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  • Razer partners with China's Tencent for games on Blade laptop

    Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer is partnering with China's Internet firm Tencent for games to run on its newest 17.3-inch (43.9 centimeters) gaming laptop.

  • Microsoft to help 10 Kinect startups

    Microsoft on Friday announced a program designed to help 10 developers or startups launch businesses around products for Kinect, the controller that senses motion and voice.

  • Ultrabooks still trying to find their niche

    Despite backing from the top PC makers, high prices and a disorganized software and hardware ecosystem could slow adoption of ultrabooks over the next few years, analysts said this week.

  • iPhone 5 rumour rollup for the week ending Nov. 18

    Delirium reigns in the iOSsphere on learning that the iPhone 5 is, or was, real. Until Steve Jobs, its Creator, also became its Destroyer.

  • Kindle Fire teardown puts build cost at less than $3 above retail price

    The Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.com. Teardown experts at IHS iSuppli found it costs Amazon $201.70 to build the new Kindle Fire, less than $3 above the $199 retail price.

  • Grazing: Better browsing under iOS

    If you use an iPad or an iPhone and you're at all technical you'll probably have a love-hate relationship with the default Safari browser. The problem is that Safari does the job but it just seems so, well, simplistic and lacks a certain desirable "nerdiness." You can do all sorts of cool stuff with other browsers on other operating systems, but Safari on iOS? Yawn. But I have an answer!

  • Laptops to sell for under $200 on Black Friday

    Heavily discounted PCs and tablets will be sold by top retailers on Black Friday, which marks one of the most active shopping days in the U.S. Walmart and Best Buy will offer fully equipped laptops for under US$200, continuing a promotional price battle they have engaged in for years. The sub-$200 laptops have slow processors and may lack key components, but could be effective desktop replacements for basic tasks like office productivity applications, Web surfing and video.

  • Boingo sees bright future for Wi-Fi hotspots

    The integration of mobile networks and Wi-Fi promises to make hotspots more popular and easier to access, but it will also put pressure on providers to improve performance, according to hotspot aggregator Boingo Wireless.

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus on sale in U.K. with new video ad

    Samsung's hot new Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first to run Android 4.0, went on sale Thursday in the U.K. and is expected to be available in the U.S. on Verizon Wireless by the end of the month.

  • Amazon smartphone coming in late 2012, analyst says

    Amazon is working on a smartphone to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a Citigroup analyst quoted by All Things D .

  • Small Taiwanese firms finally get some new Android code

    Some of Taiwan's smaller manufacturers said they were relieved to see Google release the source code for its Android 4.0 operating system, after being cut out of the picture with its previous Honeycomb version.

  • iSuppli drops 2011 semiconductor forecast on slow Q4

    An industry analyst firm has lowered its forecast for the worldwide semiconductor market for this year because of declining revenue in the fourth quarter.

  • Will Thanksgiving Day upstage Black Friday for online tech sales?

    Best Buy, Target, Sears, Staples and other major retailers have been releasing their Black Friday ads and circulars for the past week, setting up for what should be a busy shopping day for TVs, laptops, tablets and other electronics. But savvy shoppers who can negotiate time away from the family, turkey and football on Thanksgiving Day itself could also score bargains.

  • LCD, e-ink challenger Mirasol will be on devices in months

    Most tablets and e-readers today use LCD or e-ink technology, but a new challenger that promises sharp color and reduced screen power consumption could be used in devices in a matter of months.

  • OpenFlow not the only path to network revolution

    APIs and messaging protocols, including some that are standards, can let users build software-defined networks today. The key issue, though, is that not everyone implements the same ones or implements them the same way. Will OpenFlow get us all on the same path to SDN nirvana?