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All News for December 2012

Given all the rumors, it almost seems a foregone conclusion that Apple will at some point launch its own brand television set. It was the same situation with the iPad; rumors persisted for what seemed like an eternity before it became a reality, and now it appears an Apple TV is imminent. In fact, a news outlet in Taipei claims that Apple's... Read more...
Microsoft is really trying to sell small businesses on the idea of using Office 365. In an attempt to woo users away from using apps from rival Google, Microsoft tripled the length of its free trial for Office 365 Small Business from 30 days to 90 days. Microsoft refers to the offer as Plan P1. This trial offers small... Read more...
We found quite a bit to like about the Digital Storm Bolt Level 3 small form factor gaming PC when we reviewed it last month, including fine performance and a (mostly) smart and sexy custom chassis, but there were a couple of lingering issues that we weren’t thrilled about. Primarily, it was the noisiest PC... Read more...
HTC has had some struggles over the past few years. Although the company continues to put out some really great looking phones, its struggles persist. The company has been affected by the launch of the iPhone 5 as well as declining prices in China. As a result, HTC has reportedly revamped its product roadmap for 2013. Citing industry sources,... Read more...
3D printing is a fascinating new technology and an exploding new market. The process involved is pretty basic actually. Heat up some plastic, and sort of like that Play-Doh Fun Factory you were so fond of as a kid, you extrude the melted plastic out to create objects of magnificence -- because you built it yourself... It all started back in... Read more...
Facebook is planning some big changes for its fairly tame advertising format, according to Ad Age. Right now, many ads are static images and a little text by your newsfeed. By Q2 of next year, you’ll be seeing video ads popping up. The plan is to make video ad spots available to advertisers in the computer and mobile app versions of... Read more...
It's easy to be cynical in this business when you see millions and even billions of dollars exchanging hands, and Mark Zuckerberg has certainly received his fair share of criticism. In the grand scheme of things, is Facebook really worth over $60 billion, as its market capitalization suggests? Probably not, but let's... Read more...
Hey, good news everyone! After we're done ravaging the natural resources on this rock we call Earth and have turned it into an uninhabitable wasteland, there's another planet the human race can relocate to and nary skip a beat. Unfortunately, that planet is 12 light years away, which puts a small kink into our... Read more...
Nokia, arguably the biggest champion of Microsoft's Windows Phone strategy, is apparently fond of Windows RT as well. Or perhaps Nokia believes it can build a better Surface than Microsoft. Either way, Nokia has reportedly resumed development of its own Windows RT tablet, which it will likely unveil at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC).... Read more...
Mobile World Congress is quickly coming into view, and when it arrives, we expect handset makers to come out swinging with next generation devices that continue to push the envelope. HTC certainly plans on doing so. The company is reportedly waiting for MWC to reveal the well equipped M7, a new flagship phone that will take the torch from... Read more...
Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom (pictured) dealt with a bad misfire by penning a blog post with a perfect title: “Thank you, and we’re listening”. The company made waves, to say the least, by altering its terms of service and privacy policy this week to make it seem as though Instagram was... Read more...
One has to wonder what the technology universe would feel like if Apple and Samsung weren't at each other's throats. For months now, we've just seen the two tech titans battling like no other in courtrooms all across the globe, largely bitter of patents and who infringed on who. But all told, it's all rather boring... Read more...
Remember Google Music? That was Google's attempt to cut into the growing music streaming business prior to iTunes Match becoming a reality, but one has to wonder what kind of traction the service has had in the months since. Google has remaining mostly quiet on new features for Music, but there's a new update today... Read more...
When dual core phones first hit the smartphone market several years ago, Tegra 2 was perfectly positioned across the smartphone and tablet market. Tegra 3 has done extremely well in tablets this past year; Nvidia has won high-profile designs with everyone from Google to Microsoft. In the past few months, however, it's become clear that Tegra... Read more...
For the past 14 years, Nokia has been the top cell phone brand. This year, there's a new leader: Samsung. According to analytics provider IHS, Samsung is expected to ship 29 percent of the world's cell phones in 2012. Last year, Samsung had 24 percent of the market and held the No. 2 spot. In 2011, Nokia held the No. 1 spot with 30 percent... Read more...
Crowd funding site Kickstarter has been host to some compelling endeavors, and the site offers a beautifully democratic way for people to back the kinds of products, technologies, and services they care about. The fundraising portion of these projects can be thrilling, as we saw with the open source gaming console... Read more...
Apps are a key component of any mobile operating system. RIM recognizes this and is working hard to ensure its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform will have plenty of apps to offer when it launches. In a recent interview with Forbes, RIM's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said there will be more than 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps when... Read more...
There are consumer projectors of nearly every shape and size and for a myriad of purposes. From big, feature-rich monsters ideal for large home theaters to tiny pico projectors (which can now be found in some smartphones), there are projectors available now that let users display photos or video for a small audience almost anywhere. In the... Read more...
It was only a little over a year ago when Twitter announced that it had 100 million active users posting tweets every month. Here we are at the tail end of 2012 and that number has more than doubled, a statistic that should finally put to rest any talk that this whole thing is just a fad. "There are now more than 200M... Read more...
In a change that will prove laughably unpopular, Instagram has altered its terms of service so that it can sell your photos to other companies for the purposes of advertising. The new policy stresses that users own their content, but the language is clear that Instagram can take what you own and do with it just about... Read more...
Do you think Apple users may have missed Google Maps after the Cupertino company unwisely kicked the native app to the curb? You better believe it. The proof is in the numbers, and according to Google's Jeff Huber (Senior Vice President, Geo and commerce), Google Maps was downloaded more than 10 million times in 2 days after returning to iTunes.... Read more...
The U.S. government is embracing this thing called the Internet. No, you still can't vote in presidential elections while sitting in front of your computer in your skivvies, but for the first time, you will be able to participate in government surveys conducted by the Census Bureau. Giving U.S. households the ability to respond online is part... Read more...
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