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Years ago, QR Codes were poised to take the world by storm. These fancy little squares could be photographed and scanned by any smartphone, and then it would lead users to websites, deals, or any variety of other pages. But, as it turns out, no one really cared about them. The technology has largely faded into the darkness, so it makes sense to see Microsoft cutting ties with its own alternative. "Tag" was a proprietary alternative to QR Codes, and after August 19, 2015, they'll be no more. If you're wondering why the company is giving a long two-year notice, it's because such a notice was required in its own Terms of Use. Through August 19, 2015, you will be able to continue to log into your... Read more...
When you think about a company like Tag Heuer, you're probably familiar with their watches. After all, they're a watch company. But they also do something else: phones. The company has just revealed one of the wildest, most expensive smartphones that we've ever seen, the stunning "Link Phone." It's sporting an outlandish design; something only the most loyal Tag fans are likely to appreciate. And here's something that almost no one will appreciate. A $6700 price tag. We know they're aiming at a very specific market, but OUCH! For what it's worth, the company does include a great many extras: there's a 3.5" qHD display, 4G radio, 1080p movie recording, an NFC chip, 16GB of RAM, 1GB of memory and... Read more...
If you are old enough to remember what MTV was like back in the 80's, then somewhere in the far recesses of your mind--sandwiched between memories of Pet Rocks and scrunchies--you once knew that when MTV first launched, "MTV" actually stood for "Music Television." With seemingly back-to-back reality shows and teen dramas now, you'd think that the folks over at MTV forgot all about the popular culture revolution they helped launch. Well, it turns out they haven't forgotten about their origins, they've just been busy digitizing those early music videos for inclusion on the newly launched, MTVMusic.com site. "For all of you haters out there griping about how MTV doesn't play music videos anymore,... Read more...
Tagan’s best-selling case is soon going to become even better. The new EL Diablo Advance uses the same cooling system from the previous Diablo and adds two 180mm fans on the top and a temperature display panel on the top front. For added convenience in connecting external peripherals, Tagan also included an eSATA port. This super tower has a black finish with a titanium bezel and blue LEDs. Front, rear, side, and top fans pump air to keep your computer cool.  This case has five external 5.25-inch drive bays, one external 3.5-inch drive bay, and seven internal 3.5-inch bays. Additional specs include: Tool-less clips & rails for easy installation Smart new design HDD trays 2... Read more...
There was a fire in LG Chem's plant in South Korea in March of this year. "So what?"  you might ask. Well, that plant makes lithium-ion batteries, and that's helping to limit the supply of laptop computers. "I think maybe the battery shortage may hurt every brand," said J.T. Wang, chairman of Acer, at the company's investor conference two weeks ago.But the head of the world's largest independent notebook battery maker, Simplo Technology, said he expects the lithium-ion supply to return to normal in the third quarter and allow battery makers to substantially increase production. "The LG Chem problem has had a big impact on supplies, but we're working with customers and they understand," said... Read more...
Two days ago we reported on Intel's alleged shortage of Atom processors. When we contacted Intel to confirm the story, an Intel spokesperson refused to comment. Perhaps we had the wrong person on the wrong day, because it would appear that today Intel is coming clean about the Atom shortage with Computerworld: "The new chip, code-named Diamondville, won't be officially released until June, but Intel Corp. has already been inundated with demands for early shipments, said company spokesman Bill Calder. He added that several PC makers plan to announce in June that they're working on Diamondville-based products. Many of the products announced in June should ship in the third and fourth quarters of... Read more...
Anyone jonesing to get their hands on an Intel Atom-based product, just might have to keep waiting a little longer than planned. According to electronista, Intel is meeting less than 40 percent of Atom orders. This is sure to impact the expected rollout of Atom-based products--some of which are expected as early as June. Either product ship dates will get pushed back, or far fewer of a particular product will be available at launch. The rumor mill strongly hints that Apple is one of the manufacturers integrating the Atom processor into a yet-to-be divulged handheld device. (iPhone 2.0 perhaps?) Considering Apple's strong relationship with Intel of late, it wouldn't be suspiring if Apple is first... Read more...
Futuremark has just officially unveiled the latest version of their 3DMark benchmark suite, 3DMark Vantage.  Like PCMark Vantage which was released a few months ago, this latest version of 3DMark was designed for testing Windows Vista-based systems.  This latest version of the 3DMark, however, is specifically bound to Windows Vista because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which you may know isn't available on previous versions of Windows. We've  put together a quick overview of 3DMark Vantage and its individual test and have it available for viewing right here:Futuremark Unveils 3DMark Vantage... Read more...
Futuremark has just officially unveiled the latest version of their 3DMark benchmark suite, 3DMark Vantage.  Like PCMark Vantage which was released a few months ago, this latest version of 3DMark was designed for testing Windows Vista-based systems.  This latest version of the 3DMark, however, is specifically bound to Windows Vista because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which you may know isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests,... Read more...
