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We’ll hear it all straight from the horse’s mouth on Wednesday when Nokia announces its latest and greatest at a press conference, but according to a report from The Verge, the Finnish company’s new flagship Windows Phone will be the Nokia Lumia 920, which will be packing some intriguing specs. It... Read more...
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is under lock and key in Cambodia after local police, acting on an international warrant issued in Sweden, arrested the young man. Warg is one of four Pirate Bay founders who all found themselves in hot water for running one of the most popular illegal torrent tracking sites on the planet. "His... Read more...
We steer clear of most Apple rumors, but this one caught our eye, thanks to the pictures and video of some unusually-designed earbuds. According to Tinhte.vn, a Vietnamese site, the iPhone 5 may be getting new earbuds that have ports in the fronts and sides. Of course, most rumors are nothing more than that, and there are a couple... Read more...
In a little less than two weeks from now, Half Life fans will have an opportunity to relive (or play for the first time, as it were) Valve's original 1998 title Half Life, albeit reborn and modified using the company's Source engine. The ambitious third-party project is called Black Mesa (previously known as Black... Read more...
Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn, from here on out) chairman, Terry Gou, is proving to be a shrewd negotiator, as Sharp is finding out. Sharp, which is saddled with debt and reportedly falling behind schedule producing displays for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 device, is in talks with Foxconn to sell the Taiwanese firm a 9.9... Read more...
Want to teach an orangutan how to play a memory game? There's an app for that. As part of a program called Apps for Apes, a dozen zoos in the U.S. and Canada have turned to Apple's popular iPad tablet to teach apes about music, painting, and other activities using mobile apps intended for children. Not just for fun... Read more...
Does the world need any more phablets? Isn't it all just a craze? Evidently Samsung has reason to believe that the phablet craze is one that's profitable, and it's using that justification to launch the second iteration of the Galaxy Note. It's a device that can be looked at as a huge phone or a small tablet, but either way, millions of consumers... Read more...
Monster has made quite a name for itself in the consumer electronics world -- if you asked a pundit, they'd tell you that Monster has made a name for overcharging for typical cords and such. But it also doled out some pretty good gear, especially in the audio world. Now, Nokia is teaming up with a known name to... Read more...
According to Reuters, Amazon will be adding integrated mapping to the Kindle Fire by partnering with Nokia, which means that Google Maps won’t be on yet another platform, Apple having ditched it with the iOS 6 release. Amazon is expected to announce a new round of Kindle Fires (and possibly other devices) at a... Read more...
Windows XP might very well be the most loved operating system of all time (on the Windows side), but after nearly 10 years since being released, it's no longer the popular. That distinction now (finally) belongs to Windows 7, a popular OS in its own right. It's taken three years, but Windows 7's market share is now... Read more...
The iPad Mini is coming, that much is almost certain. What we don't know is how much it will cost and how well it can compete with the 7-inch Android crowd that consists primarily of the Kindle Fire (Google) and Nexus 7 (Google). In the absence of that information, we're left to speculate on both accounts, which is what one analyst recently... Read more...
One might expect Nokia to be first to announce a full series of Windows 8 devices. After all, it sold out to Microsoft in order to ditch Symbian and allow its Lumia hardware to run nothing but Windows Phone. But, it seems that isn't the case. This week, Samsung introduced the first Windows Phone 8 product: the ATIV S. It's a really stunning... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface is going to have a little competition this winter. Samsung is going to be one of a few companies issuing Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tabled once the operating systems hit the shelves on October 26th, with the ATIV Tab being the first to be formally revealed. It's a 10.1" Windows RT tablet, with a 1366x768 screen resolution,... Read more...
Google has been granted a patent on a system for real-world object identification scanning that will allow the company to survey and tag images and videos. The abstract for patent 8,254,699 (hereafter referred to as the '699 patent) covers An object recognition system performs a number of rounds of dimensionality... Read more...
September 5th should be an interesting day; in addition to a Nokia press event in which the company is expected to show off its new Windows Phone 8 handsets, Google’s Motorola Mobility will debut its own new device(s). According to a Bloomberg report, Motorola is going to unveil a new phone with Verizon wireless... Read more...
With the all the iPhone 5 leaks in recent weeks and months, Apple's going to have to reach far up its sleeve to pull something out if it hopes to surprise anyone. We know the iPhone 5 is going to have a larger touchscreen, smaller dock connector, and 4G LTE connectivity. It also seems likely Apple's next smartphone... Read more...
Your friendly neighborhood Walmart may be getting even closer to "getting with the times." And in fact, surging beyond them. To date, few stores have really, truly embraced mobile payments. And perhaps even fewer have even considered smartphone integration with the buying process. But the mega-retailer Walmart is reportedly testing a new system... Read more...
When it comes to gaming laptops, not a whole lot has changed in the past 10 years. They've got a little thinner, the battery life is a bit better, and they're obviously more powerful. But overall, a gaming laptop is a gaming laptop. Razer set out to change that with the original "Blade," and now the second installment... Read more...
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