Friday, September 30, 2011

Audi RS4

Audi RS4 by FotoSleuth

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Onion tweets itself into trouble, but consider the source

Humor is only skin deep. No, wait. That's beauty. Humor is deep beneath the skin and merely masquerades as beautifully superficial.
The Onion has mined the true depths of humor for quite a while now. However, yesterday it seems to have peeled its way into something of a misstep.
You see, unless you were unreasonably detained by your Congressman yesterday, you'll know that the Onion tweeted this: "BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building."
There wasn't so

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Reporters' Roundtable: Amazon fires new Kindle at Apple

This week, Amazon launched three new Kindles, including the Fire, the company's first
Android-based color
tablet. Next week, on October 4, Apple is having a big press announcement to talk
iPhone 5, and maybe other stuff. These are two major companies battling it out for the same customer, media sale, and hardware niches. So let's discuss.
Our experts today are all CNET writers on these topics: Donald Bell, David Carnoy, Roger Cheng, and Josh Lowensohn.
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Hitwise: Singaporeans Spend The Most Time On Facebook Per Session

Hitwise just published a new study examining how much time people living in different countries spend on Facebook. Singaporeans actually spend the longest on the social network, with an average of 38 minutes and 46 seconds per session, while people living in Brazil spend less than half that with an average of 18 minutes and 19 seconds per Facebook session for August 2011.
Singapore is followed by New Zealand (30 mins 31 sec); Australia (26 mins 27 sec); the UK (25 mins

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World's highest Webcam could use a Sherpa

A crew installs the Mobotix Webcam at high altitude.
(Credit:
Mobotix)


No, the world's highest Webcam doesn't belong to the pot-loving @Qwikster Twitter user who's giving Netflix fits. It can be found gazing out onto the far reaches of Mount Everest.



That's either Mount Everest or a close-up of a bear. (Click to enlarge.)
(Credit:
Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET)

The Webcam sits on Kala Patthar, a mountain in the Himalayas, at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet. This vantage point

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Google launches beer

Every day that the Earth keeps turning, Google tries to persuade us that it is increasingly sophisticated.
What better way to express that sophistication than to create a beer?
I fizz with delight to inform you that the Googlies have entered into a partnership with the Dogfish Head brewery that has produced a beer called URKontinent.
For myself, I cannot help staring at that name and wondering whether it represents the opposite thought to URInkontinent--which occurs occasionally after a

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Facebook sued over tracking users after logout

Mark Zuckerberg showing off Timeline at F8.
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James Martin/CNET)


Facebook is getting more heat over two controversial practices--tracking users after they log out and new automatic "frictionless sharing." The tracking, done with cookies on users' computers, has prompted criticism from lawmakers and now a lawsuit, while privacy groups and regulators in Ireland are concerned about a new sharing feature that automatically posts user activities to news feeds without users intentionally

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Facebook time is tops abroad, with Singapore No. 1

Here at the epicenter of social networking, birthplace of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, it's easy to lose sight of just how much the rest of the world loves our homespun social-media creations.





As it turns out, social networking is enjoyed overseas even more than here at home in Silicon Valley. Underscoring this notion is a newly released international study from Experian Hitwise tracking the top eight countries spending the most time on Facebook and other social networks.


Here's

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More Details On MIT’s “Artificial Leaf” (And Video)

Back in March, we heard about a breakthrough from MIT: an “artificial leaf” that produces pure oxygen and hydrogen gas, powered entirely by sunlight. The technology was described in yesterday’s edition of Science, and the team has released a video showing one of the devices in action.
I say device, but it’s really more of a material. There are no moving parts and it has no set shape or size. The leaf is semiconducting silicon, coated on one side with a special

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From Kindle to Fire: Why Amazon Needs to Go Global

Amazon’s customers outside the U.S. have good reason to be both excited and frustrated by the company’s three new Kindle devices.
The baseline $79 Kindle finally supports seven different interface languages and will be sold immediately in Canada, the UK, Germany and elsewhere. It’s a bit more expensive — £89 ($139), 99 EUR ($133) and $109 Canadian ($104), if you’re interested. However, the much-anticipated Kindle Fire tablet is U.S.-only, with no announced timeline for

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and a Mini-Trampoline

This week on the Gadget Lab podcast, the crew talks about big Amazon news, the upcoming iPhone event and Microsoft’s latest mobile update.
Staff writer Mike Isaac kicks off the show with reviews editor Mike Calore, weighing in on Amazon’s big tablet announcements this week. There’s a whole new family of Kindle e-readers on the way, as well as Amazon’s first Android-powered tablet, the Kindle Fire. Who should be worried the most, Apple or other Android tablet manufacturers?

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Amazon Joins (Long) List of WebOS Suitors

Bezos and Amazon may just be getting started. CREDIT:Victor J. Blue/ Wired.com
Amazon has joined the long list of tech giants rumored to be eyeing HP’s lame-duck webOS mobile operating system.
On Thursday, citing a “well-placed source,” VentureBeat reported that among a handful of suitors, Amazon is the “closest” to landing webOS, which HP acquired from Palm in 2010, hailed as an operating system that would reinvent everything from smartphones to PCs to printers, and then put

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Google Analytics Rejigged for Assault on Enterprise

Google Analytics. Screengrab: Wired
Six years after launching Google Analytics as a free service for the web at-large, Google has introduced a for-pay incarnation of the traffic tracking machine designed specifically for the enterprise.
The move is yet another example of Google re-sculpting a free web service into a product that enterprises are actually willing to pay for.
“This is the obvious next step for Analytics,” said Joe Stanhope, an analyst with research outfit Forrester.

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Microsoft Anti-Malware Tool Mistakenly Snuffs Google Chrome

Google Chrome is not a password-stealing trojan
Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-malware tool has mistakenly identified Google Chrome as a password-pilfering trojan — and actually removed the browser from many users’ machines — but a fix for this rather amusing false positive is now available.
In an email sent to Wired, a Microsoft spokesperson said that on Friday, Chrome was inadvertently identified as a member of the Zeus malware family (aka “PWS:Win32:Zbot”). As a

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How the Kindle Fire Could Make 7-Inch Tablets Huge

The Amazon Kindle Fire demos an electronic version of Wired Magazine. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Wired.com
Steve Jobs made it clear what he thought of 7-inch tablets in October 2010. They’re “too small,” and as good as “dead on arrival.” But the announcement of and anticipation surrounding Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet may soon have Jobs eating his words.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the news, Amazon debuted its $200 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire,

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations delayed for PC

Pushing back the PC release for multiplatform games is becoming Ubisoft's standard operating procedure. The PC versions of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Driver: San Francisco, and Call of Juarez: The Cartel all trailed their console counterparts, and the publisher might be adding one more to that list.


Revelations might come to pass two weeks later on PC.
According to a Eurogamer report, Ubisoft's official Czech

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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection LE inbound

Due out November 8 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection includes "optimized and rebuilt" versions of classic PlayStation 2 and PSP installments in Konami's stealth-action franchise. However, the publisher has even more in store for fans looking to relive Snake's history via a limited edition for the high-def compilation pack.


