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WD ANNOUNCES 2.5-INCH, 10,000 RPM ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES The World’s Fastest Enterprise SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor, Now Available for Low-power, High-performance Blade Server Applications LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – July 23, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today the WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM enterprise SATA hard drives in an enterprise-class 2.5-inch form factor for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers. The newest WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built for business-critical applications with enterprise-class mechanics and packs up to 300 GB of capacity into the enterprise small form factor bays, while consuming 35 percent less power than the previous-generation WD Raptor drive. “WD is... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards under the new Alchemy line of Gaming ProductsSunnyvale, Calif.—July 10, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the expansion of its gaming peripherals under a new “Alchemy” line, with the introduction of the Elixir keyboard series for highly advanced functionality in game-play. Featuring a wealth of user-friendly features combined with an ergonomic and sturdy design, the Elixir keyboard will deliver a unique combination of performance and vale to gamers as they blaze through the latest PC titles. “The new Alchemy line from OCZ is designed to offer... Read more...
If there is any doubt that Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the next medium for laptop storage, then don't tell the folks over at Samsung. They probably won't have time to take your call anyway, because they're busy ramping up production of Samsung's 128GB SSDs in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. This is in addition to the 64GB SSDs that Samsung ramped up production on only a few days earlier. The Samsung SSDs use Multi-Level Cell (MLC) technology, which according to Wikipedia is:"MLC NAND flash is a flash memory technology using multiple levels per cell to allow more bits to be stored as opposed to SLC NAND flash technologies, which uses a single level per cell. Currently, most MLC NAND... Read more...
There are high-end gaming rigs, and then there are high-end gaming rigs. Then there are those systems that are so high-end that they defy categorization. Leave it to boutique systems manufacturer Voodoo to give us the $7,000 Omen. By the way, $7,000 is the starting price for the system, depending on the configuration. Similar to Voodoo's, soon to be released, ultra-high-end Envy laptop, the Omen represents a new direction for Voodoo: catering almost exclusively to those who never need to check their bank account balance or worry about credit limits on their charge cards.So what makes the Omen so expensive? Is it gold-plated and encrusted with diamonds? Hardly. But the 22-inch-high, tower case... Read more...
Ridata 2.5" IDE Ultra-S Solid -State Drive Series Features Single Layer Cell Reliability for the Industrial Market SLC SSD is Ideal for Many Demanding Industrial Applications Including Testing/Monitoring Systems, Medical/Military Equipment, Automotive and Avionics Systems. Diamond Bar, Calif. –7/1/2008 – Advanced Media, Inc., is a manufacturer and marketer of the popular Ridata brand of recordable DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories. The company is pleased to announce the Ridata Single Layer Cell (SLC) 2.5” IDE Ultra-S to its award-winning Ridata Solid State Drive (SSD) product line up. IDE is an established interface that is pin-to-pin compatible and eliminates... Read more...
If you've kept tabs on recent Linux happenings at all, it has become abundantly clear that Ubuntu Linux has become rather popular and what some might call the "Linux distro of choice".  This trend seems to be pretty obvious to memory manufacture Super Talent, and for a limited time they will bundle a free CD containing the Ubuntu Desktop Edition Linux operating system and the OpenOffice software suite with its line of MasterDrive MX SSDs.  This is obviously a way to add value rather cost efficiently for a high priced product like an SSD.San Jose, California – July 1, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, announced... Read more...
There's no shortage of drama in the Desktop Graphics industry, with bitter rivals NVIDIA and AMD-ATI taking shots at each other at any opportunity.  Though HotHardware Management heritage is of Italian descent and thus not shy of taking on a passionate debate, we generally like to stick to the facts, rather than dabble in rumor hearsay or mudslinging.  There just aren't enough hours in the day to go down the proverbial rat-hole all that often.  However, when the occasion presented itself to dig into the latest allegations of NVIDIA leveraging optimization cheats in their drivers for their recently announced GPU-PhysX port and 3DMark Vantage, we couldn't resist learning all we could... Read more...
