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Google Flexes Nexus’ Tablet Muscles

Everyone in the tech world now suddenly wants to make their own hardware. Apple's been doing it for years, but Microsoft jumped on recently with the Surface tablet, and now Google's sort of making its own tablet too. I say "sort of" because the new Nexus 7 tablet isn't really made by Google. Like ev...

Google Makes Its Play in Tablets

Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday at its Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco. The tablet, which is made by Asus, has a 1,280 x 800 display. It has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU with that processor's associated 12-core GPU. The Nexus tablet 7 has a front-facing camera an...

Leaked Docs Illuminate Google’s Nexus Tablet Aspirations

Google will unveil a 7-inch tablet based on the Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor and running Android 4.1, aka "Jelly Bean," at the Google I/O developers conference this week, according to Gizmodo Australia. The device will reportedly be dubbed the "Nexus 7" and be built by Asus. "My instinct is th...

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Torvalds Drops F-Bomb on Nvidia

It's not often the "F-word" figures prominently in any major debate here in the Recently, however, it was catapulted into a starring role when it was uttered by none other than Linus Torvalds himself during a talk at the Aalto Centre for Entrepreneurship in Finland earlier this month. The topic was...

Acer Pokes Retina With New A700 Tablet

Acer on Thursday announced the Iconia Tab A700, an Android tablet with a 1080p high-definition display. The device's 10.1-inch screen has 1,920 by 1,200 resolution, which is pretty close to that offered by the newest iPad's Retina Display. "The Iconia A700 screen has about 222 pixels per inch, and t...

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The Best Windows 8 Laptop in the Market: The MacBook Pro Retina Edition

When testing a new OS from Microsoft, finding the right hardware is often the biggest problem. Many of the negative reviews of Windows 8, including my own, are tied to hardware that just wasn't designed for it. I was at Microsoft's TechEd last week, and after hearing presenters drill down in detail ...

New Vizio Line Sleek, Light and Kind of Apple-ish

Vizio rolled out its first line of computer devices Thursday, including CN15 laptops, the CT14/C15 Ultrabooks, and CA24/CA27 all-in-one PCs. The thin, metallic devices in the computer line have drawn comparisons to products made by Apple. And with the clean Microsoft Signature user interface, they g...

OPINION

How Windows 8 or Android Could Beat Apple’s iPad

Any vendor can be beaten, and Apple was beaten badly in the years between Steve Jobs' termination at the company and his triumphant return. On the other hand, Apple continues to execute very well, even though Cook is making what appear to be critical early mistakes in terms of priorities. The compan...

Dell’s New XPS All-in-One Jousts With Apple

Dell on Tuesday announced its latest all-in-one desktop, the 27-inch XPS One 27. It has what Dell calls a "Full Quad HD" screen with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. It has Intel i5 or i7 quad core processors with Intel Turbo Boost technology, high-performance graphics from Nvidia, and enterta...

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Facebook Is a Fraud

I've been up to my armpits talking about Facebook for most of this month, and maybe because I'm unusually dense, just realized that Facebook is a new kind of dot-com. By this I mean its revenue and profit are based on a series of false beliefs. Unlike the first dot-coms, which failed, Facebook does...

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In Search of the Next World-Changing Tech Company

With Facebook now public, the search is on for that next big-idea company that can excite the market. Coincidently, Nvidia has its Emerging Companies Summit about this time of year, where it has a series of sessions that allow each firm the opportunity to present what makes them unique and powerfu...

Nvidia Deal Puts a New Spin on Patent-Portfolio Acquisition

Nvidia and Intellectual Ventures have partnered to buy a set of patents developed and owned by IPWireless. The patent portfolio comprises approximately 500 wireless patents, including in such areas as LTE, LTE-Advanced and 3G/4G technologies. The acquisition is viewed as another sign that the compan...

Nvidia Levels Up With New Gaming Graphics Card

A new video card from Nvidia or competitor AMD isn't usually all that newsworthy, but when the latest card arrives with eight Graphics Processing Clusters, and a total of 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory that runs at 6.008 GHz over two 256-bit memory, that is enough for hard-core enthusiasts to take pause...

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Linux and Gaming: Full Steam Ahead

There's been virtually continuous cause for celebration here in the Linux blogosphere over the last month or so, but it seems safe to say that few news items have caused quite as much jubilation as what greeted one tidbit last week, in particular. "It has taken longer than most anyone would have ant...

Samsung Puts Its New Exynos Chip on the Table

In a move that would be akin to unveiling an automobile's new engine in advance of an auto show, Samsung on Thursday introduced its new 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor for smartphone and tablet devices. While the company did not say which devices would first use the processor -- which is based on th...

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