Hurricane Sandy took out power supplies, servers, access and even the East Coast's online snark.

By Jason Notte Oct 31, 2012 5:48PM

Man working in data center © Erik Isakson, Tetra images, Getty ImagesIt's starting to feel a little lonely on the Internet after Hurricane Sandy.


Is your Facebook (FB) or Twitter feed feeling a little light? Does Reddit seem a bit more relaxed? That'll happen when nearly 7 million people lose power and, by extension, their Internet access and online persona.


It doesn't matter if East Coast online subscribers got their service through Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) or T-Mobile. As Reuters reported, nearly everyone who relies on cable or telecom infrastructure for their service in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and New England is dealing with spotty or nonexistent service. Downed lines, knocked out towers and flooded facilities may keep those folks offline for a while, while New York's ConEdison and other regional power companies say it could be days to a week until electricity is fully restored.

 

Low-cost 'printing' technology is ushering in a revolution in manufacturing, advocates say, as machines produce tangible objects from malleable materials.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 26, 2012 5:51PM

A 3D Systems printer © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn

 

When I want to really feel young, I look at the 3-D printing space. There's a 1976 feel to the industry.

  • Shapeways just got New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out to cut a ribbon on its 25,000-square-foot "factory of the future," hoping to create five million new products a year.
  • A series of 3-D Print Shows offer an early Comdex gleam against the MakerFaire's West Coast Computer Faire vibe.

 

It's fast, light and secure, but Microsoft's new operating system struggles to be more than the sum of its many parts.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2012 12:07PM

TheStreet LogoSteven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, at a press conference on Oct. 23 in Shanghai © ChinaFotoPress via Getty ImagesBy Jonathan Blum

 

Mazel tov, Mr. Ballmer and Mr. Gates. On Friday, after what feels like 13 years of development, the Windows 8 operating system ships to consumers and businesses.

 

"It's a big step," Bill Gates said in a video he posted about the rollout. "It is key to where the personal computer is going."

 

But like all fast-growing adolescents, this OS brainchild can be utterly, totally maddening. The computer software desktop that we all know is out. "Nick-at-Nite"-style graphic tiles are in. The trusted keyboard and mouse have been replaced by something called a NUI (that's "newie"), geek speak for a touch-based natural user interface.

 

The slim tablet has generated the usual Apple buzz, but is it overpriced compared to direct competitors? Here's a look.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 24, 2012 12:36PM
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Apple (AAPL) unveiled its long-awaited miniature version of the iPad this week. But it will cost significantly more than direct competitors from Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN).

Will buyers pony up the extra dollars? Here's a look at the three tablets from the Wall Street Journal.
 

The smaller iPad is priced higher than competitors, but it appears to have what it takes to help Apple maintain its lead in the market for lower-end tablets.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 24, 2012 12:27PM

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The iPad Mini displayed in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2012 © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoBy Chris Ciaccia

 

Apple (AAPL) announced a slew of new products on Oct. 23,  including the long-awaited iPad Mini. 

 

After demoing the product, as well as Apple's new fourth-generation iPad, it's clear that the tech giant still has a lead on its tablet competitors.

 

The smaller iPad Mini, which starts at $329 for the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi version, looks exactly like the larger iPad, but there's a whole lot more to it. The iPad Mini has a screen size of 7.9 inches, significantly larger than the smaller tablet from Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) when you take into account actual viewing size. 

 

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