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No, not the core, or the stem, but the shaft.  It's an unsubstantiated rumor, but one that actually might make sense.  Though perhaps not in the way the original posted thought.News around the web is that Apple is planning to reduce its iPhone shipments to Rogers, Canada's lone GSM/EDGE/HSDPA provider. The rationale is that Apple is punishing Rogers for its expensive pricing and three year commitment requirement.Rogers only has a few days left to make adjustments to its pricing. Major Canadian media outlets (2) are encouraging Canadians to boycott the iPhone until Rogers comes out with competitive plans. Internet petitions are all over the place. About half of Digg's Apple stories of... Read more...
The word on the street is that anonymous tips can play a critical role in police solving crimes. Often the anonymous tips actually alert the police to the existence of crimes in the first place. But how do the cops get those tips? The days of paid informants like Huggy Bear meeting Starsky & Hutch in the back of dark alleys is over, and modern technology is shepherding in a whole new way to narc on your neighbors. The Associated Press (AP) recently reported on how police departments are now starting to rely on text messaging for tips. "Since the beginning of the year, cities such as Tampa, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Detroit have started their own text-based... Read more...
You've probably heard the buzz-word "Cloud Computing" tossed around recently.  Cloud Computing is the next big thing in remote and distributed computing and is very much in fashion now for many industry bellwethers like IBM, Sun, Amazon, Google and storage giants like EMC.  You don't have to have a degree in IT to see it coming together.  If you've played around with Gmail or Google Docs, even as an end user, you've already seen the beginnings of something big, really big.  As with any budding new market however, there are a lot more questions than answers these days, perhaps because the possibilities are seemingly infinite.  Let's take a quick gander at... Read more...
There's no shortage of drama in the Desktop Graphics industry, with bitter rivals NVIDIA and AMD-ATI taking shots at each other at any opportunity.  Though HotHardware Management heritage is of Italian descent and thus not shy of taking on a passionate debate, we generally like to stick to the facts, rather than dabble in rumor hearsay or mudslinging.  There just aren't enough hours in the day to go down the proverbial rat-hole all that often.  However, when the occasion presented itself to dig into the latest allegations of NVIDIA leveraging optimization cheats in their drivers for their recently announced GPU-PhysX port and 3DMark Vantage, we couldn't resist learning all we could... Read more...
Verizon has a good thing going with their FiOS  bundled service packages.(fiber-optic service that can simultaneously deliver TV, fast Internet and telephone) Its appeal is based around the very fast upload and download speeds that their fiber-optic cable can deliver. They've become a kind of de facto alternate for cable TV and Internet service for people dissatisfied with what's available in their area. But FiOS service has been introduced in a helter-skelter manner, with vast areas of Verizon's telephone service map being unable to purchase it even if they wanted it. That's about to change, as Verizon has announced a plan to expand availability of their Internet service.  The New... Read more...
Upon first glance, today's press release from AMD, "AMD and Havok to Optimize Physics for Gaming," caused us to do a double take. Considering the long-time feud between AMD and Intel, it seemed surprising that any sort of amicable partnership could develop between AMD and an Intel-owned company, such as Havok:  "AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Havok today announced plans to jointly investigate the optimization of physics effects utilizing AMD's full line of products. With over 100 developers and 300 leading titles already using Havok’s physics engine -- Havok Physics -- the company has clearly defined its position as the leading developer of game physics. By working together, both companies are demonstrating... Read more...
Last night, Google unveiled something called "Gmail Labs." It can be found under your Settings tab in Gmail. Of course, typically, this will roll out gradually to users, so you may not see it, though it went live at 6 PM PDT Thursday night, so most should have it by now.Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally pick and let you all (who use Gmail) decide whether they're good or not. When you sign in, you'll see a new page in Settings called Labs. It has a list of experimental new features, and you can enable or disable each one. Some of the popular ones will become core parts of the product, and we'll eventually retire the ones that don't get much use. We've put... Read more...
