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The biggest news - no more 4GB iPhone.  The 8GB iPhone will now be $200 less, at $399.  Additionally, Apple revamped its entire iPod line, with a video nano, the iPod touch, and the iPod classic. The iPod nano now features a 2.0-inch display that features the same resolution as the previous-generation full-sized iPod: 320 x 240 pixels. "We've achieved this with a screen with the highest pixel density we've ever shipped: 204 ppi," explained Jobs. "And the screen is just gorgeous. We you see it you're going to really love it.""These new nanos have left our factories already. They shipped today, they're on planes, they should be in stores by this weekend," said Jobs. "'A little video for... Read more...
If you've used Google News, you know typically it carries a headline and a few snippets of text but sends readers to publishers' sites for the full story.  This means that you might end up at the Seattle Times for an AP story.  Now, however, Google will host wire service stories on its own site, instead of redirecting users to other sites. The four agencies – the Associated Press, the Canadian Press, the Press Association and Agence France-Presse – will supply a "feed" to Google News, allowing its algorithms to detect which sites are running wire copy and remove them from the search results. Because the four wire services do not have their own consumer news websites,... Read more...
It is no secret that OS X has outstanding accessibility options for the users with different needs.  Many, if not all applications can be zoomed in upon, and most can even be set up to read to the user. and that's just the beginning.So why would so much thought be given to the technology, but not the place that it was sold and serviced? "Both of the plaintiffs, Nicole Brown-Booker and Jana Overbo, require wheelchairs and recount separate experiences in May and July of this year which they characterized as both frustrating and humiliating. In both cases, neither woman was able to properly reach products or service desks at the store -- most of which were placed on a table or counter far out... Read more...
We’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of the HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB graphics card.  Like the other members of HIS’ IceQ Turbo family of graphics cards, this Radeon HD 2600 features an oversized, near silent cooler and it’s overclocked right out of the box.  Click the link below and see how it stacks up to a stock Radeon HD 2600 Pro and to a similarly priced GeForce 8600 GT...   HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB... Read more...
If you have ever been in the market for a graphics card, you are undoubtedly familiar with the constantly changing graphics card market. About every 8-10 months, new GPUs are introduced by NVIDIA and ATI, and after their introduction, dozens of graphics cards built by their add in board partners come to market. Because these add in board partners all use the same graphics chips supplied by the two major graphics card companies, they have to use their marketing savvy to create extra value and incentive for consumers to buy their products. Over the years we’ve seen companies bundle the hottest new games, add new video connections, new cooling units, and even build their... Read more...
Paramount's decision to throw all its support to the HD-DVD side in the format wars for hi-def entertainment was a bit of a surprise. The fight for supremacy between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray is likely to have a winner take all outcome, as one format or another gains the upper hand and the other goes the way of Betamax. But according to the New York Times, Paramount chose to choose based on what's in it for Paramount, not because they think HD-DVD is necessarily better. It turns out, according to a report in the New York Times, that the decision was made not only because HD DVD is "the affordable high quality choice for consumers" and a better standard, according to the studio, but because... Read more...
Showing it is indeed possible for us to all "just get along," Microsoft and Nokia have made nice.  Nokia phones will be getting mobile versions of Windows Live services on its handhelds, starting today.  Unfortunately for those of us in the United States, it's Europe and the Middle East only for now. Nokia and Microsoft said Thursday they have joined together to provide customers with a new suite of Windows Live services specifically designed for Nokia devices. Starting Thursday Nokia customers in eleven countries with compatible S60 devices can download the new suite enabling access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts and Windows Live Spaces. The 11... Read more...
Netflix has recently lowered their prices for 3 DVDs to $16.99, and for a select few (million) customers, they’re trying a lower price point of $15.99 to see where the ‘sweet spot’ is.These price cuts come on the heels of Blockbuster acquiring Movielink earlier this month, a move that many claim will be a major part of Blockbuster’s strategy to compete with the well entrenched Netflix. “Hey, keep those price reductions coming, Netflix! Pretty soon, they'll be giving them away. We have a price war on our hands between Netflix and Blockbuster, folks, and it looks like we movie buffs will be the winners.” It seems that a major price war is starting up, and that’s nothing but good for consumers.... Read more...
It's no secret that despite the unveiling of Windows Vista, many continue to purchase Windows XP with their computers.  For some, it's the lack of drivers or compatible software that forces them to stay with Vista; for others it may be the fact that Vista simply doesn't add enough for them to move from an OS they've used and (more or less) trust.It seems that the continued popularity of Windows XP has forced Microsoft to release a new Service Pack: SP2c.  The reason: they were running out of activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing,... Read more...
July 22 has come and gone and just as anticipated, the Intel price cut is finally here. Unless you've been on vacation in the African plains for the last couple months, living the disconnected life with the local tribes and learning their ways, you've probably heard about this widely reported price cut. The price cuts effect Intel's quad core processors, dropping their price by as much as 50%. The cheapest quad-core Intel has to offer, the Q6600, went down in price from $530 to $266.Intel is also positioning the new Q6700 in the Q6600's former price point at $530. The Q6700 is an un-Extreme version of the QX6700, which it replaces. The QX6800 gets the QX6700's position and now retails for $999.... Read more...
Nokia has recently launched a new service that allows GPS users to pinpoint their location in one minute, as opposed to the standard three minutes that it currently takes. The service will be available to users of its N95 handset, Nokia’s flagship product. “‘It will be reliably under one minute in most countries,’ says Ralph Eric Kunz, head of Nokia's navigation and mapping operations.” “There are several ways improve the accuracy of cellphone GPS. Most commonly, cellphone base stations provide additional geographical information to help a phone work out where it is.” “Nokia's new service bypasses operator networks altogether, instead relying on extra information about the orbits of individual... Read more...
