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Not long ago, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought back the popular Razr line of cell phones in the form of the all new Droid Razr. Now, the two companies are teaming up again to offer another new Razr known as the Razr Maxx. Although these two Droid Razr smartphones are alike in many ways, there are also a few key differences. The most notable... Read more...
We're all familiar with the KISS principle, a favorite acronym among teachers who love to tell their students to "Keep It Simple, Silly" (or Stupid, depending on your professor). It's a lesson that wasn't lost on NVIDIA, which has decided to simply dub the unique architecture in its Tegra 3 processor as "4-Plus'1"... Read more...
Firefox definitely has a ton of competition these days, but there's no question that the browser has largely taken the world by storm. It's up there with IE, Safari and Chrome, and it's one of the most flexible platforms available for those who just love add-ins with their browser. Mozilla, the parent company, knows as much, and this week... Read more...
Guess what? Push-to-talk is still alive, and well, apparently. While Sprint (and Nextel) and usually the companies tied to PTT services, it's AT&T connecting to this one. A new charter program will enable participants to experience new PTT communications, and in a world where everyone seems to be leaving the chirp behind, it's a strange... Read more...
Sapphire officially announced a follow-up model to its small Edge-HD Mini PC. The new Edge-HD3 packs plenty of power into its small form. Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz AMD E450 APU as well as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. For graphics, the Edge-HD3 utilizes the AMD Radeon HD6320. As a mini-PC, the Edge-HD3 measures approximately 7.6 x 5.83 x... Read more...
Intel made headlines last year when it announced that it would fab 22nm products for FPGA designer Achronix. This week, the company has unveiled an additional 22nm partner. Santa Clara will also be building parts for Tabula and will build that company's new Spacetime microprocessors. Tabula claims that its new chip... Read more...
To make a dent in the mobile market, companies have to make things smaller, denser, and then do it again. The latest effort along those lines from SanDisk is a 19nm 128Gb NAND flash memory chip that employs the company’s X3 (three bits per cells) technology to hit a reported write performance of 18MB/s. SanDisk... Read more...
If you're in need of a 4G LTE smartphone and don't want to break the bank, you're in luck. Verizon Wireless is now selling two if its newer 4G LTE handsets -- LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound -- for just $100 each, with a requisite two-year service agreement, naturallly. That's a pretty good deal no matter which of these spiffy Android devices... Read more...
Hitachi is now shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z7K500 hard drive. This drive claims to be the industry's first 7,200 RPM, 7mm, one-disk, 500GB mobile hard drive. This 2.5-inch drive features a 6Gb/s SATA Interface and a 32MB cache. With this combination, the Travelstar Z7K500 is able to offer as much as a 33 percent... Read more...
Barnes & Noble kind of shot itself in the foot by releasing a 16GB Nook Tablet that was $50 more expensive than Amazon's Kindle Fire, and then fired off a second round by partitioning the storage so that users could only load up 1GB of non-B&N content. The company's newly released 8GB Nook Tablet addresses... Read more...
PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the... Read more...
Ever tried using a cellphone to make a call underwater? Even those waterproof ones can't really hack it, but there's a problem that many, many more people run into on a daily basis: not being able to make a call while indoors. We've all been in those concrete slabs where it's just impossible to get a signal out, and... Read more...
Samsung announced the Galaxy S Blaze 4G around CES time, but details were somewhat lacking. Now, the company has unveiled more information about the newest member of the Galaxy S line of mid-range phones. We knew the phone would pop up on T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+42) network and have a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3... Read more...
Samsung clearly has a good thing going with their Galaxy line of phones and tablets, so why slow down the fun? Prior to Mobile World Congress, the company is introducing two new handsets in the Galaxy line: the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2. Te Ace 2 offers HSPA 14.4 connectivity, 4GB of internal storage, a... Read more...
“In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out”, says the tagline on Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android page. It’s true that the specs on high-end smartphones these days are impressive to say the least, with more processing cores, better graphics, more storage, and 4G data speeds... Read more...
As speculated, RIM released the long-anticipated update to its PlayBook tablet today. The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is available as a free over the air update. With the update, you'll get a new integrated email client with a unified inbox, social integration with calendar and contacts, an updated BlackBerry Bridge app, the ability to... Read more...
There have been rumors suggesting Barnes & Noble was preparing a slightly less expensive Nook Tablet that would better compete with Amazon's popular Kindle Fire tablet. Now, those rumors have been confirmed. Today, Barnes & Noble announced the 8GB Nook Tablet with a price tag of $199. Like its predecessor, the new 8GB Nook Tablet features... Read more...
Slaying dragons isn't easy, and if that's your goal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can use all the help you can get. Provided you're rocking a GPU built by Nvidia, new GeForce drivers released today will give you a "game changing performance boost" to work with, up to a whopping 45 percent, according to Nvidia's... Read more...
There's a rumor going around that Intel's initial Ivy Bridge launch will end up stunted by small volume shipments in early April, with mass shipments being delayed until sometime after June. News of the delay was reported by DigiTimes last week after it claimed to have heard from sources in the notebook industry that Intel made the decision... Read more...
If you've been holding out for Lenovo's U300e Ultrabook ever since it was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, today's the day you can finally order one, albeit it's a little pricier than anticipated. At CES 2012, Lenovo said the U300e would start at $799, and while that might still be true, the configuration... Read more...
Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have announced a new technology called HSPA+ Multiflow that promises to dramatically increase mobile network efficiency and double the data speed on the network edge. The idea is quite simple, really. HSPA+ Multiflow enables a single device to connect to a two mobile base stations at once; when reception... Read more...
Now this, this is pretty insane. For quite some time now, ABC's Nightline has been attempting to gain access to the behind-the-scenes nature where iAnything products are built. But in typical Apple fashion, the company has remained pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing. But there's something even Apple can't... Read more...
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