device

Fri
09
Mar
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'BatteryCare 0.9.9.1', and 'Microsoft Device Center Beta 1.0.406.0'

BatteryCare 0.9.9.1 BatteryCare is a software program created to optimize the performance of a modern laptop's battery. It monitors the battery's discharge cycles and helps increase its lifespan. It also monitors battery and CPU temperature, allows ... for quick or automatic power plan switching, and offers other battery related services. http://batterycare.net Microsoft Device Center Beta 1.0.406.0 Microsoft Device Center is a new Beta application that helps you get the most out of your Microsoft keyboard and mouse. With this software in place, you can tailor the workings of your mouse and ... (view more)

Fri
09
Mar
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PlayBook Update Allows Android Apps, Many Fixes

Research in Motion (RIM), best known for its BlackBerry smartphone, has recently released a highly-anticipated software update for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer. The updates help to resolve interactive features of the device. The PlayBook ... was first launched in April, 2011, in an attempt to siphon off sales from the iPad. Unfortunately, it sold just 500,000 units in its first quarter of availability, only 250,000 units in the next quarter, and a disappointing 150,000 units in its third quarter. (Source: thestar.com ) Email Issues, Lack of Apps Kept Down PlayBook Sales Several factors ... (view more)

Thu
08
Mar
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Apple Unveils New iPad 3, Due March 16

Apple unveiled its highly-anticipated iPad 3 at a major press event on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and analysts immediately began predicting that the device will help the Cupertino-based firm retain its hold on the nascent tablet-computing market. ... This third version of the ubiquitous iPad boasts several new features. First, the device has received a major bump up in its display capabilities, with a resolution of 2038x1536. In comparison, Blu-Ray movies are displayed in a resolution of 1920x1080. Apple says that the new iPad 3 tablet will be capable of displaying more than 3.1 million pixels. ... (view more)

Tue
06
Mar
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New Tech Silences People With Own Words

Two Japanese scientists have designed a device that can disorient a talking person powerfully enough to make them stop. The technique is based on the "echo" feedback we sometimes get when using a telephone. Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada created ... the SpeechJammer while investigating the characteristics of speech control. They were particularly interested in "problem" scenarios where loud talkers annoyed unwilling listeners, and where conversations hit a snag because both speakers continued to talk at the same time. For example, if somebody is speaking in a way that ... (view more)

Wed
08
Feb
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Samsung Galaxy Note: Half Phone, Half Tablet

Just when you thought you understood the difference between notebooks, netbooks, tablets and smartphones, Samsung has come up with a totally new device: it's a phone with a 5.3-inch display, which may make it the biggest smartphone ever released. ... The Samsung Galaxy Note bridges the gap between smartphones and tablets. To put its size into perspective, most smartphones have a 3.5-inch screen, most tablet computer screens range from the RIM (Research in Motion) PlayBook's 7-inches to the Apple iPad's 10-inch display. The new "phablet" (phone / tablet) will be sold in the same way as a ... (view more)

Tue
24
Jan
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New 'Nano-coating' Protects Smartphones From Water

Have you ever dropped a smartphone or other handheld digital device into a toilet or sink? It's a horrible, gut-wrenching feeling knowing that you may have accidentally destroyed your phone and all of its information in an instant -- but a new ... scientific breakthrough may help to change that. A new nano-coating procedure offered by three different companies is said to prevent such accidents from ruining your expensive smartphone. The price: only $60. Not surprisingly, the technology aroused a lot of interest at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Plasma Gas Creates ... (view more)

Tue
15
Nov
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iPhone 4s Battery Problems Persist, Despite Update

Apple's newest iPhone is highly popular, but its battery-life problem continues despite a system update intended to fix it. On Thursday morning, Apple released iOS 5.0.1, designed specifically to resolve a bug that reportedly drains the iPhone 4S's ... battery at a too-rapid rate. Unfortunately, some users remain unsatisfied, while others seem to feel the update has made the situation worse. (Source: computerworld.com ) Update Problems Prompt Hardware Fears "After upgrading to 5.0.1 my iPhone is draining the battery even faster!" said Apple forum user. Another, user says that after ... (view more)

Tue
11
Oct
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Microsoft Officially Kills Zune MP3 Player

After much confusion, it appears that Microsoft has finally decided to kill its much-maligned digital music player, the Zune. The confusion comes after a series of announcements and website postings that the Zune would no longer be produced. Posts ... were later retracted, but the latest announcement appears to be final, as it comes from Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Microsoft. (Source: pcworld.com ) "We will no longer be producing Zune players," Microsoft noted in a recent statement. The firm added that its new focus in the digital music market would be on the Windows Phone line of ... (view more)

Mon
10
Oct
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Amazon's New Kindle Fire: Ultra Cheap, Color, WiFi, and More

According to a new report, Amazon's highly-anticipated Kindle Fire tablet (which offers full color, a 7" multi-touch display, and Wi-Fi access) could take a big bite out of Apple's iPad sales. A leaked chart shows that Amazon has already received ... more than a quarter of a million pre-orders for the device. For those that missed it, last week Amazon unveiled its 7-inch WiFi-enabled Kindle Fire tablet , originally designed to view eBooks. The latest Kindle offering is much more than an eBook reader, however. The latest version of the Kindle (Amazon's page) states that the Kindle is now much more ... (view more)

Thu
01
Sep
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HP Updates $99 TouchPad, Offers Free Apps

About 2 weeks ago, Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced it would discontinue its TouchPad, and later drastically slashed it's prices by 75%. This of course stirred much interest in the product, as they flew off store shelves in only a few days time. ... Questions remain as to the usefulness of a tablet that has been discontinued, as software updates are critically important to patch bugs and vulnerabilities. Thankfully, a new update by HP may have increased the life of the doomed device. HP Says it's "Fully Committed" to Supporting Doomed TouchPad According to the company the new update means ... (view more)

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