Archive for August, 2012

Changes are afoot for Zune users

Changes are afoot for Zune users

If you took Sheldon Cooper's advice and purchased a Zune rather than an iPod, changes are afoot. Reports are coming in that e-mails are going out to Zune users announcing features that will be changing. The features are actually not changing as much as simply disappearing.

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Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin announced at IFA today that it's gearing up to roll out a set of updates for its smartphone apps on both iOS and Android. These updates will be adding a number of helpful tools for Garmin users, including in-depth details on public transportation routes and support for Google Street View. Get ready to hand over some extra cash if you want these features though, because some of them will only be offered as in-app purchases

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Apple pays out up to $345 for old iPhone 4S

Apple pays out up to $345 for old iPhone 4S

We mentioned in the past that Apple would pay you a rather impressive sum for used gadgets. Back in March, Apple was handing out up to $320 for iPad 2 tablets that people didn't want. With rumors widely pointing to the launch of the next-generation iPhone within the next few weeks, it's time for a lot of people to start trading in their used previous edition iPhones. Apple is now offering a nice bit of change for your used iPhone 4S.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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Fathead Star Trek lineup debuts

Fathead Star Trek lineup debuts

Fathead has been around for a long time with its giant wall stickers to decorate your home. The company started offering sports themed wall decorations with giant helmets and life-size athletes to stick on the wall. Over time the company added more and more categories to its lineup, including cars and entertainment decorations.

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Samsung shows off ES9500 OLED TV and ES9000 Smart TV

Samsung shows off ES9500 OLED TV and ES9000 Smart TV

Samsung is on hand at IFA in Germany this week and is showing off some of its interesting products such as TVs. Two of the TVs that Samsung is showing off at the show include the 55-inch ES9500 OLED TV and the ES9000 smart TV. The show is first time either of these TVs has been shown off in Europe. Both of the TVs promise high-quality images and interactive experiences.

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Dell XPS One 27 Hands-on

Dell XPS One 27 Hands-on

The Dell XPS One 27 isn't a new all-in-one PC, but with Windows 8 and full multitouch it really comes into its own. Fronted by a huge 27-inch Quad HD LCD - that's 2560 x 1440 - and mounted on an adjustable stand, it's an interesting alternative approach to all-in-ones to what we've seen from the other big name in the marketplace, Apple's iMac.

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AT&T U-Verse customers can now get Facebook TV app

AT&T U-Verse customers can now get Facebook TV app

In some areas, fans of TV can get access to their favorite shows via AT&T U-Verse. Sadly, my area isn't one of the served U-Verse areas so from outside using satellite or small-town cable networks, U-Verse sounds very interesting. Customers not only the get TV shows via a cable box, AT&T also allows access via other devices such as the Xbox 360.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 eyes-on

Dell XPS Duo 12 eyes-on

Dell's XPS Duo 12 has some lineage, but it's not really the sort of ancestry you'd want to talk about too loudly. The original Inspiron Duo was a case of good in theory, poor in practice: a notebook with a rotating touchscreen that could turn it into a slate, let down by an underperforming CPU, clunky build and Windows 7's lack of finger-friendliness. Now, with the XPS Duo 12, Dell has brought some of its ultrabook knowledge to the concept, and from what we've seen today it's with good result.

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Sony adds Access subscription plan to Music Unlimited service

Sony adds Access subscription plan to Music Unlimited service

People who really like music and download a lot of digital tracks might prefer a subscription plan rather than purchasing all the music they want by the individual Apple track. The downside to a subscription plan is that you never actually own the music, and you have to continue paying a monthly fee to access it. However, paying a monthly subscription fee can be cheaper than purchasing all the individual tracks you might want.

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