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All News for February 2013

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the $25 Model A version of the Raspberry Pi, your wait is almost over. In fact, you can buy one today if you’re in Europe. The folks at Raspberry Pi are making the new computer available at RS Components and Premier Farnell in Europe (and only for orders in Europe) at the moment, but... Read more...
Despite a horrendous first half by the San Francisco 49ers, the Super Bowl turned into a nail biter and almost sparked talk of "Powergate" following a power outage (and subsequent delay) that shifted the momentum. The Baltimore Ravens were able to hold on, however, living up to their billing as a team of destiny. But... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now ancient history in the fast moving world of tech, and the next big event is Mobile World Congress (MWC), which kicks off later this month. There will be lots of mobile devices on display, including a MeMo Pad 10 tablet from Asus, which has broken cover ahead of the... Read more...
Back at the end of January, Hewlett-Packard's web team inadvertently posted a document detailing a Pavilion Chromebook, which at the time hadn't yet been announced. Only a handful of specs were identified, with no mention of a release date or pricing information, leaving us to speculate on what kind of impact this... Read more...
It's never too early to start looking ahead to your tax refund, and if a graphics card upgrade is on your radar, AMD has an enticing offer. The Sunnyvale chip designer just announced the arrival of its "Never Settle: Reloaded" game bundle, the sequel to last year's "Never Settle" bundle, which allows gamers to receive download codes for triple... Read more...
In the world of unlocked Android phones, BLU Products is quickly rising through the ranks. The company just announced the new Quattro Series of smartphone devices, all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (1.5GHz) quad-core chips. Quattro Series devices will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a planned upgrade to... Read more...
The way things are going, it looks as if the second-screen experience is only going become more universal, not less. And companies involved in that space stand to gain a lot of attention in the coming months and years. Dijit Media isn't a company that too many outside of the tech sphere have heard of, but that could... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Pro appeared on Best Buy’s website today, complete with an Ivy Bridge processor and your choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage. The lower-capacity tablet rings in at $899.99, and the 128GB model is priced at $999.99, so you’re looking at $100 to double the storage. Keep in mind that... Read more...
Google’s Eric Schmidt has written a book in collaboration with fellow Googler Jared Cohen called The New Digital Age, and the Wall Street Journal has been reviewing it and pulled out some interesting bits to share. One of the prevailing themes of the work is that Schmidt sees China as an increasingly major... Read more...
The Force, as George Lucas taught us, is not something to be wielded lightly, but thanks to the wonders of science and technology, it is something you might soon be able to harness. Well, sort of. There doesn't yet exist a technology that would allow non-Jedis to move large objects and choke out their enemies without... Read more...
Everybody knows the best part of the Super Bowl is watching the New England Patriots win. Unfortunately, Tom Brady and company are sitting at home this year watching the game like the rest of us. The next best thing, of course, are the funny advertisements, which command big dollars during the Super Bowl, and if... Read more...
If you're unfamiliar, this is generally how the rumor / leak process works. First comes Sony's actual announcement that a PlayStation-related event will go down on 2/20, and now, sources close to the situation are starting to chatter when asked incessantly about what's coming in just a few weeks. The code-named Orbis... Read more...
When the Linux Foundation announced that it was creating its own UEFI boot solution, it seemed that our woes about not being able to install Linux on Secure Boot systems would soon be coming to an end. While the "pre-bootloader" is still not production-ready, it's been readily worked on, and recently experienced some... Read more...
It's quite possible that Google's Chromebook launched ahead of its time. Is the world truly ready to embrace a cloud-centric operating system? Chromebook adoption has been sluggish for sure, but in the areas that Google is concentrating on, progress is still being made. Specifically, enterprise and education. In a recent report, Google has... Read more...
Now that CES is over, we're left with one major thought: when are those gorgeous 4K HDTVs hitting the market? It's clear that 4K is going to be the next major leap in high-definition television, and it's likely that many with decade-old HDTVs will soon be tempted to update those. But in order to do so, a lot of other... Read more...
Most of our console coverage tends to focus on hardware, rather than software, but with Sony's PS4 unveiling just weeks away, we want to consider the greatest threat facing the console industry:  mobile gaming. Console sales (hardware and software) have tumbled for the second year in a row, even as game purchases... Read more...
If our not-too-subtle hint a couple of weeks ago about the perils of having Java installed wasn't enough to convince you to uninstall, you should waste no time in heading on over to the official site and grabbing the latest version (7u13). When it comes to Java, the Swiss-cheese of the software world, it's important... Read more...
The latest tablet numbers from the IDC should erase any doubt, if there was any, that tablets are a hot item right now. The market grew 75.3% year-over-year in Q4 2012, and beat expectations with 52.5 millions units shipped in the final quarter of the year alone. However, for as hot as Apple’s iPad once was (and... Read more...
The Call of Duty series is immense. Each title manages to sell a record-breaking number of copies, and across all of the platforms they're available for, players tend to stick with them until the next one comes out. Despite all this, the game has very little presence in the pro-gaming landscape. Instead, it's titles... Read more...
For the last several years, CNET has been coordinating the CES product awards at that big annual electronics show in Las Vegas (you may have heard it mentioned around here a few times), but that arrangement has abruptly ended. According to Boston.com, the Consumer Electronics Agency (CEA), which runs the show, will... Read more...
Being an investigative journalist isn't always easy. So, when a semi-illicit snapshot of a steamy dressing room scene in a French ski shop started making its way through cyberspace, we knew he had to, uh, take a closer look. For journalism, of course. And what exactly did we find upon a closer examination? We found... Read more...
How do you know we're living in the future? If Wi-Fi in the skies and second-screen experiences aren't enough for you, how about this? While Google has thought up some pretty outlandish things in its history, there's a big difference between cooking something up on a drawing board, and submitting something to the FCC for clearance. Google... Read more...
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