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Update, 9:52PM - We have since solved this puzzle. Scroll down to the bottom for spoilers but we'd urge you to journey on for the full backstory.  It's not often a fancy, rugged, environmentally resistant Pelican case shows up on our doorstep. Usually, when it does, something valuable or fragile is inside; often times it's both. And without question, whoever sends you something in a case like this, is both concerned with its safe delivery and also concerned that they make the proper statement that something important lies within. So, yeah, this showed up today from a group, entity, organization or tribe of some sort known as The Order Of 10. It was delivered in a very nondescript package... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have, then, the 10 most respected CEOs from the tech world (phrases in italics are Barron's summation... Read more...
We closed out last year by telling you exactly what we thought were the best offerings to emerge during the final year of the first decade post-Y2K, and you could probably tell (particularly in the netbook sector) that we were somewhat let down by how far we'd come. Or, we should say, how far we haven't come. A new survey by the Zogby recently polled thousands of Americans in order to find out how impressed (or unimpressed) they were with the amount of technological advancements in the past decade. Back in the '80s, we all assumed we'd be whisking to work in flying cars and and the like by the year 2000, and yet, in 2010, many of the ways of life that we were used to back then remain the same... Read more...
Apple Ups Its Stake Of Imagination Tech to 9.5% LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - UK chip designer Imagination Technologies Plc (IMG.L) said on Friday iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has upped its stake in the company to 9.5 percent following a share placement and recent share purchases. Stake-building in Imagination Tech by both Apple and U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O), which now owns a 16 pct stake, ignited takeover speculation and drove up the share price earlier this week, although the shares have dropped back over the last couple of days as bid hopes have faded.Imagination Tech said in filings to the stock exchange that Apple was subscribing for 2.2 million new shares at 143 pence and had... Read more...
Like many of you who are smart enough to know better, we tend to steer clear of the insanity of the crowd and resist the temptation to go deal shopping on the busiest day of the retail calendar.  Why on earth would you subject yourself to all that needless stress and anxiety anyway, when you can squander your holiday pesos online from the comfort of your armchair?  This is a question a growing number of etailers and retailers are posing as of late, to the extent we now have an official name for the first week day after Black Friday.  This coming Monday, December 1st, has been dubbed "CyberMonday".  And though somebody definitely could have been a bit more creative in... Read more...
If you are a technophile, what's the first thing your wife / friend / relative does when they can't figure out something, or when there's a problem, no matter how small, technology-wise.  Yep, they come to you. Now, yes, most of us here are technophiles, but besides that a new Pew Internet & American Life Project study (.PDF) which focuses on "When Technology Fails," seems to show that youth and gender play a role in how confident a user will be in fixing a tech failure by themselves. And yes, besides the obvious stats they gathered about how many failures may have occurred, Pew Research was focusing on how confident a consumer felt about fixing a problem when a failure occurred, as... Read more...
Generally speaking, many travelers, especially business travelers, are somewhat tech savvy. To cater to this audience, some hotels are teaming with tech companies to keep pace with their gadget-obsessed guests.Sheraton, for example, teamed with Microsoft to create its new Link@Sheraton lounges where guests can surf the Internet, email loved ones, review local favorite attractions, and print boarding passes. The PCs in these lounges have Web cams and Microsoft applications that walk guests through recording and sending a video clip. In turn, Microsoft hopes to encourage users to try a task they wouldn’t attempt at home, such as using a Web cam to say goodnight to the kiddos back home. Westin... Read more...
Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt has declined the opportunity to be the "Tech Czar" for the Obama administration. While Schmidt helped campaign for the new President Elect, and has been advising the Obama campaign on technology and energy as part of his 17-member Transition Economic Advisory Board, the prospect of becoming the first Chief Technology Officer of the United states can't entice him away from Google. "I love working at Google and I'm very happy to stay at Google, so the answer is no." said Schmidt. The job, as CTO, will be a large role to fill. Obama hopes the new CTO will be able to "ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services... Read more...
Thecus Technology Announces the N3200PROThe RAID 5 Home NAS Retuned for Extreme Performance10/28/2008 – The N3200 from Thecus has been finding its way into living rooms and home offices around the world thanks to a ton of friendly features, large capacity, and RAID 5 security. Today, Thecus is pleased to announce a successor to this groundbreaking product: the N3200PRO. Featuring the power of an AMD Geode™ CPU, the N3200PRO takes everything you love about the N3200 and improves its performance even further. Under its svelte 160 x 170 x 215 mm exterior, the N3200PRO is powered by an AMD Geode™ CPU for superb performance while maintaining low power usage. With its three SATA drive bays,... Read more...
The community has spoken, the judges have weighed in, and we have three deserving winners who will soon be made over with $5000 each in fabulous new technology courtesy of Intel and HotHardware.com!  We have to say that our three finalists are some of the most deserving, amazing and colorful people and small businesses that you'd ever want to meet.  Please join us in congratulating: “Steps off Broadway” ”MVFiberFarm” and ”Getnthruit” Marco and I will be will connecting with our winners, videotaping the process of setting up their new gadgets and gizmos and getting them dialed in with the new technology-enabled and connected era. We should be posting their videos here in November, so... Read more...
