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All eyes are on Microsoft as it gets ready to release Windows 10, the next generation operating system that's such a significant upgrade, the Redmond outfit decided to skip right over Windows 9. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10, though it's not just about the OS as a whole. There are subplots at play, like whether or not Microsoft's new Edge browser will rule the web the way Internet Explorer once did.For the first time in forever, Internet Explorer's desktop browser share is below 55 percent, having fallen from 55.15 percent at the May to 54 percent at the end of June, according to Net Applications. If we look back a year ago, IE was holding onto a 58.35 percent share. A 4.35 percent... Read more...
It became clear long ago that Windows 10 is Microsoft's most ambitious OS ever, but up until just a couple of months ago, we had no idea how seriously the company was going to be taking the Web browser that ships with it. As we discovered a few weeks ago, that Internet Explorer replacement is called Edge. Since Microsoft's new browser was first revealed as Project Spartan, we've talked at length about the features it brings to the table. We're talking Cortana integration, a clean looking minimalist UI, a reading mode, and also the ability to draw on webpages, either to take notes, or keep track of things. It's not just features that are going to sell this browser to people, it's the fact that... Read more...
At its ongoing Build conference, Microsoft has given us the long-awaited final name for its Project Spartan Web browser: Microsoft Edge. It's simple, and it might seem familiar: EdgeHTML is the name of the rendering engine the browser will be using. I don't think Edge has as much "zing" as Spartan does, but, it could be a lot worse. While Microsoft Edge looks no different than Project Spartan, Microsoft has continued to do a great job of showing it off: While the interface might look the same, there was one thing announced that I'd consider to be huge: plugins created for either Chrome or Firefox just need a few edits to drop into Edge. In an example shown, a plugin called reddit Enhancement... Read more...
It might not be the most cost-effective solution for smartphone owners, but paying for installment plans that allow subscribers to break up the retail cost of their handsets into monthly payments in exchange for being able to upgrade more frequently are proving somewhat popular, especially among smartphone enthusiasts. Interestingly, at least one wireless carrier views this as a risky business model. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was giving a presentation at a Deutsche Bank conference and one of the things he talked about was his company's Edge program, which allows customers to pay off their device in installments. Customers on the Edge program are allowed to upgrade to a newer device after just 30... Read more...
If you want to know what nifty smartphones are right around the corner, one surefire way to find out is to go pick up a device and lock yourself into a contract. Usually without fail, something newer, bigger, faster, and all around better pops up in the market immediately after, leaving you stuck with a last generation smartphone for the duration of your contract. To avoid those kind of scenarios (and to cash in on people's impatience), wireless carriers began offering early upgrade programs, including Verizon, which just reduced the wait time for Edge subscribers. When first announced last July, Verizon's Edge plan allowed customers to upgrade to a new handset after only six months with their... Read more...
Several months ago, AT&T notified customers that it would begin throttling network speeds for users who exceeded a certain threshold, with the definitive throttle point defined as an imprecise "the top 5% of mobile data users." The company has issued a statement clarifying this policy after irate customers with unlimited data plans demanded to know what the cap was and how the company determined who should and shouldn't be throttled. The magic number is 3GB, which conveniently happens to be the maximum amount of tiered bandwidth AT&T will sell you. "Our unlimited plan customers have told us they want more clarity around how the program works and what they can expect," AT&T said. "For... Read more...
Looking to get edgy? So is Lenovo. The company is kicking off CES 2012 with three new Edge notebooks: the S430, E Series and B Series. All of these are aimed at small / medium-sized businesses, with the S430 measuring just 0.8-inches, and the Edge E430, E435, E530 and E535 laptops including technologies like Lenovo Solution Center while simultaneously including rich visual and deluxe audio entertainment features. The 14-inch S430 also comes packed with the substance SMBs need to succeed with choices of the latest Intel Core processors, a DVD burner or a second hard drive for up to 1 TB of storage, choices of Intel integrated or NVIDIA Optimus graphics, Dolby Home Theatre v4, USB 3.0 ports and... Read more...
