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All News for November 2011

Roku's hardware expansion efforts have been duly noted, but now they're looking to follow in the footsteps of Netflix and spread their wings into international markets. The company's streaming platform is now making a beeline outside of America, as the company expects that consumers in the United Kingdom and Canada will be able to purchase... Read more...
Archos has a history of pumping out low-cost tablets and PMPs, albeit ones with relatively high-quality given the price charged. Now, the company has revealed the Arnova 9 G2 tablet, with a 1GHz ARM A8 processor, 9.7" IPS display, 1024x768 screen resolution and Android 2.3. That's right, Gingerbread. These days, we're... Read more...
It's pretty amazing what you can cram into a USB flash drive these days. FXI Technologies, a hardware and software startup based in Trondheim Norway, demonstrated this week the world's first any screen, connected computing USB device. Codenamed "Cotton Candy", this sweet little device serves as a technology bridge... Read more...
Need a new gamepad? This one might take a while to wrap your head around. SteelSeries, a well-known peripheral maker that some gamers swear by, has just teamed up with Ignite Game Technologies in order to introduce the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel, an affordable, high-performance PC controller that aims to open up... Read more...
Don’t worry folks, Cooler Master is looking out for you. The company is offering a free bracket upgrade to those who bought the Hyper 212 EVO and Hyper 212 Plus and now want to use the heatsink on shiny new Intel socket LGA2011 systems. All you have to do to get your free bracket upgrade is to head over to the parts page and request... Read more...
It looks a little like an Atari Jaguar controller, but the functionality here is far different. SMK-Link Electronics has announced their new wireless ultra-mini touchpad keyboard, a game-controller-espe input device that puts cursor navigation, text entry, multimedia and audio controls in the palm of your hand (which... Read more...
Recently at a Music-themed event in California, Google confessed that over 200 million Android devices had been activated. That's a heck of a number, but it makes a lot more sense when you think about just how many lower-end Android devices are out there. But low-end shouldn't necessarily have a negative vibe to it. Sprint has just launched... Read more...
Wondering what to get your little ones for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or just because)? Well then, pay no attention to market research firm Nielsen if you're currently torn between a skateboard or a bicycle. Either of those will get your kids out of the house and moving around, which is a good thing for this... Read more...
If you've been on the fence about whether or not to spring for a Nintendo 3DS console, this might make you jump off. At least one retailer, and possibly two or more, are going to carry a special edition themed 3DS console commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The Zelda bundle will include a themed... Read more...
The man who once stared at goats, George Clooney, is now looking at a possible role depicting the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biographical film chronicling the Apple co-founder's life up until his untimely death at the age of 56. As you can probably imagine, this is a coveted role, and Clooney isn't the only one in... Read more...
“It’s the network, stupid.” In a nutshell, that’s the idea Alcatel-Lucent has with its new cloud initiative called “CloudBand”. It’s no secret that network performance is a huge bottleneck with cloud computing services, and the company believes that CloudBand can address this issue is a meaningful... Read more...
Metrico Wireless set out to discover which iPhone 4S wireless carrier is tops, and they did it by performing over 21,000 Web downloads, running more than 8,000 data download/upload tests while mobile and while stationary, and by making around 6,000 voice calls. Or, you know, a typical day in the life of a teenager. So which carrier stood head... Read more...
A Reuters report cited remarks from Citigroup research analyst Mark Mahaney indicating that Amazon may be developing a mid-range smartphone for release by in Q4 2012. Amazon appears to be working with device maker Foxconn on the project. Other partners making components and actually building the devices may include Hon Hai Precision Industry... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Apple came within inches of revamping its MacBook Air line with AMD's Llano platform. In fact, it was all set to go into production, but was abruptly cancelled last spring mainly because Apple lacked confidence in AMD's ability to supply enough parts. Intel, as it turns out, was Plan... Read more...
The proposed merger between Google and Motorola is one step closer to completion. Recently, Motorola's stockholders voted with an overwhelming majority to approve the proposed merger with Google. At a recently held Special Meeting of Stockholders, approximately 99% of the voting shares voted in favor of the merger agreement. Approximately... Read more...
PCAudioLabs is a different sort of boutique system builder out of Chatsworth, CA.  While so many custom computer systems you see here are targeted toward gamers and mainstream users, the folks at PCAudioLabs, you guessed it, cater to musicians, both professional and amateur, as well as production studios and educational institutions.... Read more...
AOC announced the 23-inch Aire Pro monitor that features a brushed metallic bezel. According to AOC, this monitor is "one of the world’s slimmest display panels" measuring 9.2 mm thick. The 23-inch Aire Pro features an IPS panel, dual HDMI ports, a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a 5ms response time. The monitor comes with Screen+... Read more...
Do you remember the eve of the PlayStation 3 launch? Feels like just yesterday, but in reality, it was five whole years ago. This week a half-decade ago, gamers were gearing up for the launch of an insanely powerful console, the PS3. It's a pretty important achievement. In fact, the PS2 is still being produced, and Sony has made clear that... Read more...
Remember Surface? That's Microsoft's over-the-top tabletop, and while most installations have been far too pricey for the average consumer, the Samsung SUR40 is taking one step closer to making it more acceptable. It's the next generation is Surface, and it's available for pre-order through Samsung resellers in 23 countries worldwide including... Read more...
Fastest flash drive? Oh, yeah. Kingston Digital just unveiled their fastest USB flash drive ever, the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. Pretty hasty for a flash drive. The fast write speeds also allow users... Read more...
It’s all too easy to mentally equate Box (formerly known as Box.net) with Dropbox; they’re both cloud storage services, they both started out with simple and consumer-facing account options, and they both have “box” in their names. For that matter, they both use a blue-and-white color scheme. However, the two services... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a slew of new and updated processors in its Snapdragon entry-level S1 and next-generation device S4 product lines. The company has upgraded its S1 MSM7225A, MSM7625A, MSM7227A and MSM7627A chips to offer better performance and also drive migration from 2G to 3G for entry-level smartphones. On the S4 side, things are more... Read more...
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