Archive for Dec 31, 2012

Intel cable and web TV system tipped for CES reveal

Intel cable and web TV system tipped for CES reveal

Intel is readying a set-top box mixing on-demand streaming media, free cable content, and a virtual DVR, sources in the video industry claim, with the first-gen hardware tipped for preview as soon as CES 2013 next week. The new push for a slice of the living room follows Intel's apparent frustration with the failure of first-gen Google TV boxes powered by its chips; according to TechCrunch's tipster, the company has grown tired of "everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it’s going to do it themselves and do it right."

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Apple’s 2012

Apple’s 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook promised a 2012 to remember, and with sweeping changes across the iOS and Mac ranges, new software and services, and more than a few courtroom battles, the Cupertino firm delivered. The new fourth-gen iPad with Retina display and its iPad mini sibling, along with the iPhone 5, cemented Apple's position as the benchmark against which new tablets and phones are measured. Yet it wasn't all smooth sailing, and the past twelve months saw Apple forced to wake up to a new position in the consumer electronics marketplace.

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OUYA developers share console first-impressions

OUYA developers share console first-impressions

OUYA's Developer Console kits are winging their way to eager coders, and the first demos of the provisional interface and gameplay experience are emerging. Early game partners CodeZombieGames took some time out of tinkering with their new toy to run through the unboxing, setup, and usability of the OUYA box, including video playback, internet browsing, and actually playing a game. Read on for the videos.

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BlackBerry X10 poses for the camera once more

BlackBerry X10 poses for the camera once more

In the lead up to BlackBerry 10's January release, there have been plenty of leaks for us to get excited about. Anticipation has been running high, and we've seen more than a few quick shots of what's rumored to be the BlackBerry Z10 handset. While the Z10 is an all touch BlackBerry 10 phone, its sibling the X10 is more like the BlackBerry devices we're used to seeing, physical QWERTY keyboard and all. The X10 hasn't popped up quite as often, but today it's making headlines with a new set of leaked pictures.

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Curiosity plays peekaboo: New self-shot before 9-month mountain climb

Curiosity plays peekaboo: New self-shot before 9-month mountain climb

NASA's Curiosity rover has set mountain climbing as its New Year's Resolution, with the intrepid space explorer headed up a Martian peak  for its 2013 challenge. The nine-month trek - punctuated with pitstops for drilling and sample analysis - will see Curiosity clamber up the 3 mile high Mount Sharp at the center of the Gale Crater it landed near, further hunting evidence that the red planet might once have supported microbial life. Before that, however, Curiosity couldn't resist snapping another self-portrait - with the mountain clearly visible in the background.

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Which Console Maker Will Win the Next-Generation Battle?

Which Console Maker Will Win the Next-Generation Battle?

The Nintendo Wii U has kicked off a new generation of consoles. The device, which comes with HD graphics that can about match those we have from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will likely be joined by vastly more powerful PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 consoles at some point in the next year or so.

Once those devices launch, it will be time to handicap the marketplace. Which console will succeed? Which console will fail? And perhaps most importantly, which console will win the next-generation battle?

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Samsung offers free Flip Cover and TecTiles for GS3 and Note II owners [Update: All gone!]

Samsung offers free Flip Cover and TecTiles for GS3 and Note II owners [Update: All gone!]

Samsung has launched a promo to help Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners beat the post-holiday blues, with the promise of a free Flip Cover and free NFC TecTiles in return for registering their device. The offer, available to Samsung owners in the US, requires users to register their handset on the company's Facebook Owner's Hub, with a "customized care package" of accessories in return. [Updated after the cut]

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Intel Redhookbay benchmarks surface, show dual-core Merrifield processor

Intel Redhookbay benchmarks surface, show dual-core Merrifield processor

This year, Intel launched its Medfield Atom processor in a big push to enter the smartphone market. The processor was lacking when compared to the competition, however, and a leaked roadmap image appeared soon after showing the processor's successor: the dual-core Merrifield. Now a benchmark has surfaced of Intel's "Redhookbay," which shows it equipped with the new processor.

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FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

For now, airlines have to go through a lengthy hassle in order to get in-flight Internet access established. The airline has to get the FCC's go-ahead to utilize the satellite-delivered airwaves that bring wifi to aircraft, as well as approval from the FAA. To decrease the red tape and streamline the process, the FCC has approved an application process that will let airlines more easily get licensing.

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Fujitsu to bring its senior citizen-optimized Raku Raku smartphone to the US, Europe

Fujitsu to bring its senior citizen-optimized Raku Raku smartphone to the US, Europe

Smartphones are a lot of things -- convenient, powerful, and feature-rich. They're also exceedingly complicated to many older users who are accustomed to 12-button panels and curly phone cords. This past summer, Fujitsu revealed that its Raku Raku smartphone, a handset designed specifically for senior citizens, would be arriving in Japan via NTT Docomo. Now the company, facing a saturated market in Japan, is branching out and will launch the handset in the United States and Europe.

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