MGS HD LTD ED.
In addition to updated versions of Metal Gear Sold 2: Sons

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Users report Microsoft Security Essentials removes Google Chrome

UPDATE, 10:00 AM PDT: Microsoft has identified the problem as being caused by a faulty definition file. This text has been added to the relevant page at the company’s Malware Protection Center:
On September 30th, 2011, an incorrect detection for PWS:Win32/Zbot was identified. On September 30th, 2011, Microsoft released an update that addresses the issue. Signature versions 1.113.672.0 and higher include this update.
PWS:Win32/Zbot is a password-stealing trojan that

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Palm on Amazon's own wish list, report says

HP's Jon Rubinstein and the TouchPad tablet.
(Credit:
James Martin/CNET)


Amazon may have Palm on its shopping list.
The retail giant is said to be in "serious negotiations" to acquire what's left of Palm from current parent Hewlett-Packard, according to VentureBeat.
Citing a "well-placed source," VentureBeat says that HP is eager to get rid of Palm, and among the current suitors, Amazon is the closest to cutting a deal. The tech news site also notes a connection between the companies as

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E-book 'missing content'? Amazon must do better

Neal Stephenson's "Reamde" is for sale at Amazon.
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screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)


It looks like Kindle e-book customers have found a digital-era hole in customer service that Amazon needs to fix.

Those readers are giving Amazon an earful after purchasing the newest novel from popular author Neal Stephenson--only to be notified cryptically that their e-book needed to be replaced because of "missing content."

The problem afflicted Stephenson's new "Reamde: A Novel," a

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Dragon Go iPhone app expands its search options

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Lance Whitney/CNET)


Nuance has beefed up its Dragon Go
iPhone app to let you search for information across a wider array of Web sites and services.
Available for the iPhone,
iPad, and
iPod Touch since July, this free search-by-voice app is unique compared with the Google and Bing iOS apps. Dragon Go can find results and run commands across dozens of different Web sites, including Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Craiglist, Amazon, eBay, CNN, Reuters, and even CNET. The latest update

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Google crowned world's most attractive employer

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Universum)


Google may have to prepare itself for a flood of even more resumes.
The search giant has been dubbed the most attractive employer by more than 160,000 people looking for the right place to work, according to a study released yesterday by employer branding company Universum.
Analyzing the choices from job seekers across the world's 12 largest economies, the study "The World's Most Attractive Employers 2011" (PDF) found Google tops among professionals with a business

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Chicago company sues Facebook over Timeline feature

Mark Zuckerberg introducing Timeline at F8
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Facebook)


Facebook's Timeline, the newest and most dramatic change yet to its famous profile pages, hasn't even rolled out publicly yet, but it's already under legal attack.


Timelines.com, a small Chicago based company, filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit yesterday against Facebook. Timelines.com, an online social-scrapbooking company, has been in business since 2008 and is claiming that Facebook's newest platform product could

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Linux programmer Reiser requests new murder trial

Hans Reiser mug shot
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)


Hans Reiser, the jailed Linux programmer convicted in 2008 of killing his estranged wife, is going to federal court to demand a new trial, according to a 117-page handwritten filing posted by Wired reporter David Kravets, who covered the bizarre courtroom drama gavel to gavel in Oakland, Calif. Reiser--known to the technology world as the founder of the ReiserFS file system software, claims, among other

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New iPhone reportedly spotted in Apple's inventory

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Apple)


The long-awaited new
iPhone has reportedly popped up in Apple's inventory with signs indicating that it will be a major upgrade over the current
iPhone 4.
As described by 9to5Mac and SlashGear, the phone uncovered in the inventory list is code-named N94, the same name hidden in code for Apple's iOS earlier this year. That code name was found to point to a device with a dual-core A5 processor, the same chip that's been expected to appear in the
iPhone 5. Citing information

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Best Buy To Cut The HTC Flyer Tablet To $299 On October 1st

Watch out for falling tablet prices! No, seriously, don’t get burned by price cuts. The HTC Flyer is the latest tablet to see a major price reduction. Starting tomorrow, October 1st, Best Buy will lower the price of the 7-inch Android 2.3 tablet from $499 to $299. This follows the PlayBook, Xoom, and most notable, the TouchPad.
The Flyer is nearing its 6 month birthday and hasn’t fared very well in the marketplace. This is mainly because it attempted to compete

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Rumor of 64GB iPhone re-emerges

A purported prototype of a 64GB iPhone. The supposed prototype appeared earlier this year.
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M.I.C. Gadget)

Could Apple's next
iPhone sport double the storage of the company's current models? That's the latest rumor, or at least the latest revival of such talk.
Citing the same anonymous source of alleged model numbers for new iPhones and iPods that entered Apple's retail inventory system earlier this week, 9to5mac says Apple's iPhone refresh will bring three models at differing

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Some Apple stores temporarily closed, reasons unknown

The Apple Store on Chestnut Street in San Francisco, and at least two others around the country, are closed temporarily. Apple is not saying why.
(Credit:
James Martin/CNET)


SAN FRANCISCO--Walking through the Marina District section of town here yesterday, I tried to find the local Apple Store, thinking I could determine why my MacBook Pro was having battery issues. The only problem? The store, which I've been to many times, was curiously nowhere to be found.

Today, it all makes sense.

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Kinect's Second Wave Is Already Arriving

While hunting through the release lists for my Hot 3DS Christmas Games, I stumbled upon quite a few interesting Kinect games. These titles are being called Kinect’s second wave because they each extend the use of the controller in some way — or fix issues they had at launch…
Dance Central 2 bolsters its technical perfection with proper two-player mode, more characters and better post-dance feedback.
Dance Central 2
With three other Kinect dance games available (Just Dance 3,

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Video: AlphaDog Is A Bigger, Faster, Quieter BigDog

I’m sure all of you remember BigDog, the utterly terrifying biomimetic robot platform that dances over rough terrain on weird legs and makes a sound like it’s full of angry bees. You didn’t think they were going to give up on it, did you? No, it’s been a rousing success apparently, so much so that they decided to build one that outdoes the original in every way.
The AlphaDog, as they’re calling it, was created to be basically the practical version of BigDog,

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From Kindle To Fire: Why Amazon Needs to Go Global

Amazon’s customers outside the US have good reason to be both excited and frustrated by its three new Kindle devices.
The baseline $79 Kindle finally supports seven different interface languages and will be sold immediately in Canada, the UK, Germany and elsewhere. It’s a bit more expensive — £89, 99 EUR and $109 Canadian, if you’re interested. However, the much-anticipated Kindle Fire tablet is US-only, with no announced timeline for a global rollout. The same is true

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Samsung Targets Exynos 4212 CPU for High-End Devices

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Timelines.com Sues Facebook, Says Its New Timeline Feature Could “Eliminate” Them

Timelines Inc., a small venture capital-backed Chicago company that operates the Timelines.com website, has launched a trademark-infringement suit against Facebook on Thursday, claiming that the latter’s recently announced Timeline feature could “quite possibly eliminate” its entire business.
Timelines.com is a website that basically allows people to record and share personal or historic events, and contribute descriptions, links, photos and videos related to those

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Amazon reportedly trying to buy Palm

HP's Jon Rubinstein and the TouchPad tablet.
(Credit:
James Martin/CNET)


Amazon may have Palm on its shopping list.
The retail giant is said to be in "serious negotiations" to acquire what's left of Palm from current parent Hewlett-Packard, according to VentureBeat.
Citing a "well-placed source," VentureBeat says that HP is eager to get rid of Palm, and among the current suitors, Amazon is the closest to cutting a deal. The tech news site also notes a connection between the companies as

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<em>Doctor Who</em> Recap: "Closing Time"

