Author Archives: Ben Kersey

Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify announced last month that it would be adding a radio feature to iOS devices that would let users set up custom stations based on genres, artists, and playlists, and now the company has announced that it’s bringing the same feature over to Android too. Free Android users and those with a premium subscription to Spotify, which adds mobile access on top of unlimited music streaming, will be able to enjoy the same functionality as iOS users starting from today.

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Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

Samsung working on 11.8″ 2560×1600 tablet

The Apple vs Samsung trial began yesterday, with lawyers from both sides trying to pick the jury in the case while relevant court documents were made available to the public. One interested piece of information found within? The Verge discovered that Samsung is working on a tablet with a Retina-like display, an 11.8-inch slate with a resolution of 2560x1600. The tablet is codenamed “P10”, and looks to include LTE connectivity too.

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HTC removes patent in ITC case against Apple

HTC removes patent in ITC case against Apple

Here’s a quick refresher on HTC’s legal battle against Apple: the company’s launch of the One X and EVO 4G LTE in the United States was stalled briefly thanks to an import ban handed down by the ITC after the handsets were found to infringe on one of Apple’s patents. Now, in a second case involving the ITC, HTC has had to remove a crucial patent, bringing its total claims down from 8 to 2.

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Nexus 7 premium cover and dock details leak

Nexus 7 premium cover and dock details leak

The Nexus 7 has been shipping out to customers across Europe and the United States, but accessories for Google’s affordable tablet have been lacking. There’s a simple polyurethane cover, but no premium options or docks of any kind. Nordic Hardware has spied some slides that detail some accessories that are on the way from ASUS, including a premium leather cover, desktop dock for the tablet, and 10W power charger.

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Intel: $699 ultrabooks coming soon

Intel: $699 ultrabooks coming soon

Intel is kicking off its ultrabook symposium in Taipei tomorrow, and details have emerged of exactly what the company will be showcasing for the platform going forward. NetbookNews sat down with Navin Shenoy, the Vice President of Intel’s Architecture Group, and gleaned some information as to what to expect. As you might imagine, Intel is keen to promote ultrabooks and bring even more to market. Currently there are around 35 designs available to buy, but Intel says there are at least 140 designs for the platform.

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iPad mini may get own event, ship in November

iPad mini may get own event, ship in November

A report from iMore this morning indicated that Apple is planning to unveil the next iPhone along with the iPad mini on September 12th. The next iPhone would then ship out to customers 9 days later on September 21st, although the exact launch date for the iPad mini wasn’t quite as clear. iLounge corroborates iMore’s sources, saying that the next iPhone will launch in late September, but the site isn’t quite as confident on the prospects of the iPad mini.

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HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC may have put out an impressive range of smartphones for 2012, but the company has still been struggling financially against the likes of Samsung. The company announced today that it would be withdrawing completely from the South Korean market following strong competition. As a result, HTC will be closing its Korean office, although it notes that it will be “a long term process and not an immediate one as we want to cause the least disturbance for our customers here and continue after-sales services.”

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Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets are limited in their mapping abilities, currently relying on Google's web interface to access any kind of maps. That’s set to change today, as the company has announced a partnership with skobbler that will see the Nook tablets gain the ability to natively search and view maps. It’s an interesting move from Barnes & Noble to avoid using Google’s services, although we imagine the advent of the Nexus 7 and its low price point has made the company’s options clearer.

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Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

You remember Suidobashi Heavy Industries, don’t you? The company previously created a 12.5ft tall mech prototype, that was partially controlled using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It wasn’t quite ready back in April, but the company showed off a completed version of the Kuratas recently in Japan. On top of that, Suidobashi has created a video detailing how to use the Kuratas, which you’ll be able to purchase down the line for a cool $1.3 million.

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Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Those residing on foreign shores hoping to experience a piece of England without buying an expensive plane ticket can do so with new high-resolution images courtesy of Google Maps. Google has added a couple of new features to Maps, including the ability to use Street View on Downing Street. Users can now peruse the outside of number ten, the famous residence of the country’s prime ministers, and Google has also started to roll out new high resolution map images for various countries across the world.

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