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Google says it has devised an ad format for YouTube that - and here's the unbelievable part - is not annoying.  Now how could they possibly arrange that, since in this age of Tivo and other PVRs, as well as banner blocking software for your web browser, ads are almost by nature, annoying? TV viewers have grown accustomed to watching a show and seeing the image of David Letterman or some other star walk across the bottom of the screen as part of a promotion. YouTube's new ads are very similar.YouTube's mini commercials, which are produced through Flash animation, appear at the bottom of a video, are mostly transparent and disappear after 10 seconds. Once the ad appears, a user has the option... Read more...
South Korean DRAM giant Hynix has recently crafted the world’s fastest and smallest chip for cell phones and other portable devices. The Incheon-based company said that the chip is the first 1 GB mobile DRAM, built on 66nm process technology, to be commercially available in the industry. “The finer processing geometry reduces die size and improves the speed and power efficiency of the device. The new chip consumes very low power, under worst case conditions, extending battery life in a wide range of portable electronic devices.” Mobile DRAM chips are commonly used in handheld and wireless devices, including cell phones, digital and video cameras, portable game consoles, and navigation systems.... Read more...
Sun Microsystems has recently launched its newest CPU, the Niagara 2, which they allege is the world’s “fastest performing computer processor and one of the most energy efficient.” The Niagara 2 features eight cores and can process up to 64 individual threads at any given time. What’s interesting is that the Sun company is most famous for its software products, including JAVA. Sun is hoping to change this trend with the high-performance Niagara line of server processors. It seems that Sun Microsystems has intentions of competing with Intel and AMD in the server market. "While Niagara 2 may well be the codename of the new Sun chip and while it may become the popular name too, the official designation... Read more...
Toshiba’s new 12.1” Portege R500 notebook is being touted as the world’s lightest widescreen notebook in its class. When equipped with a 64 GB SSD and 3 cell battery, it only weighs 1.72 pounds. Admittedly though, the stated weight is without an optical drive. Starting at $1999, the R500 runs Windows XP Pro and is driven by a Core 2 Duo U7600 CPU clocked at 1.20GHz, 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM, and features a 1280 x 800 XGA display with High Brightness. The R500 uses GMA 950 graphics and includes WiFi Link (802.11a/g/n) support, a SuperMulti DVD drive, fingerprint reader, and a 120 GB HDD that twirls 5400 times per minute. A fully-loaded system sells for $2999. According to Toshiba, the 64GB SSD configuration... Read more...
NTT DoCoMo has just announced plans to start testing its new prototype “Super 3G” system for ultra-high speed data transfer over mobile devices. Japan’s largest mobile carrier hopes to attain a remarkable 300Mbps in its testing trials over the wireless network. Although the Super 3G system will not be implemented in Japan until at least 2009, the company has already started to take proposals from suppliers. “The company said that it planned to start experimenting with Super 3G in an indoor setting with only one transmitting antenna and one receiving antenna. From there, NTT DoCoMo plans to expand the experiment by using four Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas on both the transmitting... Read more...
Windows Home Server, officially announced earlier this year, is already at the release candidate stage.  The software is designed to allow users with a home network to have a single, quick, and easy to use interface that will allow users to access media from other PCs, NAS boxes, and even Zunes.  The idea is make life easier for families that might have everything from videos to music spread out across multiple machines where it can be confusing to remember where everything is.  That's assuming that the users are even computer savvy enough to know how and where to look.There's even a contest for people who can create the best hardware and/or software add-ins.  Click here for details. "Windows... Read more...
CORSAIR ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FASTEST DDR3 MEMORY Optimized for Current and Future Intel Platforms, Corsair demonstrates production-ready DDR3-1600 DOMINATOR and previews next generation speed grade at DDR3-2000 COMPUTEX – Taipei, Taiwan (June 4, 2007) – Corsair, the worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the world’s fastest production DDR3 memory rated at a blazing-fast 1,600MHz (PC3-12,800) and the world preview of the Corsair DOMINATORTM memory running at 2,000MHz (PC3-16,000). Live demonstration of the new DOMINATOR memory will be on display in the Corsair VIP suite (#1334) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.The... Read more...
