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TEAM FORTRESS 2, PORTAL, AND HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE PACK STAND ALONE RETAIL RELEASEPC Games From The Orange Box Flying Solo Into Retail April 9 and 11March 13, 2008 - Valve, creators of Half-Life® 2 and Counter-Strike®, today announce the retail launch dates for the stand-alone, PC versions of Team Fortress® 2, PortalTM, and the Half-Life 2: Episode Pack are April 9th in North America and April 11th around the globe.Portal - the unique single player game that mixes puzzle, adventure and first-person action - is expected to retail for approximately $19.99.Portal has been named Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide and earned 40 more awards for special achievements in game... Read more...
Linux fans felt as though Wal-Mart's decision to retail inexpensive computers  that use Linux for their operating system meant that the free, open source software would finally break out into general public. Oh yeah, and Ron Paul's going to be President. "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien.To test demand for systems with the open-source operating system, Wal-Mart stocked the $199 "Green gPC," made by Everex of Taiwan, in about 600 stores starting late in October.Walmart.com, the chain's e-commerce site, had sold Linux-based computers before and will continue selling the gPC. This was the first time they appeared... Read more...
If nothing else, it appears that the contentious divorce between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills has led to one good result - well, not for either of them, but for music fans. McCartney has authorized the release of the Beatles' back catalog on iTunes in a deal that is valued at $400 million.The deal has been much delayed. But industry insiders say that by the end of the year fans using iTunes will be able to buy songs from albums such as Help! and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.Although the Beatles last recorded together almost 40 years ago, the deal will provide huge rewards - estimated at £200million - to Sir Paul, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison.... Read more...
Rolling Rock, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has come up with an interesting ad campaign: offbeat, though definitely high-powered.  Or requiring a lot of power, anyway.It appears to be a teaser to a new advertising campaign for Rolling Rock beer. According to their “Moonvertising,” web site: “…we’re trying a new, more tasteful advertising campaign this year: Putting our logo on the moon.” It goes on to invite readers to “broadcast your own message on the moon as well.”Why, of course! There has to be a social media aspect to the campaign in this day and age. The web site is clever, but painfully slow — especially the videos.Of course, being able to supply enough power to really burn something... Read more...
It's free, so do they have the right to censor it?Officials have blocked access to content they deem provocative on the airport's free Wi-Fi service.The Denver Post points out that some of those questionable sites include, Vanity Fair, the gossip column perezhilton.com, the hipster-geek site boingboing.net, and photos from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Of course, hard copies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue are displayed on newsstands in the airport along with issues of Penthouse and Hustler.But the airport's spokesman Chuck Cannon told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he would rather "weather infrequent complaints about access than handle angry parents whose children might... Read more...
Today the iPhone got its SDK, but more than that, Apple announced Exchange support via ActiveSync.  All those CEOs will not start bugging IT departments around the country, you can bet.Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers. The iPhone 2.0 beta release includes both the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as new enterprise features such as support for  Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide secure, over-the-air push email, contacts and calendars as well as remote wipe, and the addition of Cisco IPsec... Read more...
In 2004, Jeremy Jaynes was the first person to receive a felony conviction in Virginia for sending Spam.  He got nine years in jail. His case has made its way through the state court system, losing all the way; and now in a closely divided decision, The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the only Spam Jaynes will be allowed to enjoy is in the prison cafeteria. Virginia's law prohibits sending unsolicited bulk e-mail by fraudulent means, such as changing the header or routing information to prevent recipients from contacting or determining the identity of the sender.The decision against Jaynes was not unanimous. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled 4-3 against Jaynes. Justice Elizabeth Lacy... Read more...
Today, Intel has officially announced their Atom line of ultra-mobile processors, previously code named Silverthorne and Diamondville.  This new family of chips is based on an entirely new CPU architecture that was designed from the ground up, specifically to address the computing and power consumption requirements of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs).  Comprised of some 47 million transistors, Intel's new Atom processor die measures 25mm2; so small that you could fit eleven of the cores in the area of an US penny.  Built on Intel's 45nm hafnium-infused high-K process, these chips are said to have power consumption characteristics in the .6 - 2.5... Read more...
Corsair Announces World's First 1000 Watt Power Supply Certified for 3-way NVIDIA SLI Technology at CeBIT 2008 Corsair HX1000W is Latest Addition to HX Series of Modular Power Supplies for Gamers and Enthusiasts Fremont, CA, February 28th, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the HX1000W power supply unit (PSU), the world’s first 1000 watt PSU to be certified under the newly-created 3-way NVIDIA SLI Technology Certification Program from NVIDIA Corporation. The Corsair HX1000W will be debuted at the CeBIT 2008 show next week in Hanover, Germany on Corsair’s stand (Booth 40, Hall 21). The HX1000W is the latest addition to Corsair’s... Read more...
AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008 to Deliver Industry Leading Solution to Customers - Microsoft's New Operating System Paired with AMD Processors Provides a Solid Business Foundation with Better Investment Protection, Low Energy Usage and Unmatched Performance - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution. Through their strong partnership, both companies have optimized their respective hardware and software technologies to work together to address the demands of today's global digital economy and meet the computing... Read more...
The first 30,000 pages of what will eventually become 1.8 million pages for the entire Encyclopedia of Life.Feedback on these first pages will shape the ultimate design and functionality of all 1.8 million pages of the encyclopedia, scheduled for completion by 2017. It will also help inform priorities for content development. "It is exciting to anticipate the scientific chords we might hear once 1.8 million notes are brought together through this instrument," says Jim Edwards, executive director of the Encyclopedia of Life, EOL, based at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The site crashed yesterday as the site appeared to be too popular to "live."... Read more...
