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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...
AMD has been working hard on making native multi-core CPUs while rival Intel has been using a leapfrog technique. The technique Intel has been using is to essentially "glue" two existing cores together and then work on a native design for the following generation. AMD initially snorted derisively at this approach, but it appears that AMD now is actually regretting their earlier attitude: "The chipmaker stands behind the technical merits of pumping out a so-called native four-core chip with all four cores on the same piece of silicon. It, however, admits that Intel gained a major marketing edge by melding a pair of dual-core processors with a multi-chip module (MCM) when it released... Read more...
For almost as long as there have been PC enthusiasts, it seems that Asus has been there catering to them with feature laden, high-performance products.  Nowhere is it more apparent that Asus caters to enthusiasts than with their motherboards. Yes, some of their notebooks and graphics cards are cutting edge as well, but the company has released literally hundreds of enthusiast-class motherboards in their history. Over the years we have evaluated a myriad of Asus-built mobos here at HotHardware, and with the exception of only a couple of designs, they have all been stand-out products in their respective classes. In this article, we'll be shining the spotlight on yet another stand-out... Read more...
Thankfully the collaboration between Ford Motor Company and Microsoft is only for the entertainment system- "Initially to be made available in twelve 2008 models across the Ford family and across the entire 2009 lineup from FoMoCo, the service will be a fully-integrated, flash memory-based system that enables drivers to call hands-free and to control a range of digital audio via voice commands and buttons mounted on the steering wheel. The system is based on an a Microsoft Auto operating system comprising an ARM 11 processor, 64MB of DRAM and 256MB of flash memory. Microsoft tells us that its software will be updatable, probably via the USB port." It does appear to have some really hot features... Read more...
Are advances in camera phone picture quality and data transfer going to make digital cameras redundant for most people soon? "With camera phones and their flashes becoming increasingly powerful the phone makers have realised they have to migrate functions such as red-eye reduction onto their phones," Zarakov told ENN. "The volumes are huge. Compare around 80 million or 90 million digital cameras sold in 2006 to 500 million camera phones." The firm, which specialises in communications technology for the digital camera industry, claims its new MTP-IP connectivity solution (Media Transfer Protocol-Internet Protocol) is 10 times faster than existing Bluetooth technology, and can transfer a 3 megapixel... Read more...
VR-Zone has posted a few more details regarding ATI's upcoming R600 family of GPUs.  Still no solid information on final clock speeds, architectural details, etc. Nonetheless, it's still fun to speculate... "ATi briefly mentioned to their partners a 2nd generation Unified Shader Structure and a new hardware Crossfire for R600 family which can be bridgeless yet faster. The retail card is half an inch longer at 9.5" and the OEM/SI version remains the same at 12". It comes with 512-bit memory bus and 1GB DDR4 at more than 2GHz frequency. Core clock remains a mystery as yet." Apparently, the folks at VR-Zone heard some things about the mid-range RV630 GPU as well. You can find information... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to go viral with their marketing approach for their Zune portable media player, and the results are ... interesting. Nothing says entertainment like a bag of eyeballs screaming at an ambulatory penis through an empty eyesocket while holding back a fart. The guys at Microsoft have really lost it with this advertisement for the Microsoft Zune. It's the perfect piece of video for early New Year's Day. I feel exactly like a bag of eyeballs right now. Happy New Year!... Read more...
Dear lord, there are still scalpers trying to hoard Playstation 3 consoles and sell them at a premium. The demand for the system is still high, but few people seem willing to pay the large premiums the scalpers want. eBay prices have also normalized much quicker than many expected, with systems going for only a little over retail. This is good news; I think most of us can agree that the less money the scalpers make now the fewer people will try the same trick the next time a system is launched, and lower prices on eBay make that site a better place to find a system. Maybe an enterprising HotHardware reader can start an e-mail campaign, targeted at e*bay PS 3 sellers, offering to sell them orange... Read more...
Hello everyone!  And a Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating the holiday, from all of us here at HotHardware.com.  Most of the crew will be spending time with family and friends tonight and tomorrow, but we'll check in with a tid-bit or two to keep your appetite for technology satiated. For now, we've got something fun for you, just in time for Christmas. If you head on over to the Planetary Society's page, you can fill out a form and have your name included on a DVD that will be sent to Mars... "Simply fill out the form below and your name will be included on the Phoenix DVD along with Visions of Mars, a collection... Read more...
What good is your HotHardware if you don't use it for nifty stuff? Bah spreadsheets! Hooray for Santa! And other than frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads, nothing is more high-tech than NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. You can track Santa's progress on NORAD radar right on your computer. For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put... Read more...
The latest version of the Army's own FPS, America's Army, is out, bringing with it a tool to make your maps and missions. Along with the 2.08 update being released, the new Mission Depot is also available, allowing aspiring map creators to submit their work for review, with the chance of it becoming the next official mission distributed through the Honor network. For more information and download links, Click here. "This release coincides with the opening of Mission Depot. With Mission Depot, you'll be able to submit the missions you have created. After a short review process, approved missions will become the next Official... Read more...
