Archive for May, 2012

Cricket Wireless to carry iPhone 4S

Cricket Wireless to carry iPhone 4S

So you want one of Apple’s iPhones, but you don’t want to commit to a lengthy contract with Verizon, AT&T, or the Now Network. What’s a geek to do? Starting from today you now have a new prepaid option courtesy of Cricket Wireless. The company will be offering the iPhone 4S on its network on an “unlimited everything” plan, although of course you’ll have to foot the entire bill for the handset yourself.

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Virgin’s London Underground WiFi up and running

Virgin’s London Underground WiFi up and running

The Olympic Games are fast approaching for the city of London, and public transport is bound to be crammed full of Londoners and tourists alike. Maintaining steady internet access will be somewhat of a chore, but Virgin Media stepped up to the plate not too long ago to announce it was partnering with Transport for London to offer WiFi access in stations and on platforms. The first WiFi hotspots have now gone live.

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SpaceX Dragon detached from ISS to return home

SpaceX Dragon detached from ISS to return home

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has only one more task to complete before its historic mission to the International Space Station is complete and a resounding success. The Dragon capsule has been disconnected from the ISS in preparation to return to earth. ISS astronauts disconnected the Dragon capsule from the station early this morning.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG gets 550 HP

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG gets 550 HP

I'll admit that generally I find SUVs to be very boring. These big people movers tend to be underpowered leading to slovenly performance. That doesn't appear to be the case with the new Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG SUV that has officially debuted as a 2013 model. This full-size SUV gets a twin turbo 5.5L V8 engine.

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Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

I think it would be pretty safe to say that most in Hollywood don't like YouTube. Hollywood movie studios have long scorned YouTube as a place where studio content is pirated and copyrights are broken. The system in place today allows copyright holders to file complaints with YouTube, and YouTube will pull the videos down (often with little or no investigation).

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Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

Vodafone Smart II offers Android on a budget

If you’re desperate for a capable smartphone running Android but don’t want to break the budget, Vodafone might just have the handset for you. The company has announced the followup to last year’s cheap and cheerful Vodafone Smart, the Smart II. The phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, an 800Mhz processor, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. You won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget though, as this device is running Gingerbread.

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Intel launches Ivy Bridge laptop chips, changes ultrabook requirements

Intel launches Ivy Bridge laptop chips, changes ultrabook requirements

Last month, Intel launched its third-generation processors in the Core family, known as Ivy Bridge. Those chips that launched last month were high-powered versions, not the power sipping, miserly chips that would make their way into notebooks and ultrabooks looking for performance and long battery life. Today, Intel has officially launched its laptop focused Ivy Bridge processors.

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West Coast Electric Highway gets new EV charging stations

West Coast Electric Highway gets new EV charging stations

One of the things that is keeping many drivers from adopting electric vehicles is the lack of public charging stations in many areas. Drivers of electric vehicles on the West Coast now have 10 new electric vehicle charging stations provided by AeroVironment along Interstate 5 and US Route 2. The new charging stations are helping to bring the state's vision of the West Coast Electric Highway closer to reality.

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Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

Gigabyte grabs Ivy Bridge CPU overclocking record at 7.032 GHz

If you are a computer geek, you'll know what overclocking is all about. Overclocking is where geeks use various processes and often resort to exotic cooling to coax higher speeds and more performance out of their processors, RAM, and video cards. Gigabyte has announced that it has been able to set the record for the highest validated CPU clock speed using an Intel Core i7 3770K processor.

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Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

The Iranian oil industry reported that last month computer technicians battled a complicated computer virus. According to Iranian officials, the virus launched a data siphoning attack on key oil industry networks. To fight the complicated virus officials cut Internet links between the Iranian Oil Ministry, oil rigs, and the hub for the country's crude oil exports.

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