Archive for Jan 31, 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launch next month, Android apps due February 6

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launch next month, Android apps due February 6

The long overdue BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update may finally be arriving in February, if RIM follows through on its latest promise. According to a post today by RIM's Developer Relations team, the update will be available next month, packing the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps feature that allows Android apps to run on the PlayBook tablet.

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Apple Retail Will Be the Last Tech Stores Standing (And That’s OK)

Apple Retail Will Be the Last Tech Stores Standing (And That’s OK)

When I think back over the years, I can remember countless technology-focused brick-and-mortar stores I enjoyed shopping at. From CompUSA to Circuit City to the ridiculous number of other stores that came and went, there was a time when a large portion of my life was spent shopping in the brick-and-mortar.

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iPhone 4S Up Close and Personal: Hardware

iPhone 4S Up Close and Personal: Hardware

In this chapter of our "I'm switching to iPhone 4S for a week" experiment, we'll be taking an up close look at the hardware that makes up the iPhone 4S. When I say up close, I mean macro photography close - so close you can see the tiny specs of dust and micro-grooves in the metal close. What you're about to see will prove to you, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the iPhone 4S is not just another smartphone, not just another hunk of plastic, metal, and glass that so many manufacturers toss out on what seems to almost be a weekly basis - the iPhone 4S is a precision built gadget masterpiece.

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NASA IBEX reveals composition of space matter from outside our solar system

NASA IBEX reveals composition of space matter from outside our solar system

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has been studying what lies outside our solar system and today researchers revealed that this space matter is quite different from what lies within. This interstellar material is considered to be what stars, planets, and people are made from and hence the importance to understand its composition.

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FCC Lifeline program for low-income telephone service overhauled

FCC Lifeline program for low-income telephone service overhauled

While normally reporting on government programs that have to do with low-income families wouldn't be within the realm of news that we report, our environment containing gadgets, technology, and the like, this particular service fits right in: telephone service. It's never a bad time to remember that not everyone in our vast human community has the same ability to enjoy the technology a lot of us take for granted, the news of the day centering around this "mobile" world we live in while many across the United States have trouble affording even a landline. What the FCC is doing this week is reforming and modernizing a service by the name of Lifeline, one that aims to keep low-income families connected to jobs, family, and 911 emergency services.

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Symantec says pcAnywhere safe again with new security patch

Symantec says pcAnywhere safe again with new security patch

Symantec has released a security patch for its pcAnywhere application, declaring it now safe to use again. The patch follows Symantec's warning last week for all users to disable the product after the company discovered that the source code had been stolen back in 2006, meaning users were at greater risk of being hacked.

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Steam Mobile now open to all, Beta testing complete

Steam Mobile now open to all, Beta testing complete

Last week we let you in on a few bits of functionality that sat inside the mobile version of the gaming giant Steam - this week the beta period for testing of that app is done and everyone is allowed to join at will. This application may have mobile-based games in the future, but for now acts as a companion application for the browser-based interface for PC and Mac computers. You are able to purchase items for future playing from this mobile application, and community engagement is currently the biggest selling point for Steam fans.

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Nokia hints at Windows Phones with NFC sans ports

Nokia hints at Windows Phones with NFC sans ports

Nokia's design chief Marko Ahtisaari discussed the direction of future Lumia Windows Phones in an interview with The Guardian, hinting at NFC and wireless charging. Ahtisaari has been at the helm of Nokia's design team since 2009, during which the company developed the Nokia N9, Nokia Lumia 800, and the Nokia Lumia 900.

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China Telecom to push iPhone 4S in February

China Telecom to push iPhone 4S in February

Apple's iPhone push in China continues to buoy the telecoms market, with further talk of a second carrier in the Chinese market to offer the iOS smartphone. After analysts predicted China Telecom would follow China Unicom in offering the iPhone 4S, as part of a 40m unit sales push by 2013, the China Daily now claims the carrier could launch the handset on its CDMA network as soon as February 2012. The move follows comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook suggesting that the company sees China as its next significant growth market.

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Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer plans to go on the attack in 2012 with a strong push in four major product categories, whereas its strategy last year was mainly to defend its position in the market. The company's Chairman JT Wang announced the strategy shift during the company's Lunar New Year ceremony, revealing that it would aggressively introduce new ultrabooks, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Note S tipped, GSIII release date dropped

Samsung Galaxy Note S tipped, GSIII release date dropped

This week another brand new set of Galaxy devices have been tipped, those being the Samsung Galaxy Note S, the Galaxy S II Plus, and the Galaxy S III - a device we've already heard quite a bit about this year. The Galaxy S III has been tipped once again to be having a spring release, specifically Turkey being the place and the release date being the 13th of March - this again may line up well with Mobile World Congress 2012 or could point towards an announcement right after the fact. As Unwired View notes, the Galaxy S II Plus then could represent the same half-step-up that we've seen in the Galaxy S Advance this past week.

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Xbox 720 to go for Smart TV and Gaming separately

Xbox 720 to go for Smart TV and Gaming separately

Over the past month there's been a gushing of juicy rumors coming forth from the fountain head on the Xbox 720, most of them molding together to create one perfect machine set to dominate the gamine world come 2013. But the most interesting point is the newest: that there will be not one, but two new Xbox units coming down the chute. The first one will be no less than a fully functional monster of gaming, everything we'd ever hoped for in a Microsoft-made green beast of console-based power.

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