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Intel and Google Join with Dell, EDS, EPA, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, PG&E, World Wildlife Fund and Others to Launch Climate Savers Computing Initiative Broad effort organized to drive energy-efficient computing; goal to save $5.5 billion in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2007 – Intel Corporation and Google* joined with Dell*, EDS*, the Environmental Protection Agency*, HP*, IBM*, Lenovo*, Microsoft*, Pacific Gas and Electric*, World Wildlife Fund*, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their intent to form the Climate Savers Computing... Read more...
The HD DVD Promotional Group made a proud announcement today that over half of all next-generation video players sold use HD DVD format, which means that they have a slight advantage over their BD contenders. “About 60 percent of all movie players use HD DVD, and are selling far more titles than before as well. Over 75,000 of the discs sold in the last week of May -- a record achievement for a still new format.” These figures come as a result of a recent price decline on the entry-level Toshiba HD-A2 player and other similar players. The group stated that sales doubled for all players when the HD-A2 dropped to $399 in April. However, the group was unclear on whether or not the sales figures... Read more...
No it's not a car. Husqvarna claims that its Automower is "the world's first fully automatic lawnmower." Of course, one of the things users must always do manually is set up the perimeter by laying down wires to define the Automower's boundaries. Being able to handle rain, inclines, and obstacles - it simply reverses when it bumps into stuff - the Automower is, without a doubt, both a smart and hassle-free minion. Complete with its own docking station, the Automower simply checks in to charge its batteries when it is low on fuel and can navigate all on its own. The Automower even incorporates a schedule feature, giving "users" the freedom from having to turn the Automower on and off.... Read more...
What's the slowest component in your PC today?  Think about - your hard drive.  You can spin them at 15K RPM and still they're the slowest device, with access times measured in milliseconds, versus nanoseconds for virtually everthing else in your machine.  Also, what's the most unreliable component in your machine?  You guessed it... But Germany might have an answer. "It involves a relatively long nanowire that has three sections: a stored magnetic zones and domain walls area; a read area with a read/write sensor to read/write magnetised areas; and a termination area where the magnetic zones and walls are stored after reading or writing. A memory chip using this technology... Read more...
New Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition Now Shipping Montreal, Canada, May 23, 2007 — Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, is pleased to announce that the new DualHead2Go Digital Edition is now shipping. Part of our Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) product line, this external multi-display upgrade device allows you to connect two digital monitors to your notebook or desktop for an impressive, productivity enhancing, dual-monitor set-up. “DualHead2Go Digital Edition supports a wide range of resolutions for users interested in using two DVI monitors," says Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox... Read more...
SAPPHIRE to launch new ULTIMATE graphics solution HD 2600 and HD 2400 series include special editions SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that in addition to the new HD 2600 and HD 2400 series of graphics accelerators scheduled for release in July, the range will include the new completely passively cooled SAPPHIRE HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition. SAPPHIRE’s ULTIMATE Editions are renowned for the key features of overclocking for enhanced performance and silent running. The low power consumption of this new generation of GPU’s allows a totally passive cooling solution to be used whilst achieving top levels of performance in it... Read more...
The Register is reporting that Apple's first sub-notebook in almost a decade might very well come with a flash drive: "Rumours that Apple is working on a sub-notebook computer were given weight this week when a Wall Street analyst claimed the ultra-compact MacBook will use Flash storage. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wrote and told investors: "This is a new sub-notebook form factor that will use NAND Flash as primary storage. Our sources indicate that Apple would like to introduce the product in H2 2007." It won't be the first computer to do so. Sony, for example, is already shipping its Vaio UX1, a compact tablet form-factor... Read more...
Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition New multi-display upgrade supporting dual-link digital-in and triple digital-out Montreal, Canada, March 7th, 2007 - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, unveils the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest addition to the Matrox line of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) featuring digital output support for a stretched desktop of up to 3840x1024 (triple 1280 x 1024)1 across three screens. The all-encompassing TripleHead2Go Digital Edition offers a truly digital-to-digital data path by connecting to the dual-link DVI output of a compatible notebook, desktop or workstation to three digital... Read more...
Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models" Adtron has typically serviced aerospace, medical, and enterprise fields, however the release of this drive is very good news for the average Joe. It is likely that once some of the major players start developing and using such high density NAND devices, that trend is going to help drive... Read more...
So, you think you have the most impressive home office workstation this side of the galaxy? Before you say yes, you have to see what Stefan Didak set up in his home.  Up to 9 screens, numerous machines, tons of network equipment, storage galore, and even an Amiga 1000 thrown in for good measure. "The pictures on this page are of my home office desktop which, since I first published these pictures, have been causing a lot of chatter on various web forums and blogs. The attention my home office has received is quite stunning and way more than I would have expected." There are a ton of pics... Read more...
While the format wars rage on, many different solutions are being proposed. The latest is a disk that Time Warner will announce next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Total HD movies will carry movies that can be played on high-definition DVD players that use technology backed by Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format, as well as players using Toshiba Corp.-backed HD-DVD format. The competing formats have been blamed for hindering sales of high-definition movies and players, with consumers recalling the bruising war between Sony Corp.'s Betamax videotape and JVC's VHS version. JVC is owned by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.... Read more...
