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All News for July 2012

It's time for a change, according to today's post on the Microsoft Outlook blog, and that change is a new personal email service that will eventually replace Hotmail. The Outlook.com Preview is designed to better incorporate social networking than old-school email services have done in the past. And, as you might expect, it's going to play... Read more...
Ever wondered what a modern, interactive map of the Internet would look like? Here's your chance to find out. The appropriately (if somewhat unimaginatively) named Internet Map site has drawn the top 350,000 websites in relation to each other, with sites grouped according to cross-link strength and topic. Sites are color-coded by region; Russia... Read more...
Valve's Gabe Newell is one of at least two talking heads in the game developer arena that believes Microsoft's Windows 8 platform is bad for PC gaming (Blizzard is the other), and so he's put into motion a strategy to port the Steam platform over to Linux. Regardless of whether or not his reasons are sound, the Linux community has to be stoked,... Read more...
The Ouya project on Kickstarter isn't without its skeptics, but don't count Square Enix among them. In an update posted today, Ouya's developers announced a partnership with game developer Square Enix that will see Final Fantasy III among the growing number of launch titles, assuming the Android console ever comes to... Read more...
To be clear, it’s not exactly the same thing as Instapaper, but Facebook has reportedly added a “save for later” feature to its iOS app and desktop versions, and the new capability doesn’t bode well for Instapaper or other services that let you save items across the Web for later reading... Read more...
It looks like Pandora, and smells like Pandora, and tastes like Pandora, but it’s not Pandora--it’s Spotify. The music streaming service, which already offered free streaming and the ability to create Pandora-like radio stations on computers and iOS devices (the latter as of June), announced today that Android users will get to... Read more...
Everyone has heard of patent trolls or copyright trolls like Righthaven, but the rapid evolution of the new porn troll has scientists puzzled. This new species of lawyer has emerged in the past two years as an intriguing example of how natural selection can quickly influence the trajectory of a species. Like its brethren, the porn troll issues... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Pantech are targeting first-time smartphone customers with the new Pantech Marauder. This smartphone features 4G LTE connectivity as well as a dual-interface option that is designed to make it easier for customers to transition to a smartphone. This dual-interface offers a Starter Mode and a Standard Mode. In Starter Mode,... Read more...
Crucial today announced its new v4 solid state drive (SSD), taking aim at mainstream computer users looking to keep things modest all around. By modest, we're talking about capacity (ranges from 32GB to 256GB), price (ranges from $50 to $190), and performance (these are SATA 3Gbps drives). Crucial's sales pitch goes... Read more...
ZTE may not be a well-known brand in the US yet, but the company is definitely beginning to gain traction as it introduces more and more devices. While we've seen some low-cost ZTE phones in the past with entry-level specs, the latest leak shows a high-end phone designed for Sprint. The purported ZTE Flash could be coming to Sprint as early... Read more...
Online shopping is one of the many things made more convenient with a tablet, which allows owners to sit back on their couch or recliner, or sunbathe by the pool and surf the Web's many e-commerce destinations. And as it turns out, nearly two-thirds of tablet owners find that online shopping is their favorite... Read more...
With zip, zero, and zilch ballyhooing from Apple, Hulu today made its premium Hulu Plus app available on Apple TV. Hulu Plus joins the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and other popular streaming services already available on Apple TV, adding the hardware device to its portfolio of supported products that include Roku, various tablets, PlayStation... Read more...
Remember when it felt weird to print your airline boarding pass and walk around with a plain old 8x11 sheet of paper instead of an official-looking ticket? Even folded, it just didn't feel the same. But now that Amtrak is going the same route as the airlines, ticket-wise, this should be old hat. That's right: Amtrak is letting travelers print... Read more...
You've heard of Energy Star, sure, but it's not often that a wireless operator takes time from its busy life to support eco-friendly anything. We've heard of companies like Apple and Dell offering recycling programs, but AT&T is actually launching a new "Eco-rating" system that'll appear in stores. Why? In order... Read more...
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