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All News for December 2012

Fair warning to any company that's still interested in trying to acquire Hulu, the price may have just gone up. The streaming service had a heck of a year, ending 2012 with more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers contributing to approximately $695 million in revenue, the company announced in a blog post. That's an addition of more... Read more...
Samsung on Tuesday expanded its Galaxy line with the introduction of the Galaxy Grand, a smartphone that's being marketed towards "users with fast-paced mobile lifestyles" and who "demand more from their phone." The sleek looking devices reflects Samsung's penchant for larger size screens with a spacious 5-inch display. It also includes a... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is closing in on three years old, yet it still holds less than five percent of the global smartphone market share. For a company with as much recognition as this, and as many marketing dollars to spend, that's fairly poor. With Windows Phone 8, the platform is evolving nicely, and the hardware that has shipped... Read more...
It's unlikely that Google Fiber will ever blanket all of America. After all, the cost for that could easily put Google in a serious bind after spending billions upon billions on infrastructure. But for the Kansas Cities in the middle of America, things are looking great in terms of Internet. Google first started rolling out fiber Internet... Read more...
AMD has just released some preliminary information regarding the company’s upcoming Radeon HD 8000M series of mobile GPUs. Based on the naming convention alone, it may obvious to many of you that the Radeon HD 8000M series is AMD’s second generation of products featuring the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, which debuted... Read more...
You don’t hear a lot about MIPS Technologies, Inc., but the company’s technology is important to the embedded processor industry and is found in millions of devices. It’s also apparently important to chip designers Imagination Technologies and Ceva, Inc. The former has now outbid the latter and is buying MIPS for $100 million.... Read more...
Linksys routers have become virtually ubiquitous in consumers’ homes over the years, but parent company Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is reportedly looking to sell off the brand. Cisco is looking to get out of the consumer business and focus more on enterprise software and services, and unloading Linksys will be a big step in that direction.... Read more...
If you've been itching for a game to showcase a new video card, or to rub in the faces of your friends, with their 2005-2006 Xbox 360s and PS3s, Far Cry 3 is that game. It eschews the space-gray corridors or military battlefields of other franchises for the lush tropical environments the Far Cry series is famous for, and the game absolutely... Read more...
At last check, Windows 8 has had a difficult time getting off the ground. Sure, it's selling millions of copies, but given the hype leading up to its launch, the reaction has been quite timid. Personally, I know very few people who've gone out of their way to upgrade, with most trying to actually avoid it. This is... Read more...
Global semiconductor revenue saw a downswing in 2012 compared to one year prior, dropping 3 percent to $298 billion, according to preliminary results by market research firm Gartner. The top 25 players were collectively hit the hardest, as their revenue dropped 4.2 percent, surpassing the industry average and accounting for a smaller portion... Read more...
Sprint and Clearwire have reached an agreement whereby Sprint will purchase roughly half of Clearwire for $2.2 billion (approximately $2.97 per share). After the transaction is complete, Sprint will have full ownership of Clearwire. The announcement comes days after Clearwire shareholders said a $2.90 per share offer... Read more...
If you’ve been following the evolution of the tiny-and-inexpensive computer Raspberry Pi, you’re probably not too surprised to know that the Pi Store launched today to give budding and mature developers and chance to share and sell their programs.   The Pi Store is an X application under Raspbian and is also accessible on... Read more...
Is there anything Google can't do these days? Apparently the sultan of search can even predict which next generation game console is likely to be the top dog. The mystifying answer to which is going to be more popular, Microsoft's Xbox 720 or Sony's PlayStation 4 (or whatever each console will ultimately be called) can be found by glancing... Read more...
Ask any child who celebrates Christmas and he or she will tell you that the big day is just over a week away. They keep track of these things, the way adults keep tabs on their favorite sports team, and understandably so. How cool is it to wake up to a pile of loot that a man in a red suit delivered the night before? The logistics of Santa's... Read more...
Video games aren't just for kids, nor have they ever targeted just a single demographic. In fact, the average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing games for 12 years. And the average age of those who purchase games most often is 35 years old. Are you at all surprised? These statistics come courtesy of the... Read more...
Why brave obnoxious crowds and deal with bad drivers when you can get all you holiday shopping accomplished online? The convenience of online shopping is not only catching on, but it just had its biggest week ever, along with several days the past month that surpassed $1 billion in spending, according to data by... Read more...
In-car entertainment has changed a lot over the years, and for the most part, we're living in an era where the electronics in one's vehicle is actually pretty impressive. No, voice directions don't really work as they should, and it's all pretty hit-or-miss, but when you consider that integrated iPod support is pretty much a standard feature... Read more...
China is a perplexing place in terms of how it impacts Apple. It's the place that has caused Apple tons of trouble in terms of bad PR, stemming primarily from Foxconn suicides and tales of terrible working conditions to assemble items like the iPhone and iPad. It's also home to a huge amount of knockoff Apple... Read more...
The quest for a bullet-proof but human-usable CAPTCHA continues. A couple of months ago, we talked about a CAPTCHA implementation that relies on human empathy to bypass, but for a couple of reasons, it might not be ideal for a lot of people. Now, the folks at Minteye have given us yet another option: slide-to-fit. The idea is simple, and so... Read more...
The transistor, the fundamental base to all of our electronic devices, turns 65-years-old today. Though the concept of a transistor had been worked on decades earlier, it was on December 16, 1947 when John Bardeen and Walter Brattain operated the first transistor based on a point-contact design. Gold sheets were used... Read more...
Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak was almost too fantastical a magical item (and made for a cheap and easy literary foil to allow some of the main characters in the series to move from place to place and eavesdrop) to be believable even in fantasy novels, but a company called Hyperstealth Biotech Corp claims to... Read more...
Someone fire up the theme song from Austin Powers, Mozilla found its mojo on the desktop -- oh, behave! Mozilla made the claim in a blog post reflecting on 2012 and all the advancements it's been able to make to its Firefox browser. "We streamlined and we upgraded. Our performance and memory teams didn't incredible work," Mozilla said. "The... Read more...
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