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It's been two weeks since US District Judge Roger Hunt effectively decapitated Righthaven's business strategy of falsely claiming copyright ownership before suing everyone in sight. Righthaven and its partner Stephens Media, however, don't seem to have gotten the message. Much as a chicken can continue to run around... Read more...
If there's one thing Google knows how to do, it's drum up excitement (actually, Google's pretty adept at search and email too, but that's another story). Just look at Google+, the sultan of search's latest attempt at breaking into the social networking game and taking on the likes of Facebook (a monumental task) and MySpace (shouldn't be hard).... Read more...
To commemorate Father's Day and to congratulate all of you that are graduating this season, in conjunction with our friends at AMD, Thermaltake, and Kingston, we assembled yet another <HOT> rig to give away! Readers had a chance to win a full AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition based system, complete with a pair of Radeon HD 6870... Read more...
T-Mobile announced new pooling plans designed for small businesses. In all, there are 11 new shared plans. The new plans start at $59.99 per month for two lines. This plan includes 1000 Whenever minutes and does not require an activation fee. Additional lines cost $9.99 each per month. The various plans support different numbers of maximum... Read more...
Promise Technology recently launched the first Thunderbolt-compatible devices; the company's Pegasus RAID R4 and R6 storage solutions can now be ordered from the Apple Store. There's a catch, however. In order to use either storage array, one must first purchase a cable directly from Apple. The company has priced the... Read more...
AT&T confirmed that it is getting the new HTC Status this summer. The HTC Status is a phone designed specifically with Facebook and social networking in mind. In fact, the phone has a dedicated button that lets you share pictures and other content with friends on Facebook quickly and easily. The button lets you... Read more...
AMD's Llano has now debuted in both mobile and desktop flavors to generally strong approval. While CPU performance significantly lags Intel's, Llano's GPU (officially labeled as the Radeon HD 6550D) steamrolls Intel's integrated Sandy Bridge in virtually every gaming benchmark. The two chips take a markedly different approach to CPU/GPU communication;... Read more...
Faster than an Amazon Associate could blink, Amazon.com sent out notices on Wednesday, telling Associates that due to California's new budget, which includes a new sales tax on Amazon.com purchases, their accounts would be terminated, IF the sales tax was signed into law (which it has). The state of California is... Read more...
Skype may be Microsoft's baby now, but to be big, you've got to play with the rivals. Skype 2.0 has just launched with something special: video calling to Android phones. What's currently the fastest-growing mobile OS now has access to video chatting on the world's most popular VoIP client. Sounds like a match made in heaven. With the new... Read more...
Guess what? The world's using tons of data. Well, data isn't really measured in tons, but you catch our drift. Now a new IDC report is suggesting that the world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world will create a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75... Read more...
And just like that, Angry Birds is making a move to infiltrate the minds of even more smartphone users. Windows Phone 7 remained one of the only phone platforms in the world that didn't have an available app, but Rovio has remedied that. This week, Angry Birds came to WP7, causing yet another mobile gaming uproar. The news is quite simple:... Read more...
Well, isn't this odd? There's 4G LTE and WiMAX rolling out now, and HSPA+ being called 4G by a couple of U.S. carriers. So what's this LTE Advanced all about? Well, that's what is coming even after what's coming next. It's a little confusing, we know. But here's what you really need to focus on: wireless transmissions are slated to get faster,... Read more...
Wireless, wireless, wireless. It's something that we'll never get tired of hearing about, and we just love when companies take a leap of faith with it. Looks like they'll have an even easier time moving forward, now that the WiGig Alliance has advanced a multi-gigabit wireless ecosystem with the publication of certification-ready version 1.1... Read more...
Video: MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC Graphics Card Review @ OCIA.net ECS GTX 560 vs Zotac GTX 560: Budget cards battle @ t-break AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance @ BmR Motherboards and Chipsets: Futurelooks News Flash - MSI P67A-GD80 LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard Reviewed Asus F1A75-M Pro Llano Motherboard Preview @... Read more...
A couple of weeks back, we took a look at AMD's Llano mobile platform and we came away impressed. In the mobile space, Llano offers a capable quad-core CPU, with excellent DX11-class integrated graphics, in a very low power-envelope. Those things translate into good performance and solid battery life in a notebook, two highly desirable traits... Read more...
They always say bigger is better, but is it really? When it comes to memory cards, that only works one way. We want capacities to go up, but card sizes to shrink -- not like you want a phone chunky enough to hold a CompactFlash card, right? Samsung just announced the production of its high-performance micro Secure Digital (microSD) cards with... Read more...
Ah, the Flash vs. Apple battle continues. Despite the fact that Adobe's CEO recently stated that the war between the two mega-companies is over, well, we just aren't sure. The iPad 2 still can't play back Flash videos, and Flash isn't exactly dying anytime soon. Today, appMobi is stepping up to bridge the gap... Read more...
LulzSec's last set of "booty" contained malware, and although the now disbanded hacker group placed a warning about the Trojan Horse in their "press release," you had to read the fine print to be warned about it. Way at the bottom their announcement the group posted the following information: Note: In "AT&T internal data.rar", do not open... Read more...
In Silicon Valley, one of the favorite tools of recruiters is the staff list at other tech companies. No wonder when the number of job openings in the tech sector continue to climb, but the number of graduates with the proper skills does not. Poaching talent has become an art form and it's expected to become even more aggressive in the coming... Read more...
With the iPhone 5 rumored to launch this September, analysts and users alike have turned to wondering what adjustments Apple will make to its pricing structure. Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, has stated he expects Apple to break with its established pattern where updates are concerned. To date... Read more...
Last week, Mozilla released Firefox 5--just three months after launching Firefox 4. While the company had previously indicated it was moving to a faster release schedule and a whole-number versioning system, the launch caught many users, particularly corporations, off guard. Mozilla claimed that a rapid release... Read more...
As more and more wireless carriers impose caps on data plans, customers are becoming increasingly aware of how much data they are consuming on their mobile devices. Recognizing that streaming video can quickly gobble up one’s monthly allotment, Netflix is working to help users with a new feature that lets you... Read more...
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