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Some news just came across the wire regarding a strategic partnership being formed between NVIDIA and a company called MotionDSP.  If you're unfamiliar with MotionDSP, the company has created custom software that decodes video files, extracts large amounts of data from dozens of video frames, filters the video using custom algorithms, and then re-constructs a new video which combines all the new data and enhanced frames.  The end result is a final video that is of much higher quality and of higher resolution than the original, that shows more detail with less video noise and artifacts.  We've got the full release regarding the partnership posted below, which... Read more...
Last week Interbrand issued its 2008 Best Global Brands rankings. While most of the top 10 remained unchanged from 2007, with IBM and Microsoft swapping places (IBM rose from 3 to 2), one big change emerged: Google rose from 20 to 10, with Mercedes-Benz dropping to 11.  Interbrand produces this report annually, which is then used to produce a special report by Business Week.The report is generated from June 30th to June 30th annually, so while it does show quite a bit of financial firms dropping in global ranking from 2007, it doesn't show the full effect of the recent financial turmoil on Wall Street and elsewhere.  For example, Merrill Lynch dropped from 22 to 34, while HSBC dropped... Read more...
Crowdsourcing just got a new outlet today with the social polling site, millionheads. The millionheads site is positioning itself as a sort of magic eight ball of personal indecision. But instead of relying on the random, one-in-twenty, and often out-of-context responses of the Mattel toy, responses to millionhead user questions are open to anyone with an Internet connection, a keyboard, and an opinion--albeit, hopefully, an informed opinion. All questions are posted on millionhead starting with the words, "Should I..." The question asker then provides details on what s/he is seeking to decide, such as these recent queries: "Which laptop should I buy?," "When should I give my kids the talks about... Read more...
There should be no doubt that streaming video is quickly gaining in popularity. Recent studies shows that about 20 percent of U.S. households are watching TV online. Hulu has quickly grown to be the eighth-largest video site in the U.S., and it is even hosting a number of TV season premiers before the shows' officially broadcast dates. A new video search site, VideoSurf has recently sprung up, leveraging the mounting mountain of disparate online videos. Even Internet veteran, IMDb.com, has finally embraced streaming video and added the ability to view of 6,000 movies and TV shows.   Credit: HDTV on the DishIf there is one constant to be found among these online video sources, it is... Read more...
Super Talent Launches Dangerously Fast New SATA-II SSDsSupport up to 170MB/sec Read and 130MB/sec Sequential Write Speeds San Jose, California – September 16, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.These new SSDs are based on a sophisticated new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller. The MasterDrive OX uses MLC NAND Flash to transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write). The MasterDrive OX is offered in capacities up to 128GB, and... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors and filmmakers. Available now, the Amazon.com-owned company hosts "over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free." This new features is currenly labeled as a "Beta." IMDb.com will feature a rotating selection of video content from providers such as "CBS, Hulu, Sony Pictures Television and over 500 independent filmmakers." Content will include... 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...
Gasoline being given away?  In this age of $4 a gallon gasoline in the U.S., and much higher prices in Europe and elsewhere, would you riot over it?  All right, it wasn't a riot, but it sure as heck was gridlock.Electronic Arts was trying to promote the Mercenaries 2: World in Flames game.  And the promotion was free gasoline (or petrol, as the BBC prefers).  Publicity they wanted, and publicity they got, but not all positive.Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said: "Whilst a lucky few might have got free petrol, hundreds of residents have faced misery". The Liberal Democrat said: "Trying to recreate Venezuelan-style fuel riots on the streets of London is completely... Read more...
No, no one at the ISP was arrested, so strike that from your mind.  In this case, it was Carol Sinclair, a 53-year-old Halifax actress and playwright.  Her service went down, and in a typical finger-pointing episode, the ISP pointed a finger at her PC, and she pointed at the ISP.  Eventually, she lied to get them to come out (that's not the reason for the arrest, however), as she had a deadline to meet and was running out of time.  "I was polite the first 20 times I talked to them," she told The Globe and Mail. "But each one gave me the same routine: 'Is the modem connected. Are the lights blipping?' And then each one would say, 'It should be working, it should be working.... Read more...
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...
Earlier this week we reported on Scotland's Sunday Herald's claim that the Best Western hotel group was hit with the world's largest known data breach of eight million people's sensitive information, as well as Best Western's adamant denial. Even if the Sunday Herald story turns out to be true, the Best Western data breach would no longer hold the title of the world's largest known data breach. That record now goes to the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, which "lost" the sensitive information of 12.5 million customers. The BNY Mellon data breach itself is not new news. As documented in the Identity Theft Resource Center's ITRC Breach Report 2008, on February 27, 2008, BNY Mellon gave "an unencrypted... Read more...
"Smaller, faster, less expensive," might just be the motto over at Samsung these days. At least that's what it feels like with Samsung's announcement today that it has started sampling low-density, multilevel cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that are "only 30 percent of the size of 2.5-inch SSDs," "higher performance," and "highly cost-efficient to manufacture." Samsung is aiming these low-capacity drives at the burgeoning low-cost PC market. Starting next month, Samsung will start mass-producing 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB SSDs using this new manufacturing technique:"We've refined our manufacturing techniques and redesigned our low-density SSDs to get what the low-priced PC market is looking... Read more...