 The hype is gearing up for Madden 09. The latest installment of the sports gaming world's biggest franchise won't hit store shelves until August 12, but excitement about the gridiron goliath is bubbling up. If you're a hardcore Madden-ite, you're bound to be interested in the new relative strength rankings of each NFL squad. For true Madden devotees, the QB ratings featured in this year's edition will likely whet your appetite for game action.We were curious about the trajectory of Madden 09's popularity and Google Trends shows the game on an uptick over the last couple of weeks... Madden 09 scored big in searches when Brett Favre was announced as this year's cover boy. We looked at a graph... Read more...
The FCC is gearing up to auction off exclusive use to a spectrum of airwaves (2155 – 2175MHz, a.k.a. the AWS-3 band), and it is considering requiring the purchaser to provide high-speed (768Kbps) Internet access to most of the U.S. for free: ''We're hoping there will be increased interest (in the proposal) and because this will provide wireless broadband services to more Americans it is certainly something we want to see,'' said FCC spokesman Rob Kenny.Kenny said he didn't know when the auction would be held and details must still be worked out. However, he said the resulting network must reach 50 percent of the population four years after the winner gets a license and then 95 percent after 10... Read more...
If a story posted at DigiTimes today is true, Abit could possibly be exiting the motherboard business sometime soon."Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is reportedly considering phasing out of the motherboard market after evaluating its shipment performance of Intel 4 series motherboards, according to channel sources.Abit, however, maintains it does not know anything about the speculation and will continue to develop motherboard products.Abit's has failed to meet the expectations of parent company Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) in its ability to compete with fellow second-tier makers in terms of performance, or first-tier makers in terms of pricing in the mid-range and entry-level market,... Read more...
All of the three major browsers are given away free to anyone that will take them. But that doesn't make the the competition among them any less ferocious; just the opposite, really. Microsoft's Internet Explorer enjoys about a 75 percent share of users, Mozilla's Firefox 18 percent, and Apple's Safari has 5 percent. Mozilla and Microsoft are battling one another by offering newer versions of their browsers, out in beta now, and Apple is trying to gain market share by surreptitiously bundling Safari with automatic updates for its iTunes music player. Why fight over free stuff? Because many feel the browser will become everything to the user in the future, supplanting the importance of even the... Read more...
Google is going to experiment with SSDs and they have chosen to go with Intel’s SSD technology.  The move is said to be part of plan to help reduce electric bills, but it could potentially offer some performance gains too.“The more power efficient SSDs will be installed at severs at Google's US headquarters. Intel will supply flash chips and Marvell the corresponding controller ICs, the sources detailed.  Shipments are slated for late second quarter, they added.With the increasing use of SSDs in server applications, a shortage for 16Gb and 32Gb NAND flash chips could become a possibility, the sources commented.”If Google’s experiment turns out to be a success, Intel may have found not only a... Read more...
We had an interesting press release from NextComputing cross the news wire recently that we wanted to share with you all.  If you're unfamiliar with NextComputing, they specialize in field deployable distributed computing appliances designed for a number of different types of work environments, that are also compatible with off-the shelf components.NextComputing's just introduced the Vigor Evo HD, a ruggedized workstation that features an integrated 17" LCD.  Here's what the company has to say about it... Nashua, NH - NextComputing, manufacturers of high-performance mobile workstations and servers, introduces the next generation of extreme-performance, rugged, portable computers,... Read more...
IBM is allegedly interested in adopting OS X according to internal documents.“In line with IBM’s external strategy of offering a true ‘Open Client’ that may be Windows, Linux or a Mac,” the document noted, “Research IS is focusing on providing an IBM application stack on multiple Operating Systems, rather than be confined to one or the other.”It certainly seems that Windows Vista’s slip in the corporate sector has allowed the Cupertino-based company to catch up.  Who would have thought that Macs would ever find a home on the desks at IBM, who once set up operations with the direct intent of crushing Apple’s burgeoning PC business.... Read more...
