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All News for December 2012

A few months ago, BLU Products introduced a killer Android smartphone to the world at a bargain price of just $250 unlocked. Now, for those who need a slightly bigger version of the Vivo 4.3, there's the Vivo 4.65 HD. It's called the "big brother," boasting a 4.65" high-def display, which has been improved in terms of... Read more...
As far as promising wireless technologies go, few have rivaled Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. But honestly, TransferJet has the potential to. It's a sophisticated communications platform with all of the right bells and whistles, but it has yet to gain the kind of mainstream attention and adoption necessary to make it a... Read more...
In what can only be described as a bid to make its TecTiles product line a bit more... mainstream, Samsung has just announced that new Galaxy S III and Note II buyers are now eligible to receive not only a free flip cover, but six TecTiles. It's actually a pretty excellent deal, given that TecTiles typically sell for... Read more...
For most smartphone owners, GPS has become an outright necessity. From navigation to deals apps that look at your present location to present offerings to you, there's a lot to be said about global positioning. But over the years, we've seen a few variations. There's GLONASS, for instance, and now China is predictably... Read more...
Some Xbox 360 gamers are having to cope with an Xbox Live service SNAFU the first weekend after Christmas, one that prevents them from utilizing Microsoft's Cloud Saved Games feature. Everything else appears to be in good working order for the moment. "Xbox Live experienced a service issue today affecting some users... Read more...
Mega online shopping site Amazon was proud as a peacock to announce its Kindle Fire HD is the best selling, most gifted, and most wished for product across its catalog of millions of items since the upgraded tablet was introduced 15 weeks ago, though stopped short of offering up specific sales figures. The next three spots belong to the Kindle... Read more...
As the end of the year draws near, it seems that we're starting to (finally) see some grace from the lawyers at Apple and Samsung. As the two were deadlocked in heated trials throughout the year, recently they've caved a bit in what feels like joint efforts to simply move on. Live and let live, as it were. Now, Apple... Read more...
You may not know it by listening to the evening news, but there's something of a silent war ongoing in the education sector. And perhaps not surprisingly, that war involves tablets. Apple held their own live event around 11 months ago just to show off their new iTunes U and iPad education initiatives, and Amazon... Read more...
When it comes to flying in the U.S., and dealing with either the FCC or the FAA, "red tape" comes to mind. It's a heavily regulated industry, and with safety at the forefront, there's at least somewhat of an excuse. But, it's still no fun to deal with, particularly if you're waiting for Wi-Fi to come to your favorite... Read more...
We’ve been following the Ouya open source gaming console ever since it raised an astonishing amount of money in a very short amount of time. The latest development is that Ouya has 1,200 developer consoles on pallets ready to ship as promised, which is a good sign for the future viability of the ambitious... Read more...
Every dog has its day, and every rose has its thorn. And clearly, every flagship gaming console has its retirement ceremony. Shortly after Sony announced plans to axe a final Walkman cassette player, the company has just announced that the aged PlayStation 2 console has been discontinued in its homeland, Japan... Read more...
Attention citizens of New York, be careful where you wield your iPhone, lest you make yourself a target for thieves. The crime rate is up in New York City, and according to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the reasons is because of the number of iPhone and iPad thefts that have occurred. A rise in thefts of Apple devices directly contributed to... Read more...
If Microsoft was hoping for a ringing endorsement for Windows 8, it won't find one from Fujitsu, Japan's largest provider of computer services. On the contrary, Fujitsu pointed the finger directly at the touch-friendly operating system, blaming Windows 8 as part of the reason why the PC maker will miss its annual... Read more...
Each year, it seems as if Amazon outdoes itself in terms of holiday sales. As brick-and-mortar stores lose their luster, traffic becomes more annoying, and fuel prices continue to soar, kicking back and handling holiday shopping online just seems entirely more reasonable. And evidently, Amazon has become a role model... Read more...
A few months ago, feathers were ruffled as it was noticed that Apple was hiring mapping engineers as if they were going out of style. Now, a similar fuss is being made over new job postings at Google. Recently, there has been much talk that Google's cloud-based Docs suite is eating into the Office empire built by... Read more...
Christmas Day is always a day filled with activations of new devices. After all, Santa's just there to bring new gizmos, right? Kidding aside, it's quite clear that the mobile movement is forging ahead, as Flurry's latest analytic data shows that December 25, 2012 was a record day for the activation of mobile... Read more...
The CEO of the most valuable company in the world is taking a big pay cut for 2012. We're of course talking about Tim Cook, the man who took the reins from Steve Jobs as the head honcho of Apple, but lest you worry yourself silly over his reduced compensation package, understand that a man can still feed his belly... Read more...
The good news for TV manufacturers is that televisions are still the primary device for viewing content in the home, so they can rest easy in that respect. However, the "less than great news" is that TV manufacturers are doing a poor job executing a strategy to extend the TV's functionality beyond simple viewing, The NPD Group stated in its... Read more...
There is a reason ASUS is so well respected amongst PC enthusiasts. The company has been making some of the best-performing, most feature-rich products in the space for years. Whether it’s a min-ITX motherboard, sleek Ultrabook, or a full-fledged, touch-enabled All-In-One system, ASUS has highly competitive products that are worthy of... Read more...
Emulation tools have been around nearly as long as modern-day operating systems and user interfaces. For years, users have been trying to figure out ways to run Program X on Operating System Y. Boot Camp, Parallels, you name it. Bluestacks has been a name thrown around all the more frequently in the emulation realm... Read more...
The Pebble smartwatch is most certainly in the limelight. After raising bookoodles of money on Kickstarter, the crowdfunded smartwatch has garnered the attention of the masses in a major way. And now, after it missed its September ship date, it's in the spotlight for another reason: ruining Christmas for some. All... Read more...
It's long been rumored that Apple plans to launch its own brand high definition television, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. According to the latest water cooler chatter, Apple's next new product might be much, much smaller. So small, in fact, that you could wear it on your wrist. That's right, we're talking about a "smart watch." A technology... Read more...
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