this browser is free.  Based off of portable Firefox, Torpark can work freely off of USB keys...

Green Lasers Rule

If there's anything cooler than laser beams, I haven't seen them. You can buy better hardware than Captain Kirk had from Amazon.com these days. You'll have to get your own green space babes, but Cool Tools has a roundup on the available models of green colored laser beams pointers for sale, cheap, right now. Why green? ...

The Future Of Lightswitches

There's a lot of smart hardware in your house already. Unfortunately, they're mostly dumb as a brick when it comes to communicating with each other. So Nobu has a new touchscreen in-wall computer to integrate all those disparate technological marvels you've got available to you right now, if you could just find the remotes:...

New Three Layer DVD On The Horizon?

The folks at Warner Bros seem to have their thinking caps on, while the major-league industry powers behind Sony and Toshiba battle on DVD standard formats like bad Betamax and 8-Track re-treads... "In fact, just last week the studio's Warner Home Video unit released "The Lake House," a time-travel romance starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra...

Sunday Technobrunch

We've got a few tid-bits from around the scene for you here this morning, to go with those Huevos Rancheros and java-juice... Steve at HardwareReview.net is on the case this morning -- the CoolerMaster IT930 to be exact. Looks pretty spiff and Steve's new site design ain't bad either.  Cute kid, just don't let him play...

Roll-up Laptops On The Horizon?

Now this is just too cool for words but also pretty far off in space.  Roll-up keyboards have been around for a while but these folks are taking it one step further. "Roll-up laptop displays and keyboards for more portable computing are just two of the proposed applications for a new "shape shifting" technology for solid structures developed...

Intel to open server chips to partners next week?

The Register is reporting that Intel has plans to directly respond to AMD's Torrenza platform by opening up its server platform to third-party co-processor manufacturers. Supposedly, Intel is planning to make the official announcement next week at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco... "Everyone in the server world has been...

Your Stolen Cellphone Can Scream For Help

Hot Hardware told you this month about how much information can be recovered from your increasingly powerful cellphones and PDAs, even after you think you've erased the data. Imagine what someone could get out of one that's stolen. As companies look to give their employees all the functionality they need, while keeping the stuff...

The Future Of Lightswitches

Nobu has just released a new inwall touchscreen computer that's bound to get the home automation crowd to sit up and take notice. It's fanless, so it won't annoy you when you use it for application like home theatre or office, and with a 1.0 GHz Intel Celeron onboard, it's not a toy....

Indestructible Keyboard

If you're like me, you could open up the back of your keyboard and make a sandwich out of all the stuff in there. I don't recommend you eat it, but hey -- it's safer than bagged spinach. But let's say you need something a little more durable than your standard keyboard, because you want to shave and shower while you visit Hot...

AMD 4x4 Roadmap

The foreign website Tweakers.net has posted a supposedly leaked roadmap of AMD's "4x4" platform for your viewing pleasure. Although you'll need to arm yourself with your favorite online translator to grasp the content, the chart outlining the various pending products is universal. It will certainly be interesting to...

MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE

Hello All.  We're just popping in let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE, GeForce 7950 GX2 card.  Here's a snip from the piece... "Usually, good price / performance ratios are reserved for more affordable mid-range cards....

Intel quad-core Kentsfield to be named Core 2 Quadro

DigiTimes is reporting that Intel is expected to name the new Kentsfield quad core processor, "Core 2 Quadro".  According to leading Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers, first shipments of these CPU's are expected to begin around the November time frame.  The first CPU to ship will be an Extreme version titled...

AMD Announces Socket Compatibility Plans to Drive Industry Collaboration

AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct...

The Answer To Everything

Problems, problems, everywhere. We need power to solve these problems. And alternatives to burning the icky black stuff we find under deserts always have one problem: they cost more, and/or they don't store as well. But a company in Texas, EEStor, is working on a replacement for chemical batteries that make it cheaper and faster to supply...

Stolen MSI GeForce 7900 GS Cards Surface

It seems a relatively large quantity of GeForce 7900 GS cards had been stolen from MSI while in transit, and they have since surfaced for sale on-line. There's no word on exactly how many of the stolen cards are out there, but it was a large enough quantity that MSI has made a statement on their corporate website......

Dead Cell Phones Make Lousy Emergency Calls

Everybody has a cell phone. And since everybody has a cell phone, people will drive right past you on a lonely road when your car has broken down, and figure you're just waiting for a lift. And they won't know that your cell phone battery is dead and you have no way to charge it. It's a long walk to the nearest payphone these days....

Anti-Drug Videos Featured On YouTube

In an attempt to get their message across, the U.S. government is embracing the YouTube community in an effort to curb drug use. Though there's some controversy on how effective the ads are, the White House has started injecting their anti-drug videos into the service, which receives millions of viewers a day, many of them teenagers....

ATI Catalyst 6.9 Released

ATI has released their monthly Catalyst driver update to the Radeon line.  This brings the current version up to 6.9 and adds Crossfire support to Intel P965 motherboards that have two PCI-E X16 slots.  Unfortunately, this added feature is only available for D3D applications on X1900 cards under Windows XP only.  OpenGL...

Help In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Hello Everyone.  We're going to take a break from our typical technology / hardware coverage for just a moment here and ask for your help to support a great cause.  A good friend of HotHardware's is walking in an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Westport, CT and is seeking donations to help...

