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All News for August 2012

We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio... Read more...
When Google announced a boatload of new and exciting products and services at Google I/O earlier this summer, one oddball product that stuck out was the Google Nexus Q media streaming device. The black orb seemed to have dropped out of the clear blue sky, and its tentacle-like extremities were reminiscent of invaders... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready for its Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29. Although the official invitation doesn't tell exactly what Samsung is planning to reveal at the event, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson has said the company plans to take the wraps off of the company's next Galaxy Note device. There have been... Read more...
The world is filled with surprises. Some good, like flipping the light switch and finding a gathering of friends wishing you Happy Birthday, and some up for debate ('Hey Bill, I had fun on our first date last week, though why haven't you called? By the way, I'm pregnant'). The fact that Windows 8 RTM (Release to... Read more...
Logitech and Skype announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD. This high-definition camera is designed to be connected to any HDTV using an HDMI connection. The camera offers built-in Skype functionality, making it easy for you to connect with friends and family directly from your living room. The TV Cam HD connects to the... Read more...
We're plenty familiar with Futuremark's assortment of benchmarks, as we should be since we feature 3DMark and PCMark in several of our reviews. They're great tools for assessing performance on the Windows platform, but what about the growing number of Android devices? Well, Futuremark's going to cover those, too. The... Read more...
Activision Blizzard's mega popular MMORPG isn't called World of Warcrack for no reason, folks. The correct title, of course, is World of Warcraft (WoW), and it's been the leading cause for neglected hygiene for going on eight years. At last count, WoW was home to 9.1 million subscribers, Activision Blizzard revealed... Read more...
Well bully for Ting; the MVNO announced its latest product roadmap, and there are lots of goodies coming down the pike. First off, Ting has scored the Samsung Galaxy SIII (pictured below), which it will launch in tandem with its LTE service. Ting uses Sprint’s LTE network, so users will get smoking fast mobile... Read more...
Amazon threw down the gauntlet when it launched its affordable Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer), and ironically enough, it was Google who answered the challenge by just recently releasing its equally price-friendly Nexus 7 device built by Asus. But both of those -- along with Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet --... Read more...
Believe it or not, Microsoft is taking a shovel to Metro, with plans to whack it over the head and then then bury it in the desert. How can that be with just a two months to go before Windows 8 reaches general availability, and with the RTM (Release to Manufacturers) now out in the wild? It's simple -- Microsoft is... Read more...
You probably never thought of Apple as a "data center" kind of company, but then, iCloud happened. As if storing data from .me users (R.I.P.) wasn't enough, the company has been on the offensive of late with data centers in North Carolina and elsewhere. And now, it looks like Reno, Nevada may be next to house a mega... Read more...
What if there was a power-efficient GPU with brains as powerful as a power-sucking desktop chip? We may be on the brink of finding out. ARM has this week submitted the Mali-T604 GPU for full profile OpenCL conformance, and if all plays out, this thing could really knock some socks off in the months ahead. According to the company, it's the... Read more...
Sony is halfway through an ugly restructuring period as it seeks to cut costs, consolidate markets, and turn its once-mighty television business around. That's a difficult proposition for any company, but the Japanese giant's recent earnings call was gloomy even under these circumstances. Modest upticks in Imaging... Read more...
One of the prevailing theories as to why Linux isn't more widely adopted is because of games support. Sure, you can play games on Linux systems, and a good many of them when you factor in WINE and the such, but Windows is still more widely supported. Regardless of that being the case, Valve says it's able to get Left 4 Dead 2 to run faster... Read more...
LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB... Read more...
Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro... Read more...
Aereo, a broadcast-streaming startup, is working to try to build its subscriber base. To help accomplish this, the company introduced a new pricing structure as well as a free plan. Aereo's service lets customers access live broadcast TV on their iPad, iPhone, Safari on MacBook, AppleTV and Roku box. Aereo doesn't... Read more...
Archos has been teasing the impending launch of its upcoming Gen 10 xs tablet for some time now, and today the company posted its first press photo on Facebook. The thin and light G10 xs is said to be a Google-certified device with unfettered access to everything in Google Play. From the press photo along with previously released information,... Read more...
The thing about trying to stop a runaway freight train is you have to have something big and strong enough to stop the momentum. That's the challenge tablet makers face in trying to compete with the iPad's market dominance, and apparently the recent trend towards 7-inch slates isn't going to cut it. To wit, rather... Read more...
OS X is a significant step forward for Apple and it has reached a very mature stage. Obviously, we've only got another point release before we roll to OS 11, or whatever Apple ends up naming it. To best understand what makes this edition worthwhile though, let's look at what's new. The actual desktop space of OS X 10.8 isn't dramatically different... Read more...
It’s no secret that Verizon is kicking AT&T’s tail on the 4G LTE front. Big Red has been rolling out 4G service at a comparatively breakneck pace, and AT&T is struggling to catch up. Today, the latter announced an acquisition that should help it gain a bit of ground on the former. AT&T has... Read more...
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has ever used Facebook or is even slightly familiar with the Internet, there are a lot of liars on the world's most popular social playground. Millions, in fact. According to the company's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Facebook... Read more...
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