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And the hits just keep on coming for Sony.  Hitachi has announced that they will be recalling 16,000 Sony made lithium-ion batteries.  Hitachi has joined an increasing list of computer manufactures over the past two months who have recalled batteries.  Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo have all participated in recalls of batteries that total well into the millions Hitachi is in talks with Sony about who will foot the bill to replace the lithium-ion batteries, but the number is too small to have any impact on Hitachi earnings, Hitachi spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said.... Read more...
TechWeb is reporting that software publisher Electronics Arts has purchased Digital Illusions CE (DICE). DICE is well known for their role in the development of the widely popular Battlefield series of games.  This was a strictly cash offer by EA with the acquisition taking place immediately. Shareholders will be paid a cash value of $9.20/share on Oct 16 when the transaction completes.   DICE, based in Stockholm, Sweden, will be integrated into the EA studio, where it will work on Battlefield and develop new products for the PC, consoles and other platforms. DICE Chief Executive Patrick Soderlund would become an EA general manager and would remain in Stockholm, along with... Read more...
Astek sends word of their new "Low Cost  Liquid Cooling" solutions targeted at the Digital Home SSF PC... Digital Home PC made silent by new OEM liquid cooling solution Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco, September 26th, 2006. Despite the arrival of multi-core CPUs with lower overall power consumption, system level thermal management faces increasing noise challenges. Consumers are displaying clear preferences for diversified and, especially, smaller form factors why the future use of traditional heatsink and heatpipe coolers will be possible only with significant tradeoffs on either noise or performance.    At Asetek's IDF stand (booth # 106) the Low Cost Liquid... Read more...
Intel Chairman Unveils The World's Most Remote Digital City Amazon Effort Marks Global Movement to Bring Technology to the Next Billion People PARINTINS, Brazil, Sept. 20, 2006 - In one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth, the Amazon, Intel Corporation has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network for residents to access vast resources of medical, educational and commercial knowledge through computers. The project is part of the Intel World Ahead Program, an initiative in which Intel plans to invest more than $US 1 billion globally over the next 5 years to accelerate access to computers, the Internet and technology for people in developing communities. The digital transformation... Read more...
Western Digital has finally released their first hard drives based on perpendicular drive technology. The 160GB 2.5-inch Scorpio drive has a SATA 150 interface with 8MB cache size and 5400RPM spindle speed.  This brings Western Digital in line with similar PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) offerings from Hitachi and Seagate.   Unlike traditional drives, PMR allows each data bit to magnetized and stored vertically on the platter vs linear.  This allows for improved platter density and storage sizes.   The new WD Scorpio 160 GB drives deliver the high capacity that many mobile computing users demand with WD's implementation of PMR technology, as well as exclusive... Read more...
Almost anyone who's ever spent a few minutes with Wikipedia can start appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge the site has to offer. Though the free encyclopedia is open to a whole host of problems, such as inaccurate information, questionable sources, and vandalism, its popularity continues to grow. Even with all the site's problems, the information on most articles is fairly accurate, as there are many respectable users who have taken up the job of keeping the service clean, and the information inside accurate. Is it better than Britannica though? This issue has been brought up before, and the argument probably won't be laid to rest for some time, if ever. The two main... Read more...
50 years after the release of IBM's RAMAC(Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) drive, Hitachi is announcing their plans to release a Terabyte drive later this year. Some can argue that it's not a full Terabyte as in 1,024GB, but with 1,000GB it's closer than anything we have out now. If Seagate's 750GB drive just wasn't big enough for you, than it's time to step up to Hitachi. "It's not that big of a stretch for some hard drive makers. Hitachi already sells a 500GB drive, while rival Seagate Technology started shipping a 750GB drive to desktop makers in April. Seagate also sells a home storage device with two... Read more...
