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One reason to stick with Android, particularly for avid travelers, has been Google Maps Navigation. It's a built-in turn-by-turn navigation system that comes free with Android, and isn't available on iOS. But Google may be shooting themselves in the foot somewhat here. The company recently reported that 40% of all Maps usage is on mobile devices... Read more...
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Nokia and Microsoft obviously belong in the same sentence together, but Qualcomm? That's a new one. The company is reportedly getting set to join the Nokia/WP7 party in a big way, with Reuters reporting that Nokia is negotiating with "several chipset suppliers" for future Windows Phone handsets after selecting Qualcomm for use in their first... Read more...
Today we'll be looking at a couple of new AMD FirePro workstation-class graphics cards, the FirePro V7900 and FirePro V5900. With the AMD FirePro V7900, professional users are treated to 1280 stream processors, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and 160GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. The AMD FirePro V5900 provides 512 stream processors, a 2GB frame buffer,... Read more...
On paper, Intel's Thunderbolt looks like an easy winner over the relatively new USB 3 standard. The USB extension offers 10x the bandwidth of USB 2 and supports full duplex operation, but is limited to 'just' 5Gbps. Thunderbolt—even the cut-back, copper-wire version that's standard on new Macbook... Read more...
Amazon and Barnes & Noble may be the current e-reader kings, but that doesn't mean that there's no room for rivals. Kobo has been giving them a (small) run for their money for years now, and today they've launched the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. This new device touts a new "Real Touch" experience, a new design, built-in Wi-Fi, and it's... Read more...
Embedded systems may not be the sexiest to talk about, but they're becoming increasingly powerful (and increasingly important). AMD has just announced the immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings... Read more...
Hulu Plus continues to expand to additional Internet-connected devices. Now, the Hulu Plus subscription service is available on TiVo Premiere retail boxes. With this announcement, TiVo Premiere users will be able to access Hulu Plus content for a subscription fee of $7.99 per month. Until August 30, TiVo is offering a 6-month free trial of... Read more...
Are tablets that are tied to cellular networks and service plans less appealing than Wi-Fi only versions? Some people seem to think so. Although carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless would like to use tablets such as Apple's iPad and the Motorola Xoom as key revenue makers, the high price of these tablets combined with additional... Read more...
It's the second such "pocket dialing leads to arrest" story in less than a month, and you have to admit, it makes one wonder a) what kind of cell phones these criminals are using, and b) why they don't use a belt holster. Authorities say a Georgia man "pocket-dialed" 911. The dispatcher on the other end of the line overheard people discussing... Read more...
When RIM Revealed the BlackBerry PlayBook in September 2010, the tablet was met with great excitement and hype, particularly from the professional, die-hard BlackBerry crowd.  After what seemed like more than its fair share of delays, the Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook is now available at various retailers. Versions of the tablet... Read more...
You don't want to be the one everybody points and laughs at for using a reference cooler on a high end graphics card, do you? Maybe that's a little melodramatic; realistically, reference coolers aren't all that bad. But if you dream of a cooler running GPU and faster clocks, third-party cooling solutions are the way... Read more...
The Android Market now has movie rentals. One problem for those who take the popular step of rooting their devices: those devices can stay home, as they won't be able to view any of the movies. End users attempting to rent a movie from the Android Market even get a clue as to why, based on the specific error message they receive: "Failed to... Read more...
The marketing gurus at Apple sure know how to generate some buzz, don't they? Early last week, word leaked out that Apple was planning something special for its Apple Store's 10th retail anniversary. Around 10-15 employees from each Apple Store were called in to work an overnight shift on Saturday through mid-Sunday, and were shut off from... Read more...
Heads-up, MeeGo fanatics! While the OS obviously has less support from major companies now than ever before, there's still a large amount of fans out there, and developers as well. The Meego Conference kicks off in San Francisco this week, and there's a new MeeGo release to go along with it. MeeGo 1.2 has just been revealed, with the new release... Read more...
Lady Gaga uses Chrome, would you have known? Or, at least she claims to in a new Google ad. Airing first during this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, the latest Chrome ad is likely the longest yet, and undoubtedly the most starstruck. It's a 1.5 minute ad, which is wildly long for a TV spot. It's an ad that showcases Chrome and Chrome... Read more...
Augmented reality has a long way to go before it's widely used in mainstream homes, but it's already progressing to a point where technology lovers are taking notice. The Nintendo 3DS makes great use of AR, and clearly Sony doesn't want to be left behind in the race. The company has recently revealed a new kind of AR, called SmartAR. In typical... Read more...
New portable hard drives seem to be popping up today at a blistering pace, but one thing most of 'em can't handle is severe drop. That's where Clickfree's newest drive comes in. The company's auto-backup line is gaining a new member this week, with the introduction of the C2 Rugged. This toughened-up drive claims to be the planet's only rugged... Read more...
Intel's Sandy Bridge is definitely the platform of the moment. Every notebook maker in existence is doing everything they can to get the newer chipsets into their machines, and while HP has already rolled SB out in a number of units, what's not to love about one more? The company has just made official the Pavilion... Read more...
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We've often wondered how long it would take companies to finally start adopting USB 3.0 en masse. It's been a couple of years now, and SuperSpeed ports are still few and far between. It's not like the USB standard stands any chance of being neglected, so what's the holdup? Well, these things always take time, and implementation is always easier... Read more...
Recently, Sprint and Google teamed up for tight integration between Sprint handsets and Google Voice. While this was seen as a great idea, perhaps it's not such a great deal if you take into account the gotcha. There are two ways to integrate Google Voice on a Sprint handset. They are: Option 1: Keep your Sprint number: Your Sprint number... Read more...
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