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We’ve seen more than our share of motherboards sporting the Z77 chipset, but today we have a pair of Z77 boards--one each from ASRock and MSI--that are designed specifically for overclocking. Even better, both of these mainboards are actually mid-range offerings, meaning you can enjoy the overclocking features without paying for the... Read more...
Google's Android platform is no longer playing second fiddle to Apple's iOS ecosystem in terms of available applications. The two share center stage, having both strung together a symphony of 700,000 apps each, which is music to any mobile user's ears (except for maybe those invested in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform). Bloomberg first... Read more...
Kingston announced the new 64GB Kingston microSDXC Class 10 memory card. This card is designed to bring higher storage capacities and faster speeds to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Kingston's microSDXC cards are compliant with the latest SD Association specification. Kingston’s micro Secure Digital eXtended Capacity... Read more...
Walt Disney Co has agreed to purchase George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and its Star Wars franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. About half of the purchase price will be in cash. Disney will also issue about 40 million shares at the closing of the deal. After the deal closes, Lucas will become the second-largest individual holder of Disney... Read more...
Windows 8 isn’t a week old and it has already attracted a lawsuit. Software developer SurfCast is taking issue with Windows 8’s Live Tiles, which it thinks, are too similar to a tile system that it patented in 2004. The Live Tiles make up the centerpiece of Windows 8’s new interface by providing... Read more...
Recovery efforts are now in full swing for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which has left at least 55 people dead on the East Coast and knocked out power for millions of others. To make matters worse, many found themselves without cell phone or broadband service, both of which may sound like luxuries, but are capable of... Read more...
It turns out Grand Theft Auto V won't be shipping in time for the holiday shopping season, that's the bad news. And the good news? You don't need to scratch the title off of your wish list, because come November 5, 2012, it will be available to pre-order "everywhere" (which likely translates to GameStop and on Rockstar Games' website). Grand... Read more...
Google's been tight-lipped about how many Nexus 7 tablets it's sold to date, but that's okay, because the manufacturer went and spilled the jelly beans. According to Asus, Nexus 7 sales are fast approaching 1 million units per month, or about twice as many as when it was launched several months ago. "At the beginning... Read more...
Love it or hate it, Rovio's Angry Birds is one of the most popular games of any mobile platform. What happens when you mash it together with Star Wars, one of the most popular movie franchises of all time? You end up with Angry Birds Star Wars, which brings a fresh new look and new gameplay to Rovio's cash cow. To... Read more...
It’s an interesting proposition, to be sure: What if, instead of locking down your wireless network with the strongest encryption available, you simply left it open and unsecured so that any Dick or Jane with a WiFi-enabled device nearby can use it? For most people, especially those who have been haranguing friends and family to protect... Read more...
Who says Google's best work is only available on Android? The company has just released a new Voice Search iOS app, that honestly outshines Siri in a lot of ways. It's available now, for free, on iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. It basically brings Google Now from Jelly Bean right onto your iOS device. Getting an answer... Read more...
Samsung announced two new SSDs, the SM843 and the SM1625, which are designed for high-performance applications in enterprise storage systems and servers. The drives represent an effort on Samsung’s part to lead the way in terms of enterprise SSD performance and efficiency. The SM843 purportedly boasts a... Read more...
Google's new Nexus 4 is packing quite a few bells and whistles, but this one just might take the cake. Analogix has just announced SlimPort accessories for the phone, which takes advantage of an output functionality that you won't find on too many rival phones. Analogix will be releasing a total of four supporting SlimPort cables and adapters... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and LG are teaming up to offer the new Spectrum 2. This smartphone features a 4.7-inch True HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass for added durability. The Spectrum 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.0. Other key specifications include 16GB of internal storage,... Read more...
ARM debuted its new 64-bit microarchitecture today and announced the upcoming launch of a new set of Cortex processors, due in 2014. The two new chips, dubbed the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, are the most advanced CPUs the British company has ever designed, and are integral to AMD's plans to drive dense server... Read more...
As if you needed another reason to camp out at Starbucks and write your novel or do homework dink around on Facebook, the coffee chain is rolling out a trial of Duracell Powermat wireless charging stations in 17 Boston-area stores. "We're building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense... Read more...
So far, Hurricane Sandy has been about as brutal as predicted; millions are without power, and dozens are dead. It’s also taken a toll on the Internet community. This morning, several major media news sites were down, including Gawker, Gizmodo, Mediate, and the Huffington Post. (HuffPo is back up as of now, but... Read more...
The 4th generation iPad wont be available for a few more days, but in the meantime, benchmarks are starting to pop up on the Web. Fair warning: If you recently purchased a 3rd generation iPad, you may want to stop reading, or at least brace yourself for some bad news. Ready for it? As it turns out, the upgraded A6 chip Apple plopped into its... Read more...
It’s no secret that tablet sales are booming, but there are still surprises here and there, such as Asustek Computer’s Q3 earnings of 229.1 million, up 43% from the same period in the previous year. According to the Wall Street Journal, research firm Gartner is pointing to the Asus Nexus 7 tablet and similar devices as being... Read more...
Barnes & Noble has some good news to share with those of you who previously pre-ordered a new Nook HD (7-inch display) or Nook HD+ (9-inch display) tablet. Those initial pre-orders, placed online at Nook.com or in a Barnes & Noble store, will start shipping out this week and arrive to customers sometime next week, depending on method... Read more...
We don't know if this will end up going viral or not, but a new YouTube video mocking the recent iPad mini launch offers up a pretty funny reflection of the marketing genius Apple possesses. Heavy on sarcasm, the video, which was produced by John Elerick, who is "probably the smartest person you know, probably," according to his Twitter account,... Read more...
For whatever reason, Nokia seems to have gotten into the habit of announcing new products without revealing launch dates, leaving it up to the Internet to dig up rumors and speculate. That's been especially true of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices, so it's nice to see the Finnish phone maker finally breaking its silence. Here's what we now... Read more...
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