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So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current Premium systems, minus the black case. "Considering the number of corroborating rumors it seems likely that at least a few of the details, like price and HDMI inclusion, will indeed become reality. Until an official announcement is made, however, nothing can be confirmed, and Microsoft once again declined to comment on the speculation of an Elite edition."... Read more...
Astute HotHardware readers may remember our prediction for the biggest selling video game console for the Christmas season. Well, the numbers are in for December of 2006, and we weren't disappointed. It wasn't the Wii, X-Box 360, or the Playstation 3. It was the Playstation 2: The PS2's popularity makes sense if you run the numbers. Along with being $470 cheaper than the PS3, PS2 games can be found for $10 or $20, while most new PlayStation3 games go for $60. That's a steal, considering that the library of great games available for the PS2 could keep a kid occupied until the PlayStation 8 is released circa 2030. According to the review aggregator site Metacritic, there are no PlayStation... Read more...
AMD Ushers in Breathtaking Multimedia for Mobile Devices with Next-Generation AMD Imageon Media Processors - New AMD Technology Enables Handheld Manufacturers to Captivate Consumers with Remarkable Video, Audio and Imaging - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - February 12, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors, offering ultra-fast, high-resolution image processing, DVD-quality video and high-definition audio for compelling mobile multimedia experiences. These new processors further enhance the industry-leading AMD Imageon family of discrete media processors, helping handheld manufacturers to quickly and cost-efficiently deliver the latest multimedia features... Read more...
If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and laser technology to project an outline of a full keyboard onto any surface. You type by "pressing" the keys, and the laser senses your actions. The keyboard can be made slightly larger or smaller depending on how the device is angled. It's also compatible with a long list of handhelds, PCs and Macintosh computers... Read more...
The problem with machine vision is that the cameras are two-dimensional recorders of three-dimensional scenes. Objects in an image may be obscured by lighting, occluded by obstacles or camouflaged by similar colors in the background. Sophisticated software can sometimes piece together objects from subtle cues, such as when two camera positions are used to reveal parallax. But such algorithms take time to run, making them inappropriate for real-time applications, like automobile collision avoidance. Now one company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene, regardless of lighting, occlusion or... Read more...
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will reexamine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the'438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now in the process of reexamining two of the three patents in the lawsuit, and the PTO will soon decide whether it will reexamine the third. The PTO is reexamining U.S. Patent Number 6,378,114 (the '114 patent), and in August rejected all 15 claims in that patent. The PTO was asked to reexamine the third patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,453,446 (the '446... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is only weeks away from public consumption, so it's time to start getting informed on all of the new features and intricacies of the new OS, if you haven't already done so that is.  APC Magazine has an informative article on-line today dealing with Vista's new image-based installation process. "Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. So how does it adjust to your hardware? How do you slipstream updates and drivers into it? Can you also 'preinstall' your favourite... Read more...
Jacqui Cheng over at ars technica examines the latest results from the sixth-annual report of the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. It tracks changes in Internet usage and attitudes about that usage in the United States. And it says that the internet is allowing people to make new friends while keeping in touch with your existing peeps. What might be a surprise, though, is that all of this online interaction is apparently not detracting from interaction with close friends and family offline. While 37.7 percent of respondents said that the Internet helps them communicate more with family and friends,... Read more...
With shrinking feature sizes, smaller and smaller form factor devices are coming to market. Imagine this little image processor coupled with bluetooth embedded in such devices as key chains, pens and other small form factor devices. James Bond would have a ball with this type of technology. I wonder what the power requirements will be? The new Micron image sensor (product number MT9M019) captures 30 frames per second (fps) at full 1.3-megapixel resolution (1,280 by 1,024 pixels) or 60 fps at VGA resolution (640 by 480 pixels), allowing for high-quality, seamless video. Additionally, another critical design factor is its small 1/5-inch form factor, allowing it to fit into applications requiring... Read more...
Imagination Technologies Announces Expanded Multimedia Collaboration with Intel and Investment from Intel Capital 2 October 2006 - Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG; "Imagination") - a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property ("SoC IP") - today announces that it has reached a new major collaboration agreement with Intel Corporation ("Intel"), which extends the licensing and deployment of its graphics and video IP cores for use with Intel's PC, mobile computing and consumer architectures in certain segments. Imagination also announces an investment by Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel. Intel Capital will invest ?5.28m in Imagination,... Read more...
Image quality isn't as big a selling point as performance when it comes to graphics cards, though it's still a highly important issue. After all, what's the point of throwing down the cash for a top performing card if the image quality isn't up to par with the competition? FiringSquad does another image quality comparison between ATI and NVIDIA, also making sure to focus on the problem known as "Texture Shimmering". "What is texture shimmering you ask? As a quick refresher, texture shimmering can occur when the mipmap transitions from one texture resolution to the next. If the transitions are harsh, the lower quality mipmap levels can stand out pretty dramatically; this... Read more...
