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All News for September 2011

About half the time you see Nokia in a headline these days, you have to wince a little. Just this year, the company laid off 7,000 workers in the wake of its decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones instead of its own Symbian OS, saw its market share drop precipitously, experienced a hack on its developer forum website, and just... Read more...
Just in time for Labor Day, HotHardware.com and our friends at NZXT, NVIDIA, EVGA, Asus, Intel, Gigabyte and Patriot have teamed up to put together one heck of monster give-away! This time around we're giving you a chance to win an Intel Core i5-2400S-infused, custom-built gaming rig with 8GB of Patriot DDR3 RAM, a Patriot Pyro SSD, dual... Read more...
Intel's Ivy Bridge platform isn't on the market yet, but that hasn't stopped top tier motherboard makers from jumping the gun and announcing next-generation silicon promising support for the upcoming CPUs, as well as PCI Express 3.0 compliance. Now you can add Asus' name to the mix after it went and unveiled three Z68-based boards with PCI-E... Read more...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slapped Logitech with a fine worth more than a quarter of a million dollars for claims the peripheral maker made about its cordless desktop MX3200 laser mouse and keyboard combo. Those peripherals are now defunct, but when they were being sold, Logitech touted their ability to protect users from nasty... Read more...
One week after Apple's "big event," which is the introduction of the next-generation iPhone, or iPhones, Google and Samsung have scheduled their own "big event." October 11, 2011, will be the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Google Episode, where folks will be able to "get a look at what's new from Android." We already know the answer to part of that:... Read more...
Sprint is the only of the U.S. Big 4 wireless carriers to still have and unlimited, unthrottled smartphone data plan, and despite the fact it's widely expected to get access to the iPhone for the first time this year, it's going to continue that. But where have we heard that before (Verizon, before the CDMA iPhone 4) and how long did that... Read more...
It seemed, just a couple of years back, that almost every week was topped off by the introduction of a new netbook. Remember those things? We haven't seen much in the way of new netbook technology lately, but we have seen plenty of tablets. The iPad started a modern-day revitalization of the slate PC market, and while Apple has dominated the... Read more...
So, this is interesting. While Samsung and Apple are spending untold amounts of money on legal battles across the globe, Samsung has decided to not wage those same wars with another tech monolith: Microsoft. Microsoft has been on a warpath of late, tracking down companies (mostly who sell Android-based products) that touch Microsoft's patents... Read more...
Embedded systems just aren't what they used to be. And by that, we mean that they're far more potent and useful to the masses than they were just a few years back, when they were only powerful enough to handle mundane enterprise chores and the like. VIA has been capitalizing on the uptick in power and power efficiency... Read more...
The Kindle Fire wasn't the only new product to launch during this week's Amazonfest. The company went all-out by introducing a whole slew of new products, including a $79 keyboard-less Kindle, a touchscreen-based Kindle and a renamed "Kindle Keyboard," with a lower-than-ever-before $99 starting price point. In a... Read more...
With Mango hitting devices this week, the flood of handsets designed specifically for Microsoft's next-gen build of WP7 has begun. T-Mobile USA is first in line, with the new HTC Radar 4G sailing their way in a glistening white outfit. It's the carrier's first Windows Phone capable of 4G speeds (HSPA+, in this case)... Read more...
Only a few months late, Verizon is now offering its promised 4G LTE upgrades to Motorola Xoom users. The Xoom, the first Honeycomb (Android 3.x) tablet, shipped in March, while promising an LTE upgrade, which kept getting pushed out, and out, and out. eanwhile, Verizon has shipped other tablets that came with 4G LTE support built-in, such... Read more...
We gushed a bit about the new Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook a few weeks ago, but at the time, Acer had not announced U.S. pricing. Now, it appears as though the ultrabooks may retail for $899 in the U.S. According to a report by CRN, the Acer Aspire S3 was spotted for sale at online retailer New Age Electronics at that $899 price point. Acer for... Read more...
Kingston Digital, Inc. (an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc.) is not messing around with its ultra-secure USB flash drives. Today, the company announced that the DataTraveler 6000 series is now available, joining Kingston Digital’s already robust crop of secure USB flash drive products. The 6000... Read more...
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