Better than the D70s but not quite on par with the D200s, the Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera is Nikon's next hope for the mid-range market. If you're looking to get yourself into amateur photography and need a good camera to start with, the D80 could be the right fit for you, as you'll be getting some excellent features without breaking the bank. "Spotting a new and improved 10.2-megapixel image sensor, the Nikon D80 immediately poses a concern and a challenge for Sony's infant A100 DSLR. The competition from Nikon's latest DSLR is all the more urgent considering some of its specifications such as the image processing engine, AF system,... Read more...
When your average thumb drive just doesn't have enough space for your data, you might be at a loss of what to do. Well if you're not interested in burnable media, or bulky portable hard drives, you might want to check out Western Digital's 6GB Passport Pocket Drive. It's slightly bigger than a flash stick, but houses a mini 6GB hard drive, and ensures compatibility with almost any computer through its USB interface. "Portable file storage is a field which is undergoing rapid advances every year. While burning information to DVD is still cheap and effective there are a number of other options which are viable, depending on the... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  If you are in the market for a high capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD5000KS 500GB SATA HDD we've just evaluated will be of interest.  This drive is relatively affordable and it strikes a great balance between capacity and performance.  Here's a snip from the article... "If we were to play a word association game with a PC enthusiast and said "Western Digital," it's likely his geek reflexes would immediately trigger and force him to reply "Raptor" before he even realized he had spoken. Western Digital makes many more storage products other than just the speed demons known as Raptors, though. While it is easy to be enamored with the Raptors, they are relatively... Read more...
If we were to play a word association game with a PC enthusiast and said "Western Digital," it's likely his geek reflexes would immediately trigger and force him to reply "Raptor" before he even realized he had spoken. Western Digital makes many more storage products other than just the speed demons known as Raptors, though. While it is easy to be enamored with the Raptors, they are relatively expensive and offer only a fraction of the capacity of the 500GB and 750GB behemoths currently on the market. Our labs were blessed with one such behemoth from Western Digital, the WD5000KS, which is a member of the Caviar SE16 family. This 500GB SATA 3Gb/s drive features a 16MB... Read more...
New Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 Processor Doubles Performance, Reduces Power Consumption Aggressive Growth in Itanium Hardware and Software Solutions Deliver Mission Critical Computing Freedom SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 18, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled five new products in the Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 Processor 9000 series. Previously codenamed "Montecito," the new processors are designed for the most sophisticated high-end computing platforms in the world. They double the performance and lower energy requirements, improving performance per watt by 2.5 times compared to existing, single-core versions. All server-maker members of the Itanium Solutions Alliance (ISA)... Read more...
We've been hard at work in the labs again here at HotHardware, putting AMD's latest installment of CPUs for the AM2 platform, through the wringer.  This time the focus is on "Energy Efficient" processors, as AMD likes to call them.   Here we have a look at the 65W EE Athlon 64 4600  running flat out at 100% CPU utilization and its 1.14 voltage settings by default. We've also gotten our hands on a 35 Watt efficient 3800+ dual core CPU as well.  We'll have full details on the performance, heat, power and noise characteristics of these new chips, in the days ahead.  Don't touch that dial!... Read more...
OCZ Technology Launches the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Series Sunnyvale, CA - June 29, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Edition, a special extremist series of modules specifically geared towards the high-end overclocking community. Carrying on the OCZ Voltage eXtreme (VX) legacy, the PC2-8000 Ti Alpha is the first high-voltage DDR2 product that offers enthusiasts the performance edge they crave. With the arrival of AM2 CPU technology and the impending release of Intel Conroe, the high-speed Ti Alpha VX2 is an unparalleled memory solution for the latest DDR2 platforms.... Read more...
