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Sprint To Be The First To Offer Samsung’s Galaxy S II

August 31, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint To Be The First To Offer Samsung’s Galaxy S II

Sprint will be the first U.S. mobile carrier to offer Samsung’s Galaxy S II, starting Sept. 16, but T-Mobile and AT&T said Tuesday they also will sell the phone. A follow-on to the popular Galaxy S, the phone will be the thinnest available at all three operators. The largest mobile carrier in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, notably has decided not to sell the phone. Verizon recently said it already has an extensive portfolio of Android phones and so would not offer the Galaxy S II. All models... 

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GameSpot Partners With OnLive

August 31, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
GameSpot Partners With OnLive

GameSpot has signed a deal with OnLive to host streamed demos of games on its website, featuring the almost instant feature on game pages alongside review and other media content. To mirror that side of the deal, OnLive’s platform will feature GameSpot content such as reviews and interviews to aid customers in buying choices. “For as long as video games have existed, consumers have sought out information that helps them make smart purchases and get the most out of their gaming experience,”... 

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HP Temporarily Resurrects The TouchPad

August 31, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HP Temporarily Resurrects The TouchPad

Hewlett Packard Co plans to produce “one last run” of TouchPads, days after declaring it will discontinue a line of tablets that failed to challenge Apple Inc’s domination of the booming market. A day after the chief of HP’s personal devices division told Reuters the TouchPad might get a second lease on life, HP announced a temporary about-face on the gadget after being “pleasantly surprised” by the outsized demand generated by a weekend fire-sale. HP slashed... 

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SCO Loses Major Court Battle With Novell

August 31, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SCO Loses Major Court Battle With Novell

SCO has lost its second appeal of its slander of title lawsuit against Novell. The US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court decision in all respects. The SCO Group had claimed that it owned the copyrights to Unix SVRX under a licensing agreement, instead of Novell, because it wanted to shake down corporate Linux users. Groklaw, which has followed the SCO saga from the outset, has a report of the appellate court ruling. “SCO has fallen downstairs, hitting its head on every step,... 

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Sony,Toshiba & Hitachi Merging LCD Operations

August 31, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony,Toshiba & Hitachi Merging LCD Operations

Japan’s Sony Corp, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd will merge their liquid-crystal display units into one using $2.6 billion of government-backed funds to ward off growing competition from rivals in South Korea and Taiwan. The merged entity will be the world’s largest maker of small panels used in smartphones and tablet PCs, surpassing leaders Sharp Corp of Japan and Samsung Electronics of South Korea and keeping at bay the likes of Taiwan’s AU Optronics. Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi... 

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Stars Linked to Stellar Growth

August 31, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Stars Linked to Stellar Growth

Star formation in the center of the Milky Way underwent a growth spurt approximately 25 million years ago. After a slow period, the mass of baby stars that were created more than tripled, according to new research. Such a peak could indicate an influx of gas into the galactic bulge. To figure out star birth rates, an accurate count of the ages of stars in the area first had to be determined. An international team of astronomers turned the Infrared Survey Facility at the South African Astronomical... 

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Analyst Predicts RAM Price Will Plummet Soon

August 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Analyst Predicts RAM Price Will Plummet Soon

The price of DDR3 memory used in laptops, desktops and servers will plummet over the next several months as memory companies try to rid themselves of excess inventory in a slowing PC market, IHS iSuppli said on Monday. The average selling price of DDR3 RAM with a 2-gigabit density will reach $1.60 later in the third quarter, down from $2.10 today, said IHS iSuppli in a research note. The price of DDR3 DRAM was around $4.70 in the third quarter a year ago, when the market had not saturated and adoption... 

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Hackers Attack Nokia’s Developers Forum

August 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Hackers Attack Nokia’s Developers Forum

The community section of Nokia’s developer site was hacked, and some member’s e-mail addresses have been accessed, the mobile handset maker said. The part of the site has been taken down, and instead delivers a statement from the company about the intrusion. Nokia said that during its ongoing investigation of the incident, it discovered that a database table containing e-mail addresses of developer forum members was accessed, by exploiting a vulnerability in the bulletin board software... 

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Activision Gives Their View On IP

August 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Activision Gives Their View On IP

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has claimed that gamers are more responsible than the economy for the winnowing of publisher IP, reflecting that they are playing less games, in far more depth than they used to. An increasing install base and more time spent on gaming show a growing market, Hirshberg explained, whilst deeper worlds and almost endless online replay potential mean that games now have a much longer tail than previously. “Gamers seem to want to spend more time on, and go deeper into,... 

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Samsung Unveils New Phones To Run On Their Own OS

August 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Unveils New Phones To Run On Their Own OS

Samsung Electronics debuted three smartphone models that run on its own operating system, as it seeks to expand market share in the low-end segment and diversify its lineups heavily focused on Google’s Android software. The Wave series models backed by Samsung’s proprietary system “bada” reflects the South Korean firm’s shift in strategy from being a pure hardware manufacturer to become more software-focused. It is also aimed at pulling together Samsung’s different... 

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Does HP Plan To Spin Off Their PC Division?

August 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does HP Plan To Spin Off Their PC Division?

HP has added to confusion about what it will do with its PC business by now saying that it wants spin off the unit. According to Reuters, HP is working on understanding the larger implications of separating the PC business from rest of the company. An HP spokeswoman said, “We prefer a spin-off as a separate company and the working hypotheses is that a spin-off will be in the best interests of HP’s shareholders, customers and employees. “However, we have to complete the diligence... 

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Exotic Spiral Galaxy Found

August 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Exotic Spiral Galaxy Found

A strange, newfound galaxy may help astronomers figure out how black holes and star formation evolved in the early universe, according to a new study. The spiral galaxy, dubbed Speca, boasts fast-moving jets of particles rushing from its center, a phenomenon more commonly observed in elliptical galaxies. In fact, Speca is just the second spiral known to have such jets. These jets are spawned by a supermassive black hole at the heart of Speca. Researchers hope studying the galaxy will yield insights... 

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Amazon’s Tablet Will Be Much Cheaper Than iPad

August 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon’s Tablet Will Be Much Cheaper Than iPad

The New York Post reports that the online retailer plans to sell its upcoming tablet for “hundreds less” than what the iPad costs, though no specific price target has been provided. Understandably, it seems as though Amazon wants to get its hardware out there first, and makeup the difference in content sales later. In industry speak, this is called a “loss leader ” because the product is sold for less than it costs to manufacture the device. Amazon hopes that consumers will... 

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New Mobile App Offers Rewards For Exercising

August 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New Mobile App Offers Rewards For Exercising

Need some motivation to start a fitness program? Perhaps some free merchandise will provide an incentive to get moving. At least this is the premise that Nexercise is built upon, a free iPhone app that tracks activities ranging from running and weightlifting to fencing and polo and rewards users with free and discounted merchandise in the hopes that users will adopt long-term exercise habits. We’re trying to create a lifestyle – not a quick fix,” said co-founder Benjamin Young.... 

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Samsung Launches Mobile Instant Messaging

August 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Launches Mobile Instant Messaging

Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday it would launch a mobile instant messaging tool in its latest bid to gain more consumers for its handsets and challenge rivals such as Apple and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. The new service, called ChatON, will be available in October and will come preinstalled on Samsung’s feature phones as well as smartphones running on its own bada operating system and Google’s Android software, it said. With the move, Samsung enters an already crowded... 

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