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It's amazing that there are still Sony batteries in the world left that have not been recalled.  Or at least, it seems that way.  Today Toshiba annunced its second recall of Sony batteries in a month. This time around, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 1,400 of the lithium-ion batteries containing Sony-made cells sold with Toshiba laptops pose a fire hazard. There have been three reports of models with those batteries overheating in other countries, but none of the incidents caused injury, according to the CPSC. The good news, if there can be any, is that the numbers keep going down.  The second recall was 10,000 batteries, this time only 1,400.  The model numbers for... Read more...
NVIDIA Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call SANTA CLARA, CA—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) will host a conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2008 on August 9, 2007 at 2:00 PM, Pacific Time. The Company's prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer period, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors. To listen to the conference call, please dial 212-231-2901; no password is required. The conference call will also be Web cast live (listen-only mode) at the following Web sites: www.nvidia.com and www.streetevents.com...... Read more...
HotHardware told you earlier about the nifty web-based phone service GrandCentral. It allows you to ring every number you have on any phone of your choosing, along with a powerful caller ID and a host of other features. Well, Google was interested in the service, too, and thought GrandCentral would make a grand addition to their stable of web-based widgets.  They announced the purchase of the company on Monday on their official blog. "We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users," Google product manager Wesley Chan wrote in a post on the company's blog. Over... Read more...
The U.S. Congress has recently approved a new bill, known as the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007, that makes it illegal for anyone in the U.S. using any telecommunications service to transmit misleading / inaccurate information by modifying caller ID data. Each violation could result in a fine of up to $10,000.For some, this news may mark the end of a long and glorious career as a prankster, but for others it may have sparked a new sense of excitement. After all, the law isn’t perfect.... Read more...
Dell Computer is opening up a factory in Chennai, India, to manufacture desktop PCs, and later notebooks as well. But the factory is not there to take advantage of cheap labor to make computers for the US market. India's market is poised for explosive growth, and the Chennai plant will be a foothold for Dell in the Indian subcontinent. It wasn't too long ago that India was an afterthought for many people in the computer industry. For years, the country took a back seat to China. For good reason: China has quickly grown to become the world's second-largest PC market, after only the U.S., and it's likely to become No. 1 in the next few years. This year, Chinese are likely to buy 33.6... Read more...
Computer maker Gateway has voluntarily recalled about 14,000 lithium-ion battery packs, sold as primary or spare power supplies for some of their laptop computers, because they pose an overheating and fire hazard.  The Irvine, Calif., computer maker said the affected battery packs were shipped as the primary or spare battery pack for Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG series notebooks. They were sold during a three-month period from May 2003 to August 2003 in the U.S. through Gateway's Web site and its Gateway Country stores. Gateway said it will replace affected battery packs at no cost to the customer. It did not identify the maker of the recalled battery packs. Last year, the... Read more...
These days, we expect our motherboards to come loaded with onboard features. It has become increasingly rare for a motherboard not to include features like integrated audio and LAN. It's also easy to find boards sporting integrated video and built-in processors (ie. VIA EPIA). Abit's IN9 32X-MAX even has 802.11b/g wireless support. But, have you ever heard of a motherboard with built-in phone capability? "Micro-Star International (MSI) has been in cooperation with Skype in order to add Skype functions into its new Intel P35 (Bearlake) motherboard, according to sources at the companies.The new functions allow both traditional telephone and Internet phone (Skype) capabilities together... Read more...
Major League Baseball is joining the growing ranks of companies who are less than enthusiastic about the "placeshifting" feature.  Here's a tidbit from Ars Technica: "Like other professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball is jealous of its content. The latest company to come under its scrutiny is Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox television place-shifting device. According to The Hollywood Reporter Esq. (subscription), MLB is upset that fans can watch out-of-market games via the Slingbox, calling the device illegal." So what's the big deal?  Well it seems that MLB and other media organizations want to have some control over what various markets watch, and of course what they pay... Read more...
The first person ever convicted of piracy for offering copies of movies on the peer to peer BitTorrent network has lost his appeal and will serve out the remainder of his three months imprisonment in Hong Kong.  I bet he regrets choosing  "Big Crook" as his logon handle now. "This judgment has confirmed that it commits a crime and violates copyright laws for the act of using BT software to upload and distribute," said customs official Tam Yiu-keung in a written statement. He added the judgment would have a deterrent effect, a view endorsed by industry watchdogs such as the Hong Kong branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.... Read more...
Just kidding. But people in the cell phone world do call Samsung's UpStage music phone the "Mullet Phone," because it has a cell phone in the front, and an MP3 player in the back. Business in the front, party in the back, as they say. And Samsung expects the highly touted Apple iPhone to help sales of their UpStage, not hurt them. Apple's first attempt at an iPod-phone hybrid, the much-derided Motorola Rokr, never took off, and may have turned off potential buyers to the idea of a music phone. That may change with the launch of the impending iPod. If Apple continues its successful iPod marketing strategy, expect a saturation-bombing marketing... Read more...
LCD monitors are getting bigger and more affordable. Likewise LCD televisions. Although slightly more expensive, the LCD monitors are competing against TVs now, as their increased functionality makes up for their slightly higher prices. Digitimes does some research into the near future and and predicts who'll be buying what and how much it will cost. Worlwide LCD monitor shipments are expected to reach 158 million units in 2007, with the 19-inch widescreen segment to grow the most in terms of shipment share percetage, according to DisplaySearch. In 2008, the segment will become the mainstream size in the monitor market, the research firm... Read more...
