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All News for February 2013

The time for OUYA’s official release in June is coming, but in the meantime, backers of the project (when OUYA was just a Kickstarter darling and nothing more) are getting their consoles early. We knew that it would be sometime in March, but the official word from the OUYA blog is that consoles will start shipping on March 28th. In the... Read more...
While the total number of apps available for Windows Phone 8 still lags behind Apple's App Store and Google's Play store, Windows Phone 8 users should be happy to see more and more developers pay attention to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Recently, the Windows Phone store received a couple of additions in the form of... Read more...
Apparently still fuming over a recent report by an American cyber security company blowing the whistle on Chinese government-sponsored hacking groups, China's Ministry of Defense says its military sites are frequent targets of attack originating from the U.S. It also said that Mandiant's report is "full of loopholes"... Read more...
According to EA's Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, all future games from the company will include microtransactions in a bid to further monetize the product. "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it... Read more...
Wireless carrier T-Mobile USA added 61,000 new customers in the fourth quarter, a vast improvement over the 526,000 subscriber losses it recorded a year prior. Unfortunately for T-Mobile, all those new customers didn't translate into positive revenue growth for the full year. On the contrary, T-Mobile earned $4.9 billion, a decrease of 5.2... Read more...
From the "About Time" files comes a new bill that's aimed at protecting companies from one of their biggest fears: patent trolls. Called the "SHIELD Act of 2013" (no, not this SHIELD, but rather "Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes"), this bill would require those accusing of patent infringement... Read more...
We may be seeing a (very small) tipping point in the music streaming wars for one of the biggest players in that space; Pandora, long a staple of the free, online, unlimited music “radio”, is going to cap free mobile listening to 40 hours per user per month. Pandora points out on its blog that such a cap... Read more...
Samsung is already gobbling up market share in the consumer mobile space, so why not tackle the enterprise, too? The company has already invaded the business world by virtue of the BYOD trend, but now Samsung is taking steps to improve device security by releasing KNOX, a “comprehensive mobile solution for work... Read more...
Technology marches to the beat of its own drum and the hard part is keeping in step with the rhythm. You may recall, for example, that we already reviewed Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook a year ago, singing high praise for its edge-to-edge display, stellar battery life, and overall performance, which at the time was the best we'd seen from an Ultrabook.... Read more...
Thanks to some leaked marketing materials, the cat was already out of the bag regarding Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag title, so why not confirm the game's existence? Without a valid answer to be found, Ubisoft went ahead and did just that by posting cover art for the next Assassin's Creed game. Black Flag features a new... Read more...
Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators... Read more...
Five months ago, Apple's share price was so high that there was talk of the Cupertino company hitting a $1 trillion valuation. Consumers and investors alike were excited about the impending launch of the iPhone 5, and rumors were hot and heavy of an iPad mini device on the horizon. Before it was all said and done, Apple's share price hit an... Read more...
You might not hear about it on the evening news, but there's a quiet war being waged in the consumer electronics universe. The issue at stake? Wireless power. It's one of those concepts that everyone realizes will be at the heart of the next-generation product, but we've seen so many lackluster attempts over the years... Read more...
Is the world really ready for another mobile OS? Palm tried with webOS and eventually caved, and items like Bada and MeeGo haven't had much success, either. But Firefox OS, which saw its big start at Mobile World Congress, seems to have incredible ambitions. Sony and Telefónica announced that they were... Read more...
While the verdict remains out on which CPU will find itself inside of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4, a result posted to Browsermark's database today leads us to believe that it's going to become the market-leader - at least where raw CPU performance is concerned. The result references "GT-I9500", which is widely... Read more...
NVIDIA has not been shy about claiming that its new Tegra 4 processor is the mobile chip to beat, and indeed, looking at the numbers, it’s hard to disagree. At least one person takes issue with that claim, however, and he happens to be the Senior VP of Product Management (Raj Talluri) for NVIDIA competitor Qualcomm, maker of the Snapdragon... Read more...
As an avid basketball fan myself (with two torn ACLs and three knee surgeries to prove it), I'm highly intrigued by the 94Fifty sensor basketball, a new product from InfoMotion Sports Technologies. It's supposedly the first and most advanced digital sport product that measures basketball skills in real-time. It analyzes everything from ball-handling... Read more...
One of the coolest aspects of Linux is its ability to support hardware long before other OSes - and even well before consumers can even get their hands on the hardware. Take USB 3.0, for example, which hit the kernel months before the first products hit the market, in September of 2009. And then there's the SSD command TRIM, which was first... Read more...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill legalizing online gambling, adding his John Hancock hours after the state legislature passed a revised version with certain changes he wanted implemented. Among the changes are a 10-year trial period for online betting, and a tax increase from 10 percent to 15 percent on online winnings... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, rumor got out that Google had plans to open up its own retail stores, a la Apple or Microsoft, and for the most part, it seemed to make a ton of sense. After all, what better way to get your products in the faces of consumers than going straight to them? There's also the fact that Android is a hot product, and Google... Read more...
Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the muscle-reading MYO armband gesture input device announcement, Leap Motion is reminding its fans that its own gesture input device will soon be on the market. In fact, the new controllers are going to start shipping the week of May 13. On May 19th, the units will be for sale at Best Buy. Image... Read more...
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