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Carlos Slim, Mexican billionaire, is planning to donate several hundred thousand laptops to Mexican children and some lucky salesperson at his favorite computer store is about to become employee of the month. “Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world, recently announced his plan to offer "hundreds of thousands" of notebooks to children in Mexico.  He is ready to contribute up to $70 million to the program in 2007.Slim initially promised as many as 250,000 low-cost notebooks this year and the possibility of as many as 1 million notebooks in 2008 -- with an average cost of $250 to $300 each.  Slim expects the cost of the notebooks to lower over time, but did... Read more...
Apple recently made an announcement that its iTunes online music service has reached the 3-billion-downloaded-songs mark. In fact, Apple’s iTunes Store recently outshined both Amazon and Target and took the number three spot in the list of America’s largest music retailers. Apple’s vice president of iTunes, Eddy Cue, stated, “‘We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milstone.’” Some may feel that the 3 billion mark isn’t such a big deal. After all, iTunes was started about many years ago, and at 99 cents per song, the revenues generated would be a little under $3 billion over a period of about 6 years. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget that iTunes... Read more...
There's always been an element of superstition about the safety and security of all sorts of web browsers and operating systems. The idea that if Bill Gates isn't involved you'll be magically protected against trouble is wearing a little thin now. The best protection against exploits in browsers has always been a market share south of 5% Well, Mozilla's Firefox browser is learning the hard lesson of  "big enough to matter, big enough to get security holes pointed out." And last week's fingerpointing exercise blaming Microsoft for their Firefox problem is a dead letter now. "We thought this was just a problem with IE. It turns out, it is a problem with Firefox as well," Window Snyder,... Read more...
Asustek Computer Inc. has recently included the Intel Turbo Memory offering to its line of Santa Rosa mobile platform-based notebooks. The Turbo-Memory-fitted notebooks will be available by late August of this year. “The new laptop configurations with Intel Turbo Memory, formerly codenamed ‘Robson’, are the 14-inch F8SV-A1 and V2S-A1, the 15.4-inch F3SC-A2, F3SV-A2/B2, G1S-A2, V1S-A1, VX2S-A1B/A2B (Black) Lamborghini, and VX2S-A1Y/A2Y (Yellow) Lamborghini, as well as 17-inch A7S-A2 and G2S-A2/A3.” As for the memory itself, it seems that the opinion is divided. While Asus claims that the Turbo Memory solution can reduce “boot time, improve application responsiveness, and accelerate application... Read more...
NTT DoCoMo has just announced plans to start testing its new prototype “Super 3G” system for ultra-high speed data transfer over mobile devices. Japan’s largest mobile carrier hopes to attain a remarkable 300Mbps in its testing trials over the wireless network. Although the Super 3G system will not be implemented in Japan until at least 2009, the company has already started to take proposals from suppliers. “The company said that it planned to start experimenting with Super 3G in an indoor setting with only one transmitting antenna and one receiving antenna. From there, NTT DoCoMo plans to expand the experiment by using four Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas on both the transmitting... Read more...
AJAX and streaming media has killed the page view as the metric of choice for people trying to figure out who's looking at what on the internet. Statistics giant Nielsen/NetRatings will announce today that it will immedately use total time spent by users as the benchmark for measuring internet use. "It is not that page views are irrelevant now, but they are a less accurate gauge of total site traffic and engagement," ... "Total minutes is the most accurate gauge to compare between two sites. If [Web] 1.0 is full page refreshes for content, Web 2.0 is, 'How do I minimize page views and deliver content more seamlessly?'" For example, he said, MySpace may have 10 to 11 times... Read more...
HotHardware told you earlier about the nifty web-based phone service GrandCentral. It allows you to ring every number you have on any phone of your choosing, along with a powerful caller ID and a host of other features. Well, Google was interested in the service, too, and thought GrandCentral would make a grand addition to their stable of web-based widgets.  They announced the purchase of the company on Monday on their official blog. "We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users," Google product manager Wesley Chan wrote in a post on the company's blog. Over... Read more...
