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All News for June 2011

Computer hacking has a bad reputation, and understandably so. When one hears about organizations exposing the credit cards of millions of PSN users, there's not much argument that its criminal behavior. Against that background is cast the shadow of a new hacker convention: DEFCON Kids. DEFCON 19, the latest in the annual "hacking" convention... Read more...
There was a fantastic little device, launched years ago, that HTC called the "Advantage." It was a unique, slide-out handheld computer, with a design that made tons of sense, but we haven't really seen sense. Fujitsu's TH40/D was on pace to become the "next" Advantage, but all of that has apparently come to an end... Read more...
NextComputing has a thing for producing some pretty outlandish desktops. Most of them are built for field use. We're talking seriously rugged machines, designed for serious, serious workloads and unthinkable environments. But there's always been one major problem: power. You still needed whatever your destination was set for to have a power... Read more...
A number of venture capital firms and individuals have sent an open letter to Congress, asking the legislative body not to support the PROTECT IP (aka Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011, aka PIPA) bill. PIPA is a re-write of an earier bill, COICA, and is designed to give the... Read more...
It's been several months since the massive hack that brought the PlayStation Network to its knees. For Sony, the nightmare isn't over. A new lawsuit filed this past week alleges that the company ignored the warnings of its own staff, made no attempt to address the small break-ins now seen as precursors to the huge... Read more...
AMD announced its share of the TOP500 supercomputer list has grown 15 percent in the past six months. The company credits industry trends, upgrade paths, and competitive pricing for the increase. Of the 68 Opteron-based systems on the list, more than half of them use the Opteron 6100 series processors. We covered the launch of Magny-Cours... Read more...
We recently disccused Valve's decision to offer free-to-play games on Steam. Such titles make money either by selling items and upgrades in game (microtransactions) or by offering a tiered service. Free gamers have access to a significant portion of the game, while paid subscribers have access to additional gear, weapons, or areas. Valve has... Read more...
California owners of Priuses and other hybrids are about to get a rude awakening: as of July 1, 2011, they will no longer be eligible for the HOV lane with their yellow stickers. Those who want to get into that lane again are stuck looking for white sticker vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, but that all-electric vehicle is severely limited... Read more...
LulzSec, or Lulz Security as it is fully known, has wreaked havoc across the Internet for less than two months. According to a "press release" issued by the group, the lulz are over, and so is the group. The announcement comes just a few days after LulzSec announced AntiSec, a campaign it said was designed to expose corruption in government... Read more...
Hmm, Pivot. We kind of like that name! And if you're planning to own an HP TouchPad when they ship this summer, you'll probably dig it as well. HP just announced webOS Pivot for their upcoming slate, providing users an entertaining and informative editorial resource for discovering webOS 3.0 applications for the HP... Read more...
There's a certain level of comedy associated with poking fun at any "big guy." If they're on top, for whatever reason, folks tend to think it's hilarious whenever someone makes an (accurate) jab at 'em. Such is the case with Apple. Years back, it was "M$" on the top, getting nailed by a flurry of jabs, and now the... Read more...
Could it be true? Is Skype going to beat Facebook to the punch? Both of these high-profile apps have become somewhat infamous for not having official iPad apps yet, but it looks like Skype may on their way to winning the war out of the basement. Based on a leaked video, it looks like Skype has an app ready to rock on the larger iOS platform... Read more...
Guess what? Sprint's got a new pair of HTC devices for you to consider. The company just launched the EVO 3D, America's first 3D-enabled smartphone, and the EVO 4G, which is yet another tablet option in an already crowded market. Both of these are going to be Sprint exclusives, at least for now, so if you're hoping to grab either, you'll need... Read more...
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) just got a little more special this morning, mostly due to the addition of one particular newcomer: Apple. In fact, the Bluetooth SIG was so proud of the addition, that they went the extra mile and crafted a press release to inform the world about it. Joining Apple will be... Read more...
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