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Tim Cook is coming into his own as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple. After a little more than a year at the helm, he's managed to differentiate himself in a subtle, yet meaningful way from Steve Jobs, and he did it simply by apologizing for the situation with Maps in iOS 6. We'll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor.... Read more...
Sony and Olympus are kicking off the weekend by entering into a "business alliance agreement" and a "capital alliance agreement," which are essentially fancy ways of announcing a big time investment of one into the other. In this case, Sony is tossing about $645 million at Olympus in order to become the company's largest shareholder. After... Read more...
It's nigh impossible to stay one step ahead in the smartphone race, because just as soon as you pick up a handset, a successor inevitably pokes its head into view. That's the case for HTC One X owners, who should probably stop reading right now. For everyone else, be advised that HTC's faster clocked One X+ isn't too... Read more...
AMD isn't just making waves with A8 and A10 -- it's also launching the AMD AppZone, which is described as an "online showcase for applications and games accelerated by AMD Radeon graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs)." In other words, it's giving users the ability to download and run Android apps on AMD-based... Read more...
It may not look like a mobile hotspot, but that's exactly what it is. Developed by Novatel Wireless, this AT&T-bound hotspot is actually not the strangest we've ever seen. That honor undoubtedly goes to the Verizon iPad, which also doubles as a wonderful mobile hotspot. That aside, this new Liberate is designed to... Read more...
Though we gave you a glimpse of it in our IDF 2012 coverage, Intel is officially unveiling their new Atom Z2760 dual-core SoC (System on Chip), code named Clover Trail.  The Z2760 is a dual-core Atom-based chip with a 1.8GHz clock frequency and support for Intel Hyperthreading technology which... Read more...
These days, it seems that wires don't have much of a future. Just as soon as we can figure out wireless power, the future will be upon us. In the meantime, things like LTE have proven that wireless technologies don't have to play second fiddle to wireline technologies. Now, DISH Network is launching dishNET broadband... Read more...
One way to increase hardware sales, at least in Samsung’s purview, is to add value by way of excellent software. The company is reportedly looking to do just that on the mobile front with a renewed push into realms such as music software and services. "The message we're getting from the top is to raise software... Read more...
Looking for a little more Linux in your life? You won't have to wait too much longer. Ubuntu is one of the best known builds, and while Quantal Quetzal won't ship until a few more weeks (Oct. 18th), there's no stopping forward progress. A timeline has already been set for Ubuntu 13.04, with Decembest 1st listed as the... Read more...
Valve’s much-ballyhooed expansion of the Source engine and Steam to the Linux world just took a major step forward with the announcement of a private external beta. If you’re running Ubuntu, you could be one of the lucky 1,000 users to take Steam and a Valve game for a spin sometime in October. Of course, if you’re really... Read more...
Tread carefully on the Internet, surf ninja. That's always sound advice, but it's especially important now to be extra cautious, particularly if you use Java. Researchers at Security Explorations discovered a zero-day exploit in multiple versions of Java that could affect over a billion PCs around the globe. Technical details of the exploit... Read more...
In a roundabout sort of way, Facebook tattled on itself earlier in the summer when, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it fessed up to the fact that nearly 9 percent of the social networking site's accounts are fake, bogus, the unreal McCoy. Or, as Facebook labeled them, "undesirable" or "false" accounts, which... Read more...
Western Digital has announced a line of SAS and SATA hard drives designed for both the consumer and enterprise markets, and they’re designed for high-capacity and longevity. The 3.5-inch, 7,200RPM WD RE SATA drives are available in capacities of 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities, and the SAS drives come in 1TB, 2TB... Read more...
The neat thing about the fast pace of technology is that yesterday's high-end hardware eventually (and usually pretty quickly) trickles down into budget territory, a point Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 Play processors underscore. New to the Snapdragon S4 Play lineup are a pair of quad-core chips for entry-level... Read more...
Is the world okay as-is with just DDR2 and DDR3 memory? Perhaps. We could get by, yes, but what about pushing the envelope? What about faster, faster, faster? Well, it's about time for memory to take the next major leap in speed. JEDEC, a known name in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the initial... Read more...
We're taking a somewhat different two-tiered approach with our coverage of AMD’s new Trinity-based APUs for desktop systems today. AMD is lifting the veil on their new product line-up, in addition to graphics performance and power consumption, but we can’t quite give you the full monty just yet, due to a... Read more...
WiMAX may be a fading term, but it was all the rage just a few years ago. With Sprint onboard here in the the U.S., and numerous other carriers jumping onboard elsewhere, it looked to be the true next-gen wireless format to overtake 3G. But then, LTE happened. That format offered far higher speeds compared to 3G... Read more...
Could the choice of font used in your vehicle's front dash kill you? Potentially yes, say researchers. That sort of claim is going to require some explanation, so let's hop - err, drive - to it. The conclusion was reached thanks to the joint study conducted by AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and... Read more...
One of the problems with being a multi-platform gamer that enjoys gaming on a PC just as much as on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console is that it gets mighty expensive stocking up on separate peripherals for each one. Can't we all just get along? Sennheiser thinks so, and to prove it, the company released its first pair of multi-platform... Read more...
Assuming no more delays, you don't have long to wait until Ubisoft releases Far Cry 3 to PC, which is slated to ship December 4 in North America and November 29 in Europe. That gives you plenty of time to spruce up your system and make sure it meets the minimum or recommended hardware requirements that Ubisoft... Read more...
It might have taken a bit longer than expected, but NVIDIA has this week issued a brand-new Linux driver that not only supports the company's latest graphics cards, but brings a ton of bug fixes along with it. If you're planning to pick up a GeForce GTX 660 or 650, this is the driver you need. On the mobile side, support for the GT 645M, GTX... Read more...
Do you think that Intel, the world's largest chip maker, might have somewhat of a vested interest in Windows? You better believe it, and so it's pretty scary that Intel's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Otellini, isn't feeling the vibe from Windows 8. As far as Otellini is reportedly concerned, Windows 8 is not a... Read more...
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