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Microsoft Claims IE9 Is Most Energy Efficient Browser

March 31, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Claims IE9 Is Most Energy Efficient Browser

Microsoft has made many claims about IE9′s speed, but now the company is taking it a step further by stating the latest version of its browser also out performs the competition in terms of energy efficiency. Based on several tests conducted by Microsoft, it would seem that IE9 makes fewer demands on a computer’s battery — at least in certain scenarios. Firefox 4 came in a close second in every test; Opera 11 was the least energy-efficient browser in most tests. Researchers at Microsoft put... 

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3DS And The PSP Fighting It Out

March 31, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
3DS And The PSP Fighting It Out

According to analyst sales of the 3DS and PSP are about even five weeks after the release of the Nintendo 3DS handheld in Japan. Keep in mind the 3DS is really the number one selling gaming device of the week by beating the PSP by a few hundred units. The sales of the 3DS for the week ending March 27 was 50,710, down from 61,394 the previous week. With the PSP 50,479 and the PSPgo selling 600 units gives a total of 51,079 for the PSP in general. The 3DS’s total units sold in Japan now stands... 

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PC Motherboard Prices Expected To Increase

March 31, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
PC Motherboard Prices Expected To Increase

Analyst in the tech industry are claiming that PC motherboard prices may shoot up in April as a result of the earthquake in Japan that unfortunately damaged the buildings of several component suppliers. With the nuclear power issues in Japan which is causing brown outs the matter is expected to get worse. As a result is being said that the supply chain is expected to suffer from a serious shortages, which will cause the industry to face rising component prices and in turn cause the manufactures... 

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Microsoft Adding NFC Support to Windows Phone 7

March 31, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Adding NFC Support to Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is adding support for NFC (near field communication) to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, according to a report on Bloomberg Businessweek. NFC technology is a key component to the upcoming mobile payment and mobile wallet systems now reportedly under development at Google, RIM and Apple as well as the new carrier-led initiative Isis, a coalition of three of the four major cellular providers here in the U.S. Support for NFC technology in Windows Phone 7 will be pushed out in an... 

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Music Industry Cries Foul Over Amazon’s Cloud Player

March 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Music Industry Cries Foul Over Amazon’s Cloud Player

A new Amazon.com Inc service that allows customers to store songs and play them on a variety of devices is facing a backlash from the music industry that could ignite a legal battle. Amazon’s Cloud Drive, announced on Tuesday, allows customers to store about 1,000 songs on the company’s Web servers for free instead of their own hard drives and play them over an Internet connection directly from Web browsers and on phones running Google Inc’s Android software. Sony Music, home to... 

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Star Cluster Is All Roses

March 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Cluster Is All Roses

A bright star cluster surrounded by iridescent red gas looks like a blooming cosmic rose in a new photo from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. The photo depicts the star cluster NGC 371, a stellar nursery in our neighboring galaxy the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy about 200 000 light-years from Earth. Such regions of ionized hydrogen — known as HII regions — are sites of recent star birth. [More Photos by the Very Large Telescope] NGC 371 is an open cluster... 

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Forthcoming Update Adds Features To Xbox 360

March 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Forthcoming Update Adds Features To Xbox 360

With an announcement from Major Nelson, Microsoft has announced the opening of registration for the Xbox 360 System Update Preview. The program will only be open to those owners in the U.S. and it seems as if it will not be tested in other regions. Those interested in registering for the preview are apparently going to be testing the upcoming System Update, as well as an updated disc format. While little is known about the exact nature of the new disc format, some are suspecting that the new disc... 

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New York To Investigate AT&T’s T-Mobile Acquisition

March 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New York To Investigate AT&T’s T-Mobile Acquisition

The state of New York  has indicated that it will investigate AT&T’s proposed take over of T-Mobile USA for anti-competitive effects, including possible increases in mobile broadband costs for New York residents and businesses, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. New York is the first state that has committed itself to probing the $39 billion deal, which was announced on March 20 but is expected to take 12 months to close. At their current sizes, the combined telecom companies would... 

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Cosmic Mystery May Be Solved By Exploding Star

March 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Cosmic Mystery May Be Solved By Exploding Star

The discovery of X-ray “stripes” in the remains of an exploded star may help astronomers learn how some of the highest-energy particles in our galaxy reach their incredible speeds, a new study suggests. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory spacecraft detected a suprisingly regular pattern of X-rays in a well-known supernova remnant called Tycho. The new observations provide the first direct evidence that a cosmic event can rocket particles to energies 100 times higher than those achieved... 

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Amazon Unveils Cloud Music Player

March 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Unveils Cloud Music Player

Amazon has unveiled an online music service that lets customers upload songs and play them from a variety of devices. The internet retailer launched its Cloud Player in the US, ahead of rivals Apple and Google which are rumored to be developing similar systems. Users are allowed a maximum of 5Gb of storage space, roughly equivalent to 1,200 tracks, but can opt to pay for additional capacity. Cloud Player works with Blackberry, Palm and Android mobiles, although there is no support for Apple’s... 

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Some Nintendo 3DS Devices Suffering From BSoD

March 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Some Nintendo 3DS Devices Suffering From BSoD

It appears that some of Nintendo’s 3DS’s devices are having some major issues.  Apparently gamers are complaining that the are getting what they call a “Black Screen of Death.”   It is being said that when a gamer gets the black screen of death, the 3DS unusable and basically locked up until the user powers the 3DS off and back on. Nintendo is saying they are aware of the issue and that gamers need to download the latest system update.  Nintendo goes on to that that of this process... 

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Amex Debuts Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

March 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amex Debuts Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

American Express has just debuted a digital payment and commerce service that makes it possible to use Android-based devices and Apple iPhones for person-to-person online payments. Visa announced a similar personal payment product in the U.S. on March 16. Analysts say the moves by Visa and American Express are clearly aimed at challenging PayPal in the personal payments business. The new Amex service, named Serve, allows consumers and small businesses to make purchases and person-to-person payments... 

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Crysis 2 Gets More Updates To Fix Issues

March 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Crysis 2 Gets More Updates To Fix Issues

It appears that Crytek is keeping themselves busy addressing issues that have caused headaches for gamers playing the PC version of Crysis 2.  While many gamers are still experiencing issues when trying to activate Crysis 2 on the PC, which the latest update did not fix or address.  However, it does seem that a work around of re-entering the multi-player key from within the game does help some PC players. The recent patch addressed the USB headset issues.  Nevertheless, the most drastic... 

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Google Reportedly Joining The Mobile Payments Fray

March 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Reportedly Joining The Mobile Payments Fray

Google is joining Citigroup and Mastercard to establish a mobile payment system that will turn Android phones into a kind of electronic wallet, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The new system, which is in its early stages, will allow consumers to wave their Android phones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter to make payments, the Journal reported. The planned payment technology would allow Google to offer retailers more data about their customers... 

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Is A Quad Core Xoom On The Horizon

March 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is A Quad Core Xoom On The Horizon

Rumor has it that Nvidia’s Quad-Core Tegra 3 (Kal-El) is supposed to ship in Q3  which analyst are saying gives Motorola the opportunity to introduce a new device. Sources are betting that Motorola will debut a new tablet around August for the back to school rush.  Furthermore, this new tablet is supposed to have better stats to better compete against the iPad 2. Therefore, the new tablet should be in stores in September.  The new tablet’s  graphics ae said to be much faster... 

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