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As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from ECS.It seems that ECS is preparing a sub-$500 ultra-portable laptop to do battle with the popular ASUS Eee PC.  At present the product's moniker is the G10IL, but it might get a flashier name to compete with the ASUS Eee and Cloudbook.“Although currently still in production, and details incredibly sketchy at the moment as to what else you will get in the box or when it will launch in the UK, what we do know is that it comes with a built-in webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem. There is no optical drive but if its got HSDPA it's sure to... Read more...
The “Vista Capable” class action law suit we reported on earlier this month might be dead in the water before it even gets started:“Friday, Microsoft petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its challenge of the case's class-action status, which was granted two weeks ago by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman. The company also filed a separate motion with Pechman on Thursday, asking her to stay the lawsuit's proceedings pending the appeal.”We'll be sure to keep you informed as the situation develops.... Read more...
Once Intel announced their dual-core Celerons it was only a matter of time until AMD countered with dual-core Semprons.  The bad news is that they're mainly available in China at this time, but that could change in the future.  Here's the specs on the dual-core Sempron:“AMD Sempron 2100+ processors adopt a 65nm process, and have a core frequency of 1.8GHz. Pricing in the China market is set at RMB 399 (US$55).”There is no word on when or if these particular CPUs will be availble in the U.S. but we don't think we'll be waiting too long.... Read more...
Intel has been slowly serving up information regarding the company’s upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture for many months now.  In our sneak peek at Nehalem and Intel’s 45nm High-K article from way back in March of last year, we outlined many of the details regarding Nehalem, but unfortunately we did not have any projected performance numbers to disclose.  Some news broke today, however, regarding a PDF that was inadvertently leaked by Sun Microsystems that not only mentions Nehalem, but has some performance data listed as well. “So how can Intel pull off such a massive performance boost over their current reigning champion “Harpertown” X5482 processor?  Consider the fact that Intel’s... Read more...
Ouch, ouch, ouch.  Try walking across the street in Arizona without shoes on during the summer.  Now think of all that wasted heat.As climate change rises on the international agenda, the system built by the civil engineering firm, Ooms Avenhorn Holding BV, doesn't look as wacky as it might have 10 years ago when first conceived. Solar energy collected from a 200-yard stretch of road and a small parking lot helps heat a 70-unit four-story apartment building in the northern village of Avenhorn. An industrial park of some 160,000 square feet in the nearby city of Hoorn is kept warm in winter with the help of heat stored during the summer from 36,000 square feet of pavement. The runways... Read more...
Please remember to take any and all hardware rumors with a grain of salt.  That said, let's talk about Intel's upcoming CPU family, dubbed Nehalem.  We have heard rumors such as:  socket interoperability between Xeons and Itenium CPUs on the server front, the onboard memory controller on all models, and of course the obligatory mentioning of 8-cores is always interesting.  Today we're getting our first inkling of what the L2 cache might be like, and if the rumors are true your next high-end rig could have a up to whopping 24 MB of shared L2 cache!  We're not exactly sure if that's the same as Penryn's 12 MB (really two seperate 6 MB caches), a single unified 24 MB chunk,... Read more...
An SUV named "Boss" won the $2 million challenge in the DARPA robot race on Saturday.The Tartan Racing Team, based at Carnegie Mellon University, walked away with a $2 million prize on Sunday for coming in first in this year's Pentagon-sponsored robot race, held at a former Air Force base.The team's robotic vehicle, "Boss," turned in the top performance as it navigated itself through the 60-mile (100-kilometer) Urban Challenge course at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville this weekend.The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency took over the deserted base for the past week to offer an obstacle course tailor-made for city traffic. Boss, a modified Chevy Tahoe, competed... Read more...
Intel stock holders and hardware junkies alike, you now have a very good reason to rejoice: It looks like Intel's next-generation Nehalem platform will be available around this time next year.Nehalem will be Intel's first consumer-oriented platform with Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) and an on-die memory controller.  QPI is similar to HyperTransport in concept, but Intel is claiming that QPI will offer better performance.“The first Nehalem processors to be released will be dual- and quad-cores aimed at the server and desktop market while octa-cores are now rumored to have slipped into 2009, together with the CPUs boasting an integrated graphics core. All Nehalem CPUs will be manufactured... Read more...
Poor box office receipts have been blamed on a number of things (besides a bad movie, that is), including poor weather, natural disasters, embarrassing news for the stars, strong box office competition, etc.  This is the first time we have heard a video game blamed for bad box office.Industry expectations for "The Heartbreak Kid," the date movie that re-teamed him with the Farrelly brothers (the duo who made him a megastar in "There's Something About Mary"), called for a $20 million to $25 million opening for the film. Instead, "Kid," which cost north of $60 million to make, managed only $14 million in the U.S. and Canada -- heartbreaking, indeed.But there's more. Total industry ticket sales... Read more...
HH would like to congratulate former United State Vice President Al Gore, the man who is often misquoted as having said that he invented the Internet.  Al Gore has just won half a Nobel Peace Prize which he'll have to share with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was founded in 1988 and operates out of Geneva, Switzerland.Al and the IPCC are awarded the prize for the following:"For their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"Congrats Mr. Gore!... Read more...
British Telecom and Fon, a Spanish tech firm backed by Google, are attempting to persuade British households to open up their Wi-Fi connections so that others can use them.The question is: why?The answer is actually not as surprising as the one we were hoping for:“They are hoping it will push wireless broadband access, or wi-fi, into suburban and even rural areas. In return for letting other BT customers use part of their broadband connection, anyone signing up to "BT Fon" will have free access to the networks of other British "Foneros" and more than 190,000 Fon-enabled wireless access hotspots across 50 countries including the US, Japan and France."The UK will become the country with the most... Read more...
Confirming an earlier report, Microsoft today said that the creators of the uber-hit "Halo 3," Bungie, will become independent.Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's Xbox 360."We will continue to develop with our primary focus on Microsoft platforms," Bungie head Harold Ryan said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing that affiliation through 'Halo' and beyond." Halo 3 has reported racked up $300 million in sales since 9/25, making it one of the fastest-selling games of all time.... Read more...
The war between next-gen consoles (are they still next-gen?  They're here aren't they?!) often has a lot to do with graphics quality.  Given that High Definition (HD) is the current buzz-word of the day, it's not a big surprise.  What is a big surprise is that some sharp-eyed forum posters have started looking at the picture quality of Bungee's newest hit: Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 and claiming that it's nothing more than a scaled up 640p image.Here's what's really going on:“The studio admitted in the update that "Halo 3's vertical resolution, when captured from a frame buffer, is indeed 640 pixels," but offered a deeper explanation as to why. "[Y]ou could argue we gave you 1280 pixels of vertical... Read more...
Yesterday reports surfaced of what appeared to be a scratched disc problem with Halo 3 Limited Editions. It seemed that the plastic used to hold discs in place wasn't designed too well.  In a small note on the official Xbox site, Microsoft today admitted the issue, and offered free replacement.NOTE:  This program covers the Halo 3 Limited Edition Game Disc and Essentials Disc at no charge through 12/31/07.If you really want it fast, go back to the retailer ... but there's always the chance those will be scratched (during shipping to the store) as well ...... Read more...
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