Archive for December, 2011

NASA offers best pics yet of Vesta asteroid

NASA offers best pics yet of Vesta asteroid

It has been a while since we talked about the Vesta asteroid and the NASA Dawn spacecraft that went into orbit around the asteroid. The last time we mentioned the Dawn was back in July when Dawn first started to orbit Vesta. NASA has now offered up some of the best photos of the surface of Vesta that have ever been seen.

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Best Buy cancels some online orders days before Christmas

Best Buy cancels some online orders days before Christmas

If you placed an order for any holiday gifts via Best Buy online that you haven't received yet, you need to check on them quickly. Best Buy has announced that it will not be able to fill all orders made as far back as November before Christmas. Some of the popular products that were ordered online are not able to be filled at this time.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard update keeps some offline

Xbox 360 Dashboard update keeps some offline

If you have applied the update to the Xbox 360 dashboard recently you may have found that you can't get online anymore. Kotaku reports that the update has prevented some users from getting back online for playing games. Microsoft is promising to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The issue is apparently not very widespread.

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Intel chops some Sandy Bridge processor prices

Intel chops some Sandy Bridge processor prices

Of all the parts inside the notebooks and other computers that we all use every day, one of the most expensive components is the CPU. As processors come down in price, the PC as a whole gets cheaper. Intel has announced that it will be cutting the price on some Sandy Bridge CPUs. Intel notified its partners of the price cuts that will be made on the Core i3 and Core i5 series parts.

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FCC green lights AT&T/Qualcomm deal

FCC green lights AT&T/Qualcomm deal

AT&T recently took a $4 billion beating at the hands of federal regulators when its plan to purchase T-Mobile in part to get the wireless spectrum to build out its network more fully failed. The result was a $3 billion cash payment to T-Mobile's parent company for the deal failing along with a bunch of stock. Word came yesterday that the FCC had approved another deal that AT&T had cooking.

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Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

I think we all know that there are few truly unlimited plans left out there for smartphone users. They may say unlimited, but those little asterisks tell us that they actually limit most of the time. It may be a fair-use policy that charges you more after a small amount of free data, or it could be that they just slow your connection to the point that you can't even use your device for data.

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Smartphones pushing single-purpose cameras out to pasture

Smartphones pushing single-purpose cameras out to pasture

I don’t think that anyone will be surprised by this new report by NPD. The company says that smartphone cameras are relegating the normal stand-alone camera increasingly to a thing of the past. A recent NPD study shows that the number of users that shoot photos and video with smartphones is increasing significantly while the number of people using single-purpose cameras is on the decline.

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Apple received more online traffic than eBay or Walmart last month

Apple received more online traffic than eBay or Walmart last month

The word is in that Apple received more traffic online last month than Walmart or eBay. In fact, Apple is the sole retailer other than internet shopping sites Amazon and eBay to be in the top fifteen most visited websites in the United States in November, according to ComScore. The research company believes that pre-holiday shopping may have been what largely helped facilitate Apple's huge push past some of the largest online stores for internet-based visitors.

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Apple’s iPhone European sales and market share see decline

Apple’s iPhone European sales and market share see decline

The faltering economy and price-competitive rivals have triggered a decline in the market share and sales of Apple's iPhone in the majority of Europe, except in the UK, based on data shown from European research firm Kantar today. The October release of Apple's new iPhone 4S buttressed its position in the UK as well as the United States, but the new iPhone didn't do much to spark interest in mainland Europe, where Apple's share of the ever-growing smartphone market has fallen.

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