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All News for September 2010

Steam Hardware Survey Reveals The Rise Of DX11, Decline Of XP

Steam Hardware Survey Reveals The Rise Of DX11, Decline Of XP

The Steam Hardware Survey for August 2010 has been out for a bit, but it's always interesting to see what trends are influencing PC gamers over a period of months. There's a great deal of data available; we'll break down some of the more pertinent and interesting categories. Video Cards:DX11 Ramping Well The first thing of note in this category...

Kingston Announces Compact Flash Ultimate 600x Card

Kingston Announces Compact Flash Ultimate 600x Card

Kingston released its Compact Flash (CF) Ultimate 600x memory card. This new card is Kingston's fastest card with support for UDMA mode 6 and read and write speeds of up to 90MB/sec. The 600x card will join Kingston's Compact Flash family of 266x Ultimate and 133x Elite Pro cards. The CF Ultimate 600x comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities and...

Panasonic Announces World’s Lightest 12.1-inch Laptop With DVD Drive

Panasonic Announces World’s Lightest 12.1-inch Laptop With DVD Drive

>With the announcement of the Toughbook S9, Panasonic is taking claim to offering the world’s lightest 12.1-inch laptop with an integrated DVD drive. The new Toughbook S9 is powered by an Intel Core i5-520M vPro processor. It weighs 3 pounds and touts a battery life of up to 11 hours. Like other Toughbooks, the Toughbook S9 is made...

Corsair Launches New Line of Power Supplies for Mainstream Builders

Corsair Launches New Line of Power Supplies for Mainstream Builders

Not everyone needs a Lexus to get from Point A to Point B, nor do you need a decked out power supply with all the bells and whistles (and matching price tag) to power a modest setup. That's the general mindset behind Corsair's new "Build Series" power supplies, which Corsair promises will provide "worry-free compatibility" with your system...

AMD's HD 6000 Series Reportedly Delayed

AMD's HD 6000 Series Reportedly Delayed

The Internet has been buzzing with unoficial information regarding the specs and performance of AMD's upcoming Radeon 6000 cards, but we may have to wait a little longer According to the ever reliable rumor bill, AMD has pushed to launch back a month or so. There's been no mention of why Sunnyvale would delay the launch, particularly given...

Lenovo Introduces 11" ThinkPad Edge Ultraportable

Lenovo Introduces 11" ThinkPad Edge Ultraportable

Some analysts have suggested that the popularity of tablets will eat away at the ultraportable sector. That may end up being true in the long-term, but as of today, there is yet another ultraportable to choose from. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a new 11" laptop, and it's the smallest and lightest member of the Edge family. It still shares...

HP Exec: Don't Compare Us to Apple

HP Exec: Don't Compare Us to Apple

During a fireside chat at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week, Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) Todd Bradley, who some consider the front-runner to replace Mark Hurd as CEO, said HP has no intentions of licensing out Palm's webOS platform. Just don't take that to mean HP has any intention of following in Apple's footsteps. Straight and to...

Maingear Offers Super Stock Options For SHIFT Personal Supercomputer

Maingear Offers Super Stock Options For SHIFT Personal Supercomputer

Need a new machine? Not content with the stock options out there? As any real modder and hacker would advise, you should probably consider an overclocking rampage. But not without some help, of course. Maingear is a long-standing player in the custom PC business, and in order to gain a leg-up over the mass-market competition, they're announcing...

New Whitepaper Claims GPUs Threaten Malware Security

New Whitepaper Claims GPUs Threaten Malware Security

For the past 3.5 years or so, NVIDIA has ardently advocated the GPU as a computational platform capable of solving almost any problem. One topic the company hasn't targeted, however, is the tremendous performance advantage the GPU could offer malware authors. The idea that a graphics card could double as a security hole isn't something we've...

Seagate Ships 12TB Four-Bay NAS

Seagate Ships 12TB Four-Bay NAS

Seagate this week announced what it claims are the industry's highest-capacity, 4-bay and 2-bay NAS boxes (BlackArmor NAS 440 and 220) capable of scaling up to 12TB. Naturally these are aimed at small businesses, but hey, cost considerations aside, there's nothing from stopping you, Joe Consumer, from tucking one of these bad boys in the back...

Eurocom Launches RAID 10 Notebooks With Vertex 2 SSD

Eurocom Launches RAID 10 Notebooks With Vertex 2 SSD

Eurocom. You know the name. They're one of the most prominent gaming notebook makers on the planet, and their machines are generally larger and faster than anything else out. The company has just announced yet another innovation, with the launch of RAID 10 notebooks that utilize the quick 480GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, a drive powered by the SandForce...

Toshiba Sells E-books While Amazon Puts Kindle In A Browser

Toshiba Sells E-books While Amazon Puts Kindle In A Browser

Don't get too excited when you hear the term "Kindle for the Web."  It's true that Amazon is making its Kindle book store visible through your browser but it's only letting you see previews, the first chapter of any given title. Meanwhile, Toshiba is also joining the ranks of e-book publisher with the launch of its store and free e-reader...

Antec Debuts LanBoy Air Open-Air Gaming Chassis

Antec Debuts LanBoy Air Open-Air Gaming Chassis

The custom gaming PC business is still booming, and people are still looking for ways to get creative and make their own builds unique. Antec has been a long-time case and power supply maker, and the company's newest chassis is definitely one of the more interesting ones that have been introduced in recent years. It's called the LanBoy Air,...

GameCrush Goes Live; Pay to 'Interact' with PlayDates

GameCrush Goes Live; Pay to 'Interact' with PlayDates

GameCrush, which has been in private beta testing since March of this year, has gone live. It's an obvious idea since most gamers are men: get them to pay to hook up online with attractive women and use their joysticks, er, play video games with them. To be clear, the PlayDates, as they are called, can be men or women. They can make as much...

Free Phone Fridays to Hit Best Buy in October

Free Phone Fridays to Hit Best Buy in October

Free phones on Fridays? That's what Best Buy announced on Tuesday at its Holiday Preview event in New York. Free Phone Fridays will run every Friday in October, and starts Oct. 1st. It's not just about lame devices either: one of the devices in the first group: the Samsung Fascinate on the Verizon network. Each Free Phone Friday will include...

Acer's New Aspire Predator Gaming Rigs Get Sleek, More Powerful

Acer's New Aspire Predator Gaming Rigs Get Sleek, More Powerful

When you think of major gaming PCs, you generally think of Alienware or Falcon Northwest. But Acer has been making a new for themselves with their Predator line of gaming PCs. These are huge, towering machines that have rather wild designs that are impossible to mistake. They also have impressive internals to go with 'em, and the company's...

OCZ IBIS HSDL Solid State Drive Preview

OCZ IBIS HSDL Solid State Drive Preview

As we've noted more than once here before, as NAND Flash technologies evolve, SATA will go the way of the dino. It's not going to happen over night but like its old, spinning hard drive counterpart, the writing is on the wall. The market needs new higher speed interfaces with lower overhead and more direct attachment to native system interfaces....

Roku Players And TiVo Premiere Gaining Hulu Plus Access

Roku Players And TiVo Premiere Gaining Hulu Plus Access

The Apple TV just started shipping to consumers this week, and there's no way to battle that like adding support for Hulu Plus. That's what has happened with the Roku line of media streamers today, as the company has landed a deal that will make Hulu Plus available on all Roku players. The Hulu Plus channel will be available via subscription...

Kno Expands Offerings With Single-Screen Tablet

Kno Expands Offerings With Single-Screen Tablet

Kno announced a single screen version of its tablet textbook. Kno combines a touchscreen tablet with digital textbooks, course materials, web access, digital media, and note taking capabilities. With the single screen version, Kno is hoping to reach students that may not be interested in or able to purchase the dual screen model. The company...

Acer Packs Entertainment Features Into Updated Aspire Notebooks

Acer Packs Entertainment Features Into Updated Aspire Notebooks

Acer has really been on a roll lately. First, we learned about the new TimelineX notebooks, then we heard about the Aspire AS8943G notebook which targets gamers. If neither of those options entices you, perhaps the company's updated Aspire AS5742G, AS5745 and Aspire AS7745 notebooks will. These notebooks target users who desire multimedia...

Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review

Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review

Zotac recently launched a couple of revamped ZBox nettops, that feature a new, sleeker design and integrated Blu-Ray drive, the ZBox HD-ID33 and HD-ID34. The only difference between the two models is the included / not included RAM and hard drive; the ID33 is better suited to DIYers who may already have a spare 2.5" HDD and SO-DIMM laying...

LG Debuts Xnote A510 3D Notebook

LG Debuts Xnote A510 3D Notebook

3D, 3D, 3D. You can't look around the consumer electronics world for 10 whole seconds without something popping out at you that requires 3D glasses, and now LG is joining the fun. We have still yet to see if 3D will take off the way marketing companies hope it will, particularly in the PC space. But LG is hoping that 3D gaming and 3D movie...

Verizon Wireless Now Offers Lost Phone Tracking, Remote Kill

Verizon Wireless Now Offers Lost Phone Tracking, Remote Kill

Worried that you'll lose your phone? Worried that you have no way to trace it or wipe it if it were to vanish before your very eyes? Apple has a solution for that called "Find my iPhone." It comes with each new iPhone so long as you activate a $99/year MobileMe service, and it lets users track their phone via GPS and remotely disable it if...

iSuppli: iPod Nano Materials Cost $43.73

iSuppli: iPod Nano Materials Cost $43.73

The good folks over at market research firm iSuppli picked apart Apple's latest iPod Nano, going through the parts piece by piece to come up with a true cost of materials. The final tally? Just $43.73, which only applies to the parts, and not the cost of labor, the so-called Apple Tax, and everything else that jacks up the price more than...

Acer Takes Aim at Gamers with New Aspire AS8943G Notebooks

Acer Takes Aim at Gamers with New Aspire AS8943G Notebooks

Travel back in time a few years ago and there's no way you're picking up a respectable gaming notebook for $1,500. Today? A $1,500 investment nets you a potent machine that's more powerful than some desktops, as is the case with Acer's new Aspire AS8943G notebooks. Available in two configurations, Acer's latest gaming laptops pack an Intel...

Sharp Launching Two E-Readers And A Bookstore This December

Sharp Launching Two E-Readers And A Bookstore This December

The e-reader market is continuing to explode, despite the fact that tablets have taken over as the major hype machine in the consumer electronics business. Kindle sales have been hotter than ever, and companies are still thinking up ways to rival both it and the iPad. Look at Sharp for example, which has just revealed two new e-reader tablets...

Target Officially Selling Apple iPad Starting October 3

Target Officially Selling Apple iPad Starting October 3

Another rumor confirmed. The Apple iPad, which has been flying off of Apple's own shelves for months now, finally has enough extra stock to find itself on other shelves. As was rumored weeks ago, the mega-retailer Target will begin to sell the tablet starting on October 3. It will be a nationwide rollout, and Target customers will be able...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews Gigabyte GTS 450 1Gb @ LanOC Reviews MSI N460GTX HAWK GeForce GTX 460 @ Benchmark Reviews Galaxy GeForce GTX 480 Super OC 1536MB Overclocked @ Tweaktown Motherboards and Chipsets: Foxconn A88GM MicroATX Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane Memory and Storage: MX-Tech's Armor...

Segway Company Owner Dies in Freak Segway Accident

Segway Company Owner Dies in Freak Segway Accident

The British owner of the Segway company, who had purchased the company less than a year ago, in December 2009, from inventor Dean Kamen, has died in a freak accident, driving the vehicle off a cliff. Jimi Heselden was 62. Heselden was reportedly using the Segway to inspect the grounds of his property, when he plunged off a cliff and into the...

RIM Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet

RIM Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet

As expected, RIM on Monday unveiled its tablet at the company's 2010 DevCon conference. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis channeled Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a sort of “one more thing” moment, saving the announcement for the end of his keynote address. Lazaridis described the PlayBook (not the rumored BlackPad) as “the first professional...

Verizon, EU Give Thumbs-up to Bug Labs' Open Source Hardware

Verizon, EU Give Thumbs-up to Bug Labs' Open Source Hardware

Bug Labs sells open source hardware modules that lets you build just about any kind of gadget you can imagine. Last week the New York startup got a big helping hand from (who-would-believe-it?) Verizon. At the same time, it finally got the full OK to sell its wireless modules in Europe. Verizon Wireless announced plans to partner with Bug...

New Left 4 Dead DLC "The Sacrifice" Coming October 5

New Left 4 Dead DLC "The Sacrifice" Coming October 5

LEFT 4 DEAD "THE SACRIFICE" COMING OCTOBER 5 Latest DLC Coming to Both L4D1 & L4D2 September 27, 2010 - Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the new add-on for its co-operative zombie thrillers...

DROID R2-D2 By Motorola Coming Soon

DROID R2-D2 By Motorola Coming Soon

Attention all Star Wars fans: the phone you've been waiting for is almost here. Verizon Wireless wants you to know that the limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola will be available online and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning this Thursday, Sept. 30. In addition to a themed outer shell and box, the DROID R2-D2 will...

Acer Announces New Aspire TimelineX Notebooks

Acer Announces New Aspire TimelineX Notebooks

Acer refreshed its line of Aspire TimelineX notebooks. The new Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 boasts of a battery life of up to eight hours. This 11.6-inch notebook weighs just over three pounds and is powered by an Intel Core i7 680UM processor. Acer also announced three additional Acer TimelineX models that tout eight-hour battery life and...

OCZ Introduces More Affordable Onyx 2 Solid State Drives

OCZ Introduces More Affordable Onyx 2 Solid State Drives

OCZ Technology Continues to Drive Solid-State Drive Prices Down With the Launch of Onyx 2 New OCZ SATA II SSD Delivers the Price to Performance Ratio Mainstream Consumers Demand SAN JOSE, CA - September 27, 2010 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for...

Oracle Announcement Sends AMD, ARM Shares Soaring

Oracle Announcement Sends AMD, ARM Shares Soaring

In the past nine months Oracle both acquired Sun Microsystems and recently launched an updated version of that company's 'Niagra' processor. That's an impressive amount of work in such a short time, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn't done shopping. Last Friday, at a company investment meeting, Ellison stated: "Our focus is to build our [intellectual...

Origin PC's EON17 is a Beastly Desktop Replacement

Origin PC's EON17 is a Beastly Desktop Replacement

There's no mistaking Origin PC's new EON17 notebook for exactly what it is: a full-on desktop replacement with more bells and whistles than, well, a bells and whistles store. Believe it or not, the 17.3-inch HD screen (1920x1080) is probably the tamest feature on the EON17's spec sheet. Want the full rundown? Grab a hanky first -- not for...

Microsoft Renegs on Windows Phone 7 Tethering Claims

Microsoft Renegs on Windows Phone 7 Tethering Claims

Talk about a sike out. Just last week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 chief, Brandon Watson, said it would be up to each wireless carrier whether or not to support tethering on the new mobile platform at launch. As it turns out, he was wrong, and we're officially bummed. "A company spokeswoman told Electronista that statements from Microsoft's...

Activision/Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick's Latest Great Idea

Activision/Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick's Latest Great Idea

Covering the declarations of Bobby Kotick is a bit like monitoring the behavior of an active volcano. It's impossible to predict exact when he'll blow, but when he inevitably does, the event will blast molten stupid in every direction. The man's latest bright idea is to charge for cutscenes. This wouldn't affect in-game play, but would be...

Wi-Fi Seen As Critical To Relationships, Life In General

Wi-Fi Seen As Critical To Relationships, Life In General

You always have to watch out for a Wi-Fi survey conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance, but based on our own experiences, we actually have to agree with the findings here. According to results from a new poll conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi is becoming more important than anyone could have imagining just a few...

Jorno Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard Brings QWERTY To Your Mobile Devices

Jorno Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard Brings QWERTY To Your Mobile Devices

Recently, a Solid Line iPad case added a physical keyboard to Apple's hot-selling tablet. But it only functions with one particular tablet, so if you aren't an iPad owner, you can't really take advantage. Now, there's a more universal alternative. Cervantes Mobile, which is responsible for quite a few other peripherals in the mobile realm,...

Google and Schmidt Convicted of Defamation, in French Court

Google and Schmidt Convicted of Defamation, in French Court

A French court has convicted Google and CEO Eric Schmidt for defamation. The ruling came as a result of Google's Suggest function, which brought up terms such as "rapist" and "satanist" when people Googled the plaintiff's name. The man who filed the lawsuit had been previously convicted of “corruption of a minor.” However, the...

iBUYPOWER Launches Two Phenom II X6 Powered Systems, Limited Edition Dragon Chassis

iBUYPOWER Launches Two Phenom II X6 Powered Systems, Limited Edition Dragon Chassis

For whatever reason, people love to buy limited edition products. Even random limited edition products like cars, foods and even PCs. iBUYPOWER has just launched two new AMD Phenom II x6-powered towers in limited edition dragon chassis, and for those who aren't looking to buy their own machine piece-by-piece, these look like solid options....

Six Silicon Valley Tech Firms Forced To Halt Anti-Competitive Hiring Blocks

Six Silicon Valley Tech Firms Forced To Halt Anti-Competitive Hiring Blocks

Wow, this is odd. According to a new report today from the United States Department of Justice, six very well recognized silicon valley companies are have their hands slapped by a very powerful entity. The DoJ has mandated that six companies stop entering into anti-competitive employee solicitation agreements, which they have apparently been...

AMD Follows Intel; Warns On Q3 Profits

AMD Follows Intel; Warns On Q3 Profits

When Intel announced it would miss its Q3 targets in late August, there was speculation as to whether or not AMD would escape the same fate. With the third quarter having officially ended, the answer is no. According to a statement the company made late last week, revenue will be down 1-4.5 percent compared to second-quarter revenue of 1.65...

