Archive for April, 2012

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get Ivy Bridge

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x get Ivy Bridge

Alienware has thrown Intel's new 3rd-gen Core i5 and i7 processors at its updated M14x, M17x and M18x notebooks, promising a roughly 20-percent boost in power from the new Ivy Bridge architecture. It's the second refresh for the trio of gaming laptops in under a month, with Intel slotting in new mSATA caching drives and boosted graphics in mid-March. Plus, there's a new Alienware deal with Electronic Arts.

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South Park On Demand launches in UK

South Park On Demand launches in UK

Getting access to TV shows on demand and via services like Hulu has become easier over the years, but there have always been a few international restrictions. South Park is shown for free on Comedy Central’s website after it airs, but if you don’t live in America, you can’t access the episode thanks to geographical restrictions. Comedy Central and South Park Digital Studios are hoping to please UK fans by bringing back full episodes with the launch of South Park On Demand for the UK.

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LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

LightSquared sacrifices director to save LTE scheme

Beleaguered would-be 4G carrier LightSquared could eke out an extension on its financing, if outspoken director Philip Falcone agrees to step down and concede to anti-bankruptcy provisions. LightSquared faces the expiration of a debt-terms violations waiver later today, but according to insiders whispering to the WSJ could extend that for a week if Falcone drops out of public sight. However, Falcone's presence isn't the only aspect worrying investors: there are also concerns that he could push for bankruptcy and leave lenders with nothing.

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Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

Sea Shadow stealth boat goes up for auction

The US Navy is auctioning off the stealth boat that provided the inspiration for the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, though the buyer must break the ship down for scrap rather than stage any clandestine raids. Sea Shadow was a 1983 project into marine stealth technology that, for almost ten years, covertly sailed the oceans without nary a blip on radar screens. However, after hopes of donating the ship to a museum failed, the Navy decided scrapping it was the only way to dispose of it.

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Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft invests $300m into Barnes & Noble subsidiary

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have today announced a joint partnership to form a new subsidiary. The new subsidiary doesn’t yet have a name, but is said to bring together the digital and college sides of the Barnes & Noble business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in exchange for a 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own the remaining 82.4%, with the subsidiary having an “ongoing relationship with the company’s retail stores.”

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4GBritain campaign prompts early LTE carnage

4GBritain campaign prompts early LTE carnage

Demands for an accelerated 4G roll-out in the UK has prompted carrier arguments with a sprinkling of celebrity garnish, as LTE urgency re-opens old network rivalries. 4GBritain has been set up by Everything Everywhere - the combo-carrier behind Orange and T-Mobile UK - to apply pressure to the government and industry regulator Ofcom to speed up the approvals process and permit it to use existing spectrum holdings to roll out an LTE network this year. However rival networks claim they only heard about the 4GBritain campaign a few days ago, while some celebrities and companies cited as backers say the endorsement claims are premature.

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Microsoft testing home-automation with HomeOS

Microsoft testing home-automation with HomeOS

Sometimes companies like to give us a nice little peek behind the curtain to show us what they’re working on, and this time it's Microsoft's turn. The company has published a white paper on its Research site detailing its method of home automation using HomeOS. Devices like smartphones, laptops, lights, and air conditioners would be treated as individual peripherals connected to a centralized gateway.

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RIM reportedly involved in anti-Apple “Wake Up” campaign

RIM reportedly involved in anti-Apple “Wake Up” campaign

RIM has become the next company to be connected with the anti-Apple event held in Australia last week, after Samsung denied involvement despite proximity to the Galaxy S3 launch this week. Samsung told SlashGear in no uncertain terms on Friday that it was not behind the Sydney flash mob, which saw a bus-load of black-clad protestors arrive outside the Apple store waving "Wake Up!" banners. Now, thanks to some digging by MacTalk and others, there are indications that the BlackBerry manufacturer might be connected.

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Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Cube demos WebGL using Google Maps

Google may have a little fun with search occasionally, and now the company has created a dedicated game based around Google Maps. It’s called Cube, and is essentially a browser-based version of Labyrinth that uses real world maps. It’s controlled using your mouse, with movements shifting the balance of the cube as you try to navigate the blue ball towards the designated targets.

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