Looking to improve image quality on your TV? Hardware Zone has a neat device that can do just that. While you probably won't see much improvement with content like DVD's, it did manage to up the quality on VCDs and improve TV signal quality. "Our tests have concluded that the PixelMagic Plasma Enhancer 1000 is a quick and painless answer to upscale TV and similar quality video content on high-definition LCD/Plasma TV sets for maximum enjoyment."  ... Read more...
Health experts in the US have been urged to once again study the age old question: do loud noises damage your hearing? While not everyone knows exactly how loud music needs to be in order to cause some sort of hearing loss, there is a common sense limit that many people just choose to ignore. "The survey, by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), found that just 49% of US high school students reported no symptoms of hearing loss, compared to 63% of adults." Personally, I think a good idea would be for Sony to set a mark on the iPod volume control, showing the recommend highest... Read more...
The staff at Widescreengamer.com is discussing something that would drive me absolutely insane. It seems that Dell's 2005FPW is exhibiting some sort of screen burn in some usage scenarios. Luckily, the problem doesn't seem to be permanent. "WidescreenGamer.com is discussing something that is becoming a nuissance for owners of the popular Dell 2005FPW widescreen monitor: Image 'Screen Burn' after prolonged periods of use. It's actually not really 'screen burn' at all, and you'll be relieved once you read what we have to say about this phenomenon."... Read more...
Good afternoon all! The news has been flowing in at a steady clip today, so we've got a decent amount of the good stuff to get posted. Our colleagues over at Beyond3D have an interesting article posted outlining ATI's Xenos GPU, which will be found in the XBox 360 and the [H] has posted their first full-system review. Here are some links and quotes for you all...  ATI Xenos: XBOX 360 Graphics Demystified @ Beyond3D: "As each of the three shader ALU arrays is a separate array there is no dependency between one another so what programs are being executed on them at any one point in time is completely independent - at a snapshot in time they could, potentially, all be vertex processing,... Read more...
Hey folks, we got a big news post for you this morning! My weekend was full of beer and BBQ, but now it's monday so it's back to coffee and... well, still BBQ :) Anyway, Let's get rolling with a press release from ATI... ATI's MobilityT RadeonR X800 XT Unleashes the Ultimate Mobile Gaming Experience MARKHAM, ON - June 6, 2005 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), the industry leader in notebook PC graphics, is raising the bar for the mobile enthusiast with the introduction of MobilityTM RadeonR X800 XT. Delivering lightning-fast, ultra-high graphics performance, the Mobility Radeon X800 XT features 16 pixel pipelines-an industry first in notebook graphics. Designed for high-end desktop... Read more...
Hey folks, here's some reading material for those of you who are still up. Too tired to read what's on the screen? Check out some Playstation 3 pics :) Goodnight! Sony Playstation 3 Images and Specs. @ Bytesector.com "Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced the Playstation 3 computer entertainment system, at a press conference held in Los Angeles , California , on the eve of the biggest videogame convention of the year. Ending months of speculation, the unit will officially be called the Playstation 3, confirmed Ken Kutaragi, Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO, and "the father of the Playstation." Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal (Intel 955X Express) @ Hardware Zone "Intel's... Read more...
Hey folks, up for some news? For those of you looking to turn your computer into a media center, techniz has reviewed the TwinhanDTV Magic Box, which is the first of its kind that doesn't require an extra power supply to work. If media is still on your mind, you can also check out my review of the Leadtek Winfast TV USB II Deluxe. Enjoy the rest of the news :) How To Create Your Own Blog @ The Tech Zone "Blogs, the abbreviation of Web Logs (online journals), are becoming more and more popular all the time. People are starting new blogs at an astounding rate so it's safe to assume that there are constantly people out there who want to know how to get a blog going. Despite personal feelings... Read more...
  The Skywell Magic TNT TNT Power at bargain basement prices!   When nVidia's first generation TNT Video Chipset came into the market place, the industry was amazed at the raw performance of a product that actually had the ability to rival 3dfx's Voodoo 2 chipset. Time marched on at the fast and steady pace that drives the PC industry and newer technologies are now coming to fruition that will surpass the original TNT chipset. Ultra TNT2, Voodoo 3 and S3's Savage4 products will be on the shelf by mid April. As a result, the legacy technology of yesterday (which was not so long ago) now has it's cost driven down to very attractive prices. This scenario fairs well for the original TNT... Read more...
    Today Brian Burke of 3dfx gave Hot Hardware an exclusive inside scoop on new drivers that will soon be released for the Voodoo3! We've got the goods here first! Take it away Brian! The week of July 19th, 3dfx will be releasing a new set of drivers for the Voodoo3. Besides the usual bug fixes, we have added some user control image quality techniques to the 3dfx Tweak page in Windows properties. The increase in our already industry leading image quality is dramatic. Attached, you will find some screen shots from the new driver using the new Alpha-blending option along with an explanation of how it works. You can also see the new properties page at www.voodooextreme.com. "Alpha-Blending"... Read more...
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