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All News for August 2012

Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage service is now available from Android smartphones and tablets. And it already supported iPhones, iPads, and Macs. All this means that you don’t need to use a Windows-based system to manage your SkyDrive files. Heck, you can even edit Office documents on your... Read more...
Not to be outdone in the speed department by the new USB 3.0-capable WD My Passport for Mac external drives, Western Digital’s new My Book VelociRaptor Duo line of external drives boasts a pair of smoking fast Thunderbolt ports. What’s more, the device has two 10,000 RPM 1TB WD VelociRaptor drives rumbling... Read more...
Without physically getting bigger, the My Passport for Mac from Western Digital now enjoys greater capacity, to the tune of 2TB. Now, users can not only take advantage of the better storage space, they can also transfer files with USB 3.0 speed on the latest My Passport for Mac models. The external drives also feature... Read more...
Looking for a new mirrorless camera, are you? That segment is absolutely erupting, and your options have never been so plentiful. Sony, along with a host of other companies at IFA, introduced yet another new option: the NEX-5R. It's a member of the mirrorless Alpha series, boasting a familiar size and shape as well as... Read more...
Hello, beautiful. There really isn't a whole lot more to say about Sony's new HDTV, but we'll try. At IFA in Berlin, Sony unveiled "the future of television," and while such wording is bold, it may honestly be warranted in this particular case. The company's newest is a massive 84" set, and better still, it's a 4K HDTV, which ought to make... Read more...
The field of ultrabooks is getting bigger by the day and it’s not enough anymore to just put a system on the market with refreshed specs. System builders are looking for ways to differentiate their ultrabooks, and to that end, CyberPower is touting the customization options. Customers can pick from multiple... Read more...
Back in October 1976, an introductory ad invited computer users to "Byte into an Apple" for a devilish $666 (and 66 cents). Taking into account inflation, such a system would cost a little over $2,500 today. Throw nostalgia into the mix, however, and the price balloons, as an original Apple I system is expected to... Read more...
After Microsoft’s Surface tablet with its detachable keyboard debuted and ruffled the feathers of more than one of its Windows 8 hardware partners, many wondered how those OEMs would respond. Well, here’s one: In a development that has to make you chuckle a little, Samsung introduced a line of Series 5 and... Read more...
French electronics maker Archos announced a new portable game console that will be available well ahead of the holidays. The Android-based Archos GamePad has physical game controls that are designed to work with all of your Android games. The key here is the GamePad’s compatibility with past, present... Read more...
Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 has made its way onto most platforms worth gaming on, and today, NVIDIA debuted the game engine on another pair of platforms--Windows 8 and Windows RT. In a video on a blog post, NVIDIA showed off a demo of Unreal Engine 3 on an ASUS Vivo Tab RT, which has a quad-core Tegra 3 chip... Read more...
Last month, TSMC's CEO Morris Chang made waves when he suggested that it could make sense for the company to dedicate fabs to particular customers. Fresh reports today, however, suggest that both Apple and TSMC made major bids for exclusivity on future TSMC production facilities, and both were rejected. Does this mean Chang's earlier comments... Read more...
You don't become the world's most valuable company by accident, nor can the rabid demand for Apple devices be dismissed as the result of millions of people who simply don't know any better. At the same time, Apple's products aren't always the most technologically advanced. There are faster phones than the iPhone 4S... Read more...
With the Window 8 launch looming, Asus announced two new tablets today that are designed to run the new, touch-centric operating system. Asus is taking the same route with the Vivo Tab that Microsoft is with the Surface: launching Intel-based and RT models at the same time. Asus has released some detail on... Read more...
Intel has selected Integrated Device Technology (IDT) to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for the company's Wireless Charging Technology (WCT) based on magnetic resonance technology, it was announced today.  In other words, WCT is one step closer to becoming a reality, which is exciting news... Read more...
Asus is making some major announcements today as IFA Berlin approaches. Among the new products being revealed is the Asus Zenbook U500VZ, which is a particularly slim ultra-portable, and the Zenbook Prime UX21A, which has a multi-touch display. New MX Series IPS Panels are also making news this morning. The Asus... Read more...
IBM's Watson supercomputing platform gets around. Its most famous appearance was on Jeopardy, where it trounced the two greatest Jeopardy players of all time by correctly (most of the time) answering questions about history and a number of other subjects. Watson wasn't designed for game shows, however, and has gone on... Read more...
Time will tell what kind of impact Apple's successful patent trial over Samsung will have on the rest of the Android community, but despite the swift billion dollar verdict, other Google partners aren't necessarily shaking in their boots. In fact, HTC, once a dominant force in the Android arena (much like Samsung is now), wants to make it... Read more...
It appears that Gigabyte didn’t want to wait for the next chipset release to try and make waves with a new motherboard. The company unveiled the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7, its new flagship board for extreme overclockers, which it said set the world record for overclocking with an Intel Core i7 CPU at a freakish 7.102GHz... Read more...
Can there ever be enough Wi-Fi in the sky? Conventional wisdom says "no," and it's a good thing, too. Gogo, the company responsible for providing in-air Internet to the vast majority of U.S. domestic flights, is doing everything it can to provide similar services in Canada. The goal here is to provide seamless connectivity service between... Read more...
LG's smartphone lineup just keeps growing. The company's latest is the L9, which is following the L7 from earlier in the year as it becomes the latest and greatest in the L series. It's packing a 4.7" IPS display, and the company is really pushing the built-in QTranslator and QMemo software additions. The QTranslator function instantly translates... Read more...
You have to hand it to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for continuing to fight, no matter how stacked the odds sometimes seem. It's been a rough couple of years in terms of losing top level talent, but lest anyone count the Sunnyvale chip designer down and out, AMD today announced the hiring of John Gustafson as senior... Read more...
Today at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster is taking the wraps off AMD's upcoming CPU core, codenamed Steamroller. Steamroller is the third iteration of Sunnyvale's Bulldozer architecture and an extremely important part. Bulldozer, launched just over a year ago, was a major disappointment. The... Read more...
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