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Mobile World Congress is just around the bend, and that means a deluge of new smartphones comin' atcha. As if there hasn't already been a waterfall of them for the past few years. At any rate, LG is following up on the Optimus Vu announcement with a little tap-and-go announcement, as the Optimus LTE Tag is going to be the company's newest,... Read more...
Nvidia and ZTE are both giddy as all get-out to unveil the latter's new Mimosa X, purportedly the world's first smartphone to incorporate both an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the GPU maker's Icera modem, which comes fresh off of NVIDIA's acquisition of Icera in mid-2011. "The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons," said Michael Rayfield,... Read more...
NAND Flash and SSDs have become the darling of enthusiasts in recent years, thanks to a potent combination of improved read/write performance, virtually no latency, and lower power consumption compared to hard drives. A new report from the University of California San Diego, however, casts doubt on the long-term scalability of the format.... Read more...
Thecus has launched a couple of new Network Attached Storage devices, powered by Intel’s latest Atom processors. The new Thecus N4800 and N2800 NAS boxes both sport 2.13GHz Atom processors, 2GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI outputs and USB 3.0 ports. In addition to being able to output many video files directly to a... Read more...
ZTE announced a pair new LTE smartphones ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the PF200 and N910, both of which will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1.2GHz PF200 has a 4.3-inch QHD touch screen and 8MP rear-facing and 1080p front-facing cameras as well as Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, A-GPS, DLNA, and MHL for optimal connectivity... Read more...
Origin PC makes some astonishingly powerful systems, and the company isn’t shy about making bold claims, either. Origin claims its new EON17-X3D notebook is the most powerful 3D notebook available today. That just might be true; the beastly thing sports a pair of overclocked GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in... Read more...
We've known for some time now that BlackBerry's PlayBook OS update, known as OS 2.0, is coming sometime this month. With the end of February nearing in a week and a half, there isn't a ton of time. New reports suggest RIM may not wait until the last minute to release this new OS. In fact, it could come as early as tomorrow. New evidence suggests... Read more...
When Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout that caused our... Read more...
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that aliens will attack us at some point. For every E.T. and Alf, there's a dozen War of the World derivatives. "To Serve Man" was a cookbook, after all, and that dates back to when the world was broadcast in black and white, forget about your fancy HDTV. This inevitable fact... Read more...
Out with the old and in with the new -- that's the motto driving Samsung's latest business decision. The display maker officially announced its intentions of spinning off its liquid crystal display (LCD) division so it can better focus on the future of display technology, which Samsung feels has everything to do with organic light-emitting... Read more...
With Android 5.0 likely on the docket for an introduction at Google I/O 2012, it's high time that existing tablet makers got on the ball and put their tablets on a fast track to Android 4.0. In fact, it's a little unnerving to think about how long Android 4.0 has been out, and how few devices it's on. Acer knows it, and they're planning to... Read more...
Android tablets seem to be a dime a dozen these days, and honestly, ones that are shipping without Android 4.0 probably don't stand much of a chance to gain traction. That said, Archos has always seen success in undercutting the rest of the universe, and we suspect that the Arnova 8b G2 will be priced at a point that makes even the doubters... Read more...
Intel's presentations at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this year are focused on one of the biggest problems facing modern CPU designers—how to improve power efficiency without sacrificing compute performance. Intel isn't just tackling this problem through conventional process shrinks... Read more...
The upstart Spark Linux tablet is up for pre-order at makeplaylive.com for a target price tag of 200 euros (about $263 USD). You can indicate how many tablets you’re interested in, and your priority number will ensure you’re among the first to receive yours. The Spark folks are hoping to get a strong sense... Read more...
Those addicting Angry Birds everybody likes to fling at flimsy structures are going where man has gone before, but has yet to truly conquer. We're talking about outer space, folks, Angry Birds Space is a brand new game with some all new gameplay elements, "plus a few surprises," according to Rovio, which promises the latest installment will... Read more...
We don't like to throw around the 'C-word' haphazardly, the C-word being "confirmed," of course. So, while the latest evidence strongly suggests Apple's iPad will ship with an ultra-high resolution Retina display, it's still based on unofficial information extracted from a supposed iPad 3 panel that made its way into... Read more...
Sometimes, technology takes the lead in a story, and consumerism falls to nothing. We love stories like that, where technology does more than just reap benefits for a profitable company, but actually goes a long way in improving lives. Georgia Tech has been working up a technological solution to a commonly felt problem, and it's one that we're... Read more...
What if South Korea's own LG had an answer to South Korea's other technology mega-corp? Oh, wait. They do. The answer to the Galaxy Note has arrived, and it's called the LG Optimus Vu. While it remains to be seen if the Note will strike a chord with global audiences, it's clear that the half-phone, half-tablet "thing" is going to be tried... Read more...
In an age where data is everything, the constant give-and-take over giving up a certain amount of digital privacy in exchange for free services (Facebook, Google products, etc.) can often veer into murky waters. This week, Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer spotted Google neck deep in it, and the Wall Street Journal... Read more...
They're not quite the odd couple, but truth be told, we wouldn't have figured ASRock and Creative for BFFs. That's exactly what they've become, however, with the release of the Game Blaster sound card for gamers. Not just any ordinary sound card, mind you, but according to ASRock, it's the first one to combine Creative's 7.1 channel HD Sound... Read more...
Apple's App Store is fast approaching 25 billion app downloads, and when it crosses that threshold, one lucky person will receive a $10,000 App Store gift card. The sweet prize will be awarded to the person who downloads the 25 billionth app, which isn't a totally random process. There's a countdown ticker on Apple's... Read more...
The Kindle Fire turned out to be a popular device largely because of its comparatively low price tag. it was the first sub-$200 tablet (by a buck) that didn't feel like a $25 device you'd expect to find in a Fisher Price catalog, and as a result, Amazon closed out the fourth quarter of 2011 with a 14 percent share of the global tablet market,... Read more...
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