Archive for Feb 28, 2012

Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Microsoft is offering a new Xbox 360 limited edition bundle that will be especially desirable to those who lust after shiny white gadgets. It seems like special edition white versions of popular devices have become a common trend and are especially coveted. Well, this bundle does the same trick, bringing you the Xbox 360 console, the Kinect hardware, and a controller, all in white.

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IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM scientists have set three new records in the realm of quantum computing, the company announced today at the Annual Physical Society meeting in Boston. Significant advances were achieved by the team in developing a quantum computing system that's stable enough to be scalable, bringing it one step closer to reality for practical computation.

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Sony’s PlayStation Network to be down March 1

Sony’s PlayStation Network to be down March 1

Attention, PlayStation gamers - the online PlayStation Network service will be going under the knife on Thursday, March 1 for nearly the entire day. This is to address bugs, optimize performance, and perform necessary maintenance. The service is expected to be down starting at around 11:00 AM Eastern Time and will not be back online until after midnight.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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Audi launches A3 e-tron EV pilot program in the US

Audi launches A3 e-tron EV pilot program in the US

Audi has announced that it will be launching its first pilot program in the US for its fleet of A3 e-tron all-electric battery-powered vehicles. The hatchbacks will be deployed in four major US cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Washington DC, where Audi hopes to enlist beta testers to get real world day-to-day usage data.

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Bethesda job ad points to DirectX 11 in Xbox 720 or PS4

Bethesda job ad points to DirectX 11 in Xbox 720 or PS4

Game studio Bethesda has posted a new job listing for a next-generation console programmer, which gives us insight into what Bethesda's insights are for the Xbox 720 and potentially the PS4. There are some surprisingly specific details about what the position will entail. The job is titled "Future Generation Console Programmer," something we expect will be changed before any business cards are printed.

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Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Apple's iPad 3 event invite doesn't just confirm the March 7 launch of the third-gen tablet: it's also the most official suggestion so far that a Retina Display is indeed on the slate's spec sheet. Take a look at the invite graphic Apple included - complete with the tagline "We have something you really have to see. And touch" - and the on-screen graphics certainly look smoother and more precise than what the current 1024 x 768 iPad 2 offers.

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Xbox 720 reportedly codenamed Durango

Xbox 720 reportedly codenamed Durango

There have been rumors that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console, which some term the Xbox 720, is codenamed "Durango." The report first surfaced on Kotaku, which claimed to have heard the name from multiple sources close to the project. But today, a now-pulled Tweet from a Crytek game developer inadvertently confirmed the codename and revealed a secret developer summit underway in London for the new console.

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Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

Verizon CFO says family data plans coming mid-year

During an investors conference today, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that the carrier plans to launch shared family data plans by mid-year. There had been plenty of speculation about the new data offering, which Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed would start sometime in 2012. But the time frame has always remained vague and even with Shammo's affirmation, he qualifies it still as a "long-term migration" that won't happen instantly on launch.

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Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

The Android team predicted forking in the ecosystem, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today at Mobile World Congress, taking the opportunity to snipe at Apple over the company's litigious tendencies. "We understood that this stuff would happen ... and it's fine" Schmidt said, explaining that while Google hoped that those manufacturers not sticking to the search company's official guidelines for Android would realize the potential benefits, "We don't sue them… if you get my drift."

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“You are in control” speaks Google’s Schmidt “these devices have an off button”

“You are in control” speaks Google’s Schmidt “these devices have an off button”

This week Google's Eric Schmidt spoke to the whole world via the Mobile World Congress 2012, expanding on what he began earlier in the day on the fully connected earth. "To some degree the gap gets larger" Shmidt spoke on how developing nations get technology much slower, "but it does not negate the importance of getting these people information." Speaking about low-cost computers and textbooks and everything along the lines of information for power, Schmidt noted that getting these people this information is vital and that "getting this information is life changing."

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“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

A life without internet access is a life equivalent to spending it incarcerated, Google's Eric Schmidt has joked at Mobile World Congress today, quipping that "prison is no bandwidth" after a question from an Iranian attendee. Speaking during the Q&A section of his keynote session, Schmidt was asked whether Google would lift blocks on the company's services in Iran. After a brief consultation with his lawyer, Schmidt said that such a move was impossible as it contravened US law.

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