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All right, they didn't really give Vostro laptop owners the meaty middle digit.  However, they gave them something that would require a reconfiguration of your typing mindset: a screwed-up keyboard layout.Flickr user Jake Gordon is angry. He ordered a new Dell Vostro with a UK keyboard and found that Dell has monkeyed subtly with the bottom row of keys, rendering the computer useless for anyone who touch-types.Of course, that only matters if you touch-type.  Check out the keyboard below and compare the placement of the Z (should be between the A and S) vs. the above normal keyboard. Dell admitted to the problem:A limited number of Dell Vostro 1310 and 1510 laptops in Europe have been... Read more...
There seems to be some confusion in the Microsoft camp as to whether or not XP will continue on or not.  A spokeswoman for the Redmond giant had this to say:"We feel we've made the right accommodations for customers in certain segments who may need more time to transition to Windows Vista," she said. "But as [CEO] Steve [Ballmer] noted, we maintain a constant stance of listening to our customers and our partners. That's what is guiding our plan, and will continue to guide us going forward."So to sum it up: The CEO says yes, the spokeswoman says it’s all dependent upon the customers.   Now is the time to let your voices be heard.... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, all analog television stations in the U.S. are required to switch to digital broadcast systems by February of 2009. What exactly that means to the millions of TV-watchers with analog only sets, however, isn't quite clear to everyone and the amount of misinformation out there is amazing..."Did my TV screen just shrink? That's the question a lot of people will be asking after installing one of the converter boxes that will keep their older TV sets tuned in to over-the-air broadcasts after February 17, when most stations will switch from analog to digital transmission. The National Association of Broadcasters estimates that 70 million sets are in danger of losing... Read more...
You know you have compensation issues when you buy the latest Apple thin & light laptop and feel the need to replace the shell with a 24k gold coated, gem studded variant.Whatever drives people to want such outrageously and expensive mods, Computer Choppers is there to meet those needs.  The company offers so many services and customization options, but here are just a few examples of the plating and polishing to virtually any piece of electronics:Aluminum (polishing)NickelBlack NickelCopperChrome24kt Yellow GoldWhite GoldRose GoldPlatinum The exact price of the gem-studded, 24k mod to the AirBook is unknown at this time, but if we had that kind of money we might spend it trying to actually... Read more...
Anybody who has e-mail knows all about phishing scams. As spam filters and firewalls become more potent, and users become more sophisticated and informed about responding to online deceptions, the spammers have had to become more sophisticated in their approach too. One approach spammers now use is to avoid mass e-mailing and tailor their message to a few high-profile targets. They call this approach "whaling." Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country have been receiving e-mail messages this week that appear to be official subpoenas from the United States District Court in San Diego. Each message includes the executive’s name, company and phone number, and commands the recipient... Read more...
Well, we are trying to imagine just how the Wii's innovative controller could be used in this case, but we would prefer to ... make no comment.Within a game display in a random Japanese game store an ad for Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper reads “worldly desires are completely open.” Whenever you see something like that used to advertise a game in Japan you’re usually in for a graphic adventure novel on a disc and low and behold that’s what it is.In Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper you basically save underage looking scantily clad women, who are actually in their 20s, from some kind of devil. When you do, by basically choosing numbered options with the Wiimote, you get a victory video of one of the girls... Read more...
Demonoid is back online after being shutdown in November of last year.  Reports are that all trackers on the site seem to be functioning.The only thing not to make the transition is the former admin, Deimos according to the message that greets visitors:“Welcome back!Since a few months ago, Deimos, the site administrator, lacks the necessary time to take care of the website, because of personal matters he's been needing to attend to.  For this reason, he has decided to leave the site staff.Before leaving, he assigned a new site administrator from among his friends to take care of the site.  The old moderator team will continue helping with the site, unchanged.  We will try to keep running everything... Read more...
NVIDIA held a Financial Analyst Day yesterday, where representatives spoke about the company's strengths, market share, technology, and direction.  There was a lot of discussion regarding current products and competition, which seemed to get NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Sun Huang fired up in a way that's not often seen publicly. The always outspoken Jen-Sun really went on the offensive and essentially dismissed CPU-GPU fusion and Intel's upcoming discreet graphics product (codenamed Larrabee).  He also downplayed the erosion of NVIDIA's market share in the mobile segments and promoted the APX 2500 "system on a chip", CUDA, and other NVIDIA initiatives.  Jen-Sun even went so far as to say NVIDIA... Read more...
CORSAIR RECEIVES 80 PLUS® “GREEN” CERTIFICATION ON ALL POWER SUPPLY UNITSCorsair Eco-Friendly PSUs Deliver Performance and EfficiencyFremont, CA, April 10, 2008 – Corsair® https://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today that it has been awarded 80 PLUS Certification across the entire Corsair line of Power Supply Units (PSUs), including the award winning modular HX Series, powerful TX Series and value-performance VX Series. More Efficient, Same Performance80 PLUS Certification is the gold standard for power supply energy efficiency.  The 80 PLUS specification requires computer and server PSUs to be at least 80 percent... Read more...
Super Talent Launches World’s Smallest 8GB USB Drive San Jose, California – April 7, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced three new 8GB USB Flash drives, including the world’s smallest 8GB drive. These new drives include: PICO-A, with a swivel lid; the retractable PICO-B; and ultra small PICO-C. Super Talent’s patented PICO series USB drives are manufactured using chip-on-board (COB) technology, which enables up to 8GB of Flash storage to fit into an incredibly minute case. PICO-C drives weigh less than a nickel (about 4.7 grams) and measure only 31.3mm x 12.4mm x 3.4mm. Part Number Description STU8GPAS 8GB... Read more...
