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All News for October 2011

We just got word from Redbox that starting on Monday, October 31, the daily rental charge for DVDs will increase 20 percent to $1.20 per day. According to Redbox, the price hike is intended to offset rising operating expenses, such as increases in debit card fees. Blu-ray discs, video game rentals, and additional day... Read more...
Perhaps it's not a major surprise that Meg Whitman is making a stamp on the future of HP by not acting impulsively, but still, pulling the company's massive personal computing devision back from the brink is newsworthy in the finest sense of the word. While it's not quite as jarring as the thought of reviving webOS, HP has today announced... Read more...
The Senate's version of the PROTECT-IP bill was written to resemble a wish list of capabilities the content industry wishes it had, including the ability to silence and censor anyone it deemed to infringe its own property without needing to deal with the pesky notion of fair use or the legal rights of the accused. The House flavor has finally... Read more...
The patent wars continue to rage, and during a stretch where Apple is kicking some serious tail, the Cupertino crew just scored a major coup by successfully patenting the slide-to-unlock feature--at least in the U.S. Yes, that’s the same slide-to-unlock feature used on pretty much every touchscreen smartphone... Read more...
In what is both an excellent location for cooling purposes and a terrific backdrop for a horror movie, Facebook will build a data center in the town of Luleå, in northern Sweden--1,000km north of Stockholm, near the Arctic Circle. Indeed, Reuters reported that Facebook said in a statement that the cold climate will make cooling the sea... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-A75N-USB3 reinforces the notion that good things come in small packages. This is a mini ITX motherboard that, despite its diminutive size, packs enough features and ports to allow you build a respectable, and even somewhat powerful machine in a pint sized form factor. The GA-A75N-USB3 has been announced and even pictured before,... Read more...
I don't care what you're planning to dress up as for Halloween, Tyler Card has you beat. Who exactly is Tyler Card and why is his costume so epic that I can feel confident dismissing all others? He's a photography nerd who took some scraps of cardboard and built a working -- yes, WORKING -- Nikon DSLR camera costume... Read more...
Yesterday’s announcement that LSI had entered into an agreement to acquire SandForce was interesting to say the least. The two companies have obvious synergy and should be able to leverage each other's resources to produce some powerful and innovative storage products. However, due to LSI’s strong position in the enterprise space... Read more...
Earlier this week, we told you about possible release dates for the Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR, and HTC Rezound. It appears that our source was correct with regards to the Droid RAZR pre-order date: Starting today, you can pre-order a Droid RAZR. According to Verizon Wireless, pre-orders will ship no later than November 10. As you'll recall,... Read more...
The Windows Phone era may be in full swing over in the Nokia camp, but the N9 is what's today, and what's now. Even though MeeGo is a mobile OS with no real future, Nokia still has to support it. And that's why the N9, the company's current high-end flagship phone, is getting a new color and a software update, to boot. The new white N9 is... Read more...
Fitness-related gadgets seems to be everywhere these days. The revised iPod nano has enhanced support for Nike + iPod, Motorola just unveiled a similar gadget of their own, and now Adidas is jumping into the ring. The company has just revealed the miCoach SPEED_CELL, an interestingly named product that is claimed to be the first device to... Read more...
Let the Windows Phone era begin at Nokia. While the N9 was a stunning device, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews around the Web, we all know that MeeGo isn't the future for Nokia. For better or for worse, CEO Stephen Elop made the decision long ago to pull the MeeGo plug and inject Microsoft's fledgling... Read more...
Update 10/27 - 2:30 PM:  We just had a conference call and interview with LSI VP and GM, Gary Smerdon on this announcement and what it means to SandForce customers and LSI moving forward.  More details are available in that coverage. News broke earlier today that LSI Corporation, maker of enterprise-class storage solutions, has entered... Read more...
Nintendo hasn't been doing well recently—the company slashed prices on the 3DS earlier this year in a bid to boost demand, while Wii sales have fallen off dramatically in 2011. Nintendo already warned that its third quarter results would show a loss of 55 billion yen this quarter, but some analysts are predicting that the company's problems... Read more...
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