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The true test of the potential impact of a breakthrough product is watching the demonstration and wondering if it's a hoax. I defy you to watch the demonstration video for this Silverbrook Research printer and tell me you're not astounded at what you're seeing. And then wondering if it can possibly be true: A printer for under $300 dollar that prints like a $16,000 high speed printer. "This thing is gigantic, we've been in this business for 20 years and I've never seen something as mind boggling," says Charles LeCompte, president of leading printer market analysis firm, Lyra Research. "The technology will be available in products... Read more...
If you're still using an "older" computer with AGP and have been stressing out about DirectX 10 cards, worry no more mon ami! GeCube is planning to satisfy your lust for a new graphics card without the need of adding other costly components such as a new motherboard, CPU(s), and/or memory. "We asked about the continuing contraction of the AGP market, but were told that the demand for AGP is still very strong. In fact, AGP accounts for the lion's share of some markets. So for those users that want a AGP perfromance (sic) part this company will offer DirectX 10 boards based on RV610 and RV630. In fact, there will even be an overclocked version... Read more...
Considering that this device isn't a whole lot larger than the Nokia N-Gage, it has very impressive stats: "The Q1 Ultra will be riding on Intel's Centrino platform, codenamed Santa Rosa, and will be sporting a new Core 2 based processor running at a mere 800MHz. Intel's 965 chipset will provide the core logic, and by association a GMA3000-derived graphics chipset will offer DirectX 9.0c features. Weight is slightly reduced to 1.5lbs from the 1.7lbs of the Q1, and just over a half-inch of height is shaved off." The only downsides with a device like this might be the quirky keyboard and perhaps... Read more...
The amount of information available to the consumer has exploded with the advent of the internet. Think of your attention span as capital. The coming battle is going to be to among content providers to always place exactly the appropriate content right in front of you. Read/WriteWeb explores this fantastic world we're moving into, where the pixel producers endlessly smooch the bums of the consumer. Otherwise, you're gone.  It is important to realize that the key ingredient in the attention game is relevancy. As long as a consumer sees relevant content, he/she is going to stick around - and that creates more opportunities to sell. Literally, the longer a user stays on a... Read more...
VIA Launches Vista-Ready VIA CN896 for Power-Efficient Desktop and Embedded Systems Featuring the VIA Chrome9 IGP core supporting DirectX 9.0 and Chromotion 3.0, the VIA CN896 PCI Express chipset enables mainstream Vista-ready VIA solutions Taipei, Taiwan, 26 February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset, certified Vista-ready by Microsoft and designed to provide OEMs with a flexible platform for power efficient embedded and desktop systems. At the heart of the VIA CN896 chipset is the VIA Chrome9 HC IGP (integrated graphics processor) featuring a DirectX 9.0... Read more...
Veoh, the latest internet video clip site, officially opens up today. It's banking on higher quality content, and DVD quality picture. Is it going to be YouTube on steroids -- or on tranquilizers? San Diego-based Veoh Networks is the brainchild of onetime Internet piracy cop Dmitry Shapiro. After a year and a half of public testing, the site formally opens for business stocked with more than 100,000 videos by amateurs and professionals. As mainstream television networks and studios seek new online outlets, Shapiro hopes to take advantage of their growing discontent with Internet giant YouTube. To that end, he has found an investor with... Read more...
Profits up. Great. Sales skyrocketing. Terrific. Potential for huge international growth continues. That sounds good too. Customer ease of use growing. That sounds wonderful. Too bad we're talking about cybercrime: At the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco last week, RSA president Art Coviello told the audience that the market for stolen identities has reached $1 billion, according to IDC research, and that malware has risen by a factor of 10 in the last five years, according to the Yankee Group. "The fundamental issue is that we have a law enforcement model that's geographically based, but there's no geography on the Internet," says... Read more...