Looking for a cutting-edge mouse? Verbatim's new Ergo Mouse isn't exactly bleeding-edge tech, but it certainly has the angles to fit the "cutting" descriptor. The Ergo Mouse has one of the sharpest curves of any ergonomic mouse, with a candy apple-red shell, a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver (no cord!), Mac / PC platform compatibility and a small USB nub that seems tiny enough to actually leave in the PC owners will be using it with. There's a rubberized grip to keep things steady during those long gaming sessions, and it also ships in blue and black if red's just too loud. The mouse operates on two AAA batteries (included) and is available for $29.99 at Amazon.com, Staples (Canada) and national... Read more...
With HTML5 grabbing a massive amount of support right out of the gate (and Flash still not being supported on the world's hottest selling tablet), there was speculation that Adobe would jump onto something new in time. Now, the company is unveiling an early preview of a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool. It's called Adobe Edge, and is described as a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the... Read more...
Some analysts have suggested that the popularity of tablets will eat away at the ultraportable sector. That may end up being true in the long-term, but as of today, there is yet another ultraportable to choose from. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a new 11" laptop, and it's the smallest and lightest member of the Edge family. It still shares the same general ThinkPad look, but in a much smaller frame. The machine weighs less than 3lbs., has an HDMI port, includes a webcam and ships in three color choices: Midnight Black Glossy, Midnight Black Smooth and Heatwave Red Glossy. It also offers the choice of Intel or AMD CPUs, and integrated 3G/4G means that you can stay connected wherever there is... Read more...
Apple products are often hailed with words like 'genius,' 'revolutionary,' or 'game-changing,' but the company's desire to push the envelope has had an unexpected impact on iPhone 4 owners who are left-handed. Unlike previous iPhones, the iPhone 4's antennae are engineered directly into the steel frame of the phone itself. While right-handed users have no problems, left-handed users who cup the phone with their left hand lose 3-4 bars of signal strength. In many cases, this may be enough to terminate a call altogether. Whether or not your call is dropped appears to depend on just how strong the signal is to begin with. Apple hasn't publicly commented, but the problem appears to effect 3G signals... Read more...
Earlier in the year, we had the opportunity to review Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 13, a 13" ultraportable that was an affordable version of the classic ThinkPad that has been around for so many years in the business world. We didn't find that machine perfect for everyone, but there's a good chance that the 14" and 15" versions of the same rig might just step things up to a point where we'd consider recommending an Edge over a standard ThinkPad. Both the ThinkPad Edge 14 and 15 boast the company's new layout and design, which is an edgier look that's more modern than ThinkPad notebooks of the past. Both have backlit keyboards, and they start at just $599. That's an unheard-of price for a ThinkPad of... Read more...
Much of the e-reader chatter of late has focused around the Kindle and how it will compare to the iPad, but there'll soon be another hat in the ring. Last October we discussed the Entourage Edge and its nifty dual-screen design; we now know that the tablet-sized e-reader/netbook (Entourage is calling it a Dualbook) will retail for $490. That's quite a bit more than the basic Kindle, which now retails for $259, but it's a match for the $489 Kindle DX. Instead of trying to beat Amazon at its own game, Entourage is trying something altogether different, using a form factor that's more instinctive to anyone who reads on a regular basis. The unit can be placed on a surface or held novel-style; the... Read more...
Lenovo had one of the largest showings from any single PC manufacturer at CES this year, and while sifting through the company's new lineup of machines can be a daunting task for the average consumer, it was pretty clear from the outset that the ThinkPad Edge would be one of Lenovo's standout products of 2010. In many ways, it's a departure from the ThinkPad norm. It's the first ThinkPad to be available in more than just black (it will also ship in red), and there are a copious amount of customization options. Processors from both AMD and Intel are available, and it ships in 13", 14" and 15" form factors. It's not usual that a single machine type is available in ultraportable, mid-size and full-size... Read more...
Lenovo had one of the largest showings from any single PC manufacturer at CES this year, and while sifting through the company's new lineup of machines can be a daunting task for the average consumer, it was pretty clear from the outset that the ThinkPad Edge would be one of Lenovo's standout products of 2010. In many ways, it's a departure from the ThinkPad norm. It's the first ThinkPad to be available in more than just black (it will also ship in red), and there are a copious amount of customization options. Processors from both AMD and Intel are available, and it ships in 13", 14" and 15" form factors. It's not usual that a single machine type is available in ultraportable,... Read more...
