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All News for June 2011

If all else fails... Angry Birds! It's a game that has seemingly taken over the entire universe, and while the reasons may never fully be understood, it's not like that really matters. If you're Barnes & Noble, and you're looking to get more and more people into your stores, you turn to whatever works. The... Read more...
Abandoned as a puppy along with his mother and siblings by his original owners, and after losing his paws to frostbite, Naki'o has become the world's first dog to be fitted with a complete set of four prosthetic paws, turning him into a "bionic dog." Christie Pace was looking for a playmate for her Jack Russell terrier mix Poki, and fell in... Read more...
Well, maybe hacking does pay off. George Hotz, a young fellow with a bright future (and a history of breaking into iPhone software) has found his next gig: it's in Palo Alto, and Mark Zuckerberg is his boss. Yep, he's going to Facebook. The social networking company isn't saying what he's going to do while there, but it's still pretty wild... Read more...
The right to free speech as defined in the First Amendment is not an absolute, but the US Supreme Court has historically exercised great caution when limiting its scope. Yesterday, the USSC rejected a California law that restricted the sale/rental of violent video games to minors. Prior to now, multiple states have passed similar laws, all... Read more...
And now, for Thunderbolt's next trick! So far, the new I/O port has remained pretty much Apple's darling, shipping on modern day iMac and MacBook Pro machines. But now, the PC users can get a taste as well. Sony just announced their new VAIO Z Series, a 13.1" notebook that includes a new Power Media Dock, a... Read more...
Has the e-reading revolution reached its natural end? Hard to say at this point, but the Kindle still feels as hot as ever, and the NOOK isn't doing too bad for itself, either. According to a new study, over 1 in 10 U.S. households has at least one e-reading device. That's actually fairly substantial. It's obviously nowhere near the amount... Read more...
Watch out team iOS, because the Android army is getting stronger by the day. We're not talking just a few hundred devices either, or even a few thousand. Try 500,000 new Android activations every 24 hours. What's more, Google says that number is climbing. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at... Read more...
Singapore has a conscript-based military (i.e., they have a draft), so they don't have to "entice" recruits to join. Nevertheless, new recruits to Singapore's military will get a primo perk. In addition to their uniform and a rifle, they'll get a standard issue iPad. Singapore's defense ministry said on Monday that about 8,000 of Apple's hit... Read more...
HP is planning to launch its 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet in the U.S. this Friday. Before the launch, new rumors suggest HP may also have another tablet up its sleeves: a 7-inch model. According to the rumors, the 7-inch tablet will be revealed in August.  According to Taiwan Economic News, Inventec will manufacture the tablet. HP has reportedly... Read more...
In recent months we've covered PCI Express-based SSDs from virtually all the major players, from Fusion-io to, OCZ and LSI.  The last time we took a look at OCZ's offering, the RevoDrive X2 took to the test bench for us and with its MLC-based design, offered much of the performance of significantly more expensive SLC-based PCI Express... Read more...
T-Mobile is adding the myTouch 4G Slide to its smartphone lineup. In addition to traditional phone capabilities, this phone aims to replace your point and shoot digital camera with its "high-end digital camera capabilities" which include an 8 megapixel sensor, zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, and other... Read more...
Video: Sapphire HD6670 Ultimate, HD6750 & HD6770 Review @ OCC Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com Motherboards and Chipsets: MSI Z68MA-ED55 (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 @ PureOverclock ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews ASUS MATRIX GeForce... Read more...
Microsoft announced on Monday that it had convinced yet another company to sign a licensing deal to cover Android wares. General Dynamics Itronix will be paying the folks in Redmond an undisclosed sum to ensure "broad coverage" of Microsoft's patent portfolio for future Android devices the company wants to create. General Dynamics... Read more...
As of today, Nvidia's second-generation of mobile, Fermi-based parts is complete--at least, in theory. The 570M and 580M will only be available from select OEMs (at least initially), with the 570M reportedly available "immediately" from MSI as a configuration option on the GT780R gaming notebook. Alienware M18X systems can be ordered today... Read more...
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