INTEL DELIVERS ITS FASTEST ENTHUSIAST QUAD-CORE PROCESSOR Added Performance Welcomed by 'Hardcore' PC Users and Developers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 9, 2007 - Intel Corporation today advanced its enthusiast-level quad-core processor family with the introduction of the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800, the company's twelfth quad-core processor offering. Running at 2.93 GHz -- the fastest native clock speed yet reached with the Intel Core microarchitecture for the quad-core desktop -- this addition to Intel's innovative processor family sets new standards for desktop PC performance. The Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800 is ideal for those gamers, digital design professionals and enthusiasts... Read more...
NVIDIA's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang has been in federal bankruptcy court for the last few days defending his company's move to buy one-time rival 3dfx. During his testimony, Jen-Hsun has made some interesting statements regarding his motivation for the acquisition, including his thoughts on 3dfx's engineers. "He said he'd been very interested in snaffling up the engineering expertise. "That was my primary interest all along," he confessed. To this end he said he decided to ensure 3Dfx paid off its creditors so that those involved in the graphics chip maker could, "wind down their company in a graceful way." He hoped such goodwill... Read more...
Intel Game Demo Contest 2007 Show us Your Game! Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including: * Meetings with game company executives -- for a possible bundling deal * A Gateway gaming machine worth at least $3,000 * $5,000 in custom art for your demo * A Giga pass to the Game Developers Conference 2008 * Copies of Garage Games' Torque Engine Advanced and other content prizes * An International Game Developers Association membership * A full suite of Intel(R) Software Development Products * and of course, loads of cash. Open to virtually everyone in the world, it's easy to enter. Just for entering you get temporary licenses to Intel Software Development... Read more...
With no major processor architecture updates in the immediate future and their DX10-capable graphics solutions still a few months away, the new AMD seems to be slowly picking up slack as we roll through the first two thirds of Q1 '07.  Today, AMD is officially introducing their first new chipset since the ATI acquisition, the AMD 690G/V Series.  Comprised of an RS690 Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge, the 690 series chipset's goal is to provide a full-featured motherboard backed by a solid integrated graphics solution, thanks to an integrated ATI Radeon x1250 with AVIVO support.  What makes the 690G unique, at this point, is its support for VGA and DVI... Read more...
All in one computer security seems the way to go now. Too many programs doing not enough things equals compromised security. But let's face it; the real reason to read about Symantec's new Norton 360 security suite is to read all the robo-dweebs yelling at one another in the comments section about their favorite software. Enjoy! Symantec today announced the availability of Norton 360, a solution that combines antivirus, antispyware, firewall, intrusion protection, anti-phishing, backup and tune-up, eliminating the need to purchase and manage multiple products. Norton 360 is now available for purchase through the Symantec online store... Read more...
While I use a Time Warner service, this may be a step in the right direction for content providers. Allowing users a broader line of options. TiVo Inc. said on Monday it hopes to start testing its first integrated digital video recorder service with Comcast Corp., the leading U.S. cable operator, this spring, two years after they reached an agreement to develop the service. The companies had signed a deal in March 2005 to offer Comcast subscribers the option to download TiVo's DVR software and interface to their cable set-top boxes. The two companies demonstrated the service for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on... Read more...
We brought 2006 to a close with a couple of exciting give-aways here at HotHardware. First, we'd like to congratulate forum members SilverVenom57 (Peter H.) and SuperDave (David H.). They both won brand new Microsoft Zunes courtesy of Microsoft and Webcast Magic.  Congrats! Secondly, we want to draw some attention to HotHardware forum members Jerkwheat (Matt P.), Ice_73 (Daniel L.), and XtremeSkier97 (John M.).  They were the top three finishers in an XFX sponsored F.E.A.R. Combat Tournament. Matt walked away with a brand new GeForce 7950 GT, Daniel a GeForce 7900 GT, and John a 7800 GT.  Congrats guys!... Read more...