Doctor Who: "Closing Time" ©BBC
Last Time: “The God Complex”
SPOILER ALERT!
Sophie is leaving Craig on his own, and she is worried. Remember Craig and Sophie from last season’s episode “The Lodger?” OK, quick recap: While trying to save Amy from a timey-wimey mishap, The Doctor temporarily finds lodging with Craig who, unbeknownst to him, has an alien living in the flat above him. The Doctor figures this all out, plays a game of football — real football, not that

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The Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Will Feed Your Wanderlust

Photo: Lego
As soon as I saw the brand new Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, I knew I had to have it. It looked very fun to put together as well as full of quirky detail and different from many of the other Lego sets. Since I love putting things together following a set of instructions, big Lego sets are perfect for me. You’ll never hear, “Oh no, you mean I have to put it together?” in this house.
Lego put out a video giving a tour of all of its features, including information

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Report: HP Still Looking To Offload Palm, Amazon Named As Top Contender

The Kindle Fire announcement set the interwebs ablaze as Amazon burst into the tablet scene. But the retailer-turned-CE player might be looking to go a different way in the future. Amazon has been named as Palm’s current top suitor among “a handful of contenders” as HP looks to rid itself from the TouchPad/webOS disaster.
It’s unclear from VentureBeat’s leaks why Amazon is interested in Palm. Ditching Android for webOS after building an ecosystem around

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<em>Mail-Order Mysteries</em> Is More Fun Than a Barrel of Sea-Monkeys

When I was probably 9 or 10 years old, I begged my dad to take me into the freak show tent at the county fair, intrigued by the big airbrushed banners of the Spider Lady and the Human Pretzel. Dad rolled his eyes and grinned, warned me that it was going to be a ripoff, and then in we went. Of course, he was right.
Kirk Demarais’ Mail Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! takes you into the freak show tent lying behind those patchwork pages of small print and

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Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

Canonical, the commercial backer behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, have been hosting a file synchronization service called Ubuntu One for a couple years now. A free account gets you 5GB of storage, and the client side controls have been baked into the last couple of releases of the Ubuntu distribution. It works pretty much like Dropbox or similar services, but has been — until today — Linux-only.
In an announcement late last night, Canonical has revealed that

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Samsung Announces The Dual-Core Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Despite the fact that Apple has found a way to block sales of the latest two Galaxy Tabs, Samsung is going to try try again. The company officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus this morning, a 7-inch, HSPA+, dual-core slate. With the 7.0 Plus, Samsung has basically covered every size tablet there is: two 10.1-inch models, an 8.9-incher, a 7.7-inch tab, now a straight up 7-incher, along with the 5.3-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid Galaxy Note.
While the GalTab 7.0

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Samsung extends olive branch to Apple in Australia

Will the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 finally launch in Australia?
(Credit:
Samsung)

Samsung has reached out to Apple to sign an agreement that would allow the consumer electronics maker to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
In a Federal Court in Sydney earlier today, Samsung said that it has offered Apple a deal, that if accepted by the
iPad maker, would see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 hit store shelves in Australia next week, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the story.

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Has RIM halted production of the PlayBook?

Research In Motion says it is not getting out of the
tablet business, contrary to analysts who say the company may have halted production of the PlayBook and despite near-fire-sale pricing by a major retailer.

The price of all BlackBerry PlayBook models was cut $200 by Best Buy.
(Credit:
Best Buy)

PlayBook production has hit a wall, said market research firm DisplaySearch. "We heard from the supply side that RIM's ODM (original design manufacturer) partners don't have plans for production

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Sync By 50 Headphones Leak Early, Appear To Be Appropriately Street

50 Cent’s wireless headphones are finally nearing release and I just received multiple pics and a full spec sheet concerning the upcoming high-end model. Sync by 50 uses the now-popular unibody casing but features full on-board playback controls — something no other headphones can proclaim. Housed in each can is a 40mm driver, which is surrounded by a memory foam cushion. The 3.5mm wireless adapter is said to broadcast the signal 50 feet and somehow allow four

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Foxconn’s $12bn Brazil Expansion Stalled In Negotiation Stage

Earlier this year it was reported that Foxconn had decided it was going to try to diversity its global holdings by establishing an iPad factory in Brazil. Their reasoning seemed fine: the economy is expanding, there’s a tech-savvy populace, and the government, they figured, would be game for few little sweetheart deals to get the ball rolling. As it turns out, not so much.
“The project for a Brazilian iPad is in doubt,” said one Brazilian official, speaking on

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Sony To Stop Comping 3D Glasses For Theaters – Because Movie Tickets Aren’t Expensive Enough Already

Sony, which provides many theaters with the projectors and hardware needed to display 3D cinema, has informed those theaters that starting this spring, it will no longer provide 3D glasses for free. From now on they’ll have to foot the cost themselves — and by “they” I mean “we,” because obviously the theaters aren’t going to voluntarily pick up this extra expense.
Most theaters use a passive 3D system (often RealD), since expensive active-LCD glasses

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Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown Reveals iMac Insides

No costly proprietary tools needed to accomplish iFixit's Thunderbolt Display teardown. Image: iFixit
Apple sure does know how to pack in a lot of gear into a seemingly simple LCD monitor. How do we know? iFixit’s latest teardown, of course!
iFixit took apart Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt Display for our viewing pleasure, revealing an iMac-like glass panel that can be removed with heavy-duty suction cups and a host of parts not normally found in an LCD monitor.
In fact, the

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Apotheker Leaves HP With $10 Million Severance

Massive severance packages are nothing new, but sometimes you just feel the need to call attention to them. Ousted HP CEO Leo Apotheker is leaving the company with a $7.2 million severance payment, plus a $2.4 million bonus and $3.7m in stock (more if you count the other 440,000 vested shares). I understand that this high pay is part of our business culture, but really, now.
Is it possible that HP was in a death spiral and only Apotheker’s sound judgment caused them to

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Box.net Boss Beckons Startups Into the Enterprise

Aaron Levie talks cloud storage at BoxWorks. Photo: Michael O'Donnell/ZatPhoto
On first pass, Aaron Levie is your typical 20-something Silicon Valley CEO. Jeans. Orange sneakers. Unkempt hair. And in many ways, his company, Box.net, is a typical Silicon Valley story. Friends build product in dorm room. Product takes off. Friends drop out of school and land millions of dollars in investment capital.
But with its peer-to-peer file sharing application, Box.net operates in a different

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Samsung Announces Faster Flash Memory For Smartphones

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AMD Faces 32nm Challenge; Cuts Q3 Revenue Forecast

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

World's most profitable Android company? Microsoft!?

Measuring a profit can be a complicated thing my accounting friends tell me. For example, Google, which controls Android, is certainly making money from it, but how much? But, what if you’re making $444 million from Android and you actually didn’t have to spend any money on research and development or programming? You’d be doing great wouldn’t you? Well, welcome to Microsoft’s business plan for Android.
According to a Goldman Sachs‘ tech analyst note, as

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Amazon to lose $50 on each Kindle Fire, says analyst

Amazon's Kindle Fire
(Credit:
Amazon via Bloomberg)


Amazon may lose as much as $50 on each Kindle Fire
tablet it sells, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
In an investor note released yesterday, Munster calculated the manufacturing cost of each Kindle Fire at $250. But Amazon is selling its new tablet for $199. In comparison, Apple spends about $350 to produce a $499
iPad 2.
Assuming Amazon is able to sell 2.5 million tablets in the fourth quarter, Munster says the loss on

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Google invests $28 million in affordable housing

A view of Charlesview Apartments in Allston.
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Peabody Properties)

Google has the search, mobile, and advertising markets covered. Now it's branching out once again, this time into low-income housing developments.
The Boston Globe reported today that Google has invested $28 million to build 240 housing units at the Charlesview Residences in Allston, a Boston neighborhood. According to the Globe, the Charlesview is one of the country's largest low-income housing developments.

