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When iPhone or iPad sales start heading south, you can count on Apple to look for ways to further expand its reach. After iPad sales starting taking a turn for the worse, Apple inked an enterprise development deal with IBM. And now that both iPhone and iPad sales are down (but moreso the iPad), Apple is once again looking to boost its enterprise cred — this time with SAP. Apple hopes that its alliance with SAP will “revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes.” The fruits of this partnership will include a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS that will allow businesses to create iPhone and iPad apps that are uniquely tailored for their environment. Apps will... Read more...
My, how the tables have turned. Seven years ago, analysts could've likely predicted that BlackBerry was in a position to consider acquiring a great number of rivals in order to stake its claim in the mobile market for the foreseeable future. Now, it's all the more likely that BlackBerry will be sold off in pieces for paltry sums that'll probably make its founders weep. After announcing a deal recently to be taken private for just over $9 per share, Reuters is reporting that a number of larger tech firms are in the running to bid for what's left of the once-powerful smartphone maker. As of now, Google, Cisco and enterprise software outfit SAP are all mulling bids for parts or all of BlackBerry.... Read more...
SAP is paying cash to acquire SuccessFactors for a reported $3.4 billion, which is a move that will add a great deal to SAP’s cloud portfolio. In fact, SuccessFactors is no small startup; the company boasts 3,500 customers in 168 countries and a total of 15 million subscription seats and posted a 77% year-over-year revenue growth in Q3 2011. SuccessFactors will enable SAP to better deliver on its goals of offering on-premise, cloud, and mobile solutions. “The depth and experience that SAP brings to customers via our cloud and on-premise portfolio fit elegantly with SuccessFactors’ world-class expertise in providing high-performing, low-cost, native cloud applications that customers... Read more...
Today, we're looking at five DirectCU graphics cards from Asus: the GTX 580, GTX 570, HD 6970, HD 6950, and HD 6870. They span the high-end and mid-range spectrum within the GPU market, with representatives from both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon product lines. Of course, all come factory overclocked while sporting massive coolers with redesigned PCBs and enhanced components. If you're into enthusiast level hardware, especially graphics cards, you don't want to miss this article... Asus DirectCU NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Card Round-Up... Read more...
Is there anything sexy about PC components? For about 99% of the population, the answer is probably no. But since you're reading this, chances are that you've fallen in love with the design of a component at least once. Maybe the draw was strong enough to reel you into the world of enthusiast computing, where the skill of overclocking is revered, cable management is a compulsion, and upgraded cooling is not just an option, it's a necessity.   For sure, we've seen our fair share of hot deigns throughout the years, but few have spoken to our inner enthusiast quite like the DirectCU II product line from industry heavyweight, Asus. At first glance, you can tell these cards were spawned specifically... Read more...
With the recent run of newer and more affordable graphics cards from ATI, it's almost easy to forget that there's already a sub-$200 frame-rate cruncher called the Radeon HD 4850. Based on the same RV770 chip as the more powerful, yet more expensive HD 4870, the HD 4850 ships with the same 800 stream processors, 40 texture units, and 16 ROPs that have made these cards such hot items. The main area where they differ, other than clock speeds, is in regard to memory. While the HD 4870 ships with high-end GDDR5 memory chips, the HD 4850 finds itself loaded with 512 MB of more mainstream GDDR3. A major caveat with the Radeon HD 4850 that has arisen, however, is the excessive heat that gets produced... Read more...
With the recent run of newer and more affordable graphics cards from ATI, it's almost easy to forget that there's already a sub-$200 frame-rate cruncher called the Radeon HD 4850.  Based on the same RV770 chip as the more powerful, yet more expensive HD 4870, the HD 4850 ships with the same 800 stream processors, 40 texture units, and 16 ROPs that have made these cards such hot items.  The main area where they differ, other than clock speeds, is in regard to memory.  While the HD 4870 ships with high-end GDDR5 memory chips, the HD 4850 finds itself loaded with 512 MB of more mainstream GDDR3.A major caveat with the Radeon HD 4850 that has arisen, however,... Read more...
Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ... All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft announced that as of November 1st, that venerable old OS would go the way of the dodo.As John Coyne announced in the blog post: for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. Now we all know that it's been long gone... Read more...
When we're asked by readers for hardware advice, one of the most popular topics involves the graphics card.  With a myriad of options out there covering the price and performance spectrum, it's not always a cut and dried answer.  First, we need to consider the person's budget requirements, then assess the rest of their hardware to see what best fits their situation.  It's not simply a matter of buying the most expensive card one can afford.  We wish it were that simple.  In the end, it all comes down to a balancing act between price, performance, and user's particular configuration. On the other hand, there are those who are less concerned with... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a somewhat unique Radeon-based graphics card, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic.  Unlike most reference 3870 cards, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic differs from ATI’s reference design and features higher GPU and memory speeds, a fancy single-slot cooling solution that leverages Microloops’ Vapor-X technology, and it has one of the better retail bundles we have seen in quite  a while too.  Come on by the site and check it out...Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic... Read more...
Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re popping into the news to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire’s Radeon HD 3650 512MB graphics card.  The Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB differs from ATI’s reference design in that it has double the frame buffer memory (512MB vs. 256MB) and a much higher GPU clock speed (800MHz vs. 725MHz).  The Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB also has a fairly good accessory bundle and its priced right too.  Click the link below and check it out...Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB... Read more...
