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PC World has a new article on-line detailing what they, and their readers, think are the Top 20 Most Annoying Tech Products of all time.  Half of the list was compiled from user-submitted votes and the other half by PC World editors... "This list hardly covers every annoying tech product ever made. But where did this list of 20 come from? You picked the worst ones by voting in our Annoyances Poll, and you'll see your Top 10 most annoying products flagged with icons. Just for fun, we've added 10 more products that didn't get enough votes from you in our poll but that we found particularly irksome." How do you think they did? Can you think of some even more annoying tech products?... Read more...
The rumors of an AMD based Apple PC have been going around since at least the time of the original Athlon launch, and possibly even earlier. To date that is all they are, rumors. However, with ATI being a long-time Apple supplier, and now part of AMD, anything is possible. Do keep in mind while you're reading this, that Apple has often used rumors of switching CPU to negotiate better prices with existing vendors. Isn't it about time for bulk orders of Santa Rosa? "The tale runs that Apple wants to have a second source for its CPUs, and use a company that will build "platforms" for all. Even humble Nvidia is hot in the running for making... Read more...
Clean Port 80, a group created by SCO chairman Ralph Yarro, is trying to keep websites with pornographic content from using port 80, the main HTTP port, in order to contain the proliferation of porn on the internet. Clean Port 80's main argument is that the internet is comparable to a TV with only one channel on which pornography or other unsuitable content may randomly show up while children are watching; something the group argues no parent would want. While Clean Port 80's goals may sound noble to some, to others they amount to nothing more than censorship. The governor of Utah signed a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday that calls on the US Congress to do something about the rising... Read more...
PC Industry Rallying Behind DTX Specification to Enable Small Form Factor Adoption - Open Standard Allows OEMs and ODMs to Innovate and Develop Smaller, Quieter and More-Efficient Desktop Systems - CeBIT - Hannover, Germany -- March 15, 2007 --Further demonstrating its commitment to lead the world to energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced strong ecosystem support for DTX, the open standard specification driven by AMD to enable the broad development of small form factor (SFF) PCs. DTX has been developed to empower industry stakeholders to deliver innovative, energy-efficient small form factor solutions that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, all while delivering rich... Read more...
You knew it wouldn't be long before someone pulled this off.  Wonder if there's a blood-thirsty lawyer or three at Nintendo that might have issues with this small "mod"? "The idea was to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday so we could get back to our busy schedules. Of course we had to put on a sword too, and if there was time, maybe an Airsoft gun. Also, we wanted it to fight people, but you can't have everything." Check the vid - pretty cool.  Gotta get me one of those industrial robots for when the dog gets out of line.... Read more...
Now this is my kind of stuff. Earlier in the week we reported on Apple's new ads attacking Vista and the PC in general. It's Microsoft's turn to throw a few stones, and the company's leader himself has some things to say about Apple's assertions... Are you bugged by the Apple commercial where John Hodgman is the PC, and he has to undergo surgery to get Vista? I've never seen it. I don't think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are. How about the implication that you need surgery to upgrade? Well, certainly we've done a better job letting you upgrade... Read more...
Sony announced they've configured their latest televisions to play video from the internet, and many other video sources. Sony, which unveiled the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said the drive to marry Internet and other digital video with traditional devices was part of a bid to showcase its four strategic growth areas: video gaming, digital imaging, high definition and mobile products. It was never any fun watching your homemade sex tape on the same screen with your spreadsheets, was it? Sony puts internet video watchers back on the couch.... Read more...
If all you needed was a spreadsheet and Word, all computers would have an inch of dust on them and would have yellowed to the color of smoker's teeth. But computer gamers were never satisfied. They demanded ever more powerful GPUs to run their games. And now a funny thing has happened: GPUs are more powerful than CPUs. At the SuperComputing 2006 conference next week in Tampa, Florida, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release benchmark tests showing how specialized graphics processing units, or GPUs, developed for the games industry over the past few years compare with all-purpose central processing... Read more...
Is Sony's portable text display gadget called the "Reader" poised to become the iPod for books? Sooner or later, text displayed on some sort of handy portable screen is bound to make ink-on-paper books obsolete. The question always is, just like a long car ride: "Are we there yet?" Blake Wilson at Slate.com doesn't think so: The iPod has succeeded because people are willing to spend money and put up with diminished sound quality in order to carry their music collections with them. Sony is clearly hoping that the same key feature - portability - will sell readers on e-books. But the Reader's advantage over the competitive... Read more...
What is YouTube, exactly? It serves different purposes for different users, but its main reason for existence recently seems to be for music industry lawyers to fight over any money that might be in it. But Warner Brothers music seems to have come to the realization that YouTube is a massive pile of eyeballs that want to look at their product, and have decided that maybe they'd like to get a little milk from that cow instead of hiring lawyers to try to cut it into steaks: Warner Music has agreed to make its library of music videos available to YouTube, marking the first time that an established record company has agreed to make its content... Read more...
Plan A: 1. Buy or steal one copy of expensive software 2. Sign up for Google adwords 3. Sell a whole bunch of it 4. Buy yachts and mansions and antique cars and pretty much have a Nelly video party running at your house day and night. Nathan Peterson, 27, of Antelope Acres, Calif., pleaded guilty in late 2005 to multiple counts of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated Adobe, Microsoft, and Symantec software via the Web. According to federal authorities, Peterson netted more than $5.4 million from the sale of $20 million worth of software. He sold the phony programs from his https://www.ibackups.net site starting in 2003 and didn't stop until he was arrested in February 2005. Peterson... Read more...
