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We were pretty moved by DOW Chemical's recent "Human Element" campaign, and we're delighted to see yet another major American corporation going above and beyond the call of duty in order to better our planet. Ford, along with its utility partners, have announced that they are testing out one of the industry's first vehicle-to-electric grid communications and control systems, which enables electric vehicles to interface with the grid for optimal recharging. Put simply, this new approach enables the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate. In other words, an operator could choose to charge only during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper,... Read more...
With the classic automakers struggling to make ends meet in America, it's clear that the time has come for a new regime to usher in a new wave of automobiles. With companies such as Tesla and Lightning doing their best to produce affordable, reliable electric cards, neither has actually shown an ability to craft a vehicle that the layperson could afford. Coda Automotive, however, is hoping to add a real option at the lower-end in the electric car space.Introduced this week, the simply named Coda -- a four door, five passenger sedan with an all-electric drive train -- has been pegged with a 2010 ship date in California. The car was originally designed by one Miles Rubin, and he's remaining an... Read more...
It's still far, far away from production (Q3 2011, best case scenario), but Tesla Motors is looking to turn the automotive industry on its side. Not that said industry isn't already upside-down, but we digress. The company has just revealed its stylish 4 door sports sedan, the Model S. The vehicle is 100% electric and can purportedly travel up to 300 miles on a full charge. We're told that it can be fully recharged in around four hours, but a 45 minute "quick charge" option should give you enough power to get home from a night out on the town.What's somewhat ironic, however, is that Tesla is waiting on funds from the government that it has essentially mocked in order to make this beauty a reality.... Read more...
It's no Lightning GT, but you won't have to sell the roof over your head in order to afford it. Tata's Nano, which has been coined the "world's cheapest car" since debuting to high hopes last January, it just about ready to roll off the production line, but it won't be easy to get one. After suffering through months of delays, this tiny vehicle is now scheduled to ship to early buyers in July for around 100,000 rupees apiece, or just under $2,000. Unfortunately, the initial rollout is restricted to India, so Americans, Canadians, Britons, Australians (you get the point), etc. will simply have to sit this one out.It's stated that "hundreds of thousands are set to queue up to book, including motorbike... Read more...
We're beginning to wonder if there's a sector NVIDIA isn't willing to dabble in, and judging by its latest collaboration with automaker Audi, the answer is looking more and more to be "nope." Announced this week, the newly revamped MMI in-car command center is set to make future Audi automobiles a real technology-savvy bunch.Aside from blessing the new MMI with a 7-inch LED-backlit LCD panel (800 x 480 pixels), it also implemented a new joystick control scheme, 3D / 2D maps, support for vocal input and multimedia capabilities to keep the kids from wailing. In order to handle its duties, Audi included a pair of processors -- an 800MHz chip and a 500MHz digital signal processor -- which enable... Read more...
S3 Graphics recently announced its next generation Chrome 500 graphics processors and new Chrome 530 GT card. This new line comes with all of the A/V goodies you're after, including an on-board Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound processor and support for Blu-ray and streaming HD playback. These new cards also support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 applications. What’s more, the cards have GPGPU (general-purpose computing on graphics processing units) and ChromotionHD.To speed-up 3D and non-gaming functions, DirectX, OpenGL, and GPGPU applications can be processed with programmable shader cores. Because the cards support Microsoft DirectX 10.1+ / OpenGL 3.0, you’ll be able to experience the next level... Read more...
Malware writers sobbed Tuesday as Microsoft announced that it will cease sales of its security product, Windows Live OneCare, as of June 30th, 2009. Instead, Microsoft announced that it would begin shipping a free product, codenamed "Morro," in the second half of 2009. The new offering will be less of a resource hog, according to the press release, which would obviously enable Microsoft to protect PCs in developing nations more effectively. In other words, they want to make sure they have some sort of product covering all the security holes in their OSes. But seriously, let's face it, the product never really gained a large market share, as it was buggy and performed poorly in various antivirus... Read more...
The Classics Deserve First-class Treatment ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCI-e Audio Card with 124dB SNR Audio and Built-in Headphone Amplifier for Extraordinary Audio Performance Taipei, Taiwan, November 12, 2008 – Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, the Xonar Essence STX is capable of achieving an industry-leading 124dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) in signal clarity. Furthermore, full-driving for any... Read more...
At initial glance, you’re probably wondering why an SD to CF adapter is cool. Well, until recently, cameras and other devices that accepted SD had this cool little card called the Eye-Fi that brought Wi-Fi capabilities to the device. Now, thanks to Synchrotech’s new adapter, CF users can get in on the fun too. Best of all, it’ll only cost you $28 (before taxes, shipping, and any other random fees).   This adapter accepts the following media types: Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Cards SD SDHC MultiMediaCard MMC +Plus   With this adapter, you’ll get the best of both worlds: You can have Wi-Fi, yet still use high performance UDMA CF cards when Wi-Fi isn’t needed. Given that many high end D-SLRs and some... Read more...
Adapters, cables, and chargers are just a few of the many things that accompany us on our travels. Inevitably, we end up with a tangled mess of cords. If iSuppli is correct, however, the days of untangling cords before we can connect our iPod to the car is coming to an end. For years, consumers have demanded better connectivity between our car’s audio system and our portable media players, especially our iPods. Auto makers are getting the message. In fact, 58% of car models released in 2009 are expected to offer an iPod connectivity feature option. For those of you who prefer a different type of fruit, automakers are expected to offer USB options on 1/3 of available options next year. “The... Read more...
Enjoy Extreme Cooling and 109% Performance with ASUS Designed Graphics CardsASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Dark Knight Fansink and Luxurious Components Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS - In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that delivers extreme cooling and low noise-levels—greatly enhancing gaming enjoyment. The inclusion of... Read more...
