Items tagged with thin

Though perhaps not always in the lime-light, VIA Technologies continues to impress with low power innovation in X86 computing, targeted not only at embedded markets but higher volume, mainstream applications as well... VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC for Instant Display Systems The VIA vmpc vm7700, a unique approach to digital signage and media display, converts any standard LCD monitor into a full x86 PC in minutes Taipei, Taiwan, 8 October 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading developer of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today announced the new VIA vm7700 VESA mounted PC (vmpc) that turns a standard display panel into a fully functional PC for signage, kiosk and other intelligent... Read more...
Last week Skype internet phone service didn't work for more than a day. This week, it's delivering a worm to users through a counterfeit IM buddy message, which -- surprise, surprise -- offers to show you a picture of a young lady with her clothes off.  If you click it, it loads the worm on the user's computer, and sends the worm to everyone on your buddy list. The Skype blog, which descries the worm and calls it "w32/Ramex.A," says that three anti-virus vendors have developed cures. F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp. have already updated their products to catch it. The same blog offers a manual fix, which it emphasizes is for experts only. It involves deleting five .exe files,... Read more...
The wire services are abuzz today with the news that a Texas-based company, EEStor, has  patented what they term "technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries." The replacement they are referring to would be so profoundly earthshaking, and has been worked on so long by so many people, that many are skeptical.Of course, HotHardware brought you this news last September in The Answer To Everything. It just might be. EEStor's secret ingredient is a material sandwiched between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, like a series of foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked on top of each other. Charged particles stick to the metal sheets and move quickly across EEStor's proprietary material.The... Read more...
Do you have some extremely old hardware in your home or office?  Maybe you still have that 286 laying around someplace or perhaps a TRS-80?  As antiquated as these things might seem next to todays quad-core CPUs with gigabytes of memory, they’re nothing compared to the Meccano Differential Anaylser No. 2: “That machine was bought for £100 and came to New Zealand around 1950. Ironically, it was used to build the Benmore Hydro Dam and by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, to calculate rabbit populations. It then languished for years at Wellington Polytechnic before finding its way to the Museum of Transport and Technology in the 1970s, where it has been restored and is on display... Read more...
Pirate sites are here and Microsoft might have a new scheme to make use of them.  The idea is that Zunes transfering pirated files to others will give them only 3 plays before the song has to be purchased: “The technology proposed by Microsoft would essentially allow them to capitalize on this by "encrypting" songs transferred offline (in other words Zune to Zune). The person receiving the file could use it three times, then be forced to pay for the song. Once the song is paid for sales commission go to the sender and Zune Marketplace while the bulk of the money would go to the copyright holder. They system would essentially convert illegal music into legal music. It would also give a strong... Read more...
Sony has a lot of money and prestige riding on their Playstation 3 gaming console. Blockbuster's recent announcement that they would stock only the Blu-ray format in high-def movies might help PS3 sales a little, as the console is also a Blu-ray player. But there's been an enormous problem right from the start with it: There's really not much of anything to play on it. Announcements made at Sony's annual shareholder's meeting suggest that's about to change. Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Wii game console has been outselling the PS3 by three to one in Japan and more than two to one in the United States so far this year, according to game magazine publisher Enterbrain and research firm NPD.... Read more...
Daily Mail has a story posted today regarding a breakthrough TV screen developed by Sony.  We've all been hearing about the possibility of super-thin flexible displays for a while now, but Sony just took another step closer to making them a reality in the marketplace... "The display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display, it said. The latter technology is not as widespread for gadgets as the two main display technologies now on the market - liquid crystal displays and plasma display panels. Although flat-panel... Read more...
