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Silica Gel-Packed Lens Caps Suck the Moisture Right Out of Your Camera Gear

David Smothers January 16, 2013

Dust and moisture are the main enemies when it comes to keeping your photography gear in top working condition. That’s why everything comes with lens caps, and why you should maybe consider upgrading them all to BRNO’s dri+Caps which feature a compartment for a small packet of moisture-trapping silica gel. Available in $45 lens and body cap… Continue Reading »

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Amazon AutoRip

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs from Amazon dating back to 1998 will find free MP3 versions automatically added to their Cloud Player accounts – free of charge AutoRip is the latest in a series of customer benefits exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem of digital content SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 10, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip,… Continue Reading »

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Google Gets ‘High-Five’ From FTC In Antitrust Inquiry

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Federal regulators said Thursday that Google (GOOG) is not breaking antitrust laws by at times ranking its own content high in search results, a decision seen as a big win for the online search leader. Federal Trade Commission officials said that they had closed their 19-month inquiry into how Google ranks search content, with Google agreeing to… Continue Reading »

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How Apple Sets Its Prices

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Apple pricing is unlike almost every other brand in consumer tech: consistent across each and every retailer, and rarely discounted. How do Cook and Co manage to pull that off? MacWorld has an interesting article about the techniques which Apple uses to keep its prices fixed. From the article:   Most products move from manufacturers to retailers… Continue Reading »

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PayPal Partners With Point-Of-Sale And Hardware Maker NCR To Expand Its Retail Footprint

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Following yesterday’s news of PayPal’s expanded U.S. footprint in retail, which saw seven more national chains sign-up to offer PayPal’s in-store payments in their brick-and-mortar stores, the company today announced that it is also partnering with point-of-sale and hardware maker NCR to expand into restaurants, as well as into other businesses, including gas stations and convenience… Continue Reading »

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It

David Smothers January 15, 2013

Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who… Continue Reading »

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How Intel Will Build the Holodeck

David Smothers January 14, 2013

Mooly Eden steps out of the world of transistors and microprocessors for a moment. “If you want a simple explanation of what we’re doing, just look to Asimov,” the head of Intel’s Perceptual Computing push says, explaining. “Or Star Trek, Star Wars, and Avatar. The ideas have been in science fiction for years, and now… Continue Reading »

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Report: Dell Is “in Talks” to Take Company Private

David Smothers January 14, 2013

According to Bloomberg sources, Dell is considering taking its company off the public stock market. Trading has been halted on the company for the time being while the situation plays out. Dell has told CNBC that it won’t comment on “rumors and speculation”. Dell taking its company private, if that were to happen, would mean that all… Continue Reading »

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HOT:Oracle releases software update to fix Java vulnerability

David Smothers January 13, 2013

Emergency software update repairs vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code. Oracle released an emergency software update today to fix a security vulnerability in its Java software that could allow attackers to break into computers. The update, which is available on Oracle’s Web site, fixes a critical vulnerability in Oracle’s Java 7 that… Continue Reading »

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UPDATE: Canonical narrows timeframe for Ubuntu for smartphones to “late February”

David Smothers January 12, 2013

Our first look at the upcoming Ubuntu phone OS left us excited but wanting for more details, and it seems that Canonical has now indicated when you’ll first be able to grab it. According to OMG Ubuntu, engineering manager Alan Pope said that a downloadable image of the upcoming system will be available in late February for the Galaxy… Continue Reading »

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