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All News for November 2011

If a monstrous fire-breathing beast adorned on the side of an overclocked X79 system isn't the very definition of awesome, then we'll punch Merriam-Webster right in the suck hole until it is. It's also part of iBuyPower's Chimera 4, the fourth generation of the boutique system builder's signature gaming line. Each... Read more...
Shares of Rambus are down more than 50 percent today after a jury trial on Wednesday found Micron and Hynix Semiconductor not guilty of price fixing. Rambus had sued the two manufacturers for over $12 billion, claiming that they formed “a secret and unlawful conspiracy to kill a revolutionary technology, make... Read more...
Well here's something you don't see very often -- a single slot, low profile Radeon HD 6670 graphics card. Actually, this is something you've never seen before, according to Sapphire, which claims there's no other HD 6670 videocard like this one anywhere in the world. If you want to take that as a challenge to hunt... Read more...
A couple weeks ago, Google released a dedicated Gmail application for iOS. After discovering the app had a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, Google removed it from the App Store. Now, the bug has been fixed and the app has returned to the App Store. With the Gmail app, you can be alerted of new messages with push... Read more...
It's not uncommon for an Android phone to be left in the dust when new versions of Android are released.  When a new version of Android becomes available, each carrier and manufacturer must make a decision as to which phones to upgrade and which ones to leave behind. Unfortunately, many phones are often left behind. All hope is not lost,... Read more...
After playing through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's single-player campaign and spending some solid time with the game in multiplayer, we can attest that MW3 is the latest well-executed title in the long-running Call of Duty franchise. The game's production values are excellent, the single-player campaign is gripping and intense, and all... Read more...
The war of words is on in full force. Some say "4G." Some say "HSPA+." Some say "LTE." T-Mobile USA is calling their HSPA+ network "4G," and in turn, they're doubling the speed of their "4G network in 11 additional markets." T-Mobile’s faster 4G speeds (HSPA+ 42) are now available in 163 markets reaching nearly 180 million Americans.... Read more...
Hunting down a new SSD? Who isn't, right? Plextor has just issued their latest, the M3S. It's a 2.5" solid state drive that's available in three capacities: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.  The M3S delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 525/445 MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 70,000/65,000 IOPS. The M3S features exclusive... Read more...
Google Music is no longer a "beta" product. Talk about a quick turnaround, at least compared to things like Gmail! The company teamed up with T-Mobile USA at a press conference in Los Angeles to launch Google Music, a new platform where you can upload your personal music collections for free, purchase songs from your favorite artists, and... Read more...
For those who already use Boxee to pull content, shows, and movies from the Internet and push them to your TV, the upcoming Boxee Live TV will be a great add-on. In a nutshell, Boxee Live TV complements the existing Boxee service by using an HD antenna dongle connected to your TV to give you live TV shows over network broadcasts for free (minus... Read more...
Recent times haven’t exactly been easy for Nokia, but the Fins are still plugging away, particularly on Windows-based devices. According to a report in Les Echos (a French newspaper), Nokia will produce a Windows 8-based tablet as early as June 2012. According to the Les Echos article, head of Nokia France Paul Amsellem slipped in a... Read more...
The bigger your market share, the more your platform will be targeted by malware writers, and that could spell trouble for Android. According to data from research firm Gartner, Android in the third quarter of 2011 landed on three times as many smartphones as iOS, which isn't surprising when you consider everyone and... Read more...
HP is on a roll today. In addition to the announcements of a few new ENVY notebooks and the company's first business Ultrabook, HP is expanding its ultraportable consumer notebook portfolio with new thin and light Pavilion dm4 notebooks. The new Pavilion dm4 measures 1-inch thick and weighs less than 4.5 pounds. Other key features include... Read more...
Arthur D. Levinson has some mighty big shoes to fill. That's because Apple this week named him as the company's non-executive Chairman of the Board, a spot that was previously held by the late Steve Jobs. So who exactly is this guy and what does he bring to the table board? "Art has made enormous contributions to... Read more...
There are a myriad of nice smartphones on the market today. And since we're all for choice and options around here, we like the competition we're seeing in the mobile market. If you're a Sprint customer, you've been given the choice of a few really good 4G options this year. One of those options, the Motorola Photon 4G, has all of the specs... Read more...
HP announced its first business Ultrabook known as the HP Folio13. This ultrabook features a thin and light design that measure 18 millimeters thick and weighs 3.3 pounds. The HP Folio13 is powered by the latest Intel Core processors and features Intel Rapid Start Technology. Other key features include a 128GB SSD, a slim 13.3-inch diagonal... Read more...
Verbatim is sick and tired of you being sick and tired when it comes to inputting text on your tablet or smartphone. To fix that, the company's introducing a new Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard, which will now be available in white and works with iPhone, iPad and Android tablets with Bluetooth connectivity and HID keyboard support. Like... Read more...
Skype for TV, Google TV -- loads of companies have already tried the whole "calling on TV" thing, and now there's one more company throwing their hat in the ring. Biscotti has just revealed the Biscotti TV Phone, hailed as the next generation of home video calling. With high-definition picture and sound, Biscotti TV Phone brings family and... Read more...
Envious? You might be now. Shortly after Meg Whitman announced that the personal PC department wasn't leaving HP anytime soon, the company has introduced a spate of new ENVY notebooks, including a refreshed ENVY 15, ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D. All of those are sporting the token all-metal chassis, rounded edges, a classic black / silver finish,... Read more...
At the supercomputing conference SC2011 today, Intel offered up performance details of its upcoming Xeon E5 processors and demoed their Knights Corner many integrated core (MIC) solution. The new Xeons won't be broadly available until the first half of 2012, but Santa Clara has been shipping the new chips to "a small... Read more...
“Moar X79 motherboards pleez!”, you’re undoubtedly shouting. Well, good news: EVGA announced its slew of X79-based boards in the X79 Classified, X79 FTW, and X79 SLI. All of the boards support the new socket 2011 Intel chips and feature four DIMM slots; 10 USB 2.0 ports and 10 USB 3.0 ports (4 USB 3.0 on the X79 SLI); and... Read more...
Now that the Intel X79 chipset and new Intel Sandy Bridge-E CPUs (socket 2011) are officially a matter of record, seemingly every manufacturer is nearly simultaneously launching products to go along with them. Memory makers are no exception, as the new X79-based motherboards support a ridiculous amount of quad-channel... Read more...
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