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Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
Intel's Chairman Craig Barrett wants you to know that Intel,along with other well-known companies like Cisco Systems, GHAFARI, Microsoft, and Occidental Petroleum,  are dropping something useful on Lebanon for a change. Servers and support, for instance. "Access to education and technology increases the opportunities for the people of Lebanon," said Barrett. At a stop in Beirut, Barrett announced Intel is also increasing technical and doctor training support for a Telemedicine Program at one of Lebanon's top hospitals, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and the Nabatiyeh Governmental Hospital in Nabatiyeh. The Telemedicine systems provide the hospitals... Read more...
There's an evil security flaw in many Windows-based computers that exploits code related to animated cursors. It's bad enough that Microsoft is releasing a security patch ahead of its regular release date. The exploit is particularly easy to unwittingly pick up, so you should get the patch right away. Security firm F-Secure said attacks using the flaw related to cursor animation files used by Windows intensified over the weekend, with the majority tracing back to different Chinese hacker groups. It said most of the activity around the so-called ANI exploit has been via dozens of malicious Web sites but warned that on Sunday the first... Read more...
According to a story on Digitimes today, Asustek has plans to spin-off their notebook unit under its wholly-owned subsidiary Asusalpha Computer while keeping the motherboard and game console businesses under the Asustek umbrella. "Though Dell has placed orders for around one million notebooks with Asustek, the company is demanding that Asustek complete the spinoff of its own-brand notebook unit by the first quarter of 2008 or else future orders from the company may be in question, according to sources at notebook makers. Coupled with the fact that Apple's orders for MacBooks end in November of this year and that future shipments to Toshiba... Read more...
If you're interested in energy efficient storage devices, consider this the dawning of a new age. Not a week passes without another company announcing a new hybrid or solid state drive (SSD). Samsung is now joining the ever-growing list of companies shipping these devices.  Here's a tidbit from their press release: "Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD). The new flash-SSD is based on an eight gigabit (Gb) single-level-cell (SLC) NAND, which provides significantly higher... Read more...
The blokes at the inquirer have pointed out that Samsung is now shipping laptop hybrid drives to its customers: "The MH80 series comes in 80GB, 120GB and 180GB sizes. The 2.5-inch drive has 128 or 256MB of flash memory and combines mangetic [sic] optical characteristics. Samsung claims it will give faster boot and resume times, better reliability and increased battery life." Samsung also manufactures desktop hard drives, but no word on when they will go hybrid. Somebody please cue the Jeopardy theme song.... Read more...
Silicon Valley And World Leaders To Partner, Bring Technology To Developing Countries Intel Chairman: Speeding Access Will Improve Education, Health Care, Entrepreneurism, Government Services MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can come together to bolster development around the world. Intel Corporation and the U.N.'s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development (U.N. GAID) jointly organized the summit. Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who also chairs the U.N. GAID, said the meeting provided... Read more...
Panasonic has been working on a new approach to the design and production of litium-ion batteries that seems to have solved the pesky problem of having them burst into flames from time to time. The battery is protected from overheating by the addition of a heat-resistant insulator to the battery cell. Normally, a li-ion battery would only have a thin separator between the cathode and the anode that could easily be punctured by a short-circuit. And as we are now painfully aware, short-circuiting batteries can sometimes lead to bad things such as fires and explosions. The additional heat insulator, according to Matsushita, has better insulating... Read more...
As you can imagine we get a ton of email here at HH and of course way more than our fair share of spam, viruses and junkmail.  We've been looking around for a long time for a package that does a good job of clearing out the crapola that comes in and let's the good mail through.  We think we've found a winner with Declude.  Got an Imail or SmarterMail server you need to setup a better defense for?  Declude is powerful stuff that gets the job done nicely and we've burned it in ourselves here on the HotHardware web box... "Boundary Layer Check The first layer of defense is provided by your Email server. This includes your ability to prevent dictionary... Read more...
Intel was wandering around the world with a billion dollars burning a hole in their pocket, looking for a place to build a semiconductor factory. My, how times have changed. Intel could have selected any country to build its largest chip assembly and testing plant. But the world's biggest semiconductor company decided to make the $1 billion investment in a relative newcomer to the high-tech game - Vietnam. Intel announced earlier this month it would more than triple its initial investment to expand the planned factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City from 150,000 to 500,000 square feet. It is expected to begin operations in 2009 and could employ... Read more...
Windows Vista is configured to reliably put your desktop to sleep during periods of inactivity. Now, besides quickly minimizing screens showing women that aren't dressed, or Fark when your boss walks by, you'll have to worry about the screen being blank while you're sleeping at your desk, too: With Windows Vista, Microsoft plans to put machines to sleep after an hour of inactivity. While businesses and consumers can change that setting, the software maker said they would be smart to let their computers nod off. Microsoft estimates that allowing a PC to go to sleep during off hours, as compared with leaving it on all the time, saves anywhere from $55 (£29.55) a year to $70 (£37.60)... Read more...
In the immortal words of the world-famous Popeye The Sailor, I-yam-what-I-yam... No, wait, not yams, spinach, that's what made Pops all cut-up and beefy right?  It seems Pops wasn't too far off the mark either.  Spinach, the high-tech food product? "The work has immediate implications for basic science research, as the configuration of molecules and proteins impacts biological functions. The study also suggests a novel route for creating nanoscale logic circuits or mechanical switches for future medical, computer technology or green energy applications, said Hla, an associate professor of physics. It's important to understand something about the chlorophyll-a molecule for origin... Read more...
Digitimes has reported that Chinese media are confirming Asustek Computer has been shipping production Playstation 3 gaming consoles in small volume since the beginning of July. The first consignment should result in roughly 4 million units in total with a significant amount remaining to ship before the console officially launches on November 11. This flies in the face of rampant rumors the last few months in which the maturity of the console was called into question and delays were claimed to be absolute. Fortunately for those dying with anticipation for this item, we'll all have the chance to have a Playstation 3 well in advance of the holidays. "After the first batch of PS3 shipments from... Read more...
Not content with his work at Microsoft, Bill Gates has decided to step away from the day-to-day operations at Microsoft, and devote more time to his charitable foundations. He will still hold a part-time job at Microsoft, but will work full time for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility - the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need," he said. Gates added, "It's not a retirement, it's a reordering of my priorities."  ... Read more...
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