A U.K. court has ruled that Paul Martin McDonald can no longer sell lists of Hotmail addresses. McDonald had been selling the addresses through his company Bizads, and Microsoft claimed that his actions have damaged the reputation of Microsoft's e-mail service, which the court seemed to agree with. Bizads claimed that those who were on the list consented to their e-mail being there, the Judge disagreed however as numerous complaints were filed by those on the list. "IT law expert Struan Robertson called the ruling a "good result in the battle against spam." Robertson, who is a senior associate at Pinsent Masons solicitors, said the... Read more...
Consumer electronics is becoming the largest single driver of the semiconductor industry. Consumer Electronics are semiconductor devices that are incorporated into products, which are purchased by individual consumers, such as desktop & laptop computers, home networking, printers, audio-visual entertainment, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and automobiles. Factory Sales of Consumer Electronics has increased from $95.9 billion in 2000 to $140 billion in 2006. Demographics for consumer electronics markets are also changing. The market for electronic products, traditionally a Japanese, North American and Western European domain, now encompasses the whole of the Asian rim, China, Eastern Europe... Read more...
Sony took a gamble with using Blu-ray as the Playstation 3's primary format, and at the moment, it doesn't seem to be paying off. Research group Cymfony surveyed 18,000 posts on blogs, discussion forums, and review sites, and found that a large number of folks aren't to happy about the new format being force upon them. A spokesman for the Blu-ray Disc Association sees things differently however, citing the Playstation 2 as proof that Sony understands how to push a new media format. ""Negative Blu-ray conversation indicated a lack of consumer trust in Sony, as well as gamer displeasure with selling Blu-ray in association with PlayStation... Read more...
LSI Announces $500 Million Stock Repurchase Program LSI Logic Corporation and Agere Systems Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will be combined in an all-stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $4.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Agere shareholders will receive 2.16 shares of LSI for each share of Agere they own. Based on the closing stock price of LSI on December 1, 2006, this represents a value to Agere shareholders of $22.81 per share. The combined company, to be called LSI Logic Corporation, will offer a comprehensive set of building block solutions including semiconductors, systems and related... Read more...
Nintendo's latest gaming machine made its debut today as gamers packed store lines just to get their hands on one. The Nintendo Wii has caught the interest of gamers thanks to it's innovative motion sensing controller, and affordable price(when compared to Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360). Unlike the Playstation 3 launch which happened earlier in the week, the Wii launch seems to be void of reports of violence. Nintendo has also made sure to have a much larger supply of units than their competitors provided at launch. ""I had to get it first," said Johnson, who was dressed in a black leather Nintendo coat and "Legend of Zelda"... Read more...
Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September that the company can earn more by developing its own games rather than licensing characters and content to other developers. The company wants to make 80 percent of its games internally, and have 80 percent of these titles based on Disney movies, TV shows, or other content. The company has been buying out other game development studios, such as Avalanche... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Gold Rev. 2 GX for Gamers Sunnyvale, CA - October 17th, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of PC2-6400 Gold Rev.2 GX DDR2 to the popular gaming oriented Gold XTC series. OCZ Technology now offers a complete line of gamer-grade XTC DDR2 solutions ranging from DDR2-533 to DDR2-1100 to pair perfectly with the latest high performance AMD and Intel based motherboards.  READ MORE...... Read more...
AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES MERGER CONTROL CLEARANCE IN TAIWAN SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 2, 2006 -Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the Fair Trade Commission of Taiwan has cleared the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24, 2006, still remains subject to the approval of ATI shareholders, court approval of the plan of arrangement, approval by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act and other customary closing conditions. Subject to satisfaction or waiver of these conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and end-users worldwide.        "The opening of the Mile High Design Center is a testament... Read more...
Everybody has a cell phone. And since everybody has a cell phone, people will drive right past you on a lonely road when your car has broken down, and figure you're just waiting for a lift. And they won't know that your cell phone battery is dead and you have no way to charge it. It's a long walk to the nearest payphone these days. Why make that journey carrying a dead cellphone and a pocket full of quarters when you could just keep a mobcharger in your glove compartment? Mobcharger is an emergency mobile phone battery designed to provide instant power to a depleted phone battery. Just plug it into your mobile, then continue talking, texting, taking photos and playing games. Mobcharger... Read more...
DailyTech reports that their sources are indicating that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be arriving mid-October with 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders. Dubbed the Radeon X1950 Pro, the card will be priced below the recently introduced Radeon X1900XT 256MB and be doing battle with NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900 GS. At this time, it is hard to tell how ATI's GPU will fair against NVIDIA's latest performance GPU. However, the initial specs look promising as the reference board is running with a core frequency of 580MHz and a memory frequency of 1.4GHz. ATI certainly has an uphill battle ahead of them however as NVIDIA has been shipping their solution in volume... Read more...
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