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All News for April 2012

What's a Dropbox to do now that the cloud space is also being entered into by Google? Innovate, of course. Just days after Google Drive hit the mainstream, the Dropbox team has revealed something new: you can now automatically upload from just about any camera, tablet, SD card or smartphone — pretty much... Read more...
The Internet is a big, wide place. It's dark, damp, light, enlightening -- it's all of those things. But it's also difficult to wade through, even with something like Google at our disposal. Wolfram Alpha has been cutting through the noise for some time now, and this week they announced a partnership with Intel to bring all Wolfram mobile... Read more...
Most of the major news in consoles this week was in handhelds, but there are major implications for both Sony and Nintendo. Nintendo broke a record that's stood for almost 125 years and posted the company's first ever yearly loss this week. The company had issued profit warnings as early as November, but the... Read more...
In remarks made at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam, Evernote CEO Phil Libin indicated that the company will be launching a business program in the coming months, according to InfoWorld. Evernote has proved to be a popular app, making it easy for users to quickly record ideas in a variety of formats, such as notes and photos, and access... Read more...
Being able to easily swap drives in and out of a system without fiddling with cables is utterly convenient, especially if you swap out drives frequently, and Sharkoon has a new 2-in-1 SATA QuickPort product to make it even easier. The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Intern Multi is a mouthful to say, but it appears laden with features. The device... Read more...
It's obvious, the PC and console game industry is in desperate need of an overhaul. With skyrocketing costs to develop games, gamers aren't going to accept $80-$100 game titles, especially not with mobile prices in the 99 cent - $4.99 range and with food and gas prices on the rise. In addition, attempts to seize the used game market and turn... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) managed to lessen the gap between it and Intel in the x86 space, even if just by a smidgen. According to Mercury Research's latest data, AMD's x86 market share jumped nearly a full percentage point from 18.2 percent to 19.1 percent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to Intel, which... Read more...
We weren't terribly impressed with Sony's Tablet S performance when we reviewed the device at the tail end of last year (you can read our analysis here), but that was before Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) started making the rounds. As of right now, ICS is available on the Tablet S, and perhaps it will give the uniquely designed slate the... Read more...
Fragmentation in the Android camp? Only if you're talking about smartphones. Since the introduction of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, buyers looking for a low-cost Android slate that doesn't suck have had a serviceable option. So serviceable and affordable, in fact, that fragmentation in the Android tablet space could... Read more...
Internet Explorer has its television ads, and Firefox has it's fiery fox logo. But Opera has a growing user base of its own, and the latest edition of the browser-that-could is now available. Opera 12 Beta has launched this week, presenting an entirely new look and feel, including new themes that provide some of the most stunning skins yet.... Read more...
Clearwire may not be the name in wireless that it once was when WiMAX was alive and well in North America, but there's no quit in these folks. The company is moving with the punches, announcing this week plans to launch a TDD-LTE network to serve 4G "hot zones" in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle... Read more...
One of the most annoying aspects of working with computers is boot times. (Ask your company IT guy how many hours of his life he’s wasted waiting for computers to boot. See if he weeps.) Over the years, boot times have improved a great deal, but there’s always room for improvement. In fact, some note that one of the reasons tablets... Read more...
There's a bill currently up for debate in the US House of Representatives that would give companies and government agencies the right to share information when issues of cybersecurity were at stake. If the first thing you thought after reading that was "Wait, don't we already do this," the answer is "Yes, we do." The... Read more...
Almost two months after Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin hit beta, Canonical announced that the final product is ready for download. Precise Pangolin is a long-term release, so users are guaranteed five years of updates and support. Running the Unity GUI, Precise Pangolin users can opt to run office applications... Read more...
NVIDIA has collaborated with Phosphor Games, creators of the iOS title Dark Meadow: The Pact, to bring a special version of the game to Tegra 3 devices. By coincedence, I've been playing the game recently on the iPhone, including during a period when low-resolution graphics were mistakenly being loaded on the iPhone... Read more...
Samsung announced a new optical disk drive that it's marketing for ultrabooks and tablets. While we aren't sure how many tablet users will actually carry a separate optical disk drive, Samsung's latest drive is designed to work with tablets that have a built-in USB port and run on Android Honeycomb OS 3.1 or above. In... Read more...
When the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile fell through, the breakup agreement included plans for AT&T to transfer AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile. This week, the FCC approved the transfer. The spectrum transfer is important to T-Mobile: The wireless carrier plans to use the spectrum to launch LTE in 2013. The transfer gives... Read more...
AMD just recently launched a new set of drivers that will be of particular interest to staunch Windows XP users. With the release of Catalyst 12.4, AMD's highfalutin Radeon HD 7900, 7800, and 7700 Series graphics cards will play nice with Microsoft's legacy OS, helping you stave off the inevitable upgrade to Windows 7... Read more...
Netgear today introduced the availability of what it claims is the world's first 802.11ac Wi-Fi router. It's the Netgear R6300 and it's an 802.11ac dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi router with support for 5th generation (5G) Wi-Fi, and is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n. Powered by Broadcom's 5G Wi-Fi IEEE... Read more...
On the basketball court, New York Knickerbocker Jeremy Lin is known for his speed, dishing out assists, and his ability to flash to the basket. Off the court, memory maker ADATA wants Jeremy Lin to tap into those same skill sets as he joins an all-star cast of NBA player themed USB flash drives. Jeremy Lin is the newest addition to ADATA's... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss Intel's new Core i7-3720QM Ivy Bridge Mobile and Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Desktop processors, the just released ASUS Transformer Pad 300 tablet, WD's VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive and we give contest details... Read more...
Wi-Fi in a PC? Yeah, common. Wi-Fi in a music player? Sure, no problem. But Wi-Fi in a headphone? What? Yep. Koss has just introduced the Strive headphone platform, with a new headphone and in-ear monitor system with Wi-Fi technology that is capable of receiving music directly from the Internet without wires. That's right -- music right to... Read more...
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