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Futuremark, the creator of the popular benchmarking suites 3DMark and PCMark, has updated their site with new versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The updates bring not only a few bug fixes, but added support for Windows Vista. Benchmarks native to Windows Vista should be out in 2007, and will take advantage of the latest DirectX features.... Read more...
Along with the plethora of Valve developed games that can be found on Steam, various publishers are turning to Steam to sell their own games. As announced on the Steam homepage, 3D Realms' Prey will be available November 30th for $49.95. If you already own the game, you can download Steam and use your existing product key to register... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it will soon be bringing select videos from YouTube to its customers. A smaller than expected number of users have signed up for Verizon's advanced services, and this deal is a way for Verizon to spur interest in its streaming video service. The videos should start arriving sometime this December.... Read more...
Online video sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and SoapBox, with their seemingly endless supply of free videos to download, have exploded in popularity since their creation. Like the rest of the internet though, there's plenty of questionable content that's been appearing on those sites, sparking debate as to whether or not the... Read more...
U.S. e-mail security company Postini estimates that nearly every 9 out of 10 e-mails that are sent, are nothing more than spam. We're sure many of you already assumed as much, and we at Hothardware see not shortage of it ourselves. According to the company, 7 billion spam e-mails were sent worldwide this month, compared to just 2.5 billion... Read more...
Some of you may play World of Warcraft, and out of that bunch we're sure some of you have also heard about Glide, one of the "botting" programs used by many folks to power level their characters, and amass staggering amounts of gold. Glide is strictly against the WoW terms of service, and folks caught using the system can face... Read more...
With the millions of people arguing over the XBOX 360 vs the Playstation 3, it's always interesting to get a game developers take on the issue. One of the major points of argument, is that even though the PS3 has better hardware specs on paper, its lack of programming flexibility will hamper its performance. While the anonymous interviewee... Read more...
Today the California Supreme Court has ruled that a San Diego woman can not be sued for a libelous e-mail posted on two web sites. The Court agreed with the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provides immunity to those who publish information on the net that was gathered from other sources, and is seen by many as a victory for... Read more...
Nintendo's latest gaming machine made its debut today as gamers packed store lines just to get their hands on one. The Nintendo Wii has caught the interest of gamers thanks to it's innovative motion sensing controller, and affordable price(when compared to Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360). Unlike the Playstation 3 launch... Read more...
Loaded with features like an FM Radio, wireless connection, and video screen, Microsoft's Zune music player was positioned to compete directly with Apple's iPod. Unfortunately the player hasn't had the strong debut Microsoft was hoping store, as folks seem to want to stick with the proven and familiar iPod.... Read more...
November's version of the latest Catalyst drivers are out and about. Catalyst 6.11 brings some performance improvements with it, along with a few bug fixes, and CrossFire software support for any X1900 and X1950 product installed in a system using Windows XP or XP 64. Click here for the download page, and here for the release notes.... Read more...
With the 2008 mid-term elections over with, many folks are hoping for a change for the better in everything from the economy, to immigration. As CNN reports, we may also see a welcomed new approach to the growth and governing of technology in this country. "Fourteen bills related to technological... Read more...
The Playstation 3 has launched in Japan, and now 80,000 gamers are happier than ever, right? Nope, that doesn't appear to be the case as a Kotaku reader is reporting. Some live coverage of the event reveals a few somewhat shocking aspects of the console's launch. Could people really be paying poor chinese folks money to stand... Read more...
Windows isn't exactly known as the most secure OS at the moment, which is why Microsoft has gone to great lengths to improve all aspects of security in Windows Vista. Microsoft has coded Vista in such a way that traditional viruses would have a tuff time of compromising multiple machines, thanks in part to the new ASLR (Address Space [Layout]... Read more...
WORLD OF WARCRAFT(R): THE BURNING CRUSADETM IN STORES JANUARY 16, 2007 Street date set for the expansion to Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s massively multiplayer online role-playing game as subscriber base reaches 7.5 million players worldwide IRVINE, Calif. - - November 9, 2006 - - Blizzard Entertainment(R) announced today that World of Warcraft(R):... Read more...
Looking to expand their presence on the airwaves, Google has been hiring folks for their radio sales department in an attempt to expand their advertising in offline media. There's also been some rumor of a possible Google buyout of Clear Channel, though Clear Channel has declined to comment on the issue. This all comes as Google plans... Read more...
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl has been one of the most anticipated games out there since its announcement years ago. Facing constant delays to the point where some didn't expect the game to ever be released, the game appears to still be on track for a release early next year. A major reason for the delay stems from fact that... Read more...
Microsoft has finished coding their next install of the Microsoft Office series. Office 2007 is ready for its "release to manufacturing", and hopes to have it ready for corporate users by November 30th. As Yahoo! News reports, Microsoft also hopes to release Windows Vista and 2007 Exchange on the same day to their business customers,... Read more...
You would think that Microsoft's online music download service would be fully compatible with their upcoming Zune music player, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. The Plays For Sure initiative was developed to ensure compatibility between various music downloading services, and music playing devices, and MSN Music... Read more...
The latest victim of the FTC's Spyware crackdown is the well known Zango software. Zango, formally known as 180solutions, has been charged with installing advertising software along with its free games without proper notification to users and will be fined to the tune of $3 million. We're sure most of you recognize the name as... Read more...
Those of you hoping save a few bucks by just upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft will offer no such plan. The features and functionality set it apart from other versions of Windows Vista, as Microsoft explains, and it will be the only version of Windows Vista that does not offer an upgrade... Read more...
Today Microsoft has released the 11th incarnation of their Media Player software. Windows Media Player 11 is built for all versions of Windows XP SP2, and comes with a fresh new look, and features Microsoft and MTV's new music download service, Urge. Click here to download the 28MB installation file. "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows... Read more...
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