Intel and design firm Ziba have teamed up to build a prototype for what's being called the world's thinnest notebook. The machine sports essentially all of Intel's current mobile technology, yet is less than .7" thick.  That makes the unit slightly thicker than a Motorola RAZR, but as you can see in the pic at the left thinner than a penny standing on its edge. BusinessWeek has the scoop, along with an image gallery that's sure to impress. "When Intel asked designers to build a better laptop, its instructions were simple, really. The machine has to be fashionable, able to connect to all manner of wireless networks, and full of the latest, fastest computing capabilities. Oh yes, and make... Read more...
Marco spent time with Intel at the swank offices of Milk Studios in New York city last week, at the Santa Rosa mobile platform launch event.  Among various slabs of thin, speedy techno-goodness was Lenovo's new Thinkpad T61.  Dig on the new protective top cover "roll cage"...   Specs Type: Business, Small Business Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is either drinking deep on the cool-aide or he knows something we don't.  On NVIDIA's earnings call yesterday Jen-Hsun offererd some insight into brighter days ahead for AMD.  With all the buzz we've been hearing about Phenom FX processors on the horizon, maybe the pump is being primed up for an AMD CPU come-back? "Huang noted on the call that Nvidia’s motherboard graphics processor business “was affected by the significant drop in AMD’s CPU sales in Q1,” but that “we do expect AMD to regain share in Q2.” Added Huang: “We are seeing the sell-through of AMD processors picking up significantly in this channel, and I am sure many of you see that as well. And... Read more...
IBM has really been on a roll this year. They've been working on ways to improve thermal efficiency of microchips, ways for blind users to have better control of online content, and now InformationWeek claims IBM is going to announce a type of MRI device that can actually see nanoscale objects. "Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center have found a way to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to see nanoscale objects.  Dan Rugar, manager of nanoscale studies at the research center, said the discovery represents "a milestone that has shown that the principles of MRI can be married with scanning microscopy." While the eventual goal -- building a microscope than can see individual... Read more...
Intel's Chairman Craig Barrett wants you to know that Intel,along with other well-known companies like Cisco Systems, GHAFARI, Microsoft, and Occidental Petroleum,  are dropping something useful on Lebanon for a change. Servers and support, for instance. "Access to education and technology increases the opportunities for the people of Lebanon," said Barrett. At a stop in Beirut, Barrett announced Intel is also increasing technical and doctor training support for a Telemedicine Program at one of Lebanon's top hospitals, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and the Nabatiyeh Governmental Hospital in Nabatiyeh. The Telemedicine systems provide the hospitals... Read more...
Samsung  announced Friday they'll be selling a  disc player that will play either HD  DVD or Blu-ray discs.  Should be available by the end of the year. "Consumers are hungry for more HD content but are currently confused about competing formats," Dongsoo Jun, executive vice president of the Digital AV Division at Samsung," said in a statement."Samsung's Duo HD player will allow consumers access to every HD movie title available regardless of the authoring format."Samsung is not the first to announce it would offer a duo-format player. LG Electronics, also based in Korea, unveiled its device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Still nothing that will  play your Criterion... Read more...
It looks like the trend of making more energy efficient PCs has spread from common laptops, desktops and servers, all the way up to supercomputers.  The system is designed for defense and scientific research. "Called Maxwell, the computer has been built at the University of Edinburgh and uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) in place of conventional processors. Its Scottish developers believe Maxwell represents a new generation of compact and energy-efficient computers. Unlike ordinary general-purpose processors, FPGA chips can be programmed to perform very specific tasks. Once that programming is accomplished, FPGA chips can be much faster than performing the same tasks in software... Read more...
