Archive for April, 2012

FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

FCC boosts funding for rural broadband

If you venture outside of large cities in many areas of the country, you quickly realize there is no broadband capability in many instances. Rural broadband initiatives are one of the things that Obama and the White House have been pushing. The FCC has announced this week that $300 million has been set aside to extend the high-speed Internet access to 400,000 homes.

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Apple request approved to build off-campus restaurant for workers

Apple request approved to build off-campus restaurant for workers

Apple has had a request approved by the Cupertino Planning Commission to build an off-campus restaurant strictly for Apple employees. This seems odd at first glance, but when you consider the reason Apple wants to build this restaurant; it makes sense. Apple wants employees to be able to eat and discuss what's going on at the company, including product development, without fear of being overheard.

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Wii U games to see digital and retail launch parity

Wii U games to see digital and retail launch parity

Nintendo will offer full Wii U games both in-store and by digital download from launch, though pricing and exact availability for the console won't be revealed at E3 2012 as hoped. Speaking in a financial results briefing after announcing Nintendo's first ever annual loss, president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the company would begin full game sales via the eShop on the 3DS from August, ahead of full parity between physical retail and digital sales for the upcoming touchscreen console.

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Best Buy set to kill its Connect mobile broadband service

Best Buy set to kill its Connect mobile broadband service

Best Buy isn't doing so well in the consumer market today and the company has been looking to shore its operations up. Recently the company ditched CEO Brian Dunn as it looks for new management. The company has also announced that it is discontinuing its Best Buy Connect mobile broadband service. This mobile service is no longer taking in-store or online activation requests.

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Google’s latest easter egg: Zerg Rush

Google’s latest easter egg: Zerg Rush

Quick! Go type “do a barrel roll” into Google. Fun, right? Google has added their latest easter egg which is in the same vein. If you go to Google today and type in “zerg rush”, you’ll be met with a wave of O’s representing zerglings attacking the results. In order to defeat them and protect your “base”, you’ll need to frantically click on them. Careful though: the numbers rapidly increase no matter how awesome your APM count is.

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Judge rules Occupy protesters tweets can be used by prosecutors

Judge rules Occupy protesters tweets can be used by prosecutors

Apparently, there are so many cases that have to do with the Occupy movement that New York has its own special court set up just to hear the legal cases. One man named Malcolm Harris was arrested last fall while participating in a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. Apparently, prosecutors in the case issued a subpoena for Harrison's username and information on tweets for three months against Twitter.

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Yet another Samsung Galaxy S III photo leaked

Yet another Samsung Galaxy S III photo leaked

There’s so much (mis)information swirling around the Galaxy S III at this point that we don’t even know if the phone is real. For all we know, Samsung could be announcing the Galaxy Ace 3 on May 3rd. Hopefully that won’t be the case, and one of these leaks has to be real, right? Here’s another one for you to chew on: Know Your Mobile has been sent a picture of what is claimed to be the Galaxy S III... again.

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LG promises affordable monitors with IPS4 series

LG promises affordable monitors with IPS4 series

More and more IPS monitors are hitting the market, but more importantly, the prices are tumbling down. The e-IPS panels on the cheaper monitors may not be as good as what you’ll find on professional setups, but they’re still head and shoulders above TN. LG has today announced a new line of IPS monitors, the IPS4 series, aimed at being “affordable” and noting how much better they are than TN panels.

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Advanced millimeter-wave radar to detect pedestrians and cars at intersections

Advanced millimeter-wave radar to detect pedestrians and cars at intersections

Panasonic has announced an interesting new advanced in millimeter-wave radar technology for automotive uses. The new radar technology is designed to detect pedestrians and vehicles in low visibility conditions at intersections. This type of radar can see clearly at night and in rain or snow. It can also see very well against strong direct sunlight, which can blind drivers.

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