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Apple's multi-touch technology is so popular among "the rest of us" that it seems destined to replace all existing laptop pointing devices shortly:“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company's 2008 product roadmap say.”It seems possible, if not likely, that Apple will eventually migrate their entire laptop lineup to the new muli-touch trackpads.  It also seems likely that the new MacBook Pro models due soon will feature the new Penryn-family CPUs that offer up to 6 MB of L2 cache and SSE4 support.  As usual, we expect the MacBook Pro to get the... Read more...
While high-end workstation graphics cards may be based on roughly the same core architectures as gaming-targeted graphics cards, their purposes in life are very different. While they both accomplish the same task, processing commands and rendering images on-screen, workstation cards endure a more strenuous existence than their gaming brethren. Workstation cards are used to solve huge, mission-critical problems, like helping engineers design and build cars; helping architects to planning and construct buildings, and even help to our friendly oil and gas companies to provide more effective oil and gas production and transportation methods. For many HotHardware readers,... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news story with a grain of salt until we can get official confirmation or denial from ASUS.While we already reported that ASUS is already preparing a next-generation Eee PC, one of the newest rumors suggests that at least one variant will support a touch screen.  It is possible that utilizing a touch panel will allow the next-generation Eee to lose the more traditional touchpad, and thus save some space.“The second-generation of Eee PCs will support panel sizes of 8-, 9- and 10-inch, the sources said, of which, the 9-inch panel versions will feature a touch panel.The 9-inch touch panel-equipped Eee PCs will adopt four-wire resistive touch screen... Read more...
The successor to Windows Vista, which is currently codenamed Windows 7, will apparently support multi-touch.  That's assuming that users have the proper hardware.  We're wondering if this will only be an option for some subsets of users as we know of numerous MMORPGers that have already reported a wave of destroyed monitors in the wake of failed guild raids.  Perhaps this technology won't find an application in that particular crowd, but one never knows.“The company has long been a proponent of tablet PCs and touch input in Windows Mobile but has typically only provided control through a single point of contact and has largely designed its interfaces around a stylus rather than... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Announces Availability of Premium Hypersonic Gaming Notebooks for the Global Consumer Electronics Retail Channel Sunnyvale, CA—December 6, 2007—OCZ Technology Group a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, PC components, and system builds, is pleased to announce that gamers and enthusiasts will now have access to purchase pre-built Hypersonic notebooks from a wide spectrum of online and retail outlets. High-performance laptop seekers will be afforded greater and quicker access to laptops that fit their performance expectations, while more selective users can still customize the ultimate gaming notebook through the online Hypersonic... Read more...
Though we now know the identity of the fake Steve Jobs who kept us entertained with his blog, and thus the mystery is over, the story is not.  The author of “oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs”, Dan Lyons, is planning on going on tour.Before you ask, we'll answer for you: Yes, the fake Steve Jobs is going on a real book tour.“Lyons is not planning extensive travels elsewhere, however. Da Capo told him it was too late for a big tour — and, Lyons lamented, the book might bomb outside of Silicon Valley. Lyons' isn't even hopeful about his hometown of Boston."Being too insiderish — it's my biggest concern," Lyons told The Associated Press. "Maybe it's one of those things where if I had a... Read more...
We know some of you like to jump right down to the news, so w e’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new P35 chipset-based motherboard shootout here at HotHardware in which we pit the Asus P5K3 Deluxe against the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  The P5K3 Deluxe is positioned as a premium product, with a price tag to match.  And we put it up against another heavyweight, the Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6.  Both boards feature elaborate cooling hardware and overclocked well past the 2GHz FSB mark.  Click the link below and check them out... P35 Shootout: Asus P5K3 Deluxe vs. Gigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6... Read more...
