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... but only from AT&T. If you go to AT&T's site, you can buy an iPhone 3G online, and have it delivered the next day (free). Ah, the comforts of being able to skip the store (as with the original iPhone). Apple, on the other hand, has no such online buying option on their site. AT&T is actually shipping the phone pre-activated, but typical of other AT&T phones you can order and have delivered, you have to talk to a customer rep on the phone to accept their terms and conditions with customer care or else online at att.com. After that, you just sync it to iTunes and you are good to go. This is just the latest step in speeding up the process. First AT&T Premier customers (those... Read more...
NVIDIA has been hit with a securities fraud class action lawsuit over the defective GPUs which it admitted to in July. The complaint was filed by New York-based law firm Shalov Stone Bonner & Rocco. It alleges that NVIDIA knew about the flawed GPUs as early as November 8th, 2007 though no public announcement was made until July 2, 2008. After the announcement, NVIDIA stock dropped 30%. Since then manufacturers have issued BIOS updates to "fix" the issue, but all these have done is increase use of the fan to prevent the GPUs from overheating. The class action lawsuit is detailed on Shalov Stone Bonner & Rocco's website. Paragraph 23 of the complaint (.PDF) says: According to multiple public... Read more...
Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ... All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft announced that as of November 1st, that venerable old OS would go the way of the dodo.As John Coyne announced in the blog post: for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. Now we all know that it's been long gone... Read more...
InfoWorld amassed 210,000 signatures for a "Save Windows XP" petition, and forwarded it to CEO Steve Ballmer. Today is the date when Microsoft officially ends the availability of its last generation Operating System, and hopes that everybody gravitates to its current OS, Vista. It's unlikely that Microsoft is going to change its corporate mind at this point, but the petition points out a glaring irony: A Microsoft OS is immensely popular, and has the kind of rabid support usually reserved for the little penguin, the shiny apple, and Ron Paul. We began this campaign because our readers compelled us to do so. Those of us who have been in the industry for a long time have never seen anything like... Read more...
Microsoft's latest attempt to derail the "Vista Capable" class-action law suit via another appeal has been stymied:"In a brief order dated April 21, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Microsoft's request to overturn a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman in February that granted class-action status to a lawsuit that charges the company deceived consumers in 2006 with its Windows Vista Capable marketing program."Perhaps the best part about Microsoft's appeal is that it usually means they have submitted internal and/or external documents that will probably be made public.  Those documents tend to be a gold mine of information about the less-than-cozy world of... Read more...
An allegedly leaked internal Best Buy memo about the demise of the 80GB PS3 seems to be coming true.Both companies were difficult to reach today, in the wake of the Tuesday news leak to PS3 Fanboy concerning Best Buy's discontinuation of the 80GB PlayStation 3.However, as of this evening on Best Buy's site, the only PS3 SKU available is 8588584, the 40GB unit, which lacks PS2 compatibility.Popular electronics retailer Fry's has also apparently discontinued sales of the 80GB model.No comment from Sony, and Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City still have the 80GB model in stock.... Read more...
From the wild rumor and speculation department comes a tale of two future AMD platforms aimed at corporate customers.  Like any great love triangle, there's a(n alleged) problem: lack of resources to properly develop both at once.In this case, we're talking about AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture, which will follow likely follow the trend of being a server chip first, then a desktop chip second, and the laptop Fusion platform dubbed Swift.  Both parts of the enterprise market are extremely lucrative and very valuable to AMD, and thus it appears that there was a lot of heated debate about which platform to focus on:“As long ago as last summer, word was floating that AMD was getting... Read more...
The recent RIAA victory in Capitol v. Thomas garnered a lot of media attention, and HotHardware was certainly no exception.  The end result of the case was that Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $220,000 in damages.  After announcing she wouldn't appeal the ruling, she promptly reconsidered and filed for an appeal which has just been shot down:“In its reply to Thomas' motion, the RIAA argued that statutory damages need not have any relationship to actual damages. Furthermore, the group said that she had no basis to challenge the constitutionality of the damages since she had not objected to the jury instructions.The Department of Justice agrees. "This Court may find that defendant has... Read more...
Minnesotan Jammie Thomas was recently found guilty of file-sharing and ordered to pay $220,000 in restitution, but has decided that she's going to appeal the verdict instead.  This probably isn't surprising considering the amount of the fine compared to her stated annual salary of $36,000 and because like everything in this case, it seems that Thomas changes her mind quite often.Case in point: less than 48 hours ago she stated in an interview that she wasn't going to ask for any financial support to pay the fine, but would gladly accept donations.Of course, depending on when she was asked about file sharing she claims that she either didn't own the drive in question at that time, or was... Read more...
Apple warned that its latest update, 1.1.1, might disable some hacked, unlocked phones, but it appears there are cases of unhacked phones being bricked. It is not clear exactly why this is occurring, as Apple has yet to comment on the problems. But the rash of reports from those who have not unlocked or modified their phones indicates that whatever the Cupertino company is doing to 'brick' unlockers may have unintentionally taken out some of its law-abiding customers. A closer look at the iPhone support forums show many of the issues deal with loss of data, which isn't the same as bricking, where the device is useless.  However, we were able to find at least two... Read more...
Do all of you remember that dual-socket, pseudo-octa-core, dual AMD Phenom FX-based system featuring quad-CrossFire support and a brand-new chipset we told you about a few months ago, dubbed “FASN8”?  Well according to the Inq, the entire platform may be dead. "We are hearding from system vendors that AMD's much-touted FASN8 platform is dead. Not sleeping, not imminently on the way out, but dead. The platform was due to see two Phenom processors (for eight-core action) combined with RD790 and four Radeon HD 2900s in a funky combo before the year was out - an ambitious task if ever there was one." Of course this is still just a rumor, and the... Read more...
This law had originally passed in 2005, but late last year was temporarily blocked.  The block became permanent in August of this year, when a judge ruled the law was unconstitutional. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he had appealed a court decision that struck down the controversial violent video game law in his state. The appeal was filed in federal court for the Northern District of California. The law would have prevented the sale or rental of "ultra-violent" video games to anyone under 18, and would have required clear labeling of such games. Schwarzenegger's appeal was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of... Read more...
The smug factor with the iPhone is off the charts. I personally don't need a PDA I can yell into, so I don't have much of an opinion about it.  But it will be fun to see the reaction of the Apple fanatics to the announcement that the iPhone is susceptible to being taken over by hackers if you visit a malicious website or tap into a bad internet hotspot with it. I imagine it will be a kind of sticking of fingers in the ears and chanting la la la until Steve Jobs makes it go away, and then it will have never happened. The flaw applies not only to the iPhone, which was launched just three weeks ago, but also to Apple computers running Mac OS and the company's Safari Web browser, a version... Read more...
Developer Toyspring recently updated "Arcade Reality" to version 1.1. Never heard of AR? Here's the lowdown: "Game objects are overlaid on the live camera view (this technology is called Augmented Reality). When you turn around, your motion is calculated based on what is seen by the camera and the game view gets updated accordingly." The game is very addictive and really ought to come with a warning that reads something like this: "Twirling about while giggling with delight as you zap aliens that only you can see may get you committed."... Read more...
There's lots of talk in legislative circles about net neutrality, and taxation, and regulating blogs as political speech, and taxing artifacts purchased in virtual worlds as if they were real. That's all swell, or not, depending on your point of view, but I think we can all agree on one thing: how about we do something about the real life gangsters that are making the internet into a very dangerous place? Organized crime has had its fingers in criminal activity on the internet for some time, but until about two years ago most of its activity was limited to obvious scams, pornography and gambling. But in the past two years the rapid... Read more...
Sony announced they've configured their latest televisions to play video from the internet, and many other video sources. Sony, which unveiled the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said the drive to marry Internet and other digital video with traditional devices was part of a bid to showcase its four strategic growth areas: video gaming, digital imaging, high definition and mobile products. It was never any fun watching your homemade sex tape on the same screen with your spreadsheets, was it? Sony puts internet video watchers back on the couch.... Read more...
Sorry about the random ugliness around the site folks.  Obviously our ads server is having major issues right now, so think of it as an ad-free day!  OK, so we know it looks nasty with all those broken images.  We'll hopefully have things under control again shortly with service fully restored. In the mean time, at least you still have our content available for access. Thanks! Team HH... Read more...
What are you browsing HotHardware with? I bet I could get 10,000 to 1 odds in Vegas that it isn't AOL. But it used to be, for quite a lot of people. The only press AOL can get is the bad kind. But it's still a great big thing. What happens now? When it was the main ISP for Americans, AOL had something for everyone: chat rooms for soccer moms, programming for families, music for teens, etc. Such a strategy doesn't work as well for a Web destination, says David Martin, president of the brand consultancy Interbrand North America. The most successful Web companies are those that have a clear focus or audience. YouTube, for example, is known... Read more...
Here's a blast from the past.  The Inq is reporting that the Commodore brand could possibly re-emerge on a new line of high-end systems.  I don't know if slapping the old logo on a funky plastic case is enough to sway people away from today's current crop of boutique system builders, but with a little innovation and some good marketing, I'm sure some folks would buy a Commodore system for the nostalgia factor alone. "Now, the Commodore brand sits on a range of high-end PCs equipped with Nvidia's 7950 GX2 card and an AMD FX 60. Commodore is now a Dutch company and is testing the waters to see if there is a market for such a PC with this legendary brand on it."... Read more...
The big news of AMD filing an antitrust case against Intel, for their anti-competitive actions in the processor market, happened almost a year ago. The latest update on the issue is of Intel trying to get certain parts of the case dismissed based on the fact that they happened outside the U.S., and the U.S. court has no jurisdiction over what happens on foreign soil. Intel's motion will most likely be dismissed, as those acts have a direct effect on the U.S. economy and market. The trial will not be held until 2008, so a final court decision is still a long time away.  ... Read more...