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All News for November 2011

Cameras these days... so hard to keep up with. You've got cameraphones, point-and-shoots, mirrorless cams, DSLRs, and evidently, "bridge cameras." These are generally spoken of as "superzoom" or "megazoom" cameras, and the Fujifilm X-S1 is the latest. We're told that the XS-1 represents a new breed of bridge camera... Read more...
Remember when TiVo decided to offer on-demand Domino's Pizza in 2008? Feels like forever ago, but the famed pizza chain is stepping keeping up with technological changes. While online pizza ordering has been around for years now, this new iPad app is a sight to behold. The Domino's Pizza Hero for iPad app is an... Read more...
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear "TV Intimacy?" On second thought, don't answer that. The good news is that Sony's idea is quite different than most of our minds would guess, as the company has just published results from its first-ever TV Intimacy Poll. Conducted online in November 2011 by... Read more...
A major ruling from the European Court of Justice found that an ISP is not responsible for monitoring Web traffic for illegal downloads. The ruling was in a case between European ISP Scarlet Extended SA and an organization responsible for authorizing the use of musical works called SABAM. SABAM discovered that users... Read more...
Although smartphone maker HTC claims almost a quarter of the U.S. smartphone market in numbers of handsets shipped, the company announced that it was revising its Q4 2011 revenue projections--downward--primarily due to a depressed global economy and stiff competition. The news isn’t exactly horrible; HTC now expects its Q4 2011 revenue... Read more...
If your plans for this holiday weekend include watching a movie with loved ones, you may not have to go far to find a hit movie that the whole family can enjoy. Thanks to a new partnership between Disney and YouTube, you can now rent titles through the Google-owned streaming service. The first of hundreds of Disney... Read more...
It's Thanksgiving here in the US, a time of year when we all pause to reflect on how fortunate we all are. Thanksgiving is a great tradition when you stop and think about it. This holiday isn't about rushing around and buying gifts. The day after Thanksgiving certainly has become over-commercialized, but not today--11/24/2011--Thanksgiving... Read more...
Amazon is hoping people will once again discover fire -- the Kindle Fire, that is. Perhaps you've heard of it? Of course you have, because the Kindle Fire is Amazon's comparatively low cost ($199) 7-inch slate that, prior to its launch, was garnering all kinds of pre-release hype. Well, now it's here and while initial... Read more...
The D-Link Boxee Box just keeps getting better. Shortly after hearing news that USB TV dongle would be en route, here comes more news about even more new features. This time, it's the SlingPlayer app. Unlike any other set-top device, the Boxee Box supports a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, all popular media file formats,... Read more...
Samsung isn't saying much here, but really, there isn't a lot to say. The Galaxy S II that's already on T-Mobile USA's network will soon be joined by... another Galaxy S II. This time, however, it will be white in color. The white GSII is already making the rounds overseas, but it's just now touching down in the... Read more...
Here's an interesting one. The Muppets returned to cinemas this week, just in time for Thanksgiving, but it seems as if those responsible for making the movie have more than just set designers and puppeteers to thank. NVIDIA evidently chipped in on the product, with some serious GPU horsepower making the magic come together. Look Effects,... Read more...
Buried seven paragraphs deep in a release announcing and outlining its restructuring and refocusing efforts (as companies are wont to do when delivering bad news), Nokia announced that it will cut 17,000 jobs worldwide. That’s about 23% of the company’s total global workforce of 74,000. Nokia is refocusing its efforts on mobile... Read more...
If there’s anything Americans like being, it’s the world’s largest of something, which is why today’s news that the U.S. is no longer the world’s largest smartphone market is sure to grind a few people’s gears. According to Strategy Analytics, in Q3 2011, China shipped 23.9 million smartphones, while the... Read more...
HP and Oracle have been slugging it out in court over the future of Intel's Itanium for months now. HP has just widened the front by asking the EU to investigate whether Oracle acted improperly when it terminated support for Intel's Itanium. HP claims that Oracle is improperly leveraging its software market to compel purchases of its own hardware,... Read more...
Intel has long said it envisions its Ultrabook concept manifesting in models the general public can pick up for less $1,000, and so far it's been a hit or miss goal. Count Toshiba's recently introduced Portege Ultrabook as one of those that's able to hit Intel's pricing target. Starting at $879, Toshiba's Portege Z835-ST8305 is now available... Read more...
Apple is planning to get in on the Black Friday shopping frenzy by discounting several of its products on November 25th, 2011. We're not talking about huge savings that would classify anything as a steal, but you could pocket as much as $101 over the normal price, depending on which Apple product you're shopping for. A tipster sent in an Apple... Read more...
In March of this year, OCZ announced that they had plans to acquire Indilinx. A few months have passed since the acquisition, but today the combined forces of OCZ and their recently assimilated team members from Indilinx are ready to officially unveil the OCZ Octane series of solid state drives, which are based on the... Read more...
Today's tablet market is filled with plenty of options from various manufacturers. Screen size is a key differentiating point between models and most of today's tablets offer a screen that ranges in size from 7 inches to about 10-inches. Although tablet users generally prefer these larger screens to the somewhat smaller screens found on smartphones,... Read more...
In the wake of Bulldozer's weak desktop launch, there was some hope that server benchmarks would redeem the chip and give AMD a fighting chance against Intel in at least one of its three core markets. Recent reviews and a comprehensive roundup of formally published results, however, indicate that while BD fares a bit better in servers, it's... Read more...
Like small? Like sleek? Like Lenovo? If so, the company has a machine they'd like to sell you, and it's a newcomer by the name of IdeaCentre Q180. It's a slim and compact rig, with Full HD graphics, 7.1 surround sound, plus an optional Blu-ray Disk drive supporting Blu-ray 3D playback, along with a number of other features that allow the Q180... Read more...
Boasting, are we? Corsair has just announced that a new overclocking world record has been set. One that apparently shatters the previous memory frequency world record with a custom-built liquid nitrogen cooled system. The record? They hit a memory frequency of 1733.8MHz (DDR3-3467) using Corsair Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3... Read more...
It's a common refrain about these parts, but so what? A new SSD? Sign us up! As flash storage continues to make its way towards the mainstream, RunCore has announced their new InVincible V Series of SSDs, which have passed a series of screening tests in full accordance with MIL requirements such as temperature, vibration, shock, salt spray... Read more...
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