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The word on the streets of Taipei is that Intel is planning what could very well be the pre-Nehalem price cuts on existing and upcoming Core 2-based products.  The current plan is to reduce prices in the third quarter and add a few more CPUs just to firm-up the low and mid-range.  This could very well be a sign that we can expect a very strong launch from Nehalem, but we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed just in case. “The Core 2 Quad 9450, currently priced at US$316, will be phased out of the market to be replaced by the Core 2 Quad 9400 at 2.66GHz and a price of US$266.  The Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Q6700 will both be phased out at the same time too, leaving the Q6600 as the... Read more...
A set-top box that delivers streaming video from Netflix is now a reality. The Netflix Player is made by Roku, and retails for about $100. If you've got access to a broadband connection,  have a Netflix rental account, and own a Roku box and some cables, you're good to go. Just not "go everywhere," yet. Setup is simple, and--if you've got a solid broadband connection--picture quality is acceptable and streaming performance was almost entirely lag-free. Those looking for the HD video quality and polished interface of Apple TV and Vudu will be disappointed. The Netflix Player is strictly barebones--you're not intended to do anything more than just dive in and watch the movies and TV shows... Read more...
AUO is expected to unveil today a number of innovative display technologies, including what it claims are "the world's first Curved Display Technology on glass substrate," and "the world's thinnest Ultra Thin 1.9-inch TFT-LCD." AUO is one of over 550 vendors exhibiting their wares at the Society for Information Display's Display Week 2008 show in Los Angeles this week."The world’s first Curved Display is developed and produced by AUO with TFT-LCD process on glass substrate. The curved radius is 100mm, and therefore requires a special thinning technology. The specially designed curved backlight unit maintains uniformity in brightness and contrast on the curved surface. Unlike the existing e-paper... Read more...
On Monday Nintendo officially launched the Wii Fit. Much like the premier of some movies, however, it's only being launched at one location: the Nintendo World store in New York City. Other retailers will start selling the Fit on Wednesday.At an MSRP of $89.99, Wii Fit comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board™ accessory, a precisely engineered platform that senses both weight and shifts in movement and balance. The Wii Balance Board connects wirelessly to the Wii™ console and serves as the centerpiece for more than 40 fun activities that challenge users in areas like yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance. Helpful virtual trainers in the game talk users through the different... Read more...
Adobe's Flash player has a 98% percent install rate, so I guess it's safe to call it an industry standard for video content. They've just released the latest version, Flash Player 10,  nicknamed "Astro," as a beta test. It's got some interesting things under the hood that work in the background to make video playback faster. On the visual side, it allows interactive 3D display based on 2D pictures, and for some reason, a "Pixel Bender" that allows you to swirl and distort the image and make yourself seasick if you like. Adobe has enhanced performance by enlisting the user's graphics card to render Flash graphics as well as by employing dynamic streaming, which means that video quality changes... Read more...
Reuters reports that the second-largest U.S. ISP, Comcast, has agreed to acquire online address book and social networking site Plaxo for somewhere between $145 million and $175 million. "Comcast will use Plaxo to offer social network links across Comcast-connected devices from TVs to digital video recorders to, eventually, wireless devices, thanks to a new partnership with Sprint, Clearwire and Google." Plaxo currently has approximately 20 million members, and estimates that it can net up to another 30 million members from Comcast's roughly 24 million television and 14 million broadband Internet subscribers. Comcast had already been working with Plaxo on its SmartZone communications center service,... Read more...
AMD has announced a management shakeup. They're struggling mightily to compete with industry leader Intel right now. AMD COO Dirk Meyer is reshuffling his executive personnel deck by moving some people sideways, some people up the ladder -- and some were given an empty printer paper box to clean their desk into before being escorted to the door. Oops, I meant they've: "...left the company to pursue other opportunities...""AMD is in a precarious situation right now from a business standpoint and it has to take some drastic measures," said Brian Matus, vice president of market research at IC Insights. "I am surprised there haven't been more moves. I think AMD had to take some cost-cutting measures... Read more...
Why wait to play with someone else's Microsoft Surface multi-touch tabletop display, when you can build one yourself! Apparently a big hit at this last weekend's Maker Faire, was an open-source design for tinkerers to inexpensively build  their own multi-touch tabletop display with off-the-shelf components. The design comes from Eyebeam, a self-described, "art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation." "...engineers at Eyebeam... have created a scaled-down open-source version of Surface, called Cubit. By sharing the Cubit's hardware schematics and software source code, the engineers are significantly... Read more...
Lite-On, the Taiwan-based electronics conglomerate, is selling its digital display business to another Taiwanese company, Wistron, for about $300 million. Wistron itself is a spin-off from Acer. Lite-On's Digital Display business unit generated NT$82.75 billion in revenues for the company in 2007. Wistron said it hopes to strengthen its LCD display product range and to raise its share in the market.Wistron, which specializes in system assembly, shipped 700,000 to one million LCD TVs in 2007, and aims to increase shipments to two million units in 2008, according to industry sources. Lite-On has had unit shipments of 8-9 million display products each year in the past, the sources said.Lite-On makes... Read more...
On Monday Skype, announced new subscription plans that allow flat-rate unlimited calling to 34 countries. It should be noted that for Skype defines unlimited as 10,000 minutes / month; after that standard fees apply.  Of course, 10,000 minutes equates to about 5 hours a day, so what the heck?The company said it was offering unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada for $2.95 a month.It also offers unlimited calls to phones in 34 countries including Australia, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, for $9.95 per month, it said.Skype users in Europe can choose from unlimited plans ranging from 2.95 euros to 8.95 euros a month depending on the destination of... Read more...
