Archive for March, 2012

RIM Blackberry Playbook boasts a million and counting

RIM Blackberry Playbook boasts a million and counting

Determined to actually drive some good publicity for itself, Research in Motion has announced that more than a million Playbook tablets have made their way to end users, a little over a year after it was first introduced to the market. Of course, at this point RIM is losing money on every Playbook it sells, and probably isn't making that money back on apps and content, so the good news only goes so far.

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Nintendo Wii U gains Green Hills partner

Nintendo Wii U gains Green Hills partner

Nintendo has announced that it will partner with development company Green Hills Software to create and implement a development solution for its coming Wii U game console. The company will provide its MULTI integrated development environment to help third parties more easily and efficiently write code for the impending system. It will hopefully help third-party game makers to come on board and support Nintendo in the next generation.

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Microsoft Windows 8 will have user-friendly reinstall button

Microsoft Windows 8 will have user-friendly reinstall button

So, how many of you can relate to this story? Your computer has been infected by a virus, or it's just running really slow, or you accidentally deleted a system file, or maybe you bought the computer from someone else and it still has all the previous owner's junk on it. If you wanted to just perform a complete, fresh install of Windows, would you be able to find your original Windows install disc? A lot of you would probably say no.

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UK researchers work on disease-detecting nano-robot

UK researchers work on disease-detecting nano-robot

Scientists at the UK's Newcastle University and the National Science Foundation in the United States are working on a new kind of robot. Not the kind that will wake you up and present you with the paper and a cup of coffee in the morning, but one that could literally swim around inside your body to get the most in-depth analysis possible when you start to feel sick, or even detect symptoms for serious disease even if you don't feel any different.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 30, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. We're wrapping up the month just around the corner, and the last business day of March proved to be chock full of news. And it isn't all good news - Global Payments hacked, 50000 cardholders at risk. On a lighter note, though, the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone is now available for pre-orders. And here's something that'll have you thinking, "Why did it take so long?" - Google Maps gets real-time traffic.

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Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo to begin massive layoffs next week

Yahoo is planning to announce layoffs next week followed by a major restructuring plan the week after, reported AllThingsD citing multiple sources. Under new CEO Scott Thompson, Yahoo is trying to refocus its products and drastically slim down its operations. The job cuts are expected to be in the thousands.

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Nokia Lumia 900 pre-orders begin on AT&T

Nokia Lumia 900 pre-orders begin on AT&T

AT&T has begun pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 900, which is arriving on April 8 for $100 with a new two-year contract. The Windows Phone will be available only in matte black and cyan at launch, but a white version is expected to follow on April 22. AT&T has promised that the Lumia 900 will be one of its biggest launches ever---a formidable task considering its exclusive iPhone launches in the past.

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Global Payments hacked, 50,000 cardholders at risk

Global Payments hacked, 50,000 cardholders at risk

Global Payments, a third-party payment card processor, has been hacked this morning, according to sources who spoke to the WSJ. The security breach puts nearly 50,000 Visa and MasterCard holders at risk. Both major credit card issuing agencies have alerted customers and asserted that their own systems are still secure.

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Four Microsoft Courier alternatives for Android

Four Microsoft Courier alternatives for Android

This week we're hearing quite a bit about a couple of applications for iPad, one of which was created by the folks who were once going to bring you the Microsoft Courier - but what about Android? As it turns out, these two applications for iPad, Tapose and Paper don't currently have one whole heck of a lot of choice when it comes to such sleekness as Paper. That said, there are four apps out there at least that will bring you drawing power for the time being - with updates to each on the way soon, of course.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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