NVIDIA just sent word of a contest they're running on SLIZONE.com.  Here's the scoop direct from the source... Contest: Today NVIDIA launched a year long contest on SLIZONE called the SLI Component a Day Giveaway. We are giving away $100,000 worth of prizes from our partners. Every day for a year, we're drawing a name out of the hat and giving away an SLI-Ready component to each day's winner. Those components range from GeForce SLI-Ready graphics cards, to SLI-Ready nForce motherboards, to SLI-Ready power supplies, and SLI-Ready DDR2 memory! How do you qualify? If you have an SLI-Ready or SLI-enabled PC, you're in! Just visit the SLIZONE dedicated web page above and enter.... Read more...
Much of the professional sports world has some kind of drug testing system in place, but there hasn't really ever been talk about drug use in the Cyberathlete Professional League. While drugs and alcohol have always been banned from the league, there wasn't much in the way of what to do with suspected abusers. The new 2007 terms have been changed though, and the CPL now reserves the right to conduct drug testing at its own discretion. This only applies to those who are believed to be breaking the rules, and the CPL will not be drug all participants in the event. "There's a story at TwitchGuru that some gamers have interpreted to mean... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating that ATI...er...make that AMD...will be strictly offering the next generation R600 GPU with GDDR-4 memory. Initially, two codenames were developed to distinguish between a GDDR-3 variant (UFO) and a GDDR-4 model (Pele). On top of news that the GPU will launch in February instead of January, the latest decision to opt for the latest GDR-4 memory should assure some exceptional performance especially with 1GB's worth of memory. How will this new GPU stack up against a G80-refresh (likely at 80u) with higher frequencies? Per usual, time will tell though we can be sure the Rumor Mill will have some interesting tidbits long before these... Read more...
FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest Want to Fly Like Superman? EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years, but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without a parachute! Zero G makes it possible by flying a plane to approximately 34,000 feet and then going into a nose dive for 10,000 feet before pulling up. This rollercoaster effect will generate 25-30 seconds of weightlessness on each drop. This is the same type of training that NASA uses for astronauts. 3 Grand Prize Winners Will Be Chosen! Top 100 Scores will... Read more...
Finally someone asks the correct question about Microsoft's new Vista OS. It's not "How well does it work?" It should be: "How well will it work on the musty old rig I'm going to try to run it on?" Arstechnica does us all a favor and tests Vista on three different computers, including "Momma's five year old workhorse." The Vista train is running full steam to its release date on November 30 to businesses and January 30, 2007 to store shelves. Is Vista really ready? That depends on what it will be ready for. We expect that the biggest headache for users will be so-called in-place upgrades. While Vista was reasonable on all the machines where we performed... Read more...
Corsair Premium Memory Module YTD Shipments Surpass One Million Units, Celebrates Accelerated Growth of the PC Enthusiast Market by offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits -- Ranked #1 performance module maker and 8th largest global DRAM module maker, Corsair worldwide unit shipments leap in 2006 -- Fremont, CA - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMSTM, XMS PROTM, XMS XPERTTM and the newly released XMS DOMINATORTM line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position... Read more...
Cooler Master Annual Case Modding Contest is now extended for two weeks! Don't forget to submit your Mods to enter in Coolermaster Annual Case Modding contest. This year they have an awesome list of prizes to give out. Retail value is worth over $3000 USD. So hurry and enter your Mod's today! You never know, Christmas can come a bit early for you this year. Enter today!... Read more...
Well, Christmas is coming, and you need to find that gift for that avid DVD watcher. Here's the perfect item: A DVD rewinder: Too many DVDs, and CDs and not enough time to rewind? Are your DVDs running a bit too slow? The DVD rewinder is the perfect solution! This novelty rewinder comes with the exclusive Centriptal Velocity Spindle providing the world's fastest DVD rewind! The DVD Rewinder is a great gift for the technical savvy, the couch potato, teens with too much time on their hands, and the gadget buff! Novelty for you or gag gift for a friend. The perfect gift for the mother-in-law that calls you and says: "I can't open it" every time you send her an e-mail attachment... Read more...
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