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If you own a Matrox DualHead2Go  and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion module, there's some good news to be heard today. Matrox, a long-standing member of the graphics card industry, has just announced enhanced resolution compatibility for the cards mentioned above when using Intel HD GMA chipsets. Maximum DualHead2Go resolutions have increased from 2x1280x1024 to support 2x1920x1080, and supported TripleHead2Go resolutions have expanded from 3x800x600 to 3x1280x1024 (standard) or 3x1360x768 (widescreen). Previously, this enlarged display real estate was previously only available to Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go customers using graphics solutions from other manufacturers, but now even... Read more...
Google will roll out its new voice and video chat inside Gmail over the course of the next two days for both Windows and Mac OSX. The new service was created in a joint effort between the Google Sweden and Google US teams, and hopes to promote and assist global collaboration for businesses while also providing an easy to use interface that will allow even the most computer illiterate to get chatting.How easy is it? Let the developers at Google show you: Unlike Skype, by incorporating the chat directly into Gmail, all that is needed is a simple plug-in and you're ready to go. This plug-in keeps the size of the application down to approximately 2 mb and uses a proprietary format rather than flash,... Read more...
Oh, well. It sounded so good, and it would have been, too: Gmail adding, through its Labs, the ability to send SMS messages through Gmail Chat and at the same time associate a permanent phone number with your account. Normally, a temporary ID is set, but this would have enabled you and your friends to SMS back and forth without worry. You would have been assigned a number in the 406 area code once you sent your first SMS message. However, Google found a bug, and had to pull back the feature. According to their blog post: Oh snap. Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you... Read more...
Before you say, "So What?" we are well aware that you could send an SMS from email by using an address of the form number@att.txt.net (we're also aware AIM supported this).  But when you did that, you only got a temporary ID that your friend could text you back on for a limited time. This new feature will give you a permanent "number" they can use all the time for SMS, which goes directly to your Gmail Chat.So, how does it work?  Well, first of all it's a Google Labs feature.  Unlike Mail Goggles, we like this one.  Go into your Gmail Settings, then Labs, and enable the functionality (most will not see this feature yet, at the time of this writing).  Go into chat, type... 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...
Aha, here's a Gmail Labs option that we don't need to joke about. The last one, Mail Goggles (we don't know about anyone else, but we keep typing Mail Googles) we felt was worthy of an April Fool's Day launch. But this one could be pretty useful.It's called "Canned Responses." To access it, go into your Settings, then Labs, and scroll down a little until you see the above, and enable it.Once enabled, as you see above, you get a new option when composing email. You can save the email body you are currently typing as a "Canned Response," that can be selected when emailing someone.Or, even better, you can create a filter that might send back a "Canned Response" to someone based on a set of parameters.... Read more...
Last night, Google unveiled something called "Gmail Labs." It can be found under your Settings tab in Gmail. Of course, typically, this will roll out gradually to users, so you may not see it, though it went live at 6 PM PDT Thursday night, so most should have it by now.Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally pick and let you all (who use Gmail) decide whether they're good or not. When you sign in, you'll see a new page in Settings called Labs. It has a list of experimental new features, and you can enable or disable each one. Some of the popular ones will become core parts of the product, and we'll eventually retire the ones that don't get much use. We've put... Read more...
Newegg certainly raised the bar when it came to computer component e-tailing, and it seems that they might be planning on challenging eBay and Amazon.com with their newest service: NeweggMall. “Consumers can buy from the NeweggMall site, and products are drop-shipped from the reseller.   Newegg takes a portion of the revenue from the sale, which it justifies by handling the portal and logistics.  Depending on category, that portion can range from 6 to 15 percent, nearly identical to the revenue share structure at Amazon.com.”  The site’s main layout page seems to be very similar to that of eBay which prompts one to wonder if the NeweggMall will eventually try to challenge the online... Read more...
Yes, yes, it's all tweaking of the UI, but it's all these little touches, right, that draw people to particular products?Gmail has added colored labels. Now, instead of just seeing the text of a label next to the subject, you’ll see the label in color (pictured). You can use either white text on the selected color or colored text on a lighter background of the same color. Strictly speaking, it’s just prettying up the UI, but still … Now, what are the drawbacks? Well, you have to use the newer version of Gmail, as I said. You also have to use IE7 and Firefox 2.x, as well (I would hope you were already anyway).Ugh, the drawback of using the newer version of Gmail.  Ha, naturally it's expected,... Read more...
Back in September we told you about a new version of Google's popular GMail that was being tested, but now that it is getting closer we have a few more details for you.  Apparently the motivating factors in doing an upgrade were to bring the older Java-script code up to date and to increase overall performance on both the client and server end.First off, we expect GMail 2.0 to go live later this year.  We're also expecting that it will feature tighter integration with existing Google services:“Initial testers reported the test version felt noticeably faster and more responsive, particularly in contacts management.  They report a new contacts screen, as well as that the chat can... Read more...
