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All News for April 2013

Another fiscal quarter is in the books for Apple, and this time around, the Cupertino outfit reported quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and a net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share. Those figures compare with revenue of $39.2 billion and net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, in... Read more...
AMD's upcoming Kabini SoC sits at the heart of the PlayStation 4, the next-generation Xbox 720 (unofficially), and is central to the company's tablet and laptop plans for 2013. It's also a key component of Sunnyvale's new embedded strategy, which is part of what makes the new crop of embedded products AMD announced... Read more...
Good new for Intel fans, the wait for Haswell is almost over. While Intel has yet to officially announce a specific launch date for its fourth generation Core processor line, it's widely expected Haswell will peek its head into retail in June after the Computex convention in Taipei, which runs from June 4 to 8, 2013. Even better news, it doesn't... Read more...
As far as the accuracy of rumors go, one good sign that you’re either spot on or really, really far off is if the company that’s the object of the speculation specifically asks you to remove information from your site. That’s apparently what happened with French site Minimachines, which leaked photos... Read more...
If you're into mini PCs and gadgets that can fit in the palm of your hand, you have to be stoked at the growing number of options to choose from. The latest such device is the BeagleBone Black, a next-generation open-source mini PC from BeagleBoard.org that's the size of a credit card and costs just $45. Driving the... Read more...
The problem with trying to send and receive text messages while operating a vehicle is that your eyes are zeroed in on a mobile phone instead of the road where they belong. Voice-to-text apps that offer hands-free texting seem like an obvious solution, but new research suggests that such software offers no real safety... Read more...
The Verizon RISK (Research Investigations Solutions Knowledge) Team today released its annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) for 2013, which represents data collected from 19 global organizations, including the Australian Federal Police, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S... Read more...
Netflix has been doing brisk business for years, and there are no signs that the movie streaming company is slowing down. Netflix released its Q1 financial report, which included plenty of interesting tidbits about what it’s up to now and in the near future. First, those 3 million additional streaming... Read more...
As ultraportable devices of various stripes proliferate, there's a corresponding need for extra-slim storage drives that still deliver in terms of performance and storage capacity. Western Digital has a pair of new products to address those needs with the WD Blue HDD and WD Black SSHD drives. Both of the 2.5-inch... Read more...
Ready to nerd out? Great. If words like "beamforming" really get your geek juices flowing, you'll love the latest news release from Netgear. The networking giant has just announced that its R6300 WiFi Router and A6200 WiFi USB Adapter now have Beamforming+. It's available via a free firmware update. The new router firmware improves WiFi performance... Read more...
Over the years, Razer has spread its wings and expanded into much more than just mice and keyboards for gamers. This, however, may be one of its most broad initiatives to date. Razer Comms is the new product from the company, launching as an open beta and described as an "all-in-one communications solution for... Read more...
We sure like where this is going. While the original BeagleBone was around $89, there's a new guy on the block that offers similar functionality for around half the price. The world of small, cheap barebones kits is growing, with items like the Raspberry Pi garnering all sorts of attention these days. The new BeagleBone Black is described... Read more...
It's not entirely uncommon to see a major electronics maker using a major motion picture in order to promote new gear, but this may be one of the stranger mix-ups. Acer and Star Trek: Into Darkness have merged in a new 30 second avertisement that does a fairly good job of enticing viewers to check out both the film... Read more...
Thank goodness. According to the Verge’s “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, the upcoming update/upgrade to Windows 8, Window 8.1 (or “Windows Blue”, as it had been previously known), will bring with it the Start button. Although some of us are perfectly happy with the new Windows 8, others--well,... Read more...
Leap Motion is an intriguing new product that’s been making friends with major device manufacturers, and now the technology has landed in Google Earth, as well. Google announced that with the release of Google Earth 7.1, users will be able to navigate the world with Leap Motion’s 3D controller. Leap Motion... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook may soon find himself out of a job. That's assuming the latest rumors suggesting a disgruntled board are true. Over at Forbes, it's being reported that Apple's board is ready to make a major shakeup by ousting Tim Cook from his throne, and even if the wheels aren't already in motion, apparently some of the company's share... Read more...
Verizon has let the press know about a “special event” that’s happening on May 22nd at CTIA, and we’re left to speculate about what that announcement might be. In typical teaser fashion, Verizon sent out a note without any real details; sometimes, companies will throw us little hints with these... Read more...
Nowadays, there seems to be a website for everything. But would you believe that there isn't one for the hacktivist group Anonymous? In reality, it's of little surprise, as this is a group that lacks a typical hierarchy - it has no leader, and equal rights among all members. Via social networks, it spreads its... Read more...
Gaming PCs can come in all shapes and sizes, but I'm willing to bet that all-in-one isn't one of the first to come to mind. MSI would like to change that, and has built a great-looking model to help. It's called the "Wind Top AG2712", where the 27 represents the 27-inch display. With this machine, MSI claims the first gaming AIO at this size... Read more...
HTC has seen better days in terms of revenue and relevancy, but it would be a mistake to count the handset maker down and out in the mobile ring. Just ask Samsung, which feels so threatened by HTC that it reportedly resorted to hiring students to leave bad reviews for HTC devices, an underhanded tactic it has since apologized for. The HTC... Read more...
Apple surprised a lot of people when it unexpectedly launched a fourth generation iPad model at a press event largely focused on the iPad mini (and a few other product refreshes). However, the incremental upgrades -- faster processor, higher quality FaceTime camera, new Lightning connector -- add up to what could be... Read more...
A Chinese language newspaper is reporting that Apple wasn't the least bit happy with the appearance and/or functionality of a recent batch of iPhone devices manufactured by Foxconn, and so it rejected the order. Based on a supposed conversation it had with several Foxconn insiders who asked not be named, China... Read more...
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