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All News for April 2011

Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly from an Android phone. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. According to Google, the new features will first roll out to the Nexus S phones over... Read more...
The title pretty much says it all here. Hulu has just made available an update (v2.3) for Hulu Plus on iOS, which brings new search results that are organized into tabs, amongst other things. There's also a new dedicated button on the Movies menu for our popular and growing Criterion movie collection. The company's also making "a number of... Read more...
And you thought the consumer storage business was booming. As corporate companies look for new edges to advance their response times and reliability, enterprise storage vendors are cranking out new gear to serve those wishes. Nexsan certainly isn't a name you hear shot out with WD and Seagate, but on the enterprise side, they're making big... Read more...
You may not love Time Warner Cable, and you may wish you had a couple of other ISP options, but the numbers are talking this week: TWC just signed up their ten millionth high-speed Internet user, which is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. The high-speed wars have been boiling for years now, and TWC is hardly the only nationwide player.... Read more...
Well, better is definitely late than never in this case. After dealing with a ~24 hour outage of their LTE network, Verizon Wireless finally has their 4G systems in order, and phones are now coming back online. It's definitely not unusual for pockets or service to see minor blips of service disruption from time to time, but an entire telecom... Read more...
Given all of the attention that Intel and AMD have demanded since the year began, it's been somewhat difficult for the smaller chip makers to get any facetime whatsoever. But now, with the Embedded System Conference ongoing, VIA is stepping back into the spotlight with a new dual-core option that's sure to make waves at the component level.... Read more...
When the Department of Justice and Microsoft hammered out the terms of their agreement in 2001, one of the strictures was that the software giant would be subject to official DOJ oversight for a period of five years. In 2006, the DoJ opted to extend the term another five years, but the government body won't be doing the same thing again. On... Read more...
Even as Sony continues to struggle with bringing the PlayStation Network (PSN) back online, there are rumours that credit card numbers gleaned in the attack are already available for purchase. According to Kevin Stevens, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, various parties are already offering sections of the... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered AMD's announcement of its upcoming OpenCL programming conference and how it plans to offer information on making the most of its Llano APU and that processor's capabilities. One of the rumors rumbling around since then has been whether AMD and ARM would pursue any sort of cross-licensing agreement. AMD's director... Read more...
After a strong initial release, sales of Nintendo's newest 3DS have slumped significantly. The company had planned to sell at least four million units by the end of its fiscal year, but only moved 3.61M. During his speech at the company's investor conference, company CEO Satoru Iwata said the latest handheld required a different approach.... Read more...
MSI announced a new touch model, the Wind Top AE2070. This 20-inch, multi-touch all in one is powered by an Intel 2nd generation Dual-core Processor G620 and Intel HD Graphics 2000. MSI also offers hardware upgrade options for the Wind Top AE2070, offing an Intel Core i3 CPU or NVIDIA GeForce GT540M high-performance graphic card. The Wind... Read more...
If you're an Android user, try not to hit your head on the ceiling fan as you jump for joy. Why? Well, Adobe last night announced the release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets and is available for download in the Android Market. Eventually, this could prove to be a big deal, but it looks as though a Honeycomb update... Read more...
With a little more than a week's worth of sales figures to analyze, mega electronics retailer Best Buy said that BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC sales have so far been much higher than expected. Whether or not Best Buy is feigning surprise to boost consumer confidence is hard to tell since the chain didn't release any figures, but assuming Best... Read more...
It happens every single time. AMD or NVIDIA reveals a new GPU, and then OEMs race to get cards out based on those new chipsets. MSI is among that group, and they've just launched a new group of graphics cards based on AMD's HD6700. The R6770-MD1GD5, R6750-MD1GD5 and R6750-MD512D5 are the new guys, and all of them support the latest version... Read more...
3D is most definitely in, and Acer has been one company that seems eager to keep the bandwagon alive. Now, they're introducing a new 3D-enabled all-in-one entertainment machine, the Z5763. 3D all-in-one PCs have been around for years now, and the popularity of them seems to be on the rise. Case in point: this new one has an integrated IR emitter,... Read more...
Another day, another new monitor. But this one's no ordinary LCD. Acer's new 27" HN274H is the first 27" 3D monitor to support HDMI (dual-link) 3D, bringing a new level of sterescopic support. It's equipped with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 2ms response time, and a built-in IR emitter. That last bit means that you can connect... Read more...
And the bloodshed continues at Nokia. There was no bones made about the need to slash jobs after Nokia decided on Windows Phone 7 for their next mobile OS; the folks working on Symbian were suddenly not needed. But now, a report is making this rumors a lot more tangible, and painful. Reuters is reporting that Nokia will have to cut 7,000 jobs... Read more...
Google Docs have been used around these parts for years on end. Why load up Office when you can just handle things online? But one of the major issues with Google Docs has been editing and using them on mobile devices. Now, Google's making it easier to deal with them on Android-based devices. There's a new app up for download in the Android... Read more...
Solid state drives are obviously changing the game in the consumer realm, but they're quietly doing something similar in the enterprise. In fact, the enterprise is where SSD technology is truly taking off, as pricing isn't so much of a concern. OCZ Technology, Fusion-io and a smattering of others are really making strides, with OCZ in particular... Read more...
ARM Semiconductor, the company whose IP drives a lot of the world's smartphone and tablet devices today, posted excellent Q1 results for the past quarter. Revenue was up 26 percent to $185.5 million and the company's growth significantly outpaced the overall growth of the semiconductor industry. It signed a total of 39 licensees for its technology... Read more...
AMD has released its Q1 financials, giving us a look into the company's execution through what is normally considered a down quarter, as well as an opportunity to judge the impact of Brazos on the company's bottom line. The results are quite good relative to AMD's financial performance these past few years. The company reports revenue of $1.61B... Read more...
We've covered the legal case of George Hotz, the Playstation 3 modder, several times in the past year. Hotz recently reached a settlement with Sony and announced he was going on vacation. "It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier," said Hotz in an interview a few weeks ago." I'm happy to have the litigation... Read more...
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