Archive for Nov 29, 2012

New convertible VW Beetle debuts in LA

New convertible VW Beetle debuts in LA

Volkswagen is on hand at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and has unveiled the third-generation Beetle Convertible. The new Beetle Convertible shares much of the same design as the new third-generation Beetle Coupe with a wider, longer, and sleeker design. The new design is an attempt by Volkswagen to attract more male buyers to a vehicle more popular with women.

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RIM updates BlackBerry 10 developer program

RIM updates BlackBerry 10 developer program

RIM has announced new updates to its developer program today that it hopes will drive enthusiasm for its BlackBerry 10 platform. One of the big changes to the developer program is that the BlackBerry Dev Alpha program has been expanded to include a new BlackBerry Dev Alpha C test device for developers. The interesting aspect of this particular bit of testing hardware is that is designed for developing using a physical keyboard.

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HP shareholder lawsuit names audit firms that worked on the Autonomy deal

HP shareholder lawsuit names audit firms that worked on the Autonomy deal

HP is currently fighting a massive shareholder backlash over the huge $8.8 billion write-down it was forced to take on its acquisition of Autonomy. HP has alleged that there were "serious accounting improprieties" that led it to overpay massively for the company. HP's shareholders have filed suit in the matter and named the major auditing firms that worked on the deal for HP as defendants.

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Microsoft Surface RT tablet orders cut in half says supply chain source

Microsoft Surface RT tablet orders cut in half says supply chain source

I always think of the tablet market as having two basic segments. You have your high-end segment that Apple owns with its iPad, and then we have the lower end segment where tablet such as the Amazon Fire HD and hordes of Android-powered tablets play. I've always thought that the companies trying to break into that high-end tablet market, such as Microsoft, are doing things wrong, especially when it comes to pricing.

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Porsche unveils 2013 Cayman in LA

Porsche unveils 2013 Cayman in LA

Sports car maker Porsche was on hand at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and took the opportunity to make the world premiere of the new 2013 Cayman. The 2013 Cayman represents the third-generation of the car and Porsche promises it's completely new. The 2013 model is lower, longer, lighter, and faster according to Porsche.

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Jaguar XFR-S revealed: This big cat has 550HP claws

Jaguar XFR-S revealed: This big cat has 550HP claws

Jaguar has pulled the wraps off of its XFR-S sports sedan, the big cat company's 186mph take on tightening up the luxobarge until your passengers squeak like field-mice. Teased last week as the fastest and most powerful four-door from Jaguar ever, the XFR-S made its debut at the LA Auto Show 2012, using a 5-liter supercharged V8 engine with 550PS good for a 0-60mph dash in 4.4s. However, Jaguar also says the XFR-S shouldn't make too great an impact in your eco-credentials, with the new car putting out the same emissions and fuel consumption figures as its XRF sibling.

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2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio unveiled

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio unveiled

Cool small carmaker Fiat has unveiled the new 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio. Fiat says that little turbocharged car is track capable and has a clever open top design offering high-performance four passenger fun. The car promises the most interior space, rear seat legroom, and shoulder room among key competitors in a segment.

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Wii U hits UK early

Wii U hits UK early

Nintendo's Wii U has begun showing up for pre-order customers in the UK, a day ahead of the console's official release on November 30. Retailer Amazon UK notified some buyers of the new motion-gaming system on Wednesday this week that their Wii U had been dispatched for a November 29 delivery, and sure enough the first boxes hit doorsteps from this morning.

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Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp has reportedly begun talks with Dell, Intel, and other US companies for a potential share in the display firm, in a move that may be designed to put pressure on existing Foxconn negotiations. The discussions - which are also believed to be ongoing with Qualcomm, according to the WSJ's sources - would see struggling Sharp offer up a stake in return for as much as $240m depending on the suitor, with the spoils of the deal being a guaranteed supply of the company's IGZO displays.

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Researchers create objects from moon rock using 3D printer

Researchers create objects from moon rock using 3D printer

Imagine a future where individuals stationed on the moon will be able to scoop up a bunch of moon rock, pour it into a machine, and print out an object they need. Such was an idea presented by Washington State University researchers, who used imitation moon rock in combination with a 3D printer to create objects. While it still has a long way to go, they successfully created three cylinders.

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