Let's be honest: even if you use a PC you have to admit the Apple "Get a Mac" ads are hip, funny, and clever. Despite our PVR, we will stop in the middle of a commercial skip and watch a new "Get a Mac" ad. The latest "Get a Mac" ad, "Off the Air," ratchets up the rhetoric somewhat by saying that "fear of switching is the foundation of customer loyalty for PCs." Microsoft's apparently grown weary of these ads and, according to the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required), Microsoft is ready to unveil a new ad campaign, with the slogan "Windows, Not Walls" as its tagline, and with Jerry Seinfeld as one of the key celebrities involved. Those people say the point is to stress breaking down... Read more...
Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before: in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state of today's and tomorrow's MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).       Chandrasekher says that in June, the number of people who used the Internet was roughly equal to three times the population of the U.S. Chandrasekher also said that we are now at an inflection point in regards to Internet access--although he didn't actually specify if he... Read more...
File-sharing, that's widely discussed.  But game sharing, not so much.  Basically the focus until now has been on music and movies, but now it seems industry has decided games being shared via P2P also deserve to be addressed. As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued for copyright infringement, it emerged today. A London-based law firm said it would launch legal proceedings on behalf of the computer game publisher Topware Interactive after a woman was fined £16,000 for illegally sharing a pinball-themed game over the web. The woman, who has not been named, was forced to pay £6,000 of damages and £10,000... Read more...
Apparently, Linux kernel creator, Linus Torvalds has no problem expressing his opinion, and did so vehemently via back-and-forth e-mails with the editors of Network World this week. What got Torvalds so heated is his perception of how security vulnerabilities are so incredibly over-hyped to the extent that he calls it a "security circus." What started this whole tirade, was a post Torvalds made to the Linux kernel developer newsgroup four weeks ago where he lobbed his opinions of how the "security circus... glorifies and... encourages the wrong behavior," and where he saved his cruelest and most politically-incorrect statement for the uber-security-minded, OpenBSD developers: Linus Torvalds... Read more...
It's hard to show tech-savvy consumers advertising. Your grandma might still be looking at every pop-up ad a rapacious Internet businessman can come up with, but between fast-forwarding past TV ad spots with your Digital Video Recorder, pop-up blockers in your browser, and the Do Not Call list, a lot of people are avoiding the vast majority of advertising that's being hurled at them. Advertisers never give up, though. They just try a different approach. High-tech ad avoidance is leading to a boom in one of the oldest forms of advertising: billboards everywhere. They just call it "Out of Home Media" now. The new places for ads — as well as the addition of digital and video capabilities to signs,... Read more...
The high-speed Internet advocacy Web site, Speed Matters, has just released a report on the average Internet connection speeds by U.S. state. If you live in Rhode Island (6,769 Kbps), Delaware (6,685 Kbps), New Jersey (5,825 Kbps), Virginia (5,033 Kbps), or Massachusetts (4,564 Kbps), you can take pride that your state has one of the fastest average Internet downstream connection speeds in the U.S. But before you get too smug, compare your speed against the average 63 Mbps downstream speed that the Communications Workers of America (CWA) claims Japan has... Or South Korea (49 Mbps), Finland (21 Mbps), France (17 Mbps), or even Canada (7.6 Mbps) for that matter. Credit: Speed MattersThe report... Read more...
Is microvideoblogging the next big thing? "Micro-what?" you say. Picture Twitter, but with video posts instead of text. That's microvideoblogging. Now limit each video post to only 12 seconds long, and that's the idea behind 12seconds.tv. Like Twitter, you can post pretty much anything you want, as long as it doesn't violate the site's terms of service (TOS). "12seconds.tv allows friends and family to record and share short video updates about what they are doing or where they are. You can use a webcam or a cellphone. It's a FREE, easy, and fun way to stay in touch." The site is currently in "public alpha," and membership is available by invitation only. You can request a membership login on... Read more...
GIGABYTE Announces Ultimate IGP GA-MA790GP-DS4H Motherboard Featuring DDR3 Side Port Memory and Outstanding Overclocking Performance City of Industry, CA, August 6, 2008 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today announced the launch of the GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H, further cementing GIGABYTE’s leadership position for the AMD AM2+ platform by enabling a new generation of motherboards which push the boundaries of integrated graphics performance and overclocking potential. Based on the newly released AMD 790GX chipset with onboard ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics core, the GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H features 128MB of onboard DDR3 1333MHz SidePort... Read more...
If you have any doubt that cloud computing is the next wave of remote and distributing computing and is poised to make major inroads into both the enterprise and consumer markets, then don't tell HP, Intel, or Yahoo!--who all just joined together in an initiative to create a "global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education." "The HP, Intel and Yahoo! Cloud Computing Test Bed will provide a globally distributed, Internet-scale testing environment designed to encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before. The initiative will also support... Read more...
In the latest results from market research company, Ipsos's quarterly study of the U.S. online video market, Ipsos found that most users are willing to accept advertising within free, online video content. The percentage of folks who find the inclusion of advertising in their free streaming or downloaded videos acceptable, however, depends significantly on the type and length of the content. Of the different video types included in the study, full-length TV shows had the highest acceptance rate of people who felt that it is at least somewhat reasonable to expect advertising, such as commercials, embedded into the free shows. As this online video format most closely matches that of existing, "offline"... Read more...
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