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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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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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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