Archive for Oct 27, 2011

HP keeping PC business, spin-off axed

HP keeping PC business, spin-off axed

After several months of deliberation, it's been announced today that HP will keep its Personal Systems Group business, this PC Unit to stay in the family for the time being. Just this past August it was announced by HP that the possibility of spinning its PC business off was a real one, but just today it was noted by CEO Meg Whitman that HP will keep all ties to their PSG section as she stated "together we are stronger." Having toured the Houston HP campus where PCs are tested for quality assurance just a few weeks ago, I can personally say that the force is strong with this one, as it were.

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Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

While we're all familiar with Corning's Gorilla Glass as it's become standard on high-end smartphones, the company recently announced a new display material for LCD and OLED screens called Lotus Glass. This new glass can withstand higher temperatures, offering greater thermal and dimensional stability to allow for attaching high-resolution displays and enabling tighter design rules.

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Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note Hands-on

Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note Hands-on

Samsung has just given the Galaxy Nexus its European unveil, along with the white Galaxy Note, and we couldn't resist putting these two rare Android smartphones up close for a video comparison. Both have their distinct appeal: the Galaxy Nexus is the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, of course, bypassing TouchWiz for the pleasures of Android 4.0, while the Galaxy Note has a tablet-aping, 5.3-inch display with a stylus using Wacom technology for perfect digital inking. Check out our hands-on, including video, after the cut.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17

Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will go on sale across Europe on November 17, having given the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone its European debut in London, UK today. The phone - which was officially announced earlier this month in Hong Kong - will also go on sale in the US sometime in November, as a Verizon exclusive, though the carrier is yet to confirm exactly what date.

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Hasselblad unveils H4X camera body for trade-ins

Hasselblad unveils H4X camera body for trade-ins

Hasselblad has announced a new medium-format camera body called the H4X following its release of a series of H4D cameras in recent years. The H4D-40 camera unveiled early last year offered a whopping 40-megapixel CCD sensor, but it also came with a huge price tag just shy of $20,000. For those Hasselblad fans that already own previous generations of H1, H2, and H2F bodies, they can now upgrade to the H4X instead at a relatively more affordable price by trading in their existing gear.

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Electric DeLorean prototype takes another step towards reality [Video]

Electric DeLorean prototype takes another step towards reality [Video]

You Back to the Future lovers out there should be having a heart attack right about now as the brand new electric version of the DeLorean hits the test track, this putting the limited-production new-age car one step closer to production. We wrote about this car, now dubbed DMCEV-12, back on October 17th (this month), as it was first announced. Now wouldn't you know it, it's much further along the line towards being released than we expected, appearing now at the Houston Motorsports Park for some test-driving action by Cameron Wynne of the newest version of the DeLorean Motor Company.

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US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

While it might seem rather terrifying to think about anyone being able to hack into satellites thousands of miles away hanging precariously above our collective heads, it was back in 2007 and 2008 that this reported incident actually took place. It's just today though that the report has surfaced via Bloomberg who state that a congressional commission annual report (to be released next month) has outlined the interference which took place two times, once in 2007, and another inside 2008. China has reportedly denied any involvement.

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Facebook’s Spare Keys and how they work

Facebook’s Spare Keys and how they work

This week Facebook is updating its security options and amongst the fray is a feature which may well be the most interesting offered by Facebook since its inception: spare keys. These keys come in under new "Trusted Friends" options on the social network which gives three to five friends the ability to access a special code which will allow you to unlock your account if you've forgotten your password. This of course will also come in rather handy if your account has been compromised by an ex-boyfriend who just so happens to be messing with you after you foolishly forgot to change your password after your amicable separation.

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Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

It's time for Nintendo to announce another loss, and we weep for the falling giant, as this Thursday the gaming group reports a net loss of $925 million net loss for six months through September of this year. Nintendo reports that it's slashed its full year through March forecast to a $263 million net loss - though just this July they'd predicted an annual net profit of essentially that same size. Is this the mobile age of gaming coming to crush the group that essentially started the trend with the original GameBoy? Or is Nintendo just losing touch with the market that they've held strong for the vast majority of your humble narrator's lifetime?

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Grand Theft Auto 3 set for NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core optimized play

Grand Theft Auto 3 set for NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core optimized play

You may remember back in the middle of October when it was announced that Grand Theft Auto 3 would be coming back for a 10th anniversary edition that'd work with both Android and iOS - now it appears that NVIDIA is getting in on the action with Rockstar, providing their next-gen Kal-El (aka Tegra 3) quad-core processor-toting Android tablet to the group so that they can optimize the game for ultimate supremacy. Word comes this week from Adam Rosenberg who this week had the opportunity to check the soon to be released game out on the unnamed Kal-El NVIDIA tablet, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4S. With the Kal-El tablet came the biggest surprises, both in that the game was running not on the tablet itself but through its TV-out connection, and secondly that Android's ability to work with USB controllers is programmed into the game so that an Xbox 360 controller works perfectly well!

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