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AT&T CEO predicts data-only plans in 2 years

AT&T CEO predicts data-only plans in 2 years

AT&T CEO Randy Stephenson believes that data-only plans will be coming to wireless carriers within the next two years. Stephenson did not confirm that AT&T had any such plans to offer data-only options, but he suggested that the industry is heading that direction. Phone calls and text messages would be considered other forms of data.

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Vizio to launch its first computers this month

Vizio to launch its first computers this month

Vizio, popular for its stylish yet affordable TVs, is now diving into the PC market. When the relatively small and unknown company first popped onto the scene with its TVs, it took that market by storm, going head to head against major players like Sony to become the largest TV manufacturer in the US. Now, it wants to take on Apple by introducing its own line of ultra thin laptops and sleek all-in-one PCs.

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Netflix beats Apple in online movie revenue

Netflix beats Apple in online movie revenue

Netflix has become the the largest online movie service in the US, taking Apple out of the top spot. According to data collected by IHS iSuppli, Netflix's share of the online movie market surged to 44 percent in 2011 from 0.5 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, Apple's market share through its iTunes service fell nearly by half to 32.3 percent in 2011 from 60.8 percent in 2010.

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ETSI considering embedded SIMs for mobile

ETSI considering embedded SIMs for mobile

Apple has reportedly been wanting to use embedded SIMs in its iPhones and now it looks like the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) may be leaning that direction. The ETSI just gave Apple a victory this morning, by approving the company's nano-SIM design as the new standard, snubbing the design submitted by Nokia and Microsoft. The organization is now deliberating over rules for an embedded SIM standard for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications that could eventually find its way to consumer products and mobile devices.

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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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