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All News for January 2011

A new version of Apple's iTunes is now available via OS X Software Update, and while it's a relatively small update in terms of the point release, it's monumental in the scheme of things. iTunes 10.1.2 isn't a major overhaul. The design looks about the same, and most of the functionality seems exactly as it was. So why update? If you're planning... Read more...
It's something that was once reserved for only the highest of the high-end home cinema setups, and the average Joe simply never considered wiring his home for whole home audio. But these days, as technology has improved, blossomed, and become cheaper and easier to install, having whole home audio isn't the chore that it once was. Largely due... Read more...
With the explosion of "the cloud," remote access has become a sector where lots of growth is taking place. And as more and more media goes hosted on connected storage devices, people will become increasingly interested in pulling down data from remote locations. Splashtop has been a big player in the market, and while the company sought first... Read more...
Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries have released new information on their respective plans for the next few years. TSMC has announced its intention to double its 2011 R&D capital expenditure to $700 million, while it simultaneously spends $7.8B over the next year in order to increase its manufacturing capacity by... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced the latest version of the carrier's navigation service, VZ Navigator VX. This service provides 3D navigation views. Initially, the 3D capabilities of VZ Navigator VX will be available in six cities (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C.). Additional cities are scheduled to... Read more...
Don't go hitting the panic button if you suddenly notice ads in your Gmail account, you're not the victim of a virus or any other malware looking to wreak havoc on your system. So what's going on? Apparently Google got the bright (and potentially lucrative) idea of testing out display ads in Gmail user accounts. "We're always trying out new... Read more...
Can you smell it in the air? It smells like a Honeycomb cooking, otherwise known as Android 3.0, which Google's trying to bake to perfection for the tablet space. The search titan has begun serving up samples of its next-generation OS to allow developers enough time to get acquainted with the new platform. "Today, we are releasing a preview... Read more...
Razer's specialty is gaming mice. The company kicked things off with a bang years ago by launching the BoomSlang, and at this point, they've created more mice than we care to count. This week, they're launching yet another new mousing device in the DeathAdder Black Edition. It's an update to the original DeathAdder, which was actually launched... Read more...
StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives. StarTech claims these new docking stations are the first in the market to offer support for four drives... Read more...
It's still January, and AMD is still focused on Fusion. There's no question that the APU is a huge step forward for the company, and in the never-ending battle with Intel, this kind of leap could be just what the doctor ordered. Today, AMD announced availability of the updated AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Software Development... Read more...
Apple's Mac Mini has been viewed as a legitimate HTPC contender ever since the original model was released years back. People immediately began hacking the mounting options to get them onto the backs of their televisions, and with the new model, it became an even nicer solution. With a more powerful CPU and GPU, more storage space and great... Read more...
Another day, another new Panasonic camera. The company has been pumping out a healthy amount of compact cameras here lately, with the LUMIX FX78 featuring an f/2.5 24mm ultra-wide Leica lens, a 3.5" touch screen and a 1080p movie mode. That's not too shabby for simply a point-and-shoot camera, and there's also Touch AF, Touch Zoom, Touch Shutter,... Read more...
If you ever doubted the importance of digital books, here's something that may change your mind. Amazon's "Singles" have launched today, and it's not a dating service. It's a new form of book, and it could spearhead an all new category of writing. Before the advent of digital reading, writers often had to choose between making their work short... Read more...
AMD's Fusion APU launch was just huge for the company. It's a technology that they have been talking about for years now, and it has finally come to fruition. So it's okay if even weeks after launch, the company is still gloating about what their APUs are capable of. We'll cut 'em some slack -- it's a momentous month, and it's fair to bask... Read more...
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