Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MTV Puts "Vintage" Music Videos Online
If you are old enough to remember what MTV was like back in the 80's, then somewhere in the far recesses of your mind--sandwiched between memories of Pet Rocks and scrunchies--you once knew that when MTV first launched, "MTV" actually stood for "Music Television." With seemingly back-to-back reality shows and teen dramas...
Dell Launches Four New OptiPlex Desktops
One of the age-old quandaries that IT departments the world over wrestle with is this: Is it better to save money by keeping aging equipment in use and not upgrading, or do you save more by purchasing more efficient equipment that also makes your workforce more productive? The answer to this question is often dictated not by a relevant response to the initial query, but instead by an IT department's capital expenditure budget in any given quarter...
The VIA VB8001 is the First Embedded VIA Nano Motherboard
Whether it is the downturn in the economy, the desire for "greener" devices, or some other factors at play, low-cost, low-power systems are becoming increasingly popular. Just look at the burgeoning netbook and nettop markets for confirmation. Contrary what Intel might want you to think, Intel is not the only CPU player in this game...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Some AMD ATI Radeon HD 4830-Based Graphics Cards Ship With Defect
You'd think that in light of the recent fiasco Nvidia endured with a large swath of one of its GPU families being found defective and related products recalled by their respective manufacturers, that AMD might learn a valuable lesson from Nvidia's mistakes and not venture where Nvidia had just tread. But, as they say, history is apt to repeat itself...
GPU Shipments See Largest Q2Q Growth in 6 Years
You'd never know we were in a worldwide recession by looking at the GPU market. According to numbers just released by Jon Peddie Research, the estimated number of GPUs shipped during the third quarter (Q3) of 2008 represent the "largest increase in quarter to quarter shipments in six years." In Q3, over 111 million GPUs...
Software That Runs Windows Apps on Macs: Free on Tuesday, October 28 Only
You might have noticed our series about Running Windows on Macs, which we just kicked off this last weekend. The series seeks to explore the different ways that you can run Windows and Windows apps on an Intel-based Mac. We don't mean to get ahead of ourselves or provide any spoilers, but sometimes reporting timely news means we have to do just that...
Netflix Streaming Finally Coming to the Mac
Windows PC owners have been able to enjoy Netflix's Watch Instantly movie and TV streaming service since January 2007. The service even significantly expanded the quantity and quality of its streaming content recently by partnering with CBS Television Network, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Starz Entertainment. But Netflix...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Commentary: Windows on Macs - Part 2
Any Mac made after January 2006, comes with an x86 Intel processor inside. From a pure hardware perspective, this renders the Mac nearly an identical hardware platform to Windows PCs. In fact, it's not too difficult to find Windows laptops and desktops that have the same configuration specifications as some Mac laptops and desktops. Many of these Windows systems, however, lack the aesthetic of Apple's designs, which contribute so much to the Mac's appeal for many...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Commentary: Windows on Macs – Part 1
There is no question that Windows holds worldwide hegemony for operating systems. Whether you like Windows or not, it's difficult to avoid it--or at least Windows apps--especially in many business environments. There are alternatives, but they frequently come with caveats, compromises, compatibility issues, or klugey workarounds...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Patriot Viper Series Tri-Channel Memory Kits Announced For the Intel Core i7/X58 Express Chipset
Following on heels of memory manufacturers such as Corsair and motherboard vendors such as Asus, Patriot Memory is the latest company to announce components for the impending release of Intel's new Core i7 CPU architecture. Patriot's entry into the burgeoning fray of Intel Core i7 CPU/X58 Express chipset-specific products is the Patriot Viper Series Tri-Channel Memory Kits...
CEA: DTV Transition Video Contest on YouTube
How would you like to be the unofficial spokesperson for the U.S. transition to digital television (DTV) and win a home entertainment system in the process? All you need is a video camera and a YouTube account. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)--sponsor of the yearly consumer electronics circus, CES, in Las Vegas...
Asus Launches the Asus P5N7A-VM Motherboard Featuring Integrated Nvidia GeForce 9300 Graphics
Just because we might be only a few weeks away from the release of a brand new Intel CPU architecture (the Intel Core i7 CPU family) that requires new chipsets (starting with the Intel X58) and a new processor socket (the LGA1366), doesn't mean that new motherboards still can't come out that are designed for existing in-the-market-now technologies...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Comcast Rolls Out Faster Broadband Internet Speeds
Over the course of the next few weeks, some Comcast broadband Internet customers might notice a big jump in their download speeds. Comcast customers in various sections of the Northeast will be the first to see faster Internet connection speeds as Comcast starts to roll out its upgraded DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) 3.0 service. Some users in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area already have the faster services, as Comcast actually launched its pilot program in the Twin Cities back in April...
Researchers Steal Passwords From Radio Waves
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)...
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4830 GPU Hits the Streets for Under $150
With today's official release of the AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics processing unit (GPU), AMD now has a graphics solution on the market that fills the $100 - $150 graphics card "sweet spot." As one would expect, graphics cards in this price range offer a performance step up from sub-$100 budget cards, and potentially more bang-for-the-buck than more expensive cards...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

