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Sony announced four new models of Blu-ray disc recorder/players today. The new models have big capacity -- up to 16 hours of hi-def programming on 50 GB discs. The most expensive model has a 500GB hard drive, to boot, but you'll pay for it -- $1752. Note to Sony: the room I watch movies in didn't cost that much to build.  "With high-definition TVs spreading rapidly and more digital cameras and camcorders are becoming HD-ready, time is ripe for household recorders to move onto a next generation," Sony Executive Deputy President Katsumi Ihara told a news conference. "We intend to make all our recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible," he said.... Read more...
George Ou must like getting hate mail. He had the nerve to point out that "Vista puts Mac OS X font rendering to shame," and has the screen caps to demonstrate it. George does not seem to understand that for five percent of the population, anything that ships from Redmond is made in a cauldron of snake's venom in Sauron's cave, while Steve Jobs goes to the bathroom and emits only Evian water. While font technology isn’t what’s typically considered a killer application or killer feature, it is by far one of the most important usability features in an operating system.  We simply cannot place a price tag on eye strain and someone who works all day long in front of a computer like me greatly... Read more...
There's bad, and then there's evil. But spammers are worse than evil. And the worst version of evil is to use our beloved Homer Simpson to trick you into giving up your e-mail address, and then signing you up for a spam barrage. Don't click on that survey about the Simpsons movie. The spammed e-mails try to lure unsuspecting users to a Web site, where their e-mail addresses will be harvested for later spamming attacks, according to researchers at Sophos. To get users to visit the site, the spam claims recipients will be given a $500 Visa gift card if they click on a link and participate in an online survey about the movie. Each e-mail contains... Read more...
Reports of the unpopularity of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system are widespread -- and according to Bill Gates -- wrong. Forty million copies have been sold already, which is faster than the sales rate for Windows XP. That already exceeds  the entire number of people using anything offered by Microsoft's main competitiors. Gates also announced several new partners for its Windows Home Server product, including Gateway and Medion. Microsoft has already said HP will have home servers based on the technology later this year. Gates said Windows Home Server will launch in the autumn. He also said smaller computer makers, known as system builders, will be able to build... Read more...
Naval Ravikant is an example of the new face of dotcom startups. He sees the method of nurturing startup ideas with venture capital cash as less of a bank and more like a movie studio. Ravikant runs a tight ship, with hard deadlines. "The engineers have the freedom to experiment, but they have 90 days to ship a product," he says. "The product has to grow organically, without any marketing." Those that are still growing on their own 12 months later get to live. They also receive more funding, and Ravikant plugs them into a distribution network he's building. Web products that don't hit their growth numbers get killed -- a far cry from the old incubator system, which kept... Read more...
Research  In Motion, makers of the popular Blackberry handheld,  is  going to offer software to allow smartphone users running Windows Mobile 6.0 to use the Blackberry's applications without  changing their hardware. “Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an important element of RIM's strategy to provide an open platform that supports industry standards and addresses the various needs of our customers and partners,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “This new software will provide a range of important benefits, including easier support of Windows Mobile-based devices within BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, a consistent... Read more...
Chip sales are usually slow in the first quarter of any year. But 2007 is shaping up to be a blah year in the microprocessor business all the way through. What's the problem? But what makes 2007 special? At least one reason is the transition to the Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft (MSFT) has said it sold 20 million Vista licenses in its first month of general release. Still, PC upgrades on both the consumer and enterprise side of the business have been slow to materialize amid questions over whether to upgrade immediately. Meanwhile on the Apple side, new machines and a new operating system are expected early in the summer, kicking... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that AMD/ATI have demoed R600 developer cards to their add in board partners, and that the partners were impressed, despite the fact that card was equipped with GDDR3 memory, and not faster GDDR4 memory launch product is rumored to have... "The AIBs (Add-in Board partners) didn't see the real McCoy as this was a developer's card powered with GDDR3 memory only but it was enough to impress the present lads. The GDDR4 version and the official launch is still scheduled for March time probably shortly before Cebit. The partners are happy with the performance and they are confident that the new baby can make G80 run for its pixels." We're getting closer to the actual launch... Read more...
Toshiba announced at the CES that they've made a triple-stacked HD-DVD read-only disc that can hold more ones and zeros than a standard Blu-Ray disc --51 gigabytes. That's a lot of 1080p hi-def goodness: The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats: two 0.6-mm thick discs bonded back-to-back. According to Toshiba, the added cost to produce discs with the third layer is minimal, thanks to the use of the same physical disc structure as DVD. Toshiba aims to secure approval of the new disc by the DVD Forum within this year. Ritek said not so fast. We can stack up to ten, and do it in both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats. That's up... Read more...
Having just gone out for some last minute stocking stuffers for my significant (very significant if I know what's good for me) other, I can totally relate to this headline and story.  I purchased 6 cartridges in total for an HP Photosmart 8450 printer and it cost me over $170.  Now mind you, the printer itself, almost a full year ago now, cost me like $110. PopPhoto comments on HP's (and many others) racket in the ink business.  You think it's about selling printers?  Guess again.  The ink biz pulls in more profit than a high-end Cat House a when ship full of Navy boys pulls up to port.   "$10,000 per gallon of ink? OPEC, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!... Read more...
