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All News for October 2012

With so much riding on the success of Windows 8 -- both for Microsoft and the PC industry as a whole, the latter of which is in a slump of sorts -- it'd be interesting to know how many copies of the touch friendly operating system (OS) the Redmond company was able to move since launching to the general public four... Read more...
Let’s face it; your inbox is cluttered, and even if spam filters are keeping out almost of all the junk emails, there’s seemingly no end to emails that are a low priority for you. Between daily deals from coupon sites; hot sales from the stores you frequent; emails from groups you subscribe to; notifications from social media sites... Read more...
Windows Phone 8 is looking to make a major splash this holiday season, but unlike Windows Phone 7, this iteration will have a major product on its side: Skype. The hugely acclaimed VoIP app has become a fully integrated part of Windows Phone 8, which shouldn't be a surprise given that Microsoft is now Skype's parent... Read more...
Well, Apple is seemingly sheltered from doing wrong when it comes to profits, but close followers of the company know better. The company, like any company, has its low points as well, and both Siri and Maps are certainly under that classification. And now, heads are rolling for past sins. Apple chose a day where the... Read more...
AMD CEO Rory Read has announced that the company intends to develop dense computing platforms based on the 64-bit ARM architecture today. This is the second major collaboration between AMD and ARM; Sunnyvale announced earlier this year that it would integrate an ARM core to provide additional hardware-level security... Read more...
Valve is getting into the Halloween spirit by serving up some monster savings on spooky titles through its Steam portal. Select scary and creepy titles have been marked down with big discounts as part of Steam's Halloween Sale, which features titles like The Walking Dead, Bioshock, Left 4 Dead 2, and many others at up to 75 percent off. In... Read more...
Intel is now shipping its next-generation client/consumer SSDs, the Intel SSD 335 series, which are built using 20nm NAND flash memory, which Intel developed in tandem with IM Flash Technologies. The 20nm NAND uses a planar cell structure and Hi-K/metal gate stack integration to beat the scaling constraints of the traditional NAND floating... Read more...
Well it wasn’t quite the glamorous announcement in New York City that we were expecting thanks to Hurricane Sandy, but Google did decide to unveil the new spate of products that it was (presumably) going to talk about at today’s cancelled event. The big news is that, as expected, Google has a Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone.... Read more...
Watch out Pandora: You may soon have some serious competition. Reports claim Apple is planning to launch its own Internet radio service early next year. Supposedly, Apple is already in talks with major music labels including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony’s music division to start an... Read more...
As we noted earlier, Valve is digging into a Linux version of Steam and the Source engine. Rather than open the Beta to everyone, the software publisher is looking for a small pool of players to test the new platform. Understandably, Valve wants experienced Linux users and has previously stated that people who are considering getting... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child organization has taken on an interesting experiment in two remote Ethiopian villages: Earlier this year, the organization dropped off closed boxes that contained tablet computers. These tablets have preloaded educational programs. The goal behind the experiment is to see if illiterate kids who... Read more...
Calling the Alienware M18x R2 a laptop is like referring to a Harley Davidson as a bicycle. Both have handlebars and ride on two wheels, but when the rubber hits the road, the Harley's going to leave a Schwinn in the rear-view mirror. So it goes with the Alienware system we abducted from Dell. Technically, it's a gaming laptop, but more accurately,... Read more...
Video game trailers are meant to make your trigger finger itch, but Ubisoft is taking things a step further with its new Assassin’s Creed III trailer. Ubisoft opted for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style trailer that has you playing a big role in what you see and the outcome of mini flick. If you’ve been impatiently awaiting... Read more...
Hurricane Sandy has forced hundreds of thousands of people living along the Eastern Seaboard out of their homes, stranding others who ignored the evacuation orders. According to reports, some 60 million people live in the path of the 900-mile storm, which has been pushing 85 MPH winds and waters up to 11 feet tall... Read more...
Finnish phone maker Nokia announced today that its Lumia 822 handset will soon be available on Verizon Wireless' network. The Lumia 822 is a Windows Phone 8 device with 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) baked in, making it a natural fit for Big Red, which is quick to point out that it has the largest 4G LTE network in the... Read more...
A year after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, the custom yacht he helped design has finally been completed and is ready to set sail. The yacht, christened "Venus" after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, is 260 feet long and looks remarkably close... Read more...
Trying to decide between a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad mini? Amazon is all too happy to assist. Marking what might be the beginning of a tiny tablet war, Amazon over the weekend posted a giant advert on the top of its main website comparing the two devices, and you can guess which one came out on top. Preceding the ad's side-by-side comparison... Read more...
For both simple and in-depth information, Wikipedia has become a go-to spot for many. While fact-checking is recommended for important information you may come across, the fact that the online service stores millions of articles tackling almost every possible subject makes it an amazing resource. But what about the... Read more...
Nvidia has finished work on a new supercomputer at Oak Ridge that showcases the company's K20 Tesla GPUs. The new cluster, dubbed Titan, is expected to break the 20 petaflop barrier. The system is a major upgrade to the Jaguar supercomputer that proceeded it (Jaguar was prominently upgraded last year to AMD's new Bulldozer CPUs after utilizing... Read more...
Apple is understandably proud of moving 17 million iPhones in its latest quarter, but Samsung has some even more gaudy numbers. The electronics giant just released its Q3 2012 earnings, and they're huge. Really huge. The company posted record operating profits of 8.12 trillion won on consolidated revenues of 52.18... Read more...
If a giant, 5.5" phone sounds like the ideal device for you, Sprint's now offering the Galaxy Note II. The second major iteration of the 'phablet' is now available on The Now Network, for a pricey $300 on a 2-year agreement. That's the going rate for supersized phones with LTE, but still -- you can get some pretty stout phones for $200 or... Read more...
Well, at least you can dream about what would have been announced had Hurricane Sandy not forced Google to postpone its October 29th Android event. The Nexus 10 looks to be legitimate, with the company's own Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, shooting images from its rear-facing camera in some tropical location. Furthermore,... Read more...
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