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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Alien hunting goes crowd-sourced with SETILive

Alien hunting goes crowd-sourced with SETILive

While the Search For Extra Terrestrial Life (SETI) may not be quite as flush as it used to be, its organizers are finding new and interesting ways to continue the search for life among the stars. Their latest initiative is SETILive, a crowd-sourced web application that lets anyone join the search of the nearby universe, no advanced degrees required. The SETILive website allows registered users to scan automatically-generated images based on radio frequency scans of sections of space that SETI believes are the likeliest to contain extraterrestrial life.

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Qualcomm provides developers with Snapdragon Windows 8 test machines

Qualcomm provides developers with Snapdragon Windows 8 test machines

Microsoft has re-ignited the fervor behind its new ARM version of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress today, and Qualcomm wants developers to know that it's behind them all the way. The chip manufacturer has announced that it will provide custom-made Snapdragon developer devices specifically for working on Windows 8 ARM. The hardware will be provided specifically with the intention of testing and optimizing new ARM-based Windows software, which will be quite a challenge as developers contend with new code and chip standards.

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TiVo Whole Home DVR Extender will get retail release

TiVo Whole Home DVR Extender will get retail release

If you're still a fan of the original DVR (and there's a lot of them out there) we've got good news: you'll soon be able to purchase TiVo's new Whole Home DVR Extender. Even better, you can get it through your cable or satellite provider or buy it yourself, as the units are headed to electronics retailers as well. The nugget of information came from TiVo's quarterly financial call, and while there' no exact information on exactly when the DVR Extender will arrive or for how much, you can expect them to appear on TiVo's website sometime in the summer or fall.

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Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

It's been slow going for the world's first commercial passenger space program, but Virgin Galactic is slowly but surely making progress. While it's already gotten its SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital craft beyond the reaches of Earth's atmosphere in successful tests before, it only did so with the help of a carrier vehicle, then glided back to earth and landed conventionally. The company hopes to install and test the craft's rocket engine before the end of 2012, marking a major milestone in Virgin Galactic's plans to create a space tourism business.

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HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

Meg Whitman may have big plans for WebOS, the little mobile operating system that couldn't, but it looks like whatever she's planning doesn't require a large portion of the current WebOS development team. The company has laid off 275 employees in its mobile section. Most of the affected employees are engineers, which makes a lot of sense, since HP has no current plans to offer any more WebOS hardware. The laid off workers will join former Palm executive Jon Rubinstein, who voluntarily left HP last month. Some of the employees may be redeployed within HP, but not all.

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Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford's SYNC system is one of the best uses of in-car technology out there that's included by a manufacturer - but since its inception in 2007 it's been relegated to North America. The company aims to end that sad state of affairs next week at the Geneva Motor Show, when it introduces SYNC to European customers in the new 2013 B-Max crossover. he optional add-on will be added to other models afterwards. Currently the company hasn't said when the B-Max will hit the road, or how long after that it'll take to expand  the current line-up with the SYNC option.

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OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

Desktop gaming computers are getting more over-the-top every year, and with triple and quadruple SLI and Crossfire X motherboards now on the market, those who need the absolute maximum in performance also need a ton of power with which to achieve it. Enter OCZ's latest power supply, the 1000W Fatal1ty PSU. It's not the first kilowatt power supply around, but it is the first to feature the branding of pro gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - an instant way to make PC gamers sit up and take notice.

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T-Mobile skips 84Mbps upgrade for LTE future

T-Mobile skips 84Mbps upgrade for LTE future

Last week T-Mobile finally announced its plants to upgrade its network to long-term evolution (LTE) speeds, now that the possibility of being acquired by AT&T is off the table for good. The LTE portions of T-Mobile network won't be online until next year at the earliest, but in the meantime the company had planned to upgrade all of its HSPA+ towers to a mind-boggling 84 megabits per second. Alas, that's no longer the case - due to the intense cost and preparations needed for the LTE network, T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ network won't get above 42MBps maximum.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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We’re Live at the MWC 2012 Keynote featuring Google

We’re Live at the MWC 2012 Keynote featuring Google

Android is dominating here at Mobile World Congress 2012, and that means Google's taking center stage for the bulk of the conference. In addition to their massive booth, the search giant also gets a keynote presentation all to itself, and it's starting in just under half an hour. SlashGear is here to bring the latest news - whatever that might be. Google's been pretty tight-lipped on the conference so far, though they might have some interesting surprises in store for us.

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Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Perhaps the biggest addition out of the many new features in Windows 8 is its new ARM-based flavor, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8 WOA. They don't want anyone to forget it, either: they've planned a showcase event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the tech world is currently checking out the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets... running on ARM. The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon local time, putting it between 6AM (PST) and 9AM (EST) in the United States.

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AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

The whole world might be going nuts for mobile at the moment, but believe it or not, people are still making - and buying! - full-sized desktop computers. Based on that startling fact, AMD has revealed the latest and greatest in its FX line of desktop-class processors, the FX-6200 and FX-4170. The former beefs up capability with six cores, while the latter makes due with "only" four. An AMD representative also said that they're reducing prices on the eight-core FX-8120, but by how much will depend upon what market you're in.

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