Archive for July, 2011

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer has confirmed that its Switchblade gaming notebook will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z690 processor. The Switchblade - announced at CES 2011 earlier this year, though at the time billed as merely a concept - will use the 1.7GHz chip to run its 7-inch multitouch-capable display and dynamic keyboard, which can change key-legend to suit whatever title is being played.

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International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

Better book your space holiday fast if you were hoping to spend a romantic weekend at the International Space Station. After 2020, when the ISS is decommissioned, it will be purposefully dumped into the ocean so as to avoid becoming another piece of potentially dangerous "space trash." Such a chunk of abandoned detritus almost collided with the ISS itself last month, forcing crew to pre-emptively climb aboard their escape craft.

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Dell Stage software for Android and PCs gets update

Dell Stage software for Android and PCs gets update

Dell has been packing software into its PCs and some of its other devices for a while now called Stage to allow access to all sorts of content. Dell has announced that Stage with SyncUp is getting updated with some new features. The new features include the Stage Remote and cloud-based storage and streaming. Dell is offering 2GB of free cloud storage with Nero SyncUp integration.

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Netflix to start streaming Mad Men today

Netflix to start streaming Mad Men today

Netflix is constantly looking for new streaming content to add it its lineup to woo more and more folks into paying for streaming. I guess at this point Netflix needs some new content to help soothe the feathers of the people unhappy about recent price increases. Netflix also recently announced a new streaming deal with DreamWorks that will see some cool content coming.

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Drift HD sports camcorder debuts

Drift HD sports camcorder debuts

Tiny little rugged camcorders are finding their way into all sorts of places. A lot of professionals in action sports and motorsports use this sort of little rugged camera to record their practice runs so they can learn from mistakes and little HD cameras like these are also used in TV production too. A new rugged action camera has surfaced from Drift called the Drift HD for point of view filming.

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Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla has announced plans to develop a new mobile OS, Boot to Gecko (B2G), which will leverage web-based HTML5 apps on top of a spartan Android foundation. B2G, so the fledgling project page suggests, will "displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development" or, in other words, mean that developers might not have to code separate apps for iOS, Android and other platforms and instead can create a single web-app.

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Nokia, ZTE and Huawei face InterDigital 3G patent lawsuit

Nokia, ZTE and Huawei face InterDigital 3G patent lawsuit

The ebb and flow of the patent battles in the tech world never cease to amuse me. They are never ending for many firms. Nokia is one of the tech firms that is always on the giving or receiving end of legal drama. Not too long ago Nokia beat Apple in court and Apple was forced to pay licensing fees to Nokia. Nokia is now on the other side of a legal dispute with a suit filed by InterDigital.

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Samsung confirms 720p HD device: IFA 2011 tablet incoming?

Samsung confirms 720p HD device: IFA 2011 tablet incoming?

A new device has landed on the Samsung Developer Center and it has little in the way of details. The listing gives a part number of SHV-E120s. There is no mention of if the listing is a smartphone or a tablet. The screen resolution is listed as 1280 x 768 with 16 million colors. Geeks love a good new gadget mystery and this is one of the better ones we have had lately.

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Google+ ID clamp-down could prompt UK watchdog investigation

Google+ ID clamp-down could prompt UK watchdog investigation

Google's clamp-down on pseudonyms and anonymous users has caught the attention of the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), it's been revealed, with the data rights watchdog looking into how the change in Google Profile policies has been handled. Although a spokesperson confirmed to The Register that no formal investigation has been undertaken, staff at the ICO are taking a preliminary look at ID policies on Google+ and other Google services.

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