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Amazon’s Kindle Fire Sales Exceeded Expectations

January 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon’s Kindle Fire Sales Exceeded Expectations

Amazon will announce fourth-quarter earnings today on the heels of what analysts have categorized as stronger-than-expected fourth quarter Kindle Fire tablet sales. Amazon sold 6 million of the $199 Kindle Fire in the fourth quarter, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst said in a recent note after earlier predicting 5 million Kindle Fire sales for the period. Recently, a Barclays analyst upped his estimate for the quarter to 5.5 million units sold, a million more than the initial prediction for the period. Amazon... 

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Ban on Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Upheld In Germany

January 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ban on Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Upheld In Germany

A ban on Korean firm Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany has been upheld by a Duesseldorf court. The ruling ends Samsung’s bid to overturn the ban in the country. According to Reuters, Samsung lost its appeal after the court ruled in favour of Apple. Samsung has redesigned the tablet specifically for the German market, and renamed it the Galaxy Tab 10.1 N. Apple challenged the reworked version, but last month a German court rejected its claims in a preliminary judgment. A final ruling... 

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Facebook Finally To Get Angry Birds Game

January 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Facebook Finally To Get Angry Birds Game

In a move that will help Facebook stay on top of its competition with Google+, the social network will add Angry Birds to its site starting on Feb. 14, according to a blog post from Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds. The move means that one of the world’s most popular mobile video games is joining forces with the world’s largest social network. “Nothing says ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ like competitive pig-popping among friends!” Rovio wrote in its blog post. Facebook... 

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iPhone App Includes Hidden Tethering Feature

January 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iPhone App Includes Hidden Tethering Feature

An iPhone developer has acknowledged that a recent update to one of his apps includes the hidden feature that will allow tethering the smartphone to a laptop, circumventing carrier fees for the service. Chris Simpson, best known for creating apps for “jailbroken” iPhones, posted a walk-through on YouTube that instructs users of his QuasiDisk app how to set it up for tethering. By tethering a smartphone to a laptop, users can share the phone’s cellular connection to the Internet... 

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Successors To The PS3 and Xbox 360 Not Launching Until 2013

January 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Successors To The PS3 and Xbox 360 Not Launching Until 2013

The original plan to launch new consoles was to have new Xbox and PlayStation in 2010 but since 2008 was such a wonderful year for the global economy, Sony and Microsoft had to revise their plans to launch new hardware that soon. At that time they pushed the update to 2012 timeframe but Xbox Kinect and partially Sony Move gave these rather old consoles a new breath of life. The sales spiked and pushed the update another few quarters. The timeframe for new consoles we are hearing today is 2013.... 

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Nintendo’s Wii-U To Support NFC

January 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo’s Wii-U To Support NFC

Nintendo is apparently adding NFC or Near Field Communications technology to the Wii U controller. Nintendo is just starting to detail the new technology and has been detailing the information surrounding the addition of this technology to developers. According to what we have been able to learn, the addition of NFC technology in the Wii U controller would allow purchases and payment using compatible NFC funding sources. In addition, it would allow for wireless data swapping with other gaming possibilities... 

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Mozilla’s Firefox 10 To Launch This Week

January 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla’s Firefox 10 To Launch This Week

Mozilla engineers have given the go ahead to ship Firefox 10 on Tuesday. Notes from a Mozilla meeting last week said that the upgrade was on for Jan. 31, the next ship date in the every-six-week schedule that the company adopted last year. The new version includes one of the first components of Firefox’s planned silent update mechanism: The browser automatically disables incompatible add-ons and marks all others as compatible. Add-ons that work with Firefox 4 or later will be marked as compatible... 

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New Nook Coming This Spring?

January 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
New Nook Coming This Spring?

The New York Times recently ran an article about Barnes & Noble taking on Amazon in the “fight of its life.” Buried in the middle of the two-page story is a small mention of engineers “putting the final touches on their [Barnes & Noble's] fifth e-reading device, a product that executives said would be released sometime this spring.” No details were offered beyond that, with a Barnes & Noble spokesperson declining to comment further. But the obvious question is... 

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Is the FDA Spying On Its Scientist?

January 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the FDA Spying On Its Scientist?

The Food and Drug Administration is being sued by staffers who say that it has secretly monitored their personal email and snooped on their whisteblower warnings. A report at the Washington Post says that the FDA turned its eyes inward after some scientists and doctors warned the US Congress that it was approving medical devices that could harm patients. Snooping took place over a two year period, according to a complaint filed against the FDA, and saw spooks reading personal emails sent through... 

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Tainted Android Apps May Have Infected Millions

January 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Tainted Android Apps May Have Infected Millions

The largest-ever Android malware campaign may have tricked as many as 5 million users into downloading infected apps from Google’s Android Market, Symantec said today. Named “Android.Counterclank” by Symantec, the malware was packaged in 13 different apps from three different publishers, with titles ranging from “Sexy Girls Puzzle” to “Counter Strike Ground Force.” Many of the infected apps were still available on the Android Market as of Friday afternoon. “They... 

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GlobalFoundries Is Going 14nm

January 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
GlobalFoundries Is Going 14nm

GlobalFoundries, the world’s third largest independent semiconductor foundry, has said that it has already begun planning phases for upcoming 14nm process node technology. This statement marks the first time that the company has publicly announced any 14nm plans, as it has previously only discussed its 16nm process technology which will use EUV lithography techniques. According to an interview between EE Times and GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha, the company’s exceptionally positive... 

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Astronomers To Discuss Material Found Beyond The Solar System Tomorrow

January 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers To Discuss Material Found Beyond The Solar System Tomorrow

Scientists will announce new findings about material from beyond the solar system at a NASA press conference next Tuesday (Jan. 31). The researchers will also discuss discoveries about the boundary region that separates our solar system from interstellar space and protects us from fast-moving particles called galactic cosmic rays, researchers said. The results were obtained after analyzing data gathered by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft, which is studying the edge of... 

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Facebook Takes On ‘Clickjackers’ In Court

January 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Takes On ‘Clickjackers’ In Court

Facebook and the state of Washington filed suit against a company on Thursday they accused of a practice called “clickjacking” that dupes users of the world’s top social network into visiting advertising sites, divulging personal information and spreading the scam to friends. The scheme, also known as “likejacking” because victims are tricked into using Facebook’s “Like” button to perpetuate it, has grossed $1.2 million a month for the Delaware-based... 

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Intel To Acquire RealNetworks Streaming Media Patents

January 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel To Acquire RealNetworks Streaming Media Patents

Intel on Thursday said it had agreed to acquire RealNetworks streaming media patents and video codecs in a move aimed at improving the multimedia experience delivered through devices based on its chips. The chip maker has agreed to purchase video codec software and about 190 patents and 170 patent applications worldwide, for $120 million. RealNetworks is best known for its RealPlayer multimedia software, which offers multimedia streaming based on its own codec. The purchase will help Intel offer... 

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Twitter Agrees To Censorship In Some Countries

January 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Agrees To Censorship In Some Countries

Twitter announced Thursday that it would begin censoring Tweets in certain countries, renewing questions about how the social media platform will handle issues of free speech as it rapidly expands its global user base. Until now, Twitter had to delete a Tweet from its global network if it received a takedown request from a government. But the company said in a blog post published Thursday that it now has the ability to selectively block a Tweet from appearing to users in one country. “Starting... 

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