We are writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of the BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX with Thermointelligence cooling. The BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX takes mid-range graphics up a few notches by cranking up both the memory and GPU clock speeds over NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT reference spec, while coupling a potent cooling solution with intelligent temperature management for maximum stability and performance. Click the link below and check it out... BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX Graphics Card... Read more...
When it comes to graphics cards for gaming, most of us desire the creme de la creme, but few of us can justify the expense of purchasing such a product.  That fact, coupled with the additional investment in hardware necessary to adequately back-up a high-end graphics card to ensure maximum enjoyment, can lead to some serious budget concerns.Fortunately, there are a number of mid-range products that often compete very well with higher end cards, while shaving off a fair percentage of the price.  Also common in this market segment are cards tweaked from the factory with higher clock speeds and enhanced cooling to elevate performance, which helps make some mid-range... Read more...
There's something about the machine.  Some folks have a passion for things that fly, while others, an affinity for things that float.  However, nearly everyone, young, old, male, female, can appreciate a seriously stylish ride.  It's probably somewhere within those four wheels, that freedom speaks.  Perhaps your inner child, in adolescent transition from being house-bound and ever-reliant on your parents, yearns for the excitement that only a new automobile can bring.  From Little Red Corvette, to Mustang Sally, Little Deuce Coupe, Low Rider and Bitchin' Camaro, over the years folks have sung the praises of the automobile and there is little question, its appeal seems... Read more...
Id Software has had minimal success developing games for cell phones. It ported its popular Doom title over to the cell phone platform with Doom RPG, as well as developing two original Orcs and Elves games for phones. Ultimately, the three titles sold only a combined two million copies. The problem, at least up to now, is that cell phones have been less than ideal gaming platforms. They typically have small screens, limited processing power and memory, and awkward controls. But according to an article on Forbes.com, Id's co-founder, John Carmack is eyeing the iPhone as the mobile platform that can successfully address at least some of these issues:"One of the biggest appeals of the iPhone, says... Read more...
People dissatisfied with their local cable and satellite services often look longingly at Verizon's FiOS TV service as an alternative. The problem has been that you can't get the service in all that many places yet, and there's a hopscotch effect to the places you can get it. Some people even have Verizon FiOS for their Internet connection and can't get TV programming yet. Customers in New York City can now count themselves among the lucky people who can sign up for Verizon's TV over fiber-optic lines; Verizon is now offering the city's residents a hefty 100 hi-def channels to go along with 400 video-on-demand choices. "There's HD on FiOS and then there's everything else," said Shawn Strickland,... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started.Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample comes from ASUS... Read more...
A lot has happened over the past month in the world of 3D gaming graphics: NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260, ATI introduced us to the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, and NVIDIA tried to rain on the Radeon HD 4800 Series parade by dropping the 55nm GeForce 9800 GTX+. If that weren't enough, we've already seen price drops on the GTX 280 and GTX 260 as well. The latest fight for your pixel pushing dollars is shaping up to be quite a battle, and it's just getting started. Although the latest and greatest graphics cards are always a hot topic, we're going to focus on one of the established predecessors - a GeForce 9800 GTX (without the plus sign) in this piece. Our sample... Read more...
Perhaps it is just a coincidence that we're starting to hear a lot more about electric cars these days now that gas prices have hit record highs. Coincidence or not, automobiles that offer alternatives to traditional fossil-fuel-based, internal combustion engines are gearing up to hit the streets. The latest entrant to this quickly growing field is U.K.-based, Lightning Car Company, which debuted its Electric Lightning GT today at the British Motor Show in London. Similar to the all-electric, high-performance Tesla Roadster that is now available the Electric Lightning GT will also be a high-performance vehicle--and carry a similar, high-performance price tag. News.com reports that the Electric... Read more...
As the price of gas continues to rise, fewer folks are buying automobiles--especially gas-guzzlers like trucks and SUVs. Throw in a limping economy, record job losses, and a crippled housing market, and it's amazing anyone drives anywhere other than to work and the grocery store. There's also the growing environmentally conscious crowd who is concerned over the impact emissions from internal combustion engines have on global climate change. Short of everyone switching to bicycles as their primary means of transportation, what are cash-strapped, eco-friendly people to do? Philadelphia steel wholesaler Barry D. Bernsten thinks he has the answer: electric cars.    Credit: BG Automotive... Read more...
An interesting new conspiracy theory has arisen today. It appears that several laptop OEMs have been having "issues" with their sound card drivers: specifically, the Stereo Mix option is missing from their drivers, which basically means you can't record audio (except from Mic In). Whoops! Is this a case of Dell and others working with the RIAA? A ripten writer noticed this on his Dell laptop. Linkage between Dell (and other OEMs) and the RIAA were posited an obvious theory. Now, while we wouldn't put it past the RIAA to do this, we have what's probably a more likely theory: driver bug. Notably, these incidents seem to have occurred on laptops using a SigmaTel sound card. SigmaTel pretty much... Read more...
Andy Grove was once the Chairman of Intel, and is widely considered one of the best minds in American management. Time's Man of the Year for 1997 isn't spending his retirement from the chipmaker doing nothing; he's championing a push to get plug-in hybrid cars on the road ASAP.During the past year and a half, Grove has created his own crash course in electric power, plug-in hybrid vehicles and finding ways of shifting the nation's fleet of vehicles from gasoline. His goal: To draw more attention to electric vehicles."The most important thing I would like to do is light that almost half-assumed truth up in neon lights: Electricity in transportation has to be done. It is urgent. It is important... Read more...
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