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All News for December 2012

Exposing one of the troubles inherent with cloud computing, Netflix on Christmas Eve coughed up a hairball and left its paying subscribers without streaming video service until the next day. The outage affected subscribers in Canada, Latin America, and the United States. According to Netflix, the fault belongs to... Read more...
Good news, HTC One S owners, your Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is waiting in the wings. Well, sort of. HTC has reportedly begun rolling out the Jelly Bean software to WWE (WorldWide English) handsets, which are those that are mostly sold in European markets. If you're feeling impatient for the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive, you can... Read more...
At $199, Google Nexus 7 is already making waves, but it looks like the popular tablet could be headed for even lower price points, if component makers in Asia are right. Digitimes is reporting that the next Nexus 7 may come in at the enticingly-low price of $150, and a $99 price tag isn’t out of the... Read more...
Oppo may not be a household name in the U.S. smartphone market, but it's a name that's certainly building up steam elsewhere. The company has just launched the new Find 5 in a slew of international markets, and it looks as if world domination is the goal. Starting in Q1 2013, the high-end phone will begin shipping for... Read more...
Who needs a GoPro when you've got an iPhone? That may have been a silly question a few years ago, but these days... not so much. Mophie has made a name for itself by producing world-class smartphone cases that double as external battery packs. While it started as an iPhone outfit, Mophie now makes cases for select... Read more...
Where portable gaming systems are concerned, this has to be some sort of record. Tommo's just-released Neo Geo X handheld has found itself in the hands of its first customers this past week, and already people have figured out how to run custom ROMs on the device. To call it a "hack" is a little generous, however, as the process involves little... Read more...
Years ago, 3D printing may have seemed like little more than a cool toy, but as we've seen things progress leading up to today, we can now see otherwise. Look no further than our recent roundup of three different consumer-level printer models. Sure - building miniature models is one thing, but others have even... Read more...
The legions of cord cutters have a lot of options to choose from. There's VUDU, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes -- and that's just the major players. A growing cadre of smaller startups are also coming to light in order to deliver more and more content over an Internet connection versus a traditional pay-TV arrangement, and... Read more...
Talk about an unfortunate way to spend Christmas Eve. For a great many Netflix engineers, they're up right this moment working to patch up an error that has sent Netflix streams offline for many. Reportedly, there's an outage at Amazon Web Services that's impacting Netflix, leaving many people who are looking to... Read more...
At this rate, one has to wonder if die sizes won't be infinitesimal in 10 years. As process technology improvements continue to enable SoC makers to create smaller and smaller chips with more and more power, Samsung has been at the forefront of the push. Now, Synopsys has announced that its multi-year collaboration... Read more...
Mobile devices cater to a multitude of needs, but one of the most important and perhaps interesting is learning. Even in a country like the United States, where education and learning content isn't hard to come by, many parents have begun introducing their children to tablets. It's a way they can learn... Read more...
Remember the awesome yacht Steve Jobs commissioned before he passed away? Well, it was temporarily impounded over a payment dispute. Designer Philippe Starck and his lawyers contended he was 'only' paid €6 million (~US$7.9 million) for the €100 million (~US$132 million) superyacht, but was owed €9... Read more...
What we have on tap for you today is the Rosewill 9100BR. It's not as flashy as some of the other mechanicals on the market, but it gets the job done with style. So how nice is this Rosewill 9100BR? Pretty damn sexy. In fact, I'd say it hits the Goldilocks zone perfectly. If the Gigabyte Osmium's keys were a bit too light for your taste, but... Read more...
Software vulnerabilities will be the main target of cyber criminals in 2013, according to research by Panda Security's malware laboratory, PandaLabs. Java and Adobe in particular will prove points of emphasis for both cyber criminals and intelligence agencies in countries around the world. "In 2012, we saw how Java... Read more...
Rockstar has become a complete force in the gaming industry, producing one hit after another and continually pushing the envelope in terms of gameplay and graphics. But when it comes to Rockstar's star title, there's really no arguing: Grand Theft Auto has become a classic in so many ways. Spanning the gamut from iOS... Read more...
The good folks at Google have made it easy for you and your kids to track the jolly bearded guy in a red suit as he travels around the world delivering gifts. Google is getting a bit of help from the North Pole air traffic control elves, who are finished making toys for the year and have now turned their attention to... Read more...
The world of online reviews as it pertains to literature just got a little more unclear. To be honest, open-ended reviews from anonymous masses has always been dodgy. Hotels have long since spiked their own ratings, and many authors have recently started to do more than just simple outreach in order to solicit... Read more...
As Android tablets continue to fall in price, the iPad's market share dominance could be truly challenged in the coming year. Don't expect Apple to go down without a fight. A Japanese blog site is claiming that a thinner, lighter version of the 9.7 iPad will make its debut in March 2013. The timing seems curious when you consider that Apple... Read more...
Cheap tablets aren't anything new. After all, the $199 Nexus 7 is easily one of the most value-packed tablets on the market, boasting a slick design and an unadulterated copy of Android. But according to a new report, Acer may be trying to up the ante by racing down to the bottom. The company is reportedly looking to launch a tablet next year... Read more...
One of the difficulties in using solar panels is that solar panels aren't exactly easy to install. Most are big, stiff, fragile, and inefficient. But now, engineers at Stanford have developed a peel-and-stick alternative that sounds more like a 3M Post-It note than a scientific invention. The goal was to create... Read more...
Certainly, the Google TV platform has promise, but like a lot of intriguing projects, this one has needed more hardware makers to jump on board. The latest to get into the game wholeheartedly is LG, which announced its lineup of Google TV products for 2013. It appears that the Korean company will roll out 42-, 47-, 50-, 55-, and 60-inch TVs... Read more...
When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, there really are only a few names left in the industry making new ones that people are actually interested in. Perhaps it's because the whole "talking to yourself" fad never took off, but whatever the case, it's certainly a tough business nut to crack. But that's not stopping a new... Read more...
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