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Since RealNetworks announced RealDVD (available today, if you are interested), it was obviously there would probably be some kind of legal action.  After all, the product rips DVDs to your hard drive, though it purports to not just maintain the original DRM but in fact adds another layer of protection. Still, most would probably have expected the lawsuit to come from the other direction.Shortly after releasing the RealDVD product today (about an hour or so!) RealNetworks announced a lawsuit against a host of companies: the DVD Copy Control Association, Inc., Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., NBC Universal,... Read more...
As anyone with a teenager knows, text messaging is quite popular among those in that age range.  And a recent Nielsen Mobile survey has concluded that not only has text messaging become the most popular form of communication using a cell phone, the group that texts the mosts (go figure) is in the 13 - 17 year range.The study determined that in the period from Q1 2006 - Q2 2008, the number of monthly calls per user has remained stable, at around 200.  But the number of text messages have skyrocketed from 65 per month in Q1 2006 to 357 per month in Q2 2008.  And take a look at the distribution of text messages per age group:Average Number of Monthly Calls vs. Text Messages Among... Read more...
It has been almost exactly one year since we saw the Asus Eee line of notebooks hit store shelves and it has been quite a year for this little side project from Asus. The original Asus Eee PC lineup, even with its flaws, turned out to be a massive surprise hit, as Asus hit a price and form factor that the market was finally ready to adopt for an ultra-mobile notebook. The Eee PC, while not truly the first of its kind, cemented the 'netbook' product category, which has encouraged potential buyers to accept this genre of products. Since its release, we've seen nearly every major OEM produce a similar product to compete with the Eee, although Asus' six month lead in this arena has helped them flesh... Read more...
The Rocket Man, Yves Rossy, known by those in the know as Fusionman, took flight today in a successful voyage across the English Channel.  He was the first man to ever do this with a self-contained, homemade jet pack.  That's right, we said jet pack, people.A former Air Force pilot, Yves Rossy has spent much of his career flying thousands of people around the planet as a captain for SWISS. But when Rossy is not flying planes, he is jumping out of them. Freestyle, skysurf, freely – you name it, he has done it. But no matter how daring, these adventure sports never fulfilled his childhood dream: to soar like a bird. Not with a glider, but with a propelled fixed wing. Appearing live on... Read more...
On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test is that the animation during the test must be "smooth." That same month, another engine, Presto, achieved the 100/100 rendering below, but it still has not achieved "smooth" animation. As you can see in the results dialog which you receive by clicking on the “A” in Acid3, there is confirmation that Webkit indeed passed the smooth animation condition on a 2.4GHz... Read more...
With a low-power Intel Core 2 Duo processor under its hood, the Dell Studio Hybrid is capable in many mainstream user applications and could make for a decent Home Theater PC.  Aficionados may scoff at the system's integrated Intel X3100 graphics, however, the Studio Hybrid has more than enough power to playback full 1080p resolution content with its Core 2 Duo dual core processor, 5400RPM 160GB hard drive, and DDR2-667 system memory.  As a minimalistic business-class machine, family computer or college-bound bookshelf PC, the  Dell Studio Hybrid has all of the basic features of a full sized system, in a sleek, stylish, eco-friendly footprint.   More here in our... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock for Liquid-Cooled Systems Sunnyvale, CA - September 25, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the “HydroFlow” HF-MK1 Waterblock for superior CPU watercooling. Designed with the highest possible exchange rate between the block and coolant, the HydroFlow can be easily integrated into any enthusiast system and help efficiently lower the processor temperature."The HydroFlow HF-MK1 targets the highest possible thermal exchange rate between a solid body and the surrounding fluid, while maintaining enough cross sectional area... Read more...
Thermaltake is ready to formally introduce its Xpressar RCS100 Micro Refrigeration Cooling System, which was first shown off at Computex in June. If you haven't yet seen the Xpressar RCS100, it is somewhat similar to the famed VapoChill Vapor Phase-Change Cooling systems we have shown you a few occasions in the past, but Thermaltake's offering differs in that it utilizes a DC Inverter type micro compressor to cool the PC. In fact, Thermaltake is claiming to be the first to use such a design.To quote Thermaltake, the company summarized the Xpressar as "... a micro vapor-compression refrigeration system. The vapor-compression refrigeration system has been the most widely used method for air-conditioning... Read more...
