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Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines. Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for many years. Some of you will remember Shuttle's line of wildly popular barebones XPCs which became an underground hit with many in the DYI crowd looking... Read more...
Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines.  Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for many years.  Some of you will remember Shuttle's line of wildly popular barebones XPCs which... Read more...
Although an application store on a mobile phone isn’t exactly new, the idea of having this functionality on a BlackBerry is. At the BlackBerry Developer Conference, RIM announced a new online application storefront and a new on-device application center for BlackBerry smartphones. RIM plans to launch the application storefront in March 2009. Developers can start submitting applications and content for inclusion in the storefront starting in December. This storefront will allow developers to set their own prices for applications and retain 80% of the revenue generated from sales of their applications. PayPal will provide payment services within the application storefront. Under the plan, organizations... Read more...
We had to do a double take when we saw that a company called Cyberdyne recently demonstrated a "cyborg-type" "robot suit." Our double take was quickly followed by yet another double take (would that be a quadruple take?) when we saw that Cyberdyne was calling the robot suit, "HAL." (For those who are missing the Sci-Fi cultural references: Cyberdyne was the name of the fictional company from the Terminator movies that eventually gives rise to the artificial intelligence and cyborgs that nearly wipe out humanity; and the HAL 9000 was the fictional, artificial-intelligence-based computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey that commits murder in order to preserve the integrity of its mission. We're guessing... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after suffering... Read more...
If you work in a small office or have a multi-computer home, then chances are you still use the good old "sneakernet" to transfer files from one system to another. For the uninitiated, "sneakernet" is when you move files using a physical, removable device--such as a USB flash drive--which you actually walk from one PC to another (thus the sneakers--"loafernet" just doesn't have the same ring to it). Another popular method is e-mailing a file from one system to another--not necessarily the most efficient means of transferring data when the two systems are mere feet apart from one another. But what is a cash-strapped, low-tech business or home suppose to do? Network file servers--like the ones... Read more...
There's nothing like a little light reading to help pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The folks over at Crave have posted an article entitled, "The 50 most significant moments of Internet history". Unfortunately, they don't have the days we launched our video channel or when we gave away a fully loaded Skulltrail rig, but we'll forgive them..."Back in 1995, Time magazine published a cover story called 'On A Screen Near You'. It highlighted the results of an 18-month Carnegie Mellon University study (with the dated title 'Marketing Pornography on the Information Superhighway') that looked at how much porn there was on the Net. And as demonstrated by the magazine's cover image of a shocked... Read more...
In our continuing coverage of technologies that are enabling convergence and mobility, we have news from Motorola that they're serious in their commitment to capitalizing on convergence and connectivity in the multimedia living room of tomorrow.  Dubbed the au BOX (case sensitive, please...), Motorola plans to enable customers to take their multimedia content with them on their cell phone.  KDDI, a major mobile carrier in Japan plans to offer the au BOX service first which will allow subscribers to tap into their personal music, video and image libraries, while on the road.  And with the help of a setup box?  You are correct, sir. Unfortunately the roll-out is only... Read more...
OCZ Technology Unveils the Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers, Designed for the Latest High Performance Processors Sunnyvale, CA—September 11, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Gladiator and Gladiator Max, the latest CPU cooler line designed for supreme thermal management and efficiency. Combining a distinctive stacked fin array, heat-pipe direct touch (HDT) design, and a large low-noise fan, the Gladiator series is built to take on the cooling challenges of today’s most powerful processors and ensure your system functions at its peak.“The new Gladiator coolers... Read more...
A job posting spotted on ComputerJobs.com shows that Microsoft is looking for a Senior Product Manager for a project called Skymarket, a "a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile." With both Apple and Google either having or planning centralized stores for applications for their platforms, Microsoft's been the odd-man out. There are various stores that sell Windows Mobile software, but nothing centralized and Microsoft-backed. According to the job post: Key Responsibilities include the following: Definition of the product offering, pricing, business model and policies that will make the Windows Mobile marketplace "the place to be" for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows... Read more...
The second day of NVIDIA’s NVISION 08 visual computing conference began with a keynote address hosted by local television personality and tech analyst Scott Budman. Budman only did a relatively small amount of speaking at the engagement, however, as he shared the stage with a number of guest speakers, including Eileen Collins of NASA, Lorne Lanning, NASCAR's Kyle Busch, and Bernard Charles.        There was no breaking news in the keynote; instead the speakers all explained how visual computing has transformed their respective industries. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot the space shuttle, explained how 3D simulators have significantly changed the way astronauts... Read more...
DisplayLink brings multi-monitor computing to the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset FamilyFirst ever quad-monitor solution for Intel-based desktop and notebook PCs SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2008 – Helping to make it even easier for PC users to work and play on multiple monitors, quad-monitor technology developed by DisplayLink, for the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family optimizes quad monitor computing for notebooks and desktops. Quad-monitor technology combines DisplayLink's USB network display software with the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family for desktop and notebook PCs, where, the technology outputs images on up to four displays at the same time - two integrated... Read more...