Gaming freaks desperately want to believe that blasting their way through the universe is not just an interesting waste of time. Well, researchers from the University of Rochester are about to give them more....er... ammo for their arguments. The idea that gaming influences visual performance appears non-controversial; the authors cite seven papers indicating that gamers outperform nongamers in a variety of visual tests, including the ability to track a large number of objects at once, and to process a stream of objects that only appear briefly. But success in visual resolution tasks, such as picking a single object out of a set of nearby distractors,... Read more...
Dual-core CPUs have made their way into computers across the world and with quad-core processors poised to make the same invasion, it looks like the core race is on. Interestingly, Intel notes on its roadmap that in it's 45nm Wolfdale dual-core and Yorkfield quad-core CPUs, hyper threading may make a return. Perhaps the most interesting thing about these two processors is the return of Hyper-Threading. This, however, does not mean that Yorkfield will appear as eight logical cores, nor does it mean Wolfdale will appear as four logical cores. Intel's internal guidance on the subject specifically claims the processor will ship with Hyper-Threading, but will only utilize 4 threads. On every Intel... Read more...
Bring out more Vista Enjoyment with Exclusive ASUS Motherboard Technologies ASUS's Revolutionary ScreenDUO allows viewing critical info without switching on the PC.   Taipei, Taiwan, January 23, 2007 - With the release date of Windows Vista drawing ever closer, ASUSTek Computer Inc. (ASUS) is now offering 4 motherboard models that are designed especially for the new operating system. Packed with ASUS special features like ScreenDUO, AI Remote, AP Trigger, TPM and ASAP (ASUS Accelerated Propeller), ASUS is proud to be the first motherboard manufacturer in the industry to attain the Windows Windows Vista Premium logo as well as the one who enriches Windows Vista the most. READ MORE...... Read more...
VIA VN896 with VIA Chrome9 IGP core supporting DirectX 9.0 and Chromotion 3.0 offers rich visual Hi-Def experience for notebooks and ultra portable devices   Taipei, Taiwan, 24 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA VN896 digital media mobile IGP chipset, certified Vista Basic-ready by Microsoft and designed to provide users with unsurpassed visual clarity for notebooks and the new breed of ultra mobile devices.   The VIA VN896 chipset features the VIA Chrome9T HC integrated graphics processor (IGP) featuring a DirectX 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance... Read more...
Corsair Augments Flash Readout USB Product Family with 4GB and 8GB Capacities -- New capacities join the Flash Readout family to merge visual functionality and storage capacity to bring a new class of USB products to mobile users -- Fremont, CA (January 17, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive in new 4GB and 8GB capacities. The Corsair Flash Readout USB drive takes the benefits of USB Flash drives one step further by allowing users to label the drive with personal IDs and showing the remaining storage capacity via the embedded digital display, hence alleviating the need to plug... Read more...
We just got an interesting tid-bit of information from Intel we thought you'd be interested in. It looks like Intel already has working samples of their next generation 45nm desktop processor, code named Penryn, and it has booted multiple operating systems successfully... "We have working samples of the Penryn processors -- and in a short period of time have already booted 4 operating systems (Windows Vista, XP, Linux and Apple Mac OS-X). These are good indicators of how healthy our 45 nm manufacturing and future product designs are looking so far as we plan to begin manufacturing production in the second half of the year ramping to three (!) 300mm factories in 2008. Since late June, we have... Read more...
GIGABYTE Launches Quad SLI-Ready GA-N680SLI-DQ6 -- Industry's Most Richly Featured Next Generation Gaming Platform -- GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched the highly anticipated GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 high end gaming platform, featuring the advanced NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset, support for the record-setting Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processors and delivering the uniquely innovative GIGABYTE 6-Quad technologies. In addition to native 1333 FSB support for the latest Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core processors, the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 features the nForce 680i chipset with support for SLI technology, including two PCI Express x16... Read more...