Using an old browser?  If you're planning to use PayPal, you might consider updating.PayPal, one of the brands most spoofed in phishing attacks, is working on a plan to block its users from making transactions from Web browsers that don't provide anti-phishing protection.The eBay-owned company, which runs a Web-based payment system that allows the transfer of funds between bank accounts and credit cards, said browsers that do not have support for blocking identity theft-related Web sites or for EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are considered "unsafe" for financial transactions.Honestly, although some may consider PayPal's "threat" draconian, it's in your own... Read more...
Despite many programs still struggling to take full advantage of 2 or more cores, AMD appears to be planning on jumping past 8 cores and going straight for 12!  AMD has dropped more than a few clues that something like this was coming:"The first breadcrumb comes with a new "native six-core" Shanghai derivative, currently codenamed Istanbul.  This processor is clearly targeted at Intel's recently announced six-core, 45nm Dunnington processor."The second clue was when AMD execs and engineers began to stop referring derisively to Intel’s practice of putting two chips on a single die, and began to examine using that approach themselves.There are no early performance estimates worth reporting at this... Read more...
The distinctly different manufacturing expertise needed for success in the mechanical and the solid state storage markets means that few companies are prepared to play both sides of the fence.  As faster and cheaper SSDs loom, it isn’t surprising that major players are doing everything they can to stop or stall the march of progress long enough to give them time to catch up.Enter Seagate’s CEO Bill Watkins who made good on his promise to sue SSD manufacturers if it looked like they were going to become a threat.  Here’s what Bill had to say:"Unfortunately, others in our industry have taken shortcuts in the race to innovate, and in the process, we believe they are relying on intellectual property... Read more...
NVIDIA Introduces Fastest GeForce Platforms Ever—Optimized For Gaming PCs New GeForce 9-Series GPUs, NVIDIA nForce 790i-Series MCPs, and NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology Reinvigorate the PC Market with Best Performance, Power, and Price SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 10, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) continues to address the global demand for better visual experiences on the PC with the recent market introduction of a series of new powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) and media and communications processors (MCPs) that unleash consumers’ creativity and self-expression. The new NVIDIA GeForce® and NVIDIA nForce® products, including the new GeForce® 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX,... Read more...
First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available- Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Widely Available; Platforms Ranging from Blade to High-End Servers now shipping from HP -SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron... Read more...
AMD Provides Quick Time-to-Market Platform for Growing Networked Storage Market - Storage Bridge Bay Reference Design and new AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core processors deliver more options for high-end embedded customers - ORLANDO, FL - April 7, 2008 - At the Storage Networking World conference AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the first Reference Design Kit (RDK) for the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) 2.0 Specification based on the AMD Athlon(tm) processor.  This RDK can simplify the design process and provide a standardized platform powered by AMD's unrivaled Direct Connect Architecture.  AMD expects to help storage vendors deliver low power, high performance, entry-level networked... Read more...
AMD Delivers Industry’s First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort Support—       ATI FireGL™ V7700 provides superb performance and image quality for professional 3D and imaging markets —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 31, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL™ V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and... Read more...
Comscore measures paid clicks for US users of all the major search engines. Google has recently been on a fairly big slide in paid clicks. Google investors were hoping to see some improvement in January's 0 percent increase in year-over-year performance. The good news? Paid clicks were up 3% in February. The bad news? There were 3% more days in February this year.Google had 515mm US paid clicks in February, which is up only 3% year over year. At first glance, this appears to be a slight--slight--improvement from the horrific January report, which was flat y/y at 532mm clicks. However, Comscore did not adjust for the Leap Year (29 days vs 28), so this likely accounted for the entire increase.*... Read more...
The ongoing saga of Vista SP1 continues, and today we're hearing about problems with Vista SP1 and i945G Express chipsets causing behavior ranging from disapearing cursors to unmounting hard drives.“The service pack also won't work with computers that use certain, widely-deployed audio drivers from Realtek and certain drivers for security devices manufactured by Symantec. Microsoft has published a full list of drivers that are incompatible with the service pack.”This issue could cause trouble for an untold number of users because the 945-family of chipsets and Realkek audio chips are extremely common, especially in lower-end machines.  The Redmond giant is urging users to make sure that... Read more...
DDR3 is the future of desktop PC memory in the near term, no question about it.  Nonetheless, the transition to the next level of memory technology will be a gradual one, much like we saw when we advanced from DDR to DDR2.  With higher latencies and higher price tags, the argument for migrating to DDR3 in its current state isn't a strong one, but as the technology matures, that argument will become increasingly strong as the benefits and costs of DDR3 become more tangilble and affordable.One issue facing system builders today is how to approach a new build if they want to future-proof it as much as possible.  Does one go with a DDR3 board and pay a premium for... Read more...
Just in case you jumped right down to the news this afternoon, we wanted to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, overclockability, and performance of MSI's P35 Platinum Combo motherboard.  As its name implies, this board is based on the P35 chipset for the Intel platform.  But what makes it interesting is its somewhat unique ability to work with both DDR3 and DDR2 memory types and its funky "Circu-Pipe" cooling apparatus.  Click the link below and check it out...MSI P35 Platinum Combo Motherboard... Read more...
There is no official report from AMD on the wires, but multiple news outlets are reporting that chipmaker AMD will show 5 percent of its workforce the door. AMD is slated to begin shipping quad-core Phenom 9850, 9750, 9650, 9550, and 9150 processors in the coming weeks, according to sources close to the company. The "50" branding scheme indicates that the processors are the B3 version of the Phenom that fixes the "TLB" bug. This was first reported in DigiTimes.Later, AMD will also ship updated triple-core processors, including the 8750 and 8560. Updated triple-core processors will not necessarily be B3 versions, however, according to sources.Maybe more importantly, AMD is in the midst of handing... Read more...
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