Archive for Dec 28, 2012

Department of Justice opens investigation of the HP and Autonomy acquisition

Department of Justice opens investigation of the HP and Autonomy acquisition

HP acquired Autonomy for $11.1 billion, only to take an $8.8 billion writedown due to alleged fraud on Autonomy's part. HP states that Autonomy is guilty of "serious accounting improprieties," and that it fraudulently inflated its apparent worth to make HP bid accordingly. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has gotten involved, opening an investigation in the matter.

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ZTE to show off Grand S, world’s thinnest phablet, at CES

ZTE to show off Grand S, world’s thinnest phablet, at CES

ZTE has announced that it will unveil its ultra-thin 5-inch phablet, the Grand S, at CES 2013, the upcoming mega tech event. The Grand S is only 6.9mm thick, making it the thinnest phablet to (eventually) hit the market. This comes shortly after it announced its other high-end phablet, the Nubia Z5, a sleek device that is unlike the Chinese company's typically lower-end devices.

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Synchronoss buys NewBay from RIM for $55.5 million

Synchronoss buys NewBay from RIM for $55.5 million

Synchronoss Technologies has acquired Research in Motion's NewBay cloud mobile content service. The deal was sealed for the sum total of $55.5 million in cash, and was closed just a few days ago. By nabbing NewBay, Synchronoss hopes to dominate the world of cloud mobile content services while increasing its international presence.

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Earth twin will be discovered in 2013, according to scientists

Earth twin will be discovered in 2013, according to scientists

Exoplanets have been popping up in the world of astronomy with relatively high frequency over the last half decade or so, with the latest one being the 51 Pegasi b that was revealed back in October. Thanks to advances in technology and other factors, it is likely the first "Earth twin" planet will be discovered next year, according to scientists.

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5-year-old’s Nintendo 3DS Christmas gift filled with porn

5-year-old’s Nintendo 3DS Christmas gift filled with porn

Five-year-old Braydon Giles received a refurbished Nintendo 3DS for Christmas, which his father, Mark, purchased from GameStop. Unfortunately for all involved, the device wasn't properly wiped of its previous owner's content, which included porn. As such, Braydon discovered the images while playing with the device and asked his brother for help in getting rid of them.

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Pebble smartwatch gets FCC approval, is closer to shipping

Pebble smartwatch gets FCC approval, is closer to shipping

The Pebble smartwatch has been promised multiple times now, only to be delayed for whatever reason. As such, some investors may be getting antsy, wondering if the product will ever come to light. Those worries can be eased, with the e-ink smartwatch gaining FCC approval, a sign that it is not only real, but closer to shipping than ever.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 27, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone! Today a collection of BlackBerry 10 slides outed video chat and screen sharing through BBM, and we learned that smartphone and tablet activations rose to huge numbers of Christmas day earlier this week. There's a new survey from Pew and NPD that suggests tablets are beginning to replace eReaders and print, while we heard that Apple might be thinking about producing the Mac Mini here in the US.

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Iron Age temple discovered in Israel amid road construction

Iron Age temple discovered in Israel amid road construction

When you're planning on building a road in Israel near Jerusalem, you have to make more preparations than just flattening the land - case in point: a 2,750 year old temple discovered before a new section of highway was delivered here near the end of 2012. The discovery made here was a ritual building at Tel Motza, dating back to a period in time when not many such structures were built - the site has also shown more than a few bits of pottery and figurines of human forms and heads, as well.

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Borderlands 2 prices take a dive on Xbox Live

Borderlands 2 prices take a dive on Xbox Live

If you've been holding on out Borderlands 2 and have an Xbox 360, now might be a good time to buy. As a part of Xbox Live's Countdown to 2013 sale, the Games on Demand price for Borderlands 2 has taken a tip, shaving 33% off to come in at $39.99. That isn't bad for a game as recent as Borderlands 2, and you can also feel good knowing that you're getting a Game of the Year contender on the cheap.

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The Basement Collection, Cave Story+ added to Humble Indie Bundle 7

The Basement Collection, Cave Story+ added to Humble Indie Bundle 7

The Humble Indie Bundle 7 has been available for a week now, so that must mean it's time for new games. Sure enough, a trio of indie gems has joined the already stellar Humble Bundle, bringing the total number of games on offer up to nine. The offer doesn't just stop at games though, as Indie Game: The Movie and nine different soundtracks are also included in the bundle.

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Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

Pew Research and NPD suggest tablets replacing e-readers and traditional print

According to NPD analyst Stephen Baker, it's "the beginning of the end" for traditional e-readers, and according to Pew Research's most recent findings, it's full-color tablets that are replacing the segment - with traditional print dying out as well. According to Pew's newest survey, 23% of Americans ages 16 and older say they've read a real e-book over the past 12 months, this number jumping 16% compared to last year. This number becomes especially significant given their finding that number of people (16 and up) that read a printed book in the same amount of time fell 5% year-over-year.

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Mercedes-Benz unleashes 2014 CLA-class promotional shots early

Mercedes-Benz unleashes 2014 CLA-class promotional shots early

Mercedes-Benz fanatics are in for a treat, as the company has apparently released new shots of its upcoming 2014 CLA-class sedan. We're pretty sure these shots - which were originally posted on AutoMonthly - are official shots from Mercedes, and at least they look the part, showing off the exterior and interior of the car with a professional flare you won't often find outside the realm of promotional images.

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