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Q: When Will Quora Release An iPhone App? A: Now.

Quora can be an addiction. You visit the site just to see what’s going on, 30 minutes later you’re still there. Today, the addiction goes mobile. Finally.
The service has just released their first iOS native app. Tailored for the iPhone and iPod touch, I can safely say that it’s awesome. I’ve been testing it out for the past few days, and my own personal usage of the service has already skyrocketed. Why? A few reasons.
First, the app is fast — really fast.

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Ice Cream Sandwich video leaked by eBay buyer

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Google)


Android users may have accidentally gotten their first peek at Ice Cream Sandwich.
A person who bought a Samsung Nexus S smartphone via eBay reportedly discovered that the device was running the upcoming version of the
Android operating system instead of the current Android flavor, say the folks at Engadget.
Checking the firmware version numbers, Engadget said the phone seemed to be using the same baseband seen in previously leaked screenshots but had a newer build and

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Why Amazon's Kindle Fire is like a razor blade

Amazon unveiled the $199 Kindle Fire, which some believe it's taking a loss on.


commentary While the Kindle Fire's dramatically low price may seem revolutionary, Amazon is actually taking its cues from a well-worn playbook.
Industry analysts, blogs, and even our own site cooed at the $199 price point of Amazon's freshly unveiled
tablet. The company is using price as the hook, even if it loses money on each unit.
But before you sing Amazon's praises for breaking new ground, you should

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Why Amazon's Kindle Fire is like a razor

Amazon unveiled the $199 Kindle Fire, which some believe it's taking a loss on.


commentary While the Kindle Fire's dramatically low price may seem revolutionary, Amazon is actually taking its cues from a well-worn playbook.
Industry analysts, blogs, and even our own site cooed at the $199 price point of Amazon's freshly unveiled
tablet. The company is using price as the hook, even if it loses money on each unit.
But before you sing Amazon's praises for breaking new ground, you should

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You Might Have Klout, But What’s Your Kred?

Reputation on the Internet is a tricky thing to measure. But with the rise of social media—with its retweets, likes, +1s, replies, and followers counts—companies are trying to keep score. If you are a big user of Twitter, you have probably checked out your Klout score or at least heard of it. Well, soon Klout will have a competitor called Kred. It is currently accepting sign-ups for a gradual rollout starting next week.
Kred is the latest product from social data

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Amazon's Android Tablet May Be the Best and Kill the Rest

Amazon Kindle Director Jay Marine uses the Amazon Fire in New York. Photo: Victor J. Blue/ Wired.com
The Kindle Fire could be the first truly successful Android tablet. It touts a very reasonable $200 price tag, a well-curated app store, easy access to Amazon’s cloud-based services, brand trust and recognition. It’s Amazon’s most ambitious foray into hardware since the original Kindle’s debut.
And the Fire has the potential to engulf all its Android tablet brethren.
To

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Report: Comcast, Verizon in for Xbox 360 TV

Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com
Major cable providers Comcast and Verizon will funnel their TV programming through the Xbox 360 soon, according to a Bloomberg report:
Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, is in talks with almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe, and may announce an expanded Xbox Live streaming service as soon as next week… The new applications from Philadelphia-based Comcast’s Xfinity TV service and New York-based

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Kobo Vox Android Tablet Leaks On Retailer Website

It looks like Amazon and Barnes Noble aren’t the only ones who want to get into the LCD e-reader scene. Kobo, who like them has a 6-inch touchable e-ink reader, must have felt left out of the 7″ LCD device race, and apparently is releasing the Vox to fill that gap.
We actually heard about the Vox in an FCC filing a couple weeks ago, but held off on posting because there wasn’t much to say. But today the device was listed briefly on Canadian retailer Future

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Your old iPhone could be worth a guaranteed $250

Trade in the past before the future arrives.
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Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)

As many as 40 percent of consumers say they plan to snag an iPhone 5 once it's available. Now, I'm no statistician, but I do have the equivalent of at least an 8088 processor in my cranium, and it tells me that probably a few of those folks are current
iPhone 4 owners.
That could mean that a lot of households are about to gain a nifty new coaster, hockey puck, or doorstop with an Apple logo on the back. Or

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Rumor: Facebook iPad App to Debut at Apple iPhone Event

Without a dedicated app, iPad users have had to use Facebook's iPhone app on the iPad. Image: Facebook
We’ve been without an official iPad Facebook app for so long it has seemed as if it would never arrive. But rumor has it we won’t be waiting for it much longer.
There’s a chance Facebook’s iPad app and an HTML 5-based mobile platform (rumored to be codenamed “Project Spartan”) are ready to hit the prime time, according to multiple reports. Both could be introduced at

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Fanboyism Taken to New Heights With Glass and Aluminum iPhone 5 Mockup

This is not a real iPhone 5. Repeat, not a real iPhone 5. Photo: Benm.at
And the “Biggest Apple Fanboy of the Week” award goes to (drum roll please) the guys who made this insane real-life, glass and aluminum mockup of an iPhone 5.
A team of Apple fans at Benm.at in Germany used CAD designs, leaked hints, case designs and realistic mockups to develop a 3-D computer model that was then used to build a true-to-life, true-to-scale iPhone 5 mockup.
The team says they used the

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Why No Kindle Touch Or Fire For EU, UK?

Jeff Bezos recently said that these days, “if you are just building a device you are unlikely to succeed.” He certainly seems to be backing that statement up, with the launch of the Kindle Fire producing more optimism than the last ten non-iPad tablet launches combined. It seems that people do indeed like the idea of a purpose-built device that does a few things well, walled garden or not.
But Bezos glossed over the other side of the “make your own ecosystem”

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Photofly Is a Desktop Workshop for 3-D Modellers

Autodesk's Photofly service stitches together 2-D photos of real-world subjects into digital 3-D models.(Wired Editor In Chief Chris Anderson )The resulting point clouds can be converted into CAD files, which can then be exported in any number of formats.Using the 3-D data, models can be extruded, cut, or milled out of almost any material. Hey, it even got the hair right!) Images: Todd Tankersley

3-D modeling used to require lasers and special image-capture studios. But with

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Are Netflix cancellations slowing down?

Piper Jaffray, an investment bank that expects Netflix's stock to return to $300, said today a survey of 250 of the video service's subscribers shows some positive signs for the beleaguered company.


Amazon's Kindle Fire could help boost prospects of retailer's streaming video service, say analysts.
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To be sure, Jaffray researchers are drawing data from a tiny segment. Netflix is believed to have somewhere around 24 million subscribers. The bank said a survey of

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How small biz uses social media (infographic)

Small businesses are becoming savvier about social media. And, increasingly, smaller-scale operations are turning to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social channels for promotions, customer acquisition, and sales leads. An impressive 75 percent of small businesses now have a presence on a social media site.


Interestingly, 27 percent of small businesses are on Facebook, while 18 percent reside on LinkedIn, and just 7 percent use Twitter. This new data comes from CrowdSpring, a Web

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What does your mobile carrier know about you?

