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Samsung was shy about saying just what processor lurked inside the Galaxy S III mini, which only really told us that there wasn't an Exynos inside. The chip's creator isn't content to leave the origins a secret, however: that's an ST-Ericsson NovaThor ModAp sitting inside. The combo includes both the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at smithailor's blog
If you're indecisive about that pricey but hard-to-find new app, Google Play will now be offering another option in its store -- you can put it aside in a wishlist until you make up your mind. That new feature (which was espied in recent teardowns) is hitting devices now on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Google just sent out invites for an October 29th Android event in NYC. The festivities start at 10:00 and the event will also be live streamed on YouTube, seemingly indicating this is a big announcement. The invite sheds little light on the subject matter, but that's the date long-rumored for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Back in April, the Sennheiser PMX 680i headphones became our pick for the Best Headphones for Running. We just got our ears on Sennheiser's 2013 models, the PMX 685i, and, oh my. They're a small evolutionary step, but a little evolution goes a long way. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/f-d7k5SJc7o/sennheiser-pmx-685i-review-the-best-running-headphones-just-got-even-better SYMANTEC Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Astro's just refreshed its high-end wired A40 headset and matching MixAmp Pro, a duo that mash together gaming talents with audiophile chops. The 2013 edition of the headset adds an updated quick disconnect system and re-tuned drivers for better bass response and less distortion, with Astro claiming that they're "the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
If you've had your head under a rock for the last few days, here's this week's Firefox news in brief: Firefox 4 was finally released. Yes, 13 months after the initial release of Firefox 3.7 alpha 1 and four more alpha builds, a renumbering to 4.0 and 12 beta releases,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Having been riddled with setbacks, including a major recall of faulty batteries supplied to Fisker Automotive, Michigan's favorite EV battery maker A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy. It has also announced the sale of its main business units to rival Johnson Controls in a deal pegged at $125 million --... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
The ability to record a TV show and play it back later (sans commercials) has changed the way we watch television. But, all those unwatched episodes of Doctor Who eat up precious storage and eventually, you have to either watch ... Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/boxee-tv-dvr/ LAM RESEARCH Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
We've all heard it before; you need to select a lengthy password, one that's hard to guess. Not a dictionary word. And it has to have some capital letters in it too, and some digits, and a symbol or two won't hurt either. That's a handy set of rules to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Here is a selection of posts from the past week on TechCrunch Gadgets: Nerf?s New Vortex Blasters Shoot Discs! And They?re Awesome! Skimming Jonathan?s Card For Fun And Philanthrophy CableKeeps Keep Your Jumbled Mass Of Apple Chargers Nice And Neat Bevy Of Apple Patents Granted, From Visual Voicemail To PCI... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
It has emerged that the underlying cause of RSA's SecurID gaffe was the recently-reported zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe's Flash Player. The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since been fixed. RSA was hacked sometime in the first half... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at smithailor's blog
When Apple’s iPad was launched, there were queues of people waiting to get their hands on one. The revolutionary tablet iPad was going to offer people a new device that was going to change their lives. However, a lot of people shrugged at the idea with clear indifference. Many people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Just how confident is Microsoft that its Surface tablets will take off? To the tune of 3 to 5 million units shipped in the fall alone, according to the Wall Street Journal's supplier contacts. While that wouldn't be much when Apple already ships more than three times as many iPads,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Tokyoflash Japan has added the Kisai Maze watch to their collection of unusual LCD watches. The Maze has a stainless steel case an buckle; it’s available in black or silver with your choice of blue, green, red, or mirrored display. All models have an electroluminescent backlight, adjustable band, and use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Google, according to reports from "a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem" is finally locking down the open source and easily-fragmented Android operating system. As it currently stands, Google hands over the 'final' code for each version of Android, and OEMs and developers then spend some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Built-in webcams have been a standard option on Macs for the past six or seven years. So it seems a bit odd for Logitech to release an external webcam that's designed exclusively for Apple hardware. But if you're tired of your camera being stuck above your display, the Broadcaster Wi-Fi... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
It's hard to believe: our world-spanning network, our Internet, which is the cornerstone of free speech and free society -- which, on a good day, is capable of causing populist revolutions -- is still crippled by banal geolocation restrictions. We are, of course, talking about Amazon's two latest offerings, both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Looking for a new pair of earbuds with a built-in microphone? Well, these are the ‘phones you’re looking for! ThinkGeek is offering Star Wars Earbuds in Darth Vader black or Storm Trooper white. Each set has a helmet with an integrated microphone and a button on the back that can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
It's not just America waiting keenly on the Nokia Lumia 920 and its PureView powers -- new images have popped up proving that this Windows Phone 8 device is also headed to China. Corroborating earlier reports of a Lumia 920 that is compatible with China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, the phone's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Time lapse videos always make for a beautiful show but this one by Reid Gower might be the most impressive time lapse in a very long while: it shows places from all over our world—Vegas, Instanbul, the sky, the moon, the stars, etc.—and laces it into one video where you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog
With both the holidays and the Wii U fast approaching, Nintendo has decided to drop the price of its older Wii console to $130 when sold with Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports. The cheaper package should arrive in the States by October 28th and will ship in black (alongside... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Here are some of yesterday’s posts on TechCrunch Gadgets: TomTom Discovers Apps, Puts Twitter, Yelp And More In The Go Live 1535 M PND Windows 8?s New Explorer: This One Goes To 11 Review: Fujifilm X100 New Zelda And Golden Wiimote To Arrive November 20th Video: New Atomic Clock Reaches... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog
I drink a lot of coffee, if you can't tell. I love coffee so much that I make it a point to hit all of the best spots in every city that I visit. One of my favorite joints in San Francisco is Blue Bottle Coffee. It's so good that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog
How bad is the fight to get more users in mobile apps? Tough enough that TinyCo, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed mobile gaming company, is doing a revenue share with developers that successfully drive them traffic. The company, which has raised $18 million, says it will give developers a 50 percent split... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog
Here are some of yesterday’s Gadgets stories: Razer?s Tiamat Headset Uses 10 Drivers To Produce 7.1 Sound Stephen Colbert?s Head Goes Into Space Griffin Releases iPhone-Controlled Toy Helicopter Ooma VOIP Service Is Down Nationwide Redesigned Wii To Launch Before Christmas, Loses Gamecube Backwards Compatibility Source: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/18/daily-crunch-liftoff/ SANDISK Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at smithailor's blog