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Google rumored to be working on 7-inch ‘Nexus’ tablet

Google rumored to be working on 7-inch ‘Nexus’ tablet

Only several days ago, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed in an interview that "Google was working on a tablet" and that it had a "six month window". Now, a report from Digitimes states that the purported 'Nexus' tablet will be a 7-inch device running Ice Cream Sandwich, or as it's formally called, Android 4.0. The site also alleged that sources from the company's supply chain claim that the tablet could be ready as soon as this upcoming April.

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Apple’s iMac accounts for nearly one-third of all-in-one PC sales last year

Apple’s iMac accounts for nearly one-third of all-in-one PC sales last year

Apple has once again put up some impressive numbers on the board, this time in the PC sales department, where the company's iMac product lineup has accounted for virtually one-third of all-in-one PC sales last year, according to estimates by DisplaySearch research published in Bloomberg. All-in-one desktop PC sales grew 39% in 2010 to 14.5 million units, and among those desktop sales, Apple accounted for 32.9 percent, establishing it as, well, the largest all-in-one PC maker in the world.

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Barnes & Noble looking to sell publishing division

Barnes & Noble looking to sell publishing division

In a turn of events, Bookseller Barnes & Noble is apparently considering selling off its publishing division, Sterling Publishing, revealed by a leak today by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal said that B&N was in a search for possible customers, in hoping to focus more on their Nook product line and its core retail business. The bookshop has been publishing some of its own content since the 1970s, but only recently acquired Sterling in 2003 for approximately $115 million.

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Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ native theme required for Android Market access, says Google

Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ native theme required for Android Market access, says Google

Google has just announced that Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich's native theme, dubbed 'Holo', will be required for any Android 4.0 device in order to have access to Google's plethora of apps, including, well, the Android Market. Well, we knew that Ice Cream Sandwich's native UI theme would be seated right into the OS level of the platform, but, to be mandatory for access to the Android Market? That's quite a step further than previously thought to be.

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Tivo collects $215 million patent settlement from AT&T

Tivo collects $215 million patent settlement from AT&T

TiVo is on track to collect $215 million over the next seven years from AT&T, with an initial payment of $51 million, thanks to a two-year long settlement over a DVR lawsuit. TiVo had started suing AT&T in mid-2009, claiming that the telecom’s DVR was in violation of some of TiVo’s patents. Furthermore, according to a press release issued by TiVo, AT&T could possibly be forced to cough up even more if its number of DVR subscribers went above a particular threshold of users.

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Verizon CEO canceling keynote appearance at CES

Verizon CEO canceling keynote appearance at CES

Well, what's up with this, Verizon? The chief executive of the largest telecom carrier in the nation has apparently just abruptly canceled his appearance in a keynote panel at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, according to company reports. Verizon stated that a conflicting change in schedule is preventing CEO Lowell McAdam from attending the Las Vegas-based technology conference this month, the company confirmed this to Reuters.

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Ivy Bridge-based Xeons a possibility from Intel in the spring

Ivy Bridge-based Xeons a possibility from Intel in the spring

The Xeon E5 launch earlier this year from chipmaker Intel could be possibly matched by a plethora of Ivy Bridge-based models soon to be released after, based on a tentative processor roadmap. After releasing 18 E5 chips based on the current Sandy Bridge architecture, Intel may be slated to have 11 Xeons arrive in the spring based on the new 2012 design, claimed Digitimes. Billed as Ivy Bridge-H2, these would include "Xeon E3 chips like the E3-1290v2 in bulk costs of $189 to $884, as well as E5s from $192 to $1,440, one of which would be the E5-2470", according to Electronista.

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‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

Well, Windows Developer Shai Leib has jumped into the fray, and has introduced a Windows Phone app, dubbed 'Ask Ziggy', that, for all intents and purposes, attempts to rival Apple's Siri personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S. Similar to Siri, Ask Ziggy uses voice recognition technology instead of conventional text entry for search queries. Users can search for directions, flight statuses, financial stock prices, weather, calculation results and other data, using the app on a device running WP7.

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HP teases glimpse of Spectre ultrabook, may be slotted in Envy lineup

HP teases glimpse of Spectre ultrabook, may be slotted in Envy lineup

HP has just dropped a teaser look at what may possibly be the company's new ultrabook in their Envy laptop lineup, dubbed the Spectre.  From the likes of the video, it looks to be an extremely thin notebook with a completely flat-shaped lid, but unfortunately, not much else is shown, than the ultrathin, ultrabook-esque design.  Pity that there isn't more to be revealed, but we're sure there will be more to come when CES rolls around this month in Las Vegas.

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Apple to possibly debut completely redesigned iPhone in Fall 2012

Apple to possibly debut completely redesigned iPhone in Fall 2012

BGR has just reported that Apple is possibly debuting a completely redesigned iPhone in the fall of 2012, following the trend first set by the iPhone 4S, of new Apple products being launched later in the year, instead of mid-year releases. According to the report, the new iPhone will incorporate an aluminum back panel (similar to that of the iPad 2) rather than the glass found on the current iPhone models, the iPhone 4 and 4S.

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Google+ passes 62 million users, adding 625,000 new users daily

Google+ passes 62 million users, adding 625,000 new users daily

It may be because of the brand appeal, the TV commercials, the Android 4.0 release, or the general holiday spirit (or rather, blatant commercialism) that Christmas brings, or an amalgamation of all these factors, but there is no doubt that the number of new user signups for Google+ each day has grown rather rapidly in the past several weeks. Google+ has apparently just passed the 62 million user mark, and adds about 625,000 new users daily, according to unofficial Google statistician Paul Allen.

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Dropbox adds photo and video import support directly from your camera

Dropbox adds photo and video import support directly from your camera

Dropbox has just introduced a new feature with their new “Experimental Forum Build” beta app for Windows, Mac and Linux, which now essentially enables users to automatically import photos and videos directly from your camera. The system starts the uploading process when a camera, phone, or memory card is connected to your computer. Your photos and videos will then be sent off to the cloud, or rather, the DropBox servers, becoming accessible by all your other Dropbox-supported devices.

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