Adobe is today releasing their new AIR software development system, which will allow end users to achieve their own personal information cloud that straddles their digital journey across the desktop, the Internet, and various smart devices like phones.  Adobe sees AIR as a major advance that builds on its Flash multimedia software. Flash is the engine behind Web animations, e-commerce sites and many streaming videos. It is, the company says, the most ubiquitous software on earth, residing on almost all Internet-connected personal computers.But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon... Read more...
The Commodore 64 is legendary, and just last year celebrated its 25th anniversary. And now owners of the Nintendo Wii will be able to play classic games of that era via the Wii Virtual Console.Bala Keilman, CEO of Commodore Gaming, commented, “The massive impact the Commodore 64 had on video gaming is still evident today with many gamers remembering the computer and its games with great fondness. By working with Nintendo of Europe, we are ensuring that future generations of gamers can play some of the best and most popular titles that kick-started the computer games revolution and so keep the C64 legacy in gamers hearts.”Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing & PR of Nintendo... Read more...
We just got our hands on some hot news regarding Asus and a brand new smartphone they’ve just introduced.  What you see pictured here is the new Asus M930 Windows Mobile 6-based smartphone.  As the pictures show, the M930 has a clamshell design, and features dual screens, a QWERTY keyboard, and a built in camera / webcam. According to our information, the Asus M930 sports a 450MHz TI OMAP 2431 processor with 256MB of Flash memory and 64MB of SDRAM.  The unit also supports Micro-SD expansion cards and SDHC, however, for further expandability.  Standby time is reportedly 150 - 200 hours with 2 - 3 hours of talk time using 3G or 4 - 5 hours using 2G.  The external 2.0” screen... Read more...
Wikileaks was started with the intention of allowing whistleblowers to anonymously release government and corporate documents, "an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. " Of course, that only works if the site is reachable.A federal judge in San Francisco has shut down a Web site that posted more than a million government and corporate documents from whistleblowers and others alleging criminal acts worldwide.A permanent injunction was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. It was sought by the Swiss banking group Julius Baer after internal documents were posted to Wikileaks.org claiming to show the bank was connected to money laundering... Read more...
eBay sellers haven't been shy about indicating their feelings over the new policies that eBay is planning.  Then plan to show their displeasure with a boycott, starting Monday.Activists opposed to eBay's upcoming fee and policy changes are readying for a weeklong site boycott starting on Monday, with buyers and sellers waiting to see if this strike will succeed where past protests have failed.The boycott, planned to run Feb. 19 - 25, is scheduled to overlap eBay's Feb. 20 rollout of significant changes announced last month.Dang, and we expected to see a ton of HD-DVD players hit eBay after today's news.... Read more...
Worse than anything else this week, perhaps worse than any news since Warner Bros. dropped HD-DVD just prior to CES ... the world's largest retailer has announced it is dropping HD-DVD.Enough about my family and on to the Wal-Mart plans… by June Wal-Mart will only be carrying BluRay movies and hardware machines, and of course standard def movies, DVD players, and up convert players.   Not sure of the short term pricing plans, but history tells us that as more people move to a new technology prices typically go down.  So… if you bought the HD player like me, I'd retire it to the bedroom, kid’s playroom, or give it to your parents to play their John Wayne standard def movies, and... Read more...
If you're a software engineer fresh out of college, most people would think you'd be interested in going to work for the biggest, most stable company you could find, and pay off those student loans. It's not necessarily the case. The fight over the best talent in the industry is being won by small, cutting edge startups that promise more intimate work environments -- and a much bigger potential payoff if your little company turns into a big success. Ben Newman, 23, who expects to graduate from Stanford in June with a master's degree in computer science, is among those young pedigreed engineers who prefer the intimacy and excitement of a smaller company over the security Relevant Products/Services... Read more...
NVIDIA Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Company Achieves Record Quarterly Revenue and Record Annual Revenue; Annual Net Income Increases 78 Percent Year-Over-Year SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 13, 2008— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 and the fiscal year ended January 27, 2008. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, revenue increased to a record $1.20 billion, compared to $878.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, an increase of 37 percent. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Sponsors eSports Organization Cyber Evolution Sunnyvale, CA—February 13, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, today announced its partnership with Cyber Evolution® (CEVO), a premier national online gaming organization that attracts teams from across the country to compete in the hottest PC and console title tournaments. In its ongoing effort to reach out to gaming communities, OCZ Technology is proud to join forces with CEVO in the mutual quest to unite gamers with the high-performance hardware that is specifically tailored for their demands. CEVO hosts a... Read more...
If you haven't noticed the fresh link at the top of the page, we want to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware featuring ASUS’ slick U6S notebook.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, the ASUS U6S is best described as a full-featured ultraportable laptop. Except for the relatively small 12.1" LED backlit screen, the U6S offers many of the same features of a standard full-size notebook, but in a compact ultraportable body.  Built on Intel's fourth-generation Centrino platform, also known as Santa Rosa, the U6S manages to cram the same level of performance as a full-sized notebook into a diminutive 3.5lb package.  Click the link below and check... Read more...
If you're the type who wants to make a statement with your notebook, names like Apple, VAIO, and Alienware may come to mind. But what about ASUS? While you may know them best for their motherboards and video cards, ASUS is a seasoned veteran when it comes to manufacturing notebooks, and they definitely make more than just EeePCs. Besides being a notebook contract manufacturer for the likes of Dell, Sony, Samsung and Apple, ASUS also has their own lineup of ASUS branded notebooks, and over the years they have produced some of the most attractive notebooks you may never have heard of. If you haven't flipped beyond the EeePC section of ASUS' notebook catalog, you may be surprised by the... Read more...
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