Apple recently released the iPhone, which uses a technology called “multi-touch” to help users navigate through menus, programs, and even the web.  The technology has been so well received that it has been widely rumored that Apple will use the same technology to other products such as the next generation of iPods.Multi-touch might not just be limited to portable devices.  A new filing seems to indicate that Apple might be considering using their multi-touch technology on laptops and possibly even a sub-notebook/UMPC class device: “Like all good ideas (and Apple concepts, especially) the patent can be boiled down to a few simple concepts. Touchpads are often maligned because they can be unintentionally... Read more...
It wasn’t that long ago that the loss of a laptop or hard disk containing sensitive information about consumers was big news.  Sadly, it’s becoming much more common these days.  In fact, it’s so common that U.K. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas and his staff have looked into some 6000 complaints. "The roll call of banks, retailers, government departments, public bodies and other organizations which have admitted serious security lapses is frankly horrifying," Richard Thomas wrote in a report. "How can laptops holding details of customer accounts be used away from the office without strong encryption? How can millions of store card transactions fall into the wrong hands?" The best leak... Read more...
Most of us probably thought it was in the bag when Sony announced many weeks ago that it was going to lower its PS3 prices in order to stay competitive in the gaming market. However, according to Sony’s president, Ryoji Chubachi, it’s not gonna happen. Currently, the PS3 is still over twice as expensive as its rival, the Nintendo Wii, which has recently outsold PS3s 6 to 1 in Japan. This news is somewhat bewildering since the high price tag of the PS3 has been widely cited as its main downfall, and many analysts had predicted that Sony would soon slash prices. The only enlightenment we are offered in this mystery is that Chubachi declared Sony was “on track to reach its target of a 5% operating... Read more...
Don't just see your virtual world, but feel it?  As the saying goes truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, or science-fiction as the case may be.  However, just as Buck Rogers debuted the laser gun in silver screen days of old and the Jetsons gave us the picture phone, scientists are turning yet another far-fetched idea seemingly into reality. "The prototype Tangible 3D system combines a 3D display with a "haptic glove". The display creates lifelike images appear in just in front of a flat screen. It creates the illusion of depth by showing slightly different images to each of the viewer's eyes. This means no special glasses are needed. Attached to the display is a haptic glove.... Read more...
Haptic technology refers to technology that allows a user to communicate by means of the sense of touch via a computer interface. It seems complicated, but such feats as vibrating phones and video-game controllers are a few examples of haptics at work. In fact, the most famous haptic device is the PHANToM, which allows users to feel what they see. Users can identify an object’s form, shape, weight, and texture. The main applications of such devices are in the fields of medicine, education, industrial design, and accessibility; helping the blind. Researchers are looking to use the technology in the industrial field. “Currently, physical prototypes are replaced by virtual or digital prototypes/models... Read more...
A Playstation 3 isn't cheap to buy. But your friends down at HotHardware thought we'd research what it costs to run it, too. We visited Sust-It, a website that helps people choose energy efficient appliances in Great Britain. A Playstation 3 uses 380 watts of power while it's running! That's more than twice the power consumption on an X-Box 360. It's 22 times the power consumption of Nintendo's Wii. It's about the same as a frost-free refrigerator. The stated yearly cost of 47.69 Pounds translates to $92.14 per year for electricity. I've been told that many people also hook these device up to television sets. These may require power as well; further research is... Read more...
Keats must have had a vision of the new Estari notebook when he wrote "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". "Today's announcement that Estari, Inc. ( https://www.Estari.com ) is accepting orders for their new model of the patented Dual Screen(TM) Laptop Computer will revolutionize the way professionals do work outside the office. Study after study shows the efficiency of using two monitors on the desktop. Now computer users can have the same efficiency when they need to do work in a mobile environment." While 15" monitors are a great starting point, I have a feeling major players like Alienware and VicousPC are going to up the ante way past dual 17" with dizzying speed if... Read more...
