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Razer has never been one to turn down a beautiful partnership, once teaming up with the folks surrounding the TRON movie in order to introduce some rather spectacular looking peripherals. Now, the company is trying a similar approach with Hasbro, with the two teaming to reveal Transformers 3-centric accessories. The first is the Razer DeathAdder:... Read more...
What do you do when good security programs go bad? You freak out and raise holy hell on the Internet, that's what. And that's exactly what several users of Microsoft Security Essentials did after a faulty definitions update honed in on installations of Google Chrome and labeled the browser as malware. Oops! The good... Read more...
At first we thought HIS was somehow trying to target real-time strategy gamers with its new Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Eyefinity RTS graphics card. Turns out RTS in this case stands for "Ready-to-See" with HIS trying to bring multi-monitor gaming via AMD's Eyefinity technology to the masses. What's different about this card... Read more...
One of the less logical claims that's been made about tablets in the past twelve months is that the devices would somehow supplant or replace notebooks. This last has been supported by various companies, including Apple (claims that Apple became the top mobile vendor in 2011 factor tablet sales into the equation). Sales data continues to indicate... Read more...
Intel and its OEM partners have stressed the need to keep ultrabook prices low, even if they disagree about the best way to do so, but demand for certain components could work against such efforts if the systems actually become popular. Consumers typically associate plastic bodies with lower-end, less valuable laptops, which makes aluminum... Read more...
A few years ago, an upstart manufacturer named Psystar made headlines when it began offering low-end x86 systems loaded with Mac OS X. Psystar was predictably sued by Apple, but offered an EFI tool to make it easier for anyone with a 'Hackintosh' to run OS X. The company never contested Apple's charge that it had... Read more...
According to a report by VentureBeat, Amazon is in serious talks to buy/rescue Palm from HP. Apparently (and unsurprisingly, in the wake of HP’s killing off of the TouchPad), HP is trying to unload Palm, a $1.2 billion acquisition from a year and a half ago that has gone nowhere fast. Amazon, or whoever eventually ends up landing Palm,... Read more...
In what appears to essentially be an update of its Galaxy Tab 7.0 released a year or so ago, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The new tablet runs on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and features a 1.2GHz dual core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, and support for Adobe Flash. Connectivity features include HSPA+, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n),... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, the player that will enable the underperforming PlayBook to run Android applications, is still missing in action. However, details are starting to emerge about the limitations of the player, and they are probably going to disappoint many. The details came from a RIM presentation at Droidcon, which... Read more...
Who says iOS gets all the app love? Skype has just released version 2.5 for Android, which is about as big as they get in terms of expansion. The company has added support for an additional 14 Android devices, bringing total supported devices to 41 on the Android side. Now Skype video calling will also be available by default on several Motorola... Read more...
Remember the "chirp?" That little bleep used to be all the rage, and while the amount of folks using Nextel / Sprint's push-to-talk services has dwindled over the years, it's still a staple of certain industries, particularly those that work outdoors or in the field. Starting next week, Sprint will be launching their... Read more...
Well, well -- Microsoft and Samsung just seem to be the cozy couple these days. Shortly after announcing a broad cross-licensing agreement between the two, these guys are now working to enable optimized performance and power efficiency for server systems. The Microsoft Technology Center, Munich and Samsung Electronics... Read more...
Rumors circulate through the Internet faster than germs on an airplane, and a big one for today was that RIM may have stopped manufacturing the BlackBerry PlayBook. Reuters reported that an analyst with Collins Stewart made waves when he proclaimed that RIM halted production, citing factory layoffs at PlayBook manufacturer Quanta Computer... Read more...
This week has been a good news / bad news for Sunnyvale--but the bad, at least, was somewhat expected. The company gave notice today that its third quarter revenue would be lower than expected, with estimated quarterly income up 4-6 percent from Q2 levels. That's significantly less than AMD's original projection of... Read more...
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