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All News for August 2011

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint, No. 3 among the United States' Big 4 wireless carriers, will finally have an iPhone to call its own. Sprint will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, the WSJ said, according to the normal "people familiar with the matter." The timing seems to match the latest rumors on the launch of Apple's... Read more...
Telecommunications companies in 16 states have laid out plans to share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas of the country that haven't yet been reached by high-speed service or are underserved. The announcement comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing about... Read more...
Texas Memory Systems, a high-end storage and memory provider, has just announced that they're moving into the enterprise MLC market with the first of a new series of eMLC products. The RamSan-810 is the new guy, and it leverages 33 years of design expertise in record-setting performance and reliability for the eMLC Flash storage market. ... Read more...
Looks like RIM still has a friend in Sprint. Despite taking a beating in the media recently, Research in Motion's new Curve smartphone looks downright excellent for those who still find value in BBM, physical QWERTY keyboards and RIM's legendary e-mail systems. Now, the Curve 9350 will be coming to Sprint starting... Read more...
There's professional grade, consumer grade, and then there's ZyXEL, which seems to strike a balance between the two. The high-end networking company has just revealed their new NBG5715 dual-band wireless router, a "supercharged gateway" that doubles performance by creating two separate, concurrent networks. This enables consumers to browse... Read more...
Video: ASUS MARS II 3GB Dual GTX 580 Video Card Review @ Tweaktown ASUS ENGTX580 DirectCU II Review @ OCC ASUS Mars II 3 GB Dual GTX 580 @ techPowerUp Motherboards and Chipsets: Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion ASUS Rampage III Black Edition Review @ Neoseeker Futurelooks News Flash - GIGABYTE X58A-OC LGA1366 ATX Extreme... Read more...
We don’t often call out our blog posts in the news, but we thought this topic would be great to spur some discussion. J.D. just posted a little something in our Something Social blog titled, “Google+: The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Facebook (And Its Users)”. Some of the most common... Read more...
At a time when some still swear by tape storage, flash storage is making inroads into the data center, driven by newcomer Pure Storage. Today, the company announced an all-flash enterprise storage array in the form of the Pure Storage FlashArray FA-300 series. Pure Storage FlashArray (FA-310) The new line of products are designed to marry... Read more...
Research firm In-Stat announced its prediction that by 2015, 65% of the total U.S. population will own a smartphone, tablet, or both. That’s around 200 million people, for those keeping track at home. Other predictions from In-Stat for 2015 also include: -86% of smartphone/tablet users will view video on their mobile devices. -Nearly... Read more...
For those of you keeping score, China just leapfrogged over the United States to become the largest PC market in the world, according to data by market research firm IDC. The latest figures peg China accounting for 18.5 million units worth $11.9 billion shipped in the second quarter of 2011, enough to edge out the United States, which received... Read more...
Lenovo's first business-class Android-based tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet, is now available. This 10.1-inch, Android 3.1 tablet features pen-based handwriting recognition technology. The tablet also features a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, mini-HDMI for connecting to external displays, and a keyboard folio case with optical TrackPoint.... Read more...
Well this is awkward, Just days after Hewlett Packard dropped a bombshell and announced to the world it wants to rid itself of its pesky PC business and focus all of its attention on software and printers, the OEM rolls out a new all-in-one (AIO) PC. It's the HP Compaq 8200 Elite, a slick looking machine aimed at... Read more...
Corsair is working to make it easy for you to upgrade your Apple Mac desktop and laptop PCs with the availability of its 4GB DDR3 memory kit. These kits are tested at Apple Developer Compatibility Labs and are guaranteed to work with any Mac desktop or notebook PC that supports 4GB DDR3 SODIMMs. This includes iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook,... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means... Read more...
A new feature has shown up in the still-to-be-released iOS 5: an early warning system for earthquakes tied to Japan's earthquake-early-detection service. Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. Just a week after the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, which the country is still recovering from, Time Magazine profiled... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle has been booted out of the top spot among electronics best sellers by a device which has been, basically, sent to the scrap heap: the HP TouchPad. The 16GB and 32GB versions are in the top spots among Amazon's electronics best sellers.  Amazon.com itself is sold out of the device by now, but some of its third-party Marketplace... Read more...
If there's one thing blowing up in the tech universe this year, it's mobile payments. PayPass, Google Wallet, NFC and others have taken off, starting in Asia years ago, and now being embraced North America. It shouldn't come as any surprise, then, that a company most people have never heard of is getting into the game. ERPLY, a provider of... Read more...
Good news for the photogs: Canon has just introduced a new range of PowerShot compacts. The three new cameras are the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (the world’s thinnest digital camera with 12x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens) and the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS. Built to handle a wide range of shooting situations with... Read more...
A few weeks ago, RIM introduced a smattering of new BlackBerry handsets, but one handset that was missing from the bunch was a newly designed Curve. Looks like that one was... just a bit behind the curve. (Sorry, had to do that.) Today, however, the Canadian smartphone maker is introducing the slickest, slimmest Curve... Read more...
Google has just announced a brand new initiative that sounds mighty ambitious: heading to the Amazon. The service already allows folks to hike around Stonehenge or even ski down Whistler’s slopes, all without leaving home. Soon, users will be able to float down the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil and experience some of... Read more...
Employers typically frown on workers surfing the cyber highway when they should be working, but as long as it's in moderation, they may want to lighten up. A new study shows that browsing the Web from work actually rejuvenates employees and makes them more productive. Don J. Q. Chen and Vivien K.G. Lim of the National University of Singapore... Read more...
We’re all for well-built reference cards that put reliability and compatibility front and center, but there’s just something exciting about an over-the-top custom graphics card that gets our juices flowing. We think many of you probably feel the same, so we couldn’t resist posting some pictures of a graphics card of... Read more...
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