Hardware

Tue
03
Jan
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84" Ultra HDTV to Debut at Consumer Electronics Show

Not only are televisions continuing to get bigger and better, but they're also continuing to display higher-than-ever resolutions. In fact, industry heavyweight LG has revealed plans to unveil its newest, largest television, a massive 84-inch 3D and ... "Ultra Definition" set, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) later this month. It's important to recognize that LG's planned CES showpiece isn't your average high definition television set simply ballooned to an astronomical size. Instead, it represents a major feat in TV design and development because of the sheer number of pixels utilized in ... (view more)

Thu
15
Dec
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New Samsung Ultrabooks to include Optical Drive

Ultrabooks have been in the news lately as PC makers challenge Apple for dominance of the high-speed, ultra lightweight laptop-sized PC market niche. Apple's MacBook Air, which effectively set the standard for the Ultrabook market for several years, ... offers lightning-fast processing speed and a display size much larger than the average netbook. The price point for Apple's Macbook Air (and non-Apple Ultrabooks similar to it) sell at a price point upwards of well over $1,000. Until now, Ultrabooks lacked a DVD/Blu-ray optical disc drive; however, Samsung is hoping to change that. Optical Disc ... (view more)

Tue
06
Dec
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Ultrabook Prices to Be Cut 10%, Says Report

Dying to get your hands on one of those high-powered, extremely portable new ultrabook PCs ? You might want to hold off just a little while longer. A new report suggests the price of those handy devices could drop considerably early next year. ... Ultrabook: Ultra Light Laptop An "ultrabook" is a high-powered, lightweight PC. In essence, it's a cross between a netbook and a laptop, but with a lot more computing power than a netbook, and, so far, a much higher price tag. A typical ultrabook weighs about three pounds, uses an Intel quad-core processor, boasts a 5-8 hour battery life, and ... (view more)

Mon
05
Dec
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RIM Loses $485M on Failing PlayBook Tablet: Report

There's no doubt 2011 has been a very tough year for Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet, as sales of both devices are down across the board. Now, after the Waterloo, Canada-based firm knocked hundreds ... off the price of its PlayBook last month, a new report says RIM is losing nearly half a billion dollars on the item. The PlayBook tablet first shipped way back in the spring of 2011 with very high expectations. Featuring BlackBerry integration, it was supposed to be the "must-have" item for fans of the company's popular smartphone. ... (view more)

Thu
01
Dec
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New Toshiba LED HDTVs Ultra Power Efficient

These days many people have flat-screen HDTVs (high definition televisions), whether it's in the plasma, LCD (liquid crystal display) or LED (light-emitting diode) format . But most of those fancy televisions are big power wasters, which is why the ... next wave in television innovation may involve energy-efficient TVs like Toshiba's new Regza 32BE3. Toshiba is hoping to set its new Regza TV apart by making it more efficient both when it is in stand-by mode (not on or off, but ready to jump into action) and when it's actually displaying a picture. Regza 32BE3 Uses No Power in Standby Mode You ... (view more)

Mon
28
Nov
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Amazon Kindle Tablets Proving Hot Holiday Items

Not long ago Amazon released its very own tablet computer in an attempt to siphon off part of Apple's domination over this nascent market. A new report suggests that the company's plan is proving successful so far, particularly if recent Black ... Friday numbers are to be believed. Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet was released in early November for an impressively low price of $199 -- less than half the price of Apple's iPad. Early reviews were generally positive , though most critics complained that its web browsing remained a tad slow. Others, however, went so far as to suggest that it fails ... (view more)

Thu
24
Nov
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Troubled PlayBook Tablet Gets Huge $300 Price Cut

The price of the slow-selling PlayBook tablet -- built by BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) -- has been slashed by U.S. retailers. It's a desperate move by RIM to clear out inventory of a product that has struggled since its launch earlier ... this year. Sales of RIM's PlayBook have been extremely disappointing for the Waterloo, Canada-based company. The tablet first shipped back in April, with RIM reportedly expecting to sell about five million units in its first year. Instead, sales were only 200,000 units in the last quarter, and only about 700,000 in total. (Source: wsj.com ) Experts ... (view more)

Wed
23
Nov
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Microsoft Unveils 40" Coffee Table-Sized Tablet PC

Microsoft is launching a tablet computer that isn't quite your average slate. What the Surface SUR40 lacks in portability, it makes up for with its 40-inch HD touch-screen. The price hasn't yet been confirmed, but rumors place it somewhere between ... $8,400 and $15,000. Wherever it falls in that range, the device is clearly not going to be a popular consumer product. Instead, the Surface SUR40 is expected to appeal primarily to business users and agencies involved in such sectors as education and healthcare. Microsoft says both FujiFilm and the Royal Bank of Canada plan to be among the first ... (view more)

Tue
22
Nov
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Google Slashes Price of its Chromebook Laptop

Google is cutting the price of its very own Chromebook laptop to $299. The new $299 puts it in the same price range as netbooks, the lowest cost version of computers with a physical keyboard, designed mainly for online activity. The Chromebook runs ... the Chrome operating system (OS), which is effectively an upgraded version of the better-known Chrome web browser. The device links directly to tools such as Gmail, the Google Docs office suite, and online image editing, requiring an Internet connection. Originally, all files were stored online, though an update earlier this year added support for ... (view more)

Thu
17
Nov
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Nokia to Offer Win8 Tablet Mid-2012: Report

A Nokia executive recently let slip that next summer the firm will release a tablet computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. In an interview with a French newspaper, Paul Amsellem, who heads up Nokia France, was quoted as ... saying: "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8." (Source: fnno.com ) In an effort to reduce speculation and diminish the impact of Amsellem's lip-slip, a Nokia spokesperson later retracted the statement and told the media: "We have not announced any specific plans as it relates to tablets." Not the First Hint at a Nokia Windows 8 ... (view more)

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