Just what personal information does your mobile carrier store about you, and for how long? A memo from the Department of Justice sheds some light on this question.



Obtained from the Department of Justice by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act, the memo entitled "Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers" reveals the data retention policies of six major U.S. mobile carriers. Dated August 2010, the memo says it's directed for "Law Enforcement Use Only," so it was

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Microsoft looking into Xbox TV service, report says

Microsoft is said to be planning a Web-based pay-TV service that it can build onto its
Xbox Live platform.

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The software company is in talks with two dozen content companies, as well as Comcast and Verizon Communications, according to a Bloomberg report. The menu of programming will include music, movies, sports, and TV shows.
Last week, the blog Digiday, citing anonymous sources, reported that Microsoft was nearing a deal with Comcast that would allow Xbox 360 owners

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Twitter video-sharing service nabs $6.5 million

Twitvid, a popular video-sharing service on Twitter, is announcing today $6.5 million in a second funding round led by Azure Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Plans for the new funds include expanding the team, growing usage opportunities, and scaling the infrastructure.




Since launching in 2009, Twitvid has seen its service grow to 12 million monthly unique users, and more than 30 million unique video views per month. The company says it's growing its user base more than 100 percent

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Myspace Owner-Specific Media Hit With Layoffs

Myspace owner-Specific Media has laid of a percentage of its staff today, we’ve confirmed with the company. Specific Media said these layoffs took place in sales and operating areas, and was part of a consolidation effort to eliminate redundancies between the two businesses. As Specific Media says in a statement: The company is consolidating forces to ensure greater alignment between its workforce and the direction in which it’s headed. Specific Media says that

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What does Kindle Fire compete with, anyhow? Everything--and nothing

The long-standing rumors that Amazon.com would release a
tablet are rumors no more--at an event yesterday in New York City, Amazon founder CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Kindle Fire. He told us things we'd been expecting for a while: The Fire is a 7" tablet that uses Amazon's own variant of
Android, and it's deeply integrated with the company's services for buying books, magazines, movies, music, and apps. And he revealed some stuff that people hadn't been anticipating, such as a

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HP’s Internal $99 TouchPad Sale More Popular Than Expected, Crushes Web Server

People love the $99 TouchPad including HP employees. The TouchPad hit the HP’s employee purchasing program yesterday and potential buyers showed up en mass, promptly crashing the servers. It’s unclear how many TouchPads were sold, but my HP source didn’t manage to snag a cheap TouchPad yet. Instead, he received (and forwarded) an email detailing the problem and warning employees not to bother the call center with their woes. “Our site is too slow,” he said. HP

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Make It HD: Star Trek TNG Remastered For Blu-ray

Hold onto your phasers — the dream of many a Trekkie is about to come true. Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on Blu-ray starting in 2012. Every one of the show’s 178 episodes will be released eventually, though not all at once. Why such a slow release? Well, it turns out that instead of upconverting and selling for a premium, the producers of this new version are doing it right. How right? They’re scanning the original 35mm footage, cutting together

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Quora Q&amp;As come to iPhone, iPod Touch

Quora is now available on the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
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Question-and-answer site Quora has launched a new app for the
iPhone and the
iPod Touch.
The application, which was made available in Apple's App Store today, offers much of the functionality users find with the Web site version of the service. Users can ask questions, add answers on topics they're well-informed on, and search for questions on more than 60,000 topics, the company said.
To add a bit more functionality to

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New rumors say iPhone 5 to get larger screen, HSPA+

Apple's iPhone 4.
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A new pair of reports suggest that changes are headed to Apple's next
iPhone in the form of a bigger screen and a considerably faster data connection.

The first comes from Japanese outlet PC Watch, (via
Mac blog Macotakara), which reported on a slide shown by carrier China Unicom at this week's Macworld Asia, suggesting that the
iPhone 5 will add support for HSPA+ technology. HSPA+ is the standard that has a theoretical download speed of 21Mbps, up from the

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Swatch Announces Touchscreen Watches

Ugly though they may be, these Swatch watches have a trick up their sleeves. Using the same technology found in the Tissot T-Touch line, these Swatch Touch watches are touch-sensitive and allow you to swipe through different functions and control most of the watch features with a simple finger tap.
The Touch 2011 models support two timezones, a date display, chronograph, alarm, and timer. There are no buttons and it has a curved glass display and weirdly proportioned

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New iTree sound system tree-hugs your iPhone

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You have an
iPhone--a wonder of sleek, compact, multifunction technology. You essentially have a powerful multimedia computer system that fits in the palm of your hand. You must be thinking, "All I'm lacking is a giant log I can stick it into to play loud music."

Scream "Jackpot!" because KMKG Studios has introduced The iTree--a $15,000 personalized sound system for the iPhone, the
iPod and (with a little rigging) the
iPad. According to KMKG's designers: "The iTree

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China Takes First Steps Toward A Space Station, Launches Tiangong 1

As NASA’s steps get smaller, China’s space program is making big leaps with plans to have a manned space station in orbit by 2020. This morning (around 9pm in China), the Tiangong 1 space station module blasted off from a desert in the northwestern area of China. The reported purpose of this mission is to practice docking with other modules, which is essential to building a space station (obviously).
Tiangong 1, literally meaning Heavenly Palace, was carried into

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New publisher to target Middle Eastern gaming market

There hasn't been all that much buzz surrounding the gaming market in the Middle East, but that may be about to change.

Game agency Digital Development Management and Arabian Gulf-based company Trans Technologies has joined forces to form a new publishing house called Red Stallion Interactive. According to a recent press release on the company website, the new publisher will focus on developing and distributing games across the Middle East.



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Cooler Master Reveals Hyper 212 EVO &amp; TX3 EVO Coolers

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Alfresco, SugarCRM launch mobile app for iPad, iPhone

Add Alfresco to the growing list of open source applications being ported to the iPhone and iPad.
As Alfresco DevCon nears next month, the content management company announced the free iOS application for Apple’s leading mobile platforms.
Alfresco Mobile “extend the Alfresco experience to iOS devices and give corporate users direct access to all of their critical business content on the go,” the company press release stated. “Alfresco Mobile works seamlessly

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Google drops its suit over alleged Microsoft bias in government bid for hosted-cloud platform

Google has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior over the agency’s plans to use Microsoft’s cloud-hosted application suite without considering Google’s Google Apps alternative.
Google dropped the suit last week, according to seattlepi.com, because the DOI agreed to scrap its plan to consider only Microsoft options for a $49.3 million, five-year contract. The U.S. Federal Claims court dismissed the Google suit, and the agency seems to be

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Make Facebook Look More Like MySpace With Timeline Cover Photos From FBCovers

Last week, Facebook introduced one of the boldest makeovers to the Facebook profile page since the company’s launch with the new Facebook Timeline. The updated profile provides a deeper look into your past, with navigation that lets you time travel back through the previous months and years spent on Facebook.
The most noticeable and eye-catching change to your Facebook profile, however, is not the Timeline navigation – it’s the large banner-sized photo that’s

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More than a third of Android phones are 4G-enabled

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Android phones seem to have cornered the market on 4G, according to a report out yesterday from Localytics.
Gazing at the smartphone landscape, the mobile analytics firm found that 37 percent of all
Android phones are now 4G-enabled. That percentage is likely to surge even further as this year alone the number of 4G Android phones have jumped by more than 50 percent.
Of course, 4G is a fuzzy term that's often used loosely to describe any type of high-speed mobile