For some time now, rumors of the GPhone (or Google phone) have been circulating around the web.  While it didn't make a whole lot of sense that Google was going to get into the hardware business, especially the highly competitive handset business, it seemed reasonable that Google had an interest in the handheld market for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the huge potential in search.  Though, as we came to find out, it wasn't so much the hardware but the "platform" that Google was interested in.  Tomorrow (9/23) will bring a lot more clarity to Google's play in the handset business, according to Time, as the first ever Google Andriod operating... Read more...
It's no secret that music sales comprised of physical media (i.e. CDs) are down in the face of huge competition from iTunes and other digital distribution channels.  At the same time, no one ever said the record labels would give up on physical sales easily.  Today SanDisk, along with the four major record labels (Warner Bros., EMI, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group) have announced a new format: slotMusic. slotMusic is essentially a microSD card with an album on it, and the partners plan to roll it out in time for the holiday season.According to the format's official site, Wal-Mart and Best Buy are already lined up to stock the cards.With slotMusic, songs will be loaded onto what are... Read more...
So we were kicking around the lab for the weekend with nothing much to do (ok, ok, we have plenty to do but we decided to goof off).  And what do any self-respecting Tech Geeks do with a little time on their hands?  We take stuff apart of course.  This time our victim was the Dell Studio Hybrid.  We'll be showcasing this machine next week in on our Video Spotlight channel but this sneak peek will actually give you a pretty solid understanding of what the Studio Hybrid is made of.  Actually, you'll see exactly what she's made of here...         The Dell Studio Hybrid, that we'll be looking at next week, is built upon an Intel 965 chipset with... Read more...
Averatec Announces 10.2 Inch Netbook PC to US MarketAveratec's Buddy adds a new dimension to the companion PC Market SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 19 -- Announced today, Trigem USA and its Averatec brand has formally entered the netbook personal computer market. Aptly named the Averatec Buddy, this new companion notebook is the best solution to fulfill the growing need for an ultra portable, daily use computer. The Averatec Buddy is the second offering based on the Intel Atom processor family. Featuring a generous keyboard for its diminutive size, the Buddy boasts 10.2" LCD screen and 160GB of storage memory.The Averatec brand, predominantly known for its style conscious, innovative mobile products,... Read more...
So just how did the Yahoo! email account of Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, get hacked? It wasn't by brute force, or because the password was obvious (like if she used her own name, Palin). No, it was social engineering that done her in. According to hackers posting to the /b/ board (or Random board) at 4chan.org, they didn't hack her password, they reset it. Using the Yahoo! Mail option to reset or recover one's user name and password (above), they were able to reset her password. As she is a public figure, determining her birthday --- no problem. Zip code? Only two of them in Alaska. And her secret question, the one she set up? "Where did you meet your spouse?" It took the hackers... Read more...
NVIDIA Announces Workforce Reduction SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a workforce reduction to allow for continued investment in strategic growth areas. As a result, NVIDIA expects to eliminate approximately 360 positions worldwide, or about 6.5 percent of the Company’s global workforce. The reduction is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009 ending October 26, 2008. NVIDIA will provide employees affected by this reduction with severance packages, counseling, and job placement services."Our action today is difficult, but necessary considering current business realities. Despite our reduction, we will continue... Read more...
When microprocessor manufacturers ran into increasing complications as they tried to make chips runs faster, they shifted gears, and started building more powerful processors using multiple cores. We're still at the early part of the multi-core revolution, but researchers at the University of Rochester claim that microprocessor manufacturers will eventually run into similar challenges with today's multi-core processor design because of the "limits of miniaturization." So what comes next? The answer still lies with multi-core processors; but instead of just packing cores in next to each other on the same plane, the cores will be stacked on top of each other vertically. The concept of a three-dimensional... Read more...
