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All News for October 2012

IBM isn't afraid to spend big bucks acquiring companies of all shapes and sizes, hence it should come as no surprise that Big Blue is reportedly close to striking a deal for Red Bend Software, an Israeli firm that deals with mobile software management technology. According to Reuters, the potential deal could be worth... Read more...
We're not ones to begrudge a company that wants to get jiggy with its latest product, and if you're into the whole flash mob scene, Microsoft's Surface tablet may be just the thing for you, or at least that's the impression Surface's first ad spot gave. There is, of course, much more to Surface than that, like the... Read more...
Although there’s so much hubbub over the avalanche of Windows 8 tablets that are coming later this month, there are still plenty of tablets running Android, and Acer has announced an inexpensive 7-incher called the Acer Iconia Tab A110. The Iconia Tab A110 is technically a budget-level tablet, but it wants not... Read more...
The news has been a little mixed for Steam in the last few days, but there’s still plenty of good stuff from Valve on the topic of Steam Greenlight. We mentioned Steam Greenlight earlier this week because the project, which allows the user community to help decide which games will debut on the platform, debuted... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle ecosystem is growing at an alarming rate. The company's cloud services are obviously catching on, and with Amazon's prowess in hosting files for everyone else in the world, it makes sense that they'd flex that muscle internally, too. The newest initiative is Whispercast for Kindle. It's described as a... Read more...
It's October, and that means one thing in particular: Windows 8 has arrived. Or, it will soon. And Microsoft's OEM partners are ushering in all sorts of new machinery to celebrate the occasion. Toshiba is the latest company to announce that its Windows 8 machines are now up for pre-sale, with new Satellite laptops... Read more...
Motorola Mobility, now a division of Google, has been on a tear as of late, releasing potent new Android superphones to the market, in competition with the iPhone 5, Samsung's Galaxy SIII and many others.  Not long ago we gave you a look at the all new RAZR M, the 4-inch little brother to the hot, new device that just showed up here in... Read more...
IBM's Watson is soon to hit a major milestone: it'll begin to deal with real patients. You might recall that this is one of the major goals IBM laid out for Watson back at its inception. As a "learning" computer, Watson has the ability to peruse information, understand it to the best of its ability, and then develop... Read more...
Normally, we cover conference and earnings calls from major companies by hewing pretty strictly to the number and discussing factors that directly relate to them. Today, we're going to break with that format a bit, and examine what Intel's Q3 earnings tell us about the larger PC market, what to expect from AMD when its own conference call... Read more...
A new research report on Valve's Steam has highlighted how the program can be used to launch malicious code attacks, thanks to flaws in how browser commands are passed between Steam and browsers like Chrome, IE, Opera, and Firefox. First, it's important to understand that Steam itself isn't the (S)ource of the... Read more...
Sprint customers will be able to get their hands on the new LG Optimus G smartphone starting November 11. Preorders for the phone will begin November 1. This new "superphone" features an advanced 13 megapixel camera as well as 4G LTE connectivity. In addition to a high-resolution sensor, the Optimus G's camera comes with unique features such... Read more...
Like many companies, Google goes to great lengths to protect its data centers and the information that resides within them. To help maintain security, Google allows only a small number of employees access to its server floor and other areas of its data centers. While you won't be able to take an in-person tour of a Google data center anytime... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S III is widely considered to be the best Android smartphone currently available, if not the best smartphone regardless of platform (iPhone 4S and 5 owners might have something to say about that), and so it almost seems criminal that it's not rocking the latest and greatest version of Google's open... Read more...
Want to know what we love about the concept of a beer keyboard? Absolutely everything! Sure, they make an unlikely couple, but don't tell that to the folks at Robofun who went out and actually built a working keyboard out of beer cans and other parts. "Yup, we’re talking about a keyboard that has beer cans instead of keys. All you have... Read more...
Microsoft's big gamble with Windows 8 is that the masses are going to accept a unified interface that's heavily invested in touch computing. The idea is that the experience on your tablet should be the same as it is on your Windows Phone, your laptop or Ultrabook, your all-in-one system, your traditional desktop, and... Read more...
With so much attention being paid Ultrabooks, now and for the foreseeable future, Patriot Memory figured it might as well launch a memory line specifically for these types of systems. Hence today's unveiling of the company's "Memory for Ultrabook" line, which consist of ultra low power (ULP) SODIMMs compatible with... Read more...
We’re glad we don’t spend too much time in the terrifying world of cyber security, and we’re even more happy to see that there are others who do. Eugene Kaspersky is one of those people, and his Kaspersky Labs is currently building a secure operating system designed to protect the industrial control... Read more...
It seems like every company is producing tablets these days, and Best Buy is taking the plunge as well with the 9.7-inch Insignia Flex. Announced on Friday via Facebook, the Flex is coming to Best Buy stores on November 11th. Only a few specs were listed on the Facebook announcement, including that the Flex will have... Read more...
Cloud storage is absolutely all of the rage these days, with everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft (and even the little guys) hopping on that bandwagon at some juncture. iTwin, a company quite familiar with cloud file transfers, has just introduced the newest edition of its portable device, the iTwin SecureBox. It brings hardware-key... Read more...
Looks like Apple's going to keep the new stuff flowing this fall. After introducing and subsequently shipping the iPhone 5, the product teams at Apple are cranking up enough new stuff to warrant yet another event. It's unlike Apple to pull two of these in one season, with the latest invite suggesting that "a little... Read more...
That’s one more cut cord. Logitech announced its new Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam today, which it’s targeting at people who want to stream video live or need to place the Broadcaster in a location that a corded webcam can’t reach. The Broadcaster supports Ustream live streaming and can do some neat tricks with your MacBook... Read more...
It probably goes without saying that one of the most-sought after products this holiday season will be Google's Nexus 7 tablet. Since its release this past July, the Nexus 7 has become a bit of a de facto tablet for those looking to get in on the tablet craze for an accessible price, or those looking for an extra tablet to keep around the... Read more...
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