Been by the HH PC Hardware Forum lately?  You don't know what you're missing.  There's some top-secret stuff in there that could very well pump up your mojo with the ladies.  Well, ok, so maybe that's a stretch but hey, if you don't get out much like us, you have nothing to lose! Then of course, check out the deal of the week in our Hot Deals at HH section.  After you score some new gear on the cheap there, stop by the My Rig section for inspiration.  Navysandsquid has a new killer rig built but needs a little help with cable management we think!  Finally, if you need advice for building your own killer rig, stop by the Workshop area... Read more...
Sony's CELL Processor, which is used in the Playstation 3, is getting an update according to SPPnG.com, shrinking it down to a 65nm chip, operating at 6GHz at 1.3v. The new update would allow for better performance, and a cooler running system, though producing a "better" Playstation 3 could upset some current owners, and cause a bit of confusion. "The 65nm CELL Broadband Engine design features a dual power supply, which enhances SRAM stability and performance using an elevated array-specific power supply, while reducing the logic power consumption. Hardware measurements demonstrate low-voltage operation and reduced scatter of... Read more...
Dell's discovered that prospective customers are doing a kind of discounting of their own: They're discounting the likelihood of ever seeing their mail in rebates, due to the complexity and hassle of applying for them. So Dell is simplifying pricing of their Dimension Desktops and skipping the rebate coupon route. "Customers are seeing the final price they are paying for a computer system is as low as it's ever been from Dell and easier to understand," Home and Business vice president Rocky Mountain said. "We believe this pricing simplification will contribute to a better, no hassle experience for Dell customers." Rebates are often maligned... Read more...
The reason spammers send out all those e-mails that no one in their right mind will respond to is that it's essentially free to do so. If one person in a billion sends them dough, they're golden. But e-mail advertisers would tailor their messages more closely to their prospective customers if you told them about yourself and agreed to look at their advertisements - for a price. MIT's Technology Review explains the new internet forwarding services like "boxbe" that filter out the Nigerian Viagra Lottery Stock Tips, and pay you to look at what's left. To use the service, you need to sign up for a boxbe e-mail address.... Read more...
Well, as is often the case, the criminals aren't all that smart, but they sure are clever. These fellows in Manchester, England, grabbed transaction information right off the telephone line that connects cash machines to the telephone system: Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted from free-standing ATM cash machines. The data was then converted to readable numbers using a separate computer programme. The phone line running from the machine to an ordinary BT white socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine's output cable and the phone socket. The player would record the... Read more...
In the last two years, we've seen a major push for home theater PC's by big names in the computer industry. Intel is pushing their ViiV initiative for HTPC market, AMD is pushing their competing AMD Live! program, and of course, Microsoft got in the game with their Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system. While the product we're looking at today is only directly associated with one of these programs (ViiV), what this all shows is that these billion dollar companies realize the value of getting a foothold in the home theater PC market. As content is increasingly going digital, home theater PC's are becoming more and more viable as a product for the everyday household.... Read more...
X-Bit Labs reports that NVIDIA's CEO is indicating that the company will likely have a mobile variant of the new G80 architecture ready for the launch of both Windows Vista and Intel's new Centrino Pro platform in January 2007. An interesting tidbit from the article is the possibility that NVIDIA might make the upcoming GPU's exclusive to the Centrino Pro platform. Doing so would certainly make life easier for Intel, as they'll be trying to convince consumers to opt for the new platform and not for an earlier Napa-based model. "Santa Rosa notebooks are DirectX 10 notebooks. They are Vista, DX10, Blu-ray disk, high-definition video notebooks. And we are the only supplier of DX10... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series, a customized high performance memory solution for NVIDIA Gamers and Enthusiasts Sunnyvale, CA - November 8, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new and improved OCZ NVIDIA(R) SLITM-Ready branded memory product family. The new PC2-7200 SLI-Ready and PC2-8500 SLI-Ready modules now feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreader for NVIDIA.   OCZ worked closely together with NVIDIA to optimize these modules specifically for current and next generation NVIDIA based platforms. As part of the NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem,... Read more...
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