DELL PREMIERS FIRST INDUSTRY-APPROVED BURN-TO-DVD DOWNLOADSQflix Recording Technology from Sonic Gives New Life to Digital DownloadingFeaturing New Hit and Catalog Releases via CinemaNowQflix Certified Media Plays on Standard DVD PlayersROUND ROCK, Texas, Sept. 15, 2008 – Dell is bringing the big screen to the PC screen, making it easy for users to build a personal digital library of their favorite Hollywood blockbusters.Dell and Sonic Solutions have teamed to make downloading and recording DVD movies easy with the first PC-based Qflix™ drives. Using an intuitive application, Roxio® Venue, movie collectors can search and select from a variety of major Hollywood hits available from... Read more...
Electronic Arts (EA) began its pursuit of Take-Two Interactive in February, but was immediately rebuffed.  Through all these months, Take-Two has said that EA's offer undervalued the company.  But while Electronic Arts let its tender offer expire in August, both companies indicated that the two continued talks in private.  On Sunday, EA issued a terse press release saying the deal was off for good.The decision was made "after careful consideration, including a management presentation and review of other due diligence materials," Electronic Arts (EA) said in a brief statement.EA, which owns some of the most popular sports games franchises in the industry, originally offered US$2... Read more...
You know our HH Forum regulars are definitely a lively, ambitious crew, always eager to lend a hand, some advice or an opinion, sometimes whether you ask for one or not.  Many of the HotHardware Elite possess a wealth of knowledge such that, if you're in the dark on something, they'll be happy to oblige and shed some light, tips or tricks from their own personal tool bag; if you'll just simply take the time to register and then fire off a thread.  In addition, many of our dedicated members are gifted with some pretty "mad skillz" when it comes to custom mods, systems builds and designs.  Take Nelson's custom-cut, watercooled Monster Rig, for example.  The man has been working... Read more...
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been collecting lots of headlines this week as it finally ramped up to full speed. It has garnered attention for the massively sized experiments it will undertake (simulating conditions of the Big Bang), the questions its experiments will seek to answer (find the "God" particle), the cost of the project ($7.9 Billion), and even the fear that the LHC itself could create a black hole that would swallow up the Earth (it didn't... at least not yet). So it's understandable that a project of this magnitude would receive lots of attention--especially one of the more public of the experiments, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment, which is "one of the four 'eyes'... Read more...
Scientists in Pisa, Italy claim to have set a new world record for the fastest wireless data transmission. They report that during an uninterrupted 12-hour experiment, they were able to achieve throughput speeds above 1.2 Terabits per second; which they say beats the previous wireless data transmission speed record of 160 Gigabits per second by Korean scientists. The researchers claim that speeds of this magnitude can typically only be achieved using fiber optics. The technology that the Pisa scientists utilized to achieve such high bandwidth, actually shares a significant similarity with fiber optics: Both technologies use optical communications. Unlike Wi-Fi or microwave communications, which... Read more...
WD SHIPS 500 GB CAPACITY NOTEBOOK HARD DRIVESCompany Expands Industry Leadership in Areal Density at 250 GB-Per-Platter For 2.5-inch Standard Form Factor Notebook Hard Drives LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualifications of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives with capacities up to 500 GB. Utilizing industry-leading 250 GB-per-platter technology, the new WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB and 400 GB SATA hard drives are designed for notebook computers and portable storage devices.WD Scorpio Blue delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including proprietary features that make the drive extraordinarily... Read more...
Before you post photos of your night of drunken debauchery to your Facebook profile, you might want to consider what kind of impression it might make on prospective employers. And lest you think that baby-boomer-generation hiring managers wouldn't know Facebook if they tripped over it, think again: 22 percent of hiring managers say they research job candidates on social networking sites. It might seem like common sense for job hunters to keep their social networking profiles "clean," but hiring managers must not like what they are seeing, because 34 percent of those who research candidates on social networking sites "found content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration."... Read more...
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