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Can Microsoft's Zune media player catch the iPod?  That's the question being asked in this article, which states that Microsoft hopes to sell 1 million Zune players by mid-2007.  That number doesn't even come close to the iPod, but the Zune is brand new and is only available in U.S. for now. MS plans to expand shipments overseas soon, which will change the dynamic altogether. "Microsoft Corp. says it expects to sell 1 million of its new Zune music players through the first half of 2007. That figure would pale in comparison to Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod, but Microsoft contends it would be a good start. "We think that's actually pretty awesome," said Bryan Lee,... Read more...
Well, as is often the case, the criminals aren't all that smart, but they sure are clever. These fellows in Manchester, England, grabbed transaction information right off the telephone line that connects cash machines to the telephone system: Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted from free-standing ATM cash machines. The data was then converted to readable numbers using a separate computer programme. The phone line running from the machine to an ordinary BT white socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine's output cable and the phone socket. The player would record the... Read more...
Multi-core processors are here, and the amount of cores are bound to increase fast. That's good. There's bound to be problems, of course. That's bad. How do you get the things to talk to one another without crashing the whole system? Technology Review examines the challenges faced by programmers when dealing with multiple cores: Historically, writing software for multi-core systems has been the job of experts in the supercomputing world. But with the coming age of personal supercomputers, average programmers also need to be able to write software with multiple cores in mind. "That's a scary thing," says Krste Asanovi, professor... Read more...
Canon and Toshiba found two old men to shake hands like they hate each other in front of a big old newfangled SED flatscreen TV, and everybody took their picture. They also found $1.7 billion dollars in one of their desk drawers and decided to build a great big factory in Japan and crank out enormous cheap flatscreens by 2008. Canon Inc. and Toshiba Corp. are developing a new type of flat panels, which they say are thinner and consume less energy than the existing liquid crystal display (LCD) and plasma televisions. The production of the new surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) TVs would start at the end of 2007, and expand into... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and end-users worldwide.        "The opening of the Mile High Design Center is a testament... Read more...
Hot Hardware told you this month about how much information can be recovered from your increasingly powerful cellphones and PDAs, even after you think you've erased the data. Imagine what someone could get out of one that's stolen. As companies look to give their employees all the functionality they need, while keeping the stuff working no matter what fool thing the end user does to it while trying to download a Christine Aguilera ringtone, third party management of these devices looks attractive. And Synchronica's idea of having your stolen cellphone made unusable remotely while emitting a terrifying scream is just plain fun: Synchronica's mobile phone management software Mobile... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  We're going to take a break from our typical technology / hardware coverage for just a moment here and ask for your help to support a great cause.  A good friend of HotHardware's is walking in an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Westport, CT and is seeking donations to help fight breast cancer...    "Today there is more hope than ever before for people who have had to hear the words, "You have breast cancer." But there is still much work to be done to promote early detection and to help those impacted by the disease. To help make a difference, I'm participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against... Read more...
NVIDIA has yet to respond to the lawsuit filed by Scanner Technologies, in which they claim NVIDIA sold products based on a 3D BGA inspection system, used to ensure product reliability. Along with seeking undisclosed damages, Scanner Technologies is also going after preliminary and permanent injunctions, as well legal fees and court fees. "The complaint alleges that nVidia has sold and/or is presently selling throughout the United States infringing BGA devices that are covered by one or more claims of the Scanner Patents. The complaint also alleges that nVidia has induced others to infringe. These BGA devices are a component in graphics cards,... Read more...
The world's a dangerous place. Lots of bad people want to steal your stuff. They especially want to  steal the money you've got to buy that stuff. Some of the more sophisticated hoodlums know more than the security experts at the bank do about how your sensitive information is handled and stored. All of them know more than me about it. What to do about it? Maybe the ID Vault is the way to go: ID Vault is a USB security token with an embedded smart card chip. To access your financial accounts with ID Vault you need two-factors; you need your ID Vault PIN (something you know), and you need your ID Vault itself (something you have). If a thief steals your ID Vault, they can't... Read more...
Well,earlier this week we told you about the internet pirate software king going to jail for seven years.That doesn't sound like much fun at all. We could make a very long list of things that sound like more fun than that. What would be on the very short list of things less fun than that? How about two years in a Moroccan jail for mucking up everybody's business with a computer worm? A Moroccan court on Tuesday jailed two men for one and two years for unleashing computer worms that disrupted networks across the United States, court officials and lawyers said. The court in Sale, twin city to the Moroccan capital Rabat, convicted... Read more...
