Archive for February, 2012

TiVo Whole Home DVR Extender will get retail release

TiVo Whole Home DVR Extender will get retail release

If you're still a fan of the original DVR (and there's a lot of them out there) we've got good news: you'll soon be able to purchase TiVo's new Whole Home DVR Extender. Even better, you can get it through your cable or satellite provider or buy it yourself, as the units are headed to electronics retailers as well. The nugget of information came from TiVo's quarterly financial call, and while there' no exact information on exactly when the DVR Extender will arrive or for how much, you can expect them to appear on TiVo's website sometime in the summer or fall.

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Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

It's been slow going for the world's first commercial passenger space program, but Virgin Galactic is slowly but surely making progress. While it's already gotten its SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital craft beyond the reaches of Earth's atmosphere in successful tests before, it only did so with the help of a carrier vehicle, then glided back to earth and landed conventionally. The company hopes to install and test the craft's rocket engine before the end of 2012, marking a major milestone in Virgin Galactic's plans to create a space tourism business.

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HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

Meg Whitman may have big plans for WebOS, the little mobile operating system that couldn't, but it looks like whatever she's planning doesn't require a large portion of the current WebOS development team. The company has laid off 275 employees in its mobile section. Most of the affected employees are engineers, which makes a lot of sense, since HP has no current plans to offer any more WebOS hardware. The laid off workers will join former Palm executive Jon Rubinstein, who voluntarily left HP last month. Some of the employees may be redeployed within HP, but not all.

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Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford SYNC takes a European roadtrip with B-Max

Ford's SYNC system is one of the best uses of in-car technology out there that's included by a manufacturer - but since its inception in 2007 it's been relegated to North America. The company aims to end that sad state of affairs next week at the Geneva Motor Show, when it introduces SYNC to European customers in the new 2013 B-Max crossover. he optional add-on will be added to other models afterwards. Currently the company hasn't said when the B-Max will hit the road, or how long after that it'll take to expand  the current line-up with the SYNC option.

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OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

OCZ extends power supply range with kilowatt Fatal1ty PSU

Desktop gaming computers are getting more over-the-top every year, and with triple and quadruple SLI and Crossfire X motherboards now on the market, those who need the absolute maximum in performance also need a ton of power with which to achieve it. Enter OCZ's latest power supply, the 1000W Fatal1ty PSU. It's not the first kilowatt power supply around, but it is the first to feature the branding of pro gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - an instant way to make PC gamers sit up and take notice.

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T-Mobile skips 84Mbps upgrade for LTE future

T-Mobile skips 84Mbps upgrade for LTE future

Last week T-Mobile finally announced its plants to upgrade its network to long-term evolution (LTE) speeds, now that the possibility of being acquired by AT&T is off the table for good. The LTE portions of T-Mobile network won't be online until next year at the earliest, but in the meantime the company had planned to upgrade all of its HSPA+ towers to a mind-boggling 84 megabits per second. Alas, that's no longer the case - due to the intense cost and preparations needed for the LTE network, T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ network won't get above 42MBps maximum.

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Reminder: our WIMM Spring Developers Project has come to a close!

Reminder: our WIMM Spring Developers Project has come to a close!

Last week we held our Spring Developers Project featuring the WIMM One developer kit, a lovely tiny device with the power to run Android and a slew of "Micro Apps" which take full advantage of the fact that this object functions best as a watch! We had developers and everyday average brilliant citizens submit ideas for their own futuristic Micro Apps the whole week, and the results were more than encouraging - they were downright excellent! Ten of our favorites were chosen from the pack, and what we've got here is one final reminder that each of the following users had what we consider the latest and greatest in submitted Micro App coolness!

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Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Privacy is a hot topic at Google, and chairman Eric Schmidt wasted no time in cultivating an MWC 2012 keynote around personal freedoms, the role of the internet as activist, and safeguarding of our individual information. Yet what Schmidt's appearance did show us more than anything is that the chairman is consumed with an obsession around the topic, either attempting to convinced us that we have the option of anonymity, or outlining the dance which Google follows trying to balance between the public and the private.

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Twitter forces ads upon mobile app users

Twitter forces ads upon mobile app users

Like it or not, mobile ads are coming if they haven't already, and once they get here they're here to stay. Such is evidenced by Twitter, which just updated its mobile ad platform to increase the amount of sponsored content you'll see while browsing what your friends and favorite celebrities and companies are talking about. It's not meant to be an inundation, but rather a targeted and relevant ad stream.

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