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All News for February 2012

Toshiba and Western Digital announced a deal today in which the two companies will essentially swap some manufacturing equipment with each other -- though which is getting the better deal is debateable. Western Digital has agreed to sell Toshiba certain assets related to the production of 3.5" hard drives "to address... Read more...
AMD's CEO, Rory Read, has made no secret of his plans to take the company in new and different directions, but the company's server announcement today caught the market by surprise. Sunnyvale has purchased SeaMicro in a deal worth ~$330 million, the majority of which ($281M) will be paid in cash. The acquisition brings AMD's onetime CTO, Fred... Read more...
NVIDIA's Tegra 3 has come alive at Mobile World Congress, first popping into select handsets in HTC's new "One" line of smartphones, and now, it'll be making its way into tablets that use Windows 8. At the trade show today, NVIDIA confirmed today that it is working with Microsoft on a program to distribute Windows 8 test PCs to software developers... Read more...
Warpia is building a lineup of intriguing streaming products, each with its own niche. The latest from the company is the StreamEZ, a wireless HDMI steaming kit that streams content from your computer--or any device with an HDMI port, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray and DVD players, and game consoles to your TV. The StreamEZ is designed to... Read more...
While many of today's better smartphones offer dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, alongside plenty of onboard storage, one of the easiest differentiating points between smartphones today has become the screen--size, resolution, and screen technology are all considerations. Samsung is pushing the former limits of smartphone screen sizes with... Read more...
One of the biggest issues with home theater projectors is dealing with ambient light, which makes a lot of projectors less than ideal for upstairs living rooms and better suited for basement home theaters without windows. Acer’s H6500 home theater projector is designed to produce good color fidelity even in... Read more...
It's never been a foregone conclusion that Sony's PlayStation Vita would be a success, and in fact there were/are several factors working against it. For one, the device's launch in the U.S. ended up being delayed, and while it was released on time in Japan, there were complaints of glitches that drummed up bad publicity for the handheld console.... Read more...
Toshiba is planning to launch its new Excite 10 LE tablet on March 6, just one day before Apple is expected to reveal the newest addition(s) to its popular iPad line. The Toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet is a super-thin 10.1-inch tablet that comes with 16GB ($530) or 32GB ($600) of onboard storage.     When... Read more...
Totally silent computing isn't exactly the Holy Grail of PC enthusiasts, but it is a worthy challenge that carries just as much geek cred as overclocking. Companies are making it easier to get the job done. Take Sapphire, for instance, which just announced what it claims is the "first totally silent card to embody all... Read more...
Sony's Tablet P will land at AT&T on Sunday, March 4. This tablet features two 5.5-inch screens and 4G connectivity. The Tablet P's two screens can be used independently of one another or together as one large screen. Each screen offers a resolution of 1024x480. The tablet will run on Android 3.2. Other key hardware specs include a dual-core... Read more...
Great news if you're a Windows fan. Microsoft has just made available the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which you can download right this very second. Included in the Consumer Preview is the much ballyhooed Metro UI along with scores of changes -- over 100,000 -- Microsoft made to the OS since releasing the Developer... Read more...
Game streaming sounded like a brilliant idea at the time, but there are serious hurdles to overcome. Many have tried and failed, and even Sony's PSPgo was a short-lived invention. So, do players like OnLive have a chance? In a world where more and more people are acquiring broadband each day, perhaps it can, but the road isn't paved in gold,... Read more...
Is Linux finally ready to take the world by storm? Probably not, but on the same day that Microsoft is promising the next major look at Windows 8, RS Components will be offering up the most highly-anticipating Linux-based product in years. The Raspberry Pi $35 computer went on pre-order today to those in the UK, with servers being initially... Read more...
Intel's not only making mobile news this week at Mobile World Congress; it's also making memory news. The company, along with Micron Technology, announced today that the companies have entered into agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship. The agreements, which are designed to improve the flexibility and efficiency... Read more...
There's been no new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise limped off screens in 2005, but the huge success of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the gradual growth of Blu-ray has caught CBS' attention (CBS acquired ownership of the Star Trek franchise in 2006). The broadcast company is preparing to release Star Trek: The... Read more...
It certainly can be a pain to get all the right cables lined up when building a new system, including getting the right cable extensions if you’re working with a larger motherboard and case. NZXT announced a cable starter kit designed to give you all the basics in one package of premium-quality PSU cables. The kit includes: • CB... Read more...
Zotac is emerging as a major player in the mini PC market and you'll find a boatload of ZBOX units if you visit the company's website. The one we have with us today is the ZBOX ID80 Plus, one of the newer units built around Intel's recently released Atom "Cedar Trail" refresh. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3-1066... Read more...
Remember the Galaxy Tab 7.7 device Samsung announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year in Las Vegas? Well it's about to land at Verizon Wireless where it will be sold exclusively beginning March 1, 2012 for $500 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying 4G LTE mobile broadband plan... Read more...
Don't sweat it if you've never heard of Roccat Studios. Based out of Germany and focused on gaming peripherals, Roccat Studios has only recently begun making a push into the U.S. market, where it will go up against established entities like Razer and Logitech. One of the products it plans to take with it into battle... Read more...
If you head over to Best Buy's Store Exchange & Return Policy page, you'll notice that the electronics chain limits the return window for computers, monitors, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, iPads, tablets, and radar detectors to 14 days. All other products carry a 30-day return/exchange windows, and 45... Read more...
Corning has sent the first shipments of its new Gorilla Glass 2 to "key device makers" who will use the new glass in devices planned for release this year. As the next-generation version of the widely used cover glass for smartphones and other consumer electronic devices, Gorilla Glass 2 improves upon the original... Read more...
Qualcomm announced a Pro version of its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip, which features the Adreno 320 GPU instead of the older-generation Adreno 225 and a promised 4x boost in performance. Among the Adreno 320’s features is the ability to access the GPU’s computational capabilities through APIs that open the... Read more...
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