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All News for October 2012

The European Commission doesn't mess around when it comes to antitrust law, nor is it afraid to hit companies with large fines for not playing by the rules in the European Union (EU). As such, Microsoft now finds itself in hot water for inadvertently breaking a promise to offer Windows users living in Europe a choice... Read more...
Times are tough all around, and that includes the Mushroom Kingdom where gold coins aren't as prevalent as they once were. Sitting on a throne from afar, Nintendo cut its full-year profit forecast by 70 percent, saying it now expects to rake in 6 billion yen (or US$75 million) by the end of the year, compared to the... Read more...
Wireless outfit AT&T, once the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone device in the U.S., sold 6.1 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 4.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, the company revealed today. Of those, 4.7 were iPhones, which works out to more than 77 percent of its total... Read more...
As facial recognition technology begins to look like something that’s actually quite useful and powerful, the FTC is trying to stay out in front of it by developing a set of best practices for commercial applications. Why is the FTC so proactive about addressing facial recognition technology? This passage from... Read more...
It’s no secret that Netflix believes that its DVD rental-by-mail service will vanish one day soon as more and more households switch to streaming-only subscriptions, so the suits were certainly pleased at some of the Q3 numbers Netflix posted. The company added almost 2 million new streaming subscribers in Q3... Read more...
Sometimes, technology is more than just a boost in processing power or an increase in capacity. Sometimes, it's about the people. Qualcomm has just unveiled some pretty radical stuff through its Wireless Reach initiative, and in cooperation with Project RAY. Project RAY designs accessibility tools for blind and visually impaired people, and... Read more...
If a "normal" smartphone just feels too small, AT&T will soon be offering the Galaxy Note II. The second iteration of Samsung's famed phablet is upon us, with AT&T customers able to pre-order it starting on October 25th. The price will be a steep $299.99 with a two-year agreement, with shipments expected to... Read more...
For those of you who missed it, Apple earlier today introduced a brand new version of its iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop with an exceptionally skinny profile and upgraded components throughout. Despite the ultra-thin profile of the new iMac systems, the hardware Apple crammed inside makes them up to 60 percent faster... Read more...
If you've been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the tablet market, today is the day.  We're a few days ahead of Microsoft's Surface and Windows 8 launch on October 26th but the folks at ASUS (and other OEM partners) have been given the green light to let fly with their Windows RT tablet offering today. Microsoft is allowing the wraps... Read more...
Asus introduced its Windows 8 product lineup today which includes notebooks, tablets, and all-in-one PCs. The ASUS TAICHI is a slim, stylish notebook that features a dual-screen design with 1080p IPS displays. When used in standard mode, the TAICHI functions as an ultrabook. In tablet mode, the TAICHI gives you multi-touch capabilities that... Read more...
Blink twice and take a deep breath; there’s more to mention from Apple’s big press event today besides the iPad mini, next-gen iPad, and iMac revamp. There’s a new MacBook Pro on the block, and it’s a 13-inch model sporting a Retina display. Under the hood, the new slim and trim (measuring 0.75... Read more...
Apple brought its A-game to its much anticipated press event this afternoon, the one in which the world waited anxiously for confirmation of an iPad Mini device, but before unveiling the smaller sized tablet, the Cupertino outfit detailed a completely new iMac. The new generation iMac makes the previous version look... Read more...
Back when the iPod touch came out, we thought that it was one of the best things Apple ever came up with; it was inexpensive, incredibly thin and lightweight, offered WiFi, and still ran apps a plenty on iOS. With the announcement of the long-awaited and oft-rumored iPad mini, the iPod touch has a spiritual... Read more...
Though PC sales have stagnated as of late, worldwide IT spending is in great shape and forecast to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, according to the crystal ball readers employed by Gartner. That would represent a 3.8 percent bump from projected spending of $3.6 trillion in 2012, but what's even more telling is the amount of IT jobs opening... Read more...
The good news for Amazon is that its Kindle Fire HD devices are apparently selling like gangbusters. Since going on sale a little over a month ago, Amazon reports the Kindle Fire HD is the best selling product on the company's entire site, which is saying something when you consider the number of items Amazon sells... Read more...
Reiterating that it's ready for the release of Windows 8, which Microsoft will make available to the general public in just three days on October 26, Dell today announced an overhauled portfolio of business and consumer PCs designed to take advantage of the upcoming OS's many new features. Dell will have plenty on tap... Read more...
Custom gaming rigs are often a thing of beauty, but they’re also usually quite large; not so with Digital Storm’s Bolt gaming PC, which measures just 3.6 inches wide and about 14 inches square. In truth, it looks more like an HTPC than anything else, but it has the guts of a gamer. Inside that lithe custom-built chassis is (up... Read more...
Samsung's new ARM-based Chromebook is said to be "for everyone." Perhaps it's the $249 price point, or perhaps it's the 100GB of Google Drive storage that's included. Or, maybe it's a combination of excellent hardware, a slick design and a price that's just $50 more than a Nexus 7 tablet. Either way, the company's most convincing Chromebook... Read more...
Google Wallet was no doubt a crazy initiative. It takes a hugely ambitious company to pull off something of that scope and scale, and it's no surprise that Google rose to the challenge. But gaining traction in a market place that isn't quite as innovative has proven to be tough. A world without credit cards is surely in the cards, but how... Read more...
Even before AMD officially released its Bulldozer-based FX-Series of desktop processors last year, the company was already talking about the follow-on microarchitecture codenamed “Piledriver”. In fact, in the conclusion of our launch article featuring the AMD FX-8150, we posted an AMD-provided slide that showed Piledriver was already... Read more...
Guess what? With Windows 8 on the horizon, companies everywhere are updating their apps to work with Microsoft's latest desktop operating system. Take Hulu, for example. A pioneer in online video, the company has just revealed that Windows 8 will be supported by the time you can get your hands on a new machine. The... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for... Read more...
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