If you're running Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, there's a nasty Trojan horse out in wild that antivirus firm SecureMac has spotted being distributed from a hacker website. Taking advantage of a vulnerability of the Apple Remote Desktop agent, the Trojan does every sort of bad thing to your computer.According to SecureMac, the Trojan runs hidden on a Mac and allows a malicious user complete remote access. The Trojan can transmit system and user passwords, and avoid detection by opening ports in the firewall and turning off system logging. The AppleScript version, SecureMac reported, can also log keystrokes, take pictures with the built-in Apple iSight camera, take screenshots, and turn on file sharing.The... Read more...
Analysts at Gartner have estimated that there are already one billion computers in use worldwide right now. That's a big number, but it's the estimated rate of growth in PC ownership that jumps off the page in their report -- 12 percent a year. That means by 2014, they estimate two billion people worldwide will be able to leave bizarre comments on YouTube videos or press the autosum button on a spreadsheet. “Whereas mature markets accounted for just under-60 percent of the first billion installed PCs, we expect emerging markets to account for approximately 70 percent of the next billion installed PCs,” says Gartner research vice president Luis Anavitarte. The firm cites the explosive expansion... Read more...
It's not over yet - not completely - but it might as well be. On Monday Microsoft sent out a letter to its customers dashing any hopes of a stay of execution for Windows XP.The letter (PDF) from Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group, affirms that after June 30 Microsoft will suspend OEM distribution of Windows XP. The extension some people advocated isn't happening. Good. As I've expressed before, Microsoft can't get XP out of the OEM channel fast enough.But vestiges of XP distribution will continue, since system builders can continue shipping the operating system through Jan. 31, 2009. They acquire the software from distributors. Now this is interesting:... Read more...
On Thursday, the same day that AMD unveiled - early - its 4800 series of cards (because some etailers were already selling the card), NVIDIA decided it just had to unveil its own new card, as well as some other good news.NVIDIA's new card is the GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU, an overclocked 9800 GTX, but really the 55nm refresh of the G92. NVIDIA increased default clock/shader speeds: from 675MHz to 738MHz and from 1688MHz to 1836MHz respectively. Memory speeds for this card will be 1100MHz, similar to the existing 9800 GTX. The MSRP will be $229, and it will hit store shelves in mid-July. At the same time the 9800 GTX's price will be dropped to $199, matching AMD's 4850 MSRP.          ... Read more...
Will Ymail lure you to Yahoo! Email?  For that matter, will Rocketmail? Starting this morning, Yahoo! will be opening up ymail.com and rocketmail.com email domains for users.  Why?It's obvious that if you wanted to get the email address john@yahoo.com, you couldn't. Saturation has meant that if you want to get an email address at Yahoo!, or for that matter, Gmail, you frequently have to resort to adding numbers or other such differentiating characters.  What a pain, right?Today, Yahoo Inc. will roll out two new e-mail services - Rocketmail and Ymail - that the company hopes will start a "global race" among Internet users looking to ditch their high school and gimmicky e-mail addresses... Read more...
Despite running into a few glitches at the start of the record-setting attempt for the most software downloaded in 24 hours, approximately 8.3 million full copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded during the first 24 hours of its availability. The Mozilla folks are working with the blokes from Guinness World Records to determine if in fact a true world record has been set. As there is no previously established official record for the most software downloaded in a day, the record is likely to keep. We'll drink to that! At a highpoint during the download barrage, the Mozilla developers reported:"Mozilla.com web traffic is pushing well over 2 Gigabits a second of just pure HTTP traffic. That is in addition... Read more...
Verizon has a good thing going with their FiOS  bundled service packages.(fiber-optic service that can simultaneously deliver TV, fast Internet and telephone) Its appeal is based around the very fast upload and download speeds that their fiber-optic cable can deliver. They've become a kind of de facto alternate for cable TV and Internet service for people dissatisfied with what's available in their area. But FiOS service has been introduced in a helter-skelter manner, with vast areas of Verizon's telephone service map being unable to purchase it even if they wanted it. That's about to change, as Verizon has announced a plan to expand availability of their Internet service.  The New... Read more...