Intel P965 to Support ATI CrossFire

In our initial look at Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme (Conroe) processors and their compatible chipsets, we mentioned that the P965 was not likely to support ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU technology because the chipset does not have the same PCI Express lane configuration as the 975X. Whereas the 975X can be configured in an...

The World's Most Remote Digital City

Intel Chairman Unveils The World's Most Remote Digital City Amazon Effort Marks Global Movement to Bring Technology to the Next Billion People PARINTINS, Brazil, Sept. 20, 2006 - In one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth, the Amazon, Intel Corporation has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network for residents to access vast...

Smart People In A Dumb House

The places we live, work, and shop have not kept up with the explosion of hardware we've integrated into our lives already. When Real Estate developers talk about utilities, they're talking about water and electricity and making what's in the toilet go away when you're through with it. There's an enormous opportunity to...

XBox 360 To "Unlock" 1080p Functionality

Microsoft has just publicly stated that the company will be offering a software upgrade later this year that will "unlock" the ability to output game and movie content at 1080p. The whole topic of 1080p and how necessary it would be for this generation of consoles has been an interesting topic the last year or two. As many will remember,...

Don't Just Go To School- Get Educated

College ain't cheap. And if college bores you, or wastes your time, it's adding injury to the insult of loading you up with debt. So if you're going to go to school, why not look for schools that prepare you for the world you're going to inhabit when you get out, not some broken down version of 1970? Popular Mechanics has a...

Scanner Technologies Files Patent Lawsuit Against NVIDIA

NVIDIA has yet to respond to the lawsuit filed by Scanner Technologies, in which they claim NVIDIA sold products based on a 3D BGA inspection system, used to ensure product reliability. Along with seeking undisclosed damages, Scanner Technologies is also going after preliminary and permanent injunctions, as well legal fees and court fees....

Microsoft "Soapbox" To Rival YouTube

Microsoft has set its sites on YouTube's pie, using its new Soapbox service to carve a slice. Like other video services, users will be able comment on, and rate videos, as well as create RSS feeds and share links. Video size is limited to 100MB, though there are no limits on video length....

RD600 Chipset In October?

Despite rumors last week that motherboard manufacturers were shunning the RD600 chipset for fear of some sort of backlash from Intel, ATI is claiming the Conroe-Compatible RD600 chipset will roll-out as planned next month.  According to the story on Digitimes, however, ATI's bus license only allows for official support of 1066MHz...

Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC

Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article where we evaluate the features and performance of the Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC. This machine is packed with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, a couple of gigs of RAM, Raptors in a RAID 0 confg, and a pair of Radeons running in CrossFire...

Interesting NVIDIA G80 Rumors

VR-Zone and HardSpell have posted some very interesting rumors regarding NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU which seem to contradict all the rumors we've heard thus far. Here, some industry sources have supposedly said G80 will in fact be based on a unified shader architecture much like ATI's R600 GPU. There will be an obscene ~700M...

Toshiba to Replace Sony Batteries

First it was Dell and then Apple; now, Toshiba has jumped on the bandwagon and is replacing 340,000 Sony batteries from their Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite line of notebooks. Surprisingly enough, Toshiba indicated that the batteries in question would not catch fire, unlike reports that have come from Dell and Apple users.  Batteries...

Who Is Jonathan Ive? The Wizard Of Apple's Hot Hardware

Who's got the hottest hardware? That's hard to say of course, but Apple certainly causes a buzz whenever they release a product of any kind. Steve Jobs definitely makes a commanding figurehead for Apple, as iconic as Bill Gates over at Microsoft. But who's doing the heavy lifting, design-wise, over at Apple? Business Week highlights...

Halo For The Nursing Home

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average video gamer is now 33 years old. And your average 33 year old doesn't have the time to spare to learn the ropes and explore all the nooks and crannies of your average video game any more. The industry is starting to look at releasing video game in episodes, like a TV show....

Core 2 Quadro Coming!

DigiTimes reports that Intel's upcoming quad-core Kentsfield processor will be arriving in November and will be dubbed "Core 2 Quadro". Slated to debut at the same time as AMD's upcoming 3GHz Athlon 64 FX-64 CPU, the first quad-core CPU from Intel will be a flagship Core 2 Extreme QX6700. This model will feature a 2.66GHz...

A Media Player To Play It All

With the demise of Betamax years ago, VHS became the one simple choice for videos, and remained that way up until the late 90's. VHS has since met it's end, and DVD has taken over as the format choice for most, but that's all changing now. With the release of Sony's Blu-Ray format, and Microsoft's competing HD-DVD format,...

Virgin Atlantic Bans Hazardous Laptops

In response to the numerous reports of defective laptop batteries that could pose a fire hazard risk, Virgin Atlantic has banned the use of certain laptops from their flights. The ban covers certain Dell and Apple laptops, ones which contain the faulty batteries manufactured by Sony. The laptops are still permitted to be brought...

NVIDIA Claims New Mac Design Wins

NVIDIA Claims New Mac Design Wins

NVIDIA sent word today of their wins on the iMac platform, if that kind of machine is your sort of flava... "On Sept 6th Apple announced their flagship 24" iMac (http://www.apple.com/imac/), powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics processing unit (GPU) as the standard configuration and the GeForce 7600 GT GPU as a configure-to-order...

