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All News for February 2013

Just days after HP announced its entry back into the consumer tablet market, CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed there's a change going on within the company that will allocate more resources for tablets. During the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Whitman said, "We're shifting resources from PCs... Read more...
When Google launched its Chromebook Pixel the other day, the search giant also announced it plans to port part of Quickoffice to its Chrome browser using Native Client. If you're not familiar, Native Client is a sandbox technology that allows web-based applications to run at near-native speeds. Using Native Client... Read more...
Toshiba this week announced the launch of new microSDHC memory cards based on SeeQVault technology, a mobile DRM standard licensed by NSM Initiatives LLC and backed by Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. The technology applies bidirectional authentication with a unique identifier and public key infrastructure, and can be... Read more...
There's a mobile movement taking place, spurred by increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets, more efficient processor technology (Tegra's 4-Plus-1 design, for example), and thinner form factors. The result of this perfect storm of mobility is that by 2016, worldwide mobile device shipments will reach 2.6 billion units, according to the... Read more...
About five seconds after we were first debating the merits of the 7-inch tablet form factor (for the record, I’m fully in favor), the market is suddenly flush with mobile devices at almost any screen size, from little 3-inch phones up to monster 10.1-inch tablets. Somewhere in there, phablets--so named because they’re too big to... Read more...
If you’ve been lying awake at night dreaming of when you can get your mitts on your very own Razer Edge, you can rest easy, because Razer will be accepting preorders for the innovative gaming tablet/console/PC starting March 1st. That’s the end of this week, folks. The base model, the Razer Edge, starts at... Read more...
Microsoft has confessed that the Xbox 360 has been undergoing a makeover for the past few years -- a transition from a pure gaming console into an entertainment console. In fact, gaming consoles on the whole are now expected to serve double-duty in a lot of ways, and Microsoft seems to be leading a lot of those... Read more...
Pundits wondered why Facebook would pay a billion dollars for Instagram, when it only had around 30 million users. This is why. Despite a mainstream backlash over privacy and policy changes a few months back, the sign-up rate at Instagram has been tremendous. In fact, the photo sharing company just announced that... Read more...
Yesterday, NVIDIA let us know a little more about what we can expect from its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms. Today, we're getting another glimpse at what this platform can do with the look at five upcoming games that are optimized for Tegra 4. A quick look at a video from Exor Studios shows the power... Read more...
It seems very likely that gesture-based devices like the Kinect will play increasingly larger roles in our lives in the near future, but what’s not clear yet is which underlying technology will be king. Camera-based gesture devices are big now, but Thalmic Labs wants to shake things up with its new MYO armband... Read more...
For many, the idea of becoming a coder sounds like a terribly difficult if not esoteric thing, a skill set as exclusive as brain surgery or rocket science. And while being good at coding will open virtually an unlimited number of doors, it’s not as unattainable as it may seem. Code.org is a website designed to... Read more...
According to the Seattle Times, erstwhile mobile device maker i-mate has something amazing brewing: a 4.7-inch phone that runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro--not Windows Phone 8, mind you--and also docks into a station that includes a 27-inch monitor, a wired business-looking desktop phone, and a separate... Read more...
Although Microsoft indicated that Internet Explorer 10 would be available to Windows 7 users by November of last year, that date came and went with only a release preview; now, finally, the finished product is available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. You can go ahead and download IE10... Read more...
The good news for parents who sued Apple over what they claimed were hidden charges in children's game apps is that Apple agreed to settle the class action suit. However, in place of cold, hard cash, qualified class members who spent less than $30 will receive $5 in iTunes store credit (those who spent more can request a cash refund). "The... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has softened its stance on building chips for other companies that it doesn't directly compete with and will start producing parts for Altera. Never heard of them? Altera manufactures "programmable logic" chips with structures like reconfigurable processors and... Read more...
Let's get one thing clear up front. Crysis 3's graphics are absolutely stunning. Crytek's latest game doesn't raise the bar -- it annihilates it. At the highest settings, Crysis blows Battlefield 3 out of the water, makes mincemeat of Max Payne, and makes the original Crysis -- itself a graphics powerhouse -- look more like the first Call... Read more...
Sony tried to differentiate its Tablet S from the pack of Android tablets by incorporating a wedge shaped design similar to that of a folded-back magazine, but it never really took off. Having gone back to the drawing board, Sony this week announced the Xperia Tablet Z with a more traditional design, but still... Read more...
Believe it or not, there are some in Washington who don't blame real-world violence on violent video games. Shocking, we know, but it's true. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole is one of them, and during a panel discussion over the weekend, she pointed out that there isn't evidence to support the notion that video... Read more...
Micron Technology on Tuesday rolled out its newest addition to a growing line of solid state drives (SSDs) for data center appliances and enterprise storage platforms, the Micron P410m. It's equipped with a 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface built for performance and reliability for mission critical tier 1 storage applications that... Read more...
Samsung is most certainly winning the Android war in terms of market share, profit share, and mind share. In fact, it's getting tougher and tougher for those other Android OEMs to make a dent in the market, with Samsung spending billions each on marketing alone. Needless to say, we suspect that Visa is pretty pumped... Read more...
It's a subtle movement, but an important one. Americans are slowly but surely growing tired of the same 'ole politics involving conventional two-year mobile contracts. New flagship phones are hitting the market every six months, but users have to wait 24 months for a discount. And, of course, getting out early results... Read more...
If you’re in Hannover, Germany next week for the CeBit conference, pop on over to OCZ’s booth and sign up to be a beta tester for the company’s new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, a combination hardware and software tool that allows database administrators to optimally manage data cached to SSD storage. OCZ... Read more...
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