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Like giant, transformable robots, once a year a contingent of editors from HotHardware change form and morph from our typical, reserved, hardware-loving selves into fast walking, fast talking scoop hunters throwing hip-checks and stiff-arms on the insanely busy show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As many of you are no doubt aware, CES is held at the gigantic, 3.2 million square foot Las Vegas Convention center, but numerous other exhibits spill out into adjacent hotels and resorts.  The sheer number of things on display, and the busy means of transit between them, necessitates the aggressive transformation.  If you want to catch a glimpse of the hottest... Read more...
It's all in the details, and Intuit made a mistake in the patch it released to fix a bug which caused Mac users' desktop folders to be deleted by QuickBooks.Users of the 2006 Mac version of Intuit's QuickBooks software could find that a serious bug manifests itself again under certain conditions in Wi-Fi hot spots.QuickBooks released a patch for the bug on Saturday, but warned users two days later of the dangers of using the QuickBooks software when connected to Wi-Fi hot spots."We have determined that the prior bug remanifests itself when QuickBooks Pro 2006 for Mac is initiated at public Internet hotspots and a redirection error occurs (for instance, when you are at a cafe that requires you... Read more...
Are you feelin' lucky?  Have you won?  You'll never know until you look.  You'll never win until you try.  Official rules and details here!  HH Tees!!    HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! Congrats to our most recent winners!... Read more...
Just in case you’re not keeping count, we wanted to let you all know that there are only 10 more shopping days left until Christmas!  If you, or anyone you know, are in the market for a laptop, do yourself a favor and check out the Asus Holiday Gift Guide available right here on HotHardware.Asus has special pricing on a number of their most popular notebook computers, including the slick Lamborghini and the powerful GS2-B1.  We’ve evaluated a handful of the notebooks Asus in offering in this promotion, so when you see a ‘Hot’ button next to the listing, be sure to click it to see what we thought of that particular model.As an aside, if anyone’s feeling ultra generous and wants... Read more...
Well, I assume they do. They seem to know more about it than anybody. In a breakthrough paper  delivered in the Optics Express journal, IBM has demonstrated their method for greatly improving the  transfer of information between multiple computer chip cores, substituting  optical signals sent through silicon for electrical pulses sent through copper wire.  By greatly shrinking the size of the optical router, or modulator, IBM claims they'll be able to shrink a supercomputer-grade machine down to laptop size. A major challenge for scientists is finding a way to improve communication between [multiple] cores without increasing power consumption.The most promising solution is... Read more...
Never mind waiting for the face of Jesus to appear on your toast and make you an e*bay thousandaire.  Now a company in Italy will let you have the face of a saint appear on your cellphone screen, in the form of a digital "holy card" or santino.A company in Italy started offering the service on Tuesday but ran into opposition from some Catholic Church leaders who think the idea is crass and commercial."We found a need and filled it," Barbara Labate, who came up with the idea with her business partner in a cellphone services company based in Milan, told Reuters by telephone.Many taxis, private cars and trucks in Italy have a small picture of a saint -- known as a "santino" or little saint... Read more...
  Hello everyone, just a reminder that from Thanksgiving through the Christmas Holiday, we're giving away FREE STUFF here at HotHardware!  Thaaaat's right! Santa has come early for all you Geek-Boys and Girls and we're here to spread the wealth! HH Tees!!  HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! We have some basic, simple rules to be eligible for the promotion and a chance to win some FREE HH schwag.  First, we'll be choosing winners randomly and reporting the winners in a separate, dedicated forum thread, so check back here OFTEN to see if you're a winner.  Second, participation in HotHardware.com News comments and discussion will without... Read more...
Each year we undergo a time-honored tradition of bringing you a few our picks for the hottest in Computing gear for the holidays.  This year, whether you're interested in a new graphics card for rendering 3D bump-mapped sugar plums in your head, a new CPU to crunch under the mistletoe or if you've been a really good geek, an entire new system, we have some suggestions for making your Yuletide a little brighter.  Read on and Happy Holidays! ... Read more...
As the year draws to an end and the holiday shopping season begins, we here at HotHardware have a time-honored tradition of bringing our faithful readers our annual Holiday Buyer's Guide.  We hope that our Holiday Guide will help you make informed buying decisions, whether you're looking for a couple of parts to put into your own machine, or building a new machine from scratch for friend or family.Each year our Holiday Buyer's Guide is a little different.  For example, this year we've decided to break the things down by component type.  Within each category we've broken down our suggestions into three price ranges: High-end, middle of the road, and shoe-string budget. ... Read more...
Online office packages beware!  There's a new player on the field, and its name is Live Documents, developed by Instant Collaboration Software Technologies out of Bangalore.  Interestingly enough, one of the company principals is Bhaita, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in '97 for a reported $400 million USD.“The software supports any browser that supports Flash from Adobe Systems Inc. and runs on any computer operating system, said Sumanth Raghavendra, chief executive officer of InstaColl. Online documents can also be synchronized and worked with off-line, using a desktop client that wraps around an office suite running on the desktop, Raghavendra said. Live Documents automatically synchronizes... Read more...
If you haven't stopped by our Asus HOT Holiday Gift Guide yet, you're missing out.  The deals we have on a few very solid Asus notebooks are well, HOT!   And who wouldn't like a nice, sleek jet-black or screamin-yellow Lamborghini for the holidays?... Read more...
