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All News for April 2013

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt had some interesting tings to say about Google Glass after trying on a pair for himself. He described talking out loud to Google Glass as "the weirdest thing," and also the most "impressive" aspect of the project. Schmidt is a high level Google guy, however, and we would expect nothing... Read more...
These days, the old "when, not if" saying applies to websites getting hacked just as much as it does for the likelihood of getting into a car accident. LivingSocial is the latest site to fall victim to an attack, but the Amazon-backed company has clearly learned from the mistakes of others and rushed to get out in... Read more...
It’s not exactly the tablet based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC we’d heard HP was developing, but the new HP Slate 7 is nevertheless a nice-looking option in the 7-inch tablet space. The sleek little device actually evokes the style of the last couple of iPhones, with a colored (red or gray) backing and a silver band encompassing... Read more...
Speaking of Google Glass and hacking, the new $1,500 spectacles, which are as yet only available to a select group of “Explorers”, have already been hacked. Tweets from Liam McLoughlin (also known as Hexxeh), who works for Google on the Chrome side of things indicate that he found a way to do it, and although he doesn’t say... Read more...
For the next couple of weeks, an artist in Times Square is giving you the chance to put a giant image of your face on the ground. What--you’re not booking a flight to N.Y.C. right now? Then you might miss out on the fun, because people different artistic sensibilities than yours are lining up every day to get... Read more...
There are louder and louder rumblings about Google Glass and how it’s essentially a device that invades individuals’ privacy more egregiously and surreptitiously than anything on the market. Indeed, it’s unnerving to think that any Tom, Dick, or Jane walking down the street can snap photos or take... Read more...
Here’s one more thing you can fret about: Security evaluator ISE has discovered that a number of popular SOHO routers and WiFi access points are vulnerable to hacking. The firm calls the vulnerability a “critical security” problem, which is to say that a remote hacker could take over a router and... Read more...
This is an announcement that's been a long time coming. Steam has added support for subscription-based games, including conventional MMOs, and has debuted the function with the recently launched Darkfall Unholy Wars. DUW is a self-described "hardcore PvP" title with an emphasis on crafting and player-vs-player action... Read more...
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a huge advantage in the browser wars because it ships with every copy of Windows, which is why the European Union forced the software maker to offer a so-called browser ballot on new Windows PCs. What's interesting, however, is that even though IE is usually the default option on most... Read more...
Business operations are sizzling over at Samsung, the South Korean handset maker that just announced a consolidated net profit of 7.15 trillion won, or about $6.39 billion, for its first fiscal quarter of 2013. That's up more than 40 percent from the same quarter a year ago and also marks six quarters of consecutive... Read more...
You can have our smartphone when you pry it from our cold, dead hands. Yes, we're well aware that some people feel the exact same way about feature phones, but for the first time ever, those of us who prefer a full-fledged smartphone finally outnumber our feature phone touting brethren, according to data released by International Data Corporation... Read more...
It's not easy getting noticed in a market as competitive as headphones, but OrigAudio has managed to draw attention to itself by marching to a beet of a different drummer. That's not a typo folks, nor is the Beets by OrigAudio line of headphones a joke, even though they're sure to elicit a few giggles by your Beats by... Read more...
If you've somehow managed to miss the long and fun ride known as Skryim, you owe it to yourself to check it out (assuming you're into RPGs). And to make sure you don't miss anything Skyrim has to offer, Bethesda this week announced plans to release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, which will include the most up-to-date version... Read more...
It wasn't too long ago that rumblings had Twitter pining for more users to simply use the Web instead of those third-party tools. Tweetbot, TweetDeck, etc. -- those aren't exactly Twitter's favorite things, strangely. Now, the social network has made it super difficult for new third-party clients to operate, thereby... Read more...
New York City's subway system is certainly a boon for locals and tourists alike, and while it's old and oftentimes late, the network of stops is impressive. But, there's one complaint that has grown more and more direct as the digital world has grown: there's, like, no signal down there. Exiting the street and heading... Read more...
It's earnings season in the technology world yet again, and as usual, Amazon is one of the big guys worth paying attention. As Apple and Samsung rake in billions in net profit, Amazon has yet again shown that it's really not in the business of clearing absurd numbers. It's just in the business of providing low prices... Read more...
Believe it or not, Facebook is much more than a social network. It's an advertising company, a search company, a discovery company, and increasingly, an engineering company. It's quickly becoming obvious that one of Facebook's biggest strengths is its engineering muscle, and Facebook Home is proof of that. That's a huge, huge effort to fork... Read more...
Samsung has a lot of product in a lot of categories, and now the company is unifying a bunch of them--all of its Windows-based PCs--under the “ATIV” brand. Until now, ATIV was the moniker the company gave only to its convertible notebook line; the change starts today. If you’re worried that... Read more...
For the past few years, Google has been pushing the idea of Chrome OS and the Chromebook. The idea is simple: Shift your data into the cloud, carry a tiny device that connects to all your online information, and let Google worry about the heavy lifting. Less discussed is the question of what happens if Google decides you've violated its Terms... Read more...
We all love to see improvements in CPU performance generation to generation, and so we eagerly anticipate pitting the current top-of-the-line Intel Core offering, the Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E processor against an Ivy Bridge-E chip. Apparently, someone already has, and the results show up to an 11%... Read more...
Each year, New York-based consulting firm Reputation Institute, in conjunction with Forbes, queries thousands of consumers to help build a "reputation" list of companies on both a global and per-country scale. The goal is to highlight those companies that have great reputations - reputations so good, that consumer... Read more...
The race is on to figure out what Nokia has in store for its Lumia line of mobile device. On May 14, 2013, Nokia will hold a press event in London in which "The Nokia Lumia story continues," according to press invites the Finnish phone maker has begun sending out to members of the media. On the left side of the invitation is barely visible... Read more...
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