December 2012  Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 2012. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

Articles for December of 2012

Below are the 94 articles for December of 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

Amazon’s largest tablet to date, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a nice slate that offers a vibrant display, but with the ever-expanding tablet market, it surely isn’t the best[...]

Dell Inspiron 13z Review

The Dell Inspiron 13z is a good computer for a general user looking to do a little bit of everything. While no aspect of the notebook is going to blow[...]

What Makes a Business Notebook a Business Notebook?

The term \"business notebook\" meant something ten years ago. Even though the lines have been blurred, there are still features that device a business laptop.

Far Cry 3 Video Game Review

Far Cry 3 is an open-world first person shooter that provides players with a visceral and dynamic experience. Set in the fictitious Rook Isles, the environment is unpredictable and unrelenting[...]

Half of All App Revenue Goes to 25 Developers

Both the App Store and the Google Play store sport hundreds of thousands of apps — and growing — in their virtual marketplace, many of which have been downloaded millions[...]

Microsoft Working to Create Universal Translator

Some say language barriers were put upon human beings as punishment for building the Tower of Babel, or something like that. Fortunately, since that point in time a lot of[...]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Review

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 is the first ultra-compact camera to offer an 18 megapixel resolution and is small and durable enough to carry in the back pocket of a pair[...]

Black Friday Electronics Sales Down, Does It Really Matter?

The shaky future of the U.S. economy seems to have done no favors for the consumer electronics industry on Black Friday, as market research firm The NPD Group reports that[...]

Google Play Letting Businesses Host Private App Stores

Google has unveiled Google Play Private Channel for Google Apps, a new service that will allow businesses to distribute their own custom applications internally without making them available to the[...]

Apple Facing Hurdles with China Mobile

Apple\’s iPhone may be the most recognizable and perhaps powerful smartphone brand here in America, but it appears that the Cupertino clan has met its match overseas. China Mobile —[...]

U.S. Spending More Time In Apps Than Ever Before

The average American consumers spent 127 minutes a day inside mobile apps in 2012, good for a 35 percent increase over 94 minute average from the year prior, according to[...]

Google Maps Street View Coming to Wii U

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today that his company\’s Wii U console will be receiving a dedicated Google Maps app early next year. Iwata confirmed the news during the latest[...]

Amazon Announces \”Kindle FreeTime Unlimited\” For Kids

Amazon has provided a heaping of details about Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a new expansion to the company\’s kid-friendly FreeTime service that will be available for the latest Kindle Fire and[...]

Dell XPS 12 Review

The Dell XPS 12 is a good computer for anyone looking for the best of the tablet and notebook worlds in one machine. With a $1,199.99 price tag, it\’s not[...]

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 Review

The Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 is the successor to the E-PL3 and offers more power than the standard point-and-shoot with better image quality. It has a 14.42mm kit lens and[...]

Netflix CEO Facing Investigation for Facebook Post

From the \”wait, what?\” department of today\’s news comes the revelation that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is facing a potential investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a[...]

RIM Offering BlackBerry 10 Ready Program

The launch of RIM\’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system is just under two months away, so the company has launched a new training program of sorts for those who are[...]

Microsoft Slashes Windows Azure Storage Costs

Microsoft continues to do its part in fanning the flames of the cloud storage wars, as the company has announced that it is cutting prices of Windows Azure Storage by[...]

Apple vs. Samsung: What It Means for Consumers

Two tech giants are slugging it out in courtrooms all over the world. Find out it means for the iPhone, Galaxy series, and even every other Google Android device on[...]

The Best Car Tech Trends Today

Cars are more than just four wheels. The 2013 models have more high-tech features than any other product on the market, including connectivity, telematics, and navigation.

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Camera Overview

DigitalCameraReview got some time with the Samsung Galaxy Camera; an Android-based camera that also acts as a smartphone (without the phone) and tablet, bringing new meaning to the idea of[...]

Top 4 U.S. Wireless Carriers to Launch Nationwide Text-to-911 Coverage By 2014

The United States\’ four largest wireless carriers have agreed to speed up progress on a text-to-911 service that would allow phone users to text messages to 911 in the case[...]

RIM Blocks 106 Passwords on BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry makers RIM are willing to take active measures to protect their customers’ safety, even if that means preventing them from setting easily predictable passwords entirely. The folks over at[...]

Google Cuts Free Version of Google Apps for Businesses

Google has announced that it will be discontinuing the free version of its Google Apps for Business, effective immediately. Previously, small businesses with up to 10 accounts — and before[...]

T-Mobile Ditching Subsidies, Getting iPhone in 2013

In a presentation to analysts today, T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere has announced a handful of big changes, and at least one hotly anticipated addition, to the mobile carrier\’s plans[...]

