Archive for February, 2011

The Prospect of an Apple Television Bores Me

The Prospect of an Apple Television Bores Me

Through the many years I’ve been covering the technology industry, I’ve always enjoyed Apple rumors. From the absurd to the downright obvious, there is no limit to what people will say about Apple’s plans for the future. But as of late, I’ve been most intrigued by continued rumors that Apple is working on a television that would pit it against some of the best plasma and LCD makers in the business.

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EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

EcoSquid Makes Selling or Recycling Gadgets Easy

There are lots of gadget recycling options out there, and sometimes the number of choices can be overwhelming. EcoSquid is a site that compares many different websites and lets you choose the best option for selling, trading in, or recycling your old device. You just type in what gadget you want to get rid of, and the site will give you a list of options. So step away from that blender...

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Disney Buys Kids Social Network Togetherville

Disney Buys Kids Social Network Togetherville

Disney has bought social network Togetherville today for an undisclosed amount. Disney is combining the popularity of social networks with its popularity amongst kids. Togetherville operates just like other social networking sites and uses Facebook to enable connections, but the target users are kids aged 10 and under.

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Sprint Stops Android Froyo Update to Samsung Epic 4G

Sprint Stops Android Froyo Update to Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G owners on Sprint may have to wait a while longer to update their devices to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sprint has stopped all over-the-air updates to the device and has taken down the download link for the update as well. These measures were taken after Sprint received several complaints from Epic 4G owners that the update wrecked their phones.

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OCZ Launches Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SATA SSDs

OCZ Launches Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SATA SSDs

OCZ Technology Group announced today its next generation Vertex 3 SATA III SSD lineup. These will be for both client and enterprise applications. According to OCZ, the new series will deliver "double the performance of the previous generation." The release includes the Vertex 3 and the enterprise-class Vertex 3 Pro. See all the specs after the break.

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MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge Doesn’t Work with Verizon LTE Pantech Card/Software [BREAKING]

MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge Doesn’t Work with Verizon LTE Pantech Card/Software [BREAKING]

We're taking a hands-on look at the new MacBooks released today and we've noticed something potentially quite important. When attempting to use Verizon's LTE Pantech card/software, we've found that it doesn't work with this brand new MacBook Sandy Bridge platform. When attempting to work with the VZAccess Manager we get an error which says it's unable to launch. This is a saddening situation for us who've basically it seems like just five minutes ago gotten 4G on our OSX machines.

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Cisco Upgrades Video Sharing/Conferencing Portfolio

Cisco Upgrades Video Sharing/Conferencing Portfolio

Cisco will soon be releasing upgrades to its videoconferencing and video sharing portfolio, the company said Thursday. According to David Hsieh, vice president of marketing for Cisco's emerging technologies business group, the new Cisco gear could reduce video production and distribution costs by up to 90% by reducing the need for businesses to hire contractors for video production. Among the updrades are a 12-inch touchscreen device for controlling endpoints and two new IP desktop phones (the 8941 and 8945) with integrated video cameras and 5 inch displays.

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Verizon Says No Required Data Plan for Motorola Xoom

Verizon Says No Required Data Plan for Motorola Xoom

Verizon initially required customers who want to purchase the Motorola Xoom to also purchase their data plan. However, the carrier has changed its mind and says users can now purchase a Motorola Xoom off contract without signing up for a data plan. Initially Xoom owners had to pay for a month of required 3G service at $20 on top of the $35 activation fee.

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MacBook Pro 15-inch with ThunderBolt hands-on (early 2011)

MacBook Pro 15-inch with ThunderBolt hands-on (early 2011)

Make no mistake; the new MacBook Pro notebooks are impressive beasts. Outwardly all but identical to the previous range, which means plenty of milled aluminum, a backlit chiclet keyboard and broad multitouch trackpad, on the inside there's a fresh injection of Sandy Bridge and potent AMD processors to match. We met with Apple this morning to find out what's special, and came away with a maxed-out 2.2GHz Core i7 15-inch model, retailing for $2,199. Check out our first impressions and more after the cut.

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