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All News for April 2013

Yesterday, we discussed a further demonstration of Microsoft's impressive IllumiRoom technology. This method of "expanded" rendering combines a Kinect and a projector to draw a much wider field of vision. Games can theoretically take advantage of this by mapping certain effects on to / around furniture, tracing... Read more...
It’s been six years since Apple unveiled the original iPhone. In tech time, that’s an eon, and the device has been discontinued for a while now in favor of several generations of newer, better models. Of course, a lot of folks use old iPhones, whether it’s a hand-me-down to the kids or just someone in need of a basic smartphone... Read more...
In recent years, BlackBerry has had a rough time recovering the major success it once experienced in the mobile market, but it hasn't been afraid to try new things and see what sticks. Take the PlayBook, for example, the company's first tablet, released at a time when the market seemed to be exploding with them... Read more...
We hear the phrase "the future is mobile" a lot, but just what does that mean? Most of us are equipped with smartphones, and some of us tablets... just how much more mobile can we get? With devices that we don't own, but still use, of course. Case in point: an installation eBay is planning to kick-off with a major... Read more...
It’s hard to believe, but 20 years ago yesterday, there was no publicly available World Wide Web. Sure, the Internet existed (and had for many years), but it wasn’t until Tim Berners-Lee (pictured), working at CERN, developed the software necessary to make the Web the information superhighway that it is today. (When’s the... Read more...
Whether it's software, games, movies or even books, piracy is rampant. There's no denying that, and there's no one that understands the harmful effects of it better than the content creators themselves. Over the years, we've seen some humorous attempts at trying to sway the pirate towards becoming a paying customer... Read more...
AMD announced a pair of new FX-series processors, the AMD FX-4350 and AMD FX-6350, which will serve to add a couple of new SKUs to the Piledriver/Vishera mix. Previously, AMD’s latest crop of high-end desktop chips consisted of the 8-core FX-8350 and FX-8320, the 6-core FX-6300, and the 4-core FX-4300. The FX-4350 (four cores, 4.3GHz... Read more...
With all the attention paid to smartphones and tablets, it's sometimes easy to forget that Samsung also produces some of the parts that end up in these mobile devices. In fact, the South Korean company announced that it's begun pumping out what it claims is the industry's first ultra high-speed, 4Gb (gigabit), LPDDR3... Read more...
Avast, makers of the popular free antivirus software of the same name, today announced that it has acquired Secure.me, a privacy protection company that's mostly focused on social network security and helping users to keep sensitive information private. Secure.me's Facebook security app, which uses sophisticated algorithms to analyze and alert... Read more...
The world isn't flat (no matter what The Flat Earth Society says), but the next major version of Apple's iOS platform might be. Those who have glimpsed iOS 7 say it features a redesigned user interface (UI) that new users will probably like, but note it could also be a little off putting to long-time users who are used to the way iOS currently... Read more...
Generally you don't bite the hand the feeds you, but apparently Nintendo doesn't feel GameStop provides all that much financial sustenance, hence the console maker isn't thinking twice about competing against the new and used games retailer with lower priced refurbished consoles. That's right, Nintendo is now selling... Read more...
Samsung is reportedly itching to release a Nexus 11 tablet built around its Exynos 5410 Octa-Core SoC (System-on-Chip) architecture. All that's needed at this point is the green light from Google and then Samsung can begin producing a successor to the Nexus 10 and what would technically be the world's first eight-core... Read more...
At this point, one has to wonder if the Galaxy family is simply becoming diluted. It's honestly difficult for even those who follow consumer technology to tell you without hesitation where the Galaxy range is at right now when it comes to phones, phablets, tablets, computers, and even more tablets. That said, it seems that Samsung's trying... Read more...
Onward and upward, isn't that right? For Kodak, it sure hopes so. After falling from grace as one of the premier names in photography and printing, right into Chapter 11, the company has finally announced a new plan and settlement that will hopefully push it towards an exit from bankruptcy. Eastman Kodak Company today announced a comprehensive... Read more...
Looking for imagery on your mobile? No need to just randomly search the Web any longer; Wikipedia has just released the official Commons app for iOS and Android. Commons is a free image repository used by Wikipedia and many other projects, and now it's being transported to the smartphone arena. The official Wikimedia... Read more...
The dawn of GPU computing came about in large part due to the immense gap in compute performance between traditional CPUs and programmable GPUs. Whereas CPUs excel with serial workloads, modern GPUs perform best with highly parallel operations. If you look at the slide below, it shows an array of Intel processors... Read more...
It's almost hard to believe just how fast the "cloud" has become a part of everyday life. Internet access is become such a norm when it comes to mobile users, that even operators are getting in on the fun. Verizon Wireless has just announced a Cloud product of its own, with a roll-out to begin for phones and tablets... Read more...
Homemade gadgets seem to be all the rage these days, and while programming used to be reserved for nerds, it's also becoming a more mainstream hobby. And honestly, a cheaper hobby to get into. With small Arduino boards becoming more popular, Olympia Circuits is jumping into the mix with the Arno Shield. It contains... Read more...
It finally happened: the most unique and intelligent feature of Android Jelly Bean has been ported to iOS. Google has long since believed that it wasn't just about stealing market share with Android; it was about making amazing products that even avid iPhone and iPad users would use. Because in the end, Google isn't trying to sell Android... Read more...
Skype is having security troubles again. According to great big red flag raised by a user on the Skype community forums, Skype accounts are extremely vulnerable--through Skype’s own support system. The user, Ximer, said on the forum that anyone can steal your Skype account with very little to go on;... Read more...
The hits from Samsung just keep on coming. With the ink barely dry on press releases announcing the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4, we already have leaks concerning the Galaxy Note III. A Chinese website leaked the image of a (very greasy-looking) alleged Samsung Galaxy Note III, which boasts a large 5.9-inch (1080p) display, Samsung Exynos... Read more...
You have to love a self-aware tech company. In the clash of the titans that is Android versus iOS (or is it Samsung, HTC, et. al. versus Apple?), Windows Phone and Nokia are the oft-forgotten platform and handset maker, respectively. While fully acknowledging its “third choice” status in the mobile market... Read more...
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