LG Optimus G Review

The LG Optimus G is a good, but underwhelming, smartphone. Available from both Sprint and AT&T, the phone has a suggested retail price of $200 with a 2-year contract, at[...]

The Future of Home Theater Tech and Television

Your home theater is the next battle ground for technology vendors. Find out what that means for the future of entertainment.

Cars as Mobile Hotspots: How Exactly Do Cars Use Wi-Fi?

The world is getting more connected with each passing day. From smartphones to laptops to tablets to everything in between, the ability for users to get onto the Internet has[...]

Skype 3.0 for Android Review

Skype, the audio and video chat application that allows users to connect with each other over the Internet for free, has finally released an update specifically optimized for Android tablets,[...]

FBI Ransomware Scam Affecting Thousands

The FBI is warning users about a malicious ransomware scam that freezes infected computers and falsely threatens law enforcement action if users do not pay non-existent fines. Reveton, a Trojan[...]

Toshiba Developing Low-Power MRAM Mobile Processor

Toshiba has developed a new high-speed prototype version of MRAM memory that can allegedly reduce the memory type\’s overall power consumption by 90 percent — making it the lowest on[...]

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a powerful, full-featured Windows 8 Ultrabook with a 360-degree hinge design, allowing the computer to transform into four different modes; notebook, stand, tent and[...]

Holiday Travel: TSA Friendly Tech Gear to Fly Through Security

It\’s an all-too-familiar story these days; an eager traveler, ready to take flight, gets bogged down in the morass of fellow passengers undergoing security checks. After much waiting, our flying[...]

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is more than just the point-and-shoot device it looks like from the outside. Rather, it’s a smartphone/camera hybrid and is the first camera to offer total[...]

Boxee TV Review

The Boxee TV is a device users can plug into a television via an HDMI cable to route live television and online entertainment platforms to the TV. The idea behind[...]

BYOD? Try BYOA, New Study Suggests

The \”bring your own device\” movement — or \”BYOD\” for short — has been discussed ad nauseum in IT circles over the past few years, and with good reason: more[...]

Forwarding Work Email to Personal Gmail Could Be Dangerous

Employees could be putting their business\’ security at risk whenever they forward an email from a company account over to their personal Gmail accounts, according to a SearchConsumerization report. As[...]

Xbox 360 Gets SkyDrive App

Microsoft will release its SkyDrive cloud storage system to the Xbox 360 via a new app today, allowing users to view their stored photos, videos, documents, and other files straight[...]

BlackBerry 10 Developer Kit Goes Gold

There\’s been a great deal of buzz surrounding RIM\’s ongoing march to the January 2013 reveal of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and compatible smartphones, and today brings even[...]

BlackBerry Messenger 7 Adds Voice Support, More Emoticons

BlackBerry Messenger users can now make free calls over a Wi-Fi connection thanks to the messaging service\’s most recent update. As previously tested in last month\’s BBM 7 beta, the[...]

84 Percent of IT Pros Want to Limit Your Workplace Desktop Privileges

Despite there being a continued lack of employee desktop and laptop control in workplaces across the country, the vast majority of companies\’ IT professionals are in favor of lessening user[...]

Nike Announces Accelerator Startup Program, Virtual Game

Nike has gone full speed ahead with its Nike+ digital fitness technology over the past few years, releasing a wealth of fitness tracking tech through smartphone apps, accelerometers, and their[...]

10 Things You Should Know About Windows 8 Before Upgrading UPDATED

Microsoft Windows 8 only just got here, but undoubtedly many users are eager to get their hands on it and see what the new operating system has to offer. But[...]

Kindle Paperwhite Review

The Paperwhite will surely enlighten new Kindle-adopters. The latest-generation of Amazon’s eReaders, the Paperwhite features a 6-inch e-ink screen with a built-in light, which allows for reading in any environment,[...]

Google Maps Returns to iOS

After a three month absence, Google Maps has returned to iOS devices as a standalone app. As described in a blog post by Google Maps for Mobile director Daniel Graf,[...]

Brother MFC-J4510dw Review: Smart AIO for SMB

The Brother MFC-J4510dw is the first printer from the company\’s new Business Smart Series and is geared toward small businesses, workgroups and home offices. The printer, which is priced at[...]

Amazon Cloud Player Available Now for Roku and Samsung Smart TVs

Amazon has announced two new partnerships to help bring its Amazon Cloud Player streaming music service into the living room. First up is Roku, whose customers can now download the[...]

A Beginner\’s Guide to Home Theater Audio

Home theater is more than just an HDTV. Sound quality is half the equation. Formerly the domain of movie buffs and audiophiles, the electronics makers are now trying to meet[...]