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Jesta Labs Hatches Gush: Fetch, Store And Organize All Your Digital Photos

The first startup to come out of New York-based incubator Jesta Labs is Gush, which launches today with a (currently invite-only) service that lets people put all their photos – no matter how many they have – privately in the cloud and organize them in a straightforward way.
Gush, which is free of charge, aims to become a central repository for photos that people currently have scattered all over their computers and phones, Facebook profiles, Flickr and Instagram

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Amazon fires on Netflix with new Kindle tablet

The Kindle Fire tablet could help Amazon's streaming-video service close the gap with Netflix.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos served notice today that his company is very much a Netflix competitor.
Some analysts predicted that Amazon would not make a serious effort in online video distribution. But at a press event in New York this morning, Amazon kicked Netflix where it hurts the most right now: price and value. The Web's largest retailer announced a series of new

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Flickr launches Android app, real-time photo sharing

Flickr announced its first official Android app today.
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SAN FRANCISCO--Yahoo today unveiled the first official
Android Flickr app, as well as a new feature that will allow users of its popular photo service to quickly and easily share pictures in real time with family and friends.

Released at a press event here that was meant to highlight part of Yahoo's overall mobile strategy, the new Android Flickr app is the first Yahoo has released, although developers have already

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Ten things we don't know about the Kindle Fire

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces the Kindle Fire, the company's first tablet computer, at an event in New York.
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Testing and reviewing hardware requires an intimate knowledge of the specs, components, and features of a device (as we see all the time in our laptop and desktop reviews). The new Kindle Fire, however, still has a few too many blank spots on its spec sheet to be able to give it a truly thorough early analysis.


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DOJ asks Google for more data about Motorola deal

Google today acknowledged receiving a so-called "second request" from the Justice Department for information as it considers the search giant's plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.



Google made the disclosure in a blog post this afternoon, saying the request was for "more information" in order to continue the review.
"While this means we won't be closing right away, we're confident that the DOJ will conclude that the rapidly growing mobile ecosystem will remain highly

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To beat Apple, Amazon's trying to be Apple

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pitches the Kindle Fire tablet at today's unveiling.
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Sarah Tew/CNET)

commentary The long-awaited Amazon
tablet is finally here, or at least will be when it ships out to consumers in early November.
Make no mistake about it, the 7-inch Kindle Fire--which was announced at an event this morning--has its sights set on
Apple's iPad, as well as the bevy of other tablets that have hit the market. It lets users browse and buy touch-based applications, while tapping

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Review: Amusing <em>Burnout Crash</em> Does Neither

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About a week ago, Burnout Crash launched on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. It’s a downloadable arcade game where players earn money by causing mayhem at the local busy intersection on Main Street. How do you cause mayhem in traffic, you ask? You start by crashing into other cars that have the misfortune to be nearby. Then you continue demolishing by making explosions by slamming the cars airborne into buildings, gasoline stations,

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New Humble Bundle Tries Different Pricing Tack

If you’ve watched the gaming world at all over the last year or so, you’re probably aware of the Humble Bundle, a charity-orientated promotion where you pay what you want for a few standout indie titles. The few so far have had a great reception, raising millions for charity (EFF and Child’s Play). A new one has just launched with acclaimed strategy shooter Frozen Synapse as the main draw, but there’s a new wrinkle in the pricing scheme.
Instead of just having

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NASA To Invite 150 Of Its Twitter Followers To Mars Rover Launch

While giveaways and “follow us and win!” contests aren’t always worth calling out, this promotion from @NASA is too great to pass up. They’re planning on inviting 150 of their followers to watch the Curiosity Mars Rover launch. Yes, the actual launch, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The tweetup will take place just prior to the launch window, which begins at 10:21 a.m. EST on Nov. 25. That is, of course, the day after Thanksgiving, which is a NASA holiday.

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Motorola Finally Comes Through With Xoom LTE Upgrades

Xoom users, rejoice! Despite having to stick it out for a few extra months, the 3G version of Motorola’s ambitious 10-incher is finally getting a piece of the LTE action starting tomorrow.
Frustrated users may remember that the Xoom was originally slated to get its LTE upgrade some time in Q2 2011, but months have come and gone without a firm release date.
The process is (fortunately) still free, and remains the same as the one we heard outlined all those months ago.

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Official Flickr App Arrives For Android

Being an Android user as well as a Flickr user has been dangerous territory for quite a long time now. There’s been no official app, and the third-party ones haven’t been too hot. Luckily for us, Yahoo has finally dropped a Flickr app that not only has their official blessing, but doesn’t suck at all.
It’s quite full-featured, not just a photostream browser. You can, of course, look at your own pictures or those of others, and the experience is pleasant and

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Microsoft signs Samsung to Android patent pact

Models hold Samsung Androids. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Microsoft has inked a patent-licensing deal with Samsung that covers smartphones and tablets running Android, adding the Korean outfit to the growing list of Android manufacturers that are paying Redmond to use Google’s mobile operating system.
On Wednesday, Microsoft and Samsung announced an agreement to cross-license each others’ patent portfolios, with Samsung paying Microsoft a portion of the royalties on Android devices and

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Nippon Ichi announces The Witch and the Hundred Cavalrymen

Last August, Japanese developer Nippon Ichi stated that it would soon unveil a quartet of new games it had under development. According to a recent issue of Dengeki PlayStation (translated via Andria Sang), the company has finally revealed one of them: an action role-playing game titled The Witch and the Hundred Cavalrymen.



Nippon Ichi teased spectators with the game's concept art last August.

The game is billed as an action RPG,

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Amazon intros game-playing Kindle Fire

To date, Amazon's line of Kindle readers has focused on delivering users a single medium: books. However, today the online retailer announced the Kindle Fire, a new device designed not only for books, but also for music, movies, TV shows, and games.


Amazon today debuted the Kindle Fire.
Set for a November 15 launch, the $200 Kindle Fire is an Android-powered tablet with a 7-inch color touchscreen. It will also feature a web-browser,

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Cursed Crusade delayed again

The titular hex of Atlus' Cursed Crusade is supposed to apply solely to the game's protagonists, but that jinx may cover its release date as well. Originally set for a summer release, Atlus earlier this year delayed the game until October 11. Today the publisher acknowledged the game would not be making that date, either.


Have fun storming the castle!
Fortunately, this delay for the Kylotonn-developed medieval action game is

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Apple Wants to Get Rid of Motherboard Cables

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Microsoft's Samsung Android Patent Troll Win

Microsoft has just announced its biggest ever Android-related patent deal with Samsung. In this contract, Microsoft will get a royalty payment on every Android smartphone and tablet that Samsung sells. And, what exactly is Samsung paying for and how much are they actually paying? We don’t know.
Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, smiling all the way to the bank, said in a statement that “We are always looking for

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The Amazon Kindle Fire is no iPad Killer

This? This is what all the excitement about? Don’t get me wrong. The just unveiled Amazon Kindle Fire is a fine low-end Android Linux-based e-reader/tablet, but it’s not a major Android tablet and it’s certainly no iPad killer.
While waiting to get my hands on one-come on Amazon, you’ve shipped enough books to my place to know my address by heart-I already know enough to know what the Kindle Fire is and isn’t. First, it’s not a full-powered tablet. If you

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How will Windows 8 tablets fare against Amazon's Kindle Fire?