The Wine project is scheduled for its 1.0 release, after nearly 15 years of development. In fact, according to their "release plan" they are trying to release it close to the 15th anniversary date.After nearly 15 years of development, the WINE project is scheduled for the landmark 1.0 release. As with most open source programs, it is hard to sit back and say "ok it's done". The work will always continue, but at some point the program at least accomplishes the original, or in this case, realistic goal. The WINE website now has posted a list of programs that are planned to work properly, constituting the 1.0 release. Wine, if you don't know, is a software application that allows Unix / Linux users... Read more...
Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors. "Unfortunately, Google didn't follow the rules," said the person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation. Google spokesman Larry Yu said the driver in question... Read more...
Many of us are familiar with the "Butterfly Effect," the phenomenon described as the beating of the wings of a butterfly on one side of the world causing a huge storm on the other side of the world. We may be seeing the high tech version of that; it's snowing a lot in central and eastern China, and that's where a great deal of the world's printed circuit boards are manufactured. Will snow in China cause a shortage of ones and zeros halfway around the globe?Some makers have only 30-40% of their capacities running, which is forcing them to halve their shipments, the sources said.Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) revealed that its Changshu plant already received notification about power shortages last... Read more...
Toshiba, backer of the HD DVD standard for next-generation high-definition disc players, is reacting to the move of many Hollywood studios to exclusively offer their entertainment on rival Sony's Blu-ray format. By "reacting," I mean "slashing their prices to the bone."Toshiba's third generation 1080i-capable HD-A3 is selling for a mere $139.98 on Amazon.com. The 1080p-capable HD-A30 is not much more expensive at $179.98. For the price of an Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on, consumers can now purchase a fully-fledged set top box with 1080p support.Amazon isn't the only retailer with the discounted pricing, however. Tiger Direct is selling the HD-A3 for $129.99 and the HD-A30 for $179.99. There are also... 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...
Solar arrays in space, delivering power to the Earth.  Something seen frequently in science fiction movies and books.  It's always been seen as financially unviable, but if someone with really deep pockets like the military were interested ...A new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier of energy: a satellite system that collects gigawatts’ worth of solar power and beams it down to Earth.The military itself could become the “anchor tenant” for such a power source, due to the current high cost of fueling combat operations abroad, the study says.Even for the military, the cost would be tremendous, and it would still not be financially... Read more...
BlackBerry suffered another e-mail outage on Friday, but not one as severe as the April incident.  In fact, it is clear that BlackBerry has learned a good deal from their earlier outage as this time they seemed to have had an effective back-up in place that ensured no e-mails or text messages were lost.  It might seem odd to claim and outage when there were no messages losts, but the fact is that they didn't get delivered for hours.  But they did get delivered.Of course, things were a bit slow when the service was restored, but things appear to operating fine at the moment.So what caused the outage this time?  A glitch in the software.  Quite possibly the same software that crashed the entire... Read more...
No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the... Read more...
Skype isn’t commenting just yet on the major outage that has befallen the service.  Since the trouble began, Skype has ceased allowing users to download the client while they iron out what is believed to be a software issue.The problem started late on the 15th, when both log-in and connectivity issues struck the Skype.  Current estimates are anywhere from 12-24 hours before complete restoration of all services. “In an update on its Heartbeat page last night, Skype said the outage was caused by a "software issue" and expects the problem "to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours."The company also said that downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled and that users should simply leave their... Read more...
Another day, another report of tight supply of finished electronic goods due to shortages of lowly but vital components like IC chips and printed circuit boards. According to Digitimes, Nintendo will have to continue to delay expanding production of its wildly popular Wii gaming console because of  component shortages. With the delay of its plans, any easing of the Wii shortages in the worldwide market is unlikely to be seen in the second half of 2007, said the component makers. Since Nintendo launched Wii in November 2006, the company has only introduced the games console in select regions such as the US, Japan, Europe and Australia. Worldwide accumulated shipments of... Read more...
If you are in need of a little motivation to convince you to upgrade that aging graphics card of yours, this nugget of information will be of interest.  The folks at incrysis.com have a high-def video of in-game Crysis footage available for download.     Crysis As good as the video looks, it still doesn't do the graphics justice. We've seen multiple live demos of the game in action first hand, and have been thoroughly impressed each time. If you thought the crew at Crytek did a good job with the visuals in FarCry, wait until you check this out. Mirror One Mirror Two... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Now that the long holiday weekend is behind us, and we've all woken from our involuntary tryptophan naps, we thought it was time to get some fresh content posted! Today at HotHardware, we have an article posted where we evaluate the features and performance of two high-end power supply units, the modular Thermaltake Toughpower 750Q and the beastly 1.1KW Tagan Turbojet TG1100-U95. Here's a snip from the piece: "Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM,... Read more...
Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM, the power supplying these components is just as important as the components themselves.  With the heightened demands of the latest computing hardware, ample power is an increasingly important consideration for performance and stability. Dual GPU configurations are now commonplace and CPUs are sporting multiple cores, all of which place greater demand on the PSU.  Throw some overclocking into the mix and a common 550w PSU will crack under the stress, which can end up... Read more...
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