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  • Dual core processors wasted on Android, Intel claims

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Current versions of Google's Android operating system for smartphones make woeful use of their dual core processors, according to an Intel executive.
  • Verizon car collective may bring in-vehicle LTE to the masses

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Verizon has brought together several global automakers in an effort to speed the rollout of so-called "connected" cars, signaling broader availability of in-car Internet in the near future.
  • Want to build your own electric go-kart? Now you can

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Remember the Chibikart, the electric go-kart that goes up to 20MPH that we covered a few weeks back? Its creator Charles Guan has designed a new version, known as the "Democratic People's Republic of Chibikart", that excludes parts (hand-wound motors, factory-special batteries) and building techniques (CNC milling and lathe-work) that are hard to obtain outside a university or research setting. Even better: he posted step by step instructions so you can make your own.
  • Acer takes on Apple with high-res Iconia Tab A700 Android tablet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Calling a new Android tablet a potential iPad killer is a cliche. But make no mistake: Acer's Iconia Tab A700 has its sights set on doing just that thanks to an impressive set of specs that includes a 1920 by 1200 resolution display and 32GB of storage; and a $450 price that comes in at 25 percent under the price of a same-capacity iPad.
  • iPad installations at airports take some of the stress out of traveling

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:13 am

    The next time you're waiting to catch a flight, an iPad could be on hand to make the wait a little easier.
  • Apple adds iPad to back-to-school promo

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Amid the hurly-burly of Apple's sweeping announcements Monday, the company also quietly launched its annual back-to-school promotion, offering $100 gift cards to customers who buy a qualifying Mac and $50 to those who purchase a third-generation iPad.
  • The week in iOS accessories: making everything better

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

    This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes products that help you play better, work harder, listen more clearly, and simply do more of what you like to do with your iPhone and iPad.
  • Never lose your keys again with the Kinsight Kinect hack

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:10 am

    We all lose or misplace our phones, keys, or wallets at some point. If it's not the mad scramble in the morning to recover your keys, it's the heart-stopping moment you reach for your phone to find it's not in your pocket. If you have a Kinect, though, no longer will these precious items be misplaced.
  • Dell 'super excited about Windows 8,' vows no Dell smartphones

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Michael Dell talks plans for a bevy of mobile device to launch with Windows 8, weighs in on company's strategy for security, cloud computing.
  • This vacuum backpack lets you climb any type of wall

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Climbing up vertical walls is usually not a daily affair for everyone, except for maybe cats. But for troops who need to quickly scale walls, the Utah State University (USU) "Ascending Aggies" team created a portable vacuum pack with suction gloves.
  • 5 'Evil Siri' videos that may make you chuckle

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:05 am

    You're likely familiar with the wealth of online content that pokes fun at Apple's Siri, the virtual personal assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. There's even a genre that imagines the dark side of Siri, nodding to the Terminator mentality that someday the world really will be taken over by computers. Check out these fun videos that portray Siri as a dark force -- even Apple fans have to admit the concept can be humorous.
  • Nokia Lumia 900 phones appear in one college's freshman packet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Are you a freshman at Seton Hall this fall? If so, in addition to your dorm keys and student ID, a nice new Nokia Lumia 900 is waiting for you. The New Jersey college will issue every member of the incoming Class of 2016 a phone through its Mobile Computing initiative.
  • Anonymous Sprint employee apparently leaks Samsung Galaxy S III training videos

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:01 am

    Samsung last month launched its latest smartphone--the Galaxy S III, which features a 4.8-inch super AMOLED screen (with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 pixels), a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8GB camera. The phone also has NFC technology built in, and contains a MicroSD card slot that allows users to expand the memory.
  • Microsoft schedules two major mystery media events next week

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Microsoft has two days of big news planned for next week that could include a look at Windows RT tablets and Windows Phone 8.
  • Android tablets beating out iPad in business and IT: Report

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Apple's iPad may still be considered the king of tablets in many quarters, but new research data casts a shadow of doubt over how long that will continue.
  • New Mexico State Police rolling out smartphone project

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Law enforcement officers in New Mexico may soon be able to get important data — such as criminal histories and license plate registrations -- directly through smartphones.
  • Should Microsoft buy Nokia? Bad idea, say analysts

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Nokia's announcement that it plans to cut 10,000 job in coming months resurrected speculation that Microsoft should buy the cell phone maker in order to prop up its struggling Windows Phone platform.
  • A third of IT shops support personal smartphones, tablets at work

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Some IT shops provide technical support for personal smartphones, tablets and laptops used at work, but the percentage is still relatively small, a Gartner poll found.
  • Mistakes, heavy competition forces Nokia to reboot

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    Nokia is betting on camera functionality, navigation technology and further price reductions for its Windows Phone-based products to turn the company around after a round of cost cuts. Breaking Apple's and Samsung's stranglehold on the smartphone market won't be easy, however.
  • Nokia plans to cut 10,000 staff by end 2013, sells Vertu

    Posted June 14, 2012 - 3:35 am

    Nokia said Thursday that it plans to cut up to 10,000 positions globally by the end of 2013, and is selling luxury phone maker Vertu in a bid to cut costs, even as it plans to boost investments in feature phones, and smartphones based on the Windows Phone operating system.
  • Panasonic to launch smartphones in Japan that sync with rice cookers, TVs

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Panasonic will launch smartphones that sync with its household appliances, including its ovens and rice cookers, from this summer.
  • AT&T works on expanding Toggle BYOD service to PCs, Macs

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    AT&T plans to extend its dual-personality software for mobile devices, called Toggle, to provide a walled-off and encrypted work environment within PCs and Macs as well as mobile devices.
  • AT&T's Toggle BYOD service lets users shift work phone use to a separate plan

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    AT&T's Toggle service for creating work-only sectors of Android phones is expanding to Apple iOS and will let workers put their work-related data usage on a separate account.
  • Cloud, consumerization give power to users, steal influence from IT

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Many in IT have been struggling with changes cloud, virtualization, mobile, consumerization and other computing trends have had on IT, often making it seem as if IT itself is obsolete, even as technology gets more important. The reality is sobering, but not quite that grim.
  • How to keep your employees happy with their company PCs (without losing control of your IT)

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    If you're a typical small-business owner, you don't have a centralized provisioning system that can easily and automatically deploy each desktop or laptop system. You might not even have a dedicated employee, let alone a whole department, to manage your IT resources. And you probably give each user their own local login, instead of using a centralized authentication server. In other words, your employees have the keys to their local computer kingdoms. And that means they can do just about anything on their machines: Install new applications, install undesirable applications, change settings, and perhaps even unintentionally corrupt the Registry or download malware.
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