2006 PVR Guide

HTPCNews has put together a nice little PVR guide for those interested in adding Tivo style functionality to their PC.  Having been an ATI All-In-Wonder user since the original Radeon series (VIVO before that), these features are absolute must haves for me.  In fact, the first component I bought when I purchased my most recent...

Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser

Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser Chip that Emits and Guides Light Could Drive Silicon Photonics Into Wide Use in Future Computers and Data Centers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006 - Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have built the world's first...

Intel Ramps Up New

Intel Ramps Up New 'Multiply' Campaign For Intel Core 2 Duo SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced a new integrated branding campaign named "Multiply," which is focused on Intel Core 2 Duo, the world's best processor. The campaign represents Intel's most significant marketing campaign...

AMD Quad Core Discussion & Editorial

[H]ard|OCP had a chat with AMD's CTO Phil Hester about the upcoming K8L Quad Core AMD processor.  Phil gave Kyle and crew some new insight as to just how AMD is looking to handle the newly competitive market served up by Intel's Core 2 Duo. "Phil Hester knows that competition is good for AMD. With the release of Intel's Core 2...

Moore's Law Wakes Up Again

Moore's Law, for all of you folks that think overclocking is sleeping late and driving to work faster, is the rule of thumb that computing power will double every eighteen months or so. It's seems to have been stuck a bit lately, and everyone was wondering where the next goose your chip needs -- to show you glistening beads of...

A Little Bit Of Something Beats Paying A Lawyer

What is YouTube, exactly? It serves different purposes for different users, but its main reason for existence recently seems to be for music industry lawyers to fight over any money that might be in it. But Warner Brothers music seems to have come to the realization that YouTube is a massive pile of eyeballs that want to look at their product,...

Top Ten Most Stressful Jobs

We have heard the stories and medical reports of how stress can lead to everything from stomach ulcers to death.  WYTV ABC 33 out of Youngstown, OH pulled together a report that details the top 10 stressful careers to be in.   IT experts are more likely to suffer from stress...

ATI R600 To Consume 250W!

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating ATI's next generation R600 GPU will consume an obscene 250W of power! By comparison, the current flagship GPU's consume less than 150W under the most taxing conditions. Should this figure prove true, it is no wonder we're hearing rumors of factory-watercooled graphics...

GeForce 6 & 7 Series Voltage Soft-Mods

If your NVIDIA GeForce 6 or 7 series overclocking adventures haven't yielded the kind of results you had hoped, this guide on the AOA Forums may be of interest.  They outline the steps necessary to soft-mod the BIOS on many GeForce cards to increase the GPU's voltage using NiBiTor and nvFlash.  I've done this mod on a...

Gainward's GeForce 7950s

Gainward's GeForce 7950s

Gainward weighs in this evening with their own offering of GeForce 7950GT cards.  There are two flavors, a standard 512MB version with RAM at 1.4GHz and a 256MB version with RAM clocked in at 1.2GHz.  Both look to have pretty swank cooling solutions... Gainward BLISS 7950GT 512MB TV-out Dual DVI BLISS 7950GT 256MB...

Seagate Claims HDD Storage Capacity Record

Just when you thought they couldn't get any bigger, cheaper or faster, Seagate steps out and says, think again...  Imagine a RAID 0 array with a pair of 2.5TB drives. That ought to be enough room for your 80s-Music-Flock-of-Seagulls collection... "Seagate Technology, citing major research and development strides in improving...

I Can Remember Two Things

The world's a dangerous place. Lots of bad people want to steal your stuff. They especially want to  steal the money you've got to buy that stuff. Some of the more sophisticated hoodlums know more than the security experts at the bank do about how your sensitive information is handled and stored. All of them know more than...

Western Digital releases first perpendicular hard drive

Western Digital has finally released their first hard drives based on perpendicular drive technology. The 160GB 2.5-inch Scorpio drive has a SATA 150 interface with 8MB cache size and 5400RPM spindle speed.  This brings Western Digital in line with similar PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) offerings from Hitachi and Seagate....

Firefox 1.5.0.7 Released

Mozilla has updated its immensely popular and award winning Firefox web browser to version 1.5.0.7.  The latest package weighs in at a reasonable 5MB and can be grabbed here if your browser has not already updated through the auto update service.  For a list of changes please check here.  ...

Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF

Hello everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair's brand-new Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit. Here's a snip from the article......

Some Say: Why? I Say: Kewl!

Ship in a bottle? No Collect coins? No Paint by numbers? No Golf? Uh uh Needlepoint? Huh? Stamp Collection? No K'NEX Semi-automatic machine gun? HELL YES This gun is an 8 shot semi-auto rubber band gun with a twist, its made entirely from K'NEX!!! When you think about it its a very simple...

Microsoft Plans Zune Music Player For Christmas Release

BBC News is reporting on the details Microsoft has released on its upcoming "Zune" music player. Microsoft hopes the promising new device will be a direct rival to Apple's iPod, and will feature wireless connectivity, a radio, video playback, a three-inch screen, and will initially have a 30GB hard drive. With...

Blizzard to use Havok 4.0 for both PC and Mac platforms

Blizzard Entertainment Licenses Havok Physics Technology Blizzard to use Havok 4.0 for both PC and Mac platforms San Francisco, September 14, 2006 - Havok, the premier provider of interactive software and services to digital creators in the game and film industries, announces today that Blizzard Entertainment(R) has licensed Havok 4.0, the...

