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Intel recently announced its intentions to develop a CPU containing 80 cores, but Mike Magee over at The Inquirer explains why he thinks more cores may not be better. The main point of his argument is that hardware can only truly be effective if software can take advantage of it's full capabilities. With that said, what good is an 80 core CPU without software that can utilize that much processing power? Only time will tell whether software will be developed to take advantage of Intel's proposed 80 core CPUs. Perhaps CPUs with as many as 80 cores really are the future of micro-processing, but then again perhaps we are just witnessing another publicity bombshell in the... Read more...
A PS3 or an X-Box 360 is a great big powerful thing. But it's Nintendo's inexpensive Wii that seems to be capturing people's imaginations. Its simple, intuitive controller has already spawned all kinds of little hacks. But some of the more interesting uses of the controller aren't part of Nintendo's official game library. Within weeks of Wii's November launch, videos were making the rounds on YouTube showing the controller used to move a PC's mouse cursor, play Half-Life 2 and even control a music synthesizer and drum machine. Hackers quickly discovered that the controller was using standard Bluetooth signals for its wireless... Read more...
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will reexamine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the'438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now in the process of reexamining two of the three patents in the lawsuit, and the PTO will soon decide whether it will reexamine the third. The PTO is reexamining U.S. Patent Number 6,378,114 (the '114 patent), and in August rejected all 15 claims in that patent. The PTO was asked to reexamine the third patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,453,446 (the '446... Read more...
Nokia sells a lot of phones. They sell ten times as many phones as Apple sells iPods. Hot Hardware editor Marco Chiappetta recently examined the evidence that Apple is trying to get a handle on the technology necessary to produce, finally, their own iPhone. They better hurry. Nokia seems to have already produced their own "noPlayer": The bottom line? The N91 is a good music player and a superb phone. That said, I wouldn't buy one for the outlandish current price of $599 when you can get an iPod and a phone separately for less money. However, keep in mind that today's music phones are for the early adopter crowd. Mobile-service providers are notorious for taking months to approve new... Read more...
Windows Vista is configured to reliably put your desktop to sleep during periods of inactivity. Now, besides quickly minimizing screens showing women that aren't dressed, or Fark when your boss walks by, you'll have to worry about the screen being blank while you're sleeping at your desk, too: With Windows Vista, Microsoft plans to put machines to sleep after an hour of inactivity. While businesses and consumers can change that setting, the software maker said they would be smart to let their computers nod off. Microsoft estimates that allowing a PC to go to sleep during off hours, as compared with leaving it on all the time, saves anywhere from $55 (£29.55) a year to $70 (£37.60)... Read more...
After months of delays, analysts are now stating that Microsoft will ship Windows Vista on time. ETA for RTM (release to manufacturing) will be sometime on November with retail release some time in January.  Head on over to Reuters for the details. Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund sent a note to clients saying that Microsoft may be ready to send the final test version of its much-anticipated Windows upgrade later this week or next week, indicating that Vista will be available for business customers in November and retail PCs by late January.... Read more...
No, not those kind of games, we're talking about online gambling here. A recent bill that aims to ban online gambling may sound like a good idea to some, but John J. Farmer, New Jersey's attorney general, says the ban has the potential to drive folks to unregulated web sites for their gambling needs. Farmer not only feels that the bill is a bad idea, but will also be short lived. "Farmer, now a partner in law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, said he studied the legality of online gaming in 1999, when the State of New Jersey was concerned about criminal operators. "In 1999, there were operators taking bets and not paying... Read more...
If you're like me, YouTube is thinking about taking out a restraining order on you, or giving you a medal. It's endlessly fascinating. LinuxElectrons outlines In-Stat's Consumer Media and Content Service's projection of growth in the UGC market. (user generated content) User-Generated Content (UGC), such as that found on YouTube and MySpace, will continue to grow significantly in popularity and generate increasing revenue over the next several years, reports In-Stat. By 2010, the volume of downloads/views on these sites will surpass 65 billion, and revenues tied to UGC video are expected to exceed $850 million by 2010, the high-tech market research firm says. Revenues are those directly... Read more...
