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All News for April 2013

The good news for Mark Zuckerberg and company is that there appears to be a lot of interest for Facebook Home, the new Android launcher that puts the world's most popular social playground front and center on compatible devices. As first noted by Twitter user Benedict Evans, Facebook Home raced to 500,000 downloads... Read more...
Western Digital announced a new solution for legacy datacenter storage with the WD Xe, which consists of a 2.5-inch SAs hard drive mounted in a 3.5-inch WD “performance adapter”. The package is designed to offer low power consumption coupled with high performance for datacenters that need a way to migrate... Read more...
If there's one thing that the world at large is pushing for Apple to enter into, it's the television market. But long before those wishes became a reality, many were hoping that Apple would do for the automobile what it did for phones and MP3 players: reinvent the wheel, so to speak. There have been various reports... Read more...
It's not too often that Harman Kardon ends up on these pages, but the company's newest A/V receivers have a few tricks up their sleeves that'll appeal to more than just audiophiles. The Harman Kardon AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 look like your average receivers, but there's a module within that enables native 4K scaling as... Read more...
Poor Bing. Microsoft's search engine has been having quite the challenge in trying to inch closer to Google's marketshare, and incidents like this ongoing one do little to help. If you try to visit the secure version of Bing (using https:// instead of http://) right now, you'll be greeted to an error instead of the... Read more...
It's another day, so that means only one thing: another Twitter account hijack. This latest incident comes courtesy of the "Syrian Electronic Army", a group that actively hijacks websites and accounts of entities that produce Syrian-related news that it deems hostile or inaccurate. Not one, but two accounts have been... Read more...
Disney may be putting the infamous axe to LucasArts video games, but that doesn't mean the company doesn't have big plans for another segment of the mythical universe. A new report suggests that Disney is going to produce a new Star Wars movie each year starting in 2015... until the world tires of them, and thus, this... Read more...
The concept of gaming accessories has been taken to a whole new level. We’ve covered the Oculus Rift before, and the virtual reality headset looks like an exciting evolution in the world of gaming, but other enterprising souls are looking to add VR to the lower portions of the body, as well. A company called... Read more...
A few months ago, a technology website in China claimed to have heard from "supply chain sources" that Apple was working on a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch designed by Intel. Unofficially dubbed "iWatch" by the media, this could be Apple's next big push in the mobile market, but if so, will the Cupertino outfit... Read more...
Game related spending declined yet again last month, falling 10 percent $992.5 billion, according to the latest data published by the NPD Group. However, that number doesn't tell the whole store. In fact, it may account for only half of what gamers actually spent on game related software, hardware, and accessories. How so? "When you consider... Read more...
Five years ago, gaming on a Mac was practically a joke. Very few titles were ever ported over prior to Apple's move to Intel chips, but it's clear that things have changed dramatically since Intel came into the picture. This week, Logitech announced that its new range of "G" accessories will support OS X. The new lineup, which includes six... Read more...
Remember Jolicloud? Sure you do! But, do you recall when it rolled out Jolidrive? If so, good news for you. The company has just announced Search for Jolidrive. The cloud-based storage locker now includes integrated, native search, helping users find music, photos, documents, videos in your online storages. Search can also help you find great... Read more...
4K, or "Ultra HD," as it's being called, is clearly the next major leap in high-def television. Select cinemas in major cities already use 4K projectors, and the visual difference over 1080p is stunning. But, how on Earth are we supposed to get that amount of resolution to millions of households across the globe using... Read more...
Maxis is prepping the first "major" patch for SimCity, which is set to launch this coming Monday at around 1PM PST. While I'd argue that it's bizarre to issue a major update to a game in the middle of the day like this, this particular patch looks to be well worth it. In addition to a slew of bugs being fixed, the HUD... Read more...
The future of television has nothing to do with the likes of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or Dish Network. Slowly but surely, IPTV-based providers are disrupting the way new content is produced and distributed. Today, people feel the sting when a show comes on a cable channel that they aren't subscribed to. Soon... Read more...
There's been much talk about security on Android in recent months, and it seems likely that it's a subject we won't be dropping anytime soon. Recently, we discovered that Android is susceptible to simple email attachment attacks, and not long before that, Google detailed how it was keeping its Google Play store more... Read more...
ASUS developing an SSD? Surprising, isn't it? Well it shouldn't be. After all, the company makes everything from notebooks to smartphones to motherboards to graphics cards to monitors to optical drives to keyboards and mice to routers to audio cards to... alright, I need to stop myself. Given ASUS' huge enthusiast focus, moving into the SSD... Read more...
IBM's net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3 billion, a hefty sum though down slightly (1 percent) compared to the same quarter a year ago. Total revenues also took a hit, declining 5 percent (or 3 percent after adjusting for currency) year-over-year to $23.4 billion, while operating income managed to move in... Read more...
Spooked by a recent report that global computer shipments are down nearly 14 percent in what might be the worst contraction ever in the PC market, New York-based Blackwater Group LP has pulled out of the running in its pursuit of Dell. By stepping aside, Michael Dell and private equity partner Silver Lake are almost assured of taking over... Read more...
Samsung, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Texas-Dallas, are developing mind control technology that will allow people with a variety of impairments to more easily interact with mobiles devices. The basic underlying technology at work is EEG-monitoring electrodes; a user wears a skull cap with a... Read more...
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is working hard on turning around the company’s fortunes, and in order to focus better on improved products and user experiences, she’s now put several of Yahoo!’s offering on the chopping block. Some will be missed; some you have perhaps never heard of. Upcoming, the... Read more...
Google just started up the production line for the first Explorer Edition Glass headsets, but up until now, it remained a mystery as to what was powering everything. Was it a version of Chrome? A flavor of Android? Something else entirely? Wonder no more. The company's CEO (Larry Page) finally let the world know about... Read more...
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