Psystar continues to make headlines, this time because the company’s OS X Leopard-based systems are now being attacked for what seems like the most basic oversight imaginable:"The company didn't get permission from developers working on the OSx86 Project to sell their work.  Netkas, who developed the EFI emulator Psystar is using, posted up a blog entry yesterday calling Psystar "liars" and has re-released his code under a license that specifically forbids commercial usage."If Psystar starts shipping their machines, it might end up causing a lot of trouble for the entire OSx86 group.  Thus far the group’s ability to avoid legal action from Apple is fairly impressive, and some take it as a sign... Read more...
The "most published author in the history of the planet" doesn't write much of anything. Philip Parker has "authored" more than 200,000 books, on topics that would seem to be of little interest to the average person. He's done it by developing computer algorithms that collect publicly available information on the Web, and then compiles the information and uses print on demand to produce a copy for an interested reader - and makes money even if only one person buys it. If you're interested in "The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India," you can grab a copy for $495. If this sounds like cheating to the layman’s ear,... Read more...
Yet another reason to keep your teen from talking you into a cell phone?Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.Yes, yes, we know a lot of parents cite safety reasons for giving teens and younger cell phones, but it seems like they're getting access to things they shouldn't have without the responsibility or thinking that would prevent them from abusing it.  Readers?... Read more...
Microsoft has certainly been on a buying spree of late, and their latest acquisition is an anti-rootkit vendor Komoku.  The purchase price has not been made public at this time, but it is expected that Microsoft will offer Komoku's technology to their enterprise customers as soon as possible and might open a few doors to security conscious organizations that have thus far shunned Vista."Komoku's customers include the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Microsoft security division general manager Ryan Hamlin said in a statement that it was Komoku's work for "ultra security-conscious customers" that in part attracted his company to the deal."It's also likely that... Read more...
On Wednesday a rumor started circulating that AMD was starting to making cutbacks in its workforce, not entirely uncommon for a company that is attempting to become profitable again.  As with all rumors, they don't always turn out to be factual:An AMD representative denied that any cuts have taken place as of Thursday morning, but when asked if cuts were impending, declined to comment on "rumors and speculation." The source of the rumor also went on say that AMD was going to miss its quarterly earnings target.  Time will tell if this part of the rumor is accurate, otherwise it seems that the source is batting 0 for 2.... Read more...
Seasoned web users are well aware that the websites you visit and the search engine queries you employ are monitored and analyzed in a general sort of a way to allow web companies to sell advertising targeted to specific subsets of people. Casual users are often surprised and unnerved at the amount and type of information that is gathered about them on the web, and caution about the downstream effects of having the information available is growing. Numerous legislators are looking into regulating the amount and type of information that can be collected, and whether or not any information should be collected without the specific consent of the web user. New York assemblyman Richard Brodsky is... Read more...
Adobe has come up with a Digital Rights Management security protocol for its ubiquitous Flash video format. It allows content generators to feel secure about letting viewers download video content instead of simply streaming it in a browser, but mash-up artists who like to fiddle with FLV files will have another hurdle placed in their way.Intended for broadcasters and media companies looking to protect video that can be delivered offline and online, Flash Media Rights Management Server integrates with Adobe Media Player and applications running Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) software.Enterprises also can use the product. "Corporations can protect their video so that it doesn't end up on... Read more...
Not living in Kentucky?  Count yourself lucky. A bill filed in the House would keep Kentuckians from posting anonymous comments to Web sites.House Bill 775, filed Tuesday by Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, would require anyone who contributes to a Web site to register a real name, address and e-mail address with that Web site. The person's full name then would be used whenever he or she posted a comment.Web site operators who violate the disclosure law would be fined $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.All right, all right, don't get too excited.  Couch admitted that his bill most likely won't pass muster in terms of the First Amendment, but he's trying to make... Read more...
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