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All News for August 2011

Last week, we covered GameStop's decision to first pull coupons from Deus Ex: Human Revolution from game boxes and the company's subsequent decision to stop selling the game altogether until Square Enix provided it with boxed versions that didn't include a coupon for OnLive's gaming service. Now, GameStop has pulled an about-face and is offering... Read more...
A group of researchers from the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research released a paper titled An Untold Story of Middleboxes in Cellular Networks in which they reveal why and how cellular service is both sub-optimal and insecure. How did they do it? They developed a tool called NetPiculet, which uses intelligent measurement to probe... Read more...
There's tons of talk surrounding Apple right now, and for good reason. The man who directed a huge amount of Apple's comeback story has stepped aside as CEO, and there are plenty of unanswered questions moving forward. But it's important to note a few things. First, Tim Cook has been a monumental figure at Apple... Read more...
Who says new technology has to be expensive? Not Nokia! For years, the company has maintained a wild market share dominance by focusing heavily on getting phones to developing markets -- markets where cellphones have yet to really grab hold. When Nokia sneaks in first, entire nations tend to grab on and start using... Read more...
Sometimes, the hype is accurate. Sometimes, it's not. But it says something to AT&T's claim of covering 97% of Americans when Verizon Wireless claims the "most reliable carrier" crowd yet again. Despite taking on loads of new customers from their Alltel acquisition, it looks like VZW is beating the other guys when... Read more...
Someone snooping around Samsung's Mobile Unpacked application has discovered a trio of logos for potential devices to be unveiled at the IFA trade show in September. The names on the logos are listed as "Samsung Galaxy Note," "Samsung Wave 3," and "Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7." These suggest that the company plans on announcing three new devices... Read more...
Nvidia and HP have developed a limited edition GPU Starter Kit meant to provide a drop-shipped means for anyone interested in developing for HPC applications. The term 'starter kit' is very nearly a misnomer, as the package deal provides a system more than sufficient to get the ball rolling. The system contains eight ProLiant SL390 G7 servers,... Read more...
HP dropped a bombshell on consumers with last week's TouchPad $99 firesale, and now the company is going to sweeten the deal by giving away six free apps for the tablet. The TouchPad has certainly gained some popularity after being snatched up everywhere by deal-hungry consumers, having sold out at many locations causing HP to send... Read more...
Researchers at IBM’s Almaden, CA research facility are building a storage drive of monstrous proportions, a machination comprised of 200,000 hard disks that equals 120PB. So yes, it can house your entire digital music and HD video collection, as well as tens of thousands of copies of it. The drive is designed to run the huge, complex... Read more...
Over the last couple of weeks, since HP announced its will no longer manufacture devices using WebOS and the ensuing fire-sale of HP TouchPads, there has been much talk about porting Android over to the TouchPad to breathe some new life into an otherwise pretty nice piece of hardware. There are already a couple... Read more...
We've known about the upcoming announcement and launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for US carriers for a little while now. It has been assumed that Samsung would make a variant of this phone for all four of the top U.S. carriers. Now, one of America's largest carriers, Verizon Wireless, has confirmed that it... Read more...
Thanks to a leaked image, we're learning more about an upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphone known as the HTC Omega. Based on the picture, the Omega will be a white and silver handset. It appears to have an aluminum construction. Omega is likely a codename. Reports suggest the phone could be known as the HTC Radar when it ships with a... Read more...
Hewlett Packard is shopping for a buyer to take its PC business off its hands, and there has been plenty of speculation as to which company might swoop in. One name that keeps coming up is Samsung, but that's now looking less likely than ever since Samsung CEO Geosing Choi said his company isn't interested. "To put to... Read more...
Apple isn't the only one capable of creating an epic buzz for a product launch. Gaming peripheral maker Razer on Monday put the world -- and especially the console community -- on notice that PC gaming is far from dead, and those who claim otherwise can stick their obituaries where the sun doesn't shine. The language... Read more...
We got some interesting statistics sent over from MBAOnline that we thought you’d all like to see and discuss. The infographic below details Linux and Linux-based operating system marketshare in three distinct market segments, desktops, tablets and mobile. As you’ll see, the disparity between the platforms is huge. On the desktop,... Read more...
We hate to admit it, but we're having a hard time remembering the last time Garmin spat out a new range of navigators, but it's not surprising. While these things were once hot commodities in the consumer realm, many drivers have reverted to using in-dash GPS systems or their smartphone to get from Point A to Point B. Nevertheless, there's... Read more...
It was SanDisk's own CEO who confessed years back that no one could "out iPod the iPod," but the company is still plugging along with their Sansa line of MP3 players. Granted, these simplistic players don't exactly compete with the iPod touch, but still, it's a little strange to see the company introducing a new rival, in any sense. The newest... Read more...
A 60GB solid state drive won't impress too many notebook users these days, but if you're looking for a speedy boot drive in your desktop (while relying on a sizable HDD for everything else), you don't need to sink a ton of money into a sizable SSD. 60GB will work just fine for that, thank you very much. OWC has a new option to consider, the... Read more...
Asus has never been a company to shy away from offering over-the-top, custom products that command a price premium. Perhaps it’s because the company is large enough, and thus, has the resources to cater to virtually all market segments, big or small. Or perhaps the top brass at Asus just likes inducing slack-jawed stares from PC enthusiasts.... Read more...
Investors and analysts agree, Research In Motion needs to do something to reinvigorate its market position and prevent legions of once-loyal BlackBerry users from transitioning en masse to Android and iOS devices. Whether the company's newly announced music service is going to do anything to stem the tide is, however... Read more...
Mozilla has begun development on an ambitious new project with the goal of providing a single application development environment for modern mobile devices. The project, named WebAPI, is Mozilla's attempt at breaking down the barriers between propriety app systems on iOS, Android, and others. Mozilla wants to provide a consistent, cross-platform,... Read more...
Digital Storm has a new cooling system out; built largely on its Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system, it’s called Cryo-TEC Cooling. With the new system, the company expanded on the technology it used with the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system in a few ways. First, the whole package is smaller. Second, it’s a lot cheaper--up to $500 less... Read more...
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