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All News for September 2012

We headed down to Maker Faire 2012 in New York this weekend to check out the expo's massive spread of engineering awesomeness and creativity in the fields of robotics, electronics, computing and much more.  When you arrive at the fair, the first thing that strikes you is how completely organic the whole scene is.  Inventors, creators,... Read more...
Intel's got new hardware, which means that OEMs have new machines. Maingear is no exception, offering up the new Nomad 17 gaming laptop with the latest 3rd-generation Core i7 mobile processor. Users will get a quad-core chip capable of hitting 3.8GHz, up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a wide array of HDD choices (including SSD and RAID arrays),... Read more...
Google has been giving up on a lot of its dreams over the past few years. While the company once prided itself on doing a zillion different things at once, it's aiming to prioritize, focus and kill off projects that just aren't up to snuff. While that's probably great for employees, it's oftentimes upsetting for... Read more...
While gamers move and gyrate in front of Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360, the Redmond outfit will have to do some maneuvering of its own...in court. A company called Intelligent Verification Systems claims in federal court that the Kinect infringes on a 2006 patent for an "Animated Toy Utilizing... Read more...
Apple iPhone 4 and 4S owners haven't much time to celebrate the release of iOS 6, which introduces a bazillion new features, along with a nifty panoramic picture mode. Unfortunately, for some users, all the goodness of iOS 6 has come at the expense of battery life. Yep, here we go again. It seems like shortened... Read more...
Apple had some brilliant days on the stock market in recent months, but Google has been gaining ground, too; in fact, according to Fox Business News, the search giant is headed for its biggest quarterly rally in 7 years. This quarter, the company’s stock price is up 30%, which torched analyst expectations. Over the summer, there was... Read more...
Just because you're the largest, most dominant chip maker in the world doesn't mean you can't cut loose and have a little fun in every once awhile. And hey, nobody ever accused Intel of not having a sense of humor. The Santa Clara chip maker also isn't immune to the occasional Internet craze, the latest being the "Gangnam Style" video that's... Read more...
When Avatar and Clash of the Titans hit theaters in 2009, 3D was heralded as the next big thing. Standard movies were released with 3D versions and 3D TV channels were expected to change the way people watched TV. But today, the momentum for 3D TV has split from the momentum for 3D movies and 3D TV viewership... Read more...
What if there were an iPad, but it ran OS X instead of iOS? Apple hasn't made one just yet, but the third-party market is alive and well making dreams like that come true. The Modbook Pro is a highly unique machine, offering a 13.3" Mac experience inside of a pen-tablet form factor. The new model is doing away with the HDD in favor of an SSD,... Read more...
There aren’t a lot of museums where most of the main attractions were created by (or actually are) people who are still alive and kicking, outside of modern art. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is one of those places, and although some visitors will simply want to find their own first... Read more...
In the past 15 years, newspapers have watched readers gradually (and then rapidly) shift their news consumption from the printed word to the digital one. What started as nearly imperceptible readership losses rapidly snowballed as the world realized it could get fresher content free online. Now, it looks as though... Read more...
Lithium-ion batteries have been powering our gadgets for more than 20 years and aren’t going away anytime soon, but serious competition may be emerging in the form of sodium and…sugar. Scientists at the Tokyo University of Science believe that sodium-sucrose-based batteries could deliver a 20%... Read more...
A product is only as good as its creators say it is, and in the case of Windows 8, it looks as if it's not going to hit store shelves until those within Microsoft's walls test the heck out of it. A new blog post today over at the company's site details the story of deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft, which it fondly refers to as "dogfooding."... Read more...
With the iPad grabbing the lion's share of the tablet market in the States, it's easy to forget that there's an entire other tablet market out there. But the Android tablet universe is growing, and Sony's hoping to not get left behind. The company's Tablet S is seeing a big update today, bringing the software to... Read more...
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