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Gregory Sullivan

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Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström are fascinating entrepreneurs. First they built the Kazaa file sharing empire, then built Skype VoIP into a business eBay was willing to pay 2.6 billion dollars for. Now they've decided to turn their attention to streaming TV over the internet. Is their "Joost" going to destroy the television,... Read more...
Google keeps buying things and offering services. They're doing preliminary work to offer free WiFi to the entire City of San Francisco.  Hey, how about the rest of us? Google says it has no plans to attempt to offer such Internet access beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, the Journal... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard researchers realized they could pack more transistors on a chip, without shrinking them, simply by moving their connections to a nano-wire grid on top of them and packing more of them in the space they saved. "For a long time, we in the industry have been obsessed with this... Read more...
Of course, we're talking about video game sales in 2006. Fine by me. The Department of Labor and NASA aren't nearly as much fun as Madden Football. In all, hardware sales surged 43 percent to $4.6 billion in 2006 and software sales rose 6 percent to $6.5 billion. Sales of accessories jumped 19 percent to $1.5 billion for the year.... Read more...
Phishing scams are all the rage these days. And as the scammers get more sophisticated, it's not just noobs who get their info and their money stolen. E*Bay's subsidiary PayPal is preparing to offer a key fob for its users to make stealing your info only half the battle. ... Read more...
I'm older than many HotHardware readers. I remember this man. I remember this speech. A million opinions of its meaning and importance have been offered in the intervening 44 years. I suggest we go back and listen to it. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow,... Read more...
Organizing the world's information is a big job. The Library of Congress has been trying to do it for years. Is Google doing it better, for free? While Google talks to corporations and Wall Street about its desire and means to drive the sky's-the-limit profits to Google shareholder coffers, The Library of Congress reaches out to individuals... Read more...
Toshiba announced at the CES that they've made a triple-stacked HD-DVD read-only disc that can hold more ones and zeros than a standard Blu-Ray disc --51 gigabytes. That's a lot of 1080p hi-def goodness: The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats:... Read more...
The widely unexpected success of Nintendo's modest little Wii game console has put them back on the map. And unlike the powerful and expensive PS3 and X-Box 360, the Wii has made money for its makers right out of the gate: Today, the company increased its earnings forecast for fiscal year 2007 by 20 percent. The new guidance points to... Read more...
Verizon is burying FIOS lines to houses as fast as they can for their customers on the Northeastern seaboard. And they're beginning to offer download speeds that just might make their investment in broadband service infrastructure pay for all that digging --up to 50 megabits per second:... Read more...
I saw the nifty iPhone rollout yesterday, and wondered: Am I the only one that doesn't think this is a phone? It's a PDA you can talk on the phone with. It's a nifty tablet PC you can talk on the phone on. It's an iPod you can call people with. But it's the phone is the add-on, not the other way... Read more...
Let's face it: The HotHardware we crave, we craved first to play Doom. John Carmack, the programming genius that got all those sprites and textures to appear like magic on my pokey 386, is the old man of the industry now. Wired asks him what he's up to, and what he thinks of computer gaming in general.... Read more...
All kinds of goodies are showing up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Ars technica takes a look at Nokia's improvement on their 770 Internet tablet, the N800. The most impressive new features for the N800 were the video streaming and GPS capabilities. Using a wireless router,... Read more...
Well, the music labels got their way, more or less. Most everybody's getting their music from iTunes, and the labels' Digital Rights Management is mostly secure, as they can only be played on an iPod device. It seems to be dawning on them that they're working for Steve Jobs now, not the other way around. And the good old MP3 format... 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... Read more...
Ford's getting its brains beat in by foreign manufacturers. They forgot to keep up with the times. Well, the times are telling them that the CD is becoming as obsolete as cassettes for audio entertainment while you're driving. Ford and Microsoft figure you'd bring your own music to your rolling party, if they just let you... Read more...
Wired News has ranked the top ten tech towns in America, and it's worth reading just to get a peek at the algorithms they used to judge who's who, and who's a robogeek. These include   Number of attendees at local meetings of dorkbot, a group for... Read more...
Samsung electronics has announced the first double-sided LCD screen that is able to show a different image on each side. Akihabara news has the lowdown. The breakthrough LCD product makes use of Samsung's new double-gate, thin-film transistor (TFT) architecture. TFT gates are electronic components that convert the necessary voltage at the... Read more...
Apple and HP appear to be ready to offer notebooks with LCD screens backlit with LEDs by the latter half of 2007. Neat. LED-backlit displays have slowly been making their way into consumer electronics lately, with Samsung leading the way with some of their LED HDTVs - the company has also... Read more...
As we mentioned yesterday, Google is useful for all sorts of things you might not know about. Slate's Michael Agger has a fascinating rundown on one of the strangest and most controversial applications Google's got: searching through patents: Now that the... Read more...
Avis is teaming up with Autonet Mobile to offer a WiFi hotspot that serves the rental car, and about a hundred foot radius around it. Autonet Mobile's In-Car Router is about the size of a laptop and draws power from the car's cigarette lighter outlet. The hardware itself is a bridge for a cellular provider's 3G... Read more...
All Hot Hardware lovers dream of a world of a enormously powerful processor with a command line. A baby is like that. So is Google: As Google nears 10,000 employees, though, it's become impossible to keep up with the 100 or so public products and projects that have come and gone. Some, like... Read more...
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