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All News for August 2012

Hot on the heels of Google adding birthday reminders to Google+, Bing has announced another feature you didn’t know you can’t live without: Bing can now help you quickly find photos of your Facebook friends. Because you know, when you’re kicking around Facebook, speed is everything. All kidding aside, Friends’... Read more...
As addictive as it was in the ‘90s, Solitaire isn’t going to cut it as the flagship game for Windows 8. In fact, no one game really will: Microsoft is making tons of games available. The plan is to bring Xbox Live games to Windows 8, so users can get their game on whether they’re using a... Read more...
For gamers, the quest for better graphics never ends – you’re always keeping an eye out for something that will give you a better experience or better gaming performance. With LucidLogix Virtu MVP Mobile coming standard on its EON gaming laptops, ORIGIN PC hopes to give you both. Announcing the... Read more...
It takes real guts to pull the plug on your game sales when you're concerned about server stability, but that's exactly what Arena.net has done with its just-launched game, Guild Wars 2. According to company spokesperson Rubi Bayer, "Ensuring the best possible play experience for our fans is our highest priority... Read more...
Earlier this summer, AMD launched its HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) foundation with a number of core partners. Now Samsung has joined the collaborative effort as well. This could be the beginning of an unprecedented level of cooperation between the APU designer and massive smartphone/tablet developer. The... Read more...
From a consumer's perspective, free radio is rad, provided you're willing to put up with ads and arbitrary restrictions. But on the other side of the equation, the real money is in subscriptions. To help encourage music lovers to open up their wallets, streaming music provider Spotify is now selling gift cards, though... Read more...
Where's the fun in a high profile product release without a few bumps in the road along the way? It doesn't look like Apple is going to find out. New reports suggest Sharp is having a tough time keeping up with production requirements for displays that will be used in the iPhone 5, which Apple is expected to announced... Read more...
Despite Samsung losing  a billion dollar patent case to Apple, the company's Galaxy S III smartphone isn't among the list of infringing products and, for the time being, appears safe from potential sales bans in the U.S. Regardless of whether or not that changes, current owners will reportedly be able to grab an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)... Read more...
No one is arguing that Windows isn’t the biggest target for malware writers, but it’s starting to look like Microsoft’s OS isn’t alone. Threats for the Mac have made the occasional headline, and a new Trojan is making the rounds on both Mac and Linux. That’s right: a cross-platform... Read more...
Apple has done brisk business with its retail stores, selling attractively-designed products inside of facilities that match the wares with hip individuals manning the counters. AT&T has plenty of its own retail stores around the country, but they don’t exactly have the same pizzazz as an Apple store. In an... Read more...
Everyone appreciates a little love on their birthdays, and nothing in human history has done a better job of reminding your friends and family to wish you well on your big day than Facebook (whether you like it or not). Now, Google is adding birthday reminders to your daily Web searching via Google+, too. That’s... Read more...
Well, don't these just look cozy? Perhaps more outlandish than cozy, but we'd sure wrap 'em around our ears. Razer has introduced its newest gaming headset, the BlackShark. It's a stereo gaming headset that's said to be inspired by tactical aviator headsets, and the design similarities are fairly obvious. It comes as a Razer-branded version... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's... Read more...
If you have a hard time picturing what your childhood would have been like without blasting asteroids to smithereens or battling your friends in Pong, you’re in for a treat. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re still in for a lot of fun, thanks to Atari. The venerable game maker is... Read more...
Back at the Mobile World Congress in February of this year, which seems like forever ago at this point, Intel and ZTE promised to deliver smartphones built around Intel's Medfield platform. That promise comes to fruition today with ZTE unveiling its first smartphone with Intel hardware inside, the ZTE Grand X IN. The... Read more...
Three major publishers announced today that they'd agreed to settle a price-fixing case brought by the Department of Justice rather than face trial. The original lawsuit brought against the publishing houses alleged that they illegally colluded with Apple to raise e-book prices by forcing Amazon to adopt the so-called... Read more...
Samsung recently launched the follow up to their Galaxy Tab line of Android-based tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Although the original Galaxy Note's form factor didn’t quite conform to either traditional tablets or smartphones, and some even dubbed it a “phablet”, it has been a huge success for Samsung and has sold millions... Read more...
When it rains, it pours, and these days it’s pouring aluminum. The big names are using consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin to unveil the devices that will usher in Windows 8. Count HP among them with three sleek entries, including an ultrabook with a detachable screen. All three new devices have... Read more...
It's a telling sign when the co-founder of a company can't offload his shares quick enough. That's sort of what's happening with Dustin Moskovitz, the billionaire Internet whiz kid not named Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg, Moskovitz had a hand in founding Facebook, but unlike his cohort, Moskovitz is selling his... Read more...
The upcoming release of Windows 8 to the general public has OEMs getting all touchy feely with their product releases, and that includes Dell, which just unveiled three new touch-friendly XPS devices. Spreading the love to different form factors, Dell unveiled a new tablet (XPS 10), convertible Ultrabook (XPS Duo 12)... Read more...
Those sneaky Pete's in Amazon's marketing department sent out an announcement this morning stating that the Kindle Fire, the best selling product in the company's inventory since it launched nine months ago, is now sold out. As in, the general public completely depleted all of Amazon's Kindle Fire inventory. It's no... Read more...
James Bond, one of the most popular movie characters of all time and the longest running film franchise to date, is about to celebrate 50 years of international espionage and promiscuity, of playing with all sorts of cool gadgets and escaping imminent death, and of enjoying drinks shaken, not stirred. Deservedly so, 007 backers have announced... Read more...
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