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NVIDIA announces GeForce GTX 770 for under $400, says it's faster than last year's GTX 680

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It probably won't come as a huge surprise, given the GTX 780's appearance last week, but today's launch of the GTX 770 nevertheless brings us a very interesting product. The card is claimed to be about five percent faster than last year's much more expensive flagship, the GTX 680,...
NVIDIA announces GeForce GTX 770 for under $400, says it's faster than last year's GTX 680

Cambridge Soundworks Oontz XL and Ultra hands-on

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That slick-looking piece of hardware we know you looked at while clicking in here is Cambridge Soundworks' Bluetooth Oontz XL. Also on display was its bigger brother -- at least as far as price and battery is concerned -- the Oontz Ultra. The Oontz XL rings in at $149...
Cambridge Soundworks Oontz XL and Ultra hands-on

Apple nabs crown as current top US mobile phone vendor

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For the first time since Apple entered the mobile phone market in 2007, it has been ranked the top mobile phone vendor in the US. For the latter quarter of 2012, sales of its iPhone accounted for 34 percent of all mobile phone sales—including feature phones—in the US according...
Apple nabs crown as current top US mobile phone vendor
RIM posts first teaser shot of new BlackBerry 10 phone as launch approaches

Kodak offloads patents for $525 million, Apple and Google both grab a slice

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This isn't a huge surprise, since we already knew that specialist patent buyers were circling Kodak's wares with around half a billion dollars in their baggy pockets. Nevertheless, the deal is now done, with Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation working together to snap up the imaging IP for $525...
Kodak offloads patents for $525 million, Apple and Google both grab a slice
BRACING FOR DISASTER: How Bad Will Apple's Earnings Be?
Nintendo killing news, weather, and other built-in Wii apps on June 28th

AOL Reader hands-on: An unexciting but solid Google Reader replacement to rival Feedly

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We knew AOL was planning its own replacement to the soon-expiring Google Reader, and now we’re able to share a complete look at the upcoming service. Pitching with the slogan “all your favorite websites, in one place,” AOL’s Reader came as a surprise to us at first, but when you consider...
AOL Reader hands-on: An unexciting but solid Google Reader replacement to rival Feedly

ITC issues limited ban on older iPhones, iPods over Samsung patent

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Despite finding in September that Apple had not violated Samsung's patent rights and that Samsung didn't have a "domestic industry" that utilized the patents in dispute, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has nonetheless issued a limited ban on older iOS products that utilize a disputed SEP Samsung patent in...
ITC issues limited ban on older iPhones, iPods over Samsung patent

comScore: Retail e-commerce hit $186.2b in 2012 thanks to 15% growth, the strongest since before the recession

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With record traffic numbers and spending increases in multiple corners of the world, it’s no big surprise that retail e-commerce is still growing. In fact, 2012 was a record year, with $186.2 billion in retail e-commerce sales. The latest figures come from comScore, which says 2012 was actually a 15...
comScore: Retail e-commerce hit $186.2b in 2012 thanks to 15% growth, the strongest since before the recession
Netflix adds 2 million more subscribers, turns surprise profit

Snapseed launches on Android with Google+ integration, now completely free

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While this shouldn't come as a huge surprise, today Google put to rest any lingering doubts about keeping Snapseed alive and well. After acquiring Nik Software last September, Google's just launched Snapseed for Android and refreshed the existing iOS app. The Android version features seamless Google+ integration (complete with...
Snapseed launches on Android with Google+ integration, now completely free

Nintendo's Fils-Aime explains E3 move: it'll be 'better'

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Speaking in a video posted to Facebook, the Nintendo of America president said that the move will both "surprise and delight." [Read more]...
Nintendo's Fils-Aime explains E3 move: it'll be 'better'

Audiogalaxy music service shutting down on January 31, 2013 on the heels of Dropbox acquisition

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A few short weeks after being acquired by Dropbox, the Audiogalaxy has announced that it will shut down it music streaming service on January 31, 2013, as spotted by Engadget. The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as the company locked down new signups when it announced the deal earlier in...
Audiogalaxy music service shutting down on January 31, 2013 on the heels of Dropbox acquisition

Tablets Beat Smartphones In Web Traffic For First Time

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Is it time to start thinking about the post-smartphone era, already? Adobe's been busy tracking over 1,000 websites around the world for nearly six years, and has monitored some 100 billion visits by Netizens to these properties to create its Digital Index publication, and the latest edition has a...
Tablets Beat Smartphones In Web Traffic For First Time

Tech Blogs 100% Absolutely, Totally Not Sure What Facebook Will Announce Tomorrow