AMD slashed prices on it's dual-core offerings early last week, lowering prices on its Athlon 64 X2 and FX processors by as much as 33 percent. Intel is expected to drop prices on their quad-core desktop processors on July 22nd and its server processors on July 29th, likely in response to AMD's price drops. These prices cuts have sparked widespread speculation that an all-out price war will develop between the two chip makers, similar to the one witnessed last year. However, AMD has officially put a stop to the speculation. In an interview with CRN, Gary Bixler, AMD's director of marketing for North America, denied the possibility of a price war, stating that AMD has no plans to further... Read more...
A group of Australian researchers have reportedly developed a device that allows people to manipulate their TVs, DVD players, and other electronics with a simple wave of the hand. The controller box has a built-in camera that can identify seven simple hand gestures and can be used with up to 8 different devices. The development is led by Australian engineers Dr. Prashan Premaratne and Quang Nguyen, who expect the gadget to hit the market within three years. “Dr Premaratne, of the University of Wollongong, said the device is designed to sit on a shelf or table which has a clear line of sight to the television and the owner. Its software recognises simple, deliberate hand gestures and then sends... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
The price cuts we told you about yesterday are now official.  Sorry, no Barcelona pricing just yet.  We'll keep an eye out though, as we'd expect that information to be released at about the same time the first CPUs from that family get ready to ship.  Here's just a few of prices, representing the fastest CPUs AMD has to offer in some of the most popular segments: TL-66 (mobile CPU) now $354 6000+ now $178 FX-74 (pair) now $599 X2 BE-2350 (energy efficient model) now $91 Sempron 3800+ now just $53... Read more...
Google today announced that it has reached a settlement to acquire Postini, a company that provides clients with security services (protecting instant messaging, e-mail, and other modes of communication). The $625 million deal gives Google access to an established clientele of over 35,000 businesses and 10 million international users, and is expected to close by the end of September 2007. “‘With this transaction, we’re reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes,’ said Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in a statement.” Google believes that the deal will allow them to supply organizations with more hosted services that are comparable... Read more...
If you’re looking to build an AMD powered system, you might want to hold out a short while as we are very likely to see revised CPU prices from the Sunnyvale based chip maker. “AMD Monday will slash prices by as much as 30 percent on its Athlon 64 X2 dual-core microprocessor series, according to a system builder with a long-standing business relationship with the chip giant. The system builder, who preferred to remain anonymous, said manufacturer prices for the top-of-the-line Athlon 64 X2 6000+ would drop from $241-per-unit to about $170. The price of an Athlon 64 X2 4000+ would be cut from about $90 to $69, he said” Less than $200 for a 6000+ is just great deal any way you look at it.... Read more...
ASUS Announces World's First Hardware Based Real-time Overclocking Device Unparalleled Overclocking with EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M Taipei, Taiwan, July 3, 2007 – ASUS today introduced the new OC gear as the world´s first hardware based real-time overclocking device for graphics cards. The ASUS OC gear will be bundled with the ASUS EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M which is upgraded with -1 memory modules. With such a configuration, users can expect up to 30% enhanced overclocking performance and gaming experiences. Full support for Microsoft DirectX 10 will also allow users to experience stunning and complex special effects for their applications... Read more...
As a result of the speculated rise in price of computer memory chips, shares of Samsung, Hynix, and other major producers rose today. Shares of South Korean company Samsung, the largest producer of DRAM in the world, rose 1.2% today, whereas the runner-up, Hynix, also based in Korea, climbed 4.3%. Other companies including Powerchip, Nanya, and Inotera experienced gains similar to Samsung’s. "Prices of the benchmark chip yesterday rose for the first time in a week on the spot market, helping fuel optimism computer makers are buying DRAM ahead of back-to-school and Christmas demand during the second half. Prices have plunged more than 60 percent this year, eroding earnings at companies such... Read more...
Apple Inc. has some good news for those who have been set back over $600 for its newest toy, the iPhone: customers will pay less in service fees as compared to other phone users. CEO Steve Jobs also announced that users can activate their iPhones via iTunes in minutes, as opposed to lining up in stores. The iPhone will be available in all of Apple’s 162 stores, in addition to 1,800 of AT&T’s outlets at 6 p.m. in each U.S. time zone on June 29. "AT&T Inc.'s calling plans for the phone will cost $59.99 to $219.99 a month, spokesman Michael Coe said. Similar plans for other phones cost $65 to about $225, according to AT&T's Web site.""AT&T's plans for the iPhone offer between 450... Read more...
Sony has a lot of money and prestige riding on their Playstation 3 gaming console. Blockbuster's recent announcement that they would stock only the Blu-ray format in high-def movies might help PS3 sales a little, as the console is also a Blu-ray player. But there's been an enormous problem right from the start with it: There's really not much of anything to play on it. Announcements made at Sony's annual shareholder's meeting suggest that's about to change. Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Wii game console has been outselling the PS3 by three to one in Japan and more than two to one in the United States so far this year, according to game magazine publisher Enterbrain and research firm NPD.... Read more...
In an interview with Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, that was published today revealed that price cuts to the PS3 are certain, but the extent of the price cuts are not yet known. Stringer declares that the company is trying to maximize the price cut’s effect, which probably means that analysts are busy at work right now. “Although Stringer declined to provide a target range for the cuts, researchers expect that Sony may trim the price by as much as $100 before the holiday season, hoping to spur a fresh wave of sales. A combination of a cut and ‘break-out’ games would revitalize the console, Stringer says.” “Nintendo Wii has been a successful enterprise, and a very good business model, compared... Read more...
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