Radeon X1950s Hit Retail (as promised)

Radeon X1950s Hit Retail (as promised)

Our buds at ZipZoomFly let us know that ATI Radeon X1950s have hit the store shelves. ATI branded cards are available for $499 and Connect3D's offering weighs in at $449.  Still no word of CrossFire versions but the transmission says "coming soon".  ...

PureVideo HD Interview & Experiences

There was an interesting article posted today at [H]ard|OCP that explains their experience with HD video playback on the PC using NVIDIA's soon to be released beta drivers that enable PureVideo HD functionality. Kyle asks NVIDIA some questions regarding the technology and talks about his experience playing back some protected content...

Intel Announces Serial Flash Memory Availability

Intel Announces Serial Flash Memory Availability SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 14, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced that Intel(R) Serial Flash Memory (S33) products are shipping to meet the memory requirements of a range of applications, including digital TVs, DVDs, PCs, modems and printers. Intel's serial flash is based on an industry-standard...

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear... Depends

Well, they had the 39th annual Tokyo Auto Show the other day, and Toyota set hearts aflutter with their "i-swing" personal mobility concept car. Now, the skeptical among you might notice that the squarest of squares seem to think they can place a lower case " i " in front of anything and sell it to the skinny eyeglass...

50th Anniversary

What measures 24" in diameter, contains 50 platters, weighs a few ton, and costs $50,000?  Give up?  The world's first hard drive in 1956 which weighed in at a whopping 5MB of total storage.  50 years later we are approaching the 1 Terabyte limit in single disk design. To put it in perspective, that is 200,000...

XFX GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme

Hello Everyone. We've just finished putting NVIDIA's new $299 GeForce 7950 GT through the wringer, and have a fresh article on-line for your perusal. The card we looked at wasn't a vanilla reference card, however. Instead, XFX sent over a retail-ready GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme, complete with a dead-silent, passive cooler. And...

Keep Your Grubby Mitts Off My Hard Drive

Never pick a fight with a man that buys ink by the barrel, the old saying says. Well, Amazon is getting a beating by ignoring the modern version of that old advice -- men that buy pixels by the supercomputer. Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, doesn't like Amazon's Unbox movie download software's proclivity to load crap...

ATI RV570 Details Emerge

DailyTech reports that their sources are indicating that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be arriving mid-October with 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders. Dubbed the Radeon X1950 Pro, the card will be priced below the recently introduced Radeon X1900XT 256MB and be doing battle with NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900 GS. At this...

Micrsoft Releases New Mice and Keyboards

Micrsoft Releases New Mice and Keyboards

Microsoft has released a series of new keyboard and mice solutions clearly aimed at Media Center and Vista. Starting off, the Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is a rechargeable 2.4Ghz Bluetooth mouse/keyboard combination.  The keyboard features an ultra thin ergonomic design with backlit keys that are auto sensing.  As the user...

ATI R600 Delayed

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have indicated that ATI's next-generation R600 GPU will be delayed until Q1 2007. For the last year, the industry has heard endless accounts of how focused ATI has been upon R600 with a significant amount of effort being applied towards the GPU even as early as R520. As such,...

YouTube Star Lonelygirl15 Reveals Indentity

The story of Lonelygirl15 exploded faster than any ever thought possible, even the creators of the "show". CNN News is reporting that Lonelygirl15 is indeed a fake, being the creation of three friends attempting to tell a story through short videos. Recently there has been speculation that Lonelygirl15 was actually a creation...

Monolith Releases F.E.A.R. Extraction Point Demo

Gamers can get their first taste of the upcoming expansion pack for F.E.A.R. with the single player demo that was released today. Head on over to whatisfear.com to get yourself started....

The Cell Processor: Not Just for PS3 Anymore

There has a been a lot of bad news reported lately with regard to Sony's Playstation 3, but it seems the Cell processor that was jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba for the PS3 is ready to go.  So ready in fact, IBM just announced a new line of servers powered by two 9-Core 3.2GHz Cell processors... "Today IBM announced a...

OCZ Announces Next Gen PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified Modules

OCZ Technology Announces Next Generation PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified Modules for Demanding Computer Gaming Environments Sunnyvale, CA - September 13, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the second certified member of the new ATI CrossFireTM...

Dell Introduces Two New AMD Based Systems

Dell Introduces Two New AMD Based Systems

Dell has finally introduced two new AMD desktops. First up is the Dimension C521 which is is based on an nForce 430 socket AM2 platform with support for AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core CPU's.  Graphics will be driven by an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE GPU with an option to upgrade to an ATI Radeon...

How Old Are You In Moroccan Jail Years?

Well,earlier this week we told you about the internet pirate software king going to jail for seven years.That doesn't sound like much fun at all. We could make a very long list of things that sound like more fun than that. What would be on the very short list of things less fun than that? How about two years in a Moroccan jail for...

New GeForce Go 7700 GPU in Asus Notebook

NVIDIA and ASUS have just issued a press release which announces that ASUS will be using the new GeForce Go 7700 GPU's in their new A8Js notebooks. The otherwise unannounced GeForce Go 7700 GPU is a 80u part which is equipped with 12 pixel pipelines versus the GeForce Go 7600's 8 pipelines. In addition, the GPU also supports 512MB...

