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All News for October 2012

With Microsoft trotting out Windows 8, Apple is trotting out some huge, huge numbers in a bid to steal back some of that spotlight. The company's Q4 2012 earnings report just came out, and while some of the figures missed Wall Street's debatable inflated expectations, it's hard to argue with what it has going on. It... Read more...
The movie rental market couldn't be hotter. From digital distribution to Redbox, it's a booming market, and movie studios are still struggling to figure out how to best approach the growth. Redbox and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have inked a new multi-year agreement to bring Warner Bros.' Blu-ray Disc and DVD... Read more...
Apple fans have long ooed and ahh’d over the fine details in Apple products, and Steve Jobs famously obsessed over every design and manufacturing tidbit, but Microsoft rivals that level of detail with the Surface, which use over 200 custom components. Panos Panay took the stage to demo the Surface at a press... Read more...
If the Razer mouse mats announced earlier this week aren't quite what you are looking for, Corsair has a few new options for you to consider. First up is the new Vengeance MM200 which features a glide-optimized textile surface that is designed to provide consistent tracking with any gaming mouse sensor. The MM200 features fray-resistant edges... Read more...
In his opening remarks at today’s Windows 8 press event, Steve Sinofsky noted that it’s been almost exactly three years since Microsoft launched Windows 7; it’s been nearly that long that consumers and businesses alike have been awaiting Windows 8. After midnight tonight, Windows 8 and all the goodies that go with it will... Read more...
Woe is you if you just purchased a 3rd generation iPad device from Apple, because it's already out of date. At a press event earlier this week, Apple didn't just announce an iPad Mini, it unveiled a handful of other products, among them a 4th generation iPad with a faster A6X processor and that newfangled Lightning port. Other than that, it's... Read more...
Corsair announced a new version of its Hydro Series H60 liquid CPU cooler as well as the new Hydro Series H55 liquid CPU cooler. The Hydro Series H60 features a new cold plate and manifold design. It also uses larger diameter tubing to increase the coolant flow rate. This cooler makes use of new composite rubber... Read more...
A laptop isn’t just a laptop anymore; it’s your right arm, an extension of your brain. These days, we’re always connected even when we’re out and about, and smartphones facilitate that better than any device in history. However, it’s not enough to just be able to fire off a text or field... Read more...
The value of Google Maps has been highlighted in recent weeks after Apple launched its own maps app, soliciting a collective “boo” from most users and generating a slew of (somewhat unfairly over-the-top) Internet jokes and memes, but Google is not content to sit on its laurels. The company is taking mapping just about everywhere... Read more...
After re-imagining Windows 8, Microsoft desperately needs for its next generation operating system to be a success, and there are some early indications that it's headed down that road. Make no mistake, Windows 8 is heavily focused on the mobile crowd, and that's where Surface comes into play. Surface represents... Read more...
Underscoring the explosive growth of mobile devices, research firm Gartner predicts that Google's Android install-base will eclipse that of Microsoft's Windows platform within the next four years. By the end of 2016, Gartner says there will be 2.3 billion PCs, tablets, and smartphones all running Android, enough to... Read more...
Nokia's made no bones about the fact that it's gone all-in with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, hence it's not all that shocking the handset maker decided to launch a Windows Phone 7.5 device with Windows Phone 8 on the horizon. The new Lumia 510 thus takes its place as Nokia's new entry-level Windows Phone, picking up the slack at "lower... Read more...
Steve Jobs wanted nothing to do with a 7-inch tablet, calling such devices "tweener" gadgets that sit uncomfortably between a smartphone and larger size slate. He was wrong, of course, and Apple eventually came to the conclusion that it too needed a tweener device to compete with the popular Kindle Fire HD (best... Read more...
Got a tablet? Looking to latch it onto Sprint's mobile network? The Now Network would like you to know that it now has new tablet rate plans, starting on November 11th. From then, it'll allow a variety of new, aggressively priced rate plans for 4G LTE-enabled tablets that offer customers up to 20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T... Read more...
LaCie has always had a thing for Apple users, and the company's products have always seemed to fit nicely alongside Mac computers. This week, LaCie is introduced a thinner, faster Porsche Design drive for Apple users, the P'9223 Slim SSD. It's being called the quickest LaCie USB HDD to date, combining USB 3.0 speeds... Read more...
Anyone who has tried pre-release versions of Window 8 can tell you that navigating the OS with your mouse is completely doable – but you’re going to find yourself wanting to touch those Live Tiles. To that end, Dell took the veil off a new multi-touch monitor aimed squarely at users who are upgrading their desktops to Windows 8... Read more...
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was a bit of an oddity. When it was first introduced, many reviewers, analysts, and industry pundits scoffed at the device’s relatively large form factor. The 5.3” screen on the original Note looked simply gargantuan next to anything else available on the market at the time, leading many folks to... Read more...
Nintendo's third-quarter sales came in below expectations today, as the company struggled with lower-than-anticipated demand for its 3DS handhelds and a generally weak console market. In April, the company predicted it would sell 10.5 million Wii's by the end of its fiscal year; that's since been slashed to five million. 3DS sales were also... Read more...
Perhaps serving as further proof that Microsoft is supremely confident in Windows 8 and expects nothing less than for it to be a raging success, it's being reported that Windows 7 will not see a second Service Pack. Windows 7 proponents will be quick to point out that their OS of choice hardly needs one, and while there might be some truth... Read more...
Nikon added the Nikon 1 V2 to its Nikon 1 System lineup. This camera is designed to strike a balance between portability and performance, giving users both automatic and manual controls. The V2 features a new grip, built-in flash, and the addition of a Command Mode Dial. The Nikon 1 V2 uses an Advanced Hybrid Autofocus system with a 73-point... Read more...
When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S III back in June, we had a chance to look at a cool use of NFC technology using Samsung's TecTile programmable NFC stickers and the corresponding TecTile Android app. Now, Samsung is updating the TecTile application to version 3.0. This new version is available just in time to be used with Samsung's latest... Read more...
Apple on Tuesday formally introduced the iPad Mini, a miniature sized iPad tablet with a 7.9-inch display rather than the 9.7-inch found on the full size iPad. Pricing for the iPad Mini starts at $329, quite a bit higher than the entry-level Kindle Fire HD (Amazon) and Nexus 7 (Google) devices, both of which begin at $199. Apple's quick to... Read more...
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