Archive for August, 2011

Apple “iTV” HDTV rumors refuse to die

Apple “iTV” HDTV rumors refuse to die

Rumors of an Apple TV set refuse to die, with the perennial speculation again igniting this week in the aftermath of Steve Jobs' resignation. The latest grist is from VentureBeat, which has pulled together various analysts and venture capitalists to weigh in on the gossip; Stewart Alsop, of Alsop Louie ventures and a board member of TiVo and Sonos, claims that multiple sources he's spoken to have confirmed the Apple television project is a work-in-progress, which would run iOS but on a significantly larger display than that of the iPad or iPhone.

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Droid Bionic rumored to hit Verizon on September 8

Droid Bionic rumored to hit Verizon on September 8

If you have been counting the days to get your hands on the awesome Motorola Droid Bionic Android smartphone the launch is now very close. Motorola has now confirmed that the smartphone will be hitting Verizon on September 8. This will be one of the better Android smartphones of the year. We knew the launch was coming soon since the ads for Best Buy turned up not long ago.

Update: Looks like there are questions over whether this is an official Motorola account or not. For now, we'd take this launch date with a big pinch of salt.

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Acer chairman JT Wang says tablet fever is cooling

Acer chairman JT Wang says tablet fever is cooling

The sales of tablets are still growing rapidly on the computer market today. Tablets are taking a big chunk of buyers that would otherwise go to notebooks leaving companies with margins that don’t look good in the wake of sales decreases. Acer announced a quarterly loss for Q2 and the loss was blamed on the success of the iPad. Despite the Acer loss being laid at the feet of a tablet, Acer's chairman JT Wang says that tablet fever is already cooling.

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Social networking overall surges, but Google+ could be slumping

Social networking overall surges, but Google+ could be slumping

Over half of all online adults in the US now use at least one form of social network, new research suggests, the first time all age segments have crossed the fifty-percent milestone. 65-percent of users have a Facebook or LinkedIn account, or one with another social networking site, the Pew Research Center claims, with young women (18-29) described as "power users" with 89-percent surveyed using the sites, and 69-percent doing so daily. However, the statistics come as one of the poster children for fast-growing social networking, Google+, seemingly experiences a slump in user interest.

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Nokia reveals that its Developer Network forum has been hacked

Nokia reveals that its Developer Network forum has been hacked

It has been a while now since we talked about a hack that resulted in private data being stolen Nokia has now announced that data on developers of apps for its mobile phones that use the Nokia developer network forum may have had private data on them stolen. Apparently, a hacker or hackers accessed a database that holds the email addresses of forum members.

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Astronauts heading to Mars will need to grow their own eats

Astronauts heading to Mars will need to grow their own eats

Astronauts on the ISS eat pre-packaged food stores that are ready to eat as soon as the astronauts get hungry. NASA allots ISS astronauts 3.8 pounds of food per day. The ISS has the space to store that much food without issues. On a much longer trip in space, like the 5-year round trip mission to Mars, that seemingly small amount of food would be a huge stockpile that any ship taken to the red planet wouldn’t be able to hold.

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Asus Ultrabook prices to start at $799 according to reports

Asus Ultrabook prices to start at $799 according to reports

There has been a lot of back and forth over if the computer makers that plan to offer Intel Ultrabooks would be able to hit the promised sub-$1,000 price point. Some had said that the price of the Intel hardware was so high that the makers would not be able to offer the machines for under $1,000. Asus will have at least some offerings a starting at $799 according to a report form the Financial Times.

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Scientists discover underground river below the Amazon River

Scientists discover underground river below the Amazon River

Scientists have made a very wild discovery in the Amazon Basin. The mighty Amazon River is one of the largest and most impressive (and scariest) rivers on the planet. The Amazon ranges in width from 1km to 100km. It also flow very quickly in some areas at 133,000 meters squared of water each second at a rate of five meters per second. A team of scientists has discovered a much larger river about 4km under the Amazon River that dwarfs its surface counterpart.

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LG to unveil new E91 and D237IPS computer monitors at IFA 2011

LG to unveil new E91 and D237IPS computer monitors at IFA 2011

IFA 2011 will kick off in Berlin very soon and at the show LG will be unveiling a pair of new LCDs including the E91 and the D237IPS LCD screens. The E91 is very thin at 7.2mm thick taking up as little space as possible on the desk. The bezel of the screen is 4.35mm thick giving the screen a slick and almost borderless style. The display also uses hanger type stand to allow for precise adjustment for viewing angles when using the screen.

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Apple secures Tim Cook with 1m share promise

Apple secures Tim Cook with 1m share promise

Apple has moved to lock new CEO Tim Cook in service until mid-2021, it's been revealed, with a huge stock payout worth more than $383m at today's prices if the exec sticks around for a decade. Cook will receive 1,000,000 restricted stock units as part of his promotion, an SEC filing confirms, half of which will vest on August 24 2016, and the remainder five years later, just as long as he remains continuously employed by Apple.

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