Microsoft Declares It's Time To Focus On PC Gaming

Microsoft Declares It's Time To Focus On PC Gaming

It's been a few years since Microsoft paid much attention to the PC gaming industry, but someone apparently wandered past the sole employee in the PC gaming devision and kicked him a few times. With Halo Reach released and Kinect in the launch tube, MS has announced it wants to "push the business model into new directions." The problem, according...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Motherboards and Chipsets: ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 @ PureOverclock Memory and Storage: Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus Review @ Benchmark Reviews Comparing VelociRaptor, SSD and RAM Drive @ OCAU A-DATA Nobility N005 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive @ Tweaktown Plextor PX-B120U External BD-ROM Drive @ TechwareLabs Systems: Cryo PC Helix Review - XSReviews...

Sony Debuts VPL-VW90ES 3D Front Projector And VPL-VWPRO1

Sony Debuts VPL-VW90ES 3D Front Projector And VPL-VWPRO1

HDTVs seem to be all the rage these days, particularly 3D HDTVs. But there are other ways to enjoy big screen content, namely front projectors. These have a smaller, but arguably more devout, following, and Sony knows that. Sony has been producing high-end projectors for many years, but now they're hoping to bring high-end quality to a lower...

Stuxnet 'Industrial Virus' Hits Iran Hard

Stuxnet 'Industrial Virus' Hits Iran Hard

A sophisticated computer virus that targets solely Siemens SCADA, or "supervisory control and data acquisition," systems, has infiltrated systems across the globe, and has hit Iran "very hard." The Stuxnet virus has reportedly struck industrial sites throughout Iran, including its nuclear facilities. SCADA systems are commonly used to...

Android Update For Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Line Delayed

Android Update For Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Line Delayed

A handful of Android smartphones may have received updates this past week, but Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 smartphones were notably absent from the list. According to a recent blog post, the company doesn't intent to start updating its Xperia X10, X10 mini and mini pro until the end of October. At that time, these phones will be updated to...

AT&T / HTC Mondrian Ad Showcases Windows Phone 7

AT&T / HTC Mondrian Ad Showcases Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 is almost here. The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Microsoft has long since maintained that WP7 handsets would be on sale prior to 2011. As the time draws near, we are seeing more and more leaks and hints of what Windows Phone 7 will actually look like. Take this video for example. It popped up on YouTube over the weekend...

Verbatim's Clip 'n' Go USB Thumb Drive Clips Onto Your Shirt Or Belt

Verbatim's Clip 'n' Go USB Thumb Drive Clips Onto Your Shirt Or Belt

USB drives have progressively become smaller and smaller over the years, and while that's good in one sense, it's bad in another. We're talking about how easy it has become to lose a USB thumb drive, and when those drives have highly important information on them, that's a potential deal-killer. Verbatim has an idea for making sure you never...

AT&T's U-verse TV Users Can Schedule DVR Recordings Online

AT&T's U-verse TV Users Can Schedule DVR Recordings Online

AT&T is making even harder to miss your favorite shows. U-verse has been a growing and evolving service ever since it launched, and now it's right up there with DirecTV and Dish Network in terms of user experience and extra features. U-verse TV is the television end of AT&T's range of fiber services, and now they're adding a new feature...

Solid Line iPad Case Brings Physical Keyboard To iPad

Solid Line iPad Case Brings Physical Keyboard To iPad

Imagine if the iPad were a hybrid netbook / tablet rather than a tablet alone. Imagine if the iPad shipped with a keyboard. Imagine if the iPad could shift into a netbook of sorts with just the turn of a case? It's not likely that Apple will ever ship an iPad like that, but Solid Line Products has the next best alternative. The company has...

Analyst: Verizon, Apple May Not Come to Terms

Analyst: Verizon, Apple May Not Come to Terms

On Thursday, at a Goldman Sachs conference, from Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg made comments that implied the rumors of a soon-to-launch Verizon iPhone were vaporware. On Friday, a Wall Street analyst said the two companies may never come to terms. Seidenberg said the following on Thursday, making those clamoring for a Verizon...

SwiftKey Breaks Out Of Beta

SwiftKey Breaks Out Of Beta

Back in July, we told you about a new application for Android smartphones that claims it can predict the next word you intend to type. The app, known as SwiftKey, was previously available for free as a beta product. Now TouchType (the makers of SwiftKey) want you to know the app is ready for prime time. With the official launch of SwiftKey,...

Netflix Gets Loads of TV Re-Runs From NBC Universal, More Deals to Come?

Netflix Gets Loads of TV Re-Runs From NBC Universal, More Deals to Come?

Netflix just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and better and better. Cable TV isn't going anywhere soon, but when it does, it will have Netflix to thank for pushing it out of the way. Netflix, and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution today announced an expanded license agreement through which Netflix members can instantly watch a...

Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet/Laptop Delayed Until 2011

Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet/Laptop Delayed Until 2011

Well, isn't this a shame? Lenovo has been one of the few companies to show genuine interest in shipping a high-class product in the "smartbook" sector, but now the IdeaPad U1 is seeming to fade from view. Hardly anything has been mentioned about the device since its original introduction, and all the while smartbooks have proven to be less...

Sony's Second Gen TransferJet Protocol Increases Speed, Lowers Power Draw

Sony's Second Gen TransferJet Protocol Increases Speed, Lowers Power Draw

You've probably heard of Bluetooth. You may have even heard of Wi-Fi Direct. But have you heard of TransferJet? That's Sony's own short-range transfer protocol, and the company has been quietly pushing it into more and more products over in Japan for the past year or so. A few TransferJet cameras have emerged, as well as a few TransferJet...

Verizon Wireless To Introduce Tiered Data Plans As Well

Verizon Wireless To Introduce Tiered Data Plans As Well

It simply had to happen sooner or later. Usually, when it comes to U.S. carriers, they each follow one another. If one does one thing, the other follows suit. Generally, these are minor things. Unlimited calling plan introductions, unlimited texting, etc. But tiered data pricing is a fundamental shift in how mobile data is distributed, and...

Pedal power: Garmin measures it, Energysport harnesses it 

Pedal power: Garmin measures it, Energysport harnesses it 

Garmin has acquired MetriGear, the maker of "Vector" a motion sensor platform that measures a cyclist’s performance. Vector won industry acclaim in late 2009 but needed a backer to bring this cool bike device to market.  Vector tracks a broad number of factors to give the cyclist data on cadence and power (in watts). It measures...

The Line On The Cell Phone Industry, Facts To Know (Inforgraphic)

The Line On The Cell Phone Industry, Facts To Know (Inforgraphic)

Mobile phone penetration has been steadily increasing worldwide for many years, so much so in fact, that recent data suggests there will be more than 5 billion wireless subscriptions by the end of this year. Wow, that’s a ton of Razrs. Another interesting tid-bit—the average age an American receives his or her first cell phone...

Toshiba And Best Buy Team Up To Offer Child-Friendly Laptop

Toshiba And Best Buy Team Up To Offer Child-Friendly Laptop

Toshiba announced the Satellite L635 Kids’ PC. Designed in collaboration with Best Buy and its You Spoke, We Listened program, the Satellite L635 features KidZui, an Internet browser made for children, and Net Nanny. The laptop also has a wipeable keyboard as well as a no-gloss Dura-cross textured finish that helps resist fingerprints....

HotHardware Video Podcast - Sept. 24, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - Sept. 24, 2010

We're back again this week with another HotHardware video podcast chatting it up about recent developments in tech, PC hardware and related industry news. This week we cover NVIDIA's various announcements from the GPU Technology Conference which just took place in San Jose. We also cover some new chips from Intel and AMD, talk about our in-depth...

Panasonic Expands Toughbook Lineup

Panasonic Expands Toughbook Lineup

Panasonic announced a new addition to its Toughbook U1 family in the form of the new Toughbook U1 Ultra. This new Toughbook features a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, an Intel Atom Z530 Processor (1.6GHz), and Windows 7. It also has a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight. As its name would...

Google Wants to Conquer Netbook Market Next

Google Wants to Conquer Netbook Market Next

Google's Android OS has proved it can hang with the big boys in the mobile handset market, and with a few tweaks, it will probably prove popular in the tablet space too. So what's next for Google? Try netbooks. According to Glen Murphy, the Australian lead designer on Google's Chrome operating system and Web browser ventures, consumers will...

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard is, well, Shifty

SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard is, well, Shifty

You're not still using a $10 plank from Walmart for your frag fests, are you? With the torrent of gaming keyboards on the market to accommodate any budget, there's no reason to saddle yourself with an ordinary board. The latest gaming keyboard to enter the fray (and compete for your gaming dollar) is SteelSeries Shift. SteelSeries didn't just...

Sonos Wireless Dock Loops Your iPod Into Wireless Sound System

Sonos Wireless Dock Loops Your iPod Into Wireless Sound System

Recently, the idea of having a whole-home audio system has become a lot more reasonable for a lot more people. It's not nearly as expensive to acquire as it once was, and a great many players have now entered the market. One of the biggest and best remains Sonos, and the company is moving one step closer towards the mainstream with their latest...

Chinese Case That Turns iPod touch Into iPhone Set for U.S. Sales

Chinese Case That Turns iPod touch Into iPhone Set for U.S. Sales

A pair of enterprising Chinese engineers have developed a case that fits around the iPod touch, turning it into an iPhone. That's all well and good in China, where the long legal arm of Apple isn't going to be able to reach them, but what if the device, called the Apple Peel 520, comes to the U.S.? That question may be answered soon. Pan Lei,...

Netflix Launches First Online-Only Streaming Service Outside of U.S.

Netflix Launches First Online-Only Streaming Service Outside of U.S.

Netflix's first streaming-only service is now online and rolling out films to movie buffs all across Canada. The company confirmed a few months back that they were shooting to launch this fall, and now it looks like all of the approvals have been acquired. Starting now, Canadians can finally take part in the Netflix festivities that Americans...

Roku Launches XDS Media Streamer With Instant Replay, Lowers Prices

Roku Launches XDS Media Streamer With Instant Replay, Lowers Prices

For Roku fans, good just keeps getting better. Today, Roku made two huge announcements. One involves a new product; the other involves a price drop. Does it really get any better than that? The new guy is the XDS, which is launching alongside a new XD model, as they both now supports 1080p HD, 802.11N Wi-Fi and 'Instant Replay.' And about...

Android Sees Tons of Maintenance ROMs This Week

Android Sees Tons of Maintenance ROMs This Week

The biggest Android ROM update of the week was obviously the Motorola Droid X with its Froyo update, but there have been a significant number of smaller ROM releases this week. The devices included were: AT&T's Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S Variant) The update takes the phone to version I897UCJH7 (from I897UCJF6). Details, via AT&T,...

The Block Is Busted: Video Rental Giant Files For Bankruptcy

The Block Is Busted: Video Rental Giant Files For Bankruptcy

The miracle Blockbuster executives were hoping for has failed to arrive; the company filed for Chapter 11 today. Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 and intends to continue to operate its 3,000 US locations while the bankruptcy proceedings are under way. It's hard to imagine how the company can meaningfully survive—executives have promised...

Depressed? Technology Will Make You Happier, Researchers Find

Depressed? Technology Will Make You Happier, Researchers Find

British researchers say that access to technology, particularly devices that serve up the Internet, significantly improve a person's sense of well being. And if you are a woman, that goes double for you. Researchers drew their conclusions by analyzing data from 35,000 responses across 39 countries as part the World Values Survey (WVS). They...

Gaming Headset Buyer's Guide & Roundup

Gaming Headset Buyer's Guide & Roundup

For PC gamers, the gear we use to play can provide a tangible edge in our games. Although much noise is made about backlit keyboards boasting gamer oriented layouts and fancy mice with odd shapes, the most important considerations for gaming are still the guts of the gaming machine, a comfortable desk layout, a good monitor and a quality sound...

3D Laptops Fail To Ignite Consumer Interest

3D Laptops Fail To Ignite Consumer Interest

Movie studios and display manufacturers have both been pumping 3D viewing as The Next Big Thing for over a year, but the market as a whole has yet to display much interest. According to the analyst group IDG, 3D notebooks are typically priced well above $1000, despite the fact that in 2009, notebook ASPs were ~$569 after netbooks were removed...

Marvell Introduces World's First 1.5GHz Tri-Core Processor For Smartphones And Tablets

Marvell Introduces World's First 1.5GHz Tri-Core Processor For Smartphones And Tablets

Marvell announced the world's first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor for smartphones and tablets. The new Marvell ARMADA 628 uses tri-core architecture to deliver PC-class performance while still meeting the limited power available from smartphones, tablets and other mobile consumer devices. The ARMADA 628 tri-core CPU uses a full System-on-a-Chip...

Despite Delays, NVIDIA Building Momentum Around Tegra-Powered Devices

Despite Delays, NVIDIA Building Momentum Around Tegra-Powered Devices

Roughly 13 months ago, we wrote a story discussing the importance of Tegra to NVIDIA's future and why the company has devoted so much time and money to it. Just over a year later, NVIDIA has affirmed that Tegra remains an essential part of its future business model, while tacitly admitting that the number of Tegra/Tegra 2 devices on the market...

Toshiba Adds WiMAX-ready Laptops

Toshiba Adds WiMAX-ready Laptops

In addition to the powerful new Qosmio X500 Laptop with GeForce GTX 460M Graphics, Toshiba announced a handful of 4G WiMAX-ready laptops. With select WiMAX equipped Satellite and Portégé laptops from Toshiba, you'll have wireless coverage all over town and won't be limited to connecting to the Internet when a wireless hotspot...

BenQ Gets Serious about Gaming, Launches LX2410 120Hz Monitor

BenQ Gets Serious about Gaming, Launches LX2410 120Hz Monitor

It appears an epiphany went and hit BenQ upside its head, and that is if it wants to "lead and become a true and professional gaming monitor provider," BenQ has to "understand the mindset and needs of gamers." Those are BenQ's words, not ours, though we fully agree -- the way it works in business, it typically helps to understand the consumers...

Suppliers Prep to Build 3M CDMA iPhones in Dec.

Suppliers Prep to Build 3M CDMA iPhones in Dec.

The latest rumors in terms of a possible Verizon iPhone have been pointing to Q1 in 2011, and today reports were released of Apple suppliers confirming that information. Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said that in a note to investors on Wednesday. Fidacaro's research note said that information coming from overseas...

Toshiba Introduces Qosmio X500 Laptop with GeForce GTX 460M Graphics

Toshiba Introduces Qosmio X500 Laptop with GeForce GTX 460M Graphics

Once you've put your twenties in your rear-view mirror, you begin to realize that outer beauty only takes things so far, and it's what's on the inside that really matters. Or so that's what ugly people tell us. In any event, Toshiba's revamped Qosmio X500 brings both to the relationship -- a gorgeous frame and upgraded hardware to match. The...

Michael Dell Teases 7" Tablet at Oracle Event

Michael Dell Teases 7" Tablet at Oracle Event

Dell on Wednesday teased its second Android-powered tablet, and when we say tease we mean it. Aside from CEO Michael Dell announcing the 7" Android-powered tablet during his keynote address at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, there was nothing else detailed about the tablet.  It's unclear, for example, which version of Android the...

Leica Introduces 10MP D-Lux 5 Compact Camera

Leica Introduces 10MP D-Lux 5 Compact Camera

It's camera week in Germany with the Photokina trade show ongoing, and Leica is obviously a big player in the scheme of things. The company is best known for their professional models and their rangefinders, but the new D-Lux 5 is a new entrant into the compact market. It's modeled after Panasonic's LX5, but thanks to the Leica heritage, it...

VIZIO Goes Small With 7" Edge Lit Razor LED Portable TV

VIZIO Goes Small With 7" Edge Lit Razor LED Portable TV

When you think VIZIO, you probably think of low-cost televisions at big box retailers. And that is exactly what has made VIZIO one of the fastest growing company's in America. But the newest TV from the company is pretty far from being a "big screen TV." In fact, it's a tiny screen TV. The company's new 7" Edge Lit Razor LED Portable TV is...

Sony Optiarc Introduces 6x Portable External Blu-ray Burner

Sony Optiarc Introduces 6x Portable External Blu-ray Burner

The world keeps spinning, PCs keep getting quicker, and optical disc drives keep getting faster. It's just how the planet works. Not too long ago, simply having a Blu-ray burner at all was a luxury. Today, Blu-ray burners need speed to be special, and Sony Optiarc America's latest drive is Mr. Speedy indeed. It's a portable, external unit...

Dell Introduces Inspiron One 23" All-In-One PC And Zino HD Media PC

Dell Introduces Inspiron One 23" All-In-One PC And Zino HD Media PC

It's not too early to realize that the holidays are upon us, and Dell is preparing for them by introducing two new PCs under $800 today that look to be great candidates for replacing your aging bedroom or apartment rig. The Inspiron One is a new 23" touch panel-based all-in-one PC, while the revised Zino HD makes a good nettop even better....

Brite-View Streams 1080p HD Content With Air SyncHD

Brite-View Streams 1080p HD Content With Air SyncHD

It's a trend that has been slowing gaining steam over the past few years, but now that slowness has turned into a rapid sprint to the finish line. Wireless HD streaming was once a luxury reserved for those who invested a great deal of funds into their home cinema system; now, the technologies have multiplied and the prices have sank, making...

NVIDIA Announces CUDA x86 But Omits Launch Date

NVIDIA Announces CUDA x86 But Omits Launch Date

At the GPU Technology Conference today, the CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, unveiled a new CUDA initiative, dubbed CUDA-x86. As the name implies, the new framework will allow developers to write CUDA code natively for x86. Don't confuse this announcement with the PhysX issues we discussed last month—when we spoke to NVIDIA back then we...

AT&T Starts Selling TerreStar Genus Satellite Smartphone

AT&T Starts Selling TerreStar Genus Satellite Smartphone

AT&T is now offering a combination satellite / 3G smartphone known as the TerreStar Genus. This phone can switch from AT&T's network to a satellite and will offer coverage all over the United States. Compared to many bulky satellite phones, the TerreStar Genus looks much more like a normal smartphone. As with other satellite smartphones...

