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China is well-known for its knock-offs of devices, DVDs, CDs, and more, but they've outdone themselves this time. They've gone and cloned Apple retail stores. A pair of Americans in the Kunming province in southeastern China wandered into one, because hey, it looked like an Apple store - it even had what appeared to be Apple products. Judging... Read more...
The official Star Wars collection on Blu-ray is nearly here, but for those who can't wait, the Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access App will be available for free download at the App Store store on July 20th. According to LucasFilm's press release, the app will be available for all iDevices including the iPad and iPhone... Read more...
Apple released its fiscal Q3 2011 (calendar year Q2 2011) results on Tuesday, and the results were not just great, but also showed a rather shocking statistic: after only 1 1/2 years of sales, the iPad is now worth more to Apple than its Mac computers are. During the quarter ending on June 25, 2011, Apple sold 9.25 million iPads for $6 billion... Read more...
On Monday, Amazon.com announced a program that might help students defray their textbook costs: Kindle Textbook Rental.  According to Amazon.com, students can save as much as 80 percent off the purchase price of a textbook. The rental can be as short as 30 days, or as long as 360, and the rental period can easily be extended in increments... Read more...
Readers may recall rumors of a double-pixel density iPad from earlier in the year. According to the Korea Times, Apple may indeed be testing new hi-res displays. The Times claims that the iPad 3 will feature a Samsung or LG LCD display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, which would quadruple the number of pixels in the iPad 2, and that Apple... Read more...
Video: HIS Radeon HD 6970 MIX 2GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com HIS HD6970 2GB IceQ MIX (Lucid) Review @ Vortez Motherboards and Chipsets: Legion Hardware - (Asus Rampage III Black Edition) Processors: Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review @ Hardware Canucks [Tech ARP] Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.6 Memory... Read more...
If you've used Google Maps and used the time estimates it gives to help you figure out how long it will take you to get someplace, you might have found that feature useful. Half of the information has been removed, however: the esimate that Google Maps used to give for "in traffic" situations. Search Engine Roundtable was among the first to... Read more...
Motherboards and Chipsets: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard and Core i5-2390T Review @MissingRemote AMD E3850 + GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Motherboard Review @ Vortez Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 mainboard Review @ OCWorkbench ECS HDC-I E350 @ PureOverclock ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi @ techPowerUp Processors: Testing Different Memory Speeds on... Read more...
If $49.00 for a new iPhone 3GS on AT&T's network isn't inexpensive enough for you, AT&T has a deal for you. The wireless carrier is offering refurbished iPhone 3GS smartphones "while supplies last" for only $9. While the models are refurbished, refurbished doesn't mean they were banged-up. Sometimes it means they were returned after... Read more...
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 @ Phoronix HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo & HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X Review @ Hardware Canucks Motherboards and Chipsets: Futurelooks News Flash - ASUS Sabertooth P67 (B3 Revision) LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard Review Processors: [Tech ARP] CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.7 Memory and Storage: Crucial... Read more...
By any measure, end users are still using passwords that are far too simple. The Gawker Media hack from 2010, in fact, showed "123456" was the most common password in Gawker's database. Well, Microsoft's decided that if folks aren't going to pick strong passwords, at the very least Microsoft can keep them from picking the most egregious, easy... Read more...
It's not as though the Pentagon has militarized cyberspace in the mode you might think of in some sort of anime like "Ghost in the Shell," but they are going to look at cyberspace differently. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced it would begin treating cyberspace as an operational domain, like land, sea, and air. Deputy Defense Secretary William... Read more...
If you were wondering if Netflix went into their recent announcement of a price change ... splitting DVD from streaming, thus making a combined unlimited DVD + streaming subscription cost $15.98 instead of $9.99 ... with blinders on, the answer is no. The company fully expected the negative backlash it has received. The change, effective immediately... Read more...
AT&T announced on Wednesday that the wireless carrier will have exclusivity on the Android-based Sony S2 tablet. The S2 was introduced, along with the Sony S1, in late April. The Sony S2 offers a unique folding form factor. It has dual 5.5-inch 1024 x 480 displays. The S1 has a 9.4-inch touchscreen and another unique form factor, which... Read more...
Video: PowerColor Radeon AX6850 SCS3 @ Benchmark Reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 FleX Edition Review @ Techgage Sapphire Radeon 6670 Ultimate @ PureOverclock Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Motherboard Review @ APH Networks GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews GIGABYTE A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Motherboard... Read more...
PopCap Games has been acquired by Electronic Arts (EA), as had been rumored some time ago. Originally, the offer was thought to be $1 billion, but the actual deal price turns out to be $750 million. PopCap had previously said it was looking toward an IPO, in the October timeframe. The two companies, quite naturally, lauded the other party... Read more...
Facebook's acquisition of developer Snaptu has produced its first results: on Wednesday, Facebook released the "Facebook for Every Phone app," a Facebook app for feature phones, frequently forgotten in the race to smartphones. “Facebook for Every Phone” is a downloadable native mobile app which Facebook... Read more...
Video: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DirectCU II Review @ Neoseeker Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 Review @ TechReviewSource.com PNY Verto GeForce GT 520 @ PureOverclock PowerColor HD 6870 X2 2 GB @ techPowerUp Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS F1A75-V Pro (AMD A75) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Gigabyte A75M-UD2H FM1 Llano Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.com Memory... Read more...
Anonymous' latest AntiSec hack centers on Booz Allen Hamilton (AKA Booz Allen). Booz Allen's core business is "contractual work completed on behalf of the US federal government, foremost on defense and homeland security matters." Guess what Anonymous leaked? The login information of 90,000 members of the military... Read more...
If you want a graphic view of how poorly Android tablets are selling, look no further than Google's own graph of Android version distribution. The company occasionally updates a dashboard that breaks down the "market share" of all known versions of Android, and the latest one shows that most folks are running 2.2, as we would have expected,... Read more...
How many people are in your Circles (assuming you are in Google+ already)? There should be plenty:  Paul Allen (not the Paul Allen of Microsoft fame, but the founder of Ancestry.com) believes there are 4.7 million users in Google+ (as of Saturday night, around 11 p.m., when he posted his estimate). Allen describes his methodology as "based... Read more...
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 Review by Ultimate Hardware AMD Radeon 6570 512MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition Review @ OCC Samsung C27A750 27” Central Station Wireless Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX @ PureOverclock Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD vs ASUS... Read more...
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