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Mark Zuckerberg is 23 years old. He founded the social networking site Facebook while he was still in college. He's made the mistake most bright people make when one of their notions becomes wildly popular overnight: He's thinks it has nothing to do with luck, or being in the right place at the right time.  Unchastened by his foolhardy foray into Big Brother spying on his customers with the Beacon widget, he continues to behave like what he is:  an inexperienced businessman in charge of a suddenly prominent business.Want to know about how privately held Facebook is doing from a financial point of view? Well, just ask Mark Zuckerberg!This afternoon, at an all-hands meeting held in a... Read more...
'Tis the season to be upset - upset at Google over privacy, at least.  Actually, it's year-round, and here's yet another.On Dec. 14th, in Google Reader Help and on the Official Google Reader Blog, they posted about a new feature, which, as they put it:The short description of it is this: If any of your friends from Google Talk are using Reader and sharing items, you’ll see them listed in your sidebar under “Friends’ shared items.” Similarly, they’ll be able to see any items you’re sharing. You can hide items from any friend you don’t want to see, and you can also opt out of sharing by removing all your shared items.This is still a very experimental feature, so we’d love to hear what you... Read more...
Last Friday Nintendo announced a raincheck program, exclusive to GameStop.  This program is for those of you desperate for a Wii, willing to wait until January, and willing to shop at GameStop.  Today GameStop outlined the details.A limited number of reservations will be available at each store and only one reservation can be made per household.The reservation process requires payment in full at $249.99 plus tax, to guarantee delivery in January. Customers will receive a custom-designed DVD case emblazoned with a Wii and the iconic Mario character wishing a "Happy Holidays! Your Wii is on the Way!" Inside the DVD case is a guarantee slip that provides gift-giver guidelines and an explanation... Read more...
Arkansas based Alltel Wireless is offering a service that converts your voicemail messages to plain text. Great for multitasking, you can now view your messages even when it's not convenient to listen to them, and forward them as e-mail. It's based on technology developed by Great Britain's Spinvox. “Our customers will appreciate the fact that they no longer have to wait for the opportune time to listen to a voice mail,” says Craig Kirkland, Alltel's director of messaging and voice services. “With Voice2TXT, our customers have an easier way to manage their voice mails via text messages when they are in a meeting, on the go or anyplace where they cannot or do not wish to use traditional voice... Read more...
Hot Hardware loves handicapping the horserace between the two large chip manufacturers, Intel and AMD. By many measures, Intel has crushed AMD recently, to the point where Intel is flirting with a monopoly position. Maybe that's a bit over the top but you get the idea.  However, at least according to Wired, AMD isn't going anywhere, because people will continue to buy from number two, to ensure there always is a number two. Still, there's not much chance of Intel becoming a chip monopoly anytime soon... That's mainly because the cutthroat microprocessor industry, which continues to grow at warp speed, operates in a cyclical fashion. Company fortunes tend to shift rapidly and are based in... Read more...
abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78 AMD 770 chipset with native support for AM2+ Phenom CPUs with HT3 abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit’s first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core processors, HyperTransport 3,  Dual Channel DDR2 1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0 and CrossFire X. The unique abit engineered features set you apart from others and warrant for a most advanced computing experience with abit’s patented Silent OTES  heatpipe, 4-phase PWM for AM2+ processors, 100% Japanese made capacitors for lasting durability and... Read more...
E-books have yet to be successful, and that, of course, has led to much skepticism over Amazon's Kindle.  Despite all that, it's already out of stock.The device, which the retailer started selling Monday for $399, quickly sold out, "due to heavy customer demand," according to Amazon. It will be in stock on December 7, and customers are instructed to order now "to reserve your place in line."Since the article was written, the date has been revised to Dec. 3rd.  One thing, though: we have no idea how many Kindles have actually been sold.... Read more...
Amazon is preparing to offer an e-book reader and associated download service on Monday of next week. There's already been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the printed word to portable electronic devices, without the eye-tiring backlit pixels you're looking at right now, for instance.  Unlike other devices, Amazon's "Kindle" reader is concentrating on the method of delivery of the content, not as much on the unit itself. That's a relief, as it explains why the pictures of the prototype Kindle reader I saw looked as elegant as a fax machine in 1988.The Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that taps into an Amazon e-book store, which users can access to purchase new electronic... Read more...
Apple introduced the iPhone in the U.K. and Germany on Friday, and at the same time unleashed software update 1.1.2 on the world.  Little did they know it had been broken already.Erica Sadun at The Unofficial Apple Weblog obtained jailbreaking code for the 1.1.2 update almost simultaneous with its release last night, and tests this morning confirm that it works for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The 1.1.2 update patched a flaw in the way OS X handles TIFF image processing, which was the way hackers gained access to the iPhone after the 1.1.1 update, and it also wiped out third-party applications just like before.Back and forth and back and forth.  One side trumps the other. ... Read more...
Taiwan-based Asustek announced today a new laptop line, dubbed Eee PCs, that are directly aimed at both existing and developing markets. It's just a solid no-frills inexpensive unit for existing markets, aimed at casual users. In so-called developing markets Asustek expects to sell the computers to large educational and governmental buyers for as little as $200 per unit. In a departure from earlier announcements, Asustek is going to offer Microsoft's Windows operating system, which will add about $35 to the cost of the original free Linux system.   The Eee PCs will carry Asustek's brand name, as the Taiwan firm seeks to follow in the footsteps of hometown rival Acer in trying to develop... Read more...