LaCie LaCinema Rugged External Hard Drive Outputs Media to TVs Via HDMI
There are many ways these days to get media you've downloaded or ripped from your computer to your TV. Many involve using a wired or wireless network connection, such as with the Apple TV or a Windows Media Center Extender. LaCie, however, has taken a decidedly old-school approach to get downloaded and ripped media from your PC to your TV, by eschewing a network connection with its LaCie LaCinema Rugged, external, "multimedia hard disk..
A Multitouch Table For The Kids
Borrowing from Microsoft's Surface concept, Canadian-based SMART Technologies has designed a multi-touch table designed specifically for the preschool to sixth grade primary educational sector. The SMART Table features a multi-touch-enabled, tabletop 27-inch screen, with an internal projection system and integrated PC....
Asus ROG Rampage II Extreme Motherboard For Next-Gen Intel CPU Overclocking
With the countdown to the release of the new Intel CPU architecture only weeks away, the number of Intel Core i7-related products announcements are picking up. Yesterday we reported on the Core i7-specific, Corsair DDR3 triple-channel memory kits, and today we bring you news of the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage II Extreme motherboard for the new Core i7 processors. After all, what good is a CPU if you don't have a motherboard to install it in and memory to run it with?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Corsair DDR3 Triple-Channel Memory Kits For The Intel Core i7 Start Shipping
If the rumor mill is right, we should expect the arrival of Intel's new microprocessor architecture, the Intel Core i7 processors, into the market sometime in November--just a few weeks from now. In preparation for this next paradigm shift in Intel's desktop CPU architecture, a number of vendors are starting to announce their Intel Core i7-compatible products...
Nvidia Speeds Up Integrated Graphics With the GeForce 9300 and GeForce 9400 mGPUs
Typically, you can expect that if a desktop system uses an integrated graphics processing unit (GPU), the 3D gaming performance will leave a lot to be desired. Systems that use integrated GPUs are often either low-cost PCs, small-form factor desktops, all-in-ones, or specialty systems (such as home theater PCs)...
Google Helps You Reduce Energy Costs and CO2
Many are familiar with Google's "don't be evil" philosophy of serving the best interests of it users and maintaining a moral-guided internal code of conduct. But not as many might be aware that Google often tries to go beyond just not doing evil, by activey trying to do good deeds. This is evident with Google's philanthropic...

Monday, October 20, 2008

HP Goes Green With Two New Pavilion Special Edition Desktops PCs
The inconvenient truth about computers is that they can be bad for the environment. They consume a fair bit of electrical power, they produce lots of heat, they can contain toxic substances, they can be difficult to recycle (if they even get recycled at all), and they often come with at least some non-recyclable packing materials...
A Netbook That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
The folks over at COMsciences' IMOVIO might have taken the concept of the netbook a bit too far. They have just announced the iKIT, a 0.6 x 2.6 x 3.7-inch, 0.25-pound, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi-enabled, "Pocket Mobile Companion" with "a full QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard, an 8GB SD card slot and a [260K color] 2.8 inch QVGA...
Tranquil PC SQA-5H Home Server Provides Up to 12.5TB of Storage
Having a server in your home or small office might seem like overkill. But once you consider that so many homes and small offices have multiple PCs and you also take into account how much of our digital lives (such as irreplaceable digital photos or purchased MP3s) reside on our PCs, a home server with its ability to store and backup your files from multiple PCs starts to make sense...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