Apparently, Linux kernel creator, Linus Torvalds has no problem expressing his opinion, and did so vehemently via back-and-forth e-mails with the editors of Network World this week. What got Torvalds so heated is his perception of how security vulnerabilities are so incredibly over-hyped to the extent that he calls it a "security circus." What started this whole tirade, was a post Torvalds made to the Linux kernel developer newsgroup four weeks ago where he lobbed his opinions of how the "security circus... glorifies and... encourages the wrong behavior," and where he saved his cruelest and most politically-incorrect statement for the uber-security-minded, OpenBSD developers: Linus Torvalds... Read more...
WD ANNOUNCES WD VELOCIRAPTOR SATA HARD DRIVE WITH BACKPLANE COMPATIBILITY FOR SERVERS, DESKTOPS AND WORKSTATIONS World’s Fastest 10,000 RPM, 2.5–inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive Just Gets Better LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – August 12, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping the new backplane-compatible WD VelociRaptor hard drive, the latest generation of its popular 10,000 RPM SATA WD VelociRaptor series of drives. The new backplane version of the WD VelociRaptor is specifically designed for 3.5-inch drive-based servers, PC and Mac computer enthusiasts and professional workstations that require the need for a backplane structure. A favorite among enthusiasts, the WD VelociRaptor comes... Read more...
Who decides which apps go up --- and stay up --- on the App Store? After all, something pretty useful like NetShare gets dropped from the App Store a couple of times (all right, all right, I know AT&T wouldn't like it), while something totally frivolous like this app gets posted?The app was named "I am Rich." The name is appropriate, because basically all it did was put the image below (sort of a faux diamond) on your iPhone screen (minus the text, of course). I say "was" because someone came to their senses and removed it.However, obviously, someone who would waste, er, spend his money on this app is rich enough to not care. Hence the name of the app. And yes, this was officially the most... Read more...
If this was in the U.S., you can bet Jack Thompson would be all over it.  Since it's Thailand, not exactly a media-friendly country, we may never hear about it again, except perhaps in shareholder reports. Police claim that the youth showed no sign of mental instability while he was being questioned. He told police that he hadn't intended to kill the 54 year old driver. "He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," said the police chief. A government official with Thailand's Cultural Surveillance Center told Reuters: "This time-bomb has already exploded and the situation could get worse... Today it is a cab driver, but tomorrow it could... Read more...
The potential throttling by ISPs of certain types of Internet traffic has been in the news quite a bit lately. In fact, this last Friday, the FCC issued a ruling (PDF) against Comcast, stating that "Comcast's network management practices discriminate among applications rather than treating all equally and are inconsistent with the concept of an open and accessible Internet." Whether the FCC actually has the authority to take action against Comcast in this matter is still under debate, but the core of the FCC's argument is that Comcast engaged in "discriminatory network management practices" by monitoring and selectively blocking users' access to peer-to-peer (P2P) connections. The FCC's position... Read more...
Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record -2580MHz DDR3 Frequency Reached on Intel X48 Chipset- Fremont, CA, July 31, 2008 – Corsair,a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that its Dominator DDR3 memory modules have again shattered the world record for frequency. The record was set using the Asus ROG Rampage Extreme motherboard (Intel X48 chipset) and Corsair Dominator memory, utilizing Corsair’s award-winning DHX technology. The world record of 2580 MHz was reached at latency settings of 9-9-9-24 using a Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory module. These results were achieved with an Intel® Core™2 Duo E8400 processor overclocked... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
Ah yes, the idea was great; the resulting application (NetShare) good enough to make the App Store cut, but then someone at Apple remembered their partner (AT&T) and the app has disappeared from the store. After all, a tethering app would allow an end user to use their iPhone as a modem, not something AT&T would want. And we mention only AT&T because the error message returned is: The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store.Sounds like people in other countries may still be able to get the app. On the other hand, Nullriver, developers of the app, don't even list it on their site. NetShare was priced very reasonably, at $9.99 before it was pulled. Some people... Read more...
There has been much debate lately as to the effectiveness and reliability of consumer-level storage technology in the enterprise space.  This article on Dell's future or storage website, details some of the specific considerations and decisions IT managers may have to make..."The fact of the matter is if you’re working with an enterprise application and cost isn’t the only driving factor but uptime and rebuild times are critical, there’s a really strong case for SAS technology, though SATA is a tempting low-cost alternative to be sure.  In practice though, SATA drives don’t have the same level of status handling and error reporting that SAS drives do.  SAS drives utilize SCSI commands,... Read more...
There has obviously been a fair amount of buzz going on in the market about SSDs (Solid State Disks) as of late, as pricing continues its downward trend.  In addition performance has continued to improve with SSDs as the technology matures.  Recently, announcements from major OEMs like Samsung have promised fairly impressive offerings with read/write performance that would rival most standard spinning disks and of course sub 1ms access times that literally no standard rotational media could come close to.In preparation for an SSD round-up here at HotHardware, we started getting in eval samples from various vendors and one of them perhaps has made a bit more of a splash than others... Read more...
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