At initial glance, you’re probably wondering why an SD to CF adapter is cool. Well, until recently, cameras and other devices that accepted SD had this cool little card called the Eye-Fi that brought Wi-Fi capabilities to the device. Now, thanks to Synchrotech’s new adapter, CF users can get in on the fun too. Best of all, it’ll only cost you $28 (before taxes, shipping, and any other random fees).   This adapter accepts the following media types: Eye-Fi Wi-Fi SD Cards SD SDHC MultiMediaCard MMC +Plus   With this adapter, you’ll get the best of both worlds: You can have Wi-Fi, yet still use high performance UDMA CF cards when Wi-Fi isn’t needed. Given that many high end D-SLRs and some... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone, that the submission phase of the Tech Makeover campaign ended yesterday, and it's now time to vote for your favorite entries. The response has been absolutely awesome to this event, and the Tech Makeover website is loaded with some great makeover candidates. Some of the stories are touching and heartfelt, while others are fun and lively. To determine the winners, we need your help to sort everything out! Please point your browser to the Tech Makeover site and vote for your favorite candidates. Remember, we'll be visiting the lucky winners personally, and will be giving them a serious technology infusion! We're also going to be shooting some video of the whole process!... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone--tomorrow October 6, 2008 is the last day for entries into the Tech Makeover giveaway! Contest details are below!Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover... Read more...
As the old saying goes, one man's ceiling is another man's floor.  And in every down market, somehow, somewhere, another sector of the market is flourishing.  Though many folks out there might not be tapping into that early retirement as early as they would like, troubles in the Financial sector spell opportunity for the geeks in Computer Sciences and IT.  Not to mention the fact that the internet is quickly running short of routing resources, so they'll need a few more smart kids real soon, to backfill things with new technology.  So if you were college-bound, where would you go?  With the flow of course. Randal Bryant, dean of... Read more...
GIGABYTE Introduces Latest Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard TechnologyCopper Cooled Quality for up to 50°C Lower Working Temperature City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to feature 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry for the highest quality, most innovative motherboard design with the launch... Read more...
New Intel vPro Technology Enhances Security, Adds Automatic Tune-Ups and Thinks for Itself Third Generation Enables Virtualized PC Models, Services for Small Businesses Intel introduces the third generation of Intel vPro Technology with a host of new features, some that enable PCs to "think and act for themselves," and all can now operate outside the corporate firewall. New features include: Fast Call for Help, Remote Schedule Maintenance, Remote Alert, Access Monitor and Microsoft NAP authentication. Also, the 2008 vPro opens the door to new virtualized PC models and services aimed at small businesses. This latest edition of vPro continues Intel's trend of unique innovation to solve IT’s biggest... Read more...
Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover with setup and training from the crew here at HotHardware!To enter, register and upload photos or video of the tech travesty in your life.... Read more...
You may have grand visions of owning an Optimus Maximus but we'd caution that there are likely more practical uses of your hard-earned cashola, rather than splurging on frivelous things like a keyboard with independent displays for each key.  And with pricing well north of $1800, you can't be serious, right?  For a keyboard?  Hello??  We don't care how many languages it can be programmed to use.  It better make margaritas and then some, for that kind of money.  How about something a bit more down to earth, like a this sleek new keyboard from Logitech?  Oh yeah, its keys light up too and it's only 79 bucks.FREMONT, Calif. — Sept. 2, 2008 — To help you find the... Read more...
In case you're not wise in the ways of aftermarket Velcro, Logitech now offers a cordless laser mouse, the V550, that clips right on the cover of your laptop. They call it the Clip-and-Go Dock. Logitech makes excellent aftermarket peripherals, and this looks to be another one of the little conveniences that are the bread and butter of their business. Always ready for use, the V550 Nano also features the Plug-and-Forget Nano-receiver – it’s so small that once it’s plugged into your computer, you can forget about it. The Nano-receiver stays nearly flush against the side of the computer (protruding just 8 mm), so it doesn’t have to be unplugged when you stow your laptop.With increased mobility comes... Read more...
Every once in a while we like to roll up a list of short-sighted or otherwise ridiculous comments and predictions regarding technology that underscore just how far mankind has come over the years, sometimes in spite of ourselves.  There's no question that the possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to technology but it's always fun to poke a snarky finger at some folks that took a long reach at the future that shouldn't have been made or provided commentary on technology that perhaps they weren't qualified to comment on.So here goes.  What's your favorite?  We think Dvorvak took the prize to a certain extent just because he decided to drone on in great... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards under the new Alchemy line of Gaming ProductsSunnyvale, Calif.—July 10, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the expansion of its gaming peripherals under a new “Alchemy” line, with the introduction of the Elixir keyboard series for highly advanced functionality in game-play. Featuring a wealth of user-friendly features combined with an ergonomic and sturdy design, the Elixir keyboard will deliver a unique combination of performance and vale to gamers as they blaze through the latest PC titles. “The new Alchemy line from OCZ is designed to offer... Read more...
Today at Computex, Intel has officially launched an updated lineup of x45-series chipsets, which will likely be the last major mainstream chipset release from Intel for the Core 2 platform as we know it today. The names and specifications of these products have been rumored and reported on for the past few months, although today everything is set in stone and products are beginning to hit the market. The products which are launching today will make up the lion’s share of Intel’s chipset lineup until their next generation high-end X58 chipset launches with the Core 2’s successor, codenamed Nehalem.While all of these new chipset products are based on the same core architecture, Intel has segmented... Read more...
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