Daniel IonescuPCWorld

Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other.

Gigabyte joins Windows 8 party with tablet, ultrabook, and gaming laptops

Gigabyte's Windows 8 lineup includes a slate, a convertible ultrabook, and a pair of gaming laptops -- all of which are powered by Intel processors.

Analyst: iPad mini could be in short supply at first

Expected high demand for the just-announced iPad mini, coupled with shortages on the panel supply chain, might lead to not enough tablets to satisfy market demand, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim.

Barnes & Noble hacked, bank-card data stolen

Barnes & Noble revealed Wednesday that PIN pads at 63 of its U.S. stores were compromised in September, in what appears to be a sophisticated criminal effort to steal banking cards information and PIN numbers from customers.

Google releases Windows 8 search app

Google Search for Windows 8 is available free in the Windows Store, and will be an alternative to Bing

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Popular Android apps leak personal data, study finds

Some of the top apps on Google Play are vulnerable to the theft of personal data, including email and login information, according to a study that used fake hotspots and attack tools to assess viability of SSL certificate attacks.

Google Maps now details the footprints of buildings

Google Maps now offers details about the height and size of structures shown in its maps, calculated by algorithms in the map tools. First to get the new data are major U.S. cities.

Nokia Lumia 920: AT&T may have exclusive rights for 6 months

A number of training videos leaked online indicate that AT&T has the exclusivity period

Surface vs iPad vs Galaxy vs Kindle Fire HD: Battle of the $500 tablets

This holiday season you’ll have more tablets to choose from, but which one will be the right one for you?

Pirates buy more music than legal downloaders, study shows

Music thieves end up buying more music than honest music buyers.

Leaked screenshots hint at Google Maps for iOS 6

A developer has posted blurry screenshots that are reportedly a native iOS 6 version of Google Maps, under development while Apple's original mapping app for iOS 6 is under fire.

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Amazon offers ebook refunds in price-fixing settlement

Amazon has posted information for customers who are entitled to partial refunds under terms of a settlement in a price-fixing case brought by most states in the U.S.

Western Digital Wi-Fi extender boasts 3-by-3 antenna array

WD claims the range extender gives a faster and more reliable signal

Google Street View adds 250,000 miles of more coverage

The updated imagery includes walk-throughs of parks, city centers and tourist attractions

Samsung adds Android 4 music player to Galaxy lineup

The Galaxy Music's features include dual stereo speakers on the front and an FM radio

Microsoft copyright takedown targeted BBC, CNN, and Wikipedia

Automated crawlers seeking copyright infringement routinely and wrongly target the websites of major organizations. As a result, Google excludes the sites from its search results, and legitimate sites find it a hassle to get their sites restored.