Archive for Aug 29, 2011

Verizon passed on Samsung Galaxy S II for DROID Prime exclusive

Verizon passed on Samsung Galaxy S II for DROID Prime exclusive

It was disappointing news that Verizon passed on the Samsung Galaxy S II, which would have been awesome as a dual-core 4G LTE smartphone, but it looks like the carrier made the decision in order to bring us something that could be even better. Insider sources are saying that Verizon ditched the Galaxy S II for an exclusive on Android's upcoming flagship handset that will be the first to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

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SignalGuru helps shave fuel costs for drivers using a smartphone

SignalGuru helps shave fuel costs for drivers using a smartphone

With the price of fuel today, most drivers are looking for a way to cut what they pay at the pump. A company called SignalGuru has a new system that uses a smartphone and the phones rear mounted camera to see traffic signals and predict the timing of the next light. The goal is to get the driver to the next light without having to stop. That means less wasting gas. SignalGuru claims that the system helped drivers cut about 20% of their fuel costs when tested in Cambridge, Mass.

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Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5204 Review

Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5204 Review

The Toshiba Satellite L750 Series offers affordably priced all-purpose laptops that target everyday use for students, families, or home businesses. They boast large 15.6-inch widescreen displays that come in either HD or 3D that are great for watching movies and multitasking along with strong all-around performance. And with a price tag starting at $474.99, the series is definitely worth consideration for the budget-conscious. We got to spend some time with the L755D-S5204 model from the series that’s configured with an AMD Fusion accelerated processor, so continue after the cut for our full review.

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Toshiba Satellite P745-S4250 Review

Toshiba Satellite P745-S4250 Review

The Toshiba Satellite P740 Series is focused on delivering excellent on-the-go multimedia and entertainment performance. Laptops in this series are 14-inches for easy portability while still providing ample space for movie viewing on its HD widescreen display. Add to that great audio quality with Harmon/Kardon stereo speakers as well as Dolby and Waves audio enhancement technologies. The model we had the opportunity to test out is the P745-S4250, which sports the latest Intel Sandy Bridge chip and retails for $779.99. Continue after the cut for our full review.

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LG slashes capital expenditures thanks to sagging demand for TVs and Notebooks

LG slashes capital expenditures thanks to sagging demand for TVs and Notebooks

LG has announced that it is slashing the investment plan it has for capital expenditures for 2012 to a three year low. The cut in expenditure is a sign that the demand for flat screen TVs and computers is sagging. We already knew this from the poor sales of notebooks at some of the major makers. LG also announced that it has no plans to build a new LCD factory in 2012.

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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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