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All News for June 2013

Nokia and Siemens have a lot to do with one another, believe it or not. On the consumer side, Nokia Siemens Networks is rarely talked about. But in the enterprise, it's a major player. That said, things have changed for Nokia in recent years, and it seems that things are changing for Siemens. A new report suggests... Read more...
When it comes to the web business, you might say you know you've "arrived" when the spammers show up.  Instagram, the blazingly hot photo and video-sharing service owned by Facebook and now topping 130 million monthly active users, definitely seems to have crossed that threshold.  You might say Instagram is where all the cool kids... Read more...
In a matter of months, Microsoft and Sony will launch their respective Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles to retail, and as evidenced by declining dollars being spent on gaming goods, it appears gamers are especially anxious to get their paws on these next generation devices. That doesn't mean that today's consoles will suddenly fall by the... Read more...
AMD has a new beta graphics driver available--the AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta2 Driver--which features the typical sort of feature list that you’d expect from a driver release, with a notable exception: there’s no support for Windows XP. In the “system requirements” area, AMD lists Windows 8 (32... Read more...
There has been a gas leak at Intel’s plant in Chandler, Arizona, leaving at least 11 people hospitalized with nausea, breathing difficulties, and eye irritation, and a total of 43 that were ill enough to need on-scene treatment. Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins of the local fire department identified the leak as... Read more...
If the only thing stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is the lack of support for Microsoft Word and/or Excel, you'll be happy to know that there's an update to the developer channel build of Chrome OS that adds the ability to edit both types of files on an experimental basis. Chromium evangelist François... Read more...
Looking for a new Android smartphone, but aren't in the mood to trust a microSD card to hold your data? Verizon Wireless is now offering up a higher-capacity model of the famed Galaxy S4, with a 32GB model selling for $299 on a two-year contract. That's a full $100 over the standard 16GB model, but 32GB of flash... Read more...
These days, it's getting fairly tough to even keep up with the editions of new browsers. Mozilla's Firefox, for example, is already up to v23 in the Beta channel. For those who are fine installing a product that hasn't been fully tested, Firefox 23 (Beta) offers up support for the new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7... Read more...
The latest in the Bond film series, "Skyfall," was certainly one to remember. And not all of those memories were pleasant. The head villain's island lair was a particularly spooky place, and sure enough, it's roots are grown from a real place. The decaying wasteland depicted in the film was a shadow of Hashima off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture... Read more...
Companies that monitor BitTorrent traffic are a dime a dozen, but AT&T marks the first time that an ISP itself is going to be getting in on the action. The company has just been awarded a patent that will allow it to deeply monitor BitTorrent traffic, though its ultimate use seems to be up-in-the-air. The company could simply want to monitor... Read more...
If you have ever wanted to see through walls, but couldn't afford the expensive equipment to do so, then some MIT researchers deserve your attention. They've devised a system called "Wi-Vi", which is designed similarly to sonar where a signal is blasted out and bounced back. An image is then created based on what it... Read more...
There will indeed be another version of the DirectX application programming language (API), though Windows 7 users won't be invited to the party. Neither will Windows 8 users, for the matter. Microsoft confirmed that DirectX 11.2 will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and its Xbox One console, or at least that's the way it... Read more...
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) came and went with nary a new iPhone announcement, but that doesn't mean the Cupertino outfit isn't readying the launch of another generation of smartphones. Potentially serving as further evidence that Apple's close to announcing a new model, a French website posted what... Read more...
With a show of hands, who here knew that the old-school search engine AltaVista still existed? Well, that looks like none of you - and I admit, I'm right there with you. Prior to the year 2000, our choice in Web services - heck, even software - was seriously limited. If you didn't use Internet Explorer, you probably used Netscape, and if you... Read more...
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