Let’s go back ten years in time. Ten years ago, in 1997, Intel’s Pentium 2 processor was launched and was a big hit since it was so “fast” at the time, ranging from speeds of about 200 MHz all the way up to 400 some-odd MHz. Of course we have come a long way, and our computers have evolved into much more powerful and compact machines. Nonetheless there’s a new computer that gives us a measure of just how far we’ve actually come. Picture a fully functional computer that measures 2 inches cubed (about 5cm cubed). Yes, it’s approximately the size of a small rubik’s cube, and is over 500 times smaller than the average midtower, in terms of volume that is. This new computer, which they call the “Space... Read more...
The US 6th Circuit Court  of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio has ruled that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant to look through your e-mail accounts without your permission.  The ruling gives e-mail communications the same privacy protections that letters and telephone conversations have. “The content of e-mail is something that the user seeks to preserve as private and therefore may be constitutionally protected,” wrote Judge Boyce Martin, who was joined by judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and William Schwarzer in the decision.The court’s ruling requires prosecutors to either get a warrant or to notify the person whose emails are the subject of the investigation. Prosecutors could... Read more...
We probably all remember the days when a little program called Kazaa became super popular thanks to its keen ability to find music, movies, and other plunder. In fact, Internet traffic was governed by P2P for four years. However, this year HTTP traffic took the lead and has ended the P2P dominance over Internet traffic. The circle graph in the picture shows HTTP in blue and P2P in red. "Ellacoya Networks, makers of deep packet inspection gear for carriers, has pulled together some statistics on one million broadband users in North America, and its findings show that HTTP traffic accounts for 46 percent of all broadband traffic. P2P applications now account for only 37 percent." Researchers... Read more...
In what many are calling "The Italian Job," cyber thieves have infected a host of  legitimate Italian websites with a redirect code that sends the unwitting user's browser to a server that downloads a keylogging tool called MPack. MPack is a sort of off-the-shelf malware sold by crooks to other crooks. Although attackers have hit targets around the world lately, more than 80 percent of the infections are on Italian Web sites, said David Perry, global director of education with Trend Micro. "Almost all of the Web sites we saw this weekend were in Italy; We were referring to it as 'Italian Job 3,' in-house," he said referring to the Michael Caine heist film that was remade in 2003.... Read more...
Physicists have found a way to control the motion of individual electrons using the peaks of energy waves, which electrons can ride on like surfers. The National Physical Laboratory’s electron surf machine sends a steady stream of over a billion electrons per second in single file. It involves oscillating waves of electrostatic force, which is the force of attraction between positive and negative charges. Although we can already produce small streams of electrons, until today nobody has developed a method of delivering electrons at such a high rate in a controlled manner. Motivated by better computing and better security of digital communication, scientists are now able to manipulate billions... Read more...
HotHardware's own Nick Welles told you earlier this week about Apple's plan to release its Safari web browser for use on Windows machines. The Apple crowd assembled seemed to like the idea. But they're probably already using Safari. Now that the dust has settled a bit, Leander Kahney at Wired asks and answers the question: "Who in their right mind would run Safari on Windows?" But the initiative seems to rely on a domino theory fueled by infatuation. Apple is hoping there are Windows users so in love with their iPods and iTunes that they will also download Safari. Then they'll fall in love with that, and the next thing you know they'll be down at the Apple Store fishing for their... Read more...
We're all moody recluses now. We're weary from telephone salesman calling us, wary of people looking around for us. And we never offer any information to anyone about ourselves without a second thought anymore.  One of the results of this desire for telephone privacy, coupled to the rise of people who use a cellphone as their only phone, is that the number of people listed in the phone book is beginning to shrink -- and will likely do so for the foreseeable future. At the end of last year, 7.2 percent of American households used only a cellphone, up from just 0.7 percent six years earlier, according to TNS Telecom, a research company. Americans have not been eager to list... Read more...
If you have an e-mail box you know what spam is by now.  With the recent arrest of Robert "Spam King" Soloway, there's been no lack of information and/or opinions on the web about spam in general.  Most of it, like this Wired story, covers why the legal system isn't really making a big dent.It's certainly a good read if you have the time, here's a tidbit to get you started: "I believe the answer will lie in following the money. Spammers send spam because it is profitable. When the messages are touting snake-oil cures or illegal pharmaceuticals, someone is banking the dollars from the people who click to buy. When the messages contain spyware that routes private information back to identity... Read more...