Saygus unveiled a new Android equipped smartphone that has two-way video calling capabilities. The Saygus VPhone is expected to be available as a CDMA device through Verizon’s Open Development Initiative (ODI). The VPhone has two cameras—a 5 MP main camera with auto focus and flash and a VGA forward-facing camera for video calling. The phone also offers Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, a slide-out keyboard, and a screen resolution that is twice that of the iPhone. Its long-life battery can provide up to four hours of video calling and seven hours of talk time. Using major U.S. cellular networks, Saygus has achieved two-way cellular video calls at 24 to 30 frames per second using its low bandwidth video... Read more...
Like many enthusiast system manufacturers, Velocity Micro makes hand-built, high-end gaming rigs using the latest components, such as Intel’s Core i7 processors. Velocity Micro claims that they pride themselves on their extensive customization options, meticulous assembly procedures, a technically trained staff, and in-house US-based support.Velocity Micro offers two series of gaming rigs—the Raptor and Edge series. The Raptor is “the best of the best” with more customization and tweaking options along with higher-end specs. The Raptor line offers two models: the Raptor Signature Edition (starting at $5,499) and the Raptor Z90 (starting at $3,599). The Edge series is also geared... Read more...
Whenever AMD or Intel release a new processor and chipset platform, you can bet there’s going to be a good amount of excitement surrounding the release, along with anticipation as we eagerly await the arrival of systems that incorporate the new technologies. Velocity Micro’s new Edge Z55 Intel Core i7 Gaming System is out and we’ve had the chance to run it through our tests to see just how it stacks up. As you’ll see, the new Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset enables the Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Gaming System to hold its own against the elite PCs of just a few months ago.The new Core i7 brings with it new chipsets, motherboards, and a new LGA1366 processor socket. What sets the Core i7 processor... Read more...
Unlike the enthusiast system manufacturers, Alienware and VoodooPC, Richmond, Virginia-based Velocity Micro is still an independent, privately held company. In fact, Velocity Micro is doing well enough on its own to have even purchased the enthusiast, boutique system maker, Overdrive PC last year. On top of that, Velocity Micro is one of the few (if only) independently owned, U.S.-based, high-end gaming systems manufacturers that--in addition to selling direct--also sells its systems at Best Buy and Circuit City. That's a claim that even Velocity Micro's competitors, Oregon-based Falcon Northwest, New Jersey-based Maingear, and California-based Vigor Gaming, can't make. As do most enthusiast... Read more...
Unlike the enthusiast system manufacturers, Alienware and VoodooPC, Richmond, Virginia-based Velocity Micro is still an independent, privately held company. In fact, Velocity Micro is doing well enough on its own to have even purchased the enthusiast, boutique system maker, Overdrive PC last year. On top of that, Velocity Micro is one of the few (if only) independently owned, U.S.-based, high-end gaming systems manufacturers that--in addition to selling direct--also sells its systems at Best Buy and Circuit City. That's a claim that even Velocity Micro's competitors, Oregon-based Falcon Northwest, New Jersey-based Maingear, and California-based Vigor Gaming, can't make.As do most enthusiast system... Read more...
Ideazon Slashes PC Gaming Market with REAPER EDGE Gaming Mouse Intense printed graphic finish and battery of features gives REAPER Edge mouse the truest all around appeal for PC gaming community VAUGHAN, ON (August 22, 2007) – Ideazon Inc., designer and developer of the Zboard, the world’s first keyboard designed for PC gaming, today announced the availability of its new REAPER Edge gaming mouse, complete with an array of advanced features for both hardcore and casual gamers; the new mouse includes real time, on the fly DPI switching to a maximum of 3200 DPI – and more. The REAPER Edge is the next generation mouse in... Read more...
Good Evening All, DJ Jazzy Jay Gibson, spins all the hot stacks of wax and all the platters that matter, through the new Philips PSC724 Ultimage Edge PCI Sound Card tonight.  This is a 24bit/192kHz capable sound card that steps up and takes on the likes of a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and for a bit less out of pocket expense.  Go get it, here!   Jay is going love that intro... ;)  ... Read more...
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