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Starry Eyes Speedy Internet Access

Project Decibel on Wednesday announced Starry, a company that promises easy broadband Internet access at speeds of up to 1 GB with no caps. Starry will deploy what it says is the world's first millimeter wave band for consumer Internet communications. Initial deployment will be a beta in Boston in t...

BlackBerry Flashes Passport to the Future

BlackBerry on Wednesday officially launched its new square form factor smartphone, the Passport. This new handset has the size and shape of most national passports, which the company dubbed the "international symbol of mobility." The Passport is now available for $599 in an unlocked version, or abou...

Google Propels Chromebook Pixel Into a Blurry Future

Google on Thursday announced the Chromebook Pixel, a branded touchscreen netbook with a price tag that consumers may balk at, considering the cost of rival offerings. The Pixel will be available in WiFi-only and 4G LTE versions, priced at $1,300 and $1,450, respectively. That pricing might prove to ...

New-Fangled Computer Chips Could Mimic Brain Synapses

A recently published University of Exeter paper brings the possibility of achieving brain-like computing one step closer. The paper, published in Advanced Materials, states the result of a study that demonstrated for the first time the ability to simultaneously perform information and storage tasks ...

Microsoft Lets Devs Take a Spin on WinPho7

Microsoft has put its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system out for technical preview. "Starting today, thousands of prototype phones from Asus, LG and Samsung are making their way into the hands of developers over the next few weeks," Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Windows phone enginee...

Seagate’s Hybrid Drive Shoots for Quick-Draw Data Access

Seagate Monday began shipping its second-generation hybrid solid state/hard disk drive to original equipment manufacturers and its sales channels. The Seagate Momentus XT is priced much lower than full solid-state drives. The device spins at 7,200 RPMs and comes in capacities of 250 GB, 320 GB and 5...

RIM Pitches the BlackBerry Curve Ball

Less than six weeks after announcing the BlackBerry 9630 Tour phone, Research In Motion has released news on its latest product, the BlackBerry Curve 8520. The smartphone will be carried by T-Mobile, and it will be available on Aug. 5. Although it is aimed at the lower end of the BlackBerry market, ...

SanDisk Shakes Off Samsung’s Second Shot at Takeover

Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has launched a $5.85 billion hostile takeover bid of flash memory chipmaker SanDisk. News of the all-cash offer for SanDisk caused shares of the Milpitas, Calif.-based company to skyrocket more than 40 percent in early morning trading. SanDisk, which rebuffe...

Microsoft Lets Zune Users Play Radio Tag

As the tech media and blogosphere focused their spotlights on the announcements coming out of Apple's "let's rock," press event on Tuesday, Microsoft risked being lost in the chatter. The company chose Monday to reveal details about upcoming changes to its Zune digital media player. Among the new fe...

Intel Shares Soar Despite Q1 Profit Slump

Intel posted first-quarter results Tuesday that met or slightly beat expectations -- the chipmaker lowered its own targets last month -- and posted record revenue for the seasonally slow time of year. The company's results were a win for the tech sector, with investors driving Intel shares up about ...

Seagate Drops Legal Bomb on SSD Memory Maker

Hard drive maker Seagate Technology is taking solid state drive manufacturer STEC to court over patent infringement. In a suit filed Monday in Northern California's U.S. District Court, Seagate claims STEC has violated four patents that Seagate had registered between 2002 and 2006. The battle is foc...

Microsoft Releases Vista SP1 Candidate to the Wild

Microsoft entered the final stage before the countdown begins for the planned release of its first Windows Vista Service Pack in January. The software giant announced the availability of the Vista Service Pack 1 release candidate for public download. With the release came more specific details on th...

VMware Hypervisor Takes Up Residence in New Servers

VMware on Monday unveiled the latest version in its ESX Server line at its VMworld 2007 conference, held this week in San Francisco. The next-generation thin hypervisor, VMware ESX Server 3i, has the backing of industry heavyweights such as Dell, HP, IBM and NEC, all of whom have committed to integr...

PSP Upgrade Puts Pedal to the Metal

Sony's latest firmware update for its PlayStation Portable gaming device unleashes the full power of the machine's processor, accelerating its CPU speed from 266 MHz to 333 MHz. Although the increased speed does not affect games currently being sold, those under development could afford players an i...

Intel, STMicro Dive Into Flash Memory Venture

Tapping deeper into one of the fastest-growing segments of the memory chip market, Intel has joined with STMicroelectronics and a private equity firm to establish a new flash memory company. The two chipmakers entered into the agreement to combine existing assets of businesses that last year generat...

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