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All News for October 2012

Netflix investors are apparently keen on the idea of a Microsoft takeover. How so? Following online chatter that Microsoft may be making a move to acquire the video streaming and DVD-by-mail rental service, shares of Netflix jumped by more than 13 percent. The spike in share price, which sits at $69.58 heading into... Read more...
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East coast, at least one company isn’t taking any chances. Google has cancelled its Playground event in New York, as the governor has declared a state of emergency. The event will be rescheduled at some point soon, and we’ll let you know when that is as soon as Google tells us. Until, then,... Read more...
If your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews aren't already into the whole GameStop scene, they might be by the time the holiday shopping season concludes. That's because the new and used gamer retailer plans to open around 80 'GameStop Kids' holiday store locations in select malls throughout the U.S., the company announced. The kid friendly... Read more...
For Windows 8 to be any kind of success, Microsoft needs to flesh its Windows Store with a robust selection of apps, and it needs to do it quickly. That's exactly what's happening. On the Windows 8 launch day (October 26, 2012), the Windows Store contained a little over 9,000 apps, which doesn't come close to Apple's... Read more...
Samsung's silicon advancements have been pretty impressive as of late, and it's keeping that alive with a new $250 Exynos 5-based Arndale community board for app developers. It's based on the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor and the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. It's aimed at new developers looking to program for mobile... Read more...
If the Windows 8 launch has been able to prove one thing, it's that Microsoft's fanbase isn't nearly as faithful as Apple's. When Apple releases a new product, it's become a given that people will be lined up outside of their local Apple Store for hours - or potentially days - prior to the release. It's become such a stature, in fact,... Read more...
Google continues to improve upon its Google Maps; earlier this week it announced that Googlers were mapping the Grand Canyon with backpack-mounted cameras, and now the company has added layers to its maps that show the terrain, color gradation indicating vegetation, and additional labels that show natural land formations. This is all an effort... Read more...
Decades from now, generation delta-zeta squared, or whatever it will be called, will giggle at your stories of how you used to purchase items on the Internet and wait several days for delivery. When you think about it, online shopping is still in its infancy, and the lack of instant gratification -- being able to purchase an item and use it... Read more...
We thought we saw the last of extraordinary long rabbit ears when flat panel televisions supplanted bulky CRTs and cable/satellite service became ubiquitous. Boy, were we wrong. They're back, and they're the secret sauce in Asus' recipe for a wireless router, access point, and range extender all rolled into one... Read more...
If you've recently picked up a copy of Windows 8, or a new machine with Windows 8 onboard, you may be missing something: Google. Microsoft's Windows 8 makes certain that Internet Explorer and Bing are front-and-center, shoving Google, Mozilla, and the rest of the browser / search crowd out of the door. But Google's making sure that it's easy... Read more...
With the Surface RT tablet and the iPad mini hitting at just about the same time, this was bound to happen: executives throwing lyrical dagger at one another. Apple CEO Tim Cook already called Microsoft's new Surface a "confusing and compromised" product, so now it's Microsoft's turn to return the favor. Steven... Read more...
After its conference call last week, AMD is jonesing for some positive news to toss investors and is planning a major announcement on Monday to that effect. Rumor suggests that a number of statements may be coming down the pipe, including the scope of the company's layoffs, new parts based on Piledriver Opterons, and... Read more...
AT&T will begin offering the Sony Xperia TL on November 2nd. This new phone will be available for $99.99 with a two-year contract. Exclusive to AT&T, the Xperia TL will be featured in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall. The Xperia TL features a 13-megapixel camera that is ready to capture an image in 1.5 seconds after the phone resumes... Read more...
Sprint is the first wireless carrier in the US to offer the Android 4.1.1. Jelly Bean update to Galaxy S III customers. With the update, users will get new and enhanced TouchWiz features as well as the expanded functionality of Jelly Bean. The update is now being delivered to devices automatically over the air; users will be prompted to install... Read more...
Microsoft Outlook has been the industry standard for desktop email for years, and although that likely isn’t changing any time soon—see the Outlook 2013 Preview as evidence—Microsoft believes that leveraging the incredible power of the cloud to provide powerful web-based email is just as if not more important. After starting... Read more...
If your idea of a rip-roaring good time involves swapping weather forecasts with friends on Facebook, Google+, or practically any social platform, then boy-oh-boy are you in luck. The relatively new (and recently updated) AccuWeather app for Android takes talking about the weather to a whole new level. So, what's new in the 2.1.6 update? The... Read more...
With the launch of Windows 8 to the general public taking place to today, you can expect to see an avalanche of product releases and announcements in the coming weeks and months. In the thick of it all is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which announced it's been collaborating with Microsoft for more than 125 Windows 8-based PC designs from big-name... Read more...
As the most valuable company in the world, Apple may on occasion have trouble living up to the lofty expectations of investors and market analysts. Such was the case during Apple's fourth quarter financial report. Specifically, it was Apple's forecast for the first quarter of 2013 that worried investors. "Looking... Read more...
For Windows 8 to be successful, it needs a robust selection of apps. The very nature of Windows 8 demands it. As Microsoft is quick to point out time and again, its new operating system is Windows re-imagined, and a big part of the re-imagining is the Windows Store. It's a place where desktop and Surface users can go... Read more...
For the first time in a long time, Apple may be feeling threatened by the competition. Windows 8 launched to the public today, and with it, so did Microsoft's 'Surface with Windows RT' tablet, Redmond's consumer oriented device and answer to the iPad. But is it a good enough answer? Predictably, Apple CEO Tim Cook... Read more...
On the eve of Microsoft’s big Windows 8 and Surface announcements, company CEO Steve Ballmer sat down with the BBC and stated that Microsoft would indeed be making more hardware and devices in the future. This jibes with earlier reports that Microsoft would be focusing more on hardware and services and that it may actually have a handset... Read more...
If you’re worried about finding room in your house for LG’s monstrous 84-inch Ultra HD LED TV, don’t be; anyone who’s wealthy enough to drop $19,999.99 on a television probably has space for it somewhere. Indeed, LG has announced the 84-inch LG 84LM9600, and it’s most important feature (seriously, being 84 inches... Read more...
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