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Google To Open Online Store To Sell Android Tablets

March 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google To Open Online Store To Sell Android Tablets

Google will open an online store where it will offer tablet devices directly to consumers, with some of them potentially being co-branded with Google’s name, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Google hopes the move will increase the adoption of its Android operating system in tablets, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. But selling tablets online could be challenging, since consumers often prefer to see the hardware in person before making a purchase. The Journal didn’t... 

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Consumers Can Pay Each Other With ‘Bump Pay’ Phone App

March 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Consumers Can Pay Each Other With ‘Bump Pay’ Phone App

The startup Bump Labs has jumped into the increasingly crowded mobile payments arena on Thursday, launching an app that allows people to exchange money by tapping their phones together. The app, called Bump Pay, builds on the company’s core technology, which enables two smartphones using Bump apps to transfer data by being tapped together. Unlike NFC (near-field communication), which Google and others are promoting for mobile payments, Bump requires physical contact between devices. The company’s... 

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Verizon To Offer Wireless Video Service

March 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Offer Wireless Video Service

Verizon Communications Inc is planning on offering an integrated video service for its wireless customers, its FiOS customers and its cable partners as soon as this holiday season, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing the telecom giant’s chief executive. “Technically, I think we could have something out that would be the beginnings of an integrated offering in time for the holidays,” said CEO Lowell McAdam, according to the Journal. Verizon is ramping up talks with television... 

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Are Game Consoles At The End Of The Road?

March 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Game Consoles At The End Of The Road?

Game consoles are coming under fire from a whole host of new platforms and technologies; from smartphones and tablets, to social games and browser titles, to cloud gaming, consoles are competing for entertainment time and dollars. But that doesn’t mean the era of the console is coming to a close, observes gaming legend Will Wright. The creator of The Sims and Spore observed to that consoles will always have a home for gamers, even if their importance becomes minimized. “I think there’ll... 

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Call of Duty-Black Ops 2 Coming November 6th

March 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Call of Duty-Black Ops 2 Coming November 6th

According to insiders, they have been able to get a solid read on when we should see the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 sequel. Our sources tell us that the Treyarch-developed sequel to the 2010 Black Ops will hit retail establishments on November 6th. It will again be backed by one of the biggest advertising campaigns for a view game launch that we have seen, with Activision spending some serious coin. The game is said to feature a new game mode called “Escort,” with “Drop Zone” and “Kill... 

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Billions Of Milky Way Stars Photographed

March 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Billions Of Milky Way Stars Photographed

More than a billion stars blaze bright in a new photo of our Milky Way galaxy snapped by an international team of astronomers. The new picture, which was released today (March 28), combines infrared images of the Milky Way taken during sky surveys by two different instruments, the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii and the VISTA telescope in Chile. The photo is part of a 10-year project that is gathering mountains of data to help guide future research, scientists said. “This incredible image gives... 

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Will GameStop Sell The PlayStation 4?

March 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will GameStop Sell The PlayStation 4?

PlayStation 4 (now reportedly called Orbis) is in the news once again, and the latest report reinforces a recent rumor about the possibility of new consoles blocking consumers from playing used titles (or imposing a fee to unlock them). This would be the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on GameStop, and the retailer wouldn’t sit idly by, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter commented. “It isn’t really in Sony’s or Microsoft’s best interests to block used... 

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Dell Exits Smartphone Market In U.S.

March 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Dell Exits Smartphone Market In U.S.

Dell has discontinued offering smartphones in the U.S. as it refines its mobile strategy to focus more on emerging markets and higher-margin products. Dell has axed its last standing Venue and Venue Pro smartphones and no replacements have been announced. The smartphones had run their course, a Dell spokesman said. “Mobility products have shorter lifecycles than laptops and desktops,” he said. Dell will introduce more mobile products in the U.S. later this year, but the spokesman didn’t... 

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Yahoo To Introduce ‘Do-Not-Track’ Worldwide This Year

March 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Introduce ‘Do-Not-Track’ Worldwide This Year

Yahoo websites worldwide will comply with users “do not track” settings starting later this year, Yahoo announced Wednesday. Most major browsers are now able to send a message to sites visited, indicating whether users want their surfing behavior to be tracked by cookies for the purposes of displaying personalized ads. In February the last major hold-out, Google, announced that its Chrome browser will include do-not-track support by the end of the year. That message, an HTTP (hypertext... 

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Best Buy Cutting Jobs,Closing Stores

March 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy Cutting Jobs,Closing Stores

Things don’t appear to be going well for the electronics giant, Best Buy as they have reported weaker-than-expected sales for the fourth quarter on Thursday, and said it has decided to close 50 big-box stores and to cut 400 jobs in corporate and support areas. Despite offering bigger discounts, the world’s largest consumer electronics chain saw very sluggish demand for gadgets during the holiday selling season. Net loss was $1.7 billion, or $4.89 a share, for the fourth quarter ended... 

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Are Used Video Games Hurting The Industry?

March 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Used Video Games Hurting The Industry?

Used games are a constant irritant for many in this industry – they’re at best tolerated and at worst despised with a passion. Frontier Development’s David Braben recently lashed out against the used games business, saying that it’s effectively killed off single-player titles, and now Silicon Knights boss Denis Dyack has weighed in with his thoughts as well. Dyack remarked, “From a consumer side, [in the last few years] we started seeing used games really come into fruition,... 

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Is NFC Taking Off?

March 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is NFC Taking Off?

Analyst working for Berg Insight have noted a growth in global sales of handsets featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) increased ten-fold in 2011. More than 30 million units were sold in 2011 and the market was growing at a compound annual growth rate of 87.8 percent. It predicts that shipments will reach 700 million units in 2016. The global rise in smartphone adoption is also driving higher attach rates for other wireless connectivity technologies in handsets including GPS, Bluetooth and WLAN,... 

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Study Suggest Billions Of Alien Planets In The Milky Way

March 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Study Suggest Billions Of Alien Planets In The Milky Way

There should be billions of habitable, rocky planets around the faint red stars of our Milky Way galaxy, a new study suggests. Though these alien planets are difficult to detect, and only a few have been discovered so far, they should be ubiquitous, scientists say. And some of them could be good candidates to host extraterrestrial life. The findings are based on a survey of 102 stars in a class called red dwarfs, which are fainter, cooler, less massive and longer-lived than the sun, and are thought... 

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Lenovo Opens Android App Store For Big Businesses

March 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lenovo Opens Android App Store For Big Businesses

Lenovo debuted an enterprise-focused app storefront for tablets running Google’s Android 3.1 or higher. The Lenovo Enterprise App Shop offers larger businesses the ability to buy third-party apps for employees in volume at discounted prices. It also is a site where employees can find and download company-approved apps, Lenovo said. IT managers will be able to purchase, license, distribute and manage the various apps by using Lenovo App Shop Manager. Under that setup, IT controls only the apps,... 

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Software Allows Android Apps To Run On Windows PCs

March 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Software Allows Android Apps To Run On Windows PCs

Software firm Bluestacks is on a mission to close the gap between Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s Android OS with its App Player application, which was released in beta earlier this week. App Player is an emulator that allows Android applications to run on Windows 7, Vista and XP OSes. Users can install the software in Windows and then run around 450,000 Android applications, including Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, the company said in a statement. Beyond PCs, the App Player could also... 

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