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  • iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending June 8

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:55 am

    With Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference just days away, the yearning iOSphere seethes with rumors, alarums and frights.
  • Mouth-mounted MP3 player lets you hear beats through your teeth

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Most people don't ever want to wear braces, a retainer, or basically put anything in their mouth unless it's a delicious snow cone. I, however, might make an exception for the Play-a-Grill, a mouth-mounted MP3 player that bounces sound waves inside of your head.
  • Anatomy of a video file

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:45 am

    You’re shopping for a camcorder, and you’re swamped by a sea of letters, numbers, and indecipherable acronyms—AVCHD, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2. What do they all mean and which ones should you care about? Here's the lowdown.
  • Review

    Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite 7.7 Android 4.0 tablet

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Long before the Toshiba Excite 7.7 got its name, its prospects were cause for excitement. The tablet's beefy Nvidia Tegra 3-powered specs, its slim and lightweight design, its Android 4.02 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and its high-resolution AMOLED display all made it a front-runner challenger on paper.
  • Channel 'Minority Report' with Arduino motion control glove for Kinect

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:39 am

    As you all know by now, the Kinect is a pretty epic piece of kit. But did you know that you can use the Kinect to pause, rewind, or fast-forward any video you watch using your Xbox 360? It's true--but it's also awkward to do at best.
  • Smartphone application empowers patients with content tailored to their needs

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Doctors have a communication problem: Studies have found that patients typically remember only 25% to 35% of what they're told by their doctors during office or hospital visits.
  • BYOD: IT execs learn to let go of 'command and control' mindset

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Forward-thinking tech execs are learning how to stop worrying and love the gadget, lest their business units attempt an end-run around IT. Insider (registration required)
  • How Facebook could integrate with iOS, OS X

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Speaking at the All Things D conference on Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook essentially sent Facebook a friend request. "I think the [Apple-Facebook] relationship is very solid," Cook said. "We have great respect for them. I think we can do more with them."
  • Windows 8 iPad rivals Ahoy!

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Disheartened with slow sales of Android tablets, reports say some manufacturers are putting their best efforts behind iPad rivals running Windows 8 Among the first may be Acer, Toshiba, and Asus, which are expected to unveil next week at the Computex show in Taipei a sleeve of Windows 8 tablets with foldable or detachable keyboards, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • The best office apps for Android tablets

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    With the right set of apps, your Android tablet can become an indispensable part of your mobile work arsenal. Here are the tools you need
  • Arduino helps monitor your plants, nurtures your precious saplings

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Gardening can be quite rewarding, but it can also take up a quite a bit of time. There is software out there that can make it easier to monitor your garden, but if your plot is larger than just a couple of plants, these can't always help. Fortunately, Invest Geek developed the Arduino Automated Nursery to help give your plants the best start in life.
  • Amazon releases Kindle software update with better font, support for additional formats

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Amazon on Monday announced the immediate availability of version 4.1.0 of the software that runs on the $79 Kindle--the non-touch screen version with no keyboard referred to as the Kindle With Special Offers (4th generation). The free update will install automatically via Wi-Fi over the next few weeks, but you can download it directly from Amazon and install it now instead.
  • Microsoft on{X} makes Android phones smarter than Windows phones

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:20 am

    It seems strange -- and it is -- but Microsoft is launching an application programming system called on{X} for Android phones that make it easy for Java-savvy users to turn the phones into smart, hypervigilant assistants.
  • HTC One X hits AT&T stores on Sunday for $200

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:16 am

    AT&T said the HTC One X smartphone will go on sale at its stores Sunday for $199.99 and a two-year service plan, ending a two week delay caused by a U.S. Customs review of shipments.
  • Gartner: top 10 emerging infrastructure trends

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Gartner kicked off its Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit here today with a "top 10" list of the most significant emerging trends that will impact data centers and information technology used by businesses and government from now into the next four or five years.
  • Army scientists send batteries through boot camp, increase energy density by 30 percent

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:15 am

    US Army Research Laboratory scientists have made a major breakthrough in increasing single-cell battery energy density by an astounding 30 percent.
  • Consumer software that's good for business

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:11 am

    You've probably seen the phrase "the consumerization of IT" bandied about. What does it mean? According to Microsoft, it's a blurring of the lines between people's personal and professional lives, driven by their desire to use the same technology at work as they use at home.
  • Windows Phone will pass iPhone by 2016, IDC says

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:10 am

    IDC projects that shipments of Windows Phone will displace Apple iOS to become the number two OS running smartphones in 2016.
  • Dubstep grandma rocks out, re-takes memes from cats

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:10 am

    If ever there was an example of abusing the elderly, this probably would take the cake. Someone decided to stick a pair of paper glasses to their grandmother and re-create the dubstep cat video that became Internet famous back in February of this year.
  • Kindle Fire: Once hot, now cold?

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Amazon had better hope that its upcoming second-generation Kindle Fire is a real crowd-pleaser, because interest in the original Fire appears to be fading fast.
  • Generate and keep really secure passwords for free

    Posted June 8, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    The best way to keep from allowing a data breach at LinkedIn or another breached site from being a disaster for you is to use a different password at each. Secure passwords are impossible to remember, however, so storing them in a free password vault is the only solution.
  • Average tablet price drops to $386, says IMS Research

    Posted June 8, 2012 - 10:22 am

    The average sales price of tablets was US$386 during the first quarter, a 21 percent drop compared to the same period last year, according to a report from IMS Research.
  • Hand-warmer mouse? iPhone proximity alarm? Pen phone? Why not?

    Posted June 8, 2012 - 8:50 am

    "One of my coworkers' wives was complaining about how cold her hands were when she got to work, and how she couldn't even control her mouse," says James Hsu, from his company's small booth at the Computex show.
  • Can't find the gadgets you want? Here are the parts to build your own

    Posted June 8, 2012 - 7:02 am

    At the massive Computex exhibition in Taipei this week, hundreds of vendors hawk shiny new tablets, phones and computers.
  • California's budget crisis sparks controversial 'BYOD' plan to save money

    Posted June 8, 2012 - 6:27 am

    The state of California's staggering budget problems -- now an estimated $16 billion shortfall -- have put Chris Cruz, deputy director and chief information officer at the state's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in a tough situation. Because of the state's ongoing fiscal crisis, he, like other agency managers, last year was told to cut use of state-issued cellphones by 50% as a cost-saving measure. Cruz decided one way to hold down costs at DHCS, which was using BlackBerries, was to have agency employees use their own smartphones instead -- without any subsidy.
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