XBox 360 To Have Internal HD-DVD?

DigiTimes reports that sources are indicating Microsoft is planning to launch a new version of the popular XBox 360 game console with an internal HD-DVD drive. This is surely in response to the pending launch of Sony's Playstation 3 console which will feature its own internal Blu-Ray drive. At this time, the only HD-DVD solution...

Faster Please

Smart people invent things. Smarter people look all around at the stuff other people invented and say: How the hell are we going to charge all that stuff, and not lose our minds keeping track of all the chargers? Splashpower thinks they have the answer: You can power up any Splashpower-enabled device (e.g. phone, PDA, MP3 player, camera etc),...

Wall Street Journal Hosts Britannica VS Wikipedia Debate

Almost anyone who's ever spent a few minutes with Wikipedia can start appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge the site has to offer. Though the free encyclopedia is open to a whole host of problems, such as inaccurate information, questionable sources, and vandalism, its popularity continues to grow. Even with all the site's problems,...

HP Chairman Dunn Resigns Over Scandal

Last Tuesday it was reported that Hewlett-Packard was having an ongoing internal investigation over who was leaking information to the press, and the source was assumed to be one of the company's directors. CNet news is now reporting that HP may have illegally accessed the phone records of the companies directors, as well as a few...

Daily Hardware Roundup

Daily Roundup #1 Motherboards: ECS 945GTY-M MoDT (S479) Intel 945GT @ OCWorkbench ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Socket 775 Motherboard @ ProClockers Processors: AMD Sempron 3600 2.0GHz Socket AM2 @ PCStats Battlefield 2142 Beta CPU Shootout @ FiringSquad Memory: Corsair Dominator Twin2X2048-8888C4DF @  Bit-tech Corsair Twin2X1024-8500 C5 PC2-8500...

WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme and PX7950 GT TDH PR

WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme and PX7950 GT TDH PR

WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme and WinFast PX7950 GT TDH --The smart New Choice for the Gaming Enthusiast who wants everything-- Taipei, Taiwan -- Leadtek Research, a world leader in extreme visual graphics technology, today announced the WinFast PX7950 GT TDH series for the enthusiast gaming segment. Following close in the footsteps of PX7900GS,...

AT&T to launch Broadband TV

AT&T today announced that it would be bringing 20 channels for viewing over broadband including such stations as Fox News and the Weather Channel.  This new service is designed with the mobile and web-based user in mind.  With a monthly charge of $19.99, users would be able to view stations from any broadband connection of 500kbps...

Tivo Series 3 is Official

Tivo has officially announced the much anticipated and talked about Series 3 DVR today.  This series brings to the table a slew of new features such as high definition recording, THX certification, and CableCard slots.  Armed with a 250GB hard drive and dual tuners the DVR will be able to record up to 32 hours of HD video and...

Asus P5W64 WS Professional

Hello Everyone.  We just wanted to let you all know that we have a new article posted where we evaluate the salient features and performance profile of the new Asus P5W64 WS Professional motherboard. This product targets the workstation professional and enthusiast segments by offering four X16 PCI Express slots through the implementation...

AMD Pioneers Interactive Online Resource

AMD PIONEERS INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE, REDEFINING TRADITIONAL WAYS IT INDUSTRY ACCESSES INFORMATION - AMD Virtual IT Experience Brings Industry Together, Using Cutting Edge Gaming Technology to Create an "Always On" Resource - Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Virtual IT Experience, a...

The Greatest Tool The World Has Ever Known

What's the greatest tool the world has ever known? The lever? Bah! The wheel? Handy, it's true. The gun? Great for taking away other people's levers and wheels, but of doubtful utility in many settings. C'mon you know exactly what the most important tool, and the pinnacle of human achievement is: Duct tape. But science never...

NVIDIA G80 Delayed (slightly)?

The Inquirer reports that sources are indicating NVIDIA's next generation G80 GPU which was slated for a late September or early October release will now be pushed back to a November launch. Apparently, the company opted for a minor re-spin of the silicon at the fab which has resulted in the slight delay to market for the new GPU. Little...

Apple's Mac Pro Revisited

Anandtech has just posted a follow-up article to their initial preview of Apple's new Mac Pro flagship desktop / workstation. Here, Anand focuses primarily upon the Mac Pro's upgrade path as well as overall performance when running Windows XP. Although there are relatively few GPU options at this time for the system, the Mac Pro still...

Buying Software Yacht Replaced By Bartering For Your Life With Cigarettes

Plan A: 1. Buy or steal one copy of expensive software 2. Sign up for Google adwords 3. Sell a whole bunch of it 4. Buy yachts and mansions and antique cars and pretty much have a Nelly video party running at your house day and night. Nathan Peterson, 27, of Antelope Acres, Calif., pleaded guilty in late 2005 to multiple counts of criminal...

Cortina Systems Purchases Intel's Optical-Networking Components Business

Cortina Systems Purchases Intel's Optical-Networking Components Business SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep. 11, 2006 - Cortina Systems Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have completed the sale of product lines and associated assets of Intel's optical-networking components business to Cortina. Cortina has emerged as a leading...