HotHardware told you yesterday about the Associated Press' hardline approach to linking to their news service stories and excerpting their copy. AP seems a little sketchy about the way in which the doctrine of Fair Use is generally understood on the Internet. As if in an attempt to double down on what is fast becoming a public relations debacle for the news service, AP has a web form for bloggers to use when referring to AP news stories, and it's comedy gold. AP wants to charge you $12.50 to excerpt five words from their articles. The New York Times, an AP member organization, refers to this as an “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web... Read more...
Silicon Valley wants you. They'll pay you big bucks, and you'll occupy a central position in the world of the data center. But you'll have next to nothing to do with software. Server farms that serve the Internet are not just digital problems. Their immense size, energy use, and complexity make them mechanical engineering problems above all else. Want a good job in the high-tech world? Get a mechanical engineering education. “The data center energy problem is growing fast, and it has an economic importance that far outweighs the electricity use,” said Jonathan G. Koomey, a consulting professor of environmental engineering at Stanford. “So that explains why these data center people, who haven’t... Read more...
You probably remember the Megan Meier case, in which a teenage girl committed suicide after a MySpace romance went bad. The romance itself and the boy involved were in fact fictional, perpetrated as a vindictive prank by the mother of a former friend who lived down the street.A Missouri woman who prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old neighbour girl to suicide with a cruel MySpace hoax pleaded innocent to federal charges on Thursday in the unprecedented case. Lori Drew, who is accused of creating the fake MySpace persona of a 16-year-old boy to woo and then viciously reject neighbour Megan Meier, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and accessing a protected computer to obtain information.... Read more...
Starting today, a select few United Airlines customers will be able to plug their iPods and iPhones into their flight's in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and watch the content from their own devices on the seatback's 15.4-inch displays--and their iPods and iPhones will also charge while doing it. Using IFE systems developed by Panasonic Avionics, "United is the first U.S. carrier to offer iPod and iPhone connectivity to its in-flight entertainment system." As we reported last month, Singapore Airlines was the first air carrier to offer iPod and iPhone connectivity on five of its Airbus A340-500 planes. Singapore Airlines is also using IFE systems from Panasonic Avionics. The IFE systems connect... Read more...
When checking out the specs on the Voodoo Envy 133 earlier, we were pretty annoyed by the Flash intro to the revamped VoodooPC site. That's precisely the reason for a feature such as this. Search for a site, and - if the site has a Skip Intro link on it - results will have a "Skip intro," which enables users to skip the Flash intro, directly from the search results.Of course, this doesn't help on the VoodooPC site, as there's no "Skip Intro" option on their site. Possibly because the intro is pretty short, but still irritating.This is precisely the type of small, some-would-think inconsequential feature which is just the type of thing that draws people to one search engine over another. ... Read more...
The results of a recently published study of workers' instant messaging (IM) use shows that IM can actually improve workplace productivity. This contradicts a widely held belief that IM in the workplace is a hindrance to productivity. IM is often perceived as an interruption, and as such, "it can significantly hinder productivity by disrupting thought processes and work flows, causing individuals to take longer to complete tasks."Researchers at Ohio State University and the University of California, Irvine conducted a telephone study by randomly surveying individuals employed full-time who use computers in an office environment at least five hours per week. They netted 912 respondents, of which... Read more...
In somewhat of a coup for them, Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., has landed a few more shows for their burgeoning video vault, including both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show from Comedy Central.We had to check and make sure the press release wasn't a joke, but there are indeed full episodes from both programs available. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Comedy Central parent company Viacom has not signed on to Hulu, which launched as a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. and does not yet have any other major networks on board.But on the other hand, MTV Networks, the Viacom division that encompasses Comedy Central, has made more distribution... Read more...
The DVR is the greatest invention since fire. But especially since a substantial amount of programming became available in high-definition, its seems we're constantly having to erase something in order to make room for the next show we want. Iomega has been solving various storage problems for a long time, and if you use the DVR supplied by many Cable companies, they'd like you to be able to store a lot more content. Up to 300 additional hours of standard def, or 60 hours of hi-def goodness. The new Iomega DVR Expander Drive adds storage capacity for eSATA-enabled Scientific Atlanta DVRs, allowing cable TV customers to record and enjoy more of their favorite cable TV and movie broadcasts. Cable... Read more...
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