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All News for April 2010

Scosche is a solid company. They make loads of accessories, many of which enhance Apple's line of iDevices. But this? This is taking things into a whole 'nother universe, and we're not quite sure whether to laugh, cry, or simply bow at the greatness of the world's first mass produced iPad Car Kit.Teased today in a... Read more...
When Sony announced it was terminating the PlayStation 3's ability to run Linux operating systems about a month ago, we knew it was a decision that could send ripples through the small community of users that relied upon the function. It also struck a nasty chord with gamers who might not utilize the feature, but were... Read more...
Short and to the point, Valve this week announced it would be porting its Steam platform over to the Mac next month. And when we say short and to the point, we really mean it. All the developer had to say was "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stayed tuned for more information." No "Hi, how ya... Read more...
In the beginning, there was Core i7, but the platform was without form and void. And the hardware Gods said, "Let there be SuperSpeed 3.0," and there was USB 3.0. The hardware Gods saw that USB 3.0 was good and said, "Let there be SATA 6Gb/s," and this too was good. But then the scientists at MSI argued the case for the Big Bang theory, not... Read more...
IDC's latest report on CPU revenue and market share for Q1 2010 confirms results we saw when Intel reported its record first quarter earnings. According to the research firm, the CPU market fell just 5.6 percent from Q4 2009 to Q1 2010. Historically, CPU sales fall 8-10 percent over the same period; IDC's figures lend... Read more...
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad at a frenzied event in California this past January, he said something interesting. It's something that got many in the tech industry thinking, and now that we have played with the company's first tablet for a couple of weeks, we think it's time to really take a look at how reasonable Jobs' statement was.... Read more...
SuperBiiz, the online vendor of computer parts and components previously known as eWiz, announced today that they will being carrying SuperTalent's USB 3.0 Express line. If you're not familiar with these drives, these are essentially USB thumb drives that work on the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for much faster transfer speeds than what you'll... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional... Read more...
Talk about a blast from the past. Polaroid is bringing back instant photography, and this time, we're not talking about a portable printer. At the end of last year, Polaroid announced plans to offer a One Step Camera sometime in 2010. Now, the company is celebrating the return of instant film photography by officially launching the Polaroid... Read more...
Sound the alarm. Wake the neighbors. Grab your guns. It's Adobe versus Apple, and the war is officially underway. As if Apple didn't enough have fighting going on in their backyard already, the company has seemingly picked another one this week with Adobe. The company responsible for Flash, Photoshop and Premiere has... Read more...
Time Warner Cable Business Class announced a new service called Business Class Mobile. This 4G wireless high-speed data service will initially be available in Texas with additional markets to be added throughout the year. The Business Class Mobile service is designed to give mobile professionals high-speed Internet... Read more...
What a wild week in technology it has been. Sony has been sued, HTC now has to pay Microsoft each time they sell an Android phone, Adobe and Apple are publicly humiliating one another, Palm was purchased by HP, and now Microsoft has decided against following the herd and producing a tablet of their own. Wait, what? For those who don't closely... Read more...
Thought iPad-mania was over? Not quite. The first wave may have passed, but today Apple is making available the newest iPad: iPad 3G + Wi-Fi. This model, as you well know, comes loaded with the same features as the original, but it adds a 3G module and an AT&T Micro-SIM card that allows it to hop onto AT&T's... Read more...
Tethering. The mere mention of the word brings up varied responses depending on what carrier someone has, what smartphone they have, and whether or not they're technically inclined. Mention the word "tethering" to most any iPhone user in America, and you'll probably get a glare, a curse, or maybe even a shove-off. Despite Apple claiming that... Read more...
An outrageous bill is every cell phone users' worst nightmare. Whether you're talked too many minutes, sent too many text messages, or used too much data, overage fees add up way too quickly. T-Mobile knows just how painful these overage bills can be, so the company is removing per-megabyte overage charges for 3G modems. Instead of paying... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an... Read more...
Acer plans to launch a new line of mobile Internet devices (MIDs) by the end of May. The new line is part of the company's efforts to boost profitability and add to its array of mobile devices. The new MIDs will feature version 4.0 of Acer's Shell user interface and will include 3G wireless connectivity. Recognizing that people want to be... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been on a quest to rid the world of buttons since the original Macintosh debuted sans numeric keypad. In later years, we've seen the G4 Cube (with its touch-sensitive power-on area, as opposed to a physical button), the Apple Pro Mouse (sometimes known as the zero-button mouse), and most recently the... Read more...
In January, Sony announced their Dash personal Internet viewer at CES. Now this new Wi-Fi device is finally shipping for just under $200. It's available at www.sonystyle.com, Sony Style retail stores, and other dealers throughout the country. The Dash features a 7-inch color touch screen and over 1,000 free apps. The Dash also lets you view... Read more...
In an official blog post today, Nokia unveiled the X2, a musically inclined smartphone the company says will be out before the end of June. Where exactly it will debut remains to be seen, but for what it's worth, the announcement was made in India, so we'd be surprised if this one ships in the States, at least initially. The candybar shaped... Read more...
Market analysis firm IDC is planning to release a report this week on the state of the netbook market and the explanation for the segment's slumping sales. Atom sales were the one dark spot on Intel's otherwise perfect first quarter, falling significantly compared to Q4 2009 and more than would be predicted by seasonal trends. "Atom in Netbooks... Read more...
Same story, new week. But this time, Microsoft has some pretty big numbers to back up the boasting. And by "pretty big," we really mean "huge." There was already little doubt that Windows 7 was on track to become bigger than Vista could ever dream of becoming, and while the OS was already the company's best selling of... Read more...
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