OCZ Unveils PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Series RAM

OCZ Technology Unveils the Exclusive PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Series Capable of 1T Command Rate Sunnyvale, CA - September 11, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Edition, a new series of modules optimized for...

Daily Hardware Roundup

Daily Roundup #1 Motherboards: MSI K9N nForce 570 SLI Platinum Review @ nV News ASUS A8N-SLI Bios Mod @ NGOHQ Graphics: ATI Radeon X1950 @ Rage3D GeCube Radeon X1650 PRO Platinum @ HardwareZone Memory: Intel Core 2 "Conroe" Memory Settings Guide @ TweakTown Drives/Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB @ Techgage Seagate Barracuda...

Eventually, We All Run Out Of Fingers And Toes

Sonny, I remember when you had to add and subtract and multiply. And they made you do it right there in front of the questioner, in your young empty head. Occasionally they'd take pity on you and allow a pencil and paper. The real wild and crazy guys that could work a slide rule would always get A's, not girls. And then they came....

Pan Galactic Gargle Water

Some look at plumbing and ask why? Some look at plumbing and ask why the hell not? Well, the folks at Think Geek have a cool plumbing add on to illuminate your faucet water into a luminous blue color. And the installation sounds easy; any case modder should be able to install it. Plumber's crack optional. Tired of that same old monotonous...

NVIDIA Now Using Chartered Semiconductor

In addition to TSMC, UMC, and IBM, NVIDIA will now be adding Chartered Semiconductor to their list of current foundry partners. The driving factor behind this new business relationship is to provide NVIDIA with more leverage in terms of pricing with key foundry partner TSMC. This will be accomplished by having NVIDIA allocate a certain...

Nano-tech From Spinach?

Nano-tech From Spinach?

In the immortal words of the world-famous Popeye The Sailor, I-yam-what-I-yam... No, wait, not yams, spinach, that's what made Pops all cut-up and beefy right?  It seems Pops wasn't too far off the mark either.  Spinach, the high-tech food product? "The work has immediate implications for basic science research, as the configuration...

High End Video Card Round-up

Who doesn't like a good ol' fashioned video card round-up?  The dudes at GameSpot have been punchin' doggies and pixels it seems lately in this quick-take look at all the big bulls in graphics. Now, we know you prefer a bit more in-depth analysis ala HH-style but GS does cover the basics pretty well here.  "You should...

Definitive Flash Simulation Of A Three Rotor Enigma

Definitive Flash Simulation Of A Three Rotor Enigma

A little bored with life at the moment?  Need something to occupy your brain-waves?  Feeling somewhat unchallenged by every-day thought process? Yeah, we feel your pain.  Why just the other day we were all sitting around the test bench thinking "dang, we're just too smart and we need to find something to baffle...

Albatron 7950GT

Albatron 7950GT

Albatron let us know their GeForce 7950GT is ready to roll.  We imagine these cards will be showing up in retail shortly.   The 7950GT is PCI Express compliant and is also capable of SLI functionality.  The engine's core frequency is set to 550 MHz and contains 24 highly efficient pipelines. The DDR III memory on this card...

Daily Hardware Roundup

Daily Roundup #1 Input Devices: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard @ Techgage Logitech diNovo Laptop Keyboard and Mouse @ LaptopGamers Graphics: ATI EAX1900XT @ OverClockersClub XFX GeForce 7900GS PV-T71P-UDE3 @ Motherboards.org XFX GeForce 7900GS Extreme @ Tweaktown Memory: Mega DDR-2 Memory Roundup @ TweakTown Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-90...

ARP Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Rev. 11.4

Adrian's Rojak Pot has updated their Desktop Graphics Card Comparison to Revision 11.4.  This is a large resource for graphics card comparison detailing over 290 cards against 17 different specifications. Updates to the list include: - Added the NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS & 7900 GTO cards - Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6500...

Arctic Cooling Announces the Freezer 64 Pro with PWM Fan Control

Arctic Cooling Announces the Freezer 64 Pro with PWM Fan Control

Arctic Cooling today announced the release of their latest AMD socket AM2 based cooler with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) fan control.  Utilizing a unique design with 6 vertical copper heat pipes, vibration dampened frame, and fluid dynamic bearings, the Freezer 64 Pro is designed for swfit absorption of heat and dispersement through...

How Evil Are You?

Do no evil, says Google. In general, people who say such things are up to no good, and want to throw you off the scent. Either that, or they're just plain feelin' guilty. How about you? Feelin' guilty? Need some corroborating information? Need an alibi for the questionnaire at the Pearly Gates? Well, you can take this "How...

Asus Core 2 Duo Motherboard Roundup

In the market for a new Core 2 Duo motherboard?  GamePC published a comprehensive review of 5 motherboards from Asus which might fit your bill.  They cover boards based on all 3 Core 2 Duo chipset variants currently available: Intel's P965 and 975X, and the Intel Edition Nforce4 SLI X16 chipset.  Asus has long been...

Site Maintenance

Good Morning HH fans!  Our sincere apologies for our site instability over the last day or so and for the current rendering issues with our ads system (or should I say you're welcome for that?)  :) The hard drive gods were not with us yesterday as a drive in a RAID5 array on our ads management server went down harder...

Radeon X1900 GT Spec Change

Beyond3D reports that ATI has decided to significantly change the reference specifications of the Radeon X1900 GT graphics card such as the Sapphire model we reviewed here. Here, ATI has opted to lower the GPU's core frequency from 575MHz to 512MHz. In an attempt to compensate for the decreased performance from the lower speed,...