The Tech Report has reviewed Western Digital's excellent Raptor WD1500ADFD.  If you're unfamiliar with the WD1500, it's the latest member of the 10K RPM Raptor family, that features a 150GB capacity, a 16MB cache, and support for NCQ.  It's a killer driver.  You can read our review for reference right here. "For those with no desire to spend countless hours staring at the Raptor X's drive head dart back and forth across the platter, Western Digital makes the Raptor WD1500ADFD. This drive lacks a window, but otherwise, it's mechanically identical to the Raptor X - same spindle, cache, platters, and theoretically,... Read more...
We haven't posted any links to digital camera reviews for some time, but according to Bytesector, Nikon's Coolpix L3 5MP deserves some attention. The suggested MSRP for the camera is around $270, which makes it a great buy for someone who's looking for a decent camera that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. "Nikon's L series got a big push this year with three new models and offers the Coolpix L3 as the only new 5 megapixel camera for 2006. The L3 provides some of Nikon's reliable features to help you take better pictures. But have they addressed the fidgety flash we have experienced here at Bytesector all too often?"... Read more...
It looks like we've got a full-on battle royale coming up in the tech industry.  Business Week says, "Yahoo partners with eBay to battle with Google, which is teaming with Dell to put the heat on Microsoft".  Sounds like things could get ugly. "Under the Yahoo-eBay partnership, which covers only the U.S., Yahoo will supply eBay's site with ads, and the two will split revenue generated from them. eBay's auction listings will be included in Yahoo search results, driving users from that site to eBay's listings. Yahoo will also let users pay for Yahoo services using PayPal, eBay's online payment-processing company, and... Read more...
Intel Capital Extends WiMAX Investments Worldwide First Investment in the Middle East and Continued Momentum in Europe SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2006 - Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, today announced the signing of two WiMAX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) agreements. The first is for an investment in Orascom Telecom WiMAX Limited, a joint venture with Orascom Telecom of Egypt, and the second is for an investment in Worldmax, a joint venture with Enertel Holding of the Netherlands. Both investments are expected to be completed following the fulfillment and satisfaction of certain condition precedents and the receipt of various approvals.... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces High-Performance 60X and 133X Secure Digital Memory Sunnyvale, CA - April 24, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the launch of its new Secure DigitalTM (SD) flash memory cards designed to be the ideal storage solution for the latest media electronics and digital devices. Speed-rated up to 133X, OCZ SD Flash delivers fast and flawless performance and reliable storage for MP3s, digital images, and more. "Here at OCZ we have always focused on making faster more reliable memory solutions, and the development of our new line of ultra fast SD cards offer consumers and digital enthusiasts a... Read more...
With the popularity of portable MP3 players, it's always good to check out the market's latest additions. Today ExtremeMHz has published their review of Toshiba's Gigabeat F40 40GB player, which looks to be a good alternative to Apple's IPod. "Toshiba Gigabeat players are highly popular in Japan but have just recently been more readily available here in the US and have gain the interest of many audiophiles, thanks to their aggressive pricing and feature set. I've taken a look at a variety of MP3 players over the past years, some of which were truly impressive in terms of either design or feature set. For those, like me, who prefer... Read more...
If you're up for a good read, head on over to Hardware Secrets to check their latest 'how stuff works' article. Today they cover mostly the audio side of analog-digital conversion, and manage keep the explanations fairly easy to understand. "Signals in the real world are analog: light, sound, you name it. So, real-world signals must be converted into digital, using a circuit called ADC (Analog-to-Digital Converter), before they can be manipulated by digital equipment. In this tutorial we will give an in-depth explanation about analog-to-digital conversion yet keeping a very easy to follow language."... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Premium DDR PC-3200 Titanium XTC Series Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first Titanium XTC products-PC-3200 EL Titanium DDR 1GB module and 2GB Dual Channel kit. The OCZ Titanium series is the first and only line of memory dedicated to the high reliability needs of high-end systems and servers. Sophisticated discrete IC screening and qualification ensures superior performance ideal for mission critical systems, high power users, and server applications. Each Titanium XTC module is 100% hand-tested for ultimate reliability and quality assurance.... Read more...
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