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All News for October 2012

Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky announced that there’s a new update available for Windows 8, and it offers some reliability and performance updates including better efficiency for improved battery life, performance improvements to applications and the Start screen, better audio and video playback, and improved... Read more...
When AMD launched its Radeon-branded memory last fall, it came as a bit of a surprise. In fact, in some ways it felt like AMD was trying anything in order to not keep all of its eggs in one basket, given the company's obvious struggles these past few years. Some thought that launch would be the end of it, that... Read more...
It’s likely that there are more than a few OEMs that are concerned about Microsoft’s sudden entry into the mobile hardware market with the Surface tablet and rumored Microsoft smartphone, but don’t count Lenovo among them. “Our products are very distinguishable, so I don’t see that there’s any conflict there... Read more...
Logitech introduced the new Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Logitech Touch Mouse T620, and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400. All three of these new products are designed to work with the Windows 8 touch interface. The Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 features a large touch area with a... Read more...
Twitter co-founder and executive chairman Jack Dorsey confirmed on Tuesday that he's accepted a reduced role at the microblogging service he helped create, but denied a report by the The New York Times that it had anything to do with employees complaining that he's "difficult to work with." According to the initial... Read more...
Lost in the hubbub of the iPhone 5 launch and all the recent iPad Mini rumors is the fact that Apple also updated its iPod touch line. Like the iPhone 5, the new iPod Touch devices sport a larger Retina display that's now 4 inches, better hardware, Siri support, and for the first time an assortment of color options. They're also finally shipping... Read more...
The Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio sparked a controversy when it rolled out its "Student Locator Project," which requires students to wear ID badges with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips on a lanyard around their neck. Students are required to wear the tracking badges... Read more...
Over 82,000 Google Chrome users were duped into installing a malicious browser plug-in from the Chrome web store when what they thought they were downloading was a free copy of Bad Piggies, Rovio's latest title in the Angry Birds franchise. How could such a thing happen? A search in the Google Chrome web store for "Bad Piggies" turns up a... Read more...
Verizon Wireless already boasts the most robust 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the United States, and now it's announcing plans to expand to new territories well ahead of schedule, further distancing itself from the competition. On October 18th (a week from tomorrow), Big Red will flip the 4G LTE switch in... Read more...
There's a new Slingbox. Believe it? You better. After almost four years, Sling Media has finally introduced two new pieces of hardware this week. The Slingbox 350 and 500 are the new boxes on the block, with the 500 being the one to snag for those who need Wi-Fi built right in. The company's prior boxes required a... Read more...
E-readers are a dime a dozen, but they aren't quite a dime in cost. But it's getting close. While e-reader prices overall have been sinking lately, this sets a new bar. A new low bar, that is. The new Txtr Beagle is said to be the world's smallest e-reader, and perhaps the cheapest as well. It doesn't require any cables or chargers, and is... Read more...
The creative folks at Lenovo are ready to hit the ground running when Windows 8 ships on October 26th. In preparation for "Windows 8 Day," as we'll call it, Lenovo is debuting this evening four funktastic looking convertible notebooks, each with their own twist on the flexible form factor, including one device aptly... Read more...
Logitech announced the latest addition to its G-Series line in the form of the new Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard features high-speed, low-noise mechanical keys and adjustable dual-zone backlighting. Logitech realizes rapid command entry is important to gamers so the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features... Read more...
Sprint is expanding its lineup of 4G LTE devices with the addition of two new smartphones, a tablet, and a USB modem. First up is the new LG Optimus G smartphone which features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera along with unique camera features and controls. This smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU quad-core processor. The... Read more...
Love 'em or hate 'em, CAPTCHAs remain one of the most valuable tools for website owners to help keep comment spam to a minimum. While figuring out exactly what a CAPTCHA is trying to tell you can be frustrating as a user, the alternative is to peruse a comments section littered with spam, scams and other garbage... Read more...
Wearable computing is fascinating, both for the many practical challenges designers must solve before a device is functional and convenient and for the wonderful possibilities of it all. Google Glass is definitely currently one of the more high-profile endeavors in that regard, but Microsoft is at it, too. Microsoft... Read more...
The U.S. Congress may not be so keen on China’s ZTE, but if European consumers like what they see from the company, ZTE set-top boxes for 3D TVs may be populating living rooms soon. According to a report from Bloomberg, ZTE will release set-top boxes running the Android operating system that will offer video calling and support HTML... Read more...
It’s not clear how many jobs will be lost, but according to a Reuters report, at least a small percentage of Intel’s McAfee security division will be getting the pink slip soon. McAfee has about 7,100 employees, so even a “small percentage” could be a lot of people. McAfee is best known for its... Read more...
Amazon is in the unique position of being able to transform its business model to stay current with the times. For example, with demand for DVDs giving way to streaming options, Amazon has decided to be aggressive with its Prime Instant Video service by offering cable network Epix a deal it simply couldn't refuse... Read more...
Nokia can ill afford to lose hired talent at this point as the company tries to reestablish itself as a major player in the handset market, but even so, it will have to forge ahead without Ilari Nurmi, who served as vice president of product marketing. After 15 years of service, Nurmi has left the building. "I have left Nokia. I am thankful... Read more...
NVIDIA has been on a tear as of late, releasing a constant stream of GPUs over the last few weeks. In mid-August, the GPU giant released the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and less than a month later, followed up with the GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650. Here we are now, less than a month since that release and NVIDIA is at the ready again with yet... Read more...
The incredibly fast growing Windows 8 market just got a little bit bigger today with the unveiling of Acer's Iconia W510 tablet PC. Billed as a "triple threat convertible," the W510 can be used in three different ways: as a full-fledged notebook, conventional tablet PC, or a presentation device when rotating the... Read more...
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