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DuPont may not strike you as a technology company. But they are, in a weird, weird way. They make a ton of chemicals and off-the-wall internal products that help compose many of the doodads that we all use in day-to-day life, but hardly do you see their named stamped on the exterior of something. Turns out, they may play a leading role in... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle just keeps spreading its wings. What started as a wait-and-see thing for Amazon has blossomed into a full-on product category, and with the introduction of the Kindle Fire, things are certainly not cooling off. Now, the company's introducing the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. With an Amazon Prime... Read more...
Not too many consumers remember that HP was actually one of the first companies to push out a tablet in the modern-day tablet era. But sure enough, the simply-named HP Slate was there, with Windows 7 onboard. It was geared for enterprise users, and it seems like the follow-up to the Slate will be tailored for businesses as well. Naturally,... Read more...
AMD's John Freuhe posted a blog entry yesterday detailing the company's first efforts to deploy Fusion-style APUs in a server environment. Penguin Computing has built and installed a cluster of 104 Infiniband-linked servers, each powered by a Llano A8-3850 processor. The company claims that the single-socket, 2U... Read more...
Stealth.com announced the LPC-125LPFM, a nearly palm-sized PC designed for industrial, mobile, and embedded applications. The little fellow is fanless yet can operate in a wide range of temperatures and pulls just 20W. The PC runs on an Intel D525 Pineview 1.8GHz dual-core CPU (with Hyperthreading) and sports a 55GB SSD (or with a 2.5-inch... Read more...
For those of us with mundane minds, a mouse is a mouse is a mouse; you can use one to point, click, scroll, and drag. Fortunately, there are agile, bright minds out there, and they belong to a gaggle of students that entered the 2011 UIST Student Innovation Contest. (Well, at least the winners.) Microsoft provided teams of entrants with a... Read more...
Sony took somewhat of a beating today in afternoon trading after the company reported consolidated financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011. Shares of Sony dropped nearly 7 percent earlier in the day, based in large part on Sony's warning that it could be staring at a fourth straight... Read more...
If you haven't soiled your drawers lately, you're not a PC gamer. There's simply been too much to get overly excited about, even if the finished product didn't ultimately live up to expectations (Rage, anyone?). Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and as of this afternoon, the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games.... Read more...
Grim news and missteps dominate our console news this week. Sony advised investors that it was headed for its 4th straight year of posting an annual net loss. The company's underperforming TV business (now eight years in the red) was a significant drain on the company's finances. The company blames "a decrease in LCD... Read more...
MSI is launching a new all-in-one PC designed for business users. The new Wind Top AP2011 offers an LED panel and other energy saving features that can provide energy savings of over 70% compared to a conventional desktop PC. The Wind Top AP2011 has two COM ports which will enable businesses to connect a barcode reader, credit card reader,... Read more...
Opera realizes that wireless carriers are placing limits on how much data is included with many smartphone plans. In an effort to give users the mobile web without going over their data limits, Opera has released the latest version of the Opera Mini browser. The latest version, 6.5, is available for iPhone, iPad... Read more...
Battlefield 3 dropped last week, promising a strong single-player campaign, an impressive new graphics engine, and up to 64-person multiplayer mayhem on huge maps. Despite a rough few days post-launch, the game delivers much of the multiplayer goodness that it promised, with a strong emphasis on team dynamics and an experience system that... Read more...
RIM's market share in America is slipping downward, but for the BlackBerry fans still hanging in there, there's a Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 headed to AT&T. They're both scheduled to arrive later this month. Both of these support HSPA+ connectivity, and both offer BlackBerry OS 7. All the new BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T support... Read more...
Looking for a new notebook? Look no further. Dell's long-awaited XPS 14z is out on the loose today in America, with the slick and slim gaming notebook on sale for $1,000. It's a 14" Windows 7-based rig, with Core i5 and Core i7 options, DDR3 SDRAM, up to 750GB of storage, Intel's HD Graphics 3000 (or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M GPU) and plenty... Read more...
The King of Action is back, in tiny form. Duke Nukem, a name that will likely never die in the gaming universe, has just landed on a new platform. Duke Nukem 3D is now officially available on the Android Market, and $0.99 buys you the first level. You'll need to pony up extra for more levels, but surely that's no problem for the Nukem addicts.... Read more...
Where there's smoke, there's fire. And where there's Fire, there's Amazon, which is ready to cash in on the tablet frenzy with a $200 Android device of its own. But where's Barnes & Noble? Probably huddled in a board room discussing the upcoming launch of a new Nook device unlike any other, that's where. B&N has begun inviting media... Read more...
Windows XP has secured its spot in history as perhaps the most beloved version of Windows ever, and it's certainly a fan favorite to this day. That might be understating things. More than just a fan favorite, Windows XP, for better or worse, is the most used operating on the planet, according to data by Net Applications. The decade old OS... Read more...
Seagate is streamlining its Barracuda line of hard drives. To this end, the new Barracuda line will offer a SATA 6GB/second interface, 7200RPM spin speed, and up to 64MB cache. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 3TB. Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012.Seagate's Barracuda... Read more...
By the end of the month, those searching for a budget-friendly PSU have six new options from Sharkoon. The company announced new models in the WPM series and QP series. The modular WPM models (with an efficiency of over 80%) are available in 400, 500, and 600W models and include fabric- or mesh-covered cables including 20+4-pin mainboard,... Read more...
The Asus Zenbook UX21E is a new ultra-slim notebook by Asus, that fits into the new "Ultrabook" class of machines, to use a term coined by Intel. The Zenbook UX21E is an incredible 3mm thick at the front and 9mm at the rear and has spun metal and hairline aluminum for a strikingly sleek appearance. It's also built with Intel's new low-power... Read more...
Intel continues to flog the ultrabook concept for all its worth, but DigiTimes reports that thus far, sales aren't in line with what OEMs expected. Shipments from Acer and Asus are currently expected to reach 100,000 units each by the end of the year, far short of the initial target of 200-300K units apiece. Part of... Read more...
Business, and technology, is booming in China. No shock there. As the world soars past 7 billion people, the home to many of them is soaring to new heights in the supercomputer arena. China has just completed their first supercomputer based on Chinese-made microprocessors, with the announcement coming this week at a... Read more...
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