Author Archives: Elise Moreau


iWork.com to shut down July 31 following MobileMe

iWork.com to shut down July 31 following MobileMe

The shutdown process has taken years, but Apple’s paid cloud service MobileMe was finally closed for good officially on Sunday. Now Apple is starting to remind everyone that iWork’s online portal will follow in MobileMe’s footsteps and will also be shut down this July 31, 2012. Users should start backing up any work before that date if they ever want to see documents stored there again.

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Apple fights hard for iPad3.com domain

Apple fights hard for iPad3.com domain

Apple is determined to get the iPad3.com domain, after the company filed a claim for the inactive domain with the World Intellectual Property Organization for the second time in two months. While the iPad 3 only existed in everyone’s mind prior to the unveiling of the new iPad [see our full review here], it’s clear that Apple recognizes that some people still call it the third iPad to differentiate it from the others, prompting them to move toward trying to seize iPad3.com.

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Apple may be changing its in-store Genius Bar layout

Apple may be changing its in-store Genius Bar layout

Stepping into one of Apple’s retail locations is barely comparable to stepping into any other store, and the Genius Bar is just one of those things that is truly unique to the whole experience. Be prepared now to potentially see a few changes in stores soon, because Apple has been testing a new layout that adds more stools and accommodates more customers with the hopes of increasing overall efficiency.

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Micron to buy Elpida Memory to compete with Samsung

Micron to buy Elpida Memory to compete with Samsung

Micron Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire debt-ridden Japanese chip maker Elpida Memory for about $750 million in cash to boost Micron’s manufacturing capacity and bump them up behind Samsung–the global market leader for DRAM memory chips. The agreement involves a sponsorship which will require Micron to spend about $2.5 billion to acquire Elpida’s equity and pay off some of its debt.

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AudioQuest’s DragonFly is a USB-powered digital-to-analog converter

AudioQuest’s DragonFly is a USB-powered digital-to-analog converter

Sound quality is important, and AudioQuest’s DragonFly is a simple device that anyone can use to bypass the not-so-great quality of a computer’s built-in sound card, turning it into a high-performance sound source to enjoy at home or on the go. DragonFly comes in the form of a flash drive that connects to any Mac or PC USB jack and uses an ESS Sabre DAC—a quality chip found in most high-end Blu-ray and CD players.

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Facebook ‘Want’ button discovered in latest SDK

Facebook ‘Want’ button discovered in latest SDK

A Facebook developer by the name of Tom Waddington stumbled across something completely new within the latest version of the Facebook SDK, hinting that the social networking giant may be working on a new “Want” button similar to the ever so popular “Like” button. Waddington managed to insert it into his website, which similarly resembles the Like button. Anyone signed in to Facebook can press it to “want this.” What results from there is a red error message.

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Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta Airlines will be expanding WiFi access to more than 150 international aircraft including Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 starting at the beginning of 2013. Existing air-to-ground service has been conveniently available on domestic flights within the US, but international access has always been constrained by this ground-based technology normally used by airlines.

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O2 Secure Wireless announces first store and new Android devices

O2 Secure Wireless announces first store and new Android devices

O2 Secure Wireless, a company that currently works in the development of US wireless tower facilities and offers other broadband communication services, has announced that their first retail store in Palm Beach, FL is set to open July 9 offering a range of wireless services and products. The store will sell phone parts and offer performance repairs on the types of phones mostly commonly seen today.

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Coca-Cola’s power-free vending machines keep stuff cool for hours

Coca-Cola’s power-free vending machines keep stuff cool for hours

As part of the “Apollo” ultra-energy-saving vending machine development project, Coca-Cola parterned with Fuji Electric Retail Systems to develop the “A011” peak-shift vending machine that can keep products cool without using power for up to 16 hours per day. The vending machines shift their use of power for cooling away from peak daytime to nighttime hours when power capacity is high.

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HP releases webOS Community Edition for TouchPads

HP releases webOS Community Edition for TouchPads

It was a few months ago when we got word of HP’s plans to release something called a “Community Edition” as an added part to webOS 3.0.5. Now, webOS Community Edition has been released for use on legacy TouchPad tablets. Users will be able to learn how the TouchPad works, make modifications and then eventually apply what they’ve learned to Open webOS 1.0 in the future.

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