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Lenovo splits Think brand to better compete with Apple

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Apple, Corporate News, PC / Laptop,

Lenovo splits Think brand

Lenovo is dividing its internal operations to separately handle its mid and low-range products and the high-end products associated with the ThinkPad. This news comes from an internal email we were made aware of by Sina Tech, which states that in April the Lenovo Business Group will handle mid-range laptops, desktops, tablets and smart TVs, while the Think Business Group will handle high-end consumer products and produce enterprise machines. It was noted in the email by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, that Think is more suited to compete with Apple in the high-end market. Digitimes also reports on rumors suggesting Lenovo plans to arrange an in-house position for its notebook production within three to five years.

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Amazon launches their own Mac App Store

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Hot Deals, Software,

Amazon Mac Download Store

Following up on the Lady Gaga album sale earlier this week, Amazon continues their digital download battle against Apple with the launch of their own Mac app download store. They've got quite a variety of available titles (though, not as much as the Mac App Store of course,) which include big games like Civilization V, productivity suites like Microsoft Office, and a bunch of others. Right now they are offering Airport Mania for free, and your first paid download will be $5 off. We like it.

American Idol 10: Winner!

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX, American Idol, Video,

American Idol’s 10th finale opened with all due pomp and circumstance. Ryan Seacrest wore a tuxedo, but black tie was optional for everyone else. More than 122 million votes, a record number, were counted to determine whether Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery would become the next American Idol.

The year’s Top 13 performed “Born This Way” to open the night’s festivities, each dressed in white like angels. If only they sounded like angels. To call the number bad would be too nice. But the show would improve vastly from here...

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Amazon sells Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ album for 99 cents in battle with iTunes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, Music,

Born This Way album coverLady Gaga's Born This Way album is one of the biggest album releases of the year, and digital stores like iTunes and Amazon MP3 certainly know that her fans are more than willing to pay full price for the offering. However, possibly more interesting than the album itself, is the price different between the two aforementioned stores. iTunes has the album for the typical $12 (or $16 for the Bonus Track Version,) and we are sure they'll sell a ton of them at that price. In addition, you can buy individual tracks from the album on iTunes for $1.29. However, budget-minded shoppers might want to jump over to Amazon, where they are selling the entire Born This Way album for 99 cents. Yes, for less than the price of one track on iTunes, you can get the entire 14 track album on Amazon. In addition, an Amazon purchase also allows you to store the album on Amazon Cloud Drive, makes it accessible from Amazon Cloud Player, and gives you 20GB of space on the service as well.

Amazon MP3 purchases can be automatically synced to your iTunes library as well, so really, why would anyone buy this one from the iTunes Store?

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Facebook desperately hired PR firm to run a Google smear campaign

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Google, Internet,

Facebook Smears GoogleThe battle between Facebook and Google intensified this week when The Daily Beast and USA Today revealed that Facebook hired a PR firm to go after the search giant.

Last Friday, USA Today reported that PR firm Burson-Marsteller had contacted a variety of news outlets pushing a story about how Google's "Social Circle" Gmail feature violates users' privacy. The pitch was made on behalf of an unnamed client that The Daily Beast later confirmed was Facebook.

When pressed, Facebook confirmed the hire to the Daily Beast, citing concerns it had with the way Google was using its data. It was also reportedly annoyed that Google was boosting its own social-networking services with information from Facebook.

"In other words, just as Google built Google News by taking content created by hundreds of newspapers and repackaging it, so now Google aims to build a social-networking business by using that rich user data that Facebook has gathered," Dan Lyons wrote for The Daily Beast.

Facebook and Google declined comment Thursday.

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VIDEO: Christina Aguilera Attacked by The Voice Audience Member

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Gossip, Spoilers, Video,

Spoiler alert! Tuesday’s episode of The Voice will feature the next round of the competition: the sing-off. Each judge (Cee Lo, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera) must whittle their eight contestants down to four…and video evidence suggests that not everyone is please with the results.

The video above shows Christina Aguilera contestants Frenchie Davis and Taralynn Ramsey singing it out to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” Following the number, Aguilera suffers a “minimal physical attack” from a watching audience member.

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American Idol 10: Top 9 Perform

American Idol gave viewers an energetic opening to Wednesday’s performance night. Gwen Stefani worked on the show for the week, dressing all the female contenders in her clothing line in a bit of cross-promotion courtesy of FOX. The week’s theme was dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Idol’s new judge Steven Tyler is a recent inductee into the Hall.

Black Eyed Pea will.i.am helped coach contestant, some of whom were bound to have big trouble with a rock n roll theme.

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American Idol’s Casey Abrams Back in the Hospital

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Television, Rumors,

Casey Abrams performs on American Idol 10Viewers of American Idol’s Thursday results show found that the Top 13 was curiously whittled down to 12 for the entire broadcast -- Casey Abrams is back in the hospital.

The singer nearly missed his shot at Idol stardom on February 24, when he was rushed to the hospital following a rehearsal. At that time, show insiders stated that if Abrams could not pull himself together before his scheduled performance, he would not stay in the competition.

But Abrams didn’t dodge this new bullet. FOX has had almost nothing to offer on Casey’s status, health-wise or show-wise, but we do know he received a blood transfusion during his first hospital stay.

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American Idol 10: Top 13 Perform

After a lengthy introduction in which the American Idol judges, host and Top 13 contestants were paraded around on the stage, Tuesday’s performance episode started.

The theme was “Your Personal Idol,” and each chose songs from an artist who means something to them.

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American Idol: Casey Abrams Still in the Top 24

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Television, Rumors,

American Idol 10 - Casey Abrams

Top 24 American Idol contestant Casey Abrams has been released from the hospital and he will remain on the series, according to TMZ.

Abrams was hospitalized Wednesday after he suffered stomach pains during rehearsals. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he received a blood transfusion. He has already finished taping his performance for next week’s show, and sources say he will not need to return to the hospital.

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