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New Robotic Data Center to Roam the World’s Seas

Ocean data services provider Liquid Robotics on Monday announced the latest addition to its Wave Glider SV line, which it claims is the world's first unmanned oceangoing family of robot vessels that are both wave and solar-powered. The Wave Glider SV3 is a slightly larger update to its predecessor, ...

Amazon May Buy TI Chip Biz to Scratch Phone Itch

Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy the mobile chip division of Texas Instruments in a move that could push the online retailer further into the hardware business. The reports fit in with Texas Instruments' announcement last month that it would shift the focus of its chip business away from mobile ...

Microsoft Reveals Windows RT Who’s-Who and What’s-What

Microsoft has announced that Asus, Lenovo, Samsung and Dell will unveil tablets based on Windows RT by the time it launches the operating system in October. Each is developing a variety of form factors and peripherals, Microsoft said. However, all their Windows RT products will have consistent fast ...

Amazon Smartphone Speculation Snowballs

New details about a possible forthcoming smartphone from Amazon continue to surface. The Internet retailer's testing a smartphone right now and may begin mass production late this year or early in 2013, according to a recent report. The phone could have a screen measuring between four and five inche...

Linux Throws a Bit of Android Into 3.3 Kernel

Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, announced version 3.3 of the kernel Sunday. Among the most noteworthy changes found in 3.3 is the merging of kernel code from the Android project. Linux 3.3 also includes support for a new architecture, the Texas Instruments VelociTI Very Long Instruction Word ar...

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Oracle’s Downward Spiral

Let's be frank: The main reason Oracle's latest quarterly revenues nosedived was backlash from users fed up with two years of price hikes on products, technical support, maintenance and licensing contracts -- and not because of a correction in the overall server hardware market. Yes, it's true that ...

Is an Amazon Smartphone Waiting Downstream?

On the heels of the apparent success of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, which one analyst estimates will sell more than 5 million units in three months, comes speculation that the online retail giant might come up with its own smartphone next. Citigroup analysts Mark Mahaney and Kevin Chang have report...

Samsung’s Nexus Striptease – Fascinating or Freakish?

The Android community is abuzz with speculation about Samsung's plans for its Unpacked event on Oct. 11 at the upcoming CTIA Enterprise & Applications Conference to be held in San Diego. Some rumors suggest Samsung will unveil the latest item in the Android Nexus family of smartphones, while oth...

Google’s Next Nexus: Straight Android, No Chaser

Google's soon-to-be-released Nexus 4G smartphone is going to have a dual-core processor, a very large screen, and high-definition video capture capabilities, according to a post on Boy Genius Report. It's not yet clear whether Google will offer the device under its own brand or will work closely wit...

Matchmaker Microsoft Wants Tablet Hardware Makers to Couple Up

It seems Microsoft doesn't want to take any chances with rollouts of future Windows tablets. The company is reportedly asking a special favor of each chip maker with which it will be working on tablets. It wants the chip suppliers to each partner with one -- or possibly two, according to some accoun...

Intel and Microsoft Nip and Growl Over Windows’ Race to ARMs

Two of the biggest names in the high-tech industry -- Microsoft and Intel -- have begun duking it out over the issue of tablet computers. Intel kicked off the row Wednesday when Renee James, head of its software business, mentioned that Microsoft will make multiple versions of Windows 8, four of whi...

OPINION

Intel Defines 22nm Innovation with ‘3D’ Tri-Gate Transistors

The IT industry loves the concept of "innovation," but many vendors' hearts largely belong to just the most conventional sorts of wisdom. That adoration takes a number of shapes: Stone Age business models; dusty Neolithic technologies and architectures; fossilized go-to-market strategies. In point o...

Tough Execution Ahead for TI, National Merger

Texas Instruments announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to acquire its rival, National Semiconductor, in an all-cash transaction totaling US$6.5 billion. This will merge two leading analog semiconductor companies. National's shareholders will receive $25 a share, 78 percent higher tha...

Honeycomb’s Holography: Hope or Hooey?

Every time Google mentions Android 3.0's holographic interface and 3D capabilities, one perhaps imageines Princess Leia's plea to Obi Wan Kenobi played back by R2D2 in "Star Wars." Android 3.0, aka "Honeycomb," is claimed to have a redesigned holographic user interface and 3D. But just what does Goo...

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Windows ARMs Itself

Microsoft may have big things in store for the world of tablet computers. However, anyone attending CEO Steve Baller's keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday hoping to see a parade of upcoming Windows tablet devices likely left disappointed. Instead of lining up an array of almos...

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