Way back in early June, HotHardware told you that Mozilla was considering configuring the next iteration of their Firefox web browser to detect malicious code, and to warn users not to open infected websites. The next version of Firefox is indeed being developed to do just that, and may or may not even allow you to override the warning and load the page.  Security company Sophos reported last month that the number of malicious Web sites has skyrocketed over the past few months, from 5,000 new ones a day in April to nearly 30,000 a day in early July. One reason, according to Sophos researchers, is that hackers are increasingly turning away from e-mail as their preferred method of... Read more...
A group of Australian researchers have reportedly developed a device that allows people to manipulate their TVs, DVD players, and other electronics with a simple wave of the hand. The controller box has a built-in camera that can identify seven simple hand gestures and can be used with up to 8 different devices. The development is led by Australian engineers Dr. Prashan Premaratne and Quang Nguyen, who expect the gadget to hit the market within three years. “Dr Premaratne, of the University of Wollongong, said the device is designed to sit on a shelf or table which has a clear line of sight to the television and the owner. Its software recognises simple, deliberate hand gestures and then sends... 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...
A new study shows the effects of gaming on reading and study time amongst students 10-19 years old.  Not surprisingly these students shaved a little time off their studying and reading time to get in a few extra minutes with their favorite games.  Surprisingly they didn't often sacrifice much time with their families. for gamesHow much time to reading/study time are they missing out on?  Well boy gamers in the survey are said to have spent 30% less time reading while the girls who played games (They DO exist!) spent 34% less time doing their homework. “Cummings and Elizabeth Vandewater at the University of Texas at Austin wanted to see how these games affect academic pursuits and social relationships.They... Read more...
No it can't read minds in the literal sense, but it's probably still better than a polygraph machine. They say that only a small fraction of human communication comes from words; about 60% is body language and about 30% is tone. The irony is that most of us are probably not able to pick up on these subliminal messages very well. That might be why Rana El Kaliouby, an MIT grad student, decided to develop the special software used in the Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic, which is a device that helps people interpret body language and facial expressions. The device, upon detecting boredom/inattention in the listener, will vibrate to alert the user. "This software interprets emotions based... Read more...
Toshiba is offering what they tout as the world's first slim form factor HD DVD-RW ( rewriteable) drive suitable for laptop PCs. It will read and write both single and dual layer HD DVD disks, as well as DVDs  and CDs.  It might help the HD DVD format a little in its battle with Blu-Ray to become the standard format for large media files. ...the single- and double-layer HD DVD discs are already available in capacities of 15GB and 30GB respectively, while triple- layer HD DVD Rom discs, to offer up to 51GB, are presently under development, and will be available later this year. The "SD-L912A" also allows backup of large-capacity PC hard disk drives to the reusable format of... 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...
And your kid thought it was hard enough beating that gym boss on Pokemon Diamond.  Soon the machine will read their mind too and really start messing with 'em. "A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.  But this is no chintzy Halloween costume.  It's a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain wave-reading technology. Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user's forehead and reads the brain's electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling... Read more...
Widescreen LCD monitor sales are expected to nearly quadruple in 2007, (wrote HotHardware news editor Gregory Sullivan on his brand new 20" Optiquest widescreen monitor he purchased last week by clicking on the Newegg ad on the front page of HotHardware. And very satisfied with the purchase and the vendor he is.) according to a report in DigiTimes Widescreen alternatives are surfacing across all the monitor screen sizes, but the biggest battleground in 2007 is expected to be in the 19-, 20-, and 22-inch widescreen markets. The 19-inch widescreen alternatives, which have been priced considerably below their 20-inch wide competitors in the past, have led the market to date. With aggressively... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, or thinking about it, then you might know what ReadyBoost is. If you don't, it's essentially a way to cache some of the system page file to a USB drive.  The result is typically better performance on machines with limited memory.  The only problem is that it requires a USB 2.0 port. That means it's external; and therefore subject to being disconnected when whiskers thinks it's a fun toy.  It also makes it one more thing to drag along to a LAN party.   While some might wonder why fate can be so cruel, along comes InnoDisk with an innovative solution: an internal USB drive. Yes, that's right; it resides inside your... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces Groundbreaking PC2-6400 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Certified Modules with 1T Command Rate Sunnyvale, CA - March 29, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the latest addition to the award-winning OCZ NVIDIA SLI certified series, the PC2-6400 SLI-Ready DDR2 modules. Optimized specifically for current and next generation nForce platforms, this series features reduced latencies and a 1T command rate for ultra fast memory accesses at 800MHz data rate. As part of the NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem, these modules undergo a rigorous series of tests by NVIDIA and are certified to provide enthusiasts... Read more...
IT-Analysis has posted a very interesting history lesson and perspective about 64-bit computing. The memory aspect of 64-bit computing really seems to make the most compelling argument, given the increasingly high memory requirements of newer games and multimedia editing packages. Then there's multi-tasking to consider. Hopefully we'll see better 64-bit drivers and compilers in the near future as that still seems to be the big roadblock. "Cast your mind back fifteen years, if you can. Believe it or not, that was when the IT industry suddenly started to get excited about 64 bit computing. IBM (in conjunction with Apple and Motorola) had already embarked on the design of the 64 bit Power... Read more...
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