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We don't know about you, but we're getting tired of headlines with "(fill in the blank) Killer" in them. It's pointless anyway, if you're talking about Apple, for instance. It's useful to remember that Apple could sell poison popsicles at the North Pole with a 400% profit margin and there's be a line for them, so let's forget about killing the iPod for now. But SanDisk, the second largest seller of MP3 players in the world is out with their new, powerful, cheap and tiny player, and it's going to be a... be successful. Model   Expected Suggested Retail Price... Read more...
Wanting to focus (no pun intended) on Flickr, Yahoo will close its Yahoo Photos site on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. EDT.  Yahoo said it will automatically move photos to a site of the user's choice, including Flickr, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish and Photobucket. Yahoo said it will automatically move users' photos to the photo-sharing sites of their choice. In addition, users can download their original resolution photos to their computers. Users of the New Yahoo Photos can also get an archive CD for US$6.95 plus shipping from Yahoo's partner Englaze. If users don't tell Yahoo what to do with the photos before the site closes, their photos will be deleted and will no longer be accessible.... Read more...
When Gmail was first announced, with its 1 GB limit, it certainly made news.  Since then Hotmail (Now Windows Live Hotmail), Yahoo Mail, and Gmail have all been increasing the storage capacity of both their free accounts and the pay-for accounts.Now Microsoft is jumping from 2 GB to 5 GB in a move to outdo Gmail.  We're eagerly awaiting Gmail's response. “The limit for a free Windows Live Hotmail account will increase from 2GB to 5GB. The change will be rolled out to users over the next few weeks along with a series of other upgrades, wrote Ellie Powers-Boyle, a Microsoft program manager, on a company blog. Google offers around 2.8GB of storage space for a free account. Last week, Google began... Read more...
Information Week goes beyond asking who would buy used tech gear, -the answer is pretty much everybody- and examines the real-world factors that drive hardware hungry equipment users to look for goods unauthorized by manufacturers, or the so-called "gray market" of counterfeit hardware, to look for bargains or just plain hard to find stuff.  Nearly 46% of respondents to our survey say they occasionally buy secondhand equipment; 14% do so regularly. They buy used products mainly to save money. Preowned gear can be had for as much as 90% off list price, a tantalizing discount for budget-strapped IT departments, which often see an opportunity to get more features or processing power... Read more...
Engineers Ravi Vaidyanthan and Lalit Gupta of Southern Illinois University have determined a way to measure and utilize the minute changes in inner ear pressure, caused when a person moves their tongue inside their mouth, to operate equipment like a wheelchair.  It's bound to be a boon to the severely disabled, but eventually might find a use for others that have to operate any device while keeping their hands free. Think-a-move has refined its wheelchair control system to cope with swallows and coughs, although users must train it to recognise their tongue movements the first time they use it. The company's wheelchair will be primarily aimed at quadriplegics who must currently use... Read more...
Almost any time that a new product is released with enough hype to virtually guarantee a first-day sellout, there will almost always be someone there who plans on putting the item(s) on auction.  They might not be too vocal about who they are since they don’t want any competition, but there’s a fair chance that they’re there. So what happens when the item doesn’t completely sell out?  Those auctions don’t get (m)any bids: “Immediately, some trends were obvious - the most obvious of them being that users were largely selling just the 8GB model, with only 13% of listings being devoted to the 4GB model. The other obvious (and more substantial trend) was that many of... Read more...
Hey HotHardware Fans!  As you've probably noticed, we've had a lot going on here in the last few weeks.  We recently revamped the home page to speed things up and to incorporate new features that allow you add your own comments to our news, that ease social bookmarking of our news and articles, and to generally make it easier to navigate through our content. This week we've made another major change and have updated our forum software; you have to check it out.  In addition to simply making it easier to chat with other PC enthusiasts, our new forum is rife with new features like tagging, a WYSIWYG-like editor, and easy to browse sections that track your discussions, and most active... Read more...