Almost every analysis I’ve read today about the just announced Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon pits the Kindle Fire against the iPad and various Android tablets.
Even though Windows 8 tablets are still possibly a year away from shipping, Microsoft needs to be factored in here, too..
Will potential new tablet buyers want this?

This?

Or this?

Obviously, buying choices aren’t entirely based on just one factor. It’s not just the user interface that is the ultimate

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Microsoft and Amazon: Two browsers, two clouds and two different paths taken

One of the key components of the Amazon Kindle Fire announcement today was the unveiling of a new Amazon-developed browser, known as Silk.
Silk partions its processing between the Kindle Fire device and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). In a way, it’s browser as a service (BaaS).
Even though Microsoft has a substantial home-grown Microsoft “cloud” at its disposal, it isn’t going the BaaS route. In fact, with Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to bring back

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Kindle Fire sets a new (low) price point for tablets

The Kindle Fire just shook up the tablet industry with its $199 price point.
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Sarah Tew/CNET)


commentary Well, the Kindle Fire just up and ruined it for all the other
tablet makers.
Amazon just put the rest of the tablet world on notice by pricing the Kindle Fire at $199, less than half of the $500 mark that the industry has gravitated toward as a standard price. By doing so, Amazon is redefining for consumers just how much they need to pay for a quality tablet.

"It makes it

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Kindle Fire leads Amazon onslaught (roundup)

Taking direct aim at competitors like Barnes Noble and Apple, Amazon announces three new e-readers and its first ever tablet, all priced below $200.

Amazon fires on Netflix
Amazon's new Fire
tablet, which comes bundled with a 1-month free subscription to Amazon Prime, is a significant offer that will put some heat on Netflix.
(Posted in Media Maverick by Greg Sandoval) September 28, 2011 11:28 a.m. PT

The Kindle Fire's real threat is to Microsoft
With plenty of early buzz, the Kindle Fire

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Amazon Silk: Weaving a new browser

Amazon's new Silk browser running on its upcoming Kindle Fire tablet
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Among Amazon's announcements today is that the retail and cloud services giant is stepping into the browser market with a new Web browser that ships in its upcoming
Android-based
tablet.

That new browser is called Silk, and it's the latest effort to make Web browsing faster, especially on portable devices where the hardware is typically slower than what a user might have on a desktop or notebook

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Kindle Fire an iPad killer? Yes. It's the price, stupid.

commentary Amazon, not Apple, just mainstreamed the
tablet market. The company's new Kindle Fire tablet, a 7-inch touch-screen device powered by Amazon's content ecosystem and priced at just $199, may be an orange to
Apple's iPad apple, but I'd argue that it's an iPad killer all the same.
On paper, the Kindle Fire has half the features of the iPad. In fact, it's almost literally half the features--here's a handy comparison chart so you can see for yourself. There's no camera, front or rear;

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The Kindle Fire's real threat is to Microsoft

Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire may well be the first
tablet to contend with Apple's dominant
iPad.
For Microsoft, that's a big problem. That's because Microsoft envisioned tablets running its Windows 8 as the clear alternative to the iPad.
The market position battle in the early days of the tablet business isn't merely an exercise in chest-thumping. Tablet makers need to establish viability to convince developers to create much-needed applications to lure customers. That's why securing the spot

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Amazon fires on Netflix

The Kindle Fire tablet could help Amazon's streaming-video service close the gap with Netflix.
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Sarah Tew/CNET)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos served notice today that his company is very much a Netflix competitor.
There were some analysts who didn't think Amazon would make a serious effort in online video distribution. But at a press event in New York this morning, Amazon kicked Netflix where it hurts the most right now: price and value. The Web's largest retailer announced a series of new

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Kindle Fire an iPad killer? Yes. It's the price, stupid

commentary Amazon, not Apple, just mainstreamed the
tablet market. The company's new Kindle Fire tablet, a 7-inch touch-screen device powered by Amazon's content ecosystem and priced at just $199, may be an orange to
Apple's iPad apple, but I'd argue that it's an iPad killer all the same.
On paper, the Kindle Fire has half the features of the iPad. In fact, it's almost literally half the features--here's a handy comparison chart so you can see for yourself. There's no camera, front or rear;

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3rd Generation Kindles Get A New Name, Discounted Prices

If Amazon’s new slew of keyboard-less Kindles leaves you feeling frightened and confused, you’ve still got time to pick up one of their soon-to-be classic models. The 3rd generation Kindle (which has been retroactively renamed the “Kindle Keyboard”) is enjoying a bit of a price drop on Amazon.com as we speak.
The Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers has dipped from its usual price down to $99, while the spiffy 3G version is currently selling for $139. Given that

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Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears 'Civil War' Proportions

A scrawled sign was placed next to a decapitated body near a main road in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo. Its message was simple: Stop talking about drug cartels on the internet — or anywhere else. “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites,” the sign read, “I’m The Laredo Girl, and I’m here because of my reports, and yours.”
The execution of Marisol Macias Castaneda — known online as “The Laredo Girl” and as “Nena de Laredo” — is the

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Sophos tackles new BlackHole RAT malware variant for OS X

Back in February of this year a malware utility called BlackHole, or MusMinim by security company Sophos, was found for OS X. BlackHole is a backdoor server program RAT (Remote Access Tool) that runs on an infected system and allows a remote user to interact with the system by sending shutdown commands, displaying screen messages, opening URLs, and requesting usernames and passwords. In essence it is similar to a remote desktop utility, but is not distributed for productive purposes.
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First Look: Up Close and Personal With Amazon's Kindle Fire

Always On by Gadget Lab's Brian X. Chen
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TCTV: Hands On With The Kindle Touch

The first device Jeff Bezos showed off at today’s Amazon event was the diminutive Kindle Touch, a $99 e-ink device that should be on everyone’s Christmas lists this year. The Touch has an 6-inch, IR-based touchscreen and includes all of the features found in the ne Kindle models including the new X-Ray feature that adds research and information to any book downloaded from the Kindle store.
The Touch will cost $99 for the basic model ($139 without “special

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New iPhones, iPods reportedly in Apple's retail system

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While we're less than a week out from Apple taking the wraps off the next version of the
iPhone, new models--yes you read that right, models--of the company's portable devices are already said to be in its inventory system.

Citing new information from frequent part leaking source "Mr. X," 9to5mac reports that two new iPhones have appeared in the company's inventory system alongside three new
iPod Touch models.
Before getting too excited, 9to5Mac says the new models are

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TCTV: Hands On With The Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is the device we were all waiting for and when it arrived it did not disappoint. The Fire is a 7-inch media device that plays well with all of Amazon’s media services including the book store, the video store, and the music store. It includes a web browser and supports Amazon’s own Amazon App Store, a branch of the Android App Store that focuses on apps optimized for this device.
Priced at $199, the Fire should arrive in late November and, as Matt notes, it

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GameStop exec: Game consoles still 'gold standard'

As the popularity of digital games continues to increase, there are some people who might wonder if consoles can survive much longer--just don't count GameStop President Tony Bartel as one of them.
Speaking to IndustryGamers in an interview published yesterday, Bartel acknowledged the importance of digital content in today's gaming industry, but said that over the next several years, it's hard to see a way in which consoles will lose their value in the marketplace.
"We continue to believe

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Unity 3.5 gaming tools challenge Apple's ideas

Unity Technologies today will show off Unity 3.5, a new version of its game development software designed to match higher-end tools, spread its games' reach to Adobe Systems' Flash Player, and defend the honor of cross-platform programming.

