Author Archives: Adam Westlake


iOS 5.1 released early for developers

iOS 5.1 released early for developers

Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 5.1, making it the first real update since iOS 5 was released last month. A minor update, 5.0.1, was released earlier this month with the goal of addressing user's poor battery performance. There is much speculation that 5.1 will include updates to Siri, the iPhone 4S voice assistant, that will let users give instructions like turning on off settings like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Samsung SM’ART Gallery Panels aren’t just pieces of art, they’re for displaying art

Samsung SM’ART Gallery Panels aren’t just pieces of art, they’re for displaying art

Samsung seems to be pumping out new devices like there's no tomorrow, but here's something new to set a precedent: SM'ART Panels specifically designed for displaying fine art. In development for five years, the high resolution LCD panels surpass standard television sets in an attempt to be a truly digital canvas. The panels are designed to display the fine details that an artist wishes to come through, such as texture and the exact color envisioned.

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Intel’s copy protection cracked

Intel’s copy protection cracked

HDCP, Intel's heavily used copy protection system for audio and video, has been cracked by a professor in Germany, not in an attempt to get a bootleg of the latest Transformers on Blu-ray, but to point out the flaws in the encryption. HDCP is the protection is used in almost every HDMI or DVI compatible TV or computer monitor. With a tool that cost approximately 200 Euros ($266), Prof. Dr. Ing. Tim Güneysu was able to get around the security.

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Samsung GT-S7500 image leaked

Samsung GT-S7500 image leaked

There appears to be a new Android powered smartphone on the way from Samsung, one so small it'd have to be a mid-range phone, and with a button in the center front so large it'd have to be internationally bound. The only image of the device so far is very low-resolution, so it's difficult to determine it's exact dimensions. Other than the model number, there's not much shown of the new phone.

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Cyber Monday 2011 shopping guide

Cyber Monday 2011 shopping guide

Looking for some great deals on gear for your holiday shopping list? We've rounded up some of best Cyber Monday deals to get you started! If you're looking for a good deal on game console, Walmart has a couple different bundles that are worth checking out. You can get the PS3 bundle with LittleBigPlanet 2, Rachet and Clank: All 4 One and a third game of your choice for $263. The Xbox 360 bundle comes with Halo Reach, Fable III, and a third game of your choice for $319. More items will be added to the sale throughout the week.

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ARM launches toolkit for Android – Promises better performance than Java code

ARM launches toolkit for Android – Promises better performance than Java code

Today, ARM announced their new Android development toolkit, Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE). The free software will let Android developers create applications that can run up to four times faster than Java code on Android. What makes it unique compared to the SDK and NDK development tools is that DS-5 CE will help developers to be more energy efficient in terms of performance.

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Use Siri to control your Plex media

Use Siri to control your Plex media

You don’t need wait for Apple’s much rumored TV set to use iOS 5's most talked about feature, Siri, to control your media with Plex. There is a new tool available called SiriProxy that was created to control a thermostat, and has also been adapted to start cars and control other apps. SiriProxy will take your voice commands before they reach Apple's servers and use them in other ways.

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