At the peak of the dot-com boom (June of 2000), the unemployment rate for the computer industry was 2.3 %. Right now, it is even lower at 2.1%, which certainly comes as a green light to engineers and computer scientists. This year’s cohort of computer science and engineering students can expect an advantage in an industry that has grown steadily for the past four years. In fact, the unemployment rate for recent tech graduates has dropped to about 2%. "Things are particularly bright for software engineers, whose unemployment rate was down to 0.9 percent last quarter, compared to 1.9 percent during the same period in 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.""In total of tech jobs we’re... Read more...
Is it a hairdryer or a shower head?. Actually it's neither. Shown in the photo is the C2 comfort device from Herman Miller and is part of “The Be Collection.” Though it looks simple, it is armed with patented technologies that enhance one’s personal climate experience. The C2 allows users to personalize air temperature and enhance air quality via its particulate air filter that is Greenguard-certified. “The C2 is 41 percent recyclable, and businesses can count it toward environmental certification using the points-based LEED system. It also uses 90 percent less energy than a typical space heater.” The optimal operating distance is 18 inches and can increase the air temperature by up to 32... Read more...
AMD has just revealed another detail regarding their upcoming desktop quad-core processors that we wanted to share with you.  A few weeks ago, we talked about AMD's new branding for their desktop derivatives of the Barcelona core, now dubbed the Phenom FX, X4 and X2.  If you're unfamiliar with Phenom, the processors will be based on AMD's K10 architecture and will feature a faster on-die memory controller, support 64-bit and 128-bit SSE operations, and they'll be outfitted with 2MB of on-chip L2 cache (512KB dedicated per core) in addition to 2MB of shared L3 cache.  The new chips will also feature support for HyperTransport 3.0, along with a numerous architectural enhancements.  Instead of revealing... Read more...
Google paid $3.1 billion for the online advertising company DoubleClick. Microsoft countered by buying aQuantivefor $6 billion. Wall Street thinks they're crazy.  You and I know that's cheap. Because you and I are doing most  everything online now, and if you want to talk to us, you have to talk on the internet. Why do ad buyers keep pouring money into the old media? Because ad buyers are mostly old. Television, magazines, and newspapers may be hanging on because they are more powerful media for reaching the consumers companies most want to reach. But I suspect they're hanging on for another demographic reason. Advertising is supposed to be a with-it, hot, trendy, tomorrow-based industry.... Read more...
Maybe we're exaggerating a bit; we didn't exactly invade Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.  But the folks at Intel decide to use a quote from our '06 Holiday Buyer's Guide in an advertisement that ultimately made its way onto a large billboard that's currently on display at O'Hare... We've all been in this business for many years now and have published thousands of articles between us, but there's just something exciting about seeing your name, or at least in this case our site's name, up in lights.  That said, we would qualify the quote that was used here with a "currently" at the end perhaps.  As with Planes and Trains, with Desktop PC... Read more...
Windows Live has been around for several months, but apparently it took a redesign complete with the old hotmail look to get the ball rolling. "Microsoft had been tinkering with Windows Live Mail for months, but testers still weren't happy. The program was too slow to load, too different and, well, just not like the old Hotmail it was intended to replace. It was a painful realization for the more than 100 managers and developers on the project. In banking on a snazzy Web 2.0 application to try to catch up to rivals Yahoo and Google, Microsoft had dramatically overshot its audience." For those of you still wanting the outlook-like interface of the now 'old' full version it is still available... Read more...
Naval Ravikant is an example of the new face of dotcom startups. He sees the method of nurturing startup ideas with venture capital cash as less of a bank and more like a movie studio. Ravikant runs a tight ship, with hard deadlines. "The engineers have the freedom to experiment, but they have 90 days to ship a product," he says. "The product has to grow organically, without any marketing." Those that are still growing on their own 12 months later get to live. They also receive more funding, and Ravikant plugs them into a distribution network he's building. Web products that don't hit their growth numbers get killed -- a far cry from the old incubator system, which kept... Read more...