The company--profitable and now grown to 150 employees--aims to make it easier for programmers to write games that, once written, work on multiple devices. Applications today can run on foundations such as Windows,
Mac OS X,
Android, iOS, and Web

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L.A. Noire hits PC in November

Team Bondi may have hit the skids, but the Australian developer's debut title has yet to finish up its patrol. Rockstar Games today announced that the PC debut of L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition has been set for November 8 in North America, with a European launch following on November 11.


A good cop in a bad town with worse spelling.
Justifying the package's subtitle, the PC edition of L.A. Noire packs in a code to grab all

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Foo Fighters headlining BlizzCon 2011

Blizzard Entertainment has stepped up its annual BlizzCon fan convention in recent years with concerts from Ozzy Osbourne, The Offspring, and Tenacious D. Earlier this month, Blizzard parent company Activision raised the bar for fan convention concerts with its Call of Duty XP festival, which featured two concerts from coheadliners Dropkick Murphys and Kanye West.


Foo will be Fought at BlizzCon 2011.
However, Blizzard isn't

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Syndicate unloading February 21

A reboot of the Syndicate franchise was rumored for years before Electronic Arts made it official earlier this month. The publisher is moving significantly faster offering the next bit of news for the game, as Gamasutra is reporting the shooter will be out worldwide in February.


Gamers can get Syndicated next February.
More specifically, Syndicate will arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on February 21, with a

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Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle spotted

Microsoft has a history of giving gamers special-edition system bundles for major franchises. The Xbox 360 has at various times been packed in with Halo 3, Gears of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, and soon Kinect Star Wars and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now, it appears DC Comics' caped crusader is bundling up as well.


Customers are a thrifty and judicious lot…
As spotted by Gamerant, Amazon's German arm recently posted a listing

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Gran Turismo 5 update, DLC inbound

Gran Turismo 5 was announced alongside the PlayStation 3's unveiling in 2005, and it took developer Polyphony Digital five years to actually release the game.


Time for a tune-up.
The studio isn't done tuning Gran Turismo 5 just yet, as series producer Kazunori Yamauchi today announced via Twitter that the "Spec 2.0" update for Gran Turismo 5 will arrive sometime during the third week of October.

While Yamauchi made no mention as to

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Stylus, Yet Functional

Years ago, I settled on a few trusted input devices. At the office, I use a Kensington Orbit trackball and a Griffin PowerMate for scrolling. At home, I use an Apple Magic Mouse. On the road, I use nothing more than my laptop’s trackpad.
I consider these things old friends (even the youngish Magic Mouse) and I’ve been loath to switch. But switch I did.
Wacom, longtime leaders in the tablet market (not the Android/iPad kind, but the pen-and-slate kind your design nerd friends

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New 32nm Atoms Surface on Intel's Website

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kobo Pulse Aims To Offer New Twist On Social Reading

Kobo has been cultivating their Reading Life initiative for a while now, and with the announcement of their new Pulse feature, they’re digging even deeper into the social space than before. Slated to launch in their Kobo iOS apps first, Pulse is a new way for readers to connect with others while digitally thumbing through their collections.
The pulse manifests itself as a pink splotch on the bottom of any given page, where it waxes and wanes to display the level of

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A translation of Apple's iPhone event invite

Apple's invite for next week's event.
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CNET)

Despite its usual brevity, Apple's event invite this morning leaves a lot to chew on.

It goes without saying that the tag line "Let's talk
iPhone" spells out that we'll be seeing the new phone from the company. The question is if there will be two new phones, something Apple's never done.
Also unclear is whether Apple plans to skip an update to its
iPod line ahead of the holiday season, and if the "let's talk iPhone" tag line might also

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Apple Seals the Deal: iPhone 5 Event Set for Oct. 4

Apple will be unveiling its next iPhone Oct. 4 at its Cupertino headquarters
It’s about time.
Apple is hosting its next iPhone event at its Cupertino, California headquarters on Oct. 4. Press invites landed in media inboxes first thing this morning, with a very enticing tag line: “Let’s Talk iPhone.”
Tim Cook is expected to be master of ceremonies at the event now that he is Apple’s CEO. The media event is taking place at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop HQ, out of the norm

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iPad Photo Mag Shares Revenue With Photographers

There’s no denying it, photos look great on the iPad. So it makes sense that quite a few iPad-only photo magazines are cropping up to take advantage of its lush display and low digital overhead.

In particular, we’ve been watching Once Magazine. Over the last few months of its development, we've seen beta versions filled with thoughtful and provocative photo stories. On Oct. 6, the magazine is launching its first paid edition on iTunes for $3.

One thing that makes Once stand out from

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Microsoft Launches Windows Phone Marketplace Web Store

Finally, the Windows Phone 7 operating system is starting to catch up.
Microsoft’s web-based Windows Phone Marketplace goes live today, years after competitors Apple and Google launched their own. The app store launch is in conjunction with the roll out of Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows Phone 7 operating system (Mango).
The version 7.5 update will roll out to existing Windows Phone owners slowly to ensure there are no issues for users, according to the company.

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How did Madden 12 for iOS escape EA's lab?

Madden NFL 12
(Credit:
EA Sports)


Madden NFL 12 from EA Sports has been one of the most eagerly awaited and top-selling games of the year thus far--as it always is for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and other platforms.
But it looks like something went terribly wrong with the iOS versions for Apple's iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.

A visit to the iTunes Store reveals a series of frustrated reviews from Madden 12 buyers calling for refunds. Words like "horrible," "awful, "junk," "dreadful,"

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AMD Releases Battlefield 3-Ready Beta Radeon Drivers

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iPhone 5 Screen Size Will Not Increased

Apple will not increase the screen size of the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone to compete with the next generation of Android devices, an analyst claims.

The company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 5 in October, introducing a self-assembled with new features including a redesigned form, better camera and wireless charging.



However, there are also rumors that Apple will increase the size of the handset screen in response to a new smartphone running the latest version of the

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Windows 8: 11 New Features You Must Know

Microsoft thinks you're tired of juggling multiple OSes, so that Windows 8 will combine the traditional Windows interface with Mango-flavored touch interface called Metro.



Photo Credit: Microsoft

Start Screen of Windows 8


The new Start screen of Windows 8 lands you smack dab in the middle of Metro interface, with lots of apps and services loaded simultaneously.



Photo Credit: Microsoft

Internet Explorer 10 of Windows 8

Windows 8 will come with Internet Explorer

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Twitter Web Analytics Tool Released

How much website traffic you receive from Twitter? Twitter Web Analytics, a new tool was announced on Tuesday, will give help clarity some website owners who rely on information networks for content distribution.

Twitter Web Analytics is intended to provide website owners more data on the effectiveness of their Twitter integration. This is supported by BackType, corporate social analysis that Twitter acquired in July.



Twitter Web Analytics, describes the founding of BackType and new

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Toshiba Shows TransferJet-Compatible LSI For Stable Wireless Data Exchange

Close proximity technology TransferJet is evolving. Toshiba has developed an LSI (pictured) that supports TransferJet and is designed specifically for mobile devices. The LSI is sized at just 4.0×4.0× 0.5mm and the smallest of its kind, according to Toshiba.
The company says the LSI achieves a receiving sensitivity of -78dBm, outperforming the value of the TransferJet standard itself (-71dBm) and making data transfer between two TransferJet-equipped devices more stable

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