Chipmaker Intel is opening up a huge new factory in Arizona to make 45 nanometer scaled microprocessors. They're also upgrading their existing factory in New Mexico and building a new facility in Israel to change over from the soon-to-be-obsolete standard of 65 nanometers. The transistors on such chips are so small that more than 30 million can fit onto the head of a pin. How small they are is critical to the fight between Intel and AMD, because having more transistors on a single slice of silicon raises performance while lowering manufacturing costs. The new processors also are made with materials that reduce the amount of electric current escaping from transistors, a major problem as chip... Read more...
Gmail was launched in 2004, and after over 3 years, it's still in beta.  Despite this, Garett Rogers of ZDNet thinks Google is testing a new version.Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email. The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it’s soon to undergo a change in what they describe as a “New Version”. Only a select few people have access to use the new interface — mainly employees and trusted people outside the company called “Trusted Testers“.One of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous, stumbled across an interesting snippet of text (which I confirmed exists) spilling the beans on a new version of Gmail... Read more...
When Gmail was first announced, with its 1 GB limit, it certainly made news.  Since then Hotmail (Now Windows Live Hotmail), Yahoo Mail, and Gmail have all been increasing the storage capacity of both their free accounts and the pay-for accounts.Now Microsoft is jumping from 2 GB to 5 GB in a move to outdo Gmail.  We're eagerly awaiting Gmail's response. “The limit for a free Windows Live Hotmail account will increase from 2GB to 5GB. The change will be rolled out to users over the next few weeks along with a series of other upgrades, wrote Ellie Powers-Boyle, a Microsoft program manager, on a company blog. Google offers around 2.8GB of storage space for a free account. Last week, Google began... Read more...
Google shelled out $625 million for Postini, the messaging security company. Why would they do that?  According to Google: "Google already has world class spam and virus protection as part of the Gmail service." Well, that's nice. But in the big business world, that won't cut it, and Google knows it.  On the official Google Blog, Dave Girouard, the vice president and general manager for Google Enterprise, wrote that the company decided to purchase Postini because its hosted security tools will give Google the ability to address the complex security and compliance issues faced by larger businesses. "Though [larger enterprises] want to deliver simple, useful hosted applications... Read more...
Google's Gmail has been available for some time now, though up until now it's always held onto the Beta tag. Google has ended their long Beta test of Gmail, and now anyone can sign up for the service without the need for an invitation or cell registration. If you're still one of those folks without a Gmail account, head on over for your free 2.7GB+ of e-mail storage.... Read more...
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will reexamine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the'438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now in the process of reexamining two of the three patents in the lawsuit, and the PTO will soon decide whether it will reexamine the third. The PTO is reexamining U.S. Patent Number 6,378,114 (the '114 patent), and in August rejected all 15 claims in that patent. The PTO was asked to reexamine the third patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,453,446 (the '446... Read more...
A little bored with life at the moment?  Need something to occupy your brain-waves?  Feeling somewhat unchallenged by every-day thought process? Yeah, we feel your pain.  Why just the other day we were all sitting around the test bench thinking "dang, we're just too smart and we need to find something to baffle us a bit... ". Fear not, we have just what the doctor ordered -- your very own Three Rotor Enigma Simulator! (batteries not included) Keep it in check folks.  We don't want anyone blowin' a gasket or anything.  We'd suggest a couple of Coronas to accompany this one.... Read more...
Gmail Mobile is out and ready for use. Gmail Mobile is the latest addition to Google's ever expanding range of e-mail services. Heading to https://m.gmail.com on your mobile phone will let you access your Gmail from anywhere. If you've never surfed the web with your phone, Google will help you get started. Now you can access your Gmail messages from the web browser on your mobile phone or device. Read and reply to your Gmail messages any time, anywhere. * It's free. (But your wireless plan might still charge, so you might want to check with your provider first.) * It's smart. It can handle attachments like photos and .pdf files.... Read more...
Google has added another feature to their ever expanding Gmail service... virus protection. In addition to over 2GB of space, POP access, and spam filters, your e-mails will now be scanned for those nasty little bugs. "If a virus is found in an attachment you've received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can't be removed from the file, you won't be able to download it"... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back.  With a majority of the HH crew playing with our new "toy" (the forum), the labs have been fairly subdued today.  The news-front, however, has been quiet active.  So, go grab a glass, I am starting to server the juice...  Arctic Silver Thermal Compounds @ XYZ Computing "The biggest name in thermal compounds (aka TIMs or thermal interface materials) is Arctic Silver. They have been at it for a long time and are the most respected company in the game. Currently their two most popular products are Ceramique and, at the higher-end, Arctic Silver 5. The "Arctic Silver" line has been around for some time- it is the companies... Read more...
The Kingmax TinyBGA PC133 SDRAM DIMM A New Form Factor In PC Memory Technology June 14, 2000 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   We've said this before and the same rings true time and time again, the PC Hardware Industry always has a place for something new and innovative.  Too often products are brought to market with a "me too" approach and there is little to differentiate them from the rest of crowd.  We are always looking for the products that stand out, here at HotHardware and the Kingmax "TinyBGA" SDRAM DIMM Module is one of those products.  So, what makes this memory module so different from all the other hundreds of modules offered in the memory... Read more...