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Can it be? Another e-reader? Yep, afraid so. But we have to say, we're loving the variety and the competition that's surfacing long after the Kindle wrapped the market around its finger, and the all-new QUE proReader is far from traditional. In fact, it's aimed at a different market entirely than the Nook or Kindle, which are both aimed at general consumers.The proReader is aimed specifically at business users, with a size of 8.5" x 11", unlike most of the personal readers which are around 6" diagonally. The big news today, however, is that the Plastic Logic QUE proReader will be sold in Barnes & Noble stores. That's right, it'll be sold in the same place as the Nook. Now, we just stated... Read more...
If 2007 was the year of the notebook, and 2008 was the year of the HDTV, we think it's pretty safe to say 2009 is the year of the e-reader. Weird, right? Not in a million years would we have guessed that Amazon's highly covered foray into the e-ink market cause such a huge stir, but at this point, it's hard to think of all the e-readers on the market today. Without a doubt, there are far too many to count on two hands, but we suppose the competition is good for the consumer. Sadly, not a single reader on the market (or planned for the market) has a color display, but with competition as heated as ever, that could be arriving sooner rather than later. The latest company to come clean with its... Read more...
For the past few months, I have been participating in a campaign created by the folks at Toshiba and Federated Media designed to help users get answers to their laptop-related questions. You may have seen the banners here at HotHardware from time to time. The LaptopExperts website born from the campaign was created to provide a central location where users of any type of laptop (not just Toshiba) can enter their questions and get answers from myself and the other "experts" participating in the program.Over the course of the campaign I have tried to answer user submitted questions pertaining to DSL and network connections, to touchpad issues, and even a funky boot-order issue. But there are numerous... Read more...
CORSAIR DOMINATOR HITS 2462MHz SETS MEMORY FREQUENCY WORLD RECORD Fremont, CA, May 20, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for the highest achieved DDR3 frequency. Verified and validated by CPU-Z, Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of 2462MHz at CL=9 with a single-rank 1GB module. This new world record eclipses all previous CPU-Z validated memory benchmarks.  This record was set using Corsair’s award winning DOMINATOR DDR3 memory module paired with an Asus P5E3 Premium motherboard based on the Intel X48 chipset. This is now the highest achieved DDR3 frequency of all time. ... Read more...
This might not be a bad idea considering the real-life murder related to Lineage II we wrote about earlier, but still ...The South American nation famous for its ability to create great soccer players, attractive swimsuit models and land that used to be rainforests has brought the banhammer down upon two of the world's most popular online games. Both Counter-Strike and EverQuest, each now nine-years old, were said to promote "the subversion of public order, were an attack against the democratic state and the law and against public security" by the judge enacting the ban.Here's a question: why these two?  Did Sony and Valve not grease the wheels enough?  After all there are still plenty... Read more...
Oink was taken down on Oct. 23rd, and --- who else but --- The Pirate Bay says it will bring it back, sort of.OiNK was taken down on October 23 by police in the Netherlands and Britain in conjunction with the IFPI and BPI, and a message on the site's front page indicates that an investigation was ongoing into the "identities and activities" of its users. <script language="JavaScript" src="https://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/ttm.betanews/bn/home;tier=1;sz=336x280,300x250;tile=2;ord=1997762405?" type="text/javascript"></script> <noscript><a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/ttm.betanews/bn/home;tier=1;sz=336x280;tile=2;ord=1997762405?"... Read more...
The past 30 days has seen some major events in the global anti-piracy war: Demonoid (operating out of Canada) went off the air for a week or so, both Dutch & U.K. police had major network busts in their respective territories and now it appears that a joint operation have shut down OiNK.“OiNK distributed albums often weeks ahead of their official release date. More than 60 major album releases had been leaked onto the Internet so far this year.The site had an estimated membership of 180,000. People were only invited to become members if they could prove they had music to offer and had to keep posting tracks to maintain their membership.”If the police end up doing a bit of forensics on the... Read more...
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two scientists who discovered "giant magnetoresistance." If that doesn't ring  a bell, it should. It's the method used to read and write information on high density hard disks. Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany share the 1.5 million dollar prize, and get to hang the neat medal up with their bowling trophies. This phenomenon is where weak changes in magnetic resistance give rise to big differences in electrical resistance. This is one of the core principles that allows for the development of sensitive reading tools for retrieving magnetically sorted data in devices from computers to portable media players. The Nobel Foundation... Read more...
Want to spam your friends for fun (and no profit)?  Sign up for this social networking site, make the wrong choice when asked, and you'll end up spamming them just like one of those old viruses that checks your address book and sends copies of itself to everyone. If you accept an invitation, and you happen to ask it to check your friends in your address book (come on, it's so new, why bother!?), you'll spam them with invitations. Worse, the email looks as though you sent it yourself, so they may end up getting irritated at you for no good reason. We've given you fair warning!  This is rather Draconian, to say the least.  Unfortunately, this publicity is not likely to turn into massive... Read more...
A new cooling technique, called ionic cooling, has now been demonstrated by researchers at Purdue.  The technique involves the harnessing of ionic winds between two electrodes, which are placed on the back of the chip.Sadly, the Intel funded technology currently requires massive amounts of energy in order to reach its maximum cooling potential which is about 2.5 times that of normal air cooling: “For the prototype demonstration, tiny electrodes were placed 10 millimeters apart, on either side of a chip, and thousands of volts were applied to them. The positive electrode was a wire that ran across the anode side of the chip, while several negatively charged cathode electrodes emitted electrons... Read more...
