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We know that consumers in America aren't exactly enamored with Windows Vista; there's even been a lawsuit filed over the term "Windows-Vista Ready."  Apparently the Dutch Consumers' Union agrees with that opinion.In a recent meeting between the Dutch Consumers’ Union (Consumentenbond) and Microsoft Netherlands, the consumer organization asked... Read more...
Internet retail giant Amazon.com today launched its "Amazon MP3" digital music download service. The 2 million songs available come without Digital Rights  Management restrictions, and will play on most any device  that can handle a sound file. Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the... Read more...
On Thursday, NBC announced a new service, "NBC Direct." NBC Direct will allow users to download and view many popular NBC shows -- for free. The shows will require a special player, and they will have a license that expires one week after the original airing -- note carefully, not one week after you download it, but one week after the show... Read more...
SpiralFrog, a free online music download service, launches today. The service hopes to make a go of it with the holy grail of RIAA haters -- ad-supported free music downloads. Founder Joe Mohen predicts they'll need 10 million users per month to make enough money to pay the licensing fees on the music. Is it really that hard to give away free... Read more...
Firefox launched on November 9, 2004. It took one year for Firefox to reach 100 million downloads. One further year and it doubled to 200 million. One more year and it's doubled again to 400 million downloads. Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated... Read more...
Wal-Mart has joined the likes of Amazon.com and iTunes today - it is offering MP3 downloads, free of DRM.  Much as it's hard to applaud anything Wal-Mart does, it is a major step when the world's largest retailer signs up. Wal-Mart announces the launch of "DRM-free" MP3 music downloads, now available online at http://www.walmart.com. At... Read more...
Advertisers have decided that they want to have a presence in Second Life, even though they don't know what it is, really. Throwing money at a technology you don't understand? Check. Inflated traffic figures?  Check. A vague sense of urgency coupled with 6 and 7 figure outlays? Check. No way to measure return? Check. Hey, look, they've put... Read more...
A group of Australian researchers have reportedly developed a device that allows people to manipulate their TVs, DVD players, and other electronics with a simple wave of the hand. The controller box has a built-in camera that can identify seven simple hand gestures and can be used with up to 8 different devices. The development is led by Australian... Read more...
Research In Motion Ltd., the Waterloo company famous for its BlackBerry franchise, recently announced a 73% increase in Q1 profits, which they attributed to demand for its new products, including its (BlackBerry) Curve cell phone that was released about a month ago. The Curve integrates a music player, video player, camera, and other features,... Read more...
We probably all remember the days when a little program called Kazaa became super popular thanks to its keen ability to find music, movies, and other plunder. In fact, Internet traffic was governed by P2P for four years. However, this year HTTP traffic took the lead and has ended the P2P dominance over Internet traffic. The circle graph in... Read more...
Despite numerous sites running stories that point out that the beta for the allegedly secure Apple browser has serious security flaws, Apple claims that they've exceeded the 1 million downloads mark: "More than 1 million copies of Apple Inc.'s Safari web browser for Windows were downloaded in its first two days of availability, the company... Read more...
Back in January at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Intel was showing off a rig in their booth dubbed the "V8". It was essentially a dual-socket workstation platform outfitted with a pair of quad-core Xeon processors for a total of eight cores - hence the 'V8'. In their demo, Intel ran the CPU benchmark built into 3DMark06 and as was... Read more...
Widescreen LCD monitor sales are expected to nearly quadruple in 2007, (wrote HotHardware news editor Gregory Sullivan on his brand new 20" Optiquest widescreen monitor he purchased last week by clicking on the Newegg ad on the front page of HotHardware. And very satisfied with the purchase and the vendor he is.) according to a report in DigiTimes... Read more...
Steve Jobs is discovering that in Japan at least, they like the guy on the left. A lot. Aside from the UK, Apple also re-shot the commercials for Japan. And just as any smart person would expect, Apple is facing a little bit of a backlash there as well. It's a pretty... Read more...
BitTorrent, the peer to peer file sharing giant, is launching a download service that offers licensed, legitimate versions of TV and movie downloads. Cue the mass hysteria. The San Francisco-based company is betting that at least one-third of the 135 million people... Read more...
Well, not every gaming league will be shown on the air, but Major League Gaming its self as announced a deal that it hopes well help get competitive gaming into more of a mainstream market. MLG also plans to bring content to mobile phones, and should be bringing competitive gaming to the masses this year.... Read more...
Gaming freaks desperately want to believe that blasting their way through the universe is not just an interesting waste of time. Well, researchers from the University of Rochester are about to give them more....er... ammo for their arguments. The idea that gaming... Read more...
Been by the HH PC Hardware Forum lately?  You don't know what you're missing.  There's some top-secret stuff in there that could very well pump up your mojo with the ladies.  Well, ok, so maybe that's a stretch but hey, if you don't get out much like us, you have nothing to lose! Then of course,... Read more...
There is a story posted at CNN's technology news page today that explains what many companies are trying to do to speed up the pace at which users can upload files. It's not just a simple matter of flickin' a switch. "At first, most people viewed Web pages but did little to create... Read more...
The GeForce 7900 GS is nothing new, but it hasn't been available in the retail market since its birth. According to HKEPC Hardware, Nvidia will be changing the situation by releasing the 7900 GS for around $179-$199. The GeForce 7900 GS is equipped with 20 Pixel Shader Pipeline, 7 Vertex Shader Engine, with a core speed of 450MHz,... Read more...
There are no benchmarks and almost no commentary other than a description of a few pictures, but the crew at TBreak is claiming they've got QuadSLI up and running on Intel's upcoming P965 chipset. Just in case you're wondering, this feat was the result of some driver "tweaks".  Don't expect NVIDIA to support... Read more...
XYZ Computing has published a lengthy review covering four different Bluetooth headsets. With the cheapest one being $130, they're all decent headsets, but the BT800 makes the biggest impression. "With so many Bluetooth headsets on the market it had been a real challenge to pick only 3 or 4, each had to be worth spending a week with... Read more...
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