Apple's OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, is supposedly being readied with features that could take on Windows Vista.  Since Apple has seen the light with respect to X86 class processors with its move to Intel, might die-hard PC enthusiasts now see more compelling reasons to actually consider running a Mac? "But beyond Boot Camp, it turns out, Apple intends to intensify its chances of winning Windows users, and wasn't about to rest on the laurels of Boot Camp. With the new OS X 10.5 version, planned for shipping in spring 2007, users will be able to tap into new backup and recovery technology, introduce virtual desktops, and have more... Read more...
Your best friend Guttersnipe made some alarming predictions over at the Inquirer yesterday. While we think there's certainly a bit of truth spun in between this vicious thread, we'd suggest you read through this post with more of an entertainment value mind-set.  Sure, logically one would assume there will be a bit of workforce consolidation between the two companies, there's no big surprise there but the Inq boys sure do like to take things over the top.  It's all good... just consider the source.  And NO that's not a dig on our buds at the Inq.  ;) "What's been very amusing for the last 10 years, however, is how naive and disingenuous hardware sites... Read more...
ECS Elitegroup to Acquire Uniwill Computer -- Leaders in notebook design and manufacture join forces to expand leadership in white book and ultra portable solutions -- Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS, TSE: 2331), the world's leading desktop PCs, notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless solutions and handheld devices manufacturer, announced it has inked an agreement to acquire Uniwill Computer, Taiwan's leading manufacturer of ultra-portable notebook solutions. This acquisition will allow customers of both companies to deploy a wide range of compelling notebook and white book products to the marketplace immediately. This is the second... Read more...
It's that time again. The ongoing "AMD vs. Intel" battle is gearing up, and as usual, there's no telling which way it will go. For some time now, AMD has been the processor of choice among enthusiasts, and that's unlikely to be challenged until Intel's 'Conroe' processor is up and about. "Age has mellowed my thirst for speed, and my upgrade schedule has slowed to a yearly pace, but that doesn't mean I'm settling for any less. To fit into this leisurely schedule I've had to focus a bit more on evolving technologies, and do my best to avoid the lemons and technological evolutionary branches which aren't going... Read more...
Yes, the Nintendo Wii. Despite what you may think of the name, the console does show plenty of promise. But will it really beat out Sony or Microsoft in the upcoming console wars? Microsoft has had their XBox 360 out for sometime now, and we still don't know much about the PS3, but Nintendo has been steadily leaking information from time to time. Here's hoping we get more info on both the PS3 and the Wii during this years E3. "Last year, when we first learned about Wii's (then-named Revolution) unique controller, we published this article explaining why we thought Nintendo was on the right path to regaining the console throne. At... Read more...
Today's top-shelf computer games look pretty stunning, especially when you run them using a PC with a powerful graphics chip and a speedy processor. But you have to admit, even the best games still don't look completely realistic. From the way explosions appear, to the way water flows, to the way a character falls down, there's still something less than real about it. The folks at a company named Ageia say the missing element is real-world physics, and they want you to add a third processor -- a physics processing unit -- to your PC. The PPU would let game developers add more physics effects and complexity to their games. Of course, many of today's games already employ some physics... Read more...
Microsoft's next major operating system release isn't quite ready for prime-time just yet, but we're sure many of you are wondering whether or not your rigs will be able to handle Vista when it arrives. The crew at PC Mechanic aims to answer some questions about Vista's hardware requirements in this article. Some of their findings don't quite jibe with my own (specifically about memory usage), but there's some good info in their article nonetheless.  I wrote an article for the CPU Magazine recently regarding the hardware we recommend for Vista, be sure to pick up the May issue to check it out. "The computing... Read more...
