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While high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on roughly the same core architectures as gaming-targeted graphics cards, their purposes in life are very different. While they both accomplish the same task, processing commands and rendering images on-screen, workstation cards endure a more strenuous existence than their gaming brethren. Workstation cards are used to solve huge, mission-critical problems, like helping engineers design and build cars; helping architects to planning and construct buildings, and even help to our friendly oil and gas companies to provide more effective oil and gas production and transportation methods. For many HotHardware readers,... Read more...
A lot of people, businesses included, have more or less decided to skip upgrading their OS to Microsoft Vista. Windows XP works for them, is well supported for foreseeable future, and many feel they can skip a generation and wait for Vista's successor, dubbed "Windows 7" to come along. Gartner Research VP Michael Silver thinks that might be a mistake, for large businesses, anyway....while Microsoft will support business versions of Windows for at least 10 years and Windows XP will be supported with security fixes into 2014, many software vendors won't support their products on Windows XP that long and won't support new versions of their software on older operating systems.For Windows XP, software... Read more...
Never mind waiting for the face of Jesus to appear on your toast and make you an e*bay thousandaire.  Now a company in Italy will let you have the face of a saint appear on your cellphone screen, in the form of a digital "holy card" or santino.A company in Italy started offering the service on Tuesday but ran into opposition from some Catholic Church leaders who think the idea is crass and commercial."We found a need and filled it," Barbara Labate, who came up with the idea with her business partner in a cellphone services company based in Milan, told Reuters by telephone.Many taxis, private cars and trucks in Italy have a small picture of a saint -- known as a "santino" or little saint... Read more...
Last week testers reported that Windows Vista SP1, at least in Release Candidate (RC) form, is still somewhat of a slowpoke.  Those same testers have run their suite against Windows XP SP3, and the results are quite different.Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the update scheduled to release next year, runs Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite 10% faster than XP SP2, a performance testing software developer reported Friday.Devil Mountain Software, which earlier in the week claimed Windows Vista SP1 was no faster than the original, repeated some of the same tests on the release candidate of Windows XP SP3, the service pack recently issued to about 15,000 testers."We were pleasantly surprised to discover... Read more...
Naturally the Wii is a hot sell, and if it's the last one in the store, even hotter.  But telling buyers over and over again that the last one is for sale, that's ridiculous.A reader over at Consumerist says he watched an employee at a Princeton, NJ, Best Buy carry a Wii over his head, proclaiming that it was the last one in the store; an eager customer snapped it up within minutes. Then, about half an hour later...it happened all over again. Hmmmm! Here's more from the suspicious reader:I overheard two manager-types (one in a suit, the other a yellow shirt) discussing it, the suit asking, "Did Julie sell that Wii, yet? How long?" And then, "Wait 40 minutes and send out the next one."And... Read more...
The much anticipated 45 nanometer scale Penryn chip from Intel will be formally announced today in at an event in San Francisco.  Shrinking circuit size from 65 nanometer is great, but the big news about the processor  might be what it's made from. Instead of silicon dioxide, the Penryn will be made from a material called hafnium. The new materials for making transistors, meanwhile, can increase their switching speeds by more than 20% while reducing their power consumption by about 30%, Intel estimates. Intel's latest chip designs have other features to raise efficiency. Performance increases, compared with earlier models, average 7% to 13% at the same clock speed, Mr. Perlmutter says.... Read more...
Adobe has been preparing an online version of Photoshop for some time now, and it looks like we can stop holding our breath soon: a beta is likely to be out before the end of the year.The beta is likely to start at Adobe's site, but it is entirely possible that we'll see variants of the online Photoshop, dubbed Photoshop Express, on sites like Photobucket soon thereafter:“Adobe is introducing limited functionality Photoshop Express as part of its move to providing software as a service. Company chief executive Bruce Chizen has recently vouched his belief that online software will become the de facto standard for software distribution within the next decade.”We're excited to see that Adobe is... Read more...
Hype, we all know the drill.  We've seen it many times before.  There's only so much commotion you can digest before you start to wonder if something is as good as it's played up to be.  Such is the case with the highly anticipated Asus Eee PC.  In fact, this product has been easily the most researched and searched-upon product in the HotHardware.com content database in many years.  Some speculate that this new ultra-mobile PC or UMPC, if you're the acronym-loving type, is an answer to the competitive call of the OLPC XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child organization.  We would offer that this just isn't so.   In the pages ahead, we'll... Read more...
Despite the day, we are not trying to scare you or anything, but if you are one of the many who are switching from desktops to notebooks in your life (as evidenced by sales figures), Intel seems to be having trouble keeping up with demand.Due to Intel's misjudgment of notebook demand, the gap between the company's production capacity and market demand is increasing. Intel recently stated to makers that it will readjust its production capacity to solve the shortages and it expects the problem should be solved by the end of the year.By the end of the year, eh?  Seems based on that date though, that there might be shortages for people looking for a notebook-sized holiday gift this year. ... Read more...
Microsoft and Toshiba today announced the formation of a consortium to hype advanced HD DVD interactive technology.  They mentioned "interactivity and interoperability" and  said they'd "maximize consumer satisfaction," among other things. Long story short: They want to sell you things while you're watching movies. Major Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. as well as DreamWorks Animation SKG will join the consortium, which will be established by the end of the year, a Toshiba spokeswoman told Dow Jones Newswires. Technology that will be introduced, for instance, will enable users watching HD DVD movies to purchase goods used by the actors... Read more...
Just about everybody has heard of Second Life, and how many retailers have purchased a virtual store and even hawked virtual goods with a real-world likeness.  But a recent report is showing, not surprisingly, that the hype inspired but such stories as mostly that, hype.In fact it seems that Second Life has become less than attractive to many advertisers by comparison to newer web-communities:“According to the recently published Yankee Group Note, Wither Second Life?, the growth rate of Second Life users has slowed since its peak in October 2006, while user engagement (as measured by average time spent per user) has leveled off at just 12 minutes per month. This is in stark contrast to other... Read more...
When NBC Universal said it would not renew its deal with iTunes, Apple upped the ante by saying it would not sell any NBC shows once the new season started, so as not to "confuse" customers.  Apple said this wouldn't happen, but iTunes is selling NBC's shows for the upcoming season. Listed at iTunes on Wednesday were episodes of Chuck and Journeyman, two shows that premiered earlier this week. The reason that Journeyman and Chuck are showing up is that both shows are produced by companies other than NBC, and Apple is under contract to offer them. Based on this, don't expect to see Heroes on iTunes.  Oh, and ... do you want to know if Nathan and... Read more...
We just got our hands on some tasty new screenshots from the Crysis multi-player beta that we thought you'd all like to see.  According to a recent poll, Crysis what the game a majority of you were most interested in playing, and after seeing these screenshots, we're sure your interest isn't going to wane one bit...           We have seen Crysis live many times throughout its development and never cease to be impressed.  The lighting, shadow, and particle effects are excellent, as are the special effects like motion blurring and depth of field.  As you can see in the screen shots, explosions look great and the foliage... Read more...
It's free download week! Following moves by NBC and ABC, it seems Fox is following the trend -- but not really. The freebies will be a set of season premieres, and will only be for the next two weeks.The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Fox and Apple have reached an agreement to offer free downloads of the shows Fox is trying to promote this sweeps season: that is, the ones people aren't watching as much as they'd like. No Simpsons or Family Guy clips are among the five shows currently available for free on the iTunes Store. But episodes of shows sure to be forgotten in the sands of time, like Back To You, Til' Death and K-Ville, are currently available for free at the iTunes Store.Interesting... Read more...
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