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All News for April 2013

Microsoft Research has developed a proof-of-concept gaming uber-toy called IllumiRoom that expands the gaming environment from beyond the bezel of your TV to the whole room. Essentially, while the TV is still the focal point of the action, IllumiRoom adds a variety of effects that accentuates it. After a simple auto... Read more...
While even the ability to print small plastic tchotchkes in 3D with a large printer is still a bit of a marvel, a company called botObjects is attempting to take things a step further with the ProDesk3D printer, which is a full color 3D printer that can sit comfortably on your desk. What’s most notable about the... Read more...
Many Android users are already familiar with Swype, a replacement keyboard by Nuance that allows users to input words and faster and easier by using one continuous motion rather than tapping out each character. There's a bit of learning curve involved, but once mastered, you can hammer out lengthy messages with little effort. Unfortunately... Read more...
Forget about that awkward moment when you contemplate whether or not to whip out your smartphone and start asking for Facebook credentials at the local pub, only to find out the person you're drinking with isn't in to you. Budweiser has come up with what it believes is a better and more natural way to add to your... Read more...
LG Electronics has begun accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch Curved OLED TV (Model 55EA9800) in South Korea and will start shipping them out next month, the electronics maker announced on Monday. Those hoping to score LG's curved television will have to pony up 15 million South Korean Won (KWR), or about $13,560 USD. "Our Curved OLED TV is... Read more...
The feel-good moments for BlackBerry (or the company formerly known as Research In Motion, if you prefer) keep coming ever since the Canadian handset maker launched its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform along with new devices. One of those devices is the BlackBerry 10, the first BB10-based phone with a physical keyboard... Read more...
Following what Linus Torvalds called a "very quiet" week, the Finnish American open-source software guru officially released the Linux 3.9 kernel. The latest kernel had been in development for 10 weeks and includes a device mapper target that allows a user to configure a solid state drive (SSD) as a cache for hard disk drives (HDDs) to increase... Read more...
Evolution is a natural thing in the world of consumer electronics, even when it comes to branding. A few months back, Microsoft ushered in a new logo for itself, relying on flattened squares that showcase a new push in design to take away some of the gloss and glitz that has cropped up in recent years. Now, reports suggest that Microsoft may... Read more...
In remarks on an earnings call a couple of weeks ago, outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini mentioned briefly that Intel would likely be putting out touch-enabled notebooks running for as little as $200. Presumably those devices would be running Windows 8, but now it appears as though Intel may use Android on those devices. Intel’s executive... Read more...
What better way to usher in the spring season than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at EVGA, and along with a little help from the good folks at Intel and Corsair, we've put together one heck of an gaming system giveaway!... Read more...
Electronic Arts is slashing more jobs yet again, and to make matters worse (or at least more annoying), the company isn’t releasing many details about the who, what, where, and when of those layoffs. Instead of coming right out and saying publicly what’s happening, EA posted this incredibly vague... Read more...
Salivating for a slice of delicious Key Lime Pie to go with your Android device? So are we, but unfortunately Google may be preoccupied with another Jelly Bean build before it launches another major version of its open source Android software. The evidence is in Google's server logs, some of which show references to... Read more...
How much would you be willing to donate to a charity auction to sit down for a cup of coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook? If your answer is anything less than $605,000, then we regret to inform you that you're out of the running. The current winning bid now stands at $600,000 and the company handling the auction, Charity... Read more...
So, now that 4K HDTVs are hitting the production line, one has to wonder: where is all of that 4K content going to come from? No doubt, some of it will be upscaled 1080p content at first, but many motion pictures are already being shot natively in 4K. It's just a matter of time before even more content arrives that... Read more...
While cloud services in general are hotter than ever, it's been quite some time since we've heard an update on LG Cloud. But now, the Korea-based company is providing a crucial update. LG Cloud was first (quietly) rolled out in the U.S., South Korea and Russia last year, but now, things are about to get a lot more... Read more...
Shortly after saying goodbye to a number of online services associated with the original Wii, Nintendo has flipped the switch on a number of other online services catering to the new Wii U. Soon after reviews began hitting the Web, Nintendo promised a future update that would address a number of concerns: namely, slow... Read more...
For all of the flack that Apple gets each time it changes something with a new iPhone that renders an old technology obsolete, it's only fair to take a hard look at similar moves being made by Samsung. With the introduction of the Galaxy S 4, one piece of tech that Samsung was pushing fairly hard is being rendered incompatible. In fact, Samsung... Read more...
The rollout of Google Fiber in a given location must feel like an impending tidal wave to the competition, which generally offers slower Internet speeds at higher prices (and often with frustrating customer service) than the search giant-come-ISP, and we’ve discussed before how this development has put the... Read more...
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is slated for June 10th-14th in San Francisco, and according to V3.co.uk, tickets for the event sold out in mere minutes. Even compared to last years’ run on tickets, when WWDC sold out in about two hours, that’s blazing fast. It’s... Read more...
Don't call AT&T just a carrier, at least not any longer. The company most often associated with being the first U.S. mobile provider to offer the iPhone has branched out in a major way since 2007. At this stage, it's also offering phone, broadband, and pay-TV services under the U-verse umbrella, and soon, it'll... Read more...
You know, it's hard to be picky. Google Fiber, or a local fiber company -- so long as the Internet speeds trump those provided by generic coax-based ISPs, who are we to complain? Numerous towns around the nation, including many in Tennessee and even the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, have their own small-scale... Read more...
We'll find out soon enough if Intel's upcoming Haswell architecture has what it takes to give the PC market a much needed jolt. Haswell, which is the codename for Intel's fourth generation Core processor line, is about 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds away from launch, and we know this because the giddy folks at Intel flat out said so. "In... Read more...
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