There is a growing concern that public Wi-Fi might not be the best investment, especially with WiMAX around the corner.  Regardless, some cities and large public areas are still planning on using existing Wi-Fi technology: “But to Norm Bogen, director of networking research at In-Stat, suggesting that public Wi-Fi networks are a waste of time and money because WiMAX is around the corner is a bit of a stretch."There is still a lot to be done in WiMAX," he said. "One of the reasons that-Wi-Fi mesh and Wi-Fi hotspots make sense is that there are literally hundreds of millions of devices today that are imbedded with this technology."David Robinson, vice-president of business... Read more...
The third installment in the Bourne Trilogy, "The Bourne Ultimatum," will open in theaters on August 3rd.  Part of the appeal of the character is his casual, savvy use of technology as he breezes through far-flung exotic locations.  He'll reconfigure your phone after he punches you with it, while driving like a madman.  Universal decided to hype the film with an online game, " The Ultimate Search for Bourne with Google," that allows fans to search for Jason Bourne using clues scattered on Google tools like Search Map, Images and YouTube. Universal worked with Web design and marketing firm Big Spaceship to build the "Bourne" game, which is part of a promotional partnership with Google... Read more...
Google’s search engine is the world’s most visited page. According to ComScore Inc., last month, Google furthered its lead over Yahoo and Microsoft in Internet searches to a new milestone: a majority market share. 50.7% of Internet searches done in the U.S. were done through Google, which is a gain of about 1% from the previous month. Yahoo and Microsoft’s pieces of the pie were 26.4% and 10.3% respectively. “The battle for online searches is closely followed by advertisers, who use it to judge where to buy ads. Mountain View, California-based Google is adding images, book excerpts, news and video to its search results to attract more users and create new space for advertisements.” 7.6 billion... Read more...
You've already read five hundred articles announcing the death of the music CD business. You'll probably read five hundred more. Slate examines the music obituary page, and determines it's just the people that want to sell you an overpriced disc filled with music you don't want from a store with huge overheads that are holding the lilies. There's plenty of money for people with an up-to-date approach to retail. Legacy music retailers and manufacturers now face many of the same difficulties as American auto companies. They built a business infrastructure - national chains, huge outlets in high-profile locations, layers of management - predicated on selling massive and... Read more...
Hollywood has a very poor track record with this genre, but New Line Cinema has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on the wildly popular Gears of War game. Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save the Sera's inhabitants. The game, developed by Epic Games, sold more than 3 million units worldwide in its first 10 weeks. It also has received numerous awards, including Gamespot's Game of the Year and the Interactive Achievement... Read more...
At Microsoft's annual research conference Techfest, a new method to help keep internet services secure was unveiled based on images of cats and dogs. A popular method to determine whether a human or automated software is trying to access an internet service in use today is the Captcha, a series of randomly generated letters and numbers that must be reproduced. Since computers can now read Captcha sequences, which often confuse humans, a new security method has been developed by nations around the globe. The new security feature is based on the idea that a human can easily distinguish a dog from a cat, when an image of one is displayed, whereas an automated piece of software can... Read more...
The Inquirer shot a couple of questions over to Intel in regard to the company's discreet GPU plans.  Not many answers, but interesting reading nonetheless... INQ: Does Intel have any plans for GPU on CPU concept? Intel: We continue to work relentlessly with the platform ecosystem to define, develop and deliver platform and technology enhancements that delight our customers. We regularly update the community on advancements in these areas at Intel Developer Forums. Intel hasn't announced any products in these areas at this time.... Read more...
Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's that could possibly affect AMD's semiconductor manufacturing. "Interestingly, Intel want to see documents provided to ATI or any initiative by AMD to improve performance or competitively position against Intel's Stable Image Platform (SIP). Interestingly, because AMD has collaborated with fierce ATI competitor... Read more...
Hello All.  We spent some sit-down time with a few folks close to the AMD and ATI merger, asked some probing questions and received some insightful answers in return. We dug in deep with AMD specifically and learned all there is to know currently and even got a hint of what the future might hold for the dynamic duo (no pun intended), now joined as one. Here's a snip... "In June at our analyst day in Sunnyvale, AMD introduced "Torrenza" and reinforced our commitment to an open architecture for third-party innovation. In the near term, 2007, we should be able to deliver new customer-centric, unified solutions for key market segments like mobile and commercial. For these market segments... Read more...
     Rumors have been circulating for weeks, but yesterday the two companies involved made it official. AMD and ATI announced that the two companies planned to merge in a deal worth approximately $5.4 billion dollars. The quote below from the initial press release reveals some of the combined entity's vision of the future... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI will be shipping standard and Crossfire edition variants of their upcoming R580+ GPU with the same operating frequencies. Traditionally, the Crossfire edition master card trailed the flagship level model in terms of frequency. For the first time, owners of the top of the line cards will be able to have two cards running in Crossfire mode with no forced decrease in core speed. Although a very welcomed change, it is somewhat ironic that this topic is already destined to become a null issue as ATI's upcoming RD600 chipset will not require a Crossfire edition card in order to run two cards in Crossfire mode. Regardless, it will be interesting to see... Read more...
Network media players have been making huge waves in the mainstream community, and ThinkCE.net got their hands on a slick little player called the Slim Devices Squeezebox. This handy little device allows you enjoy music from the comfort of your living room, even when your computer is off!Media, over the past few years all different types have been flooding our lives, from music to video we see it everyday. There are services to download music and video now. We have MP3 players and media players. This past year we have seen the introduction of network media players. These players are very big and most of them do not support wireless networks. Well today we are going to take a look at a network... Read more...
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