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Google is aggressively working to improve the speed with which we access the Internet. Google Fiber is one of its better-known efforts because it directly benefits regular users: Google Fiber provides the citizens of many major U.S. cities with affordable Gigabit Internet access. Now, the company is joining forces with other tech companies to build FASTER, an undersea cable system that will transfer data between the West coast and Japan at speeds that are, as Google’s Urs Hölzle points out in a Google+ post, “About ten million times faster than your cable modem.” FASTER will run from Chikura and Shima in Japan to the West Coast, where it will feed hubs in Los Angeles, Portland,... Read more...
Recent tests have shown that the third Chrome beta version offers faster performance than previous iterations. In these tests, Google Chrome's latest version, 0.3.154.9, shows a 37% improvement in JavaScript performance over the initial beta that was released two months ago.Using Google's JavaScript benchmark, the first beta scored 1,851; the 0.3.154.3 developer release scored 2,265; and the new 0.3.154.9 beta hit 2,546. A higher score is better. In the SunSpider test, Google’s Chrome also scores well, finishing the test in 2,546 milliseconds compared with 2,904 milliseconds for version 0.3.154.3. This new, faster score is close to Firefox 3.1 beta 1’s score of 2,250 milliseconds with the new... Read more...
If you try to check your Gmail from your phone using a spotty connection, you know this can be a big problem. Now, thanks to Gmail for mobile 2.0 for J2ME-supported and BlackBerry phones, those on-again off-again connections should be less of an issue.In this version, Google says that they changed their assumptions about a network being always available, and re-thought about the actions a user might perform. The development team then tried to solve for instances where a signal isn’t available. The result is a faster mobile client that is more reliable and has new features. Sounds like a win-win to us.Gmail for mobile 2.0 provides basic offline support for phones such as the Nokia N95, Sony Ericsson... 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...
Verizon FiOS customers tend to be the envy of the rest of us non-FiOS, broadband users. Well, that envy quotient is about to go up another notch, as Verizon announced that as of next week, its 50/20 and 20/20 Mbps services will be available "across all of Verizon's FiOS Internet service footprint in 16 states." "Verizon had already offered the 50/20 Mbps and 20/20 Mbps services in its FiOS markets in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.  The company is now expanding those offerings to new Verizon FiOS customers in parts of California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, replacing existing offerings... Read more...
The divide between gaming desktops and laptops just got a bit smaller. Today Seagate announced that its 2.5-inch, 320GB, 7,200-rpm, Momentus 7200.3 hard drive is now available as an option in Dell XPS laptops and will be available soon in some Alienware laptop models."Seagate's new 2.5-inch hard drive delivers up to 320GB of capacity and combines a fast Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with 7200-rpm spin speed and a 16MB cache to enable the highest-performance laptops ever. The drive also is offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor technology, to help prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a laptop PC is dropped."Dell's online configurator for the XPS M1730Hard drives... Read more...
Bluetooth and normal Wi-Fi, such as Draft-N, aren't too good for transferring large files, because of interference and other issues.  Scientists are looking into using very high frequencies to develop nwe technologies for short-range wireless data transfer of large amounts of data. While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have emerged as efficient ways to zap small amounts of data between gadgets, neither is well suited for quickly transferring high-definition video, large audio libraries and other massive files. Laskar and other scientists at the Georgia Electronic Design Center have turned to extremely high radio frequencies to transfer huge data files over short distances. The... Read more...
If you're not wasting all your time playing Doom3 on your desktop now, Nvidia announced Thursdaythey're teaming up with Dell to put their GeForce Go 7950 GTX in Dell's laptops, allowing you to waste all your spare time looking for ammo while away from your desk, too: Nvidia's new processor, the GeForce Go 7950 GTX, is the firms flagship mobile product, delivering support for Microsoft's Direct-X 9.0 graphics library, and includes power-saving features to reduce battery drain. The products will go into Dell's XPS line of laptops - the computer makers enthusiast and gamer line of notebooks. "Dell XPS notebooks have swept the awards... Read more...
Hot Hardware brought this idea to your attention in September, but now Apple has sponsored a study that comes to the same conclusion: A big monitor will increase your productivity. Providing employees with 30-in. computer monitors can boost worker productivity at companies where 17-in. or 19-in. monitors are typically used, according to a French consultant hired for a study sponsored by Apple. The study, which evaluated Apple's 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, concluded that large screens can offer gains of up to 50 percent to 65 percent in productivity on a variety of specific office tasks and can earn back their extra costs in time savings over several years. The 30-in. display costs $1,999. Read... Read more...
Smart people invent things. Smarter people look all around at the stuff other people invented and say: How the hell are we going to charge all that stuff, and not lose our minds keeping track of all the chargers? Splashpower thinks they have the answer: You can power up any Splashpower-enabled device (e.g. phone, PDA, MP3 player, camera etc), simply by dropping it on a mouse-mat-sized pad, called a SplashPadTM. No physical connection is required between the SplashPad and the device - power is transferred wirelessly between the pad and the receiver module in the device. And of course, different devices can be charged on a single SplashPad at the same time. Add to this the kind of styling which... Read more...
The rumor mill at The Inquirer is beginning to run at a frantic pace as tidbits of news regarding NVIDIA's 90u flagship GPU begin to make their way around the internet. Fudo reports that NVIDIA's G71 GPU is shaping up to be a very high-frequency part that "should" have no trouble besting ATI's X1900 XTX in the usual group of benchmarks. Obviously, we'll reserve final judgement until we have the cards on our test bench. However, it certainly proves interesting to hear rumors of some G71 samples hitting 800MHz with standard air cooling! And one more, a very important thing. G71 at 700+ MHz can and will beat R580, Radeon X1900 even the... Read more...
  Western Digital has earned themselves quite a reputation in the Computing Enthusiast market with their line of Raptor hard drives.  Originally targeted as "Enterprise class" SATA variants of what WD had historically brought to market for high-end SCSI server storage solutions, the 10K RPM Raptor was an overnight success for end user performance freaks, including many of us here at HotHardware.com.  WD's first iteration of the drive was a somewhat overly-svelte 36GB version that came outfitted with an 8MB cache.  And it was actually not what one would term a "native SATA" drive, with a Marvell PATA to SATA bridge chip handling calls for the drive's SATA... Read more...