We first saw Alienware's Hangar 18 HTPC at Digital Life in October 2006. Then it was called the A Series, and, as now, it was built on an AMD Live!-certified platform (the meaning of which we're still fuzzy on). The only real news at CES is it has a new name, the Hangar 18, and Alienware is pegging the release date sometime in Q2 2007. Specs remain subject to change, but figure that it will have a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 chip in it. You can also make out a slot-loading optical drive bay on the front panel. Alienware has not committed to an HD-optical drive or CableCard in the device yet, although by the time it hits the market four months from now, we wouldn't be shocked if one or both of those features crept in. The only trick is that at Digital Life, Alienware was pitching this as a mainstream media PC, so it will have to strike the usual balance between features and cost if it wants to retain that positioning.
Apps to help adjust to daylight saving
This Sunday morning, our clocks spring forward one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. While it might be nice for some to have more light at the end of the day, it can be tough for bodies to adjust to darker mornings. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on some ways technology can help ease the transition.