It appears they will. As X-Bit labs writes, ATI is planning some pretty serious price cuts for their X1x00 series cards. The Radeon X1900 XTX will retail for around $549, and the X1900 XT being brought down to $479. Just in time for Nvidia's GeForce 7900 products."The Markham, Ontario-based GPU supplier is projected to announce price slash on the Radeon X1900-, X1800-, X1600 and X1300-series products shortly, according to sources familiar with the plans of the graphics giant. The decrease of the prices will help ATI to more efficiently compete against Nvidia Corp.'s new products which release will spur lowering the prices across-the-board."... Read more...
Iwill ZPC64 Review @ AMDZone: "We have been testing Iwill boards since their early VIA Socket 462 offerings, and to tell you the truth we were a bit surprised to see them jump into the small form factor crowd. They did with a lineup that has certainly been different than just the normal bread box style solution. Amongst their most interesting offerings is the very small ZPC64 which at a mere 75mm wide still manages to fit a power AGP video card in it. Before we get to our testing of the ZPC64 lets look at the full specifications." Creative Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) @ CoolTechZone.com: "It's been quite a while since we have seen any major activity in the sound card arena. It was around... Read more...
Good evening everyone, welcome back :)  With meetings running longer then expected, my work day wrapped up exceptionally late tonight.  Nonetheless, before this jockey heads to the stables for some well needed shuteye, I have the wrap-up of news from around the net.  With a few exceptionally tasty morsels on the plate for this evening, your hunger for the latest and greatest should be well satisfied until we meet up in the AM.... XGI™ Announces theVolari™ Graphics Board Series Taipei—September 27, 2004 —XGI Technology Inc, an innovative graphics chipsets supplier, today announced their Volari™ Graphics board series; a full line of graphic boards powered... Read more...
Good afternoon friends, welcome back to Hot Hardware :)  The newswire is humming with activity today.  So, without further delay here is another shot of the juice... PRESS RELEASE -Asetek WaterChill KT03-L20 Entry Kit "The NEW WaterChill™ KT03-L20 Entry Kit is a superb entry-level water cooling kit designed for moderate PC Enthusiasts and Overclockers excited to explore the world of water cooling for the first time – without compromising quality. The WaterChill™ CPU Cooling Entry Kit offers Maximum Cooling Performance & Easy Assembly and has unmatched price competitiveness." Components: • WaterChill™ CPU Cooler (DYO – CPU01/P1) supporting... Read more...
The Iwill XP4-G Mini-PC Iwill Enters the SFF Fray... By, Marco Chiappetta June 25, 2003 Small Form Factor, or SFF PCs have been getting a ton of press lately.  In late 2001 Shuttle introduced their SV24, and from then on the market has simply exploded.  Now, a myriad of different OEMs offer mini-PCs that cater to a wide variety of users.  Shuttle has delivered SFF systems for business users (SB52G2) or the performance enthusiast (SB61G2).  MSI has audiophiles covered with their MEGA PC.  Each one of these systems, and many others, offer specific features that are designed to please a specific target audience.  In general, the trend has been to cram as many features... Read more...
The Abit IT7-Max2 v2.0 vs. The Iwill P4HT-S Two Fully-Loaded i845PE's Duke it Out... By, Marco Chiappetta January 24, 2003      Over the past couple of years we have seen quite a few core logic chipsets hit the market for the Pentium 4.  We have tested motherboards based on the i850, i850e, a slew of variations of the i845, the SiS648, VIA's P4X266, 333 and 400...the list goes on and on.  Thanks to a few choice products, a good all-around feature set, including USB 2.0, Hyperthreading support and true DDR333 support, and top-notch performance one chipset in particular has won over many of the enthusiasts out there, the i845PE.  Today, we're taking two of the... Read more...
The IWILL P4ES Motherboard Review Serial ATA is on the way! By, Robert Maloney October 10, 2002 The one true constant, when it comes to the world of computers, is change. Even as new items hit the market, or even during our evaluations early on here at HotHardware, newer technological breakthroughs are being developed to get more and more performance from PC system components. Technology silently progresses on whether or not the rest of the world is ready for these new ideas. More often than not, motherboards are the springboard for these new technologies, sometimes incorporating them before the supporting hardware is even released. One such technology is Serial ATA (SATA), which will eventually... Read more...
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