Here's what Microsoft is saying about the glitch (via ArsTechnica):
We've had some reports over the last few hours where customers have been receiving errors when requesting Windows 7 Beta product keys. We can confirm that we are having trouble distributing Windows 7 Beta product keys right now. Since Windows has a grace period built in before a product key is required, please don't hesitate to download and use the Beta without the product key. We will post information here as soon as this is resolved.
Like ArsTechnica, we'll also be keeping an eye on this problem and will let you know when it's solved. Join us after the jump and let us know what's good, bad, and ugly about the official Windows 7 beta.
Today Nvidia announced their wireless 3D solution aimed at games, photos and movies, GeForce 3D Vision.
GeForce 3D Vision will work with “the new pure Samsung and ViewSonic 120 HZ LCD monitors, Mitsubishi DLP HDTVs, and the DepthQ HD 3D Projector by Lightspeed Design, Inc.” And instead of working on the principles of polarized light, it will work with a sequence of high-speed LCD shutters in a pair of special glasses that will alternate on a timed sequence along with the images as they’re displayed on the monitor.
Nvidia’s newest step into the 3D realm will be available starting today from online retailers such as CompUSA, Tiger Direct and straight from Nvidia.com. It’ll be priced at $199.
Now in its third generation of solid state drives (SSDs), SanDisk says its new G3 series qualifies as the world's fastest multi-level cell (MLC) based SSDs, equating the performance to that of a theoretical 40K RPM hard drive. That's a big claim considering that, for the most part, SSDs have thus far failed to push real-world performance boundaries.
SanDisk rates the G3 series at 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write, which the company says is five times speedier than the fastest 7,200 RPM hard drives, and twice that of SSDs shipping in 2008. On the reliability side, which is another concern when it comes to high usage Flash memory, SanDisk says its G3 series can withstand 160 terabytes written (TBW) for the 240GB version before the cells turn into read-only. By SanDisk's measurements, that translates to over a century of typical usage.
In our recent roundup of netbooks, we dubbed these little PCs to be a “great second computer” but a “pathetic first one.” At CES 2009, Sony’s introduction of the new Vaio P has turned some heads about the full potential of this so-called netbook-in-disguise. Weighing in at only 1.4 pounds and measuring in at just under an inch thick, this little guy packs an 8-inch widescreen with a 2.08:1 aspect ratio and a supported resolution of up to 1600x768.
Inside the Vaio P you will find a 1.33GHz Atom processor, 2GB of ram and a SSD drive ranging from 64GB to 128GB of storage space. Built-in is wireless WAN 3G (Verizon Only), 802.11 Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The P’s instant-on OS allows for quick access to the Sony’s Xross Media bar interface making access to photos, music, videos, and the web seemingly fast. Included also is an integrated real-time GPS functionality with turn-by-turn directions. An internet connection is not required in the United States or Canada.
Expect a starting price of around $900 and shipments beginning in February.
The economy might be down, but Microsoft's betting a lot of your technology-challenged friends and relatives still bought or received new PCs this Christmas. Want to give them a helping hand - and give yourself more free time to get back to your favorite deathmatch or chat session? Tell them to surf over to Microsoft's new Windows Guides website and download - or email - some help.
Redmond has put together a nice assortment of simple guides for various chunks of the Windows Vista computing universe. Whether your family and friends have questions about Windows Media Center, gaming, working on the go, PC and family security, photo editing and sharing, or just getting started with the Windows desktop, adding new hardware, networking, printing, or getting remote assistance, there's a guide for them.
Yep, you read that headline right, Burger King is offering a free Whopper to anyone that will delete 10 of his or her Facebook friends.
Going along with their string of strange marketing campaigns (read: The King), Burger King is offering the free Whopper alongside their Facebook app. Once the app is installed, you can delete 10 of your friends for a coupon good for one free Whopper. It’ll even update your friends that haven’t been deleted on the activity feed, for example, “Andy Salisbury sacrificed Norman Chan for a free Whopper.”
