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Science can be both awesome and terrifying, usually at the same time. Researchers at Wake Forest University are looking for ways to improve the cognitive and memory functions of those with brain injuries, and they’re using chips implanted into the brains of primates to test their technology and ideas. According... Read more...
Intel's four beat, three second jingle has become synonymous with the company's brand, despite the fact that it contains no spoken words or associated text. To date, Santa Clara has reserved the sequence for its desktop, laptop, and server products, but it's planning a major smartphone marketing campaign as well... Read more...
The number of brick-and-mortar electronics shops available to do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders and consumer electronics (CE) junkies has fallen dramatically in the past several years. First it was Good Guys that fell by the wayside in 2005, then CompUSA that sunk itself into financial trouble a year later before being bought out by Systemax,... Read more...
As we discovered during our formal review of the iPhone 5, Apple's newest smartphone isn't just fast, it pretty much smokes the top Android devices in benchmarks. Much to the approval of Apple, the iPhone 5 is also lighting up the sales chart, a point the Cupertino company is all too happy to gloat about. According to... Read more...
Asus today lifted the curtain on its F2A85 Series of motherboards built around AMD's new A85X chipset and FM2 socket. The boards are designed and optimized for the Sunnyvale chip designer's second generation "Trinity" Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), which are expected to launch next month. One of the things Asus... Read more...
Samsung likes to rub it in Apple's face that "the next best thing is already here," but for tried and true Android users, the next best thing on the open source side of the mobile fence is Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x) on the Galaxy S III. Well, move over Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), because here comes Jelly Bean... Read more...
Riots involving thousands of disgruntled workers have erupted at one of Foxconn's plants in China. Foxconn builds and supplies Apple's iPhone devices, including the new iPhone 5, as well as various other electronics for companies like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and other well known companies. "The plant is... Read more...
There are just under half a billion iOS devices in the world, all of which use the "old" 30-pin Dock Connector. Starting with the iPhone 5, that connector is out, and Lightning is in. As the world must go on, eventually we'll see accessories shipped to support the new adapter, despite the overwhelmingly huge market share advantage of supporting... Read more...
Ready to nerd out? Great. Globalfoundries has rolled out details surrounding its new FinFET transistor architecture, which is engineered specifically with mobile devices in mind. No real surprise, given that mobile is quite clearly the future. Desktops have already fallen behind laptops, and seems just a matter of time before tablets start... Read more...
AMD’s Bulldozer chips were, to put it bluntly, a disappointment, but the company is hoping that its upcoming Piledriver, the second generation of the Bulldozer processors, will deliver on their promised performance even as the third generation of the chips (Steamroller) looms on the horizon. In advance of the... Read more...
Apple will tell you that Mac OS X 10.8 is the Mountain Lion's meow with its more than 200 new features versus the previous build, tighter social integration, and everything else it has going for it. For those of you clinging to Mac OX X 10.5 (Leopard), here's another reason to upgrade: no more Google Chrome browser updates for you! "Google... Read more...
Some have criticized Apple for letting the iPhone fall behind the competition, and the iPhone 5 is no exception, as Samsung is more than happy to point out. A 4-inch screen? Yeah, several other smartphones have that beat. Fast 4G LTE connectivity? Again, there are plenty of mobile devices that already do that. A new proprietary dock connector?... Read more...
The iPhone 5 is available, but only for those who pre-ordered right away on September 14th and were willing to stand in line at an Apple Store or pay big bucks on an auction site. Many pundits will say that the new iPhone is perhaps a little bland. The device is just now hitting specs that Android phone makers hit a year ago. There's no NFC... Read more...
Boeing thinks you need even more ways to stay connected while on a plane. Agree? Not that it matters much, because the friendly skies are gradually becoming a place where you can no longer escape your work e-mail, and maybe, your work calls. The airplane maker has this week revealed that systems will soon be installed... Read more...
Twitter is growing up; in an effort to tidy up the Twitter experience, add more features and functionality, and generally bring more maturity to the microblogging platform, the company will be rolling out some changes soon. More to the point, Twitter is declaring itself as a neutral platform for users to create and... Read more...
Not interested in standing in long lines? Still trying to make up your mind on the iPhone 5? If so, here's a bit of information that may sway you when it comes to selecting a carrier. As fate would have it, or something like that, Verizon Wireless' iPhone 5 has a secret: it's unlocked from the factory. That means that even those who buy one... Read more...
After channel surfing and catching the tail end of HBO's "2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" on TV last night, I got a hankering for some Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was signing up for a 30-day free trial of Spotify's Premium service. I... Read more...
One has to wonder how far off the Galaxy S IV (or the next Nexus phone) is at this stage, but this still looking to grab a GSIII now have a more enticing option on Verizon Wireless. Originally, the GSIII that shipped to Verizon contained a locked bootloader, disallowing tweakers to install their own ROMs and generally have fun with the system.... Read more...
The iPhone 5 is on pace to become the best selling smartphone model of all time, but even though that's the case, wireless carriers won't see any real gain for several months. Unlike Android phones, the subsidies on iPhone models are much higher. Barclays analyst James Ratcliffe estimates that the iPhone subsidy is... Read more...
Dell's monitors have been first in class for a long while, but it's been a bit since we've seen any major refreshes. That ends today, as Dell rolls out the new S-Series of LCDs with slimmer bezels than ever before. Available in 27”, 24”, 23” and 21.5” sizes, these new monitors are aimed at... Read more...
The power of the Internet makes us wonder how we ever got along without it. Case in point: Kevin Burke, an independent developer, discovered a major security hole that left six million Virgin Mobile USA customers vulnerable to a relatively simple brute force attack. After alerting Virgin Mobile of the flaw a month ago and seeing no fix in... Read more...
Just when we all thought - or some wanted us to think - that NVIDIA has lackluster support for open source, it's become known that the company will soon be publicly releasing some GPU programming documentation for its Tegra architecture. At the moment, this documentation will affect Tegra's 2D rendering engine only... Read more...
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