Attempting to bridge the divide between two competing standards efforts, Cadence Design Systems will announce Monday (Dec. 4) that it has contributed its Common Power Format (CPF) to the Silicon Integration Initiative's (Si2) Low Power Coalition ahead of the anticipated date of January 31, 2007. A statement from Cadence and Si2 cites "significant customer input" as the reason. Read more here...... Read more...
U.S. e-mail security company Postini estimates that nearly every 9 out of 10 e-mails that are sent, are nothing more than spam. We're sure many of you already assumed as much, and we at Hothardware see not shortage of it ourselves. According to the company, 7 billion spam e-mails were sent worldwide this month, compared to just 2.5 billion in June. Spamhaus, a body that tracks the spam problem, estimates that the majority of spam is coming from about 200 illegal gangs, with the U.S., Poland, and China contributing to most of it. "They disguise words to try to outfox filters searching for telltale words. So, Viagra would become V1úgra. When... Read more...
A very serious security flaw in Firefox Password Manager has been discovered. It may also be a problem, though less severe, in Internet Explorer. Dubbed a reverse cross-site request, or RCSR, vulnerability by its discoverer, Robert Chapin, the flaw lets hackers compromise users' passwords and usernames by presenting them with a fake login form. Firefox Password Manager will automatically enter any saved passwords and usernames into the form. The data is then automatically sent to an attacker's computer without the user's knowledge, according to the Chapin Information Services site. Your friends... Read more...
According to Sean Cooper over at Slate, the current footrace to see what format will become the industry standard for next generation Hi Definition entertainment is a moot point, before it really even begins. Hmm... I hope he realizes you can only watch Hudson Hawk on Betamax for so long before you get the urge to upgrade your hardware. Now, home entertainment has a new idea: high-definition video. By increasing the number of pixels in an image, HD encoding can deliver a sharper picture. Because high-definition images pack more visual data, HD movies require more storage space than DVDs can provide. So, naturally, we've now got two new... Read more...
NVIDIA's two major launches last week marked a significant advancement in both 3D Graphics and PC Motherboard feature-set and performance.  The launch of NVIDIA's G80 GPU with their GeForce 8800 series of graphics cards was the advent of the first truly DX10 capable GPU architecture on the market.  Furthermore, upon its introduction, the nForce 680i SLI was widely acknowledge as the most feature-rich chipset for the Intel Core 2 dual-core and quad-core platforms to date; even more-so than Intel's own P965 and 975X Express chipsets.  In industry speak, there's no question these two launches smacked of PC tech-geek nirvana, not to mention... Read more...
Matrox has some pretty swank technology in their offerings, when it comes multi-monitor output and spanning for applications across multiple screens.  Those of you that are WOW junkies might want to check this out but break out the drool bucket before you go here... Three Panel Spanning - World of Warcraft "This is especially beneficial in areas such as CAD, GIS, 3D simulation, computer-aided design, security monitoring and process control, DCC and animation.TripleHead2Go is the only solution on the market to enable Surround Gaming by expanding supported 3D games across three displays and providing a much wider field of view (FOV). Three screens offer a totally immersive Surround... Read more...
Plasma TVs are all little environmental catastrophes waiting to happen when you dispose of them. Matsushita's doing their bit to make them a little less toxic by getting all the lead out of the screen. And they did it despite being granted an exemption for that lead. Bravo, I say. Matsushita, along with Hitachi and Pioneer, jointly filed a petition to exempt lead used in plasma panels from the Restriction on Hazardous Substance (RoHS). The exemption was approved in October. Matsushita nevertheless moved to eliminate lead oxide glass, introducing new lead-free materials for the dielectric layer, electrodes and other components. The performance... Read more...
Those of you hoping save a few bucks by just upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft will offer no such plan. The features and functionality set it apart from other versions of Windows Vista, as Microsoft explains, and it will be the only version of Windows Vista that does not offer an upgrade path. Currently, Windows Vista is still slated for a January 2007 release. " This is how the program works: upgrades from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to Windows Vista Home Premium, and upgrades from Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Business... Read more...
The most mundane store has doors that open when you approach. We all have personal communicators now, but ours take pictures, play music, and have GPS. My PDA puts a tricorder to shame. Full body non-invasive scans? Check. All that was left really, from Star Trek's original kit of technology was teleportation. Well, the scientists at Neils Bohr institute in Copenhagen have got that figured out too. Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second. But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University... Read more...
Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's that could possibly affect AMD's semiconductor manufacturing. "Interestingly, Intel want to see documents provided to ATI or any initiative by AMD to improve performance or competitively position against Intel's Stable Image Platform (SIP). Interestingly, because AMD has collaborated with fierce ATI competitor... Read more...
Good afternoon folks.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump straight down to the news, we wanted to drop in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article (link and summary at the top of the page), where we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's Ultimate Radeon X1600 Pro and Ultimate Radeon X1600 XT cards.  Click here to check them out... ... Read more...
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