In late January, ATI unveiled several new entry level GPUs manufactured using the 55nm process that was first employed with the more powerful RV670 GPU.  Not only did the new process help ATI deliver more competitive graphics cards at attractive price points, it also improved on such things as power consumption, which is of growing interest to energy conscious users.  For these newer entry level cards, the RV635 and RV620 GPUs were crafted with many of the same features as the RV670 , yet condensed into a smaller, more affordable product line.Today, we're evaluating the Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 to assess its qualities and features as an entry level graphics solution. ... Read more...
SAPPHIRE HD 3870 goes TOXIC!Exclusive Vapor-X cooler gives performance boost SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator. The SAPPHIRE HD 3870 TOXIC version features the award winning - and SAPPHIRE exclusive -Vapor-X single slot cooler, SAPPHIRE’s implementation of Vapour Chamber Technology (VCT). This advanced cooling solution provides more efficient and quieter cooling allowing the TOXIC edition to ship overclocked out of the box, and to allow enthusiasts even more scope for performance tuning. The single slot design allows the use of multiple cards in the latest CrossFireX configurations even where... Read more...
An allegedly leaked internal Best Buy memo about the demise of the 80GB PS3 seems to be coming true.Both companies were difficult to reach today, in the wake of the Tuesday news leak to PS3 Fanboy concerning Best Buy's discontinuation of the 80GB PlayStation 3.However, as of this evening on Best Buy's site, the only PS3 SKU available is 8588584, the 40GB unit, which lacks PS2 compatibility.Popular electronics retailer Fry's has also apparently discontinued sales of the 80GB model.No comment from Sony, and Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City still have the 80GB model in stock.... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we're hitting the news section to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a pair of somewhat unique Radeons, the Sapphire Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870.  Unlike most reference 3850s, the Ultimate HD 3850 has a 512MB frame buffer and is outfitted with a passive heat-pipe cooling system for completely silent operation.  The Atomic HD 3870 differs from ATI’s reference design as well and features higher GPU and memory speeds, a fancy single-slot cooling solution that leverages Microloops’ Vapor-X technology, and it has one of the best bundles we have seen in quite ... Read more...
It seems like a new year always evokes the feeling of renewed hope and high expectations.  And for AMD / ATI at least, 2008 appears to have reinvigorated their graphics division, which appears to be firing on all cylinders at the moment.  After a year or so of NVIDIA dominating the high-end graphics space, ATI released the Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850 cards, which have proved to be competent alternatives at their respective price points.  Based on the RV670 GPU, the HD 38xx series has been able to provide similar or better performance than the preceding 2900 XT, while running cooler and consuming less power.  That, and their lower price points,... Read more...
From the wild rumor and speculation department comes a tale of two future AMD platforms aimed at corporate customers.  Like any great love triangle, there's a(n alleged) problem: lack of resources to properly develop both at once.In this case, we're talking about AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture, which will follow likely follow the trend of being a server chip first, then a desktop chip second, and the laptop Fusion platform dubbed Swift.  Both parts of the enterprise market are extremely lucrative and very valuable to AMD, and thus it appears that there was a lot of heated debate about which platform to focus on:“As long ago as last summer, word was floating that AMD was getting... Read more...
SAPPHIRE Announces MICROLOOPS© as Strategic Thermal Solution Partner Hong Kong / Taipei / London / Los Angles / Toronto –Sept 24th 2007, SAPPHIRE Technology today announces choosing MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology as part of its next generation of high-end thermal solutions for high performance graphics products. SAPPHIRE will incorporate MICROLOOPS© Vapor Chamber Technology into its high-end and upper-middle product lines to enhance thermal efficiency. The co-development will be carried out by both R&D Teams and the module solutions will be incorporated into Sapphire’s forthcoming product lines. “SAPPHIRE always provides the most powerful... Read more...
Just in case you hadn't noticed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that w e've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we look at three mainstream video cards.  The first is the Sapphire HD 2400XT which is an ultra affordable video card with some solid features.  The next two models aim to deliver improved gaming performance while maintaining respectable price points that can appeal to a broader market, the Sapphire HD 2600Pro OC and the Sapphire HD 2600XT.  We take a look at each model's bundle, feature set, overclockability, and performance to see how they stack up to similarly priced competition... Sapphire Radeon HD... Read more...
A lot of attention is paid to framerates when discussing graphics hardware, and rightfully so.  Some argue that they are an outdated method for assessing a video card's performance, but when assessing a potential purchase, buyers need some way to determine why one card is superior to the other.  We can talk about how a card "feels" during gameplay, but framerates quantify that performance.  While framerates should not be your sole purpose for deciding on whether a particular graphics card is the right fit for your needs, they can be a useful tool for assessing the overall value of a product. Case in point, back when reviewing an ASUS EN8800GTX in December, the card churned through everything... Read more...
Over the last few years, Thermaltake has had an increasingly greater presence at Computex. The company has used Computex as a launch pad for a number of new products, and this year’s show was no exception. New coolers, cases, power supplies, and even a few gadgets were on display at Thermaltake’s booth.         One of the first coolers on display that caught our eye was the DuOrb, essentially two of Thermaltakes popular Orb coolers combined to form one giant heatsink fan. The DuOrb was designed as a quieter and more efficient replacement for the stock cooling units on high end graphics cards like the GeForce 8800GTX. Thermaltake explained that... Read more...
SAPPHIRE to launch new ULTIMATE graphics solution HD 2600 and HD 2400 series include special editions SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced that in addition to the new HD 2600 and HD 2400 series of graphics accelerators scheduled for release in July, the range will include the new completely passively cooled SAPPHIRE HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition. SAPPHIRE’s ULTIMATE Editions are renowned for the key features of overclocking for enhanced performance and silent running. The low power consumption of this new generation of GPU’s allows a totally passive cooling solution to be used whilst achieving top levels of performance in it... Read more...
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