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Apple hates it when users jailbreak their iOS devices (you know, the ones that people paid good money for and own), but that’s never stopped anyone from doing it. Whether it’s using Flash, enabling tethering, unlocking video chat over a 3G network, or downloading apps otherwise forbidden by Apple, lots of folks get in on the jailbreaking... Read more...
You could argue that the end of the netbook has already happened. Despite a flurry of small, cheap, and generally sluggish notebook computers shipping between 2008 and 2010, very few companies have kept the ball rolling in 2011 and 2012. In fact, these things used to be so popular that U.S. wireless carriers were... Read more...
The Cloud Saved Games feature of Xbox LIVE went down on December 29th, which infuriated users, particularly those who were counting on some day-long gaming to pass the time during holiday family visits. Microsoft engineers scrambled to fix the problem, although the outage lasted until early this morning. “It... Read more...
Although iOS and Android enjoyed record device activations on Christmas day, tablets and smartphones running on these mobile operating systems aren't likely to replace personal computers any time soon. That's not to say tablets and smartphones won't change the PC landscape, however. According to Forrester Research... Read more...
It seems that each year, one or two major companies pause to take a look at how we can do things better. How we can do things faster, and how we can be more nimble. As 2012 draws to a close, Cisco and Aerohive are offering forecasts on what to expect in terms of wireless technology. The 802.11 standard has been long... Read more...
Facebook is a huge, now-public company. With around a billion users, it has become far more than a social network. It's a bona fide destination on the Internet, for a variety of people, brands, companies, and marketers. It has evolved into something deeper than a place to share your most prominent feelings. It has... Read more...
Yahoo! has officially withdrawn from South Korea, as of today. The move is not a surprise, as Yahoo! announced in October that it would pull all business operations from the country by the end of the year. Yahoo!’s withdrawal marks a milestone in the turnaround plan of CEO Marissa Mayer.   Yahoo! Corporate Offices. Image credit:... Read more...
It appears Internet users living in the U.S. are most interested in social networking, steamy books, and popular movies. That's one of the many conclusions you can draw from a Top 10 list of the most viewed articles on Wikipedia in 2012. Johan Gunnarsson, a former student in Computer Science and Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology... Read more...
In case you need yet another reminder not to go downloading Android apps willy-nilly, a developer was recently caught trying to spread malware by masquerading infected programs as legitimate software. This latest outbreak was relatively easy to spot for tech savvy users, as the dirty dupes were identifiable with the... Read more...
We hate to break it to investors who dumped barrels of cash into Apple over the last several months, but the bitter truth is it was a bad investment. Maybe in the long term they'll all look like savvy investors and the past three months will become a distant memory. Or maybe Apple was never worth as much as its share price suggested. To put... Read more...
As we look ahead to 2013, one of the more interesting story lines is that of the deteriorating relationship between Apple and Samsung. Things took a turn for the ugly between these two tech giants when the former won a patent infringement case against the latter and was awarded $1.05 billion in damages, but the war was far from over. The two... Read more...
If you follow the Linux scene, you might recall that FreeBSD 9.1 was originally supposed to be released around the middle of September. That plan got scrapped when the first Release Candidate (RC) arrived a month late, which also pushed back the RC2 and RC3 releases. There was then talk of a late October release, then mid-November, both of... Read more...
It's a well-known fact, outside of China's walls, that China is one of the tougher places to truly indulge in the full Internet. A nationwide filter prevents easy access to places like Twitter and Facebook, as well as certain images that the government deems unsuitable for citizens to view for one reason or another... Read more...
As 2013 ushers its way into existence, Mayans be darned, Microsoft will find itself planning to plug a hole that hasn't needed plugged in a very, very long time. The company's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie has announced that he'll be turning in his badge in 2014, after some two decades dreaming up... Read more...
With CES 2013 just around the bend, a few of the fancier items are beginning to surface early courtesy of FCC filings that are being unearthed. Generally speaking, a product destined for a U.S. reveal will scurry through the FCC's testing lair just days or weeks prior to its official announcement. And that seems to be... Read more...
Now that Foursquare is all grown up, boasting some 30 million members, the socially-minded check-in tool is adding some tender, loving care to its policies to usher in the new year. After the massive backlash against Instagram's haphazard terms-of-service update, it sure feels as if every app and startup is now being... Read more...
As of today, there's precisely a month before Research In Motion takes the wraps off of its forthcoming BlackBerry software platform. And that's a very, very monumental statement. RIM is in a very serious state of decline, with users flocking to Android and iOS and leaving their BlackBerry handsets behind like never... Read more...
If there's one thing you don't want to happen when you run a website, it's for Google to shun you. Or worse. Today, that "worse" bit happened to one of the web's largest hosts of image files, used extensively on websites and social media. TwitPic, for some odd reason, was picked up in the latest Google sweep of... Read more...
Intel being in the set-top business isn't news. The company has been producing SoCs that are ideal for boxes that hum along 24/7 handling media-related tasks, and while these chips aren't nearly as well-known as the Xeons and Pentiums of the world, they're being shipped in a large amount of products. But what if we told you those shipments... Read more...
Now that Ouya open source gaming consoles have shipped to developers, we’re getting a look at what the Ouya interface looks like and how the little unit performs. Developer Codezombiegames posted some videos on YouTube unboxing the package, looking at the parts, and fiddling with the interface. Ouya has already done a video unboxing,... Read more...
Microsoft is currently investigating reports of a zero day bug affecting Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, and Internet Explorer 8, the company announced in a Security Advisory. At issue is a remote code execution vulnerability that would allow attackers to seize control of a Windows PC. How it works is IE... Read more...
Windows 8 represents a new era in computing, and at this early stage, some of Microsoft's major hardware partners are already speaking out about the touch-friendly operating system and its impact on computing. Fujitsu, for example, pointed to "weak" demand for Windows 8 as the reason why its PC sales are sagging. That's not exactly a glowing... Read more...
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