Motorola Droid X Gets Froyo Update

Motorola Droid X Gets Froyo Update

The Samsung Captivate isn't the only phone that's getting an update. The highly anticipated Froyo (Android 2.2) update is now making its way on to Motorola Droid X smartphones. The latest update provides all of the features you've come to expect with Android 2.2 including Flash support, Bluetooth voice dialing, better screen rotation, and...

Samsung Announces Update For Samsung Captivate

Samsung Announces Update For Samsung Captivate

A few weeks ago, we took a closer look at the Samsung Captivate from AT&T. We liked what we saw then, though we'll never complain about new features and functionality that are suppose to make things even better. A new update from AT&T and Samsung Mobile promises just that. Over the next few weeks, Samsung and AT&T will be rolling...

AMD: Customers Demand More Cores

AMD: Customers Demand More Cores

Quick, which would you rather have, higher clockspeeds or more CPU cores? The correct answer, of course, is a both, which is what separates enthusiasts who roll their own rigs from the civilians who buy their PCs at Best Buy with a Geek Squad set-up plan. But as power users, we're not so blinded by technology that we fail to realize software...

Kinect Developer Declares PC FPS Gamers A Dying Breed

Kinect Developer Declares PC FPS Gamers A Dying Breed

In a recent interview, Kinect creator Kudo Tsunoda shared his thoughts on Microsoft's new gaming platform and the future of gaming in general. when asked how Kinect would be integrated into future titles he described the rise of FPS shooters for consoles, then drops this bombshell. "Halo did an awesome job of building a first-person shooter...

NVIDIA Exposes GPU Roadmap: Kepler Arrives 2011, Maxwell in 2013

NVIDIA Exposes GPU Roadmap: Kepler Arrives 2011, Maxwell in 2013

Thanks to yesterday's announcement, we know that NVIDIA will be pushing out Tegra chips annually, or at least that's the plan at this point, but what about GPUs? Like the title says, the next big thing coming down the pipeline according the NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang will come along sometime next year, and it's codenamed Kepler....

Mafia II: PhysX Tested, HotHardware Reviewed

Mafia II: PhysX Tested, HotHardware Reviewed

Prior to its launch, Mafia II was portrayed as a deep, character-driven drama that would take full advantage of PhysX to add depth and realism to the game. With the game out and available, we sat down to investigate how PhysX enhances Mafia II and while we were at it we reviewed the game as well... Mafia II: PhysX Tested, HotHardware Reviewed...

IE9 Beta Scorches to 2 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

IE9 Beta Scorches to 2 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser still claims the lion's share of the browser market, but let's be honest here, it's been so long since IE led the pack in terms of features and performance that Microsoft has forgotten what it's like for users to be genuinely excited about a browser release that doesn't belong to Mozilla, Google, or any...

Toshiba Keeps Backup Simple with Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive

Toshiba Keeps Backup Simple with Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive

Toshiba says it's targeting the "everyday consumer" with its new Canvio Basics portable hard drive line, but really it's going after anyone who simply needs additional portable storage without added extras like backup software, encryption, and other features that add to the bottom line. Just plug it in and start transferring files. "With the...

MetroPCS Launches First 4G LTE Network in the U.S.

MetroPCS Launches First 4G LTE Network in the U.S.

We kind of feel like the headline says it all, but in case you thought it was a typo, we'll repeat: MetroPCS just launched the first ever 4G LTE network in the United States. MetroPCS chose Las Vegas as their launching off point, somewhat following in the footsteps of Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire, which also was drawn to Las Vegas early on...

Question: What Happens if You Cross the LHC Stream with Your Hand?

Question: What Happens if You Cross the LHC Stream with Your Hand?

You've already heard of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the biggest, baddest, and highest-energy particle accelerator anywhere on the planet. The LHC sits in a circular tunnel 27km in circumference buried around 50m to 175m beneath the earth. It's purpose isn't to destroy the world, like so many doomsayers thought it would when physicists...

Panasonic's LUMIX GH2 Is Yet Another Micro Four Thirds Option

Panasonic's LUMIX GH2 Is Yet Another Micro Four Thirds Option

Another mirrorless option to consider? You got it! Panasonic has used the Photokina trade show in Germany in order to introduce their newest Micro Four Thirds camera, the LUMIX GH2. The body itself does not look too different than the GH1 before it, but the functionality of this new camera is quite impressive. It's the first camera to ship...

Sigma Introduces SD1 Weather-Resistant DSLR

Sigma Introduces SD1 Weather-Resistant DSLR

Sigma is a well-known name in the camera industry, particularly the high-end camera industry. And nothing says high-end quite like 46 megapixels. Though, the effective output of the SD1's 46 megapixels is really just 15.3MP (the math goes something like this: 4800 x 3200 x 3), due to a rare 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. Sigma claims...

Seagate Creates 1.5TB 2.5" Portable Hard Drive

Seagate Creates 1.5TB 2.5" Portable Hard Drive

Need a portable hard drive, but aren't willing to get two in order to have enough space? Maybe Seagate can help. The company just launched the industry's first 1.5TB portable HDD, a GoFlex-branded product that gets 1.5TB of space onto a single, portable 2.5" HDD. The case itself is somewhat larger than "typical" 2.5" external HDDs, but it...

New Tool Shows Global Blocking, Censorship of Google Services

New Tool Shows Global Blocking, Censorship of Google Services

Google has launched a new tool, the Transparency Report, which shows a global picture of both government requests to remove or censor content, as well as traffic patterns, which could indicate where Google is being blocked (or alternatively, where there is an outage). You can click on countries to see more details. Interestingly, the country...

LaCie Introduces 24" 324i Pro LCD Monitor

LaCie Introduces 24" 324i Pro LCD Monitor

When you think of LaCie, you probably first think of the high-fashion storage devices that they are most commonly known for. But Photokina, which is a show based around photography, isn't exactly the best place to launch a hard drive. So, what's new from LaCie then? An LCD monitor, one that's designed for professional video/still employees...

An Updated Gmail App Enters the Android Market

An Updated Gmail App Enters the Android Market

Android defragmentation continues. Since there are devices out there, even those newly released (such as the Dell Streak) running older versions of Android, Google has started to decouple key pieces of Android from the main OS. One of those was just released today: Gmail. An updated version of Gmail has been released into the Android Market...

ZoneAlarm Crosses The Line; Adopts Scareware Tactics

ZoneAlarm Crosses The Line; Adopts Scareware Tactics

If you've surfed the Internet for any length of time, chances are good that you've seen a browser window pop up with a warning that your computer is in DANGER from a whole slew of evil viruses. Such windows, if clicked on, often perform an utterly fake virus scan during which they invariably "detect" infected/contaminated files. Users are...

NVIDIA Finds Its Rhythm: Tegra 3 Imminent with Annual Updates

NVIDIA Finds Its Rhythm: Tegra 3 Imminent with Annual Updates

While there are only a select few devices that currently sport NVIDIA's Tegra processor, the GPU giant obviously hasn't stopped R&D on their series of SoCs. For the uninitiated, the various flavors of Tegra integrate an ARM processor core, with a GPU, and northbridge and southbridge functionality within one chip....

Zotac Touts World's First Quad Display-Capable GTX 460 Card

Zotac Touts World's First Quad Display-Capable GTX 460 Card

Let's forget for a moment that ATI's Eyefinity technology can drive up to six displays from a single compatible videocard. Things are a little a different on Nvidia's side of the tracks, so we can understand Zotac's giddy announcement that they've gone and launched the world's first GeForce GTX 460 graphics card capable of pushing pixels on...

Survey Shows Netflix Poses Threat To Paid TV

Survey Shows Netflix Poses Threat To Paid TV

A recent survey may serve as a wakeup call to broadcast networks and cable companies that their subscriber base may soon be slipping away. According to a Credit Suisse survey, approximately 30 percent of Netflix users between the ages of 18 and 24 are using Netflix's Watch Instantly service to watch TV and movies instead of paying for cable...

Casio Introduces Hybrid GPS Enabled Digital Camera

Casio Introduces Hybrid GPS Enabled Digital Camera

Casio unveiled what it is calling "the world’s first Hybrid GPS enabled digital camera." The new EXILIM EX-H20G features Casio's Hybrid GPS technology, which combines GPS with autonomic positioning made possible by an internal motion sensor. This technology enables the camera to geotag your images, even if they are taken indoors. The...

5 Billion Wireless Subscriptions Worldwide, Coming Right Up!

5 Billion Wireless Subscriptions Worldwide, Coming Right Up!

Five billion. That's a lot of faces, a lot of eyes, and a lot of ears. It's also a lot of humans talking amongst one another, and according to a new iSuppli report, that's the number of wireless subscriptions that our planet is home to. Almost, anyway. The report estimates that the grand total of wireless subscriptions in the world will surpass...

Peek 9 Is 9x Faster Than Pronto, More Flexible Than Ever

Peek 9 Is 9x Faster Than Pronto, More Flexible Than Ever

Early on, the Peek was an email-exclusive handheld device. The selling point was its simplicity, as it only did email and nothing more. It was simple in every respect. Somehow, Peek has now broaden their horizons by offering the Peek 9, which is said to be 9 times faster than the Peek Pronto and capable of many, many more tasks. Over the years,...

Pentax Hits At Prosumers With K-5 DSLR Camera

Pentax Hits At Prosumers With K-5 DSLR Camera

The "mirrorless" camera war seems to be the most heated right now, but the DSLR war is the one that will never stop in all likelihood. Pentax has arrived to the party swinging with their new K-5 Digital SLR, aimed at advanced amateur photographers. The prosumer DSLR has a 16.3MP CMOS sensor, up to 7FPS fast shooting, an ISO range of 80 to...

FringOut: a Not-so-subtle SkypeOut Competitor

FringOut: a Not-so-subtle SkypeOut Competitor

Skype and Fring haven't exactly been best buds of late, and things probably won't get any better after this announcement. Fring has announced its new FringOut service, which not-so-subtly is along the lines of SkypeOut, allowing users to make phone calls to landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world. Formerly, Fring's best asset was Skype...

NETGEAR & StorageCraft Team Up To Shorten Backup & Disaster Recovery Times

NETGEAR & StorageCraft Team Up To Shorten Backup & Disaster Recovery Times

NETGEAR and StorageCraft have teamed up to shorten the amount of time it takes businesses to back up their data. In fact, the companies are claiming their solution can "take backup and recovery times from hours to minutes." The combination of NETGEAR's ReadyNAS network storage systems and StorageCraft's ShadowProtect software gives businesses...

Cisco's Flip Video UltraHD And MinoHD Get Revised

Cisco's Flip Video UltraHD And MinoHD Get Revised

Recently, Cisco's Flip Video brand (previously owned by Pure Digital) has been seeing a lot of competition. Early on, the brand had no competition, and they were running away with an entire sector in the industry. It didn't take long for companies like HP, Sony and Toshiba to catch on, and now Flip Video is being forced by others to continually...

HTC Taps into Tegra 2, Android for Upcoming Tablet

HTC Taps into Tegra 2, Android for Upcoming Tablet

Steve Jobs and the rest of his Cupertino cohorts did two things when they released the iPad under  Apple's unofficial planned obsolescence model -- you know, the one where Apple leaves off obvious features like a USB port, HDMI connectivity, upgradeable storage, and everything else you'd find on even the most thinly spec'd netbook. First,...

AMD Unleashes New Phenom II and Athlon II Speed Bumps

AMD Unleashes New Phenom II and Athlon II Speed Bumps

AMD is launching a half dozen new processors today, targeted at virtually all market segments, ranging from an inexpensive, mainstream dual-core Athlon II offering to a new, relatively high-end six-core Phenom II. We decided to take a look at AMD's latest six-core and higher-end quad-cores in both the Phenom II and Athlon II flavors. The full...

5 Tablet Offerings Explored, An Infographic

5 Tablet Offerings Explored, An Infographic

Ever since the iPad’s release, various manufacturers have been in a race to develop something as good as, or better than Apple’s current industry leading tablet. Frankly at the time of its launch, the iPad simply didn't have any real competitors with the same design elegance, polish and the total solution that Apple' s App Store...

T-Mo Sued Over Medical Marijuana Related Short Code Ban

T-Mo Sued Over Medical Marijuana Related Short Code Ban

T-Mobile has been sued by mobile marketing firm EZ Texting, one of those firms that provides those short code ad campaigns (text phrase x to number y). EZ Texting alleges that T-Mobile blocked EZ Texting from access to their network because of a client, weedmaps.com (AKA legalmarijuanadispensary.com), whose site provides information on medical...

Hacktivity 2010 Conference Provides Plenty of Sound Bites

Hacktivity 2010 Conference Provides Plenty of Sound Bites

You would have had to travel all the way to Budapest in order to attend "Hactivity 2010," the largest hackers' conference in Eastern and Central Europe. But for those of you who didn't make it -- which we're assuming is everyone reading this -- we've dug up one of the more interesting sound bites. "The Internet is the greatest generation gap...

Boxee CEO Avner Ronen Demos Boxee Box For HH, Impresses

Boxee CEO Avner Ronen Demos Boxee Box For HH, Impresses

The little HTPC (Home Theater PC) and media center software start-up, Boxee, has been making a splash on the web scene since it first debuted in public beta back in January 2010.  The software was developed in an effort for cross-platform support and as such, has received a lot of air-play on the internet by end users, social media as...

Casio Unveils High-Speed ZR10 Camera for HDR Photo Buffs

Casio Unveils High-Speed ZR10 Camera for HDR Photo Buffs

Casio has been kicking out digital cameras like a boss, including a handful of new point-n-shoots just announced today. One of those is the new EXILIM EX-ZR10, a zoom-friendly camera Casio claims integrates high-speed shooting and high-speed image processing all rolled into one. Casio goes to great lengths trying to convince the HDR crowd...

Nvidia Sees Potential of External Notebook Graphics

Nvidia Sees Potential of External Notebook Graphics

One of the problems with buying a notebook as a gaming machine is that most mobile PCs don't allow much in the way of upgrades. Once that GPU starts to spit and sputter on the latest titles, you might as well toss the whole thing in a river, or chuck it up on Craigslist if you can stomach the depreciation and inevitable lowball offers. External...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Funky Kit Review: Zotac Geforce GTS 450 (1Gb GDDR5) ECS Black GTX 460 1GB @ PureOverclock Inno3D nVidia GTS450 iChill FreezerXSeries Review @ XtremeComputing Futurelooks News Flash - nVidia's GeForce GTS 450 ECS Black GTX 450 review @ t-break Processors: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Performance Review @ Legit Reviews Memory and...

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone Review, RIMM Steps It Up

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Smartphone Review, RIMM Steps It Up

RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones has been popular among business users for some time, but the brand has been losing market share in recent years to other platforms such as Android and iPhone. Now, the company is looking to turn things around with its new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. RIM claims...

Intel Test Marketing Artificially Constrained "Upgradeable" Processors

Intel Test Marketing Artificially Constrained "Upgradeable" Processors

Intel's marketing division has a long history of partnering with OEMs in order to jointly promote a product, but the company's most recent initiative could create blowback from unhappy customers. According to information unearthed this past weekend, Intel is quietly testing the concept of "upgradeable" CPUs. Instead of buying a physical CPU...

PlayOn's Web Player Brings Hulu, Netflix And More To iPad

PlayOn's Web Player Brings Hulu, Netflix And More To iPad

And just like that, the iPad becomes an even more attractive looking tablet for those who are overly concerned with consuming media on it. Apple didn't exactly get off on the right foot by rejecting Adobe's Flash, which is a platform through which a vast majority of Internet-based multi-media is distributed. But since the iPad has been such...

High End Electronics Sales Increasingly Driven By Mobile Gadgets

High End Electronics Sales Increasingly Driven By Mobile Gadgets

In the not-so-distant past, companies like Best Buy and Circuit Ci and, uh, Best Buy typically filled fall/winter advertising with big-ticket items like high-end HDTVs, new sound equipment, and an assortment of computer equipment. This year, Best Buy is planning its promotions and sales differently in response to consumers who have grown tired...

HP Debuts Omni 100 And TouchSmart 310 AIO PCs Along With New tm2 Notebook

HP Debuts Omni 100 And TouchSmart 310 AIO PCs Along With New tm2 Notebook

Can you tell that companies are ramping up for the holidays yet? The flood of new machines has definitely begun, with Asus holding a mega media event last week, ViewSonic introducing the G Tablet and Samsung bringing the Galaxy Tab to all four major U.S. carriers. But today, Hewlett-Packard is stealing the show with a new array of machines...

Ocosmos OCS 1 Slider Runs Windows 7, Oak Trail

Ocosmos OCS 1 Slider Runs Windows 7, Oak Trail

A new gaming handheld? In a world dominated by Sony and Nintendo? Believe it or not, it has happened before. Pandora, a small startup, has captured the hearts of emulation lovers by creating an self-branded handheld gaming platform that mainly focuses on playing ROMs from consoles that have long since been retired. And now, there's another...

Fujifilm Debuts FinePix X100 APS-C Camera To Rival Micro Four Thirds

Fujifilm Debuts FinePix X100 APS-C Camera To Rival Micro Four Thirds

Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days. Olympus and Panasonic have their Micro Four Thirds technology, Sony has their interchangeable lens family, and now Fujifilm has the FinePix X100. Now, we're just waiting for Canon and Nikon to join the fun, and full-fledged DSLRs will finally have their work cut out for them. These compact APS-C...

CyberLink's Power2Go 7 Software Enables 128GB BDXL Burning

CyberLink's Power2Go 7 Software Enables 128GB BDXL Burning

Remember BDXL? That's the format that the Blu-ray Disc Association was trumpeting during this year's Computex trade show, though 3D Blu-ray seems to have stolen the spotlight since. We doubt that it'll remain that way for too long, though. With multi-media swelling larger and 1080p content become more pervasive, there's a growing need for...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 Super OC 1GB in SLI @ Tweaktown Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 9.8 @ TechARP Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus Rampage III Gene Motherboard Review @ ITShootOut.com iXBT Labs Review: Biostar TA890FXE Motherboard Memory and Storage: Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks Star Wars Stormtrooper...