If you're showing up at the Star Wars conventions in a plain old limousine or a Prius, listen up: for a fraction of the price of  an AT-AT, you can now afford a JL 421 Land Cruiser, and get all the girls dressed up like Princess Leia in a metal bikini. And it's only $19,999.95 on Amazon. Order early, I imagine this item will dwarf the demand for the Apple iPhone. The JL421 Badonkadonk is a completely unique, extremely rare land vehicle and battle tank. Designed with versatility in mind, the Donk can transport cargo or a crew of five internally or on the roof, and can be piloted from within the armored shell or from an exposed standing position through the hatch, thanks to special one-way... Read more...
AMD has been diligently releasing an update to the ATI Catalyst drivers once every month but it seemed like they had missed the driver release for the month of May. However, it looks they got it out the door at the last possible moment because the new drivers are now available for download, dated May 31st. Catalyst 7.5 has two new features, DirectX 10 driver support for Radeon HD 2900 XT cards in Windows Vista and support for the second generation of ATI Theater 650 products. Performance improvements include better OpenGL performance for Radeon X1950 XTXs at high resolutions (1900x1200 or greater)  while anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled. Doom 3 and Quake 3 show performance... Read more...
If you're not already wearing your tin-foil helmet you now have 10 seconds.Ok your time is up.  Wired has sent out a few probing questions to bigger ISPs to see what kind of data they collect on their usage of their users and what it would take for them to turn that same information over to various 3rd parties.. "Wired News, with help from some readers, attempted to get real answers from the largest United States-based ISPs about what information they gather on their customers' use of the internet, and how long they retain records like IP addresses, e-mail and real-time browsing activity. Most importantly, we asked what they require from law-enforcement agencies before coughing up the data,... Read more...
Google paid $3.1 billion for the online advertising company DoubleClick. Microsoft countered by buying aQuantivefor $6 billion. Wall Street thinks they're crazy.  You and I know that's cheap. Because you and I are doing most  everything online now, and if you want to talk to us, you have to talk on the internet. Why do ad buyers keep pouring money into the old media? Because ad buyers are mostly old. Television, magazines, and newspapers may be hanging on because they are more powerful media for reaching the consumers companies most want to reach. But I suspect they're hanging on for another demographic reason. Advertising is supposed to be a with-it, hot, trendy, tomorrow-based industry.... Read more...
Mozilla's free web browser Firefox is a big hit. It's won over a substantial  market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer users, and it's growing all the time. But Wired reports that it's running into a problem now.  It's no longer the little upstart fighting the mighty Redmond beast. The pesky underdog. The little guy. In short, it's big enough to hate. And users are starting to hate its code bloat, instability, and slow performance. Welcome to the adult's table. When Firefox 1.0 arrived in November 2004, it was hailed as one of free software's crowning achievements. A team of far-flung volunteers had created a slimmed-down, standards-compliant web browser that beat the pants... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is either drinking deep on the cool-aide or he knows something we don't.  On NVIDIA's earnings call yesterday Jen-Hsun offererd some insight into brighter days ahead for AMD.  With all the buzz we've been hearing about Phenom FX processors on the horizon, maybe the pump is being primed up for an AMD CPU come-back? "Huang noted on the call that Nvidia’s motherboard graphics processor business “was affected by the significant drop in AMD’s CPU sales in Q1,” but that “we do expect AMD to regain share in Q2.” Added Huang: “We are seeing the sell-through of AMD processors picking up significantly in this channel, and I am sure many of you see that as well. And... Read more...
The internet is a fever swamp of hackers. Rasmus Lerdorf of Yahoo is in the news with his simple solution to avoiding the most common way bad people steal your good money: Cross-site scripting vulnerablities. His simple fix: use two browsers. The idea is to separate all the surfing where personal information may be exposed from all other Web activities. "Theoretically, the places you trust are less likely to less likely to have cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, like your large, name-brand bank," said Huger. "So the browser you use to go to those sites is safer." And if a cross-site scripting exploit is launched by a questionable site viewed through the second browser,... Read more...
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