CherryPal Cloud-Based Desktop Ships Election Day
Remember the CherryPal, cloud-based, thin client we reported about in July that was supposed to be available by the end of that month? The ship date obviously slipped a few months, but it looks like the CherryPal desktop is finally gearing up to make its real-world debut in only a few weeks from now. The CherryPal site...
The Velocity Micro CineMagix FuzeBox Whole Home Media Server Redefines the Home Theater PC
Building on the success of its CineMagix Series of home theater PCs (HTPCs), Velocity Micro has just come out with a new version of the CineMagix, the Velocity Micro CineMagix FuzeBox Whole Home Media Server...
Sony VAIO JS Series All-In-One Desktops Now Shipping
Last month at the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) show in Denver, Sony announced three new all-in-one desktop PC designs: The VAIO JS Series features a 20.1-inch LCD screen and is meant to be a space saving, relatively inexpensive, all-around PC...
Blu-ray For Macs: A Bag of Hurt
Following Tuesday's press conference where Steve Jobs announced the new MacBooks, Jobs assembled the press corps and fielded a few questions. When the topic came around to why Apple still doesn't offer Blu-ray drives as an option for Mac, this was what he had to say:"BluRay is a bag of hurt... The licensing of the technology...
Dell Vostro Small Business Desktop Line Gets a Makeover
Dell's Vostro line of small business desktops just got a makeover with the release of three redesigned systems: the Dell Vostro 220 Mini Tower (with a starting price of $319), the Dell Vostro 220s Slim Tower (with a $379 starting price), and the Dell Vostro 420 Tower (starting at $549)...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New "Unibody" MacBook Pro Dissected
The enterprising lads over at iFixit sure like to take stuff apart. Then again, that's at the heart of their bread-and-butter--they take the risks with potentially broken parts and lost screws so that they can assemble comprehensive DIY guides for instructing you how you can repair your own Apple products, such as MacBooks...
The Gateway FX6710-01 Leads The Charge On The Revamped FX Desktop Line
The folks over at Gateway have been busy lately. In addition to the new LX Series of desktops we reported on yesterday, Gateway has also just revamped the look of its FX gaming series of desktops and released a new model, the $1,199.99 FX6710-01. Actually, the LX Series and the remodeled FX Series now share the same new mid-tower chassis design...
Gateway Launches the Media-Savvy LX Series Desktop Line
Gateway has just launched a new line of desktop PCs, the LX Series, that the company is marketing as "for media-minded users"--which in today's day and age of ubiquitous digital photos, MP3 audio files, and online videos, is virtually anyone using a computer. In the case of the LX Series, it is not a hollow promise...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sharp Debuts TVs With Built-In Blu-Ray Recorders
Sharp claims that its new AQUOS DX series of LCD TVs are the world's first LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders. The new DX series TVs will be available in Japan starting in November and will come in sizes ranging from 26 inches to 52 inches. The TVs will include dual-digital tuners and can record high-definition video...
Show Off Your System Components With The Antec Skeleton Open Air Case
Open-air computer designs are not for everyone... They leave all the system components exposed to whatever elements happen to be present where the system is situated, such as spills, dust, cat hair, and kid's fingers; and without chassis walls to muffle the spinning drives and whirring fans, open-air computers can be very noisy...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple Announces New MacBooks
Steve Jobs unveiled a slew of new Apple notebooks only a few moments ago... So without further ado, here are the juicy tidbits: Apple is using a new manufacturing technique that actually carves the MacBook's frame from a single slab of Aluminum. What starts out as a 2.5-pound metal slab becomes a " unibody " notebook frame...
New All-In-One Nettop Desktop: Averatec 18.4" All-In-One PC
The march of the all-in-one desktop nettops continues with Averetec's announcement of the $549.99 (MSRP) Averatec 18.4" All-In-One PC. Similar to the £399.99 (roughly $703.50 in U.S. dollars) Asus Eee All-In-One-Touch Screen PC we reported on yesterday, the Averatec 18.4" All-In-One PC is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor...
HP Slimline Desktops Hit With Nvidia GPU Defect
It was just a matter of time, but the defective Nvidia mobile GPUs that keep coming to light in a growing number of laptops models have finally made the unfortunate leap to desktops. Hewlett-Packard (HP) is reporting that 38 different models in its Slimline Desktop PC line are potentially affected by possibly defective...
Inexpensive eMachines EL1200 Small-Form-Factor Desktops at Wal-Mart and Best Buy
Perhaps it is the downturn in the economy, or maybe it's just the increased competition from inexpensive nettop PCs, but we seem to be seeing more and more low-priced, small-form-factor desktop PCs coming onto the market. The latest welterweight to enter the ring is the eMachines EL1200 Desktop Series PCs, aimed squarely at the frugal set...

