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September 15, 2013No Comments

Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same. What happened? For one, perhaps no [...]

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September 13, 2013No Comments

A new line of Chromebooks is coming soon powered by Intel’s battery-sipping, high-speed Haswell chips. Google and Intel announced the models from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday. Because of their Haswell-based internals, these new Chromebooks are expected to have a battery life in the range [...]

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September 5, 2013No Comments

Samsung has packed some interesting ammo for its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, including some big-name apps to help lure consumers to its device. The watch debuted with 70 applications, and while Samsung only highlighted a few during its launch demo, the apps — from companies like Evernote, Path, and even eBay — could prove a [...]

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September 4, 2013No Comments

The big tech story this week — until another iPhone part leaks, that is — will be Microsoft’s $7+ billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business. I actually like this deal. As Apple and Samsung have proven in recent years, one way to a profit in the smartphone industry is to sell expensive hardware at significant [...]

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September 1, 2013No Comments

Apple has bigger designs on the biggest smartphone market in the world. New iPhones could help Apple catch up with Samsung in China — Samsung is now the single largest smartphone player in that market — if two likely scenarios happen. First, Apple announces a lower-cost iPhone, rumored to be the 5C. That would provide [...]

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August 21, 2013No Comments

At the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, today, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 game console would be arriving November 15 in North America, followed by a European launch date of November 29. The company said the console would launch in 32 countries overall in time for the holiday season, but didn’t specify any other [...]

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August 21, 2013No Comments

For all its talk of doubling down on secrecy, Apple’s efforts to keep its upcoming iPhones under wraps seems all for naught. Over the past few weeks there have been a flurry of photos of both plastic and metal iPhones that may or may not be (but probably are) its next-generation devices. Most notable is that [...]

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August 20, 2013No Comments

Google began a slow rollout on Monday of a major update to its YouTube app for Android, with other mobile YouTube app updates coming later. A Google representative told CNET that the slow rollout was intentional and not a leak of the app’s installer file, or APK. YouTube 5.0 for Android includes several features to [...]

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August 20, 2013No Comments

With the speculation moving from unsubstantiated rumor into the zone of credibility as manufacturing ramps up and the product launch nears, it appears that Apple CEO Tim Cook will unveil a gold or champagne-colored iPhone 5S. Several sources are confirming the gold-toned iPhone 5S will be part of the September 10 event. Gold is not an entirely new [...]

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August 17, 2013No Comments

Apple on Friday began a new program to replace faulty graphics cards found in some mid-2011 to late-2012 iMacs. The program covers systems with AMD Radeon HD 6970M video cards. Those were found in the 27-inch iMac models with either the 3.1GHz or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel i-series chips. According to support language, the video cards [...]

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