Sadly, the promotion is only good for one free sandwich, so folks with thousands of friends won’t be able to stock up for the recession. Oh, and to my Facebook friends, if I delete you it’s nothing personal – I’m just hungry.
Whether talking about pint-sized netbooks or full-blown desktop replacements, mobile computing continues to gain steam, spurring innovative concepts like Asus' new G90 prototype. A 4.7-inch LCD touchpad adorns the G90's chassis just below the keyboard, but it runs separately from the main system via Nvidia's Tegra APX.
The Tegra "system-on-a-chip" architecture combines an ARM11 core with support for HD video decoding, 3D acceleration, an image processor for webcams, and a display output. To ensure longevity, the separate PC within a PC taps into the same power sources as the notebook's main internal components. By doing so, Asus says end users can browse through their video library on the touchpad and load up a marathon of flicks to be played on the main display for up to 12 hours, and all without the help of the Atom processor, RAM, or any other main components.
Catch a video of the G90 prototype in action here, and as always, post your reactions below.
One could argue that Razer has pioneered the competitive gaming peripheral market (Logitech might object) starting with the original Boomslang mouse, and the company has been churning out serpent-inspired mice ever since. The latest reptilian namesake to find a place in Razer's lineup is the new Mamba gaming mouse, announced today at CES.
Similar in design to the DeathAdder, Razer's Mamba eschews the ambidextrous ergonomics inherent in the company's earlier products and targets right handed gamers. But the most interesting evolutionary aspect of this new rodent is its hybrid DNA, which has given birth to both wired and wireless functionality in a single unit.
"With dual mode wired/wireless functionality, the Razer Mamba lets users immediately and seamlessly switch from wired to wireless play," Razer says. "With first in class polling rates at 1ms as compared to traditional wireless mice that poll at 8ms, players will have virtually lag free game play."
Razer claims lag free operation when operating in the 2.4GHz wireless mode, saying the Mamba offers "the fastest mouse both on and off the cord." Helping the company make that claim is a 1ms polling rate combined with a 5600DPI 3.5G laser sensor. The company says you can expect 72 hours of battery life under normal gaming usage, or 14 hours of continuous play.
Look for the Mamba to be available in February 2009 with an MSRP set at $130.
CES is the time to unveil nifty devices, and that's what Cloud Engines has done with its Pogoplug. Essentially a USB-to-NAS adapter, the small gadget connects external USB hard drives to the internet through your router.
"Consumers are buying millions of external drives to store their personal content, yet extending this content outside the home is overly difficult.," said Daniel Putterman, chief executive officer of Cloud Engines, Inc. "Pogoplug makes this possible for anyone, with no network setup or configuration."
Cloud Engines claims the setup routine will only take seconds with no network configuration hassles or other installation woes. Just plug the Pogoplug into an electric outlet, connect the Ethernet cable to your router, and attach your USB hard drive, the company says. Once the registration code is entered, end users will be able to access data from anywhere with an internet connection using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. The Pogoplug also comes with an iPhone application, and an open API for developers to code their own nifty third party programs.
The Pogoplug is available now for pre-order through www.pogoplug.com at an introductory price of $80, with an MSRP set at $100. Shipping expected in March.
AMD's financial struggles have been well documented throughout the past year, but it isn't the only chip maker feeling the sting from a lackluster global economy. And while the technology world is abuzz at CES showing off new gadgets and prototypes, Intel's fourth-quarter warning comes as a sobering reminder that all is not well.
The No. 1 chip maker said it expects just $8.2 billion in revenue for the quarter, representing a disappointing 23 percent drop from the same quarter one year ago, and a 20 percent tumble from Q3. Intel had warned in November that its Q4 results would be less than previously forecast, but at the time, the company still expected to pull in up to $9.3 billion.
Perhaps most disheartening about the less than expected revenues -- for Intel, anyway -- is what impact the netbook industry might be having. The netbook market has exploded in recent months, and it's been Intel's Atom processor that has provided the dynamite. But unlike much higher priced notebooks, these $500 and under laptops don't offer the same attractive profit margin, apparently no matter how well they're selling.