Skype, which has popularized Web telephone calling, on Monday marked progress in extending its low-cost calling services beyond computers to new types of phones. At the Consumer Electronics Show here, Skype, a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc., said it was introducing 12 new phones and related phone accessories in conjunction with telecommunications equipment suppliers. The models include a dual-mode phone from Netgear Inc., the SPH200D, which enables users to place and receive both traditional phone calls and Skype Internet calls from a single cordless handset. The device connects both to a standard telephone wall jack and a broadband Internet router. Unlike many existing Skype-ready phones... Read more...
A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users' passwords and usernames by presenting them with a fake login form. Firefox Password Manager will automatically enter any saved passwords and usernames into the form. The data is then automatically sent to an attacker's computer without the user's knowledge, according to the Chapin Information Services site. Your friends... Read more...
Strong Segment Share Gains in Core Business Units Produce Record Revenue SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 ended October 29, 2006. "The third quarter was one of the best in NVIDIA's history," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "For the third consecutive quarter, we delivered record revenue as we continued to gain share in each of our core businesses." Third Quarter Fiscal 2007 and Recent Highlights: Non-GAAP gross margin reached a Company high of 42.9 percent, an increase of 20 basis points sequentially from the second quarter of fiscal... Read more...
Another day, another Sony battery recall.  Sony today announced that it would be recalling up to 300,000 of their Vaio laptop batteries under intense industry pressure. Sony initially stated it would not be recalling its batteries, however, it appears that is not the case.  Sony has joined an ever increasing list of laptop manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Apple, Toshiba, and Sharp in recalls.  This brings the total recall of Li-ion batteries to just over 8 million world wide.  This is one of the largest computer related recalls in history. The business daily said Sony would likely recall... Read more...
Sharp has announced that it is recalling 28,000 Sony Lithium-Ion laptop batteries that could be prone to overheating and subsequent fire.  Sharp has stated that the affected batteries are from 7 different models.  Fujitsu has also expanded their recall to include 51,000 more batteries on top of the already 287,0000 they recalled earlier this month which would affect some 35 different models.  Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Toshiba are just some of the other manufacturers who have issued recalls in the past several months due to these batteries.  Total recall numbers are well into the millions across all of these manufacturers. TOKYO - Japanese electronics makers Sharp and Fujitsu announced... Read more...
And the hits just keep on coming for Sony.  Hitachi has announced that they will be recalling 16,000 Sony made lithium-ion batteries.  Hitachi has joined an increasing list of computer manufactures over the past two months who have recalled batteries.  Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo have all participated in recalls of batteries that total well into the millions Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.... Read more...
Another day another Sony battery recall, this time by Fujitsu in the amount of 280,000 batteries. Fujitsu joins the ranks of other manufacturers such as Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing massive battery recalls and replacements. Surprisingly enough Sony has yet to recall these batteries from their own laptops, however a report today does indicate they will do so soon.  HP on the other hand is holding out on any recalls for the time being citing proper circuitry in their laptops which would prevent such an episode from occurring and the lack of evidence of said incidents on their laptops.  If you own a laptop by any of the above manufacturers and have a Sony battery,... Read more...
The news is just not getting any better for Sony.  On top of Lenovo's recall yesterday of just over a half million batteries, Dell has upped their number of recalls from 4.1 to 4.2 million.  In addition Toshiba has upped their number by 830,000 and Fujitsu is currently pondering a voluntary recall on batteries for their systems.  All in all, this has to be one of the single biggest manufacturing blunders in computer history and is certainly putting a hurt on Sony's reputation. Dell has increased by 100,000 the number of laptop batteries it is recalling due to a potential fire hazard, while Toshiba said it would take part in Sony voluntary battery replacement program... Read more...
Ripped strait from our speculation last night, Lenovo and IBM have officially recalled about 168,500 Sony manufactured battery packs (an additional 357,500 battery packs were sold worldwide).  The affected part numbers are: ASM P/N     FRU P/N 92P1072     92P1073 92P1088     92P1089 92P1142     92P1141 92P1170     92P1169 or 93P5028 92P1174     92P1173 or 93P5030 and can be found in the following ThinkPad notebook computers: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s).  Users owning the affected batteries should contact Lenovo... Read more...
Everybody has a cell phone. And since everybody has a cell phone, people will drive right past you on a lonely road when your car has broken down, and figure you're just waiting for a lift. And they won't know that your cell phone battery is dead and you have no way to charge it. It's a long walk to the nearest payphone these days. Why make that journey carrying a dead cellphone and a pocket full of quarters when you could just keep a mobcharger in your glove compartment? Mobcharger is an emergency mobile phone battery designed to provide instant power to a depleted phone battery. Just plug it into your mobile, then continue talking, texting, taking photos and playing games. Mobcharger... Read more...
Apple has recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after reports of nine different devices overheating, causing injury to two people. The batteries were sold with the Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 through October 2003, to August 2006. This will be the second major notebook battery recall this month, with Dell recalling 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week. Both the batteries for Apple and Dell contained power cells developed by Sony. "The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers, after No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Read more...
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