Josh Rogers, IT/Commo Tech at the Balad Airbase, Balad, Iraq writes in with the following questions regarding our Ultimate Gaming Rig article... "I was wondering what you used to overclock and monitor the CPU. What is that program CPU-Z? I have an Asus Striker Extreme, a QX6700, eVGA Superclocked 8800GTX, and a Thermaltake Toughpower 850 PSU. Is overclocking to 3.0Ghz the safest way to go? Or is overvclocking to your review specs, at 3.33GHz safe as well?  What is Linkboost? Since I have that board I am interested. I am new to overclocking and to get 3.0 GHZ it was fine, but do I have to mess with the voltage or what?  What about getting the memory faster as well? I have 2GB of... Read more...
Microsoft has teams of engineers working on all kinds of interesting projects. Some are never meant see the light of day; others have to be seen to be believed, like Photosynth.  Photosynth is a technology that takes multiple pictures and not only stiches them together (with angle correction) but also allows the construction of 3D environments based on the photographs. Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that will change forever the way you think about digital photos.  Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.With Photosynth you can:... Read more...
The team here at HotHardware would like to extend a warm welcome into the world for young Samara Maloney.  And a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Kelley and Rob Maloney for giving birth to Maloney Kiddo 2.0! "Samara Maloney came into the world at 8.43am on Friday, April 20th, weighing in at 6lbs 9ozs.  Unlike her brother, Cameron, she had a head full of dark hair, but still has the blue, Irish eyes of her parents.  Both mommy and baby are doing well, resting this weekend in Putnam Hospital Center.  Big brother’s first reaction was to try and pet Samara like a cat. " Samara honey, unfortunately boys don't grow up too quick, so we hope... Read more...
According to a story on newscientisttech.com, a UK-based company plans to introduce system that are cooled by chilled oil, rather than traditional heatsinks and fans. The idea behind the technology is that oil is a much better conductor of heat than air, and with an adequate design all of the fans can be eliminated from the system... "It is possible to cut power consumption in half," managing director Peter Hopton told New Scientist. "You don't need to drive inefficient fans, or the usual air conditioning." Hopton first got the idea after seeing computer enthusiasts discuss the idea online. Oil does not affect the function of electronic components and offers a potentially useful cooling solution... Read more...
Every so often someone predicts a breakthrough in "electronic paper," which could supplant backlit screens for reading text and looking at pictures. Power consumption would be greatly reduced and readability improved. A prototype for a full color version of E Ink's electronic paper being readied for next year might be the tipping point. If it can achieve that, McQuivey said, E Ink could threaten to displace the cheap and ubiquitous liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), while revolutionizing how we think about reading. Electronic billboards, for example, would no longer need to be bulky or costly to erect. They could be hung from just about any wall or folded into the back of a car for... Read more...
According to CNet, Adobe is planning to expand on their web-based offerings. Here's a a taste:  "Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said Tuesday." Adobe has watched with interest as outfits like Google have acquired or developed several successful ad-supported services over the past few years, and has decided to throw its hat into the ring and take one of its most famous products into the on-line arena. The web-based Photoshop could face some stiff competition not only from existing free image editing software but other... Read more...
Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models" Adtron has typically serviced aerospace, medical, and enterprise fields, however the release of this drive is very good news for the average Joe. It is likely that once some of the major players start developing and using such high density NAND devices, that trend is going to help drive... Read more...
The Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition is billed as a top-of-the-line ultra-performance machine built with the most hardcore of gamers in mind. Not only does the XPS 710 H2C hold the distinction of being Dell's first non-limited edition factory overclocked computer, it also uses Dell's first in-house liquid cooling system to keep its quad-core power plant cool. The XPS 710 H2C is the most heavily performance-specified XPS system yet, with an Intel Core 2 QX6700 processor, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, 4 GB of RAM and two Western Digital Raptors in a RAID 0 array, as standard equipment. We recently got our hands on one and we've been putting it through its paces, as it ripped through the benchmarks... Read more...
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