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  • News: Processors: What to Expect From CPUs in 2012

    As the brains of most every modern computing gadget, the central processing unit or CPU is an indispensable part of every desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. The processor crunches the numbers and assigns the tasks, and it's one of the chief pieces of hardware that determine how thick your laptop is or how long your phone’s battery will last.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Might Get Ice Cream Sandwich After All

    Last week, Samsung released its list of devices that would be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Curiously, the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab were missing from the roster, to which Samsung made a separate statement that the two devices did not have enough memory to run the new OS and Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI.

  • Opinion: Jailbreak tool brings Siri to unsupported devices

    A jailbreak hacker known as chpwn, has developed Spire, a tool that allows those with jailbroken iOS devices to use Siri, Apple's personal assistant voice-control technology. With the help of Ryan Petrich (a jailbreak developer responsible for the popular DisplayOut app, among others), chpwn has created a tool, available via the Cydia repository, that downloads the Siri components to the iOS device directly from Apple (approximately a 100MB download).

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Hack Installs Ice Cream Sandwich

    Amazon's Kindle Fire is not only a great way to access Amazon content, soon it may also be a cheap way to get your hands on a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. JackpotClavin, a hacker on the xda developer forum, has released what is being dubbed as a pre-alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Kindle Fire. But as the term "pre-alpha" suggests this release is still a little buggy and is really targeted for developers who want to help improve how Google's operating system works on the Kindle Fire.

  • News: 2011's top stories: iPad 2

    The iPad 2 hit the UK on 26 March this year and has received little but praise since.

  • Opinion: Spire Program Ports Siri to Jailbroken iOS Devices

    A recently released Siri port called Spire promises to bring Apple's personal digital assistant to any jailbroken device running iOS 5. And unlike previous Siri ports, Spire is not burdened by copyright issues, according to its developer. But as is typical for hacks that put Siri on non-Apple approved devices, Spire is not a complete solution and there a few technological hurdles to overcome. Besides a jailbroken iOS device, you also need access to an iPhone 4S and a proxy server as a go-between for your jailbroken device and Apple's servers.

  • News: Apple fined €900,000 in Italy

    The Italian Antitrust Authority has fined Apple €900,000 (US$1.2 million) for not giving consumers enough information about its guarantees, the authority said on Tuesday.

  • News: Samsung, NTT DoCoMo and others to set up LTE chip joint venture

    NTT DoCoMo said Tuesday it will form a joint venture with Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC and two other Japanese companies to design and sell chips for high-speed mobile networks based on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard.

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: Bookworm

    The holidays are here for much of the country, but in between the family reunions, long meals, and gift-unwrapping sessions, there's still time to take a look at what's new in the world of iPad cases. In this week's roundup, we've got everything from the elegant to the rugged.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • News: Weekly Wrap: Mac and iOS news to get you through the holidays

    We don’t want to keep you from your one-horse open sleigh time, so let’s get right down to business. This is the Weekly Wrap, where we point you to our biggest Macworld stories from the week gone by, in case you missed them. Think of it as a Christmas present. Let’s go-ho-ho:

  • News: Smartphones and Social Media Help You Follow Santa

    Technology is making it easy and fun to follow Santa this Christmas.

  • News: Skitch offers image annotation on iPad

    iPad users looking to annotate and share pictures, maps, and web pages from their tablet have a new tool from Evernote.

  • News: 5 iPhone and iPad Apps That Make Great Gifts

    If you're searching for a last-minute gift for the holidays, look no further than Apple's App Store.

  • News: Biggest Windows 8 news for week ending Dec. 23

    The big news this week regarding Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 software was that it features picture passwords, something that drew widespread attention but also some skepticism. Otherwise it was a week of rumors about what other features Microsoft's next big software release might contain and devices that might be coming out specifically to support it.

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Dec. 23

    The iOSsphere was roiled and roused this week by the stunning news that the iPhone 5 will drive higher Apple sales. Unless Apple releases the iPhone 4S-S instead.

  • News: The Week in iPhone Cases: Vinyl nostalgia

    Even though a good chunk of the world is celebrating various holidays this week and next, the accessory market that revolves around Apple's smartphones shows no sign of slowing down. It continues to churn out example after example of new designs. Which, of course, means it's time for this week's iPhone-case roundup. Today's installment features old-style vinyl records, extreme sports, and the most destructive force in all of nature: children.

  • News: Did Smartphones kill the Point-and-Shoot?

    Smartphones in 2011 were increasingly the go-to device over traditional cameras and camcorders for Americans looking to capture photos and videos, a recent survey finds. Mobile handset photography jumped from comprising 17 percent of photos taken in 2010 to 27 percent in 2011, according to market research firm NPD Group. Traditional camera usage, meanwhile, fell 12 percentage points from 52 to 44 percent of all photos taken in 2011.

  • News: NORAD brings Santa -- and elf tossing -- to iPads, iPhones, Android devices

    Santa Claus should take note that NORAD, the Colorado Springs-based military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada, has been especially nice this year. The outfit has gone beyond its usual satellite-based Santa tracking by delivering free mobile device apps and games.

  • News: Republic Wireless Scraps Data Restrictions

    Republic Wireless has seen the error of its ways and has announced that it's truly offering unlimited data, voice, and texting for $19 per month.



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