It's Thanksgiving here in the US, a time of year when we all pause to reflect on how fortunate we are.  Thanksgiving is a great tradition when you stop and think about it.  This holiday isn't about rushing around and buying gifts.  The day after Thanksgiving certainly has become over-commercialized but not today, 11/22/2007 - Thanksgiving Day.  Today you have nothing else to do (or at least that you should be doing) except visiting with family and friends, breaking bread and enjoying each others company in appreciation of all that life brings and has brought you.   There are more than a couple of us with Italian genetics on Team... Read more...
  It's that time of year again... the time of year when we *sniff* reflect back on our charmed existence here at Team HotHardware.com; our opportunities to play with the hottest new technologies on the market and of course being blessed with you, our faithful (and might we add extremely good-looking) readers, who are simply the best on the planet!From now through the US Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, we're giving away FREE STUFF!  Thaaaat's right! Santa has come early for all you Geek-Boys and Girls and we're here to spread the wealth! HH Tees!!  HH Case Badges!  HH USB Flash Drive! We have some basic, simple rules to be eligible for the promotion and a chance... Read more...
Adobe has been preparing an online version of Photoshop for some time now, and it looks like we can stop holding our breath soon: a beta is likely to be out before the end of the year.The beta is likely to start at Adobe's site, but it is entirely possible that we'll see variants of the online Photoshop, dubbed Photoshop Express, on sites like Photobucket soon thereafter:“Adobe is introducing limited functionality Photoshop Express as part of its move to providing software as a service. Company chief executive Bruce Chizen has recently vouched his belief that online software will become the de facto standard for software distribution within the next decade.”We're excited to see that Adobe is... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that online music vendors starting selling DRM-free tracks, often at a small premium and/or small loss of audio fidelity.  At the time it was viewed by some as a marketing experiment to see if people would pay more to avoid  headaches related to Digital Rights Management, and now it appears that there is a definitive answer to that question:“DRM-free music sells at a much higher rate online than protected music, according to UK-based digital music store 7 Digital. In fact, customers buy it four times as often as they do DRMed music. As a result, almost 80 percent of the store's sales are of DRM-free content. 7 Digital may not sound familiar to some, but it... Read more...
Microsoft is getting its wish: its new image format, HD Photo, has been approved as a possible sequel to JPEG.The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft's HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft's HD Photo effort and who just took over the company's Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon imaging project. XR stands for "extended range," a reference to the format's ability to show a wider and finer range of tonal gradations and a richer color palette."The country vote is done, and it passed," Crow said. "That means the International JPEG committee has decided... Read more...
Look for the mark of excellence with Diamond Multimedia’s xDNA™ CHATSWORTH, CA —November 11, 2007— Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, today unveiled their newly developed xDNA©™ technology platform. This new technology platform enables heterogeneous graphics cards to function and operate on heterogeneous platforms. With advanced performance and unprecedented software architecture, the newly released Diamond xDNA software platform is the ideal solution on graphics cards for the most demanding enthusiasts who want to use different chipsets and CPUs.  Diamond xDNA technology-enabled features... Read more...
AMD has announced a price reduction for a bevy of its single and double core Athlon 64 processors for desktop computers.  The discounts range from 5 to 28 percent. AMD has announced the price reductions in order to clear inventory in preparation for the upcoming launch of its Phenom CPUs, noted sources at motherboard makers. However, with the transition to next-generation platforms to take place soon, the price reductions will not affect demand much in the fourth quarter. In addition with the ongoing parts shortages, shipments performance in the fourth quarter should hold level or slightly drop compared to last year, added the sources. AMD is caught in a revolving door of beatings from Intel... Read more...
We just got our hands on some tasty new screenshots from the Crysis multi-player beta that we thought you'd all like to see.  According to a recent poll, Crysis what the game a majority of you were most interested in playing, and after seeing these screenshots, we're sure your interest isn't going to wane one bit...           We have seen Crysis live many times throughout its development and never cease to be impressed.  The lighting, shadow, and particle effects are excellent, as are the special effects like motion blurring and depth of field.  As you can see in the screen shots, explosions look great and the foliage... Read more...
What does id's new team-based combat shooter look like at high res with 4X AA and all the eye candy turned up?  A little like this...... Read more...
Hello everyone.  We have just updated our poll and would like your opinion on a hot topic as of late.  Ever since Computex, where the Asus Eee PC was first unveiled, it seems that Ultra Mobile Devices (UMD) and Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) have taken off in popularity.  Our Eee PC coverage, for example, continues to be popular even months after its release.   So, based on what you’ve seen and what you know about the current crop of UMDs and UMPCs, which do you think is the hottest product?  The Eee PC?  OQO model 002?  Vote in the poll and let us know. And if we missed a popular device that you feel should have been listed in the poll, please feel free to post a comment to tell us which... Read more...
A lot of attention is paid to framerates when discussing graphics hardware, and rightfully so.  Some argue that they are an outdated method for assessing a video card's performance, but when assessing a potential purchase, buyers need some way to determine why one card is superior to the other.  We can talk about how a card "feels" during gameplay, but framerates quantify that performance.  While framerates should not be your sole purpose for deciding on whether a particular graphics card is the right fit for your needs, they can be a useful tool for assessing the overall value of a product. Case in point, back when reviewing an ASUS EN8800GTX in December, the card churned through everything... Read more...
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