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All News for June 2011

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's this: there just aren't enough hours in the day. But if there's another, it's this: traffic bites. But as technology matures, it's slowly but surely becoming ever easier to dodge the traffic jams that annoy us so. TomTom had the first major third-party navigation app out on iOS, and today it remains... Read more...
Why use one of those old T-1 lines, when you could get similar speeds without wires? Wait, what? Sprint has talked up their 4G / WiMAX network for some time now, and while it has mostly been aimed at consumers, there's obvious interest coming from businesses as well. This week, Sprint launched what it's calling the first solution that offers... Read more...
Last month at Google I/O 2011, a pair of commercial Chromebooks were introduced. The Samsung Series 5, and the Acer AC700. As of yesterday, only one of those had started to ship to customers, and that award went to Samsung. But now, Acer's playing catch-up. The company just announced that their AC700 Chromebook would be shipping to the US... Read more...
LaCie and Porsche, together at last? We can't say we ever really expected these two names to join forces in any significant way, but they have, and the result is nothing short of stunning. Both of these companies are well known for amazing design, and now that they're working together, it's just easy to love what's coming out of their collaborative... Read more...
It just got a little easier to hop online while cruising along in the friendly skies. Boingo announced today a new partnership with Aircell, the company that's responsible for bringing in-flight Wi-Fi to the vast majority of U.S. airliners that use it today. It's an interesting arrangement, and it's one that we suspect has more to do with... Read more...
When it comes to video game sales, there's no love lost between game publishers and game retailers--particularly GameStop. Nearly half (48.1 percent) of GameStop's profits come from sales of used games. The company's entire business model is built around the acquisition and sale of previously owned games. Such sales are pure profit to the... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's decision to leave BAPCo, the Dell XPS 15z ultralight notebookm, Alienware's killer M14x notebook, and Logitech's sweet Z906 5.1 channel speaker system. We also talk a bit about our on-going "Dads and Grads" giveaway, which... Read more...
In what can be taken as yet another sign that Apple is getting ready to refresh its MacBook Air line with a much needed makeover of modern parts, Best Buy's online listings for current generation models show that they're "Not Available for Shipping." You can still walk down to your local Best Buy brick-and-mortar... Read more...
Domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been on the auction block since September of last year, and it appears the site has finally found a buyer willing to pay a high enough asking price. Actually, three buyers, including private equity-firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, and private equity and venture capital... Read more...
It has been a few months since the AMD Radeon HD 6990 initially launched. Since that time, a number of AMD’s board partners have launched their own Radeon HD 6990 cards, but as is typically the case with the first wave of products based on a new GPU, they all conform to AMD’s reference design, save for a water-cooled card from... Read more...
Fujifilm's X100 isn't your average camera. In fact, it's no one's average camera. It's a high-end point-and-shoot. A compact that runs well over $1k, yet doesn't have a zoom. But the design and image quality is unparalleled, and evidently that's good enough for some. There's a major APS-C sensor in there, and tons of good looks, but the X100... Read more...
Is the iCloud really all it's cracked up to be? Obviously, tell will tell, but Apple's plugging a few obvious holes this week in a new FAQ. The company never really made clear at the onset whether any of this 'cloud' information would ever be accessible from anywhere other than a cloud-connected device, but thankfully, it looks like the majority... Read more...
Nokia's in a weird place. As if they weren't already in a weird place. They decided long ago to side with Microsoft and use Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone OS, shuffling MeeGo under the mattress in order to do so. But the N9 was already in the development pipeline. And the N9 ran on MeeGo. So, Nokia decided to go... Read more...
Colonoscopies are somewhat shunned for the obvious reason: no one looks forward to a doctor snaking a camera on a flexible tube (an endoscope) through their colon (via the obvious entry point) to look for polyps or worse. A new self-propelled device known as a "Mermaid" might make the procedure less invasive, and less frightening. The Mermaid... Read more...
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