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Loose lips don't only sink ships, they can also land you in hot water. That's what three Foxconn employees are finding out after being arrested for allegedly leaking information about Apple's iPad 2 design ahead of the product's launch. Sound a bit harsh? Here's Foxconn's beef with the situation. Citing a Chinese... Read more...
How time flies!  Every six months, Ubuntu releases the next iteration of their popular desktop Linux distribution, and today is just such a day.  Ubuntu has officially released version 11.04 "Natty Narwhal".  There are thousands of package updates in this release, but what follows are some of the more notable items. Desktop:... Read more...
What began as a trickle -- as AMD finally introduced a shipping version of the long-awaited Fusion platform -- has turned into a steady stream, and we're definitely excited to see APUs, as AMD calls the product, finally making an impact. AMD had played up the idea of an Accelerated Processing Unit for years, and now, it's clearly a reality.... Read more...
Although no official announcement has been made, Joystiq is claiming that Microsoft and Hulu are preparing to launch the Hulu Plus streaming service on Xbox Live tomorrow. Based on a “legit-looking” scan of the June issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, Joystiq reports that Hulu Plus will launch on the Xbox 360 on April 29—tomorrow.... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting for the white version of the iPhone 4, you won’t have to wait any longer. After “manufacturing problems” have delayed the white version of the iPhone 4’s release, the phone is now available. Starting today, the white iPhone 4 is available from Apple’s online store, at Apple retail... Read more...
Verizon LTE services nationwide remain out, more than 24 hours after they first went offline. The company verified the outage on its Twitter account.  The service first went offline on Tuesday night. In addition, Verizon has previously said that LTE devices would switch to CDMA mode if they were in an area with no LTE coverage. In this... Read more...
There's a scene in Step Brothers where Brennan Huff, played by Will Ferrell, asks Dale Doback, played by John. C. Reilly, "Did we just become best friends?" The answer is an emphatic "Yep!," and the two then decide to go practice karate in the garage. AMD and Nvidia don't live together, nor would we go so far to tag them as BFFs, but the two... Read more...
Ever wondered just how major an impact Apple could make? Try this on for size. IHS iSuppli research has found that Apple's involvement with DisplayPort has led to a 154.6% increase in DisplayPort interface shipments in 2011. Remember, this is DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt, which will obviously have skyrocketing numbers... Read more...
iTunes got you down? Perk up! RealNetworks has just announced Rinse, hailed as an "easy-to-use" music clean-up tool that automatically washes and tidies up your iTunes collection. Anyone who has had an iTunes collection going for years on end knows that it's easy to get things out of sorts, but Rinse purports to change that. The tool makes... Read more...
Earlier in the week, Asetek showcased a prototype GPU cooler that did an excellent job of proving downright impressive. Now, Maingear is looking to do something similar. The company, which is best known for their pre-fab custom PCs, has teamed with CoolIT to engineer cooler, quieter and cheaper cooling systems for their desktops. The solution... Read more...
Another day, another round of routers from the labs at Belkin. The company has remained fairly quiet in the networking arena of late, but that's changing this week. The company's newest range highlights MultiBeam technology, which is a new way of distributing signal in order to maximize coverage and speed. All of Belkin’s new routers... Read more...
The brewing brouhaha over Apple's location cache and its stored data has resulted in a faster-than-usual response from the company itself. Today, Apple stated that a patch due to arrive in the next couple of weeks and released an FAQ to clarify the situation. Several of its points echo our own statements of earlier today. Apple explains that... Read more...
After years of attempting to variously reinvent, reorganize, and recapture the market space it's been losing to Facebook, MySpace is out the door. This isn't a surprise—News Corp declared it was ready to sell the segment last February. Now the social networking site is actually on the chopping block. News Corp is quite profitable, but... Read more...
Just in time for spring, HotHardware.com and our friends at MAINGEAR, NVIDIA, Asus, Intel, and Patriot teamed up to put together one heck of monster sweepstakes give-away! This time around we gave you a chance to win an Intel Core i7-2600K-infused, custom MAINGEAR-built gaming rig with 16GB of Patriot DDR3 RAM, an... Read more...
Are you fed up with Netflix? Redbox just not working out? We highly doubt you'll be answering "yes" to those, but if so, help is on the way from a pretty wild source. Google's YouTube has just launched their first major movie rentals, making it an instant competitor in a small but powerful network of companies who are driving pay-TV executives... Read more...
AMD wants to prove that you don't need to dip into your kids' college fund to play DirectX games by making official the launch of its trio of sub-$100 graphics cards. These include the Radeon HD 6670, HD 6570, and HD 6450, each one priced less than a C-note and consuming less than 75 watts of power. We took an... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the MainGear eX-L 15 gaming notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485 graphics, HTC's Thunderbolt 4G LTE Smartphone, AMD's Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 mainstream graphics cards, and the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system... Read more...
Intel's Sandy Bridge platform is stealing the show as PC makers shuttle systems left and right built around the chip maker's second generation Core platform. That includes MSI's brand new GX780 gaming notebook equipped with a juicy Core i7 2630QM quad-core processor flanked by Nvidia's GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics chip. Other hardware... Read more...
Location-based apps are all the rage these days, and while Foursquare and a few others are leading the pack, there's always room for more. Tippr is the newest name on the block, and they've just announced their intentions to participate in Facebook Deals, which allows people to easily discover, buy, discuss and plan activities with friends... Read more...
Clouds and streaming seem to be everywhere these days, and in a lot of cases, the two overlap. Liquid Compass may not be a totally familiar name, but with the explosion in growth when it comes to cloud streaming, we're guessing they'll be more well known soon. The company currently provides streaming services to the radio industry, and they've... Read more...
TomTom has managed to solicit all sorts of voices for their GPS boxes, but if you just haven't found one hilarious enough for you yet, this might just do the trick. Fresh out of Springfield, Homer Simpson becomes the latest character to have a voice on TomTom's GPS family, but only if you've got the iPhone app. TomTom's iPhone GPS app was... Read more...
Boingo still isn't available in quite enough places, but they're getting closer. The Wi-Fi provider has just announced a new version of its Wi-Fi app for Android is now available to NOOK Color customers as a free NOOK App through the Barnes & Noble NOOK Bookstore. The app marks the first deal between B&N and Boingo, giving NOOK Color... Read more...
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