Intel Education and WiMAX Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia Intel Chairman Cites Government-Industry Partnership as Successful Model, Advancing Education, Technology Innovation and Economic Development in Arab World RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett kicked off his fourth visit to the Gulf region by pledging technical support for building a high-speed wireless network in the country using a long-range wireless technology known as WiMAX. He also dedicated a pilot project for e-learning at a Saudi Arabian school, which is becoming a top priority in many educational systems throughout the world. "Our joint commitment to technological innovation... Read more...
If you’ve played games online, we’re sure by now that you’ve seen somebody go off on a tirade after being fragged one too many times. Sometimes this is a result of poor skills, other times it may be the result of cheaters flooding an enemy’s network in a sort of mini-DDoS attack. Often threats of real life repercussions just seem childish, and often add a comical element to the whole situation.What happens when you try it on a technician working for the company the handles your ISP’s network and customer service? One youngster decided to find out and for some reason the tier 2.5 tech at Convergsys decided to post his retaliation on the internet for all to see:I proceeded to input his ip address... Read more...
You had to see this coming (and it was rumored, too), with the popularity of low-cost ultra-portable laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the OLPC, and the Classmate. Microsoft has given Windows XP another reprieve, but only for a class of devices they call ULCPCs or Ultra-Low-Cost PCs.Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold for a class of computers it calls "ultra-low-cost PCs." It's a category that covers machines with slower processors, smaller screens, and in many cases flash memory for storage, rather than a traditional hard drive.Microsoft will give PC makers the option of using Windows XP or Vista on ULCPC devices, said Michael Dix, general... Read more...
AMD Delivers Industry’s First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort Support—       ATI FireGL™ V7700 provides superb performance and image quality for professional 3D and imaging markets —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 31, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL™ V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and... Read more...
Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard drives.  In addition to their large capacities, these drives offer a number of proprietary features designed to lower their power consumption and acoustic profiles, like IntelliPower, IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and in the RE.2's case RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).  Click the link below and check them out...WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB... Read more...
The “switcher's” Mac hasn't done so well in sales, but it seems that somebody in Cupertino thinks that at least having a low-cost Mac brings people into Apple Stores and thus the little Mac is going to get a refresh instead of the axe:“Among the improvements destined for the new lineup are 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile chips starting at 2.1GHz with 3MB of shared L2 cache, an 800MHz front-side bus (up from 667MHz), and a step up to the same Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor employed by the existing line of 13-inch consumer MacBooks.”The release date is unclear, but currently retailers are experiencing a shortage of iMacs in preparation for a rumored update of that lineup.  It... Read more...
BD-Live (AKA Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0) titles were released earlier this year, despite the fact that there were no players yet capable of supporting BD-Live.  But ...Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.Most notably, the update enables the PS3 to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. You can connect now to the Internet while playing discs that support BD-Live to obtain additional content and special features. These features vary from disc to disc, and will keep... Read more...
WD® MAXIMIZES TWO-PLATTER 3.5-INCH HARD DRIVES TO 640 GB CAPACITY POINTCompany Ships in Volume New Capacity Sweet SpotLAKE FOREST, CALIF. – Mar. 19, 2008 – WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping in volume its WD Caviar® SE16 640 GB 3.5-inch hard drives based on 320 GB-per-platter technology -- a platform that it has been shipping since January 2008 and is serving as the foundation of all of the company's 3.5-inch drive families.Ideal for data-intensive applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD Caviar SE16 640 GB drives deliver high performance with their extreme areal density, 3 Gb/s transfer rate, and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're writing this morning to let you all know that we've just posted  a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Western Digital's Caviar RE2 750 GB hard drive.  Western Digital’s RE2 lineup is targeted at workstations and servers, which need lots of disk capacity along with top-notch RAID performance and long-life reliability.  At its core, the RE2 lineup is identical to the SE16 lineup for the performance desktop, but the RE2 has a slightly different feature set, along with more robust MBTF (mean-time between failure) ratings and warranties.  We test the drive... Read more...
Things seemed settled. Blu-ray, the high definition format favored by Sony, finally overcame the competition offered by rival Toshiba, HD DVD, and the next-generation format wars were over. Not so fast, says New Medium Enterprises, who are touting an alternative to Blu-ray they call the versatile multilayer disc. VMD has the one attribute no one has ever ascribed to Blu-ray; it's cheap.An HD VMD player costs less than a Blu-ray because it uses the red-laser technologies found in today’s standard-definition DVD players. The Blu-ray and HD DVD machines use a more-expensive blue laser system. “We do not intend to take on Blu-ray,” said Shirly Levich, New Medium’s vice president and product development... Read more...
A few months ago, we evaluated the 1-terabyte (TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA hard drive and found the drive to offer many positive features in addition to its massive capacity.  In this article though, we'll be looking at Seagate's new flagship enterprise-class, mass storage solution, the 1TB Barracuda ES.2.  While the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 are almost identical drives, there are some important differences to highlight between them.  For instance, the 7200.11 has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 750,000 hours while the ES.2 boasts a superior and more server-oriented MTBF of 1.2 million hours. Essentially, this means the ES.2 should be a more reliable drive... Read more...
A few months ago, we evaluated the 1-terabyte (TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA hard drive. We found the drive to offer many positive features in addition to its massive capacity. In this article, we'll be looking at Seagate's flagship enterprise-class, mass storage solution, the 1TB Barracuda ES.2 SATA hard drive. While the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 are almost identical drives, there are some important differences to highlight between them. For instance, the 7200.11 has a mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 750,000 hours while the ES.2 boasts a superior and more server-oriented MTBF of 1.2 million hours. Essentially, this means the ES.2 should be a more reliable drive that... Read more...
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