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Facebook is gathering the world's press to its Menlo Park, California, headquarters on January 15 for a very special, very huge announcement. Like, mega huge. Like, the-world-will-never-be-the-same huge. And because it is not yet tomorrow, at this point, today, nobody actually seems to know exactly what Facebook will announce, and...
Tech Blogs 100% Absolutely, Totally Not Sure What Facebook Will Announce Tomorrow

Twitter #Music has a hidden Instant playlist feature that makes suggestions based on an artist you choose

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It looks like Twitter #Music has a hidden “Instant” feature that returns a list of similar artists based on an artist of your choosing, thus giving you a decent playlist. Before Twitter #Music was officially announced, multiple features were leaked by poking around in the site’s code, and even after...
Twitter #Music has a hidden Instant playlist feature that makes suggestions based on an artist you choose
Microsoft's Terry Myerson Sees Windows Phone As A "Well-Funded Startup," Downplays Smartphone Rumors
Leaked display component suggests 6.44-inch 1080p Sony smartphone

Galaxy S4 'Google Edition' with stock Android expected at Google I/O

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A surprise rumor is circulating ahead of Google I/O suggesting that Samsung and Google will reveal a new version of the Galaxy S4 that runs stock Android instead of Samsung's own version of Android, TouchWiz. According to reports, the device will be known as the Samsung Galaxy S4 ëGoogle Edition.'...
Galaxy S4 'Google Edition' with stock Android expected at Google I/O

Obama Administration, Once Again, Says $222,000 For Sharing 24 Songs Is Perfectly Reasonable

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This shouldn't be seen as much of a surprise at all, given that the Obama administration previously supported the $1.5 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for sharing a mere 24 songs. However, now that an appeals court has reverted back to the original $220,000 ruling (procedural reasons...), and Thomas-Rasset has...
Obama Administration, Once Again, Says $222,000 For Sharing 24 Songs Is Perfectly Reasonable

Driven by developing countries, Wikipedia passes 3bn monthly mobile page views, aims for 4bn by June

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For better or worse, Wikipedia has become one of the top go-to Web destinations for those looking for information on, well, just about anything. And it almost certainly had a part to play in the demise of the printed version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica too. So it probably will come...
Driven by developing countries, Wikipedia passes 3bn monthly mobile page views, aims for 4bn by June

I want to do donuts in this DeLorean hovercraft

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The DeLorean has held a special place in the lexicon of pop culture since its appearance in the Back To The Future series, but its real history is even more nuts. Engineer John DeLorean, who produced lovely and iconic designs outside of cars, also tried to save his motor company...
I want to do donuts in this DeLorean hovercraft

Microsoft's Xbox Live gets Redbox Instant in exclusive deal

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Microsoft’s Xbox group and Redbox parent Coinstar are just down the road from one another, so maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. The new Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming service will be available “in the very near future” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live, according to a post today by Larry Hryb,...
Microsoft's Xbox Live gets Redbox Instant in exclusive deal

Surprise! Walmart's unlimited iPhone 5 data plan not so unlimited

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When Walmart announced earlier this month that it would begin selling the iPhone 5 with a surprisingly affordable $45-per-month, unlimited everything plan, there was much rejoicing. After all, you could never get away with paying that little per month for such attractive benefits—particularly, unlimited data—on a contract through AT&T...
Surprise! Walmart's unlimited iPhone 5 data plan not so unlimited

ReadWrite Survey Results: What A Typical BYOD Program Really Looks Like

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BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - is one of the hottest trends in IT right now. The idea is to let employees use their own preferred smartphones, tablets and/or laptops, and have the company's technology department allow them to connect to company networks and applications, as well as make...
ReadWrite Survey Results: What A Typical BYOD Program Really Looks Like

Anti-piracy site claims small, 40 percent victory in anti-Mega campaign

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Every action brings about an equal and opposite reaction. So on the day after Kim Dotcom's Mega launched, it's no surprise an anti-piracy campaign sprung up focused directly on the new service. Today, only one week later, that campaign claims to have already made progress. StopFileLockers.com is an anti-piracy...
Anti-piracy site claims small, 40 percent victory in anti-Mega campaign
Mass Production of Retina Displays for iPad Mini Expected to Start in June or July

Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor

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The Sony Xperia Z has seen its fair share of pre-CES leaks, so it comes as no surprise to us that the 5-inch, 1080p smartphone is ready to take the show by storm at tomorrow's press conference. We've been waiting for some real-world evidence of the device's existence, however,...
Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor

What affect will Apple's choice of Bing for Siri in iOS 7 have on Google?

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Microsoft must be pretty happy with Apple’s decision to include Bing as the default search engine powered web results in Apple’s revamped Siri application heading to iOS 7 this fall. However, what does this all mean for Google? It could very well signal Apple’s increasing desire to cut its...
What affect will Apple's choice of Bing for Siri in iOS 7 have on Google?
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