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AT&T Expanding Partnership With China Telecom

November 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Expanding Partnership With China Telecom

AT&T Inc and China Telecom have agreed to broaden the range of their partnership in China and the United States and will look into supporting each other in other regions. AT&T said the agreement would expand its services for business customers in China and that the companies would consider jointly developing services, including video conferencing and managed hosting. China Telecom said that under the expanded agreement it will be able to improve its services to Asian customers in the United... 

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Lawmaker Raises Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire

November 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lawmaker Raises Privacy Concerns About Kindle Fire

Amazon told a Massachusetts congressman that the Silk browser in its Kindle Fire tablet doesn’t pose a privacy threat to customers, but the lawmaker wasn’t satisfied with that statement. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the co-chairman of a congressional caucus on consumer privacy, on Tuesday released the results of questions he had put to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in October about Silk and the data it collected. Markey wasn’t happy with Amazon’s answers. “Amazon’s responses... 

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Xbox 360 Sells Skyrocket Over Black Friday Weekend

November 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Xbox 360 Sells Skyrocket Over Black Friday Weekend

The Xbox 360 has seen impressive Thanksgiving sales this year, selling more that 960,000 units in the US alone. It’s the biggest sales week yet in the history of the seven year old console. Larry Hryb, the director of programming for XBox Live, and also known as Major Nelson, shared the figures. They also showed that of the 960,000 sold, 800,000 were sold within one 24 hour period. More that 750,000 Kinects were also sold, a figure that includes both individual peripherals and bundles. “We... 

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Internet Explorer To Support CORS

November 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Internet Explorer To Support CORS

Microsoft has released an updated Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) preview supporting what it calls cross origin resource sharing (CORS). Microsoft’s IE10 is set to be released with the firm’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system and the company has been banging on about the browser’s support for and performance of HTML5. In the latest IE10 preview, the firm has shown off CORS, allowing users to share data from multiple applications through HTML and XML. Microsoft also revealed CSS... 

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HP LaserJet Printers Vulnerable To Attacks

November 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP LaserJet Printers Vulnerable To Attacks

Millions of Hewlett Packard Co.’s LaserJet printers contain a security vulnerability that could allow hackers to take control of the systems, steal data from them and issue commands that could cause the devices to overheat and catch fire, according to two researchers from Columbia University. Printers from other makers likely have the same issue, leaving users of those devices exposed to similar threats, the researchers said. The security researchers findings was first published by MSNBC.com... 

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Astronomers Solve More Black Hole Mysteries

November 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Solve More Black Hole Mysteries

To strive for the most complete understanding of a black hole, astronomers have turned their telescopes to the double-star system Cygnus X-1, which boasts the first of these discovered oddities. The move paid off, providing detailed information on the black hole’s mass, spin and its distance from the sun. The knowledge could help scientists piece together information about the black hole’s state today, and also reveal clues about its early history. Decades in the dark To study objects... 

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Rohm Developed Chip That Can Send Data At 30Gbps

November 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Rohm Developed Chip That Can Send Data At 30Gbps

Japanese component manufacturer Rohm said it has created an experimental chip that can send and receive signals at terahertz-range frequencies, which can carry data at speeds of up to 30Gbps and penetrate clothing and paper. The company aims to bring the device to market in the next three or four years at an initial price of less than $13, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. That would allow for its use in home electronics and other consumer devices. Measuring 1.5 mm by 3mm, it operates in the 300 GHz range,... 

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Segate Launches Momentus XT Hybrid Drive

November 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Segate Launches Momentus XT Hybrid Drive

Seagate is shipping its second generation of Momentus XT, solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops. It is claiming that it is the company’s fastest drive ever for personal computers. It means that users can boost boot-up speed and overall performance. Already seven OEMs are gearing up to flog laptops based around the Momentus XT. The drive is now available at online retailers Amazon, Canada Computers, CDW, Memory Express, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect. The Momentus XT... 

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Battlefield 3 Gets Banned

November 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Battlefield 3 Gets Banned

Iranian authorities have banned Battlefield 3, making it illegal for stores to sell the game. Apparently, the reason is because the game depicts the US Army fighting in Iran’s capital Teheran. As one would expect, people are not the least bit happy about their country being depicted as a virtual battlefield. It is said that 5,000 youths petitioned against the game online. Although the group says that it is aware the game plot is hypothetical, it believes that the game was intentionally... 

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Lenovo Debuts New Mobile Devices,Says ‘Smart’ TV Is Next

November 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Debuts New Mobile Devices,Says ‘Smart’ TV Is Next

Lenovo debuted three new tablets and a smartphone for the Chinese market on Tuesday and said it will launch a smart TV product some time early next year. No details on the smart TV were provided, but Lenovo said it would be called “ideatv” for international markets. The smart TV is part of a series of products including tablets, smartphones and PCs that can easily share content between one another. The LePad comes in three screen sizes: 5, 7 and 10 inches. Both the 7- and 10-inch devices... 

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RIM To Offer Security Tool For Android,iPhones

November 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
RIM To Offer Security Tool For Android,iPhones

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is seeking to capitalize as companies switch to rival smartphones with a new tool that offers some of its important security features for sleeker devices like the iPhone. The company said on Tuesday that it will launch its new Mobile Fusion device management software in the first quarter, allowing corporate IT staff to set and monitor rules for passwords, apps and software on a range of devices, including Apple’s iPad and iPhone, and smartphones using Google’s... 

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UFOs Are Getting In LHC’s Way

November 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
UFOs Are Getting In LHC’s Way

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator at CERN Laboratory in Switzerland, are trying to slam particles together hard enough to break them into never-before-seen pieces, which could solve some of the biggest puzzles in nature. But UFOs — unidentified falling objects, that is — keep getting in their way. The LHC is a 17-mile (27-km) circular tunnel lined with powerful magnets, which accelerate protons (particles in the nuclei of atoms) to 99.9999991 percent... 

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Microsoft Patents Spy Technology

November 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Patents Spy Technology

Microsoft has patented a machine that can monitor the behavior of employees while also assigning positive or negative scores to everything they do. According to GeekWire, the patent send the IT department a flag when someone who repeatedly cuts off colleagues during conversations, or warns when a supervisor who repeatedly bugs underlings during their lunch break. Such scoring would presumably rely upon subjective criteria set by the employer regarding what counts as “good” or “bad”... 

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Motorola Adds Keyboard To Droid 4 Razr

November 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Motorola Adds Keyboard To Droid 4 Razr

Meet the Motorola Droid 4, the latest device in the Android army, breaking cover this weekend via leaked photos from Droid Life. There’s no official word of this phone yet, which is expected to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE network on December 8. The purported leaked specs show that the Droid 4 would match many the specs of the Droid Razr, with 4G LTE connectivity, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8-megapizel camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization. There’s... 

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Gears of War 3 To Add Additional Characters

November 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Gears of War 3 To Add Additional Characters

Details of the next Gears of War 3 DLC pack, which will be called “RAAM’s Shadow,” have been released over the weekend. The next DLC installment will arrive for download on December 13th for 1200 Microsoft Points; or it will be free if you opted for the Gears of War 3 Season Pass. RAAM’s Shadow will add three hours of game play, plus six new playable multiplayer characters, the Chocolate Weapon Set, and the ability to collect an additional 250 points in achievements if you can obtain them. ... 

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