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  • Silver Surfers are past it? Never!

    Well, much to my amusement I recently discovered that there's a new name for Internet users in my age group: We are now called "Silver Surfers" (with apparently no nod to Marvel and its superhero of the same name).

  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus unveiled by Samsung

    Samsung Friday announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet, an update that is lighter and more powerful than the original Galaxy Tab , and runs a 1.2 GHz dual core processor.

  • Taking <i>Moneyball</i> tactics to the enterprise

    The success of the Oakland Athletics in building a winning baseball team by using unique performance metrics tools, as shown in the movie Moneyball, could be repeated in corporate IT shops, say IT executives and analysts.

  • Dell launches new ultrathin laptop first in China

    Dell launched a new ultrathin laptop in China on Friday called the XPS 14z, which is slated to arrive in other markets later this year to take advantage of the coming holiday shopping seasons.

  • 2011 Ig Nobels honor research into why people sigh, beetles that mate with beer bottles

    Research lauded at the 21st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Thursday night ran the gamut from discovering beetles that mate with beer bottles to understanding the effect having to pee has on thinking.

  • SAIC, others pay $22.7 million to resolve contracting case

    Science Applications International (SAIC), a subcontractor and two former government employees will pay nearly US$22.7 million to resolve allegations that they rigged bids for a $3.2 billion supercomputing contract with the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • BlackBerry PlayBook going the way of HP TouchPad, says analyst

    Another would-be iPad "killer" could soon find itself in the graveyard, according to Collins Stewart semiconductor analyst John Vihn.

  • FAQ: Oracle OpenWorld's burning questions

    Oracle's OpenWorld conference, which kicks off Sunday in San Francisco, could be the biggest one yet for the company, which entered the hardware game last year through the purchase of Sun Microsystems and is closing in on US$40 billion in revenue.

  • Apple's latest Mini gets a 'serious' speed boost

    Since its unveiling in January 2005, the Mac Mini has been the cheapest Mac that Apple sells, making it the least expensive way to get hardware that natively runs OS X. In the past, this usually meant settling for older components -- especially compared to the pricier iMac and MacBook Pro lines. Although Apple has updated the Mini's look several times since its debut -- most recently in 2010 -- the internal hardware often received only minor improvements.

  • 3 traits that make the Kindle Fire competitive

    The Kindle Fire tablet, announced by Amazon.com on Wednesday, has three traits that make it competitive in a crowded tablet market: a low $199 price, a fast browser called Amazon Silk, and access to an abundant ecosystem of movies, music, apps, and books.

  • Samsung outstrips Apple in India's tablet market

    Apple trails behind Samsung in India's fledgling tablet market, which is largely driven by relevant content and low prices, according to research released Thursday.

  • Samsung, Motorola tablets get Skype video

    Skype has released version 2.5 of its application for Android, which allows Android-based tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom to use its video calling feature, it said in a blog post on Wednesday.

  • ZTE releasing new tablets, one with Nvidia Tegra 3 chip

    ZTE, one of China's largest network and phone suppliers, is working on several new tablets, including one built with Nvidia's newest quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

  • Motorola begins Xoom LTE upgrades Thursday

    Motorola Xoom users on Thursday will finally get a promised free hardware upgrade so they can use Verizon's 4G LTE network.

  • Amazon's Fire no iPad killer, experts say

    Amazon's new Fire tablet may disrupt the Android market, but it's unlikely to have a significant impact on Apple's iPad business, according to analysts.