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Late last year, AMD-ATI introduced their first Stream processor, announcing their efforts in  GP-GPU (General Purpose GPU) computing for scientific, engineering and other compute-intensive applications.  Based on the RD580 architecture, the new card fell somewhat silently on the market and we didn't hear much more on the topic until now.  Late last week AMD unveiled their next generation Stream Processor cards, aptly dubbed the FireStream 9170, which is a combination of AMD's FireGL Pro Graphics branding, along with their Stream processor moniker.  This time around the card is built on a 55nm GPU architecture, most likely a close kin to AMD's RV670 GPU that we'll be show-casing... Read more...
In the wake of Comcast's recent decision to start throttling end-user P2P traffic consumer groups have decided to take their complaint straight to the top.  By 'the top' we don't mean the supreme court, but the FCC.  We can't help but wonder why nobody's taken Comcast to the FCC over their disconnecting users who use 'too much' of their unlimited service, but we suspect that we'll probably be reporting on that in the near future.Several consumer rights groups have worked in unison to file law suits of various kinds, but it looks like a couple of them decided to try to hit Comcast beneath the proverbial belt:“Two of the groups are also asking the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 for every... Read more...
If you're on the Internet, you must be aware of identity theft. Hardly a day goes by without news of another version of a phishing scam designed to coax the unwary into offering up their precious personal information, never mind the more complex and insidious malware approaches to theft.  So information gathered for a study at Utica College of identity theft is a little surprising to us paranoid internauts: The Internet is not necessarily the preferred method for stealing your information. "Analysis of the methods employed by the offenders showed that Internet and/or other technological devices were used in approximately half of the cases," the report says. "In some cases, the offenders... Read more...
Mozilla developer Mike “schrep” Schroepfer has started discussing the possibilities of a mobile Firefox in a recent blog.“Schroepfer hinted at a desktop and mobile browsing experience that could be bridged to build a better experience for both. He imagined a world in which bookmarks, history, and extensions from Firefox on the desktop work on a mobile device.Mozilla plans to give device manufacturers the best of both worlds, Schroepfer said: shared investment in the open-source project plus the flexibility they need to customize the browser for their devices.“The goal of making extensions that work on the desktop and on a mobile platform sounds quite challenging.  The real limitations might... Read more...
There have been plenty of recalls and stories about laptop and cell phone batteries (think Sony --- ouch, and Nokia, recently) either overheating or igniting, but we've never heard of an MP3 player doing this before.Danny Williams says his 1 1/2 year old iPod nano caught fire in his pocket. A local TV station caught the news, and posted a rather sensationalistic story.There's a full news video at the linked site. Hilariously, the news anchor calls the nano a "nana" (channeling her grandmother?).  The statement made by Williams' mother makes one wonder how long it will be before a lawsuit is filed.... Read more...
For those of you that like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new article here at HotHardware.  We recently got our hands on a pair of Diamond’s Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB cards  and have compared their performance to the original 512MB Radeon HD 2900 XT, and to a trio of GeForce 8800 series cards, all running in both single- and multi-GPU CrossFire and SLI configurations.  We also talk about the card’s bundle and overclockability.  Click the link below and check it out, we definitely had some interesting results...   Diamond Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire... Read more...
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Tech visionaries have made a lot of money, and they'd like to spend it on vaguely Star Trek sounding things of doubtful utility until they run of cash.  It's Internet 2.0 silly season; in space, this time. In announcing the Google Lunar X Prize on Sept. 13, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin joined a growing brigade of tech luminaries who have put their Web wealth to work in an area where they've little expertise: trying to transform space travel from a largely government affair to a civilian, profitable business. Like the $10 million Ansari X Prize, the Google Lunar X Prize provides incentive for the emerging... Read more...
Firefox has been an unbridled success, and Mozilla wants to repeat history by trying the same formula on its open-source email client, Thunderbird.In 2005, the Mozilla Foundation set up a corporation to run elements of the Firefox Web browser operation. Now it's doing the same with Thunderbird, providing the as-yet-unnamed subsidiary with $3 million and beginning plans to significantly expand its programming staff, said Mozilla Chief Executive Mitchell Baker."We're increasing Mozilla's focus with people and money, and we're hoping to use that to create something better, much as we do in the Firefox space...for everyone interested in Internet and e-mail communications," Baker said.If they could... Read more...
Firefox launched on November 9, 2004. It took one year for Firefox to reach 100 million downloads. One further year and it doubled to 200 million. One more year and it's doubled again to 400 million downloads. Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated that not even the world’s most powerful companies can keep people from a better, safer, and faster Web experience. You all, the grass roots and the heart of the Firefox movement, have helped hundreds of millions of people find that better, safer, and faster Web. We use it and love it.  It's our browser of choice.  We just hope Mozilla keeps it quick... Read more...
Firefox has made a lot of headway the past few years.  It’s risen from relative obscurity to be the first real alternative to challenge the de facto standard, Internet Explorer, since Netscape.The problem is that figures of how popular the program is could be based on anything from usage patterns to the number of downloads.Usage is quite easy to gauge and would seem to be more accurate, but usage figures just don’t produce the kind of jaw-dropping numbers that make headlines.  Why don't these two figures agree?Because not everyone who downloads uses it, and not everyone who uses it continues to do so. “Firefox's claims to success have been supported by clocking up the number of downloads, encouraged... Read more...
AMD Unveils Innovation-Packed Series of ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators Industry’s first 2GB frame buffer, exclusive AutoDetect software, and unified shader architecture deliver more than 300% increase in 3D performance SIGGRAPH, San Diego, Calif. -- August 6, 2007 --At SIGGRAPH 2007 today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced five new high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for CAD, DCC and medical imaging professionals. The ATI FireGL V8650, FireGL V8600, FireGL V7600, FireGL V5600, and FireGL V3600 graphics boards are based on the next-generation ATI graphics processing unit (GPU) with an innovative unified shader architecture... Read more...
AMD held a Technology Analyst Day in Sunnyvale, California today, where members of their management team delivered presentations related to the company's various technologies and roadmaps.  There were a number of details revealed during the presentations regarding AMD's modular M-SPACE design methodology, next-generation graphics technology and CPU / GPU Fusion, and attendees were also given a glimpse into AMD's more distant future with information about Bulldozer and Bobcat; the company's next-generation desktop and mobile CPU core architectures.  AMD even went so far as to say Bulldozer was 'Designed to be the highest performing single and multi-threaded compute core in history'.  The presentation... Read more...
There's always been an element of superstition about the safety and security of all sorts of web browsers and operating systems. The idea that if Bill Gates isn't involved you'll be magically protected against trouble is wearing a little thin now. The best protection against exploits in browsers has always been a market share south of 5% Well, Mozilla's Firefox browser is learning the hard lesson of  "big enough to matter, big enough to get security holes pointed out." And last week's fingerpointing exercise blaming Microsoft for their Firefox problem is a dead letter now. "We thought this was just a problem with IE. It turns out, it is a problem with Firefox as well," Window Snyder,... Read more...
According to this article on DailyTech, AMD is preparing a chipset that will be the basis for future high-end motherboard, the RD790.  The RD790 is supposedly going to support not only dual CPU sockets, but also up to 4 graphics cards.  This could be the very platform for the next generation “Quadfather”, or “Quadfather 2.0” if you will. “The improved CrossFire multi-GPU technology supports up to four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards in Quad CrossFire configurations. Unlike NVIDIA’s SLI, which supports dual or quad graphics cards in SLI, the improved CrossFire solution can take on three cards for improved performance. AMD claims CrossFire scaling with three cards yields a 2.6x performance... Read more...
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