Good cooling is pretty much an art form.  It takes exotic mechanical and aero-thermal engineering to design a cooler with maximum heat transfer and a quiet acoustic signature.  3DGameMan has a look at a universal CoolerMaster HSF that gets the job done pretty and looks good doing it... "The Cooler Master Eclipse cooler has a very interesting first impression. With a snail shaped profile and claw like heat pipes, this cooler demands your attention. You will notice that it has a plastic hood that has a large opening at the top, we will get to that later. " Demands your attention... come on now.  The Pats rolling on the Texans, now that demands my attention - that and this cold... Read more...
I'm not sure Microsoft can give away Zunes at this point. They might actually have to pay you to take them. Could the problem be as simple as the nasty brown color they sport? Analysts for the Enderle Group Rob Enderle said the player's color could be hurting sales. "Microsoft came to the conclusion after market research that the new hot color is brown," Enderle said. "No other hardware company has come to that conclusion." According to merchants NBC11 spoke to, shoppers are virtually ignoring the Zune. Anemic early sales indicate the Zune could be falling short in the hip factor, Budman reported. "They want it to be small. They want it to be sexy," Enderle said. I've heard nasty... Read more...
Ever wonder what other HH readers might classify as a "good day"?  Some go fishing and the old adage applies, "even a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work".  Meanwhile others go flying.  And a good day flying is pretty great.  Check our Utah from a few thousand feet up at DerMeister's perspective...   Nice views Der.  Purple Mountains Majesty (and canyons too) - you can't beat it.... Read more...
Whatcha looking at Hothardware with? You can use Firefox 2.0 starting on Tuesday, if you like: Firefox 2.0, the foremost rival to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser, is set for release Tuesday afternoon, said its producer, the not-for-profit Mozilla Corp. The free 5-megabyte browser, available in 39 languages for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, will be downloadable from getfirefox.com, the Mountain View, Calif., company said. The new release of the two-year-old product includes new features but strives to retain its simplicity of design and operation, Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, said earlier this week.... Read more...
Though speculation of an nVidia acquisition by Intel has been circulating since the AMD ATI merger, such a deal may not provide sufficient financial incentive. No matter how beneficial technically, financial analyst are questioning the rumors from a business sense, and it may be that nVidia will be acquired by other interested parties. Intel Corp. is an unlikely suitor for chip maker Nvidia Corp., analysts said Thursday, although a source familiar with the situation noted takeover interest in Nvidia from various players in its sector. Nvidia shares climbed more than 8 percent on Wednesday on speculation that the graphics chipmaker could be acquired... Read more...
Though the RIAA has filed lawsuits against thousands of people, many of the cases are settled out of court. Those who defend themselves have found mixed success fighting the RIAA, with results ranging from successfully winning their case, to loosing to the RIAA by default. In a recent case, the defendant has requested that their hard drive be examined by an independent party, much to the dismay of the RIAA. "As one might expect, Arellanes isn't too keen (PDF) on the idea of sending her hard drive to an RIAA star chamber for examination. Citing the RIAA's numerous missteps in its ill-conceived crusade against music fans, she requests that the... Read more...
While some may be brushing off reports of an ATI/AMD merger as just rumor, Intel seems to be taking it a little more seriously. If rumor turns into fact though, we're going to see one heck of a chip producing powerhouse. "If you sit back and consider the facts for a minute, it all seems very logical. If the merger was to go ahead, it could affect ATI's most direct competitor (nVidia) a lot - the merger would create a company who has the capacity to create good CPU's, good chipsets and good GPU's. By combining their resources, it opens things up for AMD and ATI to really take on Intel and nVidia in a big way and increase their market share in a range of different product segments."... Read more...
It seems Wall Street is buzzing today with rumors that AMD may be looking to merge with ATI. We won't speculate much because rumors like this tend to circulate every few months and nothing happens. But is an AMD & ATI merger possible?  Possible - Yes.  Likely - No. Advanced Micro Devices may be looking to buy graphics company ATI Technologies, a move that would benefit the overall graphics industry, according to RBC Capital Markets. "The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD to significantly increase capacity over the next few-years," wrote analyst Apjit Walia in a note to investors Wednesday.... Read more...
Looks like ATi is gearing up to give NVIDIA a run for their money in the integrated video motherboard chipset space.  X600-like graphics on board; smells like it has HTPC all over it.  The Inq posted the skinny on this yesterday but I was too lazy to snap this up at the time... sincere apologies. Really...The next generation of chipsets will feature a new integrated core with four pixel pipelines and it should be relatively close to the X600 performance. It might end up a little bit slower due to slower memory performance from the integrated memory, but it should be in that range. This new graphic core enslaved in ATI's future chipset should feature all you need for Longhorn, Vista... Read more...
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