The raging battle of words between PC gamers and console gamers has never quite reached PC vs. Mac levels of animosity, but it's come close. Could those angry days be coming to an end? Probably not, but if anybody could convince the two camps to pick up their virtual arms in unison and start singing "Kumbaya," it's Valve -- and rumors floating around say that Valve is developing a console-esque box designed to let gamers get their Steam on in the living room.
Microsoft reached a key milestone in the development of its popular Office productivity suite when it launched the “Office 15” Technical Preview Program late last month. At this stage, Office 15 (codename) is being tested by “a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements.” However, not everyone seems to be complying with the NDA.
Is reaching into your pocket to snag your smartphone just too much work? Did you ever want to see the world through the eyes of a video game character? Am I asking too many questions? If you answered "Yes" to any of those, you'll be jazzed by the following sentence. Apparently, the long-rumored "Google Glasses" -- Google-built shades with a HUD and all kinds of cool connectivity features -- could be on track to launch later this year, and for less cash than you might have expected. Game on!
Google's sticking its proverbial fingers into a whole lot of proverbial pies right now: search, social media, advertising, smartphones, restaurant reviews, self-driving cars and a ton more. A rumor swirling around the 'Net says the company's about to offer all those, +1 more: a cloud storage service similar to Dropbox. Yes, the long whispered-about GDrive service has reared its elusive head again -- but now it's just called Drive.
Rolling your own rig is just as much about timing as it is part selection. Consider that around this time a year ago, hard drive makers were practically giving platters of storage away and backing them with longer warranties. Mother Nature ruined all that, and she's partially to blame for rising motherboard prices, which some industry sources predict are getting ready to spike.
Nokia may have just announced a massive quarterly loss due to a precipitous decline in handset sales, but it remains confident of “establishing a beachhead in this war of ecosystems.” The Finnish company is now banking on its Windows Phone lineup to turn things around. But are its plans only limited to the smartphone market, or is it also considering venturing into the increasingly crowded media tablet market?
With the Consumer Electronics Show now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to start looking forward to other tech conventions like the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which will kick off this summer. It's possible Microsoft will announce its next generation game console at E3, and in the process dispel or confirm the many rumors surrounding the Xbox 720.
Millions of smartphone users around the globe swear by Samsung’s Galaxy line, with the original Galaxy S and it’s dual-core successor Galaxy S II boasting combined lifetime sales of over 30 million units. Considering the fact that the S II made its international debut around nine months back and its U.S. debut as recently as late September, there does not seem to be a very strong case for a successor at this time. However, Samsung is widely expected to unveil the next phone in its flagship smartphone family in the near future, something that makes sense given the launch history of the Galaxy series.
With the way things have been going lately, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Research In Motion if a company swooped in and scooped up the BlackBerry handset maker, especially if said company was Samsung. There's only one problem with that specific scenario: Samsung isn't interested. Never has been and probably never will be.
Apple's first iPad tablet launched in the U.S. on April 3, 2010., while the iPad 2 came out less than a year later on March 11, 2011. It's a small sample size, to be sure, but following the 11-month release cycle, we wouldn't be surprised to see the iPad 3 come out in February, though the latest chatter has Apple's third generation tablet PC making its debut in March.