RIM Records Record BlackBerry Shipments In Second Quarter

RIM Records Record BlackBerry Shipments In Second Quarter

Research in Motion announced that it shipped a record 12 million smartphones in the second quarter. With the announcement, RIM beat analysts' expectations. According to the manufacturer, BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew more than 45 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal year over the same quarter a year ago to 12.1 million. In the...

Crestron iPanel Converts iPad Into Ultimate Home Remote Control

Crestron iPanel Converts iPad Into Ultimate Home Remote Control

There have been tons of apps and accessories produced for the iPad in just a few short months, many of which are truly ground-breaking. But few have added on functionality quite like this new Crestron iPanel. It's the just snap-on panel designed specifically for use with the iPad. Crestron is a well-known name in home automation, but usually...

CiragoTV Platinum CMC3000 Network Media Player Takes On Raft Of Rivals

CiragoTV Platinum CMC3000 Network Media Player Takes On Raft Of Rivals

CiragoTV has just thrown caution to the wind and introduced yet another media player into a world chock full of them. With Roku, Apple TV and countless others making their way into homes everywhere, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to streaming networked or Internet-based content onto their televisions. The new CMC3000 network...

HP's V5020u 1080p Pocket Camcorder To Rival Flip Video Range

HP's V5020u 1080p Pocket Camcorder To Rival Flip Video Range

HP is definitely more well known for their netbooks, notebooks and all-in-one PCs, but when the world needs more camcorders, why not join in, right? Just as we have witnessed in the tablet sector, the pocket camcorder craze has exploded, leaving tons of companies following the path created by Pure Digital's Flip Video line. The new V5020u...

CTL's 2Go Pad Is a 10.1" Windows 7 Tablet, Ready To Rival iPad

CTL's 2Go Pad Is a 10.1" Windows 7 Tablet, Ready To Rival iPad

CTL. Ever heard of 'em. Probably not, but these days, it's not surprising to hear that a company you've never known existed is making a tablet to compete with the iPad. Everyone's trying it at this point, and it looks as if Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been dubbed the main competition thanks to deals with four U.S. carriers. But not everyone wants...

Quantum Computing Within Reach Thanks To UK Researchers

Quantum Computing Within Reach Thanks To UK Researchers

If you're reading this site, chances are you have heard of Moore's Law. You may have even heard of the law of diminishing returns. Or perhaps you've heard that fast is never fast enough, and big is never big enough. But have you heard of quantum computing? Most people hear that phrase and simply think of some science fiction movie that they...

GV Mobile + Google Voice App Returns to the App Store

GV Mobile + Google Voice App Returns to the App Store

It's back, after what developer Sean Kovacs called "a year and a half of being sick." It's GV Mobile + and it's back in the App Store. Last year, Apple purged all Google Voice-enabled apps from the App Store. Recently, after Apple published its App Store guidelines, developers noted that their GV-enabled apps did not violate any of those policies,...

Eurocom's 17.3" X7200 Panther 2.0 Gaming Notebook Has HDMI 1.4 Input

Eurocom's 17.3" X7200 Panther 2.0 Gaming Notebook Has HDMI 1.4 Input

Eurocom is a name synonymous with high-end, cutting-edge machines. It's also a company that rarely makes anything that's truly "portable." Without a doubt, the company's calling card is their high-end gaming notebooks, and the machines they make are about as close as you can get to having desktop power within a notebook. The new X7200 Panther...

MSI Introduces CX413 AMD-Powered 14" Notebook

MSI Introduces CX413 AMD-Powered 14" Notebook

We honestly can't say that we have been keeping a tally on total notebook releases in 2010 by each manufacturer, but MSI has to be in the top 5. It's another week, another notebook for the prolific PC maker, as the CX413 has become the latest machine to surface in the Classic lineup. It's an all-business machine, but there's plenty of power...

Motorola Will Enter Tablet Market Next Year

Motorola Will Enter Tablet Market Next Year

Motorola is planning to expand its products beyond cell phones by offering a tablet computer sometime early next year. Although the manufacturer will miss the key holiday season, Motorola's Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said his company wants to be sure the project is competitive before delivering it to market. "We want to make sure that any...

Microsoft Isn't Planning On Making Any More Cellphones

Microsoft Isn't Planning On Making Any More Cellphones

Microsoft never really has had much luck in the phone market. Not the mobile OS market, mind you, the phone market. Recently, Microsoft attempted to reach the "tween" market with the launch of the Kin. The Kin lineup initially consisted of two phones on Verizon, both of which required pricey $30/month data plans just like a proper smartphone....

Olive Media O3HD Music Server Redefines High-End

Olive Media O3HD Music Server Redefines High-End

Here's something that you don't see every single day: a dedicated music server. Not an HTPC that also acts as a music server or jukebox, but a high-end, audiophile-quality music server. Olive Media is the company behind the box, and the new O3HD is designed to be their most affordable unit ever. But even affordable means lots of dough for...

Verizon Wireless Plans 4G Connectivity In 30 Cities This Year

Verizon Wireless Plans 4G Connectivity In 30 Cities This Year

All of the nation's top cellular providers are fighting to get their next generation, 4G networks up and running as fast as they can. This week, we learned that Verizon Wireless plans to offer 4G connectivity in 30 NFL Cities by the end of this year. Back in August, a roadmap of Verizon Wireless' 4G plans leaked that indicated the carrier...

Sony Claims iPhone, iPad No Threat To Gaming

Sony Claims iPhone, iPad No Threat To Gaming

According to Sony executives, the recent growth in cell phone / mobile device gaming poses no danger to the company's gaming-focused products. Instead, Sony's president of Sony's etworked Products & Services Group, Kazuo Hirai, believes new interest in gaming is an opportunity. "It’s something that will lead to broadening the customer...

Intel Hedges On USB 3, Plans To Integrate Feature in 2012

Intel Hedges On USB 3, Plans To Integrate Feature in 2012

USB 3.0 has been a popular feature ever since its introduction ~12 months ago, but a recent disclosure from Intel could slow the standard's march towards ubiquity. According to information released at IDF, Intel won't introduce a USB 3-powered chipset until 2012. This doesn't bode well for anyone hoping to buy an Intel platform that supports...

HotHardware Video Podcast - Sept. 17 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - Sept. 17 2010

We're back again this week with another HotHardware video podcast chatting it up about recent developments in tech hardware and related industry news.  This week we cover all the goodness coming out of Intel's Developer Forum that Marco attended in San Francisco, as well as hot new netbook, notebook and WiCast products from Asus, ViewSonic's...

Samsung Galaxy Tab U.S. Carrier Release Dates Leaked?

Samsung Galaxy Tab U.S. Carrier Release Dates Leaked?

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is undoubtedly the iPad-killer hopeful. There have been dozens of tablets announced since Apple's did so with their iPad early in the year, but few have received as much attention as Samsung's Galaxy Tab. It's possible that the acclaim of the Galaxy S has rolled over the Tab, and now Samsung's relishing the opportunity...

AT&T Plans To Launch LTE By Mid-2011

AT&T Plans To Launch LTE By Mid-2011

The 4G race is definitely heating up. John Stankey, AT&T's operations chief executive recently said his company is in the process of conducting trials of its 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in Baltimore and Dallas. He also said the company is on track to launch its LTE network by mid-2011. AT&T plans to cover between 70 million...

All the iPad 2 Rumors Rounded Up

All the iPad 2 Rumors Rounded Up

In the coming months, expect a torrential downpour of tablets from manufacturers left and right. We're not talking about just five or six models either, but potentially dozens of slates, each one intent on dethroning Apple's iPad as the current default granddaddy. But while other manufacturers are gearing up to give Apple a bit of competition...

Sony's PlayStation Move Launches In North America

Sony's PlayStation Move Launches In North America

Today is the big day! You're probably wondering what big day we could be talking about, but if you're a PlayStation 3 owner, you probably understand. The PlayStation Move accessory, which was arguably designed to take on Nintendo's Wii remote and Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing system, has launched in North America. Sony claims that sales...

PhotoFast's Smoking Fast PowerDrive SSD Makes Us Giddy

PhotoFast's Smoking Fast PowerDrive SSD Makes Us Giddy

Quick, what's bright red, crazy fast,and comprised of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory? If you guessed PhotoFast's new PowerDrive-LSI PCI-E solid state drive (SSD) line, then give yourself a cookie. And while you're at it, thank a teacher, because we both know you cheated and read the headline. We're glad you did, because PhotoFast...

Don't Expect iE9 to Ever Reach XP: Microsoft

Don't Expect iE9 to Ever Reach XP: Microsoft

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 opened its public beta with a splash on Wednesday, but more than have the PCs in the world can't currently run it. That's because IE9 uses the Direct2D API, to accelerate content rendering with your GPU, and therein lies the rub: Direct2D is only on Windows Vista and later OSes. That means, Microsoft told the...

Verizon Wireless Won't Offer Windows Phone 7 This Year

Verizon Wireless Won't Offer Windows Phone 7 This Year

Microsoft is planning to debut its new Windows Phone 7 platform later this year. If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, however, you'll have to wait even longer to check out Microsoft's latest phone OS. Brenda Raney, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, told BusinessWeek the carrier won't offer a Windows Phone 7 device at the planned fall introduction...

Looxie Bluetooth Camcorder Goes On Your Ear, Tweets Your Life

Looxie Bluetooth Camcorder Goes On Your Ear, Tweets Your Life

We live in a world connected by social networking, but if you thought Facebook and Twitter were already overboard enough, you'll probably be horrified by this. But honestly, it's a pretty nifty idea, or a novel one at least. The Looxie wearable camcorder and social sharing system is the first wearable Bluetooth device designed to share more...

Toshiba Releases First 3D HDTV

Toshiba Releases First 3D HDTV

Toshiba announced its premier Cinema Series line of HDTVs, featuring the VX700 Series and the WX800 3D Series LED HDTVs. The WX800 delivers a three-dimensional experience when using a pair of optional Toshiba 3D glasses, Toshiba's BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Disc player, and a 3D capable HDMI cable. The WX800 boasts of a depth of less than 1.2 inches....

General Motors Testing Facebook And Audio Texting With OnStar

General Motors Testing Facebook And Audio Texting With OnStar

General Motors has been pushing OnStar in their vehicles for what feels like forever. At this point, OnStar and GM just go hand-in-hand. We've come to expect it in new GM vehicles. But the technology hasn't really evolved a whole lot over the years, at least to technology driven consumers. But the world has moved on, and the world now lives...

BlackBerry Curve 3G Coming To Sprint As Well

BlackBerry Curve 3G Coming To Sprint As Well

Can you tell that Verizon Wireless and Sprint are rivals? It's probably all in good fun, but during the same week that Verizon announced that they would soon be getting RIM's BlackBerry Curve 3G, Sprint has come forward and said the same. Except their version will work on The Now Network, as you would expect. The BlackBerry 9330, which is...

iPad's Orientation Lock to Revert to Mute Switch

iPad's Orientation Lock to Revert to Mute Switch

A look at the beta version of iOS 4.2 that was recently released shows that iPad users might be a little annoyed when it rolls out. Originally, the hardware switch on the right hand side of the iPad was used to mute the device. Just prior to launch, it became the orientation lock. Now, it's changing back again. Starting with iOS 4.2,...

Apple Introduces AirPrint: Wireless Printing For iPod, iPhone And iPad

Apple Introduces AirPrint: Wireless Printing For iPod, iPhone And iPad

Apple has a way of creating amazing products, but then leaving out one or two somewhat obvious features. Some argue that this is their way of ensuring that early adopters are enticed to upgrade, but that's not the case here. Instead, Apple will be giving a free software update to all existing iPad owners that will add a killer feature that...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Launches On All 4 U.S. Carriers, But No Voice Support

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Launches On All 4 U.S. Carriers, But No Voice Support

Big, big news from the Samsung camp this evening. The company's Galaxy Tab, arguably the iPad's most serious competitor (or at least the competitor with the most steam/hype behind it), will soon be launching on all four of the major U.S. carriers. All four! The royal flush of operators happens very infrequently. Google attempted to do a similar...

IN Media Enters Tablet Market

IN Media Enters Tablet Market

IN Media plans to enter the tablet market with a new Tablet PC that will run Android 2.1. Although we don't know a lot about the device at this point, we do know that it will offer Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1 wireless capabilities. It will also come in 7-inch and 10-inch models and feature a forward facing camera as well as a HDMI...

HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

To pay tribute to the hot (and final!), lazy days of summer, in conjunction with MSI, we ran a sweepstakes in wihich we planned to give away some HOT new hardware! This time around, readers had a chance to win a pair of MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GB GeForce GTX 460 cards and an awesome MSI Big Bang-XPower motherboard. In addition, we planned...

3M Introduces Two New Pocket Projectors

3M Introduces Two New Pocket Projectors

3M added two new products to its line of pocket projectors. The new 3M MP160 and 3M MP180 feature 30 lumens of brightness, two-hours of battery life, and SVGA resolution. Both of the new projectors target on-the-go professionals. The MP180 has a touch screen for easy operation. The projector also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4GB of memory, a microSD...

AMD ATI FirePro V9800 Workstation Graphics Card

AMD ATI FirePro V9800 Workstation Graphics Card

It didn't take AMD long to respond to the release of NVIDIA's new line of Quadro workstation-class graphics cards. The new flagship FirePro V9800 we'll be showing you here is the latest ultra high end professional graphics card from AMD, that competes in the same space as the 6000 and 5000 models from NVIDIA. It replaces the V8800 as the flagship...

Logitech Throws Trackball Fans a Bone, Launches Wireless Model

Logitech Throws Trackball Fans a Bone, Launches Wireless Model

Logitech this week announced the launch of its Wireless Trackball M570, and don't bother calling it a comeback, because these suckers never left in the first place. Believe it or not, trackballs still command a fiercely loyal following, and the M570 takes its place as the flagship model in Logitech's trackball lineup. "Based on overwhelming...

Memorex Mirror For Photos Hard Drive Auto Backs-Up Contents

Memorex Mirror For Photos Hard Drive Auto Backs-Up Contents

Memorex used to a name that everyone knew. And we mean everyone. They were just as popular as Polaroid or Sony in their heyday, but the brand has faded in recent years. But it hasn't vanished completely. It's still alive and kicking, and the company is introducing a new external hard drive today under the "Mirror" nameplate. The Mirror For...

ViewSonic's NVIDIA Tegra 2-Based G Tablet In Action

ViewSonic's NVIDIA Tegra 2-Based G Tablet In Action

Tablets certainly seem to be all the rage this year and it's likely that the holiday buying season will be rife with offerings from some of the major players.  Folks just can't seem to get enough tablets these days, though the design concept has been around for years.  And why not, somebody has to bring competition for the iPad. ...

iSuppli: AMD and Intel "Competing Furiously" for Market Share

iSuppli: AMD and Intel "Competing Furiously" for Market Share

To the average Joe, it might seem as though the knock-down, drag-out battles between AMD and Intel have slowed to what amounts to a thumb wrestling match by comparison, but market research firm iSuppli sees things a different way. According to iSuppli, even though both Intel and AMD maintained their market share positions in the global microprocessor...

OCZ Reveals Performance Oriented Ultra-Low Power RAM

OCZ Reveals Performance Oriented Ultra-Low Power RAM

Got memory? OCZ does, and plenty of it. And now they've got even more that requires even less power to operate. The company has just introduced next generation ultra-low voltage and extreme-low voltage DDR3 memory kits, with the new solutions offering power savings along with the stability that OCZ is known for. Both of these new kits are...

NZXT Introduces Sleeved LED Kit For Next Gen Modders

NZXT Introduces Sleeved LED Kit For Next Gen Modders

The case lighting trend has softened somewhat in recent years, but serious case modders still know that a job isn't done without a little flash. NZXT is offering a bit of help to those who are tired of the same 'ol, same 'ol, and the new Sleeved LED Kit offers a very new look in a very old game. Traditional lighting methods involve cold cathodes...

comScore: Apple Loses Market Share Despite iPhone 4

comScore: Apple Loses Market Share Despite iPhone 4

Even with a spike from iPhone 4 sales, the iPhone lost ground to Android, according to a new comScore report. Despite the premiere of the new iPhone, Apple’s U.S. smartphone market share in the three months ending in July dropped by 1.3 percent while Android’s market share grew by an five percentage points. Apple generally...

Asus Reveals D525-Equipped Lamborghini VX6, WiCast And More At NYC Event

Asus Reveals D525-Equipped Lamborghini VX6, WiCast And More At NYC Event

Asus laid down the gauntlet tonight in New York City, showing off to the media a few brand new things, a few fairly new things, and a few things that we had heard about before but never seen in person. Plenty of notebooks were on hand, along with the company's new streaming device. We won't waste time on the introduction, though, so let's...

Verizon Selling BlackBerry Curve 3G For Just $30 On Contract

Verizon Selling BlackBerry Curve 3G For Just $30 On Contract

How the times have changed. Just a couple of years ago, a new BlackBerry would cost you a couple hundred dollars, regardless of model. Now, Verizon Wireless is offering a new BlackBerry Curve for just $30 on a new 2-year contract. Just $30! And this is no stripped down BlackBerry; RIM's new Curve 3G utilizes one of the company's most popular...

Microsoft Releases IE9 Beta; Do We Yawn or Pay Attention?

Microsoft Releases IE9 Beta; Do We Yawn or Pay Attention?

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled its Internet Explorer 9 public beta to the world. However, with Internet Explorer market share continuing to drop, and drop, while Chrome and Firefox make major inroads the question is: do we care? As an end user, in the past, we really wouldn't care about an IE release. We moved first for Firefox, and as it...

