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A few weeks ago, we showed you some pictures of what was supposed to be the ASUS Eee Box desktop PC.  Initially, the images evoked mixed reactions from readers.  Some thought the Eee Box looked just like a Nintendo Wii, while others questioned whether or not the images were real at all.In the weeks that followed, more news regarding the ASUS Eee Box desktop hit the web and any speculation that the images were 'faked' were eliminated.  And today, we can finally put an official stamp on the images because ASUS has revealed the final specifications for what will become the first batch of Eee Box desktop systems.  Take a look... Name and Model: Eee Box B202OS: Linux System... Read more...
You don't usually associate IBM with the solar power industry. But IBM researchers couldn't help but notice that one of the main difficulties in compressing the size of a solar collector, in a miniaturization process called "concentrator photovoltaics," (CPV) is the dissipation of heat. IBM used a lens to concentrate sunlight on a one centimeter square solar cell, which yielded 70 watts of usable power -- a record amount. But the heat produced would melt stainless steel. But then again, dissipation of heat from an electronic component is old hat for companies like IBM. The initial results of this project will be presented at the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists conference today, where the IBM... Read more...
Going on vacation and want to make sure you can exercise in your room with your Wii Fit? Or can't bear to leave your Super Mario Galaxy game behind? Nintendo has announced a partnership with Westin Hotels to make sure you don't have to.Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii™ sensation with a special version of the console ideally suited for use in the hotel environment. Westin Hotels is the first hotel company to partner with Nintendo for its Wii console and will feature this specially designed console as part of the brand's WestinWORKOUT program at 10 hotels across the United States.  The special... Read more...
This should be a clear indication of just why China has even opened Internet addiction clinics, shouldn't it?Chinese gamers spent USD 1.7 billion on online games in 2007, up 71 per cent from the prior year, according to market intelligence firm Niko Partners.The firm expects online revenue to reach USD 2.5 billion this year and USD 6 billion by 2012 - a 29 per cent compound annual growth rate for the five-year period."China's spending on games is up thanks to their booming economy," said Lisa Cosmas Hanson, managing partner of Niko Partners.It is interesting that the same report indicated that consoles - which are banned, are still purchased illegally, with Wii, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 sales reaching... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto IV has created a frenzy of news stories, including rave reviews and record sales, but the one that has gamers hot under the collar: freezes.Last month, the launch of Rockstar Games' Bully on the Xbox 360 was marred by a bevy of crash bugs and other glitches. With this morning's heavily anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto IV for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar finds itself dealing with still more troubleshooting trouble, as online forums are buzzing with reports of crashes.Reports are that the 60GB PS3 is most likely to see this issue.  Rockstar's only workaround for now, deleting the game data and reinstalling, also isn't working for all.  More to come.... Read more...
Vista certainly had a less-than-smooth delivery, and there are still lingering issues that keep some away.   Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently addressed the issue in a speech he gave at Microsoft’s Most Valuable Partners conference.Here’s an excerpt:“Windows Vista: A work in progress. [Laughter, applause.]  A very important piece of work, and I think we did a lot of things right, and I think we have a lot of things we need to learn from.  Certainly, you never want to let five years go between releases.  Can we just sort of kiss that stone and move on?  Because it turns out many things become problematic when you have those long release cycles.  The design point, what you should be targeting.... 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...
It's always great when we can catch up with China, isn't it?  After all, China used SMS alerts to warn citizens over Typhoon Kaemi in 2006.The plan stems from the Warning Alert and Response Network Act, a 2006 federal law that requires upgrades to the emergency alert system. The act requires the Federal Communications Commission to develop ways to alert the public about emergencies.“The ability to deliver accurate and timely warnings and alerts through cellphones and other mobile services is an important next step in our efforts to help ensure that the American public has the information they need to take action to protect themselves and their families prior to, and during, disasters and... Read more...
Many, many people have said that Windows XP is just fine, and while Vista's great (DX10 comes to mind), it's not necessary for most.  Can an outcry of public sentiment save XP?Windows Vista was supposed to be a shot in the arm for Microsoft, which had gone five years without a new desktop operating system. It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, Vista sales have been slower than XP's (when adjusted for market size) and there's been a distinct lack of passion for the new OS. In Vista's first year, InfoWorld detected a deep anxiety over Vista among technologists and consumers alike. We decided to do something about it, launching a petition drive to ask Microsoft to keep selling XP after the... Read more...
We do?  And we always thought it was all about winning - which usually means not dying.I can't even count the number of ways I've died. Like most gamers, I've been slaughtered by AK-47-wielding terrorists, poisoned by eldritch spiders and blown up with alien frag grenades. I've also been impaled on medieval swords, ripped limb from limb by dinosaurs and impassively stomped by 20-story-tall, walking war machines that barely noticed my existence.Yet here's the thing: It's possible that these deaths have been among my most enjoyable game experiences.This is the fascinating argument of a new paper by Niklas Ravaja, a scientist who has done pioneering research into the emotions of gamers as they... Read more...
The British company Thruvision has announced the T5000 Security Imaging System, a camera that can "see" under clothes using what the company calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays that they emit. The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays--known as Terahertz or T-rays--that they emit. The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says. The technology, which has military... Read more...
