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China has been instituting controls to prevent marathon gaming sessions like this, but apparently they aren't secure enough. A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline. The man from the southern... Read more...
You won't have to say "cheese" any longer with this new Sony camera feature.  Using face detection technology, the camera won't snap a high-definition picture until a selected subject smiles."Using the smile recognition shutter function selected by the touch panel, you can pick which of up to eight people is the key smile," said Akira Tokuse... Read more...
The short answer is: yes, Microsoft is updating/changing software in a stealthy fashion.  Microsoft's own Nate Clinton has acknowledged that the Redmond juggernaut is indeed updating computers regardless of the preferences set by the user in the 'automatic updates' settings menu.According to Nate, here's what's happening:“So what is happening... Read more...
Rich Skrenta now has the dubious distinction of being recognized as the first person to write a self-replicating boot-sector virus.It'd be easy to criticise Mr Skrenta for his choice, but keep in mind that he was a high school student at the time, and will never really be able to complain when somebody infects his PC and swipes his eBay account... Read more...
When will people learn?  If you have a laptop with sensitive data on it, you should encrypt it.  So many laptops or hard drives have been lost or stolen.  And here we go again. A laptop containing unencrypted personal data on current and former employees of the AT&T Corp. was stolen recently from the car of an employee of a professional... Read more...
If you are a user in the United States, you can no longer use TorrentSpy.  However, that's not necessarily a bad thing as the site had been ordered to start tracking users.  Citing privacy, TorrentSpy now gives an error message if a user with a U.S. IP address tries to search. US users of the popular Torrent search site TorrentSpy... Read more...
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... Read more...
About a year ago we decided our living room furniture was on its last legs.  It had been a cheap sectional set, and it was badly in need of replacement.  We had never tried buying furniture online before, except for small items such as TV stands or footstools.  With the trend toward lower prices on the Internet, and looking at a retail price... Read more...
The sheer number of recalls for Chinese toys has placed a burden not just on retailers and toy companies, but on consumers as well. Parents have quite a long list to go over if they want to be sure the toys they have purchased for their children are safe.  But online toy companies are making things easier on parents. Online stores... Read more...
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance Optimization for Software Applications -- AMD “Light-Weight Profiling” is the first specification under AMD’s Hardware Extensions for Software Parallelism initiative; targeted to helping developers fully leverage the benefits of multi-core processing... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Closes $1.5 Billion Offering of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 SUNNYVALE, Calif – August 14, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) today announced the closing of its offering of $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.75% Convertible... Read more...
Google is a very powerful thing, whether you're referring to the search engine or the company that offers it. Microsoft feels Google's breath on its neck now, and is purchasing web-based companies to help them get into the lucrative online advertising business that is Google's strength. And Google continues to  buy companies that can help... Read more...
For anyone old enough to remember the VHS/Betamax wars, the new battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD might seem like history repeating itself.  While VHS did eventually prevail, it certainly put a lot of consumers off.  It also probably opened the door for wide adoption of the DVD as a single unified standard after both the VCD and laserdisc... Read more...
Microsoft continues to push its Open XML standard, the default file format of Office 2007, as an alternative to the Open Document Format.  This week, it met a setback in a vote by the INCITS. The executive committee of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) fell one vote shy of the nine required to... Read more...
Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 – Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers today in support of the new... Read more...
EBay has been ordered to take stronger measures to prevent cases of certain types of fraud by the German Federal Supreme Court.All this trouble started with customers selling fake Rolex watches with starting prices under 800 Euros.  Whatever happened to caveat emptor? “The ruling by the German Federal Supreme Court came in an appeal by plaintiffs... Read more...
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, recently announced to members of the European press that the company expects to phase out the Linksys name. Chambers considered the Linksys brand as having reached “end of life,” and is to be replaced by new products that wear a redesigned Cisco emblem. “‘It will all come overtime into a Cisco brand,’ Chambers... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Releases the World’s First Production 1800MHz DDR3 Solution Sunnyvale, Calif—July 19, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, the worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the next step to achieving maximum performance on the latest PC platforms... Read more...
Super Talent Ups the Ante with DDR3-1600 CL7 And Ships World's First 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Module San Jose, California - July 3, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched three significant new DDR3 kits.... Read more...
ATI has released a new driver and Catalyst Control Center software package for all flavors of Windows XP and Vista.  There are a number of bug fixes incorporated into this release for both XP and Vista users and some performance tweaks as well. "Performance Improvements:  Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic performance... Read more...
The Church of England is up in arms after discovering that Manchester Cathedral made its video game début in "Resistance: Fall of man," a title which the church claims promotes gun violence. The game in one particular level sends the player through Manchester Cathedral to continue his adventure of slagging aliens and saving the world. The... Read more...
We hardware fanbois at HotHardware observe which  processor  is chosen by computer manufacturers  like an old man at a racetrack watches the horses. Hewlett-Packard surprised us a bit by skipping right past Intel and AMD and using chipset maker Via Technologies of Taiwan for the processor in their new desktop, aimed at the mainland Chinese... Read more...
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