Epic's Unreal Tournament 2007 is getting a name change, so say hello to Unreal Tournament 3. Creative, eh? More important though, is you can now expect to see it on Microsoft's XBOX 360, which joins the Playstation 3 and PC as its chosen formats. Unreal Tournament 3 is expected to be out in the 2nd half of 2007. "The new game comprises a vast number of changes from increased aggressiveness and intelligence in the AI to better, more ridiculously powerful weapons to new characters, game modes, and online improvements. New weapons are highlighted by the long-range Shock Rifle and the shorter range Flack Cannon, and more than two... Read more...
Power -- It's one of the most important factors for peak system performance and stability. Yet, the PSU is still an often overlooked PC component. While not as sexy as a high-end motherboard, video card or RAM, the power supplying these components is just as important as the components themselves.  With the heightened demands of the latest computing hardware, ample power is an increasingly important consideration for performance and stability. Dual GPU configurations are now commonplace and CPUs are sporting multiple cores, all of which place greater demand on the PSU.  Throw some overclocking into the mix and a common 550w PSU will crack under the stress, which can end up... Read more...
Stepping back to look at who has the largest market share in the chipset sector for AMD socket AM2 processors, it's clear who is on top and who is not.  Take virtually any major motherboard manufacturer and see what they have to offer and in most cases, NVIDIA chipset solutions are going to dominate the product list.  It's a little ironic when you take into account the merger between AMD and ATI, but it's a safe assumption that AMD and ATI will be working to level the playing field in the near future as they work on their roadmap product offering together. Today, however, ATI does have a chipset designed for the AM2 processor line, which brings competitive performance... Read more...
While we've posted links to various factory tours in the past, Firingsquad has a unique video tour of the insides of one of Gigabyte's factories. Click here to see the 2:11 minute video of Gigabyte, Taiwan. "Back in June we were invited to tour one of Gigabytes top factories. If you've ever wondered what the inside of one of these factories looks like, then you've come to the right place. Enjoy."... Read more...
The latest installment (Part 7) of the Multi-GPU World Tour is on-line today at LegitReviews. This article details the performance of six different ATI and NVIDIA multi-GPU configurations at the low, mid, and high-end of the markets. As you'll see, ATI's low and mid-range offerings don't fare very well against NVIDIA's. However, at the high-end, ATI actually pulled ahead in the majority of the tests. "Now, on to our experiences with the hardware. First and foremost I can't help but be impressed at just how easy to set up and well mannered the SLI systems are. You just pop in the cards, install the driver, click the balloon to... Read more...
In part 6 of the Multi-GPU World Tour, the guys over at nV News take a look at some "uncommon" benchmarks. They put the test rigs through several games not commonly used for benchmarking purposes in an attempt to see how they stack up in a variety of real-world situations. The games they used are Morrowind, Brothers in Arms, Neverwinter Nights, Painkiller and Dungeon Siege 2. "One approach to testing graphics card performance is to use in-game benchmarking, which relies the game engine to play back a recorded demo of actual gameplay. As the demo is played back, without sound and as fast as the computer being tested allows, the benchmark calculates and saves the frame rate... Read more...
Neoseeker hosts part five of the Multi-GPU World Tour. They are looking at how multi-GPU platforms perform using a sample of the most popular games being played according to XFire and Gamespy. "Although this article series leans towards a heavy slant of comparing ATI performance versus NVIDIA, our particular portion of the series gives us an opportunity also to remark on the overall value and relevance of Mult-GPU. We're looking at the most popular games being played, and many of these games simply don't stress the GPU enough for a very expensive setup to be of much gain. While other articles will and have covered games that put more pressure on the GPU, the only title we tested that... Read more...
The next installment of the Multi-GPU world tour is on-line today.  The crew at HARDiNFO covers some of the more common benchmarks and applications at four different resolutions on each of the six systems being covered. "This Multi-GPU World Tour is essentially 9 different sites working together to produce the largest and most comprehensive GPU review yet, featuring 6 multi-GPU setups and 60 benchmarks! At HARDiNFO we were assigned to cover the "common benchmarks". What is actually meant by "common benchmarks" you may ask? Well, all the benchmark applications included in this suite have the following in common: Thanks to built-in benchmarking... Read more...
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