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All News for March 2014

Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs, has issued a voluntary recall for battery packs that shipped with several versions of its popular ThinkPad laptop line, as well as certain Edge Series notebooks. The reason for the recall is because the affected battery packs could overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard... Read more...
ASUS is taking another stab at its PadFone concept, which like the name sounds is a hybrid smartphone and tablet device. There have been several iterations already, and presumably coming soon is the PadFone X, an upgraded model that made an appearance on AT&T's Consumer Blog site. AT&T left out details... Read more...
It's not the size of the dongle that matters, but what you can do with it. As long as we're judging them in this fashion (and why wouldn't we?), Roku has about 1,200 reasons why it thinks you should pick its new HDMI Streaming Stick (3500R) over Google's Chromecast device even though Roku's offering carries a pricing... Read more...
Russia seems to be making news these days for all of the wrong reasons, but the latest tidbit doesn't involve military actions or international sanctions. Purportedly in response to the NSA outings in the U.S., Russian government officials have traded in their iPads for Samsung tablets. The telecommunications minister... Read more...
Microsoft today talked a lot about embracing the "mobile-first, cloud-first" world that's taking shape, and as was previously rumored this week, the Redmond outfit finally unveiled a version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad. The "Office for iPad" release includes free and reimagined versions of Word... Read more...
Amazon is holding a press event on April 2nd, and it appears likely that the announcement will be the oft-rumored and long-awaited streaming video set-top box. Or at least, something pertaining to living room entertainment. The image that Amazon sent along with the invitation is a shot of a couch littered with a few... Read more...
When Google slashed the prices for its cloud storage service earlier this month, it appears to have set off a price-cutting jamboree among some of its competitors, some of whom have also launched new features to boot. In an email, IDrive said, “We launched Sync functionality today, got NSA Proof private key... Read more...
Buried under the typical eye-glazing congratulatory corporate-speak that is a mutual press release announcing cooperation between two companies is a curious nugget of information: Dell might start making Xbox consoles. Taking a step back here, the announcement pertains to Microsoft and Dell signing a patent licensing... Read more...
Two days after announcing plans to invest $1 billion in an ambitious cloud computing venture, Cisco Systems finds itself having to defend against a lawsuit alleging that some $43 billion in sales over the last five years infringe on patents. The company making the claim is Spherix, which describes itself as an... Read more...
Security researchers at Trend Micro report finding a new Android malware family designed to mine crytocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. The malicious mining code is being repackaged in copies of popular apps like Football Manger Handheld and TuneIn Radio. To hide the code, malware writers modify the... Read more...
Western Digital used MacWorld as a springboard to announce its new My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive storage solution. The high-performance storage device is intended specifically for Mac users working with large files including photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and... Read more...
When you consider the microprocessor industry, it's safe to say that things have changed in dramatic fashion over the past five to ten years. Intel's lead in the desktop sector has become increasingly less potent as laptops and tablets usurp desktop sales, and the next obvious frontier is an even smaller footprint... Read more...
After AMD launched its Hawaii-based R9 290 and R9 290X last fall, it was only a matter of time before the company followed up with a new set of workstation cards. Today, it's rolling out the FirePro W9100 -- a new, R9 290X-based workstation GPU that slots in just above the older W9000. Matt Skynner, VP and GM of AMD's graphics business, introduced... Read more...
The thing about knee-jerk reactions is they can cause you to do or say things you regret. Take Sony, for example, which very recently went on record saying it plans to pursue its own homegrown platform for smartwatches since it's already invested time and resources into it. That's understandable, but taking a defiant... Read more...
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