Archive for February, 2012

Apple’s Mac sales grow 51% in business sector

Apple’s Mac sales grow 51% in business sector

Mac sales at the end of 2011 were substantially up from the previous year, and a closer look from analyst group Needham & Company reveals where the bulk of that growth came from - business customers. Specifically, Mac sales that were sent to businesses were up by 50.9%, according to analyst Charlie Wolf, and enterprise sales are also soaring.

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Siri is your new Mercedes-Benz copilot

Siri is your new Mercedes-Benz copilot

Apple's Siri digital personal assistant is set to show up on the dash of select Mercedes-Benz models, with the news that the A-Class COMAND system is getting an upgrade for improved iPhone 4S interconnectivity. Dubbed "Drive Kit Plus for iPhone" the system allows users to navigate through their iTunes library via the A-Class' Controller in the armrest, together with trigger Siri spoken voice commands to locate services, contact people in your address book, fire off text messages and more.

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Digital Kitchen 3D photobooth is created

Digital Kitchen 3D photobooth is created

A design firm has created something that could put all those carnival photo kiosks to shame - a 3D photobooth. The creation uses three Canon 5D MKII cameras and four Macbook Pros, just to demonstrate how much power something like this needs. The result is a contraption that is able to instantly print 3D photos. Unfortunately, don't expect one near your hometown any time soon.

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Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Perhaps the biggest addition out of the many new features in Windows 8 is its new ARM-based flavor, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8 WOA. They don't want anyone to forget it, either: they've planned a showcase event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the tech world is currently checking out the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets... running on ARM. The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon local time, putting it between 6AM (PST) and 9AM (EST) in the United States.

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LG Optimus 4X HD priced and dated

LG Optimus 4X HD priced and dated

LG only revealed the Optimus 4X HD officially at Mobile World Congress this week, and already the quadcore Tegra 3 smartphone has been priced and dated for the UK. The handset will be priced at £380 ($602) pre-tax and subsidies, according to retailer Clove, and is expected to be in stock come June. However, there's bad news for lovers of glasses-free 3D, with word that the UK won't be getting LG's Optimus 3D Max.

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Fossils show giant penguin once roamed New Zealand

Fossils show giant penguin once roamed New Zealand

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains one of the largest penguins to ever roam the earth. The giant penguin stood 52 inches tall making about 4'4" tall. By comparison the largest living species of penguins today is the Emperor penguin about 3'7" tall. The extinct penguin lived somewhere between 24 and 27 million years ago New Zealand was mostly submerged. During that time, New Zealand would've been mostly rocky outcrops.

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE launches March 1

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE launches March 1

Verizon has confirmed pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, which will hit the carrier's 4G network on March 1. Fronted by a 7.7-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses Verizon's LTE network for high-speed mobile connectivity, and can share that pipe with up to ten WiFi clients in hotspot mode. It will be priced at $499.99 with a new, two-year agreement.

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Asteroids smacked constantly with microscopic high-speed impacts

Asteroids smacked constantly with microscopic high-speed impacts

The Japanese asteroid probe Hayabusa was sent to an asteroid called 25143 Itokawa years ago. It was recovered in June of 2010. The probe returned more than 1500 microscopic grains of dust that are currently being investigated to learn all that can be learned about asteroids and what the conditions on an asteroid are like. Scientists studying these dust grains retrieved from the asteroid had been able to confirm some new findings.

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HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

Hopefully this isn't an April Fool's joke, but HBO has announced that it will bring its streaming video service to the Xbox 360 in just a little more than a month. This would be the latest extension for the platform, which has already launched on set-top boxes like the Roku as well as Android and the iPhone/iPad. Of course, the service only works if customers have an existing HBO subscription with a participating provider.

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