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Verizon To Sell LTE Capable Galaxy Tab 7.7 Starting March 1st

February 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Sell LTE Capable Galaxy Tab 7.7 Starting March 1st

Verizon Wireless announced it will exclusively sale the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 starting Thursday for $499.99 with a two-year agreement for the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The Android 3.2-based tablet has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and a 7.7-in. Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280 by 800 resolution. A 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera are included, as well as 16 GB of on-board storage, with support for a 32 GB microSD card. Verizon said the device is suited... 

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Toshiba Claims Excite LE Is World’s Thinnest Tablet

February 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba Claims Excite LE Is World’s Thinnest Tablet

Toshiba will begin shipping its new product,the Excite LE tablet next week, which the company claims will be the thinnest tablet yet. It has a 10.1-inch display, is 0.3 inches (7.7 mm) thick and weighs 1.18 pounds (535 grams). By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2, which also has a 10.1-inch display, is 0.38 inches thick and weighs 1.3 pounds. Apple’s iPad 2, which has a 9.7-inch screen, is 0.34 inches thick and weighs 1.33 pounds. The Excite LE will be priced at $529.99 for a 16GB model... 

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Google Once Considered Issuing Its Own Currency

February 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Once Considered Issuing Its Own Currency

Google once contemplated the idea of issuing its own currency, to be called Google Bucks, company Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said on stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,Spain on Tuesday. At the end of his keynote speech, Schmidt hit on a wide array of topics in response to audience questions. “We’ve had various proposals to have our own currency we were going to call Google Bucks,” Schmidt said. The idea was to implement a “peer-to-peer money” system.... 

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HP Gives More WebOS Staff The Boot

February 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Gives More WebOS Staff The Boot

HP will lay off around half of its remaining WebOS staff as it continues to slink away from the mobile operating system. Reports from the US, starting at The Verge, say that the firm is laying off 275 people from a pool of about 600 and is looking to redeploy them elsewhere. “As WebOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble... 

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Ivy Bridge Clocked At 7.063GHz

February 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ivy Bridge Clocked At 7.063GHz

Intels next-generation code-named “Ivy Bridge” microprocessor has been overclocked by two times higher than the default frequency. According to Bright Side of News web-site, enthusiasts have managed to overclock quad-core Intel Core i7-3770K microprocessor from default 3.50GHz to whopping 7.063GHz. It is not clear how the enthusiasts got their paws on the chip which is not out yet and is going to be delayed until June. It is not certain what cooling system was used during the overclocking... 

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The Universe Apparently Expanded By Inflation

February 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
The Universe Apparently Expanded By Inflation

The distribution of matter across the cosmos is most easily explained by inflation, a theory that suggests our universe inflated rapidly — just like a balloon — shortly after its birth, according to new research. A new study found that cosmic inflation, which was first proposed in 1980, is the simplest explanation that fits the measurements of the distribution of matter throughout the universe made by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a spacecraft that scans radiation... 

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Coming Soon,Tweets From The Pope

February 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Coming Soon,Tweets From The Pope

The Pope Benedict XVI continues to whet his appetite for current social media and technology. First the Pope launched his own YouTube channel in 2009 and then a year later encouraged priests around the world to go out and blog and use social media sites to speak to congregants. And now, Pope Benedict is launching a Twitter account, according to a report in the The Guardian. According to the U.K.-based newspaper, the Pontiff won’t always personally write the tweets, but will approve all... 

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Yahoo/Facebook War Looming Over Patents

February 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo/Facebook War Looming Over Patents

Yahoo has demanded licensing fees from Facebook for use of its technology, the companies said on Monday, potentially igniting the social media world in the patent battles and lawsuits that are already raging across much of the tech sector. Yahoo has made claims on patents that include the technical mechanisms in the Facebook’s ads, privacy controls, news feed and messaging service, according to a source familiar with the matter. Representatives from the two companies met on Monday and the talks... 

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Intel Releases New Processors Aimed At Smartphones

February 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Releases New Processors Aimed At Smartphones

Intel has expanded its Medfield range of Atom chips by introducing the Atom Z2580 and Z2000. Intel showed off its first Medfield Atom Z2450 processor at CES and waited less than two months before tripling its smartphone chip range with the Atom Z2580 and Atom Z2000. According to Intel, the Z2450 will end up in the middle of its range with the Z2580 being its high-end offering clocked up to 2GHz. While Intel was keen to point to the LTE capabilities of the Atom Z2580, the firm knows that it is the... 

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Thousands Of Android Apps Now Available on PlayBook

February 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Thousands Of Android Apps Now Available on PlayBook

Research In Motion said that “thousands” of Android apps are now available in the Android player launched one week ago as part of the PlayBook OS 2.0 update. The company said that the player may help encourage more native app development on the PlayBook. There are currently 10,000 apps in the BlackBerry App World, including the Android apps, making it smaller than even the fledgling Windows Phone platform, which has 65,000 apps in its store. RIM first announced in March of last year that... 

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NBA Live Returns

February 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
NBA Live Returns

After EA threw in the towel and pulled the plug on the last edition of NBA Live before release, the game was sent back to the drawing board for a total re-work, with the promise that it would return at a later date. After EA shifted the development of the game and built a new development team, now comes the news that the company is planning the first release in the new generation of NBA Live offerings with an all-new experience that the company claims will “capture the future of basketball.” The... 

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Pulsars Mysterious Tick Being Investigated

February 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Pulsars Mysterious Tick Being Investigated

Pulsars are fast-spinning stars that emit regular beams of light known for their clocklike regularity. So, when one strangely turned off for a year and a half, astronomers were surprised to find that this abnormality could help them solve the longstanding mystery of what makes these flashing stars tick. Despite more than forty years of study, astronomers still can’t nail down what causes these rapidly rotating stars to pulse. But when one, called PSR J1841, turned off for 580 days, it gave... 

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Lenovo Close To Taking Top PC Vendor Spot

February 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Close To Taking Top PC Vendor Spot

China’s Lenovo, already a top brand in its domestic markets, is focused on becoming a household name in major foreign locales as the company faces the prospect of becoming the world’s largest PC vendor for the first time in its history. Chances are the Chinese company could take the title some time in 2012 after achieving the highest growth rate among the top five companies for the last two years. Now ranked as the second largest, Lenovo’s market share is just two percentage points... 

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Skype For Windows Phone Now Available

February 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Skype For Windows Phone Now Available

Windows Phone owners now have access to the Skype Internet calling service. A beta version of Skype for Windows Phone can now be downloaded from the Marketplace application store, Skype wrote in a blog post. The “gold version” of the application will be available in April. The beta has been tested and certified for Nokia’s Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, HTC’s Titan and Radar, and Samsung’s Focus S and Focus Flash. With the Skype for Windows Phone beta users can make free... 

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Intel Ivy Bridge Delayed, Can AMD Makes Gains?

February 27, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Ivy Bridge Delayed, Can AMD Makes Gains?

Intel will push back the launch of its Ivy Bridge processors to June. Intel’s successor to Sandy Bridge has been widely rumoured to have hit delays, but the firm had remained quiet until now. Intel EVP Sean Maloney told the Financial Times that the launch of Ivy Bridge had slipped from April, saying, “I think maybe it’s June now.” Maloney said the delay of Ivy Bridge was due to fab issues rather than demand. Ivy Bridge wafers will be spun out using the firm’s latest... 

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