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Sony will offer an ultra-thin flat television starting in December in Japan. It's the first to use the spiffy new organic organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. It's not cheap for what you get: only 11" at around $1740.00, but OLEDs are wafer thin, use much less power than LEDs or plasma, and are great at displaying fast moving images... Read more...
Remember the good old days, when thieves would smash the window in your car and steal your radio? Well, the days of walking down the street in any big city and seeing "No Radio" signs in car windows are long gone. It's the Global Positioning Satellite devices they're after now. "Police say several things have come together to... Read more...
Intel has announced that they are planning to acquire Havok, Inc., a company that developed the popular Havok physics software used in many leading games.Havok's technology isn't just limited to games.  They also have their hands in numerous other projects including Hollywood movies.  Here's a snip from the Intel press release:Havok's modular... Read more...
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled... Read more...
The music industry just can't admit that the CD, although not dead, is dying.  The latest attempt to save the medium, the "ringle" combines three songs with a ringtone for one price.  But the price they are suggesting isn't one that is likely to grab many buyers. The original version of the song, plus a remix and an older song would... Read more...
On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced... Read more...
Six million miles, into space no less.  The lightsaber used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker will be flown into space on the space shuttle, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.  And let's be honest, when we talk about Star Wars, despite the "episodes," there is only one Star Wars movie. Doug Mattice, a spokesman... Read more...
Although many of us place our trust in GPS and satellite navigation, there have been several under-reported stories of people placing too much trust in the units, and driving into dead ends or even to the edge - though not off - of cliffs.  In a problematic area in South Wales, the first official signs in Great Britain warning of such a GPS... Read more...
Earlier today we reported on the hardware unlocking of the iPhone.  But that's ALREADY so over, as the group that operates iPhoneSIMfree.com has created a way to do it in software - and they say it will resists upgrades and restores. The group has not published the details of their unlocking procedure because they plan to sell the service... Read more...
In an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition of Java, which is more well-known to the general public than Sun Microsystems itself, Sun will be changing its stock ticker symbol next week from SUNW to JAVA. "The number of people who know Java swamps the number of people who know Sun," Schwartz wrote. "JAVA is a technology... Read more...
HotHardware has no idea if the mid-eighties Michael Jackson look of having zippers all over your clothes is going to make a comeback. We were referring to your cellular phone handset. According to Mei-Hui Tsai, president of Empia Technology, touch panels are becoming a very hot component right now, and it's leading to shortages in production... Read more...
When AMD came out with their first 65nm X2 CPUs, a lot of fans were wondering if AMD was going to be in a good position to ramp up their existing X2 line.  If that happened, AMD might have been able to close some of the performance gap between the Core 2 Duo and the X2.Sadly, that never happened.  Instead, fans and hardware aficionados ended... Read more...
Anyone that bought an XPS 700 or 710 on or before June 30th of this year is eligible to participate in an upgrade plan that includes a 680i SLI motherboard, and the option to buy a QX6700 at 25% off the price in the Dell store.Of course Dell is selling the QX6700 for $1,119, versus the Q6700 which operates at the same speed but sells for about... Read more...
Ziff Davis, one of the pioneering PC publications, has announced plans to restructure in the wake of the decision to not pay its interest portion of the payment on its notes.Ziff Davis presently operates numerous publications such as the Games For Windows Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1Up.com, Filefront, and GameTap. “Jason Young,... Read more...
2K Games' Bioshock Pre-Orders Available via Steam NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2007 - Valve today announced that BioShock, the highly-anticipated and award-winning first-person shooter by 2K Games is available for pre-purchase now via Steam®. Starting today, gamers can pre-order BioShock... Read more...
Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including 64-bit versions of Vista and XP.  This is a DirectX9 and 10 end-user runtime update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website.  It is an official release, however.  "This download provides... Read more...
VIA PowerSaver Certified Energy-Efficient by China's CSC VIA's innovative PowerSaver technology certified by China Standard Certification Center for providing both environmental and economic benefits Taipei, Taiwan, 26 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer... Read more...
Nokia has recently launched a new service that allows GPS users to pinpoint their location in one minute, as opposed to the standard three minutes that it currently takes. The service will be available to users of its N95 handset, Nokia’s flagship product. “‘It will be reliably under one minute in most countries,’ says Ralph Eric Kunz, head... Read more...
According to this article on DailyTech, AMD is preparing a chipset that will be the basis for future high-end motherboard, the RD790.  The RD790 is supposedly going to support not only dual CPU sockets, but also up to 4 graphics cards.  This could be the very platform for the next generation “Quadfather”, or “Quadfather 2.0” if you will. “The... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application... Read more...
AMD Announces the Resignation of Dave Orton, former CEO of ATI SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- July 10, 2007 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Dave Orton, former president... Read more...
We’re not necessarily talking about gamers who need to eat more Subway sandwiches here, but rather people who are gaming fanatics.  Enough to dedicate large blocks of time and money to thier hobby.  So who are they and what are their defining characteristics?  A recent survey says that the so-called “Heavy Gamers” make up about 2% of all gamers:... Read more...
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