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Auraslate opens Android tablets up to developers, welcomes mischief

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HTC aside, not every manufacturer is willing, ready and committed to opening up its device portfolio to the idle hands of hackers. Which is why Auraslate, a recently launched start-up, is stepping in to fill that void, instituting a sea change in how devs translate their unsanctioned software concepts...
Auraslate opens Android tablets up to developers, welcomes mischief

MGM delivers 600 movies to YouTube and Google Play, gives you one more place to watch Robocop

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With Robocop currently in rotation on both Netflix and HBO Go, you're probably wondering, "where else can I get my daily dose of media and cultural criticism delivered by a trigger happy law enforcement cyborg?" Well, YouTube and Google Play apparently. MGM has struck a deal with the folks...
MGM delivers 600 movies to YouTube and Google Play, gives you one more place to watch Robocop

Netflix for Windows Phone 8 updated with support for 720p displays

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After months of being wrapped in black bars, Netflix has updated its Windows Phone 8 app with fullscreen support for devices wielding native 720p displays. While this update doesn't add HD video playback, it definitely improves the app's image quality for phones with hi-res screens. So, if you're sporting...
Netflix for Windows Phone 8 updated with support for 720p displays

Acer dips its toes into Ivy Bridge, refreshes two of its desktops with new processors

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Now that the Ivy Bridge cat is out of the bag, you can expect to see a deluge of press releases from PC makers over the coming weeks, each of them saying that this computer or that is getting refreshed with Intel's latest processors. From Acer, at least, we...
Acer dips its toes into Ivy Bridge, refreshes two of its desktops with new processors

VBWeekly: The Instagram Insanity edition

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Happy Saturday, fellow nerds. Here’s our weekly roundup of news, presented with all the fresh candor and zazz the editoral team could muster. We covered quite a bit of top-shelf news for ya this week. Here are the stories that made the cut for our weekly video: Facebook bought...
VBWeekly: The Instagram Insanity edition

LG Optimus G for Sprint updated to Android 4.1.2

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Today's been a good day for smartphone updates. In addition to the One X on AT&T and the Droid RAZR on Verizon both receiving bumps to Jelly Bean, Sprint is giving another reason to smile with an update to Android 4.1.2 for the Optimus G. Along with the usual...
LG Optimus G for Sprint updated to Android 4.1.2

TopFloor, Backed With $6M From Polaris, Google Ventures And Others, Debuts Video-Driven E-Commerce Platform

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TopFloor, a startup born out of Los Angeles’ Science Inc. incubator, is set to make its public debut today. The company, which is co-founded by Science’s Michael Jones and Brian Lee, has built a video-driven e-commerce platform that allows brands, retailers, and any celebrity or “influencer” to sell directly to...
TopFloor, Backed With $6M From Polaris, Google Ventures And Others, Debuts Video-Driven E-Commerce Platform

Technology, middlemen and the future of news

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The internet is supposed to be about the end of intermediaries. So why are middlemen so successful? For years, aggregators have ruled the content space and now a new breed of brokers is using technology to redefine the interaction between readers and publishers. One of the most successful is NewsCred, a...
Technology, middlemen and the future of news

HTC One review (2013)

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One. In literal terms, it's a simple, primary number. To HTC, however, it's a branding strategy -- the foundation upon which the entire company is now based. Just take one look at the One lineup and you'll easily understand this is the manufacturer's pride and joy. There's a very...
HTC One review (2013)

HP Envy 4 shows up for pre-order on HP's China site, priced as low as 5,499 yuan

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A few days ago, HP accidentally listed the unannounced Envy 4 and 6 on a support page within its American website. Fast forward to today, and the company's Chinese site is following in similar footsteps -- though, this time around exposing a couple more details. HP's online shop in...
HP Envy 4 shows up for pre-order on HP's China site, priced as low as 5,499 yuan
Top Shelf Episode 004: stop the carrier bullshit

Panasonic Eluga hands-on

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Well, Panasonic wasn't lying. Turns out, the company's Eluga smartphone is, as promised, quite elegantly designed. The stunning handset, which made its debut at this year's Mobile World Congress, isn't racing towards the finish line with Google's latest OS or even top shelf internals. Rather, this Android device places...
Panasonic Eluga hands-on

The Apogee Jam is a killer USB guitar interface for your Mac, iPhone or iPad

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Of all the toys in my office, my guitars have to be my favorite. Though the nagging problem that I’ve had with my electric is that, if I don’t want to sit in my office then I’m pretty limited in what sounds the instrument can make. I could carry an...
The Apogee Jam is a killer USB guitar interface for your Mac, iPhone or iPad

Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 Review: Great Protection, Excellent Interface

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Bitdefender’s security suite blends a friendly design with top-shelf PC protection for novices and advanced users alike....
Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 Review: Great Protection, Excellent Interface
Top Shelf Episode 005: Ouya, Notch, and the underdogs of gaming
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Review: A Valley Without Wind remembers a new past

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On the top shelf of my closet, behind the empty 3DS packaging and under a pile of discarded component cables, there's a green shoe box where I keep my past. At the top of the heap are rainy afternoons spent playing Age of Empires II, a backup copy of...
Review: A Valley Without Wind remembers a new past
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ZTE Launches 5.7″ 720p Grand Memo Smartphone With Quad-Core CPU And Android 4.1

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ZTE has just introduced the Grand Memo flagship smartphone at MWC in Barcelona. The Grand Memo has top-shelf specs including a 5.7-inch 720×1280 TFT display, a quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing camera for video chat. ZTE is marketing this as its phablet experience, as...
ZTE Launches 5.7″ 720p Grand Memo Smartphone With Quad-Core CPU And Android 4.1
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HTC One X vs. One S: which phone is The One for you?

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HTC One X review HTC One S review HTC Sense 4 reviewJet Li starred in a 2001 movie called "The One." In it, his character traveled to parallel universes and grew stronger as he killed alternate versions of himself. This continued on until there was only one other copy...
HTC One X vs. One S: which phone is The One for you?

TheStreet buys The Deal, shuts print mag

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In a move to acquire an audience of Wall Street insiders, TheStreet announced it’s buying financial publisher The Deal LCC for $5.8 million. The move comes as TheStreet, a digital media publication anchored by TV money guru Jim Kramer, tries to bolster its fortunes by reaching a more elite audience:...
TheStreet buys The Deal, shuts print mag
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Oppo previews sample shots taken with Find 5's Sony-made Exmor RS sensor

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Sony pulled the plug on the original specs for its next-gen Exmor RS sensor, pushing a rollout for those modules into the new year. So while that move, made for quality control purposes, guarantees that a new batch of Xperias outfitted with the tech won't appear until 2013 at...
Oppo previews sample shots taken with Find 5's Sony-made Exmor RS sensor

Toshiba KIRAbook hands-on (video)

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Take a stroll through the laptop section at Best Buy recently? If you have, you know Toshiba's got a firm stronghold on the cheapie notebook market. The thing is, $400 systems don't exactly offer high margins -- a problem when people aren't buying that many PCs to begin with....
Toshiba KIRAbook hands-on (video)
Top Shelf 008: Galaxy S4 and the best new smartphones
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The way we love now: couples who meet online

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In the last 20 years, there has been a quiet revolution in the way we fall in love, not just on dating websites, but on Facebook, Twitter, Second Life…Crammed into the top shelf of my bookcase, I discover a ream of continuous form, 11 x 15, green-lined computer paper. You know, the kind...
The way we love now: couples who meet online
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