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  • Top stories of 2011: The year in technology

    Posted December 13, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:
  • New super-tough glass strengthens gadget screens

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 10:55 am

    One of Japan's largest glass manufacturers debuted on Thursday a new glass designed for smartphones and tablet PCs that is considerably tougher than conventional glass.
  • Hybrid Motherboard Runs Two Systems On Single Board

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 12:33 pm

    Motherboard manufacturer DFI has created a hybrid motherboard which allows for two systems to exist on a single board, allowing for a wide range of highly customized set-ups.
  • DRAM maker ProMOS battles for survival

    Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:00 am

    Facing a major debt payment with little cash, ProMOS offered to buy back the debt at a 90 percent discount.
  • Arm to show its first 32-nanometer smartphone chip

    Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Arm will show its first 32-nanometer smartphone chip at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
  • Building a computer from spare parts

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    After almost 30 years of playing with computers, I've accumulated a lot of stuff: motherboards, monitors, modems, processors, memory, graphics cards, TV tuner cards, drives (CD, DVD and hard -- both internal and external), cases, keyboards and mice. I think there's even a Bernoulli Box sitting on a shelf somewhere. I was pretty sure that I still had enough parts left to put together at least one complete computer. Turns out I was right -- and any self-respecting geek should be able to do the same. What follows is a step-by-step account of how I put together a new computer from old parts at a bare minimum cost.

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