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All News for August 2012

In case you missed it over the weekend, Nintendo on Sunday semi-quietly launched its large size 3DS XL handheld console in the U.S. We say "semi-quietly" because it's long been known that the U.S. launch would take place on August 19th, though the day came and went without much fanfare. Regardless, you can get your... Read more...
It's back-to-school season again, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Whether you're about to begin the fall semester of college or your senior year... Read more...
Apple is all in a huff over Samsung allegedly copying the look and feel of its iDevices, but one thing the Cupertino company can't accuse its rival of is making its gadgets equally difficult to service. In fact, based on a recent teardown, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the easier tablets to repair at home. The tech... Read more...
Samsung's UNPACKED event is coming up on August 29 in Berlin, and the company is already teasing us with a video of what we can expect to see. Promising to make "magical moments come alive," the video shows a stylus-ready device. A few weeks ago, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed plans to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy Note phablet... Read more...
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Synaptics and get some hands-on time with an array of already-available and upcoming input technologies. The big announcement coming from Synaptics today is that the company’s ForcePad has been selected for the User Interface Software & Technology (UIST)... Read more...
Microsoft is reprising its buy-a-PC-get-a-free-Xbox-360 deal, just in time for back-to-school shopping. The deal goes something like this: You buy a Windows 7 PC valued at a minimum of $699 and you get a free Xbox 360 (4GB). You can snag the deal at participating retailers, such as Dell, HP, Newegg, Best Buy, and the... Read more...
ORIGIN announced a powerful new EON laptop in the form of the new EON17-SLX. This laptop supports a second discrete GPU to offer double the performance and power compared to single GPU models. The EON17-SLX is available with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M and AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics cards. Other key features include Intel 3rd generation IvyBridge... Read more...
Public WiFi hotspots are notorious for being the playgrounds of snoops.If you ever use Apple devices on an open network, you'll want to take a look at Cloak, which uses VPN tech to keep your data safe. Cloak is a response to hacker tools like Firesheep and Reaver, which can snag important data while you're shopping... Read more...
Best Buy's year hasn't been "easy," you might say. The company has experienced a great deal of turmoil, shutting the doors on a number of stores while seeing its CEO head for the exits after a potentially dodgy decision in his personal life. Then, there's the proposed buyout offer from the founder, along with public... Read more...
Now is a good time to stock up on iTunes currency if you're invested in Apple's iOS platform, or plan to be at a later date. Like, say, when the iPhone 5 comes out, or the iPad Mini, if the latter ends up being a real product. Either way, you can grab a $100 iTunes eGift card from Walmart's online website for $80... Read more...
Google is generally considered a great place to work with numerous benefits and perks, including post-death payments to the surviving spouse and significant other. It just goes to show what a great pitch person Yahoo CEO and President Marissa Mayer is, considering she just snagged herself another ex-Googler. Mayer, a former Google employee... Read more...
The OnLive saga continues. While the story really isn't glowing for the employees involved, we're now learning a bit more on how the company will continue on in the days, months and perhaps years ahead. The cloud-based gaming company announced the following: "On August 17th all of its assets were acquired by a newly... Read more...
Few companies house more data than Facebook. With whatever the user count is up to now, fake profiles notwithstanding, (is it over a billion yet?), the amount of data that the company has to handle is simply staggering. And whatever you think of Zuckerberg and Friends, they’re not dumb; they know that in order... Read more...
When Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the company made it clear that selling off its digital imaging patents was a key part of its strategy. The company had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion from selling off its war chest, which is why rumors of a partnership between Google and Apple,  have the... Read more...
While the majority of Android users are still waiting on their wireless carrier or device maker to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Asus is taking care of its fan base by doling out Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) to Transformer Pad TF300 owners, the company announced on Facebook this weekend. It's the first of... Read more...
At this point in the game, Apple might as well have a license to print money. The Cupertino company's share price soared to a new high on Friday, reaching $648.11 at the closing bell, which gives Apple a market capitalization of $607.54 billion. In after hours trading, the stock is up to $649, an indication that a new high is on the horizon.... Read more...
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen these days, but names like Turtle Beach and Tritton continue to produce goods that are a cut above the rest. Now, Mad Catz is announcing the Tritton Pro+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset, which is billed as the update to the Tritton AX Pro. It supports both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3... Read more...
Shopping for a back-to-school tablet? Samsung's got you covered. The Galaxy Tab creator now has a newcomer ready for the fall semester, with the Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Bundle making its debut for $250. The special package will be available starting 8/19 and will only hang around for two weeks. For those who get in... Read more...
LeapFrog makes all manner of edu-tech toys, although its LeapPad is certainly one of the coolest--er, most educational. The next generation of the tablet for tots is the LeapPad2, and it’s now available both directly from LeapFrog and at various brick-and-mortar retailers. Available in both green and pink, the... Read more...
One of life's lessons that apparently hasn't been lost on Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the one that says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." HP didn't succeed in the tablet market, not with its much hyped (and seldom talked about) Slate line, and certainly not with its short lived TouchPad, which turned out... Read more...
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and while Apple tries to sue Samsung and other Android players into submission, Google's Motorola Mobility division just lobbed a patent grenade of its own. Several of them, in fact. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Motorola accuses Apple of infringing... Read more...
A few years back, you could hardly talk about electronics without hearing some "green" slant. Eco-friendly this, and energy-efficient that. Nowadays, green is still "in," but it's not spoken of with nearly the same amount of vigor. That Fujitsu's making green sexy again, and its new technology truly is impressive. The... Read more...
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