Monday, October 13, 2008

1.8M Get Computer Time Via Virtualization
How do you roll out computer access to 1.8 million students at $70 per seat? The answer: Virtualization. The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is undertaking a "massive 5,000-school educational computing initiative" to build computer labs and give computer access to almost two million Indian children. But instead of requiring...
Asus Eee All-In-One-Touch Screen PC Finally Makes Its Debut
Asus has been dribbling out tidbits of information about its all-in-one PC since January 2008. The desktop PC with an integrated, touch-screen LCD monitor was rumored to be called the Asus Eee Monitor and was supposed to be out by September 2008. Fast forward to a few months later and the wait is finally (almost) over...
Windows Mobile OS Running on an iPhone
We're not quite sure why anyone would want to do this, but a Norwegian programmer claims to have created an application that allows you to run the Windows Mobile operating system on your iPhone. The programmer, Erik Kristiansen, showed off his app in action at the recent myPhone2008 convention in Las Vegas. Kristiansen's...
Acer Aspire X3200 Entertainment PC With Blu-Ray
Consumers in the U.S. might not be as familiar with the Acer brand as they are with other more well known U.S. manufacturers such as Dell and HP. But Taiwan-based Acer is actually the third largest PC manufacturer in the world, after Dell and HP; and Acer has ramped up it efforts to go after the U.S. market with...

Friday, October 10, 2008

OpenOffice 3.0 To Be Released on Monday
It's difficult to function productively in a professional or educational environment without access to Microsoft Office. Many offices supply the software to its employees at work and some universities even give copies of it to incoming students. But if you don't fall into either camp and you require a legal copy of the software, you could spend anywhere between $149.95 and $679.95...
Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect in MacBook Pros
The bruhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, even months after the initial headlines have faded. Despite Nvidia's promises to Apple that its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT-based MacBook Pros had dodged the bullet and were immune from the defect, Apple now counters that it wasn't, in fact, so lucky...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Open the Refrigerator Door, HAL
We had to do a double take when we saw that a company called Cyberdyne recently demonstrated a "cyborg-type" "robot suit." Our double take was quickly followed by yet another double take (would that be a quadruple take?) when we saw that Cyberdyne was calling the robot suit, "HAL." (For those who are missing the Sci-Fi cultural references...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Smush Your Images For Speedier Web Page Loading
If an image is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand images worth? What they're not worth is your time waiting for them to load on a Web page. While the Web is primarily a visual medium, the more image-heavy a Web page becomes, the longer it takes to load before you can see its entire contents. Even pages with just...
Contestants Vie For Couch Potato World Record
Forget David Blaine's recent antics of hanging upside down for 60 straight hours in New York City's Central Park. The real challenge of human endurance commenced yesterday morning about a mile south of Blaine's stunt, in the middle of Times Square. There in a makeshift "plexi-glass living room" for the world to see, eight brave souls...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Undergrads Develop and Commercially Release Game
A new commercial PC game came out two days ago from a brand new game development and publishing company. The game is called CellZenith and the company is called Faramix Enterprises. What make this a unique story is not actually the game (full disclosure: we've not played the game, so we cannot comment intelligently about it), but the story behind the game's making and the genesis of the company...
Major Industries Drop The Ball On Data Security
Data breaches are becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated, putting consumers' personal information and financials at risk. Not only can these data breaches lead to identity theft, but some can even lead to money being siphoned out of bank accounts and illegal purchases made on credit cards. The responsibility...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Trends: Vista Gains Ground, While Cuil Flatlines
The metrics-happy folks over at Net Application have updated their data on a number of industry trends for browser, search engine, operating system (OS), and Internet service provider (ISP) usage to include the latest numbers for the month of September. There is a mountain of interesting information about how people are...