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Well, if you can hold out for three years, maybe you can skip Windows Vista altogether. Windows 7 is due out in 2010 (snicker). Microsoft is working on a stripped down operating system kernel they're calling MinWin as part of it, aimed at being small enough to work on the exploding number of devices that can run an OS; but geez, not that OS."A lot of people think of Windows as this large, bloated operating system, and that's maybe a fair characterization, I have to admit," Traut said. "But at its core, the kernel, and the components that make up the very core of the operating system, is actually pretty streamlined." Traut showed a demonstration of MinWin, which lacks a graphical user interface.... Read more...
Finnish phone giant Nokia is shipping their eagerly anticipated N95 handheld computer. It got a 2.8" display, and a nifty two way slide to expose a keypad for entering text if you slide it out one way, or controls for the media functions if you slide it out the other direction. Nifty. Boasting up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory, the Nokia N95 8GB has all the key features of its predecessor, including a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide. The sleek black N95 8GB also boasts a luminous 2.8" (240 x 320) QVGA display, so watching videos, browsing the Internet or viewing maps is a real pleasure. With its expanded memory, the N95... Read more...
The Minnesota file-sharing case that we've been reporting on is now over, and the RIAA has won.  Perhaps that's not the end of the story, however, as the odd & contradictory statements from the defendant were perhaps topped by some made by a music industry rep.One of the experts called to testify in the trial was none other than Sony BMG's Jennifer Pariser, who had a rather unique and perhaps company serving view of what constitutes music theft:Pariser has a very broad definition of "stealing." When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading... Read more...
It's a rumor from a blog with every third word misspelled, but this one seems to have legs. Microsoft appears to be preparing to either spin off or sell outright Bungie Studios, the developers of their fantastically successful Halo series of video games. Microsoft would retain the rights to any future versions of the Halo franchise, but Bungie would be an autonomous business. ...Microsoft's also pushing hard to make the Xbox business profitable so it's probably looking at all sorts of ways to shave costs. Running a studio is expensive, and Microsoft would still benefit from its creativity since Bungie would continue to develop Xbox games. Microsoft did the same thing just after it released Halo... Read more...
Careerbuilder.com conducted a survey of IT workers, and according to the results, more than half of IT workers are sleeping on the job. And when they are awake, nearly half might be preparing to sleep around, too, admitting at least kissing their co-worker. That's if they're sober, which isn't all the time. Ah, multitasking. Look on the bright side, Human Resource people: at least they're not sleeping on the job as much as government workers report they do.Across all professions surveyed, 45 percent admitted to having fallen asleep on the job. And nearly two-thirds of government workers -- 64 percent -- admitted to falling asleep on the job. Maybe because they spend so much time on their feet,... Read more...
A mistranslation or misinterpretation of a statement by Sony's vice president for consumer electronics, Katsumi Ihara, led many U.S. media outlets to believe that Sony was dropping all support for DVD.  But in reality, that's not the case.The Japanese Agencies press service translated Ihara's statement as follows: "We plan to make all our recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible in future, allowing consumers to record high-definition programs over a longer period." Asian news sources interpreted the statement to mean that after November, Sony's recordable consoles will no longer be DVD-R only.A reinterpretation of Ihara's statement appeared on Yahoo News this afternoon, which used... Read more...
There's very little in life that we like more than new product launches drawing near.  We love the hype, testing new hardware, and reporting all of our findings to you.  Of course there are launches, and there are dreaded paper launches.AMD still hasn't officially launched their K10 line of CPUs, but it looks like the official launch date is looming, as it is being reported that AMD has now shipped K10 based Opterons to system builders.  This means that the K10 launch will be a real launch, at least for Opterons.  Hopefully CPUs for other sockets are ready to ship as well. “Although the frequencies of the CPUs haven't been announced, they should be set to a maximum of 2.0 GHz with faster chips... Read more...
The good news for TV broadcasters in IBM's new survey is that they still attract slightly more attention per day than the internet, by a slim 66 to 60 percent margin, among persons reporting from one to four hours per day of use. The bad news is the younger you are, the less likely you are to care about TV compared to the internet, and it's bound to be hard to sell advertising if your prime demographic will be in a graveyard soon. In addition to conducting the new survey online, IBM researchers stopped young people on the streets of New York to record opinions on videotape. IBM said its informal street sample returned surprisingly similar results to its official survey.... Read more...
Apple has been making impressive inroads in numerous markets, regaining ground in arenas that they once dominated.  There is, however, one arena which was arguably never dominated by Macintoshes: Gaming.Companies like id and Blizzard have offered Mac software for the past several years, but recently mega-publisher EA decided to throw their weight behind Apple as well.  Initially this support was to come in the form of 6 games released earlier this year, but it’s now turned into 4 shipping games (that are a bit late), and 2 games that we’re still waiting on.Of course, your local Best Buy probably won’t carry Mac games, so where can you pick ‘em up?  Online or at an Apple store, of course! "Customers... Read more...
It has been discussed often, yet there has been no definitive answer about whether or not video games contribute to societal violence.  If you look around you can find studies that say "yes," and studies that say "no."  Well, Oprah's favorite shrink, Dr. Phil, is going to tackle the issue, as he prepares to tape a show devoted to just that subject. GamePolitics has learned that the popular TV shrink is taping an episode about game violence on Thursday. Readers may recall that just one day after the Virginia Tech massacre, Dr. Phil made comments on the Larry King show which seemed to indicate a belief that violent games played a role in the killings. BTW, we are allowed to use the word "shrink"... Read more...
This will go over like a lead balloon - I hope.  Time Warner Cable already offers a feature called Start Over in 6 of its 23 markets.  This feature is free and allows you to watch a program from the start, within 30 minutes its beginning - but without the ability to fast forward.  Starting this October Time Warner will offer a new service, called Look Back, which it will eventually expand around the country. The service, called Look Back, will let cable customers watch certain shows later on that they missed, just the way a digital video recorder does, but without an extra monthly fee. The fast-forwarding function will be turned off, however, and consumers will be limited to watching... Read more...
A recent article in The Inquirer indicated that ATI, as well as other vendors, had  "particularly badly" written drivers which could expose the Vista kernel to attack.  This afternoon ATI plans to release a new driver package with a critical security fix in response to this issue. "The market recently discovered a potential security vulnerability that could impact AMD's Catalyst software package. After immediate investigation, AMD determined that a small section of code from one of the files in our installer package is potentially vulnerable," Carvill said. AMD is advising ATI Radeon graphics users to update to Catalyst version 7.8 once it is available at its software and drivers... Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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