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Cisco's Cius not Meant for Large Screens

posted Saturday May 26, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Cisco's Cius not Meant for Large Screens

The tablet market is really starting to get unforgiving, and as the competition heats up, some of the big players are getting out. The most notable and quickest exit from the market, of course, was HP, when they canceled their much anticipated TouchPad weeks after its launch. While it was not a full departure from tablets, it was an end to a new market they purchased.

Another company that seemed to end up in the tablet market almost accidentally is Cisco. A little less than a year ago, Cisco launched the Cius line of tablets, a line of Android-powered, 7-inch devices designed for enterprise. While Cisco thought they had a fix to low sales in December with a larger version, but it seems they have changed their minds. It looks like decreasing, not increasing, sales will end the Cius tablet in the same museum as the Flip video.

Why has Cisco, the biggest name in networking, had trouble gaining traction in the most networkable device ever? Hit the break for some possibilities.

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California Approves Legislation for Self-Driving Automated Vehicles, Florida Follows Suit

posted Friday May 25, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

California Approves Legislation for Self-Driving Automated Vehicles, Florida Follows Suit

Ever since seeing the GM En-V concept car at CES last year, we were wondering when we would finally see automated cars driving across the nation. We knew Google was testing out some of their own vehicles in Nevada and now we've learned the possibility of automated driving is going to happen sooner than we previously thought.

The crazy lovely state of California is known to do some strange, confusing and downright unconstitutional things, so this is pretty close to their wheelhouse. California has passed a bill that sets the guidelines and rules for automated vehicles that are driven and tested on the hill-laden roadways of the great state. Florida has also joined the ranks of states who want to see this technology developed even further.

The bill easily passed without hesitation and now heads to the California State Assembly. We have the details after the break.

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Netflix Says Third of Current Subscribers Came Back After Leaving Due to Price Hike

posted Friday May 25, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Netflix Says Third of Current Subscribers Came Back After Leaving Due to Price Hike

It seems that Netflix's new programming announcement may have been just the ticket to get more customers to sign up for the service. Either that, or the ones that left have realized nothing better is out there and have now come back to the movie and TV-streaming company. Yeah, it's definitely more the second one. A spokesperson from Netflix said that nearly one-third of all the new customers lately were previous Netflix customers who have come back to daddy after leaving the house and seeing that the rent next store is too high and doesn't offer nearly the same amenities.

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Facebook Hit with Lawsuits Over Hiding Numbers During IPO Roadshow

posted Friday May 25, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Facebook Hit with Lawsuits Over Hiding Numbers During IPO Roadshow

Last week we asked if Facebook's IPO could be NASDAQ's biggest bust. Our opinion was that it indeed was, and this was before we witnessed the disaster that happened this week. The social network giant was able to walk away from the IPO with $16 billion in its pockets, however the stock price has been tanking since its technically-delayed opening last week. At the time of this article, the price has dropped down below $32, which is $13 down from when it opened a week ago.

Now, we've learned that when Facebook was shopping around for investors this month, the company may not have been completely honest with all of its financial information. Facebook and a list of banks that include Morgan Stanley are being sued by its shareholders, citing that Facebook purposely hid weakened growth forecasts to investors before the IPO.

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Sprint's HTC 4G LTE Finally Cleared Customs, In Hands on May 24th

posted Thursday May 24, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint's HTC 4G LTE Finally Cleared Customs, In Hands on May 24th

Ever since trouble started to arise for LightSquared, Sprint has been scrambling to build their own 4G LTE network. They looked to launch sometime in the next couple months. Ahead of that, Sprint had a pretty clever idea and that was to launch a line of handsets that had their new 4G LTE technology in them so customers could have the devices in their hands upon network launch day. All would seem grerat with that idea, except for the fact that one of their flagship phones, the HTC Evo 4G LTE (and AT&T's HTC One X), ran into some problems. Days before the attempted street date of May 18th for the device, customs held up the shipment on US docks because of Apple placing an ITC violation against HTC.

HTC said,

The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.

The problem? Apple claims the dialer app and Sense UI, which comes pre-loaded on HTC devices, infringes on Apple's patents. It seems like Apple is grasping at straws lately. Nevertheless, HTC said it was working on a fix and Sprint customers would have the Evo 4G LTE in their hands shortly.

Turns out that the solution only took six days and there's more on that after the break.

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Wii U Hardware Updated Just Ahead of E3

posted Sunday May 20, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Wii U Hardware Updated Just Ahead of E3

While the Wii U made a splash with some of my co-hosts at last year's E3, I knew that what we had seen demonstrated was not nearly a final product. In fact, it was guaranteed that the hardware on display was possibly even pre-alpha, in that we never saw the console itself (and still have not). It all felt very Palm Pre debut, not ready for manufacturing yet. That said, this week some new photos were leaked of a possible release candidate for the new Wii U controller, and the alterations are pleasant.

One of the primary concerns we had was the analog sticks. The original handheld had the flat, rolling style, like can be found on the 3DS. On the 3DS it makes sense, as there is a cover that needs to close, and there s no other option. On this controller, however, it felt like it was done because they had them lying around, not because they are a good control. The new, altered controller has standard, mushroom-style analog sticks, which will make using them more pleasant.

For more on the changes and photos of both the original and leaked design, hit the break.

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