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Sony unveils world’s first 4K home cinema projector

Sony unveils world’s first 4K home cinema projector

Sony has unveiled the VPL-VW1000ES, a new super high definition projector that's the world's first to offer home theaters 4K resolution, which is four times that of Full HD 1080p. The Sony VPL-VW1000ES projects a 4096 x 2160-pixel resolution or over 8.8 million pixels for image clarity that brings a truly immersive visual experience.

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Nokia’s profit margin struggle against Apple

Nokia’s profit margin struggle against Apple

A new infographic has been put together by iSuppli that delves into the numbers behind Nokia and Apple's profit margins in mobile. It really shows why it's so difficult for Nokia or almost any competitor to put a dent in Apple's dominance. The chart compares the cost to produce the Lumia 900 versus the iPhone 4S, revealing that Apple not only gets to charge way more for its device but also pays less for its components.

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MSI revamps graphics of GT70 gaming notebooks

MSI revamps graphics of GT70 gaming notebooks

MSI's GT70 gaming notebooks were recently launched with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge chips and now the company has revamped the notebooks once again, upgrading the graphics card. Whereas the GT70 previously sported the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M discrete graphics card, it now features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M for an even more advanced gaming and multimedia experience.

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Gigabyte unveils X11 as world’s lightest 11.6-inch Ultrabook

Gigabyte unveils X11 as world’s lightest 11.6-inch Ultrabook

Gigabyte today officially unveiled its X11 Ultrabook following yesterday's leaked images of the laptop. The 11.6-inch Ultrabook is being touted as the world's lightest notebook, weighing only 975g or 2.15 pounds. Besides sporting a MacBook Air-like ultra thin design ranging from 16.5mm to 3mm (0.65 inches to 0.19 inches) at its thinnest point, the X11 is also made from real carbon fiber that further reduces weight.

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Skyrim Dawnguard official trailer released

Skyrim Dawnguard official trailer released

The official trailer for Skyrim's upcoming DLC called Dawnguard has been released by game publisher Bethesda. Artwork for the new content was first teased earlier this month and is expected to be a larger than normal expansion pack for the popular video game. Although details on the first add-on is still scant, it's confirmed for a summer launch on Xbox LIVE with more information to come next week at E3.

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Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google Voice update offers more control over anonymous calls

Google released an update today for its Google Voice online calling and voice message management service that will help you better control the calls you receive. It recently integrated Google+ with the service so that you could customize the answering rules for your different Groups and Circles. Now, they are extending that customization to calls you receive from people not already in your address book and anonymous calls.

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Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon announced today that it will be doubling the speed of its already blazing FiOS home Internet service. The fiber optics service was boasting 150Mbps downlink and 35Mbps uplink speeds, but soon those speeds will be boosted to 300Mbps downlink and 65Mbps uplink. That's much faster than any other cable offering and faster than many of the wireless routers in our homes.

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Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel Ultrabooks, tablets to get free WiFi access

Intel is planning to add "enhanced connectivity" to some of its Ultrabooks and tablets. It has partnered with Devicescape to offer its WiFi management tool, which will make it easy to connect to nearly 8 million public WiFi hotspots. This means that Ultrabooks and tablets that feature Intel's Smart Connect Technology will be able to automatically connect to Devicescapes Curated Virtual Network (CVN).

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Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker presents latest Internet Trends at D10

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), presented her latest Internet Trends report at the All Things Digital D10 conference this morning. Meeker's annual state of the web presentation has always been a highlight of the conference, delivering a comprehensive summary of what's happening in tech. This year it's a massive 112-slide deck focused on mobile adoption and its resulting requirement of re-inventing business models.

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Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Microsoft's popular Photosynth panorama stitching tech has finally reached the company's own Windows Phone platform. The photo app was released over a year ago on iOS but was oddly missing from WP7. Microsoft admitted that the app required some deeper access to the phones hardware, which was not available at the time.

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Volvo completes first self-driving convoy in Spain

Volvo completes first self-driving convoy in Spain

Volvo recently unleashed a convoy of self-driving cars on a public motorway in Barcelona, Spain during normal traffic. The convoy successfully completed a 125-mile trip in what is considered the world's first public test of this kind. The endeavor is part of the Sartre project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) that believes vehicle convoys can reduce fuel consumption and accidents.

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NuForce launches 2-inch Cube all-in-one speaker

NuForce launches 2-inch Cube all-in-one speaker

NuForce, makers of consumer and professional audio solutions, has launched a new all-in-one portable speaker called the Cube. The tiny device measures only 2-inches tall and manages to pack in three functions. It offers great sound and acts as a headphone amplifier as well as a USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC).

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