In a mildly comical turn of events, the people running Yahoo are apparently trying to patch together a merger with AOL as a sort of "poison pill" move that would make them unavailable for purchase by Microsoft. That seems unlikely, since Google owns a substantial share of AOL, so would likely run afoul of regulatory agencies as a de facto monopoly; Google and Yahoo are number one and number two in search.  Barricading themselves in their offices with hostages seems a possibility if something  else doesn't come along. Microsoft, whose offer for Yahoo is now worth $41.2 billion, was preparing to escalate its takeover fight by starting a proxy contest next week. But in an effort to delay... Read more...
Keith Fife and his colleagues at Stanford University have come up with they call a "multi-aperture image sensor," which allows digital pictures to collect and store depth-of-field information. Unlike other 3D camera setups, the data is gathered at the chip level, so no expensive and complicated multiple lens setups are required. Instead of devoting the entire sensor for one big representation of the image, Fife's 3-megapixel sensor prototype breaks the scene up into many small, slightly overlapping 16x16-pixel patches called subarrays. Each subarray has its own lens to view the world--thus the term multi-aperture.After a photo is taken, image-processing software then analyzes the slight location... Read more...
Put this in the rumor category. Unconfirmed reports show 3 new MacBook Pros showing up in Best Buy's inventory.Last week, we'd heard an unconfirmed report that three new MacBook Pro models had appeared in Best Buy's inventory tracking system. Some inventory screenshots (1, 2) we received today appear to confirm this earlier report, showing off the upcoming $1999 price point MacBook Pro (name cut off in image).Information found in early inventory tracking systems, however, is difficult to rely on, as many of the details may be "best guess" placeholders only. For what its worth, these new SKUs come with the exact same price points as current MacBook Pros ($1999, $2499, $2799) and show an in-stock... Read more...
This announcement has the makings of a future scandal written all over it.  First it was BALCO.  Then Marion Jones had to give up her gold medals for doping.  And now Barry Bonds is under federal indictment for allegedy using HGH.  Next up, Johnaton "Fatal1ty" Wendel is locked up for cheating for using FpsBrain... The First Neural Accelerator for Computer Gamers FpsBrain supports the mental performance of players No matter if you talk about track and field, cycling or swimming - if there is money involved in athletics, performance improvement is an important matter. Electronic sports is becoming more and more professional. The most evolved e-sports industry in South Korea... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling about the future of VIA's CPU and platform groups for several weeks.  Initial rumors claimed that VIA was simply going to sell both groups if they could find an interested buyer.  It now appears that VIA is merging both teams under the banner of the CPU team."The company will still provide support from AMD platforms while continuing the support older Intel products that are not impacted by patent issues, the paper noted.Due to client demand, the company has not completely given up on negotiating with Intel for a patent contract, however, even if the company does receive a license, the current competitiveness in the chipset market means that the company would... Read more...
It's Christmas Day. What the heck are you doing? Fire up Crysis and install this new Christmas present from them: an official Crysis Tournament Mappack. Thing is, Santa didn't drop it down the chimney and it's not on the Crytek site (at least, it's not easy to find).In a way that's probably good: anyone else annoyed at how you have to enter your birthdate every single time you go there?Of course we have prepared a little Christmas present for you as well. Within the past few months and weeks we haven't been working on patches, SDK and Linux Server only, but also our Level Designers have been very active. Thus we are happy to announce you the release of the official "Crysis Tournament Mappack".Some... Read more...
We got some of the HH crew together this morning for a holiday team photo.  Who knew we could move so well...   Jeff in particular really knows how to get "jiggy" with it.  Head on over to the Elf Yourself site for some yultide yucks of your own or check out our funkmasta-ho-ho moves.  (Greg, Mike, Mike, Chad and Shane, you can thank me later for not getting your mugs in on this mayhem.)  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!~Team HotHardware.com~ ... Read more...
As Christmas approaches, we at HotHardware would be remiss if we didn't give you an opportunity to hear Jingle Bells on a graphics card, and we don't mean because of a vibration in the fan or anything.  There's little we can add, so enjoy.... Read more...
HP’s New Year promo to help gamers pwn opponents in ’08HP has announced a new promotion for gamers looking to kick more virtual butt in the New Year. This cool config comes at the hot price of just $2,399 and includes the award winning, liquid-cooled HP Blackbird 002 and a ton of other upgrades. The system will begin shipping in January and is available for order immediately at www.hp.com/blackbird. (Check out our Blackbird review)Rahul Sood, CTO of HP Gaming, and his team are proud to be able to offer such a great product for gamers looking to make the best of the New Year. “We love building liquid-cooled systems because they're not only the quietest, they deliver the best overall performance.... Read more...
Surprising to get news this huge on a Sunday, but here we are.  Activision and Blizzard are very successful on their own, and today they announced they would merge to form a company with a rather long name -- Activision Blizzard -- as well as a firm with large aspirations.Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).US-based Activision also makes hit console games such as the Tony Hawk series and Guitar Hero.Nine million people pay a monthly subscription to play World of Warcraft.Vivendi will be the largest single shareholder in the merged company.  With the new company's expanded resources, can... Read more...
For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been able to develop high performance SSD for consumer purposes as well. With their new SSD MOBI, Mtron now offers variety of premium consumer SSD products in affordable price range.Mtron SSD MOBI (2.5inch, 32GB standard) will be priced around $650 (USD), which is 30% cheaper than current Mtron SSD products for industrial servers. It offers the best performance... Read more...
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