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You could argue that the world doesn't need another tablet. But could you argue that it doesn't need two more? Sony has just announced not one, but two new tablets this evening, both of which will ship with Android 3.0. These Honeycomb-based devices are being codenamed for now: S1 and S2. The former is designed mostly for multi-media viewing,... Read more...
One thing you learn in Boy Scouts is that where there's smoke, there's usually fire. We bring this up because there's been a lot of smoke lately about Nintendo's second generation Wii console, and as we suspected, it wasn't unfounded. Nintendo today confirmed that, yes, it's working on a successor to the Wii, and yes, it will launch in 2012.... Read more...
Many enthusiasts generally prefer to roll their own rigs, but when it comes to notebooks, the notion of building a system from scratch becomes less practical and appealing. We recently had a chance to meet with Maingear and tour the company's build facility, and one thing was immediately apparent: these guys are... Read more...
Sony over the weekend ensured gamers that it's working frantically to rebuild its PlayStation Network and bring everything back online. PSN was taken offline last week when an "external intrustion" to Sony's system wreaked havoc with both PSN and Qriocity services. "We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been... Read more...
You almost get the feeling that Origin might be a little bored simply putting together high-end systems with parts from the top shelf. The solution? Overclock, and do it in a big way. Starting today, Origin is offering overclocked processors in its EON17-S laptops, up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost, making it the highest... Read more...
Earlier this month, we told you the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the company's first 10.1-inch tablet in the new Acer Iconia family, would be available starting April 24. As promised, Acer has delivered this Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet on schedule. As you'll recall, the Iconia Tab A500 supports a resolution of 1280×800 on its 10.1-inch screen.... Read more...
The tablet market couldn't be any hotter if it tried, and while HTC has focused largely on smartphones over the years, the company's still diving into those crowded tablet waters with the launch of the Flyer. The Wi-Fi only version of the tablet has been talked about for months, but there's been no real clear indication of how much it'd cost... Read more...
Lenovo's ThinkPad line has always been sexy in its own way. Solid, rigid, and robust, but also classy and understated. It's a design that has withstood the test of time, and there's no sense in changing what works. But a gentle tweak and a nip-tuck never hurt a notebook, that's for sure. Just as MSI's X-Slim line and Apple's MacBook Air redefined... Read more...
The CD is said to be dying. On Saturday, April 23, the man many credit as the "father of the CD," Norio Ohga, died as well, at the age of 81. Former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sony, Norio Ohga has been credited with leading the effort to develop the CD, or compact disc. He was president and chairman of Sony from 1982 to 1995. He stepped... Read more...
As far as computer industry shakeups go, this one is pretty big. Earlier in the year, we had a hunch that Acer was planning to shake things up when it came to owning the corner office, and this week the company has made clear their plans for the future. Acer will select Jim Wong as Corporate President, with the board... Read more...
It's already been pretty much confirmed that the white iPhone 4 will ship next week, and specifically, at least in part of Europe, April 27. A new report seems to assert that the April 27 date will be global, with the white iPhone 4 showing up at Best Buy on that date. A source at Best Buy sent 9 to 5 Mac an inventory screenshot that details... Read more...
Apple definitely doesn't sell a stylus for their iPad, but have you ever considered that you may actually get some use out of owning one made by a third-party? There have been quite a few capacitive stylii to ship over the past year, but definitely not an iPad specific model from a company as well-known in the industry as Wacom. That very... Read more...
Charlie Sheen has previously said that his mind is too much for a normal person to handle. What is going to happen now that people can have his brain in their pocket? It's a new iOS app, called The MaSheen. According to the app's blurb, it will put the mind of Charlie Sheen in your pocket. During an interview, Sheen said, “If you borrowed... Read more...
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Review @ Neoseeker Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Rampage III Formula Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps Processors: Core i3-2120 and Core i3-2100 Processors Review @ XbitLabs AMD E-350 vs. Intel Core i3-2100T Review @ XbitLabs... Read more...
It's not unusual for Hulu to block access on mobile devices, and it's not even expected if the device doesn't support Flash. But when RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launched earlier in the month, a pretty nice Easter Egg was found: Hulu support! But that didn't last too long. Around a day after launching, the PlayBook suddenly stopped loading Hulu,... Read more...
It's not likely that the average consumer will have a real need to duplicate flash drives, but those in enterprise markets may be looking for this very functionality. Aleratec's portable USB flash drive duplicator could be just the thing your business has been after, and if you're a self-proclaimed "road warrior," well you're in the target... Read more...
According to Reuters, Apple is developing an online music storage service that will let iTunes customers store their songs on a remote server and access them from anywhere they have an Internet connection. As you may recall, Amazon launched a music locker service known as Cloud Player earlier this month. It didn't have any licensing agreements... Read more...
Another week, another new monitor, and this time it's coming from Acer. The company's new DX241H isn't just your grandma's monitor, though -- it's a "Web Surf Station." What's that mean? It means that this is the first monitor that'll let you surf the web and enjoy multi-media without the need of a computer. It's a... Read more...
We're living in a connected world, and it's only growing more inter-connected by the day. Atheros Communications is eager to be a part of that expansion, and this week they've announced their HomePlug Green PHY development kit as part of its new ‘Internet of Things’ portfolio aimed at connecting hundreds... Read more...
Just in time for spring, HotHardware.com and our friends at MAINGEAR, NVIDIA, Asus, Intel, and Patriot have teamed up to put together one heck of monster sweepstakes give-away! This time around we're giving you a chance to win an Intel Core i7-2600K-infused, custom MAINGEAR-built gaming rig with 16GB of Patriot DDR3 RAM, a, Intel 510 Series... Read more...
Motion sensing is very much "all the rage" these days, largely thanks to just how popular it has become in console gaming. Every major console maker now has some sort of motion/gesture-based control rig, and a lot of that technology is shifting over to the PC realm as well. Razer just released a firm ship date on... Read more...
We hadn't heard anything from GigaPan in a long, long while, but the company responsible for creating some of the most unique and most automated panoramic picture takers is beefing up one of their nicest products, the EPIC Pro. If you aren't familiar with the company, they produce panoramic robots that hold your camera and then automatically... Read more...
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