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Tired of consumers having all of the fun? Take a stand, Mr. Corporate! Dell's tickling their business side this week with the introduction of the new Precision M4600 and M6600, described as the world's most powerful 15.6" and 17.3" workstations. The company's also using this chance to debut the R5500 rack-mount... Read more...
Video: HD 6870 Roundup: Diamond, PowerColor, MSI, Sapphire & XFX @ Hardware Canucks Sapphire Radeon HD6670 Review @ OCC Motherboards and Chipsets: ASUS Rampage III Formula Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps Processors: [Tech ARP] Mobile CPU Comparison Guide... Read more...
The Internet has been grumbling over Sony's unexpected PlayStation Network shutdown for the past few days, but new information from the company will put the outrage into overdrive. According to Sony's official statement: we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided:... Read more...
IT'S OFFICIAL: Apple Has Brainwashed The Whole Country. How Else To Explain The Lack Of Outrage Over Apple's Secret Location Tracking? That's the entire headline from a recent Business Insider story discussing the importance of what Apple has done. It warns, in stentorian tones that would make a Doomsday cultist proud, that "Apple has so mesmerized... Read more...
If there's a big winner in the tech world over the past two years, it'd have to be Apple. The numbers are just insane. But what about ARM as the dark horse? ARM remains a relatively unknown name in the consumer world, but their products are making the gadgets tick for millions of users. Couple that with the fact that Microsoft recently revealed... Read more...
AMD is hosting its first AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) this year, from June 13-16. The conference will focus on OpenCL and Llano's performance capabilities under various related usage models. Sunnyvale is billing the event as a chance to participate and learn from experts, all in accordance with the company's... Read more...
May 8th is just a couple of days before Google I/O kicks off in San Francisco, and it'll also be the first day that you can buy a 4G-enabled version of the Nexus S. Sprint has today confirmed that the Nexus S 4G from Google will go on sale in all Sprint channels starting on May 8, with a $199.99 price attached to the phone (along with a 2-year... Read more...
Android on the battlefield? It's not as crazy as you might think. The U.S. Army is always looking for new and crazy ways to gain and edge, and they aren't shy when it comes to looking toward technology for those answers. According to a new report, they're now finalizing a software framework for Android-based devices that will let third-party... Read more...
For PC junkies, there's hardly anything better than a new solid state drive announcement. Every time we see a new SSD, we think about just how eager we are to transition into a world where HDDs are the past and SSDs are the present. OCZ Technology seems to be dreaming those same dreams, and today they've unveiled a new addition to the Vertex... Read more...
An oversized jar of pickles. Undergarments. Flat screen TV. Toilet paper. Motor oil for your 2011 Dodge Charger. Know what these all have in common? You can buy all of them at Walmart, along with almost everything else you can think of. What's that you say, what about custom gaming PCs? Turns out you can buy those at Wally World, too, at least... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and HTC are continuing to add to the DROID lineup with the introduction of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC. This new smartphone runs on Android 2.2 and features a next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The DROID Incredible 2 also has a 4-inch Super LCD, an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a 1.3-megapixel... Read more...
Apple has given up on trying to trademark the term "POD" in Canada, the site Patently Apple said on Monday. PA added in the comments below the story that it feels that the abandonment of the trademark quest in Canada is just a reflection of Apple abandoning the quest worldwide. Apple first filed the trademark application in July 29, 2004.... Read more...
Of the six smart phones on the market that run Microsoft's latest phone OS, Windows Phone 7, HTC designed and manufactures three of them. It's latest, and most expensive, is Sprint's first-and currently only-WP7 option, the HTC Arrive and it arrived at Sprint just last month. That said, the HTC Arrive offers a... Read more...
Life is good for Netflix, the video rental and streaming service that is now bigger than Comcast, at least if we go by the numbers. According to Netflix's latest earnings report, the company now boasts 23.6 million subscribers around the globe. That's more than Comcast, which just so happens to be the biggest cable operator in the U.S. For... Read more...
Apple's App Store seems to be exploding with new content, and this week it's gaining yet another notable mention: CloudTalk. As both the cloud and IM become hot topics of conversation, the two are combining in a new social messaging app for iPhone and Android, claiming to "bring voice back" to social interactions. The new version of the CloudTalk... Read more...
If you believed the pre-release hype, Motorola's Xoom was supposed to dash into the market and slay the iPad, ending Apple's tablet reign and ushering in a new era ruled by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It all sounded like a solid plan, with Honeycomb being the first version of Android built from the ground up for tablets, but... Read more...
Believe it or not, people have had their grocery orders made online for years now. It's not nearly as popular as you might think, mostly because these services are generally reserved for city-dwellers, but it definitely exists. Now, Walmart wants in on the action. The mega-retailer has just announced a trial run for online grocery delivery... Read more...
As the company promised, Barnes & Noble has delivered a software update to its 7-inch NOOK Color devices that push them still more in the direction of a general-purpose Android tablet, and away from being a standalone e-book reader. Some customers have rooted their NOOK Colors and installed custom ROMs, already turning their devices into... Read more...
More good stuff coming out of AMD this week. The chip company has just announced that embedded software provider Express Logic has brought its industry-leading ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS) to the AMD Embedded G-Series platform. What's that mean? It means that the APU is spreading its wings. We've loved... Read more...
Plug-and-play, you say? Sounds good to us! Kingston Technology is back on the block with a new set of memory modules, and these are apparently even easier to get going than your average DIMM. They're the industry's first modules with Sandy Bridge-ready frequencies, and the plug-and-play nature utilizes JEDEC-compliant 1600MHz, 1866MHz values.... Read more...
It's hard to get too excited about routers, but when Netgear slaps a 750Mbps label on their newest one, well...that changes things. The N750 Wireless Router is the company's newest dual-band creation, offering high-bandwidth transfers for handling multi-media, HD video streaming, multiplayer gaming, etc. It operates in both wireless N bands:... Read more...
AT&T may take a lot of heat for having subpar network access in major cities, but the carrier is no slouch when it comes to network technologies. Despite the red tape that's involved with planting a tower somewhere, AT&T is forging ahead with a different kind of support. A new release details the company's... Read more...
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