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All News for March 2011

BlackBerry's PlayBook has raised eyebrows and gotten attention from all corners since the company unveiled it early last fall. We've had a bit of hands-on with the unit and covered BlackBerry's attempts to improve the tablet's attractiveness by running Android aps (albeit imperfectly) on its QNX operating system. If a leaked PDF is accurate,... Read more...
3D is clearly booming, and it's not just in the cinema. It's spreading to television and elsewhere, and while 3D on the screen isn't the same as spacial 3D, we doubt it's a coincidence that 3D mice are also coming into play. 3Dconnexion, which has created a certain amount of 3D peripherals in the years, has just... Read more...
Historically, when the EU and Microsoft have dealt with each other, the latter has been under investigation by the former amid allegations of anti-competitive practices, bad faith negotiation, and interference with an investigation. It's therefore strange to read that Microsoft, of all companies, has filed a complaint against Google with the... Read more...
Enthusiasts and professionals alike have long been curious about Bulldozer's performance. It's been hard to predict how the CPU will perform compared to Intel's Nehalem and Sandy Bridge; Bulldozer's unique shared execution units are a considerable departure from anything else on the market. Leaked benchmarks courtesy of openbenchmarking.org... Read more...
MSI unveiled ten new high performance laptops including the 15.6-inch CX640 & CR640, GE620 & GR620, GT680 & GX680, and FX620DX & FR620 as well as the 17.3-inch FX720 & FR720. All of the new laptops feature Intel second generation Core i processors and clear wrap around sound thanks to THX TruStudio Pro, SRS, and Dynaudio... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones and wireless data services, 4G is definitely one of the hottest features today. And while various wireless service providers are touting their 4G networks and upcoming plans for 4G, there are still a relatively small number of smartphones that actually support 4G technology and can take full advantage of the speed... Read more...
In February of 2010, Google announced it was going to be running an experiment with its own fiber optic broadband network with speeds of 1Gbps, and that it was taking applications from localities with at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. More than 1,000 towns applied, and Google eventually delayed the decision to 2011. It's... Read more...
Apple's second generation iPad tablet has been on the market for nearly 3 weeks now, and while the Cupertino outfit isn't quite ready to cough up sales data, online auction site eBay does have some numbers to share. As you know, the iPad 2 sold out of most stores during its opening weekend launch, making the tablet hard to come by. But one... Read more...
Samsung is taking it on the chin after revelations that a keylogger was found by a Network World writer, on not one but two Samsung computers. Because of the placement of the files in the same location, the writer, security consultant Mohammed Hassan, says in fact that this may be something intentional that Samsung is doing. According to Hassan,... Read more...
Companies are still trying to sort out this whole living in the cloud thing and how it fits in with their business plans, but in the meantime, there's an immediate benefit to home users: Streaming music. We're not talking about online radio stations or services like Pandora, but YOUR music, stored in the cloud, and accessible from wherever... Read more...
QNAP is no question one of the larger names in the network-attached storage arena, but it's been some time since we heard from them. That's changing this week with their latest announcement, as they've added new Atom CPUs, USB 3.0 and support for SATA 6Gb/s drivers. The new TS-x59 Pro II series -- the 4-drive TS-459... Read more...
When it comes to making it "big," hardly anything says "big" quite like making it onto Best Buy shelves. That's easily the most recognizable name when it comes to selling electronics, and now, Roku is making that leap. The company has already made a large splash in the online scene, with their players being some of the most highly-regarded... Read more...
Skype has taken a lot of heat recently for an underwhelming showing with Skype 5 for Mac, but the company is still doing a lot of things right. In an effort to move forward and spread their wings a bit, Skype has today announced an initiative to connect teachers and classrooms around the world, and it could definitely... Read more...
Nvidia released its new 270 driver series today, with a full set of new tools and performance improvements. Users can now configure the Nvidia control panel to automatically check for and apply driver updates or can simply choose to be notified when new updates are available. Update frequency and beta update... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered Amazon's announcement of its new 5GB Cloud Drive service. Amazon is pushing the free service as a "upload once, access anywhere" option that allows users to play the music they want, wherever they are. When questions of licensing were raised, Amazon spokesperson Cat Griffin told Ars Technica: "Cloud Player is... Read more...
Reducing mobile power consumption has been a top priority of the PC industry for years. Much of the work in this area has focused on hardware, but a recent post from Microsoft's IE blog raises the question of whether or not browser choice can make a difference in battery life*. It's not a question people would've considered for most of the... Read more...
The world's getting more and more crowded when it comes to tablets, but one sector that's still lacking is that containing Windows 7 tablets. Microsoft's desktop OS just hasn't integrated well into the tablet side, and many non-Apple companies are siding with Android, particularly Honeycomb, which scales to tablets in a far superior way. But... Read more...
It's one of the final companies to make this public, but it's good to hear nonetheless. While Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu is largely history, companies were scrambling for weeks to fulfill orders, satisfy customers and get "fixed" parts in from Intel. It's not a juggling match that we envy, that's for sure. MSI obviously ships quite a few Sandy... Read more...
Starting tomorrow, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot from Verizon Wireless will be available for purchase in stores. If you can’t wait, you can order it online today. The hotspot will cost for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan. With the hotspot, you’ll be able... Read more...
If you're a diehard Apple fan, move along, there's nothing to see here but a low-priced Windows PC that can't possibly compare with your swank new MacBook Air. For everyone else, keep reading, because with a little coupon magic, you can own a pretty decent alternative to Apple's ultra-thin and light notebook for just... Read more...
Thin is in, playa, and everywhere you turn someone's touting an ultra-slim notebook. That includes MSI, which just announced its new X370 laptop with a super thin profile and long 10-hour battery life. This thing measures a scant 324 (W) x 227 (D) x 22.8 (H) millimeters, or for those of you who shake an angry fist at the metric system, that's... Read more...
These days, phones seem to be getting cheaper and cheaper in the U.S., while plans creep higher and higher in price. International data packages are being hacked, and data limits are being applied. But it's sure enticing; AT&T has just lowered the initial barrier to entry quite significantly on a number of phones. AT&T customers can... Read more...
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