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It's official: The DROID RAZR will be available tomorrow. Two years after Verizon Wireless first introduced the original DROID in November 2009, the companies are teaming up to revive the Razr name and release the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. In addition to its sleek design, the smartphone features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 4.3... Read more...
Corsair announced the Performance Pro Series SSDs. This series was designed using the Marvell SATA 6 Gb/s SSD controller. The Performance Pro Series delivers an ATTO Max performance of up to 515MB/s Sequential Read and 440 MB/s Sequential Write. Similar performance can be sustained when reading and writing compressed and non-compressible data.... Read more...
Nook Tablet? "Bring it on," says the Kindle Fire. Amazon's first tablet is getting pumped up with a slew of notable apps, and as we've seen with the iPad, it's the apps that make or break a product. Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, Rhapsody and games from EA, Zynga and Rovio will be hitting the Kindle Fire next week, along with "several thousand... Read more...
Packard Bell still makes PCs. Shocker, right? Not so much in some regions, and those very regions will soon be able to snag the company's slimmest ever all-in-one PC. It's the revamped PC oneTwo, an oddly-titled machine that'll ship in November with a 65% slimmer body than the prior edition. The new PB oneTwo is a cinema, digital TV, sound... Read more...
Another day, another entrant into the SSD game. This time it's RunCore, introducing a new high-end enterprise-grade SSD called the Kylin II. It adopts the latest SandForce controller with either 25nm MLC or SLC NAND Flash -- something that we're told has been oft requested by customers. Compared to other enterprise-level SSDs, this one promises... Read more...
Nearly four out of 10 iPhone users (38 percent) have gone out and updated their smartphones to iOS 5, representing the highest adoption rate of any iDevice, according to data provided by Chitka Insights. iPad owners proved the next most anxious to upgrade, with almost a third -- 30 percent -- now rocking Apple's... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard's recently appointed CEO Meg Whitman already made one tough decision since taking over for Leo Apotheker, and that was whether or not to go ahead with plans to dump the company's PC division. She (wisely) chose not to, and the next big decision has to do with webOS. After meeting with company bigwigs last night to decide the... Read more...
NVIDIA introduced its long-awaited Tegra 3 processor (The Chip Formerly Known As Kal-El), which is the first quad-core mobile processor around. Designed for tablets and super phones, the Tegra 3 will purportedly best the processing performance of the Tegra 2 chip by a factor of five (and graphics by a factor of three, thanks to a 12-core NVIDIA... Read more...
If you want multi-processing capabilities but can’t stand using a bloated, heavy mini-ITX motherboard, VIA has you covered with its new pico-ITX board with dual-core processing. The VIA EPIA-P900 Pico-ITX features a 1.0GHz VIA EdenTM X2 CPU and the VIA VX900H Media System Processor with support for up to 4GB DDR3 RAM and HD audio. The... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We... Read more...
We’ve looked at our share of Z68-based motherboards here at HotHardware, and the Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 is another stand-out to consider. The G1.Sniper2 is in Gigabyte’s line of Sniper/Guerilla/Assassin gaming motherboards, although it’s currently the only one in the family with the Z68 chipset. Like the other motherboards in... Read more...
Multiple motherboard manufacturers are warning that precipitously rising HDD prices will impact their sales. Gigabyte has issued guidance that it now expects Q4 shipments to fall by 20 -25 percent, while Asustek predicts a much smaller decline of ~five percent. Analysts believe Asus is underestimating the impact of... Read more...
A new service from Broadband.com could help you save some cash on your cell phone bill. The new mobile service known as Republic Wireless promises unlimited talk, text, and data for just $19 per month. Republic Wireless is able to offer this service because it operates primarily over Wi-Fi networks. Recognizing that a... Read more...
OCZ unveiled the Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series from PC Power & Cooling. This series is the first modular PC Power PSU. This series combines a highly efficient core with Japanese 105°C capacitors, a 120mm variable RPM fan, and the flexibility of modular cabling. Combining a powerful single +12V rail... Read more...
Asus and Nvidia have collectively taken the wraps off the next-generation version of Asus' well-received Transformer tablet line, and the new system aims to carve out a slice of the premium tablet market. It's far from a sure bet given the tremendous difficulty Android tablets have had cracking into the iPad-dominated... Read more...
Guess what? Kindle Cloud Reader is making its way onto another platform, and it's a major one. Amazon's HTML5-based Kindle web app has just gained native support for Mozilla Firefox, enabling those users tap into their Kindle book library on a browser they're already familiar with. To start reading, go to http://read.amazon.com using Chrome,... Read more...
Wireless 3D streaming. Is it a myth? A dream? A reality-to-be? IOGEAR is hoping to make a few dreams come true with their latest kit, a video streaming apparatus that wirelessly transmits 1080p HD / 3D video content and 5.1 digital audio up to 100 feet, through standard walls. The Wireless 3D Digital Kit (GW3DHDKIT), which reduces cable clutter... Read more...
See that? That's not the new Easy Button. That's the Android-friendly Beacon, a universal remote control system that transforms Android phones and tablets into "never-lose remotes" for home entertainment centers. Griffin is teaming up with Dijit Media, a San Francisco-based software company whose Universal Remote and... Read more...
Yesterday, we covered comments from the RIAA on how it believes courts have weakened the DMCA to the point of uselessness and why the organization supports the highly controversial E-PARASITE Act. It's not the first time we've covered the controversial legislation, but the leader of the RIAA, Cary Sherman, has weighed in with his own personal... Read more...
With a name like Patriot Memory, you'd think the company would be all about equality and, well, you'd be right. In addition to a full line-up of Windows friendly storage devices you're already familiar with, Patriot just announced a couple of product lines aimed at Mac users, including its new Mac Series XT solid state drives and Mac Series... Read more...
Gigabyte makes some fine motherboards, but one feature that has been notably absent on its boards is a UEFI BIOS. Even on its high-end motherboards, Gigabyte has stuck with an old, increasingly outdated-looking (and feeling) BIOS, even as its competitors unleash tricked-out UEFIs with snazzy GUIs. With the release of its X79 boards in the... Read more...
Maybe you have no interest in owning an Ultrabook currently. Perhaps you find them to be too expensive for what they are and think you'll be better served by waiting a generation or two. Certainly you're in the majority, because according to IHS iSuppli, Ultrabooks will only account for 2 percent of all notebook shipments by the end of 2011.... Read more...
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