The Best Computer Upgrade Ever

Scroll. Toggle. Scroll. Grrrrr. Toggle. Pagedown. Control + C. Toggle. Page up. Control + V. Darn it! Toggle. Home. Page Down... Oh for cryin' out loud. The answer is right there in front of your face. What's the best computer upgrade possible, and one you can probably swing right now? Paul Boutin over at Slate thinks he knows. And...

Microsoft Designs School System

In West Philadelphia, Microsoft is participating in a promising new program aimed at upgraing the quality of America's high schools. Microsoft has designed a new school which contains many new features unseen to most high schools, including using laptops instead of books(also removing the need for a large library), smartboards...

OCZ Technology Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory

OCZ Technology Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory for Gamers and System Builders Sunnyvale, CA - September 7, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the new OCZ PC2-5400 ATI CrossFireTM Certified modules. The award-winning PC2-5400 gaming...

Fastest Supercomputer To Be Built

IBM has stepped up to the plate with plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer. Codenamed Roadrunner, the computer will be built in a US laboratory, and will contain Sony's Cell chip, which will be used in Sony's Playstation 3. Running at "petaflop speeds", the machine should be able to process 1.6 thousand trillion...

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphone Review

XYZ has posted a review of Razer's latest foray into the PC audio market with the Barracuda HP-1 gaming headphone.  This headset is Razer's first attempt to stray form their traditional mouse input market.  The Barracuda is a stand alone computer headset designed with the audio enthusiast in mind using 8 discrete drivers...

NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS Threesome?

Guru3d has posted a review of 3 NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS cards in a detailed 3-way shootout.  They take Nvidia's latest offering and put them through their paces to determine a winner. By all means this is not a "new" product though. The graphics core is based on the NVIDIA series...

AMD Updated Processor Pricing

Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon...

New HD Tivo Box Due Out Soon; Prepare For Your Beating

Well, you know you want one of these. You want to be able to see and record Tiger Woods not sweat, in HD, when he's sinkin' those putts; and you want to rewind and watch his competitors wet their pants while he does it. And now you can. Soon, anyway, if HDBeat's inside source at an electronics store is right. Better bring money:...

Apple releases new Core 2 Duo iMacs

Apple announced yesterday a new iMac lineup based on the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors.  In the mix are 4 models with two having 17" Widescreen LCDs, one with 20", and one with a 24". The new iMac lineup includes four models: a 1.83 GHz and a 2.0 GHz 17-inch, a 2.16 GHz 20-inch and the all-new 2.16 GHz 24-inch iMac, and...

Top Ten ... Aww look! A Baby

Look, eventually you're going to meet that special Princess Leia --or Han Solo --and procreate. Maybe you already have. Well,  I can assure you you're going to want pictures of the little critters. And dragging everybody over to the CPU to see the pictures you do take and e-mailing them to the everybody in your rolodex is...

Quad-SLI Notebooks Coming

X-Bit Labs reports that L International Computers Inc. is claiming to be preparing a Quad-SLI notebook which will be equipped with the latest enthusiast hardware. Here, the system will reportedly feature a factory overclocked Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor (3.37GHz), an Intel P965 chipset, support up to 4GB of PC2-6400 memory,...

Microsoft looking to Patent Verbs

Just when you thought it could not get worse than Donald Trump attempting to Trademark "You're Fired!"; now it appears that Microsoft is looking to patent verbs to be used in a new conjugation system designed to assist in learning foreign languages: According to its patent application, the invention would overcome limitations...

Best Buy's Geek Squad has new competition at Cicuit City - Firedog!

DailyTech is reporting that Circuit City has launched a new 24hr house call service for most of your electronic needs.  Poised as a convergence and pc technological service, FireDog appears to be a direct competitor to Best Buy's Geek Squad.   The Firedog team is a 24-hour technology service that Circuit City says will be able...

ATI announces it's ready for Microsoft Windows Vista

ATI announces it's ready for Microsoft Windows Vista with latest Catalyst drivers Timed for the release of Windows Vista RC1, ATI's rock-solid drivers deliver new levels of performance and features MARKHAM, ONTARIO, (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- Coinciding with the release of Microsoft Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1),...

Albatron 7950GT Press Release

Albatron 7950GT Press Release

Albatron 7950GT - New VGA Card flexes its HD muscle! Albatron Technology recently announced the latest arrival in super high quality video and graphics processing - the Albatron 7950GT graphics card. If you can imagine video image quality twice as fine as that of a DVD video, then you understand the performance potential of the 7950GT. The...

NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS and 7950 GT News

Hello everyone. NVIDIA has just taken the wraps off of two new mainstream GPUs, the GeForce 7900 GS and GeForce 7950 GT. We took a retail-ready XFX GeForce 7900 GS for a spin at its factory-overclocked speeds and down-clocked it to illustrate how reference cards would perform as well. We've also got some information regarding the new GeForce...

Google Saves Your Bacon Again

Google does all sorts of neat things. Remember when Google first made their search engine available, and all you could do was look for pictures of fetching young ladies without all their clothes on? Well, they're working overtime adding to all the things Google will fetch for you in a pinch. How about text messaged answers to just about...

