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All News for August 2012

Much to the chagrin of Acer and Microsoft's other hardware partners who are less than thrilled with the Redmond company's decision to launch a Windows 8-based tablet of its own, it appears Microsoft's Surface strategy isn't going to be a one-and-done affair, after all. Instead, recent reports suggest Microsoft is... Read more...
Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., reported a $1.37 billion loss in the second quarter, and likened the challenges his company faces to that of a football game. He told the press that it's like "blocking and tackling" every quarter, every year. But what happens when you call a bad play? Towards that end, was it the right... Read more...
"On Demand" used to be a prized possession, but these days, the technologically literate just expect it to be everywhere. If it's not on-demand, it's not with the times, right? SiriusXM isn't waiting around to find out, as the satellite radio provider has just launched SiriusXM On Demand, enabling subscribers of its... Read more...
Just saying the word "BitTorrent" makes those at record labels and movie studios cringe, but honestly, it's not always used for nefarious purposes. The Internet Archive, which is a non-profit digital library built to enable "universal access to all knowledge," is making over one million pieces of archived content... Read more...
Wondering when Ultrabooks were really going to take a turn for the dashing? How's about now? Lenovo has just come clean with loads of new details on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and if you haven't seen this thing before, it's worth staring at for a bit. At $1399 (the entry-level machine), you'll get a 1.7GHz Core i5-3317 processor, 4GB of RAM,... Read more...
Last month, Intel announced a deal in which it would invest $4.1B in the photolithography company ASML in exchange for a 15% ownership stake in the company. Now, TSMC has followed suit with its own announcement. The Taiwanese foundry hinted in its last conference call that it might take this step, so it's not a... Read more...
Gabe Newell and Rob Pardo aren't the only people unhappy with Windows 8 and its potential impact on gaming. GamesIndustry.biz has conducted an informal survey of its own and found that a number of people in the industry are concerned about what Windows 8 will mean for gaming. The concerns are also more intelligent than Newell's ramble on falling... Read more...
Motorola is going to reveal a new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone, but before it does, the company wants you to venture a guess. A censored pictured and post on Motorola's Facebook page tip the impending release and don't offer much in the way of hints, though clues will be given throughout the week. "Let's... Read more...
Remember those awful Genius ads Apple began airing during the Olympics? Reactions to the ads were overwhelmingly negative and were somewhat surprising for a multi-billion dollar company known for more creative ad spots that typically focused on the product. These new ads did not, and instead cast Apple users in an idiotic light. Or at least... Read more...
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't about to go stand in a soup line or hover on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads, "Will write code for food," but among an elite class of tech billionaires, he now finds himself on the outside looking in. Well, sort of. As shares of Facebook continue to fall, so too... Read more...
If there was any doubt that Google is determined to make awkward, inadvertent eye contact the new version of mistakenly conversing with someone who’s actually on a call using a Bluetooth unit, that can be laid to rest with the awarding of Google’s latest patent: an eye-tracking system to unlock a computer... Read more...
Sprint is working hard to roll out its 4G LTE network as fast as it can. Although the wireless carrier hasn't made any official announcements regarding LTE availability in the Bay Area Peninsula, users have already reported LTE connectivity around Palo Alto and Mountain View. In early July, rumors suggested the San... Read more...
As of today, AMD has a new set of high-end professional GPUs available -- and a new shot at the professional GPU crown. It's a move the company hopes will allow it to take a greater share of the professional 3D business. AMD's battle against Nvidia in the professional graphics market is similar to the company's struggles against Intel ten... Read more...
Ouya's developers started off with a relatively simple concept: build an inexpensive Android console for the living room funded by $950,000 in pledges on Kickstarter. Well, here are with less than 40 hours to go before Ouya's Kickstarter campaign comes to a close, and the project has generated more than $7 million... Read more...
Not to be outdone by AMD, NVIDIA announced its own new mobile and desktop workstation GPUs today designed for professionals with serious graphics processing needs. On the desktop workstation side, NVIDIA introduced the second generation of its Maximus platform, which now features Kepler architecture. Maximus employs... Read more...
Lian Li announced a new ATX supported chassis that features a side mounted power supply design. Thanks to this design, the PC-V650 is shorter than most ATX chassis yet doesn't sacrifice the space builders need. The PC-V650 measures 14.1 inches tall and 9.8 inches wide. The power supply (up to 9 inches in length) is... Read more...
Microsoft might be super stoked about launching itself in the tablet space with its upcoming Surface device, but the company's hardware partners aren't as thrilled with the idea. Some are more outspoken than others, like Acer chairman and chief executive JT Wang, who said Microsoft's move would negatively affect the... Read more...
A decade ago, Internet in the automobile probably sounded like a pipe dream. Today, folks are probably wondering how we can have Gogo on hundreds of flights per day, but we can't find a new car with integrated web access. Naturally, it all comes down to cost, but Chrysler and Sprint are hoping to re-open those lines... Read more...
New GPUs are a dime a dozen these days, but GPUs made expressly for professionals are certainly harder to come by. Today, AMD is addressing that concern by launching the world's most powerful workstation graphics line -- or so it says. The new FirePro W9000, W8000, W7000 and W5000 cards are engineered specifically for graphic professionals,... Read more...
Social game companies have been enduring plenty of negative press lately, but where the critics see a saturated marketplace, Amazon sees an opportunity. Today it launched Amazon Game Studios, which appears to be a direct competitor to the likes of Zynga. The new team, which has apparently been working in secret for... Read more...
There's no love lost between Apple and Google in the mobile space, each of which is vying for platform dominance with iOS and Android, respectively. As such, neither company is all that interested in helping out the other unless it's a mutually beneficial relationship, which is what they had by bundling Google's... Read more...
There’s a fine line between plucky confidence in your underdog self and sad, desperate delusion, and Nokia is riding it. The company is a shadow of its former self, with well-documented troubles and an all-in wager on Windows Phone, and it really needs a big hit to get some momentum going in the mobile... Read more...
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