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All News for August 2011

With all this talk surrounding the proposed AT&T / T-Mobile USA merger, it leaves Sprint in a weird place. Verizon Wireless already has a commanding share of America's CDMA market, and after scooping up Alltel, they aren't really in any major need for millions of new subscribers. But Sprint? Well, Sprint has... Read more...
Developers now have access to the iTunes Match beta. iTunes Match is how Apple will provide cloud-based music services; rather than requiring a user to upload his music library like Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google do, Apple will scan your drive for "matches" against a library of music on its servers. A user can receive a benefit... Read more...
Well, the Boxee Box seems to be getting better and better. As the updates continue to fly in, MOG's highly-regarded music streaming service is now being served on D-Link's media streamer. This is the first on-demand music service to bundle music and radio in HD for TVs that the Boxee Box supports. The new app brings 320kbps music to a... Read more...
Battlefield 3 has become something of a hot item in recent months thanks to the game's incredible visuals and gameplay videos that have left long-time fans of the series salivating. BF3 is the sequel to Battlefield 2 (released back in 2005), and while it's designed for XBox 360, PS3, and PC, the game was built around... Read more...
Crucial announced the availability of a firmware update for its m4 SSDs (FW 0009). The update will both solve a problem or two and also provide performance enhancements. Specifically, FW 0009 will eliminate an issue wherein drives experience intermittent failures in cold boot ups on some host systems, and it will also compensate for some SATA-II... Read more...
Lenovo is now offering Virtual Computer NxTop. With NxTop 4.0, IT departments can use a desktop virtualization solution that offers both centralized and distributed storage options for virtual machines. NxTop 4.0 is optimized on select Lenovo Think-branded PCs to deliver unique capabilities, native PC performance, seamless user experience,... Read more...
Dell’s cloud computing strategy and portfolio of services took a big step forward today with the announcement at VMworld 2011 of its first public cloud offering, Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Services. In partnership with VMware, Dell will offer public, private, and hybrid cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service for mid-sized and... Read more...
Once you add a second monitor to your desktop PC, you'll wonder how you ever managed with but a single display up to that point. And just try using a notebook after you've grown accustomed to rocking a pair (or more) of big screen monitors. It's not easy, and it's also one of the reasons why we're so intrigued with gScreen's new SpaceBook.... Read more...
It's official, we're in the wrong business. Don't get us wrong, playing with the latest hardware and sharing our experiences with our awesome reader base is a blast, and there aren't many things we'd trade this gig for. Being CEO of Apple is one of the few exceptions. Don't take it personal if you're a die hard Windows user, it's just that... Read more...
At the Tech-Ed 2011 NZ event going on in New Zealand, Microsoft’s Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off what was reportedly a quad-core powered, Windows slate / tablet device. There seems to be no question that the device was in fact a quad-core tablet, but there are conflicting reports as to... Read more...
It's that time again. The time of year where students and parents frantically hit e-tailers with overnight shipping deals in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first... Read more...
The highly anticipated Amazon.com tablet will emulate something from the HP TouchPad, according to a recent report. No, it won't use HP's webOS platform, instead opting for Google's Android, but it will sell for hundreds less than Apple's $499 entry-level iPad, according to a source, speaking to the New York Post. It... Read more...
ViewSonic announced the VG2732m-LED and VP2765-LED large format graphics and professional monitors. Both of these 27-inch monitors offer full HD 1920x1080 resolution and feature advanced LED based panels with an ultra high contrast ratio. The VP2765-LED also utilizes Advanced MVA (AMVA) LED panel technology. This monitor offers super wide... Read more...
Apple's Thunderbolt port may have brought with it a ton of hype, but thus far, there aren't too many actual peripherals to use with it. But of course, that's changing as time progresses. While it's most useful for connecting high-speed storage solutions right now, it'll soon become useful for who-knows-what. With that... Read more...
There's one thing that just can't be overstated enough in this business: competition is great. Mobile payments have been spinning around for years, mostly in places outside of North America, but recent developments have brought all sorts of interest to that region. PayPal, Google and legions of carriers are all taking... Read more...
Video: Surround Vision Examined with ASUS MARS II 3GB Dual GTX 580 @ Tweaktown Samsung UN55D7000 55 Inch Smart LED 3D TV Review @ Tweaknews Geforce GTX460 SLI configuration @ t-break Four Graphics Cards: Inno3D iChill GTX 560 Ti, Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 OC and XFX Radeon HD 6970/HD 6950 Standard Edition @ XBitLabs Motherboards and Chipsets:... Read more...
Valve has continued to unveil features and screen captures from the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in its bid to drum up excitement around what promises to be a massive update and extension to one of the most popular FPS titles of all time. The game is intended to update and extend Counter-Strike's classic formula, with new versions... Read more...
IFA's kicking off this week in Berlin, and that means a bevy of new gadgets to make your current gadgets look mighty old. Samsung is first out of the block with two new impressive pieces of kit, the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy TAb 8.9 LTE. Rather than just shoving an LTE module into these and calling it a day, Samsung's actually retooling... Read more...
Thought Google TV was as washed-up as Buzz and Wave? Not so fast. While Google TV had a ton of hype behind it, the high cost of entry and not-exactly-seamless integration left many critics and consumers wanting more. But unlike some efforts that fall flat for Google, the company isn't giving up hope on this one just yet. According to a new... Read more...
Eager for more 3D? The market has yet to truly determine is the format is here to stay, but Microsoft's betting that it is. The company just announced that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will have a 3D display mode. Yeah, the next Halo. In 3D. Now would be the perfect time to invest in a mondo 3D projector, we... Read more...
If you aren't a heavy Apple TV user, you may not have noticed anything different tonight upon firing up your box. But if you've been on a renting rampage, something may seem... off. And it is. Completely off. Apple has decided to quietly (or as quietly as Apple can do something) pull the plug on TV episode renting... Read more...
For a CPU that hasn't seen the light of day, there's a great deal of debate surrounding Apple's A6—and the suggestion that it may not appear until later in 2012. The A6 is a complex bit of hardware; rumors indicate that the chip is a quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU built on 28nm at TSMC and utilizing the latter's 3D fabrication technology. We've... Read more...
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