SanDisk to Invest $75 Million in Flash Memory Startups

SanDisk today launched a venture capital fund that will see the data storage company make investments in startup companies focused on \”innovative solutions\” in flash memory. Dubbed SanDisk Ventures, the[...]

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-4HU) Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a good computer for anyone looking for a portable business class notebook with a lot of versatility. At 3.48 pounds and .8 inches thick, the[...]

One In Ten Workers Have Over 10,000 Emails In Inbox

The shift to a more digital workplace may not be as convenient for the modern employee as initially thought, especially when it comes to dealing with overwhelming amounts of email.[...]

Baldur\’s Gate Enhanced Edition Review

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition is Overhaul’s upgraded edition of the classic role-playing game Baldur’s Gate. Every aspect of the original Baldur’s Gate remains intact in BG: EE including the story,[...]

How to Set Up a Home Studio

Believe it or not, setting up a home photography studio isn’t all that difficult for aspiring point-and-shooters. In fact, all that’s really needed is the right kind of lens, space,[...]

Samsung Acquires Storage Software Maker NVELO

Samsung today announced that it has acquired NVELO, a privately-held, California-based vendor of caching software for solid-state drives (SSDs). The acquisition gives Samsung all technology and personnel currently held under[...]

Samsung Smartphones Have Security Hole, Says Developer

Various Samsung smartphone models are affected with a security vulnerability that could grant apps access to sensitive user information and leave handsets at risk of bricking and malware attacks, according[...]

Volvo and Ericsson Team Up For Future Telematics

Technologically advanced connected cars are quickly becoming the norm these days, and now Volvo is looking to get into the telematics scene as well. Today, the Swedish manufacturer announced a[...]

Sprint to Buy the Rest of Clearwire for $2.2 Billion

Sprint announced Monday that it has come to an agreement to acquire the roughly 50 percent stake in Clearwire that it does not already own. Last week, Sprint had offered[...]

BlackBerry 10 Launch Invites Sent by RIM

Research in Motion has officially sent out invitations for the much-anticipated reveal of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The global launch event arrives on January 30, as expected, and[...]

Cisco to Sell Linksys Division

Networking corporation Cisco is preparing to sell off its Linksys division, according to a Bloomberg report. The company is said to have hired British financial services company Barclays to help it[...]

Nokia Lumia 822 Review: That\’s More Like It

Nokia released their newest mid-tier Windows Phone 8 devices with three carrier-exclusive models, giving each T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon different versions of the Lumia phone. The Nokia Lumia 822 is[...]

Oracle Updates NoSQL Database

Oracle has announced an upgrade to its NoSQL data management system, which the company says will give enterprise IT the most flexible and efficient version of its software yet. Dubbed[...]

NORAD Tracks Santa with Bing This Year, Not Google Maps

Since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (or NORAD for short) has been tracking Santa Claus as he makes his way from the North Pole and drops packages off[...]

Cubby Pricing Plans Revealed, Offers 100 GB for $7

LogMeIn has unveiled the official price points for Cubby, its cloud storage service that is competing with the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Box, among others. $6.99 per[...]

Samsung CLX-4195fw Review: An \’Easy\’ Color MFP

The Samsung CLX-4195fw is part of the company\’s new line of A3 and A4 printers and is aimed at small and medium sized businesses. Measuring in at 17 x 17[...]

VIDEO: HTC Droid DNA Preview – HTC Goes Big with 5-inch Android Phablet

Smartphones are getting bigger. Whereas 5-inches used to be considered too large for a smartphone, it is now the norm, with Samsung, LG, and now HTC all releasing phablets (phone[...]

IBM To Buy Big Data Management Company StoredIQ

IBM today announced that it is set to acquire Texas-based e-discovery firm StoredIQ in a move to further enhance its overall big data strategy. StoredIQ has over 120 customers in[...]

Apple Wins ITC Patent Ruling against Motorola Mobility

A U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge today ruled that Apple did not infringe upon a patent owned by Google\’s Motorola Mobility division. ITC judge Thomas Pender ruled that the[...]

Nintendo TVii Launching Tomorrow

Nintendo has announced that Nintendo TVii, its free entertainment aggregation app for the Wii U, will be launching tomorrow, December 20, in the United States and Canada. The service turns[...]

Boeing Makes Wi-Fi Breakthrough Using Potatoes

Aerospace corporation Boeing says that it has developed a new way to test wireless signals in airplanes, which could result in improved Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers while flying. The company[...]

Samsung Working to Fix Security Hole

Samsung has acknowledged the existence of a security vulnerability in many of its leading devices, and says that it is currently working on a software update that will resolve the[...]

HP ENVY dv7 Review

The HP ENVY dv7 is a good machine for anyone interested in replacing a standard desktop computer at a good balance of configuration and cost. With a 17.3-inch screen and[...]