Jack Thompson has become a bit of a celebrity with his crusade against the evils of video games. Along the way he's managed to start fights with Janet Reno, the Florida Bar Association, and of course, Rockstar Entertainment. With no new Grand Theft Auto games hitting the market at the moment, Mr. Thompson has turned his attention towards Rockstar's latest game, Bully. bit-tech.net has the latest scoop on Mr. Thompson's attempt at keeping the game from making its October 1st release date. "Take-Two has until five o'clock p.m., Eastern time, Monday, August 14, 2006, to inform me in writing that it will forthwith provide me with a copy of Bully so that I and others can analyze... Read more...
Those of you looking for work in the high-tech field may want to pack a bag and move where the money is.  This story from Forbes.com details the top 25 cities across the U.S. for high-paying tech jobs.  I was surprised to find my new home-town of Norwalk, CT was number 8. Why don't some of you HH fans move to the area so we can start an annual high-tech BBQ here in the BW Labs? "If you want to find the top-paying jobs in the U.S. tech industry, you may want to look in the obvious places -- Montgomery, Ala., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Fort Smith, Ark., for instance. Surprised? So were we. But for those looking to make top dollar as... Read more...
The Inquirer reports this morning that their sources are indicating the yields for Sony's upcoming CELL processor are "horrible". Serving as the foundation for the highly anticipated Playstation 3 gaming console, these rumors of poor yields are disconcerting to say the least. With an estimated arrival of November and tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gamers waiting in line to purchase it, the Playstation 3 could be in serious trouble. Then again, this could just be an ugly rumor meant to strike fear in the hearts of Sony fans worldwide. Per usual, time will tell. The problem is that IBM and Sony designed the chip for some... Read more...
Having two video cards in your system still not enough? For those that can afford it, Quad-SLI is coming. Today FiringSquad gives us a peak of Dell's implementation of the tech. It's great to see they'll be hitting the market, but are these Quad-SLI cards going to be available for everyone, or just system builders such as Dell and Falcon Northwest? "In the case of the Dell demonstration launched at CES, the PCBs for two GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB GPUs were grafted onto one board, requiring one x16 PCI Express graphics slot. You must then combine this card with a second board to enable Quad SLI. The whole setup only requires two x16 PCI Express graphics... Read more...
Steve "Stratus" Grever from Hardware-Review.Net has reviewed a wild looking case from Logisys, the "Yin Yang".  It's not exactly my style because I'm a stickler for good cable management and a more subdued appearance, but I'm sure many of you will totally dig the two-tone, translucent look of this puppy.Having a clear acrylic case was considered "cool" a couple years ago, but now the fad seems to have wore off. To help bring back the hype to clear cases, Logisys developed the two-tone, blue/clear acrylic Yin Yang ATX case, which is on our test bench today. Let's see if this case can tip the scales back in the clear case's favor and make them the "King of the Hill" once... Read more...
And I thought our little shop here at HotHardware had some hot-stuff hardware capacity coming on line with our new fancy-pants Dual 3GHz Xeon front end web box.  Google on the other hand likes to throw a few thousand Opterons at a time at the situations and own the backbone connection as well.  Oofaa..."The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the... Read more...
With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure some of you are looking for the perfect gift. In the year 2005, a pair of slippers might cut it. But how about new photo printer? Designtechnica looks to make the job a little easier with their Fall 2005 Buying Guide for Photo Printers. "You may have to dig a little deeper with other models that don't have 'photo' in their names. This doesn't mean you can't print photos with them; rather, there are models like the ones just mentioned that utilize specific technologies to deliver the ultimate in photo-quality prints. At this time, inkjet printers are the most popular way to make prints at home but... Read more...
Hey folks, the news is moving a bit slow, but it's still moving. AMD Zone has updated their Quake 4 benchmarks to include some numbers using two Radeon X850XT PE cards(Crossfire). On a more depressing note, Baseball season is now over, ended by a 4 game sweep of the Houston Astros by the Chicago White Sox. Two Sox in two years. It's the most generic thing to say, but I'll say it... there's always next year. Well folks, I'm out. Goodnight! ATI's Radeon X1800 XT Breaks 1 GHz Speed Barrier Finnish over-clockers make world GPU history PORI, FINLAND - October 26, 2005 - An independent team of Finnish over-clockers has made world history by over-clocking a graphics processor to engine clock levels... Read more...
Jackson Armor Card @ TechTastic.ca: "Today we take a look at a hardware solution that works independently of the operating system, the Jackson Armor Card.  The Jackson Armor Card is a revolutionary hardware solution that instantly restores computers to full operational status with a simply reboot. Even a novice PC user can instantly revive a disabled computer." Notebook Buying Tips and Input Devices Galore @ Designtechnica: "Lastly I discuss a nice logical process for purchasing a laptop, from a student's perspective. Hint: Start with the components you can't upgrade, and decide on how much weight you want to lug around. Specific systems mentioned include the Sony Vaio S4X0,... Read more...
Good afternoon ya'll! We've got some decent articles for you today, including The Tech Report's benching of various games @ 2048x1536! Nvidia worked on making the G70 handle higher resolutions better than it's predecessors, but how much better? Let's have a look... Uber-high-resolution gaming on today's GPUs @ The Tech Report "Some of our readers requested a different approach, asking us to test the cards at ultra-high resolutions, including the big kahuna, 2048x1536. We're obliging sorts of fellows, so we set out to locate and purchase a monitor capable of running at this almost otherworldly screen resolution. A hundred bucks and a brush with a hernia later, an enormous 22" aperture... Read more...
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