Intel's AppUp Store Launches, Along With E600 SoC Family

Intel's AppUp Store Launches, Along With E600 SoC Family

And here it is! Intel announced an app store for netbooks last year, but the company has been fairly silent on it ever since. At IDF in California, the Intel AppUp center for netbooks has been released, with new Adobe AIR applications, Microsoft Silverlight, and support from Asus, Best Buy, Croma and Dixons. In other words, Intel now has the...

LaCie Introduces Two USB 3.0 Hard Drives: 2big and d2

LaCie Introduces Two USB 3.0 Hard Drives: 2big and d2

Just a few days ago, the USB-IF proclaimed that 100 devices had been certified for use with USB 3.0. Now it looks like they won't have long before reaching their next milestone. LaCie, a leader in the storage industry with a knack for designing stylish drives that look quite a bit better than anything else in the sector, has just introduced...

Intel Declares Contexual Awareness Will Drive The Future of Computing

Intel Declares Contexual Awareness Will Drive The Future of Computing

Intel kicked off the third and final day of IDF 2010 with a keynote detailing the future evolution of devices it refers to as "contextually aware." This is far from the first time Intel has put a spotlight on the future of device design; we've covered several announcements in this vein over the past 12 months. According to Justin Rattner,...

AMD's Demos Zacate Integrated Fusion CPU: Updated

AMD's Demos Zacate Integrated Fusion CPU: Updated

AMD always hosts an event in the shadow of Intel's Developer Forum, so it wasn't surprising to hear the company was demoing its upcoming Zacate processor this week. Zacate is the codename associated with AMD's 18W dual-core APU and will target the $500 notebook market. The second chip, Ontario, is a 9W APU that'll chase after Atom's business....

Apple: Steve Jobs isn't a Ninja

Apple: Steve Jobs isn't a Ninja

For better or worse, the late Chris Farley from Saturday Night Live fame is still the great white ninja foretold by ancient legend (and Hollywood), and not Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO who reportedly said he'll never again return to Japan after airport officials wouldn't let him take ninja throwing starts aboard his private jet. That's according...

Nikon D7000 DSLR Now Available for Preorder

Nikon D7000 DSLR Now Available for Preorder

The rumor sites were all over this one, and usually when you see smoke, there's fire. That's certainly the case here, as Nikon has gone and officially outed its sizzling new D7000 DSLR with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 39-point AF system, and 1080p HD movie recording with full time autofocus. "The D7000 DSLR creates a new class of Nikon camera...

HTC Debuts Desire Z, Desire HD And New Sense Experience

HTC Debuts Desire Z, Desire HD And New Sense Experience

Nokia World is going on in London right now, but that's not stopping rival HTC from holding their own event in the same city. This morning (in the U.S.), the company responsible for the Droid Incredible and many, many other Android phones has announced two new smartphones for the European market along with a revised Sense and a Sense web portal,...

Imation Adds To Apollo External Hard Drive Portfolio

Imation Adds To Apollo External Hard Drive Portfolio

Imation is expanding its Apollo family of external hard disk drives by adding the new Apollo Expert D300, Apollo Expert D200, Apollo Expert M200, and Apollo M100 hard drives to its lineup. As the flagship drive in the portfolio, the Apollo Expert D300 uses USB 3.0 technology to move data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0-based drives. The...

MSI Ships 24" Wind Top AE2420 3D Multi-Touch All-In-One To North America

MSI Ships 24" Wind Top AE2420 3D Multi-Touch All-In-One To North America

MSI calls it the world's first 3D multi-touch all-in-one PC destined for North America, and if you dream has been to actually reach out and touch the 3D images in front of you, this system is tailor made for you. The company's Wind Top AE2420 3D combines two emerging all-in-one technologies into one machine: 3D and multi-touch. The machine...

USB 3.0 Sees Certified Product List Soar Beyond 100

USB 3.0 Sees Certified Product List Soar Beyond 100

Recently, we have noticed more and more USB 3.0 products hitting the market, or at least hitting a product roadmap. It definitely took some time for the protocol to gain a lot of industry support, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that USB 2.0 is still largely "good enough" for many tasks. For example, mice and keyboards won't need...

Kingston's First USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Up To 64GB In Size

Kingston's First USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Up To 64GB In Size

Just recently the USB-IF made an announcement that over 100 USB 3.0 devices had become certified, and while we aren't certain if this Kingston drive made the cut, it's definitely on the list. Even if unofficially. Kingston, a major player in the memory and storage business, has just revealed their latest USB thumb drive, and it's a big one....

Did Steve Jobs Unleash His Inner Ninja?

Did Steve Jobs Unleash His Inner Ninja?

Considering the original source is a tabloid, albeit, a Japanese one, we have our doubts on this story. Still, Bloomberg has reported that Steve Jobs was stopped when exiting Japan in July because he had ninja throwing stars (shuriken) in his carry-on baggage. The report came in SPA! magazine, Bloomberg reported. According to the story, Jobs...

Corsair Announces New Gaming Series PSUs

Corsair Announces New Gaming Series PSUs

Corsair introduced the new Corsair Gaming Series Power Supplies. The Gaming Series PSUs feature a single +12V rail and provide up to 65A of power. The PSUs have an ultra-quiet, dual ball-bearing fan that automatically adjusts its speed according to temperature. The entire family is 80 PLUS certified to deliver 80% efficiency or higher. The...

Veebeam Introduces Wireless USB Media Streamer

Veebeam Introduces Wireless USB Media Streamer

This strange, strange looking device actually looks more sophisticated than it actually is. It's not a traditional media streamer; rather, it's a Wireless USB based product that simply creates a wireless link between your PC and your television. This obviously has pros and cons, but Veebeam is hoping you pay more attention to the former. Unlike...

Twitter announces new dual-paned Twitter.com

Twitter announces new dual-paned Twitter.com

Twitter has unveiled its new site. As Twitter said, it's their biggest Twitter client. The new Twitter.com, you can consider the bionic Twitter.com: better, stronger, faster. Well, it will be better and faster at least. As shown at the Twitter announcement on Tuesday, Twitter's new site will feature a double-paned view of things. Quite frankly,...

Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 2 Coverage

Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 2 Coverage

Day two of the Intel Developer’s Forum was kicked off with a couple of keynote addresses from Renee James, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel and Doug Davis, the Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded and Communications Group. The main focus of their talks revolved around...

Algiz XRW Is A Rugged, Yet Stylish 10" Ultraportable

Algiz XRW Is A Rugged, Yet Stylish 10" Ultraportable

Generally, when you talk about rugged notebooks, you imagine a thick, clunky machine that looks like it has body armor strapped on it. In other words, "portable" and "rugged" rarely go together, as even rugged notebooks are real beasts to tote around. But Handheld Group, a Swedish based supplier of rugged computers, might have a winner with...

Intel Technology Showcase Preview From IDF 2010

Intel Technology Showcase Preview From IDF 2010

There was quite a bit of activity on the show floor at the Technology Showcase taking place at the Intel Developer’s Forum, with a multitude of vendors hawking their latest wares. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many brand new products on display, like the OCZ RevoDrive X2 we showed you yesterday, but we still managed to snag...

Canon Introduces New PowerShot G12 & PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon Introduces New PowerShot G12 & PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon is adding the PowerShot G12 and PowerShot SX30 IS to its lineup of cameras designed for photo enthusiasts. The PowerShot G12 will offer HD video recording capabilities (720p) as well as the HS (High Sensitivity) SYSTEM for low-light conditions. The PowerShot G12 is a 10 megapixel camera with a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD and a 5X-Optical...

Nokia Announces Three New Symbian Powered Smartphones

Nokia Announces Three New Symbian Powered Smartphones

Nokia announced a new family of smartphones powered by the new Symbian platform. The new Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6 will join Nokia's N8 to form a family of Symbian smartphones. These smartphones feature the redesigned version of Nokia's Symbian OS which has been rewritten to be faster, easier to use, more efficient, and friendlier to...

D-Link Unveils PowerLine AV Wireless N Extender

D-Link Unveils PowerLine AV Wireless N Extender

Is little Johnny always complaining about his Internet connection crapping out on the other end of your home? There are a number of solutions, one of which is to make him go outside and play like we used to do as kids. Barring that, you can string Ethernet cord through and around walls and get him plugged him, or if D-Link has its druthers,...

LG Launches Optimus One, Chic for Smarphone Newbs

LG Launches Optimus One, Chic for Smarphone Newbs

LG is taking aim at "the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone" with the newly introduced Optimus One and Optimus Chic models, both of which are powered by Google's latest and greatest Android 2.2 (Froyo) platform. "LG is offering the gateway into the smartphone world with the LG Optimus One and the LG Optimus...

Samsung NX100 Mirrorless Camera Debuts With 14.6MP, i-Function Lens System

Samsung NX100 Mirrorless Camera Debuts With 14.6MP, i-Function Lens System

Olympus and Panasonic have Micro Four Thirds, and Sony has their own interchangeable lens camera on offer. Nikon is talking about entering this market, too. The fact is, just about every camera company is looking to exploit this new niche, which slots itself between DSLRs and standard point-and-shoot cameras. Samsung entered the market themselves...

iPads to Hit Target on Oct. 3rd?

iPads to Hit Target on Oct. 3rd?

There have been rumors of late that Target might get the hot-selling iPad in-store prior to the holiday shopping season, and they keep coming. This tip, however, is pretty light on the details, although you can connect the dots if you try. An unnamed product is set to hit Target on Oct. 3rd, according to Engadget. The product will be available...

China's first iPads arrive on Friday, wi-fi only

China's first iPads arrive on Friday, wi-fi only

Buyers in China can stop having their friends in the U.S. buy an iPad and ship it to them. Apple announced on Monday that the wi-fi version of the "magical iPad" will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers on Friday, September 17 beginning at 10:00 AM. Prices will start at CNY3988...

Olympus Introduces Rough, Tough E-5 Mid-Level DSLR

Olympus Introduces Rough, Tough E-5 Mid-Level DSLR

Olympus has just introduced a new mid-level DSLR, and while the feature set is pretty impressive, we aren't too sure the price aligns with the competition. The new E-5 is a bold, big body that is splashproof and dustproof, with a magnesium alloy casing ensuring that professionals won't have to be extra careful when slinging this around. As...

NVIDIA Debuts Parallel Nsight 1.5 And CUDA Toolkit 3.2

NVIDIA Debuts Parallel Nsight 1.5 And CUDA Toolkit 3.2

CUDA. Performance increases. GPUs. NVIDIA. Tesla Compute Cluster. Somehow or another, all of those are interconnected in NVIDIA's latest announcement, in which they have revealed Parallel Nsight support for Visual Studio 2010 along with up to 300% performance boosts in CUDA toolkit libraries. The announcement really boils down to two new versions...

Walmart Family Mobile: Contract-Free Post-Paid Cell Service

Walmart Family Mobile: Contract-Free Post-Paid Cell Service

There are plenty of pre-paid wireless options out there. It seems like every direction you turn, there's another MVNO offering you more cell service. But your post-paid options are fairly limited in the U.S. Get ready for a big change, though. Walmart announced this week that they were introducing a new post-paid cellular service (which won't...

Microsoft Reveals 1080p LifeCam Studio Webcam

Microsoft Reveals 1080p LifeCam Studio Webcam

Not too long ago, Microsoft unveiled a couple of new 720p LifeCam webcams. But in today's world of "never is enough, good enough," Microsoft has been forced to produce something with even more resolution. The company's new LifeCam webcam has a 1080p HD sensor, which Microsoft claims is the closest thing to actually being there. And we aren't...

Amazon's New Kindle Ad Says iPad Is Useless In Broad Daylight

Amazon's New Kindle Ad Says iPad Is Useless In Broad Daylight

It's pretty obvious that Amazon and Apple are rivals at a glance. Both companies are attempting to get your hard-earned dollars on a handheld device, but each company's approach is vastly different. Amazon is selling a Kindle e-reader that does little more than read books, whereas Apple's iPad is a multifaceted tablet that's capable of doing...

Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 1 CEO Keynote Coverage

Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 1 CEO Keynote Coverage

In typical fashion, Intel kicked off IDF 2010 with a couple of keynote addresses headlined by the company’s President and CEO, Paul Otellini, and the GM of the Intel Architecture Group David “Dadi” Perlmutter. Topics of the keynote addresses included everything from Sandy Bridge to WiDi, and a myriad of others in between,...

OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek From IDF 2010

OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek From IDF 2010

We just spent some time trudging through the Technology Showcase at IDF 2010 and came across a hot product in the Sandforce booth. As most of you probably know, Sandforce produces the controllers used in some of the hottest solid state drives currently on the market. And you probably also know that OCZ has worked very closely with Sandforce...

Motorola Debuts Android-powered DEFY Smartphone

Motorola Debuts Android-powered DEFY Smartphone

Motorola introduced the new DEFY smartphone for T-Mobile today. This smartphone runs on Android and Motorola's MOTOBLUR technology. Motorola says this smartphone is ready to "handle everything that life throws your way." Indeed, with its scratch and water resistant as well as dust proof exterior, we'd say this phone definitely can take more...

DisplayLink Moves Closer To Enabling Any Device, Any Display Connectivity

DisplayLink Moves Closer To Enabling Any Device, Any Display Connectivity

DisplayLink will be showing off its new SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) chip platform for next generation displays, docking stations and other integrated devices at the Intel Developer Forum next week. The new DL-3000 and DL-1000 series DisplayLink single-chip family features integrated display and networking connectivity and high performance audio...

Intel Sandy Bridge Chips, Wafer, and Motherboard From IDF 2010

Intel Sandy Bridge Chips, Wafer, and Motherboard From IDF 2010

We are out at the Intel Developers Forum taking place in San Francisco over the next few days and just snapped a few interesting pictures of the company’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processor. What you see pictured here is a wafer of 32nm Sandy Bridge processors, the actual processor with its die exposed (sans heatspreader), and a motherboard...

Turtle Beach Introduces Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headphones

Turtle Beach Introduces Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headphones

Turtle Beach has been a respected name in console audio for years now, so when the company puts out a new pair of headphones, people listen. Literally. The Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headset has just hit the announcement pages, with Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound tucked into two major earcups that are sure to provide brain-rocking sound while...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 Reviewed Around The Web

NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 Reviewed Around The Web

If you've read our review of NVIDIA's new GTS 450 and are hungry for additional information, we've rounded up some of the other coverage online for your perusing pleasure. Tech Report has information on stock and overclocked cards with SLI tossed in, as do our lovable, polite Canadian brothers. Hexus.net has its own review on some single card...

Panasonic's AF105 Becomes First Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Panasonic's AF105 Becomes First Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Micro Four Thirds has been skyrocketing in popularity over the past year. People have been clamoring for a better alternative between a full-on DSLR and a pocket camera, and the Micro Four Thirds / interchangeable lens category seems to be the exact cure that the doctor ordered. But why keep it contained to cameras? Sony has already announced...

ARMing For War: ARM Announces New Cortex-A15

ARMing For War: ARM Announces New Cortex-A15

Earlier this week, we detailed GlobalFoundries roadmap for the next few years and touched on the company's rapidly growing list of partners. A new announcement from ARM today sheds fresh detail on where the semiconductor industry is headed in the next few years. Say hello to the next-generation ARM core, the ARM Cortex-A15. Unlike the ARM-A5...

Fujitsu Develops More Compact, Efficient Wireless Charging Solution

Fujitsu Develops More Compact, Efficient Wireless Charging Solution

Wireless charging. To some, it's a dream. To others, it's a reality. But no one would argue that it's as advanced as it should be. PowerMat has proven that with accessory cases and a plugged-in mat, one can "wirelessly" charge their cellphone. But it still requires physical contact, and the base station still has to be plugged into a wall....

Casio Ships Latest EXILIM Digital Cameras to U.S. Market

Casio Ships Latest EXILIM Digital Cameras to U.S. Market

Don't worry, you're not going through another episode of déjà vu if Casio's Card EX-S200 and Zoom EX-Z800 sound eerily familiar. These are the same two additions to the EXILIM family of digital cameras Casio launched in Tokyo last month, and now they're both headed for the U.S. market. Both compact cameras come with a Single...

Boxee Box Switches To Intel CE4100, Pre-Orders Begin Today

Boxee Box Switches To Intel CE4100, Pre-Orders Begin Today

Well, this explains a lot. The Boxee Box has been somewhat of a unicorn over the past months, with delay after delay sinking the hype that came with the product's initial launch. Back in June, it was reported that the Boxee Box was being delayed until November. Now, we think we know why. Originally, the Boxee Box was going to be based on an...

Asus Launches Dual-Core Eee PC 1015PEM Netbook

Asus Launches Dual-Core Eee PC 1015PEM Netbook

After witnessing countless press releases for single-core netbooks over the past couple of years, the dual-core revolution is finally here, and it's Asus that's leading the charge. According to Asus, its newly introduced Eee PC 1015PEM netbook is the first netbook in the U.S. to feature Intel's two-cored Atom N550 processor, though it certainly...

Chattanooga Now Home To America's Fastest Internet

Chattanooga Now Home To America's Fastest Internet

This doesn't actually have anything to do with Google's own intentions to get into the Internet servicing business, but you may assume so at first glance. It seems that Google is still considering where to roll out their fiber-based ISP, but if you need lightning fast Internet right now, you may need to move to Chattanooga, Tennessee. That...

The First Klingon Opera Takes Flight

The First Klingon Opera Takes Flight

The Klingons are a warrior race in the Star Trek universe, and there's even been an official language created for it (by a linguist, no less), with an official Klingon Dictionary, to boot. What's to prevent them from creating an opera around the language, then? Nothing, really. Thus, an opera, called "U," kicked off a three-day run at the...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: ECS GTX 460 Black Review @ OCC Point of View GeForce GTX 460 TGT Beast 1 GB @ techPowerUp Zotac GeForce GTX 460 Review @ Vortez.co.uk Zalman VF3000A VGA Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews Compro VideoMate E900F Dual Tuner PCI-Express TV Card Video Review @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS P7H55D-M EVO @ PureOverclock MSI 890FXA-GD70...

