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A new Toys R Us tablet will join the children’s line up
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 10, 2012

Toys R Us has a new proprietary tablet advertised on its website for pre-order.  It’s called the Tabeo and it retails for $149.  The tablet won’t actually hit store shelves until October 21st.  The specs at this point are a little sketchy. The Tabeo is a seven inch tablet that will have a 1.0 GHz [...]
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Google’s Star Trek doodle is fun to play with
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 8, 2012

Unlike a lot of Google’s doodles that are interesting homages to inventors, painters, and important events, today’s doodle commemorates the 46th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  Unlike most doodles that have limited movement or interactivity, this doodle is very engaging. Google’s Star Trek doodle shows the original cast as Google letters on the bridge.  [...]
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Raspberry Pi now baked in the U.K.
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 7, 2012

The Raspberry Pi computer is now being manufactured in the U.K., with Wales taking over from China as the location of production. Those who aren’t aware of the Raspberry Pi can get up to speed by reading this previous article. Essentially it’s a credit card-sized micro computer that features the bare-bones needed for young programmers [...]
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Amazon’s new Fire HD tablets challenge across the market
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 7, 2012

To date most tablet manufacturers have had two main routes: price it high and take on Apple, or price it low and take on the Android-dominated bargain market. With a flurry of announcements this week, Amazon is clearly going for both. The existing seven inch Kindle Fire is getting a price cut from $199 to [...]
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Pogoplug partners with Amazon to offer affordable cloud storage family plans
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 6, 2012

Pogoplug is pairing up with Amazon to offer not only its own storage devices but also online archival storage.  That means that your information will be accessible even if your hard drive dies, gets a nasty virus, or you just upgrade your computer.  They are also offering family plans that come with a free Pogoplug [...]
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Smarter planes could cut costs and save planet
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 6, 2012

Aircraft giant Airbus says steeper takeoffs, smarter planes and bird-like formations could cut flight times and save fuel. But it also estimates that total flight times could be cut by five million hours today just by making better use of existing on-board technology. The suggestions come in a document predicting how aircraft technology and practices [...]
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Samsung accused of child labor abuses
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 5, 2012

It seems mobile gadget design isn’t the only area where Samsung is uncomfortably reminiscent of Apple. Now the company stands accused of having its devices made in factories that abuse both adult and child laborers. The claims come from China Labor Watch, a non-profit group based in the US that reports on alleged labor violations [...]
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Pirate Bay co-founder to be deported from Cambodia
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 4, 2012

One of the Pirate Bay founders may actually serve jail time after being arrested in Cambodia. Officials there say they are prepared to deport him, though they can’t confirm if and how he will wind up in his native Sweden. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was among four men convicted of copyright offenses by a Swedish court [...]
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Bruce Willis battling Apple over iTunes collection
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 3, 2012

Bruce Willis is, according to sources, considering legal action against Apple to ensure his offspring inherit his iTunes music collection. But the law isn’t fully understood, and the story not exactly watertight. The Daily Mail claims Willis want to leave his huge digital music collection, built up over many years, to his daughters. However, and [...]
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Clint Eastwood and his empty Obama chair go viral on the InterWebs
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 31, 2012

I’m not sure Clint Eastwood has even ever been online before, but he’s now succeeded in going viral and kick-starting several memes after his RNC speech. As you may have already seen or heard, veteran Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood made a surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday (Aug. 30) to [...]
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Facebook ads get even more targeted/creepy
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 31, 2012

A new program will mean companies advertising on Facebook can pick their targets even more efficiently. What makes the new tool so effective (or unsettling) is that it is based on information that users haven’t explicitly added to Facebook itself. The tool allows companies to explicitly target people they know have already used their services [...]
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Obama Reddit Q&A shows crowdsourcing format
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 30, 2012

President Barack Obama took part in an “Ask Me Anything” question and answer thread yesterday. The event was prestigious in itself for the site, but also proved a great advert for the site’s format. The whole point of Reddit is that the positioning of content, whether that be images, comments or links to news stories, [...]
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McAfee aims to prevent Facebook photo theft
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 29, 2012

If you absolutely don’t want strangers to see, use or steal your photos, don’t put them on Facebook. But for a less drastic action, a new Facebook app might do the trick. McAfee Social Protection is billed as giving users complete control over who can and cannot see their photos on Facebook. In theory you [...]
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A resurrected LiftPort is kickstarting its space elevator project
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 28, 2012

Actually the Kickstarter project is only raising money to build a proof of concept experiment that is called the “Climb to the Sky-A Tethered Tower”.  The idea is to build a robot that will then climb up two kilometers to the high altitude balloon platform.  According to its Kickstarter page, the project will cost $3 [...]
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Google gifts Nexus 7 prime advertising spot on homepage
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on August 28, 2012

Google really wants you to buy a Nexus 7 tablet. No, I mean really really. So much so it has gifted the device a prime advertising spot on its homepage. The Nexus 7 is Google’s first own-branded tablet. Built by Asus, it’s a 7-inch powerhouse running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It’s not perfect, but the [...]
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