Mobile Banking and Mitek: Business Finally Starting to \”Get\” B-to-C Apps

U.S. Bank will soon up the ante in business customer service with the introduction in early 2013 of a Mobile Photo Bill Pay application for their customers. The fifth largest[...]

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition Review: It\’s a Madhouse

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a snapshot in time. Well, two snapshots now. When it was originally released in 2002 as the follow-up to developer Rockstar\’s instant classic, Grand[...]

Audiofly AE78 Headphones Review

While a $200 price tag at the time of the review puts the Audiofly AE78 headphones in the “high-end” category, DesktopReview is convinced there is no better option for the[...]

VIDEO: Google Nexus 7 – Attractive In Both Design And Price

TabletPCReview got some hands on time with the Google Nexus 7, a powerful 7-inch tablet that features a quad-core processor, Google Play, and the latest iteration of pure Android. As[...]

A Slacker\’s Guide to Last Minute Holiday Gift Subscriptions

Back in the dark ages before the internet, last minute Holiday shopping could send one in to a panic. But these days, with the widespread availability of online gift cards[...]

Sony Alpha A99 Camera Review

The Sony Alpha A99 is the latest DSLR from Sony and is targeted at professional photographers and high-end enthusiasts. The device features a 24.3 Mp Full Frame Sensor, Dual AF[...]

Technology is Going to The Cats and Dogs: The Best Pet Gadgets

Most pets make use of modern technology as either a chew toy or a warm place to nap, but our furry loved ones can also benefit from gadgets in other[...]

CES 2013 Preview: Whistling Past the Vegas Graveyard

The CES graveyard is full of gadgets that made a big splash in Vegas, but died shortly after the big show. In 2009, the tech media lauded the Palm Pre[...]

Spread Holiday Cheer With The 12 Tech Days of Christmas

Christmas is upon us and at TechnologyGuide, we have wrapped up the 12 Tech Days of Christmas with care, and placed them under the tree. Since we thought it would[...]

Apple Branded HDTV: FaceTime Could Be Apple\’s Winning Feature

An HDTV from Apple has been long rumored, and it looks like dreams could be coming true for Apple fans sometime before the end of 2013. According to the Wall[...]

LG Expands Google TV Lineup for CES 2013

LG has shown support for Google TV in the past, but now it appears that the South Korean company is ready to go all in with Google\’s smart TV platform,[...]

Toshiba Portege R930 Review

The Portege product line from Toshiba has long been known for its strong performance and great flexibility, and the Portege R930 is no different. Equipped with advanced features like a[...]

5 Unexpected Movies To Make Your Surround Sound System Shine

It does not take a genius to recommend a good surround sound movie. Just pick any action flick that had a ridiculous budget, two or more sequels, and tons of[...]

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review

The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is a high performance compact camera that features a few upgrades from the previous version, the P7100. The P770 has a 1/1.7-inch back illuminated CMOS sensor,[...]

Wii U TVii Overview: Nintendo Brings A Unique Viewing Experience To Wii U Users

By: Jesse Miller Modern consoles are no longer just dedicated gaming machines. They are now home entertainment hubs, functionally speaking, with the ability to stream and store programing. Nintendo kicked off[...]

Acer Aspire S7 Review

Without a doubt, the Acer Aspire S7 is one of the highest quality notebooks currently available, and with a $1,650 price tag it should be. Despite its beautiful design and[...]

TabletKiosk eo a7400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC Review

The TabletKiosk eo a7400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet PC is an enterprise tablet that falls somewhere between a cheap consumer tablet and a pricier, truly rugged tablet. While it doesn\’t have the[...]

Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Camera Review

The Fujifilm FinePix XP170 is a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof camera made for extreme sports aficionados. Designed to be nearly indestructible, the camera is intended for users looking to take[...]

Addonics CipherUSB Review: Super Easy Security

The Addonics CipherUSB is a great device for users looking to encrypt their external storage devices. Really, you need to read up on how this simple USB device is both[...]

Samsung Hints at New Portrait TV for CES 2013

After revealing new OLED and 4K display television models this past year, Samsung is certainly no stranger to making a splash in the TV game at the Consumer Electronics Show.[...]

Intel Cable TV Set-Top Box Rumored for CES

Intel is set to unveil its long-rumored cable TV service and set-top box, possibly as soon as next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, unidentified sources tell TechCrunch. As noted by TechnologyGuide’s[...]

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR Review

The Fuji FinePix F800EXR is Fuji\’s newest camera in the \”F\” series. This line is known for its long zoom and compact shape. Fuji kept many features the same as[...]

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR Camera Review

The Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is a point-and-shoot camera designed for travelers who want a long zoom in a compact camera and falls into a new genre of camera, the Travel[...]