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  • Logitech Unveils New Harmony Touch Universal Remote Control

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted October 4, 2012 at 12:22PM
    Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls are some of the most popular universal remotes out there. The Harmony line is notable for being easy to program rather than having to type in long numerical codes for devices. Logitech has announced a new addition to its Harmony line of...
  • Is there a savant inside all of us?

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted October 4, 2012 at 12:17PM

    There are so few confirmed cases — perhaps 30 in the world – that plausible explanations are hard to come by. Take Orlando Serrell, a 44-year-old from Virginia who was hit on the head by a baseball as a boy, and later found he could do complicated calculations and remember the...

  • Facebook Hits Billionth User

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted October 4, 2012 at 12:07PM

    Facebook has reached a striking if inevitable milestone -- its active user base is now a billion strong, up from 900 million in April just before its IPO -- and it's commemorating that achievement with a brand ad designed to both celebrate those who log on every day and to spread the...

  • Quick Note: Nokia Partners with Oracle for Maps

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted October 2, 2012 at 09:06PM
    Nokia is making deals with all sorts of companies for the use of its mapping technology Navteq, and Oracle is the latest to jump on the bandwagon. Not many details are known about the Nokia/Oracle partnership other than the fact that it wasonference. Oracle is planning to add Nokia's...
  • Who is the next Steve Jobs (and is there one)?

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted October 2, 2012 at 08:50PM

    CNN: It's a loaded question, one with no clear answer. But in the year since Apple's co-founder and visionary CEO died, it's been asked in tech circles over and over: Who is the next Steve Jobs? There's one easy response. It's safe to say that no figure in the tech industry will...

  • The iPad Mini Will Be Less of Everything

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk, Victor Oshiro | Posted October 2, 2012 at 11:03AM
    Ukrainianiphone.com reports to have obtained parts for the upcoming iPad mini. The parts, labeled in the gallery above, according to the Russian-language website, were from a source who visited the factory in Asia. Notables include the plastic spacer bars, which Apple has traditionally used...
  • The Most Common iPhone 5 Glitches and Their Fixes

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:55AM
    Reports of problems with the iPhone 5 continue. This is probably why I always wait for the second edition of a phone from Apple before jumping in. A couple of fixes are in this article and it leads to other articles with more fixes. 

  • The Kindle Paperwhite Is A Reader’s Dream

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted October 1, 2012 at 04:41PM
    TechCrunch: The latest e-ink Kindle, the Paperwhite, is a beautiful device, plays catch-up, and arguably surpasses the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. The device is as small and compact as the previous Kindle and yet is more completely featureless. Like the Nook Simple Touch, Amazon has...
  • Audio Reproduction Systems

    By William "Bill" Yaple | Posted September 30, 2012 at 12:35AM

    Ever wanted to know all about audio reproduction, but were afraid to ask? Do Watts and SPL sound like terms normal people would never use in public? You're in luck! The head audio geek at TargetPC, or Bill as I'm known to some, has decided to put fingers to the keyboard to demystify the...

  • How Social Network Gaming Forgot About the Gamers

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 29, 2012 at 03:04PM

    I think I was a pretty typical Facebook adopter when I joined three years ago. Having always been a gamer I became interested in the games people were playing in their social network circles. Seemed cool and there were even news stories on NPR and television about games like Farmville so I...

  • A Week With the iPhone 5

    Posted September 29, 2012 at 02:27PM
    Gizmodo: The iPhone hasn't been the only interesting or worthwhile phone for some time now—the Galaxy III and the Lumia 920 and the HTC One X all have a hint of glory—but there's no doubt it's the most venerable by a longshot. Apple's is the It Phone, and you or someone you know is going to...
  • Xi3 goes the crowdfunding route for future X3A, X7A modular PCs

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 29, 2012 at 02:20PM
    Engadget: Xi3 has been one of the more inventive PC builders in the field, designing its Modular Computers in the belief that small, more upgradable desktops are the way of the future. The company is planning two new systems to further that dream, the X3A and X7A, but it wants our help: it's...
  • Samsung wins reconsideration of Galaxy Tab sales ban

    Posted September 29, 2012 at 02:15PM

    The injunction was put in place ahead of a month-long trial that pitted iPhone maker Apple Inc against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in a closely watched legal battle that ended with a resounding victory for Apple last month on many of its patent violation claims.  The decision comes just a...

