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All News for February 2013

Guess what, U.S. and Canada? Today's the day. If you've been waiting for that magical, all-in-one tablet device that's capable of running a full, untainted version of Windows, you can finally make your own dreams come true. Microsoft's Surface Pro, not to be confused with the slimmer, lighter, but less capable Surface RT, went on sale today... Read more...
In the search engine world, there are a handful of companies that you've probably heard about -- and then gobs of smaller alternatives that hardly anyone visits. But in a universe dominated by the likes of Google and Yahoo, a particular Russian company is soaring up the leaderboards. According to the most recent comScore report, Yandex has... Read more...
Can something that's just taken a couple of months to arrive still be considered "long-awaited"? If so, the official Linux UEFI pre-bootloader fits the bill, as it's something that's been needed ever since the introduction of the Microsoft-pushed Secure Boot mechanism on UEFI-equipped PCs. We've talked about this pre-bootloader a couple of... Read more...
When IBM’s Watson supercomputer proved that the meatsack we call a human brain was inferior to its robot intellect on TV’s Jeopardy, it was an entertaining parlor trick-style PR stunt to show that Watson was capable of “learning”. Now, IBM is putting Watson to use in real life by deploying it... Read more...
In tandem with a release of new security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android operating systems (which patch a vulnerability “that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”), Adobe’s ASSET Platform Security Strategist... Read more...
Zynga's wildly popular Farmville franchise is headed to your TV. Well, maybe not your television, unless you're a parent of young children, in which case the animated series will inevitably find a way into your home and make you yearn for the days of Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes. Ah, memories. In any event, The Wall Street Journal reports... Read more...
For the fourth consecutive reporting period, J.D. Power and Associates awarded Verizon Wireless top honors in wireless customer care satisfaction among full-service carriers. Verizon scored 766 on a 1,000-point scale and performed particularly well in telephone contacts that originate in the automatic response system (ARS) channel and are... Read more...
Today is the official release date of the Surface Pro, and as such, Microsoft has updated its flagship tablet's product page (or Ultrabook in tablet trim, if you prefer to think of it that way). There are two models to choose from, a 64GB SKU starting at $899 and a 128GB version (currently sold out) starting at $999. There are a bunch of accessories... Read more...
Slowly but surely, the television is becoming just another place to watch content. Increasingly, savvy users are choosing to engage with content on mobile devices, and even notebooks. Now, Time Warner Cable is allowing its pay-TV subscribers to access a wealth of on-demand content from twctv.com, so long as you're surfing with a PC or Mac.... Read more...
Eric E. Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, will become ever more wealthy. Already a member of the One Percent club, Mr. Schmidt will be selling roughly 42 percent of his stake in Google. In total, that's 3.2 million Class A shares of common stock. According to an 8-K filing put out today... Read more...
Microsoft has put a huge amount of effort, money, time, and resources into pumping up the Windows Phone Store. And there's no question as to why. Apple and Google both enjoy remarkably robust app marketplaces, and in the war of ecosystems, having an enviable app store goes a long way to attracting new users. Now... Read more...
As it turns out, Lee Majors cost way too much as the six million dollar man; Rex, the world’s first bionic man, only costs about $1 million. Of course “Rex” isn’t actually a human, but he is a full-size replica of a human man, complete with a face, several artificial organs, robotic prosthetic... Read more...
A few weeks back, we examined whether a new GPU like the GeForce GTX 660 could breathe new life into an older quad-core gaming system built in mid 2008. The answer, we concluded, was definitely yes -- but many of you of you asked us to reconsider the question, this time using a dual-core Core 2 Duo. We've done so. And just for fun, we've added... Read more...
Forget the school bully who wants your kid’s lunch money: today’s 11-year-old wants your kid’s digital gold, and he’s writing malicious code to steal it. Feeling out of your league, yet? AVG recently took to the airwaves and the Internet to warn parents that kids are learning to code at an... Read more...
Every once in a while, one of our beloved gadgets has some kind of meltdown and creates a major inconvenience. More rarely, one has a real meltdown and actually causes injury. That’s what allegedly happened to a South Korean man who was carrying a battery for a 2011 Samsung Galaxy Note. Reports show the hapless smartphone user ended... Read more...
In a conference call with investors, Activision discussed the success of its Skylanders series, which is a Spyro the Dragon spinoff that's played along with toy figures through a "Portal of Power." Young children between 6-11 years old represent the target demographic, and that's something that concerns Activision... Read more...
Working conditions for the people who build the world’s gadgets is an issue that has received increased scrutiny in the wake of recent news coverage. Finding itself in the spotlight for controversies over worker suicides at Chinese suppliers, Apple took steps to ensure suppliers met certain standards for worker rights. Apple’s... Read more...
Surface Pro reviews are out, and unfortunately for Microsoft, they're more sobering than spectacular. Two common complaints among the glut of early evaluations is that Surface Pro suffers from poor battery life and that it's expensive, debuting at $899 and up. It's even more pricey if you jump to the 128GB model... Read more...
It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for... Read more...
It's been seven long years since Sony launched its PlayStation 3 console, so it's a bit of an understatement to say that a refresh is needed. That's not to say that Sony hasn't done a good job extending the lifespan of the PS3 with slimmer models, firmware updates, and add-ons like the Move controller, but could you imagine playing a high-end... Read more...
Numbers are a funny thing, and contrary to their very nature, far from absolute when a human element is involved. The latest mobile data from two market research firms underscores this dilemma and proves you should always take market share figures with a pinch of salt. One of those firms is Strategy Analytics, which... Read more...
According to several reports, for a brief time period on Thursday late afternoon (or early evening, depending on your time zone), multiple major Internet news sites experienced a bug that redirected visitors to Facebook--specifically, a Facebook error page. At least one source, Say Media, believes that the issue... Read more...
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