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Adobe to Give Creatives New Gizmos
September 18, 2013
Adobe will pair hardware devices with its creative software suite next year when it launches a cloud pen and a digital ruler that work with tablets. The company plans to release its Mighty digital pen, a thin-tipped stylus designed to help digital artists have more control over their creativity while drawing on a tablet screen. The pressure-sensitive pen comes with color and tip tools.
Oh Quark: Intel Just Changed the Technology Market
September 16, 2013
This year, Intel held its IDF during the same week as Apple's iPhone launch, and it's not the first time these events have coincided. However, I could count the number of times Intel has had something more interesting to present than Apple on one hand -- and have five fingers left over. That was true until last week, when Intel surprised the market with an obscure technology codenamed "Quark."
Samsung to Keep Up With the 64-Bit Joneses
September 14, 2013
Samsung's next Galaxy smartphones will have 64-bit processors, J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, reportedly has promised. Samsung is apparently taking its cue from Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s, the first 64-bit-processor smartphone, earlier this week. A 64-bit processor can grab larger pieces of data and process them more quickly than 32-bit CPUs, and it is more power-efficient.
Michael Dell Gets the Green Light at Last
September 12, 2013
Dell shareholders on Thursday approved founder Michael Dell's $25 billion bid to buy back the firm and take it private, ending a seven-month battle with a group of investors led by corporate raider Carl Icahn. This is reportedly the largest leveraged buyout since the Blackstone Group took hotel chain Hilton Worldwide private in 2007.
Dell Shifts to a Different Venue With New Win 8.1 Tablet
September 12, 2013
Dell on Wednesday revived its dormant "Venue" brand by unveiling a Windows 8.1 tablet that will run on Intel's new Bay Trail system on a chip. Featuring an 8-inch screen, the device was announced at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco this week. Few other details about the upcoming device were disclosed.
How to Make Your PC Restart Automatically After a Power Outage
September 12, 2013
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is quietly underway. Kit is available, however, that can help mitigate potential office disruption as weather ramps up. Uninterruptible power supplies are sophisticated battery-containing devices that supply backup power to desktop PCs during grid electricity outages, like in storms. You can pick up a UPS at office supply retailers, among other places.
Intel Puts Its Chips on Internet of Things
September 11, 2013
Intel on Tuesday announced a new, lower-power family of processors, the Quark, at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. This is part of the company's heightened drive into ultra-mobile devices. Intel's Quark processors will target growing segments, from the industrial Internet of Things to wearable computing. They are designed for applications in which lower power and size take priority.
LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge
September 06, 2013
It's late, and you're on your way home from a work trip on a subdued, last flight of the day. You instinctively glance at your phone and notice it's about to die. Been there? It's a problem, and if you don't address it, you'll obviously have no battery for calls when you land. Kindly, your seat neighbor and colleague offers you a charge using a USB port on the laptop he's clacking away on.
Tiny CuBox-i Plays Nice With Linux and Android
September 05, 2013
Aiming to capture a piece of the market that has given the Raspberry Pi such a warm reception, SolidRun on Wednesday announced a new tiny computer of its own dubbed the "CuBox-i." Available in four models with prices starting at $45, the tiny computer includes an OpenGL|ES 2.0 GPU with OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile support; and up to four i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors with as much as 1.2GHz each.
MS Powers Up Xbox One for Nov. 22 Blast-Off
September 04, 2013
Microsoft will launch its Xbox One video game console on Nov. 22 in 13 countries, the company announced on Wednesday. Among the first nations to receive the widely anticipated device are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the United States. Other markets will follow in early 2014.
The Waxing of Apple While Windows Wanes
September 04, 2013
Just who killed the PC, anyway? For if it's not dead yet, it surely will be in a few years -- at least according to IDC, which now projects that worldwide PC shipments will fall by 9.7 percent this year, representing the largest market contraction on record. The market is expected to decline through 2014. Then, in 2015, IDC projects it will shift into single-digit modest growth.
Acer's Liquid S2 Phablet Arrives Early at 4K Party
September 03, 2013
Against the backdrop of the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin on Monday, Acer introduced its new Liquid S2 smartphone, a 6-inch full HD handset capable of capturing 4K video. The Liquid S2 has the distinction of being the first smartphone with officially announced 4K Ultra HD recording capability. Its 6-inch screen offers full HD with IPS technology and 1080p resolution.
Ramping Up Retail in the Run-Up to Release Season
August 28, 2013
Apple's retail operations can be counted among Steve Jobs' "babies"; the stores' slick design and sales techniques are legendary in the industry for their per-square-footage sales. In 2012, Apple retail store sales outpaced Tiffany's by 40 percent. Apple is in no danger of following in the footsteps of, say, J.C. Penney or Sears, but its retail operations have shown some worrisome signs of decay.
Chinese Domain Buckles Under One-Two DDoS Punch
August 27, 2013
Chinese websites with the ".cn" domain name extension fell on Sunday to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack, the state-run China Internet Network Information Center reported. Two attacks reportedly were launched -- the first at midnight on Sunday and the second at 4 p.m. CINIC described the second attack as the largest DDoS attack it has faced so far.
AWS: The Cloud Is Falling
August 26, 2013
Amazon Web Services were impacted in some areas on Sunday, six days after Web stores in the U.S. and Canada went down for about 30 minutes, causing losses estimated at up to $45 million. The latest outage lasted about an hour and impacted Facebook's Instagram, Twitter's Vine and Airbnb, among others. Amazon blamed the problem on a networking device that caused packet losses, which it replaced.
Emotiv Promises a New Window Onto Your Brain
August 24, 2013
You likely already know the things you like to do, like watching a sporting event, as well as the things that you don't like to do, such as sitting in traffic. We all experience feelings when participating in such activities, and those feelings form the basis of a personal body of knowledge that we draw on to know whether we like doing a thing or not.
Reach Out and Touch Any Surface With Kinect-Based Ubi
August 16, 2013
Ubi Interactive, a graduate of the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program, has begun taking orders for software that will turn almost any surface into a 3D touchscreen when combined with a Kinect device and a projector. Numerous companies including Microsoft and Intel have already been testing the software in a variety of applications for conference-room presentations and beyond.
Linux Burrows Deeper Into the Enterprise
August 15, 2013
Server-side Linux has been pushing into the enterprise for some years now, and 42 percent of respondents to a survey conducted on behalf of Linux vendor SUSE said it was either their primary server OS or one of their top server platforms. Perhaps more importantly, Linux is extending its reach beyond its traditional areas of supercomputing, Web servers, Internet hosting and application development.
RAPIRO: This Little Robot Likes Raspberry Pi
August 13, 2013
A variety of factors can propel a Kickstarter project to funding success, but there's no denying that the sheer seductiveness of the product is a big one. Case in point: RAPIRO. Short for RAspberry PI RObot, RAPIRO is a super-cute humanlike mini-robot now being offered as a kit on Kickstarter. When assembled, it can walk on its feet, grip items in its hands and swivel its head and waist.
So, Is Microsoft Trying to Kill the Xbox One?
August 12, 2013
There's another video game console fight coming, and Microsoft's Xbox One has a hard act to follow as it joins the fray. The Xbox 360 has been outselling both the Nintendo and Sony consoles for some time now. I'm guessing Microsoft felt it had an unfair advantage, because it apparently has been doing its level best to scare gamers away from the Xbox One ever since it was announced.

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