  • Building a ‘live Google Earth’

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted September 29, 2012 at 02:04PM
    Fourteen years ago, in November 1998, I stood on a low mound overlooking the bleak Kazakhstan steppe. It was early morning. The ground was covered in a light dusting of snow and a bitter wind tore across the cracked concrete, flattening the surrounding scrappy clumps of grass.




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  • The decaying web and our disappearing history

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 29, 2012 at 01:59PM
    What’s most vulnerable, rather, is the network of living connections into which social media is a window: the nexus of sources, resources, sounds, images and updates that together constitute the stuff of many millions of people’s daily experience. One commercial firm may well be able to sell...
  • Apple CEO apologizes for Maps flaws, recommends rivals

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 28, 2012 at 02:08PM
    Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook apologized Friday to customers frustrated with glaring errors in its new Maps service and, in an unusual move for the consumer giant, directed them to rival services such as Google Inc's Maps instead.

    The rare apology follows Apple's launch of its own...

  • Wi-Fi: are there any health risks?

    Posted September 27, 2012 at 07:28PM
    This is a question that comes up from time to time, and the short answer is no. In fact, we could rephrase your question and pretend that you'd asked about baby alarms, radio-controlled cars, cordless (DECT) phones, Bluetooth headsets, security alarms and loads of other things that operate in...
  • AMD attempts to shape review content with staged release of info

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 27, 2012 at 07:20PM
    TechReport: We've been reviewing tech products for 13 years. During that time, the basic agreement between the reviewer and the company whose product is up for review hasn't fundamentally changed--until today. AMD is attempting to re-write the rules in a way that grants it a measure of editorial...
  • Marissa Mayer's Yahoo turnaround starts to take shape

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 27, 2012 at 06:41PM
    On the culture side, an all-important area for Silicon Valley businesses, Mayer wants Yahoo to move much more quickly. Employees will have more ownership over and resources for their projects -- which will be approved only if they have the potential to scale to 100 million users or $100 million...
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    Azza Hurrican 2000 Case Review

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 27, 2012 at 06:39AM

    When you're building a PC system there's a lot you need to think of. Which processor to get, with what motherboard, which videocard, how much memory...and of course the one thing to hold and make it all work together: the computer case. Today I'll be reviewing the AZZA HURRICAN 2000 full tower...

  • BlackBerry's new Dev Alpha B handset runs BB10, we go hands-on

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 25, 2012 at 12:57PM
    BlackBerry's Dev Alpha handset proved to be quite the popular item when it was revealed earlier this year. It was so popular, in fact, that the company ran through the 5,000 it constructed in short order. So, it had to build a whole new batch of developer handsets to meet the demand, and thus...
  • Teaching an old dog new tricks: How to fix Microsoft

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 25, 2012 at 12:45PM
    A month from now Microsoft will release Windows 8, a bold new operating system that seeks to bring touchscreen interfaces to desktop computing. It's the company's biggest product since Windows XP and yet the only thing the tech world has seemingly talked about over the last 12 months is what the...
  • How the brain filters bad news

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 25, 2012 at 12:30PM

    Most of us go through life with a selective ear for the news we take in. We hear the good more than the bad, the flattering more than the insulting. And we update our beliefs in a way that reflects that bias.

    The effect appears in many guises. We update our self image when told we are...

  • Apple sells 5 million iPhone 5 phones in first weekend

    By Adel Khalaf | Posted September 24, 2012 at 01:15PM
    Apple sold more than 5 million iPhone 5 phones since the highly anticipated device went on sale on Friday, setting a new sales record for the device, Apple announced Monday.

    Over the weekend, the company outpaced the 4 million iPhone 4S units that it sold during last year's opening weekend,...

  • iPhone 5 owners report scuffs and scratches out of the box

    By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 24, 2012 at 12:59PM
    When Apple VP Phil Schiller took the stage on September 12th to talk about the company’s new iPhone 5 hardware he went on at length about the exacting level of precision that goes into its manufacture. But despite Apple's insistence that its tolerances are measured in microns, several iPhone 5...

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