How About An iPod For Your Television?

The iPod sold a gazillion and became an industry standard because it took existing formats and made them fundamentally easier to enjoy. We've all noticed that we never run out of remotes to throw at the television when politicians appear on the screen. That's  because we have so many hanging around, and so few do exactly...

Microsoft Announces Windows Vista Prices

There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic...

Radeon X1300 XT and X1650 Pro Benchmarks

If you read our coverage of ATI's Radeon X1K fall-refresh featuring the new Radeon X1950 XTX, X1900 XT 256MB, X1650 Pro, and X1300 XT from last week, you know that we did not receive X1300 XT or X1650 Pro cards in time for launch.  A few days after posting the article, however, Sapphire's "retail-ready" versions of these...

Intel Announces Restructuring

Intel Announces Restructuring Expects to Reduce Costs and Operating Expenses by $2 Billion in 2007, by $3 Billion in 2008 SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2006 - Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company's structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects to generate savings...

AI Acceleration On The Horizon?

AI Acceleration On The Horizon?

We've had GPU's and audio accelerators for many years on the PC, and recently physics and consumer-level network processing units from Ageia and Bigfoot Networks have been in the news. And now there's a new accelerator generating some buzz, the Intia AI accelerator from AISeek. AI Acceleration was discussed at this year's GDC...

UW Engineer Uses Ionic Wind To Create Cooling Chip

SeattlePI has a story on-line that talks about a Ukrainian-born professor from the University of Washington that's been working a method to cool computer chips using an ionic wind. It may sound like something out of Star Trek, but ionic winds are relatively easy to generate, and have been put to use in a number of different things from...

Your Cellphone Is A Bigger Fink Than Your Little Sister

Even if you're not paying attention, your cellphone always is.  Many cell phones, PDAs and other evils and blessings of modern communication use flash memory that's harder to really erase than you might think. And if you sell or give away your phone when you're done with it, there's readily available software that can...

Drivers Unlock New AA Method in GeForce6 Series?

HKEPC has uncovered an interesting discovery with the launch of NVIDIA's latest Forceware 91.47 drivers. Apparently, the latest drivers have unlocked Transparency Anti-Aliasing within the GeForce6 family of GPU's. Originally noted as an exclusive feature of the GeForce7 family of GPU's, the team at HKEPC have found Transparency...

Intel G965 Chipset Delayed Again

DigiTimes reports that Intel's G965 is plagued once more with a delay thanks to a major issue regarding the chipset's drivers. The chipset which was originally expected to launch as early as the end of July was initially delayed due to a defect within the integrated graphics subsystem. Since then, Intel has encountered issues...

Windows Vista RC1(build 5564) Review

Microsoft's Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to its release date early next year. The first release candidate is out, and ZDNet has a review of how the new OS is progressing. Containing much more than what Windows Vista Beta 2 had, RC1 is a step in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement, and we may end...

RIAA doesn't like independent experts

Though the RIAA has filed lawsuits against thousands of people, many of the cases are settled out of court. Those who defend themselves have found mixed success fighting the RIAA, with results ranging from successfully winning their case, to loosing to the RIAA by default. In a recent case, the defendant has requested that their hard drive...

160Mbps down / 120Mbps DOCSIS 3 Cable Coming

To coin a phrase from a very well respected colleague, Ars Technica has a bit of "put your ass in the know tonight" (that's PYAITK) with a look-ahead at the DOCSIS 3 Cable Modem standard. Oh baby, glorious bandwidth!  "Any geek will tell you that there's no such thing as "too fast" when it comes to broadband speeds,...

The Ten Common Myths of I.T.

The TechZone has an informative article posted today discussing ten common myths in IT. Anyone who works in the field will be able to relate to this article.  And I know many of us here at HH have had to deal with some of these very same issues earlier in our careers. "You've heard them...

Philips LCD For Multiplayer Tabletop Gaming

Philips LCD For Multiplayer Tabletop Gaming

Rally around the coffee table for some gaming with your friends on a big touch screen?  Sounds cool eh?  It is for sure, have a look... "The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 32-inch...

Advertising To Supersede Jail Time For Music Downloaders

Well, I guess someone at the music company finally has seen YouTube, and figured out it's easier to sell banner ads and give music away for free than it is to hunt down every college student who went to Kazaa and grabbed two Pink Floyd album cuts... "The new service, known as SpiralFrog, represents a departure from the 99-cent per-song...

Asus P5NSLI: NVIDIA nForce 570 Intel Edition

Hello HH fans! We just wanted to pop in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Asus' affordable P5NSLI motherboard, which is based on the nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition chipset. Here's a snip from the article... "We recently received one of Asus' new P5NSLI motherboards...

Mercry News Take on CPU/GPU Combo

Mercury News has posted a very interesting article which outlines the upcoming consolidation of the CPU and GPU into one package. Here, the author gets feedback directly from key players within the industry as vendors such as AMD, Intel, ATI, and NVIDIA are all represented. In short, it sounds as though efforts will be made to bring...

Bigfoot Killer NIC Preview

The gang at IGN have been chatting with the folks at Bigfoot Networks regarding the company's new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In essence, this new NIC offloads all the networking tasks from the CPU and OS and handles it onboard with its own 400MHz NPU (Network Processing Unit) and 64MB of RAM. As one might suspect...