While the Optimus Maximus keyboard has been in the public eye for a while now, what has been an unknown quantity is the price. It turns out the keyboard will go for a whopping $1490. "The Art.Lebedev Studio, the company responsible for the vaporous Optimus keyboard, unveiled press shots of the Optimus Maximus, the newly re-named $1,490 keyboard featuring OLED keys They keyboard sports 114 keys, some of which are actually 32x32 pixel OLED displays with customizable graphics. Who would have guessed a day would have come when people could ask themselves a question such as : "Should I get a new... Read more...
eWeek has a funny story about a self-described "Romanian" hacker who posted 15 e-bay users' sensitive personal and financial information on an e-bay forum, along with a bunch of taunts. By "funny," I mean only if you're not those 15 people. For them, it's more like:"very bad." "read many opinions here.... All I saw it's just [misspelled obscenity]....Alot of things about scamms..stupid things I think. Romanian guys are the best boys !!!! We are in each country...each city...and every day alot of money from your pocket intro in pur bank accounts....You know why ?? I will tell you my opinion...because you are so stupid ..... anyone can scam you very easy....not... Read more...
Astute HotHardware readers may remember our prediction for the biggest selling video game console for the Christmas season. Well, the numbers are in for December of 2006, and we weren't disappointed. It wasn't the Wii, X-Box 360, or the Playstation 3. It was the Playstation 2: The PS2's popularity makes sense if you run the numbers. Along with being $470 cheaper than the PS3, PS2 games can be found for $10 or $20, while most new PlayStation3 games go for $60. That's a steal, considering that the library of great games available for the PS2 could keep a kid occupied until the PlayStation 8 is released circa 2030. According to the review aggregator site Metacritic, there are no PlayStation... Read more...
Google's idea of web based applications have Microsoft thinking. As the idea of web based applications continues to grow, Microsoft is getting busy with plans to keep Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point competitive. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's new chief software architect, does not think the company will develop web-only applications but instead, applications based on mobile devices that will take advantage of the PC as well as web and mobile services. Watching Google Inc. rake in advertising revenue "was a wake-up call within Microsoft," the company's top technical executive, Ray Ozzie, said Tuesday. But he said Microsoft... Read more...
The article is a little more constructive than the title implies, as most of the annoyances listed can be improved upon. While none of the next-gen consoles can be considered perfect, Sony's Playstation 3 has had its fair share of criticism, with it's price and lack of exclusive titles being some of the biggest complaints. Fortunately these problems can be worked on, though gamers aren't always the patient type. "Much has been made of how Sony is nowhere near where it should be in terms of downloadable content, and its PlayStation Store is a joke compared to Microsoft's Xbox Live and Apple's iTunes Store. To make matters worse, navigating the online storefront is a chore as you... Read more...
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for id software. Many of us were weaned on Doom on a 486, after all. id announced yesterday that they're bringing their awesome firepower to bear on the next generation console platforms like the PS 3. Quake Wars, anyone? The war between the GDF and Strogg will soon be igniting on next-generation consoles as id Software and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today confirmed that Enemy Territory: QUAKE WarsTM, the team-based first person action title, and already one of the most anticipated new properties of 2007 is coming to next-gen platforms. In this epic multiplayer-focused game, players can choose... Read more...
Intel, in a move to make its Xeon line of processors more attractive, will be slashing prices in April for it's Xeon 3200 quad-core and X3000 dual-core series CPUs . The price cuts are targeted at the 1-way server market with the goal of increasing demand in order to gain a larger slice of the server CPU pie. Intel plans to lower the price for its Quad-Core Xeon 3200 and Dual-Core Xeon 3000 processors, in April 2007, in a bid to help boost demand in the 1-way server market. It will also introduce new 1-way targeted chipsets in the second half of the year, but will hold off releasing new processors based on 45nm technology until 2008. The Quad-Core Xeon X3220 is expected to... Read more...
AMD's roadmap for CPU production has shown steady progression in the company's goal of shrinking die sizes from 90nm to the eventual goal of 35nm in the next few years, but will that move be made soon enough to keep AMD's offerings comparable to Intel's? A great deal of debate has been centered around whether AMD or Intel will move into the production of smaller, more efficient die sizes first, but AMD may be closer to shrinking it's CPU dies then it seems. Recently AMD's Senior VP, Marty Seyer, alluded to the successor of the 65nm Barcelona core, the Shanghai. The Shanghai core is intended to be AMD's first 45nm processor and is... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next