Last Tuesday it was reported that Hewlett-Packard was having an ongoing internal investigation over who was leaking information to the press, and the source was assumed to be one of the company's directors. CNet news is now reporting that HP may have illegally accessed the phone records of the companies directors, as well as a few journalists, and possibly others. With the current turmoil going on, HP Chairman Patricia Dunn has announced her resignation from the post, with current CEO and President Mark Hurde to take over. "Dunn's departure caps a tumultuous episode for HP, one of the country's largest companies and a Silicon Valley... Read more...
For a time, AOL was intent on creating a huge database containing what types of things people usually search for. When the operation was revealed, AOL apologized, removed the file, but not in time. 21 Million search queries is what the file contains, and with a number like that, you know you're going to see a great variety in what people like to search for. Love, revenge, material things, all of the usual stuff is there, mixed with some other things you may or may not expect. "That database does not include names or user identities. Instead, it lists only a unique ID number for each user. What that means is that it's possible to view the... Read more...
I like both, but the net still comes first. Coffee is more of an internet aid really, just something to help you keep surfing. "A quarter of employees watch or listen to streaming media at least once a week from work, and 18 percent have downloaded and stored nonwork music, photos and video clips, according to a telephone-based survey sponsored by Websense Inc., which makes software that helps companies filter and monitor Internet use." And both are highly addictive.... Read more...
VoodooPC CEO, Rahul Sood, has an editorial posted on his blog with his thoughts on NVIDIA and ATI and how their respective platforms are utilized on VoodooPC's high-end PC.  He also speculates on what the upcoming Intel Conroe launch could mean to NVIDIA's and ATI's chipset business. "First of all, what people need to understand about the GPU business is historically a major slaughtering of the competition only occurs when the other falls flat on their face. So if the green team falls flat, the red team skates by, and visa versa. As an example, let's look back a few years ago when Nvidia lost two product cycles. Back then Nvidia failed simply because they fell flat on their face... Read more...
Beyond3D recently made some rather disturbing comments in regards to ATI's R520-based flagship notebook GPU. Apparently, ATI is caught between a rock and a hard place with regards to launching a highly-clocked R520 part when R580 parts will likely be available in the very near future. Regardless, a mobile R580 part would still need to be qualified leaving the high-end desktop replacement notebook market wide open for NVIDIA and its GeForce Go 7800 GPU's for a large chunk of time.Still left off the list, though, is any type of high end product intended for DTR / mobile gamer platforms. M58 was scheduled to be ATI's next high end notebook graphics chip, expect to be based on R520, and indeed this... Read more...
Hey folks, here's the latest news to cap off your night. If your a fan of CS:S, Valve has released a new update that introduces new Terrorist models, and has a bunch of other fixes and extra content such as CS_Assault and new animations. Unfortunately the problem with the hostage AI and a few other annoyances still remain. Intel And Revelations Drive New Online Film Distribution Models SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 6, 2005 – Revelations Entertainment and Intel Corporation today announced the formation of a new digital entertainment company focused on distributing premium movies directly to consumers over the Internet, connecting filmmakers to film fans worldwide. Revelations, a partnership between... Read more...
Hello everyone, and good afternoon. The mailbox is overflowing with news, so I'll make this post a little bigger than normal. Wait no longer, because here it is... Intel 915P Shootout : ASUS P5GD2 Premium @ hardwarezone "ASUS goes postal by slapping on almost every feature imaginable on the P5GD2 Premium motherboard. If you think you need three seperate RAID arrays, 14 hard disks, wired and wireless networking, the P5GD2 Premium is your baby." Thermaltake HardCano 13 @ Phoronix "Thermaltake is most notably known for their conspicuous heatsinks and power supplies, but up on our workbench today we are trying the multi-functional HardCano 13. Will its 6-in-1 card reader and 8-color... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 3GHz With 800MHz System Bus And The i875P "Canterwood" Chipset More bandwidth and leading edge desktop technology for the P4 By, Dave Altavilla and Chris Angelini April 14, 2003   Time certainly does fly when you are clipping along at 3GHz, doesn't it?  It has been a whole 5 months since Intel released their last processor speed bump.  Intel actually let this one ride a little bit it seems.  In early February, AMD let loose with their new "Barton" core based Athlon XP 3000+ (2.166GHz), in an effort to keep pace with Intel's brute force approach to processing.  Don't misunderstand us, there certainly is nothing wrong with "brute... Read more...
Abit IC7-G vs. Asus P4C800 A tale of two Canterwoods By, Dave Altavilla April 29, 2003       Intel's i875P/i865P Canterwood/Springdale chipsets have all the markings of a second coming; the second coming of the "BX".  Intel's 440BX was a chipset for the Pentium 3, that reigned supreme years ago, as the premier motherboard platform to couple with a high end Intel CPU.  Back in the day, there were so many incarnations of motherboards built on the 440BX, that it even scaled beyond its targeted life span and host bus speed, with some motherboard manufacturers characterizing the chipset up to a 133MHz system bus, while it was only designed to run at... Read more...
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