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTS 450, Affordable DX11 Graphics

NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTS 450, Affordable DX11 Graphics

As its GTS moniker denotes, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTS 450 is targeted at the mainstream market. That card's reference specifications call for a 783MHz GPU clock, with 1566MHz CUDA cores, and 902MHz GDDR5 memory (3608MHz effective data rate). With those frequencies, stock GeFore GTS 450 cards offer 57.7GB/s of memory bandwidth with a 25.1GigaTexel/s...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Video: PNY GTX 460 XLR8 1GB @ PureOverclock ECS Black GTX 460 review @ t-break ATI FirePro V9800 4GB @ Phoronix ASUS Radeon HD 5850 1GB DirectCu TOP Review @ Hardware Canucks Samsung BX2350 LED Monitor Review @ Tweaknews ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU 1 GB @ techPowerUp Motherboards and Chipsets: Asus Rampage III Extreme Review @ Neoseeker Memory...

Garmin Mulling Future In Smartphone Business

Garmin Mulling Future In Smartphone Business

When you think about Garmin, you probably think about one major thing: GPS. Here's something you probably don't associate with Garmin: smartphones. But regardless, they're in both markets right now. The original nuvifone was announced with a huge amount of hype behind it, but it was delayed for around a year while the iPhone came out and stole...

Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST Gets Netflix

Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST Gets Netflix

Instant streaming from Netflix is now available on Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled VIERA HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Earlier this year, Panasonic added Skype, Twitter and Pandora to its list of popular entertainment and information options available through its VIERA CAST IPTV functionality. Other services such as Amazon Video on Demand,...

Google Admits That Froyo Isn't Perfect For Tablet PCs

Google Admits That Froyo Isn't Perfect For Tablet PCs

Don't tell Samsung and all the other companies who have Android-based tablets on the docket, but Google isn't exactly sure that Android is designed for use on tablet PCs. In fact, they're certain it's a mismatch. Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile at Google, recently spoke on the issue of seeing Android pop up on so many tablets,...

Apple's Free Case Program To End On September 30

Apple's Free Case Program To End On September 30

A few months back, Apple held an emergency press event in California to address the reception issues that users and critics were howling about. Aside from pointing out that other phones suffered from similar issues when held in certain ways, the company offered free cases and bumpers to any customer that applied for one. They noted that the...

Qualcomm CEO Admits That Smartbooks Are Practically Dead

Qualcomm CEO Admits That Smartbooks Are Practically Dead

You could argue that smartbooks never really had much of a chance once netbooks began to sell for below $299, but Qualcomm and a number of partners definitely put a lot of effort into the category. Initially launched in early 2009, these mid-sized notebook/handheld hybrids were meant to be slotted between the average smartphone and notebook,...

Mobee's Magic Charger Inductively Charges Apple's Magic Mouse

Mobee's Magic Charger Inductively Charges Apple's Magic Mouse

We aren't quite living in a world where cords have no place, and while companies like PowerMat are hoping to change that, inductive charging is still in its infancy. But if you're an owner of an Apple Magic Mouse, inductive charging is coming to you. The Magic Mouse, which has a multi-touch surface, has one main issue: the battery life is...

Samsung Adds Back Side Illumination To New Image Sensors

Samsung Adds Back Side Illumination To New Image Sensors

The past couple of years, a few main buzzwords have dominated the camera space: megapixels and high-definition. But the megapixel race is arguably over, and just about every camera these days supports at least 720p movie recording. So, it's time for what's next. And what is next? Two main things, as far as we're concerned: HDR, and back side...

Windows Phone 7 RTM = Funeral for iPhone, and Microsoft Holds It

Windows Phone 7 RTM = Funeral for iPhone, and Microsoft Holds It

Microsoft really isn't that good at being snarky (witness the Bill Gates / Jerry Seinfeld ads), but they try. Windows Phone 7 has gone RTM, and thus the company decided it was time for a funeral, not for Windows 6.5 (which might have been appropriate), but for the iPhone. The procession alone was silly enough, as is probably the thought of...

eLocity A7: A 7" Tegra 2-Powered Slate Rivaling The Big Boys

eLocity A7: A 7" Tegra 2-Powered Slate Rivaling The Big Boys

Another tablet PC? You bet! It'll be a tough time for these lesser-name companies to compete with Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but if there's any way they can, it'll be on price. The eLocity A7 probably isn't on your radar, but it may be after we tell you that it's on sale now for just $369.99, which is far less than most others...

Google Gives Android Walking Directions

Google Gives Android Walking Directions

Google has offered navigation and walking directions via its Google Maps for mobile, but now, the two are being combined into a new service called Walking Navigation (beta). Walking Navigation is available through Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. With Walking Navigation, you'll be able to use GPS navigation alongside walking directions....

Galaxy Tab Rumored For Release On Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless

Galaxy Tab Rumored For Release On Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless

It's arguably the biggest tablet launch since the iPad. Dell's Streak was big, but being just 5", it's not really considered a tablet PC. Just about every major (and minor) PC maker has committed to making a tablet of some sort, but for whatever reason, Samsung's Galaxy Tab has caught the eye of just about everyone. The design is stellar,...

Lenovo Adds 4-Port USB Hub To New Power Hub AC Adapter

Lenovo Adds 4-Port USB Hub To New Power Hub AC Adapter

Lenovo is known for a few things. Namely, the ThinkPad, the IdeaPad and the ThinkCentre lines of computers. Lenovo notebooks in particular are used heavily in businesses, as their rugged frames and iconic tracking point. But here's something you probably don't think about: the power adapter that ships with Lenovo's ThinkPad line. It's just...

Intel Releases New Solid State Drive Toolbox

Intel Releases New Solid State Drive Toolbox

Own an Intel SSD? Your life is about to get a little bit better. Intel just released a new Solid State Drive Toolbox, and considering the effort that the company has shown in enhancing their SSD line over the years, we'd say a toolbox release warrants some attention. Users interested in the enhanced box can install it right over their current...

AMD Introduces ATI FirePro V9800

AMD Introduces ATI FirePro V9800

AMD is adding to its FirePro family by announcing the ATI FirePro V9800. This new professional graphics card is capable of supporting up to six monitors with ATI Eyefinity technology. When connecting six monitors via the six Mini DisplayPort outputs, you’ll get a desktop resolution of up to 5760 x 2160. The card has 4GB of GDDR5 memory...

MSI Introduces CR420 Notebook With Intel Wireless Display

MSI Introduces CR420 Notebook With Intel Wireless Display

There's almost nothing better than a good product getting better, but that's the case with MSI's revised CR420. It's a member of the company's "Classic" notebook series, boasting an understated design and a 14" screen, but the new fellow has something that few other laptops on the market today have: Intel's Wireless Display. The new CR420...

Best Buy To Sell Amazon Kindle

Best Buy To Sell Amazon Kindle

Best Buy is expanding its in-store eReader selection by announcing the addition of the Amazon Kindle to the retailer's fall lineup. Not only will Best Buy carry the Kindle, but it will also make it easier for customers to compare today's most popular eReaders by placing them side-by-side in a new display in the store. Best Buy also carriers...

HotHardware Video Podcast - September 10, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - September 10, 2010

We are back again this week with a brand new video podcast to talk about some recent developments in the hardware and technology scenes. Topics in this episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast include the coverage from the Global Technology Conference, Origin’s insane PC / Xbox 360 hybrid, the AMD FirePro 9800 professional workstation...

QUO MAXQ2 Tower Is A Potent, Cheap Mac Pro Clone

QUO MAXQ2 Tower Is A Potent, Cheap Mac Pro Clone

As far as big names go, Asetek is a fairly large name in the cooling solution industry. The company has loads of water and fan-based cooling solutions for pretty much anything within a PC, and their latest project is quite possibly the most interesting PC we've seen in some time. Origin's 'Big O' rivals that, but we digress. Asetek's cooling...

Pentax Makes You The Designer On Optio RS1000 and Optio RZ10 Cameras

Pentax Makes You The Designer On Optio RS1000 and Optio RZ10 Cameras

Custom cameras. You don't hear that very often. But Pentax is offering you that opportunity with their new Optio RS1000 and Optio RZ10. Both of these point and shoot cameras come with faceplates that can be swapped out for different moods and seasons, and the removable faceplate is to hold interchangeable skins of any personal design. Pentax...

Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review

Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook Review

We seem to be heading into an era where netbooks aren't being positioned as the bargain bin machines that they once were. We can't recall the last time we saw a $199 or $249 netbook arrive.  The vast majority coming our way now are priced at around $399 at least, and Asus' Eee PC 1215N fits the mold here. With a $499 MSRP, this isn't...

SanDisk SSDs Scuttle into Lower-Cost Set-Top Boxes

SanDisk SSDs Scuttle into Lower-Cost Set-Top Boxes

In a joint announcement with middleware set-top box software company NDS MediaHighway, SanDisk today announced that its P4 solid state drives (SSDs) will be jammed into a new range of affordable set-top boxes with DVR-like functionality. "For the first time, SSDs are now a cost-effective alternative to hard drives in the STB market," said...

Nokia Replaces CEO With Ex-Microsoft Executive

Nokia Replaces CEO With Ex-Microsoft Executive

And just like that, it's done. Rumors were flaring over the past couple of months that Nokia's existing CEO was on the hot seat. We guess those rumors weren't wrong. It's being reported that a search for a new Nokia CEO had been ongoing since at least May, and it seems that Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's replacement has now been found. The timing...

Field Test Mode Returns to iOS

Field Test Mode Returns to iOS

Field test mode has returned to iOS 4.1. That means that those of you who want to see just how bad your iPhone is, in real terms (dBm), as opposed to signal bars, can. Assuming you have iOS 4.1, all you need to is type *3001#12345#* on your phone, then press dial. You'll see a negative number. The higher the absolute value of that number...

Intel CEO Suggests Google TV Will Launch This Month

Intel CEO Suggests Google TV Will Launch This Month

In a bid for attention (and money) from high tech couch potatoes, Google TV might be launching sooner than you think. According to comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, Google TV devices will "start shipping this month," though it's not entirely clear if he meant consumers will actually be able to purchase these devices this month or if...

T-Mobile Unveils The T-Mobile G2 With Google

T-Mobile Unveils The T-Mobile G2 With Google

T-Mobile announced the successor to its G1 smartphone, the new T-Mobile G2 with Google. The G2 will support T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network, which T-Mobile is touting as offering 4G speeds. Designed by HTC, the G2 combines a large, 3.7-inch screen with a hinge design that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The phone runs on Android 2.2...

Google Provides Instant Search Results

Google Provides Instant Search Results

Have you noticed something different about Google recently? Yesterday, Google started rolling out a major overhaul to its familiar homepage. Now, you'll see instant search results that are generated with each key that you type. These results will be shown in addition to the search suggestions that were previously available. The new feature...

Pentax Crashes DSLR Party with Colorful K-r Camera

Pentax Crashes DSLR Party with Colorful K-r Camera

The point-n-shoot category is filled with colorful cameras of all shapes and sizes, and some even sport cartoon characters on and around the body. Is this where the DSLR market is headed, too? We don't know, but one thing's for sure -- the era of black and silver only DSLR cameras has come to a close. That's because Pentax has decided to shake...

Apple Relaxes App Store Rules, Opens Up Competition

Apple Relaxes App Store Rules, Opens Up Competition

No, today isn't April Fool's Day. But it sure feels like it. Apple is notorious for taking a stand and sticking with it, regardless of criticism. They haven't backed down on their resistance to add Flash support, and they haven't backed down on their App Store regulations that prevents app makers from creating apps that "duplicate" functionality...

Apple Ships iOS 4.1, Fixes FaceTime Flub

Apple Ships iOS 4.1, Fixes FaceTime Flub

As promised, Apple has gone and released its iOS 4.1 software update, giving iPhone and iPod touch users plenty of reason to celebrate. And what about iPad owners? Let's not go there. For owners of the previously two mentioned products, however, iOS 4.1 shuffles a slew of updates and improvements into your device. Among the fixes, the several...

Hitachi Adds Enterprise HDDs to G-SPEED Hard Drive Line

Hitachi Adds Enterprise HDDs to G-SPEED Hard Drive Line

Those new to the storage market may be unfamiliar with G-Technology. It was a company swallowed by Hitachi a few years back, and it remains (quietly) one of the more stylish HDD brands on the market today. The only real competition in terms of design is given by LaCie, but today G-Tech is taking a step in the right direction by proving that...

Logitech Sells 100 Million Mice in 19 Years, Starts A Revolution

Logitech Sells 100 Million Mice in 19 Years, Starts A Revolution

Ever had to deal with a mouse problem? Those guys can multiply like no other. And funny enough, so can mice that you move cursors around with. Logitech, who has become a staple in the mouse industry, introduced their first wireless mouse in 1991. Nearly 20 years later, they have shipping 100 million of them. Not bad, not bad at all. By our...

PLX XWave Is First iPad/iPod/iPhone Brainwave Interface

PLX XWave Is First iPad/iPod/iPhone Brainwave Interface

Brainwave interface, you say? Most people would look at you with a blank stare if you even mentioned those words to them, but if you took time to view our OCZ NIA Brain-Computer Interface review, you probably know very well what the deal is here. PLX Devices has debuted what they call the world's first brainwave interface for iPod/iPhone/iPad,...

LaCie Offers World's Smallest USB 3.0 Hard Drives: Rikiki And Minimus

LaCie Offers World's Smallest USB 3.0 Hard Drives: Rikiki And Minimus

Small is good. Fast is good. Small and fast is better. That's what LaCie is offering with their newest hard drives, which are being listed as the world's smallest mobile (and desktop) USB 3.0 hard drives on the market. The new Minimus and LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 both connect at far faster speeds than traditional USB 2.0 units, and they're both...

ATI Introduces Ultra High End FirePro V9800 Graphics Card

ATI Introduces Ultra High End FirePro V9800 Graphics Card

As summer winds down, the professional graphics market, it appears, is just starting to heat up. About a month ago, we tested the Fermi based Quadro 6000 and 5000 graphics cards from NVIDIA. Although they were a few months late to the party, our results revealed the Quadro models held a measurable performance advantage over ATI's then flagship...

QNAP Refreshes Turbo NAS Lineup

QNAP Refreshes Turbo NAS Lineup

QNAP is refreshing its Business Series Turbo NAS servers by incorporating a dual-core Intel Atom processor D525 (1.8GHz) and 1GB RAM. The new servers include the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage. The new Turbo NAS Pro+ models are fully VMware...

Philips Unveils Dual, A Keyboard / Remote Hybrid

Philips Unveils Dual, A Keyboard / Remote Hybrid

Philips Home Control announced a sleek new remote control with an integrated keyboard called DUAL. Recognizing that more and more people are using their TV and other connected devices from their living room, Philips has designed the remote to function as both a remote as well as a keyboard. The top side of the DUAL features a remote control...

Nike Launches GPS Apps for Runners

Nike Launches GPS Apps for Runners

Nike this week launched its Nike+ GPS App into the App Store, a new piece of software that has grand aspirations of being a digital training tool for athletes. Runners who download the app can use their iPhone or iPod touch to visually map out their runs while tracking pace, distance, time, and calories burned, Nike says. And if you're new...

Acer Serves Up Atom N525 Powered Aspire Revo 3700

Acer Serves Up Atom N525 Powered Aspire Revo 3700

In what qualifies as more proof that, yes, good things really do come in small packages, Acer this week announced the Aspire Revo 3700, a minuscule nettop packing a respectable amount of hardware. Like other nettops before it, this one can be stashed out of sight and attached to the back of your monitor, tucked away inside your home entertainment...

Nikon Debuts Coolpix S8100 And S80 Point And Shoot Cameras

Nikon Debuts Coolpix S8100 And S80 Point And Shoot Cameras

More Nikon goods? That's right. The Coolpix P7000 was just the beginning, as the company has two more point and shoots to consider today. The Coolpix S8100 is a robust, well-rounded pocket camera for those who aren't quite ready for a DSLR, yet need the resolution of 1080p video. It offers a 12.1MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, 10x zoom,...

ZOTAC Introduces First Mini PCs With Integrated Blu-ray Drives

ZOTAC Introduces First Mini PCs With Integrated Blu-ray Drives

ZOTAC has made a living from producing graphics cards and PCs that are smaller than your average mid-tower, but their latest round of Mini PCs may be their nicest yet. For years, HTPC owners have wondered why so many HTPCs were shipping without Blu-ray support. Now, the times are finally catching up. ZOTAC has stepped forward with the first...

GlobalFoundries Details Plans For 2011 And Beyond

GlobalFoundries Details Plans For 2011 And Beyond

On September 1, GlobalFoundries played host to the first annual Global Technology Conference (GTC for short). While there were a fair number of partner presentations on display, the conference was primarily driven by GlobalFoundries executives and announcements. When we spoke to GlobalFoundries in March we remarked on the company's aggressive...

LG To Ship Optimus Smartphones With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Processor

LG To Ship Optimus Smartphones With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Processor

NVIDIA's Ion has helped to revolutionize the nettop and netbook market place. Just a couple of years ago, netbooks were incapable of playing back 720p content smoothly; now, Ion-equipped netbooks have no trouble playing back 1080p content. The next generation of Ion is already out, but now NVIDIA is hoping to do for smartphones what they already...

Nikon Introduces Prosumer Coolpix P7000 Point And Shoot Camera

Nikon Introduces Prosumer Coolpix P7000 Point And Shoot Camera

The prosumer camera sector just got a lot more interesting. Canon's G11 and G12 have largely stood alone in recent years; those prosumer point and shoot cameras didn't have too many rivals, but now Nikon's knocking on their door with the new Coolpix P7000. This is one of Nikon's most advanced, yet compact cameras to date, offering a slew of...

HP Intros First Officejet Printers With Web Connectivity

HP Intros First Officejet Printers With Web Connectivity

Like it or not, the world wide web is taking over. And when we say "taking over," we really mean it. The web is everywhere these days: on your PC, on your netbook, on your airplane, on your smartphone, on your HDTV, and soon, on your printers. Hewlett-Packard today introduced their first Officejet printers with Web connectivity, alongside...

Super Talent Ships Four USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Super Talent Ships Four USB 3.0 Flash Drives

For a moment there, we were beginning to think that Super Talent had taken their foot off of the pedal, but really, they were just saving up a few releases to announce all at once. The company made famous for producing numerous SSD options when the world had none is now making a name for themselves in the flash drive sector, with four new...

Missed Call Notifications Added to Google Voice

Missed Call Notifications Added to Google Voice

Google Voice has a new feature. While you can already get notifications emailed to you if you have a voicemail left at your Google Voice number, what if you miss a call? Now that can be emailed to you as well. It's another new feature for Google Voice, which let's you have one or more phones rung (or the call sent directly to VM) when someone...

HP Sues Mark Hurd Over His Hiring by Oracle

HP Sues Mark Hurd Over His Hiring by Oracle

Less than 24 hours after Oracle named ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd as co-president, HP has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against him. To be honest, if Monday had not been Labor Day, and if the announcement hadn't been made so late in the day, they probably would have filed a lawsuit that same day. While Hurd didn't sign a non-compete agreement,...

Sony Pushes (Another) Mandatory PS3 Update

Sony Pushes (Another) Mandatory PS3 Update

Last month, an Australian judge granted Sony complete control over an inventory of PS3 jailbreak devices, but winning its court case apparently wasn't enough for the console giant. On Monday, September 6, Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller, announced: "A minor update to your PS3 system is now available via system software update...

AMD Spills New Details on Bobcat, Brazos Mobile Platform

AMD Spills New Details on Bobcat, Brazos Mobile Platform

In the wake of AMD's architecture discussions at Hot Chips last month, eyes have increasingly turned towards the company's upcoming Bobcat processor. Now, AMD's director of Fusion marketing, John Taylor, has written a blog post with additional details on the diminutive chip, including several photos. We know the unveiling of this info was...

Samsung Announces Higher-performance Embedded NAND Flash For Smartphones

Samsung Announces Higher-performance Embedded NAND Flash For Smartphones

In addition to a new mobile processor for smartphones, Samsung also introduced high-performance 8GB and 16GB moviNAND embedded memory chips for use in smartphones. Samsung’s moviNAND adopts the new higher performance e-MMC 4.41 specification, which enables more efficient operation than previous solutions developed using the e-MMC 4.4...

Samsung Unveils Dual-core Mobile Processor

Samsung Unveils Dual-core Mobile Processor

With the announcement of a new dual-core processor that is designed to be used in tablet PCs, netbooks, and smartphones, Samsung is giving us a glimpse at what may be coming in 2011. The new processor, codenamed Orion, contains a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores. This processor will be able to handle 1080p video playback and recording at 30...

HotHardware's 2010 Back To School Shopping Guide

HotHardware's 2010 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...

Zune Media Players Taking Flight With United Airlines

Zune Media Players Taking Flight With United Airlines

Microsoft's Zune HD sure has seen a difficult road. No matter how hard the company tried, they never could gain ground on Apple. The iPod has proven too strong for even Microsoft's marketing powers, and now it's rare to hear anything about the player at all. Microsoft is still making them, but they're hardly marketing it; at this point, the...

Sanho Supersizes iPad Storage with External Hard Drive

Sanho Supersizes iPad Storage with External Hard Drive

Any Apple users remember Sanho? They're the ones who brought the HyperMac battery packs for Apple iDevices to market, and now they've come out with a product sporting a bit more mass appeal. It's called the HyperDrive, and it's the world's first (and naturally only) external hard drive that can plug directly into the iPad, no PC required....

Huawei Lays Claim to First Affordable Smartphone

Huawei Lays Claim to First Affordable Smartphone

We're willing to gamble our in-laws that you've never heard of Huawei before (and if you have, don't pat yourself on the back until you've met our extended families), but there are a few reasons why that might change. First, Huawei is the largest networking and telecommunications hardware supplier in China, and they're also the second largest...

Origin PC Introduces "Big O" Gaming Tower With PC And Xbox 360

Origin PC Introduces "Big O" Gaming Tower With PC And Xbox 360

Is this the world's ultimate gaming PC? You could probably argue either way, but we're pretty sure it's the world's ultimate entertainment machine. Pound for pound, you'll be hard pressed to find a desktop tower with more fun-per-square-inch than on Origin PC's new "Big O." This mammoth machine is unlike anything we have ever seen. Rather...

Nikon President Hints At Interchangeable Lens Camera Model

Nikon President Hints At Interchangeable Lens Camera Model

Sony has their NEX line, while Olympus and Panasonic have Micro Four Thirds. It's a blossoming market, and just about everyone is getting into the interchangeable lens camera sector. They're smaller than DSLRs, yet offer far more flexibility compared to a standard compact digital camera. But one camera company that has yet to dive in is Nikon....

Asus Brings GTX 460M GPU To RoG G53 And G73 Gaming Notebooks

Asus Brings GTX 460M GPU To RoG G53 And G73 Gaming Notebooks

Asus, meet NVIDIA. NVIDIA, meet Asus. We know you two have a long history of working together, but this particular union seems more important than ever before. The G53 and G73 gaming notebooks were powerful before, but the newest versions are even more potent. These two machines have just been upgraded with NVIDIA's GTX 460M (Fermi) graphics...

Samsung Fascinate Available Tomorrow On Verizon Wireless

Samsung Fascinate Available Tomorrow On Verizon Wireless

And that makes four. Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone has now managed to invade all four of the major U.S. carriers, which is a feat that few phones will ever achieve. It goes by different names on different carriers, and a few minor tweaks have been made on each, but it's safe to say that the Verizon Wireless version may have been the most anticipated....

'The Revolution is Coming' Says Windows Phone 7 Ad

'The Revolution is Coming' Says Windows Phone 7 Ad

The first of what will undoubtedly be many Windows Phone 7 ads has been released to the Web, and it promises that "The revolution is coming." That statement is strange because many feel that iOS was the smartphone platform that first revolutionized things in that industry. The ad is very simple, and while it's been reported that the ad won't...

Hardware Roundup

Hardware Roundup

Processors: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Hexa-Core AM3 Processor Video Review @ eTeknix.com Memory and Storage: InnoDisk nanoSSD 64GB Review @ ITShootOut.com Futurelooks News Flash - Kingston HyperX 6GB 2250 MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review Systems: ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe @ PureOverclock Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U...

HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes!

HH and MSI Lazy Days Of Summer Sweepstakes!

To pay tribute to the hot, lazy days of summer, we're giving away some equally HOT new hardware in conjunction with our friends at MSI! This time around, you could win a pair of MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GB GeForce GTX 460 cards for some SLI action and an awesome MSI Big Bang-XPower motherboard. In addition, for the duration of the contest, we'll...

ARM Server Rumors Swirl; Apple's A4 Could See Use as Coprocessor, Server Chip

ARM Server Rumors Swirl; Apple's A4 Could See Use as Coprocessor, Server Chip

Apple's diminutive A4 processor has been the subject of much debate and interest since it debuted earlier this year. Now, multiple analysts and industry pundits are quietly hinting that we might see the chip in servers, set-top boxes, or other content servers. Much of this last is presumably drawn from the CPU's inclusion in the next-generation...

Apple Lands 1 Million Ping Users Within 48 Hours

Apple Lands 1 Million Ping Users Within 48 Hours

One of the less hardware-related announcements Apple made last week was iTunes 10. It's the double-digit beginning for a piece of software that has been a staple of iLife for years, but something beyond that it making news now. A tiny piece of iTunes 10 has emerged first on this new version: "Ping." What exactly Ping is has remaining up for...

Google Wave Lives On

Google Wave Lives On

Google's Wave was once one of the company's hot projects, promising a new way for people to communicate. However, the service never really seemed to catch on, at least not like Google had hoped, so the company shut it down. When Google announced plans to discontinue Wave in August, we knew that pieces of it would live on. Now, we're finding...

Motorola Pokes Fun at the iPhone's Lack of Flashiness

Motorola Pokes Fun at the iPhone's Lack of Flashiness

The latest zinger of an ad that clearly pokes at the iPhone comes in the form of a full-page Motorola Wall Street Journal ad. As shown above it's pretty obvious they are targeting the lack of Adobe Flash support on iOS. The image came via Ben Forta who posted it via Twitter. It sames simply, "Flash websites? There's a phone for that" showing...

Dell Dances Ahead of Acer, Claims #2 Spot in Global PC Sales

Dell Dances Ahead of Acer, Claims #2 Spot in Global PC Sales

After nine months of looking at Acer's backside, Dell has moved back up the ranks in the global PC market and has retaken the No. 2 spot, according to market research firm iSuppli. Dell was able to capitalize on a "sales setback" that affected Acer during the second quarter of 2010, putting the OEM in the runner-up position behind market leader...

Fujitsu Announces Lifebook T580 Convertible PC

Fujitsu Announces Lifebook T580 Convertible PC

Ever wondered what qualifies as a "slate-beating" PC? Neither have we, but apparently Fujitsu has, hence how the company is describing its latest convertible notebook, the Lifebook T580. Sporting a 10.1-inch screen, Fujitsu packs considerably more hardware than what you'll find any current (or currently announced) tablets, though it's saddled...

Survey Shows Grown Ups Texting More Than Before

Survey Shows Grown Ups Texting More Than Before

Text messaging has been a popular form of communication for teens for quite some time now, but adults are catching the craze as well. A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals that 72 percent of adult cell phone users now send and receive text messages. This represents an increase from 65...

Monsoon Adds Mac Client For Vulkano DVR Device

Monsoon Adds Mac Client For Vulkano DVR Device

Monsoon Multimedia has just added a critical piece of functionality to their newest piece of hardware, which certainly has the potential to change things up rather significantly in the DVR space. The Vulkano is a do-it-all home entertainment box: integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile...

Dual-Mode HTC Android Phone Shows in Verizon Colors

Dual-Mode HTC Android Phone Shows in Verizon Colors

In the U.S., the majority of Android devices have been on the Verizon network, and although there have been plenty on Sprint's CDMA and T-Mobile and AT&T's GSM networks, they've been dwarfed by the swarm of devices on Verizon's network. Yet there's been one thing missing: a dual-mode CDMA/GSM Android device. Now we see there's one...

Commodore To Ship AMIGA-Branded All-In-One PCs

Commodore To Ship AMIGA-Branded All-In-One PCs

There's no question that few people will ever buy one of these, but just because it's a niche product line doesn't mean that we can't smile about it. Those who have been following consumer electronics for decades now may remember Commodore USA, mostly from the video game sector. But now, Commodore is coming back in a big way. In one week,...

Onkyo BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player Gains Blockbuster On Demand Support

Onkyo BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player Gains Blockbuster On Demand Support

Well, the birds have been circling Blockbuster for some time now, but they haven't been able to dive down just yet. The rental company is still hanging on, and their only real chance at remaining on the map is revamping their digital delivery services. That means landing partners willing to push it, and Onkyo has recently signed on with a...

Duke Nukem Forever Back On and Coming to Consoles, PCs

Duke Nukem Forever Back On and Coming to Consoles, PCs

Some of the biggest, or at least the strangest news coming out of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) this year concerned the fate of Duke Nukem Forever. Once thought dead after 3D Realms officially canned the decade-long game, it turns out that DNF is far from dead. Established developer Gearbox has been working to finish the title since 2009. DNF...

TomTom Navigation Feature Set Comes To Sony Xplod Head Unit Line

TomTom Navigation Feature Set Comes To Sony Xplod Head Unit Line

Finally, a partnership that works. And a partnership that really gets at the core of what has been bothering drivers for years now. By and large, factory GPS/navigation systems are subpar. Automakers charge a bundle for them, and while they look nicely integrated, the feature set is generally lacking even compared to $100 standalone GPS systems...

Parrot's Quadricopter Readies for iDevice-controlled Launch

Parrot's Quadricopter Readies for iDevice-controlled Launch

Remote-controlled helicopters are not new, but Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter is set to make a splash when it goes on sale on Sept. 9th. It will use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a controller, and give a live video feed from two different cameras to the "pilot." Indeed, the AR part of the AR.Drone Quadricopter's name comes from the use...

Sony's Walkman Outsells iPod In Japan For First Time

Sony's Walkman Outsells iPod In Japan For First Time

Now this is impressive. In fact, it's hardly believable. SanDisk's CEO was quoted a few years ago as saying that no one could "out iPod the iPod," and over the years, that has been proven true. Even mighty Microsoft couldn't put a dent in the iPod's market share with the now-forgotten Zune, and one could argue that Sony never really tried....

Sharp Reveals New Quattron-Based AQUOS LCD HDTVs

Sharp Reveals New Quattron-Based AQUOS LCD HDTVs

If you've been watching television lately, you've probably heard some buzz about "Quattron." It's a new technology from Sharp that they seem really quite proud of, and now they're finally delivering it on a new range of HDTVs. The general concept is that Quattron adds a fourth sub-pixel of color (yellow) to go along with red, green and blue;...

Toshiba's Slick StorE TV+ 2TB Hard Drive Holds Loads Of Media

Toshiba's Slick StorE TV+ 2TB Hard Drive Holds Loads Of Media

The multi-media drive market has really exploded over the last few years, right along with demand for DVRs, web-connected televisions and blossoming personal media libraries. More and more content is coming from the web rather than a disc, so people are requiring more and more capacity to store all of it. Toshiba's StorE TV+ is a unique twist...

Toshiba Brings New 3D Features To Satellite A665 Laptop

Toshiba Brings New 3D Features To Satellite A665 Laptop

Toshiba is adding to the Satellite A665 laptop's 3D capabilities by providing a software update that will add 2D to 3D conversion, support for Blu-ray 3D discs, and the ability to stream 3D content to 3D-ready televisions. The Toshiba Video Player 3D software will now enable the Satellite A665 to take 2D content and upconvert it to 3D. In...

Toshiba Debuts CAMILEO P20 And CAMILEO S30 Full HD Camcorders

Toshiba Debuts CAMILEO P20 And CAMILEO S30 Full HD Camcorders

Not everyone needs a full-size camcorder; for many, a pocket camcorder is plenty. In fact, the market has exploded since Pure Digital introduced the Flip Video line, and nearly everyone has been looking to grab some of that market share. Toshiba, too. The company has just issued two new Full HD CAMILEO camcorders, the P20 and S30. Both record...

LaCie Gets Cute With Tiny "MosKeyto" USB Flash Drive

LaCie Gets Cute With Tiny "MosKeyto" USB Flash Drive

Size matters, does it not? And when you're talking about storage capacity, you want that size to be large. When you're talking about the size of your electronics, particularly portable ones, you want that size to be small. LaCie has delivered on both fronts with their new MosKeyto Flash Drive, a cleverly named device that represents one of...

Toshiba Ships World's Fastest SDHC Memory Card

Toshiba Ships World's Fastest SDHC Memory Card

SDHC UHS-I cards were announced a few months ago, with the UHS-I designation meant to showcase enhanced speeds over traditional Secure Digital cards. These cards are designed for more professional applications, such as broadcast television or recording real-time HD footage. But announcing a specification and announcing a shipping product that...

Verizon Offers Prepaid Data Plans For Smartphones

Verizon Offers Prepaid Data Plans For Smartphones

Are we seeing a shift in the mobile trends of America? For years, things have been moving along with little change. If you wanted a cheap(er) phone, you bit the bullet and signed a 2-year long-term agreement to stick with a carrier. It was either that, or suck it up and go prepaid, albeit with a far less featured phone. But now, prepaid options...

iOS 4.1 to launch Sept. 8: Apple UK

iOS 4.1 to launch Sept. 8: Apple UK

While Apple CEO Steve Jobs said on Wednesday that iOS 4.1 would be coming to iPhones and iPod touches this coming week, he didn't give a date. It seems the Apple U.K. site's webmaster has put up some different info that in the U.S., with their site giving an exact date: Sept. 8. The U.S. site continues to say "Coming Soon," but we'll assume...

Sprint Expands Portfolio With New 3G/4G Modem

Sprint Expands Portfolio With New 3G/4G Modem

Sprint is continuing to broaden its portfolio of 3G and 4G mobile broadband devices. Recently, the wireless carrier added the Sprint 3G/4G USB U600. This small USB drive delivers 4G speeds (where available) and also works on the carrier's 3G network. The Sprint 3G/4G USB U600 will connect automatically to Sprint's network. The USB stick even...

Chrome Turns 2, New Version Launches To Celebrate

Chrome Turns 2, New Version Launches To Celebrate

Looking in the rear view, there's no question, technology has evolved in a huge way since 2008 and few areas have evolved as much as the Web browser space. The competition has heated up in a big, big way. Microsoft has found themselves lagging behind in terms of features and flexibility, Firefox's popularity has grown, Safari has picked up...

SD Association Debuts New Interface For 300Mbps SDXC And SDHC Cards

SD Association Debuts New Interface For 300Mbps SDXC And SDHC Cards

"Fast" never really is "fast enough," is it? In the computer realm, that's almost always true. In the Flash memory market, that's definitely true. Regardless of how quick your interface is, it's always annoying to sit and wait for transfers, particularly large ones, to complete. The SD Association is really making a name for itself lately,...

Canada to Use 3D Imagery to Foster Traffic Safety

Canada to Use 3D Imagery to Foster Traffic Safety

Have you ever had a child run out into traffic in front of you? It would have been a frightening experience. A new safety campaign in West Vancouver, Canada, aims to make that point, graphically. Beginning next Tuesday, drivers along 22nd Street will be confronted by a 3-D image of a young girl chasing a ball into the street. As a driver approaches...

16 Interesting Facts About The BlackBerry

16 Interesting Facts About The BlackBerry

The BlackBerry brand has been synonymous with smartphones for close to a decade now. But while millions of people around the world own, use and are maybe even addicted to the devices, only a select few are familiar with the history of the BlackBerry and Research In Motion, or RIM, the company that actually makes the devices. This infographic...

'Angry Birds' Lite Beta Flies Into Android Market

'Angry Birds' Lite Beta Flies Into Android Market

Angry Birds has arrived on Android, and we don't mean an Android viewable version of "The Birds," either. Instead, we mean the extremely popular iOS game, which has now landed on Android, as announced by the company on Twitter. The goal of Angry Birds is to shoot, well, Angry Birds with a giant slingshot at the enemy pig houses and destroy...

HotHardware Video Podcast - September 3, 2010

HotHardware Video Podcast - September 3, 2010

We’re back again this week with a brand new video podcast to talk about some recent developments in the hardware and technology scenes. Topics in this episode include the Dell Streak, some affordable ATI Radeon HD 5500 series graphics cards, a slew of announcements out of Apple regarding iOS 4.x, Apple TV, iPods and Unreal Engine on...

Energizer's Inductive Charger Juices Your Mobile Devices Wirelessly

Energizer's Inductive Charger Juices Your Mobile Devices Wirelessly

How often do you find yourself too busy or pre-occupied to take the time and plug in your mobile devices? Daily? Well good news for all you busy bodies, Energizer totally gets you and has introduced its first inductive charger built with QI technology, which is the fancy term the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) uses to describe the new universal...

Toshiba Jumps on the Tablet Bandwagon

Toshiba Jumps on the Tablet Bandwagon

Yes folks, it's another day, which means there's another tablet announcement to add to the avalanche of slates we've been promised since Apple's iPad proved a market exists for these types of devices. This latest one comes from Toshiba's European operations, which this week officially introduced their upcoming Folio 100 tablet. Like so many...

Samsung Debuts SF And NF Series Notebooks

Samsung Debuts SF And NF Series Notebooks

New laptops anyone? If you're Samsung, you're definitely saying yes. The company has announced two new lines of sleek mobile computers today, the SF series of ultraportables and the NF series of standard-sized notebooks. The SF series consists of the Samsung SF310, SF410, SF510, with screen sizes being 13.3", 14" and 15" in order. These units...

Logitech Intros Two Portable Laptop Speakers

Logitech Intros Two Portable Laptop Speakers

If you've ever tried to listen to music (and we mean, really listen to music) on a notebook, you'll know just how frustrating it is. Built-in notebook speakers are subpar at best, even those with "built-in subwoofers." The technology has evolved a lot over the years, but it's still not a fulfilling experience to listen to your favorite tunes...

Canon Introduces Small Pro-Level XF100 And XF105 Camcorders

Canon Introduces Small Pro-Level XF100 And XF105 Camcorders

Generally there has been one major problem with professional cameras and camcorders: they were huge. If you wanted mega performance, you had to deal with a mega huge body. But thanks to innovations at the smallest levels of technology, that's beginning to change. DSLR-like image quality is slowly coming to smaller Micro Four Thirds cameras,...

ViewSonic Debuts ViewPad 100 Tablet: Dual-Boot Android and Windows 7

ViewSonic Debuts ViewPad 100 Tablet: Dual-Boot Android and Windows 7

The first major tablet wave hit at Computex, shortly after the iPad took the world (and sales numbers) by storm. It seems like Berlin's IFA trade show is where the second wave is coming. ViewSonic, a company you may not expect to be first on the scene with new tablets, is surprising us for sure with a second unit that's arriving shortly after...

Samsung Unveils Fall Laptop Lineup

Samsung Unveils Fall Laptop Lineup

Samsung announced a handful of new laptops recently that are designed to offer users "sophisticated design with exceptional performance." First up is the new QX410 which measures just under an inch thick and features a lightweight aluminum design and up to 7 hours of battery life via Samsung’s new lithium polymer battery. The QX410 features...

Garmin Announces New PNDs For Every Lifestyle & Budget

Garmin Announces New PNDs For Every Lifestyle & Budget

Garmin introduced new personal navigation devices designed to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. The nüvi 2200 and nüvi 2300 families feature multi-stop route planning, route previews, and nüRoute technology with trafficTrends and myTrends. In addition to these new models, the PND manufacturer also introduced the nüLink!...

NVIDIA Announces Entire Line of DX11 Fermi-Based Mobile GPUs

NVIDIA Announces Entire Line of DX11 Fermi-Based Mobile GPUs

NVIDIA has just taken the wraps off an entire line-up of Fermi-based GeForce GT and GTX 400M mobile GPUs—seven in total---and revealed a number of notebook design wins from major OEMs using the GPUs. Like their desktop-targeted counterparts, the mobile GeForce GT and GTX 400M series GPUs leverage technology from NVIDIA’s Fermi...

Stunning Unreal 3 iOS Tech Demo Now Available for Download

Stunning Unreal 3 iOS Tech Demo Now Available for Download

If you're looking for an app to show off your iPad, your search is over. At yesterday's Apple event, Epic Games announced a new game for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch called Project Sword, an action RGP being made exclusively for iOS. Minutes later, Epic Games went and released a tech demo as a free app available via iTunes that lets you...

Toshiba Recalls 41,000 Satellite Notebooks Due To Burn Hazard

Toshiba Recalls 41,000 Satellite Notebooks Due To Burn Hazard

Zing! Burn! Ouch! We know, it's too easy, but we just had to. Sony, HP and lots of others have dealt with burn-related recalls in the past, and now it's Toshiba's turn. Today, the company has issued a voluntary recall on their T Series notebook computers due to a "burn hazard." The recall is fairly significant in size and scope. Around 41,000...

Follow HotHardware On Digg, Facebook and Twitter

Follow HotHardware On Digg, Facebook and Twitter

You do realize we're a social sort of group here; demented and sad but social.  (Insert your personal favorite Breakfast Club line...)  That said, though we're enslaved to Tech goodness, it doesn't mean we don't have time to mix it up with the masses on the various new social networking and social media platforms.  No doubt,...

Sprint's 4G Predicament

Sprint's 4G Predicament

Sprint has put a lot of money into developing and marketing its 4G network. This 4G network is made possible by the partnership between Sprint and Clearwire. Currently, Sprint has the majority ownership in Clearwire. Clearwire's 4G network is expanding, and the company wants to continue rolling out the service across the country. There's only...

TomTom Tricks Out Sony's Xplod Nav Systems with Maps, HD Traffic

TomTom Tricks Out Sony's Xplod Nav Systems with Maps, HD Traffic

Tom and Jerry. Starsky and Hutch. Mulder and Scully. Abbott and Costello. Batman and Robin. Bill and Ted (who went on an excellent adventure). Take your pick on which duo is your favorite, and while you're at it, add TomTom and Sony to the mix. The two companies just announced a new collaboration effort that will shuffle TomTom's navigation...

Watch Home Videos on Sony's New Digital Photo Frames

Watch Home Videos on Sony's New Digital Photo Frames

It's easier than ever to record cheesy videos of your vacation or embarrassing moments on the fly now that even basic point-n-shoot cameras come with the ability to shoot video, so it only makes sense that digital photo frames get on the same page. Thanks to Sony, they now have. Sony this week announced three new S-Frame digital photo frames...

Dell Streak Android Tablet Review

Dell Streak Android Tablet Review

When it comes to Android devices, there are two inevitabilities. The first is that its popularity is unstoppable. Twice as many Android smartphones are sold now than were only two months earlier. The second given is that an onslaught of Android tablets are about to descend upon us. Major manufacturers, such as Asus, LG, Motorola, and Samsung...

Sony Adds Touch To Entire Reader Family

Sony Adds Touch To Entire Reader Family

Sony revamped its line of Reader digital books and introduced the new Reader Pocket Edition, Reader Touch Edition and the wireless Reader Daily Edition. The new generation of Readers has been restyled and is now lighter and smaller in comparison to previous generations. All of the new Readers also have touch screens and E Ink Pearl electronic...

IBM Introduces World's Fastest Processor: 5.2GHz Enterprise Chip

IBM Introduces World's Fastest Processor: 5.2GHz Enterprise Chip

Don't blink -- if you do, you may miss IBM's new processor. The company is boldly claiming that the chip within IBM's new zEnterprise clocks in at 5.2GHz, making it the world's fastest microprocessor. We're sure this claim could be challenged on multiple fronts, namely by hardcore overclockers who have seen their own chips operate at much...

HP And Hynix Team To Bring SSD-Killing Memristor To Market

HP And Hynix Team To Bring SSD-Killing Memristor To Market

HP and Hynix. Two names we know well in the computing industry, but two that are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, at least in the world of consumerdom. But now, the two companies are joining forces in order to advance the memristor and bring it to market in next-generation memory modules. The two have agreed on a joint development agreement...

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab: 7" Android 2.2 Tablet With Bluetooth 3.0

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab: 7" Android 2.2 Tablet With Bluetooth 3.0

At last, the rumors can finally be put to rest. Samsung's Galaxy Tab is real, and it is being revealed in full today at the Berlin-based IFA trade show. For months, rumors have had Samsung preparing an iPad rival, but rather than using Windows, it was said to rely on Google's Android operating system in order to get to market faster. After...

Sony Unveils New Bloggie Camera

Sony Unveils New Bloggie Camera

Sony added to its pocket video camera offerings by announcing the new Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10). These new cameras are capable of capturing 1920x1080p high definition MP4 video and 12.8-megapixel photos. The difference between the two models is embedded memory, with 8GB (MHS-TS20) or 4GB (MHS-TS10) options. The cameras can store...

Amazon Preps Subscription-based Video Streaming Service

Amazon Preps Subscription-based Video Streaming Service

As Apple prepares to launch an Apple TV - Netflix hookup, beginning next week when the new Apple TV ships, Amazon.com is seen to be working on a new subscription service that would stream TV shows and movies, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. While Amazon.com already has a Video-on-Demand service (first launched in 2006 as...

MSI Introduces Core 2 Duo-Powered WindBOX III Slim PC

MSI Introduces Core 2 Duo-Powered WindBOX III Slim PC

Need an average PC, but don't have the space for even an SFF unit? Problem, solved. MSI's WindBOX line has been solving this issue for years, and the company's newest is their most powerful yet. The WindBOX III houses an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, and while the box itself remains a familiar design, the fanless approach means that you can strap...

The Return of Windows 7 Family Pack

The Return of Windows 7 Family Pack

The Windows 7 Family Pack returns, or at least it will, starting Oct. 3rd. Microsoft offered a Family Pack bundle (with 3 installations) when Windows 7 launched, but it was a limited-time offer, and in less than two months, supplies had pretty much been sold out. Despite the fact that some other manufacturers (like Apple) make such Family...

New Xbox 360 Controller Offers "Transforming D-Pad"

New Xbox 360 Controller Offers "Transforming D-Pad"

Well, here's something rather interesting. Microsoft is introducing new Xbox-related hardware! No, it's not another Xbox 360, not even a slimmer-than-slim one. It's a new...controller. Yeah, a controller. We can't remember the last time a gaming company introduced a new controller in the middle of a console's life, but that's exactly what...

Apple Reveals iOS 4.1 and 4.2; Bug Fixes, Wireless Streaming, Game Center

Apple Reveals iOS 4.1 and 4.2; Bug Fixes, Wireless Streaming, Game Center

It wasn't worthy of a dedicated press release from Apple today, but it's news nonetheless for the 120+ million iOS users in the world. Apple has today announced iOS 4.1, their first major point update since the iPhone 4's antenna debacle. There's no mention of this release further improving reception issues, but instead, it focuses on all...

Microsoft Launches Arc Mouse: Most Wildly Designed Mouse Ever

Microsoft Launches Arc Mouse: Most Wildly Designed Mouse Ever

We're beginning to think that 2010 is the year of new mice. Or should we say, unconventional mice. First was Swiftpoint with their finger-based notebook mouse, and now there's Microsoft with their Arc Touch Mouse. The design on this one is totally new, and even old-school mouse users will probably need a few moments just to wrap their head...

Apple Intros New Apple TV And iTunes 10 With "Ping" and AirPlay

Apple Intros New Apple TV And iTunes 10 With "Ping" and AirPlay

Apple has done it: a new, refreshed Apple TV. Steve Jobs has called the Apple TV a "hobby" for some time, but it sounds like that hobby may be something more now. With the introduction of iOS, it seems that the Apple TV has new life. For the longest time, the Apple TV truly was a sore thumb in the company's lineup, using a completely different...

Apple Debuts New iPod Touch, iPod Nano And iPod Shuffle

Apple Debuts New iPod Touch, iPod Nano And iPod Shuffle

Well, wouldn't you know it. Apple has introduced new iPods at a Fall music event in San Francisco. It's becoming an annual tradition for the market leader in this category, but we have to say that this year's introductions were a bit more spirited than usual. Rather than simply overhauling the iPod touch, which just about everyone expected,...

MSI Launches Most Powerful Fuzion Board to Date

MSI Launches Most Powerful Fuzion Board to Date

MSI today added another motherboard to its growing Fuzion lineup, this latest one being the 870A Fuzion Power Edition. More than just fancy nomenclature, this is MSI's most powerful Fuzion board so far with support for AMD's full line of Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron processors in AM3 form. The real treat with MSI's Fuzion series is the...

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty Reviewed

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty Reviewed

It's been over 12 years since Starcraft launched, and expectations for the sequel have been quite high*. Well, the highly anticipated sequel, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, is here and we've taken the time to play through the campaign, test various difficulty levels, and tackle both human and the computer's AI in multiplayer. The single-player...

Stuck with a Dead BFG Card? PNY Comes to the Rescue with Discounted RMA Program!

Stuck with a Dead BFG Card? PNY Comes to the Rescue with Discounted RMA Program!

At this point, it doesn't even matter who's to blame for BFG's demise, because at the end of the day, you're left holding the bag should your BFG videcoard give up the ghost. The company's days appear numbered, and BFG, which essentially pioneered the concept of Lifetime Warranties in the GPU market, is no longer honoring RMAs for busted cards....

SanDisk's Sansa Fuze+ Marks Re-Entry Into Saturated MP3 Market

SanDisk's Sansa Fuze+ Marks Re-Entry Into Saturated MP3 Market

Is SanDisk back in the portable media player business? It looks like the answer may be "yes!" The company's Sansa line has faltered in recent years, with the last unit to come from it being introduced so long ago that most of you probably don't even remember it. The company's CEO once admitted that no one could "out iPod the iPod," so we just...

Motorola Warns Over Leaked Droid X Froyo Update

Motorola Warns Over Leaked Droid X Froyo Update

Can't wait for a Froyo build for your device? Just remember, if you flash your device with a leaked ROM, you may not have an upgrade path to the released build. That's what Motorola is warning Droid X owners. In their support forums, Motorola says: WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets....

Telcel Exec Says iPhone 4 HW Revision Coming

Telcel Exec Says iPhone 4 HW Revision Coming

Telcel started selling the iPhone 4 on their network last Friday, August 27th. Buyers might want to hold off, however: the carrier also said that Apple will be releasing a hardware revision after September to address the well-known "Antennagate" issues. The report comes via CanalMX, which spoke to Marco Quatorze, Director of Value Added Services...

Asus Selects Amimon For WHDI Wireless Streaming

Asus Selects Amimon For WHDI Wireless Streaming

And now, the wireless streaming war really begins. Intel has their Wireless Display technology. There's WDHI. There's Wireless HD. And even HP has a new dongle out with an undisclosed technology underneath. And now, it's Asus' turn. The company responsible for the Eee PC netbook craze has just sided with Amimon, enabling their WiCast Wireless...

HP Introduces Mini 5103 And Mini 210 Netbooks

HP Introduces Mini 5103 And Mini 210 Netbooks

HP is definitely on a roll. First comes a slew of new notebooks and a Wireless Adapter, and now the company is issuing a pair of new netbooks. Way to round things off, guys! The newly redesigned Mini 210 is a sleeker, slimmer and more powerful Mini than what you're used to, equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, a webcam, microphone, near-full-size...

Xbox LIVE Seeing Price Hikes To Cover Extra Content

Xbox LIVE Seeing Price Hikes To Cover Extra Content

Enjoying your Xbox LIVE subscription? Exactly how much are you enjoying it? We only ask because starting November 1st, it will cost you even more to maintain it. For the first time since Xbox LIVE's inception, Microsoft is being forced to raise prices for members in Canada, Mexico, the UK and the United States. The price increases aren't huge,...

ViewSonic's ViewPad 7 Is An Android 2.2 Tablet And Phone

ViewSonic's ViewPad 7 Is An Android 2.2 Tablet And Phone

Another tablet? Of course! As the entire PC-based universe gears up to take on the iPad, ViewSonic is even getting in on the action. But there's a difference between this tablet and some of the other Microsoft-blessed tablets coming soon. The ViewPad 7 is Android-based, and in fact, it's the world's first 7" Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with...

Nintendo Dropping Prices Of DSi And DSi XL Gaming Handhelds

Nintendo Dropping Prices Of DSi And DSi XL Gaming Handhelds

Now, here's a tactic you don't see very often. In fact, we hesitate to even call it a "tactic." Most companies are deathly afraid of letting impending price drop information leak before the drop actually happens, primarily in fear of the information slowing existing sales. Not so with Nintendo, which just announced quite boldly that they will...

HP Intros Envy 17 3D, Pavilion dm3 And Beats Envy 14 Notebooks

HP Intros Envy 17 3D, Pavilion dm3 And Beats Envy 14 Notebooks

Don't ever accuse HP of not being on top of things. The computer company has just revealed quite a few new machines tonight, with a couple of them being firsts of their kind. Of course, a new line of notebooks wouldn't be a new line of notebooks without a bit of 3D mixed in, and the HP Envy 17 3D offers just that. It's the first 17" notebook...