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As we've recently told you, SSDs will be the storage technology of the future.  In addition, we're also quickly coming to a close on the launch of our first comprehensive SSD round-up here at HotHardware, that will give you a good sense of where SSD technology stands today in the mainstream and where it's going in the future.  Gazing into the crystal ball for a minute or two, typically, if you track "big iron" storage companies, eventually what is adopted there often times trickles down to the end user market.  Fittingly, if IBM's recent achievement in high density SSD technology is any foreshadow of things to come in SSD storage, you could perhaps project that, at this time next... Read more...
The latest build of Windows Vista SP1 was distributed to its beta testers last week.  Naturally it was also distributed to the likes of BitTorrent and other P2P file-sharing networks, though of course without Microsoft's permission.  Unlike the first build that was released, this was a .EXE file, not an ISO image.   Build 6.0.6001.16633 (longhorn.070803-1655) weighs in at 684MB. However, Vista updates -- such as security patches and other hot fixes -- are normally packaged as .msu files, so the fact that the latest release is in .exe format may indicate that 6.0.6001.16633 is not a direct step toward a public release of SP1."Surprisingly, the update file is in the .exe format," a user identified... Read more...
Quickbooks has long been available as an online service, so it was only a matter of time before Quicken was migrated to this format.   Currently in closed beta testing, Intuit is planning to open the beta to a waiting list on September 10. Intuit is planning to release a Web-based edition of its leading personal finance application this winter, possibly early in 2008. Quicken Online marks a key transition for a company that has made its bones selling new versions of its boxed software each year. A few years ago, folks at Intuit told me they saw virtually no demand for online tools. Last week, the company said it's taken so long to cook up Quicken Online due to the lack of consumer trust.... Read more...
Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China Fab 68 in Dalian is $2.5 Billion Investment BEIJING, March 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China. "China is our fastest-growing major market and we believe it's critical that we invest in markets that will provide for future growth to better serve our customers," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.... Read more...
Ever wish you could help make a game based of you're own ideas?   Well, Acclaim's new project, currently code-named "Top Secret", is a 20,000 strong studio made up of volunteers.   They're making history not only as the largest studio ever, but also the first to enlist the aid of ordinary people just like you.  The project's goal, according to Dave Perry, a developer, is to produce a professional MMO game created by thousands of individuals each contributing what they can. Thousands of people have signed up to help develop a community-built massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMO). Developer Dave Perry and publisher Acclaim are... Read more...
This one definitely borders on the freaky side for sure. Viruses used to build electronic structures? Hello?  Maybe we can all just skip the flu shots this year and head on over to MIT for a crash course in electrophysics?  In some sort of sick and twisted way, that runny nose you're fending off could possibly power your iPod... "By manipulating a few genes inside these viruses, the team was able to coax the organisms to grow and self-assemble into a functional electronic device. The goal of the work, led by MIT Professors Angela Belcher, Paula Hammond and Yet-Ming Chiang, is to create batteries that cram as much electrical energy into as small or lightweight a package as possible.... Read more...
OCZ Technology Launches System Elite Memory Series - the Elite Solution for System Builders and Integrators Sunnyvale, CA - November 15, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new OCZ System Elite memory product family, a clear-cut means for system integrators to select the best possible memory solution for new builds or total system enhancement. "OCZ is proud to bring a series of new modules designed to address the specific stability, compatibility, and performance requirements for System Integrators, " said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology. "This new range of memory is designed to give System... Read more...
Sonic Solutions (duplicating software) and Macrovision (encryption) announced Monday their partnership to offer retailers and movie studios the technology to download films and sell DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. The software could also be beneficial to movie studios. Only 25% of titles in studio vaults are made available on DVD because three-quarters of the films wouldn't attract enough buyers, Sherf said. "The vast library of content has not been released because of the cost involved," he said. "Studios have to produce DVDs by the millions, and it's impossible to do that for every film."... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to its release date early next year. The first release candidate is out, and ZDNet has a review of how the new OS is progressing. Containing much more than what Windows Vista Beta 2 had, RC1 is a step in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement, and we may end up seeing RC2 before the final release of the OS. "Microsoft has released Windows Vista Release Candidate 1, but without the big media splash the software giant made back in 2001 with the release of Windows XP RC1. The first builds of Windows Vista RC1 have been released to about half a million Technical... Read more...
With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build yourself a decent machine without breaking the bank. Madshrimps will help put some ideas in your head with their latest budget system building guide for the summer of 06. "Value for the money, bang for the buck and good price/performance ratio are expressions which describe what this article is all about: getting the best hardware with your money. To broaden... Read more...
If your up for starting a quick little project, Hardware Secrets can show you how to build your own IR transmitter for the PC. As the article clip states, if you can use a solder iron, you can build the device. "Several motherboards have the necessary hardware for the installation of an infrared transmitter/receiver, requiring only the installation of a module containing the infrared sensor. The great problem, however, is that this module is not easily found in the market and, when it is, its price is high. In this tutorial we will show you how to build this module spending barelly nothing. Any user who knows how to use a solder iron can assemble... Read more...
What started out as just a small test project, will soon become a common feature in many Wal*Mart stores around the U.S. Wal*Mart will start introducing the build-your-own-computer counters this year, allowing you to select various computer components that will go into your PC. They hope to offer this service in around 1,400 stores this year, and possibly in more stores next year. "But analysts said it was unlikely that Wal-Mart would pose much of a threat to the likes of Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL - news), which mastered the made-to-order computer model and offers a much wider selection. They also noted that Dell makes most of its money... Read more...
While many of our readers fall into the 'do-it-yourself' category, it's always good to know what's out there for already built computers. As [H]ard|OCP finds out in their latest review of a CyberPower custom build, it might be best to go with a bigger brand name. "A score of 7 is considered "substandard," and that's exactly what we felt about this computer. We felt this computer was more than disappointing. Things went wrong in many different ways. We've evaluated computers that have scored in this range before, and they typically were good quality computers with one large and glaring exception that severely overwhelmed the rest of the computer's ability to get stuff done.... Read more...
If you need to setup a wireless network, and WiFi doesn't have the power you need, emerging WiMAX technology may fit the bill. The TechZone has just posted a primer on WiMAX that'll give you some insight into what it takes to build a WiMAX network. "The latest technology buzz is WiMAX wireless networks. We have heard many things about this wonderful new long haul wireless technology that it almost seems as though you are just a phone call away from having